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Bluebloods : Inglis Easter Yearling Sale 2013
for the rst time when they started purchas- ing horses a er selling their Woodlands operation. is was before I had trained my rst Gr.1 winner and I didn t have a lot of con dence in myself. To be approached by the Ingham family and then get the opportunity to go to the sales with them was an extremely memorable moment for me. It was amazing timing and fortunately it s all worked out very well and my con dence has grown from there." What are some of the key things you look for in a yearling? BESTER: "Presence, quality, athleticism and action are the four pillars on which I rest physical assessment. I like a good head, wide forehead and jowl, good eye and nostril; good slope to the shoulder, good depth of girth and middle; well developed, muscular forearm and gaskin, both with length atop a relatively short canon bone; good hindquarter, both strong and with good pelvic length; and a good action with purposeful overstep behind and good extension in front." HARRON: "Conformation is the number one component for me in yearling buying. Strong physical horses which use themselves well and have a good hip." RAMAGE: " ere are many facets and the combination of the whole paints the picture. en you see if you like the artwork. Like art, beauty is o en in the eye of the beholder." SANTRY: "First and foremost I like to see a yearling move well with good action. Athleticism is fundamental to the success of a racehorse in my view and action tends to be the best guide to this in my mind. I like to see yearlings well balanced, with quality and scope. I have found that yearlings displaying these qualities can overcome any number of other conformational issues." WALLER: "A itude is the big thing for me in any horse. In saying that, not all good horses have good a itudes, but it certainly makes the job a lot easier if you have a nice horse to work with, and nine times out of 10 if they cope well with pressure they end up being more successful horses. With that aside, obviously conformation is also very important and they need to be uent movers." WATERHOUSE: " e horse is athletic, uid in its movements. at it has an a ractiveness about itself and most importantly that the yearling looks like a racehorse." Do you have any dislikes or criticisms of the way yearlings are presented or paraded at sales? BESTER: "Standards are improving but some handlers still don t know quite how to stand or walk a horse. My pet dislike is a vendor who won t leave me in peace to assess the yearling. ere is nothing worse than an overselling pest si ing on one s shoulder and buzzing about this and that into one s ear. Also I would like to have more space in which to view yearlings at sales. Too few areas allow one to stand back and view the yearlings properly, let alone allow the yearlings themselves enough space to walk and turn properly." HARRON: "Prepping yearlings and showing yearlings is an art. Because of time constraints we are under to inspect so many yearlings it can be very frustrating when the horses haven t been properly educated to parade themselves." RAMAGE: "I don t like to see yearlings that are over bulked. We see less of it these days, but you need to be able to see what is underneath. Vendors should never ask a buyer to come back because they are too busy. Chances are the buyer will forget or be distracted or even worse for the vendor, nd a horse they like in another dra ." SANTRY: "Good preparation and presenta- tion of yearlings is key to success at any sale and Easter is no di erent. Vendors cannot leave anything to chance when trying to impress prospective purchasers with their yearlings, such is the volume of horses on o er." WALLER: "It s hard to get a really good look at a horse owing and walking out nicely in a big space at the sales. When owners are spending large amounts of money you have to put a lot of thought into the horses, and when you only see them walking on a 10-metre strip it s di cult. I haven t had a lot of experience overseas but places with more space make it easier. Also when there is room for multiple horses to be parading it can make it easier to compare them. Everyone has their own ideals but at the end of the day it s a ma er of doing the best job you can with what you have." WATERHOUSE: " e standard is very high at all of Inglis s premier sales. Occasionally at the lesser quality sales the handlers can be a li le inexperienced." What attracts you as a buyer to the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale? BESTER: " e best bred and best conformed yearlings in Australia are o ered at this sale. Most vendors want their best horses o ered at Easter, which unquestionably a racts the best buying bench. Exceptions to this are Baramul Stud (whose owner also owns the Magic Millions) and vendors who prefer o ering a big sh in a li le pond as against a li le sh in a big pond. at doesn t mean the best racehorses always come out of Easter, particularly in the case of precocious two year-olds, but overall it s where one nds the best horses." HARRON: "It a racts some of the best quality horses around the country. Its convenient city location allows clients to come and view their potential purchases and be involved in the process, which I have found is very important." RAMAGE: " e quality of Easter is obvious. ey are hand picked as the best pedigrees available in Australia. As a buyer you just hope the individuals match the pedigrees and you can a ord one or two of them." SANTRY: " e quality of yearlings on o er is second to none each year. From the point of view of a purchaser the yearlings at the sale tend to have everything, strong, deep pedigrees with physiques to match. Come April, the horses are well grown and mature, which makes the task of appraising them that much easier. e track record of the sale itself in producing quality runners is exceptional and it gives purchasers a certain con dence. From the point of view of a vendor the sale tends to a ract all major domestic buyers as well as a selection of signi cant overseas investors. is results is a fantastic market- place in which to be o ering horses for sale." WALLER: " ality horses coming together from the best farms and with the best breeding. Obviously some of the be er New Zealand horses are o ered in New Zealand and Gerry Harvey keeps his best for the Magic Millions, but aside from that if you ve got your horse into Easter it s a big thing for the simple reason that the best are selected each year. It makes the buyer s job a lot easier to know that you are choosing from the best of the Australasian yearling crop." WATERHOUSE: "Position, position, position. It is placed in the right area of Sydney, 10 minutes from the airport, 10 minutes from the city and in the high-wealth population area. Plus Easter is just the perfect time for a sale." EXPERT ADVICE 12 EASTER PREVIEW
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