With a select draft of four bought from the Inglis and Magic Millions weanling sales, Rod and Tammy Notman are proud to present a cleverly chosen group that will appeal to the buyers this year on the Gold Coast.
Lot 1014 is the bay colt by Star Witness out of the King Of Kings mare Kings Concubine. Bred by Phil Wells he is a tall, athletic horse. “Kevin” is striking to the eye, he is leaning more to a Saddler’s Wells type and is coupled with an impressive dam page, being related to Champion 2YO Estijabb and dual Group 1 winner Response.
Kings Concubine has produced three winners, with a current running family, including the promising Grand Jury who placed in a strong VOBIS race at Cranbourne who is in training with Gai Waterhouse.
“While I bought the Exosphere colt (Lot 162), now known as Brian, he was a good strong, and well-developed foal. He was the nicest weanling we have ever laid our eyes on and Exosphere was such a good horse himself,” Rod Notman said.
Both Tammy and Rod Notman, have prepared horses for Alan Harvey with great success for over three years, and were thrilled to claim the top lot at the Inglis VOBIS sale, who has now won his first trial will make his race track debut this Friday with great expectations for Anton Koolman.
The Notman’s make a great team, as Rod is a well-respected, master farrier that certainly knows how to choose a well-balanced and correct horse having attended to hundreds of thoroughbred foals, weanlings, yearlings throughout his career. Having shod racehorses of the calibre of Redoute’s Choice and Dash For Cash, he continues to be in demand with Victoria’s premier thoroughbred studs and breeding farms.
Tammy’s background with horses stems back to an successful career as an elite level show rider. With an eye for details, Tammy is well credentialed to immaculately condition, prepare and turn out a horse for the sale ring, including many Off The Track thoroughbreds to Royal Show champions.
Northmore, a purpose-built property north of Melbourne, in Elphinstone, between Castlemaine and Kyneton, was cleverly named by the couple.
“The name was based on where we are located in Victoria, but more importantly when we retire, we are looking forward to going Northmore!” Tammy Notman explained.
“We designed the property specifically for weanlings, so that when they are young, they can enjoy a big paddock to socialise and grow out in. We ensure our yearlings have plenty of paddock time during their preparation to let down and be a horse, as well as being conditioned to the stable environment that they will need to adjust to when racing.”
Looking to the future, the Notman’s do not believe in the bigger is better philosophy, rather keeping the drafts they prepare small and individual.
“It is paramount to the Northmore philosophy that we treat every horse differently, both mentally and physically and develop their distinct needs”
They have their own exercise program, nutritional needs, rugging and routine. We work with their different personalities and encourage them to become well-rounded and well-handled yearlings that are ready to start their careers on the track in the best way possible,” Tammy said.
With a draft of four, their other two yearlings are Lot 250, a brown colt by Dissident out of the Choisir mare Ultima Carta from the family of Group 1 winner Good Project, and ten-time Singapore winner World Airlines.
Lot 910 is the only Starcraft to be offered on the coast and is bred by David Phipps of Glenfern Park in Romsey. Out of the Gold Fever mare, Aurism, she has produced four winners, with three during the 2017-18 racing season from the family of Lady Dignitas.