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Woodside Park Stud’s Written Tycoon tops the day

Rich Enuff (Woodside)

Woodside Park Stud’s Victorian Champion stallion Written Tycoon has topped Day Three of the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale when selling an outstanding colt for $900,000.

Written Tycoon (Woodside)

After a furious bidding battle, with multiple parties keen to land the yearling, leading bloodstock agent James Harron and Shadwell’s Angus Gold secured the top seller of the day, with the hope he would graduate into a Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Golden Slipper winner like Capitalist before retiring to stud.

Capitalist was sold on the Gold Coast and is a son of Woodside Park’s star resident sire Written Tycoon, also another Magic Millions Yearling Sale purchase.

“He’s a really nice colt,” Harron said of Lot 624. “He’s got such a laid-back attitude. He’s very well bodied. You would have seen him walk around the ring – there’s a lot of quality about the horse. It looks like he will be early and we’re delighted to get him.”

“Like Capitalist, he looks precocious – very mature, forward and strong, so hopefully he can get up and run early as well,” Harron added.

The colt was offered by Milburn Creek, as agent, and is the third foal of the twice Adelaide stakes-winning Blevic mare Golden Penny.

Written Tycoon x Golden Penny goes through the ring (Twitter)

James Price, General Manager at Woodside Park Stud was not surprised that it was Harron that won the bidding war for the most anticipated lot at the sale by the stallion.

“James Harron has been a big supporter of Written Tycoon and again dipped in this year. We know that he purchased Capitalist, and from what James buys, Written Tycoons are really built that way,” he said.

“They’ve got great muscle tone, great hips, great balance and depth and are really well-boned horses. As you know he gets sharp two-year-olds and this sale has built its reputation on that  stock.”

Off the back of Capitalist’s brilliant two-year-old season and Group 1 wins from Music Magnate and Luna Rossa (NZ), Written Tycoon’s stud fee at Woodside Park jumped from $19,800 in 2015 to $49,500 in 2016, the year this crop of yearlings was conceived.

Price said the fact that Written Tycoon was averaging $292,000 for his 40 lots sold at the Gold Coast as compared to $279,000 for 23 lots in total last year, was attributable to the greater demand for him, which led to better quality mares.

“With the big jump in service fee, from the year that these mares were covered. It’s probably the first crop of really strong female pedigree,” Price said.

“I would suspect that the racehorses coming out of this crop will be at another level again from what we have seen from Written Tycoon. He’s getting to the later years of his stud career, but I think we are going to see the best racehorses from now on.”

Even with the jump in service fee that year – Written Tycoon now stands for $110,000 – the strong average price is a significant reward for breeders, according to Price.

“We’re tremendously excited about the returns that breeders have got from the Written Tycoon’s at this sale. We’ve had 40 yearlings sell at a clearance of 95% with an average of $292,000. It’s a tremendous reward for breeders who supported him. So, we are delighted for everyone across the board.”  

Harron certainly makes no secret of his opinion of the Woodside Park stallion and agreed with Price that the best of his stock was yet to come.

“He’s a stallion that has done it the hard way. He’s built his way up from a small fee. It’s always a great sign. The mare quality comes, and the key breeders come, and they work out what they need to get that result. It’s something that keeps building and you’d expect him to keep building as well,” he said.

The previous highest lot by Written Tycoon was the $750,000 Jadeskye Racing paid for the final Lot (530) on Day 2 of the sale, while there was another purchase of $650,000 on Friday for Lot 575 by B K Racing and Breeding. There were further purchases of $660,000 (Lot 49) and $650,000 (Lot 376) earlier in the sale.

The $900,000 that Harron paid was the second most ever for a Written Tycoon yearling, who before this week had only ever sold two yearlings for over $650,000.

Both Price and Harron also credited the jump to the desirability of his colts as possible stallion prospects. Rich Enuff became the first son of Written Tycoon to have his progeny at a yearling sale this week and the early signs are positive. Winning Rupert and Capitalist’s first crop will feature at next year’s sales.

“We’ve seen the success of his son in Rich Enuff and in more seasons to come, his sons like Capitalist and Winning Rupert. That sire line is hopefully going to carry on,” Price said.

“Especially now that we have seen the colts syndicates getting together and buying. They identify Written Tycoon as a sire of sires who gets 2-year-olds. A good-looking colt by Written Tycoon, got the right attention from all the big guys from around the country and internationally.”

While it was Written Tycoon’s first son at stud, the Woodside Park stallion, Rich Enuff also provided excellent results in the ring, with his $150,000 average almost 11 times his first-year service fee of $13,750.

Rich Enuff could lay claim to Australia’s Leading First Season Sire prize after day two of the 2019 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, with a top price achieved of $300,000 for Glenlogan Park Stud’s Lot 131, a colt out of a Show Of Heart half-sister to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Mitanni, that was knocked down to Andrew Williams Bloodstock and B K Racing and Breeding.
 Rich Enuff other yearlings included Lot 217 sold to international breeding and racing organisation Phoenix Thoroughbreds for $170,000, while Glenlogan Park Stud’s Lot 169, was secured for $110,000 by Edmonds Racing and 2 K Thoroughbreds.

Woodside Park Stud’s Lot 381, a bay filly out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Balsamico, from the family of Group 1 winner D’Argento and Sizzling as well as Written Tycoon’s own Group 3 winner Written Dash was knocked down for $200,000 to Ryan Balfour Racing.

Victoria’s Brazen Beau Tops Book Two on Gold Coast

Grant Morgan inspecting yearlings (Twitter)

A lovely filly by Darley Northwood’s exciting first season sire Brazen Beau has topped Book Two of the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Offered by Goodwood Farm as Lot 1002, the filly was purchased by Gold Coast-based bloodstock agent Grant Morgan through his Ontrack Thoroughbreds operation for $230,000.

Lot 1002 Brazen Beau x Iriomote (Magic Millions)
Brazen Beau Top Lot of Book 2 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale (Twitter)

It’s not surprising that Morgan is a big fan of the exciting young stallion as he purchased and syndicated Brazen Beau as a yearling, who went on to an illustrious career under Chris Waller’s management with Group 1 success in the Coolmore Stud Stakes and the Newmarket Handicap.

He subsequently ventured to England and finished runner-up in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Ascot to earn himself a spot on the competitive Darley stallion roster.

The sale-topping filly is the third foal of the Sydney and Melbourne winning Exceed and Excel mare Iriomote, who is out of the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes winner Brom Felinity

(Encosta de Lago), a sister to the Group 1 Australian Guineas winner and sire Delago Brom.

“I thought she was a real two-year-old type, and although we paid a little bit more than I expected to, being a strong market and we really liked the filly,” Morgan said. “I haven’t brought many earlier types before but this filly looks a great chance to be here in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic next year.”

A $40,000 purchase by Jazcom Thoroughbreds at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale, the Goodwood Farm- consigned filly is bred on the same cross as the current Golden Slipper favourite Tassort.

“I formed a group of clients to purchase a horse for leading Gold Coast trainer Toby Edmonds and this is the filly that fitted the bill,” Morgan added.

Among six yearling purchases on the Gold Coast, Morgan also paid $220,000 on Thursday for a Brazen Beau half-brother to Group 1 All Aged Stakes winner Tivaci (High Chaparral), who is now on Waikato Stud’s stallion roster in New Zealand.

Additionally, Godolphin secured the Brazen Beau offered as Lot 474 for $675,000 during Book 1. This colt was consigned by Amarina Farm and was bred by Victoria’s Dr C Gliddon.

The Victorian-based Brazen Beau led the averages for those with three or more sales with $136,667 with Dissident second on $108,333.

It’s a wrap – Three Bridges hits 100% again on the coast

The Three Bridges team (Twitter)

“Surround yourself with the dreamers & the doers, the believers & thinkers, but most of all surround yourself with those who see greatness within you! Wonderful team & loyal clients who have supported us again! 100% clearance for our 6th consecutive year.” – Three Bridges on Twitter.

That sums up another wonderful sale for the loyal and dedicated team at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

“All the horses sold to their capacity, and best thing was that we had return buyers, including Dave Seldon from Pamsel Investments. They have a company called Performance Horse Nutrition and really believe in our product as they bought four from us last year, and they came back to buy another two this year,” Toby Liston said.

While other yearlings presented by Three Bridges sold to good judges Sheamus Mills, the now Victorian based Lloyd Kennewell, Star Thoroughbreds and Triple Crown Syndications.

“Our loyal clients Barry & Jan McRostie bought our best filly last year, and they purchased our best filly again this year, the Brazen Beau out of Nixon, who has returned home with us.”

“We put a lot of effort into selecting our draft to ensure there is a buyer for every horse. We target the yearlings that the market wants, as it is a long way to bring one home,” Liston said.

But it wasn’t just at the sales that they were succeeding, as their yearling graduate Mr Markou by their former stallion, Stryker stormed home in the Magic Millions Country Cup.

Mr Markou Storms Home in Country Cup (Ben Currie Twitter)

“Last year we had two seconds on the big day with Secret Trail and Sedanzer, so it was great to get a winner. We had some very good stakes horses off the farm last year, and all our clients are coming back to buy another potential stakes horse this year.”

Trained by Daniel Griffin, Mr Markou defied his 100-1 starting price to win Saturday’s $250,000 Frizelle Sunshine Magic Millions Country Cup over 1200metres on the Gold Coast.
The five-year-old was slow to begin and settled near the rear but powered late under an inspired steer from local jockey Griffin, who was delighted to win his only ride for the day.

“We came out of (barrier) 13 and he reared at the start and missed the kick so I had to go back and ride him for luck. We got the breaks and got the split at the end and the rest is history,” Griffin said.

Originally purchased by McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $160,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by Three Bridges Thoroughbred’s, the son of Stryker is out of the Reset mare Live In Black. His grand dam, Piglet’s Gold is the quality producer of stakes winners Live In Vein and Snort.

A magic sale for Victoria’s Macedon Park

Macedon Park bred Redouble wins the $1million MM Cup (Breednet)

Boutique Victorian breeder Grant Sheldon from Macedon Park has had plenty of reason to celebrate 24 hours of Magic Millions action on the Gold Coast. 

Situated at the foothills of Mt Macedon, they originally owned the mare and were responsible for designing the mating that produced both the top lot on day three, Lot 624, the Written Tycoon x Golden Penny colt and the $1 million RL Magic Millions Cup winner, Redouble.

Golden Penny was purchased by Belmont Bloodstock Agency’s Damon Gabbedy for $270,000 carrying the colt at the 2017 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

“We first sent her to Helmet, then to Zoustar and then sold her in foal. She topped the sale and was knocked down to Belmont Bloodstock on behalf of John Baxter, who is a shareholder in Sebring. Golden Penny has produced a Sebring colt this season.”

With Redouble, we picked out his dam Special Mission and designed the mating by making the decision to send Special Mission to the Hunter Valley to Redoute’s Choice.

Macedon Park Principal, Grant Sheldon was thrilled to get those two results, being only small breeders that foal six to eight mares a year.

“Our current band of mares are stakes winner, performers or producers of stakes performers, so we focus on a high class of mare.”

“What Macedon Park does is owns the mares, sends them to the best commercial mating, foals them down with renowned nursery Supreme Thoroughbreds locally in Romsey, and then bring them home at 45 days positive with a healthy foal at foot.”

“My wife and I then grow them out until they are ready to return to Supreme to go into either their weanling or yearling sales preparation to be sold for hopefully, a commercial return”

“We would have been one of Brent and Adrianne’s first clients, post Eliza Park days and have formed a strong professional relationship and friendship over the ten years we have worked together. It will be sure to continue for many more years to come,” Sheldon said.

Loyal to the Victorian breeding industry, Macedon Park, having used Torryburn Stud in the past to foal down mares covered in the Hunter Valley, have now relocated all their mares back to Victoria.  

“This was strongly influenced by the strength of the VOBIS scheme, as we wanted to make the most the best breeding scheme going around and we wanted to maximise the benefits and our returns.”

“We heavily breed to Victorian sires, as long as they offer a commercial mating, and a live foal guarantee. We have mares in foal to Sun Stud’s Palentino and Fighting Sun, Darley’s Helmet, Impending and Street Boss, Swettenham’s Toronado and this year we sent one of our better mares to first season sire Inference at Chatswood Stud.”

“We certainly don’t always get it right but the results of the past 24 hours from relatively limited numbers give us a deep sense of satisfaction that our broodmare and mating selection criteria are at least barking up the right trees.”

“You never stop learning from mistakes, especially with horses, and I am a great believer in fate. Although if we had kept them both, it would have been $1.5 million, we breed to sell, that’s what we do.”

And as breeders, the Sheldon’s will still benefit from Redouble’s win, having his dam on farm.

“Secret Mission foaled a stunning Palentino colt this season for Macedon Park that now has a solid black type sibling on his page.”

“We want to thank the support from good judges like Brett Howard of Randwick Bloodstock, whom helped us buy both Golden Penny and Special Mission and Damon Gabbedy of Belmont Bloodstock whom has helped us with many mating’s and whom, coincidentally, purchased Golden Penny off us for her current owners. As well as our sales vendors Supreme Thoroughbreds and Torryburn Stud.”

The Sheldon’s have also raced Bletchingly Stakes and Regal Roller Stakes runner-up Platinum Rocker, while Melbourne Cup contender, Rose Of Virginia has now retired to their broodmare band at their Macedon Ranges based farm. 

Spendthrift Australia secures potential Victorian stallion prospects

Lot 117 Zoustar x Shakeira colt goes through the ring (Twitter)

After a busy two weeks inspecting yearlings on the Gold Coast, the Victorian-based and US-owned Spendthrift Australia purchased Lot 117, a colt by champion first season sire Zoustar (Northern Meteor) yesterday for $900,000.

General Manager of Spendthrift Australia, Garry Cuddy knew the competition on him would be fierce as he was “a good-looking horse, a standout.”

“We had him down as the best Zoustar colt at the sale, and when young stallions are going as well as Zoustar, you have got to dig deep into your pockets and hope you end up with the horse that you want,” Cuddy said. “We are very happy to have him in the stable.”

“There were plenty of good judges on him, so congratulations to the people who purchased him as a weanling because they have turned a good profit on him.”

A possible addition to the Spendthrift’s Victorian stallion roster, it was encouraging to see studs investing in the Victorian breeding industry.

“Each year we attend the yearling sales and we aim to buy horses that are first of all, the right physical type to be a racehorse, and then we take into account their pedigrees and evaluate their appeal as a Stallion should all go to plan. This sale we have walked away with high quality colts that are by stallions that are producing the future stallion prospects.”

The Zoustar colt is the third foal out of American Listed-winning mare Shakeira (Freud), with the US element of his pedigree adding extra appeal for Spendthrift Australia’s stallion shuttle plans.

Shakeira was sold in foal to Zoustar for $90,000 to Kingstar Farm’s Matthew Sandblom at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale from the draft of Widden Stud. The resultant weanling was bought for $310,000 at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale.

An imposing type, the Zoustar colt would have international appeal on a reverse shuttle basis as not only is he a well-credentialed Australian stallion, but he would also be attractive to American breeders with his strong female US pedigree.

“The exciting part about buying horses out of the American mares is that there is a lot of blood on that page that we don’t have here. Zoustar has got a little bit of Danehill in him, but not too much, which is great,” he said.

Spendthrift picked up five yearlings from the Gold Coast including another Zoustar colt, Lot 816 for $550,000, that Cuddy also complimented on type and looks out of the Testa Rossa mare, Miss Lombardi. A colt by Written Tycoon out of Lady Dynamo from Sledmere Stud and a Medaglia d’Oro colt out of Curtana from Hesket Bloodstock.

“No decision has been made on who will train our purchases. We like to break them in and see how many we have bought, before we decide on their future plans.”

Kennewell and Becker fly the Victorian flag

Mat Becker's Group 1 Bloodstock helps secure lot 869 at the Magic Millions Yearling sale (Magic Millions)

The 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale certainly didn’t take long to get into stride when Lot 10 – a Medaglia d’Oro colt – sold for $1,000,000 in a record-breaking first session but the top lot of Book 1 was not till late Saturday night, when the I Am Invincible colt from Group winning Oakleigh Girl was knocked down to the now Victorian based trainer Lloyd Kennewell, Victorian agent Mat Becker’s Group 1 Bloodstock, Ozzie Kheir and Aquis Farm for $1,700,000.

Lloyd had to wait patiently during the Book 1 sessions, as he had inspected the colt seven days earlier, according to Mat Becker.

“I’ve known Lloyd since we were kids and we’re doing quite a bit together bloodstock wise,” Becker reveals. “We’ve ended up with five lovely yearlings from the sale, but it was the I Am Invincible that we’d been targeting since day one.”

“I got up to the Gold Coast on Boxing Day and had already inspected every yearling in the sale, while Lloyd made a beeline to the Yarraman draft as loves the I Am Invincibles through his success with them – and not just with Viddora,” Mat Becker said.

“We compared notes, and both agreed the colt from Oakleigh Girl was the best yearling in the entire sale and knew he’d make big money. I approached (Melbourne businessman) Ozzie Kheir, who had been a part-owner of Melbourne Cup winner Protectionist and asked him if he’d be interested in coming into the syndicate. Ozzie has around half a dozen mares in Australia which I look after on his behalf and I arranged the importation of Japanese galloper, Tosen Basil, for him and Yulong Farm last year.

“Ozzie is really starting to build up his yearling portfolio in Australia and was keen to take a share, while the rest of the colt will be taken up by Aquis Farm, and a few of mine and Lloyd’s long-time clients.

“Anyway, by the time he entered the ring we had enough firepower to get the colt, but it’s bloody nerve-wracking all the same!”

With its January dates, the Gold Coast Magic Millions has long been regarded the litmus test for Australia’s sales season and it was particularly encouraging to see so many international buyers on the front line.

“It was an immensely encouraging sale,” Aushorse CEO Tom Reilly enthused. “The official list shows purchases from Hong Kong (the ‘busiest’ with 33 yearlings), USA, United Kingdom, New Zealand, China, Japan, Singapore and Malaysia, but that doesn’t necessarily reflect those purchases by local trainers on behalf of international clients.

“We’ve worked hard on getting the message out to the northern hemisphere on the benefits of buying Australian-bred horses and it’s literally paid off in droves over the past week.

“Overseas buyers are definitely seeing the advantages … prizemoney in Australia has increased by a whopping 92% over the last 10 years – the greatest lift for any racing region in the world – while there is now $55 million available annually through sales or breeding scheme related bonuses.

“Aside from races like the $13 million The Everest, the Melbourne Cup and Golden Slipper, there are 52 races worth a million or greater, while eight of those are restricted to 2YOs.

“And perhaps the most interesting statistic for those million-dollar youngsters throughout the sale, is that in the past five years nearly 70 locally-bred colts have gone to stud in Australia and New Zealand at a fee of $10,000 or more.”

“Take Merchant Navy for instance. Purchased for $350,000 (2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale) he won the sire-making Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes here, went over to Royal Ascot and beat the best sprinters in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee and now he’s a multimillion-dollar shuttler.”

Interstate treble for Greta West graduates

Clarice Cliff's owners after winning at Geelong (Racing Photos)

Clarice Cliffs completed a holiday treble for Greta West Stud graduates with a promising first-up victory at Geelong last week.

The Greg Eurell-trained mare started a $1.35 favourite and, as expected, controlled the Charles Rose Handicap (1140m) from the front-end under Nikita Beriman.  She had opened her first prep with a win at Sale in August and then finished second at Sandown before going out for a spell.

Clarice Cliffs (Canford Cliffs) is raced by a Hancox Bloodstock syndicate and was an $8,000 buy at the 2016 Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.  “She’s back!” Eurell declared.  “She demolished that Sale field on debut and certainly has some get up and go.”

Her dam No Vanity (Keep The Faith) foaled a colt by Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (Ire) at Greta West in October.

 The Geelong win followed interstate strikes by Disruptive (Perth) and Free Of Debt (Adelaide).

Disruptive (Reset) improved his record to 5 wins in 14 starts at Ascot on January 5.  He cost $80,000 at the 2016 Melbourne Premier Sale for owners Chris Wells and Bill Andrews.

He was eye-balled in front and kept kicking to win in a blanket finish to the Ascend Sales Hcp (1100m).  “He’s always there or thereabouts and was up against a good field today,” Wells said.  “It was terrific ride by Paul (Harvey) to stack them up and fight them off.”

Disruptive’s NZ-bred dam Lady Phoebe (Stravinsky) won twice at Sandown for Robbie Laing and Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy bred her back to Reward For Effort in September. 

Trainer Chris Bieg has entered Free of Debt to continue the winning run this Saturday.  The two-year-old colt by Unencumbered is Super VOBIS qualified and has been nominated for Flemington and Morphettville.

Free of Debt won on debut at Morphettville on Christmas Eve in a performance that belied a drift in betting.  He led them up and responded to a perfectly-timed Jake Toeroek ride for a narrow victory in the Alan Sarjent two-year-old Plate (1050m).

“Jake is happy to get out of bed to ride this bloke…he loves him and we do, too!” Bieg said.  “He trialled super and the only concern was the 1050m could be a bit short. He’s like an old stager at home but turns up on race day.  He’s a progressive colt and has got a future once he gets up to 1400m to 1600m.”

Free of Debt was knocked down for $30,000 at the 2018 Adelaide Magic Millions.  His dam Stagerush (Giant’s Causeway) has a filly on the ground at Greta West by resident sire Master Of Design.

Article courtesy of Thoroughbred Express.

O’Tauto shines for O’Lonhro

O'Tauto wins at Flemington (Racing Photos)

Half way down the famed Flemington straight, the good-looking bay still had several lengths to make up. Supporters of the short-priced favourite were feeling a bit nervous, especially as the leader gave a nice little kick.

But the bay changed legs, pinned his ears back and lengthened his impressive stride – and the horse considered by many to be the good thing of the day was in front where it counted, putting his nose out on the line.

It was just start number four for the exciting Greg Eurell trained three-year-old O’Tauto who had created such a fine impression saluting in determined fashion at his Cranbourne debut last winter.

Going close stepping straight up to BM70 level at Flemington next time out, O’Tauto was given to mature and – having caught the eye with a gallant second at that same track first up – it was little wonder that he was so strongly fancied in Saturday’s Furlong Bar Handicap.

Settling back in a race not really run to suit, O’Tauto did a fair bit wrong – at different times in the race wanting to get on the bit, then off it – then on again… “at first he settled beautifully,” Damien Oliver reported, noting that at other times he was inclined to want to charge a bit.

And then into the straight O’Tauto was a little too relaxed with plenty to do – but when asked for his effort he found in the style of a good horse.

“He just kept responding,” Oliver said, adding that “he is still learning but he is putting together a good record – he can really hit the line.”

Greg Eurell agreed… “I was starting to get a little bit worried at the turn but he is such a laid back horse, he is still so new at the caper and he has got a lot to learn – but he can really put in the big ones when he needs to.”

“He is such a laconic horse at home,” he continued, “nothing fazes him.”

Proud owner/breeder Neville Murdoch of Larneuk Stud – home to O’Tauto’s much undervalued sire O’Lonhro – has been excited by the young horse from very early days.

“He was a nice foal who has always had that bit of presence,” he said.

“He can do amazing things at home, once he lets go he really does have an enormous stride and I think we are yet to see the best of him.”

Eurell is also confident that there is much more to come – “racing is only going to improve him and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do up 1600m.”

Of course, there is a lovely race over that very trip coming up – the Australian Guineas one possibility for O’Tauto; a race won by his great great grandsire Zabeel back in 1990!

But nothing is set in stone as yet – “we will sit down and map out a programme for him,”

Eurell said, adding that O’Tauto will be all the better as he matures; “he is going to grow into a lovely four-year-old,” he said.

The third winner in two days for O’Lonhro (the consistent performers Moving On Up and Mr Bellagio both successful on Friday, O’Tauto is the first Larneuk Stud bred foal for the lightly raced winning Strategic mare Taut.

Having noticed that O’Lonhro’s sire Lonhro was doing a good job with mares by Night Shift, Murdoch was keen to secure Taut whose dam is by that well related stallion. And it took only $800 to make her part of the Larneuk Stud broodmare band!

Having produced lovely fillies by O’Lonhro’s past and present stud-mates Ilovethiscity and Cluster, Taut is back in foal to O’Lonhro who Murdoch continues to support with such nice mares as Faiza (Gr.3 Blue Diamond Prelude) as well as the multiple city winners Flying Empress and Go Missy.

“O’Lonhro continues to do the job despite limited opportunities,” Murdoch said, always proud of the achievements of one of his favourite stallions.

For further information on O’Lonhro who stands alongside Cluster, Honorius and Wolf Cry contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706 or visit

A story by Kristen Manning

Scott eyes black type for I Am Someone

I Am Someone wins at Flemington (Racing Photos)

Victorian breeder Brad Scott and close mate and trainer Paul Preusker are aiming high with emerging sprinter I Am Someone (Onemorenomore) following the gelding’s impressive two and a quarter length victory at Flemington last Saturday.

Scott was ecstatic on course, even a little bit speechless following the brilliant win of his first homebred, affectionately nicknamed Elmo.

“He looked so comfortable out in front that I could actually enjoy the race. We have been patient with him and we are just rapt that he could show everyone what he has really got. We knew he was a serious horse, but to see that at Flemington was just incredible.”

“Full credit to the Preusker stable; Paul has done a brilliant job with him, and what a ride by Freddy. I also want to thank his strapper Nelly who works with him every day. She rides all his trackwork and they have developed a very special bond.”

“Since Paul decided that Nelly and Elmo need to be together on race day, Elmo is now much more relaxed in the mounting yard and the tie up stalls. It has made a significant difference, as he knows he is safe in her hands and doesn’t get too worked up pre-race.”

“The powerful way that he won carrying 59.5kg was brave, and he was only .3 seconds outside the open handicap race, where the winner only lumped 54kg. It certainly suggests that he will be competitive in black-type races in the future.”

Although the Perth based owners could not be on track, they were straight on the phone to Scott and over the moon about the win.

“We all turned down a rather large amount of money for him to head overseas, and now we are going through this turnkey approach, so this race helps justify keeping him.”

The four-year-old son of Onemorenomore, out of the Mossman mare, Vanity Sky has produced two great Stryker colts since Elmo for Scott.

“The two-year-old is in work with Paul and looks promising, and the yearling will be offered at the Inglis VOBIS Gold sale. She has foaled a great Rebel Raider colt this season, but due to the late arrival, she will have a year off breeding.”

I Am Someone will be freshened-up and with the victory elevating the sprinter’s rating to 77, Presuker said he would endeavour to raise it even further over the coming months to secure starts in lucrative black-type races going forward.

“I was a bit worried how he’d come through the run on a firm track, but he’s pulled up super which just goes to show how versatile he is. He even went for a swim the next day as he was so full of himself.”

“He’s tougher than Ned Kelly – if you’re going to go to war with a horse, he’s the one I’d be taking,” Presuker said.

Stakes options for I Am Someone in Melbourne may include the Listed Bob Hoysted Handicap (1000m) at Flemington and the Listed Abell Stakes (1200m) at The Valley while longer term, the Group 3 R.N. Irwan Stakes (1100m) and the Group 3 D.C. Mackay Stakes (1100m) during Adelaide’s autumn carnival could come onto the radar.

Racing Victoria and The Victorian Wakeful Club celebrate women in racing

Last year’s nominees for The Lady in Racing award (Racing Photos)

Racing Victoria (RV) will once again partner with The Victorian Wakeful Club to profile and celebrate women that have made an outstanding contribution to racing through the esteemed Lady of Racing Award.

The Lady of Racing Award, established in 1993 by The Victorian Wakeful Club, recognises females who have played a significant role in the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

Won in 2018 by Amanda Elliott, the first female Chairman of the Victoria Racing Club, the award includes a number of impressive alumni including Melbourne Cup winning jockey, Michelle Payne and Principal of Yallambee Stud, Christine Woodard.

This year’s winner will be announced at the annual Lady of Racing Award Luncheon on International Women’s Day, Friday 8 March 2019, at the iconic Flemington Racecourse.

“We are delighted to once again support The Victorian Wakeful Club on this year’s Lady of Racing Award,” said Racing Victoria CEO Giles Thompson.

“Racing Victoria’s vision is to achieve Racing for All and we are dedicated to ensuring women have the same opportunities to thrive, feel safe and be included in our industry as are their male counterparts.

“The Lady of Racing Award recognises and commends the achievements of females in our industry across all facets, whether riding, training, owning or in administration, and we are thrilled to be able to showcase the stars of our sport and hopefully inspire others to follow in their footsteps,” Thompson said.

“As the premier club for women in racing, The Victorian Wakeful Club is delighted to once again have Racing Victoria on board as our major sponsor for this prestigious event,” said Christine Downing, President of The Victorian Wakeful Club.

“The reputation of this event is growing every year and as we celebrate the Silver Anniversary of the presentation of the Lady of Racing Award, we also recognise all those women who play such an important role within the racing industry.

“We welcome nominations for any woman who has a connection to the industry, and who meets the selection criteria.”

Candidates can now be nominated on The Victorian Wakeful Club’s website, with the winner selected by a panel compromising of Victorian Wakeful Club members as well as key decision makers and executives from the Victorian racing industry.

If you know an outstanding female in the industry, nominate them at

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A media release from Racing Victoria

Victorian Victories

Well done Victoria with these brilliant Book 1 MM stats!

Starcraft colt Hong Kong bound

The only Starcraft (Soviet Star) yearling in the Magic Million sale is heading to Hong Kong where the Rosemont Stud-based sire continues to prove successful, after being bought for $150,000 on Sunday.

Lot 910 Starcraft x Aurism colt (Magic Millions)

Catalogued as Lot 910 and purchased by Bridle Bloodstock’s Apollo Ng, the Magic Millions debut vendor, Victoria’s Tammy and Rod Notman’s Northmore Thoroughbreds-consigned colt is the ninth foal out of Aurism (Gold Fever), herself a winner of two races and the dam of four winners.

Northmore’s Tammy and Rodney Notman

“This colt is the only Starcraft colt in the sale, he has clean x-rays and I also like his walk and, most importantly, I reckon he’s got plenty of ability.

“He has a very high success rate in Hong Kong. There are a lot of top- liners and a lot of them can handle both Sha Tin and Happy Valley.

“Being the only Starcraft, we didn’t mind paying a bit of money for him.”

The colt will be sent to Muskoka Farm in New South Wales to be broken in before being sent to Hong Kong, with a decision on a trainer yet to be made.

Riverbank Farm lights up with a Gold Star

A wide trip did little to stop the Victorian bred favourite Gold Star (Redente) from coming out on tops in the S$75,000 Restricted maiden race over 1200 metres last night.

A flying third at his debut in a restricted maiden race over 1000 metres on December 2, the three-year-old by Riverbanks’s Farm stallion Redente (Redoute’s Choice) looked to have his work cut out when he coursed out three for most of the way.

But when jockey Michael Rodd set him alight at the 400m, there were no prizes for guessing where the thicker end of the prize- money was going.

Plotting the wide path right through into the straight, he unleashed a powerful turn of foot to collar Diamond King (Kuroshio) at the 250 metres before pulling away towards an easy length and a half win.

Rodd said that the Gold Stable-owned Victorian-bred looked a forlorn hope after such a torrid journey, but his class saw him through. “He did not have the best of runs as he was three deep the whole way. Normally he would be in trouble, but he’s a fit horse and he’s got class.”

Trainer Brown said he was expecting a good run from Gold Star following his promising debut.  “He’s probably a seven-furlong horse but we’ll take it quietly with him and see where it ends up.”

Sullivan’s broodmare band hits the boards at the MM

The windfall from a $20 punting plan has been transformed into a successful breeding business for popular former racing official and avid Victorian based breeder Julian Sullivan.

Jullian Sullivan (Twitter)

When an I Am Invincible colt (Lot 518) made $900,000 on Day 3 of the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale it capped not only a remarkable recent run of success for Sullivan and his wife Julie but provided a connection to the mare that started it all.

Lot 518 I Am Invincible x Devoirs (Magic Millions)

“When we first got married, we had a large mortgage and I used to put $20 aside for betting and I built up a little bank. I built it up to nearly $20,000 and I bought Vital Curves (McGinty {NZ}) at a Ready To Run sale in New Zealand,” Sullivan said.

“That’s what started it all and it has certainly paid its way.”

Vital Curves won four races for the Sullivans and then produced six winners as a broodmare including Velasco (Flying Spur), another super broodmare that left five winners.

One of those winners was stakes winner Devoirs (Dehere {USA}), the dam of the $900,000 colt, who caught a significant pedigree update with the sensational recent win by full sister Jedastar at Flemington on January 1.

On Day 1 of the sale the Sullivans sold an $800,000 filly by Hinchinbrook (Lot 215) and a $200,000 filly (Lot 138) by I Am Invincible in partnership with Yarraman Park.

Sullivan, who was with Victoria Racing Club for 37 years, culminating in the CEO position, and also boss at the Western Australian Turf Club described the sale as “ecstatic” – the success well beyond our expectations.”

“We are delighted with these results and it’s fantastic because it enables us to re-invest in the (thoroughbred) industry and pursue our interest in the sport.”

Victorian vendors thrilled to fill the top 3 places with 100% sold

In a brilliant effort by the Victorian farms and breeders that travelled up to the Gold Coast, the leader board showing the three largest drafts at Magic Millions that sold every horse in the sale ring fall of the hammer and didn’t pass anything in were all Victorian.

Victorian’s that also achieved 100% sell rates after they were offered in the ring include Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

Rosemont Stud only took home three yearlings out of an outstanding draft of 26 on offer, Ampulla sold two of their three including the impressive Charm Spirit colt out of Enchanted Melody for $250,000 to Beamish Bloodstock. A nice return for a $50,000 weanling.

Kulani Park had a good sale, only bringing one home from a strong draft of six, and Yulong just a pair from an admirable debut offering.

Rosemont after Group 1 NZ Glory

The Rosemont and Baster team will make the trip across the Tasman for True Excelsior (NZ) (Exceed And Excel) in this Saturday’s Group 1 JR & N Berkett Telegraph at Trentham.

The Leon and Troy Corstens-trained mare, who will wear the Rosemont Stud red and white Gatecrasher silks, arrived in New Zealand early on Sunday morning.

Baster has ridden True Excelsior in eight of her past nine starts and was happy to continue his association with the sprinter. She was third in the Group 3 Standish Handicap at Flemington at her most recent start to confirm the tilt at the Telegraph.

True Excelsior has won two of her 19 starts and has another eight placings while her only attempt at Group 1 level was a fourth in the Sangster Stakes for fillies and mares in Adelaide last May.

True Excelsior wins at The Valley (Racing Photos)

“It’s definitely a bit left-field, but she’s going well, and I think both her runs back have been super,” Baster said. “I think she deserves her chance.

“I ran fourth on her in the Group 1 in Adelaide and she had a hard run that day. She drew wide and I was four-wide the whole way, so I thought she did a really good job. Obviously, you like to support people who support you. Rosemont have been really good to me so I’m happy to go over there and try to get a Group 1 on the mare.”

Baster won the Group 3 Geelong Cup on Runaway (Manhattan Rain) for Rosemont during last year’s Victorian spring carnival.

Riches for Woodside Park on day one of Magic Millions

The first day of the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale, proved to be a successful one for Woodside Park with Rich Enuff providing excellent results in the ring.

Rich Enuff (Woodside Park)

Always a hotly contested title, Written Tycoon’s Group 2 winning son Rich Enuff can lay claim to Australia’s Leading First Season Sire prize after day one of the 2019 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, where the chestnut’s three yearlings to sell resulted in an overall average of $193,333, with a top price achieved of $300,000 for Glenlogan Park Stud’s Lot 131, a colt out of a Show Of Heart half-sister to multiple stakes-winning sprinter Mitanni, that was knocked down to Andrew Williams Bloodstock and B K Racing and Breeding.

The $193,333 average is 14 times his first year service fee of $13,750.

Rich Enuff’s remaining two offerings on day one, Lot 217 from Woodside Park Stud’s draft sold to international breeding and racing organisation Phoenix Thoroughbreds for $170,000, while another from Glenlogan Park Stud, Lot 169, was secured for $110,000 by Edmonds Racing and 2 K Thoroughbreds.

There are a further seven lots by Rich Enuff catalogued over the next few days, including Woodside Park Stud’s Lot 381, a bay filly out of the Redoute’s Choice mare Balsamico, from the family of Group 1 winner D’Argento and Sizzling as well as Written Tycoon’s own Group 3 winner Written Dash.

One can only imagine what the rest of the sale will bring for Rich Enuff and Woodside Park, with the outstanding results that this sale has brought them already.

Article courtesy of Woodside Park

No Commission on Inglis Chairman’s Sale

Australasian breeders are the big winners with a number of changes to the commission structure of Inglis Weanling and Breeding Stock Sales Series in 2019, which will include a 0% sales commission for The Chairman’s Sale.

In a series of changes:

  • There will be no sales commission charged on the sale of race fillies and broodmares offered through The Chairman’s Sale.
  • Weanlings will no longer be part of The Chairman’s Sale but will instead form part of the opening session of the Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale.
  • There will be no commission charged on the balance over $100,000 for any weanling, race filly or broodmare offered through the Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale, as well as the Great Southern Sale.

Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales, Sebastian Hutch, believes the changes will further enhance the sales series.

“The no sales commission structure for The Chairman’s Sale represents a great opportunity to those with quality race fillies and breeding stock,” Hutch said.

“The demand for the best Australian breeding stock, from both domestic and international investors, is essentially insatiable and there has already been a significant amount of interest expressed in the Inglis Breeding Stock Sale Series for 2019, from both vendors and buyers.

“The scheduling of both the Chairman’s Sale and the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale is ideal for vendors, particularly in the case of pregnant mares who can be moved safely well in advance of the breeding season.”

Entry forms for the respective sales will be released shortly. For more information, please contact a member of the Inglis Bloodstock Team.


Thursday May 2
Day 1 of Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale (Weanlings offered)

Friday, May 3
The Chairman’s Sale (Evening Session)

Sunday May 5
Day 2 of Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale

Monday May 6
Day 3 of Australian Broodmare & Weanling Sale

Makybe bred another Jolly good show!

Jolly Banner wins at Sha Tin (South China Morning Post)

It proved to be another successful weekend for Australian-breds with the Ricky Yiu sourced and trained, Jolly Banner winning the Group Three Bauhinia Sprint Trophy over 1000m at Sha Tin last Sunday.

It was some win! Despite starting the rank outsider, Jolly Banner was squeezed at the jump and settled at the tail of the field … and was still four lengths last at the halfway point. 

Picking up the pace with 200m to go, Jolly Banner eventually ran out the winner with a panel to spare.

Now boasting a record of seven wins and 12 placings from 29 starts for $1.75 million in prizemoney, this was the first stakes victory for Jolly Banner, a 7YO gelding by Lonhro from the Jade Robbery mare, Valkyrie Diva.

Bred by Victoria’s Makybe Racing and Breeding – who is having a magic run in Hong Kong after home-bred, Mr Stunning, won the Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint in December.

Jolly Banner is a half-brother to stakes winners C’est Beau la Vie and Wales, while his Group winning dam is a half-sister to racing immortal Makybe Diva.

Jolly Banner was offered by Tyreel Stud at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to Yiu for $300,000.

Northmore’s Magic Debut

Lot 1014 from Northmore Thoroughbreds draft by Star Witness

With a select draft of four bought from the Inglis and Magic Millions weanling sales, Rod and Tammy Notman are proud to present a cleverly chosen group that will appeal to the buyers this year on the Gold Coast.

Lot 1014 is the bay colt by Star Witness out of the King Of Kings mare Kings Concubine. Bred by Phil Wells he is a tall, athletic horse. “Kevin” is striking to the eye, he is leaning more to a Saddler’s Wells type and is coupled with an impressive dam page, being related to Champion 2YO Estijabb and dual Group 1 winner Response.

Kings Concubine has produced three winners, with a current running family, including the promising Grand Jury who placed in a strong VOBIS race at Cranbourne who is in training with Gai Waterhouse.

“While I bought the Exosphere colt (Lot 162), now known as Brian, he was a good strong, and well-developed foal. He was the nicest weanling we have ever laid our eyes on and Exosphere was such a good horse himself,” Rod Notman said.

Both Tammy and Rod Notman, have prepared horses for Alan Harvey with great success for over three years, and were thrilled to claim the top lot at the Inglis VOBIS sale, who has now won his first trial will make his race track debut this Friday with great expectations for Anton Koolman.

The Notman’s make a great team, as Rod is a well-respected, master farrier that certainly knows how to choose a well-balanced and correct horse having attended to hundreds of thoroughbred foals, weanlings, yearlings throughout his career. Having shod racehorses of the calibre of Redoute’s Choice and Dash For Cash, he continues to be in demand with Victoria’s premier thoroughbred studs and breeding farms.

Tammy’s background with horses stems back to an successful career as an elite level show rider. With an eye for details, Tammy is well credentialed to immaculately condition, prepare and turn out a horse for the sale ring, including many Off The Track thoroughbreds to Royal Show champions.

Northmore, a purpose-built property north of Melbourne, in Elphinstone, between Castlemaine and Kyneton, was cleverly named by the couple.

“The name was based on where we are located in Victoria, but more importantly when we retire, we are looking forward to going Northmore!” Tammy Notman explained.

“We designed the property specifically for weanlings, so that when they are young, they can enjoy a big paddock to socialise and grow out in. We ensure our yearlings have plenty of paddock time during their preparation to let down and be a horse, as well as being conditioned to the stable environment that they will need to adjust to when racing.”

Looking to the future, the Notman’s do not believe in the bigger is better philosophy, rather keeping the drafts they prepare small and individual.

“It is paramount to the Northmore philosophy that we treat every horse differently, both mentally and physically and develop their distinct needs”

They have their own exercise program, nutritional needs, rugging and routine. We work with their different personalities and encourage them to become well-rounded and well-handled yearlings that are ready to start their careers on the track in the best way possible,” Tammy said.

With a draft of four, their other two yearlings are Lot 250, a brown colt by Dissident out of the Choisir mare Ultima Carta from the family of Group 1 winner Good Project, and ten-time Singapore winner World Airlines.

Lot 910 is the only Starcraft to be offered on the coast and is bred by David Phipps of Glenfern Park in Romsey. Out of the Gold Fever mare, Aurism, she has produced four winners, with three during the 2017-18 racing season from the family of Lady Dignitas.

Gilgai’s grand entrance at the Magic Millions

Lot 803 from Gilgai Farm's draft

Gilgai stud manager, Kelly Skillecorn is excited to offer the first draft of yearlings for sale by Gilgai Farm under their own banner at the Magic Millions this week.

Having previously offered yearlings through the Segenhoe Draft at the January sale, they are proud to back a quality selection of eleven yearlings that have been hand-picked for the Magic Millions buying bench.

“Our yearlings this year have been split evenly, as we will be taking two equal drafts to both Melbourne Premier and here on the Gold Coast. We allowed Tim Brown and Simon Vivian to decide between them and select which horses they believed would be better suited to each sale.”

Taking a natural approach to preparing the yearlings, Skillecorn humbly mentions that they just put the shine on them.

“We have them in prep for around seven to eight weeks, and rather than focus on too much exercise, or needing to lunge them, we ensure they receive the nutrition and education to allow them to hand walk well and parade to their best.”

“It’s important to mention, that Rick (Jamison) aims to breed race horses, not show horses.”

Mine Game at Gilgai

Selecting a couple of standouts from the group, it is hard to not mention the royally bred bay colt out by Myboycharlie of Mine Game, who won TBV Champion Victorian Broodmare, in 2017.

Having also produced the Caulfield Cup, BMW and Oaks winner Jameka, Skillecorn is happy to mention the striking resemblance between the two.

“When people come to the farm, I take them down to see Jameka and then I show this colt to them and they are hard to tell apart as a type. He is the spitting image, and you can see he is going to be a racehorse, don’t worry about that,” Skillecorn said.

“I remember when Jameka was up here she had that unbelievable big, striding walk and he is exactly the same, although slightly bigger.”

Jameka is currently in foal to Northwood Darley stallion Impending, with her first foal eagerly anticipated next spring, as well as his sister, Shy Talk.

Lot 803 is the All Too Hard chestnut colt out of the young Group 1 winning mare Mirjulisa Lass.

“He has a great attitude and is a brilliant mover, not a big horse but a lovely horse. His full sister Notably (All Too Hard) is currently in work with Robbie Griffiths and placed at her only start, and goes very well, so his page will only continue to improve with time.”

A select draft head to the coast for Musk Creek Farm

Unite and Conquer (

Musk Creek Farm has a stellar group of yearlings that they are presenting to the buying bench at this year’s Magic Million’s Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

Scott Williamson, Musk Creeks Stud Manager is pleased with the quality of the draft as a whole and is optimistic that he is presenting the style of horse that will generate buyer interest.

“We have chosen this group of yearlings for the Magic Millions yearling sale as they are a forward bunch of yearlings, and all good types. The pin-hooks were selected by us from the weanling sales last year, and we felt that they were horses that would develop and progress well towards the yearling sales, from commercial and popular sires.”

“We like to bring horses here that we feel trainers can go on with and prepare for the early races, as we have done in the past with Unite And Conquer – who is one of the favourites for the $2 million The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions 2YO Classic over 1200 metres this Saturday.”

Unite and Conquer was purchased by Bluebloods Thoroughbreds in conjunction with co-trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for $80,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the Musk Creek Farm draft.

“We have a naturally athletic group, that we have nurtured to improve during their preparation. We give them a kind grounding and encourage a solid education and mental development. We don’t go too hard on them, as we want them to still have plenty to offer to the trainers after the sale.”

“We believe our draft has a yearling to offer everyone, with some lovely pedigreed fillies and athletic colts that includes Lot 743, a Vancouver colt is from a family boasting dual Group 1 winners.

Musk Creek Lot 743 Vancouver x Light Touch

Purchased for $140,000 from the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, he carries an impressive pedigree page being out of Light Touch (Charge Forward), a stakes-placed mare from the family of the Group 1 winner Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock) and Bonaria (Redoute’s Choice).

There is also a physically impressive colt by Spirit Of Boom (Lot 412) that will no doubt be very well received.”

Musk Creek – Spirit Of Boom Yearling

Lot 412 cost $150,000 from Magic Millions National Weanling Sale and the new owners should have fun naming him, being out of Red Dazzler mare Boomalicious.

“He has strength where he needs it. He has great hip, an excellent walk and is very relaxed. That temperament seems to be standard for Spirit Of Boom and he parades the same every time he comes out,” Williamson said.

While representing the Victorian sires, Musk Creek is presenting a well-developed Street Boss filly and an outstanding Fighting Sun colt, that is the only one representing his sire in the sale.

“A first foal out of a Fastnet Rock mare, the Street Boss filly is a forward, big, strong filly that will impress the buyers. She has a lot of Fastnet Rock about her, and Street Boss is doing a fantastic job, getting a lot of winners.”

“Frankie, our Fighting Sun colt is out of the Lonhro mare Madoni, who boasts a current up and running family thanks to her first foal, Mockery. Mockery won her trial at Cranbourne impressively with the fastest heat of the day before going on to perform in the Listed Debutant stakes in her first start. Although without luck, she is continuing to improve for trainer John McCardle, who holds a very high opinion of her.”

“He offers a great page, being from the family of Listen Here, Shooting to Win and Deep Field and he is related to the Mick Price-trained filly, She’s So High for Blueblood Thoroughbreds.”

“We are here to sell, and we want to be known as a farm that sells their horses, as we bring them all this way, our number one aim is to find them all great homes so they can capitalise on their future success on the track,” Williamson said.

“We want the horses to be a success and then for the owners to return to us in the future.”

“Our horses are prepared with its future in mind – as they are not only going to be racehorses that represent the people that buy them, they also represent our brand.”

The sun is shining on Yulong’s MM draft

Yulong's Mr Zhang (Katrina Partridge)

Yulong Investments Sam Fairgray is upbeat about the select group of yearlings that Yulong is presenting at this year’s Magic Millions sales.

“We have brought a nice draft of nine horses here, largely by proven stallions. There are yearlings by Frankel, I Am Invincible, Invincible Spirit, a Sebring and a More Than Ready,” Sam Fairgray said.

“Although the Frankel’s will not be early two-year-old types, now, with the structure of Magic Millions, if they are nice horses, buyers will buy them.”

“Going forward, we will have a large number of yearlings each year to offer the marketplace. Magic Millions is the launching pad and next year our draft will be bigger again.”

“Mr Zhang is very much wanting Yulong to be a global business and recognising stallions worldwide and using them to improve our broodmares by giving them every opportunity to go to a proven stallion.”

“I think it will be a strong sale. There seems to be plenty of people here looking and, being the first sale of the year, the syndicators love to be able to get some horses on their books so they can start to sell pieces off. There is also more and more international interest in this sale and the quality of horses has gone up.”

Your 2019 draft is your debut on the coast – how do you describe your yearlings?

We have a select draft of nine which includes three yearlings conceived in the northern hemisphere and born in Australia, a Frankel colt and filly and Invincible Spirit filly. Our first ever draft at Magic Millions draft will present very well on the Gold Coast.  

What type of yearling do you feel suits this sale?

The mindset has changed. Buyers will purchase the good types regardless, they do not have to be a precocious type. The prize-money on offer across the Magic Millions races is brilliant and great in Australia, thus making the Magic Millions less focused on two-year-old types.

Which is your stand out colt?

Lot 706, our Frankel colt from Kahara River, is a lovely big, strong, good-moving colt. He will catch the eye of many good judges. Frankel is running at 27 per cent stakes performers to runners.

Which filly is a stand out?

Lot 434 is the I Am Invincible filly from Cajou. Her sire has become one of the leading stallions in Australia and has had a huge start to this season with his two-year-old fillies. This filly is very athletic and attractive with a great attitude. She will be very popular.

Which lot do you feel has improved most since the beginning of the prep?

Lot 71, a Dissident filly from Rockzel. She is the first foal of a Zabeel mare. She has always had the size and quality, but we have really seen her develop through the last four to five months and will continue on the upward trend.

How do you think the sale statistics will compare to the 2018 season?

I think the sale will maintain its strength of previous years. The prizemoney on offer here in Australia is great and we are seeing continued international interest at our sales.

Which of the first season sires have impressed you so far?

At the weanling sales I was impressed by the Exopsheres. They were similar types across the board and had good size, substance and bone. Super One also had some nice weanlings, so it will be interesting to see how they have progressed. He was a very good two-year-old and his progeny have his physical attributes.

Liston and learn: Three Bridges’ strongest ever Millions draft

Toby Liston prepares for Magic Millions

With its strongest-ever Magic Millions draft and at least two of its graduates from 2018 qualified for the 2YO Classic, Eddington based Three Bridges Thoroughbreds’ Toby Liston is hoping for big things on the Gold Coast next month.

Liston admits he has learned a lot about the market in his ten years of taking yearlings to the Gold Coast sale and feels he has got the right mix in their draft of eleven for January.

“I suppose it’s pretty simple to us, when we first started, over ten years ago. we didn’t have one good enough to go to Magic Millions, so it’s always been our target,” he said.

“After eleven years, we have now got two qualified in the race, so that’s a good sign,”

While the on-track results of the 2018 draft have already been good with Courseshewill (Unencumbered) to be joined by March sale graduate Oh Five Glory (Unencumbered) and possibly two others sold through Three Bridges in the 2019 2YO Classic – Liston admitted last year was a reality check for he and his team at the sales. 

“Last year we went to the market and didn’t have the proven product and we got caned. This year we’ve adjusted and we have what I think the market wants. The sales ring can be the biggest leveller,” he said.

The eight from its own draft in 2018 were all from first-season sires, but in 2019, it has just one from that category with lots from Australia’s top stallions such as Snitzel, I Am Invincible, More Than Ready (USA), Written Tycoon and Sebring.

“It’s the best draft we’ve taken to the Magic Millions in ten years. If the buyers are there, I think we’ll have a good time and I know that Magics will be working hard to get them there,” he said.

The loss of Three Bridges’ young stallion Unencumbered after surgery complications was a significant blow to the Liston family. They had given him significant support, and as is often the case, it is only after he died that his progeny has taken off on the track.

“It took us six months to get a 2-year old winner and this year it has been five already, it’s one of those things that always seems to happen when you lose a stallion,” he said.

“I think there is only Better Than Ready and I Am Invincible who have more 2-year old winners than him.”

Three Bridges is offering two of his progeny at Millions, Lot 53, a filly out of Recurring (NZ) (Pentire {GB}) and Lot 277, a colt out of Voltdanze (Danzero).

The colt is a half to Group 2 Brisbane Cup winning mare, Sedanzer (Sebring), a family that also includes stakes-placed So Detached (One Cool Cat). 

“Like Sedanzer, he’s going to get over 1600-2000 metres, but he’s a jump-and-run colt that won’t be expensive. He will be a good opportunity for somebody to buy a nice horse,” Liston said.

Meanwhile, Recurring, a winner of the Group 1 Railway Stakes in New Zealand, has also produced two stakes-performed horses in Time After Time (Danehill Dancer) and Coming Back (High Chaparral). 

“Neither of them will be dear, but they are two lovely animals that will find a good home. I think there are only three in the sale and only Zoustar is beating him on the second season sires list. There’s not a lot on offer, so the ones I have are quality. Somebody will get rewarded for sticking their hand up,” Liston said.

There is a strong Magic Millions pedigree to the Lot 511, filly by Snitzel out of Denarii (Dehere {USA}), making her a close relative to 2006 2YO Classic winner Mirror Mirror (Dehere) as well as the runners-up in the 2012 and 2017 races No Looking Back (Redoute’s Choice) and Chauffeur (Snitzel). 

“I did a foal share with Damion Flower, and her three-quarter brother was Magic Millions runner-up Chauffeur. We own half each. She’s a jump-and-run 2-year-old, people will look at her and think she could be in the race next year and that’s what you want to sell at Magics,” Liston said. 

While Liston is saving the best for last, with the highlight of Three Bridges’ draft, according to Liston, will be their final offering, Lot 861, which will sell on the Saturday night. 

“The Brazen Beau is pretty special. She’s the perfect horse for this sale. She out of a General Nediym mare called Nixon,” he said.

That makes her closely related to Tasmanian I’m Wesley (I Am Invincible), who recently collected his fourth stakes win. Liston is expecting a strong response to the second crop of Darley’s Victorian based sire, Brazen Beau at the sales. 

“Brazen Beau will probably be the hottest second season sire at the sales, a bit like the Zoustars were last year. He’s got the favourite for the Slipper and had another good winner recently, so you’d expect him to be very popular.”

(Credits to TDN).

The summer Sun is shining!

Order Of Command (Racing Photos)

Sun Stud is certainly enjoying their time in the sun, with brilliant results coming through for their young gun stallion Squamosa and the ever-consistent stakes producer, Magnus.

Outstanding Squamosa gelding Order Of Command showed his class again with an electrifying win over 1000 metres at Flemington in the Festive Season Sprint, with the galloper stepping out for the first time since the carnival victory.

The high-class sprinter camped off a hot pace and then exploded in the final furlong to score an authoritative victory for regular jockey, Damien Oliver.

“He’s the perfect racehorse, he can take a nice sit and he’s got a good turn of foot. He’s a great horse, an explosive type,” Oliver said. 

Danny O’Brien’s galloper who has won three of his nine starts, obviously has an affinity with the Flemington straight (5:2-2-0) as he has advanced his overall career record to 10:4-3-1 and $219,450 in prizemoney. 

“He’s been down at Thirteenth Beach just taking it easy, waiting for a suitable race,” O’Brien said. “He’s a talented horse, and it’s great to see him bring his top form to the races.” 

Order Of Command was not only visually impressive, he smashed the clock too – running his last 600 metres in 33.16 seconds and the final 200 metres in a race best 11.23 seconds.

“He really hits the afterburners when he gets to the clocktower here. He just needed a little bit of room and when he found it he hit the line really strongly,” said O’Brien.

The Squamosa four-year-old is already stakes placed behind boom runner Nature Strip and he certainly has his hoof on the till to register a black-type success this preparation.

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

While another Squamosa gelding on the up is the three-year-old Celestial King. Making all the running he recorded a stylish victory over 1200 metre at Seymour.

Placed on debut as a two-year-old at Caulfield last season, Celestial King has always been held in high regard by the Grahame Begg stable.

“The plan was to let him roll to the front, dictate the race and skip away before the turn. He’s a fast sprinter and Clayton Douglas rode him a treat,” said Begg.

“And the boys get the VOBIS, which makes it even better!” added the elated Caulfield based trainer.

Celestial King was bred by Brendan Murray and is the fourth named foal out of his Diamond Dane mare, Smokin’ Jewel.

With lucrative VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses added to the winner’s cheque, connections will take home a sizeable sum – a figure north of $36,000. Which equates to a huge return on investment for a sire standing at an advertised service fee of $6,600 inc GST.

The exciting son of Not A Single Doubt has covered in excess of 100 mares again in 2018 – giving him a covering total exceeding 300 mares in the last three seasons. The increased mare numbers will give Squamosa plenty of firepower for the future.

While Magnus is having another stellar season and now racking up his 16th stakes winner when the Mick Price-trained Princess Of Queens won the Listed SAJC Christmas Handicap over 1200m at Morphettville. 

South Australian hoop Dom Tourneur guided his mount to a narrow but decisive victory in the $100,000 feature race and the daughter of Magnus now boasts an overall record from 23 starts of six wins and six placings, with $335,000 in prizemoney.

It was an important win for the five-year-old mare, who was previously Group 3 placed at Caulfield last year and she will now be a valuable black type mare in the breeding barn next season. A homebred for Chris Marks, Princess Of Queens is the fifth foal out of the Zabeel mare, Tristabeel, whose dam Consult (Bletchingly) is a daughter of the champion race mare Research (Imperial Prince) the Australian Horse of the Year & Champion 3YO in Australasia in 1988-89. Her 9 wins included the AJC Derby, AJC Oaks, VRC Oaks and AJC Flight Stakes.

Tristabeel clearly has an affinity with Magnus, having produced three stakes horses from three mating’s with the leading Victorian sire – with the others being Duke Of Brunswick and Prince Of Brooklyn.

With 50 individual winners and in excess of $2,200,000 in progeny earnings already on the board in 2018/19, Magnus is on track to better his 2017/18 season – which yielded 103 individual winners and over $6,200,000 in stakes.

Magnus, who stood at Sun Stud for a fee of of $19,800 (inc GST), is also the sire of Group 1 winners Malaguerra, Magnifisio and Great Shot and has four colts catalogued at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.