At Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, we attend each year all the major yearling sales at Magic Millions (Gold Coast and Adelaide), Inglis (Easter and Melbourne Premier) and the NZ Bloodstock sales in New Zealand, where we inspect 1000′s of yearlings.
We arrive at the sales complex a few days prior to the sales and commence the process of physical inspection of the yearling which can take up to 3 to 5 minutes each. We are looking at condition, size, conformation in body and legs.
We notate on each page comments relating to the yearlings and then prior to the sale compile a short list which provides the basis for a second inspection.
Once we have drafted our final list, it is at this time that we employ a vet to examine both the x-rays and physical conformation of the horse to be used in our final selection process.
Naturally, the vets viewing of the x-rays on knees and joints raise concerns about suitability for racing on some of the yearlings and these horses are ruled out.
We then may ask the potential trainer to inspect those yearlings that are slated for them to train, to seek their opinion.
Then it’s crunch time, we have a final list of horses and we set reserves which we really do stick to, so that we do not get carried away in the excitement of the auction process.
Often the sequence of selling does not suit you as your first 5 picks may be sold after your second 5 picks, so it’s tough to watch them sell and wait for your favoured ones which you are no certainty to acquire at your reserve price.
Once we have purchased our Bloodstock, they are then advertised to our clients and on our website under syndications for offer.
Currently, we have some lovely Bloodstock for sale on our website and encourage you to take a look at syndications on offer.