Michael Lynch April 15, 2012
THE bubble might have burst for Black Caviar's half-brother All Too Hard yesterday when he was beaten by Golden Slipper winner Pierro in the group 1 Sires' Produce Stakes in Sydney, but interest in the wonder mare's younger female sibling has never been higher.
Trainer Danny O'Brien, who will train the yearling who fetched $2.6 million at the Inglis Easter Sales in Sydney last week, said yesterday that he and the winning bidder, Bill Vlahos, of BC3 Thoroughbreds, had been swamped by clients wanting a slice of the filly.
O'Brien, who sent out four-year-old mare Placement to win the 2000-metre Lort Smith Handicap at Flemington yesterday, said that he and Vlahos would settle all shares in the ownership of the Redoute's Choice youngster by tomorrow. ''We have got a list of priorities and it will be put to bed on Monday. I am not privy to Bill's clients, but it's been really well received by my clients,'' he said.
''There are new people [who want to be involved] but the way it's going to work out they may miss out, as we have to look after our existing clients first.
''It's been really well received by clients' wives. We have had three or four get in touch with us to try to get involved. Normally it's the other way round, guys trying to convince their girls to get involved.''
O'Brien said the youngster was at his Barwon Heads base, where she will be given time to develop. ''I think it's really good for racing fans and us alike that the filly is going to stay here in Australia. I am sure the public, and us, will be following her very closely.''