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Another 6 months has gone, so it is time to check how the horses in our 2013 virtual yearling stables are performing as 3yos.
Of course we are not quite halfway through the season, but certainly there have been some significant movers. (I am using their current names where name changes have been made.)

Heart Stealer as a yearling

The well-bred filly Heart Stealer, one of Ken’s picks, got a lot of interest on sale day and sold for $95,000.

Quick summary – all of us have managed to pick at least one horse that is starting to show some real class. For me, that is Classical Art. For Ken Mackay it is Hartofdixie and Bettor Be Supreme (when she starts racing in Australia). For Alana Mackay, Trixie Bromac looks one to watch. Sam has a clutch of good ones, the best being Alta Orlando and My Kiwi Mate who are competing with the top 3yos. Ray has McArdle Star and Better Scoot with plenty of ability and perfect records to date.  But I think Ken and Sam take the honours to date, with proven “money in the bank” performers. But by the end of the 3yo season, it could change again!

The point of virtual yearling stables (apart from the fun) is to test your ability to select, by pedigree and/or type, a yearling with potential and then see how good you are! It gives me even more respect for those who do buy astutely, because picking them sure isn’t easy.

Bee’s selections

Lot 15 Robbie Burns (Live Or Die x Kurahaupo Charm)
Update: No further starts as yet.

Lot 133 Classic Bromac (Mach Three x Classic Blue Jeans)
Update: Exported to Australia, not raced yet.

Lot 134 Hard N Fast (Christian Cullen x Black and Royal)
Update: Won workout 25 November so keep your eyes out for him.

Lot 10 Comekissmequick (Art Major x Inter Shape)
Update: 3 starts as a 3yo so far for a 2nd (then broke twice).

Lot 122 Classical Art (Mach Three x Art Lover)
Update: Very classy type. 4 starts, 4 wins as a 3yo so far. Total: $36,293)

Lot 153 Santanna Jewel (Santanna Blue Chip x Cyathea)
Update: So far this season has added 4 starts for a 2nd and two 3rds. Total: $4682)

Ken Mackay’s selections

Lot 65 Tenacious Bromac (Bettor’s Delight x Tandias Courage)
Update: 3 starts as a 3yo so far, for a 3rd. $703.

Lot 145 Royal Loyal (Bettor’s Delight x Braeside Lady)
Update: Owned by the Whitelocks, and with Cran Dalgety. Not sighted yet.

Lot 173 Lightning Flight (Mach Three x Flight Of Fantasy)
Update: 2 starts as a 3yo for two 3rds. $1140.

Lot 107 Heart Stealer (Bettor’s Deight x Fight Fire With Fire)
Update: A couple of workouts July/August which showed ability. Not seen since but worth watching out for her.

Lot 109 Hartofdixie (American Ideal x Splendid Deal)
Update: With Barry Purdon. 6 starts as a 3yo so far, for 2 wins. Talented filly. $10,380.

Lot 178 Bettor Be Supreme (Bettor’s Delight x Galleons Supreme)
Update: No starts yet as 3yo. Recently exported to Australia. Previously excellent record here as 2yo and $45,499.

Alana’s selections

Lot 84 Shansdelight (Mach Three x Tigers Delight)
Update: Qualified in October. One workout start to date.

Lot 173 Lightning Flight (Mach Three x Flight Of Fantasy)
Update: (see above)

Lot 105 A Good Ideal (American Ideal x Welcome Star)
Update: Exported to Australia where it got a win. Not raced yet as a 3yo.

Lot 128 Gotta Go Ice Lady (Gotta Go Cullect x Armbro Ice)
Update: Not sighted yet.

Lot 94 Trixie Bromac (Mach Three x Trapiche)
Update: With the Jameson stable. Currently show up nicely at workouts.

Lot 41 Verde Lima (Bettor’s Delight x Oaxaca Lass)
Update: Back at workouts and trials and doing just okay.

Sam’s selections

Lot 142 Cut Loose (Mach Three x Cullerfillie)
Update: 2 starts as a 3yo so far for a win and a 3rd. $5057.

Lot 56 Alta Ronaldo (Mach Three x Right This Time)
Update :5 starts as a 3yo for a win and four places. Lovely horse who could do very well. $15,345.

Lot 165 My Kiwi Mate (Bettor’s Delight x Classic Nymph)
Update: As a 3yo has had 6 starts for a win and three 2nds. Genuine type, racing the top 3yos. $21,650.

Lot 25 Storm Maguire (Bettors Delight x Lethal Mee)
Update: Got a win as a late 2yo, and has carried on so far as a 3yo with two 4ths to date.

Lot 66 Better Rose (Bettor’s Delight x Milagro)
Update: 3 starts as a 3yo so far, for 1 win (and was disqualified from a 3rd). $6600.

Lot 41 Verde Lima Bettors Delight x Oaxaca Lass
Update: See above

Ray’s selections

Lot 84 Shansdelight (Mach Three x Tigers Delight)
Update: See above

Lot 98 McArdle Star (McArdle x Star of the Ball)
Update: With Ken Barron. 2 starts so far as a 3yo for 2 wins. Nice type. $10,696.

Lot 34 Better Scoot (Bettor’s Delight x Miss Jubliee)
Update: Also with Ken Barron. 2 starts as a 3yo so far, for 2 wins (that was in August/September; not seen since). $11,000

Lot 113 Stopandstare (Art Major x Affairs Are Bettor)
Update: 4 starts as a 3yo for one win, a 2nd and a 3rd. $7381.

Lot 150 Miss Daisy (Bettor’s Delight x Christian Watch)
Update: 5 starts as a 3yo so far for one 3rd.

Lot 127 Bedouin Brogden (Bettor’s Delight x Bonny Brogden)
Update: Exported to Australia, not sighted yet.

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Incredibly, we still have our lovely temperament, tough, good looking, mature mare with 4 wins from just 14 starts, for sale.

And at the same price, even though we have already made that back from her last outings. (It could have been you, and it still could be…)

Driving The Dragon wins by 3 lengths at the Cambridge workouts today.

Driving The Dragon wins by 3 lengths at the Cambridge workouts.

She is a really nice, genuine mare who has been give time to strengthen up after qualifying as a 2yo. She showed this ability early, as blogs have indicated. This is no “flash in the pan”.

She’s from a family that throws up a very, very classy individuals (think Napoleon, Christopher Vance).

Her wins to date have been at Manawatu – a tighter turning track where she has been parked wide at times – and she has coped with that type of track so well. She’s shown toughness and speed.

The asking price is NZ $15,000.

Buy her now – the price remains the same until she races again –  please contact Garrick Knight as agent or myself Bee Pears at bee.raglan@xtra.co.nz


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And a winner! In a 2yo pace workout at Ashburton yesterday, the filly Dame Puissant went the mile in a relaxed rate of 2.10 but came home in 28.1 to win by about 2 lengths.

It is the first Tintin In America foal to appear at workouts, and although they didn’t go under the qualifying time, it is all good experience for the young ones.

Congratulations to breeders Glenferrie Farm (who also own Tintin In America) and owners Kimberley Butt and Matt Cross.

The filly is out of P-Forty Seven mare Glenferrie Magic (3 starts for 1 win, 2 seconds).

Flag up to me any others you spot, especially in Australia.


The 2yo Tintin filly called Be A Legend  that I share with Brian West has completed her second prep and is out for good spell; the report is that she has a lovely gait, is a nice sized filly and has ability to do what is asked of her, but needs more time to mature in terms of manners. That’s all good. So few fillies have the maturity to handle pressure as early 2yos, but at least we now have more of a line on her overall ability.


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