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Big VOBIS Gold success for small time breeder

VOBIS Gold Bullion race presentation (including Burning Front principal owner Justin Lovatt and TBV Committee Members James O’Brien and Rosemary Inglis)

“It’s the iron horse Burning Front in the lead… what a wonderful horse, as tough as they come.”

Seldom are race callers prone to complimenting horses during the run but no wonder Terry Bailey is so full of admiration for this particular galloper – Burning Front’s talent and honesty earning him fans around the country.

Burning Front wins the VOBIS Gold Bullion on Pakenham Cup Day

On Sunday jumping from the widest gate in the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion at Racing.com Park, the Darren Weir trained Victorian bred chestnut took a while to find the lead but once in front he dominated right to the winning post.

It was start number 16 for his current campaign and only once during that time has been out of the placings – a close-up fifth after doing it tough in the Seymour Cup won by subsequent Group One winner Turn Me Loose.

“We are just blessed,” said managing part owner Justin Lovatt. “He is honest as the day is long as he has such a great constitution.”

Jockey Brad Rawiller has won four races aboard Burning Front and the horse is one of his favourites – “I just love riding this horse, he is a beauty… just a marvel.”

A nine times winner of over $320,000 in stakes, Burning Front was a very tough Gr.3 Sandown Stakes third at his previous outing and he did a good job rising in weight and dropping back in distance on Sunday.

Burning Front is is the third winner out of three to race from the dam She’s a Knockout (by Kingston Rule) who has a Written Tycoon colt filly being prepared by Avenel’s Hollylodge Throughbreds for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Justin Lovatt, who owns the dam and shares Burning Front with owners from around Australia and New Zealand, also stands the talented gelding’s in-form sire Primus at Stonehurst Farm, Strathbogie.

Primus’ progeny have won six races this month, another smart performer being Laughing Gravy who was sold to Singapore after recording a seven length maiden victory at Murtoa last year.

Setting up a good gallop in the Munificence Stakes at Kranji, the Cliff Brown trained five-year-old was headed at the 150m, showing great heart to kick back and record his second Singapore victory.

For further information on Primus contact Stonehurst’s Anne Richardson on 0425 859 407 or Justin Lovatt 0416 063 873.

Hong Kong Sunday success for Victorian bred horses

Victorian bred horses dominated at Sha Tin

It was perhaps an unprecedented level of success at a Hong Kong raceday for Victorian bred and sired horses last Sunday.

No less than four Victorian bred or sired horses won with a further three filling placings.

And this came on the same day eight out of the nine races on the Pakenham Cup raceday were won by Victorian bred horses.

Aztec Empire, a son of Choisir bred by Bronwyn Hawking and Wayne Ross and sold through Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in 2012 for $45,000, got the first win on the board for the Victoria breds in race 1 at Sha Tin.

Race 2 was won by London City, a son of Choisir bred by the Groves family and sold through the Shadow Glen draft at 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $35,000. It was the second win in a row for the gelding. London City’s dam, La Rumba recently had her Written Tycoon two-year-old sell for $130,000 at the NZB Ready to Race sale, while her recent foal is by Swettenham Stud’s Equiano.

Then came Race 5 when Unique Happiest, a son of Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon, also made it two wins on the trot.

And in Race 7, the win went to Brilliant Dream, a son of Rangal Park sire, Danerich. This was the third win from his past four runs.

There was also minor placings throughout the raceday to New Asia Sunrise (a son of Written Tycoon bred by Victoria’s Mr G & Ms K Hammond), Tonyboy (bred by Gilgai Farm) and Apollo’s Choice (bred by Lauriston Thoroughbreds).

Huge weekend for Euroa based stallion

Didntcostalot

One of Victoria’s lower profile stallions muscled up to the big boys with a couple of very handy winners in Brisbane and Hong Kong over the weekend.

Rangal Park’s (Euroa) sire Danerich, probably best known for the deeds of dual Group 1 runner-up Lord of the Sky, showed what a good horse he can produce with these two classy wins of his progeny.

Brisbane flyer Didntcostalot won the Group 3 George Moore Stakes (1200m) with a wing on every hoof at Doomben on Saturday.

In a runaway victory reminiscent of his speedy sire, he scorched over the distance in 1.08.17s which was only a fraction outside the track record held by Takeover Target.

“He’s airborne this horse,” trainer Tony Gollan said. “He’s just gone to another level and had a couple of smart ones off the bridle today.”

The Doomben result gave Rangal Park sire Danerich his 7th stakes winner.

“We’re not going to stop with him yet,” Gollan added. “He will run in the (LR) Lough Neagh Stakes (1350m) back here in a fortnight.”

Didntcostalot was initially trained by Marc Conners and made headlines from the outset when clocking a track record on debut at Wyong in October 2011. He had been knocked down to Vern Rayner’s Classic Bloodstock for just $3,000 at the 2010 Magic Millions National Sale and has now earned $513,745.

His dam Costi (Encosta De Lago) has a yearling colt by Cardinal Virtue and a colt on the ground by Ridgeview Park’s Bianconi.

Danerich doubled on Sunday afternoon at Sha Tin when Brilliant Dream won the Chevalier Lifts & Escalator Hcp (1400m) at Sha Tin.

The David Hall trained gelding has won three races this season and his total prizemoney now stands at $3.97 million (AU$713,105).

“He makes his own luck and has been easier to handle with maturity,” Hall said.

“Some might think he’s exceeding his ability but he’s relaxing and not wasting energy. I won’t be surprised if he can win in Class Two.”

Rangal Stud owner Eric Buttler stands Danerich for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee.

Tycoon Up, Up and away at Moonee Valley

Written Up

Kyneton sprinter Written Up helped propel Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon into third spot on the Australian sires winners’ table at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Written Tycoon has sired 57 individual domestic winners this season and that’s only bettered by Not a Single Doubt (69) and Fastnet Rock (66). The Woodside Park stallion has put a gap on his Victorian based rivals – next best are Magnus (37) and Reset (32).

Written Up is trained by George Osborne and he came from last to lead home a Victorian sired trifecta from Kievann (Niello) and Belesron (Bel Esprit) in the William Hill Hcp (1200m).

“Everything fell into place, and he attacked the line really strongly,” Osborne said. “There was a bit of speed and he got on to the back of a horse going forward at the right time.”

Osborne has several short and long-term options with Written Up. “There’s a Listed (Christmas) Stakes at Morphettville on Boxing Day but it would have to be wet. Otherwise, we may have a crack a VOBIS Gold bonus race for older horses at Moonee Valley on January 2.

“Then we will probably just put him away until the winter for the Wangoom at Warrnambool and Golden Topaz at Swan Hill.”

Written Up (5g Written Tycoon – Octangle by Octagonal) had opened his black-type account in the 2014 Bendigo Guineas and followed up winning the Silvan Ridge Futurity Inglis Bonus at Warrnambool.

He’s a homebred for Bendigo owner-breeder Chris Morey and is raced in partnership with Terry Hurford and Osborne. His dam Octangle retired a maiden after four starts around the NSW provincials and she has a yearling filly by Turffontein and foaled another Written Tycoon colt in October.

The Saturday Moonee Valley win for Written Tycoon was accompanied by a win at Dalby on the same day, three wins on the Friday previous and then a big win by Unique Happiest at Sha Tin in Hong Kong on Sunday.

Written Tycoon is standing for a $19,800 (inc gst) fee at Woodside Park.

Sydney success for boutique Mornington Peninsula breeder

Stravigo

TBV member Andrew Goulopoulos bred a smart winner at Canterbury on Friday evening when Stravigo saluted first-up from a winter spell.

The Stratum gelding is trained by Snowden Racing for Perth-based owners Elio Galante and Rod Russell. He had been placed twice at Randwick earlier this year and broke through in the TAB More Than Just Winning Maiden (1100m).

Goulopoulos sold him through the Musk Creek Farm consignment for $170,000 at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has the potential to go through the grades.

“We were really impressed and hope to string a few more together in the future,” said Paul Snowden. “He trialled beautifully at Rosehill on October 30 and November 10 so it was no surprise to see him win like that.”

Stravigo is from Moonee Valley winner Rovigo (Choisir). She is one of 8 mares at the Goulopoulos family’s property nearby Musk Creek at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula.

Bloodstock agent Tim Stewart (FBAA) purchased Rovigo for $75,000 at the 2011 Inglis Broodmare Sale.

“Tim has bought us some very nice mares and Rovigo throws outstanding types,” Andrew said.

“She has a yearling filly by Stratum and a Sebring filly on the ground. She’s up at Swettenham Stud now and hopefully in foal to Toronado.”

Besides Rovigo, Goulopoulos has sent his mares to Victorian stallions such as Brazen Beau, Helmet and Canford Cliffs this year after they foaled to down to the likes of exciting newcomers Zoustar and Pierro.

The Collingwood lawyer has been involved in the industry near on 40 years and raced Salamander who went down a nose to Hyperno in the 1979 Melbourne Cup as well as a runner up performance in the VRC Derby of 1976.

But there were plenty of winning highlights along the way for Goulopoulos and trainer Tommy Hughes with feature wins in the Turnbull Stakes, Toorak Handicap, Sandown Cup and C B Fisher Plate.

Mornington galloper Masters Wodonga Cup

MASTER RESET | Credit: James Wiltshire / Border Mail

Mornington galloper Master Reset set a new track record in front of a bumper crowd for the Wodonga Gold Cup (1590m) on Friday.

The Matt Laurie trained son of Darley Victoria stallion Reset clocked 1.33.91s while improving his strike-rate to 6 wins in 11 starts. He has earned over $160,000 for a syndicate that includes locally-based part-owner and breeder Wayne Matsinos.

“He was injured in the Bairnsdale Cup last month but worked his way back and it was a choice between today or Moonee Valley tomorrow,” Matsinos revealed.

“He’s a good horse but can be a bit fickle. Matt trains him out of the paddock – he doesn’t like being boxed.”

Matsinos bred Master Reset from Glowing Tribute (Zeditave) whose only win was a maiden at Tumbarumba. It’s the family of Aerosmith, a Group 1 winner in NZ (Wellington Cup) and Australia (Turnbull Stakes).

Glowing Tribute’s 3yo Electric Tribute (Krupt) won a Kembla maiden in June for Matsinos and she foaled a Von Costa De Hero (standing at Riverbank Farm) filly in September.

“Master Reset isn’t the best mannered horse but sprinted really well in the straight,” jockey Jason Benbow said.

“Breaking the track record isn’t an easy feat especially in a race with that much depth and that much pressure. Hopefully, I can stick with him and get a few more wins along the way.”

Reset (Zabeel) holds a slender lead in the Victorian sires’ premiership ($1.96 million) this season from Written Tycoon ($1.90 million). He stands at Darley Victoria for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.

Low-key return for Trust In A Gust

Trust In A Gust owners

While Darren Weir went on a lap of honour from Ballarat to Berriwillock following the Melbourne Cup, another one of his Group 1 stars returned from a spell without any fanfare.

Trust In A Gust gave Weir his first Victorian Group 1 during the 2014 Caulfield Cup carnival but injuries have restricted him to just two starts this year.

He’s already been signed to stand at Swettenham Stud and Weir is working towards winning a third Group 1 before the five year-old returns home to join the Nagambie roster in 2016.

“Darren is taking him along slowly down on the beach at Warrnambool,” syndicate manager David Speechley said this week.

“It’s early days and there are no plans as to when or where he will return to racing.

“Long-term, we would love to have another crack at the Group 1 Stradbroke Hcp. We were all set to take him up this year until he was injured while being loaded on a flight to Brisbane.”

Trust In A Gust (5h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) recovered at Gerry Ryan’s Limerick Lane property in Nagambie after surgery to remove a bone chip from his stifle.

“The vets said it was a straightforward operation,” Speechley explained. “We’re hoping he can come back and reproduce his best form at the autumn and winter carnivals.”

Weir placed Trust In A Gust to perfection as a three year-old winning 6 of his 10 starts to be named 2014 Super VOBIS Horse of the Year. He returned as a spring four year-old and graduated to Group 1 victories in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and Toorak Hcp (1600m).

Trust In A Gust was initially booked to stand at stud this year, however, Swettenham owner Adam Sangster and Speechley decided to keep him racing for another season.

The Ballarat based owner and Weir continued their successful run when Dalradian (Reward For Effort) won the RL Inglis Banner (1000m) on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley.

Speechley also bought a Helmet filly for $110,000 from Swettenham’s draft at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. She’s from a half-sister to NZ stakes winner Royal Babe (Rory’s Jester) and has been named Heluva Diva.

And what about Weir? He’s having a Heluva ride this season and Trust In A Gust remains a stable favourite even though he shares digs with the winner of a Melbourne Cup.

“Trust In A Gust has so much ability and, when you raise the bar, he goes with it,” Weir claimed “He’s a magnificent specimen and is the perfect horse to train.”

Kiwi colt autumn material for Master Of Design

Master Of Design colt sold at NZB Ready to Race Sale

Auckland-based trainer Steven Cole is looking forward to the autumn carnivals with the Master Of Design colt he bought at the NZB Ready to Run Sale.

Cole paid $110,000 for the Diamond Lodge graduate at Karaka a fortnight ago. The colt had been pin-hooked out of this year’s Inglis Classic yearling sale for $55,000 and had breezed 11.09s with a Foxwedge youngster at Te Rapa last month.

“He’s a lovely, athletic colt and looked a good mover at the trials,” Cole said. “I will bring him back into work in the New Year.

“I saw him at Diamond Lodge a week before the Sale when Jeremy Whale paraded his two year-olds. I liked him straight away but I wasn’t the only one. There was hot competition at Karaka.”

The Kiwi colt is a first-crop son of Swettenham Stud sire Master Of Design and was bred in Victoria by Rodney Rae. His dam Beauriphul Gal (Bureaucracy) is an unraced sister to Flemington stakes winner Noircir.

Cole prepares his team at the Byerley Park complex and kick-started his career with Avondale winner Belial (Domesday) in May. He’s a third generation trainer – his father David is a partner in global transport company IRT and was originally based at Pukekohe as was his grand-father Alf.

“I went to Marcus Oldham College in Australia and then came home and worked for Stephen McKee and Nigel Tiley,” he said. “I’m keen to build the numbers and hopefully the Master Of Design colt will help me get established.”

Master Of Design is a Group 1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice and his first starter Kinetic Design was runner-up in the LR Maribyrnong Trial at Flemington last month. He stands at Swettenham for a $15,000 service fee.

More VOBIS Gold money for Metier

Trainer Tony McEvoy & TBV President James O'Brien with Metier following his win in the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade

It’s nice to break your maiden in a good race and that happened for promising Stryker gelding Metier when powering home to win the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat on Saturday.

VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade presentation

Fitted with blinkers and stepped up in distance, Metier produced a strong late finish for Mark Zahra to overpower his more fancied rivals to score by a long head from Rezak (Reset).

“It was a bit of an aggressive play running him in this race today as a maiden when there was plenty of really good options,” trainer Tony McEvoy said.

“But I’ve got faith in him and the blinkers really got him to travel today.

“He will stay here and we will just keep looking for more of that beautiful VOBIS Gold money. You could see a long way from home he was going to finish strong and Mark timed it to perfection.”

A $40,000 Inglis Classic purchase from the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds draft for his trainer, Metier has a win and two placings from four starts and prizemoney topping $75,000.

Bred by Makybe, he was a successful pin-hook for Three Bridges having been bought by Paul Willetts for just $10,000 as a weanling at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Metier is the second winner for Danzero mare Unblemished. It’s the family of G2 MVRC Champagne Stakes winner Truly Wicked (Rubiton) who is the dam of G1 HK International Sprint winner Amber Sky.

Unblemished is now owned by Avenel’s Hollylodge Thoroughbreds. The mare’s latest foal is an Uncle Mo filly born in August (pictured).

Metier is another good winner for Three Bridges sire Stryker following on from smart wins for Rangipo and Baggio this month.

The Eddington nursery was in the frame again on Saturday when Lucky Bubbles (Sebring) won the Chek Lap Kok Hcp (1200m) in Hong Kong. He was bred by Gilgai Farm and was a $90,000 graduate from the Three Bridges draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Unblemished with her Uncle Mo foal at Hollylodge Thoroughbreds in Avenel

Victorian studs winning with McCarthy

Murt The Flirt | credit: Darren McNamara

Several Victorian studs were on the bandwagon when Brendan McCarthy doubled up with Petite Reward (Moonee Valley) and Murt The Flirt (Ballarat) on the weekend.

The Caulfield trainer has a background in the breeding industry having grown up at Clearview Park in Tallarook. His father Brendan, a TBV Life Member, stood stallions the calibre of French-bred import Rare Pearl (Lyphard) who sired Melbourne stakes winners Bejilla, Pearl Prince, Rare Chance, Spanglet and Stockavion in the 1980s.

Brendan McCarthy

McCarthy’s flying filly Petite Reward (Reward For Effort) led home a trifecta for local stallions in the Henry Dwyer Racing Hcp (1000m) on Friday night. She had just enough in reserve to defeat Neat And Tidy (Magnus) and One Lucky Gal (Artie Schiller).

“She’s a machine – a pocket rocket,” jockey Jackie Berriman said. “And I think she’s got the ability to go right on with it.”

Petite Reward had won at Sandown and Bendigo on either side of a winter spell before improving her strike-rate to 3 wins in 6 starts at the Valley.

McCarthy preps her for owner-breeders Andy and Carol O’Shea who operate Innisfree Thoroughbreds at Pakenham.

Chatswood Stud champion Reward For Effort has sired 14 individual winners this season and is right behind Hitchinbrook at the top of the Australia second-season premiership.

Murt The Flirt (Murtajill) landed a gamble when he maintained an unbeaten record at Ballarat in the Magic Millions 3&4YO Classic (1100m).

“That was very impressive,” McCarthy said. “It was a big effort first-up and he did it beautifully.”

Murt the Flirt was pin-hooked by Bunyip’s Ampulla Lodge owner Steve Jostlear for $22,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions National Foal Sale.

His dam Loves Attention (Taimazov) is a half-sister to Woodside Park’s sire Written Tycoon.

Jostlear sent the colt to the 2013 Adelaide Magic Millions but took him back home when bidding failed to reach a $40,000 reserve. The West Gippsland pin-hooker kept a share and the gelding has already won $160,000 for a large stable syndicate – plus the proceeds of a $9 to $5 sting on Saturday.

Gold Coast beckons Banco

Claro el Banco | credit: Magic Millions

Statue Of Liberty youngster Claro el Banco punched his ticket to the lucrative Gold Coast Magic Millions raceday after a courageous front-running victory in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat.

Claro El Banco leads the field in the Ballarat Magic Millions Clockwise Classic

The only runner with race experience, he showed speed from the gates and set a strong clip in front to win by over a length from Sydney visitor Preferito.

“I’m just so proud of this horse,” trainer Jason Petch beamed. “He had to be used up to the first corner and never shirked the task. I will give him an easy two weeks and then get ready for the Gold Coast Magic Millions.”

Claro el Banco (2g Statue Of Liberty – Magic By Gosh by Magic Albert) earned $155,000 including $35,000 in VOBIS bonuses on Saturday to qualify for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m) on January 9.

The gelding got stage-fright when well-beaten on debut in the LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes. “He just got lost at Flemington,” jockey Craig Newitt explained. He had trialled brilliantly before and after that race and lived up to that promise here.”

In fact, TBV was on the scene at his first official trial at Cranbourne and spoke to Jason Petch at the time. Claro el Banco was bred by Peter McLaren and was purchased as a foal by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock for $46,000 through the Eliza Park International draft at the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Claro El Banco returns to scale as the winner of the Ballarat Magic Millions Clockwise Classic

He was then sent to Rosemont Stud for yearling sales preparation. At the September trials, Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said he was not surprised by the forward showing by the Statue of Liberty colt.

“He was always a strong forward precocious style of horse. Josh Wardle, Rosemont’s Operations Manager together with Sheamus Mills did a fantastic job selecting and subsequently pinhooking this lovely colt.”

The colt’s trainer Jason Petch this great young horse for $80,000 as a yearling at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions.

“A great mate of mine Mark Lindsay, from Eliza Park, actually suggested I go and have a look at this horse at the Gold Coast sale. As soon I saw the horse and checked him over, I wanted him.”

The dam Magic By Gosh foaled a colt by former EPI sire Bushranger last year and she was then bred back to Statue Of Liberty.

Vic breds shine at Karaka Sale

Tarcoola bred Sebring-Brilliant Jewel | credit: NZB

Victorian breeders and stallions batted well above average at the NZB 2YO Ready to Run Sale last week.

The average for Super VOBIS nominated Victorian-bred lots was more than $112,000 which well and truly surpassed the sale’s record-breaking overall average of $92,000.

Tarcoola Stud’s (Tuerong, Mornington Peninsula) Ken Williams bred the $340,000 Sebring – Brilliant Jewel colt that topped Day 1 at Karaka.

Ken bought the dam, Brilliant Jewel for just $24,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

His farm then took her Sebring yearling to the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where the $60,000 reserve was not reached.

Just three months later though, he was pin-hooked by Kiwi agent Paul Willetts for $150,000 from the Tarcoola draft at this year’s Magic Millions National yearling sale.

The Victorian bred VOBIS nominated colt was purchased at Karaka by Warwick Farm trainers Mauro Poletti and Amanda Turner.

“He inspected super,” NZB agent Danny Rolston said. “He was Mauro and Mandy’s top pick from the Breeze Ups.”

Based on the Mornington Peninsula, Tarcoola Stud was named Victorian 2011 Small Breeder of the Year after Sacred Choice won the G1 Doncaster Mile.

Other leading Victorian bred or sired lots at the Karaka Ready to Race sale included the Blue Gum Farm bred Red Arrow – Lassetoile gelding sold for $170 and the Erinvale Investments bred Helmet – Alborada colt sold for $160,000.

The now Moorookyle Park based sire Cecconi had a colt make $190,000.

Other six-figure sales were by Helmet (Darley – $160,000), Written Tycoon (Woodside Park – $130,000), Skilled (Darley – $130,000), Domesday (Darley – $115,000), Master Of Design (Swettenham – $110,000) and Magnus (EPI – $100,000).

EPI graduate a Hong Kong Gun

Barnawartha bred Gun Pit | credit: Kenneth Chan / SCMP

Hong Kong trainer Caspar Fownes is ready to take on the world with Eliza Park International graduate Gun Pit.

The budding international star maintained his perfect record on Sha Tin’s all-weather track and smashed his own track record in a scintillating performance on Wednesday evening.

Gun Pit (5g Dubawi – Magic Tori by Ali-Royal) powered away to a two-length victory in the Jackson Hcp (1650m) clocking 1:36.34s.

“He’s a very exciting horse and we look forward to bigger and better things,” Fownes said as Zac Purton brought the gelding back to scale. “We are only just scratching the surface with this guy.”

Fownes will take the Victorian-bred gelding to Japan for the G1 Champions Cup (1800m) at Chukyo on December 6. He’s also looking further afield to the Dubai World Cup carnival and even next year’s Breeders’ Cup meeting.

“I think the distance in Japan won’t be a problem at all – he was very strong to the line tonight,” he said. “The only question mark will be Chukyo’s deeper sand-based surface.”

Lynden Park’s Jill Ross bred Gun Pit’s dam Magic Tori and raced her to 8 wins in Melbourne with trainer Greg Eurell.

Eliza Park International sold Gun Pit to leading Kiwi pinhooker Mark Treweek for $65,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. He toured the ring again at the NZB Ready to Run Sale later that year when changing hands for $250,000

Gun Pit is unbeaten in 7 starts on Sha Tin’s all-weather track and has earned over $7.68 million (AUD 1.39 million) for owner Cheng Chung-wah.

Commanding winner from Camperdown

Commanding Dash | credit: TasRacing

Commanding Dash gave Camperdown based part-owner Barry Phillips his first ever winner on Wednesday evening.

The Dash For Cash mare powered her way to an impressive half-length victory in the Electro Rewind Plate (1200m) in Launceston. Phillips reared the grey from a weanling and found it hard to contain his emotions when she delivered on the promise shown as a youngster.

“It’s everything I thought it would be and then some,” Phillips said as tears flowed. “We had high hopes for her early on but she wasn’t ready as a two-year-old so we just had to wait.”

Commanding Dash (4m Dash for Cash – Mrs Commands by Commands) is the first foal of an unraced mare related to stakes winners Handsome Ransom (G3 Black Opal Stakes) and Danajaya (LR Flemington Roses St).

Phillips bought her for just $1,500 from Northern Lodge Stud at the 2012 Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale.

“This mare has been so close to winning with seconds at her last two starts,” trainer John Blacker said. “It was her turn tonight and she was strong on the line.”

Commanding Dash was initially trained by Darren Weir for placings at Pakenham and Geelong before shipping across Bass Strait.

She is by former Swettenham Stud sire Dash For Cash and Northern Lodge has sent her dam Mrs Commands to Blue Gum Farm in recent years for a 2yo colt and yearling colt Turffontein.

Elvstroem sold to stand in France

Elvstroem

Blue Gum Farm sire Elvstroem has been sold and will fly to France next month to cover his first northern book at Haras du Petit Tellier.

Elvstroem has been based in Euroa since 2005 when his initial fee was set at $38,500. He is currently serving his last Victorian book at a $4,400 fee.

The 15-year-old son of Danehill changed hands in a deal brokered by Gavelhouse. He was bred and raced by Frank Tagg, Garry Moffitt and Frank Meduri to win at Group 1 level in the Victoria Derby, Underwood Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Orr Stakes and Dubai Duty Free.

Elvstroem has sired 12 stakes winners headed by last year’s G1 Emirates Stakes winner Hucklebuck. His brother Gold Centre and half-brother Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus) are both at stud in New Zealand. Interestingly, his sister, Hveger, now based in Ireland, is the dam of Coolmore’s Group 1 winner and Cox Plate placegetter Highland Reel.

Haras du Petit Tellier is located in Lower Normandy and its current roster includes former Australian shuttlers Denon (Pleasant Colony) and Way of Light (Woodman).

Testa Rossa shuttled from Yallambee Stud to Haras du Petit Tellier in 2003 & 2004 and it’s also been home to champions Alleged (Hoist The Flag) and Arctic Tern (Sea Bird).

Magnus star heading to Hong Kong

The Alfonso | credit: Macau Racing Club

Magnus import The Alfonso earned a trip across the causeway to Hong Kong after winning the G3 Macau Sprint Trophy (1000m) on Sunday.

The Alfonso came from a long way back on the turn to power past River Bobo (Elusive City) and Healthy Life (Northern Meteor) in a blanket finish at Taipa.

He was racing first-up since winning the G1 Macau Derby (1800m) in April. “I didn’t really consider him a winning chance over 1000 metres,” trainer Joe Lau said. “I was thinking he would be running home well for maybe a nice fourth or fifth.

“He’s never won first-up in his life – even in Australia – but they went very hard and he is a class horse.”

Lau will set him for the G3 Hong Kong – Macau Trophy (1400m) at Sha Tin on March 6.

The Alfonso (5h Magnus – Princess Baxaar by Xaar) has earned $1.76 million (AUD 301,710) since arriving in Macau in February 2015. He had won at Canterbury, Randwick and Warwick Farm for Chris Waller before shipping off-shore.

“They ran him off his legs early and I thought we might have left it a touch late,” jockey Andrew Calder admitted. “He really got into stride the last 200 metres and has come back bigger and stronger. He should have a great season.”

The Alfonso was passed-in for $30,000 when offered by Yallambee Stud as a yearling at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale but changed hands for $40,000 later that year at the Magic Millions HIT Sale.

Magnus (Flying Spur) sired him from Hanging Rock maiden winner Princess Baxaar. She has also thrown winners by Denon & Written Tycoon and her final foal Jevilla (Reward For Effort) won a Perth juvenile in February.

Eliza Park International stands Magnus for a $17,600 (inc gst) service fee. He sired a double for breeder Rob Crabtree at Moonee Valley on Friday with Intrigo and Little Bita Spunk.

Magic Millions Catalogue showcases quality Victorian lots

Magic Millions

The much anticipated Magic Millions Gold Coast January Yearling Sale catalogue is out and it features some top class Victorian bred youngsters.

Eleven Victorian farms are heading to the January sale and selling 92 lots under their own banners.

Several other Victorian breeders will be selling through other drafts including Dorrington Farm, Hesket Bloodstock, Makybe, Uluru Stud and Palya Bloodstock among others.

A total of 14 Victorian sires will be represented at the sale with Darley Victoria’s multiple Group 1 winning Helmet most represented with 16 lots.

Victorian bred highlights at the sale include

  • Lot 64 – Makybe Racing’s Fastnet Rock half brother to Starspangledbanner
  • Lot 94 – a Master of Design half brother to the $1m winning daughter of Turffontein, Fontein Ruby
  • Lot 370 – Rosemont Stud’s Starspangledbanner half brother to multiple Group 1 winning Alboran Sea
  • Lots 966 & 918 – the first yearlings by Emirates Park Victoria sire Mulaazem to be sold through the auction ring

In the lead up to January’s sale on the Gold Coast, TBV will be profiling further Victorian bred lots and Victorian sired horses.

Victorians dominate Cup meetings at Donald & Dunkeld

Diamond Duke

Victorian sired horses dominated Sunday’s Donald Cup meeting with the first five winners on the card.

Winchelsea nursery Lemrac Lodge bred maiden winner Spinning Skirt, a daughter of former Darley Victoria sire Hard Spun, in Race 1. She was followed by Written Return (Written Tycoon), Liquido (Floral Pegasus), Maasai Justice (Court Of Jewels) and Porte Cochere (Bianconi).

Man-of-the-moment Darren Weir trained USA import Tonopah (Rock Hard Ten) to win the Donald Cup and he prepared Porte Cochere for her second win this this season.

The Bianconi mare broke her maiden at Cranbourne last month and she filled out a four-timer for the Ridgeview Park stallion on the weekend following Florida Pearl (Dunkeld), Good Conduct (Pt Lincoln) and It’s A Thrilla (Gold Coast).

Dunkeld’s Cup meeting on Saturday was another productive meeting for Victoria with Run Charlie Run (Danerich), Kilowatt (Reward For Effort), Mr Walker (Grey Swallow) and Florida Pearl (Bianconi).

Victorian bred gelding Diamond Duke doubled up in the Dunkeld Cup following his Mt Wycheproof Cup victory last month. The De Beers gelding is a homebred for Frank Belot who won 8 races with his dam Traditional Blues around the Wimmera.

Jimmy Creed foals popular pin-hooks at Keeneland

Jimmy Creed

Spendthrift Australia shuttler Jimmy Creed (USA) has topped Session 8 of the fortnight-long Keeneland November Sale with a foal that made $110,000.

The colt from Jimmy Creed’s first crop was purchased by Alistair Roden who bought him as a pin-hook prospect for next year’s yearling sales. The Irish born agent worked at stud farms all over the world including Australia and New Zealand before settling in Kentucky.

The Jimmy Creed colt was bred by Hidden Springs Farm and is from Saratoga stakes winner Judy Soda (Personal Flag). Her first foal Germaniac (Henny Hughes) won the LR Frank Whiteley Stakes at Laurel.

“He’s a big boy and a head turner,” bloodstock consultant Frances Karon said. “There’s a whole lotta horse here.”

Jimmy Creed also had two filly foals make $55,000 at Keeneland. The trio are from his first crop conceived after a 10-start career for Spendthrift owner B. Wayne Hughes. He won the G1 Malibu Stakes (1400m) at Santa Anita and was being set for the G1 Breeders’ Cup Sprint before an ankle injury forced him into retirement.

Spendthrift stands Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) at its Romsey farm for a “Share The Upside” fee of $11,000 (inc gst). He is also available at $8,800 (inc gst) on a standard live foal contract.

Superb strike-rate for Tycoon

Howmuchdoyouloveme

Written Tycoon galloper Howmuchdoyouloveme has returned from two years in the wilderness to win the Celebrations Hcp (1100m) at Rosehill. And his win continued an extraordinary winning streak for the Woodside Park sire with an average of a winner a day for the past month.

Howmuchdoyouloveme’s win was his first victory since the G3 Healy Stakes (1200m) at Eagle Farm in June 2013.

Burdened with 61kg before apprentice Samantha Clenton’s claim, he was appearing for the first time after finishing last in the G3 Show County Stakes at Randwick in August.

“He was one of my better rides for today,” Clenton said. “He came off the bridle a long way out and was just too good for them.”

Howmuchdoyouloveme (7g Written Tycoon – Betula Belle by Celtic Swing) was bred by Modewarre-based Bill Cockram and sold for a mere $5,000 at the 2010 Inglis Classic yearling sale.

Saturday’s result lifted his lifetime record to 8 wins in 29 starts and prizemoney of $655,895.

“He still has some wins in him and I couldn’t have been happier going into this race,” part-owner and trainer Con Karakatsanis said.

“I was a bit worried about the wet track but he is a horse with a lot of class.”

Progeny of Written Tycoon have won more races over the past 30 days than any other sire in the land. This record was maintained with the win of Written Return at Donald on Sunday. The filly was making her debut for trainers Dennis & Robyn Beriman and won pulling up by next to three lengths.

Dennis Beriman rates the horse very highly saying “I reckon Written Return may prove to be the best horse I’ve had.”

The Woodside Park champion sire has spaced all Victorian-based stallions with 48 individual winners’ this season. Next best are Magnus (32) and Reset (29). He is equal fourth on the national list in terms of winners.