New direction at Woodside Park

Woodside Park’s change in direction has gathered momentum in the last week with the relocation of G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Econsul to Western Australia.

And Woodside graduate Magroora looked a stakes winner of the future when she scored at just her second start in South Africa on Tuesday.

Woodside Park owner Peter Rowsthorn, 82, put the business in the hands of his elder son Mark in February.  “My father enjoyed the racing side of the business for many years,” Mark explained.  “But our focus will now be directed towards improving the quality of our breeding stock.”

Mark Rowsthorn and Woodside Park bloodstock manager Murray Tillett are currently sourcing a commercial stallion to head the new roster for 2013.  And they will be in the market to upgrade at the Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale later this month.

Woodside’s yearlings sold to $215,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  Top price among its 12 lots was the Hard Spun half-brother to Ravenous Lass that made $215,000 to the bid of Perth Moody.

Colts by Exceed and Excel ($90,000 – Belmont B/s), Charge Forward ($80,000 – BC3) and Strategic ($62,000 – Paul Moroney) were also in demand.

Woodside sold Magroora (as agent) at the 2012 Melbourne Premier for $100,000 to Form Bloodstock who were acting for Champion South African trainer Mike de Kock and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

Magroora (2f Dubawi – Tilly’s Place by Puissance) impressed assistant trainer Mathew de Kock with a powerful victory over 1400 metres at Turffontein on Tuesday evening.  “She just outclassed them,” he said.  “Dubawi fillies come into their own over more ground and this one is no exception.  There’s more to come and she looks decent.”

– Karl Patterson

Hoofnote:  Econsul (Pins) has moved to Clive Atwell’s Darling View Stud at Mundijong in WA.  He replaces Patronize (Redoute’s Choice), a three-quarter brother to Exceed And Excel, who has been listed as Lot 137 at the Perth Magic Millions Autumn Sale this Sunday, April 14.