26 February 2024
DGR Winter Update
1 June 2023
In what is officially described as winter racing, the depth and strength of Australian racing continues week in and week out, regardless of the calendar. We are pleased to see DGR graduates competitive in this pool of talent.
Gr.3 Carbine Club Stakes winner Perfect Thought overcame an obscure hiccup to finish his shortened autumn campaign with an excellent second in the Gr.2 QLD Guineas at the end of May to the new big spruik horse Kovalica who went on to win the Gr.1 QLD Derby (May 27).
In mid-April, lightly raced three-year-old filly So Dazzling added a valuable Group 1 to her resume when running second in the Gr.1 ATC Oaks. The dual Group-placegetter will contest the Gr.1 QLD Oaks this weekend.
Another spruik horse emerged at Randwick on the same day as the QLD Derby, with Tannhauser winning the two-year-old race of the day. It took a horse every bit as good as Tannhauser to run down our debutant filly Unique Ambition in that race. The form could well be franked at the highest level with Tannhauser lining up in the Gr.1 JJ Atkins for two-year-olds on June 10.
Our filly Unique Ambition has gone to the paddock to ready herself for the Princess Series in the Sydney spring, which culminates in the Gr.1 Flight Stakes at Randwick, a race we are very proud to have won on four prior occasions with our sale ring graduates.
The Englishman made it into the Gr.1 QLD Derby field to finish well behind Kovalica, but off an abridged preparation, we feel our veteran of just eight starts will figure in nice races in the future as the career of this son of Tavistock unfolds.
Three-year-old Lavish Thinker was a solid winner at his most recent start, and this son of So You Think has a bright future ahead, as do a little band of our two-year-olds, all making race day debuts in the past weeks. A recipe that often sees good three-year-olds emerge after some seasoning and match practice.
Perfect Thought (So You Think) was a $120,000 Magic Millions purchase, and So Dazzling (So You Think) and The Englishman (Tavistock) were both bought for $200,000 at New Zealand’s Karaka Yearling Sale.
Exciting prospect Unique Ambition (Tavistock) was a $220,000 purchase from Karaka a year later, and Lavish Thinker (So You Think) was a modest $100,000 Magic Millions yearling.
From our 2023 crop of purchases numbering 13 yearlings, there are just five with ownership opportunities remaining (no more than 10% each).
Amongst the horses available are two colts by the soon-to-be crowned Leading First Season Sire in Australia, Justify, plus So You Think, The Autumn Sun and first crop sire Exceedance.
They’re all by the right sires, off great nurseries and range in price from $120,000 to $350,000. The opportunity is worth considering, so please get in touch or check our current offers page before they are all gone.