Vinery Stud’s latest yearling consignment to the Inglis Premier Sale coincides with the emergence of Eroico as one of the most promising young gallopers in Hong Kong.
Eroico (Starcraft – Collodi by Testa Rossa) is a $60,000 Vinery graduate from Oaklands and he was an eye-catching winner of the London Hcp which showcased Hong Kong’s rising stars at the International Meeting in December.
Melbourne Premier commences this Sunday, March 1and the first Vinery yearling to parade is a Testa Rossa – Alma’s Angel filly (Lot 9). She is a three-quarter sister to Sistine Angel who was one of the top three year-old fillies of her generation winning the G3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield and G2 Edward Manifold Stakes at Flemington.
Resuming as a four year-old, she earned a Group 1 placing when runner-up to world champion Black Caviar in the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville.
There’s a rich vein of juvenile form throughout the pedigree which has been developed by WA breeder Warren Gellard. As an autumn two year-old, Sistine Angel had earned black-type behind Smokin’ Joey in the LR Blue Sapphire Stakes at Caulfield. The family goes back to flying filly Rancheetah (Rancher) who defeated Caulfield Cup winner Imposera when they were two year-olds. At stud, she foaled LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes winner Land Speed Record.
Vinery’s second Testa Rossa at Oaklands is a colt from English-bred Poppet’s Treasure (Lot 440). The Dansili mare won at Chantilly and was stakes placed at Deauville before making 120,000gns (AUD 193,685) at Tattersalls in November 2011. She is a half-sister to Champion European sprinter Overdose who is currently covering his first German book at Gestut Lindenhof.
Snitzel was the sole stallion with 3 lots on the Top 10 leader-board at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and Vinery will parade his filly from English bred mare Heart Ofthe Matter as Lot 201 at Oaklands.
Heart Ofthe Matter is owned by Chris Wright of Stratford Place Stud in Gloucestershire. He founded Chrysalis Records in the 1980s with rock stars like Spandau Ballet, Blondie, Billy Idol and Pat Benatar.
Group 1 winners from his international breeding programme include Zaidan (Hong Kong Classic), Donativum (Breeders Cup Juvenile) and Culture Vulture (French 1000 Guineas).
Vinery has the only Domesday colt entered for Premier 1 and his value escalated after Domesday filly Antelucan was a debut winner of the LR Ottawa Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day.
Domesday is a son of Vinery Australia’s foundation sire Red Ransom and is based at Darley’s Victorian base in Seymour. His Premier colt (Lot 316) is from G3 VRC Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes winner Leveller.
The Redoute’s Choice mare is owned by Mark Lowe and the Queensland-based breeder has a tremendous strike-rate with Vinery. They sold Redoute’s Choice colt Drumbeats as a yearling and he went on to win the G2 Shannon Stakes before retiring to stud in Queensland.
Vinery also has the only Lope de Vega colt for sale during Premier 1. Going under the hammer as Lot 330, he is from G1 Brazilian Oaks winner Loving New.
Lope de Vega (Shamardal) claimed the 2014 European first-season sires premiership with 25 individual winners headed by stakes winners Belardo (G1 Dewhurst Stakes), Hero Look (G2 Italian Gran Criterium), Burnt Sugar (G3 Sirenia Stakes) and Royal Razalma (G3 Cornwallis Stakes).
Mick Price’s prediction that Vinery pulled off a coup buying Perth mare Night War will go under the microscope at Melbourne Premier.
Night War (General Nediym) won the G2 Karrakatta Plate before transferring east for a $350,000 price-tag. “It was a smart piece of business,” Price said after the sale went through in 2012. “Her record is terrific and she will certainly make that money back at stud.”
Price also trained her younger half-sister Samaready (More Than Ready) who carried Vinery’s green and white colours to Group 1 victories in the Blue Diamond and Moir Stakes.
Vinery reproduced that cross when Night War was covered by More Than Ready’s Golden Slipper winning son Sebring. Their first foal is an outstanding chestnut colt and he has been catalogued as Lot 407.