Bucklee Farm’s Street Boss x Gwenneth Colt (lot 388).

Like so many of her counterparts, it is safe to say the last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for Bucklee Farm’s Leeanne Smith, but there are two things currently helping to keep the spirits lifted – a raft of recent racetrack success from horses bred from the farm, and the progress of their eight weanlings throughout their preparations for the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, which kicks off at Oaklands Junction on 4th July.

As with all their sale drafts, Bucklee Farm will again present buyers with a good range of horses to suit all requirements. Buyers in the market looking for a filly will find four, highlighted by their Foxwedge filly (Lot 376) and Highland Reel (Lot 89) fillies; whilst for those looking to get involved in the Victorian Owners & Breeders Incentive Scheme (VOBIS), all but 1 are by Victorian-based stallions.

The first weanling from the Bucklee Farm draft to go under the hammer will be Lot 59, a colt from the second crop of Spendthrift Australia’s Overshare (I Am Invincible). Balanced and athletic, the colt is the third foal from his dam Mighty Missmurphie (Wanted). An unraced dam, she is a half-sister to the Listed placed Tetsu Gama.

“He (Lot 59) is an intelligent horse,” said Leeanne. “He’s no hassle and will continue to grow into the nice colt he’s already showing signs of being.”

Lot 89 is a Highland Reel (IRE) filly. Her dam, Nicodora (Stratum), is a metropolitan winner from a lovely family, headed by her Group 1-winning half-brothers Nicconi and Niconero. This weanling is a correct filly with a good strong backend, and with her page, she will have good breeding prospects following her racing career.

The farm’s Gold Standard x Perfect Scout filly (Lot 116) is another from the second crop of a Spendthrift Australia sire. She is out of a Charge Forward mare who won five times, three of which were in succession. Elegant and balanced, Leeanne believes she will mature into a lovely filly.

“She (Lot 116) is quite intelligent,” said Leeanne. “She is strong and has a gorgeous nature.”

Rounding out Bucklee Farm’s Day One offerings is Lot 224, a colt by Group 1-winning sire Exosphere. Out of Uranie, a More Than Ready (USA) mare who was a Melbourne metropolitan winner, his fourth dam is also from a big family peppered with Black-type winners including Lucky Diva and Spirit Of Westbury. A correct colt with great legs, this weanling colt should mature into a well-balanced racehorse.

“He (Lot 224) has done a treat since coming into this Sale preparation,” said Leeanne. “He has appreciated it and is enthusiastic in his work.”

The first on offer on Day Two of the Sale and the first of two Foxwedge progeny in the Bucklee Farm draft is Lot 305,a scopey colt out of the international mare, Casigris (USA). The dam of 7 foals to race with 5 winners, she was bred and born in the USA and won twice as a 2YO in France and was Listed -placed. A great walking horse who covers good ground, the colt has a good depth of girth and a beautiful eye.

“He is very professional,” said Leeanne. “With a strong hindquarter and lovely shoulder, he also has a great attitude and is interested in learning all he can.”

The other Foxwedge weanling is Lot 376, a filly out of Girona (Giant’s Causeway {USA}). The dam has had 6 foals to race with 4 winners. Her second dam is Ruffles, an Australian Champion Older Female Sprinter, and there is a stack of black-type throughout her pedigree. This filly is an impressive and correct weanling who should attract a lot of attention from astute buyers.

Lot 388 is a neat, balanced, and compact colt by the popular Darley stallion, Street Boss (USA). Built for speed and with a good strong hindquarter, the colt is the first foal for his dam Gwenneth, who developed a solid following during her racing career. By consistent sire Reward For Effort, Gwenneth who raced at black-type level, won six times in her standout leopard-print colours for trainer Mitchell Beer.

Rounding out the Bucklee Farm draft at the Great Southern Weanling Sale is Lot 392, a Tosen Stardom (Jpn) x Held Together (NZ) filly. A very balanced filly, she will attract those buyers interested in the Deep Impact and Sunday Silence sire line.

“This filly can’t keep her head out of the feed bin,” laughed Leeanne. “She has a great nature and a lovely attitude, she is scopey with a great girth. Whilst her page may not jump out at you, she will grow into a nice horse and, like all the others in our draft, is well worth an inspection.”

To view the Bucklee Farm draft online, please click here.