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Bluebloods : Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale 2015
MMGC 2015 YEARLING SALE www.magicmillions.com.au PAGE 48 “We put him in an educational jump-out at Flemington,” Lawson recalled. “He wasn’t even two yet technically, so I just wanted him to have a look around and he was in against some older horses. He ended up pulling his way to the front of the heat and finished close up with a handy type trained by Bart Cummings. At first I wondered what Eddie was doing, up near the lead, but then I realised he just couldn’t hold him, he was swinging off him and he still beat most of the older horses handily.” Testa Rossa has not only managed to produce a Magic Millions winner in last year’s hero Unencumbered, but an international Gr.1 -winning sprinter in Ortensia and Gr.1 winners Rostova and Testafiable. Lawson isn’t surprised at Testa Rossa’s success in his second career and he is now one of the leading lights on the roster at Vinery, Scone. “He was an absolute natural, anytime you asked him to do something, it was like he had done it before,” Lawson said. 2005 BRADBURY’S LUCK (Redoute’s Choice-Skating by At Talaq (USA)) 2nd Emit Time, 3rd Snitzel, Al Samer. Dead heat for 3rd. Margins: 0.75 lengths x long neck Time: 1:09.45 Cost: $225,000 at 2004 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Segenhoe Stud Buyer: Graeme Rogerson Trainer: Graeme Rogerson Jockey: Hugh Bowman FROM racetrack hero to stud farm lothario, Bradbury’s Luck has taken to his second career, that of sire, with relish. While some stallions slink off to the back corner of the paddock when it is time to go to the mating barn each day, the 2005 Magic Millions winner has no such problems maintaining a healthy libido. The 12 year-old has turned white, but age certainly hasn’t wearied him at stud where he takes to his work with glee for Glenlogan Park. “He loves his job more than most stallions, you just can’t stop his libido,” said Glenlogan Park Stud’s general manager Steve Morley. “ What happens is that a lot of stallions slow down as the season draws on, but he is exactly the opposite, the more work you can throw at him the more he loves it.” While sometimes a strong libido can equate to less than pleasant character traits in stallions, Bradbury’s Luck maintains a gentle and relaxed nature in the paddock and when being handled. “He is an absolute gentleman to handle,” Morley said of the horse best known as the sire of multiple Gr.1 hero Luckygray. Glenlogan Park has had a strong association with Magic Millions over the years, not only standing two former winners at stud, St Jude and Bradbury’s Luck, but two of its stallions also siring Magic Millions winners. Show A Heart sired 2007 winner Mimi Lebrock, while last year’s winner Real Surreal is by Real Saga. 2014 UNENCUMBERED (Testa Rossa-Blizzardly by More Than Ready (USA)) 2nd Oakleigh Girl, 3rd Ruby Soho Margins: 0.75 lengths x 2.25 lengths Time: 1:09.60 Cost: $70,000 at 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Newhaven Park Buyer: Bjorn Baker Trainer: Bjorn Baker Jockey: Nathan Berry THE image of Nathan Berry returning to scale after winning last year’s Magic Millions on Unencumbered, arms outstretched and aloft, while standing high in the irons, is for many the enduring memory of a career, and life, tragically cut way too short. What many don’t know is that Berry came out of the saddle after the finish line when Unencumbered stumbled, and it was what happened next that spoke volumes not only of the special relationship between horse and jockey, but the talented colt’s relaxed demeanour. “Unencumbered just stood there and waited for Nathan,” said the colt’s trainer Bjorn Baker. “It was remarkable really, most two year-olds, especially a colt like that, would be off and gone, they would normally just bolt, but he just stood there as quiet as an old gelding. He was a wonderful horse to do anything with, a pleasure to train. It makes your job so much easier as a trainer when there are no issues with temperament.” Baker obviously recalls the day fondly, being both his and Nathan’s biggest win at that time. “ We miss Nathan every day (the jockey died on April 3, 2014), and we will always have that memory,” Baker said. Unencumbered is standing at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in Victoria, looking to emulate the other outstanding Magic Millions winners who have found success at stud. General Nediym Testa Rossa St Jude Brave Warrior The eye of a champion
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