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Sunhill continues to blossom

Patrick & Sinead Hughes with Geoff McDonald and wife Sharon

With Spring finally here, Sunhill’s success is starting to bloom. Established two years ago by Sinead Hughes and her husband Patrick, Sunhill Bloodstock is a broodmare farm in Riddell’s Creek. Their farm is the iconic Nardoo Estate, which is one of the most beautiful estates on the Macedon ranges. The farm boasts great facilities to be able to deal with the busy season ahead.

Sinead is no stranger to running a successful operation and has been in the industry for over twenty years.

Crediting a lot of her success to the experience she learned in her early career, Sinead has worked with some of the best in the world such as JP McManus, Rory Mahon, Jim Bolger, Emirates Park and more recently Cressfield Stud.

As the Yearling and Spelling Manager at Cressfield in the Hunter Valley for three years, one of her career achievements include prepping the Fastnet Rock x River Dove colt, which set a new record for the stud, when he made $4.6 million dollars at the Inglis Easter Yearling sale in 2013.

With loyal clients who have backed Sinead and Patrick from the start, the farm continues to grow and expand. This season looks to be one of Sunhill’s busiest yet, with mares arriving from across Australia and foals arriving on the ground.

Patrick with one of their newest additions, a Highland Reel colt

One loyal client is Geoff McDonald and his wife Sharon. Geoff was a trainer for over thirty years but has now been retired for eight. Since his retirement he is now breeding his broodmares at Sunhill Bloodstock. Geoff’s mares have been covered by Victorian stallions and Geoff wouldn’t choose anyone else to foal down his mares.

“We were living in Western Australia and I felt that Sinead and Patrick were competent horse people, who had a great in-depth knowledge of horses and their needs. Their farm provides total care and is a 24-hour operation.” Geoff remarked.

Sinead is also starting to see the rewards of her efforts yield results on the track too.

On the 26th of August, Nevada Sunrise, the Fighting Sun colt which gave the Sun Stud sire his 10th winner for this season, was prepped by Sunhill Bloodstock.

Bred by Peter Huebner at Glen Fern Farm the colt is now trained by Brad Widdup and was purchased at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale by Moody Racing. Winning at Bathhurst, with jockey Keagan Latham aboard, Nevada Sunrise won by 0.8 of a length.

“I am very proud to see the continued success of the farm. It is a great result to have a yearling we prepped for our client Peter, give Fighting Sun his 10th winner for the season. He settled into his work really well and he was one of our outstanding yearlings at the sale, anyone that saw him liked him.” Sinead remarked.

Last Friday lot 154, which Sinead and her team are selling at Inglis Ready 2 Race sale breezed up in 11.87 seconds. Sinead was delighted with this result and credits Nathan Dunn as being pivotal in preparing the colt for the sale.

It is easy to see why Sinead’s Sunhill Bloodstock is starting to reap the rewards, and there is no doubt that success for Sunhill Bloodstock will continue to blossom.

If you would like to find out more about Sunhill Bloodstock, you can get in touch with Sinead on 0475 770 259 or at

Impressive Trial Winner for Rich Enuff

Woodside Park Stud sire Rich Enuff (Woodside Park)

Champion Victorian sire Written Tycoon has a number of brilliant sons now at stud, but the first to retire was Rich Enuff and the Woodside Park based sire produced an impressive trial winner at Toowoomba on Tuesday morning.

Trained on the track by Michael Nolan, Sassy Enuff scored an easy two length win in the 870 metre trial.

Passed in as a yearling at Inglis Classic, Sassy Enuff is from former good racemare Miss Imagica, who was also trained by Nolan and won 10 races and over $570,000 including memorable back to back wins in the Listed Weetwood Handicap at Toowoomba.

A brilliant sprinter that won the Group II VRC Danehill Stakes, Rich Enuff stood his first season in Queensland for Glenlogan Park before switching to Victoria to stand along side his sire Woodside Park.

His first yearlings sold very well this year with 43 yearlings averaging $81,604 from a fee of $13,750.

Rich Enuff stands this spring at a fee of $12,100.

The Rising Sun

Roccabascerana winning at Morphettville Racecourse on Saturday with jockey Todd Pannell aboard. (

Wow! FIGHTING SUN’s brilliant 3YO, Roccabascerana, has maintained his unbeaten record with another bold front running display in the Magic Millions Sabois over 1200m atMorphettville Racecourse on Saturday.

Chasing his third win, the David Jolly Racing trained Roccabascerana again led throughout, holding off a challenge from highly rated visitor, The Executioner and it would appear a trip to Melbourne is well on the cards.

A FIGHTING SUN has won at Morphettville on every Saturday of the season thus far and the Sun Stud stallion has the best strike in Australia in 2019/20 for sires with 12 winners or greater.

Sun Stud sire Fighting Sun (Sun Stud)

Bred by Stonehouse Thoroughbreds and hailing from the Reset mare, Checklist, Roccabascerana has a large group of passionate owners and they were out in force at Morphettville: among the many fans of Fighting Sun who stands this season at Sun Stud at a fee of $13,750 – no payment until live foal.


Article Courtesy of Sun Stud

Ready2Race breeze ups begin with successful Cranbourne session

Better Than Ready x Blessed Anna colt from the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm trialling at Cranbourne

The build-up to the 2019 Inglis Ready2Race Sale gathered further momentum today with the first of five breeze up sessions.

On a track rated a Soft 5 at Cranbourne in south east Victoria, 63 professional and well educated two-year-old’s hit the track for their official 200m breeze.

The fastest was lot 20 – the final breeze of the day – a Better Than Ready x Blessed Anna colt from the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm draft which clocked a time of 10.37secs.

He finished ahead of a pair of Musk Creek Farm colts – lot 39 (Unencumbered x Choose Wisely) in 10.63secs and lot 24 (Bull Point x Brazen Hussey) in 10.65secs.

Lauriston’s James O’Brien wasn’t surprised his Better Than Ready 2YO was the pick of today’s youngsters.

“He’s always been a straight-forward colt with a good brain, good temperament and has continued to improve with the prep,’’ O’Brien said.

“We were really impressed with how he breezed today, it was really what we were expecting.”

“We’ve had some terrific success out of this sale with our graduates. We specifically want to identify horses that we believe can go on and become quality racehorses in the future and win many races for connections.’’

The times, photos and videos of all of today’s breeze ups will be available at and the Inglis iPad app within the next 48 hours.

To view the Ready2Race catalogue, CLICK HERE.


Article Courtesy of Inglis

TBV Grassroots: Ryan Arnel of Stonehouse Thoroughbreds

Ryan Arnel of Stonehouse Thoroughbreds at Royal Ascot

A passion for the Thoroughbred industry started at a very young age for Ryan Arnel, the principle of Stonehouse Thoroughbreds.

“It was from my grandma who started one of the first TAB’s in Victoria. I was the young lad who use to run down to the local pub to put bets on for her. That is where the passion started.” laughed Ryan.

It was the 1992 Melbourne Cup that was the pinnacle moment for Ryan ‘Subzero winning the Cup. It was the first bet I was allowed to put on myself and my grandma told me, as her favourite jockey at the time was Greg Hall, this is the horse that is coming in.’

Ryan went on to say that “Although the industry is surrounded by 2-year-olds and Australia are very dominant in that area, I still think that the classic races is just what racing is about, you can’t beat it. The Melbourne Cup can’t be described any better than the race that stops the Nation.”

Although the start of Ryan’s career was in agriculture where he managed a livestock farm, he always knew that the thoroughbred industry was where he wanted to be. Following completion of the equine course at Marcus Oldham College, Ryan had a vision for owning his own thoroughbred farm.

In order to achieve his dream, Ryan took the decision to get experience overseas. “My long-term goal was always to have my own farm. I thought to start my own business I have to gather as much experience as possible on a range of different areas. I firmly believe and still do to this day, that the industry is a worldwide platform and you need that experience. It is almost a criteria for success to experience the overseas industry.”

This included a spell in the UK working at Mickley Stud in Shropshire and a stint at Tweenhills Stud, where he was assistant manager to David Redvers. This was timely for Ryan, as shortly after starting with Tweenhills, Sheikh Fahad became a client.

“We were right on the initial start of where it was taking off with Qatar. Instantly we were surrounded by some fantastic horses which included Dunaden who went on to win the Melbourne Cup.”

In addition to the UK, Ryan spent time in France and also had the opportunity to shuttle a stallion in Chile for four months.

“They couldn’t speak English, but they could say Melbourne Cup,” remarked Ryan. During his time overseas, Ryan took the advice from his grandma, ‘Keep your eyes and ears open and your mouth shut’ in order to broaden his knowledge.

Following this, Ryan returned to Australia to set up Stonehouse Thoroughbreds. Ryan has brought back to Australia elements that he liked from his various experiences and to this day is putting them to practise at Stonehouse Thoroughbreds.

During Ryan’s time overseas, he had the opportunity to meet and work with many profound figures in the industry. Richard Kent was one of these, the manager of Mickley Stud.

Ryan Arnel with Mickley Stud stallion Multiplex

“He is an Irishman originally and is responsible for much of my breeding experience. His knowledge of pedigrees is unbelievable, he is a bit of a nutter but I learnt a huge amount from him.”

In Australia, Peter Moody is more of a renowned racing figure who made an impact on Ryan ‘he wouldn’t realise how much I look to him for advice.’

David Redvers still has a very good relationship with Ryan, “We still speak regularly, if he as anything to offer me he does and vice versa.” Qatar Bloodstock is going from strength to strength and much of their operations are now in New South Wales and New Zealand. However, when Zoustar was in Victoria, Stonehouse Thoroughbreds was used as a base for the mares.

Due to the agricultural experience that Ryan gained early on in his career, it was important to find a location for the farm that could provide the best land environment for his horses.

“I cemented myself in an area where I knew the land and knew how it will work each season. Victoria has some really good land and it is very accessible. We are centrally located in Victoria and a stones throw away from every single stallion in the region.”

Stonehouse Thoroughbreds prides itself with the attention to detail to the land environment as well as every aspect with the horses. This is unique to the breeding industry and Ryan works hard to ensures the soil structure is ideal for thoroughbreds. If the Thoroughbred Industry had not taken Ryan’s passion, he would definitely have been found working on a farm!

“No matter what I would have always had a property or a farm one way or another. Or a dolphin trainer at Seaworld, that would be the ultimate job.”

The advice that Ryan would offer to someone looking at starting their own farm is ‘It is definitely not an easy trip, just don’t take no for an answer.’ Ryan took his own advice on board when initially rejected by two banks requesting a loan to buy the farm. With a $10,000 deposit he managed to buy a $1m farm which is quite incredible.

“You’ve got to do your research, you’ve got to be confident and back yourself. You can’t be afraid to fail, if you fall or stumble at a hurdle, fall forward not back and then you just keep going,”


Eight characteristics of normal foal behaviour

One of the most valuable tools to determine how your foal is adapting is to watch it for 5 minutes without holding the mare or foal. You can do this by waking the foal and encouraging it to stand and then watch what it does around the mare for a few minutes. It is at this time that subtle changes in behaviour can indicate early signs of a problem.

It is important to have a thorough understanding of what is normal. Below are eight key characteristics of normal foal behaviour to look out for in your newborn.

  1. A normal foal should be able to right itself within 2-3 minutes after being born and maintain itself on its chest.
  2. It should be standing within 60 minutes. (It should be considered abnormal if the foal takes longer than 2 hours from birth to standing.)
  3. It should have a suckle reflex by 30 minutes. This can be tested with a clean finger at the foal’s muzzle to see if there is teat seeking behaviour.
  4. Your foal should be nursing from the mare within 2 hours.  (If the foal has not nursed by 4 hours it is abnormal.) Don’t assume it is suckling by the noises it makes, get down and ensure it is getting a good tongue seal under the teat and not just sucking on the side or chewing the teat abnormally.
  5. Frisky play may occur as early as 2 hours and galloping by 6-7 hours of age as a guide. Weak and premature foals shold be confined to avoid vigorous exercise damaging bones and joints.
  6. Oral, and conjunctival mucous membranes should be moist and pink and have a capillary refill time between 1 and 2 seconds. (If cyanosis (blue membranes) is present then the foal is severely depleted of oxygen.) Newborn foals may have pale gums when born but ‘pink up’ within a minute.
  7. Normal urination – the average time for first urination in colts is 6 hours and nearly 11 hours in fillies. Colt foals may not drop out their penis which is normal.
  8. Passing meconium – Most foals will display some abdominal straining within a few hours of birth and then pass most of the meconium within the first 24 hours of life. Excessive straining can distract foals from drinking properly so consider if the foal may need some treatment.

Critically ill neonates are often weak, depressed, recumbent, unable to suckle normally and require immediate attention by your veterinarian. Time is very critical when it comes to newborn foals and it is always better to seek assistance as early as possible for the most successful outcome. If in doubt, always call your veterinarian.

This article is attribute to Avenel Equine’s Dr. Brodie Argue – Associate Veterinarian

BAnimalSc(Hons), BVetBiol, BVSc (Hons)

Avenel Equine’s Dr Brodie Argue
Associate Veterinarian



Placenta collection supports breeders

With many mares foaling down around the country, there are many Victorian breeders who have taken advantage of a placenta collection and purchasing service that was provided across the country.
Facilitated by the Japanese company Nomura, who is accredited with strict Australian export laws, they initially contacted Cressfield Stud through Wayne Bedggood.

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

Payment for each placenta will be $10 plus GST to the stud farm with a $1 going to the states breeding association.

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

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

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

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

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

If you would like to participate or are interested in finding out more, about logistics please contact

Racing Victoria CEO enthusiastic ahead of breeding season

Giles observing the Swettenham team tend to a mare in foaling

In the early hours of last Friday morning, Swettenham Stud received a visitor ahead of the breeding season. The visitor was the CEO of Racing Victoria, Giles Thompson.

Giles had been at the Seymour races on Thursday and then continued onto Nagambie to call out to Adam Sangster and his team.

CEO of Racing Victoria Giles Thompson at Seymour races on Thursday

In the quiet of the night, Giles saw Adam’s team tend to a mare who foaled down a filly. This was one of three foals born that night, with the second born at 2:00am and the third born at 4:00am.

It was then onto the covering shed, to see the processes that are in place in the barn. Michael Flannery of Springmount, who had been up since 4:00am that morning, to have his mare covered by Toronado at 6:00am, was introduced to Giles in the covering shed.

“It is very positive for the breeding industry, to see Giles out in force at a very unsavoury hour in the morning. He had already seen a foaling before my mare’s 6:00 am cover.” Michael Flannery commented.

This cover was one of four covers, which Giles got to witness, the next being by Highland Reel, then Akeed Mofeed and finally Sioux Nation.

Mid-morning arrived, and Giles saw Dr. John Hurley, Swettenham’s resident reproductive vet at work, to see how a mare was tracking with her cycle.

“It was interesting to see the behind the scenes of the breeding industry. Breeding is a 24/7 industry and you are on call at all times, you never know when a mare will foal, and you have to manage the day-to-day operations of a farm.” Giles remarked.

Dr. John Hurley, Swettenham’s resident reproductive vet at work.

Racing Victoria have had a strong relationship with the Victorian breeding industry for some time and this visit reaffirms the strength of that relationship.

“A strong breeding industry is crucial to the success of racing in Victoria. We are seeing strong overseas investment in the Victorian breeding industry, with farms such as Aquis and Yulong setting up base in Victoria. With record levels of prizemoney, the ideal climate and strong support from the Government, it is easy to see why there has been increased investment.” Giles commented.

TBV Executive Officer, Charmein Bukovec remarked, “It is estimated that at least 80% of Victorian owned horses are either owned by their breeder or the breeder has remained within the ownership of the horse. It is encouraging to see Giles pay a visit to Swettenham, I know that Racing Victoria value our participants and our contributions to the Victorian Racing industry.”

TBV will be arranging for others within the racing industry to see the behind the scenes of our industry, in the coming weeks.

Rangal Park Farm sire Danerich now standing this season

Rangle Park's Danerich

Rangal Park Farm, located in the heart of North East Victoria, is a 530 acre property surrounded by some of Victoria’s renowned thoroughbred studs. The property is lined with tree covered laneways and paddocks filled with Red Gum trees providing the optimum breeding conditions for stallions and broodmares. Rangle Park Farm has had some renowned Victorian stallions, namely Ne Coupez Pas, Keltrice and Palace Music.

Rangal Park Farm are delighted to announce that Victorian stallion DANERICH will be standing at the farm this season.

Danerich has an impressive pedigree, out of the remarkable Danehill by Millrich, a Group 3 winning mare and placed in the Golden Slipper. Danerich showed impressive speed on the racetrack in likeness to Millrich, winning the Group 3 McNeil Stakes, the Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes and placed in the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes. Prior to retiring to stud in 2007, Danerich ran third to Apache Cat in the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude. There was no doubt that Danerich was not going to disappoint. As one of the last sons of Danehill to go to stud, Danerich has proved his stud success having sired winners from 900m to 3200m.

Following a recent injury to his hind leg, this stallion has made an exceptional recovery and will now be serving mares this season. With a statistic of  65% winners to runners, this is a great opportunity for Victorian breeders.

Danerich is standing for a fee of $6,600 (website doesn’t state about GST)

For more information, please contact Rangal Park Farm;

Tim Jackson- 0428 855 240

Eric Buttler- 0427 200 763





First foals on the ground for the half-brother to Winx

Riverbank Farm sire Boulder City (Riverbank Farm)

As one exceptionally famous daughter of Vegas Showgirl prepares for her maiden season at stud, a quality son of the same very celebrated broodmare has already commenced his sophomore season in the Victorian stallion ranks.

Boulder City, a Snitzel half-brother to the ever-so-mighty Winx, began his stud duties in 2018 when joining the stallion roster of Riverbank Stud in Victoria. His maiden season proved to be a resounding success, the unraced entire serving a book of 94 mares.

The first foals of the young stallion have begun to hit the ground and the early indications are that the flawless conformation the female family is now renowned for is evident in the latest generation of the breed.

Shagra x Boulder City Filly. Family of Girl In Flight. Bred by Emirates Park

In addition to Winx, Bounder City is a full-brother to the Group winning 2-year-old El Divino. A former member of the Gai Waterhouse stable, El Divino claimed the Group 3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes in one of two wins as a juvenile before a very promising racing career was cut short in its prime.

As an unraced sibling to arguably the greatest racemare of all-time as well as to a Pattern race winning 2-year-old, Boulder City offers broodmare owners bloodlines of unparalleled achievement at a basement budget fee of just $5500. Furthermore, the sireline he represents continues to develop exponentially.

Already sire-sons of three-time Champion Sire Snitzel include three individual proven sires of stakes winners, and that’s even before the likes of Russian Revolution, Invader, Trapeze Artist, Menari, Thronum, Showtime etc, are represented by their first runners.

Bonne Nuit x Boulder City Filly. Located at Bombora Downs

All things considered, Boulder City provides an opportunity to access the most fashionable sireline in the Australian Stud Book, as well as the immediate female family of the most decorated racehorse in Australasian thoroughbred racing history.

TBV Grassroots: Jarrod Byers of Millford Thoroughbreds

Jarrod Byers of Millford Thoroughbreds collecting the trophy after the victory of Precious Gem at Caulfield 

As we welcomed the official start of Spring last weekend, we watched the impressive victory of Scales of Justice in the first Group 1 of the season. Scales of Justice will not be stopping there as the next target is the Group 1 Maykbe Diva Stakes at Flemington this weekend.

A horse that was bred by Gerard and Kathy Hammond, Millford Throughbreds had the opportunity to prepare the colt on their behalf for the Melbourne Premier Sales.

Jarrod Byers, joint owner of Millford Thoroughbreds, has always had a passion for the horses. An interest that started from an early age, after attending the races with his uncle Barry and Dad, it was the competition of the racetrack and I dare say, having a few punts, which attracted Jarrod to the industry.

“I followed the racing as a kid and would have a quaddie with Dad on the weekends. I’ve always loved the racing and having a punt.”

Jarrod did not grow up with horses around him, his Dad and brother are electricians and it seemed to be a likely career for Jarrod. However, it was the love of horses that drew him to the breeding industry.

The infectious passion for the industry has been passed onto the family who are involved both in the breeding and racing side. “They have interests in about twelve horses now. They love it.” remarked Jarrod.

During school Jarrod was offered work experience on a few breeding farms which only accentuated his passion for the horses and from that point on he knew that it was the industry he wanted to work in.

Jarrod Byers walking a mare and her foal at the Millford Nagambie property

“I met Stefan Kaempf when I did one of my first work experiences, who had previously worked at Arrowfield and was managing a farm near Shepparton at the time. He got me involved in the pedigree side of things which I found really interesting, as I had always just followed the racing. He opened my eyes to the breeding side of the industry and is a wealth of knowledge with pedigrees.”

A convert into the breeding side of the industry, Jarrod enrolled to study the horse breeding and management course at Wangaratta. Following this, it was time to put his knowledge to the test out on the farms.

Jarrod spent time working at Collingrove in New South Wales and prior to setting up Millford Thoroughbreds spent five years at Newlands Thoroughbreds with his now business partner, Richard Kerry. Jarrod was assistant manager to Richard at Newlands Thoroughbreds, “We had a good working relationship and had worked together for quite a while. He has always been a mentor for me.”

After deciding to take the plunge, Richard and Jarrod set up Millford Thoroughbreds eleven years go and haven’t looked back since. Westbrook Park was on their radar and immediately they took up the opportunity to lease it. They did not require much persuasion, Jarrod remarked “it had already proved that the farm is a good source of growing out young stock, they grew out Littorio who went on to win a couple of Group 1’s and the farm is well located in the heart of the North East.”

As with all rural industries, the breeding industry faces many challenges.

“The hours are very demanding, especially during the breeding season. It can be difficult to find staff particularly with those hours and demands.”

Millford Thoroughbreds have a small but great team behind them, this success is really showing both at the farm and at the racetrack.

Precious Gem is a horse that has been testament to that success, who was bred at Millford Thoroughbreds.

“We bred the mare, and then went on to race her with family and friends and won the Group 1 Robert Sangster Stakes in Adelaide, which was a huge thrill.”

Jarrod is passionate about the industry in Victoria, “our racing is obviously very strong, and our location in Victoria is great for clientele. There is a good vibe about Victoria especially this season with the new investors, namely Yulong and Aquis, and some exciting new stallions now standing in Victoria. We are buoyant about this season and heading forward with the industry in Victoria, as well as the benefit of Super VOBIS which is great.”

Some of Millford Thoroughbred’s mares and foals grazing in one of paddock’s at the Nagambie property

The passion for the industry was very apparent when talking to Jarrod and his advice to pass on to anyone interested in the industry is, “Regardless of your background or experience, I believe if you have willingness to learn and a passion for it, then there is an abundance of opportunities.”




15th Stakes Winner for Foxwedge

Woodside Park Stud sire Foxwedge (Woodside Park)

Talented Foxwedge mare Foxy Housewife has always threatened to win a Black Type race and the six year-old made the quantum leap at Wyong on Friday when taking out a hugely competitive $140,000 Listed Mona Lisa Stakes.

Facing a big field of evenly matched mares, the Joe Pride trained Foxy Housewife pulled out a career best performance to surge home out wide for Robbie Dolan to score a head win in the 1350 metre sprint.

Foxy Housewife has had several trainers throughout her career and only recent joined the Joe Pride stable having been prepared most recently by David Vandyke.

She won her first start for her new trainer at Rosehill on July 27 and was freshened coming into this assignment with happy results all round.

“She’s a big strong mare, you don’t see too many nicer types in the yard,” said Joe Pride.

“Full credit to David Vandyke. He sent her to me in perfect order and it’s just great for her to get that Black Type today.”

Foxy Housewife runs for BK Racing and Breeding and has won seven races from 35 starts earning over $350,000 in prizemoney.

Foxy Housewife winning at Rosehill in July (Steve Hart)

She is the best of four winners from Household (USA) and is a half-sister to the dam of stakes-winning juvenile The Enzo.

An unraced daughter of Chester House, Household comes from a big European Black Type family featuring countless Group I winners, so with a stakes win next to her name, Foxy Housewife has become a very valuable mare. Household died last year and her final foal is a yearling colt by Sizzling.

Foxy Housewife is the 15th stakes-winner for Fastnet Rock’s Group I winning sire son Foxwedge, who transferred to Victoria this year to stand at Woodside Park at a fee of $16,500.


Article courtesy of Breednet

Bella rings with Magnus Double

Sun Stud's Magnus (Sun Stud)

It was another memorable Saturday for Sun Stud’s outstanding sire, MAGNUS, courtesy of a running double at Morphettville Racecourse via MAGNA BELLA and KEMALPASA, while MAHAMEDEIS produced a blinder to grab second in the Group 2 John F. Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley Racing Club.

The Clarken_Racing trained, Magna Bella, was mega impressive with his 4th win from 10 starts (along with 3 placings), racing away to score by nearly 3 lengths over the 1250m at Morphettville.

Such was the authority of the win, Magna Bella is likely to be targeted at the Listed Paris Lane Stakes over 1400m at Flemington Racecourse and Victoria Racing Club on 5 October.

Richard and Chantelle Jolly’s Kemalpasa, meanwhile, notched up a 3rd win from his last 4 starts with a command performance in the Guiness Handicap over 1250m at Morphettville, racing away to score by 2 lengths.

Kemalpasa too appears to have a promising future with his prizemoney currently hovering around the $200,000 mark.

Last but not least was the terrific run by Mahamedeis who fought on gamely for his second in the Group 2. Nick Ryan Racing’s flashy chestnut is the winner of 7 races and $636,240 in stakes with his highlights including a VOBIS Gold 3YO Sires’ victory last year.

One of the most successful VOBIS sires’ ever, MAGNUS’s stakes winners last season included Streets of Avalon, Princess of Queens, Malibu Style, Rio Del Mar, Constant Justice and Volcanic General and, for a stallion with over 40 stakes horses and $40 million in progeny earnings, he represents enormous value at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST (no payment until live foal).


Article courtesy of Sun Stud

It’s time to Saddle Up!

The Saddle Up School Holiday Program is back this September and better than ever! For the first time Saddle Up will head to Ballarat Turf Club, and once again Flemington Racecourse, The Valley, Werribee Racing Club, Geelong Racing Club and Pakenham Racing Club.

The full day program has kids learning how to ride a horse and making their way through the Saddle Up Obstacle Trail Ride, going on a Scavenger Hunt around the hosting clubs’ grounds and grandstands, crafting their own jockey colours and goggles for the Saddle Up Cup, plus much more.

In addition to all the fun on the day, every child enrolled will receive a complimentary 2 for 1 ‘Ride Like A Girl’ movie pass to be redeemed at cinemas nationally when the movie opens from Thursday 26 September 2019.

All activities facilitated by Racing Victoria and Kelly Sports and the cost is $80 per child (inc. GST)

For dates, locations and to book, please click here.


The start of Spring signifies the start of the breeding season!

As 1 September rolled around the breeding barn doors are flung open marking the start of Spring and the breeding season.

Across the industry, the anticipation of 1 September is not only very exciting but brings with it much apprehension and signals the start of a very busy period.

Late nights and early mornings become the norm as we continue to welcome the 2019 foals to the grass of Victoria. The stallions standing have their work cut out with many broodmares ready to be covered in anticipation of the 2020 crop.

We asked a few of those in our industry, what the season looks like for them.

Phil Campbell from Blue Gum Farm remarked, “It is definitely a busy time of the year. There are a number of different highlights during the year on a breeding farm. The first foal at the start of August is one of them and opening the breeding shed doors on 1 September is another. Then there is the start of yearling prep obviously, 1 September is part of that cycle.”

Whilst 1 September marks the start of the cycle for the breeding season, there are many other times throughout the year that bring similar pressures. “It used to be that there was a quiet time which doesn’t seem to exist anymore,” laughed Phil.

Like many other farms, Blue Gum Farm welcomes many clients during the breeding season and indeed through-out the year. The farm works hard to ensure that the grounds are always ‘aesthetically pleasing twelve months of the year’.

The picturesque landscape at Blue Gum Farm

Sally Watkins from Willaroon Farm commented, “We spend so much time choosing our mares, looking at our stallions and working out the mating and everything that goes with the breeding of a mare. As of the 1st September we start to action that plan. It is exciting and daunting all the work that we have to do.”

Sally works closely with local farms Rushton Park and Noorilim to share the pressures of the season. Between the three farms, last season they walked-on approximately sixty mares. Willaroon wasted no time in starting the 2019 breeding season with their first mare booked in early on 1 September!

“It’s exciting but I also think about the thousands of miles that we will driving over the next few months. It all culminates with the yearling sales and from there to the races. We can concentrate on getting mums back in foal again and the cycle continues. It seems to come around quicker every year,” remarked Sally.

The breeding cycle would not be possible without all the dedication to the veterinary professionals in the industry who work 24/7 during the breeding season. Dr Katie Wilcox from Avenel Equine Hospital explains, “I always have mixed emotions at the beginning of the season. I am always excited that we are going to have new babies born and getting to know all the new mares for the season but equally it comes with a few disasters, lots of late nights and sick foals as well.”

Not only does this time welcome all the new foals, it is also a time to prepare the yearlings for the coming sales which adds an additional pressure for this time period.

“The 1st September is the beginning of the new year when the whole cycle starts again. You take those foals from new born babies that really need a lot of help to being able to get by on their own. Then getting the mares back in foal and then the foals are growing up and getting weaned and then we have them as yearlings. It’s a cyclical year.”

We would like to wish our members a successful and prosperous breeding season.

TBV Grassroots: James Manning of Darley Northwood

James Manning with Charlie Appleby after winning the 2018 Melbourne Cup

With a career that started in the Northern Territory on cattle stations and mixed farms, James Manning, Stud Manager of Godolphin’s Northwood Park Farm in Seymour, always knew the rural life was his calling.

“When I was a kid I always liked the idea of being a stockman and riding horses. After being in the Northern Territory on the cattle stations, I really fell in love with the horse side of it.’” James remarked.

James had little involvement with the thoroughbred industry growing up, except for the fact that his mum was partial to listening to the races on the radio and was known to have the occasional punt! Like most, it was the love of horses that brought James into the industry.

James reminisced to one of his fondest early memories of racing, “Listening to Lonhro in the Australian Cup on the radio sent shivers down my spine. It still sends shivers down my spine when I watch that race today.”

Following that, James then had a light bulb moment that this is the industry he wanted to work in. Fast forward a few years and James is stud manager for Godolphin’s Northwood Park.

James started his thoroughbred career at the Bob and Jack Ingham owned Woodlands Stud in the Hunter Valley under the management of Peter Flynn. Although James had a brief spell back at the cattle stations, he soon returned to the Hunter Valley and started working at Vinery Stud. After spending time at a number of other studs near Sydney, including Reavill Farm and Newhaven Park, an opportunity arose at Woodlands Stud now in the hands of Godolphin, as assistant stud manager to John Sunderland. James headed back to where his career in the breeding industry started and hasn’t look backed since.

“Woodlands is a beautiful property and the opportunity to get back there on such a prestigious breeding property was an awesome opportunity.” Exclaimed James.

The morning sunrise presents a breath-taking view at the Northwood Park property in Seymour

After three years working for Godolphin in the Hunter Valley, Victoria was calling, and James took over the running of Northwood Park in Seymour. A property that the drive-way alone is breath-taking, let alone some of the horses that he would be working with.

“When I first started with Godolphin, I wasn’t aware how good the quality of the stock was. The consistency of quality is even better now than what it was five years ago.”

James has done it all when it comes to the different types and sizes of farms and now works for arguably one of the largest organisations in the thoroughbred world!

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin as a company are fantastic to work for, they look after you so much. You get to work with the best bloodstock in the country and working with the best facilities. You’ve got to pinch yourself sometimes as you walk into a paddock and you have multiple Group 1 winners.” Laughed James.

Godolphin puts great emphasis on having consistency within their farms and this is certainly something that James felt strongly about when taking over the running of Northwood Park. After working with John Sunderland at Woodlands, James was keen to ensure the processes adopted were similar to those implemented throughout the Godolphin empire. This process is aided by Jason Walsh, the national bloodstock manager for Godolphin, who spends time on both farms and ensures an effective sharing of knowledge.

James has worked with many renowned horses, such as Brazen Beau and Frosted who are currently standing at Northwood Park, but it is Impending who holds a special place in James’s heart.

“He has let down into a magnificent looking horse. Everyone has commented on how well he is looking. That is one thing I haven’t been able to do before, is follow a horse all the way through and back into the stallion barn. It is very special.”

The role of mentors in this industry is paramount and James stresses the importance of them.

“You’ve got to have someone that you know, like and can trust. Having that sounding board and being able to bounce ideas off is a huge thing. They will give you an honest answer tell you if they think you are doing something wrong which you can take it or leave it.”

James used to work for Danny Swain, who is now owner and operator at Glenelg Park in Victoria and Danny has become not only a close friend but also a great sounding board. This role often comes from within an organisation, and James fondly talks of one of his previous managers, Peter Flynn, who James described as ‘one of the best practical stud managers he has ever met’. More recently, John Sunderland, has shared a great amount of knowledge and expertise with James helping ensure the continuity between the farms that Godolphin strive for.

Two of Northwood Park’s mares and a foal grazing on some grass at the Seymour property

It might not surprise you that if James was not working in the breeding industry you may well find him in the depths of the Northern Territory on a cattle station or cattle property somewhere across the country. For now, he will stay with the horses, as with most in the industry ‘once it gets its teeth into you, you just get sucked in’.

James clearly has a great passion for the industry and would strongly advise anyone wanting to enter into the breeding world to ‘Go for it, there are great opportunities if you put your head down, work hard and listen to advice from your mentors. For a rural industry it is one of the best.’


Noorilim is set for stardom

Woodside Park sire Tosen Stardom (Woodside Park)

Peter Carrick’s Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds, nestled on the banks of the Goulburn River, is located in the heart of thoroughbred breeding country. Professionally managed by Sherah Sullivan, she is looking forward to a busy but rewarding season ahead.

“We are ready for our biggest season to date, expecting around 40 foals. We have four healthy foals now on the ground, with a classy daughter of Tosen Stardom the first to arrive. She is out of the Commands mare, She’s a Fairy, a half-sister to G1 Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove.”

“She is a lovely foal and pretty sharp. She has a good amount of hip and plenty of quality about her.”

With the significant loss of Deep Impact to the industry, Tosen Stardom will be the sole stallion flying the flag for his sire in Victoria and with his first foals on the ground already impressing the right judges, it’s a positive beginning to his stud career at Woodside Park Stud.

“We are expecting around ten foals on the ground by Tosen Stardom at Noorilim. This will give us a definite idea of the type he produces. It’s a great start, as if they are all as lovely as this filly, then we will be very pleased.”

Sullivan has been responsible for foaling down for major clients of the farm, Australian Bloodstock over the last couple of years.

“Jamie Lovett from Australian Bloodstock has trusted us again to care for his elite broodmare band. He continues to support Tosen Stardom with his well performed and proven producing band of mares, as did the other shareholders.”

“Additionally, Jamie purchased a number of mares specifically to suit Tosen Stardom from the sales, which in recent times is a vital part of giving a stallion the best chance for success from his first crop.”

Fertility also appears to be a huge plus for the son of Deep Impact, building a reputation for being deadly in the covering barn.

“Off the top of my head we sent around 20 mares last year, and he didn’t miss one. A couple had to have a second cover, but they were tricky mares anyway, so his potency is through the roof. I thought his fertility was the best of any horse standing at stud last season,” Sullivan said.

“He has really developed this year into an impressive, masculine horse, having had the chance to let down. Even the difference in him last year from the first cover to the last cover, he still was able to let down through the season. This was impressive considering that he was a very busy horse, so physically he is only going to get better.”

Sullivan notes that the quality mares that were served by Tosen Stardom included The Baroness, the dam of multiple G3 winner and G1 placed Princess Posh. And with another busy season ahead of him, Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds will be sending around 15 mares to return to Tosen Stardom this year to be covered.

“He is doing everything right as a stallion, he is getting nice foals, his fertility is spot on, he is letting down nicely, covering a quality book of mares and is professional in the barn to handle the big numbers. He is giving himself every chance to be a success.”

Noorilim Estate was purchased by owner-breeder Peter Carrick in 2006. A state-of-the-art thoroughbred facility, the property boasts a superb foaling unit in close proximity to the manager’s residence, ensuring 24-hour monitoring of your mares and foals over the breeding season.

“The farm provides the perfect environment for the growth and development of your next athlete, either by foaling them down, growing them out or preparing them for sale. They all receive the best of care to reach their full potential.”

Tosen Stardom ridden by Damian Lane wins the Emirates Stakes at Flemington (racing Photos)

“I would also like to thank my team that includes Abi Duchesne, and Kimmy Redhouse, who are both a vital part of Noorilim crew. Without them, we wouldn’t get the brilliant results.  We work together to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in equine veterinary care to all aspects of the thoroughbred industry.”

Article courtesy of Woodside Park Stud

Gutsy win by Greyworm

Greyworm wins at Rosehill (Steve Hart)

Greyworm was part of a Saturday to remember for Team Hawkes when John, Michael and Wayne combined to train four winners in Sydney and Melbourne.

Michael was there to oversee the team at Rosehill winning the G3 San Domenico Stakes (Exceedance) and the final running-double (Greyworm & God Of Thunder).  Wayne saddled Dawn Dawn at Caulfield just days after she arrived from stable headquarters in Sydney.

Greyworm warmed up for the TAB Hcp (1200m) with a barrier trial win over Group 1 mare Arcadia Queen last week.  Specked at $7, he sat on the pace and then overhauled You Make Me Smile who had established a big break in the straight.

“That was a gutsy win,” jockey Glen Boss exclaimed.  “He had a real desire to win today and I could feel it underneath me.”

The grey flyer is a son of Greta West Stud stallion Master Of Design from Canterbury winner Miracle Magic (Dash For Cash).  “He’s a pure racehorse.  He’s tough and tries his heart out,” Michael Hawkes declared.  “I told Glen to put a line through his last run here when nothing went right.

“This was a very strong Benchmark race and he really wanted it today.  I think he can win something better.”

Greyworm has a 50% strike-rate winning 4 times in 8 starts commencing with a Mornington maiden on debut in June 2018.  He was retained by Wingrove Park’s Joe & Daria Vella after a proposed private sale to Asian interests fell through last year.

Before taking a break from the saddle recently, leading apprentice Ethan Brown was also tipping him into a bright future.  “Greyworm will go on to bigger and better things,” he said.  “He lengthens, gets into a rhythm and puts them under pressure.”

Master of Design sired another off-shore winner when his tearaway Grand Choice was successful in Singapore last week.

The Dan Meagher-trained sprinter had done everything bar win since arriving from Australia.  He established a seemingly unassailable lead last time out at Kranji, however, Ocean Crossing (NZ) narrowed the margin at the furlong and nailed him right on the line.

The addition of blinkers made all the difference and Benny Woodworth kept his mind on the job to defeat Spirit Of Big Bang (Intikhab) and Libran Son (Burgundy).

Wingrove Park’s Joe & Daria Vella

Tasmanian-based David Adams bred Grand Choice and sold him through the Woodside Park consignment to the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.  Ardsley Park pin-hooked him for $40,000 and they doubled that price-tag to Meagher’s bid at the 2016 NZB Ready To Run Sale at Karaka.

Adams and his wife Louise operate a fruit export company and a boutique breeding operation with 7 mares and 10 racehorses.  David is a past board member of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and is currently Chairman of the Racehorse Owners Association of Tasmania.

Master Of Design’s locally-based mare She’s By Design has gone for a spell after a last-start maiden win at Pakenham.

“She’s done a great job this prep,” trainer Enver Jusufovic said.  “And I have to thank Shannon Hope for all his help.  She’s tough and competitive but is still maturing.  Another good break under the belt and she will come back much better.”

Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) is based at Greta West Stud for a $3,300 (inc GST) service fee alongside King Of Prussia (Anabaa) who stands for $2,200 (inc GST).


Justice prevails as Inglis stars dominate stakes racing

Scales of Justice winning the Group 1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield - image Grant Courtney

Scales of Justice scored a second career G1 on a day Inglis graduates dominated Stakes racing around Australia, winning seven black type races across three States.

The 7YO Scales of Justice, a graduate of the Inglis Premier Sale, proved himself a genuine WFA star with an emphatic victory in the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

His success came as Inglis stars won Stakes races at Rosehill, Caulfield and Morphettville.

Scales of Justice (Not A Single Doubt x Beymatilla) led in an Inglis graduates quinella in the Memsie, defeating Inglis Easter Sale graduate So Si Bon.

He becomes the 18th individual G1-winning Inglis graduate for 2019 and with two Australian G1 races having now been run in the 2019/20 season, Inglis graduates have won them both.

Scales Of Justice ridden by Dean Yendall (Racing Photos)

Bred by Gerard and Kathy Hammond, Scales of Justice (pictured) was consigned to the 2014 Premier Yearling Sale by Millford Thoroughbreds.

He was purchased by Boomer Bloodstock and Lindsey Smith for $180,000.

“Beymatilla was the first mare I ever bought and she turned out to be a wonderful producer but none turned out better than this bloke Scales of Justice,” Hammond said.

” Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian helped me out greatly with the mating and through the sale process and it’s great to see this horse get another Group 1 win.

“Between his feet and his back there have been plenty of issues but I think today he really proved himself to the Victorian market that he’s a genuine top-liner, not just another Perth horse to come over and try their luck in the Eastern states.”

Millford Thoroughbreds’ Richard Kerry remembered Scales of Justice as a yearling, describing him as “a lovely horse with a fair bit of size and scope about him.

“He was quite athletic for his size too and was a mature horse mentally early. Boomer loved him at the sales and so did we and the horse has progressed and done an awesome job to justify everyone’s early opinions of him.”

Earlier in the day, a trio of exciting Inglis Easter colts dominated the Australian 3YO features with Exceedance (Exceed And Excel), Super Seth (Dundeel) and Quick Thinker (So You Think) asserting themselves as spring stars with comprehensive first-up victories.

Exceedance & Super Seth are now $8 TAB equal favourites for the G1 Caulfield Guineas after Exceedance won the G3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill and Super Seth proved too strong in the G3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield.

Quick Thinker is into $13 for the Victoria Derby thanks to a big win in the G3 Ming Dynasty Quality at Rosehill.

Exceedance is now also $4.50 Golden Rose favourite with the TAB.

Meanwhile talented 4YO mare Pippie (Written Tycoon) scored a valuable first Stakes victory with a strong win in the G3 Cockram Stakes at Caulfield.

Pippie ridden by Ben Melham wins the Cockram Stakes at Caulfield (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

It was career win No.4 for the Inglis Classic graduate – where John Meagher, who trains her in partnership with son Chris, purchased her for just $60,000 from Eureka Stud – at just her sixth career start.

And Wu Gok (Sebring) led in a Chris Waller ‘First 5’ when winning the G3 Premier’s Cup at Rosehill.

Wu Gok was a $120,000 Easter Yearling Sale buy for Anton Koolman/The Hermitage from the Widden Stud draft and today beat home four stablemates, a terrific feat for Waller.

In Adelaide, G1-placed older sprinter Behemoth (All Too Hard) scored a deserved first Stakes win in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes at Morphettville.

Article Courtesy of Inglis

Fourth stakes winner for Toronado

Swettenham stud sire Toronado (Swettenham Stud)

The success of sire sons of High Chaparral was highlighted in Australia last weekend with Group victories for Quick Thinker (So You Think) and Super Seth (Dundeel), while Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (IRE) chimed with a new stakes-winner in Germany on Sunday where Wasmya scored an impressive Black Type win.

A lightly raced homebred filly for Al Shaqab Racing, Wasmya scored a dominant three and a half length win over a big field of 14 in the seven furlong Listed Stadt Baden-Baden Viererwette.

Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard, Wasmya has three wins from four starts and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Talbah from well bred Danehill Dancer mare Lamorlaye, who comes from the family of European Horse of the Year Dylan Thomas and Champion 2YO Queens Logic and Group I winner Homecoming Queen.

She is the fourth stakes-winner for outstanding miler Toronado, who is back at Swettenham Stud this spring at a fee of $27,500.

Sassy Salitage ridden by Ben Allen wins at Moonee Valley Racecourse. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Toronado has made a pleasing start to the new season with his three winners in August including undefeated filly Sassy Salitage, a very promising member of the Greg Eurell stable.

Article courtesy of Breednet