Kiwi Ida bred by Ponderosa Park is a multiple stakes winner (Racing and Sports)

For Ponderosa Park, each year, the Inglis Great Southern sale is their grand finale. The farm-based in Nathalia targets the sale at Oaklands Junction with the weanlings they breed each year.

This year they will be the biggest vendor on the complex with 27 weanlings with their entire draft bred by Ponderosa Park. In 2019 their strategy resulted in Paul and Sue claiming the highest vendor by aggregate when they sold 13 weanlings for $593,000.

At the time, Paul could hardly contain his excitement, “Well, it hasn’t hit us yet, but we’re all excited back here on the farm. Everyone’s hard work has finally paid off.”

Paul and Sue are no strangers to hard work, and they have reaped the rewards on the track, too, with their headline horse Kiwi Ida a PK3 graduate.

The pair bred and sold the mare as a weanling through the Great Southern sale.

Kiwi Ida was then exported to New Zealand and became a multiple winning stakes winner, trained by John and Karen Parsons. The mare is sired by Widden Victoria’s Squamosa.

The mare won both the Group 2 Westbury Classic and the Group 2 Manawatu Stakes and has won a total of $509,862 for her connections.

Kiwi Ida’s full brother made $150,000 at Karaka when he was sold at the 2020 sale and was knocked down to Beamish Bloodstock.

This sale, not only will they present a half to Kiwi Ida but a ¾ relation when the sale gets underway on Sunday.

“We have a number of weanlings represented by good stallions in our draft. We have some nice Frosted’s, a nice Impending colt, and of course our ¾ to Kiwi Idea, which is lot 4 and a half to Kiwi Ida which is lot 351,” Paul said.

Another highlight for Ponderosa Park is lot 22, a colt by Widden Victoria’s Fiorente. The colt is out of five-time winner Lacey Underall who won $487,660 and is the winner of the Group 2 SAJC Adelaide Cup.

“He is a cracking colt and out of the Adelaide Cup winner, and he himself won the Melbourne Cup. For those who want a Melbourne Cup horse, here he is,” Paul commented.

Another weanling that Paul highlights is lot 159, a Wandjina filly out of Shadow Doll. Wandjina this year will stand in Victoria at Larnuek Stud.

Shadow Doll was a two-time winner, with two of her foals to race who are both winners. New York Baby sired by Written Tycoon is a winner at two years old and is trained by Team Corstens.

The filly won the VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool worth $100,000 on the 4th of May when Damien Oliver rode her to victory ahead of Cardigan Queen.

Team Corstens have put her away and will bring her back out to target the Spring.

“This is a great filly for pinhookers to take a look at. She is a serious filly, and Corstens is excited about her Spring and future,” Paul said.

Another filly which Paul has high regard for is lot 293 out of Bloodlette. Bloodlette is the half-sister to the ten-time winner, Platelet and is a multiple Group 1 winner, counting the Group 1 SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes and the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap.

“These weanlings are for genuine sale, and I want them to go to good homes. We like to look after pinhookers, and we will have another draft of weanlings to sell next year,” Paul said.

To view the entire Ponderosa Park draft, click here.

lot 370 of Esker Lodge's draft, a colt by Toronado

Darren and Elizabeth Dance’s Esker Lodge will present three weanlings and three mares at the Great Southern sale.

The three weanling colts all bred by Esker Lodge include an Impending, a Capitalist and a Toronado for buyers at Oaklands Junction.

The first lot to head through the ring will be the Impending colt out of the Exceed and Excel mare Keltara and will go through as lot 15.

Keltara is the half-sister to MISSY CUMMINGS, who is the dam of the Victorian-bred MIZZY.

“This colt is a forward-looking colt, and the Impending’s have sold well. He has a lot going for him. Great head, great attitude and correct X-rays,” Darren said.

The next lot to head through will be lot 81, the Capitalist colt out of the More Than Ready mare, More Bubbly.

The mare is a three-time winner, and Darren and Elizabeth are parting with the colt off the back of how strong the market currently is and how in-demand Capitalist’s progeny are at present.

“This is the best time to put a Capitalist on the market given how well he is going as a sire. He is a nice colt and correct. Even though he is a later foal, he has good bone, good leg and a strong hindquarter,” Darren said. “He should be very popular at the sale.”

The mare is the dam of Madame Bolli, who is sired by Written Tycoon and is looking to be a very progressive filly who seems as though she may be city class standard.

The final weanling to head through the ring will be lot 370, a colt sired by Swettenham’s Toronado and out of the Foxwedge mare in Foxlago.

The colt on offer is from the same family as the stakes-mare in ROCKALICIOUS and CANNY LASS.

“Toronado is the pin-up boy in Victoria at the moment as a sire. This colt is a really good specimen, and he will be popular at the sales. He is a lovely colt, good sized and a tremendous walker who just lopes along,” Darren said.

“These weanlings are all headed to the sale as we believe they will make good money given the market. Had I thought about it in a bit more detail, I may have put half a dozen in,” Darren laughs.

On Monday, Darren will present three broodmares at Oaklands Junction.

“We have been growing, and it is a great opportunity for people to capitalise on that growth with purchasing these mares at Oaklands,” Darren said.

“We currently have a band of forty mares, and we want to focus on ensuring we are boutique,” Darren said.

The three mares to head through the ring will be Loves Attention (lot 423), Absolute Puzzle (lot 487) and Chase the Dame (lot 504).

Lot 423, Loves Attention is out of Party Miss. Party Miss is a four-time winner, including a win in her two-year-old career. She is the dam of none other than Yulong’s Champion sire WRITTEN TYCOON.

Loves Attention is also the dam of stakes performed Murt the Flirt.

The next mare to head through the ring will be lot 487, Absolute Puzzle. Absolute Puzzle is out of the Flying Spur mare Without Exception and is in foal to Yulong’s Grunt.

The final mare to head through the ring will be Chase the Dame as lot 504. Chase the Dame is out of the Commands mare in Berengaria, who is the half-sister to THACKERAY and FAIRYTALES. Chase the Dame also includes Group 1 Sires Produces ON THE BUBBLES in her family.

To view Esker Lodge’s weanling draft, click here, and to view their broodmare draft, click here.

Sheamus Mills (centre) with Barry Bowditch (left) and Michael Christian (right) with Volpe Veloce. (Magic Millions)

Bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills (FBAA) is upping sticks to country Victoria this month, relocating his family life from Melbourne to a rural property in the Romsey district. Named ‘Kilcoole Park’, the property is a small holding for Mills, his wife Maelani and the couple’s 7-year-old son Lucas, but big enough to host a few of Mills’ favourite broodmares.

“We’ll have my own mares there, but I’ll still be outsourcing all the hard work like weaning and getting them in foal,” Mills said. “I’ll leave that to the experts. This was very much a lifestyle decision. It’s a beautiful property that has been very well-maintained, and we’ll fence some more of it up as we go along, but we’re not looking to develop it into a working farm at this point.”

Kilcoole Park is shadowed by both Spendthrift Farm and Widden Victoria, and will be an ideal country base for Mills. He has this week shifted his Melbourne bloodstock office from Williamstown to Port Melbourne.

“I think I’ll enjoy having the best of both worlds,” he said. “I’ll still have a business focus in Melbourne, and the vast majority of my clients are Melbourne-based, so I expect I’ll be spending a lot more time in the car.”

Kilcoole Park was named after the village of Kilcoole in County Wicklow which, as most Irish ex-pats will know, was home to the long-running television series ‘Glenroe’. Mills chose the name in memory of his late mother, who passed away only six weeks ago and was a native of Kilcoole.

The Romsey property will initially be home to a collection of Mills’ favourite mares, including Minetti (Star Witness), Could It Be Magic (Exceed And Excel) and Zarpoya (Sepoy).

Zarpoya was stakes-placed on debut in 2016, and is a daughter of an imported Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire) mare. She has a foal on the ground by Russian Revolution, and is due to foal to Capitalist this season.

Minetti, meanwhile, is a daughter of the useful New Zealand mare La Italia (NZ), who won the G2 Wakefield Challenge S. and Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Classique. Minetti was served by Toronado (Ire) last year, and had a filly by Winning Rupert in 2019.

“They’ll move in with us, but they’ll be moved around when they’re foaling,” Mills said. “Rushton Park and Willaroon (Thoroughbreds) do a great job looking after my horses, but these are young mares, and they’ll be with us to give my son a bit of exposure to it all, I’m trying to indoctrinate him as much as I can.”

The family is making the move to Romsey next week, ideal timing for Mills with the sales season almost wrapped up. The bloodstock agent has been prolific this year, paying top dollar – $1.95 million, to be exact – at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for a filly by I Am Invincible from the lovely race-mare Hips Don’t Lie (NZ) (Stravinsky {USA}).

Mills also splashed out at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last month, paying $1.9 million (in partnership) for Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge), $1.6 million for Bonham (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}) and $1.5 million for Rimraam (NZ) (Commands).

Last weekend, his filly Odeum (Written Tycoon) was a market fancy for the G1 Tattersalls’s Tiara at Eagle Farm.

Odeum was second almost a fortnight ago in the G2 Dane Ripper S. behind Brooklyn Hustle.

“We’ve deliberately kept her pretty lightly raced, and mapped out what we want to do for the next 12 months,” Mills said. “We’ll have a couple of runs into The Everest, and then one run into the Magic Millions mares’ race, and then a couple of runs into the All-Star Mile. We are sort of banking on around eight runs as a 4-year-old, which means she would line up as a 5-year-old with 18 starts. We’re mindful of wanting to keep her lightly raced.”

Mills paid $420,000 for Odeum at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2018 from the draft of Newhaven Park. The filly was the third foal from the broodmare Movie (Red Ransom) and, as such, is a half-sister to the Listed winner Goodfella (Snitzel).

Movie has a filly on the ground by Zoustar, and is in foal to Capitalist.

Story courtesy of TDN AusNZ.

Declan Bates aboard Corner Pocket, winning at Caulfield, 26.6.21. (Racing Photos).

Warrnambool trainer Lindsey Smith describes Corner Pocket as a ‘pretty boring’ sort of a horse.

And that’s despite the four-year-old son of Toronado winning his sixth consecutive race when he scored over 1440m at Caulfield on Saturday.

Smith paid $175,000 for Corner Pocket at the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale when it was offered for sale by Musk Creek Farm, which had paid $75,000 for colt at the 2017 Australian Weanling Sale when it was offered by the breeder, Swettenham Stud, which stands Toronado.

Now a rising five-year-old, the gelding is perhaps one year too old to be an attractive proposition for the Hong Kong market where he could have commanded up $2 million as a three-year-old with such an impeccable record.

With six wins from eight starts and a second and a third, Corner Pocket has never been out of the money and based on his track work, no one is more surprised than Smith.

“He is pretty boring to deal with in the sense that he doesn’t sort of indicate that he is he going to go out and win six in a row,” Smith said.

“He is pretty laid back and if he works with another horse he makes bad horses look not too bad as he doesn’t sort of towel them up or anything and when they work alongside him, you think the slow ones are not going any worse than what he is.

“You don’t get a gauge off him.”

Smith said Corner Pocket had probably missed the boat to Hong Kong because of his age, but he isn’t complaining.

“They came sniffing around a week or two ago, but the age slowed them up a little bit as he is about to turn five and with the COVID thing too,’’ he said.

“I’m glad he didn’t go. It didn’t happen.’’

Corner Pocket’s majority owner is Peter McCallum and the long list of owners includes Bill Andrews who was an owner of the Smith-trained Scales of Justice which won multiple Group races, including Group 1 races the Railway Stakes (1600m) and the Memsie Stakes (1600m).

“The owners have been with me for a few years now and they have been happy to be patient,” Smith said.

“The horse has taken a long time and he went shin sore and he has had plenty of time.

“I think the Toronados are a bit like that and they get better as they get older.

“I think in a perfect world they are better off starting when they’re older and he can race until he is eight if it needs be.”

Smith said that at the time the $175,000 he paid for the then yearling colt was expensive.

“It was because I didn’t have the $175,000 and Toronado hadn’t taken off, but we, me and Boomer Bloodstock, had seen a few Toronados and I don’t carry a book but every horse I liked was by Toronado.

“We just took the punt that Toronado would be a stallion going forward and luckily we seem to be right now.”

Corner Pocket was out of Toronado’s first Australian crop which also produced the stallion’s first Group 1 winner, Masked Crusader.

Smith said he had bought and raced others by Toronado, including five time winner Elderflower, also a four-year-old, which he later sold for around $100,000. He also has a couple of young horses by the stallion.

“But he now he is getting a bit expensive for me to buy,” he said.

“The price of $175,000 to $200,000 really maxed us out and while we are getting better at it, it’s a bit too dear.”

Smith is currently planning the front running Corner Pocket’s campaign which could lead to the gelding running in Western Australia where the trainer made his name.

Corner Pocket’s next race looms as a 1400m benchmark 84 at Caulfield on July 10, where Smith said they’ll probably need to use a claiming apprentice and then possibly a crack at the Mildura Cup (1400m) on July 23

“And then he would maybe have a little break and then see if he is good enough to go to the Rupert Clarke or something like that,” Smith said.

“It’s a bit of dream, but we’ll have a look at it.

“And if he runs out of time and needs a bigger spell, he could go home to Perth for the Railway Stakes. It would be a good race for him.

“With his races, he does it from start to finish.”

Scales of Justice won the Railway Stakes (1600m) for Smith in 2016.

Smith said Corner Pocket’s owners aren’t just limited to Western Australia but also come from Sydney, Queensland “and all over the place.”

“Thank God for Sky Channel,” Smith said.

Swettenham Stud’s Sales and Nominations Manager, Sam Matthews, said the demand for Toronado continues at unprecedented levels.

The shuttle stallion’s book was closed early for last breeding season and is ready shut for this coming season.

With an increased fee of $49,500 from last year’s $27,500, there hasn’t been a shortage of breeders wanting to send mares to the son of High Chaparral.

After serving his biggest book of 210 mares last season, Matthews said that already they’d been forced to shut the book and knock back about 250 mares.

He said it was good to see the progress of another successful Toronado in Corner Pocket which the stud bred from the mare Baize (Commands x Suede) which has since had another colt by Toronado and a colt by another of Swettenham Stud’s stallions, Puissance De Lune.

“We bred Corner Pocket and sold him as weanling to Musk Creek who then pinhooked him and sold him to Lindsey Smith who has done the right thing by the horse and has been patient,” Matthews said.

“He hasn’t really pushed him as he gone through the grades.”

Matthews estimated that Corner Pocket would be a $2 million horse for the Hong Kong market if he was a year younger.

He said the demands for Toronado keeps coming as the stallions is about to return from France to embark on his seventh season at stud for Swettenham.

“We have knocked back about 250 mares and we have taken the right number of about 120,” he said.

“He is definitely the flavour of the month and deservedly so.

“All the other stallions are ticking a long well. Rubick is going well and so is Highland Reel and I Am Immortal but they won’t get busy with bookings until a bit closer to the start of the season.

“But the busy horse is very, very busy.”

Matthews said Toronado is still well priced when compared to other stallions of a similar level.

“He is good value and when you look back in two years he is going to be a lot more expensive than he is now and he still represents value,” Matthews said.

Wandjina, standing at Larnuek Stud in 2021

With record sales across the board and a host of new stallions, it’s shaping to be a cracker of a breeding season for Victoria … and, we might add, a memorable one for Larneuk Stud.

First off, there’s a tale (tail?) to tell about one of our new boys in WANDJINA. On Sunday night in Singapore he notched up his second stakes winner with Tiger Roar bolting in the Group 3 Singapore 3YO Sprint at Kranji. The 3YO has now won five of his nine starts with a further three placings and, based on his most recent outing, he’s clearly one of the most promising gallopers in the region.

There’s a lot to like too about Kris Lees’ first crop 4YO, Wandabaa, who has had a marvellous season with 13 starts and only finishing out of the money on one occasion: including five Group placings and a terrific fourth to Bandersnatch in the Listed Civic Stakes on 26 June.

And now they’re talking about having a tilt at the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes with Wandjina’s multiple stakes placed Express Pass who won down the straight at Flemington a couple of weeks back.

Amazing how it works … Shamus Award, Manhattan Rain and Foxwedge all produced Group 1 winners shortly after it was announced they’d be heading to God’s country (aka Victoria) and don’t be surprised if Wandjina follows suit.

There’s plenty of enquiries about our other newcomer too and we’re proud to say that Larneuk is the only stud on the planet to offer its broodmare owners ENDLESS DRAMA (literally of course, not metaphorically).

Like any stallion entering stud we’ll have to wait and see, but he was a bloody good racehorse with multiple Group 2 victories and liked mixing it with the best (Winx anyone?).

One thing that has certainly piqued everyone’s interest is Endless Drama’s sire Lope de Vega. He was only here for a few seasons (2011-14) but what a legacy – Gytrash, Santa Ana Lane, Vega Magic and, as of recent weeks, Vega One capturing the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith and finishing second in the Group 1 Stradbroke.

However, what you may not know is that Lope de Vega is continuing to brain ‘em in Europe where he stands for the big bucks (125,000 euro). Since the start of the year he’s produced 19 stakes horses in France, England, Ireland, Singapore, Italy, Hong Kong and, of course, Australia.

We’re not suggesting that Endless Drama is the only son of Lope de Vega standing in Australia but there aren’t many of them … especially multiple Group 2 winners.

Meanwhile, WOLF CRY supporters have also been on the blower since Saturday after General Wolffe was stakes placed in Brisbane. A winner by 5.5 lengths at Doomben in February, General Wolffe joins fellow Wolf Cry first cropper, Wolves, who was also placed in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude earlier this year. Pretty good going when you’ve only had four runners and two of them are black type horses.

And we’re not going anywhere before we mention CLUSTER. The Fastnet Rock Group 2 winner has had a resounding season with his 2YOs and they include the fairy tale horse, Rocket Tiger, who was placed in the Group 2 Silver Slipper and Group 3 Black Opal before going on to run in the Golden Slipper, while Serious Sarah – OK, we’re going to say it – is definitely a serious horse, according to trainer Greg Eurell. Both Rocket Tiger and Serious Sarah are geared up for a tilt at some big races in the spring are reports from their stables are encouraging to say the least.

That’s us done for now. For further information on any of the Larneuk Stud 2021 lineup, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.

Paul Gatt on Not Usual Glorious at Morphettville, June 2021 (Atkins Photography).

Willaroon Thoroughbreds’ Sally Watkins was a little mystified when her South Australian trainer Will Clarken told her he’d spotted a horse with her brand on it during track work at Morphettville.

Sally had no idea about the identity of the horse, but later discovered that it was a yearling she had sold for $32,000 at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The yearling, which Sally had bred out of her mare Temper Tantrum, was by Melbourne Cup winning stallion Fiorente, which stands at Widden Victoria.

He was originally sold to Feng Bloodstock and sent to New Zealand where the now named Not Usual Glorious started his career with trainer Shane Crawford.

After nine starts in New Zealand for three wins, the horse was placed on the market and purchased by South Australia’s Travis Doudle who paid $65,000 – landed – for the four-year-old which had won his last start at Matamata over 2000m before being sold.

Since joining Doudle, the gelding has won all three starts to stretch his winning sequence to four in a row.

And being by Fiorente, the young trainer is confident the gelding, which won by 2.8 lengths over 2032m at Morphettville last Saturday, will stretch out to 3200m.

“He is a really nice horse and you have to be pretty talented to win six of 12 and that’s what he has done so far,” Doudle said.

“Three on the bounce for us is pretty exciting and he is a nice horse going forward and I think he might win a nice race for us one day.”

Doudle said he got in touch with a couple of agents in New Zealand and they were looking at a few horses for him.

“And when he came across the desk I grabbed him.

“He was on the market and as soon as he went into the hands of the agent he got in touch with me and I secured him straight away. I liked his racing style and the fact he had a decent last prep and with a big spell I thought he was going to be better this time in.

“Luckily we were right.”

Not Usual Glorious, won his three races in New Zealand on heavy 10 tracks, and two of his three victories in Adelaide have been on soft five rated tracks, while last Saturday’s win was also on a heavy 10. He has also finished third on a heavy 10.

The gelding holds a nomination for the Banjo Patterson (2600m) Final at Flemington on Saturday, but Doudle has decided to keep him home and look for another race at Caulfield the following Saturday over 2000m.

Doudle said while he horse would have been down in the weights at Flemington, he has opted at this stage for the Caulfield race as he doesn’t have to alter the training much and while he’ll get more weight, his trainer described the four-year-old as a big, tough horse.

“Potentially he might be the highest rated horse in the race (a benchmark 78) and he’ll get his chance at Caulfield for big dollars next weekend,” he said.

“There is also a race for him at Gawler on the same Saturday, so if he doesn’t happen to go over there he can stay in his own backyard and he’d be hard to hold out again even with a bit of weight here in South Australia.”

Doudle said the plan was to get Not Usual Glorious out to 3200m, but says it’s not necessarily a rush to get him out to that distance as he rates the gelding as a genuine stayer.

He said that by the time jockey Paul Gatt managed to pull up Not Usual Glorious last Saturday after his 2.8 length win and got him back to the mounting enclosure, every other horse had been unsaddled and was gone.

“He was there solo and it took him a fair while to pull him up,” Doudle said.

“And he (Gatt) said that’s just the way he is and is a strong going bloke and is confident he’ll get 3200m.”

Doudle said Not Usual Glorious keeps impressing each week and continues to meet the challenges of winning higher rated races.

Doudle believes his horse wouldn’t be out of place in a race like the Adelaide Cup, and if he keeps improving, there are always the bigger Melbourne races to consider.

“We are not quite sure how good he is, I suppose,” Doudle said.

“I’ll probably be setting him for the Bart Cummings (2500m) and then just sees what happens and if he could get the chocolates in a race like that it would be a dream come true.

“We’ll set him for that and just see what happens.”

Horses nominated for the Melbourne Cup get a golden ticket into the big race if they win the Group 3 Bart Cummings which will be run on October 2 at Flemington.

Doudle said he was hoping it would be a wet spring.

After starting his training career at Port Lincoln, Doudle has between 25 to 30 horses in work in Adelaide where he has trained for the past five years.

And for Sally Watkins, she thought when she sold Not Usual Glorious that Feng Bloodstock was going ready to run the horse.

Then she saw he’d been winning in New Zealand but had not collected much prizemoney.

“I didn’t think any more of it, but he was a lovely yearling with a good temperament and easy to do anything with,” Sally said.

“I got $32,000 for him which was okay, but I didn’t make a lot of money or didn’t lose a lot of money and I didn’t pay a lot for the mare (Temper Tantrum).”

Sally said when she was up at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale, Will Clarken told her about the horse he’d see with her brand on it.

“He said it went really well, a chestnut one which Travis Doudle has got,” he said.

“I had no idea what it was then worked out that Travis had bought him from whoever had it in New Zealand and it’s now three from three over there in Adelaide.”

Sally said she bought Temper Tantrum (Hold That Tiger x Disco Bickie), a winner of three races including the listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) in Hobart, from the Henwood family who originally owned the Willaroon farm.

The Henwoods bred one foal by Americain out of Temper Tantrum, but the filly raced only once. But they have had more luck with another they bred, Group 2 Alister Clark (2400m) winner Nonconformist.

Sally said she bred Not Usual Glorious out of the mare which she later sold in foal to Brazen Beau for $95,000. The mare had two fillies to Brazen Beau, a colt to Shalaa and was served by Flying Artie last season.

And she said Not Usual Glorious had been on an interesting journey which hasn’t finished yet.

“And when he went to New Zealand I thought that would be the last I’d see of him,” she said.

Not Usual Glorious capped off a big day at Morphettville for Victorian horses.

Victorian bred horses – Taunting (Brazen Beau), Winning Weather (Night Of Thunder), Turfitt (Turffontein) and Aadelad (Husson) – won the first four races.

Madam Stryker, lot 425 for Stonehouse Thoroughbreds

Some uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and a change of dates has cost Ryan Arnel’s Stonehouse Thoroughbreds a few withdrawals from both his weanling and broodmare drafts at next week’s Inglis Great Southern Sale.

But Arnel is happy with the 10 weanlings and the nine broodmares which will be sold under the banner of his Eddington farm.

He said some people had elected to go online, while others had decided to take their young stock through as yearlings.

“It’s no fault of anyone, but it’s the world we are living in at the moment and we just have to make those decisions and a few people have elected to either go on the digital sale and the other option is to carry them on and keep going with them,” Arnel said.

Arnel is extremely happy with a couple of Rich Enuff weanlings that will go under the hammer.

Arnel said Woodside Park’s Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon x Hotnuff) was a good Victorian stallion who he described as being on the cusp.

“He is doing a good job but is not a superstar as yet,” he said.

“But he has a potential Everest runner and he has got a couple of handy ones out there and he would be quite a handy punt sire for anyone wanting to pinkhook,” he said.

The first Rich Enuff colt to go under the hammer for Stonehouse is Lot 75, a chestnut out of the unraced  Miss So Sneaky (Verrazano x Danesty) which is a half-sister to Mr Sneaky and Mr So and So. The second dam, Danesty (Danehill x Shalbourne) won five races.

The family also boosts Furore (Pierro x Stormy Choice) which won four races in Australian and a third in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and was later sold to Hong Kong where the gelding, which is still racing, has won four races, including the Hong Kong Derby (2000m) and the Group 3 Ladies’ Purse (1800m) and the Group 2 The J.C. Cup (2000m).

“I am very happy with the way the colt is bred,” Arnel said.

Another Rich Enuff colt – Lot 339 – is out of Dinkum Star (Happy Giggle x Tropical Star) which won four races and is the dam of six foals to race – all winners.

Dinkum Star, which was listed and Group 3 placed, produced stakes winner Strykum (Stryker) which won the listed SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes (1000m).

“She is an older mare, but she has the track record,” he said.

“We know what she can produce.”

Arnel said there was a good watch on Rich Enuff as his three-year-olds come up.

“And that’s what he throws and that’s what he was a horse, a three-year-old type,” he said.

“When you don’t see a lot of action as a two-year-old, people start to, in a commercial sense of the industry, sort of start to um and ah.

“I think he has done enough and there are a few floating around that people are suggesting are handy enough horses and he is definitely one to be watched going forward.”

Arnel is also happy with Lot 329, a Hellbent colt out of Dance of Choice (Stratum x Dance With Zeel).

“He stands at Yarraman, one of the best farms in Australia and he has been supported very well and is another stallion that also has a high potential to kick an early goal,” he said.

“And we also have a really nice Smart Missile colt (Lot 54) and his obviously at a price being by Smart Missile who is a stallion that does the work and actually has great results and is a real bread and butter type. This colt is clean and very good moving and just a nice racehorse type.”

Stonehouse is also offering a colt by Impending – Lot 74 – and a filly by the stallion – Lot 115. The colt is out of Miss Provocative (Flying Spur x Flouze) and the third dam is La Baraka which produced Group 2 and listed winner Alizes (NZ).

The Impending (Lonhro x Mnemosyne) filly is out of Irish mare Pepiniere (Sadler’s Wells x Palmeraie) which was placed as a three-year-old in France.

Arnel said Impending had been well represented in the yearling sales and the stallion is similar to Hellbent with the market not knowing where they stand yet.

“But they have been very well liked in the yearling ring and very respected price-wise,” he said.

“He is another horse that you wouldn’t be afraid to have a go at.”

And of Stonehouse’s broodmares, Arnel said two are in foal to the much in demand Capitalist.

Lot 422, being offered on behalf of Avesta Bloodstock, is the unraced Lost Diamond (Dubawi x Lurina). Already with two fillies (Merchant Navy and Capitalist), she was served by Capitalist on November 10.

The other of Stonehouse’s broodmares in foal to Capitalist is Lot 425 Madam Stryker (Stryker x Stagerush) which was served by the stallion on November 2. The mare, which won four races from 1850m to 2008m, has produced one foal, a filly by Lean Mean Machine.

“Capitalist is on fire at the moment and people are raving about him so there are a couple of mares there in foal to him,” Arnel said.

And Lot 525, Global Diamond (Bernardini x Tsutumi), who Arnel describes as a neat mare, is in foal to Dundeel (NZ). The family of the second dam, Christmas Spirit, produced multiple Group 1 winner Bentley Biscuit.

New Zealand mare Ruud As (Savabeel x Ruud Van Slaats) is in foal to Ocean Park and should be in demand. She goes through the sale as Lot 554. The mare is a winner of five races in New Zealand.

Arnel said the broodmare market had continued to soar at recent sales, especially at the top end of the commercial side of the industry.

“There is definitely a big market there for it,” he said.

Arnel said with everything that was happening many half expected the industry to fall down but it had probably been going the other way.

He said it had been important for the industry to have stuck together to keep racing going and it had put the industry on the front line and shown how strong it can be.

And he believed all sections of the industry, just not the top end, were as strong as each other.

To view Stonehouse’s weanling draft, click here.

To view Stonehouse’s broodmare draft, click here.

Yarran Thoroughbreds’ Street Boss x Accented Filly (lot 259).

Yarran Thoroughbreds’ Manager John Doherty has high hopes for two fillies and a colt that will go under the hammer at the upcoming Great Southern Weanling Sale.

He is full of praise for a colt by Justify (USA) which is the second foal out of Group 1 winning New Zealand mare Aide Memoire.

“He is a nice stamp of a foal and everything is in the right place,” Doherty said.

“And he has got a good attitude and a good walk and has a bit of presence about him.”

The colt will go through the sale at Lot 262.

The first filly to go through the sale for Yarran Thoroughbreds, Lot 259, is by the popular Darley stallion Street Boss.

Out of Accented (Helmet x Syncopated), the dam raced once and is a sister to 2019 Manfred Stakes winner Tin Hat which now races as Beauty Rush in Hong Kong.

“She is a very strong filly and Street Boss is just going berserk at the moment,’’ Doherty said.

“She should find a home.”

Doherty said the No Nay Never (USA) filly – Lot 333 – is out of Delta Girl (General Nediym x Etoile Centieme), winner of two races, including the AJC Widden Stakes (1100m) and was also Group 2 placed.

“He just had a Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot last week,” Doherty said.

“Unfortunately he hasn’t had a Group 1 winner in Australia yet but he is a horse that can do it.

“The filly is a big strapping horse and different to the Street Boss filly and she is going to be more of a classic type, three-year-old filly.”

Doherty said all three weanlings should make good money, but nominates the Justify colt as the standout.

“He has just got that bit of X-factor about him and he looks very much like Justify himself,” he said.

“We are lucky with the Street Boss filly because Street Boss couldn’t have had a better year and he has shown that he can get a two-year-old.”

Doherty said the three weanlings were fit and healthy and had x-rayed well.

To view the Yarran Thoroughbreds draft, please click here.

Dearne Gess-Jones of Merricks Station

Merricks Station has had a run of success over the last 12 months with stellar sales results, a tremendous Melbourne Premier sale and an expansion on their property located on the Mornington Peninsula, going from 90 to 140 acres.


“The last six months, we have seen the fruits of our labour with horses on the track, which has been helping establish the farm as a good producer of racehorses,” Merricks Station Farm Manager, Dee Gess-Jones, said.


“We have bought five mares at Magic Millions to bulk up on our already strong broodmare band. The farm has gone from strength to strength, and the farm has expanded to 140 acres, which means we can rest our pasture a bit more and take on a few more spellers.


“We had a stellar Melbourne Premier sale, and we have made an active decision to target the Premier sale moving forward.”


“We are getting some great sires in Victoria, and we believe that Victoria is the future of the industry,” continued Dee.


“There is a show of confidence in Victoria with farms such as Widden moving down here, and this breeding season, we will be using some great Victorian sires such as Brazen Beau, Frosted, Impending, Hanseatic and Tagaloa.”


The farm will present five weanlings and four mares when the Great Southern Sale commences on Sunday. Two of these are homebreds for Merricks Station.


The first lot to head through the ring, which Dee mentions, is lot 149, a Holler colt out of Savannah Haze, bred by Hill Home Lodge, a well-established Victorian breeder.


“This colt is well put together, a good walking flashy colt, who has some nice bling and gets over the ground really well,” Dee said.


Lot 213 is bred by Merricks Station and is a colt by Vancouver out of Tina Turban. Tina Turban, who won two races, is the half-sister to the listed BRC Princess Stakes winner, Best Yet To Come.


“This colt is a really nice well-boned colt who walks well; we can’t keep every horse, so that is why we have decided to target this sale. He is a good trade horse for buyers and is one that buyers should come and take a look at,” Dee commented.


Another one for buyers to put on their ‘must inspect’ list is lot 349, a filly by Swettenham sire Toronado. The filly is from the same family as stakes-placed Air Defence.


“She is one classy individual. She is a bit younger, being born in November but very forward, and she looks like a speed filly.


The reason she is being sold is that with this market, it would be silly not to. She is a trainer’s horse and one which they could buy and put her in the paddock now and break her in as a yearling,” Dee said.


“She is an absolute ripper. I foaled her down, and I have been with her through her journey, and she stands out in the crowd.”


Lot 385 will head through the ring later on Sunday and is a colt by Smart Missile out of the stakes-placed Greenmount Belle.


The eight-time winner, who is a stakes producer, has produced Sizzling Belle and the colt out of Greenmount Belle, who is bred by Merricks Station, is another one that buyers should look out for on the complex.


“This colt will be a good trainer’s horse and is a half to Sizzling Belle. He is a really lovely forward colt and a great pinhook option,” Dee said.


The colt’s dam, Greenmount Belle, will also be for sale at Oaklands Junction on Monday as lot 529. The mare is currently in foal to Merchant Navy, and, given her proven record, Dee is confident that buyers will be pleased with what she has to offer.


“She has produced nice physical type after nice physical type. We are selling the mare based on this market, and with her being in foal to Merchant Navy, we believe that it is a good opportunity for a breeder to take advantage of her sale,” Dee said.


“There is definitely speed in the family, and the colt from last year is possibly a 2YO in the making,” Dee said.


Something Serious is in foal to Puissance De Lune, and this mating is a really good cross for this mare. She is a very nice maiden mare and expecting it to be a nice foal. She has a fairly good page and is a winner herself,” Dee said.


“Once again, this is an excellent market to sell her into, and Puissance De Lune has been popular of late, so we thought this was a really good sale to target with her,” Dee said.


The next mare has an emotional connection to Merricks Station. Farm Principal Ben Cooper raced the mare All Cooped Up, and she will head through the ring as lot 489.


“Ben raced this mare and is a half-sister to Bel Mer. She is a very well-bred mare and is in foal to Pride of Dubai. She will really stand out in the sale, and she is a strong, fast looking mare, and it is going to be a bittersweet sale when the hammer comes down on Monday,” Dee said.


Dee credits her fantastic team of staff for the farm’s success and for helping to present this draft at this Sale.


“We have a great team, and it wouldn’t be possible without them. They don’t miss a beat, and it is so important to say what a good job they do. They are loyal, hardworking, and I have been fortunate enough to keep really great staff,” Dee glowed.


Dee also complimented the hard work Inglis have put in to ensure this sale goes ahead.


“Inglis has been so great to ensure this sale goes ahead and they have worked hard to get the buying bench there.”


To view the Merricks Station Weanling draft, click here.

To view the Merricks Station Broodmare draft, click here.

Hollylodge’s Puissance De Lune x Jungfrau Filly (lot 12).

Hollylodge will present eight weanlings at the Great Southern Sale this weekend.

The Avenel based farm will present an all Victorian-sired draft at the Oaklands complex by sires such as Rich Enuff, Puissance de Lune, Nostradamus, Cable Bay, National Defense and Tosen Stardom.

Five of the eight weanlings heading through the ring will be presented on behalf of Woodside Park Stud.

Ahead of the sale, TBV speaks to Daniel Nevill of Hollylodge to hear about some of his draft.

The first lot to go through the ring that Daniel highlights is lot 12, a daughter of Swettenham sire Puissance de Lune.

The filly out of the Commands mare in Jungfrau, has had all three half-siblings race and win including Eiger who was undefeated at two and has gone on to win at Rosehill.

“This filly is a great size, with a great walk with a beautiful head and eye. With the market being the way it is, she would be perfect to go to Classic, and if she doesn’t sell here, that is what I will do with her if she doesn’t sell on Sunday,” Daniel said.

“The mare is three from three, and I think it is only a matter of time until her half-sister, Dream Maiden, is a mid-week city horse as well.

“The Commands works well with the Shamardal line and ticks a lot of the boxes. She is a well-balanced, nice horse, and I have a feeling that Puissance de Lune is going to have a big Spring.

“Mitch Freedman had a two-year-old who had a huge run at his first start at Flemington and Hayes racing had a filly run second on debut then tipped straight out, both looked like they will be spring players and Heart of Puissance looks like its only a matter of time before he snags a big race.

“This filly has the pedigree and the type to be a great racehorse. If trainers are at the sale looking at buying some of these weanlings, they will be able to get them for a good price and then syndicate them to their owners.”

Another lot which Daniel mentions is lot 320, a filly by Woodside’s Rich Enuff out of the Galileo mare, Cloudbuster. The filly, due to go through the ring on Monday, is a three-quarter relation to Gee Tee Tee, who has won at Doomben since the catalogue was released and was only beaten by two lengths recently in a stakes race.

The mare has had three of her progeny win from four runners, and Daniel had a good review of the filly, commenting, “She is a big strong filly with great X-Rays and could be an excellent horse to Pinhook. In the next few months, she may also be the three-quarter to a stakes horse and could be a good one to enter into the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.”

“If I were looking to buy, this one would be on my list.”

Another lot which Daniel mentions is the Tosen Stardom colt, which is to head through the ring as lot 344.

“He is super correct and walks well. He is a nice big strong colt, and he would be nice to trade. I have seen a fair few of the Tosen Stardom foals, and I really like them. He will be perfect for anyone looking to buy a breeze-up horse.

“He will be nice and strong, and he will be perfectly suited to Adelaide or if a Breeze up buyer is looking to buy a foal and hold it until they could trade it.”

To view the rest of Hollylodge’s draft, please click here.

Bucklee Farm’s Street Boss x Gwenneth Colt (lot 388).

Like so many of her counterparts, it is safe to say the last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for Bucklee Farm’s Leeanne Smith, but there are two things currently helping to keep the spirits lifted – a raft of recent racetrack success from horses bred from the farm, and the progress of their eight weanlings throughout their preparations for the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, which kicks off at Oaklands Junction on 4th July.

As with all their sale drafts, Bucklee Farm will again present buyers with a good range of horses to suit all requirements. Buyers in the market looking for a filly will find four, highlighted by their Foxwedge filly (Lot 376) and Highland Reel (Lot 89) fillies; whilst for those looking to get involved in the Victorian Owners & Breeders Incentive Scheme (VOBIS), all but 1 are by Victorian-based stallions.

The first weanling from the Bucklee Farm draft to go under the hammer will be Lot 59, a colt from the second crop of Spendthrift Australia’s Overshare (I Am Invincible). Balanced and athletic, the colt is the third foal from his dam Mighty Missmurphie (Wanted). An unraced dam, she is a half-sister to the Listed placed Tetsu Gama.

“He (Lot 59) is an intelligent horse,” said Leeanne. “He’s no hassle and will continue to grow into the nice colt he’s already showing signs of being.”

Lot 89 is a Highland Reel (IRE) filly. Her dam, Nicodora (Stratum), is a metropolitan winner from a lovely family, headed by her Group 1-winning half-brothers Nicconi and Niconero. This weanling is a correct filly with a good strong backend, and with her page, she will have good breeding prospects following her racing career.

The farm’s Gold Standard x Perfect Scout filly (Lot 116) is another from the second crop of a Spendthrift Australia sire. She is out of a Charge Forward mare who won five times, three of which were in succession. Elegant and balanced, Leeanne believes she will mature into a lovely filly.

“She (Lot 116) is quite intelligent,” said Leeanne. “She is strong and has a gorgeous nature.”

Rounding out Bucklee Farm’s Day One offerings is Lot 224, a colt by Group 1-winning sire Exosphere. Out of Uranie, a More Than Ready (USA) mare who was a Melbourne metropolitan winner, his fourth dam is also from a big family peppered with Black-type winners including Lucky Diva and Spirit Of Westbury. A correct colt with great legs, this weanling colt should mature into a well-balanced racehorse.

“He (Lot 224) has done a treat since coming into this Sale preparation,” said Leeanne. “He has appreciated it and is enthusiastic in his work.”

The first on offer on Day Two of the Sale and the first of two Foxwedge progeny in the Bucklee Farm draft is Lot 305,a scopey colt out of the international mare, Casigris (USA). The dam of 7 foals to race with 5 winners, she was bred and born in the USA and won twice as a 2YO in France and was Listed -placed. A great walking horse who covers good ground, the colt has a good depth of girth and a beautiful eye.

“He is very professional,” said Leeanne. “With a strong hindquarter and lovely shoulder, he also has a great attitude and is interested in learning all he can.”

The other Foxwedge weanling is Lot 376, a filly out of Girona (Giant’s Causeway {USA}). The dam has had 6 foals to race with 4 winners. Her second dam is Ruffles, an Australian Champion Older Female Sprinter, and there is a stack of black-type throughout her pedigree. This filly is an impressive and correct weanling who should attract a lot of attention from astute buyers.

Lot 388 is a neat, balanced, and compact colt by the popular Darley stallion, Street Boss (USA). Built for speed and with a good strong hindquarter, the colt is the first foal for his dam Gwenneth, who developed a solid following during her racing career. By consistent sire Reward For Effort, Gwenneth who raced at black-type level, won six times in her standout leopard-print colours for trainer Mitchell Beer.

Rounding out the Bucklee Farm draft at the Great Southern Weanling Sale is Lot 392, a Tosen Stardom (Jpn) x Held Together (NZ) filly. A very balanced filly, she will attract those buyers interested in the Deep Impact and Sunday Silence sire line.

“This filly can’t keep her head out of the feed bin,” laughed Leeanne. “She has a great nature and a lovely attitude, she is scopey with a great girth. Whilst her page may not jump out at you, she will grow into a nice horse and, like all the others in our draft, is well worth an inspection.”

To view the Bucklee Farm draft online, please click here.

Yulong’s Grunt x Red Lily Filly (lot 133).

Yulong has quickly grown to become one of the world’s largest and most progressive racing and breeding operations.

They have stamped their significant footprint in Australia since they opened their doors, with a substantial investment in property, development and exceptional bloodstock.

Yulong now consists of more than 1000 acres of prime land across three properties and quality bloodstock in numbers that most can only dream of having in their paddocks.

This year alone, they have also purchased some truly exceptional black type mares, to send to their roster with Champion mares Melody Belle and Greysful Glamour, to name a few, to call the Victorian farm home.

Not to mention the acquisition of Champion sire Written Tycoon, who this year will finish at the top of the Australian General Sires list as leading sire.

Written Tycoon will stand alongside Alabama Express, Grunt, Lucky Express, Tagaloa, and Yulong Prince on their impressive 2021 roster.

A strong roster and broodmare band isn’t a new strategy for Mr Zhang’s Yulong. In fact, they have continued to bolster their broodmare band since the day they opened their doors, and buyers at the upcoming Great Southern Sale will be the beneficiaries of this forward-thinking strategy.

Yulong will present 13 weanlings to head through the ring, including five by their own resident sire Grunt.

Ahead of the sale, TBV speaks to Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, who highlights a few of their standout lots.

“Our Grunt filly out of Red Lily, she is a nice first foal of a Redoute’s Choice mare, and she has a lot of quality about her,” Fairgray said.

“She’s a nicely marked and good quality horse that moves well, so I think she is a filly that will be popular at the sale.”

Red Lily, a winner at 1516 metres, is the three-quarter sister to Outdoor, the dam of multiple Group 1 winner in TREKKING. TREKKING won 10 races for a total of $5.1 million and can include the Group 1 BRC Stradbroke and the Group 1 SAJC Goodwood to his resume. Red Lily’s filly will go through the ring as Lot 133.

Lot 143, a colt from Grunt out of Rose of Chaparral, a well-bred mare and a half-sister to Miss Potential, one of New Zealand’s champion mares, also looks to be a feature of the sale.

“He is a nice Grunt colt that has plenty of size and substance about him that is only going to keep improving as he gets older,” Fairgray explained.

“Lot 118 is a Grunt filly out of a High Chapparal mare who is also the first foal for her dam, Pickpocket,” Fairgray said.

“She has a lot of substance about her along with a lot of quality. She moves well and has a lovely head.”

The filly is from the same family as Darley multiple Group 1 winner’s BIVOUAC and SEPOY, who now have gone onto stud as stallions.

The Yulong draft will offer something for every buyer at the Great Southern sale, and to view their full draft please click here.

Leneva Park’s Lot 84, Nicconi x Musitopia Colt.

Leneva Park is one of Victoria’s newest thoroughbred pre-training and breeding organisation spanning two properties in the heart of Victorian thoroughbred country.

With the 240-acre pre-training property at Longwood now established as one of the best thoroughbred conditioning centres in Australia, attention turns to the breeding arm of the business and the first year of trading for Leneva’s stallion station at Seymour.

In 2021 Leneva Park will stand two stallions, three-time group one winning miler Fierce Impact and the unbeaten Group 1 winning two-year-old by Invincible Spirit, Royal Meeting.

General Manager & Bloodstock Manager at Leneva Park, Michael Sharkie, says that the stallions have been very well received.

“A lot of Victorian breeders have been very keen to see Fierce Impact but also Royal Meeting as during Covid lockdown in 2020 people could not actually get out and lay eyes on him,” Sharkie said.

Royal Meeting is serving his second season at stud, but with few people able to get out to see him in his inaugural season, he has turned heads as a maturing spitting image of his sire, Invincible Spirit.

“He was quite racy when he came off the track to enter stud,” Sharkie explained.

“He is letting down now into an absolutely beautiful animal.

“Bronwen Healy worked a lot with Invincible Spirit in Ireland, so we got her out to take conformation photos of Royal Meeting and she said it is like working with Invincible Spirit’s clone.”

Fierce Impact is serving his first season at stud and is a sire who is already taking the booking’s page by storm for the upcoming season.

“They love Fierce Impact,” Sharkie stated.

“He is a three-time group one winning champion miler; he is obvious value in the Victorian market. He’s building a very strong first season book of mares, we’re adding stakes winners or stakes producing mares nearly daily.”

As we approach the Great Southern Yearling Sales, Leneva Park will be offering a range of beautiful weanlings on behalf of farm clients and will be seeking strong results in a buoyant market.

“We have a No Nay Never colt who is particularly nice,” Sharkie said.

“He is a big strong horse with a good back-end, and stands over ground.

“His full-sister is with Lindsay Park and has won at jump out at Flemington, they think a bit of her.”

Leneva Park will also be offering a beautifully bred broodmare named Shoepeg at the Great Southern Sale, and she will go through the ring in foal to champion sire Lonhro.

“She is a daughter of Sweet Corn, and that family is so consistent,” Sharkie explained.

“There are stakes winners added to the page regularly, it’s just such a good female family. A yearling filly by Impending from the family sold at the Adelaide sale this year at $250,000 so the appeal is obvious for breeders.”

“That cross with Lonhro has a 50% stakes winners to runners, so it’s a very strong cross. We sent her to Lonhro with the sole purpose of furthering the cross, we think there is great value in the package.”

To view the Leneva Park Weanling draft, please click here.

To view the Leneva Park Broodmare draft, please click here.

Burnewang North’s Written By x Vintage Rock Colt (lot 230).

With seven quality foals by seven different sires on offer at the Great Southern Weanling Sale, it seems variety is the spice of life for Aaron Todd and the team at Burnewang North.

Aaron, who manages the bloodstock side of the business in conjunction with his wife Emma, is confident that the farm’s offering at Oaklands Junction holds plenty of appeal for prospective buyers.

From first season sires such as Written By and Merchant Navy to proven performers like So You Think and Pierro, the stallions represented in the Burnewang draft are the perfect blend of youth and experience, and Aaron firmly believes their foals should sell well.

“The good ones will definitely make their money at the sale,” he predicted.

“Quality always sells and you’d be happy to take any of our seven foals home with you, so we’re excited to get there and offer our draft.”

Indeed, Aaron has tried – without success – to persuade the farm’s owner Cathy Hains to keep some of the foals to race themselves. In particular, the team could find it hard to part with lot 540, a beautiful filly by Exceed and Excel.

“She’s all class, this girl,” said Aaron.

“She’s not a jump and run early two-year-old, she’s bred to get over a bit of ground so if she lives up to her looks and early potential, she could be more of a Thousand Guineas or Oaks type of filly. She’s a tall, scopey type with a lovely action, so we’re pretty excited about her.”

Aaron is equally convinced that lot 230 – a bay colt by 2018 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Written By – will also furnish into a quality racehorse.

“I think he’s a pretty serious colt,” said Aaron.

“He’s out of a Stakes-placed mare (Vintage Rock) and is a half-brother to a Stakes winner in Ayers Rock, so the pedigree is there.

“He’s a very strong, tall precocious type with good bone definition. He moves really well and I can see him being an early, get-up-and-go type of colt.”

Another colt who should catch the eye of bidders is lot 187, by Dundeel out of Sort After. He is Sort After’s third foal, with the first two having already shown plenty of promise.

“This boy is very good-looking and he’s a lovely mover, so you can see him furnishing into a quality yearling,” said Aaron.

“Sort After’s first colt by Pierro is trained by Gai Waterhouse, and her second foal – a Zoustar filly – we kept and are sending to Michael Freedman’s stables. So we’re pretty hopeful this boy has plenty of upside as well.”

The “rockstar looks” of lot 276, a So You Think colt, should also ensure that he doesn’t go unnoticed by suitors next week.

“This boy is out of a Stakes-placed Lonhro mare, he’s a very good-looking colt in the same mould as his father,” said Aaron.

“He’s got a fluid action, is very easy on the eye and has got a real typical stallion head like his Dad.

“He’s a very correct foal, as they all are in our draft. I know I’m obviously biased, but I’d be pretty confident that most people will agree with me when they inspect them this week.”

To view the full draft on offer from Burnewang North, please click here.

Blue Gum Farm’s Manhattan Rain x Riverina’s Girl Colt (lot 139).

With Manhattan Rain a resident stallion at Blue Gum Farm, it is perhaps no surprise that Principal Phil Campbell has a soft spot for his two colts which form part of the farm’s eight-strong draft at the upcoming Great Southern Weanling Sale.

However, when asked to identify a standout foal using his head rather than his heart, Phil is quick to nominate the farm’s Zoustar colt out of Vergara.

Not only is Zoustar a sire very much in demand, but Vergara’s first two foals are also showing some early promise, with Focus on Fame (by Tavistock) currently in the Lindsay Park stable run by Ben and JD Hayes and the Ciaron Maher and David Eustace partnership training Growl, a 2YO colt by Written Tycoon.

Phil is therefore confident that lot 227 will attract plenty of interest when he goes under the hammer on day one of the sale.

“He’s the third foal out of Vergara, a Group winning mare with a very strong family behind her,” said Phil.

“He’s a lovely big stretchy foal, with good size and good length. He X-rays beautifully, so he’s the obvious one in terms of pedigree and how he presents, and we’d expect there to be some healthy competition for a foal like him.”

As for the pair of Manhattan Rain colts, lots 139 (out of Riverina’s Girl) and 150 (Savannah Moon), Phil believes they are both very appealing propositions and should prove popular with bidders.

“They’re both really nice animals and the ultra-impressive return to Caulfield on Saturday of the stallion’s leading two-year-old, Jigsaw, was perfect timing for them,” he said.

“Lot 139 is a very strong foal with a lovely, laidback disposition and the other fellow is also very neat and tidy, so I’m sure they’ll both have their admirers.

“Only one other stallion currently standing in Victoria can lay claim to producing a Golden Slipper winner. Manhattan Rain has sired a number of other Stakes winners, so whilst he’s been around a little while now and some of the newer stallions might grab more attention, he’s consistently produced the goods.”

The other foal Phil is particularly keen to showcase is lot 211, an Akeed Mofeed colt out of the Irish-bred mare Three Loves.

“He’s another nice horse, very easy on the eye and very athletic-looking,” commented Phil.

“He’s got a terrific skin on him, so I’d like to think he’ll create some interest because he’s a very nice type of horse.”

As for the overall strength of the market, Phil remains confident that – bolstered by healthy online bidding – the sales ring will again be a hive of activity.

“The market has been very strong all year for nice quality animals, and I assume that will continue,” he said.

“That being the case, I’d be very optimistic that our draft will be in high demand.”

To view Blue Gum Farm’s entire draft at the sale, please click here.

Rushton Park’s Written Tycoon x Chakvetadze Filly (lot 312).

Asked to cherry-pick a few highlights from Rushton Park’s impressive crop of weanlings, Kayley Johnson is understandably hesitant to narrow their draft down given how many lots the Tatura-based farm has going through the ring next week.

Kayley and her husband David, who own and run Rushton Park in partnership, will send no fewer than 19 foals to Oaklands Junction for the final sale of the season. But this is certainly not a case of quantity over quality – if anything, the reverse is true.

Buyers will be spoilt for choice, with quality stock by exciting first season sire Extreme Choice complementing some standout offerings by some of the country’s leading stallions, including Written Tycoon, So You Think, Toronado and Deep Field.

Given the mixture of progeny by established stallions and the new sire on the block, Kayley is naturally excited to present the fruits of the farm’s labour and, when pressed, is perhaps most excited by her trio of So You Think foals.

Lots 14 (bay colt out of Kaskata), 162 (bay filly out of Shantou) and 373 (brown colt out of Garden of Eden) all bear the hallmarks of their famous father, with the latter’s profile enhanced by the deeds of his well-named half-sister, All About Eve.

“We have a soft spot for Garden of Eden as we bred and part-own All About Eve, who has one win and two seconds from three career starts – including in the VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic last time,” said Kayley.

“We’re hoping she might land some black-type in the spring, so we’re very excited about her and hopefully this colt has some of his half-sister’s talent.

“Lot 14 is out of a Snitzel mare, he was a late foal but I think he’ll surprise a few people when he goes through the ring.”

With Written Tycoon on the brink of claiming the Australian Sires’ Premiership this season, his offspring almost sell themselves and so Kayley is confident lot 312 will have an abundance of admirers.

“This filly is out of Chakvetadze, who was a Stakes-winning mare in Queensland,” she said.

“She’s a really lovely type, so I’d be fairly confident that she’ll sell well for us, especially with Written Tycoon absolutely flying this season.”

Kayley is also expecting lot 232 to be in very high demand, not least due to the limited supply of his sire’s progeny.

“We’re expecting the Extreme Choice colt to be very popular,” said Kayley.

“There are only 18 colts in his current crop, so if you want one you’ll have to move fast!”

With two striking colts by Deep Field (lots 33 and 112) and a typically athletic colt by Swettenham Stud’s in-demand stallion Toronado (lot 73), there really is something for everyone on offer from Rushton Park next week.

To view the full list of Rushton Park’s draft at the sale, please click here.

Tony Krushka’s homebred Tycoon Tara wins the Group 1 Tatts Tiara at Doomben (Trackside Photography).

Four years on from Tycoon Tara’s (Written Tycoon) upset all-the-way victory in the G1 Tattersall’s Tiara, and with her progeny closing in on their track debuts, we caught up with her owner-breeder Tony Krushka.

2017 Tattersall’s Tiara winner Tycoon Tara and her breeder and owner Tony Krushka are living their best post-racing life in the picturesque south-west Victorian town of Port Fairy.

Krushka, the former trainer turned Group 1-winning breeder, runs a boutique accommodation business in the tourist town. In between, he likes to keep a close eye on Tycoon Tara, who as a racehorse was a winner of 10 races and over $1.1 million in prizemoney.

Her win in the final Group 1 of the 2016/17 racing season proved her penultimate start, with Krushka and the other owners, including long-term friend Ross Pierce, electing not to sell her and continue on the journey with her as a broodmare.

“We brought a couple of owners into her, guys who I had always trained for, and we got so much pleasure out of it, we decided to breed with her. If she was 100 per cent mine, I probably would have sold the first foal, but they wanted to keep that and so we are just going to continue on breeding with her,” he told TDN AusNZ.

It is little wonder Krushka and Pierce are keen to continue the story, having been involved with the family for over 30 years, when they purchased a filly called Finest Moss (Twig Moss {Fr}), which Kruskha, then based at Mornington, trained.

“We bought a mare in foal with Finest Moss and I trained her and she won a couple of races and then we bred Mosstara out of her, who was Tycoon Tara’s dam,” he said.

Mosstara (Encores) would win four races for Krushka, including a race at Flemington at $51. He bred with her and her third foal, a filly by Written Tycoon, would arrive a couple of months after he had elected to call it quits on his training career.

“It’s one of those working families. The mother was a handy mare and there were a couple of others out of the family as well. We just made the right call going to Written Tycoon early before he started kicking his main goals, but she was one Named Tycoon Tara, the filly kicked off her career under the care of Bill and Symon Wilde at Warrnambool, winning six races from that stable, including both the G3 Bellmaine S. and G3 Mannerism S. at just her ninth and 10th starts.

“When Symon Wilde had her, she raced well and won a couple of Group races in very good times. She then injured herself and had nearly a year off, after we had to cut half her hoof off, but her times were always good,” Krushka said.

It was at that point, Kruskha and the other owners made the decision to send the then 6-year-old north to Sydney to Peter and Paul Snowden.

“We felt she might be better off up there and results proved it. She raced well down here, but Peter and Paul Snowden were really able to get her to that next level,” he said of the first flagbearers for him,” he said.

In her first four starts for her new stable, Tycoon Tara won a trio of Group races, the G2 Missile S., the G3 Show County Quality and the G2 Golden Pendant.

She had built quite a deal of residual value through her five stakes wins, and while she was initially entered into the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in 2017, the goal was not to cash in, but instead double down and try to get that Group 1 win in the Tiara.

Under a perfectly rated ride from Kerrin McEvoy, she jumped to the front and held off subsequent Group 1-winning pair Prompt Response (Beneteau) and In Her Time (Time Thief) on a memorable day for Krushka and the other owners.

“It’s an unbelievable feeling when you get a horse up to that level, especially the way she won her races and the horses she left in her wake. She had some very good horses behind her,” Krushka said.

As her dam Mosstara only had one filly before she died foaling in 2014, it made sense to breed on with the family through Tycoon Tara.

Given pride of place in the paddock of Krushka’s Port Fairy property, she has now produced two fillies, a 2-year-old by Zoustar and a yearling by Pride Of Dubai, both of whom have been retained by Krushka and the other owners.

Her first filly, Zeminnika, is closing in on a debut for trainer Peter Moody.

“She has had a couple of jump-outs and they have both been pleasing. She is just a little bit immature. Her knees are still a bit open, so we have decided to give her a little break and she will go back in work in another couple of weeks and she’ll go and race then,” Krushka said.

“She’s done enough to make us happy. She will need some time and she won’t be one of those ones that will burst onto the scene. She will be productive, but as she gets older, she will get better.”

The Pride Of Dubai yearling filly, named Hillion, has followed her dam’s footsteps to Peter and Paul Snowden.

“She’s gone up to New South Wales to Peter Snowden. She’s just going through that preparation he gives his 2-year-olds. They go in for a while and have a bit of break. He gets them well educated and works out what stage they are at.”

Tycoon Tara subsequently missed to Impending and will make the relatively short 200km journey to Rosemont Stud this spring to visit its new addition Hanseatic.

“We were always very impressed with his racing performances as well as his pedigree. He was unlucky not to win the Blue Diamond and if he had, there would be every chance he’d be up in the Hunter Valley at triple the service fee,” Krushka said of the son of Street Boss (USA).

Tycoon Tara is kept company on Kruskha’s property by a handful of his other racehorses which spell there as well, with Krushkha extolling the virtues of south-west Victoria for both equine and human health.

“Port Fairy was voted the most liveable town in the world under 20,000 people, and that’s how we see it. It really is such a picturesque town, such a great community, with good restaurants, cafes, beaches, you name it, it’s got it,” he said.

While he misses some of the aspects of stable life, having traded in his training career to work in tourism and hospitality a decade ago, he is very comfortable with his decision.

“I really enjoyed training. It was a great profession to be in and the people you meet, it was just fantastic. But once it became a stage where you are racing every day and night. It made it a bit of a chore,” he said.

“There’s a lot involved in it, it’s very labour intensive, and I’m happy doing what I am doing.”

Story by TDN AusNZ (22.06.2021)

MyRacehorse, which hold shares in G1 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic (pictured), are launching in Australia.

MyRacehorse, which celebrated a famous G1 Kentucky Derby success with Authentic (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}) in 2020, has become the latest player to enter the micro-ownership space in Australia with five racehorses made available to purchase.

Micro-ownership has become increasingly popular in the global thoroughbred industry in recent years, with the model creating affordable micro-shares of as little as 0.01 per cent, allowing greater access to racehorses sourced at a premium price.

The model has gained particular traction in Australia, which has one of the highest rates of racehorse ownership in the world, spearheaded by local outfit MiRunners, which has evolved the concept to also include MiEverest and The Racing League.

That MyRacehorse has become the first international micro-ownership company to enter the Australian space is far from surprising, given the success it had through the Kentucky Derby and Breeders’ Cup heroics of Authentic.

MyRacehorse, first set up in 2018, purchased a 12.5 per cent share of Authentic after he finished runner-up in the G1 Santa Anita Derby in June last year and subsequently sold 12,500 micro-shares of 0.01 per cent at US$206 (AU$268).

When the colt saluted in the famous ‘Run For The Roses’ at Churchill Downs in a delayed Derby run in September, over 5000 owners celebrated the success, including several based in Australia.

The son of Into Mischief (USA) would go on to claim the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic in November before embarking on a stud career at Spendthrift Farm in Kentucky.

Authentic’s success bought global prominence to the micro-ownership concept, and Founder and CEO Michael Behrens has wasted no time looking to establish a presence in Australia. Via Spendthrift Australia’s top-end bloodstock purchases, MyRacehorse will give the everyday Australian access to well-related commercial prospects in training with some of Australia’s leading trainers: Hawkes Racing, Mark Newnham, Tony and Calvin McEvoy and Bjorn Baker.

Their business model differs from others in the market, by having only one set fee and no ongoing costs thereafter.

“The quality of horse racing in Australia is world class and we’re excited to be launching MyRacehorse Down Under as we commence our global expansion,” Behrens said.

“We believe that however you enjoy racing, by having a vested interest in an elite racehorse or racing prospect exponentially increases the enjoyment of the sport. It also makes it incredibly easy to share with friends and family.

“We anticipate MyRacehorse micro-shares to be a real catalyst in increasing engagement with existing fans and attracting new fans through the mass accessibility of one of the greatest thrills in sport, owning an elite racehorse.

“I wanted more people to enjoy racing, and it became increasingly obvious that low-cost ownership that enabled fans to compete at the highest level was the best way to accomplish that goal.”

Owners, who pay no ongoing fees, receive a proportionate share of any prizemoney and/or sale proceeds from their horse, with all the usual perks of racehorse ownership in terms of access to regular updates from trainers, analysts, etc., as well as access to exclusive events with other owners and access to the raceday experience. MyRacehorse helps facilitate this through a mobile app.

Among the five horses which are part of the immediate offering in Australia is the 2-year-old filly Rock Chant (Fastnet Rock), who was purchased for $300,000 by Spendthrift Australia at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and is currently in work with Bjorn Baker.

“I’m excited to be partnering with MyRacehorse and continuing to train Australia’s top racehorses under a new ownership model. I’ve spent the first half of 2021 training Rock Chant, who’s already impressing at trackwork. I’m looking forward to seeing her get to the races in the coming months,” Baker said in a statement.

As an example of the pricing structure, micro-shares in Rock Chant, who is out of Aaralyn (Choisir), making her a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winner Amicus (Fastnet Rock), are being offered at $70 apiece. That is the only fee paid for the lifetime of the horse’s racing career.

MyRacehorse is also offering shares in Inclement, the Frosted (USA) 2-year-old half-sister to multiple Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane (Lope De Vega {Ire}), who cost Spendthrift Australia $650,000 as a yearling, for $140 a share. She is in training with Team Hawkes.

Also featuring is the $1.2 million colt by Written Tycoon out of Taqaseem (Medaglia D’Oro {USA}) purchased by Spendthrift Australia at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, whose microshare price is $220 and will also be trained by Team Hawkes.

Newnham will train the Redoute’s Choice colt out of the Group 1 winner Once Were Wild (Johannesburg {USA}), which Spendthrift Australia purchased for $340,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. His micro-share price is $90 per 0.01 per cent.

At this stage, all four horses listed will be co-owned with Spendthrift, which has worked closely with MyRacehorse in the United States, including with Authentic.

MyRacehorse also has engaged media personality Jason Richardson as an ambassador.

“The more owners involved in racing, the greater the sport becomes. MyRacehorse gives fans a chance be involved in runners with elite pedigrees for a small, one-off cost,” said Richardson.

Story by TDN AusNZ (17.6.2021)

Aktolgali (Adelaide) ridden by Jack Hill, wins at Bendigo, 20.6.21. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Sired by Cox Plate winner Adelaide, the colt offered by Yarran Thoroughbreds at the 2020 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale stood out for one very significant reason.

He was the only yearling by Adelaide offered at the sale.

And it’s fair to say that potential buyers weren’t actually forming a queue to inspect the Victorian-bred colt.

In fact, the first time respected veteran South Australian trainer John Hickmott laid eyes on the colt was when he was parading around in the sale’s ring about to go under the hammer.

Hickmott, the father of Melbourne Cup winning trainer Robert Hickmott, liked what he saw and parted with a modest $10,000.

And there has been a quick return on the initial outlay with the now gelding racing as Aktolgali, and trained by Robert at Caulfield, winning his second start at Bendigo last Sunday.

The win in the sixth heat (1600m) of the Taj Rossi Series has guaranteed the two-year-old a start in the $160,000 final of the series, also over 1600m, at Flemington on July 3.

Aktolgali’s win, at just his second start after an unplaced debut over 1400m at Sandown earlier this month, was a big money spinner for the owners who picked up $19,250 for first prize and VOBIS bonuses of $22,400.

“He has always given the impression that he is going to be a nice three-year-old,” Robert Hickmott said.

“He was just such a tough bugger and has never left an oat since the day we’ve had him in the stable.

“He is on track for that Taj Rossi final and has pulled up well. Who knows he might go onto that 1800m race, the Byerley Handicap (1800m) at Flemington the way he is training on.”

Hickmott said he has no doubt that Aktolgali will eventually stretch out to 2400m.

“He will get a mile and a half easy. He is out of a Grey Swallow mare,” he said.

“He was always a good bodied horse and a stayer in the making.

“I always suggested that he would make the grade. Not that he surprised me with his win and we had something on him and thought he was huge overs.

“He worked with the favourite (the unplaced Francie Girl) on Tuesday morning and had its measure which gave us a bit of confidence. We knew he had the improvement in him.

“He wasn’t too bad in his first run and only got beaten four and a half lengths and there was plenty of merit in his run.”

Hickmott said his father spotted the Adelaide colt at the sales, liked him and decide to buy him.

“And it wasn’t until we got back to the farm that I asked what he was going to with him and he said you can syndicate him and he is all yours.

“We really liked him and all credit to the old man.”

He said the VOBIS bonuses from the Bendigo win were great for the owners who are also eyeing big prizemoney, up to $200,000, in his next two runs.

Hickmott said he had received a congratulatory text from the horse’s breeder, David Addison at Mockingbird Hill.

But he said Addison must take a lot of credit for the way he raised the horse.

“I have never seen a horse eat like him,” he said.

Hickmott said he would also be looking at the others out of the mare.

Yarran Thoroughbred’s John Doherty said the Adelaide colt was a lovely yearling when presented at the sales.

“He was actually just picked out of the parade ring by the guy who bought him,” Doherty said.

“He didn’t see him before and just liked his swagger around the parade ring and he is a good judge.

“And he was always an athletic horse, but never an early looking horse.

“I think Adelaide is one of those stallions that didn’t get the best of the broodmares, but he is doing an okay job.”

Doherty said people weren’t looking to buy Adelaide horses at the sale and no-one requested a specific inspection of the colt.

He said the colt just sold himself when he was walking around the parade ring.

“He was the only by Adelaide in the sale and that by itself tells you that the stallion wasn’t well supported,” Doherty said.

“The result he is getting from small numbers is pretty good.”

Doherty said Addison told him he wanted the horse sold and wasn’t going to race the colt.

“There were only two (bidders) on him and as I said, the horse was hardly out of his stable,” he said.

“He is a racehorse now, but he was a sort of a lean, mean horse then, if you know what I mean.

“They like to buy those 1000m stocky horses and he wasn’t that. Patience is a virtue and I am delighted for his people.”

Doherty said Addison put a fair amount of time into his matings and liked to produce racehorses which aren’t necessarily the sales horse type.

He said racing and sales were a different market.

Doherty said that no prospective buyer came down specifically to see the Adelaide colt at the sales and was only taken out for an inspection when potential buyers asked to look at Yarran’s entire draft.

“No one came down specifically looking for an Adelaide,” he said.

“It’s what makes this whole business tick along and you don’t have to spend $2 million on a horse to get a racehorse.

“I’m sure David is delighted as well. He is in the business of breeding good horses and this is another one.’’

David Addison, who has been a member of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria since 1974, was disappointed the colt sold for the equivalent of his service fee which has since been reduced by Coolmore to $5000.

Addison said they raced a close relation of Aktolgali, a mare named Albonetti (Ustinov x Commanding Performer), which won five races and was a half-sister to Aktolgali’s dam, La Bahia (Grey Swallow).

He said Aktolgali’s win reminded him of the way Albonetti won her races.

“Given that was his second start and he looked pretty green in the whole thing but when he finally got his mind on the job, saw where he was going, the way he finished was very much like Albonetti was early in her career when she was learning her trade.

“I think that horse could go onto be quite something.”

Addison, who also runs sheep on his 235-acre Longwood farm, said that up until last week they had five active broodmares, but unfortunately Albonetti died last Monday.

“We have got four active broodmares at the moment but we have had more in the past and we have limited the numbers a little bit in recent times,” he said.

“We prefer to sell everything we breed but never mind what you prefer to do as the market dictates what you can do in many cases.”

La Bahia is in foal to Adelaide again and due to foal this breeding season.

Addison said he is staggered that more people haven’t gone to Adelaide and describes him as a stunning horse and says people only have to look at his Cox Plate win.

“Australians seem to have some aversion to Galileo as a sire and I can’t understand it as he was a world-class stallion and Adelaide was a top-class performer of his,” he said.

Addison said he was “stunned” when Aktolgali reached only $10,000 when he was expecting around the $50,000 mark.

“He was a really nice horse with a great attitude and a great everything,” he said.

Addison, who has been breeding horses since 1985, got involved with his horses through his late wife, Diana Chappel, whose sister was Vanda Chappel Fahler, from the well-known racing family.

He said he was of a vintage where there were always horses in his life – the milkman and baker on horse and buggy.

“And then when I met my late wife, I found myself in the racing world,” he said.

“And we actually raced our first horse in 1969, a steeplechaser called Too Honest.

“Cliff Fahler was of course my brother-in-law and we had horses with him and Marcus Fahler, his son, still trains for us.”

Addison said he’ll be trackside at Flemington to watch Aktolgali race in the final of the Taj Rossi series.

Merle The Pearl (Anacheeva) became the 100th winner sired by a Riverbank Farm stallion this season. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Riverbank Stud at Benalla reached a remarkable milestone last Wednesday when the Charlotte Littlefield-trained Merle The Pearl scored an impressive victory at Sandown.

It marked the 100th winner sired this season by a Riverbank stallion.

In this case, the three-year-old winning gelding is a son of Anacheeva.

Perhaps the most exciting and best result for Riverbank came on Saturday at Flemington, when Wodonga trainer Sylvia Thompson’s Brenlyn’s Trooper was beaten into first place by half a neck in the A.R. Creswick Stakes (1200m) by the Ken and Kasey Keys trained Free To Move, which started at $101.

Brenlyn’s Trooper, also a huge outsider at $81, was sired by Riverbank’s Redente, an unraced son of Redoute’s Choice, and out of Group 1 winning mare Stella Cadente (Centaine x Temple Fire).

It was the first time any of Redente’s progeny have won black type.

While there was plenty of disappointment for Brenlyn’s Trooper’s trainer and owners in just failing to win, it was a case of jubilation for Cranbourne father and daughter training team, Ken and Kasey Keys, as well as Bucklee Farm’s Leeanne Smith who bred the gelding which was sold for just $8000 at the 2019 VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

Kasey had selected the yearling, by Unencumbered, who died in 2018, and said she was prepared to go up to $25,000 to secure the horse that is out of Canhill (Dangerous x Canned Music).

Riverbank, which is operated by Russell Osborne and his veterinary wife Dr Caroline Duddy, stand seven stallions – Anacheeva, Boulder City, Prince of Caviar, Redente, Skilled, Von Costa De Hero and Wayed Zain – and all are aimed at the breeder who wants an economical service fee so they can breed to race.

Redente stands at only $3300, while Boulder City is the most expensive of Riverbank’s stallions at $5500. Veterinary fees are included in the price.

The stallions that achieved the century were:

  1. REDNETE: (Redoute’s Choice-Stella Cadente. Fee $3,300): 44 wins.
  2. SKILLED: (Commands x Dextrous. Fee $3,300):  28 wins.
  3. VON COSTA DE HERO: (Encosta De Lago x Piavonic. Fee $2200): 15 wins.
  4. ANACHEEVA: (Anabaa x Monroe Magic. Fee $3,300): 13 wins.

And the winners kept coming on Monday for Riverbank and Russell Osborne, who is also a trainer, when Red Impulse (Redente) and Dancing Duck (Von Costa De Hero) both won at Wangaratta.

Both horses have now each won more than $80,000 and are raced by Russell and Caroline.

Caroline said Brenlyn’s Trooper could have pinched victory at Flemington if he had not received a bump at a crucial stage of the race.

“We were delighted to have him running second as it was our first stakes placing for Redente,” she said.

“It’s fantastic, absolutely fantastic.”

Caroline said Riverbank was all about breeding to race.

She said a stallion like Redente had got his runners to race the hard way.

“He started out with small books of lesser mares and he just keeps churning out the winners and I have always believed he was going to get a stakes horse,” Caroline said.

“It’s a matter of time.

“I have got no doubt that if he got a big book of mares, sort of top-shelf mares, he wouldn’t be standing at Riverbank for three grand, I can tell you that.

“The thing about Redente is that he is always running over the 60 per cent mark. They just come out and win and you get yourself a really nice bread and butter horse that just keeps going to the races and picking up a cheque.

“We actually adore the horse and he has put our farm on the map and is very much the backbone of the farm for us and he’ll never leave the farm. He’ll be here for ever.”

Redente’s first season at stud was in 2009 when he served 49 mares, while his biggest books were 81 in 2015 and 104 in 2016. He served 42 mares last season.

Caroline said that the recognition of Redente’s first stakes placed horse was perfect timing coming into the breeding season.

“It keeps everything current and in breeders’ minds,” she said.

“We have certainly already got quite a few mares booked to him again this year and we are very happy with it.”

Caroline said she expects Redente, who was unraced because of a coffin bone injury and began his stud career  as a three-year-old, to again get a book of around 50 mares for the coming breeding season, but interest in him could push the bookings higher.

She said the most winners Riverbank stallions had produced in the past was in the seventies last year.

“The thing is that the Von Costas just get better as they get older,” she said.

“And I think we are starting to see the flow on effects of the couple of bigger books Redente did a few years ago and there are just more of them out there.

“And we are just very excited, too, about what is coming through with Wayed Zain and Boulder City and what they might hold in store for us in the future.”

Caroline said it was just such a nice story with an Unencumbered and a Redente running first and second in a stakes race at Flemington.

“I just think it is just a fantastic result for Victoria,” she said.

“Those are the results you like to see.”

She said there was no correlation to what is paid for a yearling in the sale ring as to what they may actually earn on the track.

“You are paying for potential and there is a big disparity between the commercial breeders breeding to sell a yearling as opposed to our breeders here just breeding to try to have a nice racehorse that will come out and keep coming home with a cheque,” she said.

Caroline said they were very much grassroots at Riverbank Farm where their clients know their horses inside out and love their mares and they are breeding for themselves, which is very different to the commercial owners who can see it as a commodity.

“We are what we say we are and there are no hidden agendas,” she said.

“Redente is very good value at three grand,” she said.

“And there are no hidden costs.”

And for trainer Sylvia Thompson, she said Brenlyn’s Trooper had lived up to everything he had been set for and the plan was to always go to Flemington last Saturday.

With just six starts, the gelding has now won three races and been second twice, including his second start when he was beaten a length at Moonee Valley last December.

And with a bit of any easier run through the field, Sylvia also believes the result might have been different last Saturday.

“I couldn’t have been happier with him,” she said.

“I was surprised at his odds but they were pretty good horses and I suppose he is the new kid on the block and one bloke (tipster) did pick him to run third.

“His run before that when we went to Flemington just to have a look at the straight, because he hadn’t been down it and I knew the 1100m would be a bit short, but he was off the bridle most of the way to keep touch, and he had reasons for that but still ran fifth.

“I only had a bush jockey on, I’m a bush trainer and they’d be looking at all of that and saying she won’t be of any danger.

“He has been real good.”

Sylvia’s relationship with Riverbank Farm goes back a long way and she remembers sending broodmares to the stud when it was operated by Russell’s father Adrian.

“I’ve always had a good relationship with Adrian and we used to race quite a few horses for him,” she said.

“We’d lease them off him.”

Sylvia had no hesitation in recommending to her sister Lyn and husband Brendan Windsor to send Brenlyn’s Trooper’s dam, One For The Kids (Hold That Tiger x Palais D’Or), to Redente.

“There is nothing wrong with Redente’s breeding, even though he didn’t race,” she said.

“He is beautifully bred and he is just up the road from us.

“And though we had the mother of Trooper, she was always lame and I did suggest to them to put her to a stallion and we could just go up the road to Russell’s and that was the go there.

“At that stage, Adrian had only him (Redente) and I think Hillman.

“He is getting winners everywhere and you look at the results on a Monday and there are plenty. But he hasn’t got anything outstanding and I reckon that’s only because he hasn’t had a topline broodmare go to him and there have only really bush ones that have gone to him.

“Obviously, the breeding of Trooper’s mother clicks with him.”

Sylvia’s sister Lyn Windsor and her husband Brendan Windsor bred Brenlyn’s Trooper from their mare One For The Kids (Hold That Tiger x Palais D’Or) which they raced but had only two unplaced starts.

“She went by the wayside and that’s how the breeding happened,” she said.

“They (Brendan and Lyn) had one other horse with me before that and he wasn’t much good and the day we thought he was going to win a race it was a three horse field at Albury in a 2000m race. And you wouldn’t believe it, he got kicked behind the barriers and they scratched him.”

One For The Kids’ first foal was by Redente, but the gelding never made it to the races because of injury, while her next foal, Benjamery (Hillman) has won two races and been placed seven times from 29 starts.

The mare was not served in 2013 and 2015 and then produced Brenlyn’s Trooper. Currently with a filly by Boulder City, the mare was also not served in 2017 and 2018.

The Thompson family has also bred another son of Redente, Chipsaredown, which Sylvia describes as pretty handy.

“I have got a couple of two-year-olds by Redente and a couple of yearlings and a couple are in foal to him,” she said.

“I have always supported them. We have one by Skilled and a Boulder City and we have a couple by Wayed Zain.”

Despite some offers to buy Brenlyn’s Trooper, the Windsor family is enjoying the success with the best horse they have had.