While organisers of the fast approaching 2018 Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYA) are getting ready, it seems that this year’s sale is going to get even better.
Excuse the play on words but the appearance in the April 8 catalogue of seven of the progeny of first season sire Better Than Ready is really going to provide the annual Rockhampton sale with plenty of zip.
The aristocratic Lyndhurst Stud, Warwick based Better Than Ready (br h 2009, More Than Ready (USA) – Sally’s World x Agnes World) made a huge impression at this weeks Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
While yearlings on offer by Better Than Ready may have played second fiddle to those of current sire sensation Spirit Of Boom, they still set tongues wagging particularly so by their striking conformation.
While the Spirit Of Boom yearlings were in a sale of their own just like Winx is in her race at Rosehill today, the Better Than Ready youngsters streeted the rest of the field so to speak.
Some 30 Better Than Ready yearlings sold fetching $929,500 with the top Lot making $70,000.
His progeny was sold to Hong Kong and New Zealand as well as most states of Australia.
Among the buyers of the Better Than Ready yearlings were leading Sydney trainer Chris Waller as well as Brisbane’s big two Tony Gollan and Robert Heathcote as well as astute Matthew Dunn based in Murwillumbah.
A brilliant speedster in the highest of company, Better Than Ready was a multiple Stake Winner (CORRECT) as well as being Group I (CORRECT) placed.
Buyers were well aware that Better Than Ready established a Randwick 1200 metres course record on one of his visits to Sydney orchestrated by his Brisbane based trainer Kelly Schweida.
The Kruger brothers from Lyndhurst Stud will offer three of the progeny of Better Than Ready at the April 8, Rockhampton CYS.
These comprise two fillies – Lots 1 and 111 as well as a colt which enters the sale ring at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion as Lot 35.
As well Lyndhurst which has not sold at the CYS since 2014 will offer four other well-bred yearlings by the sires Drumbeats; Dreamscape; Hidden Drago and Real Saga.
Complimenting the Lyndhurst draft of Better Than Ready yearlings are four other youngsters sired by him from Grandview Stud; El-Jay-Jay Equine; Kalinga Valley and Ellendale.
It seems there will be no shortage of the progeny of Better Than Ready chasing the huge bonus QTIS prize money on offer in the two-year-old season later this year in Rockhampton.
At the Gold Coast Magic millions Sale last Monday and Tuesday, four Better Than Ready yearlings were acquired by Central Queensland buyers.
Well known owner Mary McKenzie purchased a filly from the Choisir mare Licenced To Chill for $30,000 while trainer John Wigginton bought a filly from the Canny Lad mare Miraposa for $20K.
Gracemere’s Colin Bell also got in to the Better Than Ready hype getting a brown filly from the Octagonal mare Tully Cello for $15,000.
This writer bought the filly he wanted when taking home, a gorgeous quality filly from the Bel Esprit mare McCune for $42,500.
The mother McCune has had five foals and all are winners and as a bonus one of her offspring from the Hinchinbrook sired Playard won some 24 hours after the sale at Bathurst.
Without any doubt the presence of the seven yearlings by Better Than Ready at the CYS in just over two weeks is a promoter’s dream and worthy compensation for the withdrawal of the sole Spirit Of Boom youngster which was catalogued.