Tylden breeders the Jaeger family and Swan Hill’s famed racing family the Coffeys must have slept well on Sunday night after the dual country cups success of Vianden.

The son of Riverbank Farm sire Von Costa De Hero has been galivanting around the Victorian countryside over the past two years and almost taking cups at will.

Over the Australia Day weekend it was the Hanging Rock Cup on Friday followed by the Great Western Cup on Sunday that were claimed by the gelding.

The trophy cabinet must look very impressive with two cups from Mt Wycheproof, two from Nhill, Burrumbeet, Hanging Rock and now Great Western, as well as the feature Italian Plate at Tatura.

Harry Coffey has been on board for all for all bar one of those successes. Dad Austy trains the horse. Other family members including Mitch, Kailla and their daughter Lacie along with family friends have a stake in the horse.

And they are joined by the breeders of Vianden, the Jaeger family.

Mark and Amy Jaeger, who are based in Tylden with their young family, moved to the Macedon Ranges about ten years ago to breed a few racehorses.

“The weekend was so exciting; it’s great for the bush, great for the Coffeys and great for small breeders like us. Unfortunately, we have had a lot of bad luck, so it is nice to finally get a good one,” Mark Jaeger said.

“I went to Marcus Oldham College with friend and fellow owner Mitch Coffey who was working next door at Woodside Park Stud.

“Together we decided to race Vianden, so I leased him out to all the connections retaining about 20-25 per cent and we have had fun racing him together ever since.

“Vianden was a ripper as a foal, and we are now so glad we kept him. He just has the right attitude and wants to do it.”

Country Cups king Vianden as a foal

“I chose Von Costa De hero as a stallion, as I wanted to inbreed to the mare Special. He has Encosta de Lago and Fairy King and also Desert King and Nureyev. Von Costa De hero also nicks quite well with Quintanella’s broodmare sire, Palace Music, as seen in Palacio de Cristal and Tuscanos.”

“Unfortunately, we sold his dam Quintenella, after she had the Von Costa De Hero foal as, coupled with two small children, I just didn’t have the time and scaled back my numbers.

“It’s hard for small breeders as it’s not just a huge financial investment for families, but also an emotional investment. There is no doubt that breeding demands time, sweat and a few tears.”

Mark says the Vianden Country Cups storyline almost didn’t happen.

“We actually almost lost him when we gelded him, he lightened off, he just didn’t recover well. At one point he was so crook, Austy though he wasn’t going to make it.”

Mark expects Austy may now aim to the lucrative VOBIS Gold raceday at Caulfield in April.

“I wouldn’t breed anywhere else but Victoria, and with the prize money and bonuses on offer, you have to be VOBIS these days.”

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