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Don't miss Sunday's APG Melbourne Sale

01:13 PM 30 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Restrepo’s career defining win in last Saturday’s $175,000 Group One Ballarat Cup put an exclamation point on yet another stellar month for APG Sales Graduates, and gave all owners a timely reminder as to why they ought to be at Oaklands Junction this Sunday, for APG’s Melbourne Sale.

A graduate of the 2010 APG Yearling Sales, Restrepo’s win was his second Group One win of the season, and puts his season earnings past $270,000, and his career earnings past $430,000 – a figure that would surely have been much higher had he not been forced to sit out much of his two-year old and three-year old seasons with injuries.

Restrepo is one of thirteen individual Group One winners to emerge from the 2010 APG Yearling Sales – a list that includes horses of the calibre of Fly Like An Eagle, Smolda, Grand Stride, Soho Valencia, Mach Beauty and Philadelphia Man, to name but a few.

Meanwhile, the connections of Caribbean Blaster couldn’t have been happier with his strong finishing third in the Ballarat Cup, which hot off the back of his win in the $125,000 Group One South Australian Cup, has him in ideal shape for Saturday night’s Hunter Cup.

One of two million dollar winners to emerge from the 2009 APG Sales (the other being Sushi Sushi), victory in the Hunter Cup could see Caribbean Blaster leap to the top of the Grand Circuit points table, going past current points leader For A Reason, who himself is a graduate of the 2008 APG Sales.

APG has always had a reputation for producing a disproportionately high percentage of Australia’s leading horses, but that reputation seems to have grown to new levels in recent times.

When asked about extraordinary success of APG Sales Graduates in recent times, APG’s General Manager, David Boydell explained “When you look through the list of horses currently winning Group One races across Australasia, two things stand out - they tend to be by top quality stallions and they tend to be from quality maternal families.  This description matches to a tee the prototypical APG sales yearling, so it is no surprise that so many APG Sales Graduates are going on to perform well at Group One level.”

“What we are noticing more and more, is that not only is the strength of the maternal families on the rise at the APG sales, but the depth of sire power has also increased dramatically, and I have no doubt that the depth of sire power in this year’s APG catalogue is the best that we have ever seen.  Indeed, such is the all-round depth of the 2014 catalogue that I’d be surprised if this catalogue didn’t produce APG’s highest ever percentage of winners to horses sold”.

Catalogue Highlights

When you analyse the pedigrees of the current Group One winners, you’ll see that while they tend to be from good quality maternal families, there is no specific pattern.  Some come from quality race mares that competed or won at Group level (e.g. Nowitzki), while others come from modestly performed (For A Reason), or even unraced mares (Fly Like An Eagle).

Some come from mares that had already produced a top quality horse (e.g. Caribbean Blaster), others are the first foal of their dam (e.g. Restrepo), and others come from mares that had previously had a few foals without much success (e.g. Sushi Sushi).

However, the one thing that most of them have in common is that there is plenty of black type on their pedigree pages, and that black type includes at least a couple of really high class horses.

Whatever your preference, you can be sure that there will be plenty of horses that match your criteria in Melbourne.  The catalogue features the progeny of no fewer than 23 x $100,000+ winners, headed by Keppel Bay, Vixen Hanover and All Eyes On Me, as well as half or full brothers and sisters to 63 x $100,000+ winners, including Fly Like An Eagle, Restrepo, Border Control and Little Brown Jug winner, Big Bad John.  Beyond that, there’s well over 100 yearlings whose dams are half or full sisters to $100,000+ performers such as Lombo Pocket Watch, Stunin Cullen, Sushi Sushi and Sokyola.

7,000 Reasons to buy a Vicbred Yearling

In addition to the outstanding quality on offer at the APG Melbourne Sale this weekend, Harness Racing Victoria have made it even more attractive to buy a Vicbred yearling in 2014.

Not only are base stakes races set to increase to $6,000, but Harness Racing Victoria have rejuvenated the Vicbred scheme, increasing the first win bonus for Vicbred eligible horses to an impressive $7,000.

In addition, the value of the Group One Vicbred Super Series finals have increased to $110,000 and the Vicbred Platinum Series continues to offer over $850,000 in additional races exclusively for Vicbred Platinum horses (i.e. Vicbred eligible horses with a Victorian freezebrand).

When combined with the APG Gold Bonus scheme, this means that the first 2yo win by a Vicbred and APG eligible 2yo in a standard $6,000 race could net the owners over $15,000 in prizemoney and bonuses.

APG to webcast Melbourne Sale

APG will be utilising William Inglis & Sons’ webcasting technology to webcast Sunday’s sale.  To view the webcast, go to APG’s website at and follow the link on the left hand side of the screen.

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