Five yearlings to watch at Monday’s Tasmanian Magic Millions sale

Thursday 20 February 2020

Tasracing’s resident racing expert Pete Staples has cast his eyes over the 2020 Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale draft and has come up with five fabulous youngsters to be followed during their racing careers.

From the moment they pass through the sale ring on Monday at the Inveresk Sales Complex, Staples will be keeping tabs on the youngsters and hopefully one or all will face the starter as a two-year-old.

None of Staples’ Fab-Five are expected to be sale toppers but more in the medium price range at the sale.

Below are details of the first of Staples’ Fab-Five to be profiled before the sale on Monday.

Lot 72: Filly – Alpine Eagle-Sh’bourne Spirit presented by Armidale Stud.

BAY FILLY Stable R 12 Foaled 14th October 2018 Branded : nr sh; 1 over 8 off sh

ALPINE EAGLE (AUS) (Brown 2011-Stud 2017). (High Chaparral-Zephyria):

4 wins-1 at 2-from 1100m to 1800m, A$305,800, MRC Autumn Classic, Gr.2, SAJC Drink Driving Grow Up H., Tattsbet Adelaide Cup Day H., 2d VRC Australian Guineas, Gr.1, SAJC Penny Edition S., L. Half-brother to SW Every Faith (SAJC Laelia S., L) and SP Royal Fashion (2d ARC Mr Tiz Trophy, Gr.3). Grandson of a half-sister to SW Putuna and SW Ivory Bride. His oldest progeny are yearlings.

1st dam Sh’bourne Spirit, by Savoire Vivre. 12 wins-4 in succession-1000m to 1400m, $172,550, TTC Examiner Print Advertising H., Sydeston Autumn Classic S., Newstead Hotel H., TRC Reflex Technology Group H., Lady Lynette P., 2d TRC Happy Mother’s Day P., Rogerson & Birch Surveyors P., 3d TTC Vamos S., Gr.3, 4th TTC Vamos S., Gr.3.

This is her second foal. Her first foal is a 2YO. 2nd dam RIVER DOLL, by Bao Lack. Unraced. Dam of 6 named foals, 5 to race, 3 winners, inc:- Sh’bourne Spirit (Savoire Vivre). 12 wins. See above. Sh’bourne Kahlua. 3 wins 1300m to 1700m, QTC Mayne Hall H., 2d QTC Story Bridge Hotel P., 3d BTC Air New Zealand H. River Boat Gambler. 2 wins at 1200m, 1400m. 3rd dam ZAGHAAREED, by Riverman. Unraced. Half-sister to Miss Shagra (dam of MISS HIRONDELLE). Dam of 8 named foals, 7 to race, all winners, inc:- Miss Reed. 10 wins 1280m to 2200m, $149,110

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The Fab-Five are:

Lot 72: Filly – Alpine Eagle-Sh’bourne Spirit presented by Armidale Stud.

Lot 83: Filly – Lionhearted-Snow Festival presented by Grenville Stud.

Lot 85: Colt – War-Spanish Symphony presented by Motree Thoroughbred.

Lot 114: Filly – Wordsmith – Arenzano presented by Armidale.

Lot 137: Colt – Outreach-Ehor presented by Grenville Stud.