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.

Perth stayer Tonto highlighted a city-winning treble for Ridgeview Park sire Onemorenomore in the Listed Ascot Gold Cup (1800m) on Saturday.

The Ridgeview Park resident also sired Something More (Morphettville) and Darts Away (Rosehill) earlier in the day as well as Happy No More who scored a first-up, front-running victory at the Gold Coast.

The four winners on Saturday was more than any other sire in Australia or New Zealand.

Onemorenomore expat Master Steed is also on the boil in Hong Kong after starting his season with a fast-finishing second in the Panasonic Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin on Saturday.

Tonto raced against his normal come-from-behind pattern to win at Ascot.

“After looking at the speed map, I told Jason (Brown) to go forward and it worked out perfectly,” trainer Lou Luciani said.

“I thought he was a certainty at the weights after his run in the Northam Cup.”

Racing in Peter Walsh’s Amelia Park colours, Tonto is a homebred for fellow part-owners Colin Hounsell and Colin Crossley and has now banked over $444,000 from 7 wins in 31 starts.

Tonto (5g Onemorenomore – Grier Garsonne by Arena) broke through for his first black-type victory at Ascot.  He had been placed at Listed level in the Bunbury Cup, Roberts Quality, Lex Piper Stakes and was also fourth home in last year’s Group 2 WA Derby.

Represented by 37 winners since the start of the season, Onemorenomore is proving a reliably consistent stallion and Ridgeview could not be happier to have him on their roster.

“He is a lovely stallion who impresses all who see him,” said the stud’s Phil Sloane.

“He has settled in beautifully with us and has been a delight to have around.”

“His progeny are winning week in, week out and he is the ideal VOBIS horse,” he said of the Group One Champagne Stakes winning son of Red Ransom.

Ridgeview are offering a ‘nearing the end of spring’ special with a half-price service fee to both Onemorenomore and Al Samer who has also been enjoying a good run with his daughter Peeking Duck (a gallant fourth in the VRC Oaks) looking a horse of the future.

For further information on Onemorenomore and Al Samer who stand alongside Best Choice, Golden Snake and Scintillo at Ridgeview Park Stud contact Phil Sloane (0488 525 063) or go to www.ridgeviewpark.com.au.

Greta West Stud stallions God’s Own and King of Prussia were back in the spotlight after siring a running double at Moonee Valley on Friday.

Running was the operative word for God’s Own speedball Sirbible, trained through Russell Bell’s new Colac stables.

He clocked a sizzling 54.84s to take the lead after Heat 4 of the Inglis 55 Second Challenge (955m). It is believed this is the second fastest time ever over this distance at Moonee Valley.

The speedster was bred by Yallambee Stud who previously stood God’s Own at their famed Romsey property.

He was bought for a bargain by the Alice Springs Turf Club at the 2013 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale for just $3,500 and then changed hands again when sold for $5,500 at the Inglis 2013 Red Centre Yearling Sale.

“That’s just a stepping stone for the Christmas Stakes,” trainer Russell Bell promised.

“He was ready to go and I wasn’t worried about any other horse in the race.”

Sirbible has set the benchmark for this season’s 55 Second Challenge.  Bell trained at Alice Springs before opening the Colac stable in August and he will receive a $50,000 credit voucher at a 2017 Inglis Sale of his choice if 54.84s isn’t bettered this season.

The Listed Christmas Stakes (1200m) is scheduled for Caulfield on Boxing Day – Sirbible finished third last year after being reeled in by Tuscan Sling.

King of Prussia miler Entre Nous is set for another successful campaign following his second-up victory in the Strathmore Community Bank Hcp (1600m).

He has earned $263,170 including $38,800 in VOBIS bonuses for a syndicate that includes his Wodonga breeder Frank Elkington.

His dam Madam Delia (Demus) has a yearling filly by King of Prussia.

Entre Nous won last season’s Euroa Cup (1400m) and Wangaratta Cup (1600m) before finishing third in the VOBIS Gold Mile at Caulfield.

He is trained Gerald Egan 50km south of Greta West through the high-country at Mansfield.

After the race Egan indicated he is being set for the Wodonga Cup being held on Friday week.

Story by Aushorse

One of the toughest calls any vendor has to make is placing a realistic valuation on a horse about to enter the sale ring.

The gulf between expectations of seller and buyer can be rather substantial – to say the very least – and it’s fair to say that the former is not always a happy camper.

That didn’t apply to Gerard and Kathy Hammond though after selling their Not A Single Doubt colt at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale to Boomer Bloodstock’s Craig Rounsefell.

Millford Thoroughbreds’ Jarrod Byers, who prepared the colt for sale on the Hammonds’ behalf, explains.

“We thought he’d make around $80,000 to $100,000 in the ring. He was a slow maturing horse, but had grown out really well at the farm and was always a nice type.

“Turns out though that both Craig (Rounsefell) and Robbie Laing were very interested in him and he eventually sold for $180,000.

“It was great for Gerard and Kathy … they breed from three or four mares every year and have been long-time clients.

“There’s a lot of swings and roundabouts in this industry. They sold a Written Tycoon colt for just $5,000 at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale which was then pinhooked as a ready to run horse for $90,000 before going on to win over HK$5 million in Hong Kong as New Asia Sunrise.

“So, it’s great to see when they get a result like they did in Melbourne.”

Indeed, the ‘Melbourne colt’ was soon placed with Lindsey Smith in Perth and was subsequently named, somewhat fittingly, as Scales of Justice.

On Saturday, Scales of Justice, the now 4YO gelding won his first black type race by capturing the Group Three RJ Peters Stakes at Ascot and took his earnings to $317,350 with, hopefully, a lot more to come.

Scales of Justice has certainly been impressive in his 12 career starts to date. This might have been his first tilt at stakes level, but prior to the RJ Peters, Scales of Justice had won five from 11 with six placings.

Scales of Justice is now likely to take the next (big) step up to this Saturday’s Group One $1 million Railway Stakes and seek to become the second Victorian-bred horse in a row (following Good Project in 2015) to win the West Australian ‘major’.

Scales of Justice is a half brother to four other winners including Listed Warrnambool Cup runner up, Cruyfforme, while close relations include King Charlemagne sprinter, King Hoaks, the winner of nine including the Group Three VRC Standish Handicap.

HOOFNOTE: Scales of Justice’s dam, Beymatilla, failed to meet her reserve of $400 when consigned to the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock and Weanling Sale – mere months after Scales of Justice went through the Oaklands Junction ring.

The Hammonds then gave the mare to Millford Thoroughbreds which has had a resounding year by any measure, breeding and racing the Group One Robert Sangster winner, Precious Gem, plus foaling down and raising French Emotion (Group Two Blazer Stakes) and Moonee Valley Group winner, Kaniana, for Valda Klaric.

“We put Scales of Justice’s mum in foal to Magnus who has had a terrific couple of years, including the Darley Classic winner, Malaguerra, but sadly she passed away in foal about six months ago,” Byers adds.

Swings and roundabouts to be sure, but the scales of justice can often balance in your favour!

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Something old … something new … something lime, purple and gold.

There is nothing new, per se, about the racing silks of David and Jenny Moodie, which have been made famous around Australia over the past few decades … usually for crossing the line first.

That said, there was a lot ‘new’ about the flashy chestnut filly, Arctic Angel, who was making just her second appearance when successful in Saturday’s Listed Thoroughbred Club Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown.

The 2YO had clearly benefited from her fourth on debut in the Group Three Ottawa Stakes down the Flemington straight on Cup Day and didn’t deviate from the given path this time around.

And there’s also something else that’s (relatively) new. Unlike many of the stakes winners that have run and won under the Moodies’ Contract Racing banner, Arctic Angel is bred and owned by ‘Hesket Bloodstock’, a new entity in partnership with Ashley Hardwick, who took a half interest in 50% of the Moodie mares a few years back.

“Ash, David and I own about 40 mares and Arctic Angel hails from the second crop since the partnership was set up,” Jenny Moodie explains.

“Sword of Light, who won a (Group Three) Blue Diamond Preview and finished third in the (Group Two) Tranquil Star in September is from the first batch and now Arctic Angel has popped up from the next lot.

“Arctic Angel’s dam, Icy Maiden, is very dear to us of course. Aside from producing Arctic Angel, she is also the dam of a full brother in Iceflow who was second in last year’s Maribyrnong Trial Stakes.

“Icy Maiden is also a granddaughter of Polar Rose, the dam of Arctic Scent, a home-bred who won the Caulfield Cup, Queensland Oaks and a Feehan for us back in the mid 1990s.

“Polar Rose was actually one of our first horses … and that really is taking us back. David liked her because she was a half sister to Appleby Fair that we had purchased at a Tamworth sale in 1988. There’s been lot of horses since then!”

HOOFNOTE: First run in 1946, the Merson Cooper has been won by a number of outstanding juveniles including Rancher, Biscay, Star Shower, Biscay and Blazing Saddles, along with Golden Slipper winners Vain, Vivarchi, Storm Queen and Pago Pago. It might be a long time between Merson Cooper/Golden Slipper drinks, but the Moodies will be hoping that Arctic Angel can end the drought. There’s a nice spot on the trophy shelf next to Crystal Lily’s Slipper.

Master Of Design three-year-old Creative Genius will be given a Group 1 preparation after an amazing victory against older horses in New Zealand on Friday.

Creative Genius produced a paralysing finish to nail El Famoso by a nose at Dargaville.

Creative Genius is a first-crop son of Swettenham Stud sire Master Of Design from an unraced sister to Flemington stakes winner Noircir.

He was bred by Rodney Rae’s Thoroughbred Racing Bureau and cost Cole $110,000 at last year’s NZB Ready to Run Sale. He is a sales ring ‘veteran’ having previously been sold through the Inglis Great Southern Sale as a weanling and then as a yearling through the ring at Sydney’s Inglis Classic sale.

Trainer Steven Cole has designs on the Group 1 Levin Classic for the Victorian-bred gelding who made up a minimum of four lengths in the final stages of the Carrfields Selwyn Rodgers Memorial (1400m).

“That will be a real confidence-booster,” Cole said.

“I gave him a freshen-up and added blinkers which helped today.

“He’s a progressive horse and will keep improving when he steps up in distance.”

Creative Genius (3g Master Of Design – Beauriphul Gal by Bureaucracy) will now head to the Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial (1500m) at Ellerslie on November 26.  It’s been a good guide in recent years with winners the calibre of Ocean Park and Rising Romance.

His long-term mission is the Group 1 Levin 3YO Classic (1600m) at Trentham on January 14.

Cole is stabled at Byerley Park in Karaka and he became the youngest trainer to prepare a Group 1 winner in New Zealand when Dukedom landed the Levin Classic this year.

“He’s an athlete and looked a good mover when breezing up before the Sale,” Cole recalled.

“It’s a long way to a Group 1 from here but Alysha (Collett) jumped off and said he’s still learning.”

Swettenham Stud stands Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) for a $15,000 (inc gst) service fee.

Group winners Nicoscene, Chivalry and Shards highlight a strong catalogue at the Inglis December Sale in Melbourne on Friday, December 9.

Stallion prospects Nicoscene (G2 Euclase Stakes) and Chivalry (G3 HDF McNeil Stakes) are among the 95 Lots entered for Oaklands.  Other black-type gallopers for sale include Shards (G3 Up And Coming Stakes), Dylanson (LR Colin Hayes Memorial) as well as stakes-placed gallopers Diamond Oasis and Nordic Empire.

Also on offer is a share in Group 1 winner and now leading stallion Star Witness.

Godolphin (11 lots) is the leading vendor ahead of Ridgeview Park (9), Boneo Horse Ranch (9) and Lindsay Park (8).

Leading sires Exceed And Excel, Choisir, Hinchinbrook, Medaglia d’Oro, More Than Ready, Redoute’s Choice, Not A Single Doubt, Sebring, Snitzel, Street Cry and So You Think are all represented.

Inglis Victorian bloodstock manager Simon Vivian was pleased with the strength of stock on offer.

“This sale has historically offered a broad variety of horses and this year is no different,” Vivian said.

“There are some very high quality horses coming to the sale and I’m sure buyers will be very interested in them.”

Supreme Thoroughbreds, now one of Victoria’s premier breeding operations, held its annual ‘Brunch With The Foals’ last Sunday at its sun-drenched Romsey farm.

Things are growing quickly are Supreme, and we don’t just mean the horses or the grass.

They now operate across three properties, two near Romsey and a third at Diggers Rest. And next year they will send the biggest (and likely best) draft of yearlings to the Inglis Premier Sale.

Supreme Brunch crowd

A crowd of clients came for the brunch and were treated to a tremendous parade of broodmares and their foals.

“We’ve ended up getting a lovely day. It gives us a fantastic opportunity to show our clients what we do and how they’re foals and mares are looked after,” said Brent Grayling who operates Supreme with partner Adrienne along with Sue and Neil Shaw.

“The foals were really well handled by our staff and I think everyone was really impressed with the day.”

After a highly successful Premier Yearling Sale earlier this year where they got above sale average prices, Supereme will up the ante further at next year’s sale. Brent expects the draft of yearlings will be close to 40.

“We’ve got so many nice horses and we just have to take them. It is going to work out that by far that we have the most attractive bunch of yearlings,” Brent said.

“So long as the sales are strong, we will be very strong. I can see us having our best year by a long way.”

Victoria’s South African connection was back in business on Saturday with New Predator in the Group 2 Emperor’s Palace Charity Mile.

Eddington-based Three Bridges Thoroughbreds has followed his progress closely since buying his dam Head Over Heels for $52,500 at the 2015 Magic Millions National Sale.

New Predator, by former Darley Victoria shuttler New Approach, had won the Group 2 Drill Hall Stakes at Greyville in May and he struck again at Turffontein against a decent field that included Group 1 July winner The Conglomerate and Group 1 Gold Challenge big-hitter Mac De Lago.

Perfectly positioned in the box seat, he pinned his ears back in the straight to score rather cosily in the end by a half-length.

New Predator’s dam Head Over Heels (Fastnet Rock) was formerly owned by Patinack Farm. She is a younger half-sister to Presently who won four stakes sprints in Sydney for Bruce & Jason McLachlan.

Passed in as a foal at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale, New Predator was sent to South Africa to join emerging trainer Johan Janse van Vuuren where he has won 4 times in 13 starts.

Head Over Heels is also the dam of 3yo filly Husson Boots (Husson) who is due to break through in Race 1 at Eagle Farm this Wednesday. She has been placed at her last three starts in town for Prime Thoroughbreds and trainer Tony Gollan.

Three Bridges sold a Fighting Sun – Head Over Heels filly foal for $50,000 at the Magic Millions National Sale in May and she has an Unencumbered colt on the ground.

Three Bridges stands Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Unencumbered for $13,200 (inc gst).

A couple of Morookyle Park based sires have enjoyed success over the past week or so.

Widden Valley sired his first winner when Unique Command bolted in at Gosford on Melbourne Cup Tuesday.

The Mark Cross trained 3yo gave Kath Bell an armchair ride in the Milk & Honey Maiden Plate (1200m).

“He was four lengths in front for the entire trip and it took Kath another lap to pull him up,” Cross said.

“She reckons he’s a city-class horse and we’ve received a few offers to sell him.”

Unique Command (3g Widden Valley – Tortola by West Point) races for Mark’s wife Alison and the gelding had been overdue to break through.

“He’s still learning and has been very unlucky not to have won by now. He led everywhere bar the post at Newcastle and was then galloped on at Canterbury.

“We will take him to Scone in a fortnight and then go from there. I’ve got another young one by Widden Valley and she goes alright, too.”

Unique Command is out of a winning half-sister to Flemington stakes winner Tindal (Testa Rossa) and hails from the family of Group 1 galloper Chattanooga (Scenic).

Widden Valley is by former Widden Stud shuttler Anabaa from Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Rose Archway. He cost Chris Waller $900,000 as a yearling and won at Wyong in class-record time before his career was cut short after a placing in the Scone Guineas.

He retired to Hollylodge Thoroughbreds in 2011 before transferring to Glenormiston College near Warrnambool and then to Moorookyle Park.

Sharkbite

Sharkbite

It was also a good week for new Moorookyle Park sire Sharkbite. followed up with a winning treble on Thursday with Mordacious (Warrnambool), Shark Mirage (Gawler) and Wired (Pakenham).

The winning haul made it five individual winners by Sharkbite over seven days.

On Wednesday night, the handy Barry Campbell 4yo Siorca made it yet more success for Sharkbite when winning at Launceston. His earnings in the Apple State now exceed $154,000.

Sharkbite stands for a $3,300 (inc gst) negotiable fee at Moorookyle Park.

Crown Valley Lodge’s Hong Kong Derby winning sire Helene Mascot (Ire) moved off the mark with his first winner at Grafton on Wednesday.

His 4yo mare Behest did best after a front-running duel with Time To Rock (Fastnet Rock) to nail the Gillespie Plumbing Hcp (1700m) by a short-head.

Behest (4m Helene Mascot – Beheshta by Brief Truce) was bred by Ballarat’s Simon and Jenny Cox.
They also bred her half brother, the Listed Mornington Cup winner Berisha (Al Samer).

Victorian breeder Dennis Stogryn imported Helene Mascot to stand at Avenel following a career that garnered Listed wins in England and Group 1 triumphs in the Hong Kong Classic Mile and Hong Kong Derby.

Helene Mascot is a son of Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre from stakes-placed mare Razana (Kahyasi). He stands at Crown Valley Lodge for a negotiable $5,000 service fee. Stogryn can be contacted for further details on 03 9728 1888