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Crowds flock to Swettenham

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Swettenham Stud opened the gates on Sunday to parade their resident stallions and they were met with universal approval. The well-attended event had farm principal Adam Sangster upbeat about the farm’s future and that of the wider industry.

“We had more people here than we’ve ever had,” he said. “The stallions all looked magnificent and the staff did an incredible job. We’re very bullish and the interest from breeders is a good sign for all of us.”

Among the stallions to strut their stuff were Toronado (IRE) (High Chaparral {IRE}) and the new recruit Highland Reel (IRE) (Galileo {IRE}). “They all had their admirers and with Toronado having 132 two-year-olds and in all the top stables it’s exciting times,” Sangster said.

“They all had their admirers and with Toronado having 132 two-year-olds and in all the top stables it’s exciting times.” - Adam Sangster.

The former globe-trotting great and multiple Group 1 winner Highland Reel preparing for his first season at Swettenham Stud and he too has been enthusiastically received. “There was a significant groundswell of support for the freshman sire,” Sangster said.

The crowd were also treated to an appearance from the flamboyant media personality and former star Australian Rules footballer Sam Kekovich. “Sam’s a very good raconteur and he kept everybody entertained before the stallions came out,” Sangster said.