One of the most popular events on Victoria’s breeding calendar is Eliza Park’s annual Open Day, with some 400 folk visiting the stud’s Kerrie property.
This year the event will be staged from 12pm to 4pm on Friday 31 August and will include a stallion parade (commencing 1pm), Industry Expo, gourmet BBQ (along with Hanging Rock Wines) and a couple of Living Legends in Apache Cat and Rogan Josh.
Joining the parade in 2012 is Black Caviar’s brother, Moshe, a multiple city winner who nearly broke a decade plus track record when taking out his debut by six lengths, and who has – not surprisingly – been the subject of a flood of enquiries since his retirement to Eliza Park.
Others parading on the day include Moshe and Black Caviar’s sire, Bel Esprit, Statue of Liberty (sire of Hay List, et al), Victoria’s Champion First Season Sire, Magnus, boom sire, Wanted, yearling sale magnets, Astronomer Royal and Sharkbite, Champion 2YO of England and France, Bushranger, Leading Third Season Sire, God’s Own, and promising first season sire Shinzig (sire of unbeaten 2YO Psychic Mick).
The Industry Expo was a massive drawcard in 2011 with a wide range of service suppliers – from pedigree analysis to taxation, from nutrition to transport – set up in marquees, as with staff from every division of Eliza Park, available to answer any questions.
Attendees will also have the chance to get up close and personal with two turf greats in Apache Cat (8 Group Ones) and 1999 Melbourne Cup winner Rogan Josh who, when not preening their stuff at open days, grace the paddocks at Living Legends.
Make sure you head along – it’s a great day, great food (and wine!) and great company. For further information, email Tracey Doolan: firstname.lastname@example.org or phone 03 5428 5168.