Cornerstone & Gawler Barossa Jockey Club Join Forces

In fantastic news for the industry and the Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club (GBJC), a new and exciting partnership can be announced with Cornerstone Stud.

South Australia’s leading Thoroughbred Stud have partnered with the Gawler Club that will see the opportunity for amazing benefits for all within the industry both on and off the track.

Sam Hayes and Cornerstone Stud have further embedded their resolve to see South Australian Racing and Breeding rise once again with a solid commitment to the Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club with a corporate partnership for the forthcoming racing season.

“I think it is essential that we have a presence at our local racecourse. Shane Collins and his team at the Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club are a highly progressive club with outstanding facilities and a strong desire to work with us to promote our sport” said Hayes.

GBJC CEO Shane Collins was excited to unveil the new partnership. “The Gawler & Barossa Jockey is proud to be associated with such a professional and passionate thoroughbred business like Cornerstone Stud. We have been working very hard with the team from Cornerstone Stud to put together an exciting new Racing Series to be conducted here at Gawler. A partnership that is not only beneficial for both parties, but also our very important industry participants. I am so proud of what we have been able to put together with the management from Cornerstone Stud, and we look forward to an exciting and positive relationship moving forward.”

The Cornerstone Stud sponsorship will also be run in conjunction with a Spring Race Series for Fillies and Mares. This set up to promote the Angaston stud’s exciting new stallion SIR PRANCEALOT and his barn mates in AMBIDEXTER, VALENTIA and ZEBEDEE.
The ‘Cornerstone Stud Sir Prancelot Series’ will consist of 6 qualification races to be run throughout the Spring at The Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club and will culminate in a Sir Prancelot Final to be held on Saturday the 21st of December over 1200m and restricted to qualified Fillies and Mares. In an exciting benefit, both the winning Owners and Trainer each being gifted a nomination to SIR PRANCEALOT. Furthermore, the first filly to win a lead up heat to the final will be eligible to a free AMBIDEXTER nomination for 2020.

“I really hope that our local SA Trainers can target this Race Series, as I would love to see this develop into an annual event that we can grow and develop. We have a young roster of stallions and if we are succeeding, then the local breeders are succeeding along with us, and the whole of the SA racing Industry can be recipients of that success too.” added Hayes.

The Gawler & Barossa Jockey Club also thanks the Thoroughbred Racing South Australia Racing Department for their assistance in putting this series together. Further details on the dates and races on offer will be announced soon. Please call the GBJC office for further details on 08 8522 1801, or our friends at Cornerstone Stud at Angaston on 08 8561 0000 for all your Thoroughbred Stud enquiries.

A Warm Welcome To Our New Additions

We’ve been breeding stars in the Barossa since 1965, yet this success isn’t without the dedicated support of some wonderful employees. With the 2019 Breeding Season an “under-arms throw away”, Sam Hayes and Cornerstone has invested heavily in his management team in the last few months to help drive the farm’s success to a new level.

“The arrival of a Marty Roberts as Farm Manager twelve months ago and the recent addition of Sam Pritchard-Gordon as my Bloodstock & Sales Manager has given the farm renewed momentum and impetus to chase for even better results for our clients.” enthused Sam Hayes.

“Marty has been brilliant in delivering best practice and developing our existing staff. However it has been a strategic play to employ a full-time vet and also a 2-I-C to Marty and I am delighted to announce the arrival of Dr Paul Lubbe as our full-time veterinarian and also to have Petra Caster has the assistant stud manager.”

Dr Paul Lubbe has moved his family from South Africa where he was a senior reproductive vet at the world class Drakenstein Veterinary Clinic on the Western Cape. Prior to that Paul gained experience working several stud seasons in Australia, primarily in Queensland and most recently with Aquis Farm.

“I had the pleasure of working with Paul in Queensland and was consequently very keen for him to relocate back to Australia to take on this role as he is a natural team player, with a immense drive for improved results.” Stud Manager Marty Roberts explained.  “Thankfully the farm and the Barossa Valley did all the selling and we are delighted that Paul agreed to be part of our team,” Marty continued.

Along with overseeing all the reproductive work during the stud season Dr Lubbe is a passionate equine dentist and in addition to his dentistry will be busy with survey and pre-sale radiographs in the off season, but will also be available 24/7 for any emergency that presents itself.

Petra Caster, the newly appointed Assistant Stud Manager, has held senior roles with both Aquis and Baramul Stud in the last decade and brings an enormous wealth of knowledge to the Barossa. Yet it was the commencement of her career under Marty Robert’s tutelage at Coolmore Australia in 1999 that clearly fostered the Cornerstone “head-hunt” for the best operator in the business.

Petra has travelled the world and has worked for some of the best in the industry and we believe that with the arrival of both Dr Paul Lubbe and Petra Caster we will continue to “fly the flag” for the South Australian Thoroughbred.