Fantastic five for Triple Crown at Inglis Premier

IN a week where records tumbled and demand soared, a busy time at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne was a fruitful one for Triple Crown, as we rounded off the lively sale with five yearlings of the highest quality at terrific value set for a career of racing in The Red.

Without doubt the freshman sire turning most heads at this sale was Epaulette, whose progeny were in high demand from the moment the auctioneer stood on his rostrum. After getting our hands on a lovely type of his at the Inglis Classic sale in Sydney, we had no hesitation in bringing home another of his sons on the first day in Melbourne on Sunday (feature picture).

Bred by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, he is a fantastic mover and a classy animal with a stellar family behind him. Out of Street Sense mare Loading Time, our colt is from the same family as Group 2 winner at two, Scarlet Rain, while Golden Rose winner and future sire Toorak Toff also derives from the family.

Knocked down for $140,000, this colt will be in the care of Peter Snowden, who masterminded the career of Epaulette on the racetrack.

Michael Ward said: “We have a strong association with Peter & Paul Snowden. He was the trainer of Epaulette and has a lot of time for Epaulette as a race horse. It’s great to get one from his first crop and this is a lovely moving colt and a big strong individual, one who we think can make for a super sprinter/miler.”

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Lot 29 (pictured below) represents an exciting opportunity to race a colt with the prospect of competing in the top echelons of the staying division, as together with Ciaron Maher we purchased a lovely colt by Swettenham Stud’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain from a family possessing elite Japanese and European staying bloodlines.

americain-coltBred by the notorious Gilgai Farm, who have offered the likes of Black Caviar and Jameka, this colt is in the safe hands of Melbourne trainer Ciaron Maher and offers those looking for a horse to race over the classic distances and beyond the chance to be involved in a quality colt.

Chris Ward expressed his delight at the purchase: “He’s a really impressive Americain colt out of the Gilgai draft and we all know they’ve been second to none as breeders producing the likes of Black Caviar. He’s certainly a horse that will get over ground and has been bought in conjunction with Ciaron Maher. The family has done well in Japan and in France and we all know what their Classic distance horses are like. He’s one who will get over 2000m plus so we’re picturing him as a Cox Plate-type horse and we hope he can find that path.”

Also staying in Melbourne is a wonderful filly by Sebring out of an Encosta de Lago mare from the family of frighteningly quick filly Amelia’s Dream, who will be trained by David Hayes, Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes at Lindsay Park.

The same Sebring/Encosta de Lago cross has produced four Stakes winners, three of which have been trained by David Hayes including Seaburge, who bids for glory in the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington on Saturday. At $45,000 this filly looks to be exceptional value, particularly with our track record from this sale, having bought Group 2 winner Flying Snitzel for just $25,000 in 2011.

Our final two purchases are both excellent types by Triple Crown-winning colt Pierro, with a racey colt out of Choisir mare Embark heading to Bjorn Baker and a strong filly from the family of champion American filly Possibly Perfect to be trained by Peter & Paul Snowden.

Look out for shares available soon in these fantastic yearlings.