Within the horseshoe area created by the Manning River winding its way to the Pacific Ocean sits picturesque Edinburgh Park, breeding ground of champions with Ian and Andre Smith supported by committed staff giving their youngsters every chance to thrive.
Of course best known as the breeders of the Hong Kong superstar Silent Witness, the Smiths do not rest on their laurels and are always looking to the future; excited about 31 “very nice, commercial” foals currently at Edinburgh with next year’s major sales in mind.
Faring well at the recent Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Edinburgh had four yearlings make six figures; a $240,000 Hinchinbrook colt sold to Bill Mitchell, a $130,000 Deep Field to Ellerton Zahra racing, a $115,000 Dawn Approach colt to S Farah and a $100,000 Trusting colt to Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott/Blue Sky Bloodstock.
Edinburgh had further reason to celebrate recently when its latest star product Assimilater, a 420K purchase from the Edinburgh 2016 Easter draft by China Horse Club added to his already impressive record by scoring a stunning last to first victory in the prestigious Canberra Guineas in mid March.
The Sebring colt, renowned for his powerful finish had already been runnerup in the Gr.3 ATC Ming Dynasty and 5th in the Gr.1 Golden Rose but seems to have come back better than ever and is a free advertisement for the quality of bloodstock being reared and sold by Ian Smith’s farm. Assimilate’s potential is untapped, we are sure to hear more from this exciting colt.
With Edinburgh running solely at its present site for just five years (and another three along with the previous location) there has been a transition period with a number of mares sold in foal as an upgrading process was taking place. Subsequently sale numbers are not huge this year but Ian Smith could not be happier with the quality; the stud’s three Inglis Easter Australian Yearling Sale youngsters oozing quality.
And he is very much looking forward to the sale taking place at Inglis’ new Riverside Stables having enjoyed the Classic experience.
“It is an outstanding complex and as they figure out a few little things as more sales are held there it will only get better,” he said. “There is no doubt that it is a world class facility and I think everyone will be excited to get to the Easter sales this year.”
It is busy early for Edinburgh with the stud’s first two Easter yearlings going through the ring consecutively…
Lot 59 b.f by Sebring from Caiguna (Dubai Destination): a sister to the Group Two placed city winner (at two) Serena Bay and half-sister to the two times winner Seguna out of a classy and versatile race mare who won over 1500m at Ascot at three enroute to an easy 1 1/4 length Listed victory in the Natasha Stakes over 2200m.
Most impressive that day, she shot clear from before the turn giving nothing else a chance. The strength of that win saw her sent out a short price favourite in the Western Australian Oaks-Gr.3, 2400m but sadly things did not go to plan and it was to be the Fred Kersley trained filly’s final start. Producing outstanding types, Caiguna had a sister to this filly fetch $240,000 at this sale last year and that Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott trained filly has impressed winning a Warwick Farm trial.
Along with Serena Bay, that filly named Wimlah is Queensland carnival bound and they are seeking to add further blacktype to an already strong family that includes stakes winners All Washed Up, Straight No Ice, Aree Lad and Southern States.
Caiguna is a descendant of the influential matriarch Aloe, ancestress of such wonderful horses as Known Fact, Gone West, Pebbles, Nashwan, Unfuwain, Round Table, Aureole, Salsabil and Marju.
One of the best Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1, 1200m winners of recent years, Sebring has well and truly been doing the job at stud with 36 stakes winners.
“She is typical of the quality that Caiguna throws,” Ian Smith said, “she is a nice, big, strong, robust filly.”
Lot 60 ch.f by Choisir from Calcatta (Tale Of The Cat): the second foal (her first by Zoustar fetched $200,000 to Raffles Racing) for a talented mare who won her first start (as a spring two-year-old) at Moonee Valley enroute to stakes success in the Dequetteville Stakes-LR, 1100m at Morphettville, a race in which she showed good heart overcoming an awkward start before diving right on the line.
Her dam is the dual Listed winning Commands mare Calchris, also dam of the promising So You Think three-year-old Calculated who was so gallant finishing third off a torrid run from a wide gate in the Magic Millions 3Y0 Guineas-RL, 1400m in January.
Stakes winners Never Quit, Twilight Hour, Super Sequel, Sequita, Ideal Centerman also hail from this prolific New Zealand family and this filly carries a 3mx4m cross of Danehill noting that Choisir has sired the Group One winner The Mission and five other stakes winner with a Danehill duplication. The high class and consistent sire of 87 stakes winners fares even better with a Biscay (4fx5m here) cross; five stakes winners including the Group One winners The Mission and Historian.
“She is a ready-made two-year-old who has speed on both sides of her family. She will tick all the boxes for those looking for a jump and run early type.”
Lot 263 b.f by Snitzel from Nothin But A Dream (First Defence): the second foal for an imported daughter of Unbridled’s Song’s well related Group One sprinter First Defence, she is a granddaughter of the stakes winner Darling Alice who has had two daughters produce stakes performers.
Darling Alice is out of the stakes winning Alleged mare Adarling whose five winners included the Group Three galloper Afleetaffair and Listed winners Asong For Billy and Justadarling. Meanwhile her unraced daughter Gainesville is dam of the Research Stakes-Gr.3, 1200m winner Mica’s Pride, in turn dam of four times Group One winner Criterion and the Group winners Varenna Miss and Comin’ Through.
By last season’s Champion Sire of 79 stakes winners, this filly boasts a 6fx7f cross of one of the great modern day line-breeding subjects, the wonderful mare Best In Show who appears via her descendants Redoute’s Choice and El Gran Senor, second dam sire of First Defence. Snitzel has fared well with a Best In Show cross; high class examples including the Australian Guineas-Gr.1, 1600m winner Wandjina and the Kindergarten Stakes-Gr.3, 1100m winner Dances On Stars. This filly’s half-sister by Pierro sold for $200,000 at last year’s sale to the bid of Robbie Griffiths on behalf of Echo Beach Bloodstock who have named her Absolemm.
“She is a quality Snitzel filly, one of the nicest fillies we have laid our hands on. She has a great walk
and goes about things with a lot of purpose. She is all class.”