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, “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, “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


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 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.”

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.