Peter Grundy, a forty year veteran of racing and breeding, has set up a new property in Victoria’s picturesque Yarra Valley and will move his stallion Widden Valley to the farm.
Having called Moorooklye Park home over the past three years, the former Chris Waller trained Widden Valley will be given every chance on his owner’s newly developed Little Yarra Lodge farm.
Widden Valley was destined to be a stallion prospect being a son of Anabaa (USA) out of the fantastic Group 1 winning mare Rose Archway (Archway). He was bought for $900,000 as a yearling at the Inglis Easter Sale.
Unfortunately due to an injury sustained during breaking in, Widden Valley only had five career starts with Chris Waller.
With two wins over 1350 metres, he set a new class record at Wyong by 1.5 seconds breaking a 20-year record. In his last start he ran a gallant third in the $750,00 Inglis 3YO Guineas at Scone in a top quality field.
“A horse with tremendous abilities that race goers never got to see the best of, he just had a great attitude but he couldn’t get over his injury as a youngster,” Waller said.
“This horse would have won Group races for sure – he had so much natural talent, and I had black type traces picked out but it just wasn’t to be.” Waller said.
Grundy said now was the time to stand Widden Valley at his own farm.
“As (Moorookyle’s) Nioka (Wozny) now has a few nice stallions, I thought it was time to get my own place and bring him home.
“He has had to keep moving during his stud career, which hasn’t helped him get consistent mare numbers, so he is now going to be based at Little Yarra Lodge with me for good.”
Grundy’s forty years experience in the industry has included eventing as a junior and working for a few trainers in the Western District. He gained his own trainers licence while in his twenties, but a move to Melbourne and a young family put the horses on the back burner.
“I really missed the horses, so I jumped right in and bought a stallion. Once horses are in your blood, it’s very hard to not have them in your life,” Grundy said.
Grundy was busy with a young family and other commitments during Widden Valley’s first few years at stud.
“I wasn’t able to purchase some nice mares and really give him the support I would have liked to. I am now setting up a nice little property in the Yarra Valley that is being fenced as we speak where the visiting mares and Widden Valley will reside,” he said.
“I have a larger property down the road of fifteen acres where the mares will stay in large paddocks once they have been confirmed positive and stay until they are ready to foal.”
Widden Valley has already received a handful of mares booked for the coming season, and Peter Grundy has seven mares of his own that will visit.
Graham Ward, the co-owner of the stallion’s dam Rose Archway, stays in touch with Grundy to maintain the connection with Widden Valley.
Rose Archway was a superb race mare winning the Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks among other Group races.
“Graham had a soft spot for Rosie (Rose Archway), so he got in contact with me and sent one of his good mares to Widden Valley. He got a nice colt called Chas Marlow that Tony Noonan trained and hopefully he may send another mare or two in the future,”
Widden Valley’s progeny statistics are nothing to be sneezed at. He has had 22 named foals for 20 to race resulting in six winners.
Among those winners is Eerised who ran fourth in the Group 3 Frank Packer at Randwick to Mongolian Wolf. There has also been recent Darwin winner He’s Our Woody, Alice Springs victor Cat’s Alley, Memory Park at Penola, two year old Hobart winner Uber Ed and NSW provincial winner Unique Command.
As a stallion Widden Valley has thrown exceptional types and he offers real value for the astute breeder for a service fee of $2200.00 Inc. GST. Contact Peter Grundy at Little Yarra Lodge on 0417 720 468 for more information.