Boutique Victorian breeder Grant Sheldon from Macedon Park has had plenty of reason to celebrate 24 hours of Magic Millions action on the Gold Coast. 

Situated at the foothills of Mt Macedon, they originally owned the mare and were responsible for designing the mating that produced both the top lot on day three, Lot 624, the Written Tycoon x Golden Penny colt and the $1 million RL Magic Millions Cup winner, Redouble.

Golden Penny was purchased by Belmont Bloodstock Agency’s Damon Gabbedy for $270,000 carrying the colt at the 2017 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

“We first sent her to Helmet, then to Zoustar and then sold her in foal. She topped the sale and was knocked down to Belmont Bloodstock on behalf of John Baxter, who is a shareholder in Sebring. Golden Penny has produced a Sebring colt this season.”

With Redouble, we picked out his dam Special Mission and designed the mating by making the decision to send Special Mission to the Hunter Valley to Redoute’s Choice.

Macedon Park Principal, Grant Sheldon was thrilled to get those two results, being only small breeders that foal six to eight mares a year.

“Our current band of mares are stakes winner, performers or producers of stakes performers, so we focus on a high class of mare.”

“What Macedon Park does is owns the mares, sends them to the best commercial mating, foals them down with renowned nursery Supreme Thoroughbreds locally in Romsey, and then bring them home at 45 days positive with a healthy foal at foot.”

“My wife and I then grow them out until they are ready to return to Supreme to go into either their weanling or yearling sales preparation to be sold for hopefully, a commercial return”

“We would have been one of Brent and Adrianne’s first clients, post Eliza Park days and have formed a strong professional relationship and friendship over the ten years we have worked together. It will be sure to continue for many more years to come,” Sheldon said.

Loyal to the Victorian breeding industry, Macedon Park, having used Torryburn Stud in the past to foal down mares covered in the Hunter Valley, have now relocated all their mares back to Victoria.  

“This was strongly influenced by the strength of the VOBIS scheme, as we wanted to make the most the best breeding scheme going around and we wanted to maximise the benefits and our returns.”

“We heavily breed to Victorian sires, as long as they offer a commercial mating, and a live foal guarantee. We have mares in foal to Sun Stud’s Palentino and Fighting Sun, Darley’s Helmet, Impending and Street Boss, Swettenham’s Toronado and this year we sent one of our better mares to first season sire Inference at Chatswood Stud.”

“We certainly don’t always get it right but the results of the past 24 hours from relatively limited numbers give us a deep sense of satisfaction that our broodmare and mating selection criteria are at least barking up the right trees.”

“You never stop learning from mistakes, especially with horses, and I am a great believer in fate. Although if we had kept them both, it would have been $1.5 million, we breed to sell, that’s what we do.”

And as breeders, the Sheldon’s will still benefit from Redouble’s win, having his dam on farm.

“Secret Mission foaled a stunning Palentino colt this season for Macedon Park that now has a solid black type sibling on his page.”

“We want to thank the support from good judges like Brett Howard of Randwick Bloodstock, whom helped us buy both Golden Penny and Special Mission and Damon Gabbedy of Belmont Bloodstock whom has helped us with many mating’s and whom, coincidentally, purchased Golden Penny off us for her current owners. As well as our sales vendors Supreme Thoroughbreds and Torryburn Stud.”

The Sheldon’s have also raced Bletchingly Stakes and Regal Roller Stakes runner-up Platinum Rocker, while Melbourne Cup contender, Rose Of Virginia has now retired to their broodmare band at their Macedon Ranges based farm. 

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