By Jordan Gerrans
Leean Bell still shakes her head at what the progeny of Washington Lass has been able to generate over the last few years.
Leean – wife of Egmont Park Stud Manager Peter Bell – recalls Washington Lass arriving at their property, which is situated 20 minutes west of Toowoomba, and her conversation with the mare's owner, Taree dairy farmer John Polson.
Washington Lass was a decent race horse, starting her career in New Zealand before she put together a strong run of form in NSW, eventually ending up in the Sunshine State.
While she won her share of races, she was certainly no world-beater.
“When John first brought her here, he said she is not the prettiest horse in the camp but hopefully she can be the best producer for me and he has certainly got his wish,” Leean remembers with a smile.
“She has shone.
“She has done a terrific job for John.”
Awarded as the 2020 Queensland Broodmare of the Year by Racing Queensland for the feats of Blacksadance, Big Wheels and Awaywego, another of Washington Lass’ colts is set to go through the APG Gold sales ring at the Magic Millions complex on the Gold Coast this Sunday.
A colt from Sunshine Beach – being lot 78 on Sunday – is set to be a popular yearling on the Glitter Strip, Peter expects.
“This fella will no doubt achieve the same type of thing, I hope, he is a nice colt,” Peter said.
“He has a good athletic look about him; he is good to handle and works well.
“The team has done a great job with him and I think he will come along really well.
“This one is a little bit lighter than the other three, but they are pretty similar, they are athletic and look like they will run a bit.”
On the new colt, Leean described him as a “delight” to prepare for the sales.
Big Wheels and Awaywego are both Group 1 QBRED TRIAD Final 2YO Colts and Geldings champions, Big Wheels first and then Awaywego the following year.
Leean has been blown away by the three colt’s success on the track and has high hopes for the new yearling.
“A mare to produce two colts who have won over $100,000 (Blacksadance and Big Wheels) and another fella being on the way to getting to $100,000 (Awaywego) there is not many mares that have done that in three foals,” Leean said.
“That is all she has had – with this fella her fourth.
“She has done an amazing job.
“I think she would have to be in the running for the Queensland Broodmare of the Year again.”