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Cluster’s Hobart Darling

Gee Gees Darl (Milton Pettit)

Larneuk Stud’s exciting young stallion Cluster is off and rolling with his very first runner – the promising Gee Gees Darl – recording such a gutsy victory at her Hobart debut last Saturday.

First catching the eye when fetching $45,000 at the Tasmanian Magic Millions where she was the second highest priced filly by a first season sire, Gees Gees Darl was placed under the care of Leon, Dean & Trent Wells at Brighton.

Cluster has 50 two-year-old’s ready to hit the tracks and Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch is looking forward to their emergence.

Cluster (Breednet)

“We have always had a lot of confidence in Cluster and we are delighted with his winning start. He has been well supported by the owner/breeder market and it will be exciting to see our clients do well with him,” Murdoch said.

“Gee Gee’s Darl was a real stand-out as a yearling and it is great to see her go on with it knowing that she is only going to get better as she gets older, as typical of the Fastnet Rock line.”

“All of the boys have been great this year in the breeding barn, and we have had a busy season, foaling down 66 for ourselves and our clients.”

“Our stallions are there to provide affordable and competitive mating options for the loyal breed to race market. They can take advantage of the Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold scheme and our stallions Cluster, Honorius, O’Lonhro and Wolf Cry are all VOBIS Sires nominated to make the most of lucrative prize money on offer.”

“We offer a great product, our horses get plenty of winners and our clients enjoy the great ride on the racetrack,” Murdoch said.

Gee Gees Darl debut victory was at the expense of five trial winners in the state’s first two-year-old race of the season. Although a little green, she did settle nicely for Craig Newitt midfield, and while she hit the lead early, she showed plenty of heart when challenged over the final stages.

“We thought she’d be hard to beat,” Leon Wells said, noting that he had been very pleased not only with Gee Gees Darl’s Hobart trial second in late October but also with the way she had progressed since.

“She came ahead in leaps and bounds,” he said of the filly who he describes as “a lovely filly, a beautiful ride who does everything perfectly. She has really muscled up well as she has matured, and she pulled up very well from the run from which she is only going to improve.”

The Alexandra Plate at Hobart in late December is next up for Gee Gee’s Darl who, Wells says, has a bright future. “I think she is pretty exciting to be honest.”

For further information on Cluster who stands at $6600 (inc. gst), contact Neville Murdoch at Larneuk Stud on 0418 105 706 or visit www.larneuk.com

Toronado standout breezes through Karaka

Toronado x Circus Polka (Breednet)

While there were strong results for Victorian sired horses at the recent New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run sale of 2YO’s, it was the striking colt by Swettenham Stud’s Toronado who turned the buyer’s heads.

Victorian trainer Richard Laming went to $300,000 for the Victorian-born son of Toronado out of the Stravinsky mare Circus Polka, providing a tidy profit for vendors Adrian Stanley and Hannah Kettlety of Woburn Farm.

Bred by Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster, the Cambridge-based couple purchased the half-brother to stakes performer Modoc for $80,000 at the Melbourne Yearling Sale from the Swettenham Stud draft and prepared him at their property, Woburn Farm.

Based on 84 acres of prime Waikato land, between Cambridge and Ohaupo, the specialist equine property features ample safe turnout paddocks all fenced with Equirail, and offers the perfect set up for thoroughbred agistment, breeding, foaling and sales preparations.

Swettenham Stud’s Sam Matthews who headed over to Karaka, was thrilled that another standout Toronado had attracted so much attention from the buying bench.

“We knew he was a nice horse, and we loved him all the way through. Adrian and Hannah did an incredible job preparing him – he was spot on. His breeze up was impressive, and he is an imposing horse, already weighing 575 kilograms early in his sale preparation. He is a ready-made racehorse.”

“We love to see a young, growing stud over there have such success with a Toronado, and we know that if they didn’t get the right price, they were happy to take him home. In fact, they valued him so much, they have stayed in the ownership. He is the first horse that they have retained a share in after they have sold,” Matthews said.

“It was great to have competition in the ring, and two of the underbidders were also from Victoria. The Toronado’s are popular in New Zealand, but the Victorians aren’t letting them go easily – they came over to buy them back.”

“He was a superb horse, strikingly similar to his sire, and his full brother who we own, will be going through Hallmark Stud’s draft with Mark Baker in book one at Karaka in January.”

Circus Polka has also produced a full sister this season, with Mathews commenting that the “filly foal on the ground an absolute belter” and she is already back in foal to Toronado.

“She is just a great producer, fantastic mum and easy to get in foal. Toronado and her are a great match.”

Laming said he was excited by the start the progeny of Toronado commenting that “he’s doing a good job” in in the northern hemisphere, where he has already had five first-crop stakes performers.

“He was a lovely horse, he breezed up well and he has got lots of improvement there,” Laming said.

“He’s still pretty raw and there is a lot to come from him. I’m happy with the price. Some good clients coming in him and Woburn have stayed in as well, so it’s even better. This is the only one we’ve bought this week, but I am happy with the one I’ve got.”

Coupled with his strong fertility, Toronado has had an outstanding season, and the Swettenham team are eagerly awaiting more Toronado’s hitting the track soon.

“The number of breeders and trainers that have either yearlings or two-year-old’s that have now booked their own mares into him due to the type he produces, has allowed him to achieve 160 mares in his fourth year at stud,” Matthews said.

“The leading trainers are identifying him as a top up and coming stallion, with very few slipping through the cracks at any sale. With the amount of buzz around him at the moment, 23 individual winners already in the North, and the best of his Northern progeny still yet to come, and there is plenty to look forward to.”

Eustace and Maher reap the VOBIS rewards on offer

The Closer and connections after the win at Ballarat (Racing Photos)

The training partnership of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace were making the most of the VOBIS prizemoney on offer when The Closer claimed the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade at Ballarat.

Taking her record to two wins from three starts with a dominant performance in the $150,000 race, she sat behind the leader before powering clear in the straight.

Maher purchased The Closer at the Melbourne Premier Sale in partnership with Wes Ballantine at $70,000 for part owners, the Ballantine and Stroud Family from Thompsons Creek Thoroughbreds.

Growing up at Thompsons Creek’s Glentree South before her first serious preparation at Gilgai Farm, co-trainer David Eustace is confident that she is a filly with plenty of upside.

“She beat a highly-fancied runner into second place and a $1.2m yearling purchase into third place despite travelling three-wide from a tricky gate.”

“Ciaron has a brilliant record of buying horses off Rick Jamison, and this yearling is no exception. Having seen her at a parade at Gilgai Farm, she was our favourite from the outset. She always had an elegant air about her. She prances rather than walks, dances rather than canters, but she also gallops with an extravagant stride.”

“We recognised that she was from a good family, being from an Elusive Quality mare. She may have just slipped under the radar a bit at the time as she clearly needed to grow and develop. However, Ciaron is more than happy to take time and be patient.”

“Her grandmother, Magical Miss, won at 1300m at two, and also won an Oaks, and that is The Closer’s goal. She will be spelled with a view to stakes races in the autumn, and possibly the Queensland Winter carnival.”

The Closer won on debut at Geelong in July, before stepping up to the Group 3 Red Roses when beaten less than three lengths during the spring carnival.

“She was very good at Flemington. We thought it was a better run than it looked on face value, because we knew she wasn’t a 1100m filly,” Eustace said. “It was well short of her best distance, so it was full of merit.”

“From the day she won her first start at Geelong we thought she was fairly smart,” Eustace said. “She’s stakes class for sure and she probably showed that today. She could get an Oaks trip, she is quite brilliant, and she’s got a turn of foot.”

Eustace was happy to sing the praises of VOBIS after taking home a full wallet after the filly’s victory.

“With the brilliant VOBIS prizemoney on offer, taking home $82,500 for the win, it has already covered her purchase price as a yearling.”

With many VOBIS horses filling the Maher / Eustace boxes, another stable galloper, Deja Doom was a good second in a VOBIS race recently at Pakenham, for owner-breeder-syndicator Ken King.

“We definitely always pay attention to the VOBIS hip sticker at the sales, it a massive incentive for trainers, and now the owners are becoming more educated and aware of the lucrative prizemoney on offer, it is a positive enticement for syndicators when selling shares,” Eustace said.

The Closer’s win is a great thrill for her owners, and being breeders, Eustace will now focus on “getting a stakes-race for her.”

“They are a family run operation, Thompson Creek Thoroughbreds, Wes and Sally Ballantine, and Derek, Wes’s father. Derek won a Blue Diamond in ’79 with Star Shower in the same colours that The Closer wore at Ballarat and is a renowned racing journalist having published several books on thoroughbred pedigrees and mating analysis,” Eustace said.

Based in Barwon Heads, Thomson Creek Thoroughbreds offers excellent infrastructure, enhanced pastures and high-quality fencing, that combines stable facilities, top security, and a 24-hour presence.

“The Closer will certainly be a filly that they retain to join their evolving and advancing broodmare band, and we have no doubt she can get a stakes race to add to her page.”

Brazen Beau is off the blocks with Tassort’s Rosehill victory

Tassort wins at Rosehill to become Brazen Beau's first winner (AAP)

Darley’s first season stallion, the former Champion sprinter Brazen Beau, has got his stud career off to a spectacular start with the victory of Tassort at in the Golden Gift at Rosehill over 100 metres.

Ridden by James McDonald, Tassort was positioned behind the leader in a small field and only obtained galloping room at the 200m, at which point he exploded to the lead.

Only the fourth Brazen Beau two-year-old to go to the races and his sire’s first winner, the regally-bred Tassort exploded in his debut to dominantly claim the win by over five lengths.

Darley Victoria’s General Manager, Andy Makiv couldn’t be happier, naturally upbeat about the very promising blue-blooded juvenile.

“It’s been a positive year for Brazen Beau. He finished leading first-season sire by average, at the yearling sales and to now have the Golden Slipper favourite is very exciting,” Makiv said.

Tassort is the fifth foal to race, and fifth to win, from the brilliant producing Exceed And Excel mare Essaouira, the dam of the Alizee and Darley stallion Astern.

“Tassort’s win was significant for his sire, but too for his dam Essaouira (Exceed And Excel) who has produced Australian Group 1 winners Astern (Medaglia d’Oro) and Alizee (Sepoy). Essaouira has been covered by Sepoy again this season,” Makiv said.

Brazen Beau established himself as the champion sprinter of his generation in Australia, winning twice at Group 1 and twice at Group 2. He was also second in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Brazen Beau stands at Northwood Park in Victoria at a fee of A$38,500 inc GST. For more information please visit www.darley.com.au/stallions/our-stallions/brazen-beau

Kiwia’s Ballarat Cup delivers Reset his second Group 3

Kiwia wins the Ballarat Cup (Racing Photos)

The consistent Kiwia has added a well-deserved win to his own record and that of his sire Reset in last Saturday’s Listed Ballarat Cup.

Given a perfect ride from a wide gate by John Allen, Kiwia settled in midfield on the fence and gained a succession of inside runs before striking the lead 100m out and powering away to win by one and three-quarter lengths.

The win wasn’t a complete surprise to Godolphin’s Andy Makiv, with Kiwia running well throughout his current preparation.

Competitive in strong spring company, when finishing fifth to Tally in the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown, the extra trip and a slight drop in class gave Kiwia his chance at Ballarat.

Darley Victoria’s General Manager, Andy Makiv enthused that “Reset is one of those stallions who consistently delivers, and we saw that again on Saturday with Kiwia.”

“That was his second Stakes win for owner Gerry Ryan and it’s a real thrill for us when clients have success with our stallions.”

Kiwia’s other stakes win was the Group 3 Coongy Cup at Caulfield in 2017, clocking up the 33rd stakes-winner for Reset.

Victorian-bred and part-owned by Gerry Ryan’s Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds, the five-year-old gelding has now had seven wins for 22 starts, 11 at Group or Listed level and amassed $762,050 in prize money.

From the unraced Danehill Dancer mare Single View, a sister to Group 3 MRC Geoffrey Belmaine Stakes winner Tuscan Sling out of the Listed SAJC Walter Brown Stakes winner Firenza (Kenny’s Best Pal).

Kiwia is her only foal to race thus far, but she has a lovely full sister to Kiwia at foot.

“Gerry sent Kiwia’s dam Single View back to Reset last year and she foaled down a filly back in August, who is certainly one to follow,” Makiv said.

Reset, who was unbeaten in his only five starts and won twice at Group 1 level, stands at Northwood Park, Victoria, at a fee of A$13,750 including GST. For more information please visit www.darley.com.au/stallions/our-stallions/reset

Bel Esprit winning at Sonic speed

Bel Esprit

With another two winners at Seymour on Monday it’s hard to keep up with the Bel Esprit winners, as they just keep coming.

However, the four-year-old Bel Esprit gelding Bel Sonic deservedly gets an extra mention.

Having unleashed a brilliant turn of foot to claim the Magic Millions Classic (1100m) at Ballarat on Saturday, the Jason Warren trained sprinter came from last at the 400m marker to swoop past his ten rivals and record a super impressive victory with Regan Bayliss in the saddle.

“They rolled along at a nice tempo and I stalked Johnny Allen, on Platinum Angel, peeled off his back at the 200-metre mark and this fella, once he got mobile, he was strong right through the line,” Bayliss said.

“He has got a devastating turn of foot, and he showed that today.”

A long-time supporter of the Bel Esprit progeny, Warren plans to take the son of Bel Esprit to the sunny state to contest either the $1 million Magic Millions Cup (1400m) or $1 million Magic Millions Snippets (1200m) on the Gold Coast on January 12th.

A 4-time winner of $349,400, BEL SONIC is out of the Elusive Quality mare, Ausmaid who has been a terrific producer for the Sun Stud team, with Phil Marshall from nominations commenting that her first four foals are all winners, with 18 successes between them.

“Her third foal, Capannello, ran second in a Blue Diamond Preview and Bel Sonic looks destined for black type this preparation. He ran fourth in the Listed Creswick behind Nature Strip at Flemington earlier in the year and Jason Warren believes the son of Bel Esprit has come back better than ever this time in,” Marshall said.

The progeny of Bel Esprit have now posted an incredible 650 career winners to date.

“Bel Esprit has been at his productive best this season with 43 winners and over $2.1m in progeny earnings – he’s in 14th place for winners and is 24th for prize money on the Australian sires table, he’s a remarkable stallion and an asset to the farm.”

“Breeders have really embraced his return to Victoria too, Bel has covered 90 odd mares already this season and he still loves his job.”

Ausmaid had a Magnus filly sell for $100,000 at this year’s Magic Millions Perth yearling sale and Marshall has high hopes for her 2019 offering by freshman sire, Ready For Victory.

“The Ready For Victory yearling out of Ausmaid is unquestionably the standout filly in our Adelaide draft, she’s all quality and is sure to have plenty of admirers,” Marshall said.

“We have some nice Ready For Victory’s to sell next year and I think the stallion’s progeny will be well received at the sales – they look like real running types.”

“Ausmaid has a strong flashy chestnut filly by Palentino on the ground and has been covered by leading second season sire Fiorente this season,” Marshall said.

“The mare is a fantastic breeder and a great mum, she has been an excellent purchase for the farm and I believe the best is yet to come as far as her offspring are concerned.”

Hilldene Farm sharpens focus

Dream In Colour x Exceed And Excel colt, with Nick Wakim (TDN)

Courtesy of TDN

Less than 18 months since establishing Victoria’s Hilldene Farm, his high-end boutique breeding operation, Nick Wakim is already celebrating a significant milestone.

Grey Khan’s (Dalakhani {Ire}) victory in a Geelong maiden on Sunday was the first in the lilac and navy colours of Hilldene, something Nick Wakim hopes to become common place over the coming years for the farm based on 180 acres outside of Seymour in Victoria.

HILLDENE (TDN)

Eagle eyes would have spotted the same colours during the recent Flemington carnival, when highly touted 2-year-old Chicago Bull (Exceed and Excel) ran third in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate on Oaks Day.

Wakim, along with bloodstock manager Peter Ford, made a splash at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, spending $1.85m on six broodmares, including the sister to Sweet Idea and Showtime, Sweet Sister (Snitzel), and the three-quarter sister to Invader, She’s Got Power (Redoute’s Choice).

“We’ve always had designs on having a high-end broodmare farm,” Wakim told TDN AusNZ. “The focus is on being an owner-breeder, with 10-15 mares but at the upper end.”

Wakim and Ford also made an impression at this year’s broodmare sales, parting with $750,000 for an imported Frankel mare named Dream In Colour (GB).

“We bought the mare at the Magic Millions Mare sale and we believe she is the first Frankel mare to foal down in Australia. She’s since had an outstanding Exceed and Excel colt and she’s back in foal to the same sire based on that result,” he said.

“We’re operating at the top end of the market and as you know, the global market is quite strong right now. Prices are expensive and it’s difficult to purchase at value.”

“You need large amounts of capital to play at the top end of the market. Right now, it’s capital intensive for us.”

Sharpening focus

That period of strong capital outlay has sharpened Wakim’s focus on a clear strategy for his breeding and racing interests.

“All the race fillies will be 100 per cent owned by us. We will buy or retain 25-100 per cent ownership stakes in colts we think will make potential stallions. That’s where we want to be.”

Chicago Bull, bought with Aquis Farm and his breeders Kia Ora Farm, is a good example of that. Wakim has high hopes for the two-year-old, who is trained by Peter Gelagotis.

“We have high expectations for him. He’s a class colt. We expected him to win the Maribyrnong Plate, but he pulled up with shin soreness, so his run had a lot more merit than it showed on paper,” he said.

“We’ll see how he comes back from his break as we want to target the major autumn 2-year-old races with him.”

The learning process

The strategy seems clear now, but Wakim admits the past 18 months have been somewhat of an education.

The week before buying those six broodmares on the Gold Coast, he and Ford scooped up seven lots at the 2017 National Weanling Sale for a total of over $1 million, with an intention to pinhook them the following year.

“We thought the first year, we’d pinhook some to create some revenue, but that’s not really our focus. We’ve learned over the past 18 months. We’ve tried a few things early doors. Pinhooking, looking at buying a few and trading a few, we even had a commercial draft at Melbourne Premier Sale last year,” Wakim said.

“As we go through this journey, we won’t be doing those things anymore. We won’t have our own drafts. If we’re going to sell any of the progeny we breed, they’ll be placed in specific drafts at specific sales.”

“The operation is private, and our intention is to be an owner-breeder, but we’ll probably sell a few along the way. That’s where our focus is.”

A lifelong dream realised

Wakim, a successful business entrepreneur, has had a life-long passion for thoroughbreds and a strong desire to establish his own farm for some time.

“My dad used to take me to the races when I was about nine years old. He owned some horses, but he was a large punter, so the horses were a means to an end,” Wakim said.

“I used to tag along to the races and my love of thoroughbreds grew from there. I was also an avid rider through my teens and focused on show jumping, puissance and cross-country riding whilst we lived in the UK.”

“We were also shareholders in (multiple European Group 1 winner) Dancing Brave, when he was syndicated, so I’ve had a quite a long history with horses, but it’s only recently that I’ve been able to set-up and carry out my passion.”

While he has had horses race with Gai Waterhouse and Chris Waller, it was the Gelagotis trained Grey Khan that gave him the thrill of becoming the first horse to win in the lilac and navy colours, which Wakim selected to compliment the Hilldene livery and logo.

As a promising stayer who is likely to be gelded, Grey Khan doesn’t quite fit into the current Hilldene strategy but Wakim is nevertheless excited for his prospects going forward.

“The horse is by Dalakhani out of an Unfuwain (USA) mare (Witwatersrand {Ire}). His half-brother has won up to 3200m and we see him as a young progressive stayer,” Wakim said.

“It’s one of our dreams, like so many around the world, to win a major Cups race in Australia,” Wakim said.

Grey Khan is one of around 12 horses in work that Wakim has a shareholding in. Those numbers have been reduced in recent months as he focusses on quality over quantity in both his racing and breeding interests.

“We’re content with where we sit at present, but this is a work-in-progress. I don’t think as an individual, or as a private group, there are too many people trying to establish a classic or archetypal owner-breeder operation at the upper end in Australia. We know this is an uphill battle, but we will give it a red-hot-go,” he said.

Mount Brown goes International with Hong Kong Graduate

Follow Me (Hong Kong Jockey Club)

Euroa’s Mount Brown International has already established themselves as an astute judge in Australia when pin hooking and as their name suggests, this latest graduate is now spreading the message far and wide, all the way to Hong Kong.

A $32,000 Magic Millions Adelaide purchase from the draft of Lester O’Grady’s Mount Brown International, the promising three-year-old, Follow Me was successful at Sha Tin last Sunday for the John Size stable.

A lightly raced son of Lope de Vega (IRE), he had run second at two of his first three outings and was therefore sent out as the hot favourite, easily bolting clear to win over 1400 metres by three and a half lengths.

“It’s fantastic for the farm, as he was a decent winner and I’m sure he will be lined up for a nice race soon. He could be anything and I thought that when I prepped him,” O’Grady said.

“Follow Me as a yearling was a very placid colt with a kind eye. He was happy to do anything we asked. He never hesitated, loved his feed, ate up throughout the sales. He enjoyed doing something different every day.”

Having had to cope with the shift from the open paddocks of Victoria to the busy Hong Kong racing environment, O’Grady was confident that he had “the right level temperament to make it as a racehorse overseas”.

“There was nothing that could have hit him that he wouldn’t have handled. If he was any more relaxed and laid back, he would be horizontal.”

Follow Me was bought by Woodpark Stud and prepared for the Magic Millions 2YO’s in Training Sale last year but passed in shy of his solid $175,000 reserve.

“He had substantial reserve placed on him at the Magic Millions two-year-old sale, which indicates that they thought a lot of him. His breeze up was brilliant, clocking a swift 10.40 seconds, which made him one of the quickest. He was a smart horse, 100% sound and he ticked every box,” O’Grady said.

He was then put into work by Jean Dubois and after winning a trial in impressive fashion at Rosehill in February this year was sold to Hong Kong.

By Lope De Vega, he is the second winner from unraced Starcraft mare Star over Kansas, who comes from a European family featuring noted Group 1 winning sires Warning, Rainbow Quest and Scenic.

“He was pin hooked by a great group of lads that approached me to prepare him as a yearling, I jumped at the chance, as I was a massive fan of the Irish stallion, Lope De Vega.”

“I had been keeping a close eye on him when he was at Patinack Farm, as I loved the Shamardal bloodline and I was following his progeny closely. I had had some success with the breed previously in the early days, buying a couple of weanlings for a good profit, and as was to be his last year of yearlings to sell by him, I was thrilled to offer one through the ring.”

Mount Brown is now home to Hinchinbrook’s young sire son, Diamond Tathagata who stood his first season.

“He was great to handle and covered a good book of 30 mares that were well supported by locals that are looking to breed to race and Victorian country trainers, like Jane Duncan from Swan Hill. He also received mares from his owner, Patrick Lee, and we backed him with our own private broodmare band,” O’Grady said.

Mount Brown International is now turning their attention to the yearling sales, busy getting horses ready to head to Inglis Melbourne Premier, Magic Millions Adelaide and the Inglis Gold Sale.

Ponderosa Park celebrates their Group-winning Squamosa Mare

Ponderosa Park's Kiwi Ida (Aushorse)

“Kiwi Ida is letting down now, she’s gone clear… Kiwi Ida is way too good!”

The Ponderosa bred, Sun Stud sired Squamosa mare Kiwi Ida, blitzed her rivals by two clear lengths in the Group 3 Valachi Downs Breeders Stakes over 1400m at Riccarton in New Zealand.

Stakes-placed at two, a stakes winner at three and now a group winner as a four-year-old mare, Kiwi Ida has been a model of consistency since winning on debut in the very first two-year-old race of the season – 1st of October 2016.

The seven-time winning bay mare has now won over 800m, 900m, 1200m & 1400m and has also placed on a further eight occasions.

Bred by Paul Kelly and Sue Miller of Nathalia’s Ponderosa Park, Kiwi Ida is the second foal out of the Blevic mare, Empress Ida.

“Empress Ida foaled down a cracking full-brother to Kiwi Ida this season, and due to the current form around the family, we will proudly offer the in-demand colt through our Ponderosa Park draft, as a weanling at the Inglis Great Southern Sale.”

“Ponderosa Park’s primary aim is to breed and sell good quality weanlings through the sales and he will be the perfect example of the top-quality youngsters we will have on offer.”

“We are having a very good year, having foaled down around 40 foals this season and we will be taking a strong draft of about 30 of them to the Great Southern Sale.”

The calibre of horses on offer include a couple of beautiful Winning Rupert’s, weanlings by Vancouver, Shooting to Win, Fiorente as well foals from their resident stallion Niconoise, showing the quality he is capable of siring.

“Additionally, we will be putting through an outstanding Palentino filly, who is out of the High Chaparral mare Little Things. She is a half-sister to the recent winner and Australian Guineas favourite Ringerdinding. We are expecting her to be very popular and sure to draw plenty of attention from the buying bench.”

“Our stallion Niconoise is going along well, having covered around 20 mares this season, and from all reports his three-year-olds are shaping up nicely. He definitely breeds nice going horses like his winner, Gotabiton and he provides an affordable option for breeders looking for the blue-blooded Nicconi line in Victoria,” Kelly said.

Niconoise is nominated to VOBIS Sires giving his progeny the chance to race for more than $24 million in lucrative VOBIS benefits on offer every year.

While, Kiwi Ida is building a super impressive CV for husband and wife team, John and Karen Parsons, who own and train the talented daughter of Squamosa.

Concerned to see that her charge was wide and at the rear of the field in the early stages of today’s race, Karen was delighted with the turn of foot on display as Kiwi Ida sprinted hard to gap her opposition.

“I was a bit shaky when she was three-wide and last, but I never lost faith in her. She has always had plenty of ability.” said Karen Parsons.

“She’s a lovely mare, has a great nature and gives you a good feel, so she’s going to get more black-type along the way,” added jockey, Michael Coleman.

Squamosa (Breednet)

Victoria’s Champion First Season Sire 2016/17, the popular Sun Stud stallion Squamosa, has an impressive winner’s average earnings index of nearly $60,000, and boasts an impressive 11% stakes horses to runners.

Patience pays off for Kingston’s Americain

Tour Down Under wins at Mornington (Racing Photos)

For Mornington based trainer Robert Kingston, his patience with his homebred Americain, Tour Down Under is now certainly starting to reap the rewards.

Having won his last two starts, the talented galloper is Kingston trained, owned and bred and after convincingly breaking his maiden at Kilmore under a confident ride from Jessica Eaton, he was sent out a deserved favourite at his home track on Monday.

Over 1500 metres, confidence was high for the son of Americain before the start, however Kingston admits to being nervous before the race.

“Sometimes it’s easier to be the underdog, so I was a little nervous as he was a good thing today. But he is a very nice horse, I like him, and I was just happy he could win again and show that my confidence in him was justified.”

“He still looked a little green at Kilmore, but he has improved after each start and today he was a real professional. He has deserves a good rest off, a long prep and being late maturing he will improve again with more time. He will have a great career going forward.”

Jockey Jess Eaton, who is really putting the wins together, has had a lot to do with the colt and now Tour Down Under is up there as one of her favourites.

“I rode him in his first start and he is a lovely little horse with still much more to learn, and after his spell, he will only come back bigger and stronger,” Eaton said.

Tour Down Under was bred by his trainer in partnership with Gary Young, who is the first foal of Stratum mare On Tour. On Tour who holds a special place here at the stable as she was Robert’s first winner and Metro winner a few years ago.

“I trained On Tour for Gerry Ryan, won a couple for me before claiming a metro win at a midweek city meeting at Mornington. She was able to win at 1200m on speed, and with her pedigree, I retained her as a broodmare.

“We are very excited about Tour Down Under and the other future progeny of On Tour through her 2015 Street Boss, called Sweet Jazz, and she is in currently in-foal to Rebel Dane who will compliment her speed and being such a tough sprinter.”

Having worked with Robbie Griffiths and Jason Warren before going out on his own, Irish born Robert and the team have enjoyed considerable success from a small team of horses since 2011. Indeed the 2017/2018 season was a career high with eighteen winners and five individual Metropolitan winners.

“We have been enjoying an impressive runner to winners strike rate and the aim is to continue to build on that record and ensure each horse realises its potential.”

And that is just what they are doing with Tour Down Under, proving that patience pays.

“It is a real thrill to have a homebred performing so well for the stable. I love him and he is part of the family. I wouldn’t change him for anything. I have had a few Americain’s, and as long as you give them the time, they will grow in very handy gallopers.”

“My mares reside at Stockwell Thoroughbreds with Mike Becker who does a great job, and I also have the Artie Schiller mare Loma Diamonds who I sold her first foal by Kuroshio at the foal sales. He sold for $60,000 at the breeze up recently so I hope he can go on and perform. She has foaled a lovely Puissance De Lune filly this season, and she will off for a cover by Sun Stud’s Palentino.”

Sam Matthews from Swettenham Stud is also thrilled to see the results on the board for Kingston and Americain.

“We continue to have full faith in Americain as a sire, and Tour Down Under is a great example of showing that those trainers and breeders that have been patient are now being rewarded,” Matthews said.

“We knew that they needed time, but they are certainly hitting their straps as four-year-old’s now just as we expected, and there are plenty more to come.”

Three Bridges rings true

Ringerdingding ridden by John Allen wins the Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds sales graduate, Ringerdingding thrilled the crowd winning the Group 2 Ladbrokes Sandown Guineas over 1600m, with his incredible turn of foot to score with nearly a length to spare.

Such was the lightning-like finish at Sandown, Ringerdingding is now deservedly leading the field for next March’s Group 1 Australian Guineas.

Originally trained in Sydney where his four juvenile outings included a win at Rosehill on debut, along with some disappointing results in the early spring, Ringerdingding has truly blossomed since shifting south to the Weir stable.

Indeed, it was only five starts ago that Ringerdingding won a midweek race at Bendigo by a whisker, yet in the space of 21 days he ran third in the Group 3 Red Anchor, won the Listed Hilton and now the Sandown Guineas.

A son of Sebring, Ringerdingding is out of the multiple stakes placed Red Ransom mare, Maybe I, in turn a granddaughter of Champion mare and dual Group 1 winner, Flitter.

Maybe I was purchased by Paul Willetts, on behalf of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds for $120,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale – carrying Ringerdingding – with Ricky Surace going on to secure the resultant colt from Three Bridges for $170,000 at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Part-owner, Ricky Surace of B2B Bloodstock, clearly enjoys the ride as Ringerdingding is poised to reap substantial rewards as the colt continues to build up an impressive resume before eventually heading off to the stallion barn, having already struck gold with his first thoroughbred, Star Witness.

Surace later purchased Maybe I himself from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds last year and she has now foaled down a full brother to Ringerdingding and is back in foal to Sebring.

Leading Victorian nursery, Three Bridges, is making every post a winner too, particularly with the progeny of Sebring.

Aside from Ringerdingding, Three Bridges has sold Sebring stakes winners Sedanzer (Brisbane Cup), Supido and Hong Kong’s Group 1 star, Lucky Bubbles, the latter two on behalf of Rick Jamieson.

“It’s really come together for us over the last couple of years,” Three Bridges’ Toby Liston enthused.

“Great to see Ricky Surace and his crew get a Group Two winner and we also bred the Unencumbered half-sister, Salome, who is with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and was stakes placed on debut in the Inglis Banner last month.”

“Been a big year through our involvement with Group 1 winners Sopressa (Schweppes Oaks) and Leicester (South Australian Derby) and fingers crossed we kick off 2019 in the right way too with Courseshewill, who is also by Unencumbered. She has won two from two so far, so that qualifies her for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic in January.”

“The success on the track has been reflected in the quality of what we’re selling as well, with 11 quality yearlings being prepped for the Gold Coast in January. It is going to be a very busy few months ahead.”

Frost’s homebred is stealing kisses!

Steal My Kisses wins the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (Racing Photos)

Trainer Mick Price and Victorian based breeder Bill Frost celebrated on Saturday with the win of Steal My Kisses in the Listed Merson Cooper Stakes, and rightly so with bigger plans now on the table for the smart debutant.

Having fought strongly when challenged and pulling away to an impressive three-quarter length victory, the filly clearly demonstrated that she was still full of running after the line.

For breeder and owner, Bill Frost, with wife Pat, daughter Cass and son-in-law Anthony Ballard, was ecstatic with their homebred’s win and now excitedly hopes that it is possible for Steal My Kisses to be competitive in the prestigious $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond in February.

Frost is a long-time follower of racing, but really upped the ante around 18 years ago when he became involved in ownership and breeding under the family’s Pendant Equine banner: cheering home some very good horses during that time.

Dual Group One winning mare, Zarita was one, while Ballet Society, the granddam of Steal My Kisses was a 4-time Group winner for the Frost clan.

However, in Frost’s estimation, it’s unlikely any of them were tougher than his latest stakes winner.

“When Steal My Kisses was only a few weeks old, she got a severe kick in the head and the whole side of her face was paralysed,” Frost recalls.

“She found it really hard to suckle but with top class care, she persisted and managed to pull through. The filly was never going to be a sale horse and that’s why we are racing her.

“Steal My Kisses went straight from the paddock to the breaker and then on to her trainer Mick Price and now here she is winning a stakes race on debut. She is tough as.

“Steal My Kisses is heading for a short let up and will come back in time for the Blue Diamond Preludes/Previews and, fingers crossed, a start in the Blue Diamond.”

Steal My Kisses is one of six juveniles for the Pendant Equine operation, while there are nine in work overall, all with Price, along with five broodmares.

“Unfortunately, Zarita died a couple of years back, but a couple of our mares are from that family,” Frost points out. “I don’t have any daughters out of Ballet Society but Steal My Kisses’s win on Saturday sorts out that problem.”

It really is a family affair for the Frosts, along with his daughter, and her husband Anthony.

“Cass has a great eye for horses and we usually select two or three fillies at sales annually to race and to build up our broodmare band,” Frost adds.

“We won’t be selling anything in 2019 but we have three nice foals on the ground that will be heading to sales the following year.”

The Frosts also raced the dam of Steal My Kisses – The Fairy’s Kiss – whose career highlights included a close second to subsequent Group 1 winner Platelet in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes and a fourth, beaten a length, in the Listed Typhoon Tracy.

Steal My Kisses was The Fairy’s Kiss final foal for the Frosts who sold the mare – in foal to Smart Missile – to Aquis Farm and Julian Blaxland’s Blue Sky Bloodstock for $100,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

The Fairy’s Kiss x Smart Missile colt will be sold via the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Innisfree reaping Rewards for their Effort

Reward For Effort (AUS)

A focus on just eight mares and faith in Chatswood Stud’s Reward For Effort is yielding success for Innisfree Thoroughbred’s Andy O’Shea and his wife Carol.

A ‘small but efficient’ selection of home-bred racehorses, coupled with Reward For Effort, has produced the Listed winner Blondie, the seven-time winner Petite’s Reward and Rewarding Laughter, who has had recent back-to-back successes in Adelaide. And now the promising two-year-old Oh So Rewarding (Reward For Effort) who debuted at Sandown, running a commendable fifth in the Merson Cooper Stakes.

Oh So Rewarding is a third generation Innisfree product, is giving the O’Shea’s and trainer Brendan McCarthy every feeling that he can capture some valuable stakes-success for his family in the near future.

“He’s homebred and I bought Petite Filou (Snippets) many years ago, bred Petite Briefs (Brief Truce {USA}) out of her, and also Oh So Petite (Dash For Cash) and he’s the first foal out of Oh So Petite and he goes very nicely,” O’Shea said.

“He’s got plenty of speed and his work has been nice. He is not going to be a very big horse, as he’s the first foal but he’s a lovely horse. He will improve the family if he can get a bit of black type,” he said.

Racetrack success is nothing new for the O’Sheas. The very first horse they owned a share in, Hula Warrior (Hula Chief {NZ}) was a three-time stakes-winner in the early 1990s. They then bought Group 1 winning sprinter Keltrice (Kenmare {Fr}) as a yearling, which set the Innisfree on its way as a breeding operation.

These days, the Pakenham South-based farm is a lot quieter as Andy and Carol focus on quality over quantity.

“I’ve got eight mares and I’ve got a good nucleus these days. I used to have 40 mares, but I’ve just kept the nucleus of the good ones and gone up-market a bit with my breeding. It’s paying dividends, and now we are having a good time,” O’Shea said.

Included in that different approach has been the faith O’Shea has put in Reward For Effort, who he always felt was a good match for his mares.

“He was a lovely big horse and he was very well-bred. But it’s all about good mares as far as I’m concerned. The sire just tops the mare off a bit. I think he’s a lovely stretchy horse and he puts a bit of quality in them and it’s so far so good,” he said.

What he has been able to produce is horses with plenty of speed. Only around six horses currently race in the white and green Innisfree colours, but they are almost always at the front of the field. A prime example is Petite’s Reward, who is out of half-sister to Oh So Rewarding’s dam.

And it is her younger 2-year-old full-brother, Lucifer’s Reward, who has been a constant measuring stick for Oh So Rewarding as they have been built up for their respective racetrack careers.

“I have the full brother to Petite’s Reward and as a two-year-old, he’s a different type. He’s a longer type, going to be a different horse and we grew them together and the other bloke has gone out with shins, but this Oh So Rewarding hasn’t done anything wrong. He’s all professional and he’s been here before, which is really nice,” O’Shea said.

Meanwhile, O’Shea confirmed Blondie, also a debut two-year-old winner and the flagbearer for Innisfree over the past 18 months, is nearing a racetrack return after running third in a Cranbourne trial on Monday.

“Blondie pulled up a little ordinary after her last start and we’ve been chasing what was wrong. We didn’t found anything, so we threw her in the deep end on Monday to see what happened and she went fine,” O’Shea said.

“She pulled up well, so if we can get her back, we will be very happy campers.”

Record numbers result in a star studded catalogue

Record support from breeders across Australasia has led to Magic Millions cataloguing a record number of lots in a star-studded catalogue for the 2019 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, with Victorian vendors are strongly represented.

Amongst them are an impressive draft of 29 yearlings from Rosemont Stud, as well as strong representation from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Rushton Park, Musk Creek Farm, Woodside Park Stud, Noorilim Park, Northmore Thoroughbreds, Yulong, Kulani Park, Gilgai Farm, Esker Lodge and Ampulla Lodge.

Victorian stallions are represented by Written Tycoon, Brazen Beau, Magnus, Manhattan Rain, Reset, Rich Enuff, Sepoy, Street Boss, Toronado and Unencumbered.

A mouth-watering line-up of 1,122 lots have been confirmed by vendors for the first five days of the auction including a record 888 lots to be offered across Book 1 of the sale from Wednesday 9 January.

“Again in 2019 the breeders have stepped up to the plate, the support for the sale is unprecedented,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

“The depth and quality of this catalogue will present buyers with a selection of Australasia’s best yearlings like no other sale.”

“This sale is number one for producing breed shapers and record breakers including the two highest ever stakes earners in Australian history – Winx and Redzel.”

Wednesday 9 January

Gold Coast Yearling Sale – Book 1 (Day 1: Lots 1-265)

Thursday 10 January

Gold Coast Yearling Sale – Book 1 (Day 2: Lots 266-530)

Friday 11 January

Gold Coast Yearling Sale – Book 1 (Day 3: Lots 531-795)


Saturday 12 January

The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday

Gold Coast Yearling Sale – Book 1 (Day 4: Lots 796-888)

Sunday 13 January

Gold Coast Yearling Sale – Book 2 (Day 5: Lots 889-1122)

(Inspections from 8am Friday 11 January)

Tuesday 15 January

Gold Coast Yearling Sale – Book 3 (Day 6) – catalogue available December

Magnus’s Triple stakes winner Malibu Style

Malibu Style wins the Listed Doveton Stakes at Sandown (Racing Photos)

Honest seven-year-old gelding Malibu Style had plenty of support in the betting ring in Saturday’s Listed Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Sandown and he sent them home smiling when fighting off Bons Away to record his third stakes success.

Ridden by Ben Thomson for West Australia trainer Neville Parham, Malibu Style defeated Bons Away by a neck, with another short-head to I’ll Have A Bit.

A winner at Flemington in June, the son of Magnus had not won a stakes race since the Listed Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield in April last year.

Previously a winner of the Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes (1000m) at Ascot in December 2016, Malibu Style advances his record to 10 6 9 from 47 starts with earnings of $665,625.
After making his first 26 starts in the west, Malibu Style will return home to contest the Group 1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot in a fortnight.

“He’s booked on the plane to go back to Perth tomorrow night for the Winterbottom,” Parnham’s travelling foreman Mark Sestich told AAP.

“I think probably the Winterbottom is a little bit hard for him but in the form he’s in he’s probably a good chance in it. I’m not sure. I’ll have to speak to the boss later. It will be up to Neville whether he wants to take him or not or leave him here.”

A descendant of one of Western Australia’s most revered families, the son of Magnus was a $40,000 purchase by his trainer from the Bowness Stud draft at the 2013 Inglis Classic Yearling sale.

He is the third foal of the unraced Fusaichi Pegasus mare Origami whose dam Born Western (Best Western) was one of four stakes winners out of the grand broodmare Rich Haul (Haulpak).

They were led by the Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placed The Heavyweight (Zeditave), Listed winner and useful stallion Zedrich (Zeditave) and the Listed winner Happy Strike (Gold Fever).

Bowness sold Origami for just $8,000 to Premium Bloodstock Services at the 2014 Easter Broodmare sale. The Duporth filly she was carrying was sold for $30,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Perth Yearling sale. Origami died in February last year. Her final foal is a 2yo filly by Gingerbread Man.

Ever popular Sun Stud stallion Magnus has four quality yearlings on offer at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January.

Squamosa Orders a Commanding performance

Order of Command wins at Flemington (Racing Photos)

The son of Sun Stud stallion, Squamosa, four-year-old Order Of Command saluted in the final race of the 2018 Flemington Spring carnival in style.

Sent out favourite in the 1100 metre up the famous Flemington straight, Order Of Command proved too good for the 16 horse field, under the guidance of Champion hoop, Damien Oliver.

The Danny O’Brien trained galloper ran a second placing behind boom horse Nature Strip in a stakes race at Headquarters last preparation, so he was keen to run one better when resuming here.

Settled out the back early, the Squamosa gelding produced a ferocious sprint, clocking 33 seconds and change for the final 600 metre, to run down the leaders in brilliant fashion.

“We set him for this race. He had exceptional form behind Nature Strip last prep and we’ll chase black type with him this time in,” said O’Brien post-race.

Manager of sales and Nominations for Sun Stud, Mark Lindsay, is bullish about the young stallion and believes this is only the very beginning.

“Order Of Command is a serious horse with outstanding form lines and Danny O’Brien has a big opinion of him. We’ve seen Squamosa produce two stakes horses out of Commands mares now, so we know breeders can duplicate Danehill with confidence,” Lindsay said.

“The stallion has been a bit of a slow burn due to the small crop numbers from his initial books. However, breeders are onto him now and he has covered in excess of 200 mares over the last two seasons. Once these larger crops come through the system, we’ll be seeing a real surge from his progeny.”

Order Of Command is the second named foal out of the Commands mare Commanding Angel, Order Of Command who was bred by Mr WH Johnson, Mr S Paino, Mr J Swinnerton and Mr G Peer.

Squamosa

Crowned Victoria’s Champion First Season Sire in 2016/17, Squamosa is offering a great return on the track for breeders looking for a realistically priced stallion option this season.

“With a winners average earnings index of nearly $60,000 and 11% stakes horses to runners Squamosa can be placed in elite company. He is great value stallion at an affordable fee,” Lindsay said.

Rebel Raider’s Oaks filly was a crowd favourite

Michelle Payne and family members after the Oaks (Twitter)

Wyndholm Park’s Rebel Raider has already proven that he is more than capable of getting top quality gallopers and on Oaks Day his daughter, Miner’s Miss almost stole the show.

When trainer Paddy Senior joined forces with his jockey-daughter Michelle, he almost pulled off a dream result as Miner’s Miss, placed a brilliant third in the $1 million Group 1 VRC Oaks.

Being the crowd favourite, most of Flemington were cheering them home as the underdog, and one of the loudest voices was Wyndholm Park’s principal Kim McKellar.

“Miner’s Miss certainly did Rebel Raider proud and she is another great advertisement of the quality he can produce as a sire.”

“Michelle was the perfect jockey to have on board a filly like that. She is an absolute whiz as she stays calm and just keeps them going. That why she won the Melbourne Cup and why she very nearly got there in the Oaks,” McKellar said.

 

Michelle Payne and Miners Miss (Twitter)

“I had given up 300 metres out, and then she was able to come again which made things very interesting. I remember when Rebel Raider won the Derby at 100-1 and this filly stepped out the gate at 100-1 too – they shouldn’t be underestimated and Rebel Raider is the most underestimated sire in Victoria.”

Miner’s Miss has grown into a top-class filly representing her Victorian breeding and with a super attitude and great motor, it’s exciting where she will go next. Being strong on the line, she showed that she was more than capable over the distance.

“One thing to note about Rebel Raiders is that they can run from 1000 metres to 2500 metres – showing their exceptional versatility. As a stallion he does have speed, he can run brilliant sectional times. Rebel Raider himself won a Group 3 over 1200 metres and then he went on to win two Derby’s. Before he injured himself, he was even coming back for a Melbourne Cup campaign,” McKellar said.

“He can do both sides and his progeny can do both sides too – speed and stay. If you put a fast mare to him, they will be quick and can get to a mile, whereas if you put a staying mare to him, they will grind it out all day – it’s a rare quality. You do need to be patient and look at his three and four-year-old form, but if you are, you will definitely reap the rewards.”

Michelle was also just as jubilant about the result, tweeting – “Kennedy Oaks 2018 – a day to remember. Riding a horse for my Dad he owns and trains and backed at 100-1 to run 3rd was one of the best days of my riding career. With all his kids there to watch and support him. So good. Dream big. You never know.”

Bred by Balcrest Stud in South Australia, famous for Haigh’s Chocolate, Miner’s Miss went through the sale as a weanling and was purchased for only $10,500 by Paddy Payne senior, the 82-year-old patriarch of one of racing’s most recognisable broods to be trained at his Miners Rest property, near the Ballarat racecourse.

Paddy Senior and Miners Miss (Ian Wilson)

“I think she had only just crossed the line when the mare’s full sister, Pipkin (Gallo Di Ferro (USA) was sent was on her way to visit Rebel Raider, with the dam of Miner’s Miss, Posnet, now retired from breeding,” McKellar said.

“He certainly attracts mares from all over the country, with a loyal supporter base in South Australia making up about 30% of his books, and another 10% from New South Wales. They appreciate what great value he is, and that he gets the winners on the board. By visiting a Victorian stallion, it allows them to take full advantage of the lucrative VOBIS scheme.”

“Rebel Raider upgrades his mares beautifully and produces the athletic type that the buyers want. They are never gross or heavy. He throws his strong sprinters backend, and he has the elegant stayer front.”

With all the expert reproductive veterinary work managed in-house, Rebel Raider can proudly boast outstanding fertility in the covering barn.

“He is highly potent, so we get a lot of mares that come though on their last chance and he just nails them. Being such an athletic animal, with great fitness, he’s capable of handling the large numbers.”

Ascot bound Santa’s quaddie of Group 1 wins

Santa Ana Lane wins the VRC Sprint Classic (Racing Photos)

Santa Ana Lane stamped himself as one of the country’s best sprinters with a devastating finish, to land Saturday’s VRC Sprint Classic over 1200m and having won his third Group 1 sprint in the space of just six months and his fourth overall for his owners, Bruce Dumbrell and the William Street Syndicate, they have every right to claim him as the country’s premier sprinter.

In the last 14 months, the well-travelled Santa Ana Lane has won the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield, The Goodwood (1200m) in Adelaide, the Stradbroke Handicap (1350m) in Queensland and the Group 2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) in Sydney. Santa Ana is the first horse in history to annex the Goodwood/Stradbroke double.

Connections celebrate as Santa Ana Lane returns to the mounting yard (Racing Photos)

With his trademark devastating final sprint to leave Australia’s greatest sprinters, including dual The Everest winner Redzel, in his wake in the $1 million VRC Sprint Classic, the Anthony Freedman trained six-year-old is now the winner of $3,473,961 in stakes with nine wins and six placings from 31 outings.

Santa Ana Lane part-owner, Victorian breeder Bruce Dumbrell, was there to enjoy the spoils at Flemington on Saturday and after a “long” lunch at the Australian Club on Monday with the owners, they are continuing to enjoy the moment to the fullest.

“I’ve raced a couple of nice winners over the years, but Santa is just exceptional. This is my first horse with the William Street mob and what a horse. I’ve just been lucky enough to get into another Group 1 winner with them,” Dumbrell said.

“Throughout his career four or five of the owners have followed the horse around to every start, but they all came out of the woodwork at Flemington, you should have seen the winner’s room. You could not have fitted another person in! It was a great celebration.”

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. All are members of The Australian Club and can lay claim to some exceptional gallopers over the years, including Gurner’s Lane (Melbourne and Caulfield Cups) and Paris Lane.

Santa Ana Lane will now head to the paddock for a well-deserved spell before plans are made about what we do with him next year, but there is serious talk about him being the perfect horse to tackle several of Europe’s premier short course races including the Diamond Jubilee Stakes (1200m) and the July Cup (1200m).

“For all the owners involved it’s more about the enjoyment of racing and the entertainment, rather than chasing the big bucks. He has already rewarded us handsomely, as have the bookies. When I flew over to the Goodwood and he drifted out to $26 from $16 I thought he must have bucked the jockey off! They keep throwing the money at us,” Dumbrell said.

“One option for him is the Tommy Smith and then over to Dubai which would be great experience, before Ascot and back for the Everest. While another tempting option is the Chairman’s sprint in Hong Kong on our way to Ascot. What a great trip that would be!”

Dumbrell heads Leader Equine, which imports Horseware horse rugs from Ireland and distributes TRM supplements in Australia, has a busy week ahead with a stand at Equitana at the Melbourne Showgrounds, along with representatives at the Adelaide International Three Day Event,” Dumbrell comments, citing it as his biggest weekends of the year.

Santa Ana Lane was purchased by Melbourne barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy as a six-week-old Lope De Vega colt, at foot to his dam, Fast Fleet at the 2012 Patinack Farm Reduction Sale. Hore-lacy was looking to purchase some mares for his stallion Toorak Toff who had retired to the covering shed at Rosemont Stud that year.

Victoria’s Rosemont Stud then sold Santa Ana Lane as a yearling on behalf of Hore-Lacy for a modest $80,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale to Justin Bahen on behalf of the Williams Street Syndicate.

Hore-Lacy also sold the Fast Fleet – Toorak Toff filly for $27,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale to Eric Pipersberg’s Next Level Bloodstock to be trained by Team Corstens, while Fast Fleet was sold this year in foal to Darley’s multiple Group 1 winning Tapit stallion Frosted. Purchased for $200,000 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale by Aquis Farm, Fast Fleet produced a filly foal in August and is currently back in foal to Zoustar.

Dumbrell is also an owner in the next horse coming through with the Williams Street Syndicate called Trump Lane.

“Everything we race has ‘Lane’ in the name and we’ve got a Starspangledbanner colt with Anthony that is just coming into work now. Cleverly named Trump Lane, let’s hope he takes us on a similar journey.”

With a name like that, the Williams Street Syndicate may even end up travelling to the Kentucky Derby or the Breeders Cup!

Celebrations for Victorian-bred runners in Singapore

Bold Thruster (Aushorse)

It was a night on the town for Victorian bred and owned horses in Singapore last Friday with Mister Yeoh winning the Singapore Group 2 EW Barker Trophy and the Group 3 Saas Fee Stakes captured by Bold Thruster.

In the EW Barker Trophy, Mister Yeoh edged out Zac Kasa in a thriller, providing expat trainer, Cliff Brown, with a quinella – while Clarton Super, winner of last year’s race, grabbed third.

Mister Yeoh (Aushorse)

A son of Wanted, Mister Yeoh is a homebred for Melbourne businessman, Nick Turnbull who owns the boutique broodmare farm, Nemaris Lodge in Romsey in the Macedon Ranges.

The dam of Mister Yeoh, Scenic mare Wai Lin, is a daughter of Turnbull’s blue hen mare, dual Group 1 winning mare Miss Pennymoney who is a half-sister to Golden Slipper winner Merlene (in turn the granddam of Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Dear Demi). She is also closely related to another Golden Slipper winner Capitalist through Champion two-year-old filly, Bold Promise.

Mister Yeoh has now won three from nine including the Group 2 Singapore three-year-old Classic and for trainer Cliff Brown, who shifted to Singapore in 2008.

“The prizemoney is fantastic and it’s a real privilege to be racing horses here in Singapore,” Brown enthused. “Mister Yeoh belongs to a couple of great mates including Nick (Turnbull) who has raced quite a few good horses with me.”

Meanwhile, Shane Baertschiger’s impressive jet-black galloper, Bold Thruster became the fifth stakes winner for Blue Gum Farm’s Turffontein in the Saas Fee.

Bred by Patrick Payne who trains the other exceptional Turffontein galloper in Widgee Turf, Bold Thruster was sold by Bucklee Farm to Singapore interests for $82,000 at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Bold Thruster has now won four of his six starts and is clearly a leading contender for Singapore’s major three-year-old races in 2019 having now proven himself again in black-type company.

Being talked up as a possible future star, Bold Thruster has been described as the complete package with his South African Jockey Barend Vorster jockey commenting after his last win that “He’s got everything: Speed, acceleration and stamina!

While his trainer, Baertschiger reveals that “He’s off to the spelling paddock now and he’ll be back for the first leg of the Singapore 3YO Challenge.”

Fiorente Surges Through Spring

Fiorente

Reproduced courtesy of Breednet – Tara Madgwick

Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup winner Fiorente (IRE) has had the sort of spring carnival stud masters dream of, surging up the Australian Second Season Sires list into second place behind only Zoustar.

With seasonal progeny earnings topping $700,000 and eight individual winners, Fiorente has been powering along in the past month with six winners coming in the last two weeks alone including Spensierato, who won on debut at Pakenham on Thursday.

The headline act for Fiorente has been his top class colt Stars of Carrum, who won the Group 2 MVRC Moonee Valley Vase for Robbie Laing and then followed up with a gallant second in the Group 1 VRC Victoria Derby to Extra Brut.

Stars of Carrum before the VRC Derby (Racing Photos)

A $75,000 Inglis Premier purchase for his trainer from the Sun Stud draft, Stars of Carrum has already won over $500,000 and looms as a real staying star of the future.

Fiorente stands at Sun Stud at a fee of $17,600 and connections have been delighted with the recent success of his progeny on the track and cannot wait to see what is to come for this promising young stallion.

“Breeders have got behind this horse and it’s great to see them being rewarded with talented gallopers emerging from his first crop,” Mark Lindsay, Sun Stud – Senior Sales and Nominations Manager said.

“The stallion is already building an impressive team of runners in the early stages of his stud career, with the likes of Stars Of Carrum, Alessandro, Continuation, Fariha, Lord Gladstone, Mangione, Moor Gait, Spensierato , Wham and the exciting Hawkshot (who is back in work with Darren Weir after a minor setback derailed his spring campaign), plus a steady stream of placegetters.

“The fact that Fiorente’s progeny are performing so well as early spring three-year-olds is highly promising. With natural progression, it’s going to be a really entertaining Autumn!

The idea of Monsun blood coming out here, I think is the catalyst for the resurrection of breeding staying horses in Australia.”

Sun Stud has announced that bookings to Fiorente have closed for the 2018 season.

With a host of first crop winners in recent weeks, including Moonee Valley Vase (Group 2, 2040m) winner and Victoria Derby (Group 1, 2500m) runner-up Stars of Carrum, Fiorente’s popularity has surged and the decision has been made to cap his book at 150 mares.

“Anybody who says we can’t breed a stayer in Australia is wrong, it is just that we haven’t had the right approach and I believe Fiorente could be the catalyst for the resurrection of staying horses,” Sun Stud’s senior sales and nominations manager Mark Lindsay said.