Above: Lot 695 – Zoustar (AUS) / Red Velvet Swing (AUS)
Kulani Park, with Rhys and Chloe Smith at the helm, have a well-earned reputation in the industry as the ‘Pin-hooking kings’ and clearly have a very good eye for a horse. Their recent pin hooking success was the Magnus gelding, Kemalpasa, who had back-to-back victories in the Group II Linlithgow Stakes and winner of Group III Kevin Heffernan Stakes in addition to Group 3 winning Junipal.
Looking ahead to the draft at the Magic Millions sale, they will be taking seven horses to the Gold Coast and have been delighted with every horse. One of the highlights in their draft is Lot 695, Zoustar x Red Velvet Swing, the colt is the first foal for the mare. ‘He is a lovely first foal, really strong and forward. The preparation has been faultless, and we believe he is going to sell well.’ Remarked Rhys. The mare, Red Velvet Swing is a half-sister to Stratum Star himself a Magic Millions graduate from the 2013 Gold Coast yearling sale selling for $165,000 and a dual Group 1 winner now retired to stud. Red Velvet Swing is also half-brother to Prague who sold for $1.6 million at Gold Coast 2019 yearling sale. The colt is one of three Zoustar yearling’s in their draft which is no surprise as the stallion has a long association Kulani Park, as Rhys and Chloe sold him at the 2012 Magic Millions yearling sale for $140,000.
Another Zoustar that is a highlight of the draft is the filly out of Luminous Harmony (Lot 495), ‘She is a beautiful filly, she is a two-year old type, walks very well and is already catching the eye of those attending the farm visits.’
Also in their draft is the colt by Deep Field x Bel Chandon (Lot 87) ‘The colt looks to be very nippy and has been another pick from those doing the early inspections.’ Bel Chandon is a Bel Esprit mare who won her second start at Flemington.
Kulani Park have nominated all of their draft for Super VOBIS which is a really positive incentive for buyers. ‘I think it makes it easier for Victorian trainers to pick your horse to buy. If Victorian buyers are deciding between a BOBS horse and a VOBIS horse they are going to pick the VOBIS horse.’
Rhys has been delighted with the preparation for all of his draft and is now waiting patiently before travelling north to the sale. ‘I’ve got a really good draft on type, different horses that will suit different buyers so we are really happy with the selection we are taking to the sale.’
Magic Millions yearling sale next month is going to be the first physical yearling sale since the start of pandemic and border closures. There already appears to have a good vibe at the sale with many looking forward to being able to get away and enjoying being back at a sale. ‘I believe it is going to be a good market, people are going to flock to the Magic Millions and from all reports they are a lot of buyers, so fingers crossed it is going to be a good sale. Everyone I have spoken to have been really positive about the upcoming sale so I am looking forward to it.’
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