Muir secures Sepoy filly with residual value
Earlier yesterday, John Muir of Milburn Creek added a daughter of Sepoy to his thoroughbred portfolio, having earmarked her for his broodmare band after bloodstock agent Damon Gabbedy went to $400,000 to secure the filly.
Catalogued as Lot 265, the Blue Gum Farm-consigned filly is the ninth foal out of the high-class producing mare Beauty World (Danehill Dancer), whose eight foals to race are all winners including four stakes winners and two stakes-placed horses.
They include Group Three winners Lite’n In My Veins (Henrythenavigator), Hi World (High Chaparral), Listed-winning sprinter Loveyamadly (Bel Esprit) and Talindert Stakes (Listed, 1100m) winner Ducimus (Snitzel), who also nished second in the Pago Pago Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m).
“John always likes to buy a filly each year with an eye to a future broodmare and this filly is a perfect example of that,” Gabbedy said.
“We didn’t think she’d make that much but she is the best-bred filly in the sale,” Muir added.
“It is an outstanding mating and she sailed through the vet’s examination. You don’t get the opportunity to buy into pedigrees like this.”
“You have to pay a premium to buy fillies like this out of superior mares so that’s what we did.”
A trainer for the filly had not been decided, but Muir hinted that anyone who buys any of his 22 Milburn Creek-offered lots at next month’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale would be in the mix.
“Whoever buys nice yearlings from me at the Easter Sale will be on the shortlist to return the favour,” Muir said.
Blue Gum Farm’s Philip Campbell said the Sepoy filly had been a standout all week and was far from surprised by the price tag.
“I’m not shocked at all because the filly is a cracking style of filly and the mare has been to a number of different stallions and it hasn’t mattered who she has gone to, she has produced superior runners,” Campbell told ANZ Bloodstock News.
“That filly is worth that sort of money as a broodmare, but to look at her as a product to go to the racetrack you are going to have so much fun and she is going to improve her value.”
Bred by breeders Neville and Susie Duncan of Oakland Park Stud, the filly is another strong sales result for the Western Australian farm.
Campbell said the Duncans’ breeding record was first class, having bred champion Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner Northerly (Serheed) and recent stakes winners Ducimus and Jukebox (Snitzel).
“They bred Northerly, they bred Marasco, they are absolutely A1 breeders and we have been selling yearlings for them now for four years and we have never passed a horse in,” said Campbell.
“They are legitimate sellers and we have sold Ducimus and Jukebox for them. They are breeders of quality horses and this is another one.”
At the close of play on day two, Blue Gum Farm were second in the leading vendors table behind Supreme Thoroughbreds, with 17 yearlings selling for $2,525,000 at an average of $148,529.