Story courtesy of Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia

Bluegrass Bloodstock (FBAA) and Gelagotis Racing spent $90,000 on two yearlings at last week’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale in Melbourne.

A Reward For Effort half-brother to Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes winner Written Dash (Lot 195) was knocked down for $65,000 and a Testa Rossa filly related to Palentino (Lot 127) was a bargain at $25,000.

Bluegrass Bloodstock agent Lenny Russo (also a member of TBV) has close links with Peter and Manny Gelagotis through Group 1 winning sprinter Malaguerra. They purchased the VOBIS Gold yearlings in conjunction with Regal Bloodstock.

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) founding member Tim Stewart (a TBV Life member) was also closely involved with the Street Boss colt (Lot 47) that made $78,000 to the bid of Caulfield trainer Gerard Moloney.

The Street Boss – No Vanity colt was offered by Basinghall Farm as agent for Greta West Stud owners Laurie and John McCarthy.

Stewart has been bloodstock advisor to the McCarthy brothers for many years and their VOBIS Gold colt descends from a family that goes back several generations at Greta West Stud.

His dam No Vanity is by Greta West sire Keep The Faith and she won three races at the provincials for Robbie Griffiths.

Second-dam No Mischief (Mister C) was a Listed winner of the Vanity Stakes at Flemington and third-dam Artful Lass (The Pug) was bred by the late Ed Barty at Trevenson Stud using his successful sire The Pug (GB).

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A new record top price, coupled with record-achieving key financial indicators across the board, has resulted in the 2017 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale being crowned “unquestionably the best ever.”

Held in front of an enthusiastic buying bench at Oaklands Junction, a striking Fighting Son colt took top individual honours while average, median and gross were all new records.

Moorookyle Park sold the first ever Warrior's Reward yearling in Australia bought for $43,000 by Waterford Bloodstock-Brooks Racing

Moorookyle Park sold the first ever Warrior’s Reward yearling in Australia bought for $43,000 by Waterford Bloodstock-Brooks Racing


The Fighting Sun-Sinous colt, sold by Werribee’s Harvey Park and originally raised by Flinders’ Two Bays Farm, was a record price for the VOBIS Gold sale.

At the sale’s conclusion, the average was $22,593 (up from $16,957 in 2016), median increased 44% to $18,000 while gross was $4,518,500 (up from $3,968,750 last year). The clearance rate finished at an extremely healthy 88%.

The figures reflected the appreciation of the revised format of the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, where only Super VOBIS-qualified horses were catalogued, and the sale restricted to one day of selling.

Since the VOBIS Gold format was introduced in 2013 to replace the Autumn sale, the sale average has increased by an extraordinary 142%, while the median has rocketed up 177%.

Harvey Park’s VOBIS Gold Sale record price colt was bought by Sydney agent Anton Koolman for $110,000 through his son Oliver.

Harvey Park, owned and run by Alan Harvey and his grandson Tyson Patelmo, breed a handful of mares.

They send their yearlings to Elphinstone based Rodney and Tammy Notman for sales preparation. This partnership between the Harveys and Notmans last year expanded to include a small pinhooking venture which included the Fighting Sun colt.

They had bought the weanling colt, a late October foal, off his breeder Two Bays Farm at the 2016 Great Southern Sale for $45,000 and now turned that into a $110,000 yearling.

“Word’s just can’t describe how we feel,” Rodney said.

“To get what we got from this sale is fantastic. I knew we had a nice colt but the result was fantastic.

“I said to Alan (at the weanling sale), he’s a diamond in the rough, he was only a little fella but I thought you’ve just gotta look past all of that.

“I thought he was pretty much exactly like his dad Fighting Sun.

“The (later) VOBIS Gold sale was the best time for it because he was a late foal and that bit smaller.”

Oliver Koolman indicated the colt is likely to end up in the Chris Waller stable.

The good results for Harvey Park were not confined to the top priced colt. They took the honours of leading vendor for the sale (3 or more lots sold) with three yearlings going through the ring for an average $67,000.

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian was overjoyed with the results.

Inglis' Simon Vivian knocks down Bucklee Farm's Moshe colt to Gelagotis Racing for $46,000

Inglis’ Simon Vivian knocks down Bucklee Farm’s Moshe colt to Gelagotis Racing for $46,000


“There’s really no doubting this is the best ever edition of the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, the results are there for all to see,” Vivian said.

“There was plenty of positive and aggressive bidding and the atmosphere was right up there with a Premier Yearling Sale.

“The support of the buyers was extraordinary today, the vendors produced extremely healthy and well-prepared yearlings and the combination of those two things led to a fantastic overall sale.

“Our revised format was embraced by vendors and buyers alike, and provides a phenomenal foundation for the sale’s future.’’

2017 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale Statistics

(2016 stats in brackets)

  • Lots Sold: 200 (234)
  • Clearance Rate: 88% (90%)
  • Average Price: $22,593 ($16,957)
  • Median Price: $18,000 ($12,500)

A new player to the breeding scene was the big winner of the inaugural $310,000 Swear at Spendthrift VOBIS Sires race on Saturday. The lucrative race was open to only Victorian sired juveniles.

Craig Easton, who has his own construction business, is a part-owner and breeder of Pure Scot, the Lindsay Park trained two year-old winner.

Easton bred the filly in partnership with Sam Hayes’ Cornerstone Farm and also has whisky distillery owner David Prior involved in the horse.

“Because I have bred and raced this horse, this has been an absolute thrill to win with Pure Scot,” Easton said.

“We first thought we would take her to Bendigo to see what she could do. She then came here and did so well.”

Dwayne Dunn, Spendthrift's Garry Cuddy, Craig Easton, David Hayes & David Prior after winning the VOBIS Sires . (Reg Ryan-Racing Photos)

Dwayne Dunn, Spendthrift’s Garry Cuddy, Craig Easton, David Hayes & David Prior after winning the VOBIS Sires . (Reg Ryan-Racing Photos)

While Easton has been racing horses for some time including having won a Group 1 as a part-owner of All American, the breeding element is relatively new.

“I’m loving the breeding the side. I’m new to the game but just really, really enjoying it,” Easton said.

Easton and Sam Hayes bought the mare Enthrall in foal to Chatswood Stud sire Purrealist at the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Sale for a mere $26,000 from Makybe. She was the daughter of Listed winner Sarah Vee and is a half sister to Listed winner Yesterday’s Songs and Group performer Rahveel.

She subsequently foaled down the Purrealist filly which would be named Pure Scot. The name comes from part owner David Prior’s scotch whisky venture, Pure Scot which he started in 2016.

Pure Scot and her owners collected $172,000 in VOBIS prizemoney and bonuses from the VOBIS Sires race taking her total earnings to a touch more than $232,000 in three starts.

She will be able to return for next year’s VOBIS Sires 3yo race which will also be worth $310,000 and trainer David Hayes certainly sees that as an option.

“The best thing about a lot of these horses (his juvenile winners) are that they will train on as three-year-olds, which is exciting,’’ Hayes said.

Meanwhile, Easton and his partners will continue seeking further breeding success including through another broodmare under his ownership, Tresillian (Danehill). She is in foal to Swettenham Stud sire Toronado.

Easton and many other breeders both in Victoria and interstate will certainly be interested in this VOBIS Sires 2YO race when it becomes a $1 million race starting in 2019.

With eight wins from her eight career starts, unbeaten Alice Springs trained filly Desert Lashes has taken on the nickname ‘Desert Caviar’ following her first black type victory in the Listed SAJC Redelva Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday.

The filly was bred in Victoria at Kialla by Fred Borg, a trucking business owner who is better known for his Poll Hereford cattle breeding than thoroughbred breeding.

Borg sold the filly through Kristin and Stuart Brennan’s Kristinvale draft  at the 2015 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

She was purchased by the Alice Springs Turf Club for just $6,000 and then on sold at the Inglis Red Centre Yearling Sale for just $2,100 to trainer Lisa Lefoe. Her earnings have now surpassed $236,000 with the Group 2 Euclase Stakes expected to be her next target.

Trained at Alice Springs by Lefoe, Desert Lashes started her career with five straight wins at Pioneer Park. She then won, with a degree of ease, two runs at Morphettville before stepping up to black type company on Saturday.

Sent out favourite, she emerged triumphant, surging away to win by more than two lengths in a dominant display.

“Everything we throw at her she just handles it and she’s a dream come true,” Lefoe said..

“She keeps on surprising us a little bit. It’s been a great ride so far…it’s a bit hard to believe.”

She is the best of four winners from Misha’s Belle, a three-quarter sister to Group 2 winner Silver Glade. Interestingly, Misha’s Belle , like her unbeaten daughter, was also sired out of Chatswood stud being the daughter of Baryshnikov.

Desert Lashes is the fifth stakes-winner for Reward for Effort who sits atop the Australian Third Season Sires table in terms of numbers of winner with 57 along with nearly $2.5 million in progeny earnings.

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A descendant of one of Western Australia’s most revered families, Magnus colt Malibu Style earned a second stakes win and a first in Melbourne when cruising to victory in Saturday’s TBV Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield.

It was a fitting win for the race sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and named after another Sun Stud sire in the multiple Victorian champion Bel Esprit

Ridden by Steven Parnham for his father Neville, Malibu Style came clear in the final stages to defeat Legless Veuve (Pins) by two and a quarter lengths with favourite Crystal Dreamer (Stratum) a nose back in third

Previously a winner of the Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes (1000m) at Ascot in December, Malibu Style advanced his record to 7 wins, 5 seconds and 7 thirds from 29 starts with earnings of $399,725.

“He has really, really thrived here and I don’t think I’ve seen him looking better,” Parnham said.

“At home he tended to get a bit edgy before a race but he’s nice and settled here.

“This was the race I picked out which I thought might just suit him and we had a race a couple of weeks back over 1000 metres and he performed very creditably.”

The 5yo gelding was a $40,000 purchase by his trainer from the Bowness Stud draft at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling sale.

He is the third foal of the unraced Fusaichi Pegasus mare Origami whose dam Born Western (Best Western) was one of four stakes winners out of the grand broodmare Rich Haul (Haulpak).

Malibu Style is Sun Stud sire Magnus’ third stakes winner for the racing season which also includes multiple Group 1 winner Malaguerra and another Western Australian black type winner in Great Shot.

Rich Charm continued the fairytale for respected horse woman Udyta Clarke when he gave his all to win a third in a row for his loving Cranbourne based trainer by saluting in the Newmarket Grand West $280,000 VOBIS Gold Sprint.

Stealing the limelight from all others, the petite trainer encapsulated the meaning of the day, showcasing Victorian breeding, ownership and bonuses.

“Right from when this horse was young I knew he was good,” Clarke said.

“There was something about him that showed he was different to other horses.”

Clarke has done a terrific job with the talented homebred and now he has learnt his craft, he can settle nicely with a versatile racing style, being able to come down the outside or in between the field.

“That’s rare in horses, as most horses have one pattern of racing, but he doesn’t care if he runs over the top of them, he just says give me room and I’II go there.” Clark said.

Loving her horses like they were her children, she pours her heart into their care and training.

“They are my babies, and they think I am their mother, I love them all the same.”

Part-owner Craig Rumble has been breeding horses since he was just 17 years old, which makes a total of nearly 25 years.

“We had a good one called Prince Bellaire in ‘96, he was a little champ, and we have bred and raced a lot since then until Rich Charm came along,” Rumble said.

“We all have a really close bond, myself, my brother Shane, Don Allan, together with Udyta and Keith who helps her out immensely, we all are really tight.

“We help out at the stables and my girls even name the horses, hence a past galloper called Lady Rapunzel.”

Udyta even bought a pony for Craig’s girls to ride, but for now ‘Vicki’ has now become Rich Charm’s inseparable travel companion.

“I’ve been in big stables before, and you’re just a number, but we are so involved with Udyta.” Rumble said.

“I love the analysis side of the breeding, Shane and I are right into it and Udyta often asks what we think, and we saw (Rangal Park’s) Danerich as a great match for the mare Charmly.”

Rich Charm has won six of his fourteen starts and Saturday’s victory took his prize money past the $400,000 mark .

Having a play at the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale on Sunday with Saturday’s funds, Rumble hopefully found another Rich Charm.

“I bought a beautiful Americain colt from the Swettenham Stud draft and Udyta loved a Sizzling colt from Blue Gum Farm so we brought him home too,” Rumble said.

Meanwhile Udyta will keep up with the hard work and offer some philosophical thoughts on her racing career.

“I’m a private person, and life just goes along. You can get so disappointed when things go wrong, so I have leant over the years that when you have a good horse – just enjoy it.”

We certainly all enjoyed seeing Udyta, Craig and connections celebrate their ‘baby’ Rich Charm’s win.

The iron horse Burning Front (Primus) has developed cult status after the dominant front runner won the $280,000 IRT VOBIS Gold Mile.

He achieved two milestones following the splendid win at Caulfield.

Firstly he is now a $1 million earner.

Secondly, the win makes his the all-time greatest earner of VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney surpassing another Darren Weir trained champ in the brilliant two time group 1 winner and now Swettenham sire, Trust in A Gust (Keep The Faith).

The new golden boy and VOBIS pin up horse has now won more than $515,000 from VOBIS for earnings of more than $1.1 million.

It was his 17th win from 47 starts, his sixth from his past seven starts and near perfect record of five wins from six VOBIS Gold Premier races. And just to think it took him eight races to break his maiden back in April 2014 at Sale.

“He makes his own luck, races up on the speed, and he’s been an absolute ripper for the connections and a great advertisement for VOBIS and VOBIS Gold with the money that you can win,” his trainer Darren Weir said.

“Today he was always going to be hard to run down when he got it comfortable in front.”

The son of Liverpool Farm based sire Primus and Kingston Rule mare She’s A Knockout was bred and is raced by Justin Lovatt.

“For a horse that hasn’t won a Group 1 race and is rated 100, he has won a million dollars and has just gone past Trust In A Gust in VOBIS prize money. It’s a feat in its self.” Lovatt said

“He’s a good horse don’t get me wrong, but his rating tells you where he sits. But he can come here today and run in a race worth $280,000, it’s just such a great scheme.”

Lovatt indicated his champ’s preparation certainly hadn’t come to an end yet.

“He just keeps going along, and while he is happy there is no need to go for a spell. He is based down at Warrnambool, and he loves where he lives, he loves the beach and old horsemen say “happy horses win races”, and that is so true.”

“He plods along the beach five mornings, has a paddle and then just has a bit of a gallop and blow just before his next run and off he goes.”

There is plenty to look forward to from the family, as She’s A Knockout has since produced some promising young stock including the upcoming two year old by Written Tycoon, Sekali, trained by Team Corstens.

Following that is a full brother.

“We are really excited with “Little B” coming through, that’s his full brother weanling, he’s athletic and in the same old. Let’s hope he is as good as big brother,” said Lovatt.

She’s A Knockout is currently in foal to Reward For Effort.

Justin is now looking closely at mating options for the upcoming season. He will certainly have many stallion farms welcoming him and the mare with welcome arms after the achievements of Burning Front.

“We just had such an incredible day out there, it’s been amazing for our family and all the other owners, he’s just a champ”. Lovatt said.

The weather was fine, the fields big and the racing hot on Saturday’s third annual Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day at Caulfield.

From the small breeder to the established studs, the Victorian breeding industry is growing from strength to strength and the six lucrative VOBIS Gold Premier races were testament to that.

With nearly $1.7 million in prize money and bonuses on offer, the VOBIS Gold races allowed Victorian bred and owned horses to compete for prize money usually reserved for Group level races.

Interestingly, five of the six lucrative VOBIS Gold races were won by homebreds.

The first of the VOBIS races saw golden boy Burning Front (Primus) deliver with a dominant win in the $280,000 IRT VOBIS Gold Mile. A homebred success story of Justin Lovatt and favourite with the fans, Darren Weir’s tough galloper has now taken his earnings to more than $1.1 million dollars.

The super consistent Burning Front, was targeted for this start, making it his 17th win from 47 starts. Burning Front was able to control the race from the lead with the Churchill Lodge bred galloper Bel Burgess running a strong second.

“He makes his own luck, races up on the speed, and he’s been an absolute ripper for the connections and a great advertisement for VOBIS and VOBIS Gold with the money that you can win.” Weir said.

Race four, the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Heath, was won by the Rosemont Stud bred filly Toffee Nose (Toorak Toff). While trainer Danny O’Brien rated the filly highly going into the race, a win would require the filly to beat Ciaron Maher’s Ruthven who had come from an impressive fourth in the ATC Derby.

“The industry is getting stronger every year,’’ O’Brien said referring to the Victorian breeding industry.

Toffee Nose is from the Galliano mare Majestic Girl and was sold at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale by Rosemont Stud for $85,000. Purchased by Champion Thoroughbreds, she has now won over $250,00 in prize money and will be set for the Group 1 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide.

Race five was the $310,000 Swear at Spendthrift VOBIS Sires for two year olds. It was taken out by the smallest runner in the 16-horse field, the big-hearted Purrealist filly Pure Scot (Purrealist). Overcoming early trouble to weave through the field and the pocket rocket filly was able get clear and power home.

“She’s probably easy to underestimate but she shouldn’t be, and I think she will go on to be a good three-year-old,’’ said co-trainer David Hayes.

She was bred by Melbourne construction business owner Craig Easton in partnership with Cornerstone Stud Her victory was a huge success for the two breeders, having purchased Pure Scot’s dam, the Flying Spur broodmare Enthrall, in 2014 for a bargain at $26,000.

Race six, the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Distaff saw Chris Waller’s honest mare French Emotion rewarded after a frustrating run at Caulfield the Saturday before when favourite. The Group 1 placed and Group 2 winning mare has had no luck recently on the bottomless Sydney tracks.

Valda Klaric (left) & Ivan Cajkusic with French Emotion after winning the VOBIS Gold Distaff (Ross Holburt-Racing Photos)

Valda Klaric (left) & Ivan Cajkusic with French Emotion after winning the VOBIS Gold Distaff (Ross Holburt-Racing Photos)


By Snitzel from the Woodman mare, Love and Emotion, she is a homebred for Valda Klaric and Ian Cajkusic. Raised at Nagambie’s Millford Thoroughbreds, manager Richard Kerry said there is a lot happening in the filly’s family at the moment.

Along with French Emotion’s dam back at the farm, the half sister, speedy Thousand Guineas runner Love for Ransom, produced a very nice first foal by Al Maher which Milford Thoroughbreds sold for $190,000 at Premier this year. Kerry says she has a cracking Toronado filly at foot, and Love For Ransom returned to Swettenham to visit Trust In A Gust last season.

Rich Charm (Danerich) was certainly the feel good story of the day, with the petite Udyta Clarke winning the $280,000 Newmarket Grand West VOBIS Gold Sprint. Bred with long-term clients and supporters Don Allan and Craig Rumble, Clarke received a handsome cheque of nearly $160,000..

Rich Charm is by Danerich from the Kingston Mill mare, Charmly. She has a Moshe yearling and is currently in foal to Rosemont’s Nostradamus.

In the final race, the Ellerton/Zahra trained Sword of Light asserted her dominance over 1600 metres at Caulfield in the Goldners Horse Transport $280,000 VOBIS Gold Reef. Bred and raced by David and Jenny Moodie and Ashley Hardwick’s Hesket Bloodstock, Jessica Moodie was at the track to receive the trophy on their behalf.

Sword of Light & Damian Lane win the Goldners Horse Transport VOBIS Gold Reef (John Donegan-Racing Photos)

Sword of Light & Damian Lane win the Goldners Horse Transport VOBIS Gold Reef (John Donegan-Racing Photos)

The filly has now taken her earnings close to $500,000 which includes a win in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview as a two-year-old.

With a day studded by top class horses, emotional victories and homebred success there is no doubt that the VOBIS scheme is a triumph.

With the VOBIS Sires 2YO race becoming a $1 million race in 2019 and the introduction of a $500,000 VOBIS Sires 3YO race in 2020, there has never been a better time to be involved in the Victorian breeding industry.

Off the back of an exceptional “best of the best” Inglis Easter Sale for Woodside Park Stud, the term “million dollar baby” has a very nice ring to it.

In an unprecendented fashion, Victoria now has, through Woodside Park, two stallions that have produced progeny which have hit that magical sales ring milestone

With Written Tycoon going from strength to strength he was certainly due to hit the million dollar mark, and the outstanding Brilliant Bisc colt sold at Easter saw him become the first current sire standing in Victoria to achieve this figure.

Currently the reigning Champion Australian Two Year Old Sire, the Victorian Champion Sire and the sire of the 2016 Magic Millions 2yo winner and 2016 Golden Slipper winner he is now well established in elite company.

At January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, eight yearlings by Written Tycoon sold for an aggregate of $2.46m at an average of $307,500. That was over 22 times his service fee, placing him sixth overall by sire averages and making him the highest Victorian stallion at the sale.

The top lot, a colt out of Pearl Goddess was sold for $650,000 to the bid of James Harron Bloodstock, the highest priced Magic Millions yearling by a sire actively standing in Victoria. Other Magic Millions highlights included the China Horse Club, Newgate and Winstar syndicate paying $340,000 for the colt from Bloomingdale Miss and the Redoute’s Choice mare Lady Bligh colt selling for $440,000 to trainer Tony McEvoy.

“He looked a ready-made horse to me, a big powerful fellow. I wanted to take him home.” McEvoy said.

In March, at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale the top Written Tycoon yearling was purchased for $500,000 by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. From the Octagonal mare, Octangle, she was a bargain $400 purchase at the Inglis March Sale in 2012. Subsequently her 2010 Written Tycoon colt became the stakes winner Written up, and Raktangle headed to Hong Kong, becoming the good galloper, Win Chance.

Written Tycoon was again the leading Victorian Stallion at Premier with 20 lots sold for $3.67m, and averaging $183,500.  Other notable lots included the colt out of Magic Millions Clockwise winner I’m Too Sexy selling for $300,000 to Spicer Thoroughbreds and Ciaron Maher and bloodstock agent Julian Blaxland bidding to $350,000 for the high quality colt from Hot Spa, a three-quarter brother to Group II Danehill Stakes winner and Woodside stallion, Rich Enuff.

At Inglis Easter, Written Tycoon topped the sire profitability tables with his first $1 million yearling, conceived from his 2014 fee of $13,750. His three yearlings sold averaged $610,000, returning a staggering 44.8 times his service fee and making a healthy $576,250 in profit for their breeders.

James Harron Bloodstock purchased the record breaking $1 million Brilliant Bisc colt from the Turangga Farm draft. Harron had bought and raced Magic Millions Classic and Golden Slipper winner Capitalist as well buying the Magic Millions $650,000 Written Tycoon yearling earlier in the year.

“I’m very comfortable paying a million for Written Tycoon colts because he has emerged as one of the best sires of multi-million dollar stallion prospects in the past few years,” Harron said.

The two other Written Tycoon yearlings sold at Easter including the filly from the imported Zamindar mare, Invested Capital (GB), sold by Woodside Park Stud to Bruce Perry Bloodstock in New Zealand for $300,000 and the Shabtis colt sold to The Hong Kong Jockey Club for $530,000.

But young gun stallion, Zoustar was not to be outdone also attaining an impressive $1 million dollar yearling in the Easter sales ring. Zoustar was the most successful first season sire by the average of his yearlings sold, achieved the highest priced yearling by a first season sire and was the best performed of the first season sires in straight profit.

Being the fastest and highest rated sprinter of his generation, winning the stallion making Group 1 double, the ATC Golden Rose and VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes, he has made a significant impression with his first crop of yearlings and it was no surprise they were purchased by some very astute judges.

Zoustar was a leading first-season sire when his progeny made their yearling sale debut on the Gold Coast and exceptionally averaged $265,156. His top priced youngster was from the stakes winning mare, Combat Kitty selling for $550,000 David Redvers / Mulcaster Bloodstock with a further 22 yearlings selling for over $200,000 to smart buyers including Ciaron Maher, Raffles, Aquis and Waller Racing.

At Inglis Premier, Zoustar sold 14 lots for a total of $2,100,000, an average of $150,000. His stand out lots included the $200,000 Zoustar colt out of Sydney winner Icy Mist to be trained by Tony McEvoy and the first filly foal of Group III WA Champion Fillies Stakes winner Fuddle Dee Duddle selling for $360,000 to Ireland.

A Zoustar colt out of Group II performed Admiring sold for $230,000, and Mark Kavanagh purchased the $165,000 filly from More Than Ready mare, Lassie Mactavish.

At Inglis Easter, Zoustar sold 13 lots for a total of $2,800,000, and averaged $215,385.  With the outstanding Listen Here filly sold to Bruce Perry Bloodstock in New Zealand reaching the magical $1,000,000 mark, his other top results included the Laetitia colt sold to Hong Kong’s Asian Bloodstock Services for $320,000, the Missy Cummings filly to Anthony Cummings Thoroughbreds for $200,000 and the Sun Maid colt to Victorian Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds also for $200,000.

Overall, the average price for Zoustar yearlings at the 2017 sales were impressively $215,385 at Inglis Easter and $265,156 at Magic Millions Gold Coast, with Inglis Premier a very strong result at $150,000.

Now with 19 stakes winners, it was expected the sons and daughters of Written Tycoon would attract top prices, however it was overwhelming positive to see the amazing reception Zoustar’s first crop yearlings have received from the most astute judges nationally and Internationally.

Written Tycoon and Zoustar demonstrate to breeders, that both stallions can guarantee excellent returns, giving them confidence when breeding their mare, that they making the right choice financially to achieve the best possible outcome in the sales ring and on the racetrack.

Having enjoyed her most successful Melbourne Premier Sale to date, Moorookyle Park’s Nioka Wozny is looking forward to showcasing more of the Smeaton property’s yearlings at this Sunday’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale.

Five yearlings by a mixture of proven and up-and-coming exciting young stallions are bound to be keenly sought after with Wozny taking such great care with their upbringing and sales preparation.

First cab off the rank is lot 62, an imposing son of Spendthrift’s Group One winning Medaglia d’Oro stallion Warrior’s Reward.

Bred on a 5 X 5 cross of the stakes winning influential broodmare My Charmer – dam of Warrior’s Reward’s second dam sire Seattle Dancer and of the great Seattle Slew, this mid-August foaled colt is out of the classy imported mare Patricia’s Gem.

Gai Waterhouse recently nominated her Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente as the first season stallion whose progeny had most impressed her at the sales and lot 91 – bred on the same Monsun/Nureyev cross as Protectionist and Vadamos – is a lovely cot out of the Fasliyev mare Sensually.

The dual Group One winning Fasliyev is doing a great job as a broodmare sire with 31 stakes winners and this colt has as his grandam the Blue Diamond Prelude winner My Flashing Star from the family of Group One gallopers My Brilliant Star, Shot Of Thunder, Lachlan River and Sudurka.

Proving to be a reliable source of winners, Golden Rose winner Denman has an eye-catching colt in the shape of Lot 115, the first foal for the lightly raced stakes placed Stratum mare Sworn Revenge.

Bred on a 3 X 5 cross of the speed influence Vain , this colt hails from a strong local family whose members include the stakes winners Twirled, Classy Fella, Noted, Grand Connection, Our Planet, Gypsy Kingdom, Innocent King, Royal Snack, Ideal Planet, Chaleyer, Winter Show, Bonaria and Time Out.

Boasting a perfect strike rate – four winners from four runners – is the two times winning Celtic Swing mare Curtsey’s whose colt by the Group One winning Commands stallion Skilled is lot 187.

A half-brother to the Hong Kong winner Bite My Dust and the three times winners Signed And Sealed and Take A Bow, he hails from the prolific Victorian Oh Calcutta family – that off the feature winners Stage Hit, Indian Raj, Encores, Irradiate, Sir Laurence, Marwell Lady, Mondano, Honey Flower, Firenze, Tuscan Sling, Lite’N In My Veins, Hi World, Loveyamadly and Ducimus.

Last but not least for Moorookyle is lot 215, a daughter of one of the country’s most reliable stallions in Testa Rossa, six times Group One winning sire of 61 stakes winners with an outstanding winners-to-runners strike rate in excess of 73%.

Bred on the successful Testa Rossa/Sir Tristram cross, this filly is the first foal for the Reset mare Goddess Pele who can boast amongst her relations the Victorian bred Hong Kong star Sacred Kingdom as well as the Group winners Waikiki, Puttanesca and Love Of Mary.

Moorookyle Park’s yearlings can be inspected in Barn 2 at the Inglis Oaklands Junction complex. The sale kicks off at 10am on Sunday.

Full details of the draft can be found on the Inglis website.

By Kristen Manning

International racing and breeding powerhouse Al Shaqab Racing and Kentucky’s famed Taylor Made Farms are growing their links with the Victorian breeding industry with a new stallion to stand at Swettenham Stud.

Swettenham, Taylor Made and Al Shaqab have announced that Mshawish, the dual Group 1 winning son and highest earning entire of champion Medaglia d’Oro, will be joining the Nagambie farm’s stallion roster in 2017.

This announcement follows other major investments in the Victorian breeding industry by operators from North America, Asia and the Middle East.

Mshawish retired with nine wins from 24 starts and earnings of more than AU$3.1 million. An elite, versatile and sound five-time Group race winner on multiple surfaces over distances from 1500m to 1800m, he has defeated more than half a dozen Group 1 winners around the globe.

Khalifa Al Attiya, Executive Director of Al Shaqab Racing commented it was important to Al Shaqab that they not only race good horses, but also produce top stallions.

“We are very proud that we have exciting young sires on our roster all around the world, with the hope of many more to come,” he said.

International head of Al Shaqab, Sheikh Joaan al Thani

International head of Al Shaqab, Sheikh Joaan al Thani

Swettenham Stud owner, Adam Sangster has forged a relationship with the Qatari racing organisation with the outstanding stallion Toronado standing at his premier Nagambie farm for the last two years. The addition of Mshawish (pronounced ‘M-sha-wish’) raises the bar to another level.

“Mshawish represents another top-class stallion coming to Victoria,” Sangster said.

“This is indicative of the confidence and strength of the Victorian industry when international entities like Al Shaqab and Taylor Made are willing to send stallions of Mshawish’s calibre.

“We have had great support for Toronado from Australian breeders so I am really excited to present Mshawish to them. He’s a lovely type of stallion with the physical presence we all look for when choosing a mating.

Duncan Taylor, President & CEO of Taylor Made Stallions said they were thrilled to have the opportunity to partner with Adam Sangster in shuttling Mshawish to Swettenham Stud.

“Australia is arguably the most lucrative thoroughbred marketplace in the world at present where the excitement and prize money for horse racing is second to none,” Taylor said.

“Medaglia D’Oro has been very successful from limited opportunities in Australia and we believe having his best son at stud there provides breeders a great option to breed to this emerging sire line.

“This partnership gives him a great opportunity to become an international sire and hopefully the next great dual-hemisphere stallion.”

Mshawish's Group 1 turf triumph at Gulfstream Park

Mshawish’s Group 1 turf triumph at Gulfstream Park

Trained by Todd Pletcher, Mshawish captured the Group 1 Gulfstream Park Turf Handicap before victory in the Group 1 Donn Handicap on dirt.

“Mshawish always impressed me with his versatility, high-cruising speed, and neat ability to also have an exciting turn of foot,” Pletcher said.

“He was top-class on both surfaces. I look forward to training his babies a few years down the road.”

Mshawish is keeping elite company with other stallion sons of Medaglia d’Oro in Australia. Brilliant Sydney galloper and Group 1 Golden Rose winner Astern has now been retired to stud in NSW, along with the Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas winner Nostradamus, and Golden Slipper winner Vancouver standing this season in the Hunter Valley.

As the sire of Mshawish, it was significant Medaglia d’Oro had such an outstanding Inglis Easter Yearling sale, topping the sale with the stunning $2.4 million dollar colt from the stakes winning mare, Hoss Amor. His 19 lots were sold for an impressive $341,0000 average price.

A well-preformed dam line, Mshawish is out of the mare Thunder Bayou (Thunder Gulch) from the immediate family of multiple Group 1 winning champion two-year-old filly, Halfbridled and Group 2 winner, Lu Ravi.

His second dam Bayou Storm is by Storm Cat and produced stakes winners Meteorologist and Bayou Breeze. At The Half, his grand dam was a Group 3 winning juvenile by Seeking The Gold and dam of La Ravi.

Mshawish will provide outstanding value in comparison to other sons of Medaglia d’Oro sons at stud. Vancouver’s 2017 stud fee is $49,500, while Astern will stand at $38,500.

Swettenham Stud is committed to giving their breeders every opportunity to access a dual Group 1 winning son of Medaglia d’Oro, and will stand Mshawish for a realistic fee of $16,500.

For any enquiries regarding Mshawish please contact Adam, Brian or Rachel at Swettenham on 03 5794 2044.

Miss Vista, the flashy four-year-old mare bred at Romsey’s Glenfern Park, is back on track with a strong city win at Caulfield last Saturday.

Raced by her breeder Dick Karreman of New Zealand’s The Oaks Stud, Miss Vista (Show A Heart) was foaled down and raised at his Victorian property, Glenfern Park Stud, in the Macedon Ranges.

Although most of his breeding interests reside at The Oaks Stud, his Australian race mares are retired to breeding careers at Glenfern Park, including Miss Vista’s dam, Cape Tycoon.

Glenfern Park Stud is run as a stand-alone business for Karreman, who is originally a Queenslander with interests in quarries and organic vegetables. Among many others, Karreman raced seven time Group 1 winning mare Seachange who is now a broodmare residing at The Oaks Stud.

David Phipps, the manager at Glenfern Park Stud since 2005, is running a busy operation. David and his team look after 65 mares – they also care for client’s horses – on the property at the moment and foaled down 40 mares last season.

Miss Vista as a Glenfern Park foal

Miss Vista as a Glenfern Park foal

Having foaled down all of Cape Tycoon’s foals, Phipps remembers the birth of Miss Vista vividly.

“I don’t think I have ever seen a foal that strong at birth, freakishly so, she was up and standing, trotting and cantering around in 13 minutes, she was super quick. She had this great attitude from the start, she just wanted to be the leader of the pack.”

With a strong winning strike rate, Karrenman has entrusted Kyneton trainer George Osborne with his racing stock.

The lead up to Caulfield’s win has been slightly frustrating at times for the lightly raced mare and connections with an unfortunate foot abscess holding up a first start to the preparation.

However, the dominance of the win at Caulfield proved she was back to her best and provided an opportunity to look interstate for black type targets. Miss Vista currently holds the impressive record of four wins from five starts with prize money of $146,500.

“When you look past her flashy white markings and you look at the horse, she is just a smashing type. She has the right attitude; she wants to be in front. I think she will go a long way and Dick will definitely have a lot of fun with her.” Phipps said.

She is the first winner for Cape Tycoon, a placed Cape Cross (Ire) mare from the family of Group 3 winner Sam Sung a Song. She is now back in foal to Show a Heart.

Cape Tycoon has produced colts by Sun Stud’s Fighting Sun in the past two years and has a half brother by Swettenham sire Master of Design called Most Admired. He is also trained by Osborne.

“He has the same ‘I want to be in front’ attitude. He still has to prove his ability but he has won a couple of trials, so I’d keep an eye on him.” Phipps said.

Don’t be blinded by the white, as under there is a very good race mare that is sure to be in the winners circle many more times in the future.

The latest edition of the Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings, released last week, contained no less than four racehorses of the Victorian breeding industry in the top 13 positions.

While Arrogate and Winx dominated the leaderboard, Victorian bred horses and their breeders could hold their heads up high.

Ranked eighth was Ciaron Maher’s triple Group 1 winning mare  Jameka. The product of the famed Gilgai Farm at Nagambie was rated 120 for her win in The BMW last month at Rosehill. She was second highest rated female in the world behind Winx.

Also ranked eighth was the Hong Kong based Mr Stunning. The four-year-old gelding was bred by another of Victoria’s legendary breeding establishments, Makybe at Gnarwarre. He was Hong Kong’s Griffin of the Year last racing season and won a Group 2 race earlier in April.

Rounding out the Victorian bred trio is another triple Group 1 winner in the son of Hard Spun, Le Romain ranked 13th. Bred by the Carusi brothers at Greta West Stud in North East Victoria, the gelding has won Group 1 races in autumn 2016, spring 2016 and most recently in the Sydney autumn of 2017.

The Victorian bred trio is joined in the Top 13 by future Sun Stud sire and dual Group 1 winner Palentino. Palentino is rated 119 and is the highest ranked Australian bred entire.

Bred in Tasmania, he was secured for stud duties by the Kerrie based Sun Stud following his Group 1 Australian Guineas win last year. Since then he was won another two races at the very highest level.

Trained by Darren Weir, he fell in love with him when he first saw Palentino as a yearling.

“He was such a striking individual; from the moment I laid eyes on him he impressed me: a great temperament and he has just kept rising to the occasion.” Weir said.

“He has done his job. He’s a great horse with a nice pedigree and he’s certainly going to make into a good stallion.”

The Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings is horseracing’s equivalent to World Rankings by other major sporting organizations such as ATP Tennis Rankings, World Golf Rankings, FIFA World Rankings for soccer and IRB Rugby World Rankings.

The rankings are based on the ratings earned by horses running worldwide from North and South America, Europe, Middle East, South Africa, Asia through to Australia and New Zealand and are compiled under the auspices of The International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

The full list can be found on the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities website.

The Cain family breeding operation, Churchill Lodge, is on quite the roll recently with two horses it bred seemingly unable to lose!

And, according to the Portarlington based farm principal Tim Cain the last six runners they have bred at the farm have all been winners.

On Saturday, the Churchill Lodge bred juvenile Al Passem (Al Maher) maintained his perfect strike rate winning his second start at Caulfield in the 1100 metre Bill Collins Handicap.

After a sensational debut win at Wangaratta, trainer Ken Keys is upbeat about Al Passem’s future race plans.

“He really is a little beauty, and the fact that he’s so professional means he could contend at any level. There’s a stakes race in a couple of weeks that we haven’t put a line through yet.” Keys said.

Meanwhile, the Michael Roebuck trained Bel Burgess (Bel Esprit) has won his last four starts with a start in this coming Saturday’s lucrative $280,000 VOBIS Gold Mile at Caulfield a strong possibility.

Churchill Lodge is an 80 acre property near Portarlington on the Bellarine Peninsula with sweeping bay views.

The farm is managed by Tim, who previously trained himself. Brother Matthew is a member of the Melbourne Racing Club Committee while middle brother Damien is a equine vet currently based in England.

Together, with their parents, the brothers have bred many horses and enjoyed the thrill of being part-owners of past Group 1 winners Dash For Cash and Shinzig, top galloper Fontiton and family favourite, Snort.

They foal down a handful of mares each year, sell a few through the sales and grow out their own young stock to race.

Foaled down by Tim, Al Passem was the second foal and second winner out of the 3-time winner Ruby Bre by Rubiton.  She is a half-sister to the stakes-placed Marie Madeleine, and is from the family of Group 3 winner Scarlet Crown and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Scarlet Bisque.

“Ruby Bre is stunning jet black mare herself and moves like a panther, a look that is replicated in her foals,” Tim said.

“She now has a Turffontein yearling colt, and the motivation behind that mating was my brother,”

“Matt had the top two year old Fontiton, a Turffontein filly out of a Rubiton mare. I think the cross is outstanding, and, at the time, there were two group winners from five foals.

“He will be more of a three year old, heading off to the breakers shortly and, in light of Al Passem’s win, we may even send him to a breeze up sale, as there is commerciality around him at the moment.

“She (Ruby Bre) has a beautiful Fiorente filly foal, and as much as I loved the Al Passem, she is the best I’ve foaled down, she is just outstanding.

I will be putting Ruby Bre back in foal this year and based on the filly foal’s quality, we are considering a return visit to Fiorente.”

Al Passem was sold through the Swettenham Stud draft at the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where he was purchased by Ken Keys for $55,000.

“We have had a strong relationship with Adam at Swettenham for a number of years through my family and Dash For Cash, so naturally we were happy to have them prep him on our behalf, they do a terrific job and most importantly he found a good home,” Tim said.

“I take it as quite a feather in my cap having bred a two year old winner, as that is what we are all striving for. We have tried in the past, but to have him up and running at two is just sensational, especially when you are working with low numbers of foals.”

“We are enjoying the ride while it is going on, as we know all too well the next one may be a little way away,” Tim said.

Based on the talent Al Passem and Bel Burgess have showed, it might be the Cains are in for a longer ride than they expected.

Fresh from a successful fortnight of action around the Australian Easter Yearling Sale, focus now switches to Melbourne for Sunday’s fifth annual Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

Known as one of Australasia’s greatest value auctions, the 2017 VOBIS Gold Sale has 243 horses catalogued at the “Oaklands’’ complex at Oaklands Junctions this coming Sunday, April 23.

There have been many success stories to come out of the VOBIS Gold Sale since its inception, none more so than Group 1 stars Malaguerra and Polanski.

Dual Group 1 winner Malaguerra, whose victories include the Darley Classic and BTC Cup, cost just $32,000 in 2013 and has gone on to win $1,609,600 while, a year earlier, Polanski sold for a mere $4000 and went on to win $1,173,565 in prizemoney, including the Group 1 Victoria Derby.

Other star graduates include $3,500 buy Sirbible (winner of $320,559), $17,000 purchase Lucky Liberty (has won $223,550), Beau Rada (cost $26,000 and earner of $346,780) and Perpetual Crisis (has won $228,200 from his $20,000 price tag).

Ducks Crossing stallion Polanski is one of 12 First Season Sires with progeny on offer on Sunday. Other Victorian based freshman sires include Fighting Sun, Fiorente, Kuroshio, Unencumbered, War and Zoustar.

Every yearling offered in the sale is Super VOBIS qualified, making them eligible for millions of dollars of bonuses through the VOBIS incentive scheme. All two and three year-old races in Victoria plus all staying distance maidens contain a bonus of up to $30,000 for Super VOBIS nominated horses.

Further to this, all the yearlings at the sale are also eligible to be nominated for the multimillion dollar VOBIS Gold bonuses for horses of all ages. Only VOBIS Gold horses are eligible to compete in the $3.1 million annual VOBIS Gold Premier race series.

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian says it is examples such as the aforementioned that highlight the increasing strength of the VOBIS Gold Sale.

“Quality horses continue to come out of the VOBIS Gold Sale and with all the added bonuses available to every yearling entered, it’s become a sale that buyers have included into the ‘must attend’ category,’’ Vivian said.

“The strength and confidence within the industry in Victoria at present is quite extraordinary and there truly has never been a greater time to own a racehorse.

“The catalogue for Sunday’s sale has been deliberately selected to a strict criteria. Our plan was to restrict it to a one-day auction of quality Lots and I have no doubt there is plenty of value and plenty of quality there for prospective buyers.’’

The VOBIS Gold action starts at 10am this Sunday, April 23.

The VOBIS Gold sale catalogue can be found on the Inglis website.

The Magnus sired four year old Great Shot fought on strongly to win the $100,000 Listed Old Comrade Stakes over 1600m at Ascot last Saturday.

The Western Australian galloper is trained by young gun Rhys Radford. Being Radford’s best horse to date, this was Great Shot’s third black type victory, having won the Listed Belmont Guineas and the Listed Cyril Flower Stakes.

Radford is living the dream, for as long as he can remember he has always wanted to follow in the footsteps of his father and former horseman, Warren Radford, and train horses.

Great Shot now has the impressive record of 7 wins and 8 placings from just 17 starts, and taking his prize money to nearly half a million dollars.

Owner Frank Edwards said Great Shot will be briefly spelled before being targeted at a Belmont Park weight-for-age treble.

“I’d be keen to start him in the Belmont Sprint, Hyperion Stakes and Strickland Stakes. Then he could have another let-up before his preparation for the Ascot carnival,” Edwards said.

Regular jockey, Craig Staples is confident Great Shot can successfully rise to Group 1 level for the $1 million Railway Stakes in November and the $1 million Kingston Town Classic in December.

“In my opinion, there’s no doubt he’s up to running a big race in the Railway. I think he’s also a top prospect for the Kingston Town,” Staples said.

Sun Stud’s Magnus has already had a Group 1 winner in Perth with Magnifisio taking out the Winterbottom Stakes. Western Australia has also provided him with several other black-type winners and performers including Malibu Style who is expected to line up at Caulfield this weekend.

The past Woodside Park Stud stallion Econsul, is now beginning his second career as a very successful show hack.

A Group 1 winning son of Pins, Econsul was a champion galloper, winning the 2004 Caulfield Guineas and placing in the Group 1 Cadbury Guineas.

Econsul as a Caulfield Guineas winner

Econsul as a Caulfield Guineas winner

During his time at stud, Econsul produced impressive blue-collar mares including the Group 1 Robert Sangster Classic winner, Precious Gem, Group 3 winner Diverte and the Listed winner, Best Yet To Come.

Unfortunately not commercially viable to continue at stud, Econsul was re-homed to Doug Mills from BetaR Arabians. A successful and well-known show home, Mills was looking for a large hack for his partner to ride and the stunning Econsul fitted the bill nicely.

Econsul has settled in well, been gelded and started his education. After six weeks, Econsul headed to the Melton ARC Show as a first outing, coming home with Champion Open Breeds Gelding and Supreme Champion Open Breed Exhibit. A wonderful result and a positive indication of future success.

Mills is enjoying preparing Econsul for his show career, taking him out on road rides, jumping cross country and even riding him bareback. A beautiful boy, he behaves like an educated show hack at home, but he still needs to get used to the atmosphere of shows under saddle. Mills believes that riding him in a variety of different environments will help Econsul develop a bomb-proof manner in the show ring.

Econsul in his stallion days at Woodside

Econsul in his stallion days at Woodside

“Econsul has been a lovely horse to handle, he is happy to just bowl along, he hasn’t said ‘boo’ to a goose. He really is gorgeous looking, and considering how late he was gelded, he has settled in well with other horses,” Mills said.

“I am very grateful to have been given the chance to take him on. He is a great advertisement for how well thoroughbreds can perform after racing and breeding careers.

“Looking at his brilliant debut result, I would like to have him going well and be competitive in the (Racing Victoria) ‘Off The Track’ series. We will get some agricultural shows under his belt, and depending on how successful he is, we may even look at the more prestigious shows.”

Econsul is certainly a very lucky boy to have found such a knowledgeable home that is willing to advance his future education.

We look forward to hearing more about Econsul’s journey in the show ring and seeing many champion ribbons from him in the future.

The Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was active at Newmarket during the recent yearling, weanling and breeding stock sales.

A number of these FBAA agents are also valued members of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and work closely with Victorian breeders in selling and buying breeding and racing stock.

The purchases and the conduct of the last sale at the historic complex provided an opportunity for reflection on the establishment and evolution of FBAA.

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia was a beacon for integrity long before it became a buzzword throughout the racing and breeding industries.

And the reasons for its inception are still as relevant today as they were in 1988 when a group of concerned bloodstock agents formed FBAA.

“We are dedicated to ensuring the integrity and fairness in our horse dealings,” FBAA President Adrian Hancock stated this week.

“We have been at the forefront of developing industry best practices and we work in conjunction with racing authorities.

“In addition to the industry Code of Conduct, the FBAA has a Code of Ethics to ensure our members are reputable and can be trusted.”

FBAA founding member (and also a TBV life member) Tim Stewart recalled there were some nefarious characters giving agents a bad name back in the 1980s.

“There had always been friendly rivalry at the sales. But the reputable agents were mindful something had to be done,” he said.

A steering committee invited 19 agents to form FBAA and, of that number, three are still actively involved – Stewart, Les Young and Tony Cavanagh. Leading auction house William Inglis was also there from the outset as was its current Victorian manager Simon Vivian who operated his own agency in the 1980s.

Other sales companies initially involved, but since dissolved, were Elders, ABCOS (Adelaide), Roberts Ltd (Tasmania) and Goodwood Bloodstock (Perth).

The late Brian Agnew, who owned Wakefield Stud in Scone and bred Melbourne Cup winner Subzero, drafted the FBAA Constitution with a Code Of Ethics to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia.

“It’s always been a cut-and-thrust business although back then it was a different world,” Les Young said.

“There was a closer relationship between principal and agent 30 years ago.

“Brian was a lawyer and he did a lot of work for FBAA,” he added.

“Tony Fleiter and John Foote also helped in the early days and then we were fortunate to have people like Bryan Muschialli come on board.

Melbourne-based Muschialli pioneered the export of Australian bloodstock to Asia and the Middle East and his daughter, FBAA secretary Tracy Howard, vividly remembers him promoting the Australian thoroughbred to overseas clients.

“Dad was very ‘hands on’ and always said we could match the best in the world,” Howard said.

“He believed in accountability and reckoned the FBAA was an integral industry body…no matter if the budget was big or small or whether it was local, interstate or overseas.”

FBAA members are available to assist in the sale and purchase of bloodstock as well as assisting in matters pertaining to bloodstock valuations, consultancy, management, matings advice, insurance, shipping and other related matters.

The minimum requirement to become an FBAA member is five years involvement in the industry and two years operation of own bloodstock agency.

Key purchases by FBAA agents, who are also members of TBV, during the yearling, weanling and mare sales included:

  • Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock paid $250,000 for the mare Title Holder (Magic Albert) who was sold with a positive to Written Tycoon.  Belmont was also active during yearling sale successfully bidding for four lots including a $600,000 Fastnet Rock-Port Augusta filly
  • At the Inglis weanling sale Peter Ford Thoroughbreds paid $160,000 for a Hillside Thoroughbreds bred Dissident colt.  He also purchased a Swettenham bred Toronado-Lacey Underall colt among other foal buys. Peter returned for a number of mares headed by Tales of Lilakyn (Tale of the Cat) who was sold in foal to Pierro for $100,000.
  • Sheamus Mills Bloodstock signed for four foals topped by the $60,000 Star Witness – Still Dreaming colt. He also bought three mares with Curl Up (Zizou) topping the list at $80,000.  A winning daughter of Sky Cuddle (G1 Oakleigh Plate), she was purchased in foal to Star Witness on behalf of Palya Bloodstock
  • TBV Life Member Tim Stewart was active during the broodmare and weanling sale assisting Musk Creek Farm with its purchases including $75,000 for Swettenham’s Toronado-Baize colt and $150,000 for Warrington, a Fastnet Rock mare in foal to Street Boss.
  • Laurel Oak’s Louis Mihalyka was active on both sides of the auctioneer’s rostrum during the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale. He sold a Sepoy colt to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $150,000 while he spent $110,000 on an All Too Hard colt from Randwick stakes winner Galizani offered by Coolmore Stud on behalf of Victorian breeder Robert McClure.
  • Meanwhile at the Inaugural Chairman’s Sale, Peter Ford and Sheamus Mills bought filly foals by Dissident ($80,000) and Choisir ($60,000) respectively.

Reproduced from ANZ Bloodstock News

The four-day sale, which follows hot on the heels of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and precedes the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, has seen significant growth in recent years.

This year’s aggregate of $53,959,500 for 448 lots sold represents a steep increase in gross receipts of $21,880,819 since 2012, when 552 lots sold realising a total $32,078,681 at the sale five years ago.

Compared to last year’s renewal, the aggregate was up by just over $2,000,000 from $51,728,000, the average rose to $120,441 from $110,767 and the median increased to $100,000 from $85,000, with the clearance rate holding steady at 88 per cent.

The auction-topping son of I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), consigned by Gilgai Farm and catalogued as Lot 259, was sold to Caulfield-based trainer Ciaron Maher for $1,400,000, double the amount paid for the top lot at last year’s sale.

Maher ended the sale as the leading purchaser after he purchased six lots at the sale for an aggregate of $2,010,000 at an average price of $335,000.

Supreme Thoroughbreds took over from Blue Gum Farm as the sale’s leading vendor by aggregate, while Gilgai Farm finished top of the standings by average (with three or more lots sold).

The recent success of Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible continued at the sale, with his 19 lots sold achieving an aggregate of $4,275,000, while Darley’s Lonhro (Octagonal) achieved the best average, with four of his progeny selling for $1,200,000 at an average of $300,000.

Ciaron Maher

Growth Continues At Premier

The recent growth of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale shows no signs of abating, with the key figures at the four- day auction realising increases for the fifth consecutive year.

Simon Vivian, the bloodstock manager for Inglis Melbourne, said the results indicated that the sale was in good health and that breeders and purchasers alike could conduct business there with confidence.

“We went into the Premier Sale with a dedicated aim to achieve a high clearance rate as this truly reflects the health of a sale,” Vivian told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“To that end, we exceeded an 88 per cent clearance and we are delighted with that result.

“Furthermore, to break the Victorian record price for a yearling was just outstanding. By selling the colt for $1,400,000, we showed Australasia’s breeders that such figures are achievable in Melbourne.

“We had a remarkably diverse group of buyers and the Inglis marketing team are to be complimented on attracting so many buyers, both nationally and internationally, to the sale.

“I also feel that the median price of $100,000 is a further indication on the way Premier has progressed in the market place. A couple of years ago, that figure was our target for the average price. Now 50 per cent of the horses individually achieve that figure.”

Vivian’s view that the strength and depth of the Premier Yearling Sale had improved was shared by the two leading purchasers.

Maher Leads The Way

Ciaron Maher has enjoyed plenty of success at the auction in recent years, purchasing triple Group One-winning mare Jameka (Myboycharlie) for $130,000 in 2014, and last year he paid $200,000 for the unbeaten juvenile colt Jukebox (Snitzel).

The trainer said that prospective owners were attracted to the sale with the majority of the horses on offer being VOBIS eligible.

“We’ve had good success at the sale with Jameka, and last year we had a good two-year- old in Jukebox,” Maher told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“A lot of the horses are VOBIS eligible, which suits racing and buying.

“I think (the success is) great. A lot of Victorian breeders solely sell there which gives a lot of people confidence going there. (As a buyer) you know the whole draft is going to the sale.”

“I’ve found it a good sale in the past. This year, our stable has obviously increased in size and we had a lot of interest before the sale and ended up having a good sale.”

With a record lot costing $1,400,000 under his belt, Maher headed up the purchasers standings at Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for the first time.

The trainer purchased six lots in total at the sale for an aggregate of $2,010,000 at an average price of $335,000 and a median of $147,500, compared to last year when he purchased four lots for a total gross of $720,000 at an average of $180,000, with a top price of $260,000.

The Caulfield based trainer has also enjoyed a successful season on the track, saddling Jameka to run out a wide-margin winner of the Caulfield Cup (Group 1, 2400m) in October, while Bon Aurum (Bon Ho a) was also victorious at the highest level in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (Group 1, 1400m).

Maher said that the sale-topping I Am Invincible colt had taken his eye from an early stage.

“I went and inspected him prior to the spring and really liked him then. I looked at him without any pedigree and just liked him as a physical, as I did with some of their other horses up there (at Gilgai Farm) also.”

“I looked at him again after the spring leading up to the sale and liked the way that he had progressed. He is a lovely mover and he’s got a lovely temperament, and obviously he’s also got a pedigree to match.”

Kelly Skillecorn of breeders Gilgai Farm told ANZ Bloodstock News that the stud’s principal, Rick Jamieson, was of the opinion that the sale-topping colt was one of the best he had ever bred.

“Rick felt the I Am Invincible colt is as good a horse as he’s ever bred and that he would have been a stand out at any sale,” Skillecorn said.

“I thought he was a million dollar colt. Rick came into the sale just hoping to beat his good mate, Peter Anasatasiou’s record price of $750,000. I very much doubt he would have made more money in any other sale, but we’re confident he’ll prove great value for the buyer in the long run.”

McEvoy Active At Premier Again

Trainer Tony McEvoy, who finished second in the purchasers standings having led the way 12 months ago, was also of the opinion that the progress of the sale was good for the Victorian breeding industry.

“The sale was strong. It’s becoming a very good quality sale. I like buying at the Melbourne sales, I think there are a lot of farms in Victoria that are really doing a good job preparing these good horses,” McEvoy told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“I’ve had good success buying from the sale and there was a lot of good quality horses there this year as well. I liked the sale, I thought it was very good.”

Though unable to retain his position as leading purchaser, McEvoy finished the sale in second place in the purchasers standings with 11 lots purchased at an aggregate of $1,745,000 and an average of $158,636.

McEvoy’s top buy came late on day three, when he made the winning bid of $330,000 to secure Lot 549, a Sebring (More Than Ready) colt from the draft of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.

The Group One-winning trainer told ANZ Bloodstock News that he felt the colt, who he had identified at an early stage, was something of a bargain.

“The horse that stood out for me was the horse that I bought from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, a Sebring colt,” he said.

“I thought he was a cheap colt. Having been to all the other sales leading up to Melbourne, I thought that, had he been sold at the Magic Millions up on the Gold Coast, he would have been bought for $500,000.

“I paid $330,000 for him and he was one of the nicest Sebring colts that I have laid my eyes on so far this year. He was the one colt that I wanted to take home from the sale.”

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s Lot 549 Sebring – Just Our Girl colt

McEvoy saddled Hey Doc (Duporth) to win the Australian Guineas (Group 1, 1600m) earlier this month, his first Group One winner since branching out on his own, and he said he went to the Premier Yearling Sale with a positive mindset in order to aid the progress of his business model.

“I did have quite an aggressive plan. I wanted to go there and get 12 to 15 horses out of the sale to keep my model going like it’s been going recently, and there was plenty of nice horses there. I had planned to be aggressive and we were aggressive,” he said.

Supreme Top Vendors Standings

This year’s sale also saw a new name at the top of the vendors standings by aggregate, with Victorian-based Supreme Thoroughbreds improving from third place last year.

The operation sold 28 of their 32 lots for a gross of $3,572,500 at an average of $127,589, up from last year’s aggregate if $2,512,500 from 19 lots sold, though the average was down slightly from $132,237.

Supreme’s top lot at the sale was Lot 163, a colt by Written Tycoon (Iglesia) who was purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $500,000.

Supreme Thoroughbreds general manager Brent Grayling told ANZ Bloodstock News that the top of the market was strong, and that the operation’s success had been boosted by a partnership Dorrington Park.

“The sale was very prominent with the top of the market. The good horses sold very, very well. Generally there was a lot of interest; there was a lot of people there,” Grayling said.

“We had some really nice horses and they sold really well. In my honest opinion the middle of the market was a bit soft, but the top of the market was very, very hot.

“We had Dorrington Park’s horses with us, which was a very strong draft which helped increase our aggregate for sure.”

“Also, I think it’s key to mention that if a yearling is by the right sire, there will be tremendous interest. If you have a yearling by a sire that buyers want, it just comes clear.

“There is a really good buyers benchmark, it’s becoming a really international sale.”

Blue Gum Farm, who had finished top of the vendors standings by aggregate 12 months ago, came in second with 26 lots sold realising $3,390,000 in aggregate.

Lot 163 Written Tycoon – Octangle colt

Ciaron Maher and Kelly Skillecorn of Gilgai Farm

Gilgai Farm were third in the table by aggregate but were out clear at the head of the standings for leading vendor by average, with their 13 lots sold realising $3,205,000 at an average of $246,538, almost $40,000 clear of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.

Kelly Skillecorn told ANZ Bloodstock News that the stud was keen to support the sale and boost the profile of the Victorian bloodstock industry.

“For the last couple of years we’ve offered all our yearlings at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, having previously dabbled with sending some of the better ones to Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Inglis Easter,” she said.

“There are two reasons we offer them all in one go at Melbourne. Firstly, we are conscious of supporting the Victorian bloodstock industry, partly to do with our close friendship with Simon Vivian, but mainly to get fully behind the whole industry down here.”

“Secondly, we feel that if we offer the whole draft as a collective, the punters can be assured that we are not hiding anything. Our draft s will contain the best and worse that there are and the buyers can decide which horse is which.”

Skillecorn also pressed home the point that breeders can sell their better quality stock at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale with the confidence that they will be sold at the right price.

“What we and other Victorian breeders can take from the sale as a whole is that there is no doubt that if you take your best horses to this sale, you’ll get paid for them,” she said.”

Healthy Racing Industry A Boost

With several of the major yearling sales exhibiting market growth this year, Skillecorn was keen to praise the current strength in the Australian racing industry.

With prize money levels across the country in a healthy state, Skillecorn said it was vital that racing continued to thrive for the long-term prosperity of the breeding industry.

“The market was up, as it was at Magic Millions and Inglis Classic. The racing industry in Victoria and New South Wales is so healthy at the moment,” she said.

Rosemont Stud’s Lot 496 All Too Hard – Fuhrnatic filly

“Let’s hope racing keeps going forward, because it is directly reflected on the business of breeding and selling thoroughbreds.”

Following on from the success of the record-breaking four-day sale, Inglis’ Simon Vivian was thankful for the unwavering support of the local breeding industry.

“It was a very rewarding and satisfying result, my thanks go to the vendors for entrusting us with a quality draft, to purchasers for their ongoing support and to the Inglis team for bringing it all together.”

Spendthrift Australia, a major and growing international investor in the Victorian breeding industry, has taken on naming rights for the inaugural VOBIS Sires race, run this Saturday at Caulfield.

The two-year-old race, with total prizemoney and VOBIS bonuses of $310,000, will be named the ‘Swear at Spendthrift VOBIS Gold Sires’. It is part of the Victorian Owners and Breeders Day which has total prizemoney and bonuses of nearly $1.9 million and includes six VOBIS Gold Premier races.

“This is a very important day for the Victorian breeding industry with a strong focus on Victorian bred racehorses competing for major prizemoney normally reserved for Group level races,” Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Executive Officer Patrick Clancy said.

“The addition of Spendthrift Australia to the day as a sponsor is very welcome and fitting considering the growing role they are playing in the local industry.”

The lucrative race is exclusively for VOBIS Gold nominated juveniles that are sired by Victorian based stallions (category A of Super VOBIS).

This race is a precursor to the richer VOBIS Sires races which begin in season 2018/2019 and which will be worth $1 million (2yo race) and $500,000 (3yo race)

Spendthrift Australia, owned by Kentucky’s Spendthrift Farm, began operations out of its Romsey base in 2015.

Last week, Spendthrift Australia announced the addition of Swear, a son of Redoute’s Choice to their stallion roster.

New Spendthrift stallion Swear wins the Group 3 Ming Dynasty (Pic-Racing and Sports)

New Spendthrift stallion Swear wins the Group 3 Ming Dynasty (Pic-Racing and Sports)

Three year old, well-bred Swear was bought by Spendthrift at the yearling sales and raced by them to a Group 3 win and a Group 1 placing with the Hawkes stable.

“Swear was a stand-out yearling at the sales for us and lived up to his looks on the racetrack,” Spendthrift Australia General Manager Garry Cuddy said.

“We invite everyone to come out to our Romsey farm and take a look at him. They won’t be disappointed!”

“We will also be parading Swear before the races at Caulfield on Saturday in the mounting yard.”

Nominations for Saturday’s six lucrative VOBIS Gold races, for varying ages of horses over a range of distances, close on Tuesday at 12 noon.

Full details about the VOBIS Sires program can be found here.

More information about the Spendthrift Australia stallion roster is on their website or phone Garry Cuddy on 0410 451 595.