Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) are delighted to announce today that Breednet have extended their partnership with TBV.

For the last year, TBV and Breednet have worked alongside each other to promote and celebrate the success of the Victorian breeding industry to Australia and internationally.

Breednet is a unique 24-hour news website and Australasia’s foremost source of news, stallion data and bespoke breeding information.

The ‘immediacy’ of news and information is Breednet’s hallmark.

Editorial, race results, sales information and stallion statistics are updated daily providing the most comprehensive reference of breeding information available.

“I am delighted to continue our partnership with Breednet. They have long been supporters of TBV and as I have said previously, I find their sources of data to be extremely useful in my role. Breednet’s audience and reach is exceptional and that is proven with their strong engagement results.” Executive Officer, Charmein Bukovec commented.

Breednet has an unmatched audience with over 96,000 users and 1.2 million pageviews a month from a world-wide audience.

In the past 12 months:

1.     Breednet’s audience has grown over 10%

2.     a staggering 1.9 million stallion profiles have been viewed.

3.     News articles have been read over two million times.

“It is a pleasure to continue our partnership with TBV. We have been able to promote the success of the Victorian breeding industry to a national and international audience. In the past 12 months, we have seen our users continue to grow across three continents and we plan to continue to expand, grow and increase our product offering,” Craig Thompson – Director of Breednet.

 

As part of Breednet’s sponsorship with TBV, Breednet will post regular information and updates about the various services and data Breednet provides to the breeding industry.

To find out more information about Breednet, click here.

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Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) members returned Jenny Moodie, Garry Cuddy and Jason Brown to the Board at yesterday’s annual general meeting (AGM).

Garry and Jason were appointed to the Board in October 2020 after filling vacancies left after the resignations of Adam Sangster and Adam Tims from the TBV Board.

In accordance with the rules, they resubmitted themselves for election at this AGM, following their appointments.

TBV President, James O’Brien commented, “I would like to congratulate Jenny Moodie, Garry Cuddy and Jason Brown for securing their three-year terms.”

“The skills which Jenny, Garry and Jason bring to the committee complement the existing skills and ensures the Board is a diverse, representative cross-section of the Victorian industry,” he said.

Earlier in the year, James O’Brien thanked Adam Sangster and Adam Tims for their tenure and service to the Victorian breeding industry, commenting,

“Their significant contributions were greatly appreciated by the Board and the Victorian breeding industry. They will be sorely missed by all.”

The TBV Board is currently made up of James O’Brien as President, Kayley Johnson and Sam Fairgray as Vice-Presidents, Jason Brown as Treasurer, Roger Langley, Jenny Moodie, Garry Cuddy, Toby Liston and Andy Makiv.

The President’s report will be available to TBV members after the 28th of December.

Media Contact – Charmein Bukovec – Executive Officer 0459 510 506

Above: Casey & Londsale. 1st Show results after re-education

For this self-confessed ‘mad horse lady’, thoroughbred horses, and in particular their care in retirement, have been a long held passion extending over 50 years for Victoria’s Lindy Thewlis.  

The 2019 Godolphin Stud & Stable Staff ‘Thoroughbred Care and Welfare’ Award recipient, Lindy was again recognised for her work when selected as the winner of the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria’s (TBV) inaugural Kentucky Equine Research and Barastoc ‘Dedication to Welfare’ Award in early November.  

With welfare at thcentre of everything we do in our industry, both awards aim to recognise those unsung individuals going above and beyond their daily duties for the betterment of our equines.  

“I am incredibly humbled and feel extremely honoured,” said Lindy at TBV’s virtual award ceremony.   

“Thank you for everyone for following and helping me, and acknowledging there are people out there like me, doing what we’re doing.” 

Above: Lindy Thewlis

Starting her thoroughbred career working in the Epsom stables of George Hanlon as a teen, Lindy has always dabbled in helping ex-racehorses transition to life after racing.  

“I started doing it with 1 or 2, and it’s only been in the last 4 or 5 years I’ve ramped it right up,” said Lindy.  

And ramped it up she did! With her husband Ron, Lindy now runs her business Racehorse Rehabilitation Rehoming P/L (RRR), caring for over 100 horses on her 109-acre property just outside Shepparton in the state’s North East. Focussing on rehabilitation as well as rehoming, RRR is completely self-funded and they do not have any employees.  

To continue her dream of assisting as many ex-racehorses as possible to transition into a life after racing, Lindy recently received charity status approval for her business.   

“I started RRR about 3 years ago,” said Lindy.   

“But this year decided to turn it into a charity and we received the status in July. My hope is if I can get my pocket plus someone else’s helping me do this, then I can help more horses.” 

Lindy takes on racehorses and breeding stock from trainers, owners and occasional sale yards.  Retrained success stories come from stables such as Hutchins Racing Stable, Ciaron Maher, Nathan Hobson and Jane Baker.   

“We combine with a re-trainer to assess and determine the level of rider and what disciplines the horse might be best suited to in their new life off the track,” explained Lindy.  

“We also take a limited number of retirees requiring rehab after racing that for various reasons, may not be suitable as equestrian mounts.” 

“I have a particular passion for horses with issues, racing injuries because given the time they end up being just as good…and they deserve a chance at life.”  

One such horse is 2019 Australian Hurdle winner Chequered Flag, or Nazcar to his friends. After injuring himself during that race, his owners proceeded with surgery however the prognosis for a return to racing or being ridden again was poor. He was rehabilitated under Lindy’s watchful eye and now calls her retirement paddocks home. 

Whilst ex-racehorses Morrazo and Sellaronda are just two to depart Lindy’s care to commence their new equestrian career training, Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s Mai Shiny Choice is a recent arrival to RRR. The Matthew Williams trained gelding had 40 race starts before being retired to Lindy’s property – and by all reports, he is settling in well and loving his new surroundings!  

Lindy continues to raise awareness of her work and accept charitable donations via RRR’s Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/tbandstb/?ref=page_internal and a new website is in the final stages of creation. Both these outlets will help Lindy with her work, as well as further educating horse owners about the options their horses have post their racing careers.  

Congratulations Lindy on your TBV award win, and thank you for the work you do!   

Above: Crossaro ridden by Jordan Childs wins the Hirsh Hill Estate Maiden Plate at Yarra Valley Racecourse. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

There’s nothing sweeter than booting home a long shot winner.

For Pakenham trainer Glenn Cross it was even sweeter when Crossaro, a weanling he’d selected at the 2017 Great Southern Sale, paid a whopping $151 with a maiden victory at Yarra Valley last week.

It was the four-year-old gelding’s third race and he’d started at $81 on debut at Terang in November and was also a $151 outsider at Geelong just a week before his upset win.

After two starts at 1400m, Cross believes the addition of blinkers, a seven day back-up and rising to 1950m were the key factors in Crossaro turning around his fortunes after beating home only  one runner in each of his previous races.

Cross admitted it certainly wasn’t love at first sight when he cast his eyes over the son of Riverbank stallion Anacheeva at the sales. In fact, he didn’t even ask for the weanling to be taken out of his box.

But still there was something he liked about the horse – not to mention the price – when he took a closer look at him the sale ring when the bidding got going,

“I didn’t get him out of the box or walk him up or anything like that.

“Anyway, he’s got into the ring and is at $1500 and I thought gee this is cheap. The mother (Lashante) has produced a Stakes placed horse Draw Forward (Charge Forward).

“Draw Forward has gone and thrown Meteorite which McEvoy trains. It is a good sprinter and is by Deep Field.”

After the weanling got to $1500, Cross said it was going to be a steal if we went for such a meagre amount, so he put his hand up and got him for $2000 but instantly starting having second thoughts.

Above: Crossaro as a weanling

“I am thinking has he got a leg on backwards or what because I really hadn’t had a good look at it,” he said.

“I thought, it’s just too cheap and I’ll just grab him. I could see up in the auditorium and he didn’t look shocking and sometimes you have to forgive a few things with young horses because if you pick them to death, well you’d never buy one.

“This one wasn’t going to break the bank.”

“But he is actually the soundest and most correct horse I’ve got and I bought it almost off the cuff and I didn’t do what  you should do and pull them out and have a real good look.”

Cross said he offered shares in his new purchase, which was offered at the sale by Chatswood Stud, but only one bloke bought in for 20 per cent, his neighbour Guido Cerchiaro.

It left Cross with 80 per cent which he admits wasn’t much fun when it came to paying the bulk of the bills, but hopefully the Yarra Valley victory has sliced off some of those losses.

After coming from back in the field, Crossaro scored by a short half-head at Yarra Valley in what was a strong maiden.

“I was quite impressed and he surprised me the way he finished the race off and his time was good up against the 58 (race) and he only ran a touch slower,” Cross said.

“His sectionals I reckon would have been better out of those two races, I would assume. They were not up when I was looking.”

Cross said he was obviously aware of the achievements of Anacheeva (Anabaa x Monroe Magic) which won The Group 1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) in 2010 for trainer Peter Moody.

“He has had reasonable results,” Cross said of the stallion.

“He throws a nice cut of a horse and he throws a stayer.

“Our horse has grown out to be a nice type and he is still furnishing and is not fully there both mentally and physically.”

With Anacheeva standing at a service fee of $3300, Cross said “bread and butter” stallions are often good producers of country winners that get to the races for under $10,000 and everyone is in front if they can win two or three.

Cross, who runs an electrical business, usually has about six in work but is down to about two but his numbers will rise again by the middle of next month.

If there was any downside to Crossaro’s win it was that Cross had planned to take a holiday in Tathra, in New South Wales.

“But I can’t go away and not keep racing him,” he said.

But it’s bit of a dilemma that Cross will happily accept as he believes his gelding, which he admits is not a flash track worker, is capable of picking up some more staying races.

Further down the track, Cross says Crossaro could develop into a jumper.

Anacheeva started his stallion career with Chatswood Stud in 2012 when he served 70 mares and moved to Russell and Caroline Osborne’s Riverbank Farm at Benalla in 2018 when he served seven mares and six last year.

Riverbank Farm is the home to eight stallions – Anacheeva, Bon Aurum, Boulder City, Prince of Caviar, Redente, Skilled, Von Costa De Hero and Wayed Zain.

Caroline, a vet, said Anacheeva only served a handful of mares this season.

“Anacheeva has sort of reached that point in his career where he hasn’t actually covered that many mares now,” Caroline said.

“He is that bit older and he has not had too many. We have been very busy on the farm with our other stallions.

“He is a really nice horse and I think with the Anacheevas that they just need time and they are not going to be early two-year-olds and that’s where he is not commercial any more.

“But you can certainly get a good horse by him if you give them time and I think that’s the key to him.”

Caroline said there had been plenty of support for the farm’s newest addition this year, Prince of Caviar. He is by Sebring, out of unbeaten world champion sprinter, Black Caviar.

The five-year stallion’s career was limited to six races – one win and three seconds – because of injury.

“It’s his first season at stud this year and he has been well supported, both by the owners of Black Caviar and by a lot of our breeders who are here,” Caroline said.

“He is going pretty well and all the other horses are holding their places. Redente is consistently producing winners, so he has got his loyal supporters every year.

“We are just waiting for the Boulder City and Wayed Zains to come through because we are pretty excited about them.”

While Caroline is a successful vet, husband Russell also finds time to be a horse trainer who always has plenty of winners.

Above: Image Racing Photos

Inglis’ Premier Yearling Sale in 2021 is set to feature the ‘strongest Premier catalogue we have ever produced’, Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian believes.

Inglis will release its catalogue this week for the three-day sale which runs from Sunday, February 28 to Tuesday, March 2.

A total of 804 lots are set to go under the hammer at Oaklands Junction, with 590 for the Premier Session and 214 for the Showcase Session.

Vivian described the Premier catalogue as ‘simply outstanding’.

“The support we have received from the Victorian industry especially, who have 100 per cent backed this sale again by giving their best yearlings to offer, is not only quite overwhelming but also comes with a serious sense of responsibility to get the job done for them and we absolutely believe we will achieve great results again,” Vivian said.

“Buyers want to buy from auctions with proven results and Premier’s recent record of graduates is simply quite extraordinary.

“There have been 15 G1-winning graduates of the Premier Sale since 2018 – nine of which could have been purchased for $100,000 or less – including the likes of Nature Strip, Santa Ana Lane, Beat The Clock, Kenedna, Written By, Seabrook etc… and since 2019 Premier has produced more winners of the $1m-plus races in Australia than any other sale.

“The 2021 catalogue is again filled with the right yearlings prepared by the right people and we can’t wait to offer them at our exceptional and highly popular Oaklands facility in February and March next year.”

In total, 75 individual vendors are set to offer the progeny of 118 stallions, including the likes of Snitzel, Redoute’s Choice, Written Tycoon, Exceed And Excel and Zoustar.

First-season sires include: Merchant Navy, Russian Revolution, Highland Reel, Pariah, Hellbent, Churchill, Caravaggio, Almanzor, Impending, Tosen Stardom, Menari, Invader and Ribchester.

The sale has also been strongly supported by Victorian breeders, with leading vendors including Maluka Thoroughbreds (35 entries), Blue Gum Farm (31), Rosemont Stud (30), Stonehouse Thoroughbreds (27), Supreme Thoroughbreds (26) and Yulong (26).

Drafts from strong interstate farms include Widden Stud, Yarraman Park, Sledmere Stud, Newhaven Park, Mill Park Stud, Vinery Stud, Bhima Twin Hills, Milburn Creek, Silverdale Farm, Lime Country Thoroughbreds and Edinburgh Park.

All yearlings offered at an Inglis Yearling Sale are eligible for entry into the lucrative $6m Inglis Race Series, which includes the $2m Inglis Millennium for 2YOs as well as a host of other valuable races.

2021 INGLIS PREMIER YEARLING SALE SCHEDULE

Sunday, February 28

Day 1 – 10am (Lots 1-265)

Monday, March 1

Day 2 – 10am (Lots 266-530)

Tuesday, March 2

Day 3 – 10am (Lots 531-804)

– Showcase Session to commence from Lot 591

Article courtesy of Racing.com

Above: Written Miss as a yearling

Flying filly Written Miss (Written Tycoon) continued the dream start she has made to her career and that of her rookie trainer Carol Jennings when she kept her unbeaten record intact at Flemington.

The 3-year-old had won her previous starts at Pakenham and at Ballarat with ease and while she had to work overtime on Saturday, it was enough for a narrow victory in the Lexus Holiday Plate.

Written Miss took up her accustomed role of pacemaker and was able to pinch a break on her nearest rivals nearing the 200 metre mark and she was able to see it through by a short half-head.

“She’s a tough filly and I’m having an incredible time, she’s a great horse to have and I’m surrounded by great people and a fantastic owner like James Kennedy,” Jennings said.

“To have a runner here at Flemington is surreal, let alone a winner so it’s just incredible.”

Based at Pakenham, Jennings is the Head Trainer at Kennedy Racing and has sent out six winners from her last 10 runners.

“I’m trying and aspiring to be the best horsewoman that I can be. I’m trying to keep my feet on the ground and head screwed on and it seems to be working out right, it’s a great time,” she said.

“I’m trying to keep my feet on the ground and head screwed on and it seems to be working out right, it’s a great time.” – Caroline Jennings

Jennings said she would take her time before setting any future targets for Written Miss.

“We’ll see how she pulls up and chat to the team and to the owner. We’ll make some exciting plans then that will suit her.”

Bred by Hesket Bloodstock, Written Miss was offered by Stonehouse Thoroughbreds at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and purchased by Kennedy Racing for $175,000.

She is the only foal to have raced for dam Enquare (Stratum), who won five races including the G3 Vo Rogue Plate and the Listed Mode Plate and also finished runner-up in the G2 Blazer S.

She is a daughter of the dual Group 3 winner Skewiff (Mookta) and it’s also the family of the G1 Flight S. and G1 Thousand Guineas winner Global Glamour (Star Witness).

Benbow breaks drought

Written Miss was ridden by her regular partner Jason Benbow, whose last winner at Flemington was Astro Castro (Astronomer Royal {USA}) in July 2016.

“It’s a relief and nice to see her number go up in the frame. I’m very grateful and I’m getting a lot of air time for a bloke that hadn’t been riding winners for a few years,” he said.

“It’s fantastic for Caroline and her first runner at Flemington and a big occasion for all those involved. It’s a great effort from the whole team at Kennedy Racing, they’ve put a lot of money into racing and they’re starting to see the results.”

Written Miss was running on empty at the post and just had enough in reserve to see off the challenge of Pioneer River (Snitzel) with Zion (NZ) (Rubick) a close third.

“I’m just very grateful she was able to find under pressure and she’ll sleep very well,” Benbow said.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Rich and Shameless wins at Randwick – image Steve Hart

There were four Randwick winners on Saturday that have siblings in upcoming sales and one of them is yet another good winner for Shamus Award in Rich and Shameless, who scored his first metro win when successful in the Highway event over 1300m.

The Scott Singleton trained four year-old scored a three-quarter length win at his first run back from a spell taking his overall record to three wins and three placings from 14 starts with prizemoney just shy of $90,000.

Rich and Shameless was a $35,000 Inglis Classic purchase for his trainer from the Widden Stud draft and is the best of six winners from six foals to race from good producer Think Fast.

Widden Stud will offer the current yearling colt by Supido from Think Fast as Lot 732 at Inglis Classic.

He comes from the first crop of Sebring’s brilliant fast Group III winning son Supido.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Plutocrat as a yearling

Chris Anderson left last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale confident he had secured the best representative of Rich Enuff and subsequent events have proved his judgement to be on the money.

The Eagle Farm-based Anderson, then operating in partnership with Rob Heathcote, went to $110,000 to purchase a filly by Woodside Park Stud resident Rich Enuff and as Plutocrat she’s proved to be a sharp piece of business.

Plutocrat had the honour of becoming the first black-type winner for her sire, who also produced recent G3 Ottawa S. winner Dosh, when she was successful in last season’s Listed Tattersall’s Club S.

The filly, who is from the family of the six-time Group 1 winner Verry Elleegant (NZ) (Zed {NZ}), was offered at the Gold Coast by Glenlogan Park, who race the 3-year-old.

“They had a client that was selling the horse and we loved her. I thought she was the pick of the Rich Enuffs at that particular Sale and it’s turned out that she has been, hindsight has proven to be correct,” Anderson said.

Plutocrat will be out to add to her black-type tally when she steps out in Saturday’s Listed Hellbent At Yarraman Park Gold Edition Plate at Doomben.

Hoping for form reversal

Anderson is hoping she can turn her form around following a last-start failure in the Listed Mode Plate having resumed with an encouraging runner-up finish behind Dusty Tycoon (Written Tycoon), who was in receipt of 4kg.

“She was a little bit disappointing second-up to be honest, although not a lot went her way. She was three deep throughout and we’re hoping she can replicate her first-up effort,” he said.

“She had 59kg on her back first-up so it was a bit of a gut-busting run and they can race a bit flat after that so I certainly believe she deserves her chance.”

Plutocrat’s performance in the Gold Edition will determine Anderson’s post-Christmas plans.

“It is a very strong race on Saturday and there’s certainly nowhere to hide. If she can show she’s up to that grade then she’ll be on a path to the Magic Millions, but if not we do have a Plan B,” he said.

“There’s a really big QTIS race in March for 3-year-olds worth $500,000 and she would be targeted toward that if she shows she’s not quite up to those top-class fillies.

“This will be a really good guide as to where she is at. We’re making a gear change too and taking the winkers off and putting blinkers on.

“We’re making a gear change too and taking the winkers off and putting blinkers on.” – Chris Anderson

“She did put in a below par run one day at Eagle Farm last season and we came away from the races scratching our heads and she came out and won a Listed race at her next start.

“Hopefully, she can do the same again and bounce back third-up.”

Live chance

Anderson also has a live chance in Epic Girl (Shamus Award) in the Listed TAB Lough Neagh Plate.

She was unplaced two runs back in the Listed Tattersall’s Classic and then improved to finish a close fourth in the Listed Just Now S.

“She’s on a seven-day back-up and I thought her second-up run was terrific. She was a bit fat and under done first-up and the key to her is that she really appreciates the sting out of the ground,” Anderson said.

“If there’s plenty of moisture in the track then her chances really increase.

“If there’s plenty of moisture in the track then her chances really increase.” – Chris Anderson

“She always puts in and is always there or thereabouts. She has been placed in a black-type race and it would be lovely to see her win one.

“She is taking on some pretty good sprinters on Saturday though, but she’s fit and well.”

Anderson’s stable has been in good form and is looking forward to the coming months.

“We’re going along okay and Boomtown Lass was unlucky not to have won a stakes race last time out. A few more bounds and she would have won,” he said.

Boomtown Lass (Spirit Of Boom) was narrowly beaten by Usmanov (Choisir) in the Listed Bribie H. at Eagle Farm last Saturday.

“Ballistic Boy has been great and won his last two and Profit has had a couple of thirds and he heads toward the Bernborough,” Anderson said. “We’ve got a nice little team for the summer carnival and the Magic Millions. I’m really happy and if they’re not winning they’re running really well.”

Article courtesy of TDN

 

The build-up to the 2021 Inglis Sales Season continues today with the launch of the annual Preview Magazine.

With 52 days remaining until Inglis’ first live auction of the new year – the Classic Yearling Sale at Riverside from February 7-9 – the 136-page coffee table-style magazine highlights all there is to offer through Inglis Sales in 2021.

With the Classic and Premier catalogues already released and the jewel in the crown – the Australian Easter Yearling Sale – only weeks away from being finalised, Inglis’ 2021 offering is again shaping as a phenomenal collection of outstanding yearlings by the world’s best stallions and prepared by the southern hemisphere’s best horse people.

With Inglis auctions having produced 53 individual G1 winners since 2018, including 27 who could have been bought for $100,000 or less, the 2021 Inglis Yearling Sale Series is eagerly awaited by bloodstock professionals, investors and enthusiasts alike.

The Inglis 2021 Preview Magazine features stories by some of the world’s most experienced and respected bloodstock journalists including Andrew Rule, Bill Oppenheim, Leo Schlink, John Berry, Alan Carasso, Richard Edmunds, John Holloway and Tara Madgwick to name just a few.

Stories include features on Arrowfield Stud’s John Messara, Matthew Sandblom, Philip Campbell of Blue Gum Farm, Spendthrift Farm’s B. Wayne Hughes, the Ferguson Family of Bell River Thoroughbreds, Northern Farm, predictions by industry experts on which stallions – both proven and fresh – will be the most sought after in 2021 as well as an in-depth read on a group of female stud masters leading the way for the industry.

There is also a selection of 100 pedigrees for next year’s Easter Yearling Sale to give buyers a taste of what is to come at Riverside in April.

The completed Easter Yearling Sale catalogue will be available in late-January.

To view the Inglis 2021 Sales Season Preview Magazine, CLICK HERE.

To request a copy of the Inglis 2021 Sales Season Preview Magazine, email catalogue@inglis.com.au or call Inglis’ Sydney office on +61 2 9399 7999.

Ross River virus (RRV) infection, a mosquito-borne disease, affects humans and horses. Named after the Ross River, which flows through Townsville on the northeastern coast of Queensland, the infection is also referred to as epidemic polyarthritis or Ross River fever.

Transmitted to humans by several species of mosquitoes, humans infected with RRV typically develop fever, arthritis in multiple joints, and rashes. Infection is seldom fatal, however. Joint difficulties may be profound and linger for years after other signs have diminished.

In horses, RRV infection was first identified in the 1970s and has been recognized throughout Australia with especially high rates of infection in Victoria, southeastern New South Wales, and southeastern and northern Queensland.

The virus is transmitted enzootically between mosquitoes and kangaroos, wallabies, flying foxes, horses, and other vertebrates. Human–mosquito–human transmission also occurs.

Clinical signs associated with RRV infection in horses include fever, musculoskeletal abnormalities (swollen joints, swelling of the lower limbs, reluctance to move, lameness), abnormal clinical pathology (anemia, lymphopenia), and behavioral changes (lethargy, inappetence, increased lying down). Other documented clinical signs include pinpoint hemorrhages of oral mucosa and submandibular lymphadenopathy.

Persistence of certain signs, especially those that affect athletic performance such as musculoskeletal deficiencies and exercise intolerance, can last for months. In one case-series report, most horses did not return to work for 7 to 12 months after initial clinical signs.

“Despite a long convalescence, many horses return to their previous level of performance, so that is encouraging for owners of affected horses,” explained Peter Huntington, B.V.Sc., M.A.C.V.Sc., director of nutrition at Kentucky Equine Research Australasia.

Diagnosis of RRV is typically made based on serologic testing for specific antibodies. Paired serum samples taken 2-4 weeks apart assist in pinpointing time of infection. An IgM response is generally detectable 7-10 days after infection and peaks within 2-3 weeks before declining. At that point, antibody class switches, and IgG becomes the predominant antibody detected. IgG antibodies to RRV are believed to be lifelong, so detection of IgG in horses demonstrates only prior exposure to RRV.

Supportive treatment of RRV includes the use of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID) to control fever and to alleviate musculoskeletal pain. Some horses are sensitive to the effects of NSAID, so gastrointestinal support should be offered simultaneously. Systemic corticosteroids are not generally used.

Nutritional antioxidants, including vitamins E and C, have been prescribed by some veterinarians.

“Antioxidants combat oxidative stress and counter the buildup of free radicals in joints and muscles of affected horses. In choosing a vitamin E supplement, natural sources are preferred over synthetic sources because of their superior bioavailability. Nano-E, a natural-source vitamin E developed by Kentucky Equine Research, features a nanodispersion delivery system that ensures its absorption, leading to rapid increases in serum levels and availability for body-wide use,” explained Huntington.

Preserve, available in Australia, contains vitamin C and selenium in addition to natural vitamin E. Other high-quality antioxidants are also appropriate for horses during their recovery, including coenzyme Q10.

Moreover, chondroprotective agents, such as sodium hyaluronan or polysulfated glycosaminoglycans, support joint health and are therefore appropriate for horses exhibiting musculoskeletal problems.

“The anti-inflammatory benefits of long-chain omega-3 fatty acids are also recommended. Research-proven EO-3 increases plasma and tissue levels of DHA and EPA, two important omega-3s,” Huntington said.

No vaccine is available for RRV, so prevention strategies involve reducing mosquito exposure, including:

  • Eradication of stagnant water wherever possible, including old tires, cisterns, or water troughs that collect rainwater. Low-lying areas in paddocks or pastures that create slow-draining puddles should be addressed.
  • Rugs, fly sheets, and fly masks provide a physical barrier against mosquitoes, and use of the topical insecticide permethrin is encouraged.
  • Turnout scenarios that leave horses stabled during dawn and dusk, when vectors are most active.
  • Modifications to stables, such as window and door screens; installation of fogging machines, overhead fans, or misting systems; and use of incandescent bulbs.

Ross River virus is considered an arbovirus, defined as a virus transmitted by biting arthropods, which include mosquitoes, biting midges, sandflies, and ticks. As mentioned previously, the primary vectors for RRV are mosquitoes. Arboviruses replicate in the bodies of vectors, which differentiates them from viruses that have a mechanical mode of transportation, e.g., carried in the mouth of an insect as it travels between animals. Other well-known arboviruses include Eastern equine encephalomyelitis, Western equine encephalomyelitis, Venezuelan equine encephalomyelitis, and West Nile virus.

Azuolas, J.K., E. Wishart, S. Bibby, and C. Ainsworth. 2003. Isolation of Ross River virus from mosquitoes and from horses with signs of musculoskeletal disease. Australian Veterinary Journal 81:344-347.

Barton, A.J., and H. Bielefeldt-Ohmann. 2017. Clinical presentation, progression, and management of five cases of Ross River virus infection in performance horses located in southeast Queensland: A longitudinal case series. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 51:34-40.

Chapman, G.E., M. Baylis, D. Archer, and J.M. Daly. 2018. The challenges posed by equine arborviruses. Equine Veterinary Journal 50:436-445.

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Above: On The Bubbles as a yearling

A debut victory by On The Bubbles (Brazen Beau) has added to a remarkable run of 2-year-old success for trainer Jamie Richards and the powerful Te Akau Racing operation.

Bought by David Ellis for NZ$90,000 from Book 1 of the 2020 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale, On The Bubbles led all the way for an emphatic victory in Saturday’s NZB Insurance Pearl Series 2YO at Awapuni.

Richards and the Te Akau team have now won more than half of the 15 2-year-old races run in New Zealand so far in the 2020/21 season, with On The Bubbles following in the footsteps of Avonallo (NZ) (Belardo {Ire}), Imperatriz (I Am Invincible), Millefiori (NZ) (Iffraaj {GB}), Palamos (Extreme Choice), Quattro Quinta (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}), Sophisticardo (NZ) (Burgundy {NZ}) and Sword Of State (Snitzel).

“That’s our eighth individual 2-year-old winner this season and seven of those have been on debut, which is just incredible,” Ellis said.

“We don’t put pressure on our 2-year-olds and it just highlights what a great judge Jamie (Richards) is of knowing when they’re ready to race. We like them to tell us when they’re feeling right to head to the races, and by doing that, they stay happy.

“And, of course, that was our 70th win for the season, and that’s amazing when you think we’re under five months into it. For all our team, this is a great result on the last Saturday of racing before Christmas. They’ve done an amazing job educating these babies.

“For all our team, this is a great result on the last Saturday of racing before Christmas. They’ve done an amazing job educating these babies.” – David Ellis

“With 2-year-old racing, it’s often the best-educated and best-trained horses that win. And, as is my policy with 2-year-olds, we don’t put any undue pressure on them, let them do it naturally, and we back off them if they’re feeling it.

“And by treating them that way, it’s one of the main reasons so many of our 2-year-olds train on at three, four, and as older horses.”

Richards was impressed with the debut performance of On The Bubbles, who is now guaranteed a start in the Karaka Million 2YO at Ellerslie on January 23 – a race Richards and the Te Akau team have won four years in a row with Melody Belle (NZ) (Commands), Avantage (Fastnet Rock), Probabeel (NZ) (Savabeel) and Cool Aza Beel (NZ) (Savabeel).

“He worked across to find the front quite easily and it was a good, tough effort,” Richards said. “Parkesy (Johnathan Parkes, jockey) asked him to quicken from the 600 metres and he did a really good job. He was running on empty at the line, but a big effort after being used at both ends of the race.

“He’s certainly open to more improvement and qualified for the Karaka Million, so I’m really pleased with how he’s going. He’s a horse that has always shown some ability. We had to sort out his attitude a little bit, hence why he was gelded, but really pleased with where he’s at.”

On The Bubbles is out of the Sebring mare More Bubbles, a half-sister to the G1 Myer Classic winner Politeness (Street Sense {USA}). On The Bubbles is her first foal. She missed last year, but produced a colt foal by Impending in 2020.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale at Oaklands Junction (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

Young horses need good-quality feeds to meet their nutrient requirements for growth, as well as free-choice exercise in large paddocks. Weanlings and yearlings have high requirements for energy, protein, amino acids and minerals in order to grow optimally, so if you are using a commercial mixed feed, make sure it is formulated for the growing horse.

Energy

Oats are often the cheapest source of energy for young horses and are best fed crushed to weanlings because their teeth are not fully developed and they will have trouble breaking open whole grains. Steam flaked maize (corn), barley and lupins are other grains that are good sources of energy for the growing horse and lupins also have high protein levels. Adding fat is a safe way to rapidly condition your young horse and you can use oil, sunflower seeds, stabilised rice bran or a higher fat prepared feed. A general rule of thumb is to provide 1 kg of fortified grain per 100 kg of body weight, up to a maximum of 3 kg/day per weanling. Good doers such as warmbloods, quarter horses and ponies may get fat on these concentrate feed intakes and do better on a low intake feed balancer pellet or a more concentrated breeding feed.

Protein

Weanlings need approximately 15% crude protein and yearlings need 13% crude protein in the diet along with adequate intakes of essential amino acids such as lysine to maintain optimum growth. Young green grass or clover pasture contains 15–20% crude protein, but this amount falls rapidly as the plants begin flowering and start to seed. Dry summer or winter pasture often contains very little protein, so yearlings will need supplementation. Young horses need high-quality protein that contains all the essential amino acids, especially lysine. Animal-derived proteins such as milk powder are of very high quality but are expensive, and soybean meal is the best-quality vegetable protein. Canola meal is also a good quality protein source. Legumes such as lucerne and clover also have a high level of good quality protein. Linseed meal is relatively low in lysine and is not a good source of protein for growing horses, although its high oil content will produce a bloom on the coat.

Vitamins and Minerals

Calcium and phosphorus are the most important minerals for growing horses. Grains are low in calcium, whereas lucerne, clover hays and high-quality pasture contain more calcium. However winter and spring pastures may unexpectedly contain ration inversions of calcium to phosphorus. Bran contains a lot of phosphorus and should not be fed in significant quantities to growing horses. Urinalysis can be used to assess the calcium status of young horses, or the calcium to phosphorus balance of the ration can be analysed by an equine nutritionist.

Young horses running in a paddock can lose 30 g of salt per day in their sweat and urine, especially during hot weather, so provide a salt block or supply a salt supplement.

Trace minerals such as copper, zinc, manganese, and selenium are important components in the diet for most growing horses. They need to be supplied in the right quantities and ratios in commercial feeds formulated for young horses.

Roughage

To meet the commercial growth requirements of young horses, you may have to feed them less roughage than desired for optimal digestive function. Therefore, you must use good-quality chaff or hay to maximize the utilization of the fibrous feed in meeting the energy requirements, and also decrease the amount of starch the weanling has to be fed. High-quality, early-cut hay will also minimize the pot-belly appearance caused by fibre and water in the gut, a situation often associated with mature hay with high lignin content. Lucerne or clover hay will also supply higher intakes of protein and calcium as well as fibre, so they are often preferred for growing horses. As the horse gets older it eats more, so you can switch from a legume hay to a grass or oaten based hay, particularly during spring when they have access to green grass.

Choice of Feed

If you prefer to feed straight grains, oats are always the first choice for energy, together with adequate protein, vitamin and mineral intake from a balancer pellet such as KER All Phase or Stud Balancer pellet. It’s often more simple to use a quality breeding feed such as the pelleted Barastoc Breed N Grow, the cube form of KER Low GI Cube or the muesli Barastoc Prepare. These feeds have higher protein, amino acid and mineral levels to supply the needs of the growing horse.

If you have great quality pasture or are feeding breeds with a good metabolism, such as warmbloods, quarter horses, draught breeds or ponies, a feed balancer pellet or a concentrate such as Barastoc Legend is often the best approach.

Remember to monitor growth, legs and body condition carefully and adjust feed intake or choice of feed in order to maintain optimum growth for each individual weanling and yearling.

Above: Written Tycoon

Australia’s hottest stallion, Written Tycoon, is just completing his book of around 170 elite mares in the Hunter Valley, but he may yet return to Victoria to again stand at Woodside Park Stud next spring.

Woodside’s chief executive James Price said on Friday that the agreement to stand the in-demand stallion at Arrowfield Stud for 2020 was a one-season deal only, but a decision on whether he returns to Victoria next season is still to be made as the 18-year-old’s progeny continue to set new standards on the racetrack.

Price said the lure of an upgraded book of mares at Arrowfield was an opportunity too good to miss for the ageing stallion this season, but that did not necessarily mean he would remain in NSW into the future.

“No, I don’t think he has to be in the Hunter Valley,” Price said on Friday.

“He’s showing this season that he’s most definitely top three in the country and currently No.1 for Stakes winners, and I am firmly of the opinion that if you are at the top of your game, it doesn’t matter where you stand.

“He’ll get the best book and the breeders will support him, so for a stallion, if you are at the top of your game, you don’t need to stand in the Hunter Valley.

“The agreement we made with Arrowfield at the beginning of the year when it was announced was that he would stand there for the 2020 season (but) was a one-off arrangement, with decisions on where he will be in 2021 still to be made.

“His book at Arrowfield has been exceptional. He covered the likes of Shoals and her dam The Broken Shore just to name a couple, so the book he’s received has been wonderful.

“He’s still covering at the moment but he’s probably touching the 170 (coverings) mark so for a horse of his age, he’s done an incredible job.”

Seemingly every week there is a new Stakes winner by the stallion after an amazing Spring Carnival where he sired both Group 1 Guineas winners in Melbourne.

“He sits on top of the sires’ premiership for Stakes winners and he’s already exceeded his best year so far in terms of Stakes winners with the likes of Group 1 horses Ole Kirk, Odeum and older horses such as Oakleigh Plate and Moir Stakes winner Pippie,” Price said.

“We look to the autumn and he’s got the Golden Slipper Stakes favourite Enthaar, who seems to have the world at her feet based on her first run in the Gimcrack.

“Then there are the likes of Written Miss, Written Beauty and Vowmaster for the Waller team.

“Usually these stallions have one that rolls off the tongue, but I think there are a dozen (names) that roll off the tongue when talking about Written Tycoon.

“So, bring on 2021.”

Article courtesy of Racing.com

Above Sapphire Sioux (De Gaulle) trained by Greg Eurell

She’s yet to hit the race track, but blue eyed and white faced Sapphire Sioux has become something of a sensation after being unveiled on social media last week.

On her dazzling looks alone, the two-year-old chestnut filly is destined to garner a cult following and it will continue to grow if she can gallop.

And the man responsible for her racing career, Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell, is no stranger to getting a uniquely coloured horse to the races and accepting the publicity and adulation that comes with training an equine favourite that developed a cult following and brought people to the races.

Eurell trained eight-time Group 1 winner Apache Cat (Lion Cavern x Tennessee Blaze). The baldy-faced chestnut finished his career with prizemoney of nearly $4.6 million.

Sapphire Sioux was bred by Richard Anderson of Quilly Park at Pearcedale and is by his stallion De Gaulle and out of the mare Rubyone (Testa Rossa x Betterthanblushing) which Quilly Park owned at the time.

“She is now with Greg Eurell and has been broken in and had all the pre-training done at Eric Musgrove’s and was handled here at Quilly Park by the staff during the weanling stage before she got broken in,” Anderson said.

“Greg Eurell put her up on Facebook the other day and based on the reaction I said why don’t we see if anyone wants to come in to the lease.

“It’s gone nuts on social media.”

Eurell described Sapphire Sioux as a lovely filly and expects her to make her debut as a three-year-old and doubts whether she’ll race this time in as she hasn’t yet had a full preparation.

He said the aim was to have the filly fully educated and it would be a more realistic target to have her ready to go as a three-year-old.

Eurell isn’t fazed by De Gaulle being unraced and believes those sorts of things sometimes work out.

“He is certainly a bit of an unknown and when everyone says who is she by and you say De Gaulle, they are left scratching their heads and it’s fair enough too,” he said.

“She is a nicely bred horse and it could work. Richard puts a fair bit into his mares.”

Eurell said he looked forward to staring into the binoculars to watch the filly work and looking at a big white blaze going around the Cranbourne training track.

“It’s incredible as to how many were onto her when she popped up onto the screen and she had a fantastic response,” he said of the Facebook post on his Cadet Lodge account.

“It’s amazing to forget good horses in the system and their achievements but Apache Cat is certainly stuck in a few good memories undoubtedly for a few reasons – his ability, his colour and I think his name.”

Eurell said he’d have a happy bunch of owners if Sapphire Sioux had half of Apache Cat’s ability.

When Sapphire Sioux appeared on Facebook offering some shares in her, they were all gone in an hour.

“We could have sold her three times over,” Eurell said.

“It was an incredible response and I’m sure she is going to have her own little fan club, that’s for sure.

“And it’s a good name too, I really like it.”

Anderson said the filly was foaled down at James O’Brien’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm at Corinella and is out of the first crop of the stallion, De Gaulle (Exceed and Excel x Response), which stands at Bombora Downs.

He said everyone deserves a bit of luck. De Gaulle was unraced and is half-brother to Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) winner Estijaab (Snitzel x Response.)

Anderson said it was a big risk to buy the stallion and they’ve been looking forward to getting his progeny to the races.

He said Sapphire Sioux either sleeps or walks fast and there is nothing in between.

“You can tell by her coat that she is not stressed with the change of environment and it’s as shiny as and she is eating everything and she is loving it and knows she is something special,” he said.

“Whether you can run, who knows?”

Anderson said he was going to name the filly Sapphiretwo because her mother was Rubyone, but everyone was saying “it’s Apache, it’s Apache”

“But I said it’s not and called her Sapphire Sioux,” he said.

Anderson said they bought De Gaulle three years ago and it came about through Tim Brown of Magic Millions.

“My partner John Pratt and I said to him thanks for the opportunity and I said you should stay in because I believe this horse could make it on the breeding,” he said.

“Estijaab hadn’t even run then when we did the deal. Based on the breeding, we thought here we go.

“If you look at his three trials, he obviously had some ability.”

Estijaab, a mare, was sold for $1.7 million at the 2017 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Anderson said De Gaulle’s service fee at Bombora Downs is $5000, plus GST.

The stallion served 23 mares in his first season, 26 in his second and 39 in his third season last year.

“He has been supported, absolutely,” Anderson said.

“We got about 17 outside mares this year. The third year is always the intriguing year.

“Eric Musgrove has leased one. Trevor Rogers has got three. I don’t know what my partner has done with his but the other one is in Adelaide with John O’Connor.

“It’s all exciting.

His first runner, Aeroport (Varone), made his debut in a two-year-old race at Murray Bridge in October. He finished fifth in the six horse field over 900, but Anderson said the gelding went off his food the night before the race but he told the trainer it would be good for his education to race.

“Another one I’ve got, Rue Lepic, has won a trial and run second in a trial,” he said.

“She just lost a bit of concentration and she has got some ability,

“The others, outside of Sassy, that’s what we call Sapphire Sioux, will be early three-year-olds or late three-years-olds.”

Anderson said they had a cracking De Gaulle colt out of Group 2 winning mare Avienus which will be offered for sale in Melbourne next year.

“And we are selling our best looking filly at Magic Millions Adelaide,” he said.

“And another two fillies will go to the VOBIS Gold sale.

“I wish I could keep the Avienus colt. He looks like his mother and runs like him.”

Anderson said they had just built new stables at Quilly Park and his philosophy is he can’t take anything with him, but what can he leave behind.

He said he was trying to leave behind an equine facility which will stand the test of time after he toured Europe, including Germany and France, to do research on how they did things.

“I have tried to do that here, but only on a boutique scale as I only want to breed eight a year,” Anderson.

“At this stage the infrastructure is still going.”

Anderson said they wanted to provide the educational processes from birth forward and then let the horses go to the breakers or the sales.

He believes there are a number of hobby breeders who want good facilities, care and services for their horses.

Quilly Park is in its 13th year.

Above: Warhorse standing at Bombora Downs

After having his first winner just 12 months ago, Bombora Downs stallion Warhorse is beginning to produce a steady stream of winners.

Bombora Downs’ Christoph Bruechert doesn’t hide the fact that it’s been a tough year for his stallions and he is hoping that General Nediym’s best credentialed son can gain valuable recognition by producing a horse of note.

“He is actually doing very well,” Bruechert said.

“He had two winners from three runners on Sunday.”

Bruechert said he had been hearing for the get-go that Warhorse’s progeny have above average ability.

“But it’s been a very frustrating wait as they do take a fair bit of education and they do tend to be a little bit fizzy,” he said.

“They are now all of a sudden starting to really put it together so I think the next 12 months will be pretty exciting for us.

“They are four now and they have needed every bit of that so I think the earlier people start with their education the better.

“And it’s more of mental maturity than physical that they need but there are some quite promising horses out there.”

Bruechert admitted that it been a quiet year at stud for Warhorse, with most of the bookings this season from people who already had one by the stallion and they were impressed with the speed being shown and just need to put it together on race day.

He said Warhorse had never had a particularly big book of mares.

“It’s not an easy game this stallion business,” he said.

“If he gets one headline horse in the next few months, all of a sudden people will sit up and start taking notice of what the horses are doing.

“Unless you get that headline act, people are not just going to have a look at you.”

There have been reports by jockey Lewis German that the I Am War gelding, which has had two starts for a fourth in the Maribyrnong Stakes (1000m) up the Flemington straight in October, is a stakes horse and there are others that are highly rated.

But Bruechert said until they do it, it’s just talk.

He said some of the yearlings from his first year that went through Melbourne Premier sold quite well, with three finishing up overseas and all have won.

“His top price was $97,500 and we had one at $70,000 and a couple of 60s,” Bruechert said.

“They were pretty nice looking horses and quite athletic but it has obviously been steadily downhill since then but people are waiting to see what they do, I suppose.

“It would be just nice to get a horse that gets a decent book of mares each year.”

But Bruechert is encouraged by result results from Warhorse’s progeny.

Symbol of Courage won in Malaysia in an open class race over 1100m on Sunday. He led all the way to win by four lengths at the Selangor Turf Club. The three-year-old has now had two wins, two seconds and three thirds from his nine starts.

Symbol Of Courage was a $75,000 purchase at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Closer to home, War Cheval  scored easily on Sunday, also leading all the way to win over 1100m at Border Town.

Trainer John Hickmott quipped after the race that the three-year-old gelding had finally got his head and legs co-ordinated.

And last month, Warhorse had three winners. Cheronkoh won over 1600m at Murtoa, Symbol Of Courage scored another four length win over 1100m in Singapore and Pride Mountain won over 1350m in Macau.

Pride Mountain sold for $18,000 at the 2019 Gold Coast two-year-olds in training sale.

Warhorse, a champion two year-old, won the Group 3 Eclipse Stakes at Ellerslie at his third start and then two runs later scored in the 2012 Group 1 Diamond Stakes. He was voted champion two year-old of the 2011/12 season by New Zealand Thoroughbred Racing.

He performed at Group level from two to five years-old and earned a reputation as an outstanding sprinter who is suited to Victoria’s Super VOBIS scheme.

Warhorse, which had his first season at stud in 2015 when he served his biggest book – 77 – of mares, has had 31 runners for 10 individual winners for 12 wins and 30 placings.

He has got 52 named horses of racing age.

Bombora Downs, based on the Mornington Peninsula, also stands Dandino, Jungle Ruler and De Gaulle.

The impact of COVID-19 has been significant for some studs, but Bruechert said Bombora Downs’ strength was that it does a little bit of everything.

“We still foaled down over 100 mares and we’ll prep probably 30 horses, or close to that, between both lots of sales,” he said.

“We wean for people locally down here as well, so we’ll wean 50 odd horses and 10 of them will come in just to be weaned. And we grow out horses and we have probably done 30 walks-on for the year as well.”

Bruechert said offering a variety of services certainly helps.

Above: Master Montaro makes a winning Hong Kong debut at Sha Tin (Image: HKJC)

Australian export Master Montaro – an outstanding son of Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado – didn’t fall victim to the low winning statistics of horses making their debut in Hong Kong.

After winning on debut for Cranbourne trainer Richard Laming, the gelding was sold to Hong Kong interests for around $1.8 million and transferred to David Hayes who was Sha Tin bound for the second time.

After being sold after his maiden win for Laming at Pakenham, Hayes had to give the now four-year-old another run and hopefully a win to meet the Hong Kong Jockey Club criteria – and he bolted in at Geelong over 1140m in a benchmark 70 race.

At Sha Tin’s international meeting last Sunday, Master Montaro made his debut in a class three race over 1200m and scored impressively, even though the race caller noted the horse was six lengths off the leader and being hard ridden in the straight.

Now with three wins from three starts, Master Montaro showed why colts and geldings by Toronado are being eagerly sought after by wealthy Hong Kong owners.

He picked up $AUD160,000 for his victory on Sunday.

Master Montaro was bred by Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster out of his mare, Circus Polka (Stravinsky x Tropical Affair).

Sangster sold Master Montaro for $80,000 to New Zealand’s Woburn Farm at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Woburn Farm then later that year sold the horse to Laming Racing for $300,000 at the ready to run two-year-old sale in New Zealand.

“He was very impressive at Sha Tin,” Sangster said.

“We couldn’t be more excited for Toronado to have his second winner in Hong Kong and it’s obviously one we have bred and is trained by one of my best mates, David Hayes.

“It was a great result.”

Toronado’s first winner in Hong Kong was Prince of Sussex which now races as Lucky Express and is trained by John Size. The gelding was sold after winning the inaugural $1 million MRC The Showdown.

Sangster said Circus Polka throws a great type.

“We have the full brother to Master Montaro going to the Easter sale,” he said.

“It is a very nice type. Toronado and Circus Polka are two very nice horses and she throws an absolute ripper.”

Circus Polka has produced a full sister to Master Montaro, an unraced two-year-old named Charm and Disarm which is trained by Lindsey Smith and has been leased by Swettenham Stud to Chris Wells who owned multiple Group winner Scales of Justice.

And the broodmare has a three-year-old named Wise Counsel, also by Toronado, which is trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace. The colt has raced four times and broke his maiden status at Caulfield in September when he won over 1600m.

Swettenham Stud remained in the ownership of Wise Counsel after selling him for $250,000.

Circus Polka, which was given this season off after having a late foal, a colt by Highland Reel. She will go back to Toronado next year.

Toronado now has eight of his progeny in Hong Kong and four have raced and two have won.

Sangster said they continued to be in demand.

“They all want one of them up there and it’s similar to Starcraft and Written Tycoon,” he said.

“They have always been really nice Hong Kong horses.

“We get calls every week with people asking if we have got any Toronado colts or geldings for sale for Hong Kong.”

Sangster said Hayes son, JD Hayes, was at Swettenham Stud last week and keen to have a look at Master Montero’s full brother.

David Hayes said going into Sunday’s races that Master Montaro, which was ridden by expatriate Australian Zac Purton, had settled in well in Hong Kong and expected him to perform well.

Jockey Michael Walker, who rode Master Montaro in both of his Australian victories, said he was one of the best horses he has ridden.

He described the gelding as “an absolute machine.”

And on the local front, another son of Toronado – Beltoro – made it two wins from two starts when he graduated from a 1300m maiden win at Bendigo to claim the Lexus Legends Plate (1410m) for dual Melbourne Cup winning trainer Robert Hickmott.

 

Above” Andy Makiv

Following 12 years of service overseeing Godolphin Australia’s Victorian operation, Northwood Park, and establishing the careers of breed-shaping stallions on Darley’s roster, Andy Makiv has called time on his tenure as General Manager, Victoria.

“While I’m very sad to see Andy leave Godolphin, he goes with our blessing and full support,” said Managing Director, Vin Cox. “We have every confidence Andy will thrive in his new role and thank him for his service to Godolphin and the Darley stallions. We look forward to continuing our relationship with him.”

Andy played an integral role establishing the careers of sires such as Reset, Street Boss, New Approach, and rising stars Night Of Thunder, Brazen Beau, Frosted, and Blue Point.

“To have had the opportunity to work in an industry that’s also your passion has been fantastic. And to do that for the global leader in bloodstock and racing in Godolphin was essentially a dream come true,” said Makiv. “I leave with a heavy heart and thank the company, people and clients for all their support.”

Makiv departs Godolphin Australia on Friday, 1 January 2021 taking up a senior management role with The Midfield Group of companies.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: William Pike returns to the mounting yard aboard Ole Kirk after winning the Neds Caulfield Guineas. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

The catalogue for the 2021 Premier Yearling Sale – the sale that produced spring stars such as Ole Kirk, Gytrash, September Run, North Pacific, Hey Doc and Sneaky Five – is NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE.

A total of 804 lots – 590 for the Premier Session and 214 for the Showcase Session – have been catalogued for sale at the world-class Oaklands auditorium in Melbourne for the three days of Sunday February 28, Monday March 1 and Tuesday March 2.

To view the catalogue CLICK HERE.

The catalogue is “by all significant measures, the strongest Premier catalogue we have ever produced,’’ according to Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian.

In total 75 individual vendors are set to offer the progeny of 118 stallions including the likes of I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Redoute’s Choice, Fastnet Rock, Exceed And Excel, Written Tycoon, Not A Single Doubt, Pierro, Zoustar, Dundeel, Savabeel, So You Think, Sebring, Lonhro, Deep Field, Street Boss, Brazen Beau, Shamus Award and Tavistock as well as international superstars including Frankel, Camelot, Lord Kanaloa, Into Mischief and Siyouni.

First season sires represented include Merchant Navy, Russian Revolution, Highland Reel, Pariah, Hellbent, Churchill, Caravaggio, Almanzor, Impending, Tosen Stardom, Menari, Invader and Ribchester among others.

The support of the Victorian breeders has been exceptional with leading vendors Maluka Thoroughbreds (35 entries), Blue Gum Farm (31), Rosemont Stud (30), Stonehouse Thoroughbreds (27), Supreme Thoroughbreds (26) and Yulong (26) all Victorian-based, while the likes of Gilgai Farm, Noorilim Park, Sun Stud, Three Bridges, Woodside Park Stud, Two Bays Farm, Springmount, Glentree Thoroughbreds, Kulani Park, Ultra Thoroughbreds, Leneva Park, Musk Creek Farm, Collingrove Stud, Morning Rise Stud, Rushton Park, Daisy Hill, Longwood Thoroughbred Farm, Erinvale Thoroughbreds and Yarran Thoroughbreds are among the other leading Victorian nurseries well represented.

The catalogue is further complemented by a strong interstate contingent which includes drafts from Widden Stud, Yarraman Park, Sledmere Stud, Newhaven Park, Mill Park Stud, Vinery Stud, Bhima Twin Hills, Milburn Creek, Silverdale Farm, Lime Country Thoroughbreds, Edinburgh Park etc.

Of the catalogue, 466 are Super VOBIS nominated and 474 are BOBS eligible, while the catalogue also contains yearlings eligible for QTIS, SABOIS, Westspeed and TasBred.

Vivian described the Premier catalogue as “simply outstanding’’.

“The support we have received from the Victorian industry especially who have 100% backed this sale again by giving their best yearlings to offer is not only quite overwhelming but also comes with a serious sense of responsibility to get the job done for them and we absolutely believe we will achieve great results again,’’ Vivian said.

“Buyers want to buy from auctions with proven results and Premier’s recent record of graduates is simply quite extraordinary.

“There have been 15 G1-winning graduates of the Premier Sale since 2018 – nine of which could have been purchased for $100,000 or less – including the likes of Nature Strip, Santa Ana Lane, Beat The Clock, Kenedna, Written By, Seabrook etc and since 2019 Premier has produced more winners of the $1m-plus races in Australia than any other sale.

“The 2021 catalogue is again filled with the right yearlings prepared by the right people and we can’t wait to offer them at our exceptional and highly popular Oaklands facility in February and March next year.’’

Hard copies of the Premier Yearling Sale catalogue will be available within a fortnight.

To request a catalogue, email catalogue@inglis.com.au or call Inglis on +61 3 9333 1422.

All yearlings offered at an Inglis Yearling Sale are eligible for entry into the lucrative $6m Inglis Race Series which includes the $2m Inglis Millennium for 2YOs as well as a host of other valuable races.

2021 INGLIS PREMIER YEARLING SALE SCHEDULE

Sunday February 28

Day 1 – 10am (Lots 1-265)

Monday March 1

Day 2 – 10am (Lots 266-530)

Tuesday March 2

Day 3 – 10am (Lots 531-804)

*Showcase Session to commence from Lot 591

 

The independent welfare panel established by the Thoroughbred industry earlier this year, which is chaired by former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine, will publish its report in early 2021.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG) has received more than 180 submissions to its inquiry and has met with over 50 groups or individuals, as it seeks to make practical recommendations to assist the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in improving welfare outcomes.

Dr Napthine said: “The response to the working group has been nothing short of extraordinary. When we put out a public call for submissions we had no idea we would receive so many, or that they would be so diverse and of such high quality.

“This has given us an important opportunity to follow up through consultation meetings with many more people and groups than we originally anticipated, to extend our understanding of the perspectives of the industry and the wider community. When we set out on this process, we had initially expected to deliver our recommendations before Christmas, but the level of engagement we have enjoyed means we have decided to change our timeline. We look forward to sharing our findings early in the new year.”

Along with Dr Napthine, the panel includes Dr Ken Jacobs, a former director of the Australian Veterinary Association; Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Science and Strategy Officer for RSPCA Australia; and Jack Lake, a senior advisor on agricultural policy in the governments led by former prime ministers Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd.

The group, which was established in February, met for three days last month, only the second time they had been able to have face to face discussion due to COVID restrictions.

As well as reading every submission, the panel has commissioned research into Thoroughbred welfare programs in other countries; public attitudes towards the Thoroughbred industry; animal welfare legislation in different states; and an assessment of the number of Thoroughbreds both in and outside the racing and breeding industry.

Also providing assistance to the TAWWG is an industry steering group comprising leading trainer Chris Waller; Neil Werrett, Board Member of the Victoria Racing Club and part-owner of Black Caviar; Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin Australia; John Kelly, owner of Newhaven Park Stud; Martin Talty, CEO of the Australian Jockeys’ Association; Andrew Nichol, CEO of the Australian Trainers’ Association; and Tom Reilly, CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.

Mr Reilly said: “I am aware of how much hard work the panel has undertaken; they have read literally thousands of pages of submissions and spent hundreds of hours meeting with people and holding their discussions.

‘’I am very confident their comprehensive report will make a big contribution to improving welfare outcomes in the Thoroughbred industry. Everyone I speak to in the industry acknowledges that welfare is the biggest challenge we face and that it can only be met by working together.

‘’An import aspect of this process is that anyone who has wanted their voice heard on welfare has been able to able to put their opinions to the TAWWG; from the federal government, to racing regulators, to individual trainers and owners, through to those who have strong concerns about the industry.’’

For more information, please visit thoroughbredwelfareinitiative.org.au

ENDS

Contacts:

Dr Denis Napthine: 0407 234 366
Tom Reilly, CEO Thoroughbred Breeders Australia: 0423 146 334

Australia remains the leading place to race a horse in the world; a statement demonstrated by there being 52 races run this year worth A$1 million or more, compared to 29 in America and just seven across all of Europe.

This is just one of many facts and statistics published in the 2021 Aushorse Investors’ Guide (available to view here), highlighting why Australia is the land of opportunity for international and domestic racehorse owners.

“Whether you look at prizemoney, the availability of the best stock being offered for auction, or the potential resale value if you get a good colt or filly, there is no better place to invest in a racehorse,’’ said Aushorse chief executive, Tom Reilly.

‘’In a year that has been so disrupted by COVID-19, the strength of our thoroughbred industry has never been more apparent. While some countries slashed prizemoney, returns to owners actually grew in Australia.’’

Among the other areas highlighted in the Investors’ Guide are:

  • Prizemoney in Australia dwarfs other racing nations: our Group One races were worth double those in Europe in 2020, while the average prize per race was almost 40 per cent more than America
  • Australia’s best breeders are sellers: 78% of Australian-bred Group One winners in 2020 were offered as yearlings, a higher percentage than any other jurisdiction
  • When it comes to buying an elite colt at the sales, Australia is far more affordable than other major racing nations, despite having the most lucrative market for stallion prospects

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse praised the guide. She said: “Over the past decade, prizemoney in Australia has grown 80% – there has never been a better time to invest and this Guide isn’t short on evidence why.

“It’s the perfect tool for our industry participants to use when communicating with investors, as well as helping spread the message about the strengths we have in this country.”

As well as being available online, a print version of the Investors’ Guide has been sent to Aushorse’s database of more than 4,500 owners, breeders, bloodstock agents and participants around Australia and the world.

The guide has been translated into simplified Chinese for the mainland audience, as well as traditional Chinese for those in Hong Kong and Macau.

Contact info@aushorse.net.au if you would like to be added to the print mailing list.

For every reason why you should invest in Australia, view the Investors’ Guide online here

For any further information or enquiries, please contact Tom Reilly.
M: +61 (0) 423 146 334
Tom@tbaus.com