With its strongest-ever Magic Millions draft and at least two of its graduates from 2018 qualified for the 2YO Classic, Eddington based Three Bridges Thoroughbreds’ Toby Liston is hoping for big things on the Gold Coast next month.

Liston admits he has learned a lot about the market in his ten years of taking yearlings to the Gold Coast sale and feels he has got the right mix in their draft of eleven for January.

“I suppose it’s pretty simple to us, when we first started, over ten years ago. we didn’t have one good enough to go to Magic Millions, so it’s always been our target,” he said.

“After eleven years, we have now got two qualified in the race, so that’s a good sign,”

While the on-track results of the 2018 draft have already been good with Courseshewill (Unencumbered) to be joined by March sale graduate Oh Five Glory (Unencumbered) and possibly two others sold through Three Bridges in the 2019 2YO Classic – Liston admitted last year was a reality check for he and his team at the sales. 

“Last year we went to the market and didn’t have the proven product and we got caned. This year we’ve adjusted and we have what I think the market wants. The sales ring can be the biggest leveller,” he said.

The eight from its own draft in 2018 were all from first-season sires, but in 2019, it has just one from that category with lots from Australia’s top stallions such as Snitzel, I Am Invincible, More Than Ready (USA), Written Tycoon and Sebring.

“It’s the best draft we’ve taken to the Magic Millions in ten years. If the buyers are there, I think we’ll have a good time and I know that Magics will be working hard to get them there,” he said.

The loss of Three Bridges’ young stallion Unencumbered after surgery complications was a significant blow to the Liston family. They had given him significant support, and as is often the case, it is only after he died that his progeny has taken off on the track.

“It took us six months to get a 2-year old winner and this year it has been five already, it’s one of those things that always seems to happen when you lose a stallion,” he said.

“I think there is only Better Than Ready and I Am Invincible who have more 2-year old winners than him.”

Three Bridges is offering two of his progeny at Millions, Lot 53, a filly out of Recurring (NZ) (Pentire {GB}) and Lot 277, a colt out of Voltdanze (Danzero).

The colt is a half to Group 2 Brisbane Cup winning mare, Sedanzer (Sebring), a family that also includes stakes-placed So Detached (One Cool Cat). 

“Like Sedanzer, he’s going to get over 1600-2000 metres, but he’s a jump-and-run colt that won’t be expensive. He will be a good opportunity for somebody to buy a nice horse,” Liston said.

Meanwhile, Recurring, a winner of the Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand, has also produced two stakes-performed horses in Time After Time (Danehill Dancer) and Coming Back (High Chaparral). 

“Neither of them will be dear, but they are two lovely animals that will find a good home. I think there are only three in the sale and only Zoustar is beating him on the second season sires list. There’s not a lot on offer, so the ones I have are quality. Somebody will get rewarded for sticking their hand up,” Liston said.

There is a strong Magic Millions pedigree to the Lot 511, filly by Snitzel out of Denarii (Dehere {USA}), making her a close relative to 2006 2YO Classic winner Mirror Mirror (Dehere) as well as the runners-up in the 2012 and 2017 races No Looking Back (Redoute’s Choice) and Chauffeur (Snitzel). 

“I did a foal share with Damion Flower, and her three-quarter brother was Magic Millions runner-up Chauffeur. We own half each. She’s a jump-and-run 2-year-old, people will look at her and think she could be in the race next year and that’s what you want to sell at Magics,” Liston said. 

While Liston is saving the best for last, with the highlight of Three Bridges’ draft, according to Liston, will be their final offering, Lot 861, which will sell on the Saturday night. 

“The Brazen Beau is pretty special. She’s the perfect horse for this sale. She out of a General Nediym mare called Nixon,” he said.

That makes her closely related to Tasmanian I’m Wesley (I Am Invincible), who recently collected his fourth stakes win. Liston is expecting a strong response to the second crop of Darley’s Victorian based sire, Brazen Beau at the sales. 

“Brazen Beau will probably be the hottest second season sire at the sales, a bit like the Zoustars were last year. He’s got the favourite for the Slipper and had another good winner recently, so you’d expect him to be very popular.”

(Credits to TDN).

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