GAI Waterhouse was all smiles after Sedanzer won the Listed $200,000 Darley Scone Cup on the first day of the Scone Race Club’s heralded Scone Cup Carnival last Friday. The Randwick conditioner, who prepares the four-year-old together with Adrian Bott, celebrated with Sedanzer’s flock of owners.
Sedanzer became the 44th stakes winner by Widden Stud’s prominent and flagship stallion Sebring. The winning mare also gave Young born hoop Tim Clark his third winner of the afternoon. John and Helen North’s Bowness Stud, located in the southern districts of the state, made their presence felt on Scone Cup day when Bare Naked Lady won the $100,000 Inglis Two-Year-Old Challenge for juveniles.
Bare Naked Lady was sold via Bowness Stud for $13,000 to Wyong trainer Tracey Bartley at the Scone Yearling Sale, the Inglis Two-Year-Old Challenge restricted to last year’s Sale’s graduates.
Sold on the second day of the Scone Sale, Bare Naked Lady has returned $56,000 and is by the Bowness Stud based Falvelon stallion Walking Or Dancing. Another ridden by popular Tim Clark, the juvenile was bred by the Vieira family also breeders and owners of one of Australia’s best current three-year-olds, Trapeze Artist.
While local conditioner Rodney Northam had to settle for second in the Inglis Challenge with Nick The Skip (by I Am Invincible), the Scone trainer prepared favourite After All That, an easy winner of the $80,000 Noel Leckie Country Cup which finished Friday’s program.
A six-year-old by Time Thief, After All That was an Inglis Classic Yearling Sale graduate and is also raced by his trainer together with wife Rachael. Tracey Bartley struck again the following day at Scone’s Saturday metropolitan meeting taking a stakes double, In Good Time his first, taking the $150,000 Emirates Park Denise’s Joy Stakes-LR.
Now a winner of her six career starts, In Good Time is another Scone Carnival victor by Time Thief, a Redoute’s Choice sire who was exported to South Africa in 2015. A four-year-old gelding by the Kooringal stud based Duporth, To Excess,Tracey’s second stakes success, won the $150,000 Arrowfield Stud Ortensia Stakes-LR.
Saturday’s meet was opened with a popular win of Hand It In the front-runner ridden by Rachel King taking the $100,000 Kia Ora Stud Benchmark80 Handicap for Newcastle trainer Rodney Ollerton.
Youngsters in command
A record three youngsters achieved a six figure result at the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale conducted at White Park last Sunday. Supported by the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the sale topped at $110,000 for the Catherine Remond bred filly by first crop sire Wandjina, produced from Royal Academy mare Galleries which sold from Southern Cross Breeders, Ashleigh Stud.
At the conclusion of the first sale day, the average went to $16,600, had a clearance of 82 per cent and gross $2.639 million. Julie Harris’ Holbrook Thoroughbreds sold the second top price at $105,000 for the Nicconi, Brookton Flare filly, while Retreat Farm sold the Deep Field, Bouzy Rouge colt for $100,000.
Legendary 88-year-old Sydney conditioner Neville Begg was ringside and bought a Sizzling filly from French Alliance for $9000, while the western districts was also represented. Successful Narromine trainer Wayne Collison paid $9000 for the Delago Deluxe, Fervent Delight colt which sold via Ray Willis’ Rheinwood Pastorial, Bowral.
Buyers came from interstate including Adelaide trainer Richard Jolly paying $20,000 for Holbrook Thoroughbreds’ first crop filly by Sidestep from Scatcat. Fresh from his three feature winners at the Scone Cup Carnival, Wyong trainer Tracey Bartley paid $40,000 for a Fast ‘n’ Famous colt from Strategic winning mare Turbo Rose, selling from Fernrigg Farm, Denman.