Excerpts from ANZ Bloodstock News

The Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, which has experienced significant growth in recent years, was a tougher task for vendors this year with key indicators such as average price and median all down.

Inglis’ Victorian bloodstock manager Simon Vivian admitted the sale had proven difficult for vendors but was pleased with the strong finish to the auction headed by the record priced Spirit Of Boom colt.

“To be able to achieve a record price for the sale was very pleasing,’’ Vivian said.

“The clearance rate was especially sticky for the first couple of hours while the sale found its feet, but the second half probably went around 85 per cent clearance through the ring which was satisfying. Private sales will see that advance to over 80 per cent.

“There was great support here from the Victorian training bench, as well as NSW, South Australia and Tasmanian trainers too, so I’m looking forward to seeing some fantastic results on the track from these horses from next year.’’

Rosemont’s record-breaking VOBIS Colt

A Spirit Of Boom colt bred at Rosemont Stud secured a record price of $120,000 for a lot sold at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale on Sunday.

The colt surpassed the $110,000 top price achieved at the 2017 Oaklands Junction sale (for a Fighting Sun colt), after being purchased by Manny Gelagotis.

“We had a specific order for this horse so the clients back home will be happy. We’ve done well,” Gelagotis said.

Rosemont Stud operations manager Gerard Jones said he was ‘ecstatic with the result’.

“He appeared to be the colt of the sale and it turned out that way, which is always nice,” Jones said soon after the colt’s sale.

“It’s really good that Manny got him. He’s VOBIS-qualified, so it’s great that he stayed home.”

Rosemont Stud sold six yearlings yesterday for an aggregate of $164,000 at an average of $27,333.

Toronado filly makes $85,000

The second highest-priced yearling was a filly by first season Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (High Chaparral) who is a half-sister to Group 3 winner I’ll Have A Bit (Smart Missile).

I’ll Have A Bit was runner-up in last October’s Group 2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic and was fifth in Saturday’s Listed Redelva Stakes at Morphettville.

Bred by Victoria’s Ken and Jenny Breese, the Lot 210 colt was purchased by Boneo Horse Ranch’s Tony Ottobre for $85,000.

The filly is the fifth foal out of dual Melbourne metropolitan-winning mare Take All Of Me (Jeune), herself a daughter of the Group Two winner Tickle My (Perugino).

Ledger lands Burnewang North’s Written Tycoon filly

Long-time successful Victorian trainer John Ledger’s determination to once again become a leading country stable in the state took another step forward when he purchased the third highest-priced lot at the Oaklands Junction sale yesterday.

The Wangaratta-based Ledger, with the support of sons Chris and Brad, bought a filly by Victoria’s premier stallion Written Tycoon for $80,000 from the Burnewang North Pastoral draft.

The Written Tycoon filly is the first foal out of five-time winner and city-placed mare Deeming (Nadeem). Her second dam, the winning mare Aver (Bubble Gum Fellow) is a half-sister to the former Mick Price-trained dual Group One winner Pompeii Ruler (Genuine).

Ledger said Burnewang North Pastoral was a proven producer of high-quality horses, giving him confidence to up his budget for the filly.

“Burnewang always do a nice job and I have bought horses from them before. I have also worked with horses that Mick Price has bought off them. They are always sound and they tell you what they are and where they have been,” Ledger told ANZ Bloodstock News.

Burnewang North Pastoral proprietor Cathy Hains was delighted the Written Tycoon filly was purchased by a strong supporter of the farm.

“John bought her for the same group of owners who he has had quite some success with and they are still racing some Burnewang progeny whose best is hopefully still in front of them, so we really appreciate his loyalty,” Hains told ANZ Bloodstock News.

I Am Invincible filly heads to Warrnambool

Burnewang North Pastoral were also responsible for selling the fourth highest-priced yearling of the day when Warrnambool trainer Matthew Williams went to $75,000 for a daughter of I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) from the Rochester-based farm’s draft.

Catalogued as Lot 106, the filly is the first foal out of juvenile winner Jewel Heist (Dane Shadow), who is herself a half-sister to the Group 2 winner Pampelonne (Rock Of Gibraltar).

Williams purchased the colt in partnership with Sheamus Mills Bloodstock.

“Sheamus is a great judge and Matt is a great trainer, so we are pretty excited about that. She couldn’t be in better hands,” Hains said.

Hains said setbacks suffered by the Written Tycoon and I Am Invincible filly led to them both being catalogued at the Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Sale instead of a select sale earlier this year.

“VOBIS Gold is a lesser sale, of course, than the bigger ones but they stood out and sold to good judges,” Hains said.

In total, Burnewang North Pastoral sold four yearlings for $210,000 at an average of $52,500 to finish the day as the leading vendor by average (three or more lots sold).

Hains, who this year will offer her entire 2017 foal crop as weanlings at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale and the Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, said the market had been tough for vendors at the middle to lower end of the market at recent yearling sales.

Morgan cashes in on All American filly

A day after All American (Red Ransom) three-year-old Sam’s Image delivered a six figure payday for Peter Morgan when taking out the $180,000 Yulong VOBIS Gold Dash (1100m) at Caulfield, the Whittlesea-based trainer was yesterday reinvesting some of the prize money on a yearling by the same stallion who stands at Chatswood Stud.

Morgan struck early in the session at Oaklands Junction for Lot 29 who is a half-sister to the Listed winner Instalment (Elvstroem) and recent Echuca two-year-old winner Expedius (Unencumbered).

VOBIS Sale Wrap

Australia’s leading trainer Darren Weir was also active, buying a filly by Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor) in partnership with Roll The Dice Racing for $38,000.

“This is a great value sale and there will be some nice horses come out of it. Hopefully we can pick the right one,” Weir told Racing.com.

The leading vendor by aggregate was Supreme Thoroughbreds with a total of 16 yearlings selling for $479,000 at an average of $29,938, while the leading buyer by aggregate was Mornington trainer Kane Harris.

Harris bought five yearlings for $200,000 at an average of $40,000, while the Alice Springs Turf Club purchased 17 yearlings.

In total, nine yearlings sold for $60,000 or more in Melbourne where 200 lots were sold for $3,853,000 an average of $19,265 at a clearance rate of 79 per cent. The median was $13,000. The figures were down on the 2017 sale which averaged $22,593 with a median price of $18,000.

The win of Mahamedeis in the $310,000 Spendthrift Australia 3YO VOBIS Sires race over 1600 metres at Caulfield on Saturday shows that often in the world of thoroughbred breeding the apple doesn’t fall far from the tree.

The son of Magnus was born and raised on the rich, undulating pastures of Yallambee Stud in the Kerrie Valley. His sire even spent his early breeding barn days at the stud.

These days Yallambee, previously run by Christie and Rick Woodard, is under the auspices of the race’s sponsor, Spendthrift Australia.

Yallambee’s Christie Woodard was thrilled to see the highly promising galloper claim the lucrative VOBIS race.

Presentation to connections of Mahamedeis after winning the Spendthrift Australia 3YO VOBIS Sires (Mike Keating-Racing Photos)

“It’s all very close to home this win, as I foaled Mahamedeis at the old Yallambee, and he was only bred up the road at the former Eliza Park. Being a son of Magnus, who we used to stand ourselves in the early days, its all very closely connected,” Woodard said.

“Yallambee Stud certainly had its fair share of stakes horses from those pastures, and let’s hope that Spendthrift, as the new owners, will have the same if not more success in the future.

“As Rick and I were off travelling, I sold Mahamedeis though our Yallambee Stud draft at the VOBIS sale for $24,000. He was a lovely foal that developed into a very nice yearling. You can’t keep them all.”

Mahamedeis has now won three of seven starts with three runner-up finishes and earnings of just under $300,000.

No longer breeding themselves, Christie has sold Elusive Magic, the dam of Mahamedeis to Tasmania. The mare though has had a bad run of luck the last four seasons and hasn’t produced a foal.

“I’m sure her new owner is delighted with the win…hopefully they can get her back in foal,” Woodard said.

Trained by Nick Ryan out of Caulfield’s Neerim Lodge, Mahamedeis is now being given sight of stakes races during the Queensland Winter Carnival.

“He’s been a really progressive horse, I’m just rapt to see him do what he did today. The plan is that he’ll now go three weeks into the Rough Habit Plate then into the Grand Prix Stakes and ultimately the Queensland Derby,” Ryan said.

Fascinatingly, Ryan created another link in the Kerrie Valley story at the VOBIS Gold Sale on Sunday.

Buoyed by Saturday’s win Ryan was on the hunt for more VOBIS talent. Ryan selected a yearling for not only the same price as he paid for Mahamedeis ($24,000), it was bred out of exactly the same property in the Kerrie Valley.

The Fulmen Park offered colt was bred by Yallambee’s new owners Spendthift Australia and is a son of their former shuttler Can The Man himself a son of Spendthrift’s highly successful North American based sire Into Mischief.

Let’s hope the lush, rich pastures of Kerrie Valley will once again deliver success for young trainer Ryan.

Victorian based stallion farm, Sun Stud has announced a 11-strong stallion roster for the 2018 breeding season, which includes exciting newcomers, National Defense from Ireland and the son of Snitzel, Thronum.

“Sun Stud is very excited about introducing National Defense and Thronum this season,” Sun Stud’s Senior Sales & Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay, points out.

“National Defense was a brilliant 2YO and is sure to catch the attention of local broodmare owners keen to tap into the Invincible Spirit connection.

A Champion 2YO in Europe, National Defense won his maiden by 6 lengths before capturing the Group 1 Prix Lagardere in a canter (4.5 lengths) and is currently working his way through an outstanding book of mares at the Irish National Stud.

Importantly, National Defense is by Invincible Spirit, whose sire sons in Australia include the all-conquering I Am Invincible.

“Thronum’s race record speaks for itself, but it’s a real stallion’s pedigree too: apart from being a son of Snitzel, his family is jam-packed with black type talent, and he is closely related to outstanding sires Shamardal and Street Cry.”

Thronum, a Lindsay Park trained son of Snitzel, won his first two races as a 2YO, then won again first up as a 3YO in the Listed Rosebud Stakes. In January, he led throughout to win the Group 2 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley. At his most recent outing, Thronum finished a narrow second in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes.

Also standing at Sun Stud in 2018 will be Magnus, Palentino, Fighting Sun, Fiorente, Bel Esprit, Love Conquers All, Ready For Victory, Squamosa and Moshe.

“Magnus remains in the top 15 sires in the nation by winners and earnings (over $4.7 million this season), while dual Group One winner Palentino covered an outstanding book of mares last spring and we’re very much looking forward to his first crop of foals … especially if they look anything like him!” Lindsay adds.

“Fighting Sun has gotten off to a flying start with his first runners – 5 winners in total, including the Stakes winning colt, Chess Star, and the Group placed filly, Platinum Mam’selle. And Fiorente has had his first winner, Hawkshot and a city placegetter from only three runners.

“Sun Stud’s decision to consolidate all its stallions at the Victorian base, also sees Champion Sire Bel Esprit returning south – fittingly he is the leading VOBIS sire, while we also welcome Love Conquers All, a Champion Australian First Season Sire by Winners and source of such outstanding sprinters as 4-time Group winner, Savanna Amour.

“We’re particularly taken with the first foals of Flemington 2YO Stakes winner, Ready For Victory, who actually covered a bigger book of mares in his second season after breeders got the opportunity to see what he was capable of producing.

Additionally, Champion Victorian First Season sire Squamosa, and Black Caviar’s brother, Moshe – 40 winners this season – are certainly priced attractively for mare owners.”

2018 Sun Stud Service Fees (Inc GST)

  • Thronum TBA Magnus $19,800
  • Fiorente $17,600 Palentino $17,600
  • Fighting Sun $15,400 Moshe $5,500
  • National Defense $11,000 Love Conquers All $8,800
  • Ready For Victory $6,600 Squamosa $6,600

For further information on Sun Stud’s 2018 lineup, phone Mark Lindsay on 0499 032 986 or visit www.sunstud.com.au

Slowly, but surely, a new international player is making Victoria home and there remain big things to come.

Yulong Investments, owned and managed by passionate Chinese businessman Mr Zhang Yue Sheng, is set to become one of Australia’s major bloodstock players with its base in Victoria.

A determination to succeed and an unwavering passion has lead to assembling a talented and experienced team, coupled with high-quality bloodstock and top-class facilities, based over two Victorian locations.

Initially, Yulong Park was established at Bayles to Melbourne’s south-east and remains their facility for spelling and pre-training.

Earlier this year, Yulong branched out into one of Australia’s pre-eminent thoroughbred regions, the Goulburn Valley with the purchase of Gerry Ryan’s Limerick Lane at Nagambie.

Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray discusses the positive impact Yulong is creating throughout the state and the future plans of the operation.

“Our Nagambie property will be a base for our growing breeding operation. Being based in the heart of thoroughbred country, the famous nursery will cater for our growing band of broodmares, as well as being the home of weanling and yearling preparations,” Fairgray said.

“We will ideally further expand our Victorian landholding to around 1000 acres so that we can utilise and develop breeding barn facilities to stand commercial stallions in the future.

“We have invested heavily in the quality of our broodmare band, playing a hand at the recent Inglis breeding sales, including the top lot at $1.35 million, the Group 2 winning mare, Gypsy Diamond in foal to super sire I Am Invincible.”

Yu Long bought Gypsy Diamond for $1.35 million at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale

In fact, Yulong’s total spend on seven mares was $4.12 million, which included paying $800,000 for Gypsy Diamond’s dam Gypsy Tucker, a daughter of Zabeel, in foal to Australia’s leading sire Snitzel, as well as Veruschka (in foal to Frankel), Shoot The Breeze (in foal to Shalaa) and stakes-placed filly Pageantry (a daughter of I Am Invincible).

These key broodmare buys follow major acquisitions at both the Inglis and Magic Millions broodmare sales over the past couple of years. In 2016, Yulong purchased Extremely, the dam of Blue Diamond winner Extreme Choice while last year they snapped up Group 2 winning mare Gregers for $1.75 million at Magic Millions in June.

“By purchasing these mares, we have set the tone for the quality and standard that we wish to achieve. Yulong wants to be a leader in the thoroughbred industry, not only in Victoria but nationally,” Fairgray said.

“With the high number of commercial mares that head up to the Hunter Valley (from Victoria), we ideally want to be able to stand stallions that are worthy of those high-end mares and keep them here in Victoria to breed.

“We are fortunate that Mr Zhang is very passionate about the thoroughbred industry as a whole…he loves his horses and he is here for the long-term.

“It’s all a process at this stage. By having good people in place and developing systems, we have a solid structure to build the brand, and its success.”

Fairgray also notably points out the lifestyle that the Victorian thoroughbred industry offers to employees, due to the convenient location of the breeding region.

“For people working in the breeding industry, Melbourne provides a great lifestyle, being only an hour away. Even if you work full-time on the farms, staff can still enjoy going to the races (in Melbourne), the football or a trip into town.”

“This is a big positive when compared to the distances needed to travel to access the Hunter Valley.

“Victoria gives people a life outside of work, which is integral to the mental health of our workforce and their personal well-being. We should be promoting this as a way to encourage the high-end horse staff to come down to Victoria to seek quality employment opportunities.”

On the racing side, Yulong has already had success with horses such as Yulong Baby, Yu Long Sheng Hui and Yulong Monoceros. Group winner Holy Snow (Fastnet Rock) is a three-year-old with great promise while a string of two-year-olds are set to rack up wins for Yulong.

Yulong have also become a major supporter of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria through their sponsorship of the Yulong VOBIS Gold Dash at Caulfield at the recent Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday.

Note: In case you were wondering, Yulong translates to ‘Jade Dragon’ in Chinese.

Blue Gum Farm has announced its stallion roster and service fees for the 2018 breeding season with a mixture of proven sires alongside a pair of up-and-comers.

“We are pleased to announce the service fees for our stallions for the 2018 breeding season. We look forward to discussing your breeding requirements for the forthcoming season,” said Blue Gum Farm’s Philip Campbell.

(2005 by Encosta De Lago ex Shantha’s Choice by Canny Lad).
2018 Fee: $19,250

He boasts a pedigree second to none and on the racetrack was a G1 winner at two, before beating all but So You Think in the 2009 Cox Plate. His Golden Slipper winning daughter She Will Reign trained on at three this season to win the G1 Moir Stakes.

With five crops of racing age, his progeny have now earned over $13 million. He was enormously popular last season serving his biggest book to date in his first year in Victoria. His yearlings sold to $150,000 in 2018.

(2004 by Johannesburg ex Spirit Of Grace by Dr Grace).
2018 Fee: $8,800

A winner at two in Sydney, he improved every racing season and was a multiple group one winner at five. Like him, his progeny can win early and race on successfully year after year. He has enjoyed another stellar season in 2017-18 headed by two new group winners, Lyuba in the G3 Skip Sprint at the Melbourne Cup carnival and Victoria’s most progressive horse Widgee Turf, recent winner of the G3 Victoria Hcp at Caulfield. His progeny earnings have now topped $8 million, with his yearlings selling to $95,000 in 2018.

(2010 by More Than Ready ex Deedra by Zabeel).
2018 Fee: $6,600

Winner of the G3 Up and Coming Stakes from just four starts, he has the looks one would expect of a $500,000 Easter yearling. By one of the all time best shuttle stallions, he is a half-brother to G1 winner Fenway and three-quarter relation to champion mare More Joyous.

His first two runners Des Moines and First Strike have been placed at Caulfield and run fourth at Ascot respectively, while Shadow Bridge, which made $420,000 at a ready-to-run sale last year, won a recent Sydney trial impressively and looks a coming winner. His yearlings sold to $150,000 in 2018.

(2006 by Verglas ex Spring Symphony by Darshaan).
2018 Fee: $5,500

He is a magnificent looker and had the ability to match. A winner at two and group winner in the UK, he blossomed in Australia winning at G1 level, earning a career total of over $1.5m. His sire had two highly successful seasons in WA and was leading Australian sire by AEI in 2011-12.

He has had one winner from just three runners so far from his first crop, while the Robbie Griffiths trained, stakes-placed Grand Symphony and placegetter Miss Harmonium are among four runners to date from his second crop. His yearlings sold to $60,000 in 2018 and at the VOBIS Gold Sale, he was leading sire by average for three or more lots sold.

All prices include GST and there is a live foal payment option on all our stallions.

Exciting filly Sopressa’s brilliant victory in the Group 3 SAJC Auraria Stakes in Adelaide on Saturday was perfect timing for Greta West’s Bucklee Farm, as they presented his half-brother at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale the following day.

The Weir trained Sopressa (So You Think) was in a class of her own when accelerating away to win the 1800 metre contest by four and a quarter lengths beating champion filly Miss Finland’s daughter Earth Angel.

Bred by the Victorian Stallion Partnership and Dean Thoroughbreds’ Cathy Webb and Ken Dean, Sopressa now heads the market for the Group 1 Australasian Oaks, with two wins and four placings from nine starts with prize money of $111,610..

On Sunday, Sopressa’s younger sibling, an athletic son of first crop sire Warhorse, was offered as Lot 91 and snapped up by Mornington trainer Kane Harris for $60,000.

Leeanne Smith’s Bucklee Farm has certainly hit a rich vein of form of late with an impressive list of winners this season.

Bucklee Farm winning graduates of recent times have been Group winning Cliff’s Edge, Sunday Escape, Weekend Escape, Leishman, Hay Bale, She’s Our Gift, Lady Selkirk, multiple stakes winner Money Maher and Miss Norway.

“When the winners keep coming, I’m very happy, and although I don’t live for the winners, when we all work so hard, it’s exciting to have this amount of success emerging from our small farm.”

“The VOBIS initiatives are brilliant, and we, as breeders are receiving the rewards. It’s wonderful influence that VOBIS is having on Victorian breeding,” Smith said.

“Although yesterday’s sale was tough going, and we were very busy having the second biggest draft going through the ring with 18 yearlings in total, we are very happy that 16 have found good homes.”

Sopressa was sold for $70,000 at the Inglis Great Southern Weanling to Dowling Park. Smith remembers Sopressa as a weanling fondly being “well grown, and although she was going to take time to furnish, the quality was there.”

The fifth winner from the Group 2 winning Weasel Clause mare, Hidden Strings, Sopressa has a yet-to-be-named two-year-old half-sister by Written Tycoon in training with Brendan McCarthy. Hidden Strings is now foal to the son of Scat Daddy, No Way Never (USA).

Rangal Park owner Eric Butler is enjoying every moment of watching the son of his stallion Danerich, the much-loved Rich Charm, captivate racing fans around Australia.

That success continued on the weekend with a magical come-from-behind win in the $280,000 Newmarket Grandwest VOBIS Gold Sprint at Caulfield.

“It’s so very pleasing to see something like this happen as it touches everyone’s heart…and as everyone loves to support Udyta Clark on her journey,” Butler said.

“So often the big money trainers can dominate the results, so to see someone like her succeed is a dream come true.

“When you look at the replay, once he wound up he won with ease, even with Patty (Maloney) dropping the whip. He just accelerated up to them and then just cruised straight past them on the line.

“There is no doubt Udyta will get plenty more mileage out of that horse. I would love to see him go over and have a chance to win the Group 1 Goodwood, if she decides to travel him. It would be great for Danerich, as the tough SA mares are a perfect match.”

It would also be a chance for Danerich to get that elusive Group 1 winner after one of his other star sprinters Lord Of The Sky was nosed out in the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes at Randwick in 2016.

“Breeding can be a bit of a battle, but Rich Charm shows that good horses can come from anywhere, when they are raised correctly, trained right, have the desire to win and are sound.

Danerich continues to get some handy winners including in the city, but certainly the biggest pedigree update for him is on his dam side thanks to his little half-brother and Everest victor, the mighty Redzel. Both are out of the mare Millrich.

“He is lucky, having plenty of exposure being a half to the Champion that won the Championship – you can’t get better than that,” Butler said.

At the recent Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, two Danerich progeny sold very well, commanding $125,000 and $100,000.

“He certainly throws the athletic, commercial types, and for only a very small investment of $6600 for his service fee, he is incredibly good value,” Butler said.

With books averaging around 50 mares for the last few seasons, and fertility above 90%, Danerich boasts 64% runners to winners.

“Not that many stallions can achieve 64%, and it is even more impressive as some mares he covers may not be the best performed, pedigreed or proven at producing. He continues to upgrade his books, and has great results with mares that have stoutness and are free of Northern Dancer,” Butler said.

“His progeny are as tough as nails, thanks to his robust colonial bloodlines. They stay sound and have great longevity.”

“We hope that this season Danerich can really capitalise off Rich Charm’s fame, and gain some extra bookings. I think people are starting to realise how underrated Danerich is as a stallion, and for only $6600, it really is a giveaway price for what you can get for them.”

Woodside Park Stud is thrilled to announce that they will be standing the dual Group 1 winner, Tosen Stardom this season for the highly competitive 2018 service fee of $17,500 (+ GST).

A son of Champion sire, Deep Impact, Tosen Stardom is a massive coup for Victorian breeders, being one of just three Deep Impact sire sons available to breeders outside of Japan.

Woodside Park Stud’s James Price is delighted to offer mare owners the opportunity to tap into these world-class bloodlines.

“You only have to watch his Emirates Stakes win, and hear the excitement resonating in Matt Hill voice say “Tosen Stardom drops from the sky”, to know that he is a serious, serious racehorse, and that you can expect the same success at stud.”

Champion trainer Darren Weir was instrumental in showcasing the entire’s immense talent, his signature late explosive surge and freakish turn of foot.

“Tosen Stardom has everything it takes to be one of the great stallions in this country, he’s got the pedigree, the ability and now he’s got the Group 1,” Weir said.

Supplementing his Group 1 victories in the Toorak Handicap and the Emirates Stakes, Tosen Stardom was a gallant runner-up in his Australian debut in the Group 1 Ranvet Stakes, second in the Group 2 Blamey Stakes and the Group 1 Futurity Stakes and a close third in the Group 1 Memsie Stakes.

Retiring sound with considerable prize money of $3,342,526 and being the super-sire’s 31st individual Group 1 winner, Tosen Stardom is Deep Impact’s only dual Australian Group 1 winning son to stand at stud.

Deep Impact has won a staggering nine Japanese stallion premierships, including the General Sire premiership four times and has also been crowned Champion 2YO Sire five times.

“Tosen Stardom will be strongly supported by his owners, Northern Farm’s Mr Yoshida & Mr Shimakawa, Australian Bloodstock and Woodside Park Stud. He will have every opportunity with the best performed and proven producing mares to hit the ground running with a brilliant first crop of foals,” Price said.

Tosen Stardom is out of the proven producer, Admire Kirameki, a four-time winning daughter of End Sweep (USA), and half-sister to the Group 1 winner and Group 1 Japan Cup runner-up Tosen Jordon and the Group 2 winner Tosen Homareboshi.

Joining Victoria’s Champion Sire, Written Tycoon, Invincible Spirit’s highest rated two-year-old, Cable Bay and Written Tycoon’s fastest son at stud, Rich Enuff, Tosen Stardom will head to the breeding barn for an exciting future at stud.

For more information, contact James Price at Woodside Park Stud on 0409 806 595 or visit www.woodsideparkstud.com.au

Victorian owner-breeders Valda Klaric and Ivan Cajkusic were ecstatic with their top-class mare French Emotion taking out the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Distaff to kick-start the lucrative Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday at Caulfield on Saturday.

Having won the same race over two consecutive years and being runner up at her first attempt in 2016, the $180,000 feature for Victorian bred fillies and mares has become her specialty.

Racing Victoria’s Greg Carpenter with French Emotion’s Valda Klaric & Ivan Cajkusic (Pat Scala-Racing Photos)

The homebred daughter of Snitzel, having won up to Group 2 level and placed at Group 1 level, has recorded seven career wins and amassed prizemoney of $709,750.

“She is one of the best mares we have bred at our Nagambie property, one of our stars, a wonderful product of Millford Thoroughbreds and she is now a valuable broodmare,” Valda Klaric said.

“At this stage the plan is that (trainer) Chris Waller will give her a couple of more starts up north during the Brisbane winter carnival. He has nominated her for the Group 2 Dane Ripper, and the Group 1 Tatts Tiara which is exciting.

“We will see what happens after that, but she has been entered in next month’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast.”

“It would be a hard and sad sale as she is a family favourite, but we have retained some of her close family, including her half-sister Love for Ransom whose first foal Al Dorama was a winner at Flemington.”

Love For Ransom also has a weanling by Trust In A Gust while Valda and Ivan will be retaining a Toronado yearling filly from her to race.

“I have loved the Toronados and she is just beautiful, a great type. She is very much like her mum, so fingers crossed she is will be as good on the racetrack.”

Fresh off winning the $310,000 VOBIS Sires 2YO race at Caulfield on Saturday with a daughter of Starspangledbanner, Anthony Mithen has bigger international plans for a paternal sister. The Racing Post reports…

Royal Ascot could welcome a new aspect of international competition this year if an ambitious plan by Australian stud owner Anthony Mithen to send a first juvenile trained down under to run at the meeting comes to fruition.

Two-year-olds in each hemisphere cannot compete against each other in normal circumstances, but Mithen, principal of Rosemont Stud in Victoria, sent nine mares to Starspangledbanner to northern hemisphere time in 2015, after the horse missed an intended shuttle trip to Coolmore in County Tipperary due to a bout of colic.

After selling two of those mares in foal to Starspangledbanner at the Arqana December Breeding-Stock Sale in 2015, Mithen was left with five fillies and two colts at Rosemont Stud, where the stallion used to stand due to his fertility issues until he was relocated to Coolmore’s Australian base in the Hunter Valley for southern-hemisphere covering duty.

It is one of those fillies bred to northern hemisphere time, named Luck Favours, who is proving to be the most precocious and is likeliest to turn up at Royal Ascot.

The Mark Young-trained charge will be given the necessary vaccinations this week in the hope she comes to hand quickly enough to justify the expense of the endeavour.

Appropriately, there is a royal connection to Luck Favours as she is out of Marcia Proba, a Falbrav half-sister to Group 1-winning sprinter Sweet Idea, who was added to the Queen’s broodmare band at the end of her racing career.

The filly was put through her paces in light work on Wednesday and Mithen reported: “We’re probably just a step away from the stage of putting her in a barrier trial and applying some proper pressure. She’s still going through her gears.

“If you’d asked me two months ago if this would happen I would’ve shrugged my shoulders and said it’s too fanciful. But last week she did half a trial and showed there’s hope there.

“The track rider just held her up and didn’t push her out, but he was very complimentary and said it felt that if he’d let her go, she would have responded well.

She’s giving us a nice feel and she’s bred to be reasonably quick.”

Another of Rosemont Stud’s homebred Starspangledbanner northern hemisphere two-year-olds, a half-brother to Vinery Stud Stakes winner Montoya’s Secret, is also being vaccinated for a possible trip to Europe this year.

“He’s probably got to do it all pretty quickly, certainly to get to Royal Ascot, but I’ve also been contacted by representatives of Goodwood as well, who have said that if there are any hold-ups with the horses there are other carnivals up there to consider,” said Mithen.

It is a big team effort at Rosemont Stud to get the Starspangledbanner two-year-olds to Europe.

“Mark Young, who pre-trains horses for us and trained for my late father-in-law for plenty of years, is the trainer entrusted with them,” added Mithen. “He’s used to carrying out a few crazy special missions for me!

“But Peter Moody has been helpful as our racing manager and has had some input, and Troy Corstens has also cast his eye over them and had them in his stable to try to work out the pecking order. He of course trained Starspangledbanner in the first place, so there’s a nice little coming together on the project.

“If it won’t be mission accomplished, it’ll certainly be mission attempted.”

Mithen has been in contact with Nick Smith, director of racing and communications at Ascot, as well as IRT [International Racehorse Transport] about the plan, with spaces on the plane that will bring top sprinter Redkirk Warrior and other Australian challengers to Britain for the royal meeting provisionally reserved.

“I’m working on the theory that the Aussie two-year-olds are probably a whole lot more precocious and forward than the Europeans, given our climate and need for speed – so why not play on a world stage?” said Mithen.

“We’d be silly to think about bringing stayers up to that neck of the woods as we just can’t compete, and that’s been proved by the Europeans plundering all our Cup races.

“If Wesley Ward can do it with those big, hulking American two-year-olds each year at Royal Ascot, perhaps a few Aussie two-year-olds bred to northern time can do it as well.”

A key element to Mithen’s plan to bring the Starspangledbanner two-year-olds from Australia to Royal Ascot is the sire’s outstanding record at the meeting. He won the Golden Jubilee Stakes there himself and his depleted first crop of two-year-olds yielded two winners in 2014 – Anthem Alexander and The Wow Signal.

“There are only around a dozen northern hemisphere-bred two-year-olds by Starspangledbanner on the ground, so I’m thinking if the sire could get two Royal Ascot winners despite having only 20 runners all that year, the percentages are on our side,” said Mithen.

He added that the other two-year-olds by the sire he owns will enter the Australian racing system but will likely not race until they are four-year-olds as they will be so far behind their southern hemisphere-bred counterparts.

Reproduced from the Racingpost, 22nd April 2018
By Martin Stevens

Connections of 89 VOBIS Gold horses will be happily vying for some big cash on Saturday at Caulfield.

The Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday is made up of seven VOBIS Gold-exclusive races, along with two open-grade stakes races, the Bel Esprit Stakes and the TROA Anniversary Vase.

The total level of prizemoney and bonuses more than $2.06 million is actually higher than that available in Sydney this weekend – even with its two Group 1 races.

Such is the benefit for the owner, in races such as the Avenel Equine Hospital 2YO VOBIS Sires and the Spendthrift Australia 3YO Sires, there is more prizemoney on offer for finishing 10th ($6,000) than there is fourth ($5,400) in the Stakes events.

With all of the riches on offer, the fields are laden with quality.

Classy Group winners such as Rich Charm, French Emotion, Sword of Light, Montoya’s Secret, Kiwia, Keen Array and Prussian Vixen all line up in VOBIS Gold races as do a host of quality young two and three year-olds in the VOBIS Sires races.

The raceday also involves the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes. The race takes on extra meaning this year for the six-time Champion Victorian Sire Bel Esprit as he has returned to his Victorian home at Sun Stud, Kerrie.

Racing Victoria, in conjunction with the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC), are offering all Victorian Owners’ Gold Card holders free entry to Caulfield on Saturday as well as one guest, plus they’ll receive a free copy of Best Bets and entry into the members’ area at the Connections Owners’ Pavilion.

In addition, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, in conjunction with the MRC and Racing Victoria, has made available free Caulfield members passes to all TBV members and their stud staff for the raceday.

RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said: “The Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday is a great celebration of participation in the Victorian racing industry, and a meeting that continues to grow in both stature and prizemoney.

“It is the industry’s ultimate aim to showcase Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday as a marquee event in 2018 and beyond, particularly as we build-up to the inaugural running of the $1 million ‘The Showdown’ next year.

“The Showdown will take prizemoney for the VOBIS race component of the program beyond $2.5 million in 2019 and $2.7 million in 2020, with the VOBIS Sires three-year-old race increasing to $500,000.

“To be part of this exciting and rewarding day, owners must remember to nominate their 2016-born foals for Super VOBIS by 30 April, 2018, and to the VOBIS Gold program no later than 31 August, 2018.”

Click on the below links for the TAB markets for each of the seven rich VOBIS Gold/Sires races…

$180,000 HERITAGE VOBIS GOLD DISTAFF (Fillies & mares 3YO+, 1400m)

Current favourite is French Emotion, bred by Valda Klaric & Ivan Cajkusic at Millford Thoroughbreds, Avenel

$280,000 IRT VOBIS GOLD Mile (4YO+, 1600m)

Current favourite is Widgee Turf, a son of Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein bred by Little Plains Stud, Wangaratta

$310,000 AVENEL EQUINE HOSPITAL 2YO VOBIS SIRES (2YO Victorian sired, 1200m)

Current favourite is is Golden Script, a son of Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon

$280,000 GOLDNERS VOBIS GOLD HEATH (3YO+, 2000m)

Current favourite is Kiwia, a son of Darley sire Kiwia bred by Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds, Nagambie


Current favourite is the John Sadler trained Nature Strip

$310,000 SPENDTHRIFT AUSTRALIA 3YO VOBIS SIRES (3YO Victorian sired, 1600m)

Current favourite is Cliff’s Edge, a son of former Blue Gum Farm sire Canford Cliffs bred by the Holburt family at Bucklee Farm, Greta West


Current favourite is Rich Charm, a son of Rangal Park sire Danerich bred by Don Allan & his trainer Udyta Clarke

Having basically bred Group 2 winner, now Victorian based stallion Cluster, Tarcoola Stud’s Ken Williams is proud of a pair of yearlings he has at Sunday’s VOBIS Gold Sale.

The two are part of the first crop of the young stallion whose yearlings have already sold well in Melbourne and Tasmania this year.

Larneuk Stud based Cluster is out of the Last Tycoon mare Tarcoola Diamond. Williams had produced a few foals out of the mare before sending her to Fastnet Rock and selling her in foal.  That foal grew into the well-performed, Team Snowden trained Cluster.

When time came around for Larneuk’s Neville Murdoch to sell first nominations to the son of Fastnet Rock back in 2015 he put a call into Tarcoola’s Williams.

“Neville rang me up and said ‘you bred him, so you should support him’,” said Williams.

“I was happy to give it a go and sent a couple of mares to him.”

Williams said the filly he will present on Sunday, lot 14 out of the Elusive Quality mare Afusas, is a highlight of his draft.

“She is a pocket rocket. She looks as if she is going to be a super running two-year-old,” Williams said.

“Funnily enough, she actually reminds me of Cluster’s dam Tarcoola Diamond.”

Having stood for a service fee of just $6,600, breeders are making some gains out of Cluster yearlings.

Two yearlings at the Melbourne Premier Sale sold for &72,000 and $50,000 while a filly sold for $45,000 to Tasmania’s most successful racehorse owners, the Geards at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale.

The full list of Cluster progeny at the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale can be found on the sale catalogue page.

The only yearling by star first season sire Spirit of Boom offered at a Victorian sale this season will be on offer on Sunday at the VOBIS Gold Sale.

Rosemont Stud have lot 248, a Spirit of Boom VOBIS-nominated colt out of the Mossman mare Moxie Doll that was bred at their farm at Gnarwarre just west of Geelong.

And Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen says the colt is the real deal.

“Those that do make the effort to come and see this colt won’t be disappointed when they see this bloke,” Mithen said.

“His x-rays are clean and he scopes well. He is certainly a premium product at this sale.”

Mithen said they had always really liked the colt but had earmarked him as a lovely breeze-up horse for sales later in the year.

“But then we started to see the Spirit of Boom yearlings fetch such great money that we thought it was better to cash in,” Mithen said.

As their sales decision was relatively late, they had to go through the process of nominating the horse for Super VOBIS and by the time that was confirmed, one of the only options left open was the supplementary section of the VOBIS Gold Sale.

On the eve of the sale, Mithen and Rosemont will be hoping for success on the track with three homebred horses lining up at Caulfield in the racing VOBIS Gold Premier races.

Bendigo VOBIS Gold Rush winning 2YO Thrillster, Group 1 winning mare Montoya’s Secret and Toorak Toff mare Super Snob all line up with good chances according to Mithen.

It is the two-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner trained by Team Corstens that he perhaps rates most highly.

“Thrillster should run very well. This race is her grand final. She is a great hope,” Mithen said.

Thirllster lines up in the $310,000 VOBIS Sires 2YO Race sponsored by Avenel Equine Hospital. The race is exclusively for progeny of Victorian based sires.

Every yearling up for sale at this Sunday’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale has the chance to race for a massive $32 million in bonuses (over and above regular prizemoney).

With every yearling in the catalogue signed up to Super VOBIS, they will be able to target the $24 million in annual VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney on offer in Victoria.

This includes the $1 million Showdown for VOBIS Sires eligible two-year-olds starting in April 2019 (and a $500,000 3YO VOBIS Sires race starting in 2020).

And all yearlings on offer are also eligible for the $8 million Inglis Race Series.

The main catalogue of 247 yearlings, combined with a supplementary catalogue of 29 lots, includes progeny by leading sires such as Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Spirit Of Boom, Zoustar, Smart Missile, All Too Hard, Reward For Effort, Magnus and More Than Ready and First Crop Sires such as Brazen Beau, Dissident, Rubick and Toronado.

The VOBIS Gold Sale has produced some outstanding results in recent years, none better than the likes of Group 1 winner Malaguerra (cost $32,000 and has won $1.7 million), Lyuba ($2,000 into $440,000), Sirbible ($3,500 into $325,000), Desert Lashes ($6,000 into $335,000) and Beau Rada ($26,000 into $355,000).

And overseas, horses such as the Singapore three-year-old Augustano and the Hong Kong trained House of Fun have been bought out of this sale and performed with high distinction in their respective jurisdictions.

On-site inspections for the sale at the Inglis complex at Oaklands Junction began on Thursday.

Sunday’s sale begins at 10am at Oaklands Junction.

Full information can be found on Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale website

“She could be the best filly we have trained,” Sydney trainer Peter Snowden said after Pure Elation, bred at Swettenham Stud won in Sydney over the weekend.

That is a huge statement considering he has trained the likes of Earthquake, Guelph and Miracles of Life among other highly talented fillies.

But it is the Swettenham bred Pure Elation that he predicts a very bright future for following her win in the Group 2 ATC Percy Sykes Stakes.

Runner-up to Estijaab in the Group 2 ATC Reisling Stakes before scoring an easy maiden win at Warwick Farm, the Peter and Paul Snowden trained filly started favourite and demonstrated her ability with a decisive win in the 1200 metre sprint on Day 2 of the Championships at Royal Randwick.

Swettenham Stud Operations Manager Jason Robinson says the filly had already provided a strong glimpse of her class to him when she was part of Swettenham’s 2017 Inglis Premier draft.

“She was just a lovely, well put together filly as a yearling, a very nice mover, and being a standout grey, she was certainly a draft favourite,” Robinson said.

“She got plenty of attention with her dam being very well-known through the Melbourne Racing Club program. Everyone knew her story, and it’s now so pleasing to see that story continue.”

Pure Elation at the 2017 Inglis Premier Sale for Swettenham

With that quality in mind, she was snapped up for $320,000 by Paul Moroney Bloodstock on behalf of her now owner Sir Owen Glenn’s Go Bloodstock.

Now racing in the same colours as Glenn’s other starts such as Criterion, the filly has overcome a wretched Blue Diamond campaign in Melbourne before returning to Sydney and showing that class the Snowdens knew she had.

“She ambled up to them today, put a gap in them and still floated around, so there is a heap of upside to her. I think she is an A-grade filly in the making,” Peter Snowden said.

A daughter of I Am Invincible, Pure Elation is the first foal of Hussonet (USA) mare and former smart juvenile Members Joy.

Pure Elation as a foal

Members Joy was a Listed winner and twice runner-up in Group 2 company and, perhaps most famously, raced in the colours of Melbourne Racing Club members (hence the name).

Members Joy has since been sold by Swettenham at last year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale in foal to Toronado (the colt has since been born) for $500,000 and was covered by Flying Artie last season.

“I have not seen her Toronado colt myself, but I have heard from reliable sources that he is an outstanding type…he would certainly have the pedigree to make Easter or be a standout buy at the Magic Millions,” Swettenham’s Robinson said.

“It’s fantastic to see another Swettenham graduate hit the ground running at two, and additionally wonderful to see the mare’s pedigree continue to be on the rise. I look forward to her Toronado colt adding further black type success to the family.”

Pure Elation was bred at Swettenham Stud through a partnership of Peter Arvanitis, Todd and Sue Lichti and Adam Sangster.

Since setting up the Australian base of their global operation in the Macedon Ranges, Spendthrift’s commitment to the Victorian breeding industry has been unwavering.

General Manager, Garry Cuddy is passionate about supporting local breeders and, as seen at the recent Inglis Easter Sale, they are continuing to invest actively in future stallion prospects.

“(Spendthrift owner) Mr Hughes is a big believer in supporting those that support you,” Cuddy said.

“One of the ways we do this is instead of presenting yearlings at the sales under our own banner, we divide them out to those that have supported us with mares over the season.

“Mr Hughes may be seen as a big player, but he began small and understands that the way you get treated by the big farms is significant.

“He makes sure everybody can be a part of what we are trying to achieve, whether a hobby breeder with one mare or a farm with 20; everyone is treated the same, with equal importance,” Cuddy said.

Another way Spendthrift shows its commitment to mare owners around the world is through their two popular breeding programs –Share The Upside and Breed Secure.

“Share The Upside” is when mare owners earn a breeding right to a stallion for the remainder of his stud career.

“We have had a lot of success with this program in Kentucky, and we can boast that “Into Mischief” was one of the first stallions we offered in the “Share The Upside” program. He is now near the top of the US leading sires table with the best of them.”

“Breed Secure” is when your service fee is not payable until the foal sells at public auction and the service fee is only payable once the expense allocation is realised, which is $5000 as a weanling or $10,000 for a yearling.

“If they don’t cover those costs, then all shortcomings are forgiven. In Mr Hughes’ own words, ‘If a breeder is going to take a hit, then we will take the hit with you,’” Cuddy said.

“This demonstrates the confidence we have in our stallions, and when they deliver the results, there will be plenty of people who will come along with us for the ride.”

With the quality of their stallion roster increasing from year to year over their first three years in Victoria, this is not a bad approach.

Potentially the biggest find for early adopters of Spendthrift’s roster in Victoria is Jimmy Creed. Now among the top three second crop sires in North America with group winners and stakes performers galore, the son of Distorted Humor is in huge demand back home.

Spendthrift Australia’s Jimmy Creed

Off the back of a record-breaking Inglis Easter Sale, Spendthrift put their hand up for two of the most sort after colts in the catalogue as part of a future plan to increase the quality of stallions at its Victorian base.

“We were thrilled to secure the Snitzel out of Walk With Attitude for $1,55 million. With Snitzel being the sire of the moment, we had to dig deep, but at the end of the day he is the quality type you go to Easter to buy,” Cuddy said.

“Written Tycoon is the king of Victoria, but he is not getting any younger, so farms like us want to step into some nice sons. We paid $800,000 for the Maidel colt and if a racetrack success, he ticks a box for the future.”

Spendthrift’s decision to set up their operations in Victoria was due in part, to the lavish (now $24 million)VOBIS scheme.

“It really hit home with Mr Hughes, and we will continue to support TBV and VOBIS, the exciting Showdown, and the Owners and Breeders raceday, for years to come.”

At Caulfield on Saturday, will be the running of the inaugural Spendthrift Australia $310,000 VOBIS 3YO Sires race over a mile. The race is only open to Victorian sired three-year-olds and no doubt we will see some Spendthrift sired 3YOs in the race in coming years.

With VOBIS continuing to build momentum, and Spendthrifts growing commitment to the Victorian breeding and racing industry, we will all share in the upside.

Perhaps never before has such a globally performed horse called Victoria its stallion home.

Highland Reel, a seven-time Group 1 winning star for Coolmore, has been announced as Swettenham Stud’s new stallion for the upcoming breeding season.

He is the highest earning European trained horse in history, a top-class Group 2 winning two-year-old and was a globetrotting superstar at three, four and five, who incredibly raced at the elite level in seven countries.

“Swettenham Stud is extremely excited to have secured Highland Reel from Coolmore Stud for stallion duties in the southern hemisphere,” Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster enthused.

“And while he might be standing at our Nagambie base, Highland Reel’s appeal is truly global.

“With his tremendous race record and what is clearly a stallion’s pedigree, I’m highly confident he will attract broodmare owners from all state, particularly at such a competitive fee.

“Swettenham Stud has always prided itself on assembling an elite stallion roster that enables Victorian breeders access to the best colonial bred pedigrees and international bloodlines, and Highland Reel is another brilliant example of this,” Sangster said.

Highland Reel claimed the spotlight early in his celebrated career as an exceptionally talented two-year-old.

With comments “quickening easily, looking smart, huge amount of ability” beginning to flow from astute racing judges after he demolished his maiden field by 12 lengths, Highland Reel secured the Group 2 Vintage over Goodwood’s fast seven furlongs at his next start.

Highland Reel went on to claim seven Group 1 victories at three, four and five in the US, Hong Kong and the UK in his tenacious front-running style, having also performed gallantly at the elite level in Ireland, France, Australia and Dubai.

“It’s so difficult to keep a horse’s stellar reputation when you travel all over, as you run into different ground conditions, different opposition, different tracks. Highland Reel managed to do that, and that’s his hallmark, that’s his legacy, and that’s the way he will be remembered for years to come,” Racing UK’s, James Willoughby points out.

As a son of Galileo, an eight-time Champion sire of 64 individual Group One winners, Highland Reel is bred on the same potent Galileo/Danehill cross as Frankel and Teofilo, whose Group 1 Australian winners include Happy Clapper, Humidor, Palentino, Sonntag and Kermadec.

From a page littered with black type progeny and multiple successes at the elite level, Highland Reel’s strong female line influence is compelling, being from the Group 1 placed, Australian-bred Danehill mare, Hveger.

A potent producer of Highland Reel’s full-brother, Idaho, a dual Group 1 winner, and half-sister Valdemoro, a twice Group 1 runner-up, Hveger is out of the wonderful ‘blue hen’ Circles of Gold.

Importantly, Highland Reel is also closely related to Champion sprinter and successful stallion Starspangledbanner, who sired the late Champion 2YO Colt in France and former Swettenham stallion The Wow Signal.

Highland Reel brings proven international bloodlines, incredible presence, and remarkable performance, to an already strong and versatile stallion roster that includes Toronado, Americain, Trust In A Gust, Rebel Dane and Puissance De Lune.

Highland Reel will stand at an introductory fee of $15,000 plus GST. For further information, phone Adam Sangster on 0418 543 633 or Sam Matthews on 0487 851 572.

With nine of his progeny catalogued for the upcoming VOBIS Gold Yearling sale, the phenomenal recent success by the progeny of Turffontein could not have come at a better time.

Since the last day of March, the dual group one winner has produced no less than nine individual winners.

The golden run commenced with iron horse Widgee Turf’s barnstorming win in the Group 3 Victoria Handicap over the 1400 metre trip at Caulfield, the same course and distance over which Turffontein took out the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

It was meant to be a run to bring him to peak fitness for the upcoming $280,000 VOBIS Gold Mile at the same track this Saturday.

However someone forgot to tell Widgee Turf that.

After settling at the rear from the outside barrier, the four-year-old looped the field, before coming from a seemingly hopeless position, to mow down his 15 rivals and score a most impressive win in what was his first at stakes level. It took his record to eight wins from sixteen starts, including five of his six starts this campaign, for total prizemoney of just over $600,000.

An outstanding return on the $4,500 he changed hands for as a weanling at the Great Southern Sale.

Bookending the string of wins was Queensland based 2YO filly Eskdale Girl, which despite racing three wide all the way, was much too good for her rivals when scoring a soft win on debut on April 11th at Ipswich. She still has plenty to learn and her connections appear well placed to comfortably recoup the $60,000 she made as a yearling on the Gold Coast.

Right in the middle of that brace of wins was Mike Moroney’s highly promising three-year-old Eagle Ridge, which won first up at Sale on April 4th.

The $65,000 2016 Premier Sale graduate has now won over $80,000 from his two wins and a second from just three starts, with metropolitan success surely beckoning shortly.

Eagle Ridge’s success was the first leg of a winning double at Sale for Turffontein, with tough mare Gauteng Girl later bringing up her seventh career victory.

Among the Blue Gum Farm draft of eighteen at the 2018 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling sale to be held at Oaklands Junction on Sunday April 22nd, are five youngsters by Turffontein.

Blue Gum Farm’s Turffontein

They are all eligible for the $24 million in bonuses on offer for through VOBIS each and every racing season including the inaugural $1 million The Showdown which will be run in April 2019.

The full list of eleven Turffontein yearling on offer at Sunday’s sale can be found at inglis.com.au.

Melbourne based Daryl Letchford certainly had a good day out at the races when his homebred mare, Working From Home won at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Daniel Bowman trained mare had come off her first city win at Moonee Valley last month and has now compiled a handy record of four wins from just seven starts.

The four-year-old appears to have the progression of a maturing mare who is destined for a black-type victory which would bring great joy to Letchford – particularly as he has a strong hand in her family.

A daughter of Time Thief, Working From Home’s dam Super Seleccion, is by Seattle Slew (USA) and was a much loved member of the Letchford broodmare band.

“She was a fantastic mare for us. We purchased her in 2006 in foal to Flying Spur. Being already twelve when we bought her, she was a wonderful producer, and gave us six foals who were all winners bar one,” Letchford said.

“Her last foal at twenty, was by Time Thief, before she retired at Vinery in New South Wales as a nanny to keep the youngsters in line. Unfortunately, we lost her to colic a couple of years ago.”

Super Seleccion is the dam of Top Cuban (Anabaa), a young broodmare in high demand.

“It’s a brilliant pedigree and we have followed Top Cuban closely. She had a Redoute’s sell to Shadwell in 2016 for $1.5 million and at last year’s Easter sale, her Snitzel colt sold for $1.7 million to Hong Kong’s George Moore Bloodstock,” Letchford said.

Letchford currently has two broodmares, both half-sisters to Working From Home.

Wombat Woo Woo (More Than Ready) is in foal to Wandjina while Goanna Ga Ga (Casino Prince) is in foal to Fighting Sun and based at Euroa’s Phoenix Broodmare Farm.

“There are great reports about the Fighting Suns from the trainers and now he is starting to get the results on the track, I am looking forward to mine coming through,” Letchford said.

“I also have two fillies about to go to the breakers at Phoenix that we will retain to race with Daniel Bowman and they can be part of my future broodmare band.

“Goanna Ga Ga‘s Starcraft filly is a three-quarter sister to Havana and (talented Hong Kong galloper) Jing Jing Win which is a great cross, and Wombat Woo Woo’s filly is a quality Foxwedge.”

Along with his mare, Letchford was full of praise for Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman.

“He is a good up and coming trainer, and he has done a marvellous job,” he said.

“Working From Home is certainly giving us a good ride at the moment. I’m not sure what her level is, but it would be incredible if she could come out and win the Warrnambool Cup.

“That would be a dream as a local trainer for Daniel Bowman and, hopefully, Daniel Moor can take up the ride again in his home-town cup.”

Insurance – admittedly, it’s not an overly exciting talking point, but for the thoroughbred breeding industry it is absolutely essential.

Driven by the vision of Peter Lewis and Lesley Grech, Newmarket Insurance Brokers was established in 1993 and offers tailored insurance solutions for the thoroughbred industry.

While the organisation has played a significant role in Victoria since its inception, the launch of the Newmarket Gold Liability product in 2008 was not only a coup for breeders, but also solidified their stance as a leading breeding industry insurance provider.

Brad Tindall, Account Director at Newmarket Grandwest, explains that the Newmarket Gold Liability product fills a niche in the insurance market, particularly by meeting the needs of stud farms and agistment properties.

“Newmarket Gold Liability provides specialist cover for the infrastructure and operations of stud farms, breeding farms, broodmare farms, breaking and pre-training facilities and all the activities which support them,” Tindall explained.

“This unique insurance offering provides Public and Product Liability cover with high care, custody and control limits which are unmatched in the marketplace.”

“The product is industry recommended and utilised by many of the pre-eminent studs in the Victorian Thoroughbred industry,” he said.

Swettenham Stud principal, Adam Sangster, notes that the service provided by Newmarket Grandwest is crucial in order for his business to function optimally.

“Newmarket Grandwest are an integral part of the success of the Swettenham Stud business through their insurance brokerage offering. We choose to work closely with them dur to their competitive rates, ability to understand our needs and strong relationships in the industry,” Sangster said.

“With the continued expansion and success of the stud, it is imperative that we have partners like Newmarket Grandwest to rely on, as we have for the past 33 years.”

A genuine and trusted partner throughout the Victorian breeding industry, some of their other established clients include Euroa’s Blue Gum Farm and Tylden’s Woodside Park Stud.

Newmarket Insurance Brokers underwent a merger with Grandwest in 2014, and now under the united banner of Newmarket Grandwest, the organisation continues to offer the same critical services to stud farms and agistment operations.

The organisation remains strongly committed to the success of the Victorian breeding industry, a position that is made clear by their long-standing sponsorship of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

This sponsorship reflects Newmarket founder, Peter Lewis’, desire to make a valuable contribution to ensure the Victorian breeding industry continues to thrive.

“Peter had a large footprint with a lot of Victorian breeders, and our association with TBV is a nice way to give back and support the industry,” Tindall said.

However, their dedication extends beyond this, having recently signed on to sponsor the Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day for a second consecutive year.

This Saturday’s Victorian Owners and Breeders Day rewards and celebrates those that choose to buy, breed, own and race Victorian thoroughbreds, with a massive $2 million in prize money and VOBIS bonuses on offer.

The race day includes seven VOBIS Gold Premier Races which are exclusively for Victorian bred horses.

Run over 1200m for VOBIS qualified three-year-olds, the $280,000 Newmarket Grandwest VOBIS Gold Sprint is part of the race card.

Being a purely Victorian event that celebrates our esteemed breeders, sponsoring the Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day seems a very sound investment for Newmarket Grandwest.

Find out more about Newmarket Grandwest’s services by visiting their website: www.newmarketib.com.au