10 yearlings to black book
by grant morgan
One of the challenges faced by bloodstock agents, trainers and syndicators at a yearling sale is the unavoidable lament of not being able to secure ‘the one we want’.
Invariably this is due the said yearling smashing through our price point.
It can also be a result of having a limited number of lots to buy, which can cause you to play a ‘waiting game’ and let some lots pass.
Other times it’s about regretting not going on with the bidding on some lots, with the advantage of hindsight.
I thought I’d give you some yearlings that really captured my attention at the Magic Millions and the Inglis Classic Sale, as well as some back ground on each lot.
Invader – Swan River Colt
Lot 857 Magic Millions
Buyer: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock
This colt is the best walker I have inspected at any sale this year. Actually, he’s possibly the best walker I have ever inspected at any yearling sale. Massive overstep and reach from his hindquarters. I will be absolutely shocked if this fellow doesn’t measure up and win a decent race. Invader is the pick of the first season sires for me this year. I’ve been under bidder on a few, and I really think they are going to run. I’m keen to get one before the year is out. If I don’t, I will target his second season crop next year.
Sebring – Arianne (NZ) Filly
Lot 58 Magic Millions
Buyer: Busuttin Racing
I thought this filly had ‘Oaks’ written all over her. I was hoping that she might fall through the cracks at a sale where most buyers are focussed on 2yo types. She was early in the sale too, so I hoped I might be able to get her for $200k. When I inspect yearlings one of the first things I do is circle a horse on the subject yearling’s page I feel the horse in front of me looks most like. Zabeel got the 'red ink' for this lovely filly.
Merchant Navy – Roz Colt
Lot 278 Inglis Classic
Buyer: Graham Begg/Rohan Hughes
I haven’t found too many Merchant Navy’s I have really fallen in love with this year. But this fellow was outstanding. Graham Begg has a great eye for a horse and he has been able to buy types that get up and go as two year-olds and train on at three. This colt was very well brought and I would expect him to do very well under Begg who has a very good strike rate since moving to Victoria.
Alamanzor (FR) – Lazumba Colt
Lot 470 Magic Millions
Buyer: Ultra Thoroughbreds/Baystone Farm
I earmarked Alamanzor as a sire I really liked some time ago having been very familiar with him via our regular visits to his New Zealand home, Cambridge Stud. Alamanzor has smashed it out of the park at each sale this year, and in my view, this was his best colt. He was bred in New Zealand by the same breeders that bred our own Tavisan. To be frank though, $800,000 was absolutely obscene money to pay for him. But best of luck to his buyers, they could well have a Guineas or Derby winner on their hands.
Shooting to Win – Valencay Filly
Lot 406 Inglis Classic
Buyer: Ciaron Maher Bloodstock
This filly was an absolute ‘queen’. Beautiful mover, athletic and feminine. Made very much in the image of her grand dam Peruzzi who was an out and out topline racehorse despite not winning at Gr 1 level. This was a filly I thought might sneak under the radar. I like Shooting To Win but the market hasn’t been that strong on him so I was hoping that might impact her price. Looks a real Guineas three year-old type.
Invader – Hussidora Colt
Lot 41 Inglis Classic
Buyer: George Moore Bloodstock
Another glorious son of Invader. He moved beautifully and I felt looked like a real 2yo type. George Moore buys lovely yearlings and I would expect this colt to fly the flag strongly for him. I would imagine they may race him in Australia and target the big 2yo races.
Swaynesse – Braided Filly
Lot 498 Inglis Classic
Buyer: T Ottobre
I inspected this filly on farm at KBL Thoroughbreds at Beaudesert in QLD. Very light on her feet and athletic. Nice feminine head. I thought she might fly under the radar being by a fairly obscure New Zealand sire. Half sister to the smart Melbourne sprinter Condo’s Express. Purchased by Tony Ottobre who has a good eye for a nice filly. Among his good performers have been Princess Jenni and Jennifer Lynn. Looks a sure fire winner.
Rubick –Pantheress Colt
Lot 213 Inglis Classic
Buyer: Matthew C Smith Racing/John Foote Bloodstock
I as underbidder on this colt. He reminded me very much of his dam’s sire Dubawi. It makes you feel a bit better when you get beaten on a horse by as good a judge as John Foote. The colt will go to Matthew Smith. Ironically I was underbidder on an Invader filly earlier in the sale who was also purchased by Matthew Smith.
Deep Field – De Sea Eagle Colt
Lot 562 Inglis Classic
Buyer: James Harron Bloodstock
I thought this colt would make a good deal of money, and in the end, the $240,000 looked good buying for an agent like James Harron who has very deep pockets. Deep Field is proving to be a very good sire with the best yet to come. This colt was a very nice second foal and he looks like he wont take too long to get to the races for his new connections.
Churchill – Dixie Chick Colt
Lot 573 Inglis Classic
Buyer: Randwick Bloodstock/Star Thoroughbreds
Churchill is a sire I’m very interested in. He potentially can be a good source of nice middle distance horses. You won’t find a much better first foal than this fellow. He was strong everywhere and a very good mover for a horse with good size. Very well sourced by Randwick Bloodstock’s Brett Howard.