Well known Western Districts horsewoman Courtney Slater is pinning her faith in the fairer sex at the Australian Pacing Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction on Sunday, February 4.
She is preparing eight youngsters for the auction, and they’re all fillies!
Her draft comprises four well-bred yearlings for her parents Ian and Judi Slater, of Goodtime Breeding, and four for respected Portland breeder Heath Bourke.
“I’ve got eight fillies and no boys,” the Beeac horsewoman said. “It’s never ever happened before.”
Courtney believes that the pick of the Goodtime Breeding draft could be Lot 139, a filly by the US 3YO Colt of the Year Bettor’s Wish out of the former smart racemare Goodtime Grace (1:54.6), a half-sister to the Group 3 winner and Victoria Oaks placegetter Petillante ($239,620) and the Group placegetter Gawn.
“She’s an absolutely lovely filly and easy to work with,” Courtney said.
Lot 141, a bay filly by Always B Miki, is from the Sportswriter mare Goodtime Melody, a half-sister to the outstanding racemare Sparkling Melody, a winner of 29 races and $291,587 including the Queensland Oaks and Cranbourne Cup.
“Her first foal raced as a two-year-old and is now back in work. This is her second foal,” Courtney said. “She’s a lovely type of filly.”
Lot 160 is a strongly built filly by the successful colonial sire Yankee Rockstar from La Spiritoza, a Bettor’s Delight daughter of the Australian Pacing Gold placegetter Sterita and from the family of the top juveniles Jarita, Von Trap and Kirlian.
The last of the Goodtime Breeding consignment is Lot 210, a purebred trotting filly by Cardigan Boko from the Pegasus Spur mare Silver Spur NZ, who is a full sister to the NZ trotting standout and nine-time Group 1 winner Speeding Spur ($1.3million).
“She’s a stunning type and a beautiful mover,” Courtney stated.
The four-strong Heath Bourke draft includes two fillies by the champion sire Sweet Lou.
Lot 199, out of the Breeders Crown heat winner Rosharni, ranks as a sister to last year’s star youngster Remi Lou, who took out the Victoria Premiere Stakes and ran second in the NSW Pink Bonnet.
“She’s a pretty filly with white socks and a white blaze whose been an absolute angel from start to finish,” Courtney stated.
The other Sweet Lou is Lot 201, a daughter of the Holmes Hanover producer Rythm Of The Pride, the dam of four sub 2:00 winners including the metropolitan winners Truth And Courage and Yappas Courage.
“She has that wow factor. She’s been a dream to prepare,” Courtney said.
Lot 173, a filly by the leading import American Ideal, is the first foal out of the Art Major mare Mary Joyce, a half-sister to the Vicbred Super Series 2YO Final winner and Australian Pacing Gold Final runner-up Yejele Hammer ($136,725).
Boasting a beautiful temperament, the filly is a member of the same family as the Vicbred champion Her Sparky Self ($221,271), the Bendigo Cup winner Robric Jonboy ($242,707), Majestic Cruiser ($896,453) and the APG Final victor Bus To Harland.
Completing the Bourke draft is Lot 177, an eye-catching filly by the great Captaintreacherous and out of the Melton winner Metromint (1:54.7), dam of the talented Jilliby Fernando 1:53 (6 wins to date).
This is the family of the 2YO Filly of the Year Nostra Villa, Mister Jadore, Vinnie Chase and Baptism Of Fire.
Intending purchasers at this year’s sale are in for an unexpected windfall. The catalogue is offering only 53 fillies and 52 colts eligible for the APG Race Series for two-year-olds with separate $150,000 Finals to be held at Melton in 2025.
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