Premier Stars for Grange Thoroughbreds
Tara Madgwick - Wednesday, 15 February 2012

If you're looking to find quality at the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, the search starts here.

Gary Mudgway and Kylie Wood have spent the last few years working tirelessly to develop Grange Thoroughbreds as a leading yearling consignor and their efforts have paid dividends with Grange finishing in the first two leading vendors by average at the past two Premier Yearling Sales.

"We've had a lot of support from some very good clients and it's extremely satisfying to see them so well rewarded in the sale ring," said Kylie Wood.

"We offer a full range of services at Grange Thoroughbreds, from agistment and spelling to foaling down and yearling sales prep, so the farm is evolving all the time and we are excited about the future as we are still a comparatively new enterprise."

Grange Thoroughbreds has produced a string of winners in the past 12 months including Filidea, Flame and Fury, Defenceman and Let it Loose as well as classy stayer Shewan, who won the Group II MRC Herbert Power Stakes during the spring for his breeder Bill Lanyon and his family.

"We are very proud of our winner to runner strike rate as we are only a small farm," Wood said.

"We only sell small drafts at the sales every year, so we are always delighted to see them come out and perform."

Grange will head to Melbourne for the 2012 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale with a classy draft of 15 youngsters by a range of popular and proven sires. Click here to see the full draft.

First into the ring will be Lot 50, a lovely filly by Lonhro from royally bred import Magdalena (IRE), an unraced half-sister to Group I Irish One Thousand Guineas winner Classic Park.

"She's all class this filly. I spotted her at the weanling sale and couldn't take my eyes off her... and still can't," said Kylie Wood.

"I love the temperament of the Lonhro's, so professional and willing to please, a lovely balanced filly by the reigning champion sire and beautiful too, sure to be on the syndicator's lists."

Everyone would like to be selling a Fastnet Rock and Grange have a cracker inLot 169, a colt from the Encosta de Lago mare Ripping Nic.

"Well, who doesn't want a relaxed, loose walking Fastnet Rock? This guy isn't a tall colt, but has a lot of scope and really covers the ground as he walks," Wood said.

"There were six Fastnets in last year's Slipper field and I'm sure this colt could be in the line-up next year."

Bred to go early is Lot 289, a half-sister by Purrealist to this season's stakes-placed juvenile Imprimus from the metro juvenile winning Rory's Jester mare Tendency, who comes from the family of Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker.

"I would be very surprised if this filly was not in the barriers at the earliest two year-old races next year," Wood said.

"She's muscle on muscle. I haven't had to do any work with her, she is just a natural."

First horse into the ring on Wednesday morning as Lot 411, this Charge Forward filly from Anabaa (USA) mare Bergman is sure to get the session off to a good start.

"A big strong filly with a great big girth and a bum to match," Wood said.

"Looks an early type and is a close relation to Black Caviar, so has pedigree as well as type."

Exceed and Excel is the sire of Lot562, an athletic bay filly from stakes-winning Canny Lad mare Given.

"Wow what a mover! She has a lovely action. Not a very big filly, but seems to have a lot of heart, loves to be out and doing something," Wood said.

For more information on Grange Thoroughbreds and their yearlings at upcoming sales visit the or call Kylie Wood on 0407 235311 or Gary Mudgway on 0404 889899

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