After having covered 60 mares in 7 years, producing 27 live foals, 8 named horses and 3 runners, a now deceased Victorian sire finally has a winner!

Yes, Without A Pop became the first winner for Group 1 placed  sire Big Poppa Pump.

The five year-old mare won the Connolly Williams Memorial Maiden (1400m) at King Island on Saturday, 28th November for local trainer Robert Keys. She was racing first-up after a midfield finish at Mildura in July (when under the guidance of Hamilton trainer Ron Daniel).

Without A Pop (5m Big Poppa Pump – Without A Mill by Kingston Mill) was bred by Hamilton based Maggie Cumming of Carin Park Stud and is a younger half-sister to Mornin’ Sam (Musee D’Orsay) who has won races at Morphettville (3) and Gawler (2).

Big Poppa Pump (Charnwood Forest) was trained by Denis Daffy at Camperdown for wins at Sandown and Moonee Valley as well as finishing runner-up to Barely A Moment in the 2004 Group 1 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes.

“He stood at Carin Park and then transferred to Glenormiston College (as part of its equine educational offering),” Daffy recalled.

“When they closed the College he moved to a property up at St Arnaud, but died from a snake bite about twelve months ago.

“Big Poppa Pump was a beautiful looking individual and could have won awards at the Royal Melbourne Show.

“I have a half-dozen untried young horses by him. They’re magnificent types but I’m getting on and can’t look after all of them. I would be happy to hear from anyone wanting to make an offer or to come down for an inspection.”

For further information, Daffy can be contacted on 03 5593 2064 or 0418 518 620.

Domesday filly Arcadia Dream kicked off a memorable afternoon for owner-breeder Bob Peters in the LR Aquanita Stakes (1800m) at Ascot on Saturday.

Arcadia Dream arrived just in time from well back for a well-deserved head victory over Fremond. It was her first black-type victory after placings in the LR Belgravia Stakes, LR Burgess Queen Stakes and G3 Champion Fillies.


The Perth filly is the 9th stakes winner by Domesday who stands for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee at Darley’s Northwood Park base in Seymour.

“She’s been unlucky this season,” Peters explained. “She’s ran second to Perfect Reflection after being held up on the corner and was absolutely knocked out of it in the WA Guineas. She’s been up a while this preparation and will probably go to the paddock.”

Arcadia Dream (3f Domesday – Arcadia by Redoute’s Choice) was the first leg of a feature hat-trick for Peters on Saturday. He also won the G1 Kingston Town Stakes with Perfect Reflection and LR Jungle Dawn Classic with Ideal Image

Her dam Arcadia has also foaled 2013 Belgravia Stakes winner Arcadia Rose (Kheleyf) and Peters produced another promising Domesday winner from the family at Bunbury on Sunday.

Royal Supreme (3g Domesday – Antique Rose by Redoute’s Choice) won the Toro Australia Maiden (1420m) in the south-west just 24 hours after the huge day at Ascot. He is the first foal of a sister to the dam of Arcadia Dream.

Darley Victoria shuttler Street Boss sired his 21st stakes winner when Cathryn Sophia thrashed a strong field of fillies in the LR Gin Talking Stakes (1400m) at Laurel on Saturday.

The John Servis trained juvenile scored by 16 lengths second-up after winning her maiden by 12 lengths in Philadelphia on October 30.

“This is a really nice filly,” jockey Roberto Rosado said. “I just sat there.”

Cathryn Sophia (2f Street Boss – Sheave by Mineshaft) was never challenged and there was another 5 lengths between Prognosis (Tiznow) and Thundering Sky (Sky Mesa) for the trifecta.

The form lines leading into the race were formidable. Prognosis was a last-start Keeneland allowance winner, Thundering Sky was coming off a placing to subsequent G2 Demoiselle Stakes winner Lewis Bay while fourth home Mecke’s Madalyn had won the Shesastonecoldfox Stakes at Finger Lakes.

Servis, who prepared Smarty Jones to classic victories in the 2004 Kentucky Derby and Preakness Stakes, believes Cathryn Sophia is a special filly. “She does everything so easy and acts like a racehorse,” he said. “She showed some talent once she started training on a regular basis but I had no idea she was going to be this good.”

The Street Boss filly is raced by Cash is King Stable owner Chuck Zacney after changing hands for $30,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Maryland yearling sale. Zacney raced Afleet Alex to wins in the 2005 Preakness Stakes and Belmont Stakes.

Cathryn Sophia’s dam Sheave is an unraced daughter of G2 Golden Rod Stakes winner Belterra and among the mare’s earlier foals is this year’s Sugar Maple Stakes winner Taketheodds (Street Sense).

Street Boss (Street Cry) stands at Northwood Park for a fee of $11,000 (inc gst).

Romsey’s Supreme Thoroughbreds was represented by its second South African winning graduate within a month on Sunday.

Starcraft Prince won a 1200m maiden down the straight course at Scottsville for owner Trinisha Pillay and trainer Kumaran Naidoo. He had been sidelined for twelve months before returning to action with a placing at Scottsville earlier this season.

The four year-old gelding was a $45,000 buy for Heritage Bloodstock out of the Supreme consignment at 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

Rosemont Stud resident Starcraft sired him from Truly Kissed (Carnegie) who is a half-sister to G2 VRC Blazer Stakes winner Vormista.

Recent Greyville winner Ten Gun Salute (Henrythenavigator) was another Supreme sale to Heritage Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Classic Summer Sale. The winning double follows a Myboycharlie filly that topped the South African 2YO Sale in October. She had been pin-hooked from the Romsey nursery for $30,000 at this year’s Inglis Classic Sale.

The Supreme team has catalogued 34 lots – its largest ever consignment – for the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Swettenham Stud graduate Marli Magic will be given the chance to improve her strike-rate at Flemington this Saturday.

Trainer John Sadler has nominated the last-start Moonee Valley winner for an $80,000 Fillies and Mares Hcp (1700m) at headquarters.

Marli Magic has a pedigree that’s produced top-class gallopers for Swettenham Stud’s Sangster family going back to Group 1 champion Pure Of Heart. She was a $50,000 graduate from Adam Sangster’s Inglis Premier draft in 2012 and has earned $196,305 including $31,000 in Super VOBIS bonuses.

Sadler prepares the mare for a syndicate that includes his sister Helen and Aquanita Racing’s media manager Rob Gaylard. She is by former Swettenham resident Host (Chi) and her younger brother Hong Kong Captain is about to begin his new career for David Hall in Hong Kong after winning this year’s $150,000 VOBIS Gold Star at Moonee Valley.

Their dam Unlimited Passage (Giant’s Causeway) is a half-sister to Swettenham-bred stakes winners Recast (G1 Singapore Gold Cup) and Gonski (LR Poseidon Stakes). The SC1 brand has also been carried to stakes wins by family members Schubert, Downhill Racer, Pinezero, Idol Worship, Happy Giggle, et al.

They descend from G1 Falmouth Stakes winner River Dane and her sister Pure Of Heart who carried Robert Sangster’s silks to a Group 1 victory in the 1982 George Ryder Stakes at Rosehill

Darley Victoria’s Group 1 winning, Group 1 producing son of Zabeel, Reset has taken out the inaugural TBV Sires Spring Premiership.

It was the black-type race track performances of horses such as Disposition, Set Square and Fawkner which allowed Reset to win the 2015 Spring title (by a considerable margin).

The next four sires after Reset in the Premiership placings were either stable-mates at Darley or from Eliza Park International (EPI) – with ex-Victorian sires Bel Esprit (EPI) and New Approach (Darley) taking 2nd and 3rd respectively. Magnus (EPI) and Street Boss were not far behind in 4th and 5th.

Across the scoring period, 20 Victorian sires from 9 different farms had progeny win or place in black-type races.

Full tables here.

Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm has won the inaugural TBV Breeders Spring Premiership after strong performances by two of its high-quality graduates, Jameka and The Quarterback.

The Premiership is based on performances of horses bred in black-type races throughout the Spring Carnival.

The 2015 Spring Premiership win is further indication that Gilgai is certainly not a ‘one-trick-pony’ through its breeding of Black Caviar, rather it is a consistent breeder of some of the nation’s very best equine athletes.

Darley’s Victorian operation at Northwood grabbed significant success during the latter part of the carnival to finish equal 2nd with Cranbourne’s Lynne Alderson.

All up, forty Victorian breeders had horses they bred obtain either a black-type win or minor placing during the 2015 Spring Carnival.

19 Victorian bred or sired horses won 21 black-type races during the carnival with Jameka (bred by Gilgai) and My Poppette (bred by Lynne Alderson) being the two multiple victors.

Full details in the tables here.