Yarran Thoroughbreds manager John Doherty has made a bold prediction.
He reckons he knows the favourite for next year’s Blue Diamond and the colt just happens to be in Yarran’s draft of nine yearlings in next week’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction.
“The standout in the draft is probably our Vancouver colt and in my books he is the early favourite for the Blue Diamond,” Doherty said with a chuckle.
“He is just one of those colts that is a powerful individual and you see him gallop in the paddock and sometimes those powerful horses are more like a Clydesdale but this fellow can cover the ground and he is probably the pick of them.
“The colt is out of Missmosa (NZ) and all of her siblings have produced black type so why won’t this be a black type.”
Yarran is also offering a Pierro filly and Doherty said the sire is one of the most desired stallions at the moment. The filly is the first foal of Blinding Fast.
“And we have got a nice Trust in a Gust filly and she is the only one in the sale,” Doherty said.
“She obviously got in on type and she is a good looker.
“But Trust in a Gust was the VOBIS king in Victoria and he won all of his VOBIS races and a couple of Group 1s and I really liked his racing pattern too and he won nearly all of his races by a head. So he fought his way all the way to the line and stallions need to put them into their progeny as well.”
Doherty is happy with Yarran’s Akeed Mofeed (GB) filly that is a half to a stakes winner.
“The Akeed Mofeed filly is out of Recollection (GB) and she is a Zabeel mare and she produced If I Can I Can which is a stakes winner,” he said.
Akeed Mofeed’s Lunar Light finished third in the Group 2 Angus Armanasco Stakes (1400M0 at Caulfield on Saturday and Doherty said the stallion is doing a nice enough job.
“And we have got a Magnus filly and they just win races,” Doherty said.
“He also had a Group 1 winner on the weekend with Streets of Avalon.
“We have also got a Dissident colt and besides his pedigree, he should be a get up and go early horse.”
Doherty is happy to be offering an Epaulette colt. He said the stallion is having winners every second day all over the world and had a winner in Hong Kong on the weekend as well.
“We have got a Holler colt and this is Holler’s first crop,” he said.
“And we have got an Adelaide colt and John Foote (bloodstock agent) who earlier inspected the draft said there were just not enough Adelaide’s around for him.”
Doherty admits Yarran may not be producing the sale topper but says they have a history of producing racehorses.
“The three year-old crop that are on the ground now, we had 11 horses in the sale of that year and we have had five winners and only one of them hasn’t raced,” he said.
“The best horse we had from a couple of years ago is Heart of Puissance that just got into the All Star Mile so he will be flying the flag for us. I know he is up against some really good horses but he will keep them honest.
“His sire Puissance de Lune is going well and in all reality he didn’t get really good broodmares but he has upgraded them. I am a fan of his sire Shamardal and he is a leading sire in Europe and was the leading sire in Royal Ascot last year.”
Doherty said that while Yarran Thoroughbreds was producing sound racehorses, they just needed to have a Group 1 graduate.
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