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High expectations for smart Warhorse colt at Inglis Ready2Race

Lot 84 Warhorse colt (left) breezes up at Cranbourne for the Inglis Ready2Race sale

Written by Paul Vettise for TDN Aus/NZ

Victorian vendor Kane Harris is expecting his Warhorse (NZ) (a first crop stallion standing at Bombora Downs) colt to be one of the stars of Monday’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale at the Riverside Stables.

Lot 84 breezed up in 10.62 seconds at Cranbourne and is a half-brother to the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks winner Sopressa (So You Think {NZ}). Their dam is the Group 2 Marsh Classic Stakes winner Hidden Strings(Weasal Clause).

“He’s a real Derby sort of horse. I would be very surprised if he wasn’t a stand-out of the Sale,” Harris said. “He’ll sell himself on type alone.”

He will also offer a daughter, Lot 80, of Fastnet Rock and the former champion filly and the Group 1 Australian Oaks and Group 1 Arrowfield Stud Stakes winner Heavenly Glow (Spinning World {USA}.

“She breezed up very well (10.73s) and did it within herself,” Harris said. “I’d expect her to make good money. She’s got a nice career ahead of her and she’s got that residual value.”

His 13-strong draft will also include Lot 136, a Sepoy (standing at Darley Northwood) colt who is a half-brother to the former champion Singapore Miler and Stayer Better Life (Smarty Jones {USA}).

“He’s a neat colt, a solid-bodied horse,” Harris said. “He’s a pretty laid back customer and breezed well (10.33s). He did it on the bridle, no questions asked, and he’s got an international pedigree.”

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster is thrilled with the quality of the catalogue for this year’s auction.

“It is the strongest ever offered to an Australian buying bench,” he said.

“It’s a great time of year for our industry in Sydney with The Everest Carnival, highlighted by the running of the $13m The Everest and two days later the Inglis Ready2Race Sale.

“We have deliberately moved the timing of this year’s sale to coincide with the running of The Everest.”
“Among the catalogue of 183 juveniles are horses by the likes of leading sires such as Fastnet Rock, Pierro, So You Think, Sebring, Written Tycoon, Zoustar, More Than Ready, Hinchinbrook, Nicconi, Spirit Of Boom, Tavistock and Not A Single Doubt.

“First season sires represented include Brazen Beau, Deep Field, Dissident, Hallowed Crown, Olympic Glory, Rubick, Sacred Falls, Shooting To Win and Toronado.

“There are siblings to Group 1 winners, 2YOs out of Group 1-winning mares and a quality line-up of juveniles, who have all breezed up well at Cranbourne, Warwick Farm or Taupo.”

Graduates from the past five editions of the Ready2Race Sale have won nearly 875 races between them and collected in excess of $33 million in prizemoney across Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and Macau.

Click here to view the full sale catalogue.

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