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Springmount’s success with Victorian-bred sale topper

Springmount's Brazen Beau colt, Lot 452.

Romsey based Springmount Thoroughbreds proudly prepared to perfection the $560,000 Brazen Beau colt who topped the sale on day three of the 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Owned by Michael and Anna Flannery, they were over the moon to see that the demand for the progeny of Brazen Beau had not wavered and were happily overwhelmed by the figure the colt (lot 452) achieved.

“We put him on the market at $180,000, but when the opening bid was $300,000 from good judges Bill and James Mitchell, we were naturally delighted,” Flannery said.

With keen competition in play with at least three bidders at the end, including underbidder Henry Field of Newgate Farm and China Horse Club, the colt was knocked down to Hong Kong-based Orbis Bloodstock, to be prepared by young Queensland trainer Michael Costa.

Having sold the colt’s full sister at the 2018 Inglis Premier Sale for $150,000 to Grant Morgan of Ontrack Thoroughbreds, who subsequently purchased and raced Brazen Beau, it was an incredible result for the small but highly-regarded thoroughbred nursery.

“People would ask what I thought he would make, and I didn’t know. I could put a reserve on every one of the yearlings in the draft, but I couldn’t put a value on him. I knew he was special, but dared not to name a price,” Flannery said.

Orbis representative Paul King was thrilled to secure one of his top picks from the catalogue.

“The Brazen Beau has got a very good brain; he’s a nice and relaxed type of horse. I looked at him four or five times, and every time I looked at him, I liked him more.”

“We try and buy what we think is quality and hopefully Michael can pay us back when they hit the racetrack,” King said.

Darley’s Victoria-based second crop sire Brazen Beau stole the show and was responsible for five of the top ten lots during Premier, with an average of $285,294 from 17 yearlings sold.

Out of the O’Reilly mare Sistine Princess, from the black-type dominant female line of Umatune and Jestatune, the popular colt is closely related to the Group 3 winner Jukebox, and the Group 1 winner Itsahymn. Sistine Princess has a lovely Street Boss (Street Cry) filly foal at foot and is currently in foal to Written Tycoon (Iglesia).

“We bought Sistine Princess here at the Great Southern Sale due to her WA pedigree, and she is a very good mother. With the success we have had this year, she will definitely be back to visit Brazen Beau this season,” Flannery said

Growing up on a dairy farm in County Wicklow, the experienced horseman moved out to Australia in 1976 and spent his early days at Stockwell Thoroughbreds with Coolmore Ireland’s Crissy Grassick and Castlehyde Stud’s Tom Gaffney, before moving over the Nullarbor to work for Ernest Lee-Steere.  Returning from Western Australia with his wife Anna in 2015, they purchased the current Springmount Thoroughbreds in Romsey.

The hard-earned windfall will be sensibly spent upgrading Flannery’s personal band of broodmares and making some improvement to the property, although he assured everyone that he would fit in a well-deserved holiday, once weaning is over.

“We are so thankful for the result and want to thank all the great people we have working with us. It was a great team at the sales, and thank you to the loyal, long-term clients that have supported Springmount from the start.”

Springmount Thoroughbreds in Romsey, Victoria.

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