18th November 2021
DEL MAR TO KENTUCKY
As soon as the Australian border opened for the resumption of international travel, a trip to Del Mar for the Breeders’ Cup and Lexington for the November broodmare sale was booked.
This year’s Breeders’ Cup was a tremendous spectacle, with a special applause for the success of the Japanese bred and trained winners on both Turf (Loves Only You (Deep Impact)) and Dirt (Marche Lorraine (Orfevre)).
There is no doubt that the accumulation of the world’s very best bloodlines over forty years is reaping consistent rewards in every racing jurisdiction for the Yoshida family and the Japanese breed.
The success on the track was quickly transferred to the auditoriums of Fasig-Tipton and Keeneland where the Japanese buying bench was extremely strong in an extremely buoyant market.
Over the course of the week, it was pleasing for WJB to purchase five mares for a total of USD$1,060,000 (AUD$1,457,000) with one mare purchased in conjunction with Julian Blaxland.
It was fantastic to catch up with a number of internationally based clients and friends with a great deal of appreciation to those clients who supported the purchases.
OLD FLAME PURCHASED AT THE TATTERSALLS HIT
A regular stomping ground for Australians, this years Tattersalls Horses In Training Sale was for the second consecutive year, participated in from afar.
However, that did not deter a strong level of investment from Australian buyers and it was fantastic to have teamed up with Snowden Racing to secure Old Flame (Invincible Spirit) from the Juddmonte draft.
The lightly raced three-year-old colt has shown a lot of talent over 1400m and looks an ideal sprinter-miler type for ‘Down Under’.
From one of Juddmonte’s more speed orientated families, he was purchased for 250,000gns (AUD$506,000) and will join the Snowdens at their Randwick stables in December.
HUETOR WINS AT AUSTRALIAN DEBUT
It was a pleasant surprise to see Huetor (Archipenko) win at his first Australian appearance on Newcastle’s biggest day of racing over 1600m and looks a promising stayer for the future.
The Peter & Paul Snowden trained gelding had shown form over 2250m in France prior to being privately purchased by WJB in conjunction with Meridian International and the assistance of Colum McCullagh. Congratulations to all connections.
WARNING ON TRACK FOR THE MAGIC MILLIONS
Following Warning’s (Declaration Of War) win in the St Leger Stakes at Randwick in October, Nash Rawiller produced another stellar performance to land the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) on the final day of the Flemington Carnival.
All roads now lead to the Magic Millions Subzero (2400m) for AUD$1,000,000 in January with the possibility of running in the Sandown Classic or Pakenham Cup on the way through.
As a Magic Millions graduate, it is extremely enticing prize money and will make for an enjoyable trip for connections to cheer him on.
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