Blake Ryan is bringing one of the biggest drafts to the 2019 Inglis Ready2RaceSale. with an excellent draft of 16 horses. We chat with Ryan about his draft of 16 high-quality thoroughbreds as well as discuss recent industry developments.
Q: You have an excellent draft of 16 horses in your draft this year, one of the biggest. Could you please tell us a bit more about your top lots?
A: My 2019 top lots include:
Lot 124 - Real Impact x Only Roses: By a son of breed shaping stallion Deep Impact who won Group Ones in both hemispheres and is the leading first season sire of 2YO's this season in his native Japan. From a female family that is on fire in Australia at the moment, His half-sister by the Animal Kingdom is a current season stake performed 2YO and his dam by Redoute's Choice is a sister to current multiple Group winner and Golden Eagle aspirant THE INEVITABLE.
He's a lovely type with great action, the right attitude and he can really gallop. I cannot wait to get him to the sale ground for everyone to see and I hope the buyers like him as much as I do.
Lot 173 - Headwater x Sunset Coast :
A first-crop son of G2 winning 2YO Headwater, this colt hails from a half-sister to Gr.1 Cox Plate winning stallion Shamus Award.
A great type with a terrific brain who is showing every indication that he will be at the races as an early 2YO.
Lot 106 - Nostradamus x Mintbin: By First season sire son of Medaglia D'oro in Nostradamus, this colt is out of an
Exceed and Excel mare and is in every way the Exceed and Excel/ Danehill type colt. it is the family of last seasons Ill-fated boom filly Smart Melody. A big strong colt showing really nice ability who I can see selling very well.
Lot 83 -Hinchinbrook x Khepri -
• By the ill-fated and proven sire of winners in Hong Kong and Singapore Hinchinbrook, including high-class Hong Kong pair Beat The Clock and Champions Way,
• This colt is a half-brother to Redwood Baby, a 4-time winner in Hong Kong including 3 wins at Class 3 level. A strong, intelligent horse with a nice ability and a lovely way about him.
Lot 93 - Akeed Mofeed x Linky Dink -
Akeed Mofeed was a champion racehorse winning multiple international Group Ones and as a sire has had over 54% winners/runners with his first 3YOs in 2018/19, with 17% of them earning black-type. He's a strong, neat running type whose dam was a Group 1 winning 2yo.
Lot 114 - Written Tycoon x Night Train -
If you are after a colt with a bomb-proof attitude, then this is him. Nothing ever bothers him, does every single thing to please you and moves well.
Written Tycoon has sired G1 winners Capitalist, Booker, Music Magnate and Luna Rossa from mares carrying Danehill blood as this colt does.
Lot 121 -Rubick x Olive Com -
A Very sharp 2yo type by Rubick who sired 15 2YO winners in his first crop including G2 Todman Stakes winner Yes Yes Yes.
Out of a Choisir mare, out of a General Nediym mare, out of the family of Champion racehorse Northerly, this pedigree speed on speed and is about as Australian as you can get.
Lot 66 - Hallowed Crown x Gladwell -
A half-brother to Buddies, a progressive 3-time winner in Hong Kong for John Moore last season, including most recently at Class 3 level. The professional horse who will make a nice 3yo.
Q: Could you please tell us the story of the most expensive horse you ever sold?
A: Two years ago in my first ever draft I prepared and sold an I Am Invincible colt for a client who purchased him for AUD $ 80,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and he was sold for AUD$250,000 to Yulong Investments.
He raced with moderate success in Australia.
Q: As a vendor, which sales do you normally aim to attend every year?
A: As a vendor, the Inglis Ready 2 Race sale is the only Sale I operate at, but I attend as many yearling sales in Australia as I can throughout the season to source and purchase yearling to re-sell as 2yo's at the Ready 2 Race Sale.
Q: Which sprinting pedigree lines do you place the most stock of future successes in?
A: The Danehill line stallions I believe will remain the dominant force for speed in the Australian landscape for some time to come however with the likes of I Am Invincible providing an outcross for these mares they are making their mark.
I am very interested in the mark the influx of Japanese blood to Australia will have. I have great respect for what they are achieving on the world stage and I am very happy to take the chance that they will work over here as well providing the right mares get to the stallions. I would love to see a stallion such as Lord Kanaloa shuttle to Australia as I saw him race in the flesh in Hong Kong and I believe at his peak he is possibly the best sprinter I have seen. But there's probably more chance of me winning the lottery than that happening!
Q: Who was your most favorite horse as an owner or even as a vendor? Where is he/she now?
A: Not as an owner or Vendor, but my favorite horse I have ever worked with as an assistant to my father Gerald is MENARI.
He had more natural ability than any other horse I have worked with. A horse who, given a firm track, I believe had the ability to win an Everest and go to Royal Ascot. Unfortunately, he was unsound and we never saw the best of him. He now stands at Newgate Farm in the Hunter Valley with his first foals on the ground this season.
Q: As a breeder, what two (doable) records are on your breeders' bucket list to break by 2030? A:
A: As a bloodstock agent, I just want to produce good horses for sale to achieve good results for my clients and of course like everybody else a Group 1 winner is also at the top of that wishlist.