Reproduced from ANZ Bloodstock News
This leading vendor at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale was the Romsey-based Supreme Thoroughbreds, who will again present a strong draft in 2018 with 30 yearlings catalogued in book one.
Overall, the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale catalogue has 541 lots offered by Victorian-based vendors, who make up 70 per cent of the catalogue.
Supreme Thoroughbreds celebrated ten years of operation this year and co-owner Brent Grayling was delighted with the farm’s development in that time to become this year’s leading Inglis Premier Yearling Sale vendor.
“I always look at them and think they look like babies but I said the same thing this year and we ended up having two yearlings make $500,000, so we definitely have some quality stock,” Grayling told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“Overall, I would say we a stronger draft than this year and we won’t have any Premier two horses next year.”
The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale catalogue has 505 Super VOBIS-nominated yearlings.
Grayling said the majority of Supreme Thoroughbreds’ draft was Super VOBIS eligible, a scheme he believes is the best in Australia, which ensures the yearlings were eligible for the inaugural restricted $1,000,000 Showdown race for two-year-olds to be run at Caulfield in 2019.
“Personally, I think it is essential. I think it is the best scheme out there,” he said. “I get trainers who come down and look and only want to inspect the VOBIS horses.”
The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale also features progeny by 26 freshman VOBIS Sires including popular Victorians Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible), Puissance De Lune (Shamardal), and Toronado (High Chaparral).
This year, Supreme Thoroughbreds will present a draft that includes a half-sister to the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Gold Standard (Sebring), a lightly raced three-year-old who won this year’s Stan Fox Stakes (Gr 2, 1500m) at Rosehill.
Offered by Supreme Thoroughbreds on behalf of breeder Robert Crabtree’s Dorrington Farm as Lot 311, the Zoffany filly is out of Group Three-winning mare Coniston Gem (Greig).
Another Supreme – Dorrington Park standout, is Lot 63, a Pierro colt out of Group One-placed Magic Night Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Scandiva (Fastnet Rock).
Scandiva is a half-sister to Group One-winning sprinter and Group One-producing stallion Magnus (Flying Spur), Group Two winner Wilander (Exceed And Excel) and the Listed winner Arctic Flight (Flying Spur) and the unraced Helsinge (Desert Sun), the dam of champion mare Black Caviar (Bel Esprit).
Among the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft is Lot 398, a Magnus half-brother to the Lindsay Park-trained Group Three winner and Winterbottom Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) runner-up Fuhryk (Star Witness).
At this year’s sale, Supreme Thoroughbreds sold her half-sister by All Too Hard (Casino Prince) for $500,000 to Little Kwok Hing Hung and Bahen Bloodstock, one of 28 horses they sold for an aggregate of $3,572,500 at an average of $127,589 including selling a second yearling for $500,000, a Written Tycoon colt purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
“It is our tenth year of business and this year we were the leading vendor in Victoria,” he said.
“If you said when we established the business that we would be the leading vendor at the Melbourne sale I would have thought you were dreaming.
“We have put our money where our mouth is. If someone wants us to buy a mare we aren’t prepared to go in ourselves and that is how we started our business: syndicating mares.
“We have got to the position where we can buy bigger percentages in those mares and the clients have stuck by us because they know it is also our money at stake.”