Stockwell Thoroughbreds at Diggers Rest is another of the Victorian studs hoping that So You Think (NZ) will provide them with a solid result at next week’s three-day Inglis Melbourne Yearling Premier Sale.
Stockwell’s Mike Becker said their filly, out of Fading Shades, will go under the hammer in the main session.
“She is a lovely filly and I’m sure she will attract a lot of attention,” he said.
“A: because she is by So You Think and B: she is a nice filly with a page she will hold up very well.
“It’s a nice page and a good family and we are happy with her.
“So You Think is a good stallion and is one of those that keeps producing and he has had a few fillies run well of late and there was a time you had to have one of his colts, but I think that has changed.
“She will definitely hold her own in the ring.”
Becker was keeping a close watch on a race in New Zealand last Saturday – and for good reason as a victory would add some extra value to a Dissident/Bo Bardi filly he is offering for sale in the showcase session.
Becker was hoping that the filly’s half-brother – Need I Say More by No Nay Never (USA) – would be able to add some value to his filly by winning the Group 3 Waikato Slipper at Matamata.
And his wish was granted with the gelding winning by 2.5 lengths to take his tally to two wins from two starts.
“It would be a nice upgrade if that could happen,” Becker said before the race.
“Dissident is just ticking over in the market at the moment and we appreciate that but it would be a nice pedigree upgrade.”
Becker said a Star Witness filly, out of Winning Line, is an up and coming type that was very strong.
“She is a filly that has just improved enormously from the start of the sale inspections in October to now and has just turned into a different horse,” Becker said.
“She had a hematoma on her chest at the time and apart from that she was a bit small and backward but since then she has really impressed me and has worked keenly and walks well and if anything she has done too well.
“She is real workmanlike filly.’’
Becker is confident people will find her very attractive – and his other yearlings.
And he believes this is the best Melbourne Premier catalogue he has seen.
“There is a lot of depth in it and a lot of nice pages and horses that might in the past have been automatic qualifiers for the premier session are now in the second session and I’m sure buyers are on to that,” Becker said.
“They will look through them all and give them a fair hearing but I don’t think they’ll miss the Star Witness filly because she is such a nice type.
“On type, if they inspected her now she would be in the premier session. I have no doubt about that.
“Star Witness is an evergreen stallion and it’s a nice page.”
Becker said it was always a case of the owners being realistic on what they think their horses are worth and the buyers knowing their worth and then everyone going home happy.
A Swear filly has only been at Stockwell for a short time but Becker says she is big, tall and stretchy and while she looks a bit underdone, she has outgrown herself into what he describes as a nice lump of a girl.
“And she will just only improve with time enormously and the buyers are astute and they’ll see that,” Becker said.
“And the Magus (Colourist) colt is every bit a colt but he is very athletic, not heavy set and he has got good legs.
“Magnus has a lot of supporters among the trainers so I’m sure he’ll do very well for a Magnus. He is out of a well related mare but he is very much an athlete and he is up and ready to go, that boy.”
Becker said Stockwell Thoroughbred has a big team heading to the Adelaide sales.
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