Here Baramul Stud’s New Zealand-born racing and bloodstock manager Luke McDonald. Baramul Stud is one of the leading vendors at the Magic Millions’ Adeliade Yearling Sale.
McDonald, the brother to prominent Sydney-based jockey James McDonald, spent several years at Darley and oversees owner Gerry Harvey’s expansive bloodstock portfolio of more than a thousand horses in Australia and New Zealand.
Q: Since you are one of the vendors with the biggest drafts at this sale and you have a number of very high-quality horses in your draft, would you be able to suggest the five horses that you would like to spotlight and tell us more about their breeding?
A: Our top lots are as follows:
Q: We are almost at the mid-way point of the yearling sales season. How has it been for you so far? What were your top sales thus far?
A: If this past year has taught us anything it is that racing is not only resilient but also incredibly adaptable. The Australian breeding and racing industry is becoming the strongest and most commercial of its kind worldwide with prizemoney and sales reaching record highs. As a vendor Baramul Stud has gained an enormous amount of confidence in these testing times, with a record-breaking Magic Millions sale in January, with the highlight being the NOT A SINGLE DOUBT x MEDAGLIA VALORE colt selling to Tony Fung and Phoenix Thoroughbreds for A$1,000,000.00.
Q: What other sales do you plan to attend this year?
A: Baramul Stud will continue to map the same sale schedule as we have for many years which includes the Magic Millions January Yearling, Adelaide Yearling Sale, June Yearling and Broodmare Sale and the Ready To Run Sale.
Q: What do you miss most from sales during the pre-cover (2019) era?
A: In these testing times, we as a larger operation, have faced many obstacles. Staffing issues are becoming harder as our stud relies on foreign travellers seeking farm work in rural areas. We are also finding it hard to travel to the sale complexes as boarders continue to close unexpectedly. I think as time goes on businesses are remodelling and adapting to the new way of life, which with animals involved can often be very difficult.
Q: For the current sale, have you had a lot of farm visits? Or do you expect your buyers to inspect the horses at the sale venue?
A: Throughout the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale prep we have only had a few on farm inspections, which was surprising considering a lot of the buyers have been in Melbourne for the Inglis Premier. However, the team has worked hard to cater for the trainers that stayed in NSW. We are anticipating a lot of the inspections will be concluded on complex.