of the feel good stories to emerge from the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale
was that of Tasmanian breeder Brooke Douglas, whose purchase of a $400 mare
back at the Inglis March Thoroughbred Sale in 2012 paid dividends last week
beyond her wildest dreams.
"I was in Western Australia at the time, but was looking through the pedigrees
for that sale and saw something in Octangle," said Brooke Douglas.
"It was the Octagonal that got me. He was such a great horse and you just feel
it's a privilege to own a mare by him."
In the five years since Douglas purchased Octangle her stocks have been on the
She is now the dam of stakes-winner Written Up, a winner of over $430,000 in
prizemoney and a smart winner in Hong Kong in Win Chance.
Those two factors combined to make her 2015 colt foal by Written Up's sire
Written Tycoon a hot commodity at Inglis Premier.
"One of the co-owners of Written Up approached me about sending the mare to
Written Tycoon and we bred the colt together," Douglas explained.
"It seemed like a good idea, although you never think it's going to work out
quite like it has!"
Consigned for sale by Supreme Thoroughbreds as agent, the cracking colt fetched
a princely $500,000 to the bid of the Hong Kong Jockey Club.
Turning 15 this year, Octangle produced a filly by Turffontein last year, but
will not foal this spring having been given last year off in the breeding barn.
"I'm still considering what we'll do with her this year, there are so many
options and everyone seems to have advice!" Douglas concluded.
It's a dilemma any small breeder would dearly love to have!