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Bluebloods : April 2010
BYLONG PARK Thoroughbreds could not have had a better start with its home-bred yearling sale graduates as runaway debut winners Psychologist and My Amelia, two of the most exciting two year-old fillies in the country, were members of the stud's first Easter sale draft in 2009. Twelve months down the track and staff at the picturesque Bylong Valley property are getting ready for another successful Easter Sale. The stud will offer five lovely yearlings by outstanding stallions, the always reliable Commands, the in-form Fastnet Rock, the high class Rock of Gibraltar and the up-and-comer Lonhro. There may well be another Psychologist or My Amelia in the draft and any buyer would be happy to have horses of their potential. Very highly regarded by Tony Vasil, Psychologist made her debut in a Blue Diamond Prelude-Gr.3 at Caulfield in early February. Giving nothing else a chance, the eye- catching daughter of Choisir scooted straight to the lead and was always in control. Finding an extra gear on straightening, she kicked clear of the field to win by an impressive 4.25 lengths. Quickly shortening in Blue Diamond-Gr.1 markets, she looked a massive chance until the barrier gods shone poorly on her - the outside gate of 15 - but still she ran a marvellous race, always wide and working hard but courageous over the final stages and beaten a mere 1.4 lengths into fifth. "She has done exceptionally well," said Bylong Park general manager David Burke: "She was a very strong yearling and she always had a very good nature. A quality filly." Looking just the type to go on to be a very nice three year-old, Psychologist has earned the honour of being the first stakes winner line-bred to the mighty Danehill - 3mx3m via Danehill Dancer and Danzero. My Amelia is also a gifted filly. The first foal of the Champagne Stakes-Gr.1 winner Carry On Cutie, the Gai Waterhouse-trained daughter of Redoute's Choice was a hot odds-on favourite at her first start at Kembla Grange in December. Despite racing greenly, she was just too strong, and she again looked good winning a Randwick trial in late February. So Bylong Park has made a great start as Easter sale vendors and the best may be yet be to come. The stud's offerings begin with Lot 59, a bay or brown colt by Commands ex Molly Dot Com (by Slavic). He is by one of Australia's most reliable stallions (a 68.5% winners to runners strike rate - 27 stakes winners) and from a high class race mare, winner of the Highview Stakes-Gr.3 at Hawke's Bay. She is a half-sister to the stakes placed multiple city winner Mary Allen, and their dam is a half-sister to the Avondale Gold Cup-Gr.1 winner Regal Chief. Bred on a 3mx3m cross of Danzig, he also boasts duplications of the fine mares Natalma and Sweet Lavender. "He is a very nice horse, very athletic and he has a very mature outlook. He has good length of rein and he stands over plenty of ground. I am sure he will prove popular with fans of Commands," Burke said. Lot 191 is a bay filly by Fastnet Rock ex Sumehra (by Stravinsky). Her sire is one of the hottest commodities in Australia and this filly is the first foal of a city- winning, half-sister to the Hong Kong dual Gr.1 winner Lucky Owners and the local stakes winner Miss Power Bird. Grandam is a city-winning, three-quarter sister to the champion Might and Power and half-sister to the stakes winners Matter of Honour and Bastet. Carrying duplications of Northern Dancer and Sir Tristram, she is a descendant of the acclaimed matriarch Selene. "She is a striking filly with great presence. She is from one of the most sought after families at the moment - a Zabeel out of her dam's half-sister was purchased by Gai Waterhouse for $475,000 at Karaka and we have Sumehra in foal to Zabeel." Lot 430, a bay filly by Rock of Gibraltar ex Flying Dansino (by Fusaichi Pegasus), is by one of Danehill's best sons - and line bred to that stallion (like Psychologist) 2mx3f. She is the second foal for a stakes placed city-winning, half-sister to the dual stakes winner Zagreb who has been racing very well this time in. Grandam is the stakes winner Dansino, in turn daughter of the dual Group winner Leica Western and this is the family of the Gr.1 winners Leica Smile, Redding, Nothin' Leica Dane, Light Fantastic, Leica Guv, Leica Lover, Leica Planet and Pharaoh. "She is a strong bodied filly from an iconic family. She is a very fluent mover with plenty of depth through her girth. Her dam's first foal is a very nice Encosta de Lago in work with Tim Martin and she has an outstanding Fastnet Rock colt at foot - she is being given every chance." Lot 528, a bay or brown colt by Rock of Gibraltar ex Chestpeak (by Danasinga), is also bred on a close (2mx3m) cross of Danehill. He is out of a stakeswinning and Gr.1 placed New Zealand mare whose dam is a six times winning half-sister to the Listed-winning stayer London Bridge. "He is a short coupled, strong bodied colt and a very good mover - in fact he is one of the best walkers we have at the farm - and he has plenty of bone." Lot 605 is a black colt by Lonhro ex Star of Sequalo (by Sequalo). His sire is running hot, and this fellow - black like his dad and grandsire Octagonal before him - is out of a quality mare, the winner of eight races - six times successful at metropolitan level and very fast at two. She is a half-sister to the 10 times winner Kyamba Star and this is the family of the stakes winner Bella Corona. Bred on a 7fx6f cross of the wonderful mare Thong through her prolific grandsons Nureyev and Thatch. "He is from a very good running family and he is the spitting image of his sire. He is very correct, has a short cannon and strong hindquarters. His action is fluent and he has a great attitude. He has an especially attractive head and looks like he will go early." Established in 2004 by Christine and Richard Johnston, Bylong Park was formerly known as Clearvale Stud - and what a great history it has! Now spanning some 688ha (1700m acres), Bylong was once owned by Dan Buffier, breeder of many high quality racehorses including two winners of the Golden Slipper-Gr.1 in Birthday Card and Sir Dapper. It might not be too long before another winner of the world's richest juvenile race hails from the Bylong paddocks. April 2010 INGLIS AUSTRALIAN EASTER YEARLING SALE DEBUT WINNERS give Bylong Park a great start M.K. Psychologist (Choisir-Miss Conception by Danzero) 16
Inglis Sydney Classic
Tyreel Easter Yearlings