Sledmere Stud

published: 17 Mar 2015 in Inglis Easter 2015 - Vendors

SLEDMERE Stud is located on the edge of Scone in the heart of thoroughbred country of the Upper Hunter Valley, and is operated by Catriona (Treen) and Royston Murphy. It has a long and proud history of producing high class racehorses, and the husband and wife team took over the management of Sledmere in 2014 and have enjoyed their first year running the farm together.

The Murphys have spent much of the past year working on improvements to the property. A new foaling complex has been constructed, along with 16 new yearling turn-out yards and plenty of new fencing. The hard work hasn’t just been about improvements, with Royston adding, “the farm ran 150 mares last season and foaled down more than 100 and we’re looking forward to doing similar numbers again this coming season.” 

Sledmere’s recipe for success is “to breed and raise sound, healthy and on-type horses who will command top dollar in the ring and will ultimately graduate to racetrack success”. The stakes performers to come off the farm in recent seasons are evidence this formula is successful. Pane in the Glass (Testa Rossa-Lyrics by Bluebird (USA)) was home bred by Sledmere and was a Gr.3 winner of just under $700,000. More recently, stakes horses such as Politeness (Street Sense (USA)-Berengaria by Commands) and the full siblings Cautious and Buckinghampshire (Lonhro-Seeking Attention by Exceed and Excel) have been reared and sold by Sledmere. 

Very much looking forward to the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Royston describes the Sledmere yearlings “as one of the best drafts we’ve ever had. They’re a really nice bunch of horses who will be well received.” Sledmere is offering five colts and seven fillies from a cross section of top-end stallions including Street Cry (IRE), Sebring, More Than Ready, Snitzel and Exceed and Excel. Royston took the time out to tell us a bit more about some of the youngsters. 

A half-brother to Villiers Stakes winner Monton, Lot 376, is by Snitzel and from city-winning Marauding mare Dynamic Flyer, a daughter of Gr.1 winner Bianco Flyer (Godswalk). Monton is a dual Gr.2 winner of 10 races and nearly $900,000 and this grey colt has plenty of length, has short and well-boned cannons, a lovely action and a great attitude. In Royston’s words he is “exactly what you want in a Snitzel.” 

Royston believes Lot 273 is the pick of the draft on type. This colt is by Duporth from winning Exceed and Excel mare Alteza Real, a daughter of Gr.1 winner and producer Shindig (Straight Strike). “He’s a very well balanced colt with a lot of quality. He uses himself tremendously well.” This colt is from a strong family and his dam is a three-quarter sister to Shinzig and Strada, while Gr.1 winner Duporth (Red Ransom) is progressing nicely with the likes of Paceman, Cornrow and the stakes-placed Inkling performing well. This yearling is sure to be popular with buyers. 

Lot 58 is a brown or black colt by Medaglia d’Oro (USA) from city-winning Flying Spur mare Miss Portofino. This young mare has started her stud career very well and the triple winner has had two foals to race for two winners, including the Sledmere graduate Anjaal (by Lonhro), who won at two and is Gr.1 placed in South Africa. This yearling is from a running family and Royston said, “this colt has a lot of substance and is well balanced with a good girth”. 

Lot 309 is a brown filly by Golden Slipper-Gr.1 winner and boom young sire Sebring from Berengaria (Commands), the dam of Gr.3 winner Politeness (Street Sense). This filly has plenty of scope and is from a family littered with stakes winners including Thackeray, Fairytales, Parables, Our Fable and Rancho Classic. “She stands over quite a bit of ground, but is very well balanced.” Politeness has returned in good fashion for her autumn campaign, running a good third at Caulfield first-up and the Denman filly out of the mare, named Alpina, is in the John Thompson yard in Sydney and reportedly showing good early promise. 

Lot 164 is a brown filly by Street Cry from stakes placed Seeking Attention (Exceed and Excel). The dam, who won five races to 1100m, has had two foals to race, the first is Gr.3 placed Cautious and her second foal is a stakes winner in South Africa called Buckinghampshire (Kenilworth Summer Juvenile-LR). The mare’s third foal is her Easter filly who is sure to be one of the busiest fillies come inspection time at the Easter sale. 

“She’s got plenty of quality and is probably the best type the mare has produced which bodes well, considering the first two foals are both stakes performers,” said Royston. This filly’s damsire is Exceed and Excel, her second dam is by Woodman (USA) and she comes from the family of Stryker, a son of Fastnet Rock and emerging sire, as he is a three-quarter brother to Seeking Attention. Laetitia (by Woodman) is the second dam of this filly and Sledmere will also offer Lot 17, a beautiful Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock) filly out of Laetitia, a winner of three and dam of four winners. That yearling is a three-quarter sister to Gr.3 winner and Gr.1 placed Stryker and is from the wonderful Denise’s Joy family. 

Lot 148 is a strong Exceed and Excel filly out of Royal Academy mare Royal Snip, a daughter of stakes winner Snippet’s Girl and a sister to stakes winner Academy Dancer. Royal Snip won twice to 1200m and was placed at Listed level and has been a good producer for her owners, leaving six winners including juvenile stakes winner Royal Babe. With the two year-old season hotting up it’s no surprise to see the Exceed and Excel juveniles going well again, the sire leading the rankings in late February with 10 two year-old winners of $2.1m. Although he’s been one of the best sires of two year-olds in Australia during the past few seasons, Royston points out Exceed and Excel yearlings are often overlooked at the sales. “This is the best Exceed and Excel we have taken to the sales in quite a while and well worth inspecting.” 

Royston describes Lot 417, a bay filly, as the result of “a lovely mating”. She is by Street Cry out of Gaze, a Cape Cross (IRE) mare. Gaze was a Gr.1 winner of eight races in New Zealand and Australia and placed in a Doomben Cup-Gr.1 and quite a few other Australasian Group events. Boasting a nice staying pedigree with a great potential for residual value, Royston is excited to be offering this filly for sale. 

“As a whole this is the best draft we’ve brought to the sales, without question, and Treen and I are very excited to be heading to the Easter sales with all of them.”


Year Sale Lot Name Sex Type Sire Dam Sire of Dam Price Buyer Vendor
2015 ISE 17  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Hinchinbrook  $ Laetitia  Woodman (USA) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 58  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Medaglia d'Oro  $ Miss Portofino  Flying Spur (AUS) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 148  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Exceed and Excel  $ Royal Snip  Royal Academy (USA) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 164  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Street Cry  $ Seeking Attention  Exceed and Excel (AUS) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 241  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Sebring  $ Upper Crust  Octagonal (NZ) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 273  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Duporth  $ Alteza Real  Exceed and Excel (AUS) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 309  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Sebring  $ Berengaria  Commands (AUS) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 376  Unnamed (AUS) C Y Snitzel  $ Dynamic Flyer  Marauding (NZ) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 378  Unnamed (AUS) C Y More Than Ready  $ El Pauji  Flying Spur (AUS) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 417  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Street Cry  $ Gaze Cape Cross (IRE) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 549  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Stratum  $ Girls Night Out  Charge Forward (AUS) NS NULL Sledmere Stud
2015 ISE 576  Unnamed (AUS) F Y Star Witness  $ Miss Tizzy  Cee's Tizzy (USA) NS NULL Sledmere Stud

Scone NSW 

t: 02 6545 2039 

f: 02 6545 3021 

Catriona Murphy: 0409 369 965 

Royston Murphy: 0428 418 926