Top quality at yearling sales

Standing at Merlo Downs, ChangeintheWeather (USA) has his first progeny hitting the Capricornia Yearling Sales on April 14.
Standing at Merlo Downs, ChangeintheWeather (USA) has his first progeny hitting the Capricornia Yearling Sales on April 14. Contributed

A TOTAL of 28 vendors offering 116 horses should see about 110 of the catalogued horses presented for sale at the Rockhampton Showgrounds for the Capricornia Yearling Sales on Sunday, April 14.

The sale has been well patronised by vendors featuring first and second season sires ChangeintheWeather (USA), Onemorenomore, Muzdaher (NZ), Raheeb, Red Element, Teranaba and Wicked Style (USA), alongside sires that have stood the test of time like All Bar One, Bagger Vance, Casino Prince, Caught Command, Ferocity, Hidden Dragon, Husson (ARG), Jet Spur and Murtajill.

A prospective buyer would be a hard marker if several winners could not be easily identified as this is, in my opinion, an outstanding offering.

Southern and, indeed, local vendors have obviously decided this year to give heavy support to racing here in Central Queensland by raising the bar and catalogue nominate some upper-quality and geneti- cally superior yearlings, as many of these year- lings read in pedigree like others only found at the more high-achieving Australian sales in January to March.

What looks good on paper must pass a physical inspection for correctness and all trainers should be able to assist clients in this respect.

Lot 1 should be of great interest and will indicate if there is any real money at the showgrounds. A Real Saga filly sporting a double cross of Northern Dancer and Star Kingdom appearing top and bottom of the pedigree, she is from an eight-time winning dam, a half-sister to the Listed winner Innocent Affair.

Patinack Farms have 30 entries covering several breeds that are not QTIS-eligible, an increase from the 20 offered last year which has been a help for buyers looking for alternate choices and yearlings that may need a longer distance.

Jeff and Lea Marlow are offering the first progeny of the well-bred first season sire Changeintheweather (USA), who has thrown some cracker types with great temperaments. The first representative is a filly out of Generally Charming which makes her a half-sister to the pocket rocket Pygmy Hunter, who just continues to win. Merlo Downs has a busy day ahead and their half- sister to Group 3 CS Hayes stakes-winner Wurabina, who went on to be a reasonable sire himself, will get some red carpet treatment from admirers.

Of particular interest to the ex-Badham Stable clients will be Lot 28, a Jet Spur filly out of a Capricorn Sales Classic winner in Kia Chow, as well as her full- sister who also won the same race called Kia Cibo.

Rocket Lodge, owned by leading country trainer John Manzelmann, has a Muzdaher colt out of a dam that won 10, Take Note. John owned the black type winning stallion Muzdaher - he is sensationally bred - being by the two-year-old champion stallion Stravinsky and it was a sad loss to sell him overseas as he would have been a good genetic source of early comer two-year-olds to Queensland's QTIS system.

My Hidden Dragon Filly, Lot 44, is smart and her dam's brother Sir Knox won again last week and is reportedly city class.

Queensland's leading stallion Show A Heart is represented by his half-sister No Say, who is the dam of five winners and two stakes-getters. Her yearling Lot 50 filly is by Caught Command and young trainer Jared Wehlow has proved they have an affinity with the long, "gutbuster" straight at Callaghan Park.

Lot 59, from vendors Springton Park, is another Hidden Dragon filly. She is a half to leading Rockhampton trainer Lyle Rowe's Black Jack Davey, a multiple winner. Everyone knows how many winners come from Hidden Dragon fillies and I can't imagine Lyle letting her go anywhere but his yard, such is the speed of the family he knows so well.


NEXT WEEK: At-a-glance wrap-up of the Capricorn Sales catalogue.

Kerrod Smyth is principal of Laurel Glen Equine Centre, Alton Downs, and one of CQ's leading thoroughbred breeders.

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