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Moses' emotional time with record-breaking Too Darn Hot filly

Half-sister to In Her Time fetches $600,000 on second day of Inglis Classic

Long-time Scone breeders Fred and Mary Moses achieved the biggest sale ring result of their long thoroughbred industry careers, selling the Too Darn Hot (Dubawi) half-sister to elite sprinter In Her Time (Time Thief) for $600,000 on day two of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

The Moses’s milestone came months after they sold their Kanangra stud to Mick Malone and Pauline Alix who prepared the valuable filly under their rebranded North banner on their behalf.

The most expensive yearling sold at a Classic sale in two years and the highest-priced filly ever to change hands at Inglis’ season-opening auction, she was bought by YLP Racing, an offshoot of Chinese billionaire Zhang Yuesheng’s racing and breeding empire Yulong.

By the same sire as first crop Australian two-year-old winners Arabian Summer, Too Darn Lizzie, Climate Change and Too Darn Lovely, the daughter of the Darley shuttler joins her year older sibling under Zhang’s ownership.

One of 35 yearlings to sell for $200,000 or more over the past two days, the Classic-topper’s sibling Flame Of Hestia won a Wyong barrier trial by 4.4 lengths on January 31, while Zhang Yuesheng also owns her illustrious dual Group 1-winning half-sister In Her Time.

“We’re well invested in the family in a lot of respects and we liked her as much, if not better than the full-sister. It was an obvious play for us, but we probably had to dig a little deeper than we anticipated,” said YLP Racing’s Vin Cox, who crossed from Godolphin last December. 

“I think she has a little bit more scope than the sister, and that’s not being critical of the sister who looks like she’s pretty smart. 

“The stallion’s doing a good job as well, he’s got off to a good start here in Australia, and he’s a horse I’ve known well in my previous life. Hopefully it turns out to be a good investment.”

The 15th foal out of grand producer Hell It’s Hot (Zeditave), she cost more than twice the $280,000 Yulong paid for her talented two-year-old sister at the Magic Millions 13 months ago.

The filly is also from the same family as The Everest (1200m) winner Yes Yes Yes (Rubick) and Lempicka (Rich Enuff), last spring’s Alinghi Stakes (Listed, 1100m) winner for trainers Ken and Kasey Keys. 

Fred Moses has been the custodian of Hell It’s Hot on behalf of the late John and Denise Cobcroft and the proceeds of the yearlings out of the top producer have generated at least $500,000 in donations to the National Jockeys Trust.

The significance of Flame Of Hestia’s appearance just 14 days ago, albeit at a barrier trial, was not lost on Moses. 

“I was pretty pleased to see that because I thought it would help us and she’s always been a nice filly in any case,” Moses told ANZ Bloodstock News. 

“In the paddock she has just been the calmest, just standout filly whichever way you look at it all her life and she’s not dissimilar to her full-sister who is a bit smaller than her. 

“If she can gallop, this one will certainly be able to gallop, providing nothing goes wrong.”

Moses also reflected on the sale of the 101-hectare Kanangra stud to Malone and Alix, previously integral members of the Kitchwin Hills team, and the reasons behind parting with the farm.

“I am getting too old to be pulling horses around, or have them pull me around, and my wife Mary has been part of this whole procedure,” Moses said.

“She is truly an absolute horseperson, she’s trained quite a few good horses [herself] … and we are so happy to be able to sell the place to people who wanted the farm for what it is and it’s a good result all round.

“They have produced their yearlings as good as any yearlings I’ve seen on the whole complex. They look absolutely stunning. I just think it’s a credit to them for what they’ve done.”

Zhang paid $2.2 million for In Her Time, a mare who was trained by Lees for the latter part of her career, at the 2021 Inglis Chairman’s Sale and she has produced three colts, her first by I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) and the past two by Yulong’s own champion sire Written Tycoon (Iglesia).

Later, YLP Racing paid $320,000 for a son of resident stallion Pierata (Pierro), the sire of unbeaten two-year-old Coleman, out of Just No Kissing (Canford Cliffs), an unraced half-sister to top-producing mare Abscond (Galileo).

Abscond is the dam of Group 1 winner Invincibella (I Am Invincible) and stakes winners Secret Blaze (Sizzling) and Extreme Flight (Extreme Choice). Catalogued as Lot 385, the colt was sold by Queensland vendor Robyn Wise.

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