Huddys in no hurry with Slipper sibling

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Most buyers would be dreaming of juvenile success with a full sister to Slipper winner Estijaab but the Huddys will be putting the horse first.

Even as her newly acquired filly nuzzled the Golden Slipper trophy for a photo opportunity, Linda Huddy said the daughter of Snitzel wouldn’t be pushed to emulate her full sister's two-year-old success.

Arrowfield's filly out of Response (Charge Forward), making her a full sister to Estijaab, was one of the most anticipated lots on Day 1 of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Given the pedigree, there could be an expectation that this filly should hit the ground running but Huddy, who bought the horse with husband Graham, said "she will will be given all the time she needs".

Graham and Linda Huddy showing the Golden Slipper trophy to their new purchase

"We won't be in any rush to get her to the races, she is an October 30 foal," said Huddy, who along with Graham has enjoyed an incredible run of success as owner-breeders over the last decade. "We don't push our horses; but sure, if she is up and running early we will race her but our emphasis is on longevity."

Given the level of expectation around Lot 63, Huddy was surprised when the filly was knocked down for $575,000.

"We weren't just surprised, actually, we thought we wouldn't be able to buy her at all, but we took the opportunity. She has a tremendous page, and for us that residual value is important. Whatever she does on the racetrack is a bonus."

"She has a tremendous page, and for us that residual value is important. Whatever she does on the racetrack is a bonus." - Linda Huddy

The Huddys have a fascinating background with horses; Linda is a former trackwork rider for Bart Cummings while Graham grew up around cattle stations in north Queensland.

Lot 63 Snitzel x Response

When Graham sold an earthmoving business before the 2008 global financial crisis the couple started getting serious about racing and made an immediate splash.

The Huddys paid just $15,000 for Shoot Out (High Chaparral {Ire}) and the Queensland-trained gelding went on to capture five G1s.

Shoot Out was also a Magic Millions purchase, from the Equine Influenza-delayed auction in 2008.

Since then the astute owner-breeders, who inspect and purchase yearlings themselves, have achieved even more success from their beautiful Peachester Lodge near the Glasshouse Mountains.

First they bought into four-time Group 1 winner Preferment (NZ) and currently have more than 20 broodmares based in Australia and New Zealand.

The Huddys hit on a stakes hat trick in November when Media Sensation (I Am Invincible) was victorious in the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas, before I’m A Princess (High Chaparral {IRE}) won the G3 Summoned S. at Sandown and Most Important (I Am Invincible) scored in the Listed Keith Noud Quality at Doomben.

Media Sensation winning the NZ 1000 Guineas

The Response filly was part of an Arrowfield draft that also included the hotly anticipated Snitzel colt out of Group 1-winning mare Politeness (Street Sense {US}).

Lot 20 was bred through the joint venture with Katsumi Yoshida's Northern Farm and Shadai Stallion Station and it was Yoshida who bought the colt outright for $700,000 and then $220,000 for another colt out of Pyrography (Danzero).

Arrowfield's relationship with Shadai also paid off with a great result for first season sire Real Impact (Jpn) (Deep Impact), with Lot 64 selling for more than ten times his service fee at $240,000 to Triple Crown Syndications.

Out of Ribe (Danehill {Ire}), the filly is a half-sister to G1 Blue Diamond S. winner Reaan (Hussonet {USA}).