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.”
“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.
“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.
“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.
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