A WELCOME band of rain arrived in New South Wales and Queensland last weekend but farmers in these parts of Australia remain in crisis following a prolonged dry spell.

Coolmore Australia has donated a nomination to three of its young stallions – Pierro, So You Think and Rubick – to help farmers in New South Wales.

Bids will close on Wednesday (August 29th), payment will be required immediately and will go to the Rural Aid and Buy A Bale charities.

Pierro (by Lonhro) has a published fee of A$88,000 (€55,000) and, at lunchtime on Monday, the current bid was $82,500.

The So You Think (by High Chaparral) nomination (worth $44,000 or €27,700) was running at $38,500 and the covering by Rubick (by Encosta De Lago) is valued at $17,600 (€11,000) and the current bid was $18,700.

All bids must be entered by email to tmoore@coolmore.com.au