HEYTESBURY STUD to cease operations in 2014


21 January 2014

After more than forty years of breeding and racing thoroughbreds in Western Australia, Heytesbury Stud has announced it will cease operations in 2014.

Heytesbury Stud will offer yearlings at the upcoming Perth Magic Millions sales, and its remaining horses at a combination of auction and private sale over the coming months.  

The only exception will be their exciting new stallion Ouqba, a Group winning son of Red Ransom, who will continue to stand in WA at another stud (details to be announced soon).
Highlights for Heytesbury Stud over the decades include standing stallions such as Haulpak (perhaps WA’s greatest ever sire), Pago Pago (Golden Slipper winner and Champion Sire), Silver Knight (winner of 1971 Melbourne Cup), Family of Man (Australian Horse of the Year), Is It True (Breeders’ Cup Winner), Carry A Smile (WA Horse of the Year), Success Express (Breeders’ Cup Winner), Saxon (Champion First Season and 2YO Sire in WA), Husson Lightning (currently leading 2YO Sire in WA).

On the racetrack, highlights have been innumerable, including Group One wins in races such as the Karrakatta Plate, the WA Derby, the Doncaster Handicap, the Epsom Handicap, the Ampol Stakes (now Emirates Stakes), and the Goodwood Stakes, placings in the Golden Slipper and Railway Stakes, and hundreds of other wins at race tracks around the country.
The greatest highlight of all, of course, was Black Knight’s victory in the 1984 Melbourne Cup.  Bred at Heytesbury Stud, by foundation sire Silver Knight, and from foundation mare Brenta, Black Knight carried Heytesbury Stud’s famous maroon and white racing colours to victory in Australia’s greatest race.

“It’s obviously a difficult decision on a personal level, having watched my father, mother and grandmother develop Heytesbury Stud from scratch,” Heytesbury Stud principal, Paul Holmes à Court, said.

 “I’m retaining our racing colours, an interest in Ouqba, and certainly won’t be selling the farm, but 2013 was our last breeding season, and this year’s sales will be our last.”
“In some ways, Heytesbury Stud’s closure is the end of an era for the WA industry.  My father did things that had never been done before, and might never happen again.”

“My family will always have fond memories of its time in the industry, and of all the wonderful people in it.  It’s a really great industry, and we’ll miss it.”

“I’m very grateful for all the support we’ve enjoyed from our wonderful clients over the years, and of course all the talented and loyal staff we’ve had too.”

For details of horses for sale, or for more information, please call Paul Holmes a Court on 6217 2600.

Heytesbury's Merry Chiristmas and  Happy New Year!!

Heytesbury has achieved the interesting feat of breeding the last winner in 2013 and the first winner of 2014 at Ascot!!

Ye Olde (Saxon / Vintage Silver) won the Crown Perth Handicap for 3yr olds and up over 1400m.

Settling 9th and still only 8th on the turn, he powered home to win by 1 and 1/2 lengths.

This was the last race of the meeting on the 28th of December.

Lightning Run (Husson Lightning / Running Mate) then opened the meeting on Perth Cup day, winning the Westspeed Plate for 2yr olds over 1100m by a long neck.

Always beautifully placed she sat on the leaders to be 4th on the turn and then won by a long neck.


Ye Olde and Lightning Run have full brothers in the upcoming Magic Million Yearling sales on the 18th and 19th of February 2014

Lot 194:      Saxon / Vintage Silver Colt.

Lot 361:      Husson Lightning / Running Mate Colt.


Photos of all yearlings will be available on the website late January....


All Heytesbury yearlings will be available for viewing by appointment and then at the sales complex from Sunday the 16th of January

Lightning Does Strike Twice!!!

Roebuck (Husson Lightning / Last Temptation) has struck again!

Roebuck now has two starts for two wins and has dominated the two year old races so far this season.

Jumping fast and settling behind the leader, he kicked away to win by 3/4 length in the Seacorp 2yr old Plate over 1000m at Ascot on Saturday.

This takes his winnings to $76,800.

Our Michael (Saxon / Cathedral Roof) showed a clean pair of heels at Northam the following day to win his first start in the Gannon Maiden over 1100m.



Roebuck wins first two year old colts/geldings race!!!

Roebuck  (Husson Lightning / Last Temptation) won the Westspeed Initial Plate for two year old colts and geldings in impressive style at Belmont on Saturday 12th of October.


Having won his only 400m trial he jumped and settled just off the lead and went on to win the 1000m race by an impressive 1.75 lengths!!


Roebuck was consigned in the Heytesbury 2013 Magic Millions yearling draft and sold for the bargain price of $5,000. He is raced by the populary horse transporter, Mark Grantham and his friend Ashley Fairhurst.


Heytesbury is thrilled for Mark's success and wish him an exciting future with Roebuck!




At the Magic Millions Horses in Training Sale in Queenland in September, the Saxon / Serious Matter colt sold for $95,000 to Singapore!!!


Rumour has it that there are some Saxons doing well in the East....

Fingers crossed for some updates on some winners.


Heytesbury Stud Welcomes New Stallion

Weekend Heytesbury Stallion winners:


28th August 2013

Danablue:        (Husson Lightning / Nikita Blue)

                          Won the Crown Perth Handicap for 3yr olds and upwards over 1300m at Belmont Park.

                          After jumping and settling into 4th place, he was 2nd at the turn and won by a length.


Saxon Coast:   (Saxon / Big Dam)

                          Won the P. Fernie, Oh What a Trainer Handicap for 3yr olds and up over 1200m at Kalgoolie.

                           Settling 4th after jumping he maintained this position on the turn to run on and win by a long neck.


Pistolier            (Husson Lightning / Rossa Regina)

                           Pistolier is racing in SA and was a winner at Morphettville two weeks ago and then raced again

                           last Saturday and was beaten by a lip! A promising horse to watch!




4th June 2013

Heytesbury Stud is pleased to introduce a new stallion, OUQBA (GB). Red Ransom (USA) / Dancing Mirage (IRE)

Ouqba proved to be a talented and versatile galloper.

At 2 years, he won twice over 6f. At 3 years he won the Newmarket European Free Handicap, Listed and the Group 3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot, both over 7f.


At 4 years he was beaten only 3/4 length by Paco Boy (a 3 times Group 1 winner, 8 times Group 1 placed) in the Group 1 Newbury Lockinge Stakes over a mile.


Timeform Annual quoted him as, "A strong, good topped colt, very smart performer, good walker, stays a mile and acts on good to firm."

Heytesbury Stud's owner Paul Holmes a Court said, "We've been looking for a new stallion to bring into the state for a few years now and are very excited to have found Ouqba. Finding just the right horse to bring into WA is not easy. With his pedigree, performance and conformation, we feel he has the credentials to make an impact on WA racing and breeding for years to come."

Saxon's Red Hot Day!!

Belmont Park: Saturday 11th May 2013.

Red Hot Sax (Saxon / Lonicera) and My Bonny Lad (Saxon / Stormy Zaph) finished only a short neck apart to quinella the Handicap over 1400m at Belmont on Saturday.

Re Hot Sax led all the way with the fast finishing My Bonny Lad coming from last on the turn to have the crowd on their feet waiting for the photo finish.

Red Hot Sax now has stakes earnings of over $318,750, while My Bonny Lad has won over $95,500.

Kalgoorlie: Sunday 12th May 2013

To continue Saxon's winning streak, Don't Tempt Me (Saxon / Last Temptation) won the Barcon Logistics Maiden over 1200m at Kalgoorlie by 2 lengths, leading all the way in a very large field. Onward and upward for this exciting lightly raced gelding!!


Salute to Husson Lightning on Anzac Day!

Thursday, 25th April, 2013

Husson Lightning had a great day at the races on Anzac Day with a winner in Kalgoorlie and Pinjarra:

Hussars (Husson Lightning / Zany Lady) won the Telstra Store Kalgoorlie Handicap over 1100m. Settling 5th and still 5th at the turn, he ran on to win by a length.

Nacho (Husson Lightning / Hallowell Mist) Won the Mandurah Kia Grand Carnival Maiden for 2 year olds over 1200m. Nacho now has had 4 starts for a win and a second and was very impressive in  running on from 5th at the turn, to win by 2 and 1/4 lengths.

Stacks On back in form!

Ascot, Saturday 20th April 2013

Stacks On (Saxon / Zany Lady) won the 1200m Robert Mortimer Sprint by 2 lengths, taking her career earnings over $162,000.

Settling 7th , and still 7th on the turn, she flew down the outside with an impressive turn of foot to beat Carry the Nation and Catlantic.

Red Hot Sax (Saxon / Lonicera) was gallant in defeat in the Listed Matchmaker Classic for fillies and mares over 1400m, beaten 1/2 length  by the favourite, Mabel Grace.


Heytesbury sets 2013 Service Fees:

Heytesbury Stud have set their service fees for 2013, choosing to remain with the same fees as 2012. Saxon and Husson Lightning will both stand for $5,500 (gst inc)

Both stallions remain in the top echelon of WA stallions.

Saxon was the leading first season sire and continues to be at the top of the 3rd season sire list.

Saxon; sire of Bonny Zara, a very promising 2yr old, Ye Olde, an up and coming 3yr old, Red Hot Sax is training on following an outstanding 2yr old season and Jim 'N' Jim is showing promise over a distance.

Other winners include, Comtesse La Gran, Valley Girl, Galaxon, Saxon Coast, Stacks On, Sakuru Romany Belle etc.

Husson Lightning is still in the top 10 nationally.

Husson Lightning; sire of exciting 2yr old Play With Fire and 3yr olds Grey Cheval, Wahkeena, Hussars, Illusion Of Light, Cherie Amour, Tempestuous Strike, Criminal Strike, Theoria, August Knight, Hazy Heart, Diversicolor etc.

With Husson Lightning yearlings averaging $27,500 at the 2013 yearling sales, he is great value for money.

We are confident in the success of our stallions and look forward to any enquiries regarding how we can help with your breeding plans for 2013.

Racing Update:

Heytesbury Stallions great start to 2013:

With Grey Cheval (Husson Lightning / Solange) starting the year off with a bang for Heytesbury, success has continued with other runners stepping up to the mark.

February/March saw winners emerge in:

Wahkeena (Husson Lightning / Striking Girl) winning over 1100m at Ascot last Saturday which backed up her close 2nd over 1000m the previous start.

Cherie Amour (Husson Lightning / Kimique) won over 1000m at Ascot on the 2nd of March, to quinella the race with Wahkeena.

August Knight (Husson Lightning / Victuals) was impresive winning over 1110m at Bunbury.

Hazy Heart (Husson Lightning / Sudoku) won over 1112m at Geraldton.

Charlize Amy (Husson Lightning / Corpoate Caress) ran a great race at Narrogin to win over 1100m.

Saxon also had some great winners in this time, with the most impressive winner being,

Ye Olde (Saxon / Vintage Silver) Having four starts to his career for 2 wins, a 3rd and a 4th, Heytesbury is very excited for this stud owned gelding. His last win at Bunbury on Cup Day was very impressive, being the last race of 10 on a very heavy track. A horse on the way up!

Jim N'Jim (Saxon / Run Ronnie Run) was a very impressive winner over 2100m at Ascot on Saturday.

Romany Belle (Saxon / Arabella) backed up a super win at Bunbury over 1420m with a great win at Ascot over 1400m the following week.


2013 Yearling Sale Review:

Magic Millions Sales Complex: February 19th and 20th.

Heytesbury Stud would like to thank the purchasers of the Stud's yearlings at the 2013 Magic Millions sales and wish them all the success in promoting our stallions and mares in the coming racing season.

Thank you also to all the underbidders and people who took the time to view our yearlings and comment on their presentation.

Thanks Magic Millions and David Houston.



Great day at the races for Heytesbury mare!

Saturday 9th February 2013: Ascot:

​Heytesbury mare Lonicera had a great day at the race on Saturday.

Play With Fire (Husson Lightning / Lonicera) won the Westspeed 2yr old Plate over 1200m. Jumping beautifully and settling just off the pace she cruised to the line to win by a length.

Red Hot Sax (Saxon / Lonicera) later in the day won the Handicap over 1200m. Settling 5th, she rattled home to win by a length, taking her earning to $229.400

Grey Cheval (Husson Lightning / Solange) did not disgrace herself by running a gallant second in the Crown Perth Handicap for 3yr olds over 1200 carrying the top weight. She now has had 5 starts for 4 wins and a second with stakes earnings of $120,500.


Magic MillionSales: 19th and 20th February:


Grey Cheval is Back!!.

Saturday 12th January 2013: Ascot:

Grey Cheval (Husson Lightning / Solange) returned from a lengthy spell to win her third straight race from as many starts when she easily won the Crown Perth Handicap over 1000m by 2 and a half lengths, taking her stakes winning to $78,000.

Earlier that week, Cherie Amour (Husson Lightning / Kimique) won the Amelia Park Maiden at Bunbury over 1000m.

Husson Lightning is still the leading WA second season sire.

Heytesbury has some fabulous Husson Lightning colts and fillies in the upcoming Magic Millions Perth Yearling sales and photos of these will soon be on the website.


Heytesbury Double at Bunbury!​

Sunday 21st October 2012

Heytesbury stallions Husson Lightning and Saxon runners won the the first two races at the opening meeting at Bunbury last Sunday.

Wahkeena (Husson Lightning / Striking Girl) won the Breakfast with Dillo Maiden over 1000m, leading all the way in only her second start.

Chorus Boy (Saxon / Dawn Chorus) was super impressive in winning the Bunbury Herald maiden over 1000m. Settling at the back of the field and still 12th on the turn he flew home to win by a short head. This was only his first start.

Exciting times ahead for these two youngters!!


Kalgoorlie Round:

Saxon struck gold in Kalgoorlie last week with two very impressive winners.

Galaxon (Saxon / Celestina) showed the field a clean pair of heels in the Statewide Oil Maiden for 3yr olds and up over 1600m on Wednesday the 19th of September.

Settling 7th and still only 5th on the turn, he ran away for a 4 and a half length win to take the $13,200 prize money and a trophy.

This takes his career earnings to $15.900 with a win, a second and a third from only 6 starts.

Saxon Coast (Saxon / Big Dam) also brought home a trophy and $13,200 prize money when he won the Graham Jacobs Member for Eyre / Widdersons Hire Handicap over 1300m on Kalgoorlie Cup day.

Jumping brilliantly, he led all the way to take the race by a length.

His career earnings have now amassed $56,600 with 13 starts for 3 wins, a second and two thirds.

Saxon'soldest progeny are now only four and they are proving to be able to both sprint and stay.

This is why he is in th top 5 Stallions Austrlia wide with their 3rd crop of runners.


A Day a the Beach!

8 September 2012

8 September 2012

Sax on the Beach(Saxon / Belle Alley) had a day out at Belmont Park on Saturday when he won the Carbine Club of WA, Apprentice's Cup over 2200m.

Settling close to the tail of the field he was still eighth on the turn and then flew home to win by a short neck!

This takes his career earnings to nearly $41,500.

With only six starts he has now won twice and been placed twice.

This win has only gone to prove why Saxon is 3rd leading sire in Australia for stallions with their 3rd year of runners as he is able to produce both sprinting and staying horses.

Husson Lightning, who stands alongside Saxon at Heytesbury Stud has gone one better and is 2nd on the sires list Australia wide for stallions with their 2nd crop of runners...


Husson Lightning: What the trainers say....

Husson Lightning is very quickly proving himself to be a sire of 3yr olds with a fantastic start to the 2012/13 season.

Damian Winn: Tempestuous Strike: (Husson Lightning / La Lollobrigida)

"We are very pleased with this bloke, we just love him."

"Husson Lightnings are genuine, tough horses. I'd have one in my stable any day."

Simon Miller: Grey Cheval (Husson Lightning / Solange)

"She was speedy from the start. She did everything wrong in both her starts and still won. She is in the paddock now and will come back better next preparation."

"I love the Husson Lightnings. They suit my style!"

David Harrison: Illusion Of Light: (Husson Lightning / Magic Sharaz)

"Husson Lightnings are a nice batch of horses. Lots of speed."


Husson Lightning's Near Perfect Day!

25 August 2012

Husson Lightning had a near perfect day at Belmont Park on Saturday!

With only two runners on the day and both in the same race, he just missed the quinella!

Grey Cheval (Husson Lightning / Solage) won the WATC Westspeed Hcp for 3yr olds over 1200m.

Tempestuous Strike (Husson Lightning / La Lollobrigida) came third.

Grey Cheval has now won $45,500 with a strike rate of 100%, winning her only two starts, having won the WATC Westspeed Hcp over 1000m on August 8th

Tempestuous Strike takes his career earnings to $51,000 from only 4 starts.

Two exciting prospects leading into the summr carnival!


'Saxon has a fantastic start to the 2012 / 13 season.'

17 August 2012

Saxon could not have asked for a better start to the 2012/13 racing season.

At Belmont Park on August 3rd, he was represented by three runners.

Jim 'N'Jim (Saxon / Run Ronnie Run) won the 2100m WATC Peroni City Handicap.

Stacks On (Saxon / Zany Lady) ran 2nd by a short half head in the WATC Peter Rudland

                   Diamond Jublie Handicap over 1200m

Mystic Dust (Saxon / Lust For Dust) ran a fighting 2nd in the 1300m Carlton Mid Handicap.


He then followed with a winning double at Pinjara Park on August the 9th.

Softeis (Saxon /Supersoft) won the 1200m Pinjarra RC Alcoa Grandstand Cup Maiden.

Lequest (Saxon / Satan's Sequel) won the 1200m Pinjarra RC Carlton Pinjarra Cup Maiden.


The third week into the season saw the following results.

Saxabelle (Saxon / Keiski Belle) won the 1600m Northam RC Gannon Ladies Day Maiden.

Sax On The Beach (Saxon / Belle Alley) then followed the next day at Northam winning the

                   Northam RC Gannon's Ladies Day Maiden over 1650m.

Galaxon (Saxon / Celestina) was a promiing 2nd in the 1300m Visit Northam Maiden.

Wih Saxon's oldet progeny now only 4, it is fantastic to see so many of his progeny not only running well but showing that they can win over a variety of distances.

'Husson Lightning filly Grey Cheval Proves too Classy'

"Astute trainer Simon Miller produced another well supported debut winner at Belmont Park on Wednesday, with Husson Lightning filly Grey Cheval proving too classy for her rivals in the Westspeed 3YO Handicap (1000m).


Miller has built up a strong reputation since arriving in Western Australia as Aquanita Perth’s head trainer and he has specialised with his younger horses in his first few years of training.

Last season alone Miller prepared nine two-year-old winners including Darlington Abbey, who won the Magic Millions two-year-old Classic, Miss Solis, winner of the Supremacy Stakes and in recent times Hard Ball Get, who is two wins from as many starts.

On Wednesday, Grey Cheval began quickly for Pat Carbery and assumed the role as pace-maker, before kicking clear of rivals in the home straight and scoring a comfortable race victory.

The daughter of Husson Lightning was purchased for only $9,000 at the Perth Magic Millions sale and she has quickly repaid her owners with stakes topping the $20,000 region including Westspeed Bonuses.

Race favourite Karratha Crossing had a trouble free run throughout behind the speed, but she couldn’t quite reel in the eventual winner and settled for second place.

Miki Two Toes ran up to his solid trial form when running on strongly for fourth place, while $180,000 yearling Rio Rancher battled away in third position."

Winners Breeding: Husson Lightning – Solange

Cracking Season Start for Saxon & Husson Lightning's Progeny

6 Aug 2012

It's been a great start to the season for both Saxon and Husson Lightning's progeny, achieving some wins and several places in the first week of August.

Tempestuous Strike (Husson Lighting - La Lollobrigida by Dauberval USA) is now two wins from two starts, with $45,000 in stakes, after coming first at Belmont on Wednesday 1 August. 


Jim 'N' Jim  (Saxon - Run Ronnie Run) won at Belmont on Saturday 4 August. He has now won over $49,000 in stakes. Stacks On (Saxon - Zany Lady)  took her winnings to $110,000 after placing second on Saturday also.

Aust-Bred Good Baby Wins Malaysia Gr1 Gold Vase

30 July 2012, source 

In Malaysia, Cornerstone Stud's former 6-time Chilean Champion Sire Hussonet (Mr Prospector-Sacahuista, by Raja Baba) celebrated a Gr1 triumph in an all Australian-bred trifecta when 4YO gelding Good Baby (Hussonet-Secret Haze, by Danehill) scored a 1-length victory over 3YO gelding Colin The Firth (All Bar One-Orchis, by Octagonal) & 5YO gelding Good Judgement (Lonhro-Agile, by Canny Lad) in the Rgt400,000 Gr1 Sultan Gold Vase (1100m). Good Baby (a $110,000 weanling at the 2008 Magic Millions Winter Sale) took his record to 7 wins & 4 placings from 16 starts. For in-depth race, winner & runner details click on the race name in this item.

Both Stallions, WA Leaders

2 July 2012

Following some excellent results for their progeny, Stallions Saxon and Husson Lightning are now both currently placed as leading WA sires in their respective categories (2nd crop / 1st crop).

Two Starts, Two Wins for Saxapak

5 June 2012

SAXAPAK ( Saxon / Pakstar)
Has one his second race in Kalgoorlie (1200m) and looks in fine form.

HUSSARS: (Husson Lightning / Zany Lady)
In just his second start, HUSSARS (Husson Lightning / Zany Lady) placed 3rd at Belmont Park on Saturday. He ran the quickest last 600m in the race, with 33.50.


SCORN SAXON: (Saxon / Musical Smile)
Placed 2nd Belmont Park 1000m. ​


Comtesse La Gran Wins WA Breeders' Classic

12 March 2012

WA Heytesbury Stud's Gr2-winning stallion Saxon (Danehill-Jeanetta Cochrane, by Sadler's Wells) added a black-type success when daughter Comtesse La Gran (Saxon-Screech, by Canny Lad) prevailed against the males in a 3-way photo-finish to yesterday's $80,000 Listed WA Breeders' Classic (1400m) for 3YOs at Bunbury. Comtesse La Gran (ridden by Kyra Yuill for trainer Warwick Bradshaw) scored by a short-head from favoured gelding Watermans Bay (Eternity Range-Parisian Princess, by Ron Bon) with a further neck to another gelding Tiger Pete (Shovhog-Bligh Bounty, by Forging Ahead). Comtesse La Gran (a $10,000 yearling consigned by Hetyesbury Stud at the 2010 Magic Millions Perth Sale) took her record to 2 wins & a placing from 9 starts for $73,310 earnings. Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Husson Lightning Leading First Sire

19 January 2012

With a February sale date now fast approaching, resident Heytesbury Stud First Season Sire Husson Lightning could not have timed his run better. Quick out of the barriers in his racing style, Husson Lightning has produced progeny race track results in the same vein.

Currently Husson Lightning is the Leading First Season Sire in Western Australia and sits third overall amongst new season sire’s Australia wide. Ironically his own sire Hussonet is the sire of three of the top eleven new season sires in Australia, including the current leading first season sire Husson.

Husson Lightning’s two year old’s were expected to jump and run and they are doing just that. Some of his first progeny include the smart Ascot winner Tempestuous Strike for trainer Trevor Andrews and the multiple Ascot placegetter Avuncular for trainer Lou Luciani, and perhaps the most exciting performer to date belongs to the all powerful David Haye’s stable in Mrs Gray, a very exciting filly that will now be set for the GR 1 Golden Slipper after her fast finishing luckless fifth placing in the recently run Two Million Dollar Gold Coast Magic Millions Race Series Final for two year olds. This followed on after placing’s at Sandown, Flemington and Rosehill.

Husson Lightning’s second crop yearlings are expected to be well sought after by astute buyers. He will be represented by eighteen quality lots overall at the 2012 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sales.