It was quite a momentious weekend for Avenel’s Milford Thoroughbreds with farm raised winners on both sides of our vast continent.
Scales Of Justice (Not A Single Doubt), touted as the best in the west, showed a dominant performance in Group 3 Hyperion Stakes at Belmont Park, while Catch That Cat (Tale Of The Cat) took out the 1200 metre last race at Moonee Valley.
The WA galloper has a brilliant record of seven wins and eight placings from his 15 career starts including victory in last year’s Group 1 Railway Stakes.
Bred by Gerard and Kathy Hammond at Millford, Scales Of Justice was consigned to the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to Boomer Bloodstock/Lindsey Smith for $180,000.
Millford’s Jarrod Byers thought he would make around $80,000 to $100,000 in the ring as he was a slow maturing horse.
“He had grown out really well at the farm and was always a nice type. It turned out though that both Craig (Rounsefell) and Robbie Laing were very interested in him, and he eventually sold for $180,000.”
“It was great for Gerard and Kathy…they breed from three or four mares every year and have been long-time clients.”
“There’s a lot of swings and roundabouts in this industry. They sold a Written Tycoon colt for just $5,000 at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale which was then pinhooked as a ready to run horse for $90,000 before going on to win over HK$5 million in Hong Kong as New Asia Sunrise.”
“So, it’s great to see them get a result like they did in Melbourne and also for Craig, Lindsey and the entire Scales of Justice team.”
Scales of Justice’s dam, Beymatilla, failed to meet her reserve of $400 when consigned to the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock and Weanling Sale, only months after her colt went through the Oaklands Junction ring.
The Hammonds then gave the mare to Millford Thoroughbreds which put the mare in foal to Magnus, but sadly she passed away around three months short of foaling.
Trainer Lindsey Smith will step up Scales Of Justice to 2000 metres in the Strickland Stakes in a fortnight, and if he wins, he is expected to target this year’s Cox Plate and take on Winx.
Back in Victoria, Catch That Cat, bred and raced by Valda Klaric & Ivan Cajkusic in the filly’s early days, was the second Milford raised city winner on Saturday.
Millford’s Jarrod Byers was in the ownership himself, and recalls that even though she has had some setbacks, her race results show that she is a genuine, tough mare.
Trained by Gwenda Johnstone, the seven-year-old mare has proven herself to be a quality galloper with a treble of Moonee Valley wins during her career.
“I was involved when she raced in town, and although I gave up my ownership when she looked to train off, a number of the guys stayed in along with the trainer. It’s great to see her get another Valley win and everyone has done a very good job to get her where she is,” Byer said.
By Tale Of The Cat, her dam by Octagonal, Apollonian has produced four winners from six foals, and her grand-dam hails from the family of black type producers, Force Apollo, Speedy Leo, Graceful Anna and Prince Rubiton.
Offered for sale at the Inglis Great Southern Sale on Tuesday as Lot 611, Catch That Cat will now have the opportunity to pass on her toughness and tenacity to her progeny.