Girl 'one in a million' for Segenhoe

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Manuel's win in the G1 CF Orr S. further franked the value of Segenhoe Stud's star broodmare Girl Hussler.

The past week has confirmed what Segenhoe Stud has long suspected, that Girl Hussler (Hussonet {USA}) is a 'one-in-a-million' broodmare.

Only three days after Girl Hussler's 2-year-old by Exceed and Excel, Sun Patch, showed he could be a star of the future with a brilliant debut win, the mare's first foal, Manuel (Commands) delivered a massive boost to the value of his entire family with a surprise win in the G1 Ladbrokes CF Orr S. at Caulfield.

Girl Hussler

One of a band of race mares bought by Bill Mitchell and Royston Murphy shortly after Kevin and Lesley Maloney bought Segenhoe in 2010, Girl Hussler is becoming one of Segenhoe's most important assets, according to general manager Peter O'Brien.

"She is a one in a million mare." - Peter O'Brien

"She is a one in a million mare. Everything that has gone to the track until now has been black type and Sun Patch looks like he will continue with that based on his win last week," O'Brien told TDN AusNZ.

While punters didn’t give the Tony McEvoy trained Manuel much hope in the year's first Group 1, O'Brien said McEvoy had always voiced his faith in the quality of the horse since he got him to the track as an early 2-year-old.

"From when that horse was a 2-year-old, Tony said he was a Group 1 horse." - Peter O'Brien

"From when that horse was a 2-year-old, Tony said he was a Group 1 horse. Obviously by Commands, they always improve in time and the mare is obviously a brilliant producer," he said.

"For Tony to think Manuel was a Group 1 horse by Commands at two says a lot about the precocity Girl Hussler puts into her stock."

"She's not a big mare and she's a typical Hussonet, quite short coupled with beautiful quality."

Manuel as a foal

Saturday's success was the latest reward Segenhoe has got for its faith in mares by Hussonet. Girl Hussler has had four yearlings go through the sales at an average of $515,000, while Segenhoe sold a Redoute's Choice colt out of Hussonet's Breakfast In Bed for $1.4 million at the recent Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale.

"They've been very good for us. They are particularly good outcrosses for Danehill-line stallions," he said.

Winning in the ring and on the track

Manuel has been the cheapest of Girl Hussler's yearlings at $240,000, while Taking Aim (Choisir) sold to China Horse Club for $520,000 in 2016, Witherspoon (Exceed And Excel) for $500,000 to Jadeskye in 2017 and Sun Patch to George Moore for $800,000 in 2018.

And what is even better for Segenhoe is that they are backing that up on the racetrack.

"What has been great to see is that every foal by different stallions can gallop," O'Brien said.

Manuel has been the cheapest of Girl Hussler's yearlings at $240,000

Taking Aim was a Group 3 winner and Group 1 placed as a 2-year-old and is now a two-time Hong Kong winner, while Witherspoon has been twice stakes-placed.

"What has been great to see is that every foal by different stallions can gallop." - Peter O'Brien

Ron Quinton's Sun Patch looks destined for big things after storming home to win his maiden at Kensington, justifying what O'Brien described as an outstanding pedigree.

"The mating with Exceed And Excel is probably the best mating we’ve ever done on pedigree. It's an unbelievable mating. The physical side of that was always a worry in regards to size but Witherspoon is obviously a beautiful filly. She wasn't big, but she was all quality. Sun Patch is a similar type of horse," O'Brien said.

Fastnet Rock yearling the best yet

But it is a match with Fastnet Rock that Girl Hussler has produced her best physical yet according to O'Brien, in the yearling filly that Segenhoe will retain to race and breed from.

"She is literally one of the best yearlings I've ever seen in my life," he said.

"Again Fastnet put a little bit more size and scope into what Girl Hussler would usually throw. What Girl Hussler puts in is these beautiful hips. This filly has a massive hip and is all quality."

"What Girl Hussler puts in is these beautiful hips. This filly has a massive hip and is all quality." - Peter O'Brien

"More importantly, she's got an unbelievable action, I like those shapes of Fastnets, colts and fillies. Merchant Navy is an example of the sharp precocious Fastnet and this filly is the same."

"She looks like a dead-set 2-year-old. She's already broken in and she's back at the farm."

The Fastnet Rock x Girl Hussler filly as a foal

O'Brien said they hadn’t decided which trainer she would go to with a decision to be made after the sales season. Girl Hussler foaled a colt by Snitzel last spring which O'Brien said would go through the yearling sales in 2020.

"He's a proverbial brick outhouse. Typical of her. He's very, very precocious, short backed, big hipped, a real sharp 2-year-old type."

"He's so precocious. Even though he's a late foal, he could be a Magic Millions yearling."

Having had six consecutive foals, Girl Hussler missed to I Am Invincible last season.

Fastnet Rock

Girl building the Segenhoe brand

O'Brien said marquee broodmares like Girl Hussler are crucial to the future success of Segenhoe.

"It’s essential. Particularly when you are looking long term," he said.

"Our rough policy is that we will sell as much as we can out of the first three or four foals out of a mare, and then once the mare produces a stakes horses we will start keeping fillies out of the family."

"From now on, with Girl Hussler, we will be keeping every filly out of her. The yearling will be the first one and for future breeding, and continuing her family, it’s essential."