Rushton Park’s Kayley Johnson is a little reluctant to say their draft of 21 horses at this year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling contains something for everyone.
After topping the 2018 Melbourne Premier sale with a $500,000 Fastnet Rock/Lady Melksham filly, Kayley said that as Ruston Park gets further down the track they are working out what the market wants.
“I guess everyone says that, don’t they,” Kayley laughs when referring to her comment about her draft having something for everyone. “Well, what about just a good mix.”
While Kayley is trying to avoid something of a cliché, her draft certainly does contain a solid mix of proven and first season sires.
Asked if she had one particular yearling that stands out, Kayley said as she has a diverse mix in her draft, it is hard to pick out a favorite.
Kayley said a Star Turn filly that she bred with her husband, David, and a client is probably her favourite in their draft, she said the Star Turn filly, out of Garden of Eden, is “just a machine.”
“It is a lovely family and Garden of Eden still has Akkadian (Nicconi) racing and he is going quite well, which is handy for our filly,” she said.
The Matthew Cumani trained Akkadian is a four-year-old that has 24 starts for four wins, four seconds and four thirds for $204,925 in prizemoney.
“We have a glorious Hinchinbrook filly. She is beautifully related and on pedigree we would expect her to sell well and I would imagine her to be in the top end of our draft.
“She is a full to Aliferous and a half to two other stakes winners, it’s very much a solid female pedigree so she should suit our upper end buyers who are looking for a lovely filly to race. You can’t get Hinchinbrook’s anymore and he was a great stallion who has a couple of good fillies running around at the moment, including Grahame Begg’s Mildred.”
“We have got a really beautiful Dundeel (NZ) filly and she is exactly what you would expect from Dundeel,” Kayley said.
“She is athletic and has got a very good attitude.
Kayley said a good half to three quarters of their draft were VOBIS qualified which was an important aspect for owners and trainers.
“We have got a lovely Sooboog filly in the second session, she is a half to Maserartie Bay and he goes pretty well for Ciaron Maher at the moment.
“She has got that added bonus that she has got VOBIS as well which should be a good selling point.”
While the fillies on offer at Rushton Park present something for every buyer, the colts are just as appetizing.
“We’ve got some ripping colts. We have a lovely Vancouver (Kanyini) and Pride of Dubai (Ice Creme) colt.
Kayley likes one by Epaulette, out of Sovereign Miss, and another by Divine Prophet out of Absolute Pleasure.
“They are both lovely colts out of good mares,” she said.
A Flying Artie/Canary colt consigned by Rushton Park is also extremely well bred. Canary is a half- sister to Sung.
“Canary is a half-sister to the dam of Microphone and he has had a really nice pedigree update recently winning the Group 2 Autumn Stakes.”
When asked how Kayley thinks her draft will go at the 2020 sale after the success she has had so far. Kayley is modest but proud of the farms achievements thus far and of the draft that she has presented at the Melbourne Premier sale.
“I think that it’s important that trainers want to get out of bed and feed them every morning, so type plays an important part of producing nice horses and it’s certainly something we have worked toward when we are selecting our mares and placing our horses into sales.”
“We have horses that suit every aspect of the buying bench. Overall, I think it’s a nice solid draft and I hope that we can continue to improve our quality of horse year after year,” Kayley said.
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