Bloodstock Portfolio

Imagine going into the garden shop & asking the assistant for advice on a lemon tree; the assistance gives you the advice but has never actually grown a lemon tree.  Well, the stakes are a hell of a lot higher when it comes to bloodstock - we're talking tens of thousands, if not hundreds of thousands of hard-earned dollars.  So for a bloodstock consultant to truly have any credibility, he or she must not only understand this unique product backwards, but must have personally experienced the highs, the lows, the thrills, the despair - all the ingredients and the absolute reality of owning racing and breeding stock.

I purchased the tried race mare Sarajay in January 2007.  She had won 6 races and was stakes-placed.  By the end of that same calendar year Sarajay had won three more races including two at Group Two level; she had been Group One-placed and to top it off, she retired from the track carrying a foal by Zabeel.  

I encourage would-be investors to be sure to take professional advice, not only at purchase time, but thereafter.  It's a specialist field with a minefield of potential hazards - don't for a moment go thinking you can learn this business from a book or a few trips to the races or sales.  Yes, it's complex, but the bloodstock consultant can smooth the way - he or she knows the risks, knows the 'right' people and knows when the tough decisions need to be made.  So next time you go to the garden centre - be sure that the shop assistant has actually grown a lemon tree!



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Sarajay wins the $120,000 Gasmate Stakes-Gr.2 in December 2007, with jockey Noel Harris carrying my colours.