Pedigree Picks with Mike Rennie – 5 July, 2019
Killavally was impressive winning on debut by 8L at Ballarat on Sunday.
Bred by the stud he is a 3yo Ocean Park gelding out of the O’Reilly mare Enjoy (ex Playful Fingers by Defensive Play). Ocean Park over an O’Reilly mare gives us a 4 x 4 cross duplication of Pompeii Court and a 5 x 4 of Hunza, via the blood sisters Eastern Princess and Courtza (dam of O’Reilly).
It’s an interesting talking point, line breeding in this fashion, will it work, won’t it work? The winners to runners on the nick are just fair at present averaging 53% whilst it is worth noting that Arrogant who put up a timeform rating of 120 in the Rosehill Guineas is also out of an O’Reilly mare.
Last Tycoon was a nice nick under Thorn Park so there’s no doubt some influence present; Rondinella, King Opie, Ocean Deep and Fabric support this. Defensive Play was super under the Zabeel sireline so that can only be helping here too.
Mark has always had a gut feeling this family would kick on with another top horse. After watching Killavally’s win and also Shoshone the other week (Sacred Falls ex Dee I Why ex Playful Fingers) we might need to listen to his gut more often!
Garry’s Corner – 17 December 2019
With Christmas around the corner, the Waikato Newsletter is on hold, but the weeks happenings have motivated me to come out of hiding in the corner. It is always difficult to those who were not …Read More
Garry’s Corner – 5 December 2019
Bantam Rooster one week, Feather Duster the next. That fairly well describes the mood at Waikato Stud in the past week. The loss of any horse will stir the emotions of someone, regardless of the …Read More