Widden Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

WIDDEN Stud is without doubt one of Australia’s most successful thoroughbred nurseries. A seventh generation of the Thompson family is now at the helm and the property is in an environment ideal for the rearing of young thoroughbreds. Lush, spacious paddocks feed off rich alluvial creek flats, surrounded by huge sandstone cliffs, which combine to provide the perfect foundation for potential Gr.1 winners to thrive and grow.

The preparation for a yearling sale ultimately starts at birth and it is the strictest attention to detail on every horse in the Widden system which ensures so many top class racehorses for such a long period of time have been produced from this famed farm. After all, it’s not referred to as the Valley of Champions for nothing! Bluebloods spoke to Ryan McEvoy, Widden’s marketing and nominations manager, about the historic farm’s draft for the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. 

Q: What are the highlights for Widden on and off the track during the past 12 months? 

A: “You could argue Widden Stud graduates have not enjoyed a better 12 months. There have been 20 individual stakes winners including the winners of nine Gr.1 races in the past year. This is particularly satisfying for all the team here and very rewarding for all the hard work put in to produce this type of quality. Multiple Gr.1 winner Dissident is in contention for Horse of the Year, Lucky Thunder, Bonaria and Hucklebuck are others representing the Widden brand who have saluted at Gr.1. In fact, 4 of the top 6 home in the recent Gr1 Oakleigh Plate represented the Widden brand including sales graduate Shamal Wind. 

“The Gr.1 winner Driefontein is a Widden sales graduate as is this year’s Magic Millions Two Year-Old Classic winner Le Chef. Other stakeswinning Widden graduates this year include Tawteen, Stratum Star, Thurlow, Sir Moments, The Messina Nymph and Atmospherical. 

“We’re very proud of the fact we can offer yearlings who not only present well at the sale but continue to thrive and improve once they enter stable life.” 

Q: Who are some of the highlight youngsters for Widden at Easter? 

A: “Easter is a truly unique sale. It’s a terrific time of the year, combining the fabulous racing carnival, the best yearlings on offer with a large and diverse buying bench. We couldn’t be happier with how our draft is shaping up. The Stratum colt (Lot 202) from the Gr.3-winning Grand Slam daughter Sprung (USA) is a special yearling who shares similar quality to his sister Tawteen, a brilliantly fast stakes winner this season bought by Shadwell Stud from the Widden draft here at Easter in 2013 for $260,000. 

“We have a gorgeous Sepoy filly (Lot 402) from the stakes placed Flying Spur mare Faster Pussycat who is a standout and of course this family has just continued to improve with half-sisters Peron, Gai’s Choice and Atmospherical successful at stakes level. The Smart Missile (Lot 299) from multiple Group winner and Gr.1 placed Ballet Society (Stravinsky) is a serious colt and interestingly is bred on the successful Fastnet Rock-Nureyev cross, which has produced Gr.1 winners Nechita, Rock Classic and Mosheen. 

“Sebring has enjoyed a phenomenal past 12 months and we have 10 quality yearlings by him including a stunning filly (Lot 365) from the proven producer Demanding (Octagonal). She’s simply an eye-catching filly with real class and athleticism. She is a half-sister to two stakes winners in Spacecraft and Phenomenons, the latest up and comer in the family is Group placed half-brother Washington Heights, who you would expect to only enhance the pedigree. The colt (Lot 282) from Anabarbarian (Anabaa) is another who fills the eye and is of course bred on the successful Sebring/Anabaa cross which has produced the Widden graduate and multiple Gr.1 winner Dissident. 

“This year will see the last crop of our champion young sire Northern Meteor on offer at auction and we have a terrific selection of his progeny including the second foal (Lot 114) of stakes winning Princess Emmy (King’s Chapel). Of course her first foal Thurlow was presented at Easter last year, bought by David Redvers for Qatar Bloodstock, she is now a dual stakes winner. 

We also present the first foal, a striking colt from the two year-old stakes placed Fastnet Rock mare Fast Talker (Lot 401), a close relation to Champion Two Year-Old and Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily. He appears a two year-old type, which is a reflection of the family. Overall, we feel this draft would stack up as one of the finest selection of yearlings we have taken to a sale and really looking forward to arriving at Newmarket and presenting them. “ 

Q: How long has Widden been selling at Easter? 

“Widden has been selling at William Inglis and Son since the inaugural Easter Sale 148 years ago and we’re certainly proud of the history we have shared together and none more so than the many great racehorses we have sold here at Newmarket. In recent years these have included champion sprinter-miler All Silent, Caulfield Guineas winners Helenus and Anacheeva, in addition to Gr.1 winners in Hong Kong Floral Pegusus and Happy Zero, Gr.2 winners Running Tall and Admiration and stakes winners this season such as Banadeer, Tawteen and Thurlow, this trio being aimed at Gr.1 races at the time of writing. We are also excited about a very recent two year-old debut winner for Chris Waller named Vanbrugh who was bought from the Widden Easter draft.” 

Q: The selection process for your Easter draft: how do you arrive at the final contingent? 

A: “Easter is a culmination of years in the planning, it is a sale that combines the best bred yearlings in Australia, matched by outstanding physical types.” 

Q: Now in conclusion? 

A: “Easter is one of the unique, major sales held annually in Sydney and it attracts the world’s largest and most prominent buyers. 

Coming to Sydney at Easter is a great tradition for us as it really brings together the breeding and racing industries with all the thrills and excitement of the Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival combined with our business of breeding and selling young thoroughbreds.”

Year Sale Lot Name Sex Type Sire Dam Sire of Dam Price Buyer Vendor
2015 ISE 22  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Northern Meteor  $ Left Alone  Don't Say Halo (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 27  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Sebring  $ Lipari  Redoute's Choice (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 52  Unnamed (AUS) C Y So You Think $ Miss Darcey  Hussonet (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 61  Unnamed (AUS) C Y So You Think $ Modonna  More Than Ready (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 64  Unnamed (AUS) F Y More Than Ready  $ Moon de French  Malibu Moon (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 80  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sebring  $ Noguchi  Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 98  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Snitzel  $ Peach Tree  Bel Esprit (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 99  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Star Witness  $ Peggie's Choice  Ihtiram (IRE) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 110  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Sebring  $ Press the Button  Encosta de Lago (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 114  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Northern Meteor  $ Princess Emmy King's Chapel (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 119  Unnamed (AUS) C Y So You Think $ Professionelle Centaine (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 127  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Foxwedge  $ Rash Promise  More Than Ready (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 158  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Sebring  $ Sayahailmary  Keep the Faith (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 176  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Street Cry  $ She's Purring  Flying Spur (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 198  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Street Cry  $ Solvini Bertolini (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 201  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Exceed and Excel  $ Spoleto  Vindication (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 202  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Stratum  $ Sprung  Grand Slam (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 234  Unnamed (AUS) C Y More Than Ready  $ Tropical Affair  Danehill (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 261  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Choisir  $ Absolute Dream  Canny Lad (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 282  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Sebring  $ Anabarbarian  Anabaa (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 286  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Redoute's Choice  $ Apamea Zafonic (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 299  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Smart Missile  $ Ballet Society Stravinsky (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 322  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Northern Meteor  $ Can't Hackit Fasliyev (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 331  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sebring  $ Champagne Sisters  Anabaa (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 339  Unnamed (AUS) F Y More Than Ready  $ Christchurch  Caerleon (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 349  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Street Cry  $ Culminate Elnadim (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 365  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sebring  $ Demanding  Octagonal (NZ) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 379  Unnamed (AUS) F Y So You Think $ Elegant Eagle Zabeel (NZ) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 394  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Lonhro  $ Extra Terrestial  Quest for Fame (GB) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 398  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Makfi $ Farasha Jeune (GB) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 401  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Northern Meteor  $ Fast Talker  Fastnet Rock (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 402  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sepoy  $ Faster Pussycat  Flying Spur (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 426  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Northern Meteor  $ Guessed  Snippetson (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 450  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Sepoy  $ Intuit  Commands (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 481  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Smart Missile  $ Terrestria Encosta de Lago (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 483  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sebring  $ Tigress Lily  Snitzel (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 485  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Northern Meteor  $ True Class  Don Eduardo (NZ) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 494  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Encosta de Lago  $ World Guide Defensive Play (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 501  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Bernardini  $ Zutara  Encosta de Lago (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 505  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Star Witness  $ Aristocracy  Danehill (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 507  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sebring  $ Asylum Seeker  Count Dubois (GB) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 508  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Star Witness  $ Bail Out  Charge Forward (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 511  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Testa Rossa  $ Bella Laguna  Encosta de Lago (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 521  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Star Witness  $ Buymore Zabeel (NZ) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 524  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Stratum  $ Canny Dancer  Canny Lad (AUS) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 535  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Stratum  $ Dance Girl Dance  Made of Gold (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 561  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Northern Meteor  $ Lady Rock  Rock of Gibraltar (IRE) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 581  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Star Witness  $ My Central  Central Park (IRE) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 586  Unnamed (AUS) C Y New Approach  $ Pastel Rose  Diesis (GB) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 587  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Hard Spun  $ Perfect Promise  Caesour (USA) NS NULL Widden Stud
2015 ISE 594  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sebring  $ Princess Carnegie  Carnegie (IRE) NS NULL Widden Stud

WIDDEN STUD

Widden Valley NSW 

www.widden.com 

t: 02 6549 9999 f: 02 6549 9900 

Antony Thompson: 0427 470 507 

e : info@widden.com 

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