Spirit’s Dance completed a winning 24 hours for Contract Racing in the G3 Kevin Hayes Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday.

It completed a winning hat-trick for the daughter of Eliza Park stallion Statue Of Liberty who has now been represented by 13 stakes winners. He had sired Liberty Leader to a Listed victory in the Tasmanian Derby a week ago.

Spirit’s Dance (3f Statue Of Liberty – Jubilant Spirit by Hurricane Sky) is a homebred for Contract Racing’s David and Jenny Moodie. “She’s always shown ability and I suggested to David from Day 1 she was a Group filly,” winning trainer Peter Moody said. “It just took a while for her to come to the party. She’s been going back and forth from the stable to freshen up at David’s farm.”

Royal Scandal claimed the first-leg of a city double for Contract Racing in the Sportingbet Hcp (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Royal Scandal (4m Hard Spun — Palace Glow by Palace Music) had won races at Pakenham, Ballarat and Mildura last year before the breakthrough in town. She produced a potent final burst to improve her resident value as a broodmare.

The Moodies maintain a quality portfolio of mares at Yungaburra Stud north of Mount Macedon to service successful teams at Flemington (Ellerton — Zahra Racing), Peter Moody (Caulfield) and Brent Stanley (Kyneton).

Royal Scandal is trained by Stanley and she is from a black-type family that includes her half-brother Red Colossus (G3 MRC Victoria Hcp) and half-sister Nediym’s Glow (G3 MRC Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude).

She is a three-quarter sister to Royal Haunt who was a Listed winner of the 2013 Manfred Stakes at Caulfield. He is also by Darley Victoria sire Hard Spun and, after an unbeaten career in Australia, was sold to clients of Hong Kong trainer John Size.

Royal Scandal follows Hard Spun gelding Party Talk who is a last-start winner at Werribee for Contract Racing. He is a half-brother to G2 AJC Emancipation Stakes winner Hec Of A Party.

Hard Spun added another notch to his second-season winner count when Unspun scored a last-to-first victory in the Members Roast Hcp (1400m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Unspun (3g Hard Spun – Pont Aven by Green Perfume) was part of the Ealing Park draft at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale and made $21,000 to the bid of trainer David Balfour.

Hard Spun (Danzig) stood for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee at Darley Victoria in 2013.

Blue Gum Farm can lodge a last-minute update for its Lonhro — Screen Legend colt at the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale starting on Sunday, March 2.

Catalogued as Lot 530 at Oaklands Junction, the colt is from a half-sister to Samraat who will continue his Kentucky Derby campaign in the $500,000 Gotham Stakes on Saturday, March 1.

Samraat launched this year’s Run for the Roses with a determined victory in the G3 Withers Stakes at Aqueduct on February 1. He was coming off a 16 length romp in the Damon Runyon Stakes in December.

His older half-sister Screen Legend was a juvenile winner over 1600m in USA. The Tiznow mare was also G3 placed in the Lassie Stakes at Arlington.

Blue Gum’s Lonhro colt was her first foal after arriving in Australia in February 2011.

Samraat (3c Noble Causeway — Little Indian Girl by Indian Charlie) is unbeaten in four starts after winning a duel with Uncle Sigh in the Withers Stakes. The pair separated themselves from the rest of the field by as much as seven lengths before Samraat got the upper hand to score by a length.

“Hats off to both horses. They ran a huge, huge race today,” trainer Rick Violette declared. “And I think they will show up later in the year.”

Violette had been training Samraat in Florida and flew the colt into New York three days before the Withers. “He can come back for the Gotham on March 1 or we might wait until the Wood Memorial on March 29. There are a lot of options leading into the Kentucky Derby.”

Samraat, who is a homebred for My Meadowview Farm owner Len Riggio, has earned 10 points on the qualifying leader-board for the Kentucky Derby on May 3.

Riggio bought his dam Little Indian Girl for $150,000 at the 2008 Keeneland November Sale. Besides Screen Legend and Samraat she has also foaled Japanese stakes performer Original Fate (Grand Slam). Blue Gum has a 21 strong consignment for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale including 6 second-crop yearlings by its resident sire Turffontein.

Turffontein (Johannesburg) was a Group 1 winner of the MVRC William Reid Stakes and MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes. The best of his babies seen out so far this season has been the Tony Vasil-trained filly Fontein Ruby. She was runner-up on debut at Caulfield on Boxing Day and holds a nomination for the LR Inglis Premier at Mornington on Wednesday, February 12.

Victorian bred juvenile Boys Day Out became the first winning graduate of the inaugural Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale at Canberra on Friday.

Boys Day Out (2g Domesday — Verkko by Flying Spur) made it a big day out for trainer Gratz Vella and connections on debut. He tracked tearaway leader Perizada (Shaft) and then strode clear for a comprehensive four length victory in the Aristocrat Hcp (1000m).

The winner was bred and sold by Tylden based Woodside Park for $15,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier II Sale in March 2013. He subsequently changed hands again for $38,000 when offered by Edmonds Racing (as agent) at the Inglis Ready 2 Race Sale in October 2013.

Boys Day Out is by Darley sire Domesday and his dam Verkko won a Mortlake maiden in 12 starts for erstwhile Woodside Park trainer Dale Sutton. Second dam Sybarite (Last Tycoon) is a half-sister to Champion South African filly Laisserfaire and the Australian stakes winning stallions Foreplay and Time Thief.

Verkko has a yearling filly by former Woodside stallion Econsul (NZ) who is now based at Darling View Thoroughbreds in Western Australia. The mare was served by Written Tycoon last year.

Woodside Park has 6 colts catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale in March.

 

Trainer Mark Kavanagh thrilled to see retired star return to the limelight at Relaxed Racing Media Launch.

After watching his former Group 1 winner Maldivian steal the show at today’s Relaxed Racing media launch at Caulfield, leading trainer Mark Kavanagh has described the satisfaction he gets from seeing his retired stars enjoying retirement.

Maldivian returned to Caulfield, the scene of his 2009 Group 1 C.F. Orr Stakes victory, arriving with Rugby League star Billy Slater in the saddle for the launch of Victorian racing’s exciting new marketing campaign, Relaxed Racing.

A winner of three Group 1 races and close to $3 million in prizemoney during a distinguished career on the track, 11-year-old Maldivian now spends his days overseeing the development of young horses at Kavanagh’s Gisborne property.

“This old horse is just a star,” Kavanagh said.

“He now resides at my Gisborne property as a yearling nanny and a bit of a babysitter.”

“Often with young horses it’s good to have an older horse in there to settle them down and he does a great job along with another old favourite of mine, Catapulted.”

Click here to watch highlights of today’s Relaxed Racing Media Launch.

Kavanagh said he took an active interest in the post-racing careers of his horses and praised programs like Racing Victoria’s Off The Track initiative that offer thoroughbreds the chance to showcase their talents in different disciplines.

“We make sure that, through Off The Track or other avenues, we find somewhere good for our horses to live,” Kavanagh said.

“They’ve done their best for us on the track so ensuring them a nice retirement is the least we can do.”

Another of Kavanagh’s former Stakes winners kicking goals since leaving his stable is Fusaichi Pegasus gelding Tipungwuti, now a highly promising eventer for young rider Andrew Heseltine.

The Flemington trainer said Tipungwuti has given him the indication that he would be suited to a multi-disciplined event career and said he wasn’t surprised that the horse is being touted as a future star.

“Tipungwuti was one of the most talented horses I’ve ever trained and he was an extremely nimble horse who deserved a really good home because I thought he would go that way (eventing) and be able to do that,” Kavanagh said.

“He’s on his way to being a top eventing horse and he is a champion in his current household.”

Story compliments of Racing Victoria/Off the Track

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The 2014 edition of the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale is just over a month away. The source of world champion Black Caviar, its first lot this year will parade at 12 Noon on Sunday, March 2.

Conceived, born, raised, sold, owned and trained in Victoria, Black Caviar received her most recent accolade last week when officially rated equal-top of the year-end 2013 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings released by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

“The total number of Australian-bred horses rated 115 or more by IFHA has increased 400% in the last ten years — underlining the tremendous growth in the Australian thoroughbred and its international reputation,” points out Inglis Melbourne Director Peter Heagney.

“Racing both here in Victoria and in many other states of Australia is a tremendous passion.

“Now is a great time to get involved in this exciting sport, with increases in prizemoney, incentive bonus schemes and the limit on the number of individual persons who may be registered as owners of a racehorse from ten to twenty making racehorse ownership more accessible and affordable.”

A total of 775 lots have been catalogued for the Melbourne Premier and 61% are Super VOBIS Qualified, just as Black Caviar was in 2008.

Black Caviar was offered as Lot 520 from the draft of Swettenham Stud (as agent for Gilgai Farm). The daughter of Bel Esprit was snapped up by trainer Peter Moody for $210,000.

With a median price of just $60,000, Melbourne Premier has an enviable record as the sales source of top level sprinters such as Black Caviar, Starspangledbanner, Weekend Hussler, Alinghi, Ortensia, Reward For Effort, Turffontein, Costa Viva, Rostova, Stepitup and Sacred Kingdom.

Inglis Melbourne is also growing an impressive record as a source of outstanding middle distance and staying type horses such as Fawkner, Polanski, Pinker Pinker, Arapaho Miss, Hollow Bullet, Escado and Igugu.

Over a ten year period the stakes winners-to-lots sold from Melbourne Premier has risen 44%.

All of Australasia’s leading sires are represented in the 2014 catalogue with yearlings that were carefully selected from almost 2,000 entries received for the sale.

“An improving genetic pool in Victoria and increased vendor support from other major states has enabled our bloodstock team to be increasingly selective on type and conformation for Melbourne Premier,” Heagney added.

Go to www.inglis.com.au for the online catalogue or download it on the Inglis Sales iPad App

Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from the Melbourne office on 03 9333 1422 or email catalogue@inglis.com.au

Another red-letter day for off the track thoroughbreds at the Royal Melbourne Horse Show.

The Australia Day long weekend saw another feature event on the Victorian show horse calendar, the 2014 RASV Royal Melbourne Horse Show, and with it came more success to retired racehorses.

A record number of retired racehorses lined up across the four days of the event and the results, particularly on Friday where thoroughbreds were celebrated as the feature breed, reflected the continuing dominance of off the track horses in the show ring.

Racing Victoria sponsored multiple thoroughbred classes on Friday with the signature Off The Track ring, only open to retired racehorses, taken out by Estambul gelding Hot Five.

The seven-year-old failed to fill a placing in eight starts on the track for Canberra trainer Jules De Smet but is proving a rising talent in the show ring after only a short retraining period.

“I’ve just taken over the ride on him and for a horse off the track he’s just amazing, he’s so quiet and taking it all in his stride,” rider Michelle Tuma Webb said.

“He’s only been going five months and he has probably done more classes this weekend than he has in his whole show career.”

Fairytale mare Pink I Am followed up her breakthrough success at the VAS Saddle Horse Championships earlier this month with a win in her thoroughbred mare class for teenage rider Abby Heffer.

Another mare, 12-year-old High Fashion, took out Champion Ridden Thoroughbred for Syenna Vasilopoilos while Zabeel gelding Ramsay Park Kaarma, a $260,000 Macedon Lodge yearling purchase, won Supreme Champion Led Thoroughbred for Katie Ramsay.

And while he couldn’t claim top honours for Inverleigh rider Fiona McIntyre, dual Group 1-winning gelding Sirmione hinted at a bright future in the show ring with encouraging performances in a number of classes.

McIntyre is now likely to set the former Bart Cummings-trained Australian Cup hero on a campaign that will culminate with a start in one of Australia’s most coveted show competitions, September’s Garryowen during the Royal Melbourne Show.

“I was absolutely thrilled with his performance out there, there was a lot of atmosphere in the arena and he went really well,” McIntyre said.

“I’m getting a lot of compliments and feedback, not only from judges, but anyone that sees him in competition and tells me how well he is looking.

“He’s still got a way to go, I’ve still got to get a lot more topline and weight on him because with the show horses we like big and fat but that will come with time.”

Story compliments of Racing Victoria/Off the Track

Gonski two year-old Duckworth earned a trip to Melbourne on the strength of an impressive victory at Morphettville on Saturday.

Duckworth (2g Gonski — Always Vain by Keltrice) is unbeaten after two starts in Adelaide. He was a first-up winner in October and resumed with another on-pace victory in the Meetings & Events Australia Plate (1000m).

“The Blue Diamond Prelude in a fortnight is an option,” trainer Jon O’Connor said. “Miracles of Life went across last year and we might see how this one lines up against the better youngsters.

“He’s a professional type and does everything right. I’ve got a lot of faith of him. There’s no frills — he’s just a natural racehorse.”

Duckworth failed to make a $10,000 reserve at the 2013 Adelaide Magic Millions. His dam Always Vain is an unraced half-sister to G3 HKJC Sha Tin Vase winner Always Flying (El Moxie).

Gonski (Danehill) is located at Bunyip-based Oxford Park Stud after starting his stud career at Darley. He had won a Rosehill juvenile by four lengths on debut and returned to win the LR Concept Sports Stakes at Flemington as a spring three year-old.

Oxford Park studmaster Michael Howard stands Gonski for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.

Friday’s nights victory in the Chandler Macleod VOBIS Gold Star (1500m) was just his second in town but he’s already earned over $400,000. “He had to do some work three wide but he’s tough,” winning jockey Brad Rawiller said. “I just wanted to keep in a rhythm with 60kg on his back.”

Trust In A Gust won the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat and the VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Caulfield before completing a hat-trick at Moonee Valley. “It’s a great scheme — the prizemoney and bonuses are terrific,” trainer Darren Weir said. “It’s an initiative that gives so much back to owners and that’s what it’s all about.”

The chestnut is also a pin-up for Swettenham and Greta West Studs.

Trust In A Gust (3c Keep The Faith — Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) was bred and sold by Swettenham owner Adam Sangster for $45,000 at the 2012 Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

Subtle Breeze’s yearling by Equiano made $120,000 at this month’s Gold Coast Magic Millions. The mare’s latest foal is a colt by Master Of Design.

His sire Keep The Faith was initially based at Swettenham and Sangster kept a stake in the son of Sunday Silence when he relocated to Greta West. Studmaster Laurie McCarthy stood him for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee last year.

Trust In A Gust holds a Group 1 nomination for the $500,000 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington on March 1.