Above: Dickiedooda winning the Coolmore Caravaggio Tipperary Stakes at Cork on Sunday.

Former Victoria Racing Club vice chairman and breeder Peter Barnett scored some Listed success in Ireland on Sunday with a two year-old filly by shuttle stallion, Starspangledbanner.

Barnett, who has interests in several horses in Victoria has joined a syndicate in Ireland – Alpha Racing – and is having plenty of success.

The unusually named Starspangledbanner filly, Dickiedooda, won the Listed Tipperary Stakes at Cork.

Barnett became involved in the syndicate at the suggestion of his wife, Elaine “Legs” Lawlor who formed the first female-only syndicate, It’s All About the Girls in Australia.

It’s All About the Girls syndicate of about 40 ladies from seven countries bought the filly Global Glamour at the 2015 Magic Million yearling sale for $65,000. Global Glamour went on to win just more than $1.5 million as a dual Group 1 winner.

Barnett has had enormous success with the past two syndicate runners – Dickiedooda and Cadillac.

Jessica Harrington trains for the syndicate.

“Legs, together with Jessica Harrington and a bloodstock agent, Patrick Cooper from BBA Ireland. A couple of years ago Patrick said to Legs and Jessie why don’t we put together a syndicate,” Barnett said.

“Syndicates aren’t big in Ireland like they are in Australia, but it stemmed from Legs’ success with the girls in Global Glamour.

“Patrick has got a pretty keen eye and he doesn’t overspend. We bought nine yearlings and I think the most expensive was 100,000 euros and we sold one to America for 250,000 euros,” he said.

“We did the same thing last year and Dickiedooda was one of them. I think she cost around 30,000 guineas and we have another six to come out.

“We have had three two year-old runners this season and for now three wins and a second and an unplaced runner at Royal Ascot.

“Dickiedooda has obviously got talent and there is a Lope de Vega colt we had 10 days ago that came out for his first start and won by nine lengths.

“He is called Cadillac. It’s a lot fun.”

Barnett said most of the yearlings are bought cheaply by the astute Cooper who paid 42,000 euros for Cadillac at Goffs.

“I was reading an article on the weekend and they were talking about world ratings for two year-olds and they have got Cadillac in the first half dozen after one start.

“But the next couple of starts will tell the tale of just how good he is. He won at Leopardstown over seven furlongs (1400m) and he was in behind two horses with about a furlong to go. The jockey pulled him back to the outside and that was the end of the race. His turn of foot was just phenomenal.

“We have already had offers, but everyone is happy to roll the dice with him and see how good he is. We all live the dream that he could be anything.”

Barnett said the Dickiedooda’s victory was good for Starspangledbanner and Rosemont Stud where he stands in Victoria after finishing his Irish stud duties.

Barnett said there were 18 people in the Alpha Racing syndicate – from America, England, Ireland and Australia that bought the yearlings and now race them.

And if you’re wondering about the name, Barnett laughs, when he explains that “Legs” thought she was getting doo dah day from the song of the same name.

“And we finished with Dickiedooda,” he said.

“It’s a good, fun name.”

Barnett joined the VRC in 1999 and was vice president from 2003 to 2009. Under the club’s rules office bearers must relinquish their position when they reach 68 years-old.

“I stepped off the board in 2010,” he said.

Barnett said he has several horses currently racing in Victoria.

“I have been in the Highclere syndicate for about 15 years and we have got Lord Belvedere (two wins at Flemington from his past two starts) running around at the moment,” he said.

“I have got a few with Chris Waller, a couple of rising two year-olds with Team Hawkes and a few two year-olds with Anthony Freedman.”

Barnett said Dickiedooda’s win was good for Starspangledbanner who he described as a good sire who offered excellent value at a service fee of $19,800.

Above: Nostradamus. Picture: Rosemont Stud.

Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen expected the puns to come thick and fast when the stud’s stallion Nostradamus had his first winner on the weekend when the aptly named Clairvoyance won at Belmont Park.

It was the two year-old’s first start and the filly picked up $57,280 –   which included a $24,240 bonus – for the Perth metropolitan victory.

Yes, Mithen saw a victory coming for the stallion and it was just a matter of time.

“It was great. We had been bursting to get out there and promote him knowing that he had some nice horses around, but he couldn’t get the breaks but had a few nice place getters.

“His horses were going to the races and getting a nice place and then being tipped out for next time. We were bursting for one to break through and it was done in pretty good style in a city class race.”

Mithen said Clairvoyance looked like she had plenty of potential.

He said Nostradamus’ progeny had displayed ability, but as the studmaster he talks to owners and trainers and they are all happy with the progeny, but the market forces needed to kick-in for everyone to see they are nice horses going places.

“We obviously have to wait for their three year-old season to make a real impression,” Mithen said.

“Added to that frustration is that we at Rosemont are racing a few that we know have real talent and we just have to be patient and wait for them to turn three.

“Nostradamus is going well, and I am really pleased with the feedback and the way they have been running. I think we will make a bit of a splash in the next few months.”

Perth syndicator, Impressive Racing, bought Clairvoyance’s dam, former Contract mare Dance on Air, in foal to Nostradamus. The mare had the foal in Perth but Impressive Racing’s Kevin Berry said she failed to get into foal the following two seasons and was sold.

“We got the Westspeed bonus because the foal was born in WA and we were the breeders,” he said.

Mithen said that leading into the breeding season what Nostradamus would achieve is to give breeders who want to breed cheaply some confidence to use the horse.

While Nostradamus’ advertised service fee is $5,500, Mithen said they would be letting breeders in at attractive rates to make sure the stallion’s momentum continues and he can fill his book.

“If that means that people who breed to him this year hit the jackpot and his results continue to plateau in an upwards spiral, then good luck to them,’’ he said.

“It’s a good result for those who support the horse and I would encourage people to give me a call.”

Mithen said that even though Nostradamus’ fee was good value at its current price, Rosemont was prepared to deal on that.

“It’s a cheap rate for a horse that is commercial and has plenty of commercial attributes. With some rising two year-olds in good stables, I think he is a bet to nothing,” he said.

Nostradamus, by Medaglia D’Oro (USA) and out of Leone Chiara, was raced by Rosemont Stud after they purchased him.

“We bought him and gave him a campaign with Phillip Stokes in South Australia,” Mithen said.

“We won the Group 3 Irwin Stakes (1100m) in South Australia and he ran a good race in the Goodwood when he was wide all the way and that was his last run.”

Nostradamus, a half-brother to the Group 1 winning Star Witness, who won two Group 3 races – the San Domenico and the Gold Coast Guineas – when trained by Team Hawkes.

“He is a half-brother to Star Witness and has a beautiful pedigree and we are really pleased that he is starting to come under people’s radar and as he should,” Mithen said.

“I think he is in for a good little six months period and he could end up being genuinely commercial. He gets good looking foals or otherwise they would drop right off.”

Nostradamus has his first season at stud in 2016 when he served 110 mares, followed by 88 and then 58 in both of the past two seasons.

His fertility for the past two seasons has been in the high 90-plus per cent.

Mithen said the breeding right holders in the bay stallion were a bunch of Victorian breeders who held their line on him and believe in him.

“They are a good group who have been with us all the way,” he said.

“That’s the way of the modern breeding world, isn’t it? You do it together and you might get the results and get a commercial stallion when the runners hit the ground in earnest which is happening for us now.”

Mithen said there is plenty of confidence from the Mick Price and Mike Kent jnr stables for Nostradamus first starter Flying Nostra which makes her debut this week.

Mithen said Rosemont was also excited about a filly they have – Baba Vanga – which was named after an elderly, blind clairvoyant from Bulgaria whose real name was Vangeliya Pandeva Gushterova.

“She could see into the future and predicted heaps of more recent activities,” Mithen said.

‘’She is now gone, but there are heaps of fun naming them.”

Mithen joked that he can see plenty of more wins for Nostradamus’ progeny.

Above: Lot 469 Belardo x Heat Storm (filly)

A new addition to Hollylodge’s draft is Lot 469 who arrived from New Zealand a few weeks ago and Daniel Nevill has been very impressed with the filly. By Belardo who is the only son of Lope De Vega at stud in Australasia and is leading first season sire in UK. Belardo’s grand-sire Shamardal, impressively had three stakes winners in Europe over the weekend. As we saw Pinatubo bounce back to win the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Deauville, it was Lope de Vega’s colt, Lope Y Fernandez who narrowly took out second place.  ‘The Lope de Vega and Shamardal pedigree is becoming a dominant sire line.’ Remarked Daniel.

Daniel believes that this filly is a stand out yearling of his draft and will be an exciting prospect. ‘This filly is half-sister to the Stakes winner Savaheat and she looks exactly like Lope De Vega. She has outstanding action, beautiful moving horse, very correct and a lovely horse. I believe that she is out of place for this sale and will be a huge opportunity for a buyer.’

Lope de Vega has been a household name in Australia and over the years Daniel has had much success with this sire line. ‘She reminds of a horse I sold a couple of years ago, El Phoenix by Lope de Vega. He was a city winner, won over $117,000 and broke the track record at Packenham. If this filly can be anything like that and being a half to a Stakes winner then the residual value will be through the roof.’

Above: Frankel My Dear (Image: Racing Photos)

Just like its racing cousin, breeding horses is a game of risk and for Luke Ryland, he’s just taken a big one.

This season, Ryland and his fiancee Bec Hausler will attempt to make the transition from racing enthusiasts, owners and casual breeders to stud masters with the establishment of Ryland Thoroughbreds.

The pair has set up a farm in Lethbridge, 30km north-west of Geelong, and will stand two stallions, America and Frankel My Dear.

Ryland said that while he’d love to breed Stakes winners in time, the focus would initially be on enjoying the process and providing opportunities for like-minded owner-breeders to get involved at an affordable entry point.

“It’s pretty exciting for both Bec and I,” Ryland said.

“It’s something we’ve been thinking about and discussing for the last two years.

“We’ve obviously been breeding our own mares for quite a few years now.

“It’s going to be a lot of hard work but we’re hoping it’s something that can set us up for the future.

“We don’t want to be a big-scale commercial operation, we just want to have a boutique stud where we can breed to race our own horses for fun and enjoyment and provide other owner-breeders the same sort of opportunity.

“For us, it doesn’t matter if it’s a race in town or a picnic race, if we can breed a winner and get that photo on the wall, it’ll be a great result.”

Initially, the couple planned to stand only America, who was recently acquired from Rosden Park in South Australia, where he served more than 70 mares over three seasons.

A blueblood son of Snitzel out of star race filly Alingi, the entire is closely related to Beneteau, who sired two Group 1 winners from only two crops of foals.

But a chance encounter with the buyer of Frankel My Dear, who was purchased for $16,000 online from Inglis Digital’s offering in May, saw their roster double in size.

“It all started when we bought two broodmares in foal to America from Rosden Park in South Australia,” he said.

“I was asking a few questions about the stallion which stood there and there ended up being an opportunity for us to bring him back to Victoria to stand at the farm.

“He’s a quality horse with an amazing pedigree – he sold for $1.8 million as a yearling but injury meant we never got to see the best of him on the racetrack.

“He stood three seasons in South Australia and from all reports his progeny are very exciting.

“We’re also standing the only son of Frankel to stand at stud in Australia, Frankel My Dear, who was purchased from a recent Inglis Digital Sale.”

America will stand for $4400 and Frankel My Dear for $6600.

Article courtesy of Racing.com

Above: All Too Easy for Bel Esprit’s Kisukano (Racing Queensland)

What a ripping filly Kisukano is. The two-year-old daughter of Bel Esprit confirmed her rating at the best of her sex in the Sunshine State with another flawless performance in Saturday’s Bruce McLachlan Classic QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap at the Sunshine Coast.

Burdened with 60.5kg on a track rated as a heavy 9, Kisukano was settled just off the pace by Mark Du Plessis and when angled out to make her challenge down the centre of the track she put the race to bed in a matter of strides.

She came away to defeat the Not A Single Doubt filly Fleet Dove by two and three-quarter lengths with the Spirit Of Boom filly Country Showgirl a length back in third.

The only horse to ever beat Group 1 J.J. Atkins winner Rothfire, Kisukano advances her record to 4 wins and a second from 5 starts with earnings of $502,100.

Trainer Michael Nolan said he will prepare the daughter of Bel Esprit for a campaign in Sydney.

“She won a jump-out this week in really good fashion. But she had a lot against her today and I was worried about her weight,” Nolan told AAP.

“The track was wet, but she has run good time and put them away quickly.

“I will ease off on her now and head to Sydney in four weeks. One thing about Sydney in August-September there are plenty of races for fillies.”

Above: Bel Esprit he can get a good filly

A homebred for the Reeves  family, Kisukano is the first foal of the Show a Hweart mare  Kiss For Gran who is a sister to the dam of recent Listed SAJC CS Hayes Memorial Cup winner Over Exposure and a three-quarter sister to the stakes-placed Show a Prince and a half-sister to Listed GCTC Silk Stocking Hcp winner Princess Margaret.

Nolen went back to this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale to purchase Kisukano’s half-sister by Better Than Ready for $115,000.

Kiss For Gran had a rest in 2019 after foaling a colt by Rothesay.

Sun Stud stalwart Bel Esprit will stand at the value fee of $7,700 in 2020.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Tactical wins the G2 July Stakes – Newmarket Racecourse Twitter

An easy winner at Royal Ascot of the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes last month, Toronado colt Tactical took another step forward when carrying the colours of The Queen to victory in the Group II July Stakes (6f) at Newmarket overnight.

Making his first appearance since Royal Ascot the Andrew Balding trained colt relished the extra furlong to score a length and a quarter win, his second from three starts and appears to be moving towards Group I company.

“The Prix Morny (Deauville G1) is the plan I’d hope very much,” said Andrew Balding.

“Tactical has shown he is versatile on any ground, which is always nice to know before you go travelling, that you have a horse that can cope with a variety of ground and he obviously coped with the six furlongs well today.

“It is really fantastic for us to have a horse as good as this for Her Majesty. I’m sure there will be some very good horses that haven’t even raced yet and we still have a way to go, but he is near the top of the tree at the moment.”

Tactical is the first winner for stakes-placed Makfi mare Make Fast, a daughter of Group III winner Raymi Coya.

Toronado is enjoying a great season in Australia with more than 50 winners of over $3million in prizemoney.

A champion miler by High Chaparral, Toronado shuttles to Swettenham Stud in Victoria and stands this spring at a fee of $27,500.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Lot 109, a Frosted x Promised colt of Erinvale’s draft.

The upcoming sale season will be like no other for vendors in Victoria. Unable to be  a live auction for the Gold yearling sale is proving to be challenging for all with an interest in these sales. John Kenneally from Erinvale Thoroughbreds has eight yearlings in the Gold Sale at Oaklands Junction next week. Included in his draft are five colts and three fillies with three by Crackerjack King (IRE).

John has been very pleased with all the yearlings going through the Gold Sale and in particular ‘a Pride of Dubai colt x Promptness (USA). Pride of Dubai is having a great first season with 10 winners and is likely to be the leading first season sire. The colt has good size and scope. We have broken him in and gelded him and he has done really well. He is a just lovely horse.’.

Erinvale Thorougbred have three fillies going to the Gold Sale including a Rubick filly out of Blonde Humor (USA) who unfortunately had to be withdrawn from this year’s Melbourne Premier Sale due to a slight injury. ‘She is lovely scopy filly that we have also broken in. The filly is looking great ahead of the sale.’

John explains the difficult situation being unable to attend the sale. ‘It is a difficult situation sending horses to a sale that you are unable to attend.’

To view the full draft click here

While the following vendors may miss out on having large numbers in their draft, they certainly don’t miss out on quality.

The following drafts are those of TBV Members and we preview the yearlings which they have prepared ahead of the Inglis Gold sale.

Lot 211 is a lovely filly by Rich Enuff and is out of a winning Fastnet Rock mare, The Cool Jewel. She is a big, athletic looking filly, with a great walk. Not only is she a really nice type, including clean x-rays and scope, but she has a great temperament as well.

She is the first foal out of The Cool Jewel who is from a family rich in black type and a winner herself over 1600m.

Lot 202 of the Inglis Gold sale is a filly of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s draft is from a Lauriston bred mare Swiftly Red. The family boasts two Maribyrnong Plate winners in General Truce and Arctic Command.

Lot 394 of the Inglis Gold sale is a colt of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s draft. From the General Nediym mare Five Star Belle, a lovely looking chestnut with a good walk, he looks to be an early runner.

Lot 187 of the Inglis Gold sale is a colt of Two Bays draft. Sired by Helmet, the family includes SHILLELAGH who won over $1.8 million dollars in prizemoney.

 

Lot # Colour Sex Vendor Sire Dam Super VOBIS Nominated
211 B. Filly Cityview Farm, Gisborne South Rich Enuff The Cool Jewel Yes
235 B. or Br. Colt Daisy Hill, Doreen Wolf Cry Venus (USA) Yes
80 B. Filly Flinders Park Stud, Flinders Warhorse (NZ) Myskina Yes
335 B. Filly Flinders Park Stud, Flinders Stratum Star Couteau Yes
202 B. Filly Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella Vancouver Swiftly Red Yes
394 Ch. Colt Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella Sebring Five Star Belle Yes
406 Ch. Filly North Star Park Thoroughbreds, Swan Hill Divine Prophet Gelsomina No
327 B. Colt Northmore Thoroughbreds, Elphinstone Toronado (IRE) Clorinda Yes
420 B. Filly Northmore Thoroughbreds, Elphinstone Magnus Grand Gesture Yes
187 Ch. Colt Two Bays Farm, Flinders Helmet Star Street Yes

 

To get in touch with farms to view the yearlings, please click here for the Locations of Melbourne Gold Yearlings

Leeanne Smith (left) and her Bucklee Farm sale team.

Leeanne Smith puts her heart and soul into everything she does. Her draft of 17 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Gold Yearling sale is no different.

When asked about her draft, Leeanne enthused, “Originally when I had my draft targeted towards the sale in April, I absolutely loved every single one of them. I still do, even three months on!”

Leeanne’s draft is a diverse draft with something to attract every trainer. Describing the fillies in her draft as ‘nicely bred fillies, which you could breed on with’ and her colts as ‘having lovely conformation and are well structured,’ it is a no brainer that you would organise to inspect her draft, located at her Greta West property.

“I am very excited about the draft that I have catalogued for the Inglis Gold sale. When buyers come to see them, they really will be impressed,” Leeanne enthused.

It was hard for Leeanne to choose only a few yearlings to talk about from her draft, given how she loves them all equally.

However, she mentioned that lot 193, a Manhattan Rain colt out of Streghetta was worth a look. The family features stakes winner Lucky Diva, who has won over $569,000 in prizemoney and has produced the Henry Dwyer trained Ms Catherine, Spirit of Westbury, Gina Lollawitcha and Duke of Westbury.

Leeanne describes this colt as, ‘a very balanced, ready to run colt.’

“He was always going to be an early type, he is strong and precocious. If buyers are looking for a horse to send to the ready to run sales, he is the one to come and inspect,” Leeanne said.

The other colt which Leeanne has described as one to inspect is the Turffontein out of Vegeta.

“While he is a late foal, he is very neat and correct. He is a lovely walker and he is a half- brother to galloper Vegan,” she said.

Leanne also mentions lot 112, “The Fighting Sun out of Pure Excellence was a well reared colt thanks to his breeders and is very precocious.”

Lot 112 of Bucklee’s Farm is a Fighting Sun x Pure Excellence colt

Leeanne also has yearlings’ by Victorian sires such as a Rich Enuff filly (lot 414), who only recently acquired his first stakes winner with Plutocrat taking out the Tatt’s QLD RC Winning Edge Stakes, a Puissance de Lune filly (lot 146) who has also had two stakes, winners, to date with Chantrea recently taking out the Belmont Stakes.

Lot 146 of Bucklee Farm’s draft is a Puissance de Lune x Salasun filly

Leeanne also has a soft spot for a daughter of Trust in a Gust, who Leeanne bred, foaled and raised herself. The filly out of mare Canhill, is a half-sister to Free to Move, who is trained by Kasey Keys and recently came second in the VOBIS Gold Elvstroem at Swan Hill over 1300 metres.

“She is a very correct filly and already has a powerful hind. Her half-brother placed in the VOBIS Gold Elvstroem and a trainer that is looking for a filly who will step out and give it her all, will find this in her.”

The majority of Leeanne’s draft is nominated for VOBIS, except for the Myboycharlie x Up Against It, Real Impact x Vitner (eligible for category B), Spill the Beans x Topshopper.

She also has a supplementary lot which is lot 466, Master of Design x Stagerush filly.

Lot 466, Master of Design x Stagerush filly

Withdrawn from Leeanne’s draft is lot 410, the Fighting Sun x Goanna Ga Ga colt has been withdrawn from sale.

To arrange an inspection with Leeanne at her Greta West property, you can call her on 0427 662 394.

To view the full draft, click here.

A picturesque, fertile 150 acres proves the ideal environment to breed and raise healthy happy horses.

Merton Creek Thoroughbreds, located in Merton is owned and run by Sunny and Neil Mitchell, who have had the farm for 10 years.

Their philosophy is happy minds equal happy horses. They achieve this by ensuring they put a focus on the mindset of the horse from the time the horse is born.

Their aim is to ensure a flawless transition from the farm to the racing stable. Nutrition, balance and building up their confidence, is key in Sunny and Neil’s minds to delivering the perfect yearling to prospective buyers.

While Sunny and Neil had anticipated a live auction, this hasn’t stopped the team from receiving glowing feedback about the draft they had catalogued for the Inglis Gold sale.

Originally presenting a draft of 14, eager buyers have already purchased seven horses from the Merton farm, leaving the team with seven to present to buyers on Inglis’ online platform.

The farm has been busy with buyers calling out to inspect the horses, with Jason Timperely from Lindsay Park Racing, Tom Ryan of Euroa’s Knockawad Farm and buyers from as far as Stawell, Sunny and Neil have been overwhelmed with the feedback so far.

“We have been really busy with inspections. We have had a lot of buyers from all over Victoria come to the farm ahead of the sale. Buyers have been pleased with what they have seen and I know that buyers will be able to find a yearling to suit their needs,” Sunny Mitchell enthused.

“There are three yearlings which buyers seem to be drawn to. They are lot 131, the Frosted x River Tribe filly, lot 232, the Holler x Uproot filly and lot 269, the Reset x Andallthatjazz colt,” Sunny said.

“Lot 131, the Frosted x River Tribe filly will be a three-year-old and will go over a bit of ground as well. She is a placid and pliable girl and any horse trainer would love to have,” Sunny commented.

Lot 131 of Merton Creek Thoroughbreds draft is a Frosted x River Tribe filly

“Lot 232, the Holler x Uproot filly is just an all-round athlete. She is fluent in her action and doesn’t waste the ground she covers. She will be an early runner,” Sunny said.

“I am really pleased with how they have developed, despite being a bit woolly due to the time of the year it is,” Sunny said.

“Our Reward For Effort colt (lot 346), is a big strong yearling who is ready to go. He is very quiet and placid but as soon as you break him in, he will be ready to go. He is your typical sprinter,” Sunny said.

“Lot 427, the Jimmy Creed x Happy Sequel filly is much like the Reward For Effort colt, in that she is a big strong type and well bodied,” Sunny commented.

Lot 427 is a Jimmy Creed x Happy Sequel filly

With the entire draft being VOBIS nominated, be sure to arrange an inspection by calling Sunny on 0414 896 988.

To view the draft, click here.

Following recent announcements from Inglis that inspections for Melbourne Gold yearlings cannot be conducted at the “Oaklands” sales complex, Inglis have drafted a spreadsheet on where the yearlings are currently located.

Please find attached a regional breakdown of areas, together with the stud name/contact name/phone number/lot numbers.

All potential buyers are encouraged to inspect as many horses as possible by calling the stud contact or Inglis.

Further, Simon Vivian (0417-006546), Will Stott (0408 126 952) and Mark Dodemaide (0404 839 452) will be conducting on-farm inspections on 13, 14 & 15 July as detailed on the attached schedule and you are invited to call them for further information and inspection times. They are available to assist with any enquiries.

The Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale is sure to present some outstanding opportunities to purchase quality future racehorses and your participation is strongly encouraged.

Click here to view the locations of Melbourne Gold Yearlings

Click here to view where the Inglis team will be next week

Above: Lot 111 Shooting to Win x Prudence Perfecto (Colt)

Within ten years Victorian-based Supreme Thoroughbreds have established themselves as a notable consigner on the sales complex. The results achieved by Supreme in the last few years have been impressive to say the least. In 2017, Supreme was the leading vendor (by aggregate) and two out of the six horses achieved $500,000 more. In 2018, they achieved the equal top lot on day one and the top lot on day 2 with their yearling selling 20% above the average sale price. Most recently, in the 2019 Melbourne Premier Sale, Supreme accomplished an impressive 96% clearance rate.

Supreme Thoroughbreds has a draft of five lots going through the Gold Sale which includes four fillies, with one by the first season sire, Palentino, and one colt by Shooting to Win.

‘We have a lovely Street Boss filly (Lot 321) who was prepared for the Premier Sale in March but was withdrawn due to a small injury that has since totally resolved. The filly is very compact and well put-together and I believe she will be a sprinting type. She is a very precocious two-year-old type and we really like her’ remarked Brent Grayling, General Manager of Supreme Thoroughbreds.  The Street Boss is filly is out of the Encosta de Lago mare, Chevovessence.  Chevovessence is out of a Danehill mare.

A highlight on paper is the Toronado filly out of Jubilee Blue (Lot 454).  Toronado has had multiple winners on the track recently including stakes winner Still A Star with 56% winners to runner’s statistic. The mare Jubilee Blue, herself a winner over 1300m is half-sister to Black Type successes Ten Gun Salute, Bella Princess and Red Typhoon. ‘She is a quality filly with a great pedigree but will require patience and time in order for her to develop.’

The Palentino filly has impressed the team at Supreme and it has been evident from her characteristics she is a sprinting type with the dam, Murray Mary, a winner over 1200m. ‘She is a big strong filly, with a great deal of bone and really covers the ground. It looks like she will take on the speed that comes from this family.’

Brent has been pleased with the popularity of Holler, with buyers searching the catalogues for the stallion’s progeny. ‘Our Holler filly is a really nice type and holds a lot of quality. She is out of a good family with a strong pedigree.’

The one colt of the draft is by Shooting to Win out of the So You Think mare, Prudence Perfecto.  ‘This colt is a slow developing type but someone who is patient with him will be rewarded.’

Brent’s outlook on the Gold Sale is positive, despite the difficult circumstances.  The industry seems to have adjusted to new ways of inspecting pre-sale, and he is hopeful for successful online bidding.

‘I am surprised how the market is holding up.  If you look at the Easter and Scone sales it shows people are still buying and online sales seem to be strong. I hope this trend will continue for the Melbourne Gold sale.’

To view the full draft, click here

Ponderosa Park were the top selling Victorian weanling vendor at 2019 Inglis Great Southern sale.

Paul Kelly and Sue Miller of Ponderosa Park are no strangers to success in the sales ring. In 2019, the pair achieved a record for their Nathalia based farm, by claiming top vendor by average for their 20 weanlings at the Great Southern sale.

Fast forward a year and the world has been thrown into an unprecedented situation.

Normally at this time of the year, the pair would be busy preparing for the upcoming breeding season. And while they still are, they are also about to take a draft of seven yearlings to Oaklands to be inspected prior to being sold via Inglis’ Digital platform.

Paul is super proud of the draft, which he describes as being ‘diverse’ and ‘there is something for everyone’.

The draft of seven include yearlings by Victorian sires such as Fighting Sun, Palentino and Jimmy Creed will appeal to all trainers. With almost all the draft bred by Ponderosa Park, they are eagerly awaiting buyers to inspect them.

“Each time they have had to come in (due to the change in the sales dates) they continue to get better and better. They just keep on improving and in real good order,” enthused Paul Kelly.

When asked which horses were his stand outs of the bunch, Paul said the So You Think x  She’s On Target (supplementary entry) is a strong and precocious colt. Paul said he is a nice type, which he has seen develop since he was foaled down. The colt is bred by Ponderosa Park.

The other stand out for Paul is the Kermadec x See How You Are filly. See How You Are has three foals which have raced with two winners. One of these is Darebin, sired by Written Tycoon who has had four wins at 1200 metres to 1625 metres and Vainqueur sired by Statue of Liberty and has had one win at 1625 metres. The family also boasts King of Hastings who is stakes placed in the Caulfield H.D.F McNeil Stakes over 1200 metres.

Paul does however say, that he can’t go past another one of his supplementary entries which is a filly by sire Palentino out of Parmigiana Girl. The filly is nominated for Super VOBIS and Parmigiana Girl is by Champion sire Snitzel.

“She’s a really nice type and her mare is by a great sire in Snitzel. Palentino has also had great results in the ring with his progeny selling for considerable amounts,” Paul commented.

“There really is something for every trainer in our draft and buyers won’t be disappointed,” Paul said.

With majority of the draft nominated for VOBIS except for Kermadec x See How You Are (potentially eligible for category C), Winning Rupert x Shuefetish, the additional incentive of the ability to race for VOBIS bonuses will also entice buyers.

Ponderosa welcome inspections on the farm as they will not be taking their draft to Oaklands Junction for parades.

You can arrange an inspection time by contacting Paul Kelly on 0427 761 016.

You can view the entire draft here.

Hoofnote:  Conformation photos will be available from Monday the 13th of July 2020.

Lauriston Park sire Rock Hero

Lauriston Park’s Chris Bakker has a draft of three, prepared ahead of the Inglis Gold Yearling sale. The Euroa based farm stands stallion Rock Hero and Chris will present three of his colts for the upcoming sale.

Rock Hero is Chris’ resident stallion at his farm. Trained by David Payne, Rock Hero was a talented racehorse with an impressive turn of foot. He won the Listed Dulcify Quality, overcoming a slow start to claim the 1600 metres contest in easy fashion.

Payne at the time claimed that he was so impressed with Rock Hero, there was a time that he believed Rock Hero may be as good, ‘if not a bit better than Criterion.’

Rock Hero is bred on the same Fastnet Rock/Galileo cross as Group One winners Intricately, Rivet, Qualify, Zhukova and Magicool; a cross that boasts an outstanding 17.7% stakes winners to runners strike rate.

The three colts which Chris will present to buyers are Rock Hero x Not For Me (lot 85), Rock Hero x Paleste (NZ) (lot 91) and Rock Hero x Cracklin’ Rosie (lot 336).

They are all bred by Lauriston Park and have all been bred on a similar line to Rock Hero’s daughter Bellx.

Bellx is a three-year-old filly, trained by Lindsay Park Racing and is a homebred of Lauriston Park.

While she has only been racing for a short time, the filly already has started to build an impressive resume.

In her first prep alone, she ran third in the Tasmanian Oaks, second in the Galilee Final, was fourth in the St Ledger and third in the South Australian Classic.

Chris regards her as a ‘handy’ filly and says that while she needed the time to get going, she is very promising, and she will be targeted at the Andrew Ramsden Stakes over 2800 metres.

Chris is excited about this draft due to the promise Bellx has already shown so early on in her career. He firmly believes that the three colts are race horses and that trainers will be pleased with the quality which is on offer from his farm.

Of his draft, Chris says that the Cracklin’ Rosie colt is ‘very athletic and has a great temperament and already looks like a racehorse.’

“The entire draft are superb with all of them displaying great temperaments and they are going from strength to strength. They all have good feet and trainers will be taking home a great racehorse,” Chris said.

With the oldest of his progeny now three-year-olds, Chris is confident the best of Rock Hero’s progeny are yet to be seen on the track.

With Rock Hero already achieving 3-4 winners and a couple of placegetters with two of those in stakes races, there is no doubt that Lauriston Park’s yearling draft is worth a look at.

Lauriston Park welcome on farm inspections and will be parading at Inglis Oaklands Junction from Tuesday the 14th of July 2020 until Thursday the 16th of July 2020.

You can view the Lauriston Park draft by clicking here.

Hoofnote: Lauriston Park’s draft are all nominated for Super VOBIS and are eligible for VOBIS Sires. Rock Hero will stand at $4500 plus GST for the 2020 breeding season.

Above: Lot 368 Jakkalberry x Dressed

Hollylodge Thoroughbreds’ Daniel Nevill is confident yearlings in his draft at the Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale are the equal of what he presented earlier this year in the main session of Melbourne Premier.

“Some of them were pulled out of Premier 2 and we used to do drafts for Adelaide but instead of going there we were targeting this sale with some of them that we thought would standout more here than Adelaide of Premier 2.”

The Avenel based farm is offering 14 yearlings which Nevill describes as lovely horses.

Sires of the yearlings included Jakkalberry, Puissance de Lune, Reward For Effort, Turffontein, Unencumbered, Kuroshio, Hampton Court and Scissor Kick.

Daniel certainly has a few of his yearlings which he believes have special attributes.

“I really like the Jakkalberry colt out of Dressed which is a Zabeel mare,” Nevill said.

“He is an absolute ripper.

“And I really like the Your Song colt out of Answers Are. He is a really nice colt.

“The Unencumbered colt out of With Angels Wings is another one I really like. He is the last of the Unencumbereds and is a nice horse.”

Nevill said his Kuroshio colt of Devon Belle looms as a perfect horse to get ready for a breeze up sale.

“If anyone wants a horse for all the breeze-ups, he is the one or if someone wants to get one to Hong Kong or something like that, he is perfect for that.

“He is super correct and is just ready to be saddled up to go.”

Nevill said with the postponement of the Gold Yearling Sale from April to July 16, it meant that they still had “all these lovely horses hanging around the farm” ready to start their racing careers in the coming months.

“I think the buyers love looking at the horses, don’t they,” he said.

“If they can’t see them, it’s very hard to sell young horses online. The prices have to suffer as well.

“It’s like I say to some people, a few of these horses aren’t going to standout on paper but if you see them in the flesh, you’d be taken by them.”

Nevill said the dam of the Your Song colt, Answers Are, is a good stakes winning mare from Western Australia and this is her second foal.

“They bought her online because she didn’t go into foal for a few years in a row and she went out to Widden and she got into foal to Your Song and she has got a lovely Spieth colt for next year’s sale,” Nevill said.

“These are only her second and third foals.

“The Kuroshio colt out of Devon Belle is closely related to More Than Exceed (seven wins from 27 starts) and he has won in town.

“As I said I quite like the Jakkalberry out of the Zabeel mare and I think it is a really great cross. They are the perfect broodmares.

“He is by a horse that ran third in a Melbourne Cup and is out of a Zabeel mare and is a lovely rangey, good walking horse and just looks like a stayer. He looks exactly what he is meant to be.”

Nevill said while they are offering a nice draft they know that under the current circumstances that they won’t be breaking any records in the ring.

“Type wise and if you’re a small trainer, we are going to meet the market, that’s for sure,” he said.

Hollylodge is also offering a Turffontein colt out of Tiki and last year sold this year’s The Showdown winner, Khoekhoe (Turffontein/Walvis Bay) at Melbourne Premier.

“We have got a soft spot for Turffontein at the moment and this one is a lovely horse,” Nevill said.

“It’s just a really nice bunch of horses and at this stage, all going well,  we have got in the supplementary a Belardo filly, a half to Savaheat (Savabeel/Heat Storm) flying in from New Zealand.

“Belardo is the leading first season sire (runners to winners) in Great Britain at the moment and is by Lope de Vega and he needs no introduction in Australia.

“Savaheat is a stakes winner for Mick Price and it’s going to be absolute beauty in the supps. I am sure it will be on everyone’s list to look at.”

Nevill said he could make a solid case for most of the horses in his draft.

“Even the Reward For Effort colt out of Croatian Quality is a beautiful horse,” he said.

“The sire is the leading sire of winners again in Victoria and he has got the Super VOBIS attached to him and he’ll be a nice horse for a small trainer.”

Nevill said he would hope all of the Victorian trainers would try to get around the Victorian breeders and support them through these tough and unprecedented times caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“If the trainers don’t get behind us and support us at these sales, we are going to be in a bit of strife,” Nevill said.

Nevill said that he would adapt the correct protocols if anyone wanted to inspect the yearlings at his farm.

“I would love them to come and inspect this draft,” he said.

“They have to be sold and people have been paying for these horses for an extra couple of months when they should have been sold,” he said.

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Above: Lot 436 Teofilo (IRE) x Hot Augusta (NZ) (Colt)

Despite all of the withdrawals from their draft, Chatswood Stud’s Nic Willis is confident the best horse still remains among the three that they’ll sell at the Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale.

Willis said the Teofilo (IRE) colt, out of Zabeel mare Hot Augusta (NZ), would have to be a standout at the sale.

“It is just a real shame that we can’t get that many people to see him as you would have liked for a live sale,” Willis said.

“He is beautifully bred and just a very nice classy animal and a really nice walk, a loose action.

“Anyone wanting a stayer, he would be it and he would have to the highlight of the sale and definitely one of the best stayers in the sale.”

Teofilo’s have been highly sought after at sales and Willis points out that in Australia and New Zealand, 14 have sold this season for an average of $199,000.

He said the owner of the colt specifically wanted the horse in this sale because he believed he would standout more but unfortunately the decision was made before the sale was moved to a digital format.

Willis said the price would suffer but they would be realistic and attempt to sell him.

“Someone should get a bargain, I think,” he said.

Willis said that after selling a yearling by Rakti, out of Citrium, at the 2013 Gold sale, for just $4000, they feel they have to always support this sale. The yearling – Polanski – was purchased by former Cranbourne trainer at the Gold sale’s equivalent in 2012. Polanski went onto win the 2013 Group 1 Victoria Derby and more than $1 million in prize money.

Willis said another yearling they sold for $8000 at the 2016 Gold Yearling Sale – That’s Justified (Reward For Effort/Explobo) – won again at Alice Springs on Wednesday. The gelding has done all its racing in the Northern Territory and won 11 races (all at Pioneer Park, Alice Springs) and $218,999 in prize money.

Willis said Lindsay Park representatives and a few others had inspected the yearlings last week, including one by Chatswood Stud’s resident stallion Reward For Effort.

Out of Empress Milly, Willis said the colt hadn’t been disadvantaged by having the sale delayed.

“He has really filled out and has improved the best out of them and he is a really nice, strong looking type that probably has a chance to run early,” Willis said.

“He was bred here and has always been a very classy looking horse but was a little bit small as a younger yearling and thankfully there are no size problems now.”

Willis said the colt had his sire’s big rear end and looks a powerful type.

The dam, Empress Milly is in foal to Chatswood Stud’s other stallion, Inference.

“She has only one named horse (Trafalgar), a Sebring that looked like it was ready to win before the Singapore races got called off,” Willis said.

“It won a trial on the second of July and hopefully he will improve the pedigree even more.”

Chatswood Stud is also offering a Zebedee (GB) colt of Exalted Blonde.

Willis said the grey colt had grown into a good type with nice bone on him and was well mannered and enjoyed his work each morning when he was being lunged.

“He is a nice big strong school boy bully type of horse,” Willis said.

He said the dam, which is by Face Value, won three races in South Australia and had produced four runners for three winners.

“The family is well known in South Australia with all of those Exalted horses,” Willis said.

“The client purchased the colt has a weanling.”

Willis said Reward For Effort continues as one of Victoria’s most sought after stallions.

To view the entire draft click here 

Above: Lot 290 Sports Edition x Barrett’s Mark (Colt)

Oakford Thoroughbreds have confidence ahead of the Gold Sale with their draft of nine yearlings. Earlier on in the year there was much anticipation with new style of sales being held online, however recent results have proved that buyers are still in the market for quality horses.

The highlight of the draft is a lovely Frosted filly with an attractive pedigree to accompany her. ‘She is lovely filly with a very nice pedigree and I believe she should be one of the highlights in the sale.’ Remarked Brian manager of Oakford Thoroughbreds.

An eye-catching yearling of the draft is the Sports Edition colt out of the mare Barrett’s Mark. ‘It may not on paper look as good as it should as his half-brother has won three out four races and was second in the other race with recently been sold to Hong Kong for $500,000. This particular colt for anyone who wants to spec a horse is well worth looking at as he is a lovely big horse.’

The Extreme Choice is another lovely filly in the draft with a good pedigree. ‘For anyone looking for a filly in that category, she won’t let you down.’

Brian is taking a flexible approach to the sale by not holding big reserves as believes buyers are still active in the market. ‘During these uncertain times these horses won’t have big reserves on them at this sale from our draft. I hope people who can come and see the horses will come and inspect. Let’s hope that we can get something out of this difficult time.

Earlier on in the year Brian had large concerns if any sales or racing was even able to go ahead with the restrictions that were put in placed due to COVID 19 but has recently been encouraged with sales results. ‘I was very worried early on when the Gold Sale was cancelled along with Easter Sale I had big concerns. The online sales and recent Easter and Scone sale I believe was very encouraging. The online sale of racehorses I believe have been very strong. There are still people who want to participate in the industry and this is the last opportunity for an untried yearling. I believe there will be a reasonably strong market for the right horses.’

Due to technology the ability for videos and photos of the yearlings have made the accessibility for an online auction much more effective. ‘Oakford Thoroughbreds will be providing videos and photos of their draft. For anyone unable to get out to the sale complex, agents will be available to give detailed information of the horses. From what I have seen bidding online is just like bidding in the sales ring.’

To view the full draft click here.

Above: Lot 44 Kuroshio x Manzie de Lago (Filly)

With their Basinghall Farm at Nagambie recently sold, Tas and Julie Rielley will offer four yearlings through Hollylodge Thoroughbreds’ draft at the Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale.

The four yearlings in the Inglis catalogue, which was printed months ago for the then April scheduled sale, are still listed under the Basinghall Farm banner, but will be sold by Hollylodge.

Rielley said he only had 10 horses on their 600 acre property and they would all be gone within the next 10 days.

“We couldn’t change the draft to be going through Hollylodge because the catalogue had already been printed months ago,” Rielley said.

“We sold the farm a month ago and we have to be out by the end of this month,” he said.

Rielley said they had put a lot of things into storage as they search for another farm, but says the timing was good as they had planned to downsize,

“We are just happy that it is happening,” he said.

“It’s a big farm and if I was 10 or 15 years younger, which I’m not, we’d still be flying along.”

Already with 15 yearlings in the sale, Hollylodge’s Daniel Nevill said he was happy to add another four from Basinghall Farm – three fillies and one colt.

Nevill said he was quite impressed with the first of Basinghall’s yearlings, Lot 44, a big filly by Kuroshio out of Manzie de Lago (Encosta de Lago).

“She is a lovely filly and is quite big but a beautiful filly,” Nevill said.

“She is a bigger, rangier sort of horse and has a sensational action. She has a great attitude and just, a lovely, lovely horse.”

Manzie de Lago was retired in December and the Kuroshio filly is her last foal. She has had five runners and all are winners, and there is also a stakes placing.

Nevill said Lot 166 – Your Song/She’s Rosie filly – and Lot 192 – Mshawish/Stormy Affair filly – would be both suited to a smaller type of training establishment.

He said the Mshawish filly was a nice enough type of yearling and is the first foal from She’s Rosie (Stratum).

The last yearling in the original Bashinghall Farm draft and now being offered by Hollylodge is a described by Nevill as a “lovely animal.”

Going through at Lot 386, the colt is by Mshawish (USA) and out of Feerique (Al Maher/All The Rave).

“The colt is very flashy and correct,” he said.

“He is big and strong and should really suit any trainer. He is just a lovely, lovely horse.

“He is probably a little bit too good for this sale. He’ll be a good buy to syndicate as he is very flashy and I think he should make his money, personally.”

Nevill said the colt was probably one of the best of the 19 yearlings that will go through the Hollylodge draft.

The dam Feerique won the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Launceston and finished second, beaten a length, in the Listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) at Hobart.

One of her progeny, Naadam (Written Tycoon) won six races in Tasmania and also had six seconds and six thirds.

Nevill welcomes as many potential buyers to come and inspect the yearlings at his Avenel Farm. He can be contacted on 0424 001 016

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Above: Lot 117 Street Boss x Radar (filly)

Blue Gum Farm have been setting record yearling prices since the 1980’s. In 1981 they sold the first yearling to make over $100,000 in Victoria. In 1982 they sold the highest priced filly to sell in Australia, and so it has continued. Fast forward to 2020 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and Blue Gum Farm were the leading vendor selling 23 lots for just over $4.5 million. Amongst the draft were the two highest priced yearlings and three of the top five yearlings at the sale. Blue Gum Farm have set a precedence for the quality yearlings they are producing out of their Euroa property.

Due to the change of format of this year’s Gold Sale, Blue Gum Farm will be offering six yearlings at the sale and Phil Campbell is delighted with his draft. Of the six yearlings, four are half relations to Group or Stakes winners and another is out of a Stakes winner.

“The three fillies are terrific dual purpose fillies,” remarked Blue Gum’s Phil Campbell recently. “We have two Street Boss fillies. Lot 117 is out of an Exceed and Excel mare who has already produced a Stakes winner and lot 332 is out of a Stakes winning Reset mare. We have the Manhattan Rain filly who is a half-sister to two Group winners. I don’t believe there will be too many fillies with those credentials in this catalogue.” Phil believes they are all nice fillies noting that there is as much to recommend them physically as there is on paper.

“Lot 117 is a half-sister to Intuition, a Stakes winner of over $440,000. Her full sister reached $80,000 at this sale last year and, named Classy Gal, is pleasing trainer Shaun Dwyer. This year’s filly is a precocious looking girl, strong and correct, she has a great attitude and has impressed us through her prep. The proven cross of Street Boss over Exceed and Excel is exciting too. It has already produced the likes of Group winners Hanseatic, Petit Filous and Tris. There is plenty to recommend this filly”.

Manhattan Rain is the only Victorian based stallion to sire a Golden Slipper winner. His first Victorian conceived crop of yearlings have sold terrifically well this year. His average of $132,500 for six sold at this year’s Premier Sale was a fantastic result and these rising 2yo’s are now in some of the best stables in the land. Lot 318 is a Manhattan Rain filly out of Chalonne, making her a half-sister to the Group winners Incumbent and Royal Chalon. “The additional time that this sale has provided has proved a great benefit for this filly. She has come on in leaps and bounds and is really developing into her frame now. She too is a nice correct filly who I can see really coming into her own after Christmas this year and beyond.”

One of Blue Gum Farm’s three colts for the sale is another Manhattan Rain yearling, this fellow (lot 239) being a half-brother to Stakes winner Vinland. “He’s a big, strong colt who stands over plenty of ground and, being a half-brother to a Stakes winner of almost $400,000, he should be a popular colt. Another with similar credentials is lot 67, the All Too Hard colt out of Miss Rangoon (USA). “He is a nice, solid colt. A half-brother to the Group winner Platinum Kingdom and a full brother to the Stakes placed winner Eclair Sunshine who has just continued to furnish over the journey. His sire is certainly doing a wonderful job too.”

‘As a group of six there is plenty to recommend our draft both physically and on paper. These yearlings have Premier Yearling Sale qualifications but we decided to give them more time to come on even more physically. Obviously they have ended up with a whole lot more time but it hasn’t done them any harm at all and they are presenting very well.”

Although it is not an ideal situation, Phil has already experienced the online format of selling and been impressed how well the horses sold. ‘It would appear to me that the online format has been embraced and Inglis deserve a huge amount of credit for the time and resources they have put into developing this selling format. As a result it has turned into a wonderful tool during this turbulent time. The whole concept has continued to pleasantly surprise me and I’m looking forward to the sale next week.”

You can view the entire draft here. 

If you would like to view Blue Gum Farm’s draft, please get in touch with the stud directly to arrange inspections.

Above: Lot 426 Palentino x Happy Hussy (filly)

Sun Stud will present 10 youngsters for the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale, including 4 by exciting first crop sire, Palentino.

“The delay to the sale – from April to July – clearly hasn’t worked in favour of vendors, but as last week’s sale in Sydney showed, there is still money for quality types,” Sun Stud’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall points out. “On the plus side, the yearlings have been given an extra three months to grow out and buyers will have plenty to work with.”

Selling up to $160,000 and averaging $108,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March, Palentino’s first yearlings have landed in all the leading stables including that of Chris Waller, Tony McEvoy, Gerald Ryan, David Hayes, Ciaron Maher, Peter Moody, Robbie Griffiths and Peter Moody and his Sun Stud quartet are bound to get a lot of attention from prospective buyers.

“A big, flashy chestnut with the white blaze … he’s definitely stamping his stock,” Marshall explains. “Race fans will always remember that Australian Guineas win against 8 Group 1 winners and then he followed up with another Group 1 in the Makybe.

“His colt from European stakes winner and successful producer, Testama [Lot 208] is really typical of the Palentinos … a looming presence!”

Marshall is likewise keen on the Bel Esprit filly from Costa Mesa [Lot 333].

“There’s a lot of upside to this filly … not only is she built in the mode of those tough Bels, but Bel Esprit is also the damsire of Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Beauty Generation and recent Magnus stakes winner, Front Page,” Marshall reveals. “Bel Esprit runners this season include outstanding 2YO, Kisukano (3 from 4) – the only horse to ever beat Rothfire – while this filly is a full sister to Tony Gollan’s Socialising, the winner of her last 3 starts and a red hot favourite at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.”

Given all the talk around the first yearlings by Written Tycoon’s Golden Slipper winner, Capitalist, Sun Stud’s filly from Miss Mossman [Lot 65] is sure to have plenty of admirers.

“Just like her sire, this filly is a really forward, precocious type and it wouldn’t surprise if this isn’t the last time we see her this year,” Marshall adds. “What’s more, the filly is a half sister to this season’s multiple winner, Private Council, and the 3rd foal of Group 1 NZ Oaks winner, Miss Mossman.”

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