Prized Lots On Offer At Gold Muzzle Auction

TRY to pin Shayne Stiff down to which is the best of the three litters he and Charmaine Roberts have in the upcoming Gold Muzzle Auction at Richmond.

David Brasch

10 June 2019

TRY to pin Shayne Stiff down to which is the best of the three litters he and Charmaine Roberts have in the upcoming Ladbrokes Gold Muzzle Auction at Richmond.

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It is a task Shayne does not relish because he is the first to admit that all three are “fabulous”.

The litters are Brad Hill Billy-Jilly Keeping, Black Magic Opal-Milly Keeping and Fernando Bale-Becky Keeping.

The trio of bitches are littermates by Swift Fancy-Naomi Keeping and all have superb racetrack credentials to back them. Their half sister is current star Caitlyn Keeping, winner of a Group 2 Black Top, Bathurst Cup and Dubbo Cup.

“I reckon I have clocked every trial run at the Dubbo track for decades,” admitted Shayne.

“I saw Brad Hill Billy trial there plenty of times and he was a monster.

“From 300 metres to 600 metres, I doubt Brett Lee would have been able to match it with him around Dubbo. And he was beaten a nose in an Easter Egg.

“That’s why Charmaine and I had to put Jilly Keeping to him.”

Jilly Keeping won 11 races and was a finalist in the G3 Young Star Classic in WA.

Shayne is high in praise of the pups from the litter that will go up for auction at Richmond.

Just as impressive, he says, is the Black Magic Opal-Milly Keeping litter.

“The dam won the Group 2 WA Oaks and $73,000 in stakes,” said Shayne.

“We sold Thirty Talks at the Richmond Auction a few years ago and he went on to win the Riches final and became a real star. There was no better pup to go through an auction and that’s why he brought $30,000.

“But, the Black Magic Opal-Milly Keeping pups are on par at least and maybe even better.

“Anyone who sees them at the auction will be impressed for sure.”

Stiff is an unabashed fan of the stock of Black Magic Opal.

“Just check out his stats,” he said. “You can see why we put Milly Keeping to him.”

He also says Becky Keeping, the third of the trio of sisters, was a potential superstar on the racetrack but kept breaking down.

“She had only a handful of starts and won five, all in fast times and got 600 metres as well,” said Shayne. “She was going to be a superstar stayer.

“She was a tenth off the track record at Bathurst, ran 35.60 at Richmond and had the world at her feet. But unfortunately we could not keep her sound.”

Shayne says the bitch’s first litter, to Barcia Bale, is about to race and he has a pup that could be a Group 1 performer. “He’s faster than Don’t Mind Me already,” said Shayne.

Becky Keeping’s litter to Fernando Bale was a natural mating considering her strength on the racetrack.

“And they are all nice sized pups,” he said.

Of the prospects of selling pups from each of the three litters, Shayne says they are for sale.

“Of course they can be bought,” he said.

“But, unless we get our price, we will be keeping them.”

He pointed to the fact he and Charmaine have 116 dogs on their property and they are aware they need to keep numbers at a manageable level.

“That’s why these pups are in the auction with a for sale tag on them,” he said.

“We will keep some of course. They are our future.”