Week by week, season by season, Mill Park Stud graduates continue to perform on the track and the 2014/2015 season saw many highlights and from what we have seen so far this season, we are confident that the trend will continue.
During the most recently completed racing season, stalwarts Happy Trails (Good Journey) and Fawkner (Reset) continued to perform at Group 1 level, while the likes of Perfect Punch (Starcraft), Battle Brewing (Medaglia d’Oro), Gamblin’ Guru (New Approach), Daytona Grey (Artie Schiller), Into The Mist (Redoute’s Choice), Tanby (Galileo) and Gossip Guru (Reset) all performed at stakes level.
Fawnker’s 2014/15 Spring campaign saw the son of Reset finish second in the Makybe Diva Stakes before an exciting win in the Caulfield Stakes followed up by a narrow second in the W.S. Cox Plate – all at Group 1 level.
Happy Trails added his third career Group 1 victory to his already impressive record, winning the Mackinnon Stakes off the back of a second in the Underwood Stakes.
Tanby, a Galileo half-brother to Fawkner kept his family in the spotlight, winning the Group 2 Adelaide Cup in March for new trainer Mick Cerchi, while exciting sprinter Daytona Grey, a son of Artie Schiller won the Group 3 RN Irwin Stakes at Morphettville in exciting fashion defeating a class field by two and a half lengths.
One to follow could be the Medaglia d’Oro gelding Battle Brewing who finished second in the Oaklands Plate as well as third in the Breeders Stakes. A half-sister to both Group 1 winner Go Indy Go and the Group 3 winner Essay Raider, Battle Brewing is bred to appreciate some ground and with maturity he could furnish into a really nice stayer.
Half-way through the current racing season, with horses like Fawkner successful first-up in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes and Happy Trails producing some top class efforts during the Spring including a narrow second to Criterion in the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes, there are a few exciting horses to watch as we move forward.
Lightly raced filly Beluga Blue (Lookin’ At Lucky) recorded a strong victory in the Listed Hill Smith Stakes, before second to Ambience in the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes, with that winner going on to place in the Group 1 VRC Oaks.
Another to keep an eye on is Cocoa Doll (More Than Ready), an impressive debut winner in September, the connections felt so highly of her that they sent her to Melbourne for a stakes race, and while the run can be overlooked, she is one to definitely black book.
All in all, Mill Park Stud’s graduates continue to perform on the racetrack for their connections, and we wish all of their owners and our clients the best of success – remember, so often the best gallopers to come off the farm in recent years have not cost a lot in the sale ring…Fawkner and Happy Trails were not expensive yearling purchases – both could have been secured for a total of $81,000 and with combined earnings of $6.99 million…the sky’s the limit!