Front-running Victorian bred star, Rich Enuff has transferred to Peter and Paul Snowden and will continue his racing career in Sydney.

“He’s a lovely individual and has settled in okay,” Paul Snowden reported.

“The new environment might switch him on.”

Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) was one of Melbourne’s star three-year-olds at the 2014 spring carnival winning the G2 Danehill Stakes and G3 Guineas Prelude before running a courageous second to the Snowden-trained Shooting To Win in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.

Woodside Park Stud owner Mark Rowsthorn subsequently purchased a share and the breeding rights to the colt from owner-trainer Ken Keys, his wife Louise and stable clients Colin & Grace Johnston.

He returned to action after an injury-enforced spell earlier this season but didn’t fire in a campaign that finished with a disappointing effort in the G1 Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley.

“He missed the autumn carnival with a leg injury and Damien (Oliver) said he felt too heavy and soft in the spring,” Keys said.

“It was a commercial decision to send him to the Snowdens and everything is negotiable as to where and how long he races.

“We’re realists. Woodside Park has a vested interest, as we do. His value will quadruple if he can win a Group 1 in the autumn.”

Keys has a 2yo half-sister by Reward For Effort to Rich Enuff and their dam Hotnuff (Spartacus) foaled a Written Tycoon filly in October. The mare visited another Woodside Park sire, Zoustar in the 2015 covering season.

Rosemont Stud owner Anthony Mithen is gearing up for the Magic Millions after selling two mares in foal to Starspangledbanner at the Arqana December Sale in Deauville.

Both mares were sold in foal to northern hemisphere time through Edwige Le Metayer’s Haras du Buff consignment – Noisy Feet (Tapit) made 175,000 euros (AUD 259,325) to the bid of agent Mick Flanagan and Scarlet (Dushyantor) was purchased for 40,000 euros (AUD 59,275) by Narvick International.

Noisy Feet won the LR College of New Jersey Stakes at Monmouth Park before being exported to Australia. Her first live foal is a yearling colt by Toorak Toff.

Scarlet was the Champion 2YO Filly of her year in Chile after winning the G1 Arturo Lyon Pena. Her latest foal in Australia is a yearling filly by Trusting.

“Starspangledbanner got 15 mares in foal to northern hemisphere time earlier this year and 11 of those are our own,” says Mithen.

“In the southern hemisphere breeding season, he covered 75 mares and will have a fertility rate of more than 50% for the first time.”

Five lots by the multiple Group 1 winning sire will be on offer at the Gold Coast this week. These are the first of the yearlings by the sire from his first season standing at Rosemont in Victoria to go to the yearling sales.

A further five lots are to be offered at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale starting on February 28th while two lots have been catalogued for the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale.

Peter Moody will try and reprise Reward For Effort’s G1 Blue Diamond Stakes victory after his unbeaten colt Hell Of An Effort won at Caulfield on Boxing Day.

Hell Of An Effort was bred by Joe Schembri and is owned by a Wylie Dalziel Roy Higgins Racing syndicate. His dam Ashtaroth won four sprints in Melbourne and she is related to 2004 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Alinghi.

Moody trained Reward For Effort and has supported the 2009 Blue Diamond winner since he retired to Chatswood Stud.

“The Reward for Efforts seem pretty bomb-proof,” he said.

“They’re adaptable and genuine – just like their old man.”

Hell Of An Effort (2c Reward For Effort – Ashtaroth by Ashkalani) had won on debut at Geelong and he adopted similar front-running tactics to claim the Joe Brown Plate (1100m) on Saturday.

“We haven’t done a lot with him since Geelong but he’s made natural improvement and put them to the sword today,” Moody added. “This bloke has a few of his father’s attributes and we will give him a chance in the Blue Diamond Preview or Prelude.”

Reward For Effort (Exceed And Excel) launched his stud career winning the Victorian freshman title for Chatswood in 2014-15 and his second crop began with a bang when Dalradian won the RL Inglis Banner (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate day.

The sire sits second on the Australian Second Season Sires Premiership and has produced more stakes winners than any of his competitors in this category.

Magnus broke through $2 million in prizemoney this season when his four year-olds Volcanic Ash and Duke Of Brunswick fought out a thrilling finish to the Swettenham Stud Championship (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Volcanic Ash (4g Magnus – Silverbeat by Distant Music) scored by a nose to bring up a hat-trick of wins over 1400 metres at Caulfield.

“He had a beautiful run but was just held up for a couple of strides in the straight,” winning jockey Michael Dee said. “I peeled off Duke Of Brunswick’s and he really hit the line once we were in the clear.”

Magnus stands at Eliza Park International and he is the third Victorian stallion to earn $2 million in progeny earnings this season following Written Tycoon and Reset.

Volcanic Ash has banked $233,000, including $59,000 in VOBIS bonuses, for owners David and Lynley Puglisi. He cost $70,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and Eliza Park International has catalogued his half-sister by Stratum as Lot 349 for the 2016 Melbourne Premier.

Their dam Silverbeat has also foaled Magnus stakes winner Alpha Beat (LR Adelaide Guineas). They were bred by Dorrington Park’s Rob Crabtree who raced Magnus to a Group 1 victory in the AJC Galaxy.

Magnus has two colts entered for the Gold Coast Magic Millions starting on January 6 – Lot 374 is from Tasmanian Thousand Guineas winner Le Bel Away (Bel Esprit) and Lot 600 is out of Sydney Group 2 mare Shirl Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus).

Equiano flyer Belvoir Bay streeted a strong field of two year-olds by 7 lengths in the LR Blue Norther Stakes (1600m) at Santa Anita on Sunday.

The British import is the first USA stakes winner by Swettenham Stud’s Group 1 shuttler. Equiano (Fr) had gone close to a black-type breakthrough in September when Lola Beaux was runner-up in the G3 Commonwealth Oaks (1800m) at Laurel.

Belvoir Bay (2f Equiano – Path of Peace by Rock of Gibraltar) scored by daylight on turf from Family Meeting who was coming off a win in the G3 Jimmy Durante Stakes at Del Mar.

She won at Windsor and Goodwood before changing hands and crossing the Atlantic in September for new owners Team Valor. “I worked her on dirt and she went okay but nothing that led me to believe she could do that,” trainer Peter Miller said after the runaway. “I thought she was a gallop or two short.

“She will remain on turf now!”

Belvoir Bay had been a 20,000gns (AUD 38,845) buy at the 2014 Tattersalls yearling sale and is from a half-sister to Royal Applause filly Please Sing who won the G2 Cherry Hinton Stakes at Newmarket in 2008.

Equiano is a grandson of Royal Applause and is a Top 10 stallion on the Australian second-season premiership with 12 individual winners of $346,825 this season.

It wouldn’t be a yearling sale in almost any part of Australia without a good looking, well-bred bunch of Eliza Park International (EPI) yearlings turning up.

And EPI has certainly turned up at Magic Millions on the Gold Coast this January.

They will have on offer ten VOBIS nominated yearlings which includes some by their own sires including Wanted, Statue of Liberty & Magnus as well as several by leading sires such as Fastnet Rock, Sebring and Medaglia D’oro.

Among EPI’s draft are two yearlings bred by its long time partner, Rob Crabtree of Dorrington Farm.

Below are three highlights of of EPI’s draft.

Full details of the Eliza Park International draft can be found on the Magic Millions sale page.

Lot 728 – Bay colt, Statue Of Liberty x Wonderer
Another stakes winner, a very good performer in Hong Kong, plus a 2016 MM 2YO Classic contender puts Statue Of Liberty right in the spotlight and this colt is sure to garner plenty of attention. Sydney stakeswinner, Wonderer already has 3 winners and is closely related to G1 winner and HK Derby placed, Romantic Touch.

Lot 600 – Bay colt, Magnus x Shirl Pegasus
With a host of winners in recent weeks, Magnus yearlings are bound to be again very popular in 2016. Out of the 4-times SP and G1 fourth, Shirl Pegasus, this flashy colt’s 3YO full sister, with Shea Eden, and Team Hawkes’ trained 2YO half brother are both due to debut in January.

Lot 124 – Chestnut colt, Wanted X Conduce
Wanted has always been popular at major sales – especially the Magic Millions – and this athletic colt is an absolutely cracking type. The dam, Conduce, has already produced 2 winners from 2 to race and is a three-quarter sister to multiple G2 winner Pentastic and closely related to G1 winner Miss Danehill, Primus etc.

Carrington Park is part of a strong legion of West Gippsland/Mornington Peninsula breeders taking yearlings to Magic Millions on the Gold Coast this year.

Others from this region represented at the sale include Musk Creek, Lauriston Thoroughbreds, Ampulla Lodge and Morningrise.

Carrington Park’s Sheryl Atkinson (who owns the farm along with her husband Mark) says the boutique stud is located in West Gippsland where the land is not dissimilar to parts of New Zealand.

“It’s not unlike the country of New Zealand from which our adviser Paul Willetts calls home,” says Sheryl.

“Paul’s knowledge of pedigrees and familiies is outstanding and we are very grateful for his advice when purchasing our mares.

“We have have entrusted our Magic Millions yearling prepration to David and Alison Hush of Davali Thoroughbreds as their expereince and reputation will ensure the yearlings are at their best on sale day.”

Below are comments from Davali Thoroughbreds’ Alison Hush, about Carrington’s two lots at the sale.

Lot 186 – Bay filly, Helmet x Eliza Park
This filly has a big walk, taking effortless ground covering strides. She is an ahtlete with plenty of scope. Her pages has loads of black type including Kates Myth, a New Zealand 3yo Champion Filly, who in turn produced Mythical Pal, a South African 3yo Champion Filly. She is also a sister to Gabbidon, winner of $233,000 and two Group 3 races.

Lot 334 – Bay or brown colt, So You Think (NZ) x Isle of Gibraltar
Stamped in the image of his sire, this well grown colt has loads of presence, He has a big loose walk and a ‘can do’ attitude. His prolific black type family starts at the top of the page with his dam being a full sister to Offenbach and continues to 2002 European Horse of the Year, Rock of Gibraltar.

There must be something in the air that breezes across Westernport Bay on to the Corinella beachside property of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm. Their yearlings always look a treat!

On the annual northward trip to the Gold Coast this year, Lauriston will present a small but select draft of five precocious yearlings.

Warren Diggles, Yearling Manager at Lauriston says this is the most impressive draft that he has had the pleasure to prepare and present for the farm.

“All five yearlings are September foals well conformed and well behaved. This is a very even draft,” Warren said.

“From the day that they arrived from our breeding farm as weanlings each showed precocity and a demand for singular attention.

“And each quickly became obvious candidates as a prospective yearling for the Magic Millions Sale.

“On inspection this will be obvious to any potential buyer.”

Below are two highlights of of Lauriston’s draft.

Full details of the Lauriston Thoroughbreds draft can be found on their own website or on the Magic Millions sale page.

Lot  227 – Bay colt, Not a Single Doubt x Five Star Belle
This colt displays all the hallmarks of an early runner. It would not surprise me if this yearling is a contender in the 2017 Magic Millions 2yo Classic. He exudes strength, speed and a positive work ethic that will make him a perfect addition to any trainer’s stable. His three-quarter sister, The Seductress, has already proven her early ability on the race track having won impressively at Bendigo just prior to Christmas.

Lot 530 – Grey filly, Snitzel x Rapidement
Wow! This powerful filly, bred for speed, on a similar cross to Wandjina, will run.

She has responded amazingly to the sale preparation; continuing to grow and develop physically and mentally throughout the process and as a result she impresses as an outstanding individual.

Ampulla Lodge has a ’boutique’ draft of four lots to go through the Gold Coast sale ring at the upcoming Magic Millions event.

Ampulla Lodge specialises in pinhooking weanlings – which are then reared at its Bunyip property in West Gippsland and presented at yearling sales across the country for the Australasian market.

Steve Jostlear, stud owner, says Ampulla Lodge is presenting a select draft of four Super VOBIS qualified colts at the Gold Coast this year which might well be the best yet for the farm.

And you only have to read the Ampulla alumni racetrack statistics to know you are likely to get a great type if you buy from their draft.

“From our last six crops of racing age, we have presented 62 yearlings for sale,” Steve said.

“Of these, 84% have raced so far with 85% of them being winners, 45.5% city performers and nearly 10% stakes performers with over $4 million in prize money.

“These enviable stats have been gained by mostly ‘non-commercial’ horses.

“This year’s draft is one of our best yet with commercial colts by leading sires from great families. Do not miss inspecting this, our next select crop of winners!”

Below are two highlights of of Ampulla Lodge’s draft.

Full details of the Ampulla draft can be found on the Magic Millions sale page.

Lot 123 – Bay colt, Exceed And Excel x Common Smytzer
This good walking, strong colt has a huge hindquarter and a real presence about him. He is a full brother to Gr3 winning 2yo Exceedingly Good & 1/2 brother to 2yo SW Common Interest.

This colt is mature and being by Exceed and Excel from this family, you would expect him to run early.

Lot 506 – Black or brown colt, Lonhro x Pilbara Sand
A strong, big boned, black colt by Lonhro out of a winning Encosta De Lago mare whose first foal is twice city placed at both 2yo starts this season.

Family of G1 winners Fashions Afield & Wrap Around this mature, good walking colt will appeal to buyers wanting a precocious Lonhro.

Burnewang North is one of Victoria’s premier thoroughbred nurseries and will go to the Gold Coast with high expectations for its draft of seven yearlings.

Burnwang North owner Cathy Hains is of the mind they are taking a very even, well grown and athletic group of seven yearlings to Magic Millions.

“These young horses are by proven sires and have some excellent current pedigree updates giving further residual value to the pedigrees,” comments Cathy.

Of particular excitment is the pedigree update to Lot 211, a Snitzel colt. The colt is out of a sister to recent Group 1 winning star in New Zealand, Extravagant. He is now the favourite for the Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington in March.

“As a “young” farm (established in 2006) we continue to try and refine our broodmare band and concentrate on robust mares with good pedigrees and race records behind them,” said Cathy.

“Most importantly, in our opinion, our yearlings are raised at Burnewang North in the most temperate part of Victoria from foals to the Sale Ring.

“Our horses are educated by Aaron, Emma and the Team from weaning and treated as individuals every step of the way.

“We believe that the first 18 months of their lives are critical to future health and well being and on every level we strive to give them the clean open spaces, home grown fodder and expert care that we hope are the building blocks for a better future.

“We can go to great lengths to describe the attributes of the yearlings but results at the racetrack are the only real evidence of quality and those results are yet to be seen for this group.

“We are excited about our stats of 65% winners to runners to date will keep concentrating on improvement and hope that the best is yet to come.”

Full details of the Burnewang North draft can be found on their webpage or at the Magic Millions sale page.