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Leading breeders sell at WA Yearling Sale

03:20 AM 22 Feb 2011 NZDT
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Many of Western Australia's most successful harness racing breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the 2011 Perth Yearling Sale, to be held at Belmont on Sunday, March 6. Ross Torre's Royalstar Farm has by far the biggest draft with 33 lots.

These include 17 by promising, young sire Northern Luck and 11 by Lombo Pocket Watch’s sire, Jet Laag. The highlights of his consignment are a half-brother to 3YO of the Year Jumbo Operator and the second foal of former crack racemare Shes Royalty.

Harry Capararo, of Adda Equine Stud, Albany, who bred and raced the former top flight racehorse and now leading percentage sire Rich And Spoilt, will offer a draft of 12, eight of whom are by the $300,000-winning son of Million To One. They include sisters to two WA Sires Stakes champions, Adda Double Dip and Sheer Dreams.

Prominent Coolup breeder and owner Dr Ed Dewar has 11 lots headed up by a Grinfromeartoear half-brother to Montana Anna, Aikido Whitby and co, being out of his multiple classics-winning filly Whitbys Merit.

Mark Congerton, of Lancaster Park, will offer six colts and a filly by dual NZ Horse of the Year and up-and-coming sire Elsu as part of his 10-strong draft.

A half-brother to smart Victorian stayer Henchman and Jackdylan will spearhead the seven-strong consignment of Terry Ferguson’s Seahorse Racing Stables, Serpentine. He is also offering a Northern Luck colt out of a sister to Saab, Talladega, Saabella and so on.

Patrician Park, conducted by John and Brett Coffey, has nominated six colts including three in the Select Session – a Grinfromeartoear half-brother to I Am Special, a Bettors Delight half-brother to Liquid Radar and a Lis Mara half-brother to Chillin Dylan.

Bill Hayes, the studmaster of Highlight Lodge, has also entered six youngsters with two by resident sire Rich And Spoilt.

Robert Watson, one of Australia’s most prominent owners, will swap roles at the Perth sale. He will offer five well-bred youngsters – two by Mach Three and one each by Bettors Delight, Art Major and Courage Under Fire.

Serpentine breeder Steve Johnson, who topped last year’s sale, is back again with a three-strong entry including a colt out of the WA Sales Classic winner Jane Elouise and close relatives of Rocknrolla, Nightn Georgia and Oztreos.

Mark Sargent, of Yallingup, will offer two ‘black type’ yearlings in a Bettors Delight colt from the Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Party Date and a Ponder filly out of the prolific matron Bonnie Blue Eyes.

Other prominent breeders with multiple representation include Jim Currie (5 lots), Mike Howie (4), Mike Hackett (4), Brook Park Standardbreds (6) and Brian Cousins (2). Catalogues are available from the auctioneers Gloucester Standardbreds.

Peter WHARTON

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