ZEBELINI, a winning debutant filly for trainer Ilka Gansera-Leveque (a WiR member), provided WiR members with an insight into the preparation of a horse for the racecourse. The grey filly was given a spin on Newmarket's historic gallops by jockey Matt Johnson, and was followed by a tour of Ilka's Saffron House Stables. Furthermore ZEBELINI (pictured) was purchased by bloodstock agent Linda Sadler (also a WiR member) at last year’s Tattersalls October yearling sales for Ilka.
Not only is Katie Walsh the most successful lady jockey to ride in the Grand National, but she was also able to enlighten WiR of her pin-hooking business. Over lunch, generously hosted by Tattersalls, Katie (pictured right) explained how she hoped to buy yearlings to then sell at the 'breeze-up' sales in the spring.
Katie, who sold mulitple winner CASPAR NETSCHER said: "It’s a very competitive market this week at Tattersalls. The horses I have earmarked are generally making what I was expecting to sell them for at the breeze-ups. It's good to use my knowledge of race riding to help me judge a yearling and its ability to run, but the bloodstock world is a totally different challenge, there is a lot to learn."
Philippa Mains of Anglia Bloodstock, the agency responsible for the purchase of TORONADO, HAVANA GOLD and IVAWOOD, then provided WiR with in an inspection of several yearling consignments. "I believe one of our keys to buying the right racehorse for the right job is that we inspect every yearling in the catalogue,” she said. “So no stone is left unturned to find that potential star."
We are very grateful for the time Phillippa gave us during the visit. Her knowledge and insight were invaluable.