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Victorian breeder Magic Millions profile: Woodside Park

Woodside Park's leading Victorian sire Written Tycoon. He is also third on the leading Australian sires premiership (by winners)

The progeny of Written Tycoon are expected to be snapped up like hot cakes at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast January Sale.

The hot favourite for the $2 million 2YO Classic, Capitalist is a son of Written Tycoon while Dieters (also by Written Tycoon) is among the better contenders behind him.

Woodside Park, the home of the leading Victorian sire, has five of the seven impressive Written Tycoon yearlings in the catalogue.

Matt Tillett, Bloodstock & Sales Manager at Woodside Park, is enormously positive about this year’s edition of the farm’s draft on the Gold Coast.

“We have a fantastic draft of 10 yearlings this year. We have a couple of beauties by young gun sires All Too Hard and Sepoy and a few crackers by the proven champion stallions including Commands, Lonhro and Starspangledbanner.”

“We also have the majority of our resident stallion Written Tycoon’s representatives in the sale which I’m sure will be the talk of the sale with Capitalist being the short priced favourite for the $2 million 2yo Classic race.”

A couple of the Woodside Park draft highlights are below.

Full details of the Woodside Park draft

Lot 157 – Bay or brown colt, Written Tycoon x Dexcellent
This very impressive colt by Written Tycoon looks a real racehorse. He is very typical of what his sire throws; size, scope, bone, great conformation and a great attitude.
He is out of a winning, full-sister to Sir Dex and from the family of Group 1 winners Secret Admirer and Donegal Mist. Being one of only seven lots by Capitalist’s sire in the sale, I’m sure he won’t spend much time in his box.

Lot 208 – Chestnut filly, All Too Hard x Factor of Safety
This magnificent All Too Hard filly is possibly the standout of our draft. Physically she is outstanding, she is strong and correct and has a great nature too.

She is out of a lovely Encosta De Lago half-sister to Gathering and Florentina. The mating was an interesting one for the pedigree buffs as it features a duplication of blue hen mare Rolls and obviously she is from the first crop of champion All Too Hard, so I’m sure she will be extremely popular.

Vic-sired Capitalist in cruise control at Wyong

Capitalist: Photo / Magic Millions

Capitalist has firmed into an odds-on favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic after cruising to victory in his final lead-up on Thursday.

An awesome son of Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon, he was always travelling like a winner in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions and was eased down to score by nearly three lengths. Bookmakers have firmed him into a red-hot $1.90 market-leader to become a millionaire at the Gold Coast on January 9.

Capitalist is unbeaten following a win on debut in the LR Breeders’ Plate (1000m) at Randwick in October and trainer Peter Snowden is looking forward to the Gold Coast.

“He’s very professional and has a great attitude – he can sit forward or settle back – although he did get a bit keen on the corner today.

Capitalist clocked 63.23s for 1100m to break the race-record held by Unencumbered. The 2013 winner then went on to complete the Wyong – Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic double (and now stands in Victoria at Three Bridges)

“He just oozes class and will have that x-factor on the Gold Coast,” jockey Blake Shinn commented.

Capitalist (2c Written Tycoon – Kitalpha by Fusaichi Pegasus) descends from 1991 Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Bold Promise and cost James Harron Bloodstock $165,000 at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale.

Another son of Written Tycoon, Dieters is also unbeaten after two starts following his win in the Hamilton Hotel QTIS Hcp (1110m) at Doomben on Saturday. Trained by Magic Millions 2yo Classic winning Jason McLachlan, Dieters is currently quoted at $17 for the MM 2YO Classic.

The win by Dieters also moved Written Tycoon up to 2nd on the earnings list of Two-year-old sires around Australia. He is currently third on the Australian General sires’ premiership for winners (65) and wins (83) only behind Not a Single Doubt and Fastnet Rock. He is now also leading Victorian sire by earnings – a ranking either Eliza Park’s Bel Esprit or Darley Victoria’s Reset have held for the best part of the past 5 or 6 years.

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

He will be represented by 7 lots at Magic Millions Gold Coast in January, 4 entries at the Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney, followed by 20 lots at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and a single entry for the Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney.

Sensational first-season for Canford Cliffs

Canford Cliffs

Canford Cliffs sired his 34th first-crop winner in Europe this year when Ballard Down was successful at Kempton Park on Wednesday.

The Blue Gum Farm shuttler has run out of time to overhaul the record of 38 individual winners set by Iffraaj in 2010 but his exploits this year have been nothing short of sensational.

His winning strike-rate of 46% is in another league compared to the other freshman with 10 or more winners – Zoffany is next best at 36%.

There are 12 yearlings by Canford Cliffs entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale starting on February 28 including a half-dozen from Blue Gum Farm. Leading the parade is Lot 265, a half-sister to G2 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Fontiton (Turffontein).

Fontiton was bred and sold for $110,000 by Blue Gum Farm at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier and she has earned $435,750 for a syndicate managed by Matchem Racing.

Canford Cliffs also has a regally bred filly in the pipeline for Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson. Champion mare Helsinge foaled the half-sister to Black Caviar and All Too Hard in October

Cosmopol Supreme at Canterbury

Cosmopol

Team Hawkes has Cosmopol on the cusp of a winning streak and that’s good news for Romsey’s Supreme Thoroughbreds which sold him for $45,000 (as agent) at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Cosmopol has already banked more than his purchase price in five starts after a Hawkesbury maiden and a Canterbury victory in the TAB More Than Winning Hcp (1250m) on Wednesday.

“That was effortless – he was turned out superbly,” jockey Blake Shinn declared. “And it was awesome to win for one of his part-owners Ray Thomas.”

Thomas is racing editor of Sydney’s Daily Telegraph.

Shinn took over from Sam Clipperton who gave Cosmopol a good ride from a bad gate at Hawkesbury. According to the Hawkes camp, he’s still raw but with plenty of upside.

“We prepped Cosmopol for the Premier Sale on behalf of Australian Thoroughbred Farm,” Supreme part-owner Neil Shaw recalled.

“He’s by Northern Meteor who was leading the first-season premiership at that time and his dam Siuya (O’Reilly) is a half-sister to Flemington Group 2 winner Scaredee Cat.”

The Supreme team has catalogued 34 lots for the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale with five by Chatswood sire Reward For Effort. Lot 470 is a half-brother by Chatswood Stud’s young gun to last year’s LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes winner Mihalic. The Cranbourne filly flew home to finish a close second in the LR Twilight Glow Stakes at Sandown last month.

Statue Of Liberty sires 18th stakes winner in Japan

Kikuno Storm

Talented sprinter Kikuno Storm has joined the roll-call of Statue Of Liberty stakes winners in the G3 Capella Stakes (1200m) at Nakayama.

Statue Of Liberty has now sired 18 black-type winners – he shuttled to Japan for four northern books until 2012 and since then has been based permanently at Eliza Park International at Kerrie in the Macedon Ranges.

Kikuno Storm (6h Statue Of Liberty – Psylla by Fabulous Dancer) flew home from the back of a capacity field to win the Capella Stakes by a neck on Sunday. It improved his overall earnings to the equivalent of AUD 1.68 million.

The first of his 7 wins was in a 2YO Newcomer at Kyoto in July 2011.

His French-bred dam Psylla has also foaled winners by Brian’s Time, Meiner Love and Agnes Flight. She was sent to Japan in 1998 after finishing third to Pas De Reponse (Danzig) in the LR Prix Imprudence (1400m) at Maisons-laffitte. The winner was coming off a Group 1 victory in the Cheveley Park Stakes at Newmarket.

Statue Of Liberty had promising two year-old Claro el Banco in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions Classic (1100m) last Thursday. The Victorian visitor won on debut at Ballarat last month and he was on trial for the $2 million 2yo Classic at the Gold Coast on January 9.

Eliza Park International has catalogued a Statue Of Liberty – Wonderer (End Sweep) colt as Lot 728 for the Magic Millions yearling sale next month. His dam was a Listed winner of the 2006 AJC Wenona Girl Stakes and her fourth winner lobbed last week when First Alliance was successful at the Mudgee Cup meeting.

The sire will be represented by five lots in the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale starting 28th February.

Equiano four-timer by 14 lengths

Equietto: Photo / Peter Morganti

Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano (Fr) has sired four new winners in the last week and they’ve scored by a combined 14 lengths!

The Darren Weir trained first-starter Equietto completed the four-timer in the Ace Radio Maiden Plate (1100m) at Horsham on Sunday. He jumped straight to the lead and cruised home in a display that created plenty of interest from a future perspective.

“He was extremely professional and won as he liked,” owner Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock manager Darren Dance said.

“I’m not sure of the quality behind him, but you can’t ask for much more than that on debut. He’s above-average and we will find a Super VOBIS race for him at the provincials or maybe even go to town.”

Equietto was a $20,000 buy as a foal at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Sale. Swettenham sold him as agent for Newsells Park which stands Equiano in England.

His dam Tintoretto (Commands) won at Warwick Farm carrying the all cerise colours of Woodlands Stud. She is a half-sister to G2 Expressway Stakes winner Hockney and is closely related to Platelet.

Platelet also raced in Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s distinctive fluorescent yellow silks and her career was highlighted by Group 1 triumphs in the Goodwood Hcp and Robert Sangster Stakes.

“Equietto has taken a while to come to hand as did Platelet,” Dance explained. “She was a real improver with age and I think that’s the key to the family.”

Equiano’s winning week commenced with Apriano (Cranbourne) before Black Diamond Girl (Kilmore) and French Amour (Murray Bridge) both came to the party with four-length victories.

The Swettenham Stud shuttler is a Top 10 stallion on the Australian second-season premiership with 12 individual winners of $337,878.

Equiano is also finishing his second season in Great Britain with a flourish. He has sired 41 individual winners and they have won a total of 64 races to put him comfortably ahead of other second season sires Zebedee (60), Paco Boy (50) and Makfi (49).

Grand result for Phoenix Farm

Ocean Grand

Phoenix Broodmare Farm graduate Ocean Grand will develop into a pretty handy horse according to his owner-trainer Cliff Bashford.

The Taree veteran said Ocean Grand had worked the house down in the lead-up to the TAB Highway Hcp (1200m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

“He was sensational at the track this week,” Bashford explained. “I’ve never had a horse work as good as him, ever.”

The promising four year-old shouldered 60.5kg less a 3kg claim and held off even-money favourite Clearly Innocent to score by a long-neck. “I had him sold to Hong Kong but he failed a vet test,” Bashford said. “He’s done well and doesn’t do a thing wrong. All the ones I’ve been forced to hang onto are OK, fortunately.

Phoenix Farm owner Damian Gleeson sold the Duporth gelding to Bashford for just $10,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Winter yearling sale. He won a Canterbury maiden in May and will go to another level next campaign.

“He had come on for a last-start fourth at Randwick,” winning jockey Koby Jennings said. “He’s a really mature, tough horse.”

Gleeson has catalogued 21 yearlings under the Phoenix Broodmare Farm banner for the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. His first to parade, as agent, is the Commands filly (Lot 30) from G2 Queen of the South winner Goon Serpent (Reset).

Phoenix Broodmare Farm topped the 2014 Melbourne Premier Sale with a $450,000 Northern Meteor colt and Premier II with a Myboycharlie colt for $110,000. Gleeson also topped this year’s Great Southern Broodmare Sale with Illusional (Redoute’s Choice) who made $160,000.

Meanwhile, Ocean Grand will have a break and come back for a heat of the Provincial Championships at Taree on February 28. The $400,000 Final will be held at Randwick in April.

God’s Girl a dream ride for Riggs

God’s Own

Boldacious Girl has continued a dream ride for her owner-strapper Carrina Riggs in the Harcourts Vennmillar Hcp (1100m) at Morphettville.

The God’s Own mare prevailed by a length after setting the pace – it was her second in town this season. She won a Balaklava maiden as a late-season three year-old and doubled up in Murray Bridge sprints at four.

Riggs was overwhelmed after Boldacious Girl broke through at Morphettville in August and was only marginally more composed when the John Hickmott trained mare returned to scale on Friday.

“It means a lot to Carrina – she works for me and paid the money for Boldacious Girl out of her own pocket,” Hickmott said. “I’m really happy for her and the mare is worth a bit now.”

Greta West Stud resident God’s Own sired the winner from NZ bred mare Love To Dance (Citidancer) who was Group 1 placed in the Ellerslie and Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes. She has also foaled LR Gold Sovereign Stakes winner Ehor and Sydney black-type soldier Party Crasher

“The God’s Owns are lovely, big horses,” Hickmott revealed. “We’ve got three but you can’t rush them.”

The trio includes Morphettville winner Rod’s Opinion and Hickmott races him in partnership with Nola How and Rod Blackwell from the Yorke Peninsula.

Three Bridges pin-hook Masters

Diamond Master

The pin-hooking skills of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds were seen to advantage again with Diamond Master at Happy Valley on Wednesday night.

The Ricky Yiu trained four year-old was a front-running winner of the Parrot Hcp (1200m) with Gregory Benoist aboard.

“We didn’t plan to lead, just there was not a lot of pace so he had to let him go,” Yiu said. “He’s a nice type of horse, I think there is improvement in him and more wins if only he would learn to relax more.”

Diamond Master had shown plenty at the trials after arriving from Australia but was wayward before breaking his duck at Sha Tin twelve months ago.

Agent Paul Willetts bought him on behalf of Three Bridges for $51,000 at the 2012 Inglis Select Foal Sale and that price-tag increased to $130,000 when knocked down to Yiu at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.

He is by Not A Single Doubt from USA bred mare Sandy Desert (Line In The Sand) and that combination has also produced Singapore stakes performer Desert Fox and Snowden Racing filly Yuma Desert. The latter has been nominated to win her maiden at Warwick Farm on Wednesday, December 23.

Sandy Desert has a Not A Single Doubt filly catalogued as Lot 573 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January and she has a filly on the ground by Pierro.

Three Bridges has 12 yearlings for the Magic Millions including a Not A Single Doubt filly from La Dolce Diva (Fusaichi Pegasus). She is following the same pin-hooking path as Diamond Master having been purchased by Willetts for $100,00 from Makybe at this year’s Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale.

Last month’s VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) winner Metier is another Makybe product pin-hooked by Willetts and Three Bridges. The Tony McEvoy three year-old is a son of Three Bridges stallion Stryker.

Enormous Victorian bred potential at Inglis Premier Sale 2016

The catalogue is now available online for the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, to be held on 28, 29 February and 1, 2 March at the Inglis Oaklands Sales Complex.

755 select Lots have been catalogued for Victoria’s headline yearling sale with a majority of these being sold through Victorian vendors.

Here is a statistical snapshot of sale when it comes to Victorian breeders:

  • 52 Victorian vendors have entered 577 yearlings
  • 26 Victorian based sires are represented by 291 yearling lots (all of these lots will be eligible to enter the inaugural $300,000 2yo Vic Sires race in April 2017 and $300,000 3yo race in 2018)
  • Darley’s Victorian sire Helmet and Chatswood Stud’s Reward for Effort have the equal most lots of any sire in sale with 33 each.
  • Eliza Park International has the biggest draft (53 entries) then Swettenham Stud (40).
  • Swettenham Stud sire Americain is the best represented 1st crop sire with 26 entries.
  • Four Victorian bred lots are out of Group 1 winning dams while 10 Victorian bred lots are siblings to Group 1 winners

“The Premier Yearling Sale has experienced increases year on year due to outstanding vendor support from across Australasia and growth in the quality of bloodstock offered at the sale,” said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian.

The catalogue is littered with Australia’s leading black type families, with 100 half or full relations to stakes winners to go under the hammer at Oaklands. Progeny from 98 stakes winning dams will be offered by 80 vendors.

“With the Inglis team having successfully canvassed buyers from local, national and international markets we look forward to an outstanding buying bench at Premier,” Vivian added.

One of the highlights of the catalogue, the Blue Riband Session, will be conducted at the conclusion of Day 1, enabling the large crowd to witness what has become an integral, and exciting, part of the Premier Sale. 48 Lots have been expertly selected by Inglis’ Bloodstock team on pedigree and conformation to excel at three-years-old and older, over distances of 1600m and further.

“This season alone, 16 Premier graduates have won 19 stakes races, including three Group 1 races. With results like these it is obvious why the popularity of the Premier Sale continues to grow. We are confident the graduates of the 2016 sale will perpetuate this success,” added Vivian.

All yearlings offered at an Inglis Select Yearling Sale, including the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, are eligible for entry into the lucrative $5 million Inglis Race Series covering their 2YO, 3YO and 4YO racing seasons. For more information:

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Ellerton Zahra Racing on a roll with Victorian-bred winners

Simon Zahra & Mathew Ellerton

Flemington training partnership Ellerton Zahra have had an astonishing run of 18 wins in 22 days at race tracks around Victoria.

Victorian breeders will be thrilled with this success as the two young trainers are some of the best buyers and trainers of Victorian bred yearlings.

In fact, of the 18 wins, 15 of them were horses bred in this state.

And, perhaps not surprisingly, eight of those wins were for Jenny and David Moodie’s Contract Racing outfit.

While the Ellerton and Zahra partnership had a deliberately quiet Spring Racing Carnival, the second half of November and December have been extremely lucrative.

“In August we made a conscious decision that if we didn’t have a group horse, a stakes horse, or a very good three-year-old that was mentally ready, we weren’t going to run them,” Simon Zahra said.

The result is ten city winners since the end of the carnival including two doubles at Sandown on December 5 and December 9.

The team has managed to get Moparee and Miss Maggiebeel – both progeny of Eliza Park sire Magnus – back to winning form after lengthy periods without a victory.

A smart batch of younger Victorian bred horses such as Durendal, Siding Spring, Magna Rossa and Crystal Dreamer have shown themselves to possess the ability to become outstanding city class types.

And perhaps we saw the best of their winners on Saturday at Flemington when Durendal posted a strong win in the Western Health Foundation Handicap (1200m).

Durendal scored at Pakenham in October and Ballarat in November before proving too strong in the lead-up to Christmas at Flemington. The four-year-old is now being aimed at the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m)..

“He’s graduated from Benchmark class and he’s probably earned a shot at the Standish,” Ellerton said.

If Durendal wins the summer feature at Flemington, he will become the fourth stakes winner for his dam, Razor Blade (herself by former Moodie owned sire Blazing Sword). Durendal is a sibling to Group 1 winning Flamberge as well as stakes winners Curtana and Sunburnt Land.

Stryker kicking goals around Australia

Three Bridges sire Stryker is getting the right results around Australia as we approach sales season.

Baggio (3c Stryker – Denarii by Dehere) won his maiden by a half-length over 1000m and then improved his own weight with a 6 length runaway in the Fifes Stockfeeds Hcp (1300m) on Thursday.

He is part-owned by Damien Flower’s Jadeskye Racing and was the most expensive yearling from Stryker’s first crop when making $220,000 for Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Baggio is the first foal of a three-quarter sister to Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Mirror Mirror (Dehere). Three Bridges has catalogued a Stryker – Denarii filly as Lot 154 at the 2016 Magic Millions and the mare foaled an Unencumbered colt in August.

Stryker (Fastnet Rock) is an Australian Top 10 second-season stallion with 11 winners of $418,500 since August 1.

Leading his Australian contingent is Lakeview Resources filly Andrioli who was a front-running winner during the Caulfield Cup carnival.

Tony McEvoy’s VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade winner Metier is another promising Stryker and so is last week’s last-to-first Warwick Farm winner Labdien.

Stryker’s NZ colt Rangipo is ready to make amends after an unlucky fourth in the G3 Wellington Stakes on November 27.

Rangipo had won three races earlier this season but was fractious and slowly into strike in the Group 3 at Otaki. He was hampered after a furlong and hung out around the home turn before finishing strongly behind the placegetters.

Trainer Tony Pike has nominated Rangipo for the G1 Levin Classic at Trentham on January 16.

Stryker has 4 yearlings, including the sister to Baggio, entered for the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January. The filly from Voltdanze (Danzero) is being offered by Three Bridges as Lot 712 and she is a half-sister to Sydney stakes performer So Detached.

Toronado popular at Tattersalls & Arqana Sales

Infamous Angel

Mares in foal to Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (Ire) have been in demand at the Tattersalls and Arqana December Sales.

Toronado covered a full northern book at the English National Stud earlier this year following a brilliant career for Al Shaqab Racing. He won the G2 Champagne Stakes at two before training on for Group 1 victories in the Sussex Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes as a three and four year-old.

Infamous Angel (Exceed And Excel) was among the mares catalogued at Tattersalls. She’s due to deliver a Toronado foal in January and was purchased by leading agents Peter & Ross Doyle for 60,000gns (130,055).

Infamous Angel was trained by Richard Hannon and won the G2 Lowther Stakes at Newmarket. Her filly Alpine Dream (Dream Ahead) claimed a Thirsk nursery on debut in August and she has a rising 2yo colt by Lawman.

In France, Paris Rose (Cape Cross) sold for 82,000 euros (AUD 121,740) with a positive to Toronado on an early March cover. She was prepared by William Haggas for wins at Newmarket and Redcar before bowing out with a black-type placing at Munich in October 2014.

Toronado (High Chaparral) is finishing a quality book of 160 mares at Swettenham before returning to the English National Stud.

YuLong Investments tops Melbourne December Sale

The final Inglis sale in 2015, the December Thoroughbred Sale, concluded an exceptional year of auctions in Inglis sale rings.

The sale at Inglis Oaklands delivered a healthy clearance rate of 90%. Victorian manager, Simon Vivian commented, “Our final sale of the year returned some outstanding results and was an ideal way to conclude a successful year of trading.”

The ever-popular Darley draft sold all of their 17 offerings collecting $307,500 at today’s sale, including the top priced Chamarel (Lot 80).

The stakes-placed three-year-old was secured by YuLong Investments, which again held a strong presence investing $226,200 in 9 lots. YuLong also secured the New Zealand bred son of Pendragon, Killarney Kid (Lot 174) for $54,000.

“Both Chamarel and Killarney Kid, along with two of YuLong’s other purchases Club Star and Resistant will remain in Australia for a short prep before travelling to China to race for YuLong Investments’ principle Mr Zhang and his associates,” said Inglis China Representative Jin Tian.

Local representation wasn’t lacking with Warrnambool trainer Symon Wilde going to $52,000 for stakes-placed Victorian bred gelding Crime Fighter (by former Makybe shuttler Street Hero), and young trainer Matthew Brown outlying $56,000 on 2 lots.

“I would like to thank our vendors at today’s sale for presenting a quality draft of horses in tip-top order. As expected, the highlights of the sale came with the racehorse sections of the catalogue and our vendors are to be commended on the fabulous condition that the horses were turned out,” added Vivian.

“Inglis would like to thank its vast client base of vendors and purchasers for their support throughout 2015, and wish everyone a very Happy Christmas season and a prosperous 2016.”

Three new TBV Life Members announced

New TBV Life Members Tony Cavanagh, Rosemary Inglis & Tim Stewart.

As part of the Annual General Meeting held this week, three new TBV Life Memberships were awarded to long serving members of Victoria’s thoroughbred breeding industry.

Tony Cavanagh, Rosemary Inglis and Tim Stewart (pictured below) were all awarded life memberships, joining an illustrious list of 12 other TBV Life Members.

All three were presented with new Life Membership pins and their names will be enscribed on the new TBV Life Members honour board (pictured below – it will be hung at the Racing Victoria building at 400 Epsom Road, Flemington). A summary of each new Life Member’s contribution to Victorian thoroughbred breeding is  listed below.

 

TONY CAVANAGH

In an interesting and varied career spanning several decades in the racing industry, Tony Cavanagh’s influence and service in Victorian breeding and racing has been widely felt.

Starting in the mid 1960s, Tony worked for the Racecourses Licences Board as assistant secretary and government tote inspector. In 1970, Tony started as a pedigree clerk with Wright Stephenson and it wasn’t long before he played a key role in revolutionising the way pedigree pages were presented in sales catalogues – as they are today.

Following his departure from Wright Stephenson, Tony managed or owned a number of studs including Toolern Vale Park, Glenfern Park and Huntly Lodge Stud. During this time Tony served as Bloodhorse Breeders Association committee member from 1984 to 1992, a time when VOBIS was lobbied from by that organisation and eventually adopted by the VRC and State Government.

In 1980 he also established his own bloodstock agency, and his clients read like a who’s who of racing of the 1980’s and 1990’s. Through this agency, he sold champion racemare Emancipation, plus Magic Flute (AJC Doncaster Hcp) and Aurea (dam of Group 1 winners Magari, Centaurea). He also aided in the syndication of great sires Centaine and Sir Dapper among many others.

Tony personally bred and raced 1985 Blue Diamond winner Let’s Get Physical as well as high class mare Bold Bridget, a successful matriarch whose descendants include Staging, Excites, Tickets, Duporth and Delago Deluxe.

In 1989, Tony worked with prominent Victorian breeder and TBV Life Member Ted Cockram to open up thoroughbred trade between Australia and Argentina with the purchase of six fillies and mares.

Tony remains an active agent including working for many Victorian based clients. He recently helped broker sale of Il Cavallo (bred by Makybe) to stand at stud in New Zealand.

 

TIM STEWART

Tim has served the local thoroughbred breeding industry with distinction and a great deal of success over several decades.

Tim was the Victorian Bloodhorse Breeders Association Honorary Secretary from 1983 to 1988 and Vice President in 1991. He was the Chairman of the Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia from 2007 to 2013.

Tim is the Principal of Tim Stewart & Associates bloodstock agency representing clients Australia-wide. His broodmare matings executed for clients have produced in excess of 86 individual stakes-performing horses and an additional 168 metropolitan winners. Private purchases & yearling selections for clients have resulted in more than 252 individual winners of more than 550 races.

As a thoroughbred breeder in his own right, he has bred 56 individual winners of 218 races including multiple stakes performing horses. Tim takes great pride and responsibility in ensuring those horses he breeds and owns are found a good home following their racing or breeding careers.

Perhaps Tim’s most important service for Victorian thoroughbred breeding was while association secretary in helping to lobby for and establish VOBIS in the mid 1980s.

Along with other leaders of the Bloodhorse Breeders Association such as TBV Life Members Doug Reid, Brendan McCarthy and Ted Cockram, Tim helped successfully lobby the Victorian Government for funding for VOBIS. The scheme was the first of its kind in Australia and lead the way to make Victoria the premier racing and breeding state.

In 1987 as VOBIS was to become operational, Tim told Glenn Lester from The Age: “We want people to go to the sales and recognise that the VOBIS logo means dollars to the pocket.” (The Age June 5, 1987). This comment, made more than 28 years ago, has stood the test of time demonstrating Tim’s foresight and knowledge of the industry.

Notably, Tim also played a significant role in the computerisation of the Australian Stud Book and thoroughbred statistical systems.

 

ROSEMARY INGLIS

Rosemary Inglis is TBVs longest serving committee member having been elected to the committee in January 1991.

She has been TBV’s representative on the Victorian Horse Council and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.

Rosemary and her late husband Dr Bert Inglis, a veterinarian, developed and ran Benalla Park Stud in North East Victoria. They stood several stallions including Star Pyramul as well as Hartbalm – a Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner who sired a Group 1 Galaxy winner. He was North Eastern Thoroughbred Breeders’ leading stallion in 1986-87. They also bred and owned the North Eastern Broodmare of the year Full on Hearts 1994-95.

In 1980, Rosemary was responsible for the formation of the North East Breeders Association and served as secretary for the next 15 years. During this period of service, the North East grew into the premier breeding ground in the state.

One of her most notable achievements at the Association was the establishment of very well-attended monthly dinner meetings as well as the annual dinner – a highlight of the State’s breeding industry’s social calendar.

Rosemary is a long serving member of the VRC, the Benalla Racing Club and a foundation Gold member of the Wakeful Club.

TBV President’s Report 2015

Introduction
Since the TBV AGM held in December 2014, both the organisation and the Victorian thoroughbred industry have continued to grow.

Membership has increased once again over 300 members (262 members this time last year) covering broodmare owners & farms, stallion farm owners and industry affiliates and supporters.

The financial results indicate further growth in both the organisation’s revenue and the bottom line and our relationship with other industry bodies including Racing Victoria is as strong as ever.

In the middle of the year we said goodbye to Ashleigh Mitchell who worked tirelessly to grow TBV. I thank Ashleigh for her work and wish her well in future endeavours.

In July, TBV appointed former senior adviser to the Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing, Patrick Clancy, as its new Executive Officer. In his previous role, Patrick built a considerable network across race clubs, representative bodies, governments and other key organisations. This has already been highly advantageous to TBV. In the past five months, we have achieved a great deal and intend to do much more in the future to lift the profile of the organisation to the benefit of our members and the broader industry.

Investment in Victoria
2015 has seen a significant rise in investment in Victorian breeding operations. The State’s farms have been strong buyers at this year’s major broodmare sales which bodes well for the future.

In addition, Victoria has experienced an unprecedented level of quality injection into its stallion ranks this year with the arrival of Group 1 winners such as Brazen Beau, Zoustar, Toronado, Warhorse, Hampton Court and The Wow Signal. Notably The Wow Signal and Toronado are owned by Qatar’s Al Shaqab Racing.

We have also welcomed the significant arrival of Spendthrift Farm to Victoria from the United States of America having acquired Yallambee Farm in the Macedon Ranges.

Sales
The three major sales in Victoria all grew in 2015.

• Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale – Session 1 average was up by 15% and Session 2 was up by almost 4%
• Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale average was up by 17%
• Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale average was up by 30%

The Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale sale saw the debut of progeny of Victorian sires including Americain, Glass Harmonium, Jungle Ruler, Lucas Cranach, Mulaazem and Squamosa with promising results achieved.

VOBIS
In 2015-2016, VOBIS Gold and Super VOBIS more than $20 million will be made available in prizemoney and bonuses to owners and breeders.

The 2013 foal crop once again attracted more than 2500 nominations. This growth in nominations to Super VOBIS over recent years has occurred in an environment of a declining national foal crop. Once again, the continued expansion of VOBIS Gold and the hard work by Racing Victoria’s VOBIS nominations team had a strong part to play in this growth.

The current racing season is the fourth year for VOBIS Gold. Up to 350 races will carry $20,000 bonuses to VOBIS Gold registered racehorses aged from 2 years old to 5 years old across country and metropolitan racecourses.

Racing Victoria has increased the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series to a record $2.81 million in prizemoney and bonuses in 2015-16. Two more feature races will be added to the Victorian Owners & Breeders Day which was first held at Caulfield in April 2015. In 2016, six of the nine races held on this raceday will be for VOBIS Gold horses only.

In October TBV joined Racing Victoria to announce the establishment of VOBIS Sires. This is a scheme that will be funded by stallion owners and Racing Victoria. It will principally involve two lucrative races restricted to progeny of nominated Victorian sires:
• a $1 million two-year-old race over 1200 metres to be run for the first time in Autumn 2019
• a $500,000 three-year-old race over 1600 metres to be run for the first time in Autumn 2020

In advance of these lucrative races being staged, there will be 2yo and 3yo races run on Owners and Breeders Day which are restricted to Victorian sired horses. These races will be worth $300,000 and start in the autumn of 2017. We thank Racing Victoria for their commitment to VOBIS Sires.

Victorian Owners & Breeders Day
The inaugural Victorian Owners & Breeders Day was held at Caulfield on Saturday, 18th April with nearly $1 million on offer across four VOBIS Gold races. Next year this will grow to nearly $1.5 million across six races held on April 16th at Caulfield again.

Field sizes and wagering results were strong while a good crowd attended with syndicators given opportunities to market their horses at a special expo. Both Racing Victoria and the Melbourne Racing Club are to be thanked for their commitment to this day. Planning has already begun for next year’s event to ensure it is even bigger and better.

TBV Communications
The main source of information to members is through our weekly e-newsletter. This now goes out to more than 500 members, affiliates, industry leaders and racing media. It contains an eclectic mix of stories about the sale, results and breeding of Victorian thoroughbreds.

TBV has once again grown its profile on social media with a record amount of followers on Facebook and Twitter. In the past five months in particular, the impression TBV has made on Twitter has increased almost tenfold.

Donors and Sponsors
TBV could not operate without the generous support of its donors and sponsors.

At Inglis’ August Thoroughbred sale seven stallion nominations were generously donated to TBV by seven studs. I would like to thank all of the farms and Inglis for their kind support as well as the buyers of the stallion nominations.
• Darley – Helmet
• Eliza Park International – Statue of Liberty
• Rosemont – Toorak Toff
• Spendthrift – Hampton Court
• Swettenham – Puissance de Lune
• Three Bridges – Stryker
• Woodside Park – Written Tycoon

Additionally, we have had ongoing financial support from key sponsors including:
• Gallagher Bassett
• IRT
• Newmarket Grand West Insurance
• Condo’s Horse Transport
• CEPA

This assistance received from the above organisations supports a large part of TBV’s operations and allows TBV to grow its promotion and advancement of the interests of the Victorian thoroughbred and Victorian breeders.

I strongly encourage members to look up these organisations, find out what they can do for you and your business and utilise their expert services.

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia
Adam Sangster, Adam Tims and I represent TBV on the Aushorse and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia boards ensuring the issues that matter in Victorian breeding are raised at a national level.

Key issues focused on over the past twelve months include national horse welfare, integrity and the merger of Aushorse with TBA.

In recent months we have also been working closely with TBA and Professor James Gilkerson over equine infectious diseases issues, how they can be best addressed and how such approaches can be funded. TBV and TBA will be doing more work in this area over coming months to ensure breeders are fully informed about critical equine diseases including equine herpes and strangles. I want to particularly acknowledge TBV Committee member Cathy Hains for her passion and determination with respect to these issues.

Racing Australia has indicated it will bring breeders under the Rules of Racing. Both TBV and TBA are opposed to the change as put forward by Racing Australia. Our main concern is lack of representation on the Racing Australia board and therefore limited ability to have oversight of decisions which could have major impacts on breeders.

TBV breeding award winners for the 2014/2015 racing season:
• Champion Victorian Stallion – Bel Esprit (Eliza Park) for a record eighth consecutive year
• Champion Freshman stallion – Reward for Effort (Chatswood Park)
• Champion Victorian Broodmare – Raining (dam of Srikandi)
• Leading Victorian Breeder – Contract Racing
Group 1 Victorian bred/sired winners over the past 12 months:
• Jameka – VRC Crown Oaks – bred by Gilgai Farm
• Fawkner – Makybe Diva Stakes – by Darley sire Reset
• Flamberge – Goodwood Stakes – bred by Contract Racing
• Srikandi – Stradbroke Handicap & Winter Stakes – bred by a Victorian syndicate

Super VOBIS Awards
• VOBIS Horse of the Year – Fontein Ruby and Rough Justice,
• Super VOBIS Owner and Nominator of the Year Awards – Contract Racing

Conclusion
A special thanks to all committee members for all of the efforts they have made over the past twelve months. The work undertaken by these people is entirely voluntary and undertaken with a great sense of service.

Particular thanks to Anthony Mithen of Rosemont Stud who stepped down from the committee earlier this year. Anthony was replaced by Andy Makiv from Darley.

I want to acknowledge the work undertaken by TBV members, their staff and the broader Victorian thoroughbred breeding industry. Whether it is the breeding season, the sales season or the Spring Racing Carnival, there is rarely a down time in this industry making it sometimes a difficult industry to be in. However, the passion we all hold for horses and the industry is what keeps us going.

Finally, I would like to wish everybody a Happy Christmas, a successful end to the breeding season and a prosperous sales season in 2016.

TBV & Tabcorp announce major partnership

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria is delighted to announce it has secured a partnership with Tabcorp, Australia’s leading wagering operator and Victorian racing’s joint-venture partner.

The new partnership was announced at TBV’s annual general meeting held at the Emerald Hotel in South Melbourne on Tuesday night.

Under the arrangement, Tabcorp’s wagering arm, TAB, will become TBV’s exclusive major partner and official wagering partner. TAB will have a presence on TBV communications and at all TBV events.

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria is the peak industry and representative body for Victoria thoroughbred breeders. The organisation promotes and advances the interests of the state’s thoroughbred breeders locally, nationally and internationally.

TBV President, James O’Brien said the new major relationship with Tabcorp is exciting for the organisation.

“Tabcorp has been a major contributor to Victorian thoroughbred racing over a long period of time providing significant benefits to TBV’s members and the broader breeding sector,” Mr O’Brien said.

“This new partnership with Tabcorp will certainly enable TBV to grow the profile of Victorian breeders and the Victorian throughbred right around Australia and internationally.”

Tabcorp’s Chief Operating Officer – Wagering and Media, Craig Nugent said:

“Tabcorp is a supporter of racing’s participants and TAB’s partnership with TBV is a natural fit.”Anchor

“The new partnership complements our partnerships with other industry bodies such as the National Jockeys Trust, Inglis and the Australian Trainers Association.

“We hope to assist TBV in its work to promote Victorian thoroughbred breeding and I look forward to our successful relationship.”

Tabcorp is the most substantial contributor to racing funding in Victoria. Proceeds from the Victorian joint venture exceeded $348 million in financial year 2015.

Gilgai colt set for Magic Millions Classic

Nikitas

Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm bred colt Nikitas can continue his family’s amazing run this season in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic on January 9.

The younger half-brother to G1 VRC Oaks winner Jameka (Myboycharlie) could not have been more impressive winning the Canadian Club Hcp (1200m) on debut at Doomben on Saturday. He bolted in by more than four lengths from Mishani Silva (Bradbury’s Luck) and Coming In Hot (Snippetson).

“He was just too good for them,” trainer Kelso Wood said. “We didn’t want to lead today but Michael (Cahill) had no trouble crossing from the wide barrier.

Wood compared Nikitas to his former Group 1 star Sizzling and indicated the Victorian bred colt will have his final Magic Millions lead-up in the LR B J McLachlan Stakes at the Gold Coast on Boxing Day.

“I will keep him ticking over for the Magic Millions,” Wood added. “He’s a very good and will eventually be more of a 1600m horse.”

Nikitas (2c Snitzel – Mine Game by General Nediym) made $280,000 at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale. Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson sold him to a syndicate that includes Sizzling’s owners David Devine and Neville Morgan.

“He was a bit green and pricked his ears a bit and I think he half went to pull up at one stage,’’ Cahill said. “There’s a huge amount of potential there and he will definitely be much better next season.”

Jamieson has a half-brother to Jameka and Nikitas on the ground by Cox Plate winner Shamus Award.

He bought their dam Mine Game for $190,000 as a yearling at the 2007 Gold Coast Magic Millions and she won at Caulfield before retiring to stud at Nagambie.

Gilgai Farm recently won the TBV Spring Breeders Premiership with the performances of Jameka as well as stakes winning The Quarterback. These successes add to the long list of black type winners from the farm with siblings Black Caviar and All Too Hard being the most well known.

Bell tolls for Sirbible

Sirbible

Alice Springs trainer Russell Bell will open a Melbourne stable in the New Year and it will be spearheaded by his God’s Own gelding Sirbible.

Bell floated Sirbible all the way to Moonee Valley for an all-the-way victory in the $40,000 Vic Wide Towing Hcp (1200m) on Fright night. The tough four year-old returned to scale to a boisterous group of owners who also made the long trek from the Red Centre.

“It was a long trip but he’s just a tough animal,” Bell declared. “He’s the first winner I’ve trained in the city and we’re going to alternate between Alice Springs and Victoria from now on. Hopefully, this horse will win a few more down here.”

Sirbible won five races last season including the NT Guineas before finishing down the track in the Alice Springs Cup. “I made a mistake stretching him out to 2000m in the Cup,” Bell said. “He’s a very talented horse but we will keep him sprinting in future.”

The gelding will stay in Melbourne before heading back home for the $100,000 Pioneer Sprint (1200m) on April 30.

Sirbible changed hands for $5,500 at the Inglis 2013 Red Centre Yearling Sale and is one of two winners by Greta West Stud sire God’s Own from No Fable (Hemingway). His younger sister Alaskan Wolf won her first two starts at Taree in August.

No Fable and her dam No Mischief (Mister C), a Listed winner of the 1995 Vanity Stakes at Flemington, were bred by Tim Stewart (FBAA).

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) stands at Greta West for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee. He has sired the winners of 38 races this season – Devout Diamond made in 39 at Benalla on Saturday.

National welfare program launched by TBA

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) has launched a national programme to prioritise and promote the welfare of thoroughbreds.

The landmark initiative will see the national peak body and all state breeding associations adopt a set of agreed guidelines, as well as the appointment of welfare officers in every state.

The guidelines, which outline the fundamental principles for the care of thoroughbred breeding stock, are believed to be the first such protocols adopted by a national breeding body anywhere in the world.

TBA president Basil Nolan said: “We already have a very high standard of care for our horses in the breeding industry, but I believe it is important for the TBA to highlight the message that welfare needs to be at the heart of what we do.

“We are fortunate that Australia has the second largest breeding industry in the world, but we always need to look to ways to protect our future and I believe this initiative assists in that aim.”

The guidelines state:

  1. Horses should be provided with appropriate amounts of food and have access to quality drinking water.
  2. Handling should accommodate the horse’s behaviour and should be done in a calm manner.
  3. Horses should not be forced into positions or situations that cause unnecessary pain, harm or injury and no horse should be abused.
  4. Horses should not be subjected to submissive techniques that injure or harm.
  5. Sick and injured horses should be given appropriate care and medical attention in a timely manner in keeping with best practice. Where necessary, veterinary advice should be sought.

The guidelines will be reinforced by the engagement of welfare officers in each state and a dedicated 1300 telephone number for people to contact if they have concerns regarding the welfare of a thoroughbred.

The officers, who will work on a part-time basis, will be tasked with advocating on welfare, being a point of contact for people with concerns about the treatment of breeding stock, liaising with other relevant stakeholders about thoroughbred care and organising industry assistance when needed.

TBA chief executive Tom Reilly said: “We consider that experienced people from within the thoroughbred industry, whether they’re former farm managers or veterinarians, will want to pass on their experience and advocate on this issue as welfare officers.

“As the peak body in the breeding industry it’s important we take a leadership role and make clear the standards that are expected of all participants.”

People should contact 1300 TBA WELFARE (1300 822 935 3273) if they have any concerns about a thoroughbred breeding stock.

The welfare initiative was agreed at a TBA board meeting last week having already been ratified by the state associations. TBA is the parent company of the six state breeders’ associations and has an associate membership base of 3,800 individual breeders and other industry participants.