It's In The Blood

Sometimes looks can be deceptive. But sometimes results can be too, especially when there’s a learned eye involved.

Linda Monds, who bought the famed Tyreel Stud in 2014 and became the breeder of Everest (1200m) winner Classique Legend (Not A Single Doubt), went to the Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale in 2016 to expand her breeding stock. Among others, she had her eye on a mare named Couredge (Show A Heart).

She’d done precious little on the track, claiming a Wyong maiden in 2013 among ten starts for Chris Waller, but was from a tidy family. She was also in foal to Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m) winner Shamus Award (Snitzel). Moreover, she had a weanling, by Choisir (Danehill Dancer), at the same sale. Monds cast her eye over him, very much liked what she saw, and her mind was made up to go hard for Couredge when she entered the ring.

But she wasn’t the only one.

“I had to fight pretty hard for her,” Monds tells It’s In The Blood. “There were a lot of people there who’d identified her as a mare they’d like in their band.”

It took some, err, courage, but Monds won out, purchasing the then six-year-old Couredge for $190,000.

“She didn’t do a lot on the racetrack, but she’s a lovely looking mare herself, and I’d checked out the Choisir yearling and he was an outstanding type. When you see what they can produce, you can have a fair bit of confidence that they’ll do it again,” Monds says.

“Plus, she was a Show A Heart mare – I didn’t have one of them – so I just felt that she was a great outcross, and in foal to Shamus Award, and just felt I liked that mating.”

Still, some results have been encouraging, but others less so.

Couredge’s first foal, for her previous owners, became the Smart Missile (Fastnet Rock) gelding Smartedge, who has won five from 31 for Team Snowden, including four in town, before moving north to the Tony Gollan stable.

A few months after Monds bought her, Couredge threw her Shamus Award colt. Fetching Monds $150,000 when sold to Darby Racing at the 2018 Inglis Classic sale, he’s become the now four-year-old gelding named Academy – winner of five from 16 for Warwick Farm trainer Mark Newnham, including three in town.

Following his birth, the first thing Monds did was send Couredge back to Choisir, hoping for something that might look as attractive as that weanling. In September, 2017, a filly arrived.

Though two years apart, the two full siblings began racing around the same time.

That weanling, who fetched a hefty $325,000 as a yearling at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast sale, became a Hong Kong gelding called Moon Peaks, who so far has found more troughs. Debuting in November, 2019, he had 13 starts for one placing, finally breaking through for a win last Boxing Day, and now has a record of 16: 1-1-1.