Rich Virgin's classic win boost for Yearling Sale

03:06 AM 02 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Rich Virgin with part-owner Brad Naylor (left) and trainer Ben Matthews.

The win of Rich Virgin in the $25,000 final of the MIA Breeders Plate at Leeton on New Year’s Day will give the forthcoming Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale a terrific boost.

Rich Virgin, who led from go to whoa in the time-honoured classic at only his third start, was sold at last year’s Bathurst sale for a modest $6,700.

The gelding was bred by Tony Dumesny, a prominent NSW breeder and long-time supporter of Bathurst.

Rich Virgin is the first Australian starter of the Cane and Messenger winner Always A Virgin 1:48.8 ($1.13million), who stands at Pepper Tree Farm, Cowra (NSW), of Rob and Julie Vandyke.

Always A Virgin’s companion sire, Sportswriter, left the second and third placegetters, Making Headlines and Sports Chaton.

The 2014 Bathurst Gold Crown Yearling Sale will be conducted by Davidson Cameron & Co at the Bathurst Showground on Sunday, March 23.

Submitted by Peter Wharton

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