Lester O’Grady of Mount Brown International in Victoria has that announced proven stakes sire Roman Emperor will relocate from the Cummings family’s Princes’ Farm in New South Wales to join Diamond Tathagata this spring offering breeders a chance to get ‘stuck into Montjeu’.

By world renowned stallion Montjeu (IRE) from a prolific Black Type female family, Roman Emperor was bought from Karaka for $240,000 by legendary trainer Bart Cummings and won back all of that and more, retiring with earnings of $1.4 million.

His racing career included a win in the Group 1 ATC Australian Derby and a second in the Caulfield Cup (to another Cummings trained horse, Viewed).

The same qualities of class and stamina that drew the attention of legendary ‘Cups King’ Bart Cummings are now being passed on to the offspring of Roman Emperor.

Cummings had great faith in the ability of Roman Emperor to make his mark at stud and that faith has been vindicated despite his status as virtually a private stallion with limited opportunities that have seen him cover less than 200 mares in seven seasons at stud.

Despite the lack of numbers, Roman Emperor has an impressive 54% winners to runners, his 19 winners headed by stakes-winner Emperors Way and Sydney metro winners Roman Son, Latin Boy, Imperator Augustus, Nepean, Roman Typhoon and the very promising two year-old debut winner Etheridge, who is being aimed at Oaks races next year.

A stunning individual representing the powerful Sadler’s Wells sireline, Roman Emperor is completely free of Danehill blood so is suitable for a wide range of mares seeking an injection of class and stamina.

His sire Montjeu is rapidly establishing his own sire dynasty in addition to his overall record of 126 stakes-winners worldwide, 31 of them Group I winners headed by superstars St Nicholas Abbey, Fame and Glory, Hurricane Run and even Melbourne Cup winner Green Moon, not to mention Group I winning sires Authorized and Motivator

The hottest young staying sire in the world is Montjeu’s Epsom Derby winner Camelot and another of Montjeu’s Australian Derby winning sons in Nom Du Jeu, sired this year’s Group 1 Hong Kong Derby winner Ping Hai Star. Also let’s not forget Cambridge Stud’s star Group 1 Montjeu son Tavistock, who stands at a fee of $65,000.

“Roman Emperor is a proven stakes producing son of one of the world’s best sires and his progeny will be eligible for all the VOBIS incentives and the lucrative Showdown series,” said O’Grady.

“Roman Emperor is the only son of Montjeu at stud in Victoria so breeders have a unique opportunity to get stuck into Montjeu right here in our own backyard.”

Roman Emperor stands at a fee of $3,300 inc. GST.

While social media and marketing pages are awash with the first foals of first crop sires, there is one foal that deserves to have his fair share of the publicity.

Adoring fans of champion six-time Group 1 winning mare Typhoon Tracy will be glad to hear her first and only foal Last Typhoon has sired his first foal…helping to continue the legacy of the great mare.

Bullarook Park sire Last Typhoon

That first foal, a filly, was born at Avenel’s Bullarook Park on 13 August and is out of the Savoire Vivre mare Embroglio, She was followed days later by another filly. The ‘second’ Last Typhoon was out of Secret Miss – the first mare or filly to go to stud by another Bullarook sire Strategic Maneuver.

Both foals were bred by Bullarook’s loyal and long-term client John Fiteni.

Last Typhoon, a son of Street Cry, was recruited to the stallion barn at Bullarook Park last year and studmaster Malcolm Boyd is delighted to see the first of his foals arrive.

“It’s wonderful that Typhoon Tracy’s bloodlines will continue (through Last Typhoon),” Boyd said.

“She was such a superstar and her achievements on the track are far from forgotten. The foals by Last Typhoon now have a chance to emulate her success in the years to come.”

“They are both very nice little types, I can’t fault them, and together they combine and continue two of our stallion’s dynasties into the future. It’s an honour to stand a stallion with such an exceptional pedigree as that of Last Typhoon,” Boyd said.

“He will have about 25 foals on the ground this season, and we are hoping that he covers a few more this year. The bookings are still coming in, as we have found a lot of mare owners have been deciding quite late on which stallion they are going to visit.”

“Last Typhoon is a unique combination, as there will be no more Street Crys and there will be no more Typhoon Tracys – he really is the Last Typhoon.”

Last Typhoon of course comes from one of the premier families in the Australian Stud Book. His grand-dam is the blue-hen Tracy’s Element whose close descendants, apart from Typhoon Tracy, include stakes-winning horses Red Element, Cantonese and Shaft. Also in the family is the star broodmare Urge to Merge, the dam of Group 1 winners Master of Design and Suntagonal.

“He has a tremendous disposition, is an exceptional type and has the bluest of blood, as demonstrated by the prolific black type wins throughout his pedigree. I am confident all these elements will help produce quality progeny that are tough and versatile on the track,” Boyd said.

“We don’t expect miracles…we are very fortunate to have such supportive and loyal clients. I admit at times it can be a bit of a battle, but we can’t give up, and when you get the winners, it makes it all worthwhile.”

Last Typhoon will stand for $4,400 (GST incl) this season at Bullarook Park, standing alongside Lucas Cranach ($5,500) and Strategic Maneuver ($6,600).

For all stallion inquiries, please call Malcolm Boyd on 0407 342 291 or visit: www.bullarookpark.com.au

Pure Elation, a product of Nagambie’s Swettenham Stud, returned with a classy win in the 1200 metre Group 2 ATC Darley Furious Stakes on the weekend.

The win came four months after her victory in the Group 2 Percy Sykes Stakes over the same distance at Randwick in April…and firmly puts her target for the Group 1 fillies races throughout the spring.

Swettenham Stud’s Sam Matthews was thrilled to see their home-grown filly back to her brilliant self.

“There is no doubt that she is a Group 1 class filly – she has two Group 2 victories and was runner-up to Golden Slipper winner Estijaab in the Group 2 Reisling. With results like these on the board – I’m sure this spring a Group 1 triumph awaits,” Matthews said.

Pure Elation was bred at Swettenham by Adam Sangster and partners including Todd and Sue Lichti and was the first foal of stakes-winning Hussonet mare Member’s Joy. The dam had been leased to the Melbourne Racing Club and raced successfully for the membership of the club before returning to Swettenham.

“The Members Joy syndicate was such a successful initiative with the Melbourne Racing Club members and Swettenham Stud, and for her daughter to continue in the same way, those members are still enjoying the ride. There would be plenty of cheering if the grey filly ended up coming down to Caulfield for the Thousand Guineas,” Matthews said.

That grey filly – who would become Pure Elation – was put through the Swettenham draft at the Inglis Premier Sale in 2016 and sold for $320,000 to the bid of Paul Moroney Bloodstock on behalf of New Zealand’s Sir Owen Glenn.

Pure Elation has now won three of her six starts earning over $667,000 in prize money…with much more to come in the spring and beyond.

“Paul has purchased horses on Sir Owen’s behalf for a long time and he came back to us and said that (Pure Elation) was the fastest looking horse in the sale,” Sam said.

“Ironically, we were always going to give the filly to the Snowdens being rightfully regarded as among the best trainers of 2YOs in Australia, but unbeknownst to us, Peter and Paul had independently bid up to $250,000 on her when she was in the ring!”

Meanwhile the dam Member’s Joy was sold in foal to Swettenham shuttle sire Toronado last year to the Newstar Partnership at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale.

She now has a yearling colt by Toronado and had a colt by Flying Artie (Artie Schiller) born on August 18.

Members Joy x Toronado foal

Sam recently received encouraging news about the Toronado colt from Newgate’s Bruce Slade.

“Bruce was very complimentary about her yearling, remarking that he is a lovely forward colt; a real sprinting type that looks to be up there with the best Toronados on offer…he will be the perfect fit for Magic Millions in January. No doubt he will be a popular boy indeed.”

We love to hear about some of last season’s ‘famous’ foals…and it was great to recently get an update on a foal that won last year’s TBV Instagram Foal Photo Competition, a Nostradamus filly owned by trainer Charlotte Littlefield and Julian Hay

The inquisitive filly, nicknamed Blinx, was photographed with his cheeky friend, Maeve Kelly, at Littlefield and Hay’s Cranbourne property.

“As she had so much bling on her as a foal and with Winx going so well, we channelled the super mare and called her Blinx. Let’s hope we can get it through as her official race name,” Littlefield said.

“She was a late cover, being conceived on Melbourne Cup day, and was also a first foal so she won’t be big, but she is very well put together and well framed. Her mum, my first winner as a trainer, Bergerac Rose, was only 15.3 hands.

“Blinx’s little buddy Maeve still loves to come and visit her and we will be keeping her in our stable to race ourselves. Maeve is her first official owner, as we have gifted her a five per cent share.”

The daughter of Rosemont Stud’s Nostradamus, Blinx currently loves life with the spring sun on her back. Enjoying the company of her mates, a Squamosa colt and her best friend Florence (a Fiorente filly) who was bred out of Littlefield’s other mare Offshore Sham.

Blintz the Nostradamus yearling filly with with friend Florence (Fiorente)

“They are a real little gang and are having the time of their lives growing up in the big beautiful grassy paddocks,” Littlefield said.

Drawing on her experienced equestrian background, having represented the UK as a junior in eventing, Littlefield breaks in all her own horses, establishes their paces under saddle, and pre-trains them until they are ready to come into full work.

Littlefield currently has 15 horses in training, including having broken-in seven this year.

“This is probably our biggest year yet. We have five coming in for their first preparation this week as well as another five racing, so it’s a pretty big week for the team.”

After having a year off last season, Bergerac Rose will be heading to Woodside Park sire Rich Enuff for an early cover in coming weeks.

“I love Rich Enuff and I did a lot of work with him under saddle in his second last and last preparation. I actually taught him to jump and kept his mind on the job. Mixing things up to keep him interested, calm and quiet when he was starting to get a bit colty.”

“He has been throwing sensational types and I can’t wait to have my own little Rich Enuff foal to train and race in the future!”

A little bit of history was made at the Pakenham Show on the weekend with the inaugural TBV member sponsored ‘Off The Track’ Class run and won.

The event, proudly sponsored by Jacqui Sushames and Tam Dieu’s Balius Farm, was won by Rebecca Farrow and her horse Stage Presence.

The Pakenham Show was the first in a new sponsorship partnership between Racing Victoria’s Off The Track program, Victorian Agricultural Shows Ltd, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and their members (including Balius Farm).

Fittingly, Stage Presence – nicknamed Percy – is himself a Victorian product having been bred by industry stalwarts Carol And Andy O’Shea at their Lang Lang farm.

A son of Testa Rossa (he was bred out of Yallambee Stud when Testa Rossa was in Victoria) and Rory’s Jester mare, Rorkes, Persistency raced just the once in the Dynamic Syndications colours having been in the stables of both Peter Moody and Newcastle’s Darren Smith.

After his only start at Scone in January 2012, he was retired from racing and gifted to trainer Smith’s daughter Courtney as a show prospect.

Courtney and “Percy” were successful in the Novice over 16 hands at the Sydney Royal Show in 2014.

Fate would play a part when Rebecca spotted him during his novice class at Sydney. Her horse, Kholo unfortunately was injured in the marshalling yard that day.

Courtney lent her pride and joy to Rebecca, who rode him for two minutes prior and went out and won her class. Two months later Rebecca purchased “Percy”.

Rebecca and “Percy” have enjoyed plenty of success and good times – including:

2016

  • Reserve Champion Hack – Show Horse Council Show (end of the year show)

2017

  • National OTT Championship at Equestrian Australia Show Horse Nationals.
  • Reserve Champion – Barastoc Equestrian Victoria Horse of the Year
  • Royal Melbourne Show – Open Ridden Gelding
  • Sydney Royal Lady Championship Rider
  • Sydney Royal Hack Championship

In taking out the Pakenham title, Rebecca and Stage Presence won a special Balius Farm/TBV/OTT winners’ rug, $50 from the OTT program, $150 from Balius Farm and an OTT sash and prize pack from Racing Victoria.

Balius Farm’s Tam Dieu said he and Jacqui do their best to contribute to the broader industry as much as they can which included sponsoring this Off The Track competition

“When we got the email from TBV offering the sponsorship opportunity for the Pakenham Show we decided to jump in and help out,” Dieu said.

The partnership gives Victorian breeders the opportunity to support local equestrian shows. The first set of fourteen local shows stretch right across Victoria – from Swan Hill to Sale and Wodonga through to Warrnambool.

The next OTT class with TBV member sponsorship is at the Bushy Park Show (near Maffra in Gippsland) on Saturday, 15th September. It being kindly sponsored by Steve and Ceri Jostlear’s Ampulla Lodge.

Victoria’s record priced yearling, the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Octane, broke his maiden at Wangaratta on Monday demonstrating some of his class in doing so.

The Gilgai Farm bred 3YO colt, sold for a record $1.4 million at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, was having his second start and is now likely to be targeted towards black-type races.

Gilgai Farm bred Octane fetched a Victorian record price at the 2017 Inglis Premier Sale

Having been beaten when making his debut at Cranbourne earlier in the month on a heavy track, the I Am Invincible colt was tardy out of the barriers but weaved his way through the pack to win comfortably by two and three-quarter lengths.

“He found a way to win there. It was a race that didn’t go to plan, and he’s a horse that is still doing a bit wrong, but he’ll improve off today. Racing is only going to improve him again,” stable representative Toby Lake said post-race.

Naturally, Gilgai Farm manager Kelly Skillecorn was relieved to see the well-bred colt break his maiden…and advises that his dam Soorena is days away from foaling her latest foal.

“He (Octane) was a beauty as a foal as was the next. Soorena just throws beautiful horses,” Skillecorn said.

“The brother sold at Easter this year (for $1.4 million to Team Hawkes) is absolutely the real deal. As with Octane, Gilgai Farm has kept a share.

“Soorena is about to foal a Sebring any day…she’s been walking the box and is ready to go.”

Octane is the seventh foal from Soorena (Encosta De Lago) and the seventh winner. As well as Group 1 Newmarket Handicap winner The Quarterback, she has produced Group 2 winner and ATC Derby runner-up Philippi and stakes-placed The Rude Warrior.

Skillecorn said Soorena would be heading to Tylden to visit Written Tycoon at Woodside Park this season.

Notably, Gilgai Farm and Woodside recently acquired Spinning Jenny (Hard Spun), a stakes-winning half-sister to Soorena who just last week produced a lovely Written Tycoon colt for the partnership.

Note: On the same race card at Wangaratta, another Gilgai Farm graduate, the Anthony Freedman trained Evie Matilda (Artie Schiller), broke her maiden. The very lightly raced 5YO mare (it was just her fifth start) is out of Varevees, a British bred mare who was imported originally to race in the 2008 Melbourne Cup.

By Lydia Simmonds for ANZ Bloodstock News

The Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale saw the first offerings by reverse Darley shuttler Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) and Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit), who shuttles to Woodside Park Stud in Victoria, and both Sam Bullard, director of stallions at Darley and Jake Warren, manager of Highclere Stud, where Cable Bay resides in Britain, were encouraged with the way the first yearlings have been received.

Cable Bay garnered support from some of the most well-respected buyers within the industry at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale, where he sold 14 yearlings for an aggregate of £631,000 at an average of £45,071 (AU$80,000…which was almost seven times his service fee in the UK for this crop).

Jake Warren told ANZ Bloodstock News that he was delighted how the progeny of the sire had been supported at the sale.
“We were delighted. They are very formed, powerful strong looking types, who look very precocious and I think when you are in the Doncaster market and you’ve got a stallion like Cable Bay, who is all about speed and precocity, they marry up really well,” said Warren.

“A lot of the good judges have bought them, like Angus obviously buying the top lot was great, but Blandford and Brian Meehan are all really good, top buyers, which is very encouraging.

“His foals were very well-received, and I think that is down to the way they are put together. They are very mature physicals so as foals they looked like proper strong, well made, powerful foals and they have developed that way as yearlings.”

Angus Gold for Shadwell Stud went to £150,000 for a son of Cable Bay on Day 2 of the sale.

“He showed himself in the walking ring, he had a lovely way of going and a really relaxed attitude,” said Gold.

“It was a lot to spend but he was a horse with very obvious appeal and plenty of people wanted him. He looked like a horse who’ll run and I’m sure he’ll make a two-year-old.

“Everyone has liked the Cable Bays as foals, including me. I saw one or two others that I really liked at the sale and I was delighted to be able to buy one.”

Highclere’s Warren said Highclere have always had high expectations for the stallion and have supported him with a lot of their mares.

“We have bred 15 of our own mares to him, each year, so we have been quietly getting excited about him at home about what he had been producing.

“But when we got to the sales, seeing what everyone else has bred come together I was just delighted. I actually underbid two of them – I was trying to buy one myself, which was really frustrating.”

Cable Bay’s first crop of foals have just hit the ground in Australia and Warren believes that Australia is the perfect market for a stallion that is producing such precocious and powerful yearlings.

“I know that Rick Jamieson and Woodside have already had plenty of them to hit the ground and we get really good reports,” said Warren.

“I’ve seen some pictures of the foals down there and they look great. The Australian mare and Cable Bay are going to marry up so well.

“When you breed big strong powerful mares to Cable Bay you seem to get an identical match to the stallion, which is exactly what you want to see. It will be exciting, with the fast horses in Australia and the sire line is on fire down there, so it should work.”

Dual Group 1 winner Brazen Beau had 12 yearlings sell for a total aggregate of £558,000 at an average of £46,500 at Goffs, with the top-priced offering a Nelson Farm consigned filly, who was purchased by Howson and Houldsworth Bloodstock for £100,000.

Darley sire Brazen Beau

This comes after the stallion had a colt sell to Al Shaqab for €130,000 at last week’s Arqana August Yearling sale which sees his European average for yearlings sit at £47,937, off a service fee of £10,000.

Sam Bullard, director of stallions at Darley in Europe, told ANZ Bloodstock News he was pleased with the way Brazen Beau had been received by the European market.

“He was averaging four times the stud fee, so ultimately that makes for happy breeders,” said Bullard.

“We are delighted.”

“We were thrilled with the foals last year and we would have been disappointed if he had not gone on and produced good yearlings, so there was quite a lot of anticipation leading up to the sales as well.

Brazen Beau’s first crop of yearlings were equally well received in Australia with 63 selling for a total aggregate of $8,094,546 at an average of $152,727. The most expensive of these was a filly who was purchased by Tony McEvoy for $700,000 at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling sale from the Coolmore Stud draft.

“They sold really well in the southern hemisphere, will he do what Exceed And Excel has done for us? Why not? He might well be the next Exceed And Excel. They look like runners, the market seems to like them and breeders are continuing to use him.

“The key is he’s come in at really good value and hopefully we will take breeders with us and they can go on making a profit out of him.”

The stallion, whose first runners hit the track in a matter of weeks in Australia, was supported by some of the best judges in Australia, such as Guy Mulcaster, Chris Waller, Ciaron Maher and Darby Racing and it has been no different in Europe, with Angus Gold of Shadwell Stud, Rabbah Bloodstock and Oliver St. Lawrence all leaving Goffs UK having purchased progeny of the sire.

Brazen Beau is embarking on his fourth season at Darley’s Northwood Park base in Victoria, where he stands for a fee of $38,500 (inc GST).

By Bren O’Brien for TDN Australia/NZ. 31 August 2018

Oregon’s Day (Domesday) beat a number of more-fancied rivals in Saturday’s Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield and looks to be on the verge of a win at the highest level. Such a victory would represent the most remarkable chapter of a great racing success story for a collective of old friends.

Paul Girolami manages the group who bred and now race Oregon’s Day, with the five-year-old the most significant success in what has been a fantastic journey.

The opening chapter of the story was written some 20 years ago when legendary former New Zealand jockey Bob Skelton took a horse off the float at Mornington which Skelton’s wife initially mistook for a pony.

“This is not folklore, this is fair dinkum, when the horse arrived and was unloaded, it was twilight and Bob’s wife said, ‘Where’s the horse?’ She thought it was the stable pony,” Girolami told TDN Aus NZ last week.

Skelton, who had trained in Mornington having moved to Australia in 1979, had asked his good friend and fellow trainer Theo Howe, to source him a filly out of New Zealand.

He then convinced five of his friends, including Girolami, to race the mare and they went into the venture with few expectations.

Small horse, big heart

“At the time she was racing, she was the smallest thoroughbred racing in Australia. She was a midget,” Girolami said. “She had a terrific ticker, as it turned out.”

Oregon Seal (Oregon) would go on to win nine races for Skelton, including a Group 3 Tesio Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Girolami said the collection of friends were ‘blessed’ with the run they had with their courageous mare, who he said returned about twice on what they invested in her.

“If I get to heaven, I’m going to find out who the patron saint of owners is,” Girolami said.

But the story was far from finished, with the decision made to continue to breed from Oregon Seal despite concerns over how suited a mare of her small stature would be as a broodmare.

The next generation

It turns out her breeding career was even more successful than her racing career. She initially had two foals by Bianconi (USA), with the first winning two of his four starts before being sold to Hong Kong, while the second won three races.

Her third foal, a filly called Talent Show (Jeune) would go on to win a Group 2 Perth Cup, while the owners decided to retain the next foal, by Bel Esprit.

That was Oregon Spirit, who would go on to win eight races and nearly $500,000 under the care of master trainer Peter Moody.

Each year, the group of friends would meet to determine where they were going to send the mare next, mindful that because of her size, they had to find the right stallion.

The best of the lot

In 2012, they headed up to north-east Victoria plotting the mating that would become Oregon’s Day.

“We were looking for who to breed her too and we went up to Darley in Nagambie and we went to look at Reset, but we thought given her size, he was a bit small,” Girolami said.

“The next one we saw was Domesday and we thought he looked alright and we had our owners’ meeting and decided that was the way to go.”

Oregon’s Day picked up a black-type win at just her second start and trainer Mick Price immediately held a high opinion of her.

She has continued her progress to win four races in total and over $800,000 in prizemoney. She won the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes as a 3-year-old and then the Group 2 Hollindale Cup at weight-for-age earlier this year, while also finishing second in the G1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.

The end of the journey

But Oregon’s Day also represents the end of the road for Girolami and his friends. She is the last of the foals from Oregon Seal to survive and the broodmare has now been retired. and lives at Sun Stud in Victoria.

Skelton, whose family remain in the ownership, passed away two years ago and the remainder of the original group are in their late 70s to mid-80s. Girolami, who is 80, said they were ‘too bloody old’ to go on another journey.

“We’ll be in the grave watching the next lot of horses at the races!” he joked.

Skelton’s son Craig may be the one to continue the story and has bred from one of Oregon Seal’s other daughters, Sacred Seal (Bel Esprit), with a foal by Domesday set to arrive any day.

Meanwhile, Girolami and his friends continued on their great journey when Oregon’s Day performed admirably on Saturday at Caulfield, knowing how lucky they have been.

“If I get to heaven, I’m going to find out who the patron saint of owners is. Fair dinkum, I’m sure it will be a woman and I’m going to thank her very, very much, because we have been so fortunate,” he said.

While the official start to the breeding season is almost upon us and the green pastures in Nagambie are becoming busy with newborn foals, the Victorian breeding industry is aware that for studs and farms further north in NSW and Queensland, their paddocks tell a very different story.

Faced with the worst drought for decades, Swettenham Stud and principal Adam Sangster through the ‘Buy A Bale’ campaign will generously offer support to the drought-affected farmers, property owners and rural communities.

“The team at Swettenham Stud want to help our long-standing friends and clients in the Hunter Valley and throughout NSW and QLD, during this difficult time. We want to let them know that they are not alone,’ Sangster said.

“We recently visited the Hunter Valley region and we could see that they are in a desperate situation. Through making our farm available to their mares and foals, and by giving back through the ‘Buy A Bale’ campaign, we hope we can make a difference.”

Swettenham Stud will be donating three bales of hay per month, per mare, uncapped for as long as the visiting mare from the drought-affected area is residing at the Nagambie nursery.

“This natural disaster touches everyone – the small hobby breeder, the large stud farms, the suppliers, owners and the trainers. The recovery will take years.”

“We can help, firstly by donating hay to give immediate relief from feed costs, and secondly, by offering agistment to their mares and foals. We hope to alleviate some of the financial strain and the physical stress on their properties by helping them reduce their stock numbers. This will, in turn, help their pastures recover more effectively from the damage this devastating drought has caused.”

“Whether it is a single mare or a band of broodmares, the team at Swettenham will care for them for as long as needed. We are so fortunate that we have had the rain in this region, so our 900 acres of paddocks are well stocked with nutritious and plentiful feed for the spring,” Sangster said.

All visiting mares and foals to Swettenham Stud will receive the best of care during the vital growth and development stages. There is no walk-out fee charged for mares visiting outside stallions, and all horses will have direct access to our resident specialist equine veterinarian, John Hurley, master farriers and experienced staff.

“We want to back the ‘Buy A Bale’ drought appeal as it supplies essential support and encouragement to distressed farmers in crisis by delivering hay and other essential items. We pray that the rains will soon arrive and that the people, properties and rural communities can slowly start to rebuild and recover,” Sangster said.

To inquire about sending your mare to Swettenham Stud, please contact Adam Sangster or Sam Matthews. Additionally, there is a short video on the farm, or visit www.swettenham.com.au. To donate to the Buy A Bale campaign visit www.buyabale.com.au for more information.

Le Romain is quite possibly Australia’s most under-rated Group 1 winner….scratch that…three-time Group 1 winner.

And the son of Hard Spun, bred and raised at North East Victoria’s Greta West Stud, looks like he not at all finished yet having recently won the Group 3 Show County Handicap first-up last month.

With a race profile like that, it is no surprise that Le Romain was chosen as a subject for the latest episode of Victoria To Victory, which highlights a few Victorian bred racehorses who have won at the highest level in recent times.

Greta West stud-master John McCarthy, who runs the property with brother Laurie, can’t speak highly enough of the farm’s best graduate.

“Le Romain is definitely our finest breeding achievement, and we are so proud of what he has done on the track claiming three Group 1 victories, and what his is still hoping to achieve this spring,” McCarthy said.

Le Romain was bred by loyal clients the Carusi family at Greta West which is one of Victoria’s oldest ongoing thoroughbred nurseries. The farm is has been a consistent producer of high-class thoroughbreds, to which McCarthy believes is due to the process of growing horses out naturally.

“I think it’s the environment we have here, with good size paddocks and lush pasture and along with balanced feed and supplements, is the best way; it’s all about the balance,” he said.

Le Romain’s dam Mignard is a permanent fixture on the farm and a much-loved part of the operation, enjoying a happy life as a broodmare.

“She has done a great job. She is a very fertile mare…not many mares produce Group 1 winners, and having a horse like Le Romain, well he’s won three. Still going strong, she has earned the title of favourite on the farm,” McCarthy said.

Six-year-old Le Romain, trained at Newcastle by Kris Lees, is now two runs into his spring campaign with the win in the Show County showing he has lost none of his Group 1 winning zest.

A shot at the time-honoured Epsom Handicap is a likely proposition for Le Romain before he comes to Melbourne for further Group 1 targets.

Le Romain demonstrates how Victoria is a proven source of national and International Group 1 superstars. Elite gallopers produced by Victoria’s breeding sector over the past racing season included Daysee Doom, El Dorado Dreaming, Great Shot, Hey Doc, Redzel, Santa Ana Lane, Sopressa, Leicester and Written By while Mr Stunning was a major winner in Hong Kong.

Thanks to the unwavering passion, knowledge and dedication of those caring for our thoroughbreds in the Victorian breeding industry, like the McCarthys, Victorian bred horses are given every chance to reach their full potential on the racetrack.

https://youtu.be/JZIIFimGYq8