The Karaka Yearling Sales are creeping up on us and with just three months until Sale Day the catalogue has been set and we are pleased to confirm that both the Smart Missile and Holy Roman Emperor colts are catalogued in Book l.
Spring is always an exciting time of year in the racing scene as we see new talent emerge with juveniles stepping up as professional three-year-olds and we are certainly buzzing about three-year-old filly Grande Vitesse (by Stratum), a half-sister to the Smart Missile yearling colt, who won her trial in Australia strongly by 1.3 lengths.
A colt by Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) recorded the fastest time at the Gold Coast breeze-ups conducted yesterday ahead of the Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale.
The southern hemisphere turned over a new leaf on 1 August with the commencement of the new 2017-18 racing season and it was also the day that saw all horses turn a year older, making the NZYC weanlings now officially yearlings.
The Hong Kong racing season finished at Sha Tin on Sunday and given the huge importance of the Hong Kong market to Australian breeders, both through the sale of yearlings and tried horses, it's always worth some analysis of the Leading Hong Kong Sires List which was topped in 2017 by Aquis Farm's Holy Roman Emperor (IRE).
Two weanling colts were purchased for TWC/NZYC at the 2017 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale under Buffalo & Co's Tim Barry with the guidence of Westbury's General Manager Russell Warwick and Bloodstock Agent Paul Willetts'. A Holy Roman Emperor colt was the first of the two purchases (stable name Romeo) with the second colt sired by second season sire Smart Missile (stable name Cruise).