Having basically bred Group 2 winner, now Victorian based stallion Cluster, Tarcoola Stud’s Ken Williams is proud of a pair of yearlings he has at Sunday’s VOBIS Gold Sale.
The two are part of the first crop of the young stallion whose yearlings have already sold well in Melbourne and Tasmania this year.
Larneuk Stud based Cluster is out of the Last Tycoon mare Tarcoola Diamond. Williams had produced a few foals out of the mare before sending her to Fastnet Rock and selling her in foal. That foal grew into the well-performed, Team Snowden trained Cluster.
When time came around for Larneuk’s Neville Murdoch to sell first nominations to the son of Fastnet Rock back in 2015 he put a call into Tarcoola’s Williams.
“Neville rang me up and said ‘you bred him, so you should support him’,” said Williams.
“I was happy to give it a go and sent a couple of mares to him.”
Williams said the filly he will present on Sunday, lot 14 out of the Elusive Quality mare Afusas, is a highlight of his draft.
“She is a pocket rocket. She looks as if she is going to be a super running two-year-old,” Williams said.
“Funnily enough, she actually reminds me of Cluster’s dam Tarcoola Diamond.”
Having stood for a service fee of just $6,600, breeders are making some gains out of Cluster yearlings.
Two yearlings at the Melbourne Premier Sale sold for &72,000 and $50,000 while a filly sold for $45,000 to Tasmania’s most successful racehorse owners, the Geards at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale.
The full list of Cluster progeny at the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale can be found on the sale catalogue page.