Monthly Archives: September 2011

Ripping Swiss Ace colt

A year ago I was thinking about a mating for my mare Veil (8 wins, by Faltaat).  She’s not big, around 15.2hh and her first foal was very small.  So I needed some size and substance in the mating equation, … Continue reading

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Numbers Man

Last week my visit around five of the key thoroughbred nurseries in the Hunter Valley region of New South Wales took me to Darley’s Kelvinside property to see a selection of their wonderful stallion roster. I had been to this … Continue reading

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“the next Zabeel”

When the team at Coolmore rolled out High Chaparral for me and a client last Wednesday, Colm Santry introduced him as “the next Zabeel”. That’s a huge call and Colm is the world’s greatest salesman, but I think he’s right. … Continue reading

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Guineas wins on both sides of the Tasman feasible for Fastnet Rock

                    Last week a client and I spent the afternoon at Coolmore’s Australian headquarters in the Hunter Valley.  Long-time employee Colm Santry was very generous with his time and showed us … Continue reading

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Close up with Spring Champion Stakes hopeful

                  Last week during my visit to the Hunter Valley breeding region around Scone I was fortunate enough to get the opportunity to inspect Paul Messara’s amazing training facility which adjoins his … Continue reading

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Ace Hunter Valley walk out facility

This week I’ve had the privilege of being in the heart of Hunter Valley breeding industry country. I have six mares owned by a client being agisted and prepared for walk out matings at Mike Fleming’s Broadwater Farm and this … Continue reading

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Mastercraftsman colt for Our Joan of Arc

The Group Three and Listed Race-winning mare Our Joan of Arc has produced her first foal, a colt by the Coolmore shuttler Mastercraftsman. Our Joan of Arc is owned by Nearco Stud and produced her colt at Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore … Continue reading

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TV production to suit needs of breeding industry

Producing television can be done in a multitude of different ways and many of those ways don’t suit the thoroughbred breeding industry. I found out during my 15 years of presenting and producing The Ford Report for Trackside Television that … Continue reading

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‘Project’ horse for John Bary

When I purchased the Group Three-winning race mare Beautiful Girl (Black Minnaloushe ex Piccadilly Lily, by Rubiton) earlier this year for a client there were a few options in front of us.  She could have gone straight to stud; her … Continue reading

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Mares under lights – fantastic results

I’m a huge fan of putting maiden and empty mares under lights leading up to and during the breeding season.  In my experience it works fantastically-well in getting the mares covered nice and early in the season. If you’re a … Continue reading

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