Mornington Peninsula’s Tarcoola Stud often takes just small drafts interstate to Australia’s premium yearling sales, but what it lacks in numbers it makes up for with quality.

That certainly is the case with their draft of two for this year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale at the new Warwick Farm complex.

Tarcoola’s Ken and Denise Williams will be offering two high-class yearlings, both of which are genuine, homegrown products.

They are Lot 167, a colt by So You Think from Danehill Dancer mare Hold Me Closer and Lot 430 a Fastnet Rock colt from the Bel Esprit mare Vivacious Spirit.

Both dams were bred, raced and have been retained by the Tarcoola operation.

Ken Williams says the yearlings are examples of the good management of the mares throughout their lives and of their love of pedigrees.

He says both youngsters were bred utilising a broodmare DNA analysis method used by Tarcooola. This involves blood sampling to facilitate the optimal stallion choice through UK’s The Thoroughbred Genetics Co.

“The So You Think colt is a lovely big colt. He is very correct, very athletic and is the spitting image of his father. He will get the buyers’ attention…he will be the perfect classic – miler prospect,” Ken said.

“The mare, Hold Me Closer, a dual city winner has a lovely So You Think filly on the ground that is just as good quality.”

Hold Me Closer is a half-sister to Listed winner How Funny and the dam of Jester’s Girl. They are from the family of Assimilate who took out the Listed Canberra Guineas on the weekend. The colt is her first foal.

Lot 430 is the bay colt by Fastnet Rock from the Group 3 winning Vivacious Spirit who represents one of Tarcoola’s greatest successes having also produced Costa Viva, a winner of the Group 1 NZ One Thousand Guineas.

Ken remembers the mare’s racing days fondly, referring to her as being ‘freakishly fast”.

“We probably never saw the best of her as she had delicate legs, but Mick Price managed her brilliantly. When she let go, she was an unbelievably quick mare, and the times she ran were just outstanding,” Ken said.

She was placed twice at Group 2 level and earned over $250,000 in prize money. She is three-quarter sister to Listed winner Audacious Spirit, and a half-sister to stakes placed  Jacques Le Naif.

Also among Vivacious Spirit’s produce is the winning Hong Kong galloper Red Horse, the city winning Staviva and the stakes placed Tarcoola Spirit.

“She is a beautiful mare and being lightly raced, it is no surprise to me that she has been a wonderful producer so far. The theory is that she was a Group 1 quality galloper, so she has now put all that talent into her first foal and produced a Group 1 winning filly,” Ken said.

“Her bay colt by Fastnet Rock is a well put together compact yearling. A very athletic, sprinting type, he just oozes power, in the same style as Merchant Navy.”

Based on the beautiful Mornington Peninsula, Tarcoola Stud covers 250 acres of ideal thoroughbred-rearing land. The mild climate and reliable rainfall make this region perfect for foaling down, growing young horses, spelling racehorses and preparing yearlings.

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