Segenhoe's young graduates enjoying outstanding results

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Segenhoe Stud has a long and proud tradition as a source of quality racehorses and this season has been no different, apart from significantly upping the ante when it comes to delivering precocity.

Youngsters sold through last year’s drafts have delivered with impressive regularity and so the farm’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale consignment will draw widespread interest with another regally-bred line of yearlings.

“We put a lot of money into the pasture and the land and try and do everything as naturally as possible to produce the best racehorses we can,” Segenhoe General Manager Peter O’Brien said.

“When we do our matings and rear the horses we’re not thinking sales or trade, we’re just thinking racehorses. Results on the track give us the biggest kick.

“We’re particularly proud of the success on the racetrack. That’s what we’re about.” – Peter O’Brien.

“We had 68 yearlings on the farm last year and this season we’ve had 19 2-year-old starters for three Group winners, six stakes performers and 10 individual winners.

“We’re particularly proud of the success on the racetrack. That’s what we’re about.”

Segenhoe's Peter O'Brien

While Segenhoe will present another line-up with quality and depth this time around, there is one particular member of the consignment that has bowled O’Brien over.

Firm favourites

He is Lot 88 and a brother to the G1 Coolmore Stud S. and G1 Royal Ascot Diamond Jubilee S. winner Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock), who was sold by Segenhoe in 2016 for $350,000.

“It’s difficult to try and separate your children at Easter, they are of extreme quality, but the horse that will grab a lot of attention is Merchant Navy’s brother,” he said.

“Quite honestly, he’s the best yearling that I have ever had anything to do with.” – Peter O’Brien.

“Dare I say, this horse is physically a far nicer yearling. By all accounts, a lot of the people who have come to the farm have said he could be in the top three sales toppers.

“Quite honestly, he’s the best yearling that I have ever had anything to do with. He’s got the pedigree obviously and his mind is unbelievable.

“He’s so laid back you can do anything with him and you wouldn’t think he was a colt. For me, he ticks every box for what I would want physically in a horse.

Lot 88 Fastnet Rock x Legally Bay colt

Lot 396 is a brother to the G3 Gimcrack S, winner Catch Me (I Am Invincible) and another firm favourite.

“He’s another star colt we have. The mare has been to I Am Invincible four years in a row and this fellow is a beautifully balanced, quality colt,” O’Brien said. “He will definitely attract attention.

“Another high profile colt is the Snitzel out of Peron for anyone looking for a Slipper horse. Massive hip, short back and got plenty of quality.”

“It’s very difficult to separate the fillies, there’s a plethora of stunners.” – Peter O’Brien.

He is Lot 175 with his dam a stakes winner and Group placed. It is the family of the G1 Oakleigh Plate winner Eagle Falls (Hussonet {USA}).

Stunning fillies

“It’s very difficult to separate the fillies, there’s a plethora of stunners,” O’Brien said.

“There’s the Pride Of Dubai out of Jezzabba. When you breed to Pride of Dubai this is what I would have expected to get. She’s a strong filly with a huge hip and a terrific action.”

She will present as Lot 70 and is out of a half-sister to the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce S. winner and G1 Golden Slipper S. runner-up Von Costa De Hero (Encosta de Lago) while Lot 400 is by So You Think (NZ) out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Celebrities Choice.

“It breaks my heart to sell her, but that’s our business.” – Peter O’Brien.

“It’s hard to put into words how good she is,” O’Brien said. “It breaks my heart to sell her, but that’s our business.”

The Segenhoe mating model is to utilise proven stallions for their top end mares, as their draft reflects, but with an exception to the rule this year.

“Pride of Dubai is a stallion we’re particularly fond of,” O’Brien said.

“He spent half of his life as a young horse at Segenhoe and went on to become a champion racehorse. Of the first season sires, we supported Pride Of Dubai and we’ve got two stunning fillies.”

“Of the first season sires, we supported Pride Of Dubai and we’ve got two stunning fillies.” – Peter O’Brien.

On general observations of the sale, O’Brien expected the high end of the market to be as competitive as ever and is hoping the hard work of Inglis’ staff is rewarded with strength in the tiers below.

“It’s a combination of Book 1 and Book 2 so effectively you are making an assumption of 70 to 80 Book 2 horses,” he said.

“There’s really only about 360 Book 1 animals and with scratchings you assume it will come down to maybe 330. If Inglis get the same spend as normal, it’s going to be a sensational sale at the top end.

“Last year, the middle and bottom end was very difficult. Particular credit to Sebastian Hutch and Jonathan D’Arcy, they have made a huge effort to get people to the sale.

“The likes of Mossfun, Flying Artie, Egg Tart and Aristia were all horses that made under $100,000. Inglis have made a concerted effort this year to get people to the sale for those types of horses.”