With the 2019 foals starting to arrive, we took the chance to follow up with our 2017 foal gallery winner Blinx (Nostradamus X Bergerac Rose).

Maeve, the daughter of Eoin and Caitrin Kelly captured this special moment when they were visiting Charlottle Littlefield at her Somerset Lodge property located in Nar Nar Goon.

“Maeve has a had a special connection with this young horse. I trained her mum Bergerac Rose, my first winner as a trainer, the same week that Maeve was born. We didn’t intend for Maeve to be in the original foal picture but she came along with her Mum when we were taking the photos and when Blinx saw Maeve eating an ice-cream, she was naturally curious and wanted to share. The resulting photo was too cute not to enter!” the Nar Nar Goon based trainer said.

Charlotte Littlefield, Meave and Blinx recently

Now a two-year-old, the filly who is known around the stables as Blinx has been broken in by Littlefield and her team at Hayfields Racing. Blinx is currently enjoying a break on their 100-acre Somerset Lodge property, where her three-year-old friend Maeve Kelly visited her last week.

“We are very pleased with how well Blinx has taken to the breaking in process. As my husband Julian Hay and I bred her from a mare we had raced, she really is a part of our family. The plan now is to bring her back into work in a few weeks and hopefully we will have her up and running for an early three-year-old race.” Littlefield quipped.

Bergerac Rose had a year off from breeding last season and the Hayfield Racing team are awaiting the imminent arrival of her next foal by Woodside Park sire, Rich Enuff.

For this year’s foal gallery, you can now begin to enter your submissions by email to tbvmedia@racingvictoria.net.au and be sure to share them on your own social media accounts and tag our social media accounts. Entries will be taken up until 24 November 2019.

This year we will be looking for photos for the following categories:

  • A Super VOBIS Nomination to the value of $1980, for the “Most Liked” photo across the TBV Social media pages (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) courtesy of Racing Victoria.
  • A dining package on the 2020 Victorian Owners and Breeders Race day, worth $1,170 awarded to the best photo of a foal by a Victorian sire, which stood in Victoria in the 2018 season, courtesy of Melbourne Racing Club.
  • Two TAB betting vouchers worth $100 each awarded to the two most unique photos, courtesy of TAB.

To ensure you don’t miss any of the cuteness make sure you are following TBV on our social media accounts on Instagram (@vic_breeders), Twitter (@vicbreeders) or our Facebook page (@ThoroughbredBreedersVictoria).

Saturday’s Group III Up And Coming Stakes at Randwick was chockful of promising three-year-olds that were aiming for better things down the track but few on course were prepared for the drama that followed.

In a field that featured yearling prices ranging from $100,000 to $750,000, the first past the post earned his street cred on the country tracks of Bathurst and Wellington and is a homebred by a sire who left just 49 foals in his lone season at stud in Australia.

However the Joe Pride-trained Superium, ran out in the closing stages, colliding with James McDonald on the heavily backed favourite True Detective.

McDonald fired in a protest and stewards reversed the placings, much to the disgust of Glen Boss who said the decision was a joke, earning him a second trip to the steward’s room.

A son of the Cox Plate winner Shamus Award, True Detective was successful at his career debut at Rosehill Gardens back in February before suffering narrow defeats on heavy tracks at Rosehill and Randwick at two subsequent starts.

True Detective’s stablemate Lucicello was doing her best work at the finish to be two and a quarter lengths back in third.

Trained by Chris Waller, True Detective was a $100,000 Inglis Classic purchase for Byron Rogers’ Performance Genetics LLC from the Moobi Farm draft and is raced by a syndicate the includes Rogers and his father Dr Chris Rogers.

A half-brother to stakes-placed Turquoise King, True Detective is the fifth winner from as many live foals out of Girls Rule, a half-sister by Geiger Counter (USA) to stakes-winner Roll on Royce from the family of Group I VRC Victoria Derby winner Fire Oak.

Rosemont Stud sire Sheamus Award (Rosemont Stud)

True Detective becomes the fourth stakes winner for Shamus Award and was very timely for Rosemont Stud who will stand the son of Snitzel for the first time in 2019 after five seasons at Widden Stud.

The sire of Group 1 Queensland Derby winner Derby winner Mr Quickie will stand at a fee of $11,000.

 

Article Courtesy of Breednet

 

The VOBIS Gold deadline is fast approaching with Racing Victoria (RV) closing nominations for the 2017-born foal crop, this Friday 30 August 2019.

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

All horses nominated to VOBIS Gold are also eligible to race in the exclusive VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, which features 18 races offering prizemoney and bonuses totalling $4.65 million dollars.

If your horse is sired by a VOBIS Sire, your VOBIS Gold nomination will get you one step closer to a start in The Showdown worth $1 million dollars in 2020. The inaugural running of the race occurred in April this year and was won by the Matt Laurie trained Prince of Sussex, who was sired by Swettenham Stud sire Toronado.

Originally purchased for $145,000 at the Melbourne Premier Yearling sale in 2018, Laurie fell in love with Prince of Sussex at first sight.

“This horse was a stand-out to be honest,” Laurie said. “I thought he was a $200,000-plus horse.”

“He’s an outstanding-looking horse, and it was just a matter of taking a punt on a first-season sire and for Toronado and what a start he’s had.” He said.

To ensure you get one step closer to The Showdown in 2020 and are eligible to race for $4.65 million dollars, make sure you nominate your 2017-born horse by clicking here or downloading a nomination form here.

 

Last Saturday saw the opening of the 2019/20 season of the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) and Racing Victoria Off The Track Ridden Series of Qualifying Classes at local Victorian Agricultural Shows.

In partnership with Racing Victoria (RV) and the Victorian Agricultural Society (VAS), this marks the second season, which all three organisations have combined forces to show their support for retired racehorses.

Pakenham was the venue for the first show of the series featuring this class, with qualifiers running until the end of March 2020. Of the 84 upcoming show dates, 26 of the Off The Track Classes will be sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Members.

Saturday’s class was won by Kathleen Mullan with her thoroughbred mare Divinity. Bred by Mungrup Stud in WA, the Oratorio mare race’s name was ‘Tide Up’. This striking six-year-old brown mare had her last start on a racetrack at Belmont back in June 2016 when trained in Western Australia by Trevor Andrews.

Kathleen, a familiar face on the showing scene, is the Equine Health and Welfare Coordinator for Harness Racing Australia. The partnership has experienced success before on the showing circuit, including at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

To be eligible to contest the Off The Track Show series, horses must have competed in an official trial or started in a race, locally, nationally or internationally. Once a horse has won an Off The Track class they will gain automatic entry into the Off The Track Show Series Final.

Kathleen Mullan’s mare Divinity last Saturday at Musk Creek after winning the opening event of the season

The class was sponsored in conjunction with Mornington Peninsula based Musk Creek Farm. Rebecca Williamson – Marketing & Administration Manager of Musk Creek Farm was on hand to present the prize.

Musk Creek Farm is a boutique nursery located at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. Owned by David Kobritz and Teresa Poon, the farm is well known to Victorian breeders and is set on 140 acres of rolling hills and boasts ocean views as a backdrop. Graduates from their farm include; Unite & Conquer, Mandela, Irukandji and If Not Now When.

Upcoming Victorian Agricultural Shows featuring Off The Track classes co-sponsored by TBV Members:

5/10/19 Swan Hill – Class Sponsored by TBV & North Star Park Thoroughbreds

5/10/19 Seymour – Class Sponsored by TBV & Yarran Thoroughbreds

12/10/19 Sunbury – Class Sponsored by TBV & Sheamus Mills Bloodstock

18/10/19 Benalla – Class Sponsored by TBV & Riverbank Farm

18/10/19 Royal Geelong – Class Sponsored by TBV & Rosemont Stud

19/10/19 Kyabram – Class Sponsored by TBV & Rushton Park

20/10/19 Lancefield – Class Sponsored by TBV & Hesket Bloodstock

20/10/19 Rutherglen – Class Sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria

23/10/19 Numurkah – Class Sponsored by TBV & Riverbank Farm

26/10/19 Warrnambool – Class Sponsored by TBV & Illowra Stud

27/10/19 Euroa – Class Sponsored by TBV & Illowara Stud

2/11/19 Coleraine – Class Sponsored by TBV & Nukkigup Farm

2/11/19 Colac – Class Sponsored by TBV & Jubilee Stud

5/11/19 Heathcote – Class Sponsored by TBV & Seymour Equine Clinic

8/11/19 Ballarat – Class Sponsored by TBV & DMC Racing Media

10/11/19 Dandenong – Class Sponsored by TBV & Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm

16/11/19 Kyneton – Class Sponsored by TBV & Contact Racing

16/11/19 Mansfield – Class Sponsored by TBV & Sheamus Mills Bloodstock

16/11/19 Lilydale – Class Sponsored by TBV & Sheamus Mills Bloodstock

23/11/19 Daylesford – Class Sponsored by TBV & Spendthrift Australia

23/11/19 Yea – Class Sponsored by TBV & Seymour Equine Clinic

18/01/2020 Lang Land – Class Sponsored by TBV & Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm

1/02/2020 Yarra Glen – Class Sponsored by TBV & Daisy Hill

07/03/2020 Warrigul  – Class Sponsored by TBV & Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm

22/03/19 Bunyip – Class Sponsored by TBV & Ampulla Lodge

Nestled in the heart of Victoria’s breeding hub, just outside Avenel on a stunning 130-acre property lies Hollylodge Throughbreds. A specialist broodmare farm, started by Christine Mills and Terry Nevill, which has been in operation since 1998. The business is now under the ownership of Daniel Nevill, who has the challenge of taking the farm to the next level.

Daniel has been involved with the farm since he was fourteen and very much learnt on the job. Every year during school holidays and most weekends when he wasn’t playing football he was assisting with the farm duties.

“I learnt everything from foaling, to weaning, to stallions, to breeding mares from a very young age. I have been around horses pretty much my whole life”.  Daniel said.

In order to gain further experience in the industry, Daniel worked for Swettenham Stud, Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Chatswood Stud and Ultra Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions Gold Coast, Melbourne Premier, and Adelaide yearling sales over the years. This has given Daniel a rounded understanding of each aspect of the industry which ensures Hollylodge are able to meet all their client’s needs.

A few years ago, Daniel took a break from the industry and became a plasterer in Melbourne.

“I had been around horses all my life and just fancied doing something different for a couple of years. I always wanted to come back to horses.” He said.

It wasn’t long before he was lured back to set up the new farm for Hollylodge Thoroughbreds which has since been going from strength to strength. This was emphasised by Daniel who stated ‘we are just trying to improve every season and offer the best results for our clients’.

Hollylodge Thoroughbreds takes a very innovative approach and Daniel enjoys working in an industry in which you are always learning and evolving by seeking new ways of doing things that ultimately bring better results. Hollylodge Throughbreds has predominantly been a foaling and broodmare farm, although recently Daniel has been taking more of interest in preparing yearlings.

“I like the young horses and watching them develop into racehorses and then onto the track”.

This year will be our biggest year yet as we get ready to foal down over 50 mares and walk on approximately 80 mares to Victorian stallions. In addition, Hollylodge aims to prepare ten to fifteen yearlings for the Melbourne Premier sale.

Although Hollylodge offers a comprehensive range of services, it aims to offer a very personalised service to clients.  The success of the farm is dependent on the team of staff.  ‘I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without Lauren Hosking who always goes above and beyond to get the job done. “Lauren has been with me for the last 4 years and it is her loyalty that has given me the confidence to grow the business further.”

A hands-on approach is taken to all parts of the farm and the staff are all equal.

“Everyone works as a family” remarked Daniel.

Daniel’s partner Dr Katie Wilcox, heads up the team at Avenel Equine Hospital and is Hollylodge Thoroughbreds vet and a huge part of the team. “I have some really great clients who trust myself and Katie and that makes it easy.”

The hands on hard work that Daniel has put into the business has really paid off as Hollylodge Thoroughbreds is thriving.

Over the years Daniel has been lucky enough to care for some very special horses.

Daniel Nevill with a Brazen Beau foal at Hollylodge farm

“The one that I remember the most is ‘May’s Dream’ who I foaled many years ago after a struggle to get her mum, ‘She’s Archie’ in foal.  May’s Dream went on to win the south Australian Oaks and was second in the 1000 Guineas both at Group 1 level.  She’s Archie is a mare that many of us may remember running second to Makybe Diva in the 2003 Melbourne Cup.”

Although Daniel gained knowledge from his family and learning on the job, he also owes a lot to vet Terry Lowis, “He was very practical, and an extremely good vet, who took the time to teach me.”

In addition, Simon Vivian from Inglis and Ian Smith from Edinburgh Park Stud, are always available for  good advice and a chat about the industry and have provided Daniel with a great sounding board.

Without hesitation, if Daniel would have entered into a career away from horses, a Greens keeper on a golf course would have been his calling. Although more for the care of the greens and not his handicap according to Daniel.

The one piece of advice that Daniel would give to anyone wishing to enter into the industry is;

“Never stop listening, form your own opinion and always be open to other people’s advice.  With horses you are always learning, it’s a disease only curable by death”.

 

It appears that ‘The Black Flash’ reputation of Lonrho has not fallen far from the tree. O’Lonhro, who not only bears a striking resemblance to Lonhro, is also producing winners on the racetrack in a similar fashion to the great stallion.

Earlier in the month at Sandown Park, two fillies sired by O’Lonhro were in the winner’s circle as well as a placegetter on the same day and a city winner on Saturday. First into the circle was Lady Solly, who John Allen took to victory with an impressive performance over 1000 metres. This filly showed a similar performance at Ballarat a few weeks earlier and currently holds $85,250 of earnings to her name from just seven starts.

Second into the circle came Bettyrae Ruby, in a fillies and mares race over 1300 metres. A mare that has had some time away from the racetrack due to injury but has certainly returned with a bang putting in a dominant performance. Her prizemoney stands at over $152,000 and we look forward to seeing what is to come.

Bettyrae Ruby ridden by Luke Currie wins at Ladbrokes Park Hillside. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

During his career O’Lonhro was unbeaten as a three-year-old and, prior to retiring to stud, won the AJC Chelmsford Stakes beating Triple Honour (who himself won the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap) and second in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes with over $220,000 of prizemoney.

“He’s just a very stable stallion all the way through. He just hasn’t got the big superstars that everyone expects”. remarks Neville Murdoch from Larneuk Stud.

O’Lonhro is now standing at Larneuk Stud in the heart of Victoria and currently has over seventy winners with $4 million in prizemoney. We are now seeing winners from 2-year-old sprinters to six-year-old staying horses and consequently seeing the O’Lonhro pedigree more predominantly on the track. This stallion is proving his range of ability and it is evident with the results we are seeing.

An impressive statistic which Neville highlighted,“He currently has 60% winners to runner’s ratio.”

“He is more a breed to race type of horse and is as good as any other horse on percentages. He is getting horses going out and winning races all day long”, said Neville.

Larneuk Stud also stands Cluster, a stallion who just turned three but already has had a Stakes placed horse. The stud is certainly making a name for itself with the current run of success we are seeing.

“We have exciting times here but we are not so much known as a big commercial farm. We breed one hundred and twenty horses a year and foal down eighty a year. We do walk outs for other clients as well. We are more of niche market”.  Neville explained.

There is no wonder that he is currently rated one of the best valued sires in Victoria with an impressive pedigree, success on the racetrack and a fee of $5,500 inc GST.

To find out more information on O’Lonhro or Cluster, you can contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706

 

Rosemont Stud officially kicked off the stallion parades for Victoria, when they held their parade on Saturday the 10th of August in Gnawarre.

Despite typical Victorian weather, attendance was strong and guests were able to welcome Starspangledbanner home to Victoria and see Shamus Award in the flesh, the sire of Group 1 Queensland Derby winner, Mr Quickie. Rosemont have four stallions which Anthony Mithen is confident in each of their abilities.

Mr Quickie wins the Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm (Breednet).

“The stallions paraded beautifully and everyone was suitably impressed,” Mithen told TDN AusNZ. “It was nice to show off four really nice prospects for 2019.”

The past weekend in Victoria signalled that the start of Spring and the breeding season was only around the corner, with Victorian farms and breeders coming together to admire some of the best horse flesh around. Guests came from all corners of the country to see Victorian stallions and were not disappointed with the outstanding horse flesh that they were privy to.

Sun Stud kicked off the weekend with their parade on Friday, where they showcased a great line up of horses to suit all breeders wants, needs and desires.

The 350 strong crowd was a sea of orange from the TBV hats which were given out on the day and guests were treated to a roster boasting 10 stallions.

New to Sun Stud’s roster is shuttle stallion National Defense, who has made the trip from the Irish National Stud, to reside at Sun Stud for the southern hemisphere season.

A son of champion sire Invincible Spirit, National Defense won his debut by six lengths and 2016 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Group 1 by nearly five lengths. Sun Stud’s Phil Marshall saw him during a trip to France and he knew that National Defense would be what Victorian breeders are seeking for their mares.

National Defence parading at Sun Stud on Friday

Mark Lindsay, Sun Stud’s Senior Sales & Nominations Manager, thanked everyone who attended the parades, “A big thank you to all the breeders who attended the Open Day & Stallion Parade and we’re looking forward to a bumper year in the covering shed and sharing their success.”

Guests moved down the road onto Spendthrift Farm where they held a parade on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Garry Cuddy – General Manager of Spendthrift highlighted the commitment that they have to increasing investment in their stallion roster and facilities for Victorian breeders.

Guests were treated to an impressive line-up and with new addition Bolt d’Oro (USA), who Spendthrift are claiming is as Australian as Phar Lap, pavlova and Russell Crowe, wowed onlookers with an exceptional temperament and pedigree to compliment his conformation Bolt D’Oro will stand for $13,750 incl. GST.

Spendthrift’s roster boasts six stallions, which the team believe they will no doubt have as much success in the breeding barn as they did on the track.

Victoria turned on the sunshine on Saturday morning for Woodside Park Stud’s stallion parade, as they paraded four of their five stallions on their roster.

James Price informed breeders that Cable Bay was about to land in Australia in the next few hours and that the team at Woodside were delighted with the support all their stallions had received. Both Written Tycoon and Cable Bay were fully booked however, the other stallions still had some spots remaining for breeders to grab.

Written Tycoon enjoying the attention (TDN Australia & NZ)

Sunday was a busy day for farms and Victoria was abuzz with excitement.

Glen Eden Stud based in Kilmore, conducted their stallion parade and they also have another parade next weekend, for anyone who can attend commencing at 12pm this Saturday the 24th of August.

Yulong were open by appointment to anyone for private viewings. Yulong will stand Grunt (NZ) as their foundation stallion as they prepare for their inaugural season in Victoria. The stallion has been well received by Victorian breeders, there is no doubt that we will continue to see big things from Mr. Zhang’s operation in the years to come. Grunt will stand for $13,750.

“It is tremendously exciting for Yulong’s stallion division to be launched with a dual-Group 1 miler of the quality of Grunt. Many of the best stallions throughout history have excelled at a mile and we believe Grunt has the profile for success at stud,” said Sam Fairgray, COO of Yulong Investments.

Swettenham Stud,  in addition to its regular stallion roster, paraded two new exciting additions, Sioux Nation and Akeed Mofeed for the 2019 season. Sioux Nation is out of the great Scat Daddy who himself was a Group 1 and Group 2 winning two-year-old and has produced 27 Group 1 winners. Sioux Nation certainly did impress the crowd with his strong demeanour as he paraded.

‘”People were just in awe of him, you could hear the crowd take a deep breath, which was fantastic,” remarked Adam Sangster, principle of Swettenham Stud.

Akeed Mofeed is the only proven son of Dubawi currently in Australia and has already made an impressive start to his stud career. Breeders can have confidence in this stallion’s ability with yearlings at Premier averaging almost $100,000.

“He has become very commercial, and people now know that they can breed very successfully from him,” stated Adam Sangster.

The sire of the inaugural Showdown winner, Toronado paraded for guests. While the trainer of Prince of Sussex, Matt Laurie watched on from the crowd to catch a glimpse at the stallion who gave him the win earlier in the year.

Sangster also informed guests, that he was hopeful that next year, we could make the Victorian stallion weekend into a great affair and create a weekend of festivities for those who make the trip to see these exceptional stallions.

Swettenham Stud sire Sioux Nation parading Sunday

The crowd then made their way to Darley’s Northwood Park and were treated to an array of stallions which breeders and guests were enthralled by. The stallion of note was Frosted, who in addition to his impressive looks, reminded the assembled crowd of his ability on the track when they watched his record breaking 14-length win at Belmont Park, USA. Frosted will stand for $27,500.

“He’s the type of horse where people are just naturally drawn to him. He’s an absolute standout,”

commented Andy Makiv, Darley’s General Manager.

New to the stallion roster was Holler who looked a picture and from the successful stallion family, Written Tycoon. With a service fee of just $8,800 inclusive of GST, it makes him a very attractive breeding option.

Despite the Victorian weather turning out to be slightly cold, not even a bit of rain could stop breeders from attending Aquis Farm’s inaugural stallion parade.

Aquis Farm opened their doors to their new Victorian property introducing two of their stallions and giving a glimpse of what is to come, as Lean Mean Machine who will stand for $17,600 incl. GST and Siege of Quebec who will stand for $9,900 incl. GST wowed the Victorian breeders.

Aquis sire Lean Mean Machine

“This is a very exciting chapter in our development and growth. Victoria is a market we’ve been keen to be a part of for a while, and it’s very exciting that we’ve been able to make it happen.” Commented Aquis CEO Shane McGrath.

“We’ve made a commitment to the Victorian industry and if the support we experienced by those who attended the parade is anything to go by, then our decision to set up our local farm at Seymour is clearly the right one,” stated Aquis CEO Shane McGrath.

In what was a busy weekend for all in Victoria, breeders were not left disappointed in the stallions which were on offer and were excited for Spring to finally arrive.

To watch a recap of the 2019 Victorian Stallion parades, click here.

For those who know Nioka, the first thing that you will notice, is her infectious smile and her love for
horses.

Nioka Wozny is the principal at Moorookyle Park which is located in Smeaton and set on a generous
160 acres, only 15 minutes from where she was born and raised in Clunes, Victoria.

Moorooklye Park is a boutique operation, which looks after each horse as an individual and giving
them personalised care and attention based on their requirements.

Originally established around eight years ago, Moorooklye Park focusses on everything from foaling
down, yearling and weanling sale prep, walk-ons, race horse spelling and rehabilition. In addition to
standing stallions; Ustinov, Jayemzed, Cecconi and Rockaroundtheclock.

Like most in our industry, her love affair with horses started young. A pony named Shandy, a
registered Appaloosa x Palouse pony stole Nioka’s heart and has been in her life for quite some time.

“My forty-year-old pony in the paddock, Shandy, I have had her since she was eight. I grew up with
her and she is still spritely, she trots off on me every day when I need to give her medication.” Nioka
laughs. “She was the first horse I ever attended any competition on.”

Nioka’s forty year old pony, Shandy

Prior to deciding to quit her day job and follow her passion for horses, Nioka studied Agronomy at
University and had a successful career as a logistics manager for a large company. However, this
wasn’t enough for Nioka and she felt as though something was missing in her life.

“I decided I needed to fulfil my dream and I wanted to be with horses all the time, they just feel like
home to me,” she enthused.

This is when Moorooklye Park was born and Nioka has not looked back since. Nioka thinks that there
is something so special about being involved in our industry, especially when it comes to the
breeding season,

Nioka Wozny thinks one of the most special things is when a new foal enters our world.

“When you are outside at night at 2:00am and you have just foaled a horse down and you watch the
foal get up and nurse for the first time. I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing that. I would say that is
one of my biggest winning moments, because you have planned the mating and see it all the way
through to the foal being born.”

“Those sorts of moments are the ones that make me tick, I feel very privileged to be part of and experience that, you feel so present and are really living in the moment at that time.”

Nioka Wozny with one of her new foals on the farm

Nioka has such a connection with her horses that they become so dear to her, that parting ways with
them at the sales, is no easy feat and she has been known to retain a share in them.

One horse which she shares a strong connection with, is one of her stallions, Ustinov.

“I originally noticed him on Gavel house and then two days later I flew over to see him and that was
it, I purchased him. Ustinov would be very dear to me, as he was my first stallion I ever owned, and
he has been very kind to me in the process. Because of him, I developed the confidence to have the
other stallions that I stand on the farm now.”

Nioka’s beloved stallion, Ustinov (Daniel Sallat)

In the little spare time that Nioka has, she is an avid traveller and on one of her most recent trips,
while in Mongolia, horses were still a focus and she couldn’t get enough of the foals that she came
across.

She is also a very keen skydiver and has just gained her ticket to be able to conduct solo dives. When
pressed about this hobby, Nioka beams, “Some people would say I am a bit of an adrenalin junky,
yes.”

When asked if she had a mentor or someone she looked up to, she quickly responded with Pauline
Liston of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

“I love Pauline Liston. She is a true horsewoman and works as hard as the day is long, she is definitely someone I look up to and aspire to be like”.

And what advice would she give to someone wanting to get involved in the industry?

“My advice would be to go around and work at as many places as you can, listen to as many people
who have been in the industry and have experience. Those guys are a wealth of knowledge, go and hang out with them”.

On a quest for the Cox Plate and to take her place as the best in Australia, the Adam Tinder-trained Mystic Journey took her first steps to the spring with a convincing win in Saturday’s Group II PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Making her first start since her emotional win in the rich All-Star Mile at Flemington on March 16, the Group 1 Australian Guineas winner extender her winning sequence to seven.

With regular rider Anthony Darmanin in the saddle, Mystic Journey came from one out and three back to run down the courageous Cliff’s Edge by three-quarter of a length with old favourite Hartnell  a long-neck back in third.

Purchased for $11,000 by Trinder out of the Armidale Stud draft at the 2017 Magic Millions Tasmanian yearling sale, Mystic Journey advances her record to 11 wins from 14 starts with earnings of $3,383,600.

“It’s really pleasing to get them back to the races and see them do what you trust they’re going to do,” Trinder told AAP.

“This takes a little bit of pressure off and I feel she is where she needs to be.”

Connections of Mystic Journey after winning the P.B. Lawrence Stakes, at Caulfield (Racing Photos)

Trinder said Mystic Journey was likely to start in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 14 although the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on August 31, is an option, before the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington and then the Cox Plate

“That’s what I’m thinking standing here but I’ll make up my mind as the week transpires,” Trinder said.

“Looking at her presentation and her nostril flare directly, I think we won’t see her for a month.

“If she is to run in the Memsie she’ll remain here for a Cox Plate campaign because with fortnight racing I don’t want to be travelling with her all the time.

“She is more comfortable in her own environment.”

Mystic Journey is the best of three winners from four to race out of the Colombia mare White Gold who is a sister to the stakes-placed Oronero.

Bred by Ralph and Peta Zito, Mystic Journey is a three-quarter sister to the Listed winner Mystic Pursuit who is out of White Gold’s unraced half-sister Oh So Gold.

A full-sister to Mystic Journey made $55,000 to the bid of Ross Wilkinson at last year’s Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale. She has been named Emerald Crown.

White Gold was not covered in 2016 but had a Fighting Sun filly last spring and was bred back to Fiorente.

 

(Article Courtesy of Breednet)

With the winter chill in Melbourne, it may not feel like spring is approaching, but it is definitely on the mind of Nick Wakim.

As the new owner of Aloisia, the classic winner of the 2017 Thousand Guineas, when she provided trainer Aaron Purcell with his first Group 1 win, the spring can’t come quickly enough.

Since the spring of 2017, the talented mare has had a run of bad luck with outside barriers drawn and difficult ground conditions, but she has always shown determination in race conditions and an impressive turn of foot.

A set of skills that Nick certainly saw in the mare when he purchased her at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale earlier this year for $1,200,000.

Nick was concentrating on non-Danehill line mares and Aloisia caught his eye and fit his requirements as she is by Azamour (IRE) out of a Perfectly Ready (AUS) mare in Queen Boudicca (NZ).

“Although she wasn’t my first choice before the sale, she was strong, well-built and had an incredible walk crossed with the right pedigree”. Nick said.

Following a spell at Hilldene, Nick’s high-end boutique operation near Seymour, Aloisia was given a much-needed break from the race track.

Both team’s at Hilldene and Pinecliff (Anthony Freedman’s Mornington Peninsula stables) were patient and worked hard to allow Aloisia’s feet to grow out and strengthen.

She is now in work at Pinecliff, where there are approximately forty seven horses in training.

“The mare has done well and remained calm”. Nick remarked.

There was no question for Nick in choosing Anthony Freedman to train Aloisia.

“He is a patient trainer and I feel the Pinecliff set up is very complimentary for fillies and mares.” Nick said.

The team is planning an ambitious Spring for Aloisia starting with The Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. If all goes to plan, potential targets are The Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, The Underwood Stakes at Caulfield and finally The Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Following a trial yesterday at Cranbourne, Aloisia ran well finishing an easy third against a competitive field. The mare appears to be enjoying the race preparations, with the new addition of blinkers, and we look forward to seeing her start in The Memsie Stakes on August 31st.

Nick Wakim with mare Aloisia

However, if the mare is not performing at the level the team expect, then the plan is to head to the breeding barn this spring.

For the time being, we need to wait and see if the scenery of the Mornington Peninsula is what this mare needs to show her true potential and revive the form we saw in her three-year-old year.

The 2019 renewal of the Inglis Ready2Race Sale, to be held at Riverside Stables on Tuesday October 22, has attracted a strong catalogue of 191 2YOs.

The catalogue, which is now available online, features juveniles by leading stallions such as Written Tycoon,  Brazen Beau & amongst others.

Of the entries,  eligible and 27 are VOBIS nominated, while a number are entered for the Inglis Race Series – those that are not, are still eligible to pay up – as well as the Group One Golden Slipper and the Group One Blue Diamond.

“We really are delighted with how the catalogue has come together, with it featuring offerings from a number of the very best horsepeople in Australia and New Zealand who are experts in the development and management of young racing stock” said Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales, Sebastian Hutch.

“The Inglis Bloodstock Team, in particular Matt Scown and Will Stott, worked in tandem with a number of our vendors through our yearling sale series to identify athletes for this sale and we are very confident that buyers will be impressed by what is on offer.”

“With prizemoney in Australia alone around the $700m mark and countless lucrative opportunities internationally, there has never been a better time to be involved in horse racing and this sale offers the opportunity to access quality, ready-made racehorses who have already demonstrated their ability in a training environment.”

Inglis is again teaming up with Racing NSW, with the Ready2Race Sale to take place on Tuesday October 22, three days after the running of the $14m The Everest at Royal Randwick.

The timing will again ensure the sale attracts the attention of the world’s racing eyes, which will be firmly planted on Sydney during that period.

The lead-up to the 2019 sale is expanding, with the introduction of a breeze up session at Eagle Farm in Brisbane, to be held on Monday September 23.

It will be accompanied by the regular Cranbourne (Fri Sept 13), Warwick Farm (Fri Sept 20) and Taupo (Mon Sept 23) breeze ups, as well as the alternative session at Warwick Farm on the morning of Friday October 18.

Hard copies of the Inglis Ready2Race catalogue will be available within the next fortnight.

To order yours, email catalogue@inglis.com.au

CALENDAR OF EVENTS

Friday September 13 – Cranbourne breeze ups
Friday September 20 – Warwick Farm breeze ups
Monday September 23 – Eagle Farm breeze ups
Monday September 23 – Taupo breeze ups
Friday October 18 – Alternate breeze ups at Warwick Farm
Friday October 18 – Champagne brunch and parades at Riverside Stables
Saturday October 19 – The Everest, Royal Randwick
Sunday/Monday October 20/21 – Inspection Days at Riverside Stables
Tuesday October 22 – 2019 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, Riverside Stables

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) in conjunction with Victoria’s stallion farms, would like to invite you to the upcoming stallion parades across the state.

Parades are free to attend and are a great way to see first-hand the exceptional quality of stallions that reside in Victoria, while seeing some of the beautiful Victorian countryside. If you plan on attending, it is crucial that you RSVP to the farms on the email addresses supplied below.

Please note that some of the start times may have changed since our last email to you, so please make sure you check the details below.

If you are planning on staying for the weekend of the parades, there are some fantastic places you can stay such as Mitchelton, Harvest Home Avenel, Nagambie Motor Inn or the Waterfront Motel, Nagambie.

This coming season, there is new investment from farms who have decided to call Victoria home, such as Aquis, who will stand Lean Mean Machine and Siege of Quebec and Yulong, who will stand Grunt.

Rosemont have acquired Shamus Award and will once again have Starspangledbanner, Stockwell have added Al Maher to their roster, Sun Stud have shuttled National Defense to Victoria, Swettenham have recruited Akeed Mofeed and Sioux Nation and Woodside have gained Foxwedge.

2019 VICTORIAN STALLION PARADES SCHEDULE

Call to make an appointment
Name Website More Information
Blue Gum Farm http://bluegumfarm.com.au/ Philip@bluegumfarm.com.au
Bullarook Park http://www.bullarookpark.com.au/ bullarookpark@bigpond.com
Chatswood Stud http://www.chatswoodstud.com.au/ stallions@chatswoodstud.com.au
Daisy Hill http://www.daisyhill.biz/ info@daisyhill.biz
Larneuk Stud https://www.larneuk.com/ neville@larneuk.com
Ponderosa Stud http://www.ponderosapark.com.au/ pk.three@bigpond.com
Riverbank Farm https://www.riverbankfarm.com.au/contact rosborne3@bigpond.com
Stockwell https://www.stockwellthoroughbreds.com.au/ brodie@stockwellthoroughbreds.com.au
Yulong https://www.yulongracing.com/#contact-us samfairgray@yulonginvest.com.au

Avenel Equine Hospital welcomes Dr Jamie Wearn to their team as a Specialist in Equine Medicine.

Jamie graduated from the University of Sydney in 2003. Following an Internship in Equine Medicine and Surgery at Sydney, Jamie undertook a Fellowship in Equine Medicine at Hagyard Equine Medical Institute in Kentucky and a Residency in Large Animal Internal Medicine at Virginia Tech University.

Jamie was certified as a Diplomate of the American College of Veterinary Internal Medicine and became registered as a Specialist in Equine Medicine in 2010.

On returning to Australia, Jamie worked in equine practice on the Gold Coast and as an Equine Medicine Specialist at James Cook University in Townsville.

Jamie’s clinical interests include neonatology, critical care and managing athletic performance. He is a currently undertaking the research requirements for a PhD in the use of antimicrobials in the treatment of joint infections.

The addition of Jamie to the team at the growing Avenel Equine Hospital marks a significant development in the hospital and intensive care service available to breeders and stud managers in the region.

Jamie’s role will involve supervision of the Medical Service, intensive care for neonatal foals and post-surgical care for young horses and broodmares which have been treated at the hospital.

“I’m excited to be involved in this rapidly developing region of the Victorian Thoroughbred breeding industry.” Jamie said. “I look forward to meeting the local breeders and veterinarians and understanding where Avenel Equine Hospital can help them.”

Avenel Equine Hospital are a valued sponsor of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, to find more information on their services, click here

Master Of Design mare Polyxena has been a model of consistency for owner-breeder Manny Notaras since a winning debut in Canberra this time last year.

Polyxena has only been out of place once in 8 starts for trainer Rob Potter and she saluted again with a two-length victory in the Procurement Professionals Hcp (1280m) at Thoroughbred Park on Thursday.

Notaras and his wife Jenny have been keen supporters of the Victorian industry.  And coming down from Canberra to visit their mares is easier than the drive to the Hunter Valley.

Polyxena is the final foal of Bang Goes Lang (Langfuhr) who won three races in Adelaide and earned black-type when runner-up in a LR Dequetteville Stakes.  Her older half-sister Huntingdale High (Military Plume) retired with an unbeaten record after winning a LR Mona Nursery at Caulfield.

Master Of Design sprinter Cranbrook landed his third win this prep lumping 62kg in the Goodstone Group Hcp (1009m) at Devonport last weekend.

Greta West Stud sire Master of Design

Champion jockey Craig Newitt diffused the weight with a one-out, one-back ride from a wide gate.  He angled the favourite three-wide on the corner and then defied the late challenge of Bedrock Dreams (Bon Hoffa).

“To carry 63kg including the vest was a mighty effort and he will be competitive when he going up in grade,” Newitt said.  “He had to dig in for the fight today and stuck his head out when it counted.”

Cranbrook was a $34,000 buy for Denise Martin and Star Thoroughbreds at the 2015 Tasmanian Magic Millions.   Bred at Toolora Lodge by Ken Breese, he’s the first foal of Sandown winner Il Sogno (Elvstroem).  Second-dam Tickle My (Perugino) won 11 races up to Group 2 level in a Sunline Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The Leanne Gaffney-trained gelding has been a quiet achiever with 6 wins and 6 placings from 22 starts.  “He’s been great this time in,” Gaffney said.  “He keeps getting the job done and loves his racing.”

Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) is based at Greta West Stud for a $3,300 fee.  There have been 73 individual winners of 166 races from his first three crops for earnings over $5.15 million.

 

The sad announcement of the passing of ex-racehorse Paint came via Contract Racing’s twitter last Thursday afternoon. Aged 26, Paint was the oldest resident at David and Jenny Moodie’s Yungaburra Stud in the Victorian Macedon Ranges.

Sired by Raami (GB) and foaled in early September 1993, the steely, almost black, grey gelding was out of the Luskin Star mare, Colour Chart. He was bred by Contract Racing, who raced him in partnership with Adrian Hancock and the Ferncourt P/L Syndicate (Manager: P Howell).

Paint’s first 2-year-old campaign was an exciting one. He had his first race outing in early January 1996, winning his maiden in an 1100 metre race at Kyneton. He followed this up with an unlucky fifth placing in the Group 2 Breeders Stakes at Morphettville before then winning at Moonee Valley two weeks later.

Connections then made the decision to pay the late entry fee into the Group 1 VATC Blue Diamond Stakes to be run seven days later. Due to track renovations at Caulfield racecourse that year, the race was being held at Flemington. Paint won the race by 3 lengths, beating Flavour and Our Cashel.

From here, the owners then again paid another late entry fee, sending Paint north to Canberra for the Group 2 Black Opal Stakes. The natural speedster won by 2 lengths, another late entry fee was paid, and he continued his journey further north to Rosehill Gardens, to contest the Group 1 STC Golden Slipper Stakes.

Jumping from barrier 8, he was travelling well in front before running into interference just before the turn. He picked himself up to get back to the lead but was run down in the final stages, finishing second behind the Lee Freedman-trained Merlene. In a strange twist, it was only just announced that Merlene also died late last month.

Paint came back in the Spring of 1996 to win the Group 3 Up & Coming Stakes first up, however he never quite captured the same winning form he had shown in his two-year-old career. He was retired, aged eight and a lighter shade of grey, following a seventh placing at Sandown in the autumn of 2002. From 49 starts, he won nine races, including four Group and Listed races, placed 16 times and earnt his connections $1,447,970 in prizemoney.

Paint after winning the Black Opal (Jenny Barnes)

Paint is remembered as being a lovely, quiet and well-natured racehorse. Terrific around the stables, he was a fast and eager learner. When he retired from racing, he commenced the retraining process toward a secondary career as a clerk of the course however he didn’t quite take to the change of pace. So he returned to the Moodie’s farm, becoming a nanny to their young horses and living out his years blissfully surrounded by friends.

When the highly successful stallion Artie Schiller returned to Stockwell Thoroughbreds in Diggers Rest last year, there was an unassuming, hardworking and talented horsewoman on the farm that no one expected to be his future handler.

Bec Drylie has broken the mould and proved them all wrong and with her patient and gentle manner, she has tamed the lion.

Drylie is a handy acquisition to the Stockwell Thoroughbred operation and now a vital part of the stallion team.

“I didn’t come to Stockwell with the intention to handle the stallions, but when Brodie (Becker) let me start working with them, it started from there. I actually do everything with them now.”

“One day, when I was doing Artie’s box, I hugged him and I swear he held his breath until I let him go. I don’t think he had ever been given a hug like that before. So, I just started slowly giving him more pats and he really enjoyed them. He now even loves having his ears scratched.”

Artie Schiller has developed quite the reputation over his breeding years as a particularly dominate horse to handle.

“I have heard all the stories, and he has a dreadful history. I heard he took off his last handlers’ thumb.” Drylie remarked

“I don’t see that in him. I don’t see that dominant side in him at all. I’m sure it is there, and I am careful, he has a kind, soft eye. It’s a compromise; a partnership.”

“Artie is an alpha male, so he does not see me as a threat.  He does not dominate me, and I do not need to try to dominate him.”

Drylie gained experience having covered with Artie last season, but this season will really give her the chance to gain knowledge and improve her skills in the breeding barn.

“I am excited and eager to learn, and Brodie was great helping me and showing me the ropes. This year, I am looking forward to assisting with more serves, and honing my craft.”

“I love learning something new and working with Artie has been amazing. Who knows, maybe one day I will travel abroad and work with other stallions all over the world.”

“I love looking after my boys, and I am so thankful that Brodie, Mike and all the Stockwell family have given me the opportunity to really shine.”

Artie Schiller is a proven Group 1 racehorse and sire of four Group 1 winners, including World Champion three-year-old sprinter Flying Artie. There is no doubt that Artie Schiller is like a good wine, he gets better with age. Maybe he has even mellowed a bit too.

Brodie Becker, Director of Stockwell, is proud to stand a stallion who had been so closely linked to the property and the Victorian breeding industry.

“We have been with Artie since he first came to stud in this country and have obviously followed his rise more than most. It was a sad day when the commercial pressures of his success saw him move to NSW, but the reality is that he has been given a great chance in those two seasons to continue his outstanding strike rate.”

“Artie’s yearlings have always been strongly received in the market by trainers and again this year have sold for better than $200,000.

“We are thrilled to have him back and getting support in his home state, and he is not slowing down with 53 winners already this season including the stakes winner Reykjavik.”

A top-class Group 1 sire that has left the likes of Champion three-year-old Flying Artie, Artie Schiller stands at a fee of $13,200.

Artie Schiller will have a solid book of mares visiting him this season, along with Stockwell’s other resident stallions, Al Maher and Rock Sturdy.

 

Stockwell sire Al Maher with Bec at the Diggers Rest property

“It’s a great photo of Al Maher. I was laughing, as he acts like a two-year-old kid. It’s great to see him expressing himself and having fun. He is feeling so well, ready and rearing, literally, to go for the season.”

Early mornings and hard work are nothing new to Chris Kent. As a national-level competitor in 5km open water swimming in his youth, his alarm rang daily at 5am for before school training. His afternoons were also spent in the water. On weekends, he’d travel to his parent’s 400 acre property in Goulburn to go pony riding.

Growing up in Douglas Park near Picton, 80km south of Sydney, Chris’ first taste of the horse racing industry came through his father, who bred and raced horses in partnership with Chris’ grandfather and uncle.

“My parents did not work in the industry. Mum likes horses but is a little scared, and dad is allergic,” said Chris. “But I used to love going to the country races to watch their horses. They had horses everywhere – with Peter Myers at Randwick, Keith Swan at Coonamble, and other trainers at Bathurst and Goulburn. We had the most fun around the Western Districts race tracks. I always wanted to be a horse trainer.”

After graduating Year 12 from Menangle Broughton Anglican College, family friend and veterinarian John Peakfield suggested to Chris that if he wanted to work with racehorses, he needed to first know where foals came from. So Chris went looking for work and secured a job with Brian Gorman at Scone’s Bellerive Stud.

After working under Brian for two years doing night watch and yearling preparations, Chris wanted to learn the next step in a thoroughbred’s career cycle. He then spent the next 12 months learning how to break-in horses with Greg Bennett.

“Some of the quality of bloodstock that came through the barns was amazing,” said Chris. “I learnt so much with Greg and still stay in contact with him.”

Chris then had the opportunity to move south to Victoria after securing the Australian Thoroughbred Scholarship at Geelong’s Marcus Oldham College. Upon graduating with a Diploma of Equine Management, Chris won the International Stud Management Award which granted him an invaluable opportunity to work for the historic Lanwades Stud in Newmarket, UK, for 12 months. It was also over there that he first met his now wife, Catherine.

Lured back to Australia with an offer to become Greg’s racing manager, Chris first did a five day stint for Phil and Patti Campbell at Blue Gum Farm, working with their draft at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. And whilst he hit it off with the Blue Gum team, he kept his commitment to Greg. Whilst working for Greg, Chris looked after some lovely racehorses including Listed winner Charms Honour and Kaypers, whom he strapped when he finished 2nd in the Listed Parramatta Cup.

Whilst they stayed in touch, it was a while later that Phil made a specific phone call, offering Chris a role looking after Blue Gum’s Marketing and Nominations. It was too big an opportunity to turn down.

“Somewhere along the line I realised horse training wasn’t going to be for me,” said Chris. “Realistically, country training is where everyone starts and I’d seen how tough trainers do it. Plus I really enjoyed the breeding side, especially the pedigrees. I spoke to Greg and whilst he liked having me, he said I was better off doing that than working in his stables.”

Whilst Chris was busy working for Greg’s bourgeoning racing stables, Catherine came out to Australia on her own. She did a stint with the former Eliza Park before going north to Bellerive. It was here that romance began between the pair. Catherine followed Brian Gorman back down to Victoria and to Swettenham Stud and she currently works for Danny Swain at Euroa’s Glenelg Park. Chris and Catherine married in 2017 but they won’t work together as Chris jokes “we’d kill each other!”

Since accepting the role at Blue Gum Farm in April 2013, Chris’s role has grown to Horse Operations Manager. He is charged with managing the day-to-day operations, dealing with staff and clients and making sure the running of the farm goes as smoothly as possible.

Chris and Catherine Kent

“We’ll foal down just over 100 mares this breeding season,” said Chris. “Then we’ll prepare between 40 to 50 yearlings for the sales. We were leading vendors at this year’s Inglis Premier and VOBIS Gold Sales. We enjoy our success and it’s a lot of fun.”

When pressed to name his favourite part of his role, Chris honestly can’t provide a definitive answer.

“I like seeing foals born, seeing them develop into yearlings and I like watching them on the racetracks,” said Chris. “I also really enjoy doing my matings and pedigrees. I have dyspraxia and spent 17 years in speech therapy, so that means I have to work a bit harder when it comes to explaining things, writing emails and pronouncing names. But I don’t have one favourite part about my job. It’s not work, it’s a lifestyle for me.”

And when asked about a favourite horse?

“The year Blue Gum topped the Premier Sale (2016), I was lucky enough to take that horse through the ring.” That horse, which sold for $700,000, would become Listed winner and now first season sire, Ducimus.

“Fontiton was an absolute machine as a yearling to deal with, she thrived on the work. And then there’s What’s My Story. He wasn’t a superstar but riding him track work (at Greg’s) and seeing him win three races was pretty outstanding.”

Already having an all-encompassing career, Chris credits not just his managers, but also his fellow colleagues for teaching him so much through his work experiences, across all aspects.

“At every job you work, you learn something,” Chris said. “I’ve worked and learnt off Robert Simms, Jo Monahan, the boys in the UK stallion barns and our Yearling Manager Wendy Smith. Wendy is one of the most interesting horse people I’ve ever met and I’ve learnt so much off her.”

If there’s one thing Chris thinks the industry needs to focus on improving, it’s the necessity to attract more young people to the industry.

“It’s a great industry if you’ve got the bug for it,” Chris explains. “Trying to attract newer members, workers and breeders is what makes the industry grow and develop. The younger generation seem to be less and less coming into and staying involved in the industry.”

Living on site at Blue Gum, Chris does find it hard to switch off work mode. He’s been told, and he’ll admit, that he is a workaholic but he will always try to find time to watch the races on Saturday. He also enjoys getting out to the country race tracks and socialising with friends – BBQs in summers, fire pits in winter. Chill time. But for now, he’s on call and there’s a farm full of broodmares that need him.

And some advice for those wanting to get into the breeding industry? “Remember you get out what you put in and you can learn something off everyone. Don’t expect things to come quickly – patience is a virtue as they say.”

There’s always something thrilling about the ‘straight six’ at Flemington. It’s real ‘Charge of the Light Brigade’ stuff, except only with a better ending.

On Saturday in the VRC Member Thomas Dandis Handicap, Ruban Bleu absolutely flew home over the final stages to record a memorable win for his large team of owners: ultimately scoring with nearly three lengths to spare.

Adding considerably to the win was the fact that Ruban Bleu was an emergency for the race, only obtaining a run due to several scratchings courtesy of the heavy surface.

It didn’t worry Ruban Bleu though and he relished the conditions according to Suman Hedge, who purchased the Artie Schiller sprinter for $80,000, on behalf of Carbine Thoroughbreds, at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“I think the penny has dropped for Ruban Bleu,” Hedge points out. “Two starts ago he was going around in a Class 1 and now he’s won a good race at headquarters.”

“He showed ability at two (with a Flemington fourth and a pair of Caulfield seconds) but then lost his way a bit. The Lindsay Park team have really persevered though, and he came into Saturday on the back of a Flemington third three weeks ago.”

Ruban Bleu ridden by Lachlan King wins the VRC Member Thomas Dandis Handicap at Flemington Racecourse on August 10 (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

“No decision has been made as to what lay ahead, but he’s very effective down that Flemington straight and he could pick up a really good race in the Spring.”

Ruban Bleu is out of the winning Fastnet Rock mare, Bleue Pepite, a half-sister to the Melbourne Group winner, Think Bleue, from the Group Two Silver Slipper winner, Ballybleue.

“Following our respective rounds of inspections, the Hayes team (Lindsay Park) and I compared notes at the Premier sale and Ruban Bleu was on both our lists,” Hedge recalls.

“I’ve always liked the Artie Schillers and Flying Artie was literally flying at the time.”

“Aside from the immediate family, Ruban Bleu has a terrific female pedigree, being related to Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur and it gave us added confidence when (breeder and vendor) Emirates Park decided to stay in the horse too.”

After breeding Group 1 Doncaster winner, Triple Honour – from a mare (Myrrh) which he purchased for just $19,000 in 2002 – Hedge has worked for a number of leading farms before setting up an agency under his own banner just on 12 months ago.

“The massive growth of prizemoney in Australia appears to be well and truly reflected in the sale ring and pin hooking is becoming more popular than ever.”

Ruban Bleu’s storming performance on Saturday is also welcome news for Stockwell Thoroughbreds’ Mike and Brodie Becker, who purchased Artie Schiller in 2018 and the prolific source of winners is about to embark on his second season at the Victorian nursery.

The sire of 47 stakes winners – 13 in Australia, including Group 1 success stories Artie Schiller and Laser Hawk – Artie Schiller is also responsible for last month’s Listed Winter Championship Final winner, Reykjavik.

“He (Artie Schiller) is 18 now and we’re not looking to get massive numbers to him,” Mike Becker points out. “We would be happy with around 80 mares, which – on the back of recent winners – is definitely achievable.

“He covered a big book of mares in 2016, due in large part to Flying Artie, and we bought the stallion on the back of those numbers coming through, which have all just turned two.

“He has a strike rate of around 70% winners to runners and it’s only a matter of time before he finds another good horse.”

Article courtesy of  Aushorse

Sixty starts. Nineteen wins, including five stakes wins.  Twenty-one placings and $1.4 million in prizemoney. Not bad for a little homebred gelding that was by an under-the-radar stallion and out of a mare who didn’t manage to break her maiden in 14 starts. The horse…Burning Front.

Of that massive purse, $151,400 of the $1.4 million was bonuses won through the Victorian Owners and Breeders Incentive Scheme (VOBIS). The chestnut gelding’s results on the track won him cult-hero status amongst Victorian racegoers and he would go one to provide his owner and breeder Justin Lovatt, with the accolade of 2017/18 VOBIS Owner of the Year and himself VOBIS Horse of the Year.

“We just could not be prouder of everything that Burning Front has achieved,” said Justin, taking a moment to reflect on his racehorse’s career.

“He completely changed our lives. I’d never done a TV interview in my life before he won. He was easy to train, had such a big will to win and not many can say they’ve owned a horse that beat Humidor. He was my little horse with a big heart!”

The Humidor victory Justin refers was the 2017 TS Carlyon Cup. With an uncontested lead for most of the race, including a 2 length lead at the home turn, he held off a late charge by Humidor to win by a neck.It was back-to-back wins in the race as Burning Front also took out the 2016 edition, beating Sydney stablemates Red Excitement and Dances on Stars.

Not breaking his maiden until his eighth start, Burning Front worked his way through the grades. He won a number of the VOBIS feature races – the Gold Star (twice), the Gold Eldorado, the Gold Mile and the Gold Bullion – as well as the time-honoured Chester Manifold Stakes at Flemington.

By the stallion Primus, Burning Front’s dam She’s A Knockout is still owned by Justin and is currently in foal to Sun Stud’s Palentino. Her other winning progeny are Cajo Kellila, Burning Front’s older full brother Apollo Creed and Casino Star, however it’s Burning Front’s 3-year-old full brother that currently has Justin’s attention.

“The little colt is currently in work with trainer Tony McEvoy,” said Justin. “Tony really likes him and we’re hoping he’s got as big a heart as his big brother!”

Since retiring from racing in 2018, Burning Front now calls Romsey’s Springmount Farm home. It was where he spelled prior to the commencement of what would become his final racing campaign.

“Springmount’s Michael and Anna Flannery are very good friends,” said Justin. “Anna fell in love with him while he was with them and she always said he had a home with them when his racing career was over.”

Having settled in well to farm life, “Burnie” has this season commenced his secondary career as a weanling nanny. In a role he has taken to with ease, the sensible and relaxed gelding is currently sharing a paddock with three playful colts.

The weanlings which Burning Front is a nanny to looking on in interest

Initially giving him time to settle into the property and retired life, this breeding season is his first under his new role. As a weanling nanny, Burnie acts like a big brother to the younger horses. He helps them get used to being separated from their mothers, plays with them but also keeps them in line if they get too cheeky.

“We eased him into it,” said Springmount’s Anna Flannery. “At first he was a little confused, you could see him thinking ‘what is this?’ but he’s taken to being a nanny so quickly. I’ve seen him grooming the weanlings and letting them groom him. He’s not nasty, is so sensible and has the perfect temperament for the job.”

As he stands in the paddock getting a brush down from Michael, you can see Burnie peering out of the corner of his eye. He’s keeping a look out for his three young charges, like a parent looks out for their adventurous toddler. He might not be a big horse but Burnie still has the presence of a champion. And, keeping their own look out too, it seems the young ones know it.

HOOF NOTE: “Where Are They Now?” is a new monthly series from TBV that will look at Victorian bred retired racehorses enjoying secondary careers off the racetrack. With an ongoing commitment to equine welfare, our aim is to further promote and highlight the work done in that area. If you have a story to share, please email tbv@racingvictoria.net.au

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) in conjunction with Victoria’s stallion farms, would like to invite you to the upcoming stallion parades across the state.

Parades are free to attend and are a great way to see first-hand the exceptional quality of stallions that reside in Victoria, while seeing some of the beautiful Victorian countryside. If you plan on attending, it is crucial that you RSVP to the farms on the email addresses supplied below.

Please note that some of the start times may have changed since our last email to you, so please make sure you check the details below.

If you are planning on staying for the weekend of the parades, there are some fantastic places you can stay such as Mitchelton, Harvest Home Avenel, Nagambie Motor Inn or the Waterfront Motel, Nagambie.

 

This coming season, there is new investment from farms who have decided to call Victoria home, such as Aquis, who will stand Lean Mean Machine and Siege of Quebec and Yulong, who will stand Grunt.

Rosemont have acquired Shamus Award and will once again have Starspangledbanner, Stockwell have added Al Maher to their roster, Sun Stud have shuttled National Defense to Victoria, Swettenham have recruited Akeed Mofeed and Sioux Nation and Woodside have gained Foxwedge.

2019 Victorian Stallion Parades Schedule

Call to make an appointment
Name Website More Information
Blue Gum Farm http://bluegumfarm.com.au/ Philip@bluegumfarm.com.au
Bullarook Park http://www.bullarookpark.com.au/ bullarookpark@bigpond.com
Daisy Hill http://www.daisyhill.biz/ info@daisyhill.biz
Larneuk Stud https://www.larneuk.com/ neville@larneuk.com
Ponderosa Stud http://www.ponderosapark.com.au/ pk.three@bigpond.com
Riverbank Farm https://www.riverbankfarm.com.au/contact rosborne3@bigpond.com
Stockwell https://www.stockwellthoroughbreds.com.au/ brodie@stockwellthoroughbreds.com.au 
Yulong https://www.yulongracing.com/#contact-us samfairgray@yulonginvest.com.au