Brian Gorman

published: 09 Aug 2013 in Q&A

Over the last half-a-century there have been few better known or important names in the thoroughbred industry than that of the late Robert Sangster, who became renowned as an international racing mogul.

Described as “The man who revolutionised the Sport of Kings” he was almost single-handedly responsible for the internationalisation of Australian thoroughbred breeding and the introduction of the concept of shuttle stallions.

This legacy is now being carried on by one of his sons, Adam, who has for some years now been conducting the Swettenham Stud – named after his father’s thoroughbred syndicate – at Nagambie in central Victoria.

An increasingly respected figure in the industry Adam will this season be standing the Emirates Melbourne Cup winner Americain (USA), Bianconi (USA), Dash For Cash, Equiano (FR), Host (CHI), Kaphero and Master of Design under the Swettenham Stud banner.

Stallions questioned Swettenham’s Brian Gorman about the approaching season, the expectancies for Americain, Equiano and Master of Design, the stud’s established stallions and other matters.


Q.: How is everything shaping up for the season

A.: The season at Swettenham is shaping up very well.  It is going to be a busy one with solid bookings for our stallions as well as with the projected foalings.


Q.: Is this the biggest stallion roster the stud has had

A.: Yes with Americain, Bianconi, Dash For Cash, Equiano, Host, Khaphero and Master of Design it is our largest roster to date.


Q.: It must be exciting to be standing a horse such as Americain

A.: We are eagerly awaiting the arrival of Americain from the United States where he stood his first season at stud at Calumet Farm in Kentucky. It is going to be a privilege to stand a horse such as him. He is a magnificent individual and a fantastic athlete who has a lot of honours to his name. Besides, as we all know, being a winner of the Emirates Melbourne Cup he was Champion Stayer in Europe, Australia and France in 2010 and Champion Stayer in France in 2011.


Q.: How has the response been to Americain

A.:  As you would expected for a horse with such a strong following in the general public Americain has been very well received by breeders and he will be serving a full book of mares in the coming season.


Q.: How is Equiano’s first crop coming along

A.: The first crop by Equiano are continuing to develop into lovely types. The comments from breeders and the representatives of sales companies who have inspected them have been very encouraging. Like Americain he has an impressive record behind him with successive wins at the elite level in the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot. His efforts earned him the title of Champion Older Male Sprinter in Great Britain in 2010. Added to that Equiano’s sire Acclamation has cemented his place as a leading sire and, importantly, a sire of sires from his base at Rathbarry Stud.


Q.: Will Equiano have many yearlings going into the ring next year

A.: Yes, we are looking forward to seeing him represented at all the major sales in 2014.


Q.: Everyone at Swettenham must have been looking forward to the first foals by Master of Design

A.: Once again the answer is yes. We had a very positive start when his first foal, which arrived at 3 a.m. on August 6, was a black colt with good size and strength and plenty of bone for a first foal from the Dash for Cash mare Miracle Magic. Furthermore Master of Design has developed into a magnificent individual since being at Swettenham. Being a Group 1 winner by Redoute’s Choice he has been very popular and he is ready for another solid serving season.


Q.: Swettenham’s more senior stallions are continuing to play their part

A.: Both Bianconi and Dash For Cash are looking great and continue, week-in – week-out, to get winners all over Australia and they are great ambassadors for the stud. So is our Hussonet horse Host, who has just come off a very successful season. Among his representatives was Phiilippi, who won the Group 2 ATC Tulloch Stakes and finished second in the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby. A winner of three other races Philippi is the winner of more than $600,000. Furthermore Host has a lot of promising stock coming through so we are looking forward to the seasons ahead with him.


Q.: Does the stud have any major promotions on the go

A.: Our next major promotion will be the annual Open Day at the stud on August 25, which always proves to be a feature attraction for people in all facets of the industry. As usual we will be showcasing all the stallions in a parade on that day.


Q.: How has the weather been treating the stud

A.: We have had some recent rain which has been most welcome and most timely for the new pasture we have down. With spring just around the corner we hope it will really bounce away once the days start to become warmer.