Trainer Barry Campbell reaffirmed his status as ‘King of the 2YOs’ in Tasmania when Bianconi youngster Specialist won Hobart’s first juvenile race of the season on Sunday.

Campbell saddled up the $2.60 favourite Siorca but it was his $18 stablemate that did best on debut in the Gateway 2YO Plate (900m).

Specialist (2g Bianconi – Aden by Rory’s Jester) showed good early speed from a wide gate and then found another gear in the straight to score by over a length from Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith) and Siorca (Sharkbite).

“He is a very nice horse and ready-made for two-year-old racing,” Campbell said.  “I think Specialist and Siorca will win their share of races and the best part is we have a few more at home that go just as well.”

Owner-breeder Craig Hodge races Specialist and he also won five races with the gelding’s older brother Bionic Star.  Their dam Aden was a Lindsay Park homebred and she is now based at Rosemont Stud.

Bianconi (USA) filled out a winning treble on Sunday when Shake It Shakira and Thebarwonprince doubled up at Donald.  He is currently covering his first book at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East.

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Bianconi is standing this season for $5,500 (incl gst)

For nominations contact Phil Sloane on 0488 525 063

Magnus mare Magnifisio will head Perth’s home defence against the Eastern States in the G1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Magnifisio (5m Magnus – Ifestio by Key Business) firmed into a second-favourite for the $750,000 feature sprint after a last-start victory in the G2 Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m).

“I haven’t let up on her in the last fortnight,” trainer Jim Taylor said.  “She’s 10kg lighter since that unplaced run in the Prince Of Wales.”

Taylor also admitted he faced an uphill battle getting stablemate Barakey ready for the Winterbottom.  He has been laid low by a virus and his likely withdrawal, along with that of Smoko, has seriously depleted the local guard.

Magnifisio was purchased for $80,000 from Rangeview Stud at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions and she has now earned over $730,000 for a partnership headed by Alan Macalister.  The Lee-Steere was her fifth black-type victory following the G3 Roma Cup, LR Northam Stakes, LR Crawford Stakes & LR Summer Scorcher.

Her dam Ifestio was a Listed winner of the 2004 Belmont Oaks and she is a sister to Barakey who claimed the 2012 Winterbottom.

Magnus has topped $1 million in earnings this season and he’s running hot with 12 individual winners so far this month.  Eliza Park International stands the Group 1 winning son of Flying Spur.

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Magnus stands this season for $16,500 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338

The city of Ballarat has long held a reputation for unearthing gold and this weekend shapes as no exception, as future stars of the turf prepare to launch their 2014-15 VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series campaigns.

The highly anticipated series kicks off with the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) for three-year-olds, one of the feature events in Ballarat’s inaugural stand-alone Saturday Cup Day card.

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VOBIS banner horse Trust In A Gust.

The third running of the popular three-year-old dash-for-cash has attracted 18 nominations with connections eager to secure the $30,000 Super VOBIS bonus available for nominated entrants.

Racing Victoria Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the VOBIS Gold feature added an exciting dimension to Saturday’s program, having already unearthed a number of impressive Victorian-bred gallopers.

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

“Racing Victoria, in partnership with Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and the Victorian Coalition Government, continue to make a concerted effort to ensure Victoria is the most attractive place to breed, buy, own and race horses and the ongoing enhancement of the VOBIS incentive schemes continues to be a priority.”

The Eureka Stockade has quickly earned a reputation as a launch-pad of champions despite its relative infancy.

Last year’s victor, Trust In A Gust, would go on to win six of his next 10 starts following his Eureka Stockade victory including the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes-Toorak Handicap Group 1 double.

Local horseman Darren Weir’s hopes of securing back-to-back wins in the Stockade rest solely with impressive last-start winner Profit Share while recent Spring Racing Premierships winning co-trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig will be represented by up-and-coming Wanted colt, Shaf.

A number of 2013 VOBIS Gold bonus winners have again decided to chance their luck in the lucrative series with Mick Price’s VOBIS Gold Betfair Classic (1300m) winner Devon Princess amongst those vying for a position in the race.

With a total of $1.9 million available across 13 two, three and four-year-old races in Melbourne and regional Victoria, the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series offers connections of horses nominated for Victoria’s popular breeding and racing scheme the opportunity to significantly increase their earning potential on the racetrack.

Nominated youngsters will be eligible for up to $19.4 million worth of VOBIS bonuses throughout the 2014-15 racing season.

To be eligible to race in the VOBIS Gold Premier race series horses must first be first nominated for Super VOBIS, which carries bonuses from $9000 to $30,000 on two, three and four-year-old races.

For more information about Super VOBIS or VOBIS Gold, or to download a Super VOBIS nomination form for a 2013-born foal, visit owner.racing.com/vobis

Article by Daniel Miles at Racing Victoria.

Starcraft mare Stella Lante will be given a chance to break through at black-type level after winning the Holdfast Insurance Hcp (1300m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

“She’s been stakes-placed five times,” trainer John Hyam said.  “We might try Melbourne and then head to the Tasmanian carnival.  She’s had feet issues but we haven’t had any problems this campaign.”

Stella Lante (5m Starcraft – Villa Lante by Filante) was due to be covered by It’s A Dundeel this season but that planned mating has been deferred.  She has earned over $250,000 for a syndicate headed by breeders Alistair and Patricia McFarlane.

Her sire Starcraft transferred to Rosemont Stud earlier this year and is covering his first Victorian book.  “He’s such a stunning individual,” Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen said of the 14 year-old stallion.  “There were more than 50 of his yearlings at all the top sales earlier this year and they averaged $70,000.”

Starcraft has a long stud career ahead if he’s inherited the longevity of his own sire Soviet Star who passed away in Ireland recently aged 30.

Soviet Star (Nureyev) won at Group 1 level in the French 2000 Guineas, Sussex Stakes, Prix de la Foret, July Cup and Prix du Moulin for Sheikh Mohammed.  He became the only colt to beat the mighty Miesque in the Prix du Moulin.

Soviet Star stood northern seasons at Dalham Hall in Newmarket and in Japan and also stood a one-off NZ season at Ra Ora Stud in 1999.  Starcraft was from that single Kiwi crop and he was a five-time Group 1 winner in NZ, Australia, England and France where he emulated his sire in the 2005 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

The Gold Coast Magic Millions in January has 10 Starcraft yearlings going under the hammer starting with the colt from Biancalaura (Lot 110).  He is from a wining half-sister to the dam of Easy Rocking and Fairy King Prawn.

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Starcraft stands this season for $11,000 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Anthony Mithen on 0413 486 767

Release The Speed has vindicated Merilyn Anderson’s decision to keep training with a resounding victory at Moonee Valley.

The Bel Esprit gelding produced a barnstorming finish to defeat Rough Justice (Wanted) in the Sitetech Solutions Hcp (1000m) on Friday night.  He was coming off a strong maiden win at Ballarat and there’s upside aplenty to the lightly-raced three year-old.

“I was going to hand in my license but I renewed it because Release The Speed is such a nice horse,” Seymour based Anderson said.  “It’s such a thrill – he could be the best I’ve ever trained.”

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Bel Esprit

Release The Speed (3g Bel Esprit – Special Deece by Encosta de Lago) is from the family of Catkins who won her 8th stakes race in the G3 Sheraco Quality at Rosehill in September.  The Dubawi mare was stiff not to score at Melbourne’s spring carnival with placings in the G2 Tristrac and G1 Myer Classic.

After weighing-in at Moonee Valley, experienced jockey Michael Rodd said Release The Speed doesn’t have much of an idea about racing.  “He’s green and didn’t really get around here tonight,” Rodd revealed.  “But he’s a beautiful animal and was always going to mow them down.”

Release The Speed has an unnamed 2yo half-sister by EPI stallion Magnus.  That filly has been retained by North Road Bloodstock owner Robert Hance.

Bel Esprit sired more than 100 winners for the fourth season in a row in 2013-14 and he’s on track for a fifth century with 47 individual winners since August 1.

His Perth based galloper Ysmael won for the second time this campaign at Ascot on Saturday.  He was going to be nominated for the Winterbottom Stakes but trainer Adam Durrant said the Group 1 sprint had come around too soon.

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Bel Esprit stands this season for $24,200 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338

Brilliant Singapore sprinter Super Kenny continued his resurrection from a life-threatening injury to win again at Kranji on Friday night.

The son of Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi) was on an upward spiral last year when he suffered a severe off-hind tendon injury in the G3 Singapore Sprint (1200m).  On-course vets recommended the gelding be put down but trainer Pat Shaw had a hunch he could be saved and, ultimately, the South African-born conditioner was right.

Super Kenny (5g Host – Mysterious Ransom by Red Ransom) made it 6 wins from 20 starts for owners Mark and Emily Yong when he ran down G2 Golden Horseshoe winner Kiwi Karma to score by two lengths on Friday.

“He could have been anything had it not been for that injury,” assistant-trainer Ricardo Le Grange said.  “Patience and time have brought him back and it’s great for Mark as he puts a lot of money into racing.”

Super Kenny cost $30,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has now earned the equivalent of AUD 284,000.  He is from an unraced half-sister to More Than Ready stakes winner Deloraine.

“Considering he’s come back from the brink, it’s a miracle,” jockey Barend Vorster said.  “He’s been a special horse to me and has tonnes of ability.  He settled beautifully tonight and finished off very well.”

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Host stands this season for $8,800 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Brian Gorman on 0429 660 266

Friday night’s South African maiden winner Fantasy Art looks a promising type for Eliza Park International sire Wanted.

Visiting the races for just the second time, the gelding was always in control of the Bollywood @ Greyville Maiden Plate (1200m) to win by more than two lengths.  He had taken plenty of improvement from a debut outing last month after losing ground at the start and racing greenly.

Fantasy Art (3g Wanted – Artist Johanna by Festin) is trained by Tony Rivalland for the stable’s major client Mary Lilley.  He was a $40,000 buy from Shadow Glen owner Bill Cockram the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

From Wanted’s first crop, he is out of Argentina-bred Group 2 winner Artist Johanna.  She was also successful at Aqueduct and Saratoga after transferring to New York.

Wanted’s Australian-based first crop includes Caulfield winners Rough Justice & Kalabek and last week’s promising Kilmore winner Crinklecut.

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Wanted stands this season for $33,000 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338

Group 1 Victoria Derby winner Polanski has taken to stud life on the Mornington peninsular like a duck to water.

Standing at Ducks Crossing in Tyabb, he’s proving popular with broodmare owners and has attracted 50 bookings in the past month.

Polanski was described by VRC chief handicapper Greg Carpenter as a “truly world-class” colt after his classic triumph at Flemington twelve months ago.

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Polanski & Ross Warner. Image by Sharon Champan 

Timeform rated the Victoria Derby victory above three year-olds the calibre of Zoustar (G1 Coolmore Stakes), Criterion (G1 Australian Derby ) and Long John (G1 Caulfield Guineas).

Polanski’s trainer Robbie Laing and senior owner Ross Warner reckon Polanski is all that and more.  “Every time we raised the bar, he met the challenge,” Warner recalled.  “Before the Derby, Robbie’s last txt to me was: ‘Don’t worry too much – there will be a margin’.

“Robbie’s a good judge – he bolted in by three lengths!”

Connections were looking forward to Polanski racing on as a four year-old.  “I’ve got a lot of faith in this horse and he will be a natural at weight-for-age,” Laing declared.  “When he thickens, he can become a real star of the turf.”

Jockey Hugh Bowman, after winning his third Victoria Derby following victories on New Zealand raiders Lion Tamer and Sangster, also rated him a colt of untapped potential.  “He’s a lot stronger than my last two winners.  He is going to be a horse of the future.”

Bookmakers had installed Polanski as the pre-post favourite for this year’s Australian Derby but he injured a tendon in the G1 Futurity Stakes so the decision was made not risk such a valuable stallion prospect.

“There were several options where to retire him although we weren’t knocked over in the rush by the leading studs,” Warner said.  “In hindsight, I believe standing him here at Ducks Crossing was the right decision.”

Ducks Crossing owner Jacqui McGregor doubles as visiting vet for several local stables and she has watched Polanski develop from a raw-boned yearling into a 16.3 hands ball of muscle.

There are still late-season bookings available to Polanski at a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.  For further details, broodmare owners can contact Jacqui McGregor (0429 057 037) or office manager Sally Airey (0437 866 856).

God’s Own galloper Disciple has been transferred to Perth for feature races at the Ascot summer carnival.

The six year-old gelding will join Sean Casey’s stable at Bullsbrook after earning $345,000 with Chris Waller.

“He’s certainly capable of performing well over here and I hope he can gain a start in the Railway Stakes,” Casey told Perth Racing earlier this week.  “If we don’t get a start in the Group 1, a race like the Carbine Club Stakes would be a nice alternative on the same day.”

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Disciple

The $1 million Railway Stakes will be run on Saturday, November 22.

Another target at the carnival is the G3 Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on December 6.  Casey has ruled out running Disciple in races past a mile.

Disciple (6g God’s Own – Myrrh by Nassipour) was given plenty of time to mature and didn’t break his maiden until an autumn three year-old at Gosford.  “He’s got a great turn of foot,” Waller said after a Rosehill victory last year.  “He just keeps improving since we’ve kept him to sprint trips.”

A younger half-brother to G1 Doncaster Handicap winner Triple Honour, he was a $100,000 buy for part-owner Colm Santry at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) stands at Greta West Stud and he has sired 30 individual winners of 39 races for prizemoney of $884,565 this season.

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God’s Own stands this season for $5,500 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Laurie McCarthy on 0410 476 196

Emerging Victorian stallion Reset has reinforced reputation as a producer of top-class stayers following the devastating Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) victory of his lightly-raced daughter, Set Square

The Ciaron Maher-trained filly’s inexperience proved no hindrance in what many were calling the most even Oaks field in a decade as jockey Hugh Bowman guided the talented filly to an impressive 1.5 length win.

It was an influential victory for Reset, who has now sired the winner of both the VRC Derby and Oaks thanks to the efforts of Rebel Raider (2008) and Set Square. Throw in to the mix Pinker Pinker’s Cox Plate (2011) and Fawkner’s Caulfield Cup (2013) and you have a young stallion racking-up an extremely impressive record in such a short amount of time.

Interestingly, Reset himself seems at odds with both his own sire and his impressive staying progeny.

It’s widely considered Zabeel’s most highly regarded progeny were at their best at distances beyond 1600m. The likes of Might and Power and Octagonal reigned supreme at all distances beyond the mile out to the famous two-mile journey of the Melbourne Cup.

Yet Reset seemed an exception to such a rule.

Trained by Graeme Rogerson for leviathan owner Lloyd Williams, Reset never raced beyond 1600m in his five start career before he was purchased for stud duties by Sheik Mohammed.

Interestingly, Reset is also at odds to many of of Zabeel’s other progeny being Australian-born, though obviously New Zealand conceived. Reset’s dam was dual Group 1 winning mare, Assertive Lass.

Reset has been a star of the Victorian breeding scene since his first crop of runners hit the track in 2006.

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Reset (AUS)

This season alone Reset has recorded an incredible 91 winners from 174 runners at a remarkable winners/runners rate of 52.3% , a statistic that places him ahead of high-profile stallions Redoute’s Choice (48.2%) and Fastnet Rock (50.2%).

To date, the blue-blood stallion has recorded 23 black-type winners to date and will again be represented at Saturday’s Zipping Classic meet at Sportingbet Sandown Park.

Reset’s most famous son, Fawkner, is set to back-up from his disappointing Melbourne Cup run in a race that his owner, Lloyd Williams, holds close to his heart – the $350,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m).

Williams’ dual-Group 1 winner is one of 13 horses to nominate for the 2400m classic named after Williams’ hardy Danehill gelding who won the race, originally known as the Sandown classic, a record four times.

Another of Reset’s hardy staying progeny, Shoreham, is nominated to contest the $150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m). After missing a start in the Melbourne Cup, the Saab Hasan-trained gelding gets the chance to prove his sire’s mettle of the testing two mile journey and has been nominated for the final two-mile Cup of the calendar year.

Should a horse such as Shoreham secure a Melbourne Cup next season it would no doubt make for an enviable trophy cabinet for his sire, Reset.

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Article by Daniel Miles at Racing Victoria

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

For nominations contact Matt Tillet on 0423 074 249

She’s Insatiable has staged a winning dress-rehearsal for next week’s New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton.

The Ustinov mare settled beautifully for Jillian Morris and proved too strong for her rivals in the LR Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) on Saturday.  She got the upper-hand to defeat Deliciano by three-quarters of a length and there was more than four lengths to the third horse home.

“I’m looking forward to the Cup,” Morris said.  “This mare will back up – no problems.”

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She’s Insatiable

She’s Insatiable (6m Ustinov – Checkered Past by Pentire) had won the NZ Cup Trial (1800) in September for part-owner and trainer Terrill Charles.  “It was a great win and she was presently perfectly today,” Morris added.  “Terrill does an amazing job with her horses and deserves every success.”

The NZ TAB had rated She’s Insatiable a $61 outsider for the G3 New Zealand Cup but she plummeted to $12 on Saturday evening.  Blizzard is the $6 favourite ahead of Deliciano at $8.

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 (Aus) stands north of Ballarat at Moorookyle Park for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.  He has sired four stakes winners – She’s Insatiable follows Vonusti (G1 Telegraph Hcp), Antarctic Miss (G3 MVRC Champagne Stakes) and Sarsarun (LR Karaka Classic).

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Ustinov stands this season for $4,400 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Nioka Wozny on 0427 456 385

Hucklebuck became the first Group 1 winner for his sire Elvstroem in Saturday’s Emirates Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

Settling just behind the speed, Hucklebuck sprinted to the front in the straight before holding off the late challenge of Lucky Hussler with Tassie war-horse The Cleaner boxing on for third.

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Hucklebuck

Trainer Phillip Stokes took a shine to Hucklebuck as a yearling and went to $50,000 to secure him at the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions.  “He had a deep girth, a lovely horse,” Stokes said.  “I trained his mother and she had ability.

“Dom (Tourneur) gave him a good ride.  He got there a bit early but dug deep.”

The Emirates Stakes was the second victory in the week for Hucklebuck following his win in the G3 Yellowglen Stakes on Derby Day.  He’s earned over $1 million in prizemoney for owner Thomas Li who is CEO of the Macau Jockey Club.

Hucklebuck (4g Elvstroem – Kondari by O’Reilly) is from a half sister to stakes winner Kalamata who has foaled Group winning Adelaide sprinter Stirling Grove.  “This means so much,” Stokes said.  “It’s fantastic to have Thomas here and to get a Group 1 in Melbourne is a big thrill.”

Tourneur said it was particularly special to ride his first Group 1 in Melbourne for Stokes.  “This horse has been brilliant to us.  His record should read better than it is but, after such a nice run, I knew he would be very hard to run down today.”

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Elvstroem stands this season for $4,00 (incl gst)

For nominations contact Philip Campbell on 0418 556 771

Highlighting the fact that he is one of Victoria’s most reliable stallions, Ridgeview Park’s Bianconi has been represented by twelve smart winners since the start of October.

On two days during that time frame he has sired multiple winners – a double on October 4 and a treble last Saturday.

Most impressive of those winners was the lightly raced Alcobro who remains undefeated after three starts.

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Bianconi.

Jumping straight to the front at Morphettville, the Richard Jolly trained three-year-old was strong to the line as he had been at his previous two starts.

As adaptable as he is talented, Alcobro came from last to win at Morphettville last month – putting on display an outstanding turn of foot.

Jolly has told the press that he is excited about Alcobro’s long term prospects, labelling him a promising horse “still on the improve.”

“He is still learning what it’s all about.  It looks like exciting times ahead.”

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Alcobro.

Bred by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Alcobro is out of the General Nediym mare Tendue who has a good affinity with Bianconi having also produced the stakes placed multiple city winner Alcohol by him.

That six-year-old has also been racing in fine form of late, saluting at Morphettville in September.

2¼ length maiden winner Winfrey was another of Bianconi’s successes on Saturday whilst Bianque looked good racing away to an easy debut victory over 1000m at Alice Springs.

And he had yet another new winner on Sunday, Financial Burden saluting by 2¼ lengths at only her second start at Mildura.

Also an easy winner at start number two was Shake It Shakira at Horsham last Friday, that Mark Young trained bay charging home from the rear to really catch the eye.

“Bianconi continues to prove himself a superior winner-getter,” said Ridgeview’s Phil & Fiona Sloane.

“Barely a week goes by without a Bianconi winner or two making him the ideal Super Vobis and Vobis Gold stallion.”

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Bianconi is standing this season for $5,500 (incl gst)

For nominations contact Phil Sloane on 0488 525 063

Persistence paid off for Secret Toy Bizness when she won the annual Greys Challenge (1400m) at Flemington on Thursday.

The daughter of Written Tycoon has won 5 races in 23 starts but none have been as satisfying as the grand-final for greys on VRC Oaks day.

“I think everybody who owns a grey horse targets this race,” trainer Chris Ledger said.  “She ran fourth in it last year but has had a few problems and we’ve had to work hard to get her here today.”

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Secret Toy Bizness & Wodonga breeder Karen Piergrosse leads the celebrations after an earlier win at Moonee Valley. Image by Slickpix.

Secret Toy Bizness (5m Written Tycoon – Alice In Toyland by Toy Pindarri) persisted with inside runs, despite a perceived bias against the rails, to win by three-quarters of a length from Queensland raider Time To Plunder.

Ledger and his father John prepare the mare for a large group headed by managing part-owner and breeder Karen Piergrosse.  The Wodonga syndicate also includes Kaye & John Walsh, Margaret & Geoff Binder, Ross & Barry Taylor, Cindy Thurgood, John Taylor-Prime and Maryanne Moir-Murnane.

“She always tries her heart out,” Piergrosse said.  “It’s a huge thrill to have a winner on such a big day on the racing calendar.”

Piergrosse is a mad-keen Collingwood fan and the Written Tycoon mare sports their black and white colours.  “I’ve had the silks registered for over 20 years and we get dressed up in our best black and white outfits to match the horse.

“I’m the only Collingwood supporter – the rest of them barrack for Geelong or Essendon – but they go with the flow and wear black and white even though they despise the Pies.”

Written Tycoon is high-balling in third place on the Victorian sires’ premiership this season with 28 individual winners of 39 races and over $1.41 million in prizemoney.

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Written Tycoon stands this season for $13,750 (plus gst).

For nominations contact Murray Tillett on 0419 985 921

VRC Oaks Day at Flemington proved to be the venue for the latest stakes winning performance by a daughter of Artie Schiller (USA) when Vain Queen scorched the turf to land the Group 3 VRC G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m).

One of Victoria’s most talented racemares over the past three seasons, Vain Queen had proven herself to be an outstanding Flemington straight-course sprinter with three wins from four previous visits to the circuit. Backed into a $4.80 second favourite for the prestigious assignment, the 5-year-old was seen at her brilliant best with a resounding three-and-a-half length trouncing of quality opposition.

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Artie Schiller

Vain Queen stopped the clock at a blistering 1m02.70s, running the final 600 metres in 33.12s. Almost equally as impressive is the fact that the second-crop daughter of Artie Schiller boasts a 58% winning strike-rate, having now won seven of her 12 career starts for $457,660 in prizemoney.

“I said to [owners] Phillip and Mario that I thought she had to bring her best performance here today,” confessed trainer John Sadler after the victory. “This could have easily been a Group 2… this was a serious race of mares in form,” the leading trainer elaborated.

Sadler added: “I was hoping that she would just win, but to win like that was really exciting. She’s shown today that maybe at some stage there could be a Group 1 in her.”

The Group 2 success of Vain Queen gave Emirates Park Victoria sire Artie Schiller his 23rd individual stakes winner worldwide. A maternal grand-daughter of Kenvain, she is bred on remarkably similar terms as fellow Australian Group 3 winner Lady Melksham, a grand-daughter of the Kenmare stallion Keltrice. Significantly, in addition to both being sons of Kenmare, damsires Kenvain and Keltrice were both produced by daughters of Vain.

The return of a long-lost friend has reignited a passion for riding in Laura Gatecliffe.

The 29-year-old recently ended a 10-year hiatus from the saddle after being reunited with her best friend, a cheeky 10-year-old gelding affectionately known as Lewie.

Better known in racing circles as C’est La Guerre, Lewie burst on to the Australian racing scene in late 2008 having been plucked from New Zealand by leviathan owner Lloyd Williams. The striking son of Shinko King would run a fast-finishing third behind Viewed and Bauer in that year’s Emirates Melbourne Cup before taking out the Group 3 Craven Plate, his sole Australian victory, at Randwick two years later.

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C’est La Guerre

These days life is a little slower for Lewie. The mischievous gelding has found his way back to Gatecliffe, who worked as his personal strapper while at Macedon Lodge.

“He was one of the first horses I strapped when I was working at Lloyds,” Gatecliffe said. “He’s a very cheeky character, it didn’t take him long to come out of his shell.

“He has so much personality and as we bonded that personality just grew and grew. He was the only horse I had to look after at Lloyd’s and I spent 12 hours a day with him so fair to say we got pretty close. It was like he was my own horse, we spent so much time together we ended up best friends.”

Lewie would continue to race for Macedon Lodge with moderate success until mid 2012 when he was on-sold to Hawkes Racing via the 2012 Melbourne Select Racehorse Sale. The then eight-year-old would have just two starts for his new training team before being retired in early 2013 having lost interest in the racing caper.

Knowing Gatecliffe’s enduring love for Lewie, new owners Gilian and Geoffrey Coady made immediate contact with the former stablehand to inquire whether she was interested in re-homing the million-dollar earner.

“It was really great, but also pretty scary at the same time,” Gatecliffe said of the news Lewie was hers to keep.

“I had just bought my first house, I had a mortgage and I hadn’t had a horse in 10 years. I’d given up riding when I first took a job in the racing industry. I wasn’t sure how I’d make it work but I just couldn’t let him go.

“Now I work two jobs to try and make ends meet and support myself and a horse, but he’s certainly worth it, that’s for sure.”

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C’est La Guerre enjoying some well deserved down-time

Determined to give Lewie the proper post-race education he deserved, Gatecliffe engaged the help of renowned thoroughbred re-trainer Clint Bilson to give Lewie a crash course in the equestrian life.

“I really wanted someone to get back to basics with him,” she said.

“Because I hadn’t ridden in so long I wanted someone to give Lewie the right start to his new career and for someone to tell me where we’re at with him. Given he’s such a high-class horse, I wanted to know whether he was the right horse for that new career.”

Lewie was a star pupil in his time with Bilson, taking to his new life in equestrian like a duck to water.  Gatecliffe credits Lewie’s relaxed manner as the key to his successful re-education for the showing and dressage worlds.

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C’est La Guerre and racday pilot Steven Arnold

“He just takes everything in his side, he’s a very well behaved horse and he just loves to learn,” she said.

“He’s currently doing and has done a couple of low grade adult HRCAV dressage and showjumping clinics. For me though it’s not so much about the equestrian world, I’ll take him as far as I can but I’m more interested in making sure that he’s happy  and sound.

“He’s a horse that deserves a happy retirement and he’s definitely got it. He’s my best buddy; he’s a rather spoilt old boy. I do sometimes have to remind him that I don’t get paid to look after him anymore. But really, none of that matters. I just want to make sure he’s happy because in the end that’s all that really matters.”

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Article by Daniel Miles at Racing Victoria. This article was first published in the November issue of Inside Racing.

Victorian breeder David Addison is back on Cloud 9 after brilliant mare Vain Queen soared sky-high at Flemington this week.

Vain Queen (Artie Schiller) was bred and sold by Addison and she won the G3 Mumm Stakes (1100m) with a spell-binding sprint down the straight course on Thursday.  Trainer John Sadler predicted he would be saddling her up for a Group 1 at some stage next year.

That’s good news for Addison and Adam Sangster who has just welcomed her dam to Swettenham Stud for a cover to Equiano this month.

“Vain Queen was very impressive,” Addison said 24 hours after the mare scored one of the easiest wins at the carnival.  “We needed a good result after our Ustinov mare Albonetti sustained a fractured humerus in an incident during the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. ”

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C- Mockingbird’s Mulaazem x Our Teneriffe 

Veterinarians are guardedly optimistic regarding her eventual return to racing.

Addison has been a TBV member since 1974 and operates Mockingbird Hill Stud just off the Hume Freeway at Longwood.  “I must be the oldest member alive,” he claimed.  “We have about five mares and breed to sell but we take the yearlings home if they don’t make the right price.

“Vain Queen’s dam Our Teneriffe has been a wonderful mare,” Addison explained.  “I got her for $1,000 at Oaklands Junction back in 2000.  Her older half-sister Card Queen had won the Blue Diamond Prelude a year before and I went along specifically to buy her.  I couldn’t believe my luck when there were no other bids.

“I bought her from the McNamara family who ran Riverdale Stud at Werribee.  She had injured a shoulder as a foal as was a sold as a two year-old purely for breeding.

“Card Queen and Our Teneriffe came from what had been a very successful family in the previous decades but which had gone into a period of quintessence for some years.  I am a believer that these families come again.”

Card Queen gave the family a boost when her filly Karuta Queen came out and won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and G3 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Our Teneriffe did her bit delivering Don Caudillo (15 wins) first-up and Vain Queen made it five foals to race for five winners.  The Flemington Group winner was knocked down to clients of trainer John Sadler for $42,000 at the 2011 Inglis Classic yearling sale.

“The mare has an outstanding colt on the ground by Mulaazem,” Addison said.  “I think Equiano is a good fit for Our Teneriffe – he’s had a very promising start in England and his first yearlings made good money here.”

Our Teneriffe’s link with Swettenham could go full-circle next year.  Vain Queen will embark on a Group 1 campaign and a likely target is the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in April.

Darley resident Reset has thrown down the gauntlet to Bel Esprit for bragging rights as Victoria’s champion stallion.

Reset’s progeny earnings rocketed past $2.27 million this season when his filly Set Square won the G1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on Thursday.  The Super VOBIS qualified filly became Reset’s fourth Group 1 winner less than a month after his flag-bearer Fawkner won the Caulfield Cup.

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Set Square 

Bel Esprit has won the last 7 Victorian premierships and weight of numbers should help the Eliza Park International champion claw back Reset’s lead which is currently more than $700,000.

Set Square (3f Reset – Dynastar by Zeditave) was a late-entry for the VRC Oaks after wins in a Ballarat maiden and the LR Ethereal Stakes at Caulfield .  She enjoyed the run of the race at Flemington before driving through a gap in the straight to defeat Thunder Lady by more than a length.

“She just kept getting better and better every time we saddled her up this prep,” trainer Ciaran Maher said.  “There was never a question about the trip.  It was more whether she had the experience.”

Bred Ken King’s Parador Park Thoroughbreds and syndicated to a large group of owners; Set Square comes from the family of G1 South Australian Derby winner Testafiable.

Reset (Zabeel) is the sire of 27 stakes winners and he stands at Darley Victoria’s Northwood Park for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee.

Darley Victoria sire Domesday opened the Melbourne Cup card on a winning note with his filly Antelucan in the LR Ottawa Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.

Antelucan (2f Domesday – Dawn Attack by Fantastic Light) finished with a strong gallop down the grandstand rail to score by a long neck.  “This is our grand final week and it’s very rewarding for the whole team,” trainer John O’Shea said.  “She was set for this race 12 weeks ago and we were lucky to draw the right side of the track.”

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Antelucan. Photo by Racing Victoria.

Domesday (Red Ransom) has sired 8 stakes winners highlighted by Group 1 horses Pressday and Doctor Doom.  He stands at Darley’s Northwood Park base in Seymour.

Winning jockey Chad Schofield said Antelucan had been well educated at Darley’s Osborne Park pre-training facility alongside the Hawkesbury River.  “She’s a professional.  Even though it was her first start she raced as though she had done it many times before.”

Antelucan is a Super VOBIS filly and is out of a half-sister to Group 1 racehorse and sire Desert King.  The mare had already thrown Group performers Crucial and Hazard and her final foal is a yearling colt by Helmet.

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

For nominations contact Matt Tillet on 0423 074 249

Dennis Marks missed out on a Melbourne Cup start with Let’s Make Adeal but he does have a link with Precious Gem who won the TAB Rewards Trophy (1700m) at Flemington on Tuesday.

Marks bred her dam Gem Of Gems at Seven Creeks Estate in Euroa.  The Peintre Celebre mare has also foaled brilliant Singapore sprinter Happy Money.

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Precious Gem. Photo by Racing Victoria.

Precious Gem was coming off a brave second to Suavito in the G3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.  She is trained by Gwenda & Mick Johnston at Echuca but Mick is laid up with a bad back and couldn’t make it to Melbourne.

“Mick’s in a brace and doing good but he will be even better now,” Johnston added.  “We knew a good race was just around the corner for Precious Gem.”

The Econsul mare responded to Craig Williams in a driving finish to defeat the Gai Waterhouse trained Anampour by a nose.  “I told Gwenda after the Tesio to go for this race,” Williams said.  “She’s a beautiful ride and gave  me everything at the finish.”

Gem Of Gems boards at Lauriston Park in Euroa.  Studmaster Chris Bakker revived the property after 15 years working for Marks at Seven Creeks Estate.

Lauriston Park is also home to Let’s Elope who won the 1991 Melbourne Cup for Marks and his wife Margaret.  The champion mare is in retirement at Euora and, at 27, is the oldest Melbourne Cup winner still alive.

Let’s Make Adeal is a grand-daughter of Let’s Elope and she has been entered for the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington this Saturday.