Above: Hypersonic winning Furphy Handicap (1000m) at Morphetville Park on Saturday
Three Bridges Thoroughbred’s’ Peter Liston said he always knows when they’ve got an above average yearling to sell.
The requests for x-rays, veterinary examinations and inspections are made at an ever increasing rate which was the case with a Brazen Beau/Bella Jewel colt on offer at the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
The colt sold accordingly for $275,000 to top trainer Tony McEvoy, with Godolphin the under bidder.
Held back from a two year-old career and a crack at the Magic Millions after jarring up in a trail when he “towelled” his older rivals, the colt became a gelding before he made his debut as a three year-old at Murray Bridge over 900m earlier this month.
Named Hypersonic, the gelding scored easily on debut and then on Saturday stepped up to city grade on the Morphettville Park track with another impressive victory.
Three Bridges and Steve Gillard bred Hypersonic. Gillard and Liston, although he says his share is small, bought back into the horse after he went under the hammer.
Liston said Hypersonic was always an outstanding type who he heard was going so well when he was being broken in, that he bought a little share in him.
“I asked McEvoy before the horse had raced if he had any ability and told me he had plenty but it was a matter of getting him sound,” Liston said.
“Hopefully he can keep him sound.”
Liston said that when the yearling went up for sale, he was hoping that Godolphin would keep bidding but they stopped at $250,000.
“We expected him to get that level of money because he was a special horse. You know when you’ve got something special when you have all the x-ray hits and all the second views and all the vets come and look at him,” he said.
“It’s not hard to know when you’ve got a nice one for sale.”
Liston said that as a stud owner who stays in the ownership of a colt, it’s always difficult when the trainer mentions the dreaded “gelding” word.
“Of course it happens quite often,” he said.
“It’s interesting when he (McEvoy) sent out the first thing update to say the horse is injured, he is a heavy horse and he needs to be gelded.
“The first time around no-one said that they wanted him gelded and I think we were all thinking the same that we might have a stallion.
“But eventually he was gelded and if you want a racehorse, that’s what you have to do.”
Liston said he always been a big supporter of Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible/Sansadee) which stands at Darley’s Victorian stud but had struggled to get some of the mares in foal.
“Early on we sent a lot of mares to him and I noticed this year they didn’t send him overseas,” Liston said.
Liston said he’d been in a partnership with Gillard, who bought Oakleigh Girl as a yearling and raced her and sold her second foal by I Am Invincible for $1.7 million at the 2019 at the Gold Coast Yearling.
He said they bought Hypersonic’s dam Bella Jewel (Rory’s Jester), after Gillard purchased a Fastnet colt out of the mare which he gave to Eagle Farm trainer, Danny Bougourne.
“He said the colt was the best horse he’d ever trained so Steve said we had better buy the mare,” he said.
“I went to the sale to buy the mare and Coolmore had also heard about the colt and I had to pay about $240,000 for her. We paid that for her based on the fact that Steve had bought the Fastnet Rock colt out of the mare.
“They had just trialled the colt and Steve rang me and said they think this horse is a super star and the best horse they’ve ever had.
“And a week later the Fastnet Rock colt died after a having an anaphylaxis reaction to a needle, so about five years later we’ve got this colt.
“It’s a tough game this when you are making your living out of it.”
Liston said they later sold the mare and the sale of Hypersonic “squared the ledger.”
And Liston said they have some nice horses going to the sales this year, including three by I Am Invincible and few by Snitzel.
“The money is at the top end but it is expensive to get in at the top end,” he said.
“You know if you’ve got something good as everyone wants to know about the mare, if you have still got it and if you’ve got any sisters or half-sisters.”
And McEvoy predicts big things for Hypersonic.
“He raced a little bit more professionally today,” McEvoy told Racing.com after the race.
“And he made the step up to the city grade and did a really good job. He is a high talent.”
McEvoy said he took Hypersonic to Queensland for the Magic Millions when he was a two year-old, but he never got to the race.
“I trialled him at Doomben one day against the open sprinters as an unraced two year-old and he towelled them up,” McEvoy said.
“He was absolutely fantastic but he just jarred up out of it and we just couldn’t get him there. When they have that sort of talent it is frustrating but it’s okay to wait.”
McEvoy said that depending on how Hypersonic pulls up after his victory, he might race in Saturday’s SAJC Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville for two and three year-olds.
He said it was nice to have a little black type race at the back end of the racing season.
“But it’s up to the horse,” he said.
“If he doesn’t do well enough, we’ll wait.”