Young guns return to work

Jul 28, 2017

Spring is definitely in the air at track work as the carnival contenders return to work around Victoria and here at Cranbourne we're hopeful that we have our own squad of young guns ready to make their mark this campaign.

In the last two sales seasons Shea has employed the expert eye and advice of champion trainer Peter Moody and renowned Group 1 selector Paul Willetts, adding agent Leonard Russo to the team of advisors during the 2017 sales season.

The horses that Shea has bought home have been a new level of class on what he has purchased in years past, and that's a decent level to top given dual G3 winner Ocean Embers, multiple city winner Flyingconi, and a handful of other city class performers set the benchmark for our team.

"I wanted to take my buying to the next level and to do that you go and get the help of the best in the business," Shea said.

"You can be as confident and upbeat as you like when you first bring them home from the sale, but I can tell you now after a couple of preps that these young horses are a class apart from what I've bought previously."

Among his 2017 buys are two stunning colts by Magnus including a brother to G3 winner Miss Promiscuity, two Written Tycoon progeny - there is no hotter sire in the country - and rising 2yos by European champion Dalakhani and perhaps the best progeny of Toorak Toff ever offered at public auction.

"They're all coming back to work now and will get their chance this spring," Shea said.

"But what I'm really excited about are the rising 3yo's I bought from New Zealand late in 2016. I bought horses to target the Derby and Oaks in 2017 and 2018 and I've got a team that can do that."

Keep your eye on rising 3yo's by Rip Van Winkle, Tavistock, and a big boisterous gelding named Pistol - they are definitely young stayers to follow!