David Futter of Yorton Farm Stud underlined the importance that the Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association’s NH Stallion Showcase plays to those in the bloodstock industry.
Futter, who was in attendance at the fourth edition of the showcase at Goffs UK on Tuesday, was on hand with Yorton stallions Gentlewave, Masterstroke, Pether’s Moon and Scalo.
He said: “It’s immensely important for the whole industry. It’s not just about how many mares you get to your stallion.
“We come up to showcase our industry, all our stallions together, and make it a great opportunity for all the breeders to meet each other. They can speak to all different stallion masters, other breeders and trainers.
“Pether’s Moon is here for his third or fourth year. It’d be easy to leave him at home, but you’ve really got to bring everything that you can up to make the show possible and give people the opportunity to see all the stallions.
“We very much appreciate opportunities like this. We’re an industry that has to be very much aware that it can be a closed shop so we have to keep everything open and invite as many people, to make it as accessible as we can.
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“Opportunities like this are fantastic and it’s great that Goffs UK allow us to come up and the TBA put it on.”
The showcase was another avenue for Yorton and Futter to advertise two of their newest recruits for 2020 in Scalo, sire of 2019 German Derby hero Laccario, and Masterstroke, whose oldest crop have yielded several jumps winners so far.
There is also plenty more to look forward to, as Futter added: “Gentlewave has come back after two years in France so that’s like having another fresh stallion on board and Pether’s Moon is going to have some three-year-old runners, which is very exciting as well.”
Futter’s sentiments were echoed by Tim Varey of Batsford Stud, who was busy throughout Tuesday parading St Leger winner Harbour Law for those wanting to inspect the son of Lawman.
He said: “It gives a shop window for all the National Hunt stallion studs and it’s a great opportunity for people to view the stallions.
“You can look at them in the books however many times you like, but sometimes the pictures don’t do them justice at all. It gives you a better idea of what you’re trying to achieve to breed.”