I Am Eloquent wins at Caulfield on Saturday with jockey Stephen Baster aboard (Racing Photos)

I Am Eloquent has won an impressive three out of her six starts having galloped to victory on Saturday. The progressive filly took out the Listed MRC Jim Moloney Stakes at Caulfield in heavy conditions. It was a tough ask for the filly taking on a black type race over 1400 metres, but winning by half a length showed that she is more than capable and has gained her entry into the Group 1 MRC Thousand Guineas next month.

The filly was bred by Two Bays Farm and was purchased at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sales for $220,000 by First Light Racing. She is the third foal of Choice Words, a Stakes winner and a Group Two placed mare out of Choisir. Two Bays Farm obviously had strong opinions for this filly after deciding to keep a share alongside First Light Racing.

I Am Eloquent and connections after winning the listed MRC Jim Moloney Stakes at Caulfield (Racing Photos)

“We get the thrill of racing alongside First Light Racing and Busuttin Racing,” stated Rob Carlile the manager of Two Bays Farm.

Two Bays Farm is currently having a run of form which has included Stakes winner Military Zone, 2019 Group 1 runner up Kubrick and Stakes winner Easy Eddie who was also Group 1 placed earlier this year. If all goes to plan they may well have a colt and filly in the Guineas in a few weeks’ time.

Two Bays is a small family run farm and credit is given to all past and present who have been involved in the operation.

“Jo, my wife is huge part of the team and actually foaled the filly down. The filly has always loved the wet as she was born in those conditions. We are a small team but everyone helps out,” according to Rob.

Rob from Two Bays has always kept high opinions of this filly, so perhaps there is no surprise that the filly is having the success we are seeing on the track.

“She always had a bit of class about her, a gorgeous head and the most amazing nature. We always called her ‘Darling’ as that is just what she was. She never had any nastiness and was just a quality filly ever since the day she was born.”

First Light Racing purchases 20-30 yearlings annually and were immediately impressed with I Am Eloquent on inspection. They have had previous success from a Two Bays Farm purchase which was another factor in deciding to purchase the filly.

It looks like an exciting Spring for Two Bays Farm and we look forward to seeing I am Eloquent back on the track!

Spendthrift sire Jimmy Creed (Sprendthrift)

Spendthrift Australia’s shuttle sire Jimmy Creed (USA) has had a steady stream of winners since his first crop stepped onto the racetrack, with the son of champion sire Distorted Humor now boasting 75% winners to runners.

His impressive figures were only strengthened over the weekend as nine Stakes winners quickly jumped to 11 Stakes winners in one day.

King Jack (USA) (Jimmy Creed {USA}), a 3 1/4-length debut winner at Santa Anita, wore down fellow California invader Landeskog to take out the Group 2 Gallant Bob Stakes at Parx Racing.

“I thought jockey Joel Rosario had him placed perfectly,” trainer Jerry Hollendorfer said. “A very fast time. We thought the seven furlongs would fit this horse very well and it seemed like it did.”

The star three-year-old colt’s record consists of three wins, and a second placing at black-type level, from just four starts.

Soon after Jimmy Creed got his 10th Stakes winner on the board, Meadow Dance (USA) (Jimmy Creed {USA}) scored her fourth win and first at Stakes level in the Listed Weathervane Stakes and Laurel Park.

Like King Jack, Meadow Dance has never finished out of the top three in her seven starts, including a third placing in the Group 1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland

Jimmy Creed stands for $8,800 inc. GST, this current season he has had two winners for three runners to date in Australia. We expect to see those numbers increase down here with larger crop sizes coming through.



Article Courtesy of Spendthrift

Brodie Becker of Stockwell Thoroughbreds with wife Rowena

Many enter the Thoroughbred industry as a result of family influence and being surrounded by horses from a very young age. This is exactly how Brodie Becker, Owner of Stockwell Thoroughbreds first became involved in the industry.

Brodie was a one year old when the family moved to Victoria where his Dad was offered the manager role at Stockwell Stud. After four years the property was sold to Emirates Park, following this, his Dad started The Independent Stallion Station.

Brodie was heavily involved with working on the farm from a very young age.“I had more days off school than I did at school, so I could be on the farm,” exclaimed Brodie.

Although a couple of years ago, Brodie took a short break from the horses and worked in the mines in Western Australia. It wasn’t long before he was back in Victoria assisting his Dad on the farm, which was going through a difficult time with Equine Influenza.

Emirates Park offered the property back to Brodie and Mike. Brodie took over the business, rebranded and Stockwell Thoroughbreds was born. Although, as to be expected his Dad is instrumental in the running of the business to this day.


“This wouldn’t work without Dad, between Dad and my wife (Rowena) we are a team. It’s a proper family business,”Brodie remarked.


Despite falling into the industry from his Dad’s involvement, there was little doubt that Brodie would have spent much time away from the industry.

The in-depth passion of the breeding industry is very apparent when speaking to Brodie,

“The breeding industry sucks you in, you can’t leave even if you want to. Breeding is tough, but it is all worth it when the foals are being born. All your hard work and decisions pay off when you see the results on the ground. It doesn’t matter if it is the middle of the day or the middle of the night, there is no better feeling than seeing a mare foaling. It’s like a thrill,” remarked Brodie.


A mare with her new born foal on the Stockwell property














Brodie and his father seem like the perfect team for Stockwell Thoroughbreds and both play to each other’s strengths. “Dad really thrives on the foaling. He loves it.”

Brodie enjoys working with the stallions and his Dad on the foaling side. However, it is evident that Brodie has profound passion for all things breeding!

It is clear that Stockwell is going from strength to strength ‘we don’t try and re-invent the wheel. We just let the horses be horses and allow nature to take his course.’ It is a very humble approach to the breeding industry given the advances in technology. “I would almost say that we are very old school, and that is due to Dad. There is a reason that the old school works.”

Following the success that Stockwell Thoroughbreds have been having, the evidence is there for all to see.

There is no doubt that Stockwell Thoroughbreds was always going to be based in Victoria. The family are well known to the Victorian breeding industry and have been for many years.

“I feel there is comradery in Victoria between farms and we are all willing to help each other out. As we were always the underdog we work hard together to try and build Victoria to make it stand out for what it is.”Enthused Brodie

This year has seen some exciting new investment to industry and Stockwell are working hard to ensure proven stallions are standing in Victoria. The future breeding industry in Victoria is looking exciting as it continues to flourish.

Stockwell Thoroughbreds have been proud to have the successful Artie Schiller standing at the farm. “He is by far our favourite, he has been with us from his first season at stud. He wasn’t a hot property horse when he first came out with a pedigree that people didn’t really know. He was supported by some large breeders in Victoria and New South Wales.”

Brodie with Stockwell Thoroughbreds sire Artie Schiller











Brodie’s first racehorse he was involved with was a filly named Mango Daiquiri. This impressive filly won on Caulfield Cup Day, third in The Wakeful on Derby Day at Flemington and fourth in the Oaks. An impressive start to racehorse ownership, ‘that was my first ever racehorse that I had been in properly and I haven’t been in many racehorses since as that is pretty hard to top.

Brodie clearly has a wealth knowledge and when asked about advice he would pass on, he stated,

“Be willing to do the hard yards and try different things. If you are just starting out learn as much as you can and ask as many questions as you can. Try to get to as many sales and open days as possible and take on board what the old school guys have to say. Give your opinion whether it is taken or not at least it is showing that you are interested in what is happening.”





Victoria, The Thoroughbred State, has always been known to lead the charge in all things breeding and racing.

This will be no different when this Wednesday, Flemington will host the first two-year-old race in Australia.


To be held on Spring Classics Preview Day, the Darley Spring Preview boasts a field of eight runners with half the field nominated to Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.


The race is to be run over 900 metres and will offer $50,000 in prizemoney, along with a Super VOBIS bonus of $15,000 and a VOBIS Gold bonus of $20,000, to eligible horses to be distributed amongst placegetters accordingly.


Lunar Fox bred by Victoria’s Kelly Thoroughbreds, was purchased at the 2019 Inglis VOBIS Gold sale for $40,000 by TKO Racing. The filly is a daughter of Woodside Park’s newest resident sire, Foxwedge and will be ridden by Linda Meech.


Divine Caprice, a homebred of Victoria’s Peter Devitt, will be one to closely follow with the filly coming second in her trial on the 2nd of September. She is trained by Lindsay Park Racing and will be ridden by Luke Nolen.


Zesty Belle bred by Victoria’s Bridsan Bloodstock and trained by Ellerton Zahra Racing and is a graduate of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale and was consigned by Two Bays Farm. Two Bays have recently had a string of successes with their horses and this filly could put the cherry on the cake after their recent win with I Am Eloquent.


The standout filly to watch however is Cut It Out, trained by John McArdle and is a homebred of Victoria’s Martin family. The filly is sired by Kuroshio and from a Danerich mare, Legcut. Cut It Out impressively won her trial on the 17th of September by 2.25 lengths, sailing past the finish line in 47.75 seconds.


The new two-year-old race was a combined effort from Racing Victoria, the Victorian Racing Club and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.


“This is an exciting opportunity for horses early in the season to showcase their Sires and their ability,”said Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Executive Officer, Charmein Bukovec.

“Racing Victoria and the Victoria Racing Club are supporting Victorian breeders by giving their horses an early opportunity to stamp their mark ahead of the season to come.” Ms Bukovec said.


VRC Executive General Manager Racing Leigh Jordon said, “Australia is recognised for the strength of its sprinters with many of the world’s sprinting highlights taking place over the straight six course at Flemington, and we believe that these changes will help to provide a good grounding for the sprinting stars of the future.”


“The new two-year old race on Spring Classics Preview Day will offer an important opportunity for younger horses as part of their preparation for racing later in the spring,” Mr Jordon said.


Spring Classics Preview Day also will feature two three-year-old races with the Kennedy Oaks Trial, to see final fields click here. The AAMI Victoria Derby Trial to be run later in the day, to see final fields click here.

A curious Blinx as a foal with Maeve Kelly

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).

The build up to next month’s Magic Millions 2YOs in Training Sale intensified today with a highly successful breeze-up session held on the Gold Coast.

A colt by Foxwedge ran one of the quickest breezes, stopping the clock in 10.34 seconds.

The two-year-old Foxwedge colt, catalogued as Lot 243, is the first foal of a city performed three quarter sister to million dollar earner Idyllic Prince.

His Kenmore Lodge stablemate, Lot 234, is a daughter of Star Witness and half sister to international group performer Newlands. Her dam Delphi Lodge is a half sister to Golden Slipper winner Vancouver.

Other Victorian sired lots running slick times today were colts by Reward for Effort (Lot 86 in 10.45), Akeed Mofeed (Lot 202 in 10.51) and Brazen Beau (Lot 129 in 10.55).

Foxwedge flyer trialling at the breeze up session on the Gold Coast last week












Some 118 juveniles stepped outon the Gold Coast today and breezed stylishly into a northerly head wind on a sunny morning and early afternoon.

“By the strength of the breeze-ups held over the past week the sale is shaping up perfectly for prospective buyers with a highquality line up on offer,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

“Our vendors are proven sellers of black type performers and are experienced and highly skilled at developing young horses. Rest assured buyers can come to the Gold Coast with confidence of finding their next star,”Bowditch added.

To view the breeze-up times to date and to view the continually uploaded breeze-up videos please click here.

The final breeze session will be held at the Gold Coast Turf Club on Friday 11 October from 9.30am before the sale is held over two days on October 14 (from 5pm) and 15 (from 11am).


Article Courtesy of Magic Millions Release


Rachel Griffiths with the cast at the Ride Like A Girl Premier (John Donegan/Racing Photos)

The highly anticipated film, Ride Like A Girl, featuring the inspirational story of Michelle Payne and her historic Melbourne Cup win, hits cinemas nationally this Thursday 26 September.

The film depicts the moment when Michelle Payne became the first female jockey to win the ‘race that stops a nation’TM when Prince of Penzance was first to cross the line at odds of 100 to 1.

Filming took place at several racecourses across Victoria including Flemington, The Valley, Caulfield, Werribee, Balnarring and the home of the story, Ballarat.

Racing Victoria (RV) is an official partner of the film, which features world-renowned actress Rachel Griffiths will in her directorial debut, as well as well as acclaimed actress Teresa Palmer in the role of Michelle Payne.

Michelle’s brother Stevie, who strapped Prince of Penzance before the race and led him into the winner’s enclosure after it, plays himself in the film.

Director of the movie Ride Like A girl Rachel Griffiths and Michelle Payne with the Melbourne Cup (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)










To view the trailer, click here.

To follow the film on social media:

Contact your local cinema to arrange group booking discounts so that you can enjoy the film with your friends or family.


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 sinead@sunhillbloodstock.com

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.

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

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 inglis.com.au and the Inglis iPad app within the next 48 hours.

To view the Ready2Race catalogue, CLICK HERE.


Article Courtesy of Inglis

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,”


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



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 tbv@racingvictoria.net.au.

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, 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 ericalbertbuttler@gmail.com





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.

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.”




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

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