Bhima Thoroughbreds
First Seal is a Bhima graduate (pic: Steve Hart)

With an impressive honour roll comprising of 200-plus graduates which have amassed in excess of $27 million in earnings, Bhima is situated just minutes from the heart of Scone.

With its close proximity to the Scone Race Club, Scone Equine Hospital and the Scone Air Strip, Bhima is ideally located within Australia’s largest breeding hub to service the internationally recognised industry. The perfect location for a broodmare farm, the property is ideally located near many of the Hunter Valley’s leading stallion farms such as Arrowfield, Vinery, Darley and Yarraman Park with Coolmore, Widden and Emirates Park also close by, where Bhima can offers walk on – walk off services to these farms, allowing clients to access many of Australasia’s leading stallions and bloodlines.

Occupying 396 acres of prime Upper Hunter horse country, ranging from extensive alluvial flats to moderate easterly facing basalt slopes, Bhima has the perfect land mix for breeding and rearing thoroughbred horses of the highest ilk. The property has a proven track record for breeding top quality bloodstock and has a full complement of stud improvements including an 18-box stable barn (with central quadrangle and parading pathway), a 10-horse electric horse walker (undercover), a covered round yard (with adjacent yards), a large 6 box vet hospital with underground heating and elevated night watch office, two vet areas, and two separate three-box stable barns formerly used as stallion boxes.

A standout feature of the Bhima property is a 400 megalitre irrigation licence from 2 reliable wells, with 6” PVC mains enabling irrigation over 65-70% of the property. Bhima also features a 50 megalitre grey water storage dam, which shows great capacity to further drought-proof Bhima Stud, while there is also frontage to both the Kingdon Ponds and Middle Brook.

With Mike and Kate Fleming of Bhima known for their extensive level of communications, clients are continually updated on the progress of their stock being agisted or spelled at the property.

In recent years the Bhima team have been responsible for a plethora of stakes-performing graduates produced from the farm or sold through their yearling sales drafts, highlighted by Gr1 Flight Stakes winner and NSW Horse of the Year First Seal, Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Heavens Above and the exciting I Am A Star, the first three-year-old to ever claim the Gr1 Myer Classic against the older mares. Gr2-winning, Gr1-placed Bound For Earth, the Gr2-winning, Gr1 placed Hardham, as well as Gr2 VRC Sires’ winner Sircconi and the Gr2-winning, Gr1 placed Heatherly highlight a formidable ‘team’ of graduates.

With their first crop of foals born last season, Bhima’s stakes-winning graduates Scissor Kick, Ready For Victory and Super One were all extremely well received by broodmare owners after recording impressive racetrack careers, highlighting the importance of the strong foundation they all received at Bhima.

Success in the sale ring is also positive aspect that Bhima continue to strive for, with two yearlings selling for over $1 million this year and broodmare prospects selling up to $1.7 million at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

While the history of the property is an excellent foundation, the Bhima teams are thrilled about the opportunities ahead and look forward to continuing to grow and improve the farm with the long-term benefits to both clients and the industry as a whole, something Mike and Kate are extremely excited about.