Victorian trainer Symon Wilde is ready to open the chequebook for the upcoming Premier Yearling Sales to add to his already busy stable he runs with his father, Bill.
With a team of 50 based at Warrnambool and another 30 located at their Ballarat base, it’s a busy operation that is keen to get the next crop of yearlings into the stables.
“We find that Melbourne is our main sale and it is brilliant value. They are not overpriced; the vendors are genuine, and they sell a very good product,” Symon Wilde said.
“Premier is a great sale for us as we are more focused on classic and staying horses. We didn’t purchase any yearlings at New Zealand or Gold Coast sales this year,” Wilde said, and often finds that the hype can overshadow the horse.
“They are marketed very well, and there are some outstanding horses available, but if you want to buy on type without the excessive price tag, we are happy to wait for Oaklands”
The Wilde stable attended the Classic Yearling Sales recently, but the focus remains on Premier.
“We picked up a couple in Sydney, but I just think Melbourne Premier offers great returns with the VOBIS scheme in place.”
Having purchased Dodging Bullets from Swettenham’s Premier draft, the Wilde stable has been lucky in the past with graduates from the sale.
“Being predominately Victorian based, our stable clients who are interested in buying yearlings this year admit that the VOBIS scheme is a big incentive, a real added bonus. They are pleased with the results achieved by Victorian bred, sold and raced horses.”
“I’ve had an in-depth look at the catalogue, and there appears to be some lovely yearlings on offer over the four days. Premier gives great variety in sires, bloodlines and price points. You can find the early two-year-old’s, the classic types and the dower stayers – there is something for everyone.”
A big fan of Victorian staying stallions, with the recent success of Fiorente, Wilde admits he will be high on the list, and is still being patient with his Americain’s, giving them the time, they need to mature.
“We are not tied to any farms and overall, I look for an athlete, whereas the syndicator may be more attracted to a fashionable stallion or black type relation to help sell shares.”
“I have been happy with the Toronado I bought last Premier, and he produces a great physical type, and I also can’t go past Magnus as a proven sire, who keeps delivering the goods.”
Wilde is complementary of Inglis for creating a well-rounded catalogue that has depth.
“They have built up an excellent book, the quality has been maintained, and there are genuine prospects on offer, over the right number of days. Let’s hope I find a few good ones to take home.”