BLUEBLOODS SPOKE WITH COOLMORE’S AUSTRALIAN STUD MANAGER JIM CAREY ABOUT THE 2018 MAGIC MILLIONS.
Coolmore is synonymous with elite stallions, but the sales ring is also vitally important in the farm’s thinking, its graduates include 50 Gr.1 winners since 1996, recent Magic Millions yearlings Winx and Vancouver amongst them. How significant is the business of raising racehorses in the context of Coolmore’s operations in Australia?
No stone is left unturned in the pursuit of perfection at Coolmore, a concept that equally applies to the processes in place for the growth and development of young stock. Winx and Vancouver are amongst 13 Gr.1 winning graduates of the farm since the start of 2015 whilst the tally of stakes winning graduates for the last 3 years stands at 25, 26 and 25 respectively. There is a real ambition here to continue to breed top-class racehorses and all the necessary things are in place for this to continue. I’ve been lucky enough to work in some of the most fruitful nurseries in the world but our farm at Jerrys Plains is as good as I’ve seen. It’s just a wonderful environment to develop elite racehorses and we have a fantastic team of staff. At the highest level in racing and breeding, the margins between success and failure are so small and it is the attention to detail that can make all the difference. The people who look after the horses at Coolmore recognise their responsibility to grow and nurture high-class racehorses of the future and as the results show, they are doing an exceptional job.
The historic third Cox Plate success for Coolmore Magic Millions graduate Winx must have been something of a highlight for the farm. Her success aside however, what other graduate results have been the basis for particular satisfaction for all at Coolmore?
Graduates of Coolmore Australia have won over 125 stakes races since the start of 2015, but the last 12 months have been particularly special. Our 2014 foal crop, three-year-olds of the current season, has produced the likes of Catchy, Pinot, Mighty Boss, Formality, Tulip and Bring Me Roses amongst others. We have a broad spectrum of clients on the farm and to enjoy success to the extent that we have with a variety of different people and a diverse range of horses (the 25 stakes winners so far this year are by 15 different stallions) is very rewarding for the team involved and a great compliment to the farm and the systems in place.
Winx and Vancouver aside, your Magic Millions drafts of recent years have included the likes of Miss Rose De Lago, Religify, Supreme Profit, Cool Chap and Jennifer Lynn amongst others. What yearlings should we be looking out for in particular this time around?
We have enjoyed good success in past years offering a diverse range of horses that satisfy a wide range of investors and that is the case with our draft again this year. It is hard to single out particular yearlings out at this early stage but it goes without saying that the progeny of Fastnet Rock should be hugely popular. He has had an incredible year with 29 stakes winners around the world including some of the best three year-olds in Australia in Merchant Navy, Shoals, Formality and Catchy. He is a world-class sire in every discipline and the consistency with which he produces top horses is a very appealing factor with him. We have a number of very nice Pierro yearlings and he is the ‘coming man’ of the Australian sire ranks so to speak. Each of them are out of mares that feature Danehill in their pedigree and that is already shaping as one of the most potent crosses in Australasia with all of his stakes horses to date featuring Danehill on the dam side. We have some particularly nice Uncle Mo yearlings also. He’s done well from limited opportunities in Australia to date, as Man From Uncle, Conchita and Moqueen demonstrate, and this crop is his biggest and best-bred. His figures in the US with his first runners are astonishingly good and I have no doubt that he’ll make a strong impression with his runners from this crop.
Your draft includes first crop yearlings by Rubick and Adelaide, both of whom are young sires with strong credentials. Give us your view on their offspring.
Rubick was an incredibly talented racehorse, even more so than his race record shows, and colonial horses with his combination of speed and precocity are very much in fashion at the moment thanks to the exploits of Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon and Not A Single Doubt amongst others. He’s by the same sire as Northern Meteor in Encosta de Lago and his dam is a three-quarter sister to Redoute’s Choice, so as far as pedigree goes, he lacks for nothing and fortunately his stock seem to be inheriting his own sharp, powerful physique. They look like runners and the feedback from anyone who has had anything to do with his progeny has been incredibly encouraging. In Adelaide’s case, it is hard to ignore the precedent set by other sons of Galileo, 11 of whom have already sired Gr.1 winners themselves. He was a very talented horse that proved himself in Australia by winning our greatest weight-for-age test. We like what we have seen of his offspring and expect that he may prove capable of filling the void left by our great Classic sire High Chaparral.
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30 seconds with… Jim Carey
What do you wish more people would take notice of?
The fact that every horse represents an opportunity. Value is a relative term and there will be lots of it on the Gold Coast in January as long as investors are prepared to be open-minded
What is your favourite piece of music, or song?
Babylon by David Gray
What do you look for in a potential champion?
Balance, strength and fluid movement
Historical figure you would most like to have met?
Vincent O’Brien – an absolute genius