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It’s arrived! First foal by Cup champ Fiorente

Racing legend and Australia’s most popular first season sire in 2014, Fiorente now has his first foal on the ground…and it didn’t take her long to get up and running!

“We’ve certainly been looking forward to seeing the first of his foals,” Eliza Park International’s Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay, pointed out.

“Fiorente was sought out by breeders from throughout Australasia when we announced he’d stand at Eliza Park International last spring and he ended up covering an outstanding book of 186 mares – this is just the first of the charge.

“This filly looks like a real chip off the block and burns around the paddock every chance she gets. Who said the Fiorentes wouldn’t run early?”

The filly is out of the Statue of Liberty mare Libertas and it won’t be long before she has plenty of playmates.

Fiorente is of course most famous for winning the Melbourne Cup and giving legendary trainer Gai Waterhouse her first victory in that race. Fiorente also won the Australian Cup over 2000m and the Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley over 1600m.

He was Timeform rated 125 and won more than $6.2 million in prizemoney during his illustrious career across both hemispeheres.

Fiorente (Ire) stands for a $17,600 (inc gst) fee this year. For further information, phone Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338.

Victoria’s Star Stallions To Go Under The Hammer

Broodmare owners have the chance to snap up a service fee to some of Australia’s best stallions at the 2015 Inglis Thoroughbred Sale held on 21 August at Oaklands.

Seven of Victorian’s best stud farms have generously donated 2015 nomination fees to their stallions to Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) and these will be up for auction at the sale.

The stallions on offer will be (with links to catalogue):

  • Hampton Court – Spendthrift Australia – Lot 68
  • Helmet – Darley – Lot 69
  • Puissance de Lune – Swettenham Stud – Lot 70
  • Statue of Liberty – Eliza Park International – Lot 71
  • Stryker – Three Bridges Thoroughbreds – Lot 72
  • Toorak Toff – Rosemont Stud – Lot 73
  • Written Tycoon – Woodside Park Stud – Lot 74

President of TBV, James O’Brien said the line up for the auction represented some of the best stallion talent in Victoria and Australia.

“There has simply been no better time to breed a horse in Victoria with the enormous growth of the VOBIS Gold and Super VOBIS schemes along with a $16.5 million Victorian prizemoney increase,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I expect there will be strong bidding on all seven stallions with some of them already facing a closed or very full book of mares for the upcoming season.”

“These seven stallions include those with black-type progeny such as Written Tycoon, Statue of Liberty and Stryker; those with their first runners in the upcoming racing season such as Toorak Toff and Helmet; and a selection of new sires including Puissance de Lune and Hampton Court.

“TBV is very thankful to each of the seven studs for donating a service fee from their stallions.

“Proceeds from last year’s stallion auction contributed enormously to TBV being able to upgrade its website and social media presence, increase its lobbying activities and undertake other tasks to promote Victorian bred thoroughbreds.

“A successful 2015 stallion auction will further increase TBV’s ability to be an effective advocate for Victorian breeders, widen our marketing presence and, ultimately, seek to increase the financial returns for our members.”

“TBV is also grateful to Inglis for hosting the stallion fee auction and generously agreeing to remove the normal sale commission. Inglis has been a long time supporter of Victorian breeders and we thank them for their significant assistance on this occasion,” Mr O’Brien said.

Full details of the sale can be found at the Inglis website.

VOBIS Gold hero Trust in a Gust almost ready for return

Trust In A Gust

Dual Group 1 star and Victorian bred star Trust In A Gust is expected to launch his spring campaign in the Group 3 Aurie’s Star Hcp (1200m) at Flemington on August 8.

The 2014 Super VOBIS Horse of the Year has been hampered by injuries since winning the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes – Group 1 Toorak Hcp double last October. In his only other start since the spring carnival, he was narrowly beaten in the VOBIS Gold Sprint at Caulfield in April.

A trip to Brisbane for the Group 1 Stradbroke Hcp was called off after he sustained minor lacerations when being loaded on the plane.

“He’s moving along nicely,” trainer Darren Weir said over the weekend. “Brad Rawiller galloped him at Ballarat on Saturday and said he’s in good order.

The rising five year-old stallion will resume in the Flemington feature and then head straight to the Group 1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on August 29. He will focus on weight-for-age races and there’s also the possibility of an international campaign this season.

Trust In A Gust (Keep The Faith) is a tremendous advertisement for the Victorian industry and, in particular, Swettenham Stud who bred and sold him for $45,000 at the 2012 Melbourne Premier yearling sale. He is scheduled to cover his first mares at Swettenham later in 2016.

Blue Gum’s Canford Cliffs odds-on for UK-Ireland freshman title

Blue Gum Farm (Euroa) based sire Canford Cliffs has firmed into an odds-on favourite for this year’s first-season winners’ premiership in UK-Ireland.

Blue Gum’s stallion Canford Cliffs has had a week of winners

Silhuette was his 16th individual winner in Europe this year when she scored first-up at Carlisle on Sunday. The Ann Duffield trained filly dwelt at the start but challenged the leaders at the furlong to defeat odds-on favourite Donjuan Triumphant (Dream Ahead) by a neck.

“She was a bit green but I liked her attitude,” Duffield said. “She wouldn’t let the other one beat her.”

Silhuette (2f Canford Cliffs – Lisfannon by Bahamian Bounty) is from a mare who retired a maiden after 7 starts and she cost 18,000 pounds at the 2014 Doncaster yearling sale. She holds an entry for the DBS Stakes at York on August 20.

She is the 7th winner in 8 days for Canford Cliffs who shuttles from Coolmore Ireland to Blue Gum Farm in Euroa.

Canford Cliffs won five Group 1 events during a star-studded racing career. His first Australian-bred crop are rising two year-olds and he will stand at Blue Gum Farm for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee in 2015. For further details, visit Blue Gum’s webpage.

First-season (Uk-Ireland) betting

  • 4-6 Canford Cliffs
  • 6-4 Zoffany
  • 6 Lilbourne Lad
  • 6 Dream Ahead
  • 16 Poet’s Voice

Volcanic victory maintains momentum for Magnus

Magnus' son Volcanic Ash has scored another metro for trainer Mick Price

Volcanic Ash has maintained the winning end-of-season run for Eliza Park International stallion Magnus.

The Mick Price trained three year-old improved his strike-rate to 4 wins in 7 starts with another convincing victory in the Greg Williams Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.  He has earned $184,950 which includes $59,100 of VOBIS incentives after being purchased for $70,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale by David and Lynley Puglisi.

“We had a lovely run trailing the speed and he finished off nicely,” jockey Damien Oliver said.  “He’s a real tradesman and Mick has placed him well at this time of year.”

Volcanic Ash (3g Magnus – Silverbeat by Distant Music) is a full brother to Alpha Beat (LR Adelaide Guineas) and a half-brother to Upbeat (G2 Caulfield Autumn Classic).  The trio were bred by Dorrington Park’s Rob Crabtree from stakes winning family that descends from influential broodmare Humour (Pirate King).

Silverbeat has a filly foal by Stratum and is back in foal to Magnus who was a Group 1 winner of the AJC Galaxy for Crabtree, Yallambee Stud and Eliza Park.

Magnus (Flying Spur) broke through the $5 million mark in earnings last week and his current season stats includes 94 winners of 168 races.  He will stand for a $17,600 (inc gst) fee at Eliza Park International at Kerrie this year.

God Speed on Brook Road

Brook Road by Greta West Stud's God's Own salutes at Canterbury

Dynamic mare Brook Road (by Greta West’s stallion, God’s Own) will be set for more black-type after a comprehensive victory in the July Sprint (1100m) at Canterbury on Saturday.

The daughter of Greta West Stud stallion God’s Own flew home along the fence to blouse out Burbero and pacemaker Kencella by more than two lengths. It increased her earnings to $278,850 and she’s far from finished according to trainer Kris Lees.

“She needs a solid tempo and I was happy to see them speed along,” Lees said. “She just let down like you would want and there’s more in store for her.”

Brook Road (4m God’s Own – Cool Gal by Secret Savings) defeated classic filly Tinto to open her black-type account in Brisbane earlier this season and Lees is looking towards the G3 Toy Show Quality (1300m) at Randwick on August 22.

“I just let them go and she settled,” jockey Brenton Avdulla said after weighing in on Saturday. “I got a great run up on the fence and didn’t lose any momentum. She has a very sharp sprint when you need it.”

Brook Road was bred by Bart Cummings and is managed by Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell and Jamie Lovett. Her dam Cool Gal has a rising two year-old colt by Roman Emperor that was retained by Cummings after being withdrawn from the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in February.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) will stand for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud in 2015.

Four juvenile winners in three days for Blue Gum’s Canford Cliffs

AL JAZI. Maisons-Laffitte winner will be set for the Listed Race Prix de la Vallee d’Auge at Deauville

Blue Gum Farm (Euroa) shuttler Canford Cliffs (Ire) is one of the hottest stallions in the Northern Hemisphere right now with no less than four two-year-old winners over the past three days in the UK and France.

AL JAZI. Maisons-Laffitte winner will be set for the Listed Race Prix de la Vallee d’Auge at Deauville

That gives the first season sire a leading 13 individual two-year-old winners across Europe this year.

Topping the 13 victors have been Group 2 winner Painted Cliffs and Group 3 winner Most Beautiful.

Justice Lass made it twelve winners in the British Stallion Studs EBF Stakes (1000m) at Windsor’s Monday evening meeting. The David Elsworth trained filly made all the pace and was then driven clear to score by three lengths from USA bred Little Voice (Scat Daddy).

Overnight, a thirteenth winner was recorded with the David O’Meara trained Poplar Close scoring in a maiden at Musselburgh following two second placings.

Canford Cliffs stands for $13,750 (inc gst) at Blue Gum Farm this year.

He served 66 mares in his maiden season in Victoria, followed by 68 mares in his second and 83 mares in his third including Helsinge, the dam of Australia’s world champion Black Caviar.

Another star win for Rosemont Stud’s premier stallion

HOME OF THE BRAVE: Group 3 winner of the Minstrel Stakes

In a further boost to Rosemont Stud’s Starspangledbanner, Home Of The Brave scored in the G3 Minstrel Stakes (1400m) at the Curragh on Sunday becoming the stallion’s fourth Group winner

Home of the Brave had scored a Listed victory in the European Free Handicap at Newmarket in April and finished sixth in the G1 English 2000 Guineas and G1 Commonwealth Cup.

The Starspangledbanner colt was sent into an early lead by James Doyle and they held a two-length cushion entering the final furlong and didn’t relent to post a three length victory over Australian Group 1 winner Gordon Lord Byron.

“I thought he would win but I didn’t quite think he would win like that,” trainer Hugo Palmer said. “He’s a very immature horse and that’s why he was so lightly raced at two. He always showed he was a horse with amazing speed from Christmas as a yearling. He was terrifyingly quick.

“The Hungerford Stakes would look the obvious next target. There is the Prix Maurice de Gheest but that might be his Group 1 for next year.

Home Of The Brave (3c Starspangledbanner – Blissful Beat by Beat Hollow) has an Australian connection through Flemington Bloodstock’s Troy Corstens & Justin Bahen. They put together a partnership that includes David Moodie, Ash Hardwicke, Peter Raff, Frank Cotela and Micheal Ramsden and bought him for 80,000 euros (AUD 114,400) at the 2013 Arqana yearling sale.

Bred in Normandy by Etienne and Anna Drion of the Haras du Grand Chene, he has a two year-old half-brother by Dream Ahead and a yearling half-brother by Excelebration who will be offered at next month’s Arqana August yearling sale.

Starspangledbanner (Choisir) stands at Rosemont Stud to the west of Geelong in Victoria for a fee of $44,000. Despite a limited number of offspring due to fertility issues, he has also supplied Group 1 Prix Morny hero The Wow Signal (standing this year at Victoria’s Swettenham Stud), Queen Mary Stakes winner Anthem Alexander and Australian Group 3 scorer Of The Brave.

Canford Cliffs double at Maisons-Laffitte

CANFORD CLIFFS: Racing Victoria

Blue Gum Stud’s shuttle stallion Canford Cliffs (Ire) is making waves with his first runners in Europe this year and he landed a winning double at Maisons-Laffitte on Sunday.

Al Jazi (2f Canford Cliffs – Rainbow Crossing by Cape Cross) is owned by Al Shaqab Racing and won the Prix Rose Royale (1200m) on debut by more than a length. She cost 160,000 euros at the 2014 Arqana August yearling sale.

Pitou (2f Canford Cliffs – La Suvera by Choisir) claimed the Prix de la Frette (1000m) by a half-length at her third start. She is raced by Frank McNulty and was a 30,000 euros buy out of the 2014 Arqana October yearling sale.

Canford Cliffs (Ire) sired his 9th first-crop winner when the David Barron trained filly Lady Clair scored at Catterick last Wednesday. She was a 55,000 euros purchase out of the 2015 Arqana May Breeze-Up Sale for White Rose Racing. “She has worked well at home but they’ve got to come here and do it, and she´s done that now,” Barron said. “She´s a nice filly.”

Lady Clair (2f Canford Cliffs – Queen Of Carthage by Cape Cross) is from a daughter of Group 1 winner Satwa Queen and will now be set for the G2 Lowther Stakes at York.

Canford Cliffs returns to Blue Gum Farm at a fee of $13,750 (inc gst) this year. Australian racegoers can expect to see his first runners at the track in the upcoming racing season.

Big week of wins for Swettenham Stud’s Equiano

STRATH BURN: Group 3 winner / Press Photo

Swettenham Stud’s Equiano sired another Group winner when the three-year-old Strath Burn landed the Group 3 Al Basti Equiworld Hackwood Stakes over 6f at Newbury last week.

This followed the win of Equinova at Moonee Valley on Wednesday in the Telstra Dandenong Hcp (1000m) for two year olds.

Just over a week ago Strath Burn hacked up to win his maiden for owners Qatar Racing and R A Bartlett, having finished second twice in Group company as a 2yo. This included an impressive second in the Prix Robert Papin (Gr.2) at Maisons-Laffitte on only his second start.

Trainer Charlie Hills said: “Strath Burn has a rounded action and the level track helped him get into a rhythm. I´m looking forward to running him on good ground – it´s good to firm out there – and we´ll take it from there. It´d be nice to win a Group 2 and not throw him into a Group 1 too quickly. France could also be an option.”

Equinova (2g Equiano – Tia Nova by Bianconi) had finished third in the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Plate at Cranbourne last month and was the medium of strong support, firming from $15 into $10.

“He ran first-up here back in January but threw it away,” trainer Dean Binaisse recalled. “He had never been a problem beforehand but was very coltish that day.”

Equinova was a $20,000 buy from Swettenham Stud (as agent) at the 2014 VOBIS Gold yearling sale and has already repaid that price-tag in bonuses alone.

Equiano is a leading European sire of 2yos with 12 winners already this year including a Gr.3 victory by the unbeaten Fly On The Night. He also leads the second season sires (by winners) premiership in the United Kingdom with 27 winners.

Swettenham Stud welcomes Equiano back to its Nagambie base this year where he will stand for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Mio Dio’s leap of faith at Flemington brings up double for Greta West’s God’s Own

MIO DIO: Photo / Racing Victoria

Trainer Wez Hunter schooled Mio Dio over hurdles in advance of his assignment at Flemington in Saturday. and the gelding responded to win the Garden View Pavilion Hcp (1200m).

Mio Dio (4g God’s Own – Hageabi by Scenic) improved his record to 5 wins in 28 starts with a two-length victory over Benchi Pegasus. “He’s a sprinter but might have a future as an equestrian when his racing days are over – he’s a gun jumper,” Hunter said. “We added blinkers today and the give in the ground also helped.”

Hunter is based at Mornington and has a good record with Redoute’s Choice stallion God’s Own. He trained Bel Thor for a Flemington victory at the 2013 spring carnival and the gelding followed up with a Listed win in the 2014 Seymour Cup.

Mio Dio was bred by Tas Reilly at Basinghall Farm and is from a half-sister to mudlark Emlozza (Encosta de Lago) who won Group 3 sprints at Caulfield and Cheltenham.

Joining Mio Dio on the winners list on Saturday was Thor’s Own, a four year old gelding by God’s Own trained by Allen Browell. Thor’s Own won the 2000 metre highweight race at Seymour.

God’s Own has sired the winners of 103 races this season for over $2.45 million in prizemoney. He will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud this year.

Foreplay filly set for Quezette Stakes

JALAN JALAN: Photo / Racing Victoria

A strong win at Flemington is likely to have earned Jalan Jalan a shot at a Group race early in the new season and further success for Woodside Park’s sire, Foreplay.

AAP reports trainer Colin Little has pinpointed the G3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield for Jalan Jalan after the juvenile raced to a three-length win in Saturday’s The Flemington Family Handicap (1200m).

Little had been considering the Quezette Stakes (1100m) for another city-winning juvenile Safariann but revealed that filly broke a splint bone in the paddock, which required an operation. “Safariann will miss the spring, but she’ll be alright,” Little said. “She just needs TLC for a little bit and she’ll be back for the autumn.”

Jalan Jalan was having her third start after winning at Mornington on debut and finishing third to Green Card at Caulfield.

“She’s a bit silly at home but more relaxed and professional on race day,” Little said. “It’s amazing, she just gets on a racetrack and turns into a racehorse.”

The Foreplay filly settled behind the speed in Saturday’s race before Damien Oliver changed course and got Jalan Jalan into the clear close to the inside section to make her charge. She sprinted away over the final 200m to beat Gold Symphony (Reward For Effort) by three lengths.

Jalan Jalan (2f Foreplay – Impinge by Generous) is a three-quarter brother to Foreplay’s G3 MVRC Red Anchor Stakes winner That’s Not It. His dam Image won three races up to 2040m and earned black-type in Adelaide under Peter Moody.

Lincoln Farm sold Jalan Jalan for $40,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter yearling sale. He’s the leading earner this season by Foreplay who has sired 17 individual winners overall for $672,385 in prizemoney.

Foreplay (Danehill) is restricted to books in the vicinity of 30 mares and he stands for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee at Woodside Park.

Petits procession at Moonee Valley

PETITS FILOUS: Photo / Slickpix

Street Boss (Darley’s Northwood Park) youngster Petits Filous turned a two year-old sprint into a procession at Moonee Valley on Wednesday.

The Ciaron Maher trained filly led with ease before clearing out to an emphatic 6 length success in the Telstra Phonewords Hcp (1000m). A near-black daughter of Darley Victoria stallion Street Boss, she was bred, raised and sold by Emirates Park for $65,000 at the 2014 Inglis Classic Summer yearling sale.

“If she wins like that I don’t think we have to get her out over any further in distance,” Maher reasoned. “She’s always been really sharp and is a very professional little filly.”

Petits Filous is the second foal of Excellent Lady (Exceed And Excel) and the mare was bred back to Emirates Victoria stallion Artie Schiller last year. She is a half-sister to G1 Mackinnon Stakes winner La Bella Dama.

Winning jockey Damien Oliver said the result was never in doubt. “She’s got natural speed and she’s got good acceleration. I think she’s worth going on with to the early spring.”

Street Boss (Street Cry) is a Top 10 Australian third-season sire this season with 14 winners of 29 races and $1.18 million prizemoney. He has averaged 100 mares in five southern books at Northwood Park and will stand for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee this year.

Nova notches powerful win for Swettenham Stud’s Equiano

EQUINOVA: Photo / Slickpix

Equinova appreciated give in the ground at Moonee Valley on Wednesday to notch his first win in the Telstra Dandenong Hcp (1000m).

The Equiano gelding was positioned midfield by Brad Rawiller before powering home to defeat Red Alto (High Chaparral) and Total Discretion (Northern Meteor) by more than a length.

Equinova (2g Equiano – Tia Nova by Bianconi) had finished third in the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Plate at Cranbourne last month and was the medium of strong support, firming from $15 into $10.

“He ran first-up here back in January but threw it away,” trainer Dean Binaisse recalled. “He had never been a problem beforehand but was very coltish that day.”

Gelded and tipped out for four months, he resumed at Cranbourne in May but didn’t play a part after being badly inconvenienced at the start. “He backed up and ran well in the VOBIS Gold Plate and then won a trial by about 5 lengths at Balnarring,” Binaisse revealed. “He loves wet tracks so we will keep him going during winter.”

Equinova was a $20,000 buy from Swettenham Stud (as agent) at the 2014 VOBIS Gold yearling sale and has already repaid that price-tag in bonuses alone. His dam and second-dam were both unraced and he’s a half-brother to South Australian winner Novator (Hold That Tiger)

“We were probably a bit further back than I hoped but the speed was on up front and he was in a comfort zone,” Rawiller said. “I was sure the leaders would tire and he started making ground on the corner. He liked the conditions and it was a very good win.”

Swettenham Stud welcomes Equiano back to its Nagambie base this year where he will stand for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Ruby retires to breeding barn

FONTEIN RUBY: Photo / Racing Victoria

VOBIS Gold star Fontein Ruby is on the market as a broodmare after x-rays revealed she had fractured a sesamoid bone.

The daughter of Blue Gum Farm’s Turffontein raced for a large syndicate and bows out with 6 wins from 19 starts and over $1.05 million in prizemoney. “We had high hopes that she could win a Group 1 at the spring carnival,” managing part-owner Mike Cattell said. “She has been an outstanding horse for all of us but we aren’t commercial breeders so she will have to be sold.”

Fontein Ruby broke her duck as a late season two year-old at Sandown and turned the corner into last year’s spring carnival to win the G3 Caulfield Classic and G2 Edward Manifold Stakes.

In what was her final campaign earlier this year, the Robert Smerdon trained filly won the LR Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley and $250,000 VOBIS Gold Reef at Caulfield.

Fontein Ruby is from the first crop by Turffontein and was knocked down for $50,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. The Blue Gum Farm resident sired her from a three-quarter sister to G1 Cox Plate hero Fields of Omagh.

Beau bound for Darley Victoria

BRAZEN BEAU: Runner-up in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes

Group 1 winning sprinter Brazen Beau has entered quarantine in readiness for his first book at Darley Victoria.

Brazen Beau was an unlucky second in the G1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot before being unplaced in the G1 July Cup at Newmarket on Saturday.

Despite the last-start loss, Chris Waller said the colt had been a wonderful horse to train.

“He’s been an absolute superstar,” Waller declared. “It was a shame to come so close at Royal Ascot but he certainly got a lot of recognition for that. Clearly though, he wasn’t quite at his best in the July Cup.”

Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) appeared to be travelling kindly in Godolphin’s blue colours for the first time, however, he didn’t find a kick when asked to quicken by James Doyle. “The ground might have been a little bit quick for him,” Waller said. “James said coming into the dip he just didn’t feel quite as comfortable as he had been on the slightly easier ground in his trackwork.

“He’s better than that and seems to have pulled up fine. He’s been here about six weeks now and maybe he’s just started to switch off a little bit.”

Sheikh Mohammed purchased Brazen Beau between his Group 1 victories in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Newmarket Hcp at Flemington earlier this season. The sale price was a reported $10 million.

Brazen Beau will stand at Northwood Park in Seymour for $44,000 (inc gst) this year.

First winner by Pellizotti


Parwanvale Stud resident Pellizotti sired his first winner on Sunday and the result was never in doubt at Grafton.

His first-starter Pellium cartwheeled to a 7 length victory in the Grafton 2 Yamba Houseboat Maiden (1106m). He started a short-priced favourite and the money was right on the mark for the gelding who is part-owned and trained by Ron Godbolt.

Pellium (2g Pellizotti – Polythene Pam by Distant Music) hails from a family that has produced several stakes winners for NSW breeder Fred Peisah. His dam’s only other foal is a weanling colt by Eliza Park International stallion Instinction.

Bacchus Marsh studmaster Tony Morahan stands Pellizotti and there are several more of his first-crop waiting in the wings. “I deliberately kept them back until they were late two year-olds,” he said. “There are another five in pre-training with David Brideoake and at Eliza Park.”

Pellizotti (Stratum) was purchased by Lee Freedman for $425,000 at the 2009 Inglis Easter yearling sale and he was black-type placed in the Maribyrnong Trial and Blue Diamond Preview before an injury derailed his autumn campaign. Sent to Brisbane for the winter carnival, he score a brilliant victory in the LR Dalrello Plate (1200m) breaking the Doomben 2YO track record held by Shellscrape.

Brought back as a three year-old, Pellizotti finished fourth first-up at Caulfield, however, knee-related issues curtailed his career to just two more starts at the spring carnival.

“I’ve been happy to just cover my own mares over the last couple of years,” Morahan said. “But I’m sure there will be outside bookings if there’s more winners like Pellium.”

Pellizotti’s service fee is priced on application and Morahan can be contacted for further information on 0407 568 793.

Magnus filly wins Rivette Series Final


All jockey Chris Parnham could see was a wall of horses ahead when he stoked up Manageress in the Rivette Series Final (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Even when they took a split in the straight, it still looked as if Kansas Sunflower had pinched a winning break. But the Magnus filly absolutely mowed down the leader to get up by three-quarters of a length.

“I had to ride her for a bit of luck and fortunately enough we got it,” Parnham said after the barnstorming victory. “She’s been racing well without winning and has been pretty unlucky her last couple.

“At the 100m mark I wasn’t sure she was going to get there but to her credit she really stretched out nicely. It’s good to get her over the line – she really deserved it.”

Manageress (3f Magnus – Who’s In Charge by The Commander) had won a Cranbourne maiden in October and the fillies feature at headquarters increased her bank balance to $144,470 including $48,100 of VOBIS incentives.

The victory also keep up the winning momentum for Magnus. His filly Miss Promiscuity had captured the G3 Sir John Monash Stakes as part of a winning double at Caulfield last week and he notched more doubles of either side of Manageress with Lycka Till & Eklands (Friday) and Flying Magnus & Gredington (Sunday).

Magnus (Flying Spur) is based at Eliza Park International in Kerrie and he is primed to take over as Victoria’s leading local stallion in 2015-16 now that EPI champion Bel Esprit has moved to Queensland.

He sired the winners of $1.77 million with two crops racing in 2013 and that ballooned out to $3.57m with three crops in 2014. The upward spiral continued this season and he will finish in the vicinity of $5 million topped by Group 1 mare Magnifisio with $665,100.

Eliza Park International will stand Magnus for a $17,600 (inc gst) fee this year.

Rees Delighted at Flemington

Automatic Choice (inside) wins at Flemington

Ballarat two year-old Automatic Choice has bucked a $71 quote to win the first black-type for his sire Delightful Choice at Flemington.

Automatic Choice won his maiden at Warracknabeal in May and graduated to a Listed victory in the Taj Rossi Series Final (1600m) on Saturday.

Veteran trainer Colin Rees and his wife Mary bought the winner for just $750 at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Sale and he’s already banked over $83,000. “I sent a mare to Delightful Choice but she missed so I bought this one as a foal,” Rees said. “It’s my first Flemington winner since Gala Wish in the 1980s!”

Automatic Choice (2g Delightful Choice – Missun by Masterclass) sat on the pace under Darren Gauci and defied the favourite El Greco to score by a half-head. “I thought he would run a good race and the mile was right up his alley,” Gauci said. “Colin has been around a long time and knows what he’s doing.”

There have been 2 winners from 6 starters by Delightful Choice this season – his first-crop filly Princess Atilla broke her maiden by four lengths in Launceston on July 5.

Delightful Choice is an unraced son of Redoute’s Choice and is based at Meadow Farm south-east of Pakenham. Studmaster Ray Jones bred his Flemington winner and stands his sire for a $2,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Warrior a class act at Spendthrift

Spendthrift Australia newcomer Warrior’s Reward (USA) is building a strong clientele in the sale-rings of North America.

That continued at the Fasig-Tipton Kentucky yearling sale on Thursday when his colt from Heaven’s Run (Septieme Ciel) made $180,000 to the bid of Super Horse Inc owner Dr Patrick Sheehy.

It’s a prolific winning family – the colt’s dam has foaled the winners of 46 races headed by Akatsakat (Sir Cat) in the LR Michigan Futurity.

Warrior’s Reward

Sheehy grew up in Ireland and began racing in Southern California in 1976. His best galloper Kinsale King struck a purple-patch in 2010 winning the G3 Palos Verdes Hcp at Santa Anita and G1 Golden Sheen at Meydan before finishing third to Starspangledbanner in the G1 Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot.

Kinsale King was named after Sheehy’s home town in County Cork.

Warrior’s Reward’s best price at public auction was a $330,000 filly purchased by trainer Mark Casse at the 2014 Ocala 2YO Sale. Named Unbridled Reward, she won by 7 lengths on debut at Churchill Downs and then finished second in the LR Debutante Stakes under the Twin Spires.

Spendthrift Australia will introduce Warrior’s Reward to Australian breeders for a “Share The Upside” fee of $13,750 (inc gst). The son of Medaglia d’Oro is also available at $11,000 (inc gst) on a standard live foal contract.

His shares were trading for US$94,500 earlier this year in Kentucky.

Warrior’s Reward was prepared by Australia-born trainer Ian Wilkes to give Medaglia d’Oro a Group 1 first in the 2010 Carter Hcp in New York. He was also Group 2 placed in the Jim Dandy at Saratoga and Dwyer Stakes at Belmont Park.

Wilkes isn’t surprised the Spendthrift shuttler is one of the young guns among North America’s leading second-season sires this year. “I’m like a proud dad,” he said. “Warrior’s Reward is a class act — a very big horse but a very kind horse to be around.

“You always wanted to see him go on and graduate to the next level. He accomplished that on the track being a Group 1 winner. Now you want to see him produce Group 1 winners.”