Three-time Group 1 winner Jameka is coming back to Victoria – her co-owners, Woolsthorpe’s Col and Janice McKenna, buying back the star mare for $2.6 million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale at the Gold Coast on Tuesday.

Day 1 of the sale also saw a number of Victorian breeding operators, principally Woodside Park and Supreme Thoroughbreds, buy a slew of high-quality mares and fillies to add to their broodmare bands.

The 2016 Caulfield Cup winner (bred by Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm) was always going to be the star attraction of the sale, and she had to wait around to go through the ring later on Tuesday afternoon parading as Lot 1606 – where Col McKenna was on hand to pick up the mare he knows all too well.

The McKennas were on hand to win the rights back to Jameka outright, having raced her with other owners under trainer Ciaron Maher – and it was an emotional winning bid.

“She’s been very good to us – she’s won nearly $5 million,” Col McKenna said.

“I don’t think it was a big outlay personally. We expected her to make somewhere between $2.5-3 million.

“That’s what I thought.

“I’m very happy – my wife [Janice] wanted her back, and she’s got her back.”

In terms of a plan of stallions for Jameka, McKenna said it was too early to tell – but did tease another of his horses, one bound for Royal Ascot in a few weeks’ time, might be in the mix.

“I did own a share in Merchant Navy of course, so who knows? She might go there. I don’t know yet. We’ll work out the mating,” he added.

Woodside Park was the most prolific of the Victorian buyers securing eight lots for a total outlay of nearly $1.4 million. The highlight amongst their buys was Hell Or Highwater, a stakes winning Not A Single Doubt mare. With Belmont Bloodstock, she was bought for $600,000.

Meanwhile Supreme Thoroughbreds struck later in the day, paying $410,000 for the Group 3 winning mare Concealer, a daughter of Nicconi. They had also bought Starspangledbanner mare Khalama earlier for $180,000.

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It is with great sadness that we report that much-loved and respected member of Victoria’s breeding industry, Courtney Horwood, passed away last Monday, 21st May aged 30 years-old.

During her career, Courtney worked on a number of studs throughout Victoria’s North East, including Collingrove Stud, Swettenham Stud, Princess Park, Basinghall Farm and Gilgai, and more recently at Lindsay Park Racing.

She was also a valuable member of the North East Thoroughbreds committee and was a talented and accomplished equestrian rider through her years at Seymour Pony Club and North Eastern Riding Club.

Courtney loved her equestrian pursuits

Courtney Horwood grew up with thoroughbred blood running in her veins. The daughter of Ian and Kerri Horwood, she spent many years at Adam Sangster’s historic Collingrove Stud where Ian was Stud Master.

Courtney showed her love of horses from an early age

Swettenham’s Adam Sangster remembers Courtney with the fondest of memories and recalls that she was an enthusiastic, vibrant, skilled, hard-working and much-loved member of the Collingrove and later Swettenham team.

“Courtney was a shining light that will be dearly missed and loved by all in the Victorian and particularly the North-east thoroughbred breeding industry,” he said.

“From our point of view, we watched her grow up. From Collingrove’s beginnings in 1995, she was part of the fabric and we loved seeing her passion and enthusiasm grow and develop over the years along with her skill and competency.

“It is a terribly sad time for her family, friends and many past colleagues. We were all privileged to know her and work alongside of her. She was a wonderful person, on every level,” Sangster said.

“Her mother Kerri looked after the immortal Rory’s Jester for us, and no doubt Courtney will be up there now giving him a pat and cuddle.”

Through their mutual dedication to North East Thoroughbreds, Hollylodge’s Christine Mills also remembers Courtney’s beautiful smile and love of horses.

“She showed such strength and courage in the face of adversity. We will miss her in the North East horse community and the memory of her will live on in our hearts,” Christine said on behalf of committee members past and present at North East Thoroughbreds.

Throughout her brave and fearless battle, Courtney became an inspiration to many, and the horse community showed their support through the fundraising Golf Day and Auction held in September 2016 at Longwood that generated substantial funds for her ongoing cancer treatment and medical expenses.

Auction items generously donated including stallion services from Blue Gum Farm, Noor Elaine Farm, Swettenham and Riverbank Farm along with veterinary, farrier and dentistry services, horse transport, equine paintings, and even a yearling share from Princess Park.

It was an incredible all-encompassing show of encouragement from the industry she dearly loved.

A Memorial Service to celebrate the Life of Courtney was held at the Euroa Football Netball Club on Monday.

A wish of Courtney’s was to support The Cervical Cancer Research Team at Peter Mac Callum Cancer Centre. Donations can be made online to Courtney’s Fighting Fund.
Commonwealth Bank: BSB 063 531 ACC 1039 3988

In remembering Courtney and her love of the industry, here are some articles from her time working and studying abroad.

ANZ Bloodstock News, 11th February 2010
Racing Post, 29th April 2010

Yulong’s Mr Zhang Yuesheng has once again confirmed his strong support for Victoria indicating they will stand high-quality stallions in the state in the not too distant future.

In an interview with Thoroughbred Daily News last week, Mr Zhang also outlined plans to expand his broodmare band, already one of the leading bands in the state.

“The Southern Hemisphere is my current focus for breeding, with Australia being the main focus where I currently have 70 mares based on our properties in Victoria,” Mr Zhang told TDN.

“While immediately improving on quality rather than quantity, the next few years will see us expanding our numbers here in Australia to approximately 120 mares. I would like to build a nice band of commercial mares that can be bred to some of the leading stallions in Australia and in turn, to offer their top-quality progeny to the market.

He indicated though that sending these mares, en masse, north of the Murray River was not on the businesses’ agenda instead preferring to set up his own stallion barns with top-notch commercial stallions.

“The team and I are in the process of developing a breeding facility at Nagambie and we are looking to secure stallions to stand under the Yulong banner in the very near future,” Mr Zhang said.

“A large number of mares are sent by Victorian breeders to the Hunter Valley each year to be bred, however, I would like to work towards offering Victorian broodmare owners the opportunity to send their mares to commercial stallions in their home state.”

Meanwhile, events and race track performances over the past fortnight have demonstrated the global reach of Yulong.

The weekend before last, Yulong staged the inaugural Yulong Thoroughbred Sale in in Shanxi, China while also hosting its major raceday at its new Yulong Park complex.

Yulong’s inaugural Thoroughbred Auction in Shanxi, China (pic-Inglis)

Yulong owner Mr Zhang Yuesheng hosted a number of Australians attending the weekend’s events including representatives from Inglis, Magic Millions and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia. Inglis’ Peter Heagney started proceedings at the sale.

71 horses were offered for total turnover of AU$2.6 million with the highest priced Australian-bred horse being an Epaulette x Solar Verde colt which was sold for AU$100,000. The colt was originally bought by to Yulong Investments for $20,000 out of the Phoenix Broodmare Farm at the 2017 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Also among the young horses sold as the Gilgai Farm bred Shamus Award x Away Away colt (pictured).

This past weekend, Yulong owned horses performed with distinction at the Irish Guineas racedays at The Curragh.

Platinum Warrior won the Group 3 Gallinule Stakes while two-year-old Indigo Balance was a winner on debut on Sunday’s race card. Notably, the colt is a brother to the Woodside Park shuttle sire Cable Bay with both being sons of Invincible Spirit. A trip to England for a juvenile race at Royal Ascot is likely now for the well-bred colt.

A major switch in selling strategy for your farm’s entire crop is, to put it mildly, not without risk.

But the move by Victoria’s Burnewang North to put all its stock into weanling sales this season has already paid off handsomely.

Burnewang North principal Cathy Hains said she was “absolutely delighted” with the results at last week’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale where the farm claimed the position of the second leading vendor by aggregate and average.

They presented 19 weanlings to sale and received an average lot price of $98,647 for an aggregate $1,677,000 and clearance rate of 89%.

“We were really pleased with the results and it was an exciting sale with the quality of our draft as a whole duly noted by competitive buyers,” Hains said.

“With four of our horses selling for over $160,000, that shows the quality of the draft as a whole. The market can now position them where they will be most compelling and hopefully they will make a significant profit for their new owners, either on the track on in the ring.

“We were thrilled to see Lot 171, the Pierro colt out of Feeling Positive, go to experienced Victorian operators, Kulani Park’s Rhys and Chloe Smith, for $225,000. Based on the Mornington Peninsula, they are a top end professional operation that will place the horse in the best-suited (yearling) market.

Another Pierro colt offered by Burnewang North on Day 1 was purchased by Victorian bloodstock buyer Suman Hedge from the black-type filled Kapchat female line for $160,000.

On Day 2 of the sale Burnewang North sold the Pierro out of the stakes-placed European mare Maree Basse, catalogued as Lot 304, to Aquis Farm for $200,000.

“It was a great thrill that he was bought by Aquis Farm as they are excellent commercial operators,” Hains said.

Aquis Farm chief executive Shane McGrath said the Pierro colt would likely be retained to race.

“He came from a great farm in Cathy Hains in Burnewang, who are good supporters of ours. There aren’t a lot of Pierro colts around and he will go into our Aquis racing system,” McGrath told ANZ Bloodstock News.

Hains said breeders constantly had to weigh up the variable and trends within the sales environment to ensure they maximised returns in an often tricky industry.

“I believe the entire business is a gamble, from the time you plan your matings two or three years before they hit the sale ring, to achieving a viable pregnancy, to a live, healthy and athletic foal. It’s a game of chance, and considering all the variables, you need luck every step of the way, as so much can happen,” Hains said.

“We were fortunate to take some lovely foals to the sale and while we achieved some strong results, we will continue to live and learn. We need to be consistently fine-tuning our product.”

Burnewang North will offer the remainder of its weanling crop at the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale. The strong draft of eleven weanlings is by a selection of some of Australia’s very best sires including Zoustar, Written Tycoon, Dissident, So You Think, Street Boss and Toronado.

The full draft (as well as eight fillies and mares) can be seen at

Darley’s soon-to-be Victorian-based sire, Impending further enhanced his CV, when he secured his second Group 1 victory with a strong win in the Kingsford-Smith Cup at Doomben on Saturday.

The James Cummings-trained, Godolphin- owned entire is already the winner of the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at the same track a year ago – and he is now the favourite this year’s edition on the 9th of June.

“This was a perfect target race for him after winning the (Group 2) Victory Stakes here first up and then finishing second in the Doomben 10,000,” Cummings said.

“Today suited him because it was weight-for-age but we will definitely look at the Stradbroke. He is going to stud in the spring and it would be the ideal way for him to go out.”

The good news for broodmare owners is that regardless of the result in the Stradbroke – or the Kingsford-Smith for that matter – Impending’s fee had already been set at $22,000 for the rapidly approaching breeding season.

“We had the option, of course, to stand Impending in the Hunter Valley but we’ve got a massive investment in Victoria and reckon he’ll be a perfect fit for Darley Northwood,” Godolphin Australia managing director Vin Cox said.

“The strength and depth of the Victorian market is huge and, hardly surprising, there has already been a lot of interest in Impending from the state’s broodmare owners.”

Impending is one of Lonhro’s 75 Stakes winners and, along with his Godolphin stablemate Kementari, he is the sire’s second Group 1 winner in Australia this season.

Impending has the maternal pedigree to match his performance. He is out of dual Group 1 winning Mnemosyne, a mare by champion broodmare sire in Encosta de Lago.

Mnemosyne is the dam of five winners from six foals to race including Group 3 winner Forget (Exceed And Excel) while Impending’s 3YO sister Epidemic looks talented having won her past two starts in Sydney recently.

The family also includes the Group 1 Golden Slipper winner Full On Aces. stakes-placed gelding Tantat Secret and his Stakes-winning brother Top Of The Pack.

Impending will stand at Darley’s Northwood Park in Victoria this year for an introductory fee of $22,000 (inc GST).

With the influx of European bred stayers along with the hardy New Zealand bred types dominating Australian jumps racing of late, it hasn’t been easy for the locally bred types.

But the tables were turned significantly on Saturday at Sandown with two Victorian bred winners of the feature jumps races, the Australian Hurdle and Australian Steeplechase.

And both, the gelding Self Sense and the mare Don’t be Shy, look like they have extremely bright futures in their relatively new racing careers.

Australian Hurdle winner Self Sense (Street Sense) is a homebred for Mornington based trainer David Brideoake (notably, also a former member of the Australian show jumping team).

David Brideoake’s homebred Self Sense & Clayton Douglas won the Australian Hurdle (Racing Photos)

After winning the 2003 jumps premiership, Brideoake has focused on flat racing, but Self Sense has rekindled his love affair with “the sticks”.

“Self Sense is an iconic horse. The way he used to improve on the flat after a few schooling sessions over jumps was incredible, so we just continued using that tool, and now he has the ability to race competitively on the flat and over jumps,” Brideoake said.

Self Sense has collected close to $1 million in earnings having won eleven races including the Listed Ipswich and Kilmore Cups as well as last month’s $280,000 VOBIS Gold Heath. Brideoake says he still has the Brisbane Cup on the radar for his versatile galloper.

He is out of Brideoake’s reliable producer, Be My Person Personal Flag) who has foaled two stakes winners including Self Sense and Shylight, the Group 3 SAJC Auraria Stakes winner. The mare passed away in 2015, but left a 2015 foal now named Publican’s Choice, a son of Reset that is yet to race.

Meanwhile, Australian Steeplechase winner Don’t Be Shy is a product of Swan Hill’s North Star Park Thoroughbreds run by the Pinney family.

The Pinneys purchased her dam Celtic Courage in foal to Bradbury’s Luck for $16,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale back in 2011.

Foaled down by Brian and Judy McKnight at Maldon’s Oakford Thoroughbred Farm, Deryn Pinney remembers Don’t be Shy as quite a big filly, leggy and rangy.

Don’t Be Shy was sold By North Star Park through the 2013 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale for $22,0000 to her now trainer John Salanitri.

“Salanitri bought her hoping for an Oaks filly as her mum ran in an Oaks, but she turned out to be able to stay all day, so Salanitri schooled her over the jumps to see if he could pep her up,” Pinney said.

“It turned out she showed real talent and natural scope (over the jumps), so that’s the direction he headed in.”

Apart from the dominant style of Don’t Be Shy’s win on Saturday, it was even more meritorious considering it was her very first race over the big sticks.

“We retained a share in her as she’s a lovely looking mare, quite a character and has now developed a cult following. She just loves jumping and being in work and when you put her in the paddock she hangs out at the gate waiting to come back in,” Pinney said.

North Star Park will offer a weanling colt out of the feature race winner’s dam Celtic Courage at the Inglis Great Southern Sale. He is by Darley’s Night Of Thunder (Dubawi) and looks “more like a sprinter-miler” according to Pinney. Full details can be found at

“Celtic Courage is currently in foal to Magnus and this season we are thinking of heading to Darley’s Northwood Park for a date with Holler,” said Pinney.

A number first crop Victorian stallions will make their sales ring debut at the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale and the progeny of Dandino certainly stand out.

Blue Gum Farm will offer the Lot 336 filly out of the Rubiton mare Midnight Mist while South Australia’s Turnagain Horses will offer a gelding out of the Casino Prince mare Anne Shirley.

The Bombora Downs based stallion has already given himself a great chance of success based on the high quality of foals he has left on the ground.

Bombora Downs Stud principal Christoph Bruechert has been thrilled with their type and is eagerly anticipating the next crop arriving in the coming season.

“Dandino has stamped and exerted great influence on his progeny. They have been the spitting image of their father so far,” Bruechert said.

“Being short-coupled and powerfully built like himself, I don’t think you will have to wait until they are three or four.

“Although he was known as a stayer, he is not built like a traditional staying type, and they are universally in his mould, with my clients consistently calling and saying that they are the most beautiful foals or they are the nicest foal on the farm.”

Dandino was brought to Australia from Europe by Darren and Liz Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock outfit.

Upon arrival in Australia, he was a stunning looking entire with a highly impressive international racetrack record winning Group races in England, USA and Canada.

Adapting beautifully to Australian conditions, he ran a brilliant second in the Caulfield Cup to Fawkner at his debut Australian start, before unfortunately succumbing to a tendon injury.

After a successful rehabilitation, Dandino produced meritorious runs in the Group 1 Underwood and the Group 1 Turnbull Stakes, ran second in the Group 3 Geelong Cup, before retiring on a high note in winning the Group 3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington.

“Dandino is a serious international galloper. During his career, Dandino won or placed in 18 Group and Stakes races from 37 attempts, winning from 1800m to 2700m, against some of the world’s most successful middle-distance performers,” Bruechert said.

“Dandino had speed as well as a brilliant turn of foot and very few stallions are targeting that mile and beyond races. There is plenty of prize money on offer, so we need to start breeding to them to make the most of it.”

Dandino’s two weanlings offered at the upcoming Great Southern Sale:

For more information about Dandino, contact Christoph Bruechert on 0419 534 961 or visit

Outstanding sprinter, Thronum, has been retired from the track and will stand at Sun Stud in Victoria this spring.

The lightning quick son of Snitzel has enjoyed a tremendous 2018, opening with a memorable all-the-way victory in the Group 2 Australia Stakes on 26 January (beating Brave Smash) and followed up with a fourth – beaten a neck – behind Hartnell in the Group 1 CF Orr Stakes in February.

Thronum was caught right on the wire by Hellbent when second in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes – in near track record time – at his penultimate start, however was sadly injured in this month’s Group 1 Goodwood Handicap at Morphettville and the decision was made to immediately send him to stud.

“Thronum was really travelling turning for home in the Goodwood, but then I felt him put in a short one and I pulled him up as soon as I could,” his Goodwood jockey Tim Clark pointed out.

Hall of Fame trainer, David Hayes, was disappointed to see the horse leave his Lindsay Park stable.

“He really did take on and beat some of the best,” Hayes said.

“He has that magnificent front-running style about him and the ability – and heart –to stick to his guns when challenged.

“I believe he’s a great chance at stud: aside from being a genuine Group 1 performer, he’s by a Champion Sire and emerging sire of sires in Snitzel. It’s a real stallion’s family too with close relations Street Cry (117 stakes winners) and Shamardal (116 stakes winners).”

Thronum burst on to the scene with successive victories as a two-year-old before winning his first race at three – the Listed Rosebud Stakes at Royal Randwick.

The lightly raced entire retires as a winner of five races, with a further four placings to his name.

Regular jockey, Mark Zahra, is a huge fan of the flashy bay: “This horse has elite speed … he led all the way in the Australia Stakes, thrashing Group 1 winner, Brave Smash, in the process.”

Sun Stud’s Senior Sales and Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay, was thrilled at the prospect of getting Thronum on board.

“He’s quality all the way through … type, performance and pedigree. We’ve already received a flood of enquiries about the horse,” Lindsay said.

Thronum will stand for an advertised service fee of $17,600 including GST.

Contact Mark Lindsay at Sun Stud on 0499 032 986 for more information.

Noor Elaine Farm is pleased to announce the arrival of Ilovethiscity to its Euroa based stallion barn.

Ilovethiscity won the Group 1 Randwick Guineas and was prepared by astute trainer Grahame Begg for his syndicate of owners.

In April, two year old El Dorado Dreaming (Ilovethiscity x Solanas) put her sire on the map when she stormed over the top of Oohood to win the Group 1 Sires Produce Stakes at Royal Randwick. The victory placed Ilovethiscity within an elite group of sires that have both won a Group 1 and produced a Group 1 winner.

Ilovethiscity filly El Dorado Dreaming wins the Group 1 Inglis Sires Produce Stakes (Lisa Grimm)

He has also produced the likes of stakes placed Chapel City, city winners Plenty To Like, Ilovevegas, Brisvegas and City of Dreams together with Singapore winner Filibuster. Talented 2YO gelding Paghman has won his past two starts and has a strong future.

“Noor Elaine Farm and the syndicate owners wish to give Ilovethiscity every chance to serve a strong book of mares and have reduced his fee in order to attract broodmare owners to the stallion,” was Noor Elaine’s announcement earlier today.

“All at the farm are pleased that the syndicate which owns Ilovethiscity has entrusted Noor Elaine Farm to continue his stud career.”

Ilovethiscity will stand for a fee of $4,400 (including GST) in 2018. All enquiries can be directed to Mark Calwell on 0417 547 394 or George Yannas on 0400 145 841.

A record number of weanlings have been catalogued for next month’s Inglis Great Southern Sale.

This is the weanling sale where the likes of recent Australasian Oaks Sopressa, Hong Kong Group 1 winning star Mr Stunning, triple Group 1 winner Mongolian Khan and Paddy Payne’s Group winning warrior Widgee Turf were all bought. Other recent graduates include black-type winners Take Pride, I’m Wesley, Benz and Kiwi Ida.

In total, 991 entries have been received for the sale at Oaklands Junction, which will now run for an extended five days (June 17-21) as a result of the larger catalogue. Included are a record 571 weanlings (up from 465 last year) and nearly 300 broodmares.

The weanling draft includes progeny by leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon, Sebring, Exceed And Excel, Lonhro, Medaglia d’Oro, Zoustar, Pierro and Fastnet Rock.

Leading Victorian sires such as Magnus and Reward For Effort, leading first season sire Fighting Sun and leading second season sire Americain are all represented.

First crop sires will make their progeny ‘sales debut’ in Victoria with Dandino (2 lots), Night of Thunder (8), Nostradamus (15), Ready for Victory (4), Rich Enuff (7), Rock Sturdy (3) and Trust in a Gust (6) all represented.

Inglis says the Great Southern Sale has become a proven hunting ground for pinhookers with the 2017 sale in particular throwing up some strong results.

A Zoustar x Snow Blitz filly purchased for $130,000 at Great Southern before was on sold for $650,000 as a yearling at Karaka; while a Starcraft x Mrs Bradbury colt which was a $30,000 Great Southern weanling buy was sold at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $340,000.

Last year, Swettenham Stud (with a More Than Ready colt) and Bombora Downs (Written Tycoon colt) both sold weanlings for a sale record price of $310,000.

Leading Victorian stud Woodside Park will offer a quality unreserved draft of 41 Lots at the sale including weanlings by the likes of Written Tycoon, Zoustar, Tavistock, Rich Enuff and Super One.

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian was proud of the catalogue that had been collated.

“Breeders from around Victoria and from interstate have supported Great Southern with quality drafts,’’ Vivian said.

“It is exciting to know that such a substantial offering or quality weanlings will be on offer and I am confident there will be many pinhooking and racetrack success stories graduating from the 2018 sale.’’

Full sale details, including the Great Southern Sale catalogue can be found by clicking here.

It was another Victorian bred Group 1 winner on Saturday, but perhaps not the one the punters had banked upon.

The $1 million Darley Goodwood at Morphettville was secured by the Anthony Freedman trained Santa Ana Lane, a $26 pop which was perhaps a little surprising for a horse who only four starts back had won the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes.

The Goodwood was Santa Ana Lane’s sixth win overall from 26 starts, while five of his six placings have also been at black-type level, with his earnings now shooting to $1,280,820.

24 hours on from Santa Ana Lane’s ‘thriller’, his ‘breeder’ and Melbourne barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy was still shaking his head.

“That was an incredible win … I don’t think the racecaller saw him until the last few seconds,” Hore-Lacy enthused.

Although Santa Ana Lane was officially bred by Patinack Farm, Hore-Lacy purchased Santa Ana Lane’s dam, Fast Fleet – with a six week Lope De Vega colt in tow – at the 2012 Patinack Farm Unreserved Broodmare Reduction Sale on the Gold Coast.

“I was looking to purchase some mares for Toorak Toff (Group One Golden Rose and Group One Sir Rupert Clarke) who I raced in partnership and had just retired to Rosemont Stud that year,” Hore-Lacy explains.

“(Then Rosemont manager) Dean Harvey had come up with a list of suitable mares and I really liked both Fast Fleet and her Lope de Vega colt.

“I’m only a hobby breeder and Fast Fleet was one of the first mares I purchased.

From that Gold Coast cameo, he was then raised in Victoria at Rosemont Stud and prepared as a yearling by the team at the stud west of Geelong.

Santa Ana Lane as a yearling at Rosemont before the 2014 Inglis Premier Sale

“The colt was a magnificent type and when he was sold (through the Rosemont Stud draft for $80,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale) I was hoping to keep a share in him,” Hore-Lacy said.

“I approached Troy Corstens, who the colt was knocked down to, but he told me the horse had been purchased on behalf of the William Street syndicate. Good luck to them: they’ve got a very good galloper.”

The successful William Street Syndicate is managed by racing aficionado and VRC Board member Michael Ramsden who naturally thrilled with the win.

The William Street syndicate was formed in the late 1970s by Ramsden’s late father, Andrew, a revered former Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club.

“Those in the syndicate are all members of The Australian Club which is situated in William Street, hence the name,” Ramsden adds.

“Over the years we’ve raced Caulfield and Melbourne Cup winner Gurners Lane, Paris Lane (Caulfield Cup), De Gaulle Lane (Queensland Derby) and now Santa Anta Lane … four Group One winners of seven Group One races.”

Santa Ana Lane is the only runner for Fast Fleet at this stage, but the mare has an unraced 2YO filly by Kuroshio – The Black Tide – that is in work with Steven O’Dea at Eagle Farm.

Meanwhile, Hore-Lacy sold a Toorak Toff filly out of the mare for $27,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale to Eric Pipersberg’s Next Level Bloodstock to be trained by Team Corstens.

Hore-Lacy offers a splendid opportunity to breeders next week on the Gold Coast. He will offer Fast Fleet, in foal to multiple Group One winning Tapit stallion Frosted, at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast on Wednesday 30th May.

The movement of Darley stallion Sepoy to Victoria’s Northwood Park has coincided with the emergence of a potential star son of his – a juvenile owned by a number of Victorian breeders.

On Saturday at Morphettville, two-year-old Sepoy colt Marcel From Madrid was a highly impressive winner of the Group 3 National Stakes victory over 1200 metres.

After a dominant debut win at Benalla on April 27, the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra galloper had ventured to Adelaide and secured what turned out to be a comfortable victory. But the performance was no surprise to those who know the colt well.

“He’s shown us something basically from day one. He’s got a bit of x-factor about him,” said managing owner Mark Hoare of Pacific Bloodstock who purchased him at the Inglis Classic Sale last year.

“We’ve always had a pretty big opinion of him. He has been touted as our best two-year-old of the season,” trainer Simon Zahra said after the race.

Marcel From Madrid will be spelled and aimed at the Group 1 3YO features during the carnival, with Zahra indicating the Caulfield Guineas over 1600 metres is a likely target.

Darley’s General Manager of Victoria, Andy Makiv, was naturally delighted with the result.

“It’s fantastic to have Sepoy joining the Northwood Park roster this season. He was born at Northwood Park and spent his early days here before going on to become one of the greatest two-year-olds this country has ever seen,” Makiv said.

Darley Northwood sire Sepoy

“He has enjoyed a tremendous twelve months on the track with his progeny. He has arguably the best three-year-old filly in the country in Alizee and now a rising star in Marcel From Madrid.”

Marcel from Madrid is Sepoy’s eighth worldwide stakes winner, while he has also had the likes of Blue Diamond Prelude-placed Native Soldier, Magic Millions 2YO Classic runner-up Fullazaboot and Saturday’s Flemington Listed race runner-up Divine Quality in recent months (among many others).

Marcel From Madrid is out of the stakes-placed Redoute’s Choice mare Lipari. She is also the dam of recent Group 1 ATC Derby winning three-year-old Levendi and three-time winner Wu Gok (Sebring).

“Marcel From Madrid is another quality horse bred by Robert Anderson who has been a loyal supporter of the Darley stallions,” Makiv said.

Mark Hoare through Pacific Bloodstock put together a large group of owners in the colt following his Classic Sale purchase. Among them are several Victorian breeding industry members including Campolina’s Ian and Vicki Bell and Daisy Hill’s Coleen and Kevin Bamford.

Sepoy will stand this season at Northwood Park for at $11,000 (GST incl).

Contract Racing’s ultra-tough homebred filly Pleasuring (Hard Spun) achieved her third stakes victory when victorious in the Group 3 South Australia Fillies Classic over 2500 metres at Morphettville on Saturday.

Trained by Darren Weir, the three-year-old had a brilliant campaign in Tasmania going two for two over 2100 metres in the Listed Strutt Stakes and the Listed Tasmanian Oaks, before being beaten less than a length for a place in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks.

Following the 2000 metres trip of the Oaks, Weir was confident that Pleasuring wouldn’t disappoint over a longer journey.

“She’s an amazingly tough little horse, as she has had two trips to Tasmania, and this is her third trip to Adelaide this preparation. She has now earned a well-deserved trip to the paddock,” Weir said.

Breeder and owner Jenny Moodie of Contract Racing marvelled how the slight filly has been in work for almost eight months, having entered the stable last September.

“She is only a small filly, not pretty and very ordinary looking but Darren said he has never had a horse as tough as her, never ever, which is an incredible comment considering the past champions he has trained,” Moodie said.

“Her toughness is a combination of everything. It gives her the ability to train on, to win a race, to stay sound and to travel, both by boat and road, and since her first start, she has not been unplaced further back than fourth. Older geldings can often handle a long prep, but for a three-year-old filly, it is quite remarkable.”

Not surprisingly, Pleasuring is now ready for a holiday and will be well looked after during her spell at the Moodies’ Yungaburra farm in the Macedon Ranges.

“The plan going forward is that she will come back towards the end of the (spring) carnival and hopefully pick up a nice race or two. We will look at autumn and back over to Adelaide. There are a lot of good staying races around for mares, so she doesn’t have to take on the international stayers that are coming out for the distance races.”

Pleasuring is a daughter of former Darley Northwood Park shuttle stallion Hard Spun and is the sixth foal from the consistent producing End Sweep mare Sleeplessinseattle.

“Given that Pleasuring is such a tough staying mare, we will be sure to consider the well-bred staying stallions available locally for her city-winning half-sister Honey Holt who will have her first season at stud (in 2018).”

“Between Hesket Bloodstock and Contract Racing, we will be looking at breeding around fifty mares this season, which is the biggest crop we have had for a long time.”

As loyal supporters of the Victorian breeding industry, stallions on the agenda for Contract and Hesket include Swettenham’s Highland Reel, Woodside’s Tosen Stardom, Sun’s National Defense, Spendthrift’s Jimmy Creed, Blue Gum’s Manhattan Rain, and Darley’s first season sire Impending.

“We are very fortunate that our good mares are producing well-performed fillies like Pleasuring that we will retain to breed, and we are looking forward to another successful, albeit busy breeding season ahead.”

There is a new kid on the block…or creek perhaps…in the Victorian breeding scene.

Thompson Creek Thoroughbreds has been established by Wes and Sally Ballantine and is based out of Glentree South, a property south of Geelong near Modewarre.

The first horses stepped off the float at Glentree South late last year and ever since it has been a hive of activity. They have also purchased a number of well-bred yearling fillies at the sales recently including one out of Samarmeteors, a half sister to Blue Diamond winner Samaready.

“It’s just a beautiful property, with great infrastructure, enhanced pastures and high-quality fencing, that combines stable facilities, top security, and a 24-hour presence,” Wes Ballantine said.

The farm and the thoroughbred breeding and racing operation is a genuine family affair. As well as Wes and Sally, the new business includes brother-in-law Guyan and Marlo Stroud while Wes’s mother and father, Derek and Kaye who will reside at Glentree South full-time.

Thompson Creek’s Wes Ballantine at Glentree South

Although Thompson Creek is only in its start-up phase, the Ballantine family has significant experience – not to mention passion – in the thoroughbred breeding industry.

“Dad shared his love of thoroughbreds with me from an early age, as he was lucky enough to breed the ’79 Blue Diamond winner Star Shower, as well as being a recognised journalist, having published several books on thoroughbred pedigrees and mating analysis,” Wes explained.

The Ballantines, through Thompson Creek, are very focused on syndicating breeding stock through small shares providing an easy entry for new participants.

“We have twelve mares at the moment owned in part with family, friends, work colleagues and clients, and have set up breeding packages that, for example, may comprise of two mares and two weanlings,” Ballantine said.

“This allows diversity in the ownership as it is spread across four horses. We are a family business and only encourage a family-friendly investment with small 5% or 10% shares available. We don’t want anybody to over-invest.”

“We know our horses, and we will back our investments by retaining shares ourselves in the stock we breed and select. We want our clients to know we have skin in the game.”

Wes Ballanetine was also keen to stress that they aim to be transparent and provide ongoing, informative and detailed communications to all clients on a weekly basis.

“We can explain to those not familiar with breeding what is involved, from choosing a stallion, to walking on the mare, veterinary care, foaling down and raising a newborn foal.”

“We are also looking forward to holding open days on the farm that can include visits to local cellar doors, golf days and farmers markets and, being so close to the Great Ocean Road; you can make the most of a day out of town.”

“We love the social aspects of racing, and we not only want to share our success with our clients but also build friendships that share our passion.”

Being based in Victoria and encouraged by the millions of dollars of VOBIS incentives on offer, Thompson Creek will this year be supporting Victorian first season stallions including Tosen Stardom at Woodside, Swettenham’s Highland Reel and Sun Stud’s National Defense.

For more information, contact Sally on 0438 642 004, email or visit

There could hardly be bigger supporters of Victoria’s thoroughbred breeding industry than Ian and Vicki Bell.

And on Saturday, the couple got their just rewards with no less than four horses they bred or owned (or both) saluting around Australia including a Group winner.

Here’s how it happened for the Bells (who breed and race under the Campolina banner)….

  • 11.15am – The Bell’s homebred mare Miss Iano (Equiano) wins at Doomben.
  • 12.36pm – Marcel From Madrid, a 2YO they part-own, wins the Group 3 National Stakes at Morphettville
  • 1.30pm – Jaminzah, who the Bells bred and sold, wins at Flemington
  • 2.31pm – Another one they bred and sold, Praguematist, wins at Wodonga

The win of Marcel From Madrid has particularly pricked the ears of Bell.

“We are hoping that Marcel From Madrid will be the best Sepoy to come,” he exclaimed.

“I bought a share from Mark Hoare from Pacific Bloodstock. EZ Racing always had a high opinion him, but he needed to be gelded, as he was a real show-off. Everyone agreed you either have a racehorse or you don’t have anything,” Bell said.

“We didn’t pay much for him, and he has already paid for himself, so although Hong Kong has been calling, and substantial offers have been made, the owners have elected to knock them back and race on.”

The Bells breed out of their Sutherlands Creek farm Maple Grange, north-west of Geelong. The property comprises of 660 acres of undulating, well drained and sandy pastures.

Ian says the farm is the perfect natural environment to grow and develop his weanlings and yearlings while also allowing his racehorses a merited spell.

“(Farm manager) Eric Foster and my staff do a wonderful job, and the large paddocks and gentle slopes ensure that they lay down their bone and strengthen their joints. I always put the feed bins on the other side of the paddock to the water so have keep walking,” he explains.

Not lacking any enthusiasm, the Bells bred 23 mares last season, but aim to bring that back to 15 this season coming.

“That’s the aim, but who knows, I might still breed a few more,” he says with a chuckle.

Beyond last Saturday, a highlight for the Bells this year has been topping the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale with their homebred Fastnet Rock filly purchased by Godolphin Australia for $500,000.

The filly was out of Lady Melksham (Artie Schiller), a mare the Bells raced to great success including securing a Group 3 win.

The Rushton Park offered 2018 Premier sale topper, the Fastnet Rock x Lady Melksham filly

“I have been a supporter of Darley for a very long time and she was a beautiful filly, that both Godolphin and Coolmore both said was the best yearling on the complex. I was pretty happy to be recognised by the biggest and best,” Bell said.

“Credit goes to David and Kayley Johnston’s Rushton Park (who prepared the filly) and my stud manager Eric Foster who loved her from day one and gave her all the right attention.”

The Bells are also major investors on the Victorian stallion side with shares in a number of established and new sires.

Going into the 2018 breeding season, they will support stallions which they have shares in including Swettenham’s Puissance De Lune and Americain, Wyndholm Park based Rebel Raider, Spendthrift’s new sire Overshare and Greta West based Master Of Design.

The stallion choices of Ian Bell reflect a wide spectrum of pedigrees.

“I go for both the speed and stayer bloodlines,’ he said.

Reproduced From Breednet

A change in sales strategy for one of Victoria’s prime commercial thoroughbred operations will be first seen at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale this week.

Burnewang North is selling all of their weanlings this season which includes an impressive draft of 20 youngsters to be offered on the Gold Coast and owner Cathy Hains is confident this is the right direction for Burnewang North.

“We have successfully participated in the weanling market over the past few years, but what is different with this draft is that we are now selling all our stock as weanlings,” Hains said.

“I think it is the right place for us, but, as they say in business, it is like Russian Roulette. You can be right, you can be wrong, but you can never be certain, so I’m not certain, but I am looking forward to it just the same.

“The pin-hook market is an attractive broadening market, whereas the yearling market at the top-end is becoming more and more expensive, and the middle market, where we sit, is becoming more and more competitive. We need to be on the front foot.

“These young horses are a commercial group from proven sires and with some excellent pedigree updates that will get the right attention from the smart buying bench.”

The Burnewang weanlings appeal a to broad range of buyers and are by some of Australia’s best sires including Pierro, Sebring, Hinchinbrook, So You Think, Vancouver and Dissident as well as Victorian sires Magnus and Written Tycoon.

“The most important thing is that each weanling has had the very best start to life at Burnewang North under our valued staff including Emma and Aaron Todd,” Cathy Hains concluded.

“Our horses have all has individual care and attention and have been beautifully prepared and educated. This gives peace of mind to buyers of a Burnewang North weanling, that they have a solid foundation to enable them to go onwards and upwards for their new owners.”

Some highlights include:

Lot 28 Filly Dissident x Albaicin – is a quality filly with a lovely family backing her. She has a nice strong frame, good deep colour and stands over ground. An outstanding filly with guaranteed residual value.

Lot 171 Colt Pierro x Feeling Positive – has standout presence and looks as though he will grow into an exceptional yearling. This colt has everything buyers will be looking for – size, bone, correct, he moves with genuine purpose and really looks like a racehorse.

Lot 225 Filly Sebring x Idyllic Mood – lovely first foal from a family with a big page. This filly is an exceptional type who has a lovely confidence about her.

Lot 248 colt Pierro x Kapcher – impressive black colt with good size and substance. Lovely kind temperament and very easy to work with. This one from a daughter of Group 1 winner Kapchat from the family of top class Group winners Star of Giselle and Solicit.

Lot 317 Colt Exosphere x Midnight Fantasy – from first season sire Exosphere this colt is a neat, athletic colt with a touch of class.

Lot 418 Filly Written Tycoon x Royal Lineup – is a neat, well balanced individual who is one of the nicest movers we’ve seen. She is all class and has that deep chestnut coat that catches your eye. This filly is from the family of $7 million earner Criterion.

Lot 440 Filly Hinchinbrook x Sharp Secretary (USA) – very attractive filly with good scope and plenty of leg. Lovely fronted filly who has blossomed during the prep. She is the third foal of a US stakes-winner.

Lot 523 Colt Sebring x Vintage Rock – this colt has a beautiful shoulder with lovely scope and balance. Good bone and strength all round – he is a serious horse. Half-brother to stakes-winner Ayers Rock from a mare that has had three to race all winners.

The full draft of Burnewang weanlings can be seen here at

The Tony Gollan trained I’m A Rippa came up trumps right on time for his recently relocated sire Love Conquers All.

In taking out the Group 3 BRC Sprint at Doomben on Saturday, the four-year-old gelding put the young Sun Stud sire well and truly in the shop window for broodmare owners.

Having won the $1 million Magic Millions QTIS Open race on the Gold Coast back in January, the aptly named I’m A Rippa again rewarded trainer Tony Gollan’s faith in his progressive galloper.

“He gives you 100 percent all the time, and he’s come back a better horse this prep. He’s one of the most honest horses I’ve had, and I absolutely love him. He never lets me down, and there’s only improvement to come.” Gollan said.

I’m A Rippa holds an entry in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap on 9 June.

Sun Stud’s Head of Nominations Mark Lindsay was thrilled with the timely win with Sun Stud having only recently announced the popular stallion’s move south.

“We have been flooded with enquiries since we announced that Love Conquers All was relocating to Victoria,” Lindsay said.

“Love Conquers All was a very talented racehorse in his own right – a Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placed. In fact, he is the third highest earner of recently retired Champion sire Mossman. Only 7-time Group 1 winner Buffering, and Golden Slipper heroine Mossfun, accumulated more prize money.

“Breeders are aware of the remarkable job he has done at stud from limited numbers. He was a Champion First Season Sire in Australia (by winners) and missed out on overall (earnings) honours by only $30…with just 58 live foals on the ground from his first crop.”

Love Conquers All progeny include four-time group winner Savanna Amour, Group 2 placed Perilous Love and stakes-placed two-year-old Par Oneri, who are all members of his initial crop. This crop has a remarkable 76% winners to runners ratio.

“Love Conquers All’s bigger books will start to kick in now with 122 two-year-olds and 110 yearlings to come through the ranks. With the larger representation, his progeny only have to keep winning at the current percentages and there will be exciting times ahead!” Lindsay exclaimed.

Looking to repeat the successful training partnership, Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock purchased the yearling full brother to I’m A Rippa for $80,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Golad Coast January sale.

Love Conquers All will stand the 2018 season at Sun Stud for a fee of $8,800 (GST incl) payable on a live foal.

It is never easy being a third season sire, but Greta West Stud’s Master of Design is certainly doing a good of recent times in showcasing his ‘wares’ in terms of progeny performances.

The Adam Sangster bred Cath’s Village kicked off a winning long-weekend for Master Of Design with an emotional victory for her connections at Geelong on Friday.

Racing for the red-hot combination of Darren Weir and Damian Lane, she chimed in to claim the Coast Scaffolding Plate (1100m) for a syndicate that includes Cath Baker who is battling Motor Neuron Disease.

“This a win above and beyond horse racing,” Spicer Thoroughbreds manager Brad Spicer said.

“Jason Richardson and Cath’s friends have been raising money and awareness of the disease.

“We auctioned a share at a luncheon with Nicky Buckley, David Hayes and Mick Sharkie and about thirty people bought into the filly. She will go to town now and we’re organising a big day out for Cath and the Baker family.”

Cath’s Village cost $65,000 at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Her dam Path Of Love (More Than Ready) is a half-sister to USA stakes winner Paris Return who was exported to Australia where she won at Moonee Valley for Bart Cummings.

The Monomeith Stud Farmbred Riverdance Lad doubled up for Master Of Design in the Procon Developments Hcp (1200m) at Cranbourne on Friday evening. He’s the first foal of Waltzing Lily (Golden Snake) from a prolific winning family nurtured by Monomeith Stud’s Ross Hennessy.

The Ian and Vicki Bell bred Jaminzah won the Billy Smith Hall Of Fame Hcp (1800m) on Saturday to complete a hat-trick at Flemington. A member of Master Of Design’s first crop, he had won two in a row at headquarters earlier this season before transferring to Chris Waller’s stable in Sydney.

“It was his fourth run back from a spell so there were no worries about his fitness,” Waller explained. “And there’s more improvement to come now that he’s back in Melbourne.”

Jaminzah graduated from the 2015 VOBIS Gold Sale and has now earned $285,860.

The two days of success were finalised on Saturday night at Toowoomba with the Ben Currie trained 4YO Magic By Design saluting. The consistent mare has now won or placed in 8 of her 10 career starts.

It wasn’t a Group 1 race, but grey Glass Harmonium filly Touch A Cloud certainly revived memories of her sire at his best when winning her maiden at Cranbourne on Friday night.

Unlike dad, she did not sport a set of blinkers but with jockey Jordan Childs wearing Rupert Legh’s famed blue and gold lightning bolt colours…and being trained by Mike Moroney…Touch A Cloud looked every inch her father’s daughter.

Having just her second start after being placed on debut at the same circuit, Touch A Cloud went straight to the front on settling down and defied all attempts to run her down.

The filly went on to record an impressive one and a half-length victory over the 1400 metres.

Born and raised at Blue Gum Farm, Touch A Cloud was bred by Rupert Legh and Peter Wright, who now share in her racing ownership with Michael Ramsden and Joe Pulitano. Legh has had a lengthy involvement with the family of Touch a Cloud.

He was involved in breeding her unraced dam Frolicking Miss, a daughter of Danzero and the Zabeel mare Miss Sagamartha. Superior horses in her pedigree include Cossack Prince and Cossack Warrior, along with former top Hong Kong sprinter Happy Zero.

Touch A Cloud is the third winner from four foals to race for Frolicking Miss with her best performed being Conflight, the winner of four races including one at listed level in Singapore.

The only one not to win so far is the highly promising, Robbie Griffiths trained 2YO Grand Symphony, also by Glass Harmonium. Having been bought for $70,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier graduate Grand Symphony ran second in the Listed Inglis Premier at Caulfield and was not disgraced in the Blue Diamond Stakes at his only two starts to date.

Touch A Cloud is the second winner from just five live foals in Glass Harmonium’s very small first crop, where he served just a handful of his owners’ mares late in the season.

His yearlings this year sold to $60,000 at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale where he was the leading stallion by average for three or more sold. Among these was a full-sister to Grand Symphony and Touch A Cloud who was bought by Warrnambool/Ballarat trainer Symon Wilde.

The imposing grey sire will stand at Blue Gum Farm for a service fee of $5,500 including GST for the 2018 breeding season.

In a coup for Victoria, Riverbank Farm has secured the half-brother of Winx to stand at their Benalla stud this upcoming breeding season.

The unraced three-year-old Boulder City, a son of Snitzel and out of Winx’s dam Vegas Showgirl, will be the first son of Snitzel to stand at a commercial stud in Victoria.

Snitzel is of course the reigning Champion Australian Sire, Australia’s highest-priced stallion, sire of 83 stakes winners including 13 Group 1 winners and his progeny earnings are in excess of $105 million.

Stakes winning sprinter Vegas Showgirl (Al Akbar) has not only one of the greatest racehorses of all time, the mighty Winx, but also the Group 3 winner El Divino. By Snitzel, he is a full brother to Boulder City, but sadly passed away before realising his full potential.

“The decision to retire Boulder City to stud before commencing his racing career was a very difficult one,” said Russell Osborne who runs Riverbank with wife Caroline.

“He has had a number of minor issues that were becoming harder to manage and, after the devastating loss of his full brother, the owners decided to meet the market demand and offer him at stud.

“Everyone involved would dearly loved to have seen him get to the race track and have the opportunity to emulate his big sister, however we believe offering his superior bloodlines to the breeding industry is a great thing for breeders.”

Due to stand at a fee of $5,000 (+ GST), Boulder City is expected to be in high demand with New South Wales and Queensland based sons of Snitzel such as Shamus Award, Sizzling, Sooboog, Spill The Beans and Wandjina all serving large books.

Snitzel, of course, needs little introduction. His big race winners this year alone have included genuine stars such as Redzel, Russian Revolution, Trapeze Artist and Estijaab. His progeny’s racetrack and sales ring results this season has seen his service increase to $220,000 in 2018.

With Boulder City’s half-sister Winx racing on through the spring and his dam Vegas Showgirl booked into visit Japan’s superstar stallion Deep Impact, it is onwards and upwards for this exciting young horse’s pedigree!

Boulder City as a yearling at the Inglis Easter Sale (Sharon Chapman)

A $2.3 million Easter graduate purchased by Gai Waterhouse and Julian Blaxland, Boulder City is described by Russell Osborne as “a beautifully conformed stallion who we feel privileged to offer to the Victorian breeding industry.”

For further information on Boulder City who will stand at Riverbank alongside Redente, Skilled, Wayed Zain and Von Costa de Hero, contact Russell Osborne on 0423 768 155 or

Riverbank Farm offers vet fees and a free return for all of its stallions (conditions apply).