The decision to add another string to their bow pays off for Australian Bloodstock syndicators and the evidence is in Randwick on Saturday.
Traditionally, directors Jamie Lovett and Luke Murrell have recruited foreigners to target major local races, particularly the Cups.
But a few years ago, they decided to enter the Australian yearling market, buying a handful of top-selling youngsters and syndicating them to customers, old and new.
On Saturday at Randwick, three of their one-year purchases will be entered in special races.
Game Of Thorns play group 1 Australian Oaks (2400m) while Animate and Enchanted Heart take on the provincial championship final at $ 400,000 (1400m).
“These are all three-year-olds who were bought when we changed our strategy a bit and entered the yearling market,” said Lovett.
“It’s nice to see all of these horses win. I hope they can continue to do the job.”
Game Of Thorns has been named an Oaks competitor since he finished second at Group Three Spring Stakes in Newcastle in November
“We thought she would be a filly who would get better as she progressed,” said Lovett.
“After running second in the group race at Newcastle, the plan was to get her out and prepare her for the Oaks and I think she is on the right track.
“Whether it is up to par with the first on the market is probably questionable, but they will know it is there, it is always striving.”
Animate and Enchanted Heart are both shaping chances in the provincial championship final, Animate winning their spot by winning one of the qualifying heats in Newcastle.
It continues its fourth consecutive win while Enchanted Heart has won four out of eight and was a final last start to finish Electric Girl’s favorite race at Kembla Grange.
Although the Randwick meeting was a positive, Lovett admits that the economic impacts of the coronavirus are felt by race horse syndicators, including Australian Bloodstock.
They refrained from buying at this week’s Australian Easter sale and reimbursed some long-term customers who bought stocks recently before being affected by the ramifications of the pandemic.
“Normally, I would have bought three or four at Easter, but I was a little careful. It’s the unknown and I don’t know where it will end,” said Lovett.
“We have sold all of our Magic Millions and Inglis Classic yearlings for sale and we have reimbursed about 20% of these guys who are going to have trouble working for the next 12 months.”