Widden Valley Arrives At Little Yarra Lodge

Victorian stud owner Peter Grundy admits his online purchase of the stallion Widden Valley was an impulse buy.

Widden Valley Arrives At Little Yarra Lodge

Victorian stud owner Peter Grundy admits his online purchase of the stallion Widden Valley was an impulse buy.

When he spied Widden Valley was for sale online, he thought back to the deeds of the Anabaa stallion's AJC Oaks winning dam Rose Archway.

"She was a great little mare," he recalled. "It was such an impulse to purchase him seeming I didn't own any land.”

Doing a bit more research, Grundy came to the conclusion that Widden Valley had plenty to offer and once purchased sent him to Holly Victoria’s Holly Lodge where he made his stud debut in 2011.

The following year Grundy moved Widden Valley to Glenormiston College near Terang.

"I had grown up in the Terang district and have fond memories of the former stud master Allan Arnold. He used to let me use the college's teaser to breed ponies and later I rode trackwork at Terang for Barry Rose."

Unfortunately Widden Valley could not remain at Glenormiston after they lost government funding and a year later Widden Valley was on his way to another home at Moorookyle Park.

In the meantime Grundy was building up his own farm Little Yarra Lodge where Widden Valley recently arrived ready to start yet another phase of his stud career.

The sire of seven winners from his first 19 runners, Widden Valley has a number of promising types including Hobart debut winner Uber Ed, the Palmerston Sprint runner-up He's Our Woody (three wins and six placings from nine starts), two time winner Eerised and last start Sale winner Foraoise.

Trained by Chris Waller Widden Valley won two of his five starts. He broke a 20-year-old track record when saluting over 1350m at Wyong and was third in the Scone Guineas before an injury forced his retirement.

Widden Valley, sold as a yearling for $900,000, is by Danzig's July Cup winning son Anabaa, sire of 88 stakes winners including 15 G1 winners including Goldikova, Yell and Virage de Fortune.

Anabaa Blue, Anacheeva, Dalghar, King Of Prussia and Martillo are sire sons of Anabaa's who have sired stakes winners.

Widden Valley is one of four winners from as many foals for five times winner Rose Archway.

Winner of the 2001 AJC Oaks as well as the G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes and Listed Naturalism Stakes, Rose Archway was also second in the G1 Storm Queen Stakes.

Grundy, who has been breeding thoroughbreds from his own mares for many years, had always been keen to establish a boutique stud and is pleased to have fulfilled his long held ambition.

"I have leased a couple of small properties and set up the stallion paddock, a foaling paddock and several holding yards.

"I have purchased some nice mares and Widden Valley has several shareholders with breeding rights keen to continue supporting him.”

The Grundy family's first mare produced a few winners including Celemondo. She led Grundy to acquire his owner/trainer permit.

"She was a lot of fun, winning four races and placing at metropolitan level on three occasions. She was no champ but she got us to town racing with the big boys,” he said.

Peter's sister and brother-in-law ended up breeding with Celemondo and the whole family enjoyed cheering one of her foals Watto's Racer to eight victories and a couple of country Cup placings.

"I still have one of Celemondo's daughters who will visit Widden Valley this spring."

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