Studmaster Mike Becker of Stockwell Thoroughbreds is ready to introduce another top value stallion to Victorian owner breeders, as the beautifully bred Mulaazem (Dubai Destination) returns home.
Mulaazem was bred and raced by Emirates Park who stood him in his first season at Diggers Rest before heading to the Hunter Valley last year.
However with recent industry developments and management changes, the opportunity for Becker to put his hand up was too tempting, and thus arranged to bring Mulaazem back to the Victorian breeding industry.
Although he didn’t cover big numbers of mares, Becker always liked Mulaazem, being a magnificent looking horse and seeing the quality of the stock he was leaving.
“Although I thought they would be early goers and were very well developed, thankfully the trainers have been patient and given them the time to develop mentally, to perform their best as three year olds. He is going to come up with some very nice horses, sooner rather than later,” Becker said.
“He will be a good value option for people wanting to breed a nice horse for not a lot of money, because of the quality types he is leaving. At the Adelaide yearling sales this year, his yearlings were purchased for $75,000 and $42,500.”
“Mulaazem physically is twice the individual that Sepoy (his half brother) is, he is bigger, stronger and better boned.
“He has in his favour that there is not an impossible level of expectation on his progeny, so he will have the opportunity to be given a fair chance by the breeding community.”
“Emirates have invested in him very strongly with quality mares in his previous seasons, as have we. We currently have nine weanlings, because we loved what we saw, and we were happy to punt with some of our better mares. Time will be our judge.”
Becker has always been a staunch supporter of breed to own clients and has consistently offered quality stallions at an affordable price.
“We want to look after the owner breeders, they are the glue that holds the industry together and that’s been the basis of their business for the last 20 years, so we couldn’t be happier to get this horse back here.”
Mulaazem displayed immense promise during his seven-race career, winning in metropolitan Melbourne by 10 lengths as a 2-year-old before training on for a Group 2 victory in the MRC Autumn Stakes during his autumn 3-year-old campaign.
His trainer Peter Moody spoke in glowing terms in reference to Mulaazem, “he’s a high-quality colt, a half-brother to a champion and he’s now a Group 2 winner with a hell of a pedigree, so there’s certainly a good future ahead of him.”
Mulaazem is from the Danehill mare Watchful, also the dam of Sepoy who won both the Group 1MRC Blue Diamond and Group 1 ATC Golden Slipper.
Standing alongside Mulaazem is Rock Sturdy (Fastnet Rock), a beautiful, true gentleman of a horse ready to make have a big second season at stud.
“He is beautiful looking horse and I think for the owner-breeders market he is just a dream to look at. He had a lot of ability, he has got stallion strength in his pedigree, and given half a chance he will certainly get his winners.”
The former Stockwell Stud, re-established by Becker, a life member of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and former President, along with his son Brodie, of Independent Stallions secured a long-term lease arrangement with Emirates Park on the historic property at Diggers Rest.
“We have 800 acres and can offer professional walk out services with our experienced senior veterinarian Ian Douglas and central location to the Geelong, Euroa, Nagambie and Macedon Ranges studs. We have terrific facilities for foaling, sales preparation, and large paddocks for good development of young horses,” Becker said.
Stockwell Thoroughbreds will stand Mulaazem for $4,400 (GST inc) and Rock Sturdy for $7,700 (GST inc) at Diggers Rest this season.
For more information & enquiries, broodmare owners should contact Mike Becker on 0412 538 155 or Brodie Becker on 0437 788 434.