The Dream is Alive to Breed Your Own Star 2YO

Tara Madgwick - Monday June 20

At the yearling sales every year at the top of the market we hear countless stories from buyers claiming to have abought a Slipper horse or a 2YO type, but the reality is our four Group I winning 2YO’s this season do not come from anywhere near the top of the market.

Fireburn won the ATC Golden Slipper and Sires Produce Stakes, Daumier won the MRC Blue Diamond, She’s Extreme won the ATC Champagne Stakes and Sheeza Belter won the BRC JJ Atkins.

G1 Winner

Sire / Fee in Year of Conception

Sale if Offered


Rebel Dane $9,900

Retained to race


Epaulette $27,500

Retained to race

She’s Extreme

Extreme Choice $22,000

$275,000 Inglis Easter

Sheeza Belter

Gold Standard $5,500

$50,000 MM Perth

She’s Extreme is the only one of the quartet to be bought for six figures, but her purchase price of $275,000 at Inglis Easter needs to be taken in context as she was bought for less than the median price of that sale which was $280,000.

She was a pinhook winner having been first sold through Inglis Digital for $32,500 as a weanling.

Her Newgate Farm based sire Extreme Choice has enjoyed a meteoric rise having also sired the previous season’s Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside and he is now the most expensive sire in the country this spring with a fee of $275,000.

Sheeza Belter was initially passed in through the sale ring and then sold for $50,000 making her the most expensive yearling from the first crop of Gold Standard, who has now been installed at Widden Stud at a fee of $17,600.

Daumier is a homebred for Godolphin, who no longer stand Epaulette. They sold the dual Group I winning son of Commands to the Turkish National Stud and he left our shores in 2021.

Fireburn was retained to race by her breeders that include Laurel Oak Bloodstock, who also bred and raced her sire Rebel Dane. The superstar filly has done a masterful job of putting her sire on the commercial map and he too has been moved to Widden Stud and will stand at a fee of $27,500 this spring.

What all of this means is that every Group I winning 2YO in Australia this season was bred from sires that stood for less than $30,000, so a look at our latest Price Point story for sires priced between $24,200 to $27,500 might hold the seeds of future success.

Click to read the Price Point story for these sires.




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