Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

How to Breed Winners; Homegrown Youngsters Enjoy Success

Newspaper article The Morning Bulletin (Rockhampton, Australia)

How to Breed Winners; Homegrown Youngsters Enjoy Success

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WHILE the recent buzz has been around the $100,000 carrot dangled in front of Capricornia Yearling Sale (CYS) buyers by Aquis Farm, investors shouldn't let our homegrown youngsters slip under the radar.

First-time vendor Aquis should be applauded for its initiative of offering the lucrative bonus if any of its five yearlings presented at the upcoming Rockhampton sale go on to win next year's CYS 2YO Classic (1200m) but buyers shouldn't let the dollar signs totally cloud their vision.

One local vendor who has the "runs on the board" when it comes to producing yearlings that run early under Central Queensland conditions is experienced Alton Downs breeder Kerrod Smyth. In recent years his Laurel Glen Equine Centre has produced the likes of Mythologist, an $18,000 buy who earned more than $256,000 in stakes, and more recently the talented filly Tinto Elemento who at three has already banked upwards of $128,000 from her 10-start career which includes an impressive six wins.

Actually it would be remiss of me not to mention, going back further, Alesprit who won four races from 16 starts, including one in Brisbane and more than $100,000 in earnings.

In the thoroughbred breeding game, where the first rule is "there are no rules", Smyth sticks to a tried and tested philosophy.

"Acclimatised yearlings from metropolitan/stakes performed dams, by known two-year-old sire sources," Smyth says with conviction.

"Our yearlings are raised while running in paddocks because free play builds strong hearts, assists growth, helps develop hard bones and hooves, plus it makes their bodies receptive to training," he added.

That formula also produced the recent Callaghan Park maiden two-year-old winner Samba Rio who won impressively on debut before a fifth-placed effort last time out.

At this year's sale, Smyth's Laurel Glen Equine Centre, which has produced numerous youngsters to win CQ's richest juvenile race, will present seven yearlings by sires Rothesay, Hidden Dragon, Love Conquers All, Exceedingly Good and Mahisara.

In recent weeks Smyth has been busy hitting the promotion trail, distributing both electronic and hard copy material on his draft which goes into a lot more depth than I have space for in this column. …

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