The 2016 Victorian Breeders Awards were held in a new format this year. This is the first time a stand alone awards event has been held since 2013.
Under stunning, sunny skies at Seymour Racecourse, guests, sponsors and award winners enjoyed the trackside marquee. It was a special time to recognise the hard work of Victorian breeders, their staff and the performance of the horses during racing season 2015/16 they have bred.
TBV is very grateful to all of our awards sponsors Tabcorp, Inglis, IRT, Goldners, Plusvital and Newmarket Grandwest. A special thanks also to Seymour Racing Club and its CEO Penny Reeve for a fantastic set-up.
- Champion Victorian First Season sire
- Champion Victorian Second Season Sire
- Champion Victorian Sire
- Champion Victorian Bred International Horse
- Champion Victorian Bred Two-year-old
- Champion Victorian Bred Three-year-old & Champion Victorian Bred Stayer
- Champion Victorian Bred Middle Distance Horse
- Champion Victorian Bred Sprinter & Champion Victorian Bred Horse
- Champion Victorian Broodmare
- Champion Victorian Breeder
IRT CHAMPION VICTORIAN FIRST SEASON SIRE – MOSHE
Winner of the IRT Champion Victorian First Season sire was Moshe, standing at Sun Stud in Kerrie.
In the 2015/16 racing year the progeny of Moshe earned $257,880 including SAJC Cinderella Stakes winner Moshki and city winner Moshway.
Bred in the blue, a multiple winner himself, he is the full brother to Black Caviar and 1⁄2 brother to 4-time G1 winner All Too Hard. He is physically a very masculine horse like his sire Bel Esprit, and closely related to another Sun Stallion stallion, Magnus.
IRT CHAMPION VICTORIAN SECOND SEASON SIRE – REWARD FOR EFFORT
Winner of the IRT Champion Victorian Second Season Sire was Reward For Effort, standing at Chatswood Stud in Seymour.
Progeny of Reward for Effort earned $2,017,333 in the 2015/16 racing year, producing 3 stakes winners with Gold Symphony winning the Group 3 MRC Vain Stakes and the Group 3 MRC McNeil Stakes, Take Pride winning the Group 3 MVRC Champagne Stakes and Dalradian winning the listed Inglis Banner.
Reward For Effort won the Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond at two, was undefeated as a weight-for-age winner at 3 and a Group winner at 4.
IRT CHAMPION VICTORIAN SIRE – WRITTEN TYCOON
Winner of the IRT Champion Victorian Sire was Written Tycoon, standing at Woodside Park in Tylden.
In the 2015/16 racing year the progeny of Written Tycoon earned $10,107,231. During the season he had 3 individual Group 1 winners: the Doomben 10,000 winner Music Magnate, Group 1 New Zealand Sires Produce Stakes winning filly, Luna Rossa & the brilliant Golden Slipper winner Capitalist. Written Tycoon now has 18 stakes winners in total, and is a past winner of the Champion Australian First Season Sire in 2010/11. He was also the Champion Two year old Sire in Australia 2015/2016.
PLUSVITAL CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED INTERNATIONAL HORSE – SUN JEWELLERY
The winner of the Plusvital Champion Victorian Bred International Horse was Sun Jewellery.
Bred and raced by Mr Tung Moon Fai, the 5-year-old gelding was trained by Peter Moody for his first four starts, before heading to John Size in Hong Kong. Sun Jewellery won the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile, Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup & the Group 3 Premier Cup.
Raised at Briarwood Farm at Cora Lynn (near Pakenham), Sun Jewellery is by Snitzel out of the mare Tan Tat Stat. She has also produced Group 3 winner Tan Tat De Lago and city winner Tan Tat Tess.
NEWMARKET GRANDWEST CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED TWO YEAR OLD – WHISPERING BROOK
Winner of the Newmarket Grandwest Victorian Bred Two Year Old was Whispering Brook.
The classy filly was bred by Hillside Thoroughbreds in Nagambie and was unbeaten as a 2 year old. Her 5 wins included the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate, Group 3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes, Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes and the Listed Supremacy Stakes at Ascot. Crowned champion West Australian 2YO last season, Whispering Brook is trained by Ascot trainer Simon Miller.
Whispering Brook is by Hinchinbrook, out of the mare Artful Whisper, by Machiavellian.
INGLIS CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED THREE YEAR OLD AND CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED STAYER – JAMEKA
Winner of the Inglis Champion Victorian Bred Three Year Old and also Champion Victorian Bred stayer was Jameka.
Her wins in the 2015/16 racing season included Group 1 VRC Oaks & the Group 2 Dilmah Teas Vase at Moonee Valley.
Bred at Gilgai Farm, she is by Myboycharlie out of the exceptional broodmare Mine Game. Sold at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $130, 000 by Gilgai Farm as vendor,
Jameka stood out as a yearling by her big loose walk and lovely balance and was snapped up by her trainer Ciaron Maher.
NEWMARKET GRANDWEST CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED MIDDLE DISTANCE HORSE – GOOD PROJECT
Winner of the Newmarket Grandwest Champion Victorian Bred Middle Distance Horse was the 5-year-old Good Project.
Bred by Mr Richard Pietrykowski, Good Project is by Not A Single Doubt out of the mare Euchre, by Final Card. He was sold by Fairhill Farm as vendor at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $300,000. Good Project is trained by Chris Waller, with his most notable win in the 2015 Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot.
GOLDNERS VICTORIAN BRED SPRINTER AND CHAMPION VICTORIAN BRED HORSE – FLAMBERGE
Winner of the Goldners Victorian Bred Sprinter and Victorian Bred Horse was Flamberge, bred by the Moodie Family’s Contract Racing and Breeding.
Flamberge achieved two Group 1 wins for the season – a tough win in the Oakleigh Plate after overcoming a big weight and an outside draw & the tight finishing Group 1 William Reid Stakes.
Flamberge is a 7 year old by Exceed and Excel out of the multiple winning stakes mare Razor Blade. An established and successful broodmare, Razor Blade has also foaled the Flemington stakes winners Curtana, Sunburnt Lad and Durendal. He was trained by Peter Moody during 2015/16.
TABCORP CHAMPION VICTORIAN BROODMARE – MINE GAME
Winner of the Tabcorp Champion Victorian Broodmare was Mine Game, owned by Gilgai Farm in Nagambie.
The three progeny of Mine Game earned $1,390,300 during the past racing season that included Jameka’s Group 1 VRC Oaks win and Nikitas’ second in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
By the brilliant Group 1 winning sprinter General Nediym, Mine Game was bought at the 2007 Magic Millions for $190,000. Mine Game was bred and sold by Eliza Park Stud in Kerrie. Jameka is the second foal of Mine Game, who is one of eight winning foals of Aperto, a handy winner to 2200m and who was by the Sir Tristram horse Grosvenor.
TABCORP CHAMPION VICTORIAN BREEDER – GILGAI FARM
Winner of the Tabcorp Champion Victorian Breeder was Gilgai Farm based in Nagambie.
Thoroughbreds bred at Gilgai Farm in the 2015/16 racing season earned $3,399,579 across Australia including outstanding Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Jameka & Group 1 Newmarket winner The Quarterback. Additionally Supido, Lucky Bubbles and Nikitas all raced at the highest level in Australia and overseas.
Gilgai Farm enjoys a temperate climate and rich soil, making it the perfect environment for breeding and rearing thoroughbreds. Along with an exceptional broodmare band and clever breeding choices, their success continues into the current season at the highest level.
Owned by Rick Jamieson, Gilgai Farm first earned fame as the breeder of Black Caviar but is quickly becoming one of the elite nurseries across Australia with ongoing race track success..