Northwood breeding operation Yarran Thoroughbreds has a new man at the helm with Irishman John Doherty having been appointed to the position of Manager this past May.

Doherty will lead Yarran into its next stage of growth, development and success for UK based owners Andrew and Robyn Hine.

Joining John at Yarran Thoroughbreds are his wife Rachel and their three children (Grace 12, Lucy 8 and Sean 6). New Zealander Rachel also has a strong background in thoroughbred breeding and will play a key role at Yarran.

Andrew and Robyn Hine have owned Yarran for nearly a decade. Andrew is the Founding Director of Polofix, an organisation which promotes polo around the world. A professional polo player himself for more than 20 years, he captained England from 1999 to 2003.

John Doherty brings more than 30 years of professional thoroughbred industry experience from around the world, including 16 years with Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

“I started in 1984, the year Sadlers Wells won the Guineas. Coolmore was on the brink of going global, and Sadlers Wells was one of the early stallions that facilitated that.”

Having vast experience caring for shuttle stallions travelling to America, China, Germany, Japan, New Zealand, Ireland and Australia, John was responsible for the immortal sires, Last Tycoon, Zabeel, Danehill Woodman, Royal Academy and Sunday Silence on their journeys.

“By handling the top stallions, you could see each one was special in its own individual way, be it temperament, toughness, or just pure class.”

“Danehill’s personality was incredible, probably the easiest horse in the barn, you could have led him around with bailing twine. He passed on his brilliance and his “easy to handle” attitude to his progeny.”

After taking stallions over to Japan for Coolmore, he then spent eight years at East Stud and Paca Paca Farm in Japan, where he prepared foals and yearlings which consistently sold for more than US$1 million.

Most recently John has spent the last eight years at Godolphin Northwood Park, only a stone’s throw from Yarran down Northwood Road.

Yarran Thoroughbreds are in the process of expansion. They will focus on upgrading their broodmare band and increase numbers to approximately 60 mares on farm in future seasons.

“Being in the same rich vein of land as Godolphin next door, some of the best horses bred in Australia have been foaled along Northwood Road, with Sepoy next door and Black Caviar just down the road. My plan is to breed and rear the best.”

“Andrew and I will sit down using a strict selection criteria. With pedigree analysis and proven stallion selections, we will aim to make the right decisions to see our efforts return positive results in the sale ring.”

For more information on Yarran and its services, contact John on 0459 136 778.

On a Caulfield day when the races were literally blown away, you could have almost missed a terrific Victorian breeding result.

Breeders and brothers Eddie and Carlo Deluise and good family friend Joe Panzera certainly got a thrill on Saturday when their homebred Saint Valorem (Ad Valorem) saluted the winning post.

The four-year-old gelding, trained by Pakenham based Cameron Templeton, was bred on their 86 acre Tallarook property, near Seymour.

“I’ve always rated Saint Valorem even though he’s only little, but he’s got a big ticker, and he tries hard. He showed his impressive turn of foot to come from last to first to win, he just flew down the outside,” said Templeton after the race.

Loyal breeders of the Victorian industry, the Deluises, Panzera, friends and family certainly deserved the win and enjoyed every minute only knowing too well the emotional roller coaster that breeding horses can bring.

Breeders Eddie Deluise & Joe Panzera with fellow owners of Saint Valorem at Caulfield (Brett Holburt-Racing Photos)

Originally based in Malmsbury, the farm’s future foalings were shattered two years in a row as a result of every mare aborting due to a caterpillar found on their farm.

“It took two years before we found the culprit, we lost all the pregnancies, it was just devastating,” Eddie Deluise said.

Trading as the ‘Australian Thoroughbred Farm’ (ATF) they relocated, in the wake of the tragedy, to the Tallarook property six years ago. They currently breed around a dozen mares a year.

“Brett Howard from Randwick Bloodstock has been such a great help, a good friend and top advisor. We have been breeding with him for about 12 years, we met him at Coolmore and we wouldn’t still be breeding today without him.”

“He does all our matings and we are looking forward to the arrival of our foals including two from Three Bridges stallion, Unencumbered as my brother has a lifetime breeding right.

“A couple of mares will head back to Unencumbered this year…while two other mares match well to Woodside Park’s Cable Bay and another to Rich Enuff.”

Eddie purchased his first racehorse back in 1983, and since then has always owned a few before getting more involved in the breeding side of horses.

“It can be tough but there is nothing better than seeing one of your homebreds get up…Saturday was very special for everyone involved. My brother (Carlo) was unfortunately in America, but he got up to watch the win.”

ATF sells yearlings are prepared for the sales by Avenel’s Millford Thoroughbreds and have achieved some top results.

“Darren (Weir) bought a couple of our yearlings, and we now have a horse with him. He purchased the Your Song yearling filly out of Saint Valorem’s dam, Santenay for $100,000 with John Foote at this year’s Premier Sale. We can’t wait to see her hit the track,” Eddie said.

Perhaps thankfully, Saint Valorem was not put through the sales with Templeton picking him of the paddock.

“As soon as I laid eyes on him I knew he was something special and wanted to train him, Joe and Eddie stayed in the horse and then syndicated him among their friends and we also got some friends in,” Templeton said.

Refusing an offer of $400,000 from Hong Kong for the lightly raced four-year-old gelding last year, the Deluise brothers and co breeder Panzera are excited about the future and hope for many more successful days at the track.

Among other successful graduates of Tallarook’s ATF are Hong Kong winner Home Run, the Luke Oliver trained Princess Arrow and the city winning mare Northern Saint. Meanwhile Starcraft Prince is a multiple winner in South Africa having recently won at Turffontein.

Nagambie’s Princess Park has been busy at the weanling sales over the last three months picking up some quality stock.

And they have also brought in some human expertise with the experienced Jenny Saunders to manage Princess Park’s first draft of yearlings for the major sales in 2018.

Born in the UK, Jenny developed a love of horses from an early age. She is a graduate of the equine focused Hartpury College and then worked in eventing and showjumping yards followed by yearling preparation at Oakgrove Stud..

Based now for over a decade in Australia, Jenny was Yearling Manager at one of Victoria’s premier thoroughbred nurseries, Eliza Park (now Sun Stud).

She has built a fine reputation throughout the industry for preparing large drafts of yearlings, weanlings and broodmares, having managed teams at all the major bloodstock sales in Australia and New Zealand.

Princess Park owner Adam Palmer is delighted that Jenny is joining the team and excited about the new direction Princess Park is taking.

“The main driver was that with most of our racing operations being now based with Pat Cannon at Ballarat, we have freed up some space at the farm,” Palmer said.

“The property’s facilities, climate and location are ideal to prepare yearlings and, with the capacity for more horses to come in, we could see that it was a great opportunity,”

Princess Park held a couple of owner events early in the year, educating clients on the sales process and pin hooking.

“We explained what it is and how they could get involved. They had all raced horses in the past, and this offered a new way to get involved in the industry. They may have been at a sale as a buyer before, but they have never been on the other side.”

“With the astute guidance of Sheamus Mills selecting the weanlings, Jenny’s expertise in preparing the draft and highly experienced Dr David McKellar as our resident vet we have the perfect team.”

Princess Park will largely target the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in 2018.

Princess Park is looking to attract outside yearlings to join their team of youngsters being professionally prepared for sale. For all enquiries, contact Adam Palmer on 0417 579 978 or 

Moorookyle Park’s Nioka Wozny is looking forward to a big spring with the season’s first foals just around the corner!

“It is always a great time of year,” she said, “busy but exciting and satisfying – watching a foal’s first wobbly steps reminds us why we are all in this great game!”

Another aspect of thoroughbred breeding that appeals to Nioka is when members of the sport band together to help those in need, such as what is doing on Tuesday evening with an online auction of stallion covers to raise money for Ronald MacDonald House, Westmead.

Set to house even more families as they support their children through difficult medical journeys, the new development needs further funding and Nioka is thrilled to donate nominations to Sharkbite, Cecconi and Ustinov.

“It’s a wonderful cause and we hope that breeders will get behind Bloodstockauction’s initiative,” Wozny said.

An imposing stakes winning son of the great Redoute’s Choice, Sharkbite has been enjoying a great run of late with his son Clear The Beach a gutsy winner at Rosehill on Saturday, recording his third success (his second at metropolitan level) from just nine starts.

The day before Mako Bay impressed kicking lengths clear into the straight at Geelong whilst other recent Sharkbite winners including Owl On The Prowl, Mordacious, Penthouse Pet, Save Me Ned, Samikosho, Hamilton and My Name’s Bruce.

“Sharkbite is a great owner/breeder VOBIS stallion,” Wozny said, noting that over 24% of his winners to date have been successful at metropolitan level.

Also represented by recent winners is Encosta de Lago’s Blue Diamond Preview winning son Cecconi whose son Brother One saluted by a wide margin at Wanganui a few days ago.


Cecconi also has a smart one in Hong Kong, the Casper Fownes trained Best Step winning two in a row at Happy Valley in May – yet to finish out of the first four in six starts.

One of the best looking stallions in Victoria, the handsome Ustinov – Group 2 winning son of Seeking The Gold and Group 1 winning star mare Let’s Elope – is a horse who has done the job despite limited opportunities.

Moorookyle Park stallion Ustinov

“He has never had big books of mares,” Wozny explained, “but despite this has proven a consistent source of nice winners including five stakes winners and another eight stakes performers.”

Over 35% of Ustinov’s winners have either earned black type or won at metropolitan level, showing that he has what it takes to upgrade his mares.

Bidding is already open on the sale which concludes on Tuesday evening – be sure to have a look and get those bids in!

Promising Hesket Bloodstock homebred Poseidon’s Pool made it two wins in as many starts when saluting at Morphettville on Saturday for champion trainer Darren Weir.

Bred at Yungaburra in the Macedon Ranges, the colt was a debut winner at Ballarat on July 13 and then kept the good work going to post his second success with a slick win in the 1050 metre juvenile contest on the weekend.

Poseidon’s Pool settled behind the leader White Kaps, before jockey John Allen switched him into the clear halfway down the straight. The colt responded well, kicking into top gear to find the line strongly to win by a length.

No doubt a stakes win during the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival is on the cards for the well-related colt.

Poseidon’s Pool is a son of Pierro and is out of the Exceed and Excel mare Kulgrinda.

She too raced in the Contract Racing lime green, gold and purple colours worn by her son. Under the care of Peter Moody, Kulgrinda won four stakes races including the Group 3 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville. She amassed prizemoney in excess of $554,000.

Kulgrinda has had two filly foals since Poseidon’s Pool and was mated to Darley Northwood’s Street Boss last year.

Hesket Bloodstock is a joint breeding operation of David and Jenny Moodie and Ashley Hardwick.