Written Tycoon has 20 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and they will head to Oaklands Junction on the back of another winning week for the red-hot Woodside Park stallion.

Monday

Australian Stud Book figures for the 2015 covering season show Written Tycoon served 184 mares at a $19,800 fee. The Woodside Park sire was the busiest stallion in Victoria bar Reward For Effort.

Tuesday

Written Tycoon finishes second on the Perth Magic Millions averages with 6 lots at $90,500. He was runner-up to Snitzel for stallions with more than 3 sales. Gangemi Racing buys his top-priced yearling – a $140,000 colt from a half-sister to Jet Spur.

Wednesday

Brilliant Written Tycoon filly Hot Dipped blitzes her rivals by 8 lengths on debut in the Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Classic (1220m). The Brendan McShane trained filly has accepted for the LR Gold Sovereign Stakes in Hobart on Wednesday.

Hot Dipped

Thursday

Written Tycoon breaks the Tasmanian record at the Magic Millions with a colt from Kandy Korn (Flying Spur) that makes $115,000 to the bid of local trainer John Blacker. “I believed he was the best colt of the sale,” Blacker said. “He’s by one of the hottest sires around and I knew we would have to pay a decent amount for him.” The second highest priced lot at $100,000 was also by Written Tycoon and bought by Victoria’s Manny Gelagotis.

Friday AM

Unbeaten Written Tycoon colt Capitalist pleases trainer Peter Snowden in a half-mile trial at Randwick. The Magic Millions 2yo Classic winner and G1 Golden Slipper favourite was given an easy hit-out under Blake Shinn when collared right on the line by classy 3yo filly English. Snowden will start him first-up in the G2 Todman Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on March 5.

Friday PM

Written Tycoon flyer Aunty Mo wins her second Jeep 55 Second Challenge at Moonee Valley in 55.33s. She clocked 55.15s a fortnight earlier and trainer Brendan McCarthy said he will be back for another crack at winning the Jeep Grand Cherokee. Limerick Lane’s Victorian bred Tuscan Sling set the current fastest mark of 54.90s in Heat 1 of this season’s Challenge.

Saturday

Multiple black-type updates for Written Tycoon’s yearlings catalogued for the Melbourne Premier Sale. Lot 364 is out of a half-sister to G2 Millie Fox Stakes winner First Seal and Lot 234 is from a three-quarter sister to Impassioned who was runner-up in the LR Challenge Stakes at Ascot.

Sunday

Written Tycoon sires his 85th individual winner of the season when Royalic scores a barrier-to-box victory at Pinjarra. The three year-old is part-owned by Woodside Park and was having his first start in the west for trainer Dan Morton.

There is no doubt the demand for the Written Tycoon lots at the upcoming Inglis Premier Yearling Sale was be tremendously high amongst Victorian, interstate and even international buyers.

Full details of the 20 yearlings at the sale

Stryker gelding Rangipo firmed into a $5 favourite for the Group 1 New Zealand Derby after a tenacious victory in the Group 2 Avondale Guineas (2100m) at Ellerslie on Saturday.

He’s the first horse Tony Pike has prepared for prominent owner-breeders John and Margaret Thompson.

Rangipo travelled behind the leaders on the fence and, as he did in winning the G2 Waikato Guineas, fought tooth and nail in the straight under Vinnie Colgan before finishing best in a driving finish.

“He’s an amazing horse as he’s been in work a long time and he just keeps turning up,” Pike said.

“He’s a really honest racehorse and quite a fast one as well!”

The up-and-coming three year-old is by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds’ foundation sire Stryker (Fastnet Rock). His Kiwi bred dam Holloway (Zabeel) won at Te Awamutu and she is a half-sister to Maze (G2 Awapuni Cup), Barlinnie (LR Sunshine Coast Cup) and Penitentiary (LR Geelong Classic).

Stryker had sired a winning double in his home State on Friday with She’ll Strykeya (Werribee) and Labdien (Moonee Valley).

Labdien is trained by Chris Waller for Debbie Kepitis who part-owned and still supports Stryker. The filly had won twice at Warwick Farm before travelling south and she is the second winner for stakes-placed mare Bold Moment (Fasliyev).

The winners kept rolling on Sunday with Welcome Stryker in a Super VOBIS bonus race at Ballarat. Trainer Danny Curran bought him for $10,000 from Moorookyle Park at the 2014 Inglis VOBIS Gold yearling sale.

View Stryker’s 8 entries for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Hong Kong winner Mr Right set in motion a profitable pin-hooking process when he changed hands as a foal at the 2012 Magic Millions National Sale.

Mr Right notched his third win of the season in the Tsuen Wan Hcp (1000m) at Happy Valley on Wednesday. He sat on the pace under Joao Moreira and scored by a half-length from NZ bred sprinters General Iron and No Money No Talk.

The son of Eliza Park International sire Statue Of Liberty had already won over the minimum trip in October and December for trainer Peter Ho.

Mr Right (4g Statue Of Liberty – Prompt by Exceed and Excel) made $50,000 as a foal and he returned to the Magic Millions as a yearling when the Hong Kong Jockey Club quadrupled the asking price to $200,000.

While marking time before going off-shore, his price-tag increased again when younger half-brother Prompt Return (Beneteau) won the G3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington.

That helped bump up his value to $HK3.70 million (AUD 611,000) when knocked down for a third time at the Hong Kong International Sale last year.

Statue Of Liberty has five yearlings catalogued for Melbourne Premier including the sister to G3 Proud Miss Stakes winner Miss Steele (Lot 345). Her family received a Group 1 update last month when close relation Dukedom won the Levin Classic in NZ. The final Statue Of Liberty to parade is the filly from Buratti (Lot 724) being offered by EPI as agent. She is bred on the same Exceed And Excel cross as Mr Right.

View the full details of the Statue of Liberty lots.

The Victorian trainer/breeder operation of John and Frank Salanitri had much to celebrate on Sunday night following the win of I Love It in the Group 3 Vamos Stakes over 1400 metres at Launceston.

The John Salanitri-trained mare came of age as a sprinter when she powered her way to an emphatic win at Group level and broke Lady Lynette’s track record along the way.

I Love It is by Emirates Park’s Victorian-based sire Artie Schiller. She is out of Not That Innocent, a city winning mare previously owned by the Salanitris and now by trainer Greg Eurell. She was bred to Bullarook Park sire Lucas Cranach last season.

This was the second stakes win this month for Artie Schiller with Flying Artie having won the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (and now second favourite for Saturday’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes).

In Tasmania, the mare’s regular rider Stephen Baster settled the mare third behind the leader Sh’bourne Spirit until the home turn where he eased her off the rails to challenge and she quickly put the end result beyond doubt.

“This definitely makes up for being beaten narrowly in Hobart last start,” said Salanitri stable manager Frank Salanitri.

“This mare means so much to our family and every time she races in one of these big races she always gives her all.

“We will now look at a raced for her at Flemington on March 5 or we might just give her a break straight away and have another look at the Group 1 Sangster in South Australia in a couple of m months.

I love It won the Group 3 Bow Mistress Trophy in Hobart at her first start in Tasmania last year and she returned to tackle the same race two weeks ago only to be beaten in a head-bobbing finish by Niello mare Nautical.

Those looking for their own Artie Schiller racehorse can buy from the four on offer at the Inglis Yearling Sale:

View the Yearlings from Artie Schiller

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm continued its winning run this year when the Snowden Racing trained Typecast led home a Victorian-bred quinella at Canterbury on Wednesday.

Typecast tracked the speed and then took over in the straight to easily defeat Gilgai Farm bred filly Bubbleberry in the McGrath Estate Agents Hcp (1250m).

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred horses won 13 races in January and there have been another 5 to date in February. The only downside for the Corinella nursery was the news that brilliant filly Global Glamour has gone shin-sore and won’t continue her Golden Slipper campaign for Gai Waterhouse.

Typecast (3f Exceed and Excel – Show Stealer by Tobougg) had won first-up at Wyong on February 4 and doubled up in style at Canterbury.

“She was very strong late and pulled away in the end which was really pleasing,” co-trainer Peter Snowden said. “She’s improving every time we lift the bar and could make a stakes winning filly down the track.”

Lauriston sold Typecast for $80,000 to Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock at the 2014 Inglis Easter yearling sale. Her dam Show Stealer won 8 races culminating with a winning hat-trick at Sandown in August 2011.

Show Stealer has a 2yo Commands filly named Conductress with Jason Warren. The Denistoun Farm trainer went back and bought the mare’s Redoute’s Choice filly for $160,000 from Lauriston’s draft at the Gold Coast Magic Millions last month.

Lauriston will have a draft of seven yearlings at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale:

View the 7 yearlings.

A hot crop of new Victorian sires, combined with great race track and sales ring results for Victorian bred horses, has lead to an increase in mares covered by Victorian sires in the 2015 breeding season.

The number of mares covered by Victorian sires in 2015 was 4,801, representing an increase of 1.6% when compared to 2014. This increase reverses the trend of consecutive decreases in recent years.

The Victorian breeding industry’s positive result is also in contrast to a national fall of 3.1% including a decrease of 4.8% in New South Wales.

In 2011, Victorian sires were responsibly for 23% of mares covered in Australia. This has now increased to almost 26% in 2015.

TBV President, James O’Brien, said the increase in mares covered was a fantastic result for the Victorian breeding industry.

“This great result is due to the hard work and investment by Victorian broodmare and stallion owners over the past few years,” Mr O’Brien said.

“It also reflects a positive mood and confidence in the State’s industry. And why wouldn’t there be with a record $20 million plus available annually through Racing Victoria’s VOBIS schemes and another $1.5 million coming in 2019 through the new VOBIS Sires.

“These aspects have come about due to a positive cooperative approach between State Government, Racing Victoria, owners, trainers and breeders.”

The Victorian sire which covered the most mares was Chatswood Stud’s Reward for Effort (209 mares covered) followed by Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon (184 mares).

SireStudMares covered in 2015
Reward For Effort Chatswood Stud209
Written Tycoon Woodside Park Stud184
Toronado (IRE) Swettenham Stud174
Zoustar Woodside Park Stud156
Fighting Sun Eliza Park International 149

Victoria’s crop of first season sires in 2015 was one of the best ever seen and this was reflected in their popularity. Swettenham Stud & Al Shaqab’s UK shuttle sire Toronado lead the way (174 mares) followed by Darley Victoria’s Brazen Beau (139 mares).

The Queen inspects Toronado

The Queen inspects Toronado

First season Victorian sireStudMares covered in 2015
Toronado (IRE) Swettenham Stud174
Brazen Beau Darley Stud - Victoria139
Puissance De Lune (IRE) Swettenham Stud95
Warhorse (NZ ) Bombora Downs77
Cluster Larneuk Stud68

A number of high and low profile Victorian sires stood out with significant % increases in their stud duties from 2014 to 2015.

Noor Elaine Farm’s Oamaru Force almost doubled the number of mares he covered from 16 to 33. No doubt the slick performance of VOBIS Gold Rush winner The Big Dance played a part in this success.

Meadow Farm’s Delightful Choice (18 mares to 34) and Riverbank Farm’s Redente (43 mares to 80) also had significant increases.

Canford Cliffs, the Irish shuttle stallion standing in Victoria at Blue Gum Farm, had a breakout first crop racing in the Northern Hemisphere during 2015 with multiple stakes winners. This helped increase his book at Blue Gum from 83 mares in 2014 to 136 in 2015.

Also of note was the first appearance of star three-year old sprinting sire Zoustar at Woodside Park (he stands alternative seasons in NSW and Victoria). He covered 156 mares at Woodside, a large proportion of these mares coming from interstate.

The above breeding statistics are sourced from the Australian Stud Book and include all stallion returns to end of December 2015.

Flying Artie has joined the roll-call of Artie Schiller (USA) stakes winners through his win in the G2 Blue Diamond (C&G) Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield.

The Emirates Park shutter has now sired 29 stakes winners and his latest can graduate to a Group 1 in the Blue Diamond Stakes on February 27.

Flying Artie was bred by long time Victorian breeder John Shannon and is the second winner from Flying Ruby (LR Bow Mistress Stakes). Second-dam Parkhill’s Flyer (Brigand) is a half-sister to Better Loosen Up.

Flying Ruby’s Helmet colt has been catalogued as Lot 309 at the Inglis Easter yearling sale:

Flying Artie (2c Artie Schiller – Flying Ruby by Rubiton) was a $50,000 purchase for part-owner Paul Whelan at last year’s Inglis Easter yearling sale. The Mick Price trained colt was runner-up in the G3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington in November and has now earned $157,000 in his first two starts.

Winning jockey Damien Oliver has elected to ride Flying Artie ahead of impressive stablemate Extreme Choice in the Blue Diamond.

“I didn’t want to make a decision on the spur of the moment at Caulfield,” Oliver said on Sunday.

“They’re two different types of horses – Extreme Choice has great speed but Flying Artie has the scope for a bit more improvement over 1200m.”

Extreme Choice remains a $2.70 favourite with the TAB for the $1 million race in a fortnight while Flying Artie is now second favourite and firming at $4.60.

Artie Schiller has 4 yearlings entered for the Melbourne Premier Sale and his filly from Justine Coup (Lot 599) received another update for Maluka Thoroughbreds after the catalogue was printed. Her 7th winner from 7 to race arrived in December when Coup de Beel (Savabeel) saluted at Geelong.

Lot 309: Helmet/Flying Ruby

Burning Front broke through for his first black-type victory in the G3 Carlyon Cup (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

And it gave a lot being sold by Hollylodge Thoroughbreds at this month’s Inglis Premier Melbourne Premier sale a tremendous black-type pedigree update.

The tough-as-teak five year-old Victorian bred gelding was having his 20th start in a long campaign that began almost a year ago after joining Darren Weir at Warrnambool. He’s been in the money in 19 of those outings.

Saturday’s Group 3 win was also a first at stakes level for his sire, Primus, who stands at Stonehurst Farm in Euroa for a $2,200 (inc gst) fee.

Burning Front (5g Primus – She’s A Knockout by Kingston Rule) has won 11 times in 35 starts for earnings over $541,400 Nearly 40% of this or more than $206,000 has come from lucrative VOBIS prizemoney and bonuses.

“He’s a good, tough, sound horse and that takes you a long way,” Weir said.

“There’s a couple of VOBIS events ahead and will be hard enough to beat. If those VOBIS races weren’t coming up, we might have targeted the (G1) Futurity Stakes, but they’re too good to refuse for a horse like this.”

Primus (Flying Spur) retired to Chatswood Stud in 2007 after a career highlighted by a Group 3 victory in the Tramway Stakes at Randwick. He transferred to Clear Mountain Stud in Queensland in 2012 but was repatriated to Victoria by Stonehurst Farm owner Justin Lovatt last year (Justin is also a part owner of Burning Front).

“His progeny that we’ve bred and raced have all displayed above average ability,” Lovatt said shortly after the stallion arrived back home before the 2015 breeding season.

“He’s by champion stallion Flying Spur from the Group 1 family of Denise’s Joy and has plenty to offer owner-breeders.”

Hollylodge Thoroughbreds are offering the Written Tycoon filly out of She’s a Knockout at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

See full details of the filly

Hong Kong Victorian success Part 1

It was a top night for Victorian bred/sired horses at Sha Tin’s Chinese New Year raceday on February 10th. Prompt Express (bred by David Mackintosh) and Presidentparamount, both sons of Rangal Park sire Danerich, scored wins.

Also winning on the day was the Supreme Thoroughbreds/Brent Grayling bred Chevalier Star (by Bel Esprit). He was sold at the Inglis 2013 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $280,000 to Hong Kong’s George Moore.

Hong Kong Victorian success Part 2

It was a huge night for Gilgai Farm at Hong Kong on Sunday, February 14th. No less than three runners bred by the farm lined up. Vanilla (Host – Soorena) got up for a big win. He raced in Australia as Philippi winning the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes and Tulloch Stakes while also coming 2nd in the Group 1 Australian Derby. Vanilla is a half brother to the Robbie Griffiths trained stakes winner The Quarterback.

In other races, the Gilgai bred pair Tonyboy and Lucky Bubbles both were runners up while Contract Racing bred Dancing Flames (by Equiano) also came 2nd in his race.

Flying Artie Schiller

A day after Flying Artie won the Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield, Lindsay Park’s Party Boy (also by Emirates Park’s Artie Schiller) won at Pakenham. The sire also had winners at Geraldton and Stony Creek over the past week.

Sydney’s Vic bred stars return

A number of Victorian bred/sired horses trained in Sydney started their Autumn preparations over the weekend:

  • Future Woodside Park sire Rich Enuff (by Written Tycoon) was a very close third in a Group 3 race as he chases an elusive Group 1 victory prior to retiring to the breeding bard.
  • Solicit (bred Contract Racing) & Hauraki (by Darley Victoria’s Reset) fought bravely to place 2nd and 3rd respectively behind Cox Plate winning super mare Winx in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes.
  • The James Cummings trained, Gooree Park owned 3yo filly Tempt Me Not finished her 2015 Spring preparation with a stakes placing at Flemington. She began in similar style with a placing in the Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes. She is by Bullarook Park’s sire Strategic Maneuver.

Purple patch for Blue Gum sire

It has been a good past week for progeny of Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein. He had two city wins through Turfin’ Around at Sandown and Lord Fontein at Moonee Valley while Dance With Fontein won at Ararat on Monday collecting a good VOBIS bonus cheque (in addition to prizemoney). She was bought for just $2,000 at the 2013 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale!

Double Emotion

Long time breeder Valda Klaric got herself a second consecutive city win with her home bred mare French Emotion taking out race 8 at Sandown. Trained by Chris Waller, the 4yo mare was raised at Millford Thoroughbreds.

A sling of wins for Nagambie breeder

After two home bred wins at Terang the week before last, Limerick Lane owner Gerry Ryan followed it up with a win by homebred Tuscan Sling at Caulfield on the weekend in the Group 3 Bellmaine Stakes.

Burnewang Beauty

Perhaps the most local win/best name of the week was by Rochie’s Rosie. She won her maiden at Echuca and is a homebred for Burnewang North – located just down the road nearby to ‘Roch’ester. She is by Riverbank Farm sire Von Costa De Hero.

Reset winners

Set Piece, a grey son of Darley Victorian sire Reset, won the Tab.com.au Bathurst Cup over the weekend. On Monday at Grafton, perhaps one of Reset’s better bred sons, Thunder Set won at Grafton. Out of Miss Right Note (Ire), Thunder Set is the older brother to racetrack/breeding barn star Pierro.

Federal Ministers, high profile MPs and Senators met on Wednesday night in Canberra to show their support for the Australian breeding industry.

Agriculture Minister Barnaby Joyce was joined by Defence Minister Marise Payne and other senior members of the government for the event in parliament house, which was organised by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) in conjunction with the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers.

Leading trainer Gai Waterhouse spoke to the more than 80 gathered in the room about the importance of Australian breeding, and was joined on stage by TBA president Basil Nolan, Chris Watson from Mill Park Stud in South Australia, Antony Thompson of Widden and TBA chief executive Tom Reilly.

“The international market is extremely interested in Australia – we breed tough horses who thrive on racing and we prove that every year,” said the trainer who has won six Golden Slippers.

“Breeding is part of the grass roots of Australia, the grassroots and fabric of what makes this country great. Please don’t overlook us, we are an important industry and a great employer.”

TBA president Basil Nolan was thrilled with the turnout from parliamentarians.

“This was an important opportunity for us to really emphasis what a crucial role breeding plays in the rural economy,” said Mr Nolan.

“If you’re not involved in the industry then sometimes it’s easy to overlook how many jobs there are, how many related businesses are dependent upon what we do and how big our exports are. I certainly think there were a number of people who took that message on board.”

Government Chief Whip Nola Marino, who breeds and races horses in her electorate of Forrest, south of Perth, said: “The equine industry supports so many of our small businesses and communities but is frequently overlooked in the economic dividend it provides for our community.

“There is nothing like winning a race – whether it’s the smallest race at a country track or a big race that you never expected to win. There’s nothing like it.”

During a question and answer session Antony Thompson of Widden Stud explained how he has 60 full time employees to run a stud business with 350 mares, but only one full time worker for a herd of more than 1000 cattle.

Scone MP Joel Fitzgibbon, shadow Agriculture Minister and a co-convener of the Parliamentary Friends of Primary Producers, spoke passionately about the importance of the thoroughbred industry and how thoroughbred breeders are often overlooked.

“We should be proud of breeders for so many reasons and we should never overlook it. It’s a huge employer in Australia and we’re world leaders with our product,” he said.

“I’m delighted with the turnout tonight and the recognition our industry has received.”

The evening event followed a day in which TBA held a number of face-to-face meetings with politicians, including with Barnaby Joyce.

Mr Joyce was briefed on the shortage of a vaccine to control the Equine Herpes Virus, a critical issue for Australian breeders. He also discussed a future Research and Development Levy for the thoroughbred industry that would receive matched federal government funding.

TBA chief executive, Tom Reilly said: “It’s been a very productive few days in Canberra and I’m delighted with the response we’ve had from all corners of parliament.

“There’s a recognition that as a significant industry we need support from federal parliament to maintain our status as a world leader.”

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) is the national peak body established for the benefit of the Australian thoroughbred breeding
Industry, which is the second largest in the world. TBA has a membership base of 3,800 individual breeders and other industry participants, and is also the parent company of the six state breeders’ associations.

These members make up more than 60 per cent of individual breeders, who are responsible for about 90 per cent of thoroughbred production in Australia.

Euroa based studmaster Damian Gleeson joined connections cheering home Samara Dancer in the G2 Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Gleeson is prepping her yearling half-brother by Savabeel (Lot 149) as part of the draft for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. The colt is also a younger full-brother to G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude winner Éclair Big Bang.

Samara Dancer (2f Hinchinbrook – Ennerdale by Singspiel) looked a genuine Blue Diamond contender after producing an explosive turn of foot to defeat Concealer (Nicconi) and Miss Nymeria (Stryker).

The unbeaten filly had won her only other start at Morphettville in November. “She’s shown us plenty at home but had to measure up to this lot,” trainer Philip Stokes said. “She’s definitely done that.

“We galloped her with Hucklebuck on Tuesday and she went with him so I thought that was good enough.”

Samara Dancer firmed into $8 with the TAB for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes on February 27. She cost $130,000 as a yearlings and has won $145,000.

Phoenix Broodmare Farm has 21 yearlings entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier and its Reward for Effort – Minnie Deal colt (Lot 193) received an international update last month. His older half-brother Ho Ho Feel (Henrythenavigator) was a $40,000 Phoenix graduate at the 2013 Inglis Ready to Race Sale and is a last-start winner at Happy Valley.

View the pedigree pages for the Phoenix draft.

Darley Victoria freshman Skilled has five yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale on the back of Little Elsa who opened his account at Elwick last month.

A colt from Adelaide stakes winner Swooper (Lot 386) is first under the hammer and his family has received a couple of black-type updates courtesy of Son Of Maher. The Kiwi three year-old was runner-up in the G1 Levin Classic last month and then won the LR Dunedin Guineas on February 6.

Skilled is by Danehill’s Champion Australian son Commands from G2 Sandown Guineas winner Dextrous (Quest For Fame). He was a three-time winner as a juvenile capping the season with a Group 1 victory in the Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick. The winning time of 1:36.29s was the second fastest by a colt since the race was first run over a mile in 1972.

He returned at three and was headed in the shadows of the G1 Randwick Guineas by Ilovethiscity. That was one of six stakes placings during the season before he was retired to Darley’s Victorian base at Northwood Park.

Darley Victoria stallion Helmet had 26 first-crop yearlings average $93,192 at the 2015 Melbourne Premier and he has 33 lots entered this year.

Reset (Zabeel) is another Darley Victoria stallion with yearlings for sale at Oaklands. His filly from Medician Star (Lot 186) is being offered by Nagambie-based Basinghall Farm and is a half-sister to Moonee Valley Group 3 winner Galaxy Pegasus.

Fellow Darley sire Domesday (Red Ransom) is also represented at Melbourne Premier and among his entrants is the three-quarter sister to Flemington stakes winner Backgammon (Lot 591).

Full details for the lots by the four Darley Victoria sires can be found here:

The Inglis Melbourne Premier has long been the showcase for Eliza Park International, and the leading stud farm will again field a classy line-up of 53 yearlings by 34 of the nation’s pre-eminent stallions.

The 2016 Premier also marks the launch of the first yearlings by EPI’s exciting stallion, Squamosa, a blindingly fast son of Not A Single Doubt, who was unbeaten at 2, a Group winner at 3 and broke the race record when second in the G1 Golden Rose.

Trained by Gai Waterhouse, Squamosa (pictured) also won the time honoured June Stakes by 5 lengths against the older horses and recently retired jockey, Jim Cassidy, said he was “explosive”.

Lot 87 is one of three Squamosas in the EPI draft and is out of the prolific Lady of the Valley whose five runners to date are all winners, including the Group placed Itiswhatitis.

Squamosa stablemate, Magnus, who is in scintillating form leading into the Premier, has what is certain to be one of the most popular lots at Oaklands Junction, with Lot 283 being the first foal of Street Cry mare, Prospect Street, a half sister to Magnus’ 5-time stakes winner, Platinum Kingdom.

It certainly wouldn’t be a Premier without a solid presence of youngsters by 8-time Victorian.

Champion Sire, Bel Esprit, and Lot 348 is a full brother to Flemington stakes winner, Silver Bullion, and two other winners. Bel Esprit has 18 yearlings up for grabs in ’16.

Australia’s perennial champ, Fastnet Rock, has a strong representation too and Lot 394, will garner a lot of respect, particularly as this cracking type hails from a rich family with plenty of black type from both sides of the Atlantic.

EPI has just the one Lonhro in the sale (Lot 39) but sometimes one is all you need when this colt is the first foal of stakes horse, Happy Hussy, a close relation to Champion sprinter and G1 Golden Shaheen Stakes winner Sterling City.

There’s a very good reason why Sebring is one of the most sought out stallions in the sale ring and Lot 513 won’t do his reputation one bit of harm, given that he is out of the multiple stakes winner Coniston Gem, who has produced two recent Magnus winners in Magnagem and Inner City Girl.

It’s certainly shaping up to be a busy sale for the EPI crew.

Eliza Park International is based at Barn G on the Oaklands Junction complex with inspections commencing at 9am on Tuesday 23 February.

Full details of the EPI draft.

Spendthrift Farm shuttler Can the Man (USA) has his first foal on the ground in North America.

His colt from Ms Bird Watch (Birdstone – With Hollandaise by Brocco) was born at Breakaway Farm in Indiana last Wednesday. The mare won 3 races and is a half-sister to dual LR Kentucky Downs Turf Dash winner Hold The Salt (Salt Lake). She’s also a half-sister to winners by More Than Ready and French Deputy

The newborn’s connections had originally sold Can The Man as a 2YO when he topped the Barretts Sale at US$320,000.

Can the Man (Into Mischief) was a precocious sprinter-miler winning a Del Mar on debut before a Group 1 placing in the Del Mar Futurity. He closed out the juvenile season with a Listed victory in the Speakeasy Stakes at Santa Anita.

The Bob Baffert trained colt reached a career-high the following season with a wire-to-wire victory in the G3 Affirmed Stakes at Santa Anita. His Group 2 winning dam Smolensk (Danzig) hails from the family of American Broodmare of the Year Best In Show and her champion Australian descendant Redoute’s Choice.

Can the Man stood his initial Victorian season at Spendthrift Farm last year for a Share The Upside fee of $5,500 (inc gst) and for $3,850 (inc gst) on a standard live foal contract.

Ballarat’s Cox Stewart Thoroughbreds enjoyed its greatest success as a breeder with the victory of the Jason Warren-trained Puritan in the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

A $46,000 purchase from the Crowningstone draft at the 2014 Inglis Classic Yearling sale, Puritan was reoffered at the NZ Bloodstock Ready To Run sale where he was knocked down to Warren for $80,000.

He has recorded 2 wins from 4 starts for earnings of $112,400.

Simon Cox of Cox Stewart Thoroughbreds said it was the biggest success they have had as breeders.

“We have bred this family for a long time including the dam,” he said.

“We are yet to get a filly out of the dam Mina in order for us to keep the family going but we are still hopeful for the coming years.”

Of recent note, Cox Stewart Thoroughbreds also bred Flemington Oaks Day winner, the Robert Smerdon trained Berisha (by Al Samer).

Ridden by Nick Hall, Puritan finished strongly edging out the favourite Golden Spin with Ready For a length back in third.

Warren believes the son of Beneteau has the talent to pick up the baton from his star sprinter, the Victorian sired Bel Sprinter.

“I’ve been looking for another good one since Bel Sprinter retired. I might’ve just found one.

A half-brother to the stakes-placed Linked In (Country Reel), Putitan is the fifth foal of the 4-time winner Mina (Dracula) herself a daughter of the stakes-placed Bellwater mare Earthshine.

Mina has an unraced 2yo gelding by Zoffany (Ire) named Game Of War (trained by Lloyd Kennewell in Adelaide) and a colt foal by Zoffany (Ire). She was not covered last spring.

Brilliant Equiano two year-old Valliano has upped the ante for his younger sister at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale with a potent victory in the RL Inglis Premier (1200m) at Caulfield.

Resuming after a three-month break on Saturday, the Lindsay Park youngster settled midfield before launching a powerful sprint to win the $250,000 sales-related race by two lengths from Curvature (Snitzel) and Lessyd (Statue Of Liberty).

Valliano was bred by Adam Sangster in partnership with Stuart Pickworth. Swettenham Stud sold Valliano for $60,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier yearling sale and his younger sister is scheduled to go under the hammer as Lot 624 at Oaklands on March 2.

The filly’s value will increase again if Valliano wins the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes back at Caulfield on February 27.

“We didn’t buy him for a two-year-old campaign,” Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig said.

“But every time we have tested him, he’s done incredibly well.

“We’ve had a bit of luck in the Blue Diamond with horses that settle and hit the line full of running – just like Valliano did today. The Blue Diamond is a high-pressure race and on-pace horses can come unstuck.”

The TAB reacted by firmed Valliano into $21 for the Blue Diamond following his dominant victory.

Equiano (Fr) shuttles to Swettenham Stud and his Group 1 candidate is from the Leon Corstens trained mare Miss Valley Road (Elusive Quality) who won twice at the provincials before retiring to Swettenham.

She foaled another Equiano colt in October and was covered by Swettenham’s Group 1 newcomer Toronado in 2015.

Equiano is a Top 10 sire on the Australian second-season premiership with 15 individual winners of $564,883. He has 7 yearlings entered for Melbourne Premier.

In perhaps an unprecedented situation, a Victorian based sire has topped the averages at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale in Sydney.

Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon was the leading sire by averages (with 3 or more sold). A record highest sales price was achieved for his progeny when Lot 381 a colt out of the Zabeel mare Zals sold to the China Horse Club/Winstar Farm for $305,000.

“We have great respect for Written Tycoon,” said Michael Wallace, Bloodstock Manager of the China Horse Club.

“He will be trained by Peter and Paul Snowden and will race in partnership with Winstar Farm.”

These sale ring results came in the days following a phenomenal string of results at city tracks across Australia.

Written Tycoon sired a treble at Caulfield including the impressive Shakespearean Lass in the Listed WJ Adam Stakes as well as the Mark Riley trained Grande Rosso and the Mick Kent trained Written.

At Morphettville, Boys Getaround Him gave Written Tycoon his fourth city winner for the day. While in Sydney, the Written Tycoon mare Press Report was narrowly edged out in the Group 2 ATC Breeders Classic by the Makybe bred Amicus.

Written Tycoon is currently sitting equal second on the Australian General Sires List by winners. He is equal with Fastnet Rock both on 81 individual winners and in front of Snitzel, Choisir, Lonhro, Redoute’s Choice, Exceed and Excel and Sebring and surpassed only by Not A Single Doubt.

Written Tycoon is also sitting in 7th position on the Australian leading sire list by earnings just in front of multiple champion sire Redoute’s Choice as well as other star sires Snitzel, More Than Ready and Exceed and Excel.

The Woodside Park sire is without doubt that one of the hottest stallions in the country right now and the fact that he is being recognized internationally as a sire of stallion prospects proves that to no end.

Having covered 177 and 184 mares respectively in seasons 2014 and 2015, it is clear breeders around Australia see this Victorian sire as one of the very best.

Buyers will be able to access 20 Written Tycoon yearlings entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

See full details of Written Tycoon yearling sale lots.

Below are a few bites of Victorian breeding results and other stories from the past week. If you have any interesting such stories, please send them to tbv@racingvictoria.net.au

Makybe masters

The Makybe breeding operation has had a sensational past three weeks with winners including Amicus (a Group 2), Believe, Lani Girl, King’s Command (3 in a row), Pattern, Wales, Miss Choosey, Pure Karma, Taqneen and more.

Inglis Classic Sale

Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney highlights for Victorian breeders included

  • China Horse Club and the USA’s Winstar Farm paid $305,000 for a son of Written Tycoon, Lot 362.
  • Rosemont Stud sold two yearlings by their sire Starspangledbanner including Lot 566 colt going to Diamond Lodge for $130,000. They also sold an All American colt for $110,000.
  • Larneuk Stud had four lots for sale in Sydney including Lot 66, an I Am Invincible colt, selling for $65,000 to Prime Thoroughbreds and Lot 491, a Poet’s Voice colt, selling for $75,000 to a NSW buyer.
  • Lot 291, a Written Tycoon grey colt with an unusual series of markings sold for $110,000 to Lindsay Park Racing
  • A record price of $80,000 was recorded for a Moshe yearling when a QLD buyer purchased Lot 499, a colt by the young Eliza Park International sire.
  • Lot 358, the first ever progeny of Swettenham Stud’s Melbourne Cup winning sire Americain go through an Australasian yearling sales ring sold for $40,000. A further 26 will be sold at Melbourne Premier Sale.

Sale Turf Club feature win

The Lanyon family of Mildura bred Kirani who won the Sale Turf Club’s summer feature, the $80,000 Sale Quality. Kirani is by former Swettenham Stud sire Dash for Cash.

Black Caviar partners win

Four year old Hunted won her maiden at Bordertown over the past week. She is by Eliza Park sire Wanted and was bred by Black Caviar partners Peter Moody and Neil Werrett.

Hong Kong Victorian bred wins

  • Victorian bred Grand Plus saluted at Sha Tin, Hong Kong on the weekend. He was bred by Anderson Bloodstock in Victoria and is by former Darley Victorian shuttle sire Hard Spun.
  • Earlier in the week, Torquay’s Tara Farm gained further success with the win of Lucky Year at Happy Valley. He now has 4 wins from 7 runs and earnings of more than AUD$560,000.

Corinella’s Lauriston breds keep winning

The Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm graduate success continued throughout the week with wins by Typecast and Stimulatte. It follows a farm record of 12 winners in January.

The VOBIS master trainer

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths trained a treble at Pakenham last week and perhaps not surprisingly for this VOBIS yearling buying master all were Victorian bred! The winners were Felicette, Scandimania and The Terricks.

TBV Life Member breeds a winner

TBV Life member Joan Walker scored a winner with her homebred Amadeus winning on debut at Pakenham. The Mick Kent trained Amadeus is from the direct family of the Walker’s former champion Reckless.

Victorian bred 2yos in Blue Diamond

25 Victorian bred/sired 2yos still in remain in the Blue Diamond after Third Declarations. This doesn’t include impressive Blue Diamond Fillies Preview winner, the Hesket Bloodstock bred Sword of Light, who will have to pay a late entry fee should her owners want her in the Group 1 feature.

Bianconi winners

In the week of his untimely death, Ridgeview Park sire Bianconi had three winners Kingsgrove win in South Australia at Strathalbyn while in NSW he had Aim for Glory win at Taree and The Flash One at Mudgee

Limerick Lane’s Terang double success

Limerick Lane homebred Vintage Valley broke his maiden last week at Terang for trainer Peter Moody and owners which include Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater, Limerick Llane’s Gerry Ryan and former Rugby League player and now executive John Ribot. Limerick Lane had a double at Terang with L’Original also winning.

Danesis’ first ever runner

Brooker Park (based near Warragul) sire Danesis had his first ever runner with Zarsis racing at Moonee Valley on Friday night in the two year-old race. The 2yo trained and bred by Lyn Tolson performed admirably to run 5th.

Chatswood Stud graduate Nautical produced a barnstorming finish to lead home a Victorian quinella in the G3 Bow Mistress Trophy (1200m) in Hobart on Friday.

The daughter of former Chatswood stallion Niello landed a last-stride victory over I Love It (Artie Schiller) who was attempting to double up in the weight-for-age event for mares.

Visiting trainer Nikki Burke looked a relieved lady after the race and not just because Nautical prevailed in a desperately close photo-finish.

“She hasn’t eaten since we arrived here,” Burke revealed.

“She was drinking plenty of water but was losing weight. She hasn’t settled in and I will have to take her straight back home.”

Burke said the mare, known as Louise around her Cranbourne stable, will stay on the mainland instead of returning to Tasmania for the G3 Vamos Stakes (1400m) in a fortnight.

“I will aim her for the Adelaide carnival,” she said. “The (G1) Robert Sangster might be a bit rich but there are other races for her at Morphettville.”

Nautical (6m Niello – Magda by Anabaa) began her career with 6 placing in a row at Yarra Glen, Cranbourne, Flemington and Caulfield (3) before breaking through at Seymour. Friday’s black-type boosted her earnings to $354,935

Nautical was bred in Victoria by Richard Pietrykowski and sold for $10,000 out of the Chatswood draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale. Her dam Magda, who died in 2013, was a half-sister to NZ Group 1 winner The Heckler.

Niello (Octagonal) also died prematurely at Chatswood Stud in 2011. A younger brother to Lonhro, he carved out a Group 1 career of his own winning the Spring Champion Stakes, Canterbury Guineas & Rosehill Guineas.

Hillside Thoroughbreds filly Areti has booked a berth in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes after a very impressive debut at Moonee Valley.

The daughter of former Street Sense was always travelling like a winner on Friday evening and finished off like a professional to easily defeat Darley filly Brittany (Street Cry) and Ramensky (Wanted).

“She has been doing everything right at home,” trainer Robbie Griffiths said after the Ostar Media Group Hcp (1000m).

“We scratched her last week after a bad barrier and the draw wasn’t much better tonight. It’s been frustrating but we had to get her going ahead of the Blue Diamond.”

Hillside owner Peter Arvanitis named the filly after his wife Areti and she will be set for the $1 million Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 27.

Arvanitis and Hillside manager Peter Ford decided to withdraw her from last year’s Inglis VOBIS Sale and retain her to race and keep as a future broodmare for the farm.

Hillside has a total of 19 yearlings coming down from Nagambie for this year’s Melbourne Premier with Ford. One of the highlights is Areti’s yearling half-sister by Americain (Lot 441).

They are the first two foals from French-bred mare Ajamais who is a half-sister to the dam of Solow (2015 Champion European Older Horse).

Hillside also has colts by Street Cry (Lot 517 ex Corporate by Mt Livermore) and his sire son Street Boss (Lot 500 ex Chalk Ridge by Dehere). Another very nice colt that comes highly recommended is the High Chaparral from G1 Doomben Cup winner Cinque Cento (Lot 142) catalogued in the Blue Riband Session.