What a reason to pop open a bottle of good bubbly! Your broodmare gets two city winners on a Saturday!
That was the scenario last weekend for Congupna breeder Andrew McDonald and his Redoute’s Choice mare Dom Perion.
At 12.30pm on Saturday, the Darren Weir trained 3YO colt Extra Brut (Domesday) won over 1600 metres at Caulfield while, two hours later, 4YO mare Fill The Flute (Statue of Liberty) scored over the 1100 metre trip at Morphettville.
It was just a third career run for the Domesday colt which has included a win at Sandown over Black Caviar’s son Prince of Caviar. And there is likely much more to come with Weir placing Extra Brut on a Group 1 Victoria Derby path.
The Jamie Edwards trained mare Fill the Flute recorded her third win on Saturday from just seven starts.
Breeder McDonald was obviously thrilled with the two results and reflected on the journey of the two horses through the sales ring.
He had bought Dom Perion for $6,000 at the 2015 Inglis Great Southern Sale while trainer Edwards bought Fill The Flute as a weanling at the same sale for $7,000).
“(Extra Brut) was a lovely foal. We did consider selling him as a yearling but were advised to sell him as a weanling for commercial reasons. That worked very well as Stonehouse sold him for $52,0000 at the Great Southern Sale (in 2016),” breeder Andrew McDonald said.
He was purchased by Grange Thoroughbreds’ Gary Mudgway, a breeder and pin-hooker known for his shrewd eye.
Mudgway would send him to Sydney for the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale where was sold for a tidy $100,000 to the bid of Brad Spicer of Spicer Thoroughbreds. Spicer then syndicated him to a large group of owners (many of whom were at the track on Saturday…and made it known!).
McDonald, meanwhile, has been focusing on his small band of six mares, based at his Congupna property, ten minutes north of Shepparton.
“We will be looking at breeding three mares this year including Dom Perion who is expecting to foal to Domesday any day. I have just come home from work today to check, as she is a couple of days over and looks like she may go any minute now,” McDonald indicated.
“She has had a bit of bad luck the last two seasons, getting into foal fine and making it to 45 days, but then a couple of months later she slips, which has been disappointing.
“She is booked into (Swettenham stallion) Toronado this season which is exciting. Dom Perion has plenty of bling and matched with the bling on Toronado we are hoping to get a little standout, especially the way he throws such a great type.”
And while all of that is happening on the farm, Andrew will no doubt be keeping a close check on feature 3YO race results over coming weeks with Extra Brut expected to line up in the Group 2 Caulfield Classic over 2000 metres before a possible Derby fling.
“For the large group of owners, I’m sure there will be plenty of champagne flowing over the spring, and I will toast to my mare Dom Perion for making it possible,” McDonald said.