Mornington Peninsula’s Ducks Crossing Farm has welcomed the first ever foal from its own stallion, 2013 VRC Derby winner Polanski.
Born at 10pm on Monday, 7th September, the foal colt was out of Close Embrace, a Zabeel mare.
The mare is owned by Ross Warner, a part owner of Polanski, who was almost as elated to see the arrival of the colt at Tuerong as he was in winning the Derby at Flemington!
A Smart Missile colt out of Close Embrace sold to Caulfield trainer Mick Price for $170,000 at this year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
The racing story of Polanski and how he became a stallion at Ducks Crossing is an unique one.
He cost his trainer, Robbie Laing, just $4,000 at auction but would go on to win a VRC Derby packed full of high quality horse flesh.
After winning as a two year old at Caulfield, the entire son of Rakti went on to win three black type races in a row during the spring of 2013 – the Listed UCI Stakes, the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes and finally the Group 1 VRC Derby.
In winning the Derby, Polanski beat three time Group 1 winning Criterion; Hong Kong Group 1 winning Thunder Fantasy; recent Group 2 winner Complacent (a top fancy for this Spring’s Group 1 staying features); ATC Derby runner up Tupac Amaru; and QLD Derby runner up Pinstripe Lane.
A serious injury in the autumn of 2014 put an end to the exciting career of Polanski which resulted in him finding a home at Ducks Crossing Farm for stallion duties.
In his first year Polanski covered 49 mares standing at a value fee of $5,500 (inc. GST).
Ducks Crossing is a boutique thoroughbred breeding and equine veterinary based on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.
It is operated by resident equine veterinarian, Dr Jacqui McGregor who has been involved with the veterinary care of Polanski since he was purchased by Robbie Laing as a yearling.