Vinery pair set for sales debut

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Vinery Stud is anticipating a strong response to the first crop of its stallions Press Statement and Headwater at next month's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Next month's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale shapes as a crucial test for Vinery Stud's pair Press Statement and Headwater, with their first crops hitting the yearling sales for the first time.

Vinery Nominations and Sales Manager Adam White admits there is always a moment of nervous anticipation ahead of any stallion having their first yearlings put to market and the continued development of the Gold Coast sale only heightens that sense.

"It’s a very important sale. Over the past five years it has come on in leaps and bounds. We've had to lift the bar a bit on the horses we take up there. It generally kicks the year off very well and I'm sure it will be the same this time around," White said.

"It generally kicks the year off very well and I'm sure it will be the same this time around." - Vinery Nominations and Sales manager, Adam White

Expectations have always been high for Press Statement, who stood for $27,500 in his first season having retired as a winner of the G1 JJ Atkins S and the G1 Caulfield Guineas.

There are 15 of his first crop catalogued for the Magic Millions and White said if the positive reaction to the three that Vinery is selling is any guide, it should be a successful sales debut.

"I think he’ll start off the sales at Magic Millions really well." - Adam White

"I've had a lot of people coming through our farm just recently, looking at our yearlings and the common occurrence is people are saying that they think Press Statement will be a bit of a smokey," he said.

"That's no real surprise to us. They are nice horses and we have a lot of faith in him. We didn't really see him as a smokey, but it's good that people are really discovering his stock out there. That they are happy with them. I think he’ll start off the sales at Magic Millions really well."

Press Statement has 15 lots catalogued in the Magic Millions Sale

Filly highlights Vinery trio

The best of the Press Statements on pedigree is Lot 347, the filly out of Amberino (Perugino {USA}), who Vinery is offering itself.

Amberino was a Group 2 winner and has produced the quality mare Winter Bride (Not A Single Doubt), who won back-to-back Group 3 races at Caulfield over the spring.

"She's a beautiful filly. She's a good size filly with nice scope. There's a lot of quality about her," White said of lot 347.

Lot 347 is a half-sibling to Winter Bride, who won back-to-back G3 races at Caulfield

"She's very athletic. Obviously her mum could run quite a bit. She's produced a good one in Winter Bride, who has had a terrific spring, so the pedigree page over the last six months has had a huge boost."

"She is one filly that a lot of the clients who have come through the farm already have taken a liking to." - Adam White

"She has always been a nice filly from the time she was born all the way through a weanling and she's furnished out extremely well during her yearling preparation. She is one filly that a lot of the clients who have come through the farm already have taken a liking to."

The Press Statement filly out of Giovanna Bella (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}), listed as Lot 614, should also be well received and looks like a horse that will get up and run as a 2-year-old according to White.

"She might be a little more forward than what the Amberino filly is. She'll get up and run a little earlier. She's a strong compact filly and she moves very well," he said.

Vinery is also offering a Press Statement colt (Lot 787), out of Max It Out (Northern Meteor), the daughter of Western Australian Group winner Is Amazing.

"He's a very good representation of Press Statement." - Adam White

"He's a very big strong colt. Very much in the mould of his father. He's got great scope, good strength, he moves really well. Press Statement was an exceptional 3-year-old, winning a Caulfield Guineas and this horse has got Classic status written all over him. He's a very good representation of Press Statement," White said.

Watch: Press Statement - A Serious Racehorse

Need for speed drives demand for Headwater

Vinery is also taking confidence in Headwater ahead of his first yearlings going to the sales, but for different reasons.

"He is what Australian buyers want. He has a very speedy pedigree." - Adam White

"He is what Australian buyers want. He has a very speedy pedigree. His father Exceed And Excel has been an exceptional stallion. As a racehorse he won one of our major sprints, the Newmarket and Headwater's mother (River Dove) was also a very talented sprinter, winning the Oakleigh Plate," White said.

Headwater has 17 lots catalogued at the Magic Millions sale

"He's got speed written all over him, He was a very fast horse himself. He was a fast 2-year-old which is also what people want. He won the Silver Slipper at his second start. Along with that, he's an exceptional looking horse and gets good looking horses."

Of the 17 lots catalogued, Vinery is offering one of his first crop, Lot 739, a colt out of Legislature (More than Ready {USA}). The dam is a stakes-placed half-sister to Group 1 winner Carry On Cutie, from the family of The Mission as well as recent G3 Maribyrnong Plate winner Vinicunca (I Am Invincible).

"He's a nice big colt. Plenty of size and scope and he's quite an attractive colt," White said. "He's out of a More Than Ready mare, which is a cross we quite like."

"It’s a good 2-year old family, with Legislature being a sister to Carry On Cutie, who was a Group winning 2-year-old. I think he’ll go very well. He's a great representation of Headwater."


Aristia's half-brother creates interest

Also among Vinery's 23 at the sale is the half-brother to recent G1 Kennedy Oaks winner Aristia (Lonhro) by Written Tycoon, who will be sold in the Saturday night session at the Gold Coast.

"He's out of a good running mare in Nakaaya (Tiger Hill {Ire}). He looks like a real 3-year-old type like his half sister," White said.

"I think he's going to generate plenty of interest given what happened at Flemington during the spring."

Lot 849 is a half-brother to recent G1 Oaks winner, Aristia

Like Aristia, the colt is bred by Vinery shareholder Greg Perry.

White is also looking forward to the reception the two fillies by Tapit (USA), Lots 403 and 526, receive.

Both are grey like their champion sire and both are from North American mares with plenty of black type on the pedigree page.

"He's been a wonderful stallion in America and very dominant. These fillies are out of good running mares and are great for those buyers looking for fillies with a bit of residual value. I think they will generate a lot of interest," he said.

Vinery are also offering two yearlings by Tapit