Juddmonte Farms


A number of well-related European-bred mares came under the hammer at the Inglis Chairman's Sale yesterday (12th April) with a handful of opportunities to buy into some coveted families at the sale. 

Taken From Thoroughbred Daily News, 13th April 2018:

Paul Fudge of Waratah Thoroughbreds spent 450,000gns on the OASIS DREAM filly My Sanctuary - pictured right - as a weanling at Tattersalls in 2012 and exported her to race in Australia. The bay picked up two wins to bolster her impeccable pedigree - she is a daughter of the German champion stayer Albanova and a half-sister to three stakes winners - and My Sanctuary is now headed back to her country of birth after Dermot Farrington secured her for A$600,000 on behalf of Paul Makin. Catalogued as lot 106, My Sanctuary was sold in foal to More Than Ready for her first mating.

Fudge was dispersing his breeding stock at the Chairman's sale but he is not leaving the industry, preferring to focus instead on racing going forward, and indeed he bought a colt by Shooting To Win during the foal session on Thursday evening.

Debbie Kepitis has the current queen of Australian racing in her racing stable in the great mare Winx, and Kepitis added a gem to her boutique bloodstock business, Woppitt Bloodstock, when securing the impeccably bred Posing (lot 117) for A$500,000 on Thursday. Originally a 260,000gns Tattersalls yearling purchase by Demi O'Byrne in 2013, Posing was a winner in four starts for Coolmore connections and was offered by that operation at the Chairman's Sale. The five-year-old mare is a granddaughter of the great producer Magnificient Style, the dam of Group 1 winners Nathaniel, Great Heavens and Playful Act and the matriarch of almost countless other blacktype winners. Posing was covered by FRANKEL for her first mating before being exported to Australia.

"I saw Frankel race and I loved him, and I thought it would be a great opportunity to buy him, basically, and it's a very nice mare with a great pedigree that we'll be able to breed here to all sorts of stallions," - Kepitis said. "It was partly to buy the Frankel but also to get the overseas pedigree."

Kepitis, herself the daughter of the legendary Thoroughbred breeder Bob Ingham, has eight mares as part of Woppitt Bloodstock. She races Winx in partnership with Peter Tighe and Richard Treweeke. "Winx I race as myself, but I have a bloodstock business that I have broodmares, racehorses; it's a very small team that I just run more for fun but with a business mind to it. I'm only small at the moment, I myself have eight mares and I produce to race and sell, but primarily I'm a racer. I like racing, but to make the business work I do sell my progeny as well."

Photo courtesy of Inglis

Date: 13 April 2018