Spendthrift Australia has named Grant Burrill as the new farm manager at its Victoria-based operation.
Burrill has history with the Spendthrift brand, and a strong familiarity with the grounds at Spendthrift Australia. He got a start in the thoroughbred industry in the late 1990s at Yallambee Stud where he worked for three years. Yallambee was acquired by Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes last March.
Burrill moved to the USA and worked for Spendthrift Farm for four years in Kentucky holding many positions including farm manager. He returned to Australia in 2005 and has worked for the last 10 years at Widden Stud as the assistant stud manager, helping manage the careers of several leading sires over the last decade.
“It’s an honour to be given the responsibility of helping establish Spendthrift Australia as a key player in the Victorian and Australian breeding industry,” said Burrill. “The planets have really aligned to bring me back to the first property I ever worked on, and for the company for which I was employed in the USA.
“It’s going to be an exciting and personally challenging time as we look to implement new infrastructure and set up the farm according to our own requirements. The Victorian breeding industry has really had a renaissance in recent times and I look forward to ensuring Spendthrift Australia becomes an integral part of this re-emergence.”
Spendthrift Australia, which opened its doors in early 2015, recently concluded its first year of breeding operations. The farm stands such stallions as Can The Man, Hampton Court, Jimmy Creed, and Warrior’s Reward, and plans to expand upon its roster for 2016.
Owned by B. Wayne Hughes, Spendthrift Australia has also been active in acquiring racing stock in recent years, including last week’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale at Magic Millions where the farm signed for four yearlings, including three of the Top 20 colts in the sale.
“We are thrilled to have Grant join the team,” Spendthrift Australia general manager Garry Cuddy said.
“Having dealt with him for many years, I am confident that his wealth of knowledge and experience will be beneficial to our growth and development in the future.
“From the response we have already received since his appointment, we know we have the right man for the job.”