The Sales

 The sales can be a complex beast, so being well equipped before getting there is paramount. There are a myriad of forces and dynamics at play, including; 

  • Who is likely to be your competition and potential demand. 
  • The integrity of the farms/vendors.
  • Interpretation of bloodstock trends and hype surrounding certain stallions and pedigrees.   
  • Understanding who breeds race track success and targeting those farms. 
  • Some farms produce successful sales results but doesn't necessarily equate to racetrack success. 

RM Racing Group is dedicated to ensuring our clients are not only securing the right yearling for their racing goal but also, that they are at the right sale to align with their purchasing budget.

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2018 Yearling Purchases

RM Racing was active at the William Inglis and Son Classic Sale 2018 as well as the William Inglis and Son Australian Easter Sale 2018. We were able to secure three colts from the sales for our clients.

Purchased for Mr M W Tsang for $120,000 (sale ave $93 154)

Rod's catalogue notes:
Good bone, good size, short cannons, compact and strong, good muscle, good action, great temperament

Rating: 8.5/9

Pedigree appraisal:

The SIRE - By a very good racehorse and first season sire in Dissident. From a very successful sire line, Dissident had a nice bunch of yearlings at the sales and has a good chance to be a successful sire.

The DAM- from a good multiple city winning mare in Prettyfamous that won 6 from 900m-1300m and $240 420 and was also 4th in the ATC Listed Carrington Stks. She’s a half-sister to the Listed winner Riding Shotgun
The family is without any real high-class performers, however, it is a useful page with the first 3 dams being decent racemares, the second dam is by Snippets and the great sires More Than Ready, Danzig. Redoute’s Choice, Zabeel, and Lunchtime are found in the first 4 generations.


Purchased for a client for $155,000 (sale ave $347 634)

Rod's catalogue notes:
Good size (for late November 27th foal date), medium bone, nice rein, athletic, neat/ typical Savabeel, ok hindquarters, temperament ok, a good walk and will grow.

Rating: 7.5/8

Pedigree appraisal:

The SIRE - by multiple Champion sire in Savabeel, sire of over 79 stakes winners, and most effective in producing middle-distance performers.

The DAM-  Staryn Glenn is by the great stamina source and Champion stallion in Montjue. Staryn Glenn is the dam of the super mare Lucia Valentina herself a 3-time Group 1 winner of the Queen Elizabeth Stks, Turnbull Stks and Vinery Stks. Thus this colt is a full brother to Lucia Valentina.
The family is a true black type family, the second dam is by the wonderful Star Way which has crossed extremely successfully with the Sir Tristram sireline over the last 25 years.


Purchased for a client for $110,000 (Book 2, ave $116 638)

Rod's catalogue notes:
Midsize. good bone, short cannons, racy/ nice style, good strength. Young but will improve (late October 14th foal), lovely loose action. Near fore turned out but ok, very good temperament/attitude “a ripper”

Rating: 8.5/9

Pedigree appraisal:

The SIRE - by smart racehorse and promising young sire in Epaulette, already the sire of Sograt, a Group 1 winner 2yo in South Africa and the stakes winners Meryl, Khulassa and Miltary Zone.

The DAM- from a young, well related and very capable mare who won 3 races at 2years in Sydney. Herself a full sister to the dual Group 3 and Listed winner Nayeli.
The family is a solid black type family with first 3 dams by champion stallions in More Than Ready, Danehill and Centaine. This colt is off Corumbene Stud, a farm that has recently produced the Golden Slipper winners Sebring and Overreach and many other stakes winners.

RM Racing was active at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale in 2018. RM Racing after evaluating the catalogue and based on our ratings decided to takes shares in 3 colts.

Purchased by Wylie Dalziel/Peter Moody for $80,000 from Kooringal Stud.
Sire average $70,000/2 sold. RM Racing purchased a share in this colt.

Rod's catalogue notes:
Good bone, good size, good walk/drive from behind, good jowl/head, short cannons, “all Danzig” and “speed family”
Note: Rod had the privilege to personally inspect the great Danzig back in 1994 at famed Claiborne Farm in Kentucky.

Rating: 8.5

Pedigree appraisal:

The SIRE - a fast son of Champion stallion War Front, from a sireline that has had significant dominance in Australasia.


The DAM- from a fast Tale of the Cat [whose daughters are really making an impact} mare who won 3 races at 2years, 4 to race/4winners including the Group 2 ATC Skyline Stks victor in Diamond Tathagata.
The family is known as the “Stage Hit family” has a strong speed/2yo orientation and has produced some very useful 2yo’s.



Purchased by Edmonds Racing for $150,000 from Segenhoe Stud.

Sire average $160,227/22 sold. RM Racing purchased a share in this colt. 

Rod's catalogue notes:
Good bone, good size, good in front, a good walk, will improve, “powerhouse/very powerful colt”

Rating: 8/8.5

Pedigree appraisal:

The SIRE - Rubick a brilliantly fast son of Champion stallion Encosta de Lago and from the superb female family of Redoute’s Choice {Best in Show family}.

The DAM-  Mining Tycoon was a very smart race mare although just a winner of one metro race in Brisbane, herself a granddaughter of wonder producer Shantha’s Choice and thus colt is inbred to Shantha’s Choice 3X3 and in the most desirable form through a daughter in Sliding Cube and a son in Redoute’s Choice. This pattern has appeared in many outstanding horses internationally and locally, the inbreeding to Shantha’s Choice has produced stakes winners.
The family can be rightfully claimed as one of the best in Australasia. The “Denise’s Joy” is an elite and still, a very current family, the Group 1 stars are so numerous~ Joie Denise, Tuesday Joy, Sunday Joy, More Joyous, Fenway, Euphoria, Thorn Park, Bentley Biscuit etc.

Purchased by Proven Thoroughbreds/Steve O’Dea for $330,000 from Luskin Park Stud. 

Sire average $478,649/37 sold. RM Racing purchased a share in this colt. 

Rod's catalogue notes:
Mid-sized, plenty of leg, strong/powerful, good action/drive, great short cannons, good gaskin, good temperament, will improve.

Rating: 8/8.5

Pedigree appraisal:

The SIRE - I Am Invincible has made an incredible start to his career and is the most sort after young sire in the country, you just have to have one!

The DAM- She’s a Wildcat is an unraced sister to the Group 1 winner and Group 1 producing sire Foxwedge and to the Listed winner She’s a Fox. The second dam Forest Native is by Forest Wildcat, a son of Storm Cat who I witnessed and studied post-race after winning a stakes race at Keeneland back in 1997. I thought he had a great physical sprinting appearance at the time and who later went on to be a very successful sire and leading sire after commencing his career at just $US 7,500.



RM Racing was active at the Gold Coast March Magic Millions Sale in 2018 and the William Inglis and Son Scone Yearling Sale 2018. RM Racing after evaluating the catalogue and based on our ratings decided to purchase one colt and one filly.

Purchased by Mark Cook for $34 000 from Waylon J Stud.

Rod's catalogue notes:
Good size {big filly}, good bone, very deep girth, good shoulder, strong in front, lovely stride/movement/walk, good overstep, good temperament.

Rating: 8.5

Pedigree appraisal:

The SIRE -  Whittington a son of a tremendous source of speed in Tale of the Cat. Whittington won 4 races, 2 at 2 years including the time honoured Listed Breeders Plate 1000m, a race won recently by the likes of Capitalist, Vancouver, Pierro, Smart Missile, Sebring and further back Snitzel, Charge Forward and Choisir.


The DAM- Country Singa is an unraced daughter of the good sire in Danasinga. The second dam Country Step is by US Champion Juvenile Timber Country. She is the dam of two very hardy and good class performers in Locks Legend and I Walk The Line, the first by the disappointing sire Bel Danoro and the second by the moderate Conatus. The third dam is by Best Western who has proved to be a very good influence on the dam line.
The family is a solid family, with the 5th dam Mary responsible for producing the very capable Cossack Warrior and Cossack Prince back in the 1980’s.


Purchased by Rod Scott for $10 000.

Rod's catalogue notes:
Good bone, good size, strong, short coupled, racy/robust, good walk, temperament ok.

Rating: 7.5/8

Pedigree appraisal:

The SIRE - Supreme Class a son of Champion stallion Redoute’s Choice, the former Hong Kong raced galloper that won 5 races who is non-commercial but has from very small numbers thrown some handy winners.


The DAM- Miss Nightingale is by Strategic who was a 5-time winner at 1100m including a win at Mooney Valley and has the admirable record of 3 to race for 3 winners including the Kapaulenko, an 8-time winner of $177 941 (including wins at Caulfield and Morphettville)
The family is a good winning family with some smart stakes winners over sprint distances on the page. The colt was bred on a successful cross with Strategic/Zedative over Danehill/Danzig sireline, Holler, Le Romain, In Her Time a few noted examples of this cross.


Key To The Sales:
Working With A Budget & Aligning It Correctly 


Working to a budget and placing a price on a horse/ yearling at the sales makes good sense/practice. We have to spend wisely and be able to target horses that are buyable. A basic guide to having a good choice of prospective athletes and being able to buy them has a budget of the sale average.

For example, having  40/50k to spend at MM in January (sale ave..) (session 1) is simply unrealistic.  Even having a 100k you have to on your game! There are horses sold in that price range but are likely to be inferior:- small, lacking athleticism, poor conformation, bad leg geometry, may have unacceptable x-rays reports or from poorly performing sires/family.

Having said that, buying below the sale average is always a possibility and a challenge that I enjoy immensely. Doing the” hard yards” ie by inspecting the whole catalogue, making accurate notes and assessments and working a few angles you can target horses that may “ slip under the radar” At all sales there is is an amazing amount of dynamics at play- trends, hype, hot/ not so hot sires, proven sires vs first season sires, early/late in the sale, buying off a big “glamour farm” or small lesser known farm, competition from other buyers, buying a more natural yearling rather the more mature/stronger type etc. For a strong. good sized precocious 2 yo type by an in demand sire you’ll most likely paying a premium whereas a neat well balanced younger yearling by an older proven sire may prove to be more affordable and buyable.

Want To Have A Discussion For Which Sale Will Be The Best Fit?