Buyers will be given the opportunity to get hold of yearlings from the much-famed Contract Racing and Hesket Bloodstock families at this week’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Developed over several decades by Jenny and David Moodie, these are much sought after breeding lines and often hard to access.
“Over the last few years, under the Hesket Bloodstock banner (which also includes Ashley Hardwick), we have sold mostly colts bred off the farm (at Newham in the Macedon Ranges),” Jenny said.
“The six colts here at Easter are all from very good families that we have had for a long, long time. It gives everyone an opportunity to go out there, break into the families and hopefully keep the ‘family tradition’ going.
“Many of these colts fit the requirements of buyers seeking to buy a potential stallion particularly the Soaressa and Willow Creek colts while our broodmare Royal Glow has already produced two very nice black type winning colts.”
The Hesket Bloodstock yearlings are being offered through the Amarina Farm draft at the sale. Craig Anderson from Amarina Farm provides his commentary on each of the six lots:
A bay colt by outstanding sire Snitzel, he is from the Tale Of The Cat mare Willow Creek.
“A nice, big imposing horse,” says Craig.
Willow Creek was a Group 2 winner in the STC Magic Night Stakes, placing second in the Group 2 VRC sires produce and forth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond. This lovely colt is her second foal, with her first foal to race being the 3-time winning and city placed, Trinity River.
From the family of listed winner Cross Current, Group 1 winner River Dove and talented Group 2 winner First Command.
A bay/brown colt by Medaglia d’Oro (USA) from the Flying Spur mare, Grand Prospect.
“Nice, well conformed horse – will make a good three-year-old,” says Craig.
Grand Prospect is a sister to Group 3 MVRC Tesio Stakes winner Joy Of Flight. A very good producer with five winning foals, including Group 1 WATC Derby and Group 3 WA Oaks winner Grand Journey and Listed Flemington winner Proliferate.
From the family of Group 1 ATC Galaxy Handicap winner Griante and Listed winner Landing.
A brown colt by Pierro from the General Nediym mare Nediym’s Glow.
“Good, well balanced,” says Craig.
Nediym’s Glow was a four time winner including the Group 3 VRC Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, Group 3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude and second in the Group 2 STC magic Night Stakes.
A half sister to Group 3 winner Red Colossus, she has had 5 foals to race with 3 winners including stakes placed Double Jeopardy.
From the family of Royal Glow, producer of Group 2 winner Kinglike and Listed winner Royal Haunt – Mirage (HK).
A bay colt by outstanding sire Snitzel from the King’s Best mare, Royal Glow.
“Typical Snitzel,” was Craig’s clear but simple comment on this nice colt.
The quality producer Royal Glow has had four foals to race, all winners including Group 2 winner Kinglike and
Listed winner Royal Haunt – Mirage (HK). From the family of multiple Group 3 winners Red Colossus and Nediym’s Glow.
Interestingly, Royal Glow is blind and has been her entire breeding career. That ‘handcicap’ certainly hasn’t stopped her producing top class racehorses.
A chestnut colt by Starspangledbanner, from the Artie Schiller (USA) mare Secret Liaison.
“Big strong horse – mature into a good three year old,” says Craig.
Secret Liaison was a quality galloper herself winning the Listed MRC Twilight Glow Stakes and MRC Lord
stakes earning over $400,000 in prize money. This is her second foal, her first foal is the named two year old, Found Out by Exceed and Excel.
The bay colt by Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice from the Twining mare, Soaressa.
“Well balanced, neat, typical Redoute’s,” says Craig.
Soaressa was a Listed winner of the SAJC Proud Miss Stakes, and is a half sister to Eagle Way, Assertive Eagle and Impressive Eagle.
This colt is her fifth foal, producing four foals to race with three winners including the notable dual Group 3 winner Thermal Current.