Since its inception just three years ago, Lime Country Thoroughbreds has firmly
established itself in the Australian marketplace as one of the best when it
comes to preparation and presentation of yearlings for major sales.
At the 2020 Inglis Classic Sale, Lime Country Thoroughbreds will offer 22
yearlings making it one of the largest consignors outside of studs that stand
The size and quality of this draft reflects the first-rate reputation the Southern
Highlands based farm has built under the passionate leadership and astute
horsemanship of husband and wife team Greg and Jo Griffin.
“Being only an hour from the Inglis Riverside complex, and having enjoyed two
previously strong Classic sales, we were confident to increase the draft size
with yearlings from our draft having sold stock for up to $250,000 at this sale
in 2019,” said Jo Griffin.
In 2019, Lime Country Thoroughbreds was represented by 43 yearlings across three
key sales - Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale (Book 1), the Inglis
Classic Sale and the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale - with 41 of those
horses selling achieving a 95% clearance rate.
Off the back of such strong results, Lime Country Thoroughbreds has attracted
several important new partners including the iconic Kia Ora Stud and one of
Victoria’s leading Thoroughbred nurseries Swettenham Stud.
“Kia Ora has previously sold at Classic under Bhima’s banner. The Fleming’s were
unable to provide that service this season due to the size of their other
drafts and Mike only had good reports regarding his dealings with Kia Ora for
“Mr Krishnan has an exceptional broodmare band and we look forward to presenting
some standout yearlings for him at the upcoming Classic Sale,” said Jo
Kia Ora’s Bloodstock Manager Andrew Perryman said he is looking forward to working
closely with Lime Country Thoroughbreds who will prepare and sell seven
yearlings on their behalf at the Inglis Classic Sale (Lots 91, 305, 339, 366,
410, 419 & 555)
“We see them as a highly professional outfit and look forward to them selling on
our behalf,” said Andrew.
Significantly,Swettenham Stud has entrusted Lime Country Thoroughbreds to sell two yearlings
(Lots 202 & 399) by its headline stallion Toronado at the upcoming Inglis
“With some promising stock coming through the ranks for Swettenham’s young sire
Toronado, Inglis encouraged Adam Sangster to provide some quality stock to the
“The colt and filly we are offering on their behalf are excellent, precocious
examples of this stallion’s stock and we feel they are the right
physical types for this particular sale,” said Jo.
Swettenham Stud Sales and Nominations Manager Sam Matthews said;
“This is our first time selling through Lime Country Thoroughbreds. We have
been watching them closely for a while, and, for a farm that hasn’t had huge
drafts, their averages have been enormous and that speaks volumes about what Jo
and Greg are doing.
“They are incredibly attentive and the quality of their yearlings that we have
inspected over the years has been second to none. They do an exceptional job in
terms of preparing and getting them sold,” said Sam.
In total, 808 yearlings have been catalogued for the 2020 Inglis Classic Sale in a
revised three-day format that will run from Sunday, February 9 until Tuesday,
February 11. The sale goes from strength to strength each year and has produced
eight Group 1 winning graduates since 2018.
“The Lime Country Thoroughbred draft is a quality offering with significant sire
power with top proven sires such as Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Dundeel, So You
Think all represented alongside some of the most exciting young stallions in
Australasia such as American Pharoah, Pride of Dubai, Brazen Beau, Deep Field,
Toronado, Nicconi & Shalaa,” said Jo.
For more information on the Lime Country Thoroughbreds yearling draft at the 2020
Inglis Classic Sale please go to www.inglis.com.au