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What to look for when buying a yearling?

FOR SALE: Foreman Jess Ladbrook with Lot 84 ahead of the Capricornia Yearling sales next weekend.
FOR SALE: Foreman Jess Ladbrook with Lot 84 ahead of the Capricornia Yearling sales next weekend. Kerrod Smyth

The CQTBA Capricornia Yearling Sale is fast approaching with 133 yearlings to be offered at Rockhampton on April 13, including five yearlings from Laurel Glen Equine Centre.

Rain (200mm) or shine, the inspections continued at Laurel Glen last week thanks to the all-weather parade pad.

I like a horse with short, cannon bones. They are only babies and need time to grow...

Some of our recent guests were James McConachy, trainer of the Rockhampton Breeder's Plate winning two year-old Helarocity, and Jess Ladbrook, the 2014 Face of Capricornia Sales Racing.

Drumbeats colt from Whitechapel Jess, who is also Maison Lodge's Stable Foreman, particularly checked their legs.

She knows from her work in Sydney stables that Rolls Royce's can't run on Volkswagen wheels. James checked everything.

He looked for a big nostril, straight legs, and a trainable two-year-old body.

"I like a horse with short cannon bones," he said.

"Just like Helarocity. He's never been shin sore."

"I mapped out his program right from the break-in. My training method is to rarely let him do any more than ¾ paced gallops and then I spelled him again for three weeks and now he is older I allow three weeks between races.

"They are only babies and still need time to grow and recover from a hard gallop or race is my belief."

He rated lot 85 (Oratorio IRE, a colt from All the Rave) in his top three, saying he was well put together with a two-year-old pedigree.

"These Oratorio's win a lot of races," he said.

Three winners saluted the judge at Brisbane and a two-year-old winner at the Gold Coast just last week, trained between Stuart Kendrick, Less Ross and Len Wheeler.

These Capricornia sales nominated Oratorio's Yearlings are QTIS eligible and Capricorn Sales Race Bonus eligible as well. Now that's a bonus.

The Drumbeats colt from Whitechapel, Lot 81, is Jess's pick.

"He is so perfect," she said.

"Beautiful head and legs, his breeding stemming back to multiple Group winning Flying Spur mare Spurn."

James also commented on the good walking Lot 124 (Hidden Dragon x Gold Jade).

"That's a real good mover - big nostril, strong and tough looking," he said.

"He's a two=year-old in the making and now in my top three."

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