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Fresh talent to shine as new season dawns - Part 2

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In the second part of our look at the upcoming race for first season stallion honours, we sought the opinions of those with first-hand experience of the young talent to be on show in the 2018-19 season.

Education is a proven path to success and the breaking-in process is key to fully realising the potential of future thoroughbred stars. A master of his craft is Tim Boland, of Limitless Lodge, and he’s been particularly impressed by the first crops of Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible), Deep Field (Northern Meteor) and Dissident (Sebring).

“We’ve had a bunch through the system by them and I was very taken by them,” he said. “They’ve been very straight-forward and all good sorts. The thing that stood out for me the most though was their fantastic temperaments.”

Beau brings back memories

First-season Darley front-runner Brazen Beau spent time at Limitless Lodge at Wyong Creek, as did Deep Field, and Boland has fond memories of the former crack sprinter. “I remember him as a yearling, he was a lovely sort, and I’m very keen on his ones we’ve had and Shooting To Win is another one to watch out for,” he said.

Brazen Beau at Darley

“We’ve had some smart colts by him and I think he might fly under the radar. Brazen Beau, Deep Field and Dissident look the three with the value on Shooting To Win. It’s not an exact science as we all know, but I’m sure these four stallions will all provide some beautiful horses.”

“Deep Field, Dissident and Brazen Beau look the three with the value on Shooting To Win. It’s not an exact science as we all know, but I’m sure these four stallions will all provide some beautiful horses.” – Tim Boland.

Boland’s client list features leading trainers Chris Waller, Gerald Ryan, John Size and Team Hawkes and Coolmore and Vinery Studs. Of the 71 Group One races contested in Australia in the 2017-18 season, Limitless Lodge graduates won 20 of them - and impressive 28 per cent winning strike rate at the highest level.

Colt a stunner

Deep Field has also got the attention of Sunninghill Park with an attractive colt who was passed in at the Easter Yearling Sale for $150,000. “He’s a cracker and he broke in really well,” stud manager Karen Keighley said. “He was really straight forward and he looks like he’ll be an early runner.” The colt is out of Soapy Star (Dubawi {IRE}), who won five races and was stakes placed.

Deep Field x Soapy Star colt

At Muskoka Farm, Toby Pracey can’t speak highly enough of Rubick (Encosta de Lago). “I’ve done six of them and they are very classy horses,” he said. “I really like them, they’ve thrown back to Encosta de Lago and they’re nice, rangy horses.

“The Brazen Beaus we’ve had have been nice types and very, very laid back. We’ve done a couple by Olympic Glory and they give you a really good feel. The Shooting To Wins have been pretty straight forward and the ones we’ve had have been really strong.”

Filly leaves lasting impression

One horse that has really made her mark with Pracey is a filly by Darley’s Sidestep (Exceed And Excel). “She’s the only one I’ve done, but she is really classy,” he said. “Everything’s in the right spot with her, I really like her.” Sidestep was the champion 2-year-old colt of his year and won the G2 Pago Pago Stakes and finished runner-up in the G1 Golden Slipper.

Bimbadean Park’s Shane Rose has been impressed with the progeny of the Group One winners Wandjina (Snitzel) and Dissident. “They are probably my favourite first season sires,” he said. “The Wandjinas we’ve had have been a bit bigger and stronger than some of the others and they look like they’ll go early. They’ve had a little bit more attitude, but not in a bad way.

Wandjina at Newgate Farm

“I really like the Dissidents we’ve had. They are quite big and strong as well and they’ve all been pretty good temperament-wise. We’ve done a few by Brazen Beau and they are quite level-headed and compact, they look like they will go early. We’ve done a bunch of Deep Fields as well and, again, they’ve been level-headed and nice horses.”

“I really like the Dissidents we’ve had. They are quite big and strong as well and they’ve all been pretty good temperament-wise. We’ve done a few by Brazen Beau and they are quite level-headed and compact, they look like they will go early. We’ve done a bunch of Deep Fields as well and, again, they’ve been level-headed and nice horses.” – Shane Rose.

Daniel Robinson, of DPR Breakers, has been taken by the attitudes of the progeny of Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) to have gone through his operation. “They look like early runners and pretty sensible types,” he said. “I’ve done three so far and they are easy to deal with.

“I’ve done a couple by Deep Field and the ones I’ve had are quite different look-wise and a bit lighter-framed than the Brazen Beaus, but they are pretty quiet and athletic. We’ve also done a couple by Rubick and one was a lovely, compact filly and again quite sensible while the other one was a big, solid horse. The Toronado we had was a lot more mature in his second preparation and moved really nicely while we’ve had a couple by Olympic Glory through and they were pretty level-headed as well.”

Duo lead the field

Woodside Park Stud pre-training manager Matthew Upton is firmly in the camp of Deep Field and Brazen Beau. “I did three or four of each and they were head and shoulders above the rest,” he said. “They were all very smart.”

Upton said he had also broken in two fillies by Hallowed Crown (Street Sense {USA}) and they did everything sensibly. “I did one by Toronado and he broke in nicely enough, but he was a very heavy, thick set horse and might need some time.”

Part 3 of the First Season 2YO Sires Feature will continue on Monday with early feedback from buyers and trainers.

Part 1 of the First Season 2YO Sires Feature ran in Wednesday's edition of TDN AusNZ. It can be viewed by clicking the image below.