Omens abound and proliferate in the very superstitious nature of the racing industry which is spawned by so many complexities none more so than the thoroughbred breeding industry.
Remember the old adage from the punter’s bible – always back the first horse you see on a racecourse?
If that theory was applied to yearling sales, purchasing Lot 67 at Sunday’s Capricornia Yearling Sales at the Rockhampton Showgrounds would be a natural – a no brainer in fact!
Ironically, the colt a well-muscled powerful bay individual by Wicked Style (USA) from No More Crime, a close relative to the awesome Spirit Of Boom, is indeed a standout.
Just after noon Wednesday, some eight hours or so after he was loaded on a horse transport at Oaklands Stud, Umbiram, the colt was the first to arrive at his makeshift home for the next four days at the stabling complex at the Showgrounds.
As would be expected from a yearling who is so well bred, educated and related, he strutted into his new stable and after a whinny or two he was into his tucker – how good is that?
‘’That’s what we love to see – yearlings adapting quickly to a new environment. If they do what he did today, it augurs well for the rigours of training when he becomes a young athlete. I really like this colt – think he is the best type of the three other yearlings that are full relatives that I sold at previous Capricornia sales”, Stewart said.
Now that’s a wrap in itself as Lot 67 is a full brother to last year’s winner of the $118,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale 2YO Classic in Stylish Criminal.
His other brother Wicked Crime was second in the 2015 version of the Classic while his half-sister Serious Crime (x Sidereus) runs in the Classic this Saturday.
“It doesn’t get much better than that as No More Crime has only had three foals to race and they have all made the Rocky Classic – it is a magical family so this colt has the world at his feet so to speak”, Stewart said with contagious enthusiasm.
After being caught-up in drama before last year’s CYS when his draft was the last to arrive in Rockhampton because of flooding, Stewart, a perfectionist, left no stone unturned for this year’s sale.
“It was probably a case of once bitten twice shy so I made sure the Oaklands draft of 20 was the first into Rocky this year”, he said.
He explained the benefits of arriving a day earlier than most southern drafts of yearlings had two-fold merit.
‘‘Naturally when you transport such a large contingent of yearlings you like to get them settled in at their new digs. Also, by having them here early it allows prospective buyers and the public to come out from Thursday and inspect them early. I am sure they will like what they see. There are yearlings here for all budgets and the Oaklands motto is we bring them here to genuinely sell unless of course the price is unrealistically low”, Stewart said.
Remarkably, Oaklands Stud has six graduates from the 2017 CYS running in Saturday’s Rockhampton $118,000 2YO Classic (1200m).
These are Ruby Georgie (Les Tilley -barrier 10); Wicked Grimshaw (Zoe White – 4); Uber Mover (Bridget Grylls – 15); Wicked Ways (Chris Whiteley – 13); Gypsy Toff (Nigel Seymour – 3) and Serious Crime (Wenderson D’Avila – 2).
Furthermore, another starter Zloto (Chris McIver – 6) was bred at Oaklands Stud being a son of Sidereus.
That means that Oaklands Stud will contribute seven Classic starters or almost half the field which in the modern era of the race is unprecedented.
“It is something that we at Oaklands are proud of. Without seeming to be boastful it shows that we are doing something right and in the breeding industry that is so dependant on sound horse husbandry which leads to opportunities on the racetrack, it – reputation and results means everything”, he concluded.