Experience driving new RTR venture

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An experienced group of Australian thoroughbred identities has banded together to focus on the Ready to Run Sale 2-year-old market.

The R2R club was launched online on Wednesday with an aim to purchase yearlings at Australian sales and take them through a structured development and education process to have them ready to race as juveniles.

The inaugural R2R club members, L-R: Simon Adams, Stuart Kendrick, Alexia Fraser, Mary-Lee Trivett, Neil Douglas & Andrew Dunemann

It includes breaking-in, pre-training, spelling, training and preparing them to present at the Ready To Run sales in October.

The R2R Club comprises of Stuart Kendrick, Alexia Fraser, Mary-Lee Trivett, Simon Adams, Neil Douglas and Andrew Dunemann.

“A real focus for us in the R2R Club is to showcase the processes that the horse goes through from the start of its education to the sale.” – Stuart Kendrick.

One of Queensland’s leading trainers, Kendrick will be a key member overseeing the education and training of the horses prior to the sales.

“A real focus for us in the R2R Club is to showcase the processes that the horse goes through from the start of its education to the sale,” he said.

“It enables anyone to follow the horse’s progress and make a well-informed purchase decision.”

Trainer Stuart Kendrick

Each horse will have its own page on the website which will feature videos at each main stage of the horse’s development, pedigree updates, veterinary reports, growth tables, breeze ups and other important pre-purchase information.

“A key focus for us is transparency and using digital and social media platforms to convey regular progress reports on each horse.” – Simon Adams.

Club member and concept creator Adams, of Golden Gully Thoroughbreds, said he and his colleagues believe there is strong growth potential in a transparent selling model aimed at Ready To Run sales.

“There has been a noticeable shift in the industry in recent years in buyers requesting more information and sellers making information more available,” he said.

“A key focus for us is transparency and using digital and social media platforms to convey regular progress reports on each horse.”

The first crop of horses to enter the R2R Club stables in its inaugural year are colts by Smart Missile, Deep Field and Spirit Of Boom.

Gallery: The first group of R2R colts

Kendrick, who has had success selling 2-year-olds to Asia including last year’s G1 Hong Kong Derby winner Ping Hai Star (NZ) (Nom Du Jeu {NZ}), hopes these three yearlings will develop along similar lines to be attractive to both the domestic and Asian markets.

“All three yearlings have been purchased with the highest degree of scrutiny and each has a level of class that the buying bench will expect when purchasing a horse at the ready to run sales,” he said.