Vinery Stud to Stand Ole Kirk

Media Release - Thursday October 29

Vinery Stud have announced that Ole Kirk, one of the most sought-after stud prospects in the country, will join their stallion roster at the conclusion of his racing career.

The Hunter Valley nursery will join the current ownership group, which includes the colt’s astute breeder Ric Jamieson, for the remainder of his racetrack career.

Ole Kirk will stand at Vinery Stud.

A Flemington stakes winning juvenile who was also Group 1 placed at two, Ole Kirk has taken all before him this season at three by winning major stallion making Group 1 races in Sydney and Melbourne. The Team Hawkes trained colt became just the second horse to take out the ATC Golden Rose – MRC Caulfield Guineas double after The Autumn Sun achieved the feat in 2018.

“We are obviously delighted to be involved with Ole Kirk and to have secured the breeding rights for when he retires to stud,” said Vinery Stud’s General Manager Peter Orton.


“He will be a very important addition to the young, exciting stallion ranks at Vinery. Being by Written Tycoon, certainly the hottest stallion of the moment and an emerging sire of sires, Ole Kirk’s pedigree offers a vital outcross to the plethora of Danehill line mares in Australasia. The colt has the benefit of a strong shareholder group involved in his racing, and they are strongly committed to his future at stud. We have the added advantage of having his elite breeder Ric Jamieson involved in identifying mares to suit the horse and breeding a good number of his own mares to Ole Kirk ensuring he has every opportunity to succeed at stud.”

Bred by Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm, Ole Kirk was purchased for $675,000 at the 2019 Melbourne Premier yearling sale by Mark Player in conjunction with Hall Of Fame trainer John Hawkes. He is from the Bel Esprit mare Naturale, a full sister to Champion race mare Black Caviar and half-sister to Vinery resident and leading young stallion All Too Hard.

“As breeder and part owner of our most exciting horse Ole Kirk, I am thrilled to have Vinery come in as a partner in the colt,” commented Jamieson.

“Ole Kirk has the genetic potential and the elite racetrack performance to play a major role in the ongoing development of the Australian Thoroughbred industry. He is from one of the most successful pedigrees in the Australian Stud Book, descending back to the blue hen mares Scandinavia and Helsinge. His sire line traces back through to Last Tycoon and Try My Best, making him a great genetic match for mares carrying Danehill in their pedigree.

"We had great interest from a number of studs for him but after many detailed discussions we settled on Vinery, as their team headed by Peter were very keen to land him for stud duties and made a compelling proposal. With the support of all current owners as well as that of Vinery and their loyal clients he will be supported with a great line up of mares when he begins his stud career. Personally I believe we have been fortunate and put our foot on a future great speed stallion and can’t wait for him to begin the next phase of his exciting career.”

Ole Kirk is currently spelling and will soon resume work for his Autumn three-year-old campaign.

News from Vinery


Stallion Parade
More Reading...
Juvenile Trial Watch – Newcastle
For a first season sire whose yearlings were not exactly selling like hotcakes earlier this year, Flying Artie has made a great start to his stud career and at the Newcastle trials on Thursday morning we saw a colt that may well add to his success sooner rather than later.
Telperion 2YO Chasing Stakes Success
Cambridge trainer Tony Pike will head south to Trentham on Saturday to a wet welcome, with rain forest for the weekend’s premier meeting.
Who Will be First to 100?
There’s a head to head rivalry at the top of the Australian Sires List between two of our big guns, who are vying to be the first stallion this season to crack 100 winners.
Ole Kirk Captures the Golden Rose to Make It a Group 1 Weekend Double for Written Tycoon
There was some concern for the champion Queenslander Rothfire when he was led back to scale after he struggled into fourth in Saturday’s $1 million Group 1 De Bortoli Wines Golden Rose at Rosehill, which proved a triumph for the Hawkes stable and the top two lots at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
Sires With Winners - Thursday December 3
Here is the full list of 38 stallions which had winners throughout Australasia on Thursday with winners and result details.
Best On Breeding
The curtain comes down on an historic Sydney Autumn Carnival at Randwick on Saturday and the hope is it brings a change of luck for this week’s Best On Breeding.
Juvenile Trial Watch – Randwick
Five heats for juveniles were held at Randwick on Tuesday morning featuring some interesting winners including a colt by I Am Invincible that made $1,050,000 at Magic Millions and a filly bred to win an Oaks one day.
Arcadia Queen Dominates $2million G1 Mackinnon
A wet track for the Cox Plate made it impossible for Arcadia Queen to show her best that day leaving her with an unsatisfactory fifth place finish, but back on top of the ground at Flemington, the daughter of Pierro proved her superiority with a commanding victory in the $2million Group I VRC Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
Expensive Al Maher Filly Looks the Goods
Astute Victorian bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills does know how to find a nice filly and his decision to purchase the most expensive filly by Al Maher sold in 2019 looks like a good one as she won by five lengths at Sandown on Wednesday.
Sweet Idea Produces Winner for The Queen
Australian Group I winner Sweet Idea looked an intriguing addition to The Queen’s broodmare band when she was exported to the UK in 2015 and on Friday produced her first winner for Her Majesty.