Peter Carrick’s Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds, nestled on the banks of the Goulburn River, is located in the heart of thoroughbred breeding country. Professionally managed by Sherah Sullivan, she is looking forward to a busy but rewarding season ahead.
“We are ready for our biggest season to date, expecting around 40 foals. We have four healthy foals now on the ground, with a classy daughter of Tosen Stardom the first to arrive. She is out of the Commands mare, She’s a Fairy, a half-sister to G1 Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove.”
“She is a lovely foal and pretty sharp. She has a good amount of hip and plenty of quality about her.”
With the significant loss of Deep Impact to the industry, Tosen Stardom will be the sole stallion flying the flag for his sire in Victoria and with his first foals on the ground already impressing the right judges, it’s a positive beginning to his stud career at Woodside Park Stud.
“We are expecting around ten foals on the ground by Tosen Stardom at Noorilim. This will give us a definite idea of the type he produces. It’s a great start, as if they are all as lovely as this filly, then we will be very pleased.”
Sullivan has been responsible for foaling down for major clients of the farm, Australian Bloodstock over the last couple of years.
“Jamie Lovett from Australian Bloodstock has trusted us again to care for his elite broodmare band. He continues to support Tosen Stardom with his well performed and proven producing band of mares, as did the other shareholders.”
“Additionally, Jamie purchased a number of mares specifically to suit Tosen Stardom from the sales, which in recent times is a vital part of giving a stallion the best chance for success from his first crop.”
Fertility also appears to be a huge plus for the son of Deep Impact, building a reputation for being deadly in the covering barn.
“Off the top of my head we sent around 20 mares last year, and he didn’t miss one. A couple had to have a second cover, but they were tricky mares anyway, so his potency is through the roof. I thought his fertility was the best of any horse standing at stud last season,” Sullivan said.
“He has really developed this year into an impressive, masculine horse, having had the chance to let down. Even the difference in him last year from the first cover to the last cover, he still was able to let down through the season. This was impressive considering that he was a very busy horse, so physically he is only going to get better.”
Sullivan notes that the quality mares that were served by Tosen Stardom included The Baroness, the dam of multiple G3 winner and G1 placed Princess Posh. And with another busy season ahead of him, Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds will be sending around 15 mares to return to Tosen Stardom this year to be covered.
“He is doing everything right as a stallion, he is getting nice foals, his fertility is spot on, he is letting down nicely, covering a quality book of mares and is professional in the barn to handle the big numbers. He is giving himself every chance to be a success.”
Noorilim Estate was purchased by owner-breeder Peter Carrick in 2006. A state-of-the-art thoroughbred facility, the property boasts a superb foaling unit in close proximity to the manager’s residence, ensuring 24-hour monitoring of your mares and foals over the breeding season.
“The farm provides the perfect environment for the growth and development of your next athlete, either by foaling them down, growing them out or preparing them for sale. They all receive the best of care to reach their full potential.”
“I would also like to thank my team that includes Abi Duchesne, and Kimmy Redhouse, who are both a vital part of Noorilim crew. Without them, we wouldn’t get the brilliant results. We work together to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in equine veterinary care to all aspects of the thoroughbred industry.”