Melody Belle comes home to Victoria after Yulong went to $2.6 million to secure her (Magic Millions)

Victorians created fireworks on day one of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, which was on target to be the strongest broodmare sale on record when they spent more than $35,747,500 or over 52% of the total spend.

Victorians secured some exceptional broodmares to come home to Victoria to be matched with some exciting new stallions on Victoria’s roster.

Yulong, the leading vendor, purchased 26 mares as part of the Written Tycoon Syndicate to send to the Champion sire, who has returned home to Victoria, for a gross of $12,200,000 and an average of $469,231.

The mares they will be bringing to Victoria include Champion mare in Melody Belle when Yulong held off bidders to secure her early in the day for $2.6 million. They will also bring multiple Group winner, Greysful Glamour home after securing her for $1.5 million.

“It’s great to have a mare of this quality joining the farm,” Yulong’s Sam Fairgray said. “It’s fantastic.”

“We’ve got Written Tycoon now standing at the farm, and she was an obvious mare that we would look at, and I think she will suit him ideally.”

“Mares of this quality don’t come onto the market very often, and it’s great to have a mare of her race ability and type to join our broodmare band,” Fairgray added.

Rosemont Stud had an exceptionally strong performance when they secured ten mares at the sale for a total gross of $9,675,000 and an average of $967,500.

Rosemont’s highest purchase of the day was Bella Vella when she was knocked down for $1.9 million. The winner of the Group 1 Sangster Stakes was part-owned by Victoria’s Rushton Thoroughbreds and amassed just short of $900,000 in her racing career. Rosemont also brought home Group 3 Thoroughbred Stakes winner Minhaaj for $1.8 million and Fiesta, Bulbula and Khulaasa each at $1.35 million.

“It’s been an extraordinary day,” Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said. “To be able to purchase ten mares and to add that sort of quality – the opportunity was there with the Shadwell Dispersal, but there were also some beautiful mares before the dispersal that we couldn’t resist.”

Spendthrift Australia secured four quality lots from the sale with a total of $1,770,000 million and an average of $442,500.

Spendthrift will bring home quality mares, Madeenaty, Baccarat Baby, Okeechobee and Mystery Love.

Longwood Thoroughbreds, Sheamus Mills Bloodstock and Peter Morgan combined forces to secure the Group 3 Vanity Stakes winner Rimraam for $1.5 million from Shadwell Stud’s dispersal draft.

While Victorians were strong on the buying front and many of the Victorian purchases were Victorian sold, they also created strong results on the selling front.

Group winning mare Mizzy, who is Victorian-bred, raced and sold by Robert Crabtree of Dorrington Park, will head to Coolmore Stud after Tom Magnier, Principal of Coolmore Australia, purchased her for $2.2 million. This made her the second-highest price lot at the sale or the highest priced Victorian-bred lot sold at the sale.

Rob Crabtree was delighted with the result.

“We are absolutely delighted, but it was great for a number of reasons, it was great for Widden now they are standing Magnus, great for them with Zoustar and terrific for our farm and our partners,” Rob said.

“Magnus has come of age as a broodmare sire; that was an outstanding effort for him as well to get a $2.2milliion result. He also sired Enbihaar, who was the runner up in the Blue Diamond behind Pride of Dubai and made $825,000 from the Shadwell Dispersal. So, it was a red-letter day for Magnus,” Rob said.

“They are all women who have created this result, and I must say there are two women who have made a major difference to what we do, and that is my wife Sylvie and my manager Fiona, they have put in so much, and it is great to see them reap the rewards too,” Rob enthused.


“She’s one of the nicest physicals at the sale,” Tom Magnier said of Mizzy. “We’re delighted to get her.”

“It’s for a new partnership. She’s a lovely, quality mare, and in fairness, she should have been a Group One winner.”

Magnier said a stallion for Mizzy hadn’t been decided as yet, but Triple Crown hero Justify, and international star Wootton Bassett were among the leading contenders.

The Victorian-bred stakes winner Humma Humma, who was bred by Flinders Park Stud and raced by John McArdle, was knocked down to Widden Stud for $1million. Humma Humma won the Group 3 SAJC Proud Miss Stakes, the Listed MRC Alinghi Stakes and the Listed SAJC Redelva Stakes.

Victorian buyers accounted for more than 51% of the total buying bench, which was a total spend of $35,747,500 of the total gross spend of $68,888,000.

“It was a phenomenal day for Victorians all around. We have seen Victoria go from strength to strength in the last few years and today is the perfect display of the hard work and commitment Victorian buyers and breeders have to Victoria,” Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Executive Officer, Charmein Bukovec, commented.


The top six Victorian buyers by aggregate were as follows:

Buyer name Lots purchased Aggregate Average
Written Tycoon Syndicate 26 $12,200,000 $469,231
Rosemont Stud 10 $9,675,000 $967,500
Suman Hedge Bloodstock 8 $4,655,000 $581,875
Spendthrift Australia 4 $1,770,000 $442,500
Sheamus Mills 1 $1,600,000 N/A
Sheamus Mills/Longwood Thoroughbred Farm/Peter Morgan 1 $1,500,000 N/A

At the end of day one, the sale had a gross of $68,888,000 and an average of $328,038 and a clearance of 90.52%.

Day 2 of the National Broodmare Sale commences at 10am on Wednesday.

*Some quotes courtesy of Magic Millions press release.

Fantastic Treasure with Chad Schofield aboard. (Hong Kong Jockey Club)

A Written Tycoon gelding bred and sold as a yearling by Woodside Park is winning rave reviews in Hong Kong.

The gelding started his career as Hellpoint at Flemington with Troy and Leon Corstens, but quickly came under the astute eyes of fellow trainer David Hayes who was soon to depart Victoria to resume his Hong Kong training career.

Hayes’ judgement has been vindicated with the three-year-old, which was unraced in Australia, continuing his unblemished record in Hong Kong when he made it five wins from five starts last week – and broke a class record for 1400m.

Former Victorian jockey Chad Schofield, who now calls Hong Kong home, said the renamed Fantastic Treasure was the most exciting horse he’d ridden.

Troy Corstens said the gelding was purchased in partnership with Baystone Farm’s Dean Harvey with the sole aim of targeting the lucrative Hong Kong market.

After purchasing the horse at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $45,000, he was then passed in a few months later at the Magic Millions National Yearling Sale for $100,000. The decision was then made to see if they could trade him to Hong Kong.

Corstens said he and Harvey buy a number of trade horses from Inglis and Magic Millions each year for the specific purpose of preparing them in the hope of selling them to Hong Kong.

He said Hayes was in the trainers’ hut at Flemington and saw the Written Tycoon colt during his early morning track work.

“He had been watching him for quite a few months and he liked him a great deal and watched him gallop and watched him trial and then set about purchasing him,” Corstens said.

“We have sold two this year so far to Hong Kong.”

Corstens and Harvey recently sold Silent Theory, which they originally purchased at last year’s Sydney Ready to Race, after the two-year-old Nicconi gelding finished second on debut in the listed Without Fear Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville earlier this month.

Corstens admitted they got also got a good dollar for Silent Theory, which will be trained by Caspar Fownes, after being purchased for a client by Hong Kong bloodstock agent Justin Bahen.

“That’s what we do, we try to sell five or six of those a year and it subsidises my training habits,’’ Corstens quipped.

“Dean and I look at every horse at every sale and we pick the eyes out of them and we try to find horses like this that we think are good value.

“It’s something we have been doing for four or five years and we are having a bit of success.

“He was a really good type. But he was very backward and mightn’t have been everyone’s first choice because he didn’t stick out like a sore thumb.

“We liked him and thought he had potential.”

Corstens said there were enough horses about to feed everyone and it was good to sell them and then go on to win races.

“We get a headline horse like this and people are going to have confidence to buy from us in the future,” he said.

Fantastic Treasure’s dam Brambling (Redoute’s Choice x Bramble Rose) has produced six foals and five of them have been bred by Woodside Park.

Brambling, a $300,000 yearling that was unplaced in her two starts, was sold to New Zealand interests and exported last year. Four of her progeny are by Written Tycoon and she was served by Tosen Stardom last year.

The Hong Kong Jockey Club reported that Schofield celebrated his 200th Hong Kong victory in perfect fashion as Fantastic Treasure confirmed his rare quality by bettering Golden Sixty’s Class 2 1400m record at Sha Tin with a stunning win in the Crystal Handicap.

Competing at Class 2 level for the first time, Hayes’ gifted three-year-old downed a bevy of seasoned gallopers, weaving his way through tiring opposition to retain an unblemished record with a fifth successive win and covering the 1400m trip in 1m 20.28s – bettering Golden Sixty’s class record mark of 1m 20.29s, set in October 2019.

Schofield, 27, declared the Written Tycoon gelding the most exciting galloper he has ridden after spectacularly sealing a card which also featured three other record-breaking performances, including Valiant Dream’s effort to lower Aethero’s 1000m course record.

“Yes, he’s the most exciting (horse I’ve ridden). He’s just such an impressive horse, he just oozes quality, no matter what you do,” Schofield, winner of the Group 1 Cox Plate and Group 1 Newmarket Handicap, said of Fantastic Treasure.

“I’ve ridden him in all of his starts and in each one of them, he’s progressively improved – mentally and physically. Today, I fired him out of the gates. I knew I was going to get caught wide, so I asked him to come back and he came back. Then I picked him up again to take a position and he did that for me.


“He’s just bomb-proof to ride because he does whatever you want him to do.”

Schofield said Fantastic Treasure’s competitiveness and composure are attributes which allowed the gelding to spear through tight gaps late in the race.

“I wasn’t (worried) because he was coming through that quickly, I only needed half a gap and he was going to burst through. I was worried that one tiring horse might wobble in his way but he came through it quickly, it was like a knife through butter,” he told the Club in his post-race interview.

“He’s quality – in this race today, you had Beauty Smile, who’s a Class 1 winner. You had Not Usual Talent, who had raced behind Beauty Generation. This young three-year-old has beaten them at his first go at Class 2, on his first prep and broken Golden Sixty’s record. It’s very exciting.”

Hayes will now spell Fantastic Treasure in preparation for next season’s Hong Kong Four-Year-Old Classic Series.

“He’s very versatile, he’s going to be better at a mile,” Hayes said.

Heart Of Puissance ridden by Jamie Kah wins at Flemington, 22/5/2021 (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

Keiran Moses and her partner Cameron Halliwell are well known in the western reining competition for their feats in the saddle, but a horse they bred and sold for $40,000 is gaining them plenty of recognition in the thoroughbred breeding industry.

As well as being prominent for also breeding and showing quarter horses, the partners have had a long association with thoroughbreds.

Halliwell’s late father, John, was a trainer, while Cameron also dabbled as a hobby trainer which led to him and Moses racing a filly named Catch A Heart with Caulfield trainer Mick Price.

The daughter of Show A Heart won on debut at Sale by three lengths, but after bleeding at her last start at Mornington, she had to trial in front of stewards and cruised to a five-length win, but a post-trial veterinary examination revealed she was suffering from atrial fibrillation.

Halliwell, who was a 2018 inductee in the Reining Australia Hall of Fame, had planned to train the filly, but decided that her retirement was the best option.

The next best thing for the filly was to become a broodmare and her first three foals – Go For Your Life (Skilled), Catch A Hero (Von Costa De Hero), Curious Heart (Kuroshio) – were a mixed bag.

Go For Your Life was disappointing from his two unplaced starts, Catch A Hero was raced by Moses and Halliwell and won three races for Echuca trainer Glenda Johnstone, while Curious Heart was bought by Cranbourne trainer Doug Harrison for $40,000 at the 2017 Melbourne Gold Sale. The gelding is still racing and has won twice.

Moses, who describes Catch A Heat as beautiful and quiet, said their decision to send the mare to Swettenham Stud’s Puissance De Lune paid off when bloodstock agent John Foote paid $40,000 for the yearling at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Sale.

Now a four-year-old and racing as Heart Of Puissance, the son of Puissance De Lune has now won four races – including over 2500m at Flemington last Saturday – as he continues to stamp his credentials as a serious stayer.

Moses said it was exciting to witness the entire’s feats unfold on the track where he’s won four races and had four minor places from 12 starts.

“Both me and Cameron really liked Puissance De Lune and really loved watching him race and being by Shamardal, he just really crossed well with Show A Heart and it was sort of in our budget too because she hadn’t really produced anything at the  time,” Moses said.

“We really liked the stallion and he was local, too, and he was affordable and it was a good cross.”

Catch A Heart’s dam Belzain (Woodman x Dateless), also trained by Mick Price, finished second in the listed Bendigo Cup (2400m) and was a Flemington winner over 2000m. Dateless produced listed 2006 WATC Ascot Gold Cup (2200m) winner Zero Engagement.

Moses and Halliwell only have two thoroughbred broodmares on their 125 acre property at Tatura – Catch A Heart and Heart Of Puissance’s half-sister, Catch A Hero (Von Costa De Hero) and she is currently in foal to Puissance De Lune.

“We are trying to get a three quarter to Heart Of Puissance to sell,” she said.

Catch A Heart slipped to Shamus Award last breeding season and before that lost a colt to Puissance De Lune but has a yearling full sister to Heart Of Puissance which didn’t last long as a sale prospect. She was about two months old when the owner of Puissance De Lune, Gerry Ryan, bought her.

Ryan’s Moonlight Maid (Puissance De Lune x Manhattan Maid) gave her sire his first Group 2 winner when she won the VRC Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) in 2019. It was at the same time when gelding Southern Moon, also by the grey stallion, was showing great promise and finished second in the Victoria Derby (2500m).

Leading into last Saturday’s win at Flemington, Heart Of Puissance finished second in the Listed Warrnambool Cup (2350m), while Moonlight Maid was third to Le Don De Vie.

Moses previously worked for Cathy Hains at Burnewang North and also worked for Mark Webster (Inglis) in Sydney before moving down to Melbourne.

“I like prepping the yearlings and all that and we just got too busy with kids, work and all that to train them so we just breed from the couple we had left,” she said.

“Yes, I really like it but it’s such an expensive game but we were just lucky to get the service fees in our price range.”

Moses said they were rapt when their Puissance De Lune yearling colt made $40,000 as it came off a cheap service fee. He was the highest priced Puissance De Lune at the sale.

“$40,000 was great for us and he had a fair bit of interest from Darren Weir and John Foote and I thought they were pretty keen to get him,” she said.

“We prepped him at home and I put him in the draft with Yarran (Yarran Thoroughbreds) and they were really good. I just worked for them for the week and sold him with those guys, so it was really cool.’’

Moses and Halliwell have got quarter horses they show and do reining on. They have five quarter horse broodmares and stand quarter horse stallion, Gottagetagunna.

Halliwell also operates Tatura Pine Shavings and Sawdust and supplies most of the shavings to local studs.

Yarran Thoroughbreds’ John Doherty said he remembered Heart of Puissance as a big, lovely horse at the sales.

“A lot of big horses aren’t that well balanced but he was a big balanced horse and was well bought by John Foote who picked him out and who is one of the best judges in the game,” he said.

“Puissance De Lune wasn’t a popular horse, so he made forty which I suppose was a good price for a horse by a stallion that the market wasn’t going crazy over.

“He still does need a poster horse, his Group 1 winner and hopefully Heart Of Puissance will be that horse and he looked good on Saturday.”

Doherty said he remembered talking to trainer Ciaron Maher about Heart Of Puissance and he told him that everything that could go wrong with a horse went wrong with him.

“Even having a toothache type of thing,” he said.

“It sounds like they have got him sorted out and we were expecting better things of him as a three-year-old but I think we will see the best of him now.”

Doherty said Moses loves preparing her own horses for the sale and does a great job.

“She comes down and gives us a hand at the sales and does a great job in what she does,” he said.

“I have never seen her with a bad horse. She always has a good one.”

Bloodstock agent John Foote recalls that his instruction from then trainer Darren Weir was to find him “the one you like most and buy it.”

“I said the one I like most is in the second session and he said ‘that’s fine’ and I bought it,” Foote said.

“It was only forty grand, so it was pretty good.

“He has been good from day one and was probably a bit stiff in the Sandown Guineas in his three-year-old days when I think he had a few issues.”

Foote considers Puissance De Lune as a good value sire even though his service fee jumped from $8800 to $19,800 last season. He served 154 mares in 2019 and 155 in 2020.

“I think the sire is terribly underrated and people are supporting him now and his record will be a lot better because of the mares that went to him in the past two seasons and people have worked out that he is a pretty good stallion.”

Heart Of Puissance has a huge amount of owners with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace at Ballarat.

Spendthrift Australia are excited to announce the arrival of Dirty Work to  their Victorian operation.

By Australia’s leading sire, Written Tycoon, exceptional sprinter Dirty Work will stand his first season at stud at $19,800 inc GST.

He is eligible for Spendthrift’s breeding initiative, Share the Upside, allowing breeders the opportunity to secure a lifetime breeding right.

There are limited spots left available in the program.

To enquire, contact Garry Cuddy on 0410 451 595, Josh Rix on 0411 116 648 or Ziva Mullins on 0435 743 222.

Video: View Dirty Work’s arrival at Spendthrift Australia

Dirty Work arrives at Spendthrift Australia

Yulong’s Sam Fairgray

Story courtesy of TDN AusNZ

Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, counts himself blessed to have worked with some of the most skilled horsemen in the thoroughbred industry, and lessons learned have stood him in good stead as the head of one of Australia’s most progressive farms.

Fairgray is now chief operating officer of the Yulong operation in Victoria and putting to excellent use his time spent with industry heavyweights, including John Messara, Peter Keating and Henry Field.

A stint with prestige auction house Inglis along the way also served to hone his skills in a different area of the industry, and fully equipped him to take his place at the helm of the Yuesheng Zhang-owned Yulong.

In between times, experience gained at Hallmark Stud, Widden Stud and further afield has contributed to an extensive resume.

Fairgray inherited his love of thoroughbreds, and all animals for that matter, after spending his formative years on the family farm at Wellsford, about 80km north-west of the Auckland CBD.

“I always had a love of animals after spending my first 10 years growing up on a dairy farm,” he said.

“My parents then shifted from Wellsford to Auckland. I boarded at Auckland Grammar and my parents started racing horses when I was 13 and that furthered my interest and I started getting interested in pedigrees as well.”

A family connection then led to a relatively brief, but invaluable, experience at Hallmark Stud.

“My mother knew Denny Baker so when I was 16 I went and spent a week with him and his son Mark and that cemented what I wanted to do,” Fairgray said.

“They are very good horsemen and a hands-on team and very much old school as far as the handling of horses. I got to see all facets of stud life and how it operated – teasing mares, the vet work and yearling preparation and I really enjoyed that.”

Another family connection led Fairgray to the next stage of his thoroughbred education and a significant influence on his future career.

“My sister was a nanny to (bloodstock consultant) Michael Otto’s family and through him I got an interview with Peter Keating at Ra Ora Stud,” he said. “I finished school and went straight to work at Ra Ora.

“That gave me a thorough grounding in the industry. Peter Keating was one of the best educators in the business as far as horse husbandry went.

“I had nine fantastic years at Ra Ora and during that time I also went to Ireland and worked at Coolmore for six months and went over to America and had a look around.”

Fairgray returned home, but not for long before he ventured to Australia.

“Antony Thompson worked with me at Ra Ora and he said if you ever come over to Australia, come to Widden. I did that and it was a fantastic experience and for any young person who wants to learn anything, Widden is the property to go to,” he said.

“I went back to New Zealand for two years when it had become Ra Ora/Haunui and started selling nominations during that time. Nassipour was there at the time and he quinellaed the G1 Melbourne Cup with Let’s Elope and Shiva’s Revenge.

“Another very good stallion there was Famous Star, a son of Sharpen Up who produced some good sprinters and milers. Kreisler was another and Westminster was also there.

“We generally had between four and six stallions and quite a unique place in that the property was so close to Auckland. It was a beautiful farm owned by the late Lady Fisher and a lovely property to work on.

“Being so close to the city, we used to get a lot of people coming out because of its proximity.”

Fairgray started off on the bottom rung at Ra Ora and made his way up to the role of assistant manager.

“Peter Keating taught me all the ins and outs of foaling, rearing horses, caring for them, day-to-day management and safety,” he said.

“That’s one of the key factors, to see how to manage a big operation in the safest manner for the horse and for them to grow to full capacity.”

The next move for Fairgray was a return to Australia to take up a position at Arrowfield Stud where he relished the opportunity to work for Messara and, unbeknown at the time, further experience with Keating.

“I went back to Australia and started working for Arrowfield and stayed there for 14 years,” he said. “I was very fortunate to be able to work under John Messara and see how he grew Arrowfield from a relatively small stallion farm into the hugely successful stud it is today.

“After a couple of years it grew into an operations manager role, which included running the farm. John had also got Peter Keating to come to Arrowfield.

“Peter Orton was there and he then left and went to Vinery and John said I was still young and wanted me to grow at the right rate and had found the perfect person to come in and help me and that was Peter.

“It was fantastic having him at Arrowfield and at that time we had Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur, Danzero and Snippets.”

Fairgray successfully soaked up as much knowledge as possible from Messara and closely observed his work Ethic.

“John is a man of integrity and he taught me to attack problems face on and don’t dwell on things. If you had to deal with something, get straight on to it and if you’re doing a deal don’t wait a day, make the offer and close it,” he said.

“I think that is why John is so successful, he seems to be ahead of the game all the time. In this industry, you’ve always got to be thinking and on the ball. Even hours can make the difference when you’re trying to get a deal done and really concentrating on what is going on.”

During that time, bloodstock agent John Foote also influenced Fairgray.

“John had a lot of mares there that he was managing and I’ve continued to speak regularly with him, listening and observing how he goes about his business,” he said.

“He is someone I definitely look up to in the industry. He has built his business on honesty and a sound reputation and, at the end of the day, they are the types of people who are successful.”

After his stint at Arrowfield, Fairgray branched out again with a spell at the Inglis auction house.

“That was great and gave me an insight into the bloodstock world and how a sales company operated,” he said.

After 12 months with Inglis, Henry Field came calling and Fairgray moved on to Newgate.

“It was very much in the early days there and Deep Field was in his first year and covered massive numbers. Henry has got a fantastic mind and it’s interesting that when you work with John Messara and Henry Field you realise how similar they are in their thinking,” he said.

“They are a step ahead of things all the time with great minds and a passion for the industry. It’s great that we have people with the foresight of John and Henry.”

Fairgray’s journey then took him to the progressive Yulong operation.

“It has been fantastic and I’ve been with them for just over three years now. When I started we had 70 broodmares and one property – now we’ve got 220 broodmares, three properties and a growing stallion roster,” he said.

Yulong’s stallion roster includes Written Tycoon who will stand alongside its young stallions Yulong Prince (SAF), Alabama Express and Grunt (NZ) and newcomers Tagaloa and Lucky Vega (Ire) in 2021.

Fairgray said Yulong Principal Yuesheng Zhang was a joy to work for and his enthusiasm is infectious.

“He is very hands-on and very passionate about the industry. His knowledge and vision is fantastic and Yulong will only keep growing.

“When he comes to the farm we’ll walk around and look at every horse together and he’ll give his thoughts on how they are growing and developing. He really enjoys being out on the farm and helping in any way he can.”

For everyone involved in the industry and beyond, the last 12 months have provided a challenging working environment.

“You just have to deal with it day by day, as things keep changing, and you just have to be able to adapt to any changes,” Fairgray said.

Sam Fairgray with Yulong Principal, Mr Yuesheng Zhang

As we look ahead to the upcoming breeding season and with many mares foaling down around the country in the coming months, we would like to offer Victorian breeders to take advantage of a placenta collection service.

Facilitated by the Japanese company Nomura, who is accredited with strict Australian export laws, the company was able to develop an efficient collection, processing, and export procedure.

Payment for each placenta will be $10 plus GST to the stud farm with a $1 going to Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

Nomura will supply a chest freezer for use during the season to store the collected placentas in and will arrange collection at regular intervals during the season. Any packaging, labelling will also be provided so the studs will not incur any costs or expenses.

The process is easy to adopt and factor into regular farm procedures. Paperwork is minimal, with only a couple of declarations to be signed at the start of the season, and the generation of an invoice at the completion of the season, when payment is made.

This process is far easier than having to bury the unwanted placenta following each foaling, and after a quick wash to remove straw or grass they are bagged, labelled, and simply popped in the freezer.

Nomura is keen to get many studs and farms involved as every placenta counts. So even small breeders with small numbers of mares being foaled down, can be a part of this opportunity. The more farms being collected, it will aid in helping the transport run frequently and consistently and contributes importantly to the overall total.

If you would like to participate or are interested in finding out more about the logistics  of the service, please contact

Savatoxl winning the G1 The Goodwood. (Image courtesy of RacingSA)

Story courtesy of TDN AusNZ

Saturday’s Group 1 results at Morphettville and Doomben were a vindication for those who believe elite horses can emerge from anywhere.

The G1 The Goodwood was taken out by Savatoxl (Kuroshio), sold by Stonehouse Thoroughbreds for just $8000 as a yearling at the Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale, before being re-offered through the Red Centre Sale. His career started out on the red dust of Pioneer Park in Alice Springs and has now reached a pinnacle of a victory in South Australia’s most famous race.

Up in Brisbane, homebred Eduardo (Host {Chi}) captured his second Group 1 in the Doomben 10,000 for Joseph Pride, having not been broken in until he was four. From a horse that had been allowed to grow out in a paddock because the owners didn’t initially have the finances to get him to a trainer, he has now developed into one of the top sprinters in the country.

Savatoxl’s journey started out at Mark and Sheryl Atkinson’s Carrington Park at Drouin, before the long-time breeders put their faith in a young farm, based at Eddington, north of Melbourne, to sell him as a yearling.

For Stonehouse Thoroughbreds’ Ryan Arnel, the Kuroshio yearling colt the Atkinsons gave him to sell, initially through the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and then through the Gold Sale, was an example of how harsh a judge the yearling market can be on anything viewed as not overly commercial.

“He was a nice type. I guess being by Kuroshio, who wasn’t on everybody’s radar, made it a bit hard, and the mare, while I really liked her breeding, she looked a little limited at the time,” Arnel told TDN AusNZ.

“He came through the Premier Sale and passed in there before going to the Gold Sale. He was a nice type, but just in the sales ring, he didn’t have that commercial side to him.

“He was always well put together, a great type, an excellent mover, he had everything you needed there. He just wasn’t on the radar.”

It was the Alice Springs Turf Club that paid the $8000 for Savatoxl, before then re-offering him through the Inglis Red Centre Sale, where his first trainer, and current part-owner Will Savage, paid $18,000 for him.

The story since that day reads 16 wins from 28 starts, having raced at Alice Springs, Darwin, Eagle Farm, Balaklava, Caulfield, Flemington and Morphettville, where Saturday’s Goodwood success came off the back of his victory in the G3 D C McKay S. earlier this month. The now 5-year-old has blossomed under the eye of Tony and Calvin McEvoy, who are keen to send him to Brisbane for the G1 Kingsford-Smith Cup.

Stonehouse Thoroughbreds was busy preparing its 10-strong draft for this year’s Melbourne Gold Sale when Savatoxl became its second Group 1-winning graduate, in another boost for the burgeoning operation.

“It’s brilliant to have that success. The first one we were lucky enough to be associated with was Extra Brut, who won the Victoria Derby, and we sold him as a weanling. So this fella is the first one we have sold as a yearling, which is great,” Arnel said.

“We’ve got a couple of others running around that are almost getting there in Swats That and Harmony Rose. Swats That was born and bred off the farm, and she came second in the Coolmore (Stud S.) but has yet to get that elusive Group 1. It was great to see Savatoxl come through and nab that one for us yesterday.”

After a day of dodging the Antarctic blast which hit Melbourne while showing off its draft for the Gold Sale, it was a success to warm the heart for Arnel, who has relied on a lot of smaller breeders to get his business off the ground in the past five years.

“We have always been a farm that had a lot of small clients and a couple of big ones and there is obviously success to be had at every level,” he said.

“Savatoxl was bred by Sheryl and Mark Atkinson. They had Carrington Park. They’ve been in the game for years and they get a to a point where it became a bit hard and they have since got out of the game. They sold everything and wrapped it all up.”

Before the Atkinsons sold up their thoroughbred interests, they did get one more reward from their relationship with Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, with Savatoxl’s half-brother by Brazen Beau selling for $380,000 at the 2019 Inglis Premier Sale to trainer Mick Price.

Last Thursday, the now 3-year-old, named Bengal Bandit, broke his maiden for Price and Michael Kent Jnr at Hamilton.

“For him to knock his maiden over in the same week, it’s been a great little result for the family,” Arnel said.

The other beneficiary of that success in the man who now owns Savatoxl’s dam, Li’L Miss Hayley (NZ) (Savabeel), Frank Mazor. The mare has a yearling filly by Needs Further and visited the same stallion again last year.

Not only is Savatoxl the first Group 1 winner by Kuroshio, who stood at Darley’s Northwood Park for five seasons before permanently relocating to Starfield Stud in Ireland in 2018, he also became the first Group 1 winner to feature Waikato Stud’s Savabeel as his damsire.

Ryan Arnel of Stonehouse Thoroughbreds at Royal Ascot

Crackerjack Prince wins at Bendigo 16.5.21 (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

A dog which stole Ballarat’s trainer Archie Alexander’s dinner – a juicy steak – has been credited with saving the life of talented young galloper Crackerjack Prince who was an impressive winner of a 1400m maiden at Bendigo on Sunday.

Alexander explained that after a long day in the stables, the family’s pet dog, a labradoodle named Bear, became a hero after making off with his uncooked steak from a plate on the kitchen bench.

“My wife (Annie) went to the gym and said ‘I’ll put the steak on the side for you and whenever you want it put it in the pan and away you go’. I went out for two seconds and it was gone – there was no steak.

“I couldn’t understand and looked everywhere and I saw a very sheepish dog and shouted at him and he bolted for the door with the steak in his mouth.

“So I kicked him out in the garden. I didn’t have any dinner, but I thought I’d worry about that later.”

Alexander then had a shower and was surprised to hear his normally quiet dog continually barking and immediately he knew something wasn’t right and quickly went outside to investigate.

With the colts’ boxes close to the garden, Alexander soon discovered that Crackerjack Prince was cast.

“I checked on the horse and he was covered in sweat and pawing,” he said.

“He had colic so I rang the vet and got him into surgery and they operated on him that evening.”

“The vet wasn’t making a story out of it but said if we hadn’t got the horse to him in the next half hour or hour, he reckoned the horse would have been dead.”

Asked if he’d rewarded Bear with another steak, Alexander said: “No, but he probably deserved another one after Sunday.”

Alexander said they basically bought the dog for their two-year-old son Theo because labradoodle’s are so quiet and that’s why he knew something was wrong because of the incessant barking.

“He is that quiet and never ever barks and was barking away and that’s when I knew something was up,’’ he said.

Crackerjack Prince suffered the colic attack the day after his second start last September when he finished second in a 1600m maiden on his home track. His record now is one win and two seconds from three starts.

Alexander said a lot of people say it’s difficult to live on site and while he admitted it is hard to get away, it almost certainly saved the life of Crackerjack Prince.

“That horse would be dead and you wonder how many other horses over the years get seriously injured or hurt,” he said.

After the colic operation, it was 33 weeks before Crackerjack Prince’s successful return to the racetrack last Sunday when he was first up over 1400m.

Alexander said the three-year-old was bred to get over ground.

“He is a stayer that just takes everything in his stride and there is no reason to say that when he gets over more ground that he could be better,” he said.

“But he has had three starts for a win and two seconds so it all looks good.”

Alexander said Crackerjack Prince had always been a good looking horse with a good attitude and there had never been any need to geld him.

“He looks like a nice horse and we’ll see where he can go,” Alexander said.

“I think from a very small book, and he didn’t have many mares, Crackerjack King has done really well,” he said.

“Someone told me in his first year that he only covered about 25 mares so it doesn’t give you much of a chance with that.

“You can’t get the best mares and unless you are up running very, very quickly everyone writes you off because they think you are no good unless you can get a fast two-year-old.”

After missing several months because of the colic attack, Alexander expects Crackerjack Prince to develop into a nice four-year-old but hopes to claim a rich VOBIS race with the colt before his next birthday.

Crackerjack King stands at Dr. Kim McKellar’s Wyndholm Park Stud at Ballarat.

The Group 1 winning Crackerjack King (Shamardal x Claba Di San Jore) was bought by Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s Darren Dance and raced three times in Australia, including a 1.1 length third in the Group 1 Underwood Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield in 2014.

Dance said he bought Crackerjack King the day before he won a Group 1 at 2000m in Italy.

“He is a half to Jakkalberry (Storming Home) and I had Jakkalberry as well,” Dance said.

“We raced Crackerjack King with Marco Botti and he ended up breaking down and we bought him out here and got him going and David Hayes gave him a couple of starts before we retired him.

“We stood him in Adelaide for a season and he didn’t get a lot of support and then we ended up bringing him back to Kim McKellar’s in Ballarat.”

Crackerjack King served 27 mares in his first season at stud, but his biggest book was 48 in 2017, followed by 37 last season.

Dance said he had a couple on the ground by the stallion and rates Crackerjack Prince as the best one he’s produced for him.

“There are a lot of stallions around and he has got to do it the hard way and unless he throws good horses he won’t get the support,” he said.

“I think Victorian is a little bit more patient than some of the other states but we do like stayers and middle distance horses here.”

Dance hopes that Crackerjack Prince can develop into a handy stayer.

“I reckon he is not a bad horse and he is lovely and kind,” Dance said.”

“He is a bit of a pet after being through what he has been through. He came home here and we had him locked up for a couple of months and we had him in the VIP paddock next to Sirius Suspect for a month or two.

“He never put a foot wrong the whole time.”

Crackerjack Prince’s dam, Shaky Isles (Shocking x Miss Tessla), is from the same family as last year’s Melbourne Cup favourite Surprise Baby.

As well as Crackerjack King, Dance also Dandino (Dansili x Generous Diana) at stud at Bombora Downs after purchasing the Group 1 winning stallion from Europe. Dandino claimed another Group victory in one of his six Australian starts, winning the Group 3 Queen’s Cup (2600m) at Flemington.

“I still own a fair whack of him (Crackerjack King) and a fair whack of Dandino and they are both staying stallions and I race quite a few of both of them,” he said.

“I just put them out to decent trainers and hopefully they can do the talking on the track and then the people can see that they can breed themselves a good horse.”

Flying Finch wins at Scone (Katrina Partridge)

The road trip from Benalla to Scone in New South Wales is a long journey to chase a maiden victory, but for trainer Russell Osborne and his veterinarian wife Dr Caroline Duddy there was a significant reason and a couple of bonuses for making the trek.

The couple own Riverbank Farm at Benalla where they offer a variety of services, including standing seven modestly price stallions designed to attract the bred-to-race market.

Despite the demands of the farm, Russell finds time to train up to a dozen of their homebreds and one of them, Flying Finch, is by resident stallion Redente, and has shown above average ability.

And while four-year old Flying Finch had shown some class in his four starts before, Russell and Caroline decided to head to a 1000m maiden race on Scone Cup Day last Friday.

From those four starts, the gelding had been placed three times, but he had a worrying problem during his races.

Caroline said Russell thought they would not see the best of Flying Finch in Victoria because he hangs so badly.

“His last two starts prior to Scone he had run second and horses that he met there were pretty smart,” she said.

“And he lost a lot in the races because he would hang and Russell said he needed to go the New South Wales direction and we wanted to also test whether he could also handle the travel.

“He could have gone to Albury and just pinched a maiden there but we wanted to see just how he’d handle the travel just in case we had to take him to Sydney, potentially.”

Caroline said with a few friends in the Hunter Valley, they decided to also enjoy a few days in Scone Cup time and make a little bit of a road trip out of it.

It all worked out to plan with Flying Finch winning by a short neck over the 1000m journey after starting the $3.10 favourite and picking up a cheque of $20,300.

“The horse handled it really well and we were just delighted that he handled the trip and managed to pull off the win,’’ she said.

While Caroline said that Flying Finch had received treatment for a few issues he’d had, it doesn’t explain why he hangs which she says some horses just do.

“It’s the same as people, some are left and right handed and some horses are left and right handed,” she said.

“And he just prefers to go the NSW way rather than the Victorian way.

“He did a little bit wrong in the race but Regan (jockey Regan Bayliss) rode him out really well to get him to the win and he’ll certainly improve from the run as well.”

Now with his maiden out of the way, Flying Finch will have a week off to get over the trip and a decision will be made on his next assignment which more than likely be over the border.

“And he’ll just work through the grades,” Caroline said.

“Albury is as lot closer to us but the prizemoney at Scone was double for a maiden at Albury and we learnt a lot about the horse in doing the trip and plus we had just had a nice road trip away for a few days and caught up with some good friends up there.”

Caroline said Redente, which stands at $3300, continues to produce winners, including two last Friday – Flying Finch and Brenlyn’s Trooper which has had three wins, plus a second at Moonee Valley, from his four starts.

Mornington trainer David Brideoake also had a Redente winner on Saturday when Bob’s Relish won at Warracknabeal over 1000m.

“He just keeps churning out the winners, old Redente and we just love him,’’ Caroline said.

“He is great value for money and he just keeps producing winners and he has got a lot of support up here in this area and he is just a nice bread and butter horse.”

Caroline said they target the owner-breeder with their stallions and try to offer value for money and their horses are priced for what they are.

She said that while Redente is yet to have a stakes winner, his strike rate of winners to runners is very good.

“We consider that are stallions are priced to what they’re worth,” Caroline said.

“He just keeps producing those winners but I think it might have been a different story for him if he’d had a book of 200 top shelf mares in his first season, I don’t think he’d been standing at Riverbank now.

“He has done it the hard way, Redente. He could have had more potential if he’d had bigger books of high quality mares.”

Redente, an unraced son of Redoute’s Choice, was earmarked as a stallion when he was just a yearling when Caroline was working as an equine vet on Bob Scarborough’s nearby Wood Nook Farm.

He was never going to race because of a cyst above his hoof. Caroline and Russell were asked if they wanted him to breed a couple from as his dam was Group 1 winning mare Stella Cadente (Centaine x Temple Fire).

“So we actually got him as a yearling and put him in the paddock for a year or two and put him to stud when he was three and he has just kind of slowly built a bit of momentum,” he said.

“As I said, he has done it the hard way, the tough way but he has got a lot of loyal support up in this area from our clients.”

Caroline and Russell have a band or around 20 broodmares, but unfortunately Flying Finch’s dam, Lim’s Falcon, died in 2018.

The pair basically only race and train the horses they have bred.

“It’s sort of a side branch of the farm,” Caroline said.

“It’s really Russell’s hobby training the horses, so we really only have on own homebred horses in training at any time.”

And Riverbank truly is a family operation with Russell’s 22-year-old twin daughters, Olivia and Sarah, riding track work for their father.

As well as Redente, Riverbank Farm stand another six stallions – Anacheeva, Boulder City, Prince of Caviar, Skilled, Wayed Zain and Von Costa De Hero.

Caroline Duddy


St Mark’s Basilica. Image courtesy of Racing Post

Story courtesy of TDN AusNZ

Prominent Australian breeder Bob Scarborough will have to wait a little longer for his wonder mare Cabaret (Ire) (Galileo {Ire}), the illustrious dam of Classic winners St Mark’s Basilica (Fr) (Siyouni {Fr}) and Magna Grecia (Ire), to deliver what would be a hugely valuable filly.

Scarborough has celebrated outstanding results with Cabaret, who was initially something of a slow burn as a broodmare, but she is now the dam of a pair of Classic winners following the most recent success of St Mark’s Basilica in the G1 French 2000 Guineas.

Trained by Aidan O’Brien, the colt had won the G1 Dewhurst S. at his previous appearance and now joins his half-brother Magna Grecia as a two-time winner at the highest level.

Magna Grecia claimed the G1 English 2000 Guineas and the G1 Futurity Trophy from O’Brien’s stable before taking his place on the Coolmore stallion roster.

The Irish-based Cabaret, who won the G3 Silver Flash S. as a 2-year-old, has soared into blue hen territory through the deeds of her high-class sons.

“I would have thought she is (a blue hen) and having produced two Classic winners she falls into that category,” Scarborough said. “She’s absolutely fantastic and she just gets these cracking, good types and clearly also has the genetic material that gives them the big heart and the will to win.

“Cabaret has got a Kingman foal and he’s another absolute cracker and she’s tested in foal to Kingman. They did a genetic scan on the mare and she’s carrying another colt.

“I’m still waiting for a filly to keep and race so we’ll see what happens. She’s still young enough to hopefully produce a couple of fillies for me.”

Cabaret was purchased on Scarborough’s behalf by the BBA Ireland’s Adrian Nicoll at the Tattersalls December Mares’ Sale in 2011.

“What a mare, to produce two Guineas winners is rare, somewhat unbelievable really,” Nicoll said.

“She started a bit disappointingly. We bought her for 600,000 gns (AU$1.14 million) in foal to Danehill Dancer and had a great result when she made 525,000 gns (AU$1 million) as a yearling.”

Named Prance (Ire), the filly placed once from five appearances and her daughter Neptune’s Wonder (Ire) (Kodiac {GB}) was a 2-year-old winner at Goodwood last year.

“The mare then had a couple more that weren’t so good, we had an Invincible Spirit horse and after that a Dansili that never got to the track,” Nicoll said.

“Cabaret was on the cusp and we had to decide whether to keep her or get rid of her. She had a Kodiac filly that wasn’t any good and then came Magna Grecia. He was a magnificent looking horse and then came St Mark’s Basilica.”

Cabaret resides at Norelands Stud at County Kilkenny, Ireland, where Nicoll was dining with farm Principal Harry McCalmont when contacted by TDN AusNZ.

“The mare is over in England at the moment and she’ll be back here soon,” he said.

Scarborough will also be racing St Mark’s Basilica’s brother, who has been named Paris Lights (Ire).

“The colt is with Jessie Harrington. Norelands presented him at the sales last year and he didn’t make the reserve,” he said.

“St Mark’s Basilica made 1.3 million gns (AU$2.47 million) as a yearling and we thought Paris Lights was every bit as good as him.

“We put a reserve of 700,000 gns (AU$1.33 million) on him and the bidding stopped at 625,000 gns (AU$1.2 million) so that was the end of it.

“He’s currently a little bit shin sore, but they have got an opinion of him so I hope he’s half as good as the two Guineas winners.”

O’Brien told TDN Europe that St Mark’s Basilica could be next set for another Group 1 target in France or the G1 St James’s Palace S.

“He has an option to go to Ascot, or go back for the French Derby,” he said. “The original plan was that he would go there and back for the French Derby.”

Scarborough viewed St Mark’s Basilica’s outstanding Guineas victory live, but only after a prompt from Nicoll.

“I had got a bit confused about the date of the French Guineas. I got back from a weekend in the country and Adrian rang and said St Mark’s Basilica is running and it’s 11.50pm your time so I sat up and watched it, it was a big thrill,” he said.

Cabaret is a half-sister to the G3 Solario S. winner Drumfire (Ire) (Danehill Dancer {Ire}) and the Listed HKJC Queen’s Silver Jubilee Cup winner Ho Choi (GB) (Pivotal {GB}), who was also runner-up in the G2 Gimcrack S.

The third dam Fife (Ire) (Lomond {USA}), who was third in the Listed Lupe S., is also the second dam of the G3 Park S. winner and G1 Moyglare S. runner-up Ugo Fire (Ire) (Bluebird {USA}). This is also the family of the GI Hollywood Turf Cup hero Frenchpark (GB) (Foolshome {USA}) and the G1 Prix Vermeille winner Pearly Shells (GB) (Efisio {GB}).

Bob Scarborough

Lot 215 Extreme Choice x French Origins filly

Two fillies have smashed the previous record price for yearlings sold at the Inglis Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands.

One filly sold for $260,000 and the other went for $200,000 on the second and final day of the sale which had an 85 per cent clearance rate and a gross of almost $5 million.

Caulfield trainer John Sadler’s wealthy Hong Kong owner Bon Ho paid the top price of $260,000 for an Extreme Choice x French Origins filly, offered by Supreme Thoroughbreds, making her the most expensive yearling ever sold at a Gold Sale.

Cranbourne trainers Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock teamed up with Peter Ford and Heywood Bloodstock to secure Blue Gum Farm’s Headwater x Little Indian filly for $200,000.

The prices clearly surpassed the previous Gold record of $120,000 set in 2018 and equalled last year.

The Extreme Choice filly –the only yearling in the sale by the stallion, was bred by Middlebrook Valley Lodge’s former owner Mike Mant.

She was sent to Victoria’s Supreme Thoroughbreds last December to be prepped for this year’s Premier Yearling Sale but after injuring a hind fetlock in the week leading into the auction, it was decided to withdraw her and send her to the Gold Sale instead.

Since then, Extreme Choice has sired the Golden Slipper winner Stay Inside, which undoubtedly contributed to such a fabulous result.

“Sometimes one person’s bad luck is another’s good luck and there’s no doubt the timing has helped us get such a great price today,’’ Supreme’s Brent Grayling told Inglis Media.

“We thought she was a $120,000 yearling at Prem, we put a $100,000 reserve on her today and to get $260,000 for her is just absolutely wonderful.

“There was a lot of interest in her, she had 15 X-Ray hits which is big for any sale so we’re delighted with the result.’’

Ho thanked Inglis director Johnathan D’Arcy for alerting him to the filly a few days before the sale.

“Once I knew about her I got John Sadler to go and have a look at her and give me his opinion and he was very impressed, very fond of her so I decided to buy her,” Ho said.

“Her pedigree is very good and she looks very strong. I liked her myself as well.

The second-top seller is out of a half-sister to Griffiths’ former six-time stakes placed mare Fidelia, making her an easy target for the stable.

“Robbie basically said to me ‘don’t come home without her’,’’ Corey Smith, Racing Manager for Griffiths de Kock Racing, said of the filly, which was offered on behalf of a large group of Victorian owners.

“She was the one we really wanted, we liked how she moved, she has a great walk, strong shoulder, we thought she was the best filly in the sale.”

The result was one of several outstanding ones for Blue Gum Farm over the course of the two-day auction, which resulted in them ending as leading vendor by selling all 21 of their yearlings for a gross of $874,000.

“She’s a terrific example for the Gold Sale whereby a nice filly who gets a little bit more time to physically and mentally mature can really come into her own, and that’s exactly what this filly did,’’ Blue Gum’s Phil Campbell said.

“It’s been a fabulous sale for us, we’ve sold from $6000 to $200,000 to a broad range of buyers and we couldn’t be happier.

“We were leading vendor at Premier and now leading vendor at Gold which is a great testament to what we do at home. We’re bloody rapt.’’

It was also a good day for Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock’s Darren Dance who paid $40,000 for a half-sister to  recent Group 1 South Australian Oaks (2005m) winner Media Award (Shamus Award x Music Media).  Dance expected to pay much more for the filly by Super One (I Am Invincible x Tails Wins).

Ponderosa Park at Nathalia achieved a first when they produced the sale topper on the opening day of the Gold Sale.

The stud acquired the Capitalist x Chateau Griffo colt earlier this year at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $45,000.

Paul Kelly, who runs Ponderosa Stud with his partner Sue Miller, said the sale price exceeded their expectations.

“We were very happy, over the moon,” Kelly said.

“We thought that he would roll towards $100,000, but we were very surprised that he got to $115,000.”

Kelly said they concentrate on weanlings, explaining that their Grand Final is the Great Southern Sale where they offer their stock.

He said while they’d achieved reasonable results at the weanling sale, it had been nothing like what they reached on Sunday’s first day of the two day sale.

“He was a fantastic type of horse and just shone and is ready to go to the breakers and we were very happy with the way he went through his preparation,” Kelly said.

“He made a little bit more than we thought and are very happy with what we made and we would not have been able to do that without all our staff at the sales and at home.

“We have topped the aggregate for Victoria at the Great Southern Sale and that was a couple of years ago now, and I think we’ll go close again this year because of the number we’ve got going.”

And Kelly said the stud is looking forward to the Great Southern Sale where they will present 27 weanlings by many Victorian sires including Frosted, Impending and Lean Mean Machine.

Kelly has been selling weanlings for around 15 years and they breed from their broodmare band of about 40.

The Capitalist colt was the first foal out of Group 3 Blue Diamond third placegetter Chateau Griffo (Sebring x Moulin Rouge) which finished her nine start career with one win, one second and two thirds for Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths.

The colt was purchased by Andrew Lafontaine and Peter Macvean who will send him to Moe trainer Craig Blackshaw.

The Gold Sale coincided with Victorian-bred Savatoxl’s Group 1 victory in The Goodwood Handicap (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Kuroshio  gelding, bred by Drouin farmers Sheryl and Mark Atkinson’s Carrington Park Stud, sold for $8000 through Ryan Arnel’s Stonehouse Thoroughbreds at the 2017 Gold Yearling Sale to the Alice Springs Turf Club which on-sold him  at their Red Centre Sale to local trainer Will Savage for $18,000.

Savatoxl’s dam, Li’l Miss Hayley (Savabeel x Incommunicado) produced a good result for the Atkinsons when Stonehouse sold a Brazen Beau colt out of the mare for $380,000 to Caulfield trainer Mick Price at the 2019 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. The colt, now racing as Bengal Bandit, won his maiden at his second start at Hamilton last week.

Savatoxl, now with $725,140 in prizemoney, became the third Group 1 winner in the past three months sold through the Gold Sale, joining Australian Guineas winner Lunar Fox ($40,000 purchase) and Australasian Oaks winner Media Award ($5000).

It was also a significant day for Arnel and his Stonehouse operation as it was the first yearling he has sold that’s gone onto Group 1 glory – but he did sell Victoria Derby winner Extra Brut as a weanling.

“But they say you can’t claim it unless it’s from a yearling sale, so first or second, whatever you like, it’s still a bloody good feeling,’” Arnel said.

A minor x-ray issue didn’t help Savatoxl’s sale price, and although Arnel said the horse was a ripping type, Kuroshio wasn’t a stallion in demand.

In other highlights from the opening day of the Gold Sale:

Blue Gum Farm’s All Too Hard x Savsenga filly and Bombora Downs’ Toronado x Bluegrass Danni colt shared the honours for the second top price – $100,000 – achieved on the opening day.

Christoph Bruechert offered the Toronado colt on behalf of breeder Raymond More who was “over the moon” with the result.

Blue Gum’s All Too Hard filly sold to John Sadler and is a half -sister to the trainer’s talented two-year-old Starry Legend (Zoustar), which has won two of his three starts.

“We’ve got a very healthy opinion of Starry Legend and if he goes on to do what I think he’s capable of doing in the spring or next autumn, he really could enhance this filly’s page,’’ Sadler said.

“I really liked this filly as well, she’s going to be a lovely addition to the stable.

“I’d say she’d be up and running by this time next year and hopefully she can go on and make a name for herself in her own right, which I certainly think she can.’’

Blue Gum’s Phil Campbell – who enjoyed a 100 per cent clearance rate from 12 yearlings offered on the opening day said: “She’s a nice running type of filly, a particularly good mover and I think they’ll have plenty of fun with her.

“We’re tickled pink with the sale.  We sold her for a good client Phil Wilton and she’s been raised on the farm all the way along.”

For all results and stats, and to view passed in lots, visit the Inglis website.

Sullivan Bloodstock’s Lot 323, Capitalist x Demand Applause colt

In her first draft since going it alone and establishing Sullivan Bloodstock, former Noorilim Park Operations Manager Sherah Sullivan will offer five quality foals at this week’s Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

Having overseen the day-to-day running of Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds for the past seven years, earlier this year Sherah opted to set up her own boutique farm in Kialla East and, despite the countless hours and sleepless nights which inevitably come with running your own business, she doesn’t regret a thing.

Between finishing up with Noorilim and putting the finishing touches to her own property, opportunities for rest and relaxation have been at a premium of late but Sherah wouldn’t have it any other way.

“I had a fantastic time at Noorilim and can’t thank Peter and the rest of the Carrick family enough for the amazing opportunities they gave me,” she said.

“But after seven years there, I felt the time was right to go out on my own and set up a boutique property. We bought it as a blank canvas a few years ago and had tenants in it for a while to help pay off the mortgage but decided to move in there myself earlier this year. It’s been pretty full-on so far and I haven’t had much time to stop and think about things, but I’m really excited to present my first draft and hopefully we can start with a bit of a bang.”

The fruits of her labour can be seen on the Gold Coast this week, with five lots – comprising three colts and two fillies – set to go under the hammer over the coming days.

Whilst she has a very soft spot for all five and judging by the early inspections is confident interest will be strong in her draft, when pushed Sherah believes one that buyers will love will be Lot 323, a beautiful brown colt by Newgate Farm’s red-hot first season sire Capitalist.

Capitalist has well and truly burst onto the scene this year, as he currently heads not only the first season sires list but also the overall Australian 2YO sires list by every metric – leading by total winners, prizemoney earnings and Stakes winners.

And with his son Captivant having recently broken through at Group 1 level in the Champagne Stakes (1600m), Capitalist is proving himself time and again and Sherah believes her colt shares many of his sire’s attributes.

“He’s a November foal but he’s got a great action to him and is very well-muscled and well-balanced, so we’re really excited about him,” said Sherah.

“Capitalist is obviously having an amazing season and is a hit stallion, so I would imagine his foals are going to be in demand this week.”

Sullivan Bloodstock’s other offerings include a chestnut colt by Written Tycoon out of the Snitzel mare, Snitzel Blitz. Given the enormous success Written Tycoon has again enjoyed this season – his service fee in his first year at Yulong Farm has just been announced as $165,000 – Sherah is very confident that potential suitors will find plenty to like about Lot 182.

“Snitzel Blitz has done a great job, she had a Street Boss colt who was the subject of a pretty big offer recently after one trial, so we’re hopeful this colt will be popular,” she said.

“He’s a very neat, straightforward horse out of a very popular stallion. Written Tycoons almost sell themselves these days, so we think he’s a very saleable colt.”

Street Boss is also a sire in demand, not least as his speedy son Anamoe stamped himself as arguably the country’s leading 2YO with his emphatic victory in the Group 1 Inglis Sires (1400m); and Sherah is hopeful Sullivan Bloodstock’s chestnut filly (Lot 189) out of Speedy Kitty will catch the eye of vendors when she goes through the ring on Thursday.

“She’s a lovely filly, she’s a mid-October foal but has got plenty of strength and is very typical of a Street Boss,” said Sherah.

“Her half-brother sold for $375,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale earlier this year, which gives us some confidence with her.”

Swettenham Stud’s Toronado and Rosemont Stud’s Shamus Award have been battling for supremacy in the Victorian stallion ranks this season, with Masked Crusader flying the flag for Toronado courtesy of his devastating win in the Group 1 William Reid Stakes (1200m).

Lot 235, a chestnut daughter of Toronado, is the first foal produced by unraced Starspangledbanner mare We’ll Never Know.

“This filly is part-owned by Brenna Murphy from Noorilim Park, it’s her first foal to go through the sales ring so she’s pretty excited,” said Sherah.

“We bought the mare the mare online and she’s given us a really nice first foal. We’ve been fortunate with Toronado hitting his straps just at the right time, so we’ve had plenty of interest in her so far.”

The final offering by Sullivan Bloodstock is Lot 332, a colt by Pierro out of Don’t Cry Wolf (by Street Cry).

“This boy has got a great action, and has a good strong hindquarter on him,” said Sherah.

“He’s another nice type so it’s definitely not the worst draft to be presenting first up, and they’ve been well inspected so far. They all travelled up well, they’ve been very professional since they arrived and have had their heads in the feed bin, so they haven’t missed a beat. They’re all been parading like little champions, so while you obviously can’t predict how it’s going to play out, we couldn’t be happier with how it’s gone so far.”

Once the weanling sale has been completed, attention turns to the broodmare sale, Sherah said; “We’ve got a half-sister to Champagne Cuddles in foal to Shamus Award; a lovely mare called Enough Effort (half-sister to Rich Enuff) in foal to Capitalist; a mare from the family of Anders in foal to The Autumn Sun; a Stakes-winning mare called No Restrictions; and also a Street Cry mare in foal to Pierata.

“So it’s going to be a very busy week, but I’m really looking forward to it and hopefully we can sit down at the end of it and reflect on a job well done.”

To view Sullivan Bloodstock’s weanling draft, click here.

To view Sullivan Bloodstock’s broodmare draft, click here.

Sherah Sullivan


Wandjina, standing at Larnuek Stud in 2021

A stallion Cluster that will make you (Wolf) Cry.

OK, so we couldn’t manage any word associations for Wandjina.

But hey, we’re a stud that stands good sires, not Hemingway.

What we definitely don’t need to be clever with words about though is Larneuk’s lineup for 2021. Best yet.

For starters, two new boys: Endless Drama and Wandjina.

We only got to see ENDLESS DRAMA race a few times in Australia where he finished 3rd to Winx in the Group 2 Apollo, won the Apollo the following year and later grabbed 3rd in the Group 1 Stradbroke. However, he was a multiple Group 2 winner in New Zealand AND multiple Group 1 placed behind absolute superstars Gleneagles and Belardo in the UK.

Did we mention he’s by Lope de Vega (Santa Ana Lane, Gytrash, Vega Magic et al.)? Endless Drama will stand at $8,800 with a limited number of breeding rights available.

Also getting used to his new surroundings in God’s country (aka Victoria’s North East), WANDJINA already has runs on the board with Group 2 winner & multiple Group 1 placed 2YO, Mamaragan, Wandabaa, Express Pass, Rock My Wand, Grand Scholar, Deep Chill, Wanaroo & co.

With his oldest progeny 4YOs, Wandjina is described as an ‘oil painting’ – he was a $1 million yearling after all – and is one of the best sons of Snitzel available at stud. Wandjina too stands at $8,800.

Fastnet Rock’s Group 2 winner & rising sire (oldest progeny 4YOs), CLUSTER is excellent value at a fee of $6,600 for 2021, particularly in light of this year’s brilliant 2YO, Rocket Tiger. What a fairytale horse he’s turned out to be … placed in the Group 2 Silver Slipper and Group 3 Black Opal, he also got a run in the Golden Slipper and watch out for him when he returns as a 3YO. Cluster is also sire of stakes horse, Gee Gees Darl, plus multiple winners Tarcoola Diva, Centaur, Tocatchacod and this season’s unbeaten 2YO, Serious Sarah.

Rounding out the Larneuk lineup is WOLF CRY who we reckon is something of a sleeping giant. This first crop son of superstar sire, Street Cry, Wolf Cry has just had the 4 runners thus far but they include Group 2 placed 2YO, Wolves and 5.5 length Doomben winner, General Wolffe.

We’re not crying wolf with this bloke. Like Cluster, he stands at a fee of just $6,600.

There are no guarantees in breeding and you just can’t wave a magic Wand(jina) – sorry, couldn’t help ourselves – but in terms of sheer value and promise, you can’t go past the Larneuk quartet.

For further information, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.



ENDLESS DRAMA (Lope de Vega) [new]                          $8,800

WANDJINA (Snitzel) [new]                                                  $8,800

CLUSTER (Fastnet Rock)                                                     $6,600

WOLF CRY (Street Cry)                                                        $6,600

Scorpz, standing at Platinum Thoroughbreds

News from Platinum Thoroughbreds Victoria:

We are pleased to be offering one-of-a-kind incentives for this coming and next season. For any metropolitan winning mare, black type or black type producer we will be offering a FREE 2021 breed to SCORPZ.

This is on offer for the first 10x mares as listed above in 2021.

An early bird discount has also been applied to all Scorpz mares booked in to Scorpz prior to Aug 1st 2021 at $3000+ GST.

For any of the STRYKER fans, we are celebrating his return to Victoria with a 2022 re-breed incentive for all mares booked in and bred 2021, with a half price 2022 or 2023 re-breed on offer to Stryker, and subsequent discounts for return/repeat customers to either stallion.

Which offers excellent value for money, in a group 1 producing stallion!

Both Scorpz and Stryker are VOBIS nominated for 2021.

All breeders are encouraged to contact us to work out a deal that best suits them and if they have a black type mare, we are more than happy to work out a breeding plan to best suit the owner and mare.

All information on the stallions can be found on our website 

Group 1 producing sire Stryker, now at Platinum Thoroughbreds


Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale at Oaklands Junction on March 02, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

Buyers will be out bright and early when inspections begin for the Inglis Gold Yearling Sale at 8.30 on Wednesday morning.

The Oaklands sales complex will house more than 300 lots scheduled to go under the hammer on Sunday and Monday (May 16 and 17).

Inglis Melbourne Bloodstock Manager James Price believes it’s the best Gold Sale he’s seen. “The catalogue is better than last year, and the pedigrees are matched on type. We’re looking forward to presenting them this weekend.”

Price and the Inglis Melbourne team returned to Oaklands on Tuesday morning after staying over for a think-tank in Sydney on Monday. The Easter Yearling Sale was an unqualified success, and Inglis backed that up with another four sales in eight days at Riverside Stables last week.

“It’s been a very successful sales season, and there were a lot of ideas discussed how we can go about improving again next year,” Price said. “The Gold Sale has gone to another level this season with Group 1 winners Lunar Fox and Media Award both graduating in 2019.”

Lunar Fox (3c Foxwedge – Grant’s Moon by Malibu Moon) was a $40,000 graduate from Kelly Thoroughbreds, and the G1 Australian Guineas victory in February sent his earnings past $1million. He loved Flemington, having won the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Headquarters in March 2020.

Sale-based Travis Kelly and his wife Bec are back with 11 lots in Barn B at Oaklands for this year’s Gold Sale. The highlight will be the Frosted (USA), half-sister, to Lunar Fox catalogued as Lot 226. The Inglis inspection team rates her highly, and she will be well-found by buyers on Monday.

“We couldn’t afford to buy top-level yearlings, so we decided to start breeding ourselves about ten years ago,” Kelly explained. “Lunar Fox was passed in at the 2019 Premier but really furnished by the time we brought him down for the Gold Sale.

“Now we’re Group 1 winning breeders. It’s the ultimate.”

Kelly Thoroughbreds has catalogued first-crop colts by Bon Aurum (Lot 26) and Thronium (Lot 107) as agent for Regal Thoroughbreds at the Gold Sale.

Bon Aurum (Bon Hoffa) won a G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before retiring to Riverbank Farm, and Thronium (Snitzel) claimed a G2 Australia Stakes that earned him a start at Sun Stud. His colt is a half-brother to G1 NZ Derby winner Rocket Spade.

There are more than a dozen first-crop stallions represented at Oaklands, and, apart from Bon Aurum and Thronum, they include Victorian-based Gold Standard & Overshare (Spendthrift), Highland Reel (Swettenham), Impending (Darley), Inference (Chatswood) and Tosen Stardom (Woodside).

“It’s a great assortment of young stallions from our leading studs, and their yearlings represent another fantastic opportunity for buyers and investors to source value,” Price said. “There is great demand for well-credentialed stock in Australia at the moment, and for good reason – prizemoney levels are so strong, and the racing industry has never been healthier.

“It’s great fun being involved in racehorse ownership, be it at a high level or having just a small percentage in a cheaper horse, and I’ve got no doubt there will be countless success stories emerge from this Gold Sale catalogue in years to come.”

Leanne Smith & the Bucklee Farm team at Inglis' Oaklands Junction sales complex

The 2021 edition of the Inglis Melbourne Gold Sale is on this weekend and the boutique Bucklee Farm will again showcase a cracking draft for buyers. Proving they can hold their own against the industry’s bigger players, the Farm has featured in the Top 4 Vendors by Aggregate for the past 5 years, and the team is quietly confident of reaching those heights again.

“We love this sale,” said Bucklee Farm’s principal Leeanne Smith.

“We work hard all year round to continually present well-respected drafts and I’m very lucky that I have a lot of clientele that specifically come to the Sales to visit our drafts.”

Based in Greta West, on the outskirts of Wangaratta, and with a lifetime of experience in the industry, Leeanne will again provide a good cross selection of bloodstock, with a yearling in her 21-strong draft to suit all buyers across the spectrum. All but 4 in the draft are Super VOBIS nominated.

Kicking off for the farm will be the first of two Manhattan Rain progeny, Lot 2. A precocious colt out of Pangani (Pins), he is built in the same neat and compact frame as his grandam, Champion New Zealand 2YO Flying Babe.

The second Manhattan Rain is another neat type, a filly out Nicodora (Lot 328), the half-sister of Group 1 winner Nicconi. Nicodora is the dam of 3 foals to race for 2 winners.

Lot 11, Bel Esprit x Princess Of Exile filly, is from a family of winners including Group 1 Newmarket Hcp winner, The Quarterback. A nice scopey yearling, she covers good ground when walking.

Lot 30 is a good bodied Smart Missile colt with a strong hindquarter. Out of dam Salonika, he is bred on the highly successful Fastnet Rock – Galileo cross.

From a lovely family that includes Lucky Diva and Spirit Of Westbury, Lot 60 (Turffontein x Streghetta) is a precocious colt. He is nicely balanced with a great girth and shoulder.

Bucklee Farm’s other Turffontein is (Lot 129) is a nice mature yearling filly that looks to be an early runner. Out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Belisarda, she has a strong back-end and is a great walking filly.

The third Turffontein in the Bucklee draft, Lot 149 (Turffontein x Calais View colt) is from a progressive sprinting family that includes Sartorial Splendor and Fontiton. A first foal for the dam, he is a later foal that Leeanne believes should mature well. The colt has a great length of rein and is well balanced.

Another filly that Leeanne sees as being another early running type is Lot 73, by the exciting Top 5 first season sire Frosted. She is out of The Gorgon, a Street Cry dam with 2 winners from 4 foals to race.

The other in the draft by Frosted is Lot 187, a grey colt out of Donna Intelligente (Dehere). From a great family with plenty of winners, Leeanne believes this lovely colt will be a late maturing type.

From the up-and-coming stallion Palentino, Lot 78 is a big, balanced colt with good strength. He has a superb work ethic and a lovely nature to match. He is the fifth foal from his dam Tiger’s Girl, three have raced with 2 winners including the Kris Lees-trained Irish Thunder.

With his eldest progeny now yearlings, buyers will no doubt be keen to inspect the product of Spendthrift Australia’s Gold Standard. Lot 84, out of Vegeta, is a neat colt out of a powerful sprinting family. His grandam, Romalpa, was a handy mare who, after retiring from the breeding barn, is still a nanny to the youngsters at Bucklee Farm.

Buyers will like what they see in Lot 92. This eye-catching Holler x White Heart Lane filly is a strong, balanced yearling with a great walk and is a half-sister to Stakes winner, Lucky Penny.

By Golden Slipper Stakes winner, Sepoy, and from a running family, Lot 123 is an athletic colt with a solid top line. He is the third foal to his dam, Bad Option (Danerich).

The first of two Pride of Dubai fillies in the Bucklee Farm draft, Lot 136 is the first foal for her dam, Blazers, and as such, presents as a nice strong yearling. A recent pedigree update now includes G3 placed winner, Money Matters.

“She (Lot 136) is a great, tall filly,” said Leeanne. “She is scopey and correct and related to the Group 1 winner-turned-stallion Shinzig.”

The second Pride Of Dubai is Lot 164, a filly out of Listed winner, and dam of two winners, Classy Chloe. Compact and neat, Leeanne describes her as a “sweet little businesswoman.”

“She gets in and does her work, goes back to her box to eat her feed, then rests and is ready to do it all again,” said Leeanne.

Lot 152 is a Your Song x Cara Y Cruz filly. A tall, scopey filly with a good shoulder, she is quite athletic and has a great work ethic. Leeanne believes she will mature well.

Lot 165, a Master of Design x Cloud Class filly, provides buyers with a bit of range. From a sire that is producing regular winners, and from a Good Journey dam, she has good length, a great girth and will grow out into a big horse.

The blonde-maned Lot 237 is by the ever-consistent sire of winners, Reward For Effort. Out of Hot Streak, her first foal was placed in first start last month.

“From a family that includes Kenedna and Spill The Beans, this filly is neat, balanced, a good eater and has not missed a beat in her preparation leading into this sale,” said Leeanne.

Lot 247 is a colt by the ill-fated Fighting Sun, out of Induct, a dam that has produced 8 winners from 9 foals to race. With a beautiful shoulder, he has a great hind quarter to match.

“I might have a little soft spot for this one (Lot 247),” said Leeanne.

“He has a great attitude, loves his work and his feed. He is a really nice, professional colt that I believe will be an early running type.”

A colt by Dissident out of an Al Maher mare, Irradiated, Lot 250 is a tall, later maturing type. He has been thriving in his preparation leading into the Sale and is developing into a lovely strong colt.

Lot 337 (Holler x Oriental) is a colt that will be the last of the Bucklee Farm’s Gold draft to enter Oaklands’ sale ring. Going by the stable name of Wilson, he is from a consistent family of winners (Oriental has produced 6 winners from 9 foals). With a good hip to hock length, he has a good positive attitude to match.

The Bucklee Farm draft will be in Barn A, Stables 25-46 and are available for parade from 12noon Wednesday 12 May. Click here to view their full draft with video and images.

Ilovethiscity winner of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, and producer of Group 1 two-year-old El Dorado Dreaming will stand the 2021 breeding season at Noor Elaine Farm.

Noor Elaine Farm and breeders have supported Ilovethiscity heavily, serving 124 mares last season. He has served a total of 253 mares in the past three seasons.

Ilovethiscity has proven to be a strong producer of stakes class gallopers with the likes of El Dorado Dreaming, Ilovemyself, Chapel City, Moonlover and stakes performed Pippali and Savoie.

In 2020 Ilovethiscity has had 2 stakes winners, 1 stakes performed, and promising gelding Barocha who was sold to Hong Kong.

Ilovethiscity has been well received at this year’s bloodstock sales. His yearlings have seen $140,000 and $120,000, averaging $48,500.

Ilovethiscity stands at Noor Elaine Farm in Euroa and his 2021 fee is $8,800 (Including GST). All enquiries can be directed to Tim Jackson 0428 855 240 and George Yannas 0400 145 841.


Rousseau ridden by Teodore Nugent wins the Rod Fenwick Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on May 08, 2021 in Caulfield, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Moorooduc breeder Craig Pearce was hoping the So You Think colt he bred with his wife Kath at their Princeton Stud might have had the credentials to be a Derby horse.

Out of their mare Solar Rock (Encosta Delago x Cirque Du Soleil), the Chris Waller trained Rousseau sold for $150,000 at the 2019 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

With the Derby aim long gone, Rousseau is showing the benefits of some extra time. Although scoring his maiden victory at Pakenham over 1600m in February, he has shown good form at his past three starts, culminating in a win over 2000m at Caulfield last Saturday in a three-year-old handicap.

He’d finished second over 2050m at Mornington and then third over 2238m at Sale in the lead up to the victory.

Pearce said Rousseau had shown a lot of potential when his career kicked off.

“We don’t own him, but we were hoping he would have gone on and run around in a Derby or two, but not to be, but it looks like he is maturing enough now and starting to put it together,” he said.

“It was a good win, considering there was a reasonable favourite in the race too.

“He is enjoying it, and I think he needs to get to 2000m at least, and his win was good, and he is on the up, which is good for Chris Waller, and I think he is a Star Thoroughbreds horse.”

Pearce said they have about a dozen mares on their stud and are offering a few at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale from May 23-27.

“If they sort of hit some of the areas we want to hit, we will sell and try and replace them with something a bit younger and newer,” he said.

“We are just turning over stock as you do. It’s like football where you have to have your draft coming through and your retirees, and that’s just the way it works.”

Pearce said that with everything that had happened during the past 12 months, it might be prudent to drop back to seven or eight broodmares.

He said he was trying to refine the quality, and that’s why some of the mares would go to the sales as they attempt to identify some younger ones from stakes-winning families or ones that are producing stakes winners.

Pearce said the prices some of the broodmares received at the recent Chairman’s Sale was “off the map.”

“I couldn’t believe it and can’t believe I didn’t have a couple of mine up there,” he said.

One of the mares Pearce will offer on the Gold Coast is Divine Quality which is in foal to Written Tycoon.

“She is a Group 3 winner down the straight at Flemington, and she is in foal to Written Tycoon, and we might just see what she goes for, and if she gets somewhere around the high one hundred, I might let her go,” he said.

Divine Quality (Sepoy x Nun Faster) was raced by the Pearces and had 18 starts for four wins, six seconds and one third.

Pearce said Rousseau’s dam Solar Rock wouldn’t go to the sales as she wasn’t served as she had too late a foal.

“We will be keeping her and getting her back into foal, and hopefully Rousseau can keep flying the flag, and we might throw her in next year,” he said.

Pearce said other mares being offered on the Gold Coast include Galivant (Galileo x Valdara), in foal to Dundeel.

“She had Northern Reign (which is also being offered at the sale),” he said.

“We have got Marble Silver (Notnowcato x Serena’s Storm) in foal (Blue Point) going up there.”

As well as Solar Rock, Pearce said he was also going to leave Pride Rock (Fastnet Rock x Pride of Pine) and Tack (Redoute’s Choice x Line Honours) at home for now.

While Rousseau was a good win for his Victorian breeders, Ruby Skye paid homage to her sire Reset, who passed away last week, by winning the Cameron Plant Memorial Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

In a press release issued by Darley, the stud said Reset, the undefeated multiple G1 winner on the racetrack and the headline act on the Darley roster at Northwood Park in its formative years, passed away in the evening of Tuesday, 4 May at Woodlands, where he enjoyed his retirement.

Bred by Phillip Esplin and Geoff Hodgkinson, Reset was by champion stallion Zabeel out of dual G1-winning Zeditave mare Assertive Lass.

He was purchased by his trainer Graeme Rogerson for $190,000 at the 2002 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

A star on the racetrack for his owner Lloyd Williams, Reset’s brief but scintillating career saw him record five victories from five starts. His final two starts saw him post Group 1 victories in the Australian Guineas, which featured a stirring battle with Starcraft up the long Flemington straight in extreme heat, and a brilliant defeat of the older horses in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.

Reset joined the Darley stallion roster on his retirement from the racetrack in 2004 and from his very first crop sired G1 VRC Derby winner Rebel Raider. Following the purchase of Northwood Park, Reset became the headline act on Darley’s Victorian roster, a position he filled with distinction for many years.

 “Reset was a much-loved horse, so it is a really sad day for the whole team, particularly those at Northwood Park,” said Darley Australia’s Head of Sales, Andy Makiv. 

As well as Rebel Raider, Reset is the sire of Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner, Cox Plate heroine Pinker Pinker, Epsom Handicap winner Hauraki and the VRC Oaks-winning filly Set Square.

 In total, he has sired 34 Stakes winners, and his progeny have earned $55 million in prizemoney. As a broodmare sire, his daughters are responsible for 10 Stakes winners to date, including the likes of Houtzen.

Makiv said Reset would continue to be a familiar name in pedigrees and racebooks for years to come.

“He was the start of the marketing slogan we use today that the Darley stallions get you to the big days,” Makiv said. 

“And he not only got you to the big days and the big races; he won you them as evidenced by his Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, Epsom Handicap and Derby and Oaks winners.

 “Most importantly, though, he was a horse of great character who everyone loved having around, and he will be sorely missed.”

Reset had resided at Woodlands in the Hunter Valley since retiring from stud duties at the end of the 2018 season.

Running Cloud ridden by Lachlan Neindorf wins the Selangor Turf Club Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on May 08, 2021 in Caulfield, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

The victory of gelding Running Cloud at Caulfield on Saturday was significant for both trainer Nathan Dunn and Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch.

The three-year-old is by Wandjina (Snitzel x La Bamba), and the city win was good timing for Murdoch, who only recently announced that the stallion has joined his roster at Larneuk.

For former jumps jockey Dunn, who is predominately a horse breaker and pre-trainer, it was his first city winner as a trainer.

Running Cloud will not only be memorable for giving Dunn his first metropolitan victory, but it’s the same horse that lashed out at him, shattering his leg in four places last June.

Running Cloud made it a hat-trick of victories at Caulfield after going into the race on the back of a track record-breaking win over 1600m on the Pakenham synthetic track.

And Dunn is considering the offers for his gelding that came from Hong Kong quickly after the Caulfield win.

After kicking off his stud career at a $33,000 service fee in 2015 when Wandjina served 153 mares – his biggest book was the following year when he served 165 – his mares remained in the hundreds until the past two seasons.

Wandjina severed 16 mares in 2019 at a $22,000 service fee, and last year, when his service fee was halved, he had 36 mares.

With his oldest progeny being four-year-olds, Murdoch suggests there is still plenty to come from the stallion’s matings.

“We’ve only had him here for a week, and as a type goes, he is a lovely horse,” Murdoch said.

“Don’t get me wrong, he has plenty of ability, and he gets plenty of winners.

“I think he has got seven or eight stakes horses and a Group 2 winning horse, and we are standing him at $8000.

“It will be really interesting if the breeders get behind him in Victoria because, at that value, he should get 100 mares, you would think.

“But the horse is certainly doing enough for people to come and look at him, and they will get a return off that cost.

“He has got a live chance with the horses he has got, and he has still got plenty, coming in the next year or two, but at the moment, he has got plenty going for him.”

Murdoch said Wandjina was doing enough for people to be looking at him and thinking he deserves a fair go at the value he offers.

He said while he hopes it would happen, he knows what the market is like.

And Murdoch said he chased Wandjina last year, but unfortunately, he threw Group 2 winner Mamaragan and Newgate Stud decided to hang onto him.

Murdoch said he was happy with Larneuk’s roster of stallions and said the market would tell them what they have or haven’t done.

“And our Cluster has had two or three winners this week, and he is going really well,” he said.

“The new horse we bought Endless Drama (Lope De Vega x Desert Drama) is a super horse if you go through his pedigree. And he is standing at $8800.”

Larneuk also stands Cluster and Wolf Cry.

And while Murdoch is excited about what Wandjina can offer the Victorian breeding industry, the stallion’s son Running Cloud has certainly provided Dunn was a few up and downs.

Dunn does a lot of work from his Bayles property for the nearby Yulong outfit, as well as other trainers such as Mick Price.

He broke in Running Cloud, and the horse was China-bound, with about another 80 horses, before the pandemic left them stranded in Australia.

After being turned out to the paddock, Dunn bought the horse back in work with the idea of training him, but disaster struck.

During one training session, the gelding lashed out at Dunn – breaking his leg in four places and putting him out of the saddle for months.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Dunn, who purchased the horse when he couldn’t be exported to China when planes were grounded because of COVID-19.

“I was a little bit surprised with the odds on Saturday, but he was stepping up from a synthetic win, but he did break the track record at Pakenham for the 1600m,” Dunn said.

“I thought he warranted a crack in a three-year-old race in town, but when you look at the trainers who had horses competing in the races and little old me who hadn’t trained a winner in town yet, the odds were double figures.”

Dunn said Running Cloud always showed ability and broke through for his maiden victory over 1600m at Moe last December.

“I had broken in a couple by Wandjina, and they are quite nice horses and being by Snitzel, and out of a Commands mare, I just liked him when I broke him in,” he said.

“There are offers for him now from overseas, and he might finish in Hong Kong.

“I had offers today, and I’d be mad not to sell him, having a young family and being a horse-breaker and earning a living the hard way.

“On the third of June last year, he kicked me and snapped my leg in four places, so there will be no love lost.

“He was actually in the late May online sale, but they pulled him and sent him to me and later acquired him. And it had been eight months since I’d broken him in, and I Iunged him with the gear on for a couple of days and then thought right oh and get out of my way, and I’m getting on this bugger.

“He bucked me over the wall and then backed up to me and kicked me in the leg and broke it, in four places and finished me off a treat.

“I had too much confidence in my ability, thinking he’d be all right to get back on, and he wasn’t it.”

Dunn said he was in a bad way for quite a while after breaking his leg, but in another twist, he found out while he was still on crutches that he’d won the 2011 Grand National Steeplechase.

The original winner of the race, Black and Bent, was recently disqualified as part of Racing Victoria’s investigation and subsequent disqualification of former Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon.

Dunn had ridden the runner-up, Desert Master, who finished 12 lengths behind Black and Bent.

“I got relegated from second to first,” Dunn said.

“I won it by default and managed to do it lying on my back with crutches.”
After resuming after a nine-week let-up, Dunn described Running Cloud’s first two runs back as a bit ordinary, but he then won a 0-58 Pakenham synthetic, returned to the same track ten days later for a bench 64 win, also 1600m, and ten days later tackled the Selangor Turf Club Handicap (1600m) for three-year-olds at Caulfield.

“So in 30 days, he has won more than $100,000,” Dunn said.

“For sheer hard work, we have been rewarded with a win in town,”

Dunn said he would go through the negotiation process with Hong Kong buyers for Running Cloud, which would also have to pass veterinary examinations and tests.

He said there was still quite a lot of water to go under the bridge, but the interest was there.

Inn Keeper ridden by Dean Holland wins the Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool Racecourse on May 05, 2021 in Warrnambool, Australia. (Alice Miles/Racing Photos)

Symon Wilde admits there is something extra special to breed, train and race a winning horse with family members.

The Warrnambool trainer, who also has stables at Ballarat, achieved some great things at his local three-day carnival last week when Gold Medals (Elvstroem x Lady Mulroy) won the Grand Annual Steeplechase (5500m) at his home track.

But for sentimental reasons, it was hard to surpass the victory of his homebred Inn Keeper (Host x Petit Cadeau) in the listed Wangoom Handicap (1200m).

“It’s always extra special when you breed them, and he (Inn Keeper) is from a line of horses that we’ve had and from the daughter of a mare that dad (Bill) originally bought – Centore (Key Dancer x Clayton’s Century).

“Centore produced a Wangoom winner (Arch Symbol), and Inn Keeper is from her daughter.

“My father had a lot of success with Centore, and we kept her best daughter Petit Cadeau which is the mother of Inn Keeper, so we have had two Wangoom Winners out of that family.

“It’s been terrific.”

Wilde recalls that his father paid $10,000 for Centore at an Adelaide sale and was the most expensive horse he’d ever bought.

And at the time, Bill Wilde was an owner-trainer, and Symon remembers as a kid asking his father why he’d paid so much for Centore.

“He told me she was a beautiful horse, she had double Century, and he named all of this stuff in her pedigree and that he really liked.

“Dad said she was beautifully bred, and he was going to breed from her once she was finished racing.

“She won her first start at Warrnambool, and she had one more start and ran second and ended up getting bone chips in her knees, and the operation was going to cost $3000 for both knees.

“He said God it’s hardly worth it and had her put straight into foal. She had her first foal at four, and we’ve had great success.

Presentation to connections after Inn Keeper won the Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool Racecourse on May 04, 2021 in Warrnambool, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

“She produced a Wangoom winner (Arch Symbol in 2009) and produced another horse called Belfast Card that won his first start at Warrnambool, and at his second start he won again and still holds the track record.”

Belfast Card, by Final Card, established the 1100m track record with a time of 1:03.210 secs in February 2003.

Centore also produced another multiple winning homebred for the Wilde family, Key Symbol (Fraar), which won 13 races, including the Coleraine, Mortlake and Dunkeld Cups.

“He won hurdles and a steeplechase as well,” Wilde said. “The stallions we put her to weren’t great.”

Key Symbol, bred and broken in by Wilde and raced by his family, had given him his best memories in racing, but that’s now being challenged by Gold Medals, which has won more than $1 million in prize money.

Centore’s daughter, Petit Cadeau (Kingston Mill), won four races, including at Sandown and the Warrnambool May Carnival.

Wilde, who originally trained in partnership with his father, said Petit Cadeau had produced four foals, including Thunder Point, which is an unraced three-year-old full brother to Inn Keeper.

“It’s good fun, and there is a different feeling when you breed them, and the family is in them, it’s more satisfying,” he said.

“The breeding has been a hobby, but in recent years with the yearling sale prices being so dear, a client of mine, Dallas Ludeman and I have now have three mares.

“We used to muck around with one mare, but now we have got three, and the reason behind it is that yearling sale prices are so high.

“Two are in New Zealand, and the one is here called Crevasse, and she has a Magnus colt on her.

“It’s turning out cheaper to breed one now. Back when dad started training, he bought these cheap horses for 30 grand and under and bought really nice animals for that money.

“But if you go the sales now with 20 grand, you won’t even get a look in, I think it will turn back to trainers breeding a few.”

Petite Cadeau was retired at the start of the year.

And while the now seven-year-old Inn Keeper had a late start to his racing career, his full brother Thunder Point, who is by Host, is on a similar path and remains unraced as a three-year-old.

Wilde described the gelding as much bigger than Inn Keeper, and he might have one start as a three-year-old or otherwise will kick off his career at four.

Host (Chil) originally stood at Swettenham Stud when Petit Cadeau was served.

Dean Holland returns to the mounting yard on Inn Keeper after winning the Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap, at Warrnambool Racecourse on May 05, 2021 in Warrnambool, Australia.(Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)