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Nurse Kitchen Sells For $1,700,000

Tim Rowe | 31.05.2017

Three Reach $1,000,000 On Day One Of Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale

Group Two winner Nurse Kitchen (Savabeel) will be aimed for Group One races during the spring carnival with a stud career put on hold after China Horse Club secured the filly for $1,700,000 on Day One of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale yesterday.

The David Brideoake-trained filly, who won the Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (Gr 2, 1600m) in the spring, was one of three lots yesterday to break the $1,000,000 barrier, while a further three achieved at least $900,000.

The leading purchaser on Day One by aggregate, China Horse Club bought seven fillies and mares for an aggregate of $4,250,000 at an average of $607,143.

Nurse Kitchen, who was bred by retired trainer Peter Moody and catalogued as Lot 758,  is expected to return to pre-training in the coming days with a potential Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) tilt on her agenda.

Raced by Moody’s wife Sarah, the Bhima Thoroughbreds-consigned Nurse Kitchen was purchased by China Horse Club representative Michael Wallace in a spirited bidding duel with YuLong Investments which opened at $500,000.

As well as last October’s Group Two victory, Nurse Kitchen was runner up in the Vinery Stud Stakes (registered as Storm Queen Stakes) (Gr 1, 2000m) on 25 March before she finished sixth in the ATC Australian Oaks (Gr 1, 2400m) on 8 April.

“She is a filly we believe has some great racing upside as we head into the next 12 months with her,” Wallace said.

“We think she is capable of winning Group One races if everything went her way. She is already a Group Two winner and Group One-placed filly by Savabeel, so she has a high level of value regardless.”

Nurse Kitchen is out of the three-time winner Flying Monty (Montjeu), herself a half-sister to the New Zealand Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Hades (Zabeel), dual Listed winner Everbright (Cape Cross) and the stakes-placed pair Swan Lake (Green Perfume) and Katchmekate (Bakharoff). Moody has a weanling sister to Nurse Kitchen, who could be offered at next year’s yearling sales.
“She is a filly that Sarah and I bred and Sarah raced her with David Brideoake and he did a tremendous job with her,” Moody said.

“We have mum and a weanling full sister at home, so it was time to cash in and move on and let’s hope the sister can do the job for us.”

Bhima Thoroughbreds’ Mike Fleming said the result was just reward for Moody, a strong supporter of the Scone-based operation.

“I have had a good relationship with Peter over the last couple of years and we have been selling some nice race fillies off the track for him and the Wylie Dalziel partnership,” Fleming told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“With the price Nurse Kitchen made, it just shows you, particularly being a Savabeel mare and being an outcross mare, the value that they have.

“There is so much Danehill influence in Australia and those outcross mares are really well sought after and when you get a couple of people that just want them, anything can happen.”

China Horse Club also secured the Glenesk Thoroughbreds-offered supplementary entry Inspired Estelle (Manhattan Rain), a half-sister to Group One winner and former Australian Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee (Redoute’s Choice).

Wallace went to $925,000 to buy the well-bred filly and believes she has plenty to offer as a racehorse before being retired to stud.

Catalogued as Lot 1680, the Glenesk Thoroughbreds-sold Inspired Estelle is a juvenile winner who ran fourth in the Angus Armanasco Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m). The three-year-old filly, who was trained by Toby Edmonds on the Gold Coast, has had 11 starts and ran third last start on 20 May at Doomben.

Inspired Estelle is out of MVRC Champagne Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Estelle Collection (Stravinsky) who is a blood sister to stakes winner La Sizeranne (Stravinsky) and Sara Ann (Stravinsky), the dam of 2016 ATC Australian Derby (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Tavago (Tavistock).

Glenesk Thoroughbreds Brett Howard told ANZ Bloodstock News a filly with her pedigree deserved to make the money that she did.

“I wouldn’t have been surprised if she made more as she is a blue chip filly and I think she is one of those fillies that anyone in Australia, New Zealand or the world would be proud to own,” Howard said.

“I am delighted for China Horse Club and I think they will look back in a year or two’s time and say, ‘wow, she is cheap’.”

The sole current Group One winner still racing in the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale, the Kelly Schweida-trained Miss Cover Girl (Monashee Mountain), was bought for $500,000 after initially being passed in. She was purchased by Dermot Farrington within minutes of leaving the sales auditorium.

Catalogued as Lot 748,  the Kelly Schweida-trained five-year-old won last year’s Tattersall’s Tiara (Gr 1, 1400m) at Eagle Farm and was sold as a racing and breeding proposition by her current owners.

Miss Cover Girl is out of winning Show A Heart (Brave Warrior) mare Tolart, while her second dam I Told You (Sea Road) is a three-quarter sister to stakes-placed Grouse Lane (Sea Road) and a half-sister to Huntington Girl (Black Zephyr), the dam of Listed winner Key Bar Nights (Anabaa).


YuLong Buys Champion New Zealand Filly
YuLong Investments owner Yuesheng Zhang was determined to take home dual Group One winner and former champion New Zealand middle distance mare Soriano (Savabeel) in foal to Tavistock (Montjeu).

Having missed out on Nurse Kitchen earlier in the day in a bidding duel with China Horse Club, the Dormello Stud-offered Soriano was sold to YuLong Investments for $1,150,000, the joint second top lot on Day One.

Cataloged as Lot 881,  Soriano, a winner of nine races and seven at stakes level, is out of Listed winner Call Me Lily (Just A Dancer) making her a half-sister to the stakes-placed Affairoftheheart (Fusaichi Pegasus). Soriano has a weanling filly by Pins (Snippets) born last year.

Bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills, who was acting on behalf of the Yu Long Investements yesterday, said Zhang was keen to acquire elite fillies and mares to race and breed in Australia.

“Mr Zhang was underbidder earlier in the day on Nurse Kitchen and at the moment he is trying to establish a name of good quality in Australia,” Mills said.

“He has brought some high quality mares (to the Gold Coast) to sell and he wanted to buy some high quality ones as well.

“He’s very much focused his business in two areas, he buys a large volume of horses because he’s very keen to get racing going in China and establish a stud book up there, and he really wants to make China a legitimate racing nation.”

Mills said no mating plans had been arranged for Soriano

“No matings are confirmed yet but most of his breeding stock is at Widden and although he has a farm in Victoria, it is full of horses in work and spellers and so on. I guess a mare of her sort of quality will be mated in the Hunter Valley.”

New Zealand trainer Graeme Rogerson, the proprietor of Dormello Stud, said he has a three-quarter sister to Soriano and wanted to support Magic Millions owner Gerry Harvey, a long-time owner with his stable.

“I thought she would make more money, but they were good enough to bid, so I put her on the market,” Rogerson said.

“I think (Tavistock) is the next Savabeel and she is a great mare. I have got her three-quarter sister to train, so I am sad to see her go, but Gerry Harvey is very good to us and he has a lot of horses with me.

Yu Long Investments meanwhile spent $1,480,000 on three lots yesterday.

Harron Grabs Elite Fillies
Petits Filous (Street Boss), a Ciaron Maher-trained mare who won her first four starts in comprehensive fashion, has also been added to the broodmare band of Belinda Bateman after selling for $1,150,000 yesterday.

The Glastonbury Farms-consigned four-year-old, who was catalogued as Lot 1687 as a supplementary, will be retired immediately and sent to stud.

Petits Filous is out of the Exceed And Excel (Danehill) mare Excellent Lady, who is a half-sister to Mackinnon Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) winner La Bella Dama (Desert Sun) who is the dam of St George Stakes (Gr 2, 1800m) winner La Rocket (Rock Of Gibraltar).

She is also a half-sister to the stakes-placed pair Macau Causeway (Giant’s Causeway) and Voile Rouge (Encosta De Lago).

“We spent a lot of time going through the catalogue and looking for those really good, fast mares that we think will make good broodmares,” Harron said.

“Speed and precocity is a big thing for us and how we select. After that we then look for good looks and she was a beauty. I think we will do well with her so I’m delighted to get her.”

Duncan Grimley of Glastonbury Farms said Petits Filous was a quality mare who deserved to feature in the top lots sold yesterday.

“Given the market, we had just under a $1,000,000 reserve on her and there were three people on her at $1,000,000,” Grimley told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She sold fantastically well and she is a beautiful mare with a great temperament and I am sure they will be happy with her.

“She is free of Danehill, so that appeals to a lot of people obviously because most of the obvious stallions in the country have Danehill somewhere in their pedigree. She was one of those jewels that come along every now and then.”

Ciaron Maher Racing purchased Petits Filous for $65,000 from the draft of her breeder Emirates Park at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale. She went on to win five her her ten starts and $365,850 in prize money with her biggest victory coming in the Quezette Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m).


Scarlet Rain Makes $950,000
Harron also purchased Sweet Embrace Stakes (Gr 2, 1200m) winner Scarlet Rain (Manhattan Rain), who won four of her eight starts for co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, for $950,000 on behalf of Belinda Bateman.

Catalogued as Lot 1660, the Widden Stud-consigned Scarlet Rain was a supplementary entry for the sale and is by the same sire as this year’s Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner She Will Reign and is the only foal to race out of city-winning mare Double Ranga (Exceed And Excel).

Double Ranga is a half-sister to Macau stakes winner Happy Forever (Commands) and Gold Coast Bracelet (Listed, 1800m) winner Super Lacuna (Grand Lodge). Scarlet Rain’s sister was sold by Arrowfield Stud for $360,000 to RIFA Mustang Pty Ltd at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Harron said Scarlet Rain fitted the breeding model being employed by Bateman being a well-performed sprinting juvenile.

“The Darby team picked her out and have done a great job with her,” Harron said.

“She is absolutely beautiful and can be bred to any stallion. She had really good speed and was really precocious, so she fits in really well. She has been purchased for Belinda Bateman and she fits in really well to her broodmare band.”

Widden Stud marketing and stallion nominations manager Ryan McEvoy echoed Harron’s comments, believing Scarlet Rain had all the qualities to be a top-class broodmare.

“She was a speed machine who was a brilliant two-year-old, which is what Australian racing is all about,” McEvoy told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“We are thrilled for Darby Racing, who bought and syndicated the mare, to achieve the result that they did in the sales ring.”

James Harron Bloodstock purchased two lots yesterday for a total spend of $2,100,000, finishing the day as the third leading purchaser behind China Horse Club and Newstar Bloodstock.

Stonestreet Farm Adds To Broodmare Band
US breeder Stonestreet Farm also made a strong play to increase its Australian breeding arm by securing two high-priced lots on Day One of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.

Owner Barbara Banke’s agent John Moynihan secured the joint fourth-top lot, four-year-old mare Catch A Fire (Sebring), for $950,000 and also paid $800,000 for Group Three winner Thyme For Roses (Redoute’s Choice), who formed part of US investor Jon Kelly’s dispersal.

Catch A Fire is a sister to VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner and Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) runner-up Seaburge (Sebring), and she won three of her 19 starts, including the 2016 Angus Armanasco Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m), for prize money of $248,560.

Catch A Fire, who was consigned by Bhima Thoroughbreds as agent for her owners headed by syndicator Wylie Dalziel Racing, was catalogued as Lot 674.  She was a $40,000 purchase by Higgins and Dalziel Racing at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.   

She is expected to remain in Australia and go to stud this season, but a stallion is yet to be determined.

“She has a great pedigree and is a beautiful filly. She was a really, really good racehorse and we are happy to get her,” Moynihan said.

“We have to talk to Barbara but there is a good chance she will probably stay here to be bred in Australia.

“With the level these horses have won at and the fact they’re really good looking individuals, means they are the kind of horses we have had success with at home producing nice horses. So we hope that trend will continue here.”

Bhima Thoroughbred’s Mike Fleming said the strength of the 2017 yearling market was flowing through to the broodmare sales.

“There has been a lot of good strong completion on those good well performed mares,” Fleming said.

“It just shows how well the market is holding up off the back of good yearlings sales and everyone reinvesting in mares and it’s great for the industry.”

Bhima Thoroughbreds were the second leading vendor by aggregate having sold 12 of the 14 lots they offered for $4,120,500 at an average of $348,375.

Catch A Fires’s dam, the Widden Stud-consigned Polska (Encosta De Lago), who is catalogued as Lot 1504, will be offered in foal to Sebring (More Than Ready) on Thursday. She is a daughter of the Group One winner La Volta who produced four winners from nine foals to race.

Thyme For Roses Tops Kelly Dispersal
Thyme For Roses, who was trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, is a daugher of Group Three winner and Magic MIllions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winner Augusta Proud (More Than Ready) and is another filly bound for Stonestreet Farm’s breeding operation.

Consigned by Arrowfield Stud as Lot 633, she was bought by Moynihan for $800,000.

She was originally purchased for $460,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Broadwater Thoroughbreds draft. She raced six times for two wins including the VRC Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) and earned $139,275 in prize money. Her second dam is the winner Kadasha (Langfuhr) and further back this is the family of the dual Grade One winner Mercedes Won (Air Forbes Won).

“She is a beautiful mare and she is by Redoute’s Choice, who needs no introduction,” Moynihan said.

“He’s a tremendous broodmare sire both here and abroad. She looks like a great young mare who can produce really pretty horses.

“We bought her as a breeding prospect and I would say that’s what we will stick with. We will probably keep her here but we will decide.”

Daughters of Redoute’s Choice (Danehill) have to date produced 58 stakes winners headed by the Group One winners Sacred Falls, Zoustar, Pasadena Girl, The Mission, Stay With Me and Inference.

Another daughter of Redoute’s Choice sold on behalf of Kelly yesterday was the Lee and Anthony Freedman-trained three-year-old Extra Olives, who was runner up in the Vanity Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) on 18 February. She has to date raced 14 times for four wins and three placings with prize money of $128,095.

Catalogued as Lot 700 as a racing and breeding proposition, she was bought by Newstar Bloodstock for $460,000.

Extra Olives was originally purchased by Lee Freedman and Kelly for $500,000 from the draft of Arrowfield Stud at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and is out of the dual winner Line Honours (Hussonet), a daughter of the multiple Group One winner Alinghi (Encosta De Lago).


Slumber Party Set For Capitalist
Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Capitalist (Written Tycoon), who will stand his first season at Newgate Farm in 2017, will cover the stakes-placed filly Slumber Party (Snitzel) later this year after she was purchased for $800,000 yesterday.

Runner up in the B J McLachlan Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m), Slumber Party was purchased by Paul Moroney Bloodstock on behalf of Sir Owen Glenn‘s Go Bloodstock from Kelly’s dispersal consignment.

Catalogued as Lot 621 the former Waterhouse and Bott-trained Slumber Party will board at Newgate Farm with the remainder of Go Bloodstock’s broodmare band, which numbers about 30.

Moroney said his and Sir Owen’s team had scoured the catalogue looking for a suitable mare to send to Capitalist.

“She was a filly we really had our hearts set on buying. We were right at the high end of the budget, but we played it right and pinned it on the tail,” Moroney said.

“Sir Owen’s bloodstock manager Geoff Roan secured a nomination to Capitalist and we came here specifically to find a mare for him.

“Being by who she is by, there aren’t many stallions she can go to, but with Capitalist being a son of Written Tycoon, she can go to him. She is a Group performer at two, he was a Golden Slipper and a Magic Millions winner, so it will be speed over speed.

“That’s what Sir Owen wants to do, breed for the Australian market and she will fit into his broodmare band.”

Newgate Farm’s Henry Field told ANZ Bloodstock News that Capitalist would cover an elite book of mares this year, with Slumber Party a high-quality addition to the list.

“Capitalist has got an extraordinary book of high-class mares and Slumber Party will fit right in with the pointy end,” Field said.

“She will board at Newgate, which we are really excited about, and she will be a great mare for Capitalist. We stand Criterion for Sir Owen Glenn and his high-class mares. (Go Bloodstock) deals in very high quality and they are partners with us in Russian Revolution.”

The fourth of Kelly’s fillies sold yesterday was Lot 685, winning and city-placed three-year-old filly by Fastnet Rock (Danehill), Dancing Hare. Trained by Lee and Anthony Freedman, Dancing Hare has not raced since finishing unplaced in the Adrian Knox Stakes (Gr 2, 2000m) at Randwick on 1 April.

She was bought by James Bester Bloodstock for $90,000.

Samara Dancer Destined For Sebring
Widden Stud and agent David Lucas purchased the Phillip Stokes-trained Blue Diamond Prelude (F) (Gr 2, 1100m) winner Samara Dancer, a daughter of Yarraman Park’s Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock), for $825,000.

Offered by Sledmere Stud, the three-year-old filly is likely to be covered by Widden Stud stallion Sebring (More Than Ready) later this year. Catalogued as Lot 1659,  she won twice from nine starts and won $185,000 in prize money.

Out of Ennerdale (Singspiel), a half-sister to Listed winner Copeland (Generous), Samara Dancer is one of four winners for her dam, including Caulfield Guineas Prelude (Gr 3, 1400m) winner Eclair Big Bang (Savabeel). Later racing in Hong Kong as Almababy, Eclair Big Bang was also trained by Stokes.

Ryan McEvoy, of Widden Stud, said Samara Dancer had the precocity and race performance as a two-year-old who would breed a highly commercial yearling.

“She was a very talented filly who has done her job on the racetrack,” McEvoy said.

“We bought her with Sebring in mind and that is likely where she will head this season. He is doing a great job and is an excellent match for Samara Dancer.”


Burke Bloodstock Fillies Make Impact
The Burke Bloodstock-consigned Group Two winner Miss Gunpowder (Pendragon) and Mousai (Fastnet Rock), a three-year-old half-sister to Group One winner and Coolmore Stud stallion Starspangledbanner (Choisir), were sold for $700,000 and $870,000 respectively.

Vinery Stud purchased Miss Gunpowder, who was catalogued as Lot 750, and she could remain in training with Lindsay Park for another season instead of heading to stud.

A Thousand Guineas Prelude (Gr 2, 1400m) winner, the rising five-year-old mare was runner-up at her last start in the SAJC Proud Miss Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) at Morphettville on 20 May.

“She is still in good form, so we will weigh up where we go from here,” Vinery Stud’s Adam White told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She is just a gorgeous mare, a great mover, and probably the best mover on the complex really, and she’s got the race track performance on the board.

“Anything from now is just more of an upside. We will let the dust settle first of all and speak with the trainer and get their feedback. She is still only a young mare, so we will make that call whether to race her on in the next few days.”

White said Miss Gunpowder’s pedigree allowed her to be mated with a number of Australia’s premier stallions.

She is out winning US-bred mare Forever Rafter (Delineator), herself a half-sister to Tattersall’s Tiara (Gr 1, 1400m) winner Absolute Glam (Snowland) and Listed winner and Group One-placed Nobby Snip (Snippetson).

“She has a pedigree where she opens up a few options for us,” he said.

“We will worry about (what stallion to send her to) if she goes to stud this season. We do send out a few as well as supporting our own stallions, and she matches up with quite a few.”

Burke said the price realised by Miss Gunpowder was well above the reserve set.

“We were pretty confident going into the sale that there was going to be plenty of competition on her,” Burke told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She probably exceeded our expectations by a little bit and I am very happy to see that Vinery bought her. I believe she is going to train on and I wish them all the best for her.“

Catalogued as Lot 755, the Burke Bloodstock-consigned Mousai made a winning debut for Lindsay Park at Seymour on 27 April. Out of the stakes-placed mare Gold Anthem (Made Of Gold), she was purchased by Coolmore Stud for $700,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and raced in a Coolmore partnership with Seymour Bloodstock.

Yesterday, Seymour Bloodstock acquired the filly outright for $870,000.

Burke said Mousai had the potential to progress through her grades and would appreciate stepping up in distance having won over 1200 metres on debut.

“Mousai, with her pedigree, wouldn’t be out of place in any broodmare paddock in the world and the person who bought her was very keen to buy her and again there was strong competition on her,” Burke said.

“There is every expectation that if she can get over a bit of ground she can get black type.”


Bester Snaps Up Take Pride

The former Murray Johnson-trained Group Two winner of three races Take Pride (Reward For Effort) was yesterday secured by agent James Bester for $550,000 and is set to be covered by Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) this year,

Catalogued as Lot 629, Take Pride was consigned by Yarraman Park on behalf of her owners and the price surpassed connections’ expectations.

Take Pride is by Chatswood Stud’s Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winning Exceed And Excel (Danehill) stallion Reward For Effort and she is out of winning mare Shabtis (Elusive Quality), a half-sister to Caulfield Cup (Gr 1, 2400m) winner Mummify (Jeune) and stake-placed Medusa Miss (Henny Hughes) and Byzantine (Elusive Quality), the dam of Group Three winner Ottoman (Exceed And Excel).

Bester told ANZ Bloodstock News that his clients were looking for a suitable mare to send to I Am Invincible.

“Obviously she had two-year-old performance, she had speed, I liked her pedigree and, most of all, I liked her physique,” Bester told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She has been bought for a partnership to be married to I Am Invincible. She is just the sort of mare that could do well with I Am Invincible and go back through the ring one day for a lovely price. My client was particularly keen on a mare that could go back to him.”

Yarraman Park’s Harry Mitchell said the price tag was a terrific return for Take Pride’s owner Peter Murray.

“She is a lovely Group-winning mare who was nice and fast. She sold very well and he will be happy with that and it all worked out very well,” Mitchell told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“She is by an Exceed And Excel line stallion in Reward For Effort who won a Blue Diamond. He’s a stallion who has done a good job. I think the mare was entitled to sell well and she did.”

Record Trade On Day One
Day One of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale set a new benchmark for any auction held by the company, with 255 lots sold for an aggregate of $44,916,500 at an average of $176,143.

The median price was $95,000, while the clearance rate was 85 per cent. As well as three horses selling for more than $1,000,000, there were 23 fillies and mares who sold for $500,000 or more.

Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox was ecstatic with the Day One results, but suggested opportunities for buyers remained plentiful with three days of selling remaining.

“We’re sitting on a gross just under $45,000,000, which I think is a record day’s gross for Magic Millions at any sale,” Cox said.

“That is a staggering figure is anyone’s language. We are just delighted, obviously with the quality of horses we offered today and the competition was here from all parts of the globe.

“It’s been a very rewarding day all round. I think what really stood out was the competition right throughout the day.

“We are sitting on a clearance rate of 85 per cent which is just fantastic particularly when you are offering 300 mares.”

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