The Macquarie Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

DAVID BAXTER’S Macquarie Stud has been in his family for about 50 years and has been selling at the Inglis Australian Easter Sale since 1975. This longevity in the breeding industry is admirable and when asked about it, Baxter said there were two main factors, the first was to keep working hard to strive for quality, but by far the most important factor was loyal staff. 

The other standout lot from Macquarie Stud this year is Lot 324, a colt Baxter describes as “the right type of Exceed and Excel”. Macquarie Stud has sent mares to Exceed and Excel every year he has been at stud, and this has given the stud plenty of experience to pick out the types who run well for the sire. Lot 324 is out of Canyonville (Black Minnaloushe), a city-winning mare with a family full of black type, including WA Derby-Gr.1 winner Markus Maximus, and further back to Gr.1 winner Circles of Gold (dam of Elvstroem and Haradasun). 

The rest of the yearlings in this draft are by a variety of sires and offer types likely to appeal to a wide range of buyers. Lot 12, by Snitzel from Lady Gretchen (Don Eduardo) is a filly with plenty of length and she has the Snitzel powerful back-end. She is the third foal of a winning mare who has already left a dual winner this season. This is the family of NZ based sire and Gr.1 winner Keeper, and four-time Gr.1 winner Metal Bender. 

Lot 50 is a filly by Stratum from Miss Bax, a well-related winning Canny Lad mare whose first two foals to race are winners, including the earlier-mentioned Broad Shoulders. Baxter says this youngster is “a pretty filly who is a later foal, and who looks good and sound”. 

The chestnut colt, Lot 302, by young sire Star Witness, is the first foal of winning mare Be Elusive (Elusive Quality) who was also city placed at two. Baxter describes this colt as “very forward for a latish foal with a stallion’s pedigree”. The dam of Be Elusive (To Be Surprised by Redoute’s Choice) is a three-quarter sister to Champion Sprinter and Champion Sire Exceed and Excel, and this is a strong American family full of quality performers. Golden Slipper winner and sire Stratum is the sire of Lot 338, and this colt is the first foal of Chose That (Elusive Quality). She is a half-sister to the Gr.3 winners Rainbow Styling and Zingaling. Baxter says this fellow is a sharp colt who is particularly good for a first foal. 

Another attractive filly is Lot 372, by Exceed and Excel from Donna Intelligente by Dehere. This yearling is a sister to the city winner Sense and Reason, a filly who won more BOBS money than any other horse last year, according to Baxter. Lot 372’s dam boasts two year-old Gr.3 winner Burning Sands and Listed winner Jeram New Village as half-siblings. 

Very typical of his sire, Lot 396, is a colt by Northern Meteor who has great bone and looks an early two year-old prospect. He is from Fairytale Dancer (Danehill Dancer), who has already left three winners of seven races and who descends from a quality NZ family whose members include Gr.1 winner Ekstreme. Last but not least in this draft is Lot 526, a particularly forward and sound looking filly by Star Witness. Baxter describes this filly as “very easy on the eye and a brash walker”. Her dam, Cashew, is a Royal Academy half-sister to Gr.3 winner Fouardee and Listed winner Sojustrememberthis and has already left a winner. This is the family of globe trotting champion three year-old filly Sun Classique. 

“This draft of horses is certainly the best group we have had for quite some years, both in terms of pedigree and conformation, and we look forward to presenting them,” David Baxter said.

Macquarie Stud certainly has that loyalty in spades including three staff members who have been at the stud for a combined 105 years. They are Greg Henman, 45 years, Mark Lousick, 35 years and Jason Lay, 25 years. This work ethic, quality care, and a property offering a perfect environment for thoroughbreds has proved a winning combination. 

Macquarie Stud’s 1214ha (3000 acre) property fronts the Macquarie River, giving the farm fertile grazing land and providing a great start to life for racehorses. In recent times, good horses to come off the farm include two youngsters who each won on debut this year. Stevie Boy (by Exceed and Excel) won in Sydney at the start of February over 1100m and Broad Shoulders (Shamardal) won at Wyong over 1100m on February 15 and is a half-brother to Lot 50 in Macquarie’s Easter draft, a filly by Stratum from Miss Bax (Canny Lad), who carries a 3fx2f cross of Golden Slipper winner and sire Canny Lad. Other good horses to come from this property in the past few years include Gr.2 winner Arabian Gold (Dubawi), and Listed winners Beyonce’s Star (Orientate) and Destiny’s Kiss (Power of Destiny). 

Further back in time, Baxter says there are too many good horses to recall all of them, but his two favourites are AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.1 winner Shaybisc (Biscay) who was owned by the late John Bradshaw, and Magic Gleam (Rassendyll) who had 100 starts from age two to age 10 and took home 80 cheques, including placing twice in the Galaxy Handicap-Gr.1. He was the type of tough consistent horse that any owner would be pleased to have. 

Macquarie Stud offered Gr.3 winner Zingaling (Redoute’s Choice) at Sydney Easter in 2008, and remained in her ownership to race her with much success. Her yearling colt by More Than Ready is Lot 257 at Easter, and Baxter says he is an exceptional colt who can’t be faulted. Her first foal, Knit ‘n Purl, is also by More than Ready and won on debut as a two year-old at the start of February. Zingaling is a half-sister to Gr.3 winner Rainbow Styling, and this family boasts stakes winners in Australia, South Africa and the highly competitive racing nation of Japan.

Year Sale Lot Name Sex Type Sire Dam Sire of Dam Price Buyer Vendor
2015 ISE 12  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Snitzel  $ Lady Gretchen Don Eduardo (NZ) NS NULL Macquarie Stud
2015 ISE 50  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Stratum  $ Miss Bax  Canny Lad (AUS) NS NULL Macquarie Stud
2015 ISE 257  Unnamed (AUS) C Y More Than Ready  $ Zingaling  Redoute's Choice (AUS) NS NULL Macquarie Stud
2015 ISE 302  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Star Witness  $ Be Elusive Elusive Quality (USA) NS NULL Macquarie Stud
2015 ISE 324  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Exceed and Excel  $ Canyonville Black Minnaloushe (USA) NS NULL Macquarie Stud
2015 ISE 338  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Stratum  $ Chose That  Elusive Quality (USA) NS NULL Macquarie Stud
2015 ISE 372  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Exceed and Excel  $ Donna Intelligente  Dehere (USA) NS NULL Macquarie Stud
2015 ISE 396  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Northern Meteor  $ Fairytale Dancer  Danehill Dancer (IRE) NS NULL Macquarie Stud
2015 ISE 526  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Star Witness  $ Cashew  Royal Academy (USA) NS NULL Macquarie Stud

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