Lot 435 Snitzel x Anna Cecelia (Image: Magic Millions / Musk Creek Farm)
Musk Creek Farm enjoyed a stunning day in the sales ring and on the racetrack, selling a pair of colts for a combined $1.15 million and breeding two winners at Sandown’s midweek metropolitan meeting.
Musk Creek owner David Kobritz was understandably delighted with their day’s work, and believed the strong sales vindicated the farm’s decision to focus on quantity over quality when it came to their broodmares.
After a run of sales results which didn’t quite meet the lofty standards they had set, Kobritz employed Craig “Boomer” Rounsefell to carry out an audit of their broodmare band, which led to them selling two-thirds of their mares and purchasing high-quality replacements.
The long-range plan bore spectacular fruit on the second day of the Magic Millions Coast Coast Yearling Sale, as two of their recently-purchased mares - Without Risk and Anna Cecelia - produced progeny which fetched $400,000 (Lot 367) and $750,000 (Lot 435) respectively.
“The Snitzel colt [Lot 435] was an outstanding result,” said Kobritz.
“The inspections for the Dundeel colt had been very strong so we were maybe hoping for a little bit more, but with 1,400 horses up for sale this week buyers have a lot of choice and overall we were pretty happy with the result.
“We purchased both mares recently and they have already paid for themselves, so we certainly can’t complain.”
Kobritz’s day then got even better when Face The Jury (Star Witness x Imperial Empress) and The Devil In Her (Sebring x Leny’s Here) won races four and five at Sandown for their respective connections.
“To have bred the last two winners at Sandown topped off what was a very pleasing day for the team,” said Kobritz.
“It was a big decision to re-assess the business and move some of our broodmares on. But the five-year plan is now coming to fruition, and today’s results definitely prove that it’s all been worthwhile.”
Victorian farms again punched above their weight on day two, with an average sale price of $343,500 (topping the overall average of $307,696).
The highest price fetched by a Victorian stallion was the $520,000 Rosemont paid for a Written Tycoon colt (Lot 375) in partnership with Suman Hedge. The progeny of You Hadme at Hello will be trained by the Lindsay Park team.