Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

First Season Value

If you pull the right rein you can pick up exceptional value buying yearlings by first season sires. 
 
Just last season the new sires dominated the strong Australian proven sires in the feature 2YO races and they now command far more respect in terms of price at stud and at auction. Here is a quick recap of the Australian Group 1 & $1m+ races for 2YOs last season:
 
MM 2YO Classic - SHAQUERO (Shalaa - 1st crop sire)
Group 1 Blue Diamond - ARTORIOUS (Flying Artie - 1st crop sire)
Inglis Millenium - PROFITEER (Capitalist - 1st crop sire)
Group 1 Golden Slipper - STAY INSIDE (Extreme Choice - 1st crop sire)
Group 1 Sires Produce - ANAMOE (Street Boss - proven sire)
Group 1 Champagne Stakes - CAPTIVANT (Capitalist - 1st crop sire)
Group 1 JJ Atkins - CONVERGE (Frankel - proven stallion)
 
Many of these horses have now featured heavily in the top 3YO races of this season.
 
One thing this exceptional group of first crop sires had in common (outside of Shalaa who was the unbeaten Champion 2YO of Europe in his generation) was that they all contested and won/placed in the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper themselves as racehorses, and they all faced off against each other as 3YOs in the same Coolmore Stud Stakes, which takes place on Derby Day each season over the 1200m straight course at Flemington. Interestingly, Star Turn who has also done a very good job with his first crop 2YOs was also in this race, as was Astern who has some nice 3YOs running for him this season. You can relive the 'stallion making race' here: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4NHFCTs_OL4

Russian Revolution winning the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate 

 

Whilst the majority of the colts went on to stud in the following Spring, Russian Revolution stayed in training for another year and collected two Group 1 races after his 4th placing in 'that' Coolmore where he lead Astern up the grandstand side. As such his first crop yearlings hit sale rings just this year and given his profile, he was a target first crop sire for Gai, Adrian, Claudia and Bruce. Russian Revolution was a target stallion because he ticks the same boxes that our best Australian sires cover:
 
- Australian colonial speed
- Unbeaten 2YO
- Dual Group 1 star sprinter winning the same Group 1s as his Champion Sire Snitzel (Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield) and Grand-sire Snippets (Galaxy at Randwick and Oakleigh Plate)
- Natural, front running speed
- Has a huge stallion's pedigree as a direct descendent of Fanfreluche like past Australian Champion Sires ENCOSTA DE LAGO & FLYING SPUR
- Carries strains of Blue Hen mares Natalma, Fairy Bridge, Fanfreluche, Shantha's Choice, & Easy Date
 
Based on his credentials we feel Russian Revolution is a great chance of making it, and it is very timely that he notched up his first winner at Newcastle on Saturday in the Max Lees Classic with a very smart 2YO, Russian Conquest.  We certainly won't be buying his best stock for the prices we were able to secure them for this year. All in all we secured four yearlings by Russian Revolution for the stable in 2021 including the young stallion's second highest priced colt sold at auction this year, $320,000 for a special Easter purchase from Verna Metcalfe's terrific nursery, Middlebrook Valley Lodge. 
 
Like his sire Russian Revolution (watch promo video here - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5-tH7irYCnI) our colt's mother Siwa Lady was a naturally fast, front running, stakes winning, sprinting mare. He is also from the same family as the 'best' Gai has trained, Pierro. 
 
The colt is currently in training and as his pedigree suggests he is showing speed! Gai, Adrian, Claudia and Bruce have got together to preview this colt for you. Watch the full video here:

 

 

If you would like further information on our Russian Revolution x Siwa Lady colt, please contact Claudia Miller on 0422 545 990 (claudia@gaiwaterhouse.com.au) or Bruce Slade on 0400 505 238 (bruce@kestrelthoroughbreds.com.au)

 

 
 

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