For the family team of Travis and Bec, Jackson and Brooke Kelly, Kelly Thoroughbreds started after a lifelong love of horses which led to the family breeding their own Thoroughbreds to race themselves.
“We found it tough to purchase in the yearling market after prices continued to drive us out when we started. So, we started breeding our own horses to race and then we ended up growing from there and decided we needed to sell some,” Travis Kelly commented.
Bec has been a trainer for over 15 years for 42 wins and trains a boutique team from Sale and has about 4 -8 in work at any one time.
Travis grew up with horses in the High Country of Victoria and at 20 years old, he won the Cattleman’s Cup. The Cattleman’s Cup is a bush race which celebrates the history and culture of Australia’s mountain cattlemen and women and is an annual event held in Merrijig.
You could say that it was destined that they would have a lifelong relationship with Thoroughbreds.
Initially they sent their mares to stallions which they could afford and then they constantly decided to “raise the bar,” as Bec puts it.
“We have clients which ask us to manage their breeding stock, including other family members but we mainly breed to sell and any which don’t sell, we race ourselves,” Bec commented.
For the 2021 Melbourne Premier sale, the team will present three yearlings, all of which are Victorian sired, at Oaklands Junction.
The first lot to head through the ring for the pair is lot 446, a filly by Impending. She is out of a Danzero mare, Young Love.
“She is a very strong filly and still improving each day and we have sold a couple out of her before and they have sold very well. Last year, her weanling Frosted filly made $70,000 to Bill Wilde before any of his progeny had stepped out on the track” Travis said.
The filly on offer at Oaklands is a half-sister to Bendigo Golden Mile winner, Dodging Bullets, who has won over $500,000 in prizemoney and seven races.
The second yearling to head through the ring, is lot 647, a filly by sire Palentino. The Street Boss mare, Lil’ Monster has handled her prep well and Travis and Bec are delighted with her progress.
“The mare has thrown a nice type for her to get into Premier. She is very correct and has good size,” Bec said.
The final yearling to head through the ring for the team, is lot 653, the only Holler colt on offer at the sale.
The unraced I Am Invincible mare, was retired to the breeding barn after it was discovered the mare had a chip in her fetlock and Travis and Bec couldn’t pass her up after all the success I Am Invincible was having.
“We have had a few Hollers come though this colt is very similar in the fact they have been all dark brown and tough looking horses,” Bec said.
“He has really great size about him with plenty of scope. Busuttin Racing have the half-sister which they bought from us and they are really happy with her. He will mature into a very nice horse,” Bec said.
Travis and Bec are no strangers to breeding racehorses after graduates of theirs have gone on to win in Hong Kong and they currently have Lunar Fox winner of last year’s Group 2 Sires at Flemington on the racetrack as a graduate of theirs.
“As a trainer, I don’t mind seeing other people have success with our horses, it is in our benefit for others to have the success,” Bec commented.
“Everything is genuinely up for sale we don’t hold back anything. Any horses which aren’t knocked down, we race ourselves – this is our model,” Travis commented.
Kelly Thoroughbreds will begin parades from the ## and to view their draft, click here.