New Faces In the South (1)

New Faces In the South Series (1)

                       Bruce Stewart

Southern Bred Southern Reared has a new crop of weanlings to prepare for next season’s sale.

It’s always exciting to see the new kids on the block, away from their Mums, becoming more independent and growing up.

In this series we see some of the fresh faces for the first time and get their handlers opinion of them.

Denario Breeding

Denario Breeding’s run of fillies continues. Mark O’Connor says of the fourteen foals the partnership has bred over the past four years, ten – 71% have been fillies.  And four of the five foals just weaned are fillies.

Here’s a rundown and a look at some of the youngsters.

Bueno Denario (American Ideal filly – Mantis Denario) – born 01/10/19

“Bueno Denario is the first foal from the qualified but unraced Somebeachsomewhere mare Mantis Denario and should be a showy black type when she passes through the ring next February,” said Mark O’Connor.

Lulu Denario (Sweet Lou filly – Southern Delight) – born 01/12/19

Lulu Denario

“She’s a foal with a lot of leg underneath her and is our first Sweet Lou that we’ve bred. We have supported this sire again with Goodtogo Denario who’s now in foal to him.”

Micaitlen Denario (Captain Treacherous filly – Shezaball) – born 09/12/19

Micaitlen Denario

“Micaitlen Denario is a very strong filly by the in-demand sire Captain Treacherous.  At this stage we intend to retain and race her ourselves with the intention of adding her to our future broodmare band. Micaitlen is a combination of our two daughters’ names Micaela and Kaitlen.”

Wanta Denario (Art Major filly- Wantapieceofme) – born 12/12/19

“Wanta Denario is the second foal that we’ve produced from the American bred mare Wantapieceofme.  She’s a qualified Rocknroll Hanover mare and a half-sister to the World Champion mare Shebestingin. We bought back the Always B Miki yearling out of this mare at the 2020 sales and she has since been broken in at Macca Lodge, gaining a favourable assessment.”

Dictate Denario (Well Said colt – Averil’s Atom) – born 27/12/19

Dictate Denario

“He’s a nicely made Well Said colt and the last foal from Averil’s Atom.  We deliberately didn’t serve her this season and have decided to retire her from breeding.”

Pauline O’Connor riding Averil’s Atom, leading the weanlings

The Twenty one year old mare has been an excellent broodmare for the O’Connors. She’s left Shezacullen (10 wins), Fizzi Lizzi (8), Averil’s Quest (9), Shezaball (8) and Southern Delight (3 wins from 9 starts).

Mark and Pauline sold A Rocknroll Dance yearling out of the mare and have an unqualified three year old American Ideal filly which is raced on lease to the 19th Hole Syndicate and is at Nathan Williamson’s stable.

“Pauline has chosen to break her into saddle and she’ll be gifted to one of her pony-riding pupils who will provide the mare with a quality life after harness racing involvement.”

“One of the by-products of the Covid lockdown is that Pauline has encouraged me to go for a few horse rides after about 30 years.  The last time I rode was when I was first dating my wife in an attempt to impress her.”