Lancefield’s Sunhill Bloodstock may only be a small operation, but the effort and dedication Sinead Hughes shows each and every horse in her care more than makes up for its size.
The results of that dedication will be on display at Oaklands Junction this week and next as the Sunhill team presents its first ever draft of yearlings at the Inglis Premier Sale.
“Our goal for the future is for Sunhill Bloodstock to take a small, top-quality draft of five or six horses to the best sales in Australia. I want to target the January Magic Millions, Inglis Easter and Inglis Premier,” Hughes said.
The debut yearling draft has already arrived safe and sound at the sales complex ahead of the Inglis Premier sale and early reports are that they are already busy with parades.
“They are just a lovely, quiet, well-handed group of colts. They have settled in and are ready for a big week of inspections,” Hughes said.
“They are a very diverse bunch, that will offer something for everyone.”
“I am very proud that Sunhill Bloodstock is opening the Premier sale for 2018 with Lot 1 the Rubick colt out of Paparazzi Dreamer.
“I don’t think it will be a disadvantage to be the first colt to go through the ring because of his strengths, his character and the way he shows himself…he is going to be very popular with buyers. “
Sinead says that Lot 522 is Sunhill’s draft standout, a Snitzel colt out of the Listed winner and Group placed Miss Power Bird. From the family of Time For War, Hiflyer, Lucky Owners and Mosheen, his impressive page compliments his athletic type.
“He will be popular with buyers and will be perfect for the syndication market. He is a pure gentleman, beautifully balanced with a lovely head,” Hughes said.
The draft is rounded out by two Fighting Sun colts (Lots 599 and 600) and the Lot 690 Magic Albert colt.
Details of the full draft can be found on the Inglis Premier website.
Meanwhile, Hughes has been hard-working, developing her new Lancefield property over the last six months both from an operational and infrastructure prospective.
“We have successfully completed our first breeding season on the farm which was rewarding. It’s been a busy time, but we have already come so far. I have now got to know the property and can start to make further improvements and changes to suit our individual needs,” she said.
“Our priority is to make it functional and safe for horses and people, while the established gums and the rolling land make it just a beautiful place to live. When we first moved in, we loved how the sun came up over the hills, so it gave itself the name.”
“We are excited about the future and we can now see Sunhill Bloodstock as a real competitor in the thoroughbred market.”