In foal to Fastnet Rock - big price expected
Former high class OnTrack racemare Savanna Amour will be sold at the prestigious Inglis Chairman's Sale early next month.
Savanna Amour was sold privately as a broodmare prospect by the OnTrack managed ownership group at the conclusion of her highly successful racing career. She was purchased by emerging Southern Highlands NSW farm B2B Thoroughbreds in Mittagong.
B2B mated her with champion sire Fastnet Rock, with the resultant foal an outstanding filly who will be in hot demand as a yearling in 2022.
She is now safely back in foal to Fastnet Rock, adding to her massive appeal to prospective buyers.
Savanna Amour was purchased by OnTrack's Grant Morgan at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $100,000.
Bred by Newgate Farm partner SF Bloodstock, Savanna Amour was a among the first crop yearlings sired by Love Conquers All.
"She was an outstanding type and that's the first thing that gets me keen on a yearling in the first place. I then learn to love the pedigree later. But in her case, her pedigree had many appeals for me too. I was pretty much sold as soon as she walked out of the box, she was a 'no brainer' for us," said Grant Morgan.
"I felt she probably had more of the female pedigree shining through in terms of her type. She wasn't typical of the Love Conquers All progeny at all and she is still arguably his best performer.
"In terms of pedigree I loved that she had Marauding's dam Biscalowe as her third dam.
"The second positive factor was she was Danehill free. I believe this adds greatly to a mares value when the time comes to sell them for breeding.
"The third factor which attracted me was having Twig Moss as her grand dam's sire. Twig Moss was an amazing stallion who instilled a great deal of toughness.
"Finally, I was also very familiar with her dam Savanna La Mar who was trained and owned on the Gold Coast at Traintech 2000 where we had our office at the time.
"$100,000 was a fair bit to pay for her at the time, but you have to pay 'overs' for the best QTIS fillies given their earning capacity," said Morgan.
Savanna Amour won 7 times for connections during her top class racing career which featured multiple stakes wins in both Victoria and Queensland.
Her keynote wins came in the MRC Angus Armanasco S., Gr.2, WW Cockram S., Gr.3, How Now S., Gr.3, Gold Coast Guineas, Gr.3 and the BRC Hinkler H.
She was also placed 2d VRC Skip Sprint, Gr.3, 3d MRC Kevin Hayes S., Gr.3, Kevin Heffernan S., Gr.3 and 4th Qld Tatt's RC Tattersalls Tiara, Gr.1.
Savanna Amour was prepared throughout her career by Meagher Racing and the combination of John Meagher, along with sons Chris Meagher and Daniel Meagher, from their Eagle Farm and Mornington stables.
Team Meagher will also farewell their multiple Group 1 winning Pippie at the Inglis Chairman's Sale.
Being sold off the track as lot 47, Pippie will also be in high demand being by the in form proven sire Written Tycoon.
Like Savanna Amour, Pippie is also Danehill free.
It was an absolute pleasure to finally return to the Hunter Valley with a fantastic group of guests.
Our last tour to the Hunter Valley now seemed a distant memory back in October 2019.
Guests assembled from a wide range of locations to join us at Mercure Hunter Valley Gardens in Pokolbin including Tasmania, Queensland, Victoria and New South Wales.
The majority of guests on the tour went for the ‘drive yourself’ option, bypassing the flight options available to them at nearby Newcastle airport.
Successful Tasmanian breeder Mandy Gunn joined the tour group and was busy planning mating’s for her growing group of broodmares back in the ‘apple isle’. Mandy and mum Val Florence extended their visit to the Hunter following our tour to also visit historic Widden Stud. Trading under the Motree Thoroughbreds banner, Mandy has enjoyed success on the track recently with three time stakes winner Mandela Effect.
Gold Coast based breeder Dr Denis O’Brien was a welcome addition to our Hunter tour. Denis has been a very successful breeder for a wide period of time, one of his better performers in recent times has been Group 2 winning Brazen Beau mare Pretty Brazen. A former Ontrack Hong Kong tour member, Denis also extended his tour to return to Coolmore Stud to visit his horses. He also enjoyed a round of golf at ‘The Vintage’ prior to the commencement of the tour.
It was a pleasure to welcome many new faces in the group with the tour proving extremely popular and conducted at capacity numbers.
A big thank you to the farms that hosted our group in Coolmore, Arrowfield, Yarraman Park, Vinery, Godolphin and Newgate. All the stallions looked in great order during the ‘off season’ ahead of a returning the covering sheds in Spring.
A fixture on our calendar, we have conducted the Hunter Valley tour since 2003 and we are now conducting two annual tours to the Hunter Valley each April and October.
Our next Hunter Valley tour is scheduled for October 10-14, 2021.
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Brazen Beau has two sons at leading Hunter stud
Henry Field has fast made Newgate Farm the powerhouse producer of young stallion prospects.
This season the farms first season sire Extreme Choice produced the Golden Slipper winner in Stay Inside. Fellow barnmates Capitalist, Flying Artie and Winning Rupert are all well on their way as young stallions too.
Field and his partners have added a new stallion to the Newgate 2021 roster in the form of the very good looking son of Brazen Beau in North Pacific.
North Pacific will stand alongside another son of Brazen Beau in Tassort.
An exquisite type who was well sort after at the sales, North Pacific was secured for $800,000 at the Inglis Premier Sale in Melbourne.
Co-trainer John Hawkes rated North Pacific “one of the best looking yearlings I’ve ever seen at a sale”.
Prepared by the stallion making Team Hawkes stable of John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes, North Pacific was a runner up at Group 1 level in the prestigious stallion making race, the Golden Rose.
His keynote career victory came in the Group 3 Up and Coming Stakes at Randwick.
He also boasts Group 2 placings in high class races including the Silver Slipper (3rd on debut at 2), Hobartville Stakes and the Run To The Rose
North Pacific stands at Newgate Farm for $20,000 (inc GST).
Tassort commenced his stud career in 2020 where he covered 137 mares.
An exciting two year-old whose career was cut short by injury, Tassort was bred and raced by Godolphin under the care of James Cummings.
He was a record breaking 5.3 length winner of major Golden Slipper lead up race the Golden Gift before injury curtailed his Slipper bid.
Widely regarded as potentially the best two year-old in the stable, Godolphin went on to trifecta with Tassort supporters lamenting what could of been.
Tassort stands at Newgate Farm for $11,000 (inc GST).
On The Bubbles impresses in New Zealand
Smart two year-old On The Bubbles has delivered a Group 1 win for his sire Brazen Beau.
On The Bubbles captured the time honoured Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes (1400m) run at Awapuni.
The Sires Produce has been long regarded as New Zealand’s best two year-old race.
First run in 1908, previous winners of the race include champion record breaking gallopers Melody Belle, La Mer, Daryl’s Joy and Desert Gold.
The win took his career earnings to over $707,000 with 4 wins 2 seconds from 6 starts.
The victory adds to his claim of being the top two year-old in New Zealand this year after earlier capturing the prestigious Karaka Millions (1200m) at Ellerslie.
On The Bubbles is a gelded son of Brazen Beau from the Sebring mare More Bubbles.
A first foal for the mare, On The Bubbles was bred in Victoria by Cathy Hain’s’ Burnewang Pastoral. The family has a long history of breeding and racing group 1 winners, headed by the famed ‘Kingston’ family led by the great Kingston Town.
On The Bubbles was initially sold as a weanling for $60,000 at the 2019 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale to New Zealand Bloodstock agent Bevan Smith as a pinhook prospect.
He was then resold at the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Sale at Karaka for $90,000 to David Ellis.
Owned by a large group of owners on both sides of the Tasman, among the ownership groups to own an interest in On The Bubbles is a syndicate headed by former Melbourne Racecaller Bryan Martin.
Included in the Martin syndicate are OnTrack clients Vin & Colleen Harink and John Loftus, who both also share in our promising Brazen Beau mare, Brazen Gem.
Master horseman celebrates Golden Slipper win
The recent Golden Slipper victory by Stay Inside provided master horse educator Greg Bennett with a memorable ‘triple crown’.
Bennett is the head trainer at Fenwick Farm’s at Canungra where he educates the next generation of equine athletes, including the OnTrack team of horses.
This two year-old season, Bennett and his expert team at Fenwick have broken in the winners of the three major 2yo events in Australia, the Magic Millions, Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper.
The triple crown came via three different horses, from three different stables and with three different stories. But the common thread for each was a sound beginning with Bennett.
The Chris Waller prepared Shaquero (by Shalaa) delivered the first leg by capturing the Magic Millions at the Gold Coast in January.
This was followed by the Blue Diamond win of Artorius (by Flying Artie).
The final and most prestigious leg of the treble came when Stay Inside (by Extreme Choice) dominated his rivals in the stallion making Golden Slipper.
By his own admission, Bennett has lost count of the number of horses he has broken in over the years but the figure is in the thousands.
Among them is amazing three time Melbourne Cup winning mare, Makybe Diva.
Bennett is currently breaking in what we hope will be the next generation of stars at OnTrack, Magic Millions colts by Savabeel and Dundeel.
Both yearlings have been set on a path towards Guineas and Derbies as three year-olds under leading Queensland trainers Tony Gollan and David Vandyke.