Story courtesy of ANZ Bloodstock News

Victorian studs, Rosemont and Woodside Park, were major players at this year’s European broodmare sales and none more so than in the Arqana auction ring at Deauville, France.

It finishes a heady year of major broodmare investment by Victorian farms. International newcomers to the southern state and established farms alike have both been dominant at sales in both hemispheres in selecting and buying broodmares of the highest quality.

Rosemont purchased four lots in Deauville, adding to their recent purchases at the Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale and the Tattersalls Mare Sale.

“We love the Arqana sale,” Anthony Mithen told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“It’s probably my favourite breeding stock sale of the year given the quality of horses, quality of hospitality and quality of wine. It’s got the lot.

“Unfortunately I couldn’t go myself this year, but great mates of ours and clients Ed and Libby McKeon (Palya Bloodstock) were able to go up and get the job done and what a job Ed did for us.

“He was a bloodstock agent back in the 70s and 80s who actually bought Manikato as a yearling and he’s loved getting back amongst it.

“To be able to tap into some great families again and buy half-sisters to Group One horses and champions was amazing buying.”

The most expensive of Rosemont Stud’s four purchases was Lot 196, who they purchased for €130,000.

Sold in foal to Darley shuttler Teofilo (Galileo), the mare Clarify (Zamindar) is out of the Group One-placed mare Bright And Clear (Danehill) making her a half-sister to the now Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained Group Two winner Exospheric (Beat Hollow). A five-year-old, Clarify was unraced and has a foal by Camelot (Montjeu).

“We are delighted with the range of mares we’ve picked up and look forward to the process of foaling them down in Europe and then getting the mares back to the Southern Hemisphere to be covered by the stallions at the farm and also those we have shares in,” Mithen said.

“It will be a really exciting next 24 months.”

The Woodside Park team have returned to Deauville this year and purchased four lots through Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock. They will all be brought back to Australia.

Woodside Park purchased at the sale three years ago and have been pleased with the first foals bred out of those mares.

“We bought a few mares here going back three years ago now and the first foals out of those mares are now yearlings and they are selling at the Gold Coast and the other yearling sales in 2017 and they are some of our best yearlings,” Woodside Park’s Matt Tillett told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“The mares that we bought back then have really improved since getting home and thrown some really nice yearlings so we knew the types that we were looking for here.”

Tillett said that the neater horses which are available to buy here are suited to their resident sires.

“The horses here are often a bit leaner and neater than the horses back in Australia and we are lucky that we have a couple of big strong stallions. We know that we can buy a smaller filly, with a bit of black type from an amazing European family over here and then cover them to hopefully produce a big strong yearling back home,” continued Tillett.

“Hopefully our first project will be a success when we sell the first yearlings next year.”

Three years ago the operation purchased Listed winner Snow Bell (Kendargent) for €65,000. The mare’s first foal, a colt by Zoustar (Northern Meteor) is catalogued as Lot 467 at next month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

This year at Arqana they bought another filly, Kutina (Kendargent) for €100,000. Catalogued as Lot 105 from the draft of Wertheimer & Frere, the three-year-old has won once and is out of the Listed winner Soldera (Polish Numbers) while her third dam is Fanfreluche (Northern Dancer).

“The Kendargent filly we bought off the Wertheimers, who arguably have some of the best pedigrees in the world. We just wanted to buy into one of their families.

“We wanted to get another mare by the stallion and she was the pick of them for us at the sale. She’s from the great Fanfreluche family, which we know so well in Australia and we were just delighted to buy her.”

“We (also) bought two mares off the Aga Khan…He has arguably the best broodmare band in the world and to buy two mares from his families that have been built up over generations is fantastic and we’re looking forward to having those mares on our farm.

“Damon Gabbedy always does a great job of looking after all of the Aussies who get to the Arqana sales.

“The town of Deauville is magnificent and the Arqana sales are so much fun.

“I encourage all breeders who are looking to diversify their broodmare portfolio at a relatively affordable level to contact Damon at Belmont Bloodstock.”  (Damon is a TBV member and can contacted on: damon@belmontbloodstock.com or 0408 007 786)

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