Phenylbutazone relieves inflammation and pain in horses. While effective, the therapy comes at a high price, as long-term phenylbutazone use can cause glandular gastric ulcers. To offset the risk of ulcers, veterinarians frequently recommend that phenylbutazone and omeprazole, a well-known acid suppressant, be given concurrently, though the safety and efficacy of this practice has not been documented.

To evaluate the effect of omeprazole on phenylbutazone-induced equine glandular gastric disease (EGGD) and equine squamous gastric disease (ESGD), 22 horses with ulcers scores of 2 or less took part in a study at Louisiana State University.* In this study, an ulcer score of 0 indicated intact epithelium with no appearance of hyperkeratosis (squamous) or hyperemia (glandular); a score of 1 signified intact mucosa but areas of hyperkeratosis (squamous) or hyperemia (glandular); and a score of 2 denoted small single or multifocal superficial lesions.+

The horses were placed in one of three treatment groups for up to 14 days: phenylbutazone (4.4 mg/kg orally every 12 hours); phenylbutazone and omeprazole (4 mg/kg orally every 24 hours); or placebo. To track ulcers, gastroscopy was performed once a week. Complete blood counts and biochemistry were done before the study and at the end of the study.

The researchers found that omeprazole given concurrently with phenylbutazone protected horses from EGGD, likely due to an increase in gastric fluid pH, compared to phenylbutazone alone.

A complication of the coprescription of the two drugs arose, however. Increased incidence of intestinal problems occurred, specifically colic, impaction, diarrhea, and enterocolitis. Researchers theorized complications may have been due to microbiome disturbance, changes in intestinal motility, and intestinal inflammation.

The researchers pointed out that while the dose of phenylbutazone used in the study would be considered high, it is not outside the realm of clinical practice.

Caution should be exercised when coprescribing nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAIDs), like phenylbutazone, and omeprazole in horses, particularly in association with changes in management, summarized the researchers.

“Phenylbutazone, or bute, and other NSAIDs are here to stay for the foreseeable future, as they are well-established medications for certain ails,” said Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutrition advisor at Kentucky Equine Research. “A study in 2019, for example, found that bute was the NSAID most often prescribed for orthopedic pain. With this in mind, the question then becomes how best to protect the gastrointestinal tract when bute must be used.”

Veterinarians reach for omeprazole to heal ulcers, but there are other ways to help protect the stomach, not just in times of high susceptibility but every day. “Choosing a high-quality digestive supplement can help both the gastric and hindgut environments remain healthy when NSAIDs must be used,” Whitehouse said.

*Ricord, M., F.M. Andrews, F.J. Yñiguez, M. Keowen, F. Garza, Jr., L. Paul, A. Chapman, and H.E. Banse. 2021. Impact of concurrent treatment with omeprazole on phenylbutazone-induced equine gastric ulcer syndrome (EGUS). Equine Veterinary Journal 53:356-363.

+Sykes. B.W., and J.M. Jokisalo. 2014. Rethinking equine gastric ulcer syndrome: Part 1 – Terminology, clinical signs and diagnosis. Equine Veterinary Education 26(10)543-547.

°Duz, M., J.F. Marshall, and T.D. Parkin. 2019. Proportion of nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drug prescription in equine practice. Equine Veterinary Journal 51:147-153.

Above: Anamoe

The remaining autumn plans for Godolphin duo Anamoe (Street Boss {USA}) and Ingratiating (Frosted {USA}) will be determined on Monday after they filled the placings behind Stay Inside (Extreme Choice) in Saturday’s G1 Golden Slipper S.

James Cummings told Racenet that he felt the pair had the G1 Inglis Sires’ ‘written all over them’ after their powerful late finish to capture the placings in the Rosehill feature.

“I think Anamoe’s effort was nothing short of exceptional,” Cummings said. “From where he was forced to get to from his extreme wide barrier, I thought Rachel (King) delivered perfectly on the plan and her execution was good enough to beat all bar one other horse.

“Proud of his effort and the other colt was very, very game late to finish third. Cummings said his team would meet on Monday to discuss if the stable would push on with the star colts who have already had a busy 2-year-old season.

“They are both nominated and we will wait and see how they pull up but you would have to imagine they have Sires’ Produce written all over them, particularly the second horse,” Cummings said.

“I am also conscious they don’t have to run if we don’t want to so we will talk about it on Monday.”

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Above: Starry Legend after winning the Apiam Animal Health VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo Racecourse  (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Exciting two-year-old Starry Legend was headed to the paddock after remaining unbeaten from his two starts with another exciting victory in the VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) at Bendigo on Saturday.

But after realising that the Victorian bred colt is eligible for the $1 million The Showdown (1200m) at Caulfield on April 17, Caulfield trainer John Sadler said Starry Legend’s spell in the paddock will now be a short one.

Starry Legend, a $500,000 purchase by Sadler for Hong Kong based Boniface Ho at last year’s Gold Coast Yearling Sale, has shown in his two starts he is something special.

The colt was sired by Zoustar when he stood at Victoria’s Woodside Park Stud at Tylden. The Showdown is exclusive to the two-year-old progeny of VOBIS Sires-nominated stallions and offers a first prize of $500,000.

Woodside Park’s Will Rowsthorn said it was pleasing that the colt had been sired by Zoustar when he stood at the stud. The colt’s dam is Savsenga (Reset x Westphalia).

Going into Saturday’s race after his first win at Sandown, also over 1000m in February when he cruised to a 3.8 length victory, Sadler was confident of the colt remaining unbeaten but said it would give a good indication of how good he is – and he wasn’t disappointed.

“He is a really nice horse,” he said.

“We were actually going to tip him out, and he has gone out for a few days just to have a freshen-up, but we didn’t realise he was eligible for The Showdown.

“We are going to run him in that before he goes out to have a reasonable break.”

Sadler said The Showdown would be a really good race for Starry Legend but believes the 1200m of the race at this stage of the horse’s career is a slight query.

“And I would have sort have looked at the horse and thought he’d had enough for the time being, but we have got three weeks to get him ready for it,” he said.

“A week of that three weeks he can just go out in the paddock during the day. Hopefully we can get him through.”

Sadler said that when he looks back at the sale, the colt at half a million dollars wasn’t one of the most expensive yearlings sold.

“He was nowhere near it,” he said.

“I remember when we bought him for a half a million that there was no big deal or song or dance about him as he was just another one of the middle range horses sold.

“They go for big money and they are even dearer now. It’s crazy at the moment and there are a lot of wealthy people, I think, who have got a lot of money to spend.”

Sadler said he specifically bought the colt for Ho after selecting and recommending that he be bought.

He said he liked the colt on type.

“He was a beautiful package and he hasn’t changed and is a very nice horse,” Sadler said.

“Not a big horse, but a very neat horse.

“He is quick, I can tell you that.”

Starry Legend hasn’t been without his dramas and required surgery for colic while recovering from a leg injury before he raced.

And with his owner Ho holding a slot in the The Everest – the race he won last year with Classique Legend which is now racing in Hong Kong – the $15 million race is also an option for Starry Legend if he continues to develop.

And with Sadler having several horses for Ho, he is aware that they could be plucked from his stables and despatched to Hong Kong.

And he believes if Starry Legend is a Group 3 horse he could be shipped off to Hong Kong, but if he up to Group 1 level, he could stick around in Australia to contest The Everest or the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m).

And jockey Michael Dee is also confident of bigger things in store for Starry Legend but admitted he didn’t know how the colt would finish the race after quickly claiming the lead so early and quickly.

“He’s learnt a lot from his first start but today, he just wanted to overdo it early and for how quick he goes early, he does an amazing job to keep running that strong to the line,” Dee said.

“He’s a very smart horse and on the way up. Hopefully, he can learn to relax a bit better than he showed then but he’s certainly on the way up for sure.

“What he’s showing now is pretty much raw ability and every time he steps out in track work and gallops, he’s still learning.

“There’s still plenty of upside in him.”

“He probably does it a bit too effortlessly early which causes him to cruise at the top of the straight and that made him look weakened up at the finish.

“But when he harnesses his energy he’s going to be a very good horse.”

Just how good, is the question.

Above: Liqueuro after winning the Smartline Bendigo St Leger Trial at Bendigo Racecourse. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Cranbourne trainer Cindy Alderson has always been a big advocate of Sun Stud stallion Fiorente and has trained four by the Melbourne Cup winning stallion

Three of the four have won races, but Alderson rates emerging three-year-old Liqueuro as by far the best of them as he continues to add to his impressive strike rate with three wins from four starts.

The gelding’s most significant win was in last Saturday’s $135,000 St Ledger Trial (2200m) at Bendigo’s city meeting.

Out of Galileo mare Little Darring, Liqueuro ($6) was well ridden by Jye McNeil.

“He got a little bit keen on me at about the mile mark when one rushed forward around me,” McNeil said after Liqueuro’s victory.

“I was a little bit worried at that stage but he ended up coming back underneath me and really turned it into a staying contest from the 600-metre mark. He seems a nice stayer on the up.

“I think there’s still improvement there with the quick step up in distance so there’ll be no problems getting further in the future as he gets fitter and more seasoned.”

The victory has given Alderson confidence that the gelding is on target for his next start in the $150,000 Listed Galileo Series Final (2400m) at Caulfield on April 10 as the lead-up to the $200,000 Listed VRC Leger at Flemington on April 25 or the South Australian Derby (2500m) on May 8.

Alderson concedes that Caulfield won’t be the right track for Liqueuro as he is a big track horse.

“I have always been keen on the stallion,” Alderson said of Fiorente

“I like them and just think they need time.”

Alderson said that while Liqueuro doesn’t have a lot of speed, he is “very solid as a stayer.”

“Even on Saturday he was there to be beaten because he went away along from home and went from 1600m up to 2200m and was still strong on the line and still going,” she said.

“Obviously he will go to the final and then he either goes to the St Leger or SA Derby – or both. There is a plan in place but if he shows he has had enough or is not able to do it, he won’t be going because he is a nice horse to look forward to.

“I still believe he is probably six to eight months away from being  anywhere near his best as he is quite young and immature as this is his first racing preparation.

“Physically he has got some more furnishing to do.”

The other three by Fiorente who Alderson has trained are Infallybelle, Dargo, and Sianna Star.

“Sianna Star was the best looking one and the one I paid the most money for and it was funny because I was tossing up between her and (Group 2 winning) Stars of Carrum, believe it or not,” she said.

“I bought her because I always wanted to be competitive in the staying three-year-old races and I was looking for a filly, so I went against him and went for her.”

Both Stars of Carrum and Sianna Star sold for $75,000 at the 2017 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Liqueuro was bred by South Australian developer Dalibrov Drazetic who offered the then colt at the 2019 Adelaide Yearling Sale, but was passed in for just under the $30,000 reserve and later syndicated by former Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing.

The horse was transferred to Alderson when Racing Victoria refused to re-licence Laing.

Drazetic retained a share in the horse with prominent South Australian breeder Ralph Satchell, while the other owners are Victorians.

“I am still pinching myself to be quite frank,” Drazetic said.

“I bred him. I had four broodmares and I’m down to two now.”

Drazetic, who is yet to see Liqueuro race live, also bred and part owns Oh Mo (Uncle Mo x Lady Orio) which won the last race on the Morphettville card on Saturday.

“It’s been my best day thus far,” he said.

“From a small handful of mares, I have probably bred half a dozen winners.

“It’s funny but that horse (Liqueuro) had a full sister which I bred and she that couldn’t get out of her own way.  It’s a very hard game and it makes you think about spending money on wiser things.”

Drazetic said he’d always liked Fiorente as a stallion and says he was fortunate enough to have backed him when he won the 2013 Melbourne Cup.

He said a guy who was managing his mares had an association with Sun Stud and he’d used Magnus a few times.

“And with this Galileo mare (Little Darring), I thought why not and it would be a genuine type of European pedigree to breed and why couldn’t you breed a stayer in Australia based on the same principles as in Europe,” Drazetic said.

“And with this horse, I’d say the further the better.”

Dalibrov bought Little Darring as a weanling and she was retired after one start and then went to the breeding barn where she had foals to Devaraja and King of Danes before having a filly, Kalliste, by Fiorente, which had two minor placings from five starts. Liqueuro was the mare’s last foal.

“She had a couple earlier on that showed a bit of promise but one bowed a tendon and one had a paddock accident, so she showed something with lesser sires,” he said.

“I’m pretty fortunate with the small group of mares I’ve had that I bought as weanlings and yearlings and have had something out of them 10 years later.”

While Dalibrov will make it to Victoria if Liqueuro runs in the St Leger, he said it’s more than just a thrill to breed and race winners.

“It’s a relief,” he laughed.

Above: Eduardo winning The Galaxy at Rosehill

From humble beginnings and a later than normal start to racing, the modestly bred Eduardo bought up his first Group 1 victory in last Saturday’s The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill.

The gelding has now won $1.7 million in prize money after going in the race on the back of a record breaking victory over Nature Strip in the Group 2 Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick.

Eduardo was sired by former Swettenham Stud stallion Host (CHI) which later stood at South Australian Ralph Satchell’s Willow Grove Stud.

The seven-year-old gelding wasn’t broken in until he was three and started his career with Cranbourne trainer Sarah Zschoke who had Group 2 success with the horse, which was sold to a syndicate of new owners, including trainer Joe Pride last year.

The original owners and breeders of the champion sprinter, Victorians Jane Kaufmann and Nick Cresci, retained shares in the horse which finished down the track in last year’s The Everest (1200m).

Cresci and Kauffman went halves in Fantastic Light (USA) broodmare, Blushing which was in foal to Domesday, when they paid $4000 for her at the 2010 Melbourne March Thoroughbred Sale.

“She was cheap,” Cresci said.

“There are no complaints now.”

After they raced the Domesday colt, My Angus, they sent Blushing to Keffelstein (Redoute’s Choice x Gliding Easy) which produced a filly, Watch Me Blush that had one win and two seconds from eight starts.

The mare was not served in 2011 but the next year was sent to Host at Swettenham Stud. It was her last foal as she unfortunately died from a snake bike.

“She had three foals and they all raced and they all won,” Cresci said.

“But I have got the daughter Watch Me Blush and she was pretty good but was just a big girl and we had leg problems with her but she had eight starts and won her first race in track record time at Pakenham over 1000m.

“And then she had another six or seven starts. But she always had problems because she was such a big girl.

“Watch Me Blush has got a rising two-year-old by Rock Hero and is in foal at the moment to IIovethiscity. We are just getting the Rock Hero colt broken in and hopefully he’ll head up to Sydney to Joe Pride and we’ll see if he has got anything up there.”

While there has been a lot of talk about Eduardo’s late start to his career, Cresci said he wasn’t old for a four-year-old to be starting off his racing career.

“We broke him in as a three-year-old,” he said.

“But Jane and I had another one or two horses in work at the time and you can’t put them all in and he stayed in the paddock until he was three or three and half and we broke him in. He went shin sore and we raced him as a four-year-old when he had two starts and won both of them at Moe and Sandown.

“We can only run a couple at a time and that’s the only reason why he didn’t race until he was a four-year-old.”

Cresci said Eduardo had gone to another level since joining Pride’s stables and is now a Group 1 winner.

And he said there was no particular reason why they sent Blushing to Host.

“I sent two mares to Host and two to Kaphero at Swettenham,” Cresci said.

“And he was the only one that turned out to be any good.”

Cresci said they had an offer to sell the horse last year and a price was agreed upon and he kept “a fair share of him” and Kauffman also retained a share.

“Then they formed a syndicate and up he went to Sydney,” he said.

“It’s worked out fantastic.”

Cresci said that while another crack at The Everest had been mentioned by Pride, Eduardo’s next assignment would be the Group 1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on April 3.

“They thought they could improve him in Sydney and they have,” he said.

“He broke a track record in The Challenge Stakes (1000m) at Randwick two weeks ago when he beat Nature Strip.

“So with Joe he has had won two Group 2’s and a Group 1 and ran second to Classique Legend, so he has been really honest and good.”

Cresci said with Watch Me Blush being a half-sister to Eduardo, hopefully she’d be able to carry-on her dam’s breeding ability.

“Her mum threw out three, including Eduardo, and they all won,” he said.

Pride believes that Eduardo will only get better and could deserve another crack at The Everest.

“He hasn’t hit his top yet,” Pride said in his postrace interview.

“Terravista is the best horse I’ve ever trained and his acceleration was absolutely amazing and this horse is probably second at this stage, but he might get there.”

Eduardo, ridden by Nash Rawiller, quickly went to the lead and the race was over when the gelding shot clear at the top of the straight which made it an easy watch for Pride.

“I brought him here and wondered what could go wrong with the variables of the weight, and Nash said he would find the fence and take care of it and he did what he needed to do,” Pride said.

“He’s a very good horse and made a statement today, and was not taken up by all but it was an amazing win. There’s better (races) ahead of him and he’ll go on to the G1 TJ Smith S. for sure.”

Eduardo finished third in the 2019 Group 1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m), beaten less than a length.

Above: A class above – Translation breaks her maiden in style (image (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Darley stallion Frosted (USA) took another step closer to claiming the leading first season for number of winners sire when his daughter Translation thumped her opponents by upwards of three and a half lengths over 1000m at Cranbourne on Friday.

Ridden by Jamie Kah for trainer James Cummings, Translation led at every call to defeat the Brazen Beau filly Identical who was one and a quarter lengths clear of third-placed Cable Bay (IRE) filly Fore.

It was the third start for Translation, who made her career debut when second at Sandown in December before finishing fifth over 1000m at Flemington on New Year’s Day.

Kah said she had a high opinion of the filly.

I’ve liked her since I had a sit in a trial. Although she did not do much, I thought she had a lot left,’ Kah told

“She is very speedy. All the Frosted’s I have ridden have been speedy.

“She has a bright future; she still does a few things wrong. She wants to get her head up a bit, but she could not do more than she did tonight.”

Translation is the third winner from four to race out of the stakes-winning Lonhro mare Quidnunc.

The winner of five and placed in eight of her 30 starts with earnings of over $305,000, Quidnunc was sold at the Inglis 2020 July (Early) Online Sale for $12,000 when carrying a filly by Hallowed Crown and visited the Twin Hills Stud stallion again last year.

Ahead of a big day with his son Intriguing a genuine chance in the $3,500,000 Golden Slipper, Frosted (USA) takes his winner’s tally to five, joining Flying Artie and Sooboog and one behind the front-runner Capitalist.

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Above: Flying Missile breaks her maiden in style (image Wester Racepix)

The Neville Parnham-trained filly Flying Missile earned a shot at the Group II Karrakatta Plate following a dominant performance over 1100 metres at Ascot on Wednesday to become the second Australian winner for Cable Bay (IRE).

Sent off an odds-on favourite after placing at her first three starts, Flying Missile defeated Plemont (Rommel) by three lengths with a short-head back to Rising Commodity (Super One) in third.

It was a real family affair as Smart Missile is owned by Neville and Carolyn Parnham and ridden by son Chris Parnham.

“I was very confident she would win,” Neville Parnham said.

“She will go straight to the Karrakatta now, and she will make her presence felt.

“I think she is the best (of our two-year-olds). She is very speedy, has a real will to win and doesn’t give up. That will stand her in great stead.

“The way the Karrakatta is shaping it looks like the barriers are going to be very important.

“If she draws a barrier, I’m sure she will be in it for a long way. I’m not worried about the 1200m. While she is speedy, she will run it right out. I’m confident of that.”

Flying Missile is the second foal and first runner for the Parnhams former smart racemare Magnus Missile.

Purchased at the 2012 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale for a mere $6,000, the daughter of Magnus won five and placed in three of her nine starts while banking $109,500.

Her first foal, the unraced 4yo Zoustar gelding Missile, made $200,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale.

Magnus Missile has a yearling colt by Rich Enuff and a weanling filly by Lean Mean Machine. She was covered by Playing God last spring.

Woodside Park Stud’s shuttler Cable Bay (IRE) was represented by two runners on the day.

The second was the Robert Hickmott-trained Charity Spirit, who made an impressive career debut when second behind the Sebring filly Biscayne Bay over 1300m at Sandown-Lakeside.

Coincidently, Charity Spirit is also out of a daughter of Magnus.

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Group 1 winner Yulong Prince is retiring (Breednet)

Yulong Stud are proud to announce that dual international Group 1 winner, Yulong Prince, will stand at their stud in Nagambie this coming season.

One of the best horses of his generation in South Africa winning six of 11 starts including the G1 Daily News 2000, Yulong Prince was relocated to Australia in 2019.

His victory in the G1 Kennedy Cantala Stakes during Melbourne Cup Week was very special as the first Australian Group 1 for Yulong owner Mr Yuesheng Zhang.

“Given he gave Mr Zhang his first Australian Group 1 success, it is only fitting, and very exciting, that Yulong Prince joins the stallion roster here at Yulong,” said Yulong Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray.

“Not only has the horse had great racetrack success in his early years, but he has also trained on as an older horse,” said Fairgray. “Seven of his eight placings have been in black-type company.

“We will be offering a limited number of breeding rights in the stallion, set up in a generous structure for those willing to support the horse in his first years at stud.”

Master trainer Chris Waller was glowing in his endorsement of Yulong Prince, not only as a racehorse but as a future stallion.

“Yulong Prince was a very impressive horse on two fronts,” said Chris. “Firstly, his ability to compete at a high level overseas and then come to Australia and adapt to our conditions of training and racing, once again at the highest level; a great feat not comparable by many.

“Secondly, he was a very good-looking horse with a good attitude, and obviously sound and well performed.”

Bred by South Africa’s internationally renowned Varsfontein Stud, Yulong Prince is one of 20 stakes winners by the Australian-bred son of More Than Ready (USA) Gimmethegreenlight.

A top-quality sprinter-miler, Gimmethegreenlight won six races from 1000m to 1600m. As a 2-year-old, he won his first four starts then became the first 3-year-old in 42 years to win the Gr1 Queen’s Plate.

Above: Australian bred Gimmethegreenlight is a leading sire in South Africa.

He was crowned 2016 Champion Freshman Sire in South Africa and in 2017 was the Leading Second Crop Sire, the 2018 Leading Active Sire of 3-year-olds and the 2019 Leading Active Sire by Stakes Winners.

Gimmethegreenlight’s two-time winning dam, Yes She Can Cancan (AUS) (Canny Lad), has also produced G1 Coolmore Stakes winner OfcourseIcan (Mossman). This is the same family as influential sires Kris and Diesis, successful South African sire and G1 Gran Criterium winner Count Dubois, and Irish 2000 Guineas hero Indian Haven.

“There is a lot to like in regard to Yulong Prince’s pedigree and it has a strong Australian flavour,” said Troy Stephens, Nominations and Sales Manager. “Our yearling sales are now so focused around type and being such a good-looking horse, we really think breeders are going to warm to him.”


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Above: Into Mischief (USA) | Standing at Spendthrift Farm America

Trying to keep the lid on the expectations of an early market Kentucky Derby fancy is not an easy thing at this time of year, but China Horse Club’s Chief Operating Officer Michael Wallace is happy to keep a low profile with Life Is Good (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}) as he heads towards next month’s G1 Santa Anita Derby.

China Horse Club know what it’s like to have a high-profile build-up to the famous ‘Run for the Roses’, which this year will be held on May 1. Three years ago, Justify (USA), which it co-owned with Head of Plains Partners LLC, Starlight Racing and WinStar Farm, emerged through the G1 Santa Anita Derby to become the leading contender for the Kentucky Derby.

The son of Scat Daddy (USA) duly saluted at Churchill Downs before going on to claim the G1 Preakness S. and then complete the Triple Crown when winning the G1 Belmont S. in China Horse Club’s red and yellow colours.

The comparisons between Justify and Life Is Good are somewhat inevitable, given the Into Mischief (USA) colt is also trained by Bob Baffert and has been ridden in his three starts by the man who had such a strong connection with the Triple Crown winner in Mike Smith, who has described him as ‘very, very talented’.

Another Into Mischief colt trained by Baffert, Authentic (USA), managed to demolish his rivals in the Kentucky Derby in 2020.

Wallace, currently in the United States, was trackside to watch Life Is Good win the G2 San Felipe S. by 8l at Santa Anita earlier this month and while keeping expectations in check, is clearly excited by what he has seen.

“It’s the time of year when you are sorting out the wheat from the chaff a little bit and it was great to see him put in a performance like that. There’s a long way to go, but you’d rather see that than not,” he told TDN AusNZ.

“Everybody knows that the targets for him are a little bit later on and there’s no-one better to have involved than Bob to get them ready for those days. What we are seeing is a progression to those type of races, as Bob is such a genius at doing.”

China Horse Club has been very active pursuing quality talent from the American yearling market in recent years and it was at the 2019 Keeneland September Yearling Sale that it came together with Maverick Racing, WinStar Farm’s racing arm, to spend US$525,000 (AU$678,740) for a colt by Into Mischief consigned by Paramount Sales.

Bred by Gary and Mary West, Life Is Good is a half-brother to the three-time winner Approved (USA) (Awesome Again {USA}), out of Beach Walk (USA) (Distorted Humor {USA}), a daughter of stakes-winning mare Bonnie Blue Flag (USA) (Mineshaft {USA}). Bonnie Blue Flag is a half-sister to Diamondrella (USA) (Rock Of Gibraltar {Ire}), who along with being a Grade 1 winner is also the dam of a horse Australians will know well in Spectroscope (USA) (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}), who was a Group 3 winner for Godolphin.

From powerful yearling to Derby contender

Life Is Good left an impression on Wallace as a yearling and has continued to impress every time he has seen him.

“He was always a very physical and powerful horse. He always had that great balance. He looked like a fast horse, a speedier horse, so that’s what he’s showing now, that he’s very, very fast,” he said.

“We just need to see if he can stretch out to that distance (10 furlongs), but he was a beautiful model and he’s continued into that now. He’s a magnificent specimen.”

“We just need to see if he can stretch out to that distance (10 furlongs), but he was a beautiful model and he’s continued into that now. He’s a magnificent specimen.” – Michael Wallace

But experience has taught Wallace not to get too far ahead of himself and he is keen to let Life Is Good do the talking on the racetrack, with his next assignment on April 3.

“We set out a plan a couple of years ago to go and buy yearlings to try and get horses like this. It’s a hard thing to do, and we are lucky enough to have a horse that at this early stage is putting himself in contention to go to the big days,” he said.

“We all know that it’s a day-to-day and week-to-week proposition, so you hold your breath, cross your fingers and hope for the best.”

More Mischief likely

Pre-post markets currently have Life Is Good as second favourite at US$4.50 for the Kentucky Derby, and he would be bidding to become the second son of Spendthrift Farm’s Into Mischief to win the race in as many years after Authentic.

Into Mischief’s remarkable record in the United States just continues to grow, both on the racetrack, where he had two Breeders’ Cup champions in 2020 in Authentic and Gamine (USA) and in the sales ring he had five seven-figure yearlings in the US.

Wallace sees that influence only growing on a global scale, and while his bloodlines haven’t reached Australia in a significant way yet, there is every chance the likes of Authentic and others could be headed this way in the near future to make a major impact.

“We are getting a few more farms which have those cross-over stallion portfolios. No doubt Into Mischief is going to continue to play a leading part in the American scene here in the next short while,” Wallace said.

“We’ll see a number of colts come out in the coming years that will head down to Australia. He’s a horse that throws a lot of speed into his progeny, so obviously that’s very suitable for Australia.”

“He’s (Into Mischief) a horse that throws a lot of speed into his progeny, so obviously that’s very suitable for there in Australia.” – Michael Wallace

Wallace also sees the appeal that the Into Mischief genetics would have to commercial breeders in Australia, who are becoming more and more aware of the opportunities on offer from these American bloodlines.

“I think genetically and physically, they will cross with the Australian broodmare band really well. You have that bit of colonial speed there and with what he can provide, it could work for sure,” he said.

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Above: Need I Say More adds to his sparkling race record with victory in the Gr.2 Fusion Electrical Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham Photo Credit: Race Images – Peter Rubery

No three-year-old in New Zealand this season has enjoyed as much black-type success as the prolific Australian bred winner Need I Say More, who was bred and sold as a weanling by highly successful Victorian nursery Burnewang North.

He added Saturday’s Gr.2 Fusion Electrical Wellington Guineas (1400m) at Trentham to his near-faultless formline.

The winner of the Gr.3 Waikato Stud Slipper (1200m) as a juvenile, the classy chestnut has added this season’s Gr.3 Northland Breeders’ Stakes (1200m), Gr.2 Sarten Memorial (1400m), Gr.3 Almanzor Trophy (1200m), Listed Mufhasa Stakes (1300m) and now Saturday’s $100,000 feature.

The only defeats in the gelding’s nine-start career have been a close fourth after a taxing wide run in the Gr.2 Hawke’s Bay Guineas (1400m), and a sixth over a distance just beyond his reach in the Gr.1 New Zealand 2000 Guineas (1600m).

Saturday’s Guineas attracted a quality field of three-year-olds, and Need I Say More was overshadowed in the betting market by his talented stablemate Brando, who was the $2.90 favourite with a more favourable draw and star jockey Opie Bosson in the saddle.

But a wide gate of 11 was quickly overcome by Need I Say More’s jockey Johnathan Parkes, who drove him forward in the early stages to sit outside the front-running Hold The Press as the field rounded the first turn.

Need I Say More soon settled into a smooth rhythm as the pace came out of the race coming down the side of the track, and when Parkes pushed the button in the home straight, Need I Say More bounded to the front.

Hold The Press fought back gallantly on his inside, while last-start Gr.1 Levin Classic (1600m) winner Bonham stormed home out wide on the track, but Need I Say More scooted clear and scored an emphatic victory by a length and a half.

“It was a bit tricky early in the race – drawn 11, and they made him work a bit to get across,” Parkes said. “But once he was able to get across, the pace slackened off as we turned into the bend, which was good.

“I knew I had a handful of horse coming into the straight, and he’s really found the line well. He’s a horse that just wants to win. He’s had nine starts now for seven wins. He’s a super horse, and he has a very bright future ahead of him.”

Initially passed in when offered by Kilgravin Lodge in Book 1 at Karaka in 2019, Need I Say More was later bought for $130,000 by Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis. He was sourced in Australia as a weanling, bought for $65,000 by Kilgravin Lodge from the Burnewang North draft at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

The best Southern Hemisphere bred offspring of shuttle sire No Nay Never (USA), he is from Fastnet Rock mare Bo Bardi, a daughter of US stakes-winner Our Golden Dream.

Now the winner of seven of his nine starts, he has banked more than $280,000 in stakes.

“He had to do a lot of work today, but he’s a winner, no doubt about that,” trainer Jamie Richards said. “Parkesy gets on well with him, and I can’t fault the horse at all. He’s going really well.

“He was a little bit light and immature when he made the trip down to Christchurch in the spring, but with a good break at Te Akau Stud and a heap of feed, he’s come back and had a great late summer and autumn for a really good group of owners.

“I don’t think he needs to do a lot more this season. The horse probably deserves a nice break, and then we’ll get him ready for next year.”

Richards was also pleased with the strong-finishing third placing by Cornflower Blue, who had previously placed in the Gr.1 New Zealand 1000 Guineas (1600m) and resumed with a third in the Mufhasa Stakes earlier this month.

“She’s going well,” Richards said. “She’s probably looking for a little bit further, but the plan was always to run her over 1300 and 1400 before looking at a mile third up.”

Group One performer Brando, in his first start back from a disappointing unplaced finish in the Gr.3 CS Hayes Stakes (1400m) in Melbourne, finished seventh.

“He was a little bit disappointing on face value,” Richards said. “He might need a break. The trip to Australia may have taken a bit more out of him than we originally thought.” – NZ Racing Desk.

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Above: Deep Impact’s multiple G1 winner Fierce Impact has been retired to stud.

Trainer Matthew Smith has announced the retirement of Fierce Impact, three-time Group 1 winner and Australia’s Joint Champion Miler 2019/20.

“He’s been an absolute star for us, it will be sad to see him leave the stable but we’re safe in the knowledge that he retires perfectly sound and well and that he has a very bright future at stud ahead of him,” said Smith.

“It has become clear in the last fortnight that his mind is on other things, which is great for his future as a stallion but not so much as a racehorse. The potential for very wet tracks in Sydney during The Championships was another factor because he’s definitely at his best on top of the ground.”

Victoria’s Leneva Park have recently bought a significant stake of Fierce Impact and syndicated him for stud duties and are now eagerly awaiting the arrival of their new blue-blooded stallion at their Seymour property.

“It would have been great to see him on the track for a couple more runs but to be honest, we are still on cloud nine having secured a horse of his quality, we can’t wait to welcome him home to Leneva Park,” said General Manager Mick Sharkie.

“Victorian breeders will have access to a racehorse that counts as one of Deep Impact’s top five all time performers. Fierce Impact won at two and trained on to win three Group 1 mile races, he was super tough, classy and is everything the Aussie market demands.

“Our thanks go out to Matt Smith and his team for doing such a marvellous job with the horse on the track, now we will guide the next stage of his life. We expect that the last few shares in the horse will be snapped up once breeders can lay eyes on him themselves – he’s a great type of horse.”

Fierce Impact’s 2021 fee will be announced in coming weeks.

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Above: Travel Column winning the G2 TwinSpires Fair Grounds Oaks

Frosted’s (USA) Travel Column (USA) added a second Grade 2 win to her resume on Saturday when romping home in the G2 TwinSpires Fair Grounds Oaks. Racing over 1700 metres, Travel Column broke strongly from the widest barrier and immediately angled toward the fence where she positioned herself in second. As they swung into the stretch, Travel Column stuck her head in front and she pulled away from there to win by 2.75l with rival Clairiere (USA) (Curlin {USA}) finishing second after beating her last out.

A leading G1 Kentucky Oaks contender for Frosted, Travel Column was an US$850,000 (AU$1.098 million) yearling purchase by Larry Best’s OXO Equine. Grade 1-placed at two as well, she is a half-sister to multiple Grade 1-placed Neolithic (USA) (Harlan’s Holiday {USA}) with Australian Group 3 winner Duca Valentinois (Ire) (Holy Roman Emperor {Ire}) also in the family.

Also the sire of G1 Golden Slipper entrant Ingratiating, Darley’s Frosted is the sire of eight stakes horses with three coming from his first Australian crop.

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Above: El Dorado Dreaming (white cap)

The G1 ATC Sires’ Produce S. winner El Dorado Dreaming (Ilovethiscity) is among the latest high-profile entries in the Inglis Chairman’s Sale.

The latest intake also includes Group 1 producer Scarletini (Bernardini {USA}), Group winners Sweet Deal (Casino Prince) and Savanna Amour (Love Conquers All), who is in foal to Fastnet RockMeuse (Snitzel), who is in foal to Dundeel (NZ) as well as siblings to Group 1-winning sprinters Sunlight (Zoustar) and Forbidden Love (All Too Hard).

The catalogue will also include mares in foal to leading sires I Am Invincible, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon and Zoustar, as well as a rare Southern Hemisphere-time pregnancy to young sire Night Of Thunder (Ire).

Other confirmed entries including the dam of star $1 million earner Aim (Star Witness), speedy mare From Within (Not A Single Doubt), G2 Fillies’ Classic winner La Falaise (Canford Cliffs {Ire}), multiple Group winner Pinmedown (NZ) (Pins) and G3 Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) winner A Beautiful Night (Night Of Thunder {Ire}).

“We have worked hard to collate what we believe is a world-class catalogue of fillies and mares. We are extremely humbled that so many breeders, trainers and owners have entrusted Inglis to sell their best stock,” Inglis’ Bloodstock Consultant, Harry Bailey, said.

“We have worked hard to collate what we believe is a world-class catalogue of fillies and mares.” – Harry Bailey

“The marketing that has already been done, and will continue to be done, in the coming seven weeks leading to the Sale will ensure every breeder in the world is aware of this Sale and the extreme quality on offer.

“We have big plans for the Sale night, it’s going to be a hell of a lot of fun, and I think it’s going to be a sale that no one will want to miss.”

In the past two editions of the Chairman’s Sale, the average price for race fillies and race mares has been over $545,000, while three of the four highest-priced pregnant mares sold at public auction in Australasia in 2019 and 2020 were sold at the Chairman’s Sale.

Eight fillies or mares have sold for $1 million or more in that same time including Maastricht (NZ) (Mastercraftsman {Ire}), who sold for $2.25 million in 2019.

The Chairman’s Sale will this year be held as a live auction at Riverside on the evening of Friday, May 7. Wildcard entries for the Chairman’s Sale, as well as the Australian Weanling Sale and the Australian Broodmare Sale will close on April 23. To enter, contact a member of the Inglis bloodstock team.

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You have made your choice of stallion for your mare. You’ve paid all the vet bills associated with breeding your mare.  Now, all you have to do wait for your new foal to arrive!

Nutrition plays an extremely important role in how your mare and foal develop and can weigh heavily towards ensuring that the foal develops to its full potential and your mare is equipped to continue producing foals long into the future.

Preparing Nutritionally
Preparing nutritionally, for your new born foal starts months before conception.  Ensuring your mare is of an appropriate condition score (CS 3-4 out of 5) increases chances of conception.  Ensuring your diets are balanced, for either a dry mare or a lactating mare whom will be returned to foal.   The requirements for these two mares are drastically different as the lactating mare is caring for two as well as trying to return for another conception.

For a mare that is in a fair condition score and pasture quality and quantity is sufficient a more concentrated diet such as Barastoc Legend would be a wise choice whereas for the lactating mare where additional calories and nutrients are required a full feed such as Barastoc Breed n Grow would be more suitable.

In this brief article we will discuss nutritional requirements for both scenarios of feeding a dry mare through pregnancy and a lactating mare as it is often confused and lactating mares are fed on the same diet as a dry mare.

Dry Mare
For the dry mare the pregnancy can be broken into the 1st and 2nd Trimester, 3rd Trimester and Lactation.  For the Wet mare we will discuss feeding during lactation, late lactation and weaning, 3rd trimester and returning back to lactation.

When feeding the “Dry Mare” after conception we can treat them like another horse of equal weight at maintenance.  We should be looking to maintain condition and match supplementary feeding to pasture and forages available.  If pasture is abundant and of sufficient quality, a low feed rate supplement will address the vitamin and mineral requirements of the mare.

If pasture is of poor quality a supplementary feed designed to be fed at a rate of 2-5kg per day such as Barastoc Breed N Grow may ensure the mare is receiving the correct nutrients as it will require additional energy and protein.

Third Trimester Feeding
The third trimester of pregnancy is where the foal will, double its weight, as a result the nutrient requirements of the mare increase substantially.  This is a critical time for the mare and foal to develop and ensure no nutritional or developmental problems occur due to its nutritional intake.  Over the last three months of pregnancy the mares’ energy requirement will increase by 10-20%. Protein requirements will increase by 20-30%.  Calcium requirements increase between 70-80% and phosphorous requirements increase 80-90%.

As you can see the ratios of nutrients vary as the mares pregnancy progresses compared to a maintenance ration.  As a result by simply feeding more to your mare may meet her energy requirements however, it may not meet her increased protein, calcium, phosphorous and other essential nutrients requirements.  If you do not meet your mares and foals increased requirement it can lead to reduced development of the foal and increase its risk of suffering from growth and nutritional disorders such as Developmental Orthopaedic Disorder (DOD).  It can also lead to problems with lactation and the mare’s ability to conceive for the next pregnancy.

Early Lactating Mare
Once you finally have your new ‘super star’ hit the ground your mares’ requirement go into over drive.  Your newborn foal will be growing at 1-2kg per day.  The mare will be producing up to 20 litres per day of milk to ensure the foal is receiving nutrients.  As a result your mares’ energy requirement will be nearly double (175%), protein will be (220%), Calcium and Phosphorous increase to (270-280%).

It is nearly impossible for your mare to actually consume this much nutrients so she will have to draw on body reserves to ensure she maintains milk production from the foal.  This is why it is important to make sure you keep your mare in a good to moderately fleshy (CS3.5-4) condition score during the last trimester of pregnancy.

During this time you may wish to breed your mare.  If she is in good condition and has a well-balanced diet the chances of a successful conception on first return will be greatly increased.  Studies have shown incorporating certain nutrients such as selenium have improved conception rates in mares and fertility counts and sperm conformation in stallions.

Late Lactating Mare
For mares in late lactation which is generally termed from 3 months after foaling until weaning the mare will still have increased nutrient requirements compared with your ‘dry mares’.  The mares’ energy requirements will be 150% of a dry mares requirements.  Protein will be approximately 160% so as will Calcium and Phosphorous.  As you can see the nutrient requirements for Lactating and Dry mares are quite different.  As a management tool separating your wet and dry mares will enable you to ensure that each mare and foal are fed to their requirements and not an average of both.

Correct nutrition of your pregnant mares and foals is an investment into the future of your up and coming equine athletes.  Consulting your equine nutritionist to develop a feeding program for your whole stud is extremely important to ensure all your horses’ nutritional requirements are met.   They will take into consideration what type and categories of horses you have, what quality and quantity of pasture and roughage is available at various times of the year and what supplementation may be required to ensure all your horses nutrient requirements are met in the most economical and practical way.

Visit and make use of our nutrition tools and calculators to find the right diet for your horse.

Teodore Nugent returns to the mounting yard aboard Air Defence after winning the VOBIS Gold Reef at Moonee Valley Racecourse on March 13, 2021 in Moonee Ponds, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

March has been a month to remember for Merton Creek Thoroughbreds owners Neil and Sunny Mitchell and their long-time client Dr Dawn Giltinan.

It started with a Highland Reel filly at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and reached a crescendo when Air Defence scored a narrow victory in the $200,000 VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

“Air Defence was born and raised here and it was such a courageous win,” Sunny said from Merton Creek which is situated near the Maroondah Hwy between Euroa and Mansfield.  “We were all on Cloud 9 especially Dawn who is a strong supporter of Super VOBIS.”

Giltinan had purchased his dam Jomar Star (Johannesburg) from Queensland and her first foal down here was Travail (Reward For Effort) who won a Wangaratta maiden for trainer Shane Fliedner.

“Jomar Star went Stryker second-up but he wasn’t in vogue by the time we took Air Defence to the 2019 Melbourne Gold Sale,” Sunny recalled.  “He was a stunning yearling and Shane bought him wholly and solely on type.

“We were disappointed he only made $4,000 but Shane’s a good horseman and we were pleased he was the buyer.”

Air Defence didn’t race at two and won a Kilmore maiden during a short spring prep in October. He resumed with a placing at Bendigo before making a quantum leap in the VOBIS Gold Reef which was the curtain-raiser to the $5 million All-Star Mile.

“He’s a nice horse and tough, too,” Fliedner declared as Teo Nugent brought the Stryker gelding back to scale. “Everyone gave us no hope but I thought he was a chance and everything went to plan.

“I told Teo to make the 200m mark the winning post and see what happens – he loves the wet and rolled to the front early.  He was out on his feet at the finish but full credit to the horse.

“There’s a lot of people that have a share and they’re pretty happy. Air Defence has always shown us ability and we will get him ready for the Bendigo Guineas (1400m) on March 27.  It’s probably a shade short for him but you never know and I would like to have a runner at our home track.”

Another likely target is the $475,000 VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on April 17.

Meanwhile, the Mitchells and Dr Giltinan will be following the career of the Highland Reel – Dazzledar (GB) yearling filly that sold for $150,000 at Melbourne Premier.  “There was plenty of interest in her at Oaklands,” Sunny recalled.  “At one stage, I was pretty sure she was going to go to Chris Waller.

“As it turned out, Brett Howard from Randwick Bloodstock bought her on behalf of Lex and Sandy Tall from NSW.  They had come down specifically to inspect her because they had already raced a winner from the family.”

The Highland Reel filly is a half-sister to South African stayer Kinaan (Galileo) who won a LR Kenilworth Cup and Hunting Tower (High Chaparral), a Geelong winner at his only start for Mick Price.

Her residual value is another highlight.  Second-dam Razzle (Danzig) is a sister to Danehill!

“Dawn has a 2yo colt by Sooboog from Dazzledar with Mick Kent and the mare foaled a filly by Palentino last October,” Sunny said.  “She follows all her foals whether she’s in the ownership or not.  Her life revolves around them and fundraising for the less fortunate through Rotary.”

Stryker now stands at Victoria’s Platinum Thoroughbreds commented, “Air Defence showed Stryker can sire a good horse and he’s also won at Morphettville on Adelaide Cup day,” Platinum owner Rene Hoefchen said. “He was in the NSW Riverina with Tammy Basham but she called us and said the horse deserved more opportunities and would be better off back in Victoria.

“Stryker is one of the better second-tier stallions here and we are standing him alongside Scorpz (NZ) whose first foals will be on the ground this spring.  They are both available at a $5,500 service fee.”


Above: Grandslam ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Dalton Consulting Engineers Alister Clark Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Gilgai Farm-bred colt Grandslam will be given the chance to emulate his Group 1 winning older sister Jameka after streeting the G2 Alister Clark Stakes (2040m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Grandslam (3c Myboycharlie – Mine Game by General Nediym) careered away by six lengths to set up an interstate campaign for the G1 ATC Derby (2400m) at Randwick.  Bookmakers reacted by promoting him to the third line of pre-post markets at $11 for the Sydney classic on April 3.

Gilgai owner Rick Jamieson bred Jameka to win the 2015 VRC Oaks, 2016 Caulfield Cup and 2017 The BMW.  She was prepared by Ciaron Maher and he has got a lot of time for her younger brother who cost $600,000 at the 2019 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

“She is probably my favourite horse and we’ve always had a lot of faith in Grandslam,” Maher said.  “He’s en route to the Derby now. He has a beautiful action and is a really strong stayer. He does have the tendency to overdo it so we booked Jamie (Kah) today and she rode him beautifully.”

Grandslam was the first of four Victorian-bred winners at the All-Star Mile meeting on Saturday.

Fontein Diamond followed up with an on-pace victory in the $250,000 Country Mile Final for owner-breeders Chris Morey and Terry Hurford who race her in a large syndicate with Wangaratta trainer Ben Brisbourne.

She is by Blue Gum Farm stallion Turffontein from Octangle (Octagonal) and is a half-sister to LR Bendigo Guineas winner Written Up (Written Tycoon).

“It’s my first winner in town and it’s a massive thrill for the stable,” Brisbourne said after his mare caused a $41 boilover.  “It’s the All-Star Mile for us country trainers and I promise you it means more to me than whoever trains the winner of the All-Star Mile.”

Bendigo-trained 3yo Air Defence also sent quaddie punters to the cleaners with a narrow victory in the $200,000 VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m).  Prepared by Shane Fliedner, he cost a bargain basement $4,000 from Merton Creek Thoroughbreds at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale.

Air Defence is by Hilldene-based Platinum Thoroughbreds sire Stryker and was bred by Merton Creek owners Neil and Sunny Mitchell in partnership with Dr Dawn Giltinan.

Exeter (Fastnet Rock) closed the card with his first win for trainer Danny O’Brien in the $150,000 Chandler Macleod Grand Handicap Sprint (1200m).  He had won three races at the provincials for Lindsay Park prior to David Hayes relocating to Hong Kong.

Managing part-owner Gary Lechte bought him for $110,000 from Tarcoola Stud through the 2020 Inglis Digital October Sale.  Lechte’s connection with the Hayes family goes back to the days when he was a major shareholder in 1986 Melbourne Cup winner At Talaq.

Tarcoola Stud’s Ken Williams bred Exeter from G3 How Now Stakes winner Vivacious Spirit (Bel Esprit) and her earlier foals included G1 NZ 1000 Guineas winner Costa Viva (Encosta De Lago).

Another Tarcoola-bred Group 1 winner Sacred Choice (Doncaster Mile) was instrumental in the Mornington nursery being named Victorian Small Breeder of the Year in 2011.

Dorrington Farm owners Rob and Sylvie Crabtree flew the flag for Victoria at Rosehill on Saturday when Mizzy finished second in the G1 Coolmore Classic. The Zoustar mare was also runner-up in the G1 Canterbury Stakes earlier this month and she will have a couple of opportunities to make an elite-level breakthrough in the T J Smith and Coolmore Legacy Stakes at Randwick next month.

The Crabtrees have catalogued Mizzy for the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in May.  “She will present prospective buyers with an incredible opportunity,” Crabtree said.  “Physically she is a stunning animal – as nice a mare as I’ve ever seen.”

Dorrington Farm topped the 2021 Melbourne Premier Sale with a Written Tycoon colt that made $1.1 million through the Blue Gum Farm draft at Oaklands.

Above: Rocket Tiger

Silver Slipper Stakes (Gr 2, 1100m) runner-up Rocket Tiger (Cluster) will be paid up as a late entry for Saturday’s Golden Slipper Stakes

(Gr 1, 1200m) this morning, providing Larneuk Stud with their first runner in the world’s richest two-year-old contest.

The son of Larneuk stallion Cluster (Fastnet Rock) impressed when winning his first two starts, at Canberra and Randwick, before finishing a head second to Home Affairs (I Am Invincible) in the Silver Slipper.

He confirmed his Group-level ability with a subsequent third-placed effort when finishing a length and a half behind Kalashnikov (Capitalist) in the Black Opal (Gr 3, 1200m) on March 7 and connections have decided to take their chance in Saturday’s Group 1.

Trained by Scott Spackman and raced by Noel Penfold, Rocket Tiger’s addition to the Golden Slipper field has delighted Larneuk’s Neville Murdoch, who has already booked his flights and accommodation to Sydney to witness the event.

“We’ve been discussing it for the last few days and he (Penfold) confirmed it’s happening. It’s definitely on,” Murdoch told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.

“Air fares are booked, accommodation is booked – that was done a week ago – so we were just waiting until he galloped on Saturday and that’s when the decision was made. It’s very, very exciting.

“The owner is a personal friend of mine, so it’s even bigger. We breed a lot of horses – he breeds a dozen horses a year with me, so we’re very close.

“It was a no brainer for him, the horse is very smart. He deserves a spot there and we’ve just got to pray now that we don’t draw barrier 20.

“If he can draw a barrier between eight and ten, somewhere around there, if you watch his races he’s got to be in there with a shot, without a doubt.”

It was a no brainer for him, the horse is very smart. He deserves a spot there and we’ve got to pray that we don’t draw barrier 20.

-Neville Murdoch

Rocket Tiger is one of 22 winners from Cluster’s 52 runners to date and he will bid to provide him with his first stakes winner on Saturday.

It has already been a remarkable year for Larneuk, with their first season sire Wolf Cry (Street Cry) providing the operation with a Group 1 runner courtesy of Wolves, who finished unplaced in the Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) after running third in the Blue Diamond Prelude (Gr 2, 1100m).


Murdoch believes further success for Rocket Tiger in the Golden Slipper will have a hugely positive impact on Larneuk’s future prospects.

“We’ve had Wolves – whose by my other stallion (Wolf Cry), who has only got two-year- olds – in the Blue Diamond and now we’ve got one in the Golden Slipper by Cluster, so we’ve had a monstrous year,” said Murdoch.

“Without a doubt it will make a big difference. Even what Rocket Tiger has done as a two-year-old up to date has been massive for Cluster.

“It’s unbelievable what happens, he’s a very good stallion in a lot of ways and he just needs a couple of good, smart horses and he happens to have got one now.

“People will look at that, there’s no doubt about it, and if he can run in the first half a dozen, it should be very good for the stallion and it’ll be magnificent for a little place, it’ll set us up for good and it’ll be very good for the owner and the horse.”

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Nurturing the intestinal microbiome of foals and horses offers important health benefits, including immunity to infection. That is, unless the bacteria that make up part of the microbiome contain genes that confer resistance to antibiotics. The intestinal microbiome may then make treating certain infections, such as pneumonia and diarrhea, challenging using standard antibiotic protocols.

Certain bacteria can manifest genes that make them resistant to specific antibiotics. This has been reported in foals treated for pneumonia caused by Rhodococcus equi, for instance. Newborn foals that have not been sick or have not been treated with antibiotics theoretically should not have bacteria in their microbiome that possess these resistance genes. Researchers recently discovered that foals can harbor resistance genes in their intestinal microbiome.*

“The microbiome of foals becomes established when they are born and exposed to bacteria from the mare’s vagina, perineum, milk, and environment. Foals also practice coprophagia and ingest bacteria from the manure of adult horses that help establish their own microbiome,” explained Rebecca Ham, a nutrition advisor with Kentucky Equine Research. Thus, if the dam or other adult horses in the foal’s community have bacteria with resistance genes, these can be easily passed to the growing foal early in life.

Analysis of fecal samples collected from foals less than 30 days of age confirmed the ease with which antibiotic resistant bacteria can become established in the intestinal microbiome. In that study, a total of 10 different types of antibiotic resistance genes were identified in 81% of the foals sampled. Tetracycline resistance genes were the most common.

Of additional concern, bacteria in the microbiome that possess antimicrobial resistance genes can donate these genes to other bacteria in their environment. A few bacteria with resistance genes can actually make the entire microbiome resistant to specific antibiotics.

“This threat of antibiotic resistance indicates certain antibiotics may eventually be ineffective. As such, foals and older horses could be at risk of developing diarrhea, for example, that we will be unable to treat with antibiotics,” said Ham. “Fortunately, few of the antibiotic resistance genes identified in the study were deemed clinically significant. However, more research into this phenomenon is required.”

Supporting the stability of the intestinal microbiome should always be a priority for horse owners, especially in the face of factors known to cause stress, such as weaningexercisetransport, and dietary changes. In addition to adequate forage intake, EquiShure and other hindgut buffers stabilize the pH in the cecum and large colon to ensure the microbiome remains constant.  This is important for optimal hindgut function, feed utilization efficiency, immunity, and protecting the horse from the consequences of microbial imbalance.

*Liu, Y., K.E. Bailey, M. Dyall-Smith, M.S. Marenda, L.Y. Hardefeldt, G.F. Browning, J.R. Gilkerson, and H. Billman-Jacobe. 2020. Faecal microbiota and antimicrobial resistance gene profiles of healthy foals. Equine Veterinary Journal. doi:10.111/evj.13366

Above: Krone winning the G1 Coolmore Classic

In-form Queensland mare Krone (Eurozone) produced another sizzling performance to crown a wonderful week for Rosemont Stud when she raced away with the G1 Coolmore Classic at Rosehill.

Krone is raced by the Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud with Roll The Dice Racing and partners and her victory came during a week in which the Melbourne farm reached an agreement with Godolphin to stand the Group 3 winner and Group 1 placegetter Hanseatic.

Rosemont also co-bred and part-owns All Saint’s Eve (NZ) (Sacred Falls {NZ}) with Waikato Stud and she finished a creditable sixth in the Coolmore, but it was the Tony Gollan-trained Krone who was the star of the day.

She had triumphed in the G2 Guy Walter S. last month on soft going and showed her versatility with an explosive performance for rider Tim Clark on top of the ground, much to Gollan’s delight.

“It’s really satisfying, but I have to admit I was a lot more confident earlier in the week when it looked like we were going to get a wet track,” he said.

“It’s really satisfying, but I have to admit I was a lot more confident earlier in the week when it looked like we were going to get a wet track.” – Tony Gollan

“I was kicking stones leaving Brisbane this morning to come down here and I thought it would be hard for her with the firm ground.

“From barrier one she was always going to need some luck and he (Tim Clark, jockey) cut the corner beautifully and once the run presented she (Krone) was really too good. She was going up a lot in weight (3kg) and an unsuitable Good 3 so it’s just fantastic.”

Krone settled behind the leading division near thew fence and when the field opened up in the straight she surged through 150 metres from home to beat Mizzy (Zoustar), who also finished runner-up in the G1 Canterbury S. a week ago.

Clark’s 16th Group 1 win

The 5-year-old credited jockey Tim Clark with the 16th Group 1 victory of his riding career and he too would have been in a more confident pre-race frame of mind had the weather turned as was predicted.

“Obviously, I was hoping the track would be rain-affected, but she had a good run throughout and didn’t spend a penny,” he said.

Obviously, I was hoping the track would be rain-affected, but she (Krone) had a good run throughout and didn’t spend a penny.” – Tim Clark

When she got the gap she really let rip and she’s in terrific form. For her to be able to do that with 57kg on her back was great, she put them away comfortably.

“She’s in such a good frame of mind at the moment and enjoying her racing. To be able to come out on top in a Group 1 means a lot.”

Krone has been well-travelled and won the Listed Cinderella S. as a 2-year-old for the now disqualified Darren Weir before a stint with Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr.

“She’s just going so well and I only got her last winter. She was going to go through the June Sale and we decided to go to the Magic Millions mares’ race and that worked out well and she won it to show she still had her appetite for racing,” said Gollan, who has now trained four Group 1 winners.

“That gave us a free throw at the stumps down here in the autumn and she’s just been great. I can’t praise the mare enough and she’s done a fantastic job.

“That gave us a free throw at the stumps down here in the autumn and she’s (Krone) just been great. I can’t praise the mare enough and she’s done a fantastic job.” – Tony Gollan

“She is a really good mare, in good form and when they are like that they are hard to beat. I can’t thank Anthony and Roll The Dice enough for giving me an opportunity with her.

“We might look at the G1 Coolmore Legacy during The Championships, we’ll go home and see how she pulls up first.”

Bred by Bell View Park Stud, Krone changed hands as a weanling and yearling at the Gold Coast before she was purchased by Roll The Dice for $120,000 at the Magic Millions Gold 2YOs in Training Sale.

Above: Krone as a yearling

She is a daughter of Soft Landing (Al Maher) and she is a half-sister to the Group 1-winning siblings Universal Prince (Scenic {Ire}) and Universal Queen and their dam is a half-sister to the dual Group 1 winner and sire Blevic.

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Above: Reward for Effort

Chatswood Stud’s sire Reward For Effort has continued his usual form with an array of winners in recent times. In the last month he has sired the following city winners:

Apres La Mer at Sandown.
Echoes In Eternity at Morphettville: Bred at and sold by Chatswood.
Champagne Dreams at Morphettville: Sold by Chatswood
Outlaws Revenge at Murray Bridge: Born at Chatswood.
Scores Of Fun at Happy Valley.
I’m Telling Ya at Flemington.
Ocean Reward at Morphettville.
Tony’s Reward at Morphettville: Born at Chatswood.

Reward sired a further 8 winners this month including Sensational Reward and Regal Effort who were also bred at Chatswood.

Reward For Effort also showed his commercial capability with results of $90k in Melbourne for the Lady Phoebe colt and $110k in Adelaide for the Itza Snitzi filly.

Chatswood’s other sire Inference had his first yearlings go through the ring recently with a pleasing average of $50k in Melbourne. This included his two gorgeous Voyant and Pipette fillies who sold for $80k and $70k respectively.

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