Upper Hunter stud Kitchwin Hills in demand after Everest-Melbourne Cup triumph

BRIGHT FUTURE: Kitchwin Hills Stud manager and part-owner Mick Malone with Hurdles and her colt resident stallion Sooboog.
BRIGHT FUTURE: Kitchwin Hills Stud manager and part-owner Mick Malone with Hurdles and her colt resident stallion Sooboog.

KITCHWIN Hills Stud's Everest-Melbourne Cup double has quickly put the Upper Hunter farm on the map.

Manager and part-owner Mick Malone now hopes the operation north-east of Scone can sustain its amazing run of success.

The boutique stud farm foaled and raised Vow And Declare, which on Tuesday at Flemington became the first Australian-bred horse to win the $8 million Melbourne Cup in 10 years.

Last month, Yes Yes Yes, which also started his life at Kitchwin Hills, won the richest race on turf, the $14 million The Everest at Randwick.

After celebrating the Cup success, which has lifted spirits on the drought-hit farm, Kitchwin Hills staff returned to work but in demand on Wednesday.

"It's been good, there's a bit of a spring in everyone's step," Mr Malone said.

"It's amazing. I would have done seven radio interviews, we've had TV here. We've had everyone here.

"It's been great exposure and bigger than I thought it would be."

He believed his stud was "very fortunate" to help produce winners of the two richest races in Australia but it was reward for hard work.

"You sometimes wonder where you're going with it all, but we do work hard," Mr Malone said.

"We have great guys here and I just hope it continues. It's been a really good run and we've got some nice horses coming up."

He believed the stud could turn the wins into regular returns at sales.

"Not many farms consistently produce racehorses," Mr Malone added.

"Mill Park [in South Australia] is one and they do it year in and year out.

"They bred the [VRC] Derby winner, Warning, and they get a premium for their yearlings every time.

"I think that's something that you would expect would happen here.

"And we've had a lot of different people ring already and ask if we have room for a yearling.

"We don't, but it's good to know you are back on the map with them."