There are many steps involved in selecting the right colt for a stallion partnership. We thank our faithful clients in 2008 for taking a chance on a young bloodstock agent and his eye for yearling selection, giving us the firepower to purchase the colts we wanted to buy. From those early days, we are forever trying to refine and improve our selection process to eliminate as much risk as possible.

'Hall of Famer' - Gai Waterhouse along with Bloodstock Advisor Julian Blaxland of Blue Sky Bloodstock, takes us along on yearling inspections at the Australian Easter Yearling Sales at Inglis.

By following the below process (and adding an ounce of luck) we will continue to select and purchase stakes performing colts that will have the opportunity to retire to commercial stud duties once their racing careers are over.

  • Spring on-farm inspections of over 1,000 yearlings in New South Wales, Queensland and Victoria
  • Hours of pre-sale catalogue analysis of Sire, Dams, Grand-Dams and Sibilngs and mating statistics of Sire/ Sireline and Dam/ Damline
  • Vendor analysis - we purchase from stud farms with a consistent, proven record of producing stakes performers
  • On site inspection at sales, re-inspection upon re-inspection in consultation with trainers
  • Clinical and x-ray evaluation from world class veterinarians - in conjunction with trainers
  • Discuss and agree on budget pre-auction with owners and trainers
  • Of the colts that fit within the above criteria, above all else, selections must have the physical attributes of an athlete. Speed and athleticism plus a sound temperament are paramount in high performing racehorses and this fact is foremost in our minds when we target stallion prospect yearlings at the sales.

Multiple Stakes winner and now Eliza Park Sire INSTINCTION - an Inglis Premier Yearling Sale purchase for Blue Sky Bloodstock