|New stud manager for Eldon Park|
Eldon Park Stud wishes to inform the appointment of Frank Oliver as our new Manager.
We believe we are fortunate to have obtained the services of Frank and excited about the future he may bring to Eldon Park. A high achiever as a graduate from VCAH Glenormiston College. Frank has gained vast experience in all aspects of the Horse Management in Victoria, Interstate and Internationally.
Frank has managed and had experience in handling farms with Stallions, Broodmares, Yearlings, Weanlings etc not only here in Australia but in New Zealand, UK, Ireland and Japan.
His most current position of employment has been with Trevannah Stud in the upper Hunter Valley and Dennis Roberts has all but good things to praise regarding Frank and his Horse work.
He has also been a lecturer at the Goulburn TAFE and participated in many seminars and symposiums on many aspects of equine management.
We all look forward to working and learning from Frank and are delighted to welcome him. Please feel free to contact Frank regarding any aspects of your Horses needs and care.
|New stallion to stand at Eldon Park & updates on our sires|
Enemy of Average was an $800,000.00 yearling at Easter 2005. He was a very athletic, correct individual with good scope and substance. He initially began his training career with Matthew Ellerton at Flemington, transferring to David Hayes in November 2005.
During the Autumn of 2006 his progress at Lindsay Park was very good and it was decided that he would run in the Walter Brown Stakes at Morphettville as his opening run. The stable was not confident on his trackwork, but the horse ran exceptionally well dropping out to last in the early stages but coming down the outside in the straight to win beating eventual Sires Produce winner De Lago Mist.
He was transferred to the Flemington stable for one more run in the Sires Produce which was approximately three weeks later. Unfortunately for him, he trialed very well up the straight at Flemington before the Sires, prompting David Hayes to suggest he was good enough for a Slipper campaign. He went to Sydney and had one run on a soft track in the Todman Slipper Trial finishing unplaced. We felt it was poor judgement at the time because the horse was not ready for that sort of pressure and, at the same time, the Sires Produce was run in Melbourne on a good surface with two Hayes fillies running first and second that Enemy of Average had beaten in Adelaide.
His spring career as a three year old started with promise and he ran creditably in a six furlong race at Caulfield, running second; he then ran in the Concept Sports at Flemington over 1400m – running fourth but only beaten by half a length. It was decided that he would be kept for the Ascot Vale on Derby Day and with that in mind he ran in a six furlong race at Caulfield on Guineas Day but was very disappointing and appeared to lose his action when asked for an effort in the straight. Another error of judgement saw him run in the Ascot Vale with blinkers on and he was tailed off last. When examined by Campbell Baker at Lindsay Park two weeks later the horse was found to be acutely sore around his sacroiliac joint and it was recommended that he have three months complete rest. During this time he was transferred back to Flemington and although he had another preparation with Matthew Ellerton, his only run was disappointing.
He was undoubtedly a colt with Group ability and we were confident that he could run a place in the Sires Produce as a two year old. Unfortunately his three year old career was disappointing probably largely due to the injury sustained in the spring.
The horse now stands just over sixteen hands high; he has good length and scope and a well developed top. His head is quite plain but masculine. He has very few clinical issues, a couple of small splints in front which have been there since his yearling days and have never worried him; his hocks stand off him a little but are in proportion and he uses them very well. He will let down into a magnificent stallion and I would expect his stock, like his half brother, Exceed and Excel, to look very like him.
Exceed and Excel has covered approximately 140 mares in two hemispheres for the past three years. Darley have supported him heavily in both hemispheres with some of their best mares. They are very optimistic about his prospects for next year. By HENRY PLUMPTRE Racing Manager for Scott Perrin who was the previous owner of Enemy Of Average – time of racing
Enemy of Average is standing this year at Eldon Park, see our stallion page for more details.
Son of Aust 3 leading sires – 2nd season to stud Seul Amour is standing at stud, with 3rd season to stud – King de Lago and the beautifully colonial bred stallion Curate Storm stands again at Eldon Park his 1st crop have had outstanding results on training track and in work now to become Curata’s first raced progeny. His 2nd crop are on the ground now for viewing at Eldon Park stud
|Drought brings a increase|
It is with regret that we inform you our agistment prices must increase due to the well advertised drought conditions.
Our recent delivery of oats – probably our last for the season – has increased from $155.00 per tonne to $385.00 per tonne. We make comment that this may be our last delivery, but please be assured we have made a suitable order to keep enough stock to see out this season in full and supply will continue to allow for future arrivals. Lucerne Hay which we order through Kerang district is substantially increased with costs still excessive.
I personally have Mares agisted at other Studs and have been informed by all of them that they are too, imposing a drought levy of $2.00 per horse per day on agistment fees. I think we must do something to the same effect to continue viability. Water is still ok for now!
We therefore sadly advise from the 1st November Accounts we must temporarily increase our fees by $2.00 (inc gst) per horse per day.
Please keep in mind we are still noting on all accounts that if your payment is made within 14 days of Invoice Issue date, we will apply a 5% discount.
We are hopeful we can survive this season and continue to offer best and total care for your Horses.
|Staff News :-|
Elizabeth’s venture, the Ranch House Retreat. Home style fully self contained accommodation available for up to 20 people. Self catering or retreat organized options available. Our versatile venues are suitable for leisure getaways, career respite and support groups, celebrations and much more. Relax and just be, take part in a farm walk and horse talk with your host Elizabeth, or stroll around at your own pleasure. Come and enjoy the relaxing farm atmosphere and the many attractions of the Westernport Peninsula.
Maybe good news for Breeders – Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and other associated organizations have together with a Victorian government committee conducted an enquiry into the breeding industry ; their proposals for submissions to state and federal governments and Australian tax office will include improvements to marketing, tax relief, super vobis payments to breeders etc. in order to revitalize and better the Victorian horse industry.
Eldon Park Stud offers quality in all things including superior care of your Horses.
We hope you will join and continue to support us.