Big weekend for broodmares

20 Nov 2023

Broodmares sold by Willow Park have had an incredible Spring of 2023, which continued on Saturday when two broodmare graduates produced stakes winners.


On Saturday, the long-shot Brazen Style (Brazen Beau) won the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield.


The three-year-old filly is the fourth foal from Group 1 Railway Stakes winner In Style [NZ] (Fast 'N' Famous), who was sold off the track through our 2016 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale draft. A winner of eight races, three black type, In Style was sold to Attunga Stud with the winning bid of $440,000.


Already a stakes producer, In Style's second foal was Total Babe (I Am Invincible), who was twice placed at Group 3 level in a short, four-start career. 


Brazen Style was sold at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $250,000 and Saturday's win was her second from just three starts, holding on in a photo finish at a huge 80-1.


On Sunday morning (Australian time), the former Kris Lees trained Flag of Honour was victorious in the Grade 2 Kennedy Road Stakes at Woodbine in Canada.


Flag of Honour (American Pharoah (USA)) is the second foal from Godiva Rock (Stratum), who was sold at the 2015 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale to Baramul Stud for $150,000.


A winner at Moonee Valley, Godiva Rock (pictured) showed plenty of talent herself, running third in the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes at just her second start. 


Flag of Honour was the first of Godiva Rock's progeny to be offered at auction, bringing $425,000 at the Gold Coast Yearling Sale when sold to Ron and Judy Wanless. In six Australian starts, he put three wins on the board and was twice fourth at stakes level.


The talented gelding was barred from racing in Australia after bleeding twice, but is able to race in North America for the Wanless family. His Gr2 win comes at just his second Canadian start.


Meanwhile, in New Zealand on Saturday, the Glenn Burrows yearling purchase Tulsi (The Autumn Sun) added a second Group 1 placing to her record, with a gallant third in the 1000 Guineas at Riccarton.


Purchased on behalf of Gary Harding, Tulsi was a $550,000 Inglis Classic buy from the draft of Valiant Stud. The three-year-old filly has had just eight starts for a debut win and five placings, including a second in the Group 1 Sistema Stakes at two.