Another significant afternoon of competition witnessed Emirates Park Victoria sire Artie Schiller (USA) break through $1 million in juvenile seasonal earnings on Saturday.
A debut victory by If Not Now When in the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo (1000m) plus a highly meritorious third by Flying Artie in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) saw their sire’s juvenile earnings increase by $460,000.
If Not Now When scored a determined victory on debut at Bendigo’s stand-alone Saturday meeting. She earned $158,000 for trainer Henry Dwyer and connections after making a mere $15,000 from Musk Creek Farm at the 2015 VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale (incidentally, last year’s winner of this race, The Big Dance, sold for just $750 at the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale).
Dwyer said the filly came cheap due to her small size.
“Musk Creek bred her and they do a great job. We broke her in late and never had any reason to tip her out. We kept her going the whole time and she did everything right along the way. She’s very professional and is lapping up being a racehorse.
“We didn’t target the Gold Rush but it was right there at the right time and was a logical option.”
If Not Now When is a half-sister to Canterbury winner Destined To Win (Dane Shadow) and Musk Creek sold their Stratum half-brother for $85,000 at this month’s Inglis Premier yearling sale.
Flying Artie has been placed in the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper and trainer Mick Price is hoping he can prise a Group 1 in the $1 million Inglis Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on April 2.
“He’s come through the Golden Slipper well enough to suggest he could run at Randwick,” Price said.
“A final decision on whether he backs up will be made in the next week.”
Artie Schiller has sired four individual two year-old winners this season for $1,103,965 in prizemoney. Saturday’s income, which also included $50,000 for Good Standing’s effort in the Golden Slipper, consolidated his position in fourth place on the Australian 2YO premiership.
Artie Schiller three year-old Duty Dude was also very impressive winning his maiden at Kembla Grange on Saturday. He’s trained by Gerald Ryan and is bred on the same cross as Flying Artie, both being maternal grandsons of Rubiton.