Above: Lot 426 Palentino x Happy Hussy (filly)

Sun Stud will present 10 youngsters for the 2020 Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale, including 4 by exciting first crop sire, Palentino.

“The delay to the sale – from April to July – clearly hasn’t worked in favour of vendors, but as last week’s sale in Sydney showed, there is still money for quality types,” Sun Stud’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall points out. “On the plus side, the yearlings have been given an extra three months to grow out and buyers will have plenty to work with.”

Selling up to $160,000 and averaging $108,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March, Palentino’s first yearlings have landed in all the leading stables including that of Chris Waller, Tony McEvoy, Gerald Ryan, David Hayes, Ciaron Maher, Peter Moody, Robbie Griffiths and Peter Moody and his Sun Stud quartet are bound to get a lot of attention from prospective buyers.

“A big, flashy chestnut with the white blaze … he’s definitely stamping his stock,” Marshall explains. “Race fans will always remember that Australian Guineas win against 8 Group 1 winners and then he followed up with another Group 1 in the Makybe.

“His colt from European stakes winner and successful producer, Testama [Lot 208] is really typical of the Palentinos … a looming presence!”

Marshall is likewise keen on the Bel Esprit filly from Costa Mesa [Lot 333].

“There’s a lot of upside to this filly … not only is she built in the mode of those tough Bels, but Bel Esprit is also the damsire of Hong Kong Horse of the Year, Beauty Generation and recent Magnus stakes winner, Front Page,” Marshall reveals. “Bel Esprit runners this season include outstanding 2YO, Kisukano (3 from 4) – the only horse to ever beat Rothfire – while this filly is a full sister to Tony Gollan’s Socialising, the winner of her last 3 starts and a red hot favourite at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.”

Given all the talk around the first yearlings by Written Tycoon’s Golden Slipper winner, Capitalist, Sun Stud’s filly from Miss Mossman [Lot 65] is sure to have plenty of admirers.

“Just like her sire, this filly is a really forward, precocious type and it wouldn’t surprise if this isn’t the last time we see her this year,” Marshall adds. “What’s more, the filly is a half sister to this season’s multiple winner, Private Council, and the 3rd foal of Group 1 NZ Oaks winner, Miss Mossman.”

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