Following on from the Weanling sale last week, the Victorian Vendors are well represented at the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale.

Going under the hammer from Tuesday, there is a great selection of mares both in foal to Victorian sires and Victorian based breeders that are ready to compete at Australia’s biggest breeding sale.

Looking at the vendors, here are a few of the standouts in their own words:

Nagambie’s Yarran Thoroughbreds are offering three very well-bred mares all in foal to some of Australia’s hottest stallions.

Lot 1354, the Choisir mare Manhattan Muse who is in foal to Pierro has been popular, as had her stable mates the Snitzel mare Summit Breath in foal to Capitalist. But the real stand out for Yarran’s Rachel Doherty is Lot 1718, the Statue Of Liberty mare Alice Island.

“She is a lovey big, strong, striking steel grey mare that is in foal to Fastnet Rock. It’s a well proven cross with Fastnet Rock mares over Storm Cat sitting at an exceptional percentage of stakes winner to runners of 17%. A winner herself, she is out of the Shagny mare Shu Shu Lara, a full sister to the Group 3 winner Miss Steele.”

Retired sound and with an early cover, she has certainly been popular with the buying bench.

While just down Northwood Road, Swettenham Stud is also offering three well credentialed mares, all in foal.

Lot 1013 is the More Than Ready mare, Baby Shoes who is foal to Brazen Beau. A Group 2 winner, she has already proven that she can produce with a cracking Toronado filly on the ground. Also, in foal to Brazen Beau is the Flying Spur mare, Real Spur. From the family of Sunday Joy and Tuesday Joy she has produced the Listed placegetter Follow My Dust. While the third mare and bound to be busy parading, is the Charge Forward mare Leica Forward who is in foal to the incredibly popular stallion, Zoustar.

Moorookyle Park was delighted to offer Lot 813, Certain Ellie, on behalf of stud client, Newminster Throughbreds. The impressive and correct mare sold early on Tuesday morning for $45,000.00 to NSW’s Asute Bloodstock.

While other vendors offering cleverly selected mares include Makybe Stud with two mares in the sale. Lot 1293 is the Snitzel mare Koizora who is in foal to Caravaggio, and Lot 1628, catching the buyer’s eye is the Dane Shadow mare, Tempting from the family of Group 1 winner Hurtle Mertle, in foal to the late stallion Sebring.

Noorilim Park will offer three mares in foal to Dundeel, complimented by mares in foal to Brazen Beau, Capitalist and Shooting To Win.

“We have a great selection of mares from some of the most popular stallions of the moment. The mare Prosecution is particularly lovely and will be a standout during inspections. Her dam is impressively a blood sister to Silent Witness,” Sullivan said.

“We will also offer the Toorak Toff mare, Fleet Of Foot, the half to 5-time Group 1 winner Santa Anna Lane. A notable maiden mare, she was covered by Dundeel in early October.”

Other Victorian vendors include Blue Gum Farm offering three mares, Lauriston with a strong draft of five and Rosemont with 13 mares to present.

Rosemont’s Gerard Jones points out two lots that are worthy of a special mention.

“Lot 1314 Legal Mistress has been very popular. She is a young mare in foal to I Am Invincible and a half to Group 1 winner Griante, out of a mare a half to a Group 1 winner, Grand Journey.”

“Lot 1341 is Luminous Harmony who is a full sister to Group 3 winner Neena Roc. A proven producer with both foals to race being winners, she is currently in foal to hot stallion Zoustar.”

“Both mares are very attractive and correct, and there is no doubt that they will be a wonderful acquisition to any commercial broodmare band.”

The sale kicked off today and continues until Friday. We wish all Victorian buyers and breeders the best of luck.

With many excellent results across all the Victorian vendors and the buyers during the Magic Million National three-day weanling sale, there were some notable highlights worthy of a mention.

The Victorians started the day with a bang, with Victorian’s Steve and Ceri Jostlear’s Ampulla Lodge purchasing Lot 44, the beautifully balanced Not a Single Doubt colt out of Cariad presented by Aquis Farm for $280,000.

“We loved him first of all for his great walk. He had a swagger that we fell in love with and knowing he has a half-brother that is a serious horse – the Gerald Ryan trained Cardiff there is a high chance of a pedigree update on his page. He also had a fantastic temperament and handled the busy environment wonderfully. We will bring him home and see how he develops with either the Gold Coast next year an option, or Inglis Easter.”

It was a brilliant sale for John Keneally’s Erinvale Thoroughbreds with several top-line results claiming the top vendor by average for three or more lots sold.

On the first day, Erinvale sold the only Cable Bay weanling to be offered in the sale at Lot 88 for $94,000. The son of the beautifully pedigreed Woodside Park Stud stallion was snapped up by New South Wales, BH Bloodstock and Cottage Hill Stud. During the second day of selling, Lot 491 the son of Brazen Beau out of Sew It Seams, consigned by and bred by Victoria’s Brown Family, sold for $180,000 to New Zealand’s Lyndhurst Farm. This was the equal top lot by the popular sire. On the third day, the hammer fell on two $250,000 lots with both the American Pharoah and the Zoustar colt offered as Lots 630 and 660 making significant returns.

Blue Gum Farm has a healthy first day of selling with Lot 205 the Capitalist colt our of Hidden Attraction selling for $165,000 to Hallmark Stud in New Zealand and Lot 222 the striking Not a Single Doubt colt going to Ihtsatune back down south to Ben Coopers Merricks Station bought in partnership with bloodstock agent Mat Becker from Group 1 Bloodstock.

Sally Watkins’ Lurg based Willaroon Thoroughbreds also had a good result with all three of her weanlings sold hitting the $100,000 mark and above. Lot 47, the Written Tycoon out of Casino card was secured by big buyers Fernrigg Farm for $115,000, while Victorian Suman Hedge fell in love with Lot 220, the Divine Prophet Colt out of Ninth Chance for $100,000.

Hedge commented that the striking colt, looks strong and early and will be another promising acquisition for his group. Edinburgh Park Stud took home Willaroon’s Capitalist colt offered as Lot 378 for $135,000 out of the mare Icy Mist.

Late on the first day, catalogued as Lot 258, a delighted Sherah Sullivan’s from Noorilim Park’s sold her Written Tycoon colt from La Llorona to Fernrigg Farm for $290,000, taking out the second highest price of the day.

“He was a lovely individual with a huge hindquarter as his speed on speed pedigree suggested. He looked the ideal candidate for someone wishing to target the Magic Millions race series and we wish Fernrigg all the very best with him,” Sullivan said.

Burnewang North Pastoral was also well represented at the sale with a top draft of weanlings being offered from their well-respected Victorian nursery.

Starting the weanling sale off with a bang, Lot 1, the So You think colt out of Babel was snapped up by Rothwell Park Thoroughbreds for $200,000, Lot 659, the popular Pierro colt made $125,000 for Yu Long Investments and will be returning south, while good judge James Bester was happy to put his hand up for Lot 370, the National Velvet – Nicconi colt for $120,000.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds sold Lot 650, the Written Tycoon colt out of Absolutely fabulous for $115,000 to New Zealand’s Ohukia Lodge.

Damian and Deb’s Phoenix Broodmare Farm also has a solid sale and were happy to have had made the long trip north with their Shalaa colt selling for $125,000.

“The Shalaa (IRE) colt out of the Not A Single Doubt mare, Not A Happy Camper who is a stakes-placed mare was very popular. He was a nice, strong, forward colt by a competitive first season sire,” Damian Gleeson said.

Gnarwarre’s Rosemont Stud offered a lovely example of Darley’s Victorian Stallion, Brazen Beau selling Lot 228, the colt out of Inflection for $155,000 to Kilmore based Maluka Thoroughbreds, in partnership with Milawa Park and Pedigree Power.

“He was a well-grown, well-muscled and lovely moving colt. He is a great example of what Brazen Beau is capable of leaving, and he will develop into a great yearling. Maluka Thoroughbreds know a good yearling when they see it, and he was the standout in our draft. We wish them all the best with him,” Rosemont’s Gerald Jones said.

Congratulations to all the Victorian Breeders and the exceptional results that their drafts received at the Weanling sale.

Following on from their vendor success at three previous sales this year, Esker Lodge Australia will present buyers with two yearling options at next week’s Magic Millions National Yearling Sale on the Gold Coast.

Better known on the track as the faces of Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, the decision for Darren and Liz Dance’s 2018 business expansion into yearling preparation looks to become a fruitful one.

It was a chance visit to the Melbourne Inglis sales in the early 90s that first got Darren involved in horse ownership and eventually, breeding. Without telling his new bride Liz, he bought a share in a brown yearling with a cut on its leg. That yearling turned into Oakleigh Plate and Newmarket Handicap winner turned stallion, Mookta. Darren and Liz went onto buy their stud and agistment property Manningtree Park, at Beremboke in central Victoria, and set about filling it with horses.

“I don’t know how it’s (the expansion) happened,” jokes Darren. “But I’ve been lucky at home, having mares and foals, watching them grow and caring for them.”

The yearling preparation arm of the business operates from the farm and is managed by Tom and Shelly Murtagh.

“Tom and Shelly came over last year to manage our farm, as part of a dedicated team,” said Darren.

“Both are both exceptionally experienced and have a wealth of knowledge and professionalism behind them.”

Irish-born Murtagh met his New Zealander wife, Shelly, in Ireland. They settled in New Zealand and set up Esker Lodge, near Cambridge, rapidly growing into one of the top vendors at most New Zealand sales.

The first of the Esker Lodge yearlings to go under the auctioneer’s hammer is Lot 2212, a bay colt by Darley shuttle sire Night of Thunder (IRE). An undefeated Stakes winner as a 2 year old, Night of Thunder (IRE) was a dual Group 1 winner, including the 2,000 Guineas at Newmarket beating Kingman and Australia.

The colt’s dam, Nightingales, was a winner over 1400m and is closely related to Listed winners Celebrity Girl and Generalife. This is her second foal, with one to race.

“He is a strong, mature early type out of Dubawi mare,” said Tom. “He should be well received at the sale.”

The second yearling is a Zoustar colt, out of a Testa Rossa mare, Testy (Lot 2321). A two-time winner in South Australia as a 2 year old, Testy is related to Cadillac Women, a Listed winner and Group-placed mare in USA. This is her fifth living foal, three to race, with two winners including international runner, Harbour Beau.

“The Zoustar colt was presented in January on the Gold Coast but was still a baby,” said Tom. “He has grown into a beautiful horse. I expect he should do very well.”

The Magic Millions National Yearling Sale runs from Wednesday 5th to Friday 7th June.

Winter is coming, which also means the last big sale of the season is also just around the corner. The four-day Inglis Great Southern Sale begins at Oaklands Junction on Sunday 16th June 2019.

The sale will see stock from 112 represented vendors, 85 of which are Victorian. A total of 871 entries have been received, consisting of 530 weanlings, 285 broodmares, 54 racing stock, one stallion and one stallion share.

In the historical town of Smeaton, Nioka Wozny of MOOROOKYLE PARK is preparing to present 3 weanlings for purchase. Lot 276, a colt out of Mikumi, is by Toronado, the winning sire of last month’s inaugural $1 million The Showdown.

Lot 347 is a filly by first season sire Rich Enuff, from Piece of Class. The dam has had 2 winners from 4 foals to race.

Lot 423, a brown Zoustar filly, is out of Something Magical, a half-sister to 7-time winner in Singapore, Taichi Master. This filly is her third foal.

Paul Kelly and Sue Miller, from PONDEROSA PARK in northern Victoria’s Nathalia, will have 23 weanlings on parade for buyers, including 2 that are progeny of the farm’s own sire Niconoise. Lot 71 is a filly out of Cerro Vista, from the same family as Pretty Penny, Dollar for Dollar whilst the Exabaa colt will go through as lot 127.

By deceased champion sire, Redoute’s Choice, Niconoise won four city races from 1100m to 1800m and still holds the Flemington 1700m track record he set in February 2013. He has excellent bloodlines, being a three-quarter brother to 5-time Group 1 winner Niconero and half-brother to dual Group 1 winning sprinter Nicconi. He ran in the Australian Cup the race after breaking the track record, however suffered a serious leg injury and was subsequently retired to Ponderosa Park in 2014.

The draft standout is lot 122, a Squamosa x Empress Ida colt. He is a full-brother to Kiwi Ida, a 10-time winner in New Zealand, including the Group 3 Canterbury Breeders Stakes.

“I’ve already received a few phone calls about this colt and he should prove to be quite popular,” said Paul.

The strong draft also features progeny from a number of other Victorian stallions including a colt and filly by Sun Stud’s Palentino. The filly is out of Little Things, a half-sister to dual-Group winner Ringadingding (lot 249), whilst the colt’s dam Sea Horse, is a half-sister to the fantastic sprinter Hay List (lot 393).  

One of their two Foxwedge fillies (lot 437) is out of Staying Good, a full-sister to Chris Waller’s Queensland Oaks hopeful Guise. There is also progeny of Trust in a Gust, Fighting Sun, as well as a colt out of Adelaide Cup winner Lacey Underall, by shuttle stallion Mshawish (USA) (lot 224).

“This is the biggest and strongest draft we’ve ever presented,” said Paul.

“We’ve focused on the weanling sales and we’re bringing our best. While Victoria continues to produce good horses, we’ll keep using the strong Victorian stallions available. It’s a pleasure to sell at the Great Southern Sale and all Ponderosa homegrown horses will be paid up for the VOBIS program.”

Weanlings will be offered on the first two days of the sale, 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 7 June. The catalogue is now available online.

Woodside Park Stud is pleased to announce the recent acquisition of Morningside Farm in Nagambie, a 1100 acre property located on the Goulburn River.

In what can only be described as an exciting new phase in the development of the business, Woodside Park Stud plans to streamline its current operations in order to deliver a sustainable future for the organisation.

“The long-term future for Woodside Park Stud will see all of its breeding operations relocate to the new site, while we continue to upgrade our broodmare band and add new quality stallions to the Victorian market. With our fantastic team and ongoing investment in bloodstock and property, the business is well placed to continue producing high calibre progeny and maintain its position as Victoria’s leading commercial breeding operation.” – Mark Rowsthorn, CEO & Principal.

Woodside Park Stud’s pre-training operation in Tylden on Trentham Rd, has been listed for sale, with the property containing world class stables, 80 horse boxes, an office complex, 1850m pro-ride track, 1800m grass track, water walker, 2 x horse walkers, 60m swimming pool and 60 spelling paddocks is sure to foster outstanding interest from any investor looking to get into the Victorian equine market.

Woodside Park Stud’s high-class stallion roster is led by Victoria’s Champion Sire Written Tycoon, the only active stallion in the country to have sired a G1 Golden Slipper colt and a G1 Blue Diamond colt, together with the proven Gr.1 producer Foxwedge. The pair stand alongside three, exciting young stallions; Rich Enuff, who will have his first crop of runners in the new season, Invincible Spirit’s exciting son Cable Bay, and Deep Impact’s only dual Australian G1-winning son Tosen Stardom.

For the current season, the stallions and entire breeding operations will remain at the Tylden property on Central Road, before gradually re-locating to the Morningside Farm in the coming years.

Story by Racing.com

Seventeen new Fast Track trainees began their journey into the world of thoroughbred breeding on Monday with the aim of building successful careers in the racing industry.

Launched last year by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) in collaboration with TAFE NSW in response to staffing shortages in the breeding sector, the Fast Track training program offers passionate horse people a formal pathway into the industry.

Over the next 12-months, trainees will study for a certificate III in horse breeding at TAFE NSW Scone while completing full-time traineeships with some of the country’s most respected stud farms.

More than 250 applications were received from around the country, leading to an increase in the number of places offered on the program.

“The response to this year’s intake has been outstanding, with double the number of applications from last year,” said TBA chief executive, Tom Reilly.

“It demonstrates to us that there are plenty of people out there who would love to build a career working with horses and who are just looking for a start.

“Fast Track offers exactly that; 12 months practical experience working on a reputable farm combined with a formal qualification. It is the perfect entry-level pathway.”

Widden Stud principal Anthony Thompson, said the program plays an important role in addressing a major issue for breeders.

“Staffing has been identified as an area of concern for breeders and there is a real need for an initiative like this. We took a trainee on last year and were determined to support the program again in 2019.

“The course content does a great job providing the trainees with the foundational skills and knowledge needed to get started. They really seem to hit the ground running when they get to the farms.”

The 2019 group is made up of students from New South Wales, ACT, Victoria, South Australia and Queensland.

Among the intake is a qualified accountant, a beauty therapist and a dive master. The majority of the group have had little to no exposure to thoroughbreds.

The first crop of Fast Track trainees are nearing the end of their 12-months in the program and have made positive impressions on the farms where they are undertaking their practical work placements.

Trainee Alyssa Pickels is based at Kitchwin Hills and like many others in the first group, will stay in the industry after graduation.

“The Fast Track program has introduced me to the wide range of opportunities in the thoroughbred industry. The many experiences provided through the program have shown me that I can have more than just a job, I can make it a career,” said Pickels.

Ilovethiscity, winner of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, and producer of Group 1 two year-old El Dorado Dreaming, will stand the 2019 breeding season at Noor Elaine Farm.

Ilovethiscity has proven to be a strong producer of stakes class gallopers with the likes of El Dorado Dreaming, Moonlover and Savoie stakes performed during the Spring Racing Carnival.

Noor Elaine Farm and the syndicate of owners supported Ilovethiscity heavily in 2018, and he served his strongest book of mares.

On the back of the success of his progeny, his fee could’ve easily justified a significant fee increase.

Notwithstanding, the stakeholders of Ilovethiscity refrained from doing so and decided on a modest increase in order to attract breeders.

Ilovethiscity stands at Noor Elaine Farm in Euroa and his 2019 fee is $5,500 (Including GST).

All enquiries can be directed to Mark Calwell on 0417 547 394 or George Yannas on 0400 145 841.

Story by Mark Smith, Breednet

Winner of the Listed Gosford Guineas and Group III Hawkesbury Guineas and most recently second in the Inglis 3yo Guineas at Scone, the Epaulette gelding Military Zone earned a free ticket for the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap with a fast-finishing win in Saturday’s Group III Fred Best Classic (1400m) at Eagle Farm.

The Peter and Paul Snowden-trained 3yo stormed home under James McDonald to defeat held Baccarat Baby (Casino Prince) by a length with Krone (Eurozone) a head back in third.

The Triple Crown colour-bearer advances his record to 5 wins and 1 second from 10 starts with earnings of $463,530.

Immediately after the race, Peter Snowden would not commit to a start in the Stradbroke.

“It’s way too early to say whether or not he’ll run in the Stradbroke,” Snowden told AAP.

“He’s a really nice horse. I’ve always liked this bloke and he’s getting better with racing but I reckon he’s another prep away.

“He’s probably a spring or autumn horse not so much now. There’s a long, hard thinking process to go through now and hopefully, we make the right call.

“I just don’t want to bust the horse. It’s always in the back of your mind that one run too many could be the undoing of them rather than the making of them.

“I’ll give myself an uppercut if he runs (in the Stradbroke) and runs poorly because he doesn’t deserve that. I’ll let the dust settle and make a decision in a week’s time.”

Purchased by Paul Willets for $140,000 at the Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, Military Zone made the same amount when Triple Crown Syndications sourced him out of the Three Bridges draft at the 2017 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Bred by Two Bays Farm, Military Zone is a three-quarter brother to Happy Forever, a stakes-winner in Macau.

He is the second foal of the Street Sense (USA) mare Loading Zone who is a half-sister to the Listed Gold Coast Bracelet winner Super Lacuna (Grand Lodge) and to Randwick winner Double Ranga the dam of Group II Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Scarlett Rain (Manhattan Rain).

Purchased for just $8,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, Loading Zone has a yearling colt by Kermadec, which was purchased by Triple Crown for $280,000 at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and a weanling filly by Manhattan Rain. She was covered by Russian Revolution last spring.

Epaulette (Commands) earned an increase to $27,500 at Darley Stud last spring where he covered 88 mares and will stand at the same fee in 2019.

A highlight on day one of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale is lot 928, the Gr.3 winner Quilate who goes through the ring on Tuesday May 28 as part of a stellar draft presented by the Blue Sky Premium Consignment.

A home-bred for pedigree analyst Kristen Manning, Quilate raced under the care of highly respected Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent who had enough confidence in the bay’s ability to race her at two, always impressed by the natural ability she displayed for day one.

And all the more impressed as she made her way through the classes, winning three metropolitan races before, at just her second attempt at stakes level, charging home to claim black type success in the Gr.3 Ladies Day Vase during the Caulfield Cup carnival.

It was a spring of leader biased tracks but Quilate put on display her outstanding turn of foot as she flew home from towards the rear of the field, in doing so defeating the millionaire Flying Jess (just beaten by Gr.1 mare I Am A Star at Gr.2 level at her previous outing having already won at Gr.3 level as well as taking out the rich Magic Millions 3Y0 Guineas) and the classy Prompt Response (already a Gr.3 winner, subsequently taking out the Gr.2 Breeders Classic, the Gr.2 Emancipation Stakes and the Gr.1 Tatts Tiara).

Subsequently a fast finishing, eye-catching fourth (her run impeded by a horse suffering a bleeding attack) from a tricky gate in the Gr.3 Summoned Stakes, Quilate was regularly competitive with some of the country’s best mares, defeating the likes of the Gr.1 gallopers Kenedna, Savvy Coup and La Bella Diosa and the Group winners Invincibella, I Love It, Nettoyer, Samovare, Sword Of Light, Tiamo Grace, Fuhryk, White Moss and Miss Gunpowder.

Michael Kent describes Quilate as “a very attractive mare blessed with ability – she has good muscle and substance, a combination of strength and quality you do not see all that often.”

Thinking highly enough of Quilate to work her with the stable’s best, Kent saw enough in the mornings as she proved competitive with the likes of speedster Supido and Gr.1 mare Abbey Marie, to feel that despite her Gr.3 success, we did not see quite the best of what Quilate had to offer.

“She could really lengthen and run great times,” he said, adding that he is confident that Quilate will prove to be a high class broodmare – “she is going to produce lovely foals.”

Jockey Beau Mertens is also a Quilate fan, fondly remembering her Gr.3 victory – “she had a task ahead of her turning but she made up a lot of ground very quickly,” he said.

“She is a mare who had a lot of ability and whoever she galloped with she always made them work!”

Quilate is the best runner for the unraced but regally bred stallion Bramshaw, son of Champion Sire Encosta de Lago whose 115 stakes winners included 27 Gr.1 winners – and he is now doing the job as a broodmare sire with his daughters already producing 99 stakes winners including 13 Gr.1 winners.

Bramshaw is a son of Eight Carat’s wonderful daughter Cotehele House, also dam of the five times Gr. 1 winner Danewin and the Gr.3 sprinter Commands – both of whom have done a great job at stud.

The sire of 79 stakes winners including 12 Gr.1 winners, Commands boasts an exceptional 72% winners-to-runners strike rate whilst Danewin, despite fertility issues, was well represented by 30 stakes winners (six Gr.1 winners) with a 72.4% strike rate.

Consistency is the name of the game here with Encosta de Lago also a reliable source of winners with a 70.8% strike rate.

The first stakes winner carrying three crosses of Eight Carat, Quilate is a descendant of that legendary mare is her sire Bramshaw and her dam sire Dangerous = genetic power!

She is one just 19 runners line-bred to Cotehele House (her fourth dam); 13 of whom have won including the in-form Gr.1 star filly Verry Elleegant (ATC Oaks, Vinery Stud Stakes), the recent Gr.3 winners Cosmic Force and Fiscal Fantasy and the brilliant Gr.3 galloper Fair Trade.

That’s five Group winners from 19 runners for this cross… how many crosses boast a 26% Group winner strike rate?!

This is a family that just keeps on giving; recent stakes winners for the Eight Carat clan including Verry Elleegant and Jonker (who both look set for a big spring), Fiscal Fantasy, Gogo Grace, Mockery and She’s So High… and also note that a different branch of this ever flourishing family (one that also produced the exciting young stallions Deep Field and Shooting To Win) is responsible for the flying filly Mystic Journey.

Quilate, whose dam is in foal to the promising Rich Enuff, boasts a pedigree of considerable depth, making her an easy mare to mate. She looks set to carry on the great Eight Carat tradition and is very aptly named to do so, Quilate being Spanish for Carat!

Inspect QUILATE from Saturday in STABLE G23. Watch her barnstorming Gr.3 victory HERE.

For further information contact Kristen Manning on 0428 563 917 or kristenmanning@gmail.com

Story by Mark Smith, Breednet

A milestone for Swettenham Stud’s young shuttler Toronado (IRE) in France on Saturday when the Jean-Claude Rouget-trained Taos came with a barnstorming finish from last on the turn to win the Listed Derby du Midi (1900m) at Bordeaux Le Bouscat to credit his sire with his first stakes-winner.

Ridden by Jean-Bernard Eyquem, Taos defeated Corando (Dark Angel) by three-quarter of a length with Fairmont (Orpen) in third.

It was the third win in five starts for Taos although his trainer had all but given up hope on the turn.

“I know Bordeaux well and I had serious doubts for success when seeing him in last position at the top of the straight,” Rouget told Paris Turf.

“He really did something special. He’s a colt that we’ve always loved and protected. He did not steal his victory and we will look for a stakes race for distances around the 1800 metres.”

Toronado (IRE) has made an encouraging start to his stud career in Australia. With his oldest southern hemisphere crop two-year-olds his three winners in Australia to date include the Hong Kong-bound Prince Of Sussex, the winner of the inaugural $1million The Showdown at Caulfield on April 27.

A dual Group 1 winning son of High Chaparral, Toronado (IRE) returns for his fifth tour of duty at Swettenham Stud this spring where he will command a fee of $27,500, having covered 167 mares last season for a fee of $22,000.

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 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.

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.

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.

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.

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 catalogue@inglis.com.au

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 www.riverbankfarm.com.au

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.

For more information, please visit www.sunstud.com.au

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 tbv@racingvictoria.net.au

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 www.studandstablestaffawards.com.au.

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 studandstablestaffawards.com.au.