Above: Lot 368 Jakkalberry x Dressed

Hollylodge Thoroughbreds’ Daniel Nevill is confident yearlings in his draft at the Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale are the equal of what he presented earlier this year in the main session of Melbourne Premier.

“Some of them were pulled out of Premier 2 and we used to do drafts for Adelaide but instead of going there we were targeting this sale with some of them that we thought would standout more here than Adelaide of Premier 2.”

The Avenel based farm is offering 14 yearlings which Nevill describes as lovely horses.

Sires of the yearlings included Jakkalberry, Puissance de Lune, Reward For Effort, Turffontein, Unencumbered, Kuroshio, Hampton Court and Scissor Kick.

Daniel certainly has a few of his yearlings which he believes have special attributes.

“I really like the Jakkalberry colt out of Dressed which is a Zabeel mare,” Nevill said.

“He is an absolute ripper.

“And I really like the Your Song colt out of Answers Are. He is a really nice colt.

“The Unencumbered colt out of With Angels Wings is another one I really like. He is the last of the Unencumbereds and is a nice horse.”

Nevill said his Kuroshio colt of Devon Belle looms as a perfect horse to get ready for a breeze up sale.

“If anyone wants a horse for all the breeze-ups, he is the one or if someone wants to get one to Hong Kong or something like that, he is perfect for that.

“He is super correct and is just ready to be saddled up to go.”

Nevill said with the postponement of the Gold Yearling Sale from April to July 16, it meant that they still had “all these lovely horses hanging around the farm” ready to start their racing careers in the coming months.

“I think the buyers love looking at the horses, don’t they,” he said.

“If they can’t see them, it’s very hard to sell young horses online. The prices have to suffer as well.

“It’s like I say to some people, a few of these horses aren’t going to standout on paper but if you see them in the flesh, you’d be taken by them.”

Nevill said the dam of the Your Song colt, Answers Are, is a good stakes winning mare from Western Australia and this is her second foal.

“They bought her online because she didn’t go into foal for a few years in a row and she went out to Widden and she got into foal to Your Song and she has got a lovely Spieth colt for next year’s sale,” Nevill said.

“These are only her second and third foals.

“The Kuroshio colt out of Devon Belle is closely related to More Than Exceed (seven wins from 27 starts) and he has won in town.

“As I said I quite like the Jakkalberry out of the Zabeel mare and I think it is a really great cross. They are the perfect broodmares.

“He is by a horse that ran third in a Melbourne Cup and is out of a Zabeel mare and is a lovely rangey, good walking horse and just looks like a stayer. He looks exactly what he is meant to be.”

Nevill said while they are offering a nice draft they know that under the current circumstances that they won’t be breaking any records in the ring.

“Type wise and if you’re a small trainer, we are going to meet the market, that’s for sure,” he said.

Hollylodge is also offering a Turffontein colt out of Tiki and last year sold this year’s The Showdown winner, Khoekhoe (Turffontein/Walvis Bay) at Melbourne Premier.

“We have got a soft spot for Turffontein at the moment and this one is a lovely horse,” Nevill said.

“It’s just a really nice bunch of horses and at this stage, all going well,  we have got in the supplementary a Belardo filly, a half to Savaheat (Savabeel/Heat Storm) flying in from New Zealand.

“Belardo is the leading first season sire (runners to winners) in Great Britain at the moment and is by Lope de Vega and he needs no introduction in Australia.

“Savaheat is a stakes winner for Mick Price and it’s going to be absolute beauty in the supps. I am sure it will be on everyone’s list to look at.”

Nevill said he could make a solid case for most of the horses in his draft.

“Even the Reward For Effort colt out of Croatian Quality is a beautiful horse,” he said.

“The sire is the leading sire of winners again in Victoria and he has got the Super VOBIS attached to him and he’ll be a nice horse for a small trainer.”

Nevill said he would hope all of the Victorian trainers would try to get around the Victorian breeders and support them through these tough and unprecedented times caused by the coronavirus pandemic.

“If the trainers don’t get behind us and support us at these sales, we are going to be in a bit of strife,” Nevill said.

Nevill said that he would adapt the correct protocols if anyone wanted to inspect the yearlings at his farm.

“I would love them to come and inspect this draft,” he said.

“They have to be sold and people have been paying for these horses for an extra couple of months when they should have been sold,” he said.

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