Above: Lot 361 Street Boss x Spirit of Carbine colt

Rosemont stud is based on the beautiful Barwon river and the brand has quickly established itself as one of the premier studs in Victoria. With the well-known red and white ‘rampant lion’ colours that has frequently featured in the winner’s circle, Rosemont can take credit for some outstanding Group 1 success of horses they consigned at the yearling sales including Mr Quickie, Santa Ana Lane and Hey Doc to name a few. In addition, their stallions have been making headlines with Starspangledbanner claiming titles both in Australia and overseas. Ryan McEvoy Rosemont’s General Manager of bloodstock has highlighted a few yearlings going through the ring at Melbourne Premier that he believes could be future champions.   

Lot 61 is the first yearling through the ring for Rosemont Stud and one that has impressed the team. ‘We have a nice Deep Field filly out of a mare called Dineeta. She is a forward strong, mature filly with great athleticism. This filly has impressed us and has thrived in the preparation and we believe it won’t take long until she reached the track.’   

In terms of pedigree Lot 136 is of particular interest. ‘The Zoustar colt out of the mare Leica Forward has a lovely pedigree. He is bred on the same cross as Sunlight being a Zoustar out of a Charge Forward mare. He has a nice profile and will grow into a beautiful three-year-old.’  

A stand-out yearling from the Rosemont draft is Lot 361, a son of Street Boss out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Spirit of Carbine. The dam is half-sister to multiple Stakes winner Pampelonne which includes the Group 2 The Shorts to his credentials. The Street Boss colt is a lovely horse. Really sharp with good substance to him and natural muscle. A quality horse. He’s out of a Danehill Dancer mare  the same cross as Rapper Dragon who has been a star in Hong Kong. 

Another yearling that Ryan has highlighted in the draft is Lot 460. A So You Think Colt out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Abyssinie. ‘The So You Think colt is a lovely athletic and mature horse. He has a great outlook and a lovely profile. He will be a well-found colt in the draft.’ 

Out of the sire who is close to Rosemont’s hearts is Lot 429, a son of Starspangledbanner out of Wangaala‘He is a lovely style of horse, very mature and intelligent. The colt moves very well with a good stride and good walk and everything you want to see. He looks like he won’t take long to get going  

Ryan remarks the success that the Rosemont stallion has been having both in Australia and oversea. ‘Physically Starspangledbanner is a great looking stallion and one that is very close to our heart. He has been a popular stallion for a number of years and is of course the sire of two Group One winning 2-Year-Old’s in Europe. He has proved to be a great source of speed, precocity’   

Lot 577 is another highlight of the draft, a Hellbent colt who is the first foal out of the Stakes winning American mare, Debbie’s Tude‘He is a good style of horse, strong, mature and very typical of what you would expect of a Hellbent. We expect him to popular at the sale.’  

Rosemont Stud will be offering four lots from the in-demand sire, Toronado. The sire’s top lot at this year’s Magic Millions was knocked down for $220,000 and purchased by Alexander Racing. ‘We also have a good lot of Toronado colts in particular offered in the draft. He is a stallion that is going the right way and had a good results this month with two new Stakes winners.’ 

By the Rosemont’s popular stallion Starcraft, there are two colts on offer in the draft (Lot 378 and Lot 495)‘We are also pleased with our Starcraft colts that are really nice, good strong forward yearlings and we expect them to be well found – particularly with an eye to Hong Kong given the sire’s success in that jurisdiction.’ 

Rosemont stud are delighted with the draft that they will be offering at Melbourne Premier and are looking forward to attending the sale with their impressive draft of twenty-six yearlings. Overall, we have a very even, albeit strong draft which has a good depth to it. We feel we have selected the right style of horses to come to this particular sale.’   

The 2021 Magic Millions saw the launch of Victoria Alliance who were out in force to source high quality colts who will later become a great stallion prospect in Victoria. Ryan, who along with Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen developed the idea, explains that their presence will also be seen at Melbourne Premier and the Easter sale. ‘We have been excited to launch the Victoria Alliance. We have spent since midway through 2020 establishing the idea so it is great to see it materialised. It was always our plan to launch initially at Magic Millions followed by the Melbourne Premier and the Easter Sale.’  

Rosemont have long been supporters of the VOBIS scheme and have benefitted from the riches of the scheme. ‘We were recently talking to John McCardle who mentioned a race he received the VOBIS bonuses with over 100% increase in the initial prizemoney. It is unbelievable the benefits that VOBIS offers to the Victorian Thoroughbred Industry. From a Rosemont point of view, we can’t speak more highly of the VOBIS scheme.’ 

The strength of the market has been unbelievable following the turbulent year that 2020 threw at us. Ryan explains that there is confidence for Melbourne Premier as the Inglis Classic Sale where records were hit has so often been a benchmark for Premier. ‘We have seen the strength of the Gold Coast, Sydney Classic and New Zealand Bloodstock did an incredible job with their sale. Based on that you would expect that Melbourne Premier will be just as strong. Previously the sale has been a great source of high-class horses and expect this year will prove nothing less.’  

To view the full draft click here. 

Above: Lot 138 Inference x Lickety Lemon colt

Inference was the first Australian Group 1 winner by Cox Plate hero So You Think (High Chaparral) when he stormed home in the 2017 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

The Team Hawkes colt had won a juvenile maiden at Ballarat before training on at three for a Group 1 placing in the Victorian Derby.  Transferred to Sydney, he came from last to double up for the High Chaparral sireline in the Randwick Guineas.

Dundeel (High Chaparral) had won the 2013 edition and he stands for a $66,000 service fee at Arrowfield Stud.

“He’s a superstar,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said as Tommy Berry brought Inference back to scale at Randwick.  “He wasn’t ready today but he just doesn’t know his own ability.”

Chatswood Stud owner Greg Willis is confident buyers will also take a shine to the first yearlings by Inference.  “We can’t wait to show them off at Oaklands,” he said.  “The colt from Road To Rio (Lot 290) is a stunning individual.  And we also have two other classy colts and two beautiful fillies by him.”

The colt out of Road To Rio (Stratum) is the first foal from a half-sister to First Among Equals who was a multiple Stakes winning sprinter in Melbourne and Perth. Second-dam Pride Of The Class (NZ) won a G3 Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham.

The Inference – Lickety Lemon colt (Lot 138) is from an imported Canadian Stakes winner who has foaled two winners from two to the races.  His pedigree has Group 1 winners right down the page in North America and Europe.

Chatswood’s Showcase yearlings on Tuesday includes the Inference filly from Voyant (Lot 742).  Her dam is an Artie Schiller half-sister to Caulfield Stakes winners Second Effort (G2 P B Lawrence Stakes) and Diamond Effort (G3 Heath Stakes).

The Seymour nursery also has a chestnut colt by its prolific winner-getter Reward For Effort (Lot 773) and they sign off the Showcase session with (Lot 786), a half-brother to 6 winners from the first Australian crop of Galileo’s champion son Highland Reel.

To view the full draft click here.

Above: Lot 39 Footprint x Lonhro filly (image: Bronwen Healy)

Musk Creek Farm, a boutique farm operation on the Mornington Peninsula will be taking a small draft of four to Melbourne Premier. ‘We are a boutique farm who mainly focus on quality and making sure we can produce what the market wants. I am confident going to the sale that we have four very nice horses that will be well received.’ Remarked Scott from Musk Creek Farm.   

This year Musk Creek Farm has a strong focus on the quality of broodmares with all the dam’s having proven success on the track. ‘All the progeny of the dams in the draft that have reached the track have won, which as a statistic we are very proud ofIt should give the buyers a lot of encouragement knowing that these mares are producing on the track and I feel we have the right type for the sale.’  

The first lot that will be going through the ring for Musk Creek Farm is Lot 39, a daughter of Lonhro out of the Redoute’s Choice mare, Footprint. The dam is half-sister to Marching and Gait and is from the family of Trapeze Artist. She has two foals to race who are both middle distance winners. ‘She is a really striking Lonhro filly, with nice strength, amazing walk and a very relaxed nature. The mare also has a nice 2YO by Sebring with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott who is yet to race but they have high expectations of the horse.’ This filly is from a great broodmare sire and will maintain residual value from a high quality family.   

A highlight of the draft is Lot 204, a colt by Zoustar out of Mumtaazah. The dam is a half-sister to the Stakes 2YO winner Petits Filous and with one foal to race, a gelding by Dissident is a three-time winner over 1050m. ‘This colt looks more of a Sunlight type of Zoustar, he is a more compact type with a lovely over-step and walk. We have been impressed with his attitude during the preparation and he has done all that we have asked of him.’ This colt ticks all the boxes for buyer that would be looking for the stallion types. As a third-generation double cross of Redoute’s Choice this colt has lot of appeal.  

‘We do all our matings at Musk Creek on type, obviously taking the pedigree into account. We try and match up a mare with a stallion and vice versa so that we are producing the right type. We are delighted with the cross of this Zoustar colt. 

Lot 292 is the next yearling for Musk Creek, a Churchill colt out of Rock Princess. The colt is a half-brother to Rock Tycoon (Written Tycoon), a six-time winner with prize money of $160,965. More recently the half-sister, Jessica Rae trained by Graeme Begg put in a dominant performance at Kyneton winning by over 5 lengths. ‘The colt is a lovely big athletic horse with great conformation. He is a really nice horse, is a good size and I certainly think he will catch buyers attention at the sale.’   

The final yearling in the draft is in session two at Melbourne Premier, Lot 768. A daughter of Magnus out of Bianslick. The mare has three foals to race who are all winners including the filly by Squamosa, Rays Dream who has won four times with $174,050 in prizemoney and the recent impressive 2 year old winner on debut La Rocque who is likely to be aimed at Stakes races in the near future. The filly is also from the same family as Cliff’s Edge. ‘Despite the filly being in session two, there is a lot of upside for someone to buy this filly.’  

Musk Creek’s draft have something for everyone at the sale, those looking for a stallion type and fillies with broodmare residual value. ‘What I like about our draft this year is not only the mares are doing a good job, but they are also lovely proven families with black type on all of them and I certainly think the product is there to match it.’  

Scott believes that the Victorian trainers will be largely focused on the Premier sale in order to benefit from the VOBIS scheme. ‘The Victorian trainers and owners target the horses that are nominated for VOBIS. It is a great incentive for people wanting to race horses in Victoria and for owners, breeders and trainers to pin point those horses at the sale.’   

Ahead of the sale and Scott has a lot of confidence following the strong results received from Magic Millions and Inglis Classic sales‘It’s amazing how buoyant the market appears to be, and everyone is expecting the market from Magic Millions and the Classic sale to continue. Year on year Melbourne Premier seems to be raising the bar and I certainly think that we will do as good if not better than last year. The industry is thriving with people wanting to get involved which is encouraging going forward for everyone.’  

 

Above: Mares and foals enjoying the pasture at Miranda Park

Miranda Park, established in 2003, is a boutique broodmare farm located in the Macedon Ranges at Hesket. Set on 200 beautiful acres of lush pasture with undulating hills and creek flats, the farm is owned and run by Gary O’Meara, wife Helen and son Tom 

This year, the family operated farm, will present four colts at the Melbourne Premier sale. 

“All of our draft are quality yearlings, and all have excellent X-rays and scopes to match,” Gary O’Meara said.  

The first colt to take the stage at Oaklands Junction is lot 105, a son of hot sire, Toronado 

“He is a quality individual, a very proportionate horse with a lot of strength throughout his body. He uses his whole body when he walks,” Gary said.   

Toronado is doing a great job with two new stakes winners a few weekends ago. He is out of a Red Ransom mare, who is out of a G3 winning Danehill mare and we know that cross works well with Toronado, so he is a ready-made racehorse,” Gary enthused.  

The next lot to enter the ring for Miranda Park is lot 372, a colt by Divine Prophet out of the G3 winning Keltrice mare, Storm Signal.  

“This colt is a half-brother to a stakes winning two-year-old, Destruction. He is a neat athletic colt, who is light on his feet. He has a fluent effortless action and I believe this horse will be up and running as a two-year-old and will have a great three-year-old career,” Gary commented.   

The next lot to go through for Miranda Park is lot 649, a Puissance de Lune colt out of Lominata  

“This scopey colt has thrived through his preparation, he’s very correct and has a lot of speed on his female side. Being by Puissance de Lune, you would expect him to have stamina as well. I anticipate he will be very good over 1600 metres and that’s the sort of horse he looks like,” Gary commented.  

The final colt to head through the ring, will be lot 777, a son of Woodside sire Rich Enuff out of Canyonville (NZ) 

“This colt is a powerful colt with a great attitude, terrific strength through his forearms and gaskins and strong hindquarters,” Gary said.  

“Rich Enuff is doing a good job at the moment with Dosh being his headline horse and this colt is a half-brother to three good winners and is from the same family as G1 winner Markus Maximus,” Gary said.  

Miranda Park will commence parading at Oaklands Junction from Tuesday morning and to view the pedigrees of their draft, click here.  

 

Merton Creek Thoroughbreds are taking a draft of six to Melbourne Premier, and Sunny Mitchell comments ‘it is based on quality not quantity.’ The draft includes yearlings by first season sires for the Southern Hemisphere Highland Reel and ImpendingImpending has already produced impressive results in the sales ring with his first yearlings through the ring averaging $127,000 at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale and Merton Creek will be offering three yearlings by Impending in their draft. Similarly, this year is the first southern hemisphere yearlings through the ring for Highland Reel and his first yearlings averaged $115,000 at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale.  

The first lot through the ring for Merton Creek Thoroughbreds is Lot 113, the son of Impending out of the Nicconi mare, Kristofferson who was a winner over 1000m. The dam is half-sister to Listed winners Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Good ‘N’ Fast who has one foal to race that was placed as a two-year-old.  ‘This colt is a great type with good symmetry and excellent proportions.  He is very athletic and fluent across the ground. His work is flawless as are his X-rays.’  

Lot 576 is a highlight yearling in Merton Creek’s draft, a filly by Highland Reel out of the Zamindar mare, Dazzledar. The filly is a three-quarter sister to the Stakes winner Kinaan, a gelding by Galileo and her second dam Razzle, is a full sister to Danehill. An outstanding pedigree with multiple Black type listed on her page. ‘We regard her as the standout in our draft.  She was our pick of the 2019 foal crop and she has maintained that position through her development and preparation. She has excellent conformation, well grown with good bone, great work ethic with an attitude to match and has flawless X-rays.’  

Another son of Impending in the draft is Lot 585, out of the mare Doojah. The Stakes placed dam was a sprinting type winning over 1100m and 1200m gaining $156,300 in prizemoney. Doojah has produced three winners with five foals making it the track. ‘This colt has grown well through all phases of his development.  He has been impressive throughout his preparation stepping up to all that was asked from him.  His preparation has seen him mature in growth, muscle and importantly mind set. He has impressive X-rays.’  

The next through the ring is Lot 643, a colt by Bel Esprit out of the Red Ransom mare, Lambrays. The dam is full sister to Cinque who also produced the Group 3 winner Alassio. Lambrays has two foals to race who are both winners, Burgundy Lass a filly by Nicconi a four-time winner and Swilling a filly by Delago Deluxe a three-time winner.  ‘This colt was always a standout as a foal and has continued to impress through his development and preparation. He has excellent conformation, well grown with good bone, great work ethic with an attitude to match and has excellent X-rays.’ 

The final Impending yearling of the draft is Lot 753 a filly out of the Commands mare, Amaal. The dam is a winner over 1400m and is half-sister to Stakes winner Night at the Opera. This filly has an impressive pedigree with plenty of black type on her page. ‘This filly is another impressive type.  She is extremely athletic with fluent action, has a great walk, a beautiful temperament with an excellent work ethic.  She is very quick on the uptake and has been a pleasure to prepare.’ 

Lot 799 is the final yearling through the ring for Merton Creek Thoroughbreds. A son of Smart Missile by the Bletchley Park mare, Decryption. The dam has two foals to race with two winners, Royal Enigma and Is Anyone There. ‘This impressive colt has grown very evenly through his development with good consistent weight gain.  He is well grown in both body and height, has excellent bone and is attentive in his work. This colt is presented with flawless X-rays. He is 4th last in the sale but definitely worth the wait.’ 

All of the draft has been nominated for the VOBIS scheme and Merton Creek Thoroughbreds has previously benefitted from the riches of the scheme. ‘As with past years, all our yearlings are nominated for the VOBIS Scheme.  This scheme is of huge benefit to our buyers, trainers, our breed to race clients, as well as the Victorian Breeders.’ 

To view the full draft click here.  

 

 

Above: Lot 73 Lonhro x Hangin’ Tough colt

Merricks Station have been going from strength to strength since they first started selling at Melbourne Premier in 2019. This is driven by the infectious passion and dedication of Ben Cooper and the team around him. In the last twelve months the farm has doubled in size to nearly 200 acres and the team has grown significantly with it. This year they will be taking a draft of thirteen to the sale of which ten are bred from the farm. ‘It is our biggest and best draft that we have offered. We had six yearlings in 2019 which was our first year of selling. We wanted to have ten to fifteen horses going through the sale and this is the first year we have reached that levelMerricks Station decided to focus purely on Melbourne Premier as they appreciate the good work Inglis do at the sale and wanted to keep all their yearlings in Victoria.   

Merricks Station is based on the Mornington Peninsula and is a stunning property. Ben has had a focus on the state-of-the-art facilities with a property that is as beautiful as it is functional. ‘We have the capacity to have the bigger rolling paddocks for the yearlings to grow out on however, currently with the sale around the corner they are in the smaller paddocks to protect them. The larger paddocks are a huge benefit to yearlings development allowing them to build natural strength over time.’   

Ben explains that there has been a focus on sourcing quality broodmares whilst selecting leading sires. Majority of the pedigree pages include Black Type mares or siblings which has been a conscious decision when selecting the broodmares. ‘It is one of those things that good things take time. We have had to acquire the good quality broodmares and get them in foal to the right stallion. This year we have a strong mix of well-related mares and very commercial stallions including Pierro, Sebring and Lonhro to name a few.’  

Ben, who for many years has been on the other side as a buyer has strongly considered what he looks for at the sales which is strong athletic types with active families and the residual value with the fillies and believes this is what people what to see at the sales.  

One of the stand-out yearlings in the draft is Lot 73, a son of Lonhro out of the Exceed and Excel mare Hangin’ Tough. Hangin’ Tough is three-quarter to Helmet and Pearls. ‘The first foal by the mare that we sold is a gelding called Tuvalu that Lindsay Smith trains. He’s won his first two start by a combined 10 lengths. Lindsay Smith believes he’s a Group horse in the making.’  

Another one to highlight is Lot 438, a colt by Pierro out of Whistle Baby. ‘We raced Whistle Baby and she is Group placed mare winning over $500,000 in prizemoney. She is a tough mare and has thrown a really nice Pierro colt. Anyone looking for a good quality colt with a nice page is going to be looking at him’  

An impressive statistic is that Merricks Station are on 100% horses sold to winners with those that have been bred and raised on the farm. This year ten of the thirteen have been bred on the farm with the other three as agent. ‘We have had the ultimate care of the ten horses and so we are hoping that the strike rate can continue. It is really exciting that we have ten horses that we have cared for all the way through that we can take to the sale.’  

Ben has confidence ahead of the sale after the results seen at Magic Millions and more recently Classic Sale. ‘Our gut feeling is that it is going to be a strong sale as both Magic Millions and Classic have sold well. We also still race a number of horses and there are still people who have horses to buy and orders to fill and we are hopeful that Melbourne fits that bill.’  

Merricks Station have nominated all of their ten horses for VOBIS and Ben explains the impact the scheme can have at the sale both as a buyer and seller.  

‘The VOBIS Scheme is really attractive, I know as a seller but also a buyer that you want those horses with the VOBIS sticker as it helps you recoup a lot of costs early on particularly when they focus the bonuses on the 2yo and 3yo’s.’  

To view the full draft click here

Above: Lot 344 Deep Field x Smart Miss Hill filly

For Michael and Siobhan Christian of Longwood Thoroughbred Farm (LTF)the 2021 Melbourne Premier Sale, marks the second time they will present a draft of yearlings for sale 

While the pair may be relatively new to consigning drafts of horses, they are far from being new to the breeding game.   

In fact, their love affair with racehorses, started in the 90’s, after securing a share in a racehorse.  

 Since this initial first taste of the industry, Michael and Siobhan have gone on to breed some outstanding horses such as Eloping, Fuhryk, Of The Brave, Eloping, Hallowell BelleFuddle Dee Duddle, Bella Nipotina, Jesse’s Girl and Unpretentious. 

Longwood Thoroughbred Farm also had two outstanding results at last month’s Magic Millions Yearling sale, when two yearlings they bred sold extremely well 

A filly owned in partnership with Segenhoe Stud sired by I Am Invincible and out of LTF bred Eloping was knocked down to Godolphin for $900,000.   

Not too much further into the sale, another LTF bred horse, a colt owned in partnership with Widden Stud, sired by Zoustar and out of LTF bred, Fuddlee Dee Duddle, was knocked down for $1 million dollars to the Victorian Alliance, Suman Hedge and David Redvers Bloodstock.   

The filly and the colt were two record results for the farm. The colt signifying Longwood Thoroughbred Farm’s first million-dollar lot and Michael Christian who was in attendance was ecstatic at the sale.   

“The farm is going extremely well and it was an absolute thrill to watch the two yearlings go through the ring and bring such great prices. We bred both the mares, Eloping and Fuddle Dee Duddle and to watch them both go on and become stakes winners and then produce quality foals is enormously gratifying.” Michael enthused. “Full credit to our partners in the mares, Segenhoe Stud and Widden Stud who consigned the yearlings. They did fantastic job presenting the yearlings.”  

“The Fuddle Dee Duddle colt we bred with Widden Stud, was purchased by the Victorian Alliance, which LTF is also part of, so I cannot wait to see how he goes when he hits the track,” Michael said. “And Eloping’s I Am Invincible filly will be given every possible chance to reach her full potential under the guidance of James Cummings and the team at Godolphin.”  

Ahead of the Melbourne Premier sale, Michael is positive and enthusiastic of what the sale should bring.   

“We are excited to be taking our second draft to Melbourne Premier for buyers to inspect and hopefully purchase. Our team, led by our Farm Manager, Lelaina have done an amazing job preparing the yearlings for sale. ” Michael said. 

The yearling sales season has got off to a strong start so hopefully that will carry through to the Premier Sale”. Michael said.  

At this year’s sale, the farm will take nine yearlings to Oaklands Junction.  

“We have a lovely bunch of horses both in Premier 1 and the Showcase session. The yearlings are by a nice array of stallions including, Written Tycoon, Deep Field, Dundeel, Street Boss, Russian Revolution, Starspangledbanner, Spirit of Boom and Star Witness,” Michael Christian said.   

When asked for his highlights of his 2021 draft, it was tough for Michael to single them out.  

The first lot to go through the ring for the farm will be lot 32, a colt by Russian Revolution colt out of Testa Rossa mare, Fiery Jest.  

“This colt is a strong, powerful yearling, who looks like he might get up and run nice and early. His half-brother was purchased by Hawkes Racing at last year’s Melbourne Premier sale for $200,000 and is showing promise.” Michael said.  

The next lot to go through the ring, lot 191, is a son of Written Tycoon out of the Snitzel mare, Miss Tomb Raider.   

“He is the second foal from the mare and is a similar colour to his sire. The colt is beautifully balanced and athletic. One of the exciting things with this colt is how he has thrived through the preparation. He loves his work and has a great appetite.” Michael said.  

The next lot to go through the ring which Michael gives an insight to is lot 344, a Deep Field filly out of Smart Missile mare, Smart Miss Hill.  

This filly is a mid-November foal but you would never know it. She’s a great size, moves well and has plenty of strength about her. But not only is she a wonderful physical specimen she is from the incredible Freedom Fields family, which continues to produce stakes winners. In recent times, the exploits of Away Game has continued to add to the family,” Michael said.  

The next filly which Michael gives insight on is lot 427, a daughter of Dundeel out of Fastnet Rock mare, Vinay.  

“She is a beautiful, bodied filly with a lovely action, she has thrived through her preparation and we are very excited to present her to buyers. We are really hopeful she will do extremely well in the sales ring,” Michael enthused.  

The final yearling which Michael mentions is lot 686, a daughter of Street Boss out of Quick Thinking.   

“She is an absolute powerhouse of a filly, an absolute tank. She is incredibly strong with an amazing hind quarter and girth. This filly will get up and go nice and early,” Michael said.  

Longwood Thoroughbred Farm will be at Oaklands parading from Tuesday at 8.30am and the entire draft can be viewed here. 

For the family team of Travis and Bec, Jackson and Brooke Kelly, Kelly Thoroughbreds started after a lifelong love of horses which led to the family breeding their own Thoroughbreds to race themselves.  

“We found it tough to purchase in the yearling market after prices continued to drive us out when we started. So, we started breeding our own horses to race and then we ended up growing from there and decided we needed to sell some,” Travis Kelly commented. 

Bec has been a trainer for over 15 years for 42 wins and trains a boutique team from Sale and has about 4 -8 in work at any one time. 

Travis grew up with horses in the High Country of Victoria and at 20 years old, he won the Cattleman’s Cup. The Cattleman’s Cup is a bush race which celebrates the history and culture of Australia’s mountain cattlemen and women and is an annual event held in Merrijig.  

You could say that it was destined that they would have a lifelong relationship with Thoroughbreds. 

Initially they sent their mares to stallions which they could afford and then they constantly decided to “raise the bar,” as Bec puts it. 

“We have clients which ask us to manage their breeding stock, including other family members but we mainly breed to sell and any which don’t sell, we race ourselves,” Bec commented. 

For the 2021 Melbourne Premier sale, the team will present three yearlings, all of which are Victorian sired, at Oaklands Junction. 

The first lot to head through the ring for the pair is lot 446, a filly by Impending. She is out of a Danzero mare, Young Love. 

“She is a very strong filly and still improving each day and we have sold a couple out of her before and they have sold very well. Last year, her weanling Frosted filly made $70,000 to Bill Wilde before any of his progeny had stepped out on the track” Travis said. 

The filly on offer at Oaklands is a half-sister to Bendigo Golden Mile winner, Dodging Bullets, who has won over $500,000 in prizemoney and seven races. 

The second yearling to head through the ring, is lot 647, a filly by sire Palentino. The Street Boss mare, Lil’ Monster has handled her prep well and Travis and Bec are delighted with her progress. 

“The mare has thrown a nice type for her to get into Premier. She is very correct and has good size,” Bec said. 

The final yearling to head through the ring for the team, is lot 653, the only Holler colt on offer at the sale. 

The unraced I Am Invincible mare, was retired to the breeding barn after it was discovered the mare had a chip in her fetlock and Travis and Bec couldn’t pass her up after all the success I Am Invincible was having. 

“We have had a few Hollers come though this colt is very similar in the fact they have been all dark brown and tough looking horses,” Bec said.  

“He has really great size about him with plenty of scope. Busuttin Racing have the half-sister which they bought from us and they are really happy with her. He will mature into a very nice horse,” Bec said. 

Travis and Bec are no strangers to breeding racehorses after graduates of theirs have gone on to win in Hong Kong and they currently have Lunar Fox winner of last year’s Group 2 Sires at Flemington on the racetrack as a graduate of theirs.   

“As a trainer, I don’t mind seeing other people have success with our horses, it is in our benefit for others to have the success,” Bec commented. 

 “Everything is genuinely up for sale we don’t hold back anything. Any horses which aren’t knocked down, we race ourselves – this is our model,” Travis commented. 

Kelly Thoroughbreds will begin parades from the ## and to view their draft, click here.  

Above: Lot 48 Artie Schiller x Gaelic Queen colt

For Daniel Nevill and his team at Hollylodge, the last twelve months have been action packed. Khoekhoe, a graduate of his 2019 draft winning the VOBIS Sires Showdown, a new bub for himself and his partner Katie, and the everyday hustle and bustle of running a busy farm, Daniel will present 15 yearlings to Oaklands for the Melbourne Premier sale.   

While the draft is predominantly by Victorian sires, the horses sired by interstate stallions are mostly Victorian bred.  

“It is a very equal draft in terms of what is on offer. We worked with Simon Vivian and the Inglis team very closely to make sure that we were taking horses down there which would meet the market,” Daniel said.   

“We wanted to select the best type we could find rather than simply choosing a horse based on the appeal of a stallion.” 

Daniel believes that the yearlings in his draft truly will make good racehorses and there isn’t much that sets them apart from one another.  

The horses in this draft are a great physical and not just a page. I have confidence that every horse going to the sale will make a racehorse,” he said.  

Daniel also believes that the riches of VOBIS which are on offer for buyers, is a massive incentive when purchasing Victorian yearlings. 

“Pretty much the entire draft is Super VOBIS with the exception of one. It’s a great scheme and with the money on offer, if you have a draft of Victorian horses, you will have every Victorian trainer come and seek out the horses, Daniel commented.  

While Daniel didn’t want to pick out highlights from his draft, as he believes all his yearlings will make the track, Daniel highlighted the following yearlings and are in no particular order 

Lot 48, which is sired by Stockwell sire, Artie Schiller, is a colt out of the ¾ sister to  Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed sprinter Vain Queen. The colt out of the unraced mare is nominated for Super VOBIS and the family includes Karuta Queen.   

“He is an exceptionally good moving horse with beautiful markings. I believe he will be able to run as a late 2YO and train on and furnish out into a lovely older horse, he is the ultimate Victorian Super Vobis horse,” Daniel said. 

Lot 180 is the Highland Reel out of Miracle Magic. The dam is a four-time winner with one of those wins, being at two-years-old and this filly is the half-sister to Group 3 winner, Greyworm. 

“Out of all the horses I have ever seen or prepared that have gone on to make good racehorses this filly moves like the good ones! She has such a great efficient action. Being the half to Greyworm, she has huge residual value aswell,” Daniel commented.  

Another horse which Daniel recommends all trainers get down and inspect is lot 270, a colt by Magnus and out of the two-time winner, Rada.  

Rada has had four foals to race all of which are winners, including Beau Rada and Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate winner Power Trip.  

“He is perfect for Victorian trainers. He has a good body, shape and size. You could feed him three times a day and he would work three times a day and wouldn’t blink an eye. If I were a trainer in Vic, he is the horse I would be looking at,” Daniel said.  

The next horse which Daniel rates, is lot 435 a colt by Deep Field out of the Charge Forward mare, Western Gem. A four-time winner including one win in her two-year-old career, she has had one foal to race that hoes now won 5 races and a city win since the catolog has been printedher name is ChivargoChivargo is the full sister to the yearling heading through the ring at Oaklands.  

“He is strong with great bone and great physical substance and a great walk. It looks like you could break him in next week and target early races,” he is bred to go fast early and that’s what he looks like Daniel said.  

And after Khoekhoe’s success in the VOBIS Sires Showdown last year, Hollylodge will also present a ¾ colt to Khoekhoe for sale at Oaklands.  

Bred by Susan Keating, the colt is out of Miss Elsa who has had four wins, with two of those at two-years-old and has had one foal to race, who is a winner. 

“People say the Showdown is a restricted race, but Khoekhoe has gone on to win a stakes race on the last day of the spring carnival and was one inch off of being a Group 2 winner on Cox Plate day,” Daniel quipped.  

While Daniel listed a few top lots, he commented, “I could make a case for all of them as there wouldn’t be much which sets them apart.” 

Hollylodge will be parading their draft from 9am on Wednesday morning. To view their full draft, click here.  

Above: Lot 467 Redoute’s Choice x Ain’tnofallenstar colt

Glentree Thoroughbreds will be heading to Inglis Melbourne Premier sale with a draft of seven yearlings from leading sires. ‘We are taking a select draft of seven yearlings to Melbourne Premier this year, with every yearling by a Champion or a proven stallion.’ These include Not a Single Doubt, Written Tycoon and Redoute’s Choice to list a few.  Remarked Luke Simpson from Glentree Thoroughbreds.  

During the Magic Millions Gold Coast, Glentree Thoroughbreds were celebrating as their Merchant Navy Colt which was sold out of the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft was knocked down for $400,000 to Black Soil Bloodstock, John Foote Bloodstock and Gollan Racing.  

The first yearling through the ring for Glentree Thoroughbreds and the second Victorian yearling is Lot 4. The son of Written Tycoon by Eight Points. The dam is half-sister to Stakes winner Ocean Jewel and looks like a lovely horse on type.   

Lot 158 from a pedigree side alone is a highlight of the draft. A Snitzel colt out of a More Than Ready mare, Madam Lily. The dam is half-sister to Stakes winners Friesan Fire and Villermont and this is her second foal. ‘I am excited by the Snitzel colt out of Madam Lily, it is from one of the best families of the Australian Stud Book. He looks really exciting on paper and has the physical attributes to match.’   

Glentree Thoroughbreds are excited to be offering Lot 467, a son of Redoute’s Choice out of the Starcraft mare Ain’tnofallenstar. The colt is closely related to the Stakes winner Ain’tnodeeldun and a graduate of Melbourne Premier. This is the only yearling in the sale by Redoute’s Choice going through Melbourne Premier and Luke explains the legacy the sire holds. ‘We are really excited to have a Redoute’s Choice in the draft given they are the last crop of what has been a legacy. There is only a handful of them left so it is a privilege to be selling one through our draft.’    

Glentree Thoroughbreds have been delighted with the preparation of their yearlings despite the challenges the Victorian weather has thrown at them. ‘We have been really happy with the preparation of the yearlings; it has been a little tricky with the weather, but they are all on target to get there and we are delighted with them.’  

The Melbourne Premier sale is the first yearling sale that Glentree Thoroughbreds will be consigning under their own banner for two years and it is evident when talking to Luke the strong support the farm have for the Victorian industry. ‘We strategically made a plan, we are very proud of Victorian breeders’ and given the COVID times that we face we thought it was important to back our own scene in Victoria. We wanted to strongly support the Premier sale.’  

Following the recent sales, Luke explains the confidence there is that the strong market seen at both the Classic sale and Magic Millions will continue. ‘I am very hopeful that the strong market trend will continue so fingers crossed for all vendors that is the case.’   

From a farm that is very supportive to the Victorian breeding industry, Luke comments on the benefits of the Vobis scheme and the impact it can have on the sale. ‘The VOBIS scheme is important, not only the prizemoney is great but it gives every single buyer from the top to the bottom to chase that money. It evens out the playing field and gives you a super incentive to purchase a VOBIS horse and race them in Victoria.’  

To view the full draft click here 

Above: Lot 108 So You Think x Karata colt

Following on from a successful sale at Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale with six lots which sold for an average of $124,167, Daisy Hill will be heading to the Melbourne Premier with confidence with their draft of six. ‘We are coming off the back of a successful Magic Millions sale and we are really excited by our draft we are taking to Melbourne Premier.’ Shane from Daisy Hill commented.  

The headline of their draft is the first one through the ring for the farm, Lot 108 a son of So You Think by Karata. The dam is from a very prominent family as daughter of Australian Horse of the Year, Let’s Elope. In addition, Karata is sister to the Stakes winner Outback Joe and half-sister to Ustinov now standing at stud who has produced five Stakes winners. 

‘This colt is an absolute specimen of a horse when you see him in the flesh, by one of the hottest stallion’s in the Country in So You Think. He had three metropolitan winners last weekend and every crop by the sire has produced a Group 1 winner. The colt is a serious Derby contender and his two-year old sister by Pierro is working towards an Oaks campaign.’   

Another exciting yearling in the draft is Lot 189, a daughter of the first season sire Merchant Navy out of the Zabeel mare Miss Shamrock which is a really interesting cross. A stand-out from the pedigree is the dam being half-sister to the late Fighting Sun and has already produced a Stakes placing in Amerock who was ran second at Moonee Valley  on 12th February‘An exciting first season sire in Merchant Navy, as a sire of sire Fastnet Rock has produced seven sons who have won Group 1’s. We went heavily on the Merchant Navy/Zabeel cross and this same mating produced a Group 1 winner last weekend.’ 

Lot 455 is a son of Caravaggio out of the Keeper mare, Wyetta who is half-sister the Group 1 Thousand Guineas and Group 2 Moonee Valley vase winner Aloisia‘Another exciting first season sire, a Scat Daddy son experiment that worked in the Southern Hemisphere with No Nay Never having two Stakes winners. The colt is well grown first foal for the mare, Wyetta who is half-sister to Group 1 winner Aloisia.’  

In the draft, Daisy hill are offering two yearlings by the impressive first season sire, Impending. Lot 499 a colt by the sire out of Balalaika, a winner over 1200m. The dam has five foals to race with four winners including Jabali, the Group 2 BRC Queensland Guineas winner 

Lot 682 is a son of Victoria’s Champion second season sire, Fiorente out of the Encosta de Lago mare, Protracted. The dam is half-sister to Stakes winner Doubt I’m Dreaming with one foal to race, a gelding by Nostradamus who has won over 1600m. ‘According to the trainer he has been very unlucky not to have won another few races and there is also a Real Impact filly by the dam currently in work at Ballarat.’  

The other Impending yearling for Daisy Hill is the last lot through the sale for the farm, Lot 752 a daughter of the sire out of the Alamosa mare, Almost Grace. The dam is half-sister to the Stakes winner All in Black and this filly looks a lovely type.  

Shane remarks that he is confident ahead of the sale based on the number of buyers they have welcomed at their farm inspections. ‘We have been very busy with farm inspections and we are very excited for another successful sale. We have very motivated buyers and expect the market to be very strong at Melbourne Premier.’  

The VOBIS nominated horses not only creates interest in Melbourne, Shane remarks how Victorian trainers and owners were scouting out the Vobis horses at Magic Millions. ‘The VOBIS scheme is a major factor at the sales, even at the Gold Coast 90% of our inspections were by Victorians. It helps us have the edge over other horses in the sale if they are VOBIS nominated especially as our draft has many New South Wales sires with only a few of them being Vobis it is a big incentive for the Victorian trainers.’  

 To view the full draft click here 

Above: Cityview Carla and Kelsey with St Chloe

The 2021 Melbourne Premier sale will be the second time Cityview Farm present a draft of yearlings at the Oaklands complex.  

The farm on the fringe of the Macedon Ranges, at Gisborne South, is set on 200 plus acres and has a rich history of breeding great racehorses including the mare Maybe Mahal. The mare who was trained by Master trainer Bart Cummings, was a dominant mare in the 70’s as a sprintermiler.   

The farm now managed by horsewoman Carla Aliphon will present four yearlings for the premier sale, with lot 283 now scratched.  

The first lot which will head through the ring is a colt sired by Zoustar out of Any Destination. The colt is a full brother to multiple city winner Montenegro Man, who has won over $200,000 in prizemoney.  

“He has a lovely strong hind quarter and is a great walker. He has come along in leaps and bounds since he started his preparation and has absolutely flourished. This horse has a lot of upside being the full relation to Montenegro Man,” Carla Aliphon commented.  

The second lot to go through the ring for the farm is lot 656, a filly by Tosen Stardom out of a winning Stratum mare, Manzanilla. Manzanilla has had three foals to race, all of which are winners. 

“She is a lovely big scopey filly and will make an exceptional three-year-old. She almost floats across the ground when she moves,” Carla commented.  

2021 marks the first year Tosen Stardom has had his yearlings go through the ring and they have sold up to $160,000 with Ciaron Maher purchasing a filly at the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale.  

The next lot to head through the ring is lot 719. A colt by Manhattan Rain out of the four-time winner in St Chloe.   

“He is a lovely colt, with a very laid-back attitudenothing seems to faze him. He loves his work and licks the bowl at the end of every day. He looks to be an early running horse,” Carla said.   

The final lot on offer at Oaklands Junction for Cityview Farm, will be a filly out of the More Than Ready mare, Uranie 

The filly catalogued as lot 733, has had a pedigree update since the catalogue went to print with her half-brother Tough James winning on New Year’s Day   

“She is a second foal, and the prep has done her well. She is very professional with a get it done mindset as well as being a nice well-balanced fillyUranie is back in foal to Street Boss which is exciting, there is plenty of up-side in the family,” Carla commented.  

Cityview Farm will be parading at Oaklands Junction from Tuesday, 23 February.  

To view the pedigrees of their draft, click here. 

Above: The team at Bucklee Farm with Leeanne Smith (second from right)

Bucklee Farm, a boutique broodmare, weanling and yearling farm in Victoria’s north-east, is the product of years of experience, hard work and passion from its principal Leeanne Smith.  

Leeanne and her team at Bucklee Farm will once again present a quality and professional suite of yearlings at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. This year marks the farm’s 15th year participating in this Sale.  

The 18-strong draft, made up of 13 colts and 5 fillies, offers a wide range of options to suit all buyers across both the Premier and Showcase Sessions of the Salewith 15 of them eligible for the lucrative VOBIS bonus scheme.   

“I have a very exciting draft this year,” explained Leeanne.  

We have yearlings from stallions that are fashionable, money-earning stallions and our horses match those reputations.  

“It’s been a challenging 12 months for everyone, especially with the staff shortages across the entire industry that are still continuing. But I can’t wait to get the horses there (to Inglis) and parade them for buyers.” 

The first of Leeanne’s to go through the ring will be Lot 60 – A Rubick filly who is the first foal from her dam Gracie (NZ).  

“This filly (Lot 60) is a cracking filly,” said Leeanne. “She’s colty-looking with a beautiful shoulder and is very balanced.” 

Lot 503, a filly by Brazen Beau out of Bel Esprit mare Belaura, is another well balanced offering with a lovely shoulder. This is the dam’s fifth living foal and her 3 foals to race have all been steady winners on the track.  

Swettenham Stud’s in-form sire Toronado (Ire) has 25 yearlings entered for Melbourne Premier and the Bucklee Farm will parade his first, which could be the value buy of his consignment. 

Lot 71 is a forward-moving colt out of Hai Lila mare who won three races at Moonee Valley plus another down the straight at Flemington. With a lovely strong end and a good girth, the colt looks to be an early runner. Hai Lil’s first foal Hai Sun (Fighting Sun) has been knocking on the door with placings at Kilmore and Geelong in January and her second Obfuscation (Holler) is an unraced 2yo with Mick Price & Michael Kent. 

Bucklee Farm have two lots by first seasons sires, who should draw the attention of buyers keen to see the look of their progeny. Lot 607Thronum colt out of Francesca Belle, is his dam’s third foal. A G2 Australia Stakes winner, Thronum stands at Sun Stud.  

This colt has furnished out into a strong, scopey colt from his weanling days,” said Leeanne. “He has a great forearm and gaskin and is deep in the girth.”   

Above: Bucklee Farm Lot 607 – Thronum x Francesca Belle colt

The other, Lot 779, is by Woodside Park Stud’s Tosen Stardom. The colt is out of USA dam Casigris, who has had 5 of her 6 foals win on the racetrack, including results in Singapore and Hong Kong 

Lot 624, Palentino x Hearts And Flowers colt, is one in the draft that has caught the attention of the his carers 

“I try not to have favourites but I do like this colt,” said Leeanne.  

He’s nice and neat and continues to improve throughout his preparation. Palentino has a way of putting size into his progeny and his second dam was a very good Melbourne mare. This one might just be one that flies under the radar.”  

Another one on offer by Sun Stud’s Palentino, Lot 749 is a half-sister to multiple provincial winners who are bringing their owners much joy.  

“She’s the nicest filly foal the mare has thrown,” said Leeanne.  

“She’s another one I have a little soft spot for. She has done everything we’ve asked of her during her preparation and always ends the day with her head in the feed bin. I have no doubt she’ll make a mark on the racetrack.”  

 

Above: Bucklee Farm Lot 749 – Palentino x Zeftabaa filly

Lot 642 is another Victorian-sired colt, from Chatswood Stud’s renowned winner-getter Reward For Effort. His damLady Phoebe, is out of a NZ-bred mare who has a perfect record from three foals to the races. Her colt Celestial Sol (Fighting Sun) made $115,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier and he debuted with a black-type placing in 2020 LR Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield before a strong victory in a 2yo contest at Moonee Valley. 

He’s a lovely colt with a strong chest and backside. He’s tall, scopey and very balanced,” said Leeanne. 

Progeny of Flying Artie will no doubt be in high demand following the sire’s win in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes with Artorius on Saturday. Bucklee Farm offer Lot 665, a lovely colt out of Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) mare, Montelimar, who will be deserved of the attention of buyers.  

Lot 669 Street Boss (USA) x My Option is another that has caught the eye of the Bucklee Farm staff.  

“This colt is lovely,” said Leeanne. “He is intelligent and has thrived through his preparation. He loves his work and I think he will make a beautiful 3-year-old.”  

A neat running type like her sire Cable Bay (IRE)Lot 718 is a half-sister to multiple Listed-place winner Mariah’s Magic. The G3 Light Fingers Stakes second-placed Never Talk has also provided recent pedigree updates.  

Lot 591, a Your Song x Early Awakening colt, is another in the draft with a blacktype page. The Super-VOBIS nominated colt is a half-brother to G2 Australia Stakes winner Richie’s Vibe 

Bucklee Farm offers two colts from Woodside Park’s FoxwedgeOut of the Desert Prince (IRE) mare Prayer, Lot 680 is a half-sister to Chris Waller’s Sydney city-placed runner Tight Ropes who looks to be knocking on the door of a win.  

Whilst Lot 740, out of Listed winner Vintner (Hennessey {USA}), may initially catch the eye of buyers due to his striking silver colourings. 

Handsomeness aside, he is a well coupled and balanced horse,” said Leeanne. “Buyers will see he is strong through his hind quarters, with great forearms and a solid chest.” 

 

(Above: Bucklee Farm Lot 740 – Foxwedge x Vintner colt)

Magnus needs no introduction to Premier Sale regulars having sired 400 individual winners at a 68% strike-rate during his illustrious careerBucklee Farm’s Magnus No Vanity colt (Lot 217) is a half-brother to Clarice Cliffs who was placed in the G3 Frances Tressady Stakes at Flemington and won last year’s VOBIS Gold Distaff at Caulfield. Built like an early runner and out of a family of such, this colt is neat and balanced with a positive attitude.  

Lots 411 (All Too Hard x True Malt colt)Lot 629 (Territories {IRE} x Isabeau filly) and Lot 697 (Sidestep x Roseneath colt) are all bred by Victorian mares and Super-VOBIS nominated, and round out this excellently presented Bucklee Farm draft.  

The Bucklee Farm draft will be available for inspection at Inglis Oaklands from Tuesday 23rd February from Barn A, stables 1-18. Click here to view the catalogue 

Above: Lot 210 Highland Reel x Mystic Dancer filly

With two horses in the premier session and six in the showcase session of the Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands, Bombora Downs’ Christoph Bruechert is more than happy with what his Bittern farm has to offer. 

“I have got nothing that I am embarrassed to show, that’s for sure,” Bruechert said. 

And there are some particularly nice ones amongst them.” 

He said the Mystic Dancer filly, by Highland Reel (IRE), which is Lot 210, is big and strong and the only mark against her is that she is a little fractious. 

“But she is a seriously nice horse,” he said. 

Mystic Dancer (Starcraft x Real Gem) has had two to race – Von Mystic (Von Costa De Hero) – four wins and has run three thirds at his last three starts and Wham (Fiorente) which has also had four wins and finished second at his last start. 

There is expected to be plenty of interest in lot 566, a colt by top sire So You Think out of Cybercyn (Staaraq x Brave Kappy), a winner of six races, including the SAJC CS Memorial Cup (1600m). 

“He is just a beautiful horse and I really like him a lot,” Bruechert said. 

He is athletic and a good moving horse and is just a racehorse when you look at him.” 

Lot 627 is a filly by Hellbent out of Inneston (Reaan x Cybercyn). 

Bruechert described her as a nice bodied horse and said her plain head was the only mark against her. 

“But that won’t bother her on the racetrack and otherwise she is good bodied filly and she is going to develop into quite a good sized mare, I think. 

“I don’t mind her. She’ll keep growing for a while but she is not backward by any stretch and she’ll just keep getting bigger.” 

Toronado continues to do good things on track with his progeny and Bombora Down is offering a colt out of Jolie Madeleine (Murtajill x Weekend In Paris). 

Bruechert describe the grey colt – Lot 633 – as a very strong and well balanced horse. 

“I like him a lot and he is probably one of my other picks, but he is a reasonably brawny sort of horse,” he said. 

“The stallion has done a really solid job without being through the roof but he just keeps on getting good winners and he can get an early horse too. I think he is a very good value stallion.” 

Lot 660 is a Rich Enuff colt out of Mintabie (Keep the Faith x Annie’s Diamond). 

“Rich Enuff is off to a reasonable start too,” Bruechert said. 

“This colt is a really nice well grown athletic horse and I like him very much.” 

A colt by Bombora Downs’ stallion De Gaulle and out of Avienus (Reset x Genova) is going through the sale as Lot 762. 

“He is a lot like his father this horse and on a weight scale, he is not the biggest of my horses but he has just got speed written all over him,” Bruechert said. 

“He holds himself really well and he has got a little crest on him like a little superstar. 

“We will see how the De Gaulle’s go, but this colt looks smart.” 

Bruechert admitted they battled to get support for the unraced De Gaulle (Exceed and Excel x Response) in the breeding barn. 

“The owner of the horse has supported him quite well but we’ve had reasonable interest but no commercial interest which was to be expected but he is a very well related horse and his family is looking better all the time. 

“He could run, he is nicely bred and he is producing decent looking foals. The next 12 months will give us an indication and I am hearing some positive stuff but people don’t really take notice until they do it.” 

De Gaulle’s oldest progeny are two-year-olds. 

A Starspangledbanner banner filly – Lot 709 – is out of Shuaily (PER) and Bruechert admits she was one of his least favourites at the start of her preparation. 

“But I am pleased with the way that horse has come through and if it keeps doing that, it will end up a pretty decent horse in time,” he said. 

“The thing I like about it most is its movement at this stage and she is going through a bit of a growth spurt at the moment but it’s got a good body length on it. 

“Some of these just take your eye a bit more than the others, but there is nothing wrong with her and she has done really well throughout the prep.’’ 

Bruechert said he always thought Starspangledbanner was a bit of a sleeper but had certainly done a good job since overcoming his early fertility problems. 

The final lot offered by Bombora Downs – Lot 754 – is a colt by Galileo stallion Adelaide, out of Anantha (Hussonet x Danetana). 

Bruechert said the colt was an immature type of horse that was medium sized. 

“He has done really well throughout the prep and I probably would have liked to have got him a little bit earlier but he has done well and will continue to do so and I would imagine in time he will develop into quite a respectable horse,” he said. 

“He was a little bit backwards when we got him but he has done really well in the pep.” 

Bruechert said he was looking forward to getting to the sale venue where all his horse would be x-rayed and scoped. 

“There is nothing in the draft that people will say well I wasted my time and as I said earlier, there is nothing I’m embarrassed to show,’’ he said. 

“Some of them are seriously nice horses. 

“It’s a nice medium sized draft and eight to a dozen is about as many as I’d want to show.” 

Bruechert says the Highland Reel, So You Think and Toronado colts would create a lot of interest. 

And he said last year was the first time in about 30 years he didn’t have a draft at Melbourne Premier – but he’s happy to be back. 

To view the full draft click here.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Lot 511 So You Think x Big Spirit filly

West Gippsland’s Balius Farm at Darnum will head to the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale with their third and best draft. 

 The boutique property is owned by specialist anaesthetist Jacqui Sushames, and her husband Dr Tam Dieu, a plastic surgeon, and they both have an intense passion for the breeding and racing industry. 

Jacqui admits they’ve learnt a lot in a short time on the requirements of selling at Melbourne Premier. 

“This is definitely a better draft than we sent last year and we’ve been working really hard on improving our pedigrees and type matching,” Jacqui said. 

“Certainly a mix of them are better quality than what we had last year.” 

Jacqui said the prices they achieved for their yearlings in 2020 was better than they got in 2019 and she expected those figures would be higher again to reflect a better quality of yearlings on offer by sires such as So You Think, Highland Reel and Vancouver. 

Of the 11 yearlings on offer, nine are fillies. 

The first yearling to go under the hammer for Balius Farm is Lot 333, a Lonhro filly out of Not a Single Doubt mare, Singled Out. This is her first living foal and Jacqui said she is nicely put together. 

“She has got a good brain about her as well and is just an easy horse to have around and isn’t too much drama,” she said. 

Jacqui said Lot 350, a brown filly by Vancouver, out of Socialize (Iffraaj x High Tea) will be interesting. Leading trainer Ciaron Maher had Socialize’s first foal, Tooradin, by Americain and the four-year-old gelding  been placed in town over 2000m. 

Socialize’s second foal, a colt by No Nay Never, trialled locally and went straight to Hong Kong. 

Jacqui is excited with their So You Think filly (Lot 511) out of Invincible Spirit mare Big Spirit, a winner of nine races. They have retained a Teofilo filly, named Twilight, out of the mare. 

“When we bought the mare she had four by Toorak Toff on the ground which wasn’t a lot of interest to me but I did like the mare,” she said. 

“So we kept the Teofilo for ourselves and are offering the So You Think and we have a Sioux Nation filly on the ground. The So You Think is one of the nicest foals the mare has had.” 

Another of  Balius Farm’s four yearlings in the Premier session is Lot 539, a Pride of Dubai filly out of Celtic Cutie (Teofilo x Tropical Lake). 

“She is another tall, strong filly and she has got a bit of spunk about her,” Jacqui said. 

“She is actually one of my favourites. She has got a good long walk about her and moves freely on the lunge.” 

Balius is offering a colt – Lot 663 – and a filly – Lot 766 – by Highland Reel (IRE) and being the first ones she has bred by the sire, Jacqui said she didn’t quite know what to expect but they are changing all the time. 

“But as they are coming through this prep they are really improving a lot and we have seen them grow a lot in their work as well,” she said. 

“The filly (out of Beautiful Buns) in particular has really grown through the work and enjoys her work and is very professional the way she goes about things. Hopefully being by a first season sire they’ll be well received.” 

Jacqui said that had retained a Manhattan filly out of Beautiful Buns to race but says they haven’t been to enough quality stallions to know where the mare sits. 

The Beautiful Buns filly for sale at Oaklands also has a half-brother by Real Impact, who made $300,000 at NZ Ready to Run, and was purchased at the sale to race in Hong Kong. 

And she said Lot 672, a filly by Flying Artie out of unraced mare On A Limb is as “solid as a rock.” 

“She looks like she is going to be a big strong filly and she just keeps improving all the time,” Jacqui said. 

Lot 685, a grey filly by Caravaggio (USA), out of Queen Hazel (USA), is being offered sold by Balius Farm for a client. 

“She is coming along nicely and is a really nice type,” Jacqui said. 

“And again she is a beautiful mover and actually works the house down on the lunge. She covers the ground beautifully.” 

A Palentino colt – Lot 743 – out of New Approach (IRE) mare Waterloo Bridge is a nice type and Jacqui says he looks a lot like his sire. She said while the mare is black, the colt is chestnut with four white socks and a big white blaze that almost covers one eye. 

Pakenham trainer Tim Hughes bought a Divine Prophet colt out of the mare at last year’s sale, and Jacqui said they had retained a share in him. 

Balance is the word Jacqui uses to describe their Press Statement filly out of Airways (General Nediym x These Days). 

The filly, Lot 751, was originally going to be sold as a weanling but the COVID-19 pandemic put an end to that plan but there was a lot of interest in her. 

“Everything is there ready to go with her,” Jacqui said. 

And Jacqui admits she had a change of heart about selling Lot 789 – a Puissance de Lune (IRE) filly out of Cloud Jumper (Street Boss x Luscious Lips). 

She says the broodmare is a bit of a pet. 

Jacqui said there had been plenty of interest in the Puissance de Lune progeny and they decided to give Cloud Jumper a chance in the market with her yearling. 

“It’s an interesting family and I’m absolutely amazed as the filly just loves her work and takes it all in her stride,” she said. 

“If you could pick one of the family that you didn’t  think mightn’t  cope so well working and prepping, she would have been the one at the start that I thought mightn’t go so well. 

“But she is as happy as a pig in mud and I’m so impressed with her. She is not the biggest filly, but she’ll make the grade at the end of the day.” 

Jacqui said they were genuine sellers with realistic reserves on their yearlings that would represent reasonable value and in turn they’d like to see their horses go to the right places to get a good opportunity. 

“Everything we take is with the intention of selling,” Jacqui said. 

“We have got some pretty exciting foals on the ground for next year and hopefully now we can really work well on upgrading our mare band. 

“We just want to breed horses that get their opportunity. 

Jacqui said they have about 20 broodmares on their farm. 

To view the full draft click here.

Above: Phil and Patti Campbell

Blue Gum Farm celebrates its 40th Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at the Oaklands Junction complex this month and along the way Phil Campbell and his team have achieved some remarkable results. These results have reached an even higher level in the past six years.

Campbell laughs when he is asked if he is feeling any pressure about going back-to-back by providing the sale topper in the farm’s draft of 31 yearlings.

He could be forgiven if he says he’s taking it one yearling at a time, but this sale has always been the Euroa farm’s Grand Final.

A Snitzel colt out of a Jestajingle, a three quarter brother to Group winner Jukebox, topped last year’s sale at $725,000 for Blue Gum. The colt was sold to Aquis Farm on behalf of Neville and Susan Duncan’s Oakland Park Stud in Western Australia.

The sale topper, achieved on the first day of the sale, was quickly followed by the top result of the second day when Blue Gum sold a Pierro x Pass the Parcel colt for $575,000.

Campbell is extremely proud of what Blue Gum has achieved and their results in the past six years include being leading vendor by gross three times, second leading vendor by gross twice and third leading vendor by gross once.

Above: 2021 Inglis Parade Day – Staff Photo.

And the last two years – 2019 and 2020 – Blue Gum has been leading vendor.

“It’s been a great effort,” Campbell said.

“We made a conscious effort those six or seven years ago to get back on top of the yearling sale again here in Victoria and I think it is a real credit to the team that we have been able to assemble the right sort of horses to do that. It’s been a lot of fun watching them perform on the race track once they’ve gone through the sale ring.

“We are proud of our record.

“I was there at the very first sale at Oaklands Junction and I have got a funny feeling that was in 1982 and this may even be our 40th anniversary – if those maths are right.”

Campbell said there wouldn’t be another farm that would come within a bull’s roar of Blue Gum’s history with the sale.

“We were there for the first one and we’re still going,’’ he said.

And as for the pressure of perhaps again providing the stale topper, Campbell was philosophical, saying: “We can’t control that. All we can do is work with the group of horses we have assembled and do the best we can with them and then go to the market.

“The last six years at premier have been phenomenal for us.

“We have had a number of on farm inspections recently and we are getting the feeling we have got some nice horses here again this year. The rest will take care of itself.”

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria have selected several yearlings from Blue Gum’s draft of 31 and asked Campbell to provide his thoughts, starting with Lot 45, a Merchant Navy colt out of Fuhrnatic.

Campbell: “He is a well bred colt being a half to the very smart Fuhryk who won two Group races and was Group 1 placed during a career which saw her amass over $760,000 in stakes.”

“The folks who have been at the farm this week have labelled this fellow as a very good advertisement for Merchant Navy. He is a really nice colt, a nice size with good length and a real presence about him. He has been a constant improver through his prep and continues to trend in a very positive direction.”

Lot 70: Written Tycoon x Gybe colt.

Campbell: “He is a ripper and by the right stallion out of a multiple Stakes winning Fastnet Rock mare who has had two to the races for two winners. This is the first colt from the mare and being by Written from a mare with her credentials, it is really pleasing that we have got the article to match the page. He is a quality Written Tycoon and a very, very nice horse.

Lot 242: Manhattan Rain x Personal Ensign colt.

Campbell: ‘’I am lucky enough to say it every year but Personal Ensign has given us another cracker. Her Manhattan Rain colt is a lovely big loose walking horse with a great frame.

“She is a proven producer with two Group winners already and this colt’s full sister sold really well last year ($310,000) when purchased by Ciaron Maher.

“Manhattan Rain’s first crop conceived here at Blue Gum are now two-year-olds. He has sired a number of Stakes winners including a Golden Slipper winner and there is plenty of Dad about this colt ”

Lot 321: Sebring x Shamalia filly.

Campbell: “Once again Shamalia was a very solid race mare, a Group winner in Sydney by the wonderful stud success Shamardal. This is a really smart filly with a great shoulder and hindquarter on her. She certainly fills the eye and they aren’t making any more by the stallion who has been a great source of quality fillies. This is another who has really blossomed through her prep and she has been well thought of in our pre-sale inspections. Fantastic dual purpose filly.”

Lot 336: Shalaa (IRE) x Sistonic colt.

Campbell: “Another very stylish colt with a terrific page. Well that’s probably an understatement isn’t it?. It is the family being the Black Caviar – Scandinavia family and the stallion has started off brilliantly with a Magic Millions two-year-old winner in his first crop here. The Invincible Spirit sire line has worked well out here through I Am Invincible and now this horse has started off so well.

“Once again I believe we have the type with the pedigree!”

Lot 364: Headwater x Squaw Peak colt.

Campbell: “He a big, strong chestnut and is the first foal out of his dam, who was a winner and Sydney placed mare by Snitzel. He is just a cracking type regardless of being a first foal or not but the fact he is a first foal is a real credit to the mare. I think he is a very good looking rooster who moves well.

Lot 440: All Too Hard x Wichita Woman.

Campbell: “He is a really solid article too. He is a November foal but ever since he was born, he has been physically well ahead of that foaling date. We’ve had a bit of luck with All Too Hard colts. We raised Behemoth from weanling to yearling stage and raised and sold Allibor a couple of years ago who went on to win the Sandown Guineas last spring. This is another really nice All Too Hard colt in that sort of mould.”

Lot 543: Street Boss (USA) x Charleston Dancer

Campbell: “This filly has been a stress free girl from day one. A sound, solid article, she reminds me a bit of September Run as a yearling actually. She is the first foal of a quick Lonhro mare, who is currently in foal to Snitzel, and it is a real speed pedigree. Street Boss has had another terrific season with his two year olds including the flying filly Arcaded who is also out of a Lonhro mare. She’s definitely got credentials this filly.”

Lot 559: Territories (IRE) x Copy.

Campbell: “I have got a lot of time for this colt out of a well related Street Cry mare. He has been physically impressive since day one and just continues to make great progress through his prep. Copy is now two from two as her three-year-old Teofilo filly (Templates) won last start for James Cummings and looks progressive.

“This again is the Invincible Spirit sire line and Street Cry mares have done a wonderful job at stud. He’s just an aristocrat this fellow. A nice big scopey animal, he has got a great head on him, a lovely full eye and I believe he has serious appeal.”

Above: A group of mares and foals galloping at Blue Gum Farm

Campbell commented that he was fortunate to be able to make solid comments on all yearlings in the draft this year.

“Once again, they are a very good group of horses.

“We try to put together the best group of horses we can to take to this sale and as you know it’s our Grand Final. We take the best horses from our farm and our clients that we can to this sale.

“Have we got a $725,000 sale topper – I can’t say that but I think we have got a really, really good bunch of solid horses that should average well.”

Campbell said the right horse and at least two people wanting it created those record prices and says Blue Gum has been lucky enough to get those perfect storms in the past.

To view the full draft click here.

Above: Lot 648 Rich Enuff x Little Things colt

For Paul and Sue of Ponderosa Park, the Melbourne Premier sale will mark the first time the pair have sold at the sale  as typically, they are weanling consignors.   

This has been their business model for years until COVID hit and they had to adapt to the changing environment.  

The draft which they present at Oaklands Junction is as Paul describes them as “the best of last year’s weanlings” and he didn’t want to sell them in the online world.  

He believed he would get a much better result if they were to go through the ring as opposed to the online world.   

The duo have been working tirelessly to make sure that all the boxes are ticked for their yearlings and have ensured that they have had an in-depth preparation. Paul and Sue have gone above and beyond to give their yearlings every chance on sale day.  

Another box which they have made sure that they have ticked, is ensuring their yearlings are all paid up for Super VOBIS. The pair have long been supporters of the lucrative scheme.  

This year seven yearlings will be presented by Ponderosa at Oaklands Junction. They are also all Victorian-bred.  

The first lot to go through the ring, is lot 76, a Merchant Navy filly out of a winning Sebring mare. 

“This filly is out of a black type family and she is a very well-muscled, good walking filly. She definitely looks like she is a ready-made two-year-old and if you bought her, she would be ready to go very quickly,” Paul Kelly commented. 

The next lot which will head through the ring is lot 214, a Pride of Dubai out of a Snitzel mare. The mare, Ninaenko is unraced however she is out of a four-time winning Argentinian mare in Equiparada, who is a Group 2 winner. 

“The mare is a big robust mare and this filly is a scopey type but she is from a very good family,” Paul commented. 

The next yearling to head through will be lot 425, a colt by More Than Ready out of Very Cherry.  

 Ponderosa have sold weanlings previously from Very Cherry, who is stakes placed and a twotime winner.  

“This mare is a good producing mare, she has had some nice winners including Pop and Schnapps, who ended up in Hong Kong. The colt which is for sale, is an outstanding type. Well matured and muscled – he is the kind of horse which you may catch a glimpse of from afar and heads will turn,” Paul said.  

The next lot to go through will be lot 506, a Deep Field, a colt out of Bella Francesa. Bella Francesa is the half-sister to Palentino and Junipal 

“He was going to be sold as a weanling but COVID changed those plans. I didn’t want him to go online and potentially not be seen. He is a well matured colt from a Group 1 winning pedigree. In addition to this he is a great walker and has plenty of strength in front and behind the saddle,” Paul said.  

The next lot to head through is lot 557, who when asked what Paul thought of this yearling, Paul laughed and said, “We don’t have to say too much about Capitalist at the moment do we? You don’t need to know much about this one, just that’s he’s by Capitalist.” 

“He is from a black type mare, which is a winning combination. In the second dam there is speed, and he is a great walker, a well put together type and will be one buyers will really like when they see him,” Paul said.  

The next yearling is lot 648, a son of Rich Enuff and out of a High Chaparral mare in Little Things.  

Little Things is the half-sister to Group 2 Sandown Guineas winner Ringerdingding 

“Rich Enuff is on fire at the minute and he only looks to get hotter. This colt is a really nice type, and he covers the ground when he walks. His pedigree as well compliments this,” Paul said.  

The final lot to go through the ring is lot 764, a son of Palentino and out of a winning Not a Single Doubt mare, Balloons.  

“His father has stamped himand he would be up there with the best of our types. He is a blondie chestnut and is well matured and an excellent walker,” Paul said.  

“We are very happy with the way our first Premier draft has turned out. These horses are a serious bunch of horses and good first draft to enter the yearling market with. They are quality draft and we have held onto the very best and are offering them to buyers at Oaklands,” Paul commented. 

Ponderosa will be parading from Tuesday and to view their draft, click here. 

Above: Lot 122 Written Tycoon x Lady Cartier filly

Already with some outstanding sales results this year, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at Eddington are confident they’ve got a few more big ticket yearlings on offer at Melbourne Premier.

The farm’s Peter Liston is expecting the buyers to come for a Written Tycoon filly – Lot 122 – out of Lady Cartier (Fastnet Rock x Ten Carat Rock).

“She is from a great family and the mare is a thee quarter sister to Shoals from a family of Redoute’s Choice and there is not hotter stallion in the country than Written Tycoon who had the favourite in both the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper in Enthaar,” Liston said.

And he is expecting big things for a yearling that was awarded the George Smith Medal, “struck” in honour of the legendary horse assessor.

“We had an open day the other day and we have what we call the George Smith Medal and it’s like the Brownlow votes and you get the draft card and after you see them all, you vote three for your best, two for your second best and one for your third,” he said.

“The winner (and not the horse) gets a good bottle of wine.”

One of the top picks in the George Smith Medal was Lot 259 – an I Am Invincible colt out of Zabeel mare Provocative (NZ).

“This colt was born a special colt and has real presence and reflects what we are trying to do on the farm which is to continually upgrade  and improve our quality offering,’’ Liston said.

“Provocative was a Group 1 winner and her first foal  Grinzinger Lord (Tavistock) was stakes placed on Melbourne Cup  Day and last year she had a Snitzel filly that Mike Moroney and clients bought for $400,000 and they are very pleased with her.

“We paid $1.2 million for Provocative and she was in foal to Tavistock which was  Grinzinger Lord and we got $260,000 for him and $400,000 for the other one and hopefully this one with make more than the Snitzel filly. And she has got an Exceed and Excel filly which is a cracker for next year.

“Provocative is a lovely mare. We bought her with a few other good clients.”

Liston said their filly – Lot 496 – is by Dundeel NZ) and out of Avenue (Anabaa x Virage) was a real queen out of an amazingly deep family.

“She has a tough attitude, great movement, lovely shape for a future race filly with a wonderful residual later in life as a very well sought after broodmare,” he said.

Another nice colt being offered by Three Bridges is by Pierro, out of Pure Pride (Shocking x Mamasan) and is Lot 260.

Liston said the bay colt is very correct and has amazing bone to carry him a long way.

“He has wonderful strength and is very relaxed and is a good doing horse,” he said.

“And we have another Pierro colt, Lot 558. This is Australia’s best currently nicked Pierro over Redoute’s Choice mares and is going 24 per cent stakes winners to runners, producing derby winners in Australia New Zealand and Hong Kong.”

One of Three Bridges Thoroughbred’s interesting Lots is 308, a Menari (Snitzel x Isurava) colt – the only yearling in the sale by the stallion.

Liston said the colt had a lovely dark coat, terrific nature and wonderful loose movement.

“This a rare chance to secure the high class son of Menari, one of only 11 of his debut crop colts,” he said.

“And what a well bred colt he is being on the same outstanding Snitzel, Charge Forward crosses as Golden Slipper heroine Estijaab and three other stakes winners from just 31 runners.”

Liston said visitors to the farm light up when he says the colt is by Menari because it’s such a rare thing.

He said Lot 468, a colt by Manhattan Rain (Encosta de Lago x Shantha’s Choice (Elusive Quality x Serena’s Joy) was a nice type of yearling that was bred on the farm for client, Pete Murray.

Liston said they were proud of the way Three Bridges raises their horses naturally on the farm in 100 acre paddocks.

“We had five Group horses in 2020 which were raised here, Group 2 winner Haut Brion Her, stakes winners Night Raid, Shrouded In Mist, No Restriction and Felicia.”

Liston said Three Bridges’ philosophy was to give their horses the best start to life by raising them naturally in large paddocks and in turn every opportunity to succeed.

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Above: Lot 593 Headwater x Ellepin Gal colt

Leneva Park’s bloodstock manager Mick Sharkie describes their eight yearlings on offer at Melbourne Premier Sale as a bit of a changing of the guard. 

There have been plenty of changes at the Longwood farm with the expansion of its operations to Seymour Park where promising young stallions Lean Mean Machine and Royal Meeting will stand, along with the still racing Fierce Impact. 

Leneva Park will continue to operate its pre-training business at its 240 acre base athe Longwood farm, while broodmare, yearling and stallion services will be available from the 500-acre Seymour Park which is now known as Leneva Park Seymour. 

Sharkie is looking forward to offering the last of Leneva Park’s yearlings in the current format. 

 “It’s a bit of a changing of the guard draft for us,” Sharkie said. 

“It’s kind of the last outside draft for lack of a better term that we will have and then the progeny we are breeding on the farm will come through next year. 

But Sharkie is more than happy with what Leneva has to offer and is full of praise for their first yearling that will go und the hammer – Lot 88 – which describes as a really nice colt by Rubick.  

He is a really athletic horse, with good power behind and good bone and I like him a lot,” Sharkie said. 

“He is a sweet moving thing and has a grouse temperament on him as well and that’s something that was really standout after a few days of preparations. He is just a worker and he loves it.” 

Sharkie said the colt was from the good Singles Bar family with Not A Single Doubt, Master Ash, Come Hither and King’s Legacy. 

“It’s a proper two-year-old family and he definitely looks like the sort of horse you’d expect to be racing at two,” he said. 

Sharkie describes lot 593, a Headwater colt out of Ellepin Girl (Pins x Elle Taine) as the quiet achiever of Leneva Park’s draft. 

He arrived needing a bit of love but has gone ahead in leaps and bounds, particularly during the past fortnight when Sharkie said the colt had certainly launched. 

“He is growing and is a nice neat sort of sprinting horse but is going to grow and probably hit that 16 hands mark,” Sharkie said. 

“I really think this is the sort of horse that traders will really gravitate to. He is a nice horse and there is some decent strength on the page too. 

“From a family that goes and runs and wins, he looks like he is true to type as far as far as what the family has produced.” 

Lot 684 is a Star Turn colt out of Pura Vida (Dane Shadow x Queen’s Own), a half-sister to the top class mare Lady Lynette (Ladoni) who won eight stakes races. 

Sharkie said the colt had been prepped for a client, like Lot 593. 

“The clients are hopeful that someone will have a look at him and say there is nice, strong two-year-old type,” he said. 

And a chestnut filly by Russian Revolution, out of Shakeira (USA), will go through at Lot 701.  Sharkie said she was typical of the sire’s progeny he’d seen this year. 

“She is not a big, massive filly but is real running type and again looks like a two-year-old type,” he said. 

“She has got a good hindquarter on her and a really good attitude as well. 

colt – Loca – out of American mare Shakeira (Freud x Cerita) by Zoustar has been trialling well in Sydney ahead of the autumn races and Sharkie is hoping it will lead to a pedigree upgrade. 

Local stallion Magnus has been getting plenty of winners lately. including the Group 1 Streets Of Avalon and Sharkie said lot 707, a filly by Magnus out of Shirl Pegasus, is typical of her sire. 

He said Shirl Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus x Night Rule) was a solid race mare that won two races and performed well at stakes level, and had met Magnus in the breeding several times. 

“That mating seems to produce good standard winners and this filly is just a neat, straight forward sort of filly and very typical of Magnus,” Sharkie said. 

“You can see her going out and running and being a really good VOBIS filly for whoever buys her.” 

Leneva Park’s Lot 760 is a Star Turn filly out of Aunty Mo. 

She is another one described by Sharkie as big and powerful. 

The filly is closely related to Leneva Park’s Headwater colt out of Ellepin Gal (NZ) which is the dam of Aunty Mo. 

“She might need a little bit of time being a bigger sort of horse,” Sharkie said. 

“But physically she has got a massive behind on her and there is certainly a lot of power there.” 

The final lot offered by Leneva – lot 782 – is a striking black colt by Cable Bay (IRE) out of Catch a Thief (NZ). 

Besides his colour, Sharkie said the colt standouts because of his athleticism and good natural muscle and moves really well. 

“He is just a nice horse and as far as a Book 2 horses goes, he is going to have a lot of fans, I’d say,” Sharkie said. 

Asked if he was forced to pick out one yearling, Sharkie said: “I reckon the Rubick is going to be really popular and also the Headwater – lot 593 – is the real dark horse in our draft. I reckon he’ll sell really well.” 

Lot no 373, a colt by American Pharoah (USA), out Straveen (NZ) has been withdrawn. 

Sharkie said they had a lot of good horses coming through for next year’s yearling sales by stallions including American Pharoah, Brazen Beau, Russian Revolution, and Akeed Mofeed. 

“We were active last year at the mare sales and we will probably be active again at that sale and the weanling sales this year,” he said, 

I expect we’ll have some of the Seymour Bloodstock yearlings to prepare as well in 2022 but we’ll wait and see,” he said. 

“So we’ll be bolstered by their numbers as well and their strength. 2022 could hopefully give us a really good yearling draft.” 

But Sharkie said they’ve always stated they’d rather produce quality rather than quantity. 

“If we stick to our guns on that front, I’d like to be taking 10 to 15 to each saleknowing that they are all good quality horses that are going to find good judges and find good homes. I think that’s the goal rather than just bulk numbers.” 

With three stallions already committed to the Leneva Park, Sharkie said he’d like to add another one or two for 2020/21. 

“I think four is great number for this year, but that might grow for next year,” he said. 

“I had a look at Royal Meeting and Lean Mean Machine on Tuesdaywe didn’t have people on the farm to see those horses last year. 

“Once we get open days going again and get people back on the property to see those horses, they are going to be blown away by the physical development of those two. 

“To see Lean Mean Machine’s foals, they are so much like dad and that’s such a positive because he is such an athletic strong imposing horse. Once they start filtering through the weanling sales, people are going to be pretty happy with what they see.” 

Multiple Group 1 winning Fierce Impact (Deep Impact x Keiai Gebera) will also join the stallion roster once he retires from racing at the end of autumn. 

To view the full draft click here. 

Above: Lot 418 Rubick x Unsaintly colt

The owners of Morning Rise Stud, Robert & Barbara McClure, have raced horses for many years and in fact have been involved in the ownership of horses that have won 10 Group One’s including Dance the Day Away, Yosei (3), Fiorente(2), Global Glamour(2), The Offer & Glencadam Gold. 

As recently as last Saturday they were successful in two Group Two’s with Parure in the Autumn Stakes at Caulfield & Home Affairs in The Silver Slipper. 

And who can forget Persan’s journey to the Melbourne Cup to be first Aussie bred horse home and Yes Yes Yes in The Everest. 

Parure who was purchased back at the 2019 Premier Sale is by Fastnet Rock out of their Stakes winning mare Fontein Ruby.  

This coming weekend will see Morning Rise present eight yearlings at the Premier Sale. 

“We have 3 fillies & 2 colts in the Premier Session and 2 colts & 1 filly in Showcase and are all good quality potential racehorses although I do love the fillies,” Rob said.  

LOT 101 is a filly by Caravaggio out of the Fastnet Rock mare Jessica Ann. The mare is out of US Group 3 winner Ashley’s Kitty. This filly has a lovely walk and is a beautiful colour. 

LOT 116 is a colt by Deep Field out of La Cicciolina, a halfsister to Crack me Up & Hoofit out of Stakes winner Chuckle, he is also a great walker with a real swagger. 

LOT 418 is a Rubick colt out of the very wellbred mare Unsaintly. God’s Own & Saintly figure prominently in his pedigree. This colt is extremely athletic and has been a favourite of on farm inspections. 

LOT 515 is a daughter of Russian Revolution out of Stakes Winner Bliss Street. This filly is outstanding, she just has the whole package.  

LOT 570 and to round out our P1 entries is this Deep Field filly out of Zabeel mare Danalicious who is a halfsister to Northwest Passage a threetime stakes winner. 

LOT 671 a son of Ocean Spirit by Starspangledbanner. The mare is a daughter of threetime Group one winner Yosei and the colt looks like he will be a tough sprinter who could run through a brick wall, just get out of his way. 

LOT 674 is a colt by Sizzling out of Parnissius, he is a full brother to stakes placed Sizzleme he also has a pedigree update with Point Counterpoint winning at Grafton. 

Lot 783 our final lot is a daughter of Starspangledbanner out of Catskill Roc. This filly is from the family of Hips Don’t Lie, Lake Geneva, Ennis Hill and the top rated 2YO Acrobat. She represents an opportunity to get into this family. 

Morning Rise will start parading on Wednesday 24thFeb.and to view their draft click here