You would be hard pressed to find a breeding farm in better place right now than Nagambie’s Hillside Thoroughbreds.
Foals off the farm, which was established by Peter Arvanitis in 2012, are performing with distinction.
To start with you have Western Australia’s champion Two-Year-Old of last season, Whispering Brook.
The filly recently had her first-up, debut run in Melbourne at Moonee Valley in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes. Narrowly edged into the runner’s up spot, she is now amongst the favourites for the MRC Thousand Guineas.
Also bred by Hillside and expected to be seen in some of the better three-year-old races during the Spring are the Mick Kent trained Om Nom (Onemorenomore) and the Moonee Valley winner from last February Areti (Street Sense), trained by Robbie Griffiths.
Judging by the recent breeze ups at Cranbourne for the Inglis Ready to Run Sale, the next crop of foals may be even better.
It was a Hillside product that produced the fastest time (in fact the fastest time across all of the breeze-ups at Cranbourne and Canterbury).
Lot 73, a colt by Sepoy and out of Rossa Mia (Testa Rossa) ran a time of 10.26 over the 200 metres.
Hillside’s Peter Ford said it was pleasing to see the Sepoy colt run well for his renowned conditioner (and vendor) Frankie Stockdale.
“He was always a strong nuggety little fella but I thought he might have grown more before being sold at the Inglis Premier (for $52,500)
“He had a chip in one joint which required surgery which meant that we sold him with a bandage on.
“I said at the yearling sale to Frankie that I reckon he would go early and that I’m not sure what he will make (in the sales ring), but that I recommend him.
“Frank was on the phone thanking me after the breeze up!”
Meanwhile, Lot 180, another Hillside product also ran one of the faster times at Cranbourne.
Peter said that the Street Boss colt got a bit lost on the inside but still ran a time of 10.64 over the two furlongs.
“It is great for the farm to have horses measuring up to the others both on the track and at the breeze-ups,” Peter said.
“It is also pleasing to have people supporting the farm which is relatively new in operation.”