Spotlight on Capricornia Yearling Sale
March 10, 2018
By Darryn Nufer
IN last week’s column I said first-season sire Whittington added great interest to this year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale and it didn’t take long for that opinion to be franked.
As mentioned there will be nine lots by the freshman sire going under the hammer at Rockhampton Showgrounds on Sunday, April 8.
But it was the impressive win of the Robert Heathcote trained three-year-old, Love And Rock It, at the Sunshine Coast metropolitan race meeting last Sunday that shone the spotlight on one lot in particular at the upcoming sale.
Love And Rock It (Love Conquers All – Sahifa) won the $122,500 QTIS 3YO Handicap (1400m) by 1.5 lengths – his second victory from five starts – and his half-brother will be offered as Lot 89 at the Rocky sale.
Prepared by Grandview, Peak Crossing (Qld), Lot 89 is a bay colt by that Stud’s resident stallion Whittington out of the Lion Hunter mare Sahifa.
“Whittington was an outstanding sprinter who won the 2YO Breeders Plate (in Sydney) by three lengths and he won the Magic Millions Sprint (Gold Coast) at three in record time as well as the Listed Lightning Stakes (Doomben) in record time,” Grandview Stud owner Michael Grieve said.
“His oldest progeny are yearlings and have already sold well in sales at the Gold Coast and Sydney.
“We’re expecting a lot of interest in the Sahifa colt based on what we saw Love And Rock It do because he looks above average.”
Most importantly Lot 89 is eligible for the lucrative QTIS prize money scheme, as in fact are all but one of the Whittington yearlings catalogued at the Capricornia Yearling Sale.
Another Whittington yearling with strong bloodlines on paper is Lot 17; offered by the Koala Dreaming Syndicate; a bay colt out of the three-time winning Danzero mare Charism who herself is a three-quarter sister to champion two-year-old Dance Hero.
Who could forget Dance Hero’s feats on the track in 2004 winning the Magic Millions 2YO and the Group 1 Golden Slipper.
If you haven’t yet got your Capricornia Yearling Sale catalogues they are available from the Rockhampton Jockey Club office.
Speaking of the upcoming Capricornia Yearling Sale Carnival, this year’s rich Two-Year-Old Classic (1200m) to be held at Callaghan Park on Saturday, April 7, is shaping up as the best in recent memory.
On Thursday Tom Button’s sales graduate Gypsy Toff made a winning debut at Rocky and the trainer could have at least four major players in the Classic.
Jamie McConachy’s boom juvenile headed towards the same race, Brook’s Pleasure, is expected to line up at Callaghan Park next Saturday in her final hit-out before the Classic.
I haven’t had a chance to do a tally but Capricornia Yearling Sale graduates have been winning all over the place in recent times and have dominated our two-year-old racing this season.
It was no surprise then to see sale boss Jeff Leaver grinning like a Cheshire cat at the races during the week.
Trainer Clinton Thompson, who recently returned to Rockhampton following a stint in the state’s south-east, celebrated his first winner back at Callaghan Park on Thursday.
His three-year-old filly A Littlebittamagic (pictured) broke her maiden with apprentice Zoe White in the saddle.
Rockhampton apprentice jockey Nicole Seymour makes her race riding debut at today’s Springsure non-TAB meeting.
Seymour, who is indentured to Lyle Rowe, has three rides including one for her master.
With a 4kg claim Seymour will be in demand and those looking to utilise her services can contact Lyle Rowe on 0418 792 656.
Former Rocky apprentice Quayde Krogh rode his first metropolitan winner at Doomben last Saturday.
Krogh, who recently moved to Brisbane, scored aboard outsider Martinelli ($16) for his master, Eagle Farm trainer Chris Munce.
Racing returns to Callaghan Park for the annual St Patrick’s Race Day next Saturday.
Photo: Courtesy Matt Harris, Caught In The Act Photography.