Qatar’s Al Shaqab’s star shuttlers, Toronado (Ire) and The Wow Signal (Ire) arrived safely at Swettenham Stud on Thursday evening. Both stallions have settled into their new surroundings and are enjoying their first visit to Victoria.

Multiple G1 winner of Europe’s elite mile contests, Toronado was High Chaparral’s most precocious and fastest son.

“He has arrived in great condition after a busy season at the English National Stud. He has all the credentials needed to make a big impact on the Victorian and Australian Breeding Industry and it is a substantial show of faith in Victoria that Al Shaqab have entrusted Swettenham with this calibre of stallion” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said.

The Wow Signal, the champion French 2YO last year and G1 winner of the Prix Morny, has arrived in great condition after the long International flight with handler Benoit Girres from Haras De Bouquetot. The Wow Signal was injured in his last work before the English 2000 Guineas this year, which led to his early retirement. His sire, Starspangledbanner, needs no introduction to Victorian breeders, proving to be hugely successful.

“It is a huge credit to the Al Shaqab European Operation that against the odds and with meticulous management, The Wow Signal has been able to come to Australia this season,” Sangster said. “Al Shaqab have been very conscious, that to get the stallions off to the start they both deserve, they would be priced to represent excellent value to breeders and get very good books of mares in their initial season.”

Arriving with the two stallions were fellow shuttlers, Equiano from Newsells Park UK and Americain from the Irish National Stud.

“Equiano has had a surge of interest after a number of smart 3YOs stepped out during the first weeks of the new racing season,” Sangster added. “And Americain looks amazing and has further developed into a seriously imposing and powerful stallion. Reports from his initial crop in the USA are excellent with Brad Kelley of Calumet Farm hand picking 20 rising 2YOs to represent the famous farm next year.”

Swettenham’s stallion roster is rounded off by the magnificent son of Redoute’s Choice in Master of Design whose crop of 2YOs are ready to hit the track, and Puissance De Lune, the hugely talented son of Shamardal making his debut at stud this season.

Canford Cliffs has just arrived back at Philip and Patti Campbell’s Blue Gum Farm in Euroa.

And the good news continued for this leading 1st season European sire as he got use to his surroundings with a trio of his progeny saluting in the United Kingdom late last week.

He’s been shuttling from Coolmore Ireland to Victoria for the past three seasons with the reputation of being a world champion racehorse and an exceptionally good looking stallion. This year he also returns as the current leading first season stallion in Europe.

Canford Cliffs was an amazing racehorse. His two wins from three starts as a two year old included a six length romp in the prestigious G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot, a meeting at which he would also post important Group 1 wins as a three and four year old.

His racetrack deeds at those ages saw him rated England and Ireland’s Champion 3YO Miler and then the highest rated Older Miler in the world as a 4YO.

Canford Cliffs retired to Coolmore at the start of 2012 and first came to Blue Gum Farm later that year for the Southern Hemisphere breeding season. His first Irish bred 2YOs have Canford Cliffs to the fore front of the international breeding scene. There have already sired 21 individual two year old winners of 24 races including three very promising stakes winners.

At that figure, he is easily the leading first season stallion in Europe by winners (next best 12) and is the fourth leading European 2YO sire by winners with a lot healthier strike-rate than the three older stallions currently above him.

Blue Gum Farm Sales and Nominations Manager Chris Kent reports that Canford Cliffs has returned to Blue Gum Farm looking amazing.

“He’s filled out even more and has really matured in to a magnificent looking stallion,” Kent reported.

Australia’s most valuable mare Helsinge, the dam of world champion Black Caviar, is currently in foal to Canford Cliffs and he is about to embark on another very busy breeding season.

His first Australian bred progeny are new-season two year olds.

Daliapour (Ire) has been put down after battling laminitis at Rosemont Stud. He was 20.

The HH Aga Khan bred colt was an 8 length winner of the Autumn 2YO Stakes at Ascot in October 1998 and returned the following year for seconds in the G1 English Derby (beaten by Oath) and Irish Derby (beaten 5 lengths by Montjeu).

Daliapour (Sadler´s Wells – Dalara by Doyoun) resumed as a four year-old to win the G1 Coronation Cup at Royal Ascot and finished the season with a Group 1 on the road in the Hong Kong Vase.

He was retired by his owner, Mr Robert Ng of Hong Kong, following an unplaced run behind Media Puzzle in the 2002 Melbourne Cup.

Retired to Haras des Chartreux, Daliapour was a dual-purpose stallion before relocating to Australia. He stood for a $3,000 fee at Rosemont and his first southern crop are new-season three year-olds.

His first runner in Australia (and only runner at this stage) was the Matt Laurie-trained Return to Justice which has had two unplaced starts at Cranbourne.

This is the first part of a seven series profile on each of the Victorian stallions participating in the  TBV 2015 Stallion Nomination Fee Auction to be held on 21 August at Oaklands Junction as part of the Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale. Full details can be found on the TBV website or in the Inglis Catalogue.

Darley’s Victorian general manager Andy Makiv remembers a conversation he had with Godolphin’s trainer John O’Shea more than a year ago.

“He told me that if I had any friends wanting to breed, they should use Medaglia d’Oro,” Makiv said.

“How right John was. Medaglia’s fee was $50,000 in 2014 and those who used him have a huge bonus as he is now double the fee and has a Golden Slipper winner to his name.”

This year Makiv sought out a similar chat with O’Shea, at a time when most of the stable’s yearlings had been through their paces in Godolphin’s Sydney and Melbourne system.

“John said the stallion to watch is Helmet.”

Makiv said O’Shea’s encouraging assessment of a large group of Helmet youngsters in his care is exciting news for Victorian breeders as the imposing chestnut is prepared at Northwood Park, Seymour, for his fourth season at stud.

Helmet, who was bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed, retired to Northwood Park in 2012 one of the best-credentialled stallions to stand in Victoria for many years.

He had a stellar 2011 on the track—brilliantly winning the second and third legs of Sydney’s famous 2YO Triple Crown, the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m, Randwick) and the G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m, Randwick), before his sensational post-to-post win in the G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield as a 3YO.

In his two Sydney Group 1 wins, Helmet showed exceptional raw talent to overcome a playful greenness, but at Caulfield he produced a performance of sustained speed that stamped the win as one of the best in the Caulfield Guineas for some time.

Makiv’s faith in Helmet has been mirrored by the support from breeders. Interestingly, the young stallion covered 115 mares in his first season at $33,000, but once his impressive first foals arrived in 2013, breeders have flocked to him.

In 2013, he covered 155 mares, and in what is supposed to be his “slow” third season, another 151 mares met him at Northwood Park last year.

“He has stamped his foals in his image. They have his size, scope and strength,” Makiv said of the 16.2hh flashy chestnut.

“Helmet an extremely well-bred horse. His combination of sire and dam is arguably greater than any of the other star colts to go to stud in recent years. He is by the right sire (Exceed And Excel) from the right sire line (Danehill), and out of a champion-producing mare who comes from a wonderful international family.

“Accessories has produced three outstanding colts—two Group 1 winners—that are now stallions. It’s a bloodline that will carry any stallion a long way.” (update: 3yo little sister Pearls won impressively on debut at Gosford on 13 August)

Like so many great racehorses and champion sires of recent times, Helmet has a dash of German blood in his dam line—his second dam Anna Matrushka (GB), is by the wonderfully influential Mill Reef out of the German mare Anna Paola.

In addition to their homebreds, the Darley team inspected all the other Helmet yearlings sold in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and are delighted with the quality of the youngsters.

Helmet’s biggest draft was in Melbourne, where he had 26 colts and fillies sell for an average of $93,192—he had 11 yearlings sell for $100,000 or more, and two colts topped $200,000. Five yearlings sold at the Magic Millions for an average of $102,000.

Buyers were obviously happy with what they took home from the yearling sales with his weanling sales in May and June also providing strong results including a Helmet colt going for $170,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

Helmet is one of the highest-priced stallions at stud in Victoria at $33,000, but that fee is below some of the stallions who have retired in recent times without a comparable race record or pedigree.

It might prove to be a bargain if John O’Shea is on the money.

Last Saturday at Flemington, the Corstens Team trained Del Prado (pictured) to a well deserved victory, but what three things does he have in common with these three other racehorses: Set for Fame, Backstedt and Fontiton?

Firstly, all four have earned at least $140,000 on the track (and in the case of Set for Fame, more than $650,000). Secondly, they are all dyed-in-the-wool Victorian-bred. And, thirdly, they are all graduates of the annual Inglis/Herald Sun Win a Share in a Racehorse Competition (conducted in the lead up to the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale).

That’s four high quality racehorses selected in just eight years since the Inglis/Herald Sun competition began. Considering the difficult task of finding that special yearling, it’s an amazing strike rate.

Set for Fame (Reset – Northpoint) was bred by Victorian Rob Crabtree and his quality Dorrington Park operation. She was sold through Fulmen Park at the Inglis Premier sale for $75,000 to Peter Moody. Russell Artis from Geelong was the lucky person who picked up 10% of the horse for winning the competition. The filly would go on to win four stakes races as well as a 2nd in the Group 1 Australian Guineas.

At the 2011 sale, a Magnus-Lycra colt, also bred by Rob Crabtree, was sold through the Eliza Park draft for $50,000 to famed trainer David Hayes. Peter Cole, a professional cleaner from Melbourne, was the winner of 10% of the yearling. Named Backstedt, he went on to win $367,000 and was stakes placed.

Next came Saturday’s Flemington victor, Del Prado. This Henrythenavigator-Ponte De Lima colt was bred by Euan White and sold for $45,000 through Swettenham Stud at the 2012 Premier Sale to Malua and Bahen Bloodstock. Del Prado will no doubt earn his competition winning owner, Danny Reyland, and fellow connections more in coming weeks and months.

Vasko Ognenovski of Lalor perhaps won 10% of the most exciting horse of all four. He now races the Robert Smerdon trained Fontiton which was selected by the trainer at the 2014 sale and has won more than $420,000 including a Group 2 and Group 3 race in just four start. By Blue Gum’s fantastic sire Turffontein, this flying filly has a Group 1 goal this coming Spring campaign.

This year at the Premier Yearling Sale, Chris Martin of Collingwood was the lucky winner of the competition with a yearling selected by Darren Weir to be the nominated horse. So, which budding young horse is perhaps destined for glory under the expert eyes of the champion Ballarat trainer?

It is the 2015 sale’s Lot 24, a Master of Design filly (out of Ardent Command) bred in Victoria by Austrlian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett and sold through Swettenham Stud for $70,000. Of course it is early days for this just turned two-year-old, but the Weir stable report the filly is happy and healthy and is already showing some good signs.

Here’s hoping the best for Darren Weir, competition winner Mr. Martin and his fellow owners of the young horse. We will be following this Victorian bred filly’s future racetrack feats with great interest.

By Patrick Clancy, Executive Officer, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria

OTI Racing owners Terry Henderson and Simon O’Donnell are making up for lost time with their last-start winner Scherzoso.

The Bianconi gelding was considered good enough for a crack at this year’s G1 South Australian Derby but he was in a paddock when the classic was run and won by Delicacy in May.

Trainer Tony McEvoy brought him back for a powerhouse victory in the United Discount Chemists Hcp (1600m) at Morphettville on Saturday. He came from the tail of the field to score by over a length running away from Rowdy Richard (Blevic).

“He has the style and rhythm of a good galloper,” McEvoy said. “I thought the 2500 metres of the SA Derby would have been within reach because he’s so strong on the line.”

Scherzoso (4g Bianconi – Cafe Del Mar by Encosta De Lago) was bred by OTI Racing and they raced his older brother Sunset Cafe to city wins up to 2400m at Sandown Hillside. Their dam Cafe Del Mar has a 2yo colt by Bianconi that was withdrawn from the Adelaide Magic Millions in March.

Bianconi (Danzig) has built up a 61% winning strike-rate in a stud career that’s still going strong at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East. He will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee this year.

It has not taken long for Hurdy Gurdy Man to attract attention since arriving at Moorookyle Park last month.

“He’s such a well-known, well-loved local horse and is already receiving plenty of visitors,” Moorookyle’s Nioka Wozny said. “He’s letting down nicely and is an eye-catching horse with a lovely temperament.”

Hurdy Gurdy Man was trained by Darren Weir to win 8 of his 37 starts banking over $450,000. He reached a career-high in the G3 Hobart Cup and was also stakes placed in the Werribee Cup, Bagot Hcp, Warrnambool Cup and Ballarat Cup.

Tough and adaptable, won over a variety of distances from 1400m to 2400m and was equally effective on top of the ground and in the wet.

Hurdy Gurdy Man is a son of Street Cry and is bred on the same Northern Dancer cross as 58 stakes winners by the Dubai World Cup winner. His dam Abalone (Bluebird) is a half-sister to Brisbane stakes winner Perfect Paradise.

Street Cry’s sons at stud in Australia and New Zealand include Street Boss, Carlton House, Per Incanto and Shocking.

Hurdy Gurdy Man stands at an introductory fee of $4,400 (inc gst) and there are incentives for Tasmanian breeders who can offset the price of transport – in effect, their mares getting to Moorookyle free of charge. For more information contact Nioka Wozny on 0427 456 385.

Eliza Park International is looking forward to a surge of winners by its Group 1 winning stallion Wanted this season.

His first of the new term arrived at Flemington on Saturday when Most Wanted made an auspicious debut at Flemington. “He won it on raw ability,” trainer John Sadler said. “It was a big ask over 1400 metres – he was never on the bit – but closed off with some very good sectionals.

“He’s a big gangly athletic type and needs to mature but he certainly has started off in promising style.”

Most Wanted (3g Wanted – Ripping Nic by Encosta de Lago) is a homebred for Owen Egan and was under offer to Hong Kong until last week. “I wasn’t sorry to see the sale fall through,” Sadler added. “He certainly has a future and I rate him a prospect for the autumn.”

Wanted kept pace with Australia’s leading second-season sires in 2014-15 despite smallish crops of 59 and 74 foals from his first two books. He sired 130 foals in his third year at stud and no other Victorian based stallion has that many new-season two year-olds.

Next best on that list are Reward For Effort (124), Moshe (123), Stryker (119) and Artie Schiller (108).

Wanted was popular at the major yearling sales earlier this year with colts purchased by Gai Waterhouse ($220,000 – Gold Coast Magic Millions) and Team Hawkes ($180,000 – Inglis Melbourne Premier).

The Team Hawkes colt is from Sydney Group 2 performer Shirl Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) and he has been named The Cheetah.

Wanted (Fastnet Rock) won a G1 Newmarket Hcp (defeating Starspangledbanner) and he stands for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee at Eliza Park International.

Magnus mare Magnifisio is back on track to defend her crown in the $1 million Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) after sale negotiations were shelved this week.

Managing owner Alan MacAlister waited until Wednesday for a firm offer and, when that deadline passed, he sent her to Vaughn Sigley’s stable to start another campaign.

“Originally, Japan was interested,” MacAlister told TABForm’s Robert Edwards. “As people heard about her being available, more bloodstock agents rang up. She was for sale if the price was right.”

News that Perth’s top sprinter is heading for the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on November 21 will be welcomed at Eliza Park International where they stand Magnus for a $17,600 (inc gst) service fee.

Magnifisio was his chief earner with $665,100 in 2014-15 and, more than any other galloper, she helped Magnus edge out fellow up-and-comer Written Tycoon for third spot on the Victorian sires’ premiership.

In a post-Bel Esprit landscape, it will be an absorbing contest between Magnus, Reset and Written Tycoon as they wrest for supremacy in Victoria and even move closer to the national top 10 sires table.

Equiano is blazing a trail with both his two and three year-olds in Europe and their Aussie counterparts are heading in the same direction.

The Swettenham Stud shuttler started the new Southern Hemisphere season with Pakenham winner Devil’s Pinch on Friday and he bobbed up again with the Wendy Kelly trained Del Piero at Moe on Sunday.

The Peter Moody trained Devil’s Pinch unleashed a brilliant burst in the straight to snare a narrow victory in the Hygain Maiden Plate (1000m).

The three year-old is the latest winner from Miss Shakira (Snippets) following LR Redelva Stakes winner Tropic Thunder (More Than Ready). Moody went back and bought the mare’s Equiano yearling filly for $45,000 at the Melbourne Premier in March and she is due to deliver another Equiano foal in the coming weeks.

Del Piero (3c Equiano – Simply Rossa by Testa Rossa) had finished fourth on debut at Sale in February and returned for a first-up victory in the S & S Equipment Hire Plate (1100m) at Moe.

Ridden a positive race by Craig Newitt, he sat three-wide without cover and got first run on Atlantic Road to score by a short-head.

“I’ve had a good opinion of him from the start. I just hoped he would keep progressing and come back ready for a three year-old campaign. He’s done that and now we will take him to town for a midweek race at Sandown,” Wendy Kelly said.

Things got even better for leading European second season sire Equiano with another black-type win, this time by 2yo Waipu Cove in the LR Canford Cliffs Stakes (1500m) at Tipperary on Friday.

Waipu Cove is the fifth stakes performer by Equiano after getting the better of a decent field that included Ballydoyle’s odds-on favourite Port Douglas (Galileo).

“The handicapper upped him 18 pounds after that (winning) maiden but we still took the chance to run today,” stable spokesman Shane Lyons said.

“We will take a deep breath now after two quick runs. We’ve always thought a bit of him at home and he will get a mile, no problem.”

Coincidentally, Devil’s Pinch and Waipu Cove were both bred by Newsells Park Stud, but in different hemispheres.

Equiano shuttles from Newsell’s Hertfordshire UK nursery to Swettenham Stud at Nagambie where he stands for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

There was more than one Aussie connection to Risky Rockefeller’s win with Corey Brown aboard on Sunday night at Singapore.

Five year old Risky Rockefeller made his Singaporean debut at Kranji with a win in the $60,000 Class 4 Div 1 race (1200m).

He had already raced twice, under the name Brandjulfrank, for Sale trainer Frankie Stockdale including a two length win on debut at Bairnsdale in December.

Following his two starts in Gippsland, Risky Rockefeller moved to Steven Burridge’s yard at Kranji.

Risky Rockefeller (out of Lady Mirrocco) was bred by Rochester’s Manner Lodge who also stood the gelding’s sire Muqbil. He was sold by Manner Lodge at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale for $1,000 and then on-sold at the 2012 Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale for $1,000 again.

The sire Muqbil was an American-bred Group 3 winning stallion which largely raced at black type level in the United Kingdom and the United States. Following his importation from the USA to Victoria, he covered 38 mares producing 25 foals across his two seasons at Manner Lodge.

Risky Rockefeller is one of just three winners in Australia for Muqbil. Taken Time trained by Kim Mayberry was his most recent local winner scoring at Ballarat in May.

After riding Risky Rockefeller to victory, Corey Brown felt more was to come when the gelding gets more races under his belt.

“He is still very new and doesn’t really know what to do at times,” said Brown.

“This horse still has more in him. He can go on further for sure.”

Burridge was not surprised by the win, saying the Australian-bred galloper came with decent enough credentials to warrant optimism.

“His racing manager Steve Levar (Stars & Stripes Stable) asked me to give him a run here,” said Burridge.

“He had only two starts in Australia so he is still a little green. But he has shown he has potential.

“I will give him a month’s rest to get over the race. But he can go over further. That’s for sure.”

Waritta (GB) became the 19th first-crop winner by Blue Gum Farm shuttler Canford Cliffs in the Prix de Saint-Germain des Fosses (1400m) on Thursday.

Racing for just the second time for owner-breeder Jean-Etienne Dubois, she won by two lengths from Marguerite Malpic (Air Chief Marshal) at Vichy.

Canford Cliffs has now sired 5 juvenile winners in France, 11 in England and 3 in Ireland. He was represented by a third stakes winner when Aktoria was successful in the LR Prix Six Perfections at Deauville on Saturday.

The sire will be represented by two fancied runners, Painted Cliffs and Most Beautiful in Sunday’s Group 1 Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh in Ireland.

Waritta is the first winner for Ossun (Anabaa), a Listed winner of the Prix Saraca at Saint-Cloud. The mare is a half-sister to Ladoga (Exceed And Excel) who won and was stakes-placed at Maisons-Laffitte.

Canford Cliffs shuttles from Coolmore Ireland to Blue Gum Farm in Euroa for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee. He won five Group 1 events during a star-studded racing career and his first Australian-bred two year-olds will face the starter at the upcoming spring carnivals.

Burning Front is on the cusp of a winning hat-trick for owner-breeder Justin Lovatt and his stallion Primus which has moved to Euroa based Stonehurst Farm.

The Darren Weir trained sprinter-miler has been in superb form since returning from a spell with a first-up victory at Ballarat in a Benchmark 64. He’s won 4 times in 9 starts this prep and his last start Geelong victory was in a Benchmark 84.

Burning Front (5g Primus – She’s A Knockout by Kingston Rule) is rising up the ranks now that he’s finding the line in determined style.

“It took me all day to come down from the high of that last win,” Lovatt said. “It’s especially satisfying because I own the sire and the dam.”

Primus (Flying Spur) has just turned 13 and Lovatt stands him in association with Anne Richardson at Stonehurst Farm in Euroa. He’s back in the Super VOBIS State after a stint in Queensland.

Lovatt also bred Burning Front’s older brother Apollo Creed who was a brilliant two year-old winner at Flemington.

“Primus has been such a good horse to us and we’re delighted to welcome him home in Victoria. He’s already attracting solid bookings.”

Another Primus with ability is last-start Sandown-Lakeside winner Rooboy. He border-hopped from Port Lincoln to win a Donald maiden in March and backed that up with another dashing display in Melbourne on Easter Monday.

Tipped out for six months to keep maturing, Rooboy will repay that patience as this season unfolds for owner-trainer Darryl Carrison.

Primus will stand for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee. For more information contact Stonehurst Farm’s Anne Richardson on 0425 859 407 or Justin Lovatt on 0416 063 873.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds graduate Lady Lago showed plenty of scope for improvement when breaking her maiden at Greyville in South Africa on Sunday.

Lady Lago (3f Encosta de Lago – Lady Circles by Ascot Knight) went through the Three Bridges consignment for $55,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. She was purchased by Form Bloodstock on behalf of Sheikh bin Khalifa and champion trainer Mike De Kock.

Racing first-up after an 11 week break, Lady Lago overcame a wide barrier on the Polytrack circuit to defeat her short-priced stablemate Alessia by a neck in the RNK Logistics Plate (1600m).

Lady Lago was bred by Peter Anastasiou (Grandlodge Thoroughbreds) and Ken Biddick (Ken Bee Sports). The Melbourne businessmen enjoyed several racing highlights last season winning the G2 MVRC Vase with Moonovermanhattan and LR VRC Standish Hcp with Decircles.

Decircles, an older brother of Lady Lago, can add more black-type in the G3 Aurie’s Star Hcp (1200m) at Flemington this Saturday.

Their dam, Lady Circles, has a yearling colt by Eliza Park International stallion Wanted.

North East Thoroughbreds (Victoria) held its annual awards dinner at Mitchelton Winery on Saturday night with a big roll up of breeding representatives and local identities in attendance.

The North Eastern region of Victoria is one of Australia’s most fertile thoroughbred breeding grounds. It is home to some of the nation’s very best stallions and broodmares and has produced a long list of thoroughbred champions over many decades.

This year, the list of award winners included:

 Industry recognition Award

Wood Nook Farm – Owners Bob & Rosemary Scarborough, Farm Manager Bob Norris

Wood Nook Farm, on the banks of the Goulburn at Nagambie, has a rich racing history, not least being the birthplace of dual Melbourne Cup winner Rain Lover. In recent decades it has been under the ownership of the Scaboroughs and Farm Manager Bob Norris.

Wood Nook has become one of the best producing thoroughbred nurseries in the nation with Group One winners including Final Card, Gallica, Gold Ace, Hit the Roof, Leica Guv, Light Fantastic, Marble Halls, Sleek Chassis and Stella Cadente,

Wood Nook will shortly enter another chapter with the Scarboroughs announcing their intention to sell the land having dispersed the farm’s bloodstock at this year’s sales.

Leading Breeder

Sponsored by Kentucky Equine Research


Darley produced some outstanding results from its Northwood farm this past racing season including juvenile stakes winning horses Furnaces, Ottoman and Antelucan. 3yo black type victories were obtained by Nozomi and Java.

Leading Sire

Sponsored by CEPA


Darley’s Group 1 winning and unbeaten son of Zabeel has now once this award five times in a row. This season his champion son Fawkner collected the Group 1 Caulfield Stakes while Set Square was triumphant in the prestigious Group 1 VRC Oaks.

Leading First Season Sire

Sponsored by Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital

Reward for Effort (Chatswood Stud)

The Blue Diamond winning son of Exceed and Excel, Reward for Effort, lead a strong field of Victorian first season sires with 10 winners including the stakes-placed Take Pride.

Super VOBIS Horse of the Year

Sponsored by Pryde’s EasiFeed

Fontein Ruby (bred by Blue Gum Farm)

Fontein Ruby, trained by Robert Smerdon, won more than $1 million during her short but highly successful career which has recently come to an end. This recent season was a winner of three black type races including the Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes. Fontein Ruby is by Blue Gum’s resident stallion, Turffontein.

Broodmare of the Year

Sponsored by Inglis

Charming Ruby – accepted by Blue Gum Farm

Charming Ruby, a Rubiton mare, is the dam of the mighty filly Fontein Ruby which won more than $1 million during her short career. Charming Ruby is a three-quarter sister-in-blood to dual Cox Plate hero Fields of Omagh.

Young Achiever Award

Sponsored by the Shire of Strathbogie

Daniel Mills (Hollylodge Thoroughbreds)

Daniel is the Stud Manager at Hollylodge. He has learnt the business from the ground level right through to winning the 2011 Racing Vic/Tabcorp Thoroughbred employee of the year. Daniel is an experienced stallion handler along with weanlings/yearlings and broodmares he also represents Hollylodge and other major studs by doing weanling/yearling sales around Australia. An expert at foaling down especially in difficult births he has brought many accolades on himself within the breeding industry through sheer hard work and hands on experience.

Darley Victoria shuttler Street Boss has unbeaten filly Petits Filous ready to take on black-type company after another convincing victory in the United Refrigeration Hcp (1000m) on Saturday.

It was her second victory in as many starts at Moonee Valley and she will race next in the G3 Quezette Stakes at Caulfield on August 15.

“It’s her first prep and she’s going well, but it’s a balancing act,” trainer Ciaron Maher said.

“She has ability but you want to see them keep developing.”

Petits Filous cost $65,000 at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and has earned $107,000 including $42,000 in VOBIS incentives.

She is the second foal of Excellent Lady (Exceed And Excel) who is a half-sister to G1 Mackinnon Stakes winner La Bella Dama.

Street Boss (USA) has another top-class three year-old in North America named Holy Boss.  He completed a black-type hat-trick by beating Requite (Warrior’s Reward) in the G2 Amsterdam Stakes at Saratoga on Saturday. It followed Listed victories in the Chick Lang Stakes at Pimlico and Bachelor Stakes at Oaklawn.

Trainer Steve Asmussen indicated Holy Boss will now be set for the G1 King’s Bishop Stakes at Saratoga on August 29.

“I love him winning a race on this stage,” Asmussen said at the Spa.  “He showed more maturity today than he has in any of his previous races and looked very good to the wire.”

Street Boss (Street Cry) is standing the coming breeding season at Darley’s Northwood Park (near Seymour) at a super value fee of $11,000 (inc gst).

Ridegeview Park resident Bianconi (USA) sired 8 winners during July and that final flourish took his overall figures for the season to 60 winners of 84 races and $1.73 million in prizemoney.

His Bendigo based three year-old Lazyaxl led the charge winning the Telstra Phonewords Hcp (1200m) at Moonee Valley on July 15.

“He relished the conditions and powered away,” trainer Shaun Dwyer said after the three length victory.

“He was big and gangly as a younger horse and I think he will eventually get out to a mile.”

Lazyaxl (3g Bianconi – Gypsy Battalia by Agincourt) is a homebred for Max Graham, Trevor Nuthall and Jim Miller. They raced his dam to 8 victories in Victoria and NSW including the Greater Dandenong Cup at Sandown plus Cowra and Gundagai Cups.

Bianconi (Danzig) stands at Ridegeview Park in Muskerry East for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.

“Of those 8 winners in July, 5 were three year-olds and they won from 900m to 1400m,” Ridegeview’s Fiona Sloane said.

“They’re mainly sprinting types and they’re winning week in, week out.”

Kingsgrove was his 60th and final winner of the season when scoring on debut at Murray Bridge last Wednesday. He is part-owned and trained by Brian Mueller and won’t be long coming to town.

Our Bottino is another Bianconi set for city racing. He won a Geelong maiden on July 24 for trainer Matt Williams and then opened his sire’s account for the new season with a 7 length victory at Horsham on Sunday.

For further information on Bianconi and Ridgeview Park’s associate sires London Bridge, Dr Doute’s, Best Choice, Golden Snake & Scintillo, broodmare owners should call Phil and Fiona Sloane on (03) 5433 6306 or 0488 525 063.

Blue Gum Farm’s high achieving young shuttler Canford Cliffs (Ire) added a third stakes-winner to his tally when two year-old filly Aktoria won the LR Prix Six Perfections at Deauville on Saturday.

Placed in three of her four previous starts, Aktoria broke through by over a length as favourite for the Carlos Laffon-Parias stable.

She is a half-sister to Group 2 placed Galaktea and is the best of six winners from Zafonic mare Granadilla.

Aktoria is the 18th first crop winner for Canford Cliffs.

Europe’s leading sire by winners also tasted success at Newmarket on Saturday when Holy Grail won her second race from four starts.

A five-time Group I winner Canford Cliffs returns to Blue Gum Farm at Euroa for a fee of $13,750 and will have his first Australian runners this season.

Canford Cliffs covered 83 mares in Australia last year and reports among those in foal is Helsinge – the dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.

Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano (Fr) sired his first winner in North America when Lola Beaux scored a first-up victory at Penn National on Saturday.

Then during the week, the Richard Hannon trained 2yo Belvoir Bay saluted in the quality field contesting the six furlong Betfred Nursery during the Glorious Goodwood carnival.

At Penn National, Lola Beaux (GB) started favourite and sat off the pace in a 1700m turf allowance before drawing over a length clear for new owner Gregory Bentley.

The former Irish based filly had broken her maiden at Dundalk last September and then finished second to Qualify in the G3 Weld Stakes (1400m) at the Curragh. The winner went on to a Group 1 victory in this year’s English Oaks.

With a further three winners in England the week proceeding – The Tin Man (Doncaster), Sydney Ruffdiamond (Ascot) and Encantar (Carlisle) – Equiano now sits in the top three of the UK second-season table.

Swettenham Stud stands Equiano for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Excitement machine Rich Enuff will kick-off his spring campaign in the G3 Heath Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield on August 29 with an aim to secure an elusive Group 1 title during the Spring.

The Written Tycoon colt is back in action after being sidelined with a ligament injury leading up to the autumn carnival.

He had emerged as a star of last year’s spring carnival winning the LR McKenzie Stakes, G2 Danehill Stakes and G3 Guineas Prelude before finishing a brave second in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.

Rich Enuff is a homebred for Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys and his wife Louise.  They own a 50% share in the colt with long-time stable client Colin Johnstone who holds another 25%.

Woodside Park purchased 25%  and the breeding rights to Rich Enuff after his heroics this time last year.  He is expected to retire to the Tylden nursery in 2016 (already home of star sires Zoustar, Written Tycoon and Foreplay).

“He looks well, feels well and is working well,” Keys said this week.

“He’s 60kg heavier and has come on like I hoped he would.  We’re looking to trial him here at Cranbourne next Monday week (August 10).”

Keys has booked champion jockey Damien Oliver for the spring and his Group 1 goal this campaign is the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 26.