Dear Breeder,

Off the back of some questions from farms regarding walking-on mares during the breeding season, TBA has developed a set of protocols to assist breeders as they plan for the coming months.

These guidelines are recommendations only and given the rapidly changing situation these may need to be revised in light of future developments. It is also important to follow any directions given by public health officials.
COVID-19 Walk-On Guidelines:

  1. All paperwork should be completed beforehand and sent electronically where possible.
  2. Stallion farms should keep a record of all people visiting their farm and walking on mares (this can be done electronically or via a paper record).
  3. Those walking on mares should limit their contact with stallion farm staff.
  4. Hand sanitiser should be provided and used by any visitor.
  5. Stallion farms may ask those coming with a walk on mare to remain in the vehicle and have their staff unload and handle the mare. In which case, all handles on the truck should be sanitised.
  6. Alternatively, farms may ask those coming with mares to unload the mare and put her in a stable or walk in yard and remove the head collar.
  7. Where possible farms should set aside a toilet for the use of farm visitors.

Further to our email on Tuesday, the NSW Government has now officially listed the movement of mares as exempt from current border restrictions. Click on the link below to read more:

NSW Border Restrictions – What You Can And Can’t Do

However, in addition to your border entry permit, the Government has advised that you will also need a COVID Safety Plan. You can download a simple template from the link below:

NSW Government COVID Safety Plan – Agriculture

Finally, I have also included the COVID Industry Guidelines that we produced earlier in the year. Although the situation has evolved significantly over the past few months, there is still plenty of relevant information in the document and we hope it provides a handy refresher on how best to keep you and your staff healthy and safe during the busy period of the breeding season. For the guidelines click here.

Article courtesy of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia

Above: Grabowski finishing seventh at Warrnambool

There was more than a passing interest in a Street Boss gelding that made his debut for the Ciaron Maher/David Eustace training partnership over 1400m at Warrnambool last week.

Named Grabowski, the six year-old gelding finished a creditable seventh on the heavy eight at his first outing.

One of the gelding’s part owners, Ciaron Maher’s father, John, was as excited as anyone with the horse’s debut and what he may develop into.

The interest was generated because of the horse’s dam – Alstomeria – which produced champion jumpers Al Garhood and Regina Coeli.

Grabowski, bred by John and Ciaron Maher, is the last foal out of Alstomeria (Petoski/Cathedra) who died about a year ago.

Peter bought and raced Al Garhood, who is by Zabeel, to back-to-back Grand Annual victories in 2010 and not to be out done, his half-sister Regina Coeli (Pure Theatre), won the Grand Annual in 2015 and again in 2017 in what was to be her farewell race. Al Garhood’s Brierly Steeplechase victories in 2008/09 and a second in the 2009 Grand Annual were also big money races which pushed his and Regina Coeli’s combined prizemoney to nearly $1 million.

And John Maher was also a part owner of the champion mare Regina Coeli, while Al Garhood was just the second horse his son trained.

“We have been lucky after starting off in a modest way a few years ago,” John Maher said.

“And we sort of hit the jackpot.”

Maher said Alstomeria is buried alongside Al Garhood at the Warrnambool property of Colin and Janice McKenna who are also part-owners of Grabowski.

“He died before her after being bitten by a bloody snake,” he said.

“He jumped thousands of jumps, Grand Annuals and everything else and never fell, and then died by a bloody snake in the paddock.”

After purchasing Al Garhood, Maher was told that Alstomeria was up for sale in a broodmare auction in Sydney and he became even more interested when informed she was in foal.

“She was 16 years-old and was in foal to Pure Theatre at the time so I sent Ian McLeod, a vet from Hamilton, to go up and have a look at her,” Maher said.

“And like they say in the classics, the rest is history.

“Regina Coeli was the foal.

“I paid $3200 for Alstomeria.”

Maher also bred Just Junior, by Green Perfume, out of Alstomeria and he won two races, including a 3000m race at Moonee Valley.

Alstomeria had problems in the breeding barn after producing Green Perfume in 2009 and a colt she had to Hard Spun who died after birth in 2010. She missed the following year to Crystal Finale but the following year in 2012 had a colt to that stallion which never made it to the racetrack.

Grabowski is Alstomeria’s first – and last – foal since Just Junior.

Maher said seven time Group 1 winner Might And Power’s dam, Benediction, is from a sister, Cathedra, to Alstomeria.

“And or course Might And Power was by Zabeel and so was Al Garhood,” Maher said.

“Al Garhood was bred for a Cox Plate but he never made it  and after a few races no-one wanted him and I bought him for $12,000.”

And if you’re wondering how Maher came up with the name of Grabowski he explains that Alstomeria was by Petoski which is by Niniski which was sired by Nijinsky 11.

He Googled Petoski and the first thing that came up was a character on the famous 1981 film, Cannonball Run.

“Sergeant Petoski was played by Norman Grabowski and I thought the Cannonball Run, Bert Reynolds and we all know them so you can’t get much better than that if you’re talking racing.”

Maher said he was happy with Grabowski’s first up run and hopefully the patience they’ve had with the horse will be repaid.

“He ran the best first-up race of any of them, Al Gahood and Regina Coeli or any of them,” he said.

“The first time we raced Regina, Ciaron told me that he thought we’d need three laps and he was right.”

Maher said the plan was to get Grabowski to another race, while the ultimate dream would be to emulate the feats of his half-brother and sister by winning two Grand Annuals.

“But you can’t be too greedy,” he laughed.

“At this stage, I just hope he wins a race and he is a nice horse, but it’s taken him five years to come good and he showed a turn of foot in the race the other day.”

Maher has had plenty of luck in recent weeks with horses he races. The stable sent Enigman (Myboycharlie/Miranda), also part owned by Maher, up to Darwin to trainer Gary Clarke and the seven year-old gelding won the Palmerston Sprint on Darwin Cup day at $41.

And last week Incas (Kuroshio/Zalga) won at Ballarat for John Maher and the team.

Above: Kissee Mee ridden by Jarrod Fry wins the Ladbrokes Switch 0 – 58 Handicap at Moe Racecourse  (Leonie Gribc/Racing Photos)

For 76 year-old trainer Hanna Powell, there was nothing like the thrill of winning two races on consecutive days with horses she has bred.

Hanna, who trains at Kilmore, saddled-up Kissee Mee to victory at Moe on Saturday and then the promising Just Jake won his second successive race at Bendigo on Sunday.

And Hanna, who migrated from Germany to Australia in 1954, has been training and breeding horses for 20 years.  With the exception of Eyes Are Bay, all her horses have been homebred.

She admits she has never had as much success as she’s experienced in the past few months.

Just Jake, who is by Victorian stallion Reward For Effort, has won three races since June. Eyes Are Bay won at Moe in July and another one she bred and trains, Kiss Me If You Can ran second at Echuca in July and was third at Ballarat last Thursday. Eyes Are Bay finished fourth at Moe on the same day when Kissee Mee won.

Hanna says she only has one broadmare left on her and husband Ian’s Broadford property, the dam of Just Jake – Heavenly Dawn (God’s Own/Shanghai Dawn).

“These mares are looked after very well, they are like Queens and they are rugged in winter and fed twice a day.” she said.

“It’s just sometimes hard to let them go, but I was able to let two go to a chap in Benalla.

“Kissee Mee’s mum (Ellakeira) has gone and Hurry (Viscount/Depeche), who is quite well bred, has gone.”

Hanna said that with the success of Just Jake, she is thinking of sending Heavenly Dawn back to Reward For Effort at Chatswood Stud.

“If he goes onto greater things, maybe I should breed another Reward For Effort and then sell it down the line,” she said.

“I am 77 this year and I have three two year-olds waiting to be broken in. I think with the horses I have now and with the two year-olds, it will just about see me out without breeding any more.

“Unless I find a really nice home for Just Jake’s mum, I may decide to put her in foal to Reward For Effort.”

With a race record of three wins, three seconds and two thirds from 13 starts, Hanna is hoping Just Jake can be a city winner which would make another Reward For Effort foal from the mare an attractive proposition.

Hanna said the odd horse out in her stables, Eyes Are Bay (Bullet Train/Miss Percival), was purchased at the sales as a weanling and has now won four races and eight minor placings.

“The rest I have all bred, probably a good dozen,” she said.

Hanna said that she got into racing and breeding when her daughter, Michelle, was big in eventing but wanted to become more independent.

“And I thought goodness, what do I do now. I actually learnt my racing game many years ago from Ned Courtney and Cliff Fahler who used to break in horses near Ned Courtney’s in Essendon,” she said.

“And from the eventing, we always seemed to have the fittest horses so when our daughter decided she wanted to go off on her own I decided to start back in racing.

“So we bought a property up at Broadford.

“Even as a child in Germany through-out wartime and post wartime if there was a horse going along I was always drawn to it. I think it was just something in my blood.”

Hanna’s recent run of success has helped her repay prizemoney of $23,000 to Racing Victoria after Kissee Mee was disqualified from two races the Primus mare won – Kilmore on November 2, 2018 and Kyneton on December 6, 2018 – when she tested positive to prohibited substance.

It was revealed that the illegal substance was o-desmethylvenlafaxine (a metabolite of venlafaxine, an anti-depressant).

While Hanna pleaded guilty, Victoria Racing Tribunal chairman, Judge John Bowman, said there was no argument that Kissee Mee’s contact with the prohibited substance came as a result of eating grass in the area of a septic tank and where there was a sewerage overflow.

It was revealed that Hanna’s husband had regularly taken anti-depressant medication which was contained in the banned substance.

The board ruled that Hanna was extremely unlucky, describing her as a model trainer with a “blameless” record but rules that unfortunately strict, if no absolute, liability applies.

While a conviction was recorded, Judge Bowman said it was a rare case for the stewards and Hanna and her representative, Andrew Nicholl (ATA boss) to agree on an appropriate penalty which was a conviction, but no other penalty was imposed.

As the owner of Kissee Mee, Hanna had to repay the $23,000 in prizemoney but the tribunal said that because of the pressures of the spring carnival, there was a longer than usual wait for the analysis of the urine.

Hanna said she wouldn’t have raced Kissee Mee in the second race if there hadn’t been a delay in analysing the first urine sample.

“I still owed $14,000 which was due in September and 50 per cent of my prize money was being deducted and it would be cleared by now,” she said.

“Some of the joy has been taken out of it.’’

Hanna said the drug was contained in her husband’s urine which went through the sewerage system.

Despite that setback, Hanna said it was great to be back training winners.

“The lucky thing I think of why I am doing well is that I breed these horses and I don’t have owners, although I put a couple of friends in Kiss Me If You Can. I don’t have any paying owners so I think the secret is that I don’t have any pressure put on me and I can focus on the horses,” she said

“I am not saying I am great but I think we all get a turn from the racing Gods and they shine brightly on us at different stage.”

Hanna says she thinks it’s her turn right now.

Above: Jittery Jack ridden by Liam Riordan wins the Rubaroc Handicap at Flemington Racecourse on  (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

The timing could be perfect for Kerang trainer John Matheson and his two owners Sandra Peacock and her partner Keith Pertzel who raced Flemington winner Jittery Jack.

Jittery Jack upset punters on Saturday when the seven year-old gelding by Desert King won the last at headquarters, starting at $18.

Frustrated with the inability to get track riders, long-time trainer Matheson said he will retire from training when Jittery Jack has his last race, whenever that is.

Matheson said he is the last oncourse trainer at Kerang and has to rely on his “young” track rider to work the only horse he has in his stables. He says his young track work rider is in fact former jumps jockey and trainer Wayne “Tiger” Neville who is 68 years-old.

Sandra Peacock bred Jittery Jack from a mare – Little Honeypot (Clay Hero) – trained by Matheson, which she also raced.

While saying never say never, Sandra admits that Jittery Jack, who has won five races, plus five seconds and one third, would probably be the last horse she’ll breed.

“I would say I’ve been breeding horses since the early 1990s and we’ve had a bit of success. This horses older brother, Blazing Gilbert, won 10 races for us but this one would be our most success home breed,” Sandra said.

“We have the siblings of the horse and we have raced most of those with another winning three races for us.”

Little Honeypot’s dam Zumbido (Demus/Brumble Bee) produced  Buzz Kerang (Dieu D’Or) which was bred by Sandra and won three races and was crowned Swan Hill horse of the year.

“We also had Desert Buzz (Desert King/Zumbido) but unfortunately he had a lot of issues and only won one but we still had a lot of fun with him.”

And she also bred and raced Brief Buzz (Brief Truce/Zumbido) which started his career with Matheson but was later sold to Alice Springs where the gelding added another four race victories to the two he’d won in Victoria.

Sandra said they had obviously had a lot of ups and downs but it had been a “pretty good ride.”

She said Jittery Jacks’ dam, Little Honeypot, was purchased as a weanling and was trained by Matheson to one victory at Mildura but later had bone chips removed in her knees and although she returned to racing it wasn’t a successful comeback.

She bred Little Honeypot to Wild Harmony (USA) which produced Blazing Gilbert, a winner of 10 races for Sandra and her partner.

“He was pretty handy so we thought we’d send her to stud again to Desert King but unfortunately we lost his filly, Kerang Inferno, at her second race start at Swan Hill,” Sandra said.

“And this one is the only other foal we’ve managed to get out of her since. It’s the end of the line.”

Sandra said the plan was that Jittery Jack’s full sister, Kerang Inferno, was going to be her next broodmare but that ended in sad circumstances when she broke a leg at Swan Hill.

“So this is probably the last one, but you never say never but this will probably be our last runner,” she said.

“We might get a little share in another one, but this will probably the last homebred for sure”

Sandra said they purchased Little Honeypot’s dam Zumbido when she came on the market as they realised her daughter had some ability.

“We went to the broodmare sale at Oaklands and picked her up in foal and bought her home and that’s why we raced Little Honeypot’s siblings as well,” she said.

“She was in foal to Dieu D’Or and that’s when she produced Buzz Kerang.”

Sandra explains why she sent Little Honeypot to Victorian stallion Desert King (Danehill/Sabaah) who officially retired from stud duties in January of 2018.

“He was a very good race horse over a mile (1600m),” she said.

“I read a book once that said to go for a miler because you never know what you’re going to get. If you go for a sprinter they might end up running 600m and that’s the end of the track.

“But if you go for a miler you might get something that sprints or something that stays. And he was a Group 1 winner so we really couldn’t go past him.”

Sandra said he was a reasonably priced service fee.

And she hopes that Jittery Jack will keep them all at the racetrack for a little bit longer to add to his prize money of $128,935.

“I was thinking this afternoon of the level of satisfaction which is amazing,” Sandra said.

“We have bred him and had him all the way through and to achieve what he has is pretty amazing.”

Sandra admits to having a nice collect on the gelding for her partner Keith who had $50 each way on the gelding. Originally, Sandra had got odds of 60-1 but with some scratchings, Sandra said his original return of $3000 on his win bet “dwindled” down to $2300.

“But he wasn’t sooking,” she said.

And as for Jittery Jack, Matheson said there is another 1400m race for the gelding at Sandown in a couple of weeks,

Although he hasn’t raced beyond last Saturday’s Flemington distance of 1410m, Matheson is confident the gelding won’t have any problems stepping up to 1600m during this preparation.

“The win was good for the battlers,” Matheson joked.

“There’s a nice race at Sandown in a couple of weeks but it just depends on the rating he gets. The biggest problem is that Sandown is fair trip for us and Flemington is three hours for us.”

Matheson said he was frustrated at not being able to get track riders.

“So this is our last horse, I am retiring and they (Sandra and Keith) are retiring with me,” he said.

“This horse is only a seven year-old so it might be in a couple of years. You can’t get track work riders up here and I’m the only trainer on the course now.”

But until that retirement comes, there is still some unfinished business for Jittery Jack’s owners and trainer.

Above: Fender and Jack Cavanough (Muswellbrook Turf Club)

It’s fairly safe to say that Ann McHardy is pretty excited about the prospects of Fender, the 4YO flyer she bred and now races with partner, John Tyrell and close mates, David and Sharon Ceglar.

And why wouldn’t she be. On Saturday at Rosehill Gardens, Fender won the TAB Handicap over 1200m, making it four wins from as many starts, and the Toronado gelding is now a leading contender for the $1.3 million The Kosciuszko at Royal
Randwick on 17 October.

Impressively, the resuming Fender – last sighted winning at Randwick in April – didn’t have it all his own way and fought back strongly when challenged over the closing stages. He’s a fighter alright.

While it took Fender a tick over one minute and 12 seconds on the Heavy9 to gallop into Kosciuszko calculations, the journey has taken 13 years for McHardy, who purchased Fender’s granddam, Dance on the Wind – with an Arena filly at foot – for
$23,000 at the 2007 Inglis Broodmare Sale.

“I’ve lived on a 200 acre property at Albury for the past 30 years, but my professional background has been in the health industry,” McHardy explains. “It was my late husband, Roger, who had the real interest in horses, but when he passed away in
2006, I decided it was time to study up on breeding myself.

“We had a few mares at the time that were going nowhere so they were sold and I asked my son-in-law’s father, John O’Kane, to buy a mare for me at the Sydney sale. That’s when we got Dance of the Wind and we named her Arena filly, Ceccanti. David and Sharon (Ceglar) had been a tremendous support to me when Roger died and they got involved with the ownership of Ceccanti as well.”

Ceccanti would go on to win six races for McHardy and co., five of them with Fender’s trainer, Brett Cavanough.

Based at Scone since 2017, Cavanough was a leading trainer at Albury for many years and recalls the first time McHardy visited his stables.

“Ann was very thorough and asked a lot of questions and was probably a bit shocked when I told her ‘there’s two things I hate … wasting my time and slow fillies!’,”

Cavanough points out with a laugh. “Ceccanti was neither slow, nor a waste of time, winning quite a few races and finishing third in the Gundagai Cup.

“She certainly deserved her chance at stud.”

Although Ceccanti slipped in her first season, McHardy didn’t hesitate to send the mare to High Chaparral’s Group One Royal Ascot Queen Anne Stakes winner, Toronado, for the second spring.

“I loved Toronado as a racehorse and as soon as Swettenham Stud announced he was coming to Australia, I booked Ceccanti in,” McHardy reveals. “She has since produced a Duporth – called Signore Lucca – but he’s only just turned two and will eventually end up with Brett.

“Brett’s wife, Lauren, and I have become good friends and I often stay with them at Scone when the stallion parades are on. When Fender first came into work Brett would drop the occasional hint that the horse was going OK, but to come out and win
his first four is just a massive thrill.

“I’ve only got the two broodmares, so it’s really encouraging when you can be competitive against the bigger breeders with a horse like Fender.

“Ceccanti is in foal to Headwater but will be heading back to Toronado this spring.”

A former track rider, breaker and shearer, Cavanough commenced training in the late 90s and has been leading NSW country trainer on five occasions. His best runners include Group Two winner, The Monstar, and multiple stakes winners Helideck and Niblick.

Although many are suggesting the rich Kosciuszko appears to be a natural progression for Fender, the canny Cavanough is taking a cautious approach.

“I’m not saying that winning a million dollar race wouldn’t be a great result all round, but you need to keep your breeders’ hat on too,” Cavanough adds. “Black type on Fender’s page would help out Ann’s mare enormously and Fender still has some filling out to do. Don’t be surprised if you see the best of this bloke in stakes races next autumn.”

HOOFNOTE: On Sunday, the Cavanough family was celebrating the 21st birthday of Brett’s son, Jack, who suffered a serious fall at trackwork on 23 July and had to be airlifted to Newcastle’s John Hunter Hospital.

Allaying the fears of many admirers from the thoroughbred community, Cavanough told Sky Sports Radio listeners that Jack “was laying on the couch giving cheek”.

We wish you a speedy recovery Jack Cavanough.

Article courtesy of Aushorse

Above: Lucas Cranach (Ger) | Standing at Leneva Park Stud in 2020

Fledgling Victorian operation Leneva Park will stand Melbourne Cup placegetter Lucas Cranach (Ger) in the 2020 breeding season.

Lucas Cranach won six of his 12 starts in an injury-shortened career, headed by Group 2 victories in Germany and Australia. He finished third behind Dunaden (Fr) (Nicobar {GB}) and Red Cadeaux (GB) (Cadeaux Genereaux {GB}) in the 2011 Melbourne Cup.

From 2013 to 2019, Lucas Cranach stood at Bullarook Park Stud, and he is the sire of 42 winners from 105 runners to date.

This year he is moving down the road to a new name on the Victorian thoroughbred scene.

“He previously stood at Bullarook Park Stud, which is just five minutes away from us here,” said Leneva Park’s Mick Sharkie. “But now Malcolm Boyd has decided that it’s time to retire.

“I’ve been a shareholder in Lucas Cranach right back to when he first arrived in Australia during his racing career.

“Malcolm came to me and said he was a bit worried. He really wanted him to have a secure future, and he wanted to see him get another chance at stud.

“I’d only recently started working here at Leneva Park, and I went to Luke (Vandersluys) and said, ‘How about I bring in a stallion?’

“I think it’s going to work out really well. He’ll stay at his previous service fee of $5500 (inc GST), which we think is reasonable. He’s doing a good job with around half a dozen city winners, including some by big margins. Get Stuck In has scored some dominant wins up in Queensland over the last few months.

“For people who are breeding to race and could possibly send more than one mare, we’ll certainly be happy to do some deals for multiple mares.

“He’s proven to be a good source of winners so far. There’s been a lot of feedback that as soon as his progeny turn four, they’re just different horses. They might struggle to win as 3-year-olds, or they’re just not quite the complete article, but once they’re four, they just go bang.

“John Fiteni has had some good success with Lucas Cranach horses. He’s experimented with the breed, giving them all the time they need and not pushing them too much early on, and it’s paid off for him.

“If you just treat their 3-year-old season as if it’s a 2-year-old season, his progeny really develop into very tough and durable performers.

“He arrived here at the farm on Wednesday, and he’s just in fantastic condition. He looks great.

He arrived here at the farm on Wednesday, and he’s just in fantastic condition. He looks great.” – Mick Sharkie

“Maybe he might have a resurgence as far as his stud career goes – I’d love to see that happen. He was such a talented racehorse with so much potential that he wasn’t quite able to fulfil.”

It was only last year that Luke Vandersluys bought the existing Rockmount property and established Leneva Park, but the emerging operation has quickly made giant strides.

They have already built a strong pre-training relationship with major stables such as Mick Price, Lindsey Smith, Nigel Blackiston and Brad Spicer, while breeding relationships with Rosemont and Swettenham Stud have seen them purchase stallion shares in Strasbourg and I Am Immortal.

“It’s still a very new business, but already some very strong relationships have been formed,” Sharkie said. “The pre-training part of the business has taken off and is going really well.

“The property has a long history, but we’re only a young farm in terms of this ownership. It’s a new family entering into the Victorian thoroughbred game.

“We really focussed on trying to build a good relationship with Rosemont, which involved buying shares and breeding rights for Strasbourg, and it’s the same for Swettenham with I Am Immortal.

“It’s important to be fostering those relationships. We really want to get established in this business and be here for the long haul.”

Article courtesy of Richard Edmunds TDN

Above: Home Of The Brave finishes strongly in Aurie’s Star (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

An imported son of Starspangledbanner, Godolphin’s Home Of The Brave (IRE) broke through the $1 million barrier in earnings with a fighting win in Saturday’s Group III Aurie’s Star Handicap at Flemington.

The third leg of a treble for Damien Oliver, Home Of The Brave sat close to the lead as the field headed down the outside fence down the straight.

The 9yo gelding came clear in the closing stages to defeat Great Again (Viscount) by three-quarter of a length with Game Keeper (Fastnet Rock) a long-neck back in third.

It was a fifth win in the feature for Oliver.

“He’s nine now so obviously he’s not getting any better but he’s holding his form,” Oliver told

“He was well placed today, the reduction in the weights, and he’s got good form down the straight and the soft conditions, too. Everything went perfect today.”

Home Of The Brave (IRE) made his Australian debut in this race two years ago. He finished second that day after which he travelled to Sydney to defeat D’Argento and Trapeze Artist in the Group II Theo Marks Stakes at Rosehill.

He went winless in 12 starts since.

(Read a comprehensive review of the Home Of The Brave Story here).

Purchased by Flemington Bloodstock Agency for €80,000 at the 2013 Arqana August Yearling Sale, Home Of The Brave (IRE) raced for a syndicate that included David Moodie and Troy Corstens and proved a terrific money spinner in Europe before being sold to Godolphin.

Above: Starspangledbanner (Mark Smith)

He is the best of three winners out of the Beat Hollow mare Blissful Beat who is a half-sister to a pair of Group III winners in Suggestive (Reprimand) and Rasgbag.

Suggestive, like Home Of The Brave (IRE), won the Group III Criterion Stakes at Newmarket while his brother Rashbag won the Group III Prix de Conde at Longchamp.

Winner of the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas and Group 1 Oakleigh Plate in Australia and the Group 1 Golden Jubilee Stakes and Group 1 July Cup in Europe, Starspangledbanner returned from Ireland to stand at Rosemont Stud in 2020 where he commands a fee of $19,600.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Chatswood Stud

As Chatswood enters a 49th year of operation, I welcome readers to our 2020 stallion brochure. I am very proud of our history, longevity and the champion stallions and racehorses that have called Chatswood home over the years.

I believe our stallion roster represents excellent value in 2020.
Inference commences his third season at Stud in 2020. The $1 Million earning, Group 1 Winning son of So You Think has breeders talking. His first crop certainly inherited their sires’ exceptional looks which resulted in Inference covering over 100 mares in his second season.  They are classy individuals with beautiful temperaments. I think they will make very nice yearlings.

This season has seen Inference enjoy significant pedigree updates. His half-brother Dragon Leap has emerged as a future star, taking out the Auckland Guineas and Avondale Guineas. Meanwhile, his half-sister Montia won on debut as a 2YO at Moonee Valley. Both Montia and Dragon Leap have lofty Spring targets. Visiting Inference in 2020 means the sale of the resultant yearling will coincide with Inference’s first 3YO runners.

Reward For Effort once again provides much needed reliability and consistency for Australian breeders. ‘Reward’ has earned the title of Champion Victorian active sire of winners in 2019/20 with 95 individual winners, taking his career progeny earnings passed $25 Million. He can always produce a strong, honest type, as evidenced by his yearlings selling up to $155k in 2020.

The excitement generated from standing two stallions at differing stages of their careers provides us with the enthusiasm to keep doing what we love. I would like to sincerely thank every single breeder who has supported us over our 49 year history.

Started by my father Alan, we remain as one of the few family owned studs in an industry that has enjoyed the financial windfalls of overseas investment. It will no doubt be a difficult season for our industry but if given the choice, I encourage you to support locally owned studs, where proceeds remain in Australia.

We love showing off our beautiful farm, so I extend a warm welcome for you to visit by appointment on any day. Wishing you all the best for an exciting breeding season,
– Greg Willis.

To view the brochure click here. 

Above: O’Lonhro

Just 10 days into a new season Larneuk Stud’s value sires Cluster and O’Lonhro are on the board with their first winners of 2020/2021.

A prolific sire of winners with a 57.7% winner to runner strike rate, O’Lonhro sired Franquin to win at Casterton on Sunday, while Frankly Harvey saluted at Warrnambool last Thursday.

Now an eight year-old, Franquin looks to have come back to racing in good heart scoring at his second run back from a spell and has won over $80,000 in prizemoney.

Frankly Harvey is another tough, sound competitor at age seven, with his Warrnambool success taking him to within a whisker of $200,000 in prizemoney.

Completely free of Danehill blood, Lonhro’s Group II winning son O’Lonhro comes from the same female family as I Am Invincible, which will no doubt spark the interest of some breeders, who like to line breed to stallions from the same family.

The sire of last season’s Group II MVRC Sunline Stakes winner and $600,000 plus earner Mamzelle Tess, O’Lonhro stands at a fee of $4,400 this spring.

Cluster had a winning double over the weekend with lightly raced four year-old Cape Cluster improving on two recent second placings to break his maiden at Wagga on Sunday, while Warburton scored his second win at Coffs Harbour on Saturday.

Above: Cluster

A Group II winning son of Fastnet Rock, Cluster’s oldest progeny are just four year-olds and his 13 winners to date are headed by stakes-placed Gee Gees Darl.

One of only four stallions by Fastnet Rock standing in Victoria, Cluster stands at a fee of $5,500.

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Above: Lucky Vega returns a winner – image Curragh Racecourse Twitter

The familiar Yulong colours were carried to victory overnight in Ireland with exciting two year-old Lope de Vega colt Lucky Vega taking out the Group I Phoenix Stakes (6f) at The Curragh.

Trained by Jessica Harrington and ridden by Shane Foley, Lucky Vega won on debut at Naas un June before finishing second in the Group II Railway Stakes last month.

He rose to the challenge here, powering home from back in the field to win going away by three and a half lengths.

“He probably needed it the last day because he had won his maiden without getting into a battle. The last day, when he got into a bit of a battle, it just hardened him up. He was much more streetwise and on his work at home he had really started to come to himself,” said trainer Jessica Harrington.

“We thought he was working well but you never know until you go racing and everyone said this was a strong renewal of the Phoenix. We’ll have to sit down and have a think about where to go now, but Shane said we should probably be thinking about the G1 Middle Park. I think he’ll get seven as well.”

Lucky Vega was purchased as a foal for €110,000 at the Goffs November Sale, and changed hands again at the Orby Sale when bought by BBA Ireland and Yulong Investments for €175,000 from Baroda Stud.

He is the best of three winners from Queen of Carthage, an unraced half-sister by Cape Cross to stakes-winner Important Time from Group I winner Satwa Queen.

Lucky Vega is the 72nd stakes-winner and 11th Group I winner for Shamardal’s star sire son Lope de Vega, who was making news here recently as the covering sire for Group I winner Viddora, who made $2.55 million at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

She was purchased by Yulong.

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Royal by name, regally bred.

Prince Of Caviar.

A horse whose sire was a high class, a horse whose dam does not really need introduction… but we will talk about her anyway!

Black Caviar… the undefeated sprinting Queen of Australian racing.

Fifteen Group One victories, three times crowned Australian Horse Of The Year, Australian Racing Hall Of Fame inductee, European Champion Sprinter, four times World Champion Sprinter, a Gr.1 race named in her honour, statues at Nagambie and Caulfield… 25 starts, 25 wins, over $7.9 million in stakes.

Each spring the arrival of Black Caviar’s foal is keenly anticipated by not only her owners but by racing fans across Australia and beyond.

The first of those was Oscietra, a city placed two times winner from just eight starts – due this season for a second time to I Am Invincible having produced a colt by him last September.

The second… Prince Of Caviar.

Unfortunately we did not get to see enough of this striking colt on the track but what we did see impressed.

Getting back off a slow start at his Sandown debut for Hawkes Racing, Prince Of Caviar caught the eye charging late to finish a promising fourth, a run that impressed stable and jockey.

“I thought he was tremendous,” Luke Nolen said on the day – “he ended up back on a modest speed in a position where he probably couldn’t win from… but I was really encouraged by the way he rounded it off.”

Wayne Hawkes was also pleased, not only with the performance, but by Prince Of Caviar’s demeanor.

“He’s got a great attitude and I am really happy with what he has done. He saddled up perfectly, came into the yard perfectly; these are the big things trainers look for from an attitude point of view.”

Given a little time, Prince Of Caviar was back at Sandown three months later, finishing a game second to an up-and-comer by the name of Extra Brut, a horse who would go on to win three of his next four starts including the Gr.1 VRC Derby.

Bendigo was next for Prince Of Caviar and with the addition of blinkers he was closer in running, giving a nice kick at the 200m only to be run down late. Again the form held up – the winner Mickey Blue Eyes at his next outing taking out the Listed Dulcify Quality at Randwick.

The breakthrough for Prince Of Caviar came at Bendigo in September 2018 – as an odds-on  proved 1¼ lengths too strong for his rivals over 1300m.

And whilst it was a dominant win, it was one from a young horse who had plenty of upside – “he is  learning his craft and will derive great benefit from that,” Hawkes said.

“He is still green and did things wrong, he didn’t really know how to put them away. He is going to be a better horse in the autumn and I reckon the form around his maiden runs is going to be pretty good.”

“He is going in the right direction and will be a great horse come the autumn,” Nolen added – “he seems like a horse we will end up appreciating for a long time.”

Unfortunately that potential was not to be fulfilled, Prince Of Caviar retired after just two more starts having undergone surgery to resolve the damage caused by a throat infection.

“It was disappointing that his career was cut short,” Nolen said – “he has his mother’s temperament and he is a very nice horse who gave me a good feel.”

Prince Of Caviar is by More Than Ready’s outstanding son Sebring who sadly passed away prematurely early last year. Beaten only once in a six start career, he was Australia’s best two-year-old winning the Gr.1 Golden Slipper Stakes and the Gr.1 Sires Produce Stakes and going so close to Triple Crown glory when only just beaten by Samantha Miss in the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes.

The sire of 60 stakes winners including Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident and fellow big race winners Criterion, Egg Tart, Amphitrite, Lucky Bubbles and Nettoyer, Sebring boasts outstanding statistics with a 67.5% winners-to-runners strike rate and a 6.8% stakes winner ratio.

With progeny earnings in excess of $90 million, Sebring has been well represented by stakes winners in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Macau and Hong Kong. His success follows on from that enjoyed by More Than Ready – Gr.1 winning sire of  203 stakes winners including 24 Group One winners.

Over 28% of Sebring’s stakes winners are out of mares carrying a strain of the legendary Nijinsky II, the sire line from which Black Caviar – daughter of Royal Academy’s outstanding sprinter Bel Esprit hails.

A dual Group One winning sprinter who has eight times been crowned Victorian Champion Stallion, Bel Esprit has sired 27 stakes winners and he is already making his mark as a broodmare sire with nine stakes winners including one of the best horses to ever race in Hong Kong – the eight times Group One winner Beauty Generation.

Prince Caviar is a grandson of the wonderful Desert Sun (sire of the champion Sunline) mare Helsinge, also dam of the four times Group One winning stallion All Too Hard whose Gr.1 Australian Guineas winning son Alligator Blood is one of the most talked about horses in the country.

Already the sire of 16 stakes winners, All Too Hard is one of two successful stallions close up in Prince Of Caviar’s pedigree, the other being the Gr.1 Galaxy winner Magnus – the season just past’s leading Victorian based stallion by earnings.

The sire of 22 stakes winners including the Group One winners Malaguerra, Magnifisio, Streets Of Avalon and Grey Shot, Magnus is another horse boasting great figures including a 68.2% winners-to-runners strike rate.

Two of 2020’s best two-year-olds also hail from Prince Of Caviar’s prolific family – Helsinge’s grandson Ole Kirk winning the Listed Talindert Stakes at debut – going on to a close up and somewhat unlucky third in the Gr.1 Champagne Stakes.

Meanwhile the Gr.3 Blue Diamond Prelude and Listed Blue Diamond Preview winner Hanseatic – who was only just beaten in the Gr.1 Blue Diamond Stakes – is a grandson of Helsinge’s half-sister Baltics.

Helsinge’s two times Group winning dam Scandinavia by the Magic Millions hero Snippets produced not only Magnus but also the Group Two winners Wilander and Scandiva and the Listed winner Arctic Flight… whilst her daughter Danavia is dam of the Listed winning sprinter Iconic.

Scandinavia’s dam Song Of Norway – by the legendary Vain – was also a high class broodmare, her 11 winners from as many to race including the stakes winners Midnight Sun, Frosty The Snowman and Russian Tea Room.

What a consistent family this is – Prince Of Caviar’s first four dams between them producing 25 winners from 28 runners, an impressive 89.2% strike rate. And there is plenty of class further back too, his other relations including the Gr.1 Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time, the Group winners Muirfield Village, Uxorious and Last Fandango and the Listed winners Soothing, Glad, Exuberant, Kingsfold Flame, Prince Ted, Blue Team and Domino’s Nurse.

Prince Of Caviar retires to Riverbank Farm, Benalla. Standing at a fee of $4,400, he joins a strong and varied roster alongside Boulder City, Redente, Skilled, Anacheeva, Von Costa de Hero, Wayed Zain and Bon Aurum.

For further details contact Russell (0423 768 155) or visit Riverbank at:

About: Rich Enuff standing at Woodside Park

With the completion of the 2019/2020 racing season, Woodside Park Stud’s Rich Enuff ended the season with seven individual winners, more than any other active Victorian first season sire currently standing in the state.

Headlined by his stunning daughter Plutocrat, who was not only his first winner, and first stakes placed performer, but showed her outstanding ability to capture Eagle Farm’s Listed Tattersall’s Club Stakes (1400m)

12 of his first crop runners finished in the top three, with the general feeling from many that they breed will be better at three, and that was the case with Rich Enuff himself, winning three consecutive stakes races in the Spring of his 3YO season beating the likes of Brazen Beau and Wandjina before a narrow second in the G1 Caulfield Guineas to Shooting To Win, once again beating home Wandjina.

Comparisons with his very own sire Written Tycoon, highlights what a significant start to his stallion career Rich Enuff has made.

Achieving more first crop winners, and even a stakes winner – bettering Written Tycoon’s first crop, the future is very exciting for everyone who has supported him, while making note that Rich Enuff’s first crop tally equalled or bettered the likes of Brazen Beau, Pierro, Lonhro, Dubawi, Magnus, Street Boss, Manhattan Rain, Starspangledbanner and Needs Further with their Australian first crop runners.

Covering an average of 120 mares in each of his initial four seasons at stud so far, the upcoming season is sure to see breeders once gain line up to support Written Tycoon’s fastest 3YO colt, and we look forward to further discussing mating plans with breeders.

One such breeder who has thrown her support behind Rich Enuff, is highly respected pedigree analyst and journalist Kristen Manning.

“I have been happy to recommend Rich Enuff to my clients,” stated Manning.

“I am impressed not only by the horse, but also by the depth of his pedigree. He is an easy stallion to match up and I am delighted with my own colt by him, so much so that my mare is paying a return visit this spring.”

Not only is the success of Rich Enuff a great result for the farm, but his sire Written Tycoon was the leading Victorian-based sire with over $10m in progeny earnings from 164 individual winners, placing him third behind Snitzel and I Am Invincible on winners.

If you’re still undecided as to where you will send your mare this season, Woodside Park Stud’s Tom Rowsthorn is available on 0400 553 621 to discuss our stallion roster and your 2020 mating plans.

Above: Reward for Effort standing at Chatswood Stud

Chatswood Stud mainstay Reward For Effort ended the 2019/20 season as Victoria’s leading active sire of winners, amassing 95 individual winners and $4,704,380 in prize-money.

Reward For Effort continues to provide a reliable option for breeders, with the Victorian stalwart averaging a winner every second day for the last two years. It is evident he can always produce a strong, honest type with his progeny thriving in Hong Kong and his yearlings selling up to $155k in 2020.

Reward is now standing at his original fee of $11,000 inc GST for the 2020 season.
If Chatswood can’t get your mare in foal this season, we will discount your agistment by 50%. Click for more info.

Chatswood Stud would like to sincerely thank the 80 individual breeders who bred a Reward For Effort winner in the last 12 months. Here is the full list:

Andy O’Shea: Kosowski, Oh So Rewarding, Lucifer’s Reward

Shane Haines: Kerema Mori, Big Arjay, Norm’s Choice

Eamon McNulty: Trophies Galore, Better Together, Win the Flag

Brian Durran: No Change, Shift The Risk, Whowoodathort.

Tarcoola Stud: Palma Merenti, Thompson’s Reward

George Rassos: Cheeky Reward, Diva Bella

Robert Smith: La Plus Belle, Pineapple Boom

Rangal Park: Props, Seven Year Reward

Monomeith Stud: No Effort

David Aylett: I’m Telling Ya

Tony Borg: Ivira

Jim Pegler: Magic Reward

Brian Curran: Reward Seeker

Sandown Lodge: Reward With Return

Vu Tu: Sanction King

Alan Whittenbury: The Commoner

Jack Keeley: Tony’s Reward

Ballarto Lodge: Two Odd Sox

Lyn Joyce: Allspice

Lyn Alderson: Bettina

Christina Jeffery: Bud

Maree McKelvey: Crafty Effort

Sharon Hayes: Dabay

Destiny Thoroughbreds: Destiny’s Dee Day

Mark Hayes: Divine Honours

Domanni Bloodstock: Encosta’s Reward

Peter Tobin: Fully Maxed

Ridgeview Park: Furty Free

Erinvale: Go Diamonds

Haydn Edwards: Going in Style

Phil & Anthony Tobin: Grafted

John & Rachael Doherty: Hello Sweetheart

Tony Penglase: Honorellay

Ted Huglin: Hot Reward

Peter Tobin: Husslin Humph

Alan Harvey: Initialize

Earl Eddings: Inside Edge

Alex McDonald: Jacquine Reward

Hanna Powell: Just Jake

Ben Croft: Kilowatt

Luke Oliver: Lani Bang Bang

Ian Perkins: Little Heath

Michael George: Lolarosie

Carmel Carmody: Lunch Session

Pat Carey: Magic Pippa

John & Mary Knight: Millennial Girl

Steph & Lyn Grentell: Miss Leila

Cheval Thoroughbreds: Need the Yen

Rob Kennedy: No Reward

Ruth Frenzel: Ocean Drive

Tony Pappalardo: Outpost

Terry Dickson: Premio Momento

Pat Hyland: Pride of Pyingerra

Rebecca Kelly: Prize Lad

Jim McKenzie: Razor Beer

Jenny Fitzpatrick: Reard

Will Stott: Recompensa

Joan Walker: Reward

Sharyn Trolove: Reward the Misses

Chris Calthorpe: Rewarding Ruby

Lynne Alderson: Riel Reward

Fred Borg: Rising Hsiang

Frank Bannigan: Rock the Ring

Frank & Karen Buttler: Ruby’s Reward

Spendthrift: Sanbuck

Sue Ridgway: She’s ‘n’ Effort

Barbara Ivill: She’s Our Reward

Rob Dixon: Square Donut

Montana Park: Strive to Succeed

Susan Keating: Swingin’ George

Jeff Allis: Tanner

Tony Stewart: That’s Justified

Peter Butterss: Tomahawk Lad

Dawn Giltinan: Travail

Greg Peters: Zizi la Fille
Michael Phillips: Final Man

Chatswood Stud: Sphera, Illoura, My Boy Nick, Red Light Roxanne, Regal Effort

Above: Viddora sold for $2.55 million (Image Magic Millions)

Former star galloper and exciting young broodmare Viddora has topped the final day of the National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast selling for $2.55 million to Yulong, who finished the sale as leading buyer.

The Viddora story has been an incredible one. Bred in South Australia by the Hodgson family she was sold through their Riva Ridge Stud draft for $40,000 to her trainer Lloyd Kennewell at the Adelaide Yearling Sale.

During a career that netted multiple Group One wins and a runaway win in a $1 million Magic Millions Snippets, the daughter of I Am Invincible won over $2.8 million in prizemoney.

Presented in foal to Santa Ana Lane and Gytrash’s sire Lope de Vega in her first cover, Viddora attracted an opening bid of $1 million. Bids came from around the complex and from online bidders before Yulong and bloodstock agent James Harron went head to head in a bidding battle.

When the gavel dropped it was the online bid from Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang at $2.55 million that was the winner.

Yulong’s Bloodstock Manager Luke Wilkinson said the team was delighted to be able to buy one of the sale’s top offerings.

“It’s fantastic for Mr Zhang and his family,” Wilkinson said. “He knows a lot about Viddora, being in foal and she’s been inspected and she’s just an absolute great type. It’s great to get a mare like her on the broodmare band.”

“Mr Zhang loves his horses and he’s known Viddora from day dot. He had talked about her for the Everest slot that he has, so he knows the mare very well and he adores Lope de Vega.”

“She is likely to head to one of our stallions this year, probably Alabama Express, who is being well supported in the market but it will be decided in the next two weeks.”

“It’s a massive commitment to his stallions and he’s also got Tagaloa who will be standing with us sooner or later, maybe next season, so he’s doing a great job and is building an empire in Victoria. The mare quality is unbelievable.”

“We probably valued her at $2-$3 million and it was just dependent on who we were bidding against. Mr Zhang is at home bidding online but there were text messages asking who he was bidding against.”

Henry Field, Managing Director for vendor Newgate Farm, said he was pleased to see so many parties bidding for the star of their consignment.

“I found it encouraging that there were five different people on her at $1.5 million. She’s the real deal, it’s that simple. She was the most spectacular mare you will ever see. She was a top-class sprinter and she’s special.”

“I really hope that Yulong hit it out of the park with her because she was ‘out of the box’ and they bought the real deal.”

“For what these elite mares are making, I thought she was reasonably priced. I had her clearly marked as the second-best mare in the sale (behind Sunlight) and she made in the middle of what I thought she’d make. They’ve bought a very special mare.”

“It’s really important that these mares go on and throw a topliner. If there’s a mare in this catalogue that goes on to throw a topliner I really believe it will be Viddora.”

Across the three day Book One component of the National Broodmare Sale over $55.3 million was traded on 394 lots sold at an impressive average price of over $140,000. The clearance rate of 73 per cent is expected to improve overnight.

“It was great to get the people here so we could expose the sale all over the world and that is the Magic Millions mandate,” Managing Director Barry Bowditch said. “That ensures that these elite mares get the attention they deserve and that was our primary motive going into the sale.”

“The vendors and owners of these horses have been paid right and it goes to show that this is in the only place to sell those type of elite mares.”

“It is a resilient industry, given the fact that racing has continued. The yearling sales were strong earlier in the year and the fundamentals in our country are very good.”

“I think the world now looks at us as a leader these days. You’ve only got to look at who was participating on these mares all over the world.”

“I guess results like Bounding with Anthony Van Dyck and the success we’ve had at Royal Ascot for a long time now – that enhances the motivation for internationals to buy the Australian product.”

“Congratulations to all at Newgate and SF Bloodstock with what they achieved with Viddora today. It was fantastic theatre when she went through the ring and to see her sell for $2.55 million was a great reward for strong and loyal supporters of Magic Millions.”

“It was very hard to predict where this sale would end up, but all in all we are pleased with the results and we are going to work hard to sell as many passed in lots over the next couple of days and give the vendors who have been realistic the opportunity to get an offer on these horses.”

“To clear 73 per cent and have an average of over $140,000 and six lots over $1 million is a sensational result and the team at Magic Millions should be very proud of themselves and we thank the vendors for sticking solid, being patient and waiting for the opportunity to have this sale,” Bowditch added.

Yulong was the leading buyer at the sale on total spend with $9.985 million spent on 15 lots ahead of Tom Magnier, whose three select purchases (Sunlight, Champagne Cuddles and Invincibella) cost $7.5 million. Chris Lee’s A List Group Holdings Pty Ltd was the leading buyer on individual lots with 19 purchases.

The leading vendor on gross was Widden Stud with $5,625,500 realised on 20 lots sold, while Glenesk Thoroughbreds was the leading vendor on average (three or more sold) with a mark of $515,333.

To view the sale results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

Tomorrow is Day One of the National Weanling Sale. To view the online catalogue click here. Selling commences at 2pm (AEST).

(2019 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 628 (1005)
Lots Sold: 394 (707)
Lots Passed In: 144 (191)
Lots Withdrawn: 90 (107)
Sale Gross: $55,391,000 ($104,025,000)
Average Price: $140,586 ($147,136)
Top Price: $4,200,000 ($2,300,000)
Median Price: $65,000 ($75,000)
Sold %: 73 (79)


$2,550,000 – Viddora (Lot 492)
Vendor: Newgate Consignment (As Agent) / Buyer: Yulong (Vic)

$600,000 – Tremor (Lot 669)
Aquis Farm Operations (As Agent) / Fernrigg Farm (NSW)

$550,000 – Viennese Star (Lot 493)
Edinburgh Park (As Agent) / Daandine Stud/Boomer B’stock (Qld)

$540,000 – Karavali (Lot 667)
Aquis Farm Operations (As Agent) / Zhongli Thoroughbreds Pty Ltd (NSW)

$460,000 – Chachapoyas (Lot 593)
Glastonbury Farms (As Agent) / Cunningham T’breds/BRT B’stock (Qld)


$4,200,000 – Sunlight (Lot 80)
Vendor: Widden Stud (As Agent) / Buyer: Tom Magnier (NSW)

$2,750,000 – Unforgotten (Lot 92)
Blue Sky Premium Consignment (As Agent) / Yulong (Vic)

$2,550,000 – Viddora (Lot 492)
Newgate Consignment (As Agent) / Yulong (Vic)

$2,000,000 – Champagne Cuddles (Lot 131)
Turangga Farm (As Agent) / Tom Magnier (NSW)

$1,300,000 – Invincibella (Lot 12)
Glenesk Thoroughbreds / Tom Magnier (NSW)

$1,050,000 – Right Chord (Lot 384)
Godolphin / James Harron B’stock (NSW)

(ranked by total spend)

$9,985,000 – Yulong – 15 lots
$7,500,000 – Tom Magnier – 3 lots
$2,287,000 – Belmont Bloodstock Agency – 16 lots
$2,250,500 – A List Group Holdings Pty Ltd – 19 lots
$1,942,500 – Mitchell Bloodstock – 10 lots

(ranked by gross)

$5,625,500 – Widden Stud – 20 sold
$5,013,000 – Blue Sky Premium Consignment – 18 sold
$4,545,000 – Newgate Consignment – 13 sold
$3,941,500 – Godolphin – 45 sold
$3,555,000 – Yarraman Park Stud – 14 sold

(ranked by average – 3 or more sold)

$515,333 – Glenesk T’breds – 3 sold
$349,615 – Newgate Consignment – 13 sold
$281,275 – Widden Stud – 20 sold
$278,500 – Blue Sky Premium Consignment – 18 sold
$253,929 – Yarraman Park Stud – 14 sold

Article courtesy of Breednet

Inglis has confirmed its 2021 Select Yearling Sales Series will revert largely to its traditional timing, with entries to close on August 21.

The COVID-19 pandemic had a significant impact in the 2020 Sales season, with Inglis’ marquee Easter Sale split into two parts, a virtual Round 1, and traditional but delayed Round 2 Sale, while the timing and format of the Melbourne Gold and Scone Yearling Sale were also significantly impacted.

While the impact of the pandemic is still being felt, Inglis has opted to confirm its intention to stage its three primary yearling sales, the Classic (February 7-9), Premier (February 28-March 2) and Easter (April 6-7) Yearling Sales in their regular places on the sales calendar in 2021.

he Classic and Easter Sale will be held at Inglis’s headquarters at the Riverside Stables at Warwick Farm, while the Melbourne Premier Sale will be staged at Oaklands Junction as usual.

Inglis has also confirmed that the HTBA Scone Yearling Sale will permanently be moved to Riverside Stables and be re-branded as the HTBA May Yearling Sale to take place as an expanded sale on May 2-3. The Gold Yearling Sale will then follow at Oaklands Junction on Sunday May 16.

With entries for the Sales now open, Inglis will be working closely with vendors as to the optimum Sale to offer their yearlings through.

“There is no disguising that the year to date has generated a huge number of challenges, but we have worked very hard as a team to help vendors achieve optimum outcomes in as many instances as possible,’’ Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock and Marketing, Sebastian Hutch, said.

“It has been hugely rewarding to see the growth in key metrics across sales like Classic and Premier in particular and while it was disappointing to have circumstances conspire against what was on-track to be the best ever Easter Yearling Sale, our experiences this year have made us even more determined to leave no stone unturned in pursuit of the best results for our patrons.

“There is no disguising that the year to date has generated a huge number of challenges, but we have worked very hard as a team to help vendors achieve optimum outcomes in as many instances as possible.” – Sebastian Hutch

“Each of the Highway Session at Classic, the Showcase Session at Premier, the Gold Yearling Sale and the Scone Yearling Sale posted remarkable figures under the circumstances and in the case of the latter sale, this year’s results have prompted a further expansion of it. “

Hutch is confident that the format and timing of the sales are best designed for the market.

Above: Hutch noted that the Inglis team worked hard throughout the year to ensure an unparalleled depth and variety of buyers attended Inglis sales

“Our sales offer a depth and variety of buyers that is unparalleled and this is something we work extremely hard on, right throughout the year,” he said.

“Whether attending a sale in person, working with members of our bloodstock team or bidding through our online platform – which recorded over 3600 individual bids through our yearling sales series this year – we are in a position to offer a standard of service to our buyers which is unmatched and this is something our vendors can have huge confidence in.”

Inglis has already shown its ability to adapt to the most disruptive of circumstances, rescheduling and reformatting its major sales, especially Easter, on several occasions in 2020.

Given what 2020 has thrown at the bloodstock industry, Hutch is more confident than ever in the capability of his team to deliver for both vendors and buyers.

“As a team, we have demonstrated the capacity to work effectively with vendors through any number of challenges this year and it will stand us in good stead over the next 12 months and beyond,” he said.

“The very simple fact is buyers want to spend their money on horses that will help them to win the best races and Inglis offers more of those than anyone else – our sales have produced double the number of Group 1 winners of any other Australasian auction house over the past three years.’’

2021 Inglis Yearling Sale dates

Sale Date
Classic Yearling Sale February 7-9
Premier Yearling Sale February 28 – March 2
Australian Easter Yearling Sale April 6-7
HTBA May Yearling Sale (formerly HTBA Scone Yearling Sale) May 2-3
Gold Yearling Sale May-16

Article courtesy of TDN By Bren O’Brien

Gunner Get It Dunn ridden by Arron Lynch wins the Maiden Plate at Park Synthetic Racecourse  (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Nathan Dunn, who predominantly earns his living as Yulong’s No. 1 horse breaker doesn’t mind dabbling in a horse or two to race.

Dunn is a former top jockey who worked in the racing industry in Japan at the famed Shadai Farm and for world renowned Irish trainer Aiden O’Brien at Ballydoyle.

Now with his own property at Bayles, just down the road from Yulong’s agistment property, Dunn’s latest success as a trainer came on the Pakenham synthetic track with a horse named Gunner Get It Dunn.

There is certainly a touching story behind the naming of the four year-gelding by Victorian stallion Statue of Liberty (USA) which was officially retired just before the start of last year’s breeding season.

Dunn explains that the horse’s breeder, Thorry Gunnersen, had been diagnosed with a terminal illness and his family didn’t want to race horses in his estate.

“The mare (Safari Sunbeam) and foal was on a lady’s property at Moe as she was agisting the mare and the Statue of Liberty foal after the mare foaled down,” Dunn said.

“The lady suggested to the breeder that they send it to someone to get the foal weaned off the mother, get it handled, do the ID (identification), get it branded, microchipped, wormed and the feet down.

“I did all that and handled him for about a month and sent him back but the breeder was given some terrible news of being terminally ill and the family didn’t want the estate to race the horse so they decided to sell all of their bloodstock.”

Dunn said that although he wasn’t looking to buy any more horses to race, he was offered the Statue of Liberty colt and they agreed on a price as the breeder was keen for him to get the horse to give the colt a good home.

He told the breeder he would incorporate his name in the horse, and then added his own name, to get Gunner Get It Dunn.

“When I bought the horse, I was aware the breeder was terminally ill and I thought the best way was to have him involved with the horse by incorporating his name,” Dunn said.

“Every time the horse went around, it ran for him. And I thought how am I going to incorporate Gunner and we spelt the world Dunn with my name, so it worked out well.”

After five trials, a couple of educational runs and an operation to remove bone chips and time off from a cut leg after jumping off the tailgate of a truck sideways, Gunner Get It Dunn is living up to his name.

From his five starts, has had two thirds, a second and won over 1600m as the $2.50 favourite at Pakenham last week. He will return to the Pakenham synthetic in a couple of weeks for another crack over 1600m.

“After having the chips removed he hasn’t looked back this preparation,” Dunn said.

Gunner Get It Dunn started at $101 at his first start in March and after a 12 week break he ran third at $51, beaten two lengths on the Pakenham synthetic at his second start.

“He has been quite consistent for a horse that had five jump outs to get to the races,” Dunn said.

“He is quite promising, really.”

Dunn also bought Gunner Get It Dunn’s full brother who he says also needed a lot of handling.

“I was aware that my bloke was pretty handy so I snapped up the full brother as well when he was offered to me,” he said.

“He has just turned three and is still a colt, and Gunner Get It Dunn has just turned four.”

Dunn said Moe trainer Peter Gelagotis had a high opinion of one of Safari Sunbeam’s progeny, a full brother to Dunn’s two Statue of Liberty horses, called Freedom Son. An impressive Moe maiden winner, the gelding broke down at Sandown.

Safari Sunbeam, which was not served in 2017 and 2018, is understood to be in foal to Sun Stud stallion, Palentino.

As a breaker and pre-trainer, Dunn has encountered the progeny of dozens of stallions and admits he has always liked those by Statue of Liberty as he says they have a bit of bone and muscle around them.

Gunner Get It Dunn is owned by Dunn’s wife, Kathryn Feldmaier, and her brother, Scott Feldmaier.

Above: Brooklyn Hustle winning at Moonee Valley on debut
Quality performer Brooklyn Hustle (Starspangledbanner) looks set to make her mark in top company this preparation following a sizzling return to racing at The Valley.

The lightly-raced mare has yet to win at black type level, but has measured up extremely well in strong company in the past and her future spring prospects look particularly bright after cleaning up her rivals in Saturday’s Remembering Mark Goring & Adrian Ledger H.

Trainer Jason Warren has had his share of issues with the talented 4-year-old and he was able to breathe a sigh of relief after she came off a light lead-up preparation to stroll home for rider Dwayne Dunn.

“It’s just to have the monkey off our back really and she’s been carrying a few knockers. She did such a good job last prep and was hampered by issues right before she’d had her first start,” he said.

“To get her back here in such good order is a tribute to Rosemont Stud and Mark Young and my team back at home.

“She came here off one soft jumpout and we were looking to use this run as a second trial into better races. I’m pleased to see her resume and we knew she was quite capable of doing this.”

“She came here off one soft jump-out and we were looking to use this run as a second trial into better races.” – Jason Warren

Brooklyn Hustle was a debut 2-year-old winner at The Valley before she ran fifth in both the G2 Blue Diamond Prelude and the G1 Blue Diamond S.

Last season, she was restricted to just three appearances and after a first-up fifth she was third in the G3 Blue Sapphire S. and fifth in the G1 Coolmore Stud S. and beating home, among others, the subsequent G1 CF Orr S. winner Alabama Express.

While Group 1 targets would seem to beckon for Brooklyn Hustle, Warren wasn’t giving much away with regard to the mare’s future.

“I’m not going to put the horse in front of the cart and wanted to get this out of the way. We’ll see how she pulls up and it’s just so pleasing for everybody involved and we’ve really had to be patient,” he said.

“For me, I took a bit of bold step coming here off one soft jumpout, but I believe in the horse so much and she’s on the way up. I’ll talk to the boys at Rosemont and have a good chat to Dwayne.

“We’ve got a couple of programs mapped out for her, but we’ll let the dust settle and she’ll run in either three or four weeks.”

Dominant performance

Brooklyn Hustle settled last on the fence and was able to pick up ground near the turn and, once into the clear 150 metres from home, she exploded away to beat Propelle (Smart Missile) by 3.5l.

Bred and raced by Rosemont, Brooklyn Hustle is a daughter of Joint Aspiration (GB) (Pivotal {GB}) who was a North American stakes winner.

She has also produced Reign (Elusive City {Ire}), the dam of black type winners Sopran Ival (Ire) (Ivawood {Ire}) and Gold Tail (Ire) (Dream Ahead {USA}).

Featuring in her pedigree is the G1 Haydock Sprint Cup winner Red Clubs (Ire), who shuttled for a short period to the now defunct Stoney Bridge Stud in New Zealand. From a handful of representatives, he sired the Listed Wanganui Cup winner Madonna Mia (NZ).

Article courtesy of Paul Vettise TDN

Above: Mahamedeis overpowers them (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

The Nick Ryan-trained Mahamedeis is rapidly closing in on becoming the fifth millionaire for Sun Stud’s Magnus following a second win in the space of seven days when carrying topweight to a hard fought victory in Saturday’s Vale Rob Gaylard Handicap (2020m) at Moonee Valley.

With Tavirun setting up a dominant lead rounding the home turn, Mahamedeis came with a well-timed finish under Rhys McLeod to defeat Damian Lane on Polly Grey by a short-neck, who made her run with the winner, with Tavirun a further half-length back in third.

Ryan paid tribute to the toughness of Mahamedeis who was coming off a win at Caulfield last Saturday.

“I’m actually pretty speechless, I’m really pumped,” Ryan said.

“That was his tenth win and he’s banging on the million dollar mark.

“It was truly run, that is what we wanted, and Rhys rode him perfectly and got the job done.

“I knew he would be strong late. He was coming off 2400m last week so he is rock-hard fit and everything dell into place, which he needed it too and we got the result.”

The 6yo son of Magnus advances his record to 10 wins 5 seconds and 2 thirds from 37 starts with earnings of $902,490.

Bred by Rick & Christie Woodard, Mahamedeis was a $24,000 purchase by JJ Gordon Bloodstock Consultants at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

He is the fourth foal and third winner for the Elusive Quality (USA) mare Elusive Magic who is a half-sister to the outstanding Casual pass Snippets) whose seven wins included the Group 1 LKS Mackinnon takes and Group 1 Yalumba Stakes.

Now owned by Tasmanian-based breeder Saskia van Lulofs Umbgrove, Elusive Magic has had a troubled history of late. She did not have a live foal since Mahamedeis until producing a full-sister to the near $1 million earner last spring. She was not covered last year.

The $1 million Magnus club consists of a quartet of Group 1 winners, Malaguerra, Magnifisio, Streets Of Avalon and Great Shot.

A close relation of Black Caviar and All Too Hard, Magnus stands at Sun Stud this season at a fee of $15,400 inc. GST.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Lot 61 at the Magic Millions Broodmare sale Santa Monica

Spendthrift Australia bolstered their broodmare band with five quality purchases at this week’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale on the Gold Coast.

The week began with strong momentum, securing Group 1 winner Santa Monica (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}) for $600,000. Sent through the draft of BlueSky Premium Consignment as Lot 61, the quality sprinter won five races, headed by the G1 Railway S. at Ellerslie. She also placed in the G3 Darley Plate and the Listed Newmarket H. and Counties Bowl.

The next Spendthrift purchase was Lot 76, Solar Star (Zoustar), who was a $450,000 purchase from Milburn Creek. A daughter of Group 3 winner Petty Cury (Not a Single Doubt), Solar Star enhanced her own value with her recent victory in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic.

“I think we bought both Santa Monica and Solar Star very well, and they’ll both be supporting Omaha Beach (USA) (War Front {USA}) this year,” said Spendthrift Australia’s General Manager Garry Cuddy.

“Santa Monica comes from the Street Cry (Ire) sire line, and Solar Star is by Zoustar. We feel those two sire lines will work particularly well with Omaha Beach.

“They’re nice, colonial speed-type mares, neat types – not too big, not too small, and just real running types.”

Spendthrift paid $235,000 for Lot 148, Joy At Last (More than Ready {USA}), an unraced full-sister to Group 1 performer Happy Hannah (More than Ready {USA}) from the family of Group 1 winners Tuesday Joy (NZ) (Carnegie {Ire}), Sunday Joy (Sunday Silence {USA}) and More Joyous (NZ) (More than Ready {USA}).

“To get a mare from Joie Denise’s family by More Than Ready, I don’t think you can go far wrong. She is a gorgeous mare. We are lucky enough that the owner of her mother has opted to support Omaha Beach as well, so it’s a great family to be involved with,” Cuddy said.

Lot 431, Skagerrak (Dawn Approach {Ire}) was a $250,000 purchase from Godolphin. Herself a winner, Skagerrak is a half-sister to the high-class colt Hanseatic (Street Boss {USA}).

The last of Spendthrift’s purchases was Lot 489, the winning mare Vandaluscious (Duporth), who cost $180,000. She is a half-sister to the stakes winner Warpath (Reset), who is the dam of three stakes performers, while another half-sister Limerock (Charge Forward) is the dam of Blue Diamond Preview winner Limestone (Helmet).