Sometimes the best stories of a yearling sale aren’t the sale toppers, the stunning types or the super pedigree pages.
This is the heartwarming account of yearling Roger and his handler.
The story of Roger or lot 339 (Teofilo-Serious Rock) at this year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale is one of great human emotion, devotion and, ultimately, love for a young horse.
TBV captured the moment Roger was knocked down by Inglis auctioneer Jonathan D’Arcy. We followed him and his Three Bridges’ handler Karen Sinclair as they paraded out of the ring and proudly strode back to Barn G.
And then, once Roger was back in his box and head in the feed bin, we experienced Karen’s Three Bridges colleagues emotionally embrace and congratulate her (including a bear hug from the boss).
See for yourself this heartwarming story of Roger as told by Karen…
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The story of Roger
Roger was bred by Nagambie’s Hillside Thoroughbreds and stud manager Peter Ford remembers him very well.
“They struggled to get him out of his dam (Serious Rock) and in the end four of his ribs were broken.
“He was sent to the vet at Scone immediately. Following examination, the vet advised he was a fifty-fifty chance of living”
“He got through it thankfully with his ribs repaired with little plates.”
Roger, as he was first named by Hillside, got through this initial trauma and grew up into what Peter described as a “beautiful walking colt”.
“You make your decisions” as Peter puts it philosophically when he describes the decision to sell Roger at the weanling sales.
The young Teofilo colt made $32,000 at the 2015 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale bought by bloodstock agent Paul Willetts for Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.
At the Eddington property of Three Bridges, Roger became a farm favourite.
Yearling Manager, Karen Sinclair grew a particular connection with the horse. She had seen him at the weanling sale originally and thought he really stood out.
At the farm he became known for his laid back attitude.
“He eats lots and snores!” Karen commented.
“He’s just the most gorgeous horse really. Everyone’s favourite. Dependable Roger.
“I bought a share in him because I loved him so much. Paul (Willetts) and Toby (Liston) said I should basically, for once, put my ‘balls on the plate’!”
Last week at the Inglis Premier Sale, he surprised everyone with his sale price. With a moderate reserve placed on him by Three Bridges there was not super-high expectations.
But the bidding kept going and going and going for Roger in the auction ring finishing with the hammer coming down at $340,000 to the bid of New Zealand’s Wexford Stables.
It was a much unexpected result for Three Bridges’ Liston family and their yearling manager Karen. And it certainly brought a few tears of joy to the eyes of Karen and her colleagues.
Roger’s breeder Peter Ford could have considered him the one that got away, but instead he was thrilled.
“I went to school with (Three Bridges’) Peter Liston and with Pauline Liston’s brothers and I am really thrilled for them.”
The next chapter in this story of course is the one where Roger gets to the race track where, just maybe, he might become a champion, a snoring dependable champion at that.