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Liam Birchley has been training for over 30 years both in Australia and internationally.

He has trained multiple Group and Listed winners in all eastern states and New Zealand.

He is one of the few trainers that have identifed, bought and trained his own horses successfully over a long period of time

Why you should be buying into a share in a Liam Birchley youngster

LOOKING TO GET involved, then the most sensible thing you could do is invest in a youngster purchased by LIAM BIRCHLEY.

As Del Boy used to say in ‘Only Fools And Horses’;  “You know it makes sense.” 

You only have to look at Liam’s record for plucking juvenile talent from the Karaka sale ring – twice, for value prices, picking up SISTER HAVANA and HARDLINE, both winners of the $1 million Karaka Million at Ellerslie in 2010 and 2015 as well as SARGE IN CHARGE, who finished second in that race in 2009. 

You simply can’t beat that percentage record. 

Read on and see what Liam has picked up in 2024 and the reasons behind the purchases. 

He has never believed in paying million dollar sales-topping prices and these astute New Zealand and Queensland purchases won’t break the bank, but they’ve got every chance of filling it up.

You know it makes sense !

There is a massive incentive to purchase a share in the horses sold from Book 2 at Karaka this summer.

All Book 2 purchases that are entered for the Karaka Magic  Million series are eligible for a $200,000 bonus for being the first Book 2 horse home, regardless of position, in the $1.5 million TAB Karaka 3YO.

LIAM, purchased two beautiful yearlings from Book 2 at Karaka and shares are still available in both.

You cannot but be impressed with the colt and the filly.

Bought to head back to the plush surroundings of Caloundra on Queensland’s Sunshine Coast are:

RUSSIAN CAMELOT colt from SMARTER THAN.

The sire of this racy colt won the South Australian Derby, finished 2nd in Caulfield Cup and 3rd in the Cox Plate. His oldest are
yearlings. 

The dam was unraced and she was from MALOZZA, the dam of YOGI, who numbered among his 8 wins the Port Adelaide Cup and Sandown Cup.

It is the family of high class Australian performer LINESMAN, Sydney Cup, St Leger.”

Click here for his pedigree.

The filly, by another first season Galileo stallion in CIRCUS MAXIMUS, that Liam went to $110,000 to secure.

Circus Maximus x Word Savvy

She is a real runner and since the catalogue went to print her half sister Judy’s Great won in Hong Kong.

The dam is the winning Savabeel mare Word Savvy.

Click here for her pedigree.

This is a high profile winning family headed by the hugely underrated THE MESSAGE, winner of 12 including the Gr1 Kelt Capital Stakes and ARC NZ Stakes Gr1. It was at a time New Zealand horses  did not regularly travel to Australia, although The Message did make a brief appearance in OZ to place in the G2 Turnbull Stakes. 

Circus Maximus raced at a high class level, proving to be named Frances’s champion 3YO miler then went on to be declared champion older miler in Ireland in 2020.

A Proven Selection Process

Liam has a strong record of selecting and/or buying successful racehorse at value including:

Pepperwood – purchased $38,000 – won over $1 million

Crack Me Up – purchased $60,000 – winner of $748,000 – Queensland Horse Of The Year

Paprika – purchased $75,000 – winner of $688,000

Missy Longstocking – purchased $8,000 – winner of $684,000

Hardline – purchased $130,000 – winner of $607,000

Pepperano – winner of $585,000

Havasay – purchased $70,000 – winner of $582,000

Upilio – purchased $20,000 – winner of $485,000

Snipzu – purchased $80,000 – winner of $475,000

Sister Havana – purchased $40,000 – winner of $495,000

El Morro – winner of over $HK2.7 million

Vietnam – purchased $5,000 – winner of $369,000

Phar Wrong – purchased $6,000 – winner Macau Derby and Macau Horse Of The Year

 

He’s qualified 20 horses for the Magic Millions 2yo Classic since 2003, 19 of which he selected as either weanlings or yearlings

THE DIFFERENCE between good trainers and very good trainers is that VERY good trainers pay attention to all the smallest of issues and will go to any length to straighten them out.

Take Liam for example. His CRYPTOSTAR, a $30,000 purchase at the 2023 March Magic Million sale, copped a severe battering from both sides as he left the barriers on debut at the Gold Coast on January 13.

“He totally lost confidence out of the gates because of that, so I had to find a remedy,” says Liam.

Never one to do things half-hearted, Liam reasoned that a clean getaway in a small field followed by a win would help with the problem and sent the youngster on the long journey to Rockhampon on January 25 and the juvenile bolted in by four lengths.

To find a similar result Liam sent Cryptostar back to Rockhampton last weekend and the end result was almost the same, but with an issue on the way to victory.

The gelding was headed out of the gates and sat outside the leader. Cryptostar was full of running at the 300m, but seemed reluctant to sprint between the leader on his inside and the eventual third-placed horse on his outside.

But when he got his confidence and decided it was fine to sprint he literally exploded and quickly burst clear of the other pair. It was even more impressive than his all-the-way at Rocky previously.

“He ran a second faster over the closing stages than the open horses, which was the next race, and that is impressive for a 2-year-old. And, he was being eased down late.”

With stakes and bonuses Cryptostar has already in four starts well exceeded his purchase price and there could be a lot more to come.

“There is a rich race coming up here at Caloundra that will suit him.”

And there should be no lack of confidence this time. “When he got back from up north I sent him to this (clinic) place where they work them with ponies and that helps a lot with confidence.”

AN absolute key in yearling purchases is totally identifying exactly when you are looking for.

When Liam went to the Magic Millions major sales on the Gold Coast this year he obviously had 2-year-old winners on his mind.

But then when subsequently attending the Book 2 sale at NZ Bloodstock’s Karaka auction in Auckland Liam had a slightly different approach – yes, 2-year-old types by all means, but youngsters that clearly looked to have potential to stretch through their juvenile year and produce as 3-year-olds up to at least 1600m.

“That’s where the real money is now with the fabulous 3-year-old bonuses on offer from the Karaka sale.”

First things first. Liam’s two purchases from the Magic Million on the Gold Coast were: 

$60,000 colt by first season Brazen Beau sire North Pacific from the three-time winning mare Commute. The deep rich bay is an upstanding type with a lovely overstep.

His second dam won 6 and fourth dam Sweet Rosa was by the incomparable Sir Tristram and is a threequarter sister to Dalmacia and a half sister to Gay Poss and granddam of Randwick Guineas winner Ilovethiscity. Also in the family are ARC Railway winner Donna Rosita and Packing Treadmill $1.988,833

“I think he’s a real running, precocious type – ideal for the Magic Millions concept. He’s a great mover, a real get up and run type and he’s from a young mare.”

Click here for his pedigree

Liam’s second purchase was the Widden Stud filly by Blue Diamond winner Written By from the Hinchinbrook mare Leap Lively, whose three foals to race won 13 races between them.

The family behind this tremendously strong $60,000 filly is a prolific winning one. Her granddam Jade Diva, a stakes winner herself, left five winners including stakes performers Bliss Street and Jade Marauder. It is the family of Thunder Fantasy $1,247,975.

“I think we were lucky to get this filly for the price. The sire is really doing the job well and she is a real running type. Chris Waller has an older sister to her that won a recent barrier trial in Sydney.

“She looks as though she’s the ideal type to do the job that we’re looking for.”

Click here for the pedigree

Surely Liam plucked the best value yearling from the Inglis Classic sale when he got knocked down to him this Tangaloa filly from the winning Foxwedge mare So Foxy for $20,000.

This filly is athletic with a nice head and eye.

And winners abound in her pedigree. Her sire Tagaloa won the Blue Diamond and the CS Hayes Stakes and So Foxy was a winner at 1000m.

And with Liam being a big fan of young broodmares, this is just So Foxy’s fourth foal. The second dam Apparel is a half sister to Sydney’s Dream (dam of Charge Forward), Marskin (dam of Donna Natalia) and Settlers Cove (dam of Kidman’s Cove).

Par Excellence, Khozaam, Lady Cornwall and Southern Legend 13 wins and $9.911,828 in Australia, Singapore and Hong Kong are all on the pedigree page. 

Shares in this filly will not last long.

Click here for the pedigree