With 11 lots going through the ring, Supreme Thoroughbreds’ Bloodstock Manager Neil Shaw will be a busy man at next week’s Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale – but he is hopeful the hard work will pay off with some satisfying results.
Supreme’s quality draft includes a filly and a colt by Swettenham Stud’s red-hot sire Toronado, three foals by Yulong Stud’s first season sire Grunt and lot 215, a striking son of Frosted who Neil predicts will prove particularly popular with suitors when he goes through the ring at Oaklands Junction on the opening day (Sunday, 4 July).
“He’s a strong, well-built colt with a very unusual colour,” said Neil, who runs the farm in partnership with his wife, Sue, and industry icons Adrienne and Brent Grayling.
“He looks more like a chestnut now, but he’s definitely going to be grey like his sire. Frosted is flying, this season in Australia he’s had two Stakes winners and a further two Stakes-placed horses from only 13 runners – so his current strike rate is outstanding.
“I think this colt will spark a lot of interest, not just because of his sire but also because of his looks and action.”
With Toronado also enjoying another standout season – his seven Stakes winners included Group 1 William Reid Stakes hero Masked Crusader – Neil is confident that Lots 135 and 547 will both catch the eye of buyers next week.
He is particular excited about the prospects of the chestnut Toronado filly out of Refit, whose progeny includes multiple Stakes winner Cavaloce, trained in South Australia by Will Clarken.
“Our filly is a half-sister to Cavaloce, who is going really well at stud and is now at Arrowfield,” said Neil.
“Her first foal made $340,000 at the Magic Millions and her most recent Dundeel colt was sold for $420,000, and she’s now back in foal to The Autumn Sun. So even though this filly will be obviously sold as a racing prospect, I’m sure she’ll be quite a valuable broodmare one day given what Cavaloce has achieved so far in her career.
“She’s a very forward filly with an attractive head and flashy markings. She moves very well and also presents very well, plus the way Toronado is going I’m sure she’ll prove to be popular.”
Of the three Grunt weanlings in Supreme’s draft – Lots 242, 245 and 360 – Neil believes the latter, a bay colt out of Fairy House, could be the pick of the crop.
“We’re selling the Grunts on behalf of Yulong, and Lot 360 is probably the most forward of the three with a foaling date of 14 August,” he said.
“He’s got a very nice walk and is out of a Bel Esprit mare, so I’d say he’ll be up and running quite early in his career.
“The Grunts sold extremely well up at the Magic Millions, so I’d be confident that they will again be popular down here.”
To view Supreme Thoroughbreds’ full draft at the Great Southern Weanling Sale, click here.