Gippsland Thoroughbreds made a statement at the Inglis Ready2Race Sale with its colts by Helmet and Elzaam making a combined $200,000.
The pair were purchased by Singapore trainer Cliff Brown after touring the ring for the second time. Gippsland Bloodstock owners Dean and Phoebe Grass had pin-hooked them for the sum total of $47,000 as foals.
“We thought we had ticked every box with the two horses,” Phoebe Grass said. “They both presented really well and had clear x-rays and that paid off.”
Gippsland Thoroughbreds took 9 lots to Sydney and its Ready2Race draft also included off-shore bound colts by Skilled (South Korea), Mossman (Macau) and Bel Esprit (Hong Kong).
The Trafalgar-based couple have worked in a variety of horse disciplines from western performance to showing and rodeo. Their involvement with thoroughbreds began when Dean, a qualified farrier, broke-in a few horses for Robbie Griffiths.
They sold Singapore Group 1 winner Laughing Gravy off a Murtoa maiden victory and have enjoyed following his progress from temperamental horse to big race winner. “He was very difficult early on,” Phoebe recalled. “But Dean persevered and transformed him into a beautiful horse.”
Gippsland Bloodstock doesn’t cut any corners to ensure its horses are primed to give their best. For further information, contact Dean Grass 0400 137 678 or Phoebe Grass 0421 270 224.