A closer look at some of the modern broodmares starting to make their mark on the breeding landscape.


TOUGH TILLY (Captaintreacherous US) made the perfect start to her racing career by scoring on debut at Ballarat on May 6. Bred by Benstud Standardbreds, Tough Tilly is the third winner left by unraced Art Major mare BEINJURD. She is the dam of SOMEDAN (Somebeachsomewhere) with 15 wins, and the ill-fated champion youngster CENTENARIO (pictured at APG Melbourne Yearling Sale, American Ideal US) with a best time of 1:53.4 and 11 wins from just 17 starts and $332,000 in earnings. Beninjurd is a full sister to multiple group 1 winner PHILADELPHIA MAN (152.6, 24 wins, $559,000). A Captaintreacherous colt out Beinjurd sold for $80,000 at this year’s Australian Pacing Gold yearling sale in Melbourne.


SAHARA MISS ensured it was a true celebration at Cranbourne on April 5. She had a double as a broodmare and was also the granddam of another winner. Sahara Miss was the dam of winning three-year-old colt SAHARA SIROCCO (Courage Under Fire) and four-year-old gelding SAHARA TIGER (Art Major US). Then her daughter SAHARA SUNRISE (Art Major) was the dam of Captaintreacherous filly SAHARA STORM – her second victory in as many starts. All three winners were bred by Bruce Paul and Peter Watkinson. Sahara Miss (Village Jasper) was bred by Farquharson Pty Ltd and was one of 11 winners out of MACANDRA (Classic Garry).


The family of COBARGO LADY, a 1977 daughter of JAMES SCOTT, keeps on giving. She left five winners from six foals to races, including REDCOURT (Fake Left) with 52 wins, COBARGO WIND (Windshield Wiper) with 17 wins, COBARGO LAD (Windshield Wiper) with 10 wins and COBARGO DOLL (Windshield Wiper) 8 wins. Non-winner COBARGO FRANCAIS (French Chef) produced one winner, but it was Cobargo Doll who would continue the family line with distinction. Like her dam, Cobargo Doll has also left five winners – REMEMBER MAY (Walton Hanover) with 37 wins, COBARGO MAGIC (What’s Next) with 13 wins, COBARGO BARNEY (Barnett Hanover) with 11 wins, ILIKETOFAKEIT (Fake Left) with nine wins and RORY BREAKER (Village Jasper) with two wins.

All were bred by the late Peter Provis. Five daughters of Cobargo Doll have gone on to leave winners at stud, with latest being Cobargo Magic. MAGIC SMILE became her first winner on the track at Cranbourne on June 7 and was bred by Troy Classon.


Group 2-winning trotting mare FIONA'S FLAIR (Entrepreneur) had stunning start to her career as a broodmare after having 15 wins on the track. The 1986 mare’s first three foals to race were outstanding. Group 1-placed SON OF FLAIR (Red Coach Glory) went 1:56.2 in winning 27 times; group 1 winner MIGHTY MAORI (Maori’s Idol) 1:55.2, with 40 wins; and three-times Group 1 winner A TOUCH OF FLAIR (SJs Photo) 1:52.6, 34 wins. Fiona's Flair also went onto produce multiple Group 1-placed DOWN UNDER MUSCLES (Muscles Yankee) with 17 wins. As far as keeping the family name going, that has been left daughters FLASH AND FLAIR (SJs Photo) and PETITE FLAIR (SJs Photo). Each had winners in May and June. THE SUMMER CAT (Angus Hall) trotted to his third win at Terang and ARAIGNEE FLAIR (Yankee Spider) also made it three career wins at Ballarat.


What a run Swan Hill owner-breeder and HBV member Noel Watson is having with the progeny of SAFELY KEPT mare, TORRIDON. Three of her progeny won in quick succession across April and May. COURAGEOUS SAINT (Courage Under Fire) took his career tally of wins to 15 at Bendigo on April 23 and May 14; TORRID SAINT (Shadow Play) won his fifth and sixth races at Bendigo on April 15 and 30; and two-year-old FOUR STAR SAINT (Four Starzzz Shark) opened his account at Bendigo on May 21. Torridon has also left SAINT FLASH (Grinfromeartoear) 1:52.3, 27 wins, $285,000; SAINT STORMY (Peace Of ART) 11 wins; SAINT GRACE (Grinfromeartoear) 1 win; and SAINT TOMMY (Grinfromeartoear) 4 wins. Torridon was bred by GM Brizzi and Alabar Bloodstock.


A champion trotting racemare and the dam of outstanding mare DANCE CRAZE. Of late though she has been leaving her mark as a granddam with the deeds of the offspring of mare COCO CULLEN and entire LOUEY LOUEY LOUEY. Coco Cullen was La Coocaracha’s second foal (2005) and while she has left only one winner in COCOSFELLA (Artistic Fella) the pacer is racing in career-best form with four wins in the space of seven starts in April through to June. Louey Louey Louey (seven wins) is leaving his mark as a stallion with the 2006 son of CR Commando already recording a great strike rate. He has only had 40 foals, with eight to the races, but five of those have been winners – Di Li, Louieville Lass and Charlie Walker this season.


Originally published in Trackbred July 2020

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