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International Rally For Rosemont

Rosemont Stud mares completed an international double on Wednesday when Kneeling scored a courageous victory in the LR Wangoom Hcp (1200m) at Warrnambool.

The feature sprint was run less than 24 hours after Rosemont graduate Alboran Sea (pictured) pulled off a massive plunge on debut in South Africa.

Jockey Linda Meech steered all the short-cuts on Kneeling and the Peter Moody trained mare lasted to score in a thrilling four-way finish from Blackie, Magnus Reign and Anlon.  “I made a special trip to ride her work on Saturday morning just to make sure she was still going good,” Meech said.  “And she worked the house down.

“If it was any other race bar the Wangoom, I would have declared her.”

Kneeling (6m by Encosta De Lago — Sunday Service by Sunday Silence) had won the LR Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley as a spring three year-old and then furthered her career with a running double in Queensland and a Group 3 placing in Tasmania earlier this year.

She is raced by Yarraman Park with Moody’s wife Sue and joining them in the cheer squad was Anthony Mithen.

The Rosemount Stud owner purchased Kneeling’s dam Sunday Service for $150,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale.  The mare delivered a Foxwedge colt in November and is back in foal to Rosemount sire Toorak Toff.

Mithen also bred Alboran Sea after buying her dam for a snip at the 2011 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.  A USA import, Lady’s Light was culled by Coolmore Stud — carrying Alboran Sea — for just $20,000.

Alboran Sea (2f Rock Of Gibraltar — Lady’s Light by Toolighttoquit) went through the ring again — this time on four feet — as part of Rosemont’s consignment at the at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Form Bloodstock bought her for $105,000 on behalf of champion trainer Mike de Kock and leading South African breeder Mary Slack who owns Wilgerbosdrift Stud.

Punters plunged the Victorian-bred filly on debut in the All To Come Juvenile Plate (1000m) at Clairwood on Tuesday.  She firmed from $15 into a $2.40 favourite and landed the money by three-quarters of a length.

Mithen’s calculated gamble in buying Lady’s Light has also paid dividends.  The mare foaled a colt by Toorak Toff in August and was then bred back to his Rosemont colleague Starspangledbanner.

First Winner By Equiano

Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano sired his first winner on Tuesday when Moving Melody scored on debut at the Newcastle (UK) twilight meeting.

The Richard Fahey trained filly tracked short-priced favourite Bahamian Art and kept up a keen gallop to win the ESH Group Fillies Maiden Stakes (1000m) by three-quarters of a length.

“We bought her at Goffs and she has a nice way of going,” Fahey said.  “We like her and were hoping she could make a promising debut.”

Moving Melody (2f Equiano — Luxuria by Kheleyf) is raced by Fahey’s major clients Helen and Norman Steel and cost 38,000 euros (AUD 49,655) at the 2013 Goffs February Sale.

She was offered by Trickledown Stud and is from Lingfield winner Luxuria.  The dam is a half-sister to LR National Stakes winner Sweepstake who is by Equiano’s sire Acclamation.

Equiano’s first starter Macarthurs Park had been runner-up at Brighton last Thursday and his newcomer Fujiano put in an eye-catching run at Bath on Monday.

Fujiano dumped her jockey in the saddling paddock and then jumped awkwardly from the outside gate.  She was soon 20 lengths adrift but flew home to be beaten in a photo for third!

Equiano (Fr) was a dual Group 1 winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and he was the star of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale last month.  His first southern crop yearlings averaged $105,200 during Session 1 topped by a record-breaking $420,000 colt that will be trained at Caulfield by Mick Price.

Equiano’s service fee will remain unchanged at $15,000 (plus gst) this year.

“We have already commenced taking bookings so an early announcement was essential,” Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster said.  “We are grateful that so many new clients have made enquiries and we also want to support those breeders who have already sent mares to Equiano.”

Nomination enquiries for Equiano can be made by calling Chris Belli, Swettenham’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing, on 0417 514 552.

Mio Dio Blessed At Warrnambool

Wez Hunter won with another God’s Own when Warrnambool’s annual carnival kicked off last Tuesday.

The Mornington trainer prepared promising three year-old Mio Dio (pictured) to a clear-cut victory in the Choices Flooring-Swintons Hcp (1100m).

Mio Dio (3g God’s Own — Hageabi by Scenic) was racing first-up after a six-month spell and relished the Heavy 10 under jockey Jamie Mott to score by three lengths.  “He goes alright this bloke,” Hunter said.  “Jamie cut the corner and then went for home.”

The winner is from a half-sister to Group 3 winning mudlark Emlozza (Encosta de Lago).

“I love Warrnambool and have been coming to the carnival since I was a kid,” Hunter said.  “Mio Dio won his maiden here on a Heavy 10 last year.”

Hunter also trains God’s Own stakes performer Bel Thor.  He was a Flemington winner at last year’s spring carnival and he followed up with a Group 3 placed in the Eclipse Stakes at Caulfield.

Another God’s Own in work with Hunter is former Brisbane galloper Sons Of God.  He won an Echuca maiden for Dan O’Sullivan before transferring to north for three wins at Eagle Farm under the care of Rob Heathcote.

Sons Of God (6g God’s Own — Lucky Punch by Celtic Swing) races for a partnership managed by Wayne Sayers and he will appreciate a program that takes advantage of Hunter’s proximity to Balnarring Beach.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) is based at Greta West Stud and he sired 13 individual winners in April.  His overall total this season is 75 winners of 110 races and the only Victorian based stallion above him in that category is Bel Esprit.

Kuroshio To Stand At Darley Victoria

Darley has announced lightning-fast sprinter Kuroshio will join its Northwood Park roster in 2014.

Kuroshio (Exceed And Excel) won the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial on debut at Flemington in October 2012 and produced a gutsy effort sitting three-wide to claim the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield the following February.

Fellow Darley stallions Lonhro and Sepoy were also winners of the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude as were successful stallions Flying Spur, Danzero and Bel Esprit.

Kuroshio returned at three to win the G2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley defeating Group 1 sprinters Moment Of Change and Platelet.  He joined some of Australia’s best sprinters on the McEwen roll-call including Hay List, Miss Andretti and Buffering.

Kuroshio will stand for a fee of $8,800 (inc gst) at Sheikh Mohammed’s Victorian base at Seymour.

Champion Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel sired him from American-bred Gone West mare Arctic Drift.  She is also the dam of Believe’n’succeed who won a division of the 2008 Blue Diamond Prelude.

Believe’n’succeed is the dam of New Zealand Group 1 winning sprint filly Bounding.  It’s the family of top stallion Green Dancer.

“It will be a busy and exciting 2014,” Darley’s Head of Sales Alastair Pulford said.  “2013 was our best year yet and our stallions sired the winners of more Group 1 races than ever before.

“We very much look forward to welcoming breeders to Darley in the coming months to see our stallions and to discuss their mating plans.”

Darley Victoria — 2014 Roster
HELMET    $33,000
DOMESDAY    $16,500
RESET    $16,500
STREET BOSS    $11,000

KUROSHIO    $8,800
SKILLED    $6,600
STRATEGIC    $5,500
Prices (inc gst)

Day 2 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale – Supplementary Starcraft To Aquanita

The supplementary catalogue helped boost the overall figures for the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands on Monday.

Three late entries tacked on to the General Session made the Top 6 on the overall leader-board starting with Lot 392, a Charge Forward — Paramount filly from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.  Her dam is a sister to G1 Stradbroke Hcp winner La Montagna and she was bought by Stephen Theodore for $44,000.

Lot 399, an Artie Schiller — Chitraka colt offered by Emirates Park sold to Sheamus Mills & Princess Park Racing for $56,000.

Lot 403, a Starcraft — Freestyle colt from Hillside Thoroughbreds, topped the day’s trade when selling to Aquanita trainer Robert Smerdon for $68,000.  His dam was a multiple stakes winner in Melbourne and Adelaide.

“It was pleasing to record an increase in average on last year’s sale and also to see the strength of the sale remain through to the end,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.  “Well conformed and presented yearlings were in demand — yearlings that did not meet this criteria were difficult to sell.”

Day 1 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale – Buoyant Clearance Of 83%

Rosemont Stud topped the first session of the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale with an $80,000 Snitzel yearling on Sunday.

The colt from Group 2 winning mare Yakama was sold to Lindsay Park Bloodstock.

Next on the leader-board was Swettenham Stud’s Host filly from Sparkling Symphony that made $75,000.  She sold to successful Victorian owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths.

Consistent Victorian sire Written Tycoon achieved the third top price lot with a colt from Group 1 placed mare Danari.  Offered by Eliza Park as agent for Dorrington Farm, he was purchased by Anthony Cavanagh for $70,000.

The demand for quality yearlings was maintained right to the end of the sale when four yearlings in the supplementary section offered by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm averaged $36,750.

“It was very pleasing to have such a healthy clearance of 83%,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.  “The market is quite selective as it has been at all sales this year but quality yearlings will always be in demand.’

Rushton Park finished on top of the vendor averages on Sunday.

Owners David and Kayley Johnson sold three lots at an average of $34,000 to head Rosemont Stud ($26,050) and Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm ($21,625) among those vendors with three or more lots to change hands during the Select Session.

Woodside Park manager Suman Hedge paid $40,000 for the Von Costa de Hero colt from Stormy Princess (Tale of the Cat).  He is related to Group 1 winner Miss Margaret and will join the Ellerton – Zahra Racing stables at Flemington.

The Johnsons have been based at Tatura since relocating from Western Australia in 2008.  They also finished second on last year’s leader-board at Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale with a High Chaparral – Infrared colt that made $105,000.

Winning Princess For Rosemont

Rosemont Stud bagged its latest black-type success when Estonian Princess won the Group 3 J H B Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Rosemont bred and sold the filly for $65,000 at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She is raced by Glenn and Viive Williams and has now earned over $341,000.

Estonian Princess (3f Snitzel – Meet My Sis by Prized) broke her maiden at Randwick on New Year’s Day and was then runner-up to Snitzel filly Sweet Idea in the LR Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast.

Settled at the rear of the field on Saturday, Estonian Princess had plenty to do with 400 metres to run, as Northern Glory and Lady Lakshmi pulled clear to fight out the finish.

Given full rein by Brenton Avdulla, the Victorian bred filly extended very generously to catch Northern Glory right on the line, with Lady Lakshmi a short head away third.

“We went to the Adrian Knox Stakes last time but she didn’t run the 2000m so we dropped her back in distance,” trainer Scott Aspery said.  “It looks like seven furlongs is just right for her.”

Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen had purchased her dam Meet My Sis for $48,000 at the 2010 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.  Her earlier foals included G2 Sandown Guineas winner Schilling (Bianconi).

Meet My Sis has a filly foal by Toorak Toff and she was one of 119 mares covered by Rosemont’s Group 1 winning sprinter last year.

Dream Win In Australasian Oaks

May’s Dream scored a posthumous Group 1 victory for former Wimmera breeder Worrall Dunn in the Australasian Oaks (2000m) on Saturday.

Dunn died in Horsham aged 78 last November.

May’s Dream (3f New Approach — She’s Archie by Archway) had won the VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill in June last year and she has lifted to another level this season.  The Darren Weir trained filly was placed in the G2 Wakeful Stakes and G3 Schweppervescence Stakes leading up to the Group 1 breakthrough at Morphettville on Saturday.

Dunn bred and raced She’s Archie and she gave Weir his first Group 1 success in the 2002 South Australian Oaks.  “The owners have had horses with me since I first got my trainer’s licence,” he said.  “It’s a big thrill as they’ve been terrific supporters of me and are a great bunch of owners.”

Weir set May’s Dream for the Australasian Oaks after the Melbourne spring carnival.  “She’s a good horse and is a lot like her mother.  “Hopefully, she can now come back in the spring and win another good race.”

Among May’s Dream part-owners are Dunn’s wife Lorraine and their daughters Celeste, Melissa and Simone.  She’s Archie has a 2yo filly named Rainbow Bel (Bel Esprit) and she was bred back to Manhattan Rain last year.

May’s Dream was the second-leg of a stakes winning double for New Approach at Morphettville.  The former Darley Victoria shuttler also sired Gamblin’ Guru to a Group 3 victory in the Chairman’s Stakes.

Victorian Racing Industry Honours ANZAC Spirit

The Victorian thoroughbred racing industry will pay tribute to Australia’s returned service men and women tomorrow with ANZAC Day commemoration activities planned at five race meetings across the state.

At Flemington, Moe, Yarra Valley, Swan Hill and Avoca, racegoers will have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed day trackside while also recognising the nation’s courageous service men and women.

In a joint initiative between Racing Victoria (RV) and the Returned Services League (RSL) — Victoria Branch, jockeys riding horses carrying the number one saddlecloth at each of the meetings will wear a special set of ANZAC Day colours which incorporate the rising sun motif to celebrate the ANZAC spirit.

RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said the commemorative silks, which were first worn in 2007, provided a unique way for the Victorian racing industry to recognise those who fought bravely for our country.

“The ANZACs are part of Australian folklore and these colours are a way in which the thoroughbred racing industry, which has a long and proud history in Australia, can honour their spirit on such an important day for the nation,” Saundry said.

“ANZAC Day is a day of commemoration and spending an afternoon at the races offers a terrific opportunity to get together with family and friends to honour our returned service men and women and continue a great tradition.”

The five race clubs with meetings on ANZAC Day will pay their respects through a range of other initiatives including a minute of silence, flag-raising ceremonies, the national anthem and Last Post memorial.

Racegoers will also have the opportunity to have a flutter in a long-standing ANZAC Day tradition, with games of ‘two-up’ — which was made famous by Australian soldiers during World War 1 — being staged trackside.

Following is more information about ANZAC Day meetings programmed across the state tomorrow;

  • ANZAC Day at Flemington — Victoria Race Club

At Flemington, the time honoured $150,000 VRC St Leger (2800m) highlights an exciting eight-race card. The St Leger has been run each year since 1897 — including during war time when it endured as a beacon of hope.

As part of the event, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will offer free entry for returned service men and women. VRC Chairman, Michael Burn, and Returned and Services League of Australia representative, George Logan, will also conduct a moving ceremony in the Flemington Mounting Yard following Race 2.

Gates open 12 noon, First race 1pm, General Admission: $12, Concession (student): $10, Concession (pensioner): $7, returned service men and women and children: free

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  • ANZAC Day at Avoca — Avoca Shire Turf Club

For the first time this year’s ANZAC meeting at Avoca will incorporate a special reading of ‘Equine Heroes’ — an original tribute to the service horses provided during World War 1 — written by Avoca local Jim Mowbray who passed away in 2013, leaving the poem to the Avoca RSL.

Gates open 11am, First race 1.20pm, General Admission: $15, Concession: $10, Children: free

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  • Swan Hill Credit Union St Patrick’s ANZAC Day Races — Swan Hill Jockey Club

As well as enjoying a seven race card of racing at Swan Hill, those in attendance will be supporting the great work of the former St Pat’s Racing Club, who are raising funds for the local St Mary’s Primary School and St Mary McKillop College. There is a range of exciting free children’s entertainment planned too.

Gates open 11.30am, First race 1.25pm, General Admission: $12, Concession: $8, Children: free

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  • ANZAC Day at Moe — Moe Racing Club

At Moe, racegoers are gearing up for the club’s biggest meeting since the return of racing at the track in February, after an absence of more than two years. The meeting will double as an unofficial celebration of the new first-class facilities at the Moe Racing Club, with quality racing and free family entertainment complementing the commemorative activities.

Gates open 11am, First race 1.20pm, General Admission: $10

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  • ANZAC Day at Yarra Valley — Yarra Valley Racing Club

In the Yarra Valley, and at all meetings programmed for ANZAC Day, there will be an exciting range of free children’s activities such as outdoor games, treasure hunts, and art and craft activities.

Gates open 11am, First race 1.12pm, General Admission: $15

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Rock Steady In Competition

Retired racehorse Rock Steady and Victorian police woman Simone Evans claimed five Equestrian medals at this week’s 2014 Australian Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne.

Retired racehorse Rock Steady and Victorian police woman Simone Evans proved a solid combination at this week’s 2014 Australian Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne.

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In one of their first competitions together the pair combined to claim five Equestrian medals — including two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze — across two days of Dressage, Flat Riding, Novelty and Showjumping events.

Representing Victoria Police, the Games success for Evans and Rock Steady comes a little over 12 months since Evans came across the Queensland-bred thoroughbred, who trialled to race under the name You Got Me Rocking.

“The Games are a friendly competition designed to celebrate the camaraderie between police and emergency services but it’s certainly exciting to come away with a few medals,” Evans said.

“Rocky was the star — I think he’s got big things ahead of him.”

A Police Constable at Whittlesea, Evans qualified for the mounted branch of Victoria Police but doesn’t ride at work, saving that for her leisure time.

“I have always been into horses and Pony Club — I spent a lot of time growing up at the Melton Equestrian Academy,” Evans said.

“I had a break from it all about six years ago and then when I got back into riding I started looking to get my own thoroughbred, but I wasn’t in a huge rush as I wanted to make sure it was the right one.

“I saw Rocky advertised on Boxing Day 2012 and then I looked at him early in the new year and as soon as I jumped on him I knew he was the horse I had been looking for.

“He never actually raced — just ran at trials, but he has fantastic breeding and right from that first ride he was very chilled out and willing.

“He’s very easy to ride and he’s also relatively small — he’s only just over 15 hands — which is perfect for me as I’m not the tallest of riders.

“So far he is proving to be a super all-rounder, like most retired racehorses.  He’s got a great temperament and he’s very trusting, there’s certainly something different about him.”

Following their Games success, Evans and Rock Steady have their eyes set on the Whittlesea Adult Riders Dressage Day and a number of other local competitions.

Sure to be by their side is Evans’ mum Carol Krslin who is her strapper at “all the big events”.

“She’s the perfect strapper because she puts up with me. Rocky’s always very well behaved,” Evans laughed.

Indulgence Pays Off At Geelong

Bob and Rosemary Scarborough weren’t going to part with their New Approach — Joolzy filly for anything less than six figures at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The Wood Nook Farm owners placed a $100,000 on the youngster and took her back home to Nagambie when bidding petered out at $75,000.

Named Indulgence, she was facing the starter for the fourth time when a front-running winner of the Hygain Feeds Maiden Plate (1300m) at Geelong on Thursday.  The Scarboroughs and trainer Anthony Freedman are hoping she stays up for more than one run this prep.

Indulgence (3f New Approach — Joolzy by Noble Bijou) has been tipped out for spells of 28, 22, and 10 weeks since her debut in March 2013.  She drifted out to $3 at Geelong but was always travelling like a winner for Daniel Moor.

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Former Darley shuttler New Approach sired her in his first-season at Sheikh Mohammed’s Victorian operation at Seymour.  He didn’t return after covering a fourth southern book at Northwood Park in 2012.

Indulgence is the last foal of Joolzy who delivered numerous winners for the Scarboroughs including Marble Halls (Nassipour).  He was trained by Lee Freedman to 7 wins topped by the G1 Toorak Hcp at Caulfield in 1998.

Joolzy, who died in June 2011, is also the second-dam of G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Sleek Chassis (Flying Spur).  She carried the Scarborough silks and her latest foals are a 2yo filly by More Than Ready and a filly foal by Street Cry.

VOBIS Gold Winner A First For Turffontein

Hunters Grace handed Blue Gum Farm freshman Turffontein his first winner at Bendigo on Wednesday.

The Daniel Kelly trained youngster collected 12 times his purchase price when saluting in the $100,000 Inglis VOBIS Gold Plate (1000m).  “He put it all together today,” Kelly said.  “He’s always shown us ability but he pulled a shoe last time at Caulfield.”

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Hunters Grace (2g Turffontein — Catch The Storm by Hurricane Sky) settled outside the pace and when given his head in the straight ran away for a strong two length win over favourite Theycallmethehoff (Bon Hoffa) and first starter Gottakeepthefaith (Keep The Faith).

The winner (pictured as a yearling) was a $5,000 buy from Rangeview Park at last year’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale and the Bendigo victory netted $60,000 plus bonuses for a syndicate led by John and Julie Sicari.  “I liked the horse at the sales and put in an offer after he was passed in,” Kelly recalled.  “The Rangeview guy came up later on and said I could pick him up.”

Trained by Anthony Cummings, Turffontein was a Group 1 winner of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

Turffontein is the first son of Johannesburg at stud in Australia.  His upcoming VOBIS Gold yearling sale draft includes Blue Gum fillies from Bride Salama (36), Nuclear Dance (171) and Unshushable (259).

Hosting Recovers For Spring Carnival

Fears that a leg injury may have finished the career of Hosting have been allayed by trainer Greg Eurell.

Hosting pulled up lame after an unplaced run in the Macaulay Hcp (1400m) at Flemington earlier this month.  “He was taken to the Werribee Vet Clinic and it didn’t look good,” Eurell explained.  “The tests showed he fractured a humerus bone — which wasn’t great to hear.  But the good news is that it’s not career ending.

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“He’s very popular here at Cadet Lodge and is expected to make a full recovery.  We’re looking forward to seeing him back in the stable for the spring carnival.”

Hosting is a son of Swettenham Stud stallion Host (Chi) and he earned black-type placings as an autumn three year-old in the LR Manfred Stakes and G3 C S Hayes Stakes.

Resuming earlier this season, he won at Sandown and Rosehill but was denied a hat-trick when blocked for a run in the G2 Shannon Stakes.

Hosting (4g Host — Kali Smytzer by Zabeel) is a half-brother to the Danewin stakes winners King Diamond (LR Ballarat Cup) and Elderly Paradise (LR Macau Derby).

Host’s filly from Sparkling Symphony (Stravinsky) was second on the leader-board at the Inglis VOBIS Gold yearling Sale on Sunday.  She was sold as part of the Swettenham draft and made $75,000 to the bid of Barrie Griffiths.  Her dam is a half-sister to Hong Kong Group 1 winner Packing Winner.

Craven Colts Enhance Equiano

Equiano (Fr) began a busy week at the Tattersalls Craven 2YO Sale when two of his colts made a total of 132,000 guineas (AUD 249,510).

The Swettenham Stud shuttler has 7 lots catalogued for the Doncaster 2YO Sale starting this Wednesday and another 4 yearlings entered for the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale commencing on Sunday.

Tattersalls sold his colts from Merle (Selkirk) for 70,000gns to the Penang Turf Club and from Irish Light (Irish River) to agent Stephen Hillen for 62,000gns.

Merle is an unraced half-sister to Newmarket and Sandown G3 winner Solo Mio.  USA bred mare Irish Light has foaled 6 winners including G1 Irish Phoenix Stakes placed Polar Force.

Equiano has 5 colts and 2 fillies catalogued for the Doncaster 2YO Sale this week.  The colts include;

Lot 30 (ex Reine de Romance by Vettori)
Dam won G2 San Clemente Stakes and has foaled European winners by Johannesburg & Clodovil.

Lot 51 (ex Spiritual Healing by Invincible Spirit)
From a winning half-sister to the dam of Royal Ascot LR Chesham Stakes winner Big Audio.

Lot 93 (ex Absolute Pleasure by Polar Falcon)
Dam has foaled winners by Choisir & Dark Angel.  She is a half-sister to Soar (G2 Lowther Stakes) and Splice (LR Abernant Stakes).

Swettenham Stud has 24 yearlings, including two by Equiano, going under the hammer at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale at Oaklands Junction coming up this Sunday & Monday.

Kalabek Miles Too Good At Caulfield

To quote veteran race caller, Greg Miles, it was a “HUGE win” on debut by Wanted 2YO Kalabek in the JRA Hcp (1000m) at Caulfield on Easter Monday.

She missed the kick before producing a withering burst from the home turn to score by a half length.

Sent out a $1.90 favourite after blowing away her rivals by six lengths in a Cranbourne trial a fortnight ago, Kalabek looked to have little chance after dwelling in the gate and getting caught in the pack.

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But Damien Oliver showed why he’s No. 1 on most people’s dance card by swinging the filly to the outside and urging her to the line strongly for an impressive win, easing down on the line.

It was the second winner in just over a week for Eliza Park International sire Wanted.  His first-starter Rough Justice won for the Ellerton — Zahra stable at Terang last Sunday.

Young trainer Brent Stanley was clearly impressed with the win of Kalabek, commenting that she was right up to stakes class, adding that he “loves the breed”.

“I’ve got another Wanted at home (Crinklecut) who has been working the house down and should have his first start in a couple of weeks.”

Kalabek is out of the Zeditave mare Star’s Delight and was sold by Eliza Park International at last year’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $110,000.

On top of the allocated prizemoney, the connections of Kalabek and Rough Justice both picked up extra cash thanks to Super VOBIS.

Black-Type Ahead Of Belle Couture

Millionaire filly Belle Couture will never match the exploits of her older half-sister but the road ahead will still be paved in black-type.

Belle Couture (3f Redoute’s Choice — Helsinge by Desert Sun) started a short-priced favourite at Caulfield on Easter Monday after being nailed a nose on debut at Bendigo in December.

Bred by Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson, just like her older half-sister Black Caviar, she was spotting the leaders a half-dozen lengths in the straight before accelerating to a convincing victory over Knockout Johnny (King Of Prussia) and Barkly Boy (Strategic).

“We’ve all been very patient with her,” trainer Danny O’Brien said.  “She’s a big girl and is improving all the time.  Now we can press on and raise the bar.

“She’s obviously very valuable and we will build a platform for some black type further down the track.  She has it all in front of her.”

Belle Couture cost $2.60 million at the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale and is the fourth winner from Helsinge following Black Caviar, All Too Hard and Moshe.

Her 2yo brother was euthanased amid unsavoury headlines late last year.  Helsinge has a yearling filly by Bel Esprit and she foaled a Casino Prince filly in October.  Jamieson decided not to breed from the mare this season.

First Stakes Winner By Gonski

Gonski mare Siwa Lady completed a hat-trick and notched the first black-type winner for her sire in the Oakbank Stakes (1100m) on Saturday.

Siwa Lady jumped straight to the front and controlled the feature sprint at the famous Easter jumps meeting.  “She showed really good speed early and just dragged me up the hill,” Joe Bowditch said.  “I let her slide coming down the hill and away she went.

“I think she would be better on a flatter track.  There was a little bit of sting out of the ground and I think she would probably be better on top of the ground.”

Bowditch was winning the Oakbank Stakes for the third time following Charleston Gold (Geiger Counter) in 1999 and Maybe McLaren (Secret Savings) in 2004.

Siwa Lady (5m Gonski — Siwa by Green Desert) was coming off back-to-back wins at Moonee Valley before trainer Darren Weir sent her across the border.  She is from a British-bred half-sister to the dam of Longchamp Group 1 winner Laverock (Octagonal).

Gonski (Danehill) was raced by Sheikh Mohammed and rated within four points of champion colt Stratum after a resounding Rosehill juvenile victory in 2004-05.  He trained on at three to win the LR Concept Sports Stakes at Flemington.

Oxford Park owner Michael Howard stood Gonski for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee in his second season at the Bunyip stud last year.

Woodside Park Winner Of Princess Stakes

Exciting filly Best Yet To Come has earned an important stakes victory for Woodside Park Stud owner Mark Rowsthorn in the LR Princess Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on Sunday.

The Mat Ellerton — Simon Zahra trained filly finished relentlessly to edge out roughie Quest for Peace with favourite Little Bit Ditsy close up in third place.

Best Yet to Come (3f Econsul — Simply The Best by Kingdom Bay) was positioned one off the fence by Jason Taylor from barrier 14 and he angled her out of the ruck to find clear space in the straight.

The victory was particularly sweet for Woodside Park’s general manager Murray Tillett who hatched an ambitious plan to send the lightly-raced daughter of Econsul to Brisbane in a bid to win valuable black type.

“We looked at the races available and felt she could be competitive in the Princess Stakes,” Tillett said.  “We asked the question and fortunately Matty and Simon were amenable — it’s an unbelievable result.

“We bred this filly at Woodside Park from our former stallion Econsul and still have her mother so this is just a great result for the farm.”

The victory is also pleasing given the strong relationship between Woodside Park and the Ellerton — Zahra stable.  “Matty and Simon have been big supporters of our emerging pre-training and breaking in business and we’ve had a good run with a number of winners coming via our system.  We’re rapt to enjoy this success with them and hope there is much more to come.”

Best Yet to Come is the inaugural stakes winner for Caulfield Guineas winner Econsul who spent five years at Woodside Park Stud before he transferred to Darling View Thoroughbreds in Western Australia.

His dam Simply the Best (NZ) has done a good job at stud and had already produced the stakes placed sprinter Simply Put (Charge Forward).  The mare has a 2yo sister to Best Yet to Come which has been retained by Woodside Park Stud and is presently in foal to Darley stallion Helmet.

Woodside Park Stud will offer a yearling half-sister to Best Yet to Come by proven stallion Domesday at the upcoming Magic Millions National Yearling Sale in June.

McHugh v AJC & Ors (“The Artificial Insemination Case”)

Today the Full Federal Court of Australia handed down a unanimous judgment dismissing the Appeal brought by Bruce McHugh. The decision upholds the judgment handed down by Justice Robertson in Federal Court in December 2012.

The Rules related to natural breeding of Thoroughbred horses, and subsequently the Australian Rules of Racing of Thoroughbreds, have again been found to be valid and enforceable.

TBA President Trevor Lobb hailed the decision as “wonderful.”

Unchanged Fee For Lucas Cranach

German-bred stallion Lucas Cranach will stand at an unchanged fee of $5,500 (inc gst) at Bullarook Park Stud this year.

Bullarook Park owner Malcolm Boyd was delighted with the response to the quality stayer last year when he covered over 100 mares at the Avenel stud.

Prior to being purchased by Australian Bloodstock, Lucas Cranach was trained in Dusseldorf by Sascha Smrczek.  He won the G2 Grosser Preis Von Lotto (2400m) in Hamburg and had Listed wins to his credit in France and Germany.

Lucas Cranach (Mamool — Lots Of Love by Java Gold) won the G2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield and finished third in Dunaden’s G1 Melbourne Cup.

“With the outcross Lucas Cranach offers breeders, plus his explosive turn of foot, he will produce some quality products,” Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell said.  “His looks and versatility will give him a chance to become a genuine success at stud.”