All in all with 21 yearlings set to grace the Newmarket sale ring from the Bhima draft, there are individuals that will hold appeal to all levels of investment and the team at Bhima are looking forward to April 4 when the first of the draft is set to sell.
Bhima’s graduates have performed extremely well throughout the season highlighted by the Group 1 victory of three-year-old filly I Am A Star in the Myer Classic as well as the five and a half-length victory of Heatherly in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes – who were both sold at the Newmarket complex. Heavens Above won the Group 1 Coolmore Classic, while Inglis Classic sale graduate Sircconi won the Group 2 VRC Sires Produce S. Bhima’s reputation as an outstanding source of quality racehorses continues to grow.
Bluebloods caught up with Mike ahead of the sale to ask him a few questions not only on the draft, but a few that would help gain further insight into Bhima’s main man.
Inglis Easter is promoted as the “Best of the Best”. How do you rate your draft this year?
“Bhima’s Easter draft this year is as good as it ever has been. We have a large draft of 10 colts and 11 fillies heading to Sydney for the April sale.
“We have two yearlings by exciting first-season sires Dundeel and Zoustar, while the draft also consists of proven sires with yearlings by I Am Invincible, Fastnet Rock and Exceed And Excel to name just a few. “We will also offer two quality yearlings by Northern Hemisphere-based sires Dansili and Sea The Stars.”
How have the huge increases in prize money, particularly in NSW, affected racing in your area?
“The increase in prize money has made owning a race horse more attractive. This has helped with the syndication of our young horses and in turn increased race-going crowds.”
Do you do much internet shopping, and if so, what for?
“Not particularly. The only thing I purchase online are generally Plane tickets.”
What have been your racing and breeding highlights over the past year?
“Being the vendor of I Am A Star and the very impressive first-up winner Limbo Soul who looks set to head to the Golden Slipper!”
What sports do you like to watch on TV?
“Tennis, Rugby and Horse Racing.”
Let’s take a look at the draft as individuals.
Champion sires are a key to Bhima’s Easter draft and the Exceed And Excel x Nureyev’s Girl (Lot 267) and Redoute’s Choice x Piste Noire (USA) (Lot 284) fillies really fit that bill.
The Nureyev’s Girl filly is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner King’s Rose and this season’s Group 3 performer Hardham. The residual value for this filly alone is extremely high, then add in the international black type family, whose latest up and comer appears to be King’s Rose’s first foal Satono Arthur, a colt by Deep Impact who is already a winner in Japan and at his most recent start at Kyoto was second at Group 3 level.
Another whose pedigree is flooded with international Group 1 performers is the Piste Noire filly. An unraced daughter of Diesis, who is herself a half-sister to the dam of the Group 3-winning, Group 1 placed Scissor Kick, a Redoute’s Choice colt Bhima sold through the Easter sale ring to Paul Messara a few years back.
Having covered his first book of mares at Arrowfield Stud, Scissor Kick has now shuttled to France to stand the northern hemisphere season at Haras d’Etreham. As a three-quarter sister to the shuttler from the family of Group 1 performers Cacique, Champ Elysees, Banks Hill and outstanding stallion Dansili, Lot 284 will not only have significant local appeal, but is sure to have plenty of international focus.
Not only do these fillies both have impressive internationally appealing pedigree pages, but they both tick all the boxes from a conformational point; impressive looking and great movers.
Other fillies within the draft include a More Than Ready half-sister to Wyong Magic Millions winner Assail (Lot 119) from the family of Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, a Medaglia d’Oro filly (Lot 29) from the family of Group 1 winners Champagne and St Remis, as well as a filly by Champion Sea The Stars out of the Group 3 winner Ready To Lift (Lot 301).
From the colt’s perspective, our first through the ring is Lot 4, a Medaglia d’Oro yearling from the famed Diamond Lover family, while an I Am Invincible colt out of a half-sister to the dam of Horse of the Year, Champion Sprinter and five-time Group 1 winner Lankan Rupee will sell as Lot 26.
Bhima are really excited to offer a colt (Lot 30) by Juddmonte’s Champion Sire Dansili out of the winning Sir Percy mare Aliante, a half-sister to the South African raced Group 2 winner Kingston Mines.
Another impressive colt within the 21-strong draft is Lot 42, a black colt by Champion Sire Lonhro. The second foal of the Listed-winning, Group 1 Blue Diamond placed Exceed And Excel mare Armed For Action, this colt is bred on a cross that has had seven winners from eight runners highlighted by Group 1 winner Bounding, and a further three stakes performers.