01/06/24 I have completed my yearling 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 runners for the this week include The Cunning Fox at Sandown on Wednesday, The Nephew, Hell Of A trip and Xaphan at Mildura, Power Of The Brave at Eagle Farm and Gerety at The Gold Coast on Saturday.

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, Birdies Galore and Flattered 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, running second in the Listed MRC Merson Cooper Stakes, second in the Listed TTC Gold Sovereign Stakes, second in the Listed SAJC Breeders Stakes and 4th in the Group 3 VRC Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes.

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

Come join us in the thrill of racing this exceptional colt, sired by the Champion I Am Invincible and out of the esteemed Sebring mare, Loretta.

This colt boasts an exhilarating and prestigious pedigree, hailing from the immediate family of Redoutes Choice and Al Maher. Notably, his second dam is a full sister to LUCKY RAQUIE and a three-quarter sister to MANHATTAN RAIN, RUBICK, and ECHOES OF HEAVEN.

For further details, explore our website or reach out to Joe O’Neill at 0433762700 for a more in-depth discussion.   


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 9 races and $591,760 prizemoney (Still racing).

Seonee is her sire Winning Rupert’s (172 horses raced) best performed horse as well as having the most wins of any horse by her sire!!! On 27 April 24 she won the Group 2 SAJC Queen Of The South Stakes.

Quang Tri – Cost $90,000 as a yearling. Won 3 races and $354,450 prizemoney (Still racing).

Quang Tri is her sire Shalaa’s (590 horses raced) second 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.  Won his first two starts including an impressive win at Doomben.

The Nephew – Cost $40,000 yearling. Won 5 races and $318,000 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 $109,540 prizemoney (Still racing).

Birdies Galore is her sire Spieth’s (97 horses raced) best horse with two wins and two stakes placings to her credit!!!

Prime Stable Statistics


RACED (96.4%)

WINNERS (79.6%)



*Correct as at 15 July 2024*



    Upcoming Runners

    Horse Date Time Race Track Fields/Form
    Gerety Jul 20, 2024 01:59 PM 4 - Gold Coast Poly Gold Coast Poly Field
    Power Of The Brave Jul 20, 2024 11:58 AM 1 - Eagle Farm Eagle Farm Field
    Xaphan Jul 20, 2024 04:01 PM 7 - Mildura Mildura Field
    The Cunning Fox Jul 21, 2024 12:45 PM 2 - Racing.Com Park Racing.Com Park Field

    Recent Winners

    Horse Date Race Margin Jockey
    Another Nephew Jul 13, 2024 7 - Warracknabeal 0.10B Rawiller
    The Devil In Her Jul 04, 2024 6 - Sale 0.30Jye Mcneil
    Whistlefield Jun 29, 2024 8 - Caulfield 2.00Ms L J Meech
    Emmadella Jun 29, 2024 1 - Rosehill Gardens 1.40C Schofield
    Hell Of A Trip Jun 25, 2024 3 - BALLARAT SYNTHETIC 0.30Beau Mertens
    Xaphan Jun 22, 2024 1 - Donald 0.80Tom Prebble
    Shyleah May 24, 2024 2 - Cranbourne 1.50W Egan
    Another Nephew May 23, 2024 3 - Tatura 4.30B Rawiller
    La Boqueria May 11, 2024 7 - Ipswich 0.50Cody Collis
    The Cunning Fox May 05, 2024 6 - Sale 2.30Ms D Keane
    Whistlefield May 01, 2024 7 - Warrnambool 2.50Ms L J Meech
    Seonee Apr 27, 2024 6 - Morphettville 1.50W Egan
    Our Uptown Girl Apr 24, 2024 4 - Newcastle 0.60C Schofield
    Bine Apr 05, 2024 5 - Launceston 0.10E Byrne Burke


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