Australia is quite rightly blowing its trumpet with two major winners in Asia in consecutive weeks, namely Risky Business in Singapore and Rocket Man in Hong Kong last Sunday.
The man in the spotlight playing solo among the fanfare is none other than Dean Fleming, who bred both horses.
A son of the late Jim Fleming, Dean and his brother Lee have been highly successful breeders in their own right for years.
Dean is a boutique breeder par excellence, while Lee is at the helm of Eliza Park Stud in Victoria – home to 11 stallions, including Black Caviar’s sire, Bel Esprit.
”We’ve been doing quite well in Singapore now for the last four or five years, not only with Rocket Man and Risky Business, but Lim’s Fighter too won a Group One up there not long back,” Dean said.
”On top of that there are a number of other horses that are winning nice races, so we’re very happy.” The Flemings, particularly family patriarch Jim via his Tyreel Stud operation, opened up new avenues for the export of Australian horses while it was still a relatively new concept.
”A lot of our horses early on did go to Japan and Hong Kong and Singapore and they have performed very, very well up there,” says Dean.
”A long time ago we had Mr Vitality, we bred him, and he was a champion in Hong Kong.
”We also had Gaburin in Japan, who won a number of stakes races, and now we have Rocket Man, Risky Business and Lim’s Fighter, so we have got a pretty good track record up in Asia, which is fantastic.” Tyreel Stud has been the leading vendor by average at the prestigious Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for several years.
Their chances of another crown in 2011 rest on a superlative draft which boasts five yearlings by Redoute’s Choice and one each by More Than Ready and Flying Spur.
Among Tyreel’s consignment is a handsome Flying Spur colt out of former dual Group One winner Republic Lass and the first foal (a Redoute’s Choice colt) out of the multiple Group One performer Just Dancing.
”We have always put every effort into breeding the best horses and no stone is left unturned,” Dean said.
”We are continually trying to improve what we do every year to see if we can make them better and that’s what we are supposed to be doing – we are supposed to be growing horses that can race.
”We’ve got a nice draft and we’re looking forward to the sale.”
TYREEL STUD HONOUR ROLL
- Bint Marscay
- Rocket Man
- Our Giant
- Prima Nova
- Republic Lass
- Stella Cadente
- King Of Danes
- Kenny’s Best Pal
- Hidden Dragon
- Danehill Express
- Just Dancing
- Sky Watch
- Rose O’War
- Tahni Girl
- Lim’s Fighter
- Risky Business (below)