High­line’s hot colt to at­tract host of buy­ers

The Sportsman Weekend - - Karaka 2019 - SHAYNE O’CASS

HiTHE hottest young sire in Aus­tralia at the mo­ment is Brazen Beau and there is only one of them on of­fer at Karaka 2019. The colt be­longs to High­line Thor­ough­breds and is cat­a­logued as Lot 478 in Book 1. Brazen Beau, a Dar­ley stal­lion based in Vic­to­ria, has only had two win­ners yet is the most talked-about sire in Aus­trala­sia. The rea­son is that one of those win­ners was Ac­ces­sion, who took out the $500,000 Inglis Nurs­ery (1000m) and the other is Tas­sort, so em­phatic win­ning the ATC Golden Gift (1100m) that he was im­me­di­ately pro­moted to pre-post favourite to win the $3.5 mil­lion ATC Golden Slip­per (1200m) at Rose­hill on March 23. High­line’s Karaka-bound colt was bought be­fore any of this hap­pened, of course, at the Inglis Wean­ling sale for $53,000 and taken home to High­line HQ in Waitoa. “The Brazen Beaus hadn’t done any­thing at the time but we re­ally liked this colt, he was bought more be­cause a beau­ti­ful type and we were re­ally happy to get him,’’ High­line’s Eva Cameron said. “We’re lucky that as well as be­ing by Brazen Beau he is a re­ally nice horse, so that bonus.’’ High­line’s Brazen Beau colt is just the sec­ond foal of Thun­der Rain, who was beaten a short-head in the Listed VRC Lexus Hy­brid Plate (1400m) at Flem­ing­ton one hour be­fore Green Moon won the 2016 Mel­bourne Cup. High­line Thor­ough­breds has five year­lings in Book 1, the first to go is a filly by Brazen Beau’s sire I Am In­vin­ci­ble, who is by far Aus­tralia’s lead­ing sire win­ners and by stakes wins this sea­son, with more than three times the num­ber of black-type win­ners than Snitzel. High­line’s filly is the first foal of Elo­quent Ruby, who is a sis­ter to Ed­ward Man­i­fold win­ner Fon­tein Ruby and was bought at an­other Inglis Wean­ling auc­tion, this time in Mel­bourne. “I wasn’t go­ing to go home with­out her when I got to the sale,’’ Cameron said. “I Am In­vin­ci­ble is on fire at the mo­ment and she’s a beau­ti­ful filly who has ‘come up’ re­ally nicely. “There has been an im­por­tant pedi­gree up­date since the cat­a­logue was printed too, Elo­quent Ruby’s half-sis­ter The Mit­i­ga­tor placed in a Group 2 in New Zealand on New Year’s Day.’’ The filly’s pedi­gree has a Cox Plate theme run­ning through it given that her sec­ond dam, Charm­ing Ruby, is by 1987 win­ner Ru­biton and a three-quar­ter-sis­ter to dual Cox Plate hero Fields Of Omagh. Lot 200 in Book 1 is High­line Thor­ough­breds’ colt out of Flem­ing­ton Group 3 placeget­ter Mar­vel­lous Miss whose dam-sires re­flect her global her­itage. Her dam is by Ken­tucky Derby win­ner Fu­saichi Pe­ga­sus, her grand­dam is Rain­bow Quest while her third dam is a North­ern Dancer sis­ter to Dan­za­tore. High­line’s colt is by Smart Mis­sile, who had a stel­lar spring car­ni­val thanks to the likes of new Group 1 win­ner Maid Of Heaven (the rul­ing ATC Oaks favourite) and Kris Lees’ boom filly Smart Melody. High­line’s draft is not all Aus­tralian-made, with Lot 253 a colt by Tav­i­s­tock, the sire of a host of Derby win­ners.

The inim­itable style of su­per sprinter Brazen Beau, now a highly pop­u­lar stal­lion.

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