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| Uncategorized | December 4, 2014

The very disturbing news this week is that Anglo American is about to re-submit another proposal to extend the South Drayton Mine thus renewing the threat to Coolmore and Darley studs in particular.

Whilst the Environmental Assessment and Planning Act 1979 does not allow appeals there does not appear to be anything to stop Anglo American from submitting a new application especially if there are changes and revisions to the application that was rejected. Even if the Act provided that the same application could not be resubmitted, this would not prevent a changed or revised application from being submitted. The changes and revisions to the old application would make it a new application.

Whilst Anglo American complain that 500 jobs will be lost, many thousands of jobs will be lost in the Thoroughbred breeding industry and the wine growing industry if the mine is allowed to be extended. The life of the extended mine is only 20 years as opposed to an infinite lifetime of breeding thoroughbreds and growing grapes.

Once the mine is extinguished there will be another ugly unusable hole in the ground where there was once prime agricultural land and the jobs will ultimately be lost anyway.

What’s being done to find clean renewable energy sources that can create jobs and leave agricultural land alone?

A look at the Planning and Assessment Commission website indicates that the application has not been made yet but Anglo American has clearly announced its intention to lodge a new application.

So get your petitions ready and start planning your rallies to protest against this ongoing threat. Christmas may have to be put on the back burner this year so that our stud farms and livelihoods are preserved.


Is this how we want our Thoroughbred studs to look in the future?


open cut mine


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| Uncategorized | November 9, 2014

  The Melbourne Cup was marred this year by the death of two horses, Admire Rakti and Araldo. Both were tragic but the death of Araldo was completely preventable and totally unnecessary. The incident highlights the need to remember that horses are flight animals and that they will shy at anything sudden or different. Even at home they will look askance if something has changed.

The directors and administration of race clubs should either have or consult experts on horse behaviour. Horses at big meetings with big crowds are likely to be very apprehensive and stressed already without the addition of sudden movements or things being waved around near them without warning. The VRC has responded by limiting the size of flags but even waving a small item in close proximity to a horse is likely to upset the horse. All race clubs, both city and country, need to consider safety protocols for horses and people to ensure that a similar incident does not happen again. A second fence set back a few metres is one thought. It was lucky that no person was injured or killed in the incident. Had Araldo kicked out or up he may have kicked the child and caused serous injury to the child as well as the fatal traumatic injury which he sustained.
Has anyone seen or experienced a tragic and avoidable incident such as this at any race course?

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| Uncategorized | November 9, 2014

Whilst all of our major staying races are being stolen by overseas horses or overseas bred horses imported to Australia, our sprinting stars got a clean sweep in the Darley Classic at Flemington yesterday leaving the Irish horse Slade Power in their wake.

The race was the horse equivalent of the Olympic 100 metres final being a match race between our top sprinting stars and the Irish contender for the title.

Whilst Slade Power is a superb looking stallion who was on his toes in the yard and more than looked to be up to the challenge, he was no match for Australia’s sprinting champions when it came to the race.

Our sprinting stars have restored some dignity to our spring racing season and to the Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Good on ‘ya!

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| Uncategorized | October 29, 2014

Earlier last week Coolmore was a winner against the coal mines in the Hunter Valley and on Saturday Coolmore was the winner at Moonee Valley when Adelaide won the Cox Plate with a barnstorming run from behind. Given the configuration of the track at Moonee Valley winning in such a fashion is not at all easy and the win was one of the most memorable Cox Plates.

Adelaide is a four year old stallion by Galileo (Ire) and one would anticipate that he will shuttle to Coolmore’s Hunter Valley base in years to come.

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| Uncategorized | October 26, 2014

2101527It was a sad day on Friday 24 October 2014 when the dam of legend Makybe Diva died at the age of 19. Her latest foals include a full sibling to Makybe Diva and the most recent foal is a filly by All Too Hard.

Makybe Diva is the greatest Australian stayer of the current era and possibly of all time and Tugela’s loss is a great loss to the industry. Currently she has La Amistad flying the family’s flag.

Tugela is pictured above with Makybe’s full sister.


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| Uncategorized | October 21, 2014

It is with a huge sigh of relief that the proposed Anglo American Drayton South project has been knocked back by the NSW Planning Assessment Commission. In recent weeks and months the outcome of the application to extend the open cut mine was most uncertain and was looking like it might go the mine’s way. As the determination has been made after a public hearing it appears that there is no right of appeal (Section 23F Environmental Planning and Assessment Act 1979) This latest decision follows on from work done by the breeders in the Hunter Valley to defeat the Bickham Coal mine a few years ago. Had this mine gone ahead then it most likely would have been the death knell of the Thoroughbred Industry in NSW at least as it would have come within 500 metres of the boundaries of Coolmore and Darley’s Woodlands stud. The environmental threat to air quality and to the supply and pollution of water cannot be overestimated. The Hunter Valley, along with Newmarket in the UK and Kentucky in the USA is one of three world renowned centres of breeding excellence in the world. It has the highest concentration of thoroughbred stud outside of Kentucky in the USA and is the only one of the three breeding centres that is not protected by the state or federal government.  The intrusion of mining threatens its viability and reputation as a centre of breeding excellence. Already Qatar’s Sheikh Fahad Al Tahni has shied away from investing and establishing a breeding farm in the Hunter Valley because of the continuing encroachment of open cut mining in the Hunter Valley.[1] The horses bred in the Hunter are bred to race and to be athletes. Purity of air for their lungs is essential. Dust, such as coal dust, can adversely affect their lungs and may cause a condition known as heaves. The pollution threat was a significant factor in Sheikh Fahad Al Tahni’s decision to reject investing in the Hunter Valley.[2] If you fly between Sydney and the NSW Far North Coast or the Gold Coast in daylight and look out over the inland side of the plane you would be astonished at how much land is already subject to open cut mining. The Hunter Thoroughbred Breeders Association reports that the Hunter Valley breeders produce and provide[3]

  • Half of all Thoroughbreds born in Australia.
  • 75% of horses racing in Sydney and Melbourne.
  • 80-90% of Australia’s Thoroughbred exports – Export markets include New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, Macau, South Africa, China, Malaysia, and Japan. (Yearlings are also sold to Ireland and the United Kingdom).
  • Significant long term regional employment – employing over 1,000 people directly, 3,000 indirectly in the Hunter Valley, and contributing to 231,700 employees and participants across Australia. (Also, figures in past years have suggested that the thoroughbred industry is the third largest employer in Australia). Importantly, many of the jobs the industry provides are jobs for unskilled workers who would struggle to find any work without the thoroughbred industry.

. Over $5 billion to the national economy and $2.4 billion to the NSW economy.

  • 74% of Australia-wide revenue from stallion fees
  • Incomes that are
    • 2 times the value of irrigated agriculture;
    • 4.5 times the value of dairy and
    •  10 times the value of meat and cattle

The Thoroughbred Industry is renewable, and uses sustainable practices to preserve the land, unlike mining.     The life of a mine is very limited. Once the mine is exhausted a large dusty useless hole in the ground is left, water may be polluted and the employment gone. Its environmental impacts threaten the other agricultural industries in the area. It is unlikely that this will be the end of the story or the last battle against mining or CSG in the Hunter or the Liverpool Plains area of NSW. Sutton Forest in the Southern Highlands is under threat and there are areas on the South Coast of NSW that may be under threat. If you know of any other areas in Australia where breeders and agriculture are under threat from mining and CSG let us know and make a noise! a76d68_1b9008409e7c4862ab045f06c30d3868_jpg_srz_212_212_75_22_0_50_1_20_0 [1] Racing & Sports 16/4/14 [2] Racing & Sports 16/4/14 [3] HTBA Presentation 9/14

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| Uncategorized | October 16, 2014

Be careful of scammers responding to your ads. This is an unfortunate problem with most online sites. If you suspect that you have received an enquiry from a scammer then let us know ASAP and we will take steps to block them

We have added a program to the website which hopefully will block sploggers, spammers and scammers before they can get through but if they do get through be sure to let us know so we can deal with any problems quickly

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| Uncategorized | October 4, 2014

Breeders! Don’t forget to put in your mare returns to the Stud Book. It’s Cheapest if you do it in the first 30 days after the foal is born. September foal should already have been returned!

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| Uncategorized | October 3, 2014

When to wean a foal?

I usually wean about 5 to 6 months but in the wild this often does not occur until a few months later. It can also be driven by factors such as the foal’s condition and the mare’s condition. If weanlings are to be sold it can also be driven by sale dates but now, with this site, you have another option for selling your youngsters which is sutied to their timetable rather than to the auction houses’ timetables.

I have one mare who looks like a coat hanger after a few months no matter how much she’s fed and the only way to get her condition back is to wean the foal, especially if she’s in foal again.

I have another mare who will not let her foal eat with her. She will let it suckle but not eat a meal with her so her foal get their own meals from very early on and are quite easy to wean as a result.

It can be very a very traumatic time for a foal but if you can get your mares to foal reasonably close together then the foals will have each other to bond with. As I have quite a small proporty I have found it best to send the mares away completely for about one month then bring them home.



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| Uncategorized | September 26, 2014

Here is our new foal investigating the camera. A lovely filly by Hussonet (CHI) x Pushing Boundaries born on 5/9/201410550999_942024239145347_775514219257637716_n

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