Something old, something new is the theme of a new operator in the Victorian breeding industry.

Well known and respected bloodstock agent Peter Ford has joined Hilldene, a new Seymour based farm owned by Nicholas Wakim.

And at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, they made clear their intentions. A further major investment in quality broodmares by them is expected this week on the Gold Coast

Hilldene and Ford were amongst the sale’s leading buyers at the weanling sale having purchased seven lots for $1,180,000 at an average of $168,571, including two quality foal sons of Darley’s freshman sire Brazen Beau.

They bought the Brazen Beau colt from mare Calvados (Medaglia d’Oro), a half-sister to the dual Listed winner Barbed (Canny Lad) for $270,000 on Day 1. They followed this up with the purchase of  the Flute of Bubbly (Encosta de Lago) colt, a half brother to stakes winning juvenile Shigeru Sendan, for $300,000.

“This was our first opening statement in the industry and being based in Victoria, we believe it is important to support the Victorian breeding industry,” Ford said.

“We love the stallion and the yearling met the ‘Hilldene Matrix’ – everything from pedigree to conformation. We’re very happy with our purchases and think the two Brazen Beau colts are particularly high quality,” Wakim added.

“We have a very strict selection criteria called the ‘Hilldene Matrix’ which takes into account confirmation, type and breeding which we use in determining our purchases at the sales.”

The boutique nursery will prepare a top quality team of yearlings headed to the Gold Coast next January and to the Inglis Premier and Easter sales.

But before that, Ford and Wakim, will be bidding in a significant fashion at this week’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

“We expect to be making some major investments at the broodmare sale,” Wakim said.

Both the weanlings and broodmare purchases will be shipped down to the 180 acres of rolling pastures at Hilldene, just west of Seymour.

Wakim, a life-long racing fan, is the founder of Phoenix Water, a global leader in the reclamation of untreatable wastewaters.

He has shares in fourteen racehorses currently in work, but he admits his real passion is thoroughbred breeding.

“Our strategy is to develop a premium nursery and breeding farm, and although weanlings are not our target long term, the quality we have bought indicates the standard we expect,” Wakim said.

“Our key plan is mares, we have designs on well bred mares, with the strategy long term to develop a 15-20 premier broodmare band on the farm at Hilldene, and although many say boutique and up market, we really mean it and our actions speak louder than words,” Wakim said.

Hilldene’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale purchases

LotVendorSexSireDamPrice ($)
44Berkeley Park Stud Blandford NSW (As Agent)FFastnet RockShe's Sirius (AUS)180,000
64Kitchwin Hills Scone NSW (As Agent)FShooting to WinSotela (AUS)130,000
93Segenhoe Stud Australia Pty Ltd Scone NSW (As Agent)FNot a Single Doubt Talimena (AUS)140,000
94Rothwell Park Murrurundi NSW (As Agent)FShooting to Win Tambo's Jewel (AUS)60,000
139Sledmere Stud Scone NSW (As Agent)FSnitzel Why be Discreet (AUS)100,000
227Sledmere Stud Scone NSW (As Agent)CBrazen BeauCalvados (AUS)270,000
335Cornerstone Stud Farm Angaston SA (As Agent)CBrazen BeauFlute of Bubbly (AUS)300,000
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