When the ‘wheel’ turns, it certainly can deliver returns and plenty of provide to breeders.
And last week, the ‘Wheal’ most certainly turned for Cora Lynn (near Pakenham) based Briarwood Farm run by Lisa and Gavin McMaster.
The early teaser was the ultra-impressive maiden win by their homebred Temple Of Bel (Bel Esprit) at Bendigo last Thursday.
That was followed by the up-and-coming stakes-class mare, Wheal Leisure (Artie Schiller), dominating the $250,000 Inglis Cup at Caulfield on Underwood Stakes Day.
Trainer of both, Archie Alexander, certainly has a high opinion of his two Briarwood bred horses. Wheal Leisure maintains an entry in both major Cups of the Spring while Temple of Bel is entered for the VRC Oaks.
Lisa McMaster is full of praise for Alexander.
“Archie and (his wife) Annie are both hardworking and dedicated to the horses, the horses don’t want for anything. The extra one per cent effort that they go to makes all the difference, it’s the little things real horse people appreciate,” McMaster said.
Both talented gallopers are out of the Briarwood homebred Encosta de Lago mare, Sadiya. She is in turn out of the Caulfield Cup runner-up, Lisa’s Game (Umatilla)…
“Through my family, we have bred and raced the whole family, and the grand dam, Lisa’s Game, named after myself, was a brilliant stayer and runner-up in the controversial Caulfield Cup to Taufan’s Melody,” Lisa McMaster said.
“When I took over Sadiya’s breeding from my father (Don Marshall), being a pedigree buff, I thought that Artie Schiller would work very well. We obviously like our stayers, and Wheal Leisure has been a great result.
“The next year we sent her to Sun Stud’s Bel Esprit, and produced Temple of Bel, and we also have a 2015 filly from Fiorente. She is currently in foal to Star Witness, and she will head to Pride Of Dubai this year.”
When growing up on the farm, Lisa’s family, the Marshalls, stood stallions such as Mandana, Cardinal and the multiple Group 1 and Cox Plate winner, Taj Rossi.
Lisa worked alongside her parents and assisted with the breeding operation including foaling down of mares, matings and preparing yearlings for the sales, and her passion continues today at her Pakenham South farm working alongside her husband, Gavin.
Briarwood Farm has been a professional and very successful racehorse-spelling farm, but when major client Peter Moody stopped training, the property was forced to change direction.
“It was a tough blow to our business as he had close to 30 horses spelling here, so we have now shifted our focus to breeding.
“I have always loved the breeding side and we will sell a few through the sales, and will race a few ourselves.
“We have boosted up our broodmare band to around a dozen to be covered this year. We specifically purchased four mares to suit Cable Bay for this season, and we have taken a couple of clients’ mares and one of our own to Darley’s Brazen Beau, who I think will make it as a stallion,” McMaster said.