As well as being loyal Darley clients, owners and breeders Mark and Tony Carusi are undoubtedly good judges of bloodstock for whom persistence has had its reward.
In 2009 the brothers bought the former Darley-owned filly Mignard for a modest $18,000, and have since sent her to the Darley stallions Street Boss, Hard Spun (twice), Domesday, Kuroshio (twice) and Exosphere.
Carusi’s sent their mare to Hard Spun two consecutive breeding seasons and on the mares second visit, they hit the jackpot when Mignard produced the three-time G1 winner Le Romain.
At the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne this week Phoenix Broodmare Farm as agent for Mark and Tony, will offer the second of Mignard’s Kuroshio foals, and another half-brother to Le Romain, as Lot 509 (pictured below).
The yearling being offered was reared, like Le Romain, at Greta West Stud in Victoria where he is compared favourably to his celebrated half-brother.
“He’s a beautifully balanced colt, well put-together and will really look the part at the sale,” said Greta West’s Laurie McCarthy.
“We sent him over to Damien Gleeson to be prepped at Phoenix Broodmare Farm and they’re very happy to be taking him to the sale.”
A nicely-bred filly, Mignard is related to the 2013 G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Long John (Street Cry) who also won the G3 UAE Two Thousand Guineas and to the Listed winner and G1 placegetter Pursuits (Lonhro).
The colt from Mignard is one of 10 Kuroshio yearlings catalogued at the Premier sale.
Of those, the colt, Lot 30 (pictured below), out of the Sadler’s Wells mare Refuge, a sibling to four European Stakes winners, and a filly, Lot 426, from the Hussonet mare Hushabye Baby, who is related to the recent Victorian winner Scarlet Billows, also expected to attract strong interest.
Of the Book One Darley-sired yearlings, the strongest representation is from the Victorian based pair Brazen Beau and Street Boss.
Fresh from his sale-topping result at the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney, Brazen Beau will be represented by 20 yearlings in Melbourne, among them siblings to the recent Melbourne winner Vinland, the New Zealand Horse of the Year Mongolian Khan and Queensland Guineas winner Jabali.
The champion sprinter also has a colt (Lot 322) from Crystal Ruby, a sister to the G1 Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily, and a colt from the Danehill mare Lucida who taps into the famed Eight Carat family.
Street Boss whose recent Australian-bred Stakes successes include G1 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback and Hong Kong Derby and Chairman’s Mile winner Rapper Dragon has 17 yearlings in Book One.
The first to be offered is a colt, catalogued as Lot 42 (pictured below), out of the Zabeel mare Rodelinda who is a half-sister to the dam of the speedy Stakes winning filly Petits Filou, herself a daughter of Street Boss.
The Premier Sale at Inglis’ Oaklands Junction stables runs from 4 to 7 March.
To view all the Darley-sired yearlings catalogued for the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, simply view our Look List by clicking here.