Above: Lot 217 – I Am Invincible (AUS) / Deipara (AUS)
Their yearling numbers might be small at only five, but Musk Creek Farm’s Scott Williamson says the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale draft certainly packs a punch.
And – like all breeders – Williamson says they, too, dream of the day when they will produce a sale topper.
Will it be coming this January, who knows? Williamson says they will certainly be trying.
All the yearlings in the sale are from mares Musk Creek Farm has purchased during the past couple of years.
“We have rejuvenated the bloodstock we have had on the farm by purchasing quality broodmares. We are having a real red-hot crack at focusing on quality stock, buying the right types of mares to produce the right quality types of foals and yearlings,” Williamson said.
“We are trying to get our name up there and trying to get that sale topper that everyone dreams of getting – to be mixing it with the big boys.
“So that’s the aim and I think we certainly have a strong draft going to the Gold Coast that although small in number we think packs a punch on type and pedigree.
“We are delighted and extremely happy with the horses we’ve got and the draft as a whole.”
The first of Musk Creek Farm’s yearlings to go under the hammer is lot 53, a bay or brown filly with a lot of class about her, from imported American mare, Apologynotaccepted.
Apologynotaccepted (Fusaichi Pegasus x Withmom’sapproval) was sold for $500,000 by Coolmore at last year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, carrying the Medaglia d’Oro filly.
“She was a Graded Stakes-placed mare and a multiple winner as well,” Williamson said.
“She is also a half to a Stakes winner in the States.
“It’s her first foal and the only Medaglia d’Oro in the Magic Millions Sale, so she has that rarity factor and is a very good first foal. She has good strength and she has loved the prep, is correct, is a good size for a first foal and looks a precocious, early type.
“We are very happy with her and it’s going to be interesting to see the response to her being the only Medaglia d’Oro in the sale.”
“She has since had a Written Tycoon colt and is in foal to Snitzel,” he said.
“We think a lot of the mare. This is a really good first foal and there is a lot of quality that we have to back up.”
Williamson said there was no doubt the Medaglia d’Oro filly was outstanding. Musk Creek Farm were proud to be offering such a rare commodity on the market.
“It gives us a big pull, along with some of our other horses, towards our draft,” Williamson said.
“For a small boutique farm like us it’s great to have such quality horses to offer and by an international stallion of his calibre. He has produced colts, fillies and he gets both. I think there will be plenty of interest in her and I wouldn’t be surprised if she is an early two-year-old type.
Lot 217 is an I Am Invincible filly out of Deipara.
“It is the second foal out of a Lonhro daughter of Divine Madonna,” Williamson said.
“This filly is quality. She is stunning, is a great size, has strength and is just a really, really attractive strong filly. She has got a lot of presence and a great temperament. I have got a lot of time for this filly. She has got a lot of class.
“And obviously the stallion doesn’t need any pump up. He gets Stakes winners most weekends and his fillies are absolutely airborne.
“The stallion is doing an amazing job and this filly is just a real quality filly and has nice residual value as well as she is out of a daughter of Divine Madonna who was an outstanding race mare.
“She has got a lot going for her and I think she will be very well received.”
Lot 477 is a Sebring filly out of Leny’s Here.
“She is from the last crop of Sebring,” Williamson said.
“Again, a second foal from a daughter of a champion mare, Devil Moon (King Cugat x Classy Babe) who was a Group 1 winner.
“This Sebring filly was the one coming into the prep that I may have had some reservations about, as I didn’t know whether she’d be quite strong enough and furnished enough in time for the January sale.
“But she soon eased my mind. She has just flourished during the prep and is a lovely good sized, athletic filly. She has got a lot of class to her and is probably more a classic sort of filly. She looks like she’d be a lovely backend two-year-old or three-year-old type.
“She has got great legs, lovely attitude and an outstanding walk on her.
“Sebring was such a big loss for the industry. He seems to be in the results column every time you look. He doesn’t miss too many days having winners, so it will be interesting to see how they receive his final crop, but I’d be confident in this filly. She is a very attractive filly too and will catch a lot of people’s attention when she is out of the box.”
Lot 635 is the first of the two colts offered by Musk Creek Farm. The colt is by Spirit of Boom out of Personalised.
“He is a first foal out of a four-time winning Snitzel half-sister to Personal, who has obviously given the page a bit of a boost. It is already an impressive page but Personal obviously ticked off the Group 1 (VRC Oaks).
“He is a very, very forward well grown first foal. He doesn’t look anything like a first foal and is a very mature colt who has a great temperament.
“He is a striking and very impressive individual. Very well put together, clean limbed and has a great walk. Just a really, really top colt.
“This is obviously the crop for Spirit Of Boom off the back of his first runners. He has now got the higher quality mares. So this will be interesting to see the response at the sales to the yearlings from the better quality mares, the Stakes winning mares and the better-bred mares.
“Certainly from our perspective we are thrilled with what we’ve got out of that family and he is a lovely colt and we take him there knowing he is obviously from a good family and is cracking type that should be well received.”
Musk Creek Farm’s final yearling is Lot 977 in Book 2.
The colt is by Fighting Sun, another stallion lost to the Victorian breeding industry when he died in June this year, out of Leaps And Bounds.
“He has had a leading two-year-old this year in Gulf Of Suez with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace,” Williamson said.
“He looks very promising and won his last start by about six lengths.
“Fighting Sun obviously ran as an early two-year-old himself and he can get you a two-year-old and he can get you a three-year-old. He is out of a South Australian Oaks winner, Irish Darling. But this lad is out of a seven-time winning mare, a speed mare.
“He looks like he’d go early and he loves to move and is very athletic and probably on type he’d be an absolute shoo-in for Book 1.
“He is a quality individual and he is probably going to stand out in Book 2 on looks and we are very confident he will be well received.”
With lot 390 (So You Think x Imperial Express) withdrawn, Williamson said he was confident that perspective buyers will like what they see with all five yearlings.
Williamson also said this year Musk Creek Farm had 22 of its mares in foal.
“The yearlings we have this year is our smallest crop as we sold 18 mares and we were sort of replenishing our stock. It took a couple of years to get our numbers up,” he said.
“This is our low year but having said that it probably isn’t a bad year to have a smaller crop with COVID-19. But with the quality we’ve got, we think that makes up for the numbers.”
Williamson said it was vital not to lose the quality when Musk Creek Farm produces bigger numbers over the next couple of years.
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