Purple patch for Astute purchases

 

It has been a good few days for our clients and partners with five recent winners in NSW and Victoria. 

It is a fitting time to acknowledge the commitment of our passionate clients and owners in general who underpin the whole industry and contribute so much to the sport. 

Our strike rate over 9 years in business (82.5% winners to runners) and our consistency over this time is linked to a very calculated and selective buying approach. Interestingly, our recent winners were relatively inexpensive and 4/5 were by unproven stallions when we bought them however, they were all outstanding physical athletes. Focussing on the physical and the female line is a good way for us to find value, as the best yearlings by proven stallions often command a price tag that can defy logic for most owners.  

Our recent winners include: 

  • Nags to Riches (Written Tycoon) 3yo filly with 3 starts, 2 wins and a second in Sydney. I think this filly has untapped ability and could be a group horse. She won with a lot of authority both times, she is very lightly raced and she has grown from a medium-sized quality yearling to a stunning 3yo filly.  She is trained by Brad Widdup and she is owned by Greenhaven Park, Lustre Lodge, and partners. We purchased her at the Magic Millions sales for $135K in 2019. 

 

  • Zorocat (Toronado) 8 starts, 2 wins, 3 seconds and 1 third. Although this 3yo filly is by a champion miler she has a lot of speed and loves to contest the lead, which makes her better suited to sprinting distances.  She was unlucky not to win on two other occasions but she fought on both times. Her last win under Jason Collet was very impressive and I think that she has the ability to win in town on a Saturday and maybe get some black type later on. She is from an excellent female family and we purchased her at the Inglis Classic sales for $150K in 2019. She is trained by Damien Lane and is owned by Greenhaven Park, Lustre Lodge, and partners. 

 

 

  • Category Five (Sacred Falls) 4yo gelding ,4 wins, 2 seconds and one 3rd. This is a beautiful late-maturing miler that we purchased in NZ in 2018 for NZ$260K. He won 3 in a row last prep and we are hoping that he can do the same this time. I think he is improving with time, maturity, and practice. His win last week was very impressive and it is a promising start for this prepartion. He is trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and he is owned by Collin McKenna, Stephen Pelegrino, and a great bunch of other owners. 

 

 

  • Reformist (Dissident) 4yo gelding with 4 wins and 3 third from 14 starts. This horse won his maiden in Sydney on debut and he then went on to run 3rd in a Gr3 behind subsequent Derby winner Quick Thinker. Since moving to Victoria he won 2 races from 5 for Archie Alexander and he is improving all the time. Reformist was purchased at the Easter sales for $140K and he has already earned $120K. He is owned by a large syndicate which includes a group of first-time owners who are enjoying the ride. 

 

 

 

 

  • Witchfulthinking ( War Chant)  4yo mare, 17 starts, 4 wins, and 5 places. Trained by Andrew Noblet this mare often wins with authority and her winning margins average 4 lengths. She is a stunning mare who is closely related to the double Gr1 winner Delicacy. We bought her at the Magic Millions Perth sales for $120k and she has now earned $115K in prizemoney. We will now try to find some black-type races for her in the coming months. 

 

 

 

 

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Star Patrol impresses again at HQ

Star Patrol impresses again at HQ

There was no wide-margin success for Star Patrol at his second visit down the Flemington straight on Saturday, but the stopwatch again made for favourable viewing ahead of his first attempt in Stakes company. Star Patrol produced a jaw-dropping seven-length win as an $11 chance in a three-year-old handicap over 1200 metres at Flemington last month, stopping the clock in 1:08.84. 

Star Flemington showing puts stakes goals on agenda

Star Flemington showing puts stakes goals on agenda

The sensational 7l win of Star Patrol (Starspangledbanner) at Flemington on Monday has trainer Clint McDonald aiming up at stakes grade with the 3-year-old, with plenty of upside predicted after he relished his first shot down the famous Flemington straight. McDonald admits Star Patrol has surprised everyone with his progress, 'jumping out of the ground' in just two starts for the stable since transferring from Mark Newnham, having begun his career with Kacy Fogden in Queensland. 

Amelia's Jewel to be aimed at WA spring riches

Amelia's Jewel to be aimed at WA spring riches

Boom Western Australian filly Amelia's Jewel (Siyouni {Fr}) may be headed to the paddock after her sensational win in the G2 Karrakatta Plate at Ascot on Saturday, but owner/breeder Peter Walsh and trainer Simon Miller are already plotting her spring targets. 

FOR THE NOTEBOOK: Keep an eye on racing down under

FOR THE NOTEBOOK: Keep an eye on racing down under

Leo Powell from the Irish Field recently wrote an article about Amelia's Jewel and the terrific start she has made to her career. 

Shelby Sixtysix Gives Toronado a Third G1 Winner

Shelby Sixtysix Gives Toronado a Third G1 Winner

Trained in the country at Goulburn by Danny Williams, Astute Bloodstock yearling purchase Shelby Sixtysix has been the cult hero of the Sydney Autumn Carnival and capped a remarkable rise from contesting Highway races to winning an elite Group I sprint when powering to victory in the Group I ATC The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday. 

Shelby Sixtysix impresses against the very best!

Shelby Sixtysix impresses against the very best!

We are thrilled with Shelby Sixtysix’s amazing performance in the 1000m Gr2 last Saturday when he defeated the world’s best sprinter Nature Strip and got very close to running past the champion Eduardo at level weights. 

A star is born in WA

A star is born in WA

Peter Walsh the owner of Amelia Park in WA was my very first client when I started Astute Bloodstock 10 years ago. We shared many memories and none better than a wonderful trip to France visiting Chantilly and Normandy back in 2018 when Peter asked me to find him a couple of value mares at the Tattersalls July sales. 

Brooklyn Hustle 4 years or consistency at stakes level

Brooklyn Hustle 4 years or consistency at stakes level

Back in 2011, I was privileged to help the Rosemont Stud team to secure a handful of value mares in Europe. At the Arqana December breeding sales Anthony Mithen and I were wowed by a magnificent Pivotal mare called Joint Aspiration. She was a stakes performer in the US and built like an Aussie sprinter and was in foal to Fastnet Rock at the time.