Success for small breeder at Tatts December Sale
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PICTURE: EDWARD WHITAKER Success for small breeder at Tatts December Sale By James Thomas 12:11PM 25 NOV 2016
SO OFTEN the most sought-after lots at a sale are the produce of industrial-scale breeders, but the action at Tattersalls on Thursday gave someone much further down the pecking order cause to celebrate.
James Stewart runs Wellsummers Stud in Wiltshire and, with the help of the stallion Toronado, mare Raskutani and vendor the Castlebridge Consignment, the breeder was the joint-session topper of the December Foal Sale session with a 190,000gns sale.
Stewart said: "These kind of results show what a small breeder can do. In a world where the big battalions with their racing, breeding and financial empires account for so much of the bloodstock market, small farms like ours can still flourish. I'd like people note what can be done with a couple of nice families."
The Toronado colt is from a very nice family indeed. His granddam Oshiponga, a daughter of Barathea, has served Stewart well since being bought as a foundation mare by Geoffrey Howson for 65,000gns in 2004. She has produced the likes of Group 2 winner Hatta Fort and Blue Bayou, who carried the colours of Marie Dominique Stewart to success in the 2015 Sweet Solera. This colt's dam, Raskutani, has already produced Group 3 winner Agent Murphy.
"We're retaining two daughters of Oshiponga including Blue Bayou, for whom I turned down huge offers last year," added Stewart. "Small farms have to have the financial guts to turn down offers for their fillies. If you sell everything, what have you got?
"We're also keeping a Champs Elysees filly who's a wonderful athlete. We're going to race her and try to turn her into a real star.
"We've got Oshiponga, who's a young 18, and her two daughters, and we'll put our best foot forward with those. We've cut our numbers back to six or seven mares. It's quality and not quantity, everyone says that but how many go through with it?"
With such strong principles and successful producers, there could be more reason for Wellsummers Stud to celebrate in the not-too-distant future.