2018 Yearling Draft, Alwyn Park
The yearling preparation at Alwyn Park is in full swing ahead of the 2018 Perth Magic Millions Yearling sale. Stud owner John Andrew give’s his comments on his top 6 picks.
The horses are prepared on a diet of Pegasus Studmaster and EquiJewel and are housed in Alwyn Park’s unique quad box barn to keep them in peak physical condition and promote healthy mindset.
Trade Fair / Time Peggy filly. This is the mare’s first foal. Her dam is a half sister to a mare called Rose of Choice, who won a stakes race and is now a brood mare over east. Rose of Choice’s first foal by Hinchinbrook was sold by Magic Millions this year for $450,000. She has a lovely big rangey walk and has done very well during the prep.
War chant / Western Sunset filly. She is a half sister to Western Fever, who won the Magic Millions 2 yr old race a couple of years ago. And it’s a very good family, one of Bob Peters’ family breeding lines. The mare is actually a half sister to Perfect Reflection. She is not an overly big filly but is very strong and neatly put together.
Universal Ruler / Belly Dance filly. The mare, Belly Dance, has been a very good mare for us. She is the dam of 4 foals to race, for 3 winners. Her filly sold at last year’s sale for $84,000 and she is actually racing at the moment and showing promise.
Machino / Wildpark filly. This filly is the only Machino in the sale. The mare is the dam of 5 foals to race, for 3 winners. I’ve had Wildpark for many years and she was a great mare, but unfortunately died this season. So this will be the last filly from the mare.
Blackfriars / Amazing Tale. He’s a really nice colt, a little less mature as he is an end of October foal, but he has a really lovely athletic frame and a great swinging walk. The mare has had 3 to race, for 3 winners, so has an excellent record. This colt’s half-sister, Detente, won at Pinjarra a couple of weeks ago. She has had 4 wins in her career so far.
Alfred Noble / Disco Miss. The mare has had 3 foals to race for 2 winners. This is quite a good imported family line. Her half-sister, by Machino, from last year’s yearling crop, recently had 2 trials for a 3rd and a win and then had 1 race start, where she ran 6th, beaten by 2 lengths.
Our horses grow so well on Studmaster out in the paddock, that they come in well advanced in condition and bone. This means we can keep the prep period a bit shorter, making it easier on the horses and the staff. Our prep is about putting the polish and handling into them so that they are in peak condition, and behave their best at the sales.