Update 23rd April, 2017
Our Royal Lady wins the SA Sapling Stakes over 1800 metres at Globe Derby at her race track debut driven by Ken Rogers. Working out of the gate to sit behind the leader the filly got clear at the top of the straight to power home and win by a half head in 2.1.6. Part owner Greg Moy said “It was a great thrill to win such a race”. Yorkshire Park congratulates trainer Alan Cronin and the owners on the win.
Update 20th April, 2017
Great to see Our Royal Lady making her racetrack debut in the SA Sapling Stakes for 2 year olds at Globe Derby on Saturday 22nd April. By Lincoln Royal the filly is a half sister to the recent Yorkshire Park bred winner Stylish Icon who is raced by the same connections and trained by Alan Cronin. Good luck to all the team and hopefully it will be a rewarding debut.
Update 15th April, 2017
Artful Christian ventured to Ararat on Saturday night scoring win number 5 from 14 starts with a solid performance after having no luck earlier in the week at Charlton. The Major In Art gelding has been a model of consistency in his 14 starts not finishing any further back than 5th placing. Owned by Yorkshire Park and leased to Peter Svanosio and trained and driven by his son Chris the four year old looks set for more victories along the way.
Update: 10th April, 2017
Great news for the new owners of Stylish Icon when the For A Reason 3 year old won at Strathalbyn on Monday by 4.8 metres in 2.0.7 after doing all the work and sitting in the death seat. It’s a great result all round and I’m sure the filly has more wins in her yet. Too top off a really good week for the same ownership the 2 year old filly by Lincoln Royal bred by Yorkshire Park, a half sister to Stylish Icon, won her trial at Globe Derby by 30 metres in good time and having now qualified will head to the race track. Congratulations to trainer Alan Cronin and we will watch with interest as both fillies grace the race track.
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Another round of yearling sales completed today with both the Australasian Premier Trotting sale and the APG Melbourne Autumn sale completed at Oaklands Junction sales complex.
Yorkshire Park sole trotting entry a colt by Majestic Son out of La Tonneralla went through the sales today and was sold for $11,000 to Craig Nott and will no doubt head to the Chris Alford stable. While he did fail to meet his initial reserve price we felt it was best to let him go given we weren’t far away from the asking price. A half brother to the very talented Jilliby Babavska we wish Craig and Chris all the very best with this colt.
A mixed result in the APG sale with two entries for Yorkshire Park, a colt by Auckland Reactor which sold for $6,000 and a colt by Sportswriter who went for $12,500. Pleasingly the colts will head to good stables and we wish the new owners all the very best with both of them. It was a really tough day for breeders and we can only hope that things will be on the up for next years sales.
While speaking of selling horses our three year old filly Stylish Icon has been sold and will head to the Murray Bridge stable of Alan Cronin who purchased the filly on the back of her terrific run at Melton last week. Despite finishing in 7th position her sectionals were terrific after being restrained from the wide gate back to last and working home the last mile in 1.55.6 and 56.9 for the last 400 metres. Interestingly the Cronin stable purchased her half sister a 2 year old by Lincoln Royal named Our Royal Lady who will qualify shortly. Good luck to the owners of both fillies.
No luck last Thursday night with Whosashadylady who was meant to make her Australian debut for Yorkshire Park at Penrith only to see the meeting abandoned due to the heavy rain and the state of the track. We will now see Whosashadylady head to Bathurst next Friday under the guidance of Amanda Turnbull.
A big congratulations to Chris & Peter Svanosio on the performance of Artful Christian (Major In Art) this time in now having six starts for three wins and three placings. Owned by Yorkshire Park and leased to Peter & Chris the son of Major In Art continues to be very consistent in his race track performances. His career to date is 12 starts for 4 wins, 3 seconds, 3 thirds and 2 fifths.
Yorkshire Parks yearling purchases this year continue to do well all at various stages of being broken in with Lutetia Midfrew and Rosa Parks in New Zealand and our Alta Christiano gelding in the care of Mark Watson at Kyabram. We will continue to monitor their progress and update you on how they are going.
Last Saturday night Brenda & I attended the Bathurst Gold Crown meeting as guest of the Bathurst Club. A big congratulations to President Wayne Baker and the team on presenting such a good carnival and final night event. It was a truly enjoyable night with quality racing, entertainment and something for everyone. To top it off we did see a performance that you only see every now and then with the Shane and Lauren Tritton trained My Sweetchilliphilly smashed a good field of 2 year old fillies in the Bathurst Gold Tiara $104,000 Group One event. It was a truly amazing performance by the Betterthancheddar filly who did all the work and then proceeded to run away from them in the straight winning by 21 metres in 1.54.7. With looks of a super star and ability to burn the filly will no doubt provide her owners and exciting time in the feature events coming up in the future. A truly breath taking performance.
One interesting thing about the Bathurst carnival is the amount of support the Club gets from the local community and the focus that is provided by the local newspaper who had a minimum of two pages all week about the up carnival and the finals night. A big well done to all and I look forward to getting back there next year.
We also visited the Amanda Turnbull stables at The Lagoon to catch up on how Whosashadylady was progressing. The Turnbull clan have approximately 80 horses in their care and it is some sort of operation that goes on every day with the training and breaking in horses. It was fantastic to get a view of how professional the Turnbull family run their operation.
Union Ally returns to the race track this week and Yorkshire Park would like to wish Maree Campbell and all the lady owners (including three ladies from Yorkshire Park) all the very best after nursing the mare back to the track after 12 months on the side lines. Good luck girls!
That’s about all for now.
Good luck and good punting.
Yorkshire Park team.