With Spring finally here, Sunhill’s success is starting to bloom. Established two years ago by Sinead Hughes and her husband Patrick, Sunhill Bloodstock is a broodmare farm in Riddell’s Creek. Their farm is the iconic Nardoo Estate, which is one of the most beautiful estates on the Macedon ranges. The farm boasts great facilities to be able to deal with the busy season ahead.
Sinead is no stranger to running a successful operation and has been in the industry for over twenty years.
Crediting a lot of her success to the experience she learned in her early career, Sinead has worked with some of the best in the world such as JP McManus, Rory Mahon, Jim Bolger, Emirates Park and more recently Cressfield Stud.
As the Yearling and Spelling Manager at Cressfield in the Hunter Valley for three years, one of her career achievements include prepping the Fastnet Rock x River Dove colt, which set a new record for the stud, when he made $4.6 million dollars at the Inglis Easter Yearling sale in 2013.
With loyal clients who have backed Sinead and Patrick from the start, the farm continues to grow and expand. This season looks to be one of Sunhill’s busiest yet, with mares arriving from across Australia and foals arriving on the ground.
One loyal client is Geoff McDonald and his wife Sharon. Geoff was a trainer for over thirty years but has now been retired for eight. Since his retirement he is now breeding his broodmares at Sunhill Bloodstock. Geoff’s mares have been covered by Victorian stallions and Geoff wouldn’t choose anyone else to foal down his mares.
“We were living in Western Australia and I felt that Sinead and Patrick were competent horse people, who had a great in-depth knowledge of horses and their needs. Their farm provides total care and is a 24-hour operation.” Geoff remarked.
Sinead is also starting to see the rewards of her efforts yield results on the track too.
On the 26th of August, Nevada Sunrise, the Fighting Sun colt which gave the Sun Stud sire his 10th winner for this season, was prepped by Sunhill Bloodstock.
Bred by Peter Huebner at Glen Fern Farm the colt is now trained by Brad Widdup and was purchased at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale by Moody Racing. Winning at Bathhurst, with jockey Keagan Latham aboard, Nevada Sunrise won by 0.8 of a length.
“I am very proud to see the continued success of the farm. It is a great result to have a yearling we prepped for our client Peter, give Fighting Sun his 10th winner for the season. He settled into his work really well and he was one of our outstanding yearlings at the sale, anyone that saw him liked him.” Sinead remarked.
Last Friday lot 154, which Sinead and her team are selling at Inglis Ready 2 Race sale breezed up in 11.87 seconds. Sinead was delighted with this result and credits Nathan Dunn as being pivotal in preparing the colt for the sale.
It is easy to see why Sinead’s Sunhill Bloodstock is starting to reap the rewards, and there is no doubt that success for Sunhill Bloodstock will continue to blossom.
If you would like to find out more about Sunhill Bloodstock, you can get in touch with Sinead on 0475 770 259 or at email@example.com