Toolooganvale Broodmare Farm

January 30, 2022Glen Latham

The lush paddocks of Geoff Harris’ Toolooganvale Farm at Scone have a rich history in delivering quality runners to market, and his 2022 Classic Yearling Sale draft hasn’t broken with tradition.

An eleven strong draft will head to Riverside all of which will greatly appeal to the market.

The Toolooganvale offerings kick off with Lot 23, a son of the American Triple Crown winner Justify out of Lightfeet Lady. A daughter of Lion Heart, Lightfeet Lady won eleven times in all from 1000 to 1250 metres and her first foal was a winner at two. The mare comes from the family of Gr.1 Victoria Derby winner and useful sire Rebel Raider (Reset) and the Stakes winners Shamoline Warrior (Shamardal) and Cadillac Mountain (Reset).

As the colt is from the first crop of Justify his purchaser will be entitled to the Ferrari offered by Coolmore as an incentive should he be the first horse by his sire to win one of sixteen eligible races.

As Lot 146 Geoff will offer a Territories three-quarter sister to one of the toughest horses to come from the vibrant country racing scene in the Gr.2 Victory Stakes and Country Championships Final winner Victorem (I Am Invincible). The winner of eight races to date and over $1.3 million, Victorem is one of two winners from their dam Playful Miss, a four-time winning daughter of Foreplay. This filly traces back to the speedy Tears For Fears (Biscay) who was a winner at two and was twice Listed placed as a juvenile before leaving the dual Gr.1 winning miler Ball Park (Ahonoora) at stud. Territories is just hitting his straps as a sire, his daughter Rougir the recent winner of the Gr.1 Prix de l’Opera at Longchamp.

Buyers looking for something with a bit of X-Factor should consider the daughter of first crop sire Santos out of Coco Kerringle that will sell as Lot 470. Coco Kerringle acquired all of her sire’s pace winning three-times to 1200 metres and was also on the placegetters heels in both the Gr.2 Silver Slipper and Listed Widden Stakes. And she has certainly passed on that speed to her foals being six for six winners to runners all at distances up to 1200 metres with her son Fabulous Eight (Dream Ahead) performing with great credit in Hong Kong at present. While this is an extremely fast family, back in the pedigree is the Gr.2 winner Pembleton (Marauding) that had an exceptionally high cruising speed, there is a bit of an outlier on the page as Coco Kerringle is a three-quarter sister to the 200 metre Gr.1 Vinery Stud Stakes winner Mirjulisa Lass (Danasinga), suggesting the family can produce a bit of variety.

If it is sustained speed you are after then a little patience will be required as late in Book 1, Lot 608 in fact, Geoff will offer on behalf of respected breeders Fred Moses, Peter Brown and Bob Charley, a Pariah half-sister to the Gr.1 Lightning Stakes and The Galaxy winner In Her Time (Time Thief).

It would be hard, nay impossible, to find a family that has churned out more great sprinters for over half a century with the consistency of the one around Hell It’s Hot, dam of In Her Time. Twice a winner and dam of six individual winners, Hell It’s Hot is a half-sister to the Stakes winners Hot As Hell and Flaming Hot (both County) and Craig’s Dragon (Catbird) and the dams of The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes (Rubick) and the Listed winner Harlem River (Fastnet Rock). Hell It’s Hot has had eight foals to race for six winners while her dam Steam Heat had thirteen of her progeny hit the track and all were winners. It says volumes that only a smidgin of the second dam’s family made the catalogue page, a family that goes back to The Galaxy winner Salaam (Radames).

The Under The Louvre filly that will sell as Lot 744 comes from a different branch of the same family, but one still getting winners. Her dam Al Sahra is a daughter of Desert Sun who was a winner at Canterbury at three, then later produced four winners including Alart (Excellent Art) who won the Listed Reginald Allen Stakes. Further emphasising just how prolific this family is, Al Sahra’s four winners have come from five foals to race, her Listed placed dam Plain Crazy (Bite The Bullet) had seven foals race for six winners and her dam What Price Glory (New Regent) went six for six. Going to this line looks a safe way to increase your chances of buying a winner.

Toolooganvale’s last Book 1 offering, Lot 632, is sure to be popular as a colt by the red-hot Capitalist out of Your Song’s unraced daughter In Jest. His grandam Joking Apart is a Rainbow Quest half-sister to the European Champion and seven time Gr.1 winner Fantastic Light and his Listed winning, Gr.1 placed sister Hi Dubai. Your Song appears again in the pedigree as a grandson of Fantastic Light’s half-sister Wanice (Mr Prospector).

The farm’s Book 2 offerings will provide plenty of value for their buyers kicking off with Lot 665, a daughter of the promising young sire Rich Enuff out of the four-time winner Linguist (Helmet). Linguist is one of five winners out of Vocabulary (Encosta De Lago) the Gr.2 Carlyon Stakes winner who was twice Gr.1 placed.

Then there is Lot 740, the first foal out of the short-course specialist World Of Hope, this colt is by the Champion European sprinter Harry Angel. A four-time winner to 1130 metres and particularly suited to the Moonee Valley 955 metre challenge, World Of Hope is a granddaughter of Miami Vice (Century), who was multiple Stakes placed at two and a sister to Stage Hit, winner of what is now the Gr.1 Coolmore Classic, and to the Gr.2 Newcastle Gold Cup winning colt Indian Raj.

When it came to excitement few horses could match the racing style and thunderous finish of the six time Gr.1 winner Chautauqua (Encosta De Lago). The fortunate buyers of Lot 746, the Astern filly out of the I Am Invincible mare All Dior will be hoping some of that raw talent will have been passed down in the bloodlines as this filly’s grandam Foothill Road (Show A Heart) is a half-sister to the mighty grey.

The first crop of dual Gr.1 winning sprinter Brave Smash impressed as foals and his filly out of the winning Manhattan Rain mare Go Carol Go is worthy of inspection, selling as Lot 790. This is a strong blacktype family as Go Carol Go is out of Gina Lollawitcha (Perugino), a consistent Listed winning sprinter and grandam of recent Listed winner Rainbiel (Toronado). Gina Lollawitcha is a sister to the good sprinter, eleven time and Gr.3 winner Lucky Diva out of Lucky Witch (Voodoo Rhythm) herself a five-time winner, two of which were at Listed level.

And while the alphabetic lottery sees the Territories filly out of the winner Jalaurabel go through very late as Lot 803, that might only mean someone steals themselves a bargain. A daughter of Snitzel, Jalaurabel is a half-sister to the nine-time winner and Listed placed Amerryking (King Of Roses) from the family of Champion Irish two-year-old and sire Basim (Capote).

Once again the Toolooganvale draft will exceed expectations, it just becomes a case of which of the eleven you will consider the standout.

Glen Latham

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