Peter Moody certainly knew how to train a Victorian bred horse or two. Need we mention Black Caviar?

But his talents don’t stop there. A black-type winner at Flemington on the weekend showed Moody can breed a jolly good horse in Victoria too.

Ability, trained by Robert Smerdon for the Sly family took out the the Listed All Victorian Sprint Series Final over 1200 metres at Flemington.

The Peter Moody bred son of Reward For Effort (another champion trained by Moody) demonstrated he is a classy galloper with a Group racing future ahead of him.

Moody bred the now four-year-old gelding from a mare he trained, Paeroa, who was owned his wife Sarah and mother Janice.

“I trained Reward For Effort (to win a Blue Diamond), and just love him. I send a few mares, and I kept stallion breeding rights to him,” Moody said.

Ability was sold through the Yallambee Stud draft of the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $150,000 to the bid of Matchem Racing.

Ability as a Yallambee Stud prepared yearling for the 2014 Inglis Premier Sale

He has now won six of his 15 starts with four placings and has amassed $278,250 in career prize money.

Ability is out of Dubai Destination mare, Paeroa, a half sister to Group 2 Matriarch Stakes winner Well Rounded (Reset).

Paeroa was sold for $70,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in foal to Darley Victoria’s Helmet (Exceed And Excel) and has produced a colt, before being covered by fellow Darley stallion Reset (Zabeel) last season.

“I sold the mare to Twin Palms Stud, as due to circumstances, I needed to lighten the load. They were good clients of mine (as a trainer), they were keen to have the mare and we all knew she was going to get the job done. It was a shame I had to sell her,” Moody said.

Moody and his family are loyal supporters of the Victorian industry with current interests in about fifteen mares.

“My plan is to breed a few nice ones, and we have been fortunate having bred the Group 1 Sydney Cup winner Jessicabeel. We bred Nurse Kitchen’s family, and although we sold her, we still have her mother and a full sister,” Moody said

“We like to line up Victorian stallions for our mares and Reward for Effort is doing a bloody good job.

“Most of our mares reside in Victoria, so even if we feel that they may be better mated with other stallions, they still come home to Victoria to be VOBIS qualified,” Moody said.

Among other horses bred by Moody is Macau based son of Magnus, The Alfonso. Having raced in Sydney, Hong Kong and Macau, he has racked up earnings of in excess of a $1 million.

Chatswood Stud’s Greg Willis is thrilled with how well Reward For Effort is travelling and is looking forward to a busy season ahead.

“He is just doing a great job and, along with Ability, he had two other winners on Saturday, with Threepeat at the Darwin Carnival and the two year old Fancy Rumble at Gawler (a metro meeting),” Willis said.

“The few tentative bookings to him (Reward for Effort) before Ability’s win, have all confirmed after Saturday. He will certainly have a very nice book of mares.

Willis said Reward for Effort has been getting big numbers every year, and with the mares continuing to improve in quality, the best is yet to come.

“One out of the box, a two-year-old with Mick Price called Mactier, is looking to have a promising spring while there are Reward For Efforts in all the good stables, Weir has 12 or 15.

“We are very lucky to have him as a stallion. We got him straight off the track, a Blue Diamond winner by Exceed and Excel, and it’s great for the Victorian breeding industry that he is here, as horses like him usually go straight to the Hunter”.

Reward For Effort has now moved up to third on the Australian third season sires premiership table by earnings – only behind Hinchinbrook with a service fee of $44,000 and Star Witness at $33,000. With 74 individual winners, Reward For Effort is leading third season sire by winners.

Reward For Effort, who covered 209 mares in 2015 and 173 last year, will stand at Chatswood Stud for the highly competitive fee of $16,500 (Inc. GST) in 2017.

Although the Caulfield Guineas is still three months away, exciting two-year-old Royal Symphony raced right into early favouritism for the $1 million Group 1 classic with a blistering Listed win at Flemington on Saturday.

Bred at Wingrove Park near Romsey and now unbeaten in three outings, the colt took out the Listed Taj Rossi Series Final over 1600 metres at headquarters.

The Tony McEvoy trained youngster missed the start and took a little while to hit his straps after turning for home, but once he got going, the son of Domesday surged clear to win by more than four lengths.

He conceded between 3.5 to 5 kilos to his 12 rivals, but still ran a time almost equal to that of 5YO Tshahitsi’s in capturing the Winter Championship later in the day.

“He carried the penalty and he looks like a horse of real substance. We’ve seen it twice (at Flemington) now and have no problem putting him away for the spring,” trainer McEvoy points said.

“We’ll back right off, keeping him trotting and cantering … an English type prep. The Guineas is such a high-pressure, high-powered mile, I think third-up there will give him his best chance.”

The rise and rise of Royal Symphony is a huge boost for boutique Victorian property, Wingrove Park, which bred the youngster from its Palace Music mare, Naturalist.

Wingrove Park, owned by Joe and Daira Vella, is based in Kerrie at the foot of the Macedon Ranges and Royal Symphony is one of five stakes winners off the farm, including Group winners Fair Trade and Dedicated Miss.

Purchased for $30,000 at the 2001 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, through the advice of  pedigree consultant, Kristen Manning, Naturalist has proven to be a boom buy for Wingrove with seven other winners aside from Royal Symphony.

Closely related to Champion 3YO, Naturalism, Naturalist’s other runners include Bendigo Cup runner up, Hoodlum, and the 7-time winner, Just Incredible.

Royal Symphony as a foal at Wingrove Park with his dam Naturalist

Royal Symphony is Naturalist’s 16th foal, and her last.

“Royal Symphony is a very special colt to us … he is Naturalist’s final foal and it looks like she saved the best till last,” Joe Vella enthused.

“He (Royal Symphony) was always a bullish colt and was the first one to the feed bin as a foal. Saturday’s win was over 1600m, but his pedigree suggests the best may still be in front of him.

“Let’s hope he becomes our first Group One winner, which would be a huge achievement for a stud of our size.”

You go to the Bendigo races with a homebred debutant filly by a sire who has yet to get a winner.

She is trained by a young fella who is still working his way towards any notable form of race track success.

And you are taking on the might of Lindsay Park, Team Corstens and other metropolitan trainers with their So You Thinks, Bernadinis and Artie Schillers and the like.

No worries. Your filly wins (in style) and returns home $35,050 the richer! (plus a fair profit from the betting plunge on the horse!)

That was Friday last week for owner/breeder John Drape, his young Cranbourne trainer Nate McPherson and their impressive filly Eurack.

She won by nearly four lengths eased up beating better bred and far more experienced horses.

“I couldn’t be there unfortunately, but it was a great day. My wife and I were watching it in the car and shouting and screaming when she won. I dunno how you go about winning the Melbourne Cup!” Drape said.

McPherson, who Drape credits for the success, said that he told connections that she had been nicknamed “house and land package’ he rated her so highly going into the race.

Drape drives a petrol tanker for a living and breeds about ten mares out of his farm at Eurack near Colac (yes, she was named after the town). He said that he always rated the three year old filly by former Hong Kong star Oneworld.

She was the first ever winner (from four runners) for Oneworld a son of Danehill Dancer and a former Hong Kong sprinter who mixed it with the best in winning Group races.

Oneworld was retired to the Larneuk Stud breeding farm in 2012, but infertility issues intervened and have prevented any significant stallion career.

John Drape was one of the lucky ones though and has Eurack from the sire’s first crop.

“I started my interest in breeding about fifteen years ago with the granddam of Eurack, Juvanna (Jugah),” Drape said.

“I found her in a paddock next to the railway track in Bannockburn and I bought her for $10,000.

“We then eventually purchased the farm at Eurack, a soldier settlement area. It was previously a dairy farm which we have built up for horses.

“I always wanted to send the mare to Jungle Pocket, but he shuttled to New Zealand and was too difficult for me. But then he got stuck in Australia due to Equine Influenza in 2007.

“I said to my brother, quick lend me some money and off we went to Hollylodge where he stood that season! That’s how we got the dam of Eurack, Jungle Dance.”

Unfortunately, Jungle Dance never made it to the track so a breeding career it was. She was sent to Larneuk in 2012 for her mating with Oneworld and the product of that was Eurack, also foaled down at the Gooram farm.

Eurack as a foal at Larneuk Stud

At the time on Facebook, John exclaimed:

“Just got a filly from Jungle Dance our mare from Hong Kong champ Oneworld. The stud she is a cracker”

How right they were.

She was broken in by Warrnambool’s Shayne Fisher and then sent to McPherson’s stable.

Drape has a lot of time for McPherson, a young trainer who has had his challenges, but clearly knows what he is doing with Eurack.

Drape and McPherson who are now in a business partnership with the homebred horses, will now aim the filly at a Caulfield race over 1200 metres later this month.

Breeding note: The dam Jungle Dance has had two live foals since Eurack including an unraced 2YO Lucas Cranach filly and a Kuroshio weanling colt. She was covered by Jimmy Creed last season and will head to Unencumbered in 2017.

Grant and Joanne Dwyer are welcoming the beautifully bred entire, St Jean (Teofilo) to stand this season at Brackley Park in Avenel.

St Jean is a truly international galloper, having been bred and raced in Ireland, appointed a French name, a multiple winner in Australia, a Group winner in New Zealand and now a stallion standing in Victoria.

The talented son of Teofilo began his career in Ireland before being purchased by trainer Aaron Purcell and his family to come to Victoria where he won four races including city wins at Caulfield, Sandown and Moonee Valley.

Described by Purcell as being the best he has trained, he was an early favourite for the 2014 Caulfield Cup before straining his tendon after his Valley win.

Once fully recovered, he was unable to return to racing for eighteen months when caught up in a medication fiasco, where inconsistent test results were given for the anti-inflammatory, Ibuprofen, due to be an accumulation in the horse’s kidneys.

With his racing career placed in jeopardy, Purcell’s only option to race legally was in New Zealand. St Jean crossed the Tasman to join the Donna Logan-Chris Gibbs stable where he recorded a victory in the $200,000 Group 3 City of Auckland Cup over 2400 metres.

“It was great to see the owners rewarded for all their patience. He’s very clean-winded and was a real gentleman to have around the stable. The further he had raced, the better would have been. He deserves his chance at stud. He’s got brilliant bloodlines and is a Group 3 winner,” co-trainer Logan said.

“Unfortunately we never saw the best of him, as he was a very promising, well respected middle distance stayer and with his pedigree, if he had the chance to win a Group 1, he would definitely be standing at one of the leading studs,” Dwyer said.

New Brackley Park sire St Jean

A six-year-old son of Teofilo, he is out of the stakes winning Marju mare, Oriental Fashion. Beautifully bred with an impressive female line, his third dam the blue-blooded mare, Height of Fashion, was out of the famous producer Highclere.

Height of Fashion was raced by her Majesty The Queen, victorious in the UK 1000 Guineas and regarded as one of her best gallopers. Sold to Sheik Mohammed as a broodmare she went on to famously produce the stallion’s Unfuwain, Nashwan and Nayef.

His sire, Teofilo has done an excellent job at stud, having a very high ratio of stakes winners to runners. His Australian raced progeny including Group 1 winners Humidor, Kermadec and Palentino. Like St Jean, the latter two are now both at stud.

“Although St Jean didn’t get the opportunity to claim a Group 1 victory himself, the strength of his female pedigree will make him stand out,” Dwyer said.

“He has one of the best female families in the UK studbook, and pedigree buffs will recognise this”

Arriving at Brackley Park straight from his staying preparation, the Dwyers are looking forward to him letting down and enjoying a well-deserved break.

“He is quite a big horse, with a large chest, an athletic build and very correct. Well handled, he is just a great type of horse,” Dwyer said.

Standing in 2017 at $3,300, St Jean is exceptional value for the Victorian owner – breeder demographic.

“St Jean is a perfect match for breeders with sprinter-miler type mares, who showed a bit of speed, and are hoping to breed something that will get over 2400m and further,”

Brackley Park is a family owned and operated thoroughbred horse stud offering a full range of stud services including agistment, broodmare management, weanling and yearling sales preparation.

St Jean is standing at Brackley Park this season at $3,300, along with the son of Rock Of Gibraltar, Murtajil at $4,400.

Murtajil had a purple patch of winners over this past weekend with no less than six victors across Australian racetracks.

Please contact Grant or Joanne Dwyer on 0412 028 250 for more information on either stallion.

Ed McKeon and his son Clark – operating under the moniker Palya Bloodstock – have travelled far and wide with their breeding interests over the years.

The journey has involved the highs of sharing a Melbourne Cup victory through to exploring the joys of international sales in France and beyond.

Ed McKeon is known by many in the industry as successful bloodstock agent in the 1970s and 80s, which included buying the legendary Manikato as a yearling.

McKeon’s greatest success on the track (thus far) was as part-owner of Melbourne Cup winner, Tawrrific. Since then he has been joined by his son, Clark.

Ed knows as well as anyone that finding a Manikato or a Tawrrific is a difficult task indeed, but it hasn’t stopped him and Clark lending their hands to breeding a star of the future.

While perhaps not expected to reach the title of ‘star’ gallopers, two recent Palya Bloodstock bred horses have recently saluted.

The Paul Perry trained Salerno (Snitzel) saluted at Randwick, while down south, Baltic Amber grabbed the win at Moe for the First Light Racing syndicate..

Salerno is out of Keela, a Woodman mare the McKeons purchased in foal to Snitzel through for a mere $28,750. It was a great buy considering the mare was days away from foaling.

It turned out to be shrewd investment with Salerno selling through the Rosemont Stud draft at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale for $280,000 to Paul Perry.

At Moe, Baltic Amber (Choisir) made it two wins from eight starts for trainer Mick Huglin. Ed and Clark bought the mare Enchanted Melody (Encosta De Lago) in foal with Baltic Amber, as he has always had a fondness for the stallion Choisir.

In the depths of a Victorian winter, Ed McKeon is not prone to a trip to the other side of the world to examine and select horse flesh for clients.

Travelling last year to the Arqana auction ring at Deauville in France, McKeon secured a number of quality mares for a group of owners including Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen.

“Clients Ed and Libby McKeon are great mates of ours. We were thrilled Ed was able to tap into some great families and buy half-sisters to Group 1 Champions, it was amazing buying,” Mithen said.

Palya Bloodstock is an Aboriginal name meaning quiet, resting place. However, McKeon is not sure that sums up the breeding game correctly, as he would describe it more nerve racking than quiet.

All of McKeon’s mares and young stock reside at Gnarwarre’s Rosemont Stud which prepares and sells the Palya horses for sale around Australia.

“I was visiting there last week, and it is just an incredible setup,” Ed McKeon said.

“The grass was long, green and lush, the sun was shining, and the weanlings were cantering around, and I thought to myself I would like to retire in this paddock!”

Palya Bloodstock had about twenty mares at one stage but they have reduced the numbers to focus on quality with twelves mares being bred this year.

“One thing about this industry is that it is very hard to just start at the top. You have to work your way through, select the ones you need to keep and move the others on their way,” McKeon said.

This year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale presented a highlight of the McKeon’s breeding with their Snitzel colt selling through the Rosemont draft for $625,000 to Sun Bloodstock.

Ed & Clark McKeon with the Rosemont team with their Snitzel colt sold for $625,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier Sale

The colt was out of the well-bred All Bar One mare, Consistency. She is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Nina Haraka who is the dam of Listed winner Extension Of Time. Another half sister Monte Rosa, is the dam of Group 1 winner Snitzerland and Group 3 winner Sooboog.

With a pedigree like that, no doubt Sun Stud have an eye on career in the breeding barn should the colt perform on the racetrack.

No doubt the McKeons would mark that down as yet another highlight of their breeding and racing lives.

Thunder Snow, who became the first Group 1 winner for his Darley Northwood shuttle sire Helmet doubled up when running out the easy winner of the Group 1 Prix Jean Prat at Chantilly on Sunday.

The three-year-old Godolphin colt’s victory cemented Helmet’s place among the elite second season sires of Europe occupying a top five place in the category across the United Kingdom, Ireland, France and Italy.

Sent straight to the front by jockey Christophe Soumillon, Thunder Snow dictated the pace throughout the one-mile contest and once asked to quicken two furlongs from home, was never troubled and eased clear to win by just over a length from the improving Trais Fluors.

Thunder Snow, who is trained for Godolphin by Saeed bin Suroor, won on his racecourse debut at Leicester last May and was placed at Group 2 level twice before winning the Group 1 Criterium International by no fewer than five lengths.

Saeed bin Suroor commented: “Thunder Snow has done very well today and won the race easily.

“We will keep the options open about his next target as he prefers some give in the ground. He could go back up in trip at York (for the Group 1 Juddmonte Stakes, 2000m) or we may keep him for the Group 1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes (Ascot, October 21, 1600m).”

He had returned this year with a wide-margin victory in the UAE 2,000 Guineas and a win in the UAE Derby on Dubai World Cup night.

At Royal Ascot in June, he finished just a length and a quarter behind Barney Roy in the Group 1 St James’s Palace Stakes

Thunder Snow is a half-brother to Group 2 winner Ihtimal, Group 3 winner First Victory and stakes-winner Always Smile being from star producer Eastern Joy, a half-sister by Dubai Destination to Group 1 winner West Wind.

Helmet is enjoying a banner year, also siring Italian 2,000 Guineas winner Ando Muchacho, plus a further ten horses who have won or placed at black type level.

The handsome chestnut son of Exceed and Excel stands at Darley Victoria this spring at a fee of $16,500.

International owner to stand new stallion at Victoria’s Larneuk Stud

Talented galloper Honorius will stand at Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk Stud in Euroa this season on behalf of a private international client..

Honorius, named after a western Roman emperor, was a consistently strong performer at the highest level, proving to be genuine, tough and sound.

With 15 mares already residing on the farm, ready to go to him, the owner will be looking to cover about 20-25 mares in total.

“He will have a great opportunity in the first season with the mares he has already secured, and he will encourage outside mares onto the stud.” Murdoch said.

“He is a magic horse to do anything with, beautiful nature, he’s kind, he’s gentle and he will be a terrific horse for the Victorian breeding industry.”

A son of Holy Roman Emperor, who has sired 10 individual Group 1 winners, Honorius is out of Irish mare Zarinia, the dam of South African Champion and Horse Of The Year, Igugu, a four time Group 1 winner.

“Just about any mare will be suited to go to him, you have the Danehill blood, but it is far enough back, and a mare with a bit of speed will complement the distances he was running over.”

A versatile and honest racehorse winning from 1400 to 2000 metres, Honorius had exceptional longevity in his career, racing successfully from the age of two through to seven years. Of his 45 starts, he ran in an incredible 30 starts at Listed level and above.

Winning the Group 3 Craven Plate at Randwick over 2000 metres, Honorius went on to place second in four Group 3 events and third in dual Group 1s, the Spring Champion Stakes and the Queensland Derby.

Honorius’s ability and talent was franked by the quality of the races he contended and by the top-class opposition he was consistently against.

“Without a doubt, he was unlucky not to have more wins with the number of Group placings he had, and although he could have already been sent to stud, while he was racing so hot, they kept going as he was equal to the best in the country.” Murdoch said.

Representing Knightsbridge Bloodstock on behalf of Honorius’ owner, Issaree Suwunnavid is excited Honorius is ready to commence his career as a stallion at Larneuk Stud before likely shuttling to the Northern Hemisphere season in 2018.

“We are so very proud to have such a champion racehorse in our stable and we are looking forward to his progeny repeating his success and taking his legacy out to the world.”

“The recent (Group 1) success of Beauty Only (Holy Roman Emperor) in Hong Kong is very promising for us, we are sure Honorius will produce a good many Hong Kong winners.” Suwunnavid said.

“Honorius will have every opportunity to be a star of the future, with his impeccable pedigree and strong racing credentials, and we believe he will prove very popular with both Victorian breeders and around the world, in Hong Kong, Japan, Europe, UK and Singapore.”

Honorius will be standing this season for $7,700 (Inc. GST). Please contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706 02 or visit www.larneuk.com for more information.

There has been much talk about Swettenham Stud’s new stallion Mshawish amongst the Australian breeding and racing industry.

Mostly about his versatility, his speed and the fact that he is the highest earning entire of champion Medaglia d’Oro.

But the one question that remains is ‘how do you pronounce Mshawish correctly?’

Well, if you watch his race replays in America, even the race callers get confused, with a few pronouncing MISH-A-WISH and others calling MA-SHA-WISH, so lets put this to bed once and for all.

It is pronounced correctly in three separate sounds, firstly the letter M, followed by SHA and finally WISH, ‘M-SHA-WISH’.

In Arabic, the word “Mshawish” means, “crazy,” and we believe that Swettenham Stud’s new stallion for the season will only be described as “crazy good”.

There have certainly been a few other “crazy good” names of gallopers in the past.  Some have stumped a few race callers in their day, and others managed to canter straight past the guard.

Naming your Group 1 hopeful is one of the most enjoyable aspects of owning a racehorse, be it after a hobby, a favourite song, to continue a family breeding tradition or to just to get some giggles from the punters.

The rules ensure that the name must be unique, and limited to 18-characters.

However, the more flexible guidelines, at the discretion of the governing body are those they “loosely” deem to be appropriate.

Here are some of the more creative names that have galloped around a track.

The NZ galloper, Waikikamukau, an oldie but a goodie, pronounced “Why kick a moo cow,” was certainly a crowd favourite, as were the cleverly named Redhotfillypepper, Maythehorsebewithu, eighteencharacters, He’s No Pie Eater, Buck Buck Goose and No Speed No Feed out of No Pay No Hay.

Then there are names that make you laugh, like the famous Hoof Hearted, Sotally Tober, Sheikh’notstirred, Talk Derby To Me and Wear The Fox Hat (better with an accent!).

We all must admit we all like to trick the callers, such as so and so riding “The Harley”, “The Wave”, “Like A Rockstar” and “Under The Influence”.

…and I’m sure you all know plenty of risqué names that have slipped past the keeper, so let’s just leave that there, shall we. I think we have the stallion Foreplay to blame for most of them.

Even the Triple Crown winner Americain Pharoah has an interesting story behind his name, due to the confusion over the infamous misspelling of “pharaoh”.

When a fan submitted the name during an online competition, with “pharaoh” spelt wrong, it was not picked up before being officially registered by the owners. Now trademarked, it ensures Americans will never spell “pharaoh” correctly again.

And finally our own famous triple Melbourne Cup winner, Makybe Diva was certainly tricky to pronounce (was it MA-KYE-BE DIVA or MAK-A-BE DIVA??) as it came from the first two letters of each of the names of the ladies working in Tony Santic’s office: Marie, Kylie, Belinda, Diane, and Vanessa.

So Mshawish, a 4-year-old son of Medaglia d’Oro (another name that has stumped the industry with the correct pronunciation, try MA-DAG-LEE-A DE-ORO) stands in partnership with Al Shaqab (pronounced AL-SHA-CAB) and Taylor Made Farm (got that one).

An exceptional international galloper Mshawish, was an elite, versatile and sound five-time Group race winner with dual Group 1’s on dirt and turf, and there is no doubt he will pass his looks, ability, toughness and consistency onto his progeny.

Swettenham and their partners are happy if you still just call him “WISH”, and all at Swettenham Stud certainly “wish” breeders all the best for the upcoming breeding season.

M-SHA-WISH will stand for $16,500 Inc. GST in 2017

Woodside Park Stud’s young gun Zoustar is a lucky boy having secured a visit with recent Tatts Tiara star Tycoon Tara, his stallion barn mate’s most recent Group 1 winner.

With Written Tycoon’s book of mares being the envy of many, Zoustar is also starring in the quality filly category and now, with the confirmed booking of Tycoon Tara, he will get every opportunity to achieve a Group 1 winning son or daughter himself.

Tycoon Tara’s victory at Doomben last month made her one of the most sought-after mares by stallion farms following the announcement by her co-owner (and breeder) Tony Krushka that she was headed to the breeding barn this season.

“We have decided that Zoustar is the stallion for Tycoon Tara,” Krushka said.

“There was certainly a bit of interest in her from other studs, but Zoustar was always on the radar.

“He was in the top two or three stallions, and we wanted to support Victorian breeding with the VOBIS scheme.”

Krushka, a former trainer, now runs Port Boutique Accommodation at Port Fairy on Victoria’s famous Great Ocean Road.

“I have bred a couple and raced a few with co-owner Ross Pierce for over twenty years, so it’s a real thrill to breed and own a Group 1 winner.”

Tycoon Tara’s dam, the metropolitan winner Mosstara (Encores) was also bred (and trained) by Krushka. Her granddam Finest Star is a half-sister to the dam of King’s Stand Stakes winner and sire Godswalk (Dancer’s Image)(IRE). Mosstara unfortunately died in 2014, with her last foal being the dual winner The Passage (Ilovethiscity).

“We both (Pierce) really liked the cross, coupled with the fact he was such a brilliant racehorse. His pedigree worked, grass-roots Australian bred, with Northern Meteor, Encosta de Lago and Redoute’s Choice, and with the Star Kingdom line in both pedigrees; on paper, you have the crème of the very best,” Krushka said.

“Woodside Park Stud is a very professional operation. They have the good horses, and there is no doubt they will get the good mares.”

Woodside Park Stud’s Murray Tillett isn’t surprised that the top mares are lining up to secure a date with the dual Group 1 winning stallion in the breeding shed.

“It is very exciting for the stud to have a Group 1 Written Tycoon mare going to Zoustar. It really is keeping it in the family.”

“It can be tough before you get the success on the track but the Zoustars are amazing types, great movers and very trainable, he is more popular than ever.”

“I think that the fact the top trainers backed him and paid big money for his yearlings at this year’s sales gives breeders confidence that when his fist runners hit the track this spring they will have every opportunity to succeed.”

Zoustar’s first crop of yearlings averaged more than $200,000, a staggering six and a half times his first season fee. Top price paid was an impressive $1 million dollar at the Inglis Easter Sale.

Zoustar is considered the best son of champion sire Northern Meteor, being the fastest and highest rated sprinter of his generation, He was victorious in the stallion making Group 1 double, the ATC Golden Rose and the VRC Coolmore Stud Stakes.

While a stallion booking has been made for Tycoon Tara, her racing career is not quite finished.

She is currently having a short spell before resuming her training at the Snowden stables with a view to achieving back-to-back Group 2 Missile Stakes wins in August.

Western Australian Trevor Delroy, best known in Victoria for the feats of his Group 1 winners such as Gondokoro, Ethiopia and Cedarberg, has set up shop at Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges.

And with the breeding property now well developed over the past couple of years, Delroy is bringing in flashy UK Group 1 winner Crowded House (GB) to stand as a stallion.

Delroy’s major investment in the Victorian breeding sector will offer Victorian breeders an international sire line that has proven to be incredibly influential around the word.

Trevor & Terrie Delroy with trainer Pat Carey after Ethiopia’s Group 1 ATC Derby win

As a two-year-old Crowded House started his career in grand style for trainer Brian Meehan impressively winning the coveted stallion-making Group 1 Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster.

As jockey Jamie Spencer said “He smashed them…rarely do you ride a horse with the explosive turn of foot that Crowded House gave me in winning.”

“For future middle distance horses, it’s probably the best race to win as a two-year-old in the UK, and that’s how I got interested in him, after seeing him win with his incredible turn of foot,” Delroy said.

“You don’t see that very often, and that’s a very worthwhile characteristic to pursue in a stallion if you are trying to breed top quality middle distance horses.”

The Racing Post Trophy has been a great stallion maker with Vaguely Noble, Green Dancer and High Chaparral, to name just three of the outstanding stallions to have won the race.

In the 2008 European Thoroughbred Rankings, Crowded House was rated the highest British-trained juvenile when given a rating of 120.

Crowded House will stand at Wyadup Valley Farm Lancefield this year

The stallion continued to race in top-class company as a three and four-year-old, but a sesamoid injury suffered in the Racing Post Trophy hampered his brilliance for the rest of his career.

“The point of the matter is, if he hadn’t had the setback and had gone on to win or place in the Derby or the 2000 Guineas we would have never got him,” Delroy said.

In a campaign in Dubai, he ran gallant seconds in a pair of Group races, before heading to the US, only beaten by a nose in the Group 1 Pacific Stakes at Del Mar.

Crowded House looks to have the potential to be the best son of Rainbow Quest who sired Australian based stallion Quest For Fame and is an elite broodmare sire with winners approaching $300 million in earnings.

He was foaled in 2006 from Weiner Wald, a daughter of Woodman (Mr Prospector), from the immediate blue-blooded family of Chapel Of Dreams, whose dam is Terlingua, a half-sister to Group 1 sprinter-miler and Champion sire Royal Academy and also the dam of multiple champion US sire Storm Cat.

His immediate family also contains unbeaten juvenile and multiple Group 1 winner Reckless Abandon, the Joint Champion 2YO Colt in France in 2012 and Champion 3YO Sprinter in Europe & GB in 2013.

Delroy purchased Crowded House, while still in training, to bring out to Australia to stand with his other stallion, Helenus, at Ian MacPherson’s Wattle Grove Stud in NSW. With Helenus having passed on in 2013 and the new property set up at Lancefield, Crowded House has been switched down south.

At stud, the powerful chestnut has served limited books, being well supported by Delroy’s own well-bred mares.

“We will know more in the next twelve months just how good he is, but they are athletic horses with wonderful temperaments and I will be pretty surprised (and disappointed) if he doesn’t throw good horses. He is in Victoria now to stay.”

Crowded House will stand at the Lancefield property this season for $11,000 Inc. GST.

Please contact Ian MacPherson on 0404 839 453 or Trevor Delroy on 0439 403 758 for more information.

Hosted by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, the IRT Victorian Stallion Roster for 2017 has been launched.

The IRT roster is the most comprehensive list of Victorian stallions at stud in 2017 and is a vital tool for local and interstate breeders.

This year’s version includes many new first season stallions, a handful of quality relocated stallions and plenty of proven top notch proven sires.

There is a pedigree for everyone whether it be domestic or international, sprinter or stayer.

IRT’s Managing Director Chris Burke says the company is a proud sponsor of the Victorian breeding industry.

“We know that without breeding you don’t have racing,” Burke said.

“Everyone sees the show, but many don’t realise all the hard work and dedication that goes in behind the scenes.

“We move the stallions and their broodmare bands for many Victorian stud farms, and they have supported us for over 40 years, so we want to support them in return. That’s the main driving force.

“There has been substantial growth in numbers of Victorian shuttle stallions with help of Spendthrift, Sun Stud, Swettenham, Darley, Woodside and Chatswood.

“It is good to see that there are quality stallions spread over many farms and a lot of the Victorian colonial stallions now standing successfully, are the result of the shuttle stallion influence,” Burke said.

Stallion owners who would like to update or upgrade their listing on the IRT Victorian Stallion Roster should contact the TBV office on (03) 9258 4233 or tbv@racingvictoria.net.au

It’s been a memorable couple of months for Triple Crown Syndications.

And it can put down two of its biggest successes to the green pastures of Victorian breeding farms.

‘Stable’ star, Redzel, bred by Eliza Park (now Sun Stud) won the Group One Doomben Cup in May.

Gold Symphony, a four year old son of Reward for Effort, meanwhile, should have finished a deal closer in the Group One Stradbroke last month after being caught wide throughout.

The Group One sixth meant it probably didn’t come as a great surprise when saluting in Saturday’s Listed Civic Stakes over 1350 metres at Rosehill Gardens.

“He (Gold Symphony) did it pretty comfortably in the end,” Triple Crown’s Chris Ward points out.

“That was a good run in the Stradbroke and back against this class he was always going to be a solid chance.

Triple Crown purchased Gold Symphony at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from Grange Thoroughbreds draft for $100,000.
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Universally regarded as meticulous in their approach to yearling selection, Ward and his brother, Michael, liked the then colt from the moment they laid eyes on him.

“He’s from the first crop of Reward For Efforts and we hadn’t purchased one at that stage,” Ward explains.

“There were two reasons why he stood out for us … 1. he’s just a beautiful, physical type and 2. he’s such an incredible mover.

Originally trained by Peter Moody when he won the Vain Stakes and McNeil Stakes (both Group races) at successive outings, Gold Symphony was switched to the Snowden stable in February of last year, from which he has won a Listed National Sprint in Canberra and, now, the Civic.

All up, Gold Symphony has won six from 20, with four placings and $515,750 in stakes.

Cheering on Gold Symphony’s Civic Stakes victory too was Chatswood Stud’s Greg Willis, who stands Reward For Effort, alongside Anacheeva, All American and newcomer, Ajaya.

“We take a lot of pride in Gold Symphony as he was born and raised here at Chatswood,” Willis reveals.

“He carries my dad, Alan’s, old ‘AW’ brand and was bred by long-time client, Jack Keeley, who was one of the original owners of Reward For Effort.

“Jack’s also got a handy full sister to Gold Symphony – Premium Reward – that has won a couple of races in Perth, while there’s an unraced two-year-old colt, a full brother, with Bjorn Baker in Sydney that won a trial at the end of June.

“Reward For Effort has quite a few coming through, which augurs well for the season ahead.

“And the other Chatswood ‘boys’ should have quite a bit of representation in the coming months too with Queensland Derby third, Ana Royale (by Anacheeva) aiming for a tilt at the Caulfield Cup, while Yankee Rose (by All American) is being primed for a big campaign.

“As for the new horse (Ajaya), he’s by Europe’s super sire, Invincible Spirit, who stood with us for four seasons (2003-06), producing horses like Yosei, Spirit Song and, of course, a very good sire of his own in I Am Invincible.”

From Aushorse

A big city win has been on the horizon for Victorian breeders Ralph and Peta Zito and their homebred Leodoro in recent weeks.

And, on Saturday, Leodoro (Jayemzed) saluted with a degree of brilliance over 1200 metres at Caulfield.

Leodoro is a homebred in the truest sense.

The Zitos also bred and raced Leodoro’s dam, White Gold and his sire Jayemzed (Lion Cavern) who now stands at Darnik Park near Maldon.

Jayemzed, standing at Darnik Park

Trained by the astute Mick Kent, Leodoro was last at the 250 metres before bursting down the outside with a powerful run to grasp Wind Force in the final two strides at Caulfield.

“We always knew it was going to be tricky from gate 11, but he was able to overcome that and dig deep and he finished off a strong race,” Jockey Beau Mertens commented post race.

It really was a very good day at Caulfield for the Zitos and their relatively small family of horses.

The race before at Caulfield was won by Nesbo (Valixir), whose dam, Tavette (Vittori), the Zitos also bred and raced! Tavette is a half sister to Jayemzed, both being out of very good producer Te Akau. In a rare double, the 7th and 8th race winners were produced by a sister and brother!

Best raced fresh, Leodoro will have a short break of six to eight weeks before being back to contest races in the late spring.

Stallion Jayemzed is an important member of the Zito family, as the Victorian couple named him after the initials of their son Joel Mathew Zito who was tragically killed in a car accident within hours of Jayemzed being foaled in November 2002.

Jayemzed had a favorable racing career when trained at Mornington by Barry Howe. He recorded five wins and a black type second in the Listed Anniversary Vase at Caulfield.

As a stallion, Jayemzed has sired ten horses to race, with four winners among them including the four-time winner in Victoria, Shane Fliedner’s Bee Jay Zed.

Ralph Zito says in addition to his winning strike rate, another notable factor of Jayemzed is his capacity to transmit his own appearance, correct confirmation, long athletic stride and docile temperament to his progeny.

White Gold, a talented galloper herself, produced Leodoro, whose name loosely means Gold Lion in Italian, with reference to the Lion Cavern and Phoenix pedigree reference.

White Gold will return to Jayemzed this season, which Zito credits the successful mating to being line bred with Something Royal being an influence on both sides of Leodoro’s pedigree.

Only covering a handful of mares each season, Jayemzed is certainly getting the job done as a stallion, producing more than his share of winners.

Jayemzed will be standing at Darnik Park in the 2017 season at $3300 (Inc. GST). Those interested can contact Darnik Park’s Betty Connell on 03 5475 1457 for more information.

Trainer, Frankie Stockdale, reckons it was his son, Brandon, who pointed out the filly in the catalogue: a Bel Esprit from Glacier Bay at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Three dams back, there she was…Black Caviar.

Sure, the family does have a lot of black type with Scandinavia, Magnus and All Too Hard prominent as well, but the clincher is that Black Caviar is also by Bel Esprit.

Stockdale, senior and junior, decided to go and have a look at the Noorilim Park bred filly in the Grange Thoroughbreds draft at Oaklands Junction and were pleasantly surprised to see that she was a “cracking type” as well.

Minor problem though. Well, actually a major problem.

Discussing with the Grange’s Gary Mudgway as to what he thought the filly would make, everyone agreed she was likely to weigh in around the $200,000 mark.

Gary Mudgway has recently closed his Grange Thoroughbreds operation at Nagambie

Stockdale has around 16 in work at his Pakenham stables and said that kind of money was a bit rich for his blood, but decided to watch her go through the ring anyway.

Lo and behold, the bidding stalled at $75,000 and the yearling was subsequently knocked down to Stockdale.

Noted for preparing yearlings for the breeze0-up sales, Unique Lovely was aimed at the Inglis Ready2Race sale of 2015, but things (perhaps luckily) went awry.

Unique Lovely at Grange Thoroughbreds prior to the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale

“She was actually a breeze up horse but she got crook so we didn’t get to sell her. So we’ve kept her and we knew she could gallop anyway. It’s worked out magnificent,” said Stockdale senior.

So the filly remained in the stables and given the moniker Unique Lovely, a special name as Stockdale has always nicknamed his daughter ‘Lovely’.

So it’s a fairly ambitious name to live up to, but she’s proven to be one of a kind for the Stockdale family with her Caulfield on Saturday being her her third race in a row, getting up in a thriller over the 1100m.

All up, Unique Lovely has three wins and a third from seven outings and $196,865 in stakes.

“She showed ability from day one,” Frankie Stockdale points out.

“It appears as if she took a while to get her act together, but she was crook early on … we discovered she had ulcers. But once we got that right, she’s just gone from strength to strength.

A black-type start is now on the cards.

It was a weekend that Grange’s Gary Mudgway is unlikely to forget in a hurry either.

On Friday, Mudgway shut down his Grange Thoroughbreds operation following the sale of Paringa Park in Victoria and is taking something of a ‘sabbatical’ (i.e. camping) via South Australia, via Darwin.

Mudgway finished on a high note though, particularly as Unique Lovely’s victory was coupled with that of another stakes winning Grange graduate in Civic Stakes winner, Gold Symphony.

“I really liked Unique Lovely. She was raised at Grange and was always one of my favourites,” Mudgway recalls.

“She reminded me, in a lot of ways, of Black Caviar when she was a yearling and I was sad to see her go…I would have liked to have bought her myself.

“She (Unique Lovely) was bred by Peter Carrick and I had bought the filly’s dam, Glacier Bay, at the (2009) Adelaide Magic Millions for $16,000 on Peter’s behalf.

“Glacier Bay was a big, rangy mare and she won a race for Wendy Kelly before heading off to stud.

“Well done Frankie on the result. He’s got himself a good filly.”

From Aushorse

A landmark survey by a Charles Sturt University (CSU) Bachelor of Science (Honours) student aims to shed light on the eating habits of Australian horses.

CSU student Ms Claudia Macleay, who is doing her second degree after her 2015 graduation from the University’s equine science program, is conducting the survey into the feeding practices and supplement use among Australian horse owners.

Ms Macleay said, “Although there’s a large amount of research on what horses should be fed, there is very little research on what Australians actually feed their horses.

“The aim of my survey is to collect data that will help us understand what feeds and supplements horse owners and managers are using across Australia and how that relates to the horse’s current use, housing, pasture and workload or training,” said Ms Macleay.

“This is important information because if Australians are over or under-feeding their horses this can lead to a range of health issues such as poor dental health, gastric ulcers, obesity, metabolic problems and colic.

“Sometimes our human perceptions get in the way of what we should feed our animals, we want our production animals like cows, sheep and pigs to be fatter and bigger but that philosophy for horses doesn’t necessarily work,” she said.

Ms Macleay hopes her research findings will be used to examine the current equine nutrition trends in Australia.
“This national survey will give us much needed data around whether owners are feeding their horses enough fibre and roughage, what supplements they are using, or if their needs to be more education around what horses can eat.”

TBV encourages breeders to participate in the online survey:

A recent Budget decision by the Victorian Government to entirely remove stamp duty on insurance for agricultural products will deliver a windfall to the state’s breeding and racing industry.

The previous rate in Victoria of 10% on such insurance policies, which includes thoroughbred mortality insurance, compares with a 2.5% duty in New South Wales and no duty at all in New Zealand placing Victoria at a competitive disadvantage.

The new zero-duty applies from 1 July this year.

Brad Tindall, Account Director at Newmarket Grandwest, said any breeder or racehorse owner who takes out mortality insurance on their horses will benefit.

“Insurance is a critical part of the thoroughbred sector considering the value of both racing and breeding stock,” Mr Tindall said.

“We estimate this significant tax reduction will save some breeding operations tens of thousands of dollars every year.

“By making insurance less costly, this decision also encourages further take up of insurance throughout the sector.

“It is vital breeders manage the risk they face with their valuable animals.”

For more information or advice on insurance, TBV recommends you contact equine insurance specialists Brad, Leisa or Kendel at Newmarket Grandwest on (08) 8177 5000.

Global giant, Spendthrift Farm, has invested considerably in the Australian market over the past three years, establishing a stud farm in Victoria, buying up numerous quality mares and outlaying close to $10 million on yearlings … mainly colts.

Buying up big on unraced colts can be risky play and not something most of us would take to our bank manager, but the upside is that a well-bred, Group One winning colt can be worth millions. Tens of millions.

The Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained, Hualalai, might not be the beacon at the end of the tunnel just yet, but is definitely one of Spendthrift’s shining lights, winning like a very good horse in a 2YO race over 1400m at Rosehill on Saturday.

After doing very little to get the blood coursing in two runs back in December/January, Hualalai has turned a new leaf this campaign, winning his maiden at Kembla in May, running second on a heavy track at Rosehill on 17 June and now an emphatic winner at Rosehill.

Spendthrift Australia’s General Manager, Garry Cuddy, was certainly a happy camper after Saturday’s victory and believes the colt is now living up to his considerable promise.

“He (Hualalai) really showed what he’s capable of and it was just a matter of putting it all together,” Cuddy enthused.

“He’s done a fantastic job this prep and now he’ll have a bit of a freshen up before returning for the spring.

“It’s only early days, but the stable is talking Caulfield Guineas. Very exciting.

“I would suggest that he’s probably the pick of the Spendthrift 2YOs at this stage, but Overshare (by I Am Invincible) was impressive when winning at Canterbury a week or so ago too. There’s a lot to look forward to.”

Hualalai was purchased by Spendthrift for $625,000 at the 2016 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Hualalai, named after a popular resort in Hawaii, is by the sadly departed Street Cry from the Encosta de Lago mare, Aloha, winner of the 2011 Group One Coolmore Classic and two other stakes races and, in turn, a daughter of juvenile stakes winner, Tennessee Midnight.

The dam of seven winners and granddam of Group Two winner, My Emotion, Tennessee Midnight is a half sister to nine other winners, notably Malaguerra, who has ‘updated’ the pedigree somewhat since Spendthrift’s outlay, capturing two Group One wins in 2016 and winning the Group Two Australia Stakes earlier this year.

With a super sire, a family that has produced some quality runners and clearly a heap of talent, we may well see Hualalai grace the Spendthrift stallion barn at Kerrie in the future.

From Aushorse

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) welcomes changes to the skilled migration occupation list that benefit the breeding industry, announced by the federal government today.

A significant alteration to the visa scheme is the reinstatement of the occupation ‘horse trainer’ to the list of occupations under which employers can hire skilled workers from overseas.

This occupation category is the one currently used to bring in the majority of foreign breeding staff.

Basil Nolan, president of TBA, said: “On behalf of the TBA I’d like to thank the government for listening to us breeders, as well as the broader racing industry, on what our needs are.

“We don’t employ big numbers of foreign workers, but those that are here are a vital part of the workforce and in a global business such as breeding we need to continue to have access to these highly skilled people.”

Mr Nolan added: “We also owe thanks to Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, who met with us to discuss this issue face to face and gave us a commitment he would assist on our behalf.

“I should also point out that it is testament to the continued efforts of TBA under our chief executive Tom Reilly to improve our industry’s standing in Canberra that we were able to have such a meeting a receive such a commitment.

“Finally, I would like to thank Barry O’Farrell at Racing Australia for his ongoing efforts on this issue as well as the Australian Trainers’ Association and NSW Trainers’ Association.”

TBA will continue to work with the relevant government departments to ensure all future changes to skilled visa programs meet the needs of the breeding industry.

For further information contact Tom Reilly on 0423 146 334.

Entries are now open for the 2018 Inglis Select Yearling Sale Series.

Following a record 2017 season, attention has switched to next year when more horses will be sold on more days of auction as the company expands and moves its Sydney base to Riverside Stables.

Around 2000 yearlings were sold through an Inglis Select Yearling Sale this year, at an outstanding clearance rate of 88%.

Highlights of the season included Inglis selling the first ever $1million horse in Victoria, selling 18 of the 23 $1million-plus yearlings sold in Australasia, and statistically the most successful season in the company’s 150-year history.

Features of the 2018 Inglis Select Yearling Sale Series include a bumper four days of the Classic Sale to start the year – which will double as the inaugural sale at the new Riverside Stables complex.

Classic will again include the popular Gold Riband session on opening night, as well as a $1million bonus split between named vendor and supplier if any horse sold at the 2018 Classic Yearling Sale wins the 2019 Golden Slipper.

The Premier Yearling Sale and Australian Easter Yearling Sale will again look to gain on their recent outstanding successes; Premier has achieved year-on-year growth for an amazing eight consecutive years, and Easter averaged $355,000 this year – 73% higher than the next nearest yearling sale in the southern hemisphere.

Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster was proud of the company’s 2017 achievements but said the focus was now firmly on next year.

“Our results from 2017 speak for themselves: we delivered the highest average price across the industry and the highest clearance rates in Australasia,’’ Webster said.

“The 2017 season was a triumphant one but let me reassure you that our focus is now on 2018 and ensuring we all continue to enjoy a prosperous racing industry and healthy bloodstock market. We take nothing for granted.’’

Entries for the 2018 Inglis Select Yearling Sale Series close on August 4.

To discuss the sales placement of your yearlings with a member of Inglis’ experienced and independent bloodstock team call Sydney on 02 9399 7999 or Melbourne on 03 9333 1422.

DATES FOR THE 2018 SERIES ARE:

  • Classic Yearling Sale – Riverside Stables, Sydney – February 10-13
  • Premier Yearling Sale – Oaklands, Melbourne – March 4-7
  • Australian Easter Yearling Sale – Riverside Stables, Sydney – April 8-10
  • VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale – Oaklands, Melbourne – April 22
  • HTBA Scone Yearling Sale – White Park, Scone – May 13

A new national Thoroughbred Advisory Panel has been established to advise on the use of thoroughbred breeding industry levy funds.

Among other panel members, the representatives include Nagambie based Tas Rielley, an experienced operator and industry representative who, with his wife Julie, runs Basinghall Farm.

The Panel met for the first time last week and hosted a forum with industry and researchers to discuss research and development (R&D) opportunities for the Australian Thoroughbred industry.

The establishment of the advisory panel follows the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister for Agriculture and Water Resources, Barnaby Joyce’s announcement of a new levy to provide the thoroughbred breeding industry with greater certainty about future R&D funding.

The levy, to be managed and invested by Rural Industries Research and Development Corporation (RIRDC), is expected to collect $400,000 from the industry each year. The Coalition Government will match expenditure by RIRDC on eligible thoroughbred R&D dollar-for-dollar.

The levy will be set at a rate of $10 per mare covered per season, paid by the stallion owner and $10 per mare returned per season, paid by the broodmare owner. Additional voluntary contributions will compliment levies collected and be available for research investment.

“This forum was an opportunity for industry representatives to present to the Thoroughbred Advisory Panel on the capacity each of their organisation holds in equine research,” said RIRDC Program Manager, Research and Innovation, Michael Beer.

Stud farms across Australia will benefit from the new industry-backed R&D levy, aimed at improving thoroughbred breeding while combating diseases and parasites in horses.

The thoroughbred racing industry is worth around $5 billion per annum to the Australian economy, and employs more than 65,000 people, particularly in rural and regional areas.

The advisory panel is chaired by Professor Nigel Perkins from the School of Veterinary Science at the University of Queensland. He is recognised nationally and internationally as a leader in the field of veterinary epidemiology.

Other panel members are Jacqueline Stewart, (Keeper of the Australian Stud Book), Dr Catherine Chicken (consultant to the Scone Equine Hospital on pathology and infectious disease), Judith Medd (Racing and Wagering Western Australia Industry Veterinarian), Derek Field (Widden Stud General Manager) and Tas Rielley.

Tas has previously served on the boards of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, the Australian Pattern Committee and Aushorse Marketing.