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.

Sizzling’s brother makes $1,600,000

The brother to Group One-winning Newgate Farm-based stallion Sizzling, by Australia’s reigning champion stallion Snitzel, was met with strong competition in the Magic Millions Sales ring before finally being sold to a syndicate for $1,600,000 late yesterday.

Caulfield-based trainer Ciaron Maher, who is set to make his return in April after a six-month suspension, will train the colt for buyers Phoenix Thoroughbreds, Aquis Farm, Yulong Investments and Ciaron Maher Bloodstock.

Consigned by Milburn Creek as Lot 480, the colt is the sixth living foal out of the winning and stakes-placed mare Admirelle (General Nediym), who has had four foals to race for two winners, including Sizzling.

The colt’s now two-year-old half-brother by I Am Invincible, who is unraced, was sold by Milburn Creek at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $900,000 to McEvoy Mitchell Racing, while a brother by Snitzel was sold for $2,200,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Maher was pleased to be entrusted with the colt by the syndicate of investors and believes he has all the credentials to emulate his brother’s Group One-winning racetrack performance.

“He is a stallion prospect and is a great type. He has a great temperament and there is also a great group of people in the horse, so hopefully we can turn him into a stallion,” Maher said.

“Snitzel is the hottest sire in the country, so hopefully he can be a Group One winner and we can get him into the stallion barn. He will be put through the system and hopefully he can be as good or better than his brother.”

Maher trained Vain Stakes (Gr 3, 1100m) winner Jukebox, who is a three-year-old colt by Snitzel, but he said the similarities with his latest acquisition ended there.

“Jukebox was a different type. This horse seems stronger and he looks much more like his brother than Jukebox,” he said. “This colt is very well balanced and strong, so I couldn’t see why he wouldn’t get up very early.”

Milburn Creek stud manager Scott Holcombe said the price tag achieved by the Snitzel colt exceeded expectations.

“We felt he was closer type to his brother Sizzling, a great type, mover and had a great attitude,” Holcombe said.

“We are delighted to see Ciaron Maher will train him and our appreciation to the syndicate who purchased him. Credit to John and Trish Muir’s wonderful mare Admirelle and all the hard work our dedicated staff puts in to our horses.”

Black type next for $900,000 colt

Breednet – Wednesday, 23 August 2017

$900,000 Snitzel colt Mutamayel is set for better races after making it two from two in an impressive display at Sandown on Wednesday.

Having won on debut on the Pakenham Synthetic surface previously, Mutamayel came to town and was too strong for a last start city winner in Sheer Madness with co-trainer Ben Hayes suggesting black type racing is next.

“We’re actually thinking of sending him to Adelaide and having a look at the Adelaide Guineas and we also maybe have a race in Sydney as well,” Hayes said.

“It’s a good effort to go from a maiden to a Benchmark 70 and not many horses do it so it’s good to see him do that,
“When you’re wide like that and caught three-wide, I’m glad he pushed forward.
“It was good to see him fight back and hit the line.”

By Snitzel out of stakes winning Canadian mare Roses ‘N’ Wine (Broken Vow), Mutamayel was offered by Milburn Creek Stud at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, being knocked down to Shadwell Australia for $900,000.

He is the fourth foal of his dam, who are all now winners and include the GrI Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court.

Interestingly, while it is very much a Canadian family up close she does boast super star mare Makybe Diva among her relations, along with siblings Musket, Valkyrie Diva and La Amistad.
Roses ‘N’ Wine has a yearling by Not A Single Doubt and was served by the same stallion last year.

Tara Madgwick – Tuesday, 8 August 2017

A $900,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Shadwell Australia from the Milburn Creek draft, good looking Snitzel colt Mutamayel made a winning debut on the synthetic surface at Pakenham on Tuesday.

Easy in the market, the handsome chestnut from the Hayes / Dabernig stable was given a good ride by Regan Bayliss and was quickly into stride from the jump.

Mutamayel as a yearling

He was content to settle third and track the early leaders before surging past them in the straight.

Mutamayel found the line strongly and held on to win the 1400 metre maiden by three-quarters of a length in an encouraging debut.

Bred and offered for sale by John Muir’s Milburn Creek, he is a three-quarter brother to Group I ATC Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court, who stands at Spendthrift Australia in Victoria.

Mutamayel is the fourth winner from four foals to race Canadian US stakes-winner Roses ‘n’ Wine (Can), who comes from the family of Australian Horse of the Year Makybe Diva.

Roses ‘n’ Wine has a two year-old filly by Fastnet Rock, a yearling filly by Not a Single Doubt and was covered again by the same sire last spring.

No doubt Dreaming is preparing for 2017 Caulfield Guineas

Brad Waters – 18 Apr 2017

Exciting colt Doubt I’m Dreaming will trial at Cranbourne on Friday ahead of his first attempt to live up to his price tag in a stakes race at Caulfield on Saturday week.

Doubt I’m Dreaming will appear next at Caulfield on Saturday week. Photo: Darryl Sherer

Doubt I’m Dreaming demanded attention with his terrific debut win in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 24 before the interest turned into dollars for trainer John McArdle.

The China Horse Club and Newgate Farm moved quickly to secure a quarter share in the son of Not A Single Doubt from McArdle and his business partner for an undisclosed sum.

The Group I Caulfield Guineas (1600m) is the long-range goal for Doubt I’m Dreaming. McArdle said the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on April 29 was part of his spring plan.

“He’ll run in the Redoute’s Choice Stakes and then he’ll go to the paddock,” McArdle said.

“I wanted to give him one more run and I wanted to give him a look at Caulfield before the spring because he’s a big kid.”

While Doubt I’m Dreaming is a raw talent on raceday, McArdle said the youngster has handled the time around the stable since his Moonee Valley win like an old professional.

“It would be just over a month between runs and he’s just been ticking at home and he’s like an old gelding there,” McArdle said.

“He’s done plenty of work and he’ll have a good solid trial.”

McArdle said Doubt I’m Dreaming had a good hit-out as one of the gallops used to determine at track rating at Mornington on Sunday.

New Stars for Milburn Creek and a Stellar Easter Draft

Tara Madgwick – Wednesday, 29 March 2017

Popular Sydney owner breeder John Muir has been breeding and selling top class horses for years, and that success has gone to a new level with the relocation of the Milburn Creek nursery to the Southern Highlands of NSW.

Under the care of respected horseman Scott Holcombe, the Milburn Creek brand has flourished with renewed success on the track and in the sale ring.

Milburn Creek had the honour of selling the top lot at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale when their Snitzel colt from Admirelle made $2.2 million and have also enjoyed Group I success as an Easter vendor having bred and sold Group I winning Redoute’s Choice colt Hampton Court for $500,000 in 2013.

The Milburn Creek brand was seen to the fore just last Friday night when the ultra-talented Not a Single Doubt colt Doubt I’m Dreaming won the Listed MVRC Ascend Sales Moonee Valley Pearl on debut for the John McArdle stable.

Also flying the Milburn Creek flag this year has been classy three year-old Hinchinbrook filly Flying Jess, who was a Group III winner last season at two and scored a barnstorming win in the $2million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas for her big team of Prime Thoroughbreds owners in January.

The Milburn Creek Inglis Easter draft features 10 yearlings prepared for themselves and clients who include Tony Santic’s Makybe and Spendthrift Australia.

Highlights are below with comments from Scott Holcombe:

Lot 2 Filly Starspangledbanner x Valkyrie Diva, by Jade Robbery (USA) (for Makybe)

Half-sister to stakes-winners C’Est Beau La Vie and Wales and is from triple Melbourne Cup winner Makybe Diva’s Group III winning half-sister Valkyrie Diva.
Very flashy filly and is her father all over!

Lot 122 Colt Tapit x Euphrosyne (USA), by Harlan’s Holiday (for Spendthrift)

One of only three yearlings in this sale by Champion US Sire Tapit and is the first foal of a US Group III winner from a solid Black Type family.
Very similar in looks and colour to his sire. Has good bone and a great head. Appears to be a forward two year-old type.

Lot 11 Filly I Am Invincible x Well Credentialled, by O’Reilly

Third foal of metro winning half-sister to Group III winner Gotta Have Heart and stakes-winner Crossyourheat, the dam of this season’s Group III winner Swear.
Very attractive racy filly as we expect to see from the sire.

Lot 51 Filly Sebring x Belladini by Bernardini (USA)

Second foal of a half-sister to stakes-winner Mrs Kipling from the family of Group I winners Cosmic Endeavour, Easy Rocking and Fairy King Prawn.
Dark colour like many in the female line of this family. Very attractive filly with a good walk and strong top.

Lot 162 Colt Snitzel x Gold Chant, by Made of Gold (USA) (for Makybe)

Half-brother to Group I winner Amicus from the family of champion sprinter and Group I sire Starspangledbanner, who was also bred and sold by Makybe. Also closely related is Lot 255.
This horse has done particularly well in the last part of his prep and is a good clean legged colt with a great nature.

Lot 187 Colt Redoute’s Choice x Jeter, by Mossman

Three-quarter brother-in-blood to Group I placed Group III winner Fast ‘n’ Famous, also a Group I producing sire.
Typical of the sire, great shoulder and hips, good bone, lovely colt.

Lot 334 Colt Exceed and Excel x Secret Admirer, by Dubawi (IRE)

First living foal of brilliant $1.4 million earner and dual Group I winner, who was raced by John and Trish Muir to win the Epsom Handicap and Flight Stakes.
He is a dead ringer for Mum in looks, particularly his head. He’s a strong well grown colt, but will be even better with time.

Lot 338 Colt Written Tycoon x Shabtis, by Elusive Quality (USA)

Half-brother to Group III winner Take Pride and is the second foal of a winning half-sister to
$5million earner and triple Group I winner Mummify and the dam of Group III winner Ottoman.
Stamped by his sire in type and colour.

Lot 385 Filly I Am Invincible x Tahnee Topaz, by Lonhro

Half-sister to two winners from a metro winning daughter of champion sire Lonhro from the family of Group I stars Shogun Lodge, Referral and Singing the Blues.
Tough, strong filly with a good walk and will improve with time as have all the good horses in this family.

See the horses at Stable 4 Row B 10 & C

Not A Single Doubt Colt Makes Explosive Debut

Mark Smith – Friday, 24 March 2017

A hugely impressive debut in the Listed Ascend Sales Valley Pearl (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night for the John McArdle Doubt I’m Dreaming who looks to have an exciting future but things have not always gone smoothly for the Not A Single Doubt colt.

Bred by John Muir’s Milburn Creek Stud, Doubt I’m Dreaming was scheduled to go through the Inglis Premier Yearling sale but he broke his jaw. He was kept back for the Magic Millions National Yearling sale where he caught the eye of John McArdle.

It takes a good horse to win a stakes race first-up at this time of the year and Doubt I’m Dreaming won in the manner a future top-liner. (photos Grant Courtney)

Settled back midfield by Jamie Mott, Doubt I’m Dreaming circled the field before exploding around the home turn to put two and three-quarter lengths on the royally-bred Showtime (Snitzel) with Muraaqeb (Snitzel) back in third.

“I haven’t ridden any Group 1 winners yet but I’ve had a lot to do with Group horses through track work and he’s definitely the best horse I have ridden,” Mott said.
“He put them away easy. I think he could get to the top level.”

McArdle explained how he came to purchase the son of Not A Single Doubt.

“I bought him up at the Gold Coast in June. He was actually in the Melbourne Premier sale. Johnny Muir, Milburn Creek, a really good breeder bred him, and he (Doubt I’m Dreaming) broke his jaw so they had to withdraw him,” McArdle said

“He probably would have cost me more at Melbourne Premier so I’m glad he ended up where he did.”
Doubt I’m Dreaming was knocked down to Redgum Racing for $210,000.

He is the sixth foal and fifth winner out of the imported Spectrum mare Dreaming Of You (IRE) who is no stranger to expensive yearlings.

She had an Encosta De Lago filly make $575,000, a Danehill Dancer colt make $300,000 and a full brother Doubt I’m Dreaming who made $300,000.

A winner in Great Britain, Dreaming Of You (IRE) is a half-sister to stakes winner Nash Terrace and to the dam of Group I ATC Metropolitan Handicap winner Sir John Hawkwood and to the dam of Group I Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere winner Naarqoos (Oasis Dream).
Dreaming Of You (IRE) has a yearling colt by Hinchinbrook and was covered by Rubick last spring.

Doubt I’m Dreaming becomes the 40th stakes winner for Arrowfield Stud’s hugely popular Not A Single Doubt who has a surprisingly light draft of three yearlings at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale. 

Flying Jess Set For Kewney

Magic Millions Guineas (RL, 1400m) winner Flying Jess (Hinchinbrook) will resume after her long-shot victory at the Gold Coast in Saturday’s Kewney Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Flemington.

The John Moloney-trained filly caused a boilover in the $2,000,000 race and could be returning north, this time to Sydney, if she performs up to expectations at Flemington.

“She had a week off in the paddock and then a week on the water walker before coming back to the stables,” Moloney said. “She had a trial at Caulfield last Tuesday in preparation to run in the Kewney and she’s done well. She eats well and looks in good order so I’ll be looking forward to stepping her out in the Kewney.”

Last Saturday’s Magic Millions meeting proved a day of remarkable firsts for a man from one of Australia’s most respected and admired racing families, John Moloney.

STEVE MORAN

The win of Flying Jess (Hinchinbrook) in the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (RL, 1400m) was extraordinary on so many levels. And yet it seemed to pass almost unnoticed. Even trainer Moloney failed to update his website, with the news, until late on Wednesday.

The daughter of Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock) was 100/1. The trainer had never met the jockey, Tye Angland, until last Saturday. The filly is the first horse purchased for Moloney to train by successful syndicator Joe O’Neill. It was just the second Magic Millions day runner for the trainer. And it was certainly the biggest single cheque earned by any horse from the Moloney training family.

The odds? May not have necessarily shocked keen stable followers. After all, just three months earlier, Moloney won with 100/1 chance Dornier (Artie Schiller) at Bendigo.

“And we very nearly won the Oakleigh Plate in 2007 with Poet’s Voice who was 100/1. Luke Nolen rode him after, as I recall, he got the sack from the favourite Magnus,” Moloney recalled.

Poet’s Voice (Monde Bleu) was beaten a head by Undue (Commands) with Magnus (Flying Spur) third and Nolen had, indeed, ridden Magnus at his five previous starts. Nolen, a few months earlier, had achieved his breakthrough Group One win aboard Wonderful World (Agnes World) in the Caulfield Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m).

“I’m not a big punter. I had $10 each way (on Flying Jess) at the 100/1. I believe a couple of the owners had $100 on her at 200/1 pre post. There seemed to be a lot of people who had a few dollars on her and I was surprised she didn’t firm a little in the market.

“But I suppose my realistic expectation was a top five finish. She’d made some improvement from her previous run and I hoped she could run third, fourth or fifth behind the favourites Winning Rupert and Global Glamour,” he said.

The jockey? “I hadn’t met him. Really didn’t know him,” Moloney said. “But Joe (O’Neill) recommend him and told me he was a strong rider and that’s just what this filly needs. I wanted someone strong enough to have her settle a bit closer but without being driven and someone with the strength to have her finish the race off. Tye (Angland) rode her beautifully.”

The race? “The quicker they went the better it was going to be for her as she’s so strong and she settled well just off the pressure spot of the race. It unfolded really well,” he said.

The filly? “She’s such a beautiful horse and so well put together. She’s always shown that she had something special about her and now she has the Group Three win to her name (SA Sires’ Produce Stakes) and this big monetary prize, the pressure’s off a bit,” he said.

The future? “She’s had an easy week and will now have a couple of weeks on the water walker. Then we’ll think about where we go. I’m happy to keep her to three-year-old races and Joe thinks the Kembla Grange Classic could be suitable.” That race (Gr 3, 1600m) for fillies is on 10 March.

The prize money – $1,025,000? “Really something else, isn’t it? Biggest cheque anyone in the family would have ever pocketed from a race, I’d imagine,” he said.

To put it in some perspective, Moloney’s father Jim trained the legendary Vain (Wilkes) who won the Golden Slipper Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) in 1969 which carried a total purse of $40,000. By my preferred inflation calculator which is the cost of the daily newspaper (then
five cents) that Slipper prize pool would now be $1,200,000 compared to last Saturday’s $1,945,000.

Hoofnote: Moloney’s one previous Magic Millions runner was Pinezero (Danzero) who finished sixth, from barrier 16, behind Tereschenko (Testa Rossa) in the equivalent race in 2006.

Magic Millions Wash-Up

While the status of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) continues to grow it is condemned to it’s restricted listed status,according to Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox, unless there’s a ‘wholesale change of thinking’ from the International Cataloguing Standards Committee.

“As it stands any restricted race cannot carry group or listed status, no matter the quality of the race,” he said.

Cox said that while the notion of opening up the two-year-old race to all-comers had been discussed on occasions it was not likely to happen. “It has been talked about but not with any great conviction,” he said.

Cox said that it was possible additional bonuses may be applied to the flagship juvenile race. “The women’s bonus has worked very well,” he said. What about something for the retirees, with their disposable income at hand, I asked? “Not a bad idea. We’ll look at it; we’ve certainly talked about the reverse, an incentive for younger owners.”

Cox was delighted with the outcome of this year’s sale and race meeting. “I think it was a spectacular success. Not just in terms of the numbers but the atmosphere and the buzz which was generated at the sales and at the races,” he said.

MUIR EXCELS WITH HORSEPOWER

by By Kelsey Riley

John Muir was bitten by the racing bug at a young age.

Harbouring aspirations to be a jockey, he headed off to work for trainer Maurice McCarten at the age of 16, but those dreams were quickly dashed.

“I went to work for an old wonderful trainer called Maurice McCarten, I was only about 16 at the time but he said to me, ‘you’re going to be too big’,”so I gave it away,” Muir said.

Instead, Muir satisfied his need for speed by taking over his family’s General Motors Holden dealership, Muirs Holden, in Sydney. He also soon began to buy broodmares, and that eventually led to the establishment of Milburn Creek, which offers 11 yearlings on the Gold Coast this week.

“We have what we like to call a boutique stud in the Southern Highlands of New South Wales,” Muir said. “It’s very much like England or Ireland; beautiful pastures with undulations. Horses do exceptionally well down there. We’re blessed to have Scott Holcombe as the manager. He’s the most dedicated horseperson I’ve ever been involved with. I’m the owner but the way these horses are, their presentation, is to his absolute credit,and the staff.”

Muir and his wife Trish began dabbling in bloodstock in 1973, and in 1986 they purchased Nepean Stud Farm on the Hawkesbury River in Grose Vale. The Muirs transferred their operation to the Southern Highlands in 2011, and Milburn Creek Farm is now home to about 25 broodmares which, Muir noted,are “ruthlessly culled” as part of his business plan. “We’ve made a few mistakes but we try to have what people want, out of pedigrees that appeal to people in Australia and internationally,” he explained. “We buy [mares] here and overseas, in the U.S. and Europe. Good deep pedigrees that people appreciate.”

Those international mares have included Canadian stakes winner Roses ‘N’ Wine (Broken Vow), who produced for Muir Hampton Court (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}), winner of the G1 Spring Champion S. and now a dual hemisphere sire for Spendthrift. Muir has also bred Sizzling (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), the G1 TJ Smith S. winner who has his first yearlings selling this week; G1 AJC Oaks winner Once Were Wild (Aus) (Johannesburg); and G1 New Zealand Derby winner Redoute’s Dancer (Aus) (Redoute’s Choice {Aus}).

Milburn Creek operates on a purely commercial level, Muir explained, selling everything it breeds with few exceptions.

“Unless there is a mare that’s had all colts and we’d like to keep a filly, we sell everything,” he said. “We like to say we’re a good seller: we bring them here to sell. We’ve got realistic expectations.”

He added, “My background is the motor car business. I’m a General Motors dealer, a Holden dealer–I may be the biggest Holden dealer in Sydney–so I have a selling and presenting background. I like to do everything 100%. We run a tight, clean ship. The property is beautifully maintained by Scott, and he’s got a lovely staff around him.”

Despite his role as a seller Muir has enjoyed success in racing as an owner. He bought as a weanling the filly Secret Admirer (Aus) (Dubawi {Ire}), who went on to win the G1 Epsom H. and G1 Flight S. and is now part of the broodmare band at Milburn Creek.

Milburn Creek’s Magic Millions draft is highlighted by lot 607, an I Am Invincible (Aus) half-brother to Sizzling, who was sold at this sale for A$260,000 in 2011. It also includes lot 365, a Not A Single Doubt (Aus) colt out of a half-sister to Group 2 winner Sovereign Nation (Aus) (Encosta de Lago {Aus}); and, during the final evening of Book 1, lot 745, a Zoustar (Aus) half-brother to Debonairly (Aus) (Snitzel {Aus}), who was named a ‘TDN Rising Star’ after a 4 1/2-length debut win at Warwick Farm in December. Muir said he has been pleased with the action at his barn thus far this week.

“We’re very happy. They’ve been very well inspected, but you have to have the horses they want to see,” he noted.

Muir was also complimentary of the work put in by his fellow breeders, and Magic Millions, where he said he has been selling horses since the sales began.

“I think it’s a credit to the breeders that have gathered here,” he said. “In my opinion the Magic Millions catalogue gets better and better every year, and I congratulate all the breeders for the way they’ve presented their horses.”

“To [Magic Millions Managing Director] Vin Cox’s great credit, he’s really given this place an injection,” Muir added. “Magic Millions is a great company to deal with; it’s a credit to Vin and his staff.”

Muir served on the board of NSW Thoroughbred Breeders for 13 years, serving as president in his final year, and is also on the committee of Racing NSW Animal Care and Ethics and the Jockeys Benefit Scheme Trust. He therefore has plenty of perspectives to draw upon when he says racing in Australia hasa bright future. He paid credit to John Messara, who recently retired as chairman of Racing NSW.

“There are always challenges, but prize money has increased dramatically, especially in the country areas. He brought The Championships in, which has had remarkable success and will get better. We also have the BOBS system [Breeders and Owners Bonus Scheme], which works marvelously well. I think the industry’s got a very bright future and I think it’s in good hands.”

It appears Milburn Creek is also in good hands, and could enjoy some more memorable moments on the Gold Coast in the coming days.

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