Eurozone Colt To Levi Kavanagh

Young Flemington trainer Levi Kavanagh struck on day one of his his former hometown Adelaide sale for a Eurozone (Northern Meteor) colt who is closely related to seven-time stakes winner, Catapulted (Catbird).

Consigned by Mill Park Stud as Lot 31, the colt is the second foal out of the winning mare Fast And Loose (Fastnet Rock), who is a half-sister to Catapulted, who was trained by Kavanagh’s father Mark.

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He also trained Fast And Loose, who won a Ballarat maiden from seven starts and was fourth in the Queen Adelaide Stakes (Listed, 1050m) as a juvenile at her second start.

Fast And Loose’s first foal, a filly by I Am Invincible, was bought by Malua Bloodstock, Spicer Thoroughbreds and Noorilim Park for $150,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Levi Kavanagh told ANZ Bloodstock News the Eurozone colt looked a lot like Catapulted, who remains on the family farm near Melbourne in retirement.

“He looks very similar to Catapulted type wise and he is still out at our farm. He was a great racehorse and nearly got to $1,000,000 (in prize money) and he is part of the family down there and this horse likes like he might be able to run early,” Kavanagh said.

Kavanagh said the colt’s Newgate Farm-based stallion Eurozone, whose first crop two-year-olds include stakes winner Krone, was starting to make his mark and was not surprised the yearling made six figures.

“The sire is starting to do some good things, so it is a breed we are happy with,” he said.

“My father also trained his mum Fast And Loose who ran fourth in a Listed race, but she didn’t race for that long.

“We probably wouldn’t have gone any higher for him, but he is such a nice type he stood out, so he was always going to bring good money.”


$450,000 for Mill Park Stud's Snitzel colt at Inglis Premier

Australia’s reigning champion sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) also proved popular yesterday, with a colt selling for $450,000 and two others making $300,000.

The highest-priced colt was purchased by Darren Weir Racing and John Foote Bloodstock from the draft of Mill Park Stud as Lot 528.

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The colt is the third foal out of the Group Two-placed mare Miss With Attitude (Galileo), who is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Oui Si Attitude (Bianconi).

Miss With Attitude’s only foal to race, Plagiarist (Dalakhani), is a Sydney metropolitan-placed colt trained by Chris Waller.

Foote bought the colt for a Hong Kong-based client of Weir’s, with the horse to remain in Australia at least in the short-term before a decision is made on whether to race him in the Asian racing capital.

“He will stay here and he then might possibly go to Hong Kong, but the owner races quite a few here as well,” Foote said.

“It is hard to buy the nice horses here. People are saying the sale is down, but if you line up to buy the nice horses it is not easy.

“If you go to buy a horse like that at Easter he will make that and probably more. He is nicely bred. Yulong were the under bidder’s, so you have got to be strong to beat them.”

Mill Park Stud’s Chris Watson was pleased that the colt was going to the leading Victorian stable of Weir.

“It is an absolutely fantastic result. We were thrilled for that colt to go to that combination in a great judge in John Foote and trainer in Darren Weir,” Watson told ANZ Bloodstock News.

$340,000 for Mill Park Stud's Zoustar colt

A mare bought in foal to current leading first season sire Zoustar (Northern Meteor) paid an immediate dividend for her owner when the colt sold for $340,000 yesterday to China Horse Club.

Consigned by Mill Park Stud as Lot 26, the colt is the first foal out of five-time winner Ravenous Lass (Stratum) who is a half-sister to the juvenille winner and MRC Autumn Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner San Nicasio (Hard Spun).

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Ravenous Lass was purchased in foal to Zoustar by Hancock Quality Bloodstock for $210,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale from the Laceby Lodge Stud draft.

“He was raised on our farm for a client of ours, Brenton Parker, who have been long-time supporters of us,” Mill Park Stud’s Chris Watson told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“He has bred horses like Danish Twist, All Too Huiying and Happy Trails, so he has been a great breeder in the past and hopefully this colt can do something similar.”

Watson was delighted with the price the colt made yesterday.

“It was a fantastic result and being by a lovely up and coming stallion in Zoustar we expected him to sell very well,” Watson said.

“He certainly sold beyond our expectations and has gone to a terrific home in China Horse Club who have been great supporters of ours in the past.”

Ravenous Lass has a weanling filly by Zoustar at Mill Park Stud and is in foal to Darley-based first season sire Astern (Medaglia d’Oro).

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China Horse Club’s Michael Wallace said the Super Vobis-eligible colt was likely to be trained in Victoria. He was bought wholly by China Horse Club as opposed to by the colts syndicate that includes Newgate Farm and other parties.

Only last week, the syndicate retired dual Group One winner Russian Revolution (Snitzel) to Newgate Farm.Wallace said the colt was the only horse on his list at this week’s Melbourne sale.

“He is a China Horse Club horse who fits the mould of what we are trying to do, being a shorter coupled two-year-old type,” Wallace said, “We are being pretty selective about what we are trying to buy this year and he is the horse who fitted out mould here.

“We are not too worried about price and historically $340,000 is about where most good horses come from. That is around the average we try to work off and that is a formula that is working.”

Wallace said the introduction of the $1,000,000 The Showdown (1200m) for two-year-olds by Vobis-nominated Victorian stallions to be run for the first time next year made it an attractive proposition to have the colt trained in Victoria.

“We are undecided about a trainer but he is a Melbourne horse and there are some incentives involved around that now,” he said.

Zoustar, who stands on rotation at Woodside Park Stud in Victoria and Widden Stud in New South Wales, averaged $223,333 yesterday from three lots sold and ended the day with an aggregate of $670,000. China Horse Club has one Zoustar two-year-old in training with Chris Waller and has also bought a number of yearlings by him so far this year.

News: ANZ Bloodstock News

More Opportunity to Buy from Mill Park

The build up to the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale might be in full swing, but for leading South Australian nursery Mill Park it's just the start of a busy two weeks with the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in Adelaide to follow hot on its heels on March 13 and 14.

The Watson family run Mill Park is a name synonymous with quality and the list of superior runners raised on their vast paddocks is a virtual who's who of Australian racing.

Fawkner, Southern Speed, Happy Trails, Rebel Raider, Serious Speed, Captain Sonador, Go Indy Go, the list goes on… with the current star performer being exciting three year-old filly Booker.

A $230,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the Mill Park draft, Booker was a Group II winner in the spring and ran a game fourth last Saturday in the Group I MRC Oakleigh Plate behind Russian Revolution beaten less than half a length.

The daughter of Written Tycoon has already won over $400,000 in prizemoney and promises to be the next Group I winner to fly the Mill Park flag.

Mill Park will offer a draft of 15 at Magic Millions Adelaide with highlights below:

Lot 30 Colt Master of Design x Fartoo Flashy, by Galileo (IRE)

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Half-brother to Group III winner Waging War.

Lot 31 Colt Eurozone x Fast and Loose, by Fastnet Rock

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Second foal of a winning half-sister to Group II winner Catapulted, from the family of Group I winner Ihtsahymn and Group III winner Jukebox.

Lot 78 Colt Dream Ahead (USA) x Jungfrau, by Commands

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Full brother to a winner and is fourth foal of an unraced half-sister to stakes-winner Court Connection and daughter of stakes-winner Imperatrix from the family of Group I winners Curata Storm and Voile D'Or.

Lot 82 Filly Uncle Mo (USA) x Kissable, by Exceed and Excel

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From a winning daughter of Group II winner Regal Kiss from the family of Group I Blue Diamond winner Undoubtedly.

Lot 101 Colt Declaration of War (USA) x Livia, by Galileo (IRE)

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Half-brother to smart Adelaide winner Galaxy Gazer from the family of this season's stakes-winning juvenile Nomothaj.

Lot 174 Colt Rebel Raider x Reliability, by Kurofone (Jpn)

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Full brother to stakes-winner Pretty Punk, who has since won the Group III Hobart Cup since the catalogue went to print.

Lot 268 Colt Dalakhani (IRE) x Amalgamate, by Zenno Rob Roy (Jpn)

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First foal of Oakbank Onkaparinga Cup winner Amalgamate from the family of stakes-winners Mowglii and Kipling.

Lot 276 Filly Foxwedge x Anley, by Snaadee (USA)

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Half-sister to 2010 Macau Horse of the Year Golden Star, from the family of Group III winner Friday Creek.

Pretty Punk Wins Hobart Cup

A weekend of success for Mill Park graduates continued on Sunday with a brave victory in the Group III Hobart Cup for tough staying mare Pretty Punk, a daughter of dual Derby winner Rebel Raider.

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Her trainers Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas won Friday's Bow Mistress Trophy with Gogo Grace, who earned a $90,000 winner's cheque, before Pretty Punk banked $150,000 for her connections with her Hobart Cup victory.

Apprentice Ben Allen made the most of a pick-up ride that become available whenCraig Williams was suspended at Sandown last Wednesday.

Allen allowed Pretty Punk to roll forward to sit second, handy to a slow speed set by Earl Da Vinci, before midrace moves from other runners gave the mare some cover in the back straight.

Allen let Pretty Punk stride forward to join the leaders in the home turn, easing the four year-old to the outside part of the track while she defied the challengers to score by a short neck over the $3.40 favourite Andrea Mantegna.

Macdonald said Allen's ride was the difference between winning and losing.

"We brought her down here to win obviously, but when you get here races obviously get harder, and it looked a pretty even race between three or four horses I thought," Macdonald said.

"I know all jockeys ride well when they win but that was a superb ride by Benny Allen. I couldn't get over the run he gave her. If he had been beaten he had still made all the right moves."

Macdonald said he and Gluyas needed to decide whether to take Pretty Punk home for the Adelaide Cup next month or remain in Tasmania for the Launceston Cup on Wednesday week.

A homebred for Harry Perks that was raised at Mill Park as was last Friday's Bow Mistress winner Gogogo Grace, Pretty Punk has the overall record of six wins and six seconds from 24 starts with prizemoney topping $430,000.

Now a two time stakes-winner, she is the best of three winners from Reliability, who has a yearling colt by Pretty Punk's sire Rebel Raider that will be offered by Mill Park at the 2018 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale as Lot 174.

Pretty Punk was the third weekend stakes-winner raised/ sold by Mill Park joining Gogo Grace and also exciting prospect Booker, winner of the Group III MRC Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield. Click here to read about them.

Group 3 Stakes Double For Mill Park

Mill Park graduates enjoyed a stakes double over the weekend with progressive mare Gogo Grace taking out the Group III Bow Mistress Stakes in Tasmania on Friday, while exciting three year-old filly Booker returned from a summer break to score a dominant win in the Group III MRC Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield.

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The Group 1 MRC Oakleigh Plate is in the sights of the big-hearted Booker after the three-year-old daughter of Written Tycoon defied all challengers to win the 1200 metre sprint by a length and a half.

Racing for the first time since finishing unplaced in the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas over 1600m last October after winning the Group II MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude at her previous start, Booker advanced her record to three wins and three placings from seven starts with earnings of $393,750.

"Today was a terrific win and the Oakleigh Plate is the aim," said co-trainer Matt Ellerton, who prepares the filly with Simon Zahra.

"She should get in with no weight, the problem will be getting a run.

"Dwayne (Dunn) was able to control the race from the front today and she cornered terrific.

"She's strengthened from the spring and is an impressive filly now, she's like a colt."

A $230,000 purchase by part-owner Barry Griffith from the Mill Park Stud draft at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling sale, Booker is the first foal of the winning Flying Spur mare Noondie who is a half-sister to stakes-winner Tranquillity out of stakes-winner Creatrix from the family of Group I winner Umrum.

Mill Park sold the yearling full brother (pictured below) to Booker at the recent Magic Millions for $600,000 to Bruce Perry Bloodstock. She foaled a Starspangledbanner colt last spring and was bred back to Written Tycoon's Golden Slipper-winning son Capitalist.

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A homebred for Harry Perks that was raised at Mill Park, Gogo Grace is prepared by Leon Macdonald and Andrew Gluyas.

The four year-old daughter of New Approach (IRE) had won four previous races in Adelaide, but her win in the Group III Bow Mistress Stakes (1200m) was her first in a Black Type race.

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She is the best of two winners from stakes-winner Starmon, whose third dam Cotehele House (GB) is renowned as the dam of Danewin and Commands with other descendants including Group I winners Emerald Dream, Luna Rossa, Shooting to Win and his Group II winning full brother Deep Field.

The next yearling sale for Mill Park is Inglis Premier where 14 lots are consigned including a Sebring colt from outstanding producer Madame Flurry, the dam of six winners headed by triple Group I winner and $3million earner Happy Trails, Group III winner Danish Twist and this season's stakes-winning three year-old All Too Huiying. Click here to see the draft.

Written Tycoon In Demand At Magic Millions

New Zealand-based bloodstock agent Bruce Perry believes he has secured the best colt in the sale after paying $600,000 for a Written Tycoon (Iglesia) brother to Thousand Guineas Prelude (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Booker.

Catalogued as Lot 137, the the colt is the third foal out of winning Flying Spur (Danehill) mare Noondie, a half-sister to Listed winner Tranquility (Redoute’s Choice) and the stakes-placed Impassioned (Redoute’s Choice).

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Perry, who operates under the Bruce Perry Bloodstock banner, said a trainer for the colt had yet to be decided, but it was likely the horse would remain in Australia.

“He is well balanced, by a great sire and the mare is already doing the job, so he ticked all our boxes,” Perry said.

“I thought he was probably as nice as any colt in the sale. Hopefully the mare can make it two from two at some stage.”

Perry believes the colt could develop into a 1600 metres horse when he matures. “The good colts are making that money across the board. It doesn’t matter if it is here, at Inglis or back home in New Zealand,” he said.

"Unless you are prepared to pay that sort of money you won’t end up with one.” Kelly McCarthy, speaking on behalf of Mill Park Stud, told ANZ Bloodstock News that they were pleased with the way the colt sold.

“Written Tycoon has had a massive day so we are ecstatic with the price for the horse and the owners are over the moon,” McCarthy said.

“He is a beautiful looking colt. He was very busy and popular during the inspections and we are very happy with the feedback we got about him. We are delighted he is going to Bruce Perry, that’s brilliant and we couldn’t be happier.”

Impressive Debut Winner for Dane Belltar

The Turffontein meeting in South Africa on Saturday was the scene of a brilliant debut victory for royally bred Street Cry (IRE) colt Mutrib, the sixth winner from six foals to race from our blue hen Dane Belltar.

Opening his account with a resounding two and three-quarter length win in the 1400 metre maiden for the Mike de Kock stable was three year-old Mutrib.

Trainer Mike de Kock felt the colt still has a lot to learn, but feels there is clearly improvement in him.

“Mutrib is a horse who’s got the pedigree and I think the scope as well – he could go a mile and a half (2400m). (His sire) Street Cry is a super sire.”

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A $300,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum from the Mill Park draft, Mutrib (pictured as a yearling below) was bred by Mill Park in partnership and is a half-brother to triple Group 1 winner and $3.8 million earner Fawkner, Group 2 winner and $1.1 million earner Tanby and Group 2 placed Viking Star.

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Mill Park will offer the current yearling from Dane Belltar, a filly (pictured below) by Shooting to Win as Lot 651 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale - click here for her pedigree.

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Dane Belltar produced another colt this year by More Than Ready (USA).

Sasso Corbaro Another Mill Park Success

The China Horse Club colours were carried to victory at Randwick on Saturday by promising filly Sasso Corbaro, a $290,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Mill Park draft.

The Kris Lees trained daughter of All Too Hard was second at her first two starts in June and July before breaking her maiden at Newcastle on July 27.

Spelled after that, she has returned a stronger more mature filly and gave promise of better to come when resuming with a facile win at Hawkesbury before Christmas.

Stepped up in class and distance for this Benchmark 76 event over 1100 metres, Sasso Corbaro dominated her rivals to win by three and a quarter lengths as a short priced favourite.

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Connections will be hoping her prizemoney of $135,930 is now sufficient to secure her a start in the $2million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on January 13.

Bred by Mill Park and partners, Sasso Corbaro is a half-sister to Group 3 placed Smart Manouevre from stakes-placed Furline, a daughter of Group II winner Umaline.

Mill Park sold the current two year-old from Furline, a filly by I Am Invincible, for $500,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions.

Named She's Furline, the filly is in the ownership of Aquis Farm, Leidel Racing, L L C, Stonestreet Stables Llc in the care of Snowden Racing where she has trailled on two occassions, most recently finishing third to leading Magic Millions 2YO contender Secret Lady.

Furline has a yearling colt to follow by Foxwedge, and missed to I Am Invincible the following season, since being being covered by All Too Hard on Septmeber 1.

Sasso Corbaro looms as yet another a future stakes horse sold by Mill Park, who will present another top class draft at the 2018 Magic Millions. Click here to see them.

Magic From South Australia

South Australia is a long way from the Gold Coast, which is why Mill Park bring only their best to Magic Millions each year and this year's draft features a selection of colts by champion sires and star fillies including the half-sister to $3million plus earner Fawkner.

The Watson family run Mill Park is a name synonymous with quality and the list of superior runners raised on their vast paddocks is a virtual who's who of Australian racing.

Fawkner, Southern Speed, Happy Trails, Rebel Raider, Serious Speed, Captain Sonador, Go Indy Go, the list goes on… with even a Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner in Augusta Proud gracing their honour roll.

A Flemington stakes-winner during the Melbourne Cup Carnival, All Too Huiying (pictured below) is the latest Mill Park sold stakes-winner, the three year-old son of All Too Hard purchased for $150,000 and already the winner of nearly $230,000.

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A close second at the Gold Coast just before Christmas, the Gary Moore trained colt is set to be a major player at the rich $10million Magic Millions raceday on January 13.

The Mill Park draft for 2018 features 11 sensational yearlings with highlights below :

 Lot 651: Chestnut Filly, Shooting To Win x Dane Belltar, by Danewin

Lot 651: Chestnut Filly, Shooting To Win x Dane Belltar, by Danewin

First season sire Shooting To Win was a brilliant sprinter miler that scored a career defining win in the Group I MRC Caulfield Guineas.

He is the sire of the latest yearling from acclaimed blue hen Dane Belltar, whose five foals to race are all winners headed by triple Group I winner Fawkner, $1.1 million earner Tanby and Group II placed Viking Star.

Offered as Lot 651, she is an exceptional filly and pedigree profilers will see merit in her intriguing double cross of celebrated producer Eight Carat via her influential daughter Cotehele House (GB), the dam of Danewin and Commands.

Shooting To Win traces in tail female line to Eight Carat via Cotehele House, while Dane Belltar is a daughter of Danewin.

South Australian racing is seldom without a 'Discreet' winner doing the rounds of stakes races and this fabulous family nurtured by David Peacock is represented twice in the Mill Park draft.

 Lot 420: Bay Colt, Dawn Approach x Very Discreet, by Exceed And Excel

Lot 420: Bay Colt, Dawn Approach x Very Discreet, by Exceed And Excel

Lot 420 is a handsome bay colt by Dawn Approach (IRE) from stakes-winning Exceed and Excel mare Very Discreet, already the dam of three winners headed by Group I placed Naafer, a colt who promises to win a stakes race in South Africa in 2018.

Dawn Approach has started his stud career in Australia in glowing fashion with two metropolitan winners in Gongs and Condemned and this youngster carries the prominent blaze of his sire.

 Lot 816: Bat or Brown Colt, Brazen Beau x I'm Discreet, by Elusive Quality

Lot 816: Bat or Brown Colt, Brazen Beau x I'm Discreet, by Elusive Quality

From the same family comes Lot 816, a colt (below) from the first crop of I Am Invincible's champion son Brazen Beau from stakes-winning Elusive Quality (USA) mare I'm Discreet, the dam of Group II VRC Edward Manifold Stakes winner Serenely Discreet.

 Lot 137: Bay Colt, Written Tycoon x Noondie, by Flying Spur

Lot 137: Bay Colt, Written Tycoon x Noondie, by Flying Spur

Champion 2YO Sire Written Tycoon has Lot 137, a full brother to Group II MRC Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker from Noondie, a three-quarter sister by Flying Spur to stakes-winner Tranquility.

Mill Park sold Booker as a yearling for $230,000 and she has already won back her purchase price and gives every indication that a Group I win could be well within her scope in 2018 making this colt a stallion prospect of the future.

 Lot 422: Chestnut Colt, Shooting To Win x Victory Cry, by General Nediym

Lot 422: Chestnut Colt, Shooting To Win x Victory Cry, by General Nediym

Lot 422 is another youngster by Shooting to Win, the three-quarter brother to slick stakes-winner Guard Of Honour, who is by Shooting to Win's sire Northern Meteor.

Guard Of Honour was sold by Mill Park at this sale for $300,000 and this attractive chestnut colt is very similar to his sibling. He is the fifth foal of Victory Cry, a half-sister by General Nediym to stakes-winners Reldas and Victory Chant from the family of Group I winner Serious Speed.

 Lot 636: Bay Filly, Not A Single Doubt x Court Pastoral (GB), by Mount Nelson

Lot 636: Bay Filly, Not A Single Doubt x Court Pastoral (GB), by Mount Nelson

The first foal of well bred import Court Pastoral (GB) is Lot 636, a lovely bay filly very obviously stamped by her sire Not a Single Doubt.

The filly has a real mix of speed and stamina in her pedigree as her dam won four races over staying trips and is a daughter of Group I Ascot Fillies Mile winner Teggiano.

 Lot 649: Bay Colt, Snitzel x Dances Of Waves, by Anabaa

Lot 649: Bay Colt, Snitzel x Dances Of Waves, by Anabaa

Reigning Champion Sire Snitzel has Lot 649, a colt from Group II AJC Villiers Stakes winner Dances on Waves, the dam of two winners and a half-sister to the dam of four time Group I winner Preferment.

He comes with a double cross of both Danzig and Canny Lad.

 Lot 814: Bay Filly, I Am Invincible x Hussy By Choice, by Redoute's Choice

Lot 814: Bay Filly, I Am Invincible x Hussy By Choice, by Redoute's Choice

Lot 814 is the first foal of stakes-winning Hussonet (USA) mare Hussy by Choice, a grand-daughter of stakes-winner St Therese from the family of Group I winner Planet Ruler.

A stunning filly by red hot sire I Am Invincible, she is very true to type and her second and third dams are by Redoute's Choice and Dehere (USA), so there is a real diversity of top stallions in her genetic make-up.

Click here to see the full draft and see them on show at Stable QC29-34 and QD 1-5 next week.