This year’s Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) scheduled for April 8 in Rockhampton is set to break records on a number of fronts.
This was announced yesterday TUESDAY by the sale’s convenor Jeff Leaver who was delighted with the close-off entry of 112 thoroughbred yearlings from leading nurseries (studs) throughout Queensland.
The number is a pleasing increase on the catalogue numbers from recent years and well up on the 2017 CYS draft of 93 yearlings.
Furthermore, Leaver said approximately 100 of the entries for the April 8 sale were eligible for rich QTIS bonuses making it a record for the CYS as far as eligibility for rich bonuses was concerned.
“We (Central Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders Association) are delighted with not only the increase in catalogue numbers but also the quality of the draft.
We have attracted yearlings by some outstanding first season sire prospects as well as progeny from the current high achieving young stallions. The fact that the vast majority of yearlings are paid-up for QTIS is another huge lure for buyers. The QRIS bonus prize money is really the icing on the cake”, Leaver said.
He also announced that courtesy of Racing Queensland “double QTIS bonus prize money” had been added to the two feature races that are aligned to the CYS – the $100K 2YO Classic and $50K 3YO Classic.
“We are very appreciative of Racing Queensland adding double QTIS bonuses to both versions of these races run at Callaghan Park on April 7. This means that for fillies they will race for $25,500 extra prize money and colts and geldings $17,000. That makes those two races exceptional attractions and a huge incentive for yearling buyers to buy locally in Rockhampton”, Leaver said.
Among the listings of the stock of first season sires at the 2018 sale which will attract keen buyer command are drafts by Better Than Ready and Whittington.
Both stallions are highly credentialed in the forays of breeding and racing and their stock sold well at the recent Magic Millions March Sale.
Already a yearling by Whittington has been purchased locally when astute buyer Rockhampton’s Ron Beak purchased one of the breed for $50K at Magic Millions.
A Listed Race CORRECT dual winner Whittington was an outstanding sprinter and it will not surprise if his yearlings offered by Grandview Stud on the Darling Downs fetch high five figure sums.
Leaver said it was also pleasing to welcome back the Kruger family from the famous Lyndhurst Stud, Warwick with a sizeable draft for the Rocky sale.
Among others, Lyndhurst will offer a number of yearlings by the More Than Ready entire Better Than Ready a record breaking sprinter the winner of eight races including four at Listed level and once GR placed.
Oaklands Stud from the Darling Downs, a huge player in the Rockhampton racing scene has the biggest draft at the sale with a good mix including sizeable numbers by its prolific winner getters Sidereus and Wicked Style.
The Nolan family’s Raheen Stud, Warwick, another major source of winners is also represented.
Arguably the yearling which could be the centrepiece of the CYS is a filly by the boom sire Sprit Of Boom.
“I’m sure it will be the cynosure of all eyes”, Leaver said.
Central Queensland breeders are also well represented led by the bigger vendors in Laurel Glen; Riverside and Stewart Park.
The boutique operation from Springton, Mulara also has some aristocratically bred yearlings.
‘’This year’s sale has it all from top of the range sires to the bread and butter producing stallions that keep providing winners for the folk who purchase the yearlings at our sale. Once again you can rest assured it will be value for money”, Leaver closed.