Rushton Park’s David and Kayley Johnston were very happy vendors after Godolphin bought their sale-topping Fastnet Rock filly at this week’s Inglis Premier Sale.
The filly, out of Group 3 winner Lady Melksham (Artie Schiller) was bred by Ian and Vicki Bell through their Campolina operation based at Sutherlands Creek near Geelong.
Catalogued as Lot 470, Godolphin Australia went to $500,000 for the filly giving Rushton their highest ever yearling sale result.
“She was a beautiful filly. We sold her full sister last year and this filly had a little bit more scope, length and more leg so we thought that she would exceed last year’s mark. We were hoping for around $400,000, so to get $500,000 is a great result,” Kayley Johnson said.
“It was great to have Godolphin here bidding at Premier, as when we are selling horses of that quality, we need all the support we can get in the ring.”
“The Bells have been good clients for the last three years and we have built up a strong relationship.
“They have sent us some of their really good mares and we do some of their mare foaling down, as well as their yearling preparation. He has subsequently sold the mare, but they kept this filly as they held her in high regards.
“We were thrilled to get this filly from them and get such a good result.”
The filly was the second foal out of the Group 3 winning mare Lady Melksham (Artie Schiller), who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed gelding Poised To Win (More Than Ready).
The filly’s third dam is the 11-time winner Goblet (Loving Jim) whose biggest success was in the Group 2 SAJC Queen Of The South Stakes (1600m).
Godolphin outlasted underbidder Victorian trainer Brent Stanley to buy the filly and add to the diversification of their racing and breeding stock since re-entering the yearling market in 2018.
“One of the things we are trying to source this year is a bit of diversity in top-class racing prospects and hopefully be able to do it on the racetrack and, ultimately, join our broodmare program,” Godolphin racing and bloodstock manager Jason Walsh said.
“We thought she was a filly who was capable of doing both those things. We haven’t bought many (yearlings In Australia) for a long time but she looks to be a very sharp, strong filly with a great attitude and from a farm who has been a great supporter of ours.”