Bec hopes for more after Onemorenomore gives her first winner
If it wasn’t for his size and some colty behaviour, Seafield Road could easily have never seen a racetrack and instead followed the career he was originally bred for and that was to compete on the eventing circuit under the name of Winston.
The three year-old wasn’t bred for the track but as so often happens in all facets of life, things often don’t often end up as they were originally planned.
Bec Williamson and her husband Scott have worked on a variety of studs throughout Victoria and both are currently in managerial roles at Musk Creek Farm.
Bec’s role at Musk Creek includes heading the administration and marketing, plus she does night watch during foaling season.
But it was while Bec was working for Torryburn Stud and Scott was managing Twin Palms Stud that a mare by the name of Fault Zone (Mossman) was purchased by a neighbour at a Sydney Patinack dispersal sale.
The mare had a Murtajill filly at foot which was retained by the buyer, and Bec parted with just $500 to purchase the mare with the firm idea of breeding a warmblood for her eventing pursuits.
“I ended up breeding a warmblood out of her first up because I am into performance horses and Winston, which is my nickname for Seafield Road, has an older sister called Jewels that I am currently getting back into work who has been out competing in the eventing circuit,” Bec said.
“At the time I was working for Vinery and got a really good deal on Onemorenomore and was told I could keep the mare at Vinery provided she was to be used for breeding purposes. He was the only stallion I could afford on their roster so subsequently I picked him.”
“He was beautiful and like Red Ransom, just beautiful types.”
Seafield Road has now had six starts for Pakenham trainer Nick Harnett and has only been out of the money twice, with the gelding breaking his maiden status with a victory over 1300m at last week’s Sandown meeting.
The victory convinced Bec that she’d made the right decision to sell Seafield Road as a racehorse.
“I was going to keep him as a performance horse but he was just a bit too big and a bit too colty for me and I ended up selling him at the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale to Nick Harnett for $10,000,” Bec said.
“He was always a bit of a quirky horse that had a really good personality.
“I was thrilled that he went to a local trainer so I could keep an eye on what he was doing and they have been great and always let me know what he is doing, when he is running and how he is doing.”
Another stud, Yulong Park, has also played a major part in Seafield Road.
He was born at Yulong at Bayles when Scott and Bec managed the property and then went with the couple to Musk Creek where he quickly got into trouble, escaping from his paddock on just the second night at his new home.
With Seafield Road now a racehorse and sister, Jewels, an eventer, the question is what happened to their dam, Fault Zone.
“The dam is actually at Tyabb where she is enjoying retirement, but she will probably come out of retirement this current season and I will get her up to date on the Stud Book,’’ Bec said.
“At the moment she is free ranging with a herd of retired performance horses on a girlfriend’s property.”
Bec describes herself as a “notorious breeder’’ and admits falling in love with all of her horses and has trouble selling them and says that between her and Scott they have about 12 horses.
“And we have three more mares in foal,” she said.
“He said I could breed from Fault Zone again on the condition that I sell the resultant foal. So I think we will try to find something nice for her this year and I notice that Onemorenomore has departed to China so I obviously we won’t be going back to him.”
“I will try to find something in Victoria for her and try to get a nice sibling.”
Bec said she would be looking for a service fee under $10,000 and quite likes Sun Stud’s Fighting Sun and Squamosa.
“They have really got some good up and coming stallions on their roster,” she said.
“We will see if any new ones are coming up, but we’ll wait until the service fees come out before we figure out where she goes.”’
Bec didn’t hesitate buying Fault Zone that has had her own herd in the paddock at Tyabb for two years.
“When I saw her she was just a nice pretty type,” Bec said. “She is a flashy mare, a chestnut with a flaxen mane and tail, a nice blaze and a couple of socks.
“And the foal she had a foot was a really nice type so I thought it can only get better.”
The Murtajill filly unfortunately died in a paddock accident.
Bec concedes that her Winston has done well for what she describes as a ‘cheapie.’
“I was very fortunate to get a discount for the service fee for Winston,” she said.
“His sire is a good bread and butter stallion and he had a few nice ones which were racing around when I was at Vinery.
“He is the first ever racehorse that I have bred, the first horse that carries my brand and the first yearling I have sold myself at the sales.”
There are no shortages of horses in the Williamson household.
“I have a Nostradamus filly out of a Stratum mare, Stars Aflame that I am selling at the VOBIS Gold Sale under the Musk Creek draft. Winston and this filly Nellie are the only two thoroughbreds I have bred.
“I have a couple of other thoroughbred mares off the track and they are for either for riding or breeding performance horses.’
Stars Aflame is back in foal – to a warmblood called Splash Of Class.
Scott also bred and owns Listed winner Mockery which is trained at Mornington by John McArdle.
“We have got Mockery’s half-sister by Fighting Sun who we are going to retain to race and we have another horse in work with John McArdle called Squash and Scott still has Squash’s mum and a full sibling to Squash in the paddock,” Bec said.
“And we have another mare called Alexandra Demure and she is in foal to Bull Point, and Scott has a Reward For Effort colt (out of Via Sacra) that is going to the VOBIS Gold Sale.”
While Bec and Scott live at the Musk Creek Farm, they also have a 20 acre property at Catani, near Bayles.
We have no doubt that this is only the beginning of Bec’s success on the track and we can’t wait to see what the future holds.