Vinery Stud
Villermont's sire All Too Hard has 17 Classic yearlings (pic: Mark Gatt)

Vinery Stud heads to the Inglis Classic Sale off the back of a very successful start to the year at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

There are 28 quality lots entered for the opening of the Riverside Stables on February 10 with the majority by its own sires More Than Ready, All Too Hard, Mossman, Pluck and Testa Rossa.

Vinery finished among the Top 5 vendors on the Gold Coast with 16 yearlings averaging $336,875. More Than Ready topped the list with fillies bought by Yulong Investments ($650,000) and Cambridge Stud ($500,000). More Than Ready is a legend in his own lifetime with 180 stakes winners and his Classic consignment starts with Vinery’s filly from Riva Del Mar (Lot 14). It’s the first foal from the mare who is from a half-sister to Doomben Slipper LR winner Chickens.

There’s more black-type on the horizon at the elite level for More Than Ready with Prized Icon set for the Australian Cup at Flemington and Doncaster Hcp at Randwick.  “He’s a big gross stallion and will continue to improve throughout this prep,” trainer Kris Lees predicted.  “He’s better on firmer ground and the weather will also play a hand on his program in Melbourne and Sydney.” 

All Too Hard is another Vinery sire gunning for Group 1 wins with his top-class colt Villermont. Last seen swooping to victory in the Sandown Guineas Gr.2, he also has career-defining assignments in Melbourne and Sydney. Trainer Aaron Purcell has set his sights on the Australian Guineas Gr.1 at Flemington and Rosehill Guineas Gr.1. “I’m confident the decision to give him a light spring will pay off,” he said. "He’s a horse we always thought would be better come the autumn carnivals. He spelled terrific and looks amazing.” Villermont will kick-off his classic campaign at Caulfield in either the Autumn Stakes (1400m) on February 10 or C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) a week later.

Vinery’s first All Too Hard to parade is the second colt from More Than Ready mare Vintage Drop (Lot 204). She won at Sandown Hillside in a five-start career for Mick Price and is a three-quarter sister to Brisbane stakes winner Cellargirl.

Pluck is off to a winning start this year with Hong Kong Challenge Cup winner Jade Theatre and his top-class mare Life On The Wire is poised to add her name to his roll-call of feature winners in February. Tasmanian trainer Scott Brunton has won four on the bounce with Life On The Wire leading into the Bow Mistress Trophy Gr.3 and Vamos Stakes Gr.3. “She’s only lightly-raced winning 6 of her 12 starts,” he said. “And she would have an even better record but for running into Hot Dipped last season. “She holds her condition well, her legs are good and she gives herself every chance with speed from the gates. Bring on the Bow Mistress!”

Vinery’s Husson colt from Raischek (Lot 3) received a recent update when his dam’s half-brother Sir Kalahad won on debut at Sale. A son of All Too Hard, he did things wrong in running and will be winning in Melbourne when he matures from a raw recruit into a racehorse. Husson received a well-deserved Group 1 update in Hong Kong when Nothingilikemore won the Classic Mile on January 21. He was a $40,000 graduate from the 2015 Inglis Classic Sale.

3B.ColtHusson (ARG)RaischekVinery Stud, Scone
3B.ColtHusson (ARG)RaischekVinery Stud, Scone
14B.FillyMore Than Ready (USA)Riva del MarVinery Stud, Scone
132B.FillyDeep FieldSpiritriser BeanVinery Stud, Scone
135B.FillySmart MissileSpring Venture (USA)Vinery Stud, Scone
156B.FillyMossmanSworntoperfection (NZ)Vinery Stud, Scone
161B.FillyStratumTejVinery Stud, Scone
204B.ColtAll Too HardVintage DropVinery Stud, Scone
237B.FillyAll Too HardAbsolventVinery Stud, Scone
282B.ColtAll Too HardBelscenicaVinery Stud, Scone
357B.ColtUncle Mo (USA)Demanding MissVinery Stud, Scone
393B.FillyTesta RossaFew WordsVinery Stud, Scone
409B.FillyAll Too HardFuture GainsVinery Stud, Scone
491Gr.ColtThe Factor (USA)Lightly DustedVinery Stud, Scone
512B.ColtMossmanMalacca CaneVinery Stud, Scone
513B.FillyPluck (USA)MalapertVinery Stud, Scone
532B.ColtHinchinbrookMiss Rangoon (USA)Vinery Stud, Scone
558B. or Br.FillyMore Than Ready (USA)Not BadVinery Stud, Scone
586B.FillySmart MissilePocket Power (USA)Vinery Stud, Scone
592Ch.ColtAll Too HardPrerequisiteVinery Stud, Scone
631B.ColtTesta RossaSpring RaiderVinery Stud, Scone
636B.ColtWandjinaSunset CoastVinery Stud, Scone
655Br.FillyPluck (USA)Warm ChargeVinery Stud, Scone
737B.ColtEurozoneHeart Ofthe Matter (GB)Vinery Stud, Scone
744B.ColtDeclaration of War (USA)Iguana Jo (USA)Vinery Stud, Scone
762B. or Br.ColtAll Too HardLegislatureVinery Stud, Scone
765Ch.FillyHusson (ARG)Logan's ChoiceVinery Stud, Scone
778B.FillyMyboycharlie (IRE)Millie Milou (NZ)Vinery Stud, Scone
797Ch.ColtHusson (ARG)PlaygroundprincessVinery Stud, Scone