Quick Thinker (So You Think) winning the Group One Australian Derby brought about a unique ‘Derby Double’ for de Burgh Equine and William Johnson Bloodstock. Quick Thinker was selected by Hubie de Burgh and William Johnson at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for AUD$100,000. A Listed winning two-year-old and Group Three winner as a Spring three-year-old, Quick Thinker has gone to another level this under the guidance of Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman.
It was a Derby Day filled with mixed emotions as the William Johnson (& partners) raced Warning (Declaration Of War) tried to repeat the Victoria / Australian Derby double not done since Mahogany in 1993/94. Sadly it was not to be for Warning who encountered a head scratching ride and did too much work in the early stages of the race. Warning now heads to South Australia to tackle the South Australian Derby in early May.
Nevertheless, seldom will two individual Derby winners be purchased / raced by the same bloodstock consultants in an Australian racing season for a combined purchase price of AUD$165,000. Congratulations to de Burgh Equine, OTI Racing and connections in both horses.
Darby Racing in conjunction with William Johnson Bloodstock purchased the half-sister to the 2019 Gimcrack Stakes winner Every Rose (Choisir) at this years Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. From the last crop of the ill-fated Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock), the filly (LOT 394) was sold by Tyreel Stud for $250,000 and will be trained by Mark Newnham. Tyreel Stud is quickly asserting itself as a leading breeder under the ownership of Linda & Lawrence Monds. Sales ring success has been matched with a growing number of stakes winners produced on their Agnes Banks property including Aethero (Sebring), Classique Legend (Not A Single Doubt) & Every Rose (Choisir).
Whilst Australia has been extremely fortunate to have racing continue, France, Ireland and the U.K. are beginning to reschedule their return. A number of WJB purchases are in training throughout Europe and it is hoped that all racing participants and connections are healthy and safe through these unprecedented times. Of particular interest when racing returns is Helter Skelter (Wootton Bassett) who is in training with Jean-Claude Rouget. A fast finishing fifth in last years Group One Prix Jean-Luc Lagarder (VIDEO REPLAY)[silks: white/grey checks], it is hoped racing can return on May 11 and lead up races can take place before the Group One Poule D’Essai Des Poulains on a date to be set.