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Dear Clients

We are writing to farewell our stud master, David Burke, who is establishing an agistment business in the Hunter Valley.

David has been with us for six years and we would like to thank him for his loyal service, sound advice and hard work, we wish him all the best with his new venture … Burke Bloodstock.

We are excited to announce that Tom Murtah has accepted the position of Stud Manager at Cornerstone.

Tom is moving across from New Zealand with a wealth of experience in the thoroughbred industry, most with his own business, Esker Lodge in Waikato, which he ran for 14 years with his wife Shelley.

We are looking forward to Tom starting on the first of August; we will post Tom’s details on our website at the end of the month.

In the interim please feel free to contact Ross Hatton or myself, Sam Hayes, for any stallion enquiries and /or mating advice .


Zebedee kicking goals in the U K

Exciting times ahead for Cornerstone Stud, with news filtering through that Zebedee, has excellent prospects of siring his first Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot, via Magical Memory.

Magical Memory, by Zebedee, already has Black Type to his credit, having won the Group 2 Duke of York Stakes over 1200 metres, and adding to his win last month at Newmarket, he is sure to be a major player at Royal Ascot in July.

He has inherited the pace of his sire, Zebedee, who should have remained unbeaten, as it was he won six of his seven starts.

Zebedee has already left his mark in the UK and is about to do the same in South Australia, at Sam Hayes’s Cornerstone Stud at Angaston.

He is more than capable of doing what he has already achieved in England, installing pace into his progeny.

The ingredients are there, he is doing the job that is required, getting progeny of good cruising speed and sound good types, well framed horses.

Zebedee is by Invincible Spirit who is no stranger here, he formerly stood three or four seasons at Chatswood Stud, where he has since proved a sire of sires, evidenced by the outstanding success of I Am Invincible, a much sought after sire, his progeny command a lot of attention in the auction ring as yearlings, they develop into brilliant two year olds.

Our racing is all about an early return, suggesting that Zebedee is that likely source, it is encouraging to see his progeny doing so remarkably well in Europe, however, we must never lose sight that it takes two to tango, the mare is also a contributing factor.

The first crop of foals by Zebedee hit the track, resulting in 32 winners, and his second crop produced 27 winners, he was readily acclaimed as champion European freshman sire, with his yearlings selling for 8 .8 times his service fee.

Zebedee covered 100 mares in his first season at Cornerstone, he is getting the opportunity he so richly deserves, first crop foals to be born here are due within a few months and are eagerly awaited.

There is also some depth in his pedigree, his dam, Cozy Maria, won at 2000 metres and has produced four foals to win.

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