Westwood Grange

Wentwood Grange boasts a proud history of producing high class gallopers and 2017 saw the emergence of another potential star sold at Karaka; exciting three-year-old Sully.

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“We are very proud of what he has achieved,” said Wentwood’s Dean Hawkins of the VRC Derby-Gr.1 2500m runner-up, “and we are looking forward to seeing him in the autumn.”

Looking back at Sully as a youngster, Hawkins said that whilst he was always “nicely put together,” it has been a bit surprising that he has come to hand as quickly as he has… “the Busuttin stable has done a great job with him.”

A number of high class horses have emerged from Wentwood including Group One mare Valley Girl who has produced her first foal, a cracking colt by another graduate in Kermadec.

Also selling such outstanding gallopers as Sacred Elixir, Gust Of Wind, Miss Raggedy Ann, Brown Eyed Grace, Leigh Valley, Anne Carina and Little Bridge, Wentwood Grange enjoyed a successful Karaka in 2017 with the likes of a $270,000 Savabeel – High Joy filly bought by Roger James and a $200,000 Ocean Park – Hy Fuji filly purchased by Mulcaster Bloodstock.

And now the family is busy in preparation for 2018 with their sale kicking off early with lot 14, “a nice, big, strong” colt by Sully’s sire Reliable Man. A half-brother to the Group Three placed Aquamosa, he is out of Adalia, half-sister to Singapore star Big Maverick.

Next up is lot 59, a filly by Darci Brahma out of Beautiful Sister, sister to Group Three winner Beautiful Girl. A great granddaughter of Queensland Oaks-Gr.1, 2400m winner Round The World, she “is a very strong, precocious type.”

Also “a nice filly” is lot 98 by Iffraaj out of Champagne Katie, takes placed half-sister to Listed winner Brown Eyed Grace from the family of Group One winner Lycra.

Hawkins has liked what he has seen in Charm Spirit’s progeny and Wentwood’s first Karaka yearling by that triple Group One winner is lot 147, a “European style colt” out of Darci Dancer, sister to the Group Three placed Awesome Bro.

“A lengthy, scopey filly from a great South Island family” is lot 210, a filly by Iffraaj out of Fiscal Folly, winning half-sister to triple Group winner Fiscal Madness.

Lot 253 is a “very athletic” filly by Ocean Park out of High Joy, three-quarter sister to Group Two winner Hidden Asset and half to Listed winner Emperor Bonaparte from the family of Bonecrusher.

Lot 254, Super Easy colt out of Highland Lights is “an absolute cracker.” He is a half-brother to the metropolitan winners Our Abbadean and Piasau Garden out of a daughter of US Group One winner Miss Josh.

Tavistock’s yearlings are of course also popular and his first in the Wentwood draft is lot 261, a “very classy” half-brother to multiple Gr.1 star Wentwood graduate, Kermadec.

Makfi is another in-form stallion and his son, lot 282, out of Island Time is a half-brother to stakes winner North And South. “He is a lovely, strong colt.”

The half-brother by Burgundy to Sully is lot 324. “A lovely individual who should not take long to come to hand,” he is also a half to the stakes placed Deedee Panache.

Another Tavistock is lot 344, a “big, strong, powerful” colt out of Lithograph, imported half-sister to dual stakes winner Lawspeaker from the family of Starcraft.

A filly with “lovely residual value” is lot 357 by Iffraaj out of Magic Star. A half-sister to dual Group winner Sampson and Listed winner Miss Upstart, she is out of a half to triple Group winner Make Mine Magic.

We choose matings based on the physical compatibility between sire and dam and all of this has served us very well over the years.

Hallowed Crown was chosen as the mate for Railway Handicap-Gr.1, 1200m winner Miss Raggedy Ann who has produced promising Hong Kong galloper Keep Moving. Lot 397, she is “a lovely, Classic type of filly.”

Another Charm Spirit is lot 405 out of Molly Dear. Also described as “a Classic looking filly,” she is a half-sister to Hong Kong Champion Griffin All You Wish.

One of just a handful of Karaka colts by Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident is lot 408 out of Mont Tremblant. A half-brother to Group Two sprinter Biscayne Bay, he is “an early type who has developed well throughout his preparation.”

Another high class Australian in Brazen Beau is represented by just two Karaka Book One colts, one of whom is lot 418 out of imported stakes winner Ms Seneca Rock. A half-brother to dual Listed winner Minaj, he “is very powerful behind.”

“A very scopey, leggy colt” is lot 422 by Darci Brahma out of Myback, half-sister to stakes winner Cauthen.

Those looking for a stayer need not go past lot 499, a filly by Shocking. “If you want a Melbourne Cup winner, here you go!” Her dam is the two times Auckland Cup-Gr.1,3200m winner Prize Lady.

“A really strong, powerful filly who walks beautifully” is lot 500 by Tavistock out of dual Group winner Pulcinella who has produced the handy Hong Kong galloper Meisterstueck.

Also a horse with good “size and power” is lot 529, a colt by Deep Field out of Rose Ransom. A half-brother to city winners Heart Stealer and Quick Ransom, he is out of a daughter of dual Group winner Rose O’War.

Next up for Wentwood are a couple of Sacred Falls fillies beginning with lot 551, the first foal for Savanah Rush, a Group Two placed Savabeel mare whose grandam is the Group One mare Phillipa Rush. “She has a real Classic, Oaks look about her and she is a beautiful mover.”

Also by Sacred Falls is lot 642, the second foal for Tansava, half-sister to the stakes placed Thunderstrike from the family of Vintage Crop. Despite that stamina in her family, she “looks an early type.”

A stallion “who just keeps churning on the winners” is Per Incanto whose colt, lot 690 out of the imported Virginia Key “is a nice way to round off our sale.” He is a half-brother to the Group Three placed Kansas Sunflower.

The Book 2 session is also a busy one for Wentwood with yearlings by Niagara, Rip Van Winkle, Per Incanto, Bullbars, Proisir, Pins, Showcasing, Tavistock, Super Easy, Helmet, Darci Brahma and Sweet Orange.

Q & A with Dean Hawkins

Do you follow any particular breeding theories?

Every year the family sits around the table to discuss matings and we are very focused on the female line. We are always looking to build up our broodmare band rather than just be buying and selling. When we get into a good family we like to keep one or two of the fillies. We choose matings based on the physical compatibility between sire and dam and all of this has served us very well over the years.

Who have been your favourite racehorses in 2017?

It has been very exciting watching Sully progress and nice to see Sacred Elixir working his way back into form. And great to see the exciting Keep Moving win his last two in Hong Kong.

Do you use Facebook or Twitter or both?

I am pretty busy on the farm so neither! But Sean takes care of Facebook for us and Leigh is on Twitter.

What is the best racing movie ever made?

I loved the Seabiscuit book and they did such a good job with the movie; the story of a down and outer coming good.

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