Preparing a yearling for the sale ring is a fine-tuned process at Valachi Downs. The journey starts all the way back at the conception stage with the team sitting down with Kevin Hickman to discuss mating options.
Then from the day they are born they are met with the attention and care tailored to suit each individual. As they go through the weaning process, they are handled and educated to make their next steps smooth sailing when they come into the yearling barn.
Watch the videos below and listen to yearling manager Sam Fursdon, along with other staff members, talk through their journey.
Multiple Group 1 winner, Champion 3YO and Stayer in NZ
Unbeaten 2-year-old, stakes winner and three-time Group 1 runner-up
Group 1-winning Champion 2YO, Karaka Million 2YO winner
Group 1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas winner by Zacinto
Group 1 Auckland Cup winner and New Zealand Oaks placegetter
Group 2 The Roses Stakes winner and multiple Group performer
Group 2 Royal Stakes winner
Group 3 Sunline Vase winner
Group 3 winner and multiple Group performer
Dual stakes winner and Group 1 South Australia Derby performer
Listed winner and Group 1 Levin Classic runner-up
Multiple stakes winner and Group performer