River runs for Belmont Bloodstock

Haradasun gelding King River kick-started a running hat-trick for FBAA members at Belmont on Saturday.

Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy bought him on behalf of leading owner Bob Peters at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  He was racing second-up in the Fasttrack Membership Hcp (1200m) following a year-long stint on the sidelines.

Second-leg winner My Magic Miss (Mastercraftsman) was sourced by local agent John Chalmers from the 2012 Magic Millions National Sale.  The NZ bred grey mare won the Perth Racing Membership Hcp (2100m) for trainer Ross Price.

Boomer Bloodstock’s Craig Rounsefell completed the treble with Scales Of Justice (Not a Single Doubt) in the Pink Ladies Day Luncheon Hcp (1400m).  She’s a Millford Thoroughbreds graduate from the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

King River’s win was the second at Belmont this month for Gabbedy following Stored Energy on May 14.  The Alfred Nobel filly was a bargain $31,000 buy at the 2015 Perth Magic Millions for stable clients of Stan Bates and they have since banked $206,500.



Saturday’s result book-ended Belmont Bloodstock’s Group 3 win in Adelaide with Runway Star on May 21.  The Northern Meteor mare caught the eye when Gabbedy was inspecting the Widden Stud consignment at the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

“She was a truly outstanding filly from the family of Group 1 winner Fashions Afield,” Gabbedy recalled.  “I’ve always had a great connection with Peter Orton and Vinery and I know they’re always on the lookout for well-bred fillies that will get some black type of their own.

“It’s worked pretty well in the past and I’ve managed to purchase Group 1 winners like Bel Mer and Samaready on their behalf.”

Gabbedy went to $300,000 to secure Runway Star which was the highest price paid for a Northern Meteor filly that year.  The filly has lived right up to her name and will now be set for the G1 Tattersalls Tiara (1400m) on June 25.

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1998 to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia. Its members operate with the utmost integrity and professionalism and are bound by the strict Industry Code of Conduct.

The list of FBAA members can be found here.