Story by Shayne O’Cass from The Sportsman
LAURISTON Thoroughbred Farm Ready2Race Sale bound 2YO’s accounted for seven of the fastest 10 horses to breezeup at a wet and windy Cranbourne on Monday morning.
The O’Brien family enterprise’s stunning success comes a few days after farm graduate Striking Eagle took out the prestigious Inglis China — Australia Cup at Yulong racecourse in Shanxi province.
Striking Eagle was himself sold at last year’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale for $55,000.
“He was one of four we sold to Beijing Racing Stables from that draft,” James O’Brien said. “Striking Eagle is by Purrealist from Shaolin Belle. He is closely related to Apache Cat and like Apace Cat, he has a big white blaze too.”
A total of 82 horses were put through their paces ahead of the Sale scheduled for October 4 at Inglis’ Oaklands Junction complex outside of Melbourne.
Fastest of all was Lot 135, a son of first season sire Kuroshio whose highlight win came in the Group 2 MVRC Ian McEwen Stakes (1000m) on this same weekend in 2013.
The colt for sale is out of former Tasmanian mare Love The Moment who was placed third in the Tasmanian Oaks and One Thousand Guineas.
The Sydney round of the breeze-ups will be staged today (Friday) at Canterbury.