You know the breeding season is just around the corner when the big boys fly in!
IRT this week proudly and safely flew in the first wave of Victoria’s shuttle stallions into Melbourne’s Tullamarine Airport. Once the final wave arrives next week, a total of nine sires will have been flown in for Victorian stud farms.
The new arrivals undertake a compulsory period of two weeks quarantine at the Australian Government’s Mickleham quarantine facility, before heading out to their respective studs for the season.
Amongst the precious equine cargo destined arriving over the past weekend was Swettenham Stud sires Americain (from the USA) and Toronado (from France) Woodside Park Stud bound Cable Bay (from the UK) and Spendthrift Australia’s Jimmy Creed and Warriors Reward (from the USA)
This weekend, new Swettenham shuttle sire Highland Reel will be flown in by Coolmore directly out of Shannon Airport in Ireland.
Following that, Darley Northwood based stallions, Frosted and Street Boss from America and Brazen Beau from the UK, will fly in via ‘Godolphin-air’.
A loyal sponsor of TBV, IRT Managing Director Chris Burke is proud of the role IRT plays in strengthening Victoria’s breeding industry.
“We are a vital element to the success of the leading studs in Victoria as we give them the ability to shuttle stallions for breeding between the two hemispheres safely and efficiently,” Burke said.
“We pride ourselves that every stallion arrives in fine health and condition after a long journey ready for a successful breeding season.
“The shuttle stallions have given Australia wonderful bloodlines, pedigrees and gene pools that would otherwise be geographically unavailable, and in turn that makes us a destination for international buyers to purchase yearlings and mares,” Burke said.
Some of those thoroughbreds destined for international shores, are the export this weekend of 20 yearlings to South Africa.
“Farms can produce top-class thoroughbreds that are in demand with the world-wide buying bench, be it Singapore, Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, the US or in this case South Africa,” Burke said.
“We are the perfect market for South Africa, as their racing calendar and breeding season is the same time as Australia. They can buy beautifully bred yearlings to race competitively locally, as they are all southern hemisphere time bred to leading international stallions.
“Therefore we assist our local breeders by giving overseas purchasers the confidence that they can buy a yearling at an Australian sale and through a professional company, fly their horse back to their final destination in good hands.”