Racing breeds resilience and circumstances surrounding COVID-19 have reinforced that mindset for Inglis Easter Sale vendors like Kandice Pritchard.
Based at KBL Thoroughbreds in Queensland, Kandice has been forced to navigate several obstacles on the way to presenting her Star Turn filly to prospective online buyers. Catalogued as Lot 367, she is a first-crop daughter of the Vinery sire from Al Maher mare Capable Mahira.
“We floated down from Beaudesert but shortly after arriving at Riverside Stables we had to turn back and head to Aberdeen in the Hunter Valley,” Pritchard said. “We’re with Fergal Connolly at Valiant Stud and she has settled in without any problems since we got here on Saturday.”
The detour coincided with her close relation, Quick Thinker, winning the Tulloch Stakes Gr.2 at Rosehill ahead of the Australian Derby Gr.1 at Randwick this Saturday. It’s been a reliable prelim with Jon Snow (2017), Levendi (2018) and Angel Of Truth (2019) completing the double in recent years.
“She hasn’t disappointed anyone parading with the Valiant yearlings,” Pritchard added. “She’s a breathtaking filly…an absolute beauty. And another classic winner in the family right before the Easter Sale won’t do any harm!”
Capable Mahira is an unraced sister to the dam of Quick Thinker with a Group 1 page going back to Blackfriars (Victoria Derby) and Larrocha (South Australian Oaks).
KBL Thoroughbreds is selling the Star Turn filly as agent for Gold Coast couple Andrew and Lasca Bowcock who were based at Alanbridge Farm in Aberdeen before selling out to Patinack Farm owner Nathan Tinkler in 2007.
Star Turn’s first yearlings have so far sold to $550,000 (Gold Coast Magic Millions), $180,000 (Inglis Melbourne Premier) and $140,000 (Inglis Classic). Earlier, this month his Adelaide Magic Millions colt from the Baramul draft out of Red Chilli Peppers was a bargain $75,000 buy for trainer Will Clarken.
“We marked this colt from Baramul Stud as the most forward yearling on the sales ground,” Clarken reported. “We’re really excited to secure him and he will be up and running in no time.”