Stunning stallions breeding success
BOB Wood said he'd never stand a stallion at Oakwood but one day a friend who raced Dutch Harry told him he was in a paddock in Toowoomba running with mares.
The mares had a few foals but most of them got cut up on the barbed wire fences.
The first foal he got to race was Dutchy's Lass who won at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day and Dutch Harry's owners asked if Bob and Sheridan would take him.
"He's 17 now and a lovely, lovely horse and his percentage of winners is incredible," Sheridan said.
"Then we said again we're never having another stallion. We've been offered a few stallions over the years but we've always said no.
"Then we got contacted by the owner of Top Echelon to see if we wanted him and we got him in March or April last year.
"He's another really magnificent, kind horse.
"When he came we thought we couldn't be that lucky to have two stallions that quiet because some stallions can be quite a handful. Harry is a really quiet horse too. We built these flash stallion yards up the top but he didn't like them; he likes to be down the bottom around everyone else.
"There's not a mean bone in his body. He's very street smart, I presume that's from being in the paddock with the mares."
Top Echelon had been to a few studs and hadn't done much but that was before River Lad won the Stradbroke.
"I think his biggest book had been something like 36 mares but last year he served 110," Sheridan said.
"Out of those I think we ended up with 91 in foal and out of those there would have been probably 50 maiden mares and out of those we had 38 sets of twins and one set of triplets so there was nothing wrong with his fertility."