THE HOLBROOK NAME, ONCE INEXORABLY LINKED WITH THE WIDDEN VALLEY, HAS MORE RECENTLY REFERRED TO THE PROPERTY NESTLED AT THE NORTHERN END OF THE PICTURESQUE SEGENHOE VALLEY. AND WHILE THE ADDRESS AND THE VIEW MAY HAVE CHANGED, THE LESSONS LEARNT FROM HER FOREFATHERS IN FOCUSING ON QUALITY AND ATTENTION TO DETAIL CONTINUE TO SERVE OWNER JULIE HARRIS WELL.
While breeding a few mares of her own, Julie now primarily focuses on operating Holbrook as a quality agistment and yearling/weanling preparation business with the emphasis very much on that one word – quality.
The Holbrook team will take eight lots to the January Sale as agent, five in book one, and Julie is delighted with the overall quality.
One whose pedigree has had some notable updates of late is a smart colt by second season sire Epaulette out of Corrosion by Lonhro. He is the first foal of his dam who is an unraced half-sister to Godolphin’s talented three year old Viridine, a star of the Spring with four wins from five career starts to date includes success in the Gr.2 Roman Consul Stakes. And the yearling has plenty of pedigree a generation back as the Listed Ramornie Handicap winner Jerezana is a half-sister to Corrosion’s dam, and a subsequent mating between her and Epaulette’s sire Commands produced the talented Badajoz, winner of six to date and being Gr.3 placed at two. The colt has Julie as an admirer “He has a kind eye, great strength through the hindquarters and he walks with great purpose. Everything about him says he will be an athlete.”
Another sure to be high on buyer’s shopping lists is a daughter of Smart Missile and Nataya Rose, a Canny Lad half-sister to the dam of Caulfield Guineas winner and international sprinter Starspangledbanner from the family of Thousand Guineas winner Amicus. Of course Canny Lad mares have a proven record as outstanding producers, especially with Danehill line sires, and as Julie said “At this year’s Magic Millions Breeze Up Sale three of the top five lots were by Smart Missile. I know she is a filly, but it gives me confidence that the market likes the sire.” Of this lass Julie thinks she is “beautifully proportioned and has a lovely feminine walk. She’s a joy to work with.”
Holbrook will also present a colt by first season sire Rubick out of the winning Benicio mare Predicted. Tracing back to the high class broodmare Great Klaire, a half-sister to the legendary Eight Carat, Predicted has as her grandam Come On Klaire, a three-quarter sister to Kaapstad and a half-sister to St Klaire the dam of the Gr.1 winners Bonanova, Fraternity and Telesto.
If it is speed buyers are looking for then Julie thinks they should consider Holbrook’s son of Star Witness and the Galileo mare Galeisha. While Galileo is noted for infusing stamina into pedigrees he is no slouch when it comes to speed either so with Galeisha being out of the Rory’s Jester mare Hello Boys, then add a dash of Star Witness’ influence and there is every reason to believe this colt will go quick. Runner up in the Gr.3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, the five-time winning Hello Boys comes from a family that churns out early comers such as Gr.2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Jiang. The colt is a half-brother to the talented Albury Guineas winner Rosaleisha.
Rounding out the Holbrook Book 1 draft is a filly by the underrated Charge Forward out of Wily Carol, a daughter of Lion Hunter and a three-time winner up to 1600 metres in Melbourne. A half-sister to a further four winners Wily Carol has as her grandam the bonny mare Winter’s Dance who won three black type events including the Tramway Handicap and Ajax Stakes for the late Mrs Millie Fox. Her best produce was the handy sprinter Dancing Dynamite, a Gr.3 winner in Melbourne, while last season’s Gr.2 Queensland Guineas winner Salsify also traces back to her.
Julie’s draft for Book 2 consists of three high quality youngsters including fillies by first season sires Hallowed Crown and Shooting To Win.
The Hallowed Crown is out of an Octagonal mare in Democrat, in turn out of a full sister to Gr.1 VRC Sires’ Produce winner Preserve and a half-sister to Gr.1 Golden Rose winner and sire Denman. The Shooting To win is out of the Choisir mare Flying Choice whose grandam is the dual Gr.1 winner Flitter while the final offering is a Foxwedge colt out of Iseult, a Dehere half-sister to globetrotting Gr.1 VRC Derby winner and sire Nothin’ Leica Dane and Gr.2 winner Duelled.
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What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast?
“The atmosphere. After the highs and lows of the annual breeding season it is lovely to unwind at such a wonderful place as the Gold Coast surrounded by everyone from the industry.”
What is your personal Magic Millions ambition?
To be recognised as a consignor who presents their horses in the best possible way to maximise results for our clients, and of course ourselves.
What are you good at and what are you really bad at?
I would like to think I’m good at facing up to the various challenges horses, particularly mares, can throw up, and figuring out a way to overcome the difficulties and achieve the desired end result. The things I think I’m bad at I just keep working at to improve.
What is your favourite movie?
I’m not an avid movie watcher but it has to be Phar Lap.