Every day that John Kelly wakes for work on his family’s Newhaven Park Stud he is reminded of the importance of luck.
After all, the property itself was originally bought with the winnings from the 1896 Melbourne Cup sweep with punter Jack Cassidy naming the farm after his lucky winner, Newhaven.
The Kelly clan (far more refined than the bushrangers of the same name) bought the property in the 1920s and four generations of the family have had their share of luck since; turf champions Zeditave, Encounter, Research, Assertive Lass, and others adorn their honour roll.
On Saturday English joined that list, with the flow-on of her G1 All Aged Stakes victory destined to keep the Kellys on good terms for a few generations yet.
“It’s impossible to quantify the value of a group one winning filly like English, but put it this way, it’s near impossible to buy a filly like her and they are extremely hard to find yourself. She’s invaluable to an organisation like ours,” said Kelly.
Estimations from past auction ring results would put English at a current value of anywhere between $2 - $3million if she was on the market, and that’s without factoring in her value as an ongoing racing proposition....