Many of Tasmanian’s leading breeders and studmasters have thrown their support behind the Tasmanian Premier Yearling Sale to be held at the Inveresk Showground, Launceston on Saturday, January 8.
John Jetson’s Jetsonville Park Syndicate, of Scottsdale has the biggest draft with nine lots including eight by the highly credentialed first-season sire JR Mint.
Lyndon and Gail Menegon, of Big Park stud, Karoola, who stand JR Mint, will offer six fillies – three by Life Sign and one each by Courage Under Fire, Blissfull Hall and JR Mint.
Prominent Devonport breeder and own Mick Maxfield has five lots headed up by fillies by champion sires Art Major and Bettor’s Delight which are out of New Zealand-bred dams.
Fred and Pauline Barker, who bred emerging Grand Circuit star Villagem, also have entered five youngsters including close relatives of classic winners such as Karalta Crown, Beena Buster, Honest John and Apple Cake.
Launceston’s Bill and Tamra Fawdry’s five-strong entry includes two colts by dual Sire of the Year Village Jasper, one out of Toy Story, the dam of Play Time Lady and Willy Play, and the other from Toy Story’s Belmont and Killarney Stud Bouquet’s winning daughter, Boys Toys. They will also offer a JR Mint half-brother to the prolific Tasmanian and Victorian winner Jules Ticket ($99,000).
John and Cecilia Reid, of Austins Ferry, will also offer five, four of which are by promising young Die Laughing stallion Dieberspace. All bar one of the Reid draft are out of race-winning mares.
Harford-based Tim and Melissa Paine’s four-strong draft includes a colt and filly by the deceased US import Topnotcher.
A Lis Mara colt out of the former Tasmanian Broodmare of the Year Marlee Jayne will spearhead Colin Johnstone’s two-pronged entry. He’s a half-brother to the ‘black type’ performers Lourdes, Make A Memory, Dare We Dream and Colsta.
South Australian breeders Mandy and Scott Pascoe, trading as Ningana Park, who made a big impact on last year’s Tasmanian sale, are back again with three colts closely related to classic winners such as Henschke, Yada Yada Yada and US star Magical Mike.
Catalogues are available from the auctioneers Davidson Cameron Board & Simmons (phone 02 6884 8355) or Tasracing (03 6212 9333). Pedigrees can be viewed at the website here.A DVD of the yearlings is available free-of-charge from the Tasracing office.