Assial will be just one of many success stories that has graduated from a sales failure to superstar galloper should she win the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic 2013 at the Gold Coast Racecourse this weekend.
The Charge Forward filly was rated as a “high risk” by her x-rays as a yearling and was therefore sold for a reduced $40,000.
Assail has already more than quadrupled her cost in prize earnings.
The two-year-old has won both her previous race starts and has earned more than $210,000 in prize money.
Breeder John Messara believes x-ray’s should not be the only thing prospective owners look at when purchasing a horse at the sales.
“I don’t think it’s a stretch to say she may have made four or five times that amount,” Messara said.
“Those X-rays are only indicative. It won’t be the first time I’ve had horses that have had so called high-risk X-rays which have come through and done well.
“There’s people like Peter Moody who don’t even look at the X-rays.
“Up until they were introduced, I bought a lot of horses including a number of Group 1 winners without ever resorting to an X-ray and had no troubles with them.
“You can buy perfectly conformed, perfectly X-rayed horses that are slow and you can buy other horses that look like an athlete, but have some imperfections. If you have the right trainer, they work around them.”
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