22/03/24 I have completed my earling purchases for 2024.  It is great to be able to offer yearlings with Patrick Payne and Tom Dabernig in Victoria, Kris Lees in NSW and Adam Trinder and Stuart Gandy in Tasmania.  Check out our yearlings later on the site.

Our upcoming ‘Black Type’ runners include Seonee in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap at Caulfield and Flattered in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at Flemington.

Please call me on 0433 762 700 if you would like to discuss getting into a horse with Prime Thoroughbreds or check them out on this website and send me an email to:



In 1997 after a 20 year career in the Australian Army Major Joe O’Neill was looking to a future in cricket management.  Joe, then had a chance meeting with Bill Mitchell early in that year and Prime Thoroughbreds was born.

All the Prime Thoroughbreds horses were initially trained by Bill.

When Bill retired from training in 2005, Joe split the horses and today has his horses trained by Kris Lees and John Thompson in NSW, Patrick Payne and Tom Dabernig in Victoria and Adam Trinder in Tasmania.

1013 wins and over $30,000,000 in prizemoney later things are going strong!!!  Prime Thoroughbreds horses have won races at most of the major meetings in Victoria, NSW, Queensland, SA and Tasmania.

One of Joe’s biggest assets has been his ability to identify sires early in their careers with Rubisaki, Fituese, Seonee, Under Command, Xtremetime, Miss Divine Em, Zizzis, Unchain My Heart, Casa De Lago, Eramor, Rumeron, Sandasta, Embeller, Admiral’s Cup, Albert’s Image and Birdies Galore all being by first season sires.


In the 2022/23 Season Joe got first season sire Brave Smash right with his two Brave Smash 2yo’s Power Of The Brave and La Boqueria both winning twice.  Kris Lees has done a great job with these two young horses.

This season he nailed it with Flattered, a 2yo filly by First Season Sire Yes Yes Yes runing second in the Listed MRC Merson Cooper Stakes at her only start.

Joe is proud to be a part of a sport that has given so much entertainment and pleasure to Australians for over 200 years.

Join us in racing this outstanding filly by Champion sire Deep Field out of the well related Nadeem mare Romantic Era.  I love first foals out of young mares.  John Thompson will train the filly for us at Randwick.  John does a great job for us with Fituese, Xtremetime, Tillotson and Reneged successful syndications we have had with John.  


Incredibly, so many of the horses we have syndicated have gone on to amongst the very best progeny of their sires.

I have listed some of these with the number of races they won and prizemoney earned.  Also, I have listed the number of horses to have raced by their sire.  For example, Rubisaki’s sire Rubick has had 416 of his progeny race with Rubisaki being his highest earning filly or mare.

Look at these extraordinary results. These horses were purchased for just $850,000 as weanlings or yearlings for an average purchase price of just $65,385. Compare this with the average purchase price at this year’s major sales was about $300,000.

Rubisaki – Cost $85,000 as a yearling. Won 8 races and $1,260,400 prizemoney (Sold for $1,000,000 at the completion of her racing career).

Rubisaki is her sire Rubick’s (416 horses raced) highest earning filly or mare and most winning horse!!!

Flying Jess – cost $65,000 as a yearling.  Won 2 races and $1,421,680 prizemoney (Sold for $540,000 at the completion of her racing career).

Flying Jess is her sire Hinchinbrook’s (534 horses raced) highest earning filly or mare and her broodmare sire Magic Albert’s (456 horses raced) highest earning filly or mare from one of his daughters).

Seonee – Cost $80,000 as a yearling. Won 8 races and $393,805 in prizemoney (Still racing).

Seonee is her sire Winning Rupert’s (143 horses raced) highest earning horse as well as having the most wins of any horse by her sire!!!

Quang Tri – Cost $90,000 as a yearling. Won 3 races and $342,450 prizemoney (Still racing).

Quang Tri is her sire Shalaa’s (477 horses raced ) highest earning filly or mare in Australia!!!

Fituese – Cost $55,000 as a yearling.  Won seven races and $549,515 in prizemoney (Sold for $375,000 at the completion of her racing career).

Fituese is her sire Deep Field (547 runners) most winning filly and was NSW BOBS Horse Of The Year as a 3yo!!!

Power Of The Brave – Cost $85,000 as a weanling.  Unbeaten in two starts including an impressive win at Doomben.

Power Of The Brave is his sire Brave Smash’s (33 horses raced) only unbeaten son and on target for a terrific Spring Campaign in both Sydney and Melbourne.

The Nephew – Cost $40,000 yearling. Won 5 races and $311,500 prizemoney (Still racing).

The Nephew is his sire Wordsmith’s (245 horses raced) 2nd Highest earning colt or gelding!!!

Why Choose Prime?

Prime Thoroughbreds is a well-established syndication company with a strong record of purchasing competitive and successful thoroughbreds. Our statistics back up our successful process for selecting and managing our thoroughbreds for over twenty five years.
In many ways Prime Thoroughbreds is a boutique operation only syndicating about 15 horses per year. This allows us to be very selective about which yearlings we offer to our owners.  
Joe O’Neill works very closely with Bill and James Mitchell of Mitchell Bloodstock as well as our highly regarded vets Dr Greg Nash and Dr Tim Roberts. 

Joe O’Neill is very proud of the relationships he has built up with William Inglis and Magic Millions as well as with some of our very best breeders.

Savoureux – cost $65,000 and won six races and $391,485 in prizemoney (Sold for $250,000 at the completion of her racing career).

Savoureux was her sire Nadeem’s (327 runners) most winning filly or mare and twice ran faster final 600m at Randwick when winning than Winx did on the same day.

Husson Eagle – Cost $42,500 as a yearling. Won 7 races and $1,166,393 prizemoney.

Husson Eagle is his sire Husson’s (511 horses raced) 2nd highest earning colt or gelding in Australia!!!

Miss Divine Em cost $42,500 as a weanling. Won 7 races and $374,338 in prizemoney.

Miss Divine Em is her sire Super One’s (218 horses raced) 2nd highest earning filly or mare!!!

Unchain My Heart – cost $45,000 as a yearling. Won 10 races and $600,080 in prizemoney.

Unchain My Heart is her sire Al Maher’s (761 runners) second most winning filly or mare from his first crop. She ran in the 2014 Melbourne Cup.

Zizzis – Cost $120,000 as a yearling. Won 4 races and $317,840 in prizemoney.

Zizzis is her sire Sizzling’s (294 horses raced) 2nd highest earning filly or mare!!!

Casa De Lago – Cost $60,000 as a yearling. Won 5 races and $167,530 prizemoney.

Casa De Lago is her sire Delago Deluxe’s (207 horses raced) best filly or mare and only stakes performer!!!

Birdies Galore – Cost $60,000 as a yearling. Won 2 races and $90,600 prizemoney (Still racing).

Birdies Galore is her sire Spieth’s (73 horses raced) best horse with two wins and two stakes placings to her credit!!!

Prime Stable Statistics


RACED (96.5%)




*Correct as at 28 October 2023*



    Upcoming Runners

    Horse Date Time Race Track Fields/Form
    La Boqueria Apr 13, 2024 01:54 PM 2 - Gold Coast Poly Gold Coast Poly Field

    Recent Winners

    Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
    Bine Apr 05, 2024 5 - Launceston 0.10E Byrne Burke
    Whistlefield Mar 08, 2024 3 - Moonee Valley 0.10Ms L J Meech
    Opal Fields Feb 03, 2024 2 - Newcastle 2.10K S Latham
    The Devil In Her Jan 10, 2024 5 - Sandown-Hillside 3.30W Egan
    Gerety Dec 15, 2023 8 - Murwillumbah 0.30A Mallyon
    Gold Pattern Dec 02, 2023 3 - Newcastle 0.30K S Latham
    Emmadella Nov 26, 2023 4 - Newcastle 1.00K S Latham
    Bine Nov 17, 2023 6 - Launceston 0.50E Byrne Burke
    Emmadella Oct 28, 2023 6 - Kembla Grange 0.80K S Latham
    Vivilici Sep 10, 2023 6 - Devonport Synthetic 2.00E Byrne Burke
    Seonee Aug 26, 2023 8 - Morphettville Parks 0.30J Noonan
    Vivilici Aug 20, 2023 6 - Devonport Synthetic 0.80E Byrne Burke
    The Nephew Aug 19, 2023 1 - Morphettville Parks 1.30Todd Pannell
    Whistlefield Aug 19, 2023 1 - Warracknabeal 0.10Ms C Puls
    The Cunning Fox Aug 02, 2023 5 - Sale 0.10W Egan
    Bine Jul 30, 2023 1 - Hobart 1.00E Byrne Burke
    Paululu Jul 23, 2023 3 - Sale 0.20Ben Allen
    The Devil In Her Jul 19, 2023 2 - Sandown-Hillside 1.50W Egan


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