CRESSFIELD STUD WILL BRING ANOTHER DRAWCARD DRAFT TO MAGIC MILLIONS IN 2018. THIS SALE HAS BEEN A GOOD SOURCE OF TOP RACEHORSES FOR CRESSFIELD INCLUDING MAGIC MILLIONS GRADUATE MISSROCK (FASTNET ROCK – MISS JUDGEMENT) WHO SOLD IN 2015 FOR $500,000.
This sale has been a good source of top racehorses for Cressfield including Magic Millions graduate Missrock (Fastnet Rock – Miss Judgement) who sold in 2015 for $500,000. Now a Gr.3 winner that has earned more than she cost, Missrock was Gr.1 placed in the autumn of 2016/17. Another recent group horse off the luxurious property is home-bred Clearly Innocent, crowned NSW Country Horse of the Year, and who won the Gr.1 Kingsforth-Smith Cup over winter this year.
Bluebloods spoke to Operations Manager Liesl Baumann about their upcoming Magic Millions draft.
What is your personal Magic Millions ambition?
To present a draft that is 100% suited to this sale. By saying that I mean identifying the early running, sprinting types in our crop. To do this there are a number of factors that the team at Cressfield considers: Did the mare race as a two year-old? Is the sire a notable or likely two year-old sire? Does the yearling have a birth date and physical attributes that suggest early maturity? Are they of tractable nature to handle and cope with the stress of breaking and training?
There are long term commercial implications for the selection of sales for yearlings and I believe there is a competitive edge to be gained by presenting a mature yearling at an early sale like Magic Millions. Yearlings broken in directly after this sale have a head start in their education and training. They can be broken in, spelled, and halfway through another preparation before a yearling that was sold later in the year. When there is early black type up for the taking the difference between the winner and the rest may come down to race experience. For the mare owner, this can have a huge impact on the commercial appeal of the mare’s subsequent foals. For a mare to have a two year-old performer, the sale price for the very next yearling presented for sale is likely to be positively affected. I think this becomes even more important for the mares first foal, if it can gain early black type, the mare’s commercial career looks pretty solid from the outset.
How would you sum up your 2018 draft?
It is one of the more diverse looking drafts with regards to sire representation that we have had for a while. It is a good mix of the tried and true, and the exciting up and comers. Good two year-old sires like I Am Invincible, Exceed And Excel and Snitzel appear alongside the new guys, Brazen Beau and Deep Field.
A colt by Brazen Beau and a filly by Deep Field are our stand out types.
The Deep Field filly out of Shoboard is a half- sister to the three time winning Magic Millions’s graduate Live To Dream (Snitzel). She is from the same family of the Gr.2 winning Cressfield bred filly, Satin Shoes, who is now the dam of current two year-old winner of the Listed Gimcrack Stakes Satin Slipper (Pierro). This daughter of Deep Field is immensely athletic and fluid, with the short rein of a sprinter and good spring through her hocks.
The Brazen Beau colt is out of the Commands mare Egyptian Cross, herself a daughter of the indefatigable Gr.1 race mare Our Egyptian Raine, and also a half-sister to the Gr.3 winning Egyptian Symbol. This colt is a black muscle machine, with extreme masculinity, his balance and his laid back attitude adds to his swagger.
While I have identified those two as standouts, the remainder of the draft are no slouches either, including a full sister to Gr.2 winning two year-old Headwater out of River Dove and the last foal, a Snitzel colt, out of the undisputed Blue Hen, Snowdrift.
Overall I think we have a lovely draft through deliberate selection of mature early running types and pedigrees for this sale.
What are you good at, and what are you very bad at?
Criticising conformation. Additionally, I think I am generally pretty good at observing horses, picking up illness or injury from their general demeanour and understanding their biology.
I am woeful at spatial problem solving. That, along with my ability to perform simple additions correctly are painfully underdeveloped.
What do you wish more people would take notice of?
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