Bren O’Brien recently caught up with James Harron to chat through the development of the bloodstock and syndication aspects of his business.

James Harron Bloodstock, which focuses on colts, stallion brokerage and breeding portfolios continues to develop while on the fillies' side, JHB Syndications is also growing its profile with sponsorship of Saturday's G2 Golden Pendant at Rosehill.

Bren O'Brien: You've developed an interesting business, tackling the colts’ and fillies’ markets in different capacities. Talk us through the components of the James Harron business.

James Harron: At the core of the bloodstock business is our colt partnership, where we buy a number of yearling colts at public auction, with the aim of developing them into stallion prospects and all of these colts go into training with Peter and Paul Snowden. Colts who may not make it to the elite level are traded to on sale markets and we are pleased to have sold a number of subsequent winners, domestically and in both Hong Kong and Singapore. Another major focus of the bloodstock business is the management of a number of elite breeding and racing portfolios, the majority of which are for owners who are also a part of the colt group. There are great synergies in terms of generating stallion equity to support broodmare bands.

This focus on colts, stallion brokerage and breeding portfolios is entering a hugely exciting stage this year. We brokered the stallion deal on Pierro (whose son Rome we are looking forward to cheering on in the Breeders Plate next week as a representative of the JHB colt group). Firmly establishing himself as an elite stallion and yearling purchase, Foxwedge is also doing a great job with his first few crops of runners. Coming through we have another yearling purchase in Wandjina, whose first runners at the trials have been very promising, Vancouver having his first yearlings selling in January, yearling purchase Capitalist siring outstanding foals and yearling purchase Pariah entering stud at Arrowfield with a stellar book of mares booked to him, a number of which are from owners within our colt partnership.

Extract from TDN AusNZ's by Bren O'Brien