Gilgai Farm aims to produce a pleasing draft at Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale

Gilgai Farm will continue to split its draft of top quality yearlings between the Magic Millions and Melbourne Premier in 2020.

The farm has a reputation for breeding and selling yearlings that go on to become Group 1 winners.

As well as their Group records, the Rick Jamieson owned farm also has a habit of achieving some incredible million-plus dollar results at the sales.

Gilgai stud manager Kelly Skillecorn says the farm will send nine yearlings to the Gold Coast next month, while 14 will go under the hammer at the 2020 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in March.

Skillecorn said a feature of the Gold Coast draft is a Cable Bay colt out of Brigite whose dam – Helsigne – produced All Too Hard and Black Caviar.

He’s hopeful two colts will sell particularly well– Written Tycoon/Stop Making Sense and I Am Invincible/Scratchy Bottom.

He has no doubt both colts will bring strong results when the hammer comes down in January.

“We have got a good draft going up there to the Gold Coast,” Skillecorn said.

“They all seem to like the Cable Bay/Brigite.”

“We had nine but scratched the Cable Bay colt out of Ondina and are taking him to Melbourne Premier.”

Skillecorn said nine yearlings would be offered at the Magic Millions and 14 at Melbourne, and believes both drafts are of equal quality but says the Melbourne sale is very well suited to selling good colts.

“There are good horses in both drafts really,” he said.

“We haven’t got all our good horses in one draft. We have four or five of our best ones going to the Gold Coast and another four or five of our best going to Melbourne.”

“They do the sale so well up there on the Gold Coast.  It’s the first sale of the year and everyone is cashed up and in a festive mood and all that. I find that you don’t get disappointing results.”

“You get first crack at the dollar. By the time we get to Melbourne there have already been three or four yearling sales with horses sold from here to New Zealand. There is one thousand up there, a thousand in New Zealand and 800 in Sydney in the Classic and 3000 horses are sold before you even get to Melbourne.”

Skillecorn describes the lucrative Melbourne Premier as a trade sale and one they have had great success at.

He said there are a lot of Chinese buyers at the Melbourne sale and says if you offer colts with good x-rays and a good throat, you get rewarded.

“We had three colts that made more than half a million last year and they wouldn’t have made that much on the Gold Coast or any other sale,’’ he said

While Skillecorn describes the Cable Bay/Brigite colt as a “gorgeous horse’’, he is by a first season sire that stands for $12,000 and says he will sell well, but  won’t demand the top dollars.

“Cable Bay is certainly leaving great types and they are forward horses who will go early,” he said.

“If he doesn’t get a couple of runners as two year-olds you’d be worried.”

Woodside Park Stud sire Cable Bay (Woodside Park)

Skillecorn said his boss had 20 broodmares four years ago but now has 50.

He increased his broodmares mainly  because of his association with Cable Bay and the fact he now has more time to concentrate on breeding.

“He owns half of a Cable Bay so he supports him with 15 or 16 mares and then we have some shares in other stallions so he has sort of got 30 mares accounted for before he has to breed with services he has paid for,” Skillecorn said.

“He has retired out of his business (Harry the Hirer) now so he has got to do something.”

The Gilgai Farm website proudly tells of Jamieson’s success in breeding.

“Since its first yearling crop, containing the mighty Black Caviar, was sent to sale in 2008, Gilgai Farm has been a constant supplier of Group 1 racing stock,” the farm proudly says.

“ Black Caviar, All Too Hard, Philippi, Lion of Belfort, The Quarterback, Lucky Bubbles, Supido and Jameka have all performed at the highest level and those coming from just the first 54 Gilgai breeds to race.”

“As the studs principle puts it, “The first 54 was my learning phase, now I know what I’m doing the next 54 should take us to another level.’’


Bay colt:  Cable Bay (IRE)/Brigite

Brown filly: All Too Hard/Cafe Scientific

Brown filly: Dissident /Exsqueeze Me

Brown colt: Divine Prophet/ Igraine

Bay filly: Not a Single Doubt/Naturale

Chestnut colt: Street Boss (USA)/Sacharis

Brown colt: I Am Invincible/ Scratchy Bottom

Chestnut colt: Sebring/She’s Got Gears

Chestnut colt: Written Tycoon /Stop Making Sense

Note – All of Gilgai’s draft are Super VOBIS nominated ahead of the sale.