Purchased at this week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $85k is this strong colt by Al Maher, from the young Charge Forward mare Breannon. While Al Maher has been a very serviceable stallion and produced some very good horses over a number of years, he’s no superstar. Similarly, the pedigree on his female side is reasonable with plenty of black type including being related to Criterion, Varenna Miss, Gaze On, Bhutane Dane etc, but nothing to write home about. This colt was purchased purely on type, and the fact his cardio and genetic testing was in the upper echelon of all horses tested by Matchem Genetics.
A very strong, masculine horse, this colt has plenty of substance to him but at the same time remains very athletic. He’s a fairly heavy horse, but you wouldn’t know it the way he moves, in the sense that he covers plenty of ground when he walks and glides over it with a real sense of purpose as opposed to hitting the ground hard. He’s got a big, deep girth, a powerful hindquarter and shoulder, and a good length of rein suggesting he’ll be able to get up to 1600m without a worry. He’s a beautiful type of horse and along with a yearling that went through the Melbourne Premier Sale two years ago, now named Humanity, the best type of Al Maher I’ve seen.
As outlined above, Al Maher has been a good stallion over a long period of time, producing top class fillies Delicacy (G1 Australasian Oaks, G1 SA Derby, G2 WA Derby, G2 Perth Cup), Diamond Drille (G1 Queen of the Turf) and Majestic Music (G2 Edward Manifold, G2 Yallambe Classic) along with Group One winner Fat Al (G1 Epsom Hcp) and good gallopers Budriguez (G2 Blamey, G3 Carlyon Cup) and Pheidon (G2 Alister Clark).
This colt isn’t going to be an early two-year-old and I’m keen to give him a bit of time given his size and strength. I would however expect him to make a lovely three-year-old, particularly in the autumn, and a horse that will be best suited between 1400 and 1600m.
The colt will now be transferred to Briarwood Farm near Melbourne, where he’ll let down for about six weeks prior to heading to Julien Welsh at Booralite Park to be broken in. This colt was secured for below what I was willing to pay for him, and I think the $85k+GST we secured him for represents good value.