Needs Further Highlights Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale

The Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale will kick off on Thursday with first season sire Needs Further immediately under the spot light.

Two horses from Tasmania’s new recruit will open the sale and Magic Millions’ Tim Brown believes Needs Further, one of two locally based stallions having their first yearlings through the ring, can make an impression.

“From what I’ve seen he has a nice line of stock,” said Brown.

“They are good types with good attitudes and he is an exciting addition to the Tasmanian ranks given the deeds of his brother Hallowed Crown.”

Needs Further is the older half brother to dual Group 1 winner Hallowed Crown, who is currently standing at Darley’s Kildangan Stud in Ireland.

By Encosta De Lago out of Crowned Glory, herself a runner-up in the Golden Slipper, Needs Further only raced five times. He placed third to subsequent Group 1 winner Skilled on debut as a two-year-old before having an entire year off the track.

His three-year-old season was highlighted with a win in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes, with Happy Trails fourth, but his career ended at his next start after finishing down the track in the Group 3 Frank Packer Plate at Randwick.

“We’ve had quite a few people doing inspections in the run up to the sale and we’ve been pleased with their reactions to Needs Further’s yearlings, they’ve created a bit of buzz,” said David Whishaw of Armidale Stud, which stands the Gooree homebred. “The exploits of Hallowed Crown haven’t done him any harm, this is one of the best families in the Stud Book.”

 Whishaw was also positive about the prospects for the sale generally. 

“I think the vibe is very positive and I’m hopeful we’ll get a few buyers from interstate, which we need to support the market. Trainers like Darren Weir, John McArdle and Ken Keys have come here in the past and bought successfully, so we’re looking forward to them being here this year.

The other stallion with a first Tasmanian crop of yearlings is Cardinal Virtue. The son of Elusive Quality out of Valourina, stood his third season at Grenville Stud in 2015 and has nine yearlings due to be sold this week. He previously stood in WA for a season.

“It is quite an exciting sale because we have many mainland trainers making the trip down here and the locals are expected to be strongly represented,” said Tim Brown.

“Our local trainers have enjoyed a great carnival with Adam Trinder winning the Derby with Jerliderie Letter and David Brunton winning the Hobart Cup with Up Cups.

“Both horses were bred in Tassie, which is a fantastic result for the racing community here.”

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