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Cranbourne Trainers Active at Sale

Cranbourne based trainers Dylan Stratford, Scott Ewen and Brad & Kyal Costello were active at last weekend’s yearling sales securing a total of four lots to add to their respective stables.

Stratford purchased a stunning looking trotting filly by consistent sire Bacardi Lindy from Always Treasure who was a six-time winner on the race track. The filly (pictured) is a close relation to Kristalvagen who won six races in New Zealand before continuing her career in USA where she took her lifetime mark of 1:55.

“I saw her on the farm before the sales and I was sold on her the moment I saw her trotting up on the pre-sales video,” Stratford said of his purchase.  “She is an outstanding individual, very correct and has a lovely action,”

Stratford now plans on syndicating the filly and invites interested prospective owners to take a 10% share at a cost of $1,500 per share (includes sales day purchase price, APTS Race series sustaining fees and breaking in).

“She is eligible for the Vicbred Super Series and the Vicbred Homegrown Series as a two, three and four-year-old. And she is also fully paid up for the APTS 3yo Fillies Graduate Series. That race is restricted to fillies presented on Sunday and so she already has a one in thirty-three crack at a $50,000 Group 1 race.”

For further information call Dylan on 0416 510 399

Scott Ewen managed to bide his time until late in the day before settling on a colt by Betterthancheddar from Coast Patrol. Presented as lot 294 by Rochester based breeder Denis Pangrazio , the colt is the first foal of his dam who won 12 races on the track. She in turn is a full-sister to the very smart race mare Coastal.

“Lance Justice had Coastal and he was a very smart horse,” Ewen said after the sales. “This bloke went through near the end of the sale when the money had started to dry up and I think we were able to get him at a pretty reasonable price.”

Prominent Queensland-based owner Rob Jones made two purchases on-line and will consign those pacing yearlings into the care of Brad and Kyal Costello at the Cranbourne Training Centre.

Lot 235, a colt by Well Said from Nats Survival, was knocked down to Jones for $10,000. He is the fourth foal of his race-winning mother who is already the dam of Nats A Christian and Shady Azz. This family is one of the strongest in the stud book and includes a raft of outstanding performers including Lennytheshark.

Jones then backed up later in the sale to purchase Lot 290, a bay colt by Always B Miki from Chrissy Styx.

Kyal Costello explained the logistics of the two-state buying operation.

“We inspected the yearlings at the sale complex and then spent the day on the phone to Rob who was able to do his bidding on-line. Both the colts went home with Rita (Burnett) after the sale to be broken-in. Hopefully they can both do a job for Rob.”

The Costello-Jones team will be represented by two runners at Warragul on Monday afternoon and if early betting markets are any guide then they could well recoup some of last weekend’s outlay.

“Mobster and Rock The Nation have both been working and racing really well since we moved to Cranbourne and I think they’ll be hard to beat,” Kyal said.

By David Scott

Photo: Stuart McCormick Photography

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