Whis­per­ing Brook named best Vic­to­ri­an­bred 2 year old

Euroa Gazette - - NEWS - By WILL MUR­RAY

LO­CAL breeder Peter Ford re­ceived an award from Thor­ough­bred Breed­ers Vic­to­ria (TBV) re­cently for Whis­per­ing Brook, who was named Cham­pion Vic­to­rian-bred 2yo for 2015-16.

Mr Ford is blood­stock man­ager for Hill­side Thor­ough­breds, and ac­cepted the award on be­half of the Nagam­bie-based stud and its owner Peter Ar­vani­tis.

Whis­per­ing Brook, who was sold to Perth­based owner Alan McAlis­ter in 2014, en­joyed great suc­cess last sea­son, win­ning the Group 2 Kar­rakatta Plate, G3 WA Sires’ Pro­duce Stakes and G3 Gim­crack Stakes.

She was de­scribed as ‘leagues above Perth’s 2yo fil­lies last sea­son’ by the Fed­er­a­tion of Blood­stock Agents Aus­tralia.

A lack of weight con­trib­uted to a leaner back end of the sea­son, and she will be given time to re­lax and fat­ten up be­fore train­ing be­gins again next year.

Mr Ford pur­chased Whis­per­ing Brook’s dam Art­ful Whis­per in 2005, and said he had been im­pressed by how well she was pro­gress­ing.

“There are any­where be­tween 6-7000 horses bred each year in Vic­to­ria,” he said.

“To be con­sid­ered the pick of the lot is a fan­tas­tic re­sult, and af­ter win­ning her first five starts it’s def­i­nitely a ti­tle that is de­served.”

Peter is cer­tainly no stranger to suc­cess, with plenty of breed­ing high­lights through­out a long and dis­tin­guished ca­reer in the in­dus­try, in­clud­ing the pur­chas­ing of Black Caviar’s dam, Helsinge, as an un­named three year old.

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