Placement key to Classic success

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Written by Paul Vettise

Talented performers Property (Starcraft {NZ}) and Prize Catch (Zoffany {Ire}) are two more recent shining examples of Amarina Farm’s happy knack of presenting the ideal types in front of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale buying bench.

The long-time vendors offered Property in 2014 and he was knocked down to Aquanita Racing for $130,000. He didn’t take long to show a return on the investment with a lucrative 2-year-old campaign.

Runner-up on debut, he triumphed in the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude off the back of success in the Listed Preview and subsequently won the G3 Kindergarten S.

“You’ve just got to try and place these horses at the best sale you can. Property was a good example,” said Craig Anderson, who owns and operates Amarina with his wife Sue and Gavin Murphy and Cath Donovan.

“You’ve just got to try and place these horses at the best sale you can.” – Craig Anderson.

Sue and Craig Anderson

In 2015, Prize Catch was purchased out of their draft by Boomer Bloodstock for $42,000 and he is now a highly valued member of Lindsay Smith’s stable with nine wins netting more than $400,000.

Prize Catch opened his black type account in November with victory in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup and he has since acquitted himself well in stronger company with a last-start third in the G2 Perth Cup.

“We’ve been selling here for 20-odd years and the Classic Sale has been known as one for type, a good sort without a big pedigree can sell well,” Anderson said.

A couple of favourites in Amarina’s 2019 consignment are daughters of Epaulette, Lot 749, and Shooting To Win, Lot 396.

“We’ve been selling here for 20-odd years and the Classic Sale has been known as one for type, a good sort without a big pedigree can sell well.” – Craig Anderson.

“The Epaulette filly out of Sweet Nothings is a lovely type,” Anderson said.

Sweet Nothings (Falvelon) is an unraced half-sister to the G3 Frank Packer Plate winner Red Terror (Red Ransom {USA}) and to the Singapore black type winner Lim’s Reward (Royal Academy {USA}).

There is also an international flavour to the pedigree in the form of the third dam, the G3 Garden State Vineland H. winner Agacerie (USA) (Exclusive Native {USA}).

She is a half-sister to the dam of the G1 Aqueduct Mile winner and sire Quiet American (USA) (Fappiano (USA). The G1 Kyoto Kikuka Sho winner Toho Jackal (Jpn) (Special Week {Jpn]) also appears on this filly’s page.

“The Shooting To Win out of Ipioga is another really good type and should sell well,” Anderson said.

“The Shooting To Win out of Ipioga is another really good type and should sell well.” - Craig Anderson.

The dam, by Niello, was a winner and finished third in the G1 Schweppes Oaks and is a half-sister to the stakes winner and Group 2 placegetter Honest Politician (Distorted Humor {USA}. The Singapore Gold Cup winner Grand Jury (NZ) (Deputy Governor {USA}) is part of this family.

Lot 396 Shooting To Win x Ipioga

Lot 251 is a well-related colt by Dissident out of Demanding Queen (Commands) and she is a half-sister to Imposingly (Zabeel {NZ}).

She has found honour and glory as the dam of the multiple Group 1 winner and two-time New Zealand Horse of the Year Bonneval (NZ) (Makfi {GB}). Imposingly has also produced the Group winners Imposing Lass (NZ) (Makfi {GB}), Full Of Spirit (Flying Spur) and Lady Cumquat (NZ) (Duke Of Marmalade {Ire}).

Lot 160 is a son of Smart Missile and Bondarenko (NZ) (Pins) from the family of the great O’Reilly (NZ) and the G1 Cox Plate winner Ocean Park (NZ) (Thorn Park) while Lot 360 is a filly by Kermadec out of Hamsa (USA) (Fusaichi Pegasus {USA}).

The dam was runner-up in the G1 Belmont Gazelle S. and has produced two winners.

Amarina will also present yearlings by Rubick, Star Witness, Nicconi, Bullbars and Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) during the sale.