Australian Mares Popular With International Breeders

The popularity of Australian-bred mares on the international stage was clearly evident at Keeneland's September Yearling Sale last week.

Topping the bill for Australia was a Curlin colt from Lonhro's champion sprinter Bounding who was purchased at Keeneland by Godolphin for $US4.1 million.

The Curlin colt out of Bounding sold for US$4.1 million at Keeneland's September Yearling Sale.
The Curlin colt out of Bounding sold for US$4.1 million at Keeneland's September Yearling Sale. Picture: Trish Dunell

Also among a handful of yearlings from Australian mares was a Medaglia D'Oro colt from Taste of Heaven, a mare closely related to Redoute's Choice.

The colt was knocked down for $US400,000 while an Uncle Mo colt from the G1 Caulfield Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights - dam of Australian G2 winner Omei Sword - brought $US650,000.

Bounding has been quite a journey for her Hunter Valley breeder Glenn Burrows.

Establishing Willow Park Stud in 2001, Burrows has carved a niche with broodmares.

In 2009 Willow Park broke the Magic Millions record when it sold Princess Coup for $3 million at the National Broodmare Sale while Bounding marks an achievement that was a long time in the making.

Bounding winning the Theshark.Com.Au Stakes
Bounding winning the Theshark.Com.Au Stakes Picture: Racing and Sports

Burrows had been keeping an eye on the Exceed And Excel mare Believe'n'Succeed, a G3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner, and negotiated with her connections to buy her privately.

He determined that Believe'n'Succeed would be an attractive and commercial match with Lonhro and the subsequent filly – Bounding – was sold by Willow Park for $425,000 at the 2012 Easter Yearling Sale.

She would go on to become New Zealand's champion sprinter before her owner Gary Harding asked Willow Park to put her through the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

She was snapped up by the renowned US breeders Stonestreet Thoroughbreds for $1.9 million, a result which turned into $US4.1 million jackpot last week.

Believe'n'Succeed was exported to Ireland in 2015 where her first northern hemisphere foal Anthony Van Dyck  won this year's Epsom Derby.

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