Freshman All The Talk at Swan Valley

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The 2019 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale kicks off on Monday and one young stallion is ready to make an immediate impression.

With more of his progeny catalogued at this week's Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale than any other stallion, Mungrup's Stud's first-season sire I'm All The Talk is expected to make a significant impression at Swan Valley this week.

Twenty-two yearlings by the son of Stratum will go under the hammer on Monday and Tuesday, with his hosts at Mungrup offering 18 of them.

A winner of the G3 Skyline S. as a 2-year-old when prepared by Gary Portelli, I'm All the Talk was also placed in a G2 The Shorts behind multiple Group 1 winner Terravista (Captain Rio {GB}).

Portelli is the best-placed person to assess the similarities between the stallion and his stock and has been in Perth inspecting them ahead of the sale.

I'm All The Talk

"He seems to have stamped most of them, although the ones out of Oratorio mares look like the Oratorio has come out in them," Portelli told TDN AusNZ.

"The ones that he put his stamp on have got the white face and the white legs. They are the chestnuts with a silver mane and tails. So he's put a stamp as far as the colour is concerned."

"The ones that he put his stamp on have got the white face and the white legs." - Gary Portelli

While the flashy white markings and chestnut colouring are an obvious link to I'm All The Talk - ten in all are listed as chestnut - Portelli is keen to see which ones had similarities in physical movement.

"The biggest characteristic we were looking for was the walk. He had a massive overstep and a lot of movement through his pelvis and hips and that's what we were looking for and a couple of them have got that," he said.

"Not every stallion throws them identical to themselves, but there are a couple of them that we quite like."

Trainer Gary Portelli

Mungrup looking for a big first impression

Mungrup Stud owner Gray Williamson is very much looking forward to presenting its 18-strong draft from I'm All The Talk's first crop.

"We've been absolutely rapt with the way they have come up and are presenting themselves. They are great walking horses as well as really good hindquartered horse. We are really happy with them," he said.

"We've been absolutely rapt with the way they have come up and are presenting themselves." -Mungrup Stud owner Gray Williamson

"He has some chestnuts and some bays. The chestnuts are pretty flashy. But they all have that really good hindquarter on them. They are good sized horses with a great square hindquarter."

"If they don’t go fast, I’ll eat my hat."

Two of I'm All The Talk's first yearlings to be presented by Mungrup Stud

While Portelli was understandably playing his cards close to his chest on which of the I'm All the Talks he would target on Monday and Tuesday, Williamson has a couple of standout lots from his selection.

"His first lot out is Lot 5 out of Almachino (Al Maher). She's a really powerful filly. Her half sister (Orachino) won a 2-year-old trial on Friday," he said.

"She's out of a nice young stakes-placed mare and is a really good-bodied filly. You’d be really surprised if she doesn’t go early."

Almachino was third in a G3 WA Champion Fillies S. and is a half to another stakes-placegetter in Lets Get Nauti Gal (Harbour Watch {Ire}). It's a family that goes back to Italy and a host of black-type winners.

Lot 5 I'm All The Talk x Almachino

Lot 48 is among the best of the colts on offer from Mungrup Stud, being out of Fleeting Angel (Don’t Say Halo {USA}), making him a half-brother to G2 WA Guineas winner Variation (War Chant {USA}).

"He's more of a 3-year old style," Williamson said. "Out of all the I'm All The Talks, he's the most like a 3-year-old type, but he's great-sized, very strong and good boned."

Market ready to talk

Williamson is confident that the first crop of their stallion will be well received by both the local Western Australian buyers as well as those from interstate who will remember him as a racehorse.

"We’ve already had a number of eastern states buyers that have seen him race that are already looking at his draft." - Gray Williamson

"His progeny should go early as 2 and 3-year olds. Our bonus systems work like that. But he also adds that bit of eastern stakes flavour, we’ve already had a number of eastern states buyers that have seen him race that are already looking at his draft," he said.

As mentioned Portelli has been one of them and having come up with a short list, he is pretty keen to take at least one back across the Nullarbor with him.

"There's enough here to suggest we should be able to get one maybe two, depending on what the market is. We don’t want to spend too much. He's a first-season sire and there is no BOBS bonus for us here. We will go to a mark on a few of them and see how we go," he said.

Strong competition expected

Overall, Portelli is expecting a very competitive buying bench, with a strong representation from across Australia already at the sale. That, combined with what he says is an increase in quality, should make for a very interesting first sale at the new complex.

"I think we’ve seen a big improvement in quality this year. There's a lot of nice horses in this sale and I think that there is a horse for everyone here," he said.

"There's a lot of nice horses in this sale and I think that there is a horse for everyone here." - Gary Portelli

"Based on the Classic Sale, I thought that was a buyers' market, but I'm seeing a lot of eastern states buyers and I think there will be competition on certain horses."

"There are a lot of people from New South Wales, Queensland and Melbourne looking like they may have missed out at the Classic Sale and might have thought there might be some bargains here. All you need is two people in for the one horse and it will make a good sale, it will be interesting to see what happens."

Mungrup offering plenty of depth

From a local perspective, Williamson said it is almost impossible to gauge what direction the market will take, but he is confident in the overall depth of Mungrup's Stud's 32-strong draft across both books.

"As well as the I'm All the Talks, our Oratorios are the best draft we've taken to the sale for a while, and the Playing Gods are looking good too. We are very happy, because we haven’t got big numbers of those this year, we have good quality and they’ll sell well," he said.

The sale kicks off with 155 catalogued lots from Book 1 from 2pm local time on Monday before Lots 156-310 go on sale from 11am on Tuesday.