Ontrack Thoroughbreds boss Grant Morgan cant hide his excitement at the prospect of yearlings by his former star Brazen Beau hitting the sales rings in 2018.
Morgan secured Brazen Beau from the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $70,000 from the first crop of I Am Invincible before syndicating him to a group of 38 clients.
“I like looking closely at first season sires. I think its one of the challenges to try and identify potential and opportunities away from the obvious,” said Morgan.
“I Am Invincible was not a headline first season sire. But he was a very good racehorse, with a nice colonial speed pedigree and was by an outstanding sire Invincible Spirit.”
“None of the big buyers were on I Am Invincible back then, but they are all over him now. They are almost impossible to buy.”
Brazen Beau went on to win twice at Group 1 level becoming champion 3yo colt of his generation before finishing a luckless second at Royal Ascot prior to commencing stud duties at Darley Stud.
Proving his eye for first season sires was no fluke, Morgan returned to the Inglis Newmarket ring in 2015 where he again plucked an obscure first season sire to unearth the brilliant mare Savanna Amour.
Going to $100,000 on the daughter of Love Conquers All, Morgan together with Meagher Racing have developed Savanna Amour into one of Australia’s best young sprinting mares.
“Savanna Amour has won 6 races including 1 at Group 2 and 3 at Group 3 and over $545,000. She was a real athlete at the sales and the fact she was by another obscure first season sire helped me to buy her.
In 2017, Morgan’s first season sire eye is again proving sharp. He targeted Spirit of Boom, securing one of the Queensland sires daughters at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale.
“Spirit of Boom is absolutely flying right now but he wasn’t on the shopping list of the bigger buyers, particularly those from interstate and overseas.”
In 2018, Morgan has the mouth watering prospect of assessing the sons and daughters of Brazen Beau. But he is sure to have plenty of competition this time around.
“I’ve seen a fair bit of them around the farms since they were born. They are very much like him. Compact, strong, well balanced, good tempered and fast,” said Morgan.
Brazen Beau will be represented by some 55 yearlings that have been catalogued for sale commencing in January, February and March across the three auction houses of Australasia.
On the Gold Coast at Magic Millions, Brazen Beau will have 27 lots sell from a wide range of leading farms throughout Australia.
“They really should be ideal Magic Millions horses. They look precocious and tough.”
“I think Brazen Beau could have been an early 2yo had he of been pushed that way.”
“But we are patient with our younger horses and that wasn’t on our agenda. As it was he won in February of his juvenile year off a very limited preparation,” said Morgan.