Taking a punt in racing isn't restricted to the betting ring or TAB.
Every day around Australia, breeders and buyers are punting on the race track stars of tomorrow, pouring over pedigrees, matching matings, and then caring for the offspring of their prized mares as if the foals were their own children.
At Eddington, a little town just south of Bendigo in Victoria's Goldfields, a young man named Ryan Arnel has taken the biggest punt of his life by setting up Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, a 300-acre property specialising in broodmare care and yearling preparation.
At just 30 years of age Arnel is surprisingly well travelled with experience beyond his years. At the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale he puts his first major draft up for public auction with the success of his 16-yearlings crucial to the financial viability and future growth of his business.
Watch as Ryan tells G1X.com.au his story and explains why he put his neck on the line to create Stonehouse.