Zambora Brockie dominates auction
By Mike Hill
PROGENY by in-demand sire Zambora Brockie dominate this month’s Ipswich Puppy Auction.
A total of 23 pups by the rising stud dog – well above that of any other sire – will go under the hammer at the Ipswich club’s showgrounds complex on Sunday, October 11, starting at 9.30am.
The auction catalogue, released last month, features 116 lots by some of the nation’s top sires.
Club assistant operations manager Merv Page said he was delighted that nominations had exceeded the century target and expected interest to be high for many of the pups on offer.
Due to COVID-19 restrictions, including border closures, officials had anticipated numbers would be down on last year’s figure of 166 lots.
“We had been hoping for at least 100 pups and to receive 116 nominations is very pleasing,” Page said.
“There’s some very interesting pups among the lots. The quality looks really good and some youngsters are extremely well-bred.”
He said he expected interest to be high for many of the Zambora Brockie offspring.
“His stocks have really soared in the past 12 months,” Page said. “It took him a while to get going but he’s firing now.”
Respected writer and breeding expert David Brasch (of Pedigrees By Design fame) highly recommended Zambora Brockie to breeders in a special article in last month’s edition of Chase in which he said the dog was one of the most in-demand sires in the country.
“There is already a huge proven cross with Zambora Brockie,” Brasch said.
“He goes best with daughters of Barcia Bale and Magic Sprite, but he MUST mate bitches that have Brett Lee in their pedigree, to link with his brother Trendy Leigh.
“He can also do with a double of Kiowa Sweet Trey, but it must be balanced via son and daughter. He is hugely proven when his pups have a double of Bombastic Shiraz.
“The proven recipe for him works to G1 level.”
Potential buyers are certain to scan the Ipswich catalogue looking for Zambora Brockie pups that match up with Brasch’s comments.
Meanwhile with prizemoney on the rise and a general increase in the price of pups in the past 12 months, Page said he was hopping the average auction price could top $2500.
He said a couple of lots are certain to catch the eyes of buyers.
“I’ve heard two pups by Swift Fancy from the proven producer Abby Normal, to be offered by Lina Langmaid, were definitely for sale,” Page said.
Abby Normal produced the Group 2 winner Cobargo from her first litter to Burn One Down.
Cobargo, trained in the west by Kody Charles at Hopeland, north of Mandurah, won the WA Oaks (520) at Cannington in May and has a record of five wins and four placings from 14 starts – all at Cannington – with prizemoney topping $51,000.
Moorooka owner-trainer Robert Jacobsen will present a trio of pups from the exceptionally bred Zipping Venus (Bombastic Shiraz-Or Catra).
A product of the successful Hallinan breeding operation, Zipping Venus is already a highly proven brood bitch with multiple winners from two earlier litters to Jagger Swagger and Kinloch Brae.
The Jacobsen trio are members of an Aston Dee Bee litter.
Jacobsen, a regular at the auction, said he was looking forward to putting a few of his own up for sale while keeping an eye on a few for himself.
He said his trio were very well bred and for the right price he’d probably let them go but he wouldn’t be opposed to keeping any of them either.
Interest could be hot for a pup being presented by Darryl McGrath from the proven brood bitch Macrena Miss (El Grand Senor-Miss Elly Mac).
The male pup, whelped on November 1, 2019, was the sole product of the mating with Zambora Brockie, although Macrena Miss has since gone back for a repeat mating.
Her first litter – to Dyna Villa – has been highly successful for McGrath with all eight littermates multiple winners.
Page said he was expecting two pups from a Milldean Panther-Hazy Jane litter offered by Jane Crawford to create plenty of interest, while Rod Herr, who quinellaed the Auction Series final in 2010 with littermates Iron Force and Freaky Force (Surf Lorian-Token’s Spark) is offering a dog and a bitch from the Zambora Brockie-Michele Quick mating.
Tom Tzouvelis will present pups from several highly bred litters – Aston Dee Bee-Del Rey (Group winner), Zambora Brockie -Larsie Lou, Fernando Bale-Miss Lauryn (dual Group finalist) and Fernando Bale-Miss Gingin (Group finalist).
Kerry Hoggan is presenting four pups by Out Of Range from Paint (Made To Size-Tina’s Show).
Paint is the well-bred mother of Peter O’Reilly’s smart Group-winning sprinter Shakey Diesel, while Hoggan will offer another quartet by Magic Sprite from the Barcia Bale bitch Gold Diva.
O’Reilly himself has nominated a dozen pups, including five by Dyna Double One from the good performing Oaks Road bitch Steel Rose, and Terry Priest is offering an interesting group of four pups by Zipping Garth from the former smart sprinter Wild Miss Judy (Magic Sprite-Takeover Teddy), a multiple winner at Wentworth Park and The Gardens.
* The full list of lots for the auction can be found on the Ipswich club’s website – www.ipswichgreyhounds.com
Caption: Zambora Brockie in full flight (Photo: BlueStream Pictures)