Quilt Breeds Sucess For Wagga Local

Darley youngster Trapunto became the seventh winner for little-known dam Quilt when he won the 1,550 metre Benchmark 65 handicap at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Quilt was sold for just $16,000 at the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, despite being in foal to Elusive Quality who at the time was standing at stud for a fee of $82,500.

The mare was purchased at the sales by Shaun Reid, who then sold her privately to current owner Noel Penfold.

“I bought Quilt privately from a bloke called Shaun Reid, who bought her out of that Magic Millions Sale,” Penfold said.

“She was in foal to Lonhro and had an Elusive Quality colt at foot that I sold earlier this year at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $50,000.

“She then had a Lonhro filly for me last year, but I’ve already sold her privately as the offer was just too good to refuse.”

Penfold enjoys watching Quilt’s progeny excel in their racing careers, including last start’s Group 2 Warwick Stakes winner Pinwheel.

“It’s been a real thrill for us watching him progress and as soon as I see him nominated I get a bit excited,” Penfold said of Pinwheel.

Quilt is currently being prepared to be sent to Denman after having had a break from motherhood this year.

“Quilt foaled very late last spring, so we decided to give her a year off and she’s at Evergreen Stud now getting ready to go to Lonhro’s son Denman,” Mr Penfold said.

Mr Penfold has been lucky enough to experience much success with a number of broodmares.

“We’ve had some luck with the horses, so in the last few years I’ve decided to have a go at more commercial breeding and aside from Quilt, I also have Stammer, the half-sister to stakes-winner Dysphonia and Suffer in Silence, a half-sister to dual Group I winner Response,” Mr Penfold said.

“Nick Adams at Inglis has been very helpful with his advice and we’ve been fortunate to pick up some mares that have had updates to their pedigrees.

“For the little bloke like me you need that bit of luck to work for you and then if you feed them right and treat them right, hopefully it all comes together.”

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