ThoroughBred Racing

What Debbie Kepitis will actually pay when she pays for her Winx x Pierro filly

What Debbie Kepitis will actually pay when she pays for her Winx x Pierro filly

Debbie Kepitis won’t quite have to fork out an eight-figure sum when it comes to settling her account with Inglis after her purchase of Winx’s $10 million yearling at Monday’s Easter Yearling Sale.

 

Kepitis, one of the part-owners of Winx and operating Woppitt Bloodstock with her family, triumphed over fierce competition from both local and international buyers to secure Lot 391. The filly, sired by Pierro and out of the legendary 25-time Group 1 winner Winx, was bred and offered in partnership with the Tighe family.

 

 

 

 

 

Kepitis was one of three part-owners of Winx during her racing career and, along with Peter Tighe and the family of the late Richard Treweeke, she retains a 33.3 per cent share of the champion mare.

That one-third share is also what she owned of the Pierro filly prior to Monday’s sale, in which she essentially bought out her other part-owners at a valuation of $10m.

 

 

 

Kepitis told media on Monday that she didn’t originally intend to buy the filly back when connections made the decision to catalogue her at the Easter Sale, but her bond with the youngster grew in the weeks and days leading up the electric few minutes in the Riverside Stables auction ring.

Kepitis’ Woppitt Bloodstock will now essentially have to part with $6.6m – two thirds of the total sale price – to complete the purchase of the filly, who will be trained by Chris Waller.

It remains unclear whether Kepitis will race the filly with any other partners.

Kepitis manages Woppitt Bloodstock, named after her first horse, alongside her husband Paul and daughters Alinta, Lara and Talia, helping them to put Australia at the forefront of the world of horse racing, something she takes great pride in.