Introduction

Telemon Thoroughbreds is a 240 acre, premium property situated in the heart of Queensland’s “Golden Mile” for horses, on the banks of the Logan River.

The farm was initially developed as a thoroughbred stud in the 1990s. Further development and expansion was undertaken the following decade under new owners, who subsequently stepped away from operational involvement by entering into a lease agreement. The lease expires at the end of May 2018.

The farm was purchased in late 2016 by the Fletcher family (Dan and Rae). The Fletchers are originally from Western Queensland and are lifelong participants in Queensland racing. They will assume operational control from June forward, and their team will be headed by General Manager Joe Heather.

There is no better climate, pasture or topography anywhere to breed thoroughbreds. This statement is supported by the uncanny ability of the property to produce outstanding performers.

In addition, few farms boast a comparable history of stallion success.

What’s in a name?

The name Telemon dates back to 1844 when the land that includes the farm was first officially licensed. Originally some 89,600 acres, Telemon was progressively subdivided over the years. We have adopted the name Telemon Thoroughbreds as a tribute to the original pioneers.

History of the Property

Graduates

Considering the farm is ‘boutique’ in scale compared to the vast multi-national operators in the Hunter Valley, the track record of this property is truly remarkable.

Considering the farm is ‘boutique’ in scale compared to the vast multi-national operators in the Hunter Valley, the track record of this property is truly remarkable.

Zoustar

A superstar on the track, and an exciting prospect in the breeding barn, Zoustar is a horse with whom Telemon’s owners have a unique connection; Dan is co-breeder and his wife Rae and their daughters are co-owners of his first winner/Group Winner, the outstanding Sunlight. Zoustar was born and raised on the property, before his eventual initial sale.

Buffering

A Queensland racing legend who needs no introduction. Born and raised, this relatively humble $20,000 yearling purchase went on to racing greatness.

Gold Edition

An outstanding sprinter and Group 1 winner. Bred by Peter and Wendy Moran on the farm, Gold Edition amassed over $3M in stakes in a stellar career.

Mossman

A top racehorse and successful sire, Mossman can trace his origins to the farm and must be included in any “who’s who” of its history given his prolific success in its covering barn.

A History of Stallion Success

The farm’s foundation stallion was the outstanding sire Success Express, who made such a great contribution to the honour roll of the property as well as the breed generally through his son Mossman (who also stood at Telemon) and his broodmare daughters. Written Tycoon and Bel Esprit are both outstanding stallions. The former’s success was built on a spectacular season in 2012 at Telemon which reaped a vintage crop headed by the Champion Capitalist, as well as young Newgate sire Winning Rupert, while the latter’s story remains to be written as his first Telemon crops are just 2yos. It shouldn’t be forgotten that lower profile horses like Hotel Grand and Monashee Mountain also sired multiple Group 1 winners between them – a feat that cannot be underestimated.

Sidestep

Standing at Telemon Thoroughbreds for seasons 2018 & 2019 is Sidestep – Australia’s champion 2yo colt from 2012/13. By superstar sire Exceed and Excel out of blue hen mare Dextrous, Sidestep provides breeders with highly sought-after colonial precocious speed. Having amassed $1.34 million in prizemoney including winning the G2 Pago Pago Stakes and placing 2nd in the Golden Slipper (first colt) as a 2yo and winning the G2 Royal Sovereign as a 3yo, Sidestep is now based in Queensland at our property with the right pedigree to advantage QTIS breeders. His service free is $7,700 including GST and payable on a live foal. There are also packages for sending your mare to Sidestep and remaining on the property at Telemon Thoroughbreds. This year’s breeders are also eligible for preferential terms in 2019. Find out more

The Slipper Connection

Few farms have a comparable connection with our breed shaping contest. Polar Success (Success Express) and Mossfun (Mossman) have a direct connection through their sires, as does Champion 2yo Capitalist who was conceived here.

The Future

The Fletchers have purchased the property as a lifetime asset. They bring stability and a long-term commitment to one of the jewels of Australian Thoroughbred breeding.

Telemon Thoroughbreds is the next progression in their involvement in breeding, which to this point has been limited to the accumulation of a portfolio of mares with the credentials to be represented at major sales.

Their progress so far can be said to have a lot in common with their farm - their numbers have been modest, the results exceptional. Already they have co-bred the Magic Millions winning superstar Sunlight (in whom they retain an ownership interest) and Rosehill Group 2 winner Hattori Hanzo, along with a selection of Metropolitan performers from just a handful of sales. Yearlings sold this year include the full sister to Sunlight, the first foal of Group 1 winner Peggy Jean as well as the last foal of Steal My Love – a stunning colt that grew up on Telemon. He was a fitting finale for the mare who was a beloved family favourite, attracting intense interest before selling to Shadwell Stud for $460,000 (well over double the next highest sale for a Stratum yearling in 2018), the result being the best advertisement possible for Telemon’s renowned hill paddocks for their yearlings.

The Fletcher’s vision for the farm is to operate as a premium agistment facility, affording their own mares and offspring as well as those of their clients and partners the unique advantage of being raised in an environment and topography that gives them the absolute best start in life.

In addition, they are committed to build on the farm’s legacy of standing successful stallions and intend to attract sires capable of advancing the breed in Queensland as well as competing on the national stage.

The farm is also exceptionally well appointed to offer a select short term spelling service.