Excerpts Courtesy of Aushorse
If there is an award for best pedigree update for this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale, then Murchison’s Rushton Park already have one hand on the trophy!
On Sunday, Australian-bred, Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge) won the lucrative NZ$500,000 Listed Karaka 3YO Mile at Ellerslie.
The filly found that extra gear in the last fifty metres to edge out Heroic Valour (Fastnet Rock) – another Australian-bred – in an absolute thriller.
The win maintains the filly’s unblemished record of seven wins from seven starts including four black type wins.
Willing her home were David and Kayley Johnson at Rushton Park as they have her full sister for sale at the Inglis Premier Sale starting later next month.
John Jeffs, who is the ‘meet and greet’ for a number of vendors at major sales, will be helming the 2017 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale draft for Rushton Park and was quick to laud the Johnson’s purchasing prowess.
“David and Kayley (Johnson) are the proud owners of Bardego, the dam of Volpe Veloce,” Jeffs points out.
The Johnsons bought Bardego at the 2015 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $46,000.
“They’ll be selling this full sister to Volpe Veloce at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier next month and Bardego will be booked into Foxwedge again this coming spring.
“The Johnsons are salt of the earth … no airs and graces, just know their horses and love them accordingly.
“Volpe Veloce is increasing the family’s value and her younger sister is built in the same mould. Bardego has a Helmet filly on the ground and we decided to give her a year off this season,” said Kayley last month.
Rushton Park has 20 yearlings catalogued for the 2017 Melbourne Premier and, besides the Foxwedge filly, Kayley’s other highlights are the Snitzel – Bright Heart colt (Lot 393) and Medaglia d’Oro – Celsius filly (Lot 407).