Dean Fleming’s Tyreel Stud is consistently at the fore of major race and sale results, owning arguably the finest band of broodmares in Australia.
Tyreel has sold eight million plus yearlings (including a Redoute’s Choice colt for $2.5 million at the 2008 Australian Easter Yearling Sale) and its honour roll features a host of Group One winners.
Sadly though, as Breednet’s Tara Madgwick explains, Tyreel has lost one of its stars in Ballroom Babe.
Every spring, thousands of successful foaling stories are told all over Australia, but for some breeders there is no happy outcome as was the case at Tyreel Stud, with Dean Fleming reporting the loss of star broodmare Ballroom Babe.
“Ballroom Babe unfortunately was euthanised whilst foaling due to complications resulting from laminitis,” Fleming said.
“She has been truly a magnificent broodmare over the past 15 years, we will all miss her.”
Rated the Champion 2YO of New Zealand in 1994/1995, Ballroom Babe was acquired by Dean Fleming and joined the elite broodmare band at Tyreel Stud at the close of her racing career, which was highlighted by Group One wins in the AuRC Sires Produce Stakes, Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes and WRC Captain Cook Stakes.
Her first living foal was a colt by Danehill (USA) that went to the 2001 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where he was snapped up by astute bloodstock agent Anton Koolman for $700,000 on behalf of Hong Kong based clients.
Sent to Hong Kong and named Hidden Dragon, he would go on to achieve stakes success during a lucrative racing career.
Hidden Dragon provided the perfect start to what would be a fine career at stud, Ballroom Babe producing six foals to race all winners including brilliant Group Three winner Tahni Girl and high class Group Two winner Just Dancing.
“Ballroom Babe has left an indelible mark on the racing industry with Hidden Dragon, Just Dancing and Tahni Girl,” said Fleming.
“Her yearling filly by Fusaichi Pegasus, a full sister to Just Dancing, will be presented at the Inglis Easter Sales in 2010 and we have a potential super star with Guy Walter called Celestial Babe, who is an unraced three year-old filly by Galileo from Ballroom Babe that has been retained by Tyreel Stud.”
Ballroom Babe with her 2006 Galileo filly, Celestial Babe