Day At The Track

Unique opportunity to buy into top family

05:46 PM 23 Jan 2014 NZDT
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Mister Big Mister Big
Mister Big only has two yearlings in this sale
Mister Big - now the richest stallion in history

A unique opportunity to buy into Tasmania’s fastest moving maternal family awaits prospective purchasers at the Tasmania Premier Yearling Sale to be held on Friday, February 14 at Inveresk Showground, Launceston.

The filly, Lot 10 in the sale, is by Mister Big out of Atlarak, a daughter of the grand producing Holly Sand mare Barrington Lass, who traces back to a noted foundation mare in Black Annie.

She is part of the two-strong draft being offered by Harford, near Devonport breeder Susan Maine, who keeps a small band of broodmares on the north-western Tasmanian property owned by her husband, Tim.

Barrington Lass, the grand-dam of the filly, is the joint leading winner-producing mare of all-time with 15 individual winners including six ‘black type’ performers. Her stock has won 175 races and an amazing $950,000 in prizemoney to date and includes Alby Albert, Barrington Belle, Bar Ron and Barringtonboutique.

Another of Barrington Lass’s offspring, Gorse Bush, one of her five winner-producing daughters, figures as the dam of last year’s Miracle Mile winner Beautide 1:50.2 ($803,437).

Atlarak, who injured a fetlock and was not raced, is a half-sister to Gorse Bush and the Mister Big filly is her first offspring.

“She’s a nice type, black in colour and good sized,” Susan Maine said.

Other winners from the immediate family include Chip And Gale 1:52.6 ($517,000), Bar Ron Boy, Biggernbettermax, Laterron, Ashkalini and Death And Taxes.

The filly is believed to the first of this wonderful family of champion horseman Barrie Rattray ever to be offered by public auction in Tasmania.

She is one of only two lots represented by Mister Big 1:47.4, the winner of a record $4-million, at the sale.

For a catalogue or further information contact Kevin Neilson on (03) 6212 9316 or email K. or the auctioneers Davidson Cameron and Co Dubbo on (02) 6884 8355.

The online catalogue for the sale can be viewed at

by Peter Wharton

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