If you didn’t receive a hard copy of the 2014 Swettenham Stud stallions brochure through the mail, don’t worry, you can view it as an e-Brochure!

Continuing as an industry leader in emerging technologies, Swettenham has increased its allocation of resources dedicated to engaging the horse racing and breeding community through its social media outlets and online presence.

“In order to set ourselves apart from the competition we needed to differentiate our product from the other farms within the industry,” said Swettenham Stud’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing Chris Belli.

“Over the past two years, we have brought back in-house a number of marketing functions such as graphic design, website development and social media marketing.  We have very capable staff that always has the client experience front of mind.

“We have a young roster of stallions, so our challenge is to remain relevant to the industry until our emerging stars Equiano, Master of Design and Americain start siring winners.

“The major difference between the print brochure and the e-brochure is the video content that accompanies the e-brochure.  Not only can you see the promotional reels that we produce for each stallion, but you can watch video replays of the stallion’s major wins, from the 2010 Melbourne Cup won by Americain, to the 2013 T J Smith Stakes which was won by Master of Design.

“We have the option of adding content to the e-brochure as the year goes on, so when the Equiano two year-olds start winning races throughout the upcoming season, we have the option of adding those replays for people to view through the e-brochure.

“The viewer statistics of the 2013 e-brochure justified our decision to put our efforts into developing a even better user friendly 2014 e-brochure.

“You only have to look around all of the major sales to see how many people have iPads and other devices to view the catalogue.  By having an e-brochure, each of the clients has access to our information at the click of a button and with an increasing number of international clients on our database, they also benefit from having an e-brochure at their disposal.”

The 2014 Swettenham Stud e-brochure can be viewed by clicking the link in the top right hand corner of the Swettenham Stud website:  www.swettenham.com.au

Elvstroem filly Britt Ekland earned a step up to black-type company after completing a winning hat-trick in New Zealand on Saturday.

The athletic daughter of Blue Gum Farm sire Elvstroem was coming off a running double at Ellerslie in May to win the Fell Engineering Hcp (1400m) at Ruakaka.

Britt Ekland (3f Elvstroem — Sidestar by Red Ransom) settled behind front-runner One Cool Message before clicking into gear for a convincing victory as the even-money favourite.  Winning jockey Danielle Johnson came back to scale glowing about how well she had gone in what was her toughest test to date.

Co-trainer Dawn Williams, who prepares the filly with husband Peter from their Byerley Park base at Karaka, is enthusiastic about the future.  “She has strengthened up nicely but still has a way to go before she is fully furnished,” Dawn noted.  “She will now go to the paddock for a few weeks and that will set her up nicely for the spring.”

Connections have the LR Canterbury Breeders Stakes (1400m) at Riccarton in November as her major target.

Britt Ekland was bred by Wood Nook Stud’s Bob Scarborough and was sent ‘in utero’ to New Zealand in April 2010.  Her dam Sidestar (USA) was a Juddmonte Farms homebred and second-dam Yenda was a stakes winner in France and the USA.  She was a daughter of Juddmonte superstar Dancing Brave.

Elvstroem (Danehill) has sired 75 winners of 138 races for earnings of $3.36 million in Australia this season.  Blue Gum Farm will stand him for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee in 2014.

Ealing Park graduate Crafty Cruiser is one of the toughest horses in training and he lived up to the rating once again in the Banjo Paterson Series (2520m) on Saturday.

Crafty Cruiser (6g Good Journey — Sly One by O’Reilly) was caught three-wide facing the breeze but knuckled down to defeat King Of Dudes and Zuma Roc in a three-way finish at Flemington.  “I didn’t ride him that good but I just tried to keep him balanced,” winning apprentice Jye McNeil said.  “It was just a very tough effort from the horse.”

Trained at Torquay by Bryce Stanaway, Crafty Cruiser cost just $1,500 from Euroa based Ealing Park at the 2009 Inglis March Sale at Oaklands.  His dam Sly One is a NZ bred daughter of Mrs Selleck (Famous Star) who was a Group 1 winner of the Lion Brown Sprint.

Crafty Cruiser has won 7races and been placed 21 times in 65 starts.  “He’s a little bit more than honest and has been unlucky a few times,” Stanaway said.  “He could’ve had another five or six wins to his name very easily.”

A Listed victory in the R M Ansett Stakes at Mornington has been his biggest pay-day among earnings of $484,000.

Crafty Cruiser also brought up a city double for Ealing Park owner Tim Johnson.  The Euroa-based studmaster bred Thiamandi (Street Boss) to win earlier in the day at Morphettville.

Danerich youngster Traffic Dodger will head to Melbourne after a brilliant debut at Morphettville on Saturday.

Traffic Dodger (2g Danerich — Lady of the South by Catrail) won the Daken & Daken Real Estate Hcp (1000m) for the Blue Diamond Stakes winning combination of Dan Clarken and Lauren Stojakovic.  He was a $26,000 from Rangal Park at the 2013 Adelaide Magic Millions for a syndicate that includes Clarken’s brother-in-law Mick Armfield and Dennis Bowden.

“He’s a serious horse,” Clarken told the media.  “Hopefully, he can keep going for the Vain Stakes at Caulfield in August.”

Danerich stands at Rangal Park Stud in Euroa and his Adelaide winner is the last foal of unraced mare Lady of the South.  Second-dam Confederate Lady (Rancher) won the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude in 1989 and her younger half-brother Subzero (Kala Dancer) won the G1 Adelaide — Melbourne Cups double in 1992.

Armfield picked Traffic Dodger out of the Adelaide Magic Millions on a premonition.  “We went to sale, pulled the horse out and looked at him for three straight days,” Clarken recalled.  “We inspected a lot of yearlings but he was the one.

“He was only at the stables for a couple of weeks when he broke free and ran on to a main road.  Luckily, he galloped between the traffic and wasn’t hurt.  I thought Traffic Dodger would be a perfect name for him.”

Danerich (Danehill) has sired 59 winners of 106 races this season for earnings over $2.56 million.  He will stand at Rangal Park for a service fee of $8,800 (inc gst) this year.

In a dramatic aftermath to the victory, Armfield suffered a heart-attack in the enclosure and was rushed to Royal Adelaide Hospital.  He was conscious and in a stable condition on Saturday evening.

Vain Queen maintained her unblemished Flemington record when taking complete control of Heat 8 of the VRC All Victorian Sprint Series (1100m) on Saturday.

The brilliant daughter of Artie Schiller (USA) jumped straight on the pace and was always travelling like a winner.  She cleared out before crossing the finishing line close to four lengths ahead of her nearest rival.

“Gee she was impressive,” trainer John Sadler declared.  “I just thought the firm ground might find her out a bit but she went to a new level today.”

Vain Queen (4m Artie Schiller — Our Teneriffe by Kenvain) has now won six of her eight starts and all three assignments down the straight course at Flemington.  She clocked 62.48s on Saturday which was just 0.33s outside the track record.

Sadler indicated that her next engagement will be the Listed VRC All Victorian Sprint Series Final in a fortnight.

Winning jockey Katelyn Mallyon was also impressed with the victory.  “She was brilliant today and travelled so comfortably.  She was laying in a little bit but I couldn’t really straighten her up because we were going that fast.  She’s a really good horse.”

Vain Queen was a $42,000 buy from Longwood based Mockingbird Hill at the 2011 Inglis Classic yearling sale and has earned over $317,000 for part-owners Phil & Zarah Green.  She is from a half-sister to G3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Card Queen whose foals include Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Karuta Queen.

Artie Schiller returns to Emirates Park Victoria this spring at a fee of $22,000 (inc gst).

The continuing success of Fastnet Rock has led to a growing list of his sons making their way to stud and Bombora Downs has a value-priced representative from the sireline named Therock.

Therock was an expensive weanling fetching $370,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and showed exceptional ability during a brief career with leading trainer Gerald Ryan.

“I held him in the same regard as Melito and Rothesay,” Ryan said.  “He was brilliant winning two races in Sydney as a spring three year-old and was favourite for the G1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas before an injury aborted that mission.”

Therock’s first-crop are rising two year-olds and are under the care of leading trainers Darren Weir, Mick Kent as well as Ryan.

“I am a massive fan of Therock and his youngsters look something special,” Ryan said.  “In my opinion, he was Fastnet Rock’s best looking son.  He had exceptional ability and we really believed he was going to be Fastnet Rock’s first Group 1 winner.”

Victoria’s champion trainer-elect Darren Weir has two youngsters by Therock.  “They are both really nice types, great movers and exceptionally athletic,” Weir said.  “We all know how good the Fastnet Rocks go and Therock is one hell of a good looking stallion.”

Group 1 trainer Mick Kent is also delighted with his colt.  “Mine is super impressive – big, strong and muscular — he wouldn’t look out of place at any sale in Australia.  In fact, I would rate him at least as good as any yearling I have purchased this year.”

Therock is from Scenic mare Bumps and stakes winners in his immediate family include G1 Golden Slipper winner Overreach and G1 Blue Diamond winner Reward for Effort.

Fastnet Rock (Danehill) is the sire of up-and-coming young sires like Foxwedge, Wanted, Hinchinbrook and Smart Missile.  That makes Therock a well-priced alternative for a $3,850 (inc gst) fee at Bombora Downs on the Mornington peninsula.

Royal Ascot produced another potential Group 1 winner from the family of incoming Blue Gum Farm’s Irish-bred sire Glass Harmonium.

His younger half-brother Arab Spring (pictured) created a big impression winning the Duke Of Edinburgh Stakes (2400m) last Saturday.

Arab Spring (4c Monsun – Spring Symphony by Darshaan) came with a strong run to score going away by two-lengths in the style of horse that is still improving.  He is unbeaten this year following earlier victories at Kempton Park, Doncaster and York.

Like Fiorente and Glass Harmonium, who both came to Australia to win at Group 1 level, Arab Spring is a homebred for Ballymacoll Stud.

“The Australians would like to buy him, particularly being by Monsun the sire of Fiorente and a half-brother to Glass Harmonium,” Ballymacoll manager Peter Reynolds said.  “He’s in the Princess Of Wales’s Stakes at Newmarket which Fiorente won.

“He has some serious entries including the Arc de Triomphe.  It’s the one race that Ballymacoll haven’t had a winner of yet and we would love to do it.  If he’s good enough to get to the Arc, we might just be there.”

Fiorente and Glass Harmonium were also trained by Sir Michael Stoute.  “Arab Spring suffered a hairline on a hock last year and, as a result, missed getting the long slow distance work into him,” Stoute said.

“He’s a progressive horse but is still a bit of a playboy walking around.  We will now go into Group company with him – he is a very interesting horse – a typical Ballymacoll late maturing horse”

Glass Harmonium (Verglas) has just retired to Blue Gum Farm as the winner of 5 races and $1.64 million in earnings.  In Australia, he was successful in the G1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) and G2 Eagle Farm Cup (2200m) as well as a cracking second to All Too Hard in the G1 Futurity Stakes (1400m).

Blue Gum Farm will stand Glass Harmonium for an introductory fee of $6,600 (inc gst).

Racing Victoria (RV) today announced that a record $19.4 million in prizemoney and bonuses will be on offer across Victoria’s two lucrative owners’ and breeders’ incentive schemes, Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, for the 2014-15 racing season commencing 1 August.

The record figure has been driven by the continued expansion of VOBIS Gold, which will include four-year-old horses for the first time next season, and a subsequent 13-year high subscription to its mother scheme, Super VOBIS.

The announcement, which comes in the lead-up to Monday’s 30 June deadline to nominate current yearlings (2012-born) to VOBIS Gold, includes the following:

– Expansion of the exclusive VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series from 10 to 13 races with the inclusion of four-year-old only and combined three and four-year-old feature races;

– The 2014-15 VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series to offer $1.9 million in prizemoney and bonuses — up from $1.5 million this season;

– The addition of Pakenham as a regional host of a VOBIS Gold Premier Race, alongside Ballarat, Bendigo, Swan Hill, Wangaratta and Warrnambool, with a feature race for four-year-olds programmed at south eastern Victoria’s newest track on 26 April, 2015;

– Creation of a lucrative VOBIS Gold Breeders Raceday at Caulfield on 18 April, 2015, highlighted by the running of four races in the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series;

– A total of $5 million in VOBIS Gold bonuses on offer next season — up from $3 million this season — with $20,000 bonuses available on 100 four-year-old races;

An enticing $12.5 million in Super VOBIS bonuses will be programmed in 2014-15 which brings the total rewards on offer across the VOBIS schemes to a record $19.4 million.

Horses must be first nominated for Super VOBIS, which carries bonuses from $9000 to $30,000 on two and three-year-old races, to be eligible for entry into the VOBIS Gold scheme.

RV Executive General Manager — Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the enhancements to Victoria’s VOBIS programs continue RV’s development of the racing program in line with its strategic plan, Racing For The Future, released last November.

“The Strategic Plan identified the enhancement of VOBIS as a priority activity to promote ownership and breeding growth in Victorian racing as part of a wider strategic objective to strengthen the quality of our racing program,” Carpenter explained.

“Thus we’re delighted to offer Victorian owners and breeders a record $19.4 million in prizemoney and bonuses across Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold next season.

“The VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series has produced some wonderful stories in its initial two years through the deeds of horses like Trust In A Gust, Eloping and Worth A Ransom, and that will continue with its expansion next season to include four-year-olds.

“We are equally pleased to extend the footprint of VOBIS Gold further into regional Victoria next season, as we are to provide a focal point for the industry with a feature VOBIS Gold Breeders Day in April 2015 in the week prior to the annual VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.”

Carpenter said that the 2012 introduction of VOBIS Gold had stimulated renewed interest in its mother scheme Super VOBIS and that owners and breeders are now set to reap the rewards.

“Super VOBIS nominations this year exceeded 2500 yearlings for the first since 2001. Now is the time for those owners and breeders to make their horses eligible for VOBIS Gold and to maximise their career earning potential,” Carpenter said.

“Nominations close for VOBIS Gold next Monday and thanks to the support of the Coalition Government, owners need only pay $1100 to make their horse eligible not only for the Premier Race Series, but for lucrative VOBIS Gold bonuses each and every year throughout its racing career.”

Victorian Premier, Dr Denis Napthine, said the Coalition Government’s four-year $6.8 million commitment to VOBIS Gold was delivering clear benefits for thoroughbred racing and breeding.

“Victorian-bred horses eligible for VOBIS Gold are attracting increased prices at yearling sales while many owners are seeing VOBIS Gold bonuses come their way,” Dr Napthine said.

“This is leading to significant investment in the local breeding industry delivering increased economic benefits and jobs to Victoria.

“With even more bonuses on offer next racing season, there is no doubt there has never been a better time to breed, buy, own and race a Victorian-bred horse.”

Anthony Mithen, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) board member and proprietor of Gnarwarre-based Rosemont Stud, said the VOBIS schemes were vitally important for Victorian breeders.

“Both Super VOBIS and the VOBIS Gold are world leading incentive schemes and have been enormously important and valuable for Victorian breeders,” Mithen, who stands Group 1-winning stallions Starspangledbanner and Toorak Toff at his property near Geelong, said.

“Having horses nominated for Super VOBIS and eligible for VOBIS Gold makes them extremely attractive to buyers, not only in Victoria, but at Australia’s biggest yearling sales each year, even more so with the increase in prizemoney and bonuses announced today.

“I can’t wait to cheer home the progeny of Rosemont stallions Starspangledbanner and Toorak Toff in the coming seasons and I’m sure the lucrative VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series will prove a popular target for their connections.”

VOBIS Gold yearling nominations close on 30 June 2014, as do Super VOBIS late entries for the same foal crop. For further information visit www.racingvictoria.net.au

The Blue Gum team were busy at Oaklands selling a total of 18 foals and mares. L-R:  Michael and Lisa Matthews, Chris Kent and Philip Campbell. Photo:  Sharon Chapman / Fast Track Photography

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The Inglis Great Southern Sale came to a close on Tuesday evening after 504 lots traded over three sessions at an excellent clearance rate of 85%.

The average, median, gross and clearance rate for the broodmare, yearling and racing stock section of the sale all recorded significant increases on 2013 figures, similar to this week’s buoyant weanling sessions.

“The high clearance rates in Melbourne has always been a feature of these sales,” Inglis Director Peter Heagney said.  “We are delighted with the overall results with all figures showing an increase on last year.  The move back to the original June date has obviously been well received by both buyers and sellers.”

The top priced lot on Day 3 was stakes winner Rare Diamond (Lot 443).  Offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, the daughter of Redoute’s Choice was sold in foal to Wanted for $57,500 to Fesen Pty Ltd.

Buyers from all parts of Australia and New Zealand were busy during the mixed bloodstock offerings on Days 2 and 3 led by Damon Gabbedy of Belmont Bloodstock who spent $136,000 on six lots.

Gabbedy’s purchases included the stakes placed mares Anelene and Here For Glory (in foal to Smart Missile), Uate’s dam Long Walk (in foal to Magnus) and well-related mares More Black Magic (in foal to Astronomer Royal) and Newstar Lass (in foal to Americain).

A total of 280 broodmares, stallions, yearlings, unbroken and racing stock grossed over $1.68 million which was a 56% increase on 2013.

Eliza Park International sire Astronomer Royal was represented by his first European juvenile winner of the season in France on Tuesday.

His colt Kloud Gate won the Prix Des Amarantes (1200m) at Aix-Les-Bains second time out for trainer Jacques Heloury and jockey Tony Piccone.

Astronomer Royal’s current two year-olds are his penultimate French bred progeny.  He relocated to Eliza Park on a permanent basis in 2012.

Kloud Gate (2c Astronomer Royal — Talkata by Suave Dancer) was bred at Haras d’Ellon by Thierry de la Héronnière and is a younger half-brother to Longchamp stakes performer Baby Wood (Elnadim).

Astronomer Royal (USA) won the 2007 French 2000 Guineas and he was also placed in that year’s French Derby.  His best galloper out here has been the Chris Waller trained Weary who won the G3 Doncaster Prelude in April prior to Group 1 placings in the Doncaster Mile and All-Aged Stakes.

Astronomer Royal’s first southern crop are three year-olds and there have been 16 winners of 23 races this season.

The only European classic-winning son of Danzig available to Australian breeders, he stands at Eliza Park International for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee.

Media are invited to Gnarwarre-based Rosemont Stud this Wednesday morning, 25 June, as Racing Victoria (RV) makes a significant announcement about the VOBIS Gold program for the 2014-15 racing season.

The announcement comes in the lead-up to the 30 June deadline to nominate eligible yearlings (2012-born) for Victoria’s lucrative breeding and racing incentive scheme which is set to enter its third year of operation.

Media will hear from RV’s Executive General Manager — Racing, Greg Carpenter, about enhancements to next season’s VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series and VOBIS Gold bonus scheme.

As a Board Member of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), Rosemont Stud proprietor Anthony Mithen will provide his perspective on the enhancements to VOBIS Gold and what they mean for Victorian breeders and owners.

There’ll be unique vision opportunities including an appearance by Starspangledbanner, a four-time Group 1-winning stallion that sired two feature winners at last week’s Royal Ascot meeting in the UK and now stands in Victoria where his progeny are eligible to be nominated for VOBIS Gold.

WHAT:           VOBIS Gold 2014-15 program announcement

WHERE:         Rosemont Stud, 250 Volum Road, Gnarwarre, 3221

WHEN:           9.30am, Wednesday, 25 June, 2014

TALENT:        Greg Carpenter — RV Executive General Manager — Racing

Anthony Mithen — Rosemont Stud proprietor and TBV Board Member

                        Starspangledbanner — Group 1-winning Victorian-based stallion

Pinch River is the latest pin-hook to make the grade from Musk Creek Farm.

The Denman youngster has won 4 of his 7 starts including the LR Dalrello Stakes (1200m) at Doomben and a last-start victory in the Bundamba Plate (1100m) at Ipswich.

Musk Creek bought Pinch River for $46,000 at the 2012 Inglis Easter Weanling Sale before he changed hands again for $85,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

That mark-up wasn’t anything to write home about but it did emphasise the ability of Musk Creek owner David Kobritz and his team to identify a potential stakes winner two years in advance.

Recent Moonee Valley winner Nicoscene (Nicconi) is another successful pin-hook for Musk Creek.  He was a $23,000 foal and then made $85,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.

Pinch River (2g Denman — Avenue Girl by Catbird) is trained by Rob Heathcote and has been compared with one of his Group 1 winning stablemates.  “He does remind me a lot of Buffering at the same stage and I’m forecasting a very good career ahead,” Heathcote said.  “He could be in for a trip interstate next season if he keeps progressing.”

By boom Darley sire Denman, Pinch River won at Doomben and Eagle Farm in the early-season jump-and-runs.  “He had a setback in the lead up to the Magic Millions and he was taken to the lead when I didn’t want him ridden for pace,” Heathcote said.  “He came back for the winter carnival and his only loss was in the Hampden Stakes when he was probably a run short.”

Pinch River has nearly doubled his purchase price for owner Angela Duncan and regular jockey Damian Brown is keen to stay aboard.  “He’s genuine and has got plenty of speed,” he said.  “I’m sure we’re going to have a lot of fun with him.”

Besides the two pin-hooks, recent Seymour winner Profit Share was bred and reared at Musk Creek’s Mornington base.  He is by Darley Victoria sire Domesday and was purchased by Darren Weir at the 2013 VOBIS Gold yearling sale.

Musk Creek purchased 6 foals at the Magic Millions National Sale last month with colts by Fastnet Rock ($220,000) and Denman ($210,000) the most expensive.

The foal section of the Inglis Great Southern Sale has returned a record average at Oaklands.

After 224 weanlings changed hands on Sunday and Monday, the overall average of $14,504 was 44% up on 2013.  Adding to the success of this year’s sale is the super clearance rate of 88%.

“It’s obviously very satisfying sale and, importantly, it reflects the confidence in the market,” Inglis Director Peter Heagney said.  “With so many pin-hookers buying, it augers well for the 2015 yearling sales.”

A Foxwedge — Ekeel colt topped the opening session when selling for $175,000.  He  will head to Queensland from the draft of Donnybrook Estates.

Two first-crop foals by Darley Victoria’s Caulfield Guineas winner Helmet provided the top prices on Monday.  Basinghall Farm’s weanling colt from Take All of Me (Lot 242) sold for $100,000, while Yarran’s colt from Umoya (Lot 254) made $90,000 to the bid of Ascot Farm NZ.

Bruce and Maureen Harvey’s Ascot Farm finished as the leading individual buyer during the weanling section.  The successful New Zealand pin-hookers secured four weanlings for $280,000 at the sale.

Victorian based stallions who had weanlings sell for $50,000 or more included Helmet (Darley), Stryker (Three Bridges), Equiano (Swettenham), Moshe (Eliza Park International), Toorak Toff (Rosemont) and Wanted (Eliza Park International).

More Than Ready newcomer War has arrived at Blue Gum Farm for his first book in Euroa.

“He’s a magnificent individual,” Blue Gum’s Philip Campbell said.  “We are very excited about his stallion prospects.”

War (More Than Ready — Deedra by Zabeel) was trained by Gai Waterhouse and showed terrific talent winning the G3 Up and Coming Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm.  “His turn of foot was explosive,” jockey Tommy Berry claimed.  “He controls his races.”

Waterhouse was equally impressed.  “War is a very good horse in the making,” she said before an injury forced the colt into a premature retirement.

After paying $500,000 for War at the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, renowned judge James Bester considered him as good a looking a yearling as he had ever bought.  “He’s a perfect marriage of speed, precocity and athleticism — one of the best two year-old of his generation — and he was good enough to progress to win a high-quality race at three.”

War’s fee has been set at $8,800 (inc gst).  “He’s available for inspection,” Campbell said.  “Everyone who has seen him so far has been hugely impressed.”

A Foxwedge colt topped the opening session of the Inglis Melbourne Great Southern Sale on Sunday when selling for $175,000.

Attractive colts and fillies from a wide range of proven and exciting young sires were well received by a competitive buying bench throughout the day.

A strong clearance rate of 85% saw 149 weanlings sell at an average price of $14,884 — a 33% increase on Day O1 in 2013 and a massive 61% higher than 2012.

“We are seeing a very strong market for weanlings,” Inglis Director Peter Heagney said. “There was good competition from both the domestic and New Zealand buyers in attendance, particularly on the better quality types.”

The Foxwedge — Ekleel colt will head to Queensland from the draft of Donnybrook Estates.

Ascot Farm NZ has had plenty of success pin-hooking from the Oaklands ring in past years and they snapped up colts by proven sires Sebring (Lot 115) and Stratum (Lot 54) for $90,000 and $70,000 respectively.

First season sires were popular and the following had progeny sell up to; Helmet ($78,000), Moshe ($54,000), Toorak Toff ($50,000), Master Of Design ($35,000) and Skilled ($26,000).

Day 2 on Monday will see the remaining weanlings go under the hammer followed by broodmares.

Keep The Dane hit punters in the hip-pocket at Gosford on Friday but the long-shot victory didn’t surprise owner-trainer Bob Holloway.

“I couldn’t believe the price,” Holloway said on Saturday morning.  “My wife Julie got $41.”

The first-starter by Greta West Stud sire Keep The Faith scored by three lengths in the Woodport Inn Plate (1000m).  “It was a good field, don’t worry about that,” Holloway continued.  “He got to the front and was a class above them.”

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Keep The Dane (2g Keep The Faith — Danish Puss by Tale of the Cat) had shown plenty of ability in two trials earlier this year.  “In the first hit-out, he was runner-up to Magic Topaze and that horse was the favourite in yesterday’s race,” Holloway explained.  “And in the second trial, he was placed behind Scratch Me Lucky who came out and was Group 1 placed in the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick.”

Hong Kong agents wasted no time asking after Keep The Dane.  “We got four calls but he’s not for sale at the prices quoted,” Holloway declared.  “I’m 70 and just a hobby trainer these days.  I’m just happy we’ve got a nice horse.

The winner is the first foal of Danish Puss who doubled up in Adelaide as a late-season three year-old.  “I got him through Jamie Lovett of Australian Bloodstock — he’s a mate from our football club,” Holloway added.  “We put a syndicate together — Jamie, Dave Trigg, Darren Butcher and their wives are also in him.

“I’ve never had one as clean-winded as this bloke.  He had every right to feel the pinch yesterday but would not have blown out a candle.  We give him a few days off in a paddock every week and that seems to works well.”

Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) will stand for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee at Greta West Stud this year.

For the second day running, Starspangledbanner has sired a Group-winning two-year-old at Royal Ascot.

From a first northern crop consisting of just 33 foals due to fertility issues, the Rosemont Stud resident sired G2 Coventry Stakes winner The Wow Signal on Tuesday and G2 Queen Mary Stakes winner Anthem Alexander on Wednesday.

Anthem Alexander (2f Starspangledbanner — Lady Alexander by Night Shift) is bred to be fast being out of a mare who won the G3 Molecomb Stakes.  The dam is also a half-sister to Group 3 winning sprinter and leading sire Dandy Man.

Mountarmstrong Stud’s Noel O’Callaghan bred Anthem Alexander and she was passed-in for 48,000 guineas at the 2013 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

A big, strong type, she was a last start winner by 7 lengths at Tipperary and trainer Eddie Lynam was full of praise for the filly.  “She’s just a bit special.  It’s just natural ability that’s got her through today,” he said.  “She’s got a great constitution and, without wanting to be bullish, I think she could improve a bit more.

“I should think the Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket will be next.”

Lynam knows Starspangledbanner well, having caused a huge upset four years ago when his sprinter Sole Power defeated the Australia champion in the G1 Nunthorpe Stakes at York.

“She’s the only Starspangledbanner I’ve got — his fertility issues are a real loss,” Lynam said.  “I wouldn’t mind having a few more of his in future, he’s a fantastic stallion.”

Rosemont Stud will restrict Starspangledbanner to 50 mares in 2014.

Eliza Park International stallion Moshe opens the Inglis Great Southern Sale on Sunday with a filly foal from Snippets mare Zakuska.

A September 19 born foal being offered through Romsey based Supreme Thoroughbreds, the filly is from a three-quarter sister to the Snippets Hong Kong Group 3 winner Solid Contact.

Lot 1 is the first of 6 first-crop weanlings by Moshe being offered at Oaklands Junction.  The others are from mares by Elusive Quality, Royal Academy, Delago Brom, Danehill Dancer and Tiger Hill.  In addition, 5 of the broodmares in the catalogue were served by Moshe last season and 6 of the weanlings are by his sire Bel Esprit, a member also of the powerhouse team of sires at Eliza Park International.

A 16.1 hands bay who, besides being a brother to Black Caviar, is a half-brother to world class miler All Too Hard (Casino Prince), Moshe did not rise to their stature at the races but showed huge potential in his only season of racing as a three year-old.

In a career cut to five starts, he won a Bendigo maiden by 6 lengths in 56.95s on debut and added another two sprints over 1000m at Moonee Valley.

Moshe looks certain to sire brilliant horses, looking after books of 175 and 145 in his first two seasons.  He owns a stallion’s pedigree — his dam Helsinge is a half-sister to G1 winner Magnus (Flying Spur) who is also based at Eliza Park International.

Catalogued by Swettenham Stud (as agent) at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in March 2009, he sold for $75,000 just six weeks before Black Caviar won by five lengths on her debut at Flemington.

Moshe will stand for a an $8,800 (inc gst) in 2014.

Louisa Penn’s lifelong love of thoroughbreds drives her passion for re-homing ex-racehorses

Louisa Penn’s maternal fondness is something that eminates deeply within every thoroughbred to come through her care.

Penn is a devoted horseperson and former jockey, who currently works as assistant-trainer to Western District based-horseman Denis Duffy.

A fierce advocate for the versatility of thoroughbreds, Penn plays an active role in re-homing all of the Duffy Stable’s horses following their racetrack careers, a job she completes with pride and care.

“You do it because you just want what’s best for them,” she said. “We’re real softies Denis and I, we can’t help but get far too attached to them.

“When you work in a small stable with pretty much the same horses day-in and day-out, you fall in love with them. They’re all individuals, they all have their own personalities; you can’t help but fall in love and want what’s best for them.

“People often say, ‘Oh, they’re just horses’ – but they’re not. They’ve all got their own little traits and random things they do. You get attached to them all, they’re like family in the end.”

Penn and Daffy ensure that a horse is set up for life from the minute they walk in their Camperdown-based training facility, including elements of dressage and showjumping within their early race education.

“When we break our young ones in, they always do at least a fortnight’s dressage work,” she said.

“Not only does it help with their future as a racehorse, but it teaches them that they can go on both legs, and how to balance themselves up if they get a knock. I find that it gives them that better grounding before they go on to become racehorses, that they can do something after racing, because they’ve already got the basics there.

“They all do things like jumping too. I’ve got a couple of the blue dairy drums in our round yard and any that want to learn to jump can burl around and hop over them. I really think it helps if they’ve got that good basic education, if they have that they’ll go on to be better horses in the long term.”

Penn has actively re-homed a number of horses following their racing careers, and takes great pride in their achievements off the track.

“I get a huge thrill out of seeing our ex- racehorses out here competing,” she said.

“There’s a little grey horse running around Colac Pony Club right now called Greyt Batch, who we won at Moonee Valley with. He sat in our paddock for two years before I introduced him to the track rider’s school. From that, two young girls took him and another horse home and are now having a ball doing pony club with him.”

Re-homing a thoroughbred is not an easy, nor a cheap exercise. Yet it’s something that Penn would never even consider giving up.

“It can get very hard and very expensive,” she said, “but that just makes you try harder and harder to re-home them because you just want to do what’s right for them.

“Like most horse people, we’ll feed the horses before we feed ourselves. It’s just ingrained in to us that love.

“Denis plays a big part in re-homing our racehorses; I couldn’t do any of it without him. They’ve got to have somewhere to stay until they find their new home, and Denis always supplies them with that. It’s not easy, I remember one year we spent something like $28,000 on hay for those horses awaiting new owners.

“When you first think of that you think, ‘Oh my god — that’s a huge amount of money!’ But when you care for them like we do, it’s all worth it.”

Penn herself rides an Off the Track thoroughbred she broke and raced named Miles Ahead, a Flemington winner over 2000m who finished fourth behind Harris Tweed in the Listed Bart Cummings Stakes (2500m) in 2010.

“He is the absolute love of my life,” she said.

“I helped Dennis pick him from the yearling sales. We saw this great big yearling just caught our eye like nothing else. We bought him, broke him in and raced him. He was a really great horse for us, but more than that, he was always just my special horse, I absolutely adored him.

“When he did a tendon for the second time, we asked the owners what they wanted to do with him. One of the owners turned around and said to me, ‘You said there was always a paddock for him at your place, do you want him?’ and I just jumped at it and said yes.”

The pair have been inseparable ever since, with Miles Above now spoilt by more than just Penn.

“The really sweet thing though is that the owner that gave him to me now comes down and visits him quite regularly, and brings his granddaughter down to feed him carrots,” she said.

“It’s just been fantastic for the owners to see him. He will be starting a career as a Show hack soon, but at the moment he’s just sitting out in the paddock being spoilt absolutely rotten.”

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By Daniel Miles – @DanielMiles90

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Unbeaten colt The Wow Signal emulated his sire and grandsire at Royal Ascot on Tuesday.

The Wow Signal raced close to the pace in the G2 Coventry Stakes (1200m) before Frankie Dettori coaxed his mount into the lead at the 400m pole.  They kept up a strong gallop to score by nearly two lengths from Cappella Sansevero who had changed hands for 1.30 million pounds (AUD 2.34 million) a day before the race.

The winner is by Rosemont Stud stallion Starspangledbanner who won the 2010 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.  His sire Choisir blazed a trail for Australia at the famous meeting with a running double in the 2003 King’s Stand Stakes and Golden Jubilee Stakes.

“He has come and beaten the best colts available,” trainer John Quinn said.  “He was right there on the speed and deserves a lot of credit.  He could have capitulated but he won going away.”

The Wow Signal (2c Starspangledbanner — Muravka by High Chaparral) had won by 9 lengths on debut at Ayr last month and started equal favourite second-up.  “I was worried about the ground being a bit quick,” Dettori admitted.  “But he showed tremendous courage and is a real good two-year-old.”

A 50,000 pounds (AUD 90,660) buy for Sheikh Joaan at the Ascot 2YO Breeze Up Sale in April, he is the first foal of an unraced half-sister to Irish stakes winner Tolpuddle (College Chapel).

Starspangledbanner encountered fertility problems after he retired to Coolmore Stud.  He was transferred to Rosemont Stud and will cover a restricted book of 50 mares in his second season at the Gnarwarre nursery this year.