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Bluebloods : Inglis Easter Yearling Sale 2013
22 EASTER PREVIEW By whatever standard you choose to apply, the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale is the benchmark for bloodstock sales within Australia. Historically, the best of Australia's yearling crop who are available for sale each year find themselves offered through the ring at Newmarket, Randwick. Also, just in case you are thinking this is a simply a personal opinion, ponder on this single fact alone. There are six living stallions who have headed the Australian General Sires' list, namely Encosta de Lago, Fastnet Rock, Flying Spur, Lonhro, Redoute's Choice and Zabeel and each is represented by offspring at the 2013 sale. To think that the aforementioned list of champions does not include the likes of Cape Cross, Casino Prince, Commands, Danzero, Galileo, High Chaparral, Hussonet, More Than Ready, O'Reilly, Pentire, Pins, Stratum, Street Cry and Tale of the Cat, who have all headed various lists and are represented in the 2013 catalogue, the collection of sire power is second to none. ENCOSTA DE LAGO Bred by Emirates Park Stud, Encosta de Lago ( 93, Fairy King--Shoal Creek by Star Way) was purchased by Damon Gabbedy s Belmont Bloodstock as a yearling at the Easter Sale. A useful juvenile who came into his own as a three year-old when winning the VicHealth Cup-Gr.1 at 1400m at Caul eld and the Ascot Vale Stakes-Gr.2 over the straight 1200m at Flemington, Encosta de Lago retired to stud at Blue Gum Farm in Victoria s north east for the 1998 season. His fee in 1998 was $8500 and he got 92 rst- crop foals. e likes of Gr.1 winners Lashed, Delago Brom and Titanic Jack came in his rst two crops and were followed by Gr.1 winners Alinghi, Sacred Kingdom, Racing to Win, Princess Coup and Mnemosyne. at success saw Encosta de Lago s fee at Blue Gum in 2003 at $38,500. Relocated to Coolmore in the Hunter Valley for the 2004 season Encosta de Lago stood for $132,000 and increased to $302,500 in 2008 when he covered 227 mares. Twice the Champion Sire in Australia by earnings (2007-08 and 2008-09) Encosta de Lago has also covered to northern hemisphere time for Coolmore in Ireland. To mid-February he had sired 898 winners from 1315 progeny to race for 93 stakes winners, 19 of them at Gr.1 level and with two of those, Manha an Rain and Northern Meteor, represented as sires in the 2013 Australian Easter Yearling Sale. FASTNET ROCK Fastnet Rock ( 01, Danehill-Piccadilly Circus by Royal Academy) stands alongside Encosta de Lago at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley. Like his barn mate he was a very useful juvenile who came into his own at three when he won the Lightning Stakes-Gr.1 (1000m) and the Oakleigh Plate-Gr.1 (1100m). Retired to stud in 2005 he covered 208 mares at a fee of $55,000 and, like Encosta de Lago, he got Group winners in his rst crop that saw his fee increase. Runners like the Newmarket Handicap- Gr.1 winner Wanted, the 1000 Guineas-Gr.1 heroine Irish Lights, the Australian Guineas- Gr.1 winner Rock Classic and the eensland Guineas-Gr.2 winner Rothesay came from the rst crop of Fastnet Rock and that success has seen his fee li to $220,000 in 2012 when he was the most expensive stallion at stud in Australia, covering 208 mares. Fastnet Rock was the Champion Sire in 2011-12 and he too has covered at Coolmore s Irish farm. He has sired 315 winners from 484 runners, headed by 11 Gr.1 winners including the unbeaten Atlantic Jewel, the VRC Oaks winner Mosheen and the New Zealand 1000 Guineas winner Planet Rock. FLYING SPUR e stud career of Flying Spur (92 Danehill- Rolls by Mr. Prospector) is sadly at an end due to declining fertility. at he is still an e ective sire was underscored emphatically by the Listed win by the lly Gold Roller in February to become his 87th stakes winner from 1291 progeny to race. Bred and raced by the Arrow eld Group, Flying Spur came from the second crop of Danehill and this also included Nothin Leica Dane and Lion Hunter. His three wins at two were highlighted by the Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1 and he trained on to win the Australian Guineas-Gr.1 and All-Aged Stakes- Gr.1. Retired to Arrow eld in 1996 he got the 1000 Guineas-Gr.1 winner All Time High as well as Group winners Blab and Make Me A Miracle in his rst crop of 99 foals. Since then he has sired a further 10 Gr.1 winners including Forensics, who emulated her sire by winning the Golden Slipper Stakes, the Champagne Stakes winner Mentality as well as the Hong Kong sprinter Inspiration and Casino Prince, who was the Champion First season sire in Australia last season and the sire of dual Gr.1 winner All Too Hard. Flying Spur headed the General Sires list in 2006-07 and he was also the Champion Sire of Two Year-Olds in that season. LONHRO By anyone s standard, Lonhro ( 98, Octagonal- Shadea by Straight Strike) was a champion racehorse. A Group winner at two, three, four and ve, he was a Gr.1 winner in four of the ve seasons he raced, winning 26 of his 35 starts and placing in a further ve. His 11 CHAMPION SIRES SUPER SIX LEAD THE WAY IN THE SIRE STAKES Story by Darryl Sherer
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