Hong Kong galloper Rad is the 4th stakes winner by Foreplay after a brilliant victory in the G3 Bauhinia Sprint (1000m) on Tuesday.

The David Hall trained gelding took the lead down the straight-course at Sha Tin and ran out a convincing winner clocking 55.78s.  “It’s great to have a horse with so much potential back in form,” Hall said after the first-up victory.  “There was a bit of a boom on him early on but we were behind the eight-ball before he bounced back tonight.”

Rad (5g Foreplay – Homegrown by Snippets) was unbeaten after three starts in Hong Kong before pulling up with muscle soreness and heart strain after two unplaced runs late last year.  “We just wanted to get him back so I haven’t made any future plans,” Hall added.  “It’s just a relief to see him beat a quality field and run time.”

Foreplay’s latest stakes winner is from Homegrown (Snippets) who won 5 races for the late Max Lees and his wife Vicki.  He is a younger half-brother to minor winners Giles (Magic Albert) and Pink Blooms (Honours List).

Rad was retained to race by the Lees family and won his first two starts at Port Macquarie and Hawkesbury before shipping off-shore in December 2012.

“It’s nice to have him back,” winning jockey Douglas Whyte said.  “It wasn’t easy to get down to 117 pounds (53kg) but the win made it worthwhile.  He led them pretty easily and when they tried to head him off, he was having none of it.”

Foreplay (Danehill) is based at Woodside Park in Victoria and stood for a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee last year.

Victorian property Yallambee Stud has been purchased by Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes.

The Romsey operation will now be known as Spendthrift Australia and the venture will include breeding, racing, stallions, and buying & selling in the local sales market.

Spendthrift has ramped up its Australian involvement in recent years and spent $550,000 on a Northern Meteor colt and More Than Ready filly during the opening session of the Inglis Easter yearling sale on Tuesday.

It also purchased a Sepoy – Sister Madly colt for $1.20 million at the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January.

“Joining the Australian thoroughbred community, with its great horsemen and long-standing traditions, is one of the most exciting things we’ve ever done and it’s something we’ve aspired to do for a long time,” said Hughes.

“Spendthrift has always taken a real partnership approach with our breeders in the United States and will look to do the same thing in Australia.”

Spendthrift Farm has appointed Garry Cuddy to head Spendthrift Australia.  “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and our programs will be great for the Australian industry,” said Cuddy.  “We have plans to stand stallions in 2015 and will announce our roster in the near future.

“We are delighted to announce that Rick and Christie Woodard have agreed to stay on and manage the farm.  They bring a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience with them, which is great for Spendthrift.”

Hughes, 81, founded Public Storage in 1972 and parlayed a $50,000 investment into a fortune estimated at $1.95 billion.  He purchased Spendthrift in 2004 and has returned the historic stud to it glory years when it was home to Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed.

Champion sire Malibu Moon (A P Indy) heads Spendthrift Farm’s Kentucky roster of 19 stallions.  There are also regional farms with stallions based in Canada, Louisiana, Maryland and New York.

Toorak Toff’s sole colt catalogued for the Inglis Easter yearling sale made $300,000 when Australia’s premier auction commenced on Tuesday morning.

Parading as Lot 16, the Toorak Toff colt was offered by Rosemont Stud (as agent) and attracted a string of international admirers at Stable 1.  The $300k price-tag is a sale-high for Toorak Toff who stood for $16,500 (inc gst) at Rosemont in 2014.

His VOBIS nominated colt is a half-brother to South African Group 1 winning filly Alboran Sea and was bought by a Hong Kong client of Inglis.

Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen was already on a high after watching Volkstok’n’barrell carry his colours to a courageous third in the G1 Australia Derby at Randwick.

Victorian trainer Peter Moody was busy with three buys earlier in the first session of the Easter Sale.  Top-priced was the Redoute’s Choice – Nureyev’s Girl colt for $300,000.  He is a younger brother to G1 NZ 1000 Guineas winner King’s Rose.

John Sadler entered the fray with $200,000 for a Sepoy filly from Caulfield Group 3 winner Miss Maren.

Eliza Park International’s Sun Bloodstock paid $380,000 for a More Than Ready – November Flight colt.  His older brother Ashokan won the G1 Skyline Stakes and was placed later that year in the G1 Golden Rose.

Bel Esprit broke through the 100 individual winners milestone over Easter and he capped the long weekend with a double at Sandown on Monday.

The Eliza Park International champion sired Belcrest Lady and Lord Esprit to win on the Lakeside circuit and they improved his current-season figures to 103 individual winners of 156 races.

Belcrest Lady was the second Easter winner by Bel Esprit for Geelong trainer Heath Connors – he also prepared Bel Rhythm to a narrow victory in the Jack Elliott Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Connors bought Bel Rhythm for just $13,000 at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale.  He was offered by Erinvale Thoroughbreds and Saturday’s victory improved his record to 7 wins and $162,915.

Winning jockey Noel Callow said Bel Rhythm deserved plenty of credit.  “I got flushed out early and he was a sitting duck in the straight.  I nursed him as long as I could and he stuck his head out right on the line.”

Bel Esprit ($3.89 million) trails Reset ($4.28 million) on the Victorian sires’ premiership and that’s well within reach with four months of the season remaining.  He also dodged a bullet at Randwick on Monday when Reset gelding Hauraki was beaten a half-length in the G1 Australian Derby.  The margin meant a difference of $900,000 in prizemoney.

Rangal Park stallion Danerich sired his 6th stakes winner at Oakbank on Saturday and he went within a nose of notching a Group 1 first at Randwick on Monday.

Promising mare Streetcar Isabelle continued David Jolly’s domination of the LR Oakbank Stakes (1100m) with a front-running three-length victory over the favourite Riziz.  The Goolwa trainer has now prepared 5 of the last 8 winners of the feature sprint.

“It’s tough race but I’ve won it a couple of times with horses on the minimum on their way through to open class,” Jolly said.  “I was happy with the way she trialled on Tuesday and she handles the downhill tracks alright.”

Streetcar Isabelle (4m Danerich – Stellar Fille by Filante) was bred by Caithness Farm’s Sean Dingwall and is a half-sister to four “Streetcar” winners including G3 McKay Stakes winner Streetcar Magic (Blevic).

Danerich sprinter Lord Of The Sky looked home in the G1 T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Easter Monday but was collared right on the line by Chautauqua.  “I couldn’t believe how well he was travelling up the rise,” jockey Damien Oliver said.  “It was super run and it took a quality horse to beat him.”

Lord Of The Sky is the chief earner for his sire and the best of his 5 wins has been at Group 3 level in the 2014 Monash Stakes at Caulfield.  “I had a hunch he would handle heavy ground and it was almost a fairytale,” Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing lamented.  “When he broke clear I was saying ‘Go boy, go’ but he just got ambushed at the end.”

The Easter weekend results helped Danerich leapfrog Statue Of Liberty, God’s Own, Keep The Faith, Artie Schiller and Turffontein into the Top 10 on the Victorian premiership.  The Rangal Park resident has sired 38 winners of 61 races and $1.79 million in prizemoney.

Tribesman launched Equiano’s second northern crop with a blistering victory in the Scottish Brocklesby Stakes (1000m) on Good Friday.

Trainer David Brown declared his colt will head to G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot after an eye-catching display on debut at Musselburgh.  “I felt sure Tribesman would win before the race – he´s got some class.  He’s won even though he’s green and would be better suited to much faster ground.”

Tribesman was described by Sporting Life as an “exciting prospect” after he tracked even-money favourite First Bombardment and then quickened on soft ground to score by more than two lengths.  “He’s the first of my 32 two year-olds to run and will have another start before Royal Ascot,” Brown added.  “Something like the (LR) National Stakes at Sandown in May.”

Equiano (Fr) sired three stakes performers and 16 individual winners among his first English-bred two year-olds in 2014.  The Swettenham Stud shuttler is already off the mark in Australia and there are more winners in the wings with trainers like Chris Waller and Peter Moody.

Tribesman (2c Equiano – Millsini by Rossini) is owned by John Fretwell and cost 35,000 pounds (AUD 63,325) at last year’s Doncaster August yearling sale.  He’s from a half-sister to Mirza (Oasis Dream), a stakes winning sprinter in Ireland and France.

Equiano’s next Victorian bred yearlings going under the hammer will be available at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale.  Swettenham has catalogued two colts and a filly for Oaklands Junction on April 19 & 20.

Owners and trainers looking to unearth the next bargain-basement, black-type winner will flock to Oaklands Junction on 19 and 20 April for the popular Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

The exciting two-day sale has attracted 325 yearling lots and will be split into an all-Super VOBIS Select Session and a General Session.

With all 260 yearlings in the Select Session already paid up for Super VOBIS, buyers have the enticing option of paying a one-off $1100 nomination fee for its sister scheme, VOBIS Gold, before the 31 August deadline.

Collectively, Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold offer $19.4 million in restricted race prize money and bonuses to connections of nominated horses each racing season.

While the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale has been a happy hunting ground for a number of Victoria’s premier trainers and approved syndicate promoters including the likes of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Mick Price and Darren Weir, it is also hugely popular for trainers searching for a headline horse.

Shae Eden, Amy Johnston, Matt Laurie and Rebecca Waymouth were among the young, progressive Victorian trainers that targeted the Sale in 2014 where the average price ($12,542) and median price ($7500) across the 263 lots was suited to most budgets.

Waymouth, whose Boneo stable features VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale graduates Annah Haze, God’s Shadow and Kesha’s Spirit, said the Sale provided a high-quality, value-for-money option for owners and trainers.

“I find it to be Victoria’s best value sale, particularly with most of the yearlings already nominated for Super VOBIS and eligible for VOBIS Gold,” Waymouth said.

“There’s more incentive for the clients in my price bracket to get involved with a yearling from the Sale.

“You can pick up a quality horse at an affordable price and often you only need to win one race to recoup the costs, with the VOBIS bonuses going straight into owners’ pockets.

“Personally, I find you can buy more of a lifetime horse at the sale and something that will race beyond its three and four-year-old season if you’re willing to be patient at the start.”

A number of well-related youngsters are set to be offered in the Select Session of the 2015 VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, including Lot 168, a filly by star UK miler Canford Cliffs from Personal Ensign, the dam of glamour juvenile Fontiton.

Other well-bred yearlings include Lot 9, a Toorak Toff filly that’s a half-sister to former champion galloper Fashions Afield and Lot 46, A Master Of Design colt that’s a half-brother to consistent black-type sprinter Tesbury Jack.

This article was first published in the April edition of Inside Racing

Promising gallopers Sammy The Snake and Oncebittentwiceshy completed a winning double for Ridgeview Park sire Golden Snake at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.

Sammy The Snake was first cab off the rank for part-owner Sharnee Rose who welcomed him back to scale after the Mypunter Hcp (2400m).  Rose was there in her role as manager for trainers Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra who are in Sydney for the Inglis Easter Sale.

Jockey Damian Thornton set a decent early speed on Sammy The Snake before backing off the pace down Sandown’s long back straight, leaving plenty in reserve for a finishing run.  “It’s such a big thrill to win a city race with him,” Rose said.  “He’s just so honest and never runs a bad race.”

Sammy The Snake (4g ex Patsetorri by El Moxie) is a favourite with the Rose family – Sharnee, Dennis and Colleen – they also bred him and the Sandown win was his second this year following a Cranbourne win in January.

The Roses race him with Craig, Sue & Blair Keating, Jill Walsh and Len & Joan Murphy.  He’s the final foal of Patsetorri (El Moxie) and is a half-brother to their Ustinov winner Topkapi.

Sandown’s midweek meeting was no April Fool’s Day for the owners of Golden Snake three year-old Oncebittentwiceshy after his milestone victory in the William Hill Hcp (1300m)

The Mark Stephenson trained three year-old was the first city winner for apprentice Brandon Stockdale and owner-breeder Sharon Money.   “It means a lot to me – I’m very grateful to Mark for putting me on,” Stockdale said.  “It’s a fantastic feeling to get a win especially with my family here.”

Oncebittentwiceshy (3g ex Don’t Tell Grandma by Loup Sauvage) was coming off a Stony Creek win and he finished powerfully to score by a long-neck over Red Casino.  Money has retained his two year-old half-sister by Moorookyle Park sire Widden Valley.

Golden Snake is a four-time Group 1 classic winner by Danzig and has sired 136 individual winners world-wide at a 56% strike-rate.  There have been 10 stakes winners to date headed by G1 Railway Stakes winner Gilded Venom.

For more information about Golden Snake, contact Julie Nairn (LP Stallions) on 0402 901 910 or Phil Sloane (Ridgeview Park Stud) on 0488 525 063.

The service fee for exciting Blue Gum Farm stallion Turffontein has been set at $11,000 (inc gst) for 2015.

A multiple Group 1 winner himself, Turffontein is already siring multiple Group winners with just two crops of racing age.  In fact, his progeny have already won six stakes races in the current racing season!

In a year of successful young stallions like Medaglia d’Oro, I Am Invincible, Manhattan Rain, Nicconi and Denman, no second-season sire has more stakes wins than Turffontein and only Medaglia d’Oro has more individual stakes winners.

Turffontein’s first crop leader Fontein Ruby is as tough and as genuine as they come.  She won the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes and the G3 Autumn Classic in the spring and added the LR Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley last Friday night.

The Robert Smerdon trained filly has won 5 races from 1200 to 2000 metres for $880,370 in prizemoney and she’s right on target for the upcoming G1 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide.

Turffontein has only had four runners from his second crop and among them is the brilliant two year old Fontiton.  A dominant six length winner of the RL Inglis Banner on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley, she came back in the autumn to win the G3 Blue Diamond Preview followed by the G2 Blue Diamond Prelude.

Starting a short priced favourite in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes, the undefeated filly suffered heat stress and a joint injury so her effort to finish a fighting fifth was still first class.  She will be back as a spring three year-old bigger and better than ever.

Turffontein’s third crop yearlings this year have fetched up to $170,000 with two colts and a filly both realising over $100,000.  A $15,000 service fee represents terrific value in 2015.