After a big sale at Inglis Premier where Arcadia’s Noorilim Park offered a quality draft of ten horses, Sherah Sullivan is back on the ground in Morphettville for the Magic Millions in Adelaide.
“The sales just back straight up to each other, so it is a massive few weeks for all the vendors looking to sell in both states,” Sullivan said.
And while the sales were busy enough, Sullivan was fortunate to escape serious damage when kicked in the face by a horse only a couple of days before her yearlings went through the ring.
“It wasn’t ideal being in surgery the day we were selling and trying to sort out reserves from my hospital bed, but I am very lucky that my sight has not been affected and it has healed up quickly. I was able to get back out to Oaklands and still make the most of the sale,” Sullivan said.
“We were very proud to have sold the top priced Toronado filly out of the Fastnet Rock mare, Kid Gloves to Kym Hann Racing and David Mee of Pinhook Bloodstock International.”
Kid Gloves has already produced Listed winner Lady Horseowner, from the black type family of Group 2 winners Crowned and Best of Luck and stakes winner Sumfun.
“She was a real standout, and we were absolutely wrapped that Kym got her. He is a lovely up and coming young trainer that will give her every chance. He has already let us know that she is home safe, and he is starting to break her in.”
“Our Brazen Beau colt was also well received, but unfortunately sat in the sticky early stages of the sale. He could be the bargain of our draft, fetching $135,000 for Bahen Bloodstock and Richard Laming Racing.”
Noorilim Park also sold a lovely Rich Enuff colt out of the Marscay mare, Goldirocks as Lot 625 for $75,000 to Tommy Hughes Racing.
“With eight foals to race and seven winners, she is a proven mare and being from by such a hot stallion, he was certainly not overlooked in Book 2.”
“Overall, our inspections were up, and to Inglis’s credit they did an excellent job getting people out to the complex and looking at the horses.”
Now focusing on Adelaide, Sullivan has had no time to stop or heal for that matter, after another busy day parading.
“This is the first time we have come over to Adelaide for Noorilim Park. We made the decision to spread our horses between the Gold Coast, Premier and Adelaide to ensure they were hand-picked to suit each sale. By being a small draft, each yearling can receive the individual attention they deserve.”
“We have a very tidy group of five horses to offer, and they all have strengths that will appeal to the market.”
Lot 344, the Manhattan Rain out of the Exceed and Excel mare Honed offers a brilliant page, being from the family of Microphone, Holler and Yell.
“A neat horse, that compliments his pedigree. He looks like a horse that will keep getting better with time. There has been plenty of interest in him.”
“Lot 433, our Moshe colt out of the More Than Ready mare, Warble is a lovely type as is our Unencumbered colt (Lot 423) out of the Danehill Dancer mare, String of Pearls.”
“Lot 92, our Fighting Sun colt, out of the Exceed and Excel mare Paparazzi Dreamer (NZ) has a super action on him and will suit trainers wanting to buy an athletic type.”
While back at the farm, there are also some exciting developments at Noorilim Park.
“We have just purchased another 1500 acres adjacent to our current property. Blessed with 13 kilometres of river frontage along the Goulburn River, it will be a wonderful addition, being one of the nicest farms in Shepparton,” Sullivan said.
“We plan to fence around 300 acres for horses, while utilising the remaining to cut our own hay. It will give us a good chance to rest the main farm and concentrate on pasture improvement. We have already installed extensive irrigation through centre pivots and aim to have highly nutritious grass available for our horses all year round.”
“With our climate being increasingly dry and feed expensive, investing in the expansion of the operation will future-proof Noorilim Park for generations of thoroughbreds to come.”