Mornington husband and wife training partners, Amy and Ash Yargi, celebrated a training double on their home track at last Saturday’s metropolitan status Mornington Cup meeting with a client’s home bred and a horse that cost $20,000 as a yearling.
The two Victorian bred horses – Jamaican Hurry, who won her second successive city race, and I’m Telling Ya completed the double for Yargi Racing.
The five year-old Jamaican Hurry is by Von Costa De Hero and six year-old I’m Telling Ya, which Ash is the managing owner of, is by Reward For Effort.
“It was a very good day at the office, ‘’ Amy said.
“Hobby breeder Paul Butterss bred Jamaican Hurry and races her with a couple of partners.
“It’s very rewarding when you bred them and now she is a two-time city winner. He was in tears when she won at Flemington and did the same thing the other day when she won.
“He has been very patient with her and is getting rewarded.”
Amy bought I’m Telling Ya for $20,000 at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
“He has always been a magnificent type and I wouldn’t have bought him otherwise, but the seller just had his one horse.” she said.
“I think he just got lost in the crowd, but I loved him.”
Amy said Reward For Effort is doing a good job and is producing what she describes as underrated horses.
She said her and her husband’s stable are having plenty of success and are being rewarded for the hard work.
Riverbend Farm stands Von Costa De Hero for a modest $2200.
The farm is owned by Russell Osborne and his veterinarian wife Caroline who are delighted with the results of their stallion.
“He is obviously not covering big books of mares, but he is lovely horse to deal with and we love him.” Caroline said.
“The thing with his progeny is that even though he ran second in the (Golden) Slipper himself, his progeny seem to be older maturing horses and you just need to give them more time.
“He has done well for us and we are very happy with him. His stats for his three and four year-olds are very good. The last time I checked they were over 60 per cent.’’
Caroline said they believed Von Costa De Hero’s price was extremely good value.
“We think he is exceptional value to be honest,” she said.
Hobby breeder Paul Butterss admits that he spent a lot more on the service fee when the stallion Von Costa De Hero was standing at Darley.
“I bred a mare (Grano D’Oro) and she has had seven or eight foals and generally people want to buy the colts and therefore I retain the fillies.
“And that’s what happened with her. She was offered as a weanling and wasn’t sold so we took her home and awaywe went. We gave her plenty of time but she was a horse that struggled early and even though she showed us nice ability and won a jump out, she wasn’t physically mature enough.
“I think we gave her 48 weeks out after her first prep.”
Butterss said at one stage he put her out in the paddock and was going to give her away as a broodmare.
“I went down to have a look at her after a couple of months and she was changing shape and starting to look like a horse and so I gave her more time,” he said.
Butterss said he needed a mate for a yearling filly he was preparing for a VOBIS sale and brought the Von Costa De Hero filly out of the paddock and started doing a bit of work with her.
He said the filly was starting to look good and he decided to send her back to Amy for a second preparation.
“And that’s the result we have got now,” Butterss said.
“Amy said she really liked the horse but couldn’t work out why she wasn’t racing well in that first prep and was disappointed like we all were.
“But the time has made her, so it’s very exciting.”
Butterss said it cost him $20,000 for the service fee when he sent Jamaican Hurry’s dam to Von Costa De Hero at his first season in 2011. A colt was produced which was sold as a weanling.
The fact that the stallion didn’t win a lot of races didn’t bother Butterss who said he just liked the look of the stallion.
“I liked the colt from Von Costa De Hero so much that I sent the mare back to him a year or two later and Darley gave me a free cover and the result is this mare now,” he said.
“The funny thing is that he ran second in the Golden Slipper and if he wins that, he’s standing up in the Hunter Valley and it’s a completely different story.”
The only broodmare Butters now has Grano D’Oro’s daughter Artie’s Lucy (Artie Schiller) which he raced to four wins and she now has a Starspangledbanner filly which was born last September. Artie’s Lucy also has a two year-old filly by Warhorse which Butterss soon plans to syndicate.
Butterss, who is an irrigation contractor and landscape gardener, said he had been racing and breeding horses for a long time and admitted he’d sacrificed a lot but having a good one made it worthwhile.
He said he leases paddocks at Chelsea Heights so he can look after his own horses.
Butterss is hoping that the coronavirus won’t stop them from taking Jamaican Hurry over to South Australia to compete in a listed race.