While Dean Harvey and Baystone Farm are often happy to fly under the radar, the recent Magic Millions Broodmare Sale saw the Gnarwarre based farm put well and in the spotlight.

Baystone took 17 mares to the sale, sold them all and finished with an aggregate of $4,760,000 and an average of $280,529 placing them among the Top 3 vendors of the sale.

“It was a great couple of days, and we got the right attention from the right buyers,” Harvey said.

“Baystone Farm’s main focus is buying fillies off the track, getting them in foal and then re-offering them through the broodmare sales.”

“I don’t usually have outside clients, but this year it worked out. On the first day the race fillies I offered were for some of my close friends and professional contacts which helped boost the draft as a whole, but all the other mares were my own.”

Popular Group 1 winning sprinter Silent Sedition was certainly one of those ‘boosters’, with the William Reid Stakes winner being sold on behalf of her owners to renowned Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida for an impressive $1.5 million.

“It was a pleasure to sell her for Andrew Noblet, and part owner Tom Curnow through my draft. Her connections originally purchased her from the Perth Yearling Sale for just $45,000, so it was a brilliant result,” Harvey said.

Others lots included some nice race fillies for Troy Corstens and the mare Argentinian Gold for Sheamus Mills.

“As we all race horses together and are good mates, I was very happy to include them in my draft.”

Some of Harvey’s other top results included:

  • Never Be Discreet, (in foal to Capitalist) sold for $480,000
  • Pienkna (in foal to Written Tycoon), sold for $460,000
  • Snow Dance (in foal to I Am Invincible) sold for $400,000.

Harvey also invested in four mares on the coast, who will reside at Baystone before being put in foal to commercial stallions and prepped for next year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Baystone Farm is located in what has become a ‘precinct’ of quality breeding west of Geelong at Gnarwarre. Baystone, Rosemont Stud and Tony Santic’s Makybe property are all within a two-kilometre radius of each other.

Harvey is also active in the breeze-up market with around a dozen offered for sale each year, at both the Inglis and Magic Millions 2YO sales.

“The breeze-ups offer another revenue stream. I picked up a nice Written Tycoon colt from Woodside Stud that I am looking forward to taking up north,” Harvey said.

Before going out on his own under the Baystone Farm banner, Harvey gained years of experience as Victorian Nominations Manager at Darley and Bloodstock Manager at Woodside Park Stud before joining the team at Rosemont Stud for five years and then venturing out on his own in recent years.

“I have always been active in the bloodstock market, but not to the depth that I am now. I am conservatively trading 25 to 30 horses a year from broodmares, weanlings, yearling and breeze-up horses which is certainly keeping me very busy.”

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