Presenting MICROPHONE in action

  • Standing at Kelvinside, NSW
  • Australian Champion Two-Year-Old by Champion Sire Exceed And Excel.
  • Champion Two-Year-Old in an elite crop after an exceptional victory in the best edition of the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes for 30 years, beating four G1 winners. A G2 winner at three and an excellent second in the G1 Randwick Guineas.
  • Stallion page: Microphone
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Coveted stallion service on offer to support spinal cord research

SOLD! After a vigorous bidding session on the GavelHouse online platform, the service was knocked down to an Australian bidder for $40,000.  Thank you to all the bidders and to everyone involved in this generous service donation which directly impacts the funding available for spinal cord injury research.

A service to one of Australia’s most sought-after stallions will be on offer in the 2020 edition of the New Zealand Bloodstock Weanling Sale.

The annual auction, this year operated online due to restrictions of the COVID-19 pandemic, will include a service to Darley stallion Microphone to be sold on behalf of the CatWalk Trust.

A son of Exceed and Excel, Microphone was Champion two-year-old of his year and delivered an exceptional performance to win the Gr.1 Sires’ Produce Stakes.

Standing at Kelvinside, Darley’s New South Wales property, Microphone will make his debut season at stud this year at a fee of $38,500 and is already fully booked.

The service, to be sold via’s new platform Gavelhouse Plus, is the only remaining chance for breeders to secure a spot this season to the exciting young sire.

“Sheikh Mohammed and Darley are delighted to offer the last nomination in Microphone which will be sold on behalf of the CatWalk foundation as part of the NZB weanling sale,” Darley head of sales Alastair Pulford said.

“CatWalk raises funds that go directly to spinal research and this has to be a cause close to the heart of anyone that works with these magnificent animals.”

“They are big picture people who work for big picture results. It’s not just about one person, it’s about thousands of people. People you and I know. They want to get them out of their wheelchairs and back on their feet.”

Established in 2005 by Little Avondale Stud’s Catriona Williams MNZM, the CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust funds research that aims to fix paralysis following spinal cord injury.

New Zealand has one of the highest rates of spinal cord injury in the western world and CatWalk has made significant financial contributions to research in the area and helped build awareness and raise funds through events and fundraisers.

As well as funding world-class research in New Zealand, CatWalk has committed A$600,000 in 2020 for a collaborative project with SpinalCure Australia to further develop neurostimulation treatments for people with spinal cord injury.

Of all promising avenues of research, neuro stimulation has delivered the most compelling results to date – returning significant feeling and function to people who have been paralysed for many years.

“The Sydney based project is cutting edge and the research has everything in its favour,” CatWalk general manager Meg Speirs said.

“The science is exceptional and we think it will have quite an immediate impact on both functional improvement and cure.”

Maija Vance has personal insight into spinal cord injury and has been involved in raising funds and spreading awareness of CatWalk and the research it supports.

Vance broke five vertebrae and was paralysed from the waist down after a race day fall in 2018. Through utter determination and extensive rehabilitation she was able to walk again in 2019 and earlier this year walked to the summit of Mount Maunganui raising over $5,000 for CatWalk.

“I always knew about CatWalk and when I had my accident Catriona reached out to me,” she said.

“I had always wanted to do something for them and when I improved enough I got the idea of climbing Mount Maunganui and sharing it around to get people, especially those in the racing industry, to support me and CatWalk.

“You don’t realise how important CatWalk is until you or someone you love is in that situation with a spinal cord injury. It just reiterates we need to find a cure.”

“It is great that the thoroughbred industry is backing CatWalk, spinal cord injury can be common in the industry so everyone knows or cares about someone that has had that sort of accident.”

The auction of the service has been a collaboration between several groups and CatWalk are appreciative of the time everyone has committed to the effort.

As well as Darley, contributors include New Zealand Bloodstock, and popular group Boys Get Paid who assisted with the creation of one of the promotional videos.

“Darley’s recognition and support of the importance of research into spinal cord injury is something we are very appreciative of and excited about,” Williams said.

“We are so close to finding a cure and whoever secures the service to Microphone is not just making a donation, they are making a difference to the lives of the many people affected by spinal cord injury.”

The catalogue will launch on New Zealand Bloodstock subsidiary Gavelhouse Plus on June 11 at 5pm and will run through till the final countdown of bids begin on June 21 at 3pm.

Bidders are encouraged to create their accounts well in advance so the New Zealand Bloodstock finance team can grant bidding approval. To register as a bidder head to:

Auction terms and conditions

  • The auction will commence on at 5pm on the 11th June and run through to the final countdown at 3pm on the 21st June 2020 as part of the NZ Bloodstock Weanling Sale.
  • Bidders need to be pre-registered with in order to make a bid on the service. Registrations need to be approved by the NZB finance team prior to bidding.
  • The service price is +GST
  • Transport for the mare to be served is not included in the GavelHouse sale price.
  • The winning bidder will be invoiced the following day by NZ Bloodstock who will transfer the payment to The CatWalk Spinal Cord Injury Research Trust.
  • A donation receipt is not applicable.
  • Service must be used in the 2020 breeding season.
  • Insurance is to be obtained by the purchaser.

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Microphone Service Fee Terms