For Ponderosa Park, each year, the Inglis Great Southern sale is their grand finale. The farm-based in Nathalia targets the sale at Oaklands Junction with the weanlings they breed each year.
This year they will be the biggest vendor on the complex with 27 weanlings with their entire draft bred by Ponderosa Park. In 2019 their strategy resulted in Paul and Sue claiming the highest vendor by aggregate when they sold 13 weanlings for $593,000.
At the time, Paul could hardly contain his excitement, “Well, it hasn’t hit us yet, but we’re all excited back here on the farm. Everyone’s hard work has finally paid off.”
Paul and Sue are no strangers to hard work, and they have reaped the rewards on the track, too, with their headline horse Kiwi Ida a PK3 graduate.
The pair bred and sold the mare as a weanling through the Great Southern sale.
Kiwi Ida was then exported to New Zealand and became a multiple winning stakes winner, trained by John and Karen Parsons. The mare is sired by Widden Victoria’s Squamosa.
The mare won both the Group 2 Westbury Classic and the Group 2 Manawatu Stakes and has won a total of $509,862 for her connections.
Kiwi Ida’s full brother made $150,000 at Karaka when he was sold at the 2020 sale and was knocked down to Beamish Bloodstock.
This sale, not only will they present a half to Kiwi Ida but a ¾ relation when the sale gets underway on Sunday.
“We have a number of weanlings represented by good stallions in our draft. We have some nice Frosted’s, a nice Impending colt, and of course our ¾ to Kiwi Idea, which is lot 4 and a half to Kiwi Ida which is lot 351,” Paul said.
Another highlight for Ponderosa Park is lot 22, a colt by Widden Victoria’s Fiorente. The colt is out of five-time winner Lacey Underall who won $487,660 and is the winner of the Group 2 SAJC Adelaide Cup.
“He is a cracking colt and out of the Adelaide Cup winner, and he himself won the Melbourne Cup. For those who want a Melbourne Cup horse, here he is,” Paul commented.
Another weanling that Paul highlights is lot 159, a Wandjina filly out of Shadow Doll. Wandjina this year will stand in Victoria at Larnuek Stud.
Shadow Doll was a two-time winner, with two of her foals to race who are both winners. New York Baby sired by Written Tycoon is a winner at two years old and is trained by Team Corstens.
The filly won the VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool worth $100,000 on the 4th of May when Damien Oliver rode her to victory ahead of Cardigan Queen.
Team Corstens have put her away and will bring her back out to target the Spring.
“This is a great filly for pinhookers to take a look at. She is a serious filly, and Corstens is excited about her Spring and future,” Paul said.
Another filly which Paul has high regard for is lot 293 out of Bloodlette. Bloodlette is the half-sister to the ten-time winner, Platelet and is a multiple Group 1 winner, counting the Group 1 SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes and the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap.
“These weanlings are for genuine sale, and I want them to go to good homes. We like to look after pinhookers, and we will have another draft of weanlings to sell next year,” Paul said.
To view the entire Ponderosa Park draft, click here.