Above: Connections of Hey Doc celebrate after winning the Ladbrokes Manikato Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse  (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

For a horse who Tony McEvoy found it difficult to sell shares in, after purchasing him at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier sale for $85,000, there is no doubt that the lucky owners who did purchase a share are delighted with their decision.

After adding his second consecutive Manikato win on Friday night to his three Group 1s, this brought his earnings to over $3 million dollars in prizemoney.

Not only did Hey Doc impressively add a second consecutive Manikato Stakes to his resume on Friday, he also added the title of track record holder for the race as well.

The last track record was set in 2006 when Miss Andretti claimed the title in 1:09:29 seconds. On Friday, Hey Doc nailed it in 1:08:76.

But like all good stories, this one didn’t start only a few years ago, it started much earlier than that.

Adrian is from a small town in Gippsland known as Yarram. With a population at the last census of just over 2000 people, it is known as a farming district who are dedicated to sporting culture.

It is known as the home of several AFL footballers, such as Royce Vardy, Anthony Banik (Tigers), Andrew Dunkley (Sydney Swans) and Jed Lamb (Carlton).

More recent names include, Josh Dunkley (Western Bulldogs), Nathan Vardy (West Coast Eagles) and Kyle Dunkley (Melbourne Demons).

But never would it have been imagined, that a sporting superstar of the four-legged kind would emanate from this small country town, 220 km east of Melbourne.

Adrian who operated a small cabinet building business had a passion for breeding a few race horses on the side. Adrian’s father Brian Hall is a trainer.

In 2010, together they attended an Inglis mixed sale in Melbourne to buy a couple of General Nediym mares. Never in their wildest dreams did they think they would one day be celebrating multiple Group 1 wins out of one of their horses.

Adrian mated his General Nediym mare, Heyington Honey with Dupworth. The first foal was a mare named Heather Honey. The second? Well, I think you already know the answer.

For commercial reasons, Adrian put the foal, a Duporth colt (now gelding) through the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale via the Rosemont Stud draft, where Tony McEvoy and Yarrawonga-based business partner Wayne Mitchell paid $85,000 for him.

One of the wisest decisions Gippsland hobby breeder Adrian Hall made was to retain a share in the Dupworth colt now known as Hey Doc. Retaining 10% of Hey Doc, several other family members also bought in.

His breeder Adrian Hall was elated after the race, commenting; “It’s just amazing especially after what he has been through, with a year off the scene with an injury. I give full credit to the McEvoy team and Luke Currie.”

“I don’t think I will see another horse like him. At the time, I only had two broodmares on my farm and I have increased my broodmare band because of him,” Adrian said.

Speaking the morning after Hey Doc’s second consecutive Manikato win in a message to his owners in his stable, Tony McEvoy said, “We were up and about last night – how exciting for everyone involved. My team, my staff here (Adelaide) and my staff in Melbourne.

“Originally, I couldn’t sell him. He was one of the last horses to be sold and here he is now winning four Group 1s,” Tony McEvoy commented.

“What a ride this horse has given us. What a warrior – a superstar. It is a very big emotional win for us,” McEvoy commented.

And indeed, the emotion could be felt by all those at home, when his strapper, Camille could be heard screaming in delight as he hit the line. Camille has been by Hey Doc’s side for years and this win means just as much to her as anyone else.

Adrian Hall could not speak higher of Camille commenting, “I spoke to Camille about ten minutes after the race and she was still in tears. Camille just loves him. She is amazing and she adores him. Although he loves her as much as she loves him. I don’t think he would be the same without her and he knows exactly who she is.”

Hey Doc is just another example of an exceptional Victorian race horse to grace our tracks this Spring Carnival.

Team Vic have been notching up exceptional wins on the scoreboard and creating fairytales everywhere you look.

Afterall, isn’t this what racing is about? The fairytales which are to the next generation  many years after they occur.

 

Above: Picardy ridden by Ben Allen wins the bet365 Racing Refunds Fillies and Mares Mdn Plate at Yarra Valley Racecourse. (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

It was probably fitting that a horse raced by a big contingent of former footballers made a winning debut at Yarra Valley on Grand Final Day.

The mare – Picardy – was bred by former Collingwood champion Wayne Richardson, in partnership with prolific winning-owner Rupert Legh who was a top footballer with VFA sides Caulfield and Prahran.

But the footy link doesn’t end there. Picardy’s dam, Miss Grey Goose, was bred by former champion Melbourne centreman Greg Wells who finished his career with Carlton as a premiership player. He raced the Bel Esprit mare with Richardson and former North Melbourne players Kerry Good and Mark Dawson.

Miss Grey Goose’s dam, Incur (Danzero x Flick Me), was raced by Wells, Legh, Richardson and former Collingwood speedster, Ricky Barham.

Picardy’s owners include Legh, Wells, Richardson, former Fitzroy player Brett Grimley and ex-North Melbourne pair Mark Dawson and Kerry Good.

Now a four-year-old, Picardy is by Blue Gum stallion Glass Harmonium. The 15-year-old stallion won $1.6 million in prizemoney and was co-owned by Legh.

While not all footballers like a punt on the horses, if any of the group did they were well rewarded when the mare, trained at Mornington by David Brideoake, ploughed through the heavy 10-rated track to win by 1.5 lengths and paid $26.

Wells has been breeding and racing horses for around 30 years and has had his share of success.

He bred Peninsula Dane (Danerich x Portline) which won five races and finished second 14 times and was third six times. He also bred Peninsula Dane’s dam, Portline (Portland Pirate x Micheline) and her dam Micheline (Final Card x Here Comes Dolly).

Wells also raced Undenied (Rancho Ruler x Nijinsk Prospector) which won the Listed Debutant Stakes at Caulfield in 2001.

“I have had a lot of winners, but no champion,” he said.

“But a lot of good horses.

“We bred out of Norway (Danzero x Is It Dawn) and Incur and we bred Miss Grey Goose and she was a terrific little horse but she had a back problem.

“We didn’t know what to do with her and Wayne (Richardson) who has five aces said I’ll put in her in my backyard and then we decided to put her in to foal and then we all took a share in Picardy.”

Wells has also bred the unraced two-year-old Starz Barwon by Fighting Sun, out of Peninsula Dane, which is also with Brideoake.

Blue Gum’s Phil Campbell revealed that Glass Harmonium had served only a modest book of mares, especially during the past three seasons when the stallion continued to battle fertility problems.

“He has always had fertility issues and unfortunately over that time it has seen breeders who were using him falling off him because obviously in this day and age it’s all about getting foals and pregnancies,” Campbell said.

“And the earlier the foal comes along, the better. Because of his fertility issues he has fallen right out of favour.”

Campbell said Blue Gum had a couple of nice yearlings by the Group 1 McKinnon Stakes winning Glass Harmonium (Verglas x Spring Symphony) and also nice a foal.

“But he is just in the paddock enjoying retirement basically,” he said.

“He is not the world’s worst horse and from limited opportunities, he has had some horses that have shown or show promise but unfortunately he is not a commercial proposition.”

Glass Harmonium had another first start winner on Saturday when three-year-old filly, Harmony Rose, also scored by 1.5 lengths at Kembla Grange for Warwick Farmer trainer Mark Newnham. The filly started at $4.

Campbell said Richardson and Legh had also bred a full brother to Picardy.

“And there is a yearling half-sister here on the farm by Manhattan Rain,” he said.

“The dam won one race over 1000m and it was a big thrill for the boys for sure when Picardy won. And she won quite well.

“There are some rather big identities involved in the ownership. It’s good fun for them.”

Campbell said Brideoake was a good trainer of fillies and knows how to get the best out of them.

“It was a bog track and she obviously appreciated that and did a good job to win,” he said.

And Campbell pointed out that Wayne Richardson, along with Kerry Good, are also a part owners of the John Sadler trained Sartorial Splendor which bounced back to form with victory at The Valley on Friday night over the 955m trip.

Blue Gum sold Sartorial Splendor (Brazen Beau x Persona Ensign) to Sadler for $130,000 at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

It was the four-year-old’s first start since being gelded.

“The boys had a good weekend,” Campbell said.

“He is a very fast horse and Sads (Sadler) has always wished and hoped that he could sort of get the horse to settle a little bit and control him a little bit earlier in the race.

“He has had the ultimate gear change and actually came back here and spelled after the gelding.

“It’s great to see him back and he recorded the second fastest 955m in the 10 years of the event. I know they were all running time on Friday night but he can go along that horse and he is a group winner over 1200m. Hopefully he is in for a good prep.”

Last Friday night’s victory was Sartorial Splendor’s first since the Group 3 Australia Stakes at The Valley in October last year.

Campbell said another horse sold by Blue Gum for $380,000at Melbourne Premier in 2019 – filly September Run (Exceed and Excel x Pittsburgh Flyer) – would hopefully race on Derby Day.

September Run has had four wins – three of those at Listed level – from his seven starts.

The three-year-old’s last two wins have been at Flemington – the Poseidon Stakes and the Cap D’Antibes Stakes.

“I am looking forward at some of the yearlings we have sold bobbing up in the two-year-old races to come,” Campbell said.

“They were a lovely bunch of yearlings off the farm.”

 

 

 

Above: Sneaky Five ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley Racecourse. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Anthony Mithen is usually quick to answer any question in his confident, articulate way.

But he was just a little bit stuck for words and a touch slow to answer when asked whether football or the racing results came out on top on the weekend.

Mithen, the principal of Rosemont Stud, served on the board of the Richmond Football Club for six years and there are few more passionate Tiger fans than him.

Richmond’s premiership victory over Geelong had to be kept a little bit under wraps as his wife Selina is equally passionate about the Cats.

And then there’s his Rosemont partner, brother-in-law Nigel Austin whose company Cotton On just happens to be Geelong’s apparel sponsor– and he is also obviously a passionate Cats’ fan.

While the Tigers notched up their third flag in four seasons, it was also a big day on the track for the Rosemont boys.

The Danny O’Brien-trained Iconoclasm pulled off a remarkable feat at Moonee Valley on Friday night when the six-year-old entire won his third consecutive VOBIS Gold Star (1500m). As well as the $82,500 first prize, Iconoclasm picked up $30,000 in VOBIS bonuses.

The entire, which is by former Rosemont stallion Toorak Toff, has now won more than $1 million in prizemoney.

And if that wasn’t enough, Rosemont purchase – Sneaky Five – won the Inglis Banner (1000m) for two-year-olds at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

It was the first start for the filly, purchased by Rosemont for $305,000 at this year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Asked whether the football or the racing came out on top on the weekend, Mithen provided a very diplomatic answer.

“That’s a very good question,” he said.

“Can I answer it by saying it was just a very, very positive 24 hours in my world. I was going to say the Mithen household but my wife follows Geelong so I can’t say that because it takes a little bit off the premiership victory.

“But I am a whole hearted and fervent Tigers’ fan but I did feel sorry for my wife and her family and plenty of friends who barrack for the Cats.

“And to Nigel’s credit he rang me on Sunday morning and offered congratulations and we quickly turned the conversation to racehorses.”

Mithen said he consoled his wife with the fact that it’s Derby week and they can look forward to their favourite day of racing and they’ll do it a bit differently than other years because of COVID-19.

“We’ll concentrate by trying to win a nice race on the weekend,” Mithen said.

“Mr Quickie will be in the Cantala (1600m) and we’ve got All Saints’ Eve running in the Golden Eagle. She is in partnership with Waikato Stud and races in their colours. She is part owned by us, Waikato Stud and John O’Shea’s wife (Isabelle).

“She is an absolute mudlark and loves the wet and I believe it’s been torrential for three days in Sydney and I think we are going to get conditions to suit and you know what they say about mares in form.”

The lightly raced four-year-old, by Sacred Falls and of Halloween, has raced nine times for four wins, one second and a third. Her biggest success came two starts again when she won the Group 3 Tribbie Stakes (1400m) at Newcastle.

Mithen said he put a bit of a campaign on twitter, inspired through through the Danny O’Brien stable, to rename the VOBIS race the Gold Icon because Iconoclasm had won it three years in a row.

“He has been a pin-up boy for VOBIS Gold and the money you can make from it and he has gone through the million dollar barrier. What a warrior of a horse and we’ll enjoy some more racing with him yet.”

Iconoclasm has won $160,000 in bonuses.

With a Listed victory in the Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in 2018, Mithen said it would be interesting whether the horse  would get a home somewhere as a stallion prospect or if Rosemont kept him as light and easy option for breed-to-race breeders.

He is unsure of the entire’s future as a stallion.

“He is a beautiful horse,” Mithen said.

“As a physique, you wouldn’t get a more attractive type of horse and he has got a beautiful pedigree and he is only a listed winner and you have to bear that in mind.

“He is a tough bugger and you could do worse than to breed a replica of Iconoclasm and race it for the next three or four years.

“We will have a think about that when the time comes but at the moment he is a racehorse and we will treat him that way. He is sound and happy.”

Toorak Toff now stands in Tasmania where is on a free lease from Rosemont.

Mithen said the stallion was best suited to a smaller jurisdiction where he gets his 20 or 30 mares which is good for the Tassie breeding industry and Kingsley Park.

“It’s good down there as they are getting a stallion for a couple of grand that is getting plenty of winners,” he said.

“He can get a good tough horse.

“We bought him and launched him before sending him to Tassie.”

Toorak Toff first stood at Rosemont Stud in 2012 and was relocated to Kingsley Park for the 2018 season.

And Mithen was happy with Brooklyn Hustle’s fourth in Friday night’s Group 1 Manikato Stakes.

He said the daughter of Rosemont Stud stallion Starspangledbanner got a faction too far out of her ground and wobbled on the corner. She might now head to the paddock and be aimed her for the Oakleigh Plate in February.

Mithen said the big ticket item financially on the weekend was the win of Sneaky Five (Fastnet Rock x Small Minds) at her first start in the rich Inglis Banner 1000m sprint.

Rosemont paid $305,000 for her.

“You virtually covered her purchase price in one fell swoop,” he said.

“We have long admired that race being named after obviously Starspangledbanner and it was nice to win it in the Rosemont colours and she is really progressive filly that has impressed us since the first day we saw her at Melbourne Premier in the Goldin Farms draft.

“We were lucky enough to have one extra bullet to fire over the top of Brae Sokolski who was a $300,000 and we had marked her at $300,000 too but thought bugger it, what’s an extra five grand.

“We had a sneaky extra five on her and that’s where the name came from.”

Mithen said Sokolski was gracious enough after the race to send him a text message to offer his congratulations and say that extra five thousand had cost him plenty.

But Mithen said Sokolski got his own back when Sir Dragonet (IRE), a horse he has a share in, won the $5.25 million Cox Plate.

“We just won a small fry race and he won the Cox Plate in the end with his crew,” Mithen said.

Sneaky Five’s victory carried prizemoney of $302,000.

Mithen said Rosemont’s runners still had a few other bullets to fly during the carnival, including Thousand Wishes, Way To Go Paula and two-years-old Butter Blonde and Treporti which Rosemont part owns.

“The race team is going pretty well at the moment,” he said.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Bella Vella

Bella Vella (Commands) has already taken part-owners David and Kayley Johnson of Rushton Park to the heights of a Group 1 victory and the ultra-consistent mare will be looking to revisit that summit when she contests Friday night’s G1 Manikato S. at Moonee Valley.

The Johnsons had already had a handful of horses with Adelaide-based trainer Will Clarken when, looking through an Inglis Digital Sale catalogue in April 2019, they came across a Commands mare they thought might be worth a shot at getting back to the track after she had failed to get in foal to Criterion (NZ).

“We’ve had some horses with Will prior to Bella Vella coming along and we are always on the look out for a nice tried horse. We were all trawling the online auctions one day and what we usually do, when we find something we like, we will ring Will and say have you seen this?,” Kayley Johnson told TDN AusNZ.

“He’d seen her at the same time and we then went back to Brett Howard from Randwick Bloodstock, who is also involved, and said let’s see if we can buy her. We liked her, liked her form and liked her pedigree. We thought we’d have a dabble and we ended up getting her.”

“We liked her, liked her form and liked her pedigree. We thought we’d have a dabble and we ended up getting her.” – Kayley Johnson

She was purchased for $22,500 by John Kelton, one of Clarken’s best supporters, and the aim was to get her to at least recoup her purchase price. At that stage, she had shown some ability, winning three of her 13 starts, and with such a relatively small investment, one metro win in Adelaide would get her investors back to square.

“We work on the theory that we might drop them back in class by sending to Adelaide these mares that have shown some good Sydney and Melbourne form. I guess we like to think they are metropolitan quality mares and that they can pay for their own preps if we buy them,” she said.

“You’d love to get a Listed race, and that was probably all we were hoping for with her initially.”

Three wins in her first preparation for her new owners easily got back her purchase price, but Clarken sensed there was something not quite right with the mare.

“She always had the definite speed there, but she had a niggling problem in the wind. Will managed to find what he thought that was after a fair bit of searching. So she had a little bit of laser surgery, and that is what has found her the extra few lengths,” Johnson said.

That ‘extra few lengths’ not only saw her claim her first stakes success in the Listed Railway S. at Morphettville in April, it also saw her cause an almighty upset when leading all the way in the G1 Robert Sangster S. at the same course in May.

In doing so, she became the first Group 1 graduate from an Inglis Digital Sale, providing further impetus for an online market that has grown in quality and popularity at a huge rate over the past few years, no more so than during the COVID-era.

To sell, or sit?

Suddenly in the possession of a Group 1-winning mare, the Johnsons and the fellow owners had a decision to make as to whether it was better to trade Bella Vella while her form was particularly current, or retain her for another racing preparation.

“Originally the target might have been to send her through a broodmare sale. But everything happened with COVID-19 and we weren’t really sure what was going to happen in the market. We didn’t even know at that stage if we were going to be able to have a sale,” Johnson said.

“We made the plans that we would look to race her on, and it was so uncertain in the months after she won the Sangster, that we thought then, we might put her out and try for some spring targets.”

Again, that has proven a great call. Bella Vella resumed with a narrow victory in the G2 McEwen S. at Moonee Valley in September and then ran a mighty race in the G1 Moir S. at the same track, beaten less than 1l when third behind Pippie (Written Tycoon).

That performance and a subsequent strong trial at Gawler has given Clarken and her owners the confidence to press on to Friday night’s Manikato S., where she tackles several of her Moir rivals again, including the two horses that beat her home, Pippie and Trekking (Street Cry {Ire}).

“There’s obviously some speed horses in the field like Pippie, that we expect will head to the front,” Johnson said.

“That outside gate (10) might be a little further out than we would have liked to have drawn, but I think our intention will be to try and get the best spot we can and see how it pans out.”

Testing the market in 2021

While Rushton Park, which is located at Murchison in Victoria, would make a nice home for Bella Vella during her broodmare career, Johnson says the nature of the ownership group will likely mean she heads to market in 2021.

“The thoughts are that she will go through a sale. There are a few people involved in her now and she will likely go through one of those big sales next year,” she said.

Bella Vella not only boasts a Group 1-winning resume, but has a strong international pedigree as well, with her dam, Forget The Weather (USA) (Stormy Atlantic {USA}), a half-sister to three American stakes winners, Wedlock (USA) (Maria’s Mon {USA}), Ever After (USA) (Kris S {USA}) and Extrovert (USA) (Wild Again {USA}).

“She’s also got a great broodmare sire in Commands there and that helps,” she said.

Tinker emerges as a potential star

Bella Vella won’t be the only horse Rushton Park will be cheering in a stakes race this weekend, with talented New Zealand-based filly Tinker McPhee (Nostradamus), who the Johnsons bred in partnership with David Raphael, to take on the G2 James and Annie Sarten Memorial S. at Te Rapa on Saturday.

A leading hope for the G1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas, Tinker McPhee is currently trained by Simon and Katrina Alexander, but will join the Chris Waller stable in 2021 after she was purchased by stable clients this week.

“David bought the mare, Five Rocks, and we were underbidders and we approached him afterwards and said we were keen on her and could we work something out,” Johnson said. “He said he didn’t have a farm, and we said we’d love to have the mare here and play around with a few breeding options.

“She came down to us, and foaled a Eurozone filly, which she was carrying at the time. We had a share in Nostradamus and we were looking at what would work with her pedigree, and it was quite a good match for her both on pedigree and physically. We thought we’d have a little dabble with that and see what we get.

“We got a cracking filly. She was a beauty, probably the nicest one we have had from the mare. She was just a leggy athletic sort of filly, but she was a little tricky in terms of getting her into sale.”

“We got a cracking filly. She was a beauty, probably the nicest one we have had from the mare.” – Kayley Johnson

Uncertain that she would be able to get into a yearling sale, Rushton Park took the decision to sell her as a weanling through the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale in Melbourne.

“We all loved her but we were a bit devastated when she only made $16,000. We were hoping she would get a bit more just on her physical. Richard Boyd was the lucky winning bidder and had loved her from the first time he saw her,” she said.

“He gave her plenty of time and sent her to his friends in New Zealand, who have trained her and they have done a great job with her so far.”

Above: Tinker McPhee

Tinker McPhee has burst to prominence with her 4.75l win in a Matamata maiden earlier this month, and she was quickly snapped up by similar interests to those which have successfully raced G1 Caulfield Cup winner Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}).

“The plan is to give her a couple of runs over there. She contests a Group 2 this weekend and then all going well, she heads to the Group 1 over there in a couple of weeks, and then after that she heads to Waller’s stable,” Johnson said.

Her dam, Five Rocks (Fastnet Rock), has recently foaled a Snitzel colt and has since visited Puissance De Lune (Ire).

The prospect of another stakes winner coming from off Rushton Park is a huge boost to the farm during a busy foaling and breeding season.

“It’s what every farm aspires to. You want to be breeding really good racehorses. We have had a lot of winners come off the farm, but black-type horses aren’t very easy to get, so it’s nice to have one that is thereabouts,” she said.

Article courtesey of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Prime Star as a yearling

Prime Star (Starspangledbanner) has been in fine touch this preparation with a minor query over him running a strong 1600 metres the only possible negative ahead of another potentially hefty pay day at Randwick.

The Richard and Michael Freedman-trained chestnut will tackle a mile for the first time in Saturday’s $1 million Bar 83 Bondi S. with Tommy Berry booked for the ride.

Prime Star is in line to complete a notable big money double following his success last season in the $2 million R. Listed Inglis Millennium at Warwick Farm.

In four subsequent appearances he has only missed a place and that was first-up on heavy ground in the Listed Rosebud. He then struck a run of good tracks for consecutive runner-up finishes.

At his most recent outing, Prime Star was second to Peltzer (So You Think {NZ}), a race rival again, in the G2 Stan Fox S. over 1500 metres.

“He is in good form and hasn’t taken a backward step since the Stan Fox,” Michael Freedman said. “He’s a happy horse and the 1600 metres is a little bit of a question mark because he hasn’t been there before.

“He was strong enough in the Stan Fox so we’re thinking he should be okay.”

Pre-post confidence

The pre-post market also shares that confidence with Prime Star a clear second favourite behind the Gerald Ryan and Sterling Alexiou-trained Peltzer.

There is also enough in Prime Star’s pedigree to suggest he can master a mile as his dam Barinka (NZ) (Shinko King {Ire}) won the G1 New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. and the Listed Anniversary H. over the trip.

Prime Star was offered by Fairview Park Stud at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale where he was knocked down to the China Horse Club and Freedman for $55,000. They have enjoyed an outstanding return on that investment with the gelding’s stake earnings already at $1,362,800.

Meanwhile, his talented stablemate Forbidden Love (All Too Hard) has earned herself a trip to the Melbourne spring carnival.

She too has been in grand touch this campaign with two wins from four appearances, and placings in the G2 Furious S. and the Listed Heritage S.

Forbidden Love led all the way last time out to claim the Listed Reginald Allen S. at Randwick last weekend to confirm a tilt at the G1 Empire Rose S.

She was offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale by Bhima Thoroughbreds and purchased by Richard Freedman for $150,000.

A half-sister to three-time winner Kuramae (Foxwedge), she is out of Juliet’s Princess (USA) (More Than Ready {USA}) and a well-performed North American family that includes Group 2 winner Dark Cove (USA) (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) and Group 3 winners River Squall (USA) (Summer Squall {USA}), Better Now (USA) (Thunder Gulch {USA}) and Heavenly Landing (USA) (Pulpit {USA}).

Article courtesey of Paul Vettise TDN

Above: Image courtesey of KER

The formation of ordinary rust is not a chemical enigma and is perhaps the most familiar example of oxidation. A mixture of moisture and oxygen chemically attacks metal and in time corrosion creates a reddish-brown, brittle coating that weakens and ultimately destroys the metal. Just as destructive, though invisible to the eye, is the oxidation that occurs at the cellular level in horses and other mammals. The end result of unchecked oxidation in the bodies of equine athletes may be muscular fatigue severe enough to compromise performance.

Oxidation is a normal metabolic process that allows horses to transform the carbohydrates, fats, and proteins they devour in meals to energy– energy to grow, perform, and reproduce. One unfortunate, although completely unavoidable, spin-off of oxidation is the creation of free radicals, compounds that have the potential to irreparably damage cells. Free radicals are particularly harmful to cell membranes, structures responsible for keeping destructive entities away from delicate inner organelles.

Under normal circumstances, substances called antioxidants thwart much of the wreckage caused by free radicals. However, oxidation speeds up during athletic effort due to increased oxygen consumption and accelerated aerobic metabolism.

In instances of strenuous exercise, natural stores of antioxidants have difficulty providing sufficient protection against the cascade of free radicals generated from aerobic metabolism. Supplementation of antioxidants is therefore necessary to help ward off the ill effects of mass-produced free radicals associated with intense exercise. Horses with an inadequate reserve of antioxidants may experience muscle soreness or stiffness during an exercise bout and prolonged recovery following hard work.

The All-Star Antioxidants
Vitamin E contributes most generously to the natural antioxidant defenses of the horse. The term vitamin E is actually a collective one that encompasses eight distinctive compounds of plant origin.

These eight are divided into four tocopherols and four tocotrienols. Of these only two–alpha-tocopherol and gamma-tocopherol–have antioxidant properties, and alpha-tocopherol is the most biologically active. On the cellular level, alpha-tocopherol embeds in cell membranes and protects cells from the ravages of free radicals. Alpha-tocopherol has an affinity for fat and is therefore attracted to cell membranes, which are composed of polyunsaturated fatty acids.

Feeds typically fed to horses have variable vitamin E concentrations. Cereal grains such as corn, oats, and barley contain minimal vitamin E, and processing may further decrease vitamin activity. Drying corn artificially, for example, reduces the alpha-tocopherol level by as much as 50%. And while vegetable and soybean oils possess substantially more vitamin E than grains, refining can diminish content. Even if they undergo only minimal refining, these oils have such low inclusion rates in diets that their contribution to total vitamin E intake is miniscule.

Horses may derive sufficient amounts of vitamin E from fresh forage or hay; however, the vitamin content abates as forages mature and are harvested. Up to 90% of vitamin activity may be lost between the pre-bloom or boot stages and complete heading out in grasses. Losses also occur in legumes, although to a lesser extent. Storage negatively impacts vitamin composition as well. In one month, for instance, a 50% loss in vitamin E can occur in stored hay.

Because of the irregularity in vitamin E content of forages and other feedstuffs, the nutrient is often added to fortified feeds. While synthetic forms of vitamin E have long been the standard source of added vitamin E in feeds and supplements, research has shown that synthetic vitamin E is not very effective at elevating vitamin E levels in blood. Research has shown that natural source vitamin E, depending on the preparation, is 1.6 to over 6 times as bioavailable as synthetic vitamin E and is therefore preferential. Try Nano-E from KER Targeted Nutrition, a revolutionary natural-source Vitamin E supplement with liposome encapsulation and nanodispersion that ensures rapid and superior bioavailability for all horses.

Deficiencies of vitamin E are often thought to precipitate nervous disorders such as equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy, a disease characterised by deterioration of the brain stem and spinal cord. Ataxia is the foremost sign of equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy, usually beginning in the hind limbs and progressing to the forelimbs. Equine motor neuron disease, a debilitating neurological affection that may cause profound paralysis and death, is often partially attributed to vitamin E insufficiency. Treatment for both diseases centers on the provision of megadoses of vitamin E, often 10 to 20 times the normal daily requirement. In some cases of equine degenerative myeloencephalopathy, supplemental vitamin E has completely arrested signs, although few horses return completely to normal.

Vitamin E is often linked with selenium, a micromineral that possesses potent antioxidant properties. Because it is an essential component of glutathione peroxidase, an intercellular enzyme that helps prevent the formation of free radicals, selenium is integral in the diets of performance horses. In addition to inadequate antioxidant defenses, a selenium deficiency may be detrimental to the muscular, reproductive, and immune systems.

Vitamin C, often referred to as ascorbic acid, also plays a pivotal role in neutralising harmful free radicals. Because of its water-soluble nature, vitamin C can work both inside and outside the cell to combat free radical damage. In the exercising horse, perhaps the foremost contribution of vitamin C is its synergistic relationship with vitamin E. Once a molecule of vitamin E inactivates a free radical, its ability to short-circuit others is forsaken. In the presence of vitamin C, however, vitamin E can be regenerated to continue its raid on free radicals. The rejuvenating properties of vitamin C, therefore, make it an essential ingredient in an effective antioxidant supplement.

Vitamin C is not included in the diets of most horses because the liver synthesises sufficient quantities under normal circumstances. In periods of stress, such as during sustained exercise, vitamin C levels may drop and reduce the efficiency of antioxidant mechanisms in the body. In one study completed by Virginia Polytechnic Institute and State University, 35 endurance horses competing in 80- and 160-km race incurred vitamin C depletion, suggesting supplementation may be necessary to maximise antioxidant defenses.

Aside from these familiar antioxidants, coenzyme Q10, also known as ubiquinone, has proven antioxidant properties, protecting cells from highly reactive chemicals called free radicals that can damage cells and their DNA. Coenzyme Q10 also improves the antioxidant potential of other antioxidants in the body, like vitamins E and C. Nano-Q10 is a highly bioavailable form of coenzyme Q10 that features advanced nanotechnology for rapid absorption. Compared to powered crystalline ubiquinone, Nano-Q10 is three times more bioavailable.

An antioxidant cocktail has been advocated by human physicians for several years, and the positive effects of such a concoction have proven effective in nourishing the equine athlete as well. A triad of antioxidants including vitamin E, selenium, and vitamin C ensures a degree of coverage not afforded by vitamin E alone.

Above: Sovereign Award leads all the way for Jamie Kah (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

The spectacular rise of Shamus Award took another step forward when his first crop daughter Sovereign Award made it three wins in succession following an the way in Saturday’s Group III Powerflo Solutions (Tesio) Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.

Ridden by Jamie Kah for trainer Danny O’Brien, Sovereign Award set up a commanding lead rounding the home turn. Despite putting in the short ones in the closing stages, the 5yo mare had enough in hand to defeat I Am Eloquent (I Am Invincible) by three-quarters of a length with the winners stablemate Paradee (Epaulette) a short-half-head back in third.

It was the second consecutive Group III for Sovereign Award after the Ladies Day Vase at Caulfield ten days back. It advances her record to eight wins and three seconds from 16 starts with earnings of $469,175.

“She does things her own way this girl,” Kah said.

“The team has got her flying. The way the races are playing out today I wasn’t worried about bowling along out in front.

Danny O’Brien said the daughter of Shamus Award had to overcome a few obstacles.

“She had a bit against her weight-wise today. There was a 5kg turnaround with stablemate Paradee but again gave nothing else a chance,” O’Brien said.

“She is so bold once she gets rolling and gets on really well with Jamie Kah.”

Bred by Golden Grove Stud Farm, Sovereign Award is the best or two winners out of the 6-time winning Show a Heart mare Sovereign Charm  whose dam Rollover (Flying Spur) is a half-sister to Listed winner Potential (Southern Appeal) and the stakes-placed Talk To Angels (Don’t Say Halo), the dam of  stakes-winner Magic Heaven.

Sovereign Charm has a yearling colt by Shamus Award and was not covered last spring.

Article courtesey of Breednet

Above: Wild Vixen wins the Listed Black Pearl at Geelong – image Pat Scala / Racing Photos

Woodside Park’s Foxwedge has a habit for producing talented fillies and we saw one at Geelong on Wednesday when progressive four year-old mare Wild Vixen resumed from a spell to win the Listed Black Pearl Stakes (1200m).

The Levi Kavanagh trained mare was a stakes-winner in Adelaide back in April and looks set for a great campaign judging by this performance.

Easy in the market and drawn wide, Wild Vixen finished with good determination under Mark Zahra to score a long neck win.

Given she was bought from Magic Millions, her trainer is planning a long term goal for returning to the Gold Coast for the big raceday in January, but in the meantime is looking towards Flemington for a suitable stakes race for Wild Vixen.

Wild Vixen has the overall record of four wins and three placings from 11 starts with prizemoney in excess of $212,000.

A $100,000 Magic Millions purchase for Kavanagh Racing from the Tyreel Stud draft, Wild Vixen was bred in Victoria by Hillside Parade Racing and Breeding.

She is the best of three winners from stakes-placed Shamardal (USA) mare Amy’s Glen, who was bought for Twin Hills Stud by Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $100,000 at the 2018 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.

She sadly died earlier this year and her final foal is a yearling filly by Smart Missile, so she is a three-quarter sister to Wild Vixen, with Foxwedge and Smart Missile both sons of Fastnet Rock.

Wild Vixen is one of 20 stakes-winners for Foxwedge, who is remarkably good value this spring at a fee of $11,000.

Article courtesey of Breednet

Above: A racehorse coming Down the Stretch

Due to habitual weight-loading of limbs during training and competition, “bone fatigue” can occur in athletic horses, placing them at risk for injuries, including complete fractures. In addition to tailoring training programs to meet each horse’s individual needs, another common means of maintaining bone health involves nutritional supplementation.

“Many products on the market claim to support bone health, but few of these are high-quality supplements that truly benefit the horse,” said Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist.

When should you consider supplements to maximize bone health?

Based on the findings of a study on Australian racehorses*, supplementation should occur early in a horse’s career, prior to any injury or trauma.

Researchers looked at horses diagnosed with tibial and humeral fractures to identify risk factors for fractures and to pinpoint which ones were potentially preventable. The tibia is the gaskin bone, while the humerus is the arm bone, which links the shoulder and forearm bones.

Humeral fractures were more likely to be fatal, according to the study, but both tibial and humeral fractures typically occurred in young horses newly introduced to competition or those coming back to training and competition after time off.

“Given when these fractures occurred, supplementation should start early in a horse’s career, and continue even during layoff, to ensure they receive all the nutrients required to support bone health during training and competition,” advised Crandell.

Kentucky Equine Research offers both DuraPlex and Triacton for bone health.

DuraPlex provides vitamins and minerals necessary for strong bone development, including a special protein that stimulates bone collagen production while suppressing bone destruction. DuraPlex also prevents bone loss in situations that cause bone demineralization, such as limited turnout is available or recuperative stall rest.

Triacton is a triple-action supplement designed to improve bone density through an array of bone-building nutrients, which also have been shown to support stomach and hindgut health. Triacton contains a novel source of calcium, which is proven to be more highly digestible than other forms of the mineral, including calcium carbonate.

“For bone health, you can’t go wrong with either product. For athletic horses prone to gastrointestinal issues, Triacton would be the supplement of choice because of its buffering capabilities,” advised Crandell. “Supplementation as a precautionary measure is sound nutritional strategy for equine athletes of all types, not just racehorses.”

Australian horse owners should look for Bone Food Plus, a vitamin and mineral supplement designed specifically to optimize skeletal health.

*Whitton, R.C., E.A. Walmsley, A.S.M. Wong, et al. 2019. Associations between pre-injury racing history and tibial and humeral fractures in Australian Thoroughbred racehorses. Veterinary Journal. 247:44-49.

Above: Lot 78 – Into Mischief (USA) x Platinum Mine (USA) (colt)

Having produced some strong results with a small draft in last year’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale, X-Factor Bloodstock returns to offer four colts at the 2020 Sale, including a rare offering by leading American stallion Into Mischief (USA).

The progeny of Spendthrift’s Into Mischief, one of the leading US stallions and sire of this year’s G1 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic (USA), have been a relative rarity at major Australian sales, with just nine sold as yearlings or weanlings in the past five years.

For the first time, two of his sons will be offered through an Australian breeze-up sale. Lot 78 is a key part of X-Factor’s draft for the Ready2Race Sale which will be held at the Riverside Stables on Tuesday.

Purchased for $65,000 through the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier this year, he is out of a strong American family. His dam, Platinum Mine (USA) (Memo {USA}), is a half-sister to stakes-winning pair California Flag (USA) (Avenue Of Flags {USA}) and Cambiocorsa (USA) (Avenue Of Flags {USA}).

The later of those two siblings is, in turn, a dam of a quartet of stakes winners, most notably Schiaparelli (USA) (Ghostzapper {USA}), while another half-sister to Platinum Mine is Vionett (USA) (Street Sense {USA}), who is the dam of European Horse of the Year, Roaring Lion (USA) (Kitten’s Joy {USA}).

It’s quite the international pedigree and having been picked up for what looked a good price as a yearling, he goes back through the ring as a physically improved horse.

“He’s been a lovely horse to deal with, has a good temperament and is a good mover. He’s been a good standard of horse all the way through,” X-Factor’s Amy Burke said.

“The team did their research and loved the horse. We thought he’d be that perfect horse for a breeze-up sale. He has that international pedigree.

“He’s just a good type. The team liked him as a yearling and he walked well. He was by a nice stallion, and we thought if we can get him for not crazy money we’d have a crack at him, it was worthwhile.”

The Into Mischief colt’s pedigree makes him standout, but he is by no means the only intriguing prospect from X-Factor’s four strong draft.

“They have come through all their training and education perfectly. They have been nice horses to work with and handle. We are really pleased with the draft, it has come up nicely and they have all breezed well. We feel we have the right horses in the Sale,” Burke said.

A natural runner

A colt by Your Song, purchased at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $40,000 in February, was the fastest of the X-Factor quartet in the Warwick Farm breeze-ups.

Lot 54 stopped the clock at 10.45s, the 16th fastest time overall of the session.

“He’s just a natural well-built colt, ready to go. He was always a readymade horse and while he was a little bit green in his breeze-up and got it a little bit wrong, he is just a natural runner,” Burke said.

“He’s strong, well built, has good conformation, is sound, and has shown no sign of shin soreness.”

Above: Lot 54 – Your Song x Miss Eisenstadt (colt)

The colt is out of the unraced Manhattan Rain mare Miss Eisenstadt, the daughter of Group 2-winning sprinter Fritz’s Princess (More Than Ready {USA}).

Also in the X-Factor draft is a colt by Widden Stud’s first-season stallion Stratum Star. Lot 76 was purchased for $40,000 through the Classic Sale and is out of Pink (Bon Hoffa), the half-sister to G2 Perth Cup winner Cardinal Colours (Chief’s Crown {USA}).

There is also Lot 185, a colt by Star Witness out of the city-winning mare Bec Said No Credit (Flying Spur), who is out of the stakes-placed Fairessa (Encosta De Lago). She is the half-sister to multiple Group 2 winner and Group 1 placegetter Grey Song (Unbridled’s Song {USA}) and stakes winner Tonz More Fun (More Than Ready {USA}). The Star Witness colt was another Classic Sale purchase this year at $22,000.

“They have all been really good all the way through,” Burke said. “There have been no issues and they have been really nice horses to prepare. They are all big and strong and good horses.”

Above: Lot 76 Stratum Star x Pink (Gelding)

Burke said that it was crucial to showcase the improvement the horses have taken since they were last offered through the ring.

“A lot people would have seen these horses at the yearling sales and marked them down in their books and now they get to see them as racehorses, given they have been broken in and have breezed and are ready to go,” she said.

“They have had to have improved in those six months from the sales until where they are now, and if they show a physical improvement, the buyers can see that.

“The breeze-up gives them an impression of that. Some of them don’t put it all together on the day, but they do get to see them work up a furlong and get an idea of their action, so it’s important.

“It’s also how they come through the educational part. That’s really important. If they get through that stage and breeze-up nicely, they usually do well.”

Article courtesey of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Starspangledbanner colt from Violet’s Girl

Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale came to a close with a further five lots selling for 300,000 guineas or more as demand for quality yearlings continued unabated. In total there were nineteen lots that sold for 300,000 guineas or more and 48 that sold for 200,000 guineas or more, both records for this fixture.

Stroud Strikes For Ballyhimikin Colt at 360,000 Guineas  

The top lot on the final day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was the STARSPANGLEDBANNER colt out of the CADEAUX GENEREUX mare VIOLET’S GIFT, who was knocked down to Stroud Coleman’s Anthony Stroud for 360,000 guineas.

The half-brother to the Listed-placed KODIAK WEST was consigned to the sale by James Hanly’s Ballyhimikin Stud.

“We felt he was a very special horse all the way along, he has been special always, and we love Starspangledbanner,” said Hanly. “I just want to thank Helen and Frisk [Jones] who do the daily hard work for minding this horse so well.

“This is a family we have had for ever, we bred every single horse on the page. They are all very fast horses so hopefully this one will continue and will add to the family. It is lovely to be able to show horses such as this, it is a pleasure to be around them. Please god he is a good runner.”

Crisford Buys Churchill Filly for 340,000 Guineas  

The progeny of first season sire and 2,000 Guineas winner CHURCHILL have been in great demand this week and his daughter of the HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR mare PUSSYCAT LIPS was the most sought after, realising 340,000 guineas to the bid of Simon Crisford.

“She is a lovely filly, very racy and athletic, and she showed herself off well,” said Crisford. “MV Magnier really loved her, she will be for a Coolmore partnership.”

The Grade 3 placed PUSSYCAT LIPS has produced four winners from her four runners, including the Group/Listed placed pair SPECIAL PURPOSE and ROULSTON SCAR.

The filly was bred and consigned by Croom House Stud, whose principal Denis Brosnan commented: “It was a wonderful sale and we are thrilled with the price, and we’re happy that she’s been bought by MV Magnier and will be going to Simon & Ed Crisford.”

Chairman’s Statement   

At the conclusion of Book 2 of the 2020 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

“At the conclusion of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale last week we expressed our sincere thanks to all those who contributed to a yearling sale which, although conducted amidst a backdrop of global turmoil, performed with remarkable resilience. The message at the conclusion of Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale is very similar. We are enormously grateful to every single participant over the past three days, not only for their individual contributions to a sale which has held up remarkably well under the circumstances, but for working with us every step of the way in our efforts to stage the sale in as safe an environment as possible. The COVID pandemic continues to wreak havoc in all walks of life and to have conducted nine sales here at Park Paddocks since the last week of June is a mighty achievement by all concerned and could not have happened without a huge collective effort.

“Newmarket is very much the hub of the European racing and breeding industries and the last few weeks have demonstrated that, despite all the obstacles, business has been able to continue, albeit at lower levels than in recent years. Newmarket has an extraordinary and unique infrastructure and never more has this been apparent than at Books 1 and 2 of the 2020 Tattersalls October Yearling Sales.

“Book 2 has without doubt benefitted from the momentum established at Book 1 and similar to last week, the buyers have consistently remarked on the quality of the stock being offered. As ever the consignors from Britain, Ireland, France and Germany have presented us with a catalogue of genuine quality and the buyers have demonstrated that, even in these challenging times, there is a global appetite for quality bloodstock and the sport of horseracing. Participation from throughout the Gulf region continues to be hugely influential and the sustained involvement from American, Australian and Hong Kong interests has also been notable alongside determined domestic involvement. Tomorrow we move on to Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale which is another Tattersalls yearling sale that consistently attracts buyers at all levels of the market and we will conclude the 2020 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale on Saturday with Book 4.”

Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale starts at 10am on Thursday 15th October.

Article courtesey of Breednet

Above: The Woodside Park team at last year’s TBV Awards as Written Tycoon wins Champion Victorian Sire for the forth consecutive years (racing photos)

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) is pleased to announce that their annual awards celebrating the Champion Victorian sire, Champion Victorian bred race horse and Champion Victorian breeder will be conducted on the 8th of November 2020 virtually.

Michael Felgate and Charmein Bukovec will host the awards which celebrates the achievements and successes of the Victorian breeding industry for the prior season.

“While we would all love to be in the one place, COVID hasn’t allowed that. I am still looking forward to celebrating our successes virtually and I am delighted that Michael Felgate will co-host alongside me,” Charmein Bukovec, TBV Executive Officer enthused.

This year, TBV will introduce a new award, called the ‘Dedication to welfare’ award. This award aims to recognise an individual who goes above and beyond for Victorian-bred horses prior and post racing, as well as throughout and after their stud careers.

“Welfare is at the centre of everything we do in our industry. I am delighted that we have introduced this new award to recognise an individual who has gone above and beyond. It will be a tough selection as there are so many in our industry, who already exceed expectations in this area,” James O’Brien – TBV President commented.

In addition to the new ‘Dedication to welfare award’, TBV seeks nominations for the second instalments of the ‘Service to the industry’ award, which last year was won by George Smith and the ‘Rising Star’ award, who was claimed by Blue Gum Farm’s Chris Kent.

TBV are calling for nominations for the three awards, which can be sent to tbv@racingvictoria.net.au until the 30th of October 2020.

Chris, who was nominated by Blue Gum Farm principals, Phil and Patti Campbell, could not contain his shock and excitement at winning the inaugural award, commenting on the night, “To hear my name and be acknowledged on the same night at George Smith is very special,” said Chris. “I’m just one of the back markers, but I love what I do.”

James O’Brien commented, “It is so important that we recognise the grassroots of our industry, they are the ones that make sure the wheel keeps turning. They are the ones tending to horses and working around the clock to make sure the industry goes from strength to strength.

“That is why the Service to the industry and the Rising Star awards are so important – one of the awards recognises someone who has centred their life around the industry and the other award recognises someone who is being noticed for being a young person, who is going to be someone who is already and going to shape the industry in the future,” Charmein Bukovec added.

The 15 awards which will be celebrated this year are as follows:

Award Number Award name
1 VOBIS Nominator of the year
2 VOBIS Trainer of the year
3 VOBIS Owner of the year
4 VOBIS Horse of the year
5 Champion Victorian Broodmare
6 Champion Victorian Bred 2YO
7 Champion Victorian Bred 3YO
8 Champion Victorian First Season Sire
9 Leading Victorian Small Breeder
10 Champion Victorian Bred Race horse
11 Champion Victorian Sire
12 Champion Victorian Breeder
13 The Service to the Industry
14 The Rising Star Award
15 Dedication to welfare award

Above: Tinker McPhee after winning at Matamata (New Zealand)

Classy Nostradamus filly Tinker McPhee has been sold to the Chris Waller stable, but Kiwi race fans will see a little bit more of the 3yo in coming weeks.

She is set to line up one of the favourites in the G3 Soliloquy Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday before taking her place in the G1 1000 Guineas next month.

The exciting daughter of Rosemont second season stallion Nostradamus will then make her way to Australia to race for clients of Chris Waller.

Current owner Australian Richard Boyd will retain a share and is excited by the prospects of the filly going forward.

“She’s pretty classy. I’ve liked the Nostradamus stock for a while and they just get better the older they get. Tinker McPhee is high class and I can’t wait until she matures further and continues to learn her race craft,” Boyd said.

Tinker McPhee won at her second race start at Matamata earlier this month and in the process dented some big reputations. That race was littered with Guineas prospects including Te Akau’s number one seed for the colts and geldings 2000 Guineas, $500,000 yearling purchase Brando. Tinker McPhee beat Brando by nearly 5 lengths in slick time.

“It was only a maiden but it was a high class field and she picked them up and spat them out,” Boyd said.

It’s understood the syndicate that race Verry Eleegant brokered the deal to secure the filly for a price in the vicinity of half a million dollars.

Nostradamus has had a good run of late with four individual winners in the past eight days, including star WA filly Clairvoyance who will run this Saturday in the Listed Belgravia Stakes at Ascot.

The son of Medaglia D’Oro is a half brother to Star Witness and stands at Rosemont in 2020 at $5500.

Hoofnote:

Tinker McPhee was bred by Victoria’s Rushton Park

Above: Power Scheme ridden by Mark Zahra wins the ZircoDATA Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse  (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

In a tough day’s racing at Caulfield on Saturday, Sun Stud homebred Power Scheme regained the form he produced to win the Listed Kings of Sport Mile (1600m) at Randwick more than a year ago.

The four-year-old was later gelded and spelled for 22 weeks before returning to win first-up over 1600m at The Valley in September, 2019. It was the gelding’s last victory before Saturday’s Caulfield win.

Sun Stud’s Adam Henry said it was good to see the Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes trained horse score the second up win on Saturday after finishing third as his first run this time in.

“He is obviously a Stakes winning two-year-old, a Group placed three-year-old and he was back to his best second up on Saturday,” Henry said.

“He ran well and I think he is in for a pretty good prep.

“I think they are going to keep him to the mile, although last Saturday’s win was over 1700m but he seems pretty adapt at the mile.”

By Sun Stud stallion Fiorente, Power Scheme is out of Rosa Perlato (Encosta De Lago) which produced full brother Hawkshot, a Group 2 winner of last year’s MRC Autumn Stakes (1400m).

Henry said while Power Scheme wasn’t winning last year, he was still around the mark.

“In November last year he was only a couple of lengths off Russian Camelot at Caulfield and he was set on the Derby path but it just felt like he wasn’t going to get the 2500m,” Henry said.

“He was just redirected back to the mile, but he is a pretty good horse.”

Henry said Rosa Perlato had just produced a full sister to Power Scheme.

The 2013 Melbourne Cup winning stallion has covered more than 300 mares in the past two seasons.

“He’ll have plenty of fire power in the years to come,” Henry said.

“We have noticed the quality of his book is pretty strong as well.”

The dam of Florent – Stockpin (Pins x Not Sure) – is back in foal to Fiorente. Florent is trained by Tony Noonan at Mornington and won this year’s VOBIS Sires Guineas at Caulfield.

And last year Fiorente also covered Group 1 winning mare She’s Archie which finished second in the 2004 Melbourne Cup to Makybe Diva.

Now 22-years-old, She’s Archie has been retired and is due to give birth to her last foal and also has a two-year-old Fiorente colt.

With the sire being a Melbourne Cup winner and the dam and a runner-up, Henry said it was certainly a good combination.

Henry said that with five Stakes winners from his first two crops, Fiorente had certainly experienced a good start to his stud career.

“And we think he has got the ammunition to build on it,” he said.

Sun Stud usually has about 40 horses, mainly from their own stallions, in work with various trainers.

Henry said another of the stud’s stallions, Palentino had a jumpout winner on Monday with Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths. The filly is named Gossitino and is out of unraced mare Leica Gossip (One Cool Cat).

“We aren’t expecting too many pre-Christmas runners,” he said.

“But they do look like nice types and we are very hopeful.”

He said Palentino had received great support at stud and had served more than 400 mares in his first the seasons and had a big book for this season.

Palentino’s yearlings averaged $100,000-plus at Melbourne Premier earlier this year.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Wit ridden by Fred W Kersley wins the bet365 Top Tote Plus 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate at Kyneton Racecourse  (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

The Rod Symons trained Wit has provided Swettenham Stud stallion Trust In A Gust with his first winner.

Wit, a three-year-old filly out of Cailin Brea (Shaft), scored her victory at last week’s Kyneton meeting for owner and breeders Penny and Adrian Beard.

It was only Trust In A Gust’s tenth runner.

Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said it was always nice and a little of bit of getting the monkey off the back when a stallion produces his first winner.

“And Wit won very well,” Sangster said.

“It’s good timing to get that winner and there are still spaces for Trust In A Gust at the farm.”

Wit is from Trust In A Gust’s first crop which are now three-year-olds and came from a relatively small book of 58 mares.

“Then he got a bigger book in the second year and even a bigger book in the third year when he sort of bucked the trend,” Sangster said.

“To have a winner out of his first crop from just 10 runners is great and now it is when the two-year-olds and yearlings are probably the ones that might be able to fly the flag for him.”

Sangster said the dual Group 1 winning stallion was a beautiful looking horse and his progeny were powerful looking animals that feature really big forearms.

He said Trust In A Gust wasn’t an early two-year-old and only had a couple of starts as a juvenile.

“We have always thought he might get one to run at two, but they will be better and at three and obviously Wit is only just three,” Sangster said.

“They are probably three-year-olds that will get out towards the mile and they look like they can show a bit.”

And it was an exciting time for Penny and Adrian Beard to watch the filly win over 1118m at Kyneton.

“I have got a full sister to the little horse that won,” Penny said.

“She may now be worth something. But we will sell her.”

Penny and her husband are relatively new to the horse breeding industry and have three broodmares on their Strathbogie farm of 200 acres where they mostly have Angus cattle.

A former equestrian rider, Penny said they bought their first racehorse in 2010 which was the dam of Wit – Cailin Brea – which won a 1600m maiden at Echuca but was retired after 15 starts.

Penny said her husband had a little bit of involvement with horses when he was younger and managed an Angus stud near Shepparton.

“He managed it for Mr Cameron who had racehorses and so they used to come home to the farm to be handled and rested,” Penny said.

“They actually had a very good racehorse called Ardroy (Comet) who won some races in town, including Moonee Valley.”

The Beard family later moved to Griffith where they farmed mainly rice, corn and cotton which Penny said was a pretty intense life so Adrian decided he needed a hobby – horses.

Penny said they went onto the Inglis site and picked out Cailin Brea after seeing her photos and studying her pedigree.

“We bought her home to race and then we bought a couple more the following year,” she said.

They moved to Strathbogie in 2017 and Penny said it was a total change because the Griffith farm was flat and the weather hot, but the Strathbogie farm is hilly and the weather cold.

“This year we have three foals and we will have two to three foals each year,” Penny said.

“We got two Trust In A Gusts that a one-year-old now, so we have done Trust In A Gust three times now.”

They bought I’m An Outoftowner (Dane Shadow x Chelsea Rose) to race and she won twice and was second twice and had five thirds.

Another of their broodmares is Savannah Moon which they raced with a group of others. By Savabeel, out of Tennessee Moon, the mare won seven races, and finished with prizemoney of $230,560.

Penny said they were enjoying racing their mares, then breeding from them and then racing their progeny.

“Originally we just chose our own horses just on type and breeding and structural correctness and now we are trying to breed from those horses to good stallions that are structurally correct, are good types and have a good race record,” she said.

I Am Outoftowner, who has a Fiorente colt, is going to Manhattan Rain at Blue Gum Farm, Euroa, this season.

Savannah Moon, who has a Manhattan Rain colt, has been booked to Highland Reel at Swettenham Stud.

Another of their mares, the unraced Miss Valentina (Nadeem x Al Montahaa) has a yearling filly by Trust In A Gust and recently foaled to National Defense.

Unfortunately they lost Cailin Brea in a paddock accident.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Above: Haut Brion Her winning the G2 Sheraco S.

For a fleeting moment Peter Liston thought the Victorian mare he bred at his Three Bridges Thoroughbreds farm was poised to run a place in the $15 million The Everest at Randwick on Saturday.

But in the end Haut Brion Her – and the rest of the field – was no match for the eventual winner and race favourite Classique Legend, but the $41 shot finished fifth and in front of the some of the bigger names and more fancied horses.

Liston, who races the five-year-old mare in partnership with West Australians Gary Johnson and Steve Gardiner, bought the last slot in the race from its holder Chris Waller who also trains the mare.

The fifth placed carried prizemoney of $750,000 which virtually squared off what Liston and his co-owners paid for the slot.

The dreaded COVID-19 stopped Liston and his wife Pauline from being trackside for the richest race on turf.

“The tempo mucked us up a bit and she went a bit hard, but we were very proud that she stuck on and ran fifth, it was a very good effort,” Liston said.

“Waller’s comment was that she just got caught in that spot where they were going hard and she wanted to keep her spot.

“There is a race (Yes Yes Yes Stakes) in a couple of weeks worth a million dollars and there is a bonus of $750,000, so I think that is her next project all being well.

“Chris Waller was pleased with the run and we beat a lot of good horses which finished behind us.”

The Yes Yes Yes Stakes is at Rosehill on October 31 and the $1 million race carries a first prize of $580,000 and winner’s bonus of $750,000 for horses that raced in The Everest.

Liston said Haut Brion Her would have to be regarded as one of the better mares in Australia after her performance in The Everest.

With victory in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last October and a win in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in September this year, the fifth in The Everest (1200m) shot Haut Brion Her’s prizemoney to $1.2 million.

The Zoustar mare’s race record is outstanding with six wins and three seconds from 11 starts.

Liston described it as a gutsy effort to buy the slot, but they believed in the mare.

“I think we’ll just get our money back which isn’t too bad as we had a crack,” he said.

“We paid $600,000 for the slot and it looks pretty good but when you see all the take outs, there is a fair few of them.

“But the main thing we wanted to do was to back our product. We had bred a product that was good enough to run in it and we were prepared to back it.”

Haut Brion Her’s jockey, Brenton Avdulla, was full of praise for the mare’s performance.

“She ran out of her skin,” he said.

“We went along at a brilliant speed. She has a big race in her.”

After grabbing the last remaining slot only days before the race, Liston admitted they lived in hope for a week but he thought half down the straight she was going to run second.

Liston bred the mare at their Eddington farm and she was going to the sales.

But it was his wife who didn’t want to sell.

“Pauline just said if it’s the best horse we have bred, why are we selling it,” Liston said.

“I said the reason we are selling her is because we need to pay our bills.”

Liston said they owned 40 per cent of the mare and then sold 30 per cent, leaving them with 10 per cent.

“It gave us money and it also kept us in the ownership. Gary Johnson bought into her. And there is Steve Gardiner, who is also from West Australia, and they are great friends of ours.

“Stevie said that apart from his kids and grandkids it was the most exciting week he’s had. He was looking forward to the race and everything.

“Everyone was glad we took the punt. It was good.”

Liston supports The Everest and said the lack of publicity it generated in Victoria was weird and said if someone is doing something better than you, then you try to follow them or do something similar.

“If we could get a similar concept here it would be fantastic,” he said.

Victoria was also represented in The Everest with Gytrash which was sold at the 2017 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale through Maluka Thoroughbred’s draft. Santa Ana Lane was sold by Rosemont Stud at Melbourne Premier in 2014 and Eduardo is Victorian bred,

Liston said Waller had always spoken very highly of the mare, which had nearly a year off after suffering a tendon injury and was treated in Victoria by horse rehabilitation specialist Lee Evison.

He said it was through Evison’s dedication and expertise, and the belief of Liston’s son Toby that they could get her back, plus Waller’s patience and obvious ability, that resulted in getting the mare back to the big stage.

Before suffering the injury, Liston was convinced Haut Brion Her was well above average after she won the Blazer Stakes when Waller was convinced that she doesn’t go as well the Melbourne way.

Liston said they were thinking about bringing the mare down for the Manikato Stakes at The Valley but decided to leave her in Sydney where she races well and have a crack at The Everest.

“We’ll give her another run or two and then bring her back for the autumn next year,” he said.

Liston said the dam – One In A Million (Redoute’s Choice x Happen) took fright during a thunder storm and went through a fence, breaking her leg.

“So we only got the one foal out of her after we purchased her,” he said.

One In A Million was trained by John O’Shea in Sydney and had 10 starts for two wins, three seconds and two thirds. She was Listed placed three times, and was Group 2 and 3 placed.

As well as looking forward to Haut Brion Her’s next race, Liston said Three Bridges was proud to be presenting some high quality yearlings at future sales.

“And we have got 10 more mares to foal and we’ll get that out of the way and then the yearlings will be in soon,” he said.

“At this stage we will have about nine yearlings at the Gold Coast and 16 to Melbourne.

“They are outstanding and we have deliberately been trying to upgrade our mares and it’s very expensive and I think we’ve got three I Am Invincibles, a few Exceed and Excels and all the right sires and hopefully the right product.”

Above: Lean Mean Machine standing at Aquis Victoria (Katrina Partridge Photography)

The use of stallions in their second season has led to the conception of some outstanding racetrack performers including Champion 2YO’s, Champion 3YO’s, Champion Stayers, Champion Sprinters and Champion Sires of the future.

Winners of iconic races such as the Golden Slipper, Melbourne Cup, Australian Guineas, Australian Derby, Rosehill Guineas and Doncaster were all bred from the second crop of stallions that have often gone on to achieve greatness.

First foals offer breeders the chance to test the waters and if they like what they see, a stallion often does even better with his second crop as breeders support their intuition of impending success with quality mares.

Aquis have four outstanding young sires that fit the second crop profile in dual Group I winning sprinter Brave Smash (Jpn) as well as Santos (I Am Invincible), Performer (Exceed and Excel) and Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar), the last trio all sons of champion sires.

Early reports on their progeny have been glowing.

Brave Smash in particular has found plenty of favour with the following comments from well satisfied breeders!

“We have switched over a further five mares to Brave Smash.”

“We could not have wished for a better start.”

“Great scope and athleticism.”
“I hope they’re all like this, then you know you’re onto a good thing.”

“The Brave Smash foal from Mead is a good size with plenty of strength and quality about him. He shows great scope and athleticism to develop as he matures,” said Alison Hush of Davali Thoroughbreds.

“He has good bone and conformation, it’s hard to knock him on anything really. We are expecting quite a few Brave Smash foals this season and we will be very happy if they are all as good as this colt”

As a stunning son of I Am Invincible, Santos is producing the goods!

We’ve had three Santos foals arrive so far this season, and what an impressive group they are! They are strong, correct, lovely bodied foals with great bone under them. They’ll develop into exceptional weanlings, and best of all they’re athletic…Santos has really stamped these foals,” said Verna Metcalfe of Middlebrook Valley Lodge.

“Lovely strong attractive filly with good conformation. She’s a cracker maiden foal. We will definitely be using Santos again in the future,” said David Morrisey of Cannon Hayes Stud.

The only son of champion sire Zoustar at stud in Victoria, Lean Mean Machine has stamped his foals!

“I have had three Lean Mean Machine foals so far this season and they are magnificent. He has stamped his stock and he can throw a type. As good as any other foals on my farm!” said Paul Kelly of Ponderosa Park.

Performer is also hitting the mark with his quality foals.

We are extremely excited to be a part of Performer’s first crop with this stunning colt out of But Perfect,” said Hopetoun Bloodstock’s Murray Webster.

“Performer is a talented, well put together son of Exceed And Excel and out of a Group 1-producing Snippets mare and he has certainly stamped his foals with his best attributes, speed, precocity and type.

“I expect his first yearlings to sell extremely well and I have no hesitation recommending Performer to my clients as a breeding option in 2020.”

To view more Aquis first crop foal videos, click here.

Above: Sovereign Award gets there in time (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

The Danny O’Brien-trained pair of Sovereign Award and Fabric were the first two out of the barriers and the first two home in Wednesday’s Group II Catanach’s Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield.

Jamie Kah waited until the last possible moment before asking Sovereign Award for the supreme effort. The daughter of Shamus Award found enough to defeat her stubborn stablemate Fabric Ocean Park) by a long-neck with a short-head back to the fast-finishing Chaillot (Testa Rossa) in third.

Bred by Golden Grove Stud Farm, Sovereign Award advances her record to seven wins and three seconds from 15 starts with earnings of $347,175.

“She’s really clicked with Jamie Kah. She has had two rides on her now for two wins,” O’Brien said.

“She has been a challenging mare, so credit to everyone at home that has persisted with her. You could have long odd that she ould be a stakes winner twelve months ago.

“She is from the first crop of Shamus Award who has had a fantastic Caulfield cup week with two stakes-winners last Saturday and another one today.

“We will think about it (the Empire Rose) or we will possibly go back to Moonee Valley (Tesio Stakes) on Saturday week. She does love The Valley. But she’s in a rare vein of form so we certainly won’t be turning her out.”

From the first crop of her Cox Plate winning sire, Sovereign Award is the best or two winners out of the 6-time winning Show a Heart mare Sovereign Charm  whose dam Rollover (Flying Spur) is a half-sister to Listed winner Potential (Southern Appeal) and the stakes-placed Talk To Angels (Don’t Say Halo), the dam of  stakes-winner Magic Heaven.

Sovereign Charm has a yearling colt by Shamus Award and was not covered last spring.

Sovereign Award becomes the ninth stakes-winner for Shamus Award (Snitzel) who had another promising winner on the card with the 3yo colt Embolism Embolism who is also trained by O’Brien.

Article courtesey of Breednet

Above: Still plenty to learn but that’s a nice debut (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

To the delight of his supporters that backed him into favouritism, the big, bold striding Far Enough made a winning career debut in a 1000 metre maiden at Bendigo on Wednesday.

Ridden by Damien Oliver for Cranbourne-based trainer Dale Short, the son of Needs Further was not the best to begin but enjoyed a cosy run midfield in the eight-horse field.

Brought three wide on the turn to mount his challenge, Far Enough looked set for an easy time of it in the later stages but a combination of his greenness and another honest performance from the well-named Brazen Beau gelding Gutsy resulted him in having to fight for a half-length win. The Skilled filly Luna Chara two and three-quarters back in third.

“I like what I saw. He is a forward going horse, but he hasn’t really been tested and didn’t know what to do,” Short told Racing.com.

“I could have gone back to the trials but he wasn’t going to learn much there so I thought I would go to the races and put my neck on the line.”

Far Enough was a $45,000 purchase by his trainer out of the Armidale Stud draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

He is the second winner from three to race out of the well-performed Mujahid mare Music Shop a 6-time winner in Victoria including wins at Moonee Valley (x2), Caulfield and Sandown.

Purchased for just $8,000 by Belmont Bloodstock Agency at the 2015 Inglis Great Southern Broodmare Sale, Music Shop is out of Monde Bleu mare Smytzer’s Magic who is a half-sister to Group 1 WATC Railway Stakes winner Gilded Venom )Golden Snake) and to Horse Of The Year Scenic Blast (Scenic) whose eight wins included the VRC Newmarket, Lightning Stakes and King Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Following two fruitless seasons, Music Shop foaled a colt by Alpine Eagle in August 25.

After seven seasons at Armidale Stud in Tasmania, Needs Further crossed Bass Strait in 2020 to stand alongside Lean Mean Machine and Royal Meeting at Aquis Farm in Victoria where his fee remains at $13,750. The handsome son of Encosta De Lago covered a career high 103 mares in 2019.

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Above: Haut Brion Her wins the G2 Sheraco Stakes – image Steve Hart

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds and partners have reached an agreement with Waller Racing to acquire the final Everest slot for quality sprint mare Haut Brion Her.

After trainer Chris Waller identified the daughter of Zoustar as the leading contender for the Waller stable’s Everest slot, negotiations resulted in Three Bridges and partners acquiring slot ownership for the 2020 running of the race.

Haut Brion Her, an impressive dual Group II winner, is only lightly raced with ten starts to her name for her Three Bridges owner-breeder partnership group.

A winner of her only start at Royal Randwick, Haut Brion Her has six victories to her lifetime record, which include an impressive win in the Group II Blazer Stakes at Flemington last campaign.

She will contest the Everest third-up this preparation, following a dazzling victory in the Group II Sheraco Stakes over 1200m.

Her winning time of 1:09.05 is the fastest ever for the event since it was run over the current distance, and less than half a second off the track record.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds are excited by the chance to have their talented homebred lining up in the prestigious sprint, with Peter Liston expressing his faith in the quality mare.

“Since the day she was born Haut Brion Her has been a very special filly and showed us early on she had talent to burn on the track,” Liston said.

“At Three Bridges we take a very natural approach to raising our young horses, focusing on growing quality, strong horses in large open paddocks. The results of those principles are exemplified by Haut Brion Her, who will now tackle the highest-rated sprint in the world. It’s very exciting and we couldn’t be prouder of this wonderful mare.”

The announcement means Waller Racing will now have two stable representatives in the Everest field, with Nature Strip racing in the TAB-owned slot.

Last year the Waller stable won the event with 3-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes.

“It’s incredibly exciting for the whole Waller Racing team to see two of our stable stars lineup as genuine chances in the 2020 Everest,” Waller said.

“Haut Brion Her has showed her brilliant speed this preparation with a superb win in the Sheraco and I know she is capable of giving this race a shake up. Her work has been faultless the last two weeks which gives me great confidence that she will be primed to put in a big performance on Saturday.”

Brenton Advulla has been booked for the ride.

Article courtesey of Breednet.