NSW mare Brook Road graduated to a well-deserved black-type victory on the road in Brisbane on Saturday.

Sent north by trainer Kris Lees, the daughter of God’s Own won the LR Travel Classic (1200m) at Doomben by a half-length from G1 Queensland Oaks winner Tinto (Red Dazzler).

Brook Road (4m God’s Own – Cool Gal by Secret Savings) had been placed at her previous three starts in Sydney before breaking through in the $100,000 event for fillies and mares.  Among those minors was a close second to Avoid Lightning in the G3 The Nivison at Randwick last month.

“I was very confident today,” jockey Jim Byrne said.  “She takes a little while to pick up but then accelerates and sprints very strongly to the end.”

Initially under the care of Bart and James Cummings, she was sold to Australian Bloodstock earlier this year and now carries the same colours as Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and Group 1 sprinter Master Of Design.

Brook Road is the 6th stakes-winner by Greta West Stud stallion God’s Own who climbed off the canvas twice to win the 2005 Caulfield Guineas for Cummings.  She was bred by the master as was her three-time winning older sister Rosscarbery who was named after the County Cork birthplace of Bart’s mother Annie.

Their dam Cool Gal has a Roman Emperor colt catalogued as Lot 21 for the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale on February 8 under Bart’s Princes Farm banner.

Lees will spell Brook Road instead of staying in Brisbane for the LR Just Now Quality (1350m) in a fortnight.  “It’s a pretty good effort for a lightly-raced mare to come up here and beat the best in Brisbane,” stable spokesman Mel Eggleston said.  “Kris has got some nice races in mind for her at the Sydney autumn carnival.”

A winning double at Moonee Valley has completed another successful week for Eliza Park International sire Magnus.

Magnus started with a Group 1 win by Magnifisio in Perth’s Winterbottom Stakes and he popped up with Propelled and Magnus Reign on Saturday.

PROPELLED (3f Magnus – Stella Maree by Magic Ring) broke through for her first win in the Advanced Mailing Solutions Hcp (1500m) for owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths.  She led throughout to record an impressive four length victory that had co-trainer Mat Ellerton looking towards better races later this season.

“We will give her a break now to target some black-type during an autumn preparation,” he said.  “She’s still learning but obviously has got great ability.”

Propelled was bred by Rob Crabtree and the Dorrington Park owner has a 2yo colt and a colt foal born in September by Magnus.  Their dam Stella Maree was a Listed winner of the Wiggle Quality in Sydney, Dark Jewel Classic in Scone and Glenlogan Park Stakes in Brisbane.

MAGNUS REIGN (5g Magnus – Vain Hill by Danehill) nailed the second-leg for his sire in the McMahons Dairy Hcp (1200m) at Moonee Valley.  He was initially prepared by Rick Hore-Lacy and has been a regular money-spinner winning 7 races with earnings of nearly $320,000.

Now with Darren Weir, he settled midfield before launching a winning sprint in the straight.  “He’s had excuses in his first couple of runs for us,” Weir said.   “He galloped really well on Tuesday morning and presented here in good order.”

Magnus Reign is a younger half-brother to G1 Toorak Hcp winner Red Dazzler who is carvings out a successful career at Eureka Stud in Queensland.

Eliza Park International stands Magnus for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.  He is third on the Victorian sires’ premiership (behind Reset & Bel Esprit) with 38 winners and progeny prizemoney of $1.78 million.

Lightly-raced five year-old Kaiser Sun improved his strike-rate to 5 wins from just 10 starts in the Tony Beddison Cup (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Co-trainer Mat Ellerton revealed the Danerich gelding has overcome two knee operations to make the grade in town.  “He’s one of the fastest horses we’ve got in the system” Ellerton said.  “It’s a case of what could have been if he was sound.

“He’s been a project.  We don’t gallop him.  He trots, canters, swims and goes to the races.”

Sent straight to the front by Chris Symons when racing second-up after a nine-month spell, Kaiser Sun sprinted clear in the straight to score by three-quarters of a length.  “I wanted to take a sit but he didn’t,” Symons reported after weighing in.  “I just allowed him to stride and he finished off really well.”

Kaiser Sun (5g Danerich – Street Princess by Keltrice) races for a syndicate managed by Epona Park’s Jeff and Janine Allis after making $42,000 at the 2011 Magic Millions National Sale.  He is from an unraced half-sister to Lady Elsie (Rainbows For Life) who won the 1998 Twilight Glow Stakes at Sandown.

Second-dam Princess Kingston (Bletchingly) is a sister to Moonee Valley icon Kingston Town.

His sire Danerich (Danehill) stands for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee at Eric Buttler’s Rangal Park in Euroa.  Buttler sent Street Princess to Emirates Park for a cover to Al Maher last year and she delivered a colt in October.

“It doesn’t matter where we start, it’s where we finish.”

The call of the knockabout bush auctioneer was particularly pertinent as he invited onlookers, an eclectic mix of hardened stockmen, livestock traders and bargain equestrian shoppers, to place their bids at Wednesday’s Echuca Horse Sale.

For five-year-old Legion mare Elliete, one of 11 thoroughbreds offered at this week’s sale of over 120 horses, the finish was somewhat of a fairytale one.

Unlike the 10 other thoroughbreds in the sale who had each been rehomed at least once following their retirement from a racing stable, Elliete was dropped in a metal pen four days after her most recent race start, an inglorious fourth in an 800m maiden at a non-TAB meeting at Hay.

While the sale, held fortnightly at the Echuca Livestock Exchange, operates as a legitimate market to buy and sell horses of all breeds, including thoroughbreds both in and out of work, it has been known to be frequented by individuals with questionable intentions for their purchases.

Enter the leggy chestnut’s breeders Neil and Anne Garner who, after receiving a courtesy call from Racing Victoria representatives on site at Echuca to let them know that the mare was about to be offered for sale, made no hesitation in committing to buy Elliete, regardless of cost.

The battle in the ring was brief and the mare, who returned to the Garner’s Numerkah property yesterday, became theirs once again for $340, a small price to pay for peace of mind according to Anne Garner.

“She arrived yesterday morning safe and sound, and we’ve transitioned her down in to a paddock and she looks to be very happy,” Garner said.

“I was very surprised to find out that she was there, especially in those circumstances.

“Even though this wasn’t our horse, we have had horses with the trainers and I know Donna goes to a fair bit of trouble to find homes for them and has found good homes for a couple of our other horses.

“I contacted one of her trainers who said that the owner had been assured that someone would step in if the meat people were going to buy her.”

Despite being noticeably confused at Echuca amid the banging of the steel holding pens and the restless whinnies of neighbouring horses, Elliete has taken little time to settle into her new paddock life, warming quickly to the woman that once helped bring her into the world.

And Garner is confident that, given time to gain some weight, Elliete can be transitioned into a loving equestrian home, potentially as a dressage mount, where she will take little time to exceed her three modest performances on the racetrack.

“We have had quite a few horses over the years and we’ve always managed to find good homes for them to get re-educated,” Garner said.

“She (Elliete) actually is a lovely horse and once she puts some weight on I think she’ll let down into a lovely mare.

“I’ve already got someone in my mind that I’m thinking might like to take her and train her for something else, maybe for dressage.

“She seems very sensible and she’s been a pleasure to handle since she’s come home.”

Each fortnight more than 100 horses are sold across both the ridden and penned sections of the Echuca Horse Sale with an average of less than 10% of these thoroughbreds, the majority of which are older and have retired from the track long ago.

And while they might not attract the million dollar bids of the blueblood yearlings seen at some of Australia’s premier thoroughbred sales, horses at sold at the Exchange can commonly command hefty pricetags, as seen yesterday with the $3000 purchase of a talented ridden horse.

Article by James Tzaferis at Racing Victoria.

The Group 1 Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) will be the next goal for Trust In A Gust when he returns from an injury-enforced spell.

Senior part-owner David Speechley revealed his spring sensation will return to work for eight weeks of pre-training at Warrnambool before transferring to Darren Weir’s Ballarat base.

“This spell is doing him the world of good,” Speechley said.  “He will probably have one run in Sydney at weight-for-age before heading to Queensland.  The Stradbroke is worth $2 million next year.”

Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) starred at the spring carnival with back-to-back victories in the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and G1 Toorak Hcp (1600m) but a near-fore leg injury derailed plans for G1 the Emirates Stakes (1600m).

X-rays revealed no chips or fractures and an MRI revealed minor bone bruising.

Trust In A Gust has been perfectly placed by Weir while building up a tremendous strike-rate of 10 wins from 17 starts.  He dominated the VOBIS Gold calendar last season collecting over $500,000 in prizemoney and bonuses before graduating to Group 1 company.

The son of Greta West stallion Keep The Faith will likely retire to stud himself for the 2015 covering season and connections are keen for him to remain in Victoria.

Rising stayer Resurrect will be set for the Group 3 Summer Cup after completing a November hat-trick in Sydney.

The progressive son of Greta West Stud stallion God’s Own has won at Randwick (2) and Canterbury this month and trainer Scott Aspery reckons he will keep improving up to 2400 metres.

“He’s filled out to 600kgs and was never going to be a two-year-old,” Asprey said.  “He had time off with stress fractures early on but has met every challenge we’ve put to him this season.  He’s genuine and a real tryer.”

The $125,000 Summer Cup (2000m) will be run at Randwick on Boxing Day.

Resurrect (5g God’s Own – Carnival Lass by Dehere) was the only swooper to win at Randwick’s Kensington circuit in the Swim Between The Flags Hcp (1800m) on Saturday.  “We met before the last race and agreed not to change his racing pattern,” Asprey recounted.  “It was a gutsy win and a super ride by Glyn Schofield.”

Bred and part-owned by brothers Andrew, Justin and Jason Mathie, he has earned over $150,000 for a partnership that also includes the White Eagle, Repus and Bang On Racing syndicates.

Angelic Lass, an older sister by God’s Own to Resurrect, won at Flemington last season among 6 victories to date for Tatura trainer Philip Evans.  Their dam Carnival Lass is a half-sister to G3 Birthday Card Hcp winner Imana (Thunder Gulch).

Aspery, 31, started training at Warwick Farm four years ago after a stint with John O’Shea.  His winning run can continue with Estonian Princess in the LR Festival Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill this Saturday.

Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine hopes to expand Victoria’s breeding industry if he is re-elected in Saturday’s State Election.

Dr Napthine, who is also the Victorian Racing Minister, revealed his desire to grow the industry by up to 30% over the next four years.  “One of the things that I want to particularly target is the breeding industries,” he said. “We need through our VOBIS Gold, through VOBIS and Vicbred Platinum to grow our breeding industry.

“It will create hundreds of jobs in regional Victoria and really boost our opportunities.  And when you see the races these days, regularly you see Victorian-bred horses continually winning and winning those VOBIS bonuses and those VOBIS Gold bonuses.

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Dr Dennis Napthine with Black Caviar

“There’s never been a better time to breed, buy or race a Victorian-bred horse.  VOBIS Gold is the envy of other states and territories.”

Dr Napthine (pictured with Black Caviar) also hailed the trade agreement signed by the Federal Government last week with China as a development that could prove beneficial to Victoria breeders.  “We’ve done a lot of work with the Federal Government in terms of opportunities for our stock that are bred here, to go overseas where there’s good market growth.

“We’re also promoting our local breeding establishments and I, as Minister and as Premier, have been on the front foot, being involved in promoting our stallions, promoting our breeding establishments here in Victoria and we will continue to do that.

“We’re seeing great results, as we’re seeing better-quality stallions being here in Victoria and we’re seeing them being retained.  Often in the past, if a stallion had a couple of good seasons, they would be whisked off to the Hunter Valley.  Now we’re seeing those really good stallions staying here in Victoria.”

Musk Creek Farm graduate Eisenhower kept his unbeaten record intact with a barrier-to-box victory at Randwick on Saturday.

The three year-old gelding was a fitting winner of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale Hcp (1400m) – Musk Creek sold him to Gai Waterhouse and Denise Martin for $75,000 at Oaklands Junction last year.

Eisenhower (3g All American – Princess Chutima by Regal Classic) had won on debut at Newcastle earlier this month and he has already earned $86,000 for a Star Thoroughbreds syndicate.

“He was challenged left, right and centre, but pinned his ears back and tried really hard,” jockey Sam Clipperton said.  “He was out on his feet and really had to tough it out.  He will be a much better horse in six months.”

Eisenhower is the final foal of Princess Chutima who died just a few weeks after foaling the Randwick winner.  Her older brother Thong Classic was a Group 2 winner of the 2002 Moonee Valley Gold Cup.

Musk Creek owner David Kobritz and his team at Flinders on the Mornington peninsula are prepping 9 yearlings for the Gold Coast Magic Millions.  The Bel Esprit colt from Rubiton stakes performer Amen Ruby is the first to parade as Lot 62.

The colt is Super VOBIS nominated and his pedigree received a significant update at the spring carnival.  He is from a three-quarter sister to the dam of flying filly Fontiton who won the $250,000 Inglis Banner by 6 lengths at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.

Larneuk Stud stallion O’Lonhro moved off the mark with brilliant debut winner Black Magic in Singapore on Sunday.

Black Magic (3g O’Lonhro – Bent Zena by Rancho Ruler) was sent out favourite for an Initiation Stakes (1200m) on the strength of a 7 length trial win but gave his supporters some anxious moments in the early stages.  Settling worse than midfield three wide, he angled clear into the straight and then raced past Ninetysix Power (NZ) for a comfortable two length victory.

“He’s been with us for a while but has had a couple of setbacks,” trainer Theo Kieser revealed.  “He was scoped and the vets found a big ulcer in his throat.  Then he stood on a nail that went through his pedal bone.  It was touch and go for a while, but thankfully, he pulled through again.

“He did a good job to win today as he did it tough.  He was three to four wide and still won very well.”

Black Magic cost $54,000 from Little Plains Stud (as agent) at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.  He is a half-brother to the Oamaru Force Melbourne winners Waitaki River Ben Zena.

Winning jockey Dan Beasley said the winner was still a work in progress.  “He’s got a very smooth action, like a hovercraft.  It’s like his feet don’t touch the ground.  He’s still very green, but he’s doing the right things now and he will definitely improve with experience.”

O’Lonhro (Lonhro) was a Group 2 winner of the Chelmsford Stakes – just like his own sire who captured the same race in 2002 and 2003.  Larneuk Stud owner Nev Murdoch stands him for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee.

“He’s had a half-dozen trial winners here and Greg Eurell has a nice one named Black Zorro who only just got beaten first-up at Geelong,” Murdoch said.  “We’re very excited with his first crop and they will really come into their own as autumn three year-olds.”

Statue Of Liberty started a Super Saturday for Eliza Park International at Ascot when his promising sprinter Liberty’s Gem won the LR Placid Ark Stakes (1200m).

The Simon Miller trained three year-old led home an Eliza Park International quinella from Magnus gelding Malibu Style.  Later in the day, Magnus mare Magnifisio claimed the G1 Winterbottom Stakes.

Liberty’s Gem (3g Statue Of Liberty – All That Sparkles by Rubiton) led all the way for a very impressive victory – his first at black-type level – following a debut win at Belmont in September.  He was the market-mover and repaid punters when holding off Malibu Style by a short neck.

“The winner just oozes class, he’s got so much ability,” Miller said.  “When he figures it out, he’s going to be an absolute ripper this guy.”

Miller indicated his next target will be the G3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic (1400m) on December 6.

Liberty’s Gem cost $80,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale.  He is from a half-sister to Adelaide Listed winner Golden Pedigree and the dam of G1 Metropolitan winner The Verminator.

World champion male sprinter Hay List emerged from Perth to put Statue Of Liberty on the map as a hugely popular speed source.

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Statue Of Liberty stands this season for $11,000 inc gst

For nominations contact Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338

There are lots of reasons why Magnus is currently working through his biggest (and arguably finest) book of mares at Eliza Park International this spring.

At Ascot on Saturday afternoon, there were another 457,500 reasons when his daughter Magnifisio was…well, simply Magnifisio in taking out the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes.

It was the first attempt at racing’s most elite level for the Jim Taylor mare, although she had previously won five from seven black type events, including the Group 2 Lee Steere at her most recent try.

Rich Eastern State plums clearly beckon for this speedy lass who has now taken her earnings to well over the $1 million mark.  “She’s good enough to go over and have a crack,” Taylor said.  “The Winterbottom proved she’s up there with the good Group 1 horses.”

Taylor will stick to her pet trip of 1200 metres in Melbourne and feature sprints at that distance include the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington and William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in March.

Magnus can do little wrong: although this too was the first Group 1 victory among his progeny, he also has five-time stakes winner Platinum Kingdom, Prettyhappyaboutit, Alpha Beat and Missy Cummings all successful at black type level.

But it’s 2014 that has been a year to remember and one which has truly established Magnus as one of the best stallions in Victoria…certainly his earnings of $1.62 million this season alone place him among the elite company.

Starting the day with an emphatic win by Magnus Effect at the Ballarat Cup meeting, the lightly raced Malibu Style almost gave Magnus a stakes double at Ascot when a fast finishing second to Liberty’s Gem in the Listed Placid Ark.

Magnus rounded off another big weekend with an international double on Sunday courtesy of I’m In Charge (Sha Tin) and Just Harley (Mornington).

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Magnus stands this season for $16,500 inc gst

For nominations contact Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338

Trainer Mick Price will take Testa Rossa gelding Making Mayhem to town after winning the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat on Saturday.

The sparingly-raced three year-old will be following in the footsteps of 2013 Eureka Stockade winner Trust In A Gust who graduated to Group 1 victories in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes and Toorak Hcp last month.

Making Mayhem (3g Testa Rossa – Running Riot by Red Ransom) crossed from a wide gate to sit on the pace and had enough in reserve to defeat fast closers Profit Share and Durendal.  “He relaxed and travelled well,” jockey Chad Schofield said.  “He was facing the breeze on a windy day but held them off comfortably.”

A son of Vinery sire Testa Rossa, he had won on debut at Geelong in June and was racing second-up at Ballarat’s stand-alone meeting.  “He’s a lovely, sound horse and is on the right track,” Price explained.  “He’s got to go to the city anyway after winning this race.”

Making Mayhem collected $60,000 and a Super VOBIS owners’ incentive of $21,000 at Ballarat.  He was bred by the late John Hoare at Devon Park and is raced by his wife Betty.

The same connections won the VOBIS Gold Classic (1300m) at Swan Hill earlier this year with Testa Rossa filly Devon Princess.  She finished down the track behind her stablemate on Saturday.

“VOBIS Gold prizemoney is massive,” Price said.  “It’s a fantastic reason to be in Victoria racing horses – I should own one myself.”

Testa Rossa got the Eureka Stockade winner from Running Riot who won 7 races for the Hoare family.  The mare hails from the family of G1 Victoria Derby winner King’s High and she has a 2yo colt and a yearling filly by Vinery sire Congrats.

Grampians breeder Maurice Noske has won the LR Ballarat Cup (2200m) with gift horse Mujadale.

A Dunkeld-based sheep farmer, he was given the New Regent mare Newdale by friends in 2006 and she foaled Mujadale first-up.  “He won the Ararat Cup last time and each race it gets better,” Noske claimed.  “Now we’re heading home to Dunkeld for a flash BBQ.”

Mujadale benefited from a brilliant front-running ride by Kevin Forrester.  They opened up a four length lead and maintained that margin all the way down the straight to defeat At First Sight and Fat Al.

“I wanted someone who could rate the horse properly and give him every chance,” Stawell trainer Paul Jones said.  “He’s fairly highly strung but we taken him along slowly and are reaping the rewards now.”

Mujadale (Mujahid) has won 10 races and over $375,000 in prizemoney for Noske and a partnership that includes Judy Nichols.  His best wins last year were in the Sheep Hills Cup at Warracknabeal and the Carnival Hcp at Flemington on the Melbourne Cup undercard.

The LR Bagot Hcp (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day is on the radar.  “I had a merino stud but wool had become unprofitable,” Noske recalled.  “A lot of the principles with rams are the same as with horses.”

Noske has a 2yo Captain Gerrard – Newdale colt and a yearling Master Of Design – Newdale filly.

Reset is making sure Bel Esprit isn’t a lay down misere for another Victorian sires’ premiership this season.

The Darley Victoria resident is a clear leader at the top of the table and Cadillac Mountain chipped in with a powerful finish to the $80,000 Werribee Cup on Thursday.

Cadillac Mountain (4g Reset – Picholine by Dehere) was cluttered up on the rails near the rear of the field before Chad Schofield angled him wide approaching the corner.  “We were a long way off them but I knew he would wind up and just keep coming.  He’s a promising stayer for the future.”

Cadillac Mountain was bred by Contract Racing’s David & Jenny Moodie in partnership Nick & Gayle Psaltis and Peter Anastasiou.  They purchased his dam Picholine for $440,000 from Harry Perks at the 2010 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

His older brother Rebel Raider won the 2003 Victoria Derby and is now based at Wyndholm Park in Ballarat.  His half-brother Shamoline Warrior won the 2009 Norman Robinson Stakes but a lung infection forced his withdrawal on the morning of that year’s Victoria Derby.  He is at stud in New Zealand.

Reset ($2.63 million) increased his lead over Bel Esprit ($1.82 million) after his Perth galloper Disposition was runner-up in the $400,000 WA Guineas at Ascot on Saturday.

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Reset stands this season for $16,500 (Inc gst)

For nominations contact Matt Tillet on 0423 074 249

Sydney agent Anton Koolman was under-bidder for the top-priced lot at the NZ Bloodstock 2YO Sale on Thursday but he did come away from Karaka with a strapping son of Swettenham Stud sire Equiano.

Koolman missed out on the $460,000 sale-topper – a full brother to Savabeel Group 2 winner Diademe – after a heated bidding duel with Warwick Farm trainer Bryce Heys.  He resurfaced later in the session to buy an Exceed And Excel – Diamond Masque colt for $430,000 and the Equiano – Check in Time colt for $150,000.

“We put in plenty of hours of study and narrowed our short-list down to those three colts,” Koolman said.  “I really liked the Equiano colt on type.  And for that sort of money, he was definitely worth a punt.”

Lyndhurst Farm offered the Equiano colt after pin-hooking him for $80,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions earlier this year.  He was bred by Bryan and June Terry who raced his dam to win a Murray Bridge maiden in just a handful of starts as a summer three year-old.

The South Australian couple also have a yearling colt and a filly foal by Equiano out of Check in Time.

Koolman will send his colt to Sydney this week before choosing a trainer.  “I bought him for some friends and clients in Hong Kong.  He’s a big colt so we won’t be pushing him too early.”

Equiano (Fr) has a draft of 20 foals catalogued for the Tattersalls December Sale commencing next Wednesday, November 26.  Among them is the sister to Equiano filly Ventura Shadow (Lot 1323) who won by three lengths last time out at Redcar.

Kambula Stud’s Toole family, based at Kadina on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, has been breeding and selling winners for three generations and the next crop of yearlings will be its 66th consignment at the majors.

Current studmaster David Toole is following in the footsteps of his grandfather Laurie and father Brian while putting a new perspective on keeping pace with Victoria and NSW.  “I’m a fiercely proud South Australian,” Toole said while in Melbourne for the spring carnival.  “But we’re finding it hard to compete on the national stage.

“The Victorians are very proactive with Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.  Many of our mares who foaled to Hunter Valley stallions this year were bred back to stallions based in Victoria.”

Toole is taking advantage of the ‘Category B’ rule which broadens the range of foals eligible for Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.  Essentially, ‘Breedback’ means no matter where a mare was covered last year, that foal is ‘Category B’ eligible as long as the mare is served by a Victorian stallion this year.

Kambula’s decision to buy Victorian and NSW stallion shares was a defining moment in the stud’s history.  “It was back in 2007,” Toole remembered.  “Blevic had been here 10 years and was winning title after title when we began investing interstate.”

Blevic was a studmaster’s dream covering big books for 16 seasons but at a fee that never went above $6,600.  He was bred, part-owned and trained by Colin Hayes for Swettenham Stud’s Robert Sangster and was a Group 1 winner of the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Victoria Derby before Brian Toole took him to Kambula in 1996.

A South Australian Champion first-season sire in 1999-2000, he went on to win 9 premierships propelled by 25 stakes winners.  And his overall fertility rate was an amazing 91%.

“Blevic was a legend,” Toole explained.  “He was so versatile siring two year olds, older horses, sprinters, milers and middle distance horses.”

The winners are still flowing – his mares Tipperary Lil and Alabama Missile combined for a double at Morphettville last Saturday.

Blevic replaced Gay Gambler (USA) who sired 13 stakes winners with the stand-out being Group 1 mare Ducatoon.  Other top horses of that era to emerge from the stud were Favoured (STC Queen Of The Turf), Inner Magic (STC Reisling Slipper), Bianca (Black Opal) and Lady Fontaine (SAJC Oaks).

Kambula’s first bull had been W S Cox Plate winner Chanak.  He was very popular with local breeders in the 1950s when Laurie Toole’s interest in stallions developed from a hobby into a full-time operation.

The stud also grew from 250 acres to the modern facility of today covering 1200 acres.

“We sent 22 mares out this year and many of them of them have been covered by Victorian stallions like Written Tycoon, Helmet, Moshe and Unencumbered.

“Five went to Written Tycoon – he’s doing a great job at Woodside Park.  I think Moshe might be a smoky at Eliza Park and I like that new horse Unencumbered at Three Bridges.

‘’The Victorian Government should be congratulated for their support of the breeding industry’’ Toole said.

Former Woodside Park stallion Grey Swallow will start a new stud career in Ireland next year.

The Group 1 winning son of Daylami has been repatriated to Knockhouse Stud in Co Kilkenny.

Grey Swallow (Ire) was unbeaten at two finishing with an 8 length victory in the G3 Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown.  He returned to claim the 2004 Irish Derby and then came back for another Group 1 in the 2005 Tatts Gold Cup at the Curragh.

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Grey Swallow

Trainer Dermot Weld took him on the road for a Group 2 victory at Hollywood Park before he signed off with an unplaced effort in the 2006 Cox Plate won by Fields Of Omagh.

Grey Swallow sired his first winner when Fine Cinders scored at Wodonga in February 2012, however, he didn’t appeal to local breeders and only averaged books between 30 and 40 mares at Woodside Park.

“He’s a nice-looking horse and is very correct,” Knockhouse owner Sean Kinsella said.  “He’s by Daylami who has done well with his jumpers.”

Aushorse Marketing has welcomed the news that import tariffs on racehorses into China will be removed as part of the Free Trade Agreement signed by the federal government.

In recent years, China has emerged as an important market for Australian-bred horses and the move to eliminate import duties over the coming four years is a significant moment in developing further trade between the two countries.

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In 2013, some 106 thoroughbreds were exported from Australia to China, while this year 157 horses have already been exported to the Asian powerhouse.

“This deal is a real win for the breeding industry in Australia as China is one of the countries in our region which may well expand its demand for bloodstock in the future,” said Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Aushorse and TBA.

“There has been an increasing awareness of horseracing and breeding in China recently and the removal of tariffs will ensure that Australian horses can compete with other exporting countries on an even playing field.

“Importantly, this development means that should the Chinese government ever seek to develop a large-scale racing industry Australia, with our large horse population and reputation for excellence, will be in pole position to provide the bulk of those horses.”

Aushorse, a non-profit industry organisation founded with the aim of promoting the Australian Thoroughbred both domestically and overseas, has been lobbying the federal government to work towards having these tariffs removed since 2009.

Lauriston Park’s Desert King has been in fine form of late – the outstanding son of Danehill represented by a metropolitan double last weekend.

And an impressive pair of winners they were too – kicking off with the lightly raced and exciting four-year-old Desert Road who really caught the eye with a barnstorming victory at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Having only his third start, the Robbie Laing trained bay had been an unlucky third – striking interference – at his previous run at Mornington but he was always in the clear at Moonee Valley.

Settling last off a tardy start, Desert Road had a fair bit of ground to cover approaching the turn but after swinging widest into the straight he really let go!

Mowing down his rivals with a withering run, Desert Road put his nose right out on the line, at 50-1 surprising punters but not connections who have always had faith in his ability.

“That was an incredibly exciting win,” enthused Shergar Thoroughbreds’ Brendan Tohill. “What will he do over 2000m, 2400m and 3200m?  The world is his oyster!”

Certainly bred to cover ground with his dam Pellant Road being a Zabeel half-sister to the VRC Oaks winner Weekend Delight, Desert Road is typical of the Desert King breed.

A stallion who passes on not only stamina but a great turn of foot, Desert King continued his good form at Ascot on Saturday with the talented Real Love at only her second run this campaign racing away to an easy two length victory over 1500m.

The Adam Durrant trained mare has always shown plenty of natural ability, on three occasions at three finishing in the placings at stakes level – third in the Listed Natasha Stakes, second in the WA Oaks and third in the WA Derby.

Resuming at Ascot in October, Real Love was badly held up along the rails but once clear with 100m to go really powered to the line.

On the strength of that performance sent out favourite on Saturday, Real Love again good back, covering a bit of ground before taking the lead half way down the straight and quickly getting clear.

It is only a matter of time before Real Love becomes another stakes winner for Desert King – and the same goes for Desert Jeuney who is spelling after finishing in the placings twice in feature races during the spring carnival – third in the Toorak Handicap and third in the Crystal Mile.

Meanwhile Desert King’s prolific family was also in form over the spring, his two-year-old relation Antelucan one to follow on the back of a debut Group Three victory in the Ottawa Stakes on Melbourne Cup Day.

A half-sister to the Group Three winner Crucial and the stakes placed Hazard, Antelucan is out of the Fantastic Light mare Dawn Attack, a half-sister to Desert King.

This is also the family of the mighty Frankel and his brother Noble Mission who retired on a high winning the Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Desert King stands at Lauriston Park, Creighton’s Creek just outside of Euroa for a bargain fee of $6,600.  For further information contact Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Chris Bakker (0427 903 353).

Globetrotter (USA) sired his first winner when Giramondo scored a front-running victory in the RKO Birthday Bash Plate (1400m) at Geelong on Sunday.

The Colin Scott trained gelding was appearing for the third time since making his debut less than a month ago.  He held on to win by a length from the favourite Berkeley Gardens (Bernardini).

Giramondo (3g Globetrotter – Bianca Gold by Bianconi) is a homebred for Michael Scully and is from an unraced half-sister to Adelaide winner Purple Haze (Dash For Cash).

Shepparton-based breeder Damian White stands Globetrotter at Brackley Park in Avenel for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.  “He’s a son of Street Cry out of a Seattle Slew mare,” White said.  “He’s been covering around 35 mares a season and has only had three runners to date.”

Globetrotter won the G3 Grey Breeders’ Cup at Woodbine and also finished runner-up in the G1 Charles Whittingham Memorial at Santa Anita.  Street Cry got him from a half sister to stakes winners Devotion Unbridled and Snow Cone.

“Everyone with a Globetrotter reckons they go alright,” White explained.  “They’re attractive, correct and will start showing up at a mile and beyond.”

For bookings or more information on Globetrotter, contact Damian White (0418 477 090) or Grant Dwyer at Brackley Park (0412 028 250).