The Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale, the last to be ever held at the historic Newmarket complex, was a massive boon for Australian breeders.

But, for Victorians, the sales results were extraordinary.

The average price for Session 1 of the sale was $355,875 while the average price of the Victorian bred VOBIS nominated yearlings was $401,153 with a median price of $377,500.

With a strong draft heading up north, Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen was confident going into the sale, but was astounded by the results.

Rosemont's Ted & Anthony Mithen flank Saconi Thoroughbreds' Michael Christian at the Inglis complex

Rosemont’s Ted & Anthony Mithen flank Saconi Thoroughbreds’ Michael Christian at the Inglis complex

“It was an awesome sale. If you took quality horses, you were well and truly rewarded,” Mithen said.

“It was great to be a participant in such a strong sale and also in the last sale here at Newmarket.

“From the stud’s point of view, we were particularly thrilled with who bought our horses. It was a feather in our cap to sell two of our yearlings the renowned Shadwell operation.”

Woodside Park sire Zoustar continued his dominance as the leading first crop sire in Australia at this year’s yearling sales. At this Easter Sale, 13 of his progeny were sold for an average price $215,385 including a filly out of Listen Here being knocked down for $1 million.

Sun Stud’s pair of first crop sires, Fiorente and Fighting Sun both had lots catalogued for the sale. Star Thoroughbreds bought the Fiorente colt for $150,000 in Session 2 of the sale while the two Fighting Sun yearlings averaged $130,000.

Meanwhile Spendthrift Australia made its debut as a seller at the Inglis Easter Sale with its Tapit colt knocked down for $300,000 to a NSW buyer.

On the buying front, Victorian breeding operations maintained their strong investment in colts with a view to stallion careers as well as select fillies.

Spendthrift paid $1.4 million for the Sebring-Stellar Vinia colt on Day 3 of the sale, Darren Dance/Chris Blomely and Robbie Griffiths paid up to $1 million for three colts while Sun Stud bought five lots for a total of  $1,365000.

Another notable purchase was by Victorian breeder Peter Devitt of the Pierro-Belle Couture colt. Bought for $400,000, this colt is out of a Gilgai Farm bred half-sister to Black Caviar.

Leading Victorian vendors/breeders

Victorian vendor/breederLots soldAverage price
Glentree Pastoral2$400,000
Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds2$400,000
Dorrington Park2$375,000
Hesket Bloodstock6$370,000
Rosemont Stud5$338,000

Leading Victorian bred/sired lots

65ColtWritten TycoonBrilliant BiscTurangga Farm$1,000,000James Harron Bloodstock
162ColtSnitzelGold ChantMakybe$800,000Shadwell Stud
255FillySebringNational AnthemMakybe$800,000James Harron Bloodstock
361ColtRedoute's ChoiceSoaressaHesket Bloodstock$600,000Carmel Size
320ColtSnitzelRoyal GlowHesket Bloodstock$580,000ATB/CB Bloodstock/Griffiths Racing
74ColtRedoute's ChoiceCatshaanRosemont Stud$550,000Shadwell Stud
347FillySnitzelSilken SongDorrington Farm$550,000Lucas Bloodstock/Phoenix Thoroughbred
338ColtWritten TycoonShabtisEldon Park$530,000HKJC
313ColtNot a Single DoubtRock HitLimerick Lane$480,000Tony Vasil
42ColtLonhroArmed for ActionGlentree Pastoral$425,000Sun Stud

Leading Victorian stud Three Bridges Thoroughbreds was active as both a buyer and vendor at the top end of the market at the inaugural Inglis Chairman’s Sale on Friday evening.

Three Bridges bought the sale-topper Provocative through its bloodstock agent Paul Willetts Bloodstock for $1.2 million.

Provocative (NZ) won last season’s Group 1 BRC Queensland Oaks and is from one of the last crops of Champion New Zealand sire and breed-shaping broodmare sire Zabeel.

Provocative (NZ) wins the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (pic-Inglis)

Provocative (NZ) wins the Group 1 Queensland Oaks (pic-Inglis)

The mare was offered in foal to New Zealand based Group 1 winning sire Tavistock.

On the other side of the sales rostrum, the Eddington based stud also sold a Brazen Beau-Dorf Command filly, the first ever weanling by her sire to be offered at public auction.

The lovely filly sold to Blue Sky Bloodstock for $120,000.

Three Bridges also offered the second-top priced broodmare lot Don’t Doubt Mamma which was sold to Arrowfield for $1.1 million.

Three Bridges principal Peter Liston was thrilled on both accounts.

“We sold a princess and bought a queen,” Liston said.

“Provocative is a young Group 1-winning Zabeel mare on its first foal and we think over her life she’ll be one of the foundation mares of our stud and hopefully our success going forward.

“And Don’t Doubt Mamma was a great result for our clients and I’m so pleased for them that they got the price they were after and they entrusted us with achieving that for them.

“The longer we’ve been here at Newmarket this week, the more confident we’d become that she might have made the million dollars but to make over it is fantastic.”

Last year’s Champion Griffin of Hong Kong, the four year-old Makybe bred Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel) continued his rise through the Hong Kong sprinting ranks when taking out the Group 2 Sprint Cup at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The victory followed a stunning set of results for Makybe at last week’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale where it sold a Snitzel-Gold Chant colt for $800,000 and a Sebring-National Anthem filly for the same amount.

Long touted as a potential stakes horse, John Size-trained Mr Stunning made a statement at his first Group-race attempt, stamping himself as a major contender for next month’s Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize (1200m).

There he could meet a number of other Victorian bred sprinters including Lucky Bubbles (bred by Gilgai Farm), Blizzard (GSA Bloodstock), Sun Jewellery (at Briarwood Farm) and Lucky Year (Tara Farm).

The four-year-old, who was sent out second favourite on the back of a Class 1 victory over the straight 1000m in March, took his record to seven wins from just 10 starts in Hong Kong with his victory in the HK$4 million feature.

The bay came from near last to record a half-length victory over Group 1 winner Peniaphobia under regular rider Joao Moreira, who notched a four-timer, including a Group 2 double as he took the Chairman’s Trophy on Rapper Dragon (Street Boss).

“There was always a natural query about whether he could compete with the top horses,” Size said after recording his first success in the Group 2 contest.

“That’s the case for any horse stepping out in that class for the first time, but he couldn’t have done any better there.”

“I’m very proud of this horse, I always thought he had the ability to get to Group level but I didn’t think it would happen so quickly. And I think that he’s only going to get better next season too, so what he’s doing now is a bonus,” jockey Moreira said.

Mr Stunning was bred by renowned Victorian owner-breeder Tony Santic through his Makybe operation based at Gnarwarre.

Makybe has bred Group 1 winners such as Starspangledbanner, Pear Tart and Amicus while, of course, it is the home of Melbourne Cup queen Makybe Diva.

Mr Stunning was sold by Makybe as a weanling at the Inglis Great Southern Sale for $110,000 and is the fifth winner from With Fervour (USA), who died in 2014. She was a half-sister to five-time Group I winner With Anticipation from Kentucky and Hollywood Oaks winner Fran’s Valentine.

He proved to be a highly successful pinhook for New Zealand based Lyndhurst Farm fetching $250,000 to the bid of Magus Equine when re-offered through their draft at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale.

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Master of Design galloper Delta D’Or, kept his Top End perfect record intact on the weekend with victory in the Northern Territory Guineas at Alice Springs.

With the win, he became his sire’s fifth winner for April which was quickly followed by a sixth when Ciaron Maher’s three-year-old Judelly won by a dominant 10 lengths at Stony Creek on Monday.

Delta D’or was bred in Victoria by the late Kevin Heffernan at Blue Gum Farm. He was put through the VOBIS Gold Sale in 2015 and sold for $40,000 to David Raphael.

The three-year-old was initially trained by Amy Johnston at Mornington. She obviously thought highly of the horse debuting him in the Listed Inglis race at Moonee Valley on Cox Plate Day.

Unbeaten in his last five starts in the Northern Territory; he continued his winning streak since moving from Victoria, picking up a handy $32,000 in prize money for Saturday’s race. His total earnings are now $114,398.

Racing over the 1600 metres of the NT Guineas, Delta D’Or was far too good with another Victorian sired galloper, Threepeat (Reward For Effort), in second.

Now trained and owned by former Victorian Patrick Johnston in Darwin, Delta D’or had three wins at his home track at Fannie Bay before heading down to Alice Springs and clocking up his next two wins.

Pat Johnston (wearing hat) with his NT Guineas winner Delta D'or

Pat Johnston (wearing hat) with his NT Guineas winner Delta D’or

“He was running very consistently in Victoria for my sister, Amy, but he kept running into some very good horses so she sent him to me. With the depth of racing in Darwin not so deep, she believed he would be very competitive.” Johnston said.

“As it’s so hot up here at the moment most trainers find it tough to get their horses really fit but he had come off the back of his Victorian prep and was rock hard and flying.”

“He’s just a easy horse, eats well, cops work, races on or off the speed and is great to handle. Couldn’t ask for more. Amy will be over the moon for me and happy to see him going so well.”

Delta D’Or will now enjoy a hard earned spell for a month in the paddock in Alice Springs where it is cooler this time of year. He will then aim for the Darwin Guineas and NT Derby during the Darwin racing carnival of July and August.

Delta D’or has been the most recent foal for his dam, the Encosta De Lago mare Gold Delta. After two seasons off, she was covered by Rangal Park sire Danerich last breeding season.

Pat Johnston moved to the Top End from Victoria in 2014 and he has quite a pedigree himself.

His grandfather is the late Jim Houlahan, who dominated the jumps racing scene for many years and is in the racing hall of fame.

“My parents Fran Houlahan and Brian Johnston both trained as does my sister Amy and uncle Mark Houlahan,” Johnston said.

“I came to the Top End to work in construction and the racing up here is a bonus.”

Spendthrift Australia have announced the addition of two new stallions to its 2017 roster, as well as service fees for their remaining stallions.

Swear, a stakes-winning son of Redoute’s Choice, and Hit It A Bomb, the Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Group 1, 1400 metres) winner by War Front (Danzig), are new additions to the roster of five stallions at Spendthrift Australia.

A son of War Front, Hit It A Bomb joins the Spendthrift Australia roster

A son of War Front, Hit It A Bomb joins the Spendthrift Australia roster

The new stallions will continue to add to the rapid growth of Spendthrift situated in the Macedon Ranges. Last year, just the second for the new operation, the team at Spendthrift more than tripled the number of mares covered by the farm’s three stallions.

“This is an exciting time at Spendthrift Australia. We have a lot of big things on the horizon as we continue to grow our brand,” said Garry Cuddy, General Manager at Spendthrift Australia.

“We are particularly looking forward to standing our first colonial stallion Swear, who was a stand-out yearling at the sales for us. Swear lived up to his looks on the racetrack, and we invite everyone to come out and take a look at him. You won’t be disappointed.

“We are also enthused to offer breeders a new young shuttler with a serious pedigree and race record.

“Hit It a Bomb is a son of the world-renowned War Front and from a wonderful running family. He was a Grade One-winning two-year-old on turf with a big turn of foot, and we believe breeders are going to really like him.”

A $725,000 purchase from the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Swear won on his racecourse debut as a two-year-old and was a Group 3 winning three-year-old.

He took out the Group 3 Ming Dynasty Quality over 1400m at Randwick last September, making him the first Spendthrift Australia yearling purchase to become a stakes winner while racing in the farm’s colours.

The colt went on to finish a close second in the Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick the following month before he was retired after finishing fifth in the VRC Derby.

By champion sire of sires Redoute’s Choice; Swear is out of the New Zealand champion two-year-old filly, Crossyourheart (Show A Heart).

Trained by Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, Swear retires to Spendthrift Australia where he will participate in the farm’s “Share The Upside” program for an introductory fee of $8,250 (Inc. GST). He will also be offered at $5,500 (Inc. GST) Payable On Live Foal.

Hit It a Bomb is the newest shuttler set to stand at Spendthrift Australia.

The well-bred colt became the lone Breeders’ Cup winner for War Front when he overcame a wide barrier to win the 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland by a neck.

Trained throughout his career by Aidan O’Brien, Hit It a Bomb went undefeated in three starts as a two-year-old, winning the Listed Star Appeal Stakes over seven furlongs at his second start by four and a half lengths at Dundalk.

Out of the stakes-winning Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer) mare Hampton Liscanna, Hit It a Bomb is a brother to Brave Anna, who won the Group 1 Cheveley Park Stakes over six furlongs at Newmarket in September.

Spendthrift Australia Fees 2017

  • Swear – $8,250 (Share the Upside Fee) or $5,500 (Payable On Live Foal)
  • Warrior’s Reward – $9,900 (Breed Secure Fee or Payable On Live Foal)
  • Hit It a Bomb – $8,800 (Breed Secure Fee or Payable On Live Foal)
  • Jimmy Creed – $7,700 (Breed Secure Fee or Payable On Live Foal)
  • Hampton Court – $6,600 (Breed Secure Fee or Payable On Live Foal)

In a strong weanling market at Inglis Newmarket on Monday, Swettenham Stud first crop sire Toronado and Nagambie’s Hillside Thoroughbreds came out on top.

Hillside sold the sale topper, a Dissident-Ajamais colt, as lot 2 in the Inglis Select Weanling Sale. The colt was bought by Victorian bloodstock agent Peter Ford for $160,000.

The Hillside bred Dissident-Ajamais sale topping colt (pic-Inglis)

The Hillside bred Dissident-Ajamais sale topping colt (pic-Inglis)

The colt is a half brother to Moonee Valley 2YO winner Areti and comes from a French family which includes European champion horse of 2015 Solow (Singspiel).

Meanwhile, the southern hemisphere sales career of Al Shaqab’s shuttle sire Toronado got off to a bang with three weanlings selling for an average of $71,667. It follows a stunning northern hemisphere sales season where his foals sold up to AU$334,000.

The results on Monday put Toronado in the top three sires of weanlings at the sale by average price, median and aggregate.

Lot 61, a filly out of Group 2 Adelaide Cup winner Lacey Underall (Desert Sun), sold to Peter Ford Thoroughbreds for $80,000.

Lot 7, a Toronado colt out of winning Commands (Danehill) mare Baize, sold to Victoria’s Musk Creek Farm through agent Tim Stewart for $75,000.

Musk Creek’s David Kobritz said the Toronado colt purchased by Musk Creek Farm was likely to develop into a strong commercial yearling prospect next year.

“He is by a very exciting Victorian stallion. He is well grown at this stage for a weanling and I saw a lot of potential for growing him out further up on the hills of Musk Creek Farm,” he said.

“He is out of a winning Commands mare from a good family and I saw the potential in him being a very nice yearling in nine to 12 months time.”

The final weanling by Toronado to sell yesterday was Lot 19 which was purchased for $60,000 by a South Australian buyer. The colt is out of the dual winner Cape Augusta (Cape Town), a half-sister to the Grade Two winner Buffythecentrefold (Capote).

Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said Toronado, who shuttles to Australia under partnership with owner Al Shaqab, was stamping his progeny.

“The foals are throwing very much to himself and Toronado was a speed son of High Chaparral and he performed in Europe’s Group One stallion-making mile races,” he said.

“We showcased three lovely Tornado weanlings to show off the quality that this first season sire is producing, not only in the northern hemisphere but also in the southern hemisphere.

“It shows Al Shaqab’s commitment to Australian racing by offering the service ($22,000 inc GST) at this level where breeders can make some good trade.”.

Another nine foals by Toronado will be offered by Swettenham Stud at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale, which starts on 25 May.

It was yet another great month for Ridgeview Park Stud’s Onemorenomore, the in-form stallion represented by 12 winners including talented mare Maryore, Saturday’s winner of the $400,000 Provincial Championships at Royal Randwick.

The winners came from five different states of Australia along with winners in Hong Kong and Macau. The victories were across city, provincial and country tracks demonstrating the adaptability of the sire’s progeny.

The sire now sits on the verge of breaking into the top fifty of stallions around Australia in terms of earnings.

Onemorenomore’s progeny lined up in black type races on seven occasions during this four week period with juvenile filly One More Honey looking a particularly exciting prospect.

On the back of her dominant Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes victory, the John Thompson trained bay took her place in the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes in demanding conditions at Randwick.

While not filling the placings on this big occasion, jockey Jay Ford noted that “she closed off really well – and I am looking forward to seeing her get up to the mile.”

That occasion will be this Saturday’s Group 1 Champagne Stakes at Randwick where she has opened up a $15 chance with

Last Saturday saw the Canberra trained five year old mare Maryore take out the lucrative Provincial Championships. It followed the previous week’s win of Victorian sired Good Standing (Equiano) in the $400,000 Country Championships.

Maryore had previously won the $150,000 qualifier at Kembla Grange to make the big day at Randwick. She has now earned almost half a million dollars on the track for connections.

Other winners over the past four weeks have included Speed Hero at Kembla Grange, Elite Artist at Oinjarra, Ashleigh Rae at Cranbourne, Morendi at Doomben, Atlantis Bar at Morphettville, Foyle at Benalla among others.

Meanwhile, Californiatreasure won in Macau, Lim’s Operation saluted in Singapore and Bold Stitch saluted in Hong Kong.

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An exciting opportunity exists for Victorian breeders with speed machine Lord Of The Sky looking to stand at stud this season.

“This is a Group 1 quality horse beaten a lip by the world superstar Chautauqua (in the TJ Smith Stakes),” said his trainer and breeder Robbie Laing.

Laing has announced that he is open to offers for the gifted, sprinting six-year-old entire to commence his career at stud.

Lord Of The Sky amassed earnings of more than a million dollars, with six wins around the bend at Caulfield and five seconds in twenty-four starts.

These Caulfield victories included the Group 3 double of the Sir John Monash Stakes and the Bletchingly Stakes. He was an unlucky runner up in two Group 1 races, the Goodwood at Morphettville and the TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick.

An outstanding type, Lord Of The Sky always looked a picture in the mounting yard before his races and will no doubt turn the heads of many breeders.

A tough son of Rangal Park’s Danerich he was an absolute speed machine on the track and was actually bred by Robbie himself.

“The ingredients of breeding fast horses in Australia is to send them to the fastest stallions. There’s not a stallion in Australia that can go with him if you let him run, but we haven’t got a home for him yet,” Laing said.

“Last year we raced him over summer – he was second in the Standish and Christmas Handicap with 60 kilograms, was fourth to Brazen Beau in the Newmarket, beaten an inch by Chautauqua in the Group 1 (TJ Smith Stakes), second in the Goodwood, and had any of those been wins he would have already been at stud now.

“He runs blistering sectional times of 10.6 and 10.7 seconds cruising speed, and after one of his impressive six length trial wins, (former trainer Peter) Moody commented that I had my own little Black Caviar there, to which I replied, better than that, as I own him!”

Laing admits that Lord Of The Sky is perhaps the most brilliant horse he has trained and although there have been challenges Robbie Laing has persisted.

“He’s not a straightforward horse, but those close to Lord Of The Sky know he gives every ounce he can come raceday.”

“He just loves to gallop, and he gives his all, he would run 10.5 sectionals flat out all the time if he could. He tries so hard that at times after racing he gets the staggers because he’s left it all on the track.”

“He will not only pass on his amazing speed and his desire to run to his progeny, but also that attitude to always try your hardest no matter how tough it gets.”

As a son of the Eliza Park bred Group 3 winner Danerich, Lord of the Sky’s grand-sire is Danehill

Lord of The Sky is the first named foal of the tough mare Princess Abassi by the unheralded Bletchingly stallion Abassi. She was a dual city winner at Flemington and Sandown.

Breeders to Rosemont’s new sire of 2016 Nostradamus will get a glimpse into the future at the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale next week.

The very first mare in foal to the blue-blooded sire will be offered at the sale and it will be the well-related and proven broodmare Troposphere (Stratum) at Lot 510.

Troposphere was a winner herself over 1000 metres and is a sibling to Golden Slipper winner Prowl as well as Group 2 winner I Rock My World.

Troposphere's son Stoker wins the Listed Inglis Premier race

Troposphere’s son Stoker wins the Listed Inglis Premier race

Breeder Stan Saric, the current owner of Troposhere, said she was his first mare he owned with fellow Sydney concreter Steve Marasovic.

“We raced her with Leon and Troy Corstens and, after she retired, we both stayed in and thought we would breed from her.”

From just two foals to race, she has produced a stakes winner in Stoker (Written Tycoon) and a multiple winner in 3yo filly Plenty To Like (Ilovethiscity) who has performed admirably in stakes races. Her third foal is an unraced two year old brother to Plenty to Like.

“He (the 2yo) looks promising so when we get him to the track for a win, all of her foals to race will be winners,” Sam said.

Standing his first season on 2016, the magnificent looking Nostradamus covered more mares than any other first season sire in Victoria.

The son of Medaglia d’Oro is a a half-brother to dual Group 1-winning Champion 2 and 3 year old Star Witness who himself has produced Group 1 winners

Nostradamus was a three-time Group winner across three cities over sprint distances. He was also a gallant second to Brazen Beau in the Group 2 Roman Consul Stakes.

Other debut Victorian sires of 2016 represented at the sale with mares in foal are Night of Thunder (Darley) and Rich Enuff (Woodside),

In addition, the following Victorian sires have representation in the catalogue: Brazen Beau (Darley), Fighting Sun (Sun Stud), Helmet (Darley), Manhattan Rain (Blue Gum), Reset (Darley), Reward for Effort (Chatswood), Skilled (Darley), Street Boss (Darley), Unencumbered (Three Bridges), Written Tycoon (Woodside) and Zoustar (Woodside)

Next week’s sale, beginning on Monday, 10th April,  will be the last ever held at Inglis’ historic Newmarket sales complex before they begin the move to their new Warwick Farm complex over coming months.

Buyers will get a chance to invest in blue-blooded weanlings and broodmares at tonight’s inaugural Inglis Chairman’s Sale for Elite Breeding Prospects.

Among the lots offered at the Newmarket sales complex will be a handful of star Victorian bred and sired weanlings along with a handful of prized broodmares offered by Victorian farms.

Swettenham Stud in particular will be looking to be well rewarded from the sale of two of its high quality, well related broodmares.

They have taken to the sale one of the stud’s star broodmares in Subtle Breeze (USA), the dam of dual Group 1 winner Trust In a Gust. She is in foal to resident sire Toronado. He last two yearlings have sold for $220,000 and $300,000.

The Nagambie stud is also offering multiple stakes winner Member’s Joy in foal to Toronado. Her first foal (by I Am Invincible) recently sold for $320,000 at Inglis Premier Sale and has gone to the Snowden stables.

Principal of Swettenham Stud, Adam Sangster, said the two mares being offered were prime examples of the calibre of mares that have been covered by Toronado.

“These are mares with Easter Sale catalogue pages with proven sales ring results,” Sangster said.

On the weanling front, Three Bridges is set to make history offering a world-first ever lot through the sales ring by star Darley sire Brazen Beau (out of Dorf Command). The charming filly is Lot 17 in the sale.

Three Bridges' Brazen Beau-Dorf Command weanling parades at Inglis Newmarket

Three Bridges’ Brazen Beau-Dorf Command weanling parades at Inglis Newmarket

Other highlights from the Victorian breeding industry include:

  • Three Bridges is selling a number of race mares including Group 2 winner Don’t Doubt Mamma and Group 1 Queensland Oaks runner up Ungrateful Ellen
  • Bayles’ Yulong Park has four broodmare lots catalogued including mares in foal (southern hemisphere time) to United Kingdom based super sires Frankel, Invincible Spirit and Golden Horn
  • Yulong is also offering Flame of Sydney (Encosta De Lago), a stakes winning mare which has produced Group 1 winner Invader and Hong Kong Group 2 winner Notlistenin’tome. She is in foal to Medaglia D’oro
  • Victoria’s Erinvale Thoroughbreds and Blue Gum Farm also have lots catalogued for the prestigious sale.

A total of 89 Lots have been catalogued the sale which begins tonight at 5pm. Click here for full details of the catalogue.

The Australian stallion finding market has a new kid on the block and they are unswervingly dedicated to boosting the Victorian stallion ranks.

Darren Dance of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, bloodstock agent Chris Blomeley and Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths have snapped up three star colts at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale – all meeting their strict criteria for stallion prospects.

Blomeley said they are now taking expressions of interest from like-minded breeders in Victoria.

“We’re passionate about our own backyard and we want to give breeders an opportunity to keep their mares in Victoria,” Blomeley said.

“These colts will be staying in Victoria should they graduate to stallion careers.

“Victoria is certainly on the up with some of its stallions but, for colonial speed, Victorian breeders often have to head up to the Hunter Valley based sires. We want to

“The majority of the ‘Victorian Stallions Program’ has been subscribed to but we are happy to talk to anyone else interested. This program is open to all Victorian breeders and racehorse owners dedicated to improving the local industry.”

The $1 million buy, a Snitzel- Slice of Paradise colt

The $1 million buy, a Snitzel- Slice of Paradise colt

The colts purchased were:

  • Lot 354 – Snitzel x Slice of Paradise purchased for $1 million. He is a sibling to highly successful sire Beneteau and comes from the family of star filly Alinghi
  • Lot 320 – Snitzel x Royal Glow purchased for $580,000. This colt is from a renowned Contract Racing black-type family. He is a sibling to two black-type winners including Danehill Stakes winner Kinglike
  • Lot 277 – Choisir x Party Dress. This chestnut colt got under the radar of prominent buyers. He is from a prolific speedy mare and dam line.

Speaking after snapping up the Snitzel x Royal Glow colt on Day 2 of the sale, Darren Dance was excited about the impressive colt.

“We had to wait all day on Wednesday for the horse but our patience has been rewarded,” Dance said.

“The colt is really well bred and is a lovely walking individual. We just loved the way he walked out when we looked at him.

“He’ll go to Robbie to be trained and hopefully he’ll be an early goer. He looks like a tough sort of horse.”

Robbie Griffiths, who has recently moved into world-class, new stable facilities at Cranbourne said the Program was very exciting.

“It gives us in Victoria the chance to do what we want to do in preparing good colts for good races and hopefully producing top class stallions.

“The new stables have given us the opportunity to give these colts the best chance in racing to succeed at the highest level. Our first couple of months at these new facilities have already produced amazing results for the team and our owners.

“The three colts that will come into the stables tick all of the boxes. We were very strict with our criteria.

“Every colt has two year old criteria, they are all by proven stallions, they have proven nicks and crosses and they’ve got the physique and pedigree page to say that they should run early.”

Anyone interested in knowing more about the Victorian Stallions Program should contact Darren on 0417 616 666 or Chris on 0449 091 529.

Gilgai Farm in collaboration with Woodside Park Stud, as well as Grand Lodge and B2B Bloodstock, have this morning announced that Cable Bay, the Group Two winning son of Invincible Spirit (Green Desert), will shuttle from Highclere Stud in the UK to Woodside Park in 2017.

Cable Bay was an extremely precocious two-year old who ran a faster time in the Group One Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1, 7f) than greats such as Frankel (Galileo), Shamardal (Giant’s Causeway), Storm Bird (Northern Dancer), Mill Reef (Never Bend), Teofilo (Galileo) and New Approach (Galileo).

He is the highest-rated two-year old at stud in the UK and Ireland by Invincible Spirit and was the most popular first season sire, with only Dubawi (Dubai Millennium) covering more mares in the UK in 2016.

Breeders of, amongst others, Black Caviar (Bel Esprit), Nagambie based Gilgai Farm boasts an excellent record as a breeder with an unbelievable eight per cent Group One winners to runners, 13 per cent Group One performances to runners and average earnings of $407,000 per runner.

Most recent successes include three-time Group One winner Jameka (Myboycharlie), Hong Kong Sprint Champion Lucky Bubbles (Sebring), The Quarterback (Street Boss), All Too Hard (Casino Prince) and Black Caviar herself.

Cable Bay won the Challenge Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) at Newmarket and the John of Gaunt Stakes (Gr 3, 1400m) at Haydock ending his racing career winning or being placed in 13 Group races, including a close second Dewhurst Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) at Newmarket.

Cable Bay has an outstanding female family, his grand dam Cherokee Rose (Dancing Brave) was a dual Group One winner and daughter of Dancing Brave (Lyphard).

His immediate family also features Group Three winner Bowman (Irish River) and the dam of the Group One winners Kirkless (Jade Robbery) and Mastery (Sulamani). This is also the family of the Eclipse Stakes (Gr1, 1m2f) winner and young stallion Mukhadram (Sharmardal).

Rick Jamieson from Gilgai Farm, a breeding analyst for over 20 years, explains how it has always been his view that, with the right stallion and correct approach to mating, it is possible to manage a highly successful outcome.

“We were set the task to find the right stallion with a pedigree make-up and potential for greatness including, ten per cent or better stakes winners to runners average,” said Jamieson.

“After months and months of assessing pedigrees from Australia and abroad, we found Cable Bay to be exactly what we were after. We were excited to approach John and Jake Warren, the owners of Highclere Stud and there-in completed our partnership.

“On inspection of Cable Bay in England, I was even more confident we have found the ideal horse and I was incredibly impressed with the whole group of his first foals I saw at the famous Highclere Stud.

“Cable Bay is very much like his sire Invincible Spirit and the foals are certainly in the same mould, which is no surprise when the study is done of his pedigree opportunities.”

Cable Bay wins the Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock (photo-DR)

Cable Bay wins the Group 3 Timeform Jury Stakes at Haydock (photo-DR)

Jamieson went on to say that after much analysis and dismantling of Cable Bay’s pedigree, Gilgai have created a mating template, it is our intention to manage the matings of Cable Bay and therefore manage the outcome and results.

“The syndicate will be sending 40 or 50 of their very best and most suitable mares that fit the template, underpinning the intended goal, such is our commitment and anticipation,“ said Jamieson.

“It is my personal challenge with the partners to turn Cable Bay into a highly successful stallion here in Australia.

“To breeders that may be interested to follow the template path set down by Gilgai, or breeders that are unsure of their matings, we invite you to submit your interest, if only to see if your mares are suitable matings with Cable Bay or otherwise. Then the choice is up to the breeder if they wish to get on board or not.”

John Warren of Highclere Stud said:

“Highclere Stud have heavily supported Cable Bay in the Northern Hemisphere with plenty of lovely mares and are receiving tremendous feedback on the foals from UK breeders.

This was a very interesting and exciting proposition and we have been extremely impressed with the team’s commitment to making the stallion in the southern hemisphere.

With their quality of mares and intended level of support, Cable Bay has every chance of becoming a great success.”

Cable Bay will stand at Woodside Park Stud in 2017 at a fee of $19,800 (inc GST). For more information contact Matt Tillett on 0423 074 249 or email

There was no let up in strong results for Victorian breeders on Day 2 of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

The overall sale average after two days sits at $354,000 with Victorian bred yearlings averaging $383,500.

The solid prices for Victorian bred, VOBIS nominated horses started from the second lot of the day, Lot 162. The Makybe bred Snitzel-Gold Chant colt sold for $800,000 to Shadwell Stud which is likely to send it to Lindsay Park for its racing career.

Makybe repeated this result later on in the day when James Harron made a final bid of $800,000 for the Sebring-National Anthem filly bred at the Gnarwarre farm.

Nagambie’s Limerick Lane had a pair of yearlings sell for $320,000 and $480,000 to Gai Waterhouse and Tony Vasil respectively.

Woodside Park based ‘shuttle-stallion’ Zoustar achieved his first ever $1 million yearling when Bruce Perry Bloodstock paid that amount for the filly out of Listen Here.

This result means the Victorian breeding industry now has two stallions amongst its ranks, also including Written Tycoon, that have produced a $1 million yearling in the sales ring.

Also on the first crop sire front was Sun Stud’s Fighting Sun, a classy son of Northern Meteor. His first lot to go through the Easter sale ring, Lot 205, was sold to Makybe for $140,000 – which is a significant 10.2 times the sire’s service fee.

The day finished with Hesket Bloodstock offering lot 320, a Snitzel colt out of Royal Glow. The VOBIS nominated colt, a sibling to black type winners Kinglike and Royal Haunt, was sold for a very healthy $580,000.

He was bought by a partnership of Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, Chris Blomeley Bloodstock and Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths. It was the second yearling the trio have bought at the sale that will go into their new colts syndicate.

Interestingly, the under bidder for the Hesket bred colt was Ciaron Maher. It was the young Caulfield trainer that outbid the trio at the Melbourne Premier Sale for the $1.4 million record priced colt bred by Gilgai Farm.

Larneuk Stud is proud to announce that the exciting prospect Wolf Cry will join its already impressive stallion line-up for 2017.

A particularly good looking son of the great Street Cry – the sire of the superstar Winx – Wolf Cry is a horse Larneuk’s Neville Murdoch has been chasing for some time.

“He ticks all the boxes,” Neville enthused.

“He is a magnificent type who is bound to impress all who see him, he has a great pedigree from a family well known to Victorian breeders and he had plenty of natural ability.”

Catching James Bester’s eye at the 2014 Magic Millions where he was secured for $320,000, Wolf Cry headed to the stables of Peter and Paul Snowden.

Showing early toe, Wolf Cry contested the first two-year-old stakes race for the season, the Listed Breeders Plate at Randwick in early October finishing third behind the subsequent Golden Slipper winner Vancouver.

Wolf Cry continued racing in strong company placing in the Listed Lonhro Stakes at Randwick and Group 2 Skyline Stakes (behind Exosphere).

He returned from a spell to then win Australia’s richest maiden – the 1200m contest at the Gold Coast on Magic Millions Day (recording a faster time than that of Capitalist winning the Magic Millions 2YO Classic later that day).

Wolf Cry’s pedigree is one of great appeal. His sire Street Cry has been an international sensation represented by 110 stakes winners, 20 of whom are Group One winners including Winx, Zenyatta, Whobegotyou and Pride Of Dubai.

Already his sons are proving their worth at stud with Per Incanto, Shocking, Street Boss and Street Sense all siring Group One winners.

Bred on the same highly successful Street Cry/Danehill cross, Wolf Cry is out of Starfish, a regally bred daughter of champion stallion Redoute’s Choice.

Wolf Cry is from the family of Group 1 winner Stella Cadente and Golden Slipper winner Bint Marscay. He was bred by the Scarborough family at their famed Wood Nook Farm at Nagambie.

Closely related to Wolf Cry is the Written Tycoon-Brilliant Bisc colt sold at this year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $1 million.

Wolf Cry makes his stud debut at a fee of $4400 (incl gst) with Neville Murdoch confident that he will be of great appeal to broodmare owners.

“He has early form which makes him in an outstanding VOBIS prospect and his progeny will certainly be strong contenders for the lucrative money on offer in the VOBIS Sires two and three-year-old races,” Neville said.

“He is such a sensational type that he is bound to upgrade his mares.”

For further information on Wolf Cry, who will stand alongside Cluster, Ilovethiscity and O’Lonhro, contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706 or visit

It was an extraordinary Day 1 of the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for Victorian breeders.

The results were highlighted by the highest priced yearling ever fetched which was by a sire standing in Victoria. This record price was for the Lot 64 Written Tycoon-Brilliant Bisc colt which sold for $1 million to James Harron Bloodstock.

Overall, the average price of Victorian bred VOBIS nominated yearlings on Day 1 of the sale was an extraordinary $408,750. This was well above the sale average price of $347,045.

In a multitude of highlights for the Victorian breeding industry, the Written Tycoon colt certainly writ itself large.

Only former Blue Gum Farm sire Encosta De Lago has ever achieved those prices in terms of Victorian sired yearlings, but he was truly ensconced in the Hunter Valley by the time such high prices were achieved for his progeny.

The Written Tycoon progeny have been in enormous demand at every yearling sale this year and James Harron has been one his greatest admirers.

“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,’ James said post sale.

Matthew Tillett from Woodside Park said it was a great result for Written Tycoon and for breeder Stuart Ramsey of Turangga Farm.

“Brilliant Bisc was one of the best mares sent to Written Tycoon in 2014 so the price achieved for the colt is a credit to Stuart and his team for having confidence in the stallion.

“This amazing and those are at other sales this sales season demonstrate to breeders that Written Tycoon can provide excellent returns in the sales ring and, importantly, on the race track.”

Other highlights for Victorians on Day 1 included:

  • Rosemont Stud gained a final bid of $550,000 from Shadwell Stud for their Redoute’s Choice-Catshaan colt
  • Hesket Bloodstock sold their Snitzel-Willow Creek colt to Wexford Stales (NZ) for $400,000
  • Glentree Thoroughbreds secured $425,000 from Victoria’s own Sun Stud for its Lonhro-Armed for Action colt while their More Than Ready-Emanday colt sold for $375,000 to bloodstock agent Dean Hawthorne
  • Spendthrift Australia made its Inglis Easter Sale ‘vendor debut’ selling its Tapit-Euphrosyne colt to NSW’s Mandalong Park for $300,000.
This Tapit colt was the first ever sold by Spendthrift Australia at the Inglis Easter Sale

This Tapit colt was the first ever sold by Spendthrift Australia at the Inglis Easter Sale

On the buying side, Victorian breeders were also busy with significant purchases by Spendthrift Australia, Sun Stud and Makybe.

Perhaps most interesting of all was Victorian breeder-owner Peter Devitt’s buy of the Pierro-Belle Couture filly for $400,000. Belle Couture is a half sister to the Victorian (Gilgai Farm) bred champion Black Caviar.

Sun Stud has today announced that dual Group One winner, Palentino, will be retired from racing and stand at its Victorian property in 2017.

Racing in top company throughout his career, Palentino won the Group One Australian Guineas at three and Group One Makybe Diva Stakes last spring – becoming the only horse apart from legendary sire, Zabeel, to achieve the double.

Palentino then capped it all off with a brilliant victory in the Group Two Blamey Stakes last month, defeating the highly rated Tosen Stardom.

Champion trainer, Darren Weir, was full of praise for the horse he first saw as a yearling.

“He is just such a striking individual,” Darren Weir said.

“From the moment I laid eyes on him he impressed me: a great temperament and he just kept rising to the occasion.

“I’m sorry to see him go (from the stables) but I believe he’ll make a huge impact at Sun Stud.”

Leading jockey, Mark Zahra is another huge fan of the flashy chestnut.

“He had an explosive turn of foot. And you only have to look at the quality of his wins. It takes a very good horse to win over the mile at Flemington and he won two Group Ones and two other black type races there,” Zahra said.

“What’s more, you only have to look at some of the horses he beat … Black Heart Bart was at the top of his game when Palentino beat him in the Makybe Diva, and he put Tosen Stardom away very quickly in the Blamey.”

A fee for Palentino will be announced in the coming weeks, but Sun Stud’s Danielle Cheng is excited about the four-year-old’s introduction to the stallion ranks.

“I’m very happy to be making this announcement because a lot of people have already been ringing and asking when he was going to stud,” Ms Cheng said.

“Palentino was a high quality racehorse and the fact he emulated Zabeel in winning the Australian Guineas and Makybe Diva should not be understated.”

Palentino is a son of multliple Group 1 winning Teofilo who himself has produced a phenomenal sixty three stakes winners including Australian Group 1 winners Kermadec and Humidor.

For further information, phone Phil Marshall at Sun Stud on 0407 853 782 or Adam Henry on 0428 036 472.

The last ever Inglis Easter Yearling Sale to be held at the historic Newmarket complex in Sydney begins on Tuesday and Victorian breeders will certainly playing their part in sending off the famous auction venue.

A total of 44 Victorian bred or sired yearlings will go under the hammer.

These yearlings and their breeders will be hoping to follow in the footsteps of other Victorian bred yearlings that have lit up the Newmarket Easter sales ring over the years.

The Gilgai bred All Too Hard (Easter 2011) and this season’s three-year-old sprinting superstar Flying Artie (Easter 2015) bred in the garden state by John and Pal Shannon are just two such recent examples.

Highlights of the ‘Victorian draft’ at Easter include:

  • Spendthrift Australia will make its Australian yearling sale debut with a Tapit colt out of an American Group 3 winner.
  • Hesket Bloodstock is selling six colts (through Amarina Farm) from the Newham farm all with exceptional black-type pedigrees.
  • Makybe is offering two superbly bred fillies as well as a Snitzel half brother to Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Amicus (through the Milburne Creek draft).
  • Woodside Park Stud has its debut draft at the Easter Sale with five lots including colts and fillies from resident sires Written Tycoon and Zoustar.
  • A Written Tycoon colt out of Shabtis, bred at Tyabb by Eldon Park Stud, is expected to fetch a healthy price. He is a half brother to Group 3 winning filly Take Pride.
  • Rosemont Stud is selling a Redoute’s Choice-Catshaan colt, a sibling to two Group 1 Oaks winners in Absolutely and Abbey Marie
  • Glentree Thoroughbreds of Modewarre is offering two colts through the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft including lot 119, a More Than Ready filly from the famed Urge To Merge/Princess Tracy family
  • On the Victorian first crop sire front, Sun Stud’s two stallions Fiorente (1 lot) and Fighting Sun (2 lots) are both represented.

Victorian vendors (or as agent) include:

  • Dorrington Farm, Hastings
  • Glentree Thoroughbreds, Modewarre
  • Hesket Bloodstock, Newham
  • Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds, Nagambie
  • Makybe, Gnarwarre
  • Rosemont Stud, Gnarwarre
  • Saconi Thoroughbreds, Whittlesea
  • Spendthrift Australia, Romsey
  • Woodside Park, Tylden

Active Victorian sires with lots include:

  • Fighting Sun (Sun Stud) – 2 lots
  • Fiorente (Sun Stud) – 1 lot
  • Manhattan Rain (Blue Gum Farm) – 1 lot
  • Reset (Darley Northwood) – 3 lots
  • Written Tycoon (Woodside Park) – 6 lots
  • Zoustar (Woodside Park) – 21 lots

Victoria’s Three Bridges will help make history this Friday evening at Inglis’ Newmarket sales complex in Sydney.

They will offer lot 17, the first ever weanling by Darley’s star sire Brazen Beau to be put through a sales ring worldwide. Brazen Beau is a multiple Group 1 winning son of I Am Invincible.

Brazen Beau

Brazen Beau

Excitingly, this Three Bridges prepared Brazen Beau filly will also be eligible for the inaugural $1 million VOBIS Sires 2yo race scheduled for April 2019.

From the well-preformed galloper Dorf Command, the good looking and well-grown weanling is expected to turn heads when she arrives this week for inspection at the sales complex

Peter Liston of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds is confident the filly, bred by client Bill Andrews, will be very well received.

“She is lovely filly, with lots of presence. Both of her siblings sold very well and we are certain the good judges will be very interested.

“She is a beautiful deep colour, very intelligent like her dam and we believe she is the right filly in the right sale.

“The filly is mature in personality which will allow her to take the busy sales environment all in her stride.”

The last two yearlings out of Dorf Command sold for $440,000 (bought by James Harron)  in 2016 and $220,000 (bought by Blue Sky Bloodstock) in 2017.


Three Bridges sire Unencumbered with his VOBIS Sires rug


With Brazen Beau nominated by Darley to the VOBIS Sires scheme, any 2015 progeny of his will be eligible to race in the $1 million VOBIS Sires 2yo race and the $500,000 VOBIS Sires 3yo race which begin in racing season 2018/2019. Horses must also be signed up to Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.

A champion sprinter, Brazen Beau won the Group 2 Bollinger Classic in Brisbane at two-years-old and was then runner up in the Group 1 JJ Atkins Stakes.

At three he blossomed into the star of his generation winning  the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes against his age group  and beating the older horses in one of the world’s most important sprint races, the Newmarket Handicap.

Brazen Beau stands at Darley’s Northwood Park in Nagambie for a fee of $4,000 (inc GST).

The talented two-year-old colt Speed Street took out the lucrative $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo on the weekend.

Bred by Euroa’s Rangal Park, he was bought by master trainer Gai Waterhouse and Blue Sky Bloodstock at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale last year for $130,000.

He now races in the familiar red and white ‘gatecrasher’ colours of Rosemont Stud who part-own him amongst a larger group of owners.

Rangal Park’s Eric Butler remembers the colt very well which turned out to be the highest priced yearling by his sire Al Maher in 2016.

Speed Street after winning the VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo (Brett Holburt-Racing Photos)

Speed Street after winning the VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo (Brett Holburt-Racing Photos)

“He was a big strong colt, a quality type as seen by his sale result,” Eric said.

“Gai had had success with Al Maher and she knew what she was looking for. I don’t think the Al Mahers sold for as much as they deserved,” Butler said.

The Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott trained colt raced clear down the straight and just held out the fast-finishing Written Tycoon debutant, Je Suis Tycoon on the line. The win took the promising colt’s earnings past $150,000 in just two starts.

Anthony Mithen from Rosemont Stud was thrilled with the Bendigo VOBIS Gold win particularly as it gave Gai and Adrian an insight into the big rewards that can be obtained from VOBIS.

“We’re doing quite a bit of work with Gai and Adrian and their satellite stable at Flemington.

“Gai is a great supporter of those bonus schemes and she and Adrian are becoming more and more important to the Victorian industry.

“Because he was VOBIS nominated, we can pick up the extra prizemoney if he was good enough to get the job done and he showed on Saturday that he was.

“We think he will probably be a 1400 metre or mile type horse, but with so much prizemoney up for grabs, Gai was keen to have a go at the Bendigo race over the shorter 1000 metres.”

Speed Street is from the Keltrice mare Street Princess. All of her five foals that have raced have been winners including multiple city winner Kaiser Sun.

Her second dam Princess Kingston produced the listed winner Lady Elsie and is the half sister to the champion Australian Horse of the Year, Kingston Town.

Buyers will be given the opportunity to get hold of yearlings from the much-famed Contract Racing and Hesket Bloodstock families at this week’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Developed over several decades by Jenny and David Moodie, these are much sought after breeding lines and often hard to access.

“Over the last few years, under the Hesket Bloodstock banner (which also includes Ashley Hardwick), we have sold mostly colts bred off the farm (at Newham in the Macedon Ranges),” Jenny said.

“The six colts here at Easter are all from very good families that we have had for a long, long time. It gives everyone an opportunity to go out there, break into the families and hopefully keep the ‘family tradition’ going.

“Many of these colts fit the requirements of buyers seeking to buy a potential stallion particularly the Soaressa and Willow Creek colts while our broodmare Royal Glow has already produced two very nice black type winning colts.”

The Hesket Bloodstock yearlings are being offered through the Amarina Farm draft at the sale. Craig Anderson from Amarina Farm provides his commentary on each of the six lots:

LOT 12

A bay colt by outstanding sire Snitzel, he is from the Tale Of The Cat mare Willow Creek.

“A nice, big imposing horse,” says Craig.

Willow Creek was a Group 2 winner in the STC Magic Night Stakes, placing second in the Group 2 VRC sires produce and forth in the Group 1 Blue Diamond. This lovely colt is her second foal, with her first foal to race being the 3-time winning and city placed, Trinity River.

From the family of listed winner Cross Current, Group 1 winner River Dove and talented Group 2 winner First Command.

LOT 168

A bay/brown colt by Medaglia d’Oro (USA) from the Flying Spur mare, Grand Prospect.

“Nice, well conformed horse – will make a good three-year-old,” says Craig.

Grand Prospect is a sister to Group 3 MVRC Tesio Stakes winner Joy Of Flight. A very good producer with five winning foals, including Group 1 WATC Derby and Group 3 WA Oaks winner Grand Journey and Listed Flemington winner Proliferate.

From the family of Group 1 ATC Galaxy Handicap winner Griante and Listed winner Landing.

LOT 258

A brown colt by Pierro from the General Nediym mare Nediym’s Glow.

“Good, well balanced,” says Craig.

Nediym’s Glow was a four time winner including the Group 3 VRC Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes, Group 3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude and second in the Group 2 STC magic Night Stakes.

A half sister to Group 3 winner Red Colossus, she has had 5 foals to race with 3 winners including stakes placed Double Jeopardy.

From the family of Royal Glow, producer of Group 2 winner Kinglike and Listed winner Royal Haunt – Mirage (HK).

LOT 320

A bay colt by outstanding sire Snitzel from the King’s Best mare, Royal Glow.

“Typical Snitzel,” was Craig’s clear but simple comment on this nice colt.

The quality producer Royal Glow has had four foals to race, all winners including Group 2 winner Kinglike and

Listed winner Royal Haunt – Mirage (HK). From the family of multiple Group 3 winners Red Colossus and Nediym’s Glow.

Interestingly, Royal Glow is blind and has been her entire breeding career. That ‘handcicap’ certainly hasn’t stopped her producing top class racehorses.

LOT 335

A chestnut colt by Starspangledbanner, from the Artie Schiller (USA) mare Secret Liaison.

“Big strong horse – mature into a good three year old,” says Craig.

Secret Liaison was a quality galloper herself winning the Listed MRC Twilight Glow Stakes and MRC Lord

stakes earning over $400,000 in prize money. This is her second foal, her first foal is the named two year old, Found Out by Exceed and Excel.

LOT 361

The bay colt by Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice from the Twining mare, Soaressa.

“Well balanced, neat, typical Redoute’s,” says Craig.

Soaressa was a Listed winner of the SAJC Proud Miss Stakes, and is a half sister to Eagle Way, Assertive Eagle and Impressive Eagle.

This colt is her fifth foal, producing four foals to race with three winners including the notable dual Group 3 winner Thermal Current.