HomeAuthor Andrew Reichard

January 28, 2022

Steve and Eliza Grant’s Silverdale Farm at Avoca in the NSW Southern Highlands is rapidly making a name for itself as a vendor of premium yearlings at Australia’s major sales, with the farm’s second ever Inglis Classic draft a prime example of what the farm has to offer. Silverdale’s Stud Manager Rob Petith is enthusiastic...

January 25, 2022

Arthur Streeton, the prince of the so called Heidelberg School of painting, produced some of his finest work in the Hawkesbury Valley on the western outskirts of greater Sydney. Paintings such “Grey Day On The Hawkesbury” and “The Purple Noon’s Transparent Might” conveyed the rustic beauty of the countryside adjoining the Nepean and Hawkesbury rivers,...

January 3, 2022

It has taken over 30 years for brothers Arthur and Harry Mitchell to become “overnight successes” in the breeding industry. When they took the decision to purchase a large stake in G1 placed I Am Invincible from the Gall family, they had the usual high hopes that accompany such ventures. To have their expectations met,...

January 3, 2022

As the 2022 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale draws near, heralding the start of an exciting new year, few farms commence the upcoming sales season on the back of as successful a 2021 as the Thompson family’s historic Widden Stud. The addition of the Victorian branch to complement Widden’s long-established Hunter home farm in...

December 16, 2021

They say a week is a long time in politics, but it is the blink of an eye in the thoroughbred breeding industry. It seems only yesterday that Steve and Eliza Grant’s Silverdale Farm at Avoca in the NSW Southern Highlands was about to offer the first draft of yearlings under its own banner at...

December 15, 2021

Few farms have an honour roll to match that of John Kelly’s Newhaven Park, Boorowa. The recent Gr1 and Magic Millions winners bred and raised at Newhaven are continuing this tradition, they are among the best horses to come off the historic property. The Magic Millions 3YO Guineas win of Aim in 2021, the MM...

December 10, 2021

Triple G1 winner Incentivise is the most recent living, breathing, galloping advertisement for the virtues of South East Queensland’s fabled Darling Downs, situated at altitude heading west from Toowoomba. His consecutive G1 wins over 1,600m, 2,000m and 2,400m, followed by a brave second to champion Verry Elleegant in the 2021 Melbourne Cup saw him join...

November 3, 2021

[Published Bluebloods Jan/Feb 2021]   Since the advent of political correctness about 50 years ago much of the western world’s population seems to have been sapped of individual personality. This is particularly evident in the thoroughbred industry, which has been littered with characters through much of its 200 year-plus history in Australia. But one man...

April 12, 2021

THE South African pedigree guru Charles Faull was rather fond of saying “Every pedigree is a tutorial!”. His enthusiasm was infectious, his knowledge of breeding matters encyclopaedic, and there was much truth in his aphorism. Great thoroughbreds often have interesting pedigrees, in the sense that they can be instructive if close attention is paid, somewhat...

March 5, 2021

First published May 2020 in BLUEBLOODS, to get this article when it’s first published and more subscribe here Long winning streaks are rare   It’s a little known fact that the most races mighty Manikato won in succession was four. Despite winning five successive William Reid S-Gr1, despite being one of the great champions of...



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