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Stockwell’s Victorian legacy continues at Premier

George Smith & Mike Becker at Stockwell Thoroughbreds

Diggers Rest’s Stockwell Thoroughbreds is excited to offer a large draft of 14 yearlings at the Inglis Premier sale that represents a diverse selection of stallions and bloodlines from a group of loyal clients and long-term supporters.

“It is wonderful to see yearlings being sold under the Stockwell banner again and to add another chapter to Stockwell’s proud Victorian thoroughbred history.” Stockwell’s Mike Becker said.

“With foals having been our cornerstone for years, having sold the majority of their homebreds as weanlings, it is great to present a quality team of yearlings through the ring.”

“As long as you present well-bred horses, supported by clean x-rays and scopes, that are in good order and can walk out and present themselves, you are in the game with a chance,” Becker said.

Stockwell have five yearlings catalogued in Book 1 and nine in Book 2, with three yearlings by their proven resident stallion, Artie Schiller, represented by two colts on behalf of Emirates, and a filly bred by Australian Bloodstock.

“We are hopeful that the two colts and the filly we are offering will get due respect from the buying bench at the sale, as they are all nice strong types, typical of their sire.”

“We have taken quite a liking to the filly and progressed very well throughout the preparation. She does everything right but is quick to give you a nip if you’re a bit slow with her feed. She is just like her dad, and she can give you a bit of attitude when she wants to,” Becker said.

“All three should get a fair hearing, and while buyers will make their own assessments, I am confident that they will all sell well in the ring.”

Off the back of the success of Flying Artie, Artie Schiller was very well supported with some strong female pedigrees in the breeding barn to produce his 2019 yearling crop.

That has been reflected in the strong sale results this year, both on the Coast and in Sydney at the recent Inglis Classic sale, averaging over $70,000 off a modest service fee, while Gai Waterhouse bought the colt out of Silent Cash for $250,000 at last year’s Magic Millions.

“He is always up there in sires average, and that reflects two things, one, that he leaves a good type and secondly, that trainers are very happy to take a punt on a nice-looking Artie Schiller. They don’t sneeze at looking at an Artie,” Becker said.

“We are fortunate the market has held up so well, as some buyers can often get blindsided by the new stallions. But you have to realise that good bloodstock agents are clever and diligent in their assessments – they take the time to look at every horse. That is why they never miss the good types, from a proven sire like Artie.”

Another yearling that Becker would like to highlight out of the draft is the Rubick colt out of Scarlet Magnolia bred by long-term client Susan Zeitz.

“I have been greatly impressed by how this colt has improved in leaps and bounds throughout the preparation. He has thrived, he stands over a good amount of ground, walks out well and will be there to be sold.”

“For a colt that came to hand late in the prep, he will continue to develop going forward and become a very smart looking colt. He has a lot going for him; Rubick has had a great start at stud, he is from the exceptional family of Black Caviar, and his Magnus dam showed tremendous speed. I hope buyers look at him through fair eyes.”

Additionally, Becker is pleased with the two Reward For Effort yearlings who have travelled down from Queensland breeders.

“They have arrived in excellent order and not missed a beat. Both are strong, early types, very forward in their preparation and with chilled out temperaments, and they have settled in beautifully.”

With an active band of 20 mares under the Stockwell name, Becker is looking forward to foaling down a mix of foals next season.

“We bought a couple of well-bred mares in foal this year and with Artie still performing and the Rock Sturdy progeny impressive on the ground, we may look at few more yearlings heading to the sales in the future.”

“Rock Sturdy gets a brilliant type, just outstanding foals. With the success of Fastnet Rock as the sire of sires, we are growing bullish about this horse. He has the race record, and the pedigree, so coupled with the types he is leaving, we would be thinking he is a real smoky, just waiting for someone to ignite.”

“We hope that a few good trainers take notice and take a punt on them. We need to get them out there and into good stables. We saw that with Artie, as they were placed with top trainers, as he was rewarded with instant success – and away, he went.”

Stockwell Thoroughbreds will be ready to parade their Premier draft at Oaklands morning of Wednesday the 27th February. For more information, please call Mike Becker on 0412 538 155 or Brodie Becker on 0437 788 434.

Stockwell sire Artie Schiller

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