Excerpts courtesy of Inglis
The north-west quarter of Victoria was a big winner at Flemington last Saturday with Perpetual Crisis scoring in the richest race of the day, the $250,000 Inglis Dash.
The three-year-old was bred by Warracknabeal’s Ray Campling and Helen Brindle and raised by the McKnight family at their Oakford Thoroughbred Farm near Maldon. He is a son of Stryker, based at Three Bridges in Eddington not far from Oakford.
Brian McKnight tells the galloper’s story which almost didn’t make it past day one of his life.
“It’s a phenomenal story of this horse. He was born four to five weeks prem, he came out a July foal, and he was very, very lucky to survive those first couple of weeks,’’ McKnight says.
“Somehow, he got through it and survived, he fought all the way when some of us thought he might not make it, but he did, just exactly like he did in that race today, he fought ’til the end when plenty thought he was going to get run down.
“We raised him and looked after him on the farm until the yearling sale and after surviving that big scare at the start of his life, he really did become the King of the Kids on the farm.
And then there’s the story of Perpetual Crisis’ mother, Leica Gossip.
Ray Campling says he and Helen bought her in New Zealand as a yearling to race but an early vet check put paid to that racing career. The filly was found to be blind in one eye and so was unable to take to the track.
The unfortunate discovery however did allow them to add her to their small broodmare band on their twenty acre property just outside of Warracknabeal.
As a three-year-old she foaled down at Bullarook Park Stud in Avenel and produced Perpetual Crisis, albeit in difficult circumstances as described above.
“The win at Flemington on Saturday was very special,” Ray said.
“It was a strange emotion. I didn’t know whether to cry or to punch the air with my fist!
“It was most definitely the best win we have had as breeders.
“Unfortunately, we don’t own him anymore, but we still have his two younger sibling colts.
Darren Weir paid just $20,000 for Perpetual Crisis at the 2015 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale and he (and other buyers) will get the chance to buy another Campling/Brindle/Oakford product at this year’s sale.
Ray and Helen will be offering three yearlings at the 2017 VOBIS Gold Sale through Oakford including Leica Gossip’s Lucas Cranach colt.
Leica Gossip had a Skilled colt last year and is now in foal to Swettenham based sire Toronado.