Heytesbury Stud homebred Ye Olde has boosted the Holmes a Court family’s final draft for the upcoming Perth Magic Millions.
Ye Olde (4g Saxon – Vintage Silver by Marooned) scored a timely victory in the Festival Of Leading Rider Hcp (1400m) at Ascot on Saturday. It took his record to 4 wins in 11 starts for next to $90,000 in prizemoney.
The well-bred gelding failed to make a $70,000 reserve at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions. He went back to Keysbrook and then found a home with trainers Lou and Dion Luciani.
“The race panned out like we planned,” Dion Luciani said. “It looked like a race in two between our horse and Paseo Del Prado.
“It was a top ride by Jason (Whiting). He tracked the favourite and then got the right run through. The horse is in top form and is still going through the classes. He might get up to a middle-distance next month.”
Heytesbury will offer a grey sister to Ye Olde as Lot 194 on Tuesday, February 18 at the Belmont Park sales complex.
She is also a half-sister to South African stakes winner Silver Empire. Second-dam Silver Smile is by Heytesbury’s foundation sire Silver Knight and she has generated 10 black-type winners headed by the Group 1 fillies Sea Siren and Hold That Smile.
Heytesbury dominated the Perth yearling leader-boards in the 1980s and 1990s in an era that included erstwhile leaders like Haddow, Fairfields, Coral Park, Karendale, Tilden Park, Hampton Park and Limestone Studs.
Heytesbury’s champion sire Haulpak held the Perth yearling record for many years after his filly from Born Rich made $150,000 in 1986. Named Rich Haul, she won 9 races for Laurie Connell and developed into arguably the most successful broodmare ever foaled in Western Australia.