Above: Flinders Park yearling parade

Flinders Park manager Michael Cumming has another top-class draft of 8 yearlings coming up from the Mornington peninsula to the Inglis Melbourne Premier this weekend.

First to parade on Sunday is the Zoustar – Humma Mumma filly (Lot 87) who received another timely update at Bendigo on February 13 when her older half-sister Tycoon Humma (Capitalist) won on debut in the Academy Uniforms 2YO Plate (1000m).

The John McArdle-trained filly was a $240,000 buy from Flinders Park at the 2020 Melbourne Premier and that looked like money well-spent after she overcame interference and cruised clear for a two-length victory.

There could be an even better update this Saturday when Tycoon Humma comes to town for the LR Very Special Kids Plate (1000m) at Flemington.  “When Johnny came down to look at the Zoustar filly, he told me they have a bit of time for Tycoon Humma,” Cumming said before loading the float to Oaklands on Tuesday morning.  “A black-type win or even a place would be perfect a day before the Sale.”

McArdle’s Redgum Racing team also prepared their older half-sister Humma Humma (Denman) to wins in the G3 Proud Miss Stakes, LR Alinghi Stakes and LR Redelva Stakes.

“The Zoustar is an athletic filly and there’s been plenty of interest during inspections at the farm,” Cumming added.  “I’m sure she will be well-received on the sale-grounds and hopefully she’s as popular as Tycoon Humma in the sale-ring.”

Flinders Park has also catalogued a first-crop filly by Godolphin’s Group 1 winning sprinter Impending on Sunday.  Catalogued as Lot 168, she is out of Moonee Valley winner Marli Magic (Host) from the family of Champion Singapore 3YO Recast (Thunder Gulch).

Marli Magic’s current 2yo is a colt by Maurice (Jpn) with Cranbourne trainer Julius Sandhu.

On Monday, Flinders Park presents the Deep Field – Seeking Status filly (Lot 316) and she’s a forward type according to Cumming.  Seeking Status a half-sister to the dam of Run Fox Run (Foxwedge) who won the G1 Cape Flying Championship last month.

Tuesday’s draft includes another Premier-quality yearling in the shape of the Cable Bay – Cianara colt (Lot 555).  His dam was a Stakes winner at Flemington and her Palentino filly was purchased by Ciaran Maher at last year’s Melbourne Premier.  She has been named Talantino.

Flinders Park has four lots entered for the Showcase Session including the Thronium – Probationary colt (Lot 681).  He’s a half-brother to promising Sydney sprinter Patrolling who won his first two starts during a short spring prep for trainer Joe Pride.

Patrolling (Epaulette) has been nominated to resume his second campaign this Friday night at Canterbury.

To view the full draft click here.

Above: Lot 771 Danerich x Bon Vacance colt

For Chris Charles of Franklin Farm, her life has always centred around horses in one way or another.  

These days, after many years of different roles throughout her life, she is a hobby breeder who breeds a few horses at her 40-acre farm in Euroa.  

This year, she will present a draft of three yearlings for the Melbourne Premier sale. 

“I am quite happy with the draft. If buyers are looking for good boned racehorses, they will find them here,” Chris said.  

“All three have had pedigree updates and we try to breed horses that will become racehorses,” she said. 

“I like to buy mares from families which I know from past associations,” Chris said.  

The first lot to go through the ring, will be lot 640, a gelding by Starcraft out of Lady Jouster.  

“This yearling is a lovely huge walking horse, and you need almost half the Tullamarine runway to turn him around,” Chris laughs. 

“He was gelded because he was a big heavy horse and it’s done the trick. Now he’s just a nice big horse and he will just need a bit of time now,” she said.  

The next yearling to head through the ring for Christine, is lot 746, a filly by Sepoy out of Which Vault.  

“This is a beautiful Sepoy filly who carries a double cross of Jesmond Lass, the mother of Canny Lass, Canny Lad. For the pedigree lovers, she has good residual value and is out of the Lemon Spice family, which is well known in Victoria and is a great filly family,” Christine said.   

The final lot which will head through for Chris, is lot 771, a colt by Danerich, out of the Good Journey mare, Bon Vacance 

The dam of the colt has had two foals to race for two winners and the colt includes seven-time winner Truly Great and Special Alert in his family.  

Since the catalogue went to print, Truly Great won the Group 2 Ted Van Heemst Stakes beating Trap For Fools and was a very close second in the Perth Cup.   

“He is a nice big walking coltand it is always helpful having a pedigree update before the sales. I am very happy with him and I think buyers will be pleased with him,” Chris said.  

To view the full draft click here.

Above: Lot 65 Written Tycoon x Gretna filly

After Woodside Park has celebrated the success of the 2021 Inglis Classic lots, where they offered one of top lots of the sale. A Written Tycoon filly out of Ariaz who was knocked down by James Harron Bloodstock/Freedman Brothers who went to $380,000 to secure the filly. As we look ahead to Melbourne Premier, Woodside Park are offering a strong draft of fourteen through the sale. The fillies are leading the draft with eight on offer ‘They are an even group of yearlings who are athletic, good moving types which we expect to present well when buyers see them.’ Remarked James Price CEO of Woodside Park.  

Woodside Park are offering three Written Tycoon fillies in the draft and there is expectation following the recent success of the sire that they will be popular with buyers. The first Written Tycoon is Lot 65 out of the Snitzel mare Gretna who is half-sister to Stakes placed and Melbourne Premier graduate Snogging. Lot 346 is another daughter of Written Tycoon also out of a Snitzel mare, Snitzel’s Goddess who is a three-quarter sister to Stakes winner Snickerdoodledandy. The final filly is Lot 367 by the stakes placed Street Boss mare Star Via Strada.  ‘The highlights on pedigree are the Written Tycoon fillies we have to present. They are all chestnut fillies with a resemblance to Pippie which can only be a positive. 

This is the first year we will see yearlings by Woodside Park’s sire, Tosen Stardom who has two coltin their draft (Lot 391 and Lot 728). ‘We also look forward to introducing the market to Tosen Stardom and we have two in our draft. They are both good actioned colts with plenty of size and scope. Lot 728 out of the mare Tie me Up is an absolute spit of his father which will be an attraction to many buyers. The colt has a huge girth, stands over plenty of ground with a good hindquarter.’   

Rich Enuff has been an incredibly exciting sire with the likes of Dosh making her start in the Blue Diamond Stakes and this support has been filtered to the sales where impressive results were achieved at the Classic sale. James Price has noted their Rich Enuff colt as a highlight of their draft. ‘We also present a lovely Rich Enuff colt who achieved some tremendous results at the Classic sale – a filly sold for $180,000 and a colt for $200,000. I would expect buyers to be attracted to this colt and believe he is a highlight in our draft. He is a big strong impressive colt with a good stride and can’t be faulted.’  

Woodside Park are offering three yearlings by their new and exciting sire Cable Bay with two fillies in the first session and one colt the second session. ‘Cable Bay’s oldest yearlings are two-year-olds and the ones on the track have performed very well. Although they haven’t quite hit the winner’s circle, trainers are still talking very positively. The Cable Bay’s we will be taking to the Melbourne sale this year are two lovely fillies in the first session (Lot 232 and Lot 544) who have been very well received and a very well-put together colt (Lot 632out of the fast Choisir mare in the second session.’   

Another stand-out yearling that Woodside will be offering is Lot 236, a Sebring filly out of the Group 1 winner Pasadena Girl who is a past graduate of Melbourne Premier purchased by Peter Moody‘Although not an overly tall filly, she has a lovely action. She will have plenty of residual value and believe she will appeal to buyers.’  

James Price remarks that despite the challenges of COVID they are confident heading to the Melbourne Premier sale with a strong uptake in farm inspections. ‘Our farm inspections have been very strong and we predict a very busy week leading into the sale. The sales this year have not been without setbacks of COVID but sales conducted this year so far have seen some extraordinary results.’   

James explains the way the industry has coped with the last year is a testament to the participants, racing authorities and those involved who have been supportive through-out this difficult time and aided the longevity of the industry. ‘This industry never ceases to surprise or amaze us even with curve balls that are thrown our way. This past year has shown how incredibly resilient the industry has been. The extent vendors go to with photos and videography gives buyers confidence despite not being at the sale. The breeding industry need to be incredibly grateful to the racing authorities that they have managed their way through COVID and have racing continue through-out 2020. It has meant that owners, trainers and syndicators have all managed to have cash flow which has allowed them to come to the sales and purchase more horses.’  

The VOBIS scheme has always been a demand for buyers at the Melbourne sale who will specifically source VOBIS nominated horses, James explains the strong support for the scheme seen through-out other sales. ‘During the Classic sale Victorian buyers were definitely picking out VOBIS nominated horses. There is no doubt that there is a demand from buyers and owners to have horses that are eligible for the scheme. For the Melbourne Sale there is no doubt that buyers will be purchasing horses with the potential to win extra prizemoney the scheme offers.’ 

To view the full draft click here. 

Above: Lot 226 Shalaa x Our Daisy colt

A colt by emerging sire Shalaa looms as Yulong’s most sought after yearling among the 25 the breeding and racing operation is offering at the Inglis Premier Sale. 

Yulong boss Sam Fairgray said the colt – Lot 226 – had the looks and pedigree to be highly pursued by buyers. 

“He is a lovely colt, a lot of quality and moves well and Shalaa was obviously the sire of the Magic Millions winner (Shaquero) and has been very popular at the yearling sales,” Fairgray said. 

“This colt I’m sure will be really, really popular at the sales.” 

The Shalaa colt is out of Our Daisy (Commands x Wooden Melody), a winner of three races. This is her second foal. 

Another yearling Fairgray has high on his list is Lot 145, a Zoustar filly which is the first foal of a Sebring mare, Longmu. 

“She is a lovely, big strong first foal with a good shoulder and hip on her and there is a lot of strength there,” Fairgray said. 

“And she’ll be a popular filly.” 

A Written Tycoon filly – Lot  340 – out of Sky Princess (Street Sense x Versailles Pike) is  described by Fairgray as sharp looking and ready to get up and go early. 

“And at the moment Written Tycoon can do no wrong and he loves mares that have Mr Prospector in the pedigree,” he said. 

“She is a really neat quality filly.” 

The filly’s dam, Sky Princess won six races. 

And Lot 347 is a Sebring filly out of Exceed and Excel mare, So Serene (Radharcnafarraige) 

Fairgray said she is an athletic, quality filly that was quite feminine but also had a lot of strength about which would make her extremely popular, especially being from Sebring’s last crop. 

Lot 449 is a chestnut filly by Snitzel out of Zaina Rizeena (Shamardal x Sweet Lilly), a winner as a two-year-old over 1500m in Great Britain. 

“She looks like she will be very early and looks sharps,” Fairgray said. 

“She is a typical Snitzel type of filly and she’ll be one for someone who is looking for an early two-year-old. She has got the temperament and looks like a filly that will go very quick.” 

Yulong’s Lot 538 is a Capitalist colt out of Casino Club (Casino Prince x Volted In) and Fairgray says he has plenty of size and scope about him. 

“Capitalist is setting the tracks on fire already sort of thing and he’ll be a colt that will be super popular,” Fairgray said. 

And Yulong also has a colt by French stallion Siyouni (Pivotal x Sichilla) as Lot 524. 

He is a big strong colt who is by a very successful sire that has only had a few performers here in Australia but a couple of them have run in the Golden Slipper,” Fairgray said. 

“So it shows the quality of horses he can get and with the size and strength of this colt, he’ll be very popular with people who are in inspecting.” 

Siyouni stands in France.   

Fairgray said Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang wanted to support the stallion with a couple of mares, including the colt’s dam Bouquet de Flores (Street Cry x Floristry) which he had in Ireland, and they were served in France and then brought to Australia where they were foaled down. 

He said Yulong’s draft was interesting with a mix of proven and up and coming stallions. 

 “We have got Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Snitzel, Sebring, and Zoustar and then we’ve got PariahPreferment and Russian Revolution among the sires,” Fairgray said. 

“So there is a really good mix and we’ve also got a couple of colts by Savabeel (Lots 107 and 238) and he is obviously a fantastic stallion and if someone is looking for a nice three-year-old, these colts are definitely worthwhile having a look at. 

“We have got a filly by Frankel (Lot 568) and she is the first foal out of a Scat Daddy mare (Daddys Poppit) and she is only medium sized by with the Frankels they come in all shapes and sizes and although she is not big, she is a well put together filly. 

A filly by Merchant Navy, who will have his first yearlings at the sales this year, is represented by Yulong at Lot 245. 

The filly is the first foal out of the unraced Street Cry mare Petulance (USA) and is a big strong type who Fairgray believes will impress potential buyers. 

Fairgray said Yulong’s broodmare band had increased year on year as have the numbers of foals on the ground. 

“Our drafts at all the sales will be increasing and obviously Melbourne is our home base and we are happy to support Inglis with some really nice yearlings,” he said. 

“We have got about 230 broodmares and will be foaling down 200 mares this year and will continue to buy some more nice mares to add into our broodmare band to support the stallions that will be retiring to stud this year.” 

 To view the full draft click here. 

Above: Lot 211 Merchant Navy x Mytic Medusa colt

For those who know Sally Watkins of Willaroon Thoroughbreds, they know that for her, horses are her life.  

Sally has been involved with horses for many years prior to the establishment of Willaroon Thoroughbreds. 

Originally operating properties on the Peninsula, she decided to make a move to the North East, after falling in love with how peaceful and beautiful the landscape is there. 

Based in Lurg, in Victoria’s North East, she is set on 500 acres of undulating lush green pastures. 

The property also is the birthplace of Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes winner, Nonconformist.  

The 2021 Melbourne Premier sale marks her fourth draft for the sale and her eleventh year at her property. 

Prior to consigning her own drafts, Sally would sell through Millford Thoroughbreds and Rushton Park but initially this was when she had a few horses, this number slowly grew, and she realised she needed to put her own draft together for the sales. 

For the upcoming sale, Sally will bring ten yearlings to Oaklands for sale. The yearlings have all been bred on the farm, and most have spent their entire lives at Sally’s property.  

For Sally, it means that she knows every little thing about them and can inform buyers accordingly. 

“We know them all the way through and if anyone asks me a question, I can answer it and I know exactly how they have been all the way through. Temperaments, their dams and their siblings,” Sally said. 

“This by far is the nicest draft I have had, and they are a very even bunch of horses. I’ve got six lovely colts and four nice fillies,” Sally commented. 

“They are all good looking and well grown. They are also nicely bred and just a very attractive bunch of horses,” Sally commented.  

“You often look at your draft and it’s not always you can say you have such a consistent good-looking bunch of youngsters for sale,” Sally quipped. 

“They are by a mix of proven stallions and first season sires. I have yearlings by So You Think, Lonhro, Merchant Navy, American Pharoah, Al Maher, Territories, Headwater, Zoustar and Toronado,” Sally said. 

When asked to give insights into some of her yearlings, Sally gave insights into the following yearlings. 

“I really like both my Merchant Navy colts-these two are great types,” Sally said. 

The two Merchant Navy colts which Sally refers to are Lot 211 and Lot 451, out of Mystic Medusa and Zanteca respectively. 

Lot 211 is out of a Magic Albert mare, Mystic Medusa who is a five-time winner with three of those in succession and is from the family of stakes winner Most Important. 

The second Merchant Navy is Lot 451, out of a stakes winning Zabeel mare, Zanteca. 

“There is a little bit of Zabeel about him, but he is just a lovely, neat horse and the mare had a lot of ability,” Sally said. 

A colt which Sally gives us insight into, is lot 537, by So You Think out of Casino Card. 

The mare is a six-time winner with two of those at two and is the sister to Group 2 Crystal Mile winner, Hooked. 

“He is a lovely scopey colt and is very typical of his sire. He is leggy and has a beautiful head and front – he is very well grown,” Sally said. 

Another colt which Sally mentions is Lot 112, a Lonhro colt out of Kobe Queen. The colt according to Sally is the “image of his father.” 

“We have sold the progeny of this mare all the way through. Luke Oliver bought her first two foals by Reward For Effort, and her Toronado filly ended up in the stable of Chris Waller, but unfortunately had a fatal accident. Her Frosted colt was retained and is going to be trained by Luke Oliver,” Sally said. 

“He has handled his prep really well and is the image of his father,” Sally said. 

Willaroon Thoroughbreds will be parading at Oaklands Junction from Wednesday morning and you can find the entire draft.  

Above: Lot 8 So You Think x Ellas colt

Two Bays Farm are a regular at the Melbourne Premier sale. For the farm located on the Mornington Peninsula, the sale is their main sale for the year.  

Two Bays will offer 19 yearlings at Oaklands Junction for the coming sale.  

With a wide range of stallions on offer from first season sires right through to some of the top ten stallions, with progeny from Sebring, Magnus, Flying Artie, Divine Prophet and Toronado, the draft offers something for everyone.  

“The draft really is diverse and for trainers, they will definitely find something which appeals to them. The other benefit is most of our horses are nominated for VOBIS,” Rob Carlile commented.  

With such a big draft, it was always going to be hard to have to pick only a few highlights, but Rob highlights the following as ones to watch through the ring.  

One lot which will go through the ring early on day one of the sale, is lot 8, a colt out of a Canny Lad mare, Ellas. 

“He is a lovely big scopey colt out of a mare who has done a really good job at stud,” Rob commented.  

The mare has had three foals to race, all of which are winners. The Victorian-bred colt on offer for sale, has the likes of Street Cry, Helsinki, Shamardal and Territories in his family.  

The next lot which Rob mentions is lot 144, a colt bred by Two Bays Farm, out of the Street Sense mare Loading Zone.  

The mare has produced the stakes winner Military Zone who has had five wins with three of those being stakes wins.  

“He’s a really nice horse and his half-brother is a multiple stakes winner,” Rob said.  

The next lot which Rob mentions is lot 326, a colt sired by Brazen Beau out of Sheeza Commander.  

The dam is the half-sister to the stakes winner Jacqueline Rouge and stakes placed Sheila’s Star.   

“He is a big strong colt and just moves easily over the ground. With Brazen Beau progeny doing well on racetracks with the likes of General Beau, On the Bubbles and North Pacific, he is one to inspect,” Rob commented.  

The final highlight which Rob mentions is lot 389, the Makybe Breeding and Racing bred, Sebring x Tempting filly.  

Tempting is the full sister to Hurtle Myrtle the Group 1 Myer Classic winner. The filly is also Super VOBIS nominated with Rob commenting; “She is a strong sort of filly which gets along really well. She has a bit of a tough demeanour, which I like in a filly, and carries herself really well.” 

“This draft would not be made possible without the continued support of some great clients who continue to back us in. I would also like to thank the team at home, who have put their hearts and souls into getting these horses to sale. They have done a fantastic job and should be very proud of the way these horses are presented,” Rob enthused. 

The Two Bays draft will be available for inspections at Oaklands Junction from lunchtime on Tuesday the 23rd of February 2021.  

To view the entire Two Bays draft, click here

Above: Lot 342 Sebring x Slapstick filly

Sun Stud’s sales and nominations manager Phillip Marshall believes the 14 yearlings they’ll offer at Melbourne are blossoming at the right time to show their potential to buyers. 

“They have come a long way,” he said. 

I think we’ve got a draft that will suit everyone and it’s a nice bunch of 14 horses. 

“They’ve prepped up really, really well and I can’t be happier with the way they have improved over the last four of five weeks which is great to see. 

“You always love to see a horse really thrive over the last few weeks of its prep and these all have. 

“They are all good moving horses and when a walk is a key at the sales, to have a draft of good walkers is a great because it just makes them so much easier to sell. 

“There a handful of them at all different prices, I suppose, in the draft. 

Marshall said Sun Stud’s Lot 342, a Sebring filly out of Slapstick (Anabaa x Glasnot), had a lot of potential on the track and later on in the breeding barn. 

“She is a filly with a pedigree and is worth her weight in gold just as a broodmare prospect alone,” he said. 

“Her pedigree is going to standout and of course it’s Sebring’s last crop of yearlings so you would like to think that all of his yearlings in the sale will be well sought after because there aren’t going to be any more produced. 

But this a quality filly and she is very good looking with a lovely head, a good stride on her and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her rate as a sharp early horse. 

“She has got the pedigree to boot so she is certainly high on people’s lists just on that alone.” 

Lot 398 is a Thronum (Snitzel x Helena’s Secret) colt out of Thorsborne (Hinchinbrook x Maltese). 

The colt is from the first crop of the Group winning Thronum that stands at Sun Stud. 

“We have been very impressed with what he has thrown so far and they look like early running types which is exactly what you would expect from a son of Snitzel,” Marshall said. 

“This colt is that exactly and is a very, very balanced strong good moving colt who shapes as though he will run as a two-year-old. 

“He is very good looking but he has just got phenomenal balance and great length of stride on him and really uses himself well. And he is a colt I’ve got a lot of time for and he is difficult to fault. 

Marshall said it’s exciting to see Thronum represented at the sale for the first time. 

 Lot 618 is a colt by another Sun Stud stallion, Palentino. 

Out of Goody Two Shoes (Encosta de Lago x Angelic Song), Marshall said the bay colt was another outstanding walker 

“I would recommend to anyone who is down at the sale’s complex, even if they are only looking at one horse, to come and look at him because I doubt there would be a better walker on the complex. 

“He has just got a great stride on him and really uses himself tremendously well. But not only that, he is also a lovely bodied colthas a lovely head and a very kind eye and is also a very kind natured horse. 

“I think he is going to appeal to a lot of people not only because of that walk but he has just got such a great nature to him and I’d be surprised if he didn’t make into a nice racehorse because of his mentality.” 

Marshall said they were happy with the sale results of Palentino’s yearlings last year and only a couple had raced but the sire was never expected to produce early runners. 

Another Thronum, this time a filly, will go through the sale as Lot 692 and Marshall said that similar to the colt, she is very powerfully made and has great length of hip. 

“She has a great shoulder and gaskin as well and is another one he’d be surprised if she wasn’t an early runner,” he said. 

“Thronum showed a lot of ability at two and he was a very fast horse and this filly certainly looks to be in that mould to be fast and precocious. 

She is a lovely filly for the second session and I think she will certainly sell well given her physique.” 

The filly is out of Role Reversal (Shamardal x Miss Hepburn). 

And  filly by the ill-fated Sun Stud stallion Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor x Irish Darling) is out of There’s Only One (Testa Rossa x Aunty Hilda). 

Marshall said it was extremely sad to lose Fighting Sun last year. 

“He has done a remarkable job at stud in that he produces winners every week,” he said. 

“He is becoming a stallion that you can almost set your watch on. 

He said the filly (Testa Rossa x Aunty Hilda) – Lot 726 – is a stunner and almost black in colour and has a good stride, great balance and plenty of strength. 

“She is extremely difficult to fault and the guys from Inglis came to see the draft the other day and they fell in love with his filly and it just goes to show how good a type she is,” Marshall said. 

“She is a stunning type and I’ve got no doubt that she will stand out in that second session. 

“But she is nigh on perfect just in every way and is by a stallion who just keeps producing winners and of course is by another stallion that they are not making any more of.” 

Marshall said it was a sad day when Fighting Sun died as he was much loved on the stud and was a gentle giant, a trait he has passed down to his progeny. 

Sun Stud is also agent for a Lord Of the Sky colt, which is the only offering by the sire in the sale. 

Marshall said the colt, out of She Brings Joy (Sebring x Mandikova), is powerfully built and will go through the sale as Lot 703.  

“He is a running sort of horse and what I would call a great trainer’s horse,” he said. 

“And he is very tough and the sort of horse that would run through brick walls for you. He has a great temperament and given Lord Of The Sky was a very fast horse, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this horse run early.” 

Lord Of The Sky won three Group 3 races – one at 1100m and two at 1200m. 

Marshall said with such a big catalogue of horses it was going to be busy but also exciting to be back at Oaklands. 

To view the full draft click here.

Above: Mares and foals at Supreme Thoroughbreds

The team at Supreme Thoroughbreds, like most, have been eagerly awaiting the 2021 Melbourne Premier Yearling sale day to arrive.  

When the sale commences on Sunday, they will have 26 yearlings ready to offer buyers at Oaklands.   

Neil Shaw and the team at Supreme is excited ahead of the sale and proud of the draft they have on offer 

“On type and on pedigree, this is the highest bar William Inglis has ever set. We are very proud of the quality of our horses in both sessions,” Neil said.  

The draft will bring yearlings by proven sires such as So You Think, Dundeel, MagnusToronado, Manhattan Rain and Choisir 

“We also have yearlings in the draft by emerging young sires with their first crop of two-year-olds racing this season – the likes of Frosted and Extreme Choice.      

They also have yearlings by sires with their first crops being offered at yearling sales this year – Invader, Impending, Merchant Navy and Russian Revolution. 

Neil Shaw lists six highlights Supreme will take through the ring.  

Lot 130, is a Victorian-bred filly by So You Think out of a winning Sepoy mare in Larapineta. The dam has one foal on the ground who is sired by Star Turn.  

“She’s a lovely bodied, really good walking filly. When she walks out people are just drawn to her when they see her,” Neil said.  

The next yearling Neil highlights is Lot 201, a daughter of Impending out of the stakes winning Exceed and Excel mare Mrs Kipling. Mrs Kipling has had five foals to race for four winners, including stakes place See Me Excel. 

“She has been a standout amongst the fillies since the day she was born and I think she is a great advert for Impending” Neil said. 

The next yearling Supreme takes through is lot 349, a daughter of Russian Revolution out of a New Approach mare, Socialista The filly is from a strong female family which has produced Epaulette, Helmet and National Defense.  

“She is a compact type with a big walk and is the image of her father.   The more look at this filly, the more I like her Neil said.   

The next lot on Neil’s list of highlights is lot 394, a son of So You Think out of stakes producing mare The Girlfriend.  

“This colt is a standout on type, he is a very attractive horse and he knows it. He was born an outstanding foal and has a good presence and I think he will be very popular.  I’ve no doubt he will progress into a really good racehorse,” Neil said.   

No list of highlights is complete without a Dundeel.  Lot 517 is a son of Dundeel out of seven-time winner Blue Light. Blue Light has already produced two winners and the colt on offer at Oaklands Junction is from the same family as stakes winner Natural Tycoon.  

“He’s a strong forward sort of horse for a Dundeel and he will have plenty of admirers down at the sale. In my opinion he will be running as a late 2YO/early 3YO,” Neil said.  

The final yearling which Neil highlights (although he could have added even more to his list)  is lot 550, a son of Brazen Beau out of the Encosta De Lago mare, Chevovessence. The mare’s first foal is already winner and the colt on offer, looks strikingly like his father.  

“While he is a late foal, he was definitely one of the better foals on the farm. He is very flashy looking, and he is the image of his father. He has the same three white socks and the same spots on the white socks below the fetlock, just like Brazen Beau,” Neil commented.  

“He has a lovely flowing walk and will continue to mature, he has handled his prep very well,” he said.  

“Brazen Beau is starting to really get his 2YO runners and we saw General Beau line up in the Blue Diamond, which is really exciting for the stallion,” Neil said.  

For the first time in a few yearsSupreme will be selling horses in the P2 session to meet the market after all the changes due to COVID.  

“I believe there are some serious opportunities in our P2 horses. While they may be in P2, I don’t believe this means they are of any less quality, it’s just with the strength of the sale, you can’t fit them all in P1,” Neil said.  

“I strongly recommend buyers take a look at our yearlings in P2 by Frosted, Smart Missile, Akeed Mofeed, Astern, Manhattan Rain and Magnus. They are exceptional types, and I believe they are going to make first-rate racehorses,” Neil remarked.   

Supreme Thoroughbreds will begin parades on Tuesday 23 February from 1pm and to view their entire draft, click here.  

Above: Lot 584 Toronado x Don Perion colt

The champagne corks could be popping again for Stonehouse Thoroughbreds’ Ryan Arnel and his client Andrew McDonald at the Melbourne Premier Yearling sale when a colt they’re selling by the highly sought after Toronado goes through the ring. 

The colt is out of Dom Perion and his full brother to 2018 VRC Group 1 Derby winner Extra Brut (Domesday) that fetched $380,000 at last year’s sale. 

Purchased by Melbourne Cup winning trainer Danny O’Brien for stable client John Wheeler, the price was nearly double the $200,000 Arnel expected. 

Arnel said the Toronado colt – Lot 584  is the one to watch. 

Obviously his brother made good money last year being the full brother to Extra Brut,” Arnel said 

“This bloke is very much in the mould to Toronado more than the Domesday. But he has got that Hong Kong influence with Extra Brut and obviously Toronado is doing everything right over there with Master Montaro and he had had an extra couple of stakes winners on the weekend. 

So he is jumping head in leaps and bounds and this guy is just doing everything right himself as a horse.” 

Arnel said the Hong Kong owners were keen to get the progeny of a stallion that they know works in their country. 

“I am very impressed with them,’’ he said. 

Extra Brut was sold to Hong Kong but in 2019 died in an accident after having one race. 

The Toronado colt is one of 25 yearlings being offered by Stonehouse. 

With 25, it’s a massive draft,” he said. 

“It’s a very widespread draft this year and I might be going the early crow but I’d like think it’s the best draft we’ve ever taken to the premier sale. 

“Just the vastness of them all I guess. We’ve got stallions by all sorts. 

I couldn’t be sure if we’ve got a sale topper amongst them, but we have just got some seriously nice quality horses and all very well placed. 

“Our focus is Melbourne Premier and that’s our Grand Final so we always focus on stallions and types that are going to suit the Victorian trainers and the Victorian market more but obviously we’ve sold to Hong Kong, Asian based buyers, New Zealand, New South Welshmen and all over Australia. 

Arnel said Stonehouse’ultimate aim was trying to place their horses with Victorian trainers so they could work together.  

And if it hadn’t been for two withdrawals – Lots 106 and 171 – Stonehouse would have had its biggest Melbourne Premier draft. 

Arnel said they had six yearlings from Waikato Stud in New Zealand – Lots 56, 170, 239, 348, 399, and 549. 

“They are all Waikato owned and obviously came over and due to the Covid pandemic they needed to get them out of their country  and get them exposed over here,” he said. 

“They are six really nice types and we are very happy with them.” 

Arnel said Stonehouse Thoroughbreds was also the agent for four yearlings from Segenhoe.  

He said two yearlings by Dundeel (NZ) – a colt out of Hannah in a Hurry (Lot 74) and a colt out of Water Kiss (Lot 431) – would demand a lot of attention. 

Arnel said they were happy with their own Capitalist colt (Lot 377) out of Summit Breath. 

“It’s our own and it’s a homebred and it’s exactly the same cross as Profiteer (Inglis Millennium winner) and we purposely identified that and bought a Snitzel mare in foal to Capitalist, believing that would be the ideal cross. 

“And to have Profiteer came out and do what he’s done recently is sort of proof in the pudding that our theory was correct. 

“Every little bit like that helps, especially when they are your own.” 

Stonehouse’s first yearling to face the auctioneer is Lot 11, a filly by Magnus out of Elusive Magic (Elusive Quality x Raami’s Magic) and is a full sister to the Nick Ryan-trained Mahamedeis, a winner of 10 races and nearly $1 million in prize money. 

 And Lot 54, a Sebring colt is out of stakes placed mare, Glenbawn Dame (Shamardal x Starfish). 

“She was nice placed stakes mare,” Arnel said. 

“These are the last by Sebring you’ll ever see.” 

 Arnel is happy to be offering a colt (Lot 761) by Rich Enuff and out of Avenue of Glory (High Chaparral x Croisette). 

He said the young stallion was doing all the right things and getting the winners. 

“He is actually homebred off the farm here and the mare is actually owned by Adam Gay and Glen Barker who bred Swats That off this farm and she obviously ran second in the Coolmore and all going to plan she is definitely on a run toward The Everest this year,” Arnel said. 

“Adam and Glen are good Victorian breeders and are Melbourne based and doing a good job at identifying Victorian stallions and Rich Enuff was one of them.” 

A So You Think colt out of Dawning Light (FR) – Lot 575 – should be attractive to buyers following his sire’s recent successes. 

“The stallion has just had a real big, flashy period in the past two weeks and has come up with another couple of stakes winners,” Arnel said. 

“This colt is a belting type and very much in the mould of his sire and has the head and the body about him and he should go well at the sales. 

“The dam’s sire, Siyouni is obviously doing everything right in France and Europe and he is the big ticket item over there at the moment. It was quite appealing to find a So You Think out of a Siyouni mare and I thought it was a really interesting mating.” 

Arnel believes Lot 605, a colt by Tosen Stardom (JPN), out of Flirty Gertey (NZ), is a good trade prospect. 

“I would like to see him do quite well as he is a nice type and we just need to get the stallion up in lights a bit,” he said. 

Obviously our industry, especially in Australia, we are so strongly dictated to by syndication and probably our number one buyer is syndication whether it’s via a trainer or a syndication company. 

“And at the end of the day they need a product to sell and if people are asking who is Tosen Stardombut they know who Pierro or some others are, it makes it more difficult.” 

The last yearling to go through the sale – and the last in the catalogue – for Stonehouse is Lot 804, a colt by Rubick, out of I Am Invincible mare Dubai Fortress. 

“He has been an interesting stallion and I thought there would have been a lot more demand for them,” he said. 

But the mating itself is what I think is a really impressive one with an I Am Invincible mare over Rubick which I think will cross very well.” 

Above: A view of the stables at Stockwell Thoroughbreds

For Stockwell Thoroughbreds, Melbourne Premier has long been a familiar sale for the team at Diggers Rest.  

Set on 800 acres, Mike and Brodie Becker are a well-equipped, experienced team who ensure that each of their yearlings gets an in-depth yearling preparation.   

The name Stockwell is a name known by all in the industry and they have had many great horses to grace their paddocks. Including the sire Showdown, who now has the VOBIS Sires Showdown named in his honour, which is held at Caulfield each year.  

This year, the team will take three colts to the Melbourne Premier sale. All three colts are Victorian-bred and are by sires such as Sun Stud’s Palentino, Chatswood’s Reward For Effort and Winning Rupert. 

When asked what the 2021, Melbourne Premier draft was like, Mike Becker commented, “The colts are three different types, and they couldn’t be any more different if you tried.” 

The first lot to head through the ring will be lot 600, a son of Winning Rupert and bred by Victoria’s Susan Zeitz.  

The colt is out of the Artie Schiller mare, Fair Hope. Fair Hope is an unraced mare who is the half-sister to Hearts and Arrows, who is the dam of Group 2 winner, Jonker.  

“The Winning Rupert’s have some flavour in the market at the moment. He isn’t a huge colt, but he is an athletic colt, and he has scoped and x-rayed up well,” Mike commented. 

“He is a nice correct colt who is neat and athletic and is quite typical of the Winning Rupert’s I have seen,” he said.   

“Susan has been breeding for quite a few years now and is starting to see her hard work pay off on the track,” he said.  

The next colt to go through for Stockwell, lot 676, is as Mike describes him, “an absolute standout”. 

The colt sired by Sun Stud’s Palentino is out of the Authorized mare Penryn Pearl, who was a four-time winner.  

“He is well grown, and he is a three-year-old type as his pedigree says he should be. Anyone who has come to inspect him loves him,” Mike said.  

“He is a loose limbed, smooth actioned colt, who wants to work with you and is just straight forward and no fuss about him,” he said.  

The final colt to go through at Oaklands Junction will be a son of Reward for Effort, lot 717, who is bred and owned by Stockwell Thoroughbreds.  

Out of unraced Artie Schiller mare, Spend A Penny. Spend A Penny already has a Puissance de Lune colt who was purchased by Hancox Thoroughbreds.  

“This horse is an outstanding type. He is a trainer’s colt and looks relatively early going. He is just strong in all the right areas and wants to be doing something all the time,” Mike said.  

The Reward for Effort colt is from the same family as Group 3 winner Golden Twig.  

There is no doubt that with the experience of the Stockwell team, that these three youngsters will highlight their athletic abilities once they make it to our tracks.  

To view the Stockwell draft in more detail, click here 

Above: Lot 190 Frosted x Miss Steele filly

Springmount, a boutique broodmare and spelling farm is located in Romsey, just 30 minutes from the Inglis Oaklands sales complex. They have a substantial draft of thirteen that they will be taking to Melbourne Premier this year. ‘It is a very even draft this year and we are excited both for ourselves and our clients to take our yearlings through the sale.’ remarked Michael Flannery.  

The first yearling through the draft is Lot 57, a son of Street Boss by Gonski. The dam is a half-sister to Stakes winner Thiamandi and with three foals to race, two are winners. Street Boss’ progeny are making headlines with their success on the racetrack which is very positive for the sales ring. ‘It is very timely to have a Street Boss at the moment and he looks like an early type.’  

By the first season sire, Impending Lot 93 on pedigree alone is an attractive looking colt. By the Fastnet Rock mare, Iheartpoppy who is half-sister to Arapaho Miss and by the same family as Kennedy Oaks winner, Miami Bound. ‘He is a lovely colt who will parade very well and I expect him to be popular.’  

There is one Written Tycoon yearling in the draft, Lot 118 a beautiful colt by the sire out of the mare La Haraka. The dam is a half-sister to Nina Haraka who won the Group 3 Adelaide Guineas during her racing career. ‘He has lovely conformation and is very balanced. He has shown a lovely nature through his preparation and I expect he will be highly sought after.’  

Out of the family of Vintage Crop, Lot 174 is a lovely So You Think colt by Melodramtic who is a three-time middle distance winner. ‘He is a beautiful big strong So You Think colt, very correct with a good nature. In terms of conformation, he can’t be faulted with a lovely bone structure and will parade very well.’  

Lot 190 is an exciting filly in the draft, a daughter of Frosted by the Group 3 winner Miss Steele. Frosted progeny have been so impressive on the tracks and this filly not only looks like her father, it visually striking but has also been faultless in her preparation. ‘We have a very nice Frosted filly by Miss Steele. We sold her full sister last year for $160,000 at Melbourne Premier. She is beautiful and just what you would like to be taking to a sale.’  

A mating carefully selected by Ralph Zito who is most well-known for breeding Tasmanian hero Mystic Journey, Lot 219 on paper is an exciting colt. A son of Churchill by the Hussonet mare, North Sea. The dam has four foals to race who are winners including Aim Smart and Jeanneau who are both Stakes placed. ‘The Churchill/ North Sea mating was very carefully planned by Ralph Zito and the mating hasn’t gone unnoticed by some of the industry participants. As a physical specimen he is beautiful and will parade very well.’  

The final yearling through the ring for Springmount is Lot 433. A colt by Pariah out the Encosta de Lago mare, We Betcha. The dam has five foals to race with four winners including the Stakes placed filly Betcha Flying. ‘He is a colt I expect will sell very well, I can’t fault him and believe he is going to be very popular.’   

Michael Flannery explains the positive impact the Vobis scheme has on yearlings that are nominated for the scheme. ‘The Vobis scheme has a huge impact at the sales, it is a great addition to prizemoney and buyers love to know that the yearlings are nominated to the scheme. It will certainly tip the scales your way in the sales ring and it is a great addition to the Victorian Thoroughbred Industry.  

Springmount have had a huge level of interest in their draft with a busy schedule at the farm inspections. There is every expectation the strength of the market will continue at Melbourne Premier.  

To view the full draft click here.  

 

Above: Lot 361 Street Boss x Spirit of Carbine colt

Rosemont stud is based on the beautiful Barwon river and the brand has quickly established itself as one of the premier studs in Victoria. With the well-known red and white ‘rampant lion’ colours that has frequently featured in the winner’s circle, Rosemont can take credit for some outstanding Group 1 success of horses they consigned at the yearling sales including Mr Quickie, Santa Ana Lane and Hey Doc to name a few. In addition, their stallions have been making headlines with Starspangledbanner claiming titles both in Australia and overseas. Ryan McEvoy Rosemont’s General Manager of bloodstock has highlighted a few yearlings going through the ring at Melbourne Premier that he believes could be future champions.   

Lot 61 is the first yearling through the ring for Rosemont Stud and one that has impressed the team. ‘We have a nice Deep Field filly out of a mare called Dineeta. She is a forward strong, mature filly with great athleticism. This filly has impressed us and has thrived in the preparation and we believe it won’t take long until she reached the track.’   

In terms of pedigree Lot 136 is of particular interest. ‘The Zoustar colt out of the mare Leica Forward has a lovely pedigree. He is bred on the same cross as Sunlight being a Zoustar out of a Charge Forward mare. He has a nice profile and will grow into a beautiful three-year-old.’  

A stand-out yearling from the Rosemont draft is Lot 361, a son of Street Boss out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Spirit of Carbine. The dam is half-sister to multiple Stakes winner Pampelonne which includes the Group 2 The Shorts to his credentials. The Street Boss colt is a lovely horse. Really sharp with good substance to him and natural muscle. A quality horse. He’s out of a Danehill Dancer mare  the same cross as Rapper Dragon who has been a star in Hong Kong. 

Another yearling that Ryan has highlighted in the draft is Lot 460. A So You Think Colt out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Abyssinie. ‘The So You Think colt is a lovely athletic and mature horse. He has a great outlook and a lovely profile. He will be a well-found colt in the draft.’ 

Out of the sire who is close to Rosemont’s hearts is Lot 429, a son of Starspangledbanner out of Wangaala‘He is a lovely style of horse, very mature and intelligent. The colt moves very well with a good stride and good walk and everything you want to see. He looks like he won’t take long to get going  

Ryan remarks the success that the Rosemont stallion has been having both in Australia and oversea. ‘Physically Starspangledbanner is a great looking stallion and one that is very close to our heart. He has been a popular stallion for a number of years and is of course the sire of two Group One winning 2-Year-Old’s in Europe. He has proved to be a great source of speed, precocity’   

Lot 577 is another highlight of the draft, a Hellbent colt who is the first foal out of the Stakes winning American mare, Debbie’s Tude‘He is a good style of horse, strong, mature and very typical of what you would expect of a Hellbent. We expect him to popular at the sale.’  

Rosemont Stud will be offering four lots from the in-demand sire, Toronado. The sire’s top lot at this year’s Magic Millions was knocked down for $220,000 and purchased by Alexander Racing. ‘We also have a good lot of Toronado colts in particular offered in the draft. He is a stallion that is going the right way and had a good results this month with two new Stakes winners.’ 

By the Rosemont’s popular stallion Starcraft, there are two colts on offer in the draft (Lot 378 and Lot 495)‘We are also pleased with our Starcraft colts that are really nice, good strong forward yearlings and we expect them to be well found – particularly with an eye to Hong Kong given the sire’s success in that jurisdiction.’ 

Rosemont stud are delighted with the draft that they will be offering at Melbourne Premier and are looking forward to attending the sale with their impressive draft of twenty-six yearlings. Overall, we have a very even, albeit strong draft which has a good depth to it. We feel we have selected the right style of horses to come to this particular sale.’   

The 2021 Magic Millions saw the launch of Victoria Alliance who were out in force to source high quality colts who will later become a great stallion prospect in Victoria. Ryan, who along with Rosemont principal Anthony Mithen developed the idea, explains that their presence will also be seen at Melbourne Premier and the Easter sale. ‘We have been excited to launch the Victoria Alliance. We have spent since midway through 2020 establishing the idea so it is great to see it materialised. It was always our plan to launch initially at Magic Millions followed by the Melbourne Premier and the Easter Sale.’  

Rosemont have long been supporters of the VOBIS scheme and have benefitted from the riches of the scheme. ‘We were recently talking to John McCardle who mentioned a race he received the VOBIS bonuses with over 100% increase in the initial prizemoney. It is unbelievable the benefits that VOBIS offers to the Victorian Thoroughbred Industry. From a Rosemont point of view, we can’t speak more highly of the VOBIS scheme.’ 

The strength of the market has been unbelievable following the turbulent year that 2020 threw at us. Ryan explains that there is confidence for Melbourne Premier as the Inglis Classic Sale where records were hit has so often been a benchmark for Premier. ‘We have seen the strength of the Gold Coast, Sydney Classic and New Zealand Bloodstock did an incredible job with their sale. Based on that you would expect that Melbourne Premier will be just as strong. Previously the sale has been a great source of high-class horses and expect this year will prove nothing less.’  

To view the full draft click here. 

Above: Lot 138 Inference x Lickety Lemon colt

Inference was the first Australian Group 1 winner by Cox Plate hero So You Think (High Chaparral) when he stormed home in the 2017 Randwick Guineas (1600m).

The Team Hawkes colt had won a juvenile maiden at Ballarat before training on at three for a Group 1 placing in the Victorian Derby.  Transferred to Sydney, he came from last to double up for the High Chaparral sireline in the Randwick Guineas.

Dundeel (High Chaparral) had won the 2013 edition and he stands for a $66,000 service fee at Arrowfield Stud.

“He’s a superstar,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said as Tommy Berry brought Inference back to scale at Randwick.  “He wasn’t ready today but he just doesn’t know his own ability.”

Chatswood Stud owner Greg Willis is confident buyers will also take a shine to the first yearlings by Inference.  “We can’t wait to show them off at Oaklands,” he said.  “The colt from Road To Rio (Lot 290) is a stunning individual.  And we also have two other classy colts and two beautiful fillies by him.”

The colt out of Road To Rio (Stratum) is the first foal from a half-sister to First Among Equals who was a multiple Stakes winning sprinter in Melbourne and Perth. Second-dam Pride Of The Class (NZ) won a G3 Desert Gold Stakes at Trentham.

The Inference – Lickety Lemon colt (Lot 138) is from an imported Canadian Stakes winner who has foaled two winners from two to the races.  His pedigree has Group 1 winners right down the page in North America and Europe.

Chatswood’s Showcase yearlings on Tuesday includes the Inference filly from Voyant (Lot 742).  Her dam is an Artie Schiller half-sister to Caulfield Stakes winners Second Effort (G2 P B Lawrence Stakes) and Diamond Effort (G3 Heath Stakes).

The Seymour nursery also has a chestnut colt by its prolific winner-getter Reward For Effort (Lot 773) and they sign off the Showcase session with (Lot 786), a half-brother to 6 winners from the first Australian crop of Galileo’s champion son Highland Reel.

To view the full draft click here.

Above: Lot 39 Footprint x Lonhro filly (image: Bronwen Healy)

Musk Creek Farm, a boutique farm operation on the Mornington Peninsula will be taking a small draft of four to Melbourne Premier. ‘We are a boutique farm who mainly focus on quality and making sure we can produce what the market wants. I am confident going to the sale that we have four very nice horses that will be well received.’ Remarked Scott from Musk Creek Farm.   

This year Musk Creek Farm has a strong focus on the quality of broodmares with all the dam’s having proven success on the track. ‘All the progeny of the dams in the draft that have reached the track have won, which as a statistic we are very proud ofIt should give the buyers a lot of encouragement knowing that these mares are producing on the track and I feel we have the right type for the sale.’  

The first lot that will be going through the ring for Musk Creek Farm is Lot 39, a daughter of Lonhro out of the Redoute’s Choice mare, Footprint. The dam is half-sister to Marching and Gait and is from the family of Trapeze Artist. She has two foals to race who are both middle distance winners. ‘She is a really striking Lonhro filly, with nice strength, amazing walk and a very relaxed nature. The mare also has a nice 2YO by Sebring with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott who is yet to race but they have high expectations of the horse.’ This filly is from a great broodmare sire and will maintain residual value from a high quality family.   

A highlight of the draft is Lot 204, a colt by Zoustar out of Mumtaazah. The dam is a half-sister to the Stakes 2YO winner Petits Filous and with one foal to race, a gelding by Dissident is a three-time winner over 1050m. ‘This colt looks more of a Sunlight type of Zoustar, he is a more compact type with a lovely over-step and walk. We have been impressed with his attitude during the preparation and he has done all that we have asked of him.’ This colt ticks all the boxes for buyer that would be looking for the stallion types. As a third-generation double cross of Redoute’s Choice this colt has lot of appeal.  

‘We do all our matings at Musk Creek on type, obviously taking the pedigree into account. We try and match up a mare with a stallion and vice versa so that we are producing the right type. We are delighted with the cross of this Zoustar colt. 

Lot 292 is the next yearling for Musk Creek, a Churchill colt out of Rock Princess. The colt is a half-brother to Rock Tycoon (Written Tycoon), a six-time winner with prize money of $160,965. More recently the half-sister, Jessica Rae trained by Graeme Begg put in a dominant performance at Kyneton winning by over 5 lengths. ‘The colt is a lovely big athletic horse with great conformation. He is a really nice horse, is a good size and I certainly think he will catch buyers attention at the sale.’   

The final yearling in the draft is in session two at Melbourne Premier, Lot 768. A daughter of Magnus out of Bianslick. The mare has three foals to race who are all winners including the filly by Squamosa, Rays Dream who has won four times with $174,050 in prizemoney and the recent impressive 2 year old winner on debut La Rocque who is likely to be aimed at Stakes races in the near future. The filly is also from the same family as Cliff’s Edge. ‘Despite the filly being in session two, there is a lot of upside for someone to buy this filly.’  

Musk Creek’s draft have something for everyone at the sale, those looking for a stallion type and fillies with broodmare residual value. ‘What I like about our draft this year is not only the mares are doing a good job, but they are also lovely proven families with black type on all of them and I certainly think the product is there to match it.’  

Scott believes that the Victorian trainers will be largely focused on the Premier sale in order to benefit from the VOBIS scheme. ‘The Victorian trainers and owners target the horses that are nominated for VOBIS. It is a great incentive for people wanting to race horses in Victoria and for owners, breeders and trainers to pin point those horses at the sale.’   

Ahead of the sale and Scott has a lot of confidence following the strong results received from Magic Millions and Inglis Classic sales‘It’s amazing how buoyant the market appears to be, and everyone is expecting the market from Magic Millions and the Classic sale to continue. Year on year Melbourne Premier seems to be raising the bar and I certainly think that we will do as good if not better than last year. The industry is thriving with people wanting to get involved which is encouraging going forward for everyone.’  

 

Above: Mares and foals enjoying the pasture at Miranda Park

Miranda Park, established in 2003, is a boutique broodmare farm located in the Macedon Ranges at Hesket. Set on 200 beautiful acres of lush pasture with undulating hills and creek flats, the farm is owned and run by Gary O’Meara, wife Helen and son Tom 

This year, the family operated farm, will present four colts at the Melbourne Premier sale. 

“All of our draft are quality yearlings, and all have excellent X-rays and scopes to match,” Gary O’Meara said.  

The first colt to take the stage at Oaklands Junction is lot 105, a son of hot sire, Toronado 

“He is a quality individual, a very proportionate horse with a lot of strength throughout his body. He uses his whole body when he walks,” Gary said.   

Toronado is doing a great job with two new stakes winners a few weekends ago. He is out of a Red Ransom mare, who is out of a G3 winning Danehill mare and we know that cross works well with Toronado, so he is a ready-made racehorse,” Gary enthused.  

The next lot to enter the ring for Miranda Park is lot 372, a colt by Divine Prophet out of the G3 winning Keltrice mare, Storm Signal.  

“This colt is a half-brother to a stakes winning two-year-old, Destruction. He is a neat athletic colt, who is light on his feet. He has a fluent effortless action and I believe this horse will be up and running as a two-year-old and will have a great three-year-old career,” Gary commented.   

The next lot to go through for Miranda Park is lot 649, a Puissance de Lune colt out of Lominata  

“This scopey colt has thrived through his preparation, he’s very correct and has a lot of speed on his female side. Being by Puissance de Lune, you would expect him to have stamina as well. I anticipate he will be very good over 1600 metres and that’s the sort of horse he looks like,” Gary commented.  

The final colt to head through the ring, will be lot 777, a son of Woodside sire Rich Enuff out of Canyonville (NZ) 

“This colt is a powerful colt with a great attitude, terrific strength through his forearms and gaskins and strong hindquarters,” Gary said.  

“Rich Enuff is doing a good job at the moment with Dosh being his headline horse and this colt is a half-brother to three good winners and is from the same family as G1 winner Markus Maximus,” Gary said.  

Miranda Park will commence parading at Oaklands Junction from Tuesday morning and to view the pedigrees of their draft, click here.  

 

Merton Creek Thoroughbreds are taking a draft of six to Melbourne Premier, and Sunny Mitchell comments ‘it is based on quality not quantity.’ The draft includes yearlings by first season sires for the Southern Hemisphere Highland Reel and ImpendingImpending has already produced impressive results in the sales ring with his first yearlings through the ring averaging $127,000 at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale and Merton Creek will be offering three yearlings by Impending in their draft. Similarly, this year is the first southern hemisphere yearlings through the ring for Highland Reel and his first yearlings averaged $115,000 at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale.  

The first lot through the ring for Merton Creek Thoroughbreds is Lot 113, the son of Impending out of the Nicconi mare, Kristofferson who was a winner over 1000m. The dam is half-sister to Listed winners Fast ‘N’ Rocking and Good ‘N’ Fast who has one foal to race that was placed as a two-year-old.  ‘This colt is a great type with good symmetry and excellent proportions.  He is very athletic and fluent across the ground. His work is flawless as are his X-rays.’  

Lot 576 is a highlight yearling in Merton Creek’s draft, a filly by Highland Reel out of the Zamindar mare, Dazzledar. The filly is a three-quarter sister to the Stakes winner Kinaan, a gelding by Galileo and her second dam Razzle, is a full sister to Danehill. An outstanding pedigree with multiple Black type listed on her page. ‘We regard her as the standout in our draft.  She was our pick of the 2019 foal crop and she has maintained that position through her development and preparation. She has excellent conformation, well grown with good bone, great work ethic with an attitude to match and has flawless X-rays.’  

Another son of Impending in the draft is Lot 585, out of the mare Doojah. The Stakes placed dam was a sprinting type winning over 1100m and 1200m gaining $156,300 in prizemoney. Doojah has produced three winners with five foals making it the track. ‘This colt has grown well through all phases of his development.  He has been impressive throughout his preparation stepping up to all that was asked from him.  His preparation has seen him mature in growth, muscle and importantly mind set. He has impressive X-rays.’  

The next through the ring is Lot 643, a colt by Bel Esprit out of the Red Ransom mare, Lambrays. The dam is full sister to Cinque who also produced the Group 3 winner Alassio. Lambrays has two foals to race who are both winners, Burgundy Lass a filly by Nicconi a four-time winner and Swilling a filly by Delago Deluxe a three-time winner.  ‘This colt was always a standout as a foal and has continued to impress through his development and preparation. He has excellent conformation, well grown with good bone, great work ethic with an attitude to match and has excellent X-rays.’ 

The final Impending yearling of the draft is Lot 753 a filly out of the Commands mare, Amaal. The dam is a winner over 1400m and is half-sister to Stakes winner Night at the Opera. This filly has an impressive pedigree with plenty of black type on her page. ‘This filly is another impressive type.  She is extremely athletic with fluent action, has a great walk, a beautiful temperament with an excellent work ethic.  She is very quick on the uptake and has been a pleasure to prepare.’ 

Lot 799 is the final yearling through the ring for Merton Creek Thoroughbreds. A son of Smart Missile by the Bletchley Park mare, Decryption. The dam has two foals to race with two winners, Royal Enigma and Is Anyone There. ‘This impressive colt has grown very evenly through his development with good consistent weight gain.  He is well grown in both body and height, has excellent bone and is attentive in his work. This colt is presented with flawless X-rays. He is 4th last in the sale but definitely worth the wait.’ 

All of the draft has been nominated for the VOBIS scheme and Merton Creek Thoroughbreds has previously benefitted from the riches of the scheme. ‘As with past years, all our yearlings are nominated for the VOBIS Scheme.  This scheme is of huge benefit to our buyers, trainers, our breed to race clients, as well as the Victorian Breeders.’ 

To view the full draft click here.  

 

 

Above: Lot 73 Lonhro x Hangin’ Tough colt

Merricks Station have been going from strength to strength since they first started selling at Melbourne Premier in 2019. This is driven by the infectious passion and dedication of Ben Cooper and the team around him. In the last twelve months the farm has doubled in size to nearly 200 acres and the team has grown significantly with it. This year they will be taking a draft of thirteen to the sale of which ten are bred from the farm. ‘It is our biggest and best draft that we have offered. We had six yearlings in 2019 which was our first year of selling. We wanted to have ten to fifteen horses going through the sale and this is the first year we have reached that levelMerricks Station decided to focus purely on Melbourne Premier as they appreciate the good work Inglis do at the sale and wanted to keep all their yearlings in Victoria.   

Merricks Station is based on the Mornington Peninsula and is a stunning property. Ben has had a focus on the state-of-the-art facilities with a property that is as beautiful as it is functional. ‘We have the capacity to have the bigger rolling paddocks for the yearlings to grow out on however, currently with the sale around the corner they are in the smaller paddocks to protect them. The larger paddocks are a huge benefit to yearlings development allowing them to build natural strength over time.’   

Ben explains that there has been a focus on sourcing quality broodmares whilst selecting leading sires. Majority of the pedigree pages include Black Type mares or siblings which has been a conscious decision when selecting the broodmares. ‘It is one of those things that good things take time. We have had to acquire the good quality broodmares and get them in foal to the right stallion. This year we have a strong mix of well-related mares and very commercial stallions including Pierro, Sebring and Lonhro to name a few.’  

Ben, who for many years has been on the other side as a buyer has strongly considered what he looks for at the sales which is strong athletic types with active families and the residual value with the fillies and believes this is what people what to see at the sales.  

One of the stand-out yearlings in the draft is Lot 73, a son of Lonhro out of the Exceed and Excel mare Hangin’ Tough. Hangin’ Tough is three-quarter to Helmet and Pearls. ‘The first foal by the mare that we sold is a gelding called Tuvalu that Lindsay Smith trains. He’s won his first two start by a combined 10 lengths. Lindsay Smith believes he’s a Group horse in the making.’  

Another one to highlight is Lot 438, a colt by Pierro out of Whistle Baby. ‘We raced Whistle Baby and she is Group placed mare winning over $500,000 in prizemoney. She is a tough mare and has thrown a really nice Pierro colt. Anyone looking for a good quality colt with a nice page is going to be looking at him’  

An impressive statistic is that Merricks Station are on 100% horses sold to winners with those that have been bred and raised on the farm. This year ten of the thirteen have been bred on the farm with the other three as agent. ‘We have had the ultimate care of the ten horses and so we are hoping that the strike rate can continue. It is really exciting that we have ten horses that we have cared for all the way through that we can take to the sale.’  

Ben has confidence ahead of the sale after the results seen at Magic Millions and more recently Classic Sale. ‘Our gut feeling is that it is going to be a strong sale as both Magic Millions and Classic have sold well. We also still race a number of horses and there are still people who have horses to buy and orders to fill and we are hopeful that Melbourne fits that bill.’  

Merricks Station have nominated all of their ten horses for VOBIS and Ben explains the impact the scheme can have at the sale both as a buyer and seller.  

‘The VOBIS Scheme is really attractive, I know as a seller but also a buyer that you want those horses with the VOBIS sticker as it helps you recoup a lot of costs early on particularly when they focus the bonuses on the 2yo and 3yo’s.’  

To view the full draft click here

Above: Lot 344 Deep Field x Smart Miss Hill filly

For Michael and Siobhan Christian of Longwood Thoroughbred Farm (LTF)the 2021 Melbourne Premier Sale, marks the second time they will present a draft of yearlings for sale 

While the pair may be relatively new to consigning drafts of horses, they are far from being new to the breeding game.   

In fact, their love affair with racehorses, started in the 90’s, after securing a share in a racehorse.  

 Since this initial first taste of the industry, Michael and Siobhan have gone on to breed some outstanding horses such as Eloping, Fuhryk, Of The Brave, Eloping, Hallowell BelleFuddle Dee Duddle, Bella Nipotina, Jesse’s Girl and Unpretentious. 

Longwood Thoroughbred Farm also had two outstanding results at last month’s Magic Millions Yearling sale, when two yearlings they bred sold extremely well 

A filly owned in partnership with Segenhoe Stud sired by I Am Invincible and out of LTF bred Eloping was knocked down to Godolphin for $900,000.   

Not too much further into the sale, another LTF bred horse, a colt owned in partnership with Widden Stud, sired by Zoustar and out of LTF bred, Fuddlee Dee Duddle, was knocked down for $1 million dollars to the Victorian Alliance, Suman Hedge and David Redvers Bloodstock.   

The filly and the colt were two record results for the farm. The colt signifying Longwood Thoroughbred Farm’s first million-dollar lot and Michael Christian who was in attendance was ecstatic at the sale.   

“The farm is going extremely well and it was an absolute thrill to watch the two yearlings go through the ring and bring such great prices. We bred both the mares, Eloping and Fuddle Dee Duddle and to watch them both go on and become stakes winners and then produce quality foals is enormously gratifying.” Michael enthused. “Full credit to our partners in the mares, Segenhoe Stud and Widden Stud who consigned the yearlings. They did fantastic job presenting the yearlings.”  

“The Fuddle Dee Duddle colt we bred with Widden Stud, was purchased by the Victorian Alliance, which LTF is also part of, so I cannot wait to see how he goes when he hits the track,” Michael said. “And Eloping’s I Am Invincible filly will be given every possible chance to reach her full potential under the guidance of James Cummings and the team at Godolphin.”  

Ahead of the Melbourne Premier sale, Michael is positive and enthusiastic of what the sale should bring.   

“We are excited to be taking our second draft to Melbourne Premier for buyers to inspect and hopefully purchase. Our team, led by our Farm Manager, Lelaina have done an amazing job preparing the yearlings for sale. ” Michael said. 

The yearling sales season has got off to a strong start so hopefully that will carry through to the Premier Sale”. Michael said.  

At this year’s sale, the farm will take nine yearlings to Oaklands Junction.  

“We have a lovely bunch of horses both in Premier 1 and the Showcase session. The yearlings are by a nice array of stallions including, Written Tycoon, Deep Field, Dundeel, Street Boss, Russian Revolution, Starspangledbanner, Spirit of Boom and Star Witness,” Michael Christian said.   

When asked for his highlights of his 2021 draft, it was tough for Michael to single them out.  

The first lot to go through the ring for the farm will be lot 32, a colt by Russian Revolution colt out of Testa Rossa mare, Fiery Jest.  

“This colt is a strong, powerful yearling, who looks like he might get up and run nice and early. His half-brother was purchased by Hawkes Racing at last year’s Melbourne Premier sale for $200,000 and is showing promise.” Michael said.  

The next lot to go through the ring, lot 191, is a son of Written Tycoon out of the Snitzel mare, Miss Tomb Raider.   

“He is the second foal from the mare and is a similar colour to his sire. The colt is beautifully balanced and athletic. One of the exciting things with this colt is how he has thrived through the preparation. He loves his work and has a great appetite.” Michael said.  

The next lot to go through the ring which Michael gives an insight to is lot 344, a Deep Field filly out of Smart Missile mare, Smart Miss Hill.  

This filly is a mid-November foal but you would never know it. She’s a great size, moves well and has plenty of strength about her. But not only is she a wonderful physical specimen she is from the incredible Freedom Fields family, which continues to produce stakes winners. In recent times, the exploits of Away Game has continued to add to the family,” Michael said.  

The next filly which Michael gives insight on is lot 427, a daughter of Dundeel out of Fastnet Rock mare, Vinay.  

“She is a beautiful, bodied filly with a lovely action, she has thrived through her preparation and we are very excited to present her to buyers. We are really hopeful she will do extremely well in the sales ring,” Michael enthused.  

The final yearling which Michael mentions is lot 686, a daughter of Street Boss out of Quick Thinking.   

“She is an absolute powerhouse of a filly, an absolute tank. She is incredibly strong with an amazing hind quarter and girth. This filly will get up and go nice and early,” Michael said.  

Longwood Thoroughbred Farm will be at Oaklands parading from Tuesday at 8.30am and the entire draft can be viewed here. 

For the family team of Travis and Bec, Jackson and Brooke Kelly, Kelly Thoroughbreds started after a lifelong love of horses which led to the family breeding their own Thoroughbreds to race themselves.  

“We found it tough to purchase in the yearling market after prices continued to drive us out when we started. So, we started breeding our own horses to race and then we ended up growing from there and decided we needed to sell some,” Travis Kelly commented. 

Bec has been a trainer for over 15 years for 42 wins and trains a boutique team from Sale and has about 4 -8 in work at any one time. 

Travis grew up with horses in the High Country of Victoria and at 20 years old, he won the Cattleman’s Cup. The Cattleman’s Cup is a bush race which celebrates the history and culture of Australia’s mountain cattlemen and women and is an annual event held in Merrijig.  

You could say that it was destined that they would have a lifelong relationship with Thoroughbreds. 

Initially they sent their mares to stallions which they could afford and then they constantly decided to “raise the bar,” as Bec puts it. 

“We have clients which ask us to manage their breeding stock, including other family members but we mainly breed to sell and any which don’t sell, we race ourselves,” Bec commented. 

For the 2021 Melbourne Premier sale, the team will present three yearlings, all of which are Victorian sired, at Oaklands Junction. 

The first lot to head through the ring for the pair is lot 446, a filly by Impending. She is out of a Danzero mare, Young Love. 

“She is a very strong filly and still improving each day and we have sold a couple out of her before and they have sold very well. Last year, her weanling Frosted filly made $70,000 to Bill Wilde before any of his progeny had stepped out on the track” Travis said. 

The filly on offer at Oaklands is a half-sister to Bendigo Golden Mile winner, Dodging Bullets, who has won over $500,000 in prizemoney and seven races. 

The second yearling to head through the ring, is lot 647, a filly by sire Palentino. The Street Boss mare, Lil’ Monster has handled her prep well and Travis and Bec are delighted with her progress. 

“The mare has thrown a nice type for her to get into Premier. She is very correct and has good size,” Bec said. 

The final yearling to head through the ring for the team, is lot 653, the only Holler colt on offer at the sale. 

The unraced I Am Invincible mare, was retired to the breeding barn after it was discovered the mare had a chip in her fetlock and Travis and Bec couldn’t pass her up after all the success I Am Invincible was having. 

“We have had a few Hollers come though this colt is very similar in the fact they have been all dark brown and tough looking horses,” Bec said.  

“He has really great size about him with plenty of scope. Busuttin Racing have the half-sister which they bought from us and they are really happy with her. He will mature into a very nice horse,” Bec said. 

Travis and Bec are no strangers to breeding racehorses after graduates of theirs have gone on to win in Hong Kong and they currently have Lunar Fox winner of last year’s Group 2 Sires at Flemington on the racetrack as a graduate of theirs.   

“As a trainer, I don’t mind seeing other people have success with our horses, it is in our benefit for others to have the success,” Bec commented. 

 “Everything is genuinely up for sale we don’t hold back anything. Any horses which aren’t knocked down, we race ourselves – this is our model,” Travis commented. 

Kelly Thoroughbreds will begin parades from the ## and to view their draft, click here.  

Above: Lot 48 Artie Schiller x Gaelic Queen colt

For Daniel Nevill and his team at Hollylodge, the last twelve months have been action packed. Khoekhoe, a graduate of his 2019 draft winning the VOBIS Sires Showdown, a new bub for himself and his partner Katie, and the everyday hustle and bustle of running a busy farm, Daniel will present 15 yearlings to Oaklands for the Melbourne Premier sale.   

While the draft is predominantly by Victorian sires, the horses sired by interstate stallions are mostly Victorian bred.  

“It is a very equal draft in terms of what is on offer. We worked with Simon Vivian and the Inglis team very closely to make sure that we were taking horses down there which would meet the market,” Daniel said.   

“We wanted to select the best type we could find rather than simply choosing a horse based on the appeal of a stallion.” 

Daniel believes that the yearlings in his draft truly will make good racehorses and there isn’t much that sets them apart from one another.  

The horses in this draft are a great physical and not just a page. I have confidence that every horse going to the sale will make a racehorse,” he said.  

Daniel also believes that the riches of VOBIS which are on offer for buyers, is a massive incentive when purchasing Victorian yearlings. 

“Pretty much the entire draft is Super VOBIS with the exception of one. It’s a great scheme and with the money on offer, if you have a draft of Victorian horses, you will have every Victorian trainer come and seek out the horses, Daniel commented.  

While Daniel didn’t want to pick out highlights from his draft, as he believes all his yearlings will make the track, Daniel highlighted the following yearlings and are in no particular order 

Lot 48, which is sired by Stockwell sire, Artie Schiller, is a colt out of the ¾ sister to  Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed sprinter Vain Queen. The colt out of the unraced mare is nominated for Super VOBIS and the family includes Karuta Queen.   

“He is an exceptionally good moving horse with beautiful markings. I believe he will be able to run as a late 2YO and train on and furnish out into a lovely older horse, he is the ultimate Victorian Super Vobis horse,” Daniel said. 

Lot 180 is the Highland Reel out of Miracle Magic. The dam is a four-time winner with one of those wins, being at two-years-old and this filly is the half-sister to Group 3 winner, Greyworm. 

“Out of all the horses I have ever seen or prepared that have gone on to make good racehorses this filly moves like the good ones! She has such a great efficient action. Being the half to Greyworm, she has huge residual value aswell,” Daniel commented.  

Another horse which Daniel recommends all trainers get down and inspect is lot 270, a colt by Magnus and out of the two-time winner, Rada.  

Rada has had four foals to race all of which are winners, including Beau Rada and Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate winner Power Trip.  

“He is perfect for Victorian trainers. He has a good body, shape and size. You could feed him three times a day and he would work three times a day and wouldn’t blink an eye. If I were a trainer in Vic, he is the horse I would be looking at,” Daniel said.  

The next horse which Daniel rates, is lot 435 a colt by Deep Field out of the Charge Forward mare, Western Gem. A four-time winner including one win in her two-year-old career, she has had one foal to race that hoes now won 5 races and a city win since the catolog has been printedher name is ChivargoChivargo is the full sister to the yearling heading through the ring at Oaklands.  

“He is strong with great bone and great physical substance and a great walk. It looks like you could break him in next week and target early races,” he is bred to go fast early and that’s what he looks like Daniel said.  

And after Khoekhoe’s success in the VOBIS Sires Showdown last year, Hollylodge will also present a ¾ colt to Khoekhoe for sale at Oaklands.  

Bred by Susan Keating, the colt is out of Miss Elsa who has had four wins, with two of those at two-years-old and has had one foal to race, who is a winner. 

“People say the Showdown is a restricted race, but Khoekhoe has gone on to win a stakes race on the last day of the spring carnival and was one inch off of being a Group 2 winner on Cox Plate day,” Daniel quipped.  

While Daniel listed a few top lots, he commented, “I could make a case for all of them as there wouldn’t be much which sets them apart.” 

Hollylodge will be parading their draft from 9am on Wednesday morning. To view their full draft, click here.