The breeding barn and the sales ring bring an aura of hope and uncertainty that attracts so many to the sport of racing. SKY Racing expert commentator RICHARD HAYNES is across all the movements within the industry that is the backbone of thoroughbred racing.
MORE EURO'S HEADING OUR WAY
THE Tattersall’s August Sale has come and gone for another year, and as always, we can expect a few lightly raced promising types to arrive on our shores.
Darby Racing received a mention in our last column, and they were active again in the UK, with De Burgh Equine purchasing two sons of the mighty GALILEO (Ire) from Ballydoyle Stables. A winner of one race and a Listed fourth, IOWA (Ire) set Darby back 100,000gns. But this was the same price paid for good stayer SPIRIT RIDGE (GB) at this sale two years ago, and he'll go to that horse's trainer Mark Newnham.
FATHER'S DAY (Ire) has been placed from only two starts, and this 80,000gns buy will be looking to emulate the deeds of HARPO MARX (Ire) when he joins the Bjorn Baker stable.
Rosehill trainer Gary Moore also appeared on the buyers sheet, paying 30,000gns for MARK OF GOLD (GB) (c by GOLDEN HORN), a winner of two races over 2000m from eight starts.
And why wouldn't Aussie's have a close look at this sale? Lot 706 in the 2020 edition was a horse named ZAAKI (GB), 150,000gns later...
READY TO RUN ACROSS THE TASMAN
IN our last edition we made mention of the various 2yo sales coming up and New Zealand Bloodstock's highly successful Ready To Run catalogue has now gone online.
Widely regarded as the most successful of it's type in the southern hemisphere, the team at Karaka have once again compiled a quality catalogue of 322 youngsters.
Renowned as an industry of 'sellers', local horsemen and women will again ensure some supremely educated 2yo's will be offered at this sale. Recent stars from this sale include Hong Kong champion GOLDEN SIXTY, and cult hero's GINGERNUTS (NZ) and TE AKAU SHARK (NZ). The sale will take place at the Karaka Sales Centre on November 17 & 18, with Breeze Ups to be held at Te Rapa Racecouse on October 11 & 12.
On the topic of 2yo sales, Inglis have moved their Ready To Race Sale back a fortnight to Tuesday October 26.
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PASSING THE TEST
STAYING in New Zealand, The Williams family's Little Avondale stud are watching the European 2yo races with plenty of enthusiasm at the moment, as their young stallion TIME TEST (GB) is off to a flyer.
The son of DUBAWI (Ire) was himself a G2 winner at 1600m and 2100m, but his 2yo's look sharper than that and his seventh individual winner (three stakes winners) was followed up by his filly SUNSET SHIRAZ running a terrific 3rd in the G1 Moyglare Stud Stakes at the Curragh over the weekend.
His oldest SH-bred horses are 2yo's, and Little Avondale will be keeping a close eye on the build-up to The TAB Everest with LOST AND RUNNING (NZ) representing the farms star stallion PER INCANTO (USA).
EAGLE SOARING HIGH IN TASSIE
TASMANIA might just have a stallion on the rise that the mainland is taking notice of. Like MYSTIC JOURNEY has been so good for barn mate NEEDS FURTHER, young Armidale Stud stallion ALPINE EAGLE is starting to make a mark with his 3yo's.
Remembered as a huge talent that we never saw the best of, this G2 winning and G1 placed son of HIGH CHAPARRAL (Ire) has sired a couple of winners in recent times that could well pay to follow.
THRONTARI won in good style at her recent debut, prompting her trainers Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock to throw in a nomination for this Saturday's Thousand Guineas Prelude.
At Murray Bridge, the David Jolly-trained SPEAK NO EAGLE came with a booming finish to score at his debut. And like himself, expect his progeny to excel at 1600m and further.
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NEW MUMS TO BE
FOR many mares it's make or break at this time of year, and the decision has been made by the connections of a couple of good mares to call it a day on the track.
Dual G2 winner and G1 placed mare SUBPOENAED (NZ) has run her last race, with the daughter of RIP VAN WINKLE (Ire) pencilled in for a date with champion sire I AM INVINCIBLE.
It was also announced earlier this week that super sharp mare EVERY ROSE (by CHOISIR) would be offered on the Inglis Digital platform. A Gimcrack winner on debut as a 2yo was followed up by a career best victory in the G2 Light Fingers Stakes. With her looks and profile, she'll be in the sights of every commercial breeder.
SIRE IN FOCUS
WITH a 13th placed finish on the General Sires table last season, Rosemont Stud resident SHAMUS AWARD is off to a great start in the new season. He has always had that city winning and sometimes stakes horse running for him, but now a potential superstar in the shape of INCENTIVISE has really put his name up in lights.
But this has been building (4 G1 winners to his credit now), with his yearling sale prices steadily on the rise over the past couple of years, trainers know they are buying athletes that can compete from the sprint trips through to the longer journeys, and at the top level.
After covering a career high of 177 mares last season, the next few seasons could be very fruitful for him.
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THE BIG GUN
TWO starts for two terrific wins has announced ZOUSTAR filly ZOUZARELLA as a major player this Spring.
Offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last year, she caught the eye of many including the Lindsay family of Cambridge Stud, who paid $250,000 to land her. We know Zoustar can get a world class filly, and this girl is the second living foal out of ZAZPARELLA (by AL MAHER) a six-time (four in town) winning mare up to 2350m. In fact, she goes back to a European family littered with stakes winners at 2400m.
Immediate targets look like the G1 Thousand Guineas and Flight Stakes, but in the colours made famous by PROBABEEL (NZ), expect this girl to make her presence felt in an Oaks at some point.
WHEN trainer Chris Anderson went to the Inglis Classic Sale last year, it was probably no shock that he paid $35,000 for the RUBICK x NOVASPIRIT colt offered by Amarina Farm.
At home, he was getting ready to produce the full sister ONE SHY RUBY to win on the Sunshine Coast then go on to pick up a Listed placing in the Dalrello Stakes. Her younger brother now races as RUBIQUITOUS, and that $35,000 outlay has now become $71,050 with more to come.
Rubick has been a good mate for Novaspirit with their now 5yo CUBIX a winner of three races and $80,000. And suffice to say, Novaspirit will be expecting another foal by Rubick in 2022.
THE CRYSTAL BALL
SHAWNEE GIRL has been a good mare to the Ingham family both on the racetrack and the breeding barn. A winner of four races and $230,000, Chris Waller has trained her and all her progeny so far, including her G3 winner SURE KNEE and G1 placed OKLAHOMA GIRL.
He's been a work in progress, but it looks like her 3yo gelding OCEAN SHORES (by FASTNET ROCK) is getting close to a debut. Bungling the start in a recent Rosehill trial, I liked the way he closed off late.
Chris has him nominated for a couple of Maidens at Newcastle later in the week, and it looks like he's inherited his share of the family ability.
Richard Haynes is the host of Racing HQ on Sky Sports Radio, Saturdays 6.30-11am and is an integral part of Sky Thoroughbred Central’s on-course and studio hosting duties. Richard also features weekly on News Central (Wednesday’s - Ch528).