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If you take an only sometimes fertile, thousand-dollar mare and put her with a misfiring first season stallion and get her in foal, that’s a result, right? If you can then sell the mare for $90,000, you’d be clicking your heels.  But if the product of that mating goes on to win the most influential... Read More

Daily Bugle

How fitting that a breeder who set himself up in the printing industry now has a horse making headlines by Press Statement (Hinchinbrook) called Daily Bugle? Ken Williams built his print business over several decades before selling out 20 years ago and buying the boutique Tarcoola Stud on the Mornington peninsula. He went from a... Read More

Persan

Whether it’s horses, stud farms or sometimes even profits, good things can come in small packages.  When the compact Persan chugged home for fifth, the first Australian home, in last year’s Melbourne Cup, it was the culmination of a huge spring, and the realisation of a giant victory for the little farm where he was... Read More

Lion’s Roar

The sheiks and the sultans will swing their super-sized chequebooks amidst the world’s foremost sales to attain their horseflesh. Other players in this game have to run a little more in the shadows, or box a bit more clever to land their quarry.  This is a pedigree column, so be warned, today’s subject doesn’t really... Read More

O’President

You take a Group 1-winning mare, out of a Blue Hen of a mother, and put her with a sire renowned in two hemispheres for leaving top-notch offspring.  Et voilà – you make a Golden Slipper contender, this one known as O’President. Pretty straightforward, really. If breeding is this easy, why isn’t everyone doing it?... Read More

Home Affairs

They say fortune favours the bold, but it can scarcely have smiled more outrageously than it has on Mel Copelin and Brett Cornish since a daring day out at the sales four years ago.  The Torryburn Stud duo had a white-knuckle ride in securing broodmare Miss Interiors at the Inglis Chairman’s sale of 2017, beating... Read More