Above: Lot 342 Sebring x Slapstick filly
Sun Stud’s sales and nominations manager Phillip Marshall believes the 14 yearlings they’ll offer at Melbourne are blossoming at the right time to show their potential to buyers.
“They have come a long way,” he said.
“I think we’ve got a draft that will suit everyone and it’s a nice bunch of 14 horses.
“They’ve prepped up really, really well and I can’t be happier with the way they have improved over the last four of five weeks which is great to see.
“You always love to see a horse really thrive over the last few weeks of its prep and these all have.
“They are all good moving horses and when a walk is a key at the sales, to have a draft of good walkers is a great because it just makes them so much easier to sell.
“There a handful of them at all different prices, I suppose, in the draft.
Marshall said Sun Stud’s Lot 342, a Sebring filly out of Slapstick (Anabaa x Glasnot), had a lot of potential on the track and later on in the breeding barn.
“She is a filly with a pedigree and is worth her weight in gold just as a broodmare prospect alone,” he said.
“Her pedigree is going to standout and of course it’s Sebring’s last crop of yearlings so you would like to think that all of his yearlings in the sale will be well sought after because there aren’t going to be any more produced.
“But this a quality filly and she is very good looking with a lovely head, a good stride on her and I wouldn’t be surprised to see her rate as a sharp early horse.
“She has got the pedigree to boot so she is certainly high on people’s lists just on that alone.”
Lot 398 is a Thronum (Snitzel x Helena’s Secret) colt out of Thorsborne (Hinchinbrook x Maltese).
The colt is from the first crop of the Group winning Thronum that stands at Sun Stud.
“We have been very impressed with what he has thrown so far and they look like early running types which is exactly what you would expect from a son of Snitzel,” Marshall said.
“This colt is that exactly and is a very, very balanced strong good moving colt who shapes as though he will run as a two-year-old.
“He is very good looking but he has just got phenomenal balance and great length of stride on him and really uses himself well. And he is a colt I’ve got a lot of time for and he is difficult to fault.”
Marshall said it’s exciting to see Thronum represented at the sale for the first time.
Lot 618 is a colt by another Sun Stud stallion, Palentino.
Out of Goody Two Shoes (Encosta de Lago x Angelic Song), Marshall said the bay colt was another outstanding walker
“I would recommend to anyone who is down at the sale’s complex, even if they are only looking at one horse, to come and look at him because I doubt there would be a better walker on the complex.
“He has just got a great stride on him and really uses himself tremendously well. But not only that, he is also a lovely bodied colt, has a lovely head and a very kind eye and is also a very kind natured horse.
“I think he is going to appeal to a lot of people not only because of that walk but he has just got such a great nature to him and I’d be surprised if he didn’t make into a nice racehorse because of his mentality.”
Marshall said they were happy with the sale results of Palentino’s yearlings last year and only a couple had raced but the sire was never expected to produce early runners.
Another Thronum, this time a filly, will go through the sale as Lot 692 and Marshall said that similar to the colt, she is very powerfully made and has great length of hip.
“She has a great shoulder and gaskin as well and is another one he’d be surprised if she wasn’t an early runner,” he said.
“Thronum showed a lot of ability at two and he was a very fast horse and this filly certainly looks to be in that mould to be fast and precocious.
“She is a lovely filly for the second session and I think she will certainly sell well given her physique.”
The filly is out of Role Reversal (Shamardal x Miss Hepburn).
And filly by the ill-fated Sun Stud stallion Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor x Irish Darling) is out of There’s Only One (Testa Rossa x Aunty Hilda).
Marshall said it was extremely sad to lose Fighting Sun last year.
“He has done a remarkable job at stud in that he produces winners every week,” he said.
“He is becoming a stallion that you can almost set your watch on.”
He said the filly (Testa Rossa x Aunty Hilda) – Lot 726 – is a stunner and almost black in colour and has a good stride, great balance and plenty of strength.
“She is extremely difficult to fault and the guys from Inglis came to see the draft the other day and they fell in love with his filly and it just goes to show how good a type she is,” Marshall said.
“She is a stunning type and I’ve got no doubt that she will stand out in that second session.
“But she is nigh on perfect just in every way and is by a stallion who just keeps producing winners and of course is by another stallion that they are not making any more of.”
Marshall said it was a sad day when Fighting Sun died as he was much loved on the stud and was a gentle giant, a trait he has passed down to his progeny.
Sun Stud is also agent for a Lord Of the Sky colt, which is the only offering by the sire in the sale.
Marshall said the colt, out of She Brings Joy (Sebring x Mandikova), is powerfully built and will go through the sale as Lot 703.
“He is a running sort of horse and what I would call a great trainer’s horse,” he said.
“And he is very tough and the sort of horse that would run through brick walls for you. He has a great temperament and given Lord Of The Sky was a very fast horse, it wouldn’t surprise me to see this horse run early.”
Lord Of The Sky won three Group 3 races – one at 1100m and two at 1200m.
Marshall said with such a big catalogue of horses it was going to be busy but also exciting to be back at Oaklands.
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