Daisy Hill Farm might be offering only two yearlings at their first crack at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, but both have plenty of quality.
Both are fillies and Colleen Bamford, who owns and runs the farm with her husband Kevin, describes the yearlings as beautiful types and has plenty of praise for the one by Pierro which is a half-sister to Group placed three year-old Barcali from the stakes placed And Rock.
“And Rock is a fabulous mare,” Colleen said. “And all of hers have won now. “John McArdle trained her and still says she was his favourite horse ever.’’
And Rock has had three foals to race. Her first two – Americain Rock and Boss Rock – are both by Melbourne Cup winning stallion Americain who was raced by the Bamford’s in partnership with Gerry Ryan and his wife, Val.
Americain started his stud career at Swettenham Stud, but the Bamford’s now stand him at their Daisy Hill Farm at Doreen.
Colleen hopes Barcali’s form and potential will spark interest in the And Rock filly.
Trained at Cranbourne by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, the three year-old Barcali, who is by Zoustar, has had two wins and one third from his five starts. His third came in the Group 3 Sires Produce at Morphettville where he was beaten by just one length and then finished a narrow fourth in the Group 3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield. He was sent to the spelling paddock after then winning over 1200m at Moonee Valley on September 27.
Colleen said the Pierro filly was big and athletic.
The other yearling filly offered by Daisy Hill Breeding and Investments is by promising young stallion Rich Enuff, out of Drivel who Colleen purchased at an Inglis broodmare sale in 2018 from Woodside Park Stud.
“I paid a lot of money for the mare when she was in foal to Rich Enuff because I really wanted her as I am a part owner of Marcel from Madrid and she is from that family.
“The filly is closely related to Levendi.”
The Bamford’s sent Drivel to New South Wales where a successful mating with Pierro would have produced a three quarter relation to Levendi, but sadly the mare got sick and died.
The Rich Enuff foal was only a couple of months old and had to be transported back from NSW to Daisy Hill Farm where she was placed on a nurse mare.
“I have agonised over whether I would sell the filly as I don’t have the mare, but she is really nice,” Colleen said.
“But I am predominately a seller.
“I was terribly traumatic for us to bring the filly home but a friend of ours had a mare that had suffered a terrible foaling and the mare had lots of milk and accepted the foal.
Colleen is hopeful their first venture into selling at the Magic Millions will be successful.
Only located 35 minutes from Oaklands Junction, they previously put the put Gold Coast assignment in the too hard basket.
“You have got to take staff up, you have to cart the horses up and it’s a big deal but these two are so nice that I thought I am going to give it a go this year,” Colleen said.
“A comment about the fillies doing well up there at the sales was made to me as well. I think being the first sale that maybe people have got more money, but I don’t know but hopefully it will work out well for us.
“The thing was that when they (Magic Millions) inspected these two, they just loved them straight away and they see an awful lot of horses. They really wanted them and I know they are hard judges and I thought I’ll give it a go.”
After being relocated to Daisy Hill Farm, Americain again served a good book of mares and is siring plenty of winners around Australia.
Colleen said every day he has a winner ‘’here or there” but believes people aren’t prepared to wait for his progeny to mature and race over a distance.
DAISY HILL BREEDING AND INVESTMENTS DRAFT
Lot 87 – Bay or Brown filly: Pierro/And Rock
Lot 256 – Bay filly: Rich Enuff/Drivel