Rosemont Stud officially kicked off the stallion parades for Victoria, when they held their parade on Saturday the 10th of August in Gnawarre.
Despite typical Victorian weather, attendance was strong and guests were able to welcome Starspangledbanner home to Victoria and see Shamus Award in the flesh, the sire of Group 1 Queensland Derby winner, Mr Quickie. Rosemont have four stallions which Anthony Mithen is confident in each of their abilities.
“The stallions paraded beautifully and everyone was suitably impressed,” Mithen told TDN AusNZ. “It was nice to show off four really nice prospects for 2019.”
The past weekend in Victoria signalled that the start of Spring and the breeding season was only around the corner, with Victorian farms and breeders coming together to admire some of the best horse flesh around. Guests came from all corners of the country to see Victorian stallions and were not disappointed with the outstanding horse flesh that they were privy to.
Sun Stud kicked off the weekend with their parade on Friday, where they showcased a great line up of horses to suit all breeders wants, needs and desires.
The 350 strong crowd was a sea of orange from the TBV hats which were given out on the day and guests were treated to a roster boasting 10 stallions.
New to Sun Stud’s roster is shuttle stallion National Defense, who has made the trip from the Irish National Stud, to reside at Sun Stud for the southern hemisphere season.
A son of champion sire Invincible Spirit, National Defense won his debut by six lengths and 2016 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Group 1 by nearly five lengths. Sun Stud’s Phil Marshall saw him during a trip to France and he knew that National Defense would be what Victorian breeders are seeking for their mares.
Mark Lindsay, Sun Stud’s Senior Sales & Nominations Manager, thanked everyone who attended the parades, “A big thank you to all the breeders who attended the Open Day & Stallion Parade and we’re looking forward to a bumper year in the covering shed and sharing their success.”
Guests moved down the road onto Spendthrift Farm where they held a parade on Friday and Saturday afternoon.
Garry Cuddy – General Manager of Spendthrift highlighted the commitment that they have to increasing investment in their stallion roster and facilities for Victorian breeders.
Guests were treated to an impressive line-up and with new addition Bolt d’Oro (USA), who Spendthrift are claiming is as Australian as Phar Lap, pavlova and Russell Crowe, wowed onlookers with an exceptional temperament and pedigree to compliment his conformation Bolt D’Oro will stand for $13,750 incl. GST.
Spendthrift’s roster boasts six stallions, which the team believe they will no doubt have as much success in the breeding barn as they did on the track.
Victoria turned on the sunshine on Saturday morning for Woodside Park Stud’s stallion parade, as they paraded four of their five stallions on their roster.
James Price informed breeders that Cable Bay was about to land in Australia in the next few hours and that the team at Woodside were delighted with the support all their stallions had received. Both Written Tycoon and Cable Bay were fully booked however, the other stallions still had some spots remaining for breeders to grab.
Sunday was a busy day for farms and Victoria was abuzz with excitement.
Glen Eden Stud based in Kilmore, conducted their stallion parade and they also have another parade next weekend, for anyone who can attend commencing at 12pm this Saturday the 24th of August.
Yulong were open by appointment to anyone for private viewings. Yulong will stand Grunt (NZ) as their foundation stallion as they prepare for their inaugural season in Victoria. The stallion has been well received by Victorian breeders, there is no doubt that we will continue to see big things from Mr. Zhang’s operation in the years to come. Grunt will stand for $13,750.
“It is tremendously exciting for Yulong’s stallion division to be launched with a dual-Group 1 miler of the quality of Grunt. Many of the best stallions throughout history have excelled at a mile and we believe Grunt has the profile for success at stud,” said Sam Fairgray, COO of Yulong Investments.
Swettenham Stud, in addition to its regular stallion roster, paraded two new exciting additions, Sioux Nation and Akeed Mofeed for the 2019 season. Sioux Nation is out of the great Scat Daddy who himself was a Group 1 and Group 2 winning two-year-old and has produced 27 Group 1 winners. Sioux Nation certainly did impress the crowd with his strong demeanour as he paraded.
‘”People were just in awe of him, you could hear the crowd take a deep breath, which was fantastic,” remarked Adam Sangster, principle of Swettenham Stud.
Akeed Mofeed is the only proven son of Dubawi currently in Australia and has already made an impressive start to his stud career. Breeders can have confidence in this stallion’s ability with yearlings at Premier averaging almost $100,000.
“He has become very commercial, and people now know that they can breed very successfully from him,” stated Adam Sangster.
The sire of the inaugural Showdown winner, Toronado paraded for guests. While the trainer of Prince of Sussex, Matt Laurie watched on from the crowd to catch a glimpse at the stallion who gave him the win earlier in the year.
Sangster also informed guests, that he was hopeful that next year, we could make the Victorian stallion weekend into a great affair and create a weekend of festivities for those who make the trip to see these exceptional stallions.
The crowd then made their way to Darley’s Northwood Park and were treated to an array of stallions which breeders and guests were enthralled by. The stallion of note was Frosted, who in addition to his impressive looks, reminded the assembled crowd of his ability on the track when they watched his record breaking 14-length win at Belmont Park, USA. Frosted will stand for $27,500.
“He’s the type of horse where people are just naturally drawn to him. He’s an absolute standout,”
commented Andy Makiv, Darley’s General Manager.
New to the stallion roster was Holler who looked a picture and from the successful stallion family, Written Tycoon. With a service fee of just $8,800 inclusive of GST, it makes him a very attractive breeding option.
Despite the Victorian weather turning out to be slightly cold, not even a bit of rain could stop breeders from attending Aquis Farm’s inaugural stallion parade.
Aquis Farm opened their doors to their new Victorian property introducing two of their stallions and giving a glimpse of what is to come, as Lean Mean Machine who will stand for $17,600 incl. GST and Siege of Quebec who will stand for $9,900 incl. GST wowed the Victorian breeders.
“This is a very exciting chapter in our development and growth. Victoria is a market we’ve been keen to be a part of for a while, and it’s very exciting that we’ve been able to make it happen.” Commented Aquis CEO Shane McGrath.
“We’ve made a commitment to the Victorian industry and if the support we experienced by those who attended the parade is anything to go by, then our decision to set up our local farm at Seymour is clearly the right one,” stated Aquis CEO Shane McGrath.
In what was a busy weekend for all in Victoria, breeders were not left disappointed in the stallions which were on offer and were excited for Spring to finally arrive.
To watch a recap of the 2019 Victorian Stallion parades, click here.