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.


“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."

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.


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.


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.