It has been a very successful sale for Stonehouse Thoroughbreds after the first two days of selling at the Inglis Oaklands complex for this year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Owned and managed by Ryan Arnel and Grace Teece, the Eddington based operation has had a busy inspection period, with all hands-on deck to organise the constant flow of parades.
“It has been great to see the number of people out here, throughout the week, and on the first two days selling through the ring. It is definitely one of the busiest Premier sales that I have seen and talking to a lot of fellow vendors and breeders that have been here over the years, the inspection numbers have been up. We received very strong support as soon as our horses arrived at the complex,” Arnel said.
“Having had a smaller draft last year for Melbourne, this year our numbers for Stonehouse Thoroughbreds have doubled, so it is always a great relief when you have an excellent to start the sale.”
The Stonehouse draft at Premier has great diversity throughout the sale, which is represented in the graduates that have succeeded.
“We achieved a great result for a small breeder, Sheryl Atkinson from Carrington Park Stud in Drouin who sends only a couple of horses to the sales each year. Lot 126, her Brazen Beau filly out of the Encosta de Lago mare, Crimson Ribbon was secured by McEvoy Racing for $260,000, while her Brazen Beau colt, Lot 269 made $380,000 selling to Mick Price Racing. Those two results were a great success story for the hardworking battlers.”
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds also achieved an international sale in Lot 168, with the Written Tycoon mare being purchased by US-based horsemanship master, Monty Roberts.
“Looking at draft as a whole, having worked with them over the past few months it definitely feels like there’s some winners amongst them,” said Arnel.
There will be no time to celebrate though, as Stonehouse Thoroughbreds not only have another nine going through the ring on the last two days of Premier, they will then head straight to Adelaide with 12 yearlings at the Magic Millions.