Above: Lot 39 Footprint x Lonhro filly (image: Bronwen Healy)

Musk Creek Farm, a boutique farm operation on the Mornington Peninsula will be taking a small draft of four to Melbourne Premier. ‘We are a boutique farm who mainly focus on quality and making sure we can produce what the market wants. I am confident going to the sale that we have four very nice horses that will be well received.’ Remarked Scott from Musk Creek Farm.   

This year Musk Creek Farm has a strong focus on the quality of broodmares with all the dam’s having proven success on the track. ‘All the progeny of the dams in the draft that have reached the track have won, which as a statistic we are very proud ofIt should give the buyers a lot of encouragement knowing that these mares are producing on the track and I feel we have the right type for the sale.’  

The first lot that will be going through the ring for Musk Creek Farm is Lot 39, a daughter of Lonhro out of the Redoute’s Choice mare, Footprint. The dam is half-sister to Marching and Gait and is from the family of Trapeze Artist. She has two foals to race who are both middle distance winners. ‘She is a really striking Lonhro filly, with nice strength, amazing walk and a very relaxed nature. The mare also has a nice 2YO by Sebring with Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott who is yet to race but they have high expectations of the horse.’ This filly is from a great broodmare sire and will maintain residual value from a high quality family.   

A highlight of the draft is Lot 204, a colt by Zoustar out of Mumtaazah. The dam is a half-sister to the Stakes 2YO winner Petits Filous and with one foal to race, a gelding by Dissident is a three-time winner over 1050m. ‘This colt looks more of a Sunlight type of Zoustar, he is a more compact type with a lovely over-step and walk. We have been impressed with his attitude during the preparation and he has done all that we have asked of him.’ This colt ticks all the boxes for buyer that would be looking for the stallion types. As a third-generation double cross of Redoute’s Choice this colt has lot of appeal.  

‘We do all our matings at Musk Creek on type, obviously taking the pedigree into account. We try and match up a mare with a stallion and vice versa so that we are producing the right type. We are delighted with the cross of this Zoustar colt. 

Lot 292 is the next yearling for Musk Creek, a Churchill colt out of Rock Princess. The colt is a half-brother to Rock Tycoon (Written Tycoon), a six-time winner with prize money of $160,965. More recently the half-sister, Jessica Rae trained by Graeme Begg put in a dominant performance at Kyneton winning by over 5 lengths. ‘The colt is a lovely big athletic horse with great conformation. He is a really nice horse, is a good size and I certainly think he will catch buyers attention at the sale.’   

The final yearling in the draft is in session two at Melbourne Premier, Lot 768. A daughter of Magnus out of Bianslick. The mare has three foals to race who are all winners including the filly by Squamosa, Rays Dream who has won four times with $174,050 in prizemoney and the recent impressive 2 year old winner on debut La Rocque who is likely to be aimed at Stakes races in the near future. The filly is also from the same family as Cliff’s Edge. ‘Despite the filly being in session two, there is a lot of upside for someone to buy this filly.’  

Musk Creek’s draft have something for everyone at the sale, those looking for a stallion type and fillies with broodmare residual value. ‘What I like about our draft this year is not only the mares are doing a good job, but they are also lovely proven families with black type on all of them and I certainly think the product is there to match it.’  

Scott believes that the Victorian trainers will be largely focused on the Premier sale in order to benefit from the VOBIS scheme. ‘The Victorian trainers and owners target the horses that are nominated for VOBIS. It is a great incentive for people wanting to race horses in Victoria and for owners, breeders and trainers to pin point those horses at the sale.’   

Ahead of the sale and Scott has a lot of confidence following the strong results received from Magic Millions and Inglis Classic sales‘It’s amazing how buoyant the market appears to be, and everyone is expecting the market from Magic Millions and the Classic sale to continue. Year on year Melbourne Premier seems to be raising the bar and I certainly think that we will do as good if not better than last year. The industry is thriving with people wanting to get involved which is encouraging going forward for everyone.’