SA TROTS - Bolnora, Ningana Park primed for bumper sale

By Peter Wharton

“Two of the nicest yearlings we’ve ever handled and they’re both willing to learn. They’ve both come to hand extremely well and are very intelligent.”

The speaker is respected Dublin horsewoman Lee-Ann Pangrazio, the manager of Bolnora Breeding and Racing and president of SA BOTRA.

Lee-Ann, who has been preparing yearlings since 1997, will present a colt and a filly at the 2024 Southern Stars Yearling Sale at the Gawler Barossa Jockey Club on Sunday, February 11.

Both are the first foals of their dams.

Lot 4, the first of Bolnora’s draft, is a bay/brown colt by the WA Pacing Cup and Golden Nugget winner Soho Tribeca, whose first crop are racing as two-year-olds this season.

He belongs to a family which has distinguished itself for the number of classics and cups winners it has produced, his dam, Letting Go being a half-sister to former top juvenile Rupert Ross, the winner of the SA Kindergarten and Sapling Stakes.

The colt’s second and third dams were both classic winners. His grand-dam Closure notched up 15 wins including the Southern Cross 2YO Consolation, while his third dam, Really Can Scoot won the SA Oaks.

Furthermore, he is a member of the same branch of the prized Ruby Pearl family as the Victoria Ladyship Cup winner Party Date and the Gawler Gold Cup winner Bettor Party.

“He’s a lovely athletic type of colt and a lovely paddock pacer,” Lee-Ann said.

Lot 8, a strongly built bay filly, is a daughter of the Rocknroll Hanover siring sensation A Rocknroll Dance, the sire of Blacksadance, No Win No Feed, Tango Tara and Whereyabinboppin.

The filly is out of the successful Lincoln Royal mare Lindi Lincoln (1:58.6), a sister to the Gunbower Cup and Gloucester Park winner Rupert Of Lincoln ($141,004) and a member of the same tribe as the Fremantle Cup victor Christian Spirit.

“She’s the spitting image of her mother,” Lee-Ann said.

Mandy and Sam Pascoe’s Ningana Park, long-time supporters of the SA Yearling Sales, have a single entry at this year’s auction.

It is Lot 5, a brown colt by the NSW Derby winner and Vicbred champion Major Secret, whose first two crops have produced the SA Sires Classic winner Bay Jim Major and the SA Sapling and SA BOTRA Southern Stars winner Star Man.

The colt belongs to a family to which Ningana Park has enjoyed a very successful association with dating back three generations. It includes the Australian Pacing Gold, Southern Cross and dual Oaks winner Yada Yada Yada (1:51.6), a winner of 46 races and $730,928, the dual Southern Cross placegetter Gigglybits and the SA Lordship winner Regal Major.

“He’s a very attractive colt and very strong. There’s plenty to like about him,” Mandy said.

The three colts are eligible for the $50,000 and $25,000 sales races for two-year-olds in 2025, the Southern Cross and Vicbred.

For a catalogue and further information phone Lee-Ann Pangrazio on 0417 878 541.