Yearling sale winner before the first bid
LEN Milner knows breeding ? and that's straight from the horse's mouth.
Mr Milner has been breeding horses for the past 25 years at his Palm View Stud and this Sunday's Capricorn Yearling Sale is set to be his most successful yet.
"We've probably got the best group of yearlings we've ever had,'' Mr Milner said.
Mr Milner has been preparing 19 yearlings for the sale over the past two months through a daily process of exercise, grooming and washing.
"A lot of blood, sweat and tears goes into this, but we all pull together and we have a great staff,'' Mr Milner said.
McCaffrey's Australian Livestock marketing manager, Ken McCaffrey, said the Capricorn Yearling Sale was an important event for the thoroughbred and racing industry in Central Queensland.
"This year's sale has the best quality of yearlings we've ever had in Central Queensland and it's the biggest sale yet with 100 horses catalogued for sale,'' Mr McCaffrey said.
"Last year the average sale was $7800 and if we can maintain that figure this year we will be very happy,'' Mr McCaffrey said.
The Capricorn Yearling Sale is also associated with the richest twoyear-old race in regional Queensland, specifically for horses sold at the sale in the previous year.