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  • Writer's pictureAdrian Clark

Vital in the broodmare mix

Examples of my work | Three | 08 July 2020

If there is a 'must have' in every commercial broodmare band, then it's plenty of young, stakes-performed mares off the track. Of course, they're not a cheap commodity, but a vital ingredient if a breeder is serious about developing a genuinely-boutique band of mares to sell the progeny from.

I was fortunate to be able to follow this philosophy when entrusted to build a band of broodmares for Nearco Stud (2019 NZ Breeder of the Year) when it was launched in January 2011. Purchases with the ingredients of being young, well-made, stakes-performed and of sufficient pedigree included...

  • Alagant Satin (see pic included) - Gr.2 winner, first foal by High Chaparral made NZ$550,000

  • Mill Duckie - Gr.1-placed, first two foals (High Class & Righteous Mate) both Stakes Performers

  • Bankside Belle - Twice Stakes-placed, third foal was Gr.2 winner & Gr.1-placed Belle du Nord

  • Miraculous Miss - Australian SW, dam of Black Type winners Avisto & Celtic Tiger

  • Distinctive Lass - Stakes-placed, dam of multiple Black Type winners Kuro & Distinctive Darci

  • Betwixt - Gr.3 winner, dam of Queensland Oaks-Gr.1 winner Provocative

  • Pennacchio - Dual SW, dam of Hong Kong Gr.3 winner Full of Beauty

  • Floramour - Australian SW, dam of Gr.3 & LR winner Manolo Blahniqu

A final note on this; when I was selecting each of these mares I was working to strict budgets. In the back of my mind every time were wise words of wisdom from the one-and-only Sir Patrick Hogan - "buy the best you can afford".

Lookout for other examples of my work tomorrow & on Friday.

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