The racing industry, at times, has a funny way of rewarding people’s generosity and that was certainly the case yesterday when Musk Creek Farm’s David Kobritz sold a Dundeel (High Chaparral) colt to Mornington trainer Matt Laurie for $520,000.
The colt is the second foal out of Personalised (Snitzel), herself a half-sister to 2020 VRC Oaks (Gr 1, 2500m) winner Personal (Fastnet Rock), and he was the result of a charity nomination to Dundeel in 2019 auctioned in support of former jockey Tye Angland.
Kobritz paid $100,000 – $40,000 more than Dundeel’s service fee at the time – to gain an opening to the fully booked stallion.
“He is a cracking colt and the mare is outstanding,” Musk Creek Farm manager Scott Williams said.
“It’s a great reward to see him develop on the farm since day one and then to go to a good home like Matt’s and he stays close to home which is good.
“You hope they make that sort of price when you bring them to the sales and he had plenty of interest.”
Laurie was taken with the Dundeel colt, who was catalogued as Lot 154, as soon as he saw him at Oaklands Junction last week and immediately set about putting a syndicate together in order to buy him.
“He’s a Classic style of horse, he’s got the looks to match and the pedigree to go with that. We are pretty pleased to get him to the stable,” Laurie said.
“He’s a very well-balanced horse, a nice moving colt and he’s a very attractive colt to go with it. We think that maybe he might be a stallion proposition. That’s the dream, and hopefully that comes to fruition.”
Musk Creek Farm paid $525,000, in conjunction with Boomer Bloodstock, at the 2019 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale to buy Personalised.
“We bought the mare off the back of buying that charity nom,” Williamson said.
“We bought the mare for $525,000 and she was carrying her first foal and after we bought her, Personal, her half-sister, won the Group 1 so she’d be worth a lot more now.
“And obviously with her first two foals making $575,000 and now $520,000, she is obviously a very valuable mare for us. She has got a Zoustar filly at the farm now and she is outstanding and arguably the best foal that she has had so far, which is very exciting for a small boutique farm like us.
“It’s our aim to build on that quality of mare. We want to be known as breeders.”
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