Making the right decision to identify a good pin hook, as well as breeding a top-quality filly, has been rewarding in recent weeks for Musk Creek Farm.
They bred Van Giz (Written Tycoon x Witwatersrand) which they sold at the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $160,000.
The four-year-old, purchased by Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker, has now won her fourth race after scoring over 1300m at her home track on Saturday.
And Corner Pocket (Toronado x Baize), which has now won six races in a row, was purchased by Musk Creek for $75,000 via Swettenham Stud’s draft at the 2017 Australian Weanling and Broodmare Sale.
They sold the colt for $175,000 at the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
Musk Creek’s Scott Williamson said they were both pleasing results and it was good to see both horses performing.
“Van Giz is really consistent actually,” Williamson said.
“She has obviously picked up a Saturday win now, which is good, prior to that she had won a mid-week.
“I know that Bjorn has always had a big opinion of her. It will be interesting to see where she gets to as he has been talking about taking her up to the Magic Millions in January and having a tilt at that.
“He clearly thinks she has some nice ability there.”
Williamson said she was always a lovely type and a big strong filly.
“She is out of a staying family too so I wouldn’t be surprised in time that she doesn’t get out over a bit more ground,” he said.
“She has actually won over 1300m already.
“They seem to have ironed out the little issues she had with the barriers when she seemed to sort of fall out of the gates sometimes.
“She just used to give herself too much work to do, and that’s what happened the start before when she finished second and just fell out of the barriers and was a slow last and had to run through the field and got beaten by a relatively handy one.
“The other day they put the barrier blanket on and she almost jumped too well.”
Williamson said Van Giz was always a lovely filly and Musk Creek were happy to stay in her as part owners.
He said there were advantages in regaining some of the ownership of a horse they’d sold.
“It’s a bit of an exercise in forming a relationship with people too,” he said.
“The hope for us would be that if she does go on to be a stakes performed filly and I don’t know if the other owners would be interested in breeding from her, but it could be an option for us to buy the rest of them out.
“I know if you own some of the horse that it makes it a lot easier to be able to afford the rest of her.
“I know for example that Widden bought into Humma Humma when she was racing, and they bought out everyone else (she was sold for $1 million) at Magic Millions this year when she went through the ring.
“It’s in the back of your mind that you might be able to buy her back at the end of it, but I think we were just happy enough to build a relationship and come along for the ride.
“And it’s certainly been fruitful so far.”
Williamson said that Musk Creek originally owned Van Giz’s dam but sold her and decided to stay in the filly as they really liked her purely because she was a nice type.
“And just as Written Tycoon was getting going, she was going through the sales, and we were happy enough to stay in and form a relationship with Bjorn and some of his owners.”
Williamson said the feats of 18-year-old Written Tycoon were phenomenal and he was arguably producing the best horses of his stallion career.
“It’s phenomenal for a stallion of his age to be arguably hitting the peak of his powers,” he said.
“It’s incredible.”
Williamson said Musk Creek were delighted with the progress of Corner Pocket (Toronado x Baize) which they pinhooked and sold as a yearling to Warrnambool based trainer Lindsey Smith.
“We bought him as a weanling and sold on him and did quite well out of him financially,” he said.
“We try and select horses that we hope can go on and become racehorses.
“We know Lindsey pretty well, and he has actually given the horse a bit of time, and he kept growing and getting shin sore, but Lindsey was the perfect bloke to have him as he gave him time.
“And he has been rewarded because he is such a consistent horse and only really does enough.”
Williamson said Smith has no doubt that Corner Pocket is a Group horse in the making
And Smith obviously had a high opinion of Corner Pocket when he bought him as a colt.
Corner Pocket’s dam – Baize – appeared on line and Smith snapped her up for $4000.
The mare has since had another colt by Toronado, and produced a colt by Puissance de Lune and is back in foal to the stallion.
Corner Pocket was the first to race out of Baize which had little luck in getting in foal until Smith bought her.
Williamson said Toronado was doing a good job at stud and he was pleased for a stud like Swettenham to have a fine stallion.
He said it was great for Toronado to produce his first Group 1 – Masked Crusader – as a lot of breeders drop off stallions that had not produced any progeny to achieve the ultimate result.
“It has certainly boosted the quality of mares he is going to get and given him another kick on,” Williamson said.
While Toronado is a dual Group 1 winner over 1600m, Williamson said stallions that weren’t Group 1 winners virtually had to produce horses to win at the highest level to be successful.
“They don’t necessarily need to be a Group 1 winner, and it’s funny how it works,” he said.
“Some of the leading stallions we’ve had in the country didn’t win Group 1s.”
Musk Creek bought two colts at the recent Great Southern Weanling Sale.
One is by Deep Field and the other by Extreme Choice.
“They will be added to our yearling crop for next year, and we have quite a few to prep for the sales,” Williamson said.