My lifetime career in the racing and breeding industry enters a new phase this month, with my time as Bloodstock Consultant to Greg Tomlinson’s Nearco Stud Ltd concluding last Wednesday.
My involvement with Nearco began in 2010. Developing the brand from scratch to a position where it is now recognised as a significant Australasian breeding industry force, has been very satisfying.
I purchased TIP THE WINK as the foundation mare for Nearco. A week later she had her first start under new ownership and won at Awapuni. She went on, under my management, to win two Listed Races and was placed third in the Railway Handicap-Gr.1.
I purchased one crop of yearlings for Nearco and QUINTESSENTIAL – who I selected for $70,000 at the 2010 NZB Karaka Select Sale – was amongst the five fillies. I placed her with John Sargent & managed her entire career. She won 6 races, A$778,559, with the most important victory being the 2012 Queensland Oaks-Gr.1.
I purchased numerous mares for Nearco; one of them was Betwixt. I planned a mating with Zabeel & the 2016 Queensland Oaks winner PROVOCATIVE was the result.
Another Group One winner I planned the mating for on behalf of Nearco was BEAUTY GENERATION – winner of December’s Longines Hong Kong Mile.
Other black type winners that I planned the matings for during my time with Nearco include SECRET SPIRIT (4 Black Type wins in succession) and AVISTO (3 black type wins in succession). I purchased the dam & planned the mating of the dual Group One-placed BELLE DU NORD and I also planned the mating of the dual Group One-placed STRADA CAVALLO.
Nearco’s best yearling sale price during my time as its’ bloodstock consultant was $550,000 paid for the High Chaparral ex Alagant Satin colt at the 2014 NZB Karaka Premier Sale. I purchased Alagant Satin privately and planned the mating of the colt.
I’m excited about what lies ahead – even though I don’t know exactly which direction within the industry I’ll be heading. I’ve been in this position before, after my fifteen years with Trackside Television and the three I had as CEO of New Zealand Thoroughbred Marketing. I’ve had a chance to refresh and re-focus and from here it’s all about the future.