Our Owner of the Month award winner for August is Kate Clonan breeder and part owner of Willaston who told us this: My late husband Peter caught the racing fever as a young lad growing up near (Halidon/Mindaree), In those days he had trotters and greyhounds but It wasn’t until 2009 that he made his 1st purchase of a filly by Commands that his passion in the thoroughbred industry really started. His passion soon became the family’s too. Dubbo was our home track at the time and that first mare still holds the 1000 metre track record to this day. Although our farm in Gulargambone NSW was run as a cattle stud it was also the base for growing out yearlings that we bought from Magic Millions here in Adelaide each March. one of these purchases was Click Your Heels, Willaston’s dam. We liked her Encosta Delago bloodline and after her racing career we decided on breeding her, ultimately choosing No Nay Never as a perfect match (a good decision back then as his popularity sent his service fee sky high the following year) When we decided to retire from farming and move back to South Australia, Click Your Heels and the then Yearling Willaston came with us, Balfour racing saw potential and took a 50% share in him and gave us the opportunity to name him. We chose the name Willaston as I grew up in the Willaston/Gawler area, it is only fitting that he would ultimately favour the local track with a recent win at Gawler.  The love of racing was something we shared with Peter right till the end, with him suggesting tactics for Willaston and breeding suggestions for his dam even from the hospital just a few months ago. We hope to continue within the industry for a long time to come Willaston has raced thirteen times for 2 wins, 2 seconds and a third for stakes of nearly $45,000 is by No Nay Never out of the Decanter mare Click Your Heels. No Nay Never shuttled to Australia and stood at Coolmore for five seasons. The dam Click Your Heels raced 15 times for one second, she has produced one other horse to race in the Excelebration mare Anthropica who has won twice. The grand dam Molly’s Folly (by Encosta De Lago) was a five-time winner of over $215,000. Amongst here progeny she has left Kraken (by Danzero) winner of over $160,000. The third dam is the unraced Rory’s Jester mare Molly Mac with Molly’s Folly being by far her best performed progeny.   As Willaston is lightly raced, Kate can hopefully look forward to further wins.

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