Despite only being in their fourth year of preparing and selling thoroughbred yearlings at the sales, Daisy Hill is fast making an impression to the Victorian breeding industry.
Owned and run by Colleen and Kevin Bamford, Daisy Hill is a meticulously designed and purpose built stud in Doreen, 26km north-east of Melbourne’s CBD.
Most people know Colleen and Kevin from their association with 2010 Melbourne Cup winner, Americain. A plan 5 years in the making, the Bamfords bought the horse for a relatively knockdown price after he failed as a galloper in the US, having begun his career in France.
Beginning his stallion career at Swettenham Stud in 2013, it was announced earlier this year that Americain would move to Daisy Hill for the 2019 breeding season.
“We’re excited to have him as our foundation stallion,” said Daisy Hill’s Shane Freeman.
“He will really suit breeders who are willing to give a horse time, three and four-year-old races over a bit of distance.”
The recent Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale was the first time Daisy Hill had prepared a broodmare draft, presenting a team of four. The Listed Bendigo Guineas winner, So Far Sokool (NZ) was an impressive seller, going to Aquis Farm for $200,000, whilst city-winning mare Corrs sold to Mt Hallowell Stud for $80,000.
Daisy Hill will be presenting a large draft of 17 weanlings and broodmares at this month’s Inglis Great Southern Sale. From the draft, five of the ten weanlings are by Americain, while three of the seven mares on offer are in foal to the stallion.
Lot 116 is an Americian colt out of a grand-daughter to Secretariat, Dowinga. The family includes Percy Kiwa, Denisis and USA 2yo Champion Colt Dehere. The dam herself, in foal to Rubick, is also for sale as Lot 596.
A Pierro x Karata (Elvstroem) filly will go under the hammer as Lot 210. Her grand-dam is Melbourne Cup winner and 1991/92 Australian Horse of the Year, Let’s Elope.
Lot 416, a bay Zoustar colt, is out of the Group 2 SAJC Queen of the South winner, So Pristine. He also counts Dijon Bleu, 2017/18 New Zealand Champion Mare of the Year, as family.
“Both the Pierro filly and the Zoustar colt would be the two highlights of our draft,” said Shane.
Bagitol is an unraced filly that is being offered for sale in foal to Churchill (NZ) (Lot 557). Out of Group 2 winning Sequalo mare Caliente, she is also from the same family as Staging, Duporth and Dashing Image.
Other members of the draft include four from the same family – the Redoute’s Choice mare Fair Choice (lot 605), her daughter mare Which Craft (lot 809) and both their Americain weanling colts (lot 134 and 499). Fair Choice is currently in foal to Jimmy Creed (USA), whilst Which Craft is again in foal to Americain.
The four-day Inglis Great Southern Sale will be held at Oaklands Junction from Sunday 16th June 2019. The Daisy Hill draft can be inspected in Barn F, CLICK HERE for their full list.