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Mirette ensures Three Bridges sire is not forgotten

Mirette as a yearling.

The late and sorely missed Three Bridges stallion Unencumbered (Testa Rossa) was provided with his first stakes winner at Morphettville on the weekend after Victorian filly Mirette scored a narrow victory in Group 3 The Schweppervescence / Auraria Stakes, over 1800 metres.

With a steady run of results and good news for the Eddington based nursery, following Ringerdingding’s win last week, and a solid selling performance at Easter, Three Bridges’ Toby Liston was thrilled to see Unencumbered secure his first stakes winner with the highly promising filly.

“After all the hard work, it’s good to finally see it all paying off for the farm, and particularly so for Unencumbered,” Toby Liston said.

The Archie Alexander-trained filly made the journey down south worthwhile when beating Dreamed (Dream Ahead) by a neck, with the same margin back to Sizzleme (Sizzling) in third.

In her previous run, in the Alexandra Stakes, Mirette was clearly the best of the on-speed horses, going down less than a length to Princess Jenni, and if she had drawn a more favourable gate, she may have very nearly won.

Wrapping up their sales results at the recent Inglis Easter, they were very pleased how the buying bench received their draft as a whole.

“We had a great sale, our horses sold well, and they are all going to great operations. Anthony Freedman, Snowden Racing and Danny O’Brien all secured a lot, while the nicest couple in country New South Wales you would ever meet, took home the fourth. They are headed to fantastic homes and will have every chance to succeed.”

“We knew that people would like them, we knew the trainers would like them, and while we were hoping to get some overs, they all made their fair value, which gives us 100% clearance yet again.”

“Throughout the whole yearling sale season, we have maintained 100% clearance which is an enormous effort and demonstrated the quality we are offering to the buying bench. The purchasers believe in our product, and they have the confidence to buy from our farm.”

Mirette, who now stamps herself as a solid South Australian Oaks contender, advances her record to four wins and three seconds from 11 starts with earnings of $193,655.

An affordable yearling purchase, being a $75,000 purchase by Alexander Racing/McKeever Bloodstock out of the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds draft at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

“It’s great for Mirette’s trainer Archie Alexander, who is a great supporter of Three Bridges. He is a very good trainer and a good person. He bought another Unencumbered out of our draft at Adelaide with Jeremy Rogers for $90,000,” Liston said.

“We would love to win the South Australian Oaks back to back, having won it last year with Sopressa, also raised on the farm, and it would be even more special to win it with a daughter of Unemcumbered, giving him his first Group 1.”

Mirette is the second winner from as many foals to race out of the unraced Zabeel mare Lady Zabeel, and a granddaughter of the stakes-placed Primera Dama (Danzero) who is a half-sister to multiple Stakes winner and Group 2 STC Peter Pan Stakes and Group 2 VATC Sandown Guineas runner-up Enjoy Dancing.

“We purchased the mare through Paul Willetts to breed to Unencumbered, and the previous owners of Unencumbered stuck through that mare. It’s great to see her become a Group winning mare, but I did tell them to keep her!”

Lady Zabeel was purchased by Yulong Investments for $95,000 at the 2017 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale when carrying a full-sister to Mirette, Lady Zabeel had a colt foal by Exceed And Excel last spring and was covered by Choisir.

Sun’s Triple Treat

Power Scheme's dash to the finish line at Royal Randwick on Saturday.

Sun Stud’s stallions were having quite the weekend, with three impressive winners across three states.

First up and providing Fiorente his third stakes-winner, was the two-year-old colt Power Scheme, who surged home to score a narrow win in the Listed ATC Fernhill Handicap at Randwick on the second day of The Championships.

A full brother to Group 2 MRC Autumn Stakes winner Hawkshot, the Lindsay Park trained Power Scheme has now shown similar stakes ability.

A close last start second in the $125,000 Mornington Polytrack Sires Stakes he was able to handle the class rise to this 1600 metre Black Type contest with ease. Strong all the way to the line for Mark Zahra he won by a short half head in a thrilling finish over Dissident filly Foxborough.  

Bred and retained to race by Victorian-based Sun Bloodstock, Power Scheme has a win and two placings from five starts with prizemoney in excess of $117,000. He is the third winner from three foals to race from Rosa Perlato, an Encosta de Lago daughter of stakes-placed Fiammarosa from the family of Group I winners Shindig and Shinzig. Rosa Perlato was covered by another of the Sun Stud sires last season in Thronum.

Co-trainer David Hayes spoke glowingly of Power Scheme in his post-race debrief, and the colt could make a quick return to the track in the Group 1 Champagne Stakes over 1600 metres at Randwick next Saturday.

“He’s by Fiorente, and I think he’s a horse of the future, a Derby colt, and we’re very excited he can step up like this,” Hayes said. “If he pulls up well, we might back him up into the Champagne next week.”

Sun Stud’s Fiorente covered 169 mares last spring, and with his oldest progeny just three-year-olds, the son of Monsun is already doing an excellent job, with better results expected as they mature. With horses like Hawkshot and Stars Of Carrum flying the flag, he is proving popular with buyers with his yearlings in 2019 averaging $126,000 off a great value service fee of $17,600 for the 2018 season.

The second winner for Sun Stud was from the ever-reliable stallion Magnus, with the magnificent win of Mahamedeis who powered home from last to score over 1600 metres at Caulfield on Saturday.

Luke Currie had no one behind him at the 400-metre marker but judged his run to perfection to get home in the final strides on board the ultra-consistent and classy four-year-old gelding.

Having saluted in both the Traralgon and Werribee Cups last preparation Mahamedeis is building a super impressive resume of seven wins, and four placings from only 20 starts, with earnings of $577,290 for his Caulfield based trainer, Nick Ryan.

“I was confident today, and it’s good to see it come off. He will target the profitable 2000 metre VOBIS Gold race in a fortnight Caulfield and will be tough to beat,” said Ryan.

Mahamedeis is the fourth named foal out of the Elusive Quality mare, Elusive Magic, and was bred by Victorian breeder Christie Woodard at the former Yallambie Stud in Kerrie.

On the right track, Magnus has recorded 78 individual winners and has over $4.2m in progeny earnings already for the 2018/19 season, a remarkable statistic from a service fee of only $19,800.

While the final victor for Sun Stud was the talented Squamosa filly taking out the lucrative two-year-old event at Rockhampton on Saturday.

Unbeaten in two starts, the two-year-old filly Good Humour produced an exciting burst of acceleration to win the $125,000 Capricornia Yearling Sale Classic over 1200 metres.

The Toowoomba trained filly won convincingly on debut in February at Rockhampton and has retained her unbeaten status with an electric three-quarter-length win in the valuable 2YO Classic. With the winner’s purse and QTIS bonuses, the impressive Squamosa juvenile will see her prizemoney soar well over the six-figure mark, much to the delight of her connections.

Good Humour is the first foal out of the Mossman mare, Funny As, and was bred by loyal Sun Stud client Perry Hardy. Standing in 2018 for $6,600, Squamosa has a cost-effective winner’s average earnings index of $65,645 and has an exceptional strike rate of 11% stakes horses to runners.

Flinders Park Stud is Humming along to Gold

Humma Humma as a yearling

Flinder’s Park Stud graduate Humma Humma’s (Denman) narrow victory in the Listed Redelva Stakes over 1100 metres at Morphettville on the weekend was celebrated by her Mornington Peninsula vendor, after the talented mare had gone so close, on so many occasions.

The talented three-year-old filly finally saluted having spent the best part of her early career playing black-type bridesmaid frustratingly for popular Cranbourne trainer John McArdle.

But connections have always been confident in the talented filly’s ability, when on debut Humma Humma placed in Adelaide’s Listed Cinderella Stakes, before racking up placings in the Group 3 Quezette Stakes, Listed Atlantic Jewel Stakes, Group 3 Scarborough Stakes and the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes.

Just narrowly missing the placings in her past two starts, in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy and the Listed Fireball Stakes, Humma Humma’s eventual maiden black-type win will add significant residual value as a future broodmare.

Beau Mertens pressed the button on Humma Humma at the 300 metres, and when challenged in the final 100 metres she stuck to her guns to hold the challenge of Behemoth (All Too Hard) by a short-head with the favourite Anjana (Sepoy) a half-length back in third.

“She deserved a stakes win. I think she has been seven times stakes-placed and just missed to Sunlight in the Group 3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes at Caulfield,” McArdle said.

An $80,000 purchase by Redgum Racing out of the Flinders Park Stud draft at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Humma Humma (pictured as a yearling) is the best of two winners from three to race out of the Melbourne winning Bel Esprit mare Humma Mumma who is a half-sister to Listed winner Vignette (Spectrum).

Michael Cumming from Flinders Park Stud remembers Humma Humma as a yearling well notes that “from the day she was born she was just tough.”

“She was a nice, neat, not overly big filly – always a strong and compact.”

“She had a great temperament, great attitude and could handle the sales atmosphere. So, it’s no surprise that she can handle racing consistently in these high-pressure races. But if she didn’t like something, she would give back ten-fold,” Cumming said.

Flinders Park Stud are heading to the upcoming Gold sale with a standout draft of three yearlings.

Lot 131 is a good quality Zoustar colt, out of the Exceed And Excel mare, Seeking Status, a half-sister to Victory Chant, from the family of Guard of Honour and Serious Speed.

“We held him back to give him the chance to fully mature and he will be spot on for this sale. Being the only Zoustar offered, he will quite possibly be the busiest horse on the complex. He is a nice neat two-year-old that will run early.”

Lot 130 is the Night of Thunder colt is out of the Fraar mare, Seattle Lass.

“He is a half to the John McArdle trained Bricktop, who is by Snitzel and resumes this week at Bendigo, so we are expecting a nice pedigree update. He will go close to winning that based on his race form and recent jump outs,” Cummings said.

Lot 151, Flinders Park Stud offers a filly by Warrior’s Reward (USA) out of the Seattle Dancer mare, Taleer who has produced ten foals for seven winners, including the five-time winner Lannister and six-time winner Get Set.

“She is a very nice filly. An early type, nice and compact and correct.”

McArdle purchased Humma Humma’s half-sister by Hallowed Crown, from us, named Hummalong, for $100,000 at the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

“Hummalong has shown early potential, and they have given her a bit of time, and she is going back into work today. We look forward to seeing her this campaign,”

Humma Mumma has a filly foal by Capitalist and was covered by Zoustar last spring.

“We have upgraded Humma Mumma suiters over the last couple of years, as we took the risk that Humma Humma would continue on, and she has indeed done that and is deserving of Capitalist, and Zoustar.”

“The Capitalist filly is the splitting image of Humma Humma, you couldn’t pick them apart if they were both foals at the same time. Let’s hope she runs as well.”

Humma Humma advances her record to three wins, six placings from 12 starts with earnings of $271,255, and McArdle said he now aim the talented three-year-old filly at either the Group1 Sangster Stakes or the Group 2 Euclase Stakes.

A splendid debut for Sadler

Sartorial Splendor wins on debut at Terang (Racing Photos).

It was an exciting win on debut for the John Sadler trained Sartorial Splendor at Terang on Sunday, with the two year-old colt taking out the 1000 metre maiden plate and earning a spot in the inaugural $1 million Showdown at Caulfield in a fortnight.

Starting as the $1.60 favourite and piloted by in-form jockey Michael Dee, the blazened-faced son of Brazen Beau jumped from the widest gate in the field of eleven and pushed forward to a front running position. Upon straightening, he showed his inexperience by racing greenly and looking around in the running, but Michael managed to keep him ahead of the pack to win by 2.2 lengths to Kuramae (Matthew Williams) and Exceed Rock (Mick Price).

“It’s a long straight here and he wanted to do a few things wrong,” said Michael Dee after the race. “It’s a good effort, he had a good blow and there’s plenty of improvement to come.” 

“He’s going to come on a bit from that,” agreed John Sadler. “We were just hoping the ability would carry him through. He’s never been away from home before so he’ll learn. The float trip and the whole experience will do him the world of good and hopefully he can go right on with it.” 

Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold nominated as well as VOBIS Sires eligible, the horse’s big group of owners received a lovely bump up in prizemoney. Not only did they take home the first place prizemoney, they also scored the $20,000 VOBIS Gold 2YO Horse Owners Bonus!

“It’s a big thrill for the owners,” said John. “They’ve had to wait a long time after we had to pull the pin and give him three months off (due to injury).”  

Bred by Blue Gum Farm in Euroa, Sartorial Splendor is by Darley Northwood sire Brazen Beau, out of Personal Ensign. By Oamaru Stud’s now deceased Rubiton, Personal Ensign won three of her eight starts, including the 2006 Listed Northwood Plume Stakes. She also placed in the Group 2 The Age Classic behind Magnus. She has had 7 winners from 10 foals, including Fontiton (Turffontein) who won the 2015 Group 2 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude (F) and Group 3 MRC Blue Diamond Preview (F). Owned by Victorian breeders the Campbell family, Personal Ensign has only ever been sent to Victorian standing stallions, and she is currently in foal to Manhattan Rain.

Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) was an outstanding sprinter whose performances earned him Champion 3YO Colt in Australia in 2014-15. He currently sits third on the Australian First Season Sires List by earnings ($1,076,590) behind Better Than Ready ($1,469,600) and Sidestep ($2,425,165).

Sartorial Splendor, alongside smart Australian winners Tassort and Accession, stakes-placed First Dawn and UK winner Proper Beau, are helping to cement their sire’s solid reputation as a stallion. At the February Inglis Classic Sale, Brazen Beau’s Pouter colt became the highest-priced horse ever sold at this sale, selling for $550,000. He also sired the second top lot.

At the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, his Up In Lights colt became the second-most expensive yearling ever sold in Victoria, going to Orbis Bloodstock for $800,000. Another colt (ex Sistine Princess) topped Day 3, selling for $560,000. Brazen Beau was the star sire of this sale, topping the aggregate at $4,850,000 from 17 sold.

He then smashed his own highest-priced yearling record at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale when his Just Discreet colt sold to Orbis Bloodstock for $1,150,000.

Bought by John Sadler at the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $130,000, Sartorial Splendor is now one of 12 two-year-olds in the ballot order chasing glory for Brazen Beau in the inaugural VOBIS Sires Showdown at Caulfield on Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day, Saturday 27 April.

“Brazen Beau looks the perfect horse for The Showdown,” Darley Northwood General Manager Andy Makiv said. “To anyone who’s got them I wish them luck, and obviously buyers will be looking at them strongly.”

After covering 92 mares at Darley Northwood last season, Brazen Beau now stands at Darley’s UK base of Dalham Hall this year at a fee of 7,000 pounds. He has 3 representatives at the upcoming Inglis Australian Weanling Sale and 1 at Inglis Scone Yearling Sale.

Spendthrift invests $1.7 million in Victorian stallion prospect

Lot 38 purchased by Spendthrift at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Victorian-based global thoroughbred investor Spendthrift Australia went to $1.7 million to secure a colt by Japan’s champion sire Deep Impact (Sunday Silence) from Arrowfield on day one of the Inglis Easter Yearling sale.

In a buying partnership that combines Group 1-winning trainer, Lloyd Kennewell and his trusted agent Mathew Becker of Group 1 Bloodstock, Spendthrift Australia was able to land the colt with a single winning bid, with the potential stallion prospect becoming the first seven-figure yearling of the day.

The colt is from a current Australian Group 1-winning family, out of the winning mare Grito (Redoute’s Choice), who is a half-sister to Group 1-winning sprinter Yell (Anabaa) and his Listed-winning sister Sung, is the dam of Microphone. Grito is also a half-sister to Shouts (Strategic), the dam of Group 1 Canterbury Stakes winner Holler (Commands).

Spendthrift Australia’s Garry Cuddy was confident about Deep Impact being able to make his mark in Australia.

“There’s not many to choose from, and he’s the best stallion in the world, so we had to give a bit to get him, but we are definitely happy to have him in our stable,” Cuddy said.

“Easter is where you come to buy these big pedigrees, and this horse definitely fits that description. It’s a great Woodlands family, and it’s a fantastic running female family, so it was well worth it.”

Cuddy said the partnership with Kennewell was formalised on Monday night, with some of the trainer’s clients set to join Spendthrift Australia in racing the colt.

“We would have looked at him close to ten times in the last few days. We’re really happy to start our sale with him,” he said.

“It’s the first horse we’ll have with Lloyd. It was a good drink we had at the bar at the Intercon last night to put our syndicate together, and we are looking forward to him being part of Lloyd’s team now that he’s established himself in Melbourne.”

It was also the second time this sales season that Kennewell has bought a yearling for $1.7 million, having bought the highest-priced lot, who was a colt by I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit), at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January.

“He is probably a bit different to the Deep Impacts I have seen out here in the past couple of years,” Kennewell said.

“Everyone is pretty buoyed by what they see. He is very well balanced and he has a good brain, he covers the ground well and has great muscle definition on him. I can’t wait to start working with him.”

Victoria’s Brazen Beau’s first million-dollar baby

Brazen Beau's first million dollar baby, sells at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale

Emerging young Darley Victoria stallion Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) also reached a new milestone with a second-crop yearling colt becoming his first $1 million lot after Hong Kong trainer Peter Ho went to $1.15 million for Lot 73 on behalf of Orbis Bloodstock.

Darley Stallions’ head of sales Alastair Pulford said the seven-figure sum was a great endorsement for Brazen Beau and the colt’s South Australian breeder David Peacock, who offered the yearling through the Mill Park Stud draft.

“I am just delighted for his vendor David Peacock, who has been a very loyal supporter of Darley since our inception, so he deserved a result like this,” Pulford said.

“We looked at him, and we liked him, and I know that he was on Godolphin Australia managing director, Vin Cox’s short list.

“There is still a lot to play out for him, but Brazen Beau has certainly started his career in tremendous fashion, and the buying bench is recognising that.”

Brazen Beau’s oldest progeny are two-year-olds, and he has already sired the talented Godolphin homebred Tassort and the Chris Waller-trained Accession, who won the Restricted Listed Inglis Nursery over 1000 metres in December at Randwick.

The colt is the second foal out of the Group 3 winner Just Discreet (Exceed And Excel), who is herself a half-sister to the Group 1-winning mare Maybe Discreet (Shamardal). Meanwhile, her third dam is Halo Again (Don’t Say Halo), whose progeny include Group 3 winner Be Discreet (Euclase) and She’s Discreet (Euclase).

She’s Discreet has also proved to be a good broodmare, producing Listed winners Very Discreet (Exceed And Excel), Forever Discreet (Bernadini) and I’m Discreet (Elusive Quality), who is the dam of Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner Serenely Discreet (Exceed And Excel).

Introducing Longwood Thoroughbred Farm

Introducing Longwood Thoroughbred Farm.

Longwood Thoroughbred Farm, formally Fulman Park, in Longwood East is the next exciting stage for new owners Michael Christian and his wife Siobhan Miller in their breeding and racing journey.

“We purchased the 230-acre property quite by chance, as Siobhan, my brother Brad and his wife Pauline and I were heading up to Lindsay Park one morning last spring to watch Fuhryk’s track work. The GPS took us along Longwood-Ruffy Road, and we noticed that Fulman Park was for sale,” Christian said.

“We, together with Brad and Pauline, had been casually looking for a larger property for a while, and as a coincidence when we drove into Euroa for some lunch, we parked right outside the Elders Real Estate office. We popped in, arranged an inspection, and Longwood Thoroughbred Farm – the new home of Saconi Thoroughbreds was born.”

“We had simply just outgrown our property in Whittlesea, and as we are acquiring more and more horses, we needed extra room. The 36 acres was not sustainable with a growing band of broodmares!”

Christian has focused on building families around key mares, he has raced or purchased including, Runaway Jesse, the dam of six time stakes winner Eloping (winner of $1.23m), dual 2yo stakes winner, Of The Brave and four time stakes runner up, Jesse’s Girl, Alisa Free, the dam of Group 2 winner, Unpretentious, Bella Inez, the dam of Group 2 winner and multiple Group 1 placed, Hallowell Belle and Group 3 winner, Fuddle Dee Duddle, and Group 2 winner Oasis Bloom who has produced the very talented two-year-old Invincible Lotus.

While their dual Group 3 winning mare, Fuhryk is also heading to the paddocks of Longwood this season.

“She has been a great campaigner, and we have had a lot of fun with her. She is telling us in her recent starts that she is ready to be a mum, and we have Zoustar or a similar commercial mating in mind for her.”

Located in the heart of Victoria’s thoroughbred breeding region, between Seymour and Euroa, Christian has retained the long and loyal clients of Fulman Park as well as the management team already in place.

“Kylie Taylor, our Farm Manager, is doing a great job, and has been fully endorsed by all our existing clients for the quality of her horsemanship and service, which gave us a lot of confidence. Shona Guest, also an integral part of the operation, will handle all the administration of the Farm as our Office Manager and local legend, Robert (Curly) Marshall also plays a vital role on the farm.”

While his wife, Siobhan will expertly handle all the Farm’s marketing, social media and communications keeping everyone up to date and informed on the property’s happenings.

A premiership footballer with Collingwood and Chartered Accountant, Christian remains involved with the AFL, along with Sirecam, his multimedia production company.

“I will be in the city as the AFL’s match review officer three days a week during the football season, but on the other days, I will be on the farm working hands-on with the horses.”

“At our Whittlesea property, I looked after all the feeding, handling, educating and weaning (with a bit of help from friend Bill Birch). I love being involved; that’s my passion – being outside with the horses and watching them grow and develop.”

“Owning a horse is one thing but breeding a winner is a whole new level, and there is nothing quite like it. It even gets close to winning a premiership!”

Longwood Thoroughbred Farm will be providing a complete breeding service, including walking out mares to the local studs, weanling, yearling preparation and foaling down. The property also boasts 24 fantastic individual spelling paddocks for racehorses, which gives the property two-revenue streams – spelling and breeding.

Along with the managers in place, local specialist Equine reproductive vet, Stacy McGregor from Seven Creeks Equine will handle all the farms day to day reproductive veterinary work.

“Stacy does a brilliant job and is only a couple of minutes down the road. It’s a real endorsement to the property and staff that she foals down her own mares and her client’s mares here,” Christian said.

A late starter in the world of horses, Christian has slowly increased his interests in the thoroughbred industry. 

“I didn’t get into racing until my late twenties and was first involved in a syndicate with only very small shares in a handful of horses. I then raced horses with Gai Waterhouse including TJ Smith Stakes winner, Phoenix Park. But as my interest grew, I went on to complete the two-year NMIT Horse Breeding Diploma. As part of the Diploma I spent time working at Eldon Park with Christoph Bruechert (now Bombora Downs) which was a great experience, learning so much. I’ve also enjoyed a long relationship with my next-door neighbour in Whittlesea, Peter Morgan at Talwood Park. He is an incredible horseman and has been a fantastic mentor to me.”

“My appetite for horses has grown very organically from the beginning, and thanks to good guidance and advice along the way, I have embraced it and developed a real hunger to learn and develop my skills.”

“From buying my first property in Whittlesea that started with one broodmare, to now purchasing this large professional operation, I am now passionately immersed in the thoroughbred breeding and racing industry and loving every minute.”

To find out further information, please contact Michael Christian on 0419 296 523 or email

Three Bridges rings true

Ringerdingding wins G3 Carbine Club Stakes (

Carrying the top weight of 59kg proved no hurdle to classy Three Bridges Thoroughbreds sales graduate, Ringerdingding (Sebring), who burst back to top form at Randwick on the first day of The Championships to win the Group 3 ATC Carbine Club Stakes.

Previously trained by Edward O’Rourke, Ringerdingding showed his class last spring when taking out the Group 2 MRC Sandown Guineas and was entered for the Group 1 ATC Doncaster Handicap on the same program, but missed a start when he was only listed as an emergency.

The easier race proved a soft target for Ringerdingding, who settled midfield for James McDonald and hit the line hard to win the 1600 metre feature by half a neck.

“Unfortunately he didn’t get to the Doncaster,” Chris Waller said. “It’s been the story of this preparation. In Melbourne he was very unlucky with barrier draws but things have just gone wrong and today they went right.”

A $170,000 Inglis Premier purchase from the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds draft for Ricky Surace’s B2B Bloodstock, Ringerdingding was bred by Three Bridges in partnership as they purchased her dam Maybe I through Paul Willetts for $120,000 at the Inglis Broodmare Sale in 2015.

Ringerdingding is a half-brother to this season’s stakes-placed two year-old Salome by former Three Bridges stallion Unencumbered, and is the second winner for Group 3 placed Red Ransom (USA) mare Maybe I, a grand-daughter of dual Group I winner Flitter.

Now with B2B Bloodstock, Maybe I produced a colt by Ringerdingding’s sire Sebring last year and is now back in foal to him again. The shock loss of Sebring this February guarantees the progeny will be in high demand.

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

Three Bridges has also had plenty of luck with the progeny of the ill-fated Sebring, having sold Sebring Brisbane Cup winner Sedanzer, Supido and Hong Kong’s Group 1-star, Lucky Bubbles, the latter two on behalf of Rick Jamieson.

“It’s really come together for us over the last couple of years,” Three Bridges’ Toby Liston enthused. “We have had a great run through our Group 1 winners Sopressa (Schweppes Oaks) and Leicester (South Australian Derby).

“It is great to see Ricky Surace and his crew get another Group win. We also bred the Unencumbered half-sister, Salome, who is with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace and was stakes placed on debut in the Inglis Banner.”

“The success we have had on the track has been reflected in the quality of what we’re selling, and we are excited to be presenting four high-quality yearlings through the ring at this year’s Inglis Easter Sale.”

Rosemont’s Sprinting Super Star

G1 T.J Smith Stakes winner Santa Ana Lane as a yearling.

Rosemont sales graduate Santa Ana Lane delivered a commanding performance at Randwick to beat the country’s top sprinters with unexpected ease.

A son of Lope De Vega (IRE) Santa Ana Lane’s performance was unexpected in terms of how effortlessly he surged past a sterling edition of the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes, leaving the best sprinters in the country in a race of their own.

Currently in demand by almost every Everest slot holder, the six-year-old is now poised to showcase his talents on the international stage.

With an impressive tally of five domestic Group 1 victories, Santa Ana Lane has nothing left to prove on the Australian turf, prompting trainer Anthony Freedman to look further afield.

Freedman is eyeing the Group 1 Chairman’s Sprint Prize over 1200 metres at Sha Tin on April 28th then the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes over the same trip at the Royal Ascot festival in June.

“Everything has got to go to plan though, so we’ll see how it pans out,” he said.

“He showed great ability early on, but we had a few foot niggles with him. We’ve got on top of that now.”

Santa Ana Lane was bought as a six-week-old foal at foot to his dam Fast Fleet by Melbourne barrister Dyson Hore-Lacy for $60,000 at the Patinack Farm Reduction Sale in 2012.

Hore-Lacy placed him in the care of Rosemont Stud, west of Geelong, where he was raised before being presented at the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

He made what now seems like a modest $80,000 in the ring but had plenty going for him according to Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen.

“I remember him well…he was such an uncomplicated type of horse,” Mithen pointed out.

“He’s a Lope de Vega and was just the kind of athlete you could recommend to anyone. Trouble free and very correct. He looked as if he’d go on with it and that’s certainly proven to be the case.”

The five-time Group 1 winner’s dam, Fast Fleet was sold at the 2018 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in foal to Darley’s son of Tapit, Frosted for $200,000 by Aquis Farm, and is currently in foal to Zoustar.

Santa Ana Lane first announced himself in the top grade when he won the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes in 2017 and the following year added the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap and the Group 1 VRC Sprint Classic.

“He’s clearly gone to another level now,” Freedman said. “We’ve worked him out and know how to train him to get the best out of him.”

The key to Santa Ana Lane is being patient and keeping the gelding’s races well-spaced.

 “We keep him fresh and with gaps between runs. He keeps stepping up to the mark and we’ve just got to keep finding the good races.”

As is his custom, Santa Ana Lane settled at the back of the field with the pace set up by the two-time Everest winner Redzel (Snitzel).

Rider Mark Zahra asked the horse to pick up ground 600 metres from home and Santa Ana Lane joined in enthusiastically in the closing 200 to surge clear and win with aplomb.

“He was always travelling nicely and when he got to the outside, he had it won a long way out,” rider Mark Zahra said. “Anthony, Sam and the team have done a great job with this horse.”

The 2019 Aushorse Investors’ Guide

Aushorse's 2019 Investors Guide is out now.

News from Aushorse

Did you know there is more prizemoney on offer in Australia than Great Britain, France and Ireland COMBINED?

That Australia’s top colts are more affordable than in Europe?

That 63% of Group One winners in Australia were offered for sale before their win(s), compared to just 39% in Europe?

That one in every 244 Australians own a share in a racehorse?

Or that prizemoney in Australia has grown by a whopping 84% in the last 10 years?

To fully illustrate the benefits of breeding, racing and/or buying an Australian-bred racehorse, Aushorse has just released a detailed ‘Investors’ Guide’ which is either available online or, for those attending this week’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, you can grab a hard copy at the Aushorse marquee.

As statistics clearly indicate, the growth of the local industry has been nothing short of remarkable and directly corresponds with the increased presence from international buyers at annual sales like Easter.

“It just makes good sense for overseas investors,” Aushorse CEO, Tom Reilly, explains. “For instance, figures have proven that it’s cheaper to buy a top colt here than other major regions, yet our freshman stallions – on average – are standing for higher fees than say North America or Europe. What’s more, Australia has a higher clearance rate (88%) than Europe or the USA, which means you can shop with confidence.

“And it’s not all about the ‘boys’ either. The purchase price of Group One winning fillies or maiden mares off the track averages out to around $946,000 in Australia, compared to $3.53 million in Europe.

“Taking it a step further, North America’s Eclipse Thoroughbreds purchased a Pierro filly for $200,000 at Easter in 2016 – their first yearling buy in Australia – and 18 months later she won the Group One VRC Oaks.

“Maybe the biggest ‘seller’ of all is the number of Group One winners offered for sale prior to their big wins: nearly two thirds in Australia whereas that figure drops to less than 40% in Europe.”

Given that Winx has been the highest (or joint highest) rated horse in the world since March 2018 – and ably assisted in recent years by Black Caviar, Merchant Navy, Chautauqua et al – the Australian-bred needs little introduction to the astute buyer, but the quality of racing on the homefront speaks volumes as well: last year, 31 of the world’s 100 best races were staged in Australia.

What’s more, if there is two areas where Australia really stands out, it’s prizemoney and, as a natural progression, ownership.

“Prizemoney has increased by 84% in the last 10 years,” Reilly adds. “Think about that for a minute … 84%! In the United Kingdom its sits at 54%, while in the USA, it’s dropped – actually dropped – by 4%.

“There are some 55 races worth a million dollars or more in Australia and, last season, 32 individual horses won over a million. And it’s growing all the time too: just in the last couple of years we’ve seen the emergence of the now $14 million The Everest, Racing Victoria staged the inaugural $5 million All-Star Mile last month, while Rosehill plays host to the new $7.5 million Golden Eagle in November.

“As for participation, there are 101,402 people who own a share in a racehorse here in Australia … that’s one in every 244 people, or to put it another way, over 40 people for every 10,000. It’s 1.2 people per 10,000 by comparison in the United States.

“Grab a copy of the Investors’ Guide and you’ll know why it pays to buy Australian too!”

To access the Investors Guide, click here.

Celebrations for Skilled’s second stakes winner

Fiscal Fantasy wins the Group 3 Manawatu Breeders Stakes in NZ.

Cheers from Riverbank Farm, Benalla as Fiscal Fantasy stormed home to an impressive victory in last Friday’s Group 3 Manawatu Breeders Stakes at Awapuni.

The classy and consistent mare who trainer Frank Ritchie describes as being “as tough as they come with a heart bigger than herself,” is Group winner number two for Riverbank resident Skilled, a Group One winning son of the wonderful stallion Commands.

Commands is a grandson of the legendary broodmare Eight Carat and the dark and handsome Skilled has always had a bit of a look of that great influence – making it interesting to note that Fiscal Fantasy is bred on a 3 X 3 cross of Commands’ dam Cotehele House.

Bred in Victoria by Wingrove Park and sold at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, fetching $43,000, Fiscal Fantasy made her way to New Zealand where she quickly found form – placed at two, easily breaking her maiden over a mile at three.

Up in class she also won her next start before tackling Group company three starts in a row, not far away without the best of luck. Kicking off her current campaign in the spring, she has had nine runs – a fast finishing fourth her worst result!

A winner over 2100m at Waikuku in mid-December, she was in the placings at four consecutive runs before her impressive breakthrough on Friday. Settling well back from an outside barrier, Fiscal Fantasy swung wide into the straight and charged!

Little wonder that Frank Ritchie is such a fan of the gutsy mare, in an interview after another of her victories describing her as “the absolute perfect race horse (who) gives you every ounce of what she’s got.”

“I just love her, I’d have her in the living room with me if I could! She is just a little beauty.”

The Group 2 Travis Stakes is next for Fiscal Fantasy as she attempts to become Skilled’s second two times Group winner, his first being the genuine Joseph Pride trained mare Pecans, winner of six of her 19 starts including the Group 3 Belle Of The Turf Stakes and the Group 3 Godolphin Crown as well as the Listed Ladies’ Day Cup.

Skilled has been enjoying a good run of late with a number of promising new winners including The Great Bratski (easy Sale maiden winner despite sitting wide on pace), Shoot for Coomaah (wore the leaders down in game fashion at Wangaratta), Criterium, Centre Scoota, Clever George, Appollo Jet and Francisco Pizaro.

Meanwhile Rosaria Caterina has bolted in with her last two in NSW whilst Come On Carl was a tough two times winner over the summer. The return the promising times spring Morphettville winner Miss Jane is keenly anticipated whilst the lightly raced Jochberg looks close to another win after finishing a close up fourth at Sandown a couple of weeks ago.

The perfect stallion for the owner/breeder, Skilled is a horse who really catches the eye, Riverbank’s Dr Caroline Duddy joking that “they don’t call him the pretty boy for nothing!”

A Group 1 winner at two of the AJC Champagne Stakes and at three runner-up in the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, Skilled has not only type and performance – but pedigree as well, being one of the ever reliable Commands (a horse who boasted an outstanding 71.9% winners-to-runners strike rate) 58 stakes winners whilst his dam is the wonderful mare Dextrous.

The winner of five of her ten starts including the Group 2 Sandown Guineas and the Group 3 Vanity, Dextrous has been represented by seven winners from as many runners including the Group Two winners Ambidexter and Sidestep – both of whom are also doing a good job at stud.

Whilst Ambidexter has sired 18 winners from his first two crops with limited opportunities, Sidestep has been in the headlines having sired, from his debut crop, the Golden Slipper heroine Kiamichi.

Skilled stands at a fee of $3300 (incl gst) with special deals regarding reproductive vet costs on offer. He is part of a strong Riverbank roster, standing alongside Winx’s half-brother Boulder City, the consistent Redente, the Caulfield Guineas winner Anacheeva, the VRC Sires Produce winner Von Costa de Hero and the impeccably bred Wayed Zain.

For further information contact Russell Osborne on 0423 768 155 or reach out to them on twitter @riverbankfarm1 or at

*Article by Kristen Manning

Rewards running hot for Chilli Pepper

Portland Paije and Chilli Pepper as a foal

Chatswood Stud’s Reward for Effort is running hot – so hot that he is currently sitting at number nine on the Australian Sires Table for number of winners. With four individual winners last Saturday alone and a staggering 20 winners in the last month, he has managed to clock up an impressive total of 83 winners for the season.

With Desert Lashes and Essence Of Terror both burning up The Valley’s 955 challenge, and Miss Norway ready to return to stakes level in a matter of weeks there is plenty of upside for the son of Exceed and Excel.

“We are delighted to see Reward For Effort join elite company at the pointy end of the sires table for winners, and when you look at the horses below him, it really does show what a brilliant consistent sire he is. Funny enough, he’s even beating his own sire Exceed and Excel,” Nic Willis said.

Another one of the runners that has contributed to his tally is the mare Chilli Pepper. Bred and raced by Ellerton Zahra Racing Manager Sharnee Rose and her family, she was over the moon when her tough homebred held on to share the spoils of first place in a nail-biting dead heat at Cranbourne.

The dam of Chilli Pepper, Portland Paije was a beloved member of the Rose family, as are all the horses foaled and raised by Sharnee’s parents on their family farm.

“We actually bred Portland Paije too. She was out of the Nassipour mare, Enchanting Style, so it’s wonderful to see the family continue on.” Sharnee said.

“Mum gets so attached to all of the horses, they are like her children and she would bring them all inside if she could.” Rose said.

“When Portland Paije retired from racing, dad sold her on account of her ownership group, but I promptly bought her back. I knew if we lost her, mum would have been devastated having raised and bred three generations. I even sold a share back to dad.” She said.

The Rose family have raced all of the foals out of both Enchanting Style, and Portland Paije.

“Chilli Pepper has a big sister called Miss Pickle also by Reward For Effort, who was named after being a month overdue, as I remember saying “she will have pickled that foal” and there a two-year-old filly called Shandy, who is by Fiorente. Unfortunately, we lost Portland Paije after Shandy, but we will continue to breed with these daughters of hers and continue the bloodline.” She said.

“Chilli Pepper was always a well-muscled strong foal, and one thing about the Reward For Efforts, is that they keep growing and improving.”

“He is a Group 1 winning stallion, a great trainer’s sire, as he keeps getting the winners and super value for those owners who want to have a bit of fun. He was speed himself and he is putting that speed into his progeny. He’s doing a really good job.”

“Ellerton Zahra are great fans of the stallion, and when you look at the other Reward For Efforts we have in the stable, Essence of Terror is a really big impressive mare, as is Red Light Roxanne. She was so her brave first up at Geelong. They both have the same owners, and there is no doubt both will keep improving as they mature.” Sharnee remarked.

Brazen Beau First Northern Hemisphere Runner a Winner

Darley sire Brazen Beau.

I Am Invincible’s Group 1 winning son Brazen Beau has already proven his worth in Australia with smart winners Tassort and Accession and started his Northern Hemisphere stud career in a similar vein with his first winner in the UK.

The Bryan Smart trained colt Proper Beau is the first Northern Hemisphere winner for Brazen Beau an gave his sire the perfect start when scoring a determined neck win over race favourite Alminoor in the five furlong juvenile contest.

“I was over the moon with that. Proper Beau always showed us a bit at home and I’d have been gutted if he wasn’t in the first three. He hit the front and idled but came a long way clear with the second. I want to mind him. His next run will be in a conditions race and that’ll tell us how good he is, and whether we have a Royal Ascot horse,” said Smart.

Purchased for just 34,000 guineas at Tattersalls October as a yearling, Proper Beau is the fifth winner from stakes-placed Pivotal mare Olivia Grace.

He currently stands at Darley Northwood Park and the second crop of Australian yearlings by Brazen Beau has been very popular at the sales this year particularly at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale where 17 of them averaged $285,294.

*Article courtesy of Breednet

Course Record Winning Debut for Cable Bay’s First Runner

Stallion Cable Bay at Woodside Park Stud

Cable Bay’s first ever runner, the Archie Watson-trained Electric Ladyland produced an outstanding display to jump from the outside barrier, at Lingfield Park in the UK take the lead, and pull away in a two-year-old course-record time over the 5f to become the first winner for her Group 2 winning, Group 1 placed sire.

With the European flat season only commencing last Saturday at Doncaster, the team at Woodside Park Stud couldn’t have hoped for a better start for the popular son of Invincible Spirit, achieving his first winner less than a week into the season.

“The basis of Australian breeding is 2 year-old speed. Cable Bay’s first runner, four days into the European season emphasises the excitement that surrounds this stallion. Electric Ladyland showed a wonderful intelligence and skill on debut and highlighted all the qualities we are experiencing in his first crop of weanlings in Australia.  The stud career of Cable Bay is a space of immense promise and anticipation.” – James Price, General Manager Commercial at Woodside Park Stud.

One of 114 two-year-old’s by Cable Bay in Europe, Electric Ladyland is now likely to head straight into stakes company, due to the impressive nature of her absolutely dominant two length victory.

Having covered two books of incredibly well credentialed mares in Australia, all of which achieved a mating compatibility test, his third book this season is surely set to rise based on how highly regarded he is by his Southern Hemisphere shareholders as well as the quality first crop foals on the ground.

The local market will have access to Cable Bay’s first crop weanlings at the Inglis Broodmare and Weanling Sale in May where Victoria’s Merrivale Farm will consign a pair of fillies; Lot 142 is the second foal out of a half-sister to the Group 3 winner Adorabeel, while Lot 183 is out of the Dehere mare Chalk Ridge, from the family of Group 1 producing sires El Gran Senor and Try My Best and Domesday.

*Article courtesy of Woodside Park.

An Easter bounty for Three Bridges

Three Bridges' Lot 200 at the upcoming Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

The Eddington based Three Bridges Thoroughbreds are heading up north this week for the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale at Sydney’s Riverside Stables.

Attracting another stunning catalogue for 2019, the Victorian vendor is proud to present four beautifully bred and prepared youngsters to the local and international buying bench.

“This is our goal is to have offer the highest quality horses possible through the Gold Coast and Easter sales. We want to offer the elite buying bench genuine high-end racing prospects, and this draft is an excellent example of that,” Toby Liston said.

“With two yearlings out of Group 1 winners and another out of a Group 2 winning Redoute’s Choice mare, they are all guns. We know people want to buy from us, and our job is to provide to them with the horse they want to buy – it’s simple.”

Lot 60 is one of only two colts in the sale by champion sire and proven sire of sires Lonhro, he is the first foal of Group 2 winner, the Redoute’s Choice mare Into The Mist. The second dam, De Lago Mist is also a Group 2 winner and the dam of stakes-winner Instinction.

The third dam a grand ten-time winner and five-time stakes winner was In The Mist. Bred on the highly successful Lonhro x Redoute’s Choice cross that has produced 86% winners to runners and seven stakes-winners headed by Group 1 winner Kementari. “

“Pauline has actually foaled four generations of this family down, being from one of our original loyal South Australian clients for over 17 years. It is a wonderful privilege to be offering another generation of this family at Easter.”

Lot 116 is by Champion three-year-old Dundeel out of the Group 1 winner of the New Zealand Oaks, Midnight Oil by Keeper this filly also boasts a family that includes Our Tristalight, Danske and Eagle Rhythm.

“No doubt another Oaks winner in the making.”

Lot 170 is by proven Group 1 sire, So You Think out of the Fastnet Rock mare Papillon Rose. This filly is the second foal of a good metropolitan winning sister to stakes Cranbourne Cup winner, Digitalism. Bred on similar High Chaparral (sire of So You Think) x Fastnet Rock cross to Group 1 winner Tivaci and Group 2 winner Omei Sword.

Lot 200 is a real standout. By renowned classic sire Tavistock out of the Group 1 BRC Queensland Oaks winning mare, Provocative, Group 1 classic goals are well within his reach.

He is the first foal of Provocative, whose dam Betwixt won the Group 3 Tasmania Derby and is bred on the prolific Tavistock x Zabeel cross that runs at 87% winners to runners. It has delivered five stakes-winners including Group 1 Australian Derby winner Tarzino and Hong Kong Derby winner and three time international Group 1 winner Werther.

“This colt could easily win a Derby in the future, he has more energy than any other horse I can remember and is freakishly athletic just like his mother,” Liston added.

“Overall, our four yearlings are well placed in the catalogue and offer pedigree depth and physical quality. They sit very well amongst their peers in the southern hemisphere’s elite yearling sale.”

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds have already proven the quality of horses they are capable of breeding, rearing and preparing.

“Over the past four years we have raised two Derby winners in Rangipo (NZ Derby) and Leicester (SA Derby) as well as SA Australasian Oaks winner Sopressa,” said Liston.

“This is achieved through careful purchases, astute mating selection, dedicated horse management and a wonderful natural environment that Three Bridges provides.”

“By being able to grow out young horses in huge paddocks they can develop the athleticism soundness and toughness. Our three-year-old classic success reflects our commitment to raising strong and robust thoroughbreds that can achieve the goals they are bred for.”

It will be a busy first day of the Easter sale for Three Bridges with all four lots going under the hammer. The draft will be ready to parade Thursday morning in Barn I, Stables 23–26. 

Lot 60 from the Three Bridges Thoroughbreds draft for 2019 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Toronado’s Gold Prince set for a Showdown

Connections of Prince Of Sussex after winning the VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo, 30/3/19 (Racing Photos).

Prince Of Sussex, a brilliant first-crop representative of Swettenham’s resident stallion Toronado, showed his raw talent at Bendigo when he demolished his rivals in the highly competitive $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush over 1000 metres.

Mornington based trainer Matt Laurie was elated to see the two-year-old show his true worth and said he will now focus on the $1 million Showdown for the progeny of VOBIS Sires nominated stallions, to be run for the first time at Caulfield on April 27.

The Showdown and the VOBIS Gold Rush, are two of eighteen races in the VOBIS Gold Premier Race series, which boasts an incredible $4.45 million dollars across the series. The series is targeted by trainers due to the exceptional amount of prizemoney on offer.

Strongly supported by Racing Victoria and the Victorian State government and with MP Maree Edwards, the State Member for Bendigo West in attendance on Saturday, Bendigo was abuzz with excitement.

The son of the popular Victorian sire under Michael Dee won comfortably being eased down by two and a quarter lengths from The Executioner with the Fighting Sun colt Groot a length back in third. 

“He was impressive and produced what we thought him capable of,” Laurie said. “He had trialled up well, and his training went to plan. He’s such a magnificent horse.”

“We went back to the drawing board and gave him a spell after his first start. This horse is going to be high class in another six months, so to see him perform like he is, so exciting.”

Prince Of Sussex was the number one draft pick for Laurie and long-time stable client Paul Dugan as Carringbush Park at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale from Swettenham Stud’s consignment for $145,000.

“Paul has been with me for years, and he made a short list of lot numbers. We liked this bloke the best on type,” Laurie said.

“I thought he would be at least a $200,000 horse, to be honest, so we’re glad we got him. Paul brought in a few old school mates to race him and the breeder, Chris Jackson, has also stayed in for part of the action.”

Swettenham’s Sam Matthews was over the moon with how he gave the rest of the field a galloping lesson and is excited to have a strong representative of Toronado in the Showdown.

“He will likely start favourite after his VOBIS Gold Rush win, and it was great to see Prince of Sussex validate the huge opinion Matt Laurie had of him. We couldn’t have been more impressed. We always knew it was there, and we look forward to more performances of that quality to come.” Matthews said.

Prince Of Sussex is the second foal of the Testa Rossa mare Il Diamante, who showed ability in her four starts for Peter Moody winning on debut at Cranbourne and placing at Sandown and Sale before finishing her career on the track with a fourth at Sandown.

Il Diamante is a half-sister to the multiple stakes-placed Montauk (More Than Ready) out of the well-performed Octagonal mare Diamond Cove a Listed stakes-winner of seven races from the family of Charge Forward and Kidman’s Cove.

Her three-year-old Equiano filly, the speedy Algadon Miss, also trained by Matt Laurie has won her last three starts in succession, including two at the Valley, and looks to be very promising.

“He was one of the highlights of the draft last year, and the mare resides with us, as his breeder Chris, is a long-time client of the farm,” Matthews said.

“Il Diamante has an outstanding Toronado filly weanling on the ground, that’s one of the nicest on the property. She throws an excellent type and obviously clicks well with Toronado. She is not in foal this year, so she will be one of the first covers back to Toronado in the breeding shed come spring.”

Breeder Chris Jackson is naturally cheerful about the commercial pedigrees updates his mare has recently received.

“It’s been an incredible few weeks for Il Diamante with her first foal, also with Matt Laurie unbeaten since joining his stable, including winning a 55 second challenge at The Valley and a 1000 metre BM 78 by 1.5 lengths. She sure can throw a top-class sprinter and her weanling filly by Toronado looks to be in the exact same mould,” Jackson said.

Matthew’s reports that Toronado’s 2019 book is filling fast with around 70 mares already on the list, and a with handful of runners coming up over the next couple of weeks, “he could provide breeders with more winners, hopefully of the quality of Prince of Sussex,” Matthews said.

While another recent brilliant result for Toronado was the win of Heaven’s Bonus in the Tasmanian Sires Produce over 1400 metres in Launceston.

From the mare Heaven’s Choice, bred by his owners David and Louise Adams, they have been fortunate to have already tasted success with the broodmare Heaven’s Choice, who produced Heaven’s Delight to win the 2017 2YO Tasmanian Magic Millions Classic.

“That’s two on the trot for Heaven’s Bonus, and he had also placed in the 2YO Magic Millions. He will now have a break, but more than likely he will cross the Bass Straight to the mainland and be very competitive in the spring,” Matthews said.

He is a good-looking representative of Toronado that has also proven he can run early.”

“It is great to see that breeders to Toronado in the second year were rewarded at the sales, and that breeders to him in his fourth year are now being rewarded with these quality gallopers hitting the track in style,” Matthews said.

Music to Moshe’s Ears

Mosh Music makes it four wins in a row, at Bendigo, 30/3/19 (Racing Photos).

Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander won’t be surprised if the daughter of Sun Stud stallion Moshe, Mosh Music continues to progress right to the top echelon of the staying ranks in the spring.

Archie Alexander is daring to dream of the Melbourne Cup for Mosh Music, who has risen from a modest background to win six of her eight starts, the last four in succession.

“It’s pretty rare for any horse to be able to do that,” he said. “It’s quite amazing and she’s held her form so well. She may not be much better than she is now, but she could be a Melbourne Cup winner in waiting. Every time we’ve given her a tougher race she’s won.”

“Who knows that she’s not a Melbourne Cup horse. We could put her in a Listed race, and she could win that and then a Group 2 and then end up at the biggest level.”

Mosh Music’s career didn’t get off to a spectacular start when she ran seventh first time out at Kyneton a year ago, but since then she’s cut loose with her latest success in a Benchmark 84 contest over 2400 metres at Bendigo.

“Every horse that can win four in a row is a bit of a surprise,” Alexander said. “She goes okay at home without being a rocket.

“She’s got a weird pedigree to assess. Her mother ran an Adelaide Cup so she could stay, but at the same time Moshe is from more of a sprinting background.”

The dam Dirt Music (Jeune {GB}) won six races up to 3000 metres when trained by Alexander’s foreman Greg Baker, who bred and part-owns Mosh Music.

“Mosh Music’s gone to the paddock now and that was always the plan,” Alexander said.

“We would have liked to run her in some bigger and better races at the right distance, but they weren’t around. The Bendigo race was just down the road, and she’s done the job. Next time around we’ll worry about travel and Group races.

“In the spring the rough plan would be the Bendigo Cup and the Queen Elizabeth. Every time we’ve put her in a better race she’s won. She just keeps on improving and this is only her second ever racing preparation. We’re certainly happy to have her.”

The 4-year-old Mosh Music is a grand-daughter of Lochnarie (Ire) with the headline act in the pedigree the multiple Group 1 winner and sire Kalaglow (Ire) (Kalamoun {GB}).

Alexander was also rapt with the performance of his promising 3-year-old Saccharo. Sired by another Sun Stud stallion, Magnus, when finishing a close third in the Listed Jayco Bendigo Guineas.

“He ran really well. It was frustrating, but he couldn’t keep up. They rolled along over the 1400 metres and he got a lot further back than we wanted,” he said.

“Another three or four strides and he’d have got there. He needs a mile and he’s being aimed at the big VOBIS day at the end of April and the 3-year-old mile.”

Saccharo is the regular partner of Jordan Childs, who does the bulk of the stable’s riding and he was the driving force behind his father and former Group 1 jockey Greg taking a share in the horse.

“Jordan rides nearly everything for us, and he came up to our open day and liked him Saccharo and got his Dad involved,” Alexander said. “He’s a good-looking horse and he ran fifth in the G1 Caulfield Guineas behind The Autumn Sun. He’s picked up a cheque every start he’s had, so that’s very pleasing.”

Spendthrift’s first crop off and winning

Miss Trouble Maker wins the 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate at Seymour, 27/3/19 (Racing Photos).

From the first-ever crop of foals born and raised on the Kerrie Valley property in the heart of the Macedon Ranges, the statistics from Spendthrift Australia are a positive sign of things to come.

With eleven horses foaled, nine have made it to the track, and five have won, including the stakes-placed Mark The Horse.

A son of Warrior’s Reward, Mark The Horse gallantly placed in a competitive Stutt Stakes field at the Valley last September for trainer Michelle Payne.  

While last week alone, we saw three of those winners in Miss Trouble Maker at Seymour, Born Bad at Pakenham and Rising The Moon in New Zealand.

Spendthrift Australia’s Garry Cuddy is optimistic about the direction of the farm and the quality gallopers the Spendthrift stallions are producing.

“It’s great to get those results on the board as it demonstrates to clients that we are breeding and producing racehorses that will consistently get to the track and be competitive.”

“It’s a positive to have these runners out there performing leading up to the breeding season, as it gives breeders confidence in the mares we are supporting our stallions with, and our operation as a whole.”

“An extra special mention needs to go to Veterinary surgeon David Railton from Avenel Equine Hospital for his expert care with Miss Trouble Maker as a yearling and trainer Charlotte Littlefield, who has done a wonderful patient job so far. She won impressively last week, will take improvement from the run and we will be keen to see where she heads to next,” Cuddy said.

Champion lines leave a Legacy

Champion sire, Redoute's Choice (Racenet).

Arrowfield Stud announced the unfortunate passing of champion sire Redoute’s Choice last Tuesday morning. The twenty-two year old stallion was humanely euthanised after suffering a traumatic loss of mobility which, despite intensive care by Arrowfield’s veterinary and stallion teams, could not be restored.

Redoute’s Choice was a stallion who allowed so many people to fulfil dreams and ambitions. Those dreams include the careers of 163 stakes winners across 11 countries since his first crop of foals in 2001. Bonaria, Doubting, Miss Finland, Albrecht, Lankan Rupee, Samantha Miss, Fullazz. Stakes winning mares who have gone on to produce their own stakes winners. Speedy colts looking to emulate their father as they carve out their own stallion careers – ten of them now standing in Victoria.

He may have spent the last two decades in the scenic surrounds of NSW’s Hunter Valley, but the greatest son of Danehill began his racing career in Victoria.

In 1994 Mr Muzaffar Yaseen, a Sri Lankan businessman with Victorian interests, purchased a $220,000 Canny Lady filly from a Nijinsky mare at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Bred by Victoria’s Evening Star Breeding Venture, Shantha’s Choice was the highest priced filly at the sale that year, but there was no way her new owner could forsee the Australasian breeding jewel she would become.

Despite being a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Hurricane Sky and half-sister to Umatilla, Shantha’s Choice could not emulate the same racetrack success. She only raced twice as a two year old for trainer Gerald Ryan before injury sent her to the breeding barn, and to Danehill. The result of that meeting was Redoute’s Choice.

Trained by Rick Hore-Lacy, Redoute’s Choice had five wins in his ten start career, four of them Group Ones – Blue Diamond Stakes, Caulfield Guineas, C.F. Orr Stakes and Manikato Stakes. A sensational career on the track ended with his crowning as the Australian Champion 3YO Miler.

Redoute’s Choice is among the five stakes winners out of the 13 foals produced by his dam. His full brother Platinum Scissors won the AJC Spring Champion Stakes while half-brother Manhattan Rain won the AJS Sires’ Produce Stakes and placed in a Golden Slipper and Cox Plate. Echoes of Heaven took out the SAJC Port Adelaide Guineas and Sliding Cube won the AJC San Domenico Stakes. All but 2 of her foals would go on to have their own successes in the breeding barn, producing offspring who are now leaving their own significant marks on Australian breeding.

Redoute’s Choice has been a Top 5 sire since he won the first of his three General Sires’ Premierships in 2006. He won two Champion 2YO Sire titles (2005 and 2006) and a Champion First Season Sire (2004). His 2005 Tugela colt sold for a then all-time Australian record price of $2.5 million and he looked set to inherit his own sire’s crown.

His 2010 season recorded a remarkable strike rate of 19.6%. Snitzel’s second-place finish in 2014 resulted in a father-&-son Sire Premiership quinella unprecedented in Australian thoroughbred history.

Even with his athletic physique, impressive pedigree and brilliant racing career, Redoute’s Choice exceeded all expectations to become a world-class stallion and a dominant sire of sires and broodmares. The legacy set in motion by his dam Shantha’s Choice will live on for years to come.

Thunder Snow again boosts Victorian stallions

Son of former Victorian sire Helmet, Thunder Snow wins the 2019 Dubai World Cup at Meydan (Breednet).

The son of former Darley’s Victorian based stallion Helmet, Thunder Snow made history at Meydan on Saturday, winning the Dubai World Cup for the second consecutive time having successfully claimed the 2000 metre feature in the hands of Belgian superstar jockey Christophe Soumillon for trainer Saeed bin Suroor.

In a brilliant result for the Victorian industry, Thunder Snow also provided Swettenham Stud’s stallion Trust In A Gust with another substantial pedigree update.

The Godolphin representative is a grandson of Red Slippers (USA) (Nureyev {USA}), who is a half-sister to the dam of Trust In A Gust, the millionaire Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Group 1 Toorak Handicap winner.

Thunder Snow overcame a wide draw and adopted a prominent position in the running of the race, before a tough battle arose with Gronkowski in the straight.  Able to muster extraordinary reserves in the run to the line Thunder Snow overhaul Gronkowski by only a nose.

His ecstatic trainer, Saeed bin Suroor gave credit to both the horse and the jockey.

“He is a such a brave horse. I wasn’t sure if he had won, but we had the best jockey in the world on board and he knows him so well. He has won the UAE Derby and now the Dubai World Cup twice on him from wide draws and they are a great team. I think this is my 191st Group 1 winner but it ranks very highly, probably along with Dubai Millennium in 2000 when he won this race.”

While jockey Christophe Soumillon was thankful to all connections.

“Last year I won by five, six, even more lengths, and today Thunder had to fight hard. I really want to say a big thank you to Saeed bin Suroor, and also to HH Sheikh Mohammed, just before the race they said to me in the paddock you should have so much confidence and do everything right.”

“Thanks to Thunder Snow, because without him I would not be able to do such things.”

The son of Helmet has now won eight of his 23 career starts with a prize money total of US$16,011,850 with plans now being made for another trip to the US.

“I will have to speak with His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid al Maktoum, but I would like Thunder Snow to run in America again. Maybe in New York, in Saratoga with the final plan being the Breeders’ Cup Classic at Santa Anita,” Suroor said.