Capricorn Yearling Sale Winners

Published 13 January 2023

Capricornia Yearling Sale graduate Sunnycoast with his Rocky connections after winning on debut at Townsville. Photo Credit: Cluden Park Facebook.

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Admittedly it is early days yet but this year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic (1200m) shall we say is shaping as one “right out the box”.

That’s very fitting as it will be the inaugural running of the long-standing race with an expanded prize pool that has been elevated to $150,000.

The alluring race, exclusive to CYS yearlings from the 2022 Rocky Sale, will be staged at Rockhampton’s Callaghan Park racecourse on Saturday, April 1.

While that date may be “April Fool’s Day for some”, not so for the racing industry stakeholders involved fortunate enough to be represented by talented starters.

Despite only a very limited number of 2YO races having been run so early in the current season throughout Queensland, already five of the “class from 2022” have graduated for the prized Rockhampton race.

These are Sunnycoast (22/10 Townsville), Ringer’s Reward (2/12 Sunshine Coast), Bush Diamond (6/12 Mackay), Track Talk (23/12 Rocky) and Party For Two (1/1 Sunshine Coast).

“It’s quite remarkable to have five winners from the Rocky Sale to have won so early. Let’s face it the first race for the babies up this way was less than three months back at Townsville on October 22 and really there has not been an abundant number of 2YO races since”, long time CYS stalwart and advocate Jeff Leaver said.

Jeff was quick to add that it was the Jamie McConachy trained Sunnycoast that won the first up here (north) in the Pallarenda Stakes at Townsville.

Raced by Graceville Thoroughbred’s Bryan and Lorraine Hall and sired by the much under-rated Sebring Sun, the winning purse for Sunnycoast was $26,800.

That made their colt a bargain buy at last year’s sale for just $7000.

Sunnycoast has not raced since that stylish debut win and has been specially targeted for the $150K Classic.

The most recent winning graduate and arguably the most impressive as well, was the Sidestep filly Party For Me which romped home by 7.5 lengths in a 2YO Maiden (1000m) at the Sunshine Coast on New Year’s Day.

Running slick time for her part-owners Dan Fletcher and family who also bred her at their Telemon Stud Thoroughbreds, Beaudesert, the wee bonny filly was passed-in at last year’s CYS.
“She will most likely now start at Doomben in a 2YO race there in a couple of weeks. After that we can reassess our plans which could include the 2YO Jewel at the Gold Coast while the CYS Classic in Rockhampton will also be under consideration”, Dan Fletcher said from the Magic Millions complex at the Gold Coast.

Formerly Emerald based, Fletcher’s Telemon Thoroughbreds sold a Spirit Of Boom colt (Lot 346) for $260K at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale on Wednesday.

As well as the above-mentioned winners there have been other placegetters including the highly thought of Arbat which ran third at Doomben.

No doubt more contenders will be flushed out over the coming 11 weeks in the run down to the April 1 extravaganza at Callaghan Park.

The very next day after that it starts all over again with the 2023 Capricornia Yearling Sales held at Rockhampton’s Robert Schwarten Pavilion.

Organisers report that early indications are that around 100 yearlings will be auctioned at that upcoming ale. 

As an aside the Capricornia Yearling Sale has unearthed a new star in Clinton Taylor trained Divine Purpose, a 2021 graduate which has won the last three races in succession.

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