Tiger Love all but Qualifies for 2YO 2019 Classic

Tiger Love became a ready-made poster girl for Rockhampton’s Capricornia Yearling Sales (CYS) when she scored a first-up win at the Gold Coast last Saturday.

In the process, the filly from the Falvelon mare Tiger Dimejan provided Queensland thoroughbred breeding new phenomenon Better Than Ready with his 12th individual winner for the season.

Trained by Brisbane’s Chris Munce, Tiger Love earned $24,400 for her game win in in the QTIS 2YO Maiden (900m) running the slick time of 51.57 seconds.

The win immediately assured her of qualifying for the $137,000 CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) to be run at Callaghan Park, Rockhampton on Saturday, April 13.

After a spirited bidding duel, Tiger Love, one of the last lots to be sold at the Rocky Sale on Sunday, April 8 last year, was knocked down to Brisbane’s Robbie Zuttion.

Zuttion and top Brisbane trainer Chris Munce attended the sales together at the Rockhampton Showground with the sole intention of acquiring Tiger Love which was theirs after bidding stopped at $50,000.

Tiger Love was the top priced yearling sold at the sale.

Interestingly, just minutes earlier Munce had the Better Than Ready-The Duchess X Get Square colt being Lot 109 knocked down to him as Munce Racing for the basement price of $6000.

That youngster racing as Hezhome, won on debut for Roma trainer Craig Smith at Callaghan Park last Thursday week and he too is being aimed for the Capricornia Classic on April 13.

Tiger Love races in the same colour combination as the 2016 CYS 2YO Classic winner, the Kelly Schweida trained Bagus of which Zuttion was the managing owner.

That Bagus win in the CYS Classic under Bridget Grylls who is now back riding in New Zealand will always be remembered with controversy.

That’s because Robbie Zuttion and winning connections of Bagus were rightly celebrating the win with RJC officials blissfully unaware of a somewhat late announced protest by the runner-up.

It brought about cause for double celebrations when the protest was dismissed.

While the unequalled feats of 12 individual winners in less than first six months of the racing season for first season sire better Than Ready continue to tick over almost week by week, they can only add further value to his yearlings this season.

At the CYS at the Robert Schwarten Pavilion at the Rockhampton Showgrounds on Sunday, April 14, a trio of Better Than Ready youngsters will go under the hammer.

Lyndhurst Stud, Warwick, the home of Better Than Ready will offer the first as Lot 25 being a brown filly from the Drumbeats’ mare Dance Moves.

The fourth remove of her lineage is headed by the outstanding Good Brandy mare Proost who was the grand mother of the never to be forgotten Queensland owned GR 1 winning mare Scomeld.

Carrying similar bloodlines is another Lyndhurst Stud offering in Lot 37, the Better Than Ready-Flawless Curves x Sequalo filly.

Being a late November 26 foal, this may attract the attention of discerning buyers feeling that factor alone may bring about a discounted auction price.

Talking of registered birth dates, they cannot better an August 1 foal and that is exactly the scenario buyers will witness when the Better Than Ready-Palais Court x Court Command filly (Lot 70) enters the ring on April 14.

Offered on account of Sarna Racing and Breeding, Childers this August 1, 2017 filly descends from a winning juvenile lineage.

Her mum Palais Court won at two years of age while the filly’s great-great grandmother was the King Of Babylon mare Gretel the winner of the GR 1 Sires Produce Stakes at Randwick.

Undoubtedly, the trio of Better Than Ready youngsters could well be the aces among the pack of 99 yearlings on offering at the April 14 CYS which for the first time will be “live streamed”.

Catalogues for Rockhampton’s 2019 CYS are now available.