NEWS | Too Darn Hot stallion nomination for CatWalk

A 2021 breeding season nomination to champion Darley stallion Too Darn Hot will be offered online to support the Catwalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust.

The nomination to the superstar shuttle sire, offered by Darley and partners Watership Down Stud, will be sold via the Magic Millions Online sales platform.

Bidding will open at 12 noon (AEST) on Wednesday, 28 July and close from 4pm the following day (Thursday 29 July). The Auction Close will not occur until such time that no bid is placed within the final two (2) minute period of selling. "We’re delighted to offer, along with our partners at Watership Down Stud, the final nomination in Too Darn Hot for the upcoming 2021 breeding season, in support of CatWalk," says Godolphin Australia's Managing Director Vin Cox.

"The access to this calibre of stallion per season is limited. He's a G1 winner, by a G1 winner, out of a G1 winner, awarded Champion titles at two and three and covered an exceptional first book which included nine G1 winners - it doesn’t get much better than this."

"I hope all breeders get behind us and dig deep for this cause in support of CatWalk and those affected by spinal cord injuries." Madeleine Lloyd Webber, owner of Watership Down Stud, says she is proud to be able to support such a wonderful cause. "I'm delighted to donate a Too Darn Hot nomination. "As a former event rider myself it's by the grace of god that I escaped serious injury and this wonderful initiative will help injured riders in their hour of need." CatWalk Founder Catriona Williams, MNZM, says she is thrilled that the thoroughbred industry is offering such incredible support. "My goal hasn't changed and that is to dance with Sam again on my feet. Every wheelie has their goal and this Too Darn Hot service generously donated by Madeleine Lloyd Webber and Darley brings us one step closer to realising each and every wheelie’s goal via CatWalk's backing of the very best worldwide cutting-edge research.

"We are extremely proud of CatWalk’s association with Darley and thrilled to be alongside Watership Down with this auction. "Backing winners is what we love and the odds of Too Darn Hot succeeding and CatWalk making a serious SCI breakthrough are not a matter of 'IF' but 'WHEN'," Williams adds. "The CatWalk Trust are excited that the Too Darn Hot nomination has been donated to support ANZAC-led spinal cord injury research," CatWalk General Manager Meg Speirs notes.

"Our long-time friends at Darley continue to be so supportive and we are incredibly grateful for their generosity.

"The proceeds from this sale will go towards world-class research in New Zealand and also to a neurostimulation trial occurring at NeuRA in Sydney. The CatWalk Trust believes the need for the development of treatments being made available across Australia and New Zealand is critical to repairing the complex damage caused by a spinal cord injury," Speirs adds. The auction of the Too Darn Hot nomination will be conducted on the new Magic Millions Online sales platform. "It is an honour to host the online auction of the nomination to one of the most exciting stallions available to local breeders," Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch says. "Congratulations to Darley and Watership Down Stud for providing the nomination and for supporting such a worthwhile cause. "We encourage all breeders to register prior to the auction and dig deep to support a tremendous cause," he adds.


What next?

  • To register for the online sale of the nomination, click here


Auckland Racing Club has been a long-time supporter of the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust. To learn more about this charity, click here