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Racetrack results have Musk Creek in buoyant mood ahead of Sale

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Musk Creek Farm enjoyed a rewarding 2020 with its racing team and is confident that success will flow into the auction ring this year with a small, but highly select team of youngsters to offer at next week’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

David Kobritz’s Musk Creek Farm has extensive racing interests and is involved in established performers including Hush Writer (Jpn) (Rulership {Jpn}), runner-up in his spring defence of his G3 Newcastle Gold Cup title and fourth in the G1 Metropolitan H.

The Victorian farm also shares in the ownership of the G3 Coongy H. winner Wolfe (Jpn) (Novellist {Ire}), but it is a rising star and potential Group 1 winner in Ain’tnodeeldun (Dundeel {NZ}) that has its pulses racing.

Trained by Anthony and Sam Freedman, the 3-year-old won three of his four starts during the spring and ended his campaign with Listed successes in the Hill Smith S. at Morphettville and the Connoisseur S. at Flemington to fuel future Group 1 hopes.

“He could be very, very good and he’s with the right stable. They’ve always had a good opinion of him and he was a late foal and wanted to make sure he was fully mature before they screwed him down and tested him,” Musk Creek Farm Manager Scott Williamson said.

“They haven’t pushed him too hard yet so the autumn could be quite exciting. He’s a quality-looking horse and I remember looking at him at the Sale with David when he was deciding whether to buy into him.

“He was a little bit backward, but he had a really good frame and was a striking colt. If he can achieve what we hope in the autumn he will be a very valuable colt.”

“If he can achieve what we hope in the autumn he will be a very valuable colt.” – Scott Williamson

Ain’tnodeeldun was offered by Bhima Thoroughbreds at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and bought for $240,000 by Freedman and Blue Sky Bloodstock. He is out of the dual stakes winner Ain’tnofallenstar (Starcraft {NZ}), a half-sister to stakes winner Bachman (All American) and Stepitup (Hussonet {USA}).

“Anthony is looking toward Sydney and the G1 Australian Guineas and possibly a tilt at the G1 Queen Elizabeth S. against the older horses,” Williamson said.

“A lot of people were thinking early on that he could be a Derby prospect, but he’s probably got a lot more brilliance and quality than that. He’s more of a miler up to 2000 metre horse, he’s certainly got a lot of quality about him.”

Ain’tnodeeldun as a yearling

Eyes on the sale ring

While Musk Creek is looking forward to the autumn on the track, it is sale ring fireworks they are focusing on with its Gold Coast yearlings.

“We’re very happy and it is a select draft, mainly because we had had a bit of a cull with our broodmare band. We sold 18 mares in the last two or three years,” Williamson said. “We were always going to get a small crop at some point and it just happened to be this year.

“We’re very happy and it is a select draft, mainly because we had had a bit of a cull with our broodmare band.” – Scott Williamson

“It’s probably not a bad time to have a small crop with everything that has been going on. We’re very fortunate with the quality of stock that we’ve got with four in Book 1 and one in Book 2.

“We’ve got three nice fillies by proven stallions with very good residual value and a cracking Spirit Of Boom colt that had a nice pedigree update with Personal winning the Oaks.”

He is Lot 635 and his dam Personalised (Snitzel) is a half-sister to the G1 VRC Oaks winner Personal (Fastnet Rock) and the family of the former Champion South African sprinter and multiple Group 1 winner Laisserfaire (Danehill {USA}).

Lot 217 is an I Am Invincible filly from Deipara (Lonhro) and from the family of the four-time Group 1 winner Divine Madonna (Hurricane Sky).

“The stallion just keeps going and gets stakes winner after stakes winner,” Williamson said.

“This is the second foal out of a Lonhro daughter of Divine Madonna and this filly is outstanding. She’s big and strong with a lot of quality and a great temperament.

“That’s one of the things that makes I Am Invincible such a good stallion, they have good temperaments and are good to train and not erratic. I think this filly will be a highlight for us at the Sale.

“To have such a good quality I Am Invincible filly like her in the draft is great for a small farm like ours.”

Unique individual

Lot 53 is a daughter of Medaglia D’Oro (USA) and the Group-performed Apologynotaccepted (USA) (Fusaichi Pegasus {USA}), a half-sister to the dual Group 2 winner Curlin’s Approval (USA) (Curlin {USA}).

“She is the first foal of an imported American mare and the only Medaglia D’Oro in the Sale, I think there are only two yearlings in Australia this year by the stallion,” Williamson said.

“She’s a lovely filly with a great attitude. She’s tough and wants to get on with things and a real get up and go filly. She’s precocious and probably has more strength than a lot of the Medaglia D’Oros.

“She’s very forward and attractive and a decent size for a first foal and should get plenty of attention.”

Lot 477 is another highly-rated filly by Sebring and a grand-daughter of the G1 Turnbull S. winner Devil Moon (King Cugat {USA}) and the family of the four-time Group 3 winner Skybeau (Dahar {USA}).

“Sebring is a stallion we miss and from a great bloodline and More Than Ready is no longer here. Sebring gets plenty of winners and this is the second foal and she’s a great size and a really athletic filly,” Williamson said.

“She is strikingly attractive and when she’s out of the box she’ll catch people’s attention. She has got a massive overstep and uses herself incredibly well.

“She (Lot 477) is strikingly attractive and when she’s out of the box she’ll catch people’s attention.” – Scott Williamson

“She is probably one that I had originally had reservations about taking to an early sale, but she is the one that has improved the most through the prep. She has really strengthened and developed into a top filly.”

The son of Fighting Sun, Lot 977, rounds out the draft and is from the family of Group 1 winners and sires Snowland, Myboycharlie (Ire) and Snippetson, also a stakes winner and sire.

“Even the Fighting Sun colt in Book 2 is a Book 1 type and he’s a quality individual. He’s a lovely horse and I wouldn’t be surprised if he turned up at the big Magic Millions race 12 months down the track,” Williamson said.

“We are looking forward to the Sale and feel we have the right horses. We know people will like them, they are hard to fault and from good families and by the right stallions.

“We think we’ve hopefully got the recipe for a strong Sale and hope it is a good Sale for everyone. In these times it is hard to know what is going to happen, but we are confident we’ve got it right.”

Lot 977 - Fighting Sun x Leaps And Bounds (colt)