Scone beckons breeders and buyers

Scone beckons breeders and buyers


Horses
Part of the Holbrook Thoroughbreds crew Tash Doyle, Jim Smythe, Tyler Law, Nicole Miller, and Julie Harris with their $950,000 Vancouver filly at the Easter Yearling Sale. Next for the team are five youngsters at the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale. Photo Virginia Harvey

Part of the Holbrook Thoroughbreds crew Tash Doyle, Jim Smythe, Tyler Law, Nicole Miller, and Julie Harris with their $950,000 Vancouver filly at the Easter Yearling Sale. Next for the team are five youngsters at the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale. Photo Virginia Harvey

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The 2019 Scone Yearling Sale is scheduled for Sunday, May 12 with 204 catalogued lots.

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Viewing the 2019 Scone Yearling Sale catalogue - scheduled for Sunday, May 12 with 204 catalogued lots - among the regular names included in the vendor's list is Holbrook Thoroughbreds, the Julie Harris operated property again being represented.

According to Julie, Scone has always been a place associated with the Harris family.

"I like going to Scone (yearling sale). It's our local sale, and it also gives time for horses to mature," Julie said.

"I remember going to Scone when I was little, and they used to have a break for lunch about halfway through the sale.

"Mum, Dad and the family as well as my grand-father would have sold at Scone."

The Inglis Scone Yearling Sale auctioneers in full-swing selling yearlings with Bonnie Connellan, Jonathon D'Arcy and Brett Gilding seen in the box. Photo Virginia Harvey

The Inglis Scone Yearling Sale auctioneers in full-swing selling yearlings with Bonnie Connellan, Jonathon D'Arcy and Brett Gilding seen in the box. Photo Virginia Harvey

Julie found the Scone catalogues for the 1947 and 1954 auctions, both of which were mixed sales and had horses selling via Holbrook Stud or from Harris family members.

In 1947, the sale was held on the northern side of town at the Scone Municipal Saleyards on Susan Street, and was conducted by Pitt Son and Keene and William Inglis.

The same auctioneers conducted the 1954 sale, but was staged over two days at the racecourse, which was then located at White Park adjacent to the current selling site on the western side of Scone.

At the earlier sale, Holbrook Stud offered a mare and untried stock by GB bred Gay Lothario stallion, St Andrew, sire of Rosehill Guineas winner Royal Andrew.

The 1954 sale saw Holbrook offer four yearlings, three by its home-based Phalaris line sire Melhero, a stallion known for his cup distance gallopers.

The now deceased Sebring (and handler Rob Cowan) at Widden Stud, who has two yearling colts on offer at Scone. Photo Virginia Harvey

The now deceased Sebring (and handler Rob Cowan) at Widden Stud, who has two yearling colts on offer at Scone. Photo Virginia Harvey

At the latter sale, the auctioneers even asked for post-sale instructions regarding which railway station the horses were consigned to, in the back of the catalogue.

"At these sales the whole draft of yearlings or mixed lots on offer from one property or person were sold one after each other," Julie said.

"Also, vendors had to supply a rope halter and rug when selling their horses."

In 1979, Holbrook consigned its first yearlings (selling for other people) having previously only sold their own horses.

Not long after, Holbrook stood Planet Kingdom stallion Special Kingdom. The connections were responsible for breeding and selling Scone graduate Sydney winners External Kingdom (stakes winner, seven wins), Burraboolee (11 wins and Group 2 placed), and If I'm Special, a filly who also won a rich sale connected juvenile bonus race.

Relocating in 1998 from Widden Valley to its Gundy Road property at Glenhaven, Holbrook Thoroughbreds has kept its tradition of producing winners, none more popular than Hot Danish, a $32,000 Scone graduate who won 16 races and more than $2.3m.

This year five fillies are on offer via Holbrook Thoroughbreds, which are likely to add to the farm's legacy of racing success.

Sales and racing highlights Scone

Supported by the Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association, the sale commences at 10am.

All yearlings offered will be eligible for the $100,000 Scone Inglis Challenge, as well as the $8m Inglis Race Series next season.

Following the live auction at White Park, there will be an online sale to complement the yearling section.

Labelled the Inglis Scone Online Thoroughbred Sale, it caters for mares, weanlings and yearlings, and will conclude the following day.

A total of 71 sires will be represented with yearlings, which includes a dozen first season stallions.

While young sire of the moment, Arrowfield Stud's Dundeel, has a lone filly at the sale, recently deceased Sebring will have two colts to represent the stallion.

Scone racing graduates include Voodoo Lad (13 wins and $1.9m), Group 2 winning juveniles Time For War and Look To The Stars, Canberra National Sprint stakes winner Rom Baro, and Hot Danish.

The Scone Yearling Sale is accompanied by the Scone Race Club's city classified Saturday stand-alone meeting (Saturday, May 11) with the massive country feature Scone Cup program on Friday, May 10, all part of the region's long running Scone Horse Festival.

Five of the eight races on Saturday are black type, including the Group 3 Dark Jewel Classic for fillies and mares.

Friday's meeting of eight races, includes the Listed $200,000 Scone Cup, the Noel Leckie Country Cup, and the Inglis Two-Year-Old Challenge, which will include some sale graduates from last year's yearling auction.

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