Home' Breeding and Racing : Issue 115 March-April Contents INGLIS CLASSIC YEARLING SALE SUMMER BOOK 20–21 JAN, 2013
INGLIS EASTER YEARLING SALE APRIL 8 – 10
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n earlier pages, Inglis bloodstock director Jonathan D’Arcy
summed it up succinctly when noting, “It can be tough for the
progeny of first season sires at Easter to come up against the
proven champion sires that fill the bulk of the quality catalogue.”
So, it speaks volumes about the caliber of sire whose first crop are
granted access to the Inglis Easter party. While one would imagine
there’s be a plethora of exciting freshman yearling stallions with the
requisite mix of pedigree and performance to make the grade, quite
the opposite is true and their numbers are invariably small.
Given Easter’s reputation as the region’s most exclusive yearling sale,
the situation is further compounded by commercial imperatives –
the broodmare owners – at work. For many breeders with potential
million dollar yearling producers, there is an inherent frugality
at when it comes to considering unproven stallions. That’s not to
suggest that those stallions aren’t future super sires, just that the
Easter market may not pay quite the same premium for stock by a
stallion that has yet to have runners.
That said, there is always a market for an athletic looking yearling
with an in-demand damline who is by a freshman yearling sire whose
racetrack performance stamps him as a serious stallion prospect; that,
and the mystique associated with the unknown...
And so to the candidates! In 2014, just nine new stallions have the
chance to make their mark at Easter. With 36 progeny – just 6.5 percent
of the catalogue – that adds up to an average of four each, but that figure
fails to tell the story of complete dominance by one particular young
stallion in this tough category.
Star Witness has 16 Easter yearlings, and there’s little surprise that
the Widden inmate is represented by as many as he is. A dual Gr1-
placed sprinter at Royal Ascot (King’s Stand & Golden Jubilee Stakes)
the son of Paul Makin’s gifted galloper Starcraft captured both
the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes as a juvenile and the Gr1 Coolmore
Stud Stakes in his classic year, as well as running a drum in the Gr1
Patinack Classic at Flemington. Armed with a lovely pedigree, and
backed up by the ability to win career-shaping Gr1 sprints at 2-and-
3, Star Witness ticks pretty much most of the boxes.
Another stallion with the de rigueur European ‘Sprint Ribbons’
hanging up in the tack shed is Starspangledbanner. Hailing from the
all-conquering Circles Of Gold family (Elvstroem, Haradasun etc),
the local Gr1 winner put his rivals to the sword twice in Europe’s big
Gr1 sprints. He comes to Easter with five yearlings that should be
eagerly sought out.
Underlining just how much store breeders set in strong sprint form,
young Fastnet Rock stallion Hinchinbrook has a quartet of yearlings
catalogued for Easter. And, why not? Despite not winning at Gr1
level, a close up fourth in the Gr1 Golden Slipper plus placings in the
Gr1 AJC Sires Produce Stakes, Gr1 Oakleigh Plate and Gr1 William
Reid Stakes augmented a Gr3 win to go with a gorgeous pedigree!
Hinchinbrook is a three-quarter brother to Arrowfield’s Snitzel,
leading the title race at the time of writing.
On display courtesy of three yearlings is NZ Westbury Stud’s
impressive young sire Makfi. By former star Darley shuttler
Dubawi, Makfi is blessed to be bred in the purple, but let his on
track performances do the talking and has several Champion tags
to accompany his catalogue page. One of the best milers of his
generation anywhere in the world, he brings a stamp of class to this
year’s blue riband sale.
Also with three yearlings is Congrats, but this Vinery shuttler brings
with his Australian freshman crop an altogether proposition. The dual
Gr1-placed son of Seattle Slew is highly proven in his native America
where his first US crops have produced no less than three individual
Gr1 winners: Turbulent Descent, Emma’s Encore and Wickedly Perfect.
An interesting addition to this line up of first crop stallions is Rothesay,
who had two youngsters accepted for Easter. From the illustrious
family of Guelph, the race record of this dual Group-winning son of
Fastnet Rock does not do him justice. Considered one of the finest
thoroughbred specimens to look through a bridle, his magnificent
physique was enough to have breeders make a beeline with the mares
when he was prematurely retired.
Then there are three young sires that each have a lone representative.
They are multiple European Champion Miler Rip Van Winkle, a son
of champion sire Galileo, Rich Hill Stud’s richly talented champion son
of Street Cry in Shocking, and Haunui Farm’s Gr1-performed Oasis
Dream sire-son Showcasing. His dam is a half-sister to exceptionally
talented Chris Waller-trained import Foreteller, as well as to the dam
of Fix, NZ Bloodstock Filly of the Year.
THE EASTER HEIRS APPARENT
By Gary Knowles
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Yearling Sale Draft
Lot 143 B.
Filly Redoute’s Choice – Park Esteem (IRE)
Lot 151 B.
Filly More Than Ready (USA) – Personify
Lot 160 B.
Filly Redoute’s Choice – Princess Coup
Lot 185 B.
Colt Exceed and Excel – River Dove
Lot 297 B. or Br. Colt More Than Ready (USA) – Absolutelyfabulous
Lot 436 B.
Filly Exceed and Excel – Expensive (GB)
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