Highline’s hot colt to attract host of buyers
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.