A precocious Dr Doute’s filly will race in Singapore after changing hands at the Magic Millions 2YO Sale on Tuesday.

The Dr Doute’s filly from Missy Memoirs (Rubiton) made $32,000 to the bid of Singapore trainer Michael Clements.  Her breeze-up time (10.17s) was the fastest of any filly catalogued for the Gold Coast Sale.

“She’s a neat filly and has early speed – I think she will be suited in our two year-old races back home later this year,” Clements said.  “Her breeze-up was very smart and she has a lovely temperament, too.”

The Magic Millions filly is from the first-crop of Dr Doute’s who stands at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.  Her dam is a half-sister to SAJC Dequettville Stakes runner-up Land Of Dreams.

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F – Dr Doute’s x Miss Memoris. Photo by Magic Millions. 

Dr Doute’s (Redoute’s Choice) was an outstanding juvenile for part-owner and trainer Mark Kavanagh.  He was unbeaten as a two year-old at Morphettville (1000m) and Moonee Valley (1200m) and returned the following season to capture the G3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington and LR City of Adelaide Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.

Ridgeview Park’s Phil and Fiona Sloane can be contacted for bookings to Dr Doute’s on (03) 5433 6306 or 0488 525063.

VOBIS Gold poster-boy Trust In A Gust proved he’s a genuine Group 1 horse in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday.

The Darren Weir trained galloper was headed in straight but fought back to defeat Dissident who was gunning for a Group 1 treble following victories in the Makybe Diva Stakes and Memsie Stakes.

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Trust In A Gust. Photo from Racing Victoria website. 

Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) dominated the VOBIS Gold calendar last season collecting over $500,000 in prizemoney and bonuses for his connections.  They banked another $242,000 at Caulfield and the Group 1 makes him a valuable stallion prospect.

Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy and Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster were also celebrating the ground-breaking victory on Sunday.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is the first Group 1 for Greta West Stud stallion Keep The Faith who stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at the McCarthy family’s nursery in north-east Victoria.

Sangster bred and sold Trust In A Gust for $45,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  He transferred Keep The Faith to make way for Equiano, Master of Design and Americain on the Swettenham roster but still supports the son of breed-shaper Sunday Silence.

Trust In A Gust also gave Weir his first Group 1 in Victoria.  “He’s a great racehorse and has been a great advertisement for our stable and VOBIS Gold.  He tries hard, loves working and has a good bunch of owners.”

His dam Subtle Breeze has a 2yo Equiano colt with Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell and a yearling colt by Master Of Design that Sangster has nominated for the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Trainer David Hayes is quietly confident of winning his first Group 1 of the season with Afleet Esprit in the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield in a fortnight.

The Bel Esprit filly has dominated her rivals in the lead-ups winning the LR Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington and the G2 Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday.

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Afleet Esprit. Photo from Racing Victoria website. 

Hayes has won the Thousand Guineas with Miss Finland (2006) and Irish Lights (2009) and Afleet Esprit will target a third on October 11.  “She will  run a very good mile,” Hayes said.  “The Bel Esprits are more noted for sprinting but she’s got a relaxed demeanour and can run such fast sectionals.”

Afleet Esprit (3f Bel Esprit – Bonded by Danewin) was always travelling smoothly in the Guineas Prelude before sprinting to a winning lead in the straight.  She scored by a half-length from Sydney filly Amicus.

Bred by Torquay based Alan Green, she is by Champion Eliza Park International stallion Bel Esprit from Caulfield winner Bonded.

Bel Esprit can give Victorian sires a fourth Thousand Guineas victory in the last decade.  Invincible Spirit filly Yosei (2010) is the only winner by a local sire since Blue Gum Farm conceived Alinghi and Mnemosyne doubled up for Encosta de Lago in 2004-05.

Rich Enuff is a firming favourite for the G1 Caulfield Guineas after extending his unbeaten three year-old record on Sunday.

The Written Tycoon colt heads the TAB Caulfield Guineas market at $3.20 following a runaway victory in the G3 Guineas Prelude (1400m) on Sunday.  It followed similar wins in the G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and LR Mitchell McKenzie Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

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Rich Enuff. Photo from Racing Victoria Website.

“You are never too confident in racing,” winning trainer Ken Keys said.  “But it’s pretty hard not to like what we just saw.  He’s a big baby and is still not there yet as a race horse.”

Rich Enuff (3c Written Tycoon – Hotnuff by Spartacus) was geared down in the final furlong to score by more than two lengths from Looks Like The Cat and Awesome Rock.  “That was very easy,” jockey Michael Rodd said.  “We got caught wide and did a fair bit of work but he just does it so easy.  And that turn of foot is breathtaking.”

Keys and his wife Louise bred his dam Hotnuff back to Written Tycoon this year.  The mare has a 2yo colt and a yearling filly by Chatswood Stud sire Reward For Effort.

Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Innisfree Thoroughbreds owner Andy O’Shea and his wife Carol greeted Sandown winner Kakanui with mixed emotions on Saturday.

The Pakenham based breeders watched Kakanui claim the Sporting Club Hcp (1100m) on the Hillside course but the gelding pulled up lame.  He was racing second-up after almost a year on the sidelines following knee surgery.

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Kakanui (white cap). Photo from Racing Victoria website.

“He feels likes a horse that’s going to be better with a bit of sting out of the ground,” jockey Damien Oliver said after walking the winner back to scale.  “It didn’t feel too bad and hopefully he can come back alright.”

Kakanui closed with a determined sprint to defeat Bella Mollie by a nose.  He is by Eliza Park International stallion Statue of Liberty and is the first foal of Divine Princess (General Nediym).

The mare won in town at Caulfield and Sandown when trained by Mick Price and she has an unnamed 2yo colt by Artie Schiller.

Trainer Brendan McCarthy said he would make an assessment on the winner’s immediate future this week.  “It was a pretty close finish but it was great to get there,” he said.  “With any luck, it will be onwards and upwards from here.”

Statue of Liberty (Storm Cat) is standing at Eliza Park International for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.  He completed an interstate double when Liberty’s Gem won on debut at Belmont on Saturday.

Exciting Swettenham Stud graduate Khutulun returned to racing with a brilliant victory in the Askin Hcp (1300m) at Sandown Hillside on Saturday.

The Luke Oliver trained mare will now be set for the $100,000 TAB Rewards Trophy (1700m) on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington.  She was bred and sold by Swettenham owner Adam Sangster in conjunction with leading Perth breeder Ron Sayers and cost $16,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

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Khutulun. Photo from Racing Victoria website. 

“She’s only had one jump-out and was underdone today,” Oliver admitted.  “She did it all so quickly last prep and is still learning how to race!”

Khutulun (4m Soldier’s Tale – Great Tradition by Rock Of Gibraltar) had won on debut at Kyneton in March and followed up with an on-pace victory at Sandown.  She was then runner-up to subsequent G1 Queensland Derby winner Sonntag at Caulfield before finishing her first campaign with an unplaced run in the G1 Queensland Oaks.

“It’s hard to know how good she is,” Oliver said.  “She had a pretty busy winter so we won’t pressure her this time in.”

Khutulun is raced by the Grand Great Tradition syndicate managed by Sam Lyons.  She is from a three-quarter sister to Swettenham homebred Blackfriars who won the 1999 Victoria Derby before embarking on a successful stud career at Scenic Lodge in WA.

Her dam Great Tradition has a yearling colt by Swettenham’s Group 1 stallion Master Of Design.

Melbourne breeders Rob and June Harding were featured earlier this month in a story that highlighted their support for VOBIS Gold.

The Hardings had their mare Orutan covered by Bullbars at Highview Stud in NZ last year and then sent her to Rosemont Stud.

The Pins mare foaled a ripper VOBIS eligible colt (pictured) last weekend at the Gnarwarre nursery.

Orutan will now be bred back to Unencumbered at Three Bridges.

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Hautvillers lived up to her pedigree with a hollow victory first time out at Seymour on Thursday.

The Woodside Park filly was eased down by Brad Rawiller in the closing stages but was still three lengths to the good of her rivals in the Bar Landy Restaurant Plate (1309m).  “That was a terrific way to start her career,” Rawiller said.  “She was a bit of a handful before the start but Bob Challis helped me get her down to the barriers.”

Hautvillers (3f Flying Spur – Dame Cath by Zabeel) is trained by Luke Oliver at Caulfield for Woodside Park owner Mark Rowsthorn.  She was a $45,000 buy at the 2013 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Her NZ-bred dam Dame Cath began her career with a Listed victory at Riccarton before transferring to Bart Cummings for further wins at Flemington and Caulfield.  The first of her five winners to date was the Anthony Cummings trained stayer Red Lord who won a Group 3 at Caulfield and two Listed events at Rosehill.

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Rawiller believes Hautvillers is also destined for longer races than Thursday.  “She travelled beautifully and got into a nice rhythm.  She will be much better for today and will definitely get further.”

The Seymour result continued another good week for Woodside Park.  Resident sire Written Tycoon produced a very smart colt when the current season two year-olds performed in public for the first time at Cranbourne on Monday.

Royalic (2c Written Tycoon – Queenie by Black Minnaloushe) won an 800m trial and he looks an early-comer for trainer Mark Riley.  His older half-brother Trump claimed the G3 Gunsynd Classic in Brisbane before transferring to Hong Kong where he was a last-start winner at Sha Tin on September 14.

Leading Tasmanian broodmare La Quita has foaled an Americain colt for her owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard.

The Geards own GeeGee Stud at Broadmarsh in Tasmania.

La Quita (Grand Lodge) has been named Tasmania’s Broodmare of the Year three times thanks to her top-class stayer Geegees Blackflash who has won 19 races including the 2010 Tasmanian Derby, 2011 Newmarket Hcp, 2012 Hobart Cup and 2013 Launceston Cup.

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C – Americain x La Quita. Swettenham Stud

“My children asked what I would like for Father’s Day,” Geard recalled.  “I just told them I’ve already got the best present possible and that’s this colt by Americain.”

Geard has long had a dream to breed his own stallion to stand at GeeGee Stud.  To that end, he sent his best mare to the Melbourne Cup winner who shuttles between Swettenham Stud and Calumet Farm in Kentucky

La Quita is also the dam of Gee Gee’s La Quita (2012 Tasmanian Thousand Guineas & James Boags Golden Mile) and Geegees Velvet (2013 3YO Vase).

Americain covered 155 mares in his first southern book at Swettenham last year and he’s popular again with breeders at a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Ustinov mare She’s Insatiable has found winning form ahead of the New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton on November 15.

She’s Insatiable (6m Ustinov – Checkered Past by Pentire) scored a resounding two-length victory in the NZ Cup Trial (1800m) on Saturday.  ”We will just sit back and see how she comes through the win and then make some plans,” part-owner and trainer Terrill Charles said.  “She’s thrives when backing up.”

Charles is based at Ashburton and the mare has been in her care since transferring to the South Island following a Pukekura win for John Sargent in May 2013.  “She loves it down here and Wingatui is her favourite track.  She’s won three races there and it just seems to suit our style of training.”

She’s Insatiable is from the family of champion galloper Mahogany (Last Tycoon).  Her dam Checkered Past won a half-dozen races on either side of the Tasman for Shaune Ritchie and Chris Waller.

Ustinov (USA) stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee and he is based north of Ballarat at Moorookyle Park.

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She’s Insatiable (6m Ustinov – Checkered Past)

Sea Spray notched the first win for Darley Victoria sire Von Costa De Hero in the Elusive Style Maiden Plate (1100m) at Kynteon on Tuesday.

The John Moloney trained filly settled midfield and then flew home from the turn to win by a length.  She was racing first-up after a 22 week spell following a second on debut at Sandown and fourth at Caulfield in April.

“There are better wins in store for her,” Moloney said.   “She has always shown ability and will head towards better company now she has broken the ice.”

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Von Costa De Hero (Encosta De Lago x Piavonic)

Sea Spray (2f Von Costa De Hero – Black Pearl by The Commander) made $26,000 when offered by Fulmen Park on behalf of breeder Richard Waldron at the 2013 Inglis Super VOBIS Melbourne yearling sale.  She is a half-sister to winners by More Than Ready, Denon and Elvstroem.

Waldron kept a share in a syndicate that also includes Graeme & Maureen Griffiths, Ross O’Brien, Gary & Di Pinnuck, Wayne Preston, David & Chris Sampson, Anthony Rogers and Pat Ryan.

Von Costa De Hero (Encosta de Lago) was a $1.20 million Easter yearling and won the G2 Victorian Sires’ Produce Stakes on top of Group 1 placings in the Golden Slipper, Caulfield Guineas and Australian Guineas.

Von Costa De Hero stands for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Darley’s Northwood Park property in Seymour.

Equiano (Fr) sired his first stakes winner at Ayr on Saturday and then doubled up in a rich sales-related race an hour later at Newmarket.

The Swettenham Stud shuttler struck with Dark Reckoning in the G3 Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr and then hit a juvenile jackpot when Lacing won the Tattersalls Millions Fillies Stakes worth 100,000 pounds.

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Equiano ( Acclamation x Entrete Cordiale)

Dark Reckoning (2f Equiano – Impressible by Oasis Dream) had won at Pontefract and Ripon before landing the Group 3 for Qatar Racing,  “She has done nothing wrong and deserved this,” trainer Ann Duffield said.  “I’m glad she’s justified our faith from Day 1.”

Qatar Racing agent David Redvers bought her for 31,000 pounds (AUD 52,535) at the 2013 Doncaster Bloodstock yearling sale.  Bred and sold by Newsells Park, she is from a half-sister to G1 Nunthorpe Stakes winner Reverence.

Lacing is another Equiano filly with high-profile owners.  Newsells Park sold her to Cheveley Park Stud for 170,000 guineas (AUD 302,710) at the 2013 Tattersalls October yearling sale.

“We started her off relatively early and Ryan Moore said she gave him a nice feel,” Cheveley Park managing director Chris Richardson said at Newmarket.  “But he also said we should be patient.”

Lacing (2f Equiano – Lacework by Pivotal) was always travelling like a winner in the Tattersalls Millions and stayed on strongly under Paul Hanagan to score by a couple of lengths from Hundi (Fastnet Rock).

“Paul said the further she went the better,” Richardson revealed.  “We might come back here in October for the another sales race but, from our prospective, we would also like her to get some black type.”

Lacing is a half-sister to LR Marygate Stakes winner Miss Work Of Art (Dutch Art) and G3 Musidora Stakes runner-up Romantic Settings (Mount Nelson).

Equiano (Fr) sired promising colt Desert Force to win at Newbury on Friday and he rocketed up the English first-season premiership after the feature double on Saturday.

Swettenham Stud stands Equiano (Fr) for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.

Trust In A Gust banked another VOBIS Gold cheque while making short work of his rivals in the Le Pine Funerals Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

The ultra-consistent Keep The Faith stallion controlled the race as the even-money favourite before streaking clear to score by more than two lengths.  “He makes his own luck and I was always confident in running,” jockey Brad Rawiller said.  “There’s a nice race for him during the spring carnival.”

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Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze)

Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) was named VOBIS Horse-of-the-Year after a string bonus wins in 2013-14.   “He had earned over $500,000 before today and got in with 55.5kg,” Rawiller continued.  “Darren (Weir) had placed him perfectly.

“He can be a bit of a lad so you’ve gotta keep on top of him.  But there’s no easier ride for a jockey – I love him.”

Trust In A Gust pocketed another $68,000 in prizemoney and bonuses at Caulfield.  He was bred and sold by Swettenham Stud for $45,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

“He’s tough and has been a great advertisement for VOBIS Gold,” Weir declared.  “We knew he was on track after the girls worked him this morning.

“The race worked out beautifully.  He didn’t have to do much work and was jogging outside the leader.  Then he just let down in the straight.”

His dam Subtle Breeze is owned by Swettenham’s Adam Sangster and she has a 2yo Equiano colt with Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell and a yearling colt by Master Of Design.

Trust In A Gust is the leading earner for Greta West Stud sire Keep The Faith.  A stakes winning son of Sunday Silence, he is standing for a $4,400 service fee in 2014.

Gold Coast sprinter Final Crescendo is on course for a crack at the Melbourne spring carnival following a brilliant victory at Doomben on Saturday.

Final Crescendo (5g Foreplay – Flickering Fire by Forest Glow) collared speedy front-runner Rocket To Glory for a cosy win in the Powerade Handicap (1200m).  He was racing second-up following an unlucky second in the LR Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) on home turf in May.

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Final Crescendo ( Foreplay x Flickering Fire). Photo by Graham Potter. 

Trainer David Kelly has always had a big opinion of the Foreplay sprinter.  “He was three wide and never on the track in the PM Cup,” Kelly recalled.  “I think he will eventually get 1600 metres.”

Kelly will speak with owner-breeder Charlie Plumridge before confirmed a campaign targeting the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 4.  “Charlie has raced several horses with me over many years,” Kelly said.  “He’s a great owner and never interferes.”

Plumridge raced his dam Flickering Fire to a couple of Listed wins at Randwick and she was also a close second to Camino Rose in the 1999 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Rosehill when it was a Group 2.

Foreplay (Danehill) was beset with fertility issues early in his Hunter Valley stud career before transferring to Woodside Park at Tylden in Victoria.  That’s since been resolved and broodmare owners can now send him mares with full confidence.

Australian Stud Book figures for his last three books show Foreplay has served 177 mares for an 80% fertility rate.  He stands at Woodside Park for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee.

Tarcoola Stud owners Ken & Denise Williams unearthed another galloper with Group potential at Mornington on Wednesday.

They bred up-and-coming colt Staviva who snared his first metro win in Orbit Fitness Hcp (1200m) on Wednesday.  “He’s a lovely horse who has always shown a lot of ability,” trainer Matt Laurie said.  “If we do the right thing, he can pick up some good wins but I think we will bypass the Caulfield Guineas.”

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Staviva (3g Encosta De Lago – Vivacious Spirit)

Instead, Staviva will head to the LR Poseidon Stakes (1400m) on October 4 and G3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) – both at Flemington – followed by the G2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).

“Long-term, he’s more of a miler,” Laurie predicted.  “Allowing him to run-on is best at this stage.”

Staviva (3g Encosta De Lago – Vivacious Spirit by Bel Esprit) had won first-up at Moe prior to a last-to-first victory at Mornington.  “He’s heading in the right direction,” jockey Ben Melham said.  “There was a bit of depth in that race today and he put them away comfortably.”

Tarcoola Stud is based on the Mornington peninsula and Staviva was a $75,000 graduate from its consignment at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.  He is a brother to the Tarcoola bred filly Costa Viva who won the G1 NZ 1000 Guineas twelve months ago.

Williams and Biggins raced their dam Vivacious Spirit to a Group 3 victory in the 2008 How Now Stakes at Caulfield before she retired to their at Tuerong  nursery.

Tarcoola Stud was named Victorian 2011 Small Breeder of the Year thanks to G1 Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice.

Front-runner Rough Justice broke through for his first metro win in the Pancare Foundation Plate (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Rough Justice is from the initial crop of Eliza Park International resident Wanted and defied his more fancied rivals to score by three quarters of a length from Supido (Sebring) and  Zeletto (Snitzel) on Saturday.

“He’s not a big horse and was pretty fat first-up at Sandown,” trainer Matt Ellerton admitted.  “It’s a tough time of the year to win a race here but he had come on and I didn’t think he deserved to go out at 20-1.”

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Rough Justice (3g Wanted – Hard Rider). Photo from Racing Victoria. 

Rough Justice (3g Wanted – Hard Rider by Maroof) had also registered the first win for his sire at Terang in April.  He’s a half-brother to the stakes winners Utah Saints (God’s Own), Big Chill (Artie Schiller) and Hard Stride (Hard Spun).

Their NZ bred dam Hard Rider was purchased by Contract Racing owners David and Jenny Moodie for $45,000 in 2007.  They race her latest Super VOBIS winner in partnership with Nick and Gayle Psaltis.

“Hard Rider has been an extraordinary broodmare,” Ellerton said.  “And now Rough Justice has held up his end of the deal.”

Wanted (Fastnet Rock) was a Group 1 winner of the VRC Newmarket Hcp at Flemington and stands for a $33,000 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park International.

Blue Gum Farm is proud to announce that its beautifully credentialed young stallion War has had his first mare covered, Wizard Princess, scanned in foal.

By multiple Champion two year old Sire More Than Ready from the Zabeel mare Deedra, War hails from one of the best female family’s in the Australian Stud Book. A close relation to More Joyous and Thorn Park, it is no wonder this cracking individual was knocked down to James Bester for $500,000 at the 2012 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

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War ( More Than Ready x Deedra)

Trained by Gai Waterhouse, War showed terrific talent right from the get go. On the strength of an impressive early two year old trial win in late September, he was highly fancied in the season opening Breeders Plate (Listed) at Randwick and finished second. He did not reappear at the race track until an early three year old when, at his second outing, he impressively won the Up and Coming Stakes (Group 3) at Warwick Farm.

Wizard Princess is by Champion Sire Rory’s Jester and is a half-sister to Group One AJC Flight Stakes winner Cheeky Choice. At stud, Wizard Princess has already proved herself a valuable broodmare, producing last season’s New Zealand 2yo Stakes Winner Jackofall.

War’s first season service fee is $8,800.

Melbourne based Rob Harding has been a successful owner for over 20 years and he’s embraced the new VOBIS Gold initiatives with New Zealand mare Orutan.

She was covered by Bullbars at Highview Stud in Hamilton last year and was then sent to Victoria so the foal will be VOBIS eligible.

Orutan (6m Pins – Naturo by Postponed) is due any day now at Rosemont Stud but Harding and his wife June will miss the birth having just flown out for a holiday in Europe.

“We’ve brought the mare home to specifically take advantage of the extra bonuses funded by the Victorian Liberal Government,” Harding explained.  “VOBIS Gold is revitalizing the industry and the ripple-effect will benefit the economy as a whole.

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Rob & June Harding. Photo by Bruno Cannatelli.

“In our case, it means all the products and services for Orutan and our other mares will be provided by Victorian based businesses.”

Harding is a successful businessman in his own right having owned and operated Hardings Hardware until selling a majority stake to a Woolworths subsidiary last year.  “Our philosophy is to try and treat people exactly how you would like to be treated,” he said.  “We need to maintain high service levels because prices are very much the same, especially throughout the hardware industry.”

There are similar parallels between the racing and breeding industries in NSW and Victoria but prizemoney and bonuses up to $19 million in 2014-15 is a point of difference that favours the VOBIS State.

Harding bought his first horse with Deniliquin trainer Tom Loy back in the 1980s but his first fair-dinkum crack was Davington who he owned in partnership with good mates Sonny Wright, Geoff McGrath and Wally Pratt.

Davington (Hula Chief) won five times around the provincials for a young Epsom-based trainer named Mick Price and the partnership has remained rock solid for over 20 years.  “It’s been a wonderful association,” Harding admitted.  “And not once in all that time has he given me a reason to change.”

Price won the coveted 2013/2014 Fred Hoysted Medal and he says it’s fantastic to get results for the Hardings.  “Rob copes with both loss and victory – he reckons it’s because of his Scottish personality,” Price said.  “To be a long-term owner in this industry, to be able to deal with the losses, is a test of character and he has not missed a beat.”

There have been many major winners along the way including Gallica (Redoute’s Choice) who was Group 1 winner of the Thousand Guineas and SAJC Oaks in 2008-09.  She has a yearling filly by More Than Ready and foaled another filly by Street Cry in August.

Chattanooga (Scenic) was a stable favourite winning 14 races between a Kilmore maiden in September 1999 and a Flemington welter in April 2005.  Along the way, he won a Moe Cup plus a Sandown stakes race and he was also beaten a nose by Dash For Cash in the 2002 G1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.

Rob and June raced him in partnership with Geoff and Cilla McGrath and, after a well-earned retirement, he went on to carve out a successful show-jumping career with Melissa Robertson.

Another feature winner for the Canterbury couple and the Queensland based McGraths was Gotta Have Heart (Show A Heart).  He grabbed a couple a of Group 3 trophies in the Victoria Hcp and Sandown Stakes.

Captious (Istadaad) won a second Moe Cup for the Hardings in 2007.  They raced him with Larry and Trish Bartle and the gelding doubled up in that year’s Bendigo Cup.  The Bartles were also part of the syndicate in Pre Eminence (Encosta de Lago) who won the G2 Alister Clark Stakes and G3 Norman Robinson Hcp in 2008-09.

The decision to stand a stallion was the catalyst to buy Bullbars two years ago.

Bullbars (Elusive Quality) scored a barnstorming Group 3 victory in the 2011 Colin Hayes Stakes at Flemington joining a roll-call that includes champion sires Zabeel, Starcraft and Mossman.

He’s a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winners Helmet and Epaulette and Melbourne bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills brokered the deal that saw him installed at Highview Stud in New Zealand.

“We targeted Orutan at Karaka and it’s a good match for Bullbars with VOBIS in mind,” Mills said.  “She won three races and was Group 2 placed as a two year-old in the Wakefield Challenge at Trentham.

“It’s a well-credentialed family – her dam Naturo was a Group winner at Matamata and Hastings.  Rob has booked Orutan to Unencumbered at Three Bridges after she foals to Bullbars.”

The Hardings have seven grandchildren and Rob is hoping they will carry on the tradition.  “I’m a racing tragic and June loves it, too,” he declared.  “I don’t punt.  It’s the horse that hypnotizes me.  I love the animal and racing them really gets the adrenaline pumping.”

Caulfield’s Moloney family supplied the second winner this week from a prominent Rangal Park family at Mornington on Wednesday.

Taddei Tondo (5g Danerich – Pachouli by Royal Academy) was backed into $5.50 before nailing Il Cavallo in the Bayside Jeep Hcp (1000m).  The runner-up had started a short-priced favourite to win his fourth race in a row.

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Taddei Tondo (Danerich x Pachouli)

“He appreciated the drop back from 1400 metres,” trainer Gerard Moloney said.  “He tends to over-race so we freshened him up.  He’s got ability and we’ve got him right.”

Taddei Tondo delivered the Mornington metropolitan victory just days after fellow Danerich sprinter Romantic Cash won first-up in Hong Kong.

Both horses are from daughters of pioneering mare Jovan.  Rangal Park owner Eric Buttler bred 9 winners from the NZ bred Nassipour mare including stakes winners Northeast Sheila, Dashing Granada and Kablammo.

Moloney trains the Mornington winner for his wife Trish and a syndicate that includes David Deakin, Rodger McGowan, Andrew Peters and Brenda Rogers.  “It’s my first city winner for Mum and Dad,” apprentice Patrick Moloney beamed.  “I followed Il Cavallo and then peeled out to power home.”

Taddei Tondo is named after a circular relief sculpture by Michelangelo (circa 1506) that’s recognised as the greatest treasure in London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

Danerich (Danehill) stands at Rangal Park in Euroa for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee.

·        Racing Victoria officially launches new digital platform
·        Racing.com provides racing fans with access to more information
·        $690,000 investment from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund

Victorian racing fans will have access to one of the best thoroughbred racing websites in the world following the official launch of Racing Victoria’s new website – www.racing.com.

Premier and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government had invested $690,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to enable Racing Victoria to develop its digital platform and launch this exciting website in time for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.

“This one-stop-shop brings together Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria, the Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club under one banner and will provide racing fans in Victoria and across the globe with access to a range of new and existing information,” Dr Napthine said.

“The new website will make racing more accessible to a broader audience and help attract visitors from around Australia and the world to experience our great events in person.”

Racing.com will have a host of features including:

·        race replays for all Victorian metropolitan and country races
·        unrivalled fields and form that allows visitors to choose the level of information they want;
·        innovative tools to assist visitors to identify the best placed horses and help select more winners;
·        exclusive access to Victorian stewards reports with improved integration within form and results    information;
·        detailed event information to plan an enjoyable day at the races with family and friends;
·        expansive articles, photos and video; and
·        a new and enhanced mobile app.

Racing Victoria Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer, Andrew Catterall said both the Racing.com network and mobile app will continue to evolve beyond launch.

“They will provide anywhere, anytime access to comprehensive racing data, news, video and more to meet the needs of everyone from serious racing enthusiasts to those who simply want to enjoy a social day at the races,” Mr Catterall said.

“For the first time, Racing.com brings together field, form and racing content on one network, together with club membership, ticketing, ownership and events, and rich profiles on our jockeys, trainers and horses.

“We are expecting more than 1 million unique visits over the Spring Racing Carnival, with more than half of the traffic coming from mobile devices.

“A key feature is also a new section dedicated to the 50,000 registered owners of thoroughbred race horses in Victoria, providing trainers and owners with tools to plan a horse’s campaign and full statistical histories of their horses’ careers.”

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government was a strong supporter of the racing industry through its $79.5 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF).

“Thoroughbred racing in Victoria is worth $2.1 billion to the state’s economy each year and has over 70,000 people involved either as an owner, trainer, breeder, employee or volunteer,” Dr Napthine said.