The current 2019 Golden Slipper third favourite Dawn Passage (Dawn Approach) is a graduate of the Mill Park draft from last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
The colt who won on debut recently continues a long tradition of top class horses from the pastures of South Australia’s Mill Park. The likes of Gr1 winners Fawkner, Happy Trails, Go Indy Go, Captain Sonador, Devil Moon, Southern Speed, Rebel Raider, and many more have all come from the Mill Park paddocks.
Specifically, their Inglis Melbourne Premier drafts have garnered such horses as Gr.2 winner Booker, stakes winner Royal Rumble, stakes winner Reldas, Gr.2 placed winner Girl Sunday, and Gr.3 placed Smart Manoeuvre.
Chris Watson spoke to Bluebloods about their Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Draft. “Right from the moment, Dawn Passage arrived on the farm as a foal, he was an impressive type. He sold extremely well based on type ($150,000). It was fantastic to see him end up in such a good stable (Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott) and his win on debut was very encouraging. We hope he lives up to gai’s big plans for him.
Across the two drafts, we have something to suit all buyers with several forward mature types, and other horses that will be more progressive as three-year-olds. As far as the Inglis Melbourne sale goes, the Shooting to Win-Carolina Bella colt (Lot 98) is extremely well muscled forward type who should be well received. He’s recently had a pedigree update with his half brother Mickey Blue Eyes winning a stakes race.
We also have a nice Zoustar filly and an I Am Invincible colt in this draft.” Mill Park will present eleven yearlings at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale of 2019, led by the aforementioned Lot 98 who is a half-brother to Mickey Blue Eyes. A colt by I Am Invincible is Lot 411, and he is the first foal of Listed winner Resonates from the family of Thatching, while Lot 61 is the first foal of Gr.1 placed winner Bahamas, by young sire Toronado. The Zoustar mentioned by Watson, Lot 399, is the second foal of winning mare Ravenous Lass, herself a half-sister to Gr.2 winner San Nicasio.
A half-brother to Gr.2 winner Booker is Lot 348, by globe trotting Gr.1 winner and sire Starspangledbanner, while an All Too Hard filly, Lot 263, is a half-sister to Gr.1 placed winner Platinum Balos. Other sires represented in the Mill Park Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale draft are All Too Hard (Lot 183), Dissident (Lot 245), Foxwedge (Lot 182), Free Eagle (Lot 495), and So You Think (Lot 157). n