Above: Lot 18 Warhorse (NZ) x Late Watch (filly)

The long wait for the Melbourne Gold Yearling sale has added some extra maturity, plus some winter coats, to the Bombora Downs draft of six.

Four of the yearlings are by two of the Bittern farm’s resident stallions – Warhorse (NZ) and Jungle Ruler.

Bombora Downs owner Christoph Bruechert said he was happy with the draft in what has been a tough period for a lot of breeders.

He said the delay in the sale had allowed the horses to develop and would provide the successful bidders with something to go on with immediately.

“It’s been good for those immature types particularly. A couple of extra months has made a big difference,” Bruechert said.

“I have got some particularly nice horses physically. If they like them on paper, they will love them once they’ve seen them.”

Bruechert did not hold back when asked to nominate a yearling in his draft that stood out.

“The one out of Late Watch (by Warhorse), Lot 18 just looks like a rocket to me,” he said.

“She is a stunning individual with a great body, a massive top end and she’ll go quick.”

“Lot 294 the Jungle Ruler/Bella Coureuse colt is a well put together package too.”

“The Jungle Ruler/Skewiff colt, Lot 174 is a pretty nice horse as well; great walker plus has a nice page.

“The Late Watch is probably the pick. She hasn’t got a bad page either and is just a really nice horse.”

Bruechert said that Lot 442, a filly by Trust in a Gust out of Inablitz (Testa Rossa) is developing into a genuinely nice horse. She is still a bit of a “baby” but has come on quickly while in work.

A chestnut colt by Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor), and out of Away With Words (Dylan Thomas/Moll Flanders), is also being offered by Bombora Downs. This is Away With Words’ second foal and her first, a filly, is by Warhorse.

“I don’t know how the Jimmy Creed’s will sell, but this is a very nice horse. He is good, strong, athletic and covers a lot of ground. There would not be anyone who would disagree, with some people falling in love with him one they see him in the flesh,” Bruechert said.

Bruechert is still hopeful that his stallion, Group 1 winner Warhorse (General Nediym/Rathlin Island), will make it as a stallion.

“He has had 18 runners for two winners at this point, which is a little disappointing, but I think it is a lot better than it looks as many of the runners have had only 2 or 3 starts. I’ve got a couple in work myself, one with Doug Harrison and he sent me some information this morning saying he really likes the horse.”

“Warhorse is at the crossroads for sure and I can keep talking the horse up but at some point, they have to do it on the track.”

Bruechert said he recently bought out the other owners of Warhorse, on the strength of the feedback he was receiving about the stallion’s progeny. He believes Warhorse is a bit of a sleeper with the best coming just around the corner.

On another note, Bruechert is getting quietly excited about one of Bombora Downs’ other stallions, Dandino, which had one yearling entered for the sale, but was withdrawn.

“The reports on Dandino progeny are really, really good and I am hearing some really positive stuff. He had his first starter the other day for Cindy Alderson (Tarantello) and the filly came home extremely well in very tough conditions at Bendigo.’’

Bruechert said Jungle Ruler has had 30 runners for nine winners. Of those, three are city winners with another three placing in the city, including Jungle Jane at Sandown last Wednesday. Again, many of the runners have had just a handful of starts.

“He is really doing a good job given the number of horses in work,” he said.

“It’s not an easy process.”

Bruechert said it was obviously always difficult for stallions that do not receive big books.

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