Premium Consignment a Clean Sweep at MM National Sale

Group 2 Winner ILL HAVE A BIT enters the ring prior to selling for $450,000 to Tom Magnier

Group 2 Winner ILL HAVE A BIT enters the ring prior to selling for $450,000 to Tom Magnier

The “Blue Sky Premium Consignment” of quality fillies and mares recorded 100% clearance at the recent Magic Millions National Sale on the Gold Coast. In it’s second year operating a boutique consignment at the sale , Blue Sky Bloodstock offered 15 Fillies and Mares for trainers including Chris Waller and John McArdle, returning fantastic results for owners.

As a bloodstock agency that deals with quality fillies and mares on a daily basis, it makes sense for us to offer trainers and owners a service to prepare and consign quality racing and breeding stock to the market annually at the Magic Millions National Sale. We can market these offerings ahead of time to our client base and the buying bench and pool together a group of premium lots. We kicked off the consignment last year with 5 in the draft, so its great to expand this year and get all 15 sold for our supporters. - Julian Blaxland. With our property Newington Farm, its great to be able to prepare those mares not racing - in the lead up to the sale nearby at the farm.

The “BSPC” draft was highlighted by the sales results of multiple stakes winner SEXY EYES selling for $650,000 to Suman Hedge Bloodstock, ILL HAVE A BIT selling for $450,000 to Tom Magnier and SMART AS YOU THINK selling for $230,000 to Yu Long Investments. Blue Sky will continue to grow the consignment next year, offering trainers and owners a boutique model to market and offer both racing and recently retired breeding stock to the market each year.

Blue Sky Premium Consignment Top Offering SEXY EYES sells for $650,000 to Suman Hedge Bloodstock

Blue Sky Premium Consignment Top Offering SEXY EYES sells for $650,000 to Suman Hedge Bloodstock

BLUE SKY FLIES TO BLUE GRASS

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Blue Sky Bloodstock (FBAA) agent Julian Blaxland commenced the Melbourne Cup carnival with a Group 1 winner at Flemington last Saturday and he completed a week to remember buying a handful of broodmare prospects at the Keeneland November Sale.

Sunlight upstaged the colts in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes on an unforgettable day for Aquis Farm owners Tony, Loretta and Justin Fung. They commissioned Blaxland to buy the Zoustar filly for $300,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions and the Coolmore prizemoney sent her earnings through $3 million.

Julian Blaxland with partner Kacy Fogden and fellow Australian’s Adrian Hancock, Blake Shinn, Mill Park Stud’s Peter Watson and Craig Rounsfell in Lexington, Kentucky for the Keenenland Breeding Stock Sales in November.

Julian Blaxland with partner Kacy Fogden and fellow Australian’s Adrian Hancock, Blake Shinn, Mill Park Stud’s Peter Watson and Craig Rounsfell in Lexington, Kentucky for the Keenenland Breeding Stock Sales in November.

Sunlight defeated Zousain and Aquis Farm / Blue Sky graduate Lean Mean Machine. "It was a big call to take the colts but I've got such faith in her,” trainer Tony McEvoy said. "She's a superstar and was in for the fight today."

The Fung family also won the G1 Victoria Derby with Extra Brut, by Aquis Farm resident Domesday, and their filly Fundamentalist (Not A Single Doubt) finished third in the G1 Empire Rose Stakes.

Blaxland flew into Lexington on Monday and by Friday had purchased five mares at the Keeneland November Sale. "From a personal and professional point of view, it’s a wonderful sale catching up with old friends and keeping abreast with what is going on in the Northern Hemisphere. And, obviously, it’s a great opportunity to buy some quality outcross types for the Australian market.

"We've had a lot of success over the years here and not necessarily paying enormous money for stakes quality mares. The record of American mares when bred with Australian colonial sprinters, pound for pound, is as good as any imported mares into Australia in my opinion.”

“The size of the November Sale makes it great value,” Blaxland continued. "Our buys ranged from $70,000 to $185,000. It's a competitive market for stakes mares in Australia right now, or anywhere.

"Australian breeders can use agents like myself to try and source and find these mares that suit Australia. They will arrive in January and hopefully present good opportunities and good results for their breeders.

Stakes Winning French Mare - STORMY VICTORIA, a Keeneland broodmare purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock on behalf of John Muir’s Milburn Creek Stud.

Stakes Winning French Mare - STORMY VICTORIA, a Keeneland broodmare purchase by Blue Sky Bloodstock on behalf of John Muir’s Milburn Creek Stud.

Blaxland’s five buys at Keeneland in 2018 were:

Laney (USA) A first-crop daughter of G1 Preakness Stakes winner Shackleford (Forestry), she won at two and was stakes-placed at Churchill Downs (G2) and Lexington (G3). US$135k

Put Da Blame On Me (USA) Winner at two and stakes placed at Gulfstream Park. By Zenyatta’s conqueror Blame and her dam Roman Chestnut (Roman Ruler) was a LR Busher Stakes winner at Aqueduct. US$185k

Najavo Dreamer (Ire) By Aquis Farm shuttler Dream Ahead. Won and was stakes placed at Santa Anita. Half-sister to Hoh Buzzard (Alhaarth), a stakes winner in the UK (LR Salisbury Upavon Stakes) and USA (G2 Churchill Downs Mrs Revere Stakes). US$135k

Stormy Victoria (Fr) Grey mare by Stormy River (Verglas). Won 4 races in France and USA with a black-type strike in the LR South Beach Stakes at Gulfstream Park. She was also Group placed in New York and Canada. US$175k

Sky Flower (USA) A Kentucky stakes winner among 9 victories in 23 starts. By Flower Alley, sire of Kentucky Derby winner I’ll Have Another, from Sapphire Sky (Sky Mesa), a stakes winner at Belmont, Aqueduct and Saratoga. US$70k

Sunlight triumphs over colts in Coolmore Stud Stakes

Ben Dorries - Racenet

Tony McEvoy said the colts chasing the mammoth stallion-making payday in the Group I Coolmore Stud Stakes had “no excuses” behind his star filly Sunlight.

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Last year’s Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Merchant Navy was sold for more than $30million and that sort of incredible cash could have been on offer if one of Chris Waller’s second and third placed colts Zousain or Lean Mean Machine won at Flemington on Saturday.

But it wasn’t to be as McEvoy’s exciting filly Sunlight was the party pooper and led home a trifecta of gallopers sired by Zoustar.

Sunlight ($5.50) initially sat outside Written By ($4.20) and then powered to the line, with last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions winner making amends for her luckless seventh in the recent Group I Manikato Stakes.

Waller, who has won the race previously with Sunlight’s dad Zoustar in 2013 and also Brazen Beau and Japonisme in the following years, was left pondering what might have been for Zousain and Lean Mean Machine.

“Their day will come,” Waller declared.

But for McEvoy it was sweet vindication for tackling the Coolmore after the trainer was adamant the filly should have won the Manikato Stakes.

And he wasn’t hearing any excuses from the beaten brigade of colts.

“They all had their chance to beat her,” McEvoy insisted.

“Sunlight did it pretty much from the front in her normal manner. 

“She was very courageous and she is a star.

“I understand the measure of what this race can do for a colt, I certainly get it, but when you have got a filly like this why not have a crack?

“It just showed if she had the luck last week she would have won the Manikato.”

Sunlight became the first filly since Nechita in 2012 to win the Coolmore and in the process gave jockey Luke Curriean exhilarating career high.

“I’ve been riding for nearly 25 years and I've never got anywhere near riding a Group I on Derby day before this,” Currie said.

In the washup, Sunlight kept Zousain  ($3.40 fav) at bay by a half neck with another length back to Lean Mean Machine ($10) in third.

Sunlight’s win continued the proud Zoustar tradition in the Coolmore.

Zoustar won the race himself in 2013 and his father, Northern Meteor, won it in 2008.

Northern Meteor’s sire was breed-shaping stallion Encosta De Lago, who won the then Ascot Vale Stakes in 1996.

Sunlight was $300,000 yearling purchase for Blue Sky Bloodstock, McEvoy Mitchell Racing & Aquis Farm at the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale from Widden Stud.

Crowning Performance is Right Response

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It’s somewhat fitting that the final Group One race of the 2017/18 season – Saturday’s $500,000 Sky Racing Tatt’s Tiara over 1350m at Doomben – should also be one of the strongest.

Among the 16 mares lining up for the Tiara were Super Cash and Champagne Cuddles, second and third respectively in the Stradbroke two weeks earlier, Miss Wilson, Invincibella and Savanna Amour – stakes winners at their most recent outings – plus March’s Group One Coolmore Classic victor Daysee Doom.

However, it would be the Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott trained Prompt Response who would be sent out favourite for the race at $4.20. And deservedly so.

The 4YO mare is a three time Group Two winner – the Emancipation, Breeders Classic and Dane Ripper – along with the Listed Twilight Glow in Melbourne, but had twice been edged out at Group One level, including a neck second to Tycoon Tara in last year’s Tiara.

Prompt Response wasn’t to be denied this time around though, opening up a break with 250m to go and holding on strongly to win with over a length to spare.

The victory took Prompt Response’s tally to six wins and 11 placings from 27 starts for $1,481,350 in stakes. Indeed, only one of her outings – her maiden win in April 2016 – wasn’t at black type level.

The stage now appears to be set for Prompt Reponse to campaign for the $13 million The Everest in October.

The Tiara win also continues a remarkable season for Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock, whose success stories in 2018, apart from Prompt Response, include Group Two Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Lean Mean Machine and dual Doomben stakes winner Whypeeo - while Magic Millions 2YO Classic/Silver Slipper winner and Golden Slipper third, Sunlight, is likewise a Blue Sky yearling buy (purchased for $300,000 with Tony McEvoy on behalf of Aquis Farm).

“It’s been a terrific season for our 2YOs – 13 individual winners so far which equals last year’s benchmark – but Prompt Response’s Tiara is really special,” Blaxland points out.

“Ron Hamer, who bred Prompt Response, was my very first client when Blue Sky started back in 2006 and I ended up buying Prompt Response’s dam, Prompt, for $45,000 on Ron’s behalf at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

“Her first foal for Ron was a Statue of Liberty that raced in Hong Kong and won six races, while her second, Prompt Return, was a colt by Beneteau and the full brother to Prompt Response.

“Blue Sky was a part-owner of (2YO Group winner) Beneteau, as was Ron, and he’d actually purchased Prompt to send to the stallion. Unfortunately, Beneteau only stood the two seasons, but his two matings with Prompt produced a (Group Three) Maribyrnong Plate winner (Prompt Return) and now a Group One winner.

“Prompt was later sold privately to Newgate Farm, but full marks to Ron who has bred from just two mares. He was also a part-owner of, and raced, Diana’s Secret, which, like Sunlight, we also bought as a yearling from Widden Stud. Diana’s Secret would go to produce 5-time Group One winner, Dissident, which Ron had kept a 10% share in after the horse was sold to Peter Moody for $210,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

“Incredible … from two mares he’s bred and raced a Horse of the Year in Dissident and a Group One winner in Prompt Response.

“What’s more, She’s Meaner – the dam of Lean Mean Machine – was purchased by Blue Sky as a yearling and Ron was in both She’s Meaner (a 2YO stakes winner) and Lean Mean Machine!”

Prompt, meanwhile, had a yearling colt by Dissident sell to George Moore Bloodstock for $525,000 at the 2018 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale and is currently in foal to Capitalist.

Jockey Blake Shinn with trainer Adrian Bott post race following Prompt Responses' dominant win in the Group 1 Tatts Tiara at Doomben

Jockey Blake Shinn with trainer Adrian Bott post race following Prompt Responses' dominant win in the Group 1 Tatts Tiara at Doomben

Superb June For Blue Sky Bloodstock Runners

Blue Sky Bloodstock runners enjoyed a massive run of success this past June with no less than 9 individual winners of 11 races, highlighted by PROMPT RESPONSE winning the Group 1 Tatts Tiara and LEAN MEAN MACHINE taking out the Group 2 Sires Produce Stakes during the Brisbane Winter Carnival. 

Blue Sky juveniles continued to perform brilliantly with 3 winners (EMBRACE ME, ROMANTIC BONANZA (HK) and JENKINS) all scoring wins, taking Blue Sky to 13 individual 2yo winners in 2017/18 of some 20 races, highlighted by star Magic Millions Classic winner SUNLIGHT and exciting ZOUSTAR colt LEAN MEAN MACHINE. 

Our results reflect the continued support of our valued clients at the yearling sales and we look forward to seeing many of these runners in the spring, summer and autumn carnivals of next season. 

Overdue! Star Blue Sky mare PROMPT REPONSE finally gets her Group 1 for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, taking out the Group 1 Tatts Tiara during the Brisbane Winter Carnival

Overdue! Star Blue Sky mare PROMPT REPONSE finally gets her Group 1 for Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott, taking out the Group 1 Tatts Tiara during the Brisbane Winter Carnival

Blue Sky Success in April

Blue Sky Bloodstock purchased runners have continued their stellar season, with no fewer than three Stakes-winners and another three Stakes-placings in April, including an exciting Stakes-winner at Woodbine (CAN) who won convincingly, only to lose the race on protest. Congratulations to all connections!

Multiple Group 2 winner Prompt Response pictured winning the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m)

Multiple Group 2 winner Prompt Response pictured winning the Group 2 Breeders Classic (1200m)

It has been a busy few weeks for the Blue Sky team with the culmination of the Inglis Easter sales set amongst three weeks of great racing at Randwick, including 'The Championships'.

Blue Sky continued their role as resident bloodstock agency for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott this year and have been  particularly active at all major yearling sales in 2018. 

Julian believes it is the most exciting spread of yearlings that the stable has invested in and early reports from the breakers at Evergreen Farm have been very positive. 

Julian commented, "I am extremely proud of the of the group of babies we have purchased on behalf of Gai and Adrian and their clients will be very excited about what's on offer. There is a price point for everyone, different types to suit different races, including a number of all ladies syndicates. The way the stable is consistently producing winners and stakes horses at present across all states, I'm very excited about what the next 12 months has in store."

In total, Blue Sky were responsible for the selections and purchase of 108 yearlings between GWABR and private clients. Here is a breakdown of the 38 Sires whose progeny were selected across all sales, purchases ranged from $35k to $1.2M.

  • Animal Kingdom - 1
  • Artie Schiller 2
  • Bel Esprit - 1
  • Charge Forward - 3
  • Choisir - 1
  • Dawn Approach - 3
  • Deep Field - 6
  • Dissident - 3
  • Eurozone - 2
  • Exceed and Excel - 1
  • Fastnet Rock - 2
  • Foxwedge - 1
  • Hinchinbrook - 5
  • Holy Roman Emperor - 3
  • Husson - 1
  • I Am Invincible - 13
  • Manhattan Rain - 1
  • Medaglia d'Oro - 1
  • More Than Ready - 6
  • Not a Single Doubt - 3
  • Olympic Glory - 3
  • Pierro - 8
  • Proisir - 2
  • Real Saga - 1
  • Redoute's Choice - 4
  • Rubick - 1
  • Sebring - 2
  • Sepoy - 1
  • Shooting To Win - 1
  • Snitzel - 5
  • So You Think - 2
  • Spirit of Boom - 8
  • Street Boss - 1
  • Trusting - 1
  • Wandjina - 1
  • Written Tycoon - 3
  • Zebedee - 4
  • Zoustar - 1

Blue Sky Bloodstock are delighted that it's been their long serving clients who have been the main benefactors of this hot-streak of Stake successes – and long may it continue given their steadfast support.

April's Stakes Action:

Lean Mean Machine: 3rd Gr.3 Kindergarten Stakes

Fundamentalist: Won Listed SAJC Dequeteville Stakes and 2nd in Group 3 SAJC Breeders Stakes

Prompt Response: 2nd ATC Group 1 Coolmore Legacy

Whypeeo: Won Listed BRC Mick Pittman Plate

Runaway: WonListed VRC St Ledger

Machtree: 3rd Listed Wando Stakes(Woodbine, CAN)

There will be no slowing down in May. This Saturday Blue Sky Bloodstock will be represented by four runners at the Gold Coast's feature stand alone metro meeting featuring:

Whypeeo (I Am Invincible) – Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas

Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar) and Royal Hale (Snitzel)– Group 3 Ken Russell Classic

Prompt Return (Beneteau) – Looking to go back to back in the Bat Out of Hell over 900m.

PROMPT RETURN, (a $60,000 MM Premier Sale purchase), was reinvigorated over the shorter courses since moving to Queensland after winning the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate as a juvenile. He'll be joined by full sister PROMPT RESPONSE in Qld with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for the Group 2 Dane Ripper and Group 1 Tatts Tiara Stakes deeper into the Brisbane Winter Carnival. The mare enjoyed a stellar Sydney Autumn, winning the Group 2 Breeders Stakes, Group 2 Emancipation Stakes and looked the winner in the Group 1 Coolmore Legacy until caught late by star filly Alizee to finish yet another 2nd at Group 1 level.

Sunlight, pictured winning the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m)

Sunlight, pictured winning the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m)

Blue Sky 2yo's have enjoyed a particularly strong year, the obvious highlight being Magic Millions Classic and Group 2 Silver Slipper winner SUNLIGHT (MM Premier 2017 purchase by Zoustar/Solar Charged) leading a group of no less than 9 individual juvenile winners of some 15 races in 2017/18 to date. The team hope to bring up double figures this week with an eye to USMANOV (MM Premier 2017 purchase by Choisir/Mining Tycoon) at Toowoomba for Toby Edmonds and EMBRACE ME (Melbourne Premier purchase by Shamexpress/Party Royal).

Our focus will then shift to the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast where we will be offering our first select draft in the Blue Sky Premium Consignment. Limited to Stakes fillies off-the-track, the inaugural draft includes the likes of Group 2 Placed My True Love, Group 1 placed Joyfilly Ours and million-dollar earner, Group 3 winner Madotti . These fillies will be marketed strongly to the domestic and international buying bench and we are excited about driving strong returns for our clients.

If anyone has interest in expanding their level of ownership or simply seeking guidance on purchasing their first horse, please don't hesitate to get in touch with either Julian or Tom for a chat. To discuss or inspect any of these yearling purchases, please call or drop us an email on julian@blueskybloodstock.com.au or tom@blueskybloodstock.com.au