The R2R Club has brought together Stuart Kendrick, Alexia Fraser, Mary-Lee Trivett, Simon Adams, Neil Douglas and Andrew Dunemann with the objective to purchase yearlings at Australian sales and take them through a structured development and education process to have them ready to race as two-year-olds.
It includes breaking-in, pre-training, spelling, training and preparing them to present at the Ready To Run sales in October.
One of Queensland’s leading trainers Stuart Kendrick will be a key member of R2R Club overseeing the education and training of the horses prior to the sales.
“A real focus for us in the R2R Club is to showcase the processes that the horse goes through from the start of its education to the sale,” said Kendrick.
“It enables anyone to follow the horse’s progress and make a well-informed purchase decision.”
Each horse will have its own page on the website www.r2rclub.com.au which will feature videos at each main stage of the horse’s development, pedigree updates, veterinary reports, growth tables, breeze ups and other important pre-purchase information.
R2R Club member and concept creator Simon Adams, of Golden Gully Thoroughbreds, said he and his colleagues believe there is strong growth potential in a “transparent selling model” aimed at Ready To Run sales.
“There has been a noticeable shift in the industry in recent years in buyers requesting more information and sellers making information more available,” said Adams.
“A key focus for us is transparency and using digital and social media platforms to convey regular progress reports on each horse.”
The first crop of horses to enter the R2R Club stables for its inaugural year are colts by Smart Missile, Deep Field and Spirit Of Boom.
Kendrick, who has had success selling two-year-olds to Asia including last year’s Hong Kong Derby winner Ping Hai Star, said he hopes these three yearlings will develop to be attractive to both the domestic and Asian markets.
“All three yearlings have been purchased with the highest degree of scrutiny and each has a level of class that the buying bench will expect when purchasing a horse at the ready to run sales,” he said.