Vinery Stud’s recent Easter graduates include the 3yos Gr.2 winner Russian Revolution and stakes winner Morvada; as well as Gr.1 winners Entisaar, Delectation, and Shamus Award from recent earlier drafts. The farm continues to produce excellent horses from a range of sales, including the 2017 Reising Stakes winner Frolic from their 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling draft. Bluebloods spoke to Adam White about their 2017 draft of thirteen yearlings for the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.
Inglis Easter is promoted as the “Best of the Best”. How do your rate your draft this year?
We have a very select draft for the Easter sale, including a particularly nice group of fillies. The draft are all stock of very commercial sires including Champion USA Sire Tapit (#2 US Turf Sire in 2017), Snitzel, More Than Ready, Medaglia D’Oro, Lonhro, So You Think and All Too Hard.
Tell us about your farm, the facilities, and how you prepare your Easter draft.
Vinery is obviously a farm with a proven record of producing top class racehorses over many generations. The country, with its undulating paddocks, is an ideal place to rear your stock. Our yearling area is also a great place to prepare the horses for the sale with a horse walker, hand walking area and day paddocks to turn them out into during the day. They are turned out first thing of a morning for a couple of hours before coming in and either going on the horse walker or being hand walked. Of an afternoon, they are groomed.
What’s the best advice you have been given?
Be good to people on the way up, as they will be good to you on the way down.
What have been your racing and breeding highlights over the last 12 months?
Seeing the All Too Hard stock hit the track. Knowing the racehorse he was and what he achieved himself as he got older makes it a very exciting time as his progeny do the same.
Bluebloods disagrees with Winx being rated third best horse in the world. We think she is clearly the best. What is your opinion?
She is obviously up there with the best Australia has produced. I haven’t been lucky enough to see the others race, though there have undoubtedly been some impressive performances. All I know is she makes true Gr.1 horses look like Benchmark horses.
What is your favourite meal?
What sport do you like to watch on TV?
AFL & Racing
Who is your hero?
Dead heat: My wife and Roger Federer. Both Champions, terrific people and I don’t know how they get things done having twins, they just do.
Let’s take a look at the draft as individuals.
Of the thirteen yearlings; five are by All Too Hard who has already sired his first group horse in Mystic Empire (2nd Gr.3 Widden Stakes). The first foal of dual Gr.1 winner Samaready is Lot 326; a filly with huge residual value from the family of Gr.1 winner Almalad and County Tyrone. Lot 325 is a colt from dual Gr.1 winner Sacred Choice from the family of Marauding. “He is all class. Good size and strength, very well balanced. Great bone.”
Another colt by All Too Hard from a Gr.1 winning mare is Lot 287, whose dam Polar Success won the Golden Slipper, and she has left two stakes horses; three if you count Lightz who ran fourth in Listed company recently, from her five winners. “Although a December foal he does look as though he will go early and will continue to develop into a nice horse over the coming months.” Lot 88 is a half-sister to Gr.3 winner Swear, out of dual Listed two year-old winner Crossyourheart. This filly is from the family of All Thrills Too; while the other All Too Hard filly, Lot 55, is the second foal of group placed Belscenica; who is a daughter of stakes winner Bellonic.
Vinery’s Champion Sire, More Than Ready, is the sire of Lot 457, who is a half-brother to multiple Gr.1 winning sprinter Hay List. A half-brother to stakes winner Morvada, by Vinery’s Myboycharlie, is Lot 406; from the family of New Zealand Derby winner Zonda and recent group winner Dixie Blossoms.
Two yearlings by Champion USA Sire Tapit should appeal to international buyers. “Tapit has been a sensation in the USA and should generate a lot of interest given the international market Easter attracts.” Lot 179 is a colt from Gr.2 winner Hour Glass who is a half-brother to two other USA stakes winners. “He is a very forward type of horse.” Lot 109 is a USA born filly, the first foal of Dixie Smile who is a half-sister to stakes winners Procreate and Perilous Night. “This filly has good scope and is most attractive. She has a nice black type family so will be of interest to breeders looking to find a race filly to breed from later.”
The third foal of Gr.2 winner Nakaaya, Lot 254 is a Lonhro filly, whose older siblings are both winners. Lot 368 is a Medaglia d’Oro filly who is the first foal of Canadian Gr.2 winner Spring Venture, who is from a strong imported family. Everyone wants a Snitzel, as he has taken all before him this season. Vinery will offer a filly, Lot 107, from Gr.2 winner Divine Rebel, who is herself a daughter of Gr.1 winner It’s My Sin. “A lovely filly, she is a bit bigger than most Snitzels with great scope to her. Certainly a readymade racehorse in my eyes.” Champion racehorse So You Think had his second Gr.1 winner recently, and his filly, Lot 226, is the third foal of Gr.3 winner Mirrasalo, a daughter of stakes winner and Gr.1 placed St. Therese.