Above: Mor Spirit standing at Spendthrift America

While there’s never one fool-proof indicator for determining stallion potential, Spendthrift Farm has found one race that they feel consistently produces winners who draw their attention.

In the past four years, they’ve welcomed a trio of GI Metropolitan H. victors to their stud barn.

First was Mor Spirit (USA), then came Mitole (USA), another son of Eskendereya (USA) and this year they welcome a third winner in five-time stakes-winning millionaire Vekoma (USA) (Candy Ride {Arg}).

“I can foresee Vekoma having just absolutely beautiful, rocket ship-like weanlings down the road. I think he’ll be a very precocious sire – his body looks very precocious,” Spendthrift’s Stallion Sales Manager, Mark Toothaker, said.

“He was so fast and hated to lose so we’re looking forward to getting mares to him this year and then seeing what the foals look like in 2022.”

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Above: King Of Hastings ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Pooles Accountants Golden Topaz at Swan Hill Racecourse on June 07, 2020. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

A giveaway mare has provided Euroa horseman Chris Rentessis and a group of owners with some massive achievements as the talented gelding, King Of Hastings.

Rentessis bred King of Hastings from the mare Handcut which was given to him when owner Terry Martin retired the daughter of Danerich in 2012 with a record of one win and two thirds from 12 starts.

Rentessis, who has done stallion work on local studs for more than 20 years, sent the mare to llovethiscity when he was standing at Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk Stud.

The result was King Of Hastings which was purchased at the 2018 Adelaide Yearling Sale by Anthony Freedman for $32,000.

The now four-year-old brought up his fifth win from 13 starts with a return to form when he won over 1200m at Randwick on the 9th of January to take his prizemoney to $475,050.

The gelding also had a start in last Saturday’s Magic Millions Sprint (1200m). The race was worth $1 million dollars.

Rentessis, who has a 50 acre farm, says he basically survives by contracting himself out and doing work on various other farms, as well as breeding from his four broodmares.

And it was his work for Murdoch which led to him breeding King of Hastings.

“I was actually involved at Larneuk before Neville bought that farm and he wanted me to stay involved and was happy to and we have had a good relationship for all those years,” Rentessis said.

“I have always done the stallions there and was happy to keep doing that. I then used to swing over to Rangal Park and pretty much did yearling preps and weanlings for about 10 years for Graham Burley and Eric Butler.

“I am sort of connected with all those guys and it was through all those connections actually that I managed to get King Of Hastings in a funny way because Handcut was owned by Terry Martin and he was a client of Rangal where he sent mares to Danerich.”

When Burley retired, Martin sent Rentessis a couple of young horses to grow out and one of them was Legcut (Danerich x Pentiara) which won seven races and was Handcut’s older full sister.

Another of the youngsters was a Danerich colt which Martin bought as a weanling and later raced as Neat Feat which won four races in Victoria, including one at Monee Valley, before being sold to Darwin where he won 17 sprint races.

Although Handcut had plenty of ability, she didn’t make the cut and was a bit of a handful on the track and Martin asked Rentessis if he’d be interested in having her for free.

“I knew her dam Pentiara (Pentire x Lady Acumen) and I liked her and I loved Danerich,” Rentessis said.

“And even with all her unruly behaviour, Handcut did run third to Platelet at Flemington and I thought she had some real ability and was only about two lengths off her.

“I took her on and by this time llovethiscity had come onto Neville’s place and he was just a genuine racehorse and would put his ears back and have a dip. I just thought in my own mind that if Handcut was disingenuous then I needed to put a genuine horse to her if I could.

“The stallion was a lovely horse, the mare was big and strong and the Danehill with the Showdown line, I just thought it was going to work.”

Rentessis said Handcut had developed into a lovely producer for him.

He took King Of Hastings to Adelaide to sell but usually puts his horses through the Melbourne autumn sales because he says that’s the grade of horses he has, but this time he thought the colt was a above that in terms of a type.

He also had a filly by llovethiscity which also went through the Adelaide sale.

Although he was happy with the colt’s sale price, he was pleased that a trainer like Anthony Freedman was the winning bidder.

“If you can get your horses onto nice sales, that just helps you along,” Rentessis said.

“You know they are going to get every chance going to a trainer like Anthony Freedman.”

Rentessis said he was happy to accept Handcut as a “freebie” because Martin always wanted to find homes for his horses but is not silly and would sell them if they could run a bit.

At the time Handcut’s sister Legcut, which scored five of her six victories in the city, was unraced.

Rentessis said he did get an offer for Handcut before last spring but rejected it.

He said there was a great curse when an offer is made for a horse and you just should take it because something usually goes wrong.

“But she is the best mare I’ve got,” he said.

Rentessis is sending a full sister to King of Hastings to next month’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Handcut also has a filly at foot by llovethiscity.

“I’ve got her back in foal to llovethiscity,” he said.

“I’ve had a few scribes telling me I need to go to more commercial stallions, but I don’t know whether anything could do as good a job as what he is doing.

“With King of Hastings, you couldn’t get a more genuine horse and I think with a bit of luck in some of those other races that he’d be a stakes winner already.”

Already with million dollar-plus llovethiscity progeny recently sold to Hong Kong – Ilovemyself and Barocha – the syndicated King of Hastings’ owners are also understood to have rejected big offers for the gelding.

Rentessis is hoping that Freedman will buy his filly at Melbourne Premier because he believes that’s where she needs to go and says she is a bit stronger than King of Hastings was at the same time.

He sent Handcut almost exclusively to llovethiscity but the one exception was when he mated her to Larneuk Stud stallion O’Lonhro which resulted in a gelding named Red Cut Rock which has had one start for a second at Albury and is raced by Rentessis.

With llovethiscity now standing at Noor Elaine Farm, Rentessis trades his services at the farm for the service fees to llovethiscity.

Rentessis has another three broodmares – Recession Buster (Ne Coupez Pas x Rip Trice) which produced Lady Solly (O’Lonhro) which he sold for $700 and as at her last run at the Valley last Friday when she won over 955 metres, has won just shy of $150,000 for her connections, Financial Miss (Danerich x Belloto Belle) and Roman Belle (Bel Esprit x Ticket To Rome) which has had two fillies by llovethiscity, one is leased out and the other will also be sold at Melbourne Premier.

Rentessis said it was a great as a breeder to see his horses take to the track and become so successful.

And as Racing.com revealed recently, there is plenty of sentiment attached to the horse’s name.

Katherine Henderson told Racing.com how her late father, Richard Everist, was a local business man and a legend of the Hastings Football Club, who dubbed himself King of Hastings.

She got a shock when her husband, Marty Henderson, told her to have a look at the form guide just before the gelding made his debut at Cranbourne in May of 2019.

She was shocked to see her father’s “name” in the maiden field, but then Marty told her that they owned 10 per cent of the horse and he agreed to buy a share only if he could name the horse King Of Hastings.

Above: Sham I Am ridden by Lewis German wins the Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap at Moonee Valley Racecourse on December 18, 2020  (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Jeff Dimery suspected the best was behind his galloper Sham I Am when the five-year-old departed Danny O’Brien’s Flemington stables last August.

The gelding, by Newmarket Handicap winner Shamexpress (O’Reilly x Volkrose), was also trained by O’Brien and raced by Dimery.

He bred Sham I Am at his Uluru Stud at Romsey from his mare Les Miserables which was later acquired by Rosemont Stud.

After beating home only four runners over 1000m at Dunkeld last November, Sham I Am raced a month later at The Valley and scored at odds of 50-1 for Kyneton trainer Ray Matthews.

The gelding scored again at The Valley over 1200m last Friday night.

Matthews, who is predominately a horse breaker, broke in both Shamexpress and Sham I Am.

Dimery, the CEO of Alinta Energy, sold Shamexpress to New Zealand’s Windsor Park after the stallion retired from the track with more than $1 million in prizemoney.

And he admits it’s been a surprise to see Sham I Am notch up two consecutive city wins to take his tally to five victories and two thirds from 15 starts.

“But don’t get me wrong, I am delighted,” Dimery said. “He is a little ripper.

“We raced the sire Shamexpress and then I bred this fellow and I owned his mum as well.

“Shamexpress stands at Windsor Park in New Zealand. Rodney and Gina Schick bought him off me and they are now life-long friends.

“I bred this fellow with one of the free returns I got.”

Dimery sent Les Miserables to Windsor Park to be covered by Shamexpress and the mare then returned to Victoria.

He gave the guys who raced Shamexpress with him free ownership in Sham I Am to keep “the dream running.”

“I send all my horses to Danny O’Brien and he said he was a little bit limited with his size and whatever and we ended up transferring him to Ray Matthews who is a good mate of mine,” Dimery said.

“He is a breaker at Romsey and breaks a lot of my horses in for me and is good family friend. We gave the horse to Ray, who is more of I wouldn’t call him a hobby trainer but he probably is, and he has just done wonders with the little fellow.”

Dimery also has a mare he bred, Button Express, which is also trained by O’Brien, by Shamexpress and is out of Umatilla mare, Whitehaven girl.

The four-year-old has raced 11 times for two wins and four seconds and her most recent run was at The Valley last November when she finished fourth, beaten less than half a length.

“We got some degree of confidence that she will win a stakes race for us,” Dimery said.

“She had a bone chip in her knee at Moonee Valley and ran second at Caulfield just before that. She is a beauty as well and she is raced by members of my family.”

Dimery said O’Brien bought Shamexpress in New Zealand for him, as well as dual Group 1 winning mare Shamrocker (O’Reilly x Bohemian Blues) which was later sold to Japan.

“I love the family, the O’Reilly connection and that’s sort of how it started,” he said.

“We had Shamrocker win the AJC Derby and the VRC Guineas and then Shamexpress won the Newmarket. We have had a great ride.”

Dimery said Shamexpress serves about 100 mares a season at Windsor Park and was the leading first season sire in 2018 and had about 12 per cent stakes winners to runners.

Dimery was a buyer and a seller at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

He sold a Star Witness colt out of his Group 2 winning mare Summer Sham (Not A Single Doubt x Hot Summer Night) which he bred and raced.

“We bought De Little Engine’s half-brother the other day, it’s a full brother to Miami Bound, which won the Oaks, off Gerry Harvey.

“We will race him with family and friends again.

“Gerry was hoping for $400,000 but we got her for $175,000 –  so we reckon we got a bargain. It’s out of an Oaks winner and a full to an Oaks winner.”

The Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) winner De Little Engine (Encosta De Lago), which was also raced by Dimery and friends, and Miami Bound (Reliable Man) are both out of  Harvey’s mare, Arapaho Miss (Danehill Dancer x Happy Heart).

For horse breaker and trainer Ray Matthews, Sham I Am is the only horse he races at the moment.

His core business is breaking, but he has been thrilled to get two wins out of the gelding.

“You learn about them and change a few things and I changed how I trained him a bit and putting the blinkers on him has helped,” Matthews said.

“To come to town and win two races with him shows that he is going well. We’ll see how he pulls up and we’ve got our own track at home, it’s a mile sand track, so he does all his slow work here and he only goes to Kyneton to gallop.

“We’ll let him get over this run and go from there. There is a sprint series at The Valley and we’ll probably look at that as it’s a track he likes.”

Matthews has been a professional breaker for 20 years.

He said Sham I Am was a quirky type and probably appreciates a quieter environment and being the only racehorse in the stables.

Image: Equestrian Queensland
The build up, excitement, and long hours of preparing for equine competitions often obscure the stress that horses endure traveling to and from such events. Consider for a moment some of the sources of stress placed on transported horses:
  • Mixing with “new” horses and social regrouping;
  • Vibration from the vehicle;
  • Arrangement of the animals;
  • Feed and water deprivation;
  • Road and air conditions; and
  • Changes in ambient conditions, including temperature.

Most modern and reliable transporters take these factors into consideration, carefully assessing the health of horses before, during, and after transport, and several studies have been published on this topic that prove its importance1-4.

According one of those recent publications4, authored by Rizzo and coworkers, “To limit health problems related to transport, it is important to examine the health status of the horses before and after the traveling to provide them with electrolytes and antioxidants and to optimize the environmental conditions inside the truck.”

Antioxidants include either single molecules or complex enzyme systems that stop the production of and the damage caused by reactive oxygen species and other free radicals produced in the body under stressful conditions such as transport and exercise,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

Classic examples of antioxidants include vitamins E and C.

KER offers two antioxidant supplements for horses: Nano•E, a water-soluble, natural-source of vitamin E with a unique nanodispersion delivery system that results in superior bioavailability to provide natural-source vitamin E, vitamin C, and other antioxidants.

In addition to dietary antioxidants, Rizzo and colleagues found acupuncture may also benefit equine athletes. Previous research shows that acupuncture:

  • Alleviates muscle tension;
  • Improves local blood flow:
  • Increase pain thresholds; and
  • Helps athletes recover from injury and reduces fatigue of transported athletes.

Using Thoroughbred racehorses, the researchers demonstrated that acupuncture stimulation could play a role “in improving physiological adaption to stressful stimuli and of physical performance.”

1Riley, C.B., B.R. Noble, J. Bridges, et al. 2016. Horse injury during non-commercial transport: Findings from researcher-assisted intercept surveys at Southeastern Australian equestrian events. Animals (Basel). 6(11):65.

2Padalino, B., S.L. Raidal, E. Hall, et al. 2016. Survey of horse transportation in Australia: Issues and practices. Australian Veterinary Journal. 94(10):349-57.

3Padalino, B., S.L. Raidal, E. Hall, et al. Risk factors in equine transport-related health problems: a survey of the Australian equine industry. Equine Veterinary Journal. In press.

4Rizzo, M., F. Arfusoa, C. Giannettoa, et al. 2017. Acupuncture needle stimulation on some physiological parameters after road transport and physical exercise in horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science48:23-30.

Above: Never Again proves too strong (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

For the second consecutive year, the winner of the Chester Manifold Stakes was branded with Chatswood’s AW brand.

Never Again broke through for his first Stakes Win on Saturday for Clinton McDonald. Replay.
He was born at Chatswood and spent the first 10 months of his life at Victoria’s oldest Stud. Never Again was bred by Brian Durran who is a regular supporter of Chatswood.

Last years Chester Manifold Stakes was won by Amadeus who was also born and raised at Chatswood, bred by Joan Walker who has been a client of Chatswood longer than anyone.

Chatswood Stud will offer yearlings at various sales this year including the Inglis Melbourne Premier where 7 of Inference’s first crop are available. To view the Chatswood Draft, click here.

Above: Inglis Classic sale to proceed as a live auction.

Preparations are ongoing for next month’s Classic Yearling Sale, which will proceed as a live auction at Riverside from February 7-9.

The sale will be conducted with Inglis’ Covid-Safe plan in place which allows for a range of hospitality options including Ringside Dining, Barn Pavilions, The 1867 Bar, The Newmarket Restaurant, Inglis Day Spa and many others.

Inglis is continuing to work with respective State Government authorities and other bodies to further develop protocols that will allow for attendance at the sale by interstate participants while facilitating their safe and responsible return home.

“The permit system now in place for travel to Victoria is a very positive development for those looking to participate in the sale,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said.

“We are working with all the relevant authorities to ensure that as many people as practicable can attend the sale in a safe and responsible manner and we will continue to liaise with buyers through the coming weeks.

“It is an excellent catalogue of horses for what year-after-year proves itself to be the best-value yearling sale on the calendar and we are excited to get the 2021 Inglis Yearling Sales Series up and going with Classic on February 7-9.”

The 2021 Classic Yearling Sale, for which 803 yearlings have been catalogued, includes the progeny of 108 different stallions offered by 76 individual vendors.

Graduates of the Classic Sale have enjoyed outstanding success in recent years with the likes of Classique Legend, Extreme Choice, She Will Reign, Vow And Declare, Pippie, Hellbent, Yankee Rose, In Her Time and Castelvecchio among the stars that could have been bought from the sale.

The Sale has produced 12 individual horses to win $1m or more in prizemoney since 2018, while the average price of an Australian Stakes winner from the sale since 2018 is a little over $90,000.

Prospective purchasers are encouraged to consider on-farm inspections of catalogued yearlings where practicable.

CLICK HERE for contact details for vendors at the 2021 Classic Yearling Sale.

Please contact a member of the Inglis bloodstock team to discuss joining or arranging a pre-sale on-farm inspection tour or any sale requirements that you may have in advance of the sale.

For those who cannot or choose not to attend the sale in person, Inglis’ proven online bidding system will be available, as will telephone bidding through a member of the Inglis bloodstock team.

On-site inspections are set to begin at Riverside on Tuesday February 2.

Photos and videos of all lots will be available on the Inglis website as the sale nears, as well the height, weight and other key information for many lots in advance of the sale.

For more information on the sale or to request a catalogue, please contact a member of the Inglis bloodstock team.

Liqueuro (Fiorente {Ire}) proved himself as a young stayer on the rise when he brought up his second win from as many starts at Flemington on Saturday and trainer Cindy Alderson still believes he is still far from being the finished product.

The 3-year-old son of Fiorente (Ire) made his debut at Mornington on New Year’s Day, winning a maiden over 1500 metres, before making the step up to city grade and 2000 metres at Flemington with flying colours to fight out the finish in the Lexus Summer Event Trophy.

He was the most inexperienced runner in the race but with Jamie Kah on his back, he was able to present at the top of the straight and battle all the way to the finish line and hit the front in the final strides of the race.

Alderson said it was the way in which he secured the win that impressed her the most.

“I think his tenacity and his never say die attitude was very impressive,” the Cranbourne trainer told TDN AusNZ. “The fact that he just kept on coming on and obviously making the step from a maiden to a Saturday race at Flemington was quite an impressive step I thought.”

Alderson said she didn’t go into Saturday’s race with any great expectations for the gelding as he is not a horse that shows a great deal at home.

“He’s a very, very dour trackworker so it’s very hard to get a line on him based on his trackwork and I suppose his first-up win, even though someone backed him, was a surprise for us,” she said.

“He’s (Liqueuro) a very, very dour trackworker so it’s very hard to get a line on him based on his trackwork.” – Cindy Alderson

“I honestly didn’t think he would win below 2000 metres when I first started training him so I was surprised he did win first-up. He’s had races run to suit him but he’s still had to be good enough to capitalise on that and he was.”

With Liqueuro heading out for a short break, Alderson said he is a very light horse who struggles to hold much condition, however, she has been surprised with how well he has done since his run.

“He’s just gone to the water walker and the paddock for a little bit of a break,” Alderson said.

“He is very lightly framed and there was no condition on him going into the race but he has actually eaten up after the race and he’s been eating up all the way through recently. So despite being light in condition, he’s eating well, he’s got a really good skin on him and he’s really healthy and bright so I think he’s come through it quite well.

“It was a tough run but a horse like him is always going to race a little bit that way.”

Above: Cindy Alderson

Looking ahead, Alderson said Liqueuro could be a horse for the backend 3-year-old staying features with a race like the G1 South Australian Derby the most likely Group 1 target for him.

“I think South Australia (would be the target) because it’s an easier trip for him,” Alderson said.

“Queensland is a long trip away but he’s only a young horse and fairly inexperienced so a big trip might be a little bit beyond him with the condition that he carries.

“South Australia is only across the border so we could possibly look at that if he was to measure up.”

Whether or not he is ready to tackle a staying feature this season is another question with Alderson believing he won’t be fully grown into his body until he is four and that is when we will see the best of him.

“I think when he finally fills his frame up he might get a bit more speed, which he probably will need to compete in better races,” she said. “But whether it comes as a 3-year-old or a 4-year-old, I tend to think he won’t really furnish into his frame until he is four.”

Above: Liqueuro as a yearling

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Lot 635 purchased by Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock for $575,000

Chairperson Teresa Poon along with our Corporate Member Musk Creek Farm struck first on the 3rd day of the sale by achieving $575,000 for a cracking colt by Sire Spirit of Boom out of mare Personalised (half sister to VRC Oaks winner Personal). This colt will be trained by Tony Gollan who trained Spirit of Boom.

On the 4th day, ACJC Director of Racing Carrie Hu along with our astute bloodstock consultant friend Robert Roulston stole the show for owner Rifa Mustang by selling a striking colt by Not a Single Doubt for $1.5 million to Coolmore Stud.

Robert bought the mare Soleil Brulant for $180,000 in 2016 for Rifa Mustang. Carrie & Robert then mate her to the mighty sire Not A Single Doubt & produced a brilliant 500% return on investment for Rifa Mustang. Brilliant.

Both Musk Creek Farm & Rifa Mustang are extremely humbled to achieve such brilliant results among all the leading breeders in the field. They are also very grateful to the teams behind Musk Creek Farm & Sledmere Stud who work so tirelessly in bringing the best out of these 2 horses.

ACJC is offering a syndicate targeting the $2 million Magic Millions 2 year old race this time next year. Please get in touch with Racing Director Allen Ng or Chairperson Teresa Poon for further details.

Article courtesy of ACJC

Spendthrift went to $1.2 million dollars late in the day to secure a son of Written Tycoon. (Twitter - Woodside)
Spendthrift went to $1.2 million dollars late in the day to secure a son of Written Tycoon. (Twitter - Woodside)

There is no doubt Victorians are the first to support one another and day four of the Magic Millions sale on Gold Coast  sale was the perfect example of that.

Victorians were successful on both the buying and selling fronts.

Yulong opened the day by selling lot 642 of their draft – a Savabeel x Pikari Star filly – to Te Aku Racing and Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $145,000.

One Victorian training duo, who was very active on the buying front and bought from Victorians, was Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

Purchasing two yearlings by promising Victorian sire Frosted, and a Written Tycoon yearling, they also bought a Kingman filly from Yulong’s draft for $425,000 and an I Am Invincible colt out of Rosemont’s draft for $800,000.

Catalogued as lot 866, the colt is out of a Sebring mare, Tahni Dancer who is the half-sister to Group 3 winner Maschino and stakes winner Kentucky Breeze.

Victoria’s Hilldene Farm also sold a lot which they bred out of the Fastnet Rock mare, Rainbeam and sired by Russian Revolution.

The filly’s half-sister is Daisy Cakes who was a winner as a two-year-old. Morrisey Racing went to $210,000 to secure the filly.

Darley Northwood sire Impending also had two of his progeny head through the ring. The first lot 691 was bred by Makybe Breeding and Racing and is out of stakes placed mare Recoinage who has had two foals to race – both winners.

The second Impending sired lot was lot 863, a colt bred by Victoria’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm and sold at the 2019 Inglis weanling sale. Knocked down for $240,000 to Sweetbriar Equine/Aaron Kwok of Hong Kong, the colt is out of the Testa Rossa mare, Swiftly Red.

Swiftly Red, trained by Tony Noonan, is the half-sister to Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate winners Arctic Command and General Truce and was consigned by Valiant Stud.

Darley’s Lisa Manning said it was great to get such a positive response to Impending’s first yearlings.

“He has got some lovely horses coming through and they are really nice types – good bums, short backs and they just look like real sprinters,” Lisa said.

“A lot of them have a lot of quality about them and they move really, really well like him as he is a great moving horse.

“We were hopeful, like you always are, but we are really happy with what he has done up here on the Gold Coast and I think Magic Millions obviously pick a good catalogue, and being in Victoria he is going to have a big representation at Melbourne Premier.”

Lisa said Impending was very fertile and the dual Group 1 winner had been well supported and priced by Darley at good value.

“He has got three big books to come and hopefully we should see some good results and we have supported him with some good mares as well,” she said.

Another lot bred by Victoria’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm and sold as a weanling at the 2019 Inglis Weanling sale, is the full sister to Group 3 VRC Flemington Fling winner Legend of Condor.

The filly was knocked down for $750,000 to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott from Silverdale Farm’s draft, who bought the filly at the weanling sale and reared her at their Southern Highlands farm in partnership with Suman Hedge Bloodstock and they were over the moon with the result.

Yulong also had a strong day on the fourth day of the sale. After selling the Kingman filly to Ciaron Maher Racing for $425,000, the team in green backed this up by selling a colt out of the Zabeel mare Rockzel.

Rockzel is half-sister to Group 3 winner Platinum Command who won ten races and is also the half-sister to Platinum Rapper.

Spendthrift sire Overshare had his first yearling to go through the ring and was catalogued as lot 823. Consigned by Glastonbury Farms, the filly is out of Spirited Away (USA) who is the dam of eight foals to race for seven winners, include the Group 2 Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective. The filly was knocked down for $180,000 to Team Hawkes.

Spendthrift’s Garry Cuddy said it was great to see Overshare’s filly, which he described as one of great quality that hadn’t gone unnoticed leading up to the sale, go to such great trainers.

“It was great for us and obviously showed that they had a bit of an opinion of her and a good enough one of the horse himself to front up and buy his first yearling,” Garry said.

“We have been great supporters of Team Hawkes and they have been great supporters of ours and it’s great to continue the relationship.”

Garry said the support for Overshare had been great and it was quite funny that the stallion had served 80 mares in his first season, 150 in his second and then 140 in his third.

He said it was obvious that people were happy with what they’ve got on the ground.

Spendthrift was also busy buying colts as they look to securing future stallions for their roster.

They did Team Vic proud but had to wait until the second last lot of the day to secure a $1.2 million colt out of Emirates Park’s draft. By Written Tycoon, who stood at Woodside Park when the foal was conceived, it’s the highest price for a son of Written Tycoon.

Garry and the Spendthrift team were delighted they were able to secure the colt whose family includes Group 1 Doomben Cup winner, Sense of Occasion.

He said they had missed out on other highly priced and sought after colts in the sale, but the Written Tycoon colt was very high on their wish list.

“To be able to bring him home, we are very happy to do so,’’ he said.

“We had to wait until the end of day four to land a big one but we very are happy that we did and hopefully we can get the best out of him,” he said.

“When you front up and are shopping in the market, you are not up there alone and there are great judges and competition at that level and sometimes you have to find that extra bid or two and sometimes you have to say, no we’ll stop and let them have him and good luck to them.

“On this horse, we were very happy that we came out on top and everyone stopped and wished us luck.”

Garry said that any colt they buy comes with the dream of seeing him join the Spendthrift stallion roster and being the next Swear, Overshare or Dirty Work.

“We have been able to have a bit of good luck with buying a limited number of colts and we will have three colts we bought as yearlings on our roster this year,” he said.

“We ae proud of that and think it is a great achievement and hopefully there are another two or three to come over the next couple of years.”

The Spendthrift team also purchased lot 720, a colt by Deep Field out of Lonhro mare Romabella who is the full sister to Pinwheel who won twelve races, with three of them in succession. Securing the colt by going to $360,000, his family includes Spendthrift owned and Group 2 Schillaci Stakes winner Dirty Work (Written Tycoon x Maidel).

“He is a son of Deep Field who is obviously doing a great job and from the family of Dirty Work,” Garry said.

“It’s a family we know and have had a bit of success with and there were quite a few similarities I felt between him and Dirty Work. It’s a completely different sire line but the same female family and it has worked for us in the past and we thought he was great value in a competitive market.”

Victoria’s Kulani Park also had a successful day when a colt they bred out of Red Velvet Swing was knocked down for $510,000 to McEvoy Mitchell and Belmont Bloodstock.

The Victorian Alliance in partnership with Suman Hedge Bloodstock and David Redvers were present again on day four when they purchased a colt out of the Exceed and Excel mare Silk Sheets for $350,000. Consigned by Attunga Stud, the colt has Singapore Horse of the year and Champion Older horse Stepitup in his family.

Toby Liston of Three Bridges who dubbed lot 810 as ‘one of his best’ horses, was eagerly anticipating a favourable result as his colt by I Am Invincible out of the Pivotal mare, Solar Moon took to the ring.

However, Toby didn’t need to worry when the hammer came down at $700,000 and it was announced that the Hong Kong Jockey Club were the successful bidders.

Toby said the result was vindication of Three Bridges’ direction of choosing quality over quantity.

And the said the colt was special, just like his brother that was also sold to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for the same price.

He said the day four result of $700,000 for the colt reflected an abundance of quality and a wonderful attitude which was obviously why he was so sought after in the sales ring.

The colt had 23 x-rays hits and his total package made for strong competitive bidding before he was knocked down for $700,000.

Toby said Three Bridges finished the sale with 100 per cent clearance of their seven lots at an average of almost $400,000.

“Most importantly we sell racehorses and we wish the new purchasers all the best with their new additions and no doubt they will be rewarded for selecting naturally raised Three Bridges products for years to come.”

The colt’s dam was given a year off from breeding and while she doesn’t have a foal at foot, she is safely back in foal to I Am Invincible.

Not long after Toby’s result, a fan favourite of the 2019 TBV foal gallery made his appearance in the ring.

The colt bred by Noorilim Park known for his unique blaze and out of an Exceed and Excel mare, Speedy Kitty and includes Group 1 Santa Anita Gold Cup winner Cupid in his family.

Knocked down to BK Racing and Brad Widdup, he was purchased for $375,000.

But the results didn’t stop there for Team Vic. Makybe Breeding and Racing sold lot 828 for $650,000 to Tony Fung Investments and Phoenix Thoroughbreds. The colt, consigned by Lime Country, is out of the Starcraft mare, Star of Sydney, who is the half-sister to Invader.

Day four of Magic Millions confirmed the strong presence Victorian breeders and buyers asserted consistently throughout book one of the sale.

You can watch all the action live from tonight’s sale, which commences at 6PM QLD time, by clicking here.

Musk Creek knocked down a lot for $575,000 at the end of day three

Victorians weren’t only present on the selling front but also managed to produce some strong buying results.

The newly formed Victorian Alliance, in partnership with Suman Hedge Bloodstock and David Redvers, had a busy day three, striking late when they went to $950,000 for a colt by I Am Invincible.

The colt, lot 636, was sold by Coolmore Stud and is out of stakes placed mare Petition who had two wins at 1225 metres and 1400 metres for $195,275.

The Victorian Alliance, dubbed the Hedge Fund by the auctioneer, earlier in the day and went to $300,000 for a Written Tycoon colt from Edinburgh Park’s draft catalogued as lot 420.

The colt is out of a Commands mare, Jester’s Girl who is a stakes winner and has had three foals to race, all winners including stakes winner Assimilate who won the Listed Restricted Canberra Guineas.

The colt is from the same family of Group 3 MRC Caulfield Classic winner and Victorian-bred Thought of That.

Towards the end of the third day, lot 636 was knocked down to the group for a colt out of an Exceed and Excel mare Overstep and sired by I Am Invincible.

Purchasing the lot for $950,000 Anthony Mithen of the Victorian Alliance said the concept of the group had received great support and was aimed at finding a top stallion which would stand at his Rosemont Stud.

With a sizeable budget, the group will target other yearling sales throughout the year.

He said the concept was the brainchild of Rosemont’s Ryan McEvoy who joined the stud last year as is general manager of bloodstock.

“For use of a better word, Ryan has done a magnificent job putting together a prospectus and we have presented that to partners and they have jumped at it and we are actually oversubscribed,” Mithen said.

“We had planned on keeping 50 per cent of all the horses at Rosemont, but I think we are now somewhere near 40 or 45 because people keep coming at us and say listen, we like what you are doing and this could be best way of finding a little chunk of a good colt that might end up a stallion.

“We have had some new players who like the idea of racing 12 or 14 colts and seeing how they go and enjoying that ride and backing us in  to find a fast one that will hopefully end up being a stallion and more than pay for the venture.”

Mithen said he believed the Overstep colt was cheap at $400,000 –he thought it was half price – which then gave the group an extra bid to have a crack at Coolmore’s I Am Invincible colt which they won for $950,000.

“There are swings and roundabouts,” he said.

“You will get some wins and pay a little bit more for some over the course of the selling season, but hopefully we can end up with 12 or 14 really nice colts.”

The formation of the group includes individuals from leading Victorian broodmare farms.

Shortly after the first colt the Victorian Alliance purchased, Yulong Investments held out to purchase a colt from Arrowfield’s draft. The colt is by the same sire as Yulong owned Tagaloa being by Lord Kanaloa.

The colt is out of Laguna Azzurra who is a winner at 1800 metres in Japan and is half-sister to Group 3 winner Seewind.

The colt, purchased for $475,000, looks to be an excellent two-year-old prospect for the team in green.

Yulong’s Sam Fairgray said it was a nice colt that would continue to develop further.

“Obviously he is bred similarly to Tagaloa, so we are really pleased to get a colt like him,” Fairgray said.

“Hopefully if we can repeat the deeds of Tagaloa we will have another stallion.

“He is going to furnish into a very nice horse and he’ll definitely go forward and he’ll do well in the next few months.”

Fairgray said the colt, who will be trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, was sought after because of the similar breeding to Tagaloa which is expected to be retired from racing this year to join Yulong’s stallion roster.

“We will be patient with him and there is no mad rush sort of thing,” Fairgray said.

“We’ll get him to the races when he is ready.”

Fairgray said Yulong was pleased with the results they’d achieved with the yearlings they’d offered and said Magic Millions had done a super job getting people to the sale.

Yulong sold three lots on day three of the sale, with the first lot 575 being knocked down to Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young/ First Light Racing, a filly out of stakes placed mare Motown Lil.

The filly is related to Gosford Guineas winner Ygritte and as Busuttin Racing tweeted, ‘the perfect filly to run for the Magic Millions Racing Women’s Bonus in 2022.’

Lot 604 and 610 of Yulong’s draft both sold for $200,000.

Lot 604 will head to Victoria with Henry Dwyer and lot 610 will remain in Queensland after being purchased by Edmonds Racing.

Baystone Farm’s Dean Harvey was the successful bidder on behalf of Sean Buckley’s Ultra Racing for a colt from Bhima Thoroughbred’s draft.

The colt, purchased for $800,000, is by first season sire Almanzor and out of a Sebring mare, Lazumba. The colt is from the same family as Group 1 winner Montoya’s Secret.

Harvey said bidding for the colt was strong and when they were highly sought after it was always hard to gauge where the final price would end up.

“It’s always hard to buy those colts when everyone has them in their top half a dozen in the sale,” he said.

“Look he probably wasn’t a go to for everyone looking for a two-year-old that is generally in this sale. This sale has evolved now that I think it’s across the board and everyone brings their nicest horses.

“Whether it’s going to be a two-year-old or a three-year-old, you’re chasing the best horses that are here and I think the colt fitted the mould for a lot of people as a three-year-old type horse which are lot of races suit over here as well.”

Harvey said while there was plenty of competition for him, the colt fitted Buckley’s profile of what he wanted and he was keen to get him.

The colt will be trained by Danny O’Brien who Harvey said the Melbourne Cup winning trainer had him in the same mould as his dual Group 1 winner Russian Camelot which finished third in last year’s Cox Plate and finished eighth in the Melbourne Cup.

“Danny said he was very similar in type as a yearling to Russian Camelot,” he said.

“He was keen to train him, and Danny will take some himself.”

Almanzor stands at Cambridge Stud in New Zealand where his oldest progeny are yearlings.

Leneva Park also purchased two lots on day three, 474 and 491. Two fillies from Coolmore Stud and Widden Stud respectively. The team spent an aggregate of $300,000 for the two lots, with lot 491 being out of a Fastnet Rock mare, Lucia Bella.

The dam who is a winner at 1200 metres and is the sister to Lone Rock, is the dam of two foals to race both who are winners at 1100 – 1200 metres. The filly also includes Personify as part of her family.

The Spendthrift team inspecting yearlings at Magic Millions (Facebook)

Late in the day, Spendthrift went to $340,000 for lot 611, a colt out of Strawberry Hill Stud’s draft and a son of Redoute’s Choice. The colt is out of a Johannesburg mare Once Were Wild, who won seven of her races with five of those in succession. She has had foals two race for three winners, including the Group 3 Summonds Stakes winner, Long Time Ago.

Rounding out the day for Victoria was a great result for Musk Creek Farm, when lot 635 was knocked down for $575,000 to Gollan Racing and John Foote Bloodstock. The colt is out of Personalised who is the half-sister to Group 1 VRC Oaks winner Personal and the Stakes placed mare Trope.

The median at the end of day three remained at $180,000, the average was $257, 471 and the clearance rate was 88%.

Lot 1035 of Daisy Hill's draft, Epaulette x Paris Tryst (Magic Millions)

For Victoria’s Daisy Hill, the farm will present a draft of 5 at the upcoming Magic Millions Yearling sale.

All bred and raised at the Doreen property, which is only a short 35-minute drive from Kilmore, the team are eagerly anticipating the upcoming sale.

Daisy Hill haven’t opened up their doors for on farm parades before, but this year has been different.

“We haven’t had on farm parades before, but they have been quite strong, I wish we had more parades but I won’t complain. I am not sure people know where Doreen is, but once people realise it is only a quick stop on the way to Nagambie, we have had leading trainers and syndicators come and visit us,” Shane Freeman of Daisy Hill commented.

The team have been working hard to ensure their draft exceeds expectations when inspected by buyers.

“The yearlings were brought in and adapted really well. They were all prepped in a natural environment without tight circles in their work. They have been treated like horses rather than pets and have come through their prep with flying colours,” Shane Freeman commented.

The first of their draft to go through the ring is lot 47, a filly by Pierro out of the Fastnet Rock mare, And Rock. And Rock is the dam of three foals to race for three winners, and she includes Barcali, who now races in Hong Kong, as one of her progeny.

“This filly has enough size and substance and is out of a staying family, so this shouldn’t impact her too much. Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young have her two-year-old and they have a high opinion of her and think she may be an autumn 2YO,” Shane said.

The second lot through for the team at Daisy Hill is lot 79, a colt by Churchill out of an unraced Pierro mare, Bagitol.

“This is a first foal out of an unraced Pierro mare. This colt would be one of the first out of a daughter of Pierro to go through a sale ring. When Pierro first went to stud, we were expecting early two-year-old sprinters not the classic horses we have seen.”

The family of the Churchill colt includes the likes of Duporth, Excites and Tickets.

“Colleen is a big fan of Churchill and he really is a horse you need to see in the flesh to appreciate. He looks like a serious sprinter,” Shane said.

Lot 809 of the draft is a colt by Merchant Navy. Not only does Shane have a high opinion of this horse but so too do the leading buyers who have inspected him.

“This horse is the spitting image of Merchant Navy – even those who have inspected him have commented about the similarity of him to his father. He is quite a classic horse and has been bred back to the Danehill x Zabeel cross, so there is a lot of Zabeel about him,” Shane commented.

A filly which Shane is quite fond of is lot 1035 who is a daughter of Epaulette out of Paris Tryst.

“This is probably the nicest type yearling in our draft. This filly is not an old mare’s foal and she has currently got a city winner running around by Americain called, Frenzied.”

At the time of writing this article, Frenzied has had six wins for $151,270. Lot 1035 can also lay claim to including horses such as Let’s Elope and Swats that in her family.

“This filly is also the ¾ to Yulong Baby and this is the best book of Epaulette’s he had. These yearlings are from when he was leading second season sire and his stats were not far behind Zoustar. We have backed Epaulette and gone back to him.”

The final yearling for the draft to go under the hammer, is a filly by sire Hellbent. Lot 1254 is the first foal out of a Magnus mare and as Shane puts it, ‘one of the very few Hellbent’s nominated for VOBIS.’

“She is a nice speedy looking filly and there is a lot of Flying Spur about her. She will be a great buy for a Melbourne trainer to send around Moonee Valley.”

Daisy Hill have been having a great run of success at the minute with 70% runners to winners off the farm.

“We have had some modest horses get the job done but a winner is a winner and we have some quality horses coming through,” Shane said.

No doubt this success will translate to the ring when the auction begins next Tuesday.

You can inspect Daisy Hill’s draft in the Chester barn 12 – 15.

The first Cantonese-speaking Hong Kong Chinese CEO and stud farm owner, Christopher Lee has never been one to shy away from a challenge. Candid, self-aware and unafraid, the horseman has come into his own over the past year, raising his first yearlings and putting together his first drafts for the upcoming sales season.

Some of the broodmares that A List Stud has invested in recently include Gr.3 winners Agent Pippa (Demerit), Pecans (Skilled), and New Zealand Oaks place getter Insurgent (Ishiguru).

And now, eight years after continually buying Thoroughbreds, not only will Lee participate in the top premier Thoroughbred sales but he will start with a bang with his draft going into the Book 1 of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Here are excerpts from the interview with Lee:

Q: Your draft consists of some amazing horses. Could you please tell us more about these highlights of your January Magic Millions of Sales?
A: 
The three yearlings that A List Stud will present at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale consist of three fillies, and all by proven and emerging quality stallions:

LOT 407 – So You Think (NZ) x Invincible Express: The attractive strong filly with a good shoulder and hindquarters is the first foal, of city winner Invincible Express, who won six races up to 1100m and was a winner on debut as 2YO. Invincible Express is by Australia’s hottest sire I Am Invincible and is out of a 2YO winning Iglesia mare who is a half-sister to stakes winner Emit Time. This yearling filly is by proven sire So You Think whose Gr.1 winning fillies include Nakeeta Jane, Sopressa, and La Bella Diosa.

LOT 188 – Frosted (USA) x Cottoned On: The first foal, of Cottoned On, is by exciting young sire Frosted who is an early leader on the first season sire list at the time of writing.

 

This filly’s second dam is the tough race mare Marveen, who won six races including three races at Listed level and was multiple times group placed. This is the family of speedy 2YO Unite and Conquer, as well as Danglissa and Sweet Redemption. She is a lovely forward type, with good scope and presence.

 

LOT 1137 – Shooting to Win x What a Treat: Rounding out the A-List Stud draft for the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is a filly by emerging sire Shooting to Win who is siring winners week in week out and has two rising stars of Australian racing in Tailleur and undefeated Mystery Shot. This filly is out of What a Treat (Lonhro) who won six races, all at sprint distances, and she has already left a 2YO winner at stud. This is one of Australia’s most consistent families that descends from Gr.1 winner Wrap Around and includes Champion 2YO and Champion 3YO Fashions Afield, 2YO group winner Kiss and Makeup, and the dam of this filly is a half-sister to the dam of New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of Year winner Imelda Mary who was a dual Gr.2 winner last season. She is a very athletic and is a great walking filly with nice muscle and good bones.

 

Q: What has your past experience been with this sale? 
A: This will be our first year selling horses here. I’ve been buying horses here in Australia for more than 8 years. It’s really exciting for me to start a new role in selling horses in sales.

Q: What other sales are you likely to be attending during the yearling sale season?
A:
 We will have an opportunity to attend the Adelaide Yearling Sale and Easter Yearling Sale.

Q: Keeping the situation of 2020 in mind what kind of changes have you made to your planning and preparation process?
A: I think, each year the first auction is very important, especially the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Covid-19 has influenced the auction, however I think there is a global need for horses. We will plan to make ourselves well prepared for this sales challenge. Hopefully, we will see a good result at Gold Coast.

 

QPlease tell us more about yourself and how you got into horses as well as about your farm and your team.
A: I met a stud farm owner in 2008 who led me to Australia. He had over 3 decades of experience in the Thoroughbred breeding industry. He shared his knowledge and experience with me. In 2011, I got involved in breeding industry for the first time. I was constantly travelling between Hong Kong and Australia to visit my horses and participate in different auctions to learn & gain experience.

 

In 2019, I took over the brand name of Laceby Lodge Stud located in Victoria. I started rebranding as well as determining our brand positioning. Eventually, I renamed our brand to A-List Stud. A-List was the first horse I owned in Australia.

I have been in this industry for over 10 years. Experience has shown me that horse breeding work is really challenging and tough work. I am very lucky that I am both a stud farm owner and a CEO at the same time.

A-List Stud occupies 102 Acres. We have around 140 horses, including broodmares, foals, and yearlings, etc. Our stud has adopted the Smart Farm system to cope with an intelligent management model. It makes our stud more efficient in operations management and infuses it with innovative elements of technology.

Q: And finally, where do you see innovation and growth within the Thoroughbred industry? 
A: We are a Smart Stud. We are adding elements with various aspects, different position, and future development into our business. This includes technology, science, etc. We hope to add value to the quality of our horses through these aspects of approach.

**This article was reproduced with permission from The Impact magazine.

Above: Lot 788 – Snitzel (AUS) / Shoot the Breeze (AUS)

Yulong’s continued growth in the breeding industry is reflected in the size and quality of their horses on offer at January’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Last year they offered 11 yearlings, but this time around 21 will go under the hammer.

Yulong’s chief operating officer, Sam Fairgray, is entitled to predict that the yearlings will be sought after and achieve big results.

“We have got a really nice group of horses,” Fairgray said.

“We have 21 yearlings and they are all basically by proven sires, including a filly by Capitalist and we can sort of say he is well on the way with the way he is going.

“Pedigree wise they stack up very nicely and the physicals match the pedigrees so I’m really looking forward to taking these horses to the Gold Coast because we think they’ll be very popular.”

Fairgray said the draft certainly highlighted a nice group of stallions, including an I Am Invincible colt which is a half-brother to Extreme Choice and is out of Extremely (Hussonet x Going To Extremes).

“There is a Snitzel filly out of a half-sister to I Am Invincible and so forth, so there are some really nice pedigrees,” he said.

Fairgray said the Snitzel x Shoot The Breeze filly, a chestnut, is a standout, while a Pierro colt out of Rockzel (NZ) is a likely type.

“There is also Snitzel filly out of Gregers and she looks a really early type,” he said.

“The half-brother, Yulong Turbo (Written Tycoon) won his first start early in December 2020, and this Snitzel filly is a great mover and is very precocious so someone who is looking to get a horse that can get to the two-year-old race will definitely be considering her.

“There is a So You Think filly out of Faith’s Encore and she is a terrific mover and is out of great quality.”

All the 21 yearlings offered by Yulong are in Book 1 and all from their band of mares, while some were bought while carrying the progeny which will be sold at the Gold Coast.

Fairgray said some of the broodmares were ideally bought with the plan of supporting Yulong’s own stallions in the future years.

“Definitely we’ll have some by Grunt next year which will be heading to the Magic Millions sale,” he said.

“I think we have got a good mix of stallions in the draft and obviously we have got the Australian stallions but we have also got a couple by Savabeel and both are very, very nice horses. He is obviously the champion New Zealand stallion.

“We also have a couple by Frankel (GB) and one each by Kingman (GB) and Siyouni (GB).

“They were conceived in the northern hemisphere and then the mares were brought down to Australia carrying these foals.

“It is quite a diverse lot of pedigrees, but the buying bench is sort of a world-wide and this is something to cover all bases really.”

Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang purchased the mares overseas and sent them to the three stallions.

Fairgray said they were the leading stallions in Europe and believes the yearlings will be well sought after.

“Frankel is going really well,” he said.

“He had a two-year-old winner in Sydney in early December 2020 and then he had a Stakes winner (Significance, ATC Christmas Cup) at Randwick.”

Frankel also produced Mirage Dancer (Heat Haze) which won the Group 1 ATC Metropolitan Handicap (2400m) at Randwick in October.

Yulong is currently racing Frankel filly Hungry Heart (Harlech), a winner of the Group 2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) and she also finished a narrow second in the Group 1 Flight Stakes (1600m) at Randwick in October after coming off two Group 2 seconds.

“Frankel has gone really well and people really should not to be afraid to jump in and buy a Frankel,” Fairgray said.

Fairgray said it was obviously a case of increasing your chances of getting a better a result in the sale ring if you were offering quality yearlings from proven stallions and out of mares by great broodmare sires.

“We have got Fastnet Rock, Hussonet, Street Cry, Dubawi, O’Reilly,” he said.

“So the broodmare sires also help to add in to the mix of the pedigree,’’ he said.

Fairgray said they’d had more inspections at their farm than previously.

He said it was a good indicator that hopefully it will turn into dollars at the sale.

At last year’s sale Yulong had an I Am Invincible x Gold and Diamond  filly that made $650,000 and a colt by Not A Single Doubt, out of Extremely, that sold for $600,000.

Yulong is offering an Exceed and Excel filly, out of Cerberus Gal.

“The stallion is very consistent and he has always got a good horse going around,” Fairgray said.

Fairgray said all the yearlings heading to the Gold Coast were obviously going to be sold as Yulong continues its growth as a fully commercial operation.

“We will take them there and hopefully they can all find new homes,” he said.

Fairgray said Yulong now had 220 broodmares on its farm and this year offered two resident stallions – Grunt and Alabama Express.

And most likely next year another three stallions – Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa x Vasilissa), Lucky Vega (Lope De Vega x Queen x Carthage) and Yulong Prince (Gimmethegreenlight x Congestion Charge) will be added to the Yulong roster.

Fairgray said they would certainly add another stallion to the roster if one came along which they wanted.

He said Yulong would keep adding quality mares to their band to keep improving the mares which would be supported by the five resident stallions.

Asked for his top five lots, Fairgray nominated.

Lot 148: Exceed and Excel x Cerberus Gal filly

Lot 284: I Am Invincible x Extremely colt

Lot 293: So You Think x Faith’s Encore filly

Lot 717: Pierro x Rockzel colt

Lot 788: Snitzel x Shoot the Breeze filly

To view the full draft click here

Above: Lot 217 – I Am Invincible (AUS) / Deipara (AUS)

Their yearling numbers might be small at only five, but Musk Creek Farm’s Scott Williamson says the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale draft certainly packs a punch.

And – like all breeders – Williamson says they, too, dream of the day when they will produce a sale topper.

Will it be coming this January, who knows? Williamson says they will certainly be trying.

All the yearlings in the sale are from mares Musk Creek Farm has purchased during the past couple of years.

“We have rejuvenated the bloodstock we have had on the farm by purchasing quality broodmares. We are having a real red-hot crack at focusing on quality stock, buying the right types of mares to produce the right quality types of foals and yearlings,” Williamson said.

“We are trying to get our name up there and trying to get that sale topper that everyone dreams of getting – to be mixing it with the big boys.

“So that’s the aim and I think we certainly have a strong draft going to the Gold Coast that although small in number we think packs a punch on type and pedigree.

“We are delighted and extremely happy with the horses we’ve got and the draft as a whole.”

The first of Musk Creek Farm’s yearlings to go under the hammer is lot 53, a bay or brown filly with a lot of class about her, from imported American mare, Apologynotaccepted.

Apologynotaccepted (Fusaichi Pegasus x Withmom’sapproval) was sold for $500,000 by Coolmore at last year’s Inglis Chairman’s Sale, carrying the Medaglia d’Oro filly.

“She was a Graded Stakes-placed mare and a multiple winner as well,” Williamson said.

“She is also a half to a Stakes winner in the States.

“It’s her first foal and the only Medaglia d’Oro in the Magic Millions Sale, so she has that rarity factor and is a very good first foal. She has good strength and she has loved the prep, is correct, is a good size for a first foal and looks a precocious, early type.

“We are very happy with her and it’s going to be interesting to see the response to her being the only Medaglia d’Oro in the sale.”

“She has since had a Written Tycoon colt and is in foal to Snitzel,” he said.

“We think a lot of the mare. This is a really good first foal and there is a lot of quality that we have to back up.”

Williamson said there was no doubt the Medaglia d’Oro filly was outstanding. Musk Creek Farm were proud to be offering such a rare commodity on the market.

“It gives us a big pull, along with some of our other horses, towards our draft,” Williamson said.

“For a small boutique farm like us it’s great to have such quality horses to offer and by an international stallion of his calibre. He has produced colts, fillies and he gets both. I think there will be plenty of interest in her and I wouldn’t be surprised if she is an early two-year-old type.

Lot 217 is an I Am Invincible filly out of Deipara.

“It is the second foal out of a Lonhro daughter of Divine Madonna,” Williamson said.

“This filly is quality. She is stunning, is a great size, has strength and is just a really, really attractive strong filly. She has got a lot of presence and a great temperament. I have got a lot of time for this filly. She has got a lot of class.

“And obviously the stallion doesn’t need any pump up. He gets Stakes winners most weekends and his fillies are absolutely airborne.

“The stallion is doing an amazing job and this filly is just a real quality filly and has nice residual value as well as she is out of a daughter of Divine Madonna who was an outstanding race mare.

“She has got a lot going for her and I think she will be very well received.”

Lot 477 is a Sebring filly out of Leny’s Here.

“She is from the last crop of Sebring,” Williamson said.

“Again, a second foal from a daughter of a champion mare, Devil Moon (King Cugat x Classy Babe) who was a Group 1 winner.

“This Sebring filly was the one coming into the prep that I may have had some reservations about, as I didn’t know whether she’d be quite strong enough and furnished enough in time for the January sale.

“But she soon eased my mind. She has just flourished during the prep and is a lovely good sized, athletic filly. She has got a lot of class to her and is probably more a classic sort of filly. She looks like she’d be a lovely backend two-year-old or three-year-old type.

“She has got great legs, lovely attitude and an outstanding walk on her.

“Sebring was such a big loss for the industry. He seems to be in the results column every time you look. He doesn’t miss too many days having winners, so it will be interesting to see how they receive his final crop, but I’d be confident in this filly. She is a very attractive filly too and will catch a lot of people’s attention when she is out of the box.”

Lot 635 is the first of the two colts offered by Musk Creek Farm. The colt is by Spirit of Boom out of Personalised.

“He is a first foal out of a four-time winning Snitzel half-sister to Personal, who has obviously given the page a bit of a boost. It is already an impressive page but Personal obviously ticked off the Group 1 (VRC Oaks).

“He is a very, very forward well grown first foal. He doesn’t look anything like a first foal and is a very mature colt who has a great temperament.

“He is a striking and very impressive individual. Very well put together, clean limbed and has a great walk. Just a really, really top colt.

“This is obviously the crop for Spirit Of Boom off the back of his first runners. He has now got the higher quality mares. So this will be interesting to see the response at the sales to the yearlings from the better quality mares, the Stakes winning mares and the better-bred mares.

“Certainly from our perspective we are thrilled with what we’ve got out of that family and he is a lovely colt and we take him there knowing he is obviously from a good family and is cracking type that should be well received.”

Musk Creek Farm’s final yearling is Lot 977 in Book 2.

The colt is by Fighting Sun, another stallion lost to the Victorian breeding industry when he died in June this year, out of Leaps And Bounds.

“He has had a leading two-year-old this year in Gulf Of Suez with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace,” Williamson said.

“He looks very promising and won his last start by about six lengths.

“Fighting Sun obviously ran as an early two-year-old himself and he can get you a two-year-old and he can get you a three-year-old. He is out of a South Australian Oaks winner, Irish Darling. But this lad is out of a seven-time winning mare, a speed mare.

“He looks like he’d go early and he loves to move and is very athletic and probably on type he’d be an absolute shoo-in for Book 1.

“He is a quality individual and he is probably going to stand out in Book 2 on looks and we are very confident he will be well received.”

With lot 390 (So You Think x Imperial Express) withdrawn, Williamson said he was confident that perspective buyers will like what they see with all five yearlings.

Williamson also said this year Musk Creek Farm had 22 of its mares in foal.

“The yearlings we have this year is our smallest crop as we sold 18 mares and we were sort of replenishing our stock. It took a couple of years to get our numbers up,” he said.

“This is our low year but having said that it probably isn’t a bad year to have a smaller crop with COVID-19. But with the quality we’ve got, we think that makes up for the numbers.”

Williamson said it was vital not to lose the quality when Musk Creek Farm produces bigger numbers over the next couple of years.

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Above: Lot 334 – Frankel (GB) / Furnival (USA)

He was dubbed “Mitho’s Millions” after Rosemont Stud produced a stunning $1 million result at last year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

And the following day, Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen almost did it again when another colt from the stud’s draft went under the hammer for $975,000.

Both the colts are by I Am Invincible – the $1 million one is out Amanpour (Northern Meteor) and the “cheaper’’ one is out of Heavenly Sound (Street Cry).

So what are the chances of Rosemont getting another $1 million result with any of the 22 yearlings which will make their way up to Queensland in January?

Mithen describes a repeat as really hard.

“The market has changed, the world has changed since then and I wouldn’t be so bold as to be predicting that as I think we  just have to see how this dust settles,” he said.

“It’s not going to shock me if that happens. Last year there was a bit of white knuckle fever and I got a bit dizzy when we sold that first one for a million.

“I was even more shocked the next day when we got $975,000.”

Ironically both colts quinallaed a 900m trial at Canterbury on December 15.

The million dollar horse – Journalism (I Am Invincible x Amanpour) defeated the $975,000 horse – Ghostwriter (I Am Invincible x Heavenly Sound) –  by 1.3 lengths in the trial.

Journalism, trained by Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott, is unraced, while the Annabel Neasham trained Ghostwriter has had one start which he won over 1100m at Doomben in October.

Both colts are entered for the $2 million-dollar Magic Millions two-year-old classic (1200m) at the Gold Coast on January 16.

Mithen said it was amazing that the two colts which were great mates that grew up together, were prepped together, sold a day apart and both nearly made the magical $1 million figure, would bob up in the same trial.

 

The Rosemont team at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale in 2020 after the I Am Invincible x Amanpour went through the ring (Twitter)

The Rosemont Stud boss had been on something of a reconnaissance mission recently when he ventured to the Hunter Valley to check out the opposition on the studs where he inspected a “heap” of horses.

“You can get up there and enjoy the week rather than just pounding pavement for days on end,” he said of the sale.

“We can get busy selling them.”

As for the 22 horses Rosemont is sending to the Gold Coast, Mithen said he was really pleased with what the stud will offer and says he thinks it’s the deepest draft of horses he has taken to the sale.

“You’ve always got you few stars in your draft and if you’ve got a couple of stars you are going okay but I reckon we run really deep this year with a good few that people will be pretty happy to put in their stable and race in their colours,” Mithen said.

“I wouldn’t say we’ve got a sale topper but we are long on quality and are taking some really nice horses up there and I’m quite excited.”

Mithen said there are some really interesting horses among the draft, including a Frankel colt out of Street Cry mare, Furnival, a half-sister to the mother of Kementari.

“He is certainly one that people are going to say gee whiz it’s a fair old pedigree and by arguably the best stallion in the world right now,” he said.

“And he is a beautiful horse to match. We’ve been around and I think there are a handful of Frankel’s in the sale and we have seen a couple of them now and I’m proudly biased, but I will put my bloke alongside any of them and say he is the better horse.

“He is a lovely type that I think people will be pretty keen on.”

A Rosemont colt by I Am Invincible, as well as a filly by the super sire are examples of what Mithen says people are getting  used to when seeing the stallion’s progeny – they are good types.

“They are pretty all good types around the place and our two are no exception to that rule and they are beauties,” he said.

“We are a bit nervous about the Ygritte filly being the very last lot of Book 1 on Saturday night and I hope the buying bench hasn’t had too much to drink to stop them putting their hands up to buy.

“Anyway it’s a long day that Saturday and we have to make everyone wait to buy probably what is one of our star fillies.”

Another Rosemont yearling sure to attract some fierce bidding is a Redoute’s filly which is the half-sister to dual Group 1 winning mare Yankee Rose (All American x Condesaar).

“It makes her a bit of a rare jewel,” Mithen said.

“She is one of only 13 Redoute’s Choice fillies in the last crop before he passed on. She is rare in that form as well but she is a half-sister to Yankee Rose and the family of Isotope, a recent Stakes winner in Brisbane and then won the Listed Gold Edition Plate (1200m).

“She is a beautiful filly and a real collector’s item really for the owners and stud farms. It will be sad to part with her to be honest, but you have to balance the books and you have to be doing the right thing by the accountant and your racing desires.”

Mithen said Rosemont had a Starcraft filly out of Condesaar which they’ll commit to racing by selling the Redoute’s Choice filly.

“There is a bit of a silver lining there because we have a lovely filly by Starcraft out of the mare,” he said.

“We’ll muck around with the small fry and let the big-wigs race the Redoute’s Choice and that’s sort of how it works.”

Mithen is also proud of a Spirit of Boom filly out of Sugar Babe and a Deep Field colt out of Sarong.

He said a Hellbent filly out of Darcibelle (NZ) looks racy and forward and a real two-year-old type.

“We have a Pierro filly and a couple of Starspangledbanners which are nice,” Mithen said.

“There is a Starcaft (Book 2) in there which will appeal to the Asian trade market.

“We have a colt by Toronado (out of Sheen) and the stallion is going super. He is lovely colt who is a big leggy style of horse that looks like he’ll develop into probably more of a three-year-old type. He is a nice horse by the right stallion at the right time and timing is everything isn’t it?

“We are really proud and the team has done an unbelievable job and I think everyone is looking forward to getting off the farm and getting to a sale.

Rosemont has four yearlings in Book 2 –  colts by Capitalist, Starcraft and Starspangledbanner and a filly by Tarzino.

“The Tarzino filly is a ripper and was bred over in New Zealand and we brought her over in the middle of the year and were wondering the ifs and buts and maybes of COVID-19 and thought let’s get our yearlings home and work it out from here,” Mithen said.

“But she is a really forward, strong sort of filly for Book 2 and I reckon people will be thinking they’ll be seeing a bit of a time horse and late three-year-old but I reckon she will get up and run.”

He said the Starspangledbanner colt out of Shake That would seal the deal for someone at a lesser level and pointed out the Gold Coast sale was great because it catered for all budgets.

“You just can’t not go to the sale because you can find a nice horse at fifty grand and one a $1.5 million and everywhere in between and hopefully we’ve got a few at both ends of the spectrum,” he said.

Mithen said Victoria Derby winning trainer Denis Pagan was a visitor to Rosemont in recent weeks and took special interest in a Tavistock colt out of Fidgette.

With Pagan’s Derby winner, Johnny Get Angry, being by Tavistock, Mithen said he had the feeling that it was love at first sight when the North Melbourne premiership coach inspected the colt.

And Mithen predicts plenty of interest in his So You Think colt.

“The So You Think colt out of Blonde Mafia, that cross – So You Think over Redoute’s Choice mares, has produced, I think, four Group 1 winners and it’s a bit of a magic cross,” he said.

“He is a lovely big strong colt and more a three-year-old type. He is a lovely horse to the eye and is a half to Titan Blinders (All Too Hard) and is doing a good job for us on the track.”

Mithen said it would be exciting to get the band back together on the Gold Coast.

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Above: Lot 272 – Snitzel (AUS) / Eskimo Queen (NZ)

Three Bridges Thoroughbred’s will be taking a draft of seven to the Magic Millions sale including yearlings by many leading proven sires. Three Bridges Thoroughbred are not taking any yearlings to Sydney this year and are taking their premium early developing horses to the Magic Millions with some very nice horses going to Melbourne Premier. ‘We would hope to find buyers at Magic Millions who will be racing their horses next year. Our draft includes the hot sires in I am Invincible, Written Tycoon, Snitzel and one of the two Street Boss’ in the sale and Snitzel.’ remarked Peter Liston.

Lot 810 is the standout of the draft who has already created great excitement both at the farm inspections and by the team at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds according to Peter Liston.

‘We have an outstanding colt by I am Invincible out of a Pivotal mare, Solar Moon which goes back to the family of Dubai Millennium. He is just one of those very special horses, the way he moves, holds himself and his physique.’ This horse really seems to have the wow factor both on pedigree and physically and it will be exciting to see him through the ring. This colt’s full brother made $700,000 at the Sydney Easter Sale last year and is going to Hong Kong purchased by the Hong Kong Jockey Club. There is clearly something special about this family.’

Lot 272 has an exciting pedigree by a Dual Group 1 winning mare Eskimo Queen and prove very popular by the filly buyers given she already has so much residual without even stepping onto a racetrack. Eskimo Queen won both the (Queensland Oaks and Coolmore Classic) and her son, Dreamforce out of Fastnet Rock won the Group 1 George Ryder. ‘A Group 1 winning mare, breeding a Group 1 horse by a Group 1 stallion’ remarked Peter. Three Bridges Thoroughbreds own this mare alongside the Queensland based breeding syndicate, Boutique Bloodstock and they have been delighted with her preparation. Not many Group 1 Winners leave Group 1 Winners so we are very excited about her future.

Lot 37 is another highlight of the draft, I am Invincible by the Exceed and Excel mare, Alteza Real. This filly is closely related to the Stakes placed winner Garibaldi who had back-to-back wins on his last two outings. In addition, she also closely related to Power Scheme by Fiorente who was very impressive over the Spring winning on Caulfield Cup Day and Stakes Day. The mare Alteza Real also had a Group 3 winner by Lonhro in South Africa.

In addition, Three Bridges Thoroughbreds have another two lovely fillies going through the ring. Lot 289, Spirit of Boom x Fairchild who has produced three foals currently racing who have all won. Lot 598 is a lovely looking filly by Toronado x Nixon, with three foals currently racing has produced two winners, Stylish Missile and Catia.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds have nominated five out of the seven in their draft for the Super VOBIS and Peter Liston explains the extra benefit the scheme can offer for the sale ‘Super VOBIS is great bonus for anyone that buys a nominated horse especially for those wanting to race in Victoria. If buyers have two horses they like, and one is Super VOBIS nominated it is likely to give the extra advantage.’

Peter Liston is confident ahead of the sale following discussions amongst the industry ‘We are lucky that races have continued during this pandemic with many syndicators managing to sell their horses and trainers cleared their books and are very hopeful ahead of the sales. The sale companies are always doing the right thing to get buyers to the sales and I believe it will be a good market especially for Magic Millions.

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