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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview June 2010
THE well-appointed property at Tauwhare on the outskirts of Cambridge is a testament to years of hard graft in pursuit of the thoroughbred dream. "There's always improvements to be done but the scale of the farm has pretty much reached what we had envisaged in terms of its structure," Nick King said. Established in 1996, Brighthill was formerly home to deer, sheep and cattle and required complete development for thoroughbreds. "We did all the stabling and fencing from scratch and there's always up and down in this game. We were careful not to over-extend ourselves to ride out the tough times," King said. Brighthill's accent on quality has been maintained throughout and evident in the stallion roster for 2010. "We've done things slowly and always had the ambition to have two or three stallions around. We've resisted the temptation to stand more and this way we're focussed on giving those stallions maximum opportunities." Their approach has resulted in Perfectly Ready's smooth and successful transition from Gr. 1 winner to leading first-season sire at Karaka in February. He took up residence at Brighthill in 2007 and was joined a year later by Patapan who has similarly progressed from an illustrious racing career to widespread popularity with breeders. They will this year be joined by Gr. 1 Hong Kong Cup winner Eagle Mountain whose résumé also boasts top-class European form credentials. Originally from County Tipperary in Ireland, King has always been sold on horses and reached National level eventing before a thoroughbred career. He was an assistant manager at Coolmore Stud for five years and furthered his experience in New Zealand with a stint at Cambridge Stud. King was the stallion and yearling manager at the old Glen Oaks Stud, Cambridge, before spending three years in Japan at the Lex Stud in Hokkaido. June 2010 22 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW PERFECT VISION Brighthill Farm has been a vision realised for Nick and Anne-Marie King but sitting back and admiring the fruits of their labour doesn't figure in the couple's game plan. Story by Paul Vettise. EAGLE MOUNTAIN The Gr. 1 Hong Kong Cup winner joins the Brighthill roster M.K.
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NZ Sires Preview July 2010