In Conversation With Stuart Bowman, Blandford Bloodstock Blandford Bloodstock: Believing Champions Are Just Around The Corner
Bloodstock Agent extraordinaire Stuart Boman is an associate with Blandford Bloodstock, one of Europe’s leading breeding, bloodstock and racing consultancies. Recently he purchased Top purchaser in the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.
The colt, who was part of the Aquis Farm draft, is out of the Stravinsky mare Victoire Celebre,(closely related to Purple Moon and Vengeur Masque). The Redoute's Choice weanling was knocked down to Bowman for A$480,000.
Bowman was happy to do what it takes in order to buy the weanling, given the similarities he shares with The Autumn Sun.
Q: What are your plans for the Redoute's Choice Weanling?
A: At this stage, we are planning on offering him for sale as a yearling next year. He is an outstanding type who walks particularly well and is by a former champion sire that needs no introduction. He is one of only 20Redoute’s Choice colts in this penultimate crop so in addition to his physique and pedigree there will be a scarcity factor attached which should hopefully stimulate further demand for him. The owner of the colt is happy to race him in a way that there is less pressure on such a high-priced Pin hook.
Q: What is your process when you decide to buy a horse? How do you ascertain the price bracket for horses you are
keen to buy
A: The first step in any purchase process is to ascertain my client's aims and desired budget. It is then a matter of performing as much due diligence and research as possible to whittle down the possible horses that fit the criteria of what they are looking for and then valuing them before stepping into the ring and seeing what we can afford. Auctions are an imperfect science and you do not always end up with your first choice and often there is an element of luck attached with what you end up purchasing.
In the instance of the Redoute's Choice colt, we inspected him three times, vetted and valued him by analysing yearling sale statistics for the sire and also the dams previous progeny who have sold well. We valued him at roughly what we paid for him but it was at the upper end of our valuation of him.
Q: How often do you purchase horses from Australia? Are there any particular types of horses by specific sires which are of particular interest?
A: I attend most of the major sales in Australia and the Magic Millions National Sale was my third trip to Australia in 2019. I don’t have any preconceived ideas about what I am looking for and it will be very much directed by my clients and what they are looking for. Ultimately a good horse can come from anywhere and you need to take an open mind and positive attitude into any sale. Regardless of how many sales you attend you cannot stop believing that the next one might be the champion that you are looking for.
Q: What are your other highlight purchases of 2019?
A: I have had a particularly active start to the 2019 year which the Redoute's Choice colt being the main highlight so far. I purchase a particularly nice Fastnet Rock colt our of Irish Nova.
Q: How did you get involved with horses?
A: My father is a racing journalist and I grew up in the press room at Randwick and Rosehill racecourses. My interest in racing started at an early age and I started working in the summer holidays for Gai Waterhouse while I was at school Gai is a great mentor for young people in our industry and from that good starting point, I have built a career around my passion in life.
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