One special filly in the premier session and two colts and a filly in the showcase session are the stories of Miranda Park’s draft at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Despite the small draft, Miranda Park proprietors Gary and Helen O’Meara are well known for their successful results at past sales.
The filly in the premier session, LOT 428, is by Vancouver, out of Silk Belt (NZ), and O’Meara describes her as the star of the show.
“She is a quality filly with a great attitude and, most importantly, is a fantastic mover with a very fluent walk.” She is the first foal of the Group placed two year-old winning mare Silk Belt (NZ) who finished third in the Group 2 Breeders Stakes at Matamata in 2014.”
O’Meara said Vancouver has made a solid start to his stud career, having already produced a couple of stakes placed horses and he believes buyers like to purchase early foals out of black type mares.
Another of Miranda Park’s draft, LOT 725, a bay filly by Press Statement is out of the Galileo mare She’s Sirius, who is proving to be a high class broodmare.
Her daughter Sophia’s Choice, trained by Robbie Kingston, was stakes place at Flemington over the Spring Carnival, and is being aimed at the South Australian Oaks.
The oldest sibling, multiple metropolitan winner Coys, trained by Richard Freedman, took his record to 6 wins and over $230,000 in stakes when winning at Canterbury in November.
Another sibling, the Ciaron Maher trained Styleman, raced with success in Victoria before heading to Hong Kong where he races as Dragon Pioneer and has won two more races.
The second youngest of the siblings, four year-old mare Oh Cecilia (Zoffany), is trained at Cranbourne by Mick Kent and out of her past five starts has had two wins, a second and third. O’Meara said Oh Cecilia’s wins and placings have come after the catalogue had been published. “It’s always nice to get these pedigree updates,” he said.
The popular stallion Turffontein is represented in the Miranda Park draft with a colt out of Lominata, LOT 647.
The colt’s full sister Atomic Lokade has won eight races, including one at Gawler last month and another at Morphettville in December. “She has now won over $200,000,” O’Meara said. “She is a talented mare with an incredible turn of foot and this colt is very similar to her. He is the same colour, but just a bigger and stronger male version of her.”
“We have also sold a half-brother to this Turffontein colt to Leticia Dragon in Singapore. He races as Surpass Natural (Elvstroem) and has been a good advertisement for our product. He came out and won his first five races all in the past 12 months,” O’Meara said.
O’Meara is also happy to be offering LOT 530, a colt by Woodside Park stallion Rich Enuff, a son of Written Tycoon.
Rich Enuff had his first winner as a sire when Plutocrat won impressively on debut at Doomben last week and then followed it up with another winner a few days later when Sassy Enuff won a two year-old maiden on the Gold Coast.
“I just think they have taken that little bit longer to mature than people may have expected but they are starting to hit their straps now,” O’Meara said.
“I saw several of them sold in Sydney and on the Gold Coast this year and one that Glenlogan sold at the Classic made $130,000 I think. She was a beautiful filly and very athletic.
“With Rich Enuff’s yearlings averaging over $70,000 so far this year, it shows that the buyers have confidence in his stock. Some by Rich Enuff will be jump and run, but a few of them are going to perhaps take a little bit longer.
“He is certainly starting to do the job now which is a great sign.”
O’Meara said graduates from Miranda Park are consistently winning races.
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