With the recent news that grand campaigner BLACK AND BENT has retired from racing, Blue Sky Bloodstock reminisces on one of our first yearling purchases.
Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland takes a look back at his involvement in the Black And Bent story…
“It was my first year as Blue Sky Bloodstock in 2007 and Black And Bent went through the June Magic Millions yearling sale.
"I saw he was a brother to Some Are Bent and might make a useful stayer/jumper. I had bought a yearling in Ireland for Victorian race caller Rick McIntosh and his syndicate earlier in the year at the Goffs yearling sale (when working for the BBA), a Fasliyev half-brother to Hugs Dancer that went on to race in Australia as Fasilenko, a winner of 3 races and 7 placing’s on the flat and over jumps, without reaching any great heights.
"In those days my client base was only small and so were their budgets. On inspection of this colt by Black Hawk, I noted he would suit a patient owner with a limited budget. Physically he certainly wasn't a glamour but was correct, with a reasonable action, if a little plain and backward.
"He was passed in and I negotiated his purchase back at the box with the SA breeders for $25,000. I specked the horse and thought I'd sell him in a heartbeat to my local clients as a future jumper but to my disappointment I couldn't convince them to buy in.
"After 24 hours I called Rick down in Victoria and within an hour or two he had a syndicate together and took the horse. A wise decision by him as he went on to earn over $1m in earnings and two hurdler of the year titles. I certainly remind some of my Qld owners that they shouldn't judge and yearling by his price tag!”
With the impressive record of 21 career victories from 57 starts, with a further 10 placed efforts and over $1.1m in earnings, Black And Bent will always hold a special place in Blue Sky Bloodstock’s own history – thanks for the memories.