The Week That Was
July 10, 2021
Spendthrift Australia recorded a great week for racetrack results, with nine winners who were either bred on the farm or were out of Spendthrift owned mares. Another two Listed winners in the US also adds more black-type results to the tally. We like to celebrate weeks like these as it not only justifies the hard work our team produces daily but is a lovely reward for those breeders who support us each season.
Whilst the results themselves are exciting, the stats behind them are also something to talk about. Out of our broodmare band of 50 Spendthrift mares, we only have 27 who have foals of racing age. Of our last recorded eight winners, six of them have come from our own mares. There have also been an additional 3 winners that have been bred from our stallions from outside breeders. From those 27 mares that have foals at racing age, 30% of them have been winners which is a total of 16% of our overall broodmare band. We are proud of this achievement for our relatively young operation, and it is a positive sign as we continue to further develop our quality Victorian broodmare band and support our industry.
It was 3-year-old filly Josie who kicked it off for us, claiming the Listed Iowa Distaff Stakes at Prairie Meadows (USA) on July 2. She is out of the Spendthrift owned mare Spirited Away who hails from the same family as three-time Group 1 winner and Champion Older Female in the USA (1987), North Sider. The mare has produced four black-type performers and seven winners from eight foals to race. Spirited Away, who is currently in foal to Omaha Beach, produced an Overshare filly who was sold at the Gold Coast Magic Millions 2020 sale for $180,000.
Por Que No added another win to her record, and ours, with victory at Monmouth Park (USA). The win in last month’s Listed Monmouth Boiling Spring Stakes was the 3YO filly’s biggest win to date. Out of the Spendthrift owned mare, Cryptic Message, she herself was a Listed winner and hails from a quality family filled with black-type winners. Cryptic Message had an Into Mischief filly head to the 2021 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale who sold for $100,000 and has an Overshare weanling colt. She was served by Swear in 2020.
Acutus started off a great Saturday when he took out the open-class Northpine Waipu Cup on July 3 in New Zealand. He is out of Spendthrift-owned mare Sense of Pride and she herself was Listed placed and is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Alison’s Winner. Sense of Pride has also produced Group 1 placed Foxborough and has an Overshare weanling colt.
Strike Force marked another winner out of a Spendthrift owned mare, winning on Saturday July 3 and chalking up win number 11 for the gelding. His dam, Tapanappa, is by Giants Causeway and she has produced eight foals to race with seven of them winners, including Listed placed Pandemonium. The mare is currently in foal to Vino Rosso.
On Sunday July 4, Bad Moon Rising saluted at Port Augusta. The 4-year-old is by Spendthrift America’s super stallion Into Mischief and was bred by Spendthrift Australia. He was sold at the 2018 Inglis Premier Sale through Rushton Park’s draft.
Group 2-placed Mark The Horse started the week on a winning note, coming home best at Warrnambool on Monday July 5. He was an Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale graduate via the Moorookyle Park draft. Bred by Spendthrift Australia, he is by Warrior Reward and is out of Spendthrift owned mare Patricia’s Gem. The mare herself is out of Group 1 winner Stylish Talent and has produced six horses to race with four of them being winners. The mare has also produced a half-brother by our resident sire Swear, who was a debut winner in Faulds. She was last served by shuttle stallion Omaha Beach and is currently in foal.
Two-year-old filly Who Shot Suzy broke her maiden on her third attempt at Ballarat on Tuesday July 6 and looks to have a nice career ahead. She is out of the Rock of Gibraltar mare Suzy Rocks who also resides at our Kerrie property. Suzy Rocks is out of the Group 2 winner Regal Chamber and is a half-sister to Group 1 placed, Regal Cheer. The mare currently has a Gold Standard weanling filly and at age 16, has now been retired from breeding duties.
It turned into a double for the farm on Tuesday when only a few races later, Charcoal Annie, by former Spendthrift Australia sire Hampton Court, also claimed victory. Bred by us here, the 3-year-old filly is by Suite Success. From a strong black-type performing family you will find Written Beauty, Diamond Tathagata and Immortal Love on the dam-line. Suite Success has also foaled a sister to Charcoal Annie, a yearling filly by Gold Standard and is in foal to Jimmy Creed.
Trip the Light was successful in recording her second win to date when she tasted victory at Ipswich on Thursday July 8. Bred by Glenelg Park, the 3-year-old filly was sold for $180,000 at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Her dam, Lumic (Haradasun), is a part of our quality broodmare band and has produced three named foals with two to race. Her other runner is a 2-year-old colt also by Sebring under the care of trainer Chris Waller.