Ontrack’s Hunter Valley Horse and Wine Tour seemed to move significantly closer with this week’s arrival of a number of shuttle stallions in Australia.
The Tour takes place October 11-15 and it seems a lot closer now that the big gun stallions have touched down.
On the flight were tens of millions of dollars worth of horse flesh, including Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Justify and American Pharoah.
These stallions will be on display for the Ontrack tour with Exceed And Excel joining Lonhro as the stars at Godolphin while Fastnet Rock and the US Triple Crown winners American Pharoah and Justify are headline acts at Coolmore.
Moving these super stallions between the Northern and Southern Hemispheres is always a delicate act, but COVID 19 has increased the degree of difficulty by significant margin.
Transporter IRT, which oversees the majority of equine imports into Australia, began working with Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Racing Australia and the federal government as soon as the COVID crisis emerged to help smooth the passage of stallions into Australia for the new season.
TBA chief executive Tom Reilly said that getting horses into the country was never a major hurdle, but the issue was around how to co-ordinate the travel of humans with those horses.
That’s been achieved and we look forward to getting up close to the super sires and the new prospects in October.