At 5pm on Saturday afternoon, Russell and Caroline Osborne were tuned in to Moonee Valley to watch history being made. They cheered from their lounge room, fortunate to watch one of the greatest moments in racing when Winx brought home her fourth Cox Plate.
But with no time for a Guinness, by 5.15pm, Russell and Caroline were back in the breeding shed trying to create their own piece of history as Lions Kiss, their most beloved broodmare, was due to be covered by Winx’s little brother and their resident stallion, Boulder City.
Quite uninterested in the news that his big sister had triumphed yet again, he was much more interested in the lovely stakes-producing mare that had come to pay him a visit. With Lion’s Kiss’s progeny earnings in excess of $475,000, including the stakes placed Pretty Possum it will be a highly anticipated arrival next spring.
Boulder City, the unraced half-brother to Winx is a breeder’s dream. With a pedigree the envy of most, he is by reigning Champion Sire, Snitzel. Australia’s highest priced stallion, super sire of 83 stakes winners including 13 Group 1 winners with progeny earnings in excess of $105 million.
While his dam and the dam of the mighty Winx, Vegas Showgirl was a stakes-winning sprinter who has produced the greatest racehorse of all time, with Winx now earning over $19 million, and four W.S Cox Plates.
The pair has already proved capable of producing a group level horse in the brilliant but ill-fated Group 3 winner El Divino, so when small issues were hindering a successful career on the track for Boulder City, the difficult decision to retire him to stud was made.
“He had issues that were becoming harder to manage and after the devastating loss of his full brother the owners decided to meet the market demand and offer him at stud,” said Russell Osborne.
“Everyone involved would dearly loved to have seen him get to the race track and have the opportunity to emulate his big sister, however we feel privileged to offer to the Victorian breeding industry his superior bloodlines.”
“He has bragging rights having topped the 2016 Inglis Easter yearling sale at $2.3 million, and as expected, he is a beautifully conformed young stallion. Only a select few can afford to spend $2.3 million to purchase a sibling to Winx, but for only $5,500 you can breed to her Snitzel half-brother.”
While Riverbank Farm’s Caroline Duddy and resident equine reproductive vet offers help to mare owners to meet the high cost of thoroughbred breeding.
“This season, we are offering breeders that when their mare visits Boulder City or any of our resident stallions, we include all the veterinary fees associated with the breeding cover (conditions apply) in the service fee.”
“Boulder City has been working really well in the covering shed, matched with excellent fertility. He has taken to breeding like a true professional. He is just a super horse to handle and we are thrilled with him,” Duddy said.
Boulder City has had a very busy debut season in north-eastern reeding region of Victoria, at Benalla’s Riverbank Farm with a large book of mares to give him every opportunity to hit the track running.
“It is hard work standing stallions, and we are delighted with the numbers of mares he has received this year, covering a very solid book of around 100. We want to thank all the trainers, local breeders and breed to race breeders that have supported him,” Duddy said.
With Boulder City’s half-sister Winx racing now claiming a history making fourth Cox plate and his dam Vegas Showgirl having been covered by Japan’s superstar stallion Deep Impact, this exciting young horse’s pedigree is only going to improve.
Standing at $5,500, for more information on Boulder City who stands alongside Redente, Skilled, Wayed Zain and Von Costa de hero, please contact Russell Osborne on 0423 768 155 or visit www.riverbankfarm.com.au.