A Volatile Mix has Linda and Graham Huddy smiling

Pentire - sire of South Australian Derby winner Volatile Mix, at Rich Hill Stud – photo by Trish Dunell

Pentire - sire of South Australian Derby winner Volatile Mix, at Rich Hill Stud – photo by Trish Dunell
When you find a breeding cross that works then, traditional belief dictates it should be replicated - however you can.

Queenslander Linda Huddy, who bred and, along with her husband Graham, races Saturday's New Zealand-bred Group One South Australian Derby winner Volatile Mix, is a strong advocate.

The mating which resulted in Volatile Mix was born out of the magic which occurred when Linda paid $15,000 for a High Chaparral yearling out of a Pentire mare at the 2008 Magic Million sales. Five Group One wins and $3.2million later the Huddys retired their champion racehorse Shoot Out, but a seed had been planted.

In April 2010 word reached the Huddys that Utopia, a High Chaparral daughter of five-time winner Joie de Vivre, could be bought.

"She came on the market after she ran second in the Group Three Manawatu Classic, and John Wallace, the trainer we had at the time, wanted to get her to the Queensland Oaks," Huddy explained.

Having purchased Utopia things didn't go entirely to script with the Oaks, the filly looming up to challenge at the turn but fading over the concluding stages, and when she came back into work there was another glitch.

"She turned out to be a roarer, so she had the operation and the tie back but in the end we retired her and had to plan her first mating," Huddy said.

"We had such success with Shoot Out that I thought we would try the reverse cross and send her to Pentire," she said of the selection of the Rich Hill Stud stallion.

And just how did she then come up with the name for the Darren Weir-trained galloper who would go on to become Pentire's 16th Group One winner?

"I wanted to name him something which related to the reverse cross but every time I told people about him being by Pentire out of a High Chaparral mare, out of a Zabeel mare they would go, 'oooh that sounds fiery'," she explained.

"The thing is, he isn't volatile at all. He is as quiet as anything," she said.

Bred by Keltern Stud, Utopia went through the Esker Lodge draft at the 2008 NZB Premier sale where she was knocked down for $170,000 to the bid of bloodstock agent Bruce Perry.

Her dam Joie de Vivre (by Zabeel) had recorded her five wins from 1600m up to 2500m and was a sister to Auckland Cup Gr.1 and Zabeel Classic Gr.1 winner Bazelle.

Bazelle's offspring includes the High Chaparral six-year-old Show The World, whose five wins to date includes the Gr.2 Championship Stakes.

Joie de Vivre also features as grand-dam of the four-year-old Iffraaj mare New York Minute. Out of Joie de Vivre's unraced daughter Zenno Queen (by Zenno Rob Roy), New York Minute has also recorded a second in the Listed O'Leary Fillies Stakes and a third placing in the Merial Ancare Metric Mile Gr.3.

Zenno Queen was purchased by Wayne and Karen Stewart from White Robe Lodge at the 2015 Mixed Bloodstock sale and had a 2016 filly by their son of Shamardal, Ghibellines.

The couple were no doubt elated with Volatile Mix's Group One win having picked up another unraced daughter of Joie de Vivre at this month's sale, the Carnegie mare Our Girl Nelson, dam of the stakes placed performers Monkey Magic and Supernova.

It is a family which descends from the Showdown mare Show Games who was purchased in Australia by Waikato breeder Lorna Moore. Show Games only raced twice, but was a sister to the top rated Australian juvenile of her year, Golden Slipper winner Toy Show.

Now based in Australia, Utopia has a Pins two-year-old filly, a 2016 colt by I Am Invincible, which Huddy said is destined for the sale ring, and is in foal to Dream Ahead.

The Huddys live on a 100-acre property an hour north of Brisbane which is set up for horses and at the moment Linda confesses to around "20-something" racehorses at various stages of preparation

They still have one mare based in New Zealand, Sunette, an unraced daughter of Pins and Miss Cosimo, a Giant's Causeway half-sister to multiple Group One winner Bentley Biscuit

"She has a filly and a colt by Niagara and is now in foal to Jimmy Choux," Huddy said.

While well aware of the part she had played in Rich Hill Stud's winning weekend, thanks to the Group One deeds of Volatile Mix, Huddy was unaware of the success the stud's Jimmy Choux had met with in Japan.

"Isn't that great news, I am a big fan of Jimmy," she said, when informed of Jimmy Choux's two-year-old Cosmo Peridot's maiden victory against three-year-olds in Japan. - Mary Burgess


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