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Growth continues for Sunhill

Sunhill Bloodstock's Sinead & Patrick Hughes (Tracey Robertson Equine Solutions)

The brainchild of Irish nationals Sinead & Patrick Hughes, Sunhill Bloodstock has grown from 20 to 300 acres in only their second year in operation. Based in Riddells Creek, at the base of Victoria’s Macedon Ranges, the Nardoo farm has paddocks to suit all stages of the thoroughbred lifespan.

Offering foaling down, reproduction, agistment, sales preparation and pedigree assessment services, the property’s facilities allow great flexibility to cater for individual needs, with 24-hour care and supervision. There is also client accommodation available for visitors.

Sinead and Patrick each have over 20 years’ experience in the thoroughbred industry. Sinead specialises in all facets of reproductive care including improving the fertility of mares and maintaining full-term viable pregnancies, whilst Patrick specialises in pedigree assessment and stallion selection.

Having studied Agricultural Science in her native Ireland and spending time working in America, Sinead was fortunate to prepare a yearling for the sales who ended up being champion racehorse and sire, High Chaparral.

Patrick started his career at Coolmore Stud in Ireland before spending 5 years in Kentucky. Upon returning to Ireland, he worked at Sheikh Hamdan’s Derrinstown Stud for 11 years before he, Sinead and their three girls emigrated to New South Wales. Based in the Hunter Valley, Patrick worked for Segenhoe Stud while Sinead was the yearling manager at Cressfield Stud. A move to Victoria followed, managing Yarran Park and Chatswood Stud. On taking over management of Chatswood, Sinead became the only female stud master in Australia.

Sunhill Bloodstock are preparing three weanling fillies for sale for the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale, commencing at Oaklands Junction on Sunday 16 June.

Lot 273 is a filly by Stratum mare, Midnight Rose. A half-sister to the Group-placed Rightoncue, she started 3 times and this is her first foal. The filly is by the 2011 Newmarket July Cup winner and Cartier Racing Awards European Champion Sprinter, Dream Ahead (USA). The Aquis Farm shuttler has sired 21 stakes winners across both hemispheres, including Australia’s Ken’s Dream, Shumookh and Dreams Aplenty.

Lot 520 is a bay filly by Woodside Park’s first season sire Rich Enuff, out of Oscar Dreams. The Redoute’s Choice mare is an unraced half-sister to Dazzling Gazelle, the dam to Miracles of Life. This is her fifth foal, with 2 to race. The filly’s family also include Group winners Exclusive Halo, Miss Jugah and Sumstreetsumwhere.

The third and final member of the draft is Lot 521, a filly by multiple Group winner All American (Red Ransom). Her dam Ose Tatoka, is a half-sister to 6 time winner Beyond Pardon. This filly is her third foal, her first foal is a 2yo. The fourth dam in this family is multiple Group winner and top filly on the 1985-86 Australasian 3YO Classification, Heat of the Moment (Blazing Saddles).

“All three fillies are quality types, and given their sires, they offer a little something for everyone,” said Sinead.

“Inglis were happy with their inspections of our draft and expect them all to sell well, especially the All American, who is a real cracker. We’re looking forward to getting down to the Sale, which will be our last one for the year. Apart from the work side of it, it’s also good time to try and catch up with everyone. We’ll then get a break of a few weeks before getting into the upcoming breeding and foaling down season.”

The Sunhill draft will be available for inspection from Friday 14th June at Barn E, stables 71-74. CLICK HERE to view the catalogue. The Inglis Great Southern Sale runs from Sunday 16 to Wednesday 19 June 2019.

First Australian win for Spendthrift’s Jimmy Creed

Statement Of Faith's win at Swan Hill gave his sire Jimmy Creed his first Australian winner (Racing Photos).

Spendthrift Australia’s foundation stallion Jimmy Creed (USA) recorded his first Australian winner on Sunday when the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace trained Statement Of Faith won the Murray Downs Gold & Country Club Maiden Plate at Swan Hill.

Racing in the colours of David Moodie’s Contract Racing and with jockey Harry Coffey aboard, the filly stuck to the rails down the straight to gradually overhaul the leader Fussell (Hussonet) by three-quarters of a length with Fearless Falcon (Hillman) the same distance back in third.

“I rode her on debut in Adelaide (in December) and we expected her to run really well but she didn’t, so she went to the paddock,” Coffey told

“She had a long time off and she has worked and trialled well coming into this. We got a beautiful run from the good gate and with 54kgs when the gap came she did the rest.”

“She was green late, she pricked her ears and ran around a bit so there is improvement there, but she is a nice filly and I was very lucky to get the ride on her today.”

Bred by Spendthrift Australia, Statement Of Faith was a $45,000 purchase out of the Moorookyle Park draft at the 2018 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale. She is the first foal of the well-performed Artie Schiller (USA) mare Ava’s Delight, a 5-time winner in Melbourne and Group 2 placed in the MRC Tristarc Stakes. Incidentally, Harry Coffey also rode her to victory at Moonee Valley in 2015 just prior to her move to the breeding barn.

A fast and classy Group 1 winning son of two-time champion sire DISTORTED HUMOR and Group 1 winning mare HOOKEDONTHEFEELIN, Jimmy Creed won Santa Anita’s prestigious G1 Malibu Stakes, over the fastest 3-year-old sprinters in the US, running 1400m in 1:20.36.

“Contract Racing had allegiances with Distorted Humor during his time in Victoria and have been supporters of Jimmy Creed from day one, so it is fitting for the first Australian winner by Jimmy Creed to be wearing the Contract Racing colours,” said Spendthrift Australia General Manager, Garry Cuddy.

“There has been a constant murmur around the stock of Jimmy Creed so it is great to get a win on the board. Let’s hope it is the first of many to come.”

A Northern Hemisphere Top 5 first-crop sire in 2017, Jimmy Creed is also a leading second-crop sire, lea by Group winners Kanthaka and Strike Lighting. Statement of Faith is his only runner to date in the Southern Hemisphere. He had just 16 live foals in his first crop however, he had 112 mares in 2017 and 75 last year.

Jimmy Creed stands at a fee of $8,800 at Spendthrift Australia in 2019 and is eligible for the stud’s renowned Breed Secure program, which allows breeders to pay service fees from sale proceeds after recouping agreed expenses. He is also nominated for Racing Victoria’s VOBIS Sires program.

There are 5 lots of his progeny for sale at the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale.

*Story extracts from Mark Smith, Breednet

Spendthrift Australia stallion, Jimmy Creed.

Breed to Race – Let’s Look at Victoria

Rangal Park's Danerich.

*Story by Tara Madgwick, Breednet

Victoria is not short of stallions priced between $5,000 and $10,000, but finding the best of them that can give you a realistic chance of producing a winner or even a stakes-winner can be like looking for the needle in the haystack for many broodmare owners.

Rangal Park’s Danerich has long been the best friend of the Victorian breed to race mare owners and it’s not hard to see why given he’s never stood for more than $8,800, has an impressive 65% winners to runners and has left eight stakes-winners including a $1million earner in Lord of the Sky.

He’s turning 17 this year but has good fertility and stands at a fee of $6,600.

A Group I winner and Group I sire, Starcraft relocated to Rosemont Stud from Arrowfield in 2014 and in the last few years Victorian breeders have really warmed to him after a tepid response in his first couple of seasons down south.

With 59% winners to runners and 20 stakes-winners, Starcraft has also enjoyed success in Hong Kong as a sire and his progeny still command a good price in the sale ring with his lone Inglis Easter entry this year fetching $180,000.

He might be turning 19, but when Starcraft gets a good type it’s a cracker and a horse bred to race, might find itself a horse headed to the sale ring!

Magic Albert’s Group I winning son Ilovethiscity only ever had modest books of mares until last year when he covered 70 as people started to catch on that he might have something to offer after his daughter El Dorado Dreaming won the Group I ATC Champagne Stakes.

She has since placed in the Group I ATC Coolmore Classic and Surround Stakes proving herself a genuinely top class filly and Ilovethiscity has added another stakes-winner to his tally in Moonlover, a winner of over $500,000. 

Standing at Noor Elaine Farm this spring at a fee of $6,600, Ilovethiscity is true in type to his sire Magic Albert and grand-sire Zeditave.  He is completely free of Danehill blood and has 63% winners to runners.

Sun Stud’s Squamosa i s the first son of Not a Single Doubt to go to stud and back when he retired in 2013, his sire was standing at a fee of $33,000.

Fast forward to 2019 and Not a Single Doubt has emerged as an elite sire and commands a fee of $110,000, so with the benefit of hindsight, Squamosa was probably entitled to a bit more respect than he got as a Group I placed Group III winner.

Squamosa has been priced at $6,600 throughout his career and is the same again this year and with 61% winners to runners and two stakes-winners including recent Flemington stakes-winner Order of Command makes plenty of appeal.

Breeders are waking up to him though, he has covered 308 mares in his past three seasons as compared to 189 in his first three seasons.

Blue Gum Farm’s Turffontein was a Group I winning sprinter and is another Danehill free option priced affordably at $8,800.

Boutique Breeders target Great Southern

Vendors and buyers will soon decend on Oaklands Junction for the Inglis Great Southern Sale.

The upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale is always a key feature on the calendar for Victorian breeders and buyers and it’s not just the big companies that it attracts. The sale will also feature drafts from a number of boutique farms across Victoria.

Tarcoola Stud, in Tuerong on the Mornington Peninsula, is owned by Ken and Denise Williams and was named Victorian 2011 Small Breeder of the Year, thanks to the Group 1 Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice. They have also bred successful racehorses such as Vivacious Spirit, Costa Viva and the more recent Hong Kong winner Bullish Brother (Reward for Effort).

Horses are in the Williams’ blood. Denise is the great grand-daughter of trainer Joseph Cripps. The horse he trained and owned, Tarcoola, after which the stud is named, won the 1893 Melbourne Cup with his jockey son Herbert Cripps aboard.

They will only have the one entrant at Oaklands Junction, a Reward for Effort weanling colt catalogued as Lot 132. His dam is the Barnadini (USA) mare, Exclusive Cross. She was a winner over 1300m and is a half-sister to White Diamonds and listed Adelaide Guineas winner Whirlpool.

The bay colt has a lovely pedigree, which features multiple Group and Listed winners. The family includes last month’s HKJC Dorset Handicap winner Jumbo Prize, Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner Alpha and the 1994 Caulfield Cup winner, Paris Lane.

Also making the trip from the Mornington Peninsula, Cape Schanck Stud will have a draft of six mares headed to the Sale. First season mare Aislinn (NZ) will be offered as lot 536 in foal to Victorian stallion Rebel Raider, whilst two mares in the draft, Anneka (lot 543) and Rose Amour (lot 742), are both in foal to Sun Stud sire Fiorente (IRE).

Lisa McMaster, from Cora Lynn’s Briarwood Farm, will be offering Lot 655 to broodmare buyers. Kiss Me Candy is by Group 1 Royal Ascot St James Place Stakes winner Excellent Art (GB). Out of a Flying Spur mare, Kiss Me Candy counts Listed Cranbourne Cup winner Lisa’s Game, Toy Show, Bazelle and Briarwood’s own Temple of Bel, in her pedigree. She has produced one foal, a Cable Bay (IRE) weanling, and will be sold in foal to Dundeel.

Located east of Pakenham, Briarwood offers yearling, racehorse and broodmare agistment, as well as all foaling down and weanling handling services.

Euroa’s Franklin Farm will journey down the Hume Highway to Oaklands Junction with a draft of four weanlings.

Catalogued as lot 53 is a colt out of the Group 1 ATC Cantebury Stakes winning sire Holler. Two other colts are by Spendthrift Australia sires Jimmy Creed (lot 74) and Hampton Court (lot 321), whilst their Starcraft filly counts Group 1 winners Our Tristalight and Danske in her pedigree (lot 227).

CLICK HERE to view the Inglis Great Southern Sale catalogue. Inspections commence from this Wednesday 12th June, check the Parade Schedule for further details.

Rosemont awarded a Derby Quickie

Mr Quickie wins the Queensland Derby on Saturday (Breednet).

*story extracts from Aushorse and Thoroughbred Daily News AusNZ

Rosemont Stud has bred Group One winners, sold Group One winners and raced Group One winners.

However, until Saturday’s Channel 7 Queensland Derby victory via Mr Quickie, the Victorian operation hadn’t bred, sold and raced one and stood the sire as well!

Well, to be more specific – ‘will stand’ – is actually more accurate. In what can only be considered impeccable timing, Rosemont just recently secured the standing rights to Mr Quickie’s sire, Shamus Award, who won’t cover his first mare in Victoria until September.

Not surprisingly, Rosemont principal, Anthony Mithen, was ecstatic with Mr Quickie’s performance in the Derby, with the flashy 3YO unleashing a power packed finish to win by three quarters of a length with jockey Johnny Allen aboard.

Celebrations had to be momentarily muted however as connections of runner up, Vow And Declare, lodged a protest which was eventually dismissed.

Rosemont offered Mr Quickie at the 2017 Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to Dalziel Racing for $115,000. Wisely, Rosemont kept a share and, thus, the Queensland Derby winner races in a combination of Rosemont’s increasingly familiar ‘Gatecrasher’ and the Dalziel silks of white and royal blue spots. Rosemont also own Mr Quickie’s dam, Special Favour (General Nediym), who was bought in foal with him in 2015 for $30,000.

Saturday’s victory was also a special milestone for syndicator, Wylie Dalziel. One of the hardest toilers in the industry, Dalziel has introduced hundreds to racehorse ownership in the last 20 years: firstly partnered with Roy Higgins and, following the death of the much loved Hall of Famer in 2014, he now calls upon former top trainer, Peter Moody, to help steer the ship.

Although Dalziel has come close in the past, Mr Quickie becomes the first Group One winner for his syndicates.

“We’ve come close a couple of times,” Dalziel recalls. “Bring Me The Maid was one of the last fillies I bought with Roy and she won a (Group Two) Magic Night before running third to Mossfun in the Golden Slipper, while Harlow Gold ran second in the VRC Oaks, fourth in Hey Doc’s Australian Guineas and third behind Montoya’s Secret in the Vinery.

(Somewhat ironically, both Hey Doc and Montoya’s Secret were Rosemont Stud sale graduates!)

The other aspect of the story is trainer Phillip Stokes, who secured his first Group 1 winner since moving to Victoria last year, and just the fourth top-flight winner of his career. He is also the first trainer to win a Group 1 from the new Pakenham hub, opened less than five years ago.

Dalziel has already been knocking back offers for Mr Quickie over the past few months, particularly from overseas. That will only intensify now he has won the Queensland Derby, with the past three winners of the race having been sold to Hong Kong. But he insists the gelding is not for sale.

“They (the owners) were adamant about not selling,” Dalziel adds. “For most it’s their first Group One victory and by the time you break it up into five, 10 and 20 percent shares, it probably doesn’t make that much of a difference to their lives.

“On the other hand, going to the races here in Australia and cheering on Mr Quickie is making a whole lot of difference!”

Mr Quickie, the third stakes winner and first Group 1 winner for his sire, will now head to the spelling paddock before returning in the spring where races such as the Caulfield Cup, Cox Plate and inaugural $7.5 million Golden Eagle all come into calculation.

A nifty 2YO who was placed in both the Maribyrnong Plate and VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Shamus Award ran a lip second in the Group Two Stutt Stakes and third in the Group One Caulfield Guineas when resuming at three. Shamus Award then led throughout to capture the 2013 Cox Plate in a thriller…and his first racetrack victory!

Shamus Award will stand at Rosemont Stud at a fee of $11,000 in 2019. There are 5 of his progeny for sale at the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Thompson Creek Thoroughbreds announces its new broodmare management service

Team TCT, from left: Guyan Stroud, Marlo Stroud, Wes Ballantine, Sally Ballantine, Derek Ballantine, Kaye Ballantine.

Thompson Creek is owned by the Ballantine and Stroud families and offers breeding, racing and agistment services. Based at “Glentree South” in Modewarre, just outside of Geelong, Thompson Creek has a number of racehorses in work and a growing broodmare band. Glentree South is currently utilised by a range of leading trainers to spell racehorses. 2019 marks the start of offering a suite of broodmare management services to outside clients. A passion of the two families involved, Derek Ballantine resides at Glentree South and manages all equine activities.

Thompson Creek Thoroughbreds (TCT) have announced its intention to offer broodmare management services to outside clients.

Starting immediately, TCT will offer year round broodmare agistment, foaling down and walk out services to major studs from its base at Modewarre, just outside of Geelong.

TCT’s farm, Glentree South, offers the perfect environment for broodmares and foals. The 120 acre property features gentle rolling hills, excellent feed cover, first class facilities and fencing and around the clock staffing. With the support of leading veterinarians and other support services in the area, TCT offers a professional management service combined with the benefits of a boutique, family owned environment. Pricing is well below major stud farm rates.

TCT’s Sally Ballantine said of the new services, “After owning the property for two years and developing our own broodmare band – and strong relationships with proven local reproductive specialist veterinarians – we are extremely confident of offering an excellent service to breeders.

“The south west region is blossoming with thoroughbred ownership and we feel having a local, highly professional and family owned operation taking care of clients’ prized possessions is something that will be well received.

“All services are managed onsite by Derek Ballantine who has over 40 years industry experience. We can also offer pedigree analysis to aid clients in their stallion decisions.

“This is an exciting time for TCT and we welcome our existing and any prospective clients to get in touch with us for the 2019 breeding season. We offer a personalised service with industry leading communications and owner updates. With all services being offered at a very competitive rate to the larger farms, we believe this is an opportunity not to be missed.”


Sally Ballantine: 0438 642 004

Derek Ballantine: 0412 205 142


European Stakes-Winner for Brazen Beau

Darley Northwood's Brazen Beau.

*Story by Tara Madgwick, Breednet

I Am Invincible’s champion son Brazen Beau has sired his first Northern Hemisphere stakes-winner with talented filly Avengers Queen winning the Listed Premio Mario E Vittorio Crespi at San Siro in Italy.

Trained by Agostino Affie, Avengers Queen scored a three quarter length win in the six furlong sprint and has now won two of three starts with her only other start a fifth in a Listed race.

Bred in the UK by Whitsbury Manor Stud, she was a modest £8,000 at the Goffs UK Premier Yearling Sale so has already won back her purchase price.

She is the first winner from Showstoppa, a half-sister by Showcasing to Group II winner Temple Meads.

Avengers Queen is the second stakes-winner for Brazen Beau joining classy Australian colt Accession.

Brazen Beau stands at Darley Victoria at a fee of $49,500.

Two Weeks Left to Nominate for the Stud & Stable Staff Awards

Winners of the 2018 Stud and Stable Staff Awards (

A reminder that nominations for the 2019 Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff Awards (GSSSA) will close on Monday, 1 July 2019, and can be completed online via the Stud and Stable Staff Awards website

First staged in Australia in 2015, the 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.”

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.

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.” For further information and to nominate, please go to

Yulong’s Sam Fairgray to join TBV Board

Yulong's Sam Fairgray will join the TBV Board.

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) is pleased to announce the appointment of Yulong Investment Australia’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray, to the TBV Board.

Sam replaces Matthew Tillett, who has stepped down from the Board after three years of service. TBV is grateful for his support and thanks him for his time and efforts during his time as a Board Member.

A long-term supporter of TBV, Sam Fairgray is the Chief Operating Officer of Mr Yuesheng Zhang’s Australian arm of Yulong Investments since January 2018. Prior to this position, Sam was General Manager at Woodside Park Stud. He also was the General Manager at Newgate for 2 years and was at Arrowfield Stud for 14 years as their Operations Manager.

Sam was instrumental in success of the careers of stallions such as Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel and Not a Single Doubt. Sam lists Miss Finland, winning the Golden Slipper under the Arrowfield banner, as one of his career highlights.

Sam is passionate about encouraging young people to join the industry and showcasing the great industry we have on offer. Sam is also passionate about the betterment of the industry, which he hopes he can impart any knowledge he has to other Victorian breeders.

Since Yulong’s inception in Victoria in 2014, Yulong continues to prove their commitment to the Victorian breeding and racing industry. As well as Yulong Park in Bayles, two additional properties were purchased in 2018 – Yulong Stud (Limerick Lane) and Yulong Farm (Hillside), both in the Nagambie region – with the vision to become state-of-the-art stallion and broodmare properties. Yulong continues to increase their quality broodmare band and has recently acquired stallion, Grunt to offer to Victorian breeders.

As well as Yulong having a strong presence in the breeding industry, their racing arm of the business is quite strong with around 200 race horses worldwide. Recent successes have included three stakes winning 2YO fillies, who have won for Yulong being Catch Me, Cheer Leader, Koo Wee Rup.

James O’Brien – TBV President, is excited about the appointment of Sam and has no doubt that he will bring new thoughts and ideas to breeding in Victoria.

“While it is a loss to see Matt step down, in order to pursue opportunities within the racing industry, I would like to thank Matt for his hard work and dedication. In saying that, I am excited for Sam to join us on the Board, where there is no doubt his experience, passion and skill set will help drive breeding in Victoria to new heights.”

Sam will begin his role on the Board effective 1 June 2019.

For more information, please contact Ms Charmein Bukovec, TBV Chief Executive via email:

Brilliant Broodmare results for Victorians on the Coast

The Baystone Farm team.

The Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale saw great results for Victorians across all areas; buyers, vendors and breeders.

The highlight draft from Victoria was an exceptionally well bred and prepared group of mares from Dean Harvey’s Baystone Farm in Gnarwarre.

Ranked fourth on vendors by gross was a massive achievement by all accounts with $4,992,000 from 21 mares sold only behind Newgate, Yarraman Park and Widden Stud. After two incredibly busy inspection days, and a high number of second and third inspections, it was no wonder that the mares demanded strong competition in the ring.

With a solid consignment of 22 mares in total, they averaged $237,714, which endorses the strength of the trading aspect of the broodmare market.

“Baystone Farm’s focus is to find quality fillies or mares straight off the racetrack, getting them in foal to a well-matched and popular stallion and offering them back at the sales,” Harvey said.

Example of these mares include Starlike (Exceed And Excel) – purchased for $100,000 twelve months ago and offered again this year in foal to Zoustar, reaching $300,000 when sold to Yulong. Foxy Miss (Foxwedge) was a $30,000 purchase who reached $250,000 to China Horse Club in foal to Written Tycoon, while Amorphous (Redoute’s Choice) was a $30,000 purchase who realised $180,000 to Twin Hills when offered in foal to Pierro.

Baystone’s top lot was Helix Park (Nicconi), who is in foal to Snitzel, proved very popular selling to China Horse Club for $650,000.

“We knew she was going to be mare that would sell well, just for the fact she was in foal to Snitzel. He’s one of the best stallions in the country and she had the pedigree to match,” Harvey said.

“From the well preformed race fillies off the track to the lovely broodmares at the end of our draft, we have had a fantastic week,” Harvey said. “Our well-credentialled mares were well accepted by the buying bench and sold accordingly, so we were very happy.”

While as buyers, Victorians were also highly competitive in the sale ring.

The mare Summit Breath offered by Yarran Thoroughbreds will be coming back south after being purchased by the partnership of Stonehouse Thoroughbreds and X-Factor Pedigrees for $140,000.

Spendthrift also were seen to raise their hand on more than one occasion, with ten commercial mares joining their burgeoning Victorian broodmare band to lend support to their growing number of stallions.

Woodside Park Stud and Suman Hedge joined forces to secure the Sebring mare, She’s Demanding from Yarraman Park Stud in foal to the highly spruiked Merchant Navy, as well as the Nadeem mare Lucky Can Be in foal to Zoustar for $640,000.

“I thought she was an absolute star,” said James Price of Woodside Park. “We saw her ability to produce a good foal, with her Dissident weanling making good money last week, it was a really good type. She is a half to two Group 1 winners, and she could run herself. She was very neat, compact and will be a beautiful mating to our stallion Written Tycoon. It is rare that the family comes on the market.”

While the maiden race mare, the Written Tycoon daughter, Sexy Eyes also caught the eye of Victorian Suman Hedge for $650,000 from the Blue Sky Premium Consignment.

“We identified her as one of the best physicals at the sale, a queen, and she was the one we remembered and the one we were talking about every day when we got back home. I am obviously extremely familiar with the pedigree, being by Written Tycoon, and we just thought she was a lovely mare to start off with. She is going to Zoustar, another horse I am familiar with. She is an easy mare to mate, being such a good type. If you buy those fast mares who have got open pedigrees, it gives you a lot of options,” Hedge said.

Victoria’s RMA Bloodstock went to $700,000 for the Denman mare Secret Trail in foal to Russian Revolution, and Blue Gum Farm put in a substantial final bid of $420,000 for the More Than Ready broodmare, Just One Moment in foal to Merchant Navy.

Other Victorians to take mares home included Erinvale Farm, Springmount, Musk Creek Farm, Fern Vale Farm, Ponderosa Park and Esker Lodge.

Mick Gibson’s Wangaratta based Laceby Lodge purchased two of the best credentialed mares of the day with $420,000 bid to obtain the So You Think mare Global Thinking in foal to Fastnet Rock and the massive bid of $800,000 for Godolphin’s Lonhro mare, Sanity in foal to Exceed and Excel.

“Chris Lee loves Godolphin – there is no doubt about that,” Mick Gibson said. “He targeted her all the way; she was the first mare we looked at and he has never changed his mind. There was no stopping this result. Chris has bought quality from them up to now. The progeny will definitely be sold. He is keen to keep building up the broodmare band and the farm – he’s not going to stop.”

Rosemont Stud matched that massive bid of $800,000 when purchasing the New Zealand mare Gift Of Power from Dormello Stud.  A maiden mare she will be a high-class addition to their already brilliant and growing broodmare band.

“I thought she would have made seven figures and that would have been too much for me, but we all said under seven figures she is reasonable value and we are here to buy value,” said Anthony Mithen of Rosemont Stud.

“We’ve got a little bit of the family with True Excelsior, who is stakes placed and a bit of a jewel in our crown and I think this is next level. She is a Group 2 winner, balanced, medium sized, attractive – just the type of mare you want to put into your broodmare collection.”  Mithen said.

Yulong also added some lovely mares to their expansive Victorian broodmare band including the stunning mare Erato for a massive $1,750,000, and Written Era for $775,000, giving them the number one rank for buyers across the whole sale. With 28 lots purchased for a combined total of $6,895,000 at an average of $246,250, they are making a considerable long-term investment to the Victorian breeding industry.

“Mr Zhang is very keen to build here in Australia and there is a lot of development going on at the farm. We have added to the broodmare band this week, and we are really pleased with the mares we’ve bought,” Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray said.

Lauriston’s Glamour stars at Magic Millions

Global Glamour sells for $1.55 million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale (

Story by Brad Bishop,

James O’Brien hasn’t had any first-hand involvement with Global Glamour for more than four years, but there was no prouder man when she stole the show during Wednesday’s session at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

The five-year-old product of Star Witness and Spectacula, who was bred at the O’Brien family’s Lauriston Farm in Victoria, became the first seven-figure lot of Day 2 when sold for $1,550,000.

She was purchased by a partnership involving Coolmore’s Tom Magnier, James Bester – who brought together the syndicate of women that raced Global Glamour – and Gerry Harvey.

“There’s no possible way that I thought she would make that mark when she was born,” O’Brien said of Global Glamour, who O’Brien sold for $65,000 at the 2015 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

“Just seeing her racing career evolve, we’ve just been so proud to see that result.

“She is the best filly that we’ve produced. She did an amazing job on the racetrack.”

Global Glamour, who was prepared for this week’s sale by Widden Stud, lived up to her billing as the banner lot of the second day of selling with her opening bid of $1 million ensuring she’d set a new mark for the highest-priced lot of Day 2.

Magnier was happy to get the mare who is in-foal to Zoustar, but will be covered by high-profile Coolmore recruit Justify this coming breeding season.

“She’s a lot of quality, she was obviously an amazing race filly,” Magnier said.

“All the best judges were on her, so we’re just happy that we got her. We’ll send her to Justify, that’s where Gerry wants to go.”

The last of Global Glamour’s 19 starts was last September in the Group 3 How Now Stakes at Caulfield, the venue of her second Group 1 in eight days during the spring of 2016.

After winning the Flight Stakes at Randwick, the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott-trained filly headed south to win the Thousand Guineas.

That race has had a profound impact on this week’s sale. Runner-up I Am Star was offered for sale on Day 1 but passed in for $1.4 million, while third placegetter Whispering Brook sold for $1.1m on Tuesday.

Missrock, the seventh placegetter, holds top billing as the highest-priced lot of the sale at the halfway mark after changing hands for $2.3m on Day 1.

Fromparis Withlove, who finished second-last in the Guineas, was also sold on Day 2, changing hands for $320,000.

Mr Zhang purchases dam of Victorian-bred Blue Diamond winner

Yulong Investments purchased Erato for $1.75 million at Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale (Breednet).

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The dam of this year’s Blue Diamond Stakes winner Lyre topped the fourth and final day of the 2019 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast.

Erato, catalogued in the supplementary as Lot 1922, sold for $1.75 million and was one of three individual lots to sell for $1 million or more, bringing to 11 the number of seven figure sellers for the sale.

Presented at the sale by Yarraman Park Stud, as agent, Erato was snapped up by Yulong Investments – pushing them to a clear lead on the leading buyers table for total spend.

“Obviously she’s a blue hen,” Yulong’s Sam Fairgray said after signing for the top seller. “It’s a great family and she’s produced the Blue Diamond winner.”

“Mr Zhang was very keen to get her and we are very pleased she will be joining the Yulong team.”

Erato provided the team from Australian Bloodstock with a dream result. They purchased her for $120,000 two years ago at the National Broodmare Sale when she was offered through the Godolphin draft.

With her first foal since winning the Blue Diamond Stakes the team decided to offered her in foal to Russian Revolution and it proved a masterstroke.

“The success of mares like Erato and Lipari this week show the opportunities for buyers at the National Broodmare Sale,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “It is fantastic to see our buyers rewarded with updates and they are able to re-offer those mares to the market.”

A short time later in the supplementary Widden Stud and leading international bloodstock agent David Redvers teamed up to make their second seven figure purchase for the day when they bought Bonny O’Reilly for $1.2 million when offered by Glastonbury Farms.

A stakes winner, Bonny O’Reilly is due to produce her first foal by Snitzel in August.

Earlier Widden and Redvers teamed up to buy Vezalay from the Newgate Consignment for $1 million. That stakes winner is in foal to I Am Invincible.

“She was one of our star picks of the sale,” Widden’s Antony Thompson said. “She is such a good looker and was a very good racehorse – she had that exceptional speed and she had that bit of x-factor when she hit the track.”

“Obviously she’s in foal to a hot sire and she will be a great mare for Zoustar,” he added.

Across the four days of the Book One sale over $104 million was traded on 707 lots sold at a clearance rate of 79% and an impressive average price of $147,136. Missrock stayed the top seller from Day One with her $2.3 million sale.

“We’ve had 11 mares sell for $1 million or more, which is up from nine last year,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “We’re thrilled with that.”

“The overall result from the sale is fantastic.”

“The bloodstock team have worked extremely hard to put this all together. The whole team have worked hard logistically – it’s a huge job and kudos goes to them.”

“We have our National Yearling Sale starting on Wednesday,” Bowditch added. “It’s a really nice line up of yearlings.”

“We are excited to be getting them on the grounds from tomorrow. It’s a great opportunity at the end of the season for the buyers to come and buy yearlings at realistic prices.”

Oakford’s Great Tradition Continues

The McKnight's Oakford Thoroughbred Farm in Maldon.

This month’s upcoming Inglis Great Southern Sale will be the 53rd year that Brian McKnight has been a part of preparing yearlings for sale – not that anyone is counting!

Since preparing his first yearling in 1965 for Ed Barty’s Trevensen Park Stud, a colt which sold to Noel Kelly for 500 guineas, Brian has only missed one year.

“It was 1996, the transition year between leaving Trevensen and setting up Oakford,” said Brian. “It’s the only one I’ve missed.”

A family run business headed by Brian and his wife Judy, Oakford Thoroughbred Farm is a picturesque 800 acre boutique farm in Maldon, only a one and half hour drive from Melbourne. It is a multi-functional property that offers quality facilities for all aspects of your horse’s breeding and racing career, including a water walker, floodlit foaling paddocks and a 2100 metre race track. As well as services for agistment, pre-training and rehabilitation, Brian and his son Ashley also train in partnership from the farm.

“Our stable is ticking along nicely,” said Brian. “Hot Seat won at Ballarat last week. He’s a nice handy horse to have and we have a few more heading to the races this week.”

Oakford are presenting five lots in their draft at this month’s Inglis Great Southern Sale, headed by Lot 240, a bay filly by multiple Group 1 winner and Victorian sire, Palentino. Out of the unraced New Zealand mare Leica Gossip (NZ), her family includes Dansino and Group 1 Australasian Oaks winner Lieca Smile.

“She is a nice filly,” said Brian. “Her half-brother Perpetual Crisis, the mare’s first foal, was racing well and helping to build the family profile before he was sold to race in Hong Kong in 2017.”

Lot 246 is a filly by Star Turn. Out of Casino Prince mare Lionel Left Me, the filly is from a family that boasts Good Prince, Virage De Fortune, Railing and Australian Horse of the Year Emancipation.

Woodside Park’s Foxwedge is the sire of lot 363, a filly out of Bianconi (USA) mare Rain Shadow. A half-sister to Moonee Valley Gold Cup winner Rain Gauge, Rain Shadow won 5 races, whilst four of her foals have raced for 2 wins and 2 placings.

The Oakford draft also includes two mares. Lionel Left Me (Casino Prince x Grand Ovation) is listed as lot 672 and currently in foal to Impending while Quirimbas (Street Boss (USA) x Spurani) has produced 8 winning foals to race and is in foal to Thronum (lot 734).

“Both mares have good family backgrounds,” said Brian. “They are young mares and will fit into a number of good breeding programs.”

The Inglis Great Southern Sale runs at Oaklands Junction from 16 – 19 June 2019.

Americain continues greatness for Daisy Hill

Colleen & Kevin Bamford's Daisy Hill in Victoria's Doreen.

Despite only being in their fourth year of preparing and selling thoroughbred yearlings at the sales, Daisy Hill is fast making an impression to the Victorian breeding industry.

Owned and run by Colleen and Kevin Bamford, Daisy Hill is a meticulously designed and purpose built stud in Doreen, 26km north-east of Melbourne’s CBD.

Most people know Colleen and Kevin from their association with 2010 Melbourne Cup winner, Americain. A plan 5 years in the making, the Bamfords bought the horse for a relatively knockdown price after he failed as a galloper in the US, having begun his career in France. 

Beginning his stallion career at Swettenham Stud in 2013, it was announced earlier this year that Americain would move to Daisy Hill for the 2019 breeding season.

“We’re excited to have him as our foundation stallion,” said Daisy Hill’s Shane Freeman.

“He will really suit breeders who are willing to give a horse time, three and four-year-old races over a bit of distance.”

The recent Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale was the first time Daisy Hill had prepared a broodmare draft, presenting a team of four. The Listed Bendigo Guineas winner, So Far Sokool (NZ) was an impressive seller, going to Aquis Farm for $200,000, whilst city-winning mare Corrs sold to Mt Hallowell Stud for $80,000.

Daisy Hill will be presenting a large draft of 17 weanlings and broodmares at this month’s Inglis Great Southern Sale. From the draft, five of the ten weanlings are by Americain, while three of the seven mares on offer are in foal to the stallion.

Lot 116 is an Americian colt out of a grand-daughter to Secretariat, Dowinga. The family includes Percy Kiwa, Denisis and USA 2yo Champion Colt Dehere. The dam herself, in foal to Rubick, is also for sale as Lot 596.

A Pierro x Karata (Elvstroem) filly will go under the hammer as Lot 210. Her grand-dam is Melbourne Cup winner and 1991/92 Australian Horse of the Year, Let’s Elope.

Lot 416, a bay Zoustar colt, is out of the Group 2 SAJC Queen of the South winner, So Pristine. He also counts Dijon Bleu, 2017/18 New Zealand Champion Mare of the Year, as family.

“Both the Pierro filly and the Zoustar colt would be the two highlights of our draft,” said Shane.

Bagitol is an unraced filly that is being offered for sale in foal to Churchill (NZ) (Lot 557). Out of Group 2 winning Sequalo mare Caliente, she is also from the same family as Staging, Duporth and Dashing Image.

Other members of the draft include four from the same family – the Redoute’s Choice mare Fair Choice (lot 605), her daughter mare Which Craft (lot 809) and both their Americain weanling colts (lot 134 and 499). Fair Choice is currently in foal to Jimmy Creed (USA), whilst Which Craft is again in foal to Americain.

The four-day Inglis Great Southern Sale will be held at Oaklands Junction from Sunday 16th June 2019. The Daisy Hill draft can be inspected in Barn F, CLICK HERE for their full list.

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia celebrates 100 years

Sam Hayes & TBA President Basil Nolan

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) celebrated its centenary year with the announcement of the Basil Nolan Jnr scholarship at an event on the Gold Coast.

More than 200 breeders and industry figures were present as TBA president Basil Nolan acknowledged the award that was created and funded by Aushorse, and named in honour of his late son.

The scholarship will be available to graduates of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia’s traineeship program, Fast Track, allowing one graduate every year to study overseas.

Aushorse chairman Antony Thompson said the scholarship continued the organisation’s commitment to the future of thoroughbred breeding in Australia.

“The Fast Track program is only in its second year and already it’s been a real success, attracting some great young people to the industry,” Thompson said at Monday night’s event.

“This prize will provide a graduate the opportunity to expand their knowledge base and broaden their experience, allowing them to go overseas and study on the Irish National Stud course or a similar program.

“The Aushorse board are delighted to name the scholarship after Basil who was a wonderful man and embodied so much that is great about the Australian breeding industry.”

Basil Nolan Jnr died in a farming accident on his family’s Raheen Stud last November.

Among the speakers at the Centenary celebration were two of this year’s Fast Track trainees, Lachie Pethica and Alyssa Pickles, who talked about their experiences and how the program gave them a start in the breeding industry.

Journalist Michael Hedge, who wrote the history of TBA for its 100th year, told the audience about the founding of the organisation and its first president, Hugh Denision, a successful breeder and businessman who was forced to change his name after reports of his huge betting wins embarrassed his family.

TBA president Basil Nolan paid tribute to the breeders who began TBA.

“Back 100 years ago a group of breeders had the foresight to see that if they worked together, that if they united with one voice, they would be able to change breeding for the better.

“We owe those founders a debt of gratitude because TBA has been a powerful voice that has benefited breeders these past 100 years.”

Many of the responsibilities for TBA remain the same now as they did back in 1919, according to TBA chief executive Tom Reilly.

“The body has an important job as an advocate for the industry, dealing with government in particular. Back in its early days it had to get politicians to grant cheaper train travel for yearlings going to sales, while recently we have been dealing with issues such as visas for overseas workers, federal funding for research and development and export protocols,” he said.

“While the issues may have changed, the need for a strong and united industry voice has not and never will.”

For more information contact Tom Reilly on 0423 146 334 or

VOBIS Gold nominations now Open

Nominations for VOBIS Gold are now open for 2017-born foals. VOBIS Gold is available exclusively to owners of Super VOBIS horses and is designed to reward these owners with opportunity to significantly increase their earning potential.

Super VOBIS nominated horses are automatically eligible to be nominated to VOBIS Gold and once nominated, they can race for VOBIS Gold bonuses when they win or run a place in selected races.

VOBIS Gold offers bonuses of $20,000 on over 250 races each season across metropolitan and country Victoria.

An online nomination form is now accessible for nominating your horses. The login requires a unique email address and a date of birth which will be set as your password. If you are nominating on behalf of a company or need assistance with the portal, please contact our Customer First team on 1300 139 401.

Nominations close on Friday, 30 August.

How to nominate An online nomination form is now accessible for nominating your horse. To login, use your registered email address and your date of birth as your password in dd/mm/yyyy format. If you are nominating on behalf of a company, or need assistance with the portal, please contact our Customer First team on 1300 139 401.