Yarran’s Rachel Doherty will be enjoying a nice glass of local Mitchelton wine this festive season after her entry was awarded a prize in the TBV Instagram Foal Photo competition.

Yarran’s beautiful little Nostradamus filly was captured being a little cheeky and not at all impressed by being disturbed trying to get a drink from mum! For the lovely photo, Rachel and her husband John get to enjoy a case of wine kindly donated by Mitchelton Wines.

The winning photo is of Rachel and John’s own mare, Magic Pulse and her filly. They bought Magic Pulse at this year’s Inglis Great Southern Sale in foal to Rosemont Stud’s First Crop Sire.

Rachel was born into thoroughbreds with not only her parents, but also her grandfather, working at Fairdale Stud near Palmerston North in New Zealand.

“I grew up learning everything at Fairdale Stud– I was the third generation to work there from my family,” Rachel said.

Through her breeding industry work Rachel met John, who similarly had a strong background in the industry particularly at Coolmore Stud in Ireland.

“We then travelled and worked everywhere together, including a season in China when we took over the first eleven thoroughbred broodmares to China in the 90’s.

After stints in Japan and New Zealand, they landed at Darley’s Northwood property.

“Grace (their child) was four when we moved to Northwood, where we worked for the next eight years.

“We still had our own small property for our mares, and a handful of clients, and in May we moved down the road to Yarran Thoroughbreds.”

Having taken over management of Yarran mid-year, the upcoming yearling sales will be their first for the farm.

They are taking a draft of eleven yearlings to the Inglis Premier Sale with an array of sires. Their Lot 619 Kuroshio filly received a nice upgrade during the recent Spring Racing Carnival.

Her dam, Summer Wine, is a half-sister to Group 2 Caulfield Sprint winner Snitty Kitty – a horse trainer Henry Dwyer is targeting towards February’s Oakleigh Plate.

The full set of entries can be found at the TBV Instagram Foal Photo Competition.

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