Connections Cast Ep2: The Panel

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Welcome to Episode 2 of Connections Cast, the TDN AusNZ Podcast hosted by Angus Roland, also available on Apple Podcast and Spotify.

With the 2021 breeding season underway, Angus Roland has brought together a panel to discuss stallion choices, focusing on the freshman class over $20,000, those under $20,000 as well as the emerging sires and the proven brigade.

This episode features bloodstock agent Julian Blaxland, successful Sydney trainer John O'Shea, Farm Manager Andrew Baddock and New Zealand breeder Brent Taylor.

For bloodstock agent Julian Blaxland, the current freshman crew represent an intriguing proposition.

Julian Blaxland

"It’s a great class, they certainly haven't been shy with their service fees… but the market is good and they can get the support. There are a lot of nice, exciting stallions going to stud," he said.

The one he is looking forward to seeing prosper is Farnan, who has debuted at Kia Ora Stud at $55,000 (inc GST).

"He was a really dominant 2-year-old, from that Danehill-line of horses and that's the recipe that has generally worked in Australia," he said.

The presence of Lord Kanaloa's (Jpn) son Tagaloa on Yulong Stud's roster is something that interests Andrew Baddock, who recently joined Edinglassie Stud after a long career at Gooree Park.

Andrew Baddock

"He won a Blue Diamond. He's got his place for sure. If he was by something else, he would probably stand for a lot more, because it is a bit of the unknown with the Japanese stallions," Baddock said.

John O'Shea, who has prepared some champion horses, has singled out Bivouac as the new face on the Australian stallion roster he is most looking forward to.

"I'm a Bivouac fan. I think he's got similar formlines to his father. He won a Newmarket and the key for me is the stallion's longevity in their racing career. Bivouac just didn't do it once, he did it season after season, so he will breed you a very sound horse," he said.

Brent Taylor, managing director of Trelawney Stud spoke on the podcast of his enthusiasm for a new addition to the Australasian stallion ranks who he believes can make his mark immediately.

Wylie Dalziel and Brent Taylor

"I can certainly see a number of similarities between the Danehill horses we have seen in Australia over the years and this horse. He's a great horse when you see him moving. He has fantastic bone, good length, fantastic depth and is just an outstanding horse that will fit with our broodmare bands," he said.

Who is he talking about? You will have to listen to find out as the panel also goes through the new stallions under $20,000, as well as the ones coming through, and the established stars.

Connections Cast
Julian Blaxland
Andrew Baddock
Brent Taylor