With the first Group 1 race of 2016 in Australia set to be run this Saturday at Caulfield, it’s great to see that Mill Park Stud stalwarts Fawkner and Happy Trails will once again renew their head to head battles on the track!
In what can only be described as simply an outstanding field, the Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes (1400m) brings together a field of 18 runners – 13 of which are Group 1 winners – including Fawkner and Happy Trails.
With Mill Park Stud being the only farm with multiple graduates in the race, it’s once again a strong reminder of the quality stock that has been produced on the Limestone Coast.
Fawkner, a $70,000 graduate of the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale was last seen in action during the spring where after winning the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes first-up followed by a narrow second in the Underwood Stakes, not all went right at his next two starts and he was spelled.
Not normally seen this early during the autumn, Fawkner could be set for an exciting campaign with the son of Reset currently holding nominations to the Australian Cup, Doncaster Handicap and the Queen Elizabeth Stakes, all at Group 1 level.
A winner of over $3.8 million on the track for his connections, Mill Park Stud will offer his Street Cry half-brother at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April as Lot 249, part of a small, but select draft of three yearlings we are taking to the sale.
Mill Park Stud’s other graduate set to make his autumn debut is fellow war horse Happy Trails.
A winner of over $3.1million for his group of owners, $11,000 yearling purchase Happy Trails had an official barrier trial a few days back at Morphettville and finished a very nice third.
Finishing sixth in the C.F. Orr Stakes behind Dissident when resuming last time in, Happy Trails went on to record some strong performances including second in the Group 2 Peter Young Stakes and third in the Group 1 Australian Cup.
Any further success this time in will add a further boost to Lot 207 at the upcoming Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, the All Too Hard half-brother to Happy Trails.
Set to be one of the stars of the sale, the colt was withdrawn from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier in the year to be targeted towards the Adelaide Sale and looks set to headline Mill Park Stud’s 16 strong draft.
Mill Park Stud have an outstanding record selling at the Adelaide Yearling Sale with not only Happy Trails, but Group 1 winners Divine Madonna, Mummify and Undoubtedly, all graduates of the farm.
Between them, they were purchased for a combined total of $324,500, returning connections over $11 million in earnings from 21 stakes race victories – 13 at Group 1 level!
No matter what the result of Saturday’s race, both runners are using the race as a launching pad to further races throughout the carnival and we wish their connections the best of luck.