By rights, the Three Bridges bred mare Sedanzer probably shouldn’t have been out there winning Saturday’s Group 2 Brisbane Cup over 2200m at Doomben.

After all, when the team at Bluebloods Thoroughbreds purchased the now 4YO mare for $125,000 at the 2015 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale, everything seemed to point at the youngster being an early comer.

She certainly looked sprinting material, according to Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ David Mourad, particularly given the filly is a daughter of Golden Slipper winner, Sebring, from a mare by Danzero (another Slipper winner) and a half-sister to So Detached, multiple stakes placed at two.

However, Sedanzer didn’t race until an autumn 2YO – finishing sixth at Kembla – and failed to make an impression in her first start at three, before peeling off successive wins at Kembla and Hawkesbury in the spring of ’16.

While Sedanzer did show trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott enough promise to run in several stakes races as a 3YO – including a close fifth behind Egg Tart in last year’s Group One Schweppes Oaks – it wasn’t until Sedanzer turned four that she has really came into her own.

In her nine starts this season, Sedanzer has won five – including three in a row in Sydney plus the Scone Cup in May – and been twice Group placed, along with a second (beaten a lip) in January’s $1 million Magic Millions Trophy.

All up, Sedanzer has raced 18 times for eight wins, three placings and $786,221 in prizemoney.

“She certainly caught us a bit by surprise given that she’s doing so well over the longer distances, but it’s fair to say that no-one in the syndicate is complaining,” Mourad adds.

Bred and sold by Victoria’s Three Bridges – who also sold Sebring’s Hong Kong Group 1 winner, Lucky Bubbles and Group winner Supido for Gilgai Farm – Sedanzer has a weanling half-brother by Unencumbered, while Voltdanze is due to foal another Unencumbered this spring.

Despite sadly losing Unencumbered in March due to complications from throat surgery, it’s been a remarkable couple of months for Three Bridges.

The Liston family run operation has bred, raised and/or sold Group 1 Australasian Oaks winner Sopressa, Group 1 South Australian Derby winner Leicester and now Sedanzer.

“We’re only a relatively small farm and raise about forty foals a year on behalf of clients and ourselves,” Three Bridges’ Toby Liston pointed out.

“It was great to see Gai (Waterhouse) and Adrian (Bott) add another Group 2 winner to the tally and we must be doing something right because Gai flies in to the farm every year via helicopter to have a look at our yearlings before the sales.”

Sedanzer is from Voltdanze, a half-sister to Group One Rosehill Guineas winner, Dealer Principal and closely related to Group One winning sprinter, Drum and Champion Miler, Grand Armee.

Having been Victoria’s most popular first season sire in 2016, it is no surprise to see a 15 strong line-up of Nostradamus weanlings at next week’s Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen couldn’t be happier with the quality of weanlings he and his clients are presenting…although he is not surprised.

“We saw Nostradamus as a precocious, fast, speed-type that performed on the track the way he looked, and with his half-brother Star Witness winning a Blue Diamond, it added to our confidence that he was what the Australian market looks for in a stallion,” Mithen said.

“It’s encouraging that both sales companies that have visited the farm looking at his progeny going forward, have reported positively about the type he is leaving on the ground, which is uplifting coming from independent appraisals.”

“A Group 1 win is the only thing missing from a near perfect profile and with luck not going his way in running, it will not stop him leaving future Group 1 winners on the ground.

A key element to the young sire’s will no doubt be the quality of his rights holders which include Musk Creek Farm, Glentree, Princeton Thoroughbred Stud, Dorrington Farm, Saconi Thoroughbreds, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Hollylodge Thoroughbreds and Oakford Thoroughbreds.

“The Victorian breeding industry needs people to come together to push our own wears, to promote and support our stallions, and this is an exact example of that happening at this sale,” Mithen said.

Also among that group of top notch Victorian breeders is Sally Watkins’ Willaroon Thoroughbreds which will offer one of the highlight Nostradamus weanlings.

Lot 412 is from Red Ransom mare Red Rapture and is half-sister to the Levi Kavanagh trained Group 3 placed, multiple city winning Soho Ruby.

“It’s brilliant to see such a great example presented by Sally,” Mithen said.

“It is also worth highlighting the Francesca Belle filly. She looks like a colt, being a big, strong, forward girl, for clients GB Thoroughbreds’ Daniel Gangi and Simon Bilalis, who also have a breeding right in the sire.

“Michael Christian (Saconi) is also offering a very nice colt out of She’s Pretentious, who is a half to Unpretentious, from a lovely black type family. He is a smashing sort and will receive compliments from the pinhook market who are after a good payday.”

Nostradamus stands at Rosemont Stud in 2018 for $8,800 (inc. GST). For pedigree advice or more information, contact Anthony Mithen on 0413 486 767 or amithen@rosemontstud.com.au.

Darley Northwood based Kuroshio shuttled one season to Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire back in 2015 and his first northern hemisphere runners are now making huge strides as they follow in the footsteps of their speedy sire.

Kuroshio’s first European crop are now two and as the northern hemisphere flat season ramps up for the summer, the son of Exceed And Excel is certainly making his presence felt with an outstanding 46% winners to runners – a figure that cannot be matched by any other European first-season sire.

From a small but select crop, Kuroshio has now notched up five winners from 11 runners and sits behind only his paternal half-brother Bungle Inthejungle bettering this number of winners.

In the last 12 days, Kuroshio has added three new winners, most notably Kurious, who booked her ticket to Royal Ascot with a convincing win at Sandown (UK) on 7 June.

On Monday, his son Dunkerron won a 1,200 metre contest at Windsor by three and a quarter lengths and looks to have a bright future ahead of him.

Earlier in May, Kuroshio filly Daphina – who won at the first time of asking – added valuable Black Type to her record when finishing a close third in the Listed Marygate Stakes at York.

Kuroshio was himself a superb juvenile, winning the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes early in his two-year-old season, before landing the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude. He went on to better his older sprinting rivals in the Group 2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Kuroshio stands at Northwood Park at a fee of $5,500 inc GST. He, like all other Victoria-based Darley stallions, is VOBIS Sires nominated.

Chatswood Stud has announced that So You Think’s Group 1 Randwick Guineas winning son Inference has been retired immediately to the Seymour based farm where he will stand at a fee of $8,800 (inc GST).

The 4YO who is blessed with the devilish good looks of his 10-time Group 1 winning sire who is one of the most talked about young stallions in Australia. In the past six weeks, So You Think has sired 6 Group winners as Inference becomes his first son to stand at stud.

Inference stands at 16.11/4 HH and was trained by Team Hawkes who were glowing in their praise of the first season sire.

“An outstanding individual. A Guineas Winner by a Champion racehorse. A serious stallion prospect,” his legendary trainer John Hawkes said.

Inference sprinted home from last to win the 2017 edition of the Randwick Guineas, beating home a quality field including Comin’ Through, Man From Uncle, Invincible Gem and four other stakes winners. Other winners of the race have included Dissident, Dundeel, Hallowed Crown, Octagonal and Todman.

Inference is the first foal out of classy Redoute’s Choice sprinter Pontiana who was placed in the Group 2 Dane Ripper Stakes as well as three other stakes races.

Out of a Redoute’s Choice mare – just like Zoustar, Sacred Falls, Ace High, D’Argento and many stars – this provided Inference with enough speed to place second on debut at Sandown behind Highland Beat. At his next start he won as a 2YO and before winning his next two starts.

Inference went on to become one of the best 3YOs of his generation winning the Group 1 vbut also placing in two other Group 1 races.

Inference at Flemington (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

The quality of Inference’s pedigree was noted by the purchase of his half-brother (by Pierro) for $1,050,000 at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

Greg Willis is thrilled to be standing the handsome Group 1 Winner.

“The Chatswood team recently inspected Inference with Inglis and his presence was undeniable from the moment he stepped out of his barn. He has a lovely nature and we knew we had to secure him,” Willis said.

“Chatswood has launched the stud careers of Flying Spur, Danzero, Invincible Spirit and more recently Reward For Effort. Inference will also be provided with the same opportunity.

“We are fortunate to have formed the base of a solid syndicate with renowned breeder Greg Peters to ensure he is well supported and has the chance to show what he can do as a sire.

“Original owners including Lindsay Maxsted and Greg Ingham have retained a number of breeding rights and there are still limited shares available in the horse.

“I can’t imagine the shares will last long after the public visit the property to inspect him. I’m confident breeders will love him as much I do.”

Inference will be joined by fellow Group 1 Winner Reward For Effort at Chatswood in 2018. After covering the most mares in Victoria last year, his fee will remain unchanged at $16,500 (inc GST)

To organise an inspection or thorough mating analysis, contact:

  • Chatswood Office: 03 5799 0560
  • Greg Willis: 0419 990 560 or gregwillis@chatswoodstud.com.au
  • Nic Willis: 0416 409 642 or stallions@chatswoodstud.com.au
  • Codie O’Neil (Stud Manager): 0497 605 277

As the clock ticks down to the running of the inaugural $1 million Showdown race at Caufield (325 days to be exact), Victorian stud farms have been busily nominating their stallions to VOBIS Sires for the upcoming breeding season.

With VOBIS Sires nominations only opening last month, 60 stallions have already been nominated for the 2018 scheme. This matches last year’s record level of 60 stallions nominated with several more nominations still expected to be lodged.

The 60 stallions nominated have been lodged by 18 individual Victorian stud farms and represent a full range of pedigrees, service fees and racetrack performances.

All progeny of these stallions from the coming season’s matings will be eligible to race in the annual $1 million Showdown race for 2YOs and $500,000 VOBIS Sires race for 3YOs. They also get to race for their share of $24 million in VOBIS bonuses and prizemoney on offer every racing season.

This year’s nomination list so far includes a fantastic group of Victorian first season stallions including Boulder City, Gold Standard, Highland Reel, Impending, National Defense, Overshare, Thronum and Tosen Stardom.

Other newcomers to the VOBIS Sires nominations list include returned or relocated top quality sires such as Artie Schiller, Bel Esprit and Sepoy. They of course join Victoria’s leading sires including Written Tycoon, Magnus, Reward For Effort and Manhattan Rain among others.

The first crop of VOBIS Sires yearlings have been selling throughout Australian and New Zealand auction rings over the past five months and have already pricked the ears of major buyers.

Yearlings emblazoned with the VOBIS Sires hip sticker proved a major lure for some of the most prominent members of Victoria’s buying bench among them David Hayes, Brad Spicer and Natalie Young.

“It was a real bonus. It made me bid over $200,000. If it didn’t have those bonuses on it, I wouldn’t have paid that much.” – trainer David Hayes after buying a Magnus colt at Inglis Premier.

“We’re all targeting these VOBIS Sires horses.” – syndicator Brad Spicer after the Premier Sale.

“It’s a great incentive for owners. I think going forward it’s something to our owners and new clients ‘come and try a $1 million race with us.’” – trainer Natalie Young (Busuttin Racing)

VOBIS Sires yearlings were bought at every major yearling sale in every state of Australia as well as New Zealand with the likes of Gai Waterhouse, Darren Weir, Tony McEvoy, Chris Waller and Mick Price all finding one or several which could have a crack at the inaugural $1 million Showdown. Prominent buyers such as the China Horse Club, Godolphin and James Harron Bloodstock also snapped up a VOBIS Sires yearling or two.

The full list of Victorian stallions nominated for VOBIS Sires in 2018 can be found below, or by visiting the 2018 nominations listing at vobissires.com.au.

For those stallion owners who have not yet nominated, it’s not too late! Nominations are open until 31 August. Contact Racing Victoria at vobis@racingvictoria.net.au or phone (03) 9258 4694 to request a nomination form. Nomination is the cost of an advertised service fee with discounts for stallions serving less than 50 mares in the season.

Full information about VOBIS Sires and The Showdown for breeders, buyers, owners and stallion owners, can be found at vobissires.com.au.

StallionStudService Fee (incl. GST)
Artie SchillerStockwell Thoroughbreds$13,200
Bel EspritSun Stud$11,000
Boulder CityRiverbank Farm$5,500
Brazen BeauDarley Northwood$38,500
Cable Bay (IRE)Woodside Park Stud$13,200
ClusterLarneuk Stud$6,600
Crowded HouseWyadup Valley Farm$5,500
De GaulleBombora Downs$5,500
Fighting SunSun Stud$15,400
Fiorente (IRE)Sun Stud$17,600
Frosted (USA)Darley Northwood$33,000
Glass HarmoniumBlue Gum Farm$5,500
Gold StandardSpendthrift Australia$7,700
Hampton CourtSpendthrift Australia$5,500
Highland Reel (IRE)Swettenham Stud$16,500
HollerDarley Northwood$11,000
Illustrious Blue (GB)Glen Eden Thoroughbred Agistment$2,750
ImpendingDarley Northwood$22,000
Jimmy Creed (USA)Spendthrift Australia$8,800
Jungle RulerBombora Downs$2,750
KuroshioDarley Northwood$5,500
Last TyphoonBullarook Park Stud$4,400
Love Conquers AllSun Stud$8,800
Lucas Cranach (GER)Bullarook Park Stud$5,500
MagnusSun Stud$19,800
Manhattan RainBlue Gum Farm$19,250
MosheSun Stud$5,500
National Defense (GB)Sun Stud$11,000
NostradamusRosemont Stud$8,800
OvershareSpendthrift Australia$15,400
PalentinoSun Stud$17,600
PolanskiDucks Crossing$5,500
Ready For VictorySun Stud$6,600
Rebel DaneSwettenham Stud$9,900
RedenteRiverbank Farm$3,850
ResetDarley Northwood$13,750
Reward For EffortChatswood Stud$16,500
Rich EnuffWoodside Park Stud$12,100
Rock HeroLauriston Park$4,950
San PadreGrandview Thoroughbreds$3,000
Scintillo (GB)Glen Eden Thoroughbred Agistment$3,300
SepoyDarley Northwood$11,000
SkilledRiverbank Farm$3,300
SquamosaSun Stud$6,600
StarcraftRosemont Stud$8,800
Street Boss (USA)Darley Northwood$27,500
SwearSpendthrift Australia$5,500
ThronumSun Stud$17,600
Toorak ToffRosemont Stud$5,500
Toronado (IRE)Swettenham Stud$22,000
Tosen Stardom (JPN)Woodside Park Stud$19,250
Trust In A GustSwettenham Stud$6,600
TurffonteinBlue Gum Farm$8,800
Von Costa De HeroRiverbank Farm$2,200
WarBlue Gum Farm$6,600
Warhorse (NZ)Bombora Downs$7,700
Warrior's RewardSpendthrift Australia$7,700
Wayed ZainRiverbank Farm$2,200
Wolf CryLarneuk Stud$4,400
Written TycoonWoodside Park Stud$110,000

Home to one of Australia’s most desired stallions in Written Tycoon (and three other up-and-comers), Woodside Park now has much to live up to in terms of industry expectations.

And they certainly delivered in spades last week on the Gold Coast finishing among the top buyers of broodmares at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

In partnership with Written Tycoon shareholder Sheriff Iskander and with the assistance of Damon Gabbedy’s Belmont Bloodstock, Woodside bought 16 quality mares for a total spend of $3.68 million.

Woodside’s James Price said the broodmare investment further cemented Woodside as one of the nation’s leading farms.

“The sale was a wonderful sign of the dedication Woodside Park Stud has to Victoria…and with all mares residing and foaling down at our Tylden property, it reiterates the commitment to the Victorian breeding industry by (Woodside owner) Mark Rowsthorn,” Price said.

“Sheriff Iskander, who is the majority shareholder in Written Tycoon, has not purchased broodmares for many years, but he has decided to re-invest with Woodside Park. We welcome the buying partnership and look forward to many successful breeding seasons ahead,” Price said.

Standout lots were undoubtedly Listed winner and Group 2 placed Hell or Highwater (Not A Single Doubt) bought by Woodside for $600,000 as well as the Stratum mare Diploma in foal to Written Tycoon for $520,000.

Other key Woodside ark/Iskander purchases included:

  • Lot 1375 Secret Doubt (Not a Single Doubt) in foal to Written Tycoon (bought for $400,000)
  • Lot 1402 Snitzel’s Goddess (Snitzel) in foal to American Pharoah ($340,000)
  • Lot 1257 Name Of The Rose (Testa Rossa) in foal to Capitalist ($250,000)
  • Lot 900 Bel Selene (Bel Esprit) in foal to Exceed and Excel ($360,000.)

“Although not all the mating plans for the new arrivals have been locked in, it is our intention that Hell Or Highwater will visit Written Tycoon this season,” Price revealed,

“…and based on the 12 mares sold in foal to Written Tycoon for the sale, it shows the quality of mares he is covering with an impressive average of $470,000,” Price said.

“With the level of investment shown by Woodside Park Stud, Mark Rowsthorn and Sheriff Iskander in buying top quality broodmares for our bloodstock portfolio, it gives us strength in the quality and quantity of mares supporting all four of our resident stallions.”

While Dean Harvey and Baystone Farm are often happy to fly under the radar, the recent Magic Millions Broodmare Sale saw the Gnarwarre based farm put well and in the spotlight.

Baystone took 17 mares to the sale, sold them all and finished with an aggregate of $4,760,000 and an average of $280,529 placing them among the Top 3 vendors of the sale.

“It was a great couple of days, and we got the right attention from the right buyers,” Harvey said.

“Baystone Farm’s main focus is buying fillies off the track, getting them in foal and then re-offering them through the broodmare sales.”

“I don’t usually have outside clients, but this year it worked out. On the first day the race fillies I offered were for some of my close friends and professional contacts which helped boost the draft as a whole, but all the other mares were my own.”

Popular Group 1 winning sprinter Silent Sedition was certainly one of those ‘boosters’, with the William Reid Stakes winner being sold on behalf of her owners to renowned Japanese breeder Katsumi Yoshida for an impressive $1.5 million.

“It was a pleasure to sell her for Andrew Noblet, and part owner Tom Curnow through my draft. Her connections originally purchased her from the Perth Yearling Sale for just $45,000, so it was a brilliant result,” Harvey said.

Others lots included some nice race fillies for Troy Corstens and the mare Argentinian Gold for Sheamus Mills.

“As we all race horses together and are good mates, I was very happy to include them in my draft.”

Some of Harvey’s other top results included:

  • Never Be Discreet, (in foal to Capitalist) sold for $480,000
  • Pienkna (in foal to Written Tycoon), sold for $460,000
  • Snow Dance (in foal to I Am Invincible) sold for $400,000.

Harvey also invested in four mares on the coast, who will reside at Baystone before being put in foal to commercial stallions and prepped for next year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Baystone Farm is located in what has become a ‘precinct’ of quality breeding west of Geelong at Gnarwarre. Baystone, Rosemont Stud and Tony Santic’s Makybe property are all within a two-kilometre radius of each other.

Harvey is also active in the breeze-up market with around a dozen offered for sale each year, at both the Inglis and Magic Millions 2YO sales.

“The breeze-ups offer another revenue stream. I picked up a nice Written Tycoon colt from Woodside Stud that I am looking forward to taking up north,” Harvey said.

Before going out on his own under the Baystone Farm banner, Harvey gained years of experience as Victorian Nominations Manager at Darley and Bloodstock Manager at Woodside Park Stud before joining the team at Rosemont Stud for five years and then venturing out on his own in recent years.

“I have always been active in the bloodstock market, but not to the depth that I am now. I am conservatively trading 25 to 30 horses a year from broodmares, weanlings, yearling and breeze-up horses which is certainly keeping me very busy.”

Last week saw the curtain fall on the joint Racing Victoria and Tabcorp initiative, the Women’s Mentoring Program of which Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria was a participant for the first time.

In its second year, the program was expanded and run in conjunction with the ‘No Barriers, No Limits’ Steering Committee, calling on members and employees of Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria (CRV), Australian Trainers Association (ATA), Victorian Jockeys Association as well as TBV to participate alongside those from Tabcorp.

Aimed at fostering female participation throughout the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry, the program engaged 30 mentees and 10 mentors, including TBV Committee member Caroline Duddy (as a mentor) and TBV Marketing & Communications Officer Jessica Moodie (as a mentee).

Participants undertook self-guided learning and small group discussions over twelve weeks on topics that included personal branding, networking, communication, negotiation, influence and empowerment.

A clear highlight for a great number of mentors and mentees alike was the session on ‘Communicating With Authority,’ facilitated by CareerCEO Chief Mentor, Andrea Clarke, which aimed to educate participants about the way in which women often unconsciously undermine their own authority.

While it was confronting to some degree, it was personally transformative for many, and an experience over which the groups bonded.

Participants left the session equipped with the skills to speak with confidence, and how to harness their body language as well as vocal techniques to achieve this.

The thoroughbred racing industry is large and diverse, and groups used their weekly or fortnightly sessions as an opportunity to better understand their fellow mentors and mentees. This included visits to workplaces and sites of interest, that for many, they had never previously been to or experienced.

Outings to Darley Northwood, Woodside Park Stud, Living Legends, Inglis Premier Sale, training complexes, jump outs, and the snazzy Tabcorp offices provided groups with many chances to deepen their understanding of each other and the industry as a whole, and many talking points!

Horseplay aside, the Women’s Mentoring Program is, in essence, designed to champion the role of women from all sides of thoroughbred racing. Although the industry often suffers from the perception of male dominance, it was pleasing to see the initiative embraced by a variety of male figureheads.

Both Scott Whiteman, CRV Chief Executive, and Andrew Nicholl, ATA Chief Executive, could not be more pleased to participate in the program as mentors.

“Backing female talent means backing the racing industry for a sustainable future, which is why I was happy to be involved as a mentor,” Nicholl said.

At the close of the second annual Women’s Mentoring Program, a celebratory ceremony was held for participants, which was attended by RV CEO, Giles Thompson, and Tabcorp CEO, David Attenborough. Both noted that diversity in the workplace is essential for a prosperous thoroughbred racing industry.

Participants at the Women’s Mentoring Program Closing Ceremony

“Whilst we are seeing a general increase in the number of women employed in our industry, we recognise that we still need to enable more women to enter, remain and thrive in the industry, which is what this program aims to achieve,” Thompson said.

Women play an increasingly prominent role across the Victorian thoroughbred racing industry, making up 52 per cent of licensed stable employees; 30 per cent of CRV club managers; 26 per cent of licensed owners; and 30 per cent of licensed trainers.

The marketing team at Sun Stud must have busted a gut or two over the past week.

The success of the progeny of their stallions has been widespread and without interruption!

There was a Malaysian stakes win for Magnus’ son Volcanic General, Fiorente recorded his second winner in South Africa while, locally, while Bel Esprit was Australia’s ‘winningest’ sire with 10 winners in just 7 days.

Volcanic General, a Dorrington Farm bred son of Magnus, brought up his fourth career stakes win in an emphatic victory in the Listed (Malaysian Group 1) Perak Gold Vase over 1100m.

Initially out of the Mick Price stable for five wins – three in Melbourne – Volcanic General has become Malaysia’s highest-rated galloper, with eight starts for four wins, all at stakes level, and three seconds.

The stunning grey is out of the highly prolific blue hen, Silverbeat, who has produced an amazing four stakes winners. Her Snitzel yearling was sold at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale this year for $700,000.

Sun Stud’s Melbourne Cup winning sire Fiorente (IRE) featured in South Africa when the Sun Stud bred two-year-old filly Fariha broke her maiden convincingly at Turffontein.

Having her third start, the Mike de Kock trained filly was favourite for the 1600 metre maiden. Powerfully built, she travelled sweetly before claiming her opponents at the furlong post to deliver a crushing victory.

Fariha was a $70,000 purchase at Inglis Premier Sale from the Sun Stud draft by South Africa’s Form Bloodstock, owned by Al Adiyaat

She is the second winner for Goody Two Shoes (IRE), a half-sister by Encosta de Lago to Group 1 winner Sligo Bay. Sun Stud sold the current yearling from Goody Two Shoes, a colt by Fastnet Rock, for $300,000 at Magic Millions this year and the mare is due to foal to Palentino this spring.

A recent return to Victoria has done wonders for six-time Victorian champion sire Bel Esprit.

His nationwide streak of ten winners in just seven days was highlighted by quinella at Moonee Valley with 3YOs Spirit of Aquada and Bel Sonic. The day prior the sire had a raceday treble at Geelong. There were eight place-getters within this week-long period as well.

“You would be hard-pressed to find a stallion standing in Victoria with better credentials than Bel Esprit. It’s terrific to have him back home,” said Mark Lindsay, Senior Sales and Nominations Manager.

Bel Esprit’s career figures now comprise 635 individual winners and over $61 million in progeny earnings. This season he has registered 80 individual winners with earnings exceeding $4 million.

Stockwell Thoroughbreds’ new sire Artie Schiller has hit the headlines in North America with his impressive three-year-old son Hawkish winning the $500,000 Group 2 Penn Mile in Pennsylvania by a convincing three lengths.

“He’s a monster, and when you’ve got a horse with that kind of natural ability, you take those aggressive moves and move him straight up in company. When he was turned loose, it was really fun to watch,” his trainer Jimmy Toner remarked post-race.

The big win was perfectly timed for Stockwell who have recently purchased the stallion and will stand them at their historic Diggers Rest property this season.

Stockwell’s Brodie Becker was thrilled to see “their boy” deliver again.

“Hawkish won so impressively, and being still green at three, that is typical of the Artie Schillers. They are not necessarily early two-year-olds; they get better with age, race on and improve,” Brodie Becker said.

“When I saw Hawkish, he reminded me a lot of his sire being a similar shape and having the ability to gallop with that big ground-covering stride.”

Unraced at two, the race was just Hawkish’s fourth start, having broken his maiden on debut at Gulfstream Park, before running fourth in the Group 3 Palm Beach Stakes.

His dam, the Unbridled mare Bridal Memories, is a daughter of multiple Group 1 winner Memories of Silver.

The 3YO has now qualified for the Group 1 Belmont Derby Invitational on July 7th.

“Artie Schiller has got 80 foals on the ground from the best mares he has ever bred to, so there is still plenty more to come. He’s half a chance to even snag another Blue Diamond winner from the quality mares he has covered,” Becker said.

“He has also demonstrated his ultra-consistency, even when he has had every hurdle and obstacle thrown at him. He wins the battle and remains in the spotlight by continuing to deliver high-class tough winners.”

“Now that trainers have learnt how to train and handle the Artie Schillers, we are getting more winners from his progeny than ever before. They are strong, reliable horses, and although they look mature at two, trainers respect that they are at their best as three-year-olds.

“We have great support from the trainers and local and interstate breeders, including Ian & Vicki Bell’s Campolina, Gooree Park, Cathy Hains and David Moodie. They keep breeding to this horse for a specific reason – as he gets the results.”

Hawkish is the 41st stakes winner for Artie Schiller who stands this season at Stockwell for fee of $13,200 (inc GST). Contact Mike Becker 0412 538 155 or Brodie Becker on 0437 788 434 to arrange a visit or for more information.

“We are always open on the weekends for clients to come and see the stallions and their horses. Give us a call on a Friday, and we will be happy to arrange a time that suits,” Brodie Becker said.

Swettenham Stud’s Americain has sired his first stakes winner when the four-year-old filly, Causeforcommotion scored in the Possibly Perfect Stakes at Santa Anita Park in the United States.

Swettenham’s Sam Matthews was delighted to get the first stakes win on the board and was upbeat about Americain’s’ many stakes successes to come.

“Causeforcommotion is from his first Northern Hemisphere crop, and she already showed class in her city wins. For her to win over 2000 metres, she had a fantastic turn of foot, which is customary with what we are seeing from the Americain progeny. They have both the stamina and the ability to show explosive speed late,” Matthews said.

“His Australian progeny have now had two stakes placings, so no doubt Americain will be replicating this effort with a stakes win over 2000 metres domestically in the near future.”

The stakes winning mare’s trainer Ian Kruljac said she had built up the right momentum moving up from mid-field and knew once she turned for home that “she had her eyes on the other horses and would just kept on running with that same focus.”

After being bought for US$40,000 at Keenland as a yearling Causeforcommotion has now won 3 of 14 starts, and was runner up in the Group 3 Santa Barbara Stakes.

“Causeforcommotion is out of a Giant’s Causeway mare, which also demonstrates Americain’s’ versatility of matings available on that Dynaformer line,” Matthews said.

Another of Swettenham’s international shuttle sires Toronado was also back in the winner’s circle over the weekend with the two-year-old Yolo Again saluting at Navan in Ireland.

The second winner for his sire, Yolo Again broke his maiden impressively for trainer Johnny Murtagh, beating the well-fancied Aiden O’Brien trained Scat Daddy horse, Isle Of Innisfree, over the 1006 metre distance.

“Being one of the earliest two-year-old races in Ireland, this demonstrates that the Toronados can get up early and win against some very well bred horses. It also showed speed over a quick 1000 metres, and even when he was headed, he fought back with the grit and determination that we expect the Toronados to have,” Matthews said.

After inspiring a big book of mares last year, Rosemont Stud have announced that its hugely popular strategy to punt on a free service to ever-popular proven outcross stallion Starcraft is on again in season 2018.

“The Toss The Boss deal was a big winner last year and there has been no slowing down for Starcraft in the sales ring and on the track, so we thought ‘why not go again’,” Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said.

In a first for the industry, Rosemont allowed mare owners to elect whether they wanted a colt or filly by Starcraft. If they didn’t get what they wanted, there was no service fee charged.

“He was reasonably priced at $8800 anyway, so no real wonder the deal was popular. It really was a risk to nothing. If you get what you want you pay only $8800, if you don’t get what you want it’s for free – I don’t think we can be fairer than that,” Mithen said.

And it’s not as if the Starcraft stock are on the wane. He had another splendid 12 months with his yearlings selling for up to $340,000 and averaging $115,000 across commercial sales in 2018. In Hong Kong his stocks continue to climb – he had another Top 5 finish on the Sires Premiership last year and just two weeks ago notched yet another feature win when Winner’s Way scooted clear under Zac Purton to claim the Group 3 Sha Tin Vase Handicap over 1200m.

Starcraft’s son Winner’s Way wins the Sha Tin Vase (HKJC)

“Some top name breeders are seeing a great opportunity with Starcraft which is pleasing and rewards our decision to buy him and stand him permanently in Victoria from now on. He covered over 100 mares in 2017 for the first time in six years including some real blue hens like Leone Chiara who is of course the mother of his champion 2yo and super stallion in Star Witness,” he said.

Mithen added that with the introduction of the $1 million Showdown race from next year which is eligible for runners which are sired by a Victorian stallion only, the timing was perfect for breeders to get on board.

“We know he can produce 2yos like Star Witness and Property, he can get a terrific sales horse, he can get a trade horse for Asia that sells for piles and provides an outcross stallion. I’d be certain every breeder has a mare that would suit Starcraft on this deal.”

Limited spots will be available on the “Toss The Boss” deal to manage the stallion’s book size and Mithen encouraged breeders to get in early.

As well as Starcraft, Rosemont will stand 3rd season stallion Nostradamus. The multiple Group winning son of Medaglia D’Oro is coincidently a half-brother to Star Witness and has received strong support in his first two seasons.

“He covered 110 mares his first season and 90 his second, so he gets a great chance to get the job done. His foals are particularly impressive. I had Magic Millions Tim Brown ring last week having visited a number of farms inspecting weanlings and he could not have been more impressed. They are very keen to take them for Millions sales which is very encouraging,” Mithen said.

He will also stand for $8800 and with strong shareholder support should prove to be very popular once again.

Toorak Toff rounds out Rosemont’s stallion roster and has had a very exciting month on the track, headlined by Darren Weir’s latest star Iconoclasm who recently won his third consecutive race at Flemington and is being set for Group 1 assignments in the Spring. He has also had recent city winner for Gai Waterhouse Duality, emerging fillies such as Miss Lillian and Miss Toorak Flyer and dual Hong Kong winner Speedy King.

In the last month he has had 15 wins and it seems his progeny look like they want to train on and be tough racehorses. He is standing at a private fee as Mithen explains.

“We want to tailor make deals for breeders with Toorak Toff. The phones should be ringing strongly for him this season with plenty of winners now coming as they mature and develop. We will be giving the breed-to-race crew a chance to breed to a proven winner-getter for not much money. We love them. It seems every one we race wins races. He’s proving to be a beauty,” Mithen said.

For more information on Rosemont’s stallions please call the office on 03 52206501 or Ted on 0429 933 955.

Prizemoney increases announced today by Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria and the three metropolitan racing clubs are supported by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria. In particular, TBV welcomes increase in the minimum levels of prizemoney across country and maiden racing.

Prizemoney, at all levels, is a vital way to return benefits to industry participants ensuring the industry remains viable and engaging to a broad range of people.

With breeders estimated to fully or partly own more than 60 per cent of all racehorses, there are clear benefits to our members. We hope Victorian breeders can take home the sizeable winners’ cheques from the Melbourne Cup, Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate or VRC Derby this year!

While TBV appreciates the increases in prizemoney announced, we are disappointed that our proposal to increase the level of bonuses paid out through VOBIS (the Victorian Owners and Breeders Incentive Scheme) was not accepted.

Racing Victoria’s independent consultants acknowledged in last year’s prizemoney review that VOBIS has been critical in helping maintain field sizes and thus wagering revenue. Furthermore, it recommended supporting ‘grass-roots’ racing of which VOBIS is an important part.

Off the back of that analysis, TBV believes it is critical that Racing Victoria inject further resources into VOBIS which benefits both the racing and breeding sectors here in Victoria.

We will continue to put our case strongly for VOBIS enhancements as we work cooperatively with Racing Victoria and other key stakeholders.