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Stakes winner Accession scores for Victoria’s Brazen Beau

Accession wins at Royal Randwick (Bradley Photos)

Brazen Beau’s brilliant start to his stud career continued at Royal Randwick when Accession became his first Stakes winner with a strong win in the two-year-old feature, the Restricted Listed Inglis Nursery over 1,000 metres for those offered at the Inglis yearling sales in 2018.

Trained by Chris Waller who conditioned Brazen Beau to two Group 1 victories, the two-year-old was settled midfield one off the fence under jockey Hugh Bowman and asked for effort at the 350m mark. The colt responded and continued to take strides from the two leaders and hit the front of the field at the 100m mark where he won by a convincing length.

“There is a lot of dad about him, which is really special for me and my team,” Waller said.

Offered through Widden’s draft at the 2018 Inglis Easter yearling sale, leading syndicator Denise Martin believes the Chris Waller-trained colt has a bright future, with the promise of further riches in the autumn.

Martin used the occasion to praise Cambridge Stud chief executive Henry Plumptree for his assistance in selecting Accession earlier this year after she and trainer Chris Waller bought the colt from the Widden Stud draft for $300,000. 

“Henry assisted Star Thoroughbreds this year at the yearling sales before he took up his appointment in New Zealand and coming into Easter, I said to Henry I really wanted a Brazen Beau colt. I hadn’t found the right one at any of the other sales,’’ Martin said. 

“This colt was very athletic, had a lot of purpose and his attitude was marvellous, which I think is a mark of the breed. Brazen Beau was a wonderful speed racehorse and he suits Australian conditions very well,” Martin said.

“I just thought he was special from the beginning. He has the best attitude and I think that is the mark of a really lovely two-year-old when they can handle the work and all the pressures, and I think he might be a really good colt.”

Chris Waller was unsure of the prime autumn target for Accession and would not rule out the $2 million Inglis Millennium, to be run at Warwick Farm, or the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes. He is also eligible for the $3 million Inglis Triple Crown if he was able to win the Inglis Millennium and the Group 1 Inglis Sires (registered as ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes) next year. 

“Two-year-old’s will tell you where they want to be, and he’s got enough for a Slipper anyway,” Waller said. “Denise specs these horses and works tirelessly to get them done and get the system working early with two-year-old’s.”

Accession is the first winner from two to race out of More Than Ready (Southern Halo) mare Ready As Elle, a five-time winner and half-sister to champion Singapore sprinter, the Listed winner and twice Singapore Group 1-placed Emperor Max (Holy Roman Emperor). 

With only eight of his progeny hitting the track so far, Accession’s win follows the debut success of Brazen Beau colt Tassort who carried the Godolphin royal blue to a five-length victory at Rosehill Gardens last month, while Brazen Beau’s daughter, First Dawn, was placed in Listed company in Melbourne during the spring. 

A Champion sprinter of his generation in Australia, Brazen Beau’s first crop also produced remarkable results in the sale ring with a colt out of Written Dash fetching a sale-topping result at Inglis Classic.

Brazen Beau has 16 lots on offer at MM Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Brazen Beau has 11 lots on offer at Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and Brazen Beau has 25 lots on offer at Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

As the $500,000 Inglis Nursery has thrown up two Golden Slipper winners in Mossfun and She Will Reign, as well as a Blue Diamond Stakes winner in Extreme Choice in recent years, the win of Accession definitely looked a strong renewal of the valuable race.

Swieboda’s Hallmark Weekend

Hallmark Stud

For Hallmark Thoroughbred Stud principals, Harry and Janine Swieboda they love nothing more than seeing their farm graduates succeed on the track.

​“We are only a small farm, so to get three city winners in a weekend is a tremendous effort,” Harry Swieboda said.

Located in Bailieston, not far from Nagambie, their beautiful property referred to as a “resort for horses” was established in 1947.

Having family links back to the bonny colt Hall Mark, a son of Heroic, won the AJC Derby in 1933. He went on to sire five stakes winners including dual Group 1 winner Hall Stand.

The first winner for the weekend, the Helmet filly, Yulong Star, is really something, with an exceptional turn of foot. She should have won her last start and this time the 1050 metres was no problem, flying home to beast her stablemate on the line. It’s great the Victorian breeders Yulong are now having success with her.”

“We sold her through The Neville family’s Hollylodge Stud for $31,000 at the 2017 Inglis Premier. Always showing promise, she ran in the Cinderella Stakes, but she tired at the end. She has certainly matured and now I believe Tony McEvoy will have some nice stakes races on the radar for her in the Autumn which is exciting,” Swieboda said.

Her dam, Get Set (More Than Ready) has been covered this season by Fiorente and she had a lovely Magic Albert colt. She also has a Reward for Effort two-year-old.

Then later in the day Right and Ready also took out a Morphetville victory for SA trainer John Hickmont who bought him as a yearling. He is out of A Right Royal Miss, who also produced the winner, Henry Lad.  Now a bargain buy, he is a son of Choisir that was passed in at Adelaide, selling privately later for $25,000.

“And John Hickmont also had success with Hallmark’s third winner, Hattan Man in Darwin over 1100 metres. A son of Magnus, out of dam Kitty Manhattan he was again purchased privately by Hickmont, who had done very well out of us.” 

“We had a good season, foaling down seven, three of our private mares and a couple of clients and we have no time waste, as we have three yearlings heading to the Premier sale.”

“We are very excited about our well-balanced Toronado colt out of Zenno Rob Roy mare, Lady Antionette. He is a descendant of the great Hall Mark racehorse, as his dam is a half-sister to the family. My father bought a filly who was out of a Stakes winning full sister to Hall Mar and we have been proudly breeding from that family since 1942.”

“We are hoping there may be a pedigree update for our Toronado with our home bred big sister, Royal Opera (Choisir) running this Thursday at Seymour. She has also produced a beautiful Fiorente two-year-old that is ready to go to the breakers and we will be looking at keeping her to race.”

“In Premier 1 we have a lovely Night of Thunder colt out of the Flying Spur mare Victory Ride. He is a very nice-looking colt, well grown, great type and his dam is a half to Group 1 Turnbull Stakes winner Devil Moon.”

“Our third yearling is a beautiful Night of Thunder chestnut filly, out of our Exceed and Excel mare, Sixtyfour, a smart galloper and dual city winner. She has already produced one winner, Double Fortune and is from the Group winning family of Ateates, Paris Miss and Ruffles. Sixtyfour has a stunning Rich Enuff filly foal on the ground and Reward For Effort weanling.

“All three horses are VOBIS nominated but unfortunately there was a mistake in the printed catalogue, but the VOBIS symbol is visible online.”

Always great supporters of the Victorian farms and stallions, this season the Hallmark mares are heading to Frosted, Fiorente and Trust In A Gust.  

“We have a couple of Trust In A Gust foals on our farm owned by clients and we just love the type he is producing, so we sent one of our own mares.”

“We love seeing our horses have success on the track for their new owners, we still get so much joy seeing our foal and yearlings develop and grow. Let’s hope there are many more homebred winners for Hallmark Thoroughbred Stud in the coming years.”

Victoria’s Yulong welcomes the Ballydoyle Internationals

Yulong welcomes internationals

Strengthening Yulong’s racing hand, the Victorian operation has welcomed twenty arrivals from Aidan O’Brien’s famous Ballydoyle, including several stakes-performed European two-year-old’s amongst a group of twenty-six global purchases.

The emerging thoroughbred powerhouse, Yulong Investments has significantly bolstered its Australian racing stocks having already made a substantial splash in Australia over the past two years. They have bought three farms in Victoria for breeding and racing, set up a national racing operation, made significant purchases at the yearling sales, invested in stallions and can boast one of the best broodmare bands in the country. 

Chinese billionaire Yuesheng Zhang shows no signs of letting up heading into 2019, where Yulong will be selling at all the major yearling sales for the first time, while continuing to build its racing empire. 

The acquisition of 20 regally-bred three and four-year-old’s bred on Northern Hemisphere time, from O’Brien is set to make a major impact in Australia with Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray indicating the purchase designed to give the local racing team a boost. 

“It was just a one off, but Mr Zhang is very keen to build his racing team,” Yulong Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray said.

“To be able to go and buy a group of horses like that, there is a large contingent of Galileo’s, there’s a few Scat Daddy’s and so they are by fantastic stallions and they have already been through their preparations.” 

Eleven of the 20 are unraced Northern Hemisphere two-year-old’s, while there is also one unraced three-year-old called Empireofthedragon (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), with a pedigree familiar to Australians, who will be prepared by Lindsay Park Racing.

“He is the first foal from champion mare Atlantic Jewel (Fastnet Rock), who left Australia for Ireland in 2014 after a racing career where she won 10 from 11 starts, including four Group One’s,” Fairgray said.

While the headliner among the raced brigade from Ballydoyle is Land Force (Ire) (No Nay Never {USA}), the winner of the Group 2 Richmond Stakes at Goodwood in August. 

“He showed remarkable durability in his first campaign, winning three times in eight starts as a two-year-old. Land Force is a half to American Group One winner Photo Call (Ire). He’ll go to Snowden Racing, with the idea that he will further his stakes performance and down the track, he could be a stallion for us at Yulong,” Fairgray said. 

Murillo (Scat Daddy {USA}) is also in training with the Snowden’s and is another colt who has already shown his class, having been stakes-placed twice as a two-year-old, including a third in the 2017 Group 2 Coventry Stakes. He is a half-brother to Matera Sky (USA) (Speightstown {USA}), who was a Group 3 winner in Japan this year. 

While that duo are expected to make a reasonably quick transition to the racetrack, the purchase of 12 colts by Galileo, 10 of them unraced, shows significant long-term planning for Yulong, with Fairgray indicating a desire to make an impact in Australia’s great staying races as well as the feature sprints. 

“A lot of those horses are now at the stage where they are two-year-old’s rising three-year-old Northern Hemisphere, so they are probably a year away from seeing the best of them down here,” he said. 

One of the 4-year-old (SH) Galileo’s is Victory Salute (Ire), a winner of one of five starts and a full brother to Bondi Beach (Ire), who contested two Melbourne Cups for owner Lloyd Williams in Australia. There is also unraced three-year-old, High Chief (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), a full brother to 2017 Group 1 Metropolitan Handicap winner Foundry (Ire). 

Lone Soldier (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) is a full brother to Kingfisher (Ire), the runner-up in both the Group 1 Irish Derby and the Group 1 Ascot Gold Cup, while Memphis (Ire) is a full brother to the Williams-owned Steps (Ire), who beat Johannes Vermeer (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}) in a Group 3 race in Ireland last year. 

Three of the four horses by Scat Daddy (USA) have already raced, including the earlier mentioned Murillo. 

Mount Tabora (Scat Daddy {USA}) is a last start winner at Listowel, while Giottino’s only start was a fifth in a maiden at the Curragh behind subsequent Group 1 winner Ten Sovereigns (No Nay Never {USA}). 

Fairgray said the spread of different horses at different stages of development, placed in the care of different trainers across Australia will add real depth to the racing team. 

“It’s all going to be acclimatisation and education for them going forward and we can aim them for some of these big races,” Fairgray said. 

“Hopefully, the Scat Daddy’s can go towards the sprint races and from the Galileo’s there will be hopefully a couple of Cups horses.”  (TDN exerts)

Cityview’s stellar debut season

Cityview Farm

Gisborne South’s Cityview Farm should be proud of the brilliant first season, they have just completed with a 100% healthy foaling rate and achieving 93% of mares in foal, with a couple more first scans later this week.

Although the farm is new in name, the people involved have had extensive experience and knowledge over numerous seasons.

Leading the team, is Carla Aliphon who has held various positions at studs both internationally and locally, including Broodmare Manager at Sun Stud and most recently Woodside Park Stud, handling all aspects of farm management, broodmares, foals and weanlings. 

“We are thrilled with our results and how the season played out. Mare numbers grew steadily each month and we hit our mark of 30 plus mares, which was a good number for our first season.”

“All the foaling’s went very smoothly, no complications – straightforward, happy, healthy foals. We are also thrilled to get 93% of our mares in foal, which I was wrapped with, especially as some of the mares have been difficult to get into foal in the past.”

Cityview Farm

Cityview Farm set on over 200 acres is very well established with state-of-the-art diamond mesh fencing, great facilities and quality pasture all year round.

“The pastures are brilliant and the grass unbelievable. When we are walking on mares, I can see that a lot of farms in the north have started to dry off. We are so lucky, we are still getting plenty of fresh green grass coming through, especially with the recent rain.”

“We now know how well the property handles horses and that it can stock good numbers with an abundance of feed.  Additionally, the facilities have made the season very efficient, with the vet crush and yards working well for both dry and wet mares.”

Another vital member of the Cityview Farm team is their resident vet, equine reproduction expert Ian Douglas.

“He is the best, you only need to look at his strike rate. His experience is second to none, he is super nice, always happy and nothing is ever too much hassle.”

“Always willing to check a mare or foal if you ever have any questions or concerns and as he trusts my experience too, if I need him, he will be there in a flash. Sometimes it’s just a call for advice that makes all the difference. It’s a pleasure to work alongside experienced and knowledgeable people and Ian has certainly played a large part in our success this season.”

And while it’s green now, the hot summer days are on the way, but Cityview Farm is prepared with full irrigation throughout the undulating property.

“We will be able to keep the paddocks green all year for our growing horses, mares and spellers. Additionally, the watered pastures are a great protection against bushfires.”

Also playing a large part in the farm’s results this season is Master Farrier Rodney Notman.

“Rod, Jarrod and Nick all do a great job helping mares with foot issues stay sound and keeping them comfortable to carry a foal. He is brilliant at using corrective trimming methods on the foals to ensure that they are all naturally developing correct and straight.”

And while most foals have returned home happy and healthy post foaling, eight foals will stay on the farm to be handled and educated by Aliphon in their crucial early stages.

“All the foals have been handled with headstalls on and developed a relationship with humans. They are good with the farrier and in the crush, as they have learnt to trust us. They are now relaxed and confident horses, ready to be weaned.”

“We currently have a handful of horses in yearling preparation, a couple for the education benefits before their owners send them to the breaker. The others will head to the sales in the new year.”

Aliphon ensures all owners receive regular communication and the feedback has been extremely positive.

“We couldn’t be more pleased that our clients are happy with our results and with the care of their mares and foals. They enjoy being involved, as we let them know of any major milestones, and how the foals are growing and developing. Being close to the city makes it easy for clients to come and visit often.”

It’s been a tremendous first season and one that will set us up for many more to come.”

For more information, please contact Carla at Cityview Farm on 0475 999 011 or visit www.cityviewfarm.com.au

Be Fire Ready this Summer – Horses, Bushfires & Property Management

Horse Bushfires

Following on from an important and informative meeting held in Lancefield in the Macedon Ranges on managing horses during Summer, it is definitely the time to make sure all Victorian horse properties, broodmare farms and racing operations are fire ready this summer.

Organised by Louise Scott, who is a Community Based Bushfire Management Project Officer with the Country Fire Authority, she can combine her personal knowledge of horses and agriculture and her experience with fires to help all landowners be prepared this season.

“I have been involved with horses all my life, through breeding and riding, and I grew up in Toolern Vale in a CFA firefighting family. I have been a CFA volunteer since I was 16 and went to Dookie and studied Agriculture before a role as an Animal Health officer in my early days,” Scott said.

“My passion for helping people and in particular horse communities, before, during and after fires was heightened after working closely with the landholders, including horse properties as part of the Black Saturday recovery. Communities are so powerful when they work together and we want them to be safe, educated and informed to make planned decisions.”

“Not only were many lives lost by people trying to save their horses, they also lost their businesses, livelihoods and beloved family members. It was just devastating,” Scott said.

“The specific area’s that I am currently focussed on supporting are the Hesket/Kerrie, Benloch and Fryersown communities.”

There are some large enterprises in these areas, including Sun Stud, Sunhill Bloodstock and Spendthrift Australia. Louise is happy to help with advice and contacts for the North East regions and other areas of the state and place people in contact with their local CFA brigades and branches.

“The horse communities are very close-knit and it’s so important that everyone is aware of each other’s position if a fire comes. We all need to know what we can all do to prepare, help and reduce the impact – on lives, property and livestock.”

“One thing about the thoroughbred industry, if they are affected, they are hit hard, not only in livestock numbers and infrastructure but financially. Large studs can look at holding a “Fire management plan” meeting, or you can combine a group of smaller broodmare farms together and talk about land management to reduce fuel load.” Scott said.

“The CFA have recognised that horse owners are one of the most high-risk groups during a bushfire as they will try to stay and protect their horses, so a good fire management plan is vital for all breeders.”

For more information on how to manage your horse property during summer please contact Louise Scott on: 0400 854 939 or email louise.scott@cfa.vic.gov.au

Resources

Below are some valuable links for horse breeders and owners all over Victoria to help you be prepared and informed this coming fire season.

Community Based Bushfire Management

 www.safertogether.vic.gov.au

CFA

Prepare your farm for fires > Horses & Bushfires

Have a fire plan for your animals this summer video:

DEPI Victoria

Bushfire Preparedness for Small Landholders video (an old one but a good one!):

Agriculture Victoria (or alternatively DEDJTR)

Drought Feeding and Management For Horses by David Nash

Here are a few more links provided by Agriculture Victoria (and remember every property with livestock/horses legally needs a PIC or Property Identification code):

Agrifutures Australia

Many horses related books, publications and reports you can download for free at www.agrifutures.com.au

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Victorian breeding shone at the annual TBV awards

Victorian Breeders Awards (Racing Photos)

The Victorian Breeders Awards were held last Thursday night on a warm summers night with the Flemington straight providing the perfect backdrop.

It was a fabulous night to celebrate the Victorian-bred horses, breeders, trainers and owners, while recognising their contributions to a brilliant 2017/18 racing season.

(Racing Photos)

Hosted by the ever-popular Shane Anderson from Racing.com, it was a relaxed and friendly night enjoyed by all, with delicious canapes on offer, the musical delights of cello player Fergus, and the perfect view for racing or breeding aficionados. Guests were also treated to a special guest, named Dayne Barry, who is a 16 year old aspiring race caller and phantom called the Pakenham VOBIS Gold Bullion.

With the VOBIS awards going to trainer Darren Weir, nominator Hesket Bloodstock, owner Troy Corstens, while Thrillster claimed the VOBIS horse of the year for Rosemont Stud.

And while Redzel ran away with Champion Victorian Racehorse and Champion Victorian Bred Sprinter for his multiple Group winning titles and the Everest, his dam, Millrich was rightly awarded Champion Victorian bred broodmare.

Other breeders and their horses that were also put up in lights included Makybe Stud’s Tony Santic with International Victorian Bred horse for Mr Stunning and smart gallopers Sedanzer, Sopressa, Pure Elation and Enbihaar.

The breeders of tough and consistent galloper Cliff’s Edge, Ross and Brett Holburt were recognised with the Basinghall Farm sponsored Victorian Small Breeder Award.

Meanwhile, Rosemont Farm deservedly took out Champion Breeder after a year jam packed with success, and Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon was no surprise to claim Champion Sire for the third year in a row.

TBV is very grateful to the eleven sponsors of the 2017 Victorian Breeders Awards. We would like to thank the following sponsors, who without them, the night would not have been possible: TAB, Racing Victoria, Avenel Equine, Newmarket Grandwest, International Racehorse Transport (IRT), Basinghall Farm, Equilume, Inglis, Magic Millions and StrideFree Racing.

To view all the action from the night, view the photos.racing.com TBV Awards Gallery.

History is repeating for Pakenham’s VOBIS specialist

TBV Life Member, Joan Walker after her back to back win in the VOBIS Gold Bullion at Pakenham

Joan Walker’s Amadeus returned to Pakenham Racing Club to defend his $180,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion title on an exciting and rejuvenated Pakenham Cup day.

Ensuring that their stand-alone Saturday race meeting returned to its former glory, the locals made the most of the feature regional raceday with a crowd of 10,000 in attendance.

Packenham racing club’s chief executive Michael Hodge, was thrilled with the turnout, showing that country racing is most definitely “alive and well”.

Over 1400 metres, the Mick Kent-trained Amadeus (Amadeus Wolf {GB}) went back to back at his favourite track to take out the VOBIS Gold Bullion for the second year in a row.

Now unbeaten in three appearances there, the 6-year-old is likely to have a start at Flemington over summer before chasing more VOBIS riches at the VOBIS Gold race day at Caulfield in April.

Kent was thrilled to claim the lucrative VOBIS prize money offered, with the first prize of $82,500 along with $30,000 in VOBIS bonus money swelling Amadeus’ prizemoney to nearly $350,000 after his fourth career win.

“He’s a 78 graded horse racing for great money which he wouldn’t be able to get against his own rated horses. Everyone’s getting on board with VOBIS Gold, which is getting bigger and bigger and that’s great.” Kent said.

“We set him for this race and after his start at Moonee Valley we gave him a bit of time down the beach. We were really happy with him and he’s got the job done which is good.”

Ridden by Craig Williams, a loyal supporter of the VOBIS scheme, Amadeus shot clear at the top of the straight and just held on from the fast-finishing Mr Money Bags to win by a short head, with Jesta Dreamer a long neck away third.

“When I jumped him out at a barrier trial on Monday, I could see how he’d actually developed. His neck had really filled out and he has grown from a boy into a sire.” Williams said. “He drew an outside gate, but we were positive and confident. He loved stretching his neck out to the wire.”

Pakenham VOBIS Gold winner Amadeus is a homebred for Joan Walker, a life member of TBV and many were thankful for her tip, that she humbly gave out to breeders at the Thoroughbred Breeders Victorian Awards night.

“I am exhausted with excitement. It was a very special win as he was just so badly injured as a three-year-old. He is just the gentlest horse for an entire, exactly like my Reckless, his temperament is identical. He is brave and determined, it was déjà vu,” Walker said.

Amadeus’ racetrack career began promisingly, having won his first two races, he ran a smart second to the good filly Silent Sedition in the Listed Bendigo Guineas.

However, heartbreakingly, at his next start at Caulfield, he was galloped on so badly his hind leg was stripped to the bone.

“Many would not realise how bad it was, he is so lucky. His skin was hanging on the ground and if it wasn’t for the brilliant care and management from Mick Kent and his vet Stuart Webb he would have been lost. Mick is a brilliant horseman, he rebandaged the wound and cared night and day for eight months. He said one more millimetre and it would have been through the tendon, so it was a wonderful feat to get him back and racing.”

Having bred for generations, Amadeus is from the brilliant thoroughbred family Joan’s family have been breeding from since 1930.

“It is an unbroken line on the female side. My grandfather bought the first at the Sydney Easter sale called Androver, and since her, we have always kept a filly to breed with.”

“My father after leaving the army, having walked out of his medical practice when he joined up, used the small payment he received for serving in the War to buy one horse from our family property at Yering. Having an eye for a horse, he chose the filly, called Spitfire.”

A daughter of Hostile (Simeon’s Fort (IRE)) out of Androver (Andrea (GB)), Spitfire went on to win the 1950 VRC Oakleigh Plate before a career as a broodmare.

“Each year Dad, who was President of TBV, would send Spitfire to Ted Underwood’s property, Warlaby Stud to be covered by one of his stallions. That was where George Smith started his career on the farm, when he was just a young boy.”

“Dad and Ted became great mates, and through racing and breeding Ted became very friendly with the Queen after her visit to Australia, so much so that she sold one of the first horses ever from the Royal Stud to Ted, a stallion called Landeau.”

“Unfortunately, Dad couldn’t afford the high service fee Landeau asked as he was a hobby breeder and with the wartime, and a family to look after, money was tight. So, he sent Spitfire to Warlaby to an affordable option. One night, Ted rang and let him know that Spitfire was in foal, and that generously, that the sire was Landeau. The resultant foal was a gift horse from a great friend.”

“Spitfire was the first horse I remember from the family, as Dad gave the foal to my mother and I as a belated birthday present. Our birthday was in March, so we thought he had forgotten as usual, but come August, Spitfire foaled a beautiful filly, that we called Impulsive, and we knew it was worth the wait.”

Trained by Tommy Woodcock, Impulsive’s first start was as hot favourite in the Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington. It was the very first time they had used starting gates, like the barriers today.

“Before then we had a strand start. Well, Impulsive anticipated the start, and went straight up in the air and knocked Geoff Lane the jockey, clean off.”

“Impulsive worked it out at her next start and broke the track record at Caulfield. She beat the record Adored held for 32 years. It was over 900 metres, before metric came in.”

“We lost Dad to a heart attack shortly after when only 52, when I was only in my early twenties. My father was a brilliant doctor and a research professor at the Peter McCallum Institute. He had the most incredible memory and could remember six generation pedigree from any good horse at the time.”

“As mum and I were grief-stricken, Tommy decided to get Impulsive out of the paddock from her spell and put her back into work quick smart. When I protested and said it was too soon, he was shrewd and said, “but Mrs Walker, it’s my livelihood” and I knew dad would have killed us if we didn’t look after Tommy.”

“Tommy Woodcock was such a dear friend of the family, and he called me Mrs Walker from the day I was married and every day since. When I would say, please call me Joan, Tommy would answer, “yes, Mrs Walker.”

“So Impulsive was ready to return to the track, and again I didn’t feel ready to go to the races after losing Dad, but Tommy was too clever again and said that “I had to be there, it’s a rule of racing that the owner must be on the track when their horse starts.”

“Looking back, Tommy was street smart and subtle – He gave us joy again, he got my mother and I back to racing and we shared that win with Dad. Thanks to Tommy, we are still involved in racing to this day.”

Impulsive then won the next two races and was declared the best two-year-old of her year.

“Unfortunately, when she went to stud the theory was that the stallion was king, and the mare was unimportant. The fact that she was Champion two-year-old of her year, cut no ice with any stallion masters. They didn’t care about the mare, and we couldn’t afford the best stallions like Star Kingdom and the French stallion, Wilkes.”

“So, I started a saving account from my job at the Alfred Hospital and after a couple of years I had saved up enough to send her to the third best stallion, Better Boy, and the result was Reckless!”

Reckless is related to Amadeus, as they all directly trace back to Joan’s wonderful mare, Impulsive. A son of Amadeus Wolf, Amadeus, is out of Dangerous mare, Jaywalk.

“We have a two-year-old from Jaywalk by Reward For Effort that we will keep to race in the new year, and we may put her foal at foot, also by Reward For Effort in a sale. We would love to keep them all, but they are beginning to multiply. We would if we could, but there has to be a moment of truth.”

Makybe’s Mr Stunning sprints into Hong Kong History

Mr Stunning wins at Sha Tin 2018 (Racenet)

At the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria annual awards last week, Makybe Racing and Breeding’s Tony Santic was called up to receive the award for ‘Best International Victorian bred horse”, courtesy of the 2017 Hong Kong Sprint winner, Mr Stunning.

Mr Stunning wins at the Victorian Breeders Awards (Racing Photos)

However, there was another international prize on the horizon, when the Victorian bred Mr Stunning produced an absolute blinder to win by three quarters to defend his title.

The son of Exceed and Excel again fended off the late challenge of D B Pin to take out the 2018 Hong Kong Sprint and became the fourth horse to win multiple sprints, placing his name alongside Hong Kong superstars, Sacred Kingdom (’09 & ’07), Silent Witness (’04 & ’03) and Falvelon (’01 & ’00).

It’s been a star-studded career for Mr Stunning who was bred by Makybe’s Tony Santic and is the fifth winner from the Dayur mare With Fervour (USA), a half-sister to five-time Group One winner With Anticipation from Kentucky and Hollywood Oaks winner Fran’s Valentine.

Mr Stunning was a $250,000 purchase by Magus Equine out of the Lyndhurst Farm draft at the 2014 NZB Premier Yearling Sale after Lyndhurst had pin-hooked the weanling for $110,000 out of the Makybe draft at the 2013 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale.

Makybe’s manager, Joe Murray, remembers Mr Stunning as a foal and while perhaps not exactly stunning early on, a lovely type regardless.

“He (Mr Stunning) was foaled down at Yallambee Stud and was a bit light boned, but very correct,” Murray recalls. “He wasn’t forward enough for the Magic Millions and wouldn’t have got into Easter, so it was decided to sell him a weanling. Tony (Santic) wasn’t going to give him away though and set a reserve of $90,000.

“The mare (With Fervour) didn’t get back in foal and we were downsizing at the time, so the decision was made to sell her (With Fervour sold for $6,000 at 2013 Inglis Broodmare Sale).

“It was a fantastic result on Sunday though and good luck to the owners: he really has turned into something special.”

An instant success in Hong Kong, winning three of his first four starts, Mr Stunning was named Champion Griffin in 2015-16. He since won the two Group 1’s, three Group 2’s and thrice been Group 1 placed. Overall, Mr Stunning has won 11 of 22 starts with eight further placings and nearly $HK46 million (approx. $A8.2 million).

Mr Stunning’s win was also memorable for new trainer, Frankie Lor, and Mauritius born jockey Karis Teetan, both notching up their first Group 1 victories.

“I’m very happy, it took me a long time to get a trainers’ licence, so I need to try my best to keep going and train more Group 1 winners,” Lor enthused. “I think John (who placed second and third) might also be happy because I worked for him and he was a great boss.”

And not forgetting the farm’s famous namesake, Makybe Diva, she has an unraced two-year-old filly by Brazen Beau and produced a Written Tycoon filly in September.

“The filly is an absolute standout,” Murray adds. “Could not be happier: she has all the Written Tycoon markings, right down to the white socks and we’re all pretty excited.”

Mahamedeis brilliant Cup win at Spendthrift Australia Park

Mahamedeis wins at Spendthrift Werribee Park (Racing Photos)

Emerging stayer and son of Magnus, Mahamedeis brilliantly won his second country cup in a week with a dominant performance in Sunday’s $125,000 TAB Werribee Cup (2000m) at Spendthrift Australia Park.

Trained by Nick Ryan at Caulfield, his flag-bearer galloper travelled beautifully under Luke Currie and, when asked for an effort from the 500m, let down with his customary turn of foot to quickly account for his rivals.

The one-and-a-quarter length win over Second Bullet and Another Coldie came seven days after a six-length romp in the Traralgon Cup over 1950 metres for Noel Callow, who was forced to miss Sunday’s race after falling heavily at Sandown earlier in the week.

Bred by Rick & Christie Woodard, the son of Magnus was a bargain $24,000 purchase at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale sold through the Supreme Thoroughbred draft by JJ Gordon Bloodstock Consultants.

Another product of the fertile soils and great management from the Woodard’s at Yallambee Stud, they are now enjoying a change of scenery helping manage well known racing identity and equine veterinary expert Dr Bill Burns’ 3500-acre Shadai Wagyu Station in Nagambie.

From the Elusive Quality mare, Elusive Magic, a product of Newham’s Contract Racing, and through Vern Pope, Elusive Magic is now based in Tasmania with breeder Saskia van Lulofs Umbgrove.

Winning trainer Nick Ryan was very pleased about his Magnus marvel post Cup win, who has now won six races from just 17 starts and has claimed more than $500,000 prizemoney.

Ryan indicated that the progressive stayer would be given the chance to improve on his record after a short let-up.

“He really is starting to show his true talent this horse as a superior stayer.” Ryan said.

“It was a great ride for a great bunch of owners. He will now head to the paddock to cool his jets, and as a few owners are in Sydney who couldn’t make it here today, we might look at a Sydney race after he has a little break.”
Winning hoop Luke Currie gave a glowing report post Cup.

“He just jumped & travelled really well throughout. He has improved a lot this horse, the deeper he has gone into his prep, the better he has been. He looks a really nice horse going forward, and there is certainly more than one really good race in him.”
Sun Stud’s brilliant producer, Magnus now has 48 individual winners and close to $2,000,000 in progeny earnings for the 2018/19 season. 

After another terrific season in the shed, Magnus served well over 150-plus mares, while at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale, Magnus will be represented by 26 very impressive yearlings.

Furthermore, just up the road in the Macedon Ranges, Spendthrift Australia should be applauded for their sponsorship of the new naming rights for the Werribee Racecourse.

Now known as Spendthrift Australia Park, Werribee Racing Club General Manager Ashley Baker believes is the beginning of a new era for the Club.

“We are thrilled to announce this fantastic partnership with leading Victorian based breeding and racing farm Spendthrift Australia.  The name remains respectful of the proud history of the Werribee Racing Club which dates back to 1861, as we look to re-establish ourselves a leader in the local community and the racing industry.”

“Spendthrift Australia are significant contributors to the industry, here in Victoria, and the great opportunity to work in partnership, grows our brands both on and off the track”.

Spendthrift Australia General Manager Garry Cuddy was equally enthusiastic about the announcement.

“We are very excited to take over the naming rights to the Werribee Race Club. A club with a wonderful history and a great vision towards the future. A partnership like this signifies the intention of Spendthrift to establish ourselves as a leading farm in Victoria and Australia.”

Spendthrift Australia Park is also the home of the Racing Victoria’s International Quarantine Centre, which for the first time this year was at capacity with 32 international raiders being housed in the three compounds.

Rosemont’s January draft is just Magic

I Am Invincible Kemizengo filly being led off the pony as part of her sales prep program

Rosemont Stud is proud to preview their draft for the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale this January and Operations Manager Gerard Jones is looking forward to a very busy inspection period and a rewarding sale.

“With 26 yearlings in the catalogue, we are taking our biggest draft ever to the Gold Coast and have included horses of all levels to appeal to every sector of the wide buying bench that assembles at the first yearling sale of the new year,” Jones said.

“Their sales preparation is coming along well, and we are confident that they will present in perfect condition in January under the watchful eye of our yearling manager Karen Sinclair.”

“Taking such a large draft from Victoria to the Gold Coast is no easy task and while the pressure is on the team to make sure we get it right, we are a large farm now with a lot of quality stock. When you have been selling horses the quality of Santa Ana Lane, Thrillster, Hey Doc, Runaway, Prairie Fire and Fuhryk as we have done in recent years, then you know that the expectations of the market are only going to increase. That’s great for the farm and the team is well and truly up for the challenge.”

High on the list is the Written Tycoon colt from the winning High Chaparral mare High Above, catalogued as Lot 652. The colt is the second foal from the family of dual Group 1 winning Derby champion Prized Icon A fantastic type who Jones is sure will be popular with buyers, his half-brother by Smart Missile, sold for $125,000 at Melbourne Premier this year.

“The Written colt is a typical product of his sire. He’s medium-sized, very correct, a good walker and has a great temperament. He reminds me of the Written colt that Mill Park sold last year, a full brother to Booker. He has a Derby winner in his pedigree, but I think he will run early.”

Another feature of Rosemont’s draft is the introduction of the first yearlings presented for sale by Rosemont stallion Nostradamus. To be sold in Book 2, Rosemont has carefully selected a colt and a filly to headline his first crop at the season’s first sale and Jones is excited about what the season holds for the popular first season Victorian stallion.

“Nostra has left an outstanding first crop and after a long wait, it’s great to finally see his first yearlings go through the ring at the Gold Coast. Magic Millions were super impressed with all his stock when they came to see them, and we’ve picked out two fantastic types to kick him off here. All his foals have been athletic, balanced, great moving types – just like Nostra himself. These two are excellent examples of his stock that will sell well and hopefully set the tone for a successful first season selling in the ring,” Jones said.

“He has got so much going for him. He served 200 mares in his first two seasons, he’s been well supported by not only by Rosemont but also by breeding right holders, his foals and yearlings are all great types, he’s a son of Medaglia D’Oro who is no longer shuttling, he’s a half to Star Witness who has been so successful, and this spring he added Graff to his growing list of good horses. He has everything in place to succeed and we can’t wait to get started with him at this sale.”

As well as some quality colts, the Rosemont draft also features some outstanding fillies who are sure to attract strong appeal from buyers.

Pressed on his favourites from the draft, Jones nominated a few fillies – a Pierro filly out of Fastnet Rock mare I’m In Love, a Hinchinbrook filly out of Guapa and an I Am Invincible filly from Kemizengo.

“They are beautiful fillies – great movers with lovely natures. They have a lot of quality about them and I’m sure they are going to be very popular,” Jones said.

Catalogued as Lot 670, the Pierro filly is the first foal from her three-time winning mother hailing from a highly successful family of American black type winners. This is also the family of French Classic winner and sire Astronomer Royal.

The Hinchinbrook filly (Lot 636) is the second foal of the American mare Guapa, boasting a deep pedigree of American stakes winners. The family also features Group 1 winning siblings Assertive Lad and Assertive Lass, the dam of successful sire Reset. She is a homebred for Rosemont and follows on from her half-sister by Deep Field who sold on the Gold Coast last year to the winning bid of NSW trainer Matthew Smith for $160,000.

The I Am Invincible filly is out of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Kemizengo (Lot 711) is a full sister to Master of Design from the family of Princess Tracy, the Irish mare who earned fame as the dam of Danasinga and Tracy’s Element, dam of Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and Queensland sire Red Element.

“The I Am Invincible fillies are flying with Oohood, Viddora, I Am a Star, Invincibella, Eckstein, Fiesta, Invincible Gem and Pure Elation,” Jones said.

“I saw the Kemizengo filly running around the paddock the other day and she looked like an early running type that you could throw a saddle on and win races tomorrow,” Jones said.

“With a horse there for everyone’s taste and everyone’s budget, we are confident that we have assembled an outstanding draft to present to the buying bench and we can’t wait to get to the Gold Coast and start parading.”

Moonee Valley Welcome Breeders back to the Track

MVRC Breeders Day

The Victorian breeding industry came together to celebrate and launch Moonee Valley’s the first Victorian Breeder’s Event on Saturday 1st December.

Tracey Robertson from TR Equine Solutions credits that the concept and the new ticketing privileges are recognising breeding’s loyal and dedicated participants, while bringing together breeding and racing.

“The idea was born thanks to a discussion with Michael Browell earlier this year. He was open to ways to support the breeders and make them feel welcome.  It’s a great fit, as the industry has always loved coming to the Valley a night out off the farm, a networking opportunity or chance to catch up with friends. The ever-popular Friday night during Premier Sales is one great example,” Robertson said.

“TR Equine Solutions through consultation with a number of studs, large broodmare farms and small breeders have partnered with Moonee Valley Racing Club to welcome breeder’s on course with two complimentary members tickets for the breeder named in the racebook when their horse races at the Valley.”

“TR Equine Solutions will continue to work with the MVRC and the breeding industry on this great initiative that we hope to see grow over the years. I would like to thank our race sponsors Spendthrift Australia, Inglis and Woodside Park Stud for taking part in this inaugural event and the breeders that came down from all parts of the state to show their support,” Robertson said.

MVRC’s Chris Goodwin is proud of the concept and is committed to The Valley becoming “The Breeders Track”.

“The Valley has forever been a racetrack enjoyed by the Victorian breeding community and Saturday’s meeting went one step closer in our quest to become the Breeders Track of Victoria. Thank you to all those who enjoyed the day and we look forward to growing the initiative further in 2019,” Goodwin commented.

Held in the Mounting Yard Bar, the day was well attended by breeding participants, employees, clients and friends.

Among them, it was great to see Phil Marshal from Sun Stud who claimed a win for former Sun Stud stallion Statue Of Liberty with the talented Fill The Flute in the Spendthrift Australia Handicap and Nigel Austin and Gerard Jones from Rosemont Stud were there to cheer home their homebred Brooklyn Hustle’s brilliant win in the second.

Other guests included Cara Kavanagh from City View Farm, Lester and Jenna O’Grady from Mount Brown International, John Kenneally and Annie from Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Neville Murdoch from Larneuk Stud, and Steve and Steve and Ceri Jostlear from Ampulla Stud.

Yulong claims another winner with Squamosa Filly

Squamosa (Breednet)

Victoria’s best value stallion Squamosa, has recorded another brilliant winner for the season at Morphettville Parks when his second crop runner Yulong Monoceros was successful in her BM70 race for three-year-olds.

Ridden by Harry Coffey, the Moonee Valley winning juvenile last season, the three-year-old filly trained by Maher & Eustace was the stallion’s 10th individual winner for the season.

“She was able to take the small gap with a great turn of foot, utilising opening and pushing through to win the race. We won due to the professionalism she showed today, Ciaron and David presented her in great order and she was placed very well today in a winnable race, and it’s always great to get a winner for Yulong.” Coffey said.

Yulong Monoceros by Squamosa is out of the five-time winning cape cross mare I’m Taken and is the third named foal.

Cape Cross which comes through the Green Desert, Danzig line is another example of how well Squamosa has clicked with the Danzig line. Other impressive Squamosa progeny steaming back to Danzig include Order Of Command, Derasa & Ray’s Dream.

Squamosa’s flying filly Yulong Monoceros was an Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling graduate where in 2019, Squamosa will be represented with two quality yearlings. While at Magic Millions Tasmania 2019, Squamosa will be represented by seven outstanding lots.

Squamosa, an undefeated 2YO himself, has worked his way through another good book of mares this season at Sun Stud, where he has served well over 100 mares, giving the impressive looking stallion well over 300-plus m
ares his last three seasons.

With the average winning index for Squamosa currently sitting at $63,000, and his current service at $6,600, there is no doubt as to his brilliant value.

Pakenham set for a stellar Cup day

 

 

Pakenham Racing Club will host an exciting and rejuvenated Pakenham Cup day, with the bumper addition of the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion, ensuring that their stand-alone Saturday race meeting will be a great event, taking the total available prizemoney on the day, to over $1 million dollars.

Making the most of the feature regional raceday, the club’s

chief executive Michael Hodge said they were expecting a crowd of 10,000 to attend this year’s Pakenham Cup, which was a great result, showing that country racing is most definitely alive and well.

A strong number of 117 acceptances have been declared across the nine races, with 13 runners accepting for the Listed Pakenham Cup to be run over 2500 metres.

In the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Bullion over 140

0 metres, Turnitaround and Tarquin have 15 or more ratings points in hand on the next highest-rated galloper in the field which has drawn 13 acceptors.

In the $300,000 Pakenham Cup, Godolphin galloper Tally and Ciaron Maher and David Eustace’s former import Dal Harrail are the top-rated horses and both will carry the 60kg topweight.

Kiwia, Lord Fandango, Runaway and Wall Of Fire are the other horses in the 2500 metres staying test which boast ratings of more than 100.

At the Thoroughbred Breeders awards on Thursday night, guests were lucky to be joined by Dayne Barry who is an aspiring race caller and Darren Weir’s 16 year old nephew. His already impressive resume has the calling of the Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat and on Thursday night, he did a phantom call of the VOBIS Gold Bullion ahead of Saturday’s card. To watch the video, head to our twitter page!

The nine-race programme commences at 12.55pm with the final event to be run at 5.55pm.

Rosemont ready to do the Hussle to the Blue Diamond

Brooklyn Hustle wins at The Valley (Racing Photos)

Rosemont Stud’s homebred Starspangledbanner filly Brooklyn Hustle looked a star in the making when scoring a dazzling last to first debut win at the Victorian Breeders Race Day at the Valley. A win good enough to indicate that the Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes would be her future target.

The Jason Warren-trained flashy chestnut filly, just like her famous sire and his sire Choisir, Brooklyn Hustle was a standout in the mounting yard.

Having missed the start, after the field experienced a delay in the barriers, Beau Mertens was forced to ride her patiently to settle last in the early stages of the 1000 metre sprint.

Not many juveniles can overcome that sort of disadvantage, but Brooklyn Hustle once she found clear ground in the straight, was able to lengthen stride and demolished her rivals going away by two lengths on the line in an eye-catching display.

”The best word to describe that was ‘wow!” said jockey Beau Mertens. She may have missed the start, but when she got clear running, she really let down and proved what she could do.

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Jason Warren said the daughter of Starspangledbanner was the best two-year-old he had trained and now has Group 1 plans for Brooklyn Hustle after recording a time of 58.79 seconds, running her last 200m in 10.96 seconds.

“I haven’t had heaps of two-year-old’s, so I can’t benchmark her against anything I’ve had but I can from when I was with Lee Freedman,” Warren said. “I’m not going to say she’s an Alinghi but she’s a lot better than anything I’ve had.”

“She’s always shown us more than an above average two-year-old,” Warren said, “Even more impressive was that she wasn’t wound up today, as it was only a very soft trial at Cranbourne on Monday. She has a hell of a lot of upside and she’s got enough prize money to get into the Blue Diamond.”

Warren was also thankful to Rosemont Stud for giving him the opportunity to train the exciting juvenile tweeting:

“The biggest week for the stable in many years. Four winners capped by the exceptional talent that is Brooklyn Hustle. To the team at Rosemont Stud not enough words to express our thanks and gratitude for sending us the horse. Blue Diamond dreaming.”

“The team down at Rosemont does a terrific job. She’ll just go out into the paddock each day and then tick along on the water walker,” Warren said.

Rosemont Stud’s operations manager Gerard Jones was looking forward to welcoming the filly back to their spelling farm at Ceres for about 10 days, before heading off to their pre-trainer Mark Young at Lara.

“We are thrilled for Warren and he has been a great supporter of the farm over the years. We always have one in training with him and he has always bought one from us. We support the people that support us.”
Bred and retained to race by Rosemont Stud, Brooklyn Hustle is a half-sister to the dam of Italian stakes-winner Gold Tail and is the second winner for imported US stakes-winning mare, Joint Aspiration (GB). A daughter of the hugely successful Nureyev line sire, Pivotal from the family of Group 1 winning sprinter, Red Clubs (Red Ransom).

Starspangledbanner

Rosemont Stud stood Starspangledbanner earlier in his career, while Joint Aspiration, who is now in residing in New Zealand, has produced a Nostradamus filly yearling. She is currently in foal to Tarzino but will be heading back over the ditch to hopefully reproduce the perfect mix of chestnut power.

“It is likely that she will now come back to Victoria to foal down her Tarzino on the farm. After Brooklyn Hustle’s performance it is very possible, she has already got a date booked to go back to Banner now, as we know that cross certainly works.,” Jones said.

And Rosemont’s success at the races is not slowing down with five winners in the last 10 days including Jason Warren’s Brooklyn Hustle at the Valley and Miss Toorak Flyer at Cranbourne, Sandown winner Mr Quickie for Weiry and Wylie Dalziel, Reflect The Stars at Seymour for Danny O’Brien, and Immaculate Secret on debut at Terang for Malua Racing.

“We are hoping there are a couple more winners this week with our Melbourne Cup galloper, Runaway, set for the Pakenham Cup and Iconoclasm in West hoping for Group 1 glory in the Kingston Town,” Jones said.

“It’s exciting when our homebred’s win on the track and both runners this weekend are going very well. We are very happy with them.”

It’s a busy time for the Rosemont Stud getting their large draft of 26 yearlings ready for the Magic Millions, but I’m sure the team will stop and cheer for their boys on Saturday.

Sun Stud’s former Sunshine stallions leading the way in Victoria

With Bel Esprit and Love Conquers All both returning to Sun Stud’s Victorian base this season to stand from Queensland they are certainly making sure that breeders know that they are back to do business.

In a brilliant result for Love Conquers All, his courageous son, I’m a Rippa won another Group 3 in an all-the-way win in the George Moore Stakes over 1200m at Doomben.

Trained by Tony Gollan, he has won eight races and $1,166,757 in prize money and is no doubt an absolute ripper for his connections.

The tough sprinter has placed in nine of his last 11 starts, including now wins in a pair of Group 3’s – the George Moore & BRC Sprint, as well as the Listed Eye Liner and the $1 million-dollar Magic Millions QTIS Open over 1300 metres.

“I’m A Rippa has run 1.8.43 which surprised me today. He can now go on to race in the summer sprints and then finish up in either the QTIS Millions race or the Magic Millions Cup,” Gollan said post-race.

Nominations at Sun Stud, Phil Marshall is now more than ever looking forward to the exciting future for their stallion who continues to exceed all expectations.

“Love Conquers All has remarkable first crop statistics; 78% winners to runners, 9% stakes horses and a winners average earnings index of $122,122.”

“The crop has accumulated $4.4m in prize money from just 46 runners and includes I’m A Rippa, 5-time stakes winner Savanna Amour, Group 2 placed Perilous Love, stakes performed two-year-old’s Par Oneri and Kubis, 4-time metropolitan winner Fortensky and the flying machine Mr Marbellouz (6 wins from 10 starts), amongst others.”

“Love Conquers All well and truly punches above his weight. He has an outstanding strike rate from small foal crops and we are looking forward to seeing him progress through the stallion ranks once the greater numbers come through the system.”

Purchased by his trainer as a $55,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions March Yearling Sale, Gollan has indicated that the talented five-year-old will now head towards the rich Gold Coast race day on January 12 to defend his 2018 title.

Bred by Mary Lee Trivett, out of her two-time winning Seidnazar mare Derippa, I’m A Rippa is the first foal of his dam.

Excitingly, there is an unraced two-year-old full-sister named She’s Our Rippa who was purchased by Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock for $80,000 at this year’s January sale, and is in his stable ready to start her racetrack career.

Love Conquers All has 27 individual winners and over $1.15m in progeny earnings for the 2018/19 season and has yearlings entered in the Magic Millions, Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

While the other stallion coming down from the sunny state this year, back home to rule the roost, is the incredible producer Bel Esprit.

Having had a quartet of winners for the gun stallion last Thursday, the 8-time Champion Victorian sire scored a double at Kyneton via Bouffon and impressive three-year-old Pickup The Pieces and then followed up with another deuce at the Pakenham night meeting with Ambitious Gem and feel good story Antah, who resumed with a victory after 889 days off!

Nominations at Sun Stud, Phil Marshall is proud of their flagship stallion and couldn’t be happier to have him in Victoria where he belongs.

“Bel Esprit is having a spectacular run of success. He sired eleven winners in six days last week, including his 650th career winner, which is a phenomenal feat.”

“With 47 individual winners on the board before the end of November, he is on track to post a huge tally this season. Remembering of course that he set a then record of 155 winners in a single season in 2012/13,” Marshall said.

“Bel Esprit is a real asset to the Victorian breeding industry and Sun Stud are proud to have him on our roster.”

Remarkably, Bel Esprit success continues unabated this season progeny earnings already claiming $2,311,253 in prize money. Bel Esprit is equal 12th, alongside Fastnet Rock, on the 2018/19 Australian sires table for winners and is placed 24th for prize money.

Springmount’s Mr Jammo takes out an emotional debut victory

Mr Jammo wins at Cranbourne on VIARD race night (Racing Photos)

The Springmount bred Mr Jammo secured an emotional victory when he won his maiden at Cranbourne on the VIARD race night, saluting in the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Super VOBIS Maiden Plate over 1400 metres.

The inaugural Victorian Industry Association race night recognises our hard-working associations and six key Victorian representatives each have a race named in their honour.

The Michael Mehegan trained gelding has certainly hit form, going one better in his last three outings and the connections were thrilled to be taking home a VOBIS Gold Nomination and free memberships for his trainer, owners and breeder.

Named in honour of part-owner Peter Jamieson’s late father, Mr Jammo who was co-bred by Steve Baldwin and Springmount’s Michael Flannery, didn’t have an easy start in life, and it was only through perseverance and expert help that he survived, let alone make it to the winner circle.

“Mr Jammo’s dam, the Desert Style (Ire) mare Ruby Doll has been a great producer, but unfortunately, Mr Jammo was pretty sick as a youngster. Thanks to the dedicated and brilliant help of Dr Ian Church, and Peter Huntington from Kentucky Equine Research, they were able to manage him. It was an incredible feat to get him to the track,” Flannery said.

“As he got better, I thought he was doing well enough that he was worth breaking in, and he took that step, and came through with flying colours. Then he went to a pre-trainer and he jumped that hurdle and then he went to his trainer, Michael Meaghan.”

“He has jumped every hurdle that he had come up against, and he is still jumping them – it just a great story” Flannery said.

“This horse not only defied the odds, but he is also responsible for bringing a great group pf people together, and there have been some great friendships forged.”

“These are the best stories, as there were not high expectations when he went into work, but he has exceeded them ten-fold. We leased him to the other owners and Steve and I are stayed in the ownership, so we are able to share the journey. That’s the bit I really love about it,” Flannery said.

Peter Jamieson who had tears in his eyes after the win, was so just thrilled everyone could be a part of it.

“Mr Jammo is such an honest horse, and he’s been through a bit, but he always gives his best and still wants to improve. Dad would have been so proud, and it’s great having my mum, my sister with three other mates, Steve and Michael Flannery in the horse, who thought the world of dad, all in the ownership.”

“We were certainly up against it when he was a youngster but thanks to best mate, Steve and Michael, they persevered, and it was brilliant to get the win,” Jamieson said.

“My father Don was always referred to as Mr Jammo by co-breeder breeder Steve Baldwin, who was like a second father to Steve, so at Dad’s funeral he asked mum if they could call their racehorse, Mr Jammo, and his nickname is Donny. Mum thought that was lovely that he wanted to name the horse in his memory.”

“We are enjoying every minute and I know how proud Dad would be. It is just amazing to see Dad’s name in the racebook and to hear his name in the race, it really is so special.”

Ruby Doll has a lovely Rich Enuff colt at foot, and she produced the good Bel Esprit city winning galloper Sir Fernando. Now 20, she will have a year off, and Flannery will wait and see how she is next season before any decision is made if she will breed again.

Springmount will soon be busy getting their draft ready for Melbourne Premier with all their sale yearlings supporting the major Melbourne sale at Oaklands on March 3-6.

“We have a very strong draft, with ten in P1 and four in P2. We were popular with the top stable last year with David Hayes buying three of our yearlings, and Mick Kent paying $240,000 for a Zoustar that he believes will be very special,” Flannery said.

“This year we have a nice Brazen Beau out of a half-sister to Jukebox and a Written Tycoon out of a Blue Diamond Preview winner.

The spirit of the Light Horses honoured by our Victorian-bred Stayers

Bryce Stanaway and Crafty Cruiser (Colleen Petch)

Trainer Bryce Stanaway was proud as punch of his grand campaigner Crafty Cruiser in the inaugural $300,000 Jericho Cup at Warrnambool. As a gallant runner up to High Mode over the gruelling 4600 metres, it is the longest flat race run in Australia, created in honour of the Lighthorse men and the three-mile race they staged in Jericho, Palestine a century ago.

It seemed the perfect race for war horse Crafty Cruiser, who has covered more ground in his races than a drive from Melbourne to Warrnambool, although according to his trainer Bryce Stanaway the distance was still a bit too short, “as he was ready to keep going, when the others were run off their legs.”

“You’d want the toughest horse in the race to celebrate what those tough horses did and Crafty is the toughest,” Torquay trainer Bryce Stanaway said who revealed that one of his relatives was in the Lighthorse brigade.

“I’d go to war with him. I tell you there wouldn’t be a better horse to have in that situation. He’d be able to carry a few soldiers on his back.”

A wonderful campaigner over many years, Crafty Cruiser now 11-years young, has many racing highlights including his 2013 season with a win in the Ansett Stakes at Mornington, third in the Sandown Cup and fourth in the Geelong Cup and Bart Cummings Stakes.

The son of Good Journey has had an incredible 143 starts for 13 wins, 21 seconds, 15 thirds and prize money just shy of a million with $998,141 earned. He has covered 340,037 metres which works out to be $2.93 in prize money won per metre.

“There was no doubt that he was the best performed horse over 2800 metres in the race, and I can’t believe he was such long odds. Two hundred metres more and he would have been home, he was still full of running while the winner was running on empty.”

Growing up in New Zealand, Stanaway is as tough as his horse. Having left school at 14, he rode in rodeo’s in the summer, and went over the jumps during the winter.

“I arrived in Australia with $1500 in my pocket and I have made a good living out of horses and I love every minute. You could give me a million dollars or the Crown Casino, I wouldn’t change what I have done, the horses are my life.”

Crafty Cruiser was bred at Victoria’s Ealing Park, and was a $10,000 purchase from the Magic Millions sale by his longstanding trainer.

“I wanted to buy some jumpers, so I went up to look at three I was keen on, and all three got pulled out. I was dirty I had wasted a day, so as I was walking out, I saw this lovely headed chestnut colt by Good Journey.”

“I decided I was going to buy that horse, so I snuck up the back of the ring gave myself a $10k limit. Well the hammer fell, and he was mine. It was meant to be.”

Still breeding, it was one of Crafty Cruiser’s wins that paid for Stanaway’s O’Reilly mare, Lady Lorne.

“Mike Moroney paid $190,000 for her, and I got her for $3,000. I sent her to Good Journey and got a bloody nice colt, and she is about to foal down to Trust In A Gust. This year I am sending her and my other two mares to Peter Wilson’s son of Medaglia D’Oro, Dark Cove, who was the fastest horse on turf over 2400 metres in Kentucky.”

Stanaway said a decision on the horse’s future would be made after Crafty enjoys several well-deserved quiet days at his Torquay stable.

“Hopefully they will let him keep racing as he is still in his prime, there is no reason why he should stop just because he is 12 years old. He came back in and wouldn’t have blown a candle out and his legs were massaged and covered with Aloe Vera gel from the hocks down before he left the course. When he walked off that truck, every leg was stone cold. We look after him like royalty.”

“I would love him to go straight into the Bagot, but he has been excluded due to his rating which is a great shame, so we will look at setting him up to come back for next year’s Jericho Cup if they let us.”

“It disappointing as they haven’t given us any staying races that suit him to get his rating up. There is nothing in Victoria worthwhile for the true stayer to race for.”

“His only option coming up is at Cranbourne on the 15th December in a 3000-metre race, but the prizemoney is less than $20,000. They give more money to the maiden runners and here is a grand campaigner who doesn’t need to prove anything.”

And Stanaway, who also finished second in the $40,000 Jericho Cup Repechage over 4000 metres with Ventura Highway, urged Racing Victoria to use the success of the unique feature to bolster Victoria’s staying program.

Genuine staying options for horses like Crafty Cruiser and Ventura Highway were limited, citing next month’s Bagot Handicap over 2800 metres as an example.

“Being a Listed race, horses rated under 65 are balloted out of the Bagot, even though Crafty Cruiser has just run second in a $300,000 Benchmark 90 race. His rating has dropped as he just keeps running in unsuitable races that are too short on hard tracks. It doesn’t make sense,” Stanaway said.

“Full credit needs to go to Bill Gibbons for what he’s done with this race,” he said. Racing Victoria needs to take note of his passion and the success of the Jericho Cup race day.”

“I’d love to see them program a two-mile race every month worth $100,000 or a million-dollar race for Australian and New Zealand stayers during the Melbourne Cup Carnival.”

“If they want us to support the staying stallions in Victoria and breed and train stayers, then they have to start giving us races to run in. It’s frustrating as I love my stayers.”

Inglis Premier Catalogue Now Online

Siblings to a Melbourne Cup winner, a Caulfield Cup winner and a Cox Plate winner headline an impressive catalogue for the 2019 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. In total, 786 Lots have been catalogued for the sale, which will run for the four days of March 3-6, and is now available to view online.

The Melbourne Premier Sale has produced some of Australia’s best racetrack performers of the past 12 months including Group 1-winning two-year-olds Written By (Blue Diamond Stakes) and Seabrook (Champagne Stakes), exciting three-year-old colt Ringerdingding, while the four-time Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane was bought from Rosemont Stud for just $80,000 from Inglis Premier in 2014 by Troy Corstens and Justin Bahen of Flemington Bloodstock.

The 2019 Premier catalogue is filled with quality and features siblings to 73 Stakes winners – including eight Group 1 winners – such as Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time, Melbourne Cup winner Shocking, Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker and Champagne Stakes winner Seabrook.
There are also progeny of 84 Stakes-winning mares including Group 1 winners Universal Queen, Bel Mer, In The Gold, Linky Dink, Quintessential and Shuaily.

In total there are 120 sires represented in the catalogue including Victorian sires Written Tycoon, Toronado, Magnus, Brazen Beau, Street Boss, Fighting Sun, Artie Schiller, Jimmy Creed and Reward For Effort. There are also 22 First Season Sires – including Trust In A Gust, Jabali, Nostradamus, Ready for Victory and Rich Enuff.

The leading vendor’s by numbers are Supreme Thoroughbreds with 44 entries ahead of Maluka Thoroughbreds (31), Blue Gum Farm (30), Erinvale Thoroughbreds (27) and Rosemont Stud (25).

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian was thrilled with the depth of the catalogue.

“The breeders and vendors have shown outstanding support by backing the Premier Yearling Sale yet again and for that we are, as always, extremely grateful,” Vivian said.

“This sale has produced some outstanding horses in recent times and I have no doubt there are many more like them among the 2019 catalogue.

The 2019 Premier Yearling Sale will be held at a new-look Oaklands complex, which is undergoing $8 million dollars’ worth of renovations, which will make it one of the best auction houses in the world.

“The Oaklands renovation is coming along nicely and everybody will see the stunning new-look development at Premier next year.”

Additionally, Inglis is offering a $500,000 Blue Diamond Bonus split equally between catalogued vendor and supplier if a yearling sold at the 2019 Melbourne Premier Sale wins the 2020 Blue Diamond Stakes.

Melbourne Racing Club CEO Josh Blanksby described the new Blue Diamond Bonus as “a great incentive for breeders encouraging talent retention within this great racing state of Victoria’’.

“The Ladbrokes Blue Diamond Stakes continues to go from strength to strength, just this week confirming a record 1688 nominations for the 2019 race,’’ Blanksby said.

“We look forward to seeing a wealth of home-bred talent nominated this time next year and thank Inglis for their continued support of racing at Caulfield.

The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale will be held at Oaklands Junction from Sunday March 3 until Wednesday March 6, 2019.

Hard copy catalogues are available now. To request a catalogue, please email catalogue@inglis.com.au or call Inglis Melbourne on +61 3 9333 1422.

Partnership opportunity: Swettenham to acquire the world’s best bloodlines

Swettenham Stud

Some of the world’s best broodmares and bloodlines could soon be heading to Victoria with Adam Sangster currently at the Tattersalls sale in the UK before heading to Arqana in France.

Recognising current international breeding trends and striving to expand bloodlines available to Victorian breeders, Sangster is travelling to the world’s finest breeding sales to bring home distinguished and proven pedigrees.

“We are aware of how well these bloodlines mate to our Victorian stallions at home and taking advantage of a realistic market, these highly sought-after European families are available at a genuine price,” Sangster said,

“We are partnering with some of the best bloodstock agents in the world to ensure that we come home with a diverse selection of high-quality breeding stock that represent great value.”

“We are excited to introduce black type and blue hen bloodlines into the local breeding pool. We want to support the Victorian breeding community and will send the international sourced mare to the best commercial Victorian stallion mating available to achieve the best outcome.”

To become involved in this breeding and racing opportunity, Sangster is encouraging investment from Victorian breeders at all levels.

“We will be offering partnership opportunities in the breeding and/or racing group as a whole or in individual horses. A breeder can become involved in the concept with up to 25% shares in individual horses, while others may take a broader approach in a package of quality fillies & mares. We can accommodate all budgets and encourage people join us in this global breeding opportunity and share the ride,” Sangster said.

Sangster is currently attending Tattersalls December Mare Sale from the 3rd to the 6th of December. Widely regarded as one of the world’s best international bloodstock sales, it combines the best of British and Irish breeding stock with significant drafts from throughout Europe.

Sangster will then head over to France to attend the Arqana Breeding Stock Sale in Deauville on the 8-11th of December. This sale presents fillies and mares with the finest French flat racing bloodlines. Horses bought at Arqana’s Breeding Stock Sale have shone at the highest level throughout the 2018 racing season, including Group 1 winners in the US and Japan.

To register your interest, please contact Sam Matthews at Swettenham Stud on 0487 851 572 or email adam@swettenham.com.au

Eagle swoops for Master Of Design

Lakeshore Eagle (South China Morning Post)

By Karl Patterson

Master Of Design broke new ground last week when Lakeshore Eagle became the first horse out of the new Conghua training centre to win on debut in Hong Kong.

He responded to a rails-hugging ride by Dougie Whyte to scoot through and score by a half-length in the Jedburgh Hcp (1200m) at Happy Valley.  He looks a nice type and a useful prospect for trainer Chris So and first-time owner Danny Chiang Ping.

Lakeshore Eagle has been with So for seven months which included a stint at Conghua, the multi-billion facility which is now an integral part of the Hong Kong racing environment.

“I thought he would run well and wasn’t surprised when he won,” So said.  “We’ve spent a lot of time on this horse – he just needed to develop.  I didn’t want to rush him, it’s not my style.”

The Master Of Design 4yo was initially sold for $75,000 by Basinghall Farm (as agent) at the 2016 Melbourne Premier yearling sale to Price Bloodstock.  He won trials at Pakenham and Cranbourne before moving off-shore in March.

Lakeshore Eagle was bred by Tony Stevens and John Cappellin and is the first winner for Rose Syrah (Testa Rossa).  She was trained by Tony Noonan to win a Rivette Series Final at Flemington and was also placed in a G3 Eclipse Stakes at Sandown

Master Of Design has endowed his 3yo filly Designer Maid with enough speed to go through the classes and she can win again at Newcastle this Saturday.  She scored an easy front-running victory on her home track last month for local trainer Kris Lees.

Designer Maid means a lot to Lees and he believes there are city wins ahead.  She’s the last foal of Homegrown, a Snippets mare bred by his parents Max and Vicki Lees.

Lees prepares her for Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell who managed the syndicate that raced Master Of Design to a Group 1 career-highlight in the 2012 T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick.

In New Zealand, Master Of Design stakes performer The Mitigator is on track for another black-type strike at Ellerslie over the Xmas – New Year holidays.

The Peter McKay-trained miler was a first-up winner of the Wealleans Hcp at Te Rapa and was then runner-up in the Tauranga Hcp a fortnight ago.  He was game in defeat with a short-neck covering the placegetters.

“He’s an easy horse to handle but it took a while to work him out,” McKay said.  “I just sprint him up before each race now and he doesn’t blow a match out.”

The Mitigator will target the Dunstan Feeds 1500 Championship Final on Boxing Day or the Group 2 Rich Hill Mile in January.

Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) stands at Greta West Stud for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee alongside King Of Prussia (Anabaa).

Among his yearlings for sale next year is the first foal of winning Hard Spun mare Taspinar entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March.  The brown colt has been catalogued as Lot 770 by Stonehouse Thoroughbreds as agent for Bridsan Bloodstock’s Brian Coyle