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In Part 2 of our series, we look at the likely
leading contenders from the other stud farms
in the country but given the entire information
was not revealed on Poon Tip Stud Farm, it is
The Poon Tip Stud Farm has historically been
one of the leading breeders and consignors in
this country and we will look at their offering
next. This Farm offers in excess of 20 horses at
the upcoming sale though because they are also
a racing stable, potential purchasers do sometimes
wonder whether they retain their best horses for
In the hope that this is not the case, we will
look at all of their offerings on the basis that all
are available for sale, at the right price.
Of the horses offered, 11 are bred by the farm
on its own behalf. Standouts among these would
be fillies by Charismatic Cat/Riviera (#6), Ten
Meropa/Blushing Bride (#41) and Gold
Market/Let s Go Honey (#88). The former is a
sister to Grand Riviere, Pot of Gold and the hith-
erto disappointing Rio Grande.
While Charismatic Cat has been slightly dis-
appointing as a classic sire, he has produced a
number of good horses capable of running well
on both surfaces. The second filly is by an
unknown but well bred sire out of a dam who
has already produced one classic filly in Always
Owners may have to take a chance on the sire but at
the right price and if the conformation is good, it could
be worth chancing.
The third filly is a full sister to Market Rally who won
the 2014 Breeders Classic and a half sister to Remember
Me and It Got To Be Me, two fillies who have also shown
immense ability. She is sure to be a big attraction at the
sale since her sire has proven to be very adept at producing
Among their colts, the most interesting may be Lot
#82, a son of Gold Market/Katakova. The dam is an
unraced daughter of Discreet Cat which makes her a
standout local mare. The sons of Ten Meropa/Atlantic
Breeze (#37) and Gold Market/Luv Boat (#91) have win-
ners in their pedigree---Atlantica, Amritsar and Luv Dat
Cat---and since all horses cannot win classics, these pur-
chases should provide their owners with a lot of fun in
the years to come.
The Poon Tips also offer a number of horses bred at
the farm but on consignment for various owners. The
interesting ones among this group would be a chestnut
colt by Saint Andaan/Rosalinda (#8) who must have
come to Trinidad in utero. His sire is also the sire of
Holy Man who has won seven of his 13 starts in this
country against the top class horses and was most recently
third in the Diamond Stakes on Derby Day. The dam is
a daughter of Breeders Cup Classic winner Awesome
Again, so this colt could take top rank at the Sales.
Other interesting possibilities would be Lot #16, a
colt by Charismatic Cat/Sky Rider who is a full brother
to Purple Touch; Lot #23, a colt by Maraahel/Sweet
Tempo who is a close relative of Bandwagon and Ready-
fortheroad; and Lots #60 and #61, sons of Charismatic
Cat/Evening Stroll and Maraahel/Exquisite Touch.
The former is the son of a daughter of Johannesburg
who was unraced locally but is the dam of two successful
runner in the US, while the latter is out of a dam who
showed tremendous ability on the local track for owner
Ruthven Smith. Lot #61 in particular could very well
be one of the most popular on the day , because of the
known pedigree and the track record of the father in
particular. Certainly a candidate to be the Sales topper
on the day.
The Ponderosa Stud Farm is quietly making a name
for itself on the local racing scene. Owner Charles James
has invested in a number of quality sires and while its
standout sire will not have its first offering until 2015,
the Farm does have a number of interesting prospects
in its 2014 consignment.
Pick of these appear to be fillies by Put It Back/Musical
Factor (#98), Louisvilleluminary/Bazodee Gal (#39),
Moygaddy/Queens Band (#4) and Moygaddy/Golden
Encounter (#67) and colts by Moygaddy/The Golden
Tiger (#24) and Louisvileluminary/Joan of Arc (#78).
The Put It Back filly came to Trinidad in utero and that
always present a bit of conundrum for owners since she
could be anything as a foreign horse masquerading as
a local one. The dam is a daughter of Native Factor and
not much is known of him though it can be said that
the dam has already produced one winner from her first
three foals (albeit a daughter of the renowned Holy Bull).
The Bazodee Gal filly is a sister to five other winners
to have graced the local track and so she must be a
surefire winner in the making. How high she can climb
would depend on how she is handled and the usual luck
The Queens Band filly comes from an illustrious female
line that includes the likes of Afternoon Delight, Solar
Wind, Chantilly and Queen N Chacon. Once she becomes
a winner herself, this filly will be a valuable breeding
prospect. The daughter of Golden Encounter is a half
sister to the top class Personal Encounter, owned like
this filly by Merlin Samlalsingh.
The owner was clearly so enamoured of his top class
colt that he bought his dam and is now breeding her
locally. While Moygaddy has not already impressed as
a breeder of champions, this filly should not be under-
estimated, especially with the racing programme currently
on offer for fillies.
The colt by The Golden Tiger falls into the "could be
anything" category. The son of Joan of Arc is closely
related to Skyline Pigeon, Naughty n Nice and Chanticleer.
• Part 3 concludes Next week.
The 2014 Yearling Sales---Part 2
Andre E Baptiste
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