Crowned the NSW Broodmare of the Year recently at the Australian and NSW Breeding Awards held in Scone during the stallion parade weekend, Anabaa mare Diana’s Secret was purchased as a yearling by Blue Sky Bloodstock and BBA Ireland.
Secured from the draft of Widden Stud, the Anabaa x Palace Scandal filly went in to training with David Hayes, where she recorded six top three placed performances highlighted by two wins and a narrow second at stakes level, beaten a head by Kibbutz, who two starts later won the Group 1 VRC Derby.
Retired to start the next phase of her career, Diana’s Secret was sold by her racing connections to head to stud, with clients of Widden Stud purchasing the mare.
Covered by Widden Stud’s Sebring during her second season at stud, the resulting horses is the now Newgate Farm stallion Dissident (pictured), a winner of five Group 1 races as well as a leading Horse of the Year contender, having being crowned the Victorian Horse of the Year recently.
Sponsored by the Australian Stud Book was the NSW Champion Broodmare of the Year award that was presented by Jacqueline Stewart to David Merrick, part-owner of the mare.
If you would like any further details on either securing fillies with broodmare potential, or broodmares themselves, please do not hesitate to contact Blue Sky Bloodstock’s Julian Blaxland on 0431 746 803.