YOUNG GUNS DOUBLE SUCCESS

With 37 Breckon Farms bred or owned winners over the last month, on both sides of the Tasman, the farm is enjoying a huge rate of success.

At the pinnacle of these is always Group 1 success and this was achieved when the leading 3-year-old filly Elle Mac (Bettor’s Delight / Goodlookinggirl) won the Group 1 Alabar Sires Stakes Championship, in good time by 2½ lengths, at Alexandra Park, in her most recent start on the 31st December.

However, interest is always high, when the first of the new juvenile crop make their appearances on the track and none so exciting and eagerly awaited, as those who contest the prestigious Young Guns Series at Alexandra Park.

It is the aim of almost every trainer, to have a juvenile that is good enough to contest the series, that has divisions for both the boys and the girls.

The colts and geldings series began back in 1977, when Gold Rand was the winner and many very good horses have won the final over the ensuing years, such as El Regale, Slugger, Billbob, Race Ruler, Honkin Vision, Chokin, Montana Vance, Il Vicolo, Gingerman, The Court Owl, Jack Cade, Light And Sound, Lennon, Gotta Go Cullen, Steve McQueen, Fly Like An Eagle, More The Better, etc.

In recent years this series has been proudly sponsored by Breckon Farms, who use this as just one of the many ways in which they channel support back into the industry.

In a remarkable achievement, Breckon Farms bred 2-year-olds have won the first heat of the Young Guns for colts & gelding, as well as the first heat for fillies, in the 2018 series.

The Young Guns is staged as the earliest series for 2-year-olds in New Zealand each season and is held in very high regard.

The first of the male heats was staged at Alexandra Park, on the 15th December, this being the Breckon Farms Young Guns Series (Heat 1) Mobile Pace, raced over 1700m for the good stake of $21,000.

The winner of this first heat was Smart Fortune (Art Major / Affairs Of State), bred by Breckon Farms and purchased by BJ Howlett, Mrs LE Howlett and JR Howlett from Western Australia, at the 2017 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $32,000. He is trained by Brent Mangos, at Pukekohe.

Smart Fortune won well by 1 length in a time of 2:07.9 (MR 2.01.1), running home the last 800m in a quick 57.7 seconds and the 400m in 27.5 seconds.

For good measure, the runner-up Bettor Getta Lover (Rock N Roll Heaven / Bettor Cover Lover) was also prepared by Breckon Farms for the 2017 Sale, for Kamup Racing Pty Ltd of Western Australia and was sold for $75,000 at the sale. He was purchased by RL Sandford, Mrs JA Sandford, JS Gould, Mrs JM McBride and GR Dunn and is trained by Geoff Dunn.

The second Heat for the male pacers was staged on the 31st December at Alexandra Park and this was won by Jesse Duke (Bettor’s Delight / Daisy Dundee), who was a $220,000 sale topper when purchased by Jean Feiss, from the Woodlands Stud draft. He is trained by Mark Purdon and Natalie Rasmussen and was having his first race start.

There is one more heat of the series for colts & geldings to be run on the 9th February, which of course is also at Alexandra Park.

The Final is the Group 1 $100,000 Breckon Farms Young Guns Cardigan Bay Stakes, to also be staged at Alexandra Park, on the 9th March.

The Fillies Series began in 1988, when Diplomacy was the winner and many very good fillies have won the final over the ensuing years, such as Pacific Flight, Party Party, Megaera (Breckon Farms foundation mare), Under Cover Lover, Adios Dream, Sixpence, Democrat Party, Dream About Me, Spanish Armada, Bettor Joy, etc.

The first Heat for the fairer sex this season, was staged on the 19th December, once again at Alexandra Park. This was the Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock Young Guns, for 2-year-old fillies, over 1700m and also run for a good stake of $21,000.

The winner of this heat was Miss Streisand (A Rocknroll Dance / Goodlookinggirl), who is a half-sister to the top filly Elle Mac and was purchased by Mrs S Herlihy, PJ Hailes, AR Williamson and MT Sullivan at the 2017 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale for $25,000. She is trained by Tony Herlihy.

She was a very warm odds-on favourite and duly obliged, winning by 2¼ lengths in a time of 2.06.6 (MR 1.59.8) and running home in a quick 56.6 seconds for the last 800m and 27.4 seconds for the final 400m.

There is one more heat of the series for the fillies to be run on the 2nd March, which is also of course at Alexandra Park.

The Final is the Group 2 $80,000 Crombie Lockwood Bloodstock Delightful Lady Classic, also to be staged at Alexandra Park, on the 9th March, the same night as the colts and geldings Final.

So, it has indeed been a remarkable feat for Breckon Farms to bred Smart Fortune and Miss Streisand to win both the first heats of the Young Guns series for colts and geldings and for fillies.

There are also many yearlings in this year’s Breckon Farms Draft at the Australasian Classic Yearling Sale, that are related to these two early Young Guns winners, including …

Lot 13 – Bettor’s Delight / Speights Girl filly
From the family of Affairs Of State, the dam of Smart Fortune and also a direct descendant of previous Young Guns winner Under Cover Lover

Lot 51 – Somebeachsomewhere / Affairs Are Bettor filly
Is out of a daughter of Affairs Of State, the dam of Smart Fortune and is also a direct descendant of previous Young Guns winner Under Cover Lover

Lot 55 – Somebeachsomewhere / Affairs Of State filly
Is a half-sister to 5 winners, including Smart Fortune and is also a direct descendant of previous Young Guns winner Under Cover Lover

Lot 131 – Mach Three / Fight Fire With Fire colt
Is out of a half-sister to Goodlookinggirl, the dam of Miss Streisand and Elle Mac

Lot 145 – Somebeachsomewhere / Good On Top filly
Is out of a half-sister to Goodlookinggirl, the dam of Miss Streisand and Elle Mac

Lot 149 – Art Major / High Society Gal filly
Is out of a daughter of Affairs Of State, the dam of Smart Fortune and is also a direct descendant of previous Young Guns winner Under Cover Lover

There are also several lots that are closely related to previous Young Guns winners, including …

Lot 64 – Mach Three / Angela Jane filly
Is a half-sister to previous Young Guns winner Steve McQueen

Lot 68 – Bettor’s Delight / Angela’s Dream filly
Is bred on the same cross (Bettor’s Delight over a Dream Away mare) as Dream About Me (1.53.3, $1,043,170), a previous winner of the Young Guns Series

Lot 85 – Bettor’s Delight / Changedown colt
Is from the family of two previous Young Guns winners, in Chokin and Fly Like An Eagle

Lot 102 – Bettor’s Delight / Dale Elinor colt
Is from a half-sister to previous Young Guns winner Megaera

Lot 115 – Art Major / Delightful Dale colt
His third dam is the previous Young Guns winner Megaera

The 2018 Australasian Classic Yearling Sale is to be held at Karaka, in Auckland, on the 12th February 2018, with a Parade Day on the 11th February.

More details are available on the Breckon Farms website, under the “Sales” menu, then under “2018 Yearling Draft Details”, where you will also be able to view photos and videos of each yearling to be presented for sale.

Rob Carr

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