Palentino Another Tassie-Bred Who Can Mix It With The Best

Despite his controversial demotion to second place in Saturday’s Group 3 C S Hayes Stakes, the form of Palentino heading into next month’s Australian Guineas is providing another boost for the Tasmanian breeding industry.

Palentino was purchased out of the Magic Millions Tasmanian sale for $85,000 by Darren Weir two years ago, the same venue where prolific stakes winner The Cleaner went under the hammer for just $10,000.

Perhaps given those results it was unsurprising that last week’s Tasmanian sale broke record after record.

This year’s average was $23,250, up 34 per cent on 2015 and the sale had a clearance rate of 83 per cent. Topping the one-day auction was a Written Tycoon offered by Armidale stud out of Kandy Korn which set an all time Tasmanian record when changing hands for $115,000.

Among the mainland trainers attending were Darren Weir, John McArdle, Ken Keys, Matt Brown, Simon Zahra with First Light Racing and NSW based former Olympian equestrian  Merv Bennet.

Tim Brown of Magic Millions said: “It was a really pleasing result and pleasing in that we had so many trainers come from the mainland.

“Also I do believe the Tasmanians have improved their stock over the past few years and hopefully they continue to do so. They deserve a pat on the back but they need to keep going and make sure they reinvest so that they continue to have a product mainland buyers want.”

David Whishaw of Armidale Stud said the result was confirmation that horses bred in the smallest state can mix it with the best.

“There’s no doubt we can raise good horses in Tassie and the results we’ve had over the past few years with the likes of The Cleaner and Palentino have proved that. Buyers from interstate are aware now that they can come here and get something that’s tough and solid and will get to the track.”

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