The foaling season has begun for long-term client of Woodside Park Stud, Mike and Kate Fleming’s Bhima Thoroughbreds as they welcomed their first foal on the ground, from Tosen Stardom’s (JPN) first crop.
With only a few early arrivals on the ground so far for Tosen Stardom, Mike Fleming is confident that the dual G1 winning son of the recently departed Deep Impact (JPN), is already stamping his stock with quality.
“She’s a really lovely filly with a good amount of leg under her and strong bone. She looks like a real athlete, and she will develop into a fine yearling. She is a great example of the what we can expect as the season rolls on,” Fleming said.
Out of the Al Maher mare, Sidrah, who was purchased this year from the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Mike and Kate Fleming, who own 50/50 with Dean Hawthorne and his partner, Ingrid Dornan.
“She was one of only a few mares that we bought in foal, and we are delighted with the filly.”
“We didn’t have a lot of luck that year buying weanlings, so we looked for some attractive mare and foal packages. Tosen Stardom was a sire that we liked,’ Fleming said.
Out of the Saddler’s Well mare, Chauncy Lane, Sidrah is a half-sister to G2 Dante Stakes winner Best Alibi (IRE) and is closely related to G1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner Fourstars Allstar and five-time Group winner Allstardave.
“We have had a good association and have supported Woodside Park Stud over the years and though our close relationship with Johnathan Munz from GSA Bloodstock, we consistently send mares to the Tylden nursery, along with a good number of our clients.”
“If Tosen Stardom can brand all his foals in that mould, he is going to have a great first crop of horses, and with so much Danehill blood in our broodmare community, Tosen Stardom is a very attractive out-cross sire for mare owners.”
Bhima based in Scone will foal down around 100 new arrivals by the end of the spring.
“We have been anticipating the foaling season beginning and have been watching the mares closely over the last week. It’s great to have the first foals arrive, and with those numbers, we will be kept on our toes,” Fleming said.
And as soon as the foaling season starts to slow, the yearling sales loom just around the corner.
“We don’t really get a break as by the time we get to the end of November, we are already looking towards the yearling sales and focusing on our Magic Millions preparations.”
“We have two very nice Written Tycoon’s that will be heading to the Gold Coast and we will be back at Premier in 2020, having topped the 2019 sale for Victorian breeder David Gillies.”