Victorians salute across the country

The Victorian breeding industry achieved an amazing amount of success with winners throughout the country on the weekend in races that kicked off at Moonee Valley’s Manikato Stakes meeting on Friday night.

Friday night’s Valley meeting also proved a repeat of last year’s VOBIS Gold Star when Iconoclasm defeated Widgee Turf. Iconoclasm was bred by Victoria’s Rosemont Stud and won their portion of the $180,000 winnings of the race. The race is part of the VOBIS Gold Premier race series, which boasts $4.65 million dollars for the 2019/20 season.

The winners continued to grow at the following day’s Cox Plate meeting.

Blue Gum Farms stole the show with three stakes winners on Saturday– Ideas Man, La Falaise and Sartorial Splendor. The trio, trained at Caulfield, are all destined for bigger things. Blue Gum Farm finished off their exceptional weekend by taking out the Sale Cup, with the Logan McGill trained Gold Fields.

Caulfield trainer John Moloney combined with his nephew, jockey Patrick Moloney, to win the second race on Fine Dane in the 955m scamper. John bred the Danerich gelding and also trained the dam, Fine Feelings which retired to stud with four wins on the track.

Rangal Park, at Euroa, stands Danerich.

Fine Dane ridden by Patrick Moloney wins at Moonee Valley (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Shamus Award, the first Cox Plate winner to stand in Victoria since Rubiton, produced a winner for Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys when Soul Patch, ridden by Dwayne Dunn, was an impressive victor of the Drummond Golf Vase (2400m).

Shamus Award stood in New South Wales before relocating to Rosemont Stud for this breeding season.

Young Ballart trainer Mitch Freedman continued his good run when Broadwayandfourth won the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m).

Raced by Neville Gereaux and his family, Broadwayandfourth was reared by Darren and Liz Dance at Manningtree Park. The daughter of Smart Missile and Broadway Harmony was having just her third start after scoring in a Ballarat maiden win.

The Freedman trained Moonlight Maid, by Swettenham Stud sire Puissance de Lune, continued her path to the VRC Oaks with a strong second to Soul Patch in The Vase.

Young apprentice Campbell Rawiller won the St Arnaud Cup on Sunday with on Surreal Image for Cranbourne trainer Kevin Corstens. Surreal Image is by Swettenham Stud’s Akeed Mofeed.

John Moloney’s former apprentice Brenton Avdulla, now a long-time top Sydney jockey, rode Greyworm to victory at Randwick on Saturday for Team Hawkes. The son of Greta West Stud stallion Master of Design was a graduate of the 2015 Inglis Australian weanling sale.

But Advulla was having a run of success when he piloted Kubrick, bred by Victoria’s Two Bays Farm to take out the inaugural $1 million-dollar Bondi Stakes. Sold through Two Bay’s draft at the Inglis Premier Yearling sale for $250,000, she was purchased by Star Thoroughbreds.

Banquo ridden by Damien Oliver wins at Sale (Leonie Grbic/Racing Photos)

The Sale Cup meeting on Sunday kept the flag flying for the local breeding industry. Banquo, a son of Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon, was an impressive maiden winner. He was a graduate of the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing’s homebred, Gennady, sired by Ducks Crossing Farm’s Polanski was also a Sale winner, along with Doctor Coto which was bred by Victoria’s Ridgeview Park and was a graduate of their 2016 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale draft.