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Results the only real marker

Black Type mares off the track and quality broodmares are a red-hot commodity, but it's pretty meaningless if their potential is not realized. Results are what counts and those of us working as agents/consultants are quite rightly judged by what unfolds long after the dollars have been spent amidst the hype of the selling arena.


It's the follow through which counts and the big buck spending should be followed up with an equal amount of thought & effort in affording that mare the best-possible opportunity.


I well remember buying Distinctive Lass (Orientate ex Special Sweep, by End Sweep) at the 2011 William Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale for A$140,000 for a New Zealand client. Fast forward nine years and it gives me great satisfaction to see her having delivered three excellent Black Type performers, quite aside from what her progeny has returned in the sale ring.


Distinctive Lass was bought with a Denman foal in utero. The result was KURO (that's him bottom left) who made $170k at Karaka & went on to win five Listed Races & was twice placed at Gr.1 level.


The first mating I planned for Distinctive Lass was on her arrival to NZ. I selected Darci Brahma. The result was DISTINCTIVE DARCI (that's him bottom right) who made $100k at Karaka & went on to win nine races in Singapore including a Listed Race.


The next mating was with Ocean Park and the result was SOUTHERN LAD (bottom middle seen at the trials). He was a A$75k Inglis Easter purchase, has won 5 races to date, been Stakes-placed and looks every bit a Stakes Winner in waiting.




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