Yarradale Stud stallion De Troy sired his first winner on Thursday when Troy Can was successful in the Lycraties Maiden (1000m) at Northam.
Troy Can (3g De Troy – Vulcan Queen by The Jogger) shadowed the leaders and then delivered for jockey Shaun McGruddy in a driving finish on debut. “He had trialled pretty well at Lark Hill so I was reasonably confident he would perform yesterday,” trainer Steve Wolfe said. “He’s always shown ability but just needed a bit of time to develop.”
De Troy (Arg) is a son of Southern Halo and it’s is a proven winner in Australia through Champion 2YO sire More Than Ready. The Halo sireline had already forged a flourishing reputation in Western Australia through Don’t Say Halo and Ron Bon well before Vinery imported More Than Ready.
Yarradale owner Ron Sayers purchased De Troy in 2006 after a successful career in Argentina and the USA. He won six races up to 1300m including the Listed San Isidro Clasico Manuel Anasagasti in Buenos Aires. He was also runner-up in the G1 San Isidro G.P. Estrellas Junior Sprint before transferring the USA where he won another three sprints.
De Troy is a three-quarter brother to Argentine G1 winning fillies La Galerie and Gouache. The latter is the dam of Champion Argentine mare Guernika (Luhuk), USA stakes winner Public Speaker (Distorted Humor) and French stakes winner Golden Life (Coronado’s Quest).
Wolfe purchased Troy Can at the inaugural Yarradale Stud yearling sale in 2009. Apart from the Perth Magic Millions, Sayers markets his yearlings direct to owners and trainers at the Gidgegannup nursery and provides several sweeteners to buyers.
“Ron offers to retain up to 50% ownership in all his yearlings and that’s a tremendous incentive,” Wolfe said. “Troy Can was one of the nicest youngsters on type last year and I had no trouble selling shares so Ron only ended up with about 15%.
“The Yarradale Sale is a great concept and Ron deserves all the luck in the world for standing behind his yearlings.”
Wolfe went back and bought more De Troys at this year’s Yarradale sale including a colt from SAJC Oaklands Plate winner Idol Worship (Godswalk). There are black-type winners like Cargo Cult, Schubert and Gonski right through his pedigree.
“I reckon De Troy can make the grade as a sire,” Wolfe stated. “As long as they’re not pushed too early. I think people expect too much, too early just because of the More Than Ready connection.”
Wolfe will send Troy Can up to Kalgoorlie for the Goldfields carnival this month. “There are a couple of races that will suit him on Hannans and Cup day,” he said. “Shaun was very impressed with him at Northam and, win lose or draw, it’s always a great week up there.”
Wolfe has been a regular at the Kal Cup carnival for many years and won the 2007 Boulder Cup with Impact Rating. The Blackfriars gelding was raced by West Coast Eagles players Ben Cousins, Michael Gardiner, Dean Cox and Daniel Kerr.
Kalgoorlie is also home to multi-national mining company Ausdrill which Sayers founded in 1987. Its success has helped him develop Yarradale into one of the most successful studs in the Sunspeed State.
Sayers signed Makybe Diva’s three-quarter brother Musket (Redoute’s Choice) to the Yarradale roster earlier this year and he added Oratorio’s half-brother Discorsi (Galileo) last month.