Millford Thoroughbreds is parading 12 yearlings for the Inglis Melbourne Premier and one of most popular has been the Commands half-brother to top mare La Passe.
Stabled in Barn B, Millford’s Jarrod Byers has been busy with inspections for the colt who has been catalogued as Lot 267 on Monday afternoon. “Good-looking and correct,” Byers stated. “He’s a well-rounded colt and looks like he will get up and run.”
The colt’s pedigree kept improving during the spring carnival when his older half-sister La Passe won the Inglis Cup at Sandown, G2 Blazer Stakes at Flemington and G2 Tristrac Stakes at Caulfield.
The Darren Weir trained mare holds a Group 1 nomination for the Queen Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in April 9.
Millford Thoroughbreds is owned by Richard Kerry and Byers and it has developed a growing relationship with Cressfield in the Hunter Valley. “Some of our yearlings were up there before coming down to Nagambie,” Byers said. “It works out well because we do some of their pre-prepping.”
The Sepoy – Shiny Mai colt (Lot 344) is another colt that comes highly recommended. “He has that x-factor and looks a two year-old,” Byers commented. “He’s all quality and is a beautifully balanced powerhouse!”
His dam has already foaled Uxorious who won the LR Wangoom Hcp at Warrnambool in 2011 before signing off with a Group 3 in Adelaide later that year. And the bottom of his page is held up by none other than Black Caviar.
Millford’s filly by So You Think from Group 1 mare Champagne is an obvious dual-purpose target when she goes under the hammer on Tuesday afternoon. “She’s a good-sized, athletic filly and looks the part when she’s being inspected,” Byers said. “She’s a strong type and you would like to think she will be a classic filly.”
Champagne (Zabeel) was NZ Champion WFA Horse of the Year in 1999 and she also won at Group 1 level in Australia at Flemington (VRC Mackinnon Stakes) and Rosehill (STC Ansett Stakes).
She has foaled 8 winners from 8 to the races including the stakes winning fillies Nadege (Giant’s Causeway) and Martique (Danehill).