Cressfield brings a very select, high quality draft of ten yearlings to the 2019 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, and once again, these young horses will appeal to buyers who want residual value alongside racetrack ability.
Cressfield has sold several stallion prospects over the years, and the most recent is Headwater (Exceed and Excel-River Dove, by Hurricane Sky). Out of a Gr1 winner, Headwater won the Gr.2 Silver Slipper Stakes at two, and raced on at three to win at Listed level.
Now retired to Vinery Stud, Headwater demonstrates the style of horse that Cressfield is renowned for. Other Easter graduates include Gr.1 winner Onemorenomore, Gr.1 placed stakes winner Great Esteem, Gr.2 winner Satin Shoes, and many other stakes winners, while Gr.1 winner Clearly Innocent is a Cressfield homebred.
Bluebloods spoke to Operations Manager Liesl Baumann about the 2019 draft.
This is a draft that we are extremely proud of and one which really embodies what our goal is at Cressfield. They are an exceptional bunch of individuals who look as good on paper as they do in the flesh. They all have such wonderful dispositions which reflects, not only their pedigrees, but also their handling and education.
What is the best advice you have been given about horses?
‘Your horse is doing the best he can with the information you’ve provided’. A friend of mine posted this on Facebook this morning and it really resonated. We know what we want the horse to do but how effective is our communication?
What is your favourite activity away from horses?
Away from horses and children? Running. I’m no star athlete but I’m learning to be more comfortable with discomfort, the repetition, breathing and the freewheeling of thoughts makes it akin to meditation for me.
What is your perfect pizza?
Jade Rossington from Willow Park makes the best pizza! I’ve only had the pleasure once but I have been dreaming about them ever since!
Is there something you constantly lose at your house or anywhere?
My memory. If it’s not written down, poof, it’s gone.
The 2019 draft for Cressfield is one that won’t be forgotten readily, and one of the stars is likely to be the Snitzel colt from Listen Here. Catalogued as Lot 92 he will be highly sought after for the simple reason that he is a half-brother to Gr.1 winner Shooting to Win, and group winner Deep Field, who are both making their mark as young sires. This is also the family of Gr.1 winning two-year-old La Luna Rossa, and recent group winner She’s So High. Baumann said, “A developing colt, with a to-die-for pedigree who is maturing into a standout individual. He is relishing yearling preparation as he piles on muscle and defies his late November birth date.” Deep Field has three stakes horses in his first crop of two-year-olds, while Shooting to Win is the sire of Shotmaker who ran second on debut in the Gr.3 Blue Diamond Prelude (c&g).
Another stallion prospect is the colt by Fastnet Rock from Gr.1 winner River Dove, Lot 223, making him a half-brother to the aforementioned Headwater, as well as stakes placed winner Fare Well. Baumann said, “Very much made in the image of his sire, he is a very laid back robust colt with a huge stride, good bone and large nostrils.”
Frankel is doing an incredible job as a stallion, and his colt, Lot 288, is the first foal of American Gr.1 winner Stormy Lucy. She won eight races, three in succession, including the Gr.1 Del Mar Matriarch Stakes, and she descends from a solid American family. Baumann said, “A true European staying type of colt, he has the massive stride and good temperament typical of his sire.”
Not A Single Doubt has left plenty of good two-year-olds, and Baumann describes Lot 69 in a similar fashion, “A compact, balanced muscular colt. He is sprightly and forward moving with a great push through his hocks when he walks.” Out of Jeu de Cartes, a Gr.2 winner of nine races, this colt has a pedigree that screams toughness. His dam won nine races, his granddam is a dual Gr.1 winner of nine races, and his third dam also won nine races. Jeu de Cartes’ first foal is a winner in Japan.
Another colt with a strong build-up of superior race records is Lot 309, a colt by Exceed and Excel from Gr.2 winner Thump. His first three dams are all stakes winners, and he is closely related to Gr.3 winner Mongolian Wolf. Baumann said, “An attractive and alert colt with a great shoulder and rein.” Buyers of potential broodmares should always inspect the Cressfield draft, simply due to the depth of pedigree on offer, and in 2019, Cressfield will offer four lovely fillies with plenty of residual value.
A half-sister to two Cressfield stakes winning graduates, Lot 172 is by freshman sire Pride of Dubai from stakes placed winner Park Esteem. She has been a wonderful broodmare for Cressfield, leaving five foals to race, all winners, including Gr.1 placed stakes winner Great Esteem, and group placed Listed winner High Esteem. This is the European family of Gr.1 winner Central Park, and Gr.1 winner Moon Ballad. Baumann said, “An elegant filly with an attractive head, good girth and shoulder and lovely temperament.”
The opportunity to purchase a daughter of a Gr.1 winner comes with Lot 164, a filly by Hinchinbrook from Champion Sprinter and New Zealand Gr.1 Railway Stakes winner Our Egyptian Raine. Good racemares make excellent broodmares, and this yearling is a half-sister to this season’s group winner Egyptian Symbol, as well as Gr.1 placed winner Strathmore. Baumann said, “A head turning filly, she has an immense hindquarter and strong shoulder that she carries effortlessly in a lovely loose walk.”
One of the great Australian families is that of Procrastinate, and Lot 177 is out of Personify, one of five stakes winners produced by Procrastinate. This yearling filly by Fastnet Rock is a half-sister to stakes horses Selectify, and Laser Flash. Baumann said, “This unflappable filly is a staff favourite. Combined with her athletic physique and fluid movement she is hard to fault.”
A half-sister to a recent two-year-old stakes winner is an opportunity not to be overlooked, and Lot 262 by All Too Hard out of Listed winner Shoboard is a half-sister to Listed winner Granny Red Shoes. This is the top family of Gr.1 winner Star Satire, Satin Shoes, Zarzuela, Serious Satire, and many others. Baumann said, “A beautiful, well -proportioned filly. Her musculature and presence make her a portrait of an athlete.”