It is with great anticipation that Encosta De Lago’s exciting son Needs Further, the sire of Classic-winning and inaugural All-Star Mile winner Mystic Journey, will stand the forthcoming breeding season at Aquis Seymour in association with Tasmania’s Armidale Stud.

“We are very fortunate at Aquis to have the opportunity to work with the time honoured Armidale Stud and partners in standing Needs Further at our Victorian farm, he is exactly the stallion we needed on our roster,” stated Aquis CEO Tony (Tubba) Williams.

“Needs Further has quickly become the leading sire in Tasmania and from his second crop, sired the exciting filly Mystic Journey who took all before her in winning the Gr.1 VRC Australian Guineas and inaugural $5m All-Star Mile. With Needs Further being a son of Encosta De Lago, it feels like we are bringing Encosta De Lago’s legacy back home to Victoria.”

From the immediate family of multiple Australian and New Zealand Champion Sire Zabeel and his half-brother Baryshnikov, both winners of the Gr.1 VRC Australian Guineas, Needs Further is a half-brother to Gr.1 ATC Golden Rose Stakes and Gr.1 ATC Randwick Guineas winner Hallowed Crown, sire of this season’s dominant Gr.1 ATC Australian Oaks winner Colette.

The son of multiple Champion sire Encosta De Lago, whose sire line has produced Northern Meteor, Rubick and Zoustar, Needs Further is out of the Gr.1 Golden Slipper runner-up Crowned Glory, a daughter of breed shaper Danehill, and he was victorious in the ATC Gr.3 Carbine Club Stakes, from just five career starts.

Needs Further’s statistics rival many leading sires and is highlighted by $3.7m stakes earner Mystic Journey who by winning the Gr.1 VRC Australian Guineas aligns herself with the best fillies of their respective generations in Miss Finland, Mosheen and Shamrocker.

Needs Further’s progeny includes the exciting sprinter Bold Star, winner of the Listed VRC Kensington Stakes, Gr.3 TTC Vamos Stakes winner Deroche, also a winner of the Tasmanian Magic Millions 2YO and 3YO Classics, as well as multiple Stakes winning fillies Pateena Arena and Mystical Pursuits.

“We have had increasing interest from several mainland stud farms to stand Needs Further over the last two seasons,” commented Armidale Stud Manager David Whishaw.

“He’s arguably had the best start to a stud career that any Tasmanian based stallion has had in the modern era and he really has earnt the right to access the bigger and better quality books of mares which Aquis and the Victorian market will no doubt offer”.

With his progeny dominating the 2019 Tasmanian Horse of the Year awards winning every award with a clean sweep, Needs Further was also crowned Sire of the Year and Leading Juvenile Sire, being the sire of every feature 2YO winner for the season in Tasmania.

With three individual juvenile Stakes winners to his credit, as well as two winners of the Tasmania Magic Millions 2YO Classic and siring the 2YO of the Year in Tasmania in every season he has stood at stud, it is clearly evident that Needs Further will be a perfect stallion for the lucrative Super VOBIS scheme.

Like Northern Meteor (Encosta De Lago), Needs Further was foaled, raised and raced by Gooree Park, one of the most famous nurseries in Australasia and producer of leading sires and Champion racehorses.

“Versatility is everything in a successful sire and Needs Further possesses this undeniable quality; feature 2YO winners, sprinter-milers and Classic 3YOs at the highest level, a trend that will continue with support from Victorian breeders who appreciate his value,” summed up Williams.

Needs Further will stand at Aquis Seymour, VIC at a fee of $13,750 (inc. GST)

For more information, contact Aquis CEO, Tony “Tubba” Williams on 0428 932 663 or Aquis Operations Manager – Victoria, Murray Tillett on 0419 985 921.

Kevin O’Brien with Andrew Mallyon after General Truce won at Flemington (Racing Photos)

Regarded by all in the industry as a true gentleman, the breeding and racing industries lost a true friend of our ranks on Saturday the 16th of May 2020.

Kevin O’Brien passed away peacefully after living a life full of family, success and memories.

Kevin along with wife Tanith, founded Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at Corinella in Victoria’s south-east. Prior to establishing Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Kevin had a successful career in the caravan industry.

Kevin started a company called Camec in 1963 after recognising the need for a specialised caravan repair centre to accommodate the growing caravan and tourism industries.

The company was successful and saw a boom in the 1990’s which led to Camec acquiring their competitor Caraparts and expanding their locations across Australia. Camec became the country’s leading supplier of caravan equipment and accessories.

Kevin served as president of the Caravan Trade and Industries Association of Victoria (CIAV) from 1990 to 1995 and was a founding director of the industry national body, the Caravan Industry of Australia, serving as Chairman from 1992 to 1997. He was awarded the Eric Hayman Award for Excellence in 1995; the industry’s highest individual honour. He was made a life member of the CIAV in 2000 and inducted into its Hall of Fame in 2013.

An introduction to the racing industry by way of race horse ownership had Kevin hooked. A horse he leased with a group of mates from footy, Fighting Legend (Street Fighter x Rosy Legend), was the introduction over 40 years ago which paved the way for his successful career in breeding and racing.

While according to Kevin, Fighting Legend ‘didn’t live up to his name’. He purchased a tried horse named Poncho who was trained by Angus Armanasco. Poncho had a full career and won 17 starts as a racehorse.

Proud of his Irish ancestors, visits to Ireland inspired Kevin to pay tribute to his forebearers by creating the orange and emerald green quarter silks which have been seen regularly on race tracks across Australia.

There has been no shortage of horses either bred or raced by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm to have carried these colours.

One horse in particular held a special place in Kevin’s heart. Gold Edition, a mare Kevin purchased in 2005 at a Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale, won the VRC Ascot Vale Stakes in 2006 (now the G1 VRC Coolmore Stakes), the G1 MVRC Manikato Stakes in 2007 and a host of Group 2 wins in addition to the 2007 Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO.

Kevin O’Brien with wife Tanith after Gold Edition won at Moonee Valley (Lauriston)

Horses and success are synonymous with Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm. Each year their main draft of horses would be at the Melbourne Premier sale at Oaklands Junction.

Global Glamour who was bred at Lauriston, achieved dual Group 1 winning status before she was sold as a broodmare to Coolmore and Gerry Harvey. Other horses bred or mated by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm to have graced our tracks include General Truce, Legend of Condor, Platinum Angel, Pippie, Eptimum, Tudor, Silentz, Kardashing, Undoubtable Miss and Jentico.

Kevin served as a Committee member on the Melbourne Racing Club Committee from 2007 -2010.

MRC Chairman, Peter Le Grand who served alongside Kevin on the Committee remarked;

“He was just a champion fellow and one of those truly great people of the turf, unassuming, loved his racing and horse breeding.”

“You speak to anyone in racing and you’ll never hear a detrimental word about Kevin O’Brien,” Le Grand said.

Kevin was one who many defined as a mentor. Everyone you speak to has fond memories of Kevin, such as the hospitable and generous manner in which he would always make time when you visited the farm. Everyone remarked about what a true gentleman he was and how welcome he would make you feel.  Whether at the farm, Oaklands or the race track, Kevin would find time to tell you a story and had a witty sense of humour.

He gave people opportunities in the industry such as young trainers, apprentice jockeys and staff. Those who worked alongside him noted that he was a pleasure to work along.

He loved sharing the success he had on the track with friends and those in the industry.

The outpouring of grief on social media has been immense. It signifies the impact which Kevin had on those in the industry.

Kevin is survived by his beloved wife Tanith, his children James, Gabby and Georgina and their families.

The Funeral Service for Kevin O’Brien will be held for close family and friends on Friday 22 May 2020 at 11:15am.

The service will be webcast live and can be accessed by clicking here.

Tributes have been greatly appreciated by the family and can be left on Kevin’s tribute page, by clicking here.

Chloe Jones of Flinders Park Stud

The infectious passion and love for horses couldn’t be more apparent for Chloe Jones, second in charge to Assistant Manager Michael Cumming and Brian Coyle at Flinders Park Stud, in Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula.

‘I knew that horses were always going to be a part of me, whether I liked it or not!

I just had to figure out how to make a career out of them rather than the horses just being an expensive hobby!’

When considering a career Chloe knew that working with animals and horses in the outdoors was the only thing that would make her truly happy. Although she grew up around horses, her family and the world she came from was not involved with the Thoroughbred Industry.

‘My mum raised me on the back of a quarter horse, I was riding before I could walk. Growing up on the farm, spending all my spare time mucking stables and cleaning paddocks, the horses were my family. I was totally at peace around the them and utterly obsessed with all things horses.’

Through-out school Chloe wanted to gain a deeper understanding for animals and horses, so she began her educational journey which saw her complete a series of different qualifications. Studying at the National Centre of Equine Education to gain all of her Animal Studies and Equine Certifications. Although Chloe was unsure which direction her career would take, the education really accentuated her love for the horse. ‘I had so much passion and I wanted to learn more!’ Completing another course through the Northern Metropolitan Institute of TAFE, she graduated a diploma in Equine Stud Management, which saw her accepted into a scholarship program. This led her to traveling and working on major farms and stables around Australia and New Zealand. Arriving home to Victoria she continued gaining more experience and completed a course at the Australian College of Animal Therapies. This enabled Chloe to dive deeper into her passion for anatomy and physiology, majoring in Equine Sports Therapy and opening doors for vet nursing, equine rehab, massage, the possibilities really were limitless.

For Chloe, to work in the Thoroughbred Industry took some emotional acceptance. ‘I am a full-blown animal loving vegan! No-one in my family have ever trained or been involved with racehorses or even supported gambling. For me, I decided I would make up my own mind about the industry and here I am today, one of the true horse lovers working in the  Australian Thoroughbred Industry’

Chloe’s successful education saw her gain first-hand experience on multiple different farms from foaling down, yearling preparation and sales, bloodstock work, horse riding schools, pre-training and breaking in young horses, all the way through to tractor driving, agriculture certifications and track work.

‘I decided I wanted to learn everything, from breeding the animals all the way to watching them on the win at the races. I wanted to know everything about how the industry operated and whether I could make a change for the better of the horse.’

After 2 years of working her way around different farms and stables, Chloe decided that Victoria was where she needed to be based close to family and friends. Chloe knew that she wanted to be working out on a farm in the sun and fresh air raising horses and prepping well rounded quality yearlings, this was where she found her drive.

‘I love being connected to the horse from start to end, setting up their breeding, to watching the foals grow up, then beginning their education and pre-training, daily care and plenty of love, all the way through to taking your horse through the ring at the sales and feeling that buzz, as the hammer comes down and your filled with pride’

Chloe is coming up to her eighth year at Flinders Park Stud.  ‘I saw the position for a yearling prep role and applied. The farm was nearby to where I was living and working at the time, I was managing an agistment farm for a Polo Player. I took the Flinders Park yearling job and after all these years here we are today!’

Flinders Park Stud offered Chloe her assistant manager role. It is evident that this farm works closely as a team, with a shared desired outcome for the horses. ‘It was important to me to find a farm with like-minded people that I could work for. The health, happiness and future of the horses is paramount. The farm is my home, we are all a family here.’

‘The experiences and opportunities that Flinders Park has given me, has pushed me in the right direction for my career to develop further, for that I will always be thankful.’

Chloe’s dream since she was a little girl was to purchase and her own farm. The plan was to buy somewhere on the Mornington Peninsula so that she could build up her business which would include; riding, teaching, training, and caring for all types of performance horses.

Working on a horse farm is full time job and requires 24/7 attention. Chloe somehow manages to do it all, and somehow still finds time to dabble in some yoga teaching and training. ‘You have to keep physically fit for the horses!’

In addition to working at Flinders Park, Chloe now also runs her boutique agistment and training Centre in Tyabb.  Almost 2 years ago Chloe took the leap of faith and decided it was time to make her dreams a reality. Chloe and her husband purchased their beautiful property and the hard work began. Her farm was full in the first week that it opened, with anywhere from thirteen to seventeen horses in full boutique care and training. With the hands-on experience, education and support Chloe has received from the Thoroughbred Industry she is lucky enough to be successfully running and enjoying her business, Graydens Park.

It is remarkable to see the care and true unconditional love that Chloe has, she really is the epitome of working 24/7 with horses. ‘Being on the farm with the horses is my therapy. It is the ultimate dream for me and I am very lucky to be living my dream every single day. The experience and guidance I’ve had at Flinders Park has given me the confidence to successfully purchase and run my own property, which is huge. I never imagined all those years ago stepping into the industry that it would open as many doors as it has for me.’ Chloe has achieved an extraordinary amount and considering she has only just turned 30, it is an amazing feat.

‘I know this life is where I belong, and I wouldn’t t want to have it any other way. Horses saved my life, so now that’s why I’m spending the rest of time looking after them.’

Chloe relishes with the unique lifestyle on the Mornington Peninsula. ‘I enjoy the boutique feel which a lot of farms on the Peninsula have. I believe in quality over quantity and I enjoy the relationship that I can develop with the horses on smaller farms. It allows you to spend more time with each horse keeping an eye for detail and taking pride in her work is very important to Chloe. ‘We are breeding and raising horses in one of the most beautiful places in Australia, so I feel very blessed. There are 4 or 5 studs in close proximity to one another down here which makes me feel like we live in our own little thoroughbred bubble. I am a big ocean lover so finding a farm to work for that is less than a 5-minute drive from the Flinders beach, which has panoramic views of the water makes me feel very at home. Summer lunch breaks always involve taking the dogs for a jump off the pier and cooling down after working the horses.’ Chloe and her husband even got married at Flinders Park Stud, in the main paddock overlooking the ocean. With their family and friends by their side, a couple of tipis and some impressive fairy lights, Chloe rode her off the track thoroughbred mare down the aisle with her two dogs at foot. The rest is history.

The advice that Chloe would wish to pass onto someone looking at starting in the industry is ‘You have to follow your heart, work hard, ask lots of questions, and never ever give up!  I won’t lie, it is difficult at times, this is not a 9am till 5pm, Monday to Friday job, there’s no heating out in the paddocks in winter, and certainly no aircon in summer. It’s hard work, but that’s why it’s so rewarding. When you step into this industry you will reap the benefits, there is so much to offer for anybody willing to try. This industry provides people with a lifestyle and it is so much more powerful than a pay cheque from a 9-5 job. Being part of a community of animal lovers, surrounded by true horseman, and getting to work with the ultimate equine athletes. Everyone knows one another and supports each other immensely, there’s never any shortage of work, and the opportunities are limitless. You can all achieve big dreams just like I have. All thanks to the pure love of the horse.’

Rachel’s daughter with Booker

For John and Rachel Doherty, it was hard to believe the results they achieved for Booker when she went through ring at the Chairman’s sale in Sydney. She has been part of their lives since they moved to Yarran in 2017. ‘Booker came into our life as a racehorse when we moved to Yarran. She would come to the farm to spell and she was a lovely natured horse with a great temperament. She was just a lovely horse and thank goodness she was a good racehorse as well.’

In 2018 it was Heatherley that put Yarran on the map as a notable farm in the breeding industry when the broodmare sold for $1.6 million. ‘We had Heatherley a couple of years ago and she sold for the same price as Booker at the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast. Until then Yarran was working away with not many people outside of Victoria knowing who we were. As soon as you sell a big horse, people are asking the questions about us. It is huge for the farm.’

The following year after Heatherley was sold at the Gold Coast, Yarran took three broodmares to the Gold Coast who all sold well with their top lot selling for $300,000. Everyone at the sale was asking about Heatherly and people now knew about Yarran from Victoria.

‘It was harder this year with COVID 19 restrictions as we couldn’t go to Sydney. We are hugely thankful to Fairview Park who looked after Booker for inspections and the sale. They really helped out a lot. For Yarran and getting our name out there, it really is very special.’

The impact that a good sale result can have for a farm can be significant and that is no truer for Yarran. ‘As a result, we have had made new contacts and have more broodmares coming to the farm during the breeding season, including some from New Zealand. We have a Group 1 winning mare coming to the farm this season, in foal to Justify.

Booker achieved the highest price for all the Victorian lots sold at the sale with Rachel and John Doherty celebrating the result from the comfort of the farm in Victoria. ‘It is bittersweet as we weren’t there with her. Her owners, Barrie and Midge Griffiths, came over to Yarran and we watched it with them and had a little celebration. They were delighted that she has gone to such a good home. John and I have been in the industry for a long time so to be dealing with horses like this is pretty special.’

Above: Robyn’s Folly as a foal with Robyn Shakespeare

Robyn Shakespeare is hoping it’s only a matter of time before her homebred three year-old filly will secure its first victory.

Robyn’s Folly, yes it’s named after Robyn, was sired by Hurdy Gurdy Man who she bred raced with her late husband, Ed.

The filly is only one of three horses sired by Hurdy Gurdy Man (Street Cry/Abalone) before the stallion died of a colic attack on New Year’s Day in 2017.

Robyn’s Folly and Gunsablazin’ have made it to the racetrack, while Hurdy Gurdy Man’s third foal from his only crop when he started stud duties in 2015 died after birth.

While Gunsablazin’ has battled in his five runs, Robyn’s Folly has had one third and two fourths from her three starts with Warrnambool trainer Daniel Bowman. The filly resumed last week from a spell with another promising fourth.

Robyn’s Folly is out of Shiny and New (Foreplay/Shag’s Sister) which was raced by Robyn and Ed Shakespeare to six wins, three seconds and three thirds.

Hurdy Gurdy Man, a Victorian horse of the year, was more than a handy galloper, winning the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m) in 2013.

Asked whether a win for her filly was just around the corner, Robyn said: “I hope so, I need a new hat.

“The track might have been a bit too soft for her last week.”

Robyn and her husband, who died six years ago, also bred Hurdy Gurdy Man’s dam, Shiny and New which has a filly foal by Riverbank Farm stallion, Redente.

“I have still got Shiny and New but I really don’t know what to do with her now,” Robyn said.

‘’Daniel (Bowman) wants me to face the other filly but I’ll just wait and see what happens at the time.”

Robyn explained that after Hurdy Gurdy Man retired she sold him for $20,000 as a stallion prospect and included in the sale was a free service which produced the nicely named Robyn’s Folly.

She believes that with horses it comes down to two things – good luck and bad luck.

Robyn admits to having a bit of both with Hurdy Gurdy Man who has nearly reached $500,000 in prize money.

And she is hoping for that slice of good luck with Robyn’s Folly.

Above: Humma Humma winning the Carlton Draught Alinghi Stakes Picture: Racing and Sports

John McArdle believes when you’re on a good thing it’s a case of sticking with it.

He has been richly rewarded with that theory by his Victorian-bred mare Humma Humma which chalked up another black type victory in the Group 3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

For McArdle it’s a bit like famous American, the late Victor Kiam who said he liked the Remington electric razor so much that he bought the company.

In McArdle’s case he has bought every foal out of Humma Mumma (Bel Esprit) since racing her second foal Strela (Smart Missile).

Humma Humma was his next purchase out of the mare followed by Hummalong (Hallowed Crown) and his latest buy was another filly from the mare by Capitalist.

Along the way Humma Mumma missed to Brazen Beau (in 2016) but her most recent addition is a filly by Zoustar, but she again missed to Brazen Beau last season.

And if McArdle and his Redgum Racing have their way, the Zoustar filly will continue the family tradition of joining his stable – but it will more than likely come at an increased rate of dollars.

The Mornington trainer paid $120,000 for Stela, the only colt thrown by Humma Mumma, when he was offered by Flinders Park Stud.

He then got Humma Humma for what is now a bargain price of $80,000 at the 2017 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from Flinders Park Stud’s draft. The mare now has $581,340 in prize money.

Hummalong was next at $100,000.

McArdle’s Redgum Racing then departed with $240,000 at this year’s Melbourne Premier for a Capitalist filly out of the mare.

And who knows what price the Zoustar filly will fetch when she goes through the ring, but McArdle has made it clear he wants her.

McArdle said he was extremely happy to win last Saturday’s Group 3 which will only enhance the mare’s value when she heads to the breeding barn after another year of racing.

“She is a valuable mare,” McArdle said.

And he doesn’t hide his admiration for Humma Mumma as a producer of quality foals.

“I have bought everything out of the mare. There has only been four to go to the sales.

“The first was Strela who broke a track record at Bendigo at his first start as a two year-old. He had six starts (for two wins and two seconds) and then got injured.

“Then Humma Humma was the second one and we have a three year-old filly called Hummalong that has had three starts and placed in them all.

“And then I bought the Capitalist for $240,000 this year.”

As for the Zoustar filly, McArdle said he trains a few horses for Brian Coyle of Flinders Park Stud which has bred the Humma Mumma horses.

“I’ll certainly be out there having a looking at it and we’ll go from there,” McArdle said.

He said he liked Stela as a horse, the same as Humma Humma and he described Hummalong and the Capitalist filly as Humma Humma’s twins.

“If you had all three lined up beside each other you’d be struggling to tell them apart,” McArdle remarked.

Asked whether he would still attempt to buy the Zoustar filly if he didn’t like her on type, McArdle said: “You never know, you’d always have a look. I don’t usually buy them if I don’t like them on type, so probably not.

“I haven’t seen it but a couple of my mates have and they tell me she is a very good type. We’ll see how we go.”

Humma Mumma was trained by another Mornington trainer, Lyn Tolson, to four wins after two unplaced starts with Mick Price.

Humma Humma was due to arrive back at McArdle’s property on Sunday afternoon to head straight to the spelling paddock.

“She is going to race on for another season and Widden Stud bought a share in her.” McArdle said.

“We will work out a plan for her in the spring and then we’ll go from there.

“We’ll keep racing her for that extra year so she will be a five year-old when she goes to stud.”

Widden Stud bought into the mare just before she won her first stakes race – the Redelva Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville in April, 2019.

Humma Humma was placed in five stakes races before winning the Redelva Stakes.

“She has been a lot of fun,” McArdle said.

Above: King of Hastings with Craig Williams on board (image Grant Courtney)

Chapel City’s boilover win in the Group 3 R.A. Lee Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday has given his Victorian sire – llovethiscity – another reminder of the stallion’s ability to produce a big race winner.

The six year-old gelding started at 100-1 to narrowly score for Victorian apprentice jockey Georgina Cartwright over the 1600m trip, defeating  Group 1 winner Seabrook and the highly fancied Harbour Views.

llovethiscity, a son of Magic Albert, is a Group 1 winner and racked up nearly $1 million in prize money when trained at Randwick by Grahame Begg. Three of his four wins were at Group level.

Now standing at Noor Elaine Farm at Euroa, the stud’s manager Mark Calwell said they couldn’t be happier with the stallion as they attempt to resurrect his career in the breeding barn.

“We are just happy with IIovethiscity overall,” Mark Calwell said.

“Since we took him on it’s just got better and better.

“He always seems to have had a stakes horse hanging around.”

After Chapel City’s triumph, the stallion’s promising three-year-old King of Hastings went down by a head at Flemington over 1000m after starting $3.20 favourite.

“King of Hastings was really good too,” Calwell said.

“I don’t know whether he is a major group horse, but he is certainly a good horse. Chapel City is a good horse that just keeps achieving results.”

King of Hastings trained by Anthony Freedman at Flemington has had nine starts for three wins and four seconds.

IIovethiscity previously stood at Euroa’s Larneuk Stud but has had two seasons at the neighbouring Noor Elaine Farm.

His fee when he joined Noor Elaine Farm in 2018 was $4400 and he served 70 mares which was the largest number of his stallion career which began in 2012 with 43 mares.

Last year he served 59 mares when his service fee was increased to $5500.

Calwell says it is an unbelievably competitive market for stallions at the lower end of the market.

“It makes it tough,” he said.

“But we have got some really nice horses by him on the farm that are weanlings and we will see how we go.”

Calwell hopes that llovethiscity will get a big boost if the Greg Eurell trained llovemyself performs during the spring carnival. The gelding was bred and raced by Neville Murdoch who stood llovethiscity at his Larneuk Stud Farm.

Ilovemyself won on debut at Flemington, claiming the listed Very Special Kids Plate (1000m) and was then unplaced as the favourite in the Group 3 Pago Pago at Rosehill before heading to the paddock.

Calwell said the spruik on the two year-old colt is pretty big.

“If the spruik on him lives up to it, I think IIovethiscity will be very popular this year.” Calwell said.

“I hope to match the 59 mares we got last year or go a little bit better. You have to be a realistic with everything that is going on at the moment.”

“And I don’t know whether people will just sit on their cash in that lower end of the market or whether some of them will think we should be breeding because two years down the track things might be better.”

Calwell said they had provided llovethiscity with the best possible mares and it was now up to the stallion to produce after having modest books of 28 and 27 in 2017 and 2016.

He said they had some nice colts by the stallion to go the sales next year.

“We have got a fair few of our mares in foal to him, so we are backing him as much as we can.” Calwell said.

“Horses like him probably don’t get top mares which you have to be a realist about it.”

Chapel City was bred by South Australian based Margot Noack who has been a big supporter of Victorian based stallions.

Margot owns the dam of Chapel City – Chapent – and believed the breeding of IIovethiscity was a good mix for her unraced mare that is now 16 years-old.

“I just thought it matched up so well,” she said.

“I went to look at the horse and he was just magnificent. He is very masculine which I liked and he was a good racehorse.

“I thought why is he so cheap which was ridiculous but I’m jolly glad he was because that’s all I could afford.”

Margot has another colt by IIovethiscity from Chapent and sent another two of her mares – A Sweetee and Wings of An Angel – to the stallion for two fillies.

“We have got three on the ground by him now and I sent Chapent to Puissance de Lune last year,” she said.

Margot believes that IIovethiscity is extremely underrated.

Above: Artie Schiller (USA) standing at Stockwell Thoroughbreds

STOCKWELL THOROUGBREDS has announced that service fees for its A-Team stallions – ARTIE SCHILLER (USA) and AL MAHER – will remain unchanged for the 2020 breeding season.

The two highly successful stallions will stand at $11,000 and $8800 respectively at the Diggers Rest base in Victoria.

“We are very fortunate to be standing two highly successful and proven stallions in a market that does not often offer such consistency of results year in and out,” said Stockwell’s Brodie Becker.

“ARTIE SCHILLER and AL MAHER have established results, both in the yearling market and on the racetrack, through a genuine and hard earned legacy.

“Neither was afforded the massive books of high grade commercial mares to launch their careers others have been gifted, but both have proven to be genuine upgraders and with records to be extremely proud of.”

ARTIE SCHILLER and AL MAHER have both developed envious stakes results of better than 5.0% to starters which places them in elite company.

ARTIE SCHILLER progeny have now amassed $74 million in earnings with 52 stakes winners of 96 races. His strike rate of winners is running at 72%.

AL MAHER has produced 35 stakes winners of 80 stakes races and career earnings of almost $50 million. He has established a 64% winner to runner record.

“We recognise the commercial trends in the industry and that some stallions are considered “hot” each season, but in a year of revision and reality – such as has been imposed heading into the coming season – we could not be more proud to offer two stallions who deliver each year and protect mare owners from exposure to expensive risks,” Becker said.

Above: Black Caviar winning the Lightning Stakes

Scandinavia, the grand old dame of Australian breeding, has died at the age of 25.

What an incredible mare! A Group Two winner who would go on to produce four stakes winners, including Group One winner and leading sire, Magnus.

What’s more, Scandinavia is the granddam of racing immortal Black Caviar.

With her final foal – the 3YO, Viking Warrior – now racing in Hong Kong, Scandinavia lived out her final years at Victoria’s Dorrington Farm, owned by her breeder, Rob Crabtree.

Over the past 30 years, Crabtree has bred and/or raced quite a few stakes winners, including a Group One double in the space of 40 minutes via Catchy (Blue Diamond) and Sheidel (Oakleigh Plate), but Scandinavia’s impact will likely remain unmatched.

“You never forget your first … I had a couple of good horses before Scandinavia and a few since, but in my opinion she’s changed the landscape of Australian breeding: a ‘blue hen’ by any definition,” Crabtree opines.

“She’s a Group winner in her own right, she produced Group winners, her daughters have produced Group winners and her granddaughters are now producing Group winners.”

The story goes back to 1994 when Crabtree purchased the unraced Vain mare, Song Of Norway, from Kingston Town’s breeder, David Hains, for $40,000: in foal to Snippets and the pregnancy which would become Scandinavia.

“She (Song of Norway) had just the three foals for me, but I put her in foal to Western Symphony after Scandinavia was born and she produced the Sydney stakes winner, Midnight Sun,” Crabtree recalls.

“I decided to race Scandinavia in partnership with John Sadler and he trained her to win a Blue Diamond Prelude at two and the Group Two QTC Cup, but she was also 4-times Group One placed in the Salinger, Goodwood, Lightning and Newmarket.

“Scandinavia was an even better racehorse than the record suggests – she was beaten a whisker in the Salinger behind 12-time stakes winner, Flavour, and was less than a head away when third to an absolute flying machine, General Nediym, in the Newmarket.”

Scandinavia’s first foal – Danavia, by Danehill – would fail to salute in four starts, but she went on to produce Melbourne stakes winner, Iconic, for Crabtree and trainer Tony McEvoy.

The second foal, Helsinge – albeit unraced – would leave an indelible mark on Australian racing.

Bred by Lee Fleming through a foal share arrangement, Helsinge would be sold by Fleming at the 2005 Inglis Broodmare Sale: going on to produce both the superstar, Black Caviar, and 4-time Group One winner All Too Hard for Rick Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm.

(All Too Hard now stands at Vinery Stud where he has produced 16 stakes winners, including 3YO sensation, Alligator Blood).

Another of Helsinge’s daughters, Naturale, is the dam of this season’s stakes winning 2YO and Group One placed, Ole Kirk for Team Hawkes.

However, it was Scandinavia’s third foal that would change the course of Crabtree’s history.

“I’d come so close to winning a Group One on too many occasions and Magnus had finished second to Miss Andretti – in track record time – in the Lightning Stakes, then he ran third in the Oakleigh Plate,” Crabtree reveals. “Winning a Group One was proving to be fairly elusive, but then Magnus came out and won the Galaxy in Sydney for the ‘comeback kid’ Peter Moody and Damien Oliver.

“I stood Magnus at Eliza Park (now Sun Stud), which ironically, is the farm I owned in the 90s, and from there he’s gone on to produce four Group One winners, including this year’s Futurity winner, Streets of Avalon, and 40 other stakes horses of $46 million.”

Fleming would also breed – from Scandinavia – the multiple Group winner Wilander and Baltics (granddam of Group winning 2YO and this year’s Blue Diamond runnerup, Hanseatic), before the mare would remain with Crabtree for the remainder of her career.

“Scandinavia then produced Arctic Flight, a full sister to Magnus, and she won a stakes race, along with three black type placings, while her last stakes winner was Scandiva, who won the (Group Two) Magic Night and finished second to Guelph in the Group One ATC Sires’ Produce. Anthony Cummings trained both of them for me,” Crabtree points out.

“Her final stakes horse was the Lindsay Park trained, Lionhearted, who finished second in the (Group Two) Skyline at his second start.”

Scandinavia would be retired from stud duties in 2018.

“What a phenomenal career and truly a legend in her own lifetime,” Crabtree adds. “For my wife, Sylvie, and I, Scandinavia is like one of the family, just as she’s been for carer, Fiona Melling, who’s looked after her from the start.

“Fittingly, Scandinavia is buried in the way of champions : standing up and facing the morning sun.”

Article courtesy of Aushorse

The below are the 2020 Victorian stallion fees, which have been announced up until the 19th of May 2020.

Omaha Beach will join Spendthrift Australia this season (Spendthrift)

Two exciting newcomers will complete the five stallion 2020 Spendthrift Australia roster, with the announcement of three-time G1-winning son of legendary War Front, Omaha Beach (USA), and dual G1-winning son of Curlin, Vino Rosso (USA) winner of the 2019 Breeders’ Cup Classic.

Both stallions demonstrated brilliance on the racetrack, are by Champion Sires and possess deep female pedigrees. They retired as the two hottest stud prospects in North America this season.

The speed and versitilty displayed by Omaha Beach saw him lay claim to three G1 titles as a 3-year-old over varying distances. In doing so, he became the first horse in 30 years to win a G1 over 1200m and 1800m in the same year.

When asked if Omaha Beach is as good as any he’s trained in his illustrious Hall of Fame career, Trainer Richard Mandella responded with emotion; “I can’t think of one better.”

Omaha Beach has a unqiuely international pedigree littered with 11 Group 1 wins in the first two dams, including his Breeders’ Cup winning half sister, Take Charge Brandi.

A tremendous physical makeup, exceptional race record and quality pedigree make Omaha Beach the most exciting stallion prospect to date by superstar stallion War Front. The son of Danzig has made his mark as a sire of sires in Australia this season through the deeds of Declaration of War.

Boasting true breed-shaping potential, Omaha Beach will stand his debut season for $22,000 including GST.

Superstar performer Vino Rosso stormed home to win the most coveted prize in North American racing in 2019, the US$6 million G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic, decimiating the field by 4 1/4 lengths. This win came after he outrivalled G1 winners in the G1 Gold Cup at Santa Anita Stakes, beating a quality field of G1 horses.

An undefeated 2-year-old campaign and Group 2 win at three in the Wood Memorial – a race also won by Frosted, set Vino Rosso up for his outstanding 4-year-old season where earnings exceeded A$6 million (US$3.96m)

Vino Rosso is by outstanding sire Curlin and from Street Cry mare Mythical Bride. The Mr Prospector/Street Cry cross is familiar to Australian breeders, having produced fast G1 winners Con Te Partiro, Lyre, Trekking and The Quarterback, amongst others, in recent years.

Like Omaha Beach, Vino Rosso was oversubscribed in his debut American season covering a full book. He will enter his first Australian season at $13,750 including GST.

Vino Rosso will also join the Spendthrift Roster this season (Spendthrift)

“It’s a big vote of confidence in the Victorian breeding industry for Mr Hughes to shuttle two of the most popular and valuable stud prospects in North America,” said Garry Cuddy, General Manager of Spendthrift Australia.

“Omaha Beach and Vino Rosso represent the best of the best, as multiple G1 winners with rich pedigrees, and like every stallion on our roster, they are by Champion Sires.”

“Omaha Beach and Vino Rosso will be afforded every opportunity at stud when supported by quality mares from the Spendthrift Australia broodmare band,” said Cuddy. “We will be active at the sales over the coming months to purchase mares that specifically complement their profiles.”

Exciting colonial Invincible Spirit-line stallion Overshare, who impressed breeders last season with his first foals, stands his third season at Spendthrift Australia at a fee of $11,000 including GST, the same fee his sire I Am Invincible stood for his first four years. Overshare covered a book of 150 mares in his second season, a direct consquence of his outstanding foal quality.

Gold Standard, the G2 Stan Fox Stakes-winning replica son of Sebring, also set a standard of gold class and quality with his first crop of foals last year. He joins Overshare in his third year at stud and will stand for $5,500 including GST.

Earlier this year Swears first yearlings sold for over 16 times his service fee. These results bode well for the son of sire of sires, Redoute’s Choice, and he remains in a position of affordability to breeders at a fee of $5,500 including GST.

All of Spendthrift Australia’s returning stallions, whose fees remain unchanged for 2020, continue to stand for great value and are available to breeders on one of the world’s best breeding programs in Breed Secure.

Breed Secure is the only breeder’s payment scheme allowing you to pay the service fee after you sell the resultant foal, recoup your expense allowance and secure your financial upside.

For more information about Spendthrift Australia stallions, the Breed Secure program or to set up an inspection, please contact the Spendthrift Australia team.

Office: 03 5421 5600

Garry Cuddy: 0410 451 595

Josh Rix: 0411 116 648

Spendthrift Australia’s full 2020 roster of stallions are as follows:

In a first for the thoroughbred industry globally, Swettenham Stud has launched an initiative to assist breeders by offering extended payment plans and a guarantee of progeny produced by its stallions.

All breeders whose mares are bred to Swettenham Stud stallions in 2020 will have the option of paying service fees in monthly instalments of seven per cent through Thoroughbred Payments. This will start when the mare receives a 45 day scan which essentially spreads the payments over the period until the foal is about five months-old.

Should the mare fail to produce a live foal, all payments will be refunded to the breeder unless they want to continue paying and receive a free return. And should a mare produce a live foal that does not make it to the timing of the final payment, a free return will be issued to the breeder for any mare they nominate for the following season.

Swettenham Stud principal, Adam Sangster, says the initiative is something he genuinely believes breeders can get excited about.

“We’ve spoken to our breeders and heard their challenges in the current circumstances and we believe this will assist them to budget for the stallion that they want, and with a guarantee of the foal getting to weanling stage,” Mr Sangster said.

“We will of course continue to offer live foal payment terms for clients who wish to choose that option, and earlier payments plans for those who wish, but we’ll ensure that all our breeders are looked after and are managing their cash flow.”

Swettenham Stud prides itself on doing anything it can to look after breeders who support the stallions and is always open to flexible arrangements which is one of the many benefits of having an Australian owned and managed farm where direct access to the principal of the business is always available.

Based at Nagambie, Swettenham Stud is home to Toronado, Akeed Mofeed, Highland Reel, I Am Immortal, Puissance de Lune and Trust In A Gust.


O'Tauto wins at Flemington, he is bred by Larnuek and sired by O'Lonhro (Racing Photos)

Prolific Victorian nursery, Larneuk Stud, has announced fees for its 2020 stallion lineup, with significant reductions across the board.

Despite the continued success of O’Lonhro and Cluster, along with the positive vibes around Wolf Cry’s rising 2YOs, Larneuk’s new roster structure represents a 20% decrease on last spring.

Cluster will now stand at $5,500, O’Lonhro for $4,400, while Wolf Cry also represents tremendous value at $3,300.

Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch is pragmatic about the ‘drop’.

“Larneuk has been standing stallions for over 20 years but we’ve never seen anything like the current situation,” Neville points out. “You can try and put a positive spin on things, but breeders – the very breeders who support the Victorian industry, year in and year out – are facing some tough times.

“Despite everyone knowing that the fee is actually the cheapest thing about keeping a broodmare, many owners are going to leaving them ‘dry’ in the paddock this year. The sad irony is, that this is the exact time you should be breeding, particularly given that demand will be even greater on the other side of all this coronavirus mess.

“We just want to look after those who have looked after us and will certainly be doing deals on multiple bookings.”

O’LONHRO – the sire of Group 2 winner Mamzelle Tess, Flemington Group placed O’Tauto, stakes placed O’Lonera (6 time winner over $500k plus) and recent city winners Mr Bellagio and Gigglon – is clearly one of the best ROI sires in Victoria.

With winners of over $6 million, O’Lonhro’s sire, Lonhro, is now regarded one of the best speed sources in the nation and his sire sons include Pierro (23 stakes winners, $137,500 fee).

Meanwhile, with his oldest runners 3YOs, the Peter & Paul Snowden trained, Group 2 winning sprinter, CLUSTER, has only had a handful of runners but they include the stakes placed 2YO winner Gee Gees Darl, along with multiple winners such as Galaxy and Centaur.

A son of proven sire of sires, Fastnet Rock, Cluster’s progeny have sold up to $72,000 at the Melbourne Premier.
Larneuk Stud also eagerly awaits the first 2YOs by WOLF CRY due to hit the tracks this spring.

Multiple stakes placed at 2, including a third to subsequent Golden Slipper winner and sire, Vancouver, and third to Group 1 Golden Rose winner, Exosphere in the Group 2 Skyline, Wolf Cry joins Street Boss (2020 fee: $27,500) and Pride of Dubai (2020 fee: $38,500) as sons of the legendary Street Cry (131 stakes winners) standing in Australia.

Hailing from one of Australia’s pre-eminent family’s, Wolf Cry was purchased for $320,000 as a yearling and, importantly, is throwing them to type.


For further information on Larneuk Stud’s 2020 lineup, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.

One of Victoria’s leading thoroughbred operations will present buyers with incredible opportunities following the announcement of the Rosemont Stud exclusive online sale on May 25 and 26.

Almost 100 lots are catalogued for the unreserved sale, the second to be held on the new online sales platform, Magic Millions Online.

A feature of the reduction will be 39 weanling offerings by sires including Exceed and Excel, Zoustar, Written Tycoon, Russian Revolution, Brazen Beau, Capitalist, So You Think, Hellbent, Nicconi, Toronado and Rosemont residents including Starcraft and Starspangledbanner.

The broodmare prospects include 12 stakes performers, featuring two-year-old stakes winners Gold Rush (in foal to Savabeel) and Split Lip (in foal to Zoustar) as well as proven stakes producers among 54 lots.

“This is a very exciting announcement to make in conjunction with Magic Millions,” Rosemont Stud Principal Anthony Mithen said. “We’ve been working together on this project since the beginning of the year.”

“We love the idea of a dynamic style online event with a condensed bidding period. Prospective buyers will get the chance to digest photos, videos and independent agent assessments.”

“With all lots on the farm, we encourage those able to visit and inspect the stock to do so before they sell online. Make contact with a member of our team or Magic Millions to organise a time to visit.”

“We were impressed with how easy it was to use the platform during the recent Cornerstone Stud Sale,” Mithen added. “And we’re delighted to be able to offer such an attractive line up of weanlings and broodmares.”

Bidding at the online auction will be open on May 25 and the countdown to the sale of each horse will commence at 11am (AEST) on Tuesday May 26.

“Rosemont are leaders in their field and to be able to partner up to offer this quality line up of horses is an honour,” Magic Millions Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

“We look forward to releasing the catalogue late next week and then to what will be an action packed period of bidding on May 25 and 26.”

Article courtesy of Magic Millions

Masked Crusader ridden by James Winks wins the Smartline Finance 3YO BM70 Handicap at Bendigo Racecourse (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

As Toronado racks-up victory after victory at an almost ridiculous rate, the breeding industry are waiting for him to produce a Group winner to confirm his emerging reputation as a great stallion.

Already with a stakes winner – Still A Star, who has won four listed races in Tasmania this year – it seems only a matter of time before the Swettenham Stud shuttle stallion produces that Group winner.

And the horse that looms as the first to achieve that success for Toronado (IRE) is Masked Crusader which was bred by Rick Jamieson, of Gilgai Farm from Listed winner, She’s Got Gears (Invincible Spirit).

Affair To Remember had the chance earlier this month in the Group 1 Australasian Oaks when she finished third, beaten a length at Morphettville.

Team Hawkes were quick to tell Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster that Masked Crusader was the real deal even before the gelding won his first race.

The three year-old has won three races from four starts, including those past three victories in succession.

Masked Crusader was beaten on debut when he ran fifth at Wyong last November. He was sent to the Hawkes’ Flemington stable where he broke his maiden status at Caulfield over 1200m and then after an 18-week spell won first-up over 1000m at Bendigo.

His effortless three length win at Randwick last Saturday over 1200m proved why he was the odds-on favourite with Tommy Berry on board.

Team Hawkes’ Michael Hawkes says they are still assessing how good Masked Crusader is and while there are plenty of options, the Inglis Scone Guineas (1400m) at Rosehill on Saturday looms his next assignment if they decide to back him up.

“He’s a lovely horse. Tommy (Berry) probably doesn’t know how good he is,” Hawkes said on Saturday after Masked Crusader’s victory.

“I don’t know where the top or the bottom is with this bloke yet and I think Tommy is probably going to have the same opinion.

Masked Crusader’s high profile managing owner Rupert Legh said they all hoped the gelding would give Toronado the recognition he deserves.

“From what he has shown you would have to say he is untapped,” Legh said.

“He hasn’t been pushed in any race and he is one of the horses that you probably won’t see the best of him until this time next year.”

Legh predicts that Masked Crusader could become one of Australia’s top line sprinters.

He said he expected to pay more for Masked Crusader whose owners include Jamieson, Peter Orton and Neil Werrett.

While Sangster is hoping that Masked Crusader will provide the son of High Chaparral with that Group winner, he can’t hide his praise of the stallion’s achievements since standing his first season at Swettenham in 2015 when he covered 175 mares.

Sangster admits that the stallion does need that big black type winner as his popularity continues to soar.

“He has already 100 mares booked to him for this season,” Sangster said.

“He will probably cover 150, but he just needs that next big stakes winner.

“Masked Crusader at $340,000 is Toronado’s highest priced yearling and he was a magnificent looking foal and a real standout yearling. The Hawkes’ weren’t leaving the sale without him.

“When the hammer came down, they said they thought they were going to have to pay a lot more than that – and they knew from the start what they were getting as they are very good judges.”

Sangster has already announced that Toronado’s service fee will remain at $25,000 (plus GST), although an increase was probably warranted but the stud wanted breeders to continue to enjoy the returns they’ve been reaping.

“His yearlings averaged nine times his service fee at the Melbourne Premier session in March and I’ll be surprised if he doesn’t average or surpass that moving forward,” Sangster said.

“He is a great looking horse and he just stamps his progeny so well. He can get a result in the ring and on the track and there is a big appetite for him in Hong Kong.

“Toronado has got 11 colts or geldings that have gone to Hong Kong so far. There was a Hong Kong agent who called during the week who said he is the hottest stallion in Hong Kong and he hasn’t had a runner there yet.

“To have a horse that is one of the hottest stallions in Hong Kong and he hasn’t had a runner yet is amazing.”

Sangster said Toronado, which was exported back to France last December, will land in Australia in July and be at the farm in August.

He said after serving 197 mares last year, his book would be reduced to around 150 which was the right number for everyone to support him and to give the stallion an opportunity as well.

Toronado’s numbers dropped back to his smallest book of 97 in that notorious third season, but those breeders who supported him benefited the most with the best returns on their investment.

“The third season is always a punt with any horse,” Sangster said.

“It is going to be a bit like Highland Reel who is returning for his third season with us. I’m sure people who support him this season will be rewarded like they were with Toronado.

“If you have got some sort of belief and feeling in such a good racehorse the third season is a good one for taking that punt. And those who supported Toronado in his fourth season will probably get an even better return.”

Sangster said Toronado was a world champion miler and his progeny have shown their versatility which is a key aspect to the stallion.

On average, Toronado is currently producing a winner every day and a half.

‘’His oldest are three year-olds and in that age category he has had more winners than some stallions that are demanding $100,000-plus service fees,” Sangster said.

“His runners to winners are exceptional for what he has got. Compared to individual number of winners to other horses that have got four and five year-olds, he is demolishing a lot of the top class stallions in that way. And he can throw a two-year-old.”

Sangster said that being a son of High Chaparral, Toronado’s three and four-years will really perform when they get out to the right trip.

“The best is yet to come,” he said.






Above: Snitz wins the Listed Takeover Target Stakes – image Steve Hart

Victorian bred Masked Crusader might have stolen the show at Randwick on Saturday, but a couple of other former locals – Snitz and Greyworm – weren’t far behind with their performances in the Listed Takeover Stakes.

Snitz held out the fast finishing Greyworm to win the Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) by half a length.

It was Snitz’s fourth successive victory.

The five year-old gelding was bred by Victorian breeder Ken Breese and sold for $75,000 through his agent, Bashinghall Farm at Nagambie at the 2016 Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

Out of Breese’s multiple Group winning mare Tickle My, the five year-old gelding was later sold at a ready to run sale for around $100,000. He has now won nearly $500,000.

The gelding is trained at Murwillumbah by Matt Dunn who trained five winners from seven races at his home track on Monday. Another of the runners finished second, beaten a long neck.

“I honestly didn’t think he would get to this level ever, let alone this preparation,” Dunn said of Snitz after his win.

“You would take him to a Stradbroke on that performance.

“He probably stays down here (in Sydney) and keeps chugging along. He has settled into this environment well.”

Greyworm, also a Stradbroke hopeful, started his racing career with Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent and had two wins from three starts before joining Team Hawkes in Sydney.

By Victorian sire Master of Design, Greyworm was bought by airline pilot Gary Liu for $110,000 as an unraced prospect at an Inglis online sale in January 2018.

Liu purchased Joe and Daira Vella’s Wingrove Park Stud which he renamed Eden Park Stud where Master of Design, which he recently bought will now stand.

Greyworm is a recent winner of the Group 3 Hall Mark Stakes at Randwick.

Victorian bred Open The Hatch, by Street Boss, made it back-to-back victories at Swan Hill on Monday when she again scored for trainer Mark Pegus over 1600m.

The five year-old mare had won at her previous start, also over 1600m, at Swan Hill a month earlier.






(Above: Booker in the Group III Kevin Hayes Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. Photo Grant Courtney )

Victorian breeders were busy buying and selling last week at the Chairman’s and the inaugural digital Inglis Australian Broodmare sales.

Michael Christian’s Longwood Thoroughbred Farm in conjunction with bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills, were the most prolific of the Victorian buyers at the Chairman’s sale paying nearly $2 million for four quality broodmares in foal to leading stallions.

Christian said he paid $1.87 million, on behalf of one of his clients for four quality mares which they believe are in foal to the right stallions.

The Longwood mares and prices are:

Samara Dancer (Hinchinbrook/Ennerdale) in foal to Trapeze Artist purchased for $750,000.

Lubiton (Snitzel/Rosa Stellata) in foal to I Am Invincible purchased for $620,000.

Hot Dipped (Written Tycoon/Galvanized) in foal to Trapeze Artist purchased for $270,000.

Fuddle Dee Duddle (Red Ransom/Bella Inez) in foal to Trapeze Artist purchased for $230,000.

Christian said he believed they got the mares for the right prices and hopefully they will develop into great broodmares for Longwood.

“Samara Dancer was a Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude winner and a magnificent looking animal from a good family and Trapeze Artist is a multiple Group 1 winner” he said.

“We are looking forward to them all arriving in the next couple of days and it’s very exciting for the farm.”

Christian said he put together a short list of mares in the sale and along with his client and good friend. He spent three days in the Hunter Valley inspecting farms and looking at all the horses in the Chairman’s Sale to bring back to Victoria.

“When I went to the Hunter last year in August, Trapeze Artist blew me away and was a magnificent animal. The best credentialed of the first season stallions,” Christian said.

“It was also important to get the right mares and as stakes winning mares, we bought really well.”

Christian said his bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills helps him select the mares and assists in valuations and cross referencing. He admits it’s good to have a second opinion when large sums of money are being spent.

Christian has only had the farm for just over a year and they offered their first draft of 10 yearlings at Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale in March.  Their top price was $375,000 for an I Am Invincible x Runaway Jesse which was sold to Hong Kong.

“We are continuing to build up some good clients and anyone looking to foal their mare down, we have some great people working here and have some great facilities.” Christian said.

There is no a shortage of mares that Christian owns in partnership with friends,including five times stakes winner Eloping, three times stakes winner Fuhryk and Group 2 winner Oasis Bloom.

“We also have Bella Orfana who is the three-quarter sister to Hallowell Belle and is a half-sister to Fuddle Dee Duddle and her first foal, Bella Nipotina, is a two-year-old and just got beaten in the Inglis Millennium,” Christian said.

“She hasn’t won a race yet, but she has won $550,000 in prizemoney and is stakes placed.

“We have another mare, Bella Sorellastra that we bought as a weanling and she is Group 2 runner-up, so we have some nice mares.”

Christian said they have 15 broodmares on the 320-acre property at Longwood East which he purchased along with his wife Siobhan Miller, and his brother Brad and his wife Pauline.

The top Victorian lot in the Chairman’s Sale was 2019 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate mare Booker which sold for $1.6 million to Coolmore’s Tom Magnier.

The mare was offered by owners Barry and Midge Griffiths through Yarran Thoroughbreds whose John Doherty just happens to be their next door neighbour.

The Griffiths also raced top mare Heatherly, a Group 2 winner and sold her for $1.6 million through Yarran at the 2018 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale.

Booker was the most expensive yearling by Written Tycoon and sold in the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale when Griffiths paid $260,000 for her.

Doherty said although they expected to achieve seven figures for Booker and rated her in the top three in the catalogue, they weren’t sure about the market leading into the sale due to the coronavirus.

“We were hoping for seven figures and the fact she went to $1.6 million was because there were two very good judges bidding on her, it was a genuine good sale’’ he said.

“Barry is my next-door neighbour and he buys fillies to race but is not a breeder. When they come to the end of their racing careers he sells them and we are just fortunate to have sold Heatherly a couple of years ago and now Booker.”

Doherty said Griffiths was just one of those ‘hugely’ successful owners who so far has had 14 Group 1 winners which he rates as comparable to some of the huge organisations who have raced thousands of horses.

He said Griffiths doesn’t deal in huge numbers but has been successful in personally selecting horses that have gone on to win Group 1 races.

“His normal spend is about $100,000 but he went a lot more for Booker because he really liked her. She was a beauty and at the time Written Tycoon hadn’t kicked yet,” Doherty said.

“But he picked her out as a diamond. In the end at the sale she ticked the three boxes – she was a good looker, had the pedigree and was a Group 1 winner. It’s the hard thing about this business to get them all aligned.”

Japan’s Katsumi Yoshida, who has one of the best broodmare bands in the world, was the under bidder for Booker.

Other highlights for Victorian breeders in the Chairman’s Sale included:

HESKET Bloodstock sold Sword of Light (New Approach/Joyeuse), in foal to Fastnet Rock, for $900,000. They also sold All of Me (Pierro/Princesa), in foal to Dundeel, to Yulong for $260,000.

BAYSTONE Farm at Gnarwarre sold Indrabeel (Savabeel/Lightning Spur) in foal to I Am Invincible for $400,000 and Shapita (Foxwedge/Te Akau Rose) in foal to Zoustar for $300,000.

THREE Bridges sold Lady Cartier (Fastnet Rock/Ten Carat Rock) in foal to Brazen Beau for $400,000.

HIRSCH Racing added to its broodmare band with Romantic Moon (More Than Ready/Tropical Affair) in foal to Shalaa (IRE) for $200,000. They also paid $150,000 for Longport (Casino Prince/Ocean Bridge).

BROMFIELD Park paid $260,000 for Cleanup (Dehere/Feather Duster) in foal to The Autumn Sun

SUN STUD paid $290,000 for Smart Coupe (Smart Missile/Coupe).  The mare has not been to stud.

LENEVA Park purchased Calming Influence (Commands/Calming) in foal to I Am Invincible for $290,000.

However, the bold buying didn’t stop across the weekend for Victorian breeders with Yulong being active buyers in the inaugural edition of the online Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale on Sunday where they were the sale’s leading buyer.

Yulong paid $260,000 for Villa San Michele (Medaglia d’Oro) who is foal to Deep Field.

Villa San Michele is the daughter of Group 3 winning mare Florentina (Redoute’s Choice).

Yulong paid just more than $1 million for 10 mares that are all in foal.

“Villa San Michele is from a very good family, a mare with a pedigree behind her, a lovely mare to have in our ever expanding broodmare band,” Yulong boss Sam Fairgray said after Sunday’s sale.

“Overall we’ve bought some really nice mares by really good stallions in foal to some really appealing young horses and proven stallions.

“It’s great to get mares by Street Boss, Redoute’s Choice, More Than Ready and the like, really desirable mares for the Yulong broodmare band to support our stallions.”

Yulong also paid $260,000 at the Chairman’s Sale for All of Me (Pierro/Princesa) which is in foal to Dundeel (NZ).

The stud recently announced that Alabama Express would stand alongside their other stallion, Grunt. Two-year-old Tagaloa will be the third stallion on the Yulong roster when he retires from racing.

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We will be running a series of online workshops FREE to assist you in using They will be facilitated by Lee who has a deep knowledge of pedigrees. Ever since watching Galilee win the 1966 Melbourne Cup, Lee has been obsessed with finding pedigree consistencies amongst successful thoroughbreds and has more recently began to blend these patterns into his purchases. His best horse to date was Mourinho – a AU$36k colt purchased at Inglis Sydney Classic who made in excess of AU$1.3 million. Topics covered include various features of the site, pre-release look into our new site, as well as member lead sessions covering topics suggested by you!
To register your interest in any of these sessions, please email along with anything specific you would like to cover and we will keep you up to date.

Breeders Associations

Lastly, we aim to support as many industry organisations as possible that support thoroughbred racing. One such type are Thoroughbred Breeders Associations which are located in most of the racing regions across the globe. They are there to assist farms, breeders and the industry as a whole in a multitude of areas. We implore you to sign up to your local association and support the work that they do, meet some new contacts and gain some valuable insights along the way.

Sun Stud has announced its stallion roster for 2020 with an average 25% reduction in service fees.

“Broodmare owners are facing unprecedent times and Sun Stud has acted accordingly in dropping fees across the board,” Sun Stud’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall points out. “We’ve always regarded ourselves as the ‘breeders’ farm’, heading up initiatives such as the ‘no payment until live foal’, which also remains in play for 2020. Sun Stud is a firm believer in the strength of the Victorian industry and just want to ensure breeders have every opportunity in these extraordinary times.”

Sun Stud will offer broodmare owners a diverse team of nine for this spring.

Source of Group winners Hawkshot, Stars of Carrum and Moor Gait, along with 2YO black type winner, Power Scheme, FIORENTE boasts one of Victoria’s emerging 3YO stars in Tony Noonan’s Florent, winner of the $430,000 VOBIS Sires’ Guineas in April.

Speaking of VOBIS, MAGNUS is one of the most successful Victorian stallions of all time and among his 350 plus winners of $46 million include 2020 Group winners, Streets of Avalon (Group One Futurity Stakes) and Halvorsen (Group Three Standish Handicap).

Spring will also unveil the first runners for dual Group One winner, PALENTINO whose yearlings sold up to $160,000 and averaged $108,333 in Book 1 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and have, not surprisingly, found their way into leading stables.

8-time Victorian Champion Sire, BEL ESPRIT again represents tremendous value for a stallion who pushed through the 700 winner mark in 2020. Among the top 20 active sires in the nation by winners, this season’s stakes winners include Admiral’s Joker and Tactical Advantage, while exciting 2YO, Kisukano has won 3 from 4.

Sun Stud eagerly awaits (along with 100+ broodmare owners) the arrival of the first Australian progeny by ‘The Chosen Son’ – NATIONAL DEFENSE. The Group One winning Champion juvenile is Invincible Spirit’s highest rated 2YO at stud in Victoria and was one of the nation’s most popular first season sires last spring, covering 159 mares.

Similarly, Snitzel’s Group Two winning sprinter, THRONUM has been supported with high end mares in his two seasons at Sun Stud and his initial progeny are poised to sell at 2021 yearling sales.

The fastest 2YO by speed influence, Northern Meteor, FIGHTING SUN continues to be a reliable source of winners with his 2020 stakes performers including exciting 2YO, Entrapped, Redelva Stakes runner-up, Roccabascerana and Chris Waller’s 2YO, Celestial Sol – third on debut in the Listed Redoute’s Choice Stakes in March – while his yearlings sold up to $200,000 at Melbourne Premier.

Clearly one of the best value sires in Australia, Not A Single Doubt stallion, SQUAMOSA has a ‘cult like’ following and had Kiwi Ida win her fourth stakes race in 2020 before grabbing third in the Group One Waikato Sprint … stakes placed 2YO Amosia has also starred in New Zealand … while Flemington stakes winner and Group Two runner-up, Order of Command has returned in fine fettle.

Meanwhile, More Than Ready’s stakes winning 2YO, READY FOR VICTORY has only had a handful of runners to date, but they include Gerald Ryan’s Macleay, who won impressively on debut in April and is now a contender for the Group One JJ Atkins Stakes next month.

For further information on the Sun Stud roster, please phone Phil Marshall on 0407 853 782, Adam Henry on 0428 036 472, Ash Richards on 0416 334 338 or visit


2020 FEES


BEL ESPRIT                                       $7,700

FIGHTING SUN                                $7,700

FIORENTE                                        $17,600

MAGNUS                                         $15,400

NATIONAL DEFENSE                        $9,900

PALENTINO                                      $14,300

READY FOR VICTORY                       $4,400

SQUAMOSA                                     $4,400

THRONUM                                      $7,700


All fees inclusive of GST



When you can boast two of Victoria’s best young stallions in addition to one of the best value, proven sires in the land, the cause for optimism at Rosemont Stud leading into the 2020 Breeding Season is justifiably deserved.

New recruit SHAMUS AWARD (Snitzel) has enjoyed a stellar twelve months highlighted by the likes of Group One winner MR QUICKIE, Group Two winners SOUL PATCH & ETANA, Group Three winner TRUE DETECTIVE in addition to producing the effortless two-year-old winner of the $150k Gold Rush SWAT’S THAT. Last but not least, he sired the quinella in the 2yo Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington last month via FLYING AWARD & IRONEDGE, a race that has produced the likes of Merchant Navy, Super Seth & Long John in recent years.

Rosemont Principal Anthony Mithen believes Shamus Award is on the cusp of becoming an elite stallion for not just Victoria but Australia wide.

If you look at the last 12 months in isolation, there hasn’t been a Victorian based stallion return a better percentage to runners at the combined Group / Group One level and that includes the recently departed Written Tycoon. Multiple Group winners to 2yo Stakes Quinella’s his recent results have been white hot. With over 120 mares in foal we think the future for Shamus Award is enormous and he’s indicative of Rosemont stallions being priced on racetrack results as opposed to ‘hype’.

Mithen is particularly encouraged by the stats that prove the best son of Snitzel at stud is producing horses with that precocious speed. “80% of his winners are from 1000m to 1400m. So while his headline acts have shown the strength to stretch at a mile and further, it appears his inherit genetic make-up is speed. Given the number of Stakes Winners he’s had over the last twelve he’s incredible value.”

Shamus Award will stand for $19,800 inc GST

Multiple Group One winning sprinter & Royal Ascot hero STARSPANGLEDBANNER is another that has enjoyed an outstanding twelve months highlighted by yet another Group One winning 2yo in the UK. Fresh off a dominant win in the Listed 2yo Curragh Stakes, MILLISILE proved just as superior in the Gr1 Chevelely Park Stakes and thus ensuring she was Champion UK 2yo filly of last season.

In Australia, he sired the brilliant winner of the $2m Inglis Millennium via PRIME STAR for China Horse Club and just this month the Tony Gollan trained STAROSA has rocketed up the market for the J.J Atkins Gr1 after she demolished her opposition at Doomben by over six lengths.

Starspangledbanner is currently in the Top 5 2yo Sires in Australia whilst in the sales ring his yearlings have sold for up to 750,000gns – that particular purchase a filly for Godolphin who won her debut as a 2yo by over 5 lengths in 2019.

Mithen is thrilled to have the popular young stallion return to Rosemont in 2020, the farm where he was born.

He’s enjoyed a phenomenol year and I urge breeders to have a close look at his career statistics. As he stands, he’s the #1 Stallion in Victoria by Stakes Winners / Runners with over 6.3%. In fact, it’s a fair margin in percentage to his closest counterpart in this state.

If Shamus Award is not the best value stallion in the country then this horse surely must be!

Importantly, he’s finished the previous season with a very healthy fertility percentage of over 72%. We’ve managed him particularly well and find that with added maturity and spacing his covers ensures his fertility is as efficient as most stallions”.

Starspangledbanner will stand for $19,800 inc GST

Prioven sire STARCRAFT whose yearlings at the 2020 Magic Millions averaged $150,000 with lots selling for up to $340,000, $320,000 etc will stand for great value of $8,800 inc GST. Rosemont will also provide a strictly limited number of ‘Toss The Boss’ deals which have been enormously popular & ensuring breeders genuine flexibility – you don’t pay if you don’t get what you want.

A sire of 40+ Stakes Horses and Group One winners such as STAR WITNESS, Starcraft continues to be a leading sire in Hong Kong and the appetite for his progeny in the Asian racing jurisidictions is as strong as ever.

Medaglia D’Oro’s brilliant Group winning sprinter NOSTRADAMUS, represented with his first crop of 2yo’s in season 2019/2020 rounds out the Rosemont roster at $5,500 inc GST. With a number of promising 2yo’s to have raced and in work, the expectation is strong that his progeny will continue to develop into high class 3yo’s just like their sire.