It will be a breeding season of firsts for Mount Brown International in 2018.
It will be their first season on the new property at Euroa.
They will stand their first ever stallion in the form of Group 2 winning juvenile Diamond Tathagata.
And he will be the first son of Hinchinbrook to be parked in a Victorian stallion barn.
Mount Brown’s Lester O’Grady and Jenna’s Fitzgibbon are looking forward to the new venture with the stallion.
“We believe that Diamond Tathagata will provide a brilliant and affordable stallion option for mare owners this spring,” O’Grady said.
“I was lucky that David Chester at Magic Millions put me onto him, as he knew I was looking for a stallion. He arranged the meeting with the Chinese owners and the contract has been signed.”
Being only the second son of Hinchinbrook to go to stud – and the first in Victoria – Diamond Tathagata has already generated plenty of interest on social media.
“We have had a great response so far and, once he is in the paddock, we will be looking to push him as much as possible in his important first season at stud,” O’Grady said.
“He is just a beautiful type in the flesh, a strong, well-set horse and we can’t wait for him to arrive here in a week and show him off to everyone.
“Twenty of our well performed, young broodmares, that have all won on the track, will certainly give him a great start, and we will be making the most of VOBIS Sires and the VOBIS incentives ($24 million) to push for mare owners to stay in Victoria and breed here.”
His short career of ten starts comprised of eight starts at Listed or Group level, including Group 1 performances in the Golden Slipper, the Sires Produce, and the Golden Rose. His impressive Group 2 Skyline Stakes win, at only his second start was a sure-fire sign of the immense talent he possessed.
“He won the same race as his sire Hinchinbrook and is his equal in type and quality. He is walking in his father’s footsteps,” O’Grady said.
Diamond Tathagata will be standing at the introductory fee of $2,200 this season.
“A lot of people have told me we could be standing him for more, but my main aim is to get the mares, get the numbers, get them to the sales and get them on the track,” O’Grady said.
“I want to offer breeders value, and then they will be back again next season.”
Trained by Randwick based Mark Newnham on behalf of his Chinese owner Mr K Ng, Diamond Tathagata is out of the city winning Tale Of The Cat mare Maltese and was a $100,000 purchase from Kooringal Stud’s draft at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale.
Kooringal’s Stuart Lamont commented that “he was one of the nicest colts you could have, he was so very correct, a lovely bodied horse with plenty of scope and great nature.”
Initially starting as a small but successful pin-hooking venture about three years ago in Nagambie, Mount Brown International has set up this year at Euroa and expects to be a busy place come spring.
“I’m the hands-on side of the business looking after the horses and Jenna keeps everything, including me, ship shape in the office,” O’Grady said.
“We are looking forward to holding an open day in the middle of August and invite all breeders to visit us at our Euroa property.”
To book in your broodmare or for more information on Diamond Tathagata, contact Lester O’Grady on 0484 783 583 or visit Mount Brown International on Facebook.