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Bluebloods : Feb 2011 Issue - Sale Previews
February 2011 10 TASMANIAN YEARLING SALE QUALITY PASTURES a winning formula for breeders THE Whishaw family's Armidale Stud has been turning out a steady stream of winners since it was established by the late David Whishaw on prime horse country at Carrick, near Launceston, in 1968. His good work was carried on by his son Denis and daughter-in-law Robyn, and the young couple worked hard to upgrade the facilities and the thoroughbred population before Denis's untimely death in 2004. These days Robyn is ably assisted by their children David (Farm Manager), Will and Camilla and a dedicated team of long-term staff members and they are preparing 32 yearlings for the 2011 Tasmanian sale, 20 of their own and 12 for clients. One of the stars of the draft is Lot 20, the bay or brown brother to Lady Lynette (10 wins and $595,000), a son of the stud's great stalwart Ladoni (GB) (Danehill- Lilac Charm by Bustino), a Gr.3 winner in Germany and the sire of 171 winners (58%) of $8.2m and with 17 black type performers including Hobart Cup-Gr.3 winner Our Dashing Dane (six wins, $252,000) and TTC Queen's Cup-Gr.3 winner Midnight Escapade (nine wins). Lady Lynette, who won the MVRC Tesio Stakes-Gr.3 twice and also the MRC Ladies Day Vase- LR, is one of three winners from the winner Queen's Own (Coronation Day) and hails from a strong international family whose immediate members include champion sire Without Fear (FR). "Lady Lynette's brother is very like her, he's got nice bone and is a long, loose walker, a typical Ladoni," Robyn said. The stud's newest sire is the beautifully bred Helike (USA) (Rahy-East of the Moon by Private Account) a French 2000m stakes performer whose dam was rated Champion Miler in France as her three Gr.1 wins included the Prix Jacques le Marois, French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks. Helike's grandam Miesque (Nureyev) was even better, being rated a champion at two and three in Europe and Champion Turf Mare in the USA and winning 10 Gr.1 events before producing Gr.1 winner and sire Kingmambo. Helike's oldest are two and he's had two runners for two placegetters and Robyn reports the feedback from trainers is overwhelmingly positive. "We liked his first foals so much that I put many of the stud's best mares to him in his second season, and these are the yearlings we are offering in 2011. Among his 19 yearlings including 13 from Armidale and our clients is a really spectacular filly from Spirit of Egypt (Weasel Clause), whose five foals to race are all winners and include Tasmanian Guineas-LR winner Brainpower. This is a terrific Tasmanian family and she really is a lovely filly." Robyn also nominated the Helike-Salcombe filly for special mention as her dam, by Perugino, is a half-sister to Armidale-bred Gr.2 winner (MVRC Waterford Crystal Mile) and Gr.1 second (MVRC Emirates Stakes) Weasel Will and to dual Tasmanian St Leger-LR winner Dartington. The Helike-Stop the Show filly is bred on a BREEDING WINNERS is second nature ARMIDALE STUD by David Bay THE Magic Millions company will offer 160 yearlings at the 2001 Tasmanian Yearling Sale at Inveresk Showground, Launceston from 1pm on February 22 with yearlings by interstate sires including Bel Esprit, Dash for Cash, Rock of Gibraltar, Shinzig being offered alongside those of proven home state sires such as Savoire Vivre, Ladoni, Tough Speed, Telesto, West Quest and newcomers Helike and Incumbent. This sale has long been a happy hunting ground for interstate owners and trainers (especially as many of the yearlings are SuperVOBIS qualified) and there are plenty of Tasmanian horses running and winning on the "mainland" including the talented Group performer Lady Lynette, a daughter of Ladoni. "We have the advantage of growing our yearlings on really great horse country," said Armidale Stud principal Robyn Whishaw and this sentiment was echoed by Grenville Stud's Graeme McCulloch. "Tasmanian breeders have access to lovely pasture, much of it irrigated, and the climate here suits horses too," said Graeme who is looking forward to offering the first yearlings by his new sire Incumbent, a son of Choisir, at the sale. "We have been working hard in the state to lift the quality of our mares and stallions and I think Incumbent is an example of this, as he was a very good two year-old, winning the VRC Sires' Produce and is by a Danehill-line sire who was a great sprinter and is now doing the job as a sire." Incumbent joins Tasmania's perennial leading sire West Quest (CAN) on the roster at Grenville, while Armidale's roster is headed by successful sires Ladoni (GB) and Savoire Vivre (GB) and also includes second crop sire Helike (USA), a French stakes performer whose dam is a triple Gr.1-winning daughter of the fabulous miler Miesque (10 Gr.1 wins, dam of Kingmambo). All sale graduates are eligible to compete for Magic Millions races worth more than $5m, including special races in Tasmania for two and three year-olds, with a $50,000 juvenile event for 2010 graduates to be run on Launceston Cup day, February 23.
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