Neville Ismaili has been producing quality youngsters for a decade on his Undera property in northern Victoria and this year’s draft for the APG Melbourne Yearling Sale on Sunday is no exception.
Ismaili’s foray into harness racing began in 2007 when a mate suggested they buy a pacer.
“He worked for a harness trainer. We bought a yearling from the Melbourne sale,” Ismaili said. “But I got impatient waiting for the youngster to race so I bought a going-along horse from New Zealand. Then we bought a couple more and we had a bit of success. Three or four horses turned into alot. Basically, all the money we won got reinvested into the industry.”
His racing operation eventually expanded into breeding and Ismaili’s Ashdon Valley Harness Racing program now has a band of 12 broodmares.
He had immediate success when he sold future grand circuit performer Our Uncle Sam at the 2015 Bathurst yearling sale for just $3500.
The Sportswriter gelding went on to win $715,000, finishing twice runner-up in the AG Hunter Cup and second to Tiger Tara in the 2019 Melton Interdominion final. He also produced ultra consistent mare Soulwriter (1.57, $104K) the following year.
Ashdon Valley Harness Racing will offer four yearlings at the sale on Sunday, two colts and two fillies.
“We aim to breed six or seven foals a year,” Ismaili said. “They are born and raised on our 200-acre property, which gives them a good start. This year, we have a well put together Captain Crunch filly (Lot 143) who is a half sister to Bathurst Gold Crown heat winner Happy Reg. The mare has produced three winners from her first three foals and is a granddaughter of (Australian broodmare of the year) Larrakeyah Lady.”
“The American Ideal colt from Magical Mocca (Lot 170) is an impressive type and has a great temperament.”
Magical Mocca won twice as a two-year-old and is a full sister to smart race mare Secrets Out (1.52.6, $243K). She is also a half sister to Gunpowder (1.51, $372K).
Ashdon Valley will also offer an Always B Miki colt (Lot 123) from the family of Australian Pacing Cup and Treuer Memorial winner Atitagain (1.55.1, $787K) and an Art Major filly (Lot 150) from the family of dual Interdominion winner Beautide (1.50.2, $2mil) and Ignatius (1.48.6, $803K).
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