Victorian breeders and racing fans braved the winter conditions to attend the 2023 Victorian stallion parades in August.
Victoria’s stallions were on show as some stallion farms paraded multiple times within the month, while others set one date aside and amassed some big crowds.
Rosemont Stud paraded one week earlier than most as they have commonly done in the past, showing off their four stallions including the sire of Duais and Incentivise, Shamus Award.
To kick off the parade, the newly turned yearlings of Hanseatic were paraded on the Rosemont football oval. Some yearlings closely related to Group 1 winners and performers looked on to a crowd of around 100 people, as they begin their preparations for the 2024 yearlings’ sales.
Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Executive Officer Carrie Hu attended the parade and was impressed with the stallions and yearlings shown to the crowd.
“There’s no better ways to kick start the stallion parade week in Victoria than this morning at Rosemont”, Hu said.
“There is certainly a lot to look forward to for Rosemont this year with Extreme Warriors’s first crop being born and Hanseatic’s first yearlings offered at the sales in 2024, not to mention all the runners by Shamus Awards.”
Yulong paraded their seven stallions, including champion sire Written Tycoon who clearly had the attention of the crowd, with many phones on display capturing every step of the 2020/21 Australian Champion sire.
The Japanese raced and bred Diatonic was also a key interest point of the parade, with many breeders having their first look at the sprinter who looks a perfect match for Australia’s sprinting-type mares.
Darley followed the parade of Yulong, showcasing their list of eight stallions. This list included the flashy first season sire Paulele who will stand for $16,500 in his first season, while Blue Point grabbed the audience’s attention after his hot start in Europe with some early two-year-old success.
But, it was the return of Street Boss, the sire of Anamoe, that sent breeders into a buzz, now back in his home state where Australia’s champion racehorse was conceived.
Swettenham Stud paraded multiple times throughout August, with crowds of approximately 40 people listening in to the words of Adam Sangster, as he explained the history of the property, before proudly looking on to his five stallions.
Wooded stands his second season at Swettenham Stud and has let down tremendously, while Toronado continues to prove why he is one of the best in Victoria, with his best books of mares still to come.
Approximately 200 people attended the Widden parade, looking on at the likes of Nicconi, Doubtland, Star Witness and of course Russian Camelot who breeders continue to love and adore, just as they did on the racetrack.
First season sire Bruckner was saved until last, glistening in the coat and prancing around, knowing that he was the stallion that many came to see.
Magnus was kept in his box for the parade, but this did not stop attendees from popping in and saying hello to the ever-consistent sire.
Woodside Park Stud paraded on every Friday throughout the month of August, with many Victorians having their first look at Shalaa who will stand in the state for the first time in 2023.
A proven two-year-old producer, no doubt he will prove a gateway for Victorian breeders to maximise their chances in the $1 million VOBIS Sires Showdown in seasons to come.
Blue Gum Farm will once again stand stallions in 2023 under new ownership, with the sire of Blue Diamond winner Artorius and Asfoora, Flying Artie, leading the way.
First season sire Sejardan is the second stallion on their roster an incredible prospect for Victoria, with many breeders talking very positively of the ex-Gary Portelli-trained entire.
Cornwall Park proudly stand their new stallion Wyndspelle this season, a horse who is a Group 1 winner and multiple Group 1 performer, including the 2017 Cantala Stakes over the Melbourne Cup Carnival.
Leneva Park once again showed the development of both Royal Meeting and Fierce Impact, ahead of the first two-year-old by the former set to debut, and the first yearlings by the latter ready to hit the 2024 sales.
Hu said the 2023 parades were a major success with healthy crowds of breeders and racing lovers turning up to watch Victoria’s finest horse flesh on show.
“It’s definitely an exciting time for Victoria,” Hu said.
“We’d like to thank all the stud farms for opening up their doors and to all the breeders, owners, and racing enthusiasts for joining us despite the cold weather. We can’t wait to see more Victorian bred and sired horses in the winner circles this upcoming season.”