The Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale is to many, including Kia Ora Stud’s Alex Kingston, the pinnacle of thoroughbred selling and with that in mind she has saved the respected Scone farmís very best for this year’s edition.
Bluebloods spoke to Kia Ora’s Alex Kingston…
How did you get your start in the industry?
Whilst at university I rode track work (for five years) at Orange for legendary local trainer Johnno Johnson and also trained a collage horse, Claim Fame. She won at Orange on Melbourne Cup Day which was a great thrill. From there I went to the United States and my interest followed on into the breeding side.
What is the best piece of advice you have been given?
To always keep a level head in every situation and stay cool.
How have the increases in prize money affected racing in your area?
Country racing in New South Wales is becoming stronger and the interest is increasing. And that is definitely due to the prize money increases.
Name some of the best mares on your farm.
Mani Bhavan (Spinaway Stakes-Gr.1, 1400m winner), More Than Real and Dream Play all purchased at the sales in the United States. Our best Australian bred mares are Allegra (city winning dam of dual stakes winner Eximius), Twilight Royale (VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner from the family of Redoute’s Choice) and Se Sauver.
What have been your racing and breeding highlights over the last twelve months?
With breeding it would be selling Allegra’s lovely Mossman filly (a 3/4 sister to the Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1, 1200m winner Mossfun) for $400,000 at the Magic Millions. She is amongst the highest priced Mossmans, she was very well received. The same mare provided our racing highlight with her Exceed And Excel daughter Aljawzaa winning at debut for the Hayes stable. Hopefully she will reappear soon.
This will be the last Easter sale at historic Newmarket, what is your favourite memory there?
2013 was the first big draft I had prepared and looked after and we had two seven figure yearlings by Fastnet Rock; Zululand sold for $1.5 million to Coolmore and Mumbai Rock for $1.55 million to James Bester. We also won the best prepared draft award, it was an awesome week!
Thoughts on Winx?
She is definitely one of the best in the world and at the moment it seems she is unbeatable. She is never pushed in her races, she does it all with such ease.
“They are a lovely group of yearlings with good physicals, and they are all by proven high class stallions ”
Lot 9 b.f Stratum – Warpath (Reset)
From the third last crop of her Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1, 1200, winning sire, she is a sister to the stakes placed juvenile Alkaashef out of a stakes winner from the prolific US Plucky Liege family of the Group One gallopers Honour And Glory and Ogygian. “She is a lovely, good walking filly with good bone,” Kingston said.
Lot 101 b.f Exceed And Excel
Decelerator (Dehere): dam is an imported Group Three and dual Listed winning granddaughter of the Group One mare Fabulous Notion. Boasts duplications of the excellent mares My Charmer, Natalma and Bellesoeur. It is worth noting that Exceed And Excel has had 14 winners (including two stakes winners) from 15 runners out of Dehere mares. “A well grown filly very typical of Exceed And Excel.”
Lot 113 b/br.f Exceed And Excel
Dream Play (Hennessy): bred on the same Exceed And Excel/Storm Cat cross as Group winners Kuroshio, Brugal Reward and Believe ‘N’ Succeed, she is a 3/4 sister to the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.2, 1400m winner Zululand out of an imported Group Two winner whose dam Playcaller is a dual stakes winner. “Kia-Ora’s stand-out filly, an early type, athletic with a beautiful head.”
Lot 185 b.c Fastnet Rock
Inglorious (Hennessy): first foal for a high class import who was awarded the title of Champion 3Y0 Filly in Canada in 2011. This fellow’s first four dams are all stakes winners and he is bred on the outstanding Fastnet Rock/Storm Cat cross that provides for the duplication of Crimson Saint, dam of Royal Academy and grandam of Storm Cat. Fastnet Rock has sired ten stakes winners (including the big race winners Awesome Rock, Foxwedge and Irish Lights) along these lines. The more specific Fastnet Rock/Hennessy cross has been represented by nine winners (three stakes winners) from just 11 runners. “Our stand-out colt, a great first foal with good bone, a short cannon and an excellent walk.”
Lot 248 b.c Fastnet Rock
More Than Real (More Than Ready): brother to the promising three-year-old Miss Debutante and last year’s $580,000 filly Miss Imagination who has been creating a good impression at the trials for the Paul Perry stable. Dam is a Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf-Gr.2, 1m winning daughter of the five times Listed winner Miss Seffens whose dam Noise Enough is also a stakes winner. “Both our Fastnet Rock colts are compact, neat, two-year-old types.”
Lot 331 b.f Fastnet Rock
Se Sauver (Bel Esprit): bred on a 3f x 3m cross of Royal Academy, she is the first foal for an Edward Manifold Stakes-Gr.2, 1600m winning half-sister to the South Australian Derby-Gr.1, 2500m and dual Group Three winner Escado and to the promising two-year-old Aberro who caught the eye at his recent debut. “She is a very good first foal who should be well received. She has good bone and a lot of stretch to her, very much a Fastnet Rock type.”