It is with great sadness that Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria acknowledge the passing of Racing Victoria (RV) Director, Michael Andrew AO, on Sunday following a battle with illness.

Michael, 63, was a member of the RV Board since 2016 where he chaired the Audit and Risk Sub-Committee and the Thoroughbred Owners and Breeders Advisory Panel. Prior to joining the RV Board, Michael was a member of the Melbourne Racing Club Committee from 2006 to 2011, including a period as the Club’s Vice Chairman.

In a distinguished business career, Michael was Chairman and CEO of KPMG International from 2011 to 2014 and Chairman of KPMG Australia and KPMG Asia Pacific following a 35-year career with the firm.  Michael has also chaired the B20 Working Group on Anti-Corruption Taskforce and Transparency, and the Federal Government’s Black Economy Taskforce.

RV Chairman, Brian Kruger, said: “We are all devastated by the loss of a wonderful friend and an incredibly hard-working, passionate and astute member of the Racing Victoria Board.

“Michael’s passing will be felt by so many across the business community where he was highly respected, and he leaves tremendous shoes to fill on the Racing Victoria Board.

“During his time on the Racing Victoria Board, Michael was instrumental in the ongoing success of Victorian racing and more recently he has been leading our efforts in improving the integrity of the sport, which he was deeply committed to.

“On behalf of my fellow Directors and the management and staff of Racing Victoria, I extend our most heartfelt condolences to Michael’s wife Mardi, his daughters Danielle and Monique and his extended family. He was a great administrator who will be sorely missed.”

TBV’s James O’Brien also shared his condolences on behalf of TBV and the Victorian breeding industry.

“Michael always wanted to make sure that breeding and racing were advancing in Victoria. As the Chair of the Thoroughbred Breeders and Owners Advisory Panel (TOBA), he worked alongside TBV for many years and always provided guidance and support to us. He was a fair, intelligent and passionate man and it is a loss not only for our industry but also Australia. My thoughts and prayers are with his wife Mardi and his family in this time of grief.”

With 25 years in the wool industry as a wool classer and shearing contractor, Ponderosa Park’s Paul Kelly and Sue Miller, can now add to their resume the achievement of being the number one selling Victorian weanling vendor at the recent Inglis Great Southern sale.

Paul hails from a diverse background which includes shearing, wool classing, camp drafting and at one point, even crafting his trade to become a farrier.

Paul’s partner Sue comes from an equestrian background, where she competed mainly in the three-day eventing space, means that this diversity is a winning combination for their business.

Sue Miller in competition mode.

For the last decade, Paul and Sue have turned their hands to Thoroughbreds and what a success this decision has turned out to be for them.

When asked about what it feels like to reach an aggregated total of $593,000 from 13 weanlings in the Select Weanling session, Paul could hardly contain his excitement at the result, but was quick to praise his engaged team of staff.

“Well it hasn’t hit us yet, but we’re all excited back here on the farm, even the farm workers. We have nice workers on the farm now and they are all excited, everyone’s hard work has finally paid off,” Paul said.

Set on 330 acres of irrigated land in Nathalia on the Victorian border, Ponderosa Park is some 200kms away from Oaklands Junction, where they achieved their most recent milestone. Paul and Sue have a vision of completing their state-of-the-art equestrian complex for Thoroughbreds.

After each sale, Paul and Sue try to enhance one part of the farm, slowly working their way down their list, inching one step at a time closer to realising their vision. When asked what they will be crossing off their list this time, Paul laughs and says, “We need to get the feed bill sorted this time”.

Over 12 years ago when Paul and Sue bought their first three fillies and made a slight profit, they became hooked and have not looked back. No stranger to hard work, Paul credits the people that he and Sue have around them for their success.

Paul is grateful to his team of staff, as well as the sales companies. A special mention must go to Inglis’ Mark Dodemaide, who makes sure that Paul and Sue are always looked after.

When Paul was asked which weanling from this draft caught his eye, without hesitation he remarked that lot 151, a colt out of Folly (NZ) was the pick of the bunch. Paul purchased Folly (NZ) in foal with the colt at the Inglis Sydney Weanling and Broodmare sale in 2018 for $13,000. He ended up fetching $95,000 at this Great Southern sale.

Paul could not get over the demand for his draft at this year’s Great Southern sale. Likening the demand for inspections to a scene from an airport controller trying to manage traffic control, he remarked, “We were shell shocked with people trying to get our horses. If I had been landing planes at the airport, they all would have crashed. I do want to apologise to people who had to wait their turn to look at our horses”.

When asked what Paul thinks the recipe to success for this year was, other than having ‘fashionable horses’, as Paul puts it, he is certain it is down to the entire draft being nominated for Super VOBIS.

Paul is firm in his belief that the VOBIS programme does really bring home the dollars.

And, advice to those who wish to one day achieve what Paul and Sue have?

“Along the way, don’t treat people any worse than you want to be treated yourself – don’t talk down to people and treat them the way you wish to be treated yourself. Treat everyone with respect.”

Show Jumper. Pre-Trainer. Bull Rider. Yearling Preparer. Breaker. He may be a man of few words, but Daisy Hill Farm Manager Shane Freeman is an astute horseman with a wealth of experience under his belt.

Shane grew up in country New South Wales surrounded by horses. His family were heavily involved in the world of show jumping. At the age of 16, during his school holidays, he began working at Gerry Harvey’s Barramul Stud in the Widden Valley.

His show jumping led him to Cork, Ireland and into the stables of respected horseman Tom Busteed. In between the competitions, they’d be pre-training thoroughbreds or breaking in steeplechasers and national hunt horses, which have a reputation for being strongly built, bullish and very unpredictable.

After spending three years on the Emerald Isle, Shane headed back home to continue his show jumping, but it wasn’t meant to be.

“I quickly realised I didn’t have the money to keep continuing with it,” said Shane.

“So I secured a job at Yarraman Park Stud, working with their yearlings. And so my (racehorse career) has gone on from there.”

Situated in NSW’s Hunter Valley, Shane credits farm Director, Harry Mitchell, for teaching him a lot during his time there.

“Harry taught me to keep everything simple,” recalls Shane. 

“At the end of the day, they’re horses. They need to be fed. They need to be clean. It’s not rocket science.”

Harry was also not adverse to his staff having outside pursuits, allowing Shane one night off during the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sales so he could attend the Sydney Royal Easter Show and compete in the Champions Challenge Bull Riding competition.

His career then took him to one of NSW’s best private farms, Woodlands Park, working for Scott Holt and Peter Flynn. Prior to its purchase by Darley in 2008, Woodlands Park was owned by famed ‘chicken kings’ Jack and Bob Ingham.

Snitzel. Fastnet Rock. Fairy King Prawn. Two outstanding racehorses turned champion sires, one dual Hong Kong Horse of The Year winner. All broken in by Shane. Despite working with these amazing thoroughbreds, he calls two other Group 1 winning mares as his feature breakers.

“Rewaaya and Bollinger are my standouts,” said Shane.

“Despite Harry holding onto her, Bollinger flipper over on me four times on the first day!”

Enjoying the diversity working in the breeding industry provides, his career has allowed him the opportunity to experience so much and learn from many.

“Compared to Australia, Ireland has a completely different way of doing things,” said Shane.

“You’ve got to be fluid in this industry. Some people think I’m crazy the way I do things. But you have to take it all and apply it to what works for your farm and for the individual horses. You can’t always stick to a definitive routine.”

Shane now calls Victoria home, having moved to Doreen’s Daisy Hill in late 2016 to work alongside Directors Colleen and Kevin Bamford. With sale season now over, their attention now turns to the handling of weanlings, dry mares and foal preparation, as well as regular thoroughbred rehabilitation work.

There’s nothing monotonous about Shane’s life and something tells you he likes it like that.

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*Story by Karl Patterson, Thoroughbred Express

Master Of Design’s winning run this month continued when his pocket-rocket Cash Crisis powered home to claim the Winter Sprint (1000m) at Wagga on Sunday.

Cash Crisis clocked 58.20s on a soft surface after having last crack at the leaders.

“That’s his first win over 1000m but he was bouncing around in the yard so I thought it would suit second-up,” trainer Craig Widdison said. “He’s all heart and is as tough as they come.

“There were excuses first-up when he had no cover but Nick (Souquet) rode him a treat today. They settled off the pace and then chimed in to beat a good field of sprinters.”

Widdison prepares Cash Crisis for a syndicate that includes owner-breeders Peter and David Tobin. They won stakes races at Flemington and Rosehill with his second-dam Draw Card (Arch Sculptor).

“The Tobins have been fantastic supporters and it’s a pleasure to have this horse in the stable. He’s a ripper.”

Master Of Design’s current crop of three year-olds includes the recent Victorian-trained debut winners Remastered (Tony Noonan), Battle Master (Mitch Freedman) and Herman’s Bells (Peter Gelagotis) while Florence Jay (Henry Dwyer) and Mistress Molly (Cindy Alderson) both won second time out.

Master Of Design’s NZ-based miler The Mitigator has won 5 races for Matamata trainer Peter McKay and he was last seen going down a length and change in the G1 Easter Hcp at Ellerslie.

His Hong Kong sprinter Lakeshore Eagle debuted with a Happy Valley victory earlier this season and returned from a spell for a last-to-first win at Sha Tin on June 16.  He was bred by Tony Stevens and John Cappellin and won trials at Pakenham and Cranbourne for before transferring to trainer Chris So.

Holee Money is another expat knocking on door for Master Of Design following a close third at that same Sha Tin meeting last week. He had been sidelined for 18 months with a tendon injury after a debut fourth at Happy Valley in November 2017.

Trainer Tony Millard has taken time bringing Holee Money back to fitness for owner Dr Daniel Lee. He was bred by Adam Sangster and is from a half-sister to Hong Kong stakes winner Packing Winner (Zabeel).

Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) is based at Greta West Stud and there have been 71 individual winners of 162 races from his first three crops. He stands for a $4,400 service alongside King Of Prussia ($2,200).

As the focus switched from the selling of weanlings to broodmares, more that $5 million worth of breeding stock was traded last Tuesday, on Day Three of the Inglis Great Southern Sale. With a quality selection for all buyers to choose from, the lure of more classic international bloodlines proved the catalyst for Victoria’s Three Bridges Thoroughbreds and Paul Willetts to secure the day’s top lot.

Offered by South Australia’s Cornerstone Stud, well-bred mare Queen of the World (lot 886) – by champion European galloper Sea The Stars, in foal to leading French sire Siyouni – was the subject of some fierce bidding at Oaklands, eventually selling for $360,000.

“A few years ago we bought three mares in foal to Frankel and it has turned out very well,” said Three Bridges’ Toby Liston as he explained how the farm has placed a greater emphasis on international bloodlines of late.  

“They were the first international mares we had bought and we have followed up the past couple of years with a couple of mares, it saves us going to England and she can foal here in Australia,’’ Liston said.

“We have been chasing international mares all year. Sea The Stars is going to be terrific as a broodmare sire and Siyouni is a champion in France, so she will suit us well.’’

A pair of Victorian mares in foal to in-demand stallion Zoustar ended the day as equal second-top lots. Yulong Investments went to $250,00 to secure Woodside Park Stud’s Peninsula Miss (lot 724), while Merricks Station also received $250,000 for their offering She Goes To Rio (lot 899), which was purchased by Bill Wong’s Hall of Fame Bloodstock.

Peninsula Miss will “most likely’’ be served by Yulong’s foundation stallion Grunt this season.

“We liked her when we inspected her a couple of days ago,’’ Yulong’s Luke Wilkinson said.

“She was a little over budget but she’ll most likely go to Grunt now, it’s suitable on the type Grunt is and the type the mare is but we will discuss it over the next week.”

Merricks Station’s Ben Cooper was thrilled with the price secured for She Goes To Rio.

“We bought She Goes To Rio last year and put her in foal to Zoustar and it’s been a really good trade result for the farm,’’ Cooper said.

“The supplementary session had really strong competition. We couldn’t be happier with the result in the end.”

Whilst three out of four broodmares from the Merricks Station were sold in the ring, a number of Victorian vendors managed 100% clearance rates, including Basinghall Farm, Oakford Thoroughbred Farm, Springmount, Two Bays Farm and Yarran Thoroughbreds.

The fourth and final day of the 2019 Great Southern Sale saw a mix of quality yearlings and racing stock offered. However it was the Henry Dwyer trained, Group 2 placed mare Swampland (lot 834) who stole the limelight. Capping off an outstanding four days of trade, she sold to Douglas Stutt for $125,000.

Broodmares in the sale enjoyed increases across all key indicators of average ($25,063, up 27%), median ($8000, up 45%) and gross ($5,107,250, up 15%)

The top of the market was again strong, with nine horses selling for $200,000 or more during the four days, up from five last year. Across the four days of selling, $17,698,550 was grossed, an increase of 11% from last year.

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian credited the continuing high quality of the Victorian racing and breeding industries for the success of the sale.

“Big things are happening down here, the future is extremely bright and I want to thank the breeders and vendors especially for showing consistent and ongoing support for this sale,’’ Vivian said.

“We’ve had four fantastic days of trade, there was great presentation by our vendors and great support in the ring from buyers.

“It was a very fair market, exactly the sort of market you’d like to see at these sales with good solid competition.”


(2018 in brackets)

Lots Sold: 644 (798)

Clearance Rate: 78% (82%)

Average Price: $27,482 ($19,897)

Top Price: $360,000 ($380,000)

Gross: $17,698,550 ($15,877,473) For all the results, or to view or make queries on any passed-in lots, CLICK HERE

*Story by Tara Madgwick, Breednet

Swettenham Stud’s promising young shuttle sire Toronado (IRE) featured overnight in France siring his second stakes-winner when talented three year-old filly Stone Toronado won the Listed Prix La Sorellina at La Teste De Buch.

Trained by Cristophe Ferland, she scored a length win in the one mile turf contest and has the overall record of two wins and a stakes-placing from just four starts.

Stone Toronado was a modest 7,000 guinea purchase for Marco Bozzi Bloodstock from the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Stone of Destiny from Danehill Dancer mare Irishstone, who comes from a family that has had success in Australia, notably producing Group II winner and $1million earner Whispering Brook.

Stone Toronado is the second stakes-winner from the first Northern Hemisphere crop for High Chaparral’s multiple Group I winning son Toronado, who returns to Swettenham Stud this spring at a fee of $27,500.

His oldest Australian progeny are two year-olds and include Prince of Sussex, winner of the inaugural $1million MRC Showdown Plate.

Racing Victoria’s Saddle Up School Holiday Program’s winter series returns this July, with a debut visit to Pakenham Racecourse among the offerings for primary school-aged children across Victoria. In partnership with Kelly Sports, Racing Victoria (RV) will run a series of engaging and educational sessions from July 2-11 at racecourses including Caulfield, Flemington and The Valley.

Following the success of the first pilot program during the 2018 July school holidays at Flemington Racecourse, Saddle Up has been offered as a commercial program each school holidays since. The program is run in partnership with Kelly Sports, who have nearly 25 years’ experience in the facilitation of school holiday programs.

The unique program provides the perfect opportunity to get the kids out of the house, as they learn to ride a pony, be educated about equine welfare from an industry leading vet, and craft their own noodle horse and goggles to compete in the prestigious ‘Saddle Up Cup’. The winter series will take place from 8.30am-5.30pm, at the dates and venues listed below:

  • Tuesday, July 2 (Caulfield)
  • Wednesday, July 3 (Flemington)
  • Thursday, July 4 (Werribee)
  • Tuesday, July 9 (Geelong)
  • Wednesday, July 10 (Pakenham)
  • Thursday, July 11 (The Valley)

The cost of each full-day session is $80 per child (including GST). For more information, visit Racing Victoria or to book, please visit Kelly Sports.

It’s the ultimate cliché – a young girl is given a rocking horse, falls in love with horses and dreams of one day not only owning her own real pony, but spending her life surrounded by them. For Bailey Allen, it is a dream that has come true.

Growing up in Victoria’s Wangaratta, 24-year-old Bailey always loved to be outside and surrounded by animals. She spent weekends and school holidays at her grandparent’s dairy farm, riding around the paddocks with her cousins on horseback.

A relatively self-taught rider, Bailey got her first job at age 14, working for local horse trainers Chris and John Ledger of Ledger Racing. She’d muck out stables before and after school, soaking up all knowledge she could.

A year later, at age 15, she was kicked in the face by her own horse. Suffering multiple jaw fractures and losing seven teeth, her family and friends thought that would end her love affair with horses.

“It was tough,” said Bailey. “My parents aren’t horsey people so it was hard for them to deal with. They assumed that I’d be turned off horses for good. I think everyone was a bit surprised I came back and still wanted to work with them after that.”

Not even an acceptance to study Zoology at university following her completion of Year 12 deterred her and Bailey decided to instead work full time for the Ledgers.

When she was 19 years old, an old school friend convinced Bailey to join her at Leeanne Smith’s boutique broodmare property, Bucklee Farm, in nearby Greta West. After spending 5 years working in a racing stable, she was keen to see a different side of the industry.

“I wanted to see the other side,” said Bailey. “I wanted to learn about everything that happens at the start of a racehorse’s life before they end up at a racing stable. So I juggled working for both the Ledgers and Leeanne for a while before transitioning to Bucklee Farm full time.”

Having been working for Bucklee Farm for 5 years, she’s been there for the birth of many foals, but there’s one that holds a special place in her heart.

“I was there (at Bucklee Farm) for the birth of Cliff’s Edge and helped bring him into the world,” reminisces Bailey.

“I prepped him as a yearling, looked after him and sold him through the ring and watched his race career closely. It’s exciting to feel that close connection to him.”

Bailey has spent the last week at Oaklands Junction preparing Bucklee Farm’s draft for the last big sale of the season, the Inglis Great Southern Sale.

“It’s always nice to come to the sales, as life can get a bit isolated on the farm when there’s lots of hours involved. There’s a competitive banter between the vendors, it’s social and a good chance to catch up with the friends you really only get to see three times a year,” said Bailey, referring to the three major Melbourne sales – Inglis Premier, Inglis Gold and Great Southern Sales.

When asked about her future career plans, Bailey has to stop to think.

“To be honest, I haven’t thought that far into the future as yet,” she said.

“My partner and I are concentrating on working hard and saving money. We want to buy a farm and then down the line maybe I can have a few broodmares and raise my own weanlings and yearlings to put through the sale ring.”

No matter where her future career takes her, it seems fairly certain Bailey Allen won’t be straying too far from the industry, or the four-legged animals she holds dear.

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Woodside Park’s Cable Bay (IRE) has enjoy a sensational start to his first crop European runners, siring seven individual juvenile winners and currently sitting on top of the European First Season Sire table on prizemoney, wins and winners.

His first Australian crop of weanlings have proven very popular in the sale ring selling for up to $94,000, with a further five offered at the recent Inglis Great Southern Sale.

From Cable Bay’s seven winners to date, there is the unbeaten and exciting Liberty Beach, the stakes placed, 1000m winner Visayas as well as the two time winner Electric Ladyland, fourth in the Listed Sandown National Stakes last time out and with the Royal Ascot carnival just around the corner, next week’s Goff’s London Sale gives a lucky purchaser the opportunity to secure the debut winning Cable Bay filly Isabeau (Lot 20), with the M D O’Callaghan Racing-trained filly holding confirmed entries to both the Queen Mary Stakes and Windsor Castle Stakes at Royal Ascot.

With the European black type season only just commencing for the juveniles, over the coming months there are a plethora of stakes races open for the two-year-olds and we are confident that the progeny of Cable Bay, just like he did, will play their part.

One of the fastest two-year-old’s ever by champion sire of sires Invincible Spirit, Cable Bay was a tough, precocious juvenile who made his debut in May, before breaking his maiden in June at just his second start before starting in five consecutive Group races, consistently one length from the winner in each, never finishing further back than fourth.

“To have Europe’s leading first season sire, standing at Woodside Park, is not exciting for the Victorian breeding industry but also the Australian industry. Cable Bay is the perfect example of the quality that is on offer in Victoria and there is no doubt that he will continue to stamp his mark as a leading sire across the globe.” Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, Charmein Bukovec, commented.

Cable Bay returns for his third season at Woodside Park Stud in August and is standing for a fee of $13,200 inc. GST. For more information please contact James Price on 0409 806 595.

*Story from Swettenham Stud

Puissance De Lune is off and running with his first winner after an impressive debut performance by Moonlight Maid at Geelong over 1240 metres on Friday for Ballarat based trainer Mitchell Freeman.

In a highly competitive race, up against a couple of well-spruiked fancies, a heavy 10 track and an awkward barrier, Moonlight Maid was able to overcome these challenges for breeder and owners John Sutcliffe and Gerry Ryan.

Proudly running in Gerry Ryan’s colours, the same colours Puissance De Lune wore successfully, the big girl greedily ate up the field and pulled away easily in the straight.

“I still can’t get over having the first Puissance De Lune winner. Once she wound up, she did it effortlessly. The Puissance De Lune’s can be tall, leggy horses and although she is already big and strong, she will only get better when she fills out and matures.” John Sutcliffe commented.

“Mitch will look after her and give her the time she needs, giving her the best chance to fulfil an exciting future ahead, and I hope this filly generates more mares to head to the handsome son of Shamardal this year,” breeder Sutcliffe enthused.

“Adam Sangster works exceptionally hard to support the local breeding community, and I appreciate all he and Gerry Ryan do for the Victorian industry. They deserve to be rewarded for their efforts, and I wouldn’t be surprised if we see Puissance De Lune now really take off.” Sutcliffe said.

“It was even world news, with Swettenham’s Sam Matthews following the race from abroad, and sending a congratulatory text message straight after.” He said.

Trainer Mitch Freedman was quietly confident and was looking forward to Moonlight Maid showing what she was capable of, after an outstanding last gallop at trackwork.

“She only had one very soft trial, and then she galloped with a maiden winner on Saturday in trackwork and blew him away. That was a big confidence booster.” Mitch Freedman said.

“She loved the wet track, and Jye McNeil did a great job keeping her on an even keel throughout the race.  She was able to travel out wide smoothly; not stopping and starting her momentum. She is a pretty classy filly,” Freedman said.

While jockey McNeil was also quick to sing Moonlight Maid’s praises post-race.

“Mitch gave me a good insight as to what her path was leading into today, and being a big filly, the aim was to keep her balanced and in a good rhythm throughout running.” Jye McNeil said.

“Once I let her head go, she was able to quicken nicely.  It is good to know she can handle the soft conditions so early in her career,” McNeil said.

And while plans are yet to be confirmed on which direction the filly will now take, both courses are nice options to have.

“We are still to decide on a definite plan, but she is a filly with a very bright future,” Freedman said.

“We have the Gibson Carmichael and the Byerly coming up at Flemington if she pulls up well, or there is the possibility we may put her away and bring her back for some nice races in the spring.” He said.

Being the first of Puissance De Lune’s progeny to salute, with only a handful to race, Moonlight Maid is out of Sutcliffe’s mare Take Manhattan, who he successfully raced in the late 1990’s.

“She has become an excellent producer of city winners, and her first foal was Manhattan Treasure, who I still breed from now. She has had five winners including Biatreasure (Bianconi), and two-time winner in the city, Winston Drive (Churchill Downs).

“Manhattan Maid has been booked to visit Highland Reel this year, and after Moonlight Maid hopefully wins a couple more, we are likely to send her back for another date with Puissance the following year, now we know the cross works.” He said.

While Manhattan Treasure is currently residing at Swettenham Stud with a lovely Toronado filly at foot.

“She is a brilliant type, and he throws such a lovely foal, stamping his stock with class. Treasure will definitely be returning to Victoria the following year, back to Toronado due to the quality filly she has already produced.” Sutcliffe said.

Sutcliffe is a proud supporter of the VOBIS scheme, one he believes is “integral to racing and breeding horses in Victoria.”

“Every horse Gerry and I breed, or race are signed up straight away for Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold. It is an essential part of our industry, and the significant VOBIS money gives each horse the ability to pay their own way.” He said.

“Even when mares head interstate for a cover, they will still come back to Victoria to foal and will be back breeding to a Victorian stallion the next year, so we can make the most of the incentives.” John commented.

By consistent sire Shamardal, Puissance De Lune was a multiple Group winner including the 2013 Group 2 P.B Lawrence Stakes (1400m) and Group Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m). He also placed in 4 Group 1s including the 2013 and 2014 Turnbull Stakes (2000m).

Puissance De Lune stands at Swettenham Stud for $8,000 in 2019.

Two outstanding days of trade have resulted in new records for both gross and sale average for the weanling sessions of the 2019 Inglis Great Southern Sale at Oaklands Junction this week.

Shrewd pinhookers Steve and Ceri Jostlear of Victoria’s Ampulla Lodge purchased the day’s second top lot from Aquis Farm, the colt was lot 8 and purchased for $240,000!

The Day One trade overall saw 172 weanlings sell at an average of $34,424 with the clearance rate at 76%.

With significant increases on 2018, the average was up 41%, while the median has jumped 67%.

“There are many factors in that, notably the support of the vendors and many select yearling sale-quality weanlings being offered,” said Inglis’ Victorian Manager Simon Vivian.

“Overall it is really pleasing to see the upgraded facilities enjoyed by so many and the results in the ring that follow on.” He said.

The top lot on Day Two of trading was lot 302 (Zoustar x Morwell colt) who was purchased by John Wheeler for $250,000.

Not only did Victoria’s Merrivale Farm sell the top lot, but also finished the sale with a 100% clearance rate for their 7 weanlings offered.

Merrivale’s Jen Fowler was thrilled with the top result and the sale overall.

“To come here and top the sale with a beautiful colt who had so many parades and so many appreciative viewers is wonderful,” Fowler said. “It’s exactly what we want to do at the Great Southern Sale.

Victorian pinhookers Luke and Mags Anderson of Maluka Farm purchased the third-highest lot of the day in lot 356 (Zoustar x Queen Of The Creek), sold by Swettenham Stud for $200,000.

Nathalia’s Ponderosa Park had one of the biggest drafts of the sale, sending 20 weanlings through the sale ring. With a 60% clearance rate, Principals Sue Miller and Paul Kelly attributed the recent inclusion of weanling nominations to the VOBIS program as a big factor in his success at this sale.

It’s been a fantastic sale for Ponderosa and the first time we’ve been in the top 5 vendors,” said Paul.

“The addition to VOBIS has enhanced our sales, it’s been quite attractive to buyers and we were knocked over with people wanting VOBIS eligible horses. Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria helped us out immensely to ensure our draft was all nominated in time for this sale.”

“After the results we’ve had here this year, we’re very excited with the prospects of the draft we can bring back for next year’s Great Southern Sale,” added Sue.

“The VOBIS scheme continues to prove to be an attractive addition, for buyers purchasing from Victorian breeders. As highlighted by Paul, buyers seek lots which carry the VOBIS sticker in their shortlist. We worked closely with Racing Victoria to be able to offer weanling sales deducts for this Great Southern sale.” Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, Charmein Bukovec, commented.

At the end of the two-day select session, the gross was $11,185,250 with a total of 345 weanlings selling at an average of $32,421 and an ever increasing clearance rate of 78%.

Inglis’ Victorian Manager Simon Vivian was thrilled with the spirited bidding thsroughout the sale and the final results.

“The competition throughout the weanling sale has been extraordinary. It has not been rare to see six or seven bidders competing on the same horse,” Vivian said.

“We are very grateful to those (vendors) that supported this sale with exceptional quality, many of whom were duly rewarded with great results in the sales ring.” He said.

And as Inglis auctioneer Peter Heagney bought down the gavel on the final lot of Day Two, he also bought to a close his decorated 43-year career. Congratulations, farewell and all the best for your retirement Peter!

The Thoroughbred session of the Great Southern Sale continues on the 19th June. CLICK HERE to view the catalogue and all results.

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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.

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.

*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.

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.

*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 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


*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.

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