Talented four year-old Bon Hoffa entire Bon Aurum, bred by Ken King’s Parador Park at Euroa, showed his class when winning the Yu Long Park sponsored Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes on Saturday.
It was 12 months to the day when he first displayed his talent in winning the Group 3 MRC Caulfield Guineas Prelude last year.
Trained by Ciaron Maher, he was always well fancied with a light weight, good barrier and Kerrin McEvoy to ride.
Bon Aurum was positioned just off the pace throughout the early stages and then produced on the outside of the field when rounding the home turn.
In much the same fashion of his previous success, he made light work of improving his position on entering the straight before going on to salute by close to half-a-length over the fast finishing Voodoo Lad.
McEvoy observed after the win: “He was always going to make a nice four-year-old and he’s shown that all prep. We had some cover behind Counterattack, who I thought was the one to beat, [and] with 52kg on his back he was full of running when I asked him.”
Bred by Ken King and retained to syndicate and race with partners, Bon Aurum is now the winner of five races — four at black-type level including a Listed race in his previous start at Flemington.
Bon Aurum is the best of four winners from minor winner Goldsmobile, who has not produced a foal since 2013.
His latest success took his earnings to a figure in excess of $586,000.
The Group 1 win gives him a chance following his race track career to join the Victorian stallion ranks.
In winning the 1400m race Bon Aurum joins an honour roll that includes the celebrated sires Exceed And Excel, Encosta de Lago and Testa Rossa, as well as the likes of Canny Lad and the great Manikato.
Parador Park bred and raced Late Charge started his first season this year at Benalla’s Riverbank Farm.
Trainer Scott Singleton will tackle black-type once more with Onemorenomore filly Alluvion following her last-start victory at Hawkesbury.
Alluvion raced on the pace and then dropped her rivals to win the Tuncurry Bowling Club Hcp (1000m) by more than four lengths in class-record time on Thursday. She was backed into a $2.80 favourite after a fourth-placed finish in the Group 2 Silver Shadow Stakes at Randwick last month.
“She can gallop and has a bright future,” Singleton said. “I didn’t plan to throw her in the deep end for the Silver Shadow but it’s a bit tricky at this time of year.
“You have to weigh up whether it’s easier to take on older horses in restricted company or race against their own age group in something richer.”
Alluvion is bred to keep improving as she gets over more ground. Onemorenomore won the Group 1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick and her USA bred dam Accretion (Cozzene) won up to 1700m and also earned black-type in the Listed Miss Grillo Stakes in New York.
Singleton races her with long-time client David Lopez after buying Accretion during the Patinack Farm dispersal at the 2012 Inglis Summer Sale.
There were 7 Onemorenomore winners around Australia in 5 days last week and his Brisbane sprinter Bentles will start first-up in Sydney on Wednesday in the Teachers Health Fund Hcp (1500m) at Rosehill.
Onemorenomore (Red Ransom) stands at Ridgeview Park for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee alongside Al Samer, Scintillo, Best Choice and Golden Snake.
Written Tycoon mare Tycoon Tara has put stud plans on hold with another feature victory in the Group 2 Golden Pendant (1200m) at Rosehill.
Saturday’s win was her third this season following the Group 2 Missile Stakes and Group 3 Show County Stakes for a syndicate managed by Victorian-based owner-breeder Tony Krushka.
“She’s in a very good spot at the moment,” trainer Peter Snowden said. “This was going to be her grand final today so I really don’t know where we will go now.”
Tycoon Tara began her career with wins at Warrnambool and Dunkeld before graduating to Group 3 victories in the Bellmaine Stakes and Mannerism Stakes at Caulfield.
“Her form fell away last season so Tony sent her up here for a change of scenery,” Snowden recalled. “She loves it in Sydney. Maybe it’s the different direction – I’m not sure – but she’s race-hard fit and thriving.”
Krushka used to train out of Mornington but a sea-change of careers saw him move into the tourism industry on the Great Ocean Road at Port Fairy.
“I would like to keep her racing for another season at least,” he said. “Breeding can be fairly long term and her pedigree is looking much better with each win.”
Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park and his stats are also improving week by week. He sired Super Cash to an impressive first-up win at Caulfield on Saturday and trainer Andrew Noblet will set her for a stakes race at Caulfield on October 15.
Kiwi filly La Luna Rossa is also due after a tip-top, first-up second in the Group 2 Tranquil Star Stakes on Saturday. She won the Group 1 NZ Sires’ Produce Stakes in April and is right on track for the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield on October 8.
Peter Snowden is also banking on Written Tycoon’s champion colt Capitalist returning to his best form after cruising home in a barrier trial last week. The Group 1 Golden Slipper winner failed first-up on a Soft 7 and connections are hoping for a firmer surface in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes at Randwick this Saturday.
Rick Jamieson refuses to rest on the long list of Group 1 laurels left by Gilgai Farm’s world-champion Black Caviar.
The Nagambie breeder has a trophy cabinet fit to burst and his GF brand was back in the frame when Portion Control won the $250,000 Inglis Cup (2000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.
Jamieson was already floating on air after receiving news Black Caviar’s dam Helsinge had tested positive to Written Tycoon.
Lindsay Park purchased Portion Control from the Gilgai consignment for $170,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.
“We targeted the race some time back,” co-trainer Tom Dabernig said. “Why wouldn’t you when it’s worth $250,000?
“He was quite strong on the line and I think 2000 metres will be his preferred trip moving forward.”
Portion Control is by Snitzel from USA bred mare Divisible (Giant’s Causeway) who is a half-sister to Lizard Island (Group 2 Curragh Railway Stakes). It’s the immediate family of Sadler’s Wells.
“This race is a great incentive for qualified horses who aren’t jump-and-run types,” jockey Craig Williams said.
“It was his first time at the trip and the stable was confident. He got a lovely run from the draw and stuck his head out when it counted.”
Lindsay Park races him with a syndicate that includes Peter Anastasiou and Ken Biddick. The Melbourne businessmen also own this year’s Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes winner Hattori Hanzo in partnership with Jamieson.
Gilgai Farm bred mare Jameka will be gunning for more Group 1 silverware in the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington this coming Sunday. It will be her final lead-in to the Group 1 Caulfield Cup following a last-start victory in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes on September 17.
Gilgai-bred Group 1 Newmarket Hcp winner The Quarterback will also be in action on Sunday after cruising home by five lengths in a Cranbourne trial last week. Trainer Robbie Griffiths will start him first-up down the straight at headquarters in the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes.
Among the new arrivals is a colt from Circus Polka.
European breeders raved about the first foals by Toronado earlier this year and their Australian counterparts have echoed those sentiments now that his southern foals are arriving en masse.
Toronado (Ire) is an outstanding physical specimen and shuttles from the English National Stud to Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud in conjunction with Al Shaqab Racing.
A Champion Group 1 Miler, he covered 174 mares at Nagambie last year and among the first to foal was Riverina Red (Testa Rossa). Her Toronado filly was born at Riversdale Farm on August 1.
“She is a first foal and was boxed for a week to strengthen,” studmaster Nick Hodges explained. “Adam inspected her while up here recently for the Hunter Valley stallion parades. She’s a forward-looking filly with a big backside and has really come on in the last few weeks.”
Riverina Red was a 2yo placegetter at Flemington and is owned by Swettenham client John Connellan who has raced class stayers like G2 Herbert Power Stakes winner Yakama (Umatilla).
Irish-bred mare Namurian Sunset foaled one of the first Toronado colts at Tyreel Stud in NSW.
Namurian Sunset (Thousand Words) won at Gowran Park for trainer Paddy Prendergast and was purchased straight off the track for 60,000gns (AUD 120,435) at Tattersalls. She is a half-sister to Group 1 racehorse and sire Ransom O’ War and is owned by Victorian breeder Geoff Russell.
“He’s seriously good-looking,” Tyreel Stud manager Robert Sims said. “There’s width in the shoulders and hips with plenty of scope. He’s intelligent and really swaggers around the paddock.
“We would recommend Toronado to any breeder on the strength of this colt. He’s a belter.”
Among the Victorian farms with Toronado foals on the ground is Glenelg Park in the Balmattum Hills just outside Euroa.
Studmaster Danny Swain welcomed an early filly out of Scarlet Moretta (Fastnet Rock). “She’s a first foal and isn’t overly big,” Swain said. “But she’s a ball of muscle and is a very strong filly.”
Scarlet Moretta won a Sale juvenile on debut and was also successful at Morphettville for trainer Phillip Stokes. She hails from a French Group 1 winning family developed by Daniel Wildenstein was sold as a broodmare prospect for $87,5000 at the Inglis Great Southern Sale last year. Agent Adrian Hancock was acting for Adelaide breeder Harry Perks.
There’s another half-dozen foals at home base in Nagambie.
“Toronado is certainly stamping them with great bone, muscle and athleticism,” Swettenham’s marketing manager Rachel Spriggens said. “He has that X Factor every stud looks for in a stallion.”
Among the new arrivals is a colt from Circus Polka. She is a Stravinksy half-sister to G1 Champagne Stakes winner Prized Icon who is gunning for a Group 3 in the Gloaming Stakes at Rosehill this Saturday.
There’s an eye-catching filly out of Noetic (Cape Cross) at Swettenham. Her dam earned minor black-type at Flemington and is from the immediate family of Champion USA Sprinter Housebuster.
“Toronado will cover another strong book of mares this season,” Spriggens confirmed. “There’s a significant number of mares revisiting him on the strength of his first foals and we have limited spots available at $22,000.”
Broodmare owners can inspect Swettenham’s stallions by appointment. For bookings or further information, contact Brian Gorman (0429 660 266) or Rachel Spriggens (0439 101 195).
Don’tgetcaught started a winning week for Greta West Stud with a powerful victory in the Listed Boulder Cup (2100m) last Sunday.
Dangerous sired Don’tgetcaught in 2009 when he was based at Greta West. The WA stayer is his 4th stakes winner and is from Loverdale Miss (Armidale) who was retired shortly after winning a Goulburn maiden for Clarry Connors.
Don’tgetcaught snatched a last-stride victory in the Boulder Cup from Cougar Express (Danehill Express) and Ihtsahymn (Ihtiram). “I had a lap full of horse at the top of the straight but nowhere to go,” winning jockey Peter Hall said. “He races best when ridden back in the field and I was rapt when the split came in time.”
Dangerous is nowadays based with Geoff and Wendy Brunsdon at Benalla.
“He just turned 20 and is still in top condition,” Wendy said. “We cover a few of our own mares – he has a couple of 2yo colts and we have three mares expecting this year.”
Greta West resident Keep The Faith has also doubled up with Honey Steel’s Gold and Tidy Prophet in successive Saturdays at Morphettville.
Honey Steel’s Gold completed a hat-trick in the Holdfast Insurance Hcp (2500m). “He had been racing splendidly as a hurdler before we reverted to the flat,” Lindsay Park trainer David Hayes said.
“Congratulations to owner John Valmorbida and thanks for entrusting us to let him jump!”
The big chestnut had won the Listed Taj Rossi Stakes (1600m) at Flemington in 2013 and has now earned over $400,000.
Tidy Prophet improved her record to 9 wins and prizemoney of $218,130 for part-owner and trainer Will Clarken in the Dr Terry Hodgson Hcp (1400m).
Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) was trained out of Lindsay Park for a Listed victory in the Schweppervescence Cup (1600m) at Caulfield. Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy stands him for a $3,300 (inc gst) service fee.
Three weeks ago we previewed a selection of Victorian bred entrants for the Group 1 three year old features of the Spring, the Caulfield and Thousand Guineas.
Now, with just 15 sleeps until the big races at Caulfield, there remain an impressive group of colts/geldings and fillies in with a chance to achieve Spring glory.
As mentioned in the previous preview, 2015’s Caulfield Guineas featured three Victorian bred/sired runners (Lizard Island, Ready for Victory, & Bon Aurum) while the 2015 Thousand Guineas also contained three (Jameka, Take Pride & Super Cash).
Three of the past seven Caulfield Guineas winners have been Victorian bred (Long John, All Too Hard & Starspangledbanner) while three of the past eight Thousand Guineas winners were bred by Victorians (Amicus, Yosei & Gallica).
Below are a large selection of the Victorian bred and/or sired three-year-olds which still have an entry in either of the races. No doubt since second acceptances, connections of some of these horses will have focused their targets elsewhere.
Amongst this group of horses, racing tomorrow in the Caulfield Guineas Prelude are: Valliano, Archives, Wazzenme, So Si Bon, I’m Telling Ya and Larrikin. Lining up in the Thousand Guineas Prelude tomorrow are: Whispering Brook, La Luna Rossa and Sword of Light.
Others racing this weeked include:
Tris in the Scaborough Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night
Urban Ruler at Morphetville on Saturday
Pecans in the Listed Reginald Allen Quality at Rosehill
Tiamo Grace at Murtoa
Pygmy at Kembla Grange
Chester Row at Geelong on Sunday
Good luck over the next two weeks to all of the Victorian breds and their breeders as they seek their place in the feature three year old Group 1 races!
You need to click ‘Next’ at the bottom of each table to view all previewed entrants.
Benz wins at Morphettville (photo-Atkins Photography)
Retired teacher and Kilmore resident June Fletcher is passionate about the horses she has bred.
Whether or not she has maintained ownership of her ‘babies’, she keeps an eagle eye on their performances around Australia.
Into her 80s, June maintains a Bruce McAvaney-esque memory of her horses, their performances and breeding.
“I follow them all with great interest. I’m retired. This is my passion I suppose,” June says.
She is now experiencing the thrill of a four-race winning streak by Benz (Bushranger), a three year old she bred and is now in the Morphettville stables of Gordon Richards.
Benz made it four wins in a row when winning at Morphettville over 1200 metres on Saturday.
Richards is now bringing the gelding over to Melbourne for a 1200 metre race at Moonee Valley on Grand Final Eve.
Of course, wild horses will not be able to stop June from being there.
With prizemoney of $100,000 plus an additional $30,000 in Super VOBIS bonuses, the race would almost double Benz’s prizemoney in one (victorious) fell swoop.
“He’s a pretty tractable horse who won’t mind Moonee Valley,” Richards said.
“He’s the best I have in the stable right now. If not for shying and almost crashing through a running rail in his debut at the track, he would be unbeaten.”
Benz was sold by June as a weanling to former Crows footballer Peter McIntyre at the Inglis Great Southern Sale for $11,000.
He then went through the sales ring again as a yearling at Magic Millions Adelaide last year where Gordon Richards bought him for $37,000.
“I had his full brother Black Caesar who was a winner, but a bit of a rat-bag. As a yearling, Benz was a lovely individual, athletic and a lot nicer type than Black Caesar. I told myself that I needed to get him; which I did,” Richards said.
June also bred Benz’ dam Mycedes with all but one of her foals winning at the track. Mycedes, who resided at Romsey’s Sun Stud unfortunately passed away last year.
She leaves behind the talented Benz as well as a two-year-old colt by Magnus bought by Seymour farrier John Pittard as a weanling (John also raced his sibling Mybenz with trainer Stuart Webb).
Having bought a Broadford farm with her husband Jim in the 1970s, June purchased her first broodmare Prospice in the early 1990s.
“We bought Prospice from a long time friend in Ed Barty (a TBV Life member who ran Trevenson Park Stud at Maldon),” June explained.
“Prospice went to Encosta De Lago in his first year for a service fee of just $9,000 – not the $200,000 charged later in his career!” June exclaimed
That mating produced Mycedes who, due to her precocious behaviour, did not ever get to the races.
In her first three years as a broodmare, Mycedes failed to produce a live foal.
In stepped Kilmore veterinarians Anita Burke and Maxine Brain. With their expertise and a lot of hard work, a filly was finally produced.
All six foals since then have been winners including the very handy city winning mare Mybenz (Danbird).
June maintains ownership of the family having kept a share in Benz’s half sister Andronica (Mujahid). Andronica now has a yearling filly by Bushranger making her a three-quarter sister to Benz.
June is also the breeder of consistent Magnus mare Make Mine Brandy. The Rhys Archard trained seven year old experienced a run of five runner-up placings in a row in recent times before winning at Bendigo on September 2nd.
In very welcome news for the Victorian thoroughbred breeding industry, Racing Australia and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) have, following discussions, released the below statement regarding breeders and the rules of racing.
The easing of unnecessary regulation on breeders and the formation of a representative body goes a long way to easing the concerns of breeders. The TBA board and CEO Tom Reilly are to be congratulated for their work on this critical issue.
TBV’s representatives on the TBA Board – James O’Brien, Adam Sangster, Adam Tims – have played significant roles in making sure the views of Victorian breeders have been heard at a national level.
Statement from Thoroughbred Breeders Australia President, Basil Nolan
I am writing to you about the issue with Racing Australia and our concerns about their attempts to bring breeders under all the Rules of Racing.
I’m pleased to inform you that Racing Australia, in consultation with Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, has redrafted the Rules of Racing that relate to breeders and foal owners.
As a result, stewards will only have access to studs and farms to test for anabolic androgenic steroids in young horses, prohibited substances in racehorses and to monitor the health and welfare of horses.
Racing Australia has also agreed to form a new body called the Australian Racing & Breeding Committee, with representatives of both racing and breeding, which will meet at least four times a year to discuss industry issues.
I believe the creation of this committee is an important step forward and I sincerely hope Racing Australia and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia can work consultatively and co-operatively through this new board in the future.
Racing Australia has clarified that a representative of a foal owner (such as a farm manager) can return the Foal Ownership Declaration when they have written approval to act as an agent for that owner. This clarification will provide comfort to many farms and studs, especially those with large numbers of clients or those which complete paperwork on behalf of clients.
The redrafted Rules of Racing provide clarity to the breeding industry about the scope of Racing Australia’s intentions and this is welcomed by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.
In a press release sent out by Racing Australia this afternoon, its chairman, John Messara, said: “It is pleasing that the matter has finally been resolved with the TBA.”
I echo those sentiments.
I have included, below, the redrafted Rule of Racing 14b:
(f) It is a condition precedent to any application or lodgement under this rule that the Manager, or his or her Authorised Agent, lodging the Foal Ownership Declaration or making application undertakes to be bound by these Rules and, upon action being taken in compliance with this rule (including a syndicate as applicable), the Eligible Horse and its owners thereby become subject to, and agree to be bound by, the Rules for the following purposes only (as a consequence of, and relating to, the lodgement of the Foal Ownership Declaration):
(i) The testing of a Named Horse which has not been retired from racing pursuant to AR 64JA for the presence of substances that are prohibited at any time by the Rules;
(ii) The testing of an Unnamed Horse for the presence of anabolic androgenic steroids;
(iii)The observation of other horses for health and welfare reasons only where there is a concern for their health and welfare based on reasonable grounds; and
(iv) The Rules that relate to traceability (AR 54A, AR64J, AR64JA and any relevant Local Rules).
(g) Nothing in this Rule 14B affects, or releases a person from, any requirement to be bound by the Rules of Racing that arises other than by the lodgement of the Foal Ownership Declaration Form, including but not limited to any requirement to be bound by the Rules of Racing that arises as a result of the lodgement of any other form, the making of any other declaration or the operation of any of the Rules.
As a result of this redrafted Rule of Racing the rules of the Australian Stud Book will also be amended to clarify that breeders and foal owners are bound only by Rule 14b (if they have not agreed to be bound through other forms such as an application to register a racehorse).
Finally, I would like to thank the vast number of breeders who have supported TBA so vocally on this issue.
For further information please contact TBA chief executive Tom Reilly on 02 9663 8581 or firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria is pleased to announce premium equine transport company, Goldners has signed on as a major sponsor.
The new partnership will see Goldners provide important financial support for TBV’s key activities including events, promotion, and marketing of the Victorian thoroughbred industry.
Goldners was established in Adelaide in 1945 by James and Ethelene Goldner. Since then it has grown to become Australia’s premier thoroughbred transport company with operations across the eastern seaboard.
The Goldners team has a combined 600 years of horse handling and transport experience and its fleet of rigorously maintained trucks is second to none. They undertake over 25,000 horse movements per year.
“We are very pleased to form this partnership with Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria as we look to expand our operations in Victoria.” said Charles Jennings, Chairman of Goldners.
“Over the past 71 years, Goldners has been a trusted partner to our loyal customers including a number of leading Victorian stud farms and racing stables.”
“We continue to invest in our team, fleet, research, and technology to ensure Goldners provides the best horse transport service available for the next 71 years.”
Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria is the peak industry and representative body for Victoria thoroughbred breeders. The organisation promotes and advances the interests of the state’s thoroughbred breeders locally, nationally and internationally.
TBV President, James O’Brien welcomed the new major sponsorship.
“Goldners are known by most in the breeding industry and they have a fantastic reputation for high quality service,” Mr O’Brien said.
“TBV encourages its members of the state’s breeding industry to give Goldners a ring or email and find out how they can best work for you.”
Goldners joins principal sponsor Tabcorp along with major sponsors International Racehorse Transport (IRT) and Newmarket Grandwest in supporting TBV and its important work in promoting the Victorian thoroughbred breeding sector and its members.
Racing Victoria (RV) and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) have released the list of nominated stallions for the second season of the $1.5 million VOBIS Sires scheme.
A total of 55 Victorian stallions, an increase from 54 in the inaugural season, have been nominated for the scheme.
The list of stallions cover a broad range of service fees, pedigrees and farms giving all broodmare owners an opportunity to produce a VOBIS Sires foal.
The progeny of all VOBIS Sires-nominated stallions will be eligible to compete in two exclusive races at the annual Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday:
$1 million two-year-old race over 1200 metres to be run for the first time in April 2019; and
$500,000 three-year-old race over 1600 metres to be run for the first time in April 2020.
Established during the 2015 breeding season, VOBIS Sires is an enhancement to Victoria’s respected owner and breeder incentive schemes, Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, and aims to encourage support of Victorian-based stallions and provide those that do invest in their progeny with the opportunity for lucrative racetrack returns.
Broodmare owners are encouraged to check this list and talk to stallion farms about VOBIS Sires eligibility when booking in mares.
RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said he was pleased with the strong level of support for the scheme from Victorian stallion owners who are provided with an opportunity to further showcase their progeny via VOBIS Sires.
“It’s pleasing to have 55 Victorian stallions nominated for VOBIS Sires this season and I want to acknowledge their owners and studs for their role in ensuring that our breeding industry remains strong, viable and competitive,” Saundry said.
“Owners and trainers seeking to purchase or race the 2017-born progeny of these 55 Victorian stallions have a further incentive to do so with eligibility for two VOBIS Sires races offering a collective $1.5 million,” said Patrick Clancy, Executive Officer of TBA.
“The Victorian breeding industry continues to grow in stature both nationally and abroad and VOBIS Sires, in addition to the hugely successful Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold schemes, further cements Victoria as the state to breed, buy, own and race a thoroughbred.”
VOBIS Sires is an enhancement to Victoria’s respected owner and breeder incentive scheme, VOBIS, and aims to encourage support of Victorian-based stallions and provide those that do invest in their progeny with the opportunity for lucrative returns.
The announcement of VOBIS Sires is complemented by continued industry support for both Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, with strong nominations received from breeders and owners of 2014-born foals following the close of VOBIS Gold nominations on 31 August, 2016.
The efforts of Written Tycoon and his progeny on the race track and in the national sires tables have had a massive impact on his book of mares this year.
Having achieved phenomenal success last season like no other Victorian based sire has since the late 1970s, the Woodside Park sire is now one of Australia’s most in demand stallions.
He started the covering season off with none other than Gilgai’s champion broodmare Helsinge (who has recently tested in foal) and the list of star mares has continued.
The current booking list includes:
Helsinge – dam of Group 1winners Black Caviar & All Too Hard
Samantha Miss – multiple Group 1 winner
Gold Edition – multiple Group 1 winner
Rising Romance – Group 1 winner
Extremely – dam of Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Extreme Choice
Satin Shoes – Group 2 winner & Group 1 placed; out of a Group 1 winner
Fontiton – Group 2 winner
Karuta Queen – Group 3 winner & Group 1 placed. Winner of MMs 2yo Classic
Gregers – Dual Group 3 winner & Group 1 placed
No Looking Back – stakes winner & Group 1 placed
Minaj – dual stakes winner
Naturale – sibling to Group 1 winners Black Caviar & All Too Hard
Many other Group winning mares and Group producing mares have already been covered or will visit the Australian Champion 2yo Sire in coming weeks and months.
The list of broodmares attracted from around Australia is a credit to the deeds of Written Tycoon, but also to the personnel at Woodside Park lead by Mark Rowsthorn, Murray Tillett and their hard working team.
Jameka wins the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes at Caulfield (Pat Scala-Racing Photos)
Gilgai-bred mare Jameka has firmed into an equal favourite for the Caulfield Cup after an explosive victory in the Group 3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on Saturday.
Last year’s Group 1 VRC Oaks winner is now priced at $7 alongside Hartnell with tab.com.au for the $3 million Caulfield Cup on October 16.
Jameka was given a perfect ride by Nick Hall in the Naturalism and she responded to score by almost four lengths from Sydney Cup winner Gallante (Montjeu) and Mornington Cup winner Berisha (Al Samer).
Jameka (4m Myboycharlie – Mine Game by General Nediym) will have her final lead-up for the Caulfield Cup in the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes at Flemington on October 2.
“She rolls along with that lovely action and just seems to relax,” trainer Ciaron Maher said.
“She’s always been a forward filly – strong and competitive – and now, as a four year-old, she’s more mature and is right on track for the Caulfield Cup.
Jameka was bred and sold by Gilgai Farm owner Rick Jamieson for $130,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and the latest result sent her earnings to $1.67 million.
Jamieson purchased her dam Mine Game as a yearling from Eliza Park Stud. Her only victory was at Caulfield on the same day All The Good won the Cup in 2008. She travelled to Vinery again this year where she has just been scanned in foal at 14 days to Myboycharlie.
Mine Game’s 3yo colt Nikitas (Snitzel) will be given the chance to add more black-type to the family’s catalogue page in the Group 2 Stan Fox Stakes at Rosehill next Saturday, September 24. He was Group 2 placed in the Brisbane Sires’ Produce Stakes in May and was runner up in the lucrative Gold Coast Magic Millions 2yo Classic.
Woodside Park has bought into Nikitas with the potential of him standing as a stallion should his race track results stand up.
Jamieson also reports Helsinge – the dam of Black Caviar – has a tested positive to Written Tycoon. She was the first mare covered by the Woodside Park sire this season.
And there were more glad tidings for that family when Gilgai bred champion Black Caviar foaled a Snitzel filly in the early hours of Sunday morning. She is the world champion’s third foal following a filly by Exceed and Excel and a colt by Sebring.
Rupert and Cheryl Legh with Glass Harmonium at Blue Gum Farm
Victoria’s spell of pouring rain has our breeding grounds saturated but no-one is complaining in the north-east of the State.
“There’s plenty of water, alright, but compared to the last five years, we’re happy to be wet underfoot,” Euroa-based Blue Gum Farm owner Philip Campbell reported on the weekend.
Blue Gum is busy with its stallion roster of Canford Cliffs, Turffontein, War and Glass Harmonium and the stud’s mares have also foaled some beautifully-bred babies this season.
Among them are Beautiful Pleasure (by Elvstroem) who delivered a Turffontein three-quarter brother to Group 2 winner Fontiton while multiple city winner Viking Turf Belle (Elusive Quality) foaled a filly by Brazen Beau.
Viking Turf Belle has a 2yo colt by Sebring that cost Tony McEvoy $340,000 from Blue Gum at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier.
Blue Gum’s 2015 Melbourne Premier graduate Royal Missile will be set for the Group 3 Champion Fillies Stakes in Perth after a barn-storming first-up win at Belmont on Saturday. The Smart Missile half-sister to Turffontein cost trainer Simon Miller $240,000 at Oaklands.
“Royal Missile is above average that’s for sure. It’s good to see her do that heading into the summer carnival,” Miller said.
“My main mission this time in is to get some black-type and I think she can.”
Campbell is also upbeat about the prospects of his Group 1 winning stallion Glass Harmonium (Ire). He was test-bred to a handful of mares in 2013 and has a half-dozen ready to race this season.
This two-year-old list includes a filly out of Rupert Legh’s broodmare Frolicking Miss. Trained by Mike Moroney, she has a nomination for next year’s Blue Diamond Stakes and is a sibling to 2016 Warrnambool May Carnival 2yo winner Rata Tat Tat.
“Mike Moroney and John McArdle are very happy with their Glass Harmoniums,” Campbell said.
“He had speed over a middle-distance and never knew when he was beaten.”
Glass Harmonium was initially trained by Sir Michael Stoute in England and won a Yarmouth nursery by 4 lengths before adding a Group 3 in the Gordon Richards Stakes at Sandown. He transferred to Mike Moroney for a local career topped by a Group 1 triumph in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.
An eye-catching grey stallion, he is a son of Verglas who won the Group 2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before embarking on a successful shuttle career between France and Western Australia.
Verglas (Highest Honor) represents the Kenmare sireline and his Group 1 winning son Silver Frost (French 2000 Guineas) is off to successful start at stud siring Group 1 Grand Prix de Saint-Cloud winner Silverwave.
There were 6 stakes winners by Verglas in Perth topped by 2008 Champion Fillies winner Spirited One.
Glass Harmonium appeals as one of Victoria’s value-for-money stallions at a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee.
The first crop of Spendthrift Stud shuttler Jimmy Creed (USA) has hit the yearling auction ring in the United States and come away quite successful.
A filly by Jimmy Creed topped the leader-board for fillies at the Keeneland September Yearling Sale on Friday with a $385,000 bid from leading agent Steven Young.
Offered by Gainesway Farm, the filly from Yearly Report (General Meeting) was knocked down to Young as agent for successful owner Ramona Bass. She is a half-sister to Group 1 Spinaway Stakes winner Condo Commando.
“That’s a pleasant surprise,” Gainesway’s Brian Graves said.
“We didn’t expect that kind of price coming to the sale but when she got here she showed the same every time and she never got tired.
“We were elated with the price. There were some very good judges on her and we wish Ramona Bass the best of luck with the filly.”
Jimmy Creed was an expensive graduate from the 2010 Keeneland September Sale and he lived up to a $900,000 price-tag with a Group 1 victory in the Malibu Stakes (1400m) at Santa Anita.
Bass and her billionaire husband Lee are well-known wildlife preservation philanthropists from Fort Worth, Texas. Their latest feature win was a Group 2 at Del Mar last week with Avenge (War Front) who was also purchased by Young from Gainesway at the 2013 Saratoga Sale.
Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) shuttles from Spendthrift Farm’s USA headquarters to its Victorian base for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee.
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Stuart Pickworth with former Shepparton MP Jeanette Powell
Tatura breeder and orchardist Stuart Pickworth will be happy enough if Valliano turns out anywhere near as good as Trust In A Gust.
Pickworth and Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster bred Valliano who was named 2015/16 VOBIS Horse of the Year after winning the $250,000 Inglis 2YO Premier and $280,000 VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield earlier this year.
Sangster bred Trust In A Gust to claim the 2014 VOBIS Horse of the Year award. He graduated to Group 1 victories in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes & Toorak Handicap and is now covering a very strong first book back at his birthplace in Nagambie.
Valliano (3g Equiano – Miss Valley Road by Elusive Quality) is also gunning for a Group race during the spring carnival. He resumed with a first-up fourth in the Group 3 Vain Stakes last month but a bruised heel meant he missed an intended start at Caulfield a fortnight later.
Back on deck for the Group 2 Danehill Stakes at Flemington last Saturday, he finished just two lengths off Kiwi colt Saracino and will be all the better for that run next time out which could be the Caulfield Guineas Prelude this Saturday.
Stuart owns Pickworth Orchards which supplies apples and cherries fresh to markets.
“I’m passionate about racing and you can’t beat having a good one like Valliano,” he said.
“We’ve got a great group of owners in the syndicate and hopefully there’s more wins to come this season.”
“I kept a share with some clients from Lindsay Park after we sold him at last year’s Melbourne Premier,” Pickworth recalled.
“He made $60,000 and we’ve already banked $364,000.”
The syndicate includes Nick & Gail Psaltis, Evan & Mandeep Twomey, Peter McPherson, Dale Paterson and Peter Cox.
“Evan and Mandeep fly over from New Zealand to watch Valliano. They reckon training expenses are the same over there but prizemoney is nowhere near what we race for in Australia.”
The Kiwi couple visited Swettenham recently and inspected the new-season yearlings including Valliano’s younger brother who will be entered for the 2017 Melbourne Premier.
Valliano’s dam Miss Valley Road was trained by Leon Corstens for the late Phil Sly and she won at Benalla and Bendigo. Sangster and Pickworth put the mare to Swettenham shuttler Toronado (Ire) last year and are expecting another foal in the first week of November.
Pickworth met with Sangster and the stud’s general manager Brian Gorman before branching into the breeding side of the business.
“It’s a professional outfit and they gave me a better understanding of what’s involved. I couldn’t be happier with the way things have turned out with Swettenham. They do an excellent job.”
Swift Alliance, now standing at Euroa's Springhurst Park
An outstanding, multiple Group winning Gooree Park homebred sire has been relocated to Springview Park in North East Victoria.
Peter and Leah Smith have proudly announced that the former Gai Waterhouse trained sprinter Swift Alliance is moving to their Euroa farm.
“He is a really beautiful horse with an outstanding temperament,” Peter Smith said.
When discovering that the horse was on the market, Smith jumped at the opportunity to stand the member of the hardy Sir Tristram line noting that Swift Alliance is a horse who ticks every box for the owner/breeder.
“I really think that front running speed horses make good stallions and Swift Alliance had plenty of pace and a great turn of foot,” Smith said.
“Not many horses win five stakes races and he did it over three seasons, proving his class, toughness and durability.”
“And he retired sound, something those who breed to race are going to appreciate.”
He recorded a two length victory in the Listed Show County Quality in Sydney and then travelled south to Melbourne.
There he won the Group 3 Bobbie Lewis Quality down the famous Flemington straight.
“He is such a terrific racehorse. I thought he was going to run a nice fifth but then he just went whoosh and accelerated like the very good galloper he is,” Gai Waterhouse said after the win.
Swift Alliance enhanced his form the following autumn with another Group 3 victory before a close and gutsy second in the Group 1 Galaxy.
Retiring to stud having performed consistently at high level over three seasons, Swift Alliance won nine of his 19 starts, amassing in excess of $628,000 in stakes.
The particularly handsome Swift Alliance is one of ten stakes winners sired by the underrated Don Eduardo who was considered by many great judges – such as George Smith, Sir Patrick Hogan and Gai Waterhouse – to be the best yearling ever to go through a southern hemisphere sale.
Like his son, Don Eduardo was a horse who knew how to find the line, during the summer and autumn of 2002 stringing together four impressive victories – each time rising in class.
Swift Alliance is one of three black type performers produced by the imported Silver Deputy mare Visual Emotion, also dam of the Group One placed dual Group Three winner Sultry Feeling and grand-dam of the Group Two Shannon Stakes winner Rock Sturdy.
This is a high class international family, one that has also produced the big race winners Selmis, Serape, Hawkbill, Tiz Miz Sue, Admiral Kitten and the Breeders Cup Mile winning champion stallion Cozzene.
The new Springhurst sire is totally free of Danehill blood and provides Victorian breeders a great outcross for Danehill line mares
Swift Alliance makes his Victorian debut at a fee of $3300 (incl gst).
Champion mare Let’s Elope had her favourite paddock at picturesque Lauriston Park, Creighton’s Creek… and her favourite old gum tree.
It was underneath that tree that on Sunday night, aged 29, the Melbourne Cup winner gently passed away during her sleep.
Looked after by Lauriston’s Chris and Kathie Bakker since her return from the United States in 1998, Let’s Elope had for the last decade enjoyed her third career as a nanny. She loved her babies who loved her in return!
“She was always such a kind mare,” Chris Bakker said, remembering the times he had been up in the night to check on weanlings as storms brewed.
“There would be thunder and lightning but she wouldn’t bat an eyelid. She would just stand there with the youngsters crowding around her for comfort.”
“Not once did you see her bite or kick any of them, she was a mare with a sweet disposition.”
Something Leon Corstens, who cared for Let’s Elope during her time with Bart Cummings, knew well.
“She was always a lady, a professional. You would have to go a long way to find a better mare,” he said,
Both Leon and Chris name her five length demolition of a high class field in the 1992 Australian Cup as her finest moment.
“No horse in the world could’ve beaten her on that day,” Bakker said.
“She struck a wet patch passing Chiquita Lodge and I thought she was out of contention. But she picked herself up and flew – it was an exhilarating win,” Corstens recalled,
The winner of 11 of her 26 starts, amassing over $3.3 million in stakes, Let’s Elope campaigned successfully in the United States – first across the line in the Group One Beverly D Stakes only to lose the race on protest.
But she won great international respect with that effort. Stud owners who hand-picked broodmares for their stallions were keen to welcome her. Duly served by Danzig, Storm Cat and Seeking The Gold (believed to be his sole southern hemisphere time service), Let’s Elope fared extremely well at stud.
All six of Let’s Elope’s foals to race were winners, four of them earning black type including the AAMI Vase winner Ustinov and the Adelaide Cup winner Outback Joe.
She produced the latter when she was twenty-years-old. At 21 she was retired from broodmare duties.
Ustinov (Seeking the Gold) now stands as a stallion at Moorookyle Park and has produced stakes winners including a Group 1 winner.
Meanwhile her female progeny have produced good types such as Group 3 winner Let’s Make Adeal (out of Let’s Get Famous) and recent Flemington winner Yulong Baby (out of Paris Tryst) among many others.
Sound and happy right until her death, Let’s Elope was much loved by all who knew her.
“She had an amazing effect on people and led an incredible life,” Bakker said.
“It was 29 years and 29 full ones at that. She travelled the world and took her owners Dennis and Margaret Marks on a wonderful journey.”
“She reached a fantastic age and went out on her own terms. It has been an absolute privilege to look after her, to be associated with such an amazing horse for such a long period of time. My kids grew up with her and she will be much missed.”
As is tradition for great horses, Let’s Elope will be buried standing up facing the morning sun.
Mark Zahra wins on Palentino in the Group 1 Makybe Stakes (Pat Scala-Racing Photos)
The Victorian breeding industry and Sun Stud were amongst the major beneficiaries of Palentino’s win in the Group 1 in the Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.
For the now dual Group 1 winner will stand in Victoria eventually after Sun Stud secured Palentino for stud duties following his victory in the Group 1 Australian Guineas (1600m) back in March.
Palentino led home a Darren Weir quinella defeating his Group 1 stablemate Black Heart Bart in a thrilling finish at headquarters on Saturday. They broke away from the rest of the field and tab.com.au reacted by firming the winner into $15 for the Group 1 W S Cox Plate on October 22.
“Sun Stud has put a massive investment into the horse,” Weir said.
“To win a mile race as four-year-old is very important for his stud career. I don’t think it will be the last one he wins, either.”
Palentino emulated legendary sire Zabeel who won the same Flemington double in 1990.
Sun Stud’s operations manager David Grant indicated Palentino is likely to be retired to stud next year after a possible tilt at the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes (1600m) at Royal Ascot.
“The plan is for Palentino to go to stud in 2017 but we will let the horse guide us,” Grant said.
“If he performs well overseas it would open up the possibility of him being a shuttler.
“The Australian Guineas made him an attractive stallion proposition and anything he picks up between now and retirement will only enhance his credentials.
“The Australian Guineas has been won by Zabeel and Flying Spur and more recently Wandjina and Shamus Award. In a lot of ways, it’s probably been a better pointer than the Caulfield Guineas in terms of being a stallion-making race.”
Palentino is by Galileo sire Teofilo who has resumed shuttle duties to Darley Australia. He was originally selected as a yearling for $85,000 by John Foote on behalf of Weir at the 2014 Tasmanian Magic Millions.
Sun Stud received another fillip last week when Klimt surged to victory in the Group 1 Del Mar Futurity. The Bob Baffert trained colt is on a classic hat-trick following previous winners Futurity winners Nyquist and American Pharoah who went on to claim the Group 1 Kentucky Derby.
Sun Stud bought Klimt’s dam Inventive (Dixie Union) for $80,000 at the 2014 Keeneland November Breeding Sale. She was positive to Bernardini and her foal on the ground was a Quality Road colt who turned out to be Klimt.
“Inventive was bred to southern hemisphere time to Tapit in Kentucky with three other mares and they were sent in-foal to Australia,” Sun Stud’s bloodstock adviser David O’Callaghan said.
“She foaled a lovely, very valuable filly in August. There’s been quite a bit of interest in Inventive but she’s exactly the type of mare that will boost the broodmare band at Sun Stud.”