For Hallmark Thoroughbred Stud principals, Harry and Janine Swieboda they love nothing more than seeing their farm graduates succeed on the track.
“We are only a small farm, so to get three city winners in a weekend is a tremendous effort,” Harry Swieboda said.
Located in Bailieston, not far from Nagambie, their beautiful property referred to as a “resort for horses” was established in 1947.
Having family links back to the bonny colt Hall Mark, a son of Heroic, won the AJC Derby in 1933. He went on to sire five stakes winners including dual Group 1 winner Hall Stand.
The first winner for the weekend, the Helmet filly, Yulong Star, is really something, with an exceptional turn of foot. She should have won her last start and this time the 1050 metres was no problem, flying home to beast her stablemate on the line. It’s great the Victorian breeders Yulong are now having success with her.”
“We sold her through The Neville family’s Hollylodge Stud for $31,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier. Always showing promise, she ran in the Cinderella Stakes, but she tired at the end. She has certainly matured and now I believe Tony McEvoy will have some nice stakes races on the radar for her in the Autumn which is exciting,” Swieboda said.
Her dam, Get Set (More Than Ready) has been covered this season by Fiorente and she had a lovely Magic Albert colt. She also has a Reward for Effort two-year-old.
Then later in the day Right and Ready also took out a Morphetville victory for SA trainer John Hickmont who bought him as a yearling. He is out of A Right Royal Miss, who also produced the winner, Henry Lad. Now a bargain buy, he is a son of Choisir that was passed in at Adelaide, selling privately later for $25,000.
“And John Hickmont also had success with Hallmark’s third winner, Hattan Man in Darwin over 1100 metres. A son of Magnus, out of dam Kitty Manhattan he was again purchased privately by Hickmont, who had done very well out of us.”
“We had a good season, foaling down seven, three of our private mares and a couple of clients and we have no time waste, as we have three yearlings heading to the Premier sale.”
“We are very excited about our well-balanced Toronado colt out of Zenno Rob Roy mare, Lady Antionette. He is a descendant of the great Hall Mark racehorse, as his dam is a half-sister to the family. My father bought a filly who was out of a Stakes winning full sister to Hall Mar and we have been proudly breeding from that family since 1942.”
“We are hoping there may be a pedigree update for our Toronado with our home bred big sister, Royal Opera (Choisir) running this Thursday at Seymour. She has also produced a beautiful Fiorente two-year-old that is ready to go to the breakers and we will be looking at keeping her to race.”
“In Premier 1 we have a lovely Night of Thunder colt out of the Flying Spur mare Victory Ride. He is a very nice-looking colt, well grown, great type and his dam is a half to Group 1 Turnbull Stakes winner Devil Moon.”
“Our third yearling is a beautiful Night of Thunder chestnut filly, out of our Exceed and Excel mare, Sixtyfour, a smart galloper and dual city winner. She has already produced one winner, Double Fortune and is from the Group winning family of Ateates, Paris Miss and Ruffles. Sixtyfour has a stunning Rich Enuff filly foal on the ground and Reward For Effort weanling.
“All three horses are VOBIS nominated but unfortunately there was a mistake in the printed catalogue, but the VOBIS symbol is visible online.”
Always great supporters of the Victorian farms and stallions, this season the Hallmark mares are heading to Frosted, Fiorente and Trust In A Gust.
“We have a couple of Trust In A Gust foals on our farm owned by clients and we just love the type he is producing, so we sent one of our own mares.”
“We love seeing our horses have success on the track for their new owners, we still get so much joy seeing our foal and yearlings develop and grow. Let’s hope there are many more homebred winners for Hallmark Thoroughbred Stud in the coming years.”