Preparing a yearling for the sale ring is a fine-tuned process at Valachi Downs. The journey starts all the way back at the conception stage with the team sitting down with Kevin Hickman to discuss mating options.

Then from the day they are born they are met with the attention and care tailored to suit each individual. As they go through the weaning process, they are handled and educated to make their next steps smooth sailing when they come into the yearling barn.

Watch the videos below and listen to yearling manager Sam Fursdon, along with other staff members, talk through their journey.

The Valachi journey to Karaka

Valachi Downs Stars

These stakes winners were all raced, bred or raised by Valachi Downs