Brannigan, the first offering for rookie breeder Dean Lawrence.
A little bit of luck can go a long way at the yearling sales and Dean Lawrence has had some right from the start.
The Clinton farmer and novice breeder will sell his first yearling at the sale in Christchurch on Wednesday with Brannigan, a colt by American Ideal which is the first foal from Paula’s On Fire, by Courage Under Fire.
The colt has a pedigree which isn’t anything out of the ordinary, but he is an excellent type and is sure to draw more than his share of attention.
“I’ve bought a share in the odd one with cobbers but I’ve become really interested in the breeding side of the game,” said Lawrence.
“I’ve got three broodmares for the moment and some young stock coming through.
“I’m aware of what’s involved in getting them to the races, so with Brannigan I figured I’d let someone else take the risk and get a bit of income going.”
Paula’s On Fire was acquired by Lawrence after she’d finished racing, where she wasn’t up to much.
She scrambled a win at Forbury Park with Dexter Dunn driving for trainer Kirstin Barclay and owner Tom Kilkelly, and later raced without any success for a syndicate and trainer Keith Norman.
Paula’s On Fire is however the last foal from the grand broodmare Smooth Paula, who produced nine winners from 11 foals including good sorts in Another Matter, Hardly Matters and Matter Of Pride.
Smooth Paula is also the grandam of top Australian pacer Cincinnati Kid and the third dam of The Orange Agent.
“I’ve always liked Courage Under Fire as a sire and I’d asked Dave Kennedy to keep an eye out for a broodmare by him.”
Paula’s On Fire only cost Lawrence $1500 so she is set to prove a rather nice investment for him.
Kennedy also arranged for Julie Baynes to prepare Brannigan for him and she is also doing a Love You colt for Peter Williams and American Ideal and Mach Three colts for Lew Driver, while recently taking over Bruce Robertson’s Bettor’s Delight filly from Onebeachsomewhere, a daughter of Somerbeachsomewhere and T K Swift.
“I think she is going to be a very tough filly, but they’re all very nice types,” said Baynes