Above: Lot 190 Frosted x Miss Steele filly
Springmount, a boutique broodmare and spelling farm is located in Romsey, just 30 minutes from the Inglis Oaklands sales complex. They have a substantial draft of thirteen that they will be taking to Melbourne Premier this year. ‘It is a very even draft this year and we are excited both for ourselves and our clients to take our yearlings through the sale.’ remarked Michael Flannery.
The first yearling through the draft is Lot 57, a son of Street Boss by Gonski. The dam is a half-sister to Stakes winner Thiamandi and with three foals to race, two are winners. Street Boss’ progeny are making headlines with their success on the racetrack which is very positive for the sales ring. ‘It is very timely to have a Street Boss at the moment and he looks like an early type.’
By the first season sire, Impending Lot 93 on pedigree alone is an attractive looking colt. By the Fastnet Rock mare, Iheartpoppy who is half-sister to Arapaho Miss and by the same family as Kennedy Oaks winner, Miami Bound. ‘He is a lovely colt who will parade very well and I expect him to be popular.’
There is one Written Tycoon yearling in the draft, Lot 118 a beautiful colt by the sire out of the mare La Haraka. The dam is a half-sister to Nina Haraka who won the Group 3 Adelaide Guineas during her racing career. ‘He has lovely conformation and is very balanced. He has shown a lovely nature through his preparation and I expect he will be highly sought after.’
Out of the family of Vintage Crop, Lot 174 is a lovely So You Think colt by Melodramtic who is a three-time middle distance winner. ‘He is a beautiful big strong So You Think colt, very correct with a good nature. In terms of conformation, he can’t be faulted with a lovely bone structure and will parade very well.’
Lot 190 is an exciting filly in the draft, a daughter of Frosted by the Group 3 winner Miss Steele. Frosted progeny have been so impressive on the tracks and this filly not only looks like her father, it visually striking but has also been faultless in her preparation. ‘We have a very nice Frosted filly by Miss Steele. We sold her full sister last year for $160,000 at Melbourne Premier. She is beautiful and just what you would like to be taking to a sale.’
A mating carefully selected by Ralph Zito who is most well-known for breeding Tasmanian hero Mystic Journey, Lot 219 on paper is an exciting colt. A son of Churchill by the Hussonet mare, North Sea. The dam has four foals to race who are winners including Aim Smart and Jeanneau who are both Stakes placed. ‘The Churchill/ North Sea mating was very carefully planned by Ralph Zito and the mating hasn’t gone unnoticed by some of the industry participants. As a physical specimen he is beautiful and will parade very well.’
The final yearling through the ring for Springmount is Lot 433. A colt by Pariah out the Encosta de Lago mare, We Betcha. The dam has five foals to race with four winners including the Stakes placed filly Betcha Flying. ‘He is a colt I expect will sell very well, I can’t fault him and believe he is going to be very popular.’
Michael Flannery explains the positive impact the Vobis scheme has on yearlings that are nominated for the scheme. ‘The Vobis scheme has a huge impact at the sales, it is a great addition to prizemoney and buyers love to know that the yearlings are nominated to the scheme. It will certainly tip the scales your way in the sales ring and it is a great addition to the Victorian Thoroughbred Industry.’
Springmount have had a huge level of interest in their draft with a busy schedule at the farm inspections. There is every expectation the strength of the market will continue at Melbourne Premier.
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