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12th Jan


Emirates Gets Its Snitzel Filly From Bhima

A filly by Australia’s leading stallion and record-breaking two-year-old sire Snitzel out of Magic Millions 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) winner Augusta Proud (More Than Ready) was sold yesterday for $875,000.

Catalogued as Lot 521, the Bhima-consigned filly was purchased by Emirates Park, reaffirming the stud’s commitment to the Australian racing and breeding industry.

The filly is the third foal out of the former Leon Macdonald-trained Augusta Proud, who also won two Group Three races to go with her Magic Millions 2YO Classic success, and is a three-quarter sister to the VRC Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (Gr 3, 1200m) winner Thyme For Roses (Redoute’s Choice).

Thyme For Roses was purchased by Stonestreet Holdings for $800,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale last year.

Emirates Park general manager Bryan Carlson said they had identified two fillies in the sale fitting their criteria and was happy to have been able to secure the horse.

“She is a lovely filly and the guys in Dubai only wanted (to buy) one filly and we got it down to two over the past couple of days and she is the one they really wanted,” Carlson said.

“She is by the right stallion, with the right pedigree and I think we will have a lot of fun with her. After racing she also has the pedigree to go be a broodmare as well.”

No trainer had been decided for the filly, with Emirates Park to have her broken in before sending her to a stable.

Last year Emirates Park formed a partnership with Aquis Farm to take over their Murrurundi property in the Hunter Valley and manage their stallion interests.

“We still have 100 broodmares and a large racing team, so we will probably put more racehorses into work as well, so we are actually going stronger,” Carlson said.

“We are focusing on our racing and our horses (while Aquis Farm handles the stallions).”

Mike Flemming of Bhima Thoroughbreds expressed his delight that the filly was purchased by Emirates Park.

“The breeding game is a funny game, but to get a filly by a champion sire out of a mare that was tough at two, winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and trained on makes it a bit more straightforward,” said Fleming.

“She was a faultless filly with a great attitude and a great action and now the second piece of the puzzle is in place, because she’s gone to a great home and she’ll get every chance.”

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