Hesket’s Miranda Park will be making its debut at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale next week with a small, but impressive draft of colts.
And owners Gary and Helen O’Meara are excited.
They will offer four colts, all by different sires, and will be located in Barn G.
Established in 2003 in the heart of the Macedon Ranges, Miranda Park comprises 200 acres of lush pastures with a mix of creek flats and rising terrain, ideal for breeding and raising thoroughbreds.
Mount Macedon looms to the south of the property while Hanging Rock catches the eye from almost every vantage point of the farm.
Gary’s experience in the horse industry is broad, and includes time spent as a horse breaker, amateur jockey, owner-trainer and long-term member of the Kyneton and Hanging Rock Race Club committee.
Helen has many years of experience in foaling down mares and general horse husbandry among many other worldly talents.
Gary provides a run-down on each of the four colts that will make the short journey down to Oaklands Junction.
A half brother to the Group 3 winner Flying Tristram. He is out of a city winner My Southern Bell, from the family of Dance Hero. His half brother Lightning Bell won on the Sunshine Cost on Sunday.
A typical Reward For Effort, stamped by his sire. A strong yearling with good depth, terrific shoulder and hip, and a loose fluent walk. A lovely natured colt, easy to handle and manage.
A three quarter brother to Divine Mr Artie & Divine Chills, from the half sister to the dam of Blondie, who is likely to run in the Group 1 Blue Diamond.
This colt is bred on the same cross as Flying Artie and is similar in appearance. A high quality colt, popular in the pre-inspections, he has had many admirers and should top the draft.
Owned for many years by Miranda Park; the dam is a lovely type that produces well-conformed progeny. This colt is bred on a cross of 11 to race for 9 winners and 4 stakes-winners including Epsom winner Hauraki, triple Group 2 winner Set For Fame and VRC Derby winner Rebel Raider.
This colt is a good size, has a great attitude and is strong and correct. He was an outstanding paddock galloper, and in a group he showed a lot of speed.
Bred by Miranda Park, the dam was a consistent galloper trained by Tommy Hughes. Autilla is a half sister to Flawed Logic, from the family of top sprinter Gold Kildare. This is a real trainer’s horse as he is athletic mover, with a beautiful walk that uses his whole body.