What a result it was for Yarran Thoroughbreds on the Gold Coast selling the mare Heatherly on behalf of Barrie and Midge Griffiths for $1.6 million!
The Group 2 wining mare, in foal to Written Tycoon, attracted the fifth highest price at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale selling to New Zealand’s Sir Owen Glenn.
Yarran’s Rachel Doherty said it was an honour to take the Group 2 winner to such a prestigious sale on behalf of owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths.
‘‘We knew she would be one of the sale’s banner lots, and she deserved the seven-figures. He temperament was unbelievable and she walked around the complex like she owned it. You just couldn’t fault her, and everyone loved her but unfortunately she was out of a lot of peoples price range,” Rachel said.
But celebrations for Rachel and husband John, manager at Yarran, had to be tempered with preparations for next week’s Inglis Great Southern Sale well underway back home at the Northwood farm.
They have a draft of thirteen horses for the sale which includes six quality weanlings bred by Yarran as well as clients (and seven mares).
“We have a lovely Sepoy colt (lot 33) out of a Pentire mare which is a nice connection with Sepoy being born and reared next door to Yarran at Darley, and returning to stud there this season,” Rachel said.
“Another stand out is a lovely Nostradamus filly…she will be well recognised amongst breeders having been a winner of the 2017 TBV Instagram foal photo competition (pictured).
“As well (in the draft) is a nice big strong War filly, who is the fourth foal out of a Shamardal mare that has already produced two winners on the track, including a talented two-year-old by Reward For Effort.”
Yarran Thoroughbreds, a 600-acre property on the banks of the Goulburn River fronting the famed Northwood Road, is owned by Griffiths’ son-in-law Andy Hine. Hine is looking to increase the farm’s profile on the breeding and sales scene.
‘‘Andy wants to grow and expand the business and bring Yarran to an elite level, and we have purchased the property next door to increased our land holding to around 1000 acres moving forward,” Rachel Doherty said.
“This will allow us to expand our resident broodmare band to around forty mares and commercially target the sales on the Gold Coast and Easter in the future. With Sheamus Mills as bloodstock advisor, we are focusing on high-quality pedigrees.
“While Andy is concentrating on selling his bloodstock through the sales, his passion is also growing to race, so there may be a select few yearlings retained to make an impression for Yarran on the track as well.”