Milburn Creek

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

THE motto of Milburn Creek is, “a good reputation does not just happen - it must be earned”. There is no truer sentiment in the tough, competitive game of thoroughbred breeding, but it’s fair to say boutique NSW stud Milburn Creek has a good reputation and then some. 

These days it enjoys an enviable reputation for producing high-class stock year-in year-out at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and the 2015 edition will be no exception. In fact, Milburn Creek’s owner John, a man who knows a thing or two about horsepower, the automotive and the ‘original’ variety, believes this year’s draft from the Wildes Meadow property is the best the stud has presented at a yearling sale anywhere in the country. John and his wife Trish have been breeding horses since the 1970s and moved to the southern highlands in 2011 after being at Grose Wold for many years. 

“We reckon we have the best batch of youngsters we have probably ever taken to a yearling sale anywhere. It is hard to get a group of horses like this. Sometimes drafts can be uneven but this year ours is strong all the way through. There’s a lot to like about all of them this year, they are all very nice horses,” John said. 

Milburn Creek will present six high quality youngsters at Easter 2015 at the historic Newmarket, Randwick. 

First through the ring is Lot 43, a bay colt from the final crop of ill-fated Northern Meteor, while his dam is the US stakes winner Mi Chiamano Mimi (USA) (by Gone West son Came Home). Bred for pure speed, he is out of a mare won won three races in the US, two of them at two at 1200m and 1400m, including the Oak Tree Anoakia Stakes-LR. Also in Session One is Lot 111 (there’s an omen for you), a chestnut filly by Golden Slipper victor Sebring from 1600m winner Pride of Tatius (Grand Lodge). This filly’s sire Sebring, a son of More Than Ready, continues to produce top class horses and has more than 100 winners already, his most recent Gr.1 performer is Dissident and other good ones by him include Criterion, Bring Me The Maid and Believe 

Yourself. This filly, a half-sister to the Gr.2 placed Lady Tatia, is out of a sister to triple Gr.1 winner Shogun Lodge, winner of 13 races and $4.6m. Pride of Taitus is also a half-sister to Gr.1 winners Referral and Singing the Blues. Milburn Creek will present this filly on behalf of loyal client Ian Millard. 

Lot 141 is one of the highlights of the Milburn Creek draft and he’s a chestnut colt by Snitzel from Canadian stakes winner Roses ’n’ Wine (CAN) (Broken Vow). This youngster should create plenty of interest from buyers as he is a three-quarter brother to Spring Champion Stakes-Gr.1 winner Hampton Court, who was also bred by Milburn Creek. Incidentally, this is also the family of triple Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva, also a Cox Plate winner and dual Australian Horse of the Year. 

There is much anticipation about Lot 264, the brother to high-class sprinter Sizzling, who collected the BRC T.J. Smith Stakes-Gr.1 and the Champagne Classic-Gr.2 among his seven wins, earning $1.3m. This outstanding bay colt, by Snitzel from stakes placed Admirelle (General Nediym), is, according to John, considered by Inglis to be one of best colts by his sire in the sale. 

Next comes Lot 312, a brown colt by shuttler Gio Ponti (USA) from Blazonry by Spectrum (IRE) and he is one of only four first crop yearlings by this sire being offered at the 2015 Easter Sale. Those who remember the tough dual Gr.1 winner Prince Salieri should take the time to inspect this brown colt by US turf champ Gio Ponti as this yearling is from the same family as that winner of 10 races and $1.3m, whose other Gr.1 luminaries also include AJC George Main Stakes winner Mr Celebrity. Gio Ponti (A.P. Indy) was one tough guy in the US where his wins included the Belmont Manhattan Handicap-Gr.1, Man o’ War Stakes-Gr.1 (twice), Keeneland Turf Mile Stakes Gr.1 (twice), Santa Anita Frank E Kilroe Mile Handicap-Gr.1 and Arlington Million Stakes-Gr.1. This colt’s dam Blazonry (Spectrum) won the Listed TTC Vamos Stakes among four victories from 1200m-1400m and is out of a mare by Royal Academy (USA). 

And last but definitely not least, Milburn Creek will be offering, on behalf of Makybe, a half-sister to champion international sprinter and now boom young sire Starspangledbanner (Choisir). Here’s a pedigree which shouts “residual value” as Lot 424 is a daughter of champion sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill) and from stakes placed juvenile winner Gold Anthem (Made of Gold). John justifiably expects this young miss to be popular as Gold Anthem has been a prolific producer, with seven foals to race and six of them winners. This filly is a half-sister to the stakes placed winner Gold Chant, in turn the dam of MRC 1000 Guineas Gr.1 winner Amicus (also by Fastnet Rock), and is a sister to the David Hayes-trained Wilderness, who sold for a whopping $2.4m at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. 

There’s no denying Milburn Creek is presenting an impeccably bred draft of yearlings at this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Importantly though, their strong pedigrees are supported by impressive physical attributes. “On paper they are very appealing to the buyer and physically they will also be very well accepted. It is a mouth-watering catalogue this year and we are going in with quality horses who are very athletic and correct,” John said. 

The Milburn Creek owner paid tribute to the efforts of Scott for his preparation of the draft. Scott has been with Milburn Creek for just under two years and in a short time has already made a strong impact. “Scott is an absolute professional who lives and breathes the horses and does not cut corners.” 

So, thanks to the hard work of Scott and his team, the reputation of Milburn Creek at Australia’s biggest yearling sale of the year looks set to continue as these youngsters follow on the heels of Gr.1 winners like Hampton Court, Once Were Wild, Redoute’s Dancer, and Sizzling. John had the last word, “We just keep trying to pull our socks up every year and try to do better each time”