Euroa’s Mount Brown International has already established themselves as an astute judge in Australia when pin hooking and as their name suggests, this latest graduate is now spreading the message far and wide, all the way to Hong Kong.
A $32,000 Magic Millions Adelaide purchase from the draft of Lester O’Grady’s Mount Brown International, the promising three-year-old, Follow Me was successful at Sha Tin last Sunday for the John Size stable.
A lightly raced son of Lope de Vega (IRE), he had run second at two of his first three outings and was therefore sent out as the hot favourite, easily bolting clear to win over 1400 metres by three and a half lengths.
“It’s fantastic for the farm, as he was a decent winner and I’m sure he will be lined up for a nice race soon. He could be anything and I thought that when I prepped him,” O’Grady said.
“Follow Me as a yearling was a very placid colt with a kind eye. He was happy to do anything we asked. He never hesitated, loved his feed, ate up throughout the sales. He enjoyed doing something different every day.”
Having had to cope with the shift from the open paddocks of Victoria to the busy Hong Kong racing environment, O’Grady was confident that he had “the right level temperament to make it as a racehorse overseas”.
“There was nothing that could have hit him that he wouldn’t have handled. If he was any more relaxed and laid back, he would be horizontal.”
Follow Me was bought by Woodpark Stud and prepared for the Magic Millions 2YO’s in Training Sale last year but passed in shy of his solid $175,000 reserve.
“He had substantial reserve placed on him at the Magic Millions two-year-old sale, which indicates that they thought a lot of him. His breeze up was brilliant, clocking a swift 10.40 seconds, which made him one of the quickest. He was a smart horse, 100% sound and he ticked every box,” O’Grady said.
He was then put into work by Jean Dubois and after winning a trial in impressive fashion at Rosehill in February this year was sold to Hong Kong. By Lope De Vega, he is the second winner from unraced Starcraft mare Star over Kansas, who comes from a European family featuring noted Group 1 winning sires Warning, Rainbow Quest and Scenic.
“He was pin hooked by a great group of lads that approached me to prepare him as a yearling, I jumped at the chance, as I was a massive fan of the Irish stallion, Lope De Vega.”
“I had been keeping a close eye on him when he was at Patinack Farm, as I loved the Shamardal bloodline and I was following his progeny closely. I had had some success with the breed previously in the early days, buying a couple of weanlings for a good profit, and as was to be his last year of yearlings to sell by him, I was thrilled to offer one through the ring.”
Mount Brown is now home to Hinchinbrook’s young sire son, Diamond Tathagata who stood his first season.
“He was great to handle and covered a good book of 30 mares that were well supported by locals that are looking to breed to race and Victorian country trainers, like Jane Duncan from Swan Hill. He also received mares from his owner, Patrick Lee, and we backed him with our own private broodmare band,” O’Grady said.
Mount Brown International is now turning their attention to the yearling sales, busy getting horses ready to head to Inglis Melbourne Premier, Magic Millions Adelaide and the Inglis Gold Sale.