Millford Thoroughbreds have built a strong reputation presenting a high-quality draft each year at the Inglis Premier sales and this year is no exception.

Millford’s Jarrod Byers is upbeat about the group as a whole and based on the busy pre-sale inspections, he is quietly confident heading out to the Oaklands complex.

“All in all, it is another very nice draft of horses, even across the board. They are all good types that have come to hand very well.”

“We are proud to support the Victorian industry, so for Milford Thoroughbreds and our clients, this is our target sale each year. The interest pre-sale has been strong, with more people on the farm than any other year before, it’s a real positive.”

“Having raised seven of the nine yearlings on farm, we have managed them carefully all along to help them grow to their optimal best and peak for next week at the sales.”

Taking us through his draft, Byers points out the best qualities in each of his nine yearlings.

“The Toronado colt out of Redoute’s Choice mare Benidouna (Lot 74) is a top-quality colt, very athletic, with plenty of scope. There is plenty of Toronado in him type wise, and his half-brother El Phoenix showed promise for the Hayes stable. He has a brilliant page, coming from the family of Green Birdie, Onemorenomore and Casino Prince.”

“We are presenting on behalf of Cressfield the All Too Hard colt (Lot 84) out of More Than Ready mare, Bousquet. A typical big framed All Too Hard, he will slot in nicely to our group being well-prepped, forward and strong, with a heap of substance. It is nice to be trusted again to offer yearlings behalf of Cressfield.”

“The Written Tycoon (Lot 162) colt out of Elsedina, an Encosta de Lago mare is a mature, medium sized yearling, with great depth, bone. He has a terrific attitude.”

Lot 199 is the Bel Esprit colt out of the Casino Prince mare Give It Away.

“Although he is the only Bel Esprit in the first session, being the year he stood in Queensland, he shouldn’t be overlooked. He is a strong mature type, well rounded, precocious mentally and physically and attractive to the eye.”

“The Kermadec (NZ) colt (Lot 265) out of Lawmaker by US stallion Henny Hughes has been out biggest improver through the preparation. He has handled the work very well and flourished. He is a good mover, and a terrific horse to deal with. His sire Kermadec has already sold well as a first crop stallion,” Byers said.

“The Choisir filly out of Woodman mare, Love and Emotion (Lot 279), is a good-sized filly, athletically framed and a great walker. Being the half to dual Group 2 winner French Emotion, she has great residual value as a breeding option in the future.”

“Lot 385 is the only yearling offered in the sale by Your Song, and he is a great representation of his sire. It is good timing having sired the Group 3 winner Gem Song last week.  He has heaps of substance, is a lovely strong colt and he should be popular enough.”

“The Reward for Effort colt (Lot 440) out of the Kingston Rule mare, She’s A Knockout will be a real highlight, being a half to the brilliant million-dollar earner in Burning Front. He is the only first session colt for his sire, and is a well-developed, well put together yearling with good strength. He stands over a good amount of ground, and we are thrilled to present him for our good mate and client Justin Lovatt. Like his hugely popular big brother, he will have his share of fans out at the complex,” Byers said.

“She’s A Knockout is a resident broodmare at Millford and is now in foal to Palentino. His full-brother, a two-year-old has headed into training with Tony McEvoy, which will give him every chance being in the right stable to offer the next pedigree update.”

“There is no doubt the mare can do the job, and John McArdle rated Apollo Creed even higher that Burning Front in the early days. She is a tough, no fuss Kingston Rule mare, that has been a super producer.”

Millford’s final lot is the good sized and lovely quality Brazen Beau filly (Lot 489) out of the stakes winning Hold That Tiger mare, Temper Tantrum.

“She is a nice sized filly with a good solid front end, and Brazen Beau has made a great start to his career on the track and through the ring.”

With all horses scoped and x-rayed, Millford Thoroughbreds looks forward to welcoming the buying bench on farm by appointment or will be ready to parade at Oaklands from lunchtime on Wednesday 27th February.

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