Read regular news updates concerning Bowness Stud, our sales consignments and sales graduates both on and off the track, plus the latest developments concerning exciting resident sire D'ARGENTO.
First D’Argento weanlings sell to $120K
May 5, 2022
First-crop weanlings by D’ARGENTO received a significant stamp of approval when making their sales ring debut at the 2022 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale in the first week of May.
At the conclusion of the two-day auction, seven (of 9 Lots) of D’ARGENTO's first-crop youngsters realised an aggregate of $419,000 and an average of $59,857, with a top-price of $120,000.
In addition to a top-price of $120,000 (Lot 336), other members of D’ARGENTO's initial weanling consignment fetched $90,000 (Lot 378) and $80,000 (Lot 13). Furthermore, purchasers of his stock came from NSW, Queensland, Western Australia and New Zealand in an encouraging show of support for the stud career of our resident sire.
The outcome of the the 2022 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale was an outstanding start to a project intended to see 20-plus weanlings from the 1st crop of Group 1 winner D’ARGENTO offered in Sydney, on the Gold Coast and in Melbourne.
The exercise is viewed as a means of promoting D’ARGENTO before his third breeding season takes shape, and trying to ensure that his stock is sold by a wider range of yearling sale vendors at a greater number of auctions in 2023, which in turn will hopefully lead to a larger percentage of his first runners being trained out of a variety of interstate stables, as well as re-surfacing at the Ready-to-Runs.
The 2022 Inglis Australian Weanling Sale went a long way in achieving that goal and delighted everyone associated with D’ARGENTO because of the manner in which his first-crop weanlings had been received
Another major Bowness graduate win
April 15, 2022
The ‘JN’ brand of Bowness Stud captured another very valuable prize on domestic racing landscape when Another One ran out a clear-cut winner of the $500,000 Newhaven Park Country Championships Final (1400m) on Day 1 of the 2022 The Championships at Randwick in Sydney.
Trained out of Wagga Wagga by Gary Colvin and ridden by Riverina-based jockey Nick Heywood, Another One recorded the sixth win of his 15 race career when the 4-year-old got up on the inside of his rivals and proved to be too strong over the closing stages Commando Hunt and Amulet — ridden by multiple Group 1 winning hoops Nash Rawiller and High Bowman respectively.
Speaking after the win, trainer Gary Colvin said in part: “This horse has improved and matured and they were all asking me ‘is he better than last year?’. Well I said ‘I think so’… “I was thinking about probably having a crack at the Town Plate at Wagga then he’ll go for a spell and I hope someone picks him up for the Kosciuszko.”
Nick Heywood remarked: “He’s a better horse this prep and his work at home and everything like that has just been phenomenal. I knew he’d get through the [heavy] track. Full credit to Gary Colvin and his team, they look after this horse like their own son and he paid off for all the owners here today.”
The Country Championships Final victory of Another One — worth $287,000 to the winner — is the latest significant success recorded by a Bowness Stud-bred galloper that has now won its purchase price time and time again. The son of Super One fetched just $18,000 as a 2019 Inglis Classic Yearling and has now amassed $783,920 in career earnings.
Other examples of Bowness Stud sales graduates proving to be bargain buys include Group 1 SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Media Award ($5,000), Group 2 Herbert Power Handicap winner Chapada ($32,500), GCTC Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner of $759,397 in prizemoney Deiheros ($6,5000), to name but a few.
In addition to the aforementioned graduates, $10,000 Bowness Stud sales graduate Sea Raider recent claimed the Listed BRC Tatt’s Members Cup at Toowwoomba, and $62,500 Bowness Stud sales graduate Miss Charlie Brown landed the Listed Strutt Stakes at Hobart.
First foals for D’Argento
Bowness Stud principal John North has confirmed that the thoroughbred nursery has foaled-down the first foals by its exciting young stallion D’Argento.
Acquired for stud duties from a Star Thoroughbreds ownership group last year, D’Argento received an excellent start to his stud career when covering 152 mares.
With three foals now safely delivered, North tweeted on his Twitter account: “Just like their Dad. We couldn't be happier at Bowness.”
North also detailed: “One [of two] colt is from Purple Blood, dam of [BRC Glenlogan Park S.-G3 winner] Sookie, herself the dam of dual Group 1 winner Shadow Hero.
“The filly is from Moretales, a half-sister to the dam of Starman who won last week for Chris Waller.”
The aforementioned Zoustar colt Starman fetched $500,000 as a yearling and made a significant impression when winning on debut at Randwick-Kensington in the final throws of the 2020/21 racing season.
Other mares to have visited D’Argento in his first season include Beautiful Gem, the Group 2 winning dam of this year’s NJC Newmarket Handicap winner Gem Song; Group 3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes winner Permaiscuous; Pergram, a Listed SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes winner; and Singstar, a Galileo half-sister to none other than the mighty Sunline (NZ).
D’Argento off to a flying start
Recently released industry statistics supplied by the Australian Stud Book confirm that D’Argento, Bowness Stud’s first season sire of 2020, is already tracking favourably for a long and successful stud career.
The exciting addition to our stallion roster was confirmed as covering 152 mares in his debut season, placing D’Argento in the top-30 stallions used by domestic broodmare owners on a national level during the previous breeding season.
D’Argento also compared very favourably with his fellow freshman sires of 2020 when amongst a half-dozen of last season’s newcomers to have covered 150-plus mares. These include the likes of Yes Yes Yes (205), Zousain (188), Brutal (177) and Pierata (168) — all of which were located in the Hunter Valley.
Further illustrating the success of D’Argento’s successful launch in 2020 is the fact that the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas winner covered a greater number of mares than Exceedance (142), Castelvecchio (141), Alabama Express (141) and Microphone (117), four other very significant Group 1 winners recruited to the national stallion ranks last year.
This should all augur well for D’Argento and the breeders who continue to support him over the next few seasons, as their stock will hopefully follow in the footsteps a first-crop which has laid the foundations for the exciting Bowness Stud sire.
One other aspect of the Australian Stud Book report which shouldn't escape mention is the fact that D’Argento’s own sire So You Think (NZ) was the heaviest supported stallion in Australia of 2020. The hugely successful racehorse and sire served no fewer than 261 mares at an advertised service fee of $38,500 (inc. GST).
The extraordinary volume of support received by So You Think (NZ) is a clear indication of his current popularly with local broodmare owners, and of the fact that the High Chaparral (Ire) branch of the Sadler’s Wells sireline continues to go from strength-to-strength in this region of the thoroughbred world.
JOHN NORTH 0428 846 270 or JAMES DALY 0428 821 390