The team that raced il-fated stallion Tavistock have proven breeding can pay thanks to brilliant 'blue hen' broodmare Bagolollies.
Tavistock was a Group One winner in New Zealand and a Group Two Blamey Stakes winner at Flemington before heading to Cambridge Stud where he had an amazing stud career before his untimely death after complications following a paddock accident.
Tavistock was purchased as a yearling for $85,000 from the New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Premier Sale by trainer Andrew Campbell acting on behalf of a syndicate of mates who had raced a number of horses with the stable.
Tommy Heptinstall who had established a highly successful Wellington real estate company headed the syndicate and was joined by Andrew Campbell, David Allison, Chris and John Barnao, Tom Pivac and David Platt in racing Tavistock.
When the horse went to stud the group decided to buy several broodmares to utilise the service rights they had to Tavistock.
Amongst the mares was Bagolollies, a Zabeel mare who won twice over ground in a fairly light racing career.
Bagolollies was in foal to shuttle stallion Iffraaj and the partnership sold the resultant filly for the price they originally paid for Bagolollies.
The mare then produced a colt foal to Tavistock and that’s when the fun started.
The group raced that colt and named Werther he was a stakes winner in New Zealand and Australia before the group sold him to Hong Kong businessman Johnathan Chen for a seven figure sum.
Werther went on to become Hong Kong’s champion stayer winning four Group Ones and nearly $(HK) 59 million.
Bagolollies then had a filly by Poi Moi which the group sold unraced to Australian breeders and the mare then produced a colt by Tavistock which they retained.
Named Gobstopper, the horse won a Group 3 New Zealand Cup and eight other races and was back in winning form at Warnambool winning the Galleywood Hurdles on Tuesday for the group.
Bagalollies then had three filly foals in a row to Tavistock and the partnership sold all three at sales around Australasia.
The first sold for $300,000 at Karaka and raced as Milseain a four time winner and placed in the Group One New Zealand Oaks.
Next came Candyland who bought $400,000 at the Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney going to Perth’s leviathan owner Bob Peters. She never raced and is being sold in foal to Pierro in the current Chairman’s Sale run by Inglis.
The last filly from Bagalollies bought $500,000 when sold at Karaka to Kiwi bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne on behalf of Victorian Jonathan Munz.
Named Toffee Tongue she won Saturday’s Group One Schweppes Oaks in South Australia to give Bagalollies a perfect record of four starters for four winners – all of them Black Type horses.
When Tavistock lost his battle against injury late last year the group elected to exit the breeding side of their operation and recently sold Bagalollies in foal to Tavistock to Hong Kong interests.
They are disposing of their broodmares and the future focus will be solely on buying yearlings to race.
It has been some journey and just shows you that making the right decisions in the game can produce significant returns.