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Country Award Won By Hurdy Gurdy Man

Victorian owner-breeders Ed and Robyn Shakespeare have won the 2013-14 Swettenham Stud Victorian Country Racehorse of the Year award with their classy stayer Hurdy Gurdy Man.

The Street Cry gelding won the Hamilton Cup and Murtoa Cup and was also placed in the Ballarat Cup and Werribee Cup last season.  He topped the poll ahead of Diamonds at Noon and Me Hungi.

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Hurdy Gurdy Man

Hurdy Gurdy Man had won the G3 Hobart Cup and Woodend Cup at Warrnambool in 2012-13.  “This horse had few little niggling issues when he was younger,” trainer Darren Weir said.  “But Ed and Robyn have been very patient with him.”

Along with being crowned the Country Racehorse of the Year, the Shakespeares received a commemorative Americain framed head collar (one of only five) courtesy of Swettenham Stud.

Hurdy Gurdy Man’s dam Abalone is a daughter of former Swettenham Stud sire Bluebird.

“There were a number of horses who had outstanding seasons in contention for this year’s award,” Country Racing CEO Scott Whiteman said at the South Wharf Convention Centre.  “It’s a great achievement by everyone involved in Hurdy Gurdy Man and this award is great recognition of their hard work.”

Flamberge Raises The Bar At Caulfield

Fresh from been named 2013-14 Leading Victorian Breeders of the Year, David and Jenny Moodie claimed their first Group win of the season with Flamberge on Saturday.

The Contract Racing homebred sprinted to a convincing victory in the G3 The Heath (1100m) at Caulfield.

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Flamberge

Flamberge (5g Exceed and Excel – Razor Blade by Blazing Sword) sat in the sweet seat and then opened the throttle for a third Group 3.  He had won the Standish Hcp at Flemington and Sebring Stakes at Rosehill earlier this year.

“He raises the bar every prep and this could be his best yet,” jockey Vlad Duric said after the first-up victory.  “He really tries hard and is so genuine.”

Flamberge is the third Contract Racing stakes winner from Razor Blade following Sunburnt Land (G2 MRC Caulfield Sprint) and Curtana (Listed VRC Red Roses Stakes).  The mare’s last two foals are an unraced 3yo colt named Durendal (Medaglia D’Oro) and a unnamed 2yo colt by Hard Spun.

The Moodies go way back with the family.  Razor Blade is a daughter of Blazing Sword who won two stakes races at Flemington in days when Contract Racing’s colours were carried by Harry White.

Blazing Sword (Marscay) retired to stand at Craigielea Stud at Kilmore and sired Contract Racing mare Arctic Scent to a Group 1 triumph in the 1996 Caulfield Cup.

Canford Cliffs Sale Topper

Strong trade continued during the second session of the DBS Premier Sales in the UK overnight taking its final figures well ahead of what was a highly successful sale in 2013.

After an encouraging opening day, demand for yearlings was strong from the first lot in the ring on day two and a flourish of six figure prices later in the evening saw the sale average finish at a pleasing £37,111, up 14% on 2013 with the clearance rate at 88%.

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Pictured: Canford Cliffs Filly from Decorative. Source DBS website.

A total of 21 yearlings made £100,000 or more, up from 16 last year with yesterday’s top price of £230,000 for Castletown Quarry Stud’s Starspangledbanner colt the overall sale-topper.

Setting the pace on day two was Manister House Stud’s Canford Cliffs fillyfrom minor winning Danehill Dancer mare Decorative who was knocked down to Tony Nerses for £180,000.

The top priced filly of the sale, she was one of three Canford Cliffs yearlings to make over £100,000, a great result for a young sire that shuttles to Blue Gum Farm in Victoria and will have yearlings at Australian sales in 2015.

Sharing top honours for the second highest priced offering of the day was The Premier Consignment’s Zoffany half-sister to last weekend’s Group I winner The Wow Signal that was bought by Chasemore Farm for £150,000.

A Group I winning son of Dansili that shuttles to Coolmore in Australia, Zoffany also had a colt from Chameleon fetch £120,000 and a filly from Promise of Love fetch £100,000 and he too will have yearlings at Australian sales in 2015.

Article by Breednet.

Winning Day For Turffontein

Blue Gum Farm’s dual Group I winner Turffontein added a new winner to his tally at Geelong on Tuesday when Day Two Miss saluted in good style.

Placed at her only two previous runs, the Darren Weir trained filly was sent out favourite and produced a sensational finishing burst to zoom home from near last and win the 1300 metre maiden by a head.

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Day Two Miss

A modest $25,000 Inglis Premier purchase from Session II from the Flinders Park Stud draft, Day Two Miss is the third winner for Porschalaine, a half-sister by Keltrice to Group II winner Jiang.

She is the third winner for Turffontein, who is also the sire of stakes-placed Fontein Ruby and Turfane, who are both entered for the Group I MRC Thousand Guineas and Caulfield Guineas respectively.

Winner of the Group I MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and MVRC William Reid Stakes as an older horse, Turffontein blossomed as an older horse and his progeny may well do likewise.

Turffontein stands at Blue Gum Farm at a fee of $7,700.

Victorian Freshmen On Parade At Oaklands

Victoria has another exciting crop of first-season sires beginning their stud careers next month and six of them paraded before the Inglis August Sale at Oaklands Junction.

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FIORENTE  (Monsun – Desert Bloom by Pilsudski)
Eliza Park International
Fee:  $17,600 (inc gst).

Victoria’s 2013-14 Horse of the Year following Group 1 victories in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) and Australian Cup (2000m) plus Group 2 wins in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Peter Young Stakes (1800m).

Apart from those racing highlights last season, Fiorente (Ger) is a son of champion sire Monsun who is one of the world’s most successful sires with 17% stakes winners-to-runners strike-rate.

FIGHTING SUN  (Northern Meteor – Irish Darling by Ivory’s Irish)
Eliza Park International
Fee: $13,750 (inc gst)

Fighting Sun is the highest rated 2YO colt by ill-fated sire Northern Meteor whose legacy includes Zoustar, Romantic Touch and Eurozone.  He is out of Group 1 winning mare Irish Darling and is assured of tremendous support from EPI owner Sun International.

Gai Waterhouse flagged Fighting Sun as her Golden Slipper horse after a three length victory in the LR Canonbury Stakes but he was sidelined after suffering a suspensory injury.

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POLANSKI (Rakti – Citrium by Citidancer)
Roycevale Stud
Fee:  TBA

Polanski won the LR Super Impose Stakes (1800m) at Flemington and G3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield before a dream result in last year’s G1 Victoria Derby at Flemington.

Part-owner and trainer Robbie Laing brought the colt back for a G1 Australia Derby campaign but he broke down first-up in the G1 Futurity Stakes.

His sire Rakti – a Danzig line sire through Polish Precedent – was a five-time Group 1 winner in Italy and England and his dam Citrium was named Victorian Broodmare of the Year earlier this month.

UNENCUMBERED  (Testa Rossa – Blizzardly by More Than Ready)
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds
Fee: $13,200 (inc gst)

Retired sound and will begin stud duties eight years after his sire Testa Rossa transferred out of Victoria to the Hunter Valley.

Won on debut at Randwick and then added a Group 3 in the B J McLachlan Stakes at Doomben before cruising home in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on the Gold Coast.

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UNUSUAL SUSPECT (Unusual Heat – Penpont by Crested Wave)
Moorookyle Park
Fee:  $7,700 (inc gst)

Group 1 winner of the Hollywood Park Turf Cup following stakes wins at Santa Anita, Del Mar, Golden Gate Fields and Bay Meadows.

Unusual Suspect is by champion sire Unusual Heat from NZ bred Riccarton winner Penpont who has also foaled G1 Santa Anita Las Virgenes Stakes winner Golden Doc.  After arriving in Australia from Dubai, he won the LR Werribee Cup at his penultimate start before retiring to Moorookyle Park.

WAR (More Than Ready – Deedra by Zabeel)
Blue Gum Farm
Fee: $8,800 (inc gst)

A $500,000 graduate from the 2012 Inglis Easter Sale, War was runner-up in the LR Breeders Plate at Randwick on debut and returned as a three year-old to win the G3 Up and Coming Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm.

War joined Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Exceed and Excel, Testa Rossa and Marscay on the roll-call of Up and Coming Stakes winners and they all developed into top-class sires.

The Blue Gum newcomer is by Champion 2YO Sire More Than Ready whose sire sons include champion stallion Sebring and his second-dam is G1 Queensland Oaks winner Joie Denise.

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All photos by Sharon Chapman at Fast Track Photography.

Winning Start To The Season By Ustinov

Quiet achiever Ustinov has made a great start to the new season, the Moorookyle Park Thoroughbreds resident represented by four winners in the last few weeks.

In fact, four of the regally bred stallion’s last ten runners have been winners – and winners of different types, too.

Talented mare Albonetti was able to win first up over 1511m at Morphettville on August 16 while Laconic Lad was successful over 2200m at Bendigo.

And in New Zealand, Ustinov’s promising colt Amun Ra saluted over 1100m at Waikiki for trainer Lee Somervell.  He is highly regarded and has big aims.

“We’ve got a lot of time for Amun Ra,” Somervell reported.  “I would like to think that he is a genuine prospect for the Guineas races.

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Ustinov

“You would not have thought he would make a two-year-old, but he’s just gone from strength to strength.  He can only get better and he has got a serious future.”

Haslington is another of Ustinov’s recent winners and what a great horse he has been for connections winning 13 races and being placed a further 26 times.

The best of Ustinov’s progeny to date has been G1 NZ Telegraph Handicap winner Vonusti.

“His progeny are just so tough,” Moorookyle Park’s Nioka Wozny said.  “Everyone commented on how great he looks at our recent open day.  He’s a magnificent looking horse and is in fantastic shape.”

Ustinov was high quality galloper – Group 1 placed at two and a Group 2 winner of the AAMI Vase as a three year-old – not surprising considering his pedigree.

By Mr Prospector’s outstanding son Seeking The Gold, he is one of four black-type horses from Let’s Elope – the latest being G2 Adelaide Cup hero Outback Joe.  The champion mare is also the second-dam of Let’s Make Adeal who is being set for this year’s Melbourne Cup.

Wozny is looking forward to her third season with Ustinov and has been very pleased so far with the stock he has been producing since returning to Victoria in 2012.  He will stands the 2014 season at a fee of $4,400 (inc gst).  For further details contact Nioka Wozny on 0427 456 385.

Flying Finish In Mildura Cup

Flyingconi has been a marvellous money-spinner for Cranbourne trainer Shea Eden and he cashed another winner’s cheque in the $70,000 Mildura Cup on Sunday.

The son of Ridgeview Park stallion Bianconi bolted in by more than three lengths to give jockey Dean Yendall a Cup hat-trick following Out of Coober (2013) and Lord of Brazil (2012).

“He’s been an amazing horse for me and the connections,” Eden said.  “It’s a big thrill to win this.”

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Flyingconi’s connections with Dean Yendall after the Mildura Cup (l –r) Shea Eden, Kent Eden, Glenn Trimble and Vince Del Nigro. Photo:  Clancy Shipsides / Sunraysia Daily

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Flyingconi (7g Bianconi – Adulate by Flying Spur) sat at the back of the field while his stablemate Rambert set a fast pace in front.  Yendall angled wide at the top of the straight and the gelding swamped his rivals in the final furlong.

“I told Dean the horse needed to be ridden quietly,” Eden said.  “It’s no secret he needs a fast tempo and the firm track suited, too.”

Flyingconi won his maiden at Sale in May 2011 and he has also saluted at Flemington (2) and Moonee Valley for owners Vince del Nigro, Kent Eden and Glenn Trimble.

Bianconi (Danzig) will cover his first book at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East this year.  Studmaster Phil Sloane is offering a two-for-one rate for bookings made in August.  Broodmare owners can send two mares to Bianconi for $5,500 (inc gst) this month.  A single booking has been discounted $3,300 (inc gst).

Howzat! Justify That’s Hat-Trick In Adelaide

Reigning VOBIS Horse of the Year Trust In A Gust is on-course for a Group 1 campaign this spring after an outstanding victory at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

He is a son of Greta West Stud stallion Keep The Faith and, a couple of hours after his first-up win, fellow Greta West sire King Of Prussia popped up with Justify That in the LR Penny Edition Stakes at Morphettville.

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Justify That

Justify That (7g King of Prussia – Duty With Honour by West Point) claimed his first black-type success with a powerful finish to defeat Riziz (Zariz) and Extra Virgin (Keep the Faith).

Strathalbyn trainer Peter Moody had the option of crossing the border for the Mildura Cup or completing a hat-trick at Morphettville.  “I didn’t really know how the Mildura Cup field was going to shape up so we decided to stay closer to home.  He’s been super this time in.”

Justify That has won 11 races for over $356,000 and he can notch another Listed win next time out in the $80,000 Balaklava Cup on September 3.

Meanwhile, Trust In A Gust broke through the $500,000 barrier at Moonee Valley on Saturday.  Trainer Darren Weir will consider setting him for the G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield on September 28.

Iconic Mare’s Close Relation Wins Carlyon Stakes

Eliza Park International champion Bel Esprit has sired his 20th stakes winner with a close relation of his world-champion mare Black Caviar.

Iconic (4g Bel Esprit – Danavia by Danehill) was a narrow winner of the LR Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday for part-owner and breeder Rob Crabtree.  He was racing first-up following an autumn campaign that included an unplaced effort in the G1 Oakleigh Plate.

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Bel Esprit stands at Eliza Park International

“He’s from a cracking family and there’s more nice races in him,” trainer Tony McEvoy said.  “Looking at his legs, you would walk past him but he hasn’t had a day’s unsoundness.”

Iconic had been threatening to break through at black-type level since a narrow victory over Trust In A Gust in the VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo in March 2013.  He was runner-up to champion sprinter Lankan Rupee in the G2 Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield in February this year.

McEvoy said the McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 6 is next on the agenda.  The Group 2 sprint is the likely spring launching pad for Lankan Rupee.

Iconic is from a half-sister to Helsinge – the dam of Black Caviar.  His dam is also a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Magnus who stands alongside Bel Esprit at Eliza Park International.

The Carlyon Stakes was the second-leg of a double for Bel Esprit at Moonee Valley.  Lindsay Park filly Afleet Esprit won the opening race on the card and her spring goal is the G1 Thousand Guineas.

Bel Esprit captured his seventh straight Victorian sires’ premiership last season and he will stand for a $24,200 (inc gst) fee at Eliza Park International this year.

Cranbourne Colt Good Enuff For Caulfield Guineas

Rich Enuff has registered the latest stakes win for Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon in the LR Mitchell McKenzie Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

Rich Enuff showed that he is sure to be a key spring player after a front-running two-length victory on Saturday.  Woodside Park had an inside tip that Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys thought the colt had potential when his wife Louise booked Hotnuff back to Written Tycoon this season

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Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park Stud

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Keys believes that Rich Enuff has plenty of room for improvement and mentioned the G1 Caulfield Guineas as a target.  “I think he will go a mile,” Keys said.  “He’s genuine and has the potential to be the best horse I’ve ever trained.”

NZ colt Cauthen captured last year’s Mitchell McKenzie Stakes from subsequent Group 1 winners Shamus Award (Cox Plate) and Long John (Caulfield Guineas).

Rich Enuff (3c Written Tycoon – Hotnuff by Spartacus) figured in a three-way photo-finish at his only other run at Moonee Valley back in March.  Stewards noted he was difficult to load on debut and advised connections the colt would have to trial to their satisfaction before facing the starter again.

His dam Hotnuff only got as far as a Werribee maiden in 24 starts for Keys.  Her first foal Lightenuff (Lago Delight) has won 8 races to date and she also has a 2yo colt and a yearling filly by Reward For Effort.

Woodside Park will stand Written Tycoon for an unchanged service fee of $13,750 (inc gst) this year.

Super Kaphero Winner In Singapore

Super Winner commenced his career in style with sizzling four-length victory at Kranji on Friday night.

The Kaphero youngster gave trainer Theo Kieser his 100th winner in Singapore and the result was never in doubt once he assumed the lead after a slow start.  “I’m very happy to have reached that milestone,” Kieser said.  “He was a little bit slow into stride but was pretty impressive in the end.

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“I had a hunch he would win after beating Black Mamba in a barrier trial.  Black Mamba went on to win on debut so it was a pretty good form-line.”

Super Winner (3g Kaphero – Millie Rose by Testa Rossa) was sold for $35,000 by Basinghall Farm owner Tas Rielley at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  Basinghall is nestled on the shores of Lake Nagambie not far from Kaphero’s home base at Swettenham Stud.

His dam Millie Rose won three races around the Victorian provincials for Leon Corstens and she also scored at Caulfield on G1 Orr Stakes day in 2006

Winning jockey Soo Khoon Beng said the winner’s tactical speed compensated for the tardy getaway.  “He jumped a bit slow but made up for it.  He can improve a lot from that first run.”

Super Winner is the latest winner to emerge from the second-crop of Kaphero.  He sired the winners of more two year-old races than any other Victorian based stallion in 2013-14.

Leading the charge is Stingray who was runner-up in the G3 Vain Stakes last Saturday.  The John Moloney trained colt is on right track for the G1 Caulfield Guineas in October.

Kaphero (Danzero) will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Swettenham Stud this year.

Helmet Tops TBV Noms At Oaklands

Darley sire Helmet topped the six stallion nominations auctioned during the Inglis August Sale at Oaklands Junction on Friday.

Proceeds will help support the Victorian breeding industry through Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

Woodside Park manager Murray Tillett bid $27,000 to secure a 2014 nomination to Helmet.  The Group 1 winning son of Exceed And Excel has just returned to Darley’s Northwood Park property in Seymour after a northern season at Dalham Hall in Newmarket.

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Murray Tillitt (left), Woodside Park & Andy Makiv (right) Darley Victoria

“We’re fans of Helmet and it doesn’t surprise me that he’s already booked out this year,” Tillett said.  “My son Matt works at Darley and even he couldn’t get us in!”

Helmet was a Group 1 juvenile winner of the ATC Sires Produce Stakes and ATC Champagne Stakes before returning at three to land the G1 Caulfield Guineas.  “He arrived back home in great nick last week,” Darley’s Victorian nominations manager Andy Makiv said.  “He covered 155 mares here last year and his first southern yearlings will be catalogued for the 2015 majors.”

Friday’s sale netted $97,000 and TBV president James O’Brien thanked the six studs that donated nominations to the following stallions;

EQUIANO (Swettenham)  Buyer:  Burnewang North Pastoral  $12,000

FIORENTE (Eliza Park)  Buyer:  Deballa Trust  $16,000

HELMET (Darley)  Buyer:  Woodside Park  $27,000

STARSPANGLEDBANNER (Rosemont)  Buyer:  Inglis (as agent)  $21,000

UNENCUMBERED  (Three Bridges)  Buyer:  C & H Bloodstock  $11,000

WRITTEN TYCOON (Woodside Park)  Buyer:  P Schauble  $10,000

Ruby Rules At Melbourne August Sale

Group 2 performer Oriental Ruby topped the Inglis Melbourne August Sale when making $105,000 at Oaklands Junction on Friday.

Oriental Ruby (7m Street Cry – Oriental by Monde Bleu) was offered by Moloney Racing on behalf of her owners which included Hampton Heath breeders John and Debbie Pallot.  She was purchased by Inglis acting for a NSW client after a career that included wins at Caulfield (2), Moonee Valley and Bendigo (2) plus a Group 2 placing in the 2013 Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley.

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Oriental Ruby

“Oriental Ruby has given us a great ride,” John Pallot said.  “From planning her dam’s mating with Mark Dodemaide to selling her to Moloney Racing and retaining a share to race her up to Group level against Atlantic Jewel.”

Jesse’s Dream (Choisir) was next best on the leader-board at $85,000.  The four-year-old sister to Eloping broke through for a three length maiden win at Geelong on Tuesday and was purchased by Peter Morgan.

Darley’s draft was again popular with buyers, who snapped up their 19 lots for $556,7000.  They included Sakitto ($64,000), Langara ($55,000), Proverb ($52,500) and Entwined ($45,000).

A total of 201 lots were sold on a strong day’s trading for turnover of $1,939,350 at an 88% clearance rate.  “The Darley horses were very popular and we appreciate the support they give the Melbourne Sale,” Inglis Director Peter Heagney said.  “It was also pleasing to see new clients from China participating at today’s sale.”

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Awards 2014

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria named its 2013-14 champions as part of the Scobie Breasley Medal awards at the Crown Entertainment Complex on Sunday evening.

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Champion Victorian Stallion

Bel Esprit – Eliza Park International. Proudly Sponsored by Sirecam Group

Bel Esprit claimed his seventh straight Victorian sires’ premiership with 154 individual winners and over $5.55 million in prizemoney.

The Eliza Park International champion defeated Reset ($4.62 million), Magnus ($3.57 million), Elvstroem ($3.48 million) and God’s Own ($3.29 million) who filled out the Top 5.

World-champion mare Black Caviar stands alone among his progeny that have now earned in excess of $40 million.

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Roger Langley (Vice President of TBV), David Grant (stallion manager, Eliza Park International) & James O’Brien (President of TBV )

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Philip & Patti Campbell (Blue Gum Farm), Gary Condon (Condo’s Horse Transport) & James O’Brien (President of TBV )

Champion Victorian Freshman Sire

Turffontein – Blue Gum Farm. Proudly Sponsored by Condo’s Horse Transport

Turffontein joined the likes of Noalcoholic, Rancho Ruler, Umatilla, Encosta De Lago, Statue Of Liberty and Elvstroem who were all Champion Victorian first-season sires from Blue Gum Farm.

His leading first crop performers were consistent Melbourne winner Fontein Ruby and Bendigo VOBIS Gold winner Hunters Grace.

Turffontein won the first-season award with earnings of $205,245 to defeat Wanted who had four winners for $176,365 in prizemoney.

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Champion Victorian Broodmare

Citrium – Chatswood Stud. Proudly Sponsored by Stu Art Graphic & Web Design.

Receiving Victoria’s Broodmare of the Year award for Citrium was a bitter-sweet moment for Greg Willis.  The Chatswood Stud owner accepted the prize just a few weeks after Citrium died at his Seymour nursery.

The 18 year-old broodmare had foaled 2013 Victorian Derby winner Polanski and was due to deliver a Reward For Effort foal in October.

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Greg Willis (Chatswood Stud) & James O’Brien (President of TBV )

Citrium (Citidancer – Triumvirate by Pompeii Court) won at Moonee Valley and Sandown when trained by Lee Freedman for a syndicate that included Greg Willis, Peter Alpar, Reuben Benkel and David Kobritz.

She foaled winners by Genuine (2), Invincible Spirit and Canny Lad prior to her Victoria Derby winner who is by former Chatswood sire Rakti.

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Chris Burke (IRT), Jessica & Kate Moodie, James O’Brien (President of TBV ) & Lauchlan Ford (IRT)

Leading Victorian Breeder

Contract Racing. Proudly Sponsored by IRT

Contract Racing’s David and Jenny Moodie have been core supporters of the Victorian industry for many years and that was underlined when Jenny joined the TBV committee last month.

The Moodies maintain a quality portfolio of mares at Yungaburra Stud north of Mount Macedon to service a successful team with Ellerton – Zahra Racing at Flemington.  Premiership trainer Peter Moody also prepares horses for Contract Racing as does Kyneton based Brent Stanley.

Contract filly Solicit (Street Cry) increased her earnings to more than $500,000 this season.  She won the G2 Kewney Stakes and G3 Vanity Stakes at Flemington before a bold front-running effort when runner-up in the G1 Vinery Stakes at Rosehill.

Spirits Dance (Statue Of Liberty) was just as effective earlier this year with victories in the G3 Kevin Hayes Stakes and G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield.

Other winners this season raced solely or in partnership by the Moodies include Pillar Of Creation (God’s Own) and his younger half-sister House Of Stars (Host), Royal Scandal (Hard Spun), Are There Any (Exceed And Excel), Amaethon (Al Maher), Veuvelicious (Northern Meteor) and Beach Front (Strategic).

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Leading Victorian Small Breeder

Worrall Dunn. Proudly Sponsored by Basinghall Farm

May’s Dream scored a posthumous Group 1 victory for former Wimmera breeder Worrall Dunn in the Australasian Oaks at Morphettville in April.

Dunn died in Horsham aged 78 last November.

May’s Dream (New Approach) had won the VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill in June last year and she lifted to another level this season.  Dunn also bred and raced her dam She’s Archie to a Group 1 success in the 2002 South Australian Oaks.

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Tim & Lisa Johnson (Representing Basinghall Farm), Lorraine Dunn, Celeste Patterson &  James O’Brien (President of TBV)

New CEO For TBA & Aushorse Marketing

The Boards of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Aushorse Marketing are delighted to announce Tom Reilly, currently the editor of the Sydney Morning Herald newspaper, will become Chief Executive Officer of both organisations.

As well as being a leader in the media industry, Mr Reilly has a deep understanding of Australian politics and business, which will enable him to advocate strongly on behalf of breeders.

Mr Reilly has had a lifelong passion for racing and breeding. After finishing university he spent three years working for trainers Luca Cumani and Mick Channon in the UK, Coolmore Stud in Kentucky and Christophe Clement in New York. He has also owned shares in horses both here and in the UK.

TBA chairman Basil Nolan welcomed the appointment.

“I am thrilled that someone of Tom’s ability with an understanding and passion for the racing industry from an early age has accepted the role of CEO TBA/Aushorse,” said Mr Nolan. “I feel that Tom has the capacity to deliver a sound outcome for all breeders of Thoroughbreds in this very competitive environment.”

Aushorse Chairman Antony Thompson said; “We received a large number of outstanding candidates and we are delighted to be able to secure Tom as CEO. He has practical horse experience and knows the overseas markets and industry participants. I am sure he will quickly grasp the industry issues and complexities whilst working with all stakeholders for the benefit of both organisations.”

Mr Reilly, who was born in London, first came to Australia in 2007 for the Melbourne Cup. Within two months he had moved here permanently.

After starting as a reporter on the Sunday Age in Melbourne, he moved to the Herald in Sydney where he held a number of senior positions before, aged 35, he was made one of the youngest editors of the daily paper in its history.

“It’s a tremendous honour to become chief executive of TBA and Aushorse and I’m looking forward to starting in the role,” said Mr Reilly.

“The Australian breeding industry is recognised as a global leader and I’m keen to continue to develop the Aushorse brand overseas and further increase international investment in our bloodstock whilst ensuring we continue to support and cultivate domestic ownership and Australia’s love and passion for the Thoroughbred.”

“I hope to provide a strong voice on behalf of the breeding industry, both with other stakeholder groups and governments at all levels.”

Mr Reilly will commence the role in mid September.

TBA is the peak body of the six state breeding associations, representing more than 3,700 breeders and industry participants. Aushorse Marketing is a non-profit organisation founded with the aim of promoting the Australian Thoroughbred both domestically and overseas and increasing sales.

 

For further information contact:

TBA President – Basil Nolan 0407 140 711

Aushorse Chairman – Antony Thompson 02 6549 9999

Arqana Sale Elevates Equiano

Equiano’s explosive start to his stud career was reflected at the Arqana yearling sale on Monday when his second-crop colts sold up to 90,000 euros (AUD 129,205).

The Swettenham Stud shuttler has sired 10 first-crop winners in England this year and his top priced colt was purchased by Group 1 trainer Jean-Claude Rouget.  A February foal, he is from Babycakes (Marju) who was a Listed winner of the 2011 Prix Luth Enchantee (1800m).

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C – Equiano X Babycakes made 90,000 euros at the Arqana Yearling Sale

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Newsells Park sold the only other Equiano colt to Crispin de Moubray for 85,000 euros (AUD 122,030).  His dam Ile Deserte (Green Desert) is a half-sister G1 Racing Post Trophy winner Kingston Hill.

Equiano sired his 10th individual winner when front-runner Luna Moon scored on debut at Newmarket on Thursday.  A day later, his smart filly Dark Reckoning doubled up at Redcar after saluting at Pontefract last month.

Trainer Ann Duffield is lining up black-type assignments for Dark Reckoning who is owned by Qatar Racing.  “I knew she would be better for six furlongs (1200m),” Duffield said.  “She will get an entry in the Listed Redcar 2YO Trophy but the race for her might be the Group 3 Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr.”

The Charlie Hills trained Equiano colt Strath Burn is ready to elevate his record at Group level.  He was runner-up in the G2 Prix Robert Papin (1100m) at Maisons-Laffitte last month and is being set for the G1 Middle Park Stakes (1200m) at Newmarket in October.

Swettenham Stud and Newsells Park have donated a 2014 nomination to Equiano that will be auctioned, along with five other Super VOBIS stallion noms, during the Inglis August Sale at Oaklands Junction this Friday.  The proceeds will support the local breeding industry through Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

Equiano (Fr) will stand for an unchanged service fee of $16,500 (inc gst) this year.

Fiorente Worthy Victorian Horse of the Year

Eliza Park International’s new kid on the block Fiorente has been named 2013-14 Victorian Horse of the Year.

Fiorente polled 116 votes to win the award which was announced at the at the Crown Entertainment Complex on Sunday evening.  Champion sprinter Lankan Rupee (103) was runner-up ahead of Shamus Award (25) and Atlantic Jewel (19).

The German bred stayer raced 7 times in Victoria during the season highlighted by Group 1 victories in the Melbourne Cup (3200m) and Australian Cup (2000m).  He also registered Group 2 wins in the Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes (1600m) and Peter Young Stakes (1800m).

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“I’m honoured to be here accepting this award,” trainer Gai Waterhouse said.  “It’s a special thrill to accept such a prestigious award with a horse who provided me with such a special moment in the Melbourne Cup.”

Fiorente (Monsun – Desert Bloom by Pilsudski) will stand his initial season at Eliza Park International for a fee of $17,600 (inc gst).

Eliza Park International Sales & Nominations Manager Mark Lindsay reiterated the comments he made when Fiorente was signed-up to the Kerrie roster in May.  “It’s hard to move away from what he did in the Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup but his win over 1600m at weight for age in the Dato Tan Chin Nam was something else,” Lindsay said.

“He’s got a lot to offer broodmare owners and his sire Monsun is one of the world’s most successful sires with 17% stakes winners to runners.”

Fiorente will be one of the front-runners when the Australian Horse of the Year winner is announced on Thursday, October 2.

Trust In A Gust Named VOBIS Racehorse of the Year

Swettenham Stud bred colt Trust In A Gust was an clear winner of the VOBIS Racehorse of the Year award at the Crown Entertainment Complex on Sunday.

The Darren Weir trained sprinter has been a superb advertisement for the Scheme.

Trust In A Gust started the season winning bonuses at Echuca and Stawell prior to finishing fourth in the LR Gothic Stakes at Caulfield in October.

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The son of Greta West Stud stallion Keep The Faith then won the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat and VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Caulfield before completing a hat-trick in the Chandler Macleod Stakes at Moonee Valley in January.

He was also runner-up in the VOBIS Gold Eldorado at Wangaratta in March and VOBIS Gold Reef at Flemington in April.

“It’s a great scheme – the prizemoney and bonuses are terrific,” Weir said on more than one occasion during the season.  “It’s an initiative that gives so much back to owners and that’s what it’s all about.”

Trust In A Gust (3c Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) won 6 of his 10 starts for earnings of $453,000 last season.  The value of VOBIS was borne out by the fact only two of those wins were in the metro area.

He was a $45,000 buy for Weir at the 2012 Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  His dam is a USA bred three-quarter sister to Balanchine (Storm Bird) who won the 1994 Irish Derby and English Oaks for Sheikh Mohammed.

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

Bell-Ringer By Bianconi

Leading owner-breeder Ian Bell celebrated a successful start to the season in the Darwin Cup and the winning run will continue with his Bianconi mare Cannes Coni.

Bell bred and part-owns former Victorian gelding Saturday Sorcerer who scored a career-high victory in the $200,000 Darwin Cup on August 4.

Racegoers had to brave much colder conditions at Geelong on Sunday but Cannes Coni had her connections glowing after an unlucky second on debut over 1100 metres.

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“She was caught wide and then had to push forward,” trainer Andrew Dillon declared.  “She was entitled to drop out in the straight but was only beaten a short-neck.”

Dillon prepares Cannes Coni for Bell and his wife Vicki who race under the Campolina Pty Ltd banner.  “She’s a big mare and took time to mature.  There’s plenty of upside and, on that effort, will be winning races.”

Cannes Coni (4m Bianconi – Cannes Resort by Scenic) hails from the family of G1 Blue Diamond winner Undoubtedly and she has a yearling half-sister by former Ridgeview Park sire Illustrious Blue.

August Special for Bianconi and Dr Doute’s

Bianconi (Danzig) is gearing up for his first season at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East and studmaster Phil Sloane is offering a two-for-one rate for bookings made in August.

Broodmare owners can send two mares to Bianconi for $5,500 (inc gst) this month.  A single booking has been discounted $3,300 (inc gst).

Ridgeview Park is advertising a similar deal for its Redoute’s Choice sire Dr Doute’s.  The Flemington Group 3 winner has his first two year-olds ready to race this season and broodmare owners can take advantage of a $4,400 (inc gst) two-for-one offer in August.

A single booking to Dr Doute’s has been discounted to $2,750 (inc gst).

Breeders can contact Phil and Fiona Sloane for more information on (03) 5433 6306 or 0488 525063.

Giddy Up Winner By God’s Own

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Greta West Stud stallion God’s Own has jumped the blocks with 13 winners of 14 races midway through the opening month of the new season.

God’s Own was runner-up to Bel Esprit in the 2013-14 Victorian winners and wins title and they have already paired off at the top of the table early days this term.

Eliza Park International champion Bel Esprit (11 winners / wins) is well ahead of next best Domesday and Elvstroem (6 winners / wins).

Miss Beauty World logged the latest maiden result for God’s Own in the Giddy Up Geelong Plate (1100m) on Sunday.  Racing for just the second time after a 23 week spell, she was allowed to drop out by Nick Hall before working into the finish in workmanlike fashion.

There was only a short-neck and nose between the placegetters but it was the way she did it that pleased trainer Robert Smerdon.  “Her recent jump out was encouraging and we expected her to be in the mix.  She races for a great group and their smiles told the story – it was a pleasure to celebrate and take a few photos with them in the owners bar after the win.”

Miss Beauty World (4m God’s Own – Beauty World by Danehill Dancer) was initially trained by Tony Vasil and had raced greenly at her only other run at Cranbourne in March.  She is a half-sister to last year’s Moonee Valley LR Abell Stakes winner Loveyamadly (Bel Esprit).

Gods Own (Redoute’s Choice) will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee at Greta West Stud this year.