The 2016 Spring Racing Carnival was a highly lucrative one for Victorian bred and sired horses with 21 black type wins. And many of these victories have been at the highest level.

Since the racing season began in August, nine Group 1 wins have been recorded by Victorian bred horses in the 29 Group 1 races contested. The Group 1 honour roll reads:

  • Bon Aurum (bred by Parador Park, Euroa) – Sir Rupert Clarkes Stakes
  • Flying Artie (by Artie Schiller; bred by John Shannon) – Coolmore Stud Stakes
  • Global Glamour (bred by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Corinella) – Flight Stakes & Thousand Guineas
  • Hauraki (by Reset; bred by Godolphin) – Epsom Handicap
  • Jameka (bred by Gilgai Farm, Nagambie) – Caulfield Cup
  • Le Romain (by Hard Spun; bred at Greta West Stud by Mark & Tony Carusi) – Cantala Stakes
  • Malaguerra (by Magnus; bred by Sandown Lodge Stud)
  • Scales of Justice (bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond at Millford Thoroughbreds, Nagambie)

But the success did not end there.

No less than 29 Victorian breeders had a horse they bred ring up a black-type win or placing during the Spring Carnival (23rd September – 19th November).

The TBV Spring Premierships for breeders and sires were once again a fascinating race in their own.
Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm won the Breeders Premiership by a large margin.

Gilgai graduates Jameka and The Quarterback scored black type win wins while promising Statue of Liberty 2yo Can’t Remember also recorded a black-type placing on debut.

Runner-up was Valda Klaric who breeds her horses at Millford Thoroughbreds, Nagambie. Valda has two terrific homebred mares in French Emotion and Kaniana that scored Group wins.

The Victorian Spring Sires Premiership was a very close run affair. Darley’s former shuttler to Northwood Park Hard Spun just edged out Sun Stud’s Magnus.

For Hard Spun, Group 1 winner Le Romain was the standard bearer while Turnitaround also won at Group level.

Magnus’ major success was with Malaguerra in the Group 1 Darley Classic with Manageress and Miss Promiscuity also scoring black type points.

19 individual Victorian sires recorded a black-type win or placing during the Spring Carnival.

Full tables for the TBV Spring Breeders and Sires Premierships



Lyuba, a ‘steal’ from the 2014 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale, has returned her owners almost 67 times the prizemoney following her win at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

And she has been part of a ‘4 winners in 4 days’ streak for Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein.

Darren Weir prepared Turf Talk to a Cranbourne on Friday night, Lyuba scored on Saturday, Cranbourne owner-trainer Rachael Cunningham saw Gauteng Gal win at Yarra Valley and, finally, at Wagga Wagga on Monday the Carlile family bred Central Pass saluted.

Turffontein now has 20 winners for the current racing season and progeny earnings of more than $500,000.

Lyuba appears to have the most upside of the four winners and was a confidently backed $2.40 favourite first-up in the MSC Signs Hcp (1000m).

She had stamped herself above-average with a hat-trick in the autumn before losing an unbeaten record when runner-up to subsequent Group 1 winner Abbey Marie at Caulfield in April.

“She has that same keen racing pattern as last time and settled into a lovely rhythm with cover today.  She strode out and, to her credit, topped it off with a big finish,” apprentice Ben Allen noted.

Lyuba (4m Turffontein – Dancing With Amy by General Nediym) was raised at Liverpool Farm in Strathbogie by breeders Paul Aspros and Susan Keating, she has now earned $135,400 in prizemoney and VOBIS Gold bonuses.

They also bred Friday night’s Cranbourne VOBIS double bonus race winner Fudged (Casino Prince). They have entered her yearling sister for the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Turffontein (Johannesburg) stands at Blue Gum Farm for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.

Larneuk Stud sire Ilovethiscity has a live chance for the $2 million Magic Millions Guineas (1400m) with his unbeaten gelding Vivaldi’s Quest.

And his Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell certainly knows the route to the Gold Coast having won the 2015 Magic Millions 3YO Guineas with Deiheros and come third in the 2016 Magic Millions Cup with Baligari (Purrealist).

“Vivaldi’s Quest surprised me a bit today.  He got checked and shuffled back to last but he was really strong to the line,” Kennewell said after preparing the first two home in the Roadside Service & Solution Hcp (1050m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

“I was really happy with his win – it’s great for the owners.  Their last horse was a slow one and they lease this bloke off Luke Koumi.”

Ridgeview Park-bred filly Gold Denari is also heading to the Magic Millions Guineas after losing by less than a length to her stablemate.

Vivaldi’s Quest (3g Ilovethiscity – Autumnconcerto by Hussonet) is from an unraced half-sister to Group 2 P B Lawrence Stakes winner Second Effort.  He was a bargain $18,000 buy at last year’s Adelaide Magic Millions.

Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert) won at Group 1 level in the 2011 Randwick Guineas (1600m) and hails from the immediate family of champion sires Grosvenor and Lonhro.

Darley shuttler Helmet ($346,000) leads Victorian-based second-season sires this season with Ilovethiscity in second position followed by Moshe, Toorak Toff and Canford Cliffs.

Larneuk studmaster Nev Murdoch stands Ilovethiscity for a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee alongside Cluster (Fastnet Rock) and O’Lonhro (Lonhro).

The first foals of Swettenham Stud shuttle sire Toronado (Ire) lit up the ring at the Tattersalls Foal Sale last week in Newmarket, UK.

This included topping Day 2 of the sale courtesy of a colt that made 190,000 guineas (AUD 334,130).


These first foal sale results bode very well for the many southern hemisphere breeders who had a total of 175 mares covered by Toronado in 2015. He is expected to cover a similar amount of mares this breeding season at Nagambie.

The Day 2 top-priced foal at Tattersalls was purchased by Jim McCartan who was acting for Michael Carty of Kilmoney Cottage Stud.

“We thought he was an exceptional foal and we waited for him.  We went to see him again in the back ring and it confirmed our impression,” said McCartan.

“Toronado was a very good horse and this one’s been bought for resale, so fingers crossed!”

Another Toronado foal to make good money on Day 2 was the colt from Crown (Royal Applause) that sold for 145,000 guineas.  A half-brother to this year’s classy juvenile Global Applause (Listed Sandown National Stakes), he was purchased by German pin-hooker Ronald Rauscher.

On Friday, Amanda Skiffington had the final say on the Toronado – Lily Link colt at 120,000 guineas.  He’s from a half-sister to Group 1 Northern Dancer Stakes winner Redwood (High Chaparral) who stood at Westbury Stud in NZ.

On Saturday, Toronado’s top-priced foal was the filly from Key Light (Acclamation).  Sold for 70,000 guineas to Yeomanstown Stud, she is a half-sister to Group 2 Flying Childers Stakes winner Beacon (Paco Boy).

Toronado (High Chaparral) had 41 lots catalogued which was the biggest representation of any first-season sire at the Tattersalls Foal Sale.

“We are thrilled but not surprised with the results from Tattersalls.  Toronado has attracted high-quality mares in both hemispheres and the prices reflect that same quality in his foals,” Swettenham Stud’s nominations manager Rachel Spriggens said.

Swettenham is accepting late-season bookings to all its stallions – Toronado is priced at a $22,000 (inc gst) service fee.

Yockey’s Warrior embedded Warrior’s Reward (USA) in the USA Top 10 leader-board for third-crop sires following a professional-looking win at Fair Grounds on Thursday.

He pulled away under strong handling from Miguel Mena to claim the 92nd running of the Listed Thanksgiving Hcp (1200m) in New Orleans.

“He’s had a world of potential his whole life.  He ran a freakishly good race at Keeneland last time and that emboldened us to move forward and try this type of race,” part-owner and trainer Al Stall Jr said.

“It looks like he actually improved a little bit today.  There were some really nice horses here and they were really, really running.

“We haven’t gotten to the bottom of him yet so we’re going to have a lot of fun down the road.”

Warrior’s Reward shuttles to Spendthrift Farm’s Victorian base on the strength of a great start to his stud career in Kentucky.  His progeny earnings top $3.46 million this year and he’s second among third-crop sires for individual winners behind Quality Road (87 to 79).

“Yockey’s Warrior broke sharp, and put himself in a good spot.  He was running very fast,” Mena said.

“He put up a pretty good fight and ran them down.  I had a lot of horse at the end.”

Yockey’s Warrior (4c Warrior’s Reward – Silla by Gone West) is from a Newbury stakes-placed mare who also won in USA.  Second-dam Silver Fling (The Minstrel) won a Group 3 Palace House Stakes at Newmarket.

Warrior’s Reward (Medaglia d’Oro) leads Spendthrift Australia’s 2016 stallion roster at an $11,000 (inc gst) fee alongside Jimmy Creed $8,800 (inc gst) and Hampton Court $8,800 (inc gst).

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When he started thumbing through the catalogue for the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale, held in Ireland last week on the 18th and 19th of November, Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen didn’t expect to find a mare closely related to the all-conquering Redoute’s Choice.

Nor did he expect to be able to buy her for a paltry €23,000 – about $33,000.

But there she was, lot 1311 Movin’ Out, an Australian bred daughter of Encosta De Lago from Twyla, herself a daughter of the great Dancing Show, making her a half-sister to G1 winners and successful sire’s Umatilla and Hurricane Sky as well as Shantha’s Choice – the dam of Redoute’s Choice.

“To be able to buy a mare of her quality for that sort of money is amazing really, I have no idea why they (Godolphin) sent her to Ireland but thank goodness they did because I reckon she fell through the cracks a bit at Goffs,” said Mithen.

Movin’ Out is a story in her own right.

Bought by Darley Australia from Coolmore’s 2007 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale draft for a whopping $2.2 million, Movin’ Out won just one race, a Kembla Grange maiden, from her eight race starts before being retired to stud.

In Australia she produced the multiple city winners Transfers and Progressive, both by Street Cry, and the talented Promenades (Lonhro) which showed plenty of promise but succumbed to injury after just two starts.

Transferred to Ireland in 2013 to continue her breeding career, Movin’ Out has produced the unraced Shamardal colt Noble Jones, an unraced colt by Dubawi, and a filly by Invincible Spirit.
And now she is returning home to Australia.

“She’s done some travelling that’s for sure,” Mithen said.

“By the time I get her home to Rosemont she will have cost around $50,000 including transport and I reckon that’s a bit of a bargain given her pedigree. She’ll have a date with Nostradamus next season.”

And Movin’ Out wasn’t the only bargain buy with Australian links.

Mithen also landed Lot 1543 My Trust with Airlie Stud, a daughter of the brilliantly quick Australian Group 2 winner Alizes, the dam of the speedy Essaouira which is the dam of Group 1 winning colt Astern.

“I’ll be barracking hard to Astern in whatever he runs in during the autumn that’s for sure. She was a steal at 20,000,” Mithen said.

Mithen joins former trainer Peter Moody and prominent bloodstock player Paul Makin as Australia’s of note to have bought at European sales in the past week.

“The quality of pedigree that you can access there is amazing and a lot of the time they are very affordable,” he said.

“The fact that you get these beautifully bred mares with strong Australian pedigrees is a bonus.”

Purchases by Rosemont Stud at the Goffs Breeding Stock Sale:

  • Lot 1260 – Sparking View in foal to Pour Moi €17,000. A half-sister to Group 1 winner Profound Beauty
  • Lot 1272 – Palace Of Winds in foal to Mastercraftsman €30,000. A half-sister to US G1 winner Gorella
  • Lot 1311 – Movin’ Out €23,000. From the family of Redoute’s Choice, Umatilla, Hurricane Sky
  • Lot 1425 – Abyssinie in foal to Le Havre €180,000. A half-sister to Group 1 winners Artiste Royale, Aquarelliste, and former Bombora Downs sire Annenkov
  • Lot 1543 – My Trust in foal to Morpheus €20,000. Daughter of Group 2 Magic Night winner Alizes, dam of Essaouira the dam of Astern

The hot streak of horses by Greta West Stud continues with a more than handy winner at Wyong on Thursday.

Experienced jockey Paul King was the most relieved man on the racecourse when he got Second Step home.

Having her second start, Second Step was never out of trouble in the TAB Maiden Plate (1000m) before King finally kicked her to a clear-cut two-length victory.

The 3yo daughter of Keep The Faith had been unlucky when third on debut at Gosford a fortnight ago and there was more strife at Wyong as per the following stewards’ report:

“Second Step was badly held up rounding the home turn and near the 300m was steadied and shifted out away from the heels of Bridyn May.  Continued to be held up before obtaining a narrow run between Valiant Mate and Exaggerate.”

“Paul said there’s was no room on the corner.  He had check and angle into the clear at the top of the straight,” Warwick Farm-based owner-trainer John Steinmetz said.

“I haven’t got to bottom of her yet.  The first time we really put her under pressure was first-up at Gosford.

“She’s pulled up really well after the win and I will either take her back to Wyong or Goulburn next week.

“Even though she’s a quiet filly, carting her around to the provincials will help long-term.  But another win will raise her mark to a point where we will have to keep her in town.”

Second Step (3f Keep The Faith – Crimson Code by Redoute’s Choice) is a half-sister to Moonee Valley winner Barcode (Kaphero) and Singapore winner Be Bold (Equiano).  Their dam was bred by Melbourne businessman Peter Carrick of Lakeview Resources.

Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) stands for a $3,300 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud.

The 2016 Victorian Breeders Awards were held in a new format this year. This is the first time a stand alone awards event has been held since 2013.

Under stunning, sunny skies at Seymour Racecourse, guests, sponsors and award winners enjoyed the trackside marquee. It was a special time to recognise the hard work of Victorian breeders, their staff and the performance of the horses during racing season 2015/16 they have bred.

TBV is very grateful to all of our awards sponsors Tabcorp, Inglis, IRT, Goldners, Plusvital and Newmarket Grandwest. A special thanks also to Seymour Racing Club and its CEO Penny Reeve for a fantastic set-up.



Picture: Ash Richards from Sun Stud with TBV Committee member Adam Sangster (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Winner of the IRT Champion Victorian First Season sire was Moshe, standing at Sun Stud in Kerrie.

In the 2015/16 racing year the progeny of Moshe earned $257,880 including SAJC Cinderella Stakes winner Moshki and city winner Moshway.

Bred in the blue, a multiple winner himself, he is the full brother to Black Caviar and 1⁄2 brother to 4-time G1 winner All Too Hard. He is physically a very masculine horse like his sire Bel Esprit, and closely related to another Sun Stallion stallion, Magnus.


Picture: Nic Willis from Chatswood & TBV President James O’Brien

Winner of the IRT Champion Victorian Second Season Sire was Reward For Effort, standing at Chatswood Stud in Seymour.

Progeny of Reward for Effort earned $2,017,333 in the 2015/16 racing year, producing 3 stakes winners with Gold Symphony winning the Group 3 MRC Vain Stakes and the Group 3 MRC McNeil Stakes, Take Pride winning the Group 3 MVRC Champagne Stakes and Dalradian winning the listed Inglis Banner.

Reward For Effort won the Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond at two, was undefeated as a weight-for-age winner at 3 and a Group winner at 4.


Will Rowsthorn from Woodside and TBV President James O’Brien

Winner of the IRT Champion Victorian Sire was Written Tycoon, standing at Woodside Park in Tylden.

In the 2015/16 racing year the progeny of Written Tycoon earned $10,107,231. During the season he had 3 individual Group 1 winners: the Doomben 10,000 winner Music Magnate, Group 1 New Zealand Sires Produce Stakes winning filly, Luna Rossa & the brilliant Golden Slipper winner Capitalist. Written Tycoon now has 18 stakes winners in total, and is a past winner of the Champion Australian First Season Sire in 2010/11. He was also the Champion Two year old Sire in Australia 2015/2016.


Picture: TBV President James O’Brien with Amandine Lefevre from Plusvital. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

The winner of the Plusvital Champion Victorian Bred International Horse was Sun Jewellery.

Bred and raced by Mr Tung Moon Fai, the 5-year-old gelding was trained by Peter Moody for his first four starts, before heading to John Size in Hong Kong. Sun Jewellery won the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile, Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Cup & the Group 3 Premier Cup.

Raised at Briarwood Farm at Cora Lynn (near Pakenham), Sun Jewellery is by Snitzel out of the mare Tan Tat Stat. She has also produced Group 3 winner Tan Tat De Lago and city winner Tan Tat Tess.


Peter Ford from Hillside Thoroughbreds & TBV President James O’Brien

Winner of the Newmarket Grandwest Victorian Bred Two Year Old was Whispering Brook.

The classy filly was bred by Hillside Thoroughbreds in Nagambie and was unbeaten as a 2 year old. Her 5 wins included the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate, Group 3 WA Sires’ Produce Stakes, Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes and the Listed Supremacy Stakes at Ascot. Crowned champion West Australian 2YO last season, Whispering Brook is trained by Ascot trainer Simon Miller.

Whispering Brook is by Hinchinbrook, out of the mare Artful Whisper, by Machiavellian.


Kelly Skillecorn (Gilgai Farm), James Price (Inglis) & TBV President James O’Brien.

Winner of the Inglis Champion Victorian Bred Three Year Old and also Champion Victorian Bred stayer was Jameka.

Her wins in the 2015/16 racing season included Group 1 VRC Oaks & the Group 2 Dilmah Teas Vase at Moonee Valley.

Bred at Gilgai Farm, she is by Myboycharlie out of the exceptional broodmare Mine Game. Sold at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $130, 000 by Gilgai Farm as vendor,

Jameka stood out as a yearling by her big loose walk and lovely balance and was snapped up by her trainer Ciaron Maher.


Winner of the Newmarket Grandwest Champion Victorian Bred Middle Distance Horse was the 5-year-old Good Project.

Bred by Mr Richard Pietrykowski, Good Project is by Not A Single Doubt out of the mare Euchre, by Final Card. He was sold by Fairhill Farm as vendor at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $300,000. Good Project is trained by Chris Waller, with his most notable win in the 2015 Group 1 Railway Stakes at Ascot.


Victoria Moodie (Contract Racing), Charles Jennings (Goldners) & TBV President James O’Brien.

Winner of the Goldners Victorian Bred Sprinter and Victorian Bred Horse was Flamberge, bred by the Moodie Family’s Contract Racing and Breeding.

Flamberge achieved two Group 1 wins for the season – a tough win in the Oakleigh Plate after overcoming a big weight and an outside draw & the tight finishing Group 1 William Reid Stakes.

Flamberge is a 7 year old by Exceed and Excel out of the multiple winning stakes mare Razor Blade. An established and successful broodmare, Razor Blade has also foaled the Flemington stakes winners Curtana, Sunburnt Lad and Durendal. He was trained by Peter Moody during 2015/16.


Kelly Skillecorn (Gilgai Farm) & TBV President James O’Brien,

Winner of the Tabcorp Champion Victorian Broodmare was Mine Game, owned by Gilgai Farm in Nagambie.

The three progeny of Mine Game earned $1,390,300 during the past racing season that included Jameka’s Group 1 VRC Oaks win and Nikitas’ second in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

By the brilliant Group 1 winning sprinter General Nediym, Mine Game was bought at the 2007 Magic Millions for $190,000. Mine Game was bred and sold by Eliza Park Stud in Kerrie. Jameka is the second foal of Mine Game, who is one of eight winning foals of Aperto, a handy winner to 2200m and who was by the Sir Tristram horse Grosvenor.


Kelly Skillecorn (Gilgai Farm), James Price (Inglis) & TBV President James O’Brien.

Winner of the Tabcorp Champion Victorian Breeder was Gilgai Farm based in Nagambie.

Thoroughbreds bred at Gilgai Farm in the 2015/16 racing season earned $3,399,579 across Australia including outstanding Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Jameka & Group 1 Newmarket winner The Quarterback. Additionally Supido, Lucky Bubbles and Nikitas all raced at the highest level in Australia and overseas.

Gilgai Farm enjoys a temperate climate and rich soil, making it the perfect environment for breeding and rearing thoroughbreds. Along with an exceptional broodmare band and clever breeding choices, their success continues into the current season at the highest level.

Owned by Rick Jamieson, Gilgai Farm first earned fame as the breeder of Black Caviar but is quickly becoming one of the elite nurseries across Australia with ongoing race track success..

Seven Victorian breeding industry members have nominated for the TBV Committee causing an election to go ahead over coming weeks.

This is the first election in many years for TBV.

The TBV Annual General Meeting was held under sunny skies at Seymour racecourse on Saturday in a beautifully located trackside marquee.

Long serving committee members Christine Mills and Rosemary Inglis had already indicated their desire to step down from the committee. Meanwhile the committee terms of TBV President James O’Brien and Toby Liston had expired.

The seven nominations for the four vacancies on the committee are (in alphabetical surname order):

  • Garry Cuddy (Spendthrift Australia)
  • Caroline Duddy (Riverbank Farm)
  • Toby Liston (Three Bridges Thoroughbreds) – incumbent
  • James O’Brien (Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm) – incumbent
  • Betty Taylor
  • Matthew Tillett (Woodside Park)
  • Susan Zeitz

Under the TBV rules, a postal vote election will now be conducted to determine which of the seven will be elected to the four committee positions.

All financial and life members of TBV will receive, over the coming week, a postal ballot to be filled in and sent back to the TBV Office. The mail-out will also include details of each candidate.

Anyone wishing to check their financial status with TBV or seek further information on the election should contact TBV Executive Officer Patrick Clancy by email: or (03) 9258 4233.

Scales Of Justice notched the latest Group 1 triumph for Victoria with a front-running victory in Saturday’s Railway Stakes (1600m) at Ascot.

In doing so, he claimed the ninth Group 1 win by a Victorian bred horse this season. He also became the second consecutive Victorian-bred winner of the Railway Stakes after Good Project (bred by Mr Richard Pietrykowski) won it last year

His meteoric rise up the ranks in Perth has been well-documented especially after an eye-catching victory in the Group 3 R J Peters Stakes that saw him jump as one of the more favoured runners in the $1 million Railway.

A son of Not A Single Doubt, he was bred by Gerard and Kathy Hammond in Victoria and sold for $180,000 when offered by Millford Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Scales Of Justice was sent to trainer Lindsey Smith and he’s turned that price-tag into a windfall for owners Chris Wells and Bill Andrews who knocked back a significant offer from Hong Kong earlier this year.

Smith said Scales Of Justice will return east for next year’s Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m).

“He might have to stay (with another trainer) over there. We’ve always thought he could win in Melbourne.  I would like to see him at Flemington where he could bowl along in front,” Smith said.

The Group 1 winning trainer claimed the Australian Cup in 2002 with Old Comrade and the Victoria Derby in 2004 with Plastered.  Short-term, Smith’s focus is the $1 million Kingston Town Classic (1800m) on December 3.

“He’s pulled up well from Saturday and I’m hoping (Hong Kong based jockey) Dougie (Whyte) will make another trip to Perth to ride him in the Kingston Town.”

Scales Of Justice is the last foal from Beymatilla, however, the Hammonds did retain her 2010 filly Another Show (Al Maher).  She has a yearling colt by Americain and a filly foal by Written Tycoon.

A homebred for Stawell’s father-daughter training combination of Terry & Karina O’Sullivan took out the opening race of the lucrative $3.1 million VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series.

Three year old filly Green Patina also gave Statue Of Liberty a second feature win in as many years at Ballarat’s stand-alone meeting on Saturday.

The Sun Stud stallion sired Claro el Banco to claim the 2015 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic and he doubled up with Green Patina in this year’s VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade.

Green Patina after winning VOBIS Gold Eureka Concrete (John Donegan-Racing Photos)

Green Patina after winning VOBIS Gold Eureka Concrete (John Donegan-Racing Photos)

Saturday’s winner started at $18 and had come off a last-start maiden victory at Horsham.  She got the better of a final furlong fight with VOBIS Gold Ingot winner Valliano (Equiano) to score by a half head at the end of 1400m.

Green Patina (3f Statue Of Liberty – Ladies In Luck by Perugino) collected $76,000 in prizemoney and VOBIS bonuses after powering home on a leader-biased circuit.

Of the $99,215 the filly has earned in her five race career thus far, almost $86,000 of it has come from VOBIS prizemoney or bonuses!

“I was a little bit worried but we weren’t going to change her pattern of racing,” Terry O’Sullivan explained.

“I just wanted her to learn to relax and run home.

“She did a good job at Horsham.  It’s pretty hard coming from a long way back there.  I will probably take her to town and the further she goes the better.”

Her dam Ladies In Luck was a marvellous money-spinner for O’Sullivan.  Purchased for just $8,000 from Cherokee Rose Stud owner Danny Rose at Oaklands, she won five races up to 2600m in Melbourne and was also a close second in the Listed Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) at Flemington.

Green Patina is the mare’s second winner and the O’Sullivans have her yearling colt by top sire Written Tycoon.

Statue Of Liberty (Storm Cat) yearlings sold up to $250,000 at the 2016 major sales and he stands for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee at Sun Stud.

The Reward for Effort bandwagon cranked up an extra cog or two last week with sales ring and race track success domestically and overseas.

The young sire was awarded Champion Victorian Second Season sire at Saturday’s Victorian Breeding Awards.

Then on Sunday, the Eamon McNulty bred Jumbo Luck won on debut at Sha Tin becoming the first winner for his sire in Hong Kong.

But it was at New Zealand where perhaps he turned heads most, literally!

At the NZB Ready to Race Sale last week a Reward for Effort colt out of Minnie Deal (Street Cry) was knocked down for a whopping $360,000.

The Reward for Effort Minnie Deal colt sold for $360,000 at the NZB Ready to Race Sale

The Reward for Effort Minnie Deal colt sold for $360,000 at the NZB Ready to Race Sale

The colt, bred by the Tobin family in North East Victoria, was bought by Sydney based agent Anton Koolman for long time client Unifaith. A trainer has yet to be identified.

The striking youngster from Minnie Deal attracted plenty of attention with Koolman noting he fulfilled his most important buying criteria.

“When I saw his breeze-up he immediately struck me as such a beautiful mover. In the flesh he is just as impressive, just a real runner,” Koolman said.

“The Exceed And Excel influence in his pedigree really shone through in his looks and movement so I’m looking forward to watching his progress.”

He was originally sold by the Doyles through the Phoenix Broodmare Farm draft at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $80,000.

“He had the best temperament,” said Phoenix’s Damian Gleeson.

“You just know they are going to get up and run and I could see that with him as a yearling.”

Albury based Peter Tobin, whose family has bred horses in the Mitta Valley for more than a century, was pleased with the result.

“We thought he was a nice type for a colt,” Peter said.

“There are four brothers in the family which has bred several good horses over the years.”

These have included Golden Slipper winner Full On Aces, Caulfield Guineas winner Drawn, Group 2 winner Draw Card and multiple stakes winning Better Draw. Full On Aces would go on to also becoming a Group 1 producing sire.

“The colt (sold in New Zealand) is out of Minnie Deal who is out of the same line of horses as these.”

The good news for Reward for Effort continued over the weekend with the Tung family’s Tan Tat Star, dam of multiple Hong Kong Group 1 winner Sun Jewellery, scanning in foal to the Chatswood sire.

Woodside Park champion Written Tycoon can join a select group of sires if his talented colt Despatch wins the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January on the Gold Coast.

Despatch staked his claim with a determined victory in Saturday’s Magic Millions Clockwise Classic (1000m) at Ballarat.  The Tony McEvoy-trained youngster faced the breeze outside the leader and then dug deep to hold out fast finishing stablemate Nistaan (bred by Musk Creek Farm) by a short-head.

Written Tycoon’s champion colt Capitalist won last year’s rich juvenile sprint at the Gold Coast and a running double will see him join Zoffany (USA), General Nediym and More Than Ready (USA) as the only sires with multiple winners in the 30-year history of the 2YO Classic.

Stable foreman Michael Shepherdson described winner as a very exciting type.

“We had this race in mind to give him (clockwise) experience and to earn the prizemoney.  Having that in the bank nearly guarantees a start at the Gold Coast.”

Despatch is Written Tycoon’s first winner conceived at Woodside Park (having previously stood at Eliza Park in Victoria and Queensland).

The Tylden nursery bred and sold Despatch for $40,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale where he was knocked down to Paul and Amanda Thompson.

They later pin-hooked him for a $195,000 return at this year’s Adelaide Magic Millions.  He is the final foal of Zoccoletta (Fasliyev), a daughter of Group 3 Fernhill Stakes winner Vita (Thunder Gulch).

Written Tycoon was fully booked at Woodside for a $49,500 (inc gst) fee this year with his book including many star broodmares and Group 1 winners.  He was a runaway winner of the 2015-16 Victorian sires’ premiership, was the Champion Australian 2yo Sire and is setting the pace again this season with 52 individual winners of $2.23 million.

The sire hit a purple patch late last week with seven individual winners (including Despatch) in four states across Thursday, Friday and Saturday.

Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain (USA) sired his second Kentucky-bred winner when Lizzie’s Way streeted a turf maiden field over 1600m at Golden Gate Fields on Friday.

Lizzie’s Way was bred by Americain’s Australian based part-owners Kevin & Colleen Bamford and sold for $10,000 at the 2015 Keeneland September yearling sale to My Way Racing.

Colleen Bamford thinks they unwittingly contributed to the win.

“Of course, we sold the dam (of Lizzie’s Way) just a few days ago! And then the filly goes out and wins!” Colleen exclaimed.

The Rene Amescua-trained two-year-old Lizzie’s Way was unhurried in the early stages before jockey Juan Hernandez sent her on a searching four-wide rally around the home turn.  She collared the leader Silver Minx and then raced away to score by 5 lengths and drawing away.

She is the first foal of Darley-bred mare Water Ice (Shamardal) who won a Wolverhampton nursery in July 2010.

“We bought a few mares to go to Americain at his Kentucky base. Water Ice was the last of them we owned before she was sold last week. I really liked her, she is beautifully bred being by Shamardal,” Colleen said.

There have been five Americain 2YO starters to date from his first crop conceived at Calumet Farm in Kentucky.

Folk Magic was the first of them and she won by 3 lengths on debut at Woodbine.  American Deluxe could be another early winner following an encouraging second at Belmont Park.

Geegee Blackprince, the first runner of Americain’s first southern hemisphere crop debuted recently at Launceston with several others expected to participate in trials and jumpouts over coming weeks and months.

Country speed-machine Fraulein Rustie has earned a trip to Melbourne for the Inglis 55 Second Challenge series at Moonee Valley.

Wangaratta based trainers John & Chris Ledger will bring her to town for Heat 7 of the Inglis Challenge (955m) on December 2.

The King Of Prussia mare has raced just three times for first-up wins at Wodonga in April and at Wangaratta on November 14.

“She’s one of the fastest horses we’ve prepared,” Chris Ledger said.

“She’s a big, strong girl and weighs in at 550kg.  Linda Meech jumped off last week and said she’s got natural speed and is the quickest horses she’s ridden in the country for a long time.

“We’ve trained lots of King Of Prussia winners from Greta West,” Ledger added.

“They’ve got a good attitude and will pay you back if you let them find their feet first.”

Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy stands him for a $2,000 service fee.

Fraulein Rustie (4m King Of Prussia – Rustie Bugles by Toy Pindarri) races for Victorian breeder Karen Piergrosse in partnership with Kaye & John Walsh, Margaret & Geoff Binder.

Piergrosse is a Collingwood fan and the mare sports their black and white colours.

“I’m the only Collingwood supporter – the rest of them barrack for Geelong or Essendon,” she said.

“But they go with the flow and wear black and white to the races even though they despise the Pies!”

The Black & White syndicate also raced Secret Toy Bizness (Written Tycoon) with the Ledgers for wins at Flemington, Caulfield and Moonee Valley.

Both mares are from daughters of grey stallion Toy Pindarri (NZ) who covered 20 books at Greta West until 2005.  He sired 323 individual winners, including 12 black-type winners, at a phenomenal, long-term, strike-rate of 68%.

Greta West resident God’s Own has a great record in the Inglis 55 Second Challenge siring 2012-13 winner Vatican and this season’s Heat 1 winner Sirbible who clocked a yet-to-be-bettered 54.84s.

In Adelaide, God’s Own sprinter Mio Dio, bred by Nagambie’s Basinghall Farm, will chase summer feature riches after completing a hat-trick at Morphettville on Saturday.

“He’s just flying, this horse,” jockey Jamie Kah said after the C A Haigh Memorial (1250m).

“Even after the line, he was getting away from them.”

Mio Dio is one of the most improved horses in training with Will Clarken and will be set for the Listed City Of Marion Stakes (1200m) on December 10 and Listed Christmas Hcp (1200m) on Boxing Day.

Springview’s Peter Smith could not be happier with the way in which Swift Alliance has settled in at Euroa, the handsome stallion quickly adapting to his new surroundings and impressing all who see him.

“He is just a lovely horse and a pleasure to do anything with. He has such a beautiful laid-back temperament, anyone can lead him around,” Smith enthused.

“For me that is the stand-out thing about him. As a trainer I realise the importance of a sensible horse and I am very excited about Swift Alliance’s future.”

Despite limited opportunities to date Swift Alliance is starting to put the score on the board with his son Chief Advocate an impressive maiden winner in Queensland this week.

Chief Advocate hails from his sire’s small debut crop of just four named foals, one that also produced the winner First Alliance and the promising Clarton Super who trialled nicely in Singapore recently having been sold to the David Hill stable off an eye-catching fast finishing third at his Wyong debut.

A very good looking stallion (as is his sire Don Eduardo, one of the great Zabeel’s finest), Swift Alliance has also enjoyed good sales results with renowned judge Paul Moroney securing a colt out of Dal Dal for $60,000 at this year’s Inglis Classic.

With Swift Alliance arriving late in the breeding season, Smith has not had a lot of time to promote the promising stallion but is happy with the response he has already had – the eleven-year-old kept busy serving over 30 mares.

“And he has been getting them all in foal, his fertility is great.”

A high quality performer who won nine of his 19 starts and over $625,000 in stakes, Swift Alliance was three times successful at Group 3 level, also winning two Listed events and only just missing out on Group 1 success when second in the Galaxy.

All involved with him loved him – “he has so much brilliant speed and digs so deep, he is very exciting,” said trainer Gai Waterhouse.

“I really think he is a top class sprinter,” said Gooree Stud’s Andrew Baddock while jockey Nash Rawiller said “this horse has a heart as big as himself. He is a little champion in his own right, he never lets you down.”

Standing at a fee of $3300 (incl gst), Swift Alliance is an exciting owner/breeder prospect. For further details contact Peter Smith on 0418 531 255.

Swettenham Stud homebred Livermore will step up to stakes company following his last-start victory in Launceston.

Part-owner and trainer Brendan McShane will target the Listed Conquering Stakes (1400m) on December 7 to evaluate whether the giant gelding is ready to be set for summer features like the Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m) and George Adams Plate (1600m).

His next lead-up to the carnival will be in the Tas Hospitality Association Hcp (1200m) in Launceston on Wednesday evening.

“His rating needs to rise to ensure a start in those sorts of races,” McShane explained.

“He’s been a work in progress and all we needed to do was give him time to mature and be patient.”

Livermore (Host) is one helluva horse standing 17.3 hands.

“I knew from the start he had the talent but we didn’t race him as a 2yo.  In hindsight, I should have got him going early and then gone easy – he really started growing as a 3yo.”

McShane had targetted a Launceston Cup (2400m) campaign earlier this year after Livermore won two in a row but those plans were derailed after a Sydeston Night Cup (2115m) loss in February.  “The jury is still out on his best distances,” McShane explained.  “He can stay and he’s also shown a great turn of foot in sprints.”

McShane’s family races Livermore in partnership with Sue Oldham and Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster.  Oldham boards her mares at Swettenham where Sangster has a Master Of Design colt on the ground from Livermore’s dam Quite the Lady (Elusive Quality).

Puissance De Lune was certainly a showy type on the track.

Now the Swettenham Stud sire is passing on his ‘show-off’ traits to some of his progeny, the first of which arrived this breeding season.

Swettenham staff member Katelyn Butler put up the above picture of the Puissance De Lune – Chapent foal on Twitter over the weekend and it got a great reception.

Darren Weir & Adam Sangster with Puissance De Lune at Swettenham Stud

Darren Weir & Adam Sangster with Puissance De Lune at Swettenham Stud

The filly was born looking like a chestnut like her mum, but the grey ‘goggles’ around her eyes showed she was destined to go grey, just like her dad.

Now, two months later, she is ‘shedding’ her chestnut coat and gradually replacing it with her grey genes.

The filly has a bright future ahead. She is a sibling to five foals out of Chapent (Peintre Celebre), all of who have won races including 11 times winner and stakes placed Hank’s Nephew (Danbird) as well as handy Adelaide three-year-old Chapel City (Ilovethiscity).

Meanwhile, Darren Weir visited his former steed Puissance De Lune at Nagambie’s Swettenham Stud on the weekend.

Accompanied by the stallion’s owner Gerry Ryan of Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds and stud principal Adam Sangster, Weir was impressed with the first foals of his former four times stakes winning horse.

Having won at stakes level from 1400 metres through to 2500 metres, there is no doubt Weir will embrace the versatility of the son of Shamardal’s progeny.

Meanwhile, they will be growing grey hairs as they enjoy the pastures of Swettenham Stud and other breeding farms around Australia.

House Of Fun kick-started a winning afternoon for the Victoria breeding industry in Hong Kong on Saturday.

The son of Rosemont Stud sire Starcraft won for the second time this season in the Panasonic Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin taking his earnings to the equivalent of AU$218,450.

Starcraft now sits fourth on the Hong Kong sires premiership sitting narrowly behind Fastnet Rock and I Am Invincible. Aside from House of Fun, the sire also has several other quality progeny in Hong Kong including boom youngster Jing Jing Win.

House of Fun was bred and sold by Nagambie-based Hillside Thoroughbreds for $68,000 at the 2014 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale.

Trainer John Size switched House Of Fun back a furlong after he was run down over a longer trip last month.

“He was a sitting duck with big weights over 1400m and I knew he would be strong through the line at 1200m,” Size explained.

Hillside bloodstock manager Peter Ford purchased his Group 2 winning dam Freestyle (Snippets) as a broodmare prospect for $43,000 at the 2012 Inglis Easter Bloodstock Sale.

House Of Fun completed a purple-patch for Starcraft after 4 Australian TAB winners in as many days last week – Koolama Bay (Bendigo), Petracca (Echuca), Star Fortune (Moonee Valley) and Lunar Rise (Rosehill).

Victoria chimed in with another second-time Hong Kong winner on Saturday via Home Run. He was bred by Australian Thoroughbred Farm at Tallarook and was a $45,000 graduate from Supreme Thoroughbreds at the 2014 Melbourne Premier Sale.

Home Run (Hinchinbrook) is a half-brother to Starcraft’s South African winner Starcraft Prince. Their dam Truly Kissed (Carnegie) is a half-sister to Flemington Group 2 winner Vormista and her last cover was to Three Bridges sire Unencumbered.

Swettenham Stud’s Equiano (Ire) produced a promising type when Water Diviner won on debut at Sha Tin. Nash Rawiller punched him home for a narrow victory in a straight sprint over 1000m.

Water Diviner was purchased by agent Anton Koolman for $150,000 out of the 2014 NZB 2YO Sale at Karaka. He won at Canterbury for trainer John Sargent earlier this year before shipping off-shore in April.

Victorian bred Sassoon went into the black-book at Bendigo last Wednesday after a collecting a win and a Super VOBIS bonus in the No Fuss Event Hire Plate (1500m).

The 3yo was bred by Nathalia’s Liddell family and prepared for sale by Murchison’s Rushton Park.

Sassoon blew the start but burst through a gap in the straight to win with something in hand on debut.

Trained by Andrew Payne at Ballarat, he’s bred to keep progressing as a younger half-brother to Group 1 winners Pantani (Adelaide Cup & SA Derby) and St. Basil (Stradbroke Hcp).

“Andrew told me to be a bit conservative as he might need the run first-up,” jockey Jarrod Fry said after the last-to-first victory.

“He jumped in the air out of the gates and was giving them a start.  But when I pushed the button, he just towed me into the race and then picked them off.

“He’s green and got over the line on ability today.  He can build momentum and there’s genuine improvement ahead.”

Sassoon (Snippetson) is owned by TBV member Joanne Borg, Dean Brookes, Luke Hoffman, Andy Mcgillivray & Neville Smith.  They bought him for $35,000 out of the Rushton Park draft at last year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

While Sassoon collected the Super VOBIS bonus, the $20,000 VOBIS Gold bonus on offer for the race was out of his reach as he was not nominated to the lucrative VOBIS Gold scheme.

David & Kayley Johnson operate Rushton Park and the Tatura-based couple cheered home Kiwi stakes winner Volpe Veloce at Tauranga on Saturday.

The unbeaten Foxwedge filly will be set for the Group 3 Eulogy Stakes (1600m) at Awapuni on December 10 and Group 2 Eight Carat Classic (1600m) at Ellerslie on Boxing Day.

The Johnsons bought Volpe Veloce’s dam Bardego for $46,000 at the 2015 Gold Coast National Sale.  The Barathea mare changed hands carrying another Foxwedge filly which has been entered for the 2017 Melbourne Premier Sale.

“She’s a cracking filly and Bardego has just foaled a filly by Helmet,” Kayley Johnson said.

“It’s getting a bit late in the season so we’ve decided to give her a break this year.”

Rushton Park has also catalogued a Lope de Vega half-brother to Sassoon for next year’s Melbourne Premier on behalf of the Liddell family.