Above: 2018 Australian Oaks winner Unforgotten in full flight!(Image Breednet)

With the fall of the hammer at the conclusion of day one of the Magic Millions National Broodmare sale, five of the top ten buyers were Victorian.

Yulong, Spendthrift Australia, Belmont Bloodstock, Suman Hedge Bloodstock and A List Group Holdings led the charge purchasing broodmares to bolster their bands.

A combined total spend of $7.37 million dollars across 19 quality lots coming home to Victoria.

Yulong created excitement in the ring when they went to $2.75 million dollars late in the day for lot 92, a Fastnet Rock mare, Unforgotten. Presented through the ring by Blue Sky Bloodstock, the mare is closely related to Tantivy. The mare boasts six race wins in her record, with three of those in succession and a total prizemoney earnings of $1,563,895.

“Marcus Corban and I looked at all the race fillies and mares and she was right up there for us with Sunlight, perhaps just a touch below, and we loved them both.”

“Mr Zhang is bidding online, so we weren’t aware which leg he was on and we didn’t know until the phone rang afterwards from his son-in-law, so after that we knew that we’d secured her.”

“She’s a great mover, with great joints and you can see why she was such a good racehorse. Chris Waller has done a great job managing her and she looked good enough to put back into work.”

Yulong also went to $700,000 for Another Dollar presented at the sale as lot 114 and $550,000 for Evening Slippers presented as lot 144.

Spendthrift Australia bought three lots on the opening day. Spending an aggregate of $1.28 million dollars, they have added three exceptional mares to their band.

The Spendthrift team paid $600,000 for Santa Monica, who is from the same family as Perfect Match, Bring Me Speed and Tavidence. She has a confirmed date with Spendthrift’s new shuttle stallion Omaha Beach.

Spendthrift also bought lot 76 a Zoustar mare named Solar Star for $450,000 who is a seven time winner and Joy At Last who is closely related to Lewis for $235,000.

The leading Victorian buyers for day one can be found in the below table:

Name Lots Average ($) Aggregate ($)
Yulong 3 $1,333,333 $4,000,000
Spendthrift Australia 3 $428,333 $1,285,000
Belmont Bloodstock Agency 4 $241,250 $965,000
Suman Hedge Bloodstock / Grant Bloodstock 2 $300,000 $600,000
A List Group Holdings Pty Ltd 7 $73,571 $515,000
Total 19 $7,365,000

 

After purchasing seven lots on day one of the sale, Chris Lee of A List Group Holdings went to $560,000 on day two for a mare from Yarraman Park’s draft in Pecans. The mare who is currently in foal to Pierro is a six-time winner with almost $400,000 in prizemoney earnings.

A List didn’t stop there however with purchasing another three lots in Run All Night, Singing Sand and Stellaris, who was knocked down for $275,000. A List Stud have bolstered their broodmare band at this sale and are cementing their reputation as becoming a major player in the industry.

Yulong did not slow down on day two and continued to spend up big by purchasing another 8 lots on day two of the sale. While the Yulong team were present at the sale, Mr Zhang continued to bid online to acquire some very well credentialed mares. Late in the day Mr Zhang secured Group 2 winner, Storytime from Yarraman Park’s draft for $575,000.

Spendthrift also purchased another lot to bring back to Victoria in Skagerrak. The mare has a well credentialed page and calls the likes of Black Caviar, All Too Hard, Magnus and Hanseatic relatives. The Romsey based farm went to $250,000 to secure the mare.

Name Lots Average ($) Gross ($)
Yulong 11 $589,546 $6,485,000
Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA) 9 $204,667 $1,842,000
A List Group Holdings 15 $116,033 $1,740,500
Spendthrift Australia 4 $383,750 $1,535,000
Suman Hedge Bloodstock (FBAA)/Grant Bloodstock 2 $300,000 $600,000
Total 41 $1,593,996 $12,202,500

 

With the momentum Victorians have already created across the past two days, there is no doubt they will continue with their spending across the remainder of the Magic Millions National sale.

The sale continues today and you can view all the action by clicking here.

Above: Schilldora wins the Furphy Handicap at Morphettville (Atkins Photography)

It could hardly have come at a better time. Seriously.

The Richard and Chantelle Jolly trained, Schilldora, has been a consistent performer for the stable with five wins and nine other top four finishes from 21 outings, but had unfortunately been missing from the winners’ stall since October 2018.

The Artie Schiller 4YO turned that around on Saturday though with an impressive display in the Furphy Handicap over 1050m at Morphettville, hitting the front with 200m to go and holding on gamely from fast finishing rivals … much to the delight of the father/daughter training duo (and obviously Chantelle’s grandmother, a part-owner of the mare).

But while any win is cause for celebration, this victory has considerably greater currency as Schilldora is due to be sold this week on the Inglis July Digital Sale platform.

Yet, here’s the twist.

“She (Schilldora) was originally entered for this week’s Gold Coast Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale,” Chantelle Jolly explains. “However, due to uncertainty over travel restrictions, courtesy of the coronavirus, we decided against transporting her north.

“Then we were under the impression the Gold Coast sale would be conducted online, so we kept Schilldora in the catalogue and set her for Saturday’s race.

“Eventually we got word that the sale would be live, but by then it was too late to send her up and now she’ll be sold online through Inglis.

“Either way, it’s a great way to go into a sale – online or live!”

Bred by Emirates Park, Schilldora is among 700 winners for Victoria’s Stockwell Thoroughbreds based, Artie Schiller, and is from the Hussonet mare, Hussidora, a daughter of Irish stakes placed, Alisidora, and close relation to European champions Commander in Chief, Warning and Rainbow Quest.

With only three to race, Hussidora boasts a 100% strike rate and includes the stakes placed Dream Ahead filly, Dreams of Platinum.

“Schilldora’s owners have been with the stable for a long time but they’re racehorse owners, not breeders, so the decision has been made as a group to sell her,” Jolly continues. “Apart from Saturday’s win, she’s well bred and ran third in a stakes race in Adelaide, along with two top four Group finishes in Melbourne. She was only a cheap yearling too and has won nearly $200,000 in prizemoney.

(Sold at the 2016 Inglis Weanling Sale for just $7,000 to Mario and Jenny Cesnik’s Riverina Downs Stud, Schilldora was pinhooked to the 2017 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling Sale and sold to the Jollys for $25,000).

“Schilldora had a few niggling issues with her feet which contributed to her run of outs, but she’s a bit of a favourite … she was one of our first winners after we started training together.”

With around 40 in work, Richard and Chantelle have enjoyed Group Two success with Kemalpasa and the Group winner Hard Empire, while Richard previously saddled up Group One South Australian Derby winner, Kushadasi and was a leading jockey for 15 years – booting home 800 winners – before taking out his trainers’ licence.

While the Jollys will remain well and truly socially distanced from the Gold Coast complex this week, Hussidora’s new owner, Bell River Thoroughbreds, has a demanding fortnight ahead.

Bell River purchased Hussidora – in foal to 2YO Group One winner Invader – for $62,000 at the 2019 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Now based at Glen William in NSW, Bell River Thoroughbreds can lay claim to farm graduates such as Extreme Choice, Ace High, I Am Excited, Prophet’s Thumb, Faraway Town and Flippant, with principal, Andrew Ferguson, excited about the prospects for Hussidora’s most recent arrival.

“It was too late to put Hussidora back in foal last spring and she’s likely to head to Spirit of Boom this season, but the Invader colt she produced for us is an absolute cracker and will be entered for next year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.”

Bell River Thoroughbreds has just the sole entry for the 659-strong Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, which commenced 2pm Monday and features Sunlight, Invincibella, Unforgotten, Viddora et al, but Bell River will also offer eight weanlings (30-31 July) and three yearlings (3-4 August).

The National sales series concludes with the Racehorse section on 4 August.

Great Southern Sale switches to Inglis Digital

As a result of the restrictions currently in place in Victoria, the Great Southern Sale will now form part of the Inglis Digital August (Early) Online Sale, which will be held over five days from August 7-12.

This move follows the success of the most recent Inglis Digital July (Early) Online Sale, which grossed in excess of $5.8m.

That sale featured a section for Melbourne Gold Yearlings which posted some impressive results, including a sale-topping price of $120,000, an ever-increasing 71% clearance rate and gross in excess of $2.6 million.

114 soon to be yearlings will form part of the Great Southern Sale section of the Inglis Digital August (Early) Online Sale and will be offered in original catalogue order.

Supplementary entries for the Great Southern section of the sale will be taken up until July 29.  To submit a supplementary entry for the sale, CLICK HERE.

The Great Southern Sale has produced a number of highlight results in recent years, boasting graduates such as G1 Lightning Stakes winner Gytrash, G1 Victoria Derby winner Extra Brut and G1 Schweppes Oaks winner Sopressa.

The sale will feature offspring of star stallions such as Exceed and Excel, Dundeel, More than Ready, Smart Missile, So You Think, Toronado, Written Tycoon and first crop stallions including Almanzor, Highland Reel, Impending, Merchant Navy, Russian Revolution, Tosen Stardom and Thronum amongst others.

This sale traditionally provides great pinhook opportunities for buyers, an example being the sale-topper from the recent Scone Yearling Sale, a Toronado x Settecento colt who was purchased by Jazcom Thoroughbreds for $10,000 at the 2019 Great Southern Sale, before being sold for a record $180,000 to Hawkes Racing.

For a schedule detailing the location of all stock entered for the Great Southern section of the Digital Sale and the contact details for the respective vendors, please CLICK HERE.

All rising yearlings will be inspected by a member of the Inglis Bloodstock Team and if you require any information on a catalogued lot, please contact a member of the Team.

To view the current Great Southern Sale catalogue CLICK HERE.

To view the locations of the weanlings click here 

To view the Inglis inspection schedule click here 

Flinders River ridden by Craig Williams wins the Brendan Dart VOBIS Gold Ingot at Caulfield Racecourse. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

On Saturday, it was Sun Stud who made headlines with their sires winning the VOBIS Gold Ingot and the VOBIS Gold Stayers at Melbourne Racing Club.

The VOBIS Sires program was launched in 2015 as an addition to the VOBIS incentive scheme. The scheme was designed to reward the breeder, owner, trainer and jockey of eligible racehorses. It is considered a world-leading incentive scheme for those who invest and race Victorian bred thoroughbreds.

There are over 800 VOBIS races in the Victorian racing calendar providing participants with lucrative opportunities to gain their share in the VOBIS bonuses.

It was the late Fighting Sun who saluted the VOBIS Gold Ingot on Saturday as Flinders River gave an impressive performance to win the $145,500 race for Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. The training duo took out the quinella in the race as Galactic Fury, followed closely behind his stable companion. David Eustace commented that the VOBIS race ‘has been the plan for him all preparation and it is great when it comes off. It is great to see these races in the calendar.’

The Maher and Eustace team have had much success with Fighting Sun and the qualities of the sire appear to be present in the progeny. ‘We have always found the Fighting Sun’s pretty straight forward horses to train, very honest and sound. We felt we would be able to have him spot on for the race.’

The VOBIS races bring a high calibre of competition and as a homebred for Sun Stud, it was a fantastic result for the industry.

“You are always trying to maximise return for your owners and the VOBIS scheme makes for good competition which can at times make the races a little bit tougher. The VOBIS Gold only races support the breeders and gives a good return for owners as well. We are always looking to try and target those races as it is a great initiative,” Eustace remarked.

For the VOBIS Gold Stayers race worth $145,500 it was Magnus who rose to Victory, as Mahamedeis (Magnus x Elusive Magic) was crowned in the winners circle. This is the second VOBIS Gold race that the horse has won with nine wins from thirty-six starts. A potential career over the jumps may well be put on hold while the riches of the Spring looms with possible starts in the Herbert Power or the Bendigo Cup.

Mahamedeis ridden by Rhys McLeod wins the Laurelle Owens VOBIS Gold Stayers at Caulfield Racecourse. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

“The race on Saturday was always in mind as Mahamedeis is VOBIS qualified. We do tend to target those races with our VOBIS Gold horses as much as we can. The prize money and the bonuses are fantastic, and it is a really great incentive. We are trying to reap the most we can for our owners so the VOBIS races are great for that,” remarked Nick Ryan.

Although Nick has trained many of Magnus’ progeny before, this horse is the first he has purchased and with over $800,000 in prizemoney it was a very good decision.

“With purchasing my yearlings, I start with the physical aspects of the horses and then go to the book. He is the only Magnus I have ever purchased and was in the first crop I ever brought. I am very, very lucky as he is such a quality horse,” Nick commented.

Mahamedeis is nominated to run on Saturday and the option of the hurdles is still a possibility as Nick is looking at some potential trials at Caulfield.

“The plan wasn’t always to go jumping, it was used as a bit of a tool to keep him interested and focused, but he really enjoys it. If he continues the way he is going as happy and fit horse anything could happen.”

Hoofnote: Super VOBIS for 2018-born foals closes on the 31st of July 2020 and you can nominate your yearling by clicking here.

 

 

The stud career of Starspangledbanner has hit new heights with two Irish Group successes in four days, combined with a career-best season from his progeny in Australia.

Fertility issues plagued the early part of the four-time Group 1 winner’s stud career, but thanks to the careful management of both Coolmore and Rosemont Stud, his current home in Australia, he has been able to shuttle successfully between hemispheres.

The 13-year-old son of Choisir has recently arrived back in Australia and is serving out a period of quarantine before taking up residence again at Rosemont Stud in Victoria for the 2020 season at a fee of $19,800 inc GST.

“He’ll arrive at Rosemont in the first week of August and we’re really looking forward to seeing him again. He’s such a popular stallion here in Victoria and statistically is as good a sire standing in the state,” Rosemont’s General Manager, Bloodstock, Ryan McEvoy, said.

“He is tracking in the vicinity of 6.5 per cent stakes winners to runners and over 11 per cent black type horses to runners so his ability to get a higher class of horse is unquestionable.”

A look at his black type statistics sees Starspangledbanner striking at 6.3 per cent stakes winners to runners globally, with four of his 14 career stakes winners saluting in Australia.

He heads into his ninth Australian season with an incredible head of steam, thanks to three Northern Hemisphere stakes winners in the past 10 days.

The Jessica Harrington-trained Dickiedooda (Ire) kicked things off on July 13 with a win in the Listed Tipperary S. at Cork before the Fozzy Stack-prepared Aloha Star (Ire) became his 14th stakes winner overall with a win in the G2 Airlie Stud S. at The Curragh on Sunday.

On Wednesday, Starspangledbanner’s G1 Cheveley Park S. winner, Millisle (Ire) returned to the winner’s circle for Harrington in the G3 Ballyogan S. at Naas.

It was the 3-year-old filly’s third stakes success, making her just the second of Starspangledbanner’s progeny to secure three or more black-type wins after Home Of The Brave (Ire), who has six.

“She’s back on track. She was very good there and Shane (Foley – jockey) said she’s only really learning to sprint now,” Harrington said of Millisle after the race.

“We’ll probably go to The Curragh now for the Phoenix Sprint, another Group 3 and then we could go to France for the [G1 Prix Maurice de Gheest at Deauville]. It’s just hard enough to find races for her.

“There are very few fillies races, that’s the trouble, and she’s probably not hardened enough to take on the older sprinters yet. I think she will be in time, as I think she’s a proper sprinter. I’d love to look at a Group 1 towards the end of the season. “

“I think she’s a proper sprinter. I’d love to look at a Group 1 towards the end of the season. ” – Jessica Harrington

In a measure of the faith in the stallion, Harrington confirmed Millisle’s dam, Green Castle (Ire) (Indian Ridge {Ire}) had been sent back to him this year at Coolmore Ireland.

“Her dam went back in foal this year to Starspangledbanner aged 23. She had been retired, but they brought her back in out of the field,” she said.

Above: Millisle (Ire) | Image courtesy of Rosemont Stud

Strong numbers support stronger fertility

In a positive indication of his ongoing fertility, Starspangledbanner served 148 mares at 80 per cent strike rate in Ireland this season.

“Between Coolmore and Rosemont, we have learned a lot about how effective he is in the shed, the techniques to manage him and maximise his fertility. We’ve analysed the data and put that to good use,” McEvoy said.

“Certainly, the fertility concern would appear a thing of the past and breeders should feel increased confidence in sending their mares to Starspangledbanner this season. Reproductively speaking, he’s matured and from a practical management viewpoint we’ve worked hard to best maximise his fertility going forward.”

Above: Prime Star winning the R. Listed Inglis Millennium

In terms of his Australian progeny on the track, it’s been a career-best season for Starspangledbanner.

He has had 34 winners from 61 runners in 2019/20, with his progeny earning close to $3 million, a considerable increase on his previous record of $1.4 million last season. He also sits comfortably in the top five Australian 2-year-old sires for this season.

His star performer has been the 2-year-old Prime Star, who won the R. Listed Inglis Millennium at Warwick Farm in February for Richard and Michael Freedman.

The China Horse Club-owned gelding has recovered from an injury which ended his 2-year-old preparation and had a recent trial at Randwick, finishing second.

Promising signs from Rosemont fillies

Also set to return in the next few weeks is the smart Rosemont-owned filly Brooklyn Hustle, who thrashed subsequent The Everest winner Yes Yes Yes on debut and has been very competitive in stakes company in her subsequent five starts, including a third in the G3 Blue Sapphire S., last spring.

“She might be the forgotten filly who has been off the scene, but certainly not from our point of view,” McEvoy said.

“We have been waiting to get her back, and you only have to think about her debut, where she made such an impression in a highly rated race, of course she skipped past Yes Yes Yes and won that race so convincingly. Clearly that form reference will be noted when she does return to the races reminding people of what a unique talent she is.”

Above: Brooklyn Hustle

Starspangledbanner’s next stakes winner could come as soon as Saturday with the Rosemont-owned Knowles to contest the Listed Lightning S. at Morphettville.

“She’s really well-placed there for Jason Warren. She is a filly that while she hasn’t achieved it yet, we do think she is a stakes horse. We think she is capable of measuring up in a race like that for sure,” McEvoy said.

Rosemont also have another Starspangledbanner filly, the Tony Gollan-trained 2-year-old Starosa, which it has high hopes for after a 6l win at Doomben in May.

McEvoy said the upcoming season, where Starspangledbanner stands at $19,800 (inc GST), looms as another opportunity for the stallion to build on his burgeoning record.

“He’s been a phenomenal stallion for the team to be involved in and whilst it may feel like he’s been around for a while, he’s still a relatively young stallion. He covered a seriously good book of mares last season and he is on target for that again this year,” he said.

“We’ve recently finalised our matings, and again, he’ll be backed up with another strong book of mares from the Rosemont band.”

Article courtesy of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Foxwedge standing at Woodside Park

Now based at Woodside Park in Victoria, Foxwedge featured in South Africa on Saturday when his talented five year-old Infamous Fox took out the Listed Greyville Thukela Handicap.

Trained by Candice Dawson, he scored a half length win over Hudoo Magic (4g Choisir x Hoodoo (GB), taking his overall record to nine wins from 28 starts.

A $25,000 Magic Millions purchase f or Central Route Trading from the Glastonbury Farm draft, Infamous Fox is the best of three winners from French, an unraced Nadeem half-sister to Group III winner Typhoon Billie.

French has a weanling colt by Foxwedge and her Headwater yearling colt made $180,000 at Inglis Classic this year.

Already a stakes-winner, Infamous Fox is one of 19 stakes-winners worldwide for Foxwedge including three Group I winners.

The Group I winning son of Fastnet Rock stands at Woodside Park at the affordable fee of $11,000.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Grunt x Peninsula Miss (Helmet) Bay Colt

Yulong Investments have announced the arrival of the first foal by foundation stallion Grunt (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}).

Born slightly ahead of his due date of August 6, the foal is a bay colt from Peninsula Miss (Helmet), a winning half-sister to stakes performers Sabie (Exceed and Excel), Ankaret (Desert Prince {Ire}) and Graskop (Manton).

“We are thrilled with the arrival of Grunt’s first foal, a healthy bay colt from Peninsula Miss, born on Friday evening (July 24),” said Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray.

“He has size, strength, bone and is nicely marked with a blaze and hind sock. We will be happy if they keep coming out looking like this foal.” Introduced to the Yulong stallion roster last spring at a service fee of $13,750, Grunt served a huge book of 178 mares in his first season and showed remarkable fertility.

“Grunt kicked off his stud career with incredible support and a fantastic fertility rate of around 90%, so breeders can be confident they will have a high chance of getting their mare in foal,” Fairgray said. “He is a gorgeous individual and a pleasure to deal with.”

By the late, great O’Reilly (NZ) out of a half-sister to Ocean Park (NZ), Grunt has a top-class pedigree and produced racetrack performances to match. His five wins included outstanding victories in the G1 Australian Guineas and Makybe Diva S. at Flemington.

In his scintillating victory in the Makybe Diva S., Grunt defeated nine Group 1 winners – Kings Will Dream(Ire) (Casamento {Ire}), Jon Snow (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}), Kementari (Lonhro), Happy Clapper (Teofilo {Ire}), Comin’ Through (Fastnet Rock), Humidor (NZ) (Teofilo {Ire}), Black Heart Bart (Blackfriars), Harlem (GB) (Champs Elysees {GB}) and Pounamu (Authorized {Ire}).

Grunt’s first foal is the second foal overall to be born at Yulong this year. The first was a colt by Dundeel (NZ) from All of Me (Pierro). Grunt will stand at Yulong this spring alongside fellow Group 1 winner Alabama Express, who has been added to the line-up at a service fee of $27,500.

This year’s Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa will join the Yulong roster upon his retirement from racing.

Above: Dancing Gidget was one of three metro winners for Al Maher – image Steve Hart

A great day at the office for Stockwall Thoroughbreds Al Maher with his three-year-old daughters Chassis and Dancing Gidget winner at Caulfield and Rosehill respectively while the seven-year-old mare Bertwhistle kept her recent good form going when successful at Morphettville.

The Darryl Dodson-trained Bertwhistle is racing in the form of her life. Kayla Crowther weaved a passage on the veteran mare to defeat Exalted Ruth by a head to make it three wins from her past four starts.

Passed in when failing to make her $25,000 reserve at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, the Roger Pfitzner homebred advances her record to 9 wins and 3 thirds from 28 starts with earnings of $255,949.

Next up for Al Maher came the John Price-trained filly Chassis.

With Dwayne Dunn in the saddle, Chassis held the challenge of the Written Tycoon filly Rich Hips in the Elizabeth Mooney Hcp (1200m) at Caulfield.

A $40,000 purchase by her trainer out of the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft at the 2018 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, Chassis advances her record to 3 wins and a second from 8 starts with earnings of $169,375.

Shortly after Chassis’ win at Caulfield, Hugh Bowman swept down the outside on the Chris Waller-trained Dancing Gidget to defeat the Fastnet Rock gelding Papal Warrior over 1400m at Rosehill.

It was the third consecutive win for the Ingham-homebred to advance her record to 3 wins and 3 seconds from 9 starts with earnings of $175,900.

Dancing Gidget is a daughter of the Ingham’s $1.5 million Easter Yearling purchase Little Surfer Girl, a triple Listed stakes-winner by Encosta de Lago out of the top-class Special Harmony (Spinning World).

A Group 1 winning son of Danehill, Al Maher started his career at Emirates Park, NSW  before moving down to Stockwell Thoroughbreds in Victoria last year. The sire of 35 stakes-winners Al Maher will stand at a fee of  $8,800 in 2020.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Final Ovation ridden by Laura Lafferty wins the Swan Hill Kubota Maiden Plate at Donald Racecourse. (Brendan McCarthy/Racing Photos)

Kyneton trainer Charles Cassar has had success with the last horse he bred, the aptly named Final Ovation.

By Moshe and out of Vallarna (Royal Academy), Cassar said he has tended to breed with mares he has trained and that have been successful on the track.

Vallarna won five races for Cassar before he moved from Geelong to a 40 acre property at Kyneton 10 years ago.

While he enjoyed the breeding side of the industry, Cassar decided that the five year-old Final Ovation could possibly be his last fling in breeding.

Rather than breeding any, he continues to support the local breeding industry where he sources his horses from.

After 19 starts, and being rated a 100-1 chance at her previous two runs, the chestnut mare broke through for her maiden victory at Donald on Saturday over 1200m at 12-1.

The mare had been placed four times before scoring the victory.

“She is the last foal we bred,” Cassar said.

Moshe, a full brother to champion mare Black Caviar, was sent overseas last season after his books of mares dropped away.

But Cassar was never disappointed with what Moshe produced from his mares.

“We bred a few by Moshe and he left a strong animal,” he said.

“We had never really bred until we moved to the current property and we decided to breed from some race mares that we had a bit of success with.

“Final Ovation’s mother was a really nice Royal Academy mare who won six races and was quite a prolific winner and a nicely put together mare which we bred a few out of her.

“We also bred from a few other mares we had at the time.”

Cassar said that as a boutique racing stable they found it wasn’t economical to do it that way, but was better to buy them from other breeders.

“Unfortunately we could buy the type of horses we were breeding for less than we could breed them for,” he said.

“We still buy horses. Last year we bought six yearlings.”

Cassar said when he went into breeding sentimentally and with mares he’d had a bit of luck with as race mares.

“But I probably would have had more success from a breeding point of view if I’d gone out and bought commercial broodmares and you could have sold one every second foal,” he said.

“The other thing is if I go the sales and buy a yearling for $20,000 I can sell a 10 per cent share for $2000 and I’m not making anything out of it.

“But if you had bred one and you add the figures up, all of sudden you are taking five or ten thousand off the horse before you fill it and that money has to come from somewhere.

“We have bred a lot of horses that have won races, but nothing that has really gone on with it.”

Cassar has 12 horses in work at the moment and that will soon increase to 15 or 16.

His property is only 10 minutes from the Kyneton track.

As for Final Ovation, Cassar would like to think there is another win or two in the mare who he said has taken every bit of her five years to develop.

And it could be a case of never saying never for Cassar.

“The mare that won the other day, Final Ovation, if you could do things with the way we did it with her, you’d be happy to breed again,” he said.

“The ownership was there before we sent out the mare so they bred her with us and we have racing people in her.

“The cost is shared and they took great enjoyment in seeing her win, even though both those owners, Bernie Cooney and the Hogg family, have got better horses than her.

“But because they bred her, it gives a more sentimental feeling.

Cassar said it would be much more affordable to have owners who want to breed, rather than having a horse and then trying to fill the horses with owners.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Hypersonic winning Furphy Handicap (1000m) at Morphetville Park on Saturday

Three Bridges Thoroughbred’s’ Peter Liston said he always knows when they’ve got an above average yearling to sell.

The requests for x-rays, veterinary examinations and inspections are made at an ever increasing rate which was the case with a Brazen Beau/Bella Jewel colt on offer at the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The colt sold accordingly for $275,000 to top trainer Tony McEvoy, with Godolphin the under bidder.

Held back from a two year-old career and a crack at the Magic Millions after jarring up in a trail when he “towelled” his older rivals, the colt became a gelding before he made his debut as a three year-old at Murray Bridge over 900m earlier this month.

Named Hypersonic, the gelding scored easily on debut and then on Saturday stepped up to city grade on the Morphettville Park track with another impressive victory.

Three Bridges and Steve Gillard bred Hypersonic. Gillard and Liston, although he says his share is small, bought back into the horse after he went under the hammer.

Liston said Hypersonic was always an outstanding type who he heard was going so well when he was being broken in, that he bought a little share in him.

“I asked McEvoy before the horse had raced if he had any ability and told me he had plenty but it was a matter of getting him sound,” Liston said.

“Hopefully he can keep him sound.”

Liston said that when the yearling went up for sale, he was hoping that Godolphin would keep bidding but they stopped at $250,000.

“We expected him to get that level of money because he was a special horse. You know when you’ve got something special when you have all the x-ray hits and all the second views and all the vets come and look at him,” he said.

“It’s not hard to know when you’ve got a nice one for sale.”

Liston said that as a stud owner who stays in the ownership of a colt, it’s always difficult when the trainer mentions the dreaded “gelding” word.

“Of course it happens quite often,” he said.

“It’s interesting when he (McEvoy) sent out the first thing update to say the horse is injured, he is a heavy horse and he needs to be gelded.

“The first time around no-one said that they wanted him gelded and I think we were all thinking the same that we might have a stallion.

“But eventually he was gelded and if you want a racehorse, that’s what you have to do.”

Liston said he always been a big supporter of Brazen Beau  (I Am Invincible/Sansadee) which stands at Darley’s Victorian stud but had struggled to get some of the mares in foal.

“Early on we sent a lot of mares to him and I noticed this year they didn’t send him overseas,” Liston said.

Liston said he’d been in a partnership with Gillard, who bought Oakleigh Girl as a yearling and raced her and sold her second foal by I Am Invincible for $1.7 million at the 2019 at the Gold Coast Yearling.

He said they bought Hypersonic’s dam Bella Jewel (Rory’s Jester), after Gillard purchased a Fastnet colt out of the mare which he gave to Eagle Farm trainer, Danny Bougourne.

“He said the colt was the best horse he’d ever trained so Steve said we had better buy the mare,” he said.

“I went to the sale to buy the mare and Coolmore had also heard about the colt and I had to pay about $240,000 for her. We paid that for her based on the fact that Steve had bought the Fastnet Rock colt out of the mare.

“They had just trialled the colt and Steve rang me and said they think this horse is a super star and the best horse they’ve ever had.

“And a week later the Fastnet Rock colt died after a having an anaphylaxis reaction to a needle, so about five years later we’ve got this colt.

“It’s a tough game this when you are making your living out of it.”

Liston said they later sold the mare and the sale of Hypersonic “squared the ledger.”

And Liston said they have some nice horses going to the sales this year, including three by I Am Invincible and few by Snitzel.

“The money is at the top end but it is expensive to get in at the top end,” he said.

“You know if you’ve got something good as everyone wants to know about the mare, if you have still got it and if you’ve got any sisters or half-sisters.”

And McEvoy predicts big things for Hypersonic.

“He raced a little bit more professionally today,” McEvoy told  Racing.com after the race.

“And he made the step up to the city grade and did a really good job. He is a high talent.”

McEvoy said he took Hypersonic to Queensland for the Magic Millions when he was a two year-old, but he never got to the race.

“I trialled him at Doomben one day against the open sprinters as an unraced two year-old and he towelled them up,” McEvoy said.

“He was absolutely fantastic but he just jarred up out of it and we just couldn’t get him there.  When they have that sort of talent it is frustrating but it’s okay to wait.”

McEvoy said that depending on how Hypersonic pulls up after his victory, he might race in Saturday’s SAJC Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville for two and three year-olds.

He said it was nice to have a little black type race at the back end of the racing season.

“But it’s up to the horse,” he said.

“If he doesn’t do well enough, we’ll wait.”

Above: Allison Sheehan with El Questro after winning the RMBL Investments Rising Stars Final at Flemington Racecourse (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Allison Sheehan admitted to feeling a sense of relief when her homebred El Questro scored a three length win at Flemington on Saturday over 1400m.

Although it was the Cranbourne trainer’s first Flemington victory, that sense of relief was for the horse and not herself.

El Questro, by Bombora Downs stallion Lago Delight, finished second in the corresponding race last year after going into it by finishing second by the narrowest of margins in the Leilani Final.

“I am just relieved that we got there today,” Allison said.

“I have had a heap out of the same family and they have all been really handy horses.”

Allison bred El Questro and owns fifty per cent of the six year-old which has now won more than $200,000 in prize money.

She also trained the mare’s three quarter brother, Tackleberry.

“Tackleberry was nearly my first Flemington winner, but ran second (in 2014).

“As I said I’ve had a heap out of the family including El Questro’s mother, El Rayo, who managed to win only one race as she had a few problems.

“A couple of them were city winners as well and that’s why I went to Lago Delight even though he is uncommercial and unfashionable.”

Allison said after getting Tackleberry, who is out of Danto (Danzero/Neranto) and the winner of five races, she went back to Lago Delight to breed one on the same cross.

She said Lago Delight was only a $2000 service fee when she sent El Rayo (Racer’s Edge/Danto) to him.

“If I had have put her (El Questro) through the yearling sale she wouldn’t have sold,’’ Allison said.

“She is not the most classical style of horse and is not the greatest legged horse but she just tries hard which gets her through.”

Allison said when the filly was a yearling she couldn’t even sell shares in her.

“I got left with half of her and it was only my long term loyal owners who trusted me to do the right thing and that I had some idea what I was doing with breeding,” she said.

“They were involved with her brother and they jumped in, but I ended up getting left with half of her. I’m quite pleased about that now but most times it doesn’t work out.

“She was only ever going to be syndicated to race.”

Allison said she breeds to syndicate horses she can train.

“I have not put one through a ring commercially, but I would hope to do that in the future. With everything that has gone on this year I am a bit nervous about doing it,” she said

“I can always fall back and train them myself if I don’t get the money that I want.”

Allison trained El Rayo’s three brothers – Tackleberry (Lago Delight), Regi Bush (Racer’s Edge) and Villa Alvarado (Racer’s Edge) – to multiple victories.

“I think there was about 12 or 13 winners from the family,” she said.

“And I still have the grand dam (Danto) in the paddock here. She is retired and is 23, rising 24.

“I have got a paddock full of them but that’s how much they mean to me and I’ll look after them for ever.”

Allison sent her mare to Lago Delight in 2012 when the stallion served only nine mares and got eight of them in foal.

“I went to Lago Delight because Tackleberry was by Lago Delight,’’ she said.

“Although it was unfashionable, I knew the cross worked and that’s the reason why I did it.

Officially retired this year, Lago Delight began his stud career with 29 mares in 2004 and his biggest book was 141 in 2007. From 2012 until his retirement, he served only single figure books.

El Questro was only one of nine mares Lago Delight served in 2012.

She sent two mares to stud that year and both are city winners. The other winner was Alonzah (Zuberi/Pride of Ardrossan).

“The other mare (Alonzah) is retired now and was the first one to win and that was at Moonee Valley,” Allison said.

“I bred two that year and before that the first horse I ever bred was Andrassy (Sharkbite) and she won five in town.

“And I only breed one or two a year.”

Andrassy was born in 2011 and is out of Pride of Ardrossan (Desert Sun).

“I have only been breeding for a short time. It is very time consuming and you don’t go into it half-hearted, she (El Questro) came to light nearly eight years ago and her dam retired a little bit late in the season and she wasn’t covered until late October.

“But she went straight into foal but I could never get her back into foal again and she is the only foal we got from her.

“In the end we gave her to someone that breeds Clydesdales to just paddock serve with, so I retired her from breeding after she wouldn’t get into foal.”

El Questro is the last one from the line of mares that have been so good to Allison.

Allison, who says she has a couple of nice three year-old she has bred and went close to having three winners last week.

“We just got beaten at Seymour with Aniceta which is by Canford Cliffs,” she said.

“They need a bit of time and some give in the track and she is rising four. She has run a second and a third in her first two runs and she is from the other side of the family, the Andrassy side.

“I only bred one that year.

“And Hello My Friend, by Americain, won at Moe.

“We are just trying to knock off Aniceta’s maiden before she turns four. I VOBIS all my horses and due to the VOBIS scheme it makes the win worth double.  We are planning to go to Swan Hill on Friday at this stage.”

Allison bred Aniceta, while this is her first preparation with Hello My Friend.

“I usually walk in my own mares and foal them down and I have been pretty lucky with them but you always want to upgrade what you have got,” she said.

“The first horse that I bred (Andrassy) is in foal to Impending this year. I am trying to upgrade who I send them to but it doesn’t always make sense when you have winners by Lago Delight and Shark Bite.”

Allison’s previously had three seconds at headquarters – El Questro ran second twice and her brother Tackleberry was runner-up at headquarters six years ago.

“She should have won the Leilani final last year and ran second in this race last year and to go one better this year was very nice for all involved,” she said.

After sending Pride of Ardrossan to Sharkbite, which produced Andrassy, she went back to the stallion the following year and that produced Jawsome which she sold after one win but he has since won four races at interstate bush tracks.

With five city wins and a narrow fourth in the Cockram Stakes in 2016, Allison is hoping the handy Andrassy, which was retired from the track in early 2017, can put her attributes into her foals.

Allison is sending Andrassy, which is out of Pride of Ardrossan (Dessert Sun), to Woodside Park’s Cable Bay this breeding season. Pride of Ardrossan’s last foal was by Kuroshio and a mating is planned with Foxwedge.

Allison has 30 acres at Lang Lang, just within the border of the COVID-19 lockdown.

 

 

 

Above: Shamus award standing at Rosemont Stud

TDN AusNZ continues its series in which we quiz Australasian stud identities about their operations, backgrounds and thoughts on the wider thoroughbred industry. Today, we chat with Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen.

Rosemont’s stallion roster was boosted by the arrival last year of Shamus Award, who will stand at $19,800 inc GST in 2020 and Starspangledbanner at the same fee. Newcomer Strasbourg will stand at an introductory fee of $11,000 inc GST, Starcraft (NZ) will be offered at $8800 inc GST and Nostradamus at $5500 inc GST.

TDN AusNZ: Service fees have been announced, how are you finding the response to your roster given the current economic uncertainty?

Anthony Mithen: We haven’t really had to alter things too much. Shamus Award deserved a little tickle upwards given the job he’s doing. He’s the best-performed Victorian stallion on stakes winners to runners and I think anything under $20,000 is great value.

He’s found his mark and proving to still be very popular. The other stallions are at competitive prices given where the market is at and I think everyone has taken it on board to give mare owners opportunities to make a quid without over-extending.

TDN AusNZ: Physical type, race performance and pedigree are all important criteria when selecting stallions, but if there were one you’d prioritise over the others, what would it be and why?

AM: In an ideal world they would have all three and it’s almost like ‘would you stand a horse without them?’ and probably I wouldn’t. A case in point for us is Strasbourg and putting a question like this into practice. It was the physical type that really got me over the line with him, he’s such a beautiful horse and if he’s a black cat having black kittens then everyone is going to make a lot of money out of him.

He’s a magnificent specimen and that got me – he’s a $750,000 son of I Am Invincible and then throw in a race record that includes a Group 2 win and his pedigree is okay without being splashed with Group 1 winners all over the page, it’s acceptable.

He’s got five stars on physical and that probably answers the question in terms of what’s most important to me, but you do have to have a blend to make a successful stallion.

TDN AusNZ: Looking ahead to the next few years, are there any changes to your business model you’re planning and what is your process for reviewing how your business is placed?

AM: We would like to position ourselves in the market as being the Victorian leader with stallions and we’re going to take steps to make that happen and look for partners to support us in that. That’s something we’re excited to push on within the next 12 months.

With the appointment of Ryan McEvoy there’s no better time to do that, given his area of expertise with stallions and managing stallions like Sebring and Zoustar through Widden Stud. We’re dedicated to excellence across the board and we’ve assembled a great team of both humans and horses. We’re well positioned to make an impact.

“We’re dedicated to excellence across the board and we’ve assembled a great team of both humans and horses. We’re well positioned to make an impact. ” – Anthony Mithen

TDN AusNZ: What is the biggest challenge facing your business at the moment?

AM: I’m sure everyone is answering with economic factors at the moment. I do think that we need to be very careful about where we are positioned in a community sense and we don’t lose sight of the fact that it is very much a community sport, and a community employer.

We really need to make sure the general public who don’t really care much for racing, don’t have an opinion or are ambivalent and are made aware of that. I don’t know that the industry has done a good job of that in the past. It was once a part of the fabric of being Australian and I think that we’ve lost that a bit and become a bit insular.

I get that there has been a lot of work done in the animal welfare area to make sure we are beyond reproach in that regard, but I think we can go a step further and put racing back into the general Australian psyche. It’s a big employer and lots of people can benefit from it and get a lot of enjoyment out of it, including the animals that are so well cared for.

TDN AusNZ: You’ve worked for some interesting people throughout your career, can you tell me who had the largest influence on you and the lesson you will not forget?

AM: I’m not a person born into the industry and had no family connection to it. My crossover from media into the bloodstock business was one that was poles apart, but I drew from my now business partner and he wasn’t one when I made that decision.

My brother-in-law Nigel Austin runs one of the most successful clothing retail businesses in the world [Cotton On] and I’m lucky enough to also call him a great mate and I’ve been lucky he’s guided me to make some good business calls. Even though breeding isn’t necessarily his number one focus, he’s certainly got business acumen above anyone I know.

TDN AusNZ: Who currently in the industry do you look toward for inspiration, and why?

AM: I’ve always found the Mitchell brothers, Harry and Arthur, to be welcoming and helpful with their time and advice and they’ve got a model that I aspire to. They’ve got nice stallions and farm and doing it all with a smile on their faces, and a moral compass that points the right way. Hopefully, one day I can end up with an I Am Invincible in the backyard, that would be nice.

TDN AusNZ: Who did you learn the most from, regarding horse conformation? And why do you think they were a good judge?

AM: I’ve been someone that has taken little bits from everyone along the way. I think back to what I looked for 17 years ago when I left TV and thought it might be an ideal to become a horse breeder and run a farm. I shudder in horror at my thoughts at the time about what made a nice horse as opposed to a decade and a-half or more down the track.

There hasn’t been any one person that I have sidled alongside and afford myself the opportunity to be mentored, I was the peak of the pyramid when we had four people working for us when we started up. I had to do it all, and in reality, and history will tell you, I didn’t know much and had to learn quickly.

One good influence was Dean Harvey, who now runs Baystone Farm and worked for me for three or four years. He was a confidant and a mate and he always had a nice eye for a horse. He was one I could ask dumb questions and wouldn’t be cast aside and made to wear the dunce hat so he deserves a rap for that.

TDN AusNZ: What physical element really hooks you into a horse, and what trait can you not forgive?

AM: I’ve been to the races enough and looked at horses in the mounting yard to see most things and you shake your head and think how is this even at the races, given the world that we live in when they’ve got to be straight and perfect everywhere.

You can go into the mounting yard at Flemington during the carnival and you see them in all shapes and sizes, so I wouldn’t condemn a horse for anything if they have enough going for them in other areas. That may be naive because I’ve never trained one, I’m sure there are trainers that can answer the question better than me!

TDN AusNZ: Who is the best stallion physical you have ever seen?

AM: Right now it would be Strasbourg because he’s an A1 knockout. That’s a little biased and I’ve always admired Lonhro as a physical. He’s such a beautiful horse and I saw him as a pre-Christmas 2-year-old up at Belmont Park at Woodlands and had a friendship with the Hawkes family and Wayne in particular. I went up there during a Hunter Valley tour and I still remember looking in the box at this black horse and they said look out for him. I followed him and backed him in his first start and goes down as one of my all-time favourites.

TDN AusNZ: What stallion on another farm’s roster would you like to be standing?

AM: I’m lucky enough to have a breeding right in I Am Invincible and that’s as close as I can get to a champion stallion that’s up in the clouds like him. While we obviously don’t stand him, it’s nice to be part of that team.

I feel the horse on the move is Capitalist with lots of numbers and he gets them in all shapes and sizes, a bit like Written Tycoon.

TDN AusNZ: Which four people, within the industry or outside it, dead or alive, would you invite to a dinner party?

AM: I went with the current day and hoping and dreaming it could come off at some stage. I would want it to be entertaining rather than informative and that’s my social side coming out and maybe the fact we’ve been locked down with this COVID-19.

Angus Gold, he’s a very learned horseman and screamingly entertaining person. He’s very good on the microphone and he could kick start the karaoke.

In similar vein, a very knowledgeable guy who I’ve had a lot to do with and a lot of dinners in the last four or five years and I wouldn’t hear the end of it if he didn’t get invited, and that’s Peter Moody. He could come along and his quick wit would certainly add to the table.

Another guy who is a loveable larrikin and has been absolutely spectacular for the industry and just as entertaining is Gerry Harvey. Gerry gets the third seat and the fourth seat, and I’m going out on a limb because I don’t know him but I would imagine that he would be quite scintillating in this company, would be Frankie Dettori.

TDN AusNZ: Which global breeding brand do you have the ultimate respect for?

AM: I have the utmost respect for the two international giants of Coolmore and Godolphin. Twenty or 30 years ago they pitched a flag in Australia and what they have been able to do, enhance Australia by opening up very big and successful operations here, has been fantastic.

Coolmore’s recent support of the Easter Sale and of the industry when times are tough can’t be under-estimated. Those two organisations, while their head offices are based elsewhere, have done an unbelievable job for Australian breeding and racing and continue to do so, we should be indebted to them.

Article Courtesy of Paul Vettise TDN

Above: Strasbourg standing at Rosemont Stud

Securing a lifetime breeding right to a young stallion on the up can be one of the best decisions a savvy breeder will ever make. Make it an elite son of I AM INVINCIBLE and be one of just 40 breeding right holders in the running to win a Business Class trip for two to Strasbourg, France? How? Read on…

The Invincible Spirit sireline is going from strength to strength on the global stage and in Australia his champion son I Am Invincible has already proven himself as a sire of sires with Rosemont Stud holding high hopes for his exciting new sire son Strasbourg.

A $750,000 Inglis Easter Yearling purchase from the Yarraman Park draft, Strasbourg was a dominant, pre-Christmas, debut winner of the annual Max Lees Classic over 900m before a fast finishing second in the $500,000 Inglis Nursery.

His immediate talent and precocity was no surprise to Yarraman Park’s Harry Mitchell, who has purchased a lifetime breeding right to the young stallion.

“Strasbourg was without doubt one of the best looking I Am Invincible’s we’ve raised here and presented at sale,” Mitchell said. (Click Here to hear Harry’s assessment of Strasbourg as a yearling)

“He was a high class two year-old so we’re thrilled to continue our association with him.”

Targeted towards the Queensland Winter Carnival by Peter and Paul Snowden, Strasbourg showed an eye-catching turn of foot to win the Group II BRC Sires Produce Stakes over 1400m for China Horse Club, a race won previously by the likes of superstars such as Zoustar and Melody Belle.

China Horse Club are standing Strasbourg in partnership with Rosemont Stud and have great faith in the handsome bay son of I Am Invincible.

“We buy a number of horses every year, yet this colt stands out as one of the best types we’ve ever purchased. He’s by far the best looking son of I Am Invincible we’ve had involvement in, said China Horse Club’s Michael Wallace.

“Not only that, he’s the most precocious son of ‘Vinny’ we’ve had through the CHC system given he was a dominant debut winner and stakes performer as a pre-christmas two year-old . He’s got an ideal profile and genetic makeup to be a successful stallion.”

Above: Strasbourg full flight (image courtesy of Breednet)

Securing I Am Invincible’s equal highest 2yo provides an air of excitement for Rosemont Stud who feel the colt has an ideal profile for the Australian market and race conditions.

“Strasbourg ‘sold’ himself when we saw him in the flesh, but it was a discussion with the colt’s co-trainer Peter Snowden and regular jockey Tommy Berry that sealed the deal,” said Rosemont General Manager (Bloodstock) Ryan McEvoy.

“It was important to get their endorsement, but what surprised us was that was over and above our expectations. They were super-excited about Strasbourg’s ability, so that became another tick in the box. When we got the opportunity to go and have a look at him, the deal was sealed, he’s magnificent. He’s what you’d expect of a $750,000 Easter yearling.”

Strasbourg will stand this season at a fee of $11,000, the exact same fee at which his Group III winning sire I Am Invincible stood for the first four seasons of his stud career.

I Am Invincible stood last season for $247,500 covering 205 mares and this year is Australia’s most expensive sire at a fee of $209,000

Lifetime Breeding Rights in I Am Invincible were sold at $30,000 and have subsequently traded for up to $650,000!

Like his sire, Strasbourg did not win at the elite level, retiring as a Group II winning juvenile and his lifetime breeding rights are being offered at just $22,000 inc GST.

Breeding Right Holders go in the running to win a Business Class trip for two to the idyllic French city of Strasbourg, albeit when international travel becomes possible again in a post pandemic world.
(click here for further details)

For those interested in Srasbourg and would like to discuss the lifetime breeding right in further detail, contact Ryan McEvoy on 0439 802 837 or by email ryan@rosemontstud.com.au  

Article courtesy of Breednet

With the loss of stable stalwart Scales Of Justice, it has not been the best of weeks for the Lindsay Smith stable, however it ended on a high note when Chantrea extended her winning streak to six in Saturday’s Listed Belmont Classic (2200m).

Although she was running on empty over the final 100 metres the daughter of  Puissance de Lune called on all her courage under Willie Pike to defy the challenge of the Not A Single Doubt filly Heaven’s Gift by a short-neck with the Maschino gelding Marocchino two lengths back in third.

A homebred for part-owner Professor John Yovich, Chantrea completed the Belmont Oaks – Belmont Classic double to advance her record to six wins from as many starts with earnings of $255,500.

The final foal of her pensioned dam, Chantrea is the eleventh foal and ninth winner from ten to race out of the 4-time winning Danzig Connection mare Mosse, a half-sister to the Group II VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner and wonderful broodmare De Lago Mist the dam of stakes winners Instinction, Into The Mist and Shrouded In Mist.

Chantrea is one of two stakes winners for Swettenham Stud’s Shamardal (USA) stallion Puissance de Lune (IRL) who has earned a rise in fee to $19,800 in 2020.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Foxwedge

Experiencing an outstanding season with his progeny on the track, Foxwedge added his 19th individual stakes winner over the weekend when the lightly raced Sacred Magnate won the Listed Macau Derby (1800m), the second leg of the Macau Triple Crown.

Fourth in the Listed Macau Guineas (1st Leg of the Macau Triple Crown) at his prior start, the Joe Lau-trained 4YO settled in a midfield position before making a strong run as the field rounded the final turn and sprinted for home. Charging between runners, the Matthew Sandblom-bred runner scored by a short half head in the local Group 1 contest.

One of 15 black type performers this season for the Group 1-winning son of Champion Sire Fastnet Rock, headed by Group 2 winner Run Fox Run, a narrower runner-up last time out in the Group 1 South African Fillies Sprint at Scottsville, Foxwedge’s yearlings have sold up to 20 times his service fee this year, purchased by the likes of  Ciaron Maher Racing, Freedman Brothers, McEvoy Racing, Belmont Bloodstock, David Ellis, David Vandyke, Darby Racing and Malua Racing to name a few.

With the spring on our door step, we await the first Victorian conceived crop of Foxwedge to arrive on the ground, while on the track the likes of Group 2 winner Lunar Fox is sure to once again fly the flag for his sire.

Representing outstanding value, Foxwedge will stand for $11,000 (inc. GST) in 2020. For any further information on Foxwedge or to discuss your 2020 mating plans, please contact Tom Rowsthorn on 0400 553 62

Above: Royal Ace

ROYAL ACE – The Genetic Giant – is an exciting new addition to the Victorian stallion ranks. He is a member of the most successful stakes winning sire line from one of the world’s greatest stallion families! He makes his stud debut at Glen Eden Stud at Moranding near Kilmore.

Royal Ace had an extremely fast finish helping him to win 3 of his first 4 sprint races. He was sound and tough achieving 9 wins, 9 places and amassing over $380,000 in winnings.  He displayed versatility winning over a variety of distances between 1200m to 1720m and on all going.

The handsome bay proved an exciting horse for connections as he kept racing and winning well through four seasons.  He had success in the Peninsula Cup, a feature at Mornington, one of his career highlights where he was referred to as the ‘Iron Horse’ by Weir Racing.  His brilliant 1m 33.74 sectional over 1600m at Flemington underlined his class.

A member of the Danehill sire line, Royal Ace is a son of Casino Prince, winner of the Chipping Norton Stakes-Gr.1., whose 19 stakes winners include Alligator Blood’s multiple Group One winning sire All Too Hard.  His Grandsire is the Golden Slipper winner Flying Spur, the son of Danehill the worlds greatest sire of Stakes Winners.  His first 7 sires were all MULTIPLE G1 PERFORMERS, great genes for ability, constitution and speed to pass on.

His dam is the imported mare She Can’t Wait by More Than Ready, the worlds greatest sire of 1,901 individual winners and 4th greatest sire of all time with 202 stakes winners.

His 3rd dam was full sister to sensational LA PREVOYANTE 25 wins, who was the unbeaten 2yo USA champion with 12 wins as a 2YO. Her dam is the full sister to 14 win champion NORTHERN DANCER (Kentucky Derby, Preakness Stakes, 3rd Belmont Stakes), from one of the world’s best families.

Just have a look at the records of Royal Ace’s illustrious relations…
NORTHERN DANCER: Kentucky Derby winning breed-shaping sire of 147 stakes winners including the influential stallions Nijinsky II, Storm Bird, The Minstrel, Lyphard and Sadler’s Wells.

SOUTHERN HALO: sire of 173 stakes winners including More Than Ready.

MR PROSPECTOR: sire of 178 stakes winners is duplicated 4×5 in Royal Ace’s pedigree

DANEHILL: classy on the track, a superstar at stud – the sire of 347 stakes winners including 89 Group One winners, one of the most prolific sire of sires in Australian history.

All descendants of the superlative broodmare Almahmoud, described by American Classic pedigrees as “one of the outstanding foundation mares of the mid-20th century.” The only American bred mare to dominate the USA and Europe as well.

Royal Ace is bred on a similar bloodlines cross to SEBRING, being by a son of FLYING SPUR, Australian Champion sire, from a daughter of MORE THAN READY. With his amazing intensity focused on Danehill, he is expected to be highly pre-potent to Encosta De Lago mares and mares by Sons and Grandsons of Danehill.

He has impressed Glen Eden’s Sonia O’Gorman since his arrival. “He has only been here for a short time and he is already proving that he has a great temperament.” “And he is an athletic, strong individual who will let down to be an impressive stallion.”

For further information on Royal Ace who debuts at a fee of $6,600, contact Sonia O’Gorman on 0407 811 411 or Les Pratt (NZ) on 006478835778.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Sally Ballantine at Thompson Creek Thoroughbreds

Thompson Creek has grown steadily in its three years of operation, but even by its growth standards, September 26 last year was a special day. The fledgling nursery welcomed five foals in 24 hours.

“It was a busy day but a rewarding one,” said Thompson Creek’s Derek Ballantine. “Five healthy foals and five mares in good order.

The 2019 breeding season was a huge success for Thompson Creek, based at Modewarre, 20 minutes from Geelong. After announcing it would offer its services to outside breeders for the first time, the family operation foaled down just short of 50 foals. While managing covers for almost 70 mares to all the main Victorian studs, and working with partners to manage mares to the Hunter, one senses a huge enthusiasm from those at Thompson Creek for the upcoming season.

“We are proud of our first season but haven’t rested on our laurels,” says Managing Director, Sally Ballantine.

Thompson Creek has been busy in the off season.

“We have reflected on our strengths and where we can improve. It has resulted in improvements to our facilities: much better, and safer crush facilities, improved foaling down facilities catering for larger numbers and a bigger team,” Sally said. “We have implemented an improved back office system that will provide more efficient communications for our clients.”

But while some things have evolved, one thing clearly remains the priority.

“We maintain our absolute focus on the health of the mare and foal and while we are proud of our relationship with all of the major studs, we believe we will be better again and more efficient managing covers,” she said.

Above: horses at Thompson Creek Thoroughbreds

“This is really important for all of our clients, to know that there is the balance between the benefits of a boutique provider but with all of the professional trappings of the larger farms.”

With the challenges of 2020 all around us, Sally thinks Thompson Creek can play an important part in the breeding industry.

“This is obviously a unique and challenging environment for breeders and we think we can help: super competitive pricing compared to the bigger farms, no hidden costs, and a flexible approach accommodating short and long term boarders. We talk straight with our clients and work hard to achieve their goals – including innovative pricing arrangements,” Sally said.

“And we should never forget this is a passion for so many breeders and when people can get out and about again, we think being only 20 minutes to the Great Ocean Road is a great place to indulge one’s passion. What could be better than a glass of wine on the farm inspecting your foal before lunch on the Coast or a local winery – and all only an hour and fifteen minutes from Melbourne?”

And one senses similar enthusiasm from Derek Ballantine, the industry veteran now managing all equine activities at Thompson Creek.

Derek, who has served as a stud manager, syndicator, breeder and author in a lifetime with thoroughbreds appears rejuvenated by the experience.

“It is easy to get out of bed on a property like this – the mares and foals have a natural environment, with top class fencing and pastures. We have a great team. I can say to breeders that your mares and foals will have no better start than here at Thompson Creek.”

Sally tells us there is limited availability still left for interested breeders.

“We are again grateful to our many clients, including the larger studs, for sending us their mares ahead of the upcoming season. We still have limited availability left and encourage anyone interested to call or for those who can, we welcome visits to the farm,” she said.

For more information, contact Sally Ballantine: 0438-642-004 or www.thompsoncreek.com.au

Above: Lot 458 Pleasent Smile x Vanbrugh filly

Sinead Hughes of Sunhill Bloodstock in Kilmore is in the same boat as everyone else when it comes to the Inglis Gold Yearling sale and is taking each day as it comes.

Presenting a draft of six ‘phenomenal yearlings’ for the sale which is now on Inglis’ digital platform, Sinead explains that the extra time due to the sale being moved, has done wonders for her draft.

“They are all strong, forward going yearlings and the extra time has allowed us to break them in. We have had feedback that this is an extra incentive for buyers when they have looked at our draft,” Sinead said.

“The yearlings’ owners are happy with the progress that has been made. While they were meant to go through the ring a few months ago, you can’t control what is happening and this has been beneficial for them,” Sinead commented.

“They are being ridden and exercised daily and they are handling their work very well,” Sinead said.

With a diverse draft of horses, they believe they will be able to meet the market, especially given that they are all broken in and ready to go.

“The standout of the draft would have to be lot 464, a colt out Sister Phenomenon. He just keeps improving despite a few setbacks. He has developed into a really nice racehorse. There is no badness in him whatsoever and he is so fluid in his action,” Sinead enthused.

“The other yearling which is a standout for me is lot 79, a filly out of Mustang Sally. This filly is a big strong girl and she is the dark horse of the bunch. She is very elegant and is very determined in her temperament,” Sinead commented.

“She is owned by Narelle Bravington and I must thank Narelle for trusting us with her yearlings. She has given us free reign of whatever we believe needs to occur and we are able to get on with the job,” Sinead said.

“We prep the yearlings as we would at home (Sinead hails from Ireland). We hand walk them, ensure they are rollered, side reigned and have a balanced diet. We like to spend as much one on one time as we can. I won’t take on big drafts as I like to produce quality when it comes to sale day,” Sinead said.

The team have had two withdrawals from their draft, the Starcraft x Miang filly, which has been retained by her client to race and the Onemorenomore x Ruby Slew gelding was purchased by Steve Vella on Inglis digital earlier in the year.

After increased demand for their services, Sinead and her husband Patrick have just acquired a new property at 250 O’Grady’s Road, Kilmore, which is set on 106 acres with an Olympic arena and 7 stables. Within six weeks, the neighbouring property of 100 acres and another 7 stables were acquired.

Sinead said, “All good things come to all those who wait. We are blessed to be supported with some loyal clients from the start. Our current property is what dreams are made of. It is set on fertile land with undulating hills.”

Above: Stephanie Stephen and Lot 119 | Image by Bronwen Healy courtesy of Henstep Thoroughbreds

Disruptions and changes to the Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale can’t take away from the excitement for first-time vendor Stephanie Stephen, who will offer a couple of youngsters with points of difference at the auction.

Stephen operates Henstep Thoroughbreds at Geelong and has a son and a daughter of Ocean Park (NZ) – the only two in the sale by the Waikato Stud stallion – to mark her entry as a vendor.

With the COVID-19 situation in Victoria, the Gold Sale has been moved to its own section as part of the Inglis Digital July (Early) Online Auction. Bidding opened on Friday and begin closing out next Thursday from 10am.

On the advice of the Hume City Council and relevant health authorities, the sale inspections scheduled for Oaklands from Monday will also no longer take place.

It was planned to still hold physical parades at Oaklands, but border closures and tightening restrictions in Victoria has made it impossible for them to take place.

None of that or uncertain economic times have dampened the enthusiasm of Stephen, who has gained experience from some of the best in the business before striking out on her own.

“It’s my first sale under my own banner and I’m incredibly excited. I’m really pleased to be doing this and I can’t wait to see how it all goes,” she said.

“It’s my first sale under my own banner and I’m, incredibly excited. I’m really pleased to be doing this and I can’t wait to see how it all goes.” – Stephanie Stephen

“I’ve been really fortunate to do yearling preps on arguably some of the best stud farms in the country. I started off at Gilgai Farm and did a preparation for them for the 2018 Inglis Premier draft.

“The following season I went up to Newgate and was working with their Magic Millions draft and most recently was with Coolmore Australia with the mares and foals, as well as the yearlings.”

As a fan of Ocean Park, Stephen used the gavelhouse.com platform to secure her sale entrants.

Above:Ocean Park (NZ) | Standing at Waikato Stud

“I bought the filly as a package with the mare and got the colt later on in the year and both through gavelhouse.com,” she said.

Stephen secured the colt for NZ$4000 and he will be offered as Lot 23 while the package deal cost NZ$1500 with the filly to be offered as Lot 119.

Ocean Park’s son is out of Light Bulb (NZ) (Pins), an unraced daughter of stakes performer Chandelier (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}) whose son Mo’unga (NZ) (Savabeel) was an impressive debut winner last month at the Gold Coast.

“The colt is really well put together with good strength, a deep girth and a really lovely front. He’s a beautiful-moving colt and I couldn’t be happier with his page,” Stephen said.

“He’s a beautiful-moving colt and I couldn’t be happier with his page.” – Stephanie Stephen

“He’s got a female family with several Group winners, including Irlanda, Seraphic, Chenille and Treasure who raced as She’s A Treasure in Australia.

“Being by five-time Group 1 winner Ocean Park, who was victorious on both sides of the Tasman, I couldn’t be any happier.”

The filly is out of Ravelin (USA) (Congrats {USA}), who is a half-sister to the G2 Newmarket Somerville Tattersalls S. winner Rerouted (USA) (Stormy Atlantic {USA}) and the Listed Goodwood Thoroughbred S. winner Critical Moment (USA) (Aptitude {USA}).

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Their dam is a half-sister to the G1 Kentucky Oaks and G1 Saratoga Alabama S. winner Flute (USA) (Seattle Slew {USA}).

“I retained the mare and she’s carrying a half-sibling to the filly. She visited Pariah at Arrowfield and if I’m happy when this foal comes out and if he’s got the same sort of substance as this filly then she might return to Arrowfield,” Stephen said.

She is currently operating out of a rented facility at Geelong with the intention of purchasing her own property in the near future as the business develops.

Article courtesy of Paul Vettise TDN

Above: The $280,000 sale-topping daughter of Not A Single Doubt

It was the result James O’Brien was hoping for but first he had to encounter unchartered waters which became more turbulent when the New South Wales borders were closed to Victoria.

O’Brien had made the decision to break from what had been tradition for his family’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm and offer what would have been next year’s yearlings as weanlings at last week’s Australian Weanling Sale in Sydney.

There were naturally a few murmurs about O’Brien’s bold decision to offer the entire 2019 foal crop, but the end result vindicated his move.

The Corinella based farm topped the sale with $280,000 for a Not A Single Doubt filly out of top broodmare Rhodamine.

They also finished as the leading vendor by average (for three or more sold) at $69,900 by selling all 10 weanlings.

And it was an end result which certainly eased the pressure O’Brien had been feeling leading into the sale that increased significantly when the border closed.

“But I’m over the moon now,” O’Brien said.

“It was a great sale.”

O’Brien said he was hopeful of achieving that sort of big price for the filly which had impressed all at the farm since day one.

“She was one that I wasn’t going to give away at that sale because she was always going to make a lovely yearling and I think a lovely racehorse,” he said.

“And she certainly gives me the signs of being an early type like her full brother, Legend of Condor. I think she will be an early runner and I can’t wait to see her hit the racetrack.

“But in the meantime she might be going through a yearling sale as well. It’s all part of selling weanlings and I hope they have success at selling her as a yearling.’’

The weanling will certainly have residual value as a broodmare and O’Brien says he loves Success Express mares which she is out of.

O’Brien said the cross has not only worked for Legend of Condor but also Squamosa (Not A Single Doubt/Class Success)  – a winner of the Group 3 The Run to the Rose (1300m) and Listed June Stakes (1100m) –  who stands at Sun Stud.

“So she is well related by being by Not A Single Doubt and he is no longer covering horses,” he said.

“And Legend of Condor has got that black type, but the positive news is that her dam, Rhodamine, is back in foal to Not A Single Doubt.

“So hopefully in a few months we will see another sibling from the family pop out and hopefully it will be equally as impressive and a nice runner.

“I think there is upside in the family racing wise, so it could be a really good pedigree of the future.”

Asked if he might look back when the filly goes through the yearling sale and ponder whether he should have kept her for another nine months, O’Brien said: “I don’t know, it’s a good question. We made the decision to sell weanlings and so we have done that and I think we have done a really, really good job of that given the circumstances and that we could not attend.

“As I’d previously mentioned, it was like pulling a hamstring three days before the Grand Final where you have done all the hard work. We foaled down the horses and you’ve raised them.”

O’Brien paid special tribute to farm manager Tamara Kemp and the entire team for the work they had done with the yearlings which he said they had become extremely attached to after being with them since day one.

He said Tamara and her team had done a fine job preparing the weanlings as they had been well handled and looked great.

“When we were told on the Wednesday before heading out that you can’t go, you can’t play in the main game – the Grand Final – it’s pretty devastating,” O’Brien said.

“I just hope the filly sells really, really well as a yearling. I’ll be happy because that’s our business decision and we made it and I have to be happy for anyone to do well from that.”

The filly was sold to Melbourne bloodstock agent, Suman Hedge who like, O’Brien, was unable to attend the sale.

“At this stage the idea is to put her through the yearling sale,” Hedge said.

“Obviously we like the horse and if we did put something together later on to race her, we’d be comfortable with that as well.

“She is a really good representation of Not A Single Doubt and looks nice and strong and is precocious and moves well.

“I wasn’t at the sale and had to rely on a couple of people to inspect her and then I called a couple of other people that I really respect and they were all the same – she was a real stand out and one of the nicer types there.

“And we were pretty confident to have a good crack at her.”

Hedge said it wasn’t the most he’d paid for a weanling after paying $200,000 for a weanling Zoustar colt, out of Madamesta, which his pin hooking group sold nine months later for $1 million last year.

“Typically when you go north of $200,000; it’s hard to turn that into something,” he said.

O’Brien said he was happy with the results achieved by Lauriston’s other horses as they had not sold weanlings at that level before.

“You don’t expect to makes millions of dollars at weanling sales,” O’Brien said.

“But I think it showed how consistent our draft was and how consistent they were overall. We had a couple at $70,000 and a couple at $60,000 and they were pretty good results, I think.”

O’Brien continually feared that the venture to Sydney was going to fail and that was even when the weanlings were being loaded onto the truck.

“It was sad seeing them go but then I started feeling a bit more confident,” he said.

“We had to put a team together at no notice and I hadn’t met the team who sold our horses as I was not allowed up there.

“But they were in really good hands under Karis Clarkson’s control so she did an amazing job and rang me regularly to keep me updated and she put me at ease.

“From there I was gaining a bit of confidence on the feedback she was giving me on how they draft was being received up there.

“It was very different and I’m a box walker a the best of times, but this time I think I took box walking to another level having to do it from Corinella.”

O’Brien said selling his horses as weanlings rather than yearlings is possibly the way he might continue to go in the future.

He said was buoyed with the success they had and believes they did a good job.

“I really have to think what I do with next year’s draft and possibly I think we might be back at the weanling sales next year for sure,” O’Brien.

“This industry is very cyclical with the cash flow and you need all forms but when you are not having a yearling income, which we are accustomed to in the past, more than likely it looks like we will be going to the weanling sales next year.”

O’Brien said he had two yearlings at this week’s digital Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale – a Sebring colt of Five Star Belle and a Vancouver filly out of Swiftly Red.

“Both are suited to this sale,” he said.

“The difficulty I had with assessing the weanlings was that I knew they were really good types and I wanted to go to a live sale because I wanted people to see them and recognise they were nice types and bid for them.

“It’s the same as these two yearlings and I would love people to see them because they are nice types and it’s going to be a tough sale because we are at Corinella and we are further out than most.”

O’Brien said they would were continue to race a couple they couldn’t sell and the farm would continue with its own band of 12 broodmares as well as offering agistment and pre-training services