Punters get a second chance to purchase a handsome half-brother to the highly promising Weekend Shadow at next month’s Magic Millions yearling sale at Belmont Park.
The colt was offered by Mungrup Stud at Perth’s Magic Millions in February and was one of 23 yearlings by Danehill Express (Danehill) to pass through the auction ring.
The brown colt listed at Lot 9 on June 16 and is the first of a draft of 20 yearlings (and the first of six Danehill Express youngsters) from Mungrup to go under the hammer at the inaugural winter yearling sale.
Mungrup proprietor Gray Williamson bought the colt’s dam Umashadow in foal to Bernardini for former Perth Racing vice chairman Lex Piper and his wife Shirley at the 2010 Sydney Easter broodmare sale for $35,000.
The resultant foal, Weekend Shadow gained his second placing at his third start when he finished third to stablemate Vital Importance in the Crown Perth Handicap (1300m) at Belmont last Saturday.
Leading trainer Neville Parnham paid $40,000 for Weekend Shadow on behalf of owners Colin Loxton and Santo Guagliardo last year and the Pipers retained a share in the two-year-old.
Umashadow was unraced, but her dam Pride Of Goodwood (Lord Seymour) produced Pride Of Rancho (Rancho Ruler), who won the G1 VRC Sires’ produce Stakes, G2 Sir Byrne Hart Stakes and was third to Island Morn in the 1994 G1 Kingston Town Classic at Ascot.
“This fellow went through late in the sale and he was passed in, but Lex has decided to put him through again,” Williamson told Robert Edwards of WA Newspapers this week. “A lot of people had already bought their Danehill Express or Blackfriars, because there were large numbers of them.
“There were a lot of lovely horses left over from that sale that didn’t sell.”
Williamson also was impressed by another Danehill Express yearling in Lot 23, a filly from the I’m In Luck mare Anywhere. She is a half-sister to the good racehorse Torrid Affair (Don’t Say Halo) and the five times winner Anywhere There (Metal Storm).
The filly is a full-sister to Anywhere Express, who has been an impressive winner for Esperance trainer Helen Harding over 1400m and 1600m at Kalgoorlie recently. Her family is full of speed boasting such top sprinters as Paklani and Real Mak in her pedigree.
“She is really correct,” Williamson said. “I’ve raced a few out of this family and she is a lovely filly. It is a family which can win early and keep running.”
Buyers get a chance to buy the stock of Mungrup’s newest stallion Hala Bek. Two sons of the Irish entire sold for $80,000 at the February Perth sale.
Hala Bek (Halling) has four colts to be sold on June 16. Lot 38 is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Helder The Painter (Danehill Express), who finished third to Express Service (Danehill Express) in the LR Challenge Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on February 23. He also won at Ascot, Pinjarra and Bunbury in the same campaign.
The colt is from the family of WA Oaks winner Brechin Castle, Caulfield Guineas winner Palace Reign and Queen Inca. “Helder The Painter looks like being well above average,” Williamson said. “He never really drew a good gate in his races.
“Helder The Painter was quite immature and this guy is similar. Anybody who has watched Hala Bek’s video wants to be part of him. We have found them good to handle and it is a great sire line.
“They are not out and out stayers…they are more middle distance and he will get some go early.”