Mark Pilkington Management (MPM) had reason to celebrate Saturday night with a ‘pinch me is this really happening?’ day at the track.
Luvaluva, Lady of Crebilly, and the stand out Merchant Navy in the Coolmore G1 were all first past the post in the recognisable Seymour Bloodstock racing silks.
These three big winners, each with different trainers, backgrounds, and purchase prices all came to fruition in very different ways, though Derby Day 2017 is where their success collided and the Pilkington led acquisitions were proven.
“ Identifying the right horses with the right trainers who embrace our HTP packages. Our procurement procedures are widespread, thorough and with no rock unturned.”
“Identifying the right horses is the foundation of all our success and we will continue to be dogged and diligent in equal measure.”
Winner Group Two Wakeful Stakes
Luvaluva was purchased at a ready to run sale. The John Sargent collaboration came when we decided to stop bidding against each other and collectively pay the $55,000 for this non-commercial bred filly with a beautiful action.
Lady of Crebilly
Winner 3yo 1400m Morphettville
A $7,500 Adelaide yearling purchase’s offset knee didn’t put off the MPM team as she is an otherwise terrific specimen with a pedigree to match, she now heads to the Listed Twilight Glow Stakes at Sandown.
Phil Stokes initially wondered what sort of cripple we had sent him given the price. With five career starts and prize money nearing $70,000, this 3yo ‘Lady’ is only getting started.
Winner Group One Coolmore Stakes
Merchant Navy’s was an impressive $350,000 yearling purchase by Cairon Maher and was always on MPM’s radar at the yearling sales.
“Once we make up our minds about a yearling we like, we’ll watch for who buys them,” said Mark Pilkington. “If we like the horse, the price paid and the trainer then I seek to enter the ownership. So with Merchant Navy, we took the major share of 30% in him.”
So there is much to celebrate for Mark Pilkington Management with the Spring Carnival in full swing as well as a couple more MPM hopefuls to watch throughout the week.
A similar scenario to Merchant Navy, Aristocratic Miss, running in the 2yo 1000m Group 3 Emirates Stakes. Tony McEvoy bought her for $65,000 at Melbourne Premier sales with Seymour Bloodstock holding 50%.
Mark Pilkington Management bought Woulda Thought So from the 2016 Magic Millions sales one out. She is running in the 1800m Listed race on Oaks Day.
Owners and trainers seeking the services of Mark Pilkington Management and/or Horse Training Packages contact Mark on 0418 955837.