Victorian breeder Micheal Ryan and Romsey based Supreme Thoroughbreds are living the dream with G1 Victorian Derby (2500m) prospect Get The Picture.
After a couple of impressive black type runs at Moonee Valley and Caulfield, the Victorian-bred colt has been priced as the $9 second-favourite in TAB pre-post markets for the $1.5 million classic at Flemington this Saturday.
“We’re really excited for Michael – he was one of our first clients when we opened the farm,” Supreme part-owner Neil Shaw said.
“Get The Picture was foaled and reared here at Romsey before going to Stuart Webb at Caulfield.”
Get The Picture (Excellent Art) is still in his first preparation and won a Ballarat maiden over 1600m in September prior to finishing second in the G2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley and fourth in the G3 Caulfield Classic (2000m).
Ryan chipped in with a late-entry fee to run at Caulfield and the colt paid it back when flying home from last at the half-mile.
“He’s run the best closing sectionals in his last two starts,” Shaw said. “Stu has been very happy with the way he’s progressed since then and hopefully the distance won’t be a problem.”
Get The Picture’s dam Classic Jewel (Rubiton) won twice around the Victorian provincials wearing Ryan’s lime and blue colours and, at stud, she has produced long-distance winners by Delago Brom, Delzao and Barton Gate.
“The mare wasn’t covered by any ‘name’ stallions early in her career but she does throw cracking foals,” Shaw revealed.
“Michael decided to go up market after Get The Picture was Group 2 placed and we rang Swettenham Stud to book into Toronado. He was as good as full but they squeezed her in.
Toronado is a Group 1 winning son of High Chaparral and Supreme Thoroughbreds added a winning link to the former Coolmore Stud champion when Chevauchee won on debut at Kenilworth on Saturday.
Chevauchee (3f High Chaparral – Chevaleresse by Danehill) made $50,000 out of the Supreme draft at the 2013 Melbourne Premier Sale.
The Romsey nursery was also in spotlight at the South African Ready To Run Sale last week when its Myboycharlie – Nervate (More Than Ready) filly topped the leader-board at R2 million (AUD 202,545). They sold her for $30,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic yearling sale.