Above: Lot 458 Pleasent Smile x Vanbrugh filly
Sinead Hughes of Sunhill Bloodstock in Kilmore is in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to the Inglis Gold Yearling sale and is taking each day as it comes.
Presenting a draft of six ‘phenomenal yearlings’ for the sale which is now on Inglis’ digital platform, Sinead explains that the extra time due to the sale being moved, has done wonders for her draft.
“They are all strong, forward going yearlings and the extra time has allowed us to break them in. We have had feedback that this is an extra incentive for buyers when they have looked at our draft,” Sinead said.
“The yearlings’ owners are happy with the progress that has been made. While they were meant to go through the ring a few months ago, you can’t control what is happening and this has been beneficial for them,” Sinead commented.
“They are being ridden and exercised daily and they are handling their work very well,” Sinead said.
With a diverse draft of horses, they believe they will be able to meet the market, especially given that they are all broken in and ready to go.
“The standout of the draft would have to be lot 464, a colt out Sister Phenomenon. He just keeps improving despite a few setbacks. He has developed into a really nice racehorse. There is no badness in him whatsoever and he is so fluid in his action,” Sinead enthused.
“The other yearling which is a standout for me is lot 79, a filly out of Mustang Sally. This filly is a big strong girl and she is the dark horse of the bunch. She is very elegant and is very determined in her temperament,” Sinead commented.
“She is owned by Narelle Bravington and I must thank Narelle for trusting us with her yearlings. She has given us free reign of whatever we believe needs to occur and we are able to get on with the job,” Sinead said.
“We prep the yearlings as we would at home (Sinead hails from Ireland). We hand walk them, ensure they are rollered, side reigned and have a balanced diet. We like to spend as much one on one time as we can. I won’t take on big drafts as I like to produce quality when it comes to sale day,” Sinead said.
The team have had two withdrawals from their draft, the Starcraft x Miang filly, which has been retained by her client to race and the Onemorenomore x Ruby Slew gelding was purchased by Steve Vella on Inglis digital earlier in the year.
After increased demand for their services, Sinead and her husband Patrick have just acquired a new property at 250 O’Grady’s Road, Kilmore, which is set on 106 acres with an Olympic arena and 7 stables. Within six weeks, the neighbouring property of 100 acres and another 7 stables were acquired.
Sinead said, “All good things come to all those who wait. We are blessed to be supported with some loyal clients from the start. Our current property is what dreams are made of. It is set on fertile land with undulating hills.”