Yarradale Stud topped the 2011 Perth Magic Millions yearling sale earlier this month and the Gidgegannup nursery was back in the spotlight at Ascot on Wednesday when Flying Affair lived up to her name in the Claremont Tigers Maiden (1000m).
Flying Affair (2f Heritage – Xaaffair by Xaar) flew the gates and gave her rivals no chance on debut. She bolted in by four lengths and trainer Lindsey Smith is confident she will measure up to the G2 Karrakatta Plate on March 19.
“She used to buck a fair bit when she was younger but Daniel Pearce did a terrific job getting her to settle down,” Smith said. “She wasn’t qualified for the Magic Millions so we will have her peaking for the Karrakatta Plate.”
Yarradale owner Ron Sayers races Flying Affair with Geisel Park’s Eddie Rigg. They are also partners in Redoute’s Choice sire Musket who stood his first season at Yarradale last year.
Flying Affair is the first winner from the second crop of Yarradale sire Heritage. He is by Flying Spur out of a sister to Northerly and is bred on the same Northern Dancer – Raise A Native cross as Champion WA stallion Serheed.
Wednesday Ascot winner is from Xaaffair, an unraced half-sister to the Sydney winners Street Theatre (Scenic) and Mighty Tycoon (Last Tycoon). She has a yearling filly by De Troy and a colt on the ground by Scandal Keeper.
Flying Affair is a $30,000 graduate of the 2010 Yarradale Stud Sale. Sayers initiated that sale to augment the yearlings he catalogues for the Perth Magic Millions.
Yarradale’s Elusive Quality – Born Priceless colt topped the 2011 Perth Magic Millions at $240,000. He was the third Yarradale youngster to top a Perth yearling sale following his older sister Born Princess who realised a record breaking $365,000 in 2007.
Back in 1986, Yarradale was owned by Dr Don McCully and he sold Haulpak filly Rich Haul for the then record price of $150,000 to Laurie Connell. She won nine races and developed into arguably the most successful broodmare ever foaled in Western Australia.
Perth high-flyer Dallas Dempster bought Yarradale in the heady days of WA Inc., however, he left for parts unknown before Sayers took over in the 1990s.
Sayers will offer more than 80 yearlings at the third Yarradale Stud Sale on May 8 and there are several incentives for prospective buyers. He stands behind every yearling by offering to retain up to 50% in any horse sold during the day’s trade.
Sayers will also double the advertised prizemoney won by last year’s Yarradale Sale graduates if they are placed in next month’s Karrakatta Plate.
That’s good news for the likes of Eddie Rigg and Harvey Crossman’s Lima Syndicate who bought the sale-topping More Than Ready colt at the 2010 Yarradale Stud Sale.
Any Day Now (2c More Than Ready – Pennywest by Dexter) changed hands for $215,000 and is due to debut after going down a head at the Belmont trials on Monday