Sledmere Stud is situated just three hours from Sydney in the picturesque Hunter Valley, in prime thoroughbred country at Scone. Close to all the major thoroughbred studs, Sledmere Stud is renowned for its long and illustrious history as a nursery for thoroughbred horses. The purpose built property comprises 700 prime acres of undulating paddocks, all pasture improved and irrigated, with the majority being post and rail fencing.
Close to all the major thoroughbred studs, Sledmere Stud is renowned for its long and illustrious history as a nursery for thoroughbred horses. The purpose built property comprises 700 prime acres of undulating paddocks, all pasture improved and irrigated, with the majority being double fenced paddocks.
Purchasing Sledmere Stud in 1977, the farm has been home to a long string of successful horses under the expert guidance of Ann Raymond. Interestingly Ann’s father, thoroughbred industry icon Guy Raymond, co-founded Sledmere Stud just after the First World War, before moving to Victoria to establish St Albans Stud at Geelong.
Ann herself would eventually manage the leading Victorian stud for her father, and over the years they were very successful with horses like Great Britain (1942 VRC Derby and Caulfield Guineas), Red Fury (Caulfield Cup), champion racemare Tranquil Star (20 stakes-wins from 1941 to 1946 including Cox Plate twice, Caulfield Cup and the Mackinnon Stakes three times) and 1948 Melbourne Cup winner Rimfire.
A lifetime member of the NSW Thoroughbred Breeders Association, Ann has bred many winners including Queensland Derby and VRC Queen Elizabeth Stakes winner Valance and multiple Gr2-winner Gold Brose (sire of 14 stakes-winners).
Keeping it in the family, Cryptic Verse (purchased by Ann in foal to Gold Brose) would establish herself as a foundation mare for the farm, with all eight of her foals being winners, including Dyslexia, Bewilder, Cryptique and Lyrics. Ann retained all the fillies, and Lyrics has continued the family’s success with all seven of her foals’ winners too, including stakes-winning, Group 1 performing Testa Rossa filly, Pane In The Glass.
Other successful horses bred by Ann include the stakes-placed gelding Glenrowan, and the Guy Walter-trained Gr3-winning mare Star Alight, who also ran third in the Gr1 AJC Oaks.
Entering a new era, Ann’s niece Catriona Murphy is the next generation of the family to take up the reins at Sledmere Stud alongside her husband Royston who joined Sledmere after managing Segenhoe Stud. Catriona has been in the business of thoroughbreds her whole life with her parents as well as her brother heavily involved.
With the dawning of a new era for Sledmere Stud, the farm has already begun to reap the rewards of extensive planning with its yearling sale Graduates including the Group 1-winning Street Sense mare Politeness, the extremely talented Pane In The Glass (Testa Rossa), the juvenile stakes performers Invincibella (I Am Invincible) as well as the multiple stakes performers purchased to race in South Africa including Anjaal (Lonhro), Ready To Attack (More Than Ready) and Buckinghampshire (LOnhro).
Catriona and Royston’s experience and long association within the thoroughbreds industry, lends itself to a world of expertise and knowledge. Sledmere’s clients can be assured that their investments receive the utmost care and attention, in order to fulfill their potential.
The stud is just five kilometres from Scone Veterinary’s intensive care foaling unit, and is close to Scone racecourse and the airport.
- Double fenced paddocks
- Shelters in paddocks & yards
- 70 boxes
- 8 and 10 horse walker
- Round yard
- Brand new crush and vet facility
- 24-hour resident vet
- Hospital barn with heated floors & air-conditioned boxes