2024 Yearling Sales, Standardbred

New Year – New Winner

New Year – New Winner

When the A Rocknroll Dance 3yo filly Sheza Rebel won at Newcastle on January 5th she provided a timely boost for Lot 148 in the Nutrien Sydney Yearling sale on March 10th.

Beautifully driven by Chris Geary for trainer Allan Ellul, Sheza Rebel finished strongly in the home straight to down favourite Ohwhatiwouldgive and win running away.

She ran the mile in a handy 1:56.3 with the closing sectionals being 28.3 and 29.0 to give her dam Early Exit the perfect record of two foals of racing age for two winners.

Lot 148 is the third foal from Early Exit and is a filly by the imported Lather Up whose first crop of Southern Hemisphere foals will commence racing this year.

Lather Up’s first North American crop of 82 foals raced as 2yos in 2023 and his 55 2yo starters saw 28 winners of 48 races and $861,622 in stakes.

Those numbers were enough to ensure that Lather Up finished third behind only Captain Crunch and Bettors Wish on the 2023 USTA’s Leading First Season Sires list.

Early Exit, the dam of Lot 148, is a winning half-sister 10 other winners including former top-flight 2yo and 3yo winner Lively Exit which won the South Australian Derby and was runner-up in both the NSW Derby and Australian Derby before retiring with 15 wins and $215,617 in stakes.