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At John O’Shea Racing we are always seeking to bring new owners into the operation. John and his team attend all the major yearlings sales, as well as invest in the tried horse market from Europe and New Zealand. If you have any queries or wish to get in touch regarding a horse please contact us at Alternatively, you can call Tom on 0433703384.

Inglis Classic 2024

The Inglis Classic sale in recent years has produced the likes of Pride of Jenni, Buenos Noches and Mazu, all of whom have gone on to well outperform their purchase price. This sale historically has represented great value and has produced more stakes winners purchased for $100,000 or less than any other auction in the country. Not to be left out John has also purchased several stakes performers from the sale including Zou Tiger (Zoustar) in 2021 for $200,000, the gelding recently won the listed Carrington Stakes by 2.5L taking his prize money tally to $530,000 from just thirteen starts, in 2022 Saltaire (Star Turn) was purchased for $140,000 by the team at Kitchwin Hills, the filly took out the $500,000 listed Inglis Nursery at just her second start, the now three-year-old has amassed a total of $467,525 in ten career runs. Some of our other recent Inglis Classic graduates include Rhythm of Love ($40,000) and King of Naples ($170,000), both have already exceeded their purchase price comfortably with plenty of racing upside to come. 

Castelvecchio x Get Closer

Lot 295 Castelvecchio x Get Closer Colt

Purchased for $65,000 

Remaining- 35% 

This striking Arrowfield graduate hails from an international pedigree which includes a Canadian Triple Crown winner, multiple Japanese group performers and several blacktype winners in the United States. The colt is by second season sire Castelvechhio who is just now having his first two-year-olds emerge, he himself an excellent racehorse winning the G1 Champagne Stakes along with the Inglis Millenium at two before going onto win the G1 Rosehill Guineas at three. The now stallion was also gallant finishing second in the 2019 Cox Plate beaten by the multiple G1 winning Japanese mare Lys Gracieux in his three-year-old season. 

This eye-catcher has a very correct and strong make up, with a deep action, lovely temperament and low risk vetting which included, clear x-rays, a clean scope as well as presenting as rig, none of the which will hold him back going forward; we made him our pick of the Arrowfield draft. At $65,000 we were wrapped to secure him to hopefully repeat his fathers feats who was purchased at this very sale just six years ago.

Shamus Award x O'Reilly's Angel

Lot 534 Shamus Award x O’Reilly’s Angel

Purchased for $40,000

This colt has Classic Sale value written all over him being by the Cox Plate winning Shamus Award out of a two-time winning O’Reilly mare, O’Reilly’s Angel. Shamus Award has produced several Group 1 winners including star mare Duais, three time G1 winner Incentivise and Mr Quickie who went on to earn over $2 million in prize money. The stallion is very prominent in the Australian staying ranks with his progeny claiming Group 1’s such as the Caulfield Cup, Australian Cup, Makybe Diva Stakes, Turnbull Stakes, Tancred Stakes, QLD Derby, QLD Oaks, two Australian Oaks as well as 2nd in the Melbourne Cup. The son of Snitzel is currently striking at 6.75% stakes winners to runners outperforming the likes of Written Tycoon, Dundeel, Toronado and So You Think. 

This cross has produced the G1 winning El Patroness who took out the Australian Oaks in 2022 winning by over 2.5 lengths beating both Gypsy Goddess and Hinged who have gone on to be subsequent G1 winners. The O’Reilly cross has only had two runners with the second also being a stakes winner, Served Cold took out the listed Geelong Classic before contesting the G1 VRC Oaks this season. O’Reilly is currently tenth this season in the broodmare sire ranks, striking at a phenomenal 41.5% runners to winners with almost 10% stakes winners.

The colt is a deep, strong and good moving individual with plenty of substance and scope moving forward. We expect the Lime Country graduate to be targeted at the classic staying races as a three-year-old, at $40,000 this is a fantastic opportunity to race a potential Derby winning colt.

Magic Millions 2024

We always enjoy getting up to the Gold Coast for this sale every year, with the combination of good weather, big races and plenty of quality yearlings we never miss it. This year was no different, as always the market was very strong but we are confident we’ve secured the right horses at some very good prices. 

Our success is highlighted at this sale by number of horses including Schwarz (Zoustar), who was purchased in 2022 in partnership with the Victorian Alliance. The colt has won two races from just the three career starts including the Listed Springtime Stakes over 1400m at Flemington, we are all excited for this lightly raced Magic Millions graduate to present back at the races this Autumn. Our other recent purchases at this sale include stakes winner Avebury (Savabeel), Junqueria (Capitalist), Sydney Bowler (Deep Field) and debut winner Getafix (Calyx).

An additional incentive to buy at this sale is a ever growing race series now worth $20.7M in the 2024/25 season, this is spread across twenty eight races nationally. Some of the features include the $3M 3yo Guineas and 2yo Classic to go along with two Magic Millions maidens both worth $250k and a new six six race program worth $2.25M to be run on the Friday evening before the Magic Millions Raceday.

Farnan x Asinara

Lot – 446 Farnan x Asinara Filly

Purchase Price- $250,000
Remaining – 7.5%

Lot 446 is by the Golden Slipper winning first season sire Farnan. The son of Not A Single Doubt continuously has progeny that catches our eye with multiple yearlings continuing to make our short lists, due to such quality his sale average settled just shy of $310k. The now Kia Ora based stallion was the dominant colt for his two-year-old season winning his first five races headlined by the G1 Golden Slipper but also included the G2 Silver Slipper and G2 Todman.

Two of the foals to hail from Asinara are currently in the stable, knowing the potential of the pair this filly was a must have at the sale. The Godolphin mare was Group 3 placed herself before going on to be beaten only three lengths in the G1 Vinery Stud Stakes in 2016.  We were very pleased to secure this filly for $250,000, the September foal is an exceptional mover, taking our eye every time she stepped out the box. A very deep, strong actioned filly, we’d expect her to get up and running as a 2yo.

Breaking In Completed – Video below

Maurice x Maracas

Lot 915- Maurice x Maracas Colt

Purchase Price-$200,000

Colours Available

This imposing son of the Japanese superstar Maurice, comes from a deep Group 1 winning pedigree including a stallion at stud in Wandjina, a HK Sprint winner in Inspiration and multiple other Group winners. The colt has all the makings of his sire with a deep girth, plenty of scope and a very correct formation, Maurice has been a real force since standing at Arrowfield with the likes of Mazu going on to win the G1 Doomben 10,000 along with $7.7 million in prize money and Hitotsu being the first horse in history to win both the Australian Guineas and Derby adding to his G1 Victorian Derby which he took out in the Spring of his three-year-old season. The highest rated Japanese sire to stand in Australia now has multiple Group 1 winners in Japan, Australia and Sha Tin.

The first dam Maracas is by one of the leading broodmare sires in Snitzel, the Arrowfield retained and raced mare was plenty talented being a winning one of just two starts. The mare is closely related to four stakes winners, two of those going on to win Group 1’s both in Australia and overseas. The cross with Redoute’s Choice (sire of Snitzel)  mares is outstanding with nineteen winners from twenty-three runners and five of those being stakes winners. The best of which, Hitotsu who as a yearling has a striking resemblances to our colt being very much in the mold of his father.

Bivouac x moet belle

Lot 972- Bivouac x Moet Belle

Purchase Price- $260,000

15% Remaining

This outstanding colt is by the Golden Rose winner Bivouac, the three time Group 1 winner has his first season of yearlings at sales and his progeny are catching the eye of some very astute judges. This colt has been declared the pick of his yearlings by the internationally renowned bloodstock agent James Bester, this is a huge vote of confidence given James’ time and achievements in the field. 

The colt hails from a young Tavistock mare, who as a broodmare sire is outstanding, having had five wins this season four of those being at stakes level from just sixteen runners.  The 1st dam is a half sister to the 19 time winner Mellody Belle, she went on to be the New Zealand’s Champion 2yo before being crowned national Champion 3yo Filly, Champion Sprinter/Miler, and Champion Middle Distance Horse whilst accumulating a staggering fourteen Group 1’s both in NZ and Australia. This deep pedigree is also complimented by the stakes winning mare Tutukaka (Tavistock) who has achieved blacktype success in New Zealand, Australia and Singapore, she is a full sister to this colt’s dam Moet Belle. 

This colt has it all with an outstanding physical, low risk vetting and a pedigree filling the page with one of New Zealand’s greatest ever horses, we were wrapped to secure him for $260,000. 

2yos In training


Lot 186 is by the same sire as Group 1 winners Masked CrusaderShelby Sixtysix & Mariamia. An athletic type with a real physical presence we feel slipped under the radar at a very competitive sale, being out of a New Zealand mare who is a half sister to G1 Rosehill Guineas winner Zabrasive, whom John trained. We believe this colt will be targeted over the short to middle distances, he is a potential two-year-old, with the expectation to train on and improve with time in line with the breed.

Toronado is flying at the minute both in Australia and Hong Kong,  this includes the recent G1 winner Helios Express taking out The Hong Kong Classic Mile for 4yo’s. This is the same race both Golden Sixty and Romantic Warrior took out in their 4yo seasons. Another recent Group 1 winner for the sire is Victor The Winner, the gelding took out The Centenary Sprint Cup over 1200m, the now five-year-old was purchased here in Australia for $180,000 and was bred on the same farm as our gelding. 

The gelding has since been broken in and had preparation in the stables, we have been more than happy with the ability he has to offer at this early stage, please breaking in video below. 

Purchased for $170,000.



Sunset PRayer

Lot 286 Sunset Prayer (The Autumn Sun x Kyrie Eleison) 

The filly is by exciting young sire The Autumn Sun whose progeny have really came into their own over the pasted month with the likes of Autumn Angel taking out the G3 Ethereal Stakes over 2000m recently at Caulfield, Autumn Ballet backed up her G3 Black Opal victory with the G2 Silver Shadow at Randwick and Matusalem won over 1800m in town as a three-year-old taking on the older horses. As the sire’s progeny continue to develop and get out over a staying trip we are starting to see the best of them. 

With a bloodline stamped with black type she looks destined to be aimed at the classics. With third dam L’Quiz producing six stakes performers, including Gr1 winners St Reims and Champagne

The filly has already completed her first preparation through the stables impressing along the way, please see video below. 

A beautiful staying type with residual value made her a must have for John and the team at the sales. 

Purchased for $220,000 NZD.

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becoming a partner in our success

At John O’Shea Racing we are always seeking to welcome new owners into our successful operation.

John and his team attend all of the main Australian yearlings sales, and also invest in the tried horse market from Europe and New Zealand.

If you have any queries or wish to get in touch regarding a horse, please contact us today.