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Segenhoe changes hands after 22 years as Maloney takes the baton

Sydney Morning Herald

Friday April 1, 2011


Segenhoe Stud, one of Australia's most famous breeding nurseries situated in the heart of the famed Hunter Valley, has had a change of ownership, with the buyer being Sydney businessman Kevin Maloney.Maloney, a powerful figure in retail banking, finance and resources, bought the farm from Michael Sissian, who took over the ownership of Segenhoe in 1989.Lionel Israel was the man responsible for putting Segenhoe on a wonderful pedestal among the NSW breeders of yesteryear and stood many wonderful stallions at the lush property including Kaoru Star, a son of Star Kingdom.During Sissian's time as owner, Segenhoe bred the likes of champion galloper Grand Armee along with Virage De Fortune, Magic Millions winner Bradbury's Luck and Murtajill, which stands at Patinack Farm.Maloney is the founder and executive chairman of the MAC Services Group Limited, an Australian-owned company established in 1988 to supply accommodation services to the coal mining, construction, resource and tourism industries. Beforehand, he had been associated with Elders Limited after spending 20 years with the ANZ Bank.Maloney had Houston Benefactor run a most unlucky second at Canterbury on March 9 for the Anthony Cummings stable after missing the start by four lengths. With the Easter Yearling sales beginning next week at Newmarket, one could anticipate Maloney buying several better-bred fillies to bolster his thoroughbred team.Segenhoe, under the Sissian banner last year, sold the Easter sales-topper when Kitchwin Hills Stud paid $1.875 million for the striking Redoute's Choice colt from the three-time winner Regrowth. He raced twice earlier this year for two seconds as Godspeed for trainer Gerald Ryan.Sissian has 17 yearlings to sell next week, including four by More Than Ready, two each by Fastnet Rock, Flying Spur, Exceed And Excel, Lonhro and Dylan Thomas, and one each by Shamardal and Nadeem.PLATTNER BACKSouth Africa-based owner Sabine Plattner, a big spender at the Sydney Easter Sales more than a decade ago, makes her return to the sales arena at Newmarket next week looking for fillies to take home. Plattner has extensive breeding facilities and stables in Germany and South Africa and bought the top-priced lot at the 1998 Easter Sales with an outlay of $800,000 for a colt which was to race as Lizard Island.The colt was given to Bart Cummings to train but was a mediocre proposition in Sydney and Plattner decided to send him to South Africa where he won a couple of races before being retired to stallion duties. He proved a success as a sire, with his son Lizard's Desire winning the 2010 Singapore Cup.STALLION AIMNathan Tinkler has had plenty on his plate with his proposed purchase of the Newcastle Knights but will be switching his attention to the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale starting next Tuesday.The owner of Patinack Farm is yet to buy a yearling from Sydney this year, having concentrated on the Magic Millions Sales on the Gold Coast and the Karaka Premier Sales in NZ. However, the word is out that Tinkler will be trying to buy a stallion prospect or two from the Easter catalogue, one of the most powerful Inglis has produced for several years.FIERCE BATTLEThe ruling champion Redoute's Choice or the heir apparent Fastnet Rock? Which stallion will top the Easter sales.With 43 lots scheduled to sell - he has had one early scratching - Redoute's Choice would have to be favourite with the progeny of so many wonderful broodmares over the three days.Fastnet Rock, however, cannot be overlooked as he has been the flavour of the year thus far. After all, he has five runners in Saturday's $3.5m Golden Slipper - Foxwedge and Smart Missile and the fillies Fast And Sexy, Mosheen and Empress Rock.Fastnet Rock's numbers have been reduced by two to 34 lots and many of these are exceptional, especially the full-sister to Foxwedge highlighted in Bloodlines.POWER PLAYCoolmore had a most encouraging European weekend with freshman sire Dylan Thomas and its once-only Irish shuttler Encosta De Lago.The latter sired the Aidan O'Brien-trained Empowering to an all-the-way win the group 3 Leopardstown 1000 Guineas Trial at her first run since scoring at Dundalk last December.Encosta De Lago sired another talented winner in South Africa with the win of Delago Deluxe, a $550,000 Easter yearling buy, in the group 3 Protea Stakes. The two wins took Encosta De Lago's tally of stakes winners worldwide to 77.Dylan Thomas, a son of Danehill, started off his career with his first runner Snowflake Dancer winning at Dundalk. There are 16 yearlings by Dylan Thomas to sell at the Inglis sales.ROCKETING UPThe Fleming family's Tyreel Stud has enjoyed a great deal of success with yearlings they sold in Singapore, particularly the champion sprinter Rocket Man, which won the group 1 Golden Shaheen at the Dubai meeting last Saturday night.Rocket Man, a son of Viscount bred by Dean Fleming, has won 14 of his 18 starts and $US3,333,690 ($3,252,350), which shows what a bonanza trainer Patrick Shaw has gained from his $60,000 sale outlay.At last Sunday's Singapore meeting another Tyreel horse was able to score first-up for trainer Michael Freedman when $1.7m yearling The Comedian scored.WANTED NEEDEDIf last weekend's Magic Millions Broodmare sales in Perth is any criterion, then Newmarket Handicap winner Wanted has a tremendous stud future at Eliza Park in Melbourne. Three mares were offered in foal to the son of Fastnet Rock which stood his first season at a fee of $38,500 and all fetched six-figure sums .NEW BLOODHaunui Farm, one of NZ's most successful breeding operations, has added a third shuttle sire to its roster following a 50 per cent purchase of Showcasing, a well-performed son of UK speedster Oasis

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