Champion sire More Than Ready headlines Vinery Stud’s outstanding consignment of yearlings for the Inglis Easter Sale starting on Tuesday.
More Than Ready had 5 lots make $500,000 and more at the 2014 Easter Sale and he has another 28 yearlings this year including Vinery’s stand-out fillies from Group 1 mares Sacred Choice and Bollinger.
More Than Ready’s filly out of Sacred Choice (Lot 149) has pleased Vinery sales manager Adam White. “She has really impressed and developed since starting her preparation for Easter. More Than Ready can obviously get a filly of high quality and this filly also has great residual value.”
Sacred Choice won the G1 Doncaster Hcp and G1 Myer Classic before Vinery bought her privately in June 2012. Her first foal is the More Than Ready filly catalogued for the first session of the Easter Sale.
Vinery presents a More Than Ready from one of its most successful families when the filly out of Bollinger parades as Lot 314. Her dam was a Group 1 winner of the Coolmore Classic before transferring to Kentucky where she foaled 4 winners including Friesan Fire (G2 Louisiana Derby).
Bollinger was repatriated to Australia and her first southern foal is a 2yo filly named Madame Lily that has been retained by Vinery. “Her second foal down here is a nice, quality filly,” White said. “It’s an exceptional pedigree page – one of the best in the Stud Book. Her close relation Always Allison can give it another boost in the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes this Saturday.”
The Chris Waller trained filly Always Allison won the G2 Sweet Embrace Stakes in February. Another daughter of More Than Ready, she is from a half-sister to Benicio (G1 Victorian Derby) and Romneya (G2 Moonee Valley Classic).
Apart from More Than Ready and fellow residents Mossman and Congrats, Vinery’s Easter entrants are by Hunter Valley stallions Snitzel, Commands, So You Think, Street Cry, Lonhro, Smart Missile, Stratum and Medaglia d’Oro.
Champion sire Lonhro was the first Australian stallion to break through the 100 winner mark this season and his Easter colt from Polar Success (Lot 107) is being sold as agent for Twin Palms Stud.
Polar Success was a Group 1 winner of the 2003 Golden Slipper Stakes and the latest of her five winners is Melbourne 2YO Group performer Lockroy. Her sire Success Express is a 30 year-old and has lived out his retirement at Vinery since 2006.
“The colt has been an exceptional type from when he was a foal and he has the pedigree to go with good looks,” White said. “He’s a real racehorse, very athletic and is sure to be one of the highlights of the whole sale.”
Vinery has a winning track record selling stock by Commands – G1 Thousand Guineas winner Commanding Jewel is a case in point – and there are two colts and a filly by the deceased champion in its Easter consignment.
The Commands – Kyria colt (Lot 7) is from the same family as the More Than Ready – Bollinger filly. “This colt has always been a standout and is the first foal from a mare who was placed in the G2 Silver Slipper,” White continued. “Being Lot 7, he will get us off to a great start at Easter.”
Later in the Sale, Vinery offers a Commands colt from Sydney Group 2 winning stayer Divine Rebel (Lot 369) and a Commands half-sister to Group 1 winner Tully Thunder (Lot 408).
Vinery has a regally bred filly among the first crop of So You Think at the Easter Sale. The Cox Plate Champion was in demand at the Gold Coast Magic Millions with two lots topping $430,000
His Easter filly, catalogued as Lot 188, is from Sing Hallelujah making her a half-sister to champion sprinter Hay List. “I doubt she will let her sire and half-brother down,” White said. “She is big, strong and very tough, a quality type in her own right.”