25 years of worldwide experiences with thoroughbreds

 

Established in 2013, Astute Bloodstock is a thoroughbred Bloodstock Agency specialized in buying fast horses for top people.

We have 25 years of worldwide experience in the bloodstock industry and our core values are based on HORSEMANSHIP, EXPERTISE, PASSION for the sport, and TRANSPARENCY in every transaction.

Based in Sydney and Melbourne we are active buying horses at all the premium Australasian thoroughbred sales as well as some auctions in Europe.

Our number one strategy is to only buy for our clients the horses that we would be happy to own ourselves

 

 

Delivering top performers!

At the yearling sales, we have an impeccable record having purchased 100% winners and 20% group performers during the Magic Millions sales of 2014, 2015 & 2016 as well as the Easter sales of 2015 & 2016.

We successfully import European horses to Australia and export Australian and European horses to Hong Kong.

Some of our most successful purchases include:

HARLEM two time winner of the Australian Cup Gr1,  MISS LEONIDAS 2nd in the Gr1 Gallaxy Stakes 2 days after we bought her, HE’S OUR ROKKII  Gr1 winner in Australia bought by Dean after his maiden in NZ, THUMP multiple Gr2 winner, VENTURA STORM Gr2 winner & Gr1 performer, CORAL BEACH 2yo Gr3 winner, PILOTE D”ESSAI multiple Listed winner, MY COUNTY 2yo Listed winner and Gr3 placegetter,  BEBEAUTIFUL Listed winner in France for her new owners, as well as WOLF CRY, and FIXETTE both winners who performed in Group races during their 2yo careers.

 

 

About Louis Le Metayer 

Prior to launching Astute Bloodstock in 2013, Louis worked in the bloodstock and marketing office under John Messara at Arrowfield Stud, from 2009 to 2012.

"After all my hands-on experience with horses, the time at Arrowfield taught me to understand the industry through a more analytical approach. This experience added immensely to my knowledge of pedigrees, stallion management, marketing as well as industry issues.”

In 2005 Louis joined Lindsay Park as a track rider during David Hayes' triumphant return from Hong Kong. After a few months in the saddle, Louis moved into the bloodstock team for a total of 4 years

Louis grew up at Haras Du Buff in Normandy, France, a boutique broodmare farm managed by his mother. Louis' late father was a bloodstock agent who pioneered the exporting business of French National Hunt horses to England and Ireland.

"By the age of 18 years old I had already foaled down dozens of mares and broken-in close to 60 yearlings with my brother”

 

Other experiences include:

  • Bachelor in equine science and farm management.
  • 8 years of freelance auctioneering with Agence Francaise and Goffs France from 1999 until 2007
  • United States - one year in Kentucky working as an intern for Keeneland Sales while riding track work for champion trainer Todd Pletcher
  • England - one year working as a stable hand and track rider for Paul Webber and champion NH trainer Paul Nichols
  • France - one year as pupil assistant in Chantilly with dual Arc winning trainer John Hammond
  • South Africa - 8 months with Cape Town's leading trainer Glen Kotzen
  • FRANCE: Licensed amateur jumps jockey in France for 2 years.

 

About Dean Elliott

Dean joined Astute Bloodstock as a racing analyst and Victorian representative in April 2020.

Dean has over 15 years’ experience working in the racing industry. He is an exceptional form analyst with an uncanny ability to identify emerging top racehorses early in their career.

Our plan is to increase our activity Australia-wide, with Melbourne being an important market for us. Dean will be active sourcing mares and racehorses privately for our expanding clientele in Australia and Hong Kong.

Some of Dean’s previous experience includes: 

• 8 years at Lindsay Park & Cornerstone Stud in Marketing and Bloodstock

• 6 years at William Hill/BetEasy as BDM (winning a global award as Best Newcomer for William Hill in 2014)

• 3 years at James Harron Bloodstock as General Manager for JHB Syndications 

Dean's ability to identify top quality horses extends from the racetrack to the breeding barn. The first tried horse he identified, and owned a share in, was a maiden galloper from NZ called OUR ROKKII, who went on to win at G1 level in Australia. His equivalent debut effort in the breeding realm was purchasing GAVROCHE, the dam of subsequent G1 winner Bel Sprinter, straight after he won his maiden at Mornington.

Dean has also enjoyed success in selecting mares off the racetrack for breeding duties, including:

-GIRL HUSSLER (yearlings have averaged $590k, and has produced a G1 winner)

-LIVIA (dam of G1 Vic Derby winner Warning)

-And most recently MISS LEONIDAS, who was purchased privately by Astute Bloodstock days before running 2nd in the G1 Galaxy

 

 

 

 

 

 
 

Q & A with Louis Le Metayer: Astute Bloodstock
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An article written by Paul Vettise, TDN AusNZ.



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