After just four seasons of preparing horses for the Australian yearling sales circuit, Kilmore-based Maluka Thoroughbreds have already developed an enviable record.
Three-year-old Snitzel colt Perast was their latest sales graduate to taste black-type success winning the Listed Queensland Day Stakes at Doomben on Saturday. It adds to his Caulfield Guineas Prelude win last spring.
Operated by Luke and Mags Anderson, Maluka can now point to a small cavalry of top horses coming through their paddocks headlined by recent Group 1 Champagne Stakes winner Seabrook.
“We prepped Maribyrnong Plate winner Power Trip in our first year, Perast from our second and Group 1 Champagne winner Seabrook from our third year,” said Luke.
They can also count handy three-year-old William Thomas (Nicconi) as a 2016 sales graduate. The John Price trained galloper has been impressive winning twice in Melbourne in recent weeks and black-type is no doubt around the corner.
“It would be a great result for Maluka if Perast now heads to the Stradbroke Handicap next month,” Luke said.
Maluka’s main specialty is sales preparation with both Luke and Mags having learnt from their renowned masters at Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud and Graeme Rogerson’s Dormello Stud in New Zealand.
“Our main philosophy is that we want to ensure the horses have relaxed disposition within their routine and environment. We try to develop them mentally and physically happy by keeping the preparation as stress-free as possible,” Luke said.
“We get them out into the paddocks during the day and let them settle into mobs. This gives them a chance to run and then have a break to sleep and recover. This natural development helps keep them sound of mind and body so they are set up to manage their next challenge.”
“Our hands-on management gives the young equine athletes the best possible chance to maximise their potential, and we are looking forward to seeing that potential succeed on the track.”
Anderson expects the race track performances of their farm graduates will only improve in the future as the quality of their drafts has been enhanced.
“This year’s (Inglis) Premier Sale draft was our biggest and best and we are on track to continue to offer big drafts of that quality consistently to the Australian buying bench on behalf of our clients,” he said.
The quality they offered at the Premier Sale meant they moved into the top five vendors…along with well-established farms such as Blue Gum, Woodside, Gilgai and Supreme Thoroughbreds.
While they have developed a strong client base during their relatively short time in Victoria, Maluka also has an enviable list of clients from over the ditch including Cambridge Stud and Waikato Stud.
Like all commercial operations, the sales calendar ticks by quickly with just a bit of time to reflect on past success.
Next up for the Andersons and Maluka Thoroughbreds is a select weanling draft at the upcoming Great Southern Sale at Oaklands in June…and they are crossing their fingers a Stradbroke Handicap is added to their sales CV just before that!