With her first draft of yearlings selling very well at the Magic Millions this week, Sherah Sullivan has no regrets about going it alone and establishing Sullivan Bloodstock last year.
Having overseen the day-to-day running of Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds for seven years, Sullivan is enjoying the challenge of going solo and setting up her own boutique farm in Kialla East.
Sherah presented her first draft of weanlings at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale last May. Fast forward eight months, and Sullivan is back on the Gold Coast with six well-bred yearlings which have attracted plenty of interest since inspections started last week.
That early interest gave Sullivan confidence that her draft would be in high demand, and so it has proved with the first three lots selling for a combined $540,000.
“We opened with a great result, we pinhooked the Smart Missile colt as a weanling for $22,000 and he sold for $140,000, so we were delighted with that outcome,” said Sullivan.
“That got us off to a great start and we’ve continued the momentum with our two Street Boss yearlings for $200,000 each. They were both home-bred so we were delighted to get such a good result for our clients. I think Street Boss’ service fee back then was around the $20,000 mark, so that was a very good return on investment.
“Lindsay Park loved the Smart Missile, so I’m really happy they’ll get the chance to train him. The Street Boss filly will go to Tony McEvoy, so she’ll join a great stable and the Street Boss colt will go to Liam Howley, which is another great result.”
Howley was effusive in his praise for the Street Boss colt, with the young horseman – who now trains at Kyneton – couldn’t believe his luck securing the striking chestnut, who is out of Mamasan.
“He’s an outstanding colt, so we couldn’t be happier to have him join our stables,” said Howley.
“I love Street Boss, we have a few of them in the stable and this bloke is typical of the breed. They’ve got plenty of speed about them, and I reckon this bloke is going to do well on the track with us.”
“It’s such a hot sale so I’m delighted to get him into the stable. He has a stunning head on him, is a great mover and he comes out of a ripper family, so there’s a lot to like about him.
“I can’t wait to get him home and get him into our colours, I’m sure he’s going to represent the stable with great pride in the future.”
Towards the end of day three, Sullivan Bloodstock’s fourth lot – a colt by Flying Artie out of Tennessee Tycoon – went through the ring and fetched $110,000 when knocked down to Wylie Dalziel and Peter Moody.
The bay colt was the first foal of Tennessee Tycoon (by Written Tycoon), whose half-sister Pergram Won the Listed Adelaide Stakes as a two-year-old for her trainer Mick Price.