Cornwall Park Stud, at Toolern Vale on the western outskirts of Melbourne, will be home this upcoming breeding season to debut stallion Johannes Vermeer.

By Galileo, from the Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) mare Inca Princess (Ire), the horse is a stout addition to Victoria’s stallions ranks, and not least to Cornwall Park, which is run these days by Peter Boyle and Lisa Gordon.

The property hasn’t been a commercial breeding entity for decades but has, in its past, stood the likes of G1 Cox Plate winner Our Poetic Prince and G1 Australian Derby winner Ivory’s Irish (Best Western). Cornwall Park’s history is rich, dating right back to the late 1890s.

Boyle and Gordon took hold of the property in July last year after learning of it through a tweet by Ballarat trainer Pat Cannon.

“We were just about to sign for a property in Bulla,” Gordon said. “A friend of Pete’s in the Hunter, Steve Irwin, saw a tweet from Pat Cannon, who had just gone to look at the place, saying what a grand old farm it was going to waste.”

Within hours, the pair was on the road from Sydney to Cornwall Park.

“That was 9 o’clock on the Friday night, and by 10 the following morning we were in the car,” Gordon said. “We met them (the owners) on Sunday, and moved in the following weekend.”

Starting to sparkle

Cornwall Park is leased by Boyle and Gordon from owners Alex and Nicole McIntyre, who purchased it from Sir Donald Trescowthick, of Harris Scarfe fame, in 2019.

Boyle takes the reins with a lifetime of industry experience behind him, having worked at Segenhoe Stud, Byerley Stud and Baerami Thoroughbreds in his time, not to mention time spent at Emirates Park under the tutelage of Trevor Lobb.

Lisa Gordon and Peter Boyle | Image courtesy of Cornwall Park Stud

The couple said that COVID-19 worked in their favour when they moved in last year.

“To be honest, it was the best time for us,” Boyle said. “We had time to clean up before anyone came on the place, because it was pretty rough here.”

“To be honest, it (COVID) was the best time for us. We had time to clean up before anyone came on the place, because it was pretty rough here.” – Peter Boyle

Gordon said the bones of the property were there, but they didn’t really want clients onsite until they had pulled weeds, tidied up and done some sort of facelift.

“It’s a beautiful old place, and there’s been a few hard yards to pull her back together,” Gordon said. “We were surrounded with weeds and mess and garbage, wreck and ruin really. It’s been a lot of work, but she’s starting to sparkle again.”

Gallery: Some of the facilities at Cornwall Park Stud

Johannes Vermeer

The arrival of Johannes Vermeer brings the Cornwall Park stallion roster to five, which is an impressive figure for an operation so new.

Earlier this year, Boyle and Gordon brought four stallions across from the former Rangal Park Stud, with that property’s owner, Eric Buttler, dispersing his operation on account of poor health.

The stallions were the evergreen Danerich, a sire of 10 stakes winners, and Boom TimeCliff’s Edge and Soul Patch. The latter is a son of the emerging sire Shamus Award and will cover only his second book this upcoming season, while Boom Time, a winner of the G1 Caulfield Cup in 2017, will cover his third.

“Soul Patch has let down into a beautiful animal,” Boyle said. “He’s quite a big horse, but he’s balanced with good bone, and Danerich speaks for himself. If he had stood in the Hunter Valley, he could have been anything, but he wasn’t given the great mares and he’s done it all himself.”

Soul Patch | Standing at Cornwall Park Stud

The deal with Rangal Park was done through bloodstock agent Sue Turner-Walsh, with Buttler recognising the potential of Cornwall Park for his stallions.

“They’d looked at other farms, but even (trainer) Kenny Keys had said this was where Soul Patch belonged,” Gordon said. “They were so impressed with the place, and our proximity to the city is something too. We’re probably one of the closest studs to the CBD or any of the metropolitan trainers. The location is really incredible for us.”

The deal to stand Johannes Vermeer this season came about similarly.

The 8-year-old Irish horse, trained in his early career at Ballydoyle by Aidan O’Brien, hasn’t been seen on a racetrack since his last-start fourth in the G2 Blamey S. at Flemington in March 2019. Before that, he’d had three starts in Australia, running second to Gailo Chop (Fr) (Deportivo {GB}) in the G1 Caulfield S. before a third to now barn-mate Boom Time in the 2017 G1 Caulfield Cup.

Johannes Vermeer was then a gallant second to Rekindling (GB) in the G1 Melbourne Cup, downed by just a 0.5l in an O’Brien father-son clash. Rekindling was trained by Joseph O’Brien, returning an historic quinella for Australia’s great race.

Rekindling (GB) (pink cap) and Johannes Vermeer (Ire) (blue cap) in the 2017 G1 Melbourne Cup | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Before all of this, however, Johannes Vermeer was a Group 1-winning 2-year-old in France, winning the Criterium International at Saint-Cloud, and then the G3 International S. at The Curragh as an older horse.

His overall stats boast 16 starts for four wins and a further eight placings. He was off the podium only four times in a career that took him to Ireland, England, France and Australia.

“He had tendon dramas all along,” Boyle said. “In the end, they gave way, and that’s where he’s been at since he last raced. He’ll be standing at Cornwall Park for his syndicate of owners, and I think he’ll do well. They’ll support him heavily, and will be selling a limited number of breeding rights too.”

Johannes Vermeer will debut at $11,000 (inc GST), and he is already getting bookings. Boyle said breeders are interested, and he expects the horse will cover any number around 50 to 80.

Johannes Vermeer (Ire) | Standing at Cornwall Park Stud

“The market down here is starting to look at that stayer’s facade again,” Boyle said, “and what better way than a horse with a pedigree like his. At the end of the day, he was a Group 1 winner as a 2-year-old, as well as a Group-placed three and 4-year-old.”

Physically, the new stallion is letting down from training. He is 16 hands in racing nick, and Boyle was surprised by how robust he was.

“He’s got quite good bone about him for a European horse,” he said.

Galileo gold

With the recent passing of his sire Galileo, Johannes Vermeer’s arrival to the scene is timely. He joins just six other sons of Galileo at stud in Australia in 2021, and they are Adelaide (Ire), Highland Reel (Ire), Amber Grey (Ire), Finn McCool (Ire), Kellstorm (Ire) and shuttler Churchill (Ire).

Of these, only Highland Reel, at Swettenham Stud, is based in Victoria.

Johannes Vermeer was sold to Coolmore ownership as a yearling in 2014, costing €300,000 (AU$483,101) at the Goffs Orby Sale. He has a notable page, being a full brother to the Group 2-winning filly Elizabeth Browning (Ire) and Listed winner Sapa Inca (Ire).

It’s the family of Miletrian (Ire) (Marju {Ire}), the British Champion 3-Year-Old Female Stayer of 2000, and subsequently Shirley Heights (GB). Johannes Vermeer is bred on the Galileo/Danehill (USA) cross that has produced so many exceptional horses in recent times, including Frankel (GB) and Highland Reel, and the brilliant race fillies Minding (Ire) and Love (Ire).

“We’ll give him every opportunity here at Cornwall Park, and hopefully he’ll get good numbers,” Gordon said.

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Brideoake, a former champion equestrian rider turned multiple Group 1-winning trainer has trained 40 winners this season, just short of his career-best mark of 42, but has always dabbled in the breeding game.

With his son Tom now managing the family’s breeding and agistment farm at Violet Town in northern Victoria, Brideoake is seeking bigger and better things from his broodmare band of around 18.

“I have always liked breeding and that goes back to a few of my equestrian horses. I kept a few of my really good mares and got results. I have kept the mares I have trust in and they have turned out to be really good producers,” he told TDN AusNZ.

“There’s nothing better than when you work the mating out, you breed one and it goes on and does something. Then you end up working with its progeny.” – David Brideoake

“There’s nothing better than when you work the mating out, you breed one and it goes on and does something. Then you end up working with its progeny.

“I’m sure it’s a disease, but you do stuff for different reasons and that part of it does give me plenty of satisfaction.”

His most notable success as a breeder has been the G1 The Galaxy winner Griante (Good Journey {USA}), who he guided through a 29-start career to win over $1 million in prizemoney, including three stakes races.

Griante winning the G1 The Galaxy with Craig Williams

Griante now takes pride of place among Brideoake’s broodmare band, producing the dual-winner Cadenabbia (Redoute’s Choice), who sold for NZ$800,000 through the draft of Cambridge Stud at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale. She has also had a Pierro filly go through the ring as part of Milburn Creek’s draft at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, where Spendthrift Australia paid $500,000 for her.

“She’s the number-one mare. She’s got a very nice Dundeel colt that will be at a sale next year. He’s a nice animal and I’m sure we will get something there. She’s now in foal to The Autumn Sun,” he said.

Given the success of Griante’s progeny through the sales, it is no surprise to see Brideoake aiming for another strong mating in 2021.

“She’ll go to Capitalist. She had oodles of speed and that should be a highly commercial option for her,” he said.

A strong family hand

Brideoake lost Griante’s dam Grand Strategy (Strategic) last year but has a few options with that family having retained another of her daughters, Pomona (Teofilo {Ire}).

“Pomona was a terrific mare. She trialled up and showed me a lot of promise and then broke her back sesamoid and that was the end of her. She went to stud unraced and I guess that’s what you have to do, you have to trust your mare. I’m pretty happy to have her in the broodmare band,” he said.

“Pomona was a terrific mare… She went to stud unraced and I guess that’s what you have to do, you have to trust your mare.” – David Brideoake

“She went to Pride Of Dubai and I have a Street Boss on the ground which I will sell, probably through the Magic Millions.”

Across his 16 mares registered with the Studbook last year, Brideoake used 13 different stallions, mixing up his options across Darley quartet Territories (Ire), Frosted (USA), Impending and Blue Point (Ire), Coolmore duo Pride Of Dubai and Churchill (Ire), Vinery’s Headwater, Arrowfield Stud’s The Autumn Sun and Spendthrift’s Omaha Beach (USA) as well as NostradamusDanerichMagnus and Fiorente (Ire).

“I do tend to cast my net wide. I enjoy picking the stallions out, and I always look for variety,” he said.

The Journey never ends

Brideoake also still utilises a stallion close to his heart, Good Journey (USA), who is based on his Violet Town property along with his mares. He is the sire of two of Brideoake’s three Group 1 winners as a trainer, Griante and Grand Journey, who is also part of his broodmare band.

Good Journey (USA) pictured in 2020 | Image courtesy of David Brideoake Racing

“While he might be past his best in terms of fertility, I still breed a couple religiously to him. I bred those couple of really nice fillies by him. I wanted a bit more Nureyev, and I was always keen to find some females that went with that,” he said.

“We had one of his yearlings come back from the breaker the other day who is out of a mare called Street Blaze. I had a good mare called Raven Protector and she had a whole bunch of colts and one filly and that one filly is Street Blaze.”

Street Blaze (Street Sense {USA}) never raced but produced the multiple stakes winner Royal Mile (Danerich), who was last seen running fifth in the G1 South Australian Derby for trainer Lee Creek, who paid $26,000 for him as a yearling.

Brideoake takes just as much pride in horses he has bred winning for other trainers as he does when they win for him.

David Brideoake with two of his racehorses | Image courtesy of David Brideoake Racing

Double targets at Caulfield

That passion for breeding has been passed onto his son Tom, who is managing the farm, and who bred a filly called Bob’s Relish (Redente) who contests a 1200-metre race at Caulfield on Saturday for Brideoake Snr.

Bob’s Relish is one of two runners for the trainer at Caulfield, the other being Red Can Man (Gingerbread Man), who won the G3 Sir John Monash S. at his most recent start and takes on the G3 Bletchingly S. as one of the leading chances.

Brideoake, who took over training the horse from WA-based Steve Wolfe this campaign, has lofty ambitions for the 4-year-old and is confident of his chances heading into Saturday’s race.

“He’s (Red Can Man) absolutely super and he’s come out of the Monash very well.” – David Brideoake

“He’s absolutely super and he’s come out of the Monash very well. He’s had a two-week break had a good gallop Tuesday and he’s got a good barrier, in three,” he said.

“Third run in, he’ll be just about at full steam. He’s a big, powerful horse and he’s a really good work horse.”

Red Can Man (blue silks) | Image courtesy of Bronwen Healy

Red Can Man’s first start for Brideoake didn’t quite work out as planned after he finished seventh at Flemington, an effort Brideoake put down to it being his first-up run, after he initially struggled with the trip to Victoria.

“He came over in the summer and got a bit travel sick, so we abandoned the autumn. We nursed him back to health and away he went. That’s probably why he was a bit fresh first-up. He was a bit too bright that day, and so he needed an outing,” he said.

The G1 Memsie S. at the end of August shapes as an ideal target for Red Can Man, who Brideaoke has a lot of faith in.

“I’m pretty upbeat about a horse like this should he continue to progress the way he is going. He should get to the Memsie with a fair bit of good work under his belt and he’s just a fast horse. It’s a good combination,” he said.

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Inglis has opened entries for its 2022 Yearling Sales Series, which takes in its five primary yearling sales – Classic, Premier, Easter, Gold and the HTBA May.

After a successful 2021 season, which saw 2188 yearlings sold at a clearance rate of 88.8 per cent, attention has now turned to building the yearling catalogues for the 2022 sales season, with entries set to close on Friday, August 20.

Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales and Marketing Sebastian Hutch said with the market having weathered the challenges of COVID-19 remarkably well in the past 16 months, there is a sense of further optimism headed into 2022.

Sebastian Hutch | Image courtesy of Inglis

“It has been a challenging 12 months in terms of the hurdles posed by the pandemic, but we were determined to put together the best markets that we possibly could at each of our sales and so it has been extremely satisfying seeing so many of our clients enjoy such wonderful results,” Hutch said.

“We pride ourselves on offering the highest standard of service across all of our sales and while the results this year have been fantastic, we are excited at the prospect of improving further in 2022.”

“We pride ourselves on offering the highest standard of service across all of our sales and while the results this year have been fantastic, we are excited at the prospect of improving further in 2022.” – Sebastian Hutch

Hutch said the structure of the Inglis sales season remains unchanged from previous years, with the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale to kick things off at the Riverside Stables complex from Sunday, February 6 until Tuesday, February 8 next year.

The Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale follows and will be staged at Inglis’ Oaklands Junction Victorian base from Sunday, February 27 until Tuesday, March 1.

The iconic Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be staged on Tuesday, April 5 and Wednesday, April 6 at the Riverside Stables before it is back to Victoria for the Inglis Gold Sale on Thursday, April 21 and Friday, April 22.

The final sale of the 2022 Inglis Yearling Sales season will be the HTBA May Sale on Sunday, May 1 and Monday, May 2 at the Riverside Stables.

Yearlings parade at the Inglis Oaklands Junction sales complex | Image courtesy of Inglis

“Breeders and vendors can have confidence in our settled sales structure, with auctions conducted in excellent facilities at Riverside and Oaklands which provide each and every horse a fair opportunity to showcase its quality,” Hutch said.

“We work exceptionally hard right throughout the year to maintain existing relationships with buyers or develop new clients and it is reflected in the ratio of buyers to horses sold at each of our sales, which is unmatched.

“We are grateful for the opportunities afforded to us by breeders and vendors, which is not something we take lightly, hence our absolute determination to work to achieve the best results for all of our vendors.”

The 2022 yearling sales season will feature the much-anticipated first crops of Coolmore’s Justify (USA), Widden Stud’s Trapeze Artist and Arrowfield Stud’s The Autumn Sun as well as several other high-profile stallions.

Inglis yearlings averaged $125,850 in 2021 with 24 lots selling for over $1 million, 95 yearlings for $500,000 or more and 846 yearlings for $100,000 or more.

The Classic and Premier Sales showed particularly strong growth in 2021 with the gross at Classic up 23.5 per cent and Premier up 25.9 per cent.

Inglis has also launched its 2022 Yearling Sales Series Magazine.

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The strong rebound which led to record results across the yearling and breeding sales in 2021 has understandably bolstered the confidence of studmasters when it comes to setting stallion prices ahead of the pending breeding season.

The trend of stallion fees is particularly interesting this year after the economic shock of 2020 saw a large-scale drop in prices due largely to the uncertainty of the early aspects of the COVID-19 pandemic. However, the thoroughbred industry has, until this point at least, weathered the economic aspects of the pandemic remarkably well, and confidence has returned to the market.

It’s worth noting that for the purposes of this article, and reflective of the practices in each jurisdiction, all Australian-based stallions are quoted with GST included, while the New Zealand-based stallions are quoted with GST excluded.

The top end

As a rule, the top end service fees are where there is greatest volatility and this was the case in 2020 in Australia, where four of the top five priced stallions had their prices reduced.

“In 2021, the upward trend of the previous five years has resumed with seven stallions to stand at a price of above $100,000, up from six last year.”

In 2021, the upward trend of the previous five years has resumed with seven stallions to stand at a price of above $100,000, up from six last year. Six of those seven have had a price increase, including the highest-priced stallion in Australia, I Am Invincible, who jumps from $209,000 to $220,000.

Written Tycoon, who will stand his first season at Yulong Stud in Victoria at $165,000 and looks destined to claim his first title as Australian Champion Sire, has had the biggest jump in price of any stallion of $88,000. The average fee for those seven stallions which now stand in that six-figure price range has risen from $143,786 in 2020 to $158,714, this year.

Stallion Name
Service Fee 2021
Service Fee 2020
Written Tycoon Yulong Farm $165,000 $77,000 $88,000
Capitalist Newgate Farm $99,000 $44,000 $55,000
So You Think Coolmore $77,000 $38,500 $38,500
Zoustar Widden Stud $154,000 $121,000 $33,000
Deep Field Newgate Farm $88,000 $55,000 $33,000
Street Boss Darley $55,000 $27,500 $27,500
Toronado Swettenham Stud $49,500 $27,500 $22,000
Frosted Darley $44,000 $22,000 $22,000

Table: Australian-based stallions with the biggest service fee rise (inc GST)

In New Zealand, Waikato Stud’s Savabeel is the highest-priced stallion at NZ$100,000, the same as last year, while next on the pricelist is barnmate Super Seth at NZ$35,000, who is also unchanged in his second year. Cambridge Stud’s Almanzor (Fr), who had a brilliant season with his first yearlings through Australasian sales rings, stands at NZ$30,000, the same price as his new barnmate Hello Youmzain (Fr), and Waikato Stud’s Ocean Park (NZ).

It’s perhaps indicative of the more cautious approach and the less bullish nature of the New Zealand industry at the moment that Ocean Park is the only one of the above stallions to have had a price increase.

Stallion Name
Service Fee 2021
Service Fee 2020
Contributer Mapperly Stud, NZ $22,000 $10,000 $12,000
Ocean Park Waikato Stud, NZ $30,000 $20,000 $10,000
Per Incanto Little Avondale Stud, NZ $25,000 $15,000 $10,000
Turn Me Loose Windsor Park Stud, NZ $15,000 $10,000 $5000
Proisir Rich Hill Stud, NZ $12,500 $9000 $3500
Sweynesse Novara Park, NZ $9000 $6000 $3000
Reliable Man Westbury Stud, NZ $17,500 $15,000 $2,500
Time Test Little Avondale Stud, NZ $8500 $6000 $2500
Telperion Westbury Stud, NZ $7500 $5000 $2500
Shocking Rich Hill Stud, NZ $8500 $8000 $500

Table: New Zealand-based stallions with the biggest service fee rise (exc GST), prices are in NZD

Across the board

The commerciality of registered stallions does tend to drop away quite significantly towards the bottom end, which can distort or dilute statistics when it comes to comparisons on price.

For the purpose of allowing proper comparison, we have looked to filter data for the following section by analysing the 149 stallions which will stand at $7700 and above in Australia in 2021. That list includes 27 first-year stallions, 121 stallions which stood in Australia last year and one stallion, who is back after a year off, Maurice (Jpn).

Maurice (Jpn) returns to Arrowfield Stud in 2021

Of those 121 established stallions, 24, or 19.83 per cent, have had a price rise from last year, 63, or 52.07 per cent, remained at the same price, and 34, or 28.1 per cent, saw their price fall.

A similar analysis of the 2020 stallion rosters saw just 5.26 per cent of stallion have their price increased, 30.8 per cent have their price unchanged and 63.94 per cent saw their price drop from 2019.

Going back to the pre-COVID era and in 2019, 12.65 per cent of Australian stallions had their price increased from the previous year and just 25.3 per cent had their price fall.

No Change
2021 19.83% 52.07% 28.10%
2020 5.26% 30.80% 63.94%
2019 12.65% 62.05% 25.30%

Table: Changes in the price of established Australian stallions – Percentage

Applying a similar NZ$7000-plus filter to New Zealand, it takes in 33 stallions, including 29 that stood in New Zealand in 2020. Of those 29, 10 have had a price rise, the biggest of which was the NZ$12,000 increase for Mapperley Stud’s Contributer (Ire), while only four had a decrease and 15 stayed at the same price.

Filtering the Australian list down further to the Top 50 stallions on price and we see the average price of a stallion in that bracket in 2021 is $61,710 with a median of $44,000. In 2020, the average of the Top 50 priced stallions was $51,975 with a median of $38,500, while in 2019, those figures stood at $52,580 on average and $33,000 on median.

Contributer (Ire) | Standing at Mapperly Stud

The rising stars

The Australian stallion who had the biggest percentage rise in his service fee in 2021 is Capitalist, who had a brilliant first season from his progeny on the track, with 20 winners to date, headed by the G1 Champagne S. victor Captivant. Newgate responded to this success by bolstering his fee by 125 per cent to $99,000.

Barnmate Extreme Choice, who stood at $22,000 in 2020, would have likely been in line for an even bigger percentage rise after an exceptional first crop, led by G1 Golden Slipper S. winner Stay Inside, but Newgate opted to put him in the ‘Private’ category due to his ongoing fertility challenges, restricting him for shareholders to access.

Other notable Australian-based stallions to have their service fee at least doubled, include the aforementioned Written Tycoon, Coolmore’s So You Think (NZ), Darley shuttlers Street Boss (USA) and Frosted (USA) and Newgate’s Flying Artie.

Gallery: Australian-based stallions to have their service fee at least doubled

The biggest jump in New Zealand in terms of percentage was Contributer (Ire) as mentioned, while Ocean Park increased 50 per cent to NZ$30,000 and Little Avondale Stud’s Per Incanto (USA) 66.7 per cent to NZ$25,000. Turn Me Loose (NZ), who is based at Windsor Park Stud, jumped 50 per cent to NZ$15,000, while at the lower price levels, SweynesseTime Test (GB) and Telperion all jumped significantly.

The new kids

The confidence in terms of pricing flows down to the 29 new stallions which will feature on Australian rosters in 2021. Of that group, 13 are priced at $22,000 and above, an increase of one when compared to the 2020 freshman class and six on how many first-season sires stood in that range in 2019.

The average service fee of the 29 first-season stallions in 2021 is $24,257, a slight rise on the average of last year. There are four freshmen in the $50,000-plus range, which is a relative rarity. That group is headed by Coolmore’s Wootton Bassett (GB) ($71,500), who is already proven in Europe but has never stood in Australia before and also includes Darley’s Bivouac ($66,000), Kia Ora’s Farnan and Vinery Stud’s Ole Kirk (both $55,000).

Stallion Name
Wootton Bassett Coolmore $71,500
Bivouac Darley $66,000
Farnan Kia Ora $55,000
Ole Kirk Vinery Stud $55,000
Pinatubo Darley $44,000
King’s Legacy Coolmore $33,000
Tagaloa Yulong Farm $33,000
Ghaiyyath Darley $27,500
Admire Mars Arrowfield Stud $22,000
Earthlight Darley $22,000
Lucky Vega Yulong Farm $22,000
North Pacific Newgate Farm $22,000
Russian Camelot Widden Stud $22,000

Table: New stallions above $20,000 in Australia – 2021

There was not a single freshman stallion over $50,000 in 2020, indicating both the quality of the top end of this crop of stallions as well as how confident the major studs have become when taking new horses to the market.

That confidence is also in evidence in New Zealand where Cambridge Stud’s new boy, Hello Youmzain debuts at NZ$30,000, while Circus Maximus (Ire) starts out at NZ$20,000 at Windsor Park. In comparison, there was just one first-season stallion, Waikato Stud’s Super Seth (NZ$35,000), who stood in the five-figure range in New Zealand in 2020.

Novara Park’s King Of Comedy (Ire) and White Robe Lodge’s Ancient Spirit (Ger) are the other freshmen in 2021 and both will stand their first seasons at NZ$7000.

Stallion Name
Hello Youmzain Cambridge Stud $30,000
Circus Maximus Windsor Park Stud $20,000
Ancient Spirit White Robe Lodge $7000
King Of Comedy Novara Park $7000

Table: New stallions – New Zealand – 2021, prices are in NZD


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Swettenham stud sire Toronado (Swettenham Stud)

The other 2-year-old race at Sale saw a familiar combination to the fore with trainer Matt Laurie producing a smart son of Toronado (Ire) in the colours of Paul Dugan.

Dugan raced Prince Of Sussex (Toronado {Ire}) with success with Laurie, winning the $1 million VOBIS Gold Showdown at Caulfield in 2019, with that horse subsequently sold to Hong Kong, where he has raced as Lucky Express and won one race and placed in a Listed Hong Kong Classic Mile.

The Laurie-trained Chartres is a 2-year-old gelding of some promise based on his strong 1l victory over Red Hot Nicc (Nicconi) and Throw At Da Stumps (Rich Enuff) in his 1206 metre maiden.

“Paul is a good client of mine and he acquired the horse. I must admit when he arrived he wasn’t the most impressive looking animal, but he has developed and has got a good engine and they are going to have a lot of fun with him,” Laurie said.

“He has got a lovely, big action, he looks tough, is by a stallion that everybody is talking about, so I’m sure he’ll be able to put a good race away.”

“He (Chartres) has got a lovely, big action, he looks tough, is by a stallion (Toronado) that everybody is talking about, so I’m sure he’ll be able to put a good race away.” – Matt Laurie

Chartres becomes the fourth winner from Swettenham Stud resident Toronado’s third Australian crop and his 108th winner overall.

Toronado has just returned to Australia ahead of his seventh season where the son of High Chaparral (Ire) will stand at $49,500 (inc GST).

Toronado (Ire) | Standing at Swettenham Stud

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Through a successful business career, Hirsch, the co-founder of United Petroleum, has kept a low-public profile, preferring to let his commercial acumen do the talking, and it’s a similar story with his involvement in the thoroughbred industry.

He and his late brother Jack, who bred G1 Australian Oaks winner Rose Archway (Archway {Ire}), set up Hirsch Racing and initially from the family property at Yarra Glen, raced a host of horses with both John Sadler and John Salanitri.

Hirsch had already built up his broodmare band considerably when in early 2019 he ramped up his thoroughbred investment with the purchase of then Newgate stallion Foxwedge, who was brought to Victoria to stand at Woodside Park, then owned by the Rowsthorn family.

Foxwedge | Standing at Woodside Park

A few months later, Hirsch purchased the pre-training facility which Woodside Park had developed at a property adjacent to its stud operations in Tylden, and moved its racing operations to the facility, renamed Hirsch Park, with Salanitri as the resident trainer.

Given his ongoing association with Woodside Park, it wasn’t a complete surprise that Hirsch was keen to further his investment after it became clear that the Rowsthorn family were looking for possible buyers for the stallion farm.

While it took some time to work through the details, the sale was finalised earlier this month, with the stud’s three resident stallions, FoxwedgeRich Enuff and Tosen Stardom (Jpn) retained on the roster.

Respected former Inglis Bloodstock Consultant Mark Dodemaide has worked closely with Hirsch for a number of years, playing a major role in the acquisition of Foxwedge back in 2019, and he has been brought on-board by the new ownership to head up nominations for the upcoming season.

“I was at Inglis for over 30 years but I’ve known Eddie for at least a half a dozen years. I’d helped him buy some mares and we were both involved with Foxwedge together,” Dodemaide said.

“I was at Inglis for over 30 years but I’ve known Eddie for at least a half a dozen years. I’d helped him buy some mares and we were both involved with Foxwedge together.” – Mark Dodemaide

“Eddie had bought the training track 1km down the road and he saw that the Rowsthorns were looking at moving on from this part of the operation. He’s got his mares down at Yarra Glen, so he thought he could centralise them all, and so he decided to take over this place.

“Eddie is really keen to make this work. It’s a very positive move for him and he’s keen to make a mark.”

Having completed the sale on the eve of the breeding season, the focus at Woodside Park Stud has quickly turned to continue the business. Hirsch will lend his experience and acumen but has also entrusted Dodemaide and Stud Manager, David Collison to keep things on track.

“Not a lot needed to be done in the transition,” Dodemaide said.

Stallions standing on their own reputation

The timing of the change of ownership has put a little bit more pressure on Dodemaide when it comes to securing nominations for the upcoming breeding season, but he is confident that the stallions speak for themselves.

“Foxwedge has had 22 stakes winners and five Group 1 winners. His oldest are only seven, so he’s not an older horse. There are not many young stallions who get up to that percentage of stakes winners within their first handful of years at stud. He’s had 50 stakes-performers all up,” he said.

Foxwedge, a Group 1-winning son of Fastnet Rock, increased his book from 67 in his first year at Woodside Park to 115 last year at his fee of $11,000 (inc GST), where he stays this year.

The past season has seen him sire 92 winners, the fourth season in a row that he has produced 90-plus winners. His four Australian stakes winners for this season include G1 Australian Guineas winner Lunar Fox, while he has also had Run Fox Run claim the G1 Cape Flying Championship in South Africa.

His first Victorian-bred progeny will hit the yearling sales in 2022.

Rich Enuff stands his sixth season at $8800 (inc GST) off the back of a season where he has had 31 Australian winners, the eighth-most of any second-season sire.

“His oldest progeny are three and he’s got two early stakes winners and got two unbeaten stars that have got big futures,” Dodemaide said.

“He’s got Dosh, with Grahame Begg, who has had two starts for two wins in Group 3 races. He’s also got Orbisyn in Queensland, and they have already knocked back big offers for him. He’s in the markets at around $34 for The Everest. I’m not sure he is at that level, but they are pretty wrapped up in him.”

Orbisyn (Rich Enuff) has won all four starts for trainer David Vandyke by a combined margin of over 15l.

“When you look at stallions and you say ‘they just need a horse or two’, Rich Enuff has already got those horses. If they come back improved from last time in, he will have those high-profile horses,” Dodemaide said.

A son of former Woodside Park Stud resident Written Tycoon, Rich Enuff was a triple stakes winner, whose marquee career performance came in the G2 Danehill S. where he won down the Flemington straight in an ultra-quick time of 1:08.13, not far off the track record set by his grandsire Iglesia, and in one of the fastest times for a 3-year-old.

Rich Enuff | Standing at Woodside Park

Tosen Stardom’s first crop are set to hit the track in the upcoming season, with the dual Group 1-winning son of Deep Impact (Jpn) set to stand at $7700 (inc GST) in 2021.

“He was a horse that won the Toorak H. and then won the Mackinnon S. like Phar Lap, but he was also a ¥250 million yearling, which works out to about AU$3 million,” Dodemaide said.

“He was also an unbeaten 2-year-old stakes winner. He had that star quality and he’s a son of Deep Impact with a big female pedigree.”

“He (Tosen Stardom) was also an unbeaten 2-year-old stakes winner. He had that star quality and he’s a son of Deep Impact with a big female pedigree.” – Mark Dodemaide

Tosen Stardom has covered books of 123, 108 and 80 in his three seasons at Woodside Park and Dodemaide expects that first crop to make their presence felt in the upcoming season.

“I couldn’t imagine him necessarily getting spring 2-year-olds, but if one or two popped up in the autumn, he’ll be in a good position,” he said.

Planning for the future

Dodemaide said Hirsch is pleased with the mix of stallions they have on the farm, but confirmed that if the right product was to present itself, he would be keen to add to the roster.

“If the right stallion was to pop up in the next few months, we’d definitely look at it for next season. We will definitely be in that market,” he said.

“If the right stallion was to pop up in the next few months, we’d definitely look at it for next season. We will definitely be in that market.” – Mark Dodemaide

Hirsch is by no means the only one to ramp up his investment in the Victorian thoroughbred industry of late, and that surge of broader confidence is something which backs up his decision to buy Woodside Park Stud, according to Dodemaide.

“You’ve got to respect the amount of investment that has been made. You’ve got Yulong leading the way and Rosemont are having a real go and plenty of others as well. When you go to these big sales, Victorians are there throwing their weight around and that can only be a good thing,” Dodemaide said.

Article courtesy of TDN.

It’s little wonder that Cranbourne trainer Julius Sandhu rang Michael Cumming, the studmaster at Flinders Park Stud, on Monday morning asking about the progeny of broodmare Marli Magic.
Sandhu bought a Maurice (JPN) colt out of the city winning mare (Host x Unlimited Passage) at last year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $70,000.
It’s proving a wise move for Sandhu who trains and part-owns the now two-year-old gelding that races as Sharp Response.
The Flinders Park Stud bred Sharp Response won at Sandown Lakeside last week and now has two wins and a second from his three starts.
Cumming said Sandhu was keen to find out what Marli Magic had produced.
“He just wanted to know what else the mare had around, and this has been a very good result for all involved,” he said.
“It’s terrific, and they have been patient, and he is obviously training well, and they hope to give him one more start at Flemington in a couple of weeks and then set him for the Australian Guineas in February.
“It’s pretty exciting.”
Cumming said Marli Magic has an Impending weanling colt that will be offered at Melbourne Premier next year and the mare is in foal to Headwater.
“The colt is pretty similar to Sharp Response and is not very big but is strong and a really nice horse,” he said.
“She’ll foal down this year to Headwater.”
Cumming said Flinders Park Stud had produced some nice horses from last year’s Melbourne Premier draft.
A Brazen Beau colt – Taunting – out of Probationary (North Meteor x Red Beret) was also bred by the stud and sold for $230,000 to South Australian trainer Michael Hickmott.
The colt has won his last two starts and finished second on debut from his three races.
Cumming said Hickmott had told him he is setting Taunting for the Caulfield Guineas.
He said Rapid Response was passed in and Sadhu then put in an offer of $70,000, which was accepted.
“At the time, he was probably a little bit small, but saying that he was really well put together and if you looked at him from the side, he was a really nice horse.
“I was a bit surprised because the owners (the stud’s Brian and Darren Coyle) thought they’d get $90,000 to $100,000 for him, and they would probably definitely get that now with the way Maurice is going.”
Taunting is Probationary’s third foal. She had a colt by Thronum, and her Dundeel filly with head to Melbourne Premier next year.
“It is a nice athletic filly and if Taunting can do a bit over the spring, it will add a bit of value to her,” Cumming said.
“Both mares have done a pretty good job on upgrading those going to the sales.
“Probationary is in foal to Russian Revolution. And Darley have been at us to get her back to Brazen Beau, but we haven’t decided yet and are going to wait and see.
“She is due to foal pretty early, and we’ll just see what she drops with Russian Revolution, and then we’ll decide where she’ll go.
“It’s the same with Marli Magic, and she is not due until the 31st of the 10th, and we’ll just see if everything goes to plan with her, foaling wise. We might give her a year off, or maybe go one time with her (to a stallion).”
Cumming said another of Flinders Park Stud’s mares, Humma Mumma, which has produced stakes winners Tycoon Humma (Capitalist) and Humma Humma (Denman), was in a similar situation to Marli Magic.
Humma Mumma was last served by Darley’s Blue Point (IRE) last November 14.
Cumming said those quality mares had a lot of value with what they were carrying, and it was often a hard decision to give them a year off after they’d previously had a late cover.
He said the mares may get one serving and hopefully they would get into foal, or if not, set them up for the following year.
Flinders Park Stud has 14 of their own broodmares, and they target Melbourne Premier, even if Cumming says the yearlings are good enough to go to Magic Millions or Sydney.
He said the Coyles have a certain budget on service fees and don’t go over the top, and they aim to get the breeding right, grow the foals out and take the best ones to Melbourne Premier.
Cumming said Flinders Park Stud offers everything that a stud farm would – including agistment, weanling handling and yearling preparations – except standing stallions.
While Cumming is pleased that Taunting and Rapid Response both came out of the same draft, he happily warns that there may be a third Flinders Park bred horse to emerge.
He said a Deep Field colt out of Contrite Heart (Dane Shadow x Dan Baroness) was sold at the same sale for $150,000 and is yet to race, but shows plenty of potential for Mark Newnham at Randwick.
The gelding is named Diamond Soars.
Trainer Julius Sandhu said he is excited with the potential of Rapid Response who he believes will make a nice horse as he matures.
He said the gelding’s next assignment would be a benchmark 70 at Flemington on August 7 and then he planned to spell him, giving the gelding the rest of August and September off before returning for the autumn and the ultimate aim of the Australian Guineas.
“He is twisting my arm a bit because the way he has pulled up and the way he is behaving at the stables at the minute, he is giving me a bit of a headache about whether I should stick to the plan, or just given him a little freshen-up at the stable and see if I can get him to the Caulfield Guineas,” Sandhu said.
“But it’s more than likely he’ll go out for the spring and I’ll bypass the Caulfield Guineas and come back for the Australian Guineas in autumn.
“It’s a good problem to have, absolutely.
“I don’t want to go to the well too many times and ruin the horse, and if I have any questions in my mind whatsoever, I will pull him out and let him have his break.”
Sandhu said he went to Melbourne Premier with the idea of buying a yearling from a first season sire, and while he had few options, he settled on a son of Deep Impact – and he couldn’t be happier.
“He got passed in because he is a small horse, there was nothing wrong with him,” he said. “But there was something I liked about him.’’
Sandhu has 16 horses in work at Cranbourne.

Jeremy Payne is a relatively newcomer to the breeding industry, and it’s perhaps his good fortune that one of the first horse’s he bred didn’t meet the sale reserve.
Instead of heading to a new home, the son of Written Tycoon – which races as River Views – returned to Payne’s Diamond Park Breeding and Racing farm at Longwarry.
Payne, who operates a construction business and says he has horses on the side, has raced the Mick Price and Mick Kent Jnr trained
two-year-old six times for one win, two seconds and a third.
The gelding broke his maiden in spectacular fashion at Caulfield last Saturday when he scored a 1.1 length at odds of $41. The Price/Kent equal $4.40 favourite, Sunfall, finished third.
Payne admitted, like the trainers, that he didn’t expect the victory in the VOBIS Gold Ingot (1400m) which carried a first prize of $82,500 and a Super VOBIS nominator’s bonus of $7000 and an Owner’s bonus of $23,000 to take the horse’s career earnings to $130,660.
“While I didn’t expect it, we’ll definitely take it,” he said.
“We passed him in at the Premier sale for $150,000 after I think we got to about $110,000, and we thought it had cost us more than that to breed it, and we might as well race him.
“It’s worked out pretty good.”
And Payne reveals that there has been a little bit of interest since the race from buyers in Hong Kong.
“It might turn out a good result,” he said.
“If not we’ll race on and give it a go and see if we can do it again.”
Payne said the breeding of River Views came about after he’d bought a mare named Our Mohave in foal to Written Tycoon and had planned to foal it down in NSW and then put her in foal to More Than Ready.
But he got a call at 3am on a Saturday to say that the foal had died during the birth.
“That was our introduction to the breeding game,” Payne said.
“Then we went out and bought Sparks Alight and Woodside were good enough to give us another nomination so we didn’t have to pay.
“It was a free return and we bred River Views from Sparks Alight and were lucky.”
Payne said Our Mohave spent a couple of weeks in Scone Veterinary Hospital and later returned to his farm but never had another foal.
He said after explaining the situation to Woodside Park, they quickly offered a free service to Written Tycoon.
“It would have been a nice package coming back, a Written Tycoon colt and in foal to More Than Ready,” Payne said.
“It would have been a beauty.
“But we are getting there and have been going for five years and are starting to get a few winners here and there.”
Payne said they had good success at this year’s Melbourne Premier Sale, selling a Merchant Navy colt and a Winning Rupert colt, both for $210,000.
He said they were heading in the right direction.
“We run about 15 mares, and we like to race and have about half a dozen racehorses,” he said.
“If we don’t sell them, we’ll keep them and race them.”
Getting involved in horses began for Payne back in 2014 when he and a friend bought a horse, Jabali (Exceed and Excel x Balalaikia) which finished second in that year’s Blue Diamond and then went onto win its only race – the 2015 edition of the Group 2 Queensland Guineas (1600m).
“We ended up selling it to stud, and once we did that, I was sort of hooked,” Payne said.
“It sort of grabbed me.”
Payne said the farm’s first foal for this season was due in two weeks, another colt by Written Tycoon and the second one, also a colt, is by Jabali, who now stands in Queensland.
Mick Price, who trained Jabali, also trained the stallion’s first winner from just his second runner when Jabali Ridge (Single Princess) won a two-year-old handicap at Flemington in January of last year. The gelding is raced and bred by Payne and his partner Alannah Ockwell.
With the popularity of Written Tycoon’s progeny ever on the increase because of the stallion’s amazing achievements, Payne is hoping that the forthcoming colt by the sire will be another “beauty.”
The mare producing the Written Tycoon colt is by Snitzel – Paris Lights (City Song). This will be her first foal.
And while Payne has experienced the highs and lows of breeding horses, he said he appreciated the help of Inglis’ bloodstock consultant Will Stott who found Sparks Alight (Ratki x Dual Spark) for them.
Sparks Alight, a city winner at Moonee Valley, has a foal by Russian Revolution and is in foal to Yulong stallion, Alabama Express.
Payne said he’ll probably send Sparks Alight to Darley’s Brazen Beau this season
He said there were plenty of good choices for Victorian stallions.
River Views wasn’t the only big VOBIS winner at Caulfield last Saturday.
The Michael Kent trained Royal Crown (Helmet x Princess Regina) won the VOBIS Gold Stayers (2412m), picking up $82,500 for first prize and a Super VOBIS nominator’s bonus of $7000 and a Super VOBIS owner’s bonus of $23,000.
The four-year-old Royal Crown, now a winner of five races from 17 starts, was bred by Nigel and Meredith Berry’s Illowra Bloodstock.
The Berrys also race the gelding with a large group of other owners.

For first time owners and breeders Larissa and Peter Joyce, the talented gelding King Magnus and his family have been a wonderful way to go racing.
The husband and wife team milk cattle on their 210 acre dairy farm in the Strzelecki Ranges, past Warragul in West Gippsland.
King Magus made it two successive 1400m victories at Caulfield when the five-year son of Magus came from near last to claim victory last Saturday. It was the gelding’s sixth win from16 starts, plus he has had three seconds and one third for prizemoney of nearly $310,000.
Larissa explains that they were in an ownership group of six that raced King Magnus’s dam Influential Miss (Carnegie x Perilla), which won four races and had seven minor placings for Mornington trainer Pat Carey.
After the mare was retired, four of the owners, including the Joyces, decided to buy her as a breeding prospect. Influential Miss produced Influential Girl (Magnus), followed by King Magnus and then her last foal, the moderately performed Wanted Miss (Wanted).
When King Magnus bought up his first win at Caulfield earlier this month, his full sister, Influential Girl, also raced by the Joyces and trained by Robbie Griffiths and Mathew De Kock, finished third on the same day.
The six-year-old Influential Girl has raced 26 times for five wins, five seconds and three thirds for nearly $200,000 in prizemoney.
Larissa said one of Influential Miss’ owners was breeder John Pratt and he used the late pedigree expert Diane Neylon to advise on matings and did the breeding for Influential Miss and recommended the stallion Magnus.
Peter Joyce said they had done well from both Influential Girl and King Magnus from the two matings with the stallion.
“King Magnus is probably doing better at this stage,” Joyce said.
“Influential Miss was only small, and her last win was on Melbourne Cup Day in 2010 when she won (over 1700m), and we thought she would go onto bigger and better things.
“They are not very big horses, but they have big hearts and Influential Miss got a bit of weight and ran a few places in handicaps after her last win.”
Influential Miss ran fifth in the Group 3 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) nearly a year after winning on Melbourne Cup Day.
Both King Magnus and the staying mare Influential Girl will share the float trip to Flemington on Saturday week.
“She has given us a lot of pleasure as well,” Joyce said.
“Influential Miss was our first horse and we sort of kept her.”
Getting involved in their first horse was pretty simple and just took a phone call from Joyce’s mate John Pratt who asked him he’d like to take a share in a horse called Influential Miss that he was syndicating and it would be trained by Pat Carey.
The Joyces finished up buying 10 per cent, and they agree that once they were lured into the racing game, it’s impossible to stop.
“It’s a very expensive hobby, put in that way,” Joyce laughed.
“I am a dairy farmer and have milked cows for 25 years.
“We are 25kms from Warragul, in the Strzelecki Ranges actually, heading towards Korumburra.”
Larissa and Peter did have Influential Miss on their farm at some stage but have resisted the temptation to have horses on their property and say they are purely dairy farmers.
Peter said that while his mate Pratt was big into breeding and racing, he isn’t part of the syndicate that races King Magnus or Influential Girl.
“He used to be a dairy farmer as well, and he has got out of that and just breeds horses now and buys mares,’’ he said.
“He did a lot of the matings with Diane Neylon over the journey and has had some success, and he is more into breeding and racing a few of his own.”
Joyce said they were enjoying the journey and planned to breed from Influential Girl when she eventually retires from racing to keep the family going.
“It’s been a good journey, and it’s very enjoyable when you have winners, and that’s why we do it,” he said.
“We don’t do it to make any money, and it’s about the social side of it and going to the races, which has been compromised a little bit lately to a point.
“There is a good group in King Magnus and Influential Girl, so we do it for the fun, the social side of it and have a few beers and a bit of a punt and a get together.”
As well as Larissa and Peter, the other two original owners of Influential Miss who also race King Magnus and Influential Girl are Dave Kellas, who live in Western Australia, and Jake Thomas.
The ownership group in both horses has expanded beyond the original owners, but Pratt didn’t stay in the horses to race as Joyce explains “he has plenty of his own.”
And Joyce said King Magnus has a good turn of foot, and the way he exploded at the 100m mark at his last race, he won like a “good thing.”
“He picked them up really quickly,” he said.
“Once he balanced up he found another gear and just went bang.
“And it was very exciting the way he won.
“At the 100m, I thought he was going to finish an unlucky second or third. There were a couple of good horses in the race and to pick them up that quickly was really pleasing.”
And John Pratt said he couldn’t take any credit for breeding Influential Girl or King Magnus.
He said all the credit must go to Diane Neylon.
Pratt, who has four broodmares at his Nilma farm Brooker Park, said he only breeds to race and sends them to his stallion De Gaulle which he acquired on the advice of Diane Neylon.
“I think the best is yet to come from King Magnus,” Pratt said. “He is flying.”
Pratt said he likes to breed about four horses a year.
“I breed to race, that’s all I do,” he said.
Pratt said he used Diane to find mares to send to his stallion Danesis (Danehill x Sister Dot) which subsequently died.
But on her recommendation, he acquired the unraced De Gaulle (Exceed and Excel x Response) who now stands at Bombora Downs on the Mornington Peninsula.

Set to stand his third season at Mike and Brodie Becker’s Stockwell Thoroughbreds at Diggers Rest, stallion Al Maher gave a little reminder of his worth to breeders when handy mare Chassis won at Flemington on Saturday.

The Victorian bred mare was a $40,000 purchase from the Supreme Thoroughbreds draft at the 2018 Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale for Cranbourne trainer John Price.

Supreme Thoroughbreds took the filly home when she was passed in on a $50,000 reserve as the 2017 Great Southern Weanling sale and then sold her as a yearling.

Price, who is manager of a syndicate made up of around eight Western Australians and a couple of Victorians, has a clear path mapped out for the rising five-year-old who is out of Poco Gusto (Hussonet x Kachina), a winner of three country races for Caulfield trainer Colin Little.

Price plans to chase some black type for the mare and when her racing career is over will offer her for sale in foal to an as yet decided stallion.

And it’s a plan that Mike Becker fully supports as he continues to see the facts and figures that confirms Al Maher – the Group 1 winning son of Danehill – as a sire of broodmares.

Price said that as a future broodmare, Chassis was perfectly suited.

“She is a beautiful, big correct mare and has got a good hip and rein on her,” he said.

“Her win was very good and we’ll find another one for her down the track somewhere.”

With four wins from just 18 starts, Price said the mare had done well to score victories at Caulfield, Sandown and Flemington.

Although she is yet to race at Moonee Valley, Price said it was a good achievement to win at three metropolitan tracks and even better if she could do it on four.

“There was a discussion whether we freshen her up a bit and then save her for that coming mare’s series as it would help her value enormously,’’ Price said.

“The series begins in about four weeks, I think, and starts off at 1200m then 1400m and then a mile and they are all Group 2s and 3s.

“Even a place in them would really enhance her value and get a different category of studs to look at her.”

Price said the mare left her tank pretty empty on the line over 1400m at her latest win at Flemington last Saturday when she won by just under half a length.

“She is a beautiful horse to ride in a race and I just think the 1200m to 1400m and possibly a mile are suitable,” he said.

Price said he didn’t pay a lot for the mare but it was easy to see that she was going to be a lovely, rangey filly that stood over plenty of ground.

“I don’t pay a great deal of money for the type of horses that I buy,” Price said.

“She was a no brainer and like I say she has got broodmare written all over her.

“There is no hurry to go to stud and we were thinking along those lines.”

While there has been a trend among some trainers to breed some of their own stock, Price it wasn’t something they’d do with Chassis which he owns “a fair chunk of” with some long term clients.

He said the plan was to put her through a good broodmare sale and it would be exciting to go the Gold Coast and watch her being sold in a foal to a good stallion.

“We’ll watch our pennies and find out what she crosses well with and go from there,” he said.

“It’s another little challenge and with a lot of people in her, breeding doesn’t suit everyone. It’s so long and drawn out and suddenly something doesn’t go right and there’s two years from getting an earn out of a horse.”

Price said anyone who wants to buy Chassis will instantly like her on looks.

He said that Chassis, which has won more than $330,000 in prizemoney, will get the chance to gain some black type in the coming months.

And Price was more than happy to buy progeny by Al Maher.

“What I love is the longevity in him,” he said.

“He has been around for a long time and is still producing and although he never reached any super star status, he has lasted a long time. He is a well performed sire.”

Chassis was bred by Victorian breeder Dennis Nichol who raced Chassis’ dam, Poco Gusto, which he later sold in foal to Star Witness.

Nichol is a long time breeder who he estimates he has breed between 40 to 50 horses, most of them with New Zealand links.

He also bred and raced Chassis’ half-brother Indernile (Street Boss) which has won four races and was recently sold to Queensland. The gelding finished third on debut in the Blue Diamond preview (1000m).

Nicol said the best horse he raced was the mare Floria (Savabeel x Aia) which won the Group 2 Brisbane Cup (2400m) in 2014.

It was an interesting day at Flemington on Saturday for the Becker family when Literati finished a narrow third in the last race.

Literati is by Artie Schiller which stands alongside Al Maher at Stockwell Thoroughbreds.

And by coincidence, Literati’s dam, Beijing Bound (Quest For Fame), is out of Kachina which is also the dam of Chassis’ mother, Poco Gusto.

Literati was beaten a head by a short half head.

“It was a good day for the family with the half –sister winning and our Artie Schiller finishing third,” Mike Becker said.

“Rod Fitzroy owned a lot of that family back in the day.

“And we got Beijing Bound off Rod.”

Becker said it would have been even more special if Literati had won at Flemington as the race was named after Ken Cox who was the legendary business man who developed Stockwell Stud.


“He was Stockwell Stud with George Smith as the manager all those years ago when Showdown was there. Ken Cox went to England with Tommy Smith and they bought Showdown.

“To be honest I am surprised that here isn’t a stakes race named after Ken Cox. He was a prolific breeder.”

Becker said Artie Schiller and Al Maher were similar stallions in that they could always find a good horse.

“And they just keep punching above their weight really.

“Al Maher is a magnificent looking horse and no wonder he can throw a good type and his stats have been very good. He runs a high stakes per cent to runners which puts him in elite company and not many can do it.

“And he has done it consistently right through his life.”

Becker said another thing about Al Maher was how quickly he was becoming recognised as a sire of broodmares.

“He has really made a great start as a broodmare sire as well and he is a bit of an all-rounder, the boy,” Becker said.

Becker said they had been keen to get Al Maher to Victoria as they saw him as an ideal VOBIS level horse for the state and he was getting a bit lost in the Hunter Valley.

Now a rising 20-year-old, Becker said it wasn’t easy for the stallion who doesn’t get big numbers of mares.

“The sexiness of stallions goes off very quickly, the same as Artie Schiller and suddenly it’s harder to get into the better sales with the progeny,” he said.

“But the two of them keep batting away and keep finding a good horse. Artie had a city winner on Saturday at Adelaide (Hilumiere) and they just do it week in and week out.

“And I wish ours had have won on Saturday. He led everywhere but the last stride but he is a good honest horse who has cost nothing.”

Becker said that by any standard, both Artie Schiller and Al Maher were extremely successful stallions.

“But the sexiness just goes back into the unproven first year horses and that’s where the market is at, sadly, but that’s reality and we can’t change it and it is what it is,” he said.

“But for owner breeders, they are just two magnificent horses that aren’t going to cost you an arm and a leg.”












Peter Gough

As a lifelong racing tragic who has enjoyed some success as an owner, Peter Gough was already fully immersed in the industry and so thought nothing of taking the next step and diving headfirst into the world of breeding.
Peter went into partnership with his friends and fellow owners Jen Fitzpatrick, Terry O’Connor and Cath Fry on a Charm Spirit filly, which trainer Pat Carey purchased on their behalf at the 2019 New Zealand Bloodstock Sales – Book 2.
The quartet had previously raced her half-brother Maclairey, who won the 2019 Yarra Valley Cup, while Terry and Cath also part-owned her dam, Dame Claire, a real stalwart whose achievements included winning the Listed Andrew Ramsden at Flemington and finishing third in the Adelaide Cup.
Although her pedigree appealed, X-rays had identified a significant issue with the filly’s knees, which resulted in her selling for the knockdown price of just $15,000. That investment appeared even shrewder when a subsequent operation fixed the problem, meaning the group faced the decision of whether to have some fun and race her in their colours or start preparing her for life as a broodmare.
After opting for the former course of action, the ownership group sent the horse – now named Clara Belle – to Group 1-winning Kiwi trainer Stephen Marsh; but they might have regretted the decision after seeing their purchase finish down the field in her first two starts (albeit on unsuitably heavy tracks).
However, a minor placing on her third start restored some much-needed confidence, and hope turned to elation when she broke her maiden at Cambridge at the end of June. Sadly the trans-Tasman bubble had been suspended due to Melbourne’s lockdown, meaning Peter and Co. were forced to shelve their grand plans to see their girl race.
But watching on from home in Northcote, Peter felt a mixture of joy and relief which vindicated the decision to buy Clara Belle as a future broodmare prospect and dip his toe in an industry which, by his own admission, he knew little about until relatively recently.
“Clara Belle will be my first foray into breeding, and I’ve been really enjoying it so far,” he said.
“It really started as a conversation with Jen at the races one day, we got talking and she suggested I go in with her and the others on their next purchase with a view to breeding from her. So that’s basically where it all started, and the more I looked into the background and science behind breeding, the more it intrigued me.
“I went to the Inglis Premier Sale for the first time this year, which I really enjoyed, and I learned so much. I didn’t really know much about selecting horses on type or page, or on their physical attributes or how they move; and whilst I’m by no means an expert, I know an awful lot more now than I did before.”
The next decision the group will face is when to call time on Clara Belle’s racing career and transition her to her new life as a broodmare, before choosing a stallion which will give her the best possible chance of producing a foal capable of making an impression on the racetrack.
When he gets some downtime from his day job as Chief Financial Officer for Fitzroys commercial real estate agency, Peter enjoys studying sire lines to expand his knowledge and is looking forward to embarking on his breeding journey in the company of his co-owners.
“The rubber will really hit the road in the spring,” said Peter.
“That’s probably the time that we’ll have to sit down and think about which sires which might be suitable for her – and also in our budget! I’m really looking forward to learning more, and I’m in very good hands with Jen, Terry and Cath as my sounding boards. I’m still working my way through TBV’s Stallion Guide, it’s a great publication, and I’m fascinated by the range of stallions available in Victoria, even if a few of them might be out of our price range!”
In the more immediate future, Peter will continue to racehorses in partnership with his racing fanatic father Ellis, brother Tim and son William, who is close to completing a degree in veterinary medicine at Melbourne University.
They were taken on an exciting ride by the Greg-Eurell trained mare Sassy Salitage, who burst onto the scene with two wins followed by a second in the Listed Atlantic Jewel and a fourth in the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes.
Peter and his 85-year-old father currently have shares in several others horses trained by Eurell, as well as an Akeed Mofeed mare with Charlotte Littlefield, a Frosted gelding prepared by Luke Oliver and Brazen Beau filly under the care of Colin Little.
Ellis’ enthusiasm for purchasing shares in racehorses was reined in by Peter’s mother, who imposed a strict limit on the numbers. But since her passing, Ellis has freely indulged his passion – with Peter joking that the lights in the living room flash every time his father buys a new one.
“It’s Mum’s way of letting Dad know that she’s still watching him from up there,” said Peter.

Eddie Hirsch’s takeover of Woodside Park Stud and the Rowsthorn family move to their 1100-acre farm Morningside at Nagambie has provided the Victorian breeding industry with some significant changes in recent weeks.
Australian rich-lister Hirsch, who co-founded United Petroleum, sees the acquisition of Woodside Park has as a long term proposition.
Already the owner of Foxwedge, Hirsch looks forward to also standing stallions Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon x Hotnuff) and Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact x Admire Kirameki) at Woodside Park.
Hirsch purchased Woodside Park’s nearby training property at Tylden in 2019 and spent significant money to upgrade the property – since named Hirsch Park – and more significantly a 1700-metre training track where his trainer John Salanitri is now based.
Former Inglis employee Mark Dodemaide is Woodside Park’s stallion’s nominations manager and acts as a trusted adviser to Hirsch, who he helped buy Foxwedge.
He believes Hirsch’s long term vision for the stud includes the possible purchase of another stallion, if the right one is available, to complement Rich Enuff, Foxwedge and Tosen Stardom.
“We are not going to jump into any new stallion, but if the right one comes along, we are definitely interested,” Dodemaide said.
“I think the three stallions that we have now are a nice mix in that Foxwedge is proven with his 22 stakes winners and five Group 1 winners. He is a very proven product.
“Rich Enuff is up and coming. His oldest are three-year-olds, and already he has two stakes winners. Grahame Begg has got Dosh which is unbeaten and will be running this spring.
“And there is Orbiysn in Queensland, which is unbeaten in four starts.
“Tosen Stardom to me is underrated. He was a $3 million yearling and was an unbeaten two-year-old stakes winner in Japan and won the Toorak and Emirates like Phar Lap.”
Dodemaide said he believes the three stallions are a good mix and are all at slightly different stages of their careers
And Hirsch couldn’t be happier with his increased involvement in the industry which has guaranteed the continuation of the Woodside Park business and its three stallions.
“I’m thrilled to have both my racing and breeding businesses now based in Tylden. All the current Woodside Park Stud staff will remain part of our team and we are excited for a prosperous future in the stud business,” Hirsch said in a statement.
The deal for Hirsch to acquire the Woodside Park business was several months in the making but only finalised last week.
Will and Tom Rowsthorn will head the new Morningside business, which will see the family diversify into cattle as well as breeding from their band of broodmares and continuing to offer yearling preparations and other associated services.
Tom Rowsthorn said the family would continue to support Woodside Park’s three stallions. Super stallion Written Tycoon previously stood at Woodside Park before moving to the Hunter Valley for one season last year, but has since returned to Victoria after being acquired by Yulong at Nagambie.
Rowsthorn said the changes and the Morningside move had been discussed for months when they talked about the future of their stallions and where their business was heading.
“With Written (Tycoon) getting on and the others boys with a bit of a job to do, we sort of looked at where we heading,” he said.
“When we purchased this Morningside property, there was infrastructure for pre-training, breaking in and that sort of stuff, but there was nothing you could facilitate a stallion operation with.
“It was that sort of decision that we put all the chips in and move the stallion operation here or just focus on the other side of the business, which is obviously prepping and selling yearlings and having a broodmare band.
“We just decided to go down that path and just sort of, I guess, streamline the whole business and cut down everywhere else.”
Rowsthorn said that the previous owner of the property, which has 6km of Goulburn River frontage, was veterinarian and horseman Dr Bill Burns who turned to farming Wagyu beef.
He said they now had about 100 head of cattle on the farm, which when being sold was marketed that the property bred, trained or educated more than 35 Group 1 winners, including Melbourne Cup victors Efficient and Shocking.
“The cattle are all due to calf in the next little bit, and then we’ll focus on our broodmare band, which we have 30 at the minute, and we’ll probably got up to around 40,” Rowsthorn said.
“There are some down the bottom end that we will continuously try to upgrade. Between 30 to 40 would be the number that we’d like to sit with.”
Rowsthorn said that before Burns turned to cattle, he educated a lot of horses and many went onto Hong Kong after quarantining at the property.
Morningside was purchased by the Rowsthorn family about two years ago.
Rowsthorn said the stallion business was a tough capper and they were honoured to stand Written Tycoon before he moved to the Hunter Valley last year.
“Obviously we loved doing the stallions, and it wasn’t a decision we took lightly,” he said.
Rowsthorn said he would assist older brother Will, who is the general manager of Morningside, and they had only one other employee, Karen Vaughan.
“We have gone from a team of probably 40 employees to just the three of us who work with the horses, plus a couple of maintenance people and some gardeners, so it’s a bit of a different vibe around the farm,” he said.
“It’s something we had in motion for about a year now.”
And Rowsthorn said it was exciting to see Written Tycoon’s progeny coming through from when he stood at Woodside Park, and it would be great to look back in another decade and reflect on the impact the stallion has had on the Australian breeding industry.

Johannes Vermeer (IRE) in the 2017 Melbourne Cup

Cornwall Park proudly announced an exciting addition to the 2021 roster – Galileo’s high class son Johannes Vermeer.


An eye-catching €300,000 Goffs Orby Yearling Sale graduate who earned Australian fans with his gutsy second to Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup, Johannes Vermeer put his class on display racing successfully in the best of company in four countries.


Showing enough at two to be sent out an odds-on favourite in a 1500m contest at Tipperary, the Aidan O’Brien trained bay was beaten but game in the placings – quickly atoning with a dominant victory stepping up to 1700m at Killarney; racing on pace and putting 4 1/4 lengths on his rivals.


Up in class at just outing number three, Johannes Vermeer proved 1 1/2 lengths too good in the Gr.3 Champions Juvenile Stakes at Leopardstown – a win that saw him compete solely at Gr.1 level for the rest of his debut season.


And he was excellent each time; a close up fourth in the Grand Criterium at Longchamp and a fighting second in the Racing Post Trophy at Doncaster followed by another trip to France.


Showing considerable two-year-old fortitude, Johannes Vermeer just eight days after his Doncaster run dug deep to win the Gr.1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud; outclassing Stormy Antarctic who would hold up the form with an easy Gr.3 Craven Stakes victory at his next start.


From six juvenile starts, Johannes Vermeer was a Gr.1 and Gr.3 winner, adding another Gr.3 placing at his only three-year-old outing; that campaign thrwated by injury. 


He returned at four, adding to his resume the Gr.3 International Stakes at The Curragh before heading to Australia where he was honest in all four of his Melbourne runs.


Shuffled back at the 600m in the Gr.1 Caulfield Stakes, Johannes Vermeer caught the eye charging home late, only just failing to pick up fellow northern hemisphere bred galloper Gailo Chop with the high class New Zealander Jon Snow third.


“Coming into the home straight, he quickened up so much underneath me that I thought he would go past anything,” jockey Katelyn Mallyon told the press. “He probably peaked just a little bit before the post came, but overall it was a great run,” she said, adding that “he is a beautiful big horse who relaxes so well.”


On the strength of that effort, Johannes Vermeer was sent out favourite in the Caulfield Cup, not having the best of passages home but still finding the line for a determined third behind Boom Time and Single Gaze.


“He ran really well,” jockey Ben Melham reported. “He just took a step backwards as the barriers opened and I wasn’t quite happy with where I was; I would have liked to have been a couple of spots closer in the run but, nevertheless, he was in a good rhythm, he was breathing and he was relaxed. I had to pick my way through the corner, and he was really strong at the line.”


Melham also had the ride in the Melbourne Cup and was excited when Johannes Vermeer gave a kick with 300m to go – only to be run down late by Rekindling. “I was spending my money at the furlong,” he said, “I thought we were home! But just the weight was the difference.”


Carrying 3kg more than Rekindling, Johannes Vermeer was game in defeat with O’Brien noting that “he has run a terrific race once again and I am delighted with him.”


Remaining in Australia, Johannes Vermeer resumed in the Gr.2 Blamey Stakes, getting back in the 1600m contest and finishing off strongly for a close up fourth behind Fifty Stars.


Retiring to Cornwall Park as the winner of four of his 16 starts with over $1.8 million in stakes, Johannes Vermeer is one of the later Galileo’s 336 stakes winners and 91 Gr.1 winners. Already 33 of Galileo’s sons have sired stakes winners, 19 of those represented by Gr.1 winners.


And his juvenile Gr.1 winners are amongst his best horses; the likes of Frankel, Churchill, Love, New Approach and Teofilo.


Johannes Vermeer is a son of the lightly raced Holy Roman Emperor mare Inca Princess, a winner from just three starts. She has fared exceptionally well at stud, also producing the Gr.2 winner Elizabeth Browning and the Listed winner Sapa Inca – both also being by Galileo.


Inca Princess is a daughter of the Gr.2 Royal Ascot Ribblesdale Stakes winner Miletrian, half-sister to the dual Group winner Mr Combustible from a high class international family – one which also produced the Epsom & Irish Derby winner Shirley Heights and fellow dual Gr.1 winner Pentire.


Both of those horses have made an impact at stud, Shirley Heights siring 59 stakes winners (seven Gr.1 winners) whilst Pentire did a great job from his New Zealand base with 49 stakes winners including of 16 Gr.1 winners.


South Australian Derby winner Markham is also a member of this family as are the multiple Gr.1 winners Divine Proportions and Whipper; another horse who has fared well at stud with 26 stakes winners whilst another Gr.1 galloper from the family in King’s Bench sired 18 stakes winners.


Bred on the same prolific Galileo/Danehill cross as Frankel, Highland Reel, Magician, Serpentine, Order Of Australia, Anthony Van Dyck, Sovereign, Intello, Minding, Love, Japan and Teofilo and 32 other Gr.1 winners, Johannes Vermeer has much to offer the breeder. He was fast and tough at two, durable and classy in Europe and Australia – winning from 1400m to 2000m with his 2400m and 3200m placings memorable.


There is considerable depth to his pedigree with so many big names close up – Sadler’s Wells, Mr Prospector, Danehill, Secretariat, Last Tycoon, Dancing Brave and Mill Reef giving him genetic strength. 


“We are excited to be standing a horse of the Group One calibre of Johannes Vermeer,” Cornwall Park’s Peter Boyle said. “He ticks all the boxes being an eye-catching, tough, high class performer with an impeccable pedigree.”


Johannes Vermeer makes his debut at a fee of $11,000 (incl GST). For further information visit or contact Peter (0427 459 795).


Mac 'N' Cheese as a Yearling

Mac ‘N’ Cheese served up a tasty treat for owners Spendthrift Australia when the richly bred filly produced a timely performance to break her maiden with success in the Listed Oaklands Plate at Morphettville.

Trained by Tony and Calvin McEvoy, the 2-year-old displayed an encouraging serving of the family ability when she made light of a slow beginning to come with a well-timed finish under jockey Barend Vorster and claim major honours.

“I had a chat with Tony and we were hoping she would jump better,” Spendthrift Australia General Manager, Garry Cuddy, said. “Speaking to him after the race, the horse inside her shifted out and the horse outside shifted in.

“She jumped a bit better than it looked, but she still ended up back where we didn’t want to be. When you have that class edge you can end up anywhere and she showed that she had that field well and truly covered.”

Mac ‘N’ Cheese was last in the early running before Vorster urged her forward near the turn and she finished generously to sail past front-runner Tonneofgrit (Winning Rupert) and win by 2l with Gosden (Not A Single Doubt) taking third.

“She’s now a stakes-winning 2-year-old and we’ll celebrate that for tonight. We’ll catch up with Tony during the week and see what his main aims are and how we can best get to those races in the spring.”

“We’ll catch up with Tony (McEvoy) during the week and see what his main aims are and how we can best get to those races in the spring.” – Garry Cuddy

Bred by Nick Vass, Mac ‘N’ Cheese was offered at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and was knocked down to Spendthrift for $300,000.

She is a daughter of Bonnie Mac (NZ) (Thorn Park), who was a talented mare and the winner of five races including the Listed Proud Miss S., but she has really blossomed off the track in the broodmare role.

Her first live foal was the G1 Coolmore Stud S. winner and G1 Golden rose S. runner-up Exceedance, who now stands at Vinery Stud, and his brother Oxley Road (Exceed And Excel) won this season’s G3 Zeditave S.

Mac ‘N’ Cheese was the next foal produced by Bonnie Mac, whose Capitalist colt sold to Greg Hickman for $1,050,000 at the Inglis Australian Yearling Sale earlier this year.

“It was our first year back buying fillies for a while last year with the intention to target those with nice pedigrees that could be added to our broodmare band in time,” Cuddy said.

“We were lucky enough to get her and Mum’s had three runners for three stakes winners now so it’s fantastic.”

Article Courtesy of TDN

It’s been more than 40 years since a Victorian-based stallion was crown Australia Champion sire – but it’s no surprise that the amazing feat was achieved in such stunning style by Written Tycoon from his stud career in Victoria .
Once again standing in Victoria after spending last year in New South Wales, he tops the list of leading sires based on prizemoney and is nearly $1.5 million in front of the second-placed Not A Single Doubt.
With the season quickly coming to a close, Written Tycoon’s has had over 190 individual winners of close to 400 race, including Ole Kirk, Odeum, Pippie and earnings more than $16.5 million.

The last residing Victorian-based to top the list was the mighty Century in the 1978/79 season.
Now standing at Yulong Stud, Nagambie, the demand for the stallion hasn’t waned even though his service fee has jumped from $77,000 to $165,000.
Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said the demand for the rising 19-year-old had been good following his record-breaking season and the aim is for him to serve approx. 150 mares.
“There has been a great response, and we have been really pleased with the bookings we have for him and we have got plenty of support from Victorian and New South Wales breeders,” he said.
“He’ll cover a really nice book of mares this year.
“The aim was to take 150 mares, and that was including 35 of our own mares, so that’s what we are sort of aiming for at this stage.
“He got 168 mares in foal last year from about 199 mares which I think for a horse of his age was a world record for the number of mares served.”
Fairgray said the quality of mares Written Tycoon served last season and will serve again this season is fantastic.
“I think in the last three or four years, the quality of his mares has quadrupled,” he said.
“He has got some real exciting years ahead of him, and he is such a consistent sire that he can get colts and fillies, sprinters, milers, and he is a very durable sort of stallion.”
Asked about when acquiring Written Tycoon and whether the thought was that the stallion’s time line was obviously limited, Fairgray replied: “Obviously as stallions get older, you need to manage them more closely and we realise that with him and that’s where we are planning to look after him going forward and see how far we can stretch him out.
“The most important thing is him and we’ll look after him.”
Fairgray agreed that with serving around 115 outside mares that it’s a solid return on investment alone, plus the Written Tycoon progeny which will be sold from Yulong’s own broodmares could achieve some astronomical figures.
He said the stallion continues to produce results at the highest level.
“When you see that he topped the Melbourne sale, has had million-dollar yearlings at the other sales and obviously with Capitalist and Winning Rupert going well and so forth and he is obviously a sire of sires now,” Fairgray said.
“His colts are going to be in big demand now at yearling sales because he is a bit of an outcross with so much of the Danehill blood that we have.”
Fairgray said of the 35 mares that Yulong will send to Written Tycoon, several were bought specifically to match the stallion, including 14-time Group 1 winning Melody Belle, which was a $2.6 million purchase at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.
Greys Glamour, a $1.5 million Yulong buy, was another special purchase for Written Tycoon, In Her Time, which is foal to I Am Invincible, was a $2.2 million Yulong buy.
“There are some very nice mares that he will get,” he said.
Fairgray believes Yulong will offer all of their Written Tycoon’s foals for sale, although he concedes it will be tempting to keep some colts.
“We’ll just see, and we’ll offer them in the marketplace, and we’ll put our reserve them.
“Definitely, it would be nice to have a couple of Written Tycoon colts in the racing team and hopefully one could perform well enough to be a stallion.”
Fairgray said Written Tycoon would live his life out at Yulong when he eventually retires from the stallion barn.
Fairgray said Yulong’s newest stallion Lucky Vega (Lope De Vega x Queen of Carthage) had arrived in Melbourne this week.
Lucky Vega will join another new boy on the block at Yulong, Group 1 Blue Diamond winner Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa x Vasilissa). They’ll stand along another newcomer, Yulong Prince (Gimmethegreenlight x Congestion Charge), with Alabama Express (Redoute’s Choice x Lago Ovation) and Yulong’s foundation stallion, Grunt (O’Reilly x Ruqqaya).
“Lucky Vega will go into quarantine and will be at the farm in early August, and he has been well received,” Fairgray said.
“Tagaloa has been well received, so we are pleased with how they are coming along, and it’s exciting having the six stallions this year.
“We have a nice make up of stallions, and five of them are Group 1 winners, and the other one is Written Tycoon, who has obviously had multiple Group 1 winners.
“They are all high class thoroughbreds and we are excited to have them.”
Fairgray said it would be nice if Yulong had another one or two new stallions to add their roster next year to keep pace with the farm as it keeps building and developing.

The equine interests of the Rowsthorn family will now be branded as Morningside, aligning its name with its world-class property located at Nagambie, Victoria.

The Woodside Park Stud business has been sold to interests associated with Eddie Hirsch while the breeding operation of the business will be retained by the newly named Morningside.

“We took the decision to become a boutique operation and focus our efforts on breeding high quality progeny” says owner, Mark Rowsthorn.

“While we enjoyed our time in the stallion business, the strategy to diversify our operations at Nagambie, to include cattle and cropping, meant we were better off leaving stallions to the bigger operations both in Victoria and the Hunter Valley.”

“Importantly, Morningside will continue to support the stallions at Woodside.”

“We thank all the clients who supported Woodside Park Stud over the years.”

Will and Tom Rowsthorn will lead the Morningside business and look to improve the quality of our broodmare band with further investment over the next few years.

Morningside’s General Manager, Will Rowsthorn, is excited about Morningside’s prospects and commented, “the Morningside property has a long history of producing group winning progeny and we are keen to emulate that success”.

A mare gifted to Chris Rentessis is proving her breeding worth to the Euroa horseman with King Of Hastings (Ilovethiscity) now a stakes winner to further lift the family profile.

He has derived great satisfaction to date from the progress of the Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained King Of Hastings, who on Sunday triumphed in the Listed Glasshouse H. at the Sunshine Coast.

The 4-year-old has now won six races and more than $610,000 and had also previously finished runner-up in the G3 HDF McNeil S.

Rentessis operates a small breeding operation from his 50-acre farm and combines that interest with stallion work on thoroughbred farms in the area, including Larneuk Stud.

King Of Hastings’ dam Handcut (Danerich) won one of her 12 starts before she was retired and it was then a case of never look a gift horse in the mouth.

“The mare was given to me by Terry Martin quite a few years ago now, he was a client of mine at the time and I looked after Handcut’s mother Pentiara,” Rentessis said.

“My first association with Terry was when I was doing some work at Rangal Park and he used to keep his mares there and sent Pentiara to Danerich and Handcut was the product of one of those matings.

“I looked after Pentiara for him and grew out Legcut, which was Handcut’s sister. She was quite a handy mare.”

“I looked after Pentiara for him (Terry Martin) and grew out Legcut, which was Handcut’s sister. She was quite a handy mare.” – Chris Rentessis

Legcut won six races and while Handcut was only successful once, she did place twice including one behind a subsequent two-time Group 1 winner.

“Handcut was very, very fast but had a few mental issues. She ran third to Platelet at Flemington, which was a really good run and I had a look at her form and I thought she was a nice mare,” Rentessis said.

“Terry retired her and I took her on and sent her to Ilovethiscity. I’m a contractor around here and have a bit to do with some of the stallions in this area and Ilovethiscity was one of those.

“I work in well with Neville Murdoch at Larneuk Stud and breed a few. The first foal I got was Appalachian and David Jolly bought him and the second was King Of Hastings.”

King Of Hastings as a yearling

Appalachian made $30,000 and won three races while King Of Hastings was sold by Rentessis at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale for $32,000.

“I thought he was a really nice horse and struggled to get him into the Inglis Premier Sale and I thought he was better than an autumn horse,” he said.

“I took him to Adelaide and Anthony Freedman bought him. I was rapt that a decent stable bought one of my horses and that he was going to get every chance. From there on he’s been a little superstar and I’ve had a lot of fun following him.”

Family ability

Rentessis retained the next foal and the now 3-year-old, Red Cut Rock (O’Lonhro), has had two outings for trainer Phil Sweeney. He was fourth on debut and second at Narrandera last month.

“He’s got some ability, but he’s just got a few maturity issues which he’s going through and we’ll give him plenty of time,” Rentessis said.

Earlier this year, King Of Hastings’ sister was purchased by the Group 1-winning trainer Annabel Neasham at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale for $120,000.

Kings Of Hastings’ sister, purchased for $120,000 by Annabel Neasham

“I’ve got another sister sitting at home and the mare is in foal to Ilovethiscity again,” Rentessis said.

King Of Hastings’ success may now force a rethink on Handcut’s next appointment with a stallion.

“My dilemma now is that the mare probably warrants me spending a bit more money, but the nick with Ilovethiscity is so strong and it doesn’t matter if she throws colts or fillies, they are all really nice horses,” Rentessis said.

“I’m tempted to stick with Ilovethiscity, but the commercial side of it says to look in another direction. I’ll wait a bit and think about it.”

Ilovethiscity | Standing at Noor Elaine Farm

Article Courtesy of TBN
Robbie Griffiths

Group 1 winning Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths is also an astute business man who realised many years ago that the costs of buying a quality yearling at the bigger sales were quickly going way beyond his budget.

Griffiths had for years always only breed from fillies and mares that he’d raced, often in partnership with stable clients.

Now in a training partnership with Mathew de Kock, Griffiths bred his first horse more than 20 years ago and hasn’t stopped since.

Griffiths breeds from his band of eight broodmares and has small shares in about another 10 outside mares.

“It all started on a very, very low scale many years ago when we had an extremely talented filly that only had two starts which was Vaingt Trois (Noalcoholic x Foretell),” Griffiths said.

“She is the grandmother of Halvorsen and won her first start by five lengths and looked like being something totally out of the box.

“Then she broke down at her second run and we put her in foal and she bred terrific horses for us, including Beltrois (Bel Esprit) that ran fourth in the Group 1 Goodwood.

“She breed a filly called Flourishing (Not A Single Doubt) that was quite fast and a Flemington 1000m winner and she is the mother of Halvorsen (Magnus) who has won $600,000 and the Group 3 Standish Handicap (1200m) and so on.

“That is the short version of the 20 years that has passed us by.”

Griffiths said that Vaingt Trios kicked off the stable’s breeding venture which continued with the mare’s daughter Flourishing producing Halvorsen. Of the 11 foals Griffiths bred from Vaingt Trios from an assortment of sires including Rancho Ruler, Rubiton, Encosta De Lago, Desert King and Lago Delight, a filly by Rubiton named Ruby Trois was a city winner who scored seven victories. And she has so far produced six foals.

“From those early days of starting with Halvorsen’s grandmother, I gradually got the taste for it and also the economics for it because the yearlings were getting so expensive,” Griffiths said.

Griffiths said he liked to breed to certain genetics, mixes, crosses, likes and dislikes and formulas that people have their own opinions on.

“Throw into the mix, the big clincher was that what I was liking at the sales I was getting out bid on, so I started to breed with mares I believed had good talent but might not have reached their true potential because of racetrack injuries or for whatever reason,” he said.

“We would retain them either in partnership with their ownership group or alternatively if they weren’t breeders, reach an agreed price and buy them and then breed with those ones too.”

Originally all the mares that Griffiths bred from had been in his racing stable.

“We haven’t gone out and intentionally sourced a mare, but in recent times I have bought into a couple of international broodmares with Darren Dance (Esker Lodge).

“He bought a beautiful Dansili broodmare (Thai Noon) from overseas and she bred a beautiful Frankel filly that Ciaron Maher trains and she (Steinem) raced in the Oaks in Adelaide this year.

“The filly was sold for $400,000 at the Sydney Easter Yearling Sale and I didn’t have enough clients to buy her, but I would have liked to have bought her.

“She was favourite for the Oaks. The full brother was the one Michelle Payne paid $500,000 for after the soccer player (Sardar Azmoun) watched the movie Ride Like a Girl.

“I have bought into a couple of little ones like that with Darren Dance but as a rule I have only basically bought back or retained fillies that have come through the racing stable that we have trained.”

Griffith said he takes advice on breeding and tries not to be narrow minded and listens carefully to bloodstock agent Peter Ford who has great respect and a friendship with over many years.

He said Ford also has a good friendship with Gilgai Farmer owner Rick Jamieson who is renowned as one of Australia’s must astute breeders. Griffiths has also trained for Jamieson over the years and trains talented galloper Token Spirit which was breed by Jamieson who retained a share in the gelding.

“So I like to talk to people who have got a lot of experience in breeding and I love speaking to any of the breeders who have been successful,” Griffiths said.

“If you can learn anything from any of the people that have been successful and you are lucky enough to learn anything that comes out of their lips, you grab it with both hands and both ears and you think you beauty, I have learnt something today.”

Griffiths said the two most successful horses he has breed are Group 3 winner Halvorsen and stakes winners Beltrois who have both progressed to Group 1 level.

“Halvorsen ran Gytrash to a close second and he has got to a Group 1 and has won the Standish and so on,” he said.

“Don’ttelltheboss (Street Boss x Canterbury Hill) is a good mare and has run up the backside of Loving Gaby and has multiple Group placings so she is very talented.’’

Griffiths also raced Canterbury Hill (Heradasun x Cancanelle).

He has more of his homebreds coming through the system with what he describes as his relatively young portfolio of broodmares.

“But everything has won and they’ve all been winners and done their job because the mares are relatively young and are going to the nice young stallions so we are hoping we can continue to do well,” he said

“When we bred Flourishing she was one of the first Not A Single Doubts and we tried to identify value by going to the young stallions before they get expensive.

“All the horses we have bred have been winners and a lot of them have been metropolitan winners in town.

“Flourishing’s first foal to race was Halvorsen and he has won $600,000 and that was off about a $10,000 service fee – I think Magnus was a $10,000 or $12,000 service fee that year.”

Griffiths said with Halvorsen, a lot of owners who had raced the dam, Flourishing, had decided to stay in her other progeny, Trygve (Magnus) and Halvoya (Unencumbered) which are both winners and still racing. The mare has had another two colts by Magnus and is also in foal to the stallion.

While Griffiths said they’ll send their mares interstate to a suitable stallion, they predominately support Victoria stallions and the VOBIS schemes are also a big incentive to stay local.

“Flourishing is by Not A Single Doubt and he was based in Sydney, but when you put him to Magnus it’s just a beautiful mating,” he said.

“And Magnus happens to be in Victoria which makes it economical,” he said.

“What suited one of my mares (Canterbury Hill dam of Don’telltheboss) was Street Boss and he happened to be in Victoria in the Seymour part of Darley. It’s perfect if they are in Victoria as I am very much Victorian proud and very much a supporter of the VOBIS scheme.

“In a perfect world we want to be in Victoria but it is important that the stallions are what we think is compatible with the mares and we adopt that philosophy.

“VOBIS provides so much more revenue to the owners and you just have to do it to stay in the business and give your owners the chance of having a self-funding model.”

At the moment Griffiths has bred progeny by Toronado, Akeed Mafeed, Supido (which they had to go Sydney for but he has returned to Melbourne), Starspangledbanner, Shamus Award, Frosted and Cable Bay.

And this year Griffith’s’ mares are being sent to several Victorian stallions, including Magnus, Hanseatic, Doubtland, Omaha Beach and Swear.

He has already booked his talented mare, Dance With Fontein, into Spendthrift Australia’s Triple Group 1 winning, American stallion Omaha Beach (War Front x Charming).

Griffiths said he was excited to mate his sprinting mare – which won eight races – with the legendary son of War Front which stood his first season at Spendthrift last year, serving 104 broodmares.

“I really like Omaha Beach and reckon he will be a good stallion,” Griffiths said of the shuttle stallion.

“I also have one on the ground by Swear, out of Prospect Royale, and she is also in foal to him again.”

Griffiths said while they’d previously bought weanlings out of the paddock privately from breeders, this year they had identified weanlings at sales which they had missed out on but bought one at last week’s Great Southern Sale.

He said the Capitalist weanling which they bought fell into their price range and he had a beautiful commercial pedigree and is a half to a filly (Madame Bolli) that had won three in succession.

“He was a really good value buy because in six months when the yearlings all start selling on the Gold Coast, you’d be flat out buying a Capitalist for under $200,000 or $300,000,” he said.

“We got one for $85,000 and by putting him to our ownership group now, everyone can grab a share for basically his service fee. We think we are giving our owners a chance to get in at a very, very affordable rate and we thought it was good shopping.”

As well as the satisfaction of breeding a winner, Griffiths said with the price of yearlings it was easy to see why he started to breed his own.

“My wife and I thought we were crazy not to have a breeding arm as part of it,” he said.

But you’ll still see Griffiths buying stock at the sales.

King Magnus scored his fifth win with a victory at Caulfield last Saturday over 1400m, but Griffiths said he can’t take any credit for breeding the five-year-old gelding.

“They (owners) actually bred him so I can’t take any credit for that,” Griffiths said.

“They own the mum (Influential Miss) and they bred him and they also bred the bigger (full) sister, Influential Girl, which also ran on the same day and ran third.

“They have bred those two and all going well, the mare will go back to Magnus this year.”

Griffith said Widden Victoria’s Magnus (Flying Spur x Scandinavia) had been a beauty as a stallion who he dubs as Triple M – Magnus Means Money.

“That’s our slogan,” Griffith said.

“They have been brilliant for us and we love them. They have been inexpensive to breed or buy and they have been such great money-spinners for their ownership group.

“They get better with age.”

Griffiths said the stable had raced 26 by Magnus for an amazing 25 individual winners.


Making the right decision to identify a good pin hook, as well as breeding a top-quality filly, has been rewarding in recent weeks for Musk Creek Farm.
They bred Van Giz (Written Tycoon x Witwatersrand) which they sold at the 2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $160,000.
The four-year-old, purchased by Warwick Farm trainer Bjorn Baker, has now won her fourth race after scoring over 1300m at her home track on Saturday.
And Corner Pocket (Toronado x Baize), which has now won six races in a row, was purchased by Musk Creek for $75,000 via Swettenham Stud’s draft at the 2017 Australian Weanling and Broodmare Sale.
They sold the colt for $175,000 at the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
Musk Creek’s Scott Williamson said they were both pleasing results and it was good to see both horses performing.
“Van Giz is really consistent actually,” Williamson said.
“She has obviously picked up a Saturday win now, which is good, prior to that she had won a mid-week.
“I know that Bjorn has always had a big opinion of her. It will be interesting to see where she gets to as he has been talking about taking her up to the Magic Millions in January and having a tilt at that.
“He clearly thinks she has some nice ability there.”
Williamson said she was always a lovely type and a big strong filly.
“She is out of a staying family too so I wouldn’t be surprised in time that she doesn’t get out over a bit more ground,” he said.
“She has actually won over 1300m already.
“They seem to have ironed out the little issues she had with the barriers when she seemed to sort of fall out of the gates sometimes.
“She just used to give herself too much work to do, and that’s what happened the start before when she finished second and just fell out of the barriers and was a slow last and had to run through the field and got beaten by a relatively handy one.
“The other day they put the barrier blanket on and she almost jumped too well.”
Williamson said Van Giz was always a lovely filly and Musk Creek were happy to stay in her as part owners.
He said there were advantages in regaining some of the ownership of a horse they’d sold.
“It’s a bit of an exercise in forming a relationship with people too,” he said.
“The hope for us would be that if she does go on to be a stakes performed filly and I don’t know if the other owners would be interested in breeding from her, but it could be an option for us to buy the rest of them out.
“I know if you own some of the horse that it makes it a lot easier to be able to afford the rest of her.
“I know for example that Widden bought into Humma Humma when she was racing, and they bought out everyone else (she was sold for $1 million) at Magic Millions this year when she went through the ring.
“It’s in the back of your mind that you might be able to buy her back at the end of it, but I think we were just happy enough to build a relationship and come along for the ride.
“And it’s certainly been fruitful so far.”
Williamson said that Musk Creek originally owned Van Giz’s dam but sold her and decided to stay in the filly as they really liked her purely because she was a nice type.
“And just as Written Tycoon was getting going, she was going through the sales, and we were happy enough to stay in and form a relationship with Bjorn and some of his owners.”
Williamson said the feats of 18-year-old Written Tycoon were phenomenal and he was arguably producing the best horses of his stallion career.
“It’s phenomenal for a stallion of his age to be arguably hitting the peak of his powers,” he said.
“It’s incredible.”
Williamson said Musk Creek were delighted with the progress of Corner Pocket (Toronado x Baize) which they pinhooked and sold as a yearling to Warrnambool based trainer Lindsey Smith.
“We bought him as a weanling and sold on him and did quite well out of him financially,” he said.
“We try and select horses that we hope can go on and become racehorses.
“We know Lindsey pretty well, and he has actually given the horse a bit of time, and he kept growing and getting shin sore, but Lindsey was the perfect bloke to have him as he gave him time.
“And he has been rewarded because he is such a consistent horse and only really does enough.”
Williamson said Smith has no doubt that Corner Pocket is a Group horse in the making
And Smith obviously had a high opinion of Corner Pocket when he bought him as a colt.
Corner Pocket’s dam – Baize – appeared on line and Smith snapped her up for $4000.
The mare has since had another colt by Toronado, and produced a colt by Puissance de Lune and is back in foal to the stallion.
Corner Pocket was the first to race out of Baize which had little luck in getting in foal until Smith bought her.
Williamson said Toronado was doing a good job at stud and he was pleased for a stud like Swettenham to have a fine stallion.
He said it was great for Toronado to produce his first Group 1 – Masked Crusader – as a lot of breeders drop off stallions that had not produced any progeny to achieve the ultimate result.
“It has certainly boosted the quality of mares he is going to get and given him another kick on,” Williamson said.
While Toronado is a dual Group 1 winner over 1600m, Williamson said stallions that weren’t Group 1 winners virtually had to produce horses to win at the highest level to be successful.
“They don’t necessarily need to be a Group 1 winner, and it’s funny how it works,” he said.
“Some of the leading stallions we’ve had in the country didn’t win Group 1s.”
Musk Creek bought two colts at the recent Great Southern Weanling Sale.
One is by Deep Field and the other by Extreme Choice.
“They will be added to our yearling crop for next year, and we have quite a few to prep for the sales,” Williamson said.

Chatswood's Reward For Effort (Breednet)

Chatswood Stud’s Reward For Effort has sired his 100th individual winner for the 2020/21 season. Reward is the only sire of his generation to reach the milestone this season and the 15th to do so in Australia. Headlined by No Effort and I’m Telling Ya, Reward has sired just shy of $5,000,000 in progeny earnings this season with his total earnings well over $30,000,000.

This season, Rewards progeny have won 151 races in Australia and 6 in Hong Kong. With over three weeks remaining in the season, this tally is sure to grow.

We would like to thank the breeders who made this achievement possible. So far in the 2020/21 season, 74 different breeders have bred a Reward Winner. View the list here

Reward For Effort’s milestone of 100 winners coincides with Chatswood’s 50 year anniversary where Reward For Effort is standing for $11,000 inc GST alongside Inference whose first crop are currently at the breakers.


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