Hawkes colt heading to the Hunter Valley
Star three year-old Ole Kirk will enter the breeding barn at Vinery Stud when his racing career concludes.
He looks set to race on in the Autumn for the family training partnership of John, Michael and Wayne Hawkes.
A son of in-form stallion Written Tycoon, Ole Kirk has already registered Group 1 wins in the stallion making Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas.
One of the most historic properties in the Hunter Valley, Vinery Stud is owned by a partnership which includes Gerry Harvey and managed by highly regarded horseman Peter Orton.
“We are obviously delighted to be involved with Ole Kirk and to have secured the breeding rights for when he retires to stud,” said Peter Orton.
Ole Kirk was bred by astute Victorian Rick Jamieson, the man behind champion sprinter Black Caviar who also forms a cornerstone in Ole Kirk’s female pedigree.
Jamieson retained an interest in Ole Kirk, and races the colt together with managing owner, Neil Werrett.
Ole Kirk was as $675,000 yearling from Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm draft at the 2019 Inglis Premier Sale.
“As breeder and part owner of our most exciting horse Ole Kirk, I am thrilled to have Vinery come in as a partner in the colt,” commented Jamieson.
“Ole Kirk has the genetic potential and the elite racetrack performance to play a major role in the ongoing development of the Australian Thoroughbred industry. He is from one of the most successful pedigrees in the Australian Stud Book, descending back to the blue hen mares Scandinavia and Helsinge.
“His sire line traces back through to Last Tycoon and Try My Best, making him a great genetic match for mares carrying Danehill in their pedigree.
“We had great interest from a number of studs for him but after many detailed discussions we settled on Vinery, as their team headed by Peter were very keen to land him for stud duties and made a compelling proposal.
"With the support of all current owners as well as that of Vinery and their loyal clients he will be supported with a great line up of mares when he begins his stud career.
"Personally I believe we have been fortunate and put our foot on a future great speed stallion and can’t wait for him to begin the next phase of his exciting career,” said Rick Jamieson.