Forget The Price Tag was far too good for them at Alexandra Park last Friday night and is clearly heading for better things.
Forget The Price Tag’s return to top form in Auckland last week was very timely for Ken Breckon ahead of what is shaping as easily his most successful yearling sale at Karaka on Monday.
The classy four-year-old son of Majestic Son is the first foal from Yankeedoosie, the lightly-raced four-win sister to $1.4m winner I Can Doosit and also Sno’s Boy Boy (15 wins, $215,000).
There’s no yearling from Yankeedoosie in the sale next week, but there is a Muscle Hill colt from her Love You half-sister Love Ya Doosie and he is a potential sale topper.
Love Ya Doosie’s first live foal is Kyvalley Chief, the Muscle Hill colt which topped the Australasian Classic two years ago when selling for $125,000 as Legendary Lover.
The now three-year-old colt had his first start at Maryborough a fortnight ago and blitzed his rivals by 19m for trainer Brent Lilley.
We’re not sure if Breckon named Legendary Lover after himself but we do know he’s quite keen to use the name again.
Breckon will have plenty of other things on his mind at the moment but not lost on him is the fact that he is yet to secure a filly from either Love Ya Doosie or Yankeedoosie, the last two foals – and the only daughters – out of Sheezadoosie.
Both have produced three live foals to date with Love Ya Doosie’s first in a filly by Muscle Hill being lost as a foal.
She missed to Muscle Hill last season and is now in foal to his son What The Hill, while Yankeedoosie had a Love You foal two seasons ago which died of colic.
She missed to him again last season but is now in foal to Majestic Son.
“Both mares have been extremely difficult to get in foal with frozen semen hence the reason they went to sires here in the flesh this season,” said Breckon.
“She was physically sound but not mentally sound and probably too fast for her own good actually. Mark (Purdon) had to keep tipping her out in the hope she would improve but she never did.”
“It has absolutely become a concern that they haven’t had a viable filly foal yet, but having finally got them both in foal this season, hopefully one or both will have a filly next season.”
The reason for Breckon’s concern is understandable given the quality of their trotting pedigrees.
Sheezadoosie was the first foal from the imported Speedy Crown mare Becalm Lobell and Breckon bought her from a National Bloodstock Yearling Sale in 1997 for $60,000, which he thinks was the highest price paid for a trotter at auction back then.
She won seven races from 28 starts, spread over four seasons.
“She was physically sound but not mentally sound – probably too fast for her own good actually.
“Mark (Purdon) had to keep tipping her out in the hope she would improve but she never did.”
Sheezadoosie had two wins in Auckland before Purdon shifted south and three of her remaining wins were at Addington in the spring of 2001, the last of them at the Cup meeting when she came off 30m to down Total Perception and Raymauwarrhen Sun.
Becalm Lobell’s second foal was a Chiola Hanover brother in Golden Blend (7 NZ wins, US1.55, $295,000) and her remaining seven foals were all winners as well.
Sheezadoosie would take things to a whole new level however when Breckon bred her to Muscles Yankee some 15 years ago to get I Can Doosit and Sno’s Big Boy, the latter an embryo transfer.
Either side of them were winning colts in Heezadoo Early (5 wins) and Continentaldoosie and Breckon was very thankful indeed to get Yankeedoosie and Love Ya Doosie before Sheezadoosie was lost while trying to get more Love You foals from her.
Yankeedoosie started just 19 times for her four wins and Love Ya Doosie only raced six times for two good wins in Auckland.
They were simply too valuable as broodmares to be “pissing around” as racehorses.
As mentioned, the first foal from Love Ya Doosie sold for $125,000 and the second in another Muscle Hill colt was bought for $65,000 last year by the same people and is now in Australia as well.
The three colts from Yankeedoosie have sold at Karaka for $50,000 (Forget The Price Tag to Tony Herlihy), $55,000 (Andover Hall embryo transfer Meantobe to Mike Berger) and $60,000 (Andover Hall colt American Pride to Mark Purdon).
The Muscle Hill colts from Love Ya Doosie in particular are being looked as stallion prospects and that will be the case again with Doosie Do on Monday.
Don’t be surprised to see the new American owners of Lazarus getting involved in that one.
Doosie Do is one of the standout colts of that sale as are Breckon’s Muscle Hill colts from the broodmare gem Regal Volo and her daughter Alannah Hall.
Another imported trotting mare, Regal Volo, didn’t really flatter when winning five races in Australia, but she has been an absolute revelation as a broodmare.
Her first five foals are Twentyten (4 NZ & 13 Aus wins, $338,000), Alannah Hall (3 NZ & 3 Aus wins, $39,000), High Gait (5 NZ & 11 Aus wins, $342,000), Regal Love (1 NZ & 2 Aus wins, $58,000, 3rd Jewels) and Girls On Film (3 NZ wins, $33,000 to date).
They are consecutive foals by Muscles Yankee, Angus Hall, Muscles Yankee, Love You and Muscle Hill, which underlines the value in breeding to the best sires in the world via frozen semen.
The sixth foal from Regal Volo is the Love You filly Lovemelikeyoudo, a three-year-old who is due at the workouts within a few weeks for Mark Purdon.
The Muscle Hill colt in the sales is the next foal from Regal Volo, while Mr Muscle is the first foal from Alannah Hall (Aus1.58.6).
Breckon has a fourth Muscle Hill colt in Auckland from Classic Armbro, the daughter of Merinai who has produced potential more-than-handy trotter Sertorius, and they are in fact the only colts by Muscle Hill in either sale.
As such it wouldn’t surprise if one or two overshadowed Breckon’s pacing-bred yearlings, although there is 24 of them and no shortage of quality there either.