Interest is intensifying in this year’s Rockhampton based Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) and little wonder after previous editions produced five race winners at consecutive TAB race meetings in Queensland last week.
The 2018 CYS will be held at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Sunday, April 8.
It culminates after two first class TAB race meetings at Callaghan Park over the two previous days featuring in particular the 2018 CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) which boasts over $100K in prize money.
At Doomben in Brisbane last Wednesday both Benfica Princess and Emsie Is A Star sold through the 2013 and 2014 CYS were impressive winners.
The following day at Callaghan Park CYS graduates brought-up a winning treble courtesy of Our Neddy Boy; Banshee Jet and Wicked Express while three others Shrouded; Dual Personality and Samba Rio were narrowly beaten.
Benfica Princess (2013 Benfica-Made of Dreams x Made Of Gold) was highly impressive with a three lengths win in the Class 4 (1650m) for Gold Coast trainer Kelly Doughty.
Benfica Princess was sold on account of Banchory Thoroughbreds at the 2015 CYS for $16,000 and the Brisbane win, the mare’s fifth, took her prize money receipts to $93,500.
The David Vandyke, Sunshine Coast trained Emsie Is A Star broke through in a QTIS Maiden (1350m) earning $23,380 including bonuses and is now likely to aimed for the CYS 3YO Classic (1300m) at Callaghan Park on April 7.
At Callaghan Park last Thursday, Our Neddy Boy (2011 Ferocity-Rembrandts Ransom x Red Ransom) made a welcome first-up for 14 months winning return in a Class 6 Plate (1050m).
Sold for just $5000 at the 2013 CYS by Neville Stewart’s Oaklands Stud, Our Neddy Boy took his earnings to almost $130,000.
Oaklands Stud, the biggest long time commercial stud supporter of the CYS, also produced the day’s other impressive winner, the Tom Button trained Wicked Express (2014 Wicked Style-Camphor x Tsumai).
Wicked Express made it a perfect score of two wins under the Button banner winning the $24,000 QTIS 2YO Handicap (1050m) from Paradis Imperial.
The gelding cost connections $32,500 at the 2014 CYS and the win lifted his earnings to almost $54K.
Button said Wicked Express is unlikely to press towards the CYS 3YO Classic (1300m) because of the likelihood that the distance may be a stretch too far.
“He will run here (Rocky) in a qualifier for the QTIS 3YO Jewel (1200m) at the Gold Coast in March. The Rocky race is over 1100m which should suit”, Button said.
However, Button definitely has his sights set on the rich CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) at Callaghan Park on April 7 with his Breeders Plate winner Ruby Georgie.
‘’He is coming along well and is likely to resume here at Callaghan Park in a few weeks’ time. I have some other promising young ones getting ready as well”, Button said.
Ruby Georgie has continued Button’s successful association with yearling purchases from Oaklands as the Sidereus – Little Pin Up Girl x Pins male was a cheap $13,000 purchase at last year’s Rocky Sale.
Already he has almost doubled his purchase price with the Breeders Plate winning haul from November at almost $24,000.
Last season Button earned much success with another Sidereus from Oaklands in the brilliant but ill-fated The Bank Manager.
CYS convenor Jeff Leaver said entries for this year’s sale were near completion and were up on last years book of 93 yearlings.