NSW vendors Neal and Michelle Wardle are going to add a bit of spice to the APG Melbourne Yearling Sale on Sunday by giving away $5000 if one of their youngsters sells for $100,000 at the auction.
The Wardles will offer four impressive yearlings – including a full brother to champion two-year-old Follow The Stars, who looks a dead ringer for his famous brother and should be among the top priced lots in the sale.
Neal Wardle said they just wanted to generate some extra interest in the sale with the $5000 cash giveaway. Anyone who registers to bid and has not already been drawn out for a prize, will be eligible.
“If one of our yearlings make $100K, they will stop the auction for a couple of minutes to draw a bidding card number out of the barrel and someone will walk away with $5000 cash,” Wardle said. “It is not a given that one of our yearlings will make $100,000 but it is a guaranteed prize if one of them does. We wanted to build up the sale a bit. Hopefully, people will get behind it.”
Wardle, 40, switched his harness operation from racing to breeding after a highly successful training career that started as a teenager.
“A friend of my uncle’s was a trainer. I started helping him out and my interest developed from there,” Wardle said. “I started training as an 18-year-old and had some success. I won a Tasmanian Pacing Championship with a horse called Thorpedo and took him to Perth for the 2004 Interdominion series.
“Over time, some of the mares we raced, like Piece Of My Heart and a few others, were ready to go to stud so we developed a strategic plan to breed and sell yearlings. We have also bought some quality mares and now have nine broodmares in the program. we decided not to continue to race horses because we want buyers to have confidence that our yearlings are for genuine sale.”
Wardle said (Lot 212) the Art Major colt from broodmare gem Smyrna Duruisseau was an outstanding youngster.
“We are extremely happy with the way he has turned out,” he said. “There are 442 yearlings catalogued in the four APG sales and his dam is the only mare to produce two Group 1 winning two-year-olds that has a full brother in this sale.”
Those brothers are Follow The Stars (1.53.8, $707K), who won three Group 1 races at two, and First Responder, who won a Group 1 sales classic from just four starts as a juvenile.
“First Responder won his first start (in 1.56.5) then jumped a pole and chopped his tendon in his second start,” Wardle said. “He recovered to win the ($175K) sales classic three weeks later but hasn’t raced since.”
“We bought Smyrna Duruisseau in foal to Sportwriter and then bred back to Art Major for this colt and a filly born four weeks ago.”
The Wardles will also offer two fillies and a well bred trotting colt at the sale.
Lot 104 is a colt by superstar French trotting stallion Bold Eagle, who won 24 Group 1 races during a stellar career on the track.
The colt’s dam, Yankee Stella, is a half-sister to four $100,000 earners – including Majestic Ess Jay (tr1.58.4, $193K) and Valley Ess Jay (tr1.57.5, $135K).
Lot 153, a filly by Capt Midnight from Jets Girl, is a half-sister to five winners, including brilliant filly Tay Tay (1.50.3, $247K).
Her dam is a half sister to outstanding Queensland mares Fame Assured (1.50.8, $318K) and Feel The Faith (1.53.1, $171K) and granddaughter of broodmare gem, Girl From Ipanema.
The second filly is Lot 191, by Sweet Lou from Piece Of My Heart (1.55.3, $41K). The dam is a half sister to Ready For Battle (1.50, $248K) and a full sister to The Art Form (1.53, $129K).
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