26 year record for CYS draft – Article by Tony McMahon

Published 15 February 2022

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This year’s Rockhampton Capricornia Yearling Sales on April 10 has drawn 118 yearlings making it the third biggest draft in 26 years.

The long running CYS commenced approximately 40 years ago and only the 1995 catalogue comprising 138 yearlings and it’s 2014 counterpart (131) have exceeded the 2022 tally.

The biggest vendor for the April sale is Basil Nolan’s Raheen Stud, Warwick with 13 yearlings while top nurseries Lyndhurst, Telemon Thoroughbreds and Oaklands are also represented.

At last year’s sale Raheen was top vendor selling 14 yearlings for $343,500 including the top priced Lot 87 an Heroic Valour colt which brought $67,500.

From an original catalogue of 99 yearlings, 72 were sold for a record gross of $1,452,000 bringing about a record sale average of just over $20K.

Six yearlings will also be Rockhampton bound from NSW in April from Glenthorne Park, Taree (4) and Kimall Park, Gorokan (2).

Central Queensland thoroughbred breeders will offer 23 yearlings at the sale held in the Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds.

Among the leading sires with stock on offer are Spirit Of Boom, Better Than Ready, Power, Wanted, Heroic Valour, Whittington, Winning Rupert, Sidestep and Flying Artie.

Considering that the 2022 CYS catalogue is up 19 yearlings from 2021, there is every likelihood that records could again tumble.

After entries were finalised on Monday, CYS convenor Tony Fenlon, in his first year in that role, has every right to be elated with both the quantity and quality of the upcoming catalogue.

As if scripted, right on cue graduates from previous CYS’s won six races in Queensland last Friday and Saturday.

The run started when the Lyle Wright trained Emilee’s Empire (x Carrara), passed in at $4000 from the draft of Dululu breeder Susan Peddle in 2019, won its fourth successive Rocky race lifting winnings to $140,925.

The Riverside Thoroughbreds based stallion Carrara is having his best season with winners and his progeny will be in keen demand come April 10.

Raheen Stud supplied Friday’s other Callaghan Park winner when petite and cleverly named Merida’s Boy a daughter of Golden Archer was ultra-impressive in winning the Maiden (1100m).

Trained by John Wigginton for a mainly female member’s syndicate managed by Jean McMahon, considerable research went into the lightly raced mare’s name.

“She is named after the fictional character of Princess Merida a champion archer in the movie Brave. It suits Goldie (Merida’s Bow) perfectly as she is a real courageous Princess with the most adorable nature”, Jean McMahon said.

Connections are hopeful that Merida’s Bow will warrant running in the $75K CYS 3 & 4YO Championship (1300m) at Callaghan Park on April 9.

The other four winning CYS graduates all scored last Saturday.

They were Darchinian at the Gold Coast; Sock’emsid (Toowoomba) as well as Nanango winners Plan Cee and Mr Noddy.

Rockhampton Cup placegetter from last July in Bollente is one step closer to a return to racing after an effortless win in a two-horse contested 900 metres barrier trial at Callaghan Park on Monday.

Jockey Justin Stanley underwent an MRI in Brisbane on Tuesday to further investigate his injured right shoulder.

His manager Don Terry said Stanley remained confident he was only suffering from muscle soreness and expected to be fit to ride Sweet Dolly in a barrier trial at Callaghan Park next Monday.

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