Twin Creeks’ Kate and Nick Taylor had much to celebrate when its farm graduate Care To Think secured his fifth consecutive victory in winning the Magic Millions Cup over the weekend.
The Taylors’ Twin Creek operation consists of a 280-acre property situated in the heart of the Samaria Valley, between Mansfield and Benalla.
“We are absolutely thrilled for all the owners and his trainer Matt Dunn, and want to thank all the hands-on staff that now care for our ‘Slippery Madam’ colt,” Kate Taylor said.
“We are delighted that buying the horse that nobody else wanted has finally paid off for the owners and for our mare as well.”
Care To Think is from their Hussonet mare Slippery Madam, a half-sister to Group 1 winner Hard To Get and Group 3 winners Fumble and Reputed Groom.
She hasn’t had a foal since Care To Think in 2013, but that may change next breeding season.
“We will definitely consider breeding with her again next season,” said Kate.
Care To Think was her fourth foal and was sold through the 2015 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale where he was purchased bloodstock agent Neil Jenkinson for the bargain basement price of $16,000.
“He had great presence about him,” Jenkinson said.
“He wasn’t jaw-droppingly beautiful, but the one thing was that he was wonderfully balanced. I thought I would have to pay 30 or 40 grand for him, thinking that would be cheap, never thinking I would get him for $16,000.”
Murwillumbah trainer Matt Dunn has labelled Care To Think the best horse he has trained and jockey Jeff Lloyd marveled at how the four-year-old keeps winning against the odds.
Dunn has indicated a Doncaster Handicap is a strong possibility in the autumn for his charge.
Back at Twin Creeks, the Taylors remain passionate about foaling a handful of mares for a loyal group of clients that look to breed to race.
“We are a small operation, which I love, as it means I can get to know the mares and the youngsters individually and pick up any problems quickly…that is something I pride myself on,” Kate said.
“We love to cheer on the progeny and it’s such a thrill that Care To Think has now made top grade.”