Race News

  • Race News: Monday 31st August 2015

     

    Chris Waller’s Royal Descent rediscovers winning touch in Group 2 feature at Randwick


    Royal Descent 2015

     

    ROYAL Descent ended more than two years of frustration and near-misses with a magnificent comeback win against a star-studded field at Royal Randwick on Saturday.


    The Group 2 $250,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) lived up to the pre-race hype, producing a memorable contest and outstanding runs from so many spring carnival hopefuls.

    But when looking for the best run in the race — don’t look past the winner, Royal Descent.


    It has been 29 months, 19 races, 10 minor placings, including six at Group 1 level, since Royal Descent last won a race — but trainer Chris Waller sprung to the defence of the sleek, near-black mare.


    “She is the last horse I would ever call a non-winner,’’ Waller said. “I know that is what her form suggests but you would not get a horse that tries as hard as this mare. She has been so gallant in so many races, almost setting weight-carrying records in races like the Epsom.


    “Even though she is a six-year-old now, she hasn’t had a lot of racing and she has never looked better or stronger than she does now. She is in for a good spring.’’


    Royal Descent ($5.50), ridden by Hugh Bowman, overwhelmed Pornichet ($4.80) to win by one-and-a-half lengths with Messene ($11) getting through late for third, a neck away.


    The Warwick Stakes, the traditional Sydney spring carnival starting point for the elite gallopers, was a race of many highlights — and one lowlight:

    Royal Descent became only the second mare this century to win the race after Private Steer in 2004.


    Bowman said his confidence grew the moment he was legged into the saddle prior to the race.


    “I haven’t ridden Royal Descent a lot but I’ve ridden her enough to realise she was in the right frame of mind and was ready to go today,’’ Bowman said.


    “She’s been narrowly defeated in so many races and to get a win, I know it’s a Group 2 but against this calibre of horse, it’s no surprise.


    “We got a great run. I was always going to. Chris (Waller) had the mare in tip-top order today, although I do think she will improve with the run.’’


    Sydney’s reigning premier jockey and trainer then had an interesting exchange after Royal Descent’s win.


    “She is happy, she is healthy, she can gallop, and she has you (Waller) looking after,’’ Bowman said.


    “And you riding her — it’s a pretty good combination,’’ Waller replied.


    Waller said Royal Descent will follow a similar program through to the Group 1 George Main Stakes next month.


    “The George Main is ideal,’’ Waller said. “The Epsom, for $1 million, we have to look at it but she might get too much weight.


    “I said to [owner] Gerry Harvey we will use Epsom Day whether it be the Turnbull or Epsom to decide where we go, whether we go further or whether we come back for a Myer Classic.’’





    Magic Millions Class 6 winner Real Time (Testa Rossa/Bure Beauty 10 gelding) made a triumphant return to the track on Saturday winning the Catanach's Jewellers Handicap (1200 METRES) at his home track at Caulfield.

    Real Time

     

    Allocated the big impost of 60kgs the son of Testa Rossa looked impressive running away for a length victory. After the race his trainer Robert Smerdon said he was looking forward to the upcoming months for this lightly raced horse. Real Time can be a touch “quirky” and Robert has managed to keep his mind on the job with great success with his record now reading 5 wins from 8 starts. Hopefully we will see him at the Magic Millions again in January this time aiming for the Magic Millions Cup over 1400m.

     

     

    Real Time

     

     

    Centre Pivot, owned 50/50 by Gerry Harvey and Segenhoe Stud, will head to the paddock at Segenhoe Stud to concentrate on next year's rich Magic Millions carnival at the Gold Coast. John Sergeant confirmed Saturday's TAB.com.au Handicap at Rosehill would be the five-year-old's final start this campaign before he will be given a let up with a view towards the Magic Millions Trophy (1800m) on January 9.

     

    Centre Pivot

     

    "I'd like to give him this run and then he can have a nice break, three weeks, and get ready for Magic Millions day," Sargent said.

    "It's a million dollar race and should suit him."


    Centre Pivot was formerly trained by Sam Kavanagh and is one of the horses at the centre of the ongoing cobalt inquiry.

    Sargent took over at the start of the horse's current campaign and initially feared cobalt had damaged Centre Pivot's feet.


    "Probably at the start of it, he was losing a few shoes but now his feet have come good and he obviously proved he was over any side effects at his last start," Sargent said.

    "He's right on top of his game now."


    Centre Pivot bounced back from a first-up flop to score a determined win at Rosehill two weeks ago and Sargent said the horse's work indicated he had continued to improve.

     
  • Race News: Tuesday 7th July 2015

    Baramul Stud’s winner at the Gold Coast on Magic Millions Real Time has returned from a nice spell after his success. His trainer Robert Smerdon has been happy with his progress today and recently sent through this photo of the rising 5yo.


    Real Time

     


    Hopefully all going well we can see him back at the Gold Coast for the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday on January 2016!


    Royal Descent is back at the Chris Waller stable and looks as good as she ever has. Chris said this of the daughter of Mulan Princess this week “Last week for her was good. She had two three quarter pace gallops and both pieces of work were good and of the typical high standard that we have come to expect from her. She is moving freely and looks terrific and is on track for a trial around the 24th of July and then a second one on the 7th of August. She should be ready to resume in a race like the Warwick Stakes but being a mare, there is still the option to race her against her own sex. There is plenty of time to fine tune her preparation and if we were to target a fillies and mares event we would find one at set weights and penalties conditions. I am looking forward to getting her back racing and targeting some Group 1 races.”


    Heart Testa is one of the most consistent performers you could ask for. He is on track for another good preparation after completing some pre-training with Tim Boland at Limitless Lodge who sent us this photo of him just before he left to return to Rosehill.


    Heart Testa

     


    On a sad note Diamond Solitaire had to be retired to stud this week after fracturing a sesamoid. The 3yo daughter of Redoute’s Choice and Love and Kisses had only had 2 starts for a 3 and a fighting win only a couple of weeks ago on the 20th of June at Newcastle. She has lovely nature and will be sadly missed at Waller stable in the mornings. Chris had though she would keep on improving and come back at least a city class horse next preparation. As you can see she will make a lovely broodmare.



    Diamond Solitaire


    The Peter Moody trained Fifty Eight Facets has been racing constantly this preparation in Sydney this time. She has had 2 starts back and has run 2 very nice third placings in town and a second careers win does not look too far away for the lovely black daughter of Jewel Theft and Dane Shadow.


    Betrayed, another daughter of Dane Shadow heads to Randwick trainer Ron Quinton this week to continue on with her education. She is out of the well performed Fair Embrace who left Group One placed Love and Kisses. Betrayed is a lovely type and can hopefully reach at least the heights of her mother and half sister.


     
  • RACE NEWS: MONDAY 27TH APRIL 2015

     

    Fillies Available for Lease


    Gerry Harvey has the following fillies available to lease:


    Chiquita Banana/Bel Danoro 12 filly

    Coronation Crown/Bel Danoro 12 filly

    Perfect Swindle/Duke Of Marmalade 12 filly


    Please contact Claire Bird, Gerry Harvey’s racing manager for all enquires, via email: claire.bird@au.harveynorman.com

     
  • Race News: Thursday 16th April 2015

    Baramul Bred horses have been performing well of late including the wins of Mrs Kennedy and Gerberas at the Newcastle and Gosford respectively


    Mrs Kennedy is by Fastnet Rock out of Miss Jakeo and has shown that she needs a bit more ground than her Oakleigh Plate winning half sister Mrs Onassis. After her win at Newcastle she headed to Warwick Farm where she has no luck at all with Hugh Bowman aboard.  Chris Waller her trainer said “She got back as per my instructions to Hugh Bowman, she settled in the last few and she was ready to finish off strongly but just got no room. They went very slow and sprinted home in 34.5 seconds which is very quick on a soft track. Hugh never had a chance to ask her to improve in the straight whatsoever. He got off the horse and was very impressed and said had she got room she would have flown home. That was good enough for me, when you have people like Hugh Bowman aboard their advice and feedback is second to none. I will save her for a race in three weeks' time which is a 1600m race for three year old fillies at Warwick Farm, this distance will suit her a lot better than yesterday's race. She will be able to sit closer to the speed and be a winning chance.”


    Racing consistently has paid off for Gerberas who picked up a 2 length win at Gosford at her most recent start, with Brenton Avdulla aboard. In her last 5 starts she has collected three second placings and fifth and a well deserved victory. Marc Conners had said before her last start that he wanted to win a race with her before she went for a spell and Gerberas duly obliged. She has gone for a short spell at Bella Lodge in North Richmond.


    The last day of the Championships at Randwick sees the return of Aussies Love Sport, who Gerry Harvey bred and owns 50/50 with Segenhoe Stud.  Aussies Love Sport took out the 2013 Group III Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) when he was trained Gai Waterhouse.


    His next preparation though was very disappointing with Aussies Love Sport failing to place from all of his starts. He was sent for a long spell and was transferred to the stable of David Vandyke at Randwick. Six months have passed since the son of Redoute's Choice last raced but Vandyke has been impressed with the way the horse has taken to his training.


    "He’s going really well, been doing everything right,” Vandyke said. "We’ve drawn a good alley and Blake Shinn has got to know him at the trials.

    "We’re expecting a solid first-up performance.”

    "But we’re looking forward to having a good preparation and we’ll see what sort of job we’ve done.”


    Also lining up on Saturday is Fontelina in the Group One All Aged Stakes. Fontelina had nearly a year off and has shown he is in line to recapture some of his previous Group One form. He ran home for 4th last start in the Group One TJ Smith Stakes. Anthony Cummings has to manage the chestnut son of Testa Rossa with care due to some soundness problems but so far he is looking to be getting back to the top of his game.


    Another son of Testa Rossa who anyone would love to own is Heart Testa. Two starts back he picked up a very tough win in the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick and was far from disgraced when running 5th last start in the Star Kingdom Stakes at Rosehill, only being beaten by 3 lengths.


    Chris Waller said of the consistent gelding, “He has been entered to race on Saturday in the Hall Mark Stakes which is a Group 3 race over 1200m at set weights and penalties. This doesn't suit us that well as we have 58kg to carry and some up and coming sprinters are in the race. The track should be ideal for us with a bit of give in it. We have had no rain so far and I don't want it to get wet, but if it was in the soft 5 range I would be more than happy. His work has been of a high standard, it looks like it will be a solidly run 1200m race which will suit us.” This little fight never goes a bad race so we know he will put his best foot forward on Saturday.


    Royal Descent has now gone for a well deserved spell at Limitless Lodge. Her main aims were the Doncaster and the Queen Elizabeth finishing 3rd in both. She is such an honest mare and we look forward to getting her back in the Spring.

     

     

     
  • RACE NEWS: FRIDAY 20TH MARCH 2015

    Royal Descent has been entered to race in the George Ryder Stakes and she has drawn barrier 6 in a field of 14. Chris Waller her, trainer is very happy with her progress saying” It's a nice draw in a very competitive race, there are only two mares in the event but it is the perfect lead up to the Doncaster in two weeks' time. Her work has been good and she is certainly fit and tight but she does race very well in those conditions, in fact she is a little bit heavier than she was when she ran those fantastic seconds in the spring which were similar class races. So I am looking forward to an improved performance from her first up run so I think under these conditions and it being a little bit further I certainly think she will be competitive.”


    Here is hoping she runs a much improved race to give the winner of the “Own A Champion” Competition a great chance in the Doncaster in 2 weeks time. More information about this competition can be found at http://ownachampion.com.au/


    Former New Zealand mare Telepathic is also down to race at Rosehill on Saturday. She has been entered to race on Saturday in the Epona Stakes over 1900m where she has drawn barrier 5 in a field of 11. It is a nice gate and Glen Boss is aboard. Chris has said or Telepathic “She should get a lovely run from that gate and be ready to finish off strong and attack the line a little better than she did last start. I think it is a nice race for her and she should be peaking now, third up from a spell. Although she hasn't won beyond a mile I feel the 1900m distance will be a good opportunity for her to pick up some black type, as some of the races as a three year old she finished off well, suggesting that the 1900m or further wouldn't be too much of a problem. It will be a good test for her, it is interesting that she has won over 1200m and a mile so if she doesn't fire at the 1900m distance we will bring her back in trip for some black type through the carnival. I think she will be fine and she will be very competitive in this race.” Also in her favour is the fact that the track will not be too hard as she tends to feel the ground a little and any rain on the day will be a great help to both Telepathic and Royal Descent for that matter.


    In the Group One Galaxy over 1100m on his home track, Heart Testa lines up in a very strong field, Christian Reith has been booked to ride as. Unfortunately he has drawn barrier 16 in a field of 14 plus three emergencies which isn't going to make the job easy, Chris Waller, his trainer, says “From the gate I think we have to go back and get some cover and see how he finishes off. If we were to go forward in a speed race with very good horses I feel it would be detrimental to his chances of finishing the race off especially coming back to the 1100m journey where he is going to be out paced in the early stages anyway. The horse is looking in great shape and his work has been good, he just needs some luck on Saturday. He is one of the most honest horses going around and we know no matter what he will try his hardest!


    In Victoria the main meeting is at Bendigo and Baramul have Chivalry entered in the Bendigo Guineas, a Listed race over the 1400m. His trainer, Mark Kavanagh, has decided to drop him back in class a little to try and get a win on the board for him


    Chivalry has drawn 16 and Damien Lane is on board and this looks like a good race for him. There should be some speed on and the Bendigo track is quite spacious which should suit him well. Mark said his work this week has been super and he should be an excellent each way chance here.

     
  • Race News: Friday 16th January 2015

    A few of the Baramul bred horses with carnival hopes are due to kick off their Autumn campaigns shortly.


    Royal Descent has travelled back from Melbourne and had a stint with Tim Boland at Limitless Lodge at Wyong before return to Chris Waller’s Rosehill base. Chris has said of Royal Descent “She looks fantastic and has come back stronger, moving freely and a little bit more relaxed. She currently weighs 510kgs and looks terrific. She did come in last preparation around the 515kg mark but quickly came down to below the 510kgs. I think now that she is more mature we can hold her up around that 510kg mark which will give her a bit more strength and a bit more speed. We will steadily step her workload up so that she is trialling on the 17th of February and the 3rd of March ahead of her first up run which I expect to be the Coolmore on the 14th of March through to the Emancipation on the 28th, the Queen of The Turf on the 11th of April and more than likely to the Hollindale Cup over 1800m on the 25th which is a $350,000 race at the Gold Coast leading into the Doomben Cup worth $650,000 in early May. There are some very nice races there for her including Group 1's” Hopefully she can stick her nose out a little further this preparation and pick up a deserved Group One!

     

    Royal Descent 2014

     

    After racing without luck twice in the Spring, Telepathic spelled and was then transferred to Chris Waller to continue her racing career in Australia. She should be ready to trial on Tuesday the 20th of February and then Chris is hoping to get her to the track in early February with some black type races in mind for her soon after that.


    Peter Moody has two lovely fillys that have both won well at their last visit to the races. Bella Morena, who is by Big Brown out of St Kiara went to the races at Bairnsdale with Linda Meech on board and was looked good when winning by ¾ of a length. She will improve greatly from the experience and Peter is looking at taking her to Sandown on the 26th of January next start and just working through her grades


    Fifty Eight Facets (Dane Shadow/Jewel Theft) finally broke through for her maiden win at Sandown on the 7th of January. She has promised much but could just not break through so it was really good to see her come away with a dominant win. Peter is thinking of heading to Tasmania to chase some black type for her down there.

     

    Fifty Eight Facets

     

    Real Time (Testa Rossa/Pure Beauty) provided Gerry with a win on his own Magic Millions raceday, which he was very excited about. After he won at his second start this preparation the thought was raised with Robert Smerdon his trainer about a trip to Queensland and he duly prevailed. He has gone to the paddock now with thoughts of chasing some better races when he returns.

     

    Real Time

     
  • Race News: Thursday 9th October

    UNLUCKY ROYAL DESCENT SECOND AGAIN!

    Royal Descent was again beaten in a tight photo finish in the Epsom Handicap on Saturday the 4th of October, it was her fourth similar placing in feature Randwick miles this year and her fourth second in all her starts so far this preparation.


    She has finished second to Sacred Falls in the Doncaster Mile and ­George Main Stakes, and was beaten by Hawkspur in the Chelmsford Stakes.


    The aggregate margin of her four defeats is just two lengths yet it has cost her owner Gerry Harvey almost $1.7 million prizemoney.


    Royal Descent’s and Sydney’s leading trainer Chris Waller leapt to the defense of Royal Descent after another heartbreaking defeat in the Epsom.

    “It is very frustrating, the horse is trying so hard,’’ Waller said.

    “She doesn’t know she is running second by a nose so you can’t call her a non-winner.

    “She is running in the best races against the boys with big weights.”

     

    Royal Descent


    She will now head down the Hume Highway to Waller’s Melbourne stable at Flemington to prepare for a tilt at the Cox Plate. Chris thinks the 3 weeks between runs will be ideal for her and he has booked Hugh Bowman to ride her in the Moonee Valley feature.


    At Randwick on Saturday the 11th of October there are five Gerry Harvey bred horses entered to race: Landlocked, Riva De Lago, Feast for Eyes, Our Boy Nicholas and Telepathic from New Zealand.


    Landlocked (trained by Joe Cleary) and Our Boy Nicholas (trained by Toby Edmonds) are racing in super form at the moment, both being last start winners and both are expected to give a good sight on Saturday. However only one of them will keep the winning record intact as they are racing each other!


    Telepathic who is in race 8 spent the winter spelling at Baramul Stud after her luckless campaign in Brisbane. She prepared for this race with a trial at Randwick on the 3rd of October and her rider Brenton Avdulla could not have been more impressed with her effort. While Brenton has another ride in the race on Saturday, the reins will be taken over by Sam Clipperton and she should get a lovely trip from barrier one. Telepathic also has great form first up and over the 1200m.


    Telepathic

     

    While Telepathic is no oil painting, you can not complain about her ability!


    An interesting runner for Chris Waller is the 2yo, Feast for Eyes, who is by More Than Ready out of St Katherine. He was purchased at the Magic Millions in January 2014 for $250,000.00. He has shown good ability at the trials in Sydney and we look forward to him stepping out for his new owners.


    Some more of Gerry’s retained 2yo’s have also made their way down to Sydney to the pre-trainers and we look forward to getting some of these beautifully bred babies to new trainers in the near future. The next lot to go to trainers includes:

    Street Cry/Zali filly

    Encosta De Lago/Gibraltar Diva filly

    More Than Ready/Amalienborg

    Swiss Ace/Katmai filly

    Mossman/St Kiara filly

    More Than Ready/Elle Duccio filly

    Big Brown/Miss La Frenz filly


    We cannot wait to see what these and the other Baramul bred runners can do in the 2014/15 racing season!

     
  • Race News: Thursday 7th August 2014

    Spring is creeping up on us again with most of the Spring Carnival hopefuls back in work and a few promising horses popping their heads up.


    ATC Oaks winner Royal Descent (Redoute’s Choice/Mulan Princess) was luckless in the autumn but has return in fine fettle to the stable of Chris Waller. After spelling very well at Baramul she headed to Olympic Three Day event rider Tim Boland at Limitless Lodge. Tim spent a lot of time working on building her up over her hind quarters with dressage work and trainer Chris Waller could not have been more happy with the result saying in his report today “She continues to please me and is holding her weight very well which is fantastic. This is the first sign of maturity I have seen from her and she's clearly better again than she was in the autumn. She had a three quarter pace gallop over 1000m on Saturday and then another this morning. She did some dressage work yesterday and from Saturday morning she will start full pace galloping ahead of her trial on the 1st of August and then a second one on the 15th. Her first up run will be the Warwick Stakes o the 21st of August and if that race didn't suit she could start in the Group 1 Memsie and that is two weeks before the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes around Moonee Valley which is an important race for us to give her experience around that track.”.

    Royal Descents’ main aim this preparation is the Sportingbet Cox Plate at Moonee Valley on the 25th of October.


    Royal Descent

     

    Chateau Lafaite, who is Royal Descent’s younger full sister is hopefully back on track after showing huge promise as a Spring 3yo. Unfortunately she contracted a virus in the Autumn and raced well below expectations. She was sent for a good spell and has had one trial back and is due for another on Friday the 11th of July at Warwick Farm and will kick off at Rosehill on the 19th of July and let’s hope “Fifi” (as she is affectionately know at the Waller Stable) gets her confidence back and shows us what she is really capable of.


    Chateau Lafaite

     

    An unraced Dane Shadow filly has shown Peter Moody plenty to get excited about at this stage. Fifty Eight Facets (ex Jewel Theft) has had a jump out at Caulfield and Peter was very happy with her saying “She went terrifically in winning her 800m barrier trial here at Caulfield by a comfortable 4-5 length margin in heavy ground. She was quick out the gates and sat in the first two throughout, going clear of the field in the final 200m in what was a very encouraging effort that suggests she will win her races” Fifty Eight Facets is a week or 2 from having her first start in a race. For those wondering where her name comes from – a brilliant cut diamond has 58 facets!


    Felines (Conatus/Jellicles) has gone to the paddock after a great first preparation with Kris Lees at Newcastle. She had 4 starts for 2 wins and 2 seconds and although she proves to be a touch wayward at times she keeps improving and Kris has no doubt she will come back a much more mature filly next preparation. Her half sister by Flying Spur has just headed to Warwick Farm to be trained by 4 time Golden Slipper winning trainer Clarry Conners. Felines gets her name from the “Jellicle Cats” who appear in the musical Cats.


    Felines

     
  • Race News: Thursday the 8th August 2013

    Spring is in the air with some excellent results for Baramul bred horses in recent days.


    Royal descent is on track to have her first start of her spring campaign after a sensational trial at Rosehill on Monday the 6th of August. Ridden by Hugh Bowman, Royal Descent was allowed to find her feet early in the 900m trial and when she rounded the turn and balanced up she made up very good ground under her own steam and finished third. “I could not be happier with that trial” Bowman said, “ She is just a real racehorse – just does everything right and wants to please you, she looks like she is going to have a great Spring”


    Royal Descent is pencilled in to start at Warwick Farm in the Toy Show Quality on the 24th of August.



    Another horse who is in great form and may meet Royal Descent in the Toy Show is Next The Universe who ran a cracking second at Rosehill on Saturday the 3rd of August. Ridden by Jimmy Cassidy, she settled back as she usually does and found the line really well for 2nd behind.

    Her trainer Kris Lees said “While she is up and going so well we may as well have a crack at a Stakes Race before she heads off to the breeding barn to try and get a bit more Black Type for Gerry”.




    Claire Bird,

    Race Manager

     

Farm News

  • Farm News - Friday 31st July 2015

     

    Employee Profile


    Meet Bradley McCarthy, here is an insight;


    What is your position at Baramul Stud?

    I am 2 IC of the dry mare crew.


    How long have you been working at Baramul?

    Almost 9 months.


    What is the favourite part of your job?

    The opportunities to travel, the people I have met, and the knowledge I have gained.


    Who is your favourite horse at Baramul?

    Magically out of Magic Music and by Danehill.


    Where is your home town?

    Manilla NSW


    What did you want be when you grow up?

    A stock and station agent or a trainer.


    What was your first pet?

    A riding pony named Maddie.


    How did you come to work at Baramul?

    Referred  by a family friend.


    Do you have a favourite place on farm?

    Oakleigh Barn. It is one of the 3 barns here at Baramul and it is located at a beautiful part of the farm.


    What do you do in your spare time?

    Show horses.


    What are you plans/goals for the future?

    Gain as much experience as I can and work towards becoming a manager.


    What is the best thing about working at Baramul in the picturesque Widden Valley?

    The scenery and working with a close and supportive group of people.

     

    Foaling Season Underway

    Baramul Stud had their first foal born in the late hours on Wednesday night. Since then they have seen another two foals born. It’s all very exciting!


    Congratulations

    Skye Matthews has been appointed as the nine day manager, and Ellen Roberts has been appointed as the 21 day manager.


    Both girls are long time valued employees who have earned the position. Congratulations to Skye and Ellen. We look forward to a successful season with Skye and Ellen’s help.


    Employee of the Month

    Ellen Roberts was named the employee of the month for June. Ellen is a broodmare stud hand who has been dedicated, a pleasure to work with and always looking at ways she can improve. Congratulations Ellen, very well deserved!


    Ellen Roberts

     
  • Farm News - Wednesday 15th April 2015

    Farewell

    A sad farewell to Tamzine Ormerod, who has been a valued staff member of Baramul Stud for nearly three years. We wish her all the very best on her new journey.


    2014 Foals

    Last season’s foals have all been branded and we are at our last stage of weaning the final numbers. These young horses are developing into nice strong athletes.


    Staff Profile

    Meet Katie Reid, here is an insight.

    What is your position at Baramul Stud?

    Administration and WHS officer.

    How long have you been working at Baramul?

    Almost one year.


    What is the favourite part of your job?

    Learning new skills, and having a great team environment.


    Who is your favourite horse at Baramul?

    Eighth Wonder ‘14’.


    Where is your home town?

    Clarence Town, NSW.


    What did you want be when you grow up?

    Forensic Scientist.


    What was your first pet?

    First memory of a pet is my childhood dog, ‘Honey’.


    How did you come to work at Baramul?

    My fiancée transferred to a new station moving us to Bylong, 40 minutes from Widden Valley and I thought that Baramul Stud would be a lovely place to work to continue in the thoroughbred industry.


    Do you have a favourite place on farm?

    Oakleigh end of the farm.


    What do you do in your spare time?

    Compete and attend drafts, socialise with friends/family – enjoying BBQ, camping, weekends away, compete in triathlons and running events.


    What are you plans/goals for the future?

    Plan is to get married next April, and continue traveling overseas for holidays as much as possible. I hope to stay in the thoroughbred industry and learn more in an office environment.


    What is the best thing about working at Baramul in the picturesque Widden Valley?

    The drive to work for the different landscape and quiet environment. Makes you feel as though you are in the middle of nowhere.


    June Magic Millions

    Baramul Stud’s mares, yearlings, and weanlings are already in prep for the upcoming June Magic Millions which is held on the Gold Coast.

     
  • FARM NEWS - WEDNESDAY 25TH MARCH 2015

    Staff Profile

    Meet Tyla Budden, here is an insight.


    What is your position at Baramul Stud?

    Broodmare stud hand.


    How long have you been working at Baramul?

    I have been working at Baramul Stud for approximately 14 months.


    What is the favourite part of your job?

    One of my favourite parts would be working with the foals and being able to watch them run around and play.


    Who is your favourite horse at Baramul?

    It is defiantly a tossup between The Hamptons and Lady Lynette, because of their sweet natures and their loveable personality.


    Where is your home town?

    My hometown is Thornton near Maitland, approximately 2.5 hours away.


    What did you want be when you grow up?

    I always wanted to be a vet and work with animals; I still plan on fulfilling that dream.


    What was your first pet?

    My first pet was a Maltese x Shitzu named Harley, who lived to the ripe old age of 14.


    How did you come to work at Baramul?

    Through my friendship circle.


    Do you have a favourite place on farm?

    My balcony, I get to see the most amazing view and sunsets every night. It is my calm place.


    What do you do in your spare time?

    I love to read in my spare time and ride my horse, Charlie.


    What are you plans/goals for the future?

    Short term plans are to start university in Newcastle and to also start competing with my horse.

    Long term plans are to become a certified equine vet and succeed with my horse and hopefully become a sponsored rider.


    What is the best thing about working at Baramul in the picturesque Widden Valley?

    Definitely the view, the place is absolutely beautiful and I cannot get enough of it.

     

    Adelaide Yearling Sale Results

    Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling sale is always a great event on the calendar. We had a total 24 horses under the Baramul Stud draft and passed in 4 lots, giving us the clearance rate of 83%. Overall we were very pleased with the result.


    January Sales Results

    January Magic Millions Sale has come and gone for another year. Overall we had a great sale and amazing time on the beautiful Gold Coast. Below is one of our chart toppers for the sale Lot 483 Nazzuca (AUS)/Northern Meteor colt selling for $460,000.00 with the happy team.

    MM GC 2015

     

     

    Welcome

    We like to wish a warm welcome to Avril Cummins who is joining the Baramul team as the new resident vet nurse and we also would like to welcome Daniel Letby who is our new Yearling Manger.


    Employee of the Month

    Sharna Coleman was named the employee of the month for February. Sharna is a yearling stud hand who has improved immensely and is a pleasure to work with as she is always happy and dedicated to her job.

     

    Sharna Coleman

     

    Farewell

    A sad farewell to Chloe Wearne after three years at Baramul Stud Chloe is leaving to start her studies as a Vet Nurse. We wish Chloe all the very best for the future!

     

    5 years of Service

    January marks a mile stone for one of our staff members; Brad Peters has been here at Baramul Stud 5 years. Big congratulations to Brad and a huge thank you for your dedication and friendship.

     
  • Farm News - Wednesday 13th August 2014

    2014 Gold Coast National Yearling Sale – Baramul’s Top 2 Sellers

    Lot 1668 a Redoute’s Choice colt out of the mare Kylikwong was Baramul Stud’s top seller for day one selling to Rogerson Bloodstock for $250,000.


    Colt

     

    The first foal of former smart stakes performer Rendzina has topped the second day of the Magic Millions. The youngster by Encosta de Lago, catalogued as lot 1796 purchased by leading New Zealand based horseman Graeme Rogerson for $250,000.


    Filly


    Welcome

    A warm welcome to new staff joining the Baramul Stud team: Bernie Kane is our Broodmare Manager joining us with his partner Stephanie Gribble who also will be working at Baramul Stud, young Mitchell Hamilton is the new resident farrier, Jake Watts as apprentice farrier, and Wendy Peel is taking over as the new administration officer.

     

    Employee Profile


    Meet Skye Matthews, here is an insight:

    What is your position at Baramul Stud?

    Assistant Dry Mare Manager

    How long have you been working for Baramul?

    1 Year and 8 months.

    What is the favourite part of your job?

    Seeing the horses grow up and become successful race horses.

    Who is your favourite horse at Baramul?

    My favourite mares are Savannah Success and Da Silvestra.

    Where is your home town?

    Bellbrook NSW, 1 hour west of Kempsey.

    What do you want to be when you grow up?

    A vet or agriculture teacher.

    What was your first pet?

    A large Rottweiler by the name of Ralph.

    How did you come to work at Baramul?

    After graduating Total Agriculture in 2012, I decided to carry on with my learning in the breeding industry and moved out to the Widden Valley with my partner, where I went and got a job at Baramul Stud while he works next door at Widden Stud.

    Do you have a favourite place on the farm?

    Yes, I love it down at Oakleigh, the old barn is so beautiful.

    What do you do in your spare time?

    Compete at campdrafts and spend time with my stock horses and my partner.

    What is the best thing about working at Baramul in the picturesque Widden Valley?

    The valley never fails to look amazing even on the most miserable of days.

     

    Employee of the month

    Baramul Stud is always looking for ways to improve our horse and staff management.  With this in mind we will be awarding an employee of the month award as voted by the senior management.


    April – Brad Peters.

    May – Cliona O’Conner.

    July - Amy Roberts.

    August - Eilidh Gorman.

     
  • Farm News - Thursday 1st May 2014

    First Aid

    Congratulations to the Baramul staff who have recently concluded their first aid course. In total we had 10 staff complete their first aid course, 6 of these staff are also currently completing other courses Baramul Stud has offered. At Baramul we believe in providing our staff with the very best knowledge and skills.

     
  • FARM NEWS - APRIL 3RD 2014

    Farewell

    It will be a sad farewell as we say goodbye to two dedicated staff members, Gemma Jones our broodmare manager with 3 years of service to her name, and Clayton Smallmon our resident farrier for 7 years. Though it might be a teary goodbye for us, they will be welcoming their first born in July. From all the team here at Baramul Stud we thank you and wish you all the very best.


    Yearling Preparation Commenced

    Over the last few weeks our June Magic Millions Sale draft was brought into the stables to commence preparation. We have an array of strong yearlings that may prove to be one of our best drafts. Some highlights of our draft are the Redoutes choice x Pure Beauty colt, a very strong correct precious type. The Big Brown x Mulan Princess this horse has done a treat recently and being a half to Royal Descent is a real derby type, other standout types are the Hootenanny x Lonhro colt, Kylikwong x Redoutes Choice, and Mountain Laurel x Fastnet Rock filly.


    Recent Rainfall

    The Widden Valley is looking a treasure after having our share of the rainfall. Baramul welcomed the 46mls that have fallen in March as the pastures are lush and green.


    Welcome

    Baramul has a new Office Manager in Amy Roberts, we welcome Amy to our team and look forward to her expertise and enthusiasm.  Amy was born in Proserpine, a small town in north QLD. At a young age Amy joined her local Pony club leading her into showjumping, camp drafting and show horse competitions. Amy has competed for Queensland at the Show Horse Hack Council Grand Nationals, and has won a number of Australian Stock Horse National Hi Point titles for showjumping, show horse, rider, and handler classes.

    Amy’s goal is to cement a career in the thoroughbred industry by learning from the ground up. In Amy’s spare time she likes to spend it at home training horses and instructing riders.


    Staff Profile

    Meet Chloe Wearne, here is an insight.

    What is your position at Baramul Stud?

    Yearling crew barn boss/foaling attendant.


    How long have you been working at Baramul?

    Since September 2011.


    What is the favourite part of your job?

    Always learning something new.


    Who is your favourite horse at Baramul?

    My favourite mare is Elle Duccio, and my favourite yearling is Rendzina x Encosta De Lago 12’.


    Where is your home?

    Sydney.


    What did you want to be when you grow up?

    An Olympic swimmer.


    What was your first pet?

    2 Goldfish.


    How did you come to work at Baramul?

    I really wanted to do more stud work, whilst also wanting a break from living in the city.


    Do you have a favourite place on the farm?

    Yes, the top of the hill behind the office, it has amazing views of the entire valley.


    What do you do in your spare time?

    Compete in the highest levels of Arabian showing in Australia with my own horse. Also I like to just socialise with my friends.


    What is the best thing about working at Baramul in the picturesque Widden Valley?

    The view and the serenity.



     
  • Farm News- August 14th 2013

     

    Farm News:


    Baramul is off to a flying start this season with 23 foals on the ground already and 165 still to come.  Two foal born of note so far are Jersey Lily x High Chaparral 13 and Military Rose x Street Cry 13.


    Jersey Lily was purchased in 2012 from the Inglis Broodmare Sale for $400,000.  The Catbird mare is a dual stakes-winner thanks to her successes in the 2011 Wiggle Quality (1400m) at Warwick Farm and the 2010 Herald Sun Stakes (1400m) at Flemington.  She also posted four placings in stakes company headlined by her second in the 2011 Group 1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) behind the Mick Price-trained Aloha, a home bred Baramul mare.  Her 1st foal is a High Chaparral filly born on the 23rd July 2013, she is pictured below.


     

    Military Rose was an $800,000 purchase from the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale 2011.  By General Nediym her race record is impressive with the STC Reisling Slipper Trial G2,  Gold Coast Guineas G3 and Gold Coast Turf Club Magic Millions Classisc RL amongst her credits.  Her 1st foal is a Medaglia DÓro filly, her 2nd foal (pictured below), is a Street Cry filly born 29th July 2013 and is shaping up to be an extremely athletic filly.

     

     

    Gerry Harvey was honoured for his outstanding contributions to the NSW breeding industry by being announced as the second recipient of the prestigious Heroic Award. Mr. Harvey was surprised and honoured at the recognition. He is pictured here with his trophy from Trevor Lobb.

     

     

    Office News:


    Over the last few months Baramul Stud has employed several new workers and we would like to take this opportunity to wish Samantha, Taylah, Matt, Cliona, Hannah & Andrew the best in their future endeavour with Baramul Stud. On this note, Kelly McGregor (Administration) has decided to also take on the role of OHS officer at Baramul Stud, we trust that Kelly will strive to keep our workplace incident free and running smoothly!


    Traineeships are in full swing at the moment with 2 trainees, Cameron & Beau, recently completing their Chainsaw Operating 2 day course. All trainees are working hard to complete modules due. We also have 2 new trainees, Samantha & Taylah, being signed up with a TAFE representative in the next few days and we are looking forward to learning and growing as a team with all trainees.


    On the 30th of July 2013 8 Baramul staff members; Abby, Courtney, Beau, Chloe S, Jamie, Kelly, Shannon & Amanda S, along with 6 Widden employees, took part in a one day First Aid course held at Baramul Stud. The course was catered to the possible first aid needs of workers on a Thoroughbred Stud and all staff found the course to be enjoyable and informative.


    Employee of the Month


    Baramul Stud is always looking for ways to improve our horse and staff management.  With this in mind we will be awarding an employee of the month award as voted by the senior management.


    Employee of the month for July is Taris Meehan

    Taris is happy to complete any tasks required, easy to get along with and has improved a lot in his time at Baramul Stud.


    Employee Profile

    Meet Abby Benaim, here is an insight:


    What is your position at Baramul Stud?

    Veterinary Nurse


    How long have you been working at Baramul?

    It will be 2 years in September


    What is the favourite part of your job?

    Being able to bring the sick and injured back to a full recovery and watching them being released back in to the paddock.


    Who is your favourite horse at Baramul?

    Timmy the teaser, he loves the horse lollies


    Where is your home town?

    Wedderburn, Victoria


    What did you want be when you grow up?

    A veterinary nurse or in the mounted police.


    What was your first pet?

    A foxie called “Bernie”.


    How did you come to work at Baramul?

    Through a good friend who was previously working at Baramul


    Do you have a favourite place on farm?

    Oakleigh, it’s peaceful and a pleasure to ride my horse while watching the sun go down through the hills


    What do you do in your spare time?

    Ride my horse, socialise with good company


    What are you plans/goals for the future?

    To travel the world


    What is the best thing about working at Baramul in the picturesque Widden Valley?

    Friendly staff, great management & a peaceful lifestyle.

     

Race News: Monday 31st August 2015

 

Chris Waller’s Royal Descent rediscovers winning touch in Group 2 feature at Randwick


Royal Descent 2015

 

ROYAL Descent ended more than two years of frustration and near-misses with a magnificent comeback win against a star-studded field at Royal Randwick on Saturday.


The Group 2 $250,000 Warwick Stakes (1400m) lived up to the pre-race hype, producing a memorable contest and outstanding runs from so many spring carnival hopefuls.

But when looking for the best run in the race — don’t look past the winner, Royal Descent.


It has been 29 months, 19 races, 10 minor placings, including six at Group 1 level, since Royal Descent last won a race — but trainer Chris Waller sprung to the defence of the sleek, near-black mare.


“She is the last horse I would ever call a non-winner,’’ Waller said. “I know that is what her form suggests but you would not get a horse that tries as hard as this mare. She has been so gallant in so many races, almost setting weight-carrying records in races like the Epsom.


“Even though she is a six-year-old now, she hasn’t had a lot of racing and she has never looked better or stronger than she does now. She is in for a good spring.’’


Royal Descent ($5.50), ridden by Hugh Bowman, overwhelmed Pornichet ($4.80) to win by one-and-a-half lengths with Messene ($11) getting through late for third, a neck away.


The Warwick Stakes, the traditional Sydney spring carnival starting point for the elite gallopers, was a race of many highlights — and one lowlight:

Royal Descent became only the second mare this century to win the race after Private Steer in 2004.


Bowman said his confidence grew the moment he was legged into the saddle prior to the race.


“I haven’t ridden Royal Descent a lot but I’ve ridden her enough to realise she was in the right frame of mind and was ready to go today,’’ Bowman said.


“She’s been narrowly defeated in so many races and to get a win, I know it’s a Group 2 but against this calibre of horse, it’s no surprise.


“We got a great run. I was always going to. Chris (Waller) had the mare in tip-top order today, although I do think she will improve with the run.’’


Sydney’s reigning premier jockey and trainer then had an interesting exchange after Royal Descent’s win.


“She is happy, she is healthy, she can gallop, and she has you (Waller) looking after,’’ Bowman said.


“And you riding her — it’s a pretty good combination,’’ Waller replied.


Waller said Royal Descent will follow a similar program through to the Group 1 George Main Stakes next month.


“The George Main is ideal,’’ Waller said. “The Epsom, for $1 million, we have to look at it but she might get too much weight.


“I said to [owner] Gerry Harvey we will use Epsom Day whether it be the Turnbull or Epsom to decide where we go, whether we go further or whether we come back for a Myer Classic.’’





Magic Millions Class 6 winner Real Time (Testa Rossa/Bure Beauty 10 gelding) made a triumphant return to the track on Saturday winning the Catanach's Jewellers Handicap (1200 METRES) at his home track at Caulfield.

Real Time

 

Allocated the big impost of 60kgs the son of Testa Rossa looked impressive running away for a length victory. After the race his trainer Robert Smerdon said he was looking forward to the upcoming months for this lightly raced horse. Real Time can be a touch “quirky” and Robert has managed to keep his mind on the job with great success with his record now reading 5 wins from 8 starts. Hopefully we will see him at the Magic Millions again in January this time aiming for the Magic Millions Cup over 1400m.

 

 

Real Time

 

 

Centre Pivot, owned 50/50 by Gerry Harvey and Segenhoe Stud, will head to the paddock at Segenhoe Stud to concentrate on next year's rich Magic Millions carnival at the Gold Coast. John Sergeant confirmed Saturday's TAB.com.au Handicap at Rosehill would be the five-year-old's final start this campaign before he will be given a let up with a view towards the Magic Millions Trophy (1800m) on January 9.

 

Centre Pivot

 

"I'd like to give him this run and then he can have a nice break, three weeks, and get ready for Magic Millions day," Sargent said.

"It's a million dollar race and should suit him."


Centre Pivot was formerly trained by Sam Kavanagh and is one of the horses at the centre of the ongoing cobalt inquiry.

Sargent took over at the start of the horse's current campaign and initially feared cobalt had damaged Centre Pivot's feet.


"Probably at the start of it, he was losing a few shoes but now his feet have come good and he obviously proved he was over any side effects at his last start," Sargent said.

"He's right on top of his game now."


Centre Pivot bounced back from a first-up flop to score a determined win at Rosehill two weeks ago and Sargent said the horse's work indicated he had continued to improve.

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 16:03

Farm News - Friday 31st July 2015

 

Employee Profile


Meet Bradley McCarthy, here is an insight;


What is your position at Baramul Stud?

I am 2 IC of the dry mare crew.


How long have you been working at Baramul?

Almost 9 months.


What is the favourite part of your job?

The opportunities to travel, the people I have met, and the knowledge I have gained.


Who is your favourite horse at Baramul?

Magically out of Magic Music and by Danehill.


Where is your home town?

Manilla NSW


What did you want be when you grow up?

A stock and station agent or a trainer.


What was your first pet?

A riding pony named Maddie.


How did you come to work at Baramul?

Referred  by a family friend.


Do you have a favourite place on farm?

Oakleigh Barn. It is one of the 3 barns here at Baramul and it is located at a beautiful part of the farm.


What do you do in your spare time?

Show horses.


What are you plans/goals for the future?

Gain as much experience as I can and work towards becoming a manager.


What is the best thing about working at Baramul in the picturesque Widden Valley?

The scenery and working with a close and supportive group of people.

 

Foaling Season Underway

Baramul Stud had their first foal born in the late hours on Wednesday night. Since then they have seen another two foals born. It’s all very exciting!


Congratulations

Skye Matthews has been appointed as the nine day manager, and Ellen Roberts has been appointed as the 21 day manager.


Both girls are long time valued employees who have earned the position. Congratulations to Skye and Ellen. We look forward to a successful season with Skye and Ellen’s help.


Employee of the Month

Ellen Roberts was named the employee of the month for June. Ellen is a broodmare stud hand who has been dedicated, a pleasure to work with and always looking at ways she can improve. Congratulations Ellen, very well deserved!


Ellen Roberts

Last Updated on Monday, 31 August 2015 16:12

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