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Griffins making the trans-Tasmin move

Lot 131 I Am Invincible x Different To
Lot 131 I Am Invincible x Different To

Ten days after they sell their last lot at the Karaka Sales Series, Jo and Greg Griffin will be driving through the gates at their new base in the lush Southern Highlands of NSW.

At the beginning of the month, the Griffin's announced that they were relocating from their Hastings nursery to the property currently known as Think Big Stud.

Proprietor, Dato Tan Chin Nam, has entrusted the Griffin's to care for his prized bloodstock including the Redoute's Choice colt out of VRC Oaks winner Faint Perfume who will be offered at the Easter Yearling Sale in Sydney under the Lime Country banner.

But before then all of the Griffin's focus will be on Karaka where they have 30 yearlings spread across the threes sales.

"This is our biggest and our final Karaka draft," Jo Griffin says, "the best draft we have taken to Karaka."

Lime Country has 10 yearlings at the Premier split five and five between colts and fillies.

The youngsters are by sires including Tavistock, O'Reilly, Savabeel, I Am Invincible and Smart Missile as well as exciting classic types Dundeel and Reliable Man.

"We had a great sale last year but we were lacking a big star in our Premier draft.

"Our top price was $185,000 last year and our bottom was $120,000 so it was really solid but we didn't have that big superstar like we did in the Select Sale that made $200,0000 and then we topped the Festival with an $80,000 yearling so we have been wanting a couple of nice big horses and I think we've got them this year," Griffin said.

Two of those stars that immediately standout to potential buyers are Lot 131, the I Am Invincible filly out of a sister to Captain Cook winner Dorabella and the Epaulette filly out of Sarong, herself an Exceed and Excell daughter of the mighty Wrap Around.

The Griffin's impeding arrival is a shot in the arm for the breeding industry in this State at a time when studs are under constant threat from mining interests, a scenario that reached across the Tasman.

"One to the reasons that this farm (Think Big) has appeal for us is that it is away from the uncertainty around the Hunter at the moment and if we put our feet down in the Hunter and invested there, bought a farm even, it is unsettling.

"You never know what could happen in another 12 months," said Griffin. - Shayne O'Cass, The Sportsman Weekend.


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