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Tuesday, 15 January, 2019

Why Brightwalton Stud are made up ahead of Premier Sale consignment

The stud's draft received a big update courtesy of a Group 3 winner

Jeffrey Hobby (second right) and wife Phoebe (second left) with Maid Up in the Goodwood winner's enclosure after the Group 3 March Stakes
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Made up: two words that have several meanings, namely the state of wearing an ample helping of make-up, something that is fabricated or untrue, or an informal way of expressing delight.

It is the latter that is most relevant to Newbury based Brightwalton Stud, who were celebrating on Saturday after the aptly named homebred filly Maid Up ran out a comfortable winner of the Group 3 March Stakes at Goodwood.

"You go and buy the mares in the December sales in the pouring rain and have all these hopes and dreams, so to achieve success like this is what it's all about," says Brightwalton's owner Jeffrey Hobby, who acquired Maid Up's dam, the Juddmonte-bred Complexion, for 125,000gns back in 2012.

It was a deserved Pattern race breakthrough for the highly progressive daughter of Mastercraftsman, and one that has rightly fueled some lofty ambitions.

The victory also provides a major boost to her Kodiac half-brother just days before Brightwalton offer the youngster as lot 396 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale that begins on Tuesday.

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"For any farm to be seen to be producing good horses - especially a relatively young operation like ours - is massive," says Hobby. "This is probably Juddmonte's best family with the likes of Midday in there. Maid Up is proving the family have real class and her half-brother definitely has that too.

"The Kodiac colt is a bit sharper than anything else the mare has produced, he's a bit punchier, which he should be given who he's by.

"The mare is a half-sister to Zacinto [by Dansili] who was a bloody good horse, and it's interesting that the first time I've got my brain into gear and gone to a Danehill-line sire we've got a filly [Maid Up] of real quality. Obviously Kodiac is from that same line so I would hope this colt is going to be a really smart horse."

As if all that was not upside enough, Complexion also has a two-year-old New Approach colt who was retained by Brightwalton and is in training with Hughie Morrison, and she is safely in foal to Showcasing.

Lot 396: the Kodiac half-brother to Maid Up
The stud will take three other yearlings to Doncaster in a draft that packs a punch well beyond its size.

"We're not consigning at Tattersalls ourselves this year because of staff changes on the farm," explains Hobby. "So we've decided to send our four best yearlings to Doncaster and we're going there with high hopes."

First up for Brightwalton is a Showcasing filly (72) out of the Bosra Sham Stakes winner Melbourne Memories. At the 2016 Premier Sale the stud sold an Acclamation colt out of the mare for £230,000.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club signed the ticket that day before reselling the colt at its breeze-up sale for HK$4.2 million (£416,585/€459,935).

Lot 72: the Showcasing filly out of Melbourne Memories
"The Showcasing filly looks just like Showcasing, she's a little powerball and from a great family," says Hobby. "Her Acclamation half-brother was a beautiful horse but, personally, I probably prefer her as she just seems to have that bit more about her."

On Wednesday the stud will offer a Dark Angel filly (357) out of the Listed-winning Best Regards. The youngster's third dam is Cassandra Go, meaning the likes of Halfway To Heaven, Rhododendron, Magical and Land Force all appear further down the page.

Lot 357: the Dark Angel filly out of Best Regards

"She's from the most awesome family and has a bit more class than some Dark Angels," says Hobby, who reported the filly's Iffraaj half-sister [Forever Mine] to be working well and close to a run under the care of Eve Johnson Houghton.

Completing the draft is a Gutaifan colt (480) from the family of The Grey Gatsby described by Hobby as: "A straightforward trainer's horse and from the good Maximova family."

Lot 480: the Gutaifan colt out of Green Poppy
While Brightwalton may not yet have the heritage of some of its counterparts on the Premier Sale consignors' index, having only sent its first draft to Doncaster in 2011, Maid Up's convincing victory on Saturday highlights that Hobby and his team are certainly doing something right.

"It's tough starting up stud farms," he says. "My parents had Hillwood Stud for years - that's where I grew up, prepping horses like Paris House. Starting up on your own is a bit of a mad dream really, but we're having some great success."

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Maid Up is proving the family have real class and the Kodiac colt definitely has that too
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