Fairview Park Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

 WHEN a vendor sells a Golden Slipper winner, you’d expect to see lots of backslapping and general cheering about the achievement as breeding the winner of our major race for two year-olds is the ultimate goal for many breeders. Last year’s Golden Slipper-Gr.1 winner Mossfun (Mossman-Eye for Fun by Snitzel)), bred in conjunction by Fairview Park’s Linda Duckworth, her husband Dr Ian Duckworth and partners Heather McKinnon and Darren Pullman, sold at Easter in 2013 for $85,000 and yet Linda Duckworth remains down to earth about Mossfun and her victory. 

“Oh, lots of great things have already been written about her and her win in the Slipper was terrific,” she said, “but to us she was just a nice big, athletic filly.” Fairview Park sold her half-brother by Magic Albert last year at Easter for $750,000, and now named Mawahibb, he ran fourth on debut to Vancouver in the Canonbury Stakes-Gr.3. Unfortunately, their dam Eye for Fun missed the next two seasons and won’t have a yearling on offer for a while yet. 

Another high profile graduate from this vendor is the Gr.1-winning colt and now young sire Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert-Kensington Rose by Kenfair)). Winner of the 2011 Royal Randwick Guineas-Gr.1, Ilovethiscity has his first crop of yearlings for sale this year. There are plenty of other winners as well, such as Listed performer Unequivocal (Not a Single Doubt-Chocaholic by General Nediym)) and recent exciting debut winner Nancy (Big Brown-Shalimar Sky (Hurricane Sky)). 

Linda Duckworth puts these recent successes down to a few simple factors. “Luck aside, we always breed to colonial stallions as we know that they are best suited to local racing conditions; and we also use the same philosophy with our broodmares,” she said. “We like to have female families buyers are familiar and comfortable with, not just because we think it works best on our racetracks, but also it helps buyers when they on-sell to their own clients. All up, it is a good recipe for us and we will keep using it.” 

The farm itself is a tranquil 60.7ha (150 acres) set at the base of the Blue Mountains on the Grose River in the Hawkesbury region. The land is a mixture of hills and flats and is home to 

around 40 broodmares including client-owned horses. Every year Fairview Park offers between 20 and 30 yearlings for sale, with a small draft of those at Easter. This year the stud has seven yearlings in its Easter draft. Fairview will have an exciting start to Easter 2015 with Lot 2 in the sale being “a big strong colt by champion So You Think out of the brilliant SW Kishkat winner of the Toy Show and 3rd in the Gr.2 Chelmsford S. She is a beautiful mare who won 5 of her 9 starts and is already a winner producer. This colt also has a lot of strength and quality from his sire.” 

Lot 492 is by the ill-fated Gr.1 winner and superb sire Northern Meteor from US bred Westphalia (Gone West) who is a French juvenile winner and daughter of Europe’s Champion Three Year-Old Filly of 1993, the three-time Gr.1 winner Intrepidity (Sadler’s Wells). This colt has a strong European flavour to his pedigree and has inbreeding to Northern Dancer and Mr. Prospector and is line bred to influential mare Rough Shod. His dam has already produced two winners. He is “a precocious colt with a great temperament and very athletic.” 

Another early maturing horse in this draft is Lot 522, by Hinchinbrook from multiple city winner Calaluna (Mujahid) who has left two winners from as many to race. This colt is from the family of champion two year-old Victory Vein (second dam of recent Gr.3 winner Sookie), and is very similar to both his sire (a son of Fastnet Rock) and family. “He looks like he will run early, a strong forward colt”. 

The only filly in this draft is Lot 555, by international sprint champion Choisir from It’s Not On (by Golden Slipper winner Tierce). The dam won at two and is a half-sister to champion juvenile and dual Gr.1 winner and Golden Slipper runner-up Victory Vein and boasts a 100% producer record with all her seven foals to race being winners, including Gr.2 placed Kyros (Snowland). This filly’s second dam produced nine winners, so it certainly is a running family. This yearling is “a typical Choisir, quite precocious.” 

Lot 570, is by Snitzel, “emerging as one of our best all round sires” from triple winner Magnifique Lass (More Than Ready), he is the third foal of a winning sister to AJC Shorts Handicap-Gr.2 winner Fritz’s Princess who was also Gr.1 placed (in the Winter Stakes and The Galaxy). The first foal of Magnifique Lass is already a winner and this is the family of champion two year-old colt and successful NZ based sire Align (Night Shift). 

The next colt (Lot 573) in this draft is by Northern Meteor from winning mare Marie’s Basket (Night Shift) who has had three foals to race, all winners, including Letchworth (10 wins and $324,625). The second dam is stakes winner Exceptional Angel who is the second dam of Queensland Derby-Gr.1 winner Hawkspur (Purrealist). “This is a very tough, sound family and this colt looks ready to go.” 

Last through the ring in this draft is Lot 575, a Star Witness colt from multiple city winner Miskish (Fastnet Rock). The dam won four races and more than $125,000 and this colt is her first foal. “He throws very strongly to his dam, and has a lot of the Fastnet Rock look about him.” There is plenty of speed in this pedigree as Miskish is a half-sister to stakes winner Nan Tien (Jan Murray) and this is the family of tough Gr.2 winner Rain Affair (Commands) and Golden Slipper-Gr.1 placed Been There (Boucher). 

“Overall our draft is full of nice types who trainers will find easy to on-sell. The best yearlings off the farm have been selected for this sale, and with local pedigrees we hope that helps trainers and syndicators find owners who can take the next step with them.” 

Fairview Park’s reputation as a great winner producing nursery looks set to be enhanced with its 2015 draft for Easter 2015.

Lot list - click on the $ sign to see sale history for that mare

Year Sale Lot Name Sex Type Sire Dam Sire of Dam Price Buyer Vendor
2015 ISE Unnamed (AUS) C Y So You Think $ Kishkat  Spinning World (USA) NS NULL Fairview Park Stud
2015 ISE 492  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Northern Meteor  $ Westphalia  Gone West (USA) NS NULL Fairview Park Stud
2015 ISE 522  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Hinchinbrook  $ Calaluna  Mujahid (USA) NS NULL Fairview Park Stud
2015 ISE 555  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Choisir  $ It's Not On  Tierce (AUS) NS NULL Fairview Park Stud
2015 ISE 570  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Snitzel  $ Magnifique Lass  More Than Ready (USA) NS NULL Fairview Park Stud
2015 ISE 573  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Northern Meteor  $ Marie's Basket  Night Shift (USA) NS NULL Fairview Park Stud
2015 ISE 575  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Star Witness  $ Miskish  Fastnet Rock (AUS) NS NULL Fairview Park Stud

Grose Wold, NSW 

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Linda Duckworth: 0416 276 454