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Bluebloods : Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2013
PREMIER SALE and the chance to turn a corner . . . MELBOURNE PREMIER YEARLING SALE by David Bay 52 February 2013 I'VE been turning down the corners of pages in yearling sale catalogues since 1967 when a friend took me, a horse-mad 14 year-old, to my first yearling sale in Sydney. The filly I picked out that year turned out to be a smart Sydney juvenile called Roadside Inn (Road House-Silken Purse (IRE) by Delerium) who had been conceived in the UK and turned out to be the only foal of her imported dam. I had great fun following her racing career. Fast forward to 2013 and, having turned 60 in October, I'm still turning down pages in catalogues whenever I see a pedigree I really like. Sometimes the yearling lives up to expectations when you have it out of the box at sale time and when that happens those whose physique and attitude match their pedigree are worth chasing. I thought back to old Roadside Inn when I was looking at the Inglis Premier Sale catalogue. The auction is at Oaklands on March 3,4,5 and 6 and features 775 lots and if you are looking to discover the next Black Caviar, Sacred Kingdom, Starspangledbanner, Fields of Omagh or Pinker Pinker you had better study each page closely. These outstanding racehorses are just some of the champions to come out of this ring. Others of note include South African Horse of the Year Igugu, Weekend Hussler, Littorio, Hollow Bullet, Ortesia, Littorio and Arapeho Miss. We all have our likes and dislikes, but there are plenty of options in Melbourne and a horse to suit everyone. Black Caviar's sire Bel Esprit has 25 catalogued for 2013 Premier, while Hay List's sire Statue of Liberty has 21. Other proven sires include Choisir (27), Commands (15), Domesday (22), Encosta de Lago (17), Exceed And Excel (17), Flying Spur (18), High Chaparral (28), Not A Single Doubt (14), Rock Of Gibraltar (9), Snitzel (12), Starcraft (21), Tale Of The Cat (14) and Testa Rossa (10). Eliza Park resident stallion Wanted created a huge impression when he won the Newmarket Handicap- Gr.1 and the son of Fastnet Rock has 21 yearlings catalogued, more than all four other major yearling sales across Australasia combined. Other first season sires represented at the 2013 Melbourne Premier include All American (9 lots), Big Brown (8), Denman (12), Duporth (6), Manhattan Rain (11), Medaglia d'Oro (2), Nicconi (18), O'Lonhro (7), Onemorenomore (8), Turffontein (14) and Von Costa de Hero (8). Selecting yearlings can be a sentimental thing (well, in my case at least) and the first page I had turned down is Lot 252, a son of Choisir and Beam (Scenic (IRE)) offered by Hillside Thoroughbreds. This yearling is a grandson of Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay, a filly whose page I turned down in the Easter 1992 catalogue and purchased on behalf of Sheikh Rashid for just $100,000. When the Sheikh's horses were sold, Bint Marscay was carrying her first foal, who turned out to be Beam, who was unraced as she was injured in training. Beam has had six winners, none of the class of Bint Marscay's two other daughters Mannington (dam of Benicio and Romneya) and Bollinger (dam of Friesan Fire) but this Choisir colt is inbred to Biscay, so there could be Golden Slipper dream here . . . Cathy Hains is also following her dreams at Burnewang North and she has a great role model in her father David, who bred Kingston Town and Kingston Rule for starters. A filly from Cathy's draft is another page with a turned corner in this catalogue, and she is Lot 291 by Fastnet Rock and from the speedy Listed winner Chelsea's Image (USA) (Holy Bull-Lucky Chelsey by Danzig Connection). This is the mare's second foal and she is related to Gr.1 winner Chelsea Flower and sure to make a lovely broodmare for someone when her racing days are over. You can't get a better female line than that of Denise's Joy and that's why Lot 333 has a turned corner at the top of her pedigree page. This filly, from the Arrowfield draft, is by international champion Starcraft (who I believe will make a super broodmare sire) and from city winner Debra's Joy, a city winner by champion sire Danehill (USA), who is a half-sister to leading sire Thorn Park (Spinning World (USA)), who did such a great job at Windsor Park in NZ and died recently. It's also the family of World Peace, Euphoria and Bentley Biscuit. Denise's Joy is this filly's fifth dam. Looking for another Black Caviar? Lot 447 from Eliza Park is a Bel Esprit filly from the Jetball 1100m winner Jezeera, a sister to the Listed winning speedster Belle Ball. In addition to being a Gr.1-winning son of Marscay, Jetball is out of a Vain mare, so this yearling carries a double cross (3fx4f) of this Golden Slipper winner as does Black Caviar! Coolmore has gone back to the well with Lot 493 to repeat a very successful mating, as this Fastnet Rock colt, from the Mt Livermore mare Love All (USA) is a brother to Newcastle Spring Stakes-Gr.3 winner Lovemelikearock. The dam's five winners also include Listed winner Lovetorn (Giant's Causeway (USA)). This is the family of Arazi, Noverre and Ajdal so there's a good sire prospect here if this youngster inherits the family ability. Buyers operating on a budget could do well to look at Lot 531 from Rubiton Bloodstock as this black Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) filly has a real speed pedigree. Her third dam Royal Recital (by the Star Kingdom horse Royal Artist) is a half-sister to Century, while her dam Miss Rubiton is by Century's champion son Rubiton. Second dam Henley Square is by Macho, a Missile Stakes-Gr.3 winner by King of Babylon (IRE) and from stakeswinning juvenile Fiona, also by Star Kingdom. Fiona is a sister to Planet Kingdom and half-sister to Golden Slipper winner Fairy Walk. There's yet another line of Star Kingdom here as Rubiton's second dam is by Todman, the first of Star Kingdom's Golden Slipper winners. These are just some of the turned pages in my catalogue and there are many more yearlings whose pedigrees caught my eye. Study the catalogue and then go to the sales. If you are new to the business of buying horses seek advice from a professional, be it a trainer or one of the many reputable bloodstock agents whose names you will find in the advertisement for the Federation of Bloodstock Agents at the back of the Inglis catalogue. If you would just like a "toe in the water" there are many syndicators who will be buying at the Premier, and these days up to 20 people can get their name in the race book as an owner of a horse, so your outlay doesn't have to be huge to enjoy the thrills of racing. Selling will begin at 2pm on Sunday afternoon March 3, with lots 1 to 120. This will be followed by three full auction days on Monday, Tuesday and Wednesday. The newly introduced "Blue Riband" session, which is dedicated to yearlings whose pedigree and conformation suggests they should excel over the Classic/Cup distances, will be held early afternoon on Monday, March 4. "The support from local and interstate vendors for not only the Blue Riband session but the overall sale has been tremendous and we are thoroughly pleased with the yearlings," Inglis Melbourne director Peter Heagney said. "Breeders have been very keen to join the growing status of Premier, so this year we will see well- renowned vendors such as Coolmore Stud selling under their banner at the sale for the first time." Eliza Park has the largest draft set for the sale with 60 yearlings. Swettenham Stud and Three Bridges have 29 each, while Supreme Thoroughbreds (28), Yallambee (26), Basinghall (25), Rosemont (23), Blue Gum (22) and Coolmore (21) are all very well represented. The Inglis Open Day will be held on March 3. The morning's features will include a New Owners forum, introduction of Inglis Platinum Club, Callaway Driving Range, Parade of Living Legends Apache Cat and Sacred Kingdom, followed by the announcement of the winner of the Inglis/Herald Sun Win A Share In A Racehorse competition. Fastnet Rock (Danehill (USA)-Piccadilly Circus by Royal Academy (USA)) B.H.
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