Eliza Park International’s Magnus moved into double-figures when The River became his 10th stakes winner in the RL Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (1200m) on Sunday.

Sent out the $3 favourite against a crack field at Pinjarra, he made the most of a gun run to score by a length from Stored Energy (Alfred Nobel). They dominated the finish with third placed The Celt (Planet Five) another four lengths in arrears.

The River (2g Magnus – Jestceny by Real Jester) was bred and sold by Darling View Thoroughbreds for $115,000 at the 2015 Perth Magic Millions.

The Magic Millions pay-day boosted his earnings to $224,700.

The River’s three older siblings had all been winners on the track and the two-year-old is likely to challenge Group 1 winning Magnifisio as the west’s best Magnus progeny.

“I was confident after he worked this week and drawing a barrier also helped,” trainer Trevor Andrews said. “He’s a lovely horse and this justified paying that money for him last year.

“He looked sharp as a yearling and he looked sharp today. We don’t want to get too far ahead of ourselves but he will go to the paddock and freshen up for the Karrakatta.”

The G2 Karrakatta Plate (1200m) is worth $500,000 and is set down for April 2 at Ascot. Andrews completed the Magic Millions Classic – Karrakatta Plate double last year with Lucky Street.

Over the weekend, progeny of Magnus also won at Sale (Sandon’s Stage) and the Sapphire Coast (Force of Magic) along with Powercharged placing 2nd in the Listed Thomas Lyons Stakes on Hobart Cup Day.

Magnus (Fying Spur) stands at Eliza Park International and he has 10 yearlings entered for the Melbourne Premier Sale commencing on February 28.

Peter Liston has cheekily pencilled in the attention grabber already.

“I can see the headline: ‘Stryker has Diamond Derby Day’,” Three Bridges Thoroughbreds’ owner and operator joked. “That would be nice.”

It would be somewhat ironic if Stryker, one of two stallions standing at the Victorian stud, can crack his Group 1 duck with not one but two majors on the same day.

The main source of Liston’s optimism is the bizarrely named Classic contender Rangipo, which derives his moniker from a New Zealand prison.

Raced by the New Zealand-based Thompson family, the Victorian-bred gelding raced away with the Group 2 Waikato Guineas at Te Rapa on Saturday to further underline his Group 1New Zealand Derby credentials later this month. In fact, he is the second favourite on the Tab.com.au market.

It will be the same day Stryker filly Miss Nymeria, an eye-catching sixth in the Blue Diamond Preview for the fillies, will hopefully line up in the $1.5 million Blue Diamond, the first two-year-old Group 1 of the season.

“All of the people who have the Strykers say they’ve got a good one at home, but he probably just needs a Group 1 horse to come out,” Liston said.

“He only served around 70 mares [last breeding season], but there’s enough out there. He’s getting a lot of winners and a few stakes winners too now.

“Rangipo was born an outstanding type and he’s like a lot of Strykers in that he has an outstanding nature and likes to work with people. They’re very good natured horses.”

Rangipo’s dam is Zabeel mare Holloway, whose first mating with Pierro produced a foal which was born dead but she now has a colt at foot to the Golden Slipper winner.

Retained to race by his breeders, Rangipo has won 5 of 10 starts and is the first foal of minor winning Zabeel mare Holloway, a sibling to Group 2 winner Maze and stakes-winners Barlinnie and Penitentiary.

He is the second stakes-winner for Stryker, who has 8 entries for the upcoming Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Victorian bred mares Amicus and Press Report dominated the G2 NSW Breeders Classic (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Amicus (Fastnet Rock) was bred by Makybe Racing’s Tony Santic and she overhauled Press Report (Written Tycoon) with the aid of a rails run to win by a nose. The runner-up was also bred in the VOBIS State by Mileshan Nominees manager Michael Shannon.

Trainer Chris Waller bought Amicus from Santic for $500,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions. She is one of the most valuable mares in Australia with a Group 1 to her credit in the 2014 Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.

Saturday’s Group 2 increased her earning to $781,985 and it would be hard to put a figure on her residual value. She is a younger half-sister to stakes performer Il Cavallo (Choisir) who has been signed to stand at Chequers Stud in New Zealand.

Their dam Gold Chant (El Moxie) is a half-sister to multiple Group 1 winning and now Group 1 producing Victorian sire Starspangledbanner.

Waller will set Amicus for the G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 12.

“Even though she’s already a Group 1 winner, she got in well today under the set weights and penalties conditions,” he said.

“She is a very good mare. She ran fifth in the Myer Classic in the spring and wasn’t far away.”

Winning jockey Hugh Bowman has always rated the mare very highly. “I won a maiden on her when she was a two year-old and told Chris she was stakes class,” Bowman recalled.

In an unlikely but impressive situation, two Victorian bred horses by the same dam scored victories in consecutive races at Caulfield on Saturday.

Shakespearean Lass became the 13th black-type winner by Written Tycoon with a hard-fought victory in the Listed W J Adams Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday

Just before that, her older half-brother and stablemate Dan Zephyr (Danbird) also won at Caulfield following a quick back-up from a Flemington victory last week.

Victorian breeder Colin Purss bred both gallopers and races them with friends and relations Mathew Gehle, Andrew Gill, Anthony Hales, Robert Knowles, Marcella Lopez, Stefanie & Marcus Middleton, Vicki Parr, Noel Paton, John Stark and Jarrad Willoughby.

The two gallopers are trained by Mornington’s Pat Carey who also prepared their dam Eliza Dream (Desert Sun) to three wins including the Azzurro Super VOBIS Hcp at Sandown. Her second dam La Zip (Zephyr Zip) was Group 1 placed in the Blue Diamond Stakes won by Bounding Away.

“It doesn’t matter how long you’ve been in racing, it’s that little bit more special going to the next generation,” Carey’s wife Cheryl said.

“We trained the mother and it’s good to see the owners back you up and follow it through.”

Written Tycoon sired a winning treble at Caulfield – Grande Rosso & Written book-ended Shakespearean Lass – and the Woodside Park sire was also represented by Morphettville winner Boys Getaround Him on Saturday.

Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (Ire) has his first foals on the ground in England and France.

Al Shaqab Racing campaigned Toronado to Group 1 victories in the Sussex Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes and supported him with a strong book of mares at the English National Stud last year.

His first foal at Al Shaqab’s Haras de Bouquetot arrived when Candicans delivered a colt at the Normandy nursery last week.

“He is a very attractive foal, we’re thrilled,” studmaster Benoit Jeffroy said. “He’s the spitting image of his sire.”

Candicans (Dansili) won the Prix Des Roseaux (2000m) at her fourth and final start for Juddmonte Farms. She is a sister to G1 Grand Prix de Paris winner Zambezi Sun and made 200,000gns at the 2012 Tattersalls November Sale.

Breeder and barrister Jeremy Gompertz QC welcomed the first Toronado filly from Red Intrigue last week.

“She has great strength and is a lovely individual,” Gompertz said. “If she’s a typical Toronado, I will certainly want to use him again.”

Red Intrigue (Selkirk) is the dam of Sheikh Hamdan’s LR Dragon Stakes winner Riflescope (Raven´s Pass) and her yearling filly by Dark Angel was bought by David Redvers and the China Horse Club for 180,000gns at Tattersalls in October.

Toronado (High Chaparral) covered 152 mares first-up at the England National Stud and there were 174 in his initial book in Victoria at Swettenham last year.

Ridgeview Park has lost its second stallion in a month with the news Bianconi (USA) was put down on Friday.

The 21 year-old stallion had been diagnosed with spinal cord damage.

“He still gets winners every week and his legacy will live on for a long time,” Ridgeview Park owner Phil Sloane said. “Our thanks to Mike and Sarah from Bendigo Equine Clinic for everything they did to save him. RIP old fella.”

The Muskerry East stud farewelled its Redoute’s Choice stallion Dr Doute’s following a colic attack on New Year’s Day.

Bianconi (Danzig) was trained by Aidan O’Brien for Susan Magnier to win the G2 Diadem Stakes at Ascot. He shuttled from Ashford Stud in Kentucky to Swettenham Stud from 2000 to 2005 before taking up permanent residence at Nagambie.

He transferred from Swettenham to Ridgeview Park in 2014.

Bianconi has sired over 560 individual winners at a 62% strike-rate and among the best of his 19 stakes winners has been Nicconi (G1 Lightning Stakes & G1 The Galaxy) who is off to a great start carrying on the sireline at Widden Stud.

TBV sends it condolences to Fiona and Phil Sloane and the team at Ridgeview Park.

TBV has the very sad task of passing on a message from our Stallion Farm members Ridgeview Park about the passing of their sire Bianconi. TBV sends it condolences to Phil and Fiona Sloane at the Muskerry farm.

Bianconi originally stood in Victoria at Swettenham Stud (from 2000) and transferred to Ridgeview Park in 2014. He has bred 19 stakes winners including multiple Group 1 winning Nicconi (who is now a successful young sire himself). Bianconi progeny remain prolific winners with no less than 42 this season and no doubt many more to come in future seasons.

MESSAGE FROM PHIL & FIONA SLOANE AT RIDGEVIEW PARK:

“It is with great sadness and disbelief that we have lost our other stallion Bianconi.

“Bianconi was diagnosed with spinal cord damage, possible due to arthritis, which left his back legs paralysed and could not get up. Many thanks to Mike and Sarah from Bendigo Equine Clinic for everything they had done over the last 24hrs to try and save him. Thankyou also to our tremendous staff for all your help.

“Bianconi (Danzig x Fall Aspen) was a Champion 3YO Sprinter in Ireland, Group 2 winner and Group 3 placed. He has done a tremendous job at Stud covering over 1460 mares. From 911 starters he has had 560 individual winners, 61.5% ratio and over $36 million in prizemoney. The Sire of 19 Stakeswinners and 31 Stakes Placegetters.

He still gets winners every week and his legacy will live on for a long time. RIP old fella it was a pleasure to own you.”

Gai Waterhouse is beginning to marshal her big team of two year-olds for the autumn carnival and the latest to emerge is brilliant Victorian bred filly Global Glamour.

Bred at Corinella in West Gippsland by Lauriston Thoroughbreds, the debutante was sent to Kembla Grange on Saturday and made short work of the ITC Corporate Members Maiden (1000m). Taken straight to the front by jockey Paul King, she exploded in the straight to score by more than six lengths from Godolphin filly Silent Sea.

James O’Brien from Lauriston Thoroughbreds (also TBV President) was overjoyed with the dominant victory.

“The team at Lauriston is rapt that our first ever horse with Gai Waterhouse, Global Glamour, has won on debut and by such a convincing margin.”

Global Glamour is raced by an all-ladies in a syndicate called ‘It’s All About The Girls’ after being purchased by renowned bloodstock agent James Bester for $65,000 from Lauriston Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions January Sale.

“Brilliant Star Witness filly Global Glamour blitzed rivals and is on a similar path to Golden Slipper runner-up English who ran 2nd to Vancouver (in the Golden Slipper) last year.

“Exciting 2yo Star Witness filly, Global Glamour along with 40 high profile women are having the ride of their lives and are hoping the Slipper will fit!”

Betting agencies agree with Tab.com.au shortening Global Glamour in their Golden Slipper market to $26 after her runaway victory.

The filly is by Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Star Witness and is a homebred for Lauriston’s O’Brien family from their Moonee Valley juvenile winner Spectacula (Testa Rossa).

The dam has a foal by Darley Victoria’s Reset and returned to Darley to be covered Street Boss in 2015.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds has hit a purple patch through all of January with no less than 12 horses they bred chalking up victories around Australia and overseas..

This has included the stakes win for Tudor at Flemington, city wins for The Seductress and Alcobro and a win in Singapore for Blue Diamond. The Ciaron Maher trained, Lauriston bred Emphatically also ran a second in last week’s Blue Diamond Fillies Preview. Interestingly, the same weekend the farm had a 2yo winner in Global Glamour, they had a 9yo winner in Canna at the Geelong races – these horses covering a large range of the time the farm has been in full operation at Corinella.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds has 9 yearlings entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale starting with the colt by Champion Victorian stallion Bel Esprit (Lot 324) and also including a So You Think half-brother to Adelaide stakes performers Alcobro and Alcohol (Lot 391).

Vision of Global Glamour and members of It’s All About the Girls syndicate celebrating the win:

(week ending 1 February 2016)

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

Written Tycoon winners

Written Tycoon maintains his position in 2nd place on the Australian Sires Premiership (by winners) with 80 winners for the season thus far. In Hong Kong on Sunday, his son New Asia Sunrise, saluted while the star Woodside Park sire also had winners in Adelaide, NSW, Albury and Kyneton over the weekend and an impressive 2yo winner, Hot Dipped in Launceston mid-week.

Von Costa De Hero double

Riverbank Farm sire Von Costa De Hero continues to get winners around Australia. He had 2 wins in 2 days this past weekend as Von Costa De Hero won at Geelong on Sunday for Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander while Chappo De Hero won at Lismore on Saturday.

Karaka Sales

A number of Victorian bred or sired yearlings were sold at the Karaka sales last week. These included:

  • a son of Written Tycoon selling for NZ$80,000 to Aquanita Racing
  • a Magnus yearling sold to NZ’s Wexford Stables for NZ$90,000
  • NZ$120,000 for a daughter of Reset bought by Next Level Bloodstock & Malua Racing
  • a son of Stryker sold for NZ$80,000. This colt was a half to Nigel Blackiston’s stakes winner Exclusive Lass
  • NZ$70,000 for a Victorian bred son of Anacheeva
  • a daughter of Helmet, sold for NZ$85,000 to Rosemont Stud

Volitant gets a winner

There was a win at Geelong on Sunday to Corstens/Malua Racing’s Victorian bred filly Aurora Flyer. She is by Victorian sire Volitant who stands at the Seymour farm of trainer Alan Diggins

Delightful Choice, delightful winner

A great result for Ray Jones and his Victorian sire Delightful Choice at Launceston last Wednesday evening with Greenmount Lass (by Delightful Choice) winning in her 2nd start. Delightful Choice covered 34 mares this past season which was almost double what he did in 2014.

Vic bred entries in Australian Guineas

The Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington is a big target for no less than 29 Victorian bred or sire three-year-olds. Fifteen Victorian sires are represented among these entries. Equiano, Written Tycoon and Reward for Effort all have two entries. Entries include VRC Oaks winner Jameka (bred by Gilgai) & the dual stakes winning son of Reward for Effort, Gold Symphony.

Vic bred entries in Golden Slipper

Twenty-four Victorian sired 2yos (by 17 sires) still hold the dream of making the Group 1 Golden Slipper. They include hot favourite and Magic Millions Classic winner Capitalist (by Written Tycoon).

Rich Enuff wins trial

Rich Enuff, a Group 2 winning son of Written Tycoon, had an impressive trial win in Sydney last week under new trainers, Peter & Paul Snowden. With a post race career at Woodside Park beckoning, connections are determined to snag an elusive Group 1 victory in the autumn.

Deceased Daliapour gets a winner

Return to Justice won well at Mornington for local trainer Matt Laurie Racing, the principal trainer for breeder/owner Lucky Racing (managed by Robert Ng). He is the third winner from just five runners for multiple Group 1 winning sire Daliapour (also owned by Mr Ng). Daliapour stood at Rosemont Stud until passing away last year (after three seasons at stud).

Makybe bred winner

King’s Command, bred by Makybe, beat the favourites and won at Flemington for owners Spicer Thoroughbreds and trainers Corstens/Malua Racing. He was purchased for $190,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Vics dominate Kembla Grange

It was a good day at Kembla races on Saturday with multiple wins to Victorian bred horses including Spanish Stride (bred by former VRC CEO Julian Sullivan), Lani Girl (Makybe) Junoesque (bred by Tarcoola Stud) and Global Glamour (Lauriston Thoroughbreds).

Solicit returns in form

Contract Racing’s homebred heroine Solicit returned to racing at Rosehill on Saturday running 2nd in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes. The Gerald Ryan trained mare’s key aim this preparation is securing a Group 1 victory.

Well bred Onerous scores

The Hawkes Racing trained Onerous won at Flemington on Saturday first up this preparation. He is by former Swettenham Stud sire Dash for Cash and is a sibling to stakes winners Arinosa and Sweet Sherry. Swettenham is selling his full brother at the upcoming Melbourne Premier Sale.

Sirbible wins in city again!

Sirbible, a son of Greta West sire God’s Own continued his good city racing form with a win at Morphettville. He is now returning home to Alice Springs with trainer Russell Bell.

Vic bred entries for Dubai World Cup races

There are a number of Victorian bred/sired entries in Dubai’s annual World Cup races including Gun Pit (breeder: A Smeaton), Rock Cocktail (Tara Farm), Harry’s Son (Cranton Bloodstock), I’m In Charge (Robert Crabtree – by Eliza Park sire Magnus), Banaadeer (Robert Anderson), Long John (Darley, Vic), Sirbible (Yallambee Stud – by Greta West sire God’s Own) & Rad (by Woodside Park sire Foreplay)

Dr Vandi delivered the first win for recently deceased Ridgeview Park stallion Dr Doute’s at Dubbo on Sunday.

Trained locally by Clint Lundholm, he scored by over a length in the Specsavers Maiden Hcp (1125m) at the third time of asking. The gelding had been in the wars during his previous start at Gilgandra when he blundered and raced erratically. Then, to cap off a bad day, he was disqualified when jockey Mathew Cahill weighed in light!

Dr Vandi was bred and sold by Ridgeview Park from its Mossman mare Wrapped In Wool. She has a 2yo Dr Doute’s filly with trainer Dennis O’Leary in South Australia, a yearling colt by Dr Doute’s and a colt on the ground by Bianconi.

Ridgeview Park owners Phil and Fiona Sloane lost Dr Doute’s when he succumbed to a colic attack on New Year’s Day.

The son of Redoute’s Choice was unbeaten at two and won the G3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes and LR City of Adelaide Stakes as a three year-old.

Bancroft became the first winner for Bombora Downs’s Irish bred stallion Annenkov at Lismore on Saturday.

Having his first start for Matthew Dunn, the gelding shared front-running duties with He’s A Wag (Clang) in the Winning Post Function Centre Maiden (1200m) before surging clear in the closing stages.

Bancroft is owned by a Viva Racing syndicate and had been based with Jarrod McLean at Warrnambool until December.

His dam Cult Figure (Ahonoora) won a LR Morphettville Guineas and she’s also foaled Caulfield stakes winner Cargo Cult (Spectrum).

Annenkov won two races at Maisons-Laffitte and was stakes placed at Deauville and Chantilly. OTI owners Simon O’Donnell and Terry Henderson brought him to Australia for a Listed win at Flemington plus a Group 1 placing in Perth.

The Irish bred son of Danehill is a brother of G1 French Oaks winner Aquarelliste from the immediate family of Cape Verdi. He initially stood at Allandale Park in NSW and has been based him at Bombora Downs on the Mornington Peninsula since 2013.

Bombora Downs has entered five yearlings on behalf of clients for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Three are by local sires Reset, Written Tycoon and Turffontein in addition to colts by High Chaparral and Star Witness.

The lightly raced, Gilgai Farm bred four-year-old Supido, identified himself a future stakes-winner with a commanding win at Flemington on Saturday.

Problems such as a severe foot abscess and pharyngitis have limited Supido’s early career to just four previous runs, but the Mick Kent trained entire has the ability to ultimately make his mark at the elite level.

Bred by Gilgai Farm, Supido was a $190,000 Inglis Premier purchase consigned on their behalf by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds. He is the third winner from three to race from Lady Succeed (Jpn), a winning Brian’s Time daughter of French Group II winner Hydro Calido.

Supido has won his last three starts following his first two promising starts in 2014 which included a placing to the talented Rough Justice.

Gilgai’s Kelly Skillecorn said Supido’s dam Lady Succeed (Jpn) produced a small, but clearly talented foal.

“Supido was a very small foal. She’s had four foals and they have all been quite small. The mare herself is only fifteen hands.”

“Her Smart Missile colt going to the Inglis Premier Sale is the nicest of the four so far.”

Not sighted since winning brilliantly at Flemington in July last year, Supido charged home from back in the field to score by a length and a half for Craig Williams as a hot favourite.

“He gave me a great feel when I rode him seven months ago and I think the management of him has seen him mature.” Williams declared.

“He’s a Group sprinter. You can see his maturity and he hasn’t lost anything of his ability. He’s still a bull and his attitude has got better. There’s no doubt he’ll be winning a good race.”

Kent said he would continue to take Supido through restricted company in his next few starts rather than push the son of Sebring straight to stakes company in the upcoming autumn period.

“He lacks seasoning,” Kent said.

“These sort of sprinters get better with age I feel and he just needs a lot of racing and a good preparation into him so he can season up and hopefully can keep climbing up (in grade.).”

Kevin’s Time, Lady Succeed’s three-year-old colt by Flying Spur, is with Darren Weir and won convincingly on debut at Warrnambool on January 10th adding extra fire to an already very hot pedigree page. It is believed international offers have already been made to buy the horse.

The details of yearling colt being sold at Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale are here:

Lot 90: Smart Missile/Lady Succeed (JPN)

Eliza Park International graduate Aztec Empire completed a hat-trick for ‘Magic Man’ Joao Moreira at Sha Tin on Sunday.

Aztec Empire was a $42,000 buy for agent John Foote at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and he stayed under the radar before transferring off-shore. Trainer Patrick Payne sent him around in 7 trials without winning as a three year-old.

The Victorian bred son of Choisir is owned by the St Joan Of Arc School syndicate and the half-length win in the Armada Hcp (1600m) on Sunday increased his Hong Kong earnings to the equivalent of AUD 206,685.

Aussie expat Brett Prebble had partnered the promising miler in his first two wins late last year but had to forgo the mount when the gelding jumped in class with a light weight. Despite his good form, trainer Chris So said it took some convincing to get Moreira aboard.

“We put him in a trial just for Joao and hoped he would then take the ride,” So said. “I was pretty confident the horse would win but now it’s going to get more difficult with his rating.”

Aztec Empire was bred Wayne Ross and Bronwyn Hawking at Cloverlea Farm in Euroa. His dam Costa Grande (Encosta de Lago) has also foaled Moonee Valley specialist Bel Shoes (Bel Esprit) and her latest is a 2yo colt by Chatswood’s sire Anacheeva.

Eliza Park International has the largest consignment among vendors for the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. There are 52 lots nominated including the first yearlings by its Group winning sprinter Squamosa.

EPI also has a colt by Aztec Empire’s sire Choisir from Rock Me Sweet (Lot 303) being offered as agent for Dorrington Farm. He is a half-brother to recent Moonee Valley winner Little Bita Spunk (Magnus).

Devils Pinch owns a turn of foot that will propel him to Saturday wins in Melbourne.

The Equiano three year-old produced burst of acceleration that took him to a clear-cut victory at Sale on Sunday, January 24. He had won on debut at Pakenham in August and maintained a perfect first-up record in the in the Laugh @ Life Hcp (1200m).

The Peter Moody trainee started a $2.40 favourite after some first-rate trials and there’s better wins ahead after his two-length victory over Roman Fizz (Magnus) and Caspian (Stratum).

Moody knew Devils Pinch had ability from the outset and the Caulfield trainer purchased his yearling sister by Equiano from Swettenham Stud at the 2015 Melbourne Premier.

Their dam Miss Shakira (Snippets) delivered another Equiano colt in August. The mare is owned by UK stud Newsells Park and she has also foaled Adelaide stakes winning sprinter Tropic Thunder (More Than Ready).

Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano (Fr) topped the English second-season table with the winners of 64 races in 2015 and he’s a Top 10 second-season stallion in Australia with 13 individual winners this season.

In Singpoare on Sunday, Equiano 3yo gelding Be Bold was just beaten in his debut overseas. He previously raced (and won) for Peter Moody’s stable as Best Bold.

There are 7 Equiano yearlings nominated for the 2016 Melbourne Premier and Swettenham Stud’s colt from Flying Spice (Lot 576) is a half-brother to the dam of Del Prado who was placed in the VOBIS Gold Star at Moonee Valley last Saturday.

Blue Gum Farm received another update for its Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale consignment courtesy of last-start Cranbourne winner Daniela Rosa.

The Mike Moroney trained filly broke through at her second start with a clear-cut victory in the Unox Maiden Plate (1300m). Showing speed to sit second, she looked to be under a bit of pressure approaching the home turn but responded well, winning in the style of a horse with plenty more to offer.

Daniela Rosa (Dane Shadow) had run an encouraging fourth at Bendigo debut last August.

“She has always shown ability and it was nice to see her put it together to win first up,” Moroney said.

“Hopefully, it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

The Cranbourne winner was a $70,000 buy for owner Lib Petagna at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions and Blue Gum Farm has her half-brother by Your Song catalogued as Lot 499 at Melbourne Premier.

Their dam Celestial Babe is owned by Victorian based Kingdom Thoroughbreds and was served last spring by Written Tycoon. She is by Galileo and her NZ Group 1 winning dam Ballroom Babe has produced the stakes winners Just Dancing, Tahni Girl and Hidden Dragon.

Group 1 Victorian Derby winner Polanski, who stands at Ducks Crossing on the Mornington peninsula, is another close relation.

Blue Gum Farm has 12 yearlings by Canford Cliffs at Melbourne Premier including the half-sister to Group 2 winning filly Fontiton (Lot 265).

Magnus stayer Hugo has emerged as a genuine Hobart Cup prospect after powering home in the Reissig Builders Hcp (2100m) in Launceston.

The Brendan McShane-trained gelding has been a model of consistency this time in and the latest win will lift his rating in the lead-up to Tasmania’s premier staying test.

“We have always had a decent opinion of this horse,” McShane said.

“Now that he has matured, I have no doubt he is up to the challenge of a Hobart Cup.”

Hugo was in the back-half of the field on Wednesday evening before making a winning move for Bulent Muhcu approaching the corner. There was no more than a couple of lengths between the first half-dozen across the line with Oerter (Elvstroem) and Smoke ‘N’ Whisky (Helike) filling the minors.

The G3 Hobart Cup (2400m) is worth $200,000 this year and is set down for Monday, February 8 at Elwick.

Hugo has only missed a cheque once in 10 starts this season for part-owner and breeder Rob Dixon who operates Reibey Lodge on the North Esk River near Launceston. He is by Eliza Park International stallion Magnus from LR Strutt Stakes winner Galvanized (Rubiton) and the dam was also stakes placed at Flemington and Moonee Valley.

Magnus has 10 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale starting with the EPI three-quarter brother to Platinum Kingdom (Lot 283). He is being offered as agent for Dorrington Park owner Rob Crabtree who raced Magnus to a Group 1 victory in the AJC Galaxy.

Unbeaten Street Boss filly Cathryn Sophia didn’t falter despite a slow start in the Group 2 Forward Gal Stakes (1400m) at Gulfstream Park in the USA on Saturday.

Forced to race off the pace instead of employing front-running tactics, she rallied in the straight to earn 10 qualifying points towards the G1 Kentucky Oaks in May.

Cathryn Sophia (3f Street Boss – Sheave by Mineshaft) was never headed in her first two starts winning a Philadelphia maiden by 12 lengths in October followed by a 16 length victory in the LR Gin Talking Stakes (1400m) at Laurel in December.

“Believe it or not, I was more impressed with this race than I was with the first two,” trainer John Servis said after the 5 length victory. “She beat a decent field today and did it like a good filly.

“After the break, I knew we were going to find out if there was a different side to her. She settled nice and then went about her business for Joel (Rosario).”

The daughter of Darley Victoria sire Street Boss is raced by Cash is King Stable owner Chuck Zacney and has earned $212,760 after changing hands for $30,000 at the 2014 Fasig-Tipton Maryland yearling sale.

She is a half-sister to 2015 Sugar Maple Stakes winner Taketheodds (Street Sense). Their dam Sheave is an unraced daughter of G2 Golden Rod Stakes winner Belterra.

Cathryn Sophia will now stretch out in the G2 Davona Dale (1600m) on February 27 and G2 Gulfstream Park Oaks (1900m) on April 2. “She’s a nice filly,” Rosario said. “I thought she was going to be fast out of the gate but she took a little bit of time. When we got to the top of the stretch she had a beautiful stride and was game the whole way. I was very impressed.”

Street Boss (USA) has 13 yearlings entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale including the chestnut colt out of Not Fuhr Nothin (Lot 237). Catalogued by Millford Thoroughbreds, he’s closely related to Bachman who added another update to the pedigree winning the LR Gold Coast Goldmarket Hcp on Boxing Day.