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A message from Racing Victoria: Super VOBIS nominations during the Great Southern Weanling Sale

Essential information for Super VOBIS nominations during the Great Southern Weanling Sale

With the Great Southern Weanling Sale around the corner, Racing Victoria (RV) would like to notify you nominations will not be accepted for horses being sold from the beginning of the inspections period ending at the close of the last day of the sale.

If you would like to nominate your yearling to Super VOBIS, you must submit a nomination form to RV before Friday 7 June.

Please CLICK HERE for the latest version of the nomination form. Should you have a previous version of the nomination form, please disregard and utilize this form.

If you are planning on nominating for Category C, we recommend submitting your nomination at least a week prior to the date stated above to allow sufficient time for review.

Please note: Horses must be fully parentage verified within the Australian Studbook, prior to nominating your weanling, failure to do so will result in the nomination being rejected.

Racing Victoria wish you all the best of luck with the upcoming sale and the success in the ring with your draft.

Rosemont’s Northern Mission

Rosemont Stud's weanling Lot 237, Starcraft x Jackpot Queen.

Rosemont Stud is offering an exceptional draft of Victorian bred and raised weanlings at this week’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast.

Gerard Jones, Rosemont’s Operations Manager, is pleased with the selection of horses, who are a mixture of client and farm-owned weanlings, as he identifies a number of the standout lots in the draft.

“The horses we have bought up to the Coast are the forward examples of the stallions we have supported. They are all types that will suit the Gold Coast weanling market,” said Gerard.

“With sires representing both Victorian and interstate farms, as well as showcasing progeny of our resident stallions and the quality produce of our established broodmares, we will be offering foals by proven sires in Starcraft and Choisir, exciting stallion Brazen Beau and foals by first season sire Star Turn.”

“Focusing our foals into one targeted draft has enabled us to bring the crème of the crop, from some of the most fashionable and proven stallions in the market.”

“Our two Brazen Beau weanling colts are both very forward and early types. Lot 228, out of the Shamardal mare, Inflection will be popular with anyone that sees him. He is very forward, with great muscle definition and bone, and a can-do attitude.”

“Lot 272 is out of the Authorised mare, Legal Mistress, a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Griante, and her dam is a half to the Group 1 winner Grand Journey. There is plenty of currency in the pedigree and for people doing their research, there are also two or three Brazen Beau’s out of the family that have sold recently in the yearling market for big cash.”

“We also bought up two Starcraft (NZ) weanlings, Lot 286 out of Annaba mare, Lykanna and Lot 237 out of Not A Single Doubt mare, Jackpot Queen. Starcraft is continuing to do a phenomenal job, especially in Hong Kong. Both are out of Rosemont owned mares, that are proven producers at the sales and on the track.”

“They are well-grown colts, and loose, fluid movers. They showcase the stallion impressively, and as we always continually get asked if we have a Starcraft colt for sale, we have bought two great examples.”

“The Annaba x Starcraft cross, as seen in Lot 286, is well-proven and has worked with success in the past. These are the mares we look for to go to Starcraft, and out of eight runners, there have been five winners and two stakes winners, most notably the Blue Diamond Prelude winner, Property.

“Our Exceed and Excel colt is the best on pedigree out of the mare Silent Entrance (GB). He is a good type, a decent size and boasts the rich Juddmonte family, being out of a Beat Hollow mare with the admired Dansili and Champs Elysees is on his page.”

“Overall, the weanling draft all have good attitudes and have handled the prep extremely well. They have shown growth physically and mentally and are sound weanlings with clean x-rays. A big thank you must be given to the hardworking and dedicated team of staff we have on the farm,” Gerard said.

With a busy breeding season just around the corner with four resident stallions, Rosemont Stud are thrilled to welcome Starspangledbanner home. Excitingly, his Northern Hemisphere two-year-old crop has had five winners from six runners, and all look to be headed to Ascot.  

Starspangledbanner is joined by the relocated Shamus Award, a progressive stallion that is ticking along nicely with at least two to three winners a week including his most recent stakes victor, Etana who claimed the Group 2 Magic Millions The Roses. Her win will no doubt boost her Group 1 Queensland Oaks prospects, and with his oldest runners only three-year-old’s, there is plenty of upside ahead.

While Starcraft is continuing to secure quality mares with exceptional fertility at 86%.

“He loves his job and is a good old marvel. He is still kicking goals with 100 mares last year and 120 the year before; he has good numbers coming through out of quality mares,” Jones said.

Rounding out the quartet, Nostradamus is getting positive feedback from trainers and breakers, “and they are optimistic about having them in their stables, with Philip Stokes, who has two in training, having a very high opinion of them both,” Gerard continued.

Looking to next week, Rosemont will present a large draft of race fillies and in-foal mares for the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

“They will offer the buying bench a great selection of pedigrees, with some in foal to popular stallions such as Rubick and the big gun I Am Invincible, as well as mares in foal to resident farm stallion Starcraft.”

The Magic Millions Gold Coast National Weanling Sale commence Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Another Group 1 written into the history books

Trainer Tony McEvoy and jockey Todd Pannell celebrate Despatch's Goodwood win (Atkins Photography)

The Written Tycoon gelding Despatch jumped to the front and made every post a winner in the $750,000 Group 1 Goodwood over 1200 metres at Morphettville on Saturday.

Giving the Woodside Park Stud poster boy his seventh Group 1 winner, it was the fourth consecutive win for the Tony McEvoy-trained gelding who advances his record to seven wins from 11 starts with earnings of $954,105.

“What a courageous performance,” McEvoy exclaimed post-race. “He led today, which wasn’t really our plan. I told Todd (Pannell) to ride him where he was comfortable. He took it up and what a fantastic performance. Gee this horse has come a long way, he’s a really bright sprinter. This means everything to me. It is a time-honoured race in South Australia.”

With the Stradbroke still on the radar, a decision is yet to be made, with a possibility of waiting for the spring to see Dispatch in his next campaign.

Pin-hooked by Baramul Stud’s Paul and Amanda Thompson for $40,000 out of the Woodside Park draft at the 2015 National Weanling Sale Select Session, the son of Written Tycoon was consigned by Baramul Stud to the 2016 Adelaide Yearling Sale where she was knocked down to McEvoy Mitchell Racing for $195,000.

Foaled and raised at Woodside Park Stud, he is the fourth and final foal out of the three-time Sydney winner Zoccoletta (Fasliyev) who is a daughter of the smart race mare Vita (Thunder Gulch), a Group 3 AJC Fernhill Handicap winner.

Despatch joins the likes of Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes-winner Capitalist, Music Magnate, this year’s Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Booker and the Widden Stud-bound first-season sire Written By, as elite-level winners for the sire.

While another son of Written Tycoon Tyzone is likely to be given his chance at the highest level in next month’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap, after coming from near last to take out Saturday’s Group 3 BRC Sprint at Doomben.

Trained on the Gold Coast by Toby Edmonds, the nature of Tyzone’s victory has given his trainer confidence that the five-year-old is a genuine chance in the $1.5 million contest.

“I think (Saturday’s win) put to bed anyone’s concern about him running out the trip,” Edmonds said after Tyzone unleashed a powerful finish to win by one and three-quarter lengths.

Tyzone has now won 16 of his 31 starts for prize-money earnings of $643,125, not bad for a $60,000 purchase at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses in Training Sale.

Tyzne is one of three winners for triple winner, the Hussonet mare Rezonet. A half-sister to the stakes-placed Spirited Eagle (Not A Single Doubt), Rezonet has a weanling three-quarter sister to Tyzone by Winning Rupert (Written Tycoon), while she was covered by Capitalist (Written Tycoon) on Christmas Day last year.

Time for Phoenix to rise in the north

Phoenix Broodmare Farm’s Damian Gleeson and Deb Gifford

Phoenix Broodmare Farm’s Damian Gleeson and Deb Gifford are delighted to assemble a hand-picked group of weanlings to present at this week’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale on the Gold Coast.

All foaled on farm and raised at their Euroa property, the draft has been carefully grown out and prepared to their best.

“We have chosen this group of seven weanlings, as they offer a diverse range of bloodlines, including first season stallions that tend to sell well, and proven commercial pedigrees.  They are all bigger and stronger types, which is what the market here demands. This is the best foal sale in Australia, so this is where we need to be,” said Gleeson.

With a mixture of colts and fillies, all VOBIS eligible, Gleeson identifies a couple of their standout lots.

“The Shalaa (IRE) colt out of the Not A Single Doubt mare, Not A Happy Camper who is a stakes-placed mare, is a nice, strong, forward colt by a competitive first season sire. The Shalaa progeny have received good feedback overall, and he is putting great types on the ground,” Gleeson said.

“We are also offering a good type of colt by the speedy son of Not A Single Doubt in Extreme Choice. He is a very nice type out of a stakes-winning, up and running US family. We purchased this mare from the Gold Coast broodmare sale last year, and we are delighted with the weanling she has produced.”

“We are also offering a cracking Shooting To Win colt, and it was great to see him have a good winner in Sydney on the weekend. The feedback on Shooting To Win is still positive, and plenty of trainers have nice horses in their stable; they just need a bit more time. We are very happy with him, and he will be popular with all that inspect him.”

“The Flying Artie colt is another nice weanling we have to offer, while our Dundeel filly is out of the stakes-placed Anabaa mare, Miss Barwang is the flavour of the month. She is an athletic, good walking filly.”

“As a group, they have thrived through the eight-week preparation on farm. We try to get them out into the paddocks during the day to get some sun on their back, and then they come into the stable in the cool of the night. It’s a good balance, and they have handled it very well.”

And once they head back south, Phoenix Broodmare Farm will be straight into the Inglis Great Southern Sale with a baker’s dozen of weanlings to present.

“We have specifically chosen the drafts to suit each sale, and we will have a strong representation of Victorian sires down in Melbourne that we look forward to parading at Oaklands.”

The Gold Coast Magic Millions Weanling Sale commence Wednesday 22 May 2019.

Northern success the aim for Lauriston Farm

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm's Escobar, Lot 1172.

With a float load of six quality mares heading to Queensland’s Gold Coast in the coming days, it is a case of quality over quantity for Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, as they are one of ten vendors representing Victoria and aiming for sale success at next week’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Watched over by Lauriston’s James O’Brien, the first to go through the sale ring will be Lot 1055, a well named mare by the name of Candy Stripes (Commands). A stakes winner trained by Victoria’s Tony Noonan, she is currently in foal to Group 2 winning sprinter and Victorian sire, Rich Enuff.

By Not A Single Doubt, Escobar will go next under the hammer for Lauriston as Lot 1172. A winner at 1050 metres, she is the dam of 3 foals, one named. She is currently in foal to Caravaggio, an exceptional son of world-class sire Scat Daddy, and an unbeaten Group 1 winner at two.

Ocean Storm (Lot 1432) is an unraced mare by 2007 Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense (USA). She is a half-sister to Group 1 BTC Cup winner, Your Song and is currently in foal to the stallion Zoustar.

Lot 1502, Remlaps Jewel (Choisir), is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Manawanui and is currently in foal to Written Tycoon. She won three races in New South Wales over 1000 – 1110 metres and is the dam of three foals.

Lot 1549, Showstopper is by the consistent Irish sire Tobougg (IRE). The dam of three winners from five named foals, including the Maher / Eustace trained Kardashing, she will go through the ring in foal to arguably this year’s most popular stallion, Brazen Beau.

The final lot of the Lauriston draft is the Written Tycoon daughter, Sports Writer (Lot 1575). A winner of two sprint races, she is a half-sister to the Robbie Griffiths trained and three-time Listed winner, It Is Written. Sports Writer will go through the sale ring in foal to Lonhro.

“Our draft is a nice one. All the mares are lovely and will present very well as a whole,” James said.

“As Victorian breeders, we are proud to have half our mares in foal to Victorian stallions. Written Tycoon is flying and Brazen Beau is doing extremely well. The Magic Millions National Sales Series is the biggest sale in Australia and we are looking forward to being part of it. We’re here having a go and having fun.”

And whilst ensuring the best results for his 2019 draft is serious business, James will also be keeping a keen eye out for a previous graduate of his also going through the ring, two-time Group 1 winner Global Glamour (Lot 1219). The Star Witness mare was bred by James at Lauriston and sold through their 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale draft.

“She was a terrific race mare,” said James. “Having bred her at the farm, I’ve followed her career and I’m excited to see her go through the sale ring.”

Located just 120km south-east of Melbourne CBD in picturesque Corinella, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm overlooks the stunning waters of Western Port Bay. With purpose-built thoroughbred pre-training, education and broodmare facilities, Lauriston caters for horses at all stages of their careers – from foaling right through to retirement.

The Lauriston broodmares will be located in Barn V, stables 3-8 at the Magic Millions Bundall complex and available for parading from Saturday 25 May.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm also have a draft of six weanlings at the National Weanling Sale, commencing this Wednesday 22 May.

Great Southern Sale Catalogue now online

The Inglis Great Southern Sale catalogue is now online.

Story from Inglis

A total of 871 entries have been received for the Inglis Great Southern Sale, for which the catalogue is now available online.

There are 530 weanlings, 285 broodmares, 54 racing stock, one stallion and one stallion share in the sale, which will be held at the renovated Oaklands Junction from June 16-19.

To view the catalogue, CLICK HERE.

The weanling draft includes progeny by leading sires such as Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Zoustar, Pierro, Brazen Beau, Dundeel, Exceed And Excel, Written Tycoon, So You Think, Sebring, Hinchinbrook, Lonhro, Rubick, Choisir and Savabeel as well as first season stallions such as Capitalist, Extreme Choice, American Pharoah, Flying Artie, Winning Rupert, Cable Bay, Astern, Frosted, Palentino, Mshawish, Tivaci, Alpine Eagle and Holler.

There are also mares in foal to the likes of Merchant Navy, Exceed And Excel, Dundeel, American Pharoah, Brazen Beau, Zoustar, Written Tycoon, Caravaggio, Rubick and Invader plus racing stock from Lindsay Park and Contract Racing, among others, including multiple Group-placed mare Swampland.

The Great Southern Sale has consistently proven itself a successful hunting ground for pinhookers.

In 2018 there were multiple huge pinhook results including a Zoustar x Canyonville colt (purchased at Great Southern for $225,000, onsold as a yearling for $700,000), a Brazen Beau x Ms Mazetti colt (a $25,000 GSS weanling, sold for $200,000 as a yearling) and a Smart Missile x Hannah Jane filly, which was purchased for $20,000 at Great Southern and realised $170,000 as a yearling.

Weanlings will be offered on the first two days of the sale (Sunday June 16 and Monday June 17), broodmares on Tuesday June 18 and yearlings and racing stock on Wednesday June 19.

Also catalogued is one share in stallion Tosen Stardom, who stands at Woodside Park Stud.

Supplementary entries to the Great Southern Sale close at 5pm, Friday June 7.

To submit a supplementary, please contact a member of the Inglis bloodstock team or CLICK HERE.

Hard copy catalogues will be available within the next fortnight. To pre-order one, email

Bon Aurum joins the Riverbank Line Up

Bon Aurum wins the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (Racing Photos)

Story by Kristen Manning

“A wonderful addition to the Riverbank roster” is how Dr Caroline Duddy describes the Group One galloper Bon Aurum who takes residence at the Benalla stud this spring; standing alongside Redente, Boulder City, Von Costa de Hero, Skilled, Wayed Zain and Anacheeva.

“We are very excited to welcome him to Riverbank,” Dr Duddy continued, adding that “as a Group One son of the popular and consistent Bon Hoffa he offers exceptional value with the added bonus of having vet fees included if your mare stays with us.”

Remaining at the $5,500 fee he stood for during his debut season last spring, Bon Aurum served a quality book of mares including the stakes winners Hello Pamela and Tango Amigo’s, the dams of stakes winners Bons Away and Riziz as well as daughters of More Than Ready, Flying Spur, Commands, Red Ransom, Grand Lodge, Magnus, Bernardini, Rubiton, Hussonet, Street Sense and Lonhro.

Described by trainer Ciaron Maher as “a tough horse, an exceptional athlete and a beautiful type,” Bon Aurum was bred and raced by Ken King who also raced Bon Hoffa who he said “has been a great stallion for owner breeders.”

“And we are confident that his Group One winning son can emulate and even better his deeds.”

Both horses impressed claiming the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (a race also won by successful stallions Encosta de Lago, Testa Rossa and Exceed And Excel) – Bon Hoffa in 2007 with Bon Aurum saluting nine years later.

The striking Bon Aurum is one of 151 winners sired by the popular Bon Hoffa, nine times winning reliable stallion whose progeny rarely go a week without a win – his sons and daughters this season winning 65 races.

A son of the highly successful Danzig stallion Belong To Me (72 stakes winners including ten Group One winners), Bon Hoffa boasts progeny earnings in excess of $12.2 million and is also sire of the tough stakes winners Bons Away and Deiheros.

Other impressive runners for Bon Hoffa include the exciting last start Country Championship winner Noble Boy (winner of six of his first seven starts), the in-form sprinter Bon Amis (winner of seven of his 15 starts including three of his last four) and the recent Adelaide Magic Millions 2Y0 Classic winner Done By Me whilst on Sunday he was represented by a treble.

But Bon Aurum, winner of nearly $600,000 in stakes, is his best.

Not taking long to strike form, the good looking chestnut at just his second start raced at two raced away with a Geelong maiden. Rising quickly in class, he was in the placings at Flemington and Sandown before taking out the Listed Exford Plate at Flemington.

A Group Three Caulfield Guineas Prelude win was next for Bon Aurum who was caught wide from an outside gate in the Group One Caulfield Guineas won by Press Statement. Not having much go right during a short autumn campaign, he was nevertheless soon into form in the 2016 spring, second up claiming the Listed Tontonan Stakes before his Sir Rupert Clarke success over Voodoo Lad.

Hailing from a strong European family, Bon Aurum can boast amongst his relations the Group One gallopers Court Masterpiece (Sussex Stakes, Prix de la Foret) and Classic Park (Irish 1000 Guineas) and fellow Group winners Double First, Young Runaway, Recupere, Wolverton, Maybe Forever, Soon and Rumpipumpy.

For further information contact Riverbank’s Russell Osborne on 0423 768 155

Fiorente on Fire

Moor Gait wins at Morphettville on Saturday (Atkins Photography)

Story by Sun Stud News

Sun Stud’s ‘Fast Stayer’ Fiorente has produced his fourth stakes winner with a gutsy performance by Andrew Noblet Racing’s 3YO filly, Moor Gait, in the Group Three TAB SA Classic over 2500m at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday.

After sitting just off the leaders, Moor Gait bullocked her way through to notch up a memorable win for breeder Tom Curnow and clearly has a promising future.

Moor Gait is out of the Blackfriars mare, L’Inquisitor and is closely related to multiple Group winner Amber’s Double, but again shows that Fiorente is rapidly emerging as one of Australia’s most exciting young sires.

Headed by the Group Two winners and Group One placed pair of Hawkshot and Stars Of Carrum, Fiorente has also showed in recent weeks that he can produce a classy 2YO with the Sun Bloodstock bred and raced Power Scheme winning the Fernhill Stakes in Sydney last month.

Somewhat astutely, Moor Gait’s dam, L’Inquisitor, was covered last spring by Fiorente. Fiorente will stand this season at Sun Stud at a fee of $27,500 inc. GST – with no payment until getting a live foal.

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Placenta Project back at the end of May for further visits!

Placenta collection scheme will support breeders and state associations (Racing Photos).

With many mares foaling down around the country, last year breeders took advantage of a placenta collection and purchasing service that was provided across the country.

Facilitated by the Japanese company ‘Nomura’, who is accredited with strict Australian export laws, they initially contacted Cressfield Stud through Wayne Bedggood.

After an initial test run, where they collected and froze six mare placentas, the company was able to develop an efficient collection, processing and export procedure.

Payment for each placenta will be $10 plus GST to the stud farm, with $1 going to the state’s breeding association. Having collected over 2000 placentas last season alone in NSW, a donation of $2000 was made to the Hunter Valley Breeders Association.

Now as business demand is increasing, the company would like to look at extending the offer to all Victorian based breeders in order to increase the number of placentas collected.

The current target for the 2019 breeding season is around 3000, Australia wide, and we hope Victorian studs will be able to make up the shortfall.

The funds collected can be used towards a staff bonus, dinner or BBQ, and it is also a great way to support Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, and their future industry events.

Nomura will supply a chest freezer for use during the season to store the collected placentas in and will arrange collection at regular intervals during the season. Any packaging, labelling will also be provided so the studs will not incur any costs or expenses.

The process is easy to adopt and factor into regular farm procedures and aids in equine biosecurity and welfare. Paperwork is minimal, with only a couple of declarations to be signed at the start of the season, and the generation of an invoice at the completion of the season, when payment is made.

This process is far easier than having to bury the unwanted placenta following each foaling, and after a quick wash to remove straw or grass they are bagged, labelled and simply popped in the freezer.

Back in March, Nomura visited farms across Victoria that expressed interest in coming on board with the project. The interest has been so strong for involvement in the project, that Yoshida from Nomura will be coming out to visit at the end of May to visit farms that he couldn’t get to.  

Nomura is keen to get many studs and farms involved as every placenta counts. So even small breeders with small numbers of mares being foaled down, can be a part of this opportunity. The more farms being collected, it will aid in helping the transport run frequently and consistently and contributes importantly to the overall total.

If you would like to participate, or are interested in finding out more about logistics, animal welfare, bio-security or export legislation in place, please contact TBV via email

Nominations open for 2019 Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards

Winners of the Stud and Stable Staff Awards (

The day after Winx won her final race, her long-time strappers Umut Odemislioglu and Candice Perisijn were back in the real world, mucking out the boxes of regular racehorses.

Like the thousands who do what they do, they awoke at an hour closer to midnight than midday and went to work in the twilight world that is essential to the survival of the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries.

Odemislioglu and Perisijn are lucky enough to have had a world champion to look after.  For the rest of the unknown and largely unheralded workers on whom racing depends for its existence, it can be a thankless occupation.

To recognise their value to the industry and to showcase their roles, there are the Stud and Stable Staff Awards, for which the 2019 entries are officially now open.

First staged in Australia in 2015, the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards (GSSSA), an initiative of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Racing Australia and sponsored by Godolphin, offer recognition to everyone in every “backroom”, every stable, stud or office in the Australian thoroughbred world.

From stable workers to exercise riders, to float drivers, to secretaries, to stud grooms, to foaling supervisors, to the growing band of “re-homers” who provide care and a future to horses who can no longer race, the GSSSA’s are open to everyone. 

In so many cases, the industry workers who the Awards seek to recognise, perform their jobs simply because they love horses.

As the 2018 Thoroughbred Excellence Award winner, the trackwork rider, Joe Agresta says: “You couldn’t do it if you didn’t love them.”

Jenny Watson, whose 35 years on the night watch looking out for mares to deliver their foals, at Armidale Stud in Tasmania earned her the Thoroughbred Excellence Award in 2016.

“I still think this is the best job in the world,” Watson says.

To find the most deserving recipients, the GSSSA relies on anyone being able to nominate anyone.

It isn’t necessary for a nomination to come from a boss or someone more senior than the nominee. You can propose someone on the same level as yourself, someone more senior, or more junior, someone from within your own organisation or from another.

Nominations will close on Monday, 1 July, 2019, and can be completed online via the Stud and Stable Staff Awards website

The GSSSA’s provide total prize money of $100,000 in seven categories plus an overall Thoroughbred Excellence Award made to the one of the five category winners.

The awards for the categories include $10,000 and a trophy, with $3,000 to their employer to be shared among fellow employees.

Tom Reilly, CEO of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association said: “These awards celebrate the most deserving people in the thoroughbred industry; the workers whose energy, endeavour, passion and resilience keep breeding and racing going all year around.”

“To trainers, breeders, business owners and administrators, I would encourage you to think of the people who are most deserving of recognition and nominate them. The finalists and award winners, not to mention their employers, get a huge thrill from being involved on the night that it is well worth making the effort of an entry.”

Greg Nichols, Chairman of Racing Australia said: “The Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards, now in its 5th year, are a wonderful recognition and reward for the outstanding skills, commitment and contribution by the unsung heroes of our sport to the unparalleled success of Australian horseracing that is enjoyed today.”

“Racing Australia is greatly appreciative of the generous and unstinting commitment by Godolphin in establishing these awards and continuing its support culminating in the Stud and Stable Staff Awards being regarded as a pinnacle achievement within Australian thoroughbred horse racing.”

“We encourage our vast band of breeders, trainers, owners and racing management to participate by nominating those individuals who represent excellence in their chosen field of expertise.”

For further information please go to

Larneuk Stud announces fees

Larneuk Stud sire O'Lonhro

By Kristen Manning

O’ what a lineup! Offering tremendous value with its 3-strong roster, Victoria’s Larneuk Stud has announced stallion fees for the 2019 season.

Leading the charge is the proven, O’Lonhro, but the Group producing son of Lonhro (83 stakes winners) is ably supported by the up and comers in Cluster (Fastnet Rock) and Wolf Cry (Street Cry).

“Larneuk offers something for everyone, with our stallions representing some of the world’s leading bloodlines at realistic prices,” Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch points out. “O’Lonhro and Cluster have both had an incredible year with their progeny, but we are holding our fees at the same level as 2018.”

With a strike rate of 60% winners to runners, O’LONHRO has caught everyone’s attention over the last year, with Greg Eurell’s classy sprinter/miler, O’Tauto finishing third in the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes, while Mamzelle Tess grabbed third in the Group 2 Blazer at Flemington and was a head second in the Group 3 Tesio at Moonee Valley, resuming in fine fettle with a strong win at Caulfield last month.

O’Lonhro’s progeny have won over 200 races for in excess of $5 million in stakes, but importantly he has the winners of 34 races this season and $1.1 million in earnings.

Enormous value for a stallion that will stand for just $5,500 inc. GST this spring.

Meanwhile, Fastnet Rock’s Group 2 winning sprinter, CLUSTER has hit the ground running with his first runner – Gee Gees Darl – hasn’t finished further adrift than fourth in seven outings which include a stakes second behind Champion 2YO Mystical Pursuit, a fourth in the Listed Gold Sovereign and third in the Tasmanian Sires’ Produce. With just a handful of runners he has produced the winners of multiple races and six placings.

Little wonder Cluster is off to such a great start with Fastnet Rock one of the leading sire-of-sires, while Cluster’s first two dams alone have produced 13 winners from 15 to race! Cluster himself

in his 1st season with his 1st runner Gee Gees Darl running 2nd and 4th in Listed races and 3rd in the Tasmanian Sires Produce earning over $84,000 from 7 starts. With only a handful of runners he has produced 2 wins 5 seconds and a third.

Cluster is by Champion Sire and sire of sires in Fastnet Rock and his first two dams alone have produced 13 winners from 15 to race and the pedigree emanates precocious speed. What’s more, Cluster was lightning quick: capturing the Group 2 Theo Marks Stakes, finishing second in the Group 3 San Domenico in his first run at three and a neck third in the Group 2 Stutt Stakes.

Cluster stands the 2019 season at $6,600 inc. GST.

Wolf Cry wins at Magic Millions Day (pic-Magic Millions)

Larneuk Stud is also looking forward to selling the first of the WOLF CRY yearlings in 2020 as he is clearly stamping his progeny.

A son of Winx’s brilliant sire, Street Cry (128 stakes winners), Wolf Cry was a speedy youngster whose only four starts at two yielded three stakes placings: the Breeders’ Plate, Lonhro Plate and, in the important Golden Slipper leadup – the Group 2 Skyline Stakes – he finished third behind subsequent Group One Golden Rose Stakes winner, Exosphere.

Wolf Cry is one of two stakes horses from the multiple stakes placed Redoute’s Choice 2YO, Starfish, in turn a daughter of the Group One winning sprinter, Stella Cadente.

Wolf Cry stands the 2019 season at $4,400 inc. GST.

For further information on Larneuk Stud’s stallion lineup or roster, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706 or visit

Merricks Station spells success

Consortium ridden by Chris Symons wins the Marco's IGA plus Liquor Maiden Plate at Cranbourne Racecourse on May 03, 2019 in Cranbourne, Australia. (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Breeding and spelling operation, Merricks Station, situated in the picturesque Mornington Peninsula is delighted with their healthy strike rate of winners over the last month.

“We have had a brilliant run of winners, with all four being yearlings that we have purchased to race under the Merricks Station banner. They have all spelled here, either to grow and develop, for a freshen, to rehab or for a break between preparations. It’s very fulfilling to see them go on and flourish,” Merricks Station manager, Dearne Gess-Jones said.

“I think this demonstrates that the farm can mentally and physically develop horses correctly, allowing them to be productive and successful athletes.’

All proudly from Victorian stallions, being loyal supporters of the local breeding industry, the three three-year-old fillies, and four-year-old mare are all trained at Flemington with Matt Ellerton and Simon Zahra of EZ Racing.

First over the line to sport the Merricks Station silks was the cleverly named Red Light Roxanne, at Geelong on the 4th April. A sassy Reward For Effort filly, out of the Street Cry mare Street Lover, she was purchased for $46,000 by Mat Becker’s Group 1 Bloodstock, Merricks Station and EZ Racing.

“It was essential that we were patient and gave her the time she needed to allow her to be successful. She was as tough as nails, so I knew she would make a racehorse, and although tricky to handle at times, she has now matured mentally. There is still more physical improvement to come, so she will look for more ground down the track,” Gess-Jones said.

“It was no surprise she won her maiden in a hard-fought contest to the line, as she had been knocking on the door for a while. She deserved to nail it, and we will look forward to watching her now progress now through the grades.”

The next winner was the impressive filly, Part Time Lover, who was a class above the field in her win at Geelong on the 17th April.

By Zoustar out of the High Chaparral mare Palomita, she was bred and bought from Woodside Park Stud also at the Melbourne Premier sale in 2017, knocked down for $130,000 to the Merricks Station / Group 1 Bloodstock / EZ Racing partnership.

“From a progressive running family, she combined the physical with a popular pedigree, hailing from one of the country’s hottest stallions.”

“Part Time Lover was able to hone her craft through her early runs, culminating in her maiden win in a dominant display by over six lengths.  She deserved the win and dictated the race. No doubt there is still much improvement to come, and being easy to deal with, and a real sweetheart on the farm, she still has enough sass to bring out her desire to win.”

Bringing up a treble for the farm, was the Written Tycoon mare, Consortium, who claimed her maiden win last Friday night at Cranbourne against a quality field in a serious win, very solid to the line by over 3 ½ lengths.

Purchased from Richard Kerry and Jarrod Byers at Millford Thoroughbreds for $210,000, also at the 2017 edition of the Melbourne Inglis Premier Sale.

Dearne Gess-Jones of Merricks Station

Out of the successful producing Peintre Celebre mare Gem Of Gems, Consortium is a half-sister to the Group 1 winner Precious Gem, from the Family of Turffontein and Hit The Roof.

After placing at her second start, she certainly knew the drill, and now looks to be very promising going forward, as described by Sharnee Rose on behalf of EZ Racing post-race.

“She has absolutely gutted them, and I am thrilled to come out to Cranbourne for that. Merricks Station have been patient, and the boys (EZ Racing) have been patient, and it’s been a good recipe,” Rose said.

Rounding up the quartet of winners for the farm, is the four-year-old filly All Cooped Up, a winner at Mornington at the start of April.

True to her name, jockey Chris Symons was all cooped up on the turn, but he was able to make his own luck and use her turn of foot to charge through the field in a strong and gutsy win on the line.

“All Cooped Up is a beautiful blue-blood filly, being a full to the brilliant Group 1 sprinting mare Bel Mer, out of the marvellous producer, the At Talaq mare, Drop Anchor.”

“Unfortunately, she did a suspensory early in her training, so we utilised the farm, rehabilitated her, and now it’s great to see her in the winner’s circle,” Gess-Jones said.

“There is plenty still happening in the family, with Super Swell, her half-sister, selling a weanling last week at the Australian Broodmare and Weanling sale for $180,000 and with the family continuing to improve with the recent wins of Drop Anchor’s Burning the Clock (Akeed Mofeed) and Wayanka (Encosta De Lago).”

Gess-Jones believes that in racing there are many parts to the puzzle that need to combine to achieve success on the race track.

“Everyone plays their part in making an equine athlete. From the selection of the yearlings to preparing the finished product. Along with the team at Merrick’s Station, full credit goes to the training team at EZ Racing and Group 1 Bloodstock’s Mat Becker. I would also like to make a special mention of Merricks Station pre-trainers Ray and Casey Besanko,” Gess-Jones said.

“They care so much about our horses, each and every one. They always ring and wish us luck, and message after to see how they pulled up. We are so fortunate to have such brilliant people around us, all playing an important and vital part in our achievements.”

“It is quite rare to see all four fillies, all offered from the Premier sale, all be fronted, and all overcome adversity. They are strong and confident to make their own luck, push through and do it. They are tough girls and love a battle,” Gess-Jones said.

“We produce a product that can mentally handle the pressure of racing, so trainers receive a product that brings out the best in their training. We build a strong partnership and become a great team.”

“Even Manning Road, now a five-year-old mare, has spelled beautifully at the farm, and with perseverance and patience, she was able to break through for a city win in late March for trainer Rachael Cunnningham. Sometimes it’s not about the quick return, as the ones you invest the most time and effort into, are often the most rewarding.”

Squamosa orders another winner!

Order of Command ridden by Craig Williams wins the Spicer Thoroughbreds Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on May 11, 2019 in Caulfield, Australia. (John Donegan/Racing Photos)

Talented Squamosa sprinter, Order Of Command, has continued his terrific run this season with an emphatic victory over 1200 metres at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Danny O’Brien Racing trained four-year-old is from Squamosa’s first crop and he is proving to be a serious galloper clocking up his third win in town, and fifth overall from just 14 starts.

However, Order of Command, who is raced as a family affair by breeders Bill Johnson and his son in law Steven Paino has had 11 top four finishes which include a close second to Group One winner Nature Strip in the Listed Creswick Stakes and a lip second behind stakes winner Brave Song over 1100 metres at Flemington.

“It’s been so exciting, and we have enjoyed every one of his five wins. He certainly knows where the line is, and I feel like the best is still to come,” Johnson said.

“He will be heading to the straight six at Saturday week at Flemington in a couple of weeks. It was always was a dream to win a race at Flemington for my son-in-law Steven, so having already claimed two, fingers crossed Order Of Command can get the hat trick.”

From the family of Hong Kong’s Champion Sprinter Sacred Kingdom, Order of Command is out of the Commands mare, Commanding Angel, giving him a four by three cross to the legendary Danehill.

Still coming through for the dam’s page, is a full brother, the unraced two-year-old Order of Fury also with Danny O’Brien who he believes has plenty of promise, and a lovely full sister by Squamosa, foaled last November.

“Commanding Angel is our only mare and we have retired her from stud this year. She has done enough and will be looked after and spend her remaining days in the care of Heartford Thoroughbreds in Romsey. Christoph and Candice have been fabulous. They have had the mare now for over ten years, and have done a marvellous job.” Johnson said.

“Racing Order Of Command is something we all can enjoy as a family, and we are happy just to get a maiden winner, so understandably, we are over the moon at the moment.”

“We are looking forward to racing the two-year-old full brother with Danny O’Brien who has been wonderfully patient. Being now in our golden years, we probably won’t breed again, but we will be happy to enjoy watching and cheering on the last of her progeny on the racetrack.”

Sun Stud’s Sales and Nominations manager, Phil Marshall reports that Squamosa currently boasts over $2 million in earnings from less than 50 runners to the racetrack.

Squamosa (Breednet)

“The stallion is doing a terrific job from relatively low numbers, and we can’t wait for his bigger books to kick in. He has 64% winners to runners, is the best-performed son of Not a Single Doubt standing at stud in Victoria, and is no doubt a sire with tremendous upside,” Marshall said.

Not a Single Doubt sired Saturday’s Group One South Australian Derby winner Qafila and Group Two Champagne Classic winner, Dubious, and with Not a Single Doubt asking a fee of $110,000 this season, Squamosa’s fee for 2019 is $6,600.

It takes a village to win a race!

Connections of Cath's Village after winning the Cranbourne Hyundai F&M BM70 Handicap at Cranbourne Racecourse on May 10, 2019 in Cranbourne, Australia. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

They say it takes a village to raise a child and in the case of Kevin Corsten’s handy galloper Cath’s Village – there are a village of owners involved.

The large group of owners, many first-timers, have come together to support Cath, a mother, partner, daughter, friend and college who suffers from Motor Neurone Disease (MND).

And the racehorse, Cath’s Village has certainly provided all connections with the right medicine – bringing a smile to their face, a bit of joy and a much-needed distraction for everyone involved.  

Cath’s Village ridden by Beau Mertens wins the Cranbourne Hyundai F&M BM70 Handicap at Cranbourne Racecourse on May 10, 2019 in Cranbourne, Australia. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

Having now won three starts since joining Kevin Corsten’s stable, the galloper has relished the beachside training environment and has become a good little earner.

“I have always been involved in horses all my life, through my Dad Leon and brother Troy, but I have been happy to play a role in the background.”

“However, when the opportunity came up to stay and build a set up on the Mornington Peninsula, where my family and I are now happily settled, it was too good to refuse.”

Having experience in thoroughbred property design and functional and safe stable construction, Kevin has built the Pine Lodge facility from a blank canvas. Prioritising horse health and safety in mind, he has been able to retain a relaxing environment, close to nature where the horses thrive.

“It is important that the horses are happy in their environment and took the horses temperament into account when we designed the 40 stables, day yards, post and rail fencing, spelling paddocks and daily exercise facilities.”

“We are lucky to be so close to Balnarring Beach, so we can use the traditional benefits of salt water for recovery, the firm sand to gallop and the soft sand for conditioning. It’s the perfect training aid.”

And with all of Victorian thrilled to see the recent rain, the rain has come at a perfect time for Corstens, as Cath’s Village loves the wet.

“She handles a heavy track very well, and convenient to where we are located, she loves Cranbourne. It’s nice not to have to travel too far.”

“She loves her day to day routine and enjoys the beach environment. She always looks happy and enjoys being in training. She has pulled up extremely well and was pretty fresh having trot and canter at the beach this morning.”

“We will look at taking her back to Cranbourne for another benchmark 70 for fillies and mares in about two weeks and then if successful – fingers crossed, we may head to town. That would be exciting for everyone, especially Cath,” Corsten’s said.

“That would certainly be a thrill for all the owners involved, and it’s great to be promoting MND to the wider community. Jason Richardson is also involved as an owner and doing his bit to promote the cause. She will be a nice broodmare now, and once she retires from racing; a portion of the proceeds will go to help Cath with her medical expenses, her family and the MND cause.”

The son of former resident stallion Master Of Design, Cath’s Village was purchased from the Swettenham Stud draft of the 2016 Inglis Premier sales for $65,000 for Brad Spicer and his syndication company, Spicer Thoroughbreds.

Spicer has enjoyed a long and fruitful association with the Corsten’s family, having worked as their racing manager for a number of years.

“I have known Brad since he had his first horse, and he has always been close with Troy and dad. When Cath’s Village was looking for a new trainer, I fitted the bill and it’s great to be racing a horse together in partnership,” Kevin Corstens’ said.

“All of Brad’s horses are spelled with Sherah Sullivan at Noorilim Park, who do a fantastic job, and they come back in great condition ready to perform.”

Kevin Corstens is currently enjoying a purple patch of form with 16 winners for the season, at almost 30% winners to runners, including his first ever double at Cranbourne on Friday night with All Too Handy joining Cath’s Village in the winner’s circle.

“The success this season is a reflection of a few things, but the real key is the team of staff I’ve got at home. I’ve got a great group of kids that are really passionate about the horses and also love their racing.”

Rushing up to the warmth!

Lot 77 of Rushton Park's draft is a filly out of Concha Bella owned by Barry Faulds

Rushton Park’s Kayley and David Johnston are heading north and ready to don the shorts and t-shirts with a quality group of weanlings on offer at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale next week.

Combining their client’s horses with their own homebred’s, the Johnston’s have assembled a group that will spark appeal with all level of the buying bench.

“We are looking forward to heading up to presenting our draft from Rushton Park in the sunshine. There is always a great buzz on the complex and the buyers are there, ready to spend.”

“We are offering this group of foals due to the trading market for weaning’s currently being so strong. Having foals by some of the hottest stallions in the country, in Zoustar and Dundeel, meant the time was right to sell and hopefully, they get the money they deserve.”

“Every horse in our draft is a nice horse, well grown, and they will all have their place in the market. Additionally, they are all VOBIS eligible, bar one, which is another good selling point for Victorian-based trainers and owners, especially off the back of the successful and lucrative Showdown race day.”

Looking at a few of the individual weanlings on offer, David is pleased to be presenting some the nicest foals he and Kayley have bred this year.

“Lot 649, the Divine Prophet colt out of Absolute Pleasure is one of our best foals, just outstanding, and I know his family very well – being from Perth. The dam ran second in the Gimcrack and third in the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate and she has put these qualities into her colt, being a sharp, early type. He will certainly be popular.”

“Lot 24, the Dundeel is a lovely filly, out of the Dehere mare, Bounding Along, which is on the same cross as Castelvecchio. It is a great current page, as the mares first foal is a winner in South Africa, and the two-year-old has recently won a trial very well. We have had an offer on the mare recently, which is a positive sign that others have the same high opinion of her.”

Rushton Park’s draft will also offer a strong selection of first season stallions including Shalaa (IRE), Star Turn, Winning Rupert and Sooboog.

Barry Faulds’ Zoustar filly

But special mention must be given to Lot 77, the Zoustar filly out of the Show A Heart mare, Concha Bella, who is a half-sister to Group 1 Oakleigh Plate winner Woorim. With both of her foals to race been winners, she is proving herself as a consistent producer.

“This is our good mate, Barry Faulds’ weanling, that he bred as a foal share with Woodside Park Stud. With the extra responsibility both he and Alysha have taken on, having lost his little sister suddenly and taking over the care of her three children, it is a massive stress on them financially and emotionally, and we are happy to help out, so we are preparing the weanling at no cost.”

“She is a tall, well-grown foal, and a great walker and I think she should sell quite nicely. Fingers crossed it gives them all a bit of a lift and puts some much-appreciated money in the bank.”

“Lot 178, the Star Turn weanling is a solid, strong filly from the Blackfriars mare Garden Of Eden. A proven producer with all three to race being winners including Matt Cumani’s Akkadian who was placed in the Group 2 Sires Produce.”

 “All of our weanlings will offer buyers a product that they will be able to see great improvement in.  With the pin-hooking market so competitive, many buyers want to be able to put the polish on them themselves to create profitable yearlings.”

Erinvale targets the sunshine market

Lot 88 of Erinvale's draft by Cable Bay

Erinvale Thoroughbreds John Kenneally is crossing his T’s and dotting his I’s, ready to head up north with an impressive group of foals for the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale next week.

Based west of Geelong, in Buckley at the historic Carawatha property, John has assembled a quality foal draft that represents some of the most exciting and fashionable sires of the moment.

“The focus for us over the past four years is to target the high-class weanling market and offer the best weanlings at the best weanling sale, which is the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. There is no question that good foals make good money,” Kenneally said.

“There is a wide variety of commercial stallions represented, from strong and established female families and overall, they are just a fabulous bunch of horses. As a whole they are outstanding foals that will sell themselves.”

The Brazen Beau, Lot 491, is a lovely colt offered on behalf of Miscellany Bloodstock for good clients, David and Kathy Brown, who reside around half a dozen mares on farm.

“Brazen Beau as a stallion is hot and that is why he is here to be sold. The time is right, and he is an outstanding colt. He offers more size and scope than some I have seen at the recent yearling sales, as he seems to have a bit more stretch. He has a fantastic hind end, good shoulder and good head and coupled with the fact he can really move, he will deserve plenty of attention.”

The Zoustar colt, Lot 660 is out of the proven producing Zeditive mare Alborada. She is an Erinvale mare, and her Exceed and Excel colt Excelorada was a ten-time winner including two stakes victories.

“He has a strong pedigree, coupled with a flowing, big action on him. He is a balanced and handsome looking horse, and I am very pleased with him.”

“Everything Alborada has produced is an outstanding type, and he is no exception.”

The Cable Bay colt, Lot 88 is the only foal offered in the sale by the Woodside Park Stud stallion and is an excellent representation of his sire; being a correct, beautiful moving horse. He is out of the imported Raven’s Pass mare, Dal Riata (Ire), a half-sister to the Newmarket Group 1 winner Carry On Katie.

“This is a recent and current pedigree from a strong family, and his looks and attitude will make him a stand out.”

“I have faith in Cable Bay, and have bred to him last season, and I will breed to him again. I think he is a huge chance of becoming a decent sire. We know the sire-line works so well down here in Australia, and all the solid research has been done. It is great to see that he is getting the right type on the ground that will appeal to the buying bench.”

Lot 630 of Erinvale’s draft by American Pharaoh

“Lot 630, The American Pharoah is a fantastic looking animal, a big chestnut colt, and he is out of the imported Pivotal mare, World Map (Ire) that I bought last year in foal to Brazen Beau at Magic Millions. American Pharoah is by a stallion with all the right hype on him, and he is a quality colt that will sell well,” Keneally said.

“Overall, the bunch are all strong, forward-looking foals that are going to grow into lovely yearlings. We are looking forward to getting them up to the sales complex, and to start parading in the sunshine.”

Optimism high for future of Victorian Breeding Industry

Prince Of Sussex ridden by Michael Dee wins the Ladbrokes Showdown at Caulfield Racecourse on April 27, 2019 in Caulfield, Australia. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

Article from ANZ Bloodstock News

James O’Brien, the President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), believes the state’s industry is on an upward spiral with increasing investment from stallion farms and a boost following the inaugural running of the $1 million The Showdown (1200m) last month. The renewed optimism of the Victorian industry comes ahead of the breeding season in which two new farms will set up bases and a number of new or relocated stallions will find a home in the state.

This year will see Yulong Investments stand foundation stallion Grunt (O’Reilly), while Aquis Farm will continue its growing footprint on the Australian industry by leasing the property owned by Seymour Bloodstock’s Darren Thomas, where Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar) and Siege Of Quebec (Fastnet Rock) will launch their stud careers.

US-owned Spendthrift Australia also recently announced that Grade 1-winning juvenile d’Oro Bolt (Medaglia d’Oro) would shuttle to the Victoria base this year.

Meanwhile, Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock) is relocating to Woodside Park Stud this year and Swettenham Stud will also welcome two new stallions on its roster, the previously Goldin Farms based Akeed Mofeed (Dubawi) and Coolmore Stud’s Sioux Nation (Scat Daddy).

Rosemont Stud has had its roster bolstered this year with Shamus Award (Snitzel) joining the farm after five years at Widden Stud, while the stud will also welcome back Coolmore Stud’s high-class sire Starspangledbanner (Choisir), who will return having stood the 2013, 2014 and 2015 breeding seasons at the Victorian operation.

“Victoria, in my view, has got competitive advantage over the rest of Australia,” Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm principal O’Brien told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.

 “One is the environment – and I know we have been impacted by the drought, but not the extent of other areas. “We have also got the state government chipping in to the breeders’ program and that is unique and you have got the breeders and stallion farms embracing it wholeheartedly. “I don’t think any other region has that level of support from industry stakeholders that we have. “These farms are recognising that. The Spendthrifts, the Yulongs, the Aquis’, etc, and that is why they are coming to the region, so I think it is just going to grow and grow. I think the future is bright for Victorian breeders.”

A pillar of the Victorian breeding industry has been the Super Vobis and Vobis Gold schemes, which are jointly funded by the state government, stud farms, mare owners, the racehorse owners and Racing Victoria.

One proposal floated has been the introduction of a “triple up bonus” of Super Vobis owners’ prize-money, mirroring that double up scheme in place with NSW’s BOBS program, for owners to spend on Vobis-eligible yearlings at public auction but O’Brien said it was some way off getting off the ground.

“Racing Victoria is committed to supporting the grassroots of racing and we think we are the grassroots of the industry,” he said. “Certainly, with the success of the Vobis Gold program and the Super Vobis upgrades have been extraordinarily successful in terms of field sizes and (betting) turnover, so we will always work with RV to enhance the program.”

The first edition of The Showdown, a race restricted to juveniles sired by Victorian VOBIS-eligible stallions, can also fuel further investment in the state’s industry, according to O’Brien.

The success of The Showdown, which was won in April by Prince Of Sussex who is by Swettenham Stud’s shuttler Toronado (High Chaparral), can also fuel increased market confidence, he said.

“I was on oncourse, so maybe you get swept up in it all, but certainly the excitement and exhilaration had a Blue Diamond-ish feel about it, particularly being a two-year-old race,” O’Brien said.

“The Gold Sale was on at Inglis and I understand everyone stopped and watched the race like they do when they get these big feature races, which is what we really wanted. “You never get a big build up into the inaugural one because people haven’t seen it before, but now people have seen it, the subsequent feedback has been outstanding. “Things are going to go from strength to strength, combined with the fact that the first crop will be running for a $500,000 mile race as well for three-year-olds next year.”

 There has been much debate about the state of the Victorian industry, with a concerted push from high-powered investors to have the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale moved from its March date amid breeder unrest but those plans have once again been put on indefinite hold. The latest resolution was made following a breeder meeting following this year’s Premier Sale.

 “These things are always up for discussion for ways we can improve and that was discussed, but the outcome was that we will not be changing the date of the Melbourne sale in the foreseeable future,” he said.

“If we don’t talk about these things, we’d be silly. We need to look at all options and engage with everybody. It needs the support of the vast majority, including Inglis, before we go forward.”

TBV Off The Track partnership continues for another year

After the success of last year’s Off The Track partnership with the Victorian Agricultural Shows (VAS) and Racing Victoria (RV) and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), the program will continue for another year.

The program, allows Victorian breeders to support local equestrian shows which will see thousands of extra dollars in prizemoney on offer for those competing on Off The Track thoroughbreds.

Under the new sponsorship arrangement, winners of the OTT Thoroughbred class at shows that have been sponsored by a local breeder will now receive, in addition to the OTT prizes on offer, an extra $150 plus a fantastic, customised horse rug, courtesy of TBV members.

This joint initiative, which was the brain-child of TBV, reflects the commitment to the welfare of the thoroughbred held by Victorian breeders and the desire to promote greater take-up of horses that have retired from racing.

TBV President, James O’Brien, was thrilled with the success of last year’s program and was delighted with the support of Victorian Breeders.

“It was fantastic to see the Victorian industry show their support for this program and the great Off The Track horses that were involved.” O’Brien said.

 “This once again presents a wonderful chance for TBV members to ensure the longevity and demand for their thoroughbreds,” O’Brien said.

As a breeder, it is immensely satisfying to see your thoroughbred engaged in other pursuits outside of racing. That is what this initiative sets out to reinforce and doing so allows the Victorian breeding community to pay homage to equine welfare.”

“The cooperation we have received from OTT and VAS of this partnership is incredibly heartening. They have embraced the Victorian breeding community and we are tremendously grateful.”

Racing Victoria’s Manager – Equine Welfare, Jennifer Hughes, reinforced RV’s commitment to equine welfare.

“Thoroughbreds are the centrepieces of our industry, and Racing Victoria is committed to ensuring that they’re afforded appropriate care and attention before, during and after their careers on the racetrack,” Hughes said.

“As such, we are thrilled to have TBV and, more widely, Victorian breeders on board to enhance the OTT Thoroughbred classes and the VAS Show Series as a whole.”

VAS Ltd Chairperson, Jenny Daffy, is delighted with the newly formed partnership with the thoroughbred breeders, which will further enhance the already successful Off The Track series that is held at the Victorian Agricultural Shows.

“The support is wonderful and the additional prize money and rug at Show level I am sure will be well sought after by the competitors,” Daffy said.

The Victorian show season runs from August 2019 until March 2020, with the State Finals to be staged in early January next year.

A sponsorship expression of interest process will be sent to TBV breeder members.

Victorian breeders who would like to sponsor a local show should contact TBV on 0459 510 506 or

A full list of sponsored shows will be released in advance of the 2019/2020 show season.

Love Is All Around

Sun Stud stallion Love Conquers All

It was another super day for Sun Stud’s prolific sire, Love Conquers All, with We Concur winning the TAB Highway Handicap at Randwick, while Defense Missile ran a sharp second in the Group Three Gold Coast Guineas.

Bred in Queensland by G Kerrison and H Heydon, the Matt Dunn trained We Concur is a highly promising three-year-old who has now won four of his seven starts, complimented by three placings, he was bound to make the trip south a winner.

Love Conquers All is a grandson of Success Express and We Concur is out of the winning Success Express mare, Orient Success.

Meanwhile, another nifty three-year-old in Defence Missile went close to notching up his first Group success in the Gold Coast Guineas.

Bred by K Douglas, Defence Missile is trained out of Eagle Farm by Les Ross and has now won $335,500 from his four wins and eight placings to date.

With 78% winners to runners from his first crop, Love Conquers All won the Listed Ascot Handicap with Mr Marbellouz two weeks ago, while Starkers joined a list of stakes performers such as Savanna Amour, I’m A Rippa, Perilous Love, Conquering Lass and Par Oneri when second in the Group Three Gunsynd Classic last week.

And just to round out a successful day, Clinton Garland’s Love Conquers All sprinter, All Pickled won by over three lengths at Rockhampton – his third race success.

Love Conquers All stands this season at a fee of just $8,800 with no payment until you get a live foal.

A Chairman’s night out for the Victorian Four

Lot 4 of Noorilim Park's draft at the Chairman's sale

Victorian farms were extremely well represented with quality lots at this year’s high quality Inglis Chairman’s Sale. Making the trek north, it was worth the effort for the group of four Victorian elite breeding prospects.

For Sherah Sullivan’s Arcadia-based Noorilim Park, Lot 4, Lady Horse Owner was a brilliantly precocious sprinting filly from a top-class Group 1 producing family and well purchased by Aquis for $230,000.

Lot 4 of Noorilim Park’s draft at the Chairman’s sale

Defeated the outstanding fillies including Group 1 winner Oohood and Group 2-star Pure Elation in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) at her second start over 1000m at Caulfield, she additionally beat Group 1 winner Aristia over 1000m on debut at Moonee Valley as a pre- Christmas two-year-old.

“She is very athletic to start with. Her greatest attribute was her never say die attitude in her races, that was evident in her strong debut win at Moonee Valley. She is a lovely filly and is very professional in everything she does. She was a dominant 2YO that just never gave up,” Trainer Greg Eurell said.

Her yearling half-sister by Toronado realised $110,000 at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and her dam, Kid Gloves, is in foal to world class proven sire More Than Ready.

For John and Rachel Doherty of Seymour’s Yarran Thoroughbreds was pleased to offer Creativity at the Chairman’s Sale who was purchased post-sale by the Victorian partnership of Suman Hedge Bloodstock and Rushton Park for $160,000.

Stakes placed on debut as a Spring two-year-old, Creativity was beaten a length in the Listed Festival of Racing Stakes, defeating the likes of Thyme For Roses, Derryn, Legless Veuve and Sword Of Light

Creativity won four times from 1100m to 1400m and earned over $245,000 defeating the likes of Group winners Divine Quality and Brugal Reward, while she was beaten 0.2 lengths by Group 1 NZ Thousand Guineas winner La Bella Diosa over 1100m at Caulfield

“She was a really good sort as a yearling and made good money at the sale off the back of that, purchased for $160,000. She ended up being a city winner and was Stakes placed but I don’t think we saw the best of her. She was a natural runner and very, very fast.” – Mat Ellerton, Trainer

Creativity is a half-sister to the Stakes-placed Comearoundsundown and also the multiple city winner Exceltara

Redoute’s Choice, paternal grandsire of Creativity, is broodmare sire of 86 Stakes winners and 13 Group 1 winners, while her maternal grandsire, More Than Ready, is responsible for the dams of 79 Stakes winners

For Eddington-based Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, they offered Lot 20, Platinum Balas, the high class, Group 1-placed two-year-old, touted one of the best Australian-bred daughters of Bernardini. From a Danehill-free pedigree, thanks to her maternal grandsire, More Than Ready, she is offered in foal to one of Australia’s hottest young sires Zoustar, who has had yearlings sell up to $1,075,000 in 2019.

Lot 20 of Stonehouse Thoroughbreds draft – Platinum Balas

“We sent a large number of mares to Zoustar in his time in Victoria including Solar Charged (Dam of Sunlight), and from what I have seen of the foals, Platinum Balos has the perfect phenotype to match Zoustar” Stonehouse Thoroughbreds Ryan Arnel said.

In terms of genotype, she hails from a prolific female tail line with US influences. That makes an exceptional match to Zoustar, with US influences being present in Zousain, Sun City and Zoustyle.” 

Purchased by Aquis Farm for $235,000, she will have a date lined up to one of their hot new first season sires with Brave Smash a possibility of a selective and commercial first mating.

While the fourth Victorian mare, proudly offered was Blue Gum Farm, was the five-time winning half-sister to Group 1-winning millionaire No Wine No Song and Stakes-winning stayers Atlantic Air and Cappo d’Oro.

In foal to elite Classic sire Pierro, whose first two crops include winners of the Australian Derby, VRC Oaks, Hong Kong Derby, Kingston Town Classic and Western Australian Derby.

By world-class sire More Than Ready, sire of 192 career Stakes winners and broodmare sire of 79 Stakes winners, she is from a Danehill-free family that allows access to most commercial sire lines in Australasia.

“She’s from a prolific family and they are all such laid-back horses. She’s very carefree and low maintenance and so are her progeny. She has a lot of More Than Ready about her and was a very versatile racehorse. We’re keeping two of her progeny in our system, and we’re very excited about both of them.” Owner, Neville Duncan said.

Bought by the good judge in Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy for $220,000 for a West Australian client, Ready On Time will be no doubt a valuable addition to any serious breeder’s broodmare band. ;\lsdpriorit