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Bluebloods : Inglis Easter Yearling Sale 2013
Do you prefer buying yearlings by proven sires or by first/ second year sires? BESTER: "Obviously proven sires have the most appeal but their progeny are also more expensive. Personally I m not big on rst-season sires but will still buy progeny that a ract me. Second season sires are less dangerous for a buyer (though paradoxically less rewarding for a seller) as one is already starting to get an idea of their strengths and shortcomings." HARRON: "I usually prefer to buy yearlings by proven sires unless there is a new stallion who really grabs me." RAMAGE: "We have always taken a mix and been quite successful with rst season sires. For instance our Gr.1 winners by Danehill came from his rst crops, subsequent crops became a bit out of our reach nancially." SANTRY: "I don t have a preference in general. Irrespective of the status of a sire, I still inspect each yearling in the same fashion and appraise it rstly on the merit of its physique. e progeny of newer sires can o en represent value for money in time owing to the perceived risk associated with purchasing their stock. One has to pay a premium for the best progeny of quality sires like Fastnet Rock, High Chaparral and Encosta de Lago, but they are exceptional stallions and consistently achieve outstanding results and as a consequence, justify the premium." WALLER: "Proven sires make it a lot easier, but you always have to consider value which can o en be found in a rst or second year sire. Obviously the tried and true stallions make the most money, but we can t always a ord what we would like so we have to set realistic prices." WATERHOUSE: "I love proven sires, it is one more box you can tick, but many owners prefer freshman sires." Which of the First Season Sires do you feel will be most sought after at Easter? BESTER: "Fastnet Rock s son Wanted should be the most sought a er given his credentials and the types he is throwing. Nicconi throws as good a type and walker as I ve seen, and Manha an Rain is the best bred of all." HARRON: "With the current domination of Fastnet Rock and having already seen a good number of his stock on the ground I think Wanted will be very popular." RAMAGE: "Each crop of rst-season sires has to be assessed as they come along. We will do the same this year and o en the individu- als nd you." SANTRY: "While he is not exactly a rst- season sire I think that yearlings from High Chaparral s rst Australian bred crop will be exceptionally popular at Easter. Of the actual rst-crop sires Mastercra sman is of particular interest. He was a top class performer at both two and three, by the same sire as Choisir and the talk out of Europe about his two year-olds is very encouraging at this stage." WALLER: "Stallions, like some racehorses, can make fools out of you, so I would rather sit back and wait to see how they go. If some of the yearlings by rst season sires go through at the right price then that s the time to jump on them as one of them could be the next Redoute s Choice or Fastnet Rock in the making." Is their anything in particular you look for in the pedigree of a prospective yearling purchase? BESTER: "I start with the sire, as I m sure most buyers do, and look for proven success or in the case of new sires, ones whose types are impressing me. I do like performance in mares, particularly black type performance and don t like at all a mare who raced but couldn t win or place. I like a good nick or sire line cross and I like inbreeding to both sires and in particular, to good mares, why not double-up on superior genes? I like a great family, but less so the further back it recedes. A er all, if mama didn t have it and grandma didn t have it how is this yearling going to get it?" HARRON: "Speed and precocity." SANTRY: "While it s not fundamental to my appraisal of a yearling it s always encouraging to see a precedent of success with a particular cross. Certain stallions tend to enjoy more success with mares from particular sire lines. I like to see quality racetrack performers on the catalogue page even if they are a few genera- tions back. It demonstrates that the family is capable of producing a quality racehorse." WALLER: "I look for the normal things including horses out of young mares and horses who have a bit of speed in their pedigree. Horses always seem to take a bit longer than what you hope for and the speed in a pedigree seems to bring that out in them a bit quicker." WATERHOUSE: " e most important thing to me is the mare s bloodlines. Also I like an early foal. I like a young mare, preferably with black type but, if not, if she has thrown progeny who have won black type. Also I like substance in a pedigree." After a successful day at the sales, what is your favourite place to go to celebrate? BESTER: " e Woollahra Hotel, followed by a good restaurant, such as Nino (Bart s favourite), Bistro Moncur, the Centennial, Darcy s or Catalina in Rose Bay." HARRON: " e Woollahra Hotel is always good and not too far from home." RAMAGE: "Normally home. It is quite an exhausting process and Easter is the one sale I a end where I do not have to stay in a hotel." SANTRY: "Our (Coolmore) marquee at the sales tends to be well a ended at the end of each sale day and it s very enjoyable to share a post-sale drink with clients and friends there, toasting a successful day and the promise of more to come. My two year-old daughter Ella Rose has a ended the sale and she appears to really enjoy seeing the horses, so I get a great kick out of being at the sale with her also." WALLER: "It s hard for trainers because we are training every day and add on the inspec- tions and the social side of the sales makes it very taxing. Normally for me it s going home, relaxing and being fresh and ready for the next day. Fortunately most of my clients understand and appreciate me being at the track each morning, so they forgive my poor a endance at social events." WATERHOUSE: "I like to go to Sicilia Café on Crown Street, Surry Hills." Any final comments? BESTER: "Class will out and Easter o ers the classiest horses overall however you cut, slice and dice it. e most expensive too, but as they say, you get what you pay for." RAMAGE: "Good luck to all vendors. You will not be o ered a be er opportunity to sell a nice yearling." WATERHOUSE: "Inglis is the sale where everyone wants to have a yearling to sell and that every trainer or agent wants to buy from. It is the premier sale of the southern hemisphere." 2013 AUSTRALIAN EASTER YEARLING SALE 13 EASTER PREVIEW "The quality of yearlings on offer 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." COLM SANTRY
Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale 2013
NZ Sires Preview 2013