There’s been a lot of successful water flow under the 'Queensland harness racing breeding bridge' since Kevin Seymour purchased Call Girl from New Zealand back in December 1982.
“I purchased Call Girl through one of New Zealand’s leading journalists at the time, Norman Pierce, who was recognised as one of New Zealand’s experts when it came to breeding,” Seymour said.
In fact, Pierce also talked Seymour into purchasing the 1982 El Patron - Ar Miss (Armbro Del) mare, Mistron, who came to Australia in October 1989. “Both mares have been the reason for my successful families over the years,” 80-year-old Seymour said.
Here Seymour explains the intricacies of his foundation mare, the 1973 Tempest Hanover - Browngate Girl (King Creed), mare Call Girl. Another story will follow on Mistron. The unraced Call Girl (by Tempest Hanover) was foaled in September 1973.
Her best foal was foal five - the 1982 Transport Chip filly, Goldrush Girl (1:55.3), who won 41 of her 121 starts and placed 33 times for $151,619 in purses.
Foal seven - the 1985 Land Grant colt, Destiny Calls, who won 19 of his 105 starts and $75,001. Foal eight wasn't bad either. Call Me Champ, the 1989 Land Grant colt, won 15 of his 49 starts.
But Seymour said it was her 11th foal (of 13) - the 1988 un-raced filly, Charming Reminder, who produced, Charm Personified, the dam of Queensland's two-time Horse-of-the-Year – Colt Thirty One.
Charming Reminder, who was served by Vanston Hanover in 1987, never raced, but she left 10 foals - the best of them the 1994, 23-win ($167,715) win filly, Rhapsody In Red. Charm Personified (2000 Perfect Art filly) only had one race due to injury, but she did leave eight foals before she died from internal bleeding while foaling on October 23 last year.
She left 10 foals – the best of them the 2014 son of Mach Three, Colt Thirty One (1:51.3), who is a multiple Group One winner, who has 38 of his 68 starts and placed in 18 times for $871,280 in stakes.
His older sisters (the four foals before Colt Thirty One) have all won races. The 2008 Armbro Operative gelding, Chasing The Chips (1:57.7) won eight races; 2009 McArdle filly, Lady Black Jack (1:58) won 10 times; 2010 Mr Feelgood filly, Charming Allie (1:53.9) won 18 ($266,329); and 2013 Rock N Roll Heaven filly, Charms On A Roll (1:53.5) won nine races.
Charm Personified has also left a 3-year-old Mr Feelgood filly, Charming Charlotte (with Peter McMullen), who has had two starts, and two American Ideal colts that were born on October 11, 2018, and her last foal on October 23 last year.
Charming Allie was also a Group and Listed winner, nailing the Qbred 2yo Triad Final in 2013, and the Group Two 3yo Nursey and 3yo Triad Final, both in 2014.
She also won the Listed Qbred Mares Final in 2015. Perhaps her best performance though came in July 2014 when she and Grant Dixon ran second to Nike Franco in the Group One Queensland Oaks.
But big brother Colt Thirty One is the undoubted star of the family. The rising 6-year-old has several Group One, two, and Listed victories.
His biggest wins have been the 2019 Group One $250,000 Blacks A Fake Pace; the 2018 Group One $200,000 Victoria Derby; and the 2017 Group One $100,000 Qbred 2yo Triad Final.
Colt Thirty One also won the Swan Hill Pacing Cup at Swan Hill last October, but that head victory over San Carlo was tinged with sadness.
A day before the reigning Queensland Horse-of-the-Year won that $35,000 Group Three event, Charm Personified, died from internal bleeding.
Peter Bell, the manager of Egmont Park Stud, said the birth went well and both Mum and her baby were progressing until she died the following morning.
“Vets seem to think she passed away from slow internal bleeding, which is quite common in mares over 15 years of age,” Bell said at the time. He said daughters of the former Queensland Broodmare-of-the-Year were producing some nice foals.
For example, her fourth foal, the 2009 eighteen-win ($266,329) daughter of Mr Feelgood – Charming Allie – had left a Captaintreacherous 2-year-old colt, and a Bettor’s Delight yearling filly.