Ultra-Thoroughbreds at Kilmore and Golden Grove are offering three yearling colts – two by Shamus Award and one by Star Witness.
While there is a representation of Victorian sires, a lot of breeders are offering one or two yearlings.
In demand stallion Toronado (IRE) will be represented by a chestnut colt, out of Irish Rose, and a filly from Rainbow Queen. Both are Super VOBIS qualified and VOBIS Sires eligible. They are being offered by Lime Country Thoroughbreds as the agent of Swettenham Stud which stands Toronado at Nagambie.
A variety of studs are offering a total of 15 Written Tycoon yearlings with six of them VOBIS qualified. Woodside Park Stud, where the Victorian stallion stands, is wondering whether one of those 15 will go close to eclipsing the record set by Written Tycoon when Melbourne bloodstock agent Seamus Mills paid $1.5 million for one of his fillies at the Magic Millions. It was the highest price ever paid for a Written Tycoon yearling.
Rich Enuff, who stands alongside his sire, Written Tycoon, has two yearlings on offer – a chestnut colt out of Show A Princess and a filly from Raise Up.
A weanling sold by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at the Gold Coast National Weanling Sales by Street Boss (USA) colt, out of Eye Of The Tiger, is being sold by Clarke and Croft Bloodstock at Uralla.
The yearling is one of three by the popular Victorian stallion.
New Victorian sire Cable Bay’s first Australian yearlings sold exceptionally well at the Magic Millions, and he has three yearlings on offer at the Classic.
Rosemont Stud is well represented with their sires, headed by Starcraft which has four yearlings to go through the ring, while Starspangledbanner has three.
A Starcraft x Lykanna colt was bred by Rosemont Stud’s yearling manager Karen Sinclair and sold as a weanling at the Magic Millions in June.
Another popular Victorian stallion, Artie Schiller, has four yearlings which will go through the sale, while Brazen Beau, which stands alongside Street Boss at Darley’s Northwood Park at Seymour, has six.
Yulong Stud continues to offers its yearling at the big sales and will sell two through agent Fernrigg Farm – a Choisir x Mexican Gal colt and another Choisir colt from Yu Long Bao Ma.
A Divine Prophet chestnut colt, out of Ninth Chance, will go under the hammer for Milburn Creek through agent, Wildes Meadow.
KBL Thoroughbreds are agents for Spendthrift Australia and will sell an Into Mischief x Platinum Mine bay colt, while Widden Stud will sell a Swear x Patricia’s Gem (USA) for Spendthrift.
He said the marketing plan for the Victorian stud, which has also has two farms in the Hunter Valley, was to get yearlings accepted into the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale to support Victorian breeders.
“I think we are putting 15 to 20 horses through the Gold (Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale). It’s getting harder to get horses into the sales as the bigger studs grow their operations and obviously they are looked after.
“We bought up at Magic Millions but we didn’t take anything up there but we are supporting Inglis down here.”
Swords said of the three the stud is sending to the Classic, he rates the Shamus Award colt out of Cosmic Strike as a “ripping” yearling and he also rates the Shamus Award x Tear Gas (NZ) highly.
The Cosmic Strike colt is in Book 1, while the Tear Gas (NZ) colt and the Star Witness x Shattered Heart (NZ) colt are in the day three Highway Session.
But Swords believes the Tear Gas colt should be in Book 1 and knows several Victorian trainers are interested in the yearling.
“It’s a very good horse and I personally like the Cosmic Strike,” he said.
“He is straight and beautiful on x-rays and I tried to convince Sean (Buckley) to keep him, but we have to sell the good ones to make some money as we got hit pretty hard with the drought.”
Swords said he transported 140 horses from their Hunter Valley farms at the end of 2018 to Melbourne when they purchased another property, adjoining Buckley’s Barree Stud in north-eastern Victoria.
“Obviously Shamus Award left here and went to Rosemont,” he said.
“It was a huge task getting the horses down here but I think they are all better off for it as there are more nutrients in the ground here in Victoria and the second farm we bought has held up.
“We are still prepping horses at the Hunter Valley, but they were just hit heavily by the drought and the whole area was hit.
“It was a massive cost, but I think it will pay off.”
Swords said Shamus Award, which was raced to Group 1 Cox Plate glory by Buckley, was starting to ‘kick’ and produced five individual stakes winners last year, including Mr Quickie’s Group 1 win in the Queensland Derby.
“I think he served 140 or 150 horses last year with a 98 percent strike rate,” he said.
“Rosemont has done a fantastic job with him.
“We are trying to make another stallion now with Addictive Nature and he is fertile and everything he serves, he gets pregnant.”
Swords said they have sent a couple of good mares to him this year to try to make him.
Addictive Nature has ‘had a date’ with Miss Andretti and the dam of Nature Strip, Strikeline.
“We are giving him the best to hopefully make him,” Swords said.
Addictive Nature, by Savabeel, is a Group winner and was raced in partnership with Ultra Thoroughbreds owner, Sean Buckley, who also raced Seamus Award. The entire retired from racing late last year.
There is certainly no shortage of Shamus Award progeny at the Ultra Thoroughbreds operation.
“At the moment I have 45 Shamus Award’s on the ground and I’ll have 60 next year and we’ll retain about 15 out of both crops and that’s what we’ll race with and sell the rest but the problem is working out which ones to keep,” Swords said.
“He has actually kicked into gear, Shamus and they have all come highly graded. It’s finally working.”
Swords said Buckley, and Viv Oldfield who also raced Shamus Award in partnership, had 140 mares at the Hunter Valley.
And he said the operation is looking for another stallion and keen to speak to anyone who believes they have the right horse.
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