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Miss Interiors' family returns in the Run To The Rose

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The return of 3-year-old Coolmore colt Home Affairs (I Am Invincible) in the G2 Run To The Rose this weekend highlights a hugely successful family for Torryburn Stud. We spoke to Stud Manager Mel Copelin about the farm’s plans for the mare this spring.

Cover image courtesy of Torryburn Stud

The G2 Run To The Rose is this Saturday at Kembla Grange, a traditional window to the loftier, stallion-making event that is the G1 Golden Rose in late September. This weekend’s field is typically excellent, with Godolphin’s Anamoe (Street Boss {USA}) heading the market ahead of Frankel (GB) colt Converge and Slipper winner Stay Inside (Extreme Choice).

At Torryburn Stud, however, most eyes will be on the Coolmore colt Home Affairs, who is returning for the first time since March. He was a G2 Silver Slipper S. winner during the autumn, and a horse that comes with plenty of song and story at Torryburn Stud.

Mel Copelin, stud manager at Torryburn Stud

Home Affairs is the second foal from the broodmare Miss Interiors (Flying Spur), who is an important hen among the Torryburn mares in the Hunter Valley.

She was purchased by the Cornish family through Damon Gabbedy's Belmont Bloodstock (FBAA) for $625,000 at the 2017 Inglis Chairman’s Sale, at that point in foal to Deep Field. Home Affairs arrived the following year and was a mid-August foal, and therefore had the jump on many in that year’s catalogues.

He sold accordingly at the 2020 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, going to Tom Magnier for $875,000.

Home Affairs as a yearling | Image courtesy of Torryburn Stud

Booming family

In just a handful of years, Miss Interiors has more than paid her way at Torryburn Stud. Her first two foals returned her purchase price twice over, and this year she did even better.

Off the back of Home Affairs winning the G2 Silver Slipper in February, and her first foal Aysar (Deep Field) running second in four Group races (namely the G1 Caulfield Guineas when runner-up to Ole Kirk), her third foal, a colt by Capitalist, headed into the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April as hot property, and he too sold accordingly.

He went to James Harron for $1.05 million and has been named Wilbury, and he’s in early training with Sam and Anthony Freedman in Victoria.

Mel Copelin is the stud manager at Torryburn, and she said Miss Interiors was a marvellous addition to the farm.

“She’s been an amazing mare for us,” Copelin said. “Two Group horses from her first two foals. She’s consistently doing the job, and she certainly doesn’t owe us any money.”

“She’s (Miss Interiors) been an amazing mare for us. Two Group horses from her first two foals. She’s consistently doing the job, and she certainly doesn’t owe us any money.” - Mel Copelin

The Capitalist result at Easter wasn’t unexpected, given the way the pedigree was shaping but also the boom on Capitalist progeny across this year’s sales circuit. Copelin said all of that was building towards a good return for them at Easter.

“The momentum about Capitalist had kept rolling, and that really helped,” she said. “Obviously, it was a risk going to a second-season sire, but it paid off. It was a huge return in the end on not a huge service fee.”

“Obviously, it was a risk going to a second-season sire (Capitalist), but it paid off. It was a huge return in the end on not a huge service fee.” - Mel Copelin

Miss Interiors went to Capitalist for his second book when he was $55,000 (inc GST). He stood at Newgate at that fee for three seasons before standing for $44,000 (inc GST) last year in the wake of COVID. This season, his fee has more than doubled to $99,000 (inc GST).

“If you went last year and you’ve got one in the belly, you’re doing really well,” Copelin said.

Cherry-picking for Capitalist

Torryburn has every faith in Capitalist being a big-gun sire in Australia. This season, the farm is sending two of its best mares to the Newgate stallion, namely Serena Miss (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}) and Denmagic (Denman).

Serena Miss was a Group 2-winning, Group 1-placed race mare that arrived at Torryburn after selling to them, again via Belmont Bloodstock (FBAA), at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. She cost $700,000 direct from the ownership syndicate.

Her latest yearling by I Am Invincible sold for $320,000 at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale, going to Chris Waller and Guy Mulcaster, and she has already foaled an I Am Invincible colt on the farm this spring.

Denmagic, meanwhile, is the Group 1-placed dam of 2-year-old Not A Single Doubt colt Schmeichel, who is in training with Kacy Fogden at Canungra. Schmeichel was a $1.1 million yearling purchase on the Gold Coast last January for Tony Fung and Phoenix Thoroughbreds.

Schmeichel as a yearling

Denmagic has a yearling filly by The Autumn Sun at Torryburn, and will head to Capitalist this spring after missing last season.

Miss Interiors, then, is booked to I Am Invincible at Yarraman Park, which Copelin said was the obvious choice to produce a full sibling to Home Affairs. She will foal to Dundeel (NZ) beforehand, while she also has a Dundeel yearling on the farm.

“We expect that colt will head to Easter next year,” Copelin said. “We’d love to get a filly from her with I Am Invincible because she’s had all colts up to now.”

Dundeel (NZ) x Miss Interiors 2020 foal, now a yearling

Million-dollar mare to Exceed

Torryburn Stud has a few new names to consider this breeding season, among them the mare Jedastar (I Am Invincible) whom the Cornish family purchased for $1 million in foal to Zoustar at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in May.

Jedastar is a three-quarter sister to Yarraman sire Hellbent, and she was second in the G3 Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies). She was lightly raced with only five starts, and she was particularly valuable as a well-bred maiden mare at the Gold Coast in May.

“They (maiden mares) all went for $1 million or more, so we thought that if we were going to pay that much money for a mare, we were going to get something that was in foal.” - Mel Copelin

“We went to Magic Millions this year with about 10 on our shortlist and got blown out of the water with the maidens off the track,” Copelin said. “They all went for $1 million or more, so we thought that if we were going to pay that much money for a mare, we were going to get something that was in foal, just to get a return a bit quicker.”

Copelin said the options were still expensive at that Sale, but they did well in the end.

“We decided to pick the fastest one on our list with the best covering sire, and it was Jedastar,” she said. “She came from the Newgate draft, who we purchased Miss Interiors from, so we had a lot of confidence buying her off Henry (Field).”

“We decided to pick the fastest one on our list with the best covering sire, and it was Jedastar.” - Mel Copelin

Copelin said the Torryburn relationship with Newgate was particularly strong.

“Henry doesn’t just have his own broodmare band and some of the best stallions, but he also sells some of the best broodmares,” Copelin said. “They’re really supportive when the mares leave their farm and go to other farms, and you get a lot of support later on, so we had no qualms about spending that much money for Jedastar from Newgate.”

Jedastar has been booked to Exceed And Excel this season.

Jedastar when racing | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

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