A recent visit to Spendthrift Australia’s new property at Romsey by TBV President James O’Brien was a real eye-opener for the prominent broodmare owner.
“I was amazed at the extent of works occurring on the farm. The first thing that catches your eye are the kilometres of new post and four rail fences being installed,” James said.
“And then, after talking to Stud Manager Garry Cuddy, you realise the fences are just the start of a much grander plan to be realised over coming months and year, including a complete new stallion barn and other breeding infrastructure.
“This major, ongoing international investment is a great sign for the Victorian thoroughbred industry and demonstrates a genuine commitment from Spendthrift and owner B Wayne Hughes.”
The Spendthrift bloodstock will also be growing in number. Already a number of well bred Australian and imported broodmares are on the farm, many having already foaled down including progeny of Spendthrift’s Top 10 North American sire Malibu Moon.
In its debut season at Romsey in the Macedon Ranges, Spendthrift Australia is standing four stallions. Best known to locals is the Group 1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice, Hampton Court.
Warrior’s Reward has sired 37 individual winners this year headed by stakes winners Warriorscmoutoplay, Requite and Group 1 Wood Memorial runner-up Tencendur.
The son of Medaglia d’Oro’s yearlings were prominent on the Tuesday and Wednesday leader-boards at Keeneland’s September Sale last week.
He led Day 8 with a $195,000 filly and on Day 9, was represented by the second top-priced colt that cost Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock $205,000.
Warrior’s Reward (Medaglia d’Oro) shuttles to Spendthrift Australia at Romsey in Victoria for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee or $13,750 (inc gst) as part of their Share The Upside program. He stands for a $25,000 fee at Spendthrift in Kentucky.
Spendthrift owner B Wayne Hughes also purchased four yearlings on Day 2 of the Keeneland September Sale for a total outlay of more than $2.12 million. Topping the quartet was a Fastnet Rock filly for $1 million.
“We’re going to see these horses gain acceptance in both hemispheres,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said when asked about Australian stallions.
“This filly is worth the price even if she never runs, although she could compete successfully almost anywhere in the world.”
“We have a Fastnet Rock filly we bought out of this sale last year and she’s at Santa Anita in training and we like her.
We’ve got two by Fastnet Rock in Australia, and we like them quite a bit and I think they could run anywhere. A good horse is a good horse.”
Hoofnote: Fastnet Rock filly Cana confirmed those comments when she scored a timely win on debut for Spendthrift Australia at Hawkesbury on Thursday. The Team Hawkes trained Cana is a three-quarter sister-in-blood to G1 Newmarket Hcp winner Wanted and cost $650,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter yearling sale.