31 July 2019
Lot 24 from the 2018 Brisbane APG Yearling Sale wasn’t really an expensive purchase considering who his siblings are, but he now races with the name of Expensive Ego.
He was knocked down for $27,000, which now looks to be a bargain buy considering he is a half brother to the $161,000 winner Bohdi Tree and the brilliantly fast, but enigmatic filly Arts Treasure 1.50.9 $151,862.
The investment for owner Jason Grice is now looking very rosy following a demolition job on his opposition in the Group One $100,000 QBred Triad Final at Albion Park on 20th July.
Expensive Ego qualified in NSW on 18th June and since then it has been boom, boom, boom with three consecutive victories by a combined margin of 32 metres.
The Queensland bred colt (breeder Doug Lyon) is the fifth foal of his dam Art Start and is sired by the 2010 USTA Three Year Old of the Year in Rock N Roll Heaven.
Art Start won just over $45,000 in a four season career in Queensland and is a Perfect Art daughter of the Queensland Oaks winner Sweet Clementine.
Thus Expensive Ego is bred on the same cross as the “rocket machines" Heavens Trend 1:52.1, Anything For Love 1:48.7 and Eye See Diamonds 1:51.6.
Rock N Roll Heaven is about to commence his ninth breeding season in Australia. He has now sired over 250 winners in the Southern Hemisphere including 40 who have won in excess of $100,000.
Rock N Roll Heaven is out of an Artsplace mare and nine of those forty $100,000 earners are also from mares by sons of Artsplace. In addition another four $100,000 earners are from mares by sons of Abercrombie (the sire of Artsplace), so there is a definite link between Rock N Roll Heaven and the Abercrombie / Artsplace line mares.
Rock N Roll Heaven was the very first winner sired by the champion colt Rocknroll Hanover and he turned out to be the best with prizemoney of $2,748,818.
Menangle trainer David Thorn took over the training of Expensive Ego about 6 months ago and he has been so impressed with the strength, lovely nature and natural ability of the colt ever since.
“He had two operations as a yearling and early two year old which both required lengthy recuperation spells, so we weren’t sure whether he would be ready to target the QBred Triad," said David.
“Two trials and then two impressive race wins in quick succession led us to a trip to Brisbane. We will now target the $100,000 Queensland sales race on 10th August."
“This colt is so strong, yet still rather green as a racehorse. I’m sure that as he matures he is in for an exciting season next year as a 3 year old."