When you are making your Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale debut with a draft of six that includes two by Fastnet Rock, two by High Chaparral (IRE) and one each by Sebring and Starcraft, it's a safe bet that all the good judges will be coming around to see you.
Fledgling South Coast farm Bell View Park Stud is a relatively new name in bloodstock and after posting good results at Magic Millions and Inglis Classic are preparing for their first foray into Australia's number one yearling sale.
Owned by the Mackrell family, Bell View Park Stud is a boutique thoroughbred nursery at Meroo Meadow on the picturesque South Coast of New South Wales between Berry and Nowra.
It is home to a substantial broodmare band of some 25 quality matrons including Group I BRC Queensland Derby winner Dariana, who is now officially retired and Group I Tattersalls Winter Stakes winner Russeting, who is in foal to Street Cry (IRE) and will deliver her first foal later this year.
"We've sold at some of the lesser sales this year and last and achieved good results, but this is our first year where we've had the right type of horses for an Easter draft," said Adam Mackrell.
"We did sell one filly at Easter last year under the Princes Farm banner, an O'Reilly from My Hangover, that made $240,000 to the bid of Shadwell and her half-sister by High Chaparral is in our draft this year."
Set to star for Bell View Park is Lot 392, an athletic bay colt by sire of the moment Fastnet Rock from the well bred winner Sidereus Nuncius, a half-sister by Galileo (IRE) to Group III winner Rockwood from dual Group I winner Foxwood.
"He's done everything right heading towards the sale and has been popular with everyone that has seen him," said Mackrell.
The colt comes from the family of top class Group I winners Sovereign Red and Gurners Lane and features the blood of champion sires Danehill and Galileo, who have combined to produce Group I winners Frankel, Roderic O'Connor, Teofilo, Golden Lilac, La Collina, Cima de Triomphe and Maybe.
Also by Fastnet Rock is Lot 293, the first foal of Zabeel mare More Chickens, a half-sister to stakes-winner Chickens, the dam of Group III winner Do You Think from the family of Group I winning fillies Copperama, Danendri and Faint Perfume.
"She's a very strong forward sort of filly for a first foal and the mare is getting every opportunity as she has a weanling filly by Faint Perfume's sire Shamardal and is now in foal to Starcraft, who is the sire of Do You Think," revealed Mackrell.
"She's also bred on the same cross as Atlantic Jewel being from a daughter of Zabeel."
Just four lots after is Lot 297, a strong leggy filly by High Chaparral (IRE) from Group II placed My Hangover (NZ), who comes from the family of Group I winner Electrique and is now back in foal to Redoute's Choice.
"The O'Reilly filly last year was a big strong filly and so is this one, although she is a November foal, so will need a bit of time as you would expect," Mackrell said.
Another by High Chaparral (IRE) is Lot 201, an eye-catching colt from High Tudor, the half-sister to Group I winner Allez Wonder from Group II WATC Perth Cup winner Luna Tudor.
"He's a very striking colt with a big opinion of himself and is the nicest foal the mare has had," said Mackrell.
Golden Slipper winner Sebring is the sire of Lot 136, a neat, well balanced filly from Group II winning Encosta de Lago mare Dream the Dream.
"We only bought the mare in 2009 and her first two foals have been by God's Own so that probably hasn't helped her. We have a lot of faith in her though and this is a lovely filly and she also had a colt by Starcraft last year and is in foal to Commands," Mackrell said.
"This filly has an amazing appetite. She loves her feed and just eats and eats, which is such a positive when they start work."
To be offered in Session II is Lot 509, a bay colt by Starcraft from Princess Bayley, a daughter of stakes-winner Rose of Dane.
For more information on Bell View Park Stud visit their website.
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