How do you feel your 2019 draft compares to your 2018 draft?
Our 2018 draft was tremendous and we came in second top on gross receipts. If anything, our 2019 draft has a greater variety of yearlings on offer. We have great depth in our stallions this year including yearlings by Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice), I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), Fastnet Rock (Danehill), So You Think (High Chaparral), Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible), Pierro (Lonhro), Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro), Written Tycoon (Iglesia), Zoustar (Northern Meteor), Deep Field (Northern Meteor), Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock), Epaulette (Commands), and Dundeel (High Chaparral). This is a great blend of the leading proven sires, and the leading first and second crop sires in Australia.
What type of yearling do you feel suits this sale?
A top yearling at Melbourne Premier must tick all the boxes – it must have a great sire, great pedigree, be a great type and have the right temperament.
Which lots are your stand out colts?
Lot 25 Snitzel – World Of Gold (High Chaparral) colt He is a strong, forward colt typical of his sire. He is a ready-made racehorse with a great attitude. He is one of only two Snitzels in the sale and I predict he will be very popular.
Lot 97 Dissident (Sebring) – Carlton Show (Hold That Tiger) colt. He is an imposing colt – he is an outstanding type with a great walk and strong colouring. He is a real eye-catcher and I predict a lot of interest in him at the Premier Sale.
Lot 141 Written Tycoon – Demasheen (Fastnet Rock) colt. It’s all upside here. He is a high-quality, striking colt. He is very intelligent, and he is the type of Written Tycoon the buyers love. He will be very popular at the Premier Sale.
Lot 150 Zoustar – Dora’s Ready (More Than Ready) colt. He is a big, strong, scopey colt – he is well-balanced and very imposing. This colt has a laid-back attitude and nothing is a problem. He will be very popular out at Oaklands.
Lot 252 Vancouver – Koonya (Nadeem) colt. He is a high-quality, eye- catching colt. He definitely has the “wow” factor about him. His big, loose walk and his impressive physical appearance will make him very popular.
Lot 280 I Am Invincible – Love Ends (Domesday) colt. He is a high- quality, dynamic colt. He has a big, free walk. He ticks all the boxes – great pedigree, great sire and great type. We’ve set him for this sale, and we can’t wait to show him off.
Lot 360 Brazen Beau – On The Loose (Strategic) colt. He is a solid powerhouse just like Brazen Beau. He is out of proportion at the moment but once he finishes growing, he will be an outstanding individual. The good judges will find this colt.
Which lots are your stand out fillies?
Lot 151 Vancouver – Dowager Princess (Savabeel) filly. She is a high-class, running filly that everyone will love. She is very sleek and is a filly I would love to own myself.
Lot 191 Reward For Effort – Framboise (Snippets) filly. I am quite partial to this filly. We call this filly Our Blonde Girl on the Beach – she is very attractive and well put-together. She has a big hind quarter and is very powerful.
Lot 695 Reset (Zabeel) – Murray Mary (Black Minnaloushe) filly. There’s something about Mary, she is a powerful, well put-together, running-type with a lot of quality and substance.
Which lots do you feel has improved most since the beginning of the prep?
Lot 215 Written Tycoon – Her Diamond Rock (Iglesia) filly. Of the 40 yearlings in our draft, she is the big improver in the prep. She is very strong and has good bone. She will need a bit of time, but I believe she will end up a cracking 3-year-old type.
Lot 784 Magnus (Flying Spur) – True Grace (Lion Heart) 17 colt. He is a well put together, neat type of colt and he has a great walk on him. He hasn’t stopped growing since we put him in prep. He will be another Ready-To-Run candidate.
How do you think the sale statistics will compare to the 2018 sales?
There’s been three major sales this year in Australia and New Zealand. One had a slight increase in average and the other two were down considerably. After eight consecutive years of growth at Melbourne last year’s Premier Sale was down by about 5 per cent. Inglis have spent $8 million renovating Oaklands and have been aggressive in enhancing their buying bench. We are confident the sale will have a solid increase compared to last year.
Who do you think will be the leading sire at the sale?
By average I would expect I Am Invincible to be the leading sire. We see him as the best sire in the country at the moment, with 21 individual stakes winners this current racing season.
On type I am very bullish about Deep Field and Dissident. They are lovely sales horses.
I also like Brazen Beau. His progeny has won $978,000 in
earnings to date. His yearlings are doing it on the track and in the sale
ring – he had the two top lots at the recent Classic Sale in Sydney, and this is an extraordinary achievement for a sire that’s only had 16 two-year-old horses to race.
Of the first season sires, which have impressed and your thoughts about their progeny?
There are two first season sires that have captured my attention – Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) and Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon).
Press Statement is the Group 1 winning son of Hinchinbrook and he leaves yearlings with great hind quarters, strength of hip and shoulder and with lots of bone. His progeny are very much in the mould of Hinchinbrook. Many of Rich Enuff’s progeny are deep rich chestnuts like himself and they are similarly strong and powerful through the body. His horses look to be early-running types.