Victorian newcomer Yu Long Investments dominated Friday’s Inglis December Sale buying the three highest priced racing lots at Oaklands.

Chivalry (Street Cry) won the Group 3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield and topped proceedings at $150,000.  Initially purchased by Mark Kavanagh for $280,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions, he is from Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview winner World Peace (Danehill).

Next down the leader-board was Godolphin homebred 3yo colt Astley (Exceed And Excel) for $115,000 and the Godolphin 4yo gelding Shards (Medaglia D’Oro) who won last year’s Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes at $70,000.

“Chivalry (pictured) is a long-term Chinese breeding prospect, but he will likely race here first,” Yu Long Farm manager Scott Williamson said.

“Astley looks a very progressive horse and we will assess Shards before making a decision.”

Friday’s sale grossed over $1.38 million at an 88% clearance rate and average of $14,149.

Godolphin was the leading vendor, selling all 11 lots including Astley and Shards, for an aggregate of $410,000.  Lindsay Park Racing also sold all of its 11 lots.

“The response from buyers was fantastic – especially Yu Long,” Inglis Victorian manager Simon Vivian said.

“We appreciate the support of all our vendors but a special mention to Godolphin and Lindsay Park Racing who bought big drafts and enjoyed a perfect clearance rate.”

by Patrick Clancy – Executive Officer

Two new committee members will join the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria committee following the official counting of votes in the 2016 postal vote election.

Riverbank Farm’s Dr Caroline Duddy and Woodside Park Stud’s Matthew Tillett have been elected along with incumbents James O’Brien (Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm) and Toby Liston (Three Bridges Thoroughbreds).

Caroline and Matthew replace retiring committee members Christine Mills and Rosemary Inglis.

It was the first election in the modern history of TBV with a majority of financial members casting a vote.

Originally from Northern Ireland, Caroline’s passion for racing has taken her around the world working in the industry.

As a vet, Caroline has worked in Ireland, England and the Hunter Valley, before settling in north-east Victoria where together with her husband Russell Osborne, they own and manage Riverbank Farm in Benalla.

“I believe that I am in a unique position where I can represent all aspects of the industry: I am a broodmare owner, I am a stallion owner, I am a racehorse owner, I am a vet to a number of Victorian farms,” said Caroline.

“My vision is to make Victoria the premier destination for thoroughbred breeding by strengthening the VOBIS scheme to encourage high quality stallions and increasing the incentives for broodmare owners to breed to Victorian based sires.”

Matthew Tillett is the Bloodstock & Sales Manager at Woodside. After obtaining his Bachelor of Commerce, he worked for Magic Millions and, for the past seven years, has been in Victoria at Darley followed by Woodside.

“TBV have been a significant influence in improving opportunities for breeders and owners through working with various industry bodies and particularly Government to improve returns to investors,” Matthew said.

“It is my desire to assist and further enhance the contribution of TBV so that Victoria continues to be an industry leader whose initiatives are envied by other breeding groups throughout Australia.”

A big thank you goes to all seven candidates – also including Susan Zeitz, Garry Cuddy and Betty Taylor – for putting themselves forward and giving TBV members the opportunity to participate in an election.

 

 

A large contingent of Victorian bred and sired horses will be on international racing’s biggest stage this weekend when they line up at Sha Tin, Hong Kong.

With close on AU$16 million on offer across ten races, including four highly lucrative Group 1 races, Victorian breeders can potentially be the beneficiaries of Sunday’s results.

Among the 22 Victorian bred and/or sired horses are a couple of up and coming superstars along with some fascinating Hong Kong debutants (full list at bottom of page).

Interestingly, 9 of the 22 have been bought at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Group 1 races

Three Victorian bred horses are among the entrants for the four Group 1 races on the day.

The Gilgai Farm bred Lucky Bubbles will go to the barriers as one of the favourites for the Hong Kong Sprint. A Group 2 winner, he ran a very close 2nd to Chautauqua in May’s Chairman Sprint. A win on Sunday could see Lucky Bubbles move from future star to genuine superstar.

Comment by Andrew Hawkins, hkjc.com: “Lucky Bubbles represents the new generation of Hong Kong sprinters on the rise, having made his way through the grades in the last 12 months to sit at the very top of the tree.”

In the Hong Kong Mile, the Tung family homebred Sun Jewellery lines up. Bred at Briarwood Farm, Cora Lynn (near Pakenham), he is already a dual Group 1 winner and was crowned the Champion Victorian Bred International Racehorse last year. He previously raced in Australia as Tan Tat Star and was trained by Peter Moody.

Comment by Andrew Hawkins, hkjc.com: “He is yet to prove himself against the older horses, but he gives the impression that it is just a matter of time.”

Gun Pit, bred at Barnwartha in North East Victoria by Tony and Kellie Smeaton, goes into the Hong Kong Cup with a chance, but will have to overcome some of the world’s best middle distance horses such as A Shin Hikari, Maurice and Designs On Rome.

Comment by trainer Caspar Fownes: “Gun Pit is very well, he’s had a good prep leading into the Cup…Obviously, it’s going to be the biggest race he’s tackled and it’s going to be tough for him…I’d like to see him running strongly to the line — he has the ability to fly home and run a very good race.”

Barnawartha bred Gun Pit | credit: Kenneth Chan / SCMP

Barnawartha bred Gun Pit is in the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup | credit: Kenneth Chan / SCMP

Debutants

The opening race of the day includes two Victorian bred horses which raced in Australia but will be making their debuts in Hong Kong.

Burst Away (Bel Esprit), bred by Hayden Kelly at Murchison’s Rushton Park, was previously trained by South Australia’s Jon O’Connor and won twice at Morphettville before being exported.

First Fontein (Turffontein), previously raced (and won) in Australia as Solar Impulse under the care of Patrick Payne. He was bred by Hong Kong’s Vincent Ip at Blue Gum Farm, Benalla.

They will be up against one of Hong Kong’s ‘ boom horses’ in Jing Jing Win, an unbeaten son of Rosemont Stud sire, Starcraft.

 

Gilgai Farm

Special recognition must be made of Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm. No less than three Gilgai bred horses will line up on this huge international day of racing. The aforementioned Lucky Bubbles is in the Group 1 sprint while Tonyboy and Vanilla are acceptors for undercard races.

 

Victorian sires

Six current Victorian sires are represented on Hong Kong International Raceday. Rosemont Stud’s Starcraft has four of his progeny lining up including the unbeaten Jing Jing Win and Winner’s Way who won on debut recently at Sha tin.

Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon also has multiple runners including the favoured New Asia Sunrise in race 9. He was bred by Gerard & Kathy Hammond at Millford Thoroughbreds. This is the same partnership that bred recent Group 1 Railway Stakes winner Scales of Justice.

 

Full list of Victorian bred/sired entrants for Hong Kong International Raceday 2016

Horse nameVictorian SireVictorian BreederVictorian vendor/sale
RACE 1 Silent Witness Hcp (C3) Class 3
2 - Water DivinerEquiano
4 - Jing Jing WinStarcraft
6 - Burst AwayBel EspritMr Hayden KellyRushton Park/Inglis Premier
7 - First FonteinTurffonteinBlue Gum Farm/Mr Vincent IPBlue Gum Farm/Inglis Premier
12 - House Of FunStarcraftHillside ThoroughbredsHillside T'breds/Inglis VOBIS Gold
RACE 2 Fantastic Light Hcp (C3) Class 3
8 - Ho Ho FeelPeter & Catherine TobinPhoenix Broodmare Farm/Inglis Premier
9 - VanillaHostGilgai Farm, Nagambie
10 - Unique HappiestWritten Tycoon
RACE 3 Jim And Tonic Hcp (C3) Class 3
3 - Winner's WayStarcraft
8 - Home RunAustralian Thoroughbred Farm, TallarookSupreme T'breds/Inglis Premier
RACE 5 The Longines Hong Kong Sprint Open Group 1
2 - Lucky BubblesGilgai Farm, NagambieThree Bridges/Inglis Premier
RACE 6 Flying Dancer Hcp (C1) Class 1
1 - Rapper DragonStreet Boss
3 - Lucky YearTara Farm, Torquay
6 - BlizzardStarcraftGSA BloodstockInglis Premier
RACE 7 The Longines Hong Kong Mile Open Group 1
13 - Sun JewelleryTung Family/Briarwood Farm, Cora Lynn
RACE 8 The Longines Hong Kong Cup Open Group 1
7 - Gun PitTony & Kellie Smeaton, BarnawarthaEliza Park/Inglis Premier
RACE 9 Lord Kanaloa Hcp (C2) Class 2
2 - New Asia SunriseWritten TycoonGerard & Kathy Hammond/Millford, AvenelWoodside/MM National Sale
9 - Mr StunningMakybe, GnarwarreMakybe/Inglis Great Southern
10 - Mythical EmperorBel EspritMr RJH Maidment, Mr R N Watson
RACE 10 Eishin Preston Hcp (C2) Class 2
3 - Lucky GirlOnemorenomore
8 - Apollo's ChoiceLauriston Farm, CorinellaLauriston/Inglis Premier
10 - TonyboyGilgai Farm, NagambieGilgai/Inglis Premier

 

Victoria has produced some brilliant horses in recent years that have gone through Inglis’ Newmarket sale ring at Easter time.

Think All Too Hard (Easter 2011), bred by Gilgai Farm and sold through Makybe. Or this year’s three-year-old superstar Flying Artie (Easter 2015) bred in the garden state by John Shannon.

Among the Victorians heading up to the 2017 Inglis Easter Yearling sale there is sure to be another champion. Or two. Or possibly three or more.

A quick browse through the preview magazine released by Inglis this week includes what look like to be a few ‘show-stoppers’ at the sale:

  • Spendthrift Australia will make its Australian yearling sale debut with a Tapit colt out of an American Group 3 winner.
  • Three Bridges will be selling a Pierro half brother to Rangipo, a Group 1 NZ Derby winning son of Stryker.
  • Hesket Bloodstock (through Amarina Farm) is sending to the sale a Redoute’s Choice half brother to its triple Group 1 winner & Victorian bred sprinter of the Year Flamberge.
  • Makybe never disappoints with its Easter offerings. In 2017 they will offer a Snitzel half brother to Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Amicus.
  • Tarcoola Stud has a So You Think half sister to Costa Viva, the Group 1 winning NZ filly of the Year in 2013-14.

On the first season sire front, Sun Stud’s two stallions Fiorente and Fighting Sun will both be represented.

Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard was bred by Gilgai Farm & sold at the 2011 Easter Sale

Caulfield Guineas winner All Too Hard was bred by Gilgai Farm & sold at the 2011 Easter Sale

Here is a quick lowdown on the Victorian content heading north to next year’s big sale.

Victorian vendors (or as agent) include:

  • Dorrington Farm, Hastings
  • Glentree Thoroughbreds, Modewarre
  • Hesket Bloodstock, Newham
  • Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds, Nagambie
  • Makybe, Gnarwarre
  • Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
  • Spendthrift Australia, Romsey
  • Supreme Thoroughbreds, Romsey
  • Swettenham Stud, Nagambie
  • Tarcoola Stud, Tuerong
  • Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Eddington
  • Woodside Park, Tylden

Active Victorian sires with lots:

  • Fighting Sun (Sun Stud) – 2 lots
  • Fiorente (Sun Stud) – 1 lot
  • Magnus (Sun Stud) – 1 lot
  • Reset (Darley Northwood) – 3 lots
  • Written Tycoon (Woodside Park) – 5 lots
  • Zoustar (Woodside Park) – 27 lots

You can read the Inglis Easter preview magazine here.

The final catalogue will be available in mid-late January.

To request a catalogue or a copy of the Easter Preview Magazine, email catalogue@inglis.com.au or call Inglis Sydney on 02 9399 7999.

Burnewang North blueblood broodmare Rose of Portland has signed off her stud career on a winning note with her final foal scoring on debut at Morphettville on Saturday.

Vikings Reward was the tenth living foal of Group 3 winner Rose of Portland (USA) who was one of the best-bred mares in the Australian Stud Book prior to being pensioned in August 2013.

Burnewang North principal Cathy Hains said despite being retired as a broodmare in 2013, “old Rosie is still treated as our number one girl!”

Three-year-old winner Viking’s Reward is from a long line of Kingston Park bred superstars, both on the track and in the breeding barn.

The family includes triple Group 1 winning and Group 1 producer Rose of Kingston (2nd dam) as well as Group 1 producing Kingston Rose (3rd dam). Of course this family also includes Melbourne Cup winner Kingston Rule.

Viking's Reward wins at Morphettville

Viking’s Reward wins at Morphettville

Viking’s Reward (by Reward For Effort) powered home from the tail of the field to trounce his rivals by two lengths in the Mitty’s Maiden (1000m) on Saturday.

Burnewang North owner Cathy Hains bred and sold the Adelaide winner for $14,500 as a foal at the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock Sale.

He was pin-hooked by Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy and toured the sale-ring again last year when making $37,000 at the Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

“That was a fantastic effort first-up. He was very impressive and I’m delighted for the owners who have been very patient,” trainer John Hyam said.

“Our staff had him looking so good and it paid off. He has a big future ahead.”

Rose of Portland’s sire Seattle Slew won 1977 USA Triple Crown and was a Top 10 entry among the Greatest USA Racehorses of the 20th Century. Her dam Rose Of Kingston (Claude) was a homebred for Cathy’s father David Hains and was Australia’s Horse of the Year in the 1982.

Rose of Portland won to Group 3 level in the VRC Hardy Brothers Classic carrying the family’s famous yellow and red silks at Flemington and produced 7 winners from 8 to the races.

“Rosie is still here and is the nanny for our fillies after they’ve been weaned. We retained her Von Costa De Hero mare Rochie Rosie to keep a link with the family,” Burnewang North’s Tanya Edwards said on Monday.

Chatswood Stud champion Reward For Effort has sired 28 individual winners this season and heads all Australian third-season stallions in that category from Rothesay (25) and Star Witness (23).

The production line of winners by Sun Stud sire Magnus was cranked up on Friday.

The star Victorian sire continues to turn out winner after winner this season and he upped the ante on Friday with a winning treble at Mornington and Moonee Valley.

To be sure, he followed this late week success up at Wagga on Saturday with Mitchell Road saluting.

The Sun Stud stallion has now sired 31 individual winners in 2016/2017 with earnings of more than $2.03 million.

Magnus debutant Whycatchim ran his rivals into the ground with a two-length victory in the Mornington Food Truck Carnival Plate (1000m) for local trainer Gary McGreal.

He was never headed and was still travelling strongly on the line clocking a quick 58.39s.

Whycatchim is a homebred for Gippsland breeder Clem Healey and is the final foal of Testa Rossa mare Jacara.  Her only other foal Marthick (Domesday) has won three races to date for Healey and Sale trainer Kevin Milham.

Prodigious trainer of Victorian bred horses, Robbie Griffiths, saddled up a Magnus double at Moonee Valley on Friday evening. He started with Scandimania who let down with sharp burst of acceleration to score running away in Heat 7 of the Inglis 55 Second Challenge.

Scandimania is a homebred for Stephen Whitling and is the second named foal of Belleluia (Bel Esprit) who won at Traralgon for Griffiths and Eliza Park.  She is from a three-quarter to the dam of Black Caviar.

Griffiths’ Roman Fizz brought up the Magnus treble when he charged home late to nail a narrow victory in the William Hill Hcp (1200m).  It was his first success in town after three wins at Pakenham.

“He’s one of our most genuine gallopers,” stable rep Beth Schoen said as a large and enthusiastic group of owners welcomed the gelding back to scale.

“He is a consistent horse and you take him to the races knowing that he’s always going to give his all.”

Roman Fizz was bred by Widford Park’s John Wakeling and is a half-brother to Tasmanian stakes winner Testamarriage (Testa Rossa).  He cost $30,000 out of the Yallambee Stud draft the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.

From Friday through to Sunday, it was in fact bonanza for all of Sun Stud’s sires with progeny of racing age.

As well as the four winners for Magnus, Statue of Liberty (4 winners), Wanted (2 winners) and Moshe (1 winner) also tasted success with their progeny around Australia.

Just when some thought the progeny of Written Tycoon were going a little quiet on the racecourses of metropolitan Australia, no less than four of his own won at city tracks on Saturday.

The haul included two track record breakers and a quinella!

Certainly most impressive was Bjorn Baker’s Winning Rupert at Eagle Farm.

The Group 2 winning colt can emulate Capitalist as the catalyst towards another Victorian (and possibly first Australian) sires’ premiership for Written Tycoon.

The Woodside Park stallion pulled in earnings of more than $10 million last season with Golden Slipper & Magic Millions Classic winner Capitalist contributing more than $3.5 million.

Winning Rupert is racing for a possible all-up purse of $1.98 million this campaign after a record-breaking, first-up victory over 1200m at Eagle Farm.

Ridden by in-form jockey Jeff Lloyd, the unbeaten colt sizzled to a front-running 5 length win clocking 69.42s bettering the previous course record of 69.61s.

Trainer Bjorn Baker has always had a huge opinion of the winner who cost $67,500 from Eliza Park at the 2015 Magic Millions QTIS Sale.

“He’s a very promising horse with a motor so fingers crossed,” stable rep Clare Cunningham said.

“Bjorn will have a nice team here for the Magic Millions.  We don’t want to get ahead of ourselves but the bonus is obviously an objective.”

Winning Rupert will claim a $500,000 bonus if he wins at least two of his intended starts in the Listed Gold Edition Plate (December 17), Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate (December 31) and Magic Millions Guineas (January 14).

Other city winners on Saturday sired by Written Tycoon were Tycoon Queen (Morphettville)  and Tykiato & Grande Rosso (both Pakenham). He also had a winner at Kilcoy in Sassy Tycoon.

Grande Rosso won the lucrative $130,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion (1400m) in a course record.

It is not often an Australian sire scores a winning double at an overseas racetrack so there was much to celebrate at the Blue Gum Farm stallion barn on Sunday.

At Singapore’s Kranji track, 5yo Golden Tomahawk and 3yo Southern Dragon were both victorious, providing great success to Blue Gum’s much under-rated stallion Turffontein (Johannesburg).

And both Kranji winners were bred in Victoria,

Trained by Patrick Shaw, Southern Dragon was on debut over 1200 metres on the synthetic surface. He and eventual runner-up Super Dan cleared out from the rest of the field with third placed horse finishing seven lengths back giving some indication to the strength of the win.

Southern Dragon as a Inglis Premier Sale yearling

Southern Dragon as a Inglis Premier Sale yearling

Southern Dragon was bred by Gary O’Meara at his Miranda Park property in the Macedon Ranges. He describes the journey in breeding Southern Dragon:
“I own a share in Turffontein and was looking for a suitable mare to send to him.  Aly’s Affair (USA) was in the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Sale; she was well-credentialled being by Belmont Stakes winner Colonial Affair..

“Most importantly, she had already left the smart sprinter Overtake, a son of Turffontein’s sire, Johannesburg.  At that stage Aly’s Affair had also produced the American Group 1 performer Atlas Valley.

“I bought the mare and sent her to Turffontein, but unfortunately the first year she had a red bag foal that died.

“The following year she had Southern Dragon – he was always a big, strong, athletic colt.

“We have a policy of selling all our colts so he went to the Melbourne Premier Sale – we were quite disappointed that he only made $20,000, but decided to meet the market and let him go.”

“Aly’s Affair has also produced a colt by Hard Spun that has just gone into work with Neil Dyer, and she has a cracking Skilled colt at foot.

“Best of all, just this morning, she had a positive early test to Turffontein.  Fingers crossed that she will produce another Southern Dragon for us next year.”

Meanwhile, Turffontein 5yo Golden Tomahawk, trained by Michael Clements, took his earnings past the AU$200,000 mark on the island state with a win over 1100 metres in the last race.

Golden Tomahawk as an Inglis Premier Sale yearling

Golden Tomahawk as an Inglis Premier Sale yearling

He was bred in North East Victoria at Wangaratta by Michael Carlile. Out of Danehill Dancer mare Night Sky Dancer, he was prepared for the 2013 Inglis Premier Sale by Little Plains Stud but was passed in for $16,000.

He was subsequently taken to the Inglis Ready to Race Sale of that year by renowned conditioner Vincent Nolen and sold for $80,000.

The winning streak actually started earlier on Sunday for Turffontein with Saab Hasan’s Turfane scoring at Geelong over 1421 metres. The 5yo entire has now earned more than $182,000 in his 34 start career.

Hong Kong sprinter Yo-Yo Da kicked off a winning double for Euroa stud Rangal Park at Happy Valley on Wednesday evening.

Yo-Yo Da is by Rangal Park resident Danerich and was initially registered as Autumn Blaze in Australia.  He won a Wangaratta trial as a spring 3yo before shipping off-shore to trainer Chris So.

Bred by Mornington trainer-breeder David Brideoake, he scored twice at Sha Tin as a 4yo but went through a winless 5yo campaign last season before an overdue breakthrough in the Inverness Hcp (1200m).

Danerich sired Yo-Yo Da from Earthwarming (Canny Lad), an unraced relation of Hong Kong winner One More Round (Runyon).  Brideoake sold the mare at the 2012 Inglis Great Southern Sale and her final foal is last-start Cranbourne placegetter One Hot Dane (Danerich).

Romantic Cash is the best Danerich to race in Hong Kong to date winning 4 times in 6 starts for trainer Danny Shum before being sidelined with a tendon injury.  He’s from a very successful Rangal Park family that has spawned stakes winners Northeast Sheila, Dashing Granada and Kablammo.

Rangal Park owner Eric Buttler bred the second-leg of Rangal Park success at Happy Valley when Wonderful Journey (Thorn Park) won the Stirling Hcp (1200m).  He was a $140,000 buy for Ricky Yiu at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and has paid his way earning the equivalent of AU$308,042.

Wonderful Journey is the third winner bred by Buttler from his Keltrice mare Rip Trice following Je Ne Sais Pas (Ne Coupez Pas) and The Annihilator (Superior Sateen).

The winners were not confined to Hong Kong for Rangal Park and Danerich.

Ballarat trainer-breeder Rodney Foster prepared his Danerich veteran Go And Get Rich to win over 2460m at Mornington on Friday.  He’s one of the few gallopers to get over ground by the former speed-machine and he’s also the only winner from four foals out of Go Hannah (Sports Works).

And on Monday at Tamworth, Taree trainer Tess Wilkes produced another winner by Danerich with Hundrez’n Thousanz for a sixth career win.

Danerich (Danehill) stands for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee at Rangal Park Stud in Euroa.

First-crop foals by Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (Ire) are being targeted by pin-hookers at the Arqana December Sale.

Toronado was popular at last month’s Tattersalls Sale when his foals sold to 190,000gns (AU$334,130) and his first through the sale-ring at Deauville made 90,000 euros (AU$128,655) on Saturday.

Swettenham Stud - Al Shaqab's Toronado

Swettenham Stud – Al Shaqab’s Toronado

Catalogued as Lot 8, the colt is the first foal from Gaiete (Kentucky Dynamite) and was purchased by agent Jamie Railton for resale at one of the major yearling auctions next year.  His dam won at Chantilly and was stakes-placed at Maisons-Laffitte.

The Arqana and Tattersalls foal sales results for the Swettenham/Al Shaqab shuttle sire will cause much interest for weanling buyers as they look to southern hemisphere foal sales in the middle of 2017.

“I am very excited about our new foals this spring especially the Toronado foals,” said Swettenham principal Adam Sangster.

“The whole country is talking about how good his foals are.

“The Toronado foals have been very well accepted in Europe this year.

“We hope that transfers into 2017 with our first foals by Toronado going through the weanling sales. It is very exciting indeed.”