Fairview’s five yearlings, a mighty handful
Fairview sold Gr.1 Golden Slipper winner Mossfun (whose purchaser Emirates Park Stud recently announced that the mare will be bred to Frankel this coming season) and Gr.3 winner Nancy from recent Easter drafts.
In 2017, they will present five yearlings, including a half-brother to their Slipper winner. Bluebloods spoke to Linda Duckworth about their draft.
Inglis Easter is promoted as the “Best of the Best”. How do your rate your draft this year?
The “best of the best” is always the aim with Easter. Every year we sort through all the horses on the farm, and pick out the best types and pedigrees for this sale. This year we have four lovely, well grown colts, and a nice filly. We’ve given them that extra time to grow into strong types.
Tell us about your farm, the facilities, and how you prepare your Easter draft.
Fairview is a very practical, working farm with good, safe facilities. We treat every horse the same, whether they are being aimed at Easter or Scone. It makes no difference to the way we grow them. The farm is a lovely property with undulating hills to raise weanlings, as well as good river flats. We have good rainfall and nice pastures. All horses are handled from birth, and spend time in and out of the stables through the early stages of their life. Every horse, regardless of sale, has an eight week sale preparation. We have an excellent team of staff, who go the extra mile to ensure the yearlings are turned out in the best possible way.
If there is one person you could invite to dinner who would it be?
The Queen. She’s amazing and still going strong at 90. I went to Royal Ascot, and was there when her horse won. She was so excited. She loves horses and loves racing, We could talk horses for hours. It’d be so much fun.
What is your favourite book?
I recently read Me Before You, and the sequel Me After You. I enjoyed the books but didn’t like the movie much. I also enjoyed The Girl on the Train. It’s a good page turner. I also enjoy reading romance – love the happily ever after. It’s escapist fiction, and fun.
Who is your hero?
My mum. She’s 84, she’s an amazing woman. If I can be like her when I’m old, I’ll be happy.
Finally, what would you say to a young person wanting to work in the industry?
Get as much experience as you can. Travel. Work overseas and be prepared for long hours. It’s a great industry to work in and you’ll be rewarded for your hard work. Get educated. Go to university and get a degree in agricultural management or something else related. Make sure you do the hard yards at the sales in the holidays. Listen to as many people as you can, and you will enjoy living and breathing the racing industry.
Let’s take a look at the draft as individuals.
The standout pedigree is Lot 125, the All Too Hard half-brother to Mossfun. This colt is out of the unraced Snitzel mare Eye For Fun, who is a half-sister to stakes winner Cat D’Antibes from the family of Brave Warrior. Also by All Too Hard is Lot 229, a colt who is the first foal of Miss Fearless, a winning Snitzel half-sister to Gr.2 winner Star Rolling. This colt is from the family of Frenetic, Fun on the Run and Tall Poppy.
“Both the All Too Hard colts are big strong types. Very similar in style and scope to each other.”
A Choisir colt, Lot 277, is the first foal of nine-race winner Party Dress (by Mossman) from the family of Twilight Precieux. “He is a big, precocious type of a horse.”
Lot 289 will attract plenty of attention from international buyers, as he is a More Than Ready half-brother to Hong Kong Champion Able Friend. Their dam, Ponte Piccolo, is a stakes winning half-sister to Global News. “This colt is a typical More than Ready, very racy. A neat, athletic type of individual.”
The only filly in the Fairview draft is Lot 340, a Mossman half-sister to Gr.3 winner Nancy. They are out of stakes winner Shalimar Sky. “She is a lovely, nice, strong filly.”