In Conversation With Glen Carrick, Owner, Noorlim Park Noorlim Park: Consistently Producing GreatStakes Horses
The Noorlim Park draft in the Great Southern Sale is slated to be one of the biggest in the catalogue. Not only is it the biggest, but they are bringing in some high-quality bloodstock to the sale.
The Impact had an opportunity to speak to co-owner Glen Carrick about their 2019 draft as well as their ambitions for Noorlim Park:
Q: Please, could you describe your draft for the Great Southern Sale? What are the draft highlights and why?
A: We are presenting our biggest draft to date at the Great Southern with some really nice types by the first season sires Holler, Flying Artie, Cable Bay, Sooboog and Tivaci.
We also have a lovely colt by Nicconi and will be well represented by stallions on the radar in Deep Field and Dissident.
There will certainly be plenty to choose from with 22 foals entered.
Q: Please could you tell us more about the history of Noorilim Park and how did you get involved with horses and Noorlim Park
A: Noorilim Estate was purchased by my father Peter Carrick in 2006 which was originally 300 acres and has since been developed
into a state-of-the-art facility. He recently purchased the adjoining property which is an extra 1300 acres, which is nestled on the banks of the Goulburn River and has 15kms of river frontage.
The property was leased for the first 9 years of ownership; it wasn’t until 2015 when we took over that the property is now known as Noorilim Park. We started with about 15 horses and has grown to a peak of 120 horses and 150 head of cattle.
My father and I run the business side of things, while Shearh Sullivan (Operation Manager) and staff run the day to day operations on the farm. We have great loyal staff working for us that really put in the time and care to every horse that comes their way.
Q: What were your sales highlights for 2019 thus far?
A: Sales highlights for 2019 would have to be selling our homebred Not A Single Doubt X Special Lover colt at the Magic Millions yearling sale to Ciaron Maher Racing. He was a lovely type with a great attitude. He made A$240k and will get every possible chance to make it on the track under his guidance. We can’t wait to see him hit the track.
We took a nice draft up to the Magic Millions weanling and broodmares sales recently, where we sold a Written Tycoon colt for a client which made A$290k. We also sold 5 broodmares which sold at an average price of A$170k, 3 of them were in foal to Dundeel, which gave them a great boost and great result for all our clients.
Q: What are your top three services?
A: We offer a range of services from the foaling down your mare through to sales preparation. Services also include racehorse agistment and rehabilitative care if required. Our team is complemented by staff with extensive knowledge and experience in veterinary care and all aspects of the thoroughbred industry. We current agistment all Spicer Thoroughbred horses and have had the likes of Extra Brut and Kings Will Dream spell here, while he has been rehabilitating for a return to racing.
Q: What factors do you take into consideration when you plan matings?
A: There are many factors we consider when mating our mares, everything from racetrack performance, size and structure of both mare and stallion to make the perfect outcome, bloodlines and crosses that work. Price isn’t everything but it does help to be able to afford the more commercial type stallions, but our main goal is to produce the best racehorse possible and the rest will take care of itself.
Q: What is your vision for the Farm and what's on your bucket list personally and for the Farm as well?
A: Like most people, the ultimate dream would be to breed/race a Golden Slipper winner, but I could be waiting a lifetime for that. A personal goal for mine is to make sure the farm is ever-improving and growing in all aspects, and if we can do that the results will look after themselves. For the first 4 years Noorilim Park has been running we can already say we have achieved these goals each year.
I would love to see the farm consistently get into the top 10 vendors at the sales on average and is being known and respected as great breeders that consistently produce stakes horses.
Published In The Impact 13 Issue, 2 Vol
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