Peters powers Holbrook's Easter return

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Holbrook Thoroughbreds is back at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for the first time in four years with a high-quality draft bolstered by four Vancouver yearlings bred by Western Australia's leading owner Bob Peters.

Holbrook has a long-term relationship with Bob Peters, accommodating around 30 of his best east-coast based broodmares on its Scone property.

"We bred his good fillies here, Arcadia Queen (Pierro) and Delicacy (Al Maher). All that family. You can nearly go through the whole family and most of them are bred here," Holbrook's Julie Harris told TDN AusNZ.

"He rang up one day many years ago. It was just a simple phone call and he asked if we had room to take a few of his mares. He's been a great client. You couldn’t wish for a better client."

Holbrook-bred Arcadia Queen: pictured winning the G1 Kingston Town S.

With the strength of that relationship, Peters has entrusted Holbrook to take the two Vancouver fillies and two Vancouver colts to the iconic sale, which starts on April 9.

"We are very lucky this year, he's given us his Easter draft." - Holbrook's Julie Harris

"We haven't done Easter before for him. We've done a couple for the Classic Sale for him and we are very lucky this year, he's given us his Easter draft," Harris said.

Inaugural easter draft

Three of the four are from the extremely successful Antique (Metal Storm {Fr}) family, which has produced an incredible nine stakes-winners in two generations including star filly Arcadia Queen, the winner of last year's G1 Kingston Town S.

Among Holbrook's trio is a Vancouver colt out of the stakes-winner Broadway Belle (Redoute's Choice), who has already produced G2 WA Derby winner Action (Pierro) and recent Listed winner Regal Power (Pierro).

Harris described that colt, Lot 388, as a standout for her, and expects he’ll be well received, while the filly out of WA Derby winner Arcadia Dream (Domesday), catalogued as Lot 361, should be very popular as well.

"For a first foal, she's a lovely filly to do anything with. Both her and the Broadway Belle colt are relaxed and take the prep in their stride," she said.

It's a family awash with black type, with Arcadia Dream the half sister to Arcadia Queen as well as two other stakes winners.

"Both her and the Broadway Belle colt are relaxed and take the prep in their stride." - Julie Harris

The other Vancouver colt, Lot 360, is out of Antique Belle (Redoute's Choice), a dual stakes-winner, who was Antique's fifth foal. Antique Belle's first foal Fruition (Sebring) was sold for $80,000 at last year's Magic Millions and will be trained by Neville Parnham.

The other Vancouver filly, Lot 22, is not part of that family, but is the first foal from three-time Group winner Fuchsia Bandana (Trade Fair {GB}).

Vancouver currently leads aggregates and averages for all first-season sires at the major sales this season, but Harris feels that the best of his first crop is yet to come at the Riverside complex, where he has 25 catalogued.

Brazen trio to make an impression

Another stallion in high demand at the moment is Brazen Beau and Holbrook has three to present at Easter.

Two of them are on behalf Victorian-based breeder Michael Rea, who has been one of Holbrook's strongest supporters.

"He's very excited about having two in Easter and I'm sure he’ll do well." - Julie Harris

"Those two were born on here, went back to Victoria and now have arrived back for the sale," Harris said. "He's very excited about having two in Easter and I'm sure he’ll do well, they are very nice horses."

Harris said Lot 136, the Brazen Beau colt out of stakes-placed mare Montelimar (Fusaichi Pegasus {USA}) was the pick of the trio by the stallion.

Montelimar is a half-sister to Listed winner Superfly (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) and is out of black-type winner Allez France (Hennessey {USA}).

Rea's Brazen Beau filly, Lot 188, is a half-sister to two winners and is out of Prayer (Desert Prince {Ire}), the half-sister to Group 2 winner Hosannah, who produced a Group 2 winner herself in Altar (Commands).

Lot 322 is the other Brazen Beau from Uncommon (Exceed and Excel), the sister of Group-winning 2-year-old Exceedingly Good.

The remaining member of the Holbrook draft is Lot 148, a Pierro filly from the family of Starspangledbanner (Choisir) and Amicus (Fastnet Rock).

Like most of the rest of the vendors, Harris is expecting a strong Easter Sale on the back of strong demand at the top end of the market.

"It's been really strong throughout the year at the top and there is a lot of quality there. It’s a smaller catalogue with plenty of focus at the top end, so you’d expect some really good prices," she said.