(Left - Kyle Symington with Charivari & Control The Room) (Middle -Tiffany Sharpe with Wicked Hustler & It Is Crunch Time)

(Right - Leanna Italiano with Bettagetonpip, Copper Head Lady & Wicked Lover)

Baskerville trainer Ryan Bell had an outstanding run in the heats of the APG Sales Classics on Tuesday, qualifying six two-year-olds – two fillies and four colts – for the $125,000 finals at Gloucester Park on March 3.

Bell won the APG 2YO colts final with Waverider last year and finished second with Shockwave in 2018.

He and partner Tiffany Sharpe have rapidly expanded their operation in recent seasons and brought home 11 yearlings from the Perth APG sale last season. Nine of those youngsters made it into the heats.

Bell said his two-year-olds were an even bunch and he was looking forward to the finals.

“We were chuffed that we qualified nine youngsters for the heats and got six through to the final,” Bell said. “Because we were so busy, we sent most of the youngsters to Dean Miller for their first and second preps and he did a huge job.

“They were perfectly mouthed and gaited and their manners were impeccable. I think it was why we were able to qualify so many this year, they are such good little racehorses” he continues “I could not recommend him enough. I can’t split the two fillies. Bettagetonpip is a personal favourite because Tiff owns her with a few other people and she is a pleasure to work with – she just gets on with the job.”

“Of the colts, Control The Room has the most ability. Charivari probably doesn’t have enough zip to win the final but I think by season’s end you will see a really nice horse. And Wicked Hustler just tries his heart out every time.”

Bell’s exciting filly Copper Head Lady will carry on a strong family tradition if she wins the fillies final.

The Sweet Lou youngster showed she would be a strong fancy with a blistering heat win.

She was making her race debut when she mile-rated 1.56.2 for the 1730m event, the fastest of the six heats – either colts or fillies. Her dam Artistic Copper won the APG Fillies Sales Classic in 2013 and went on to earn $100,000 on the track.

“Copper Head Lady did not surprise me because we knew she could do it but I have never had a horse so lazy at home,” Bell said. “In one sense it is good because nothing worries her but also she is still fat and should be improved by the run.”

Artistic Copper has now produced five winners, including Some Copper Beach (1.57, $100K), who won the Group 3 Gold Bracelet and finished third in the Group 1 WA Golden Slipper as a two-year-old.

Some Copper Beach has a filly by Bettors Wish in the APG Perth Yearling Sale on March 3.

Copper Head Lady was bought for $40,000 by prominent owner Albert Walmsley. She was offered by Mike Howie’s Copper Lodge.

“I thought we got her relatively cheaply in the context of the sale,” Bell said. “Mike Howie produces good quality horses and his mares just keep producing winners. She is from a high speed family that have the results on the board.”

Boom stallion Sweet Lou sired three of the six heat winners on Tuesday, including Hold The Ammo, who was last year’s top priced colt at $140,000.

The Kat Warwick trained colt was impressive at his debut, sustaining a powerful sprint from back in the field to win in 1.57.3 – with something in hand.

Hold The Ammo was sold by Steve Johnson, who will offer a half brother by McWicked this year.

The other filly heat winners were Bull Shark Betty (sold by Zoe Ellis for $28K) and Ruby Lou (KTC Bloodstock, $80K).

The Robbie Williams trained pair of Louie Vee (Adda Equine, $36K) and Mysta Moon Walker (KTC Bloodstock, $15K) took out the other two colts heats.

Highview Heidi (Allwood Stud) was the cheapest finalist. She sold for $9000 to Simone Stachan.