Tony Rider has already begun to achieve the vision he has for his boutique Cambridge-based thoroughbred breeding operation, Milan Park.
“It has world class facilities, with no expense spared in ensuring our bloodstock are raised to the highest possible standard,” says Tony.
Milan Park began operations in 2007 and is fast becoming renowned in the New Zealand thoroughbred breeding industry for its 20 high quality broodmares.
Previously owned by Bob Emery when known as Belvedere Farm, Milan Park is a beautifully presented and maintained boutique stud farm comprising 41 hectares.
“The broodmare band has all types with sprinters, middle distance and stayers,” Tony says.
The two principals in the operation are Tony, himself the key selector of bloodlines and breeder, and Grant Bennett who is the farm manager (formerly Westbury Stud) Grant also worked for Bruce and Maureen Harvey who are well known in the industry.
Tony says Milan Park Stud has very safe fencing to protect the valuable bloodstock, world-class facilities, top class soils and pasture with large acreage per paddock enabling plenty of space for the bloodstock.
Among the notable horses in Milan Park’s portfolio have been Group 1 winners Irish Fling and Aventador along with Vickezzchardonay, Savvy Dreams and Digital Fortress.
Irish Fling, winner of the Group 1 Telegraph Handicap, will be represented by Lot 280 in Book One at the Karaka sales – an attractive bay colt by Savabeel.
Key stallions bred to by Milan Park include Savabeel, Ocean Park, Sacred Falls, Pins, Rock N Pop and Tarzino.
The philosophy of Milan Park Stud is to breed the best to the best and take exceptional proven stallions and well proven mares. “There will be no expense spared in the pursuit of excellence,” says Tony who is a real pedigree enthusiast who pays close attention to statistics when deciding on his matings.
The goal for Milan Park Stud is to keep improving on its reputation as a highly recognised and respected boutique breeder in the key bloodstock markets of New Zealand, Australia and Hong Kong.