An elite Group 1 galloper at his best, winning the 2011 Mackinnon Stakes before running second in the same race the subsequent year, Blue Gum Farm’s resident stallion Glass Harmonium’s was incredibly talented, despite a headstrong attitude. 

But the bullish racehorse has now turned into a stallion full of personality, with stud owner Phillip Campbell quick to point out that his wilful characteristics have endeared him to the staff. 

“He’s an interesting horse to be associated with. He’s not straight forward, that’s for sure. He’s got some funny idiosyncrasies that he had at the race track, and they continue here at the farm, but he’s a real personality. We really like the horse,” Campbell said. 

“When he was in the mounting yard at the races, he generally had two on him. He had a stallion chain and even here at the farm, if you take him out of his routine, he gets very unhappy. Every stallion has idiosyncrasies you have to work around, and this guy is no different.”

However, unfortunate fertility issues have made for slow progress for the promising Blue Gum Farm stallion.

“He only has one testicle, which has made breeding from him a delicate process. He does get mares in foal, but we have to treat him differently in the breeding shed. Every Glass Harmonium pregnancy is a bonus and we cheer loudly when it happens,” Campbell said. 

However, with only 13 to the track, for five winners, Campbell said the quality is certainly there, and things could be on the up for the striking grey stallion.

As shown by the talented filly Glass Warrior, who broke through to become Glass Harmonium’s first stakes-winner in the Listed Launceston Guineas.

Having her ninth start, Glass Warrior unleashed a powerful burst at the top of the straight and powered to a five-length victory which has her as one of the leading local hopes for the Listed Tasmanian Oaks at Launceston on February 24. 

“He gets a great style of horse and they’ve sold very well. We’ve got some nice horses this year that are going to the Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale, and hopefully Glass Warrior’s win is a sign of things to come,” Campbell said.

Glass Warrior, trained by John Blacker, was bred and is raced by Tasmanian Mandy Gunn, who has raced Banca Mo (Tough Speed) and Mandela Effect (Turffontein) in recent years. 

“She’d only broken her maiden the start before, but as they have got her out to a further trip, she seems to be coming into her own. There was an odds-on pop in the race who punctured at the top of the straight and gee whiz, she was full of steam all the way to the line,” Campbell said. 

“I always rated Glass Harmonium as a good, fast middle-distance horse himself. He placed at Group 1 level here as a 1400 metre horse and he was able to carry that speed out to 2000 metres and win a Mackinnon and just get beaten in another one.” 

“To see one show that sort of ability over a bit more of a trip is encouraging for sure.” 

Campbell was also pleased for Gunn, who has been a terrific supporter of Blue Gum. 

“Mandy has a great relationship with Chris Kent here at our farm. Mandy sends a number of mares to us for the season. She’s a shareholder in Turffontein and she uses all the stallions here at Blue Gum and she sends mares over to us to walk out to other stallions,” he said. 

“To see her breed the horse and still be involved in the ownership is a fantastic result and we are absolutely tickled pink for her.” 

Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis set a furious pace on day one to lead the buyers’ list and appears certain to again prove his pivotal role in the country’s racing industry with his most expensive purchase so far, a Written Tycoon colt for $475,000.

The last lot of the day, the Hallmark Stud-consigned colt was worth waiting for, being the first foal out of the winning Redoute’s Choice mare Into The Groove, who is also a three-quarter sister to the stakes-placed La Pieta. 

A son of Woodside Park Stud’s Champion Victorian stallion, he was a terrific pin-hook return for Hallmark Stud’s Denny Baker who paid NZ $170,000 for him at the NZB Karaka Mares Sale last year.

“We knew he would sell well. His x-rays were spot on, his scope was perfect, and he made good money. Way more than expected.” 

With the credentials to be in the Karaka Million next year, Te Akau Racing will be out to win the race for a remarkable fourth consecutive year. 

“This Written Tycoon colt I see as a Karaka Million horse next year and we would like to hope that in the next few years we would have a colt that would go to the Golden Slipper, Sires’ Produce, and the Champagne Stakes in Australia at Randwick. 

We think this is a colt that can do that,” Ellis said. 

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Homebred for Robbie Griffiths, Halvorsen provided an exciting upset win when the son of Magnus took out the VOBIS Gold Carat over 1200 metres at The Valley.

Halvorsen was ridden a treat by Andrew Mallyon, as he defeated his more fancied three-year-old rivals to claim the lucrative $180,000 race for trainer Robbie Griffiths and co-breeders Ray and Anne Wregg.

Halvorsen wins the VOBIS Gold Carat at The Valley (Racing Photos)

The son of Magnus out of the Not A Single Doubt mare, Flourishing, is a homebred gelding, with Griffiths having previously bred his dam after purchasing his grand dam, while Ross and Anne bought into Flourishing as a yearling.

“Flourishing was a great racemare for us, giving us four victories, but unfortunately after a back bout of colic we retired her to stud.”

“Her first foal was a lovely filly by Magnus, we tragically lost as a two-year-old due to a viral infection which was disappointing. We were pleased with the type the mare produced, so we sent her back to Magnus and her next foal was Halvorsen – her full brother.”

Halvorsen is named after Trygve Halvorsen, an Australian ocean racing legend, boat designer and boat builder. Born in Norway, with saltwater entrenched in his veins Trygve, with brother Magnus designed three Sydney to Hobart champions. Trygve also skippered three yachts to victory, while Magnus navigated Freya’s trio of wins.

“It was a connection I liked with not only the stallion name and the success– but also the Scandinavian link to Magnus’s female line.”

“He has a pretty good record too – as it was Halvorsen’s eighth start for three wins, a second and a third, and he would have the perfect record too, had he not been so headstrong as a colt. That cost him dearly – as he was gelded!”

“He still needs a bit of gear to keep his mind on the job, but Robbie has done a great job teaching him to how to relax and breathe in running. His first couple of starts he went like a bullet out of the gates and ran out of puff.”

Foaled by Phoenix Broodmare Farm – Damian Gleeson remembers him as a lovely foal, while the mare still resides at the Euroa nursery. Having last season off, she is now back in foal to Magnus.

Flourishing has an unraced two-year old, full brother called Languishing, and a lovely yearling filly by Unencumbered. 

“Her yearling Unencumbered filly is a great type that is currently doing a simulated yearling prep to get her ready for her racing days. She is handling the education very well, and will then head to Robbie Griffiths to train,” Gleeson said.

The Wregg’s have had a long association and friendship with Robbie Griffiths.

“We have known Robbie since he was an apprentice and rode for my late brother who was an owner/trainer. We go back a long way, and it’s so nice to share this journey with him.”

“It was a great pay day, as it’s very expensive racing horses, so when you get the stake money and a VOBIS bonus – it really is a bonus!”

“Sometimes prizemoney just covers costs, and having bred thoroughbreds in my own right, I always nominated my horses for VOBIS. Even if they were not champions, being modestly bred, they could still earn enough to pay their way with the bonus scheme. It helps everyone to be an owner and breeder,” Wregg said.

“He has been such a special horse to us, as last year was annus horribilis for our family, filled with dramas and loss. This horse has helped kept everyone together and gave us some hope and joy, as we cheered on his wins.”

“It’s been a wonderful long-term investment, as we bought into Flourishing 10 years ago, so it is very nice to finally receive some good rewards – and now we can hope that there may be something nice for him in the Autumn.

Chatswood stallion Reward For Effort seems to be having quite the run with an incredible 22 winners in the first 28 days of the year.

With the brilliant win of Miss Norway at Caulfield for trainer John Sadler and then Rossa’s Reward at Sandown on the Australia Day public holiday, the progeny of the Blue Diamond winning stallion are enjoying their time in the sun.

Chatswood’s Stud Greg Willis was thrilled to see a city double over a competitive long weekend of quality racing.

“He is just an ultra-consistent stallion that keeps getting winners. With great success internationally, and with a number of city performers locally, he is proving that he is a stallion able to achieve the right results,” Willis said.

While trainer John Sadler was full of praise for the ride claiming a “Luke Currie special.” 

“She was perfectly ridden out in front to offset the barrier, then able to relax and go easy to the line within herself. She didn’t over race and was able to show tactical and controlled speed. We were pleased by the manner in which she raced, and as she has matured, we will now look at a Group 3 Mare’s race in Tasmania,” Sadler said.

“She is a beautifully bred filly, being closely related to Scandinavia and Black Caviar, through her female line, and the black type will considerably add to her value as a broodmare in the future.”

“A very handy mare, having won three of her last four in town, she has done a hell of a job this prep, and hopefully we can get the choccies in Tassie.”

Miss Norway, out of the Estambul mare Love Valley, was bred by Bucklee Farm’s Peter Buckley and was a $130,000 graduate of 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale to Champion Thoroughbreds.

While the other Reward for Effort success stories in January stretch far and wide across the country and include King Island’s Rising Hsiang, Moe’s Fully Maxed, Warrnambool’s Rendelsham, Geelong’s Rewalia, Pakenham’s Spare Change and He’s Sterling in Townsville. While a Werribee and Cranbourne double and wins in Seymour and Hamilton are also added to the extensive list.

Reward’s popularity in Hong Kong also continues to soar, thanks to the efforts of Group Placed Jumbo Luck who has taken his earnings to just under AUS $1 Million, and Caulfield winner Kasi Farasi claiming another Hong Kong victory. In Macau, Rocket Along was in the winner’s circle, and Effortless lived up to his name in Singapore.

“We have a good relationship with international buyers and have sold a few very nice colts to Hong Kong last year and look forward to seeing them continue to fly the flag for Victoria, Reward For Effort and Chatswood Stud.”

Reward for Effort offers 26 lots at Inglis Premier Yearling Sale with Chatswood Stud proud to present ten of those yearlings. 

“We are offering a very even quality bunch of yearlings on behalf of our loyal and long-term clients. The Muppets colt offers a great cross with Snippets and is typical of what the stallion produces. They have good bone, strong shoulders, and being well muscled yearlings, they can develop quickly.”

“Other positive attributes with the Reward for Effort progeny is that they all have great temperament’s and offer versatility on the track. He is getting the two-year-old winners like himself, but they also show that they can get over ground which is promising.”

“When you look at the stats of horses that go through the sales, Chatswood Stud has produced more winners from our small numbers that almost anyone percentage wise. Some of the bigger farms get massive money in the ring but they never run. Incredibly, 60% of the Reward For Effort stakes horses have been born and raised here on the farm, even though we only produced 10% of them. We are batting well above our average.”

While another great incentive to purchase from the Victorian stud is that all the Reward For Effort’s are eligible for VOBIS Sires and nominated for Super VOBIS.

“It is exciting as Reward For Effort has a great group heading towards the big Showdown race with a massive number of 47 horses nominated for tackle the Victorian-sired only million dollar race.”

To view Chatswood’s draft at Inglis Premier , visit or phone Greg or Nic Willis on 5799 0560 for more information.

There is always more than one story behind every horse. Be it the owner, breeder, trainer or the strapper and all are just as important and they are all responsible for the racehorse we watch dive at the finish line with bated breath, exhaling a sigh of relief, closely followed by an exhilarating cheer!!

It’s been a great beginning with four starts for two wins & two seconds for trainer Greg Eurell, O’Tauto’s breeder & owner of Larneuk Stud, Neville Murdoch and for his dedicated strapper Claire Skerman.

Halfway down the famed Flemington straight, he had several lengths to make up, but he changed legs, pinned his ears back and lengthened his impressive stride. O’Tauto was in front where it counted, putting his nose out on the line. 

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

Stepping straight up to BM70 level at Flemington next time out, O’Tauto caught the eye with a gallant second, and deservedly started favourite in the Furlong Bar Handicap. 

Settling back O’Tauto looked a little too relaxed, but once into the straight when Damian Oliver asked for an effort, he found plenty.

“He just kept responding,” Oliver said, “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 as 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 put in the big ones when he needs to.” 

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

While also cheering him home from the mounting yard was his strapper Claire Skerman.

Excited & thrilled just like everyone else, her elation was also met with tears – the happy kind due to an overwhelming sense of achievement. 

Having just strapped a winner at Flemington, the “Holy Grail” for all strappers, this win was extra special. 

Claire started out riding as a six-year-old in a local pony club, an achievement within itself as Claire suffers extreme scoliosis, a severe curvature of the spine. However not to be stopped, horses became her way of life and she began working in the racing industry after finishing school.

But on the 27th August 2017, when Claire was riding her sisters’ horse in the arena, he started to buck uncontrollably, throwing Claire heavily to the ground. 

Claire’s’ Dad was luckily there to quickly call an ambulance. Knowing she couldn’t get up and with the pain in her back growing, her worst fear was realised when she was informed, she had serious fractures to her lumber spine. 

With surgery the best option, a rib was removed to repair her spine, and an intense recovery followed. A year for the bone graft to heal, months in a wheelchair, back brace, and rehabilitation to learn the simple things – standing up and walking again.

With rehab & physiotherapy still ongoing, Claire began work at Cadet Lodge in July 2018 and the special gelding, O’Tauto was Claire’s first horse she strapped since being back at work. 

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

“He was a nice foal who always had that bit of presence. He can do amazing things and once he lets go, he has an enormous stride. I think we are yet to see the best of him.”

With the Australian Guineas one possibility for O’Tauto; he could emulate his great great grandsire Zabeel back in 1990! The other is the hope of running in the All-Star Mile.

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 and I am looking forward to seeing what he can do up 1600 metres,” Eurell said. 

The third winner in two days for O’Lonhro along with the consistent performers Moving On Up and Mr Bellagio, 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 an excellent job with mares by Night Shift, Murdoch secured the Night Shift mare Taut for only $800 and made her part of the Larneuk Stud broodmare band.

Having produced lovely fillies by Ilovethiscity and Cluster, Taut is now back in foal to O’Lonhro who Murdoch continues to support with Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude winner Faiza and 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 at Larneuk Stud please contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706 or visit

The University of Melbourne is conducting the largest survey of racing and breeding participants in Australia over the next 4- 6 weeks. The Australian Thoroughbred Wellbeing Study follows thoroughbred horses from birth through their racing careers and investigates the outcomes and reasons for them leaving the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries. 

Industry participation is essential to this project, which aims to provide baseline information to help identify risk factors and make recommendations for improving traceability of horses exiting the industry.

Only information pertaining to the horse will be recorded and it will only be available to the project researchers. Publications will contain no identifiable data that can be linked to individual participants or horses.

The study is supported by the thoroughbred breeding and racing industries through the AgriFutures Thoroughbred Breeders Levy, Racing Australia and Racing Victoria.

For more information, see the Letter to Thoroughbred industry participants:

A brilliant display from Whispering Brook in Friday’s Group Two Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley has put the Darren Weir trained mare right in contention for Group One glory.

Bred by Victoria’s Hillside Parade Racing & Breeding, the Hinchinbrook 5-year-old is next likely to step out in the time honoured CF Orr Stakes over 1400 metres at Caulfield on Saturday week, but you won’t find her West Australian-based owner, Alan MacAlister among the crowd.

Whispering Brook at The Valley (Racing Photos)

“She’s won all three of her starts this time in and every time I go and watch her race, that’s when she gets beaten,” MacAlister says with a laugh. “I’ll be happy to watch the race on TV.”

The amiable Scotsman moved to Perth with wife, Birgitt, and his children some 15 years ago, while their involvement with the racing industry stretches three decades.

As members of the Royal Ascot Racing Club, the MacAlisters were part-owners of 2005 Epsom Derby hero, Motivator (who would go on to sire dual Arc de Triomphe winner Treve), while they also raced 2014 Group One Winterbottom Stakes winner Magnifisio and dual stakes winner Dawn Approach.

Another of the stable stars was the Lindsay Park trained, He Or She, who won the Group Two Blamey Stakes, before running third in the Makybe Diva Stakes, second in the Underwood Stakes and third in the Caulfield Stakes – all at Group One level.

Now MacAlister is pinning his hopes on Whispering Brook breaking his Group One duck in the east.

Whispering Brook was purchased on the MacAlisters behalf by Simon Miller for just $45,000 at the 2014 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale and she is currently the winner of 10 from 23 starts, with nearly $1.2 million in stakes.

A sensation in the west, Whispering Brook won all five starts as a 2YO, including the Group Two Karrakatta Plate, Group Three WA Sires’ Produce and two other black type events. She then made her first trip to Melbourne where she ran a lip second in the Listed Atlantic Jewel – her first defeat – and later third to Global Glamour in the Group One 1000 Guineas.

Returning to Perth for several placings but no wins, Whispering Brook was relocated to the Weir stables early last year where she has since won the Listed Abell Stakes at Moonee Valley and run an unlucky fifth in the Group One Robert Sangster at Morphettville.

Resuming in December, Whispering Brook peeled off a win at Flemington, backed up again at Flemington on New Year’s Day for a victory in the Group Three Standish and, as of Friday, the Group Two Australia Stakes.

“Simon (Miller) buys the horses for me and it was actually his idea to shift the mare to Victoria, suggesting that we were running out of genuine options for the horse in Perth and it would be much easier with a top Victorian trainer,” MacAlister reveals. “I’ve got about 50 in work here in WA, which spread across several trainers, including Brock Lewthwaite who has done a lot of work for me and has quite a few of the horses.”

MacAlister also indicated that this was likely to be Whispering Brook’s final racing campaign and she will be sold as a broodmare later in the year.

“We’ve got a 100 acre property which caters to our 20 mares and foals, but I send all the broodmares to West Australian stallions.

“With seven stakes wins and, fingers crossed, a Group One on Saturday week, Whispering Brook is a very valuable broodmare prospect, especially as she is by Hinchinbrook (16 stakes winners) from a top notch northern hemisphere family.”

The MacAlisters also part-own the Encosta de Lago Group horse, My Admiration, who stands at Westbury Park Stud near Pinjarra in Western Australia.

“He (My Admiration) hasn’t had big numbers but his oldest are 3YOs and they include Dawn Armada, who has won three races for us, along with 2YO city winners like Admiral Promo and Cryptic Love, so there’s plenty happening at the moment.”

And while MacAlister swears blind he won’t be anywhere near Caulfield racecourse come Saturday week, one can only image he won’t be whispering if his mare hits the lead with 100 metres to go in the Orr!

Article courtesy of Aushorse

In a major boost for the Victorian industry, Foxwedge will join Woodside Park’s stallion roster in 2019 after he was purchased by Eddie Hirsch.

Woodside Park has secured the services of Foxwedge for its stallion roster in 2019 in a major coup for the Victorian breeding industry. The deal, secured with the assistance of Inglis, sees Victorian businessman Eddie Hirsch purchase the one-time champion second-season sire, who will make the move from Newgate. 

“It’s fantastic that Eddie Hirsch, who has purchased Foxwedge, has entrusted us to stand him in 2019. We feel he’s a wonderful acquisition not only for Woodside but for Victoria.”

“He’s a proven sire of Group 1 winners and we think he can go from strength to strength in Victoria,” said James Price, Woodside Park’s General Manager, Commercial.

He will stand alongside Woodside star Written Tycoon, as well as emerging trio Rich Enuff, Cable Bay (Ire) and Tosen Stardom (JPN). 

Hirsch praised the efforts of Inglis’ bloodstock consultant Mark Dodemaide, who had been working with him very closely to identify possible stallion acquisitions. 

 “Mark Dodemaide and I have been on this horse since August with Inglis negotiating the sale. We thought he would be a perfect fit for Victoria and the VOBIS Scheme with his ability to get running two and three-year-olds,” he said.

Hirsch has a considerable broodmare band based in Victoria and was pleased that one of Victoria’s leading farms would get to stand Foxwedge. 

“Woodside are industry leaders so to have them supporting Foxwedge bodes very well for his future success at stud.” 

Foxwedge has produced 35 stakes winners in his first four crops, including Group 1 winners in three countries in Foxplay (Australia), Volpe Veloce (NZ) and Urban Fox (GB). 

“Being ten years old and having stood seven years at stud, with his oldest being five-year-old’s, and with good books of mares to come, there’s great upside with this horse,” Price said. 

“I think we will be overwhelmed with interest. I think Victoria needs a stallion like Foxwedge. He is very good looking. He was a fast Group 1 winner himself, he gets very good-looking horses that buyers want, and they have got appeal nationally and internationally.” 

Foxwedge’s international credentials continued to build on the weekend with a double at Kenilworth in South Africa and a winner at Wolverhampton in the UK. 

Importantly for Woodside, it gives it further depth in a roster that continues to grow. With Written Tycoon’s service fee jumping to $100,000 (ex GST) last season, Price said there was room for an established sire at a different price point on the roster. 

“Foxwedge adds something that we don’t have. He’s a proven sire at a far more affordable fee. Written Tycoon is up there at the top of the pops, but for those broodmare owners who are looking for a proven producer at a very affordable fee, which will be less than $20,000 when we announce it.” 

The precise stallion fee will be revealed in the next couple of months. He stood for $20,000 (ex-GST) in his final season at Newgate. 

As a racehorse, Foxwedge won five of 13 starts and nearly $1 million in prizemoney, including the Group 1 William Reid S. 

“He ticks all the boxes. He is by champion sire Fastnet Rock, is a very good-looking horse being a $925,000 Inglis Easter yearling and great racehorse running early and fast beating Hay List and Buffering in a G1 at Moonee Valley,” Dodemaide said. 

He was the first stallion to stand at Newgate and after getting six winners with his first crop of 2-year-olds in 2015/16, burst to prominence the following year with 51 winners to claim Champion Second-Season Sire honours over the likes of So You Think (NZ) and Smart Missile. Foxwedge had 96 winners in 2017-18 and has had 50 winners so far in 2018-19. 

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The son of Darley stallion Brazen Beau, the easter colt Accession firmed into favourite for the $2m Inglis Millennium when James McDonald guided the talented juvenile to a four-and-three-quarter-lengths win who he cheerfully described as “a rocket” post-race.

Accession was a $300,000 Australian Easter Yearling Sale buy for Star Thoroughbreds and Chris Waller Racing, when offered by Widden Stud. He was co-bred by Widden and Dany McMillan’s Jacob Park Thoroughbreds, who both retained a share in the talented colt.

Accession as a yearling

Widden’s Antony Thompson always felt Accession was going to make an impressive racehorse.

“He was always a beautiful horse,” Thompson said. “Henry Plumptre initially identified him and Denise Martin and the Star Thoroughbreds team then went on to purchase him at Henry’s recommendation and we were always going to retain a share in him.

“All roads lead to the Inglis Millennium now, and then who knows how far he can go.”

Accession is one of only two horses – along with Inglis Banner winner Espaaniyah – alive in the Inglis Triple Crown, where connections will win a $3 million-dollar bonus if one horse wins both the Millennium and the Inglis Sires.

Accession is from Brazen Beau’s first crop and has now provided two of his three Australian winners but Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin Australia believes there are plenty more to come and is looking forward to offering more Brazen Beau progeny at the Inglis sales in coming weeks and months.

There are 11 descendants presented at the upcoming Classic Yearling Sale (February 9-14), and 25 at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands on March 3-6.

Brazen Beau himself was an Inglis Classic graduate, selling for $70,000 to Grant Morgan’s Ontrack Thoroughbreds, when offered by Murrulla Stud.

“Brazen Beau couldn’t have had a better start on the racetrack with the Slipper favourite Tassort and a Stakes winner so early in the season with Accession,” Cox said.

“He was a Champion sprinter turned star freshman and now looks to be producing two-year-old’s who can really run. He’s an exciting stallion to follow.”

While Chris Waller’s description of the classy 2-year-old winner sums Accession up perfectly – ‘He is just like his dad – Colour, type, speed.”

Brazen Beau was a two-time Group 1 winner for Waller and went within a whisker of winning the 2015 Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot before heading to stand at Darley later that year.

“And that temperament is just like his dad’s too, so relaxed, so maybe that will help him get on a plane one day and go one better than his dad at Royal Ascot.” 

While syndicator Denise Martin loved the colt at first sight.

“He just has a great way about him. He is out of a More Than Ready (USA) mare, and I love More Than Ready, I just thought he was a beautifully balanced colt. He has the looks, and he handled the sale really well because he has the right attitude. Good horses have good attitudes.”

The brilliantly named Phoenix Broodmare Farm sales graduate and now bargain buy, Free of Debt is right on target to challenge his higher-priced counterparts in next month’s $1.5 million Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes.

The unbeaten son of the ill-fated Three Bridges Thoroughbreds stallion Unencumbered isn’t among the entries for the Caulfield two-year-old feature just yet but another bold showing in three weeks’ time will certainly persuade his connections to part with a $55,000 late nomination fee. 

The promising youngster continues to put forward a compelling argument for his inclusion after backing up a debut win on his home track at Morphettville with victory in the Duane Rogers Plate at Flemington. 

“He had some handy horses behind him in Adelaide and again at Flemington, including Lindsay Park’s highly regarded Fastnet Rock colt Viking Warrior, so he deserves his chance,” trainer Chris Bieg said. 

“We’ll have a go at the Prelude and see how he handles Caulfield. If he runs well again, we’ll go to the Blue Diamond. I’ve had the vet go over him and he’s got the tick of approval from him, the horse has pulled up super. I’ll take him home and back to his normal surroundings and then come back. Travelling can really smarten young horses up and it would be a dream to have him in the Blue Diamond.” 

Free Of Debt was bought out of Phoenix Broodmare Farm’s Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale draft by Beig for $30,000.

“This colt ticked all the boxes on breeding and he’s a beautiful mover and a really athletic sort. It’s pretty exciting to be talking about the Blue Diamond in the winners’ bar,” Beig said.

From the second of four crops left by the Magic Millions two-year-old Classic winner Unencumbered before his untimely death in March last year, Free Of Doubt is the third winner from four to race out of the Melbourne winning Giant’s Causeway mare Stagerush, who is from the family of the Group 1 winners and successful sires Scenic (IRE) and Rainbow Quest (USA).

Stagerush was purchased by Victoria’s Greta West Stud for $22,000 at the 2009 Inglis Great Southern Sale. Stagerush has a yearling filly by Keep The Faith and a filly foal by Master Of Design.

Phoenix Broodmare Farm’s Damian Gleeson remembers him well as a yearling, being a very nice type but having his ‘quirks”.

“He was bred by the McCarthy family at Greta West Stud and consigned into our draft for the Adelaide sale. We actually prepped him out of the paddock as he was a horse that suited that environment. We did a lot of hand walking with him, and he just kept growing.”

“He was a bit of a quirky horse, which explains his run at Flemington. Extremely talented but he always had his little habits. He was very similar early on as a yearling, and even though he ran greenly, he still had enough to beat them to the line.”

“However, once he got down to the sales, he was a pro and nailed every parade. Being only from Unencumbered’s second crop, it was unfortunate that his sire didn’t get a chance to have a winner at that stage. He had a very good walk and was a good athletic type that should have bought much more in the ring.”

Phoenix Broodmare Farm is currently busy prepping ten yearlings for the upcoming Melbourne Premier sale at Oaklands Junction.

“We have a lovely Hinchinbrook x Dashing Diva bay colt who has a great scopey walk, and the Magnus x Gail yearling is just a beautiful filly, Victorian bred and was foaled here at Phoenix.”

“I also really like the No Nay Never x Solar Antiquity colt, who is a real running, tough, nuggetty type of yearling and was also bred in Victoria, near the Yarra Valley.”

Phoenix are having a good run of late with Beers with Clint who is also a sales graduate, only a narrowly missing a win at Flemington, and after Premier it doesn’t stop, with eight weanlings being set for the Magic Millions National Sale.

“We have some lovely up market youngsters heading up to the Gold Coast that should be perfect for the buying bench up north.”

Graeme Gathercole’s homebred for Graebar Park Belwazi made her first stakes attempt a winning one in the Listed Kensington Stakes when she flashed down the middle of the track at Flemington on Saturday.

The five-year-old Bel Esprit mare, trained out the Mornington barn of Jerome Hunter, Belwazi was a late nomination for the race but was able to upstage her higher rated opponents to score a valuable stakes win at Headquarters for her connections. 

A seven-time winner from just 18 career starts, the daughter of Bel Esprit has taken her earnings over the $220,000 threshold and more importantly she has added bold black type to her pedigree page.

Operating from a ten acres complex opposite Mornington racecourse, with the backup of a 400 acres state-of-the-art spelling and breeding complex on the nearby Mornington Peninsula which is named, Graebar Park, Hunter trains privately for the Gathercole’s who currently have about 14 in work.

According to trainer, Jerome Hunter, “she’s something of a late developer”.

“Belwazi has taken a while to mature and we haven’t rushed her, but she clearly has plenty of ability,” Hunter enthused. “We really haven’t decided as to where she goes next, it will depend a lot on the ratings, but there’s a nice 1000 metre Listed race (WJ Adams Stakes) at Caulfield in two weeks that could suit”

“The great thing about Graeme and Barbara though is that they are just breeding to race, which ends up giving you so many options. Black type is not the be-all and end-all for them and with Australian prizemoney so great across the board, you’re not boxed in chasing stakes success.”

Originally taking out his licence around 20 years ago, Hunter was a public trainer for 10 years, then stepped away from the game for five years, before being approached by the Gathercole’s to become their private trainer in 2013.

“Graeme and Barbara had only been racing around half a dozen or so by the time I came on board, but we’re heading towards 20 in work, with some 25 broodmares and a wide range of weanlings, yearlings and breakers coming through,” Hunter adds. 

Ironically, Hunter’s involvement with Belwazi’s pedigree dates back further than that of her breeder/owner.

“I trained both Belwazi’s dam, Nkwazi, and her half-sister, Ocean Bridge, for Harvey Parker, who bred both mares,” Hunter reveals. “Nkwazi won over 1000 metre and ended up with Graeme and Barbara as a broodmare, while Ocean Bridge was a very speedy customer. She ended up running fourth in a three stakes races and 200 metres from home in the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate, I thought she had it won (eventually finishing half a length behind River Dove).

“Ocean Bridge was sold to Patinack Farm and would go on to produce the Group 2 Tea Rose Stakes winner and Group 1 Flight Stakes and Group 1 Vinery Stud Stakes runner-up Longport and the two-year-old stakes winner Run For Wilson.”

Belwazi, meanwhile, is Nkwazi’s seventh and penultimate foal, but fortunately for the Gathercoles they have the full sister to Belwazi in Nkwazi’s Daughter and Belwazi to carry on the line.

And not forgetting that earlier in the week Bel Esprit also had tactical Advantage win the $150,000 Listed Takeover Stakes during the week.

Raced by The Australian Bloodstock, the Gooree Stud homebred Tactical Advantage has been in good form since joining the stable of Kris Lees having won three of his first four starts for his new trainer.  

Ridden quietly off the pace in this 1200 metre sprint by Brenton Avdulla, Tactical Advantage zoomed to the line to beat the favourite Easy Eddie by a long head.

“The second horse took some running down, so it was a good effort,” said Kris Lees. “It’s really good to win a stakes race with him. He has a great bunch of owners, he can have a little break now, he’s done a good job.”

Tactical Advantage is the best of four winners from Group 3 placed Encosta de Lago mare Above Perfection, a daughter of stakes-winner Actress from the family of Gooree Stud’s Group I winners Desert War, Laser Hawk and Romantic Touch.

Above Perfection has a yearling filly by Stockwell Thoroughbred’s stallion, Artie Schiller. 

“Bel Esprit is on fire at present, having posting two stakes winners in three days” said Phil Marshall, nominations Sun Stud.

“He looks a million dollars at the moment and it’s great to see him having a real purple patch with his progeny”

“The evergreen stallion is having an exceptional season, with 58 individual winners and $3 million-dollars in progeny earnings placing in the top 15 stallions in Australia.”

“Breeders are obviously glad to have the 8-time Champion Victorian sire back home too, he covered a book of 95 mares in 2018 and we are already fielding calls from mare owners for the 2019 season!”

News from Sun Stud

The Group 1 status of next month’s Blue Diamond Stakes will ensure Yulong Investment’s exciting filly Catch Me chases the Caulfield race instead of a potentially easier and richer event in Sydney.

Being a product of last April’s Sydney Easter Yearling sales, Catch Me is eligible to run in the inaugural $2 million Inglis Millennium for Inglis graduates at Warwick Farm, however the Blue Diamond offers the filly’s owners exactly what it is looking for. 

“Going forward, the Yulong breeding operation is growing, so to have a Diamond-winner in our broodmare band would be fantastic,” said Sam Fairgray, Yulong’s chief operating officer on Monday.

Winning the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes over 1000 metres on debut at Randwick Catch Me is due to return to the track on Saturday for the Blue Diamond Stakes Preview at Caulfield. 

Catch Me will return two weeks later for the Prelude over 1100 metres and then a fortnight later chases the $1.5 million Group 1 prize over 1200 metres.

Purchased for $625,000 as a yearling, Catch Me is by the remarkable stallion I Am Invincible with Yulong going to $1 million again at the Gold Coast this year to secure another daughter of the stallion.

Fairgray said trainers Peter and Paul Snowden had long had the Blue Diamond as their chief aim for Catch Me, who enjoyed a soft trial win at Pakenham last week.

“Peter elected to bring her down here to Flemington as they are upgrading the tracks at Randwick. He wanted to get her down here and get her on the good surfaces at Flemington. She’s settled in well. That’s one of her great attributes – her temperament. She’ seems to cope with everything very well.” 

A Group 1 victory is the next goal for Yulong Investments, which has been a big buyer at the sales in the past two seasons and this year they sold their own yearlings at the Magic Millions January for the first time.

Yulong Investments, owned by Chinese billionaire Yuesheng Zhang, already has 140 racing horses on its books in Australia in a few short seasons with plans to house up to 200 broodmares and two stallions across its three Victorian properties at Nagambie (two) and Koo Wee-Rup.

Fairgray said Yulong hoped to breed its own stallions into the future.

“We bought a $1 million colt by Zoustar up on the Gold Coast and that was part of the idea with him but in the meantime, we’ll be looking for suitable colts to purchase and stand here in Victoria,” he said.


Rosemont Stud and Jason Warren have the luxury of both a relaxed and precise build up toward a Group 1 target with their exciting 2-year-old daughter of Starspangledbanner Brooklyn Hustle.

Having ticked off his first goal with the youngster following her impressive debut victory at Moonee Valley in December, Brooklyn Hustle was able to overcome a tardy start for an outstanding win.

“We’ve always thought she was a bit special and she’s done everything very easily and taken it all in her stride,” Warren said. “She’s got the right attitude. She’s the best 2-year-old that I’ve ever had in my care, very exciting.” 

Brooklyn Hustle has been installed as favourite for the $1.5 million Blue Diamond to be run at Caulfield on February 23. 

“She’s got enough prize money to get in the Blue Diamond Stakes and she’s always been aimed at that. She’s going to have a jump-out at Mornington on January 30 and then she’ll be running in the Blue Diamond Prelude and the Diamond second-up.” 

Warren said while Brooklyn Hustle hadn’t been away from the action for too long, it had done her the world of good. 

“She had 10 days in the paddock at Rosemont Stud after Moonee Valley and then 10 days on the water walker,” Warren said. “She’s grown a bit and matured. She’s a bit higher in the rump and levelled up. She’s a good size and she’s always been very straight forward.” 

Brooklyn Hustle is out of Pivotal mare, Joint Aspiration (GB), whose four wins included the Listed Gaviola Stakes and a second at Group 3 level. Having produced two winners, she is out of a half-sister to the champion European sprinter and Group 1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Red Clubs (IRE).

Racing Victoria (RV), with the support of the Victorian Government, will deliver 20 Respectful Workplaces training workshops to the thoroughbred industry around Victoria in February 2019.

Fully funded by Racing Victoria and the Government, the workshops are available to all participants in the racing and breeding industries free of charge.

The 60-minute sessions will be available across the state, enabling regional trainers, stable staff, office staff and track personnel, as well as people from the breeding industry, the opportunity to attend the Respectful Workplaces workshops.

The main focus of the workshops will be addressing and preventing anti-social behaviour, such as bullying and harassment, and the roles we can all play in eliminating such behaviours in the workplace.

These sessions also will focus on anti-bullying policies and strategies to improve assertive communication as well as Occupational Health and Safety (OHS) and employment rights.

Charmein Bukovec, Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, has applauded and welcomed the vital initiative.

“I think this is a wonderful opportunity and everyone from the breeding industry should get involved. There is no place for bullying or harassment in a workplace and it is time that we stood up and stamped out such behaviours.”

“It is great to see Racing Victoria and the Government coming together to launch such an initiative, not only for the racing industry but also the breeding industry. I strongly encourage anyone involved in the Victorian breeding industry to take up the offer.”

Trainers, studs, broodmare farms and all thoroughbred operations are encouraged to send their entire team of staff along to develop their knowledge in this area.

The complete list of workshop dates and locations are listed below:

Mon 4 Feb10.00amMoe
Tue 5 Feb10.00amWangaratta
Wed 6 Feb10.00amSwan Hill
Thurs 7 Feb10.00amHamilton
Fri 8 Feb10.00amMornington
Mon 11 Feb10.00amBallarat
Tue 12 Feb10.00amCranbourne
Wed 13 Feb10.00amGeelong
Thurs 14 Feb10.00amBendigo
Fri 15 Feb10.00amCaulfield

With Mr Stunning (Exceed and Excel) bred by Tony Santic’s Victoria-based Makybe Racing and Breeding and the world’s best miler, Beauty Generation also claiming strong Victorian links, the breeders down south are keeping a close eye on their international runners.

The dam of Mr Stunning, With Fervour was sourced at the Tattersalls December mare sale, for 65,000 guineas and foaled the Exceed and Excel colt at Yallambee Stud, in the Kerrie Valley, Macedon Ranges.

“He’s a nice colt, lacks size, a little bit light-boned,” Makybe Stud Manager Joe Murray scribbled down anecdotally eight days later. He should strengthen up with time. Well put-together.”

But as the Santics announced that they were downsizing their operation, With Fervour and her Exceed and Excel colt were both to be offered at public auction. 

Although covered by Purrealist, she unfortunately lost her foal by the time she stepped into the ring at the Easter Broodmare Sale and was sold to Victorian breeder and vet Dr Lesa Jane Oldcastle for just $6,000. She produced only one more foal, a filly by Mossman before passing away a week after foaling.

“She was an old-enough mare and she was empty, so the market dictated her value. But little did we know what was in the pipeline,” Murray said.

While the Exceed and Excel was ticketed for the Great Southern Weanling Sale for a variety of reasons.

“Looking at his page, he should either going to Magics (Gold Coast) or Easter,” Murray said. “He wasn’t mature enough to go to Magics and the Easter people would have been too critical of him. and as the mare had a fair few foals that hadn’t amounted to much, the call was made.”

“He was a lovely colt, he was probably a little light-boned, but apart from that there was very little wrong with him,” Murray continued. 

“His legs were good, no surgeries and his temperament was always outstanding. He put his head down during the weaning process and handled everything that was thrown at him. He was good natured, beautifully behaved and did everything right.”

Reserved by Santic at $90,000, Mr Stunning fetched $110,000 from Mark and Shelley Treweek’s Lyndhurst Farm, who resold the colt to Willie Leung’s Magus Equine for NZ$250,000 at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale.

Turned over to trainer John Size, Mr Stunning turned heads from day one, including a debut befitting his name over the minimum trip at Happy Valley. 

Named that season’s champion griffin, he ascended to the heights with a popular success in the 2017 Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint and last month joined the elite company of legendary Silent Witness and Sacred Kingdom as two-time winners of that race.

“It’s huge,” Murray says proudly. “Australia is a sprinting nation that prides itself on breeding sprinters, so to have a horse that can do that, it gives you goose bumps. It’s what everyone here is trying to do – breed a sprinter at the top level.”

While the brilliant miler, Beauty Generation also has some notable Victorian connections.

Beauty Generation (Grant Courtney)

The six-year-old gelding is by Road To Rock out of the Bel Esprit mare, Stylish Bel. 

Bred by David O’Callaghan Bloodstock, she sports the brand of long-time client of Eliza Park and Sun Stud, Mick Maroulis, who has a 60-acre farm between Kyneton and Malmsbury which he runs with his wife, Lou.

Stylish Bel was sold over to New Zealand when only a weanling, and never raced, she was sent to stud in 2010. Beauty Generation is one of her three named foals, who is a half-sister to the stakes-winning pair Victory Trump and Savage Attack making him a brother to the Singapore-based dual winner Steel Cutter. 

After several New Zealand bred foals, Stylish Bel has now since returned from over the ditch, 12 years later thanks to her new owner, Rosemont Stud.

Purchased before the 2017 breeding season and before Beauty Generation was a Group 1 winner, she was initially bred to the part-owned Rosemont Stud stallion Tarzino, who stands in New Zealand. Now back in Australia, Stylish Bel and has been sent this season to Yarraman Park stallion, I Am Invincible.

Beauty Generation was purchased by Hermes Syndications for NZ$60,000 from the Highden Park at the 2014 Karaka Sale and can now claim to be the best miler on the planet when adding a fifth Group 1 on his CV with an easy victory in Group 1 The Stewards’ Cup.

Incredibly Jockey Zac Purton claimed there is still improvement left in the John Moore-trained six-year-old. Having now won each of his last three starts by three lengths, and in blistering times and he gives the impression that Beauty Generation’s massive engine is merely idling. 

His deserved rating of 127 makes him the joint highest-rated horse in Hong Kong’s history, having now won 14 of his 27 starts for earnings of $11,750,457, with both Dubai and Royal Ascot campaigns on the horizon.

The stars of Australian racing swapped their jockey silks for cricket whites when they took to the cricket field for the seventh annual TAB National Jockeys Trust T20 cricket match at Williamstown Oval in Melbourne on Monday.

The jockeys ahead of the NTJ20 match (Twitter)

Record donations of more than $120k have been raised towards this year’s National Jockeys Trust T20 cricket match, to help injured jockeys and their families.

A bumper crowd flocked to Williamstown oval for the 7th edition of the annual event, with a star-studded line-up again assembled on both the Jockeys and the All-Star sides.

With Damien Oliver to captain The Touchstone Farm Jockeys’ team who include Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) winners Michelle Payne, Corey Brown and Brett Prebble against the Heritage Finance Racing All Stars team which includes retired AFL player Brendan Fevola, former Australian Test cricketer Bryce McGain and former Socceroo Archie Thompson. 

For just the second time in the event’s seven-year history, the match was taken out by the All Stars side which made 117 runs after 22 overs, to the Jockeys 103.

Former AFL star and radio host Brendan Fevola impressed for the victors and was awarded man of the match.

“Good to be involved in a win, we batted well, we put up a good score, it was just good fun to be involved,” Fevola said.

“It’s been important that we help raise a lot of money for the jockeys and families who have been going through a tough time.”

Three-time Melbourne Cup winning jockey Damien Oliver led the Jockeys side and said the opposition just proved too good, and that he’d certainly hope to be back again next year to support the most important fundraising event for jockeys and their families who are injured and in need of assistance. 

“We tried to save the match late with our two guns Mitch Goring and Adrian Ledger but it was too little too late. It was a lot of fun, played in good spirit, but to also raise some much-needed funds for the injured jockeys and their families and it’s great to see so many people getting behind it and we really appreciate their support,” he said.

The Jockeys’ side won last year’s match and again has a strong team including Cox Plate winner Steven Arnold who is renowned for his wicket-keeping ability and Golden Slipper winner Brenton Avdulla who is a talented bowler.

The National Jockeys Trust is a charitable trust established in 2004 to help jockeys and their families, who are in need of assistance having suffered serious or fatal injuries in the saddle. Since its inception, the NJT has provided $4.3 million of funding and supported 435 jockeys and their families. 

NJT20 Cricket raises money via the generosity of the sponsors and donors, who make a donation towards their favourite player to support them in their quest to support the National Jockeys Trust with last year’s game raising $114,000.

Donations came in strongly and less than 24hrs out from the start of the star-studded match, public donations were more than $55k on the Everyday Heros’ website, already up on last year’s overall total of $52k, while the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) has proudly donated almost $60,000.

“It was fantastic to see so many donations already coming in, especially even before the actual day of the match,” said Australian Jockeys’ Association chairman Des O’Keeffe.

“Of course, every dollar counts so I urge people to still keep donating, it really is going to such a good cause and these funds are vitally needed.”

Noel and Doris Thurgood, the parents of injured jockey Ricky Thurgood, tossed the coin before the start of Monday’s match. After a race fall in 1980 Ricky was diagnosed as a quadriplegic with significant brain damage. 

“To have the Thurgood family in attendance was very special for us all, and the fact they made the time to come is very much appreciated,” O’Keeffe said. 

“The NJT20 cricket match highlights the incredible mateship between racing participants, and I’m so pleased to see members of the public attending the match to have some fun and to throw their support behind this important cause.”  

The free event had a large turnout of supporters promoting the great cause, and with the 1992 Melbourne Cup hero Subzero, it was a brilliant day of fun for all the family with kids’ activities, food trucks, sausage sizzle and cash bar enjoyed by both the general public and avid racing fans.

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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.

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.

“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.

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.