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Valachi Downs Gifts Valuable Filly To CatWalk

Thursday, 18th April 2019

Kevin and Jo Hickman, owners of New Zealand stud Valachi Downs, have gifted a regally bred filly to the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust, founded by Little Avondale Stud’s Catriona Williams. By Darley’s exciting young sire Brazen Beau, the weanling filly is out of the Danehill Dancer mare Stepanova, whose own dam is a full-sister to Champion Sire High Chaparral. In a double dose of generosity towards the charity, the Hickman’s also purchased the Brazen Beau service, that was donated Godolphin’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum at a CatWalk Trust charity event a few of years ago. “Godolphin have had a reasonably long association with the Cat Walk Trust. It is a foundation that we have taken seriously and appreciate the work they do,” stated Alastair Pulford, Godolphin’s Head Of Sales. The filly is earmarked to go through Valachi Downs’ draft at Karaka next January and Stud Manager Jonathan Scully is over the moon with the amount of support this incentive is receiving from a number of people. “We are hoping to put her through Karaka next year in Book 1,” Scully said. “New Zealand Bloodstock have confirmed that they will waive the entry and commission fees, which is great, so all proceeds will go directly to the CatWalk Trust. Hopefully we might get someone prepared to stump up and pay top dollar for a quality horse and hopefully we can get them to go a bit further because it’s all going to a charity.”

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