Kitchwin has a proud MM tradition

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Written by Paul Vettise

Kitchwin Hills has found the Gold Coast a magical place with their quality drafts always attracting widespread attention in the sale ring and their graduates going on to fame and fortune in the accompanying racing series.

That's highly unlikely to change this year with a cracking line-up of yearlings with an array of leading commercial stallions and top female families represented.

A leading light off the farm in recent seasons has been Pierata (Pierro), who was knocked down to Warwick Farm trainer Greg Hickman in 2016 for $160,000.

Pierata returning to scale after his win in the Magic Millions Guineas

A half-brother to the G3 Skyline S. winner and G1 Golden Rose S. placegetter Ashokan (More Than Ready {USA}), Pierata won last season’s G3 Magic Millions Vo Rogue Plate and the Magic Millions Guineas.

“Not so long ago we had Phelan Ready, who won the Magic Millions and then the Golden Slipper so we’ve had a bit of luck here.” - Mick Malone.

“Not so long ago we had Phelan Ready, who won the Magic Millions and then the Golden Slipper so we’ve had a bit of luck here,” Kitchwin Hill’s Mick Malone said.

Phelan Ready (More Than Ready {USA}) was a $150,000 buy out of the Scone farm’s draft a decade ago.

Kitchwin Hills will also have two of the leading contenders for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic next Saturday in the form of Dubious (Not A Single Doubt) and Yes Yes Yes (Rubick).

Dubious in the pre-parade ring at the 2017 Magic Millions yearling sale

The former was secured last year by Aquis Farm and Ciaron Maher for $350,000 and the colt goes into the Gold Coast feature unbeaten in two appearances for Maher and trainer partner David Eustace.

Breeders’ Plate success

He won the G3 Breeders’ Plate at Randwick on debut and then followed up in the Basil Nolan Junior H. at Eagle Farm while Yes Yes Yes is also in a purple patch of form for trainer Darren Weir.

The champion trainer teamed up with respected bloodstock agent John Foote to secure the colt for $200,000 twelve months ago and he was runner-up first time out and has won his last two starts at Flemington and Moonee Valley.

Yes Yes Yes was a $200,000 yearling

Kitchwin Hills will again be strongly represented during this year’s sale from January 9-15 and Malone tipped a quartet of youngsters to lead the way.

“Lot 290 is the Fastnet Rock colt out of Wiener and he’s a three-quarter brother to the late Hinchinbrook, who was a huge loss to the industry.” – Mick Malone.

“Lot 290 is the Fastnet Rock colt out of Wiener and he’s a three-quarter brother to the late Hinchinbrook, who was a huge loss to the industry,” he said.

The richly-bred yearling’s dam is also a half-sister to the Group 1 winner and champion stallion Snitzel and his sister Viennese, winner of the G3 Jansz S.

Lot 290 Fastnet Rock x Wiener

“Lot 376 is a Written Tycoon colt out of the Exceed And Excel mare Baby Corn, who was a good 2-year-old winner and he’s a really nice horse,” Malone said.

Baby Corn won the Listed Pewsey Vale S. and is also the dam of Cornrow (Duporth), who placed at Group 1 level in the Blue Diamond S. and the ATC Sires’ Produce S.

Filly a favourite

Malone is also keen on a daughter of Snitzel, Lot 577, who is out of a half-sister to the G2 Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Gregers (Commands).

It is also the family of the G1 Coolmore Classic winner Ofcourseican (Mossman) and her half-brother Gimmethegreenlight (More Than Ready {USA}), who won the G1 Kenilworth Queen’s Plate.

Lot 577 Snitzel x Fiesole

“She’s a really good sort and Lot 640, the Time For War colt is a beautiful horse. He’s out of an Elusive City mare, as is Dubious,” Malone said.

The colt’s dam Hard To Hold (NZ) won on five occasions and her second dam is the Listed Morphettville S. winner French Flute (Jugah {USA}).

“You have to have those precocious types here, although with the three and 4-year-old races that are on now you can bring a horse that needs just that little bit more time,” Malone said.