A couple of setbacks on the eve of the lucrative Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale hasn’t dampened the enthusiasm of proprietor Peter Liston and his team at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.
Recent paddock injuries to two of the draft headed to next month’s Magic Millions have cut their numbers back to eight from an original list of 10 yearlings.
But Liston couldn’t be more pleased with what is heading to Queensland, especially a Snitzel colt and I Am Invincible colt – but he doesn’t like playing favourites and can relate to someone asking a parent to nominate their best child. He is quick to mention a Zoustar colt.
He describes the Snitzel colt, out of Euryale, as a stunner that won’t be short of admirers.
“The colt is stunning looking and is a stunning mover and I think he will catch the eye of most people,” Liston said.
“And has got a stallion pedigree and he could win the millions, that’s for sure.
“This Snitzel colt is pretty special and we actually paid $300,000 for him as a weanling.
“A lot of people say it as a lot of money and it was, but Snitzel is a $250,000 service fee and this is a lovely colt with good x-rays and he moves well.”
Liston is also quick to heap praise on another of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds yearlings, a Zoustar colt out of Morwell.
“I think he was the highest priced colt in the weanling sales in Melbourne and we have had a bit of luck with Zoustar this year, winning the Group 2 VRC Blazer Stakes with Haut Brion Her and we hope that the person who buys this horse will have the same success that we’ve had with Zoustar.
“Zoustar is a $145,000 service fee now.
“A client of ours bought him as a weanling. He has got a great head and is a great mover.”
The Zoustar colt was purchased for $255,000 as a weanling.
Liston is excited with an impeccably bred colt by I Am Invincible, out of Solar Moon (GB) . There is a lot to like about the mare’s pedigree.
“We haven’t had a nicer type than this one for a long time,” he said.
“The dam is a Pivotal mare, and the stallion has had something like 11 individual Group 1 winners as a broodmare sire in Europe.
“The mare is out of the Dubai Millennium family and the three quarter brother is Dee Ex Bee, a dual Group 3 winner but a four time Group 1 runner-up in races like the English Derby and English Gold Cup.
“He is an outstanding type, outstanding mover and is just a pretty special horse.’’
Dee Ex Bee was touted as a Melbourne Cup prospect in 2019
An Unencumbered colt, out of Corsaire, is another yearling that Liston expects to attract plenty of attention.
The colt’s full sister – Courseshewill – secured a $50,000 women’s bonus in the 2019 Star Gold Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
“The owners did very well out of that and we just hope the colt can go a few places higher,” he said.
A Capitalist colt out of Jessy Belle, which won the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes at Flemington in 2016, is also on offer. It’s the first foal out of Jessy Belle which was trained by David Hayes and Tom Dabernig to eight victories.
“He is very precocious and a real two year-old type and we had James Bester (leading bloodstock agent) come to the farm the other week and he thought there was a lot of Danehill in this colt, so I think he is going to find a very good farm when he leaves the complex,” Liston said.
“We have also got a Brazen Beau colt and obviously he has already had three stakes winners this season.”
A two year-old Poet’s Voice colt, out of the same mare as the Brazen Beau colt – Mairie – recently sold for $200,000 at the Magic Millions two year-olds in training sale.
“This horse has got a great frame and a great temperament,” Liston said.
“We have found trouble getting colts by Brazen Beau but we really like this one.”
Liston is impressed with the breeding of the yearling filly by All Too Hard, out of Bollinger Rose. He described her as a determined filly that will have a great attitude toward racing.
“She is out of the very well bred mare Bollinger Rose who is out of Bollinger so there is already an established pedigree. There is residual in the pedigree she has got and if she can add black type, she will be a broodmare bonanza,” he said.
“All Too Hard is getting there and was a bit stiff when he missed out by about an inch on getting a Group 1 winner in the spring.”
And another filly to go under the hammer is by No Nay Never (USA), out of Russian Empress.
Liston said No Nay Never is setting America ‘’alight with his early dominance as a stallion.”
“This black filly is well muscled and a lovely type and she’ll also have no trouble finding a home,” he said
He said it was a matter of trying to place yearlings at a particular sale where they will stand out and sell.
“This sale at the Gold Coast always has a good feeling and everyone is in a good mood, all the studs are in a good mood and all the buyers are in a good mood,” Liston said.
“It’s the first sale of the year and Gai Waterhouse always tells me to sell them on the Gold Coast as all her clients are up there and she can show them the horses. Yes, it’s a good sale.
“If you have got a nice horse, you will get a good price and it will go to a good home.
“I think the trick with the Gold Coast is having a horse that they think can win the race next year and most people go there to get a precocious horse.”
As a self-described old Mallee farmer, Liston believes you can’t go wrong if you work hard and tell the truth.
“People buy off us because they trust us, so we tell them if a horse has got issues, and we don’t try to sell other people’s horses that we don’t know about,” he said.
Located at Eddington in Central Victoria, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds is on 1600 acres and has 5kms of Loddon River frontage.
THREE BRIDGES THOROUGHBREDS DRAFT
Lot 142 – Bay filly: All Too Hard/Bollinger Rose
Lot 199 – Chestnut colt: Unencumbered/Corsaire
Lot 284 – Brown colt: Snitzel/Euryale
Lot 421 – Brown colt: Capitalist/Jess Belle
Lot 495 – Black colt: Brazen Beau/Mairie
Bay colt: Zoustar/Morwell
Lot 562 – Black or brown filly: No Nay Never(USA)/Russian Express
Lot 713- Brown colt: I Am Invincible/Solar Moon (GB)
Lot 282 – Bay filly: Medaglia d’Oro (USA)/Etched (IRE)
Lot 527 – Bay filly: Unencumbered/Midnight Oil (NZ)