Few breeders understand the value of partnerships in thoroughbred racing and breeding better than Telemon principals Dan & Rae Fletcher. Recently they made some quality additions to their portfolio – SECRET LADY & CAUSEWAY QUEEN – by partnering with Western Queensland couple Yasmine Johnson & Andrew Thomas via their vehicle Thomjon Livestock.
With the Magic Millions QTIS Sale just around the corner and the Queensland breeding community set to come together, the market has been seeking some clarity as to the future plans for Champion First Season Sire 2018/19 SIDESTEP. In great news, Darley Stallions and Telemon Thoroughbreds have announced that SIDESTEP will continue to stand in Queensland.
Telemon foundation stallion SIDESTEP has had a prolific start to 2020. From his past nine runners he has sired three new winners with another three runner-up. This string of strong performers comes on the back of the stallion covering his highest quality book of mares across the latest Spring, heavily supported by leading local and interstate breeders.
Telemon’s first full calendar year of operations included a number of highlights. As we all know, thoroughbred breeding and racing can be a rollercoaster ride. With a new year on us, here is a reflection of our many special moments in 2019 in pictures. Unfortunately, the one thing we can’t celebrate is the season and we look forward to some desperately needed rain in the new year.
Through the deeds of her Group 1 winning daughter SUNLIGHT and another headline-making offspring in SISSTAR this Spring, SOLAR CHARGED has become a star broodmare. In this feature, we unpack the SOLAR CHARGED story – a beautiful mare that we are grateful to own in partnership.
It’s an exciting time of year with plenty happening both on and off the track. We thought we would reflect on some of our highlight moments in this blog. During September our stallion Sidestep was crowned Champion First Season Sire of Australia at the Thoroughbred Breeders NSW Annual Awards Charity Lunch.
Jungle Cat won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and the Group 1 Al Quoz Sprint in Dubai. In each performance he produced a ‘performance rating’ bettered only by Trapeze Artist among the sprinters standing their first season at stud in 2019. Has Telemon uncovered Australia’s best value freshman sire?
Last week for the first time, we attended the stud open house weekend across the Hunter Valley followed by a stopover at Telemon on our way home. It was a week of special memories and put many things in context including the massive injection our industry makes to the economy.
With nominations in place for the 2020 Longines Golden Slipper, owners and breeders can daydream about Australian racing and breeding’s most coveted prize. Sidestep sired last year’s winner Kiamichi from his first crop which was a bolt of lightning for Telemon!
Telemon Thoroughbreds today paused to toast their Champion First Season sire SIDESTEP. The young son of EXCEED AND EXCEL added the honour to his title of Champion 2YO Colt of 2013 and joined an illustrious group.