For a colt that was impossible to place in a Melbourne sale, last Saturday’s $1m The Showdown winner Kings Consort is now a much-loved two-year-old that would now take a lot of money to buy.
Astute trainer Anthony Freedman parted with just $32,000 for the then colt at last year’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.
The gelding banked $550,000 in The Showdown victory at Caulfield, plus a VOBIS Gold nominator’s bonus of $7000 and a $23,000 owner’s bonus.
He was bred by Sarah Beaumont, whose family operates and owns Leneva Park at Longwood East, and her partner Joel Walton.
Beaumont reveals that she paid $1000 for King Consorts’ dam Peckish (Snitzel x Kvante) after the mare had already produced two fillies, She’sinthelimelite (Kuroshio) and Indiana Rose (Omaru Force).
The first foal managed a second from 10 starts, while Indiana Rose, which Beaumont and Walton raced in partnership, was destined for better things but broke down at just her second start after winning on debut at Albury over 1175m.
After buying Peckish, Beaumont and Walton bred three foals from the mare – Siasha Jewel (Reward For Effort), Kings Consort (IIovethiscity) and a filly by Puissance De Lune.
“Tim Brown (bloodstock consultant) said we should send the mare to IIovethiscity when he was inspecting some of our yearlings,” Beaumont, who is Leneva Park’s operation manager said.
“I didn’t know who IIovethiscity was, but I sent the mare to him and got this one.
“It was actually funny because no one wanted to accept the horse into a sale.
“But Tim told us he could get him into Adelaide, and that’s as far as he could get him, so that’s where went and everyone was saying you’d be lucky to get ten grand for the horse – but we got $32,000 which we were pretty happy with.
“If we didn’t get ten grand, we were going to keep him and race him ourselves as we thought he was a good little type.”
Kings Consort as a foal (Image: Supplied)
Beaumont said that as well as breeding the colt, they foaled him down and prepared him for sale at Leneva Park.
She said it was good when a “nice little cheapie” gets up to win a big race.
After an inspection of her mares last year, she was told to get rid of Peckish because they wouldn’t get the colt to a sale.
“So we got rid of the mare,” Beaumont laughed.
“It’s really good timing. We sold him to a guy at Wangaratta.
“We sold her as a package with a Puissance De Lune foal at foot. I think we got $15,000 for the two and the foal was quite a nice filly.’
The Puissance De Lune filly was passed in at last week’s Inglis Gold Yearling Sale on a $20,000 reserve.
Beaumont doesn’t sugarcoat her description of Peckish.
“She was an absolute bitch of a mare, and everything out of her has been really hard work,” she said.
“They have all been fillies bar him (Kings Consort). Indiana Rose showed a lot of potential but bowed a tendon, and she was very hard work and similar to Kings Consort, a chestnut with exactly the same face markings and exactly the same body shape and everything.
“We sold her online, and when she arrived at the new buyer’s place and got colic and passed away two days later.”
Beaumont said the experts told her to get rid of about five or six of her own broodmares – even if she had to give them away – last year because they weren’t worth anything.
She said while it was all about being commercial, there wasn’t one horse in The Showdown that made over six figures at the sales.
“With Kings Consort, he always had to be the ring leader in the paddock,” Beaumont said.
“I breed show ponies, and they all lived in the same paddock, all the mares and foals, and he always had to be the first to the gate, the first one to be fed, and he was a real dominate little colt, and I think sometimes that shows that they are a tough horse.
“Even when we prepped him as a yearling, he was always forward going.”
Beaumont admitted that she stopped breeding from her personal band of around eight broodmares after she was told they weren’t good enough.
“So we got rid of them,” she said.
“Leneva has got a good little set of broodmares now for the family and business.
“They are mares that we want to breed on with our stallions (Fierce Impact and Royal Meeting) and put them through the yearling sales and things like that.
“We had to upgrade, and it’s very expensive to buy well-bred broodmares just to meet the commercial market, and it’s disappointing in a way that an agent can’t look at a horse and say, gee, that’s a nice type and be able to put it in a nice sale.
Since being sold Peckish has been served by Inference (So You Think x Pontiana).
Leneva Park’s general manager Mick Sharkie confirmed what Beaumont said about Peckish’s temperament.
“I was genuinely scared of her because she’d line you up when you went across the paddock and just charge at you like a bull,” Sharkie said.
“She had no pedigree and nothing to recommend her at all, really, on type or page, but Joel and Sarah were just messing around and wanting something to breed and see if they could get to the races and then eventually decided to sell him, and it was probably the best option.
“He might have had a small OCD in a hock, and that probably turned off the ready to run trade people because he was perfectly built for that job.
“But it just meant that he became a trainer’s horse which is great.”
Sharkie said while there had been some talk about Hong Kong showing interest, the OCD issue might be a problem, and those at Leneva Park would like to see him continue to race in Victorian to collect VOBIS money for Beaumont and Walton.
“VOBIS is the best scheme in the world,” he said.
“It’s great for them as the breeders to get benefits.”
Sharkie said that after Peckish’s Puissance De Lune filly was passed in last week, he’d like to think that someone has since purchased it following King Consort’s win.
“She (Peckish) is probably a $1000 mare, and she would be worth more after that result, but I wouldn’t have thought it’s astronomical numbers,” he said.
“It doesn’t really improve lack of depth on her page, but it’s one of those lovely stories that give an owner-breeder a chance.”
Kings Consort as yearling (Magic Millions)
Sharkie said that Anthony Freedman’s record of buying good horses for not a lot of money shows that he has got a very good eye, particularly for a young horse.
He said as a selector of two-year-old types, there were not many in Victoria as good as Freedman, but he goes under the radar.
While the timing mightn’t have been great for Peckish’s new owner Greg Adamo to offer the Puissance De Lune filly for sale, it might have been a week too early for Noor Elaine Farm to offer eight yearlings by IIovethiscity also at last week’s Gold Sale.
The top price they got was $45,000 for an IIovethiscity colt out of Rock of Ages. Another sold for $22,000.The next best was $5000, one for $3000 and two for $2000 and another for $1500.
Another, offered by Hollylodge Thoroughbreds, was knocked down for $8000.
Noor Elaine Farm’s stud manager Tim Jackson said it was good for IIovethiscity to have two runners in The Showdown. Capital Express (Roman Belle) finished seventh in the 14-horse field.
Noor Elaine Farm also had a homebred, Hollerlujah (Holler x Littlemiss Sandown), which finished eighth in the race.
Jackson said that with five Stakes winners and good demand for Ilovethiscity’s progeny in Hong Kong, it was disappointing with the results at last week’s Gold sale.
“He has had a couple of two-year-old winners in the past two or three weeks, and Annabel Neasham has got a pretty handy one, Diamond City,” he said.
“We were selling horses for $2000 and $3000 last Thursday by the stallion.”
Jackson said the El-Fakhri family, owners of Noor Elaine Farm, were genuine sellers and breeders who took the knocks and rode the rollercoaster.
“Hopefully, at the end of the day, they come out in front,’ Jackson said.
“It’s an addictive sport, and once you get into it, it’s pretty hard to get out of it.”
Jackson said the IIovethiscity yearlings at the Gold sale were offered to be sold, but they knew they’d be in trouble with a few of them because they were a little bit immature and needed time.
IIovethiscity has produced five Stakes winners and stands at a service fee of $8800.
He served 51 mares last year and 124 in 2020.