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Bluebloods : NZ Sires Preview June 2010
June 2010 24 NEW ZEALAND SIRES PREVIEW IT'S been a year to savour for the Walton farm on the outskirts of Matamata but complacency has no part to play in the plan for the future. John Thompson, the master of Rich Hill, knows only too well that nothing can be taken for granted and there are no short cuts to continued growth and prosperity. "I must admit that in the last year all the hard work and effort has come together, but it doesn't happen overnight," Thompson said. "You have to keep at it and if you keep the standards up you're going to kick a few goals sooner or later." Rich Hill has regularly hit the back of the net over the last calendar year on the premier stages of Australasia. They sold their highest-priced yearling in New Zealand at the National Sale at Karaka when their Pentire colt walked out of the ring with a $650,000 price tag around his noble neck. The brother to Gr. 1 performer Resolution exceeded all expectations with his sale to Big Red Farm in Japan. "He was a great colt and I always said he was the pick of our draft," Thompson said. Onto the Sydney Easter Sale and Rich Hill was the toast of the ring when the Scott Williams-bred half- sister to dual Gr. 1 winner Zarita made $A1.3 million. "On paper she was as good as any filly and it was a combination of factors that all came together at the one time," Thompson said. Purchased by Lakeview Resources, the Zabeel youngster's profile had been further lifted in the lead-up to the sale by the international sprint win in Dubai of her half-brother Joy And Fun. On the racetrack, Rich Hill have celebrated Gr. 1 victories by Pentire's sons Rangirangdoo and farm graduate Mufhasa. Pentire also featured as the dam-sire of rising star and AJC Derby and Randwick Guineas winner Shoot Out. Two other three-year-olds - Corporal Jones and Bridgestone - have placed at the elite level as has the quality sprinter-miler Stupendous. The good times have been rolling at Rich Hill, but success isn't taken for granted. "You've got to keep the momentum going and decisions made now will dictate the future. You have to have the belief in what you are doing and our motivation is to be one of the leading studs in New Zealand," Thompson said. Rich Hill have been fully paid-up members of that elite club for a number of years and look poised to maintain their standing in the future. "It's an ongoing process and you can never afford to be complacent and you've always got to keep looking and planning ahead," Thompson said. Relatively young in terms of leading studs, Rich Hill was founded in 1994 on proven thoroughbred ground. "It used to be part of the old Wilson family's Evergreen Lodge, who stood stallions like One Pound Sterling and Icelandic. They were quite successful in their own right and always produced good horses." Rich Hill Stud has enjoyed an outstanding run of success in the last 12 months yet John Thompson's feet remain firmly planted in his rich Waikato soil. Story by Paul Vettise. PAR EXCELLENCE
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