Kah Puts Musk Creek Farm In Driver's Seat

As the breeze-up sale season approaches, any piece of insight on a 2-year-old for a vendor can be crucial, especially from one of the rising stars of the Australian turf.

Seeking to improve on its strong results at last year's Inglis Ready2Race Sale, Musk Creek Farm will look to use the insight of Group 1 winning jockey Jamie Kah as it takes a draft of 13 to next month's sale in Sydney.

Having sold the top lot, a Poet's Voice (GB) colt for $280,000, at the 2018 sale, Musk Creek, based at Flinders in Victoria, went to the yearling sales this year looking to source horses which it believed would suit the market. It purchased six yearlings in all and five of them are catalogued for the Ready2Race Sale on October 22 at the Riverside Stables.

Last year's top lot was a Poet's Voice (GB) colt for $280,000, sold by Musk Creek Farm

Last year's top lot was a Poet's Voice (GB) colt for $280,000, sold by Musk Creek Farm

"We have gone out there the past yearling sales season to source horses we thought would make nice racehorses," Musk Creek Farm Manager Scott Williamson said. "Yes, pedigree was a consideration, but we wanted to buy a type that we felt we would be happy to race ourselves and we would be confident they would be sound prospects."

"We were buoyed after last year, we had the top lot and a good average across the four we sold so we stepped up this year and got a bit bigger."

But while its reputation continues to build, the secret weapon ahead of the sale could be Kah, who rode the majority of Musk Creek Farm's draft at last Friday's breeze-ups at Cranbourne.

A day later Kah was the toast of Flemington having guided 100-1 shot Gatting (Hard Spun {USA}) to victory in the G1 Makybe Diva S. 

Williamson said Kah had done a considerable amount of work with its horses ahead of the breeze-ups and her insight was a crucial asset. 

"We got a lot of feedback from Jamie Kah on our horses. That was great, a jockey like her, she won a Group 1 the day after. It’s nice to get feedback. She's even posted on Twitter about a couple of horses of ours, saying she'd be happy to ride them as early 2-year-olds," Williamson said. 

"She had helped us out in the lead-up to the breeze. That wasn't the first time she sat on them. She's been a great help."

Williamson said that while the time of breezes are somewhat of a guide to a potential of a horse, the feedback from a high-profile jockey like Kah was arguably more important. 

"We want them to be educated properly so that they run straight and run true. The good feedback we were getting from Jamie, all of the ones she rode, they all ran straight and true," he said.

"She wasn't really pushing them, she was holding them together and still getting nice times. That shows that there is still more to come. So whoever is buying them, they are buying them with the prospect of them still improving going forward."

Williamson is very much a believer that the Ready2Race Sale is more about showcasing a horse's long term future as it is about pure speed through the breezes.

It’s not always about the time with these horses. Our main aim is we want to present a horse on sale day that a trainer can go on with and it’s going to be a long-term prospect. We don’t want to push them so hard at this stage, having just turned two, that they are overdoing it and they haven't got anything to work with," he said.

"We want to build up a buying bench that keep coming back to us, When they buy off us, we want them to know that the product we are selling has longevity and hasn’t been burnt out."

Musk Creek Farm's draft is made up of around half of its own horses and half from clients, which have now joined them for sale preparation.

The two which have particularly shone are a pair of Bull Point colts purchased at the Inglis Classic Sale for $45,000 and $25,000 respectively.

Lot 24 - Bullpoint x Brazen Hussey (colt) breezed in 10.65s

Lot 24 - Bullpoint x Brazen Hussey (colt) breezed in 10.65s

Lot 81 - Bullpoint x Just Incredible (Ire) (colt) breezed in 11s

Lot 81 - Bullpoint x Just Incredible (Ire) (colt) breezed in 11s

"All they have done since we have had them is keep jumping through the hoops and improving. We had one (Lot 24 out of Brazen Hussey (Hussonet {USA}) breeze the third fastest time in 10.65s, and did it very comfortably. Jamie said she didn't realise how many gears he had, every time she asked him for more, he tended to speed up," Williamson said.

"The other Bull Point (Lot 81) out of a Galileo (Ire) mare, Just Incredible (Ire), who we thought wasn't necessarily going to post a really fast time but looks like a 3-year-old Guineas/Derby horse, did it easy 11s flat. He's a natural racehorse and they both move well."

Williamson said Lot 168, a colt by Smart Missile out of Stage Performer (Encosta De Lago), a half-sister to Group 1 winner Prized Icon (More Than Ready {USA}), also impressed. 

"He did a very casual 11.3s and did it like he was just going out for a hack. When you watch the video in slow motion, his stride is very impressive. He’ll make into a lovely 3-year-old and older horse," he said.

Lot 39 - Unencumbered x Choose Wisely (colt) breezed in 10.63s

Lot 39 - Unencumbered x Choose Wisely (colt) breezed in 10.63s

One of the client horses, Lot 39 by Unencumbered out of Choose Wisely (Falvelon), recorded the day's second fastest time of 10.63s and is now with Musk Creek readying for the sale.

"They will all have a bit of a break now and have their x-rays taken. The last week to ten days, we do a bit of work with them and make sure their coats are looking good and ready and presentable for the sale," Williamson said. 

"The main thing is to let them down and give them a break after the work they did in the lead-up to the breeze-up.

"We think we have some very nice horses and we are looking forward to see who's at the sale and finding them a new home."

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Foaling Down Tomorrows Champions

For the dedicated team at Musk Creek Farm, this time of year plays a vital role in highlighting their commitment to breeding the highest quality thoroughbreds possible.

With a select group of around 16 mares on farm, the most influential, commercial and proven bloodlines can be found; the culmination of David Kobritz’s personal and professional passions.

 For Scott Williamson, Manager at Musk Creek Farm, spring signals an exciting time where the results of many long hours researching pedigrees, inspecting bloodstock and careful management come to fruition.

 “Mare selection and mating decisions are a team effort between Craig Rounsefell from Boomer Bloodstock, David and myself. We sit down together and look at the mares that are available and carefully select the most commercial stallion suitable,” Williamson said.

 “With most foals looking to head to the top yearling sales around Australia, our select broodmares band demonstrates that the major focus for us at Musk Creek is quality.” 

 An excellent example of this was the purchase of the Dundeel nomination from the fundraiser for Tye Angland at the Magic Millions in January.

 “We secured the mating for $100,000, which surprised us as we thought it may have gone for more with his book already being closed.”

 “Off the back of that purchase, we made the decision to purchase another high-quality mare to make the most of the nomination commercially. We secured a mare from the Cressfield draft by Snitzel, called Personalised.”

Pictured: Personalised

Pictured: Personalised

 “It is Cressfield’s big family, so mares like this don’t often come up for sale. We had to pay $525,000, but she is a cracking type, a four-time winner and a half to three stakes horses, including Trope who ran second on the weekend to Arcadia Queen in the Group 2 Theo Marks. Currently, she is being watched carefully, about to foal down her first foal by Spirit Of Boom,” Williamson said.

 “Along with another mare, Cardiac, we are absolutely thrilled to have two mares going to Dundeel, which for a small operation, is a brilliant result.”

 And while quality tops the list at Musk Creek Farm, they are also unique in the sense that they have the only Southern Hemisphere born foal from the world-class proven sire, Medaglia d’Oro, who demands a service fee of US$200,000.

Pictured: Medaglia d’Oro filly out of Apologynotaccepted (USA)

Pictured: Medaglia d’Oro filly out of Apologynotaccepted (USA)

“She was actually our first foal born this season, and we couldn’t be happier with her. She is a cracking type, with lovely markings and athletic conformation. She has a great personality, bright, cheeky and very active – she is a little firecracker!”

 The filly is out of a mare Musk Creek Farm purchased at this year’s elite Inglis Chairman’s Sale called Apologynotaccepted for $500,000. A beautifully bred US mare by Fusaichi Pegasus, she was Grade 2 placed herself and is a half-sister to a multiple Grade 2 winner, Curlin’s Approval.

 “She was a very smart race filly and coupled with a strong pedigree, an outstanding physical type, and with the rarity of the cover, she was a brilliant buy.”

 “She will be heading to Written Tycoon this year, which will allow her to be bred on exactly the same cross as Capitalist, being out of a Fu Peg mare himself.”

 The second arrival for the spring, was from the half-sister to Petits Filous, Mumtaazah, who has produced a Zoustar colt with plenty of strength.

Pictured: Zoustar colt out of Mumtaazah

Pictured: Zoustar colt out of Mumtaazah

 “He is from a very fast family, and Zoustar is firing, with two Group 2 winners on the weekend. This colt is well timed to capitalise on that.”

 While the most recent arrival, was a Sebring filly, who is the second foal of an unraced daughter of Group 1 winner Devil Moon, called Leny’s Here.

 “She is an attractive, classic filly. Well conformed and leggy, and being from Sebring’s last crop, she will warrant plenty of attention come sales time,” Willliamson said.

Pictured: Sebring filly out of Leny’s Here

Pictured: Sebring filly out of Leny’s Here

Leny’s Here, was a young mare purchased from last year’s Chairman’s Sale in foal to More Than Ready. 

 “She will be heading off to Capitalist this season and based on the quality types that the mare has already produced, we are excited to see another great type from the son of Written Tycoon.”

 It’s is an exciting time of advancement at Musk Creek Farm and Kobritz, Williamson and the team are optimistic about a very bright future.

 “Over the last few years, we have been carefully selecting young mares to join our broodmare band that are well performed with strong black-type pedigrees. We want to be able to control of their breeding career from the start.”

 “It is so important to us that their future is in our hands, rather than relying on decisions that have been made prior to us acquiring them. We want to keep the family developing and improving for generations,” Williamson said.

 “We are fortunate to have a very dedicated and knowledgeable team on farm. Rebecca Williamson competently manages the office and marketing, along with her vast experience foaling down and handling yearlings and foals.”

 “Geoff Leitch, who used to manage Darley Northwood and Darley in Dubai is a great asset to myself, helping with the efficient day to day running of the property, while Temika Gillespie from Twin Palms, Gooree, and Widden, and former foreman for Mark Newnham, combines both her racing and breeding experience.”

 “Together, we can professionally manage each and every mare and foal from a physical point of view, ensuring optimal health and well-being.  Being a boutique operation, we give every horse the extra care, specialised management and veterinary attention that they deserve to obtain the best possible commercial result in the ring and on the track.”

 

Written by Tracey Robertson

Foal Photos by Rebecca Williamson

Musk Creek kick off the Off The Track Shows at Pakenham for the 2019/2020 season

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Last Saturday saw the opening of the 2019/20 season of the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) and Racing Victoria Off The Track Ridden Series of Qualifying Classes at local Victorian Agricultural Shows.

In partnership with Racing Victoria (RV) and the Victorian Agricultural Society (VAS), this marks the second season, which all three organisations have combined forces to show their support for retired racehorses.

Pakenham was the venue for the first show of the series featuring this class, with qualifiers running until the end of March 2020. Of the 84 upcoming show dates, 26 of the Off The Track Classes will be sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Members.

Saturday’s class was won by Kathleen Mullan with her thoroughbred mare Divinity. Bred by Mungrup Stud in WA, the Oratorio mare race’s name was ‘Tide Up’. This striking six-year-old brown mare had her last start on a racetrack at Belmont back in June 2016 when trained in Western Australia by Trevor Andrews.

Kathleen, a familiar face on the showing scene, is the Equine Health and Welfare Coordinator for Harness Racing Australia. The partnership has experienced success before on the showing circuit, including at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

To be eligible to contest the Off The Track Show series, horses must have competed in an official trial or started in a race, locally, nationally or internationally. Once a horse has won an Off The Track class they will gain automatic entry into the Off The Track Show Series Final.

The class was sponsored in conjunction with Mornington Peninsula based Musk Creek Farm. Rebecca Williamson – Marketing & Administration Manager of Musk Creek Farm was on hand to present the prize.

Musk Creek Farm is a boutique nursery located at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. Owned by David Kobritz and Teresa Poon, the farm is well known to Victorian breeders and is set on 140 acres of rolling hills and boasts ocean views as a backdrop. Graduates from their farm include; Unite & Conquer, Mandela, Irukandji and If Not Now When.

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Inglis unveils Ready2Race catalogue as company aims to build on two-year-old market

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Blake Ryan, a growing force in the Australian juvenile sales market, and Victorian operation Musk Creek Farm have thrown their support behind this year’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale with large drafts of well-credentialed two-year-olds. Inglis will today officially release the catalogue for its 2019 two-year-old sale.

Increasing their presence at the Inglis sale is Musk Creek Farm, who have a draft of 13 two-year-olds being aimed at the sale after selling the top-priced lot, a colt by Poet’s Voice (Dubawi), for $280,000 last year. The David Kobritz-owned stud also sold a colt by Not A Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) for $205,000 at the same sale. Musk Creek Farm manager Scott Williamson told ANZ Bloodstock News that they had targeted the yearling sales this year to put together an expanded draft for the Inglis sale. “We went out and sourced horses that we thought would suit the Ready2Race sale,” Williamson said. “It is not always about pedigree but there are some there that are out of stakes horses and from nice families in our draft. “On the whole we went there looking for a type. We wanted correct horses who moved well, are athletic and who we thought would make racehorses.” Inglis is again coordinating its Ready2Race sale around The Everest meeting at Randwick but has pushed back the auction by one day by holding the sale on Tuesday, three days after the $14 million race. The move is aimed at making it easier for Hong Kong owners and trainers to attend the sale without having to miss the Sha Tin race meeting on Sunday, October 20. Williamson echoed Ryan’s comments about the depth of quality available at the two-year-old sales in Australia and believes it is a viable option for domestic buyers to secure stock.

“I know Inglis are talking to syndicators and saying, ‘this is a good market for you because these horses are ready to go. There is no delay in getting owners into these horses and they can race for you in the coming weeks’,” he said. “The sales are changing. It is not so much horses who have had issues or aren’t good enough to get into yearling sales. These are horses who have been through yearling sales and have been purchased for this specific sale. “They have been educated just like any horse that we race, so they have had all the care and attention that we give to any of our other horses.”

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Wolfe Hunts Cups

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Adrian Bott confirmed the G1 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups are very much on Wolfe's (Jpn) (Novellist ) radar after the Japanese import's win in Saturday's Premier's Cup Prelude on the Kensington track.

Wolfe took his record to five wins from six starts with a 0.8l win over 1800m and will likely step into stakes company now.

The G1 Caulfield and Melbourne Cups are on Wolfe's (Jpn) radar

“Obviously the Melbourne spring is high on our radar,” Bott, who trains with Gai Waterhouse, said.

“There is a couple of nice races here that we would like to pick off first before heading that way but the Cups are high on our radar that’s for sure.”

“We do need to get that rating up and work our way towards that and get the miles in his legs.”

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Nistaan In A Breeze

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After a run of three seconds, Nistaan broke back into the winning list with an emphatic victory at Balaklava on Wednesday, August14.

A heavily backed $1.80 favourite, Nistaan, ridden by Barend Vorster, raced away to score a 4-1/4 length win in the Balaklava Stitch Joint Class Two Handicap (1400m) beating Miss Harmonium ($8.50) with Movandi ($6.50), a length away third.

The result gave trainer Tony McEvoy a perfect day as his only other runner Quaffany was successful at Sandown in Melbourne. 

Barend Vorster had the five-year-old away quickly from his draw of seven and was happy to sit outside the leader in the early stages where he was able to dictate the tempo.

Riding Nistaan as if he was the best horse, Vorster let him go for home on straightening and Nistaan raced away to win easily.

McEvoy’s South Australian stable foreman John Cornell said the win was a guide to the gelding’s ability and helped by a training trick used by the late Colin Hayes.

“At his last run at Murray Bridge he just wanted to lay in a little and it took away his finish,” Cornell said.

“Today, Tony went the one-eyed blinker used successfully by ‘CS’ and it worked.

“Even though he got beaten at Murray Bridge it was a good effort – he carried 60kg and was first up.

“That run brought him on and we were super confident today.

“Actually, as a young horse he ran second to his stablemate Despatch in the Clockwise Classic at Ballarat and went into the race as our number one choice.

“We took him to Brisbane to run in the Magic Millions, but he got travel sick, so he has had a few setbacks.

“It was really pleasing to see him win like this today because we know what ability he possesses.”

Winning jockey Barend Vorster was also impressed.

“I was on the best horse in the race and he began well,” Vorster said.

“There wasn’t a lot of early speed in the race, so I opted to go outside the leader.

“He’s a big, long striding horse and was really keen going into the first quarter so I just let him stay happy.

“He switched off and came back to me.

“At the 200 metres I asked him a question and he was there for me.

“There is no doubt the one-eyed blinker helped him, and I believe he can go on now he’s won again.”

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Writing On The Wall For Winter Cup

Having his first start since October 6 when resuming on the first day of June in the Listed McKell Cup over 2400m at Rosehill Gardens, the winning effort by the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained Hush Writer (Jpn) was nothing short of sensational.

Hush Writer won first up over 2400m (pic: Steve Hart)

Hush Writer won first up over 2400m (pic: Steve Hart)

Readied with a handful of barrier trials, the 4YO Japanese bred gelding was given a somewhat European style grounding to be successful first up and on Saturday natural improvement should see the lightly raced galloper capable of going back to back at black type level as he starts as one of the favoured runners in the Listed Winter Cup at the same track and trip as a his last win.

Purchased by his connections as a foal in Japan, Hush Writer (Jpn) was initially sent to France where he was trained by two stables, recording a win and a black type placing before being sent to Australia.

Of the final field of ten in the race, all bar two contested the McKell Cup last start, while Saturday's top weight Yogi (Raise The Flag), for the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace stable, will look to emulate Hush Writer (Jpn) by winning first up over 2400m. With two wins from six first up runs, punters keen on the 6YO should follow any betting moves, while veteran Destiny's Kiss (Power of Destiny), sixth in the McKell Cup has placed in the last two Winter Cup's after winning the race in 2013, and although a rising 11YO, the Joe Pride-trained gelding does have 16 top three placed finishes from 22 attempts at the trip and should be watched.

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Gai's four-year Japanese plan reaping rewards

A four-year plan is starting to come to fruition for Gai Waterhouse and her training partner Adrian Bott with cosmopolitan 4-year-old Hush Writer (Jpn) (Rulership {Jpn}) headed toward the major staying races of the spring after securing stakes success in the Listed WJ McKell Cup at Rosehill on Saturday.

Waterhouse purchased Hush Writer on behalf of clients on a visit to Japan in 2015, spending 132 million yen (approx. AUD$1.7m) on six horses at the JRA Select Sale in July 2015 with a view of giving them the benefit of a Japanese education before tackling Australian racing.

Hush Writer, out of Star of Sapphire (USA) (Tapit {USA}), the full sister to two-time Group 1 winner Zazu (USA), cost Waterhouse 23 million yen (approx $300,000). He was then sold out to an array of clients, headed by Mt Hallowell Stud, Musk Creek Farm and several members of the Waterhouse family.

"We kept them over in Japan and we wanted to get them the benefit of the environment and being reared over there. They grew out as yearlings and they were broken in," Bott told Sky Racing Radio.

"From the day they go into training as yearlings, they are in work every day of their life. They are training up hills and strengthening and conditioning all the time, getting the miles in their legs."

"We wanted the benefit of that and getting those superior athletes over to Australia."

Hush Writer then took a detour to France, initially being prepared under the legendary Criquette Head-Maarek before transferring to Francis Graffard.

"He did the same course as I did with Godolphin Flying Start many years back and we wanted to give him an opportunity," Bott said.

He had three starts for Graffard, including a win at Longchamp and a Group 2 placing, with Waterhouse keeping a close eye on things.

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Trainers Adrian Bott and Gai Waterhouse

"Gai was over there to see him run third in a Group 2. She's loves every minute of this, she's a part owner. She had to take a back seat when she went over there as she wasn't giving the instructions. She didn’t like when he wasn't out there leading, but it's been a great ride," Bott said.

He arrived in Australia in July last year and was immediately put into work, although Bott said adapting to Australian racing didn’t prove easy.

"It happened a bit too quickly for him. He was still a colt and he got to Moonee Valley and it was all too much for him. He got so fired up," he said.

He would run second at Flemington second-up before placing in a Listed 2400m race at Mornington. After finishing down the track in the G3 Bart Cummings, he was spelled.

Bott said he and Waterhouse learned a lot about Hush Writer from that first campaign and hatched a plan to kick him off in a 2400m race this time around off the back of two trials.

"It goes back to their breeding. The way he has been trained his entire career. It what he is bred to do. The horse doesn't have a turn of foot over the shorter distances," Bott said.

"We trained him earlier in his preparation for speed, but we just weren't seeing the results. He needed to be trained to get a trip, and that's exactly what we did."

Hush Writer

Hush Writer

"He needed to be trained to get a trip, and that's exactly what we did." - Adrian Bott

"We mixed up his training, got the miles in his legs, a lot of longer slower work and he responded really well. It wouldn’t have been effective over the short trips for him."

"As long as the horse is fit, which he was for Saturday, they are able to be competitive in those type of events. He's obviously a classy individual."

He surged to the front in the McKell Cup at Rosehill on Saturday at big odds and held on for a win which sets him up nicely for the spring.

Wolfe added into mix

Bott admits that they have some planning to do to ensure Hush Writer and another one of those 2015 Japanese purchases, Wolfe (Jpn) (Novellist {Ire}) don't trip over one another on their way to hopefully qualifying for the big spring races.

Wolfe, who also went through France but arrived in February this year, has raced his entire career in Australia for Bott and Waterhouse, winning four of his five starts, including a Randwick Benchmark race in impressive fashion last week.

"We’ve just tipped him out now for a short little freshen up. He’ll be back early spring and we will work out how we split the two up," Bott said.

Wolfe Winning at Royal Randwick

Wolfe Winning at Royal Randwick

"We want to target the staying features with both of those horses."

Wolfe, the most expensive of the six horses purchased in Japan at 33 million yen (approx. $440,000) is owned in similar interests to Hush Writer.

Another one of that group, Bag Raider (Jpn) (Bago {Fr}), finished eighth over 1600m at Caulfield on Saturday having won on his Australian debut at Bendigo in May for trainer Scott Cameron, who purchased him off Waterhouse through an online sale.

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He's Got Heart!

Declarationofheart (Declaration of War), who was a $135,000 purchase at the 2017 Premier Sale at Karaka, showed class and courage to win Saturday's A$120,000 Group 3 Heineken Chairman's Stakes (2032m) at Morphettville.

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The three-year-old went into the race with strong credentials, having won two races as well as placing in the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) and finishing midfield in the Group 1 Australian Derby (2400m) in his most recent appearance.

But at the top of the Morphettville straight, his Chairman's Stakes prospects looked bleak. Having skimmed the running rail throughout the race, he was shuffled back into the second half of the field and became trapped behind a wall of horses.

Even when jockey Clayton Douglas found a way through, Declarationofheart was only starting to gather his momentum while others were in full flight.

But Declarationofheart really lifted in the last 200 metres, clawing his way into contention and asserting his superiority late in the race to win by just over a length.

Declarationofheart has now had 10 starts for three wins, three placings and A$212,355 – more than one and a half times his purchase price.

He is raced by Musk Creek Farm P/L, Mr M I Hansky, Raffles Thoroughbred Racing, Mr S Briffa, Mr W K Pulbrook, Mrs M Johnstone, Mr T L W Chia, Mr M K C Tse, Mr A Ng, Mr D You, Ms N Choo, Mr A Lam, Miss M J L Ng, Mrs C Carrazzo, Ms S Estephan, Mr S Lo and Ms T Poon.

Declarationofheart is now likely to be set for next month's A$600,000 Group 1 South Australian Derby (2500m). He has pedigree on his side, being out of a half-sister to the Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Arapaho Miss (Danehill Dancer).

News from New Zealand Bloodstock

A Sacred Choice At Easter

With the dust having settled after last week’s exciting Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, we are extremely excited to have secured Lot 238, the lovely bay filly by Champion 2YO Sire More Than Ready (USA) out of the multiple Group 1-winning Choisir mare Sacred Choice from the draft of Vinery Stud.

With the help of Craig Rounsefell’s Boomer Bloodstock, the filly was secured by Musk Creek Farm for $120,000, a bargain when you consider the prices being paid overall throughout the sale.

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With More Than Ready no longer shuttling to Vinery Stud in Australia, his progeny are going to be very limited on the ground in the next few years and with Sacred Choice having had two winners from her two runners to date, the Musk Creek Farm team are confident in the future success of the filly.

A nine-time winner on the track with over $2.1 million in earnings highlighted by success in the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) at Royal Randwick (footage below) and the Group 1 Myer Classic (1600m) at Flemington - a race she defeated Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy in, Sacred Choice is herself out of a three-quarter-sister to the Group 1 Golden Slipper winner and successful Group 1 producing sire Marauding (NZ).

With plenty of residual value, being a Group 1-winning daughter of a noted broodmare sire, we look forward to not only the race career of the filly, but her future as a broodmare down the track.

Choisir as a broodmare sire has achieved 25 stakes performers highlighted by Group 1 winners Winter, My Dream Boat and Persuasive, while the More Than Ready x Choisir cross has produced four winners from only eight runners to date – all fillies, highlighted by the stakes placed pair of Sezanne and Fairy Star.

Below images of Lot 238 courtesy of Vinery Stud.

Watch Out for the K Brand at Premier

The name of David Kobritz's Musk Creek Farm will forever be associated with Golden Slipper winner Pierro, who they pinhooked successfully and re-sold to champion trainer Gai Waterhouse at Magic Millions, but this burgeoning Victorian bloodstock enterprise is about more than just pinhooking success.

"With growing investment in broodmares, some of which are in foal to leading sires I Am Invincible and Zoustar, we feel we are looking at a very strong future for our "K" brand," said Stud Manager Scott Williamson.

"We focus on small quality drafts that allow us to give a higher level of personal care and attention to the horses.

"Pierro is the horse everyone knows, but we have had winners bred from our farm in the stables of leading trainers such as Waterhouse and Bott, Waller, Maher and Eustace and Freedman."

One of those winners is progressive Pierro mare Aeecee Tong De, who was bought by Gai Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland from the Musk Creek Farm Inglis Easter draft for $120,000.

A good metropolitan winner that was third in the Group III MRC Summoned Stakes last spring, Aeecee Tong De is back in work and headed towards further stakes goals in 2019.

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The half-brother by Pride of Dubai to Aeecee Tong De from Brandish will be offered by Musk Creek at Inglis Premier as Lot 86.

A select draft head to the coast for Musk Creek Farm

Musk Creek Farm has a stellar group of yearlings that they are presenting to the buying bench at this year’s Magic Million’s Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

Scott Williamson, Musk Creeks Stud Manager is pleased with the quality of the draft as a whole and is optimistic that he is presenting the style of horse that will generate buyer interest.

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“We have chosen this group of yearlings for the Magic Millions yearling sale as they are a forward bunch of yearlings, and all good types. The pin-hooks were selected by us from the weanling sales last year, and we felt that they were horses that would develop and progress well towards the yearling sales, from commercial and popular sires.”

Pinning Hopes Not All About Profit

Musk Creek's first foray into pinhooking set a high bar, and came by chance in many ways, when it purchased Pierro and re-sold the soon-to-be champion as a yearling.

"We got into it almost by accident because the first year we had foals at the farm, we had 70 per-cent fillies and we felt we had to go and buy a few weanling colts just to balance the gender up," said Musk Creek owner David Kobritz. "That first pinhook weanling turned out to be Pierro."

"It isn't necessarily a financial decision to make more money it is about balancing the draft." - Musk Creek owner, David Kobritz

Musk Creek purchased Pierro at the 2010 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $115,000 and re-sold the son of Lonhro for double that at the following year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Pierro went on to win 11 of his 14 career starts, including a Golden Slipper and has made an excellent start to his stud career with 12 stakes winners from his first two crops.

Not surprisingly, Musk Creek has continued to look for the right pinhook opportunities.

"It isn't necessarily a financial decision to make more money it is about balancing the draft," said Korbitz, a Moonee Valley Racing Club committeeman. "Of course we are looking for nice weanlings, but also from stallions we think will be popular."


All Too Easy For Exceedingly At Mornington

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Lightly raced galloper Exceedingly Easy provided trainer Grahame Begg with a memorable win at Mornington on Friday.

The Maiden victory for the daughter of All Too Hard was Begg's first runner out of his new Caulfield base and his first win for owners Musk Creek Farm and their partners.

"I was really chuffed with that win as the filly along with my staff had only moved to Caulfield on Monday so for both to adapt and adjust so quickly was a real Credit".

"It was also very satisfying to train a winner for Musk Creek". "They and their partners were one of the first to give me a horse to train after I moved down from Sydney so to reward them with a win and give something back means a bit".

Exceedingly Easy did a very good job to win on Friday. She knuckled and nearly fell leaving the Barriers but fortunately rider Clayton Douglas stayed on board and from there on in gave her a great ride to get the win.

"We thought her run two back at Geelong from the rear was excellent but then we probably rode her too close in the run last start at Cranbourne so we came back a fraction in trip and I asked Clayton to ride her a little more conservative today and happily they both did the job". 

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Dreaming filly bolsters Musk Creek, Mills

 

The dominant debut win of Written Tycoon filly Alexandra Dreaming at Sandown last week was great news for two TBV members in quite different ways.

Mills’ purchases have enjoyed quite some success at Victorian tracks over the past fortnight. Yulong Earth, Break And Enter and Belle Xaar have all saluted.

Meanwhile, Flinders based Musk Creek Farm got a very handy fillip for their Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale draft out of Alexandra Dreaming’s win.

They have her half-brother (by Not A Single Doubt) for the Sydney based sale…which will be held two days after the Thousand Guineas!

Irukandji becomes Dundeel's first Stakes Winner

It's difficult to out-perform Champion Sire Snitzel, but his barn-mate Dundeel did it on Saturday when he produced his first stakeswinner from his first 7 runners. Doing the honours was Spendthrift Australia's 2YO colt Irukandji in the $150,000 ATC The Schweppervescence 1400m G3.

Snitzel sent out 15 runners before his daughter Chance Bye won the STC Silver Slipper S. G2 on 27 February 2010, so Dundeel has clearly bested him on that particular score.

Irukandji has been a star of Dundeel's stud career since his $240,000 sale as a Magic Millions weanling by Riversdale, on behalf of breeders Roger Langley & Nick Hodges. 

Purchaser David Kobritz's Musk Creek Farm then returned to Magic Millions to sell Irukandji as a yearling for $500,000 to Spendthrift Farm.

READ ARROWFIELD'S FULL ARTICLE HERE

Dam of HK G1 Star Sprinter A Riversdale Highlight

Riversdale Farm are offering a stellar selection of 17 mares at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale this week headed by the dam of recent Group I Chairman's Sprint Prize winner Lucky Bubbles.

Lucky Bubbles is the first foal of Hussonet (USA) mare Bubble Below, who will be offered as Lot 1086 as agent for Musk Creek Farm with a positive test to his sire Sebring.

READ TARA MADGWICK'S FULL ARTICLE HERE

Steve wraps up a frenetic two weeks in Hong Kong for the HKJC’s spring feature race

LUCKY BUBBLES (Sebring): Musk Creek Farm proprietor David Kobritz and his partner Teresa Poon had the perfect Hong Kong stopover en route to Israel, on the weekend, as Lucky Bubbles won the Chairman’s Sprint Prize (Gr 1, 1200m). Musk Creek owns the dam of the high class sprinter. Bubble Below, by Hussonet (Mr Prospector), was bought by Musk Creek Farm in 2013 and she’s on the market again - to be offered in foal to Sebring (More Than Ready) (also, of course, the sire of Lucky Bubbles) at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast. “Racing and breeding has become very much a trading business these days,” Kobritz said. “We see that through the trade of horses to Asia and the high turnover of mares and weanlings. The market has been very strong at the top end and I’m happy to see how she (Bubble Below) goes. She’s a valuable commodity and we’ll proceed with the sale.” Musk Creek Farm has a new manager in Scott Williamson who was formerly looking after Yulong Park. “Literally been here for two weeks. It’s a great property in a beautiful part of the world and it’s a terrific opportunity to be involved with a farm which has already built an excellent reputation. “Bubble Below is still a young mare and a very valuable one. It was great to see Lucky Bubbles get his much deserved win on the weekend but he’s a horse who’s been talked about a lot and it took Chautauqua to beat him in the same race last year, so the mare’s quality was well established even without that win. I’m sure she will be well sought after,” he said.

READ STEVE MORAN'S FULL ARTICLE IN TODAY'S ANZ BLOODSTOCK NEWS

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