High expectations

Turangga dispersal to set new Scone records


DISPERSAL of mares and weanlings to be conducted on behalf of the Stuart Ramsey-headed Turangga Stud by Inglis Bloodstock at a stand-alone unreserved sale at White Park next month could see a new high price established for the venue.


DISPERSAL of mares and weanlings to be conducted on behalf of the Stuart Ramsey-headed Turangga Stud by Inglis Bloodstock at a stand-alone unreserved sale at White Park next month could see a new high price established for the venue.

Currently the record for Scone, the home for the annual Inglis bloodstock sales for 70 years, is $120,000, a price paid for an I Am Invincible colt at the 2017 edition of the Hunter Valley Breeders sale in May.

The achievements of the Ramseys at Turangga, an upmarket quality stud in the Segenhoe Valley, a 10-minute drive east of Scone, since they acquired this long established horse breeding complex in 2003 underlines the dispersal as one that should attract high level buyers.

Ramsey-bred performers have included Able Friend (Shamardal (USA), Hong Kong Horse of year, equal third best four and up in the 2014 and 2015 World Rankings), Headway (Champion Australian 2yo filly 2008-09, won VRC Coolmore-G1, AJC Sweet Embrace-G3, second Golden Slipper-G1), Sky Cuddle (Snippets, 6 wins, $862,280, won VRC Emirates.G1, Rose of Kingston-G2, G1 third twice), Highly Recommended (Fastnet Rock, won MVRC Alister Clark-G2), Mr. Murphy (Danehill (USA), 11 wins, $1,500,250, three Groups 1s in Melbourne), Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor; started twice for wins in Sydney at two, including the Listed Canonbury Stakes; standing Sun Stud, Victoria, first crop yearlings), Elite Falls (More Than Ready (USA, won ATC Reisling-G2, second Oakleigh Plate-G1, third Golden Slipper), and Karuta Queen (Not a Single Doubt, 6 wins, $1,857,675, a leading 2yo, won Magic Millions 2YO Classic by 2.8 lens), to mention a few.

Some of these performers are out of mares in the 90 lot catalogue or have relations among them and have produced some of the 28 weanlings listed. 

For instance the mares (52), all of which, except a handful of young females who have not been to stud, are tested in foal.

The mares include 10 stakes winners among which are Irish Darling (2001, Ivory’s Wish, won Adelaide’s two Oaks Classic, three winners, all her runners, including Fighting Sun; served by Zoustar), Niagara Falls (2000, Danehill (USA), won MRC Carlyon Cup-G3, Lord Stakes – track record time, fourth SAJC Australasian Oaks; dam of four winners including Ramsey bred Elite Falls; served by Real Impact (Jpn),Tenant’s Tiara (2004, Beautiful Crown (USA), winner AJC Eskimo Prince-L, second AJC Sapphire Stakes-G2, four named foals, all winners inc. Zoutenant, won Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic, second ATC Roman Consul-G2), Brilliant Bisc  (2010, Elvstroem; three wins, ATC Gimcrack Stakes, third ATC Widden Stakes, dam of colts by Written Tycoon (2015) – sold for $1million at this year’s Easter yearling sale, I Am Invincible (2016), served by Exosphere),Torah (2008, Spinning World (USA), Listed first and second Melbourne, two named foals, one to race – Explosive Belle, 3yo won by 4.5 lens Toowoomba on debut April 27, served by Delago Deluxe), Sojustremberthis (2001, Flying Spur, four wins, VRC Chubb Stakes-L second VRC Moomba Plate, dam of four winners, inc. Kynam (four wins Hong Kong); served by Artie Schiller (USA), Lucky and Fortune (four wins Macau), served by Artie Schiller (USA) and Trust  Antonia (SAF) (2003, by Danzig sire National Assembly (Can), two wins at two South Africa, inc Scottsville Fillies Championship-G1,dam of three winners, inc Huegill, third Caulfield Guineas-G1, served by Real Impact (JPN).

Among the other mares are Tiarazou (2010, Zizou Melbourne 2yo winning sister to SW Zoutenant, dam two foals by All Too Hard and served by him), Bella Epoch (2012, Street Cry (Ire), unraced product of Dubawi stakes winner Golden Millennium, to stud 2016, served by Epaulette), Almost Tempted (2013, Snippetson sister to G2 and G3 winner Fast Clip, from half-sister to five SWs, inc Snippet G1 winner Sky Cuddle, to stud 2016, served by Sepoy), Beyond Rare (2011, Redoute’s Choice daughter of champion NZ 2yo  Il Quello Veloce, first foal 2016 by Domesday, served by Real Saga), Blue Ruby (2008, Lonhro Sydney winning sister to champion 3yo Racing to win, three foals, served by Al Maher) and All Night Girl (2013, Manhattan Rain half-sister to Moonee Valley Fillies Classic winner My Emotion; went to stud 2016, served by Hallowed Crown).

Turangga’s weanling section, a line-up which will be yearlings a week after the sale, includes youngsters who appear well qualified for select sessions of major sales.

They include colts by Sebring, Dawn Approach (Ire), Nicconi, Declaration of War (USA), Manhattan Rain, Rubick, Denman, All Too Hard, Domesday and Pluck (USA) and fillies by Lonhro, Epaulette, Your Song, Hinchinbrook, Denman, Toronado (Ire) and Testa Rossa.

Seven of the weanlings are by Trusting, one of two resident sires at the Turangga Stud. 

A winner in Sydney of the Hill Stakes, Chelmsford Stakes and Warwick Stakes and runner-up in the Golden Rose, Epsom and George Main, he is a son of Tale of the Cat (USA) and the Zabeel Group 2 winner Legible.

Trusting has included in his first crop, current three-year-olds, three winners at the Queen’s Birthday holiday weekend.

They were Weekend Affair (won Hawkesbury at fourth start), Eat My Trust (recorded third win in five outings when he won by 1.3 lens at the Gold Coast) and Trusted Warrior (romped to a seven lengths win at Launceston).

Out of a mare by More Than Ready, Trusted Warrior is one of the leaders of his generation in Tasmania with his efforts including a head second in the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Launceston and a third of 10 in the Hobart Guineas.

Trusting stands at Turangga with Money or the Gun, a magnificent looking son of Octagonal whose only three starts included a win at Cranbourne and second at Mornington. 

He was bred and raced by the Ramseys.

The Turangga dispersal sale on July 23 follows the decision of the stud’s manager, Stuart Ramsey’s son John, and his wife Erin to establish their own property, one on which they provide breaking in, training and breeding services.

Stuart Ramsey is to continue to breed at Turangga, but on a reduced scale. 

He will retain a few fillies he has in work and will mate the stud’s empty mares in the coming season with the view to selling them in foal next year.

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