$480 Mare Has a Group I Sibling!

Media Release - Tuesday December 12
Tatura's Kasey Tozer paid special attention on Sunday to the Hong Kong International Races.

And it was a joyous occasion for Kasey.

Her happiness had nothing to do with a winning bet, owning a horse in one of the races or even knowing any of the connections.

Mr Stunning - Grant CourtneyShe had something better than all of that…a half sister to the winner of the Group 1 Hong Kong International Sprint, the Victorian bred Mr Stunning.

More bizarrely, Kasey had bought that half sister, named Go The Cats, for just $480!

Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel), bred by Tony Santic's famed Makybe operation at Gnarwarre, collected his maiden Group 1 victory on Sunday and maintained his position as the highest rated racehorse in Hong Kong.

Mr Stunning is the fifth winner from the Dayjur mare, With Fervour, a daughter of 3-time North American Group 1 winner, Fran's Valentine, and half sister to the 5-time Group 1 winner, With Anticipation. Makybe sold him as a weanling for $110,000 at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

He has now won 10 of his 16 outings, with a further three placings, and HK$27 million (approx. AU$4.6 million) in stakes.

But how did Kasey end up with a mare with such a pedigree?

"I was looking for a mare to breed to my cob stallion…I breed Show Hunters," Kasey said.

"I saw Go The Cats advertised at the Echuca horse sales in 2015. She looked like a good type. I put in a phone bid for $480 and got her," Kasey said.

(Go The Cats was sold by Makybe to trainer Rick Hore-Lacy for $65,000 via the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. Despite showing talent, she was unplaced in 5 starts.)

Kasey's winning bid of course was made before Mr Stunning had started his career in Hong Kong.

He had been pinhooked the NZB Premier Sale in 2015, won a trial at Avondale in the heavy and was then exported to Hong Kong.

Meanwhile, his dam had been sold by Makybe for $6,000 at the 2013 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale to Mickleham's Dr Lesa Oldcastle. With Fervour unfortunately passed away the following year, leaving just one more foal – an as yet unraced 3YO filly by Mossman.

Mr Stunning debuted in early 2016 winning three of his first four starts. It was then that Kasey started to get phone calls enquiring about her Echuca mare purchase, Go The Cats. But Kasey relented.

"She was perfect for what I wanted and I wasn't going to sell her," said Kasey

Eventually the aforementioned Dr Oldcastle, found Kasey. Having a interest in the family, Lesa had been looking for some time for Go The Cats.

Helmet filly from Go the CatsKasey decided the lure of breeding with Go the Cats was too big now and entered a foal share arrangement with Dr Oldcastle.

In 2016, Go The Cats was covered by Exceed and Excel's son Helmet. Foaled in early November, the filly is now a three-quarter relation to a Group 1 winner!

Kasey Tozer's mare Go The Cats with her Helmet filly at a few days old

"She's a beautiful type. We're really happy with her," said Kasey.

The big question is what they are going to do with their new arrival in the future.

Like her dam, the foal will be in high demand off the back of Mr Stunning's success.

But Kasey is in no rush to make a decision.

For now she is happy to have a healthy foal and take in the 'Stunning' performances of the foal's half-brother.

News from Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria 

Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Fastnet Rock’s Eleven Eleven Now a $2million Man
Champion sire Fastnet Rock has had a lot of outstanding gallopers ,but Eleven Eleven has now become one of his highest stakes earners after scoring back-to-back Magic Millions wins on the Gold Coast with a determined performance in Saturday’s $1 million Pacific Fair Magic Millions Cup (1400m).
Artie Schiller's Flirtini Breaks the Drought
 The speed was on in Saturday’s Listed Miss Andretti Stakes (1100m) at Ascot, setting the race up for Willie Pike to come with a booming finish on the Artie Schiller (USA) mare Flirtini.
First Season Sires MM Book 1 – Expect the Unexpected
At the conclusion of Magic Millions Book 1 last night we have a set of figures for first season sires that will prove eye opening for several reasons as I doubt anybody was expecting Almanzor (Fr), the 2016 European Champion 3YO to be at the top of the list.
First Win for Flying Artie Brother
He will never trouble his famous older half-brother Flying Artie, but three year-old Helmet colt Give is now a winner after scoring at Pakenham on Thursday as favourite.
Star Witness Quinella in $2million MM 3YO Guineas
Star Witness has been enjoying a purple patch in recent weeks and the run of success continued at the Gold Coast on Saturday when his talented sons Aim and Amish Boy filled the quinella in the $2million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas (1400m).
Helmet's Tin Hat Opens Stakes Account
Godolphin's promising 3yo colt Tin Hat capped a remarkable day for Darley stallions when the son of Helmet earned a maiden stakes win in Saturday's Group III Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield.
Helmet Filly Adds to Godolphin's Firepower
Godolphin lost one major Golden Slipper hope in Tassort but added another two on Saturday with Tenley in the Group II Reisling Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill and La Tene in the Group II $200,000 MSS Security VRC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.
Fastnet Rock Day at Ellerslie
Champion sire Fastnet Rock put his stamp on the Ellerslie New Year’s Day meeting with three winners headed by his champion daughter Avantage, who put the icing on the cake when winning the Group I Sistema Railway (1200m) .
Better Than Ready's The Odyssey Leads Home a 1-2-3 for the Locals in the Last On Magic Millions Race
The locals went 1-2-3 in the $1m Racing Qld Magic Millions (1300m) to bring the curtain down on Magic Millions raceday at the Gold Coast.
Vale, Slight Chance
Last week we learned of the passing of much loved stallion Danewin, but back in 1994 when he first entered the Bob Thomsen stable there was already a superstar in residence and that was bonny filly Slight Chance, who was also recently laid to rest at Hobartville Stud.