Musk Creek Farm at Flinders are offering two sought after yearlings at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale which are by stallions that have sadly died during the past two years – Sebring in 2019 and Hinchinbrook in 2018.
The farm’s stud manager, Scott Williamson, said he is happy to have four yearlings in the first session of the lucrative sale, plus another three in the second session.
“We have a really good Hinchinbrook colt which is obviously from the last crop of the Hinchinbrook’s,” he said.
“And we have a really nice Exceed and Excel filly. It’s good timing with Exceed and Excel doing so well and she is the first foal of a Lonhro daughter (Deipara) of Divine Madonna.”
Divine Madonna, by Hurricane Sky, was a multiple Group 1 winning mare trained by Mark Kavanagh at Flemington.
Williamson said the stud is pleased with the quality of their small draft which includes a Shalaa (IRE) colt.
“I think Shalaa is going to be a very popular first season sire and we have been really impressed with the stock by him,” he said.
“And we have a Sebring filly, and again it’s a stallion we have lost, so it’s the last full crop of his yearlings at the sales this year.
“We have got a good group in the first session and in the second session we have a really nice Star Witness colt that just looks like a racehorse and he is a really impressive type.
“We have got a Street Boss three quarter in blood brother to Petits Filous.”
Petits Filous raced 10 times for five wins, including victory in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes.
Williams said a Smart Missile filly being offered in the second session is out of seven-time wining mare, Leaps and Bounds.
“So we have got a nice draft with something for everyone really,” he said.
“We have some well-bred fillies that could be future broodmare types. Even the Hinchinbrook colt, he looks like a stallion now and he could be a stallion prospect for the future sort of thing.
“Street Boss looks like he is going to have a good year. This two year-old and yearling crop now are the ones that have come off the back of the likes of Petits Filous, The Quarterback and horses like that.
“And there has already been a stakes winning two year-old late last year for the Freedman’s and Godolphin with Hanseatic.”
The vibe coming from people who Williamson has spoken to about Street Boss is that they have some extremely good progeny from the stallion.
Musk Creek Farm sold the Street Boss/Warrington filly at last year’s Magic Millions which was named Aeecee Power and trained by Chris Waller at Rosehill.
The two year-old made her debut at Randwick on December 21.
Williamson said the farm is happy with the draft which he describes as strong.
“We are going up there hopeful of a strong sale, but you never know what the market is going to do but we are happy with the horses that we have got anyway,” he said.
“You go to this sale and you get first bite of the cherry and everyone has got full pockets at this time of the year, so you’d like to think if any sale is going to be strong, it’s usually this one.
“It’s a very good sale and Magic’s do a great job.”
Williamson said Musk Creek Farm had made a real effort over the past couple of years to improve its broodmare band and had put a lot into finding the right mares and doing the right matings.
“So this is sort of the first crop coming through now of yearlings where we are seeing the fruition of the effort we have been putting into these horses to produce a quality product,” he said.
“We are not a big farm and we can’t do the numbers game and we don’t want to do the numbers game. We just want to take a nice select draft which is what we are doing.’’
Williamson said Musk Creek had about 18 mares and would possibly buy a couple more during the year.
“We won’t get big,” he said.
“We only have 140 acres and we don’t want to over populate the farm and we want to make sure the horses are doing as well as they can on the property.”
He said most of the mares on the property are owned by the stud’s owner, David Kobritz.
As well as the Gold Coast draft, Musk Creek Farm will be also offering six yearlings at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne.
“We have got a nice draft and have a three quarter brother in blood to Miami Bound, so he’ll be our real standout in the draft and we have a lovely Shalaa colt, a Sebring colt and a More Than Ready filly and a really good Star Witness filly and first foal of an Encosta half-sister to Rock Kingdom.
“And we have we sort of held back with the Dissident filly and will take her to a slightly later sale just to give the three year-olds a bit of time to come out and do something.”
On the Magic Millions draft, Williamson said if he had to be pushed to select their top colt and filly, he’d nominate the Hinchinbrook colt and the Exceed and Excel filly.
“They are quality animals,” he said.
MUSK CREEK FARM DRAFT
Lot 148 – Black or brown filly: Sebring/Brandish
Lot 231 – Bay filly: Exceed and Excel/Deipara
Lot 396 – Bay colt: Hinchinbrook/If I Can I Can (NZ)
Lot 437 – Bay colt: Shalaa (IRE)/Keep de Rose (NZ)
Lot 903 – Bay colt: Star Witness/Hemispheres
Lot 920- Bay filly: Smart Missile/Leaps and Bounds
Lot 939 – Chestnut colt: Street Boss (USA)/Mumtaazah