The brainchild of Irish nationals Sinead & Patrick Hughes, Sunhill Bloodstock has grown from 20 to 300 acres in only their second year in operation. Based in Riddells Creek, at the base of Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, the Nardoo farm has paddocks to suit all stages of the thoroughbred lifespan.
Offering foaling down, reproduction, agistment, sales preparation and pedigree assessment services, the property’s facilities allow great flexibility to cater for individual needs, with 24-hour care and supervision. There is also client accommodation available for visitors.
Sinead and Patrick each have over 20 years’ experience in the thoroughbred industry. Sinead specialises in all facets of reproductive care including improving the fertility of mares and maintaining full-term viable pregnancies, whilst Patrick specialises in pedigree assessment and stallion selection.
Having studied Agricultural Science in her native Ireland and spending time working in America, Sinead was fortunate to prepare a yearling for the sales who ended up being champion racehorse and sire, High Chaparral.
Patrick started his career at Coolmore Stud in Ireland before spending 5 years in Kentucky. Upon returning to Ireland, he worked at Sheikh Hamdan’s Derrinstown Stud for 11 years before he, Sinead and their three girls emigrated to New South Wales. Based in the Hunter Valley, Patrick worked for Segenhoe Stud while Sinead was the yearling manager at Cressfield Stud. A move to Victoria followed, managing Yarran Park and Chatswood Stud. On taking over management of Chatswood, Sinead became the only female stud master in Australia.
Sunhill Bloodstock are preparing three weanling fillies for sale for the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale, commencing at Oaklands Junction on Sunday 16 June.
Lot 273 is a filly by Stratum mare, Midnight Rose. A half-sister to the Group-placed Rightoncue, she started 3 times and this is her first foal. The filly is by the 2011 Newmarket July Cup winner and Cartier Racing Awards European Champion Sprinter, Dream Ahead (USA). The Aquis Farm shuttler has sired 21 stakes winners across both hemispheres, including Australia’s Ken’s Dream, Shumookh and Dreams Aplenty.
Lot 520 is a bay filly by Woodside Park’s first season sire Rich Enuff, out of Oscar Dreams. The Redoute’s Choice mare is an unraced half-sister to Dazzling Gazelle, the dam to Miracles of Life. This is her fifth foal, with 2 to race. The filly’s family also include Group winners Exclusive Halo, Miss Jugah and Sumstreetsumwhere.
The third and final member of the draft is Lot 521, a filly by multiple Group winner All American (Red Ransom). Her dam Ose Tatoka, is a half-sister to 6 time winner Beyond Pardon. This filly is her third foal, her first foal is a 2yo. The fourth dam in this family is multiple Group winner and top filly on the 1985-86 Australasian 3YO Classification, Heat of the Moment (Blazing Saddles).
“All three fillies are quality types, and given their sires, they offer a little something for everyone,” said Sinead.
“Inglis were happy with their inspections of our draft and expect them all to sell well, especially the All American, who is a real cracker. We’re looking forward to getting down to the Sale, which will be our last one for the year. Apart from the work side of it, it’s also good time to try and catch up with everyone. We’ll then get a break of a few weeks before getting into the upcoming breeding and foaling down season.”
The Sunhill draft will be available for inspection from Friday 14th June at Barn E, stables 71-74. CLICK HERE to view the catalogue. The Inglis Great Southern Sale runs from Sunday 16 to Wednesday 19 June 2019.