Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell and Jamie Lovett like Victorian bred Princess Posh so much they have set about reviving the breeding career of her dam, The Baroness after the mare gained significant black type when placing in the Group 3 Tibbie Stakes at Newcastle last month.
And with another black type result only narrowly missed over the weekend when she ran a gallant 5th in the Group 3 Harrolds Angst Stakes, The Baroness has visited their own sire Woodside Park Stud’s, Tosen Stardom.
“The Baroness is already in foal to Tosen Stardom, the son of Deep Impact who won the Group 1 Toorak and the Group 1 Emirates last spring for Australian Bloodstock. Deep Impact is such a phenomenal sire. He’s got more stakes winners than Snitzel and Tosen Stardom, was the dearest ever Deep Impact when he was bought, so if he can throw himself, we’ll be cheering,” Murrell said.
Princess Posh was just a $25,000 buy for Australian Bloodstock at the 2015 Melbourne Premier Sale and has since won seven races and over $400,000 for her syndicate of owners.
“We paid nothing for her really and she’s been a great one, and all the owners just love her. She’s one of those consistent horses who have a dig,” said Murrell.
“Before she won the Tibbie, she was already a beauty, having won $300,000. She’s been really well placed by Kris (Lees). We thought she’d come to the end of her preparation three runs ago, but she’s a tough bugger and keeps having a go.”
Murrell and Lovett bought her dam, The Baroness a couple of years ago.
“She was a good one to spec with. We are not massive breeders, but because we thought Posh always had some type of ability, we thought we’d buy her,” he said.
The Baroness, who is by Viscount, has had five foals, including Princess Posh and a very promising colt in New Zealand called Oh Romeo, but her breeding career was put on hold for four years by previous owners Kate and Nick Taylor at Twin Creeks Thoroughbreds when they opted to move away from breeding.
“Nothing against the mare, but my husband and I stopped breeding. We just put all the mares on hold for a couple of years,” Kate Taylor said.
The Taylors have had considerable success as breeders in the past and they bred the current favourite for the Kosciuszko, Care To Think and up until that point Twin Creeks prepared their own yearlings for sale, including Princess Posh, but Taylor admitted that the competition got too much.
“It was difficult to get the return from the yearling sales we were hoping for. The agistment side is much more relaxing. We only breed maybe one mare a year now,” Taylor said.
Taylor said the decision to sell The Baroness was difficult, but one they needed to make.
“She was a very sweet, pretty, black mare, and it was sad to see her go, but it’s business.”
Princess Posh’s older brother, Mega Heart (Foreplay) won his first two races in New Zealand, before heading over to Hong Kong where he remains in training for Michael Chang, while The Baroness’ Foxwedge filly is already showing plenty of positive signs.
“The Foxwedge filly will go through the ring. They are saying she’s the best foal on the farm. Hopefully she’ll make a few bob and whatever Posh can do can only help that,” Murrell said.
With Princess Posh now racing competitively in the best of company, no doubt trainer Lees will be eyeing off the lucrative spring races, with a trip to Melbourne on the horizon.
Excerpts from an article by Bren O’Brien for www.tdnausnz.com.au