Olympic Glory yearlings in demand at Magic Millions

Olympic Glory more than held his own in a strong field of first-crop sires at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale which opened the 2018 selling season.

Al Shaqab’s four-time Group 1 winner was represented by 12 lots in Book 1 and they all sold, averaging $181,667, around 10 times his 2015 fee. A further five yearlings sold up to $90,000 from Book 2.

Top price of $600,000 was paid by Katsumi Yoshida for the colt out of Downtown Manhattan, a full sister to South African Group 1 winner Whisky Baron, from the family of European Group winners Tashtiya, Tashelka and Tasaday. The colt’s grand-dam Tazkara was among the first mares sent to Australia for the joint breeding venture undertaken by HH The Aga Khan and Arrowfield. 

Another six colts made six-figure prices, notably Kenmore Lodge’s $260,000 son of Flighty (by Zabeel), knocked down to Spicer Thoroughbreds and champion trainer Darren Weir. Other buyers of those colts were trainers Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott with Blue Sky, Gerald Ryan & David Payne, Guy Mulcaster & Dynamic Syndications.

The top-priced filly was Arrowfield’s daughter of Lanai (by Gone West), bought for $160,000 by trainer Paul Perry. He also signed for the colts out of Catalina Winemixer & Malukar and is enthusiastic about Olympic Glory’s prospects.

“His yearlings are outstanding types, a lot like Olympic Glory himself, with a great shoulder and good bone. I think he’s a standout among the first season sires.”

Paul sees much of Choisir, his former stable star and Olympic Glory’s sire, in these yearlings, especially in the Downtown Manhattan colt on which he was the under-bidder.   

Other buyers of Olympic Glory fillies included syndicators Triple Crown and Dalziel Racing with Peter Moody. 

Olympic Glory has 22 yearlings on offer by a dozen vendors at next month’s Inglis Classic Sale, among them 5 colts and three fillies in Arrowfield’s consignment

Victorian owners delighted with The Big Rig

First season sire All American posted his seventh winner on Tuesday when Victorian-owned and Sydney-trained 2YO The Big Rig strode home over 1400 metres to win by two lengths at Kembla Grange.  It was the gelding’s third start at the course, following a debut fourth in May, and a second placing late last month.

He was the third new winner by All American in 11 days, following Zebulon’s success at Flemington on 28 June and Datable’s NSW country win two days later. All American’s first season record also includes Sydney Group 3 winner Bachman and stakes-placed filly Tender.

Trainer David Payne says of The Big Rig, “He’s not a big horse, but he’s quite scopey, he’s done nothing wrong and improved with every start. He’ll have one more run this time in, in about three weeks.”  

He is out of the Stratum mare Catalina Winemixer, a three-quarter sister to New Zealand Derby G1 winner Redoute’s Dancer. She has a yearling colt by Manhattan Rain, a weanling colt by Starcraft and is in foal again to All American.

The Big Rig was sold by Arrowfield at the 2012 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale to Graham Daley of Hazelwood Stud who purchased this season’s stakes-winning filly Alpha Miss at the same auction, for the same money – just $6,000.

About a year ago Mr Daley onsold the All American colt to Victorian-based Adam Hubbard who works in the mining industry. Adam retained the majority of the horse, and brought his parents David & Linda, girlfriend Milly Saul and cousin Paul Aberline into the ownership. 

After Tuesday’s win, David says, “We’re totally over the moon and I’m rapt. We’re not big punters and we don’t care about winning lots of money, we’re just enjoying the ride.”

That said, the horse has already provided a measurable return to his owners. David, who lives at Allansford near Warrnambool and works with the bridge crew for the Moyne Shire Council, says, “My share of The Big Rig’s winning prizemoney has doubled my fortnight’s pay!”

It was David who suggested that Sydney-based David Payne should train The Big Rig, after following the 3YO career of Australian Derby & Rosehill Guineas winner Criterion. “You need a good trainer to get the most out of a horse and I thought, just maybe our horse has the breeding to run over ground as well.”

The ease of The Big Rig’s win at 1400 metres supports that assessment and David Payne agrees. “He does look like he’ll get more ground, he’s all heart and has a lovely action.”