Vinery partner Alan Green has received another update for his yearlings a week out from the start of the 2021 sale season.
Green and Brian Singer will offer the first yearling carrying the Big V brand at the Gold Coast Magic Millions commencing next Tuesday. Their Written Tycoon colt from Thousand Guineas Prelude Gr.2 winner Afleet Esprit parades as Lot 20.
They will also sell the Star Turn – Bonded filly (Lot 114) who is a half-sister to Afleet Esprit through the Vinery draft later in the first session.
Green trades under the Echo Beach Bloodstock banner and the latest update arrived on New Year’s Day when Flowrider won at her first start for trainer Sue Grills. The Headwater filly scored a front-running victory in the Bede Thomas Memorial Plate (1050m) at Inverell.
Flowrider (3f Headwater – Elan Grenadine by Rock Of Gibraltar) has an All Too Hard half-brother catalogued as Lot 6 for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale on February 28. Hong Kong-based Healthy Happy (Zoustar) was a another winner from the family at Sha Tin on December 20.
Headwater has now sired 31 individual winners of 40 races from his first two crops at Vinery which gives him a share of the lead in that category with Pride Of Dubai in Australia.
His filly You’ll Be Mist is safely in the final field for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on January 16. Fellow Vinery Star Turn has Miss Hipstar on the borderline but his colt Astrologer has been sent for a spell by Snowden Racing.
Trainer Kelly Schweida will consider starting Miss Hipstar in the Aquis Gold Pearl (1100m) at the Gold Coast this Saturday before backing up a week later. “I wouldn’t swap her for any other runner in the Magic Millions Classic,” Schweida said. “The best one I’ve seen so far is She’s All Class.
“Larry (Cassidy) is confident and he’s ridden more good ones than I’ve trained good ones. That gives me plenty of confidence, too.”