It’s been a busy few months at Musk Creek Farm with the foaling season in full swing, spring gallopers hitting the track and preparing an impressive draft of juveniles for the upcoming Inglis Ready2Race sale.
For Musk Creek Farm manager, Scott Williamson is delighted to have welcomed four more foals to the farm, including the highly anticipated colt by Spirit of Boom, out of the well-related Snitzel mare, Personalised.
Purchased from Cressfield Farm for $525,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Broodmare Sale, she is a perfect match for the Dundeel nomination they secured in the Tye Angland charity auction, her first foal has more than lived up to expectations.
“He is an outstanding first foal as we expected, being from such a well-related family and being out of a half-sister to Trope, from the sought after black-type Procrastinate line.”
“He is a very attractive colt, well-marked by his dam, with good legs, good size and an athletic type. Personalised will now head off to the Hunter for her date with Dundeel, where she will reside at Peter Burke’s Taghadoe Stud in Scone until her mid scan, and then we will bring her back down to Victoria and onto the grass.”
Musk Creek have also welcomed a lovely I Am Invincible filly out of the Lonhro mare, Deipara. A daughter of the brilliant race mare, Divine Madonna, she was purchased for $600,000 from Godolphin at the 2018 Magic Millions Broodmare sale in foal to Exceed and Excel.
“This filly is everything we could hope for, and this mare has so far produced two outstanding foals. We are excited to offer her Exceed And Excel filly at the sales in 2020 and she will return to Exceed And Excel this season,” Williamson said.
“Our client’s horses have included an impressive Territories filly out of the Keep The Faith mare, Sunday School. Her first foal by Toronado was a great type, and this filly is a well-developed, athletic foal. The mare will be off to Widden for a date to Star Witness.”
For good client Su-Ann Khaw, they welcomed a nice Squamosa filly from the well-bred Commands mare, Stare. Bred on the same cross as Order of Command, another date with Squamosa this year may be on the cards.
With a handful of foals still to arrive for the season, Musk Creek Farm is also managing an impressive draft of horses ready to head up to the Inglis Ready2Race sale in October.
“They all breezed up extremely well, and now they are back on the farm to let down before the sale. They will have a refresher course ten days out, where they are brought in, groomed and shod, but it is vital they have this downtime to relax, so whoever purchases them, will be able to put them straight back into work and go again.”
“For us it’s not about just racing the fastest 200 metres, it is about producing an athlete that their new owners can go on with. They have all had a solid education, having been started by Robert Palm at Regulator Thoroughbreds.”
“He is an elite level horseman, and when they were breezed up by Jamie Kah, she was impressed by how well they behaved and handled the environment. She commented that they were all straight and true in their action and were able to gallop professionally on their own. Our main focus is to have professional athletes that are mentally ready to handle the pressure of fast work, and that maturity allows them to breeze up to the best of their ability naturally,” Williamson said.
While, on the track with spring racing in full swing, Musk Creek Farm’s David Kobritz has several exciting gallopers ready to step out onto the main stage.
“It is exciting for David to be involved with Groundswell, the full brother to Shoals out of the beautifully bred blue-hen mare The Broken Shore. He was delighted to see him run a close third in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude last week and as Anthony Freedman knows the family so well, having managed Shoals, he will take his time and get the best out of him.”
The colt commanded a $2.3 million price tag through the ring at the Inglis Easter sale, and along with a number of significant industry players, this colt is a future stallion prospect in the making, with his next start in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.
Other horses stepping out for Musk Creek Farm include the exciting Japanese galloper, Hush Writer (JPN). Purchased as a weanling out of Japan and raced in France, the son of Rulership was placed in a G2 at only his third start.
Since stepping on Australian soil, he recently claimed the G3 Newcastle Cup, and under Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, he will be lining up this week in the G1 Metropolitan, on a path to qualify the talented stayer for the Melbourne Cup.
Also purchased as a weanling from Japan, is the exciting prospect and lightly raced son of Novellist, Wolfe (JPN). Having had his eighth start in Melbourne in the G3 Naturalism, he finished off very well running fifth amongst a talented field of experienced gallopers.
“He will now be stepping up and running in the Bart Cummings this week. Fingers crossed we can come away with the ideal result being a “win and you’re in” to the Melbourne Cup with a lightweight.”
Another exciting initiative Musk Creek Farm is proud to be part of is the sponsorship of the strappers and groom’s lunch-packs in conjunction with the MRC Foundation and Racetrack Veterinary Services for all meetings held at Mornington this season.
“We sat down as a group at our managers meeting and saw this as a great way to give back to the industry. It is the least we can do for the passionate people who work so hard behind the scenes. They appreciated the gesture, and it’s a small thank you for the dedicated and long hours they put into the horses at the stables and at the races.”
Written by Tracey Robertson
Foal Photos by Rebecca Williamson