First season sire cream on display at Coolmore

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Coolmore’s proven record of selling future elite level performers at the Inglis Sydney Easter Yearling Sale looks set to continue with Group 1 pedigrees running deep through their 2019 consignment.

The Inglis Easter Yearling Sale sets the standard in terms of type and pedigree. With three young Group 1-winning stallions on the roster, Coolmore will showcase what they believe are the best progeny by the high-profile trio.

“Easter is traditionally the place where breeders showcase the best of the best and it is no different for us this year when it comes to the six Pride Of Dubais, four Vancouvers and three No Nay Nevers that we have on offer,” said stud manager Jim Carey.

Coolmore went for a top-end strategy in 2016, standing both the Golden Slipper and Blue Diamond winners of the previous year at stud in the same year. This pair, Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro {USA}) and Pride of Dubai (Street Cry {Ire}), currently lead first season sire averages at 2019 yearling sales.

Vancouver stood for $66,000 inc. GST in his first season at Coolmore having been the dominant 2-year-old of the 2014-15 season. To date, 57 of his progeny have sold at an average of $156,492, with a top price of $540,000 for the colt from Epingle (NZ) (Pins).

“Easter is traditionally the place where breeders showcase the best of the best and it is no different for us this year." - Coolmore Stud Manager, Jim Carey

Pride of Dubai stood for $55,000 inc. GST, and yearlings have found favour with breeders selling for up to $300,000, while barnmate No Nay Never (USA) (Scat Daddy {USA}) is providing exceptional return for breeders. He has averaged $129,000 from his $11,000 2016 service fee, off the back of a hot-season from his first season in the Northern Hemisphere.

“We offer some outstanding first crop yearlings by our three first season sires,” Carey said. “All are sires with great credentials that have already been well sought after at the sales this year.”

Well-bred consignment

Coolmore has had a strong graduate record in recent years and the rich depth of pedigrees in the 2019 draft will be boosting the chances of similar success in the future.

“Since 1996, there have been 56 Group 1 winning graduates off the farm, including seven in 2018 alone,” Carey said.

“With the sale condensed down to two days, the focus on quality is emphasised even further." - Jim Carey

The Coolmore consignment features yearlings related to Group 1 winners Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice), Miracles Of Life (Not A Single Doubt), Dear Demi (Dehere (USA), Unforgotten (Fastnet Rock), Catchy (Fastnet Rock), Pear Tart (Dehere {USA}), Mighty Boss (Not A Single Doubt), Zagalia (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}), Albany Reunion (Fastnet Rock), Anabandana (Anabaa {USA}) and Age Of Fire (Fastnet Rock).

“Traditionally, the Inglis Easter catalogue showcases yearlings that are deemed to be the best ‘types’ with the best pedigrees,” Carey said.

“With the sale condensed down to two days, the focus on quality is emphasised even further. In recent years, Coolmore and our partners have gone about sourcing some of the best bred mares in the country to be bred to the best stallions, and this sale is a by-product of that.”

Pierro quality tipped

Carey tipped a trio by resident sire Pierro to make waves when they hit the ring over the coming days.

“A few years ago at Easter we sold a Pierro filly, later named Pinot who went on to win the G1 VRC Oaks,” he said. “This year, we offer three outstanding Pierro fillies out of Allez France, Cats Whisker and Pickin’ Time and it wouldn’t surprise if any of the three were to follow in Pinot’s footsteps.”

“Pierro is proving himself to be an elite, yet versatile sire." - Jim Carey

“Pierro is proving himself to be an elite, yet versatile sire, with stakes winners from 1000 metres to 2500 metres. Already this season he has produced top class two, three and 4-year-olds as evidenced by the likes of Bellevue Hill, Arcadia Queen and Pierata, among others.”

Lot 355 is the daughter of the Listed winner and Group performer Allez France (Hennessy {USA}), who has already produced the Listed Widden S. winner Superfly (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}).

The filly out of Cats Whisker (Fusaichi Pegasus {USA}), a dual Group 2 winner of the Let’s Elope S. and the Rose Of Kingston S., is a half-sister to the G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Catchy (Fastnet Rock).

The daughter of the stakes placed Pickin’ Time (Fastnet Rock), Lot 179, is from the family of the three-time Group 1 winner Special Harmony (Spinning World {USA}).