War Stars at Inglis Ready To Run Sale
By Kristen Manning
It is usually the big name stallions who dominated sale results so it was good to see Wednesday’s Inglis Ready To Run Sale topped by a stallion who stands at a fee affordable to many owner/breeders.
It was not Snitzel or Fastnet Rock who provided the sale topper out at Oaklands Junction, rather Blue Gum Farm’s War who stands this season at a fee of $6600.
Bred at Blue Gum, the $420,000 colt purchased by Sweetbriar Equine is the fifth foal produced by the Snowland mare Crevesse.
What a grand job that Sandown winning mare has done, her three foals to race so far all being winners with two of those – Cliff Hanger (by Canford Cliffs) and Kirabo (Real Saga) earning black type with Group Two and Listed placings.
Meanwhile her three-year-old Hecta (Canford Cliffs) recently bolted in at Casterton; his second success from just three starts.
Bred on the same More Than Ready/Snippets cross (one that provides for the duplication of the influential mares Striking, Almahmoud and Lavendula II) as the stakes winners Common Interest and Tropic Thunder, the brown colt foaled in early October 2015 can boast amongst his relations the stakes winners Don Raffael, Ivory Princess, Miss Matched, Savute, Face Value, Diamond Earth and Golden Ivory.
Racing just four times, War debuted in the first juvenile race of the season – finishing second to Whittington in the Listed Breeders Plate at Randwick; during his second and final preparation winning the Gr.3 Up And Coming Stakes.
One of More Than Ready’s 175 stakes winners, War hails from one of Australia’s finest families with his third dam being the multiple Group One winning successful broodmare Denise’s Joy whose descendants include the big race winners Bentley Biscuit, Thorn Park, More Joyous, Sunday Joy, Joie Denise, Arlington Road, Euphoria and Tuesday Joy.
Whilst the honour of siring the top seller at Wednesday’s Inglis Ready To Run Sale went to Blue Gum Farm’s War, Darley Victoria’s Kuroshio also enjoyed a successful sale.
Three of the fast son of Exceed And Excel’s progeny made their way through the ring, one passed in for $145,000 (reserve $150,000) whilst the other two fetched $100,000 and $50,000 – a good return off an $8,800 service fee.
The winner of three of his 11 starts, Kuroshio was a Flemington Listed winner at his two-year-old debut in the spring of 2012, at that age also winning the Gr.3 Blue Diamond Preview.
Despite a demanding juvenile campaign, the good looking bay was back in action at three easily winning the Gr.2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley.
Proving popular with Victorian breeders – serving 282 mares over his first three years at stud -Kuroshio will this season be represented by his first runners with 13 of his progeny being named so far.
One of his dual Group One winning sire’s 138 stakes winners, Kuroshio is a full brother to the Gr.3 winner Believe ‘N’ Succeed, dam of the NZ Group One winner Bounding. His grandam is the US Group One winner November Snow.
Kuroshio’s $100,000 colt sold by Gippsland Bloodstock to H Chen, China is a 3/4 brother to the metropolitan winner Perfectly Safe and half to fellow city galloper Lonhruge out of an imported Sadler’s Wells mare whose dam is the Royal Ascot Gr.3 winner Narwala.
Kristen Manning is a freelance racing writer and pedigree analyst based in Melbourne. A keen owner/breeder who loves every aspect of thoroughbred horse racing, she has written two books focusing on the deeds of Fields Of Omagh and Prince Of Penzance.