Kitchwin to build on prior success

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Emboldened by some fantastic results at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale last year, Kitchwin Hills present a draft with plenty of depth at this year's sale, which begins on Tuesday at the Riverside Complex.

Kitchwin sold 12 horses at the Riverside complex last year, achieving an average of $445,000 and headlined by a couple of huge results, with colts by leading sires Snitzel and I Am Invincible selling for over $1m.

The sale topper for Kitchwin was the Snitzel colt out of Group 1 winner Go Indy Go (Bernardini {USA}), who fetched $1.5m for a group headed by Steve Morley at Glenlogan Park.

Twelve months later, Kitchwin presents Lot 29, his full brother, who James Hetherington, Marketing and Nominations Manager, feels is potentially an improved version of last year's colt, who is now named Brabham and is currently in training with Peter and Paul Snowden.

"He is out of a really good race mare but is a really strong colt to go with it," Hetherington told TDN AusNZ.

"He's a different type of horse to the one last year. This guy looks like a real ball of speed. He should be up around that mark again. Whether he makes that $1.5m, it’s hard to say, but he should be in that top echelon of colts again," he said.

"He's a different type of horse to the one last year." - James Hetherington, Kitchwin Marketing and Nominations Manager

The Snitzel x Go Indy Go colt who sold for $1.5m at last year's Easter Sale, now named Brabham

The other seven-figure colt was by Yarraman's I Am Invincible out of Listed winner Marianne (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}), who has her second colt, by Coolmore's Vancouver catalogued as Lot 110.

All in all, Kitchwin present 10 colts and eight fillies, with a real mix of topline sires. There are four by Snitzel, three by Fastnet Rock, two by I Am Invincible and three by More Than Ready (USA).

"We had a really good sale here last year and we are trying to build off the back of that. We’ve got a pretty even bunch of 18, probably more even than last year and we are really happy with how they have come on over the last few weeks," Hetherington said.

"They are nearly all by stallions in the top four or five of the sires' table. It’s a good mix and we haven’t got all our eggs in the one basket."

"It’s a good mix and we haven’t got all our eggs in the one basket." - James Hetherington

Hetherington said while quality was the overriding factor in a successful sale, having the right mix of stallions was also important.

"We've got nice Sebring colt (Lot 236), a Written Tycoon (Lot 21) and a Hinchinbrook (Lot 190) as well. I think it’s a good mix of horse and the quality is there all the way. There is no tail to it."

"They are just a good bunch of horses who will all find their markets."

With the market strong at the top, and Easter the most select of the yearling sales, with only 450 in the catalogue, Hetherington said it was crucial to bring the best of the best.

"You don’t want to bringing something here for the sake of it, it has to be the right article." - James Hetherington

"You want to have your best here. If you don’t have a draft which mixes it with the best, you might get left behind a bit. I guess you are trying to find those ones who have the big pedigrees but type-wise can back it up," he said.

"You don’t want to bringing something here for the sake of it, it has to be the right article."

Pick of the fillies

The pick of the fillies, according to Hetherington, is Lot 287, by Medaglia d'Oro (USA) out of the Group 1 winning mare Steps In Time (Danehill Dancer {Ire}).

"Medaglia has been doing well at the moment with a few of those Godolphin fillies and she's at the right sale, in terms of those horses going well, out of champions, you are buying into a fair bit of residual there," he said.

Steps in Time is out of a Group 2 winning mare in Rare Insight (NZ) {O'Reilly {NZ}), a family that includes stakes winners Escadaire (O'Reilly {NZ}), Bonny O'Reilly (O'Reilly {NZ}), Glamour Puss (Tale Of The Cat {USA}) and Vision And Power (Carnegie {Ire}).

Lot 287 Medaglia d'Oro (USA) x Steps In Time

Kitchwin sold her first two colts by Sebring at Easter the past two years.

The recent performances of Pierata (Pierro) have been watched with pride by Kitchwin Hills, who sold him at for $160,000 as a yearling.

His younger half-brother by Rubick is catalogued as Lot 154 for Easter.

With a significant amount of quality from all the major players, and a strong market predicted, Hetherington is anticipating a big sale.

"It’s a very select sale when you get down to 400 after scratchings. When you have that top echelon, you get into a different market as we saw with the top lots at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. These are top-line horses who have such residual value and you’d expect it to be very strong," he said.

Lot 154 Rubick x November Flight