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LOT 242 Mobile

Lot 242 Bay Colt by Hussonet (USA) from Shesalwaysawoman (NZ) by Casual Lies, 3 wins 1600 metres ,a second foal her first in an unraced here year old.

LOT 258 Mobile

Lot 258 Grey Filly by Dalakhani (Ire) from Song Of Gold by Danzero half sister to Fireflaught,and Ocean Embers this is her first foal.

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Lot 348 Bay Colt by Dalakhani from Almah SAF) by Al Mufti, dam Champion Older Female Stayer in South Africa 8 wins from 1400 to 3800 metres from a very strong black staying family a lot of depth in the pedigree.

lOT 424 Mobile

Lot 424 Bay Filly by Stratum from Coablo by Vettori multiple winning mare 3 wins sister Pentelikon, dam of 8 foals to race 4 winners including Arabian Gold 9 wins to 2000 metres.

lot 465 Mobile

Lot 465 Grey Colt by Dalakhani (Ire) from Enthrall by Flying Spur , 2 wins at 1200 metres , dam of 2 foals to race both winners , second dam Sarah Vee won 3 times, produced 7 to race 6 winners.

Lot 547 Mobile

Lot 547 Bay Colt by Loves Conquers All from Just Great by Great Dane, dam of 2 foals to race both winners, grand dam Just Now best race of her year.


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Valentia Showing Promise

Valentia is off to a flying start at stud, showing positive results with the first mares covered at Cornerstone Stud Angaston.

The son of Fastnet Rock, who was sold as a yearling for $1.35 million, is proving fertile and will cover at least 80 mares in his first season.

Sons of Fastnet Rock are well proven as sires, hence their popularity, Velentia he is a high quality horse with an excellent pedigree and all the necessary credentials to make a successful sire.

Valentia received a high rating from Gai Waterhouse, claiming he was arguably the best looking colt ever seen at Tulloch Lodge.

She added,” attitude wise he is perfect and most important factor he had a great will to win,” she said.

Valentia was not over raced, just the eight starts, he was in the money five times, twice as a two year old winning the Group 2 Skyline Stakes at Randwick over 1200 metres, and was placed twice at Group level.  

Previous winners of the Group 2 Skyline Stakes include Hinchinbrook, Snitzel and Choisir, all highly successful sires.

His sire, Fastnet Rock has exceeded all expectations, he has shuttled to the U K with success in both hemispheres, twice champion leading Australian sire, over 740 winners and 91 Stakes winners.

The is no weak links in the sire line of Valentia, he is line bred to the great Danzig, as was quoted,” he had speed in the extreme.

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Thoroughbreds in the Barossa

The Barossa Valley of South Australia, is noted for the fine wines it producers, and
thoroughbreds that roam its lush pastures.

Each complements the other, it’s where time pauses for a mere moment to appreciate the values of the magnificent country terrain.

This is where the late Colin Hayes OBE AM, founder of Lindsay Park, entertained royalty and where some of the finest thoroughbred racehorses have been bred and reared.

Sam Hayes is now following on from his grandfather, who was the most successful trainer and breeder this part of the world has known.

Sam is not likely to train, certainly not at this stage, however, as a breeder he is becoming a force to be reckoned with, he has employed the right people who are dedicated and enjoy working among horses.

Cornerstone Stud, a part of the old Lindsay Park property, is a prime piece of horse country with its big gums providing shade for stock in the hot months of summer.

Cornerstone is well set up with an excellent selection of sires, with the latest to take up residence, Free Eagle, a highly acclaimed son of High Chaparral, the dual Epsom and Irish Derby success.

Free Eagle was lightly raced having just the eight starts, winning at two three and four years, his performance at four was exceptional in the Prince of Wales Stakes Group 1 at Royal Ascot, beating a class field including The Grey Gatsby, who was well beaten into second place, plus Gailo Chop and Criterion.

He was ridden by seven time’s champion Irish jockey, Pat Smullen ,he was heard to say, “I genuinely think that horse, Free Eagle, is the best I have ever ridden.”  

That drew favourable comments from his trainer, Dermot Weld, “this is a beautiful colt with a lovely attitude, great conformation and temperament, everything a serious horse needs.”

Free Eagle is bred on the same cross as the unbeaten Frankel, who has met with extraordinary results, with first crop of racing age.

He defeated a high class field in the Prince of Wales Stakes over a genuine 10 furlongs; he has cemented his future as a sire. If the intention is to breed the classic winner, this is the direction leading breeders in Europe take.

Polished Gem, the dam of Free Eagle, is a winning daughter of Danehill, she won as a two year old over 1400 metres and has produced five foals, four have been winners.

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First foals by Zebedee

First foals by Zebedee

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Bay Filly ex Miss Blevitone


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Zebedee, if you have not heard of him? Don’t worry you soon will, he is the hottest sire on the planet.

2014 European Champion First Season Sire – 2015 European Champion Second Season Sire -2016 Leading European Third Season.

Over 60 two year old winners in his first two crops to race, with his oldest four year olds he has 124 winners to his credit in Europe.

Yearling sales results, 235 lots at clearance rate of 90 percent, an average of 8 times his service fee.

“Every morning we wake up and check the results in Europe, and rarely will a couple of days go by without another Zebedee winner ...he is a gift that keeps on giving,” Sam Hayes.

“Zebedee will deliver exactly what Australian buyers are looking for, successful sire line, speed and precocity.” Adrian Hancock, Magic Million

First Australian bred foal, a chestnut colt by ZEBEDEE – Angel of Hope by Choisir, born at Willow Grove Stud.

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Cornerstone Stallion Parade

The 2016 Cornerstone Stud Stallion Parade will be held on Sunday August 28th

Visitors are welcome to join the team at Cornerstone Stud, in the Barossa Valley, from 11am, a full parade of the stallions will begin approximately at 11:45 am, this will be followed by a light lunch and refreshments.

This year’s stallion parade will see the unveiling of the new additions, FREE EAGLE (by High Chaparral), the highest rated racehorse retiring to stud in Australia since 2014, as well as Gr.2 Skyline Stakes winner, VALENTIA by (Fastnet Rock).

Also parading will be ZEBEDEE (by Invincible Spirit), the 2014 Champion European First Season Sire, and 2015 Champion European Second Season Sire.

GOOD JOURNEY (by Nureyev), continues to be a terrific proven source of winners, he will also be on show, as will the stunning looking AMBIDEXTER (by Commands), who’s first yearlings sold so well earlier this year.

Entrance to the stud is located at 476 Rden Valley Road Angaston, South Australia. It is approximately a 90 minute drive from Adelaide airport.

All are welcome, please email ross@cornerstonestud, or call 08 8561000 to advise of your intention to attend.  


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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