Bunyip-based Ampulla Lodge has been having excellent success of late from their graduate yearlings with a city double on the weekend, and a brilliant result on the Coast at the Magic Millions. Now they are looking to continue the great run at the Inglis Premier sale later in the month.
Specialising in pin hooking weanlings, all selected by Ampulla Lodge’s Steve and Ceri Jostlear, their yearlings are reared to perfection at their farm in West Gippsland and proudly offered at the top sales across the country.
Still happy to be celebrating the 7th best pin hook from the Magic Millions this January amongst a competitive group of 110 yearlings, the Jostlear’s were thrilled to see the colt turn the heads of the right buyers.
“It was a good day at the office, as we purchased the Charm Spirit x Enchanted Melody colt for $55,000 and sold him for $250,000. He looked like an early runner, perfectly suited to the market,” Steve said.
“John Foote told me he was typical of the type he had seen in Ireland and England, so we will be keen to keep an eye on him in the future. Good luck to Paul Beamish, Matthew Ng & connections – we hope he’s as good as Seasons Bloom!”
The performance of Ampulla Lodge graduates on the track is no doubt one reason for the farm’s sales success.
With two city winners in two days for Ampulla, their pin hook graduates include Ingeegoodbe’s solid win at Eagle Farm for Robert Heathcote. With eight wins, he has now amassed over $300,00 in prize money, while the son of Canford Cliffs, Chalk was an impressive winner at Canterbury bringing up a tally of three wins & over $150,000.
“It’s very satisfying to get these results. Looking at our graduates from 2009 and 2010 we had 100% winners to runners, 2011 we had 84%, 2012 – 82%, 2013 – 91% and in 2014 our graduates included the Hong Kong Group 1 winner Seasons Bloom, Ingeegoodbe, Pretty Bohemia, a two-time winner in Hong Kong and Rezak who has won over $200,000. In that year the nine horses we sold, have collected an incredible $4,391,000 in prize money.”
“We believe our results are owed to our strict selection process of weanlings, advice from our pedigree expert and our dedicated staff we have on farm and at the sales.”
“It’s great when our return buyers come back, and they trust our horses. One of our loyal buyers, had a friend looking to buy a yearling on the Coast, and he quickly said, “go to Ampulla and buy anyone you want.” It’s great when they have that kind of confidence and faith in us as vendors,” Steve said.
Looking at the eight-strong draft heading off to Premier later this month, Steve had highlighted some of their Victorian-sired standout colts.
“We are thrilled with both of our Magnus colts (Lot 75 and 338) as he is an ultra-consistent sire that always get winners. They prove to be extremely popular with trainers as they are just ready-made racehorses.”
“Both of these colts are correct, with good bone, nice, neat types and clean x-rays. Their temperaments are spot on, they don’t make mistakes, and we are confident that they will break in and handle the pressures of racing well. They eat, they drink, and they are no fuss.”
“One way you can pick the easy horses, is that the staff are always happy to lead them – they are the favourites in the barn,” Steve said.
“Our Fighting Sun (Lot 501) is a tall and elegant colt, with good bone and strength but so light on his feet. Out of Toorak Show, the half-sister to Toorak Toff, his half-brother, Umberto has won over $200,000 on the track. You would never pick him as a late foal, as he is well grown and has progressed nicely throughout the preparation.”
“We sold a Fighting Sun yearling last year to Tony McEvoy that we bought for $12,000 and sold for $120,000. He was a beautiful colt, so much so, we stayed in the ownership. Called The Pugilist, Tony has commented that he is very pleased with him so far.”
“Our Written Tycoon colt (Lot 231) is a typical smaller type, very similar to Written By, so we also nicknamed him Nugget. He is a well put together and easy-going colt, that shouldn’t be underestimated.”
“We also don’t want to forget our Trust in a Gust (Lot 669) colt who was picked out as one of our nicest yearlings. He is a big, strong, well-built colt and his family has current updates with his half-brother Master Of The Turf now recording two wins.”
“Although the Dundeel (Lot 334) and the Written Tycoon colts both made Easter, I wanted to stay in Melbourne and support the Premier sale. This is our biggest draft we have offered from Ampulla at Oaklands, and we are excited to say, probably our best.”