The recently revamped Inglis Oaklands Junction complex is already awash with people as inspections for the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale are taking place – and if you are one of those out there looking your next star be sure to inspect the select draft presented by Nioka Wozny’s Moorookyle Park.

Known for her keen eye for detail and her passion for everything thoroughbred, Wozny was justifiably proud of her efforts at last year’s sale; Moorookyle’s four Premier 1 session yearlings achieving an average in excess of $101,000 with highlights including a $120,000 Written Tycoon colt and a $110,000 Malibu Moon colt.

And the year before the draft included a $100,000 Written Tycoon colt who, named Benatari, has impressed at the trials.

Wozny is excited about her 2019 offering of five well related, impressively put together youngsters…

Lot 156 b.f Headwater – Eagle’s Song (by Proud Citizen): a member of the debut crop of Headwater (whose Magic Millions yearlings sold for up to $180,000), Gr.2 Silver Slipper Stakes winning son of the champion stallion Exceed And Excel and the Gr.1 Oakleigh Plate heroine River Dove, she is bred on the same Exceed And Excel/Gone West cross as 14 stakes winners including the multiple Gr.1 winner Guelph. Her dam (a three times stakes placegetter whose first three foals are all winners) is an imported mare whose sire is the high class Proud Citizen (sire of 43 stakes winners) and whose dam is a daughter of the Gr.1 mare Nice Tradition, dam of the stakes winners Raise A Tradition and Nice Serve and second dam of the stakes winners Meisho Bowler, Meisho Yataro, Two Months Rent, Transition Time and Dynasharp.

“She is a Classic type filly who is good sized and correct with a great temperament,” Wozny said.

Lot 429 ch.f Jimmy Creed – Scorpio Queen (by Choisir): by Spendthrift Stud’s exceptionally good looking Group One winning son of Distorted Humor, a young stallion who has made such a great start in the northern hemisphere with 70 of his first 115 runners being winners, eight of those (7%) at stakes level. This filly is the second foal (her first, a $140,000 Deep Field colt, is in work with Mick Price) for a classy race mare who won five races including the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet and the Listed Bernborough Handicap along with three Gr.3 placings. Hailing from the family of the triple Gr.1 winning sprinter Toledo, this filly has an exciting pedigree with crosses of the excellent mares Natalma and Mixed Marriage.

“This is a filly of great size, scope and strength with a straight forward, sensible temperament.”

Lot 660 b.c Smart Missile – Little Diamond A (by Dixie Union): a son of one of Australia’s most popular stallions who has been doing a great job with eight early stakes winners, this colt is a half-brother to three winners out of an imported daughter of the high class broodmare sire (34 stakes winners) Dixie Union and the terrific broodmare Izana, dam of the stakes winners Mi Amigo Guelo and So Elite and the five times stakes placed Tina Bull. Izana is a daughter of the wonderful Mr Prospector mare Tersa, European Joint Champion 2Y0 Filly; dam of the dual Gr.1 winning successful stallion Rock Hard Ten and grandam of the local Gr.1 winner All American and Gr.2 mare More Strawberries. Boasting a cross of Smart Missile’s fifth dam Rough Shod II, this fellow hails from an outstanding international family.

“He is typical of the Fastnet Rock line, a great looking colt with plenty of substance, size and scope.”

Lot 689 b/br.f Ready For Victory – Miss Shakira (by Snippets): bred on the successful More Than Ready/Snippets cross (one that provides for crosses of the great mares Almahmoud, Striking and Lavendula II), she hails from the debut crop of Sun Stud’s fast and classy Ready For Victory whose grandam is a half-sister to the champion Rubiton. Her dam Miss Shakira is a proven broodmare with her seven winners including the speedy Listed winner Tropic Thunder (by Ready For Victory’s champion sire More Than Ready) – and her family is a strong one with her relations including the feature race winners Rebel Raider, Shamoline Warrior, Cadillac Mountain, Haybah, Jungle Edge, Brief Kiss, Gaily Funky, Brave Warrior, A Little Kiss and Blueberry Hill.

“A 3/4 sister to a stakes winner, she is a well balanced filly with great size and strength and a lovely attitude.”

Lot 773 ch.f Toronado – The French House (by Dylan Thomas): sons (Dundeel, So You Think) of the much missed High Chaparral have been in great form of late and the dual Gr.1 winner Toronado has made such an encouraging start to his stud career with 25 debut crop winners in the northern hemisphere. And local trainers love him with his yearlings selling for up to $340,000. This striking filly (bred on the same High Chaparral/Dylan Thomas cross as NZ Derby aspirant Cutadeel) is the first foal for a talented race mare who followed up a dominant maiden victory with close up and very unlucky fifths in two Listed events, considered a major contender for the Gr.1 Australasian Oaks only to be injured in the lead-up. Her dam is the stakes placed dual city winner Deraismes whose four to race have all shown good ability; her other three Geodesic (three in a row last time in), Maigret and Marie Adelaide (last start 2 1/2 length maiden winner) all saluting within the last eight months… and in all back in work and progressing well. A descendant of the famed champion Pretty Polly, Deraismes is a daughter of the imported Listed winner Assertive Lad, half-sister to the globe-trotting two times Group winner Guiza, in turn dam of the Gr.3 galloper Drama Critic. The product of a planned mating, this filly boasts crosses of the outstanding mares Natalma, Doubly Sure, Somethingroyal, Mixed Marriage and Relance.

“She is a correct, strong filly with nice movement – very much true to the Toronado type.”

Check out the Moorookyle draft in Barn E, stables 58 – 62.

Article courtesy of Kristen Manning

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