News, News, News – January, 2016.
Welcome back to the Yorkshire Park Standardbreds monthly update after a few weeks of time off to celebrate and welcome in the New Year and set our sites on the sales season which is quickly approaching. It’s pleasing to report that both our entries for this years Australian Pacing Gold sales in Melbourne on February 7th are both progressing well and thanks to the hard work of Dean & Blanche Poole already look a treat. You can view both our entries at www.apgold.com.au and look for Lot 45, Auckland Reactor – My Little Black Dress filly and Lot 119 our Falcon Seelster – Vickymurphy filly. A big well done to Australian Pacing Gold in offering the opportunity to breeders to advertise under their new on line guide which provides potential buyers with all the information they need and it’s a great sales opportunity for the vendors of yearlings involved. Can’t wait until the 7th February to see how the fillies go but I’m really pleased we are getting plenty of inquiry about both of them.
On the sales scene I can also report that our Lincoln Royal – Our Suicide Blonde filly has been sold privately and will be heading to South Australia to commence her racing career. We wish the new owners all the very best with her (Sarah) in the future. We still have our Major In Art – She’s In Vogue yearling colt for sale and why wouldn’t you want a Major In Art at the moment with impressive performers on both sides of the Tasman. Take a look at “The Cultures” run at Melton the other night in 1.51.6 and also Lucky Lombo win number six out of seven starts plus Brallos Pass terrific second in the Derby heats at Ballarat. All by Major In Art and all very impressive racing performances. Good luck to Mark Watson and the team from Kyabram with Brallos Pass in Saturday nights Victoria Derby Final worth $200,000.
Update on the Racing Scene:
We did have some bad recently when our talented mare Whitney H went amiss in training fracturing a pastern on the off side. This was devastating news for John & Maree Caldow and the Yorkshire Park team as the mare had a very bright future and had returned to racing with an impressive win at Maryborough followed by an unlucky second at Ballarat. A big thank you to all at the John & Maree Caldow stable for the way in which they cared for the mare in the early stages of the injury. Whitney H has since been operated on by Dr Alistair Maclean who placed four screws in the pastern to secure the fractures and allow for the healing process to take place. I can report that Whitney is doing really well placing pressure on her cast so while the racing side of things looks extremely doubtful we will still have her later on as a broodmare. She will be confined to a box for 8 weeks under the care of Alistair and his daughter Elizabeth on her road to recovery. More updates will follow.
Watch The Dream (Shane Tritton stable) is close to a return to the race track while our NZ two year old I Can Dream will head to the paddock at the end of the month for a well deserved spell. I can also report that our two year old Art Major filly out of Lombo Socialite who is leased to John & Maree had her first trial recently at Melton. Stepping out over the 1720 metre distance she came from back in the field to win her trial impressively in 2.4.2 by a head running the last half in 59.1 and the final 400 metres in 28.4. She will now head to the paddock for six weeks before returning to make her race track debut all going well. Go Home Jo a two year old filly by Roll With Joe out of Ima Ritzi Lombo sold by Yorkshire Park makes her debut at the trials at Menangle on Friday (29th) under the care of Jarrod Alchin. Interestingly we had no interest for her at the sales but from all reports she is showing plenty of ability for her new owners.
Update on Broodmares:
All our foals are on the ground and doing well despite the odd challenge here and there. The majority of our broodmares are back in foal with a couple yet to be confirmed as being in foal. Check out the broodmare section of our web site for details. My pick of the foals to date would be the Alta Christiano and Pet Rock colts who look really impressive types. Take a look at the photos section to make a judgement call yourself. I would be interested to get your feedback. As yet we haven’t given our foals stable names so stay tuned to a little competition we will have to name the foals via face book.
I will be off to the PGG Wrightson New Zealand Yearling sales at Christchurch later in February, 2016 to take a look at what is on offer and generally catch up with some of the breeders to discuss all things sales and breeding. I will also head down to Ashburton to the John Hay stables to check on the progress of our 2 Year old filly I Can Dream.
And some big news on the way for Yorkshire Park – stay tuned to what will be an exciting new beginning for all the team and our breeding operations.
Good luck and good punting.
Yorkshire Park team.