David Scott breeds two or three standardbreds a year – principally with the objective of putting them through the sale ring.
And the one major common theme for the West Gippsland breeder is that they are all trotters.
Scott caught the “trotting” bug early in his harness racing experience.
He raced pacers when he first entered ownership ranks, but it would be a trotting mare, Karamea Vermah – bred by the legendary Noel Simpson – which would give him his first real success.
“She was pacing bred (a 1981 Scottish Bret foal), but all she wanted to do was trot.
“She won 12 races for me, including a number at Moonee Valley.
“I followed that success and raced trotters exclusively after that.”
Scott said in those days it was not unusual to have trotters by pacing stallions.
He said it was difficult to get a specifically bred trotter, with a big part of the horse pool bred along pacing lines.
Things have changed, with no better example than the bloodlines of the two lots Scott is offering at the Nutrien Equine Standardbred Yearling Sale at Melbourne’s Oaklands Junction on Sunday, April 3.
He describes each as “affordable” with a “solid trotting” pedigree.
“They should suit buyers who don’t necessarily have the budget or the inclination to go to the top end of the market.”
VOLSTEAD US-ZIPPIN AROUND (Majestic Son Ca) colt
This lot comes from the maternal family which launched Scott into breeding.
Scott said with well-bred trotting broodmares not easy to access in Australia, he went to the New Zealand yearling sales with the aim of purchasing a daughter of Sundon.
He secured a filly out of Filly Folly, which went on to race as Sunny Folly and win seven races.
“She was my first foray into breeding.”
And what a success Sunny Folly has been as a broodmare, leaving seven winners including group 2 winner Invasive (Armbro Invasion) 1:57.4, 16 wins, $141,000; group 1 Redwood Classic winner Elusive Charm (Cr Commando) 10 wins; Doctor Sam (Dr Ronerail) 8 wins; and Sonofpaco (Yankee Paco) 7 wins.
Zippin Around is also out Sunny Folly and this is her first foal.
Zippin Around is the second daughter of Sunny Folly to go to the breeding barn to date, with Elusive Charm already proving an outstanding success for Scott.
She has produced four winners from four foals to race, including group 3 placed Melpark Magic (Muscles Yankee) 1:57, 15 wins, $132,000; and two-time group 1 winner Is That A Bid (Andover Hall) 1:58, 6 wins, $166,000.
The colt is from the first crop of Volstead.
SEBASTIAN K-ALWAYS TREASURE NZ (Sundon US) filly
The filly continues the Sundon flavour for Scott.
He said he purchased Always Treasure as a racemare from NZ, with her winning six races, including three in Australia.
This is her third foal, with the previous two fillies by Bacardi Lindy.
He understands her first foal, a three-year-old, is close to trialing and expects her two-year-old will race later this season.
“There’s a lot to like about the (Sebastian K) filly.
“She’s well grown and very correct,” Scott said.
Thank you to David Brehaut for this story.
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