Stockwell, a name synonymous with Victorian and Australian breeding success, is returning to the Victorian scene.

After a change of management, Victorian studmaster Mike Becker and his son Brodie, of Independent Stallions have taken out a long term lease arrangement on the historic property at Diggers Rest. Mike is a former President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and a life member.

Stockwell Thoroughbreds will offer a full suite of services for breeding stock and racehorses from stallion walk-ons, pedigree analysis, foaling down and sales preparation through to racehorse spelling and post surgery rehabilitation.

The former Stockwell Stud, at Diggers Rest, was established by industry stalwart Ken Cox in 1958.

The farm was particularly renowned and revered across Australia in the heady days of the great stallion Showdown.

Dual Champion Australian sire Showdown stood at Stockwell for 17 seasons

Dual Champion Australian sire Showdown stood at Stockwell for 17 seasons

Showdown produced 41 stakes-winners and was twice the Champion Australian sire in 1975-76 & 1977-78. He is the second last Victorian sire to achieve this prestigious title (Century won it in 1978-79). During this time, the farm was managed by legendary horseman George Smith.

Aside from Showdown, the likes of Comeram, Star Shower, and earlier Landau and Empryean graced the stallion paddocks at Diggers Rest. It was also the home of W.S. Cox Plate winner Our Poetic Prince upon his retirement to the breeding barn.

“Stallions have been our business for more than 20 years but it is getting almost impossible to compete against the big farms for the shrinking broodmare population,” Mike said.

“This farm is 800 usable acres, with wonderful facilities for foaling, sales preparation, and large paddocks for good development of young horses.

“One of the major bonuses for city-based broodmare owners, is the ability to have better access to seeing the mares and their progeny due to the farm being just 30 minutes from the city.

“Having stood up to 11 stallions in a season and foaling down up to 200 foals per season, we can fairly claim to bring solid experience to the business,” he said.

The Stockwell property features include:
• Over 800 acres of pastured, sheltered and well fenced paddocks
• 40 stables
• 3 undercover round yards
• Safe, sheltered day runs for spelling horses or yearling preparation
• Very accessible for owners to visit to follow the progress of their horses, just 30 mins from Melbourne CBD
• Central to all breeding areas of Victoria for walking in mares for cover
• More information can be found at:

More information & enquiries:
Mike Becker: 0412 538 155
Brodie Becker: 0437 788 434

The foal component of the Inglis Great Southern Sale commences at Oaklands Junction, Melbourne this Sunday, the largest weanling auction in the Southern Hemisphere in 2016.

The largest and, according to Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager, Simon Vivian, possibly the strongest.

With the 2-day weanling section comprising over 400 lots (plus an increasing number of supplementaries to be finalised tomorrow), Vivian believes quality will go a long way to matching quantity.

“I reckon this (the Great Southern) will be a super sale,” Vivian enthuses.

“Consider this for a minute. There are 11 weanlings by Written Tycoon and seven by Street Boss. They are two of the hottest stallions in the country at the moment and you would find it very difficult to get a nomination to either of them this spring.

“Yet, here we have nearly 20 weanlings up for grabs by those two alone. And with over 100 stallions represented, there are also sons and daughters of Not a Single Doubt, Snitzel, Medaglia d’Oro, Magnus, Choisir, Hinchinbrook and More Than Ready, who had another Group One winner on Saturday with Eagle Way winning the Queensland Derby.

“Promising young stallions whose oldest are only two are well represented: Foxwedge already has winners in four countries and he’ll have nine weanlings in the Great Southern, while Poet’s Voice, who had a stakes winner on Saturday with My Country has one of the earliest lots in the sale. Moshe, So You Think as well.

“And there’s plenty of freshman sires too – 18 of them in fact – including Declaration of War, Shamus Award, Fiorente, Zoustar, The Factor, Sizzling, Dundeel, Unencumbered, Fighting Sun … a tremendous lineup.

“Pinhooking is definitely on the increase in Australia and you only have to cast your mind back to last year’s sale with Steve and Ceri Jostlear of Ampulla Lodge buying the Exceed And Excel colt (from Common Smytzer) for $300,000 and then on-selling him as a yearling for $800,000 some six months later.

“And seriously, who can forget ‘Roger’ the Teofilo colt that was snapped up by Three Bridges’ yearling manager, Karen Sinclair, for $32,000 before making $340,000 at this year’s Melbourne Premier.

“It really does serve to illustrate what’s on offer for the astute buyer at a sale like this. Teofilo hadn’t done that much in Australia by the time Karen’s weanling was purchased, but since then he’s been represented by Kermadec and an Australian Guineas winner in Palentino.”

Inglis’s Mark Dodemaide has been out on the inspection trail in recent weeks and shares Vivian’s view that it will be a cracking sale: “Sales in Australia have been really solid this year, and based on what I’ve seen among the entries for the Great Southern, there’s more than enough to attract investors from all over.

“There’s considerably more emphasis on weanling sales these days because there is so much upside. It’s interesting to note just how many of the lots are VOBIS qualified.”

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria’s Executive Officer, Patrick Clancy, explains: “Previously, most breeders would enter their yearlings for Super VOBIS prior to the sales but now they have the capacity to enter their weanlings, which again is a great selling point. There is no doubt the VOBIS brand helps to deliver greater returns to both buyers and vendors.

“There is a lot of momentum in the local breeding industry and you’ll find that the addition of VOBIS to these weanlings will be a real positive.”

The 2016 Inglis Great Southern will be staged over four days: the first two devoted to ‘Platinum’ and ‘General’ sessions for the weanlings, while the final two days will consist of broodmares, stallion and stallion shares and racing stock.

HOOFNOTE: Mark Dodemaide has been involved in quite a few sales during his lifetime, but he claims he’s never seen anything like it. Lot 343 at the Great Southern is a bay or brown colt on offer from Noor Elaine Farm at Euroa. The name of the colt’s dam … Three For Free.

“What are the odds that Lot 343 is out a dam called Three For Free? A million to one!”

Story courtesy of Aushorse

Blue Gum Farm shuttler Canford Cliffs (Ire) sired his first Australian winner at Sale on Thursday and it was anything but a cliff-hanger.

In fact, Cliff Hanger was eased down by jockey James Winks after powering past his rivals in the Jens Flowers 2YO Hcp (1411m).  The Lee & Anthony Freedman trained colt came from last on the corner to score by next to two lengths from Shadow Prince (Dalghar) and Bella Sorellastra (Lope De Vega).

“He put them away in two or three bounds,” Winks claimed.

“He dropped the bridle early and showed what he’s capable of in the straight.  He’s a nice horse.”

Cliff Hanger (2c Canford Cliffs – Crevasse by Snowland) had over-raced in his first two starts at Warrnambool and Flemington.

“The boys took the blinkers off and that was the key,” Winks continued.  “I worked him behind a couple the other morning and he was very impressive.  The soft track helped today, too.”

Canford Cliffs (Tagula) shuttles from Coolmore Stud in Ireland to Blue Gum Farm for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee.  He won five in a row at Group 1 level defeating top-class gallopers Rip Van Winkle and Goldikova in the Irish 2000 Guineas, St James’s Palace Stakes and Queen Anne Stakes.

Injury ended his career after a second to Frankel when attempting to defend his G1 Sussex Stakes title in July 2011.

“He had great early speed as a two-year-old and stretched out to be a superb miler at three and four,” Richard Hannon said.

“He is without doubt the best horse I’ve had in over 40 years as a trainer.”

His first European crop comprised 35 individual juvenile winners in 2015.

And the Melbourne Premier yearling results in March reflected the faith of local trainers in his stock – they averaged $105,000 and sold up to $250,000.

The Freedmans bought Cliff Hanger for $115,000 from Blue Gum’s Premier consignment last year on behalf of a syndicate managed by long-time stable client John O’Neill.

He has a yearling brother with Symon Wilde at Warrnambool and their dam foaled a colt by Blue Gum sire War in October.

Godolphin/Darley homebred Dissolute showed an impressive turn of foot to win the $130,000 VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic (1200m) at Swan Hill on Friday.

The John O’Shea-trained two-year-old came again to beat the easing favourite Gimlet (bred by Contract Racing).

“Everything panned out right and I liked the way he finished it off,” stable representative Alan Johns said.

“He’s got it all ahead of him.  He’s going to keep improving as he matures into a three-year-old.”

Dissolute has been in consistent form since transferring to Godolphin’s southern stable at Flemington.

He was runner-up to Valliano in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield in April and then had excuses in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes at Caulfield and Group 3 National Stakes at Morphettville.

“He had every chance today and it was good to see him get the job done,” jockey James Winks said.

“He found another gear when Gimlet ranged up and it was quite a soft win at the finish.”

The Classic has been the launching pad for several outstanding gallopers and, with now with the lucrative VOBIS Gold dollars, has come a long way since Elvstroem collected just $7,000 for his win in 2003.  His half-brother Haradasun banked $8,000 after bolting in by 10 lengths in 2006.

Dissolute is from the final Victorian crop of former Darley shuttler New Approach and he defeated Inglis 2015 Premier Sale graduates Gimlet (Yallambee Stud) and Barbie’s Boy (Rosemont Stud).

He is a half-brother to Listed Nivison Stakes winner Quidnunc (Lonhro) and her stakes-placed sister Segolene.

Their Group 2 placed dam Dorky (Grand Lodge) was snapped up by Supreme Thoroughbreds for $38,000 at the 2015 Inglis Broodmare Sale.

She has a cracking Epaulette filly for the 2017 Melbourne Premier and is due to Helmet in October.  Supreme’s Brent Grayling and Neil Shaw have booked her into Written Tycoon this year.

Rosemont Stud-bred Sky King became the biggest horse win in Hong Kong this season when he monstered a restricted sprint field at Happy Valley on Thursday.

Sky King weighs the equivalent of 590kg and that’s even heavier than champion galloper Able Friend who tips the scales at 582kg.

Trainer Caspar Fownes is hoping the youngster’s massive frame doesn’t get in the way of what could be a productive career.

“Hopefully, he’s straightforward because he’s a good doer and will eat us out of house and home if there’s too many setbacks.  He will be at his best over a mile and, if he stays sound, we will have a bit of fun.”

Sky King (Jet Spur) raced as Sky Spur in Australia and won by three lengths on debut at Ipswich before shipping off-shore in November last year.  “A lot of big horses can handle Happy Valley and he did trial well here, so that wasn’t a worry,” Fownes added.  “Ollie (Doleuze) said the inside draw helped and so did the drop in grade.”

His dam Gold Lottey (Encosta de Lago) was a Group 3 winner at Flemington & Moonee Valley and was sold off the track as a five year-old mare for $390,000.  Fast-forward to 2012 and she was a snip for Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen at $64,000.

Gold Lottey was carrying Sky King and Mithen sold him to Kenneth Kwan for $130,000 at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  The mare’s most recent foal is a yearling colt by Rosemont resident Toorak Toff.

On the buying front for Rosemont Stud, they also showed off their Starspangledbanner – Splendid Eagle foal on social media after Saturday’s Group 1 meeting at Eagle Farm.  His value had just multiplied after Splendid Eagle’s three-quarter brother Eagle Way won the Queensland Derby.

Splendid Eagle was another bargain for Rosemont at $75,000 during the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale.  Mithen elected to retain her yearling filly by Toorak Toff and her Starspangledbanner colt will be a standout at any of the majors in 2017.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds homebred General Truce gave Tony Vasil a welcome return to the training ranks at Flemington on Saturday.

General Truce (8g Brief Truce – General Resolve by General Nediym) was Vasil’s first starter in over two years after he was sidelined with depression.  The veteran sprinter loves the straight-course and firmed from $31 into $18 before winning the Jezabeel Hcp (1000m).

“I was up at the Gold Coast Sales and ran into James O’Brien,” Vasil said.  “He asked if I would be interested in training the old sprinter.  It’s given me something to do and it’s a bit of a fairy-tale.”

General Truce had won the Group 3 VRC Maribyrnong Plate (1000m) in November 2009 and returned to headquarters for wins in the Listed Kensington Stakes (1000m), Listed Century Stakes (1100m) and Yarraville Hcp (1000m). He is now just $70,000 short of the magical million earnings mark.

Victorian stalwart Brief Truce sired him from General Resolve who is related to Marscay speed machines Jetball (G1 AJC Galaxy Hcp) & Marwina (G3 AJC Stan Fox Stakes).  She had a perfect four-from-four record at stud foaling the winners General Truce, Arctic Command (Freeze), Complete Control (Rubiton) and Swiftly Red (Testa Rossa).

Corinella-based Lauriston Thoroughbreds retained Complete Control and sold her Commands yearling filly to Randwick Bloodstock for $170,000 at the Melbourne Premier in March.

Lauriston’s James O’Brien was on the Gold Coast selling four foals with a Snitzel filly leading the quartet at $135,000.  She is a younger half-sister to Adelaide stakes filly Zellindi and Chris Waller’s recent Newcastle winner Rakitno.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds also bought two young mares in foal to Written Tycoon with Hot Novelist topping the duo at $150,000.  She’s carrying a three-quarter relation to Written Tycoon’s Group 2 Danehill Stakes winner Rich Enuff.

Written Tycoon is the equine equivalent of a human headline.

The Woodside Park Stud champion has been in the news week after week this season with Group 1 highlights in the Golden Slipper Stakes (Capitalist) and Doomben 10,000 (Music Magnate).

The good news continued on Sunday when Publisher notched his 200th win of the season at Edenhope.  The 7yo sprinter is member of his sire’s first crop and is still going strong for Hamilton owner-trainer Allan Clark.

Publisher’s victory improved Written Tycoon’s Australian stats to 122 individual winners of 200 races and earnings over $9.37 million this season.  There have been 7 stakes winners of 11 black-type races and they have been instrumental in helping him break Bel Esprit’s reign as Victoria’s leading stallion.

The double-century follows a very successful set of results at the Magic Million National Sale.  Written Tycoon had 5 foals make $100,000 and more topped by Woodside Park’s $230,000 grey colt from Talkin’ About (Commands).

His Group 3 winner Written Dash was knocked down for $410,000 at the National Broodmare Sale.  She claimed the Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley and is in foal to Darley Victoria sire Brazen Beau.

A half-dozen mares in foal to Written Tycoon were sold on the Gold Coast and they averaged $202,500.  Three of them found new homes in Victoria with Lauriston Thoroughbreds (2) and Spendthrift Australia.

His yearling colt from Littlemiss Sandown (Encosta de Lago) was targeted by Darby Racing and trainer David Vandyke.  They are flying high with Group 1 filly Yankee Rose and reinvested $220,000 of her prizemoney in the colt that was bred and sold by Euroa-based Noor Elaine Farm.

There were more fireworks on Thursday when Written Tycoon’s 2yo colt from Inamorata (Flying Spur) topped the National Racehorse Sale.  He was offered broken-in, but untried, and attracted plenty of interest before falling to the bid of Victorian based syndication leader Brad Spicer.

Written Tycoon is fully booked for 2016 but Woodside Park Stud did put five nominations up for auction in partnership with Inglis Digital at

Queensland agent Neil Jenkinson successfully bid $56,500 for the first nom.  He was followed by Victoria’s Nicole Ernest from Three Fillies Lodge ($60,000) and Michael Hadley of Balance Thoroughbreds ($60,500).

The remaining two noms are being auctioned online during these dates;

  • Opens 13th June, Closes Friday 17th June @ 7pm
  • Opens 20th June, Closes Friday 24th June @ 7pm

This offering is available to all breeders, however bidding can only be done by registered users of the “Everyday Auction” platform.

If you are not yet registered and for more information on the online auction process, please contact Nick Melmeth on 0419 145 144 or

Greta West Stud has released the service fees after winning long-weekend for its three stallions.

Keep The Faith sprinter Ilgattino maintained his good form for trainer Symon Wilde on the first day of the Swan Hill Cup Carnival.  He appreciated the Soft 6 surface and finished strongly under Josh Cartwright to claim the Think Water Hcp (1200m) on Friday.

Ilgattino had also won during Wilde’s home-town carnival in Warrnambool last month and the Swan Hill result improved his record to 6 wins for earnings of $209,000.

Keep The Faith sired Group 1 sprinter-miler Trust In A Gust and his strike-rate has climbed to a career-high 70% winners-to-runners.  He represents the world-renowned Sunday Silence sireline and will stand for $3,300 (inc gst).

On Monday at Wodonga, it was a winning double for the Greta West Stud sire.

Catechesis, a Greta West bred 5yo daughter of Keep The Faith,  won a 1400 metre maiden while the Fulmen Park bred 4yo Get Ya Kicks saluted over 2050m.

God’s Own galloper Red Almighty chimed in for a slice of the Swan Hill prizemoney on Sunday.  Trainer locally by Con Kelly, he won the Evergreen Turf Hcp (1200m) improving his own strike-rate to 4 wins in 8 starts this year.

A Group 1 winner of the Caulfield Guineas, God’s Own is by champion sire of sires Redoute’s Choice and has sired the winners of 454 races in the last four seasons.  He’s priced to target owner-breeders at a $3,300 (inc gst) fee.

King of Prussia sired his latest new winner when The Desperate scored by 5 lengths in the Jansz Maiden (1200m) at Mowbray on Sunday.

The three year-old is from the same crop as King Of Prussia flyer Prussian Vixen who won at Mornington (2), Pakenham and Cranbourne during her most recent campaign for owner-trainer Michael Mehegan.

King Of Prussia (Anabaa) has sired 134 individual winners at a 57% strike-rate and he is available at a $2,200 (inc gst) fee.

Greta West Stud owners Laurie and John McCarthy also operate a thriving agistment business in a catchment area renowned for steady rainfall in north-east Victoria.  Group 1 Newmarket Hcp winner The Quarterback spelled there and Group 1 Randwick Guineas winner Le Romain was bred and reared at Greta West.

Victorian owner-breeders John and Helen McPhee claimed their latest country feature with Minnie Downs going back-to-back in the Swan Hill Cup (1600m).

Bred back when Clangalang stood at Eliza Park Stud, the veteran mare came from the back-half of the field to snatch a narrow win in a four-horse finish on Sunday.

“The pace set the race up for us and she travelled right through the run,” apprentice Mitch Aitken said.  “The gaps opened and I knew she was going to get there.

“Her last win was in this race 12 months ago so it’s just a big thrill for all of us – she’s so honest and tough.”

The McPhees have a trophy cabinet full of Wodonga Cups and they added more silverware in March with Toolangi (Towong Cup) and Baby Jack (Corowa Cup).  They all carried the family’s Jacka Investments colours of black & pink checks.

“We breed our own and you get very attached,” Helen said.

“John looks after which stallions our mares go to and I look after the names.”

Like all their horses, Minnie Downs is prepared by Brian Cox and the second Swan Hill Cup win sent her earnings to a very handsome $445,085.

Her dam Bush Beauty (Dieu D’Or) won five races at Wodonga but only delivered two foals before being euthanased at 15.

Trained by Gerald Ryan, Clangalang was a Group 1 winner of the AJC Derby and AJC Epsom Hcp at Randwick before standing at Eliza Park Stud until 2010.  A transfer to South Australia for stints at Rivers End Stud and Willow Grove Stud was followed by a move to GG Horse Stud in Tasmania.

Clangalang (Clang) crossed Bass Strait after his tough gelding Geegees Blackflash was named Tasmanian Horse of the Year.  The star stayer is owned by Paul and Elizabeth Geard and they bought his sire to stand at their property in Broadmarsh where he covered 20 mares last year.

The team at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds cheered home Victorian bred Kent when the promising youngster opened his account at Canterbury on Monday.

Bred at Darley’s Northwood farm, Kent (2g Domesday – Malbun by Commands) sports Godolphin’s blue silks and had been runner-up in his first two starts at Newcastle.

“His last run was good – I beat him on the stablemate Pecans and I’ve got a lot of time for that filly,” jockey Brenton Avdulla said.  “He’s still got a bit to learn but he’s a quality colt and he’s with the right team.”

Three Bridges bought his dam Malbun – with a positive to Choisir – for $40,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Bloodstock Sale.  They also snapped up her Bernardini foal for $44,000.

The Bernardini colt was pin-hooked for $75,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and her Choisir filly made $80,000 at last month’s Magic Millions National Foal Sale.

Malbun won at Canterbury and is from a sister to Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Guineas.

She is now in foal to Three Bridges sire Unencumbered on an early cover in September.

Three Bridges has 17 foals catalogued for the Inglis Great Southern Sale starting this Sunday, June 19.  Among them are 6 colts and fillies by Unencumbered and a pair of weanlings by in-form sire Written Tycoon.

A hot run for new Ridgeview Park sire Onemorenomore continued last week with promising filly Something More so impressive saluting at Morphettville on Saturday, June 4.

Having only her third start, the Jon O’Connor trained two-year-old was sent out favourite having been a close up fifth in Group 3 company at her previous outing and, despite having to do a bit of early work, she was just too strong.

Drawing clear to salute by over a length, Something More looked to have plenty in hand and O’Connor is looking forward to campaigning her in Melbourne over the spring.

“I’m sure I can find a nice race for her,” he said.  “She was strong to the line on Saturday and she has just got better and better.

“She licked her bin clean on Saturday night and has pulled up very well but there is not much around for her at the moment.  We will send her out for a break and she will be all the better next time as a spring three year-old.”

Onemorenomore’s 3yo filly Solid Rod had created a good impression a day earlier when charging home an easy debut winner at Geelong for Lee & Anthony Freedman.

The winners continued for Onemorenomore this week. On Sunday at Kalgoorlie, 4yo mare I’m Gunna won her maiden over 1200m while at Cessnock on Tuesday this week, another 4yo mare One More Tequila won over 1350m.

“He’s an in-form stallion and is really going to suit the Victorian market,” said Ridgeview Park Stud’s Phil Sloane.

“We’re looking forward to welcoming him to Muskerry East.”

A stunning four-length winner of the Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick, Onemorenomore is a stallion boasting great depth of pedigree and, being Danehill free, is a great prospect for mares from that prolific line.

For further information on Onemorenomore who stands alongside Al Samer, Best Choice, Golden Snake and Scintillo at Ridgeview Park Stud contact Phil Sloane (0488 525 063) or

It was yet more Victorian bred Group 1 success on the weekend with the win of Laughing Gravy in the feature Queen Elizabeth II Cup (2000m) at Kranji, Singapore.

Bred by the Heffernan family in Victoria, Laughing Gravy is by Primus, a stakes winning son of Flying Spur

Prepared by former Victorian based trainer Cliff Brown, Laughing Gravy settled in third place through the first half of the race before being set alight by jockey Glenn Boss around the home turn. He maintained a comfortable lead for the remainder of the straight eventually wining by two and a half lengths.

With the QEII Cup purse boosted from $350,000 to $500,000 this year, the win took Laughing Gravy’s earnings to more than $540,000.

“I thought he needed to improve, but Glenn had a different opinion and he convinced me,” said Brown.

“I was actually happy all week with the way he has trained and was going into the race. Just getting him to the 2000m was the key with him.

“He’s a freewheeling type of horse and it’s worked out perfect.” Boss told the Singapore Turf Cub the had untapped potential.

“He smashed them at his last run and was up in grade this time, but I think people ignore the obvious,” Boss said.

“Cliff had him going and had presented him very well for the race. He gave me a lot of confidence when I rode him in a barrier trial on Tuesday.”

Laughing Gravy, previously known as Frenzy Fox, had two starts in Victoria for Garfield based trainer Dean Grass before being sold to Cliff Brown. Grass bought the young horse from Carole Heffernan.

“He was a real tough horse to deal with. But once her turned the corner, he became a really nice horse.

“He probably should have won his debut race (at Seymour as a three year-old) and then won his maiden at Murtoa by seven lengths.”

About a month later he was off to Singapore on the perhaps unexpected trail of Group 1 glory.

Laughing Gravy’s sire Primus retired from racing and stood at Chatswood Stud for five seasons before moving to Queensland. He returned to Victoria last year where he stood at Euroa’s Stonehurst Farm.




Primus is part-owned by Justin Lovatt who also owns the sire’s previously best performing racehorse, the Darren Weir trained Group 3 winning Burning Front.

“Primus has such a beautiful family. I’ve always had a belief that he’s going to do well,” said Lovatt.

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

“He’s a thorough gentleman and he has been since day dot. He’s been like that since he started as a stallion.

“Several trainers including Darren Weir and Russell Cameron have very promising Primus progeny in their stables with many more to come.”

Anyone interested in discussing Primus can contact Justin Lovatt on 0416  063 873.

The trend of Victorian breeders upgrading their broodmare stock continued apace on the Gold Coast last week at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale. A number of southerners also profited from big sales of star race mares.

Among some of the biggest vendors at the sale included Victorian based breeders Yu Long Investments, Sun Stud, Spendthrift Australia, Musk Creek Farm, RIFA Mustang, Peter Ford Thoroughbreds, Rosemont Stud and Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.

On the selling side, Tony Santic sold Makybe Diva’s three quarter sister La Amistad for $675,000. He also reinvested over $1.79 million on new mares at the Gold Coast.

La Amistad (Redoute’s Choice) won staying stakes races at Flemington and Randwick and was purchased by Queensland agent Josh Hutchins on behalf of Innisplain nursery Element Hill.

Santic bought 10 mares topped by Star Of Sydney (Starcraft) in foal to Snitzel for $470,000.  She is an unraced half-sister to Not Listenin’tome who won a G3 Zeditave Stakes for Team Hawkes before transferring to Hong Kong where he has scored three times at Listed level.

Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson also made the Magic Millions leader-board when he weighed in with $775,000 for beautifully bred four year-old Cafe Scientific.  She won a Bendigo maiden for Mick Price (beating La Amistad) and was sold in foal to Deep Field.

“Rick wanted to get into the family and she was reasonably good value,” agent Dermot Farrington said.  “She’s one of the best pieces of paper in the book so we’re delighted.”

Cafe Scientific (More Than Ready) is a half-sister to the Encosta de Lago stakes winners Precious Lorraine and Lucky Raquie. Their dam is a sister to Redoute’s Choice.

Newgate Farm’s Henry Field offered Cafe Scientific (as agent) while also paying $1.1 million for brilliant Melbourne filly Fontiton (Turffontein) on behalf of SF Bloodstock.

Fontiton, a super juvenile filly by Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein, pricked a lot of ears at the sales complex.

“She’s an exceptional looker and, while she doesn’t have a Group 1 next to her name, she might be one of the most talented fillies we’ve seen,” Field said.

“We don’t step up that hard that often but Fontiton is different.  I think she will be very special broodmare for the farm in the next few years.”

Former Darren Weir-trained May’s Dream (New Approach) was another Victorian bred mare to make good money at the National Sale.  Bred and owned by Horsham’s Dunn family, the Group 1 winner of the Australasian Oaks (2000m) sold for $720,000 to Willcox Bloodstock.

Story courtesy: ANZ Bloodstock News

Robert and Barbara McClure’s Morning Rise Stud (Red Hill) sold Group One winner Yosei (Invincible Spirit) at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $580,000 with the mare purchased by Victorian based Sun Bloodstock.

Catalogued as Lot 944, Yosei won four times with three of those victories coming at Group One level. The first of those came in the 2010 AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr 1, 1400m) at Randwick before she added the Thousand Guineas (Gr 1, 1600m) in October that year. Yosei’s third Group One victory came in the 2011 Tattersall’s Tiara (Gr 1, 1400m) at Eagle Farm where she beat Beaded (Lonhro).

As a weanling, Yosei had been passed in for $14,500 with a reserve of $15,000 when offered at the 2008 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale.

She went on to win $1,271,075 on the track and was sold having been covered by Newgate Farm’s Deep Field (Northern Meteor) last November.

James Bester, speaking of behalf of the McClure family, said the sale was bittersweet. “They are happy but torn because she was a family favourite,” said Bester

“She was a family favourite but he does have two fillies from the family: a Fastnet Rock and a Pierro.

“In this market he felt it was an opportunity to offer her but part with her with a grieving heart as does his wife Barbara. It may yet cause a divorce.

David O’Callaghan of Sun Bloodstock explained to ANZ Bloodstock News that they were very pleased to have secured Yosei.

“She is by Invincible Spirit who is a world class sire and she is a triple Group One winner so we are very pleased to get her,” O’Callaghan said.

“She is a quality mare and she is an outcross so she can be bred to anything you want really.” A mating is yet to be decided.

“We will have a look after the mare sales finish at what we have bought and make our minds up from there.”

All up, Sun Stud purchased six lots at the sale:

LOT 816 SABIE $390,000
Stakes Winner. In foal to Medaglia d’Oro.

LOT 888 THE FILLY $320,000
Group 3 Winner. In foal to Sebring.

LOT 917 VINTEDGE $400,000
Group 2 Winner. In foal to Medaglia d’Oro.

Group 2 Placed. In foal to Sebring.

$580,000 Group 1 Winner. In foal to Deep Field.

LOT 1107 FINE BUBBLES $400,000
Group 3 Winner. In foal to I Am Invincible

Darley Victoria resident Brazen Beau topped first-crop stallions with mares in foal at the Magic Millions National Sale.

He had 8 mares carrying positives average $253,750 off an initial $44,000 service fee last year.  He achieved similar figures at the Inglis Sale in Sydney last month with four mares in foal averaging $276,250.

His Gold Coast leader was Pretty Penny (Encosta de Lago) who was sold by Modewarre’s Shadow Glen Stud to to agent Colm Santry for $570,000.  A rising 16 year-old, she has a perfect record at stud highlighted by Victorian bred Group winners Sertorius and Clifton Red.

MMS broodmare sale 2016 - 1st crop coverings

“She is an older mare but she has four black type horses from her first four foals and I didn’t think there was a better broodmare in the sale,” Santry said.

“She’s a magnificent looker and everything out of her has sold very well in the sale ring.”

Brazen Beau covered an outstanding book of 139 mares first-up after a career highlighted by Group 1 wins in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and Newmarket Hcp.  Sheikh Mohammed bought him for a reported $10 million between those straight-course victories at Flemington.

Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) will stand at Northwood Park for $44,000 (inc gst) again this year.  Currently, that’s the highest service fee in Victoria for 2016 and it looks like it will payoff for breeders.

China Horse Club has confirmed Victorian-bred Group 1 winner Precious Gem is still in the mix for the G1 Stradbroke Hcp (1400m) after fetching $825,000 at the Magic Millions National Mare Sale.

The Econsul mare, co-bred by Lauriston Park and Millford Thoroughbreds in Victoria, is a last-start winner of the G1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide and remains on track for the $1.50 million Stradbroke at Eagle Farm next Saturday, June 11.  She is quoted at $31 in fixed odds market for Queensland’s richest race.

Agent Michael Wallace said being a Group 1 winner made her an attractive broodmare and that was evidenced by the price-tag.

“She’s a nice investment and fits the bill among several young mares China Horse Club has purchased recently,” he said.

Vendor Brett Howard of Glenesk Thoroughbreds said it was always the intention to sell Precious Gem at the National Sale.

“That’s why we sent her to Henry Dwyer late last year,” he revealed.  “She’s in career-best form and I reckon the move has added $600,000 to her sale price.”

Precious Gem (6m Econsul – Gem Of Gems by Peintre Celebre) was bred by Millford Thoroughbreds owners Richard Kerry and Jarrod Byers in partnership with Lauriston Park Stud’s Chris Bakker.

Rosemont Stud’s Estonian Princess (Snitzel) was also on the China Horse Club shopping list at $520,000 from as was the Victorian bred, stakes winning Strykum (Stryker) from Baystone Farm at $150,000.

Prominent owner Damien Flower thanked Swettenham Stud for thinking outside the box with Vamoose (Jpn) at the Magic Millions National Sale.

Flower (Jadeskye Racing) teamed with Craig Anderson (Amarina Farm) to pay $340,000 for the imported mare who is carrying the first-ever southern-hemisphere foal by Japanese champion Lord Kanaloa.

Swettenham owner Adam Sangster sold her on behalf of his good friend, the late Phil Sly.  Interest appeared to stall at $200,000 before several interested parties peppered bid-spotters around the parade ring.

“Damien and I both rate her very highly,” Anderson said.

“She’s a lovely individual and was a high-priced yearling in Japan.  She’s a half-sister to Caulfield Cup winner Admire Rakti and that will help when we sell the foal at one of the major yearling sales.”

Vamoose (Admire Moon) is due early off a September 1 cover at Shadai Stallion Station.  “Hopefully, the stars align and it’s a colt,” Anderson added.  “We will assess the foal before deciding on a stallion for this year.”

Lord Kanaloa is a son of Kingmambo sire King Kamehameha from Storm Cat mare Lady Blossom.  Second-dam Saratoga Dew was bred by Penny Chenery of Secretariat fame, and she won the G1 Gazelle Stakes & G1 Beldame Stakes before transferring Shinkoh Farm.

After winning his second G1 Hong Kong International Sprint by five lengths in 2013, Lord Kanaloa was awarded a 128 rating by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities.  That bettered the previous record for a sprinter of 125 held by 2003 July Cup winner Oasis Dream.

Lord Kanaloa covered a combined total of 517 mares in his first two seasons at Shadai Stallion Station at a 5 yen million service fee (AUD 63,550).

Swettenham also sold USA bred mare Anna Dana in foal to its champion shuttler Toronado.  She’s by a Mr Prospector sire from a half-sister to Street Cry and was a bought by Emirates Park for $110,000.

Desert King mare Real Love claimed a career-best Timeform rating of 116 in the G3 Premier’s Cup (2200m) and she can peak again in the G2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) on June 11.

The recent win increased the Victorian sired mare’s  earnings to $1.14 million and it was also part of an interstate double for her breeders Bob and Sandra Peters.

Real Love had shattered the Doomben track record in the G3 JRA Cup (2000m) on May 14 and was the highest rated winner of the G3 Premier’s Cup since Coalesce (Zabeel) in 2006.

Regular partner Brad Rawiller believes the rising six year-old is still improving despite racing at least once every month since last October.

“She’s ticking along beautifully and it’s a credit to Darren Weir and his team at Warrnambool,” he said.  “She’s a real professional and I can’t wait for the Brisbane Cup – 2400 metres is her pet distance.”

Real Love (5m Desert King – Flaming Heart by Salieri) won last year’s G2 Perth Cup (2400m) and commenced her current campaign successfully in the G3 Asian Beau Stakes (1400m) before transferring to the eastern states.  “It’s hard keeping them up that long,” Rawiller added.  “But she’s as genuine as they come.”

Her dam Flaming Heart was a Group 3 winner Caulfield and she also foaled Heart Starter (Domesday) to win the LR Lex Piper Stakes (1600m) and LR Roberts Stakes (1800m) at Ascot in March.

Desert King (Ire) stands at Euroa-based Lauriston Park in association with Julie Nairn for a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee.  “It is hard to believe he’s 22,” Nairn said.  “He was scooting across the paddock like a youngster when I last visited Lauriston Park.

“Desert King has been a very good stallion to breeders over the years,” Nairn continued.  “His pedigree is world class and he comes up with another good horse every year.”

For further information, breeders should contact Lauriston Park studmaster Chris Bakker (0427 903 353) or Julie Nairn (0402 901 910).

Australian breeders will consider legal action against Racing Australia over moves to make them subject to the rules of racing.

Magic Millions owner Gerry Harvey has signed a letter to Racing Australia, along with many other influential breeders, that claims the industry is galvanised in its opposition to a proposal that would give stewards to power to walk on to any stud farm without notice.

“I haven’t spoken to anyone that thinks it’s a good idea,” Harvey said.  “I had a good chat to Racing Australia chairman John Messara and said there’s practically no one who wants the changes.”

Messara, who is also Chairman of Arrowfield Stud, fronted a delegation of angry breeders at the Inglis Easter Sale and they unanimously denounced the raft of changes.  The new rule has also been a hot topic on the Gold Coast during the Magic Millions National Sale.

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) tabled its own plans on how the industry would police itself, including the introduction of an Australian Stud Book steward, mandatory 10-year disqualification for any breeder found guilty of an animal cruelty offence and an undertaking all horses would be registered within 30 days of birth.

It has argued breeders should continue to be regulated under the guidelines of the Australian Stud Book – which was bought by Racing Australia in late 2014 – rather than the rules of racing, which currently make just one reference to breeders in more than 100 pages.

“The proposal by Racing Australia would see a body which is completely unaccountable take control of the multi-billion-dollar industry,” TBA president Basil Nolan said.  “We would rather avoid going to court on this issue but the ball is in Racing Australia’s court.”

Ever reliable Sun Stud sire Magnus has been one of the hottest sires in the land over the past month with no less than 18 winners (including a Group 1 winner).

This winning streak also included a city double and quinella at Sandown on the weekend.

Hugely consistent mare Magnagem got the ball rolling in a thriller over 1000m, edging out rivals by a neck and now has four wins and four placings from 11 outings.

Interestingly, she is trained by Robbie Griffiths who has 100% success with Magnus progeny having raced 10 and winning with each.

Bred by Rob Crabtree, Magnagem is out of Greig mare, Coniston Gem, and was sold by Yallambee Stud for $100,000 at the 2012 Melbourne Premier Sale.

Magnus Lad, who won the last race over 1300m at Sandown, hails from the same crop as Magnagem. He had to fight out the finish with a fellow Magnus, the favourite Duke of Brunswick.

Magnus Lad has been similarly consistent with six wins and six placings from 18 starts and is trained at Mornington by Wez Hunter.

Fittingly, both Magnus Lad and Duke of Brunswick have both won a quarter of a million in stakes, with the former a bargain buy in the Apple Isle.

Bred by Grenville Stud in Tasmania, Magnus Lad is out of the Double Income mare, Charlene while Duke of Brunswick is another home-bred for Crabtree.

On Saturday at Brisbane, Magnus’ Group 1 son Malaguerra will aim to double up his supreme level victories when he lines up in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.