sales preparation

By: Grove Stud  05/12/2011

If you want to maximise your profit from your bloodstock it is essential to prepare each horse professionally for the sales.

At Grove Stud we concentrate on the yearling and two-year-old markets. As serious investors in both markets we realise as much as anyone the financial implications of getting the sales preparation right. Our staff and facilities can make the difference to your animal.

"It’s always a pleasure to buy from Grove Stud – the horses are turned out and shown to an exceptional standard and it’s been the source of some of my most successful purchases over the years.”
Johnny McKeever, Mckeever St Lawrence Bloodstock Agents

Yearling Sales

The yearlings at Grove have a ten week preparation. While we try to tailor each horse’s preparation. individually there are certain key ingredients that they all receive:

  1. All yearlings get turned out daily in individual paddocks almost regardless of weather. The benefits are two fold as this helps to keep horses relaxed and therefore they maintain weight and also a few hours of grazing aids a healthy digestive system.
  2. All horses get fed four times daily.
  3. All horses get assessed weekly and a record kept of these observations. Their following week’s feed and exercise regime is planned based on this assessment.

The exercise is a mixture of handwalking, walker, lunging and driving with the aim of producing a well muscled athlete.

"I am always impressed by the quality of the yearlings from Grove Stud and the professionalism of the way the animals are produced and shown to our team during inspection. We have also had great success with our purchases from Grove Stud."
Peter Doyle, Peter Doyle Bloodstock

Breeze-Up Sales

At Grove we are aiming to develop yearlings into true racehorses. Almost all the breeze-up horses come to Grove shortly after the yearling sales in the autumn. We break them and then turn them out in groups for a few weeks. This is vital as it is during this break that we get them into the habit of eating large amounts. It cannot be done while we are trying to increase their workload later on. We have all the facilities we need to produce sound breeze-up horses with lunge rings, all-weather and grass gallops. Having spent almost ten years in racing I know what the end product should look like and how to achieve it. The quality and skill of the staff is paramount in producing theses horses. We currently have three breeze-up graduates in the Godolphin Racing Stable while in France the French Guineas and Oaks runner up Tamazarite is also a Grove Stud breeze-up graduate.

“Grove Stud consignment is always high on our list having had unbelievable luck being a regular purchaser. Always a first stop at any of the sales and always looking forward to their draft.”
Brian Meehan, Trainer

Other products and services from Grove Stud


sales consigning

We are well established as one of the top five breeze-up consignors at St Cloud and this year for the first time we were in the top ten consignors on the select day of the Arqana August Yearling Sale in Deauville, probably the most select day of yearling sales that will take place in Europe this year. We are involved all year round with these studs assessing the stock, discussing their programme and choosing the correct sale for each horse.


breaking pretraining

Almost every leading trainer in Ireland and England has had a Grove Stud graduate including stakes horses Azleem, Lahaleeb, Staying On, Prince of Light and Laureldene Gale. Grove Stud horses are consistently well prepared and conditioned and set a very high standard of care and management.. Most of our clients like us to pre-train the horses as opposed to sending them on soon after they are ridden.



I have invested in the syndicate for the past eight years and I don’t give my money away lightly but I have confidence that its good hands with Brendan”. We do this in conjunction with partners and also have our own pinhooking syndicate which is in its eighth year. We believe investment opportunities are as strong as ever as long as we remain focused on quality.


bloodstock management

We believe our experience both practically and commercially can benefit your enterprise making it more profitable and enjoyable. Should you require help managing your bloodstock portfolio – racehorses or mares, Grove Stud can do it. He will design and develop its facilities and hire the appropriate staff to run the enterprise. Brendan will also source and assess the purchase of potential stud farms.