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Princess Park are ready for a Premier debut

Princess Park's Fintan Butler

Having a brilliant sale last year at Magic Millions in Adelaide, Adam Palmer’s Princess Park has stepped up the ante and gathered an exceptionally strong draft of 22 horses for this year’s Melbourne Premier sales.

In the capable hands of experienced yearling manager, Jenny Saunders, the youngsters will be looking their very best come March, catching the eye of the astute buying bench.

“We have assembled a great bunch of young thoroughbreds. As well as heading across to Adelaide with a very strong draft of horses, we have managed to assemble an outstanding team for Premier.”

“We have a number of well-grown, early types that could have headed to the Coast, but we are very focussed on placing horses where we believe they will bring best return. So off to Melbourne we head.

With a draft totalling 22, seven are their own horses owned by the Princes Park syndicate.

“We selected the horses together and all have to agree – Sheamus Mills, Adam and myself. We all had input into the final decision, and we were able to bring different requirements to the table.”

“Our bloodstock agent Sheamus is an outstanding judge of a young thoroughbreds and his knowledge around pedigree and market trends is invaluable. Adam is another set of eyes and helps sets the limits in terms of what we are prepared to pay for them as weanlings, and I needed to make sure that they were types that would develop well during a preparation to reach their best, come sale day.”

“Our draft showcases both proven stallions and first crop of yearlings, and we have high hopes, as they are well-bred and well-conformed types, with six out of seven of ours being selected for P1.”

Complementing these, are a number of yearlings from clients, including Swettenham Stud.

“It’s amazing. We have assembled such a strong draft going to Oaklands in our first year. It is an honour that people have confidence in us to send their top-quality horses to prepare.”

“Swettenham have sent five of their client’s horses including two super Toronado’s and a lovely Trust In A Gust colt. We thank Adam Sangster, Jason Robinson and Sam Matthews for their support.”

“We will also offer six horses from the Hunter Valley’s Middlebrook Valley Lodge. Their yearlings include a cracking Zoustar colt out of Group 2 winning mare, Two Blue, a lovely Dundeel colt, a Deep Field and Choisir. They have all arrived in phenomenal condition, and Verna Metcalfe has ensured they have a great head start.”

We have also been well-supported by the smaller owner-breeders too, with Vicki Roux sending a brilliant Brazen Beau and Mark Wooldridge has sent his Spill the Beans colt.

When pressed for a couple of her favourites, Saunders could not go past Lot 293, the Love Conquers All colt out of the Denman mare, Magamen, from the family of Skating, Murtajil, and Vancouver.

“He is a horse we bought for the syndicate as a weanling from Supreme Thoroughbreds. He is a cracking colt and an early type.  I have been delighted with him, as he has grown out to be a strong athletic yearling with a great attitude. I am looking forward to seeing how he progresses through the prep, and I expect him to be very popular.”

“Lot 740 is a lovely chestnut Toronado filly, out of Serene Diva. She is well grown, with a great shoulder and beautiful head. Taking it all in her stride with a great temperament, she has been straight forward in her preparation, and will be a standout in P2.”

“It’s great to have a diverse group that offer outstanding examples of their sires and a good example of that is Lot 438, the Hinchinbrook filly out of Sharp Secretary. She has been very well received and closely resembles her father. She would have been a standout at Magic Millions, but with a little more time, she will really get the chance to flourish.”

Saunders credits the rapid growth of the farm to a passionate and supportive team environment.

“We have an excellent crew and being a small farm, we are like a family. Fintan Butler, our farm manager, does a great job, and we all pitch in and work well together.”

“Additionally, Adam (Palmer) loves his racing, the sales and tries to be on-farm as much as possible. He does a great job with client communication, social media and website updates.”

“He keeps all our clients and syndicate members informed with video emails every week letting them know exactly how their horses are travelling. They love being involved and enjoy the ride. They get to see their horses on the walker, when their manes are pulled, and being hand walked – they are part of the day to day happenings at Princess Park.”

“All the syndicate members that bought into the horses we sold at Adelaide last year have stayed in and gone again. They love the social open days to see their horses, the farm and to meet other owners.”

Based on 90 acres, Princess Park also provides pre-training and spelling in the heart of the Victorian thoroughbred breeding region.

“We will be looking at taking 12 yearlings to Adelaide and we are now beginning to build up our Inglis Gold Sale draft too.”

We have stepped up our game, and we are only going to get better next year.”

For more information on sales preparation at Princess Park, please contact Adam Palmer on 0417 579 978, Jenny Saunders on 0426 968 020 or visit www.princesspark.com.au

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