Breeding Dreams with Richard Haynes 11-05-2021

The breeding barn and the sales ring bring an aura of hope and uncertainty that attracts so many to the sport of racing. SKY expert commentator RICHARD HAYNES is across all the movements within the industry that is the backbone of thoroughbred racing.


WITH the dust only just settling on a record-breaking Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, the Australasian bloodstock action returned to Riverside last week for the HTBA May Yearling Sale, Australian Weanling and Broodmare Sales and Chairman’s Sale.

The demand for high class mares was again on display at the Chairman’s Sale, with 53 lots selling (91% clearance) for a gross of $28,235,000 and a sale average of $532,736.

The ‘Queen’ of the sale looked to be Gr1 Oakleigh Plate winner CELEBRITY QUEEN (pictured) , and she didn’t disappoint, bringing $2,500,000 to the bid of Coolmore Australia boss Tom Magnier.

Hot on her heels was the outstanding IN HER TIME, a mare we all know so well, with Yu Long Investments heading skyward at $2,200,000 to secure her.

Other top mares included PIPPIE ($1,800,000), EL DORADO DREAMING ($1,350,000), SAVANNA AMOUR ($1,250,000 and in foal to FASTNET ROCK), MEUSE ($1,200,000 in foal to DUNDEEL) and SHOKO ($1,000,000 in foal to I AM INVINCIBLE).

Inglis’ Managing Director Mark Webster couldn’t have been happier with the success of the past week.

“What is there left to say? It’s been a fabulous week on all fronts, from the yearlings to the weanlings to the Chairman’s Sale to today’s broodmares, vendors are happy, buyers are happy and I’m very happy,’’ Webster said.

“There has been a great atmosphere at Riverside the past fortnight, all the way through inspections and the week of sales and that has really transferred into world-class action and theatre in the auditorium for each of the sales.’’

Across the eight days of selling $53,036,850 was traded with all sectors of the market well up on 2020, showing the demand for quality bloodstock is still well and truly there.


IT’S been quite the season for our First Season Sires (oldest being 2yo’s), and Golden Slipper winner CAPITALIST is leading the way.

At Canterbury last Wednesday, SOCIALIST became his twelfth individual winner this season. With his progeny earning $2,948,053 so far (PROFITEER $1,368,150) this season, he sits atop the First Season Sires table with just over two months of the season remaining.


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AS an $875,000 Magic Millions yearling, STELLAR AULINE has always had a high profile and this daughter of NOT A SINGLE DOUBT might be about to put it all together.

Already with a G2 Sweet Embrace second (to HUNGRY HEART) and second in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic (to AWAY GAME) to her credit, her earnings hit $688,000 at Gosford on Saturday, a stakes race in Queensland now firmly on the agenda.

Getting the better of $500,000 Inglis Easter graduate APRIL RAIN is no easy feat either.



SHE’S been around the money in any number of stakes races, but finally YAMAZAKI had her day in the sun on the Gold Coast on Saturday.

A $40,000 Magic Millions March Yearling, before the weekend she was that solid Saturday class of mare but had struggled to break through at Stakes level. A booming finish in the Listed Silk Stocking changed all that, her earnings hitting $457,450, but more importantly the Listed win making her a valuable prospect if-and-when she ever graces a sales ring.


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THE quality late season 2yo’s keep emerging in Sydney and the Peter and Paul Snowden-trained SATIN RIBBONS certainly fits that mould.

This daughter of Capitalist is yet to race, but will be an acceptor for both the Listed Woodlands Stakes at Rosehill Gardens and a 2yo Maiden Plate at Kembla Grange on Saturday.

Going on her trials, she’ll be super competitive wherever she goes. Her dam Satin Shoes was a ripper for the Bateman family (this filly sports the same colours). A winner of the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes and three other Listed races, and she’s already the dam of a Listed Gimcrack Stakes winner in Satin Slipper.


Richard Haynes is the host of Racing HQ on Sky Sports Radio, Saturdays 6.30-11am and is an integral part of Sky Thoroughbred Central’s on course and studio hosting duties. Richard also features weekly on News Central (Wednesday’s - Ch528).

Image courtesy Inglis.

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