You would be hard pressed to find a breeding farm in better place right now than Nagambie’s Hillside Thoroughbreds.

Foals off the farm, which was established by Peter Arvanitis in 2012, are performing with distinction.

To start with you have Western Australia’s champion Two-Year-Old of last season, Whispering Brook.

The filly recently had her first-up, debut run in Melbourne at Moonee Valley in the Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes. Narrowly edged into the runner’s up spot, she is now amongst the favourites for the MRC Thousand Guineas.

Also bred by Hillside and expected to be seen in some of the better three-year-old races during the Spring are the Mick Kent trained Om Nom (Onemorenomore) and the Moonee Valley winner from last February Areti (Street Sense), trained by Robbie Griffiths.

Judging by the recent breeze ups at Cranbourne for the Inglis Ready to Run Sale, the next crop of foals may be even better.

It was a Hillside product that produced the fastest time (in fact the fastest time across all of the breeze-ups at Cranbourne and Canterbury).

Lot 73, a colt by Sepoy and out of Rossa Mia (Testa Rossa) ran a time of 10.26 over the 200 metres.

Hillside bred Sepoy-Rossa Mia colt ran the fastest breeze up time at Cranbourne

Hillside bred Sepoy-Rossa Mia colt ran the fastest breeze up time at Cranbourne

Hillside’s Peter Ford said it was pleasing to see the Sepoy colt run well for his renowned conditioner (and vendor) Frankie Stockdale.

“He was always a strong nuggety little fella but I  thought he might have grown more before being sold at the Inglis Premier (for $52,500)

“He had a chip in one joint which required surgery which meant that we sold him with a bandage on.

“I said at the yearling sale to Frankie that I reckon he would go early and that I’m not sure what he will make (in the sales ring), but that I recommend him.

“Frank was on the phone thanking me after the breeze up!”

Meanwhile, Lot 180, another Hillside product also ran one of the faster times at Cranbourne.

Peter said that the Street Boss colt got a bit lost on the inside but still ran a time of 10.64 over the two furlongs.

“It is great for the farm to have horses measuring up to the others both on the track and at the breeze-ups,” Peter said.

“It is also pleasing to have people supporting the farm which is relatively new in operation.”

Keen watchers of Hong Kong racing will have seen a very impressive winning performance by Fairy Twins on Sunday.

The Sha Tin victory over 1200m brought further success for Euroa operator Noor Elaine Farm which bred the four-year-old.

The gelding, by the farm’s Group 1 producing resident sire Oamaru Force, now has two wins from just the four starts and is destined for bigger and brighter things.

Oamaru Force (AUS)

Oamaru Force (AUS)

He is trained by Chris So and was ridden on Sunday by Neil Callan

Mark Calwell, manager at Noor Elaine, was thrilled with the win.

“The farm is only as good as the horses we are turning off and that has been pretty good in recent times,” Mark said.

Added to the satisfaction is that Fairy Twins continued the 100% winning ratio for progeny of Oamaru Force in Hong Kong.

Other winners by the now 19 year-old sire include Waitaki River (5 wins in Hong Kong for nearly $800,000 in earnings) and Blossom Daily (3 wins, $362,000).

“Oamaru Force has been a good servant to the stud.  There are not too many Group 1 producing stallions in Victoria, but he is one of them (Mid Summer Music, 2012 Stradbroke Handicap),” Mark said.

Fairy Twins was sold by Noor Elaine at the 2014 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale to Patrick Payne for $20,000. He was then exported by Price Bloodstock to Hong Kong after two good trials in August and September last year.

He is out of the Desert King mare Desert Gardens and his third dam is the blue hen Kensington Gardens who produced Group 1 winners Blackfriars and Larrocha.

“We had the mare Desert Gardens for a while, but unfortunately she was hit by lightning last year and died,” said Mark.

“We now have her daughter Mariposa Lily on the farm who will go to stud for the first time this season.”

About thirty foals will be born at Noor Elaine this year says Mark. No doubt there will be a few good ones amongst them if the farm’s recent record is an indicator.

In recent times, racehorses raised on the farm have included 2015 VOBIS Gold Rush winner The Big Dance as well as 2016 Listed Galilee Final winner Charlevoix.

While unfortunately the Noor Elaine bred The Big Dance has sadly passed away following a paddock accident, her dam Curzon Dancer remains a key part of the farm.

The mare’s 2013 foal, also by Oamaru Force, was named Scarborough Fair. He had a number of jump outs under the tutelage of Caulfield trainer Nick Ryan before being sent to Hong Kong earlier this year.

She produced a colt by resident sire Easy Choice in 2014 (now named Kedleston), a colt by Unencumbered in 2015 and was bred back to Oamaru Force last season.


A trio of North East Victoria’s operators helped deliver a quality winner at Pakenham on Saturday.

The win by the Hollylodge bred Zupa Hero (by Zupaone) over 1200 metres in just his second start was full of merit.

The Pat Cannon trained three year-old gelding, ridden by Tahlia Hope, lead from go to whoa and never gave a chance to others in the field.

Hollylodge, Princess Park and Rangal Park all played a part in the raising of Zupa Hero.

He was the 38th winner bred by Hollylodge Thoroughbreds from their own mares.

His dam Areeiro, born herself at Hollylodge, was a very tough race mare winning and placing in town, amassing 10 wins over her career under the guidance of Bendigo trainer Alan Browell.

Avenel’s Hollylodge has stood many stallions over the years and amongst them were Tuscanos (sire of Areeiro) and Zupaone, the sire of Zupa Hero, who is now standing at Euroa’s Rangal Park Stud.

“It was great to see Zupa Hero win so easily leading all the way on the synthetic track and winning by two and half lengths,” said Hollylodge’s Christine Mills.

“He was syndicated out by Hollylodge over a year ago and plenty of time has been put into him by everyone.  For half of his syndicate members, this was their first foray into thoroughbred ownership so it was a great thrill to them on Saturday.

“Naturally, being Victorian bred Zupa Hero is nominated to both Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold so will be aimed at those specific races in coming weeks,” Christine added.

The win was the first for Princess Park trainer Pat Cannon from his new base at Ballarat.

While Princess Park maintain its property at Nagambie for pre-training and spelling of horses, the training operation has been moved to take advantage of Ballarat’s world-class facilities.

Euroa horseman Ken King is quietly confident Bon Aurum can emulate his sire Bon Hoffa and win the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on September 24.

Bon Aurum returned to form with a vengeance in the Listed The Sofitel (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.  He accounted for a talented field of sprinters winning by two lengths from Ulmann (Sebring) and Hi World (High Chaparral).

It was his first win since taking out the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude last October.

“We bred Bon Aurum at Parador Park,” King said.

“He has been underrated and didn’t get a lot of credit for the Guineas Prelude.”

King is one of Victoria’s leading syndicators and keeps between 10% and 30% of all of his horses.

“I feel I have an advantage doing my own breeding as I know the history of the horse.

“I don’t use fashionable sires but I like using nicely bred mares.”

King bought Bon Hoffa for $60,000 as a yearling and banked over $700,000 before standing him as a stallion in partnership with Bowness Stud.

He sired Bon Aurum from Goldsmobile (Promontory Gold) who is from a half-sister to European Group 2 winner Young Runaway.  Her latest is unraced 3yo colt Golden State (Domesday).

Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher prepares Bon Aurum and King’s Group 1 Victorian Oaks winner Set Square (Reset).  The mare is ready to win again after a flashing-light third in the Group 2 Dato’ Tan Chin Nam Stakes at Moonee Valley on September 3.

King also raced Flemington stakes winner Late Charge (Hard Spun) who is currently serving his first mares at Riverbank Farm in Benalla.  And he earned plenty of bonus dollars with Fast Cash after winning last year’s $180,000 VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

On Sunday, the Parador Park and Ciaron Maher combination enjoyed success once again with homebred four year old Desert Grey (Grey Swallow) winning his maiden over 1411 metres.

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Friday’s debut winner at the Geelong Synthetic track One No Trump had an awkward and somewhat tragic start to life but it’s all turned out ok thanks to a quarter horse.

Phil Wells from Shadwell Farm, located at Mt Rowan near Ballarat, takes up the story:

“We purchased Miss Hillary at the 2013 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sales in foal to Nicconi.

Miss Hillary was a lovely quiet mare not overly big and quite refined.

On the 3rd of October 2013 at lunchtime, she went into labour and it was apparent that the foal was presenting back to front and upside down.

Soon after the vet arrived and unfortunately after many attempts the foal couldn’t be turned and after delivering her filly Miss Hillary passed away.

We managed to get colostrum from the mare and give it to the little filly who we named Daisy.

Daisy was put into the stable as we started to frantically find a foster mare and after many calls without success, out of the blue an offer came of a quarter horse mare who had lost her foal earlier in the day.

Seven hours later Honey arrived at our farm and took to little Daisy soon after.

Honey was a great mother but was quite on the smallish side, under 14 hands so as Daisy grew it was increasingly hard for her to suckle, often having to spread her legs wide to get to Honey’s udder.

As we sell all of our foals as weanlings at the sales, Daisy was reluctantly part of our draft at the Inglis Great Southern Sale.

She had prepped up okay but unlike our other foals was very, very hairy but with that said she was very, very strong.

She was purchased for only $4000 and re-offered as a yearling at the VOBIS Gold Sale the next year.

One No Trump following her debut Geelong win (Reg Ryan-Racing Photos)

One No Trump following her debut Geelong win (Reg Ryan-Racing Photos)

Honey raised Daisy to be tough and that was apparent today when she had her race debut as One No Trump for Ciaron Maher, just getting up to win on the line.”

It’s 3am. It’s raining and it’s cold. An alarm sounds and Lauriston Park’s Chris Bakker, who has already been up once again stirs.

He grabs his coat and within minutes is in the middle of a paddock he helps a mare bring a new life into the world.

Stud life is not easy; the hours are long, the conditions often trying. Things go wrong, horses are unpredictable. Nobody, Chris says, would choose such a lifestyle for monetary gain.

“At the end of the day it’s the love of it that draws you.”

The love, for example, of that moment when a newborn takes his first wobbly steps. There is, Chris says, nothing like it.

Despite having supervised hundreds of foalings, Chris never tires of the process. When a healthy foal arrives, when the mare turns around to nuzzle him, it is a relief and a thrill.

In no time at all the foal is up and facing the world and Chris loves that too – “you are the first person there to see their personality emerge, it is always amazing.”

Whilst always tired at this time of year Chris says he would not change a thing – “I love every minute of it.”

Rock Hero

Rock Hero

And the 2016 season is a particularly special one for Lauriston with the arrival of the first foals for the stud’s well credentialled young stallion Rock Hero.

A stakes winning son of champion sire Fastnet Rock and the outstanding race mare Gallant Tess, Rock Hero served a strong book of mares upon his retirement last year and his first outstanding foals are on the ground.

And Chris could not be happier with them.

 “They are strong athletic types with lovely heads and great temperaments,” he said.

“It is still early days with his first foals just a few weeks old but we are very happy with them at this stage, they are correct with good hindquarters and they have plenty of personality.”

Hailing from one of the world’s great stallion families with his seventh dam (close up by today’s standards) being the incomparable Mumtaz Mahal, Rock Hero is the perfect VOBIS horse whose sire Fastnet Rock already proving his worth as a sire of sires.

Importantly, Rock Hero is nominated for the lucrative VOBIS Sires program.

A stallion who boasts outstanding statistics (around 69% winners-to-runners and just short of 8% stakes winners to runners), Fastnet Rock has five stakes producing sons. Foxwedge, Hinchinbrook, Wanted, Stryker and Smart Missile are all proving the value of this strong branch of the Danehill sire line.

For further information on Rock Hero contact Lauriston Park’s Chris and Kathie Bakker (0427 903 353) or LP Stallion’s Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or email or

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Keeneland’s famed September yearling sale is underway and this year’s catalogue comprises 4,400 lots over 13 sessions.

Spendthrift Farm’s Victorian shuttler Jimmy Creed (USA) has 35 first-crop yearlings entered starting with Lot 700 on Thursday, a filly from Yearly Report (General Meeting).

Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) was a Group 1 winner of the Malibu Stakes at Santa Anita and Yearly Report has been a proven producer since winning the Group 2 Delaware Oaks and Group 2 Black-Eyed Susan Stakes at Pimlico.

Her first foal Condo Commando (Tiz Wonderful) won the Group 1 Spinaway Stakes at Saratoga.

Fellow Spendthrift shuttler Warrior’s Reward (USA) has 34 entries for Keeneland and among them is the filly from Raging Storm (Unbridled Energy). The dam is an unraced half-sister to former Yarradale Stud sire Zentsov Street (Nureyev).

Jimmy Creed’s first Victorian foals are arriving around the State and Miranda Park owner Garry O’Meara reports there’s plenty to like about the filly from Croquet born on Saturday.

Croquet (Encosta de Lago) won at Cheltenham and her first foal to race – Holding The Baby – won at Morphettville for trainer Daniel Clarken.

O’Meara is just back from a successful trip to China for the Yulong Breeders’ Cup where he cheered home debut winner Yulong Shenyang. The Hesket-based breeder had exported the winner’s dam Zealous Star (Zabeel) to Chinese owner Meng Xiangwei.

For more information about Spendthrift’s Breed Secure program and its stallions, please contact Garry Cuddy (0410 451 595), Josh Rix (0499 880 855), Mark Szczepanowski (0499 444 052) or visit

Rosemont Stud homebred Toorak Tower is being touted a classic horse of the future by Kiwi trainer Donna Logan.

The 3yo son of Rosemont sire Toorak Toff was never in the hunt on debut in July but made marked improvement second-up in the Kensington Tavern Maiden (1400m) at Ruakaka on Saturday.

“I’ve got a lot of time for this horse – he’s 17 hands and still learning,” Logan said after the fast-finishing victory.  “That first-up run was too sharp and we used it as a trial for a race like today.

“I might give him another run or maybe put him out.  He will get a trip and can come back for the Guineas races and perhaps the Derby.”

Toorak Tower was bred by Rosemont at Gnarwarre and was sent to the 2015 NZB Karaka yearling sale but failed to make a $30,000 reserve.  He races in Rosemont’s ‘Gatecrasher’ silks like Group 1 winning stablemate Volkstok’n’barrell.

A Toorak Toff lookalike, he’s from Adelaide stakes winner Vignor (Flying Spur) who has already foaled More Than Ready winners Dysfunction and Pienkna.  Her latest is a yearling filly by former Rosemont sire Starspangledbanner.

Toorak Toff sired another promising maiden winner last month when Luke Oliver produced OnToff OfThe World at Echuca.  He is also part-owned by Rosemont with Bill and Nick Vasilopoulos.

“He was a standout as a yearling and we were fans of Toorak Toff as a racehorse,” Oliver said.  “He’s still a prep away but has a very nice race in him.”

Toorak Toff (Show a Heart) was a Group 1 winner of the STC Golden Rose and MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before retiring to Rosemont where he stands for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee.

Blue Gum Farm followed up Smiling Glory’s victory in Hong Kong on Sunday with more black-type for Canford Cliffs hours later in Germany.

Canford Cliffs (Ire) sired his 5th stakes winner with Princess Asta in the Listed Bayerischer Fliegerpreis (1300m) in Munich.  Krefeld-based trainer Mario Hofer had sent her to France for placings at Saint-Cloud and Deauville earlier this year before she broke her maiden at home in July.

Princess Asta races for Stall Antanando and was bred in France by Jean-Francois Gribomont & Aliette Forien from Unfuwain winner Lune Rouge.

Locally, Canford Cliffs colt Hay Bale is a last-start Warrnambool maiden winner backing up at Bendigo this Wednesday.  Trainer Robbie Griffiths has pitched him into a much stronger field in the Bet365 3YO Hcp (1300m).

Blue Gum graduate Smiling Glory made amends for an opening day loss with a front-running victory in the Huizhou Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin.

“His first-up run was pretty good actually and he was only going to come on for it,” jockey Dougie Whyte said.

“The feel he gives you is all right and he has a nice action.  He got a bit hot last season but held it together mentally today.”

Smiling Glory (Stratum) was bred and sold by Blue Gum and partners for $80,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  He was purchased by pinhook specialists Lyndhurst Farm and appreciated sharply when making $260,000 later that year at the NZB 2YO Sale.

His South African-bred dam Dash for Gretna died last year – her final foal is a yearling colt by Lucas Cranach (Ger).

Canford Cliffs shuttles from Coolmore Ireland to Blue Gum Farm where he stands for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee.

Yarram cabinet-maker Adrian Hall is crossing his fingers and toes for the comings weeks of the Spring Racing Carnival.

The breeder of Moonee Valley three-year-old winner Hey Doc says the gelding is the best one to come off his 100 acre hobby farm.

Out of the General Nediym mare Heyington Honey, a winner in Adelaide, the young Hey Doc was sold through Rosemont Stud in Session 2 of the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Sold for $85,000 to McEvoy Mitchell Racing, the colt achieved one of the higher prices for Session 2 of the sale.

Winning trainer Tony McEvoy said Hey Doc is still in the Group 1 Golden Rose in Sydney but it is unlikely he will head north.

“I was going to take him up there last week but it was too wet,” McEvoy said.

“He was probably just off the best of his age last season and he put them away pretty quick today.

Hall is a cabinet-maker by trade and he’s crossing fingers and toes in the lead-up to the spring carnival.

He bred Hey Doc at his 100-acre hobby farm in Gippsland and sold him for $85,000 through Rosemont Stud at the 2015 Inglis Premier II Yearling Sale.

“He was such a good type as a yearling and probably should have made the main part of the sale,” Hall said.

“But Tony McEvoy looks at every horse at these sales and obviously was attracted by the type. When Tony bought him, I was able to keep a share.

“Hopefully, we’re in for a bit of fun this spring.  Breeding and racing horses can bring tough times so it is nice to have the success so far with Hey Doc.”

Hey Doc has now won $173,400 in prizemoney which includes more than $55,000 in VOBIS bonuses.  It is expected the son of Duporth will now head along a path to the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.

Hall is a son of former Gippsland trainer Brian Hall and maintains a small band of broodmares that will visit sires like Three Bridges’ Unencumbered and Chatswood’s Reward for Effort this year.

Hey Doc’s dam Heyington Honey (General Nediym) died earlier this year.  Hall maintains ownership of her only other foal Heather Honey (Congrats) who is being trained at Ballarat by Simon Morrish.

Following an outstanding response to the inaugural Australian Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards in 2015, nominations are now open for 2016.

The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards (GSSSA) recognise and reward the workers, whose skill, dedication and professionalism underpin the racing and breeding industries.

“This is a great chance for Victorian breeders to recognise the dedication and determination of their staff,” James O’Brien, TBV President said.

“Working on breeding farms is often tough work so it is important to take time to recognise and reward staff with awards such as these ones which are very generously fostered by Godolphin.”

The awards are open to all staff employed in racing and breeding across Australia, with Godolphin very generously providing $100,000 in prizes.

There are six different categories, encompassing all aspects of the thoroughbred industry; from those who have demonstrated a supreme commitment to racing, breeding, horsemanship and welfare, as well as awards for those in administration and people in a leadership role.

The winner of each of the six main categories will receive a cash prize of $10,000 each and a specially commissioned trophy. The runner up in each of these categories will receive $1,000 each and an additional $3,000 also goes to the winner’s stable or stud.

The 2015 awards were supported by breeders across Australia along with all of the country’s major racing stables.

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia President Basil Nolan applauded the recognition they give to the men and women who are the backbone of the racing and breeding industries.

“It’s so important to recognise the commitment passion and resolve of those who work tirelessly behind the scenes in our industry. Whether its early mornings at the track or foaling in the middle of the night, the one consistent thing in racing and breeding is that while it can be extremely rewarding, it’s very hard work.”

“The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards are a great platform for the industry to celebrate this effort, and honour those who are leading their field through their skills, dedication and commitment to excellence.”

Victorian breeders, managers and owners are strongly encouraged to nominate their employees. An entry form for the awards can be found on the GSSSA website: Nomination Form

The closing date for nominations is 5.00pm, October 3 2016.

In a ground-breaking victory for Victoria, Starcraft gelding Club Star captured the inaugural Inglis China Australia Cup in Shanxi Province on Saturday.

This race day was fostered by Yu Long Investments, owned by China’s Zhang Yuesheng, which is also investing millions in bloodstock and infrastructure though Yu Long Farm at Bayles in Victoria.

Mr Zhang Yuesheng celebrate's Club Star's win

Mr Zhang Yuesheng celebrate’s Club Star’s win

Among Victorians who travelled to China were Yu Long farm manager Scott Williamson, Miranda Park’s Gary O’Meara, Baystone Farm’s Dean Harvey, bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills and champion trainer Darren Weir and David Hayes. Aushorse CEO Tom Reilly was also in attendance.

Club Star (5g Starcraft – Quick Blush by Redoute’s Choice) was initially trained by Peter Moody for wins at Bendigo, Seymour and Kyneton before transferring to China in June.

He cost $115,000 as a yearling and is from the immediate family of Woodlands Stud’s multiple Group 1 winner Encounter.

On a good weekend for the Rosemont sire, Starcraft also sired Vostok to his fourth win in 9 starts at Moonee Valley on Saturday for Rockmount Stud owners Geoff Guest and Jill Kewish.  And his Sydney based sprinter Craftiness earned more black-type when placed in the Group 3 Concorde Stakes at Randwick.

Mr Zhang’s emerald green colours had been carried to victory by Killarney Kid at Moonee Valley minutes before the success in the ¥1 million (AU$197,500) race in China (the richest in China).

Yu Long’s unbeaten Mick priced trained colt Yu Long Sheng Hui (Sebring) is being trained at the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. He is expected to resume his campaign at Flemington this Saturday.

A stakes winning, quality son of Northern Meteor has been announced as the latest new sire for Victoria.

Sports Edition, a two-year-old winner of the Listed Hampden Stakes in Brisbane, will stand at Ballarat’s Wyndholm Park.

As with his now deceased sire Northern Meteor, Sports Edition was trained by champion trainer Gai Waterhouse.

“Sports Edition is a very nice type, a lovely big, strong burly type,” Gai said during his juvenile racing career.

He raced among the best during his two-year-old career including being runner-up on debut to subsequent Group 1 winner Almalad.

Like other top racehorses and sires Northern Meteor, Smart Missile and Your Song, Sports Edition was owned and bred by Eduardo Cojuangco’s famed Gooree Park Stud.

Unfortunately Sports Edition succumbed to injury and was retired earlier this year.

Sports Edition is out of the super producing Marscay mare Newscaster. She is also the dam of Group 1 winning Amanpour (Northern Meteor) and Listed winner Turf Express (Danehill Dancer).

Also a sibling to Sports Edition is Swing Dance, the dam of Group 3 winner Rapper Dragon – a million dollar earner and one of Hong Kong’s most highly promising horses.

Sports Edition’s overall pedigree possesses the champion broodmare sire influences of Encosta de Lago and Marscay and he is free of Danehill blood.

“On type, Sports Edition is an attractive, strong bodied individual with good conformation and a temperament to match,” Wyndholm Park’s Dr Kim McKellar said.

“He is one of only three sons of Northern Meteor to win at stakes level as a two-year-old (the others being Zoustar and Fighting Sun).

“The Northern Meteor factor is very strong and our client base is supporting Sports Edition strongly and I have no doubt that he will cover a quality and numerically strong book of mares this season.”

Sports Edition will stand for a service fee of $9,900 (inclusive of GST).

He will stand alongside Crackerjack King ($6,600), Floral Pegasus ($5,500) and Rebel Raider ($6,600) at Wyndholm Park.

For inquiries, contact Rodney Rae on 0419 190 037 or Kim McKellar on 0418 508 212 or visit:

Regally-bred colt Swear has claimed the first Australian stakes win for Spendthrift Farm in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) at Randwick.

This was an historic first ever stakes success for the Romsey based Spendthrift Farm which is owned by America’s B. Wayne Hughes.

Swear had won on debut for Spendthrift at Hawkesbury in April and was the medium of heavy support before a first-up, half-length victory over High Mist.

Saturday’s result follows fellow Spendthrift winners Into Orbit, Spirit And Fire and Ameristralia in recent weeks. They also had three year old filly Terminally Pretty debut well at Bendigo on Friday finishing as runner-up.

The Romsey based nursery and Team Hawkes will set Swear for the Group 1 Victoria Derby (2500m) at Flemington on October 29.

Co-trainer Michael Hawkes said Swear is a stayer on the up.

“He covers a lot of ground and hopefully there’s a lot more in store once he stretches out.

“He just needed time and the owners have been patient.  It’s just a matter of getting them in the groove.

“He wasn’t that comfortable in the ground but his class prevailed.”

Swear is by champion sire Redoute’s Choice from NZ Karaka Million winner Crossyourheart (Show a Heart) and was a $725,000 buy for Spendthrift Australia at the 2015 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

“He feels like a Derby horse and he will definitely stay the trip,” jockey Tommy Berry claimed.

“He’s got a beautiful big action and, to be honest, I was surprised to see him win so well today over 1400 metres.”

Swear will likely take a traditional Sydney path to the Victoria Derby via the Gloaming Stakes and Spring Champion Stakes before travelling to Melbourne.

Spendthrift is making significant inroads following an initial 12-month period establishing its presence in the Australian market.  Owner B Wayne Hughes and his Australian manager Garry Cuddy have several stallion prospects in the pipeline – like Swear – set to join Warrior’s Reward (USA), Hampton Court and Jimmy Creed (USA) on the roster at Romsey.

Hauraki led home a feature trifecta for Darley stallions with a convincing victory in the Group 3 Tramway Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

His sire Reset is based at Darley Victoria and Tramway placegetters Le Romain (Hard Spun) and Dibayani (Shamardal) are also by stallions owned by Sheikh Mohammed.

Hauraki is now among Reset’s best-performed progeny. He will be hoping to salute at Group 1 level in the upcoming Epsom Handicap to join other major Group 1 winners by Reset including Fawkner, Pinker Pinker, Set Square and Rebel Raider.

Running on from the rear of the field, the John O’Shea trained gelding let down for a second Group 2 win following the Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill last year.  He has also been placed at Group 1 level in the Australian Derby, Chipping Norton Stakes, Ranvet Stakes and Doomben Cup.

“John has always held Hauraki in high regard,” Sheikh Mohammed’s international racing manager John Ferguson said.

“He’s done very well today and hopefully he can go for a Group 1 weight-for-age win in the George Main Stakes and then the Group 1 Epsom.”

Hauraki is a Darley homebred from Youthful Presence (Dehere) and is a half-brother to black-type winners Kidnapped (Group 1 South Australian Derby), Academus (Group 2 Western Australian Guineas) and Deledio (Listed SAJC Hill Smith Stakes).

Reset (Zabeel) is running third behind Written Tycoon and Magnus among Victorian stallions after a month of the 2016-17 season.  He has sired the winners of 8 races and $330,000 in prizemoney.

His promising gelding Echo Effect completed a winning hat-trick at Wyong on Friday to remain unbeated.  The unbeaten 3yo is from a stakes winning half-sister to Written Tycoon’s sire Iglesia.

It has been a super start to the new racing season for Larneuk Stud’s young stallion O’Lonhro, a run of success that has even stud owner Neville Murdoch a little bit chuffed!

The record-breaking son of the great Lonhro was represented by an extra smart daily double recently.



Debutant King Of The Ark created a big impression at Geelong with the Vincent Malady trained four-year-old green but strong to the line in a 1000m maiden.

In his wake he left the odds-on favourite Lionhearted, a Group 2 placed blue-blooded colt (Fastnet Rock – Scandinavia).

“He looks promising,” Vincent Malady said, adding that he has only had the bay in his care for six weeks.

Jockey Damian Lane was also happy, “..obviously he has got good ability and he is only going to improve, all the signs are good.”

A home-bred for Howard Simpson, King Of The Ark is a son of the two times winning Danetrice mare Samurtriark.

Later in the day another talented O’Lonhro four-year-old was in winning form at Canberra with Vella Lonchick storming home from the rear in a 1200m benchmark contest.

Trainer George Vella and jockey Jay Ford agree that she is ready for a crack at stronger company with a trip to Sydney on the cards.

The O’Lonhro mare has always shown plenty of ability, having won well as a juvenile but unfortunately for connections she fractured her wither and required a long process of recuperation.

Other recent winners by the Larneuk based sire include O’Lonh Star at Devonport, The Big Oh at Cowra and Big Phil at Sale.

Aside from O’Lonhro’s hot run on the track he also had a son in the news with the Alderson bred and trained O’Lonera – the winner of three in a row at Caulfield – taking out the prestigious title of VOBIS Horse Of The Year recently at the Racing Victoria annual awards night.

Larneuk stands O’Lonhro alongside Ilovethiscity who has made a most encouraging start with his first crop and the VOBIS Sires nominated Cluster who proved popular with breeders – his first foals already impressing.

For further information contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706 or visit

Catechesis completed a great start to the season for Keep The Faith when she remained unbeaten at Wodonga last week.

The Bob Donat-trained mare was the 8th individual winner in August for the Greta West Stud stallion and he is a Top 5 sire in Victoria for winners this season.

Catechesis had broken her duck at Wodonga in June and she doubled up in the Blacklocks Ford Hcp (1590m) on Monday.  The 600km round-trip from Bendigo to the border paid off for Donat who only has two horses on the books.

Her maiden win was his first result in three years!

The lightly-raced Keep The Faith mare settled on the speed and held off all challenges in the straight.

“She worked well during the week and was back in grade on a better surface,” jockey Patrick Holmes said.

“She did a bit of work early but I got a good run and she won well.”

Catechesis was bred by Greta West as was her older brother The Pantz who won 6 races in Queensland.  Their dam Ed’s Sister (Flying Spur) and second-dam Edwina (Vain) were both raced by Victorian breeder Ted Huglin.

Edwina is a half-sister to Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes winner Pre Catelan.

Greta West Stud also bred recent winners Chasing Liberty (Statue Of Liberty) and Sergeant Hightower (Churchill Downs) who has only been out of the first four once in his last 15 starts for trainer Alison Sheehan..

Sergeant Hightower’s dam Firhill (Marauding) has a yearling filly by Unencumbered at Greta West and the mare is slated for an early cover this year after missing to Canford Cliffs.

Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) and God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) both stand for a $3,300 (inc gst) fee at Greta West beside King Of Prussia (Anabaa) at a $2,200 (inc gst).

The first foals have been arriving at Smeaton’s Moorookyle Park and the stud’s Nioka Wozny is looking forward to a busy spring.

“Everyone who works in breeding loves this time of year,” she enthused, adding that whilst the hours are long and the work demanding she would not have it any other way.

“It is always a special thrill to witness a new arrival and to be able to give the good news to a mare’s owner,” Nioka said.

Moorookyle Park

Moorookyle Park

A particularly hard worker, completely hands-on in all areas, Wozny is earning a great reputation amongst breeders who appreciate her dedication do their horses.

“We like to think that we treat every horse like they are our own,” Wozny said.

Little wonder then that Moorookyle’s slogan is “our love of horses is your peace of mind.”

TBV member Moorookyle Park offers a wide range of thoroughbred services from foaling down, walk-ins, reproductive work, agistment and rehabilitation.

This season will also involve standing five stallions those being Cecconi, Rockaroundtheclock, Ustinov, Widden Valley and the new boy Sharkbite.

Client Kristen Manning has been impressed by Wozny’s care of her horses.

“Our broodmare was unwell, but recovered quickly thanks to Nioka’s rapid reaction and dedicated care. We also have an injured filly at Moorookyle who has been thriving under her watchful eye.”

Keeping clients up to date with regular updates, Wozny has made continual improvements at Moorookyle where pastures have been developed on the advice of leading agronomists whilst equine nutritionists have also been consulted.

Located on 160 acres just 15 minutes out of picturesque Daylesford, Moorookyle is expertly serviced by the nearby Ballarat Veterinary Practice and is not far from any of the major studs.

For further information on Moorookyle ‘s services and stallions contact Nioka Wozny on 0427 456 385 or visit


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