TBV was already writing a story on the success of Basinghall Farm’s 2016 yearling sale graduates on the track, but it was a veteran who showed up all of the young’uns over the weekend.

Seven-year-old Mio Dio (God’s Own), bred by Tas and Julie Rielley at their Basinghall Farm in Nagambie saluted in the $120,000 Group 3 Spring Stakes at Morphettville.

Tas Rielley at home at Nagambie’s Basinghall Farm

His name, means “my God” in Italian and that was certainly the reaction from punters when he rolled odds-on favourite Lankan Rupee in the race.

His maiden stakes win was great news for the Rielleys who have had tremendous success of their 2016 yearling sales graduates this year. Already there are several stakes and city winners among them.

Mio Dio has gone up a gear or three upon entering the stables of trainer Will Clarken. Under his care, he has won five races from 11 starts and collected more than $230,000 in prize money.

Mio Dio cost just $5,000 as a weanling at the 2011 Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale at Oaklands Junction.

Incredibly, there was little, if anything wrong with the then colt, according to vendor, Tas Rielley of Basinghall Farm.

“He (Mio Dio) was actually a very nice weanling. Had a lot of quality about him. Mio Dio’s sire, God’s Own was still fairly popular at the time (God’s Own yearlings sold up to $160,000 in 2011), while his mum, Hageabi, was well related,” Rielley said.

“(His dam is) a three quarter sister to a Group One winner in Piavonic, in turn the dam of (Group Two) VRC Sires’ Produce winner, Von Costa de Hero, while other close relations include stakes winners Emlozza and Doppio.

“We foaled down and raised Mio Dio off Basinghall and while he was sold as part of a dispersal of stock, I fully expected him to go for a lot more than $5,000.”

At the other end of the racing age scale, Basinghall Farm’s 2016 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale draft of seven yearlings are certainly making a name for themselves. They include:

  • I’ll Have A Bit (Smart Missile x Take All of Me filly trained by John McArdle) – Won the Group 3 National Stakes at Morphettville as a 2YO. Ran in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes on Saturday and is entered for the MRC Thousand Guineas.
  • Bris Vegas (Ilovethiscity x Sprit of Sienna colt, Ryan Balfour) – A winner at Morphettville last season as 2YO and was a runner up at the same venue on Saturday.
  • Snitz (Snitzel x Tickle My colt , Matthew Dunn) – A winner at Grafton as a 2YO and placed multiple times at Doomben.
  • Van Winkel (Magnus x Wickedly colt, James Rundle) – was a runner up at Rockhampton in his only career start so far earlier this month.
  • Onset (Reset x Olnisotto filly, Wendy Kelly) – yet to race, but is entered for the MRC Thousand Guineas.

I’ll Have A Bit (left) wins the Listed National Stakes at Morphettville (pic-Atkins Photography)

“The Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale has been a fantastic sale for Basinghall Farm, as we have achieved some great prices for our yearlings,” Rielley said.

“It works beautifully for us, as our horses are going to successful trainers, and we love seeing our graduates get the results on the track.”

“At Basinghall, our philosophy is simple…let horses be as horses are …nurture them in their natural environment where they can thrive under expert care and supervision.

For more information about the farm, call 0419 518 023 or email admin@basinghallfarm.com.au

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