For Victoria’s Daisy Hill, the farm will present a draft of 5 at the upcoming Magic Millions Yearling sale.
All bred and raised at the Doreen property, which is only a short 35-minute drive from Kilmore, the team are eagerly anticipating the upcoming sale.
Daisy Hill haven’t opened up their doors for on farm parades before, but this year has been different.
“We haven’t had on farm parades before, but they have been quite strong, I wish we had more parades but I won’t complain. I am not sure people know where Doreen is, but once people realise it is only a quick stop on the way to Nagambie, we have had leading trainers and syndicators come and visit us,” Shane Freeman of Daisy Hill commented.
The team have been working hard to ensure their draft exceeds expectations when inspected by buyers.
“The yearlings were brought in and adapted really well. They were all prepped in a natural environment without tight circles in their work. They have been treated like horses rather than pets and have come through their prep with flying colours,” Shane Freeman commented.
The first of their draft to go through the ring is lot 47, a filly by Pierro out of the Fastnet Rock mare, And Rock. And Rock is the dam of three foals to race for three winners, and she includes Barcali, who now races in Hong Kong, as one of her progeny.
“This filly has enough size and substance and is out of a staying family, so this shouldn’t impact her too much. Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have her two-year-old and they have a high opinion of her and think she may be an autumn 2YO,” Shane said.
The second lot through for the team at Daisy Hill is lot 79, a colt by Churchill out of an unraced Pierro mare, Bagitol.
“This is a first foal out of an unraced Pierro mare. This colt would be one of the first out of a daughter of Pierro to go through a sale ring. When Pierro first went to stud, we were expecting early two-year-old sprinters not the classic horses we have seen.”
The family of the Churchill colt includes the likes of Duporth, Excites and Tickets.
“Colleen is a big fan of Churchill and he really is a horse you need to see in the flesh to appreciate. He looks like a serious sprinter,” Shane said.
Lot 809 of the draft is a colt by Merchant Navy. Not only does Shane have a high opinion of this horse but so too do the leading buyers who have inspected him.
“This horse is the spitting image of Merchant Navy – even those who have inspected him have commented about the similarity of him to his father. He is quite a classic horse and has been bred back to the Danehill x Zabeel cross, so there is a lot of Zabeel about him,” Shane commented.
A filly which Shane is quite fond of is lot 1035 who is a daughter of Epaulette out of Paris Tryst.
“This is probably the nicest type yearling in our draft. This filly is not an old mare’s foal and she has currently got a city winner running around by Americain called, Frenzied.”
At the time of writing this article, Frenzied has had six wins for $151,270. Lot 1035 can also lay claim to including horses such as Let’s Elope and Swats that in her family.
“This filly is also the ¾ to Yulong Baby and this is the best book of Epaulette’s he had. These yearlings are from when he was leading second season sire and his stats were not far behind Zoustar. We have backed Epaulette and gone back to him.”
The final yearling for the draft to go under the hammer, is a filly by sire Hellbent. Lot 1254 is the first foal out of a Magnus mare and as Shane puts it, ‘one of the very few Hellbent’s nominated for VOBIS.’
“She is a nice speedy looking filly and there is a lot of Flying Spur about her. She will be a great buy for a Melbourne trainer to send around Moonee Valley.”
Daisy Hill have been having a great run of success at the minute with 70% runners to winners off the farm.
“We have had some modest horses get the job done but a winner is a winner and we have some quality horses coming through,” Shane said.
No doubt this success will translate to the ring when the auction begins next Tuesday.
You can inspect Daisy Hill’s draft in the Chester barn 12 – 15.