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Bluebloods : Feb 2011 Issue - Sale Previews
February 2011 15 THREE crack sprinters are international headline acts sourced from the Melbourne Premier Sale in recent years and they have added even more kudos to the sale's impressive Gr.1 roll of honour. The outstanding short-course performers Black Caviar, Sacred Kingdom and Starspangledbanner are among the auction's most decorated graduates and there could be more superstars among the 725 yearlings catalogued for the 2011 Premier at the Inglis complex at Oaklands Junction, near Melbourne from February 28-March 3. A speed merchant of rare quality, Black Caviar was a $210,000 purchase for trainer Peter Moody in 2008, and the powerful daughter of Bel Esprit has so far cruised to eight victories in her undefeated career. She saved the best until the last with her Victoria Racing Club Stakes-Gr.1 success in the spring, coming off the back of four consecutive Gr.2 wins to lift her career earnings to more than $1.2m. While the world awaits Black Caviar, a classmate of 2008 has already tasted elite level success on the international stage. Starspangledbanner was a $120,000 purchase and bagged Gr.1 wins in the Caulfield Guineas and Oakleigh Plate before embarking on a European campaign. He further raised the profile of Australian sprinters, and indeed the Melbourne Premier Sale, when the chestnut emulated his sire Choisir by landing the 2010 Golden Jubilee Stakes-Gr.1 at Royal Ascot. Starspangledbanner then went one better than his father by also claiming the prestigious July Cup-Gr.1 at Newmarket. After banking more than $2.2m, he began his northern stud career this month before shuttling to the Hunter later in 2011. Two further Gr.1 winners were sourced from the 2008 class of Black Caviar and Starspangledbanner. The former's master Peter Moody parted with $190,000 for his Blue Diamond Stakes winner Reward For Effort while trainer Steve Richards snapped up the Robert Sangster Stakes winner Rostova for $80,000. The 2005 sale was most notable for the graduation of Hong Kong superstar Sacred Kingdom, who left the ring with a $200,000 price tag around his neck. The explosive son of Encosta De Lago has Gr.1 victories to his credit in the Hong Kong Sprint (twice), Chairman's Sprint Prize (twice), International Sprint and the International Sprint Trial and the Centenary Sprint Cup (twice). The Sha Tin specialist has career earnings in excess of $6.2m. A year after Sacred Kingdom graced the Oaklands ring a further four top-flight performers were purchased. The subsequent star of the 2006 sale was the seven-time Gr.1 winner and Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, who was purchased by McDonald Racing for $80,000 and, under Ross McDonald's guidance, the son of Hussonet earned more than $3m before his retirement. Weekend Hussler's fellow graduates included the William Reid Stakes and Invitation Stakes winner Turffontein, who was a $70,000 buy for trainer Anthony Cummings and went on to earn $1.2m. The son of Johannesburg is now standing at Blue Gum Farm in Victoria. The Turnbull and BMW Stakes winner Littorio (Bellotto) proved a smart piece of business for trainer Nigel Blackiston at just $15,000, while Arapaho Miss (Danehill Dancer) was another in the bargain bin category at $22,500 for Kevin Dagg Bloodstock - a price that looks modest indeed after she had landed the VRC Oaks and took her earnings past $700,000! The Melbourne Premier Gr.1 trend continued in 2007 when South African Cape Guineas winner Le Drakkar was sold for $155,000. While she technically does not yet have a top title on her record, $50,000 purchase Ortensia was first home in The Galaxy and has a pair of Gr.2 wins to her name. Graduates of two years ago include the $65,000 buy Igugu and that Group-winning Galileo filly has been placed at the highest level in the Cape Fillies' Stakes in South Africa, while Stirling Grove ($52,000) has the SAJC Sires' Produce Stakes-Gr.3 to her credit. The 2010 sale has already produced the Group performer Aashiq who was a $90,000 purchase. Leading sires Redoute's Choice, Encosta De Lago, Flying Spur, General Nediym, Lonhro, Fastnet Rock, Choisir, Hussonet and Red Ransom are well represented in this year's sale, while interest will also be high in the new stallion talent. The first crops of Any Given Saturday, Bernardini, Casino Prince, Court Command, De Beers, Dylan Thomas, Excellent Art, Haradasun, Hard Spun, Hat Trick, Henny Hughes, Host, Husson, Librettist, Magnus, Old Deuteronomy, Purrealist, Shaft, Shinzig, Soldier's Tale, Street Sense and Wonderful World will all be on show. PREMIER YEARLING SALE CRACK SPRINTERS sourced from Melbourne sale Black Caviar (Bel Esprit-Helsinge by Desert Sun (GB)) by Paul Vettise ARMIDALE has three yearlings at the Melbourne Premier (February 28-March 3) including a lovely Stratum filly (Lot 224) in session one (pictured right). "This filly is a real stand out, she is from a Zabeel mare and is a big, scopey yearling and a nice mover," Robyn Whishaw said. The dam, Regal Heights, is a three-quarter sister to Palace News (grandam of MRC 1000 Guineas winner Serious Speed) and this is the immediate family of Victory Chant, Majestic Music and March Hare. Armidale's other offerings are Lot 573, a filly by Strada from Hop by Snippets who is "built to go early". Her dam is a sister to Gr.3 winner Enforced and her third dam is Group winner and star broodmare Verdi (Showdown) and Lot 662, a grey colt by Keep the Faith-Te Aku by Jugah. His dam, a half- sister to Gr.2 winner Steel Phoenix, has already produced six winners. Led by stakes-placed Celtic Trial (12 wins) and Jayemzed (five wins) Armidale has already tasted success with youngsters by Keep the Faith (Sunday Silence), breeding the talented Socks, winner of six of his nine starts including the Tasmanian Guineas-LR on January 11. CONTACTS Enquiries: Robyn Whishaw 0419 100 634 (03) 6393 6124 Fax (03) 6393 6451 Email: firstname.lastname@example.org www.armidalestud.com.au ARMIDALE STUD
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