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Equiano Flyer at Chantilly

Equiano filly Fly On The Night sprinted right away from her rivals with a front-running Group 3 victory in the Prix du Bois (1000m) at Chantilly on Monday.

The French result coincided with another Equiano double at Windsor’s evening meeting on Monday. The Swettenham Stud shuttler has sired no less than 7 individual winners in England over the last 10 days.

Fly On The Night (GB) arrived in Paris for a summer campaign after the latest disruption to racing in Italy. She was a debut winner in Rome on May 1 and then doubled up in the LR Premio Alessandro Perrone (1100m) on June 2.

“With the strike in Italy, we thought we would come here,” owner Pietro Sinistri said. “It’s a magnificent environment – even better now we have won. And I’ve already received proposals to purchase the filly.

“We will have to decide whether to keep her at Chantilly. Normally it would be a lot cooler than at home but I see you have a heatwave this week.”

The Italian visitor was never headed at Chantilly and she will take an unbeaten record into the G2 Prix Robert Papin (1100m) at Maisons Laffitte on July 26. Connections are confident she can go one better than Equiano colt Strath Burn who was runner-up in the 2014 Prix Robert Papin.

“That was the first time I’ve ridden her and that was very impressive,” jockey Umberto Rispoli said. “She lacks experience but was still relaxed when we increased the margin.”

Fly On The Night is out of Midnight M (Green Desert), a half-sister to G3 Ballyogan Stakes winner Miss Anabaa and the dam of LR Sweet Mimosa Stakes winner Minalisa.

In England, Equiano has put a space on his rivals at the top of the second-season winners’ table after Belvois Bay and Quite A Story scored at Windsor on Monday. Both fillies were facing the starter for just the second time.

They follow last week’s winners Son Of Africa (Newmarket), Ruffdiamond (Redcar), Free To Love (Bath) and the William Knight trained stablemates Lady Macapa and Solar Flair who pulled off an Equiano double at Newmarket on Saturday.

Equiano’s three year-olds have been the catalyst for his surge up the English second-season winners’ premiership. He has sired 22 individual winners in the first half of the year and has established a clear lead over Zebedee and Makfi on 17.

Swettenham Stud will stand Equiano (Fr) for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee this year.

Twickenham books ticket to Singapore Derby

Artie Schiller gelding Twickenham has booked his ticket to the G1 Singapore Derby (2000m) on July 12.

Doubts about Twickenham’s staying ability were well and truly vanquished when he won Sunday’s $100,000 Brisbane Racing Club Trophy (1800m) with a brave finish at Kranji. “We were looking for a strong run to justify entering him in the Derby,” trainer Stephen Gray said. “He ran very well today and, if he pulls up well, will be going to the Derby.”

Winning jockey Corey Brown was a little surprised by the way Twickenham found a second wind on the rails to ward off a strong challenge from OM (Darci Brahma).

“I pushed the button at the 300m mark and he really got going,” said Brown. “He started to fade after taking the lead and when OM snuck a head in front from the outside, he started fighting back. He has won both ways before, from the back as well as from a leading position but he’s better with a target.”

Twickenham (4g Artie Schiller – Lady Migaloo by General Nediym) cost $115,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions HIT Sale and he has won 5 times in 11 starts earning the equivalent of AUD 290,040 for owner Paul Hickman.

His older half-brother Black Ice (Mugharreb) won 9 races in Singapore and was Group 3 placed three times at Kranji.

Artie Schiller (El Prado) stands for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee at Emirates Park Victoria.

TBV news: Ashleigh moves on

Adam Tims (left) James O'Brien (centre) Ashleigh Mitchell (right)

Dear Members,

I take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Executive Officer, Ashleigh Mitchell, for her great contribution to Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria over the last two years.

As well as performing the regular functions required of the Executive Officer, Ash along with the support of the committee, has achieved some outstanding results:

•             Grown TBV’s sponsorship base
•             More than doubled TBV’s membership base
•             Redeveloped and launched TBV’s new look website
•             Developed TBV’s regular electronic newsletter
•             Organised and hosted TBV’s networking nights

On behalf of the TBV board I wish Ash all the best in her future endeavours.

James O’Brien
President, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria

Beautiful weekend for Canford Cliffs


A sensational weekend for Canford Cliffs continued on Sunday when his filly Most Beautiful won the G3 Grangecon Stud Stakes at the Curragh.

The Blue Gum shuttler had sired Painted Cliffs to a Group 2 victory in the Railway Stakes a day earlier at the Curragh.

Most Beautiful (2f Canford Cliffs – Saphira’s Fire by Cape Cross) was an impressive maiden winner at Navan beating Waterloo Bridge and he since went on to win the Norfolk Stakes at Royal Ascot.

“She’s always worked like a good filly,” trainer David Wachman said after watching her step into Group company.  “She’s big and is still a bit weak, you could see that in the last furlong.  She has a nice future.

Most Beautiful holds Group 1 entries for the Phoenix Stakes and Moyglare Stud Stakes.  “She’s well-entered up and will go further,” Wachman declared.  “The one thing is she likes goodish ground.”
Her dam won the LR Pretty Polly Stakes at Newmarket and she graduated from the 2014 Tattersalls October yearling sale for 120,000gns (AUD 160,550).

Blue Gum Farm is standing Canford Cliffs for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee in 2015.

Hurdy Gurdy Man retires to Moorookyle Park

Hurdy Gurdy Man wins the Hobart Cup

Group 3 Street Cry winner Hurdy Gurdy Man has been retired to Moorookyle Park in Victoria.

In a deal brokered by Gavelhouse, he has been purchased by Caviar Bloodstock to stand at Moorookyle Park which is located at Smeaton north of Ballarat.

Hurdy Gurdy Man won the 2014 Victorian Country Racehorse of the Year award and, in a career spanning 37 starts, retired with earnings over $452,500.  He won a Hobart Cup, Woodend Cup, Hamilton Cup and Murtoa Cup and was also placed in the Ballarat and Werribee Cups.

The 2013 Hobart Cup credited Darley champion Street Cry with his 61st stakes winner.  Hurdy Gurdy Man settled on the fence but lost all momentum when badly checked searching for a gap.  He managed to get going again and chased down the leaders to win with ease.

“He had a lovely run but there was a scrimmage on the home turn,” jockey Glen Boss reported.  “He was able to come through it and I always felt there was a lot of horse underneath me.”

Hurdy Gurdy Man was trained by Darren Weir for breeders Ed and Robyn Shakespeare.  His dam Abalone (Bluebird) has a 100% record from four foals to race and her half-brother Perfect Paradise was a crack two year-old winning the LR Sir Edward Williams Stakes and going down a head in the G1 T J Smith Classic at Eagle Farm.

Another close relation Straight Clip won the 1995 NZ Magic Millions 2YO Classic and returned later that year to claim the LR Wanganui Guineas.

Champion Darley sire Street Cry, who was euthanized aged 16 last year, had been a cornerstone of Sheikh Mohammed’s racing and breeding operations since a Group 1 triumph in the 2002 Dubai World Cup.  He reigned at Darley’s Jonabell Farm in Kentucky and had been a headline stallion with champions the calibre of Zenyatta and Street Sense.

He made a similar impact in Australia siring G1 Caulfield Guineas winners in Long John and Whobegotyou and Melbourne Cup winner Shocking.  His legacy as a sire of sires is already well established with Street Sense, Street Boss and Per Incanto already siring Group 1 winners.

Moorookyle Park will stand Hurdy Gurdy Man for a $4,000 (plus gst) service fee alongside Ceccoci, Ustinov, Widden Valley and Rockaroundtheclock.  Stud manager Nioka Wozny can be contacted on 0427 456 385.

First stakes winner for Canford Cliffs


Blue Gum Farm stallion Canford Cliffs was represented by his first stakes winner when Painted Cliffs surprised in the G2 Railway Stakes (1200m) at the Curragh.

Earlier on Saturday, his daughter Bournemouth Belle was stakes placed in the LR Empress Stakes at Newmarket.

“I was very impressed with him,” jockey Ryan Moore said.  “I got him off the bridle and I was there too soon.  He’s a nice colt.”

Canford Cliffs (Tagula) was a top-class two-year-old winning the G2 Coventry Stakes by 6 lengths at Royal Ascot.  He landed the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Sussex Stakes at three and took his Group 1 tally to five in the Lockinge and Queen Anne Stakes at four.

He shuttles from Coolmore Ireland and his first two-year-old crop has so far yielded six individual winners.

Painted Cliffs (2c Canford Cliffs – Lulawin by Kyllachy) is from a half-sister to Excellent Art who was a beaten favourite in the 2006 Railway Stakes.  His dam is also a half-sister to Ascot Stakes winner Double Obsession and the family includes champions Chris Evert, Chief’s Crown and Winning Colors.

Trainer Aidan O’Brien was winning his 12th Railway Stakes with Painted Cliffs.  “We liked him before he ever ran but first-up he was very idle and babyish.  We put the blinkers on at Leopardstown and he won but I wasn’t sure if they helped him concentrate or that it was just a bad race.”

Rathbarry Stud bought Painted Cliffs at the 2013 Tattersalls Foal Sale for 100,000gns (AUD 181,575) and resold him to MV Magnier for 200,000 euros (AUD 287,955) at the 2014 Goffs Orby Yearling Sale.

Blue Gum Farm is standing Canford Cliffs for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee in 2015.

Straight-shooter Wanted at Flemington


Wanted sprinter Rough Justice has inherited his sire’s affinity with Flemington’s famous straight course to win Heat 5 of the Creswick Stakes Series (1100m).

Rough Justice had been runner-up at Flemington a fortnight ago and looked a winner in transit on Saturday.

“It was a challenge with 58.5kg but he always had the race in hand,” co-trainer Mat Ellerton said.  “He was strong through the line and will now step up to 1200 metres.”

Ellerton was referring to the LR Creswick Stakes Final (1200m) at Flemington on July 11.  Wanted’s first black-type winner arrived with Dead Or Alive in the LR Oaklands Plate (1600m) at Morphettville last month.

Rough Justice (3g Wanted – Hard Rider by Maroof) is a half-brother to stakes winners Utah Saints (God’s Own), Big Chill (Artie Schiller) and Hard Stride (Hard Spun).  A Contract Racing homebred, he is raced by David and Jenny Moodie in partnership with Nick and Gayle Psaltis.

Wanted (Fastnet Rock) retired to Eliza Park International after winning the G1 Newmarket Hcp (1200m) at Flemington.  He had been runner-up to Black Caviar first-up at headquarters in the G2 Danehill Stakes and added Group 1 placings down the straight in the Lightning Stakes and Patinack Classic before booking a stud career in the Newmarket.

Eliza Park International will stand Wanted for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee this year.

EPI was in the frame with an interstate double as vendors on Saturday.  Lonrockstar (Lonhro), a $75,000 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier graduate, claimed the Takeover Target Tribute at Flemington and Trueno (Written Tycoon), who made $22,500 at the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions, won at Morphettville.

Bundle bids for Palmerston Sprint


Gold Bundle has struck form since transferring to Darwin and he will be set for the Top End’s premier sprint after a convincing victory in the ROANT Cup (1300m).

The son of Keep The Faith was placed first-up at Fannie Bay in the QBE Cup a fortnight ago before winning a duel with front-runner To The Line on Saturday.

“The ride was the difference between winning and losing,” trainer Malcolm Carson said.  “Mel (Tyndall) handled him brilliantly to get the 1300 metres.”

Gold Bundle (7g Keep The Faith – Thanks A Bundle by Danewin) will have one more lead-up before the $135,000 Palmerston Sprint on August 1.  He has won 9 races and over $233,100 since a Morphettville maiden in November 2010.

The gelding began his career in Victoria Harbour with Paul and Sue Seater who bred him in partnership with Gary Martin’s Marant Group.  He’s a younger half-brother to their LR Zeditave Stakes winner Bundle O’ Gold.

Second-dam Bundle Of Thanks (County) was a Listed winner of the 1990 Widden Stakes at Randwick and she foaled 9 winners at stud.

Keep The Faith stands at Greta West Stud and has sired 56 winners of 84 races for earnings of $1.96 million this season.  He is available at a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Spendthrift meet-and-greet Rewarding


The Spendthrift Farm team was kept busy during the Great Southern Sale taking bookings to its four foundation stallions.

Australian general manager Garry Cuddy along with farm managers Rick & Christie Woodard and Spendthrift’s Kentucky based Brian Lyle were at Oaklands Junctions to meet-and-greet breeders from Sunday through Wednesday.

“The response from everyone was positive,” Cuddy said.  “We’re not far away from closing Warrior’s Reward on the Share the Upside program.”

Warrior’s Reward (pictured) is a son of boom sire Medaglia d’Oro and he cracked a stakes winning double in the USA earlier this month with Requite and Warriorscmoutoplay.

The Steve Asmussen trained Show Bound is another colt with a black-type future.  He was placed on a turf debut at Belmont Park and connections then stepped him up to the G3 Bashford Manor Stakes at Churchill Downs.

Warrior’s Reward is a Top 6 stallion on the North American second-season premiership this year with 25 individual winners of $1.32 million.  His stock are in demand and one of his fillies made $170,000 at the Ocala 2YO Sale last Thursday.

The Ocala Sale also featured a colt by Spendthrift stallion Into Mischief that was second on the Florida leader-board at $575,000.

Into Mischief is a half-brother to two-time Eclipse champion Beholder who is raced by Spendthrift owner B Wayne Hughes.  The Henny Hughes mare is in training for a third Breeders’ Cup victory at Santa Anita in October.

Spendthrift will also stand its champion sire Malibu Moon to southern hemisphere time for a $25,000 fee this year.

“We were considering sending Malibu Moon down to Australia,” Lyle said.  “But he’s 18 now and it’s probably a bit late to start shuttling him.”

Spendthrift Australia will stand four stallions on its inaugural roster – Warrior’s Reward (Medaglia d’Oro), Hampton Court (Redoute’s Choice), Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor), and Can the Man (Into Mischief).

Equiano Sons growing in stature


Equiano (Fr) has kept pace alongside Europe’s leading young sires with a winning treble in England this week.

He heads a log-jam at the top of the British second-season winners table with 17 individual winners.  Fellow shuttlers Zebedee, Makfi and Showcasing are right behind him on 16.

Equiano’s three year-olds continue to grow in stature this season – Son Of Africa (Newmarket) and Sydney Ruffdiamond (Redcar) both won again on Saturday and Free To Love (Bath) made all the pace to break her maiden by two lengths on Wednesday.

Trainer Henry Candy labelled Son Of Africa (pictured) a progressive sort late last year after buying him for 52,000 pounds (AUD 93,505) at the Ascot 2YO Sale in April.  Equiano has upgraded the bottom of his pedigree which includes hurdle winners in England and flat winners on the Continent.

Australian trainers with his two year-olds kept bidding with confidence at the yearling sales this year knowing what’s under the bonnet back home and what’s been happening in Europe.

“He had 12 at the Melbourne Premier and only one was passed-in,” Swettenham’s Sam McMillan said.  “They averaged over $65,000 and breeders are booking back to Equiano on the strength of all those leads.”

Equiano will shuttle to Swettenham Stud for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee this year.

Inglis Great Southern turnover increases 72%

The Inglis Great Southern Sale rounded off four days of excellent results at Oaklands Junction with a 72% overall rise in turnover to $8.53 million.

“It was very satisfying to finish the sales season on such a buoyant note,” Inglis Victorian director Peter Heagney said.  “From the weanlings and broodmares right through to the racing stock, there was good competition and the sale finished with excellent results in all sections.”

The top priced weanling was a $300,000 Exceed And Excel – Common Smytzer colt from Makybe.  The full-brother to Group 3 winner Exceedingly Good was secured by Victoria’s Ampulla Lodge in partnership with New Zealand’s Ascot Farm.  “He is the best foal we’ve seen all year,” Ampulla Lodge’s Steve Jostlear declared.  “I’ve looked at every colt in every sale and he is the best by a long way.   I gave him a carrot and he ate it, you know that’s the one when they eat the carrot!”

Redoute’s Choice winner Illusional topped the Broodmare Sale when purchased by Flemington trainer John Salanitri for $160,000 from Phoenix Broodmare Farm.  The 13 year-old mare has foaled the Group 2 winners Chase The Rainbow (Dash For Cash) and Ms Funovits (Reset).

Lamiraqui (Choisir) and Streetcar Stella (Blevic) were next best on the leader-board at $125,000.  “Overall, there was good competition on the better quality mares,” Heagney said.  “But the sale also highlighted the widening gap between commercial and non-commercial mares.”

The Yearling and Racehorse Session on was topped by Royal Standing at $105,000 from Contract Racing. The three year-old son of Stratum was last seen in the G1 Victoria Derby and was purchased by one of his part-owners to dissolve the syndicate.

One more for Brazen Beau


Australia’s Diamond Jubilee Stakes runner-up Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) will have a second crack at a major UK sprint, but not for the 38 owners who have raced him throughout his career so far.

Trainer Chris Waller confirmed on Sunday that the Group 1 Darley July Cup (1200m) at Newmarket next month is on Brazen Beau’s agenda.

The three-year-old beat the best sprinters of Europe and Britain in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) at Royal Ascot on Saturday, only to be touched off by the American runner Undrafted – vision below.

“At the moment the intention is to run in the July Cup but it will take a few days to see how the horse has come through the run,” Waller said.”He seems fine but it was an 18-hour day for him from the time he left the stable and came home again after a tough run.”

Brazen Beau (yellow silks) has returned to Newmarket to the Godolphin Stable of Sheikh Mohammed Al Maktoum who bought the horse for $10 million last spring and leased him back to his original owners for the Royal Ascot race.

He will return to Australia for the breeding season where he will stand at Darley’s Northwood Park Stud in Victoria.

While the colt’s ownership has changed, Waller will remain involved in his preparation for the July Cup.

Waller leaves England today and will return before the race which is run on July 11.

“I’ll go back to England when I’m needed … probably a few days before the race,” he said.

Waller meanwhile dismissed suggestions of a tactical blunder in the Diamond Jubilee in which Brazen Beau raced alone on the grandstand side of the track on ground that jockey Craig Williams believed to be the best available given his draw in the outside barrier.

“We wouldn’t do anything differently,” Waller said.”Craig walked the track and that was where the best ground was.“It’s a shame something else didn’t go with us and the American horse just got to us. It was still a great effort and Brazen Beau did us proud.”

Brazen Beau, who started favourite, reached the lead with around 200m to run but couldn’t withstand the finish of Undrafted, who raced in the centre of the track, going down by a half-length. The third horse was a further 1-1/2 lengths away.

While the Ascot 1200m appeared to fully test Brazen Beau, the same trip at Newmarket is no less severe with a steep incline over the final 250m.

Australian-bred Brazen Beau finishes a narrow second in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee

Americain flies the flag at Swettenham Stud


Swettenham Stud mare Northeast Note was in the spotlight at Cranbourne and Oaklands Junction on Sunday.

Her Kaphero filly Northkape won the $130,000 Inglis VOBIS Gold Plate (1000m) first-up for a large syndicate put together by trainer Robbie Griffiths.

The speedy filly crossed the line two lengths clear at exactly the same time that an Americain – Northeast Note foal at the Inglis Great Southern Sale.  Swettenham owner Adam Sangster and Americain’s part-owner Gerry Ryan received $85,000 for the colt at Oaklands Junction.

Griffiths targeted the lucrative VOBIS Gold Plate feature with Northkape and she played her part to perfection.  The debutante went straight to the front and kicked clear in the straight to score comfortably.

“There’s a big team here and they’re very excited,” stable representative Jade Matthews said.  “Most of these guys are in it just for fun, not the money, but these VOBIS incentives are fantastic.

“She’s done the job in her trials at home,” Matthews revealed.  “We didn’t quite expect her to be that strong on raceday but she’s always been very professional.”

The Americain – Northeast Note youngster made the Top 5 colts’ leader-board on Day 1 of the Great Southern Sale.  He was purchased by successful pin-hooker Steve Jostlear who operates Ampulla Lodge in West Gippsland.

Northeast Note (Stravinsky) is an unraced half-sister to LR Victorian St Leger winner Berlioz and hails from the famed Eight Carat family.  She is due to deliver another Americain foal in October.

Americain (USA) has covered 288 mares in his first two books at Swettenham Stud.  He will be back at the Nagambie nursery in August after serving his first European mares at the Irish National Stud.

Swettenham will stand him for an unchanged service fee of $13,750 (inc gst) this year.

Hoofnote:  Americain’s colt out of Apologies (Giant’s Causeway) sold for $60,000 when offered by Burnewang North Pastoral at the Great Southern Foal Sale on Monday morning.

Valentine’s Day at Seymour


Valentine’s Reward hit punters for six when she led home a long-shot trifecta in the Only A Little Bit Over Maiden (1200m) at Seymour on Thursday.

The Reward For Effort filly won on debut just a stone’s throw from where her sire stands at Chatswood Stud.  Sent off a $26 outsider, she sat on the pace to score by three-quarters of a length from Skywishes ($61) and Triple Effort ($21).

Reward For Effort is a Top 5 Australian freshman this season and he leads the Victorian premiership with 6 first-crop winners for earnings of $360,670.  Next best is Stryker with 5 winners of $207,500.

The G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner was also represented by South African winning filly Tender Mist at Turffontein in April.

Valentine’s Reward (2f Reward For Effort – Valentine’s Gift by Ifrad) banked a Super VOBIS incentive first-up for her owners Peter Burdon, Valerie Grubb, Chris Hoffmann, Allan Jenes, Craig Mackie, Don Pegler, Greg Peters and John Quadrino.

She was a $55,000 buy for trainer Byron Cozamanis out of the Chatswood consignment at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and is a younger half-sister to Victorian stakes winners Tszyu (Encosta de Lago) and Grand Duels (Marechal).

There are 5 Reward For Effort foals catalogued for Inglis Great Southern Sale on Sunday and Monday.  His filly from Messalina (Lot 89) is first to parade at Oaklands Junction – she is from a half-sister to Red Hannigan (G2 Pago Pago Stakes) and Vital Agreement (LR Gosford Guineas).

Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel) will stand for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee at Chatswood Stud this year.

Top-shelf win by Alcohol


Adelaide raider Alcohol returned to the scene of his first win for a feature victory in the Travis Harrison Cup (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The Bianconi gelding had won his maiden in a $100,000 Super VOBIS event at Moonee Valley in December 2011 and he also scored at Flemington on a subsequent trip to Melbourne.  “He’s a talented horse but strained a tendon as a four year-old,” trainer Richard Jolly said.  “He only raced twice in 18 months and was given plenty of time to recover.”

Alcohol (7g Bianconi – Tendue by General Nediym) has only been out of a place once in 8 starts this season.  He cost $25,000 from Lauriston Thoroughbreds at the 2010 Adelaide Magic Millions and has earned $323,630 for a syndicate from Penfolds Wines.

His younger brother Alcobro has won three races and was stakes placed in the LR Nitschke Stakes (1400m) at Morphettville on Anzac Day.

Bianconi also has Hadda Couple going extra well for rookie trainer Jeremy Kenny.  He completed a running double at Donald and Morphettville in May and has been nominated for Morphettville again this Saturday.

Ridgeview Park will stand Bianconi for a $5,500 (inc gst) this year and studmaster Phil Sloane can be contacted on (03) 5433 6306 or 0488 525063.

Artie Schiller fee reduced at Emirates Park


Artie Schiller (USA) will stand at Emirates Park Victoria for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee this year.

The 14 year-old son of El Prado had been priced at $22,000 for the last three years.  El Prado is also the sire of Medaglia D’Oro who sired this year’s Golden Slipper winner Vancouver.

Artie Schiller’s Group 3 winners this season include Vain Queen (VRC Mumm Stakes), Daytona Grey (SAJC RN Irwin Stakes), I Love It (TRC Bow Mistress Stakes) and Laser Hawk (NJC Newmarket Hcp).

Contract Racing homebred El Greco opened Artie Schiller’s two year-old account in town this season with a three-length victory at Flemington last Saturday.

Mulaazem (Dubai Destination) is priced at $7,700 (inc gst) for his third season in Victoria.  He is a half-brother to Sepoy and was a Group 2 winner of the MRC Autumn Stakes at Caulfield before injury forced his premature retirement after just a handful of starts.

It’s one of the most tried and tested female families in the Australian Stud Book.  His other close relations include Group 1 winners Guelph, Camarilla, Camarena, Canny Lass and Canny Lad.

Dark Cove to stand at Sutket Farm


Medaglio d’Oro stallion Dark Cove (USA) has been signed to stand at Sutket Farm in Victoria.

For a $9,900 (inc gst) service fee, he will be based alongside Greenwood Lake (USA) and Ice Point (Arg) on the Bellarine Peninsula reports Brian Russell Media Service.

As a six year-old in 2013, Dark Cove won three stakes races over 2400 metres – G2 Elkhorn Stakes at Keeneland, G3 Louisville Hcp at Churchill Downs and G3 Stars & Stripes Hcp at Arlington.

Dark Cove (Medaglio d’Oro – Crystal Cove by Kris S) won the Stars & Stripes in a record 2.27.39s for owner Ken Ramsey who stands champion sire Kitten’s Joy in Kentucky.

Kitten’s Joy and Medaglio d’Oro are both by Sadler’s Wells sire El Prado.

Dark Cove was bred by Stonewall Farm and changed hands several times before bowing out after 25 starts.  He made $120,000 as a foal and $155,000 as a yearling at Keeneland Sales but was claimed by clients of trainer Nick Zito for just $16,000 after his third start.

Ramsay claimed him for $50,000 in April 2012.

Dark Cove comes from the family of North American Group 3 winners Better Now, River Squall, Heavenly Landing and former Blue Gum Farm stallion Churchill Downs.

Stallions based at Sutket Farm in recent years include Town Of Dragon (Redoute’s Choice), Beaufort Scale (Storm Cat), Furio (Testa Rossa) and Lord Jim (Lode).

Great Southern Sale supplemented by 101 Lots


The extended four-day format of the Inglis Great Southern Sale has encouraged an influx of 101 supplementary entries, taking the total number of Lots to 825.

Selling starts at 10.30am this Sunday, June 21 at Oaklands.

Miss Carefree (Lot 740) highlights the supplementary catalogue which includes an additional 15 weanlings, 23 broodmares and 63 racing stock.

Mares will be offered in foal to some of the country’s most exciting young stallions including I Am Invincible, Foxwedge, Zoustar, Starspangledbanner, Medaglia d’Oro, Helmet, Equiano, Fiorente, and Bullet Train.

Since the catalogue went to print, there have been some noteworthy pedigree updates, including that of Lot 304, a smart colt by Nicconi from Burnewang North Pastoral.  His half-sister Remunerator won on debut at Gosford last month.

Burnewang will offer another 22 weanlings by sires including Snitzel, All Too Hard, So You Think, Hinchinbrook, Choisir and Not A Single Doubt, along with 16 broodmares in foal to quality stallions Helmet, Artie Schiller, Shamus Award, Americain, Stryker and Kaphero.

Other pedigree updates include:

Leica Forward (Lot 427) – From the family of Nothin’ Leica Dane and in foal to Star Witness, her first foal Spur Fortune, a two-year-old won his last start at Ipswich.

Not Fuhr Nothin (Lot 468) – From the family of recent Group 2 BRC Queensland Guineas runner-up Bachman.

Romance Writer (Lot 501) – Half-sister to Imperial Lass which ran third in last month’s Group 1 BRC Queensland Oaks.

Sweeping Plains (Lot 539) – From the family of Snitzel and recent Group 3 BRC Grand Prix Stakes runner-up Redoutable Heart, and in foal to Domesday.

Any Dane Now (Lot 574) – Half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Boban and in foal to Fiorente, and dam of three-year-old Sure Peace which has since won in Hong Kong.

Shysta (Lot 691) – From the family of last month’s Group 1 Scottsville Allan Robertson Championship winner and South African Champion 2YO Filly Entisaar.

Diamond Jubilee Stakes confirmed for Brazen Beau


Australia’s star three-year-old sprinter Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) will have Saturday’sGroup 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) as his sole target at Royal Ascot.

Syndicate manager Grant Morgan said consideration had been given to running in both theGroup 1 King’s Stand Stakes (1000m) tomorrow, but for a combination of reasons, the colt will have only one run, which may be his last before he joins the Darley stallion roster.

Morgan said he and trainer Chris Waller had taken into account the weather and the chance that a run in the King’s Stand Stakes might flatten the colt.

“The King’s Stand was a strong possibility during the planning stages but as Brazen Beau (pictured) has continued to tick every box during the preparation the Diamond Jubilee has swung back into favour.”

The forecast is for fine weather at Ascot for the whole week and Waller is happier to run in the longer race if the track is dry.

“He has an outstanding record up the straight and he has been strong through the line in both his Group 1 wins,” Morgan said.

Brazen Beau, who will be bidding to give Waller his 15th Group 1 win for the season, has also been placed at 1600m as a two-year-old which should equip him well for the extremely stiff 1200m at Ascot.

Brazen Beau worked over 800m at Newmarket on Saturday, dashing up the final 200m.

“He quickened up beautifully,” Waller said. “It got his breathing going and stimulated his blood ahead of the race.

“He’s moving great and he pulled up well.”

Among Brazen Beau’s opponents in the Diamond Jubilee will be Group 1 Australian Guineas winner Wandjina (Snitzel) who pleased Gai Waterhouse with his work on the Side Hill gallop at Newmarket on Sunday morning.

The absence of Brazen Beau leaves Shamal Wind (Dubawi) (pictured right) to represent Australia against 18 opponents in what will be the second race on the day-one card.

The Royal meeting opens with Australia’s, Hong Kong’s and the world’s No.2-ranked galloper Able Friend (pictured below) taking on French runner Solow in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m).

Trainer John Moore couldn’t be happier with the son of Shamardal who has relished the open spaces at Newmarket after spending most of his life in the closer confines of Hong Kong.

“I’m delighted with what I’m seeing, he looks a picture of health,” Moore said.

“He’s been the best traveller, he’s eaten up, he’s drunk up, he’s enjoyed the gallops, he has his pick of grass for an afternoon, so what more could you ask leading into the race.

“It’s been problem-free. All in all I’m very excited about what I’ve seen…bring on Ascot.”

Ascot management report that watering continued on Saturday after forecast storms missed the track on Friday. A good-to-firm surface is expected for most of the five-day meeting.

The Queen Anne Stakes will be televised at AEST 11.30pm Tuesday 16 June evening, with the King’s Stand Stakes at AEST 12.40am (Wednesday 17 June morning).

Australian-bred Brazen Beau captured working in preparation for his Royal Ascot run.

Lucas Cranach foals at Great Southern Sale

Lucas Cranach at the 2011 Emirates Melbourne Cup

Bullarook Park will offer the first foals by Lucas Cranach at the Inglis Great Southern Sale this Sunday & Monday.

Avenel studmaster Malcolm Boyd has catalogued 4 colts and 3 fillies by the German-bred star who was a Group 2 winner in his homeland and Australia.

“He had 104 mares in his first book and another 96 last year,” Boyd said.  “His foals coming down to Oaklands are outstanding – they’re all similar types – I can’t fault them.”

Lucas Cranach (Ger) was purchased to race out here by Australian Bloodstock and he won the G2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield and finished third in Dunaden’s G1 Melbourne Cup.

“With the outcross Lucas Cranach offers breeders, plus his explosive turn of foot, he will produce some quality products,” Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell said.  “His versatility also gives him a genuine chance of becoming a successful stallion.”

Lucas Cranach is by Sheikh Mohammed’s Group 1 sire Mamool from Lots Of Love (Java Gold) who was a stakes winner over 1600m in Germany

His foals at the Great Southern Sale kick off with the filly from Fine Arts (Quest For Fame).  Catalogued as Lot 17, she’s related to Press Report who was Group 2 placed behind Mossfun in last year’s Silver Slipper Stakes.

“I’m sure the numbers to Lucas Cranach will keep coming in once people inspect his foals at Oaklands,” Boyd said.  “Our clients book in again after seeing his babies.”

Lucas Cranach will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee in 2015 and broodmare owners can contact Boyd on 0407 342 291.