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Bluebloods : Inglis Sydney Classic
THE White family's white and purple colours are a familiar sight at the track and very often in the feature races around the nation. From Marscay to Triscay to Eremein, some truly outstanding gallopers, trained for Geoff and Beryl White by the late Jack Denham who died in December, aged 85, or his son Allan, have carried the colours. But 2010 sees a change in direction for the family and this should benefit potential buyers at yearling sales. This is because each of the family's 16 homebred yearlings will be sold under the Invermien banner at auction, kicking off with the Inglis Classic in late January. "It is not purely a commercial decision to sell all of them," Greg White said, "as we don't really breed horses especially for the sales ring." Sending out between 25 and 30 mares each season, Invermien produces an average foal crop of between 16 and 25 yearlings, and in the past has kept a fair percentage of those. A run of bad luck - the champ Eremein forced into retirement by injury along with several other promising types, plus the setbacks endured during EI - has seen the farm endure some difficult times, so the cash flow from selling an entire crop is a lure: "We have not had a lot of luck of late, but we have some nice two and three year-olds getting ready for the autumn for whom we have high hopes. Our turn is coming!" In the meantime buyers can benefit from a long-term program that has seen the Whites concentrate on breeding horses for the track. "Our reputation is that we breed racehorses," Greg said. And, as already mentioned, top class ones too - previous horses sold by the Whites including the Gr.1 winners Defier, La Baraka and Excellerator as well as Group winners in South African and Asia. Five of Invermien's current crop of yearlings will make their way to the Classic sale and the first into the ring is Lot 270, a chestnut filly by Snippetson from Satinet (by Barathea). Her dual stakes winning sire has made an encouraging start to his stud career and this filly is out of a winning half-sister to the QTC Sires' Produce Stakes-Gr.1 winner Reenact. Satinet is a grandaughter of the US Gr.1 winner Classy Play, half-sister to fellow Gr.1 winner Pillaster. Boasts an interesting pedigree with three crosses of Northern Dancer and duplications of the influential mares Thong and Kong. Lot 345 is a bay colt by Collate from Tree of Life (by Shirley Heights). He is from the first crop of a tough dual Gr.3-winning son of Catbird and is a half-brother to five winners including the Gr.3 winners L'Esprance and Martree. His dam won three and was stakes placed and is a half-sister to the French stakes winner Dazzling Heights, dam of the stakes winners Peak of Perfection (Singapore and Perak Derby) and Mauri Moon and grandam of the German Gr.3 winner Mokabra. Lot 450 is a bay filly by California Dane from Best Intentions (by Royal Academy). Boasting three crosses of Northern Dancer, she hails from the first crop of a Gr.2-winning son of Danehill. Her dam is a dual city winner whose first three to race have all been winners including the metropolitan placed Real Try and the five-times winner Snow Bunny. Best Intentions is a half-sister to the Listed winner Zero Engagement from the family of the dual Gr.1 winner Double Century. Lot 501 is a chestnut filly by Danasinga from Cityite (by Marscay). Bred on the highly successful Danehill/Biscay cross, this daughter of a terrific stallion already represented by 29 stakes winners, is out of a city- winning mare. Her first two foals have both displayed ability and she is a daughter of the Listed winning juvenile Motown Blue, half-sister to the dual Gr.3 winner Pride of Ingenue and from the immediate family of the stakes winners Atapi, Justice Prevails and Black Opaque. Lot 504 is a bay colt by California Dane from Clownen (by Reenact). Another youngster bred on a Danehill/Marscay cross, he is the second foal for a lightly raced mare from one of Australia's hottest families - that of the Gr.1 sprinter Magnus and the flying filly Black Caviar. Other relations include the stakes winners Scandinavia, Wilander, Frosty The Snowman, Midnight Sun, Russian Tea Room and Muirfield Village. Meanwhile, fans of Eremein will be pleased to hear that the four-times Gr.1-winning eight year-old is enjoying life and sharing a paddock with the recently retired broodmare Yodells (dam of Yippyio, Iglesia and Tyrloean). "He is such a great old horse," Greg White enthused - "such a character. Jack Denham used to say that he could almost talk!" January 2010 20 SYDNEY CLASSIC YEARLING SALE FAMILY DECISION puts Invermien yearlings on the market All current yearlings (16) bred at Invermien are available at the Australian Yearling Sales in 2010 Classic Sale -- 5 Melbourne Premier -- 2 Inglis Easter -- 3 Scone -- 4 June Series -- 2 Invermien Pty Ltd Contact Margaret Wicks or Emily White on 02 6545 1589 firstname.lastname@example.org Derbys, Guineas, MM 2YO, Epsoms, George Main, BMW, Cups, Flight Stakes, Slipper & Melbourne Cup 2nds. Group winners in South Africa, Hong Kong & Singapore Invermien References: Iglesia Yippyio Danglissa Eremein Excellerator Defier Countess Christie L'Esperance Smytzers Da Hall (Lifeline Express -- HK) Reenact La Baraka Tsuimai Yallingup Tobique Readyor Collate
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