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Usually with the virtual yearling stables competition I ask you to pick a certain number of yearlings from the sales that you think will do well, and then we follow their progress.

But this time I want to develop a combined virtual stable based on interesting breeding. So this is a collaborative effort, not an individual competition.

The ‘pool” of yearlings includes the 2015 Sales of the Stars sales in New Zealand (the Australasian and the Premier), and also the APG sales yearling sales in Australia (Melbourne, Brisbane and Sydney), and the South Australia Yearling Sales. All the catalogues are available online (see links below) as well as hard copies.

Maximum of two yearlings per person please. Give their Lot Number and either APG or Sales of the Stars.

I’m looking for yearlings that have an interesting breeding match. By interesting I mean the match is trying something “outside the square”, or perhaps involving close double ups or following a pedigree matching theory which is more than just “breed the best to the best and hope for the best”.

I would also like us to have some newish sires (or newish damsires) in the stable, where you think the match is particularly interesting or well thought out.

Please include a short explanation for your choices. There must be something about the match that is interesting or intriguing.

You can include yearlings you have bred yourself so long as they fit the other criteria.

And your name, please.

Nominations close 31 January 2015.  

Send to bee.raglan@xtra.co.nz

Or you can post via “Leave a comment” at the bottom of this blog (if you view on mobile you may need to open this blog by clicking on its title to get the “Leave a reply” form at the bottom.)

Catalogues at APG website and PGG Wrightson Sale of the Stars website and SA Yearling sale (only 16 yearlings) http://www.saharness.com/2015-sa-yearling-sale.html

My nominations

I’ll start the ball rolling with:

  • APG Lot 467 A filly by Major In Art out of the Perfect Art mare Sunopal. That makes the full brothers Art Major and Perfect Art 2×2 in the pedigree and Artsplace and Perfect Profile both 3×3.  As far as I can see, that is the first time such a combination has been tried.
  • Sale of the Stars Lot 417 A Muscle Mass colt by the good trotting broodmare Princess Della  whom I have written about previously. She is by Last Lord (a son of Lordship, who was one of the last remnants of the Johnny Globe/Globe Derby siring line in New Zealand) and is the only Last Lord mare who is breeding. Princess Della is now 25 years old and this is her 10th foal. The match is complete outcross of sturdy colonial lines with the latest American trotting speed.

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Time for a quick catch up on the virtual yearling stable picks – yearlings from the Sales that we pick without having to pay for them, and then track the results.

Briefly my four  2011 stable picks (now 3yos) have been a mixed lot. Sugar Ray Brogden (Grin-Swift Mirage) sold as a hack (palate problem), Outlaw (Bettor’s Delight-Gift Of Grace) going around in Australia for little reward, Eye For A Deal (American Ideal-Illmakemyname) cranking up 6 wins from 22 starts but in the lower staked Australian races,  and that leaves Alto Christiano (Christian Cullen-Right This Time) as the standout performer for me, although he had a major injury setback, came back and won the WA Derby and then got another injury. But he’s won over $240,000 to date, so I am ahead on my initial outlay of $120,000!

Now for the 2012 picks. I invited others to participate and Sam and Ray joined in. From me (4 colts, 4 fillies from the Australasian at Karaka), Sam (4 colts, 4 fillies from the Premier) and Ray (3 colts, 3 fillies across both) – currently 2yos of course so we don’t expect miracles. And some of them may still be racing over the next month or so, so I will update again at the endof the season.

Bee’s stable (fillies first)

  • Kamwood Courage (Courage Under Fire-Kamwood Lass) – 1 start for a 2nd in May $1071
  • Schleck (Muscle Mass-Merckx) – 6 starts for 2 wins, 2 places $4349
  • Stolen Secret (Mach Three-Hot Secret) – nothing yet
  • Delia (American Ideal-Merrily Merrily) – nothing yet
  • Charlie Chuckles (Grinfromeartoear-Charioteer) – nothing yet
  • Derringer (Bettor’s Delight-Bury My Heart) – nothing yet
  • Crixus Brogden (Real Desire-Swift Mirage) – Now named Real Impulse – nothing yet
  • Destination Moon (Grinfromeartoear-Zenterfold) – 4 starts, 1 win, 1 place $8060

So 3 out of 8 starting as 2yos.

Sam’s stable (fillies first)

  • Going To California (Art Major-Child In Time) – qualified and 1 start in Young Guns heat for 6th
  • Code Cracker (Art Major-Cracker Kate) – Nothing yet
  • Petite Royal (Monarchy-Petite Sunset) – 2 starts for 5th and 9th but showing up at trials
  • Digital Art (Art Major-Wave Runner – been to the trials once for a 5th
  • Romeo Denario (American Ideal-Presidential Sweet) – exp to Australia, no starts yet
  • (My) Mach Scooter – (Mach Three-Gail Devers) – exp to Australia, 4 starts 1 win, 2 places $4125
  • On The Rantan (Bettor’s Delight-Funontherun) – renamed On The Town. Nothing yet.
  • Rattling Thunder (Santanna Blue Chip-Tammy Franco) – Nothing yet

Sam also has 3 out of 8 actually making it to the races.

Ray’s stable (fillies first)

  • Change Time (Christian Cullen-Changeer) – 6 starts, 1 place (YSS Graduette) $12,143
  • Going To California (see Sam’s picks) – 1 start
  • Charleston Belle (Christian Cullen-Elite Belle) – nothing yet
  • Gotta Go Artelect (Art Major-Elect To Live) – 4th in a trial 28 May 2013
  • Nureyev (Christian Cullen-Idancedallnight) – nothing yet
  • The Pacman (Christian Cullen-Black Maire) – 2 starts at trials for a 2nd and 5th

So Ray gets 2 out of 6 to the races as 2yos, and a couple of trialists.

Overall we are tracking okay. Go to my blog of 25 March 2012 for my original picks and view the Responses/comments for Sam and Ray’s rationales for their picks. You can use the search function on my blog to find all references to the virtual yearling stables concept.

For the virtual stable for 2013 I’m joined again by Sam and Ray and also Ken Mackay (of Premier Pedigrees)  and his daughter Alana. (see blogof 21 February 2013)


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