Three Bridges Thoroughbreds’ Toby Liston has heard it all before and this time he admits he is guilty of saying it.
But he reckons the draft of yearlings going to the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale is the best they’ve offered for a long time, and don’t worry, he believes that a lot of sellers are saying the same thing.
Three Bridges has had a good record of producing some big results at sales and horses that have gone onto be exceptional on the track, winning their share of Group races.
Some of their top horses to come from their recent drafts include Group winners Ringerdingding and Military Zone.
Toby believes there are plenty of yearlings among their 14 at Melbourne Premier that have the looks and pedigrees to become top liners.
He is excited with the prospects of a Snitzel colt out of Group 1 Queensland Oaks winning mare, Provocative.
Provocative’s first yearling, a colt by Tavistock (NZ), was bought by Danny O’Brien for $260,000 at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.
“This filly is out of a Group 1 Zabeel Oaks winner and that’s pretty exciting heading towards Melbourne,’’ Liston said “Everyone says that this is their best draft ever but this is probably my best draft (for any sale) for five years.
“We had Ringerdingding and Military Zone, so we have produced some bloody good horses over time.
“We have 14 at Melbourne and we don’t have any Unencumbered’s left so it’s the first year without the stallion so we have obviously diversified our draft heading towards Melbourne.”
Liston knows the importance of knowing what they buyer wants and believes that has been achieved in their draft.
“We sort of have what they want at the moment and we have got a lovely Dundeel colt and a lovely Zoustar colt,’’ he said.
“They are nice horses to go along with being by the right sires and having the right pedigrees so with a touch of luck we should actually get them into the best homes to give them the best chance to be good racehorses.”
Three Bridges is also offering a colt by Victorian stallion Toronado (IRE) who is having plenty of success with his progeny, who is out of dam Space Trip.
Liston said a lot of their clients have supported the Swettenham Stud sire and Three Bridges obviously wanted to also support Victorian stallions.
He said Space Trip was a half-brother to Moss Trip which has won five races from 20 starts and more than $580,000 in prize money.
“Moss Trip was bought by Triple Crown and they love buying from us and we have sold them some good horses in the past so long may that relationship continue,” Liston said.
Another of Three Bridges yearlings is by the promising son of Written Tycoon, Winning Rupert who raced only six times for five wins. The colt is out of Sukhar (NZ).
“He has started off really well and is a real chance to be a success as a sire,” Liston said.
“Off a small base, he could be the one who could kick and jump because they all look like they can run. They sold for up to $400,000 on the Gold Coast, so I think they will find the colt in the draft as well.”
They are also offering a Written Tycoon colt out of a War Front (USA) imported mare, Enchanted Dawn (USA).
“He is probably a bit of a time horse so he won’t be as popular as the earlier, stronger horses in the draft,” Liston said. “But he is a chance to be a good racehorse later.”
A Street Boss filly out of Edwina Georgie (Testa Rossa) is a full sister to Ploverset which won the Listed Football Stakes (1000m) for trainer David Hayes at Flemington in 2017. She also finished third in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders (1200m) and third in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes at
“She is for a great client, Austin Miller, and she will certainly find a home and is early and strong,” Liston said. “She will be a popular horse for all the Inglis bonuses.”
A Palentino filly being offered by Three Bridges was purchased by bloodstock agent John Foote as a weanling by some of the owners who raced Palentino as they wanted to support the stallion.
Liston said she was a lovely filly out of Little Things.
“We have bred the family up so the mother is a half to Ringerdingding who we raised and sold through Melbourne and also Salome, so there are two sorts of Premier factors there to come into play which is nice.
“So it’s good to see the family upgraded by Three Bridges and to sell the product is even better. The filly is a sort of a middle-distance horse but she is a beautiful moving animal and she will find a good home as well.”
Three Bridges also raised So You Think filly, Sopressa, which won the Group 1 South Australian Oaks in 2018 and they have another interesting filly by the stallion.
Their So You Think filly is out of imported mare Full Sun (GB) and has an interesting pedigree, according to Liston.
“She is the first foal of that imported mare who is a half to Redwood (GB),” he said.
“It’s an interesting pedigree from out of a Cacique (IRE) mare which is a pretty rare stallion in Europe with great blood so she is probably a chance for an Oaks later down the track as well which would be a pretty exciting.”
Liston said that their draft this year focussed on quality rather than quantity.
Hoofnote: Three Bridges lost their stallion, Unencumbered, after he died from post-surgery complications in March, 2018.
Three Bridges draft will be located in barn G, stables 109-122. You can view Three Bridges draft which will be at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale, here.