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US Farms Active At Gold Coast

Thursday, 29th May 2014

Kentucky-based Hill 'n' Dale Farms and Stonestreet Thoroughbred Holdings made their presence felt at the opening session of the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale yesterday, reflecting a growing trend of US buyers investing in Australian bloodstock, reports bloodhorse.com. Through young bloodstock agent James Harron, John Sikura's Hill 'n' Dale bought two of the 10 mares that sold for over $1 million on an historic day at the Gold Coast. Hill 'n' Dale's two purchases were the Encosta de Lago mares Taste Of Heaven for $1.5 million, and  Drifting Cube for $1.1 million. Both are closely related to champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice and descend from the world-renowned Best In Show family. The mares were offered as part of the 'once in a generation' dispersal of Muzaffar Yaseen's Teeley Assets, which provided buyers with an opportunity to buy into an elite family that is rarely offered at public auction. "It's an incredibly unique situation," Harron said of the dispersal. "One which may not come up again for decades to come." He added, "It can take breeders and investors a long, long time, a lifetime to find a family that actually works. So to be able to come here and buy the best ready-made family in Australia that keeps on producing year after year is extremely unique." Barbara Banke's Stonestreet Stables went to $900,000 to buy Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles Of Life, who will stay in training in Australia. The 3YO filly by Not A Single Doubt, who is a sire son of Redoute's Choice, will be prepared by former Darley trainer Peter Snowden and his son Paul.

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