Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon certainly didn’t require any more promotion following an astonishing Magic Millions sale last week.

But Lindsay Park’s Grande Rosso wasn’t going to let that stop him winning the Listed Chester Manifold Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Bred in New South Wales, Grande Rosso was sold by Redbank North at the 2013 Inglis Premier Yearling sale to Glenhuntly Lodge for $220,000.

After winning three times for now suspended trainer Mark Riley, he is now in the care of the Lindsay Park operation for which he has won a further three times including Saturday’s stakes race and the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion (1400m) at Pakenham. His earnings exceed $317,000.

Grande Rosso is the 19th stakes-winner for Written Tycoon and the fourth this season.

Interestingly, when sold in 2013 for $220,000, he was the most expensive yearling by Written Tycoon at the time. That has certainly been surpassed since with the high water mark set at $650,000 on the Gold Coast last week.

Grande Rosso is the first foal of the Rory’s Jester mare Jestemma a half-sister to Listed winner Spinning Jenny (Hard Spun) and the stakes-placed Philda (Secret Savings) a twelve-time winner of over $433,000.

Another half-sister is Gilgai Farm broodmare Soorena – the dam of Group I Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback (Street Boss) and the multiple Group 2 winner and Group 1 Australian Derby runner-up Philippi (Host).

Jestemma has a filly foal by Helmet and was mated again to Written Tycoon last year.

Mornington trainer David Brideoake has once again demonstrated his skill as a breeder with the win of Target In Sight in Saturday’s $1 million Myer Magic Millions Sprint (1200m) on the Gold Coast.

The Joe Pride trained seven year old son of Nadeem added the big prize to his CV which already included wins in a Group 3 race and a Listed Race.

Target In Sight was sold as a yearling on the Gold Coast in 2011 to Champion Thoroughbreds for $80,000 – a great investment with his total prizemoney now exceeding $1.1 million!

“A lot of work has gone into getting this horse back to the track and it’s a fantastic team effort,” Pride said.

“He had heart arrhythmia and a bleeding attack at his last run but I’ve given him a long, steady build-up to this race and he’s done the job.

“He’s in the twilight of his career and has won the biggest race of his life so it’s incredibly satisfying.”

Target In Sight’s breeder David Brideoake achieved his greatest breeding success when training homebred Griante to a win in the Galaxy Stakes last year, but it certainly wasn’t a flash in the pan.

David Brideoake with Group 1 winning homebred Griante

David Brideoake with Group 1 winning homebred Griante

Over the years Brideoake has bred a string of other top quality gallopers including stakes winners Shylight and Self Sense, city winners Thames Court, Our Harmony, Biancon Rose, Jugahlation and many more.

In 2014 Brideoake and his family expanded their operations to a new breeding property.

Known as Roycevale, the farm is located in North East Victoria at Violet Town. It is being managed by David’s son Tom (who previously worked in the Peter Moody stable).

Roycevale is home to a number of high class broodmares including group 1 winner Griante.

Target In Sight is the first foal of the Xaar mare Xaaranthe a mulitple winner in Melbourne and a half-sister to Listed winner Strinmaster.

Xaaranthe foaled a Written Tycoon filly for the Brideoake operation last year and was then mated to Choisir.

The happiest man at the Caulfield races on the 7th of January  was undoubtedly Justin Lovatt, proud owner and breeder of terrific galloper Burning Front who was back to his best recording a dominant victory in heat 8 of the Swettenham Stud Summer Championship.

Hard fit at his fifth run for the campaign, the Darren Weir trained chestnut was always travelling sweetly for Ben Allen and after looming up four wide at the turn he was able to quickly put his rivals away – his half length win a soft one with a big gap to the third horse.

It was win number 12 for the tough and courageous gelding who has amassed over $650,000 in stakes – over $82,000 of which has been VOBIS bonuses in addition to big-time prizemoney earned through two major VOBIS Gold Premier Races series wins.

And Lovatt is looking forward to hopefully taking home more of the lucrative breeders scheme dollars when Burning Front heads to Moonee Valley for the $130,000 VOBIS Gold Star this coming Saturday.

19 nominations have been received for the 1500 metres race open only to VOBIS Gold nominated horses. Among the nominations are classy gallopers O’Lonera (O’Lonhro), Refulgent (Hard Spun), Rewarding Effort (Reward for Effort) and Entre Nous (King of Prussia).

“It would be the perfect day for Burning Front to win,” Justin said, noting that a tribute lunch held in honour of his son Lachlan is being held on course that day (full details in flyer at bottom of this article).

Lachlan, who has been bravely fighting an aggressive form of cancer since last August – enduring several difficult rounds of chemotherapy – is Burning Front’s number one fan.

 

“Burning Front will have plenty of supporters at Moonee Valley and it’s great that he has come back into form just at the right time.”

Darren Weir agreed, noting that “once in form he tends to hold it.”

Burning Front won the same Moonee Valley race last year, a couple of weeks after that proving too strong in Group 3 company, claiming the Carlyon Cup at Caulfield.

“He has been just a wonderful horse for all of us,” Justin said.

So strong is Justin’s affection for Burning Front that when the gelding’s sire Primus came on the market a couple of years ago, he bought him – standing him at Liverpool farm in the Strathbogie Ranges.

One of only a handful of Victorian based stallions to have sired a Group 1 winner last season (the high class Singapore galloper Laughing Gravy), Primus has been serving only small books in recent years, but continues to do a good job for the owner/breeder.

“He is a Group winning beautifully bred son of Flying Spur from the great Denise’s Joy family,” Justin said, pointing out that Primus has been represented by four new impressive winners in the last few weeks.

For further information on Primus on the tribute lunch contact Justin Lovatt on 0416 063 873.

Lachlan Lovatt fundraising lunch flyer

Powercharged stormed home last week to win the $100,000 Devonport Cup (1880m) giving the chestnut son of Magnus an overdue win and parcelling up the $60,000 first prize money for his eleven owners.

By Sun Stud’s Magnus and out the Danehill Dancer dam Maikochan, he was bred in Victoria by Go Shigemi & the Magnus Partnership.

He was sold through the Yallambee Stud draft for a bargain $7,000 at the 2012 Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale to his now trainer John Blacker.

Trained at Longford in Northern Tasmania by Blacker and ridden by Ismail Toker, the win gave Powercharged a win at distance range that he had not previously encountered.

The 2010 October foal, had previously had five starts at the mile for two wins and a listed place 3rd back in February 2016 in the Listed George Adams Stakes, but defied all over the extra 280 metres of the Cup.

The win by the Blacker trained six-year-old, was full of grit and courage, as he raced wide for most of the race.

Coming off the bridle a long way home, this didn’t deter his will to win either, as the powerful son of Magnus ignited into the race with ease at the 600, storming into the straight and defying all challengers up the straight to score by three quarters of a length.

“This horse showed me something special almost from the first time I worked him on the training track but he was prone to injuring himself because of his antics around the stables,” Blacker said.

“Today he went into the race with good form in weight-for-age races and he dropped from carrying 59 kilograms to only 54kg and that is why I thought he would be very hard to beat.”

The win was the 46th individual winner for the season Sun Stud’s Magnus MAGNUS, who enjoyed a double on the night when progressive three-year-old Liffeybeau broke through for his deserved maiden win earlier in the day.

Magnus stood for an advertised service fee of $19,800 in 2016 at Sun Stud’s Kerrie property. He covered 177 mares in 2016, his biggest career book.

The good news for breeders using the Sun Stud sire continued at the Gold Coast last week with three yearlings by Magnus selling for an average $162,000 at Magic Millions.

A yearling colt by Written Tycoon made history at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale last week.

Lot 303, a colt out of Pearl Goddess (Darci Brahma) was sold for $650,000 to the bid of James Harron Bloodstock.

It is believed this is the highest price at Magic Millions ever recorded for a yearling by a sire actively standing in Victoria.

Overall, across Book 1 of the sale, yearlings by the Woodside Park sire averaged $307,500. That is an astonishing 22.4 times his service fee of $13,250 in breeding season 2014.

It is a whopping big commercial achievement considering the highest priced yearling by him previously was ‘just’ $305,000.

“Written Tycoon has had a fantastic week up here averaging $307,500 for eight lots sold. That places him sixth overall at the sale (by sire averages).,” Woodside’s Matt Tillett said.

“What’s more, on Saturday he got a new stakes winner in Grande Rosso, another winner in Hong Kong in Robust Momentum and then another two winners on Sunday across two states.”

The sire’s sale topper, Lot 303, was sold through the Widden draft by the Redwall Syndicate (managed by Qatar Racing’s David Redvers and Hannah Wall), who bought him from the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale last year for $140,000.

Of course, James Harron is very familiar with Written Tycoon. He bought and raced Magic Millions Classic and Golden Slipper Capitalist in 2015 and has a number of others by the ire on his books including recent 2yo winner Calligrapher.

Day 1 for the Woodside sire was highlighted by Lot 150 Selling for $440,000 to the bid of trainer Tony McEvoy. Out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Lady Bligh he was sold through the Milburn Creek draft.

McEvoy was very keen to get his hands on the colt even surpassing his anticipated budget to make sure he got the son of Written Tycoon.

“He looked a ready made horse to me. A big powerful fellow. I am very fond of the Written Tycoons having bought a couple of them over the years including a very good colt at Adelaide last year called Despatch (which won the $200,000 Ballarat Clockwise Classic in late 2016).

“I wanted him and I wanted to take him home. He was a lot more than I expected to pay, but he’s a very strong chance of getting to the Magic Millions (2yo Classic) race next year,” McEvoy said on the buyers floor after the big purchase.

“I have bought him on spec but I don’t anticipate I will have a lot of trouble selling the horse. I loved him and if anyone is interested in getting inolved with him then they should get in touch with me.”

Written Tycoon has 6 yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Classic Sale and another 30 catalogued for the Inglis Premier Sale at Melbourne.

Below is the list of Written Tycoon yearlings sold on the Gold Coast last week:

Yearlings by Written Tycoon
2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale - Book 1
     
lotvendorsexdambuyerprice
150Milburn Creek Wildes Meadow NSWCLady Bligh (AUS)McEvoy Mitchell Racing$440,000
303Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW (As Agent)CPearl Goddess (NZ)James Harron Bloodstock$650,000
305Ampulla Lodge Bunyip VicCPeppie (AUS)China Horse Club$270,000
372Coolmore Stud Jerry's Plains NSW (As Agent)FRenaka (AUS)Spicer Thoroughbreds/Noorilim Park Tbreds$200,000
386Widden Stud Widden Valley NSW (As Agent)CRock Princess (AUS)Mick Price Racing$200,000
537Woodside Park Stud Tylden VicFTransonic (AUS)Spicer Thoroughbreds$220,000
562Aquis Farm (As Agent for Hallmark Thoroughbred Stud, Nagambie)FVictory Ride (AUS)Aust T'bred Bloodstock/CB Bloodstock$140,000
678Woodside Park Stud Tylden Vic (As Agent)CBloomingdale Miss (AUS)China Horse Club/Newgate TS/Winstar$340,000

A yearling colt by Written Tycoon headlined a great day for the Victorian breeding industry at Day 1 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale.

Selling for $440,000 to the bid of trainer Tony McEvoy, the Lot 150 colt out the Redoute’s Choice mare Lady Bligh was sold through the Milburn Creek draft.

McEvoy was very keen to get his hands on the colt even surpassing his anticipated budget to make sure he got the son of Written Tycoon.

“He looked a ready made horse to me. A big powerful fellow. I am very fond of the Written Tycoons having bought a couple of them over the years including a very good colt at Adelaide last year called Despatch (which won the $200,000 Ballarat Clockwise Classic in late 2016).

“I wanted him and I wanted to take him home. He was a lot more than I expected to pay, but he’s a very strong chance of getting to the Magic Millions (2yo Classic) race next year,” McEvoy said on the buyers floor after the big purchase.

“I have bought him on spec but I don’t anticipate I will have a lot of trouble selling the horse. I loved him and if anyone is interested in getting inolved with him then they should get in touch with me.” (more news below picture)

Musk Creek Farm's Sebring-Footprint colt sold for $600,000

Musk Creek Farm’s Sebring-Footprint colt sold for $600,000

Other Victorian breeding highlights on Day 1 included:

  • Musk Creek Farm selling a Sebring-Footprint colt (lot 27) to Hong Kong based Justin Bahen for $600,000.
  • A Zoustar-Karalli filly (lot 132) sold by Rosemont Stud for $400,000 to Caulfield trainer Clinton McDonald
  • Victorian first season sires also fared well with Fiorente, Unencumbered and Fighting Sun yearlings being sold to the likes of Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott, James Harron, Darby Racing and Slade Bloodstock.
  • Yearlings by Zoustar, a star first crop sire at the sale, sold for an average price of $225,000. Zoustar will return to Victoria to stand at Woodside Park in breeding season 2017.

 

 

 

 

It was only telling that Gai Waterhouse would buy the first ever Fiorente yearling through public auction.

And it happened at the Magic Millions Gold Coast sales complex where Gai has had great success both in the ring and across the road on the racetrack.

Gai, who has trained four out of the last eighteen two-year-old Gold Coast Magic Millions Classic winners, was very buoyant and upbeat after securing the cracking Fiorente x Fulminate colt (Lot 36) for $100,000.

“I am absolutely delighted to have secured the very first Fiorente colt sold at auction,” Waterhouse said.

“Fiorente was a wonderful racehorse and this fellow is a spitting image of his father.”

The other Fiorente yearling in book 1 sale, out of the Irish mare Mist, sold to Hawkes Racing & NSW’s Eric Koundouris for a strong $140,000.

Sun Stud Sales and Nominations Manager Philip Marshall was delighted with the results and even more delighted with who bought the Fiorente yearlings.

“We sent two Fiorente yearlings to Magics to showcase the stallion, the gorgeous colt sold to Gai and Adrian and the lovely athletic filly sold to Team Hawkes,” Marshall said.

“The Fulminate yearling, which was the first to go through the ring, hit his mark at $100,000 today, and it was only fitting that the first lady of racing Gai Waterhouse and her training partner Adrian Bott secured the colt.

“We we really impressed with the inspection numbers for the stallion’s progeny and all bodes well for his future at stud.”

Under the care of Gai Waterhouse, Fiorente was a dominant winner of the Group 1 Melbourne Cup & Group 2 Feehan Stakes in 2013, as well as a courageous third in the prestigious Cox Plate that year.

To prove 2013 wasn’t a fluke, in March 2014 Fiorente powered home to win the Group 1 Australian Cup.

Fiorente had versatility on the racetrack; he had the speed and the stamina, both traits that should be prominent in Fiorente progeny.

Fiorente at Sun Stud

Fiorente covered 185 mares in his first season at stud in 2014 and more than 300 mares in his first two seasons.

Fiorente sold seven weanlings in 2016 averaging nearly $50,000, highlighting the strength of type Fiorente produces.

There are 19 Fiorente yearlings catalogued to sell at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction starting in late Feburary.

Fiorente is a 16.1HH brown stallion by champion stallion Monsun, the sire of three Melbourne Cup winners in Fiorente. Protectionist and the most recent winner Almandin.

Fiorente stood for an advertised service fee of $17,600 in 2016 at Sun Stud in Victoria.

It was a breakthrough weekend for Western District sire Atomic (Commands) with his first ever winning coming in the form of the Darren Weir trained Costa Bomb.

In her second start, the three year old grey filly saluted at Warrnambool for her owners which included Greg Daffey, owner of the sire.

Atomic is perhaps not well known to many in the breeding industry, but has been a popular stallion for breed to race types in western Victoria.

In fact, the stakes winning son of Commands has covered close to 250 mares over five breeding seasons.

He stands for a service fee of just $1,650 at Daffey’s Claremont Thoroughbreds at Gatum, half an hour north of Hamilton.

“Atomic’s popularity is mostly price related,” Daffey said.

“Locals can afford to breed to him and he is one of the very few stallions standing in the region. People just determine that it is cheaper to breed to Atomic than buy a yearling at the sales.”

Atomic (out of the Tale of the Cat mare Fluffy Duck) was bought as a yearling for $205,000 at the Magic Millions January Sale on the Gold Coast.

He was sent to be trained by Lee Freedman and won the Listed Chairman’s Stakes at Sandown on debut. Rated highly by his trainer he was set for the 2011 Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes, but unfortunately pulled up injured and was subsequently retired.

Atomic in his racing days

Atomic in his racing days

It was here that Daffey came in. A visit to the 2012 Inglis Great Southern Bloodstock Sale at Oaklands Junction saw him pick up the then three year old for a mere $5,500.

The family had a nice pedigree update not long afterwards with his half sister Miss Bux (General Nediym) winning the 2012 Listed Placid Ark in Perth.

Fast forward to early 2017 and Daffey is more than satisfied with the progeny of his stallion, the oldest of which are now three-year-olds.

“Most of the Atomic progeny are trained by Western Victoria based trainers including Darren Weir, Terry O’Sullivan, Paul Preusker and a number of Warrnambool trainers,” Daffey said.

“He’s got some nice young three-year-olds in the wings sitting there ready to go.”

But there is no rush. The stallion remains popular with locals and they are not forking out big chunks of dollars for service fees or sales preparation.

Meanwhile, Daffey and Atomic will toil away on the 1300 acres of beautiful red-gum country out the back of the Grampians hoping there is another winner around the corner.

You can inquire about Atomic or Claremont Thoroughbreds’ agistment services by phoning Greg on 03 5574 3224 or emailing claremontdaff@bigpond.com.

A quartet of Victorian breeding industry operators lead to the win of two year-old filly Fish River (Canford Cliffs) at Vaal in South Africa last week.

The Canford Cliffs filly is trained by one of South Africa’s best in Mike de Kock and won by three and a half lengths over 1000 metres in her second start.

She was bred by Melbourne businessman, media identity and racing enthusiast Peter Maher. He bred the mare to Blue Gum Farm shuttle sire Canford Cliffs in 2013.

The filly was then bought by TBV member and Victorian based bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills at the 2015 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale for $60,000.

Placed in the care of Rosemont Stud, she was prepared for the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where she was bought by South Africa’s Form Bloodstock for $130,000.

Fish Creek’s dam, Zabeea (Exceed and Excel) is out of dual Group 3 winner Arrabea and has since been sold by Peter Maher.

Nagambie’s Limerick Lane bred a Starspangledbanner filly out of Zabeea in 2015 which is being offered through the Aquis Farm draft as Lot 586 at this week’s Magic Millions sale.

Talented Starcraft gelding Blizzard has finally broken through for a Group win in Hong Kong after Group 1 placings last season.

Blizzard, bred by Victoria’s GSA Bloodstock, the operation of Jonathan Munz, scored in the Group 3 Chinese Challenge Cup on New Year’s Day.

The Ricky Yiu trained five year-old won by nearly two lengths over the 1400 metre trip and is now being prepared for an elusive Group 1 win.

“We’ll definitely be looking at Group 1 races, but I don’t know which distance – I haven’t really decided where he’ll go next, I need to sit down and talk to the syndicate,” Yiu said.

“He showed last season that he’s pretty versatile, he ran all the way up to 2000 metres in the Derby and he’s shown his ability at 1400, a mile, 1800 – at this moment, I can’t say for sure where I’ll put him next time. We need to sit down and think about it.”

Blizzard was bought by Yiu for $75,000 at the2013 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne and now has earnings just shy of AU$2 million.

He is the best of two winners from Stormy Choice, a Redoute’s Choice three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Danestorm.

Blizzard is the 16th stakes-winner for Rosemont based sire Starcraft (Soviet Star).

Starcraft

Starcraft

Progeny of the Rosemont sire have an imposing record in Hong Kong this season. From nine runners, he has had six winners and is in the top four sires of Hong Kong racehorses.

“They are flying in Hong Kong,” Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon commented to G1X Bloodstock about the progeny of Starcraft.

Smerdon trains for prolific Hong Kong based syndicator Price Bloodstock. Their horses include recent 2yo Caulfield runner up Property, a son of Starcraft.

“It is an unforgiving environment there and if you have a horse with problems those problems are magnified in Hong Kong. The Starcrafts are just so tough, mentally and physically, and they are talented horses.”

With this in mind, no doubt the two yearlings on offer at the Gold Coast this week and the nine yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Classic and Premier Sales will sell well indeed.

From the first Saturday of the European flat season to its dying days in late autumn, Darley Northwood shuttle sire Helmet grabbed the headlines.

A quick-fire double in March and a Group 1 winner in October bookended an outstanding season and ensured the spotlight shone all year on the three-time Group 1 winning son of Exceed And Excel.

Meanwhile, the Northwood based sire continues his upward rise in Australia. Following a slew of winners over the past two months, he is now fourth amongst Australian second season sires.

Perhaps most impressive during this period was Darren Weir’s Flemington two-year-old winner Limestone – bred by Hesket Bloodstock.

In Europe, Helmet blazed out of the gate this past racing season. He became the first freshman stallion of the year to sire a winner when Boater decimated a field of ten in one of the first juvenile races of the season, scoring by seven lengths at Kempton.

Just half an hour later, Chupalla made it a memorable double for her sire when triumphing by six lengths over Stormy Clouds, subsequently winner of the Goffs Premier Yearling Stakes at York in August.

Remarkably, 18 days later Helmet maintained his 100% strike rate when Orewa overcame greenness to slam his rivals by three lengths.

The colt, trained by Brian Ellison, would go on to land a further hat-trick of successes for his sire, most notably in the Tattersalls Ireland Super Auction Sales Stakes in which he defeated the future Stakes winner Wick Powell with the Group 2 scorer Medicine Jack back in third.

By the end of May, Helmet had four winners in Britain and Ireland on his score sheet, and could boast a winners-to-runners strike rate of over 40%. And on the last day of that month, a colt named Thunder Snow made a winning debut at Leicester.

Running in the colours of Godolphin, the homebred colt boasted an impeccable pedigree, being a half-brother to three Stakes winners, including  the Group 1-placed & Group 3 winner Ihtimal (Shamardal) among black type winners.

Thunder Snow showed a good turn of foot to land his maiden and he went on to be runner-up in both the Group 2 Vintage Stakes and the Group 2 Champagne Stakes.

The colt went on to cap an amazing season for Helmet when storming clear of his rivals to land the Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud by no fewer than five lengths at the end of October.

That victory gave Helmet the notable accolade of being the first European freshman to sire a Group 1 winner and by the year’s end, he remained the only one to achieve the feat in Europe.

Helmet ended the year as sire of 16 individual winners of 28 races, with a winners-to-runners strike rate of 30%. His tally of four Stakes performers included the Group 3-placed pair Eqtiraan and Mur Hiba, as well as his first-ever worldwide winner Boater, who was also Stakes-placed at York in May.

There is much to look forward to in 2017, both with Helmet’s Classic crop – Thunder Snow holds entries for the 2,000 Guineas at both Newmarket and the Curragh – and with another large crop of promising juveniles preparing to debut this year.

Star Exhibit claimed his second and biggest stakes win to date on New Year’s Eve taking out the $500,000 Group 2 Perth Cup.

It was the third consecutive quinella in the race for the omnipotent Bob Peters and his seventh win overall in the 2400 metre race.

The son of Statue Of Liberty (USA) had earned his first stakes success at his previous start in the Listed ATA Stakes.

His overall record stands at 8 wins, 3 seconds and 2 thirds from 17 starts with earnings of $677,275

The Bob and Sandra Peters homebred is the first foal of Star Encounter (Jeune) who earned just a single Listed stakes win, but placed in the WA Oaks, WA Derby and Strickland Stakes on the way to compiling earnings of $563,090.

Star Encounter currently resides at Avenel’s Millford Thoroughbreds who take care of many of the Peters breeding stock.

Richard Byers from Millford reports the mare had a healthy full brother this past breeding season and has been bred back to Statue of Liberty.

Star Exhibit is one of 19 stakes-winners for Sun Stud’s royally bred Statue Of Liberty (USA).

The sire is having one of his better racing seasons of his stud careers. This included a Christmas-New Year purple patch of three stakes winners and numerous other winners across Australia and Japan.

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A Group 2 win on Saturday in Macau has put Victorian bred The Alfonso within striking distance of the magical AU$1 million mark in career earnings.

The six year old son of Magnus was bred in Victoria by former trainer Peter Moody and has now won four stakes races including the Group 1 Macau Derby in 2015.

On Saturday, the Joe Lau trained The Alfonso won the Group 2 Winter Trophy for the second consecutive year. The victory likely elevates him to the highest rated horse in Macau.

A trip back to Hong Kong beckons for the Magnus gelding after he was only narrowly beaten in a Group 3 race there earlier this year.

In Australia, The Alfonso was trained by Chris Waller to four city wins and earnings of $193,000 before being exported. Across the three jurisdictions he has raced in, the gelding has now earned more than AU$850,000.

His successes continue yet another strong season for Sun Stud sire Magnus. Other stakes winners this season have included dual Group 1 star Malaguerra and Western Australian Malibu Style. The sire’s total progeny earnings in Australia are approaching $2.5 million.

Four yearlings by Magnus are set to go through the ring on the Gold Coast at the Magic Millions Sale this week.  This includes a pair bred by Rob Crabtree’s Dorrington Park operation.

Offered through the Segenhoe draft, both yearlings are out of black type winning mares.

Prussian Vixen completed a New Year double for Greta West Stud sire King Of Prussia at Caulfield on Saturday.

The precocious mare increased her career earnings to nearly $200,000, including VOBIS bonuses of $47,600, with an on-pace victory in the Mary Lewis Handicap over 1100 metres.

A homebred for Mornington based trainer Michael Mehegan, she has shrugged off injury issues that hampered her progress last year.

“We gave her a good spell and I knew she was back to her best after clocking the quickest time of the day in a jump-out last month,” Mehegan said.

“Then she put the writing on the wall with a first-up fourth at Sandown on Xmas Eve.”

Prussian Vixen (4m King Of Prussia – Miss Eileen by Lion Hunter) showed ability from the outset winning her maiden by five lengths at Mornington and then getting within a tick of the 1200 metre track-record against older horses at Pakenham.

“She’s tough, always cleans the feed-bin, and has got a bright future this year,” Mehegan predicted.

“She will be better over 1200 metres and there’s a race that will suit at Moonee Valley in a fortnight.”

Her dam Miss Eileen is related to NZ stakes winner Orange Walk (Spectacular Love) and Monarch Prince (Prince Echo) and she won three races in Victoria’s north-east for Mehegan.

King Of Prussia (Anabaa) sired his first winner for 2017 when Russian Rick made all the running in the Meeniyan Hotel Hcp (1000m) at Stony Creek on January 3.

He was on a quick back-up after finishing second at Mornington on New Year’s Day.

Russian Rick (4g King Of Prussia – Mukda Moonlight by Mukddaam) is trained at Mornington by Mark Stephenson and had won his maiden at Pakenham in November.

“He’s a real good doer and you wouldn’t know he had gone around twice within 48 hours,” Stephenson said.

“We will get him ready for a Heat of the 55 Second Challenge at Moonee Valley.”

He is raced through a partnership by Balnarring farmer Elma Cole who has been breeding winners from the family for four generations.

The best of them has been her Umatilla homebred Manna Miss who was trained by David Hayes to win the Listed Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley on the same day Lindsay Park hero Fields Of Omagh won his second Cox Plate.

Master Of Design three-year-old Star Of Patch lived up to a promising Hong Kong debut in November with a stunning last-to-first victory in the New Year.

Racing second-up at Sha Tin, the Paul O’Sullivan trained sprinter speared through a gap in the straight to score by a neck in the Wong Leng Hcp (1200m).

Winning jockey Zac Purton was taken by the effort after settling him at the back from a wide gate.

“That was a good win.  We decided to be patient but the horses I was following weren’t taking me into the race.

“He’s still green but went about his business when I gave him a squeeze.  He was all over the joint in the last 200 metres trying to get out and he bumped Joao’s horse on the way through.  But he showed today he’s got an engine.”

Star Of Patch is a first-crop son of Swettenham Stud sire Master Of Design and was in the market after a fast-finishing third down the straight at Sha Tin.

O’Sullivan purchased him for $60,000 at the Inglis Classic yearling sale and then sent him home to mature in New Zealand before a transfer to Hong Kong last year.

Miss Wahoo after her runner-up performance at Flemington-resized

Miss Wahoo after her runner-up performance at Flemington-resized

He was bred by Mary Bray of NSW’s Cinque Cavalli Farm and is a half-brother to Adelaide winner Dancing Poetess (Dylan Thomas).

Their dam Shimmy (Royal Academy) has a Master Of Design two-year-old filly that Bray has retained to train.  Named Designer Dance, she will coming back into work shortly.  The mare’s latest foal is a yearling filly by fellow Swettenham sire Americain.

Master Of Design’s second-crop filly Miss Wahoo was also in the frame when runner-up at Flemington on January 1.

She finished resolutely to split Limestone and boom Black Caviar daughter Oscietra first-up in the New Year’s Day Plate.

Miss Wahoo is prepared by Tony McEvoy and had been placed in the Listed Debutant Stakes at Caulfield in October.  She holds a Group 1 entry for the Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on February 25.

Master of Design celebrated more public holiday success on Boxing Day at Devonport. The Tara Farm bred three-year-old Gucci Guccimo saluted at her second start for the Wells training partnership.

Three-year-old filly Mystified (Wanted) was at it again on Saturday when socring her second Melbourne win in a row at Caulfield.

The athletic filly, bred on the Mornington Peninsula by Two Bays Farm produced a sharp turn of foot, lengthening magnificently in her action and winning over 1100 metres.

With three wins from her five career starts, the Ryan Balfour trained Adelaide based filly has now banked more than $141,000 for connections including $45,500 in VOBIS bonuses.

Balfour picked up the filly for a mere $20,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from Two Bays Farm.

“She’s always shown a bit from the start. As she’s matured and developed physically, she’s only got bigger and stronger,” Balfour said about Mystified.

It is expected the filly will be freshened up now in preparation for stakes races during the autumn in Adelaide.

She is the first and only foal out of the a Northern Hemisphere bred mare Ice Mist (Forest Danger), who was purchased by Seamus Mills Bloodstock from the Keeneland Sales in 2011. Unfortunately the mare passed away in 2014.

Two Bays is sending one yearling to the upcoming Magic Millions yearling sale which will be sold through the Marquee Stud draft.  See the full details of the filly, lot 25.

Sun Stud sire Wanted (Fastnet Rock) was the winner of the famed Group 1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington before being retired to stud.

His two biggest crops of foals are now two and three years old so expect to see quite a deal more success for the Sun Stud sire over the remainder of the racing season and beyond.