O’Brien said that Lauriston will be going “all in”. The farm’s entire 2019 draft will go under the hammer as weanlings in the supplementary catalogue at the 2020 Australian Weanling Sale at Inglis’ Sydney Riverside Stables on Thursday, July 9.
With the recent passing of Lauriston’s founder, Kevin O’Brien who was a popular breeder, owner and former Melbourne Racing Club committeeman, O’Brien said it was now a time of consolidation and restructuring to see where that takes them.
The Lauriston draft is outstanding and one that O’Brien’s late father would have been extremely proud of during these tough times with COVID-19.
O’Brien said the strategy this year might surprise some people.
“We will offer our full draft as weanlings,” O’Brien said
“So we are all in – it’s our entire 2019 foal crop.
“We regularly attend the yearling sales, but this year we are presenting our 10 foals as weanlings into this sale.
“It is a little bit of a consolidation phase for us, but the horses themselves are really, really nice. – They are quality horses.”
Asked whether they would get yearling type prices for their weanlings, O’Brien said: “Being weanlings, I doubt it but I want to think we would.
“I think everyone is entitled to make money and the opportunity exists for someone to buy a weanling here and get a bit more at a yearling sale and good on them.
“I think the whole idea of selling weanlings is to leave a bit in the pie for someone else. They have to carry them for another nine months and that’s part of the deal.’’
When asked about his draft, O’Brien said he really liked the Spirit of Boom colt, out of Paramount. He is a half-brother to Epitum (Snitzel) who was bought by Hong Kong interests after winning three races – including the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes at Moonee Valley – from seven starts.
“The Merchant Navy/Suite Annie is a standout as well and is a big chestnut,’’ O’Brien said.
“He is well conformed and nice and strong. Suite Annie (Hotel Grand/Action Annie) is a half-sister to Buffering (Mossman/Action Annie) who won a billion Group 1s (and more than $7 million in prize money). I am really rapt to be presenting him.”
Lauriston will also offer a filly by Not A Single Doubt out of Success Express mare Rhodamine which makes her a full sister to Legend of Condor who competed at black type level and won three races and $317,000 in prize money.
O’Brien said the filly also looks like a strong, early going type like her brother.
He said the farm’s Impending/Swiftly Red colt is from Impending’s first crop. The colt is a striking black type.
O’Brien is happy to be offering two fillies by So You Think (NZ) from mares, Write Cheek and Lake Mountain.
“The So You Think fillies seem to go really well and I think we have drawn a good card there as well,” he said.
“Write Cheek is out of a Written Tycoon mare. Her filly has been cheeky all her life and has got a bit of spunk and personality about her.
“Lake Mountain had Lake District Girl (Not A Single Doubt) which was third in the Blue Diamond lead-up, only to lose the place on protest to Seabrook, so she missed the black type. It would have made her page look a lot different – She was third over the line in a Group 2 but she hampered Seabrook to get there.”
Although Lauriston is offering a mature older draft of weanlings, their Frosted colt was born a little bit later – October 28 – than the others but is still an outstanding type.
“I think Frosted was a great get for Victoria and I can’t wait to see them hit the track,” O’Brien said.
“And the first foal out of Odelia (Exceed and Excel/Rapidement) is out of a super family and Deep Field is doing everything right.”
O’Brien said he was so proud of the draft commenting, “They all foaled at the farm and are eligible for VOBIS”.