15 February 2020
Despite the significant rainfall and difficulty inspecting the yearlings at this year’s Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, trade was strong throughout the week where William Johnson Bloodstock purchased 13 yearlings. Teaming up with Darby Racing in the absence of Hubie de Burgh – we look forward to seeing Hubie back in Australia at Easter – 12 yearlings were purchased by a variety of proven and first season sires. Darby Racing’s success at the Classic Sale is unparalleled with graduates She Will Reign, Yankee Rose and Samadoubt going on to have G1 success.
Some of the highlights of this year’s Classic Sale included purchasing a Written Tycoon colt (LOT 376) from Sledmere Stud for $150,000, a Zoustar filly (LOT 120) joining the Ciaron Maher & David Eustace stable and a strong cross section of colts and fillies in the middle market. It was also pleasing to purchase a filly by the popular first season sire Capitalist, who will be raced by Craig Bernick and trained by Michael & Richard Freedman, who this week won the $2million Inglis Millennium with Prime Star.
In other local news, the Warning (Declaration Of War) ownership group is getting very excited with Warning’s expected return to the races in the G2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400m next Saturday at Rosehill. No doubt whatever he does early in his preparation will lay a solid foundation of fitness towards his target, the G1 Australian Derby at Randwick on April 4.
Internationally, in France, Mr Matsushima’s Helter Skelter (Wootton Bassett) (Private Purchase) is pleasing trainer Jean-Claude Rouget as he aims towards an April return in the G3 Prix De Fontainebleau at Longchamp. This will be his one prep race for the G1 Poule d’Essai Des Poulains (French Guineas) on May 10. Last seen when flying home to finish less than 1.5L from the winner in the Gr1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere from last in a slowly run race, he looks to be a leading Classic contender.
Listed winner, Amarena (Soldier Hollow) (Private Purchase), also owned by Mr Matsushima is training well having not been seen since injuring herself in last years G1 Prix de Diane. Pascal Bary has her looking in tremendous order as she looks to embark on a full season of staying races at the highest level.
William Johnson Bloodstock heads to Perth this weekend for the Magic Millions Yearling Sale for the first time before preparations begin later next week for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne.