Race News

AusHorse Masterclass


For Gerry Harvey, the equation is simple: either (a) experience total joy
or (b) be miserable for the rest of your life.

Speaking at a “Masterclass with McEvoy, Stokes & Jolly” event conducted 
by Aushorse at the Adelaide Magic Millions sales complex on Sunday morning, 
Harvey said he had been racing horses since 1972 and was smitten from the get-go.

“You can’t explain to people just how good you feel when your horse wins a race 
and my advice is to give it a go, or the alternative is just being plain miserable!,” Harvey enthused.

The billionaire retailer and owner of Magic Millions, Harvey had the 150
attendees –many of whom have never previously walked onto a sales
complex – in rapt attention.

The seminar, which was emceed by popular auctioneer, Clint Donovan, also included 
addresses from leading South Australian breeder and Aushorse director, Chris Watson, 
Magic Millions Managing Director, Vin Cox, plus top local trainers, Richard Jolly and Phillip Stokes.

Cox explained some of the finer points of horse conformation, getting up close and 
personal in the sales ring with a couple of yearlings: one youngster born
to sprint and another likely to get over a distance.

“It was a great opportunity to show so many people – hopefully future racehorse owners –
just what we look for in a racehorse and what better way than actually illustrating your point
right there in front of them. It was a really pleasing turnout for a Sunday morning on a 
long weekend and it augurs well for the future of racing in South Australia.

“Well done to Aushorse for putting on the event … it’s a great opportunity for people to become
involved and, who knows, a few of them might be back when the sale starts and better
informed than before.”

Trainer, Tony McEvoy, fresh from a Group One victory last week with Hey Doc,
also explained some of the ins and outs of seeking out a winner.

“I thought it was a tremendous turnout and have to commend everyone involved for organising 
the event,” McEvoy enthused. “I have to say that the questions that the attendees 
were firing in showed that they were genuinely interested in racehorse ownership 
and fingers crossed there will be a few converts from the day.

“I explained to them that I look at every horse at a sale and before I buy one, 
I’ve inspected him or her at least seven times.

“I’ve had a least five looks before I even open the catalogue and those last two 
times are simply to ascertain whether I can afford to buy the horse and if it will 
be possible to on-sell the horse to prospective clients.

“The bottom line is that we have to do our best to make it as an enjoyable an 
experience as possible for owners and, importantly, to make it totally transparent.”

One ‘newcomer’ is about to immerse himself in the McEvoy experience as the 
winner of a joint promotion between Aushorse and Adelaide’s The Advertiser, 
where the leading trainer will purchase a yearling this week at the 
Adelaide Magic Millions … of which lucky contestant – Matt Donohue – has now won a 10% share.

Donohue was so excited that when Aushorse CEO, Tom Reilly phoned to say he had won,
he wasn’t sure if he was being “wound up” and asked for confirmation via email!

“It was terrific to see so many people turn up for the event,” said Aushorse director 
Chris Watson, who also runs Mill Park and has a large contingent of yearlings for the
sale which kicks off today at 6pm and runs through to Wednesday.

“Quite often people think that racehorse ownership is inaccessible but informal seminars
like this just show how easy it is to be involved. As I pointed out to the attendees, 
a horse like Happy Trails cost just $11,000 at the Adelaide sale and went on to
win $3.3 million on the racetrack. Hopefully it encourages a few people to take their own happy trails.”



Farm News

  • Sales Results


    January Sales Results 2017

    January Magic Millions Yearling Sale has come and gone for another year. Overall we had a great sale and amazing time on the beautiful Gold Coast.

    One of our chart toppers for the sale was Lot 153 MEDAGLIA D'ORO / LADY LYNETTE colt selling for $500,000 with the happy team.

    MM GC 2015




    2 Years of Service - 2017

    Florian Boisseet
    Sophie Da Silva
    Coralie Milne
    Patrick Cass

    4 years of Service - 2017

    Stephen Goldthorpe
    Kim Kennedy
    Ross Thompson

    Big congratulations to these staff members and a huge thank you for your dedication and friendship.

  • Adelaide Magic Millions 2017

    All Too Hard Colt Tops Book One in Adelaide
    After swooping on one of the two top sellers last night,
    the powerful Macdonald Gluyas stable was back in force at
    Morphettville today to buy the overall top seller of Book One
    at the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

    Hall of Fame horseman Leon Macdonald bid to $190,000
    to secure the highly admired All Too Hard-Lady Paget colt
    from Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud.

    Like he did last night Macdonald outlasted Gary Moore to secure
    the colt after a frenzied bidding battle.

    The colt is the second foal of the twice winning Testa Rossa mare
    Lady Paget, a half sister to Adelaide Yearling Sale Group One
    winning graduate Casino Prince and four other stakes performers.

    “He’s a lovely colt,” a delighted Leon Macdonald said.
    “I bought the two colts I wanted – the Stratum and this bloke,
    I thought they were as good as any colts on the complex.”

    “I’ve never had one (by All Too Hard) but I know Johnny Hawkes
    has great faith in him and he doesn’t do a bad job with a horse,”
    Macdonald added.

    Leading Sydney trainer Gary Moore rebounded after missing out
    on the $190,000 All Too Hard colt and $170,000 Stratum colt to
    strike with the day’s second top seller.

    That colt, by former dual Cox Plate winner So You Think, was
    purchased by Moore for $155,000 from the draft of Bowness Stud.

    Consigned as lot 286 the good looking brown colt is the sixth foal
    of the winning Danehill mare Starspangled – a daughter of five time
    Group One winner User Friendly.

    “He’s coming off a great stud farm,” Moore said. “So You Think is
    doing the job at stud – I really love So You Think.”

    “His second dam is User Friendly who was racing at the same time
    as when I was riding in France.”

    “It’s a beautifully balanced pedigree – he might be my first
    Derby winner,” Moore added.



Paul Thompson - Stud Manager

Paul came to Baramul Stud with a lifetime in horses emanating from his early days in Pony Club, representative polocrosse, camp drafting and stock horse shows. Paul has worked in the Thoroughbred industry since 1987, working for such industry icons as Les Irwin and Dr Phil Redman.


Seeking experience, Paul travelled overseas working on studs in the USA and overseeing preparation of yearlings by stallions such as Danzig (USA), Seattle Slew USA) and Alleged (USA). While there, Paul attended clinics offered by Monty Roberts, Pat Parelli and Ray Hunt. This, combined with his early childhood horse experiences, provided Paul with a greater understanding of horse behaviour.


On returning from overseas, Paul worked for Fred Kelly at Newhaven Stud, then moving on to Riverdene Stud before becoming Stud Manager at Baramul Stud for the late Sir Tristan Antico.


When Gerry Harvey purchased Baramul Stud in August 1999 he entrusted Paul to manage and develop the stud to what it is today.


Paul is actively involved in the daily outdoor running of the farm and enjoys sharing his vast skills and experience with his fellow work mates, ensuring Baramul is a premium environment for both horse and handler.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:47

Gerry Harvey - Owner

Gerry HarveyDynamic and famously down-to-earth, Gerry Harvey’s name is synonymous with retail success as co-founder, chairman and major shareholder of the fast-growing Harvey Norman integrated retail, franchise and property group with turnover of over $5 billion.


With over 1000 horses including some 300 well-bred matrons at his historic Baramul Stud in the NSW Widden Valley, Harvey is among Australia’s biggest and most successful owner-breeders, recently extending his bloodstock portfolio to part-ownership of blue-ribbon stud farm Vinery in the Hunter Valley. In 2008 he took his breeding interests across the Tasman to New Zealand where he purchased Westbury Stud.


Under Harvey’s guidance, the spectacular property Baramul has enjoyed a resurgence as a leading consignor at the Magic Millions sale.


Gerry’s love of the thoroughbred also extends to racing. He has at least 120 racehorses in work year round with over 50 top class trainers Australia wide, including David Hayes, Mark Kavanagh, Chris Waller and Mick Price.


Group 1 winners Polar Success, Lotteria, Savabeel and Aloha are among horses Harvey has bred or owned, along with this seasons Oakleigh Plate winner Mrs Onassis and the ATC Oaks winner Royal Descent.

Last Updated on Wednesday, 30 April 2014 12:48

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