Above: Starspangledbanner standing at Rosemont Stud

Achieving and maintaining a stallion in appropriate body condition tops the list of nutritional concerns for stallion managers. Too often, stallions become ribby because of breeding efforts or anxiety, or obese due to spring grass and inactivity.

Body Condition

Priming a stallion’s weight for breeding season starts well before the first mare of the year requires semen. Like all horses, stallions are individuals and should be fed with their specific metabolism in mind. “Some stallions can maintain weight throughout the year on forage and a ration balancer, even when covering many mares, while others can get so worked up about breeding that they melt away their fat reserves,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.

For stallions that maintain weight during breeding season, starting the season with a body condition score (BCS) of 5 or 5.5 is ideal. On the flip side, for stallions that drop weight as the breeding season progresses, beginning the season with a BCS of 6.5-7 may be the only way to keep the stallion in reasonable weight. During the breeding season, weight should be monitored weekly or biweekly and appropriate dietary adjustments made.

Obesity is no ally for a stallion. Repercussions of excessive body weight are numerous: diminished libido, subfertility, increased strain on the joints of the hindquarters, and possible cardiovascular issues. When chronically overconditioned, stallions may not have the stamina to breed a full book of mares. Just as excess weight can make a person more sedentary, so it is with stallions–their minds may say “go,” but their bodies say “no.”

Diet Considerations

“Matching dietary energy intake with energy expenditure is the way to control body condition,” said Crandell. According to Nutrient Requirements of Horses, stallions have greater energy needs than mares and geldings, even when they’re not breeding. “Hormones can influence metabolic rate and cause stallions to have a higher energy requirement at maintenance than other horses.”

How often a stallion is asked to breed affects energy requirements, as does the horse’s focus and disposition. Some stallions take breeding in stride with few behavioral changes, while others get really worked up when mares are nearby, wasting calories calling to mares, stall-walking, or pacing the fenceline. “In general, the energy requirement increases by about 20-25% during the breeding season, equivalent to the difference in an idle lifestyle and light work,” explained Crandell.

Above all, the diet should provide ample amounts of a good-quality forage. Additional caloric needs can then be met through the use of a concentrate. For those easy keepers, the concentrate may be a ration balancer, which will augment the nutrients found in forage. Others need larger amounts of a well-fortified, energy-dense feed to maintain weight. In choosing a feed, adequate but not excessive protein is important, as the requirement for protein increases only slightly with breeding and is usually covered by the increase in feed intake.

“The way energy is delivered to stallions makes a difference and may help diminish or add to anxiety. For nervous, tightly-wound stallions, providing a diet high in digestible fiber and fat instead of high in starch can increase the caloric intake without increased starch, which can make some horses nervous,” Crandell said.

Stallions that lose their appetite with the work of breeding may need a calorie-dense performance feed, which should be high in fat. Many performance feeds are textured and include molasses, which is palatable to finicky eaters. If the horse is not on fresh green grass, supplemental natural vitamin E may be warranted, particularly if feeding a high-fat diet. Choose a natural-source, water-soluble vitamin E, like Nano-E.

Targeted Supplementation

Routine supplementation with high-quality supplements can help stallions in the breeding shed.

One supplement endorsed by several stallion stations is fish oil, due to its favorable omega-3 fatty acid profile, which includes docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). Research has made clear the benefits of DHA for stallions. “Though DHA won’t make an infertile stallion fertile, it can help with diminished motility, particularly with cooled semen. In addition to its benefits to semen, it helps with lubrication of joints, so stallions may feel better about mounting and breeding mares,” Crandell said. One effective marine-derived omega-3 supplement on the market is EO-3.

One study suggested that DHA appeared to be better absorbed when the diet contained a source of supplemental fat, so feeding either a high-fat concentrate or adding a little vegetable oil (soybean, canola) to the diet is recommended.

In early breeding season, when pasture might not be available to stallions, vitamin E supplementation should be considered. “Not only will supplementation meet vitamin E requirements for horses consuming hay or other preserved forage, it may have some beneficial effects on fertility,” explained Crandell. Nanodispersion technology confers rapid and superior bioavailability, so look for vitamin E supplements with this feature, such as Nano-E.

Breeding places much strain on joints, especially those in the hind limbs. Joint pain can limit a stallion’s willingness to breed. To help protect joints, high-quality joint supplements, such as Synovate HA and KER-Flex, can be given. In Australia, look for Synovate HA and Glucos-A-Flex.

Above: Authentic, with John Velazquez up, wins the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY, USA. Nov 7, 2020. Photography by Jamie Newell / Racingfotos.com.

With likely Horse of the Year Authentic (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}) recently retired to stud, the Bob Baffert barn wasted no time unveiling its next speedy superstar by the nation’s leading sire as the China Horse Club and WinStar Farm’s Life is Good (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}) demolished his competition to become a no-brainer ‘TDN Rising Star’.

The bay made all the running at Del Mar on Sunday and he was always in complete control and to streak home by 9.5l.

Life Is Good, who was a US$525,000 (AU$717,000) Keeneland September Yearling Sale buy, is bred on the same cross as promising young sire Practical Joke (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}). His dam, herself a US$435,000 (AU$594,000) September buy, never won in five tries but hit the board in maiden special weights in both Kentucky and Arkansas.

Life Is Good’s second dam is stakes winner Bonnie Blue Flag (USA) (Mineshaft {USA}), who sold for US$1.5 million (AU$2.05 million) in 2011, but just US$15,000 (AU$20,500) last November in foal to California Chrome (USA) at the age of 12 after having little success with her produce on the track.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Sneaky Five

The G1-winning dam of unbeaten 2YO filly Sneaky Five is among several high quality offerings in the latest Inglis Digital Online Sale that is now live for bidding.

Small Minds (Canny Lad), a winner of the G1 Schweppes Oaks, has produced three foals to race and all are winners with two at Stakes level, headlined by Sneaky Five (Fastnet Rock) who claimed the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley on debut, before a dominant win in the $1 million Golden Gift.

Undoubtedly one of the most exciting 2YOs in the country, Sneaky Five is now being aimed at the 2021 Inglis Millennium and Golden Slipper.

Small Minds is offered by Goldin Farms in foal to dual G1 winner Grunt (O’Reilly) and her next offspring is a yearling full brother to Sneaky Five.

The exciting addition of Small Minds to the November (Late) Online catalogue, comes on the back of Segenhoe Valley – dam of Shelby Cobra – selling for $325,000 in the November (Early) Sale, a record for a broodmare on the platform.

Small Minds is joined in the catalogue by her other daughter Perfect Number (Onemorenomore), a winner over 1000m, offered with a Power (Oasis Dream) filly at foot.

Other catalogue highlights include:

• Best Ever – 3YO colt by Snitzel out of champion mare More Joyous and winner on debut at Pakenham, offered by Strawberry Hill Stud

• Danon Liberty – Stakes winner in Japan, offered as a stallion prospect

• Epic Love – 3YO half sister to Maygrove, from the family of The Candy Man and Phrases, offered by Laurel Oak

• Esteem Pride – unraced 3YO filly by Pride of Dubai, half sister to Great Esteem and High Esteem from a big European family, offered by Cressfield

• Fast Melody – A maiden 4YO gelding placed in five of 10 starts, offered by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

• Get On Board – Unbeaten in two starts, a Country Cups prospect offered by Turangga Farm

• Kensington Avenue – unraced 3YO half-sister to Stakes winner Ferocious, offered as a breeding proposition only by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock

• Miss Severina – Foxwedge half sister to Brave Song, offered in foal to Your Song by Newhaven Park

• Mrs Maisel – 3YO Hinchinbrook filly trained by Mark Newnham, a winner at Wyong and placed on five other occasions in 10 starts

• 2.5% Share in Our Candidate – G3 placed entire by Camelot trained by Kris Lees

• Romantic Whisper – 5YO daughter of Medaglia d’Oro and multiple Stakes winner Love To Tell, a city winner offered by Gai Waterhouse & Adrian Bott Racing

• Royal Raine – Thorn Park half sister to a G3 winner, offered with a Shamus Award filly at foot, her 2YO filly is with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace

• Writtle – 3YO Written Tycoon gelding that has run 3rd and 2nd respectively in two recent jump outs, offered by Busuttin Racing

The November (Late) Online Sale is now open for bidding, with the final countdown commencing at 3pm (AEDT) on Wednesday, November 25.

To view the catalogue or register to bid, CLICK HERE.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Swettenham stud sire Toronado (Swettenham Stud)

Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (Ire) is quietly building his record, and Sales and Nominations Manager Sam Matthews said he could already have a full book for the 2021 season.

Swettenham Stud’s roster-topper Toronado was already receiving strong support from breeders before siring a stakes double on one of the biggest days on the racing calendar.

Progressive 3-year-old gelding Shelby Cobra added the Listed The Amanda Elliott to his record at just his third start before 4-year-old mare Affair To Remember finally got her nose in front on the line to win the G2 Matriarch S. on Derby Day, to become his third Southern Hemisphere stakes winner.

Both horses are again set to line up on Saturday with Shelby Cobra in the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade and Affair To Remember in the Listed Ballarat Cup, and Sam Matthews, Sales and Nominations Manager for Swettenham, said the farm was delighted to see Toronado’s stock perform on the biggest stage.

“It was obviously very exciting for him to have one stakes winner during the Flemington carnival but two in a day was just exceptional,” Matthews told TDN AusNZ.

“It was obviously very exciting for him to have one stakes winner during the Flemington carnival but two in a day was just exceptional.” – Sam Matthews

“It just great for all of those people that have supported Toronado throughout the last few seasons, including this season, and gives them that extra bit of confidence when they go to the sales early next year, that they’re going to get a great result.”

While he has been able to produce some talented juveniles such as Prince Of Sussex, his progeny are improving in their 3 and 4-year-old seasons which Matthews said is a typical trait of the High Chaparral (Ire) sires.

“He can throw a 2-year-old with the likes of Prince Of Sussex, but we’re finding with the High Chaparral line with Dundeel, So You Think and Toronado, they seem to get better and better at 3-years-old and 4-years-old,” Matthews said.

“But he can throw something like Shelby Cobra who is very good over a short trip as well as something like Affair To Remember who can get over a bit more ground, so I think it’s the variety of distance ranges that makes him the exceptional stallion that he is.”

Increased support

With his stock improving with age, he has only received increased support from breeders.

2019 was his fifth season standing in Australia and he covered his biggest ever book in the Southern Hemisphere with 195 mares.

After being fully booked two weeks after his service fee was announced in 2020, Matthews said his popularity is only growing and the quality of mares coming to him is getting better each year.

“Obviously when you look at him compared to some other horses, even the ones in this crop, he covered good books and really, really good books of quality mares without covering too many,” he said.

“Being a shuttle horse, he obviously has his Northern Hemisphere time as well so we do protect him with his numbers but this year’s book of mares is the best quality book of mares that he’s had so he’ll only go from strength to strength.

“This year’s book of mares is the best quality book of mares that he’s had so he’ll only go from strength to strength.” – Sam Matthews

“Obviously in his first year and year’s two and three, the mare numbers weren’t quite as big as what they are now and the mare quality was good but it wasn’t where it is now.

“As we go through the next two, three and four years and start to see better quality mares producing better horses, I’d think that if he’s not the best stallion in Victoria, I’d be very surprised.”

While the demand is high to get a nomination for Toronado, Matthews said Swettenham is prioritising those that supported the young stallion in his earlier years at stud.

“He was fully booked within about two weeks of announcing his service fee this year and his fertility has been exceptional,” he said. “We’ve probably knocked back more than three times the mares that he has covered – we’ve knocked back about 600 and it was just purely first in best dressed and we wanted to make sure that whoever supported him early got a spot.

“We’ve already had a lot of enquires about trying to get nominations for him next year so we’ll make sure that those who have supported him can get in first but if we were to say that ‘yes, you can book in right now for next year’, we could have filled him already for the season that hasn’t even started.”

With Written Tycoon’s relocation to the Hunter Valley for the foreseeable future, there is a spot for a stallion to step up and fill his shoes as Victoria’s leading sire and Matthews can’t see why Toronado can’t be the one to do that.

“I think between Toronado, Brazen Beau and probably Shamus Award as well, they’re all doing an exceptional job,” he said.

“Obviously Toronado and Brazen Beau are both in the same age-group with their crops and I think they’re both doing great things for Victoria. I think they’ll continue to grow into that next-level but we’re always looking for the next level stallion ourselves and I think Victoria needs that $40,000 to $60,000 stallion.”

Article courtesy of Georgie Dennis TDN

We have been notified of an issue that has faced thoroughbred breeders and mare owners in Victoria during Autumn last year.This issue is around severe lesions on areas of white hair on the horses and is associated with grazing of lucerne pastures infested with Cowpea aphids. The lesions require veterinary treatment if not identified early and horses are not removed from pastures. It is imperative that with the recent rains that breeders and owners are checking paddocks for Cowpea aphids.

In early 2020 two thoroughbred horse studs in northern VIC reported cases of severe photosensitisation associated with grazing horses on lucerne or lucerne mix pastures in Autumn 2020. This photosensitisation may be due to an outbreak of cowpea aphid on the lucerne pastures. However, it is not yet known if it was due to the ingestion of the cowpea aphid itself or the ingestion of the cowpea aphid infested lucerne. There was no foetal loss associated with the infestation, however there was concern around possible foetal loss due to stabling and treatment of the photosensitisation.

This fact sheet aims to help breeders identify and manage cowpea aphid and take appropriate measures to avoid photosensitisation in grazing horses.

For the fact sheet and more information, click here 

 

As we are all too aware, the impacts of Coronavirus has meant 2020 has been a challenging year. Whether it has been maintaining a business in lockdown, being prevented from seeing family and friends or the stress of the economic uncertainty, there have been more reasons for people to feel anxious than before.

To help farm owners and managers of staff better deal with the challenge of mental health, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia has set up a webinar with mental health educator Pippa Baker. Pippa is known to TBA as she delivers mental health first aid training to our Fast Track students each year.

Pippa will provide some easy steps for supporting staff over the next few months (especially leading into Christmas), and some general tips on fostering good mental health within your team.

There are two session times to choose from: Monday 30th November 5pm (AEST) or Tuesday 8th December 4pm (AEST) and you can register for your preferred day by clicking on the button below:

Register here 

The webinar runs for one hour and we are encouraging all farms to get involved and register. Some of the topics that Pippa will touch on include:

  • When should you be concerned?
  • Deciding whether to talk to the person
  • Planning your approach
  • How to have the conversation
  • Providing support and information as a Manager

You can read more about Pippa online here.

If you have any questions or would like further information on the webinars, please contact Cecelia at cecelia@tbaus.com.

Above: Affair to Remember taking out second place with Mark Zahra in the Sportsbet Ballarat Cup  (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

Having been a prominent divorce lawyer it perhaps seemed only fitting that well known South Australian breeder and racing identity David Peacock would name a horse Affair To Remember.

But the 74-year-old Peacock, who is a former South Australian Jockey Club chairman, is quick to dismiss any link with his previous profession and the naming of the four-year-old mare by Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado.

He explains that the mare, which finished second to Irish Flame in last Saturday’s Ballarat Cup, was in fact named after a 1957 film.

With four wins and six minor places from her 16 starts, Peacock said Affair To Remember has developed an enormous following in Australia, particularly Victoria.

“I bred her and leased her out to myself and some friends so we can have some fun and I said to one of them that she is going to be a well backed horse and he said why is that,” Peacock laughed.

“Most people of my age with remember the film with Deborah Kerr and Cary Gant, An Affair to Remember. It was made in 1957.”

Peacock said his mother Gwen loved films and her favourite was Waterloo Bridge (1931) but that name was already taken but she also loved the film An Affair to Remember so he thought he’d name the mare after the movie.

“Thankfully it’s been a name that has resonated out there in race land,” he said.

Trained at Ballarat by Dan O’Sullivan, Affair To Remember went into the Ballarat Cup as the $3.90 favourite after winning the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) at Flemington during the Spring Carnival.

Peacock said the mare looked gone during the running of the Ballarat Cup but ran home strongly and got into some trouble with So Si Bon at the wrong time and was probably unlucky to go down by the narrowest of margins.

“These things happen but we got 90 grand for running second,” he said.

Peacock’s association with O’Sullivan goes back to when the trainer was based in Adelaide and the pair had plenty of success.

He was an owner of So Gorgeous (Brief Truce x Crowning Jewel) which O’Sullivan trained in Group 2 victories in the Ascot Vale Stakes and Edward Manifold Stakes, and Group 3 wins in the Tranquil Star Stakes and Adelaide Guineas. The horse also won the Listed Quezette Stakes.

“So we go back a long way,” Peacock said.

Peacock describes Affair To Remember as a bit “gut wrenching” to watch as she “ambles out of the gates” and almost always comes down the extreme outside.

But he says in last Saturday’s Ballarat Cup she went in between horses and was incredibly brave.

Peacock said his mother also loved her horses and they raced some good ones together, with the best being grey stallion Mikado which won 13 races, including the Yan Yean Stakes which was run on Melbourne Cup Day.

“I’ve been breeding horses for about 50 years and I just love it,” he said.

“I mean it’s like being inoculated with a virus, you never get rid of it do you?”

Peacock’s seven broodmares are sent from his Macclesfield farm in SA to mainly Victorian stallions.

As well as Affair To Remember, he had got another four horses by Toronado, including two full sisters and also another out of Group 1 placed mare Bahamas which he also raced and bred.

Affair To Remember’s dam, St Trinians (Black Hawk x Besotted) produced the lightly raced Bahamas (Teofilo) which finished third in the Australasian Oaks in 2015.

“St Trinians was a pretty good horse over here in Adelaide and she won eight races and three of which were good Listed races,” Peacock said.

“We have done quite well with there but she has had a lot of bad luck unfortunately with some of her foals.”

Peacock’s love of Toronado came after he saw the stallion race live in the same race as Dawn Approach which stood five seasons in Australia.

“I happened to be in England on holiday and there was a fabulous horse called Dawn Approach which was just no good here in Australia as a stallion,” he said,

“I hold the world record for the two highest Dawn Approaches sold anywhere in the world.

“Anyway, I was in England and had a loose day and I thought I might go to glorious Goodwood and had reciprocal rights and all that sort of nonsense and the main race of the day was the Sussex Stakes.

“And Toronado came from the clouds to just pip Dawn Approach on the finishing post and I fell in love with him that day and when young Adam Sangster brought him over I rang him and said I have to send a mare to that horse.

“I think I have sent one for every season that the horse has been here.”

Peacock is famous for his Discreet line of horses.

Peacock said there are many relations of his grand Group 3 winning mare She’s Discreet (Euclase x Halo Again) which produced three stakes winners – Forever Discreet, I’m Discreet and Very Discreet.

All of She’s Discreet’s 13 foals raced – and won. The mare’s dam, Halo Again, died at 33-years-old on Peacock’s farm last year after being retired from stud duties in 2015. Halo Again, also bred by Peacock, produced five stakes winners.

Peacock was chairman of the SAJC for four years and was on the board for a total of 15 years.

As well as sending mares to Toronado this season, he also sent two mares to new Victorian Darley shuttle stallion Blue Point.

Peacock splits his race horses between trainers O’Sullivan and Phillip Stokes who has stables in South Australian and Victoria. With Affair To Remember now in the paddock, Peacock said two he has with Stokes in Victoria, Highly Discreet (Street Boss x Very Discreet) and Seemingly Discreet (Sepoy x Just Discreet) are the best he has racing at the moment.

His breeding plan is to sell the colts and race the fillies and says that two years ago he was lucky to get $1.15 million for a Brazen Beau colt which is unraced but won a barrier trial at Warwick Farm last week.

Named Border Control, the three-year-old is out of Peacock’s mare Just Discreet (Exceed and Excel) and trained by Team Hawkes.

“We sell the colts if we possibly can to keep the taxman happy and by and large we race the fillies ourselves in the hope that we will get one good enough to go to stud,” he said.

“All the Discreet horses started off 45 years ago with a mare called Cassie (Holborn x Lido Lady).”

Affair To Remember, which has now been sent to the paddock and could be set for next year’s All Star Mile, is obviously a valuable mare after winning the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).

Peacock said Melbourne bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills offered him $650,000 for the mare.

“I said to him thanks for the offer of the deposit,” Peacock joked.

“He got back to me with an offer of $850,000 and I thought about it for a week and he said you will have to make a decision because my man needs to know.”

Peacock said a friend told him he’d break O’Sullivan’s heart if the sold the mare.

“I rang Dan and said I’m very cross with you, but I have decided not to sell this horse,” he quipped.

“And Dan, who is too a nice a man, said thanks.

“I rang dear, old Sheamus and said I can’t sell her as I’d break Dan’s heart.”

Affair To Remember has won $512,000 in prizemoney and is worth much more when as a broodmare when her racing days are over.

And she could have added to an imposing record set by Peacock. After winning the Edward Manifold Stakes with three horses he raced and two of them he bred – So Gorgeous, Maybe Discreet and Seemingly Discreet – a minor setback stopped Affair to Remember competing in the race.

With O’Sullivan confident he can get a good 1600m victory out of the mare, Peacock said the popularity of the mare should get her into the All Star Mile where the field is uniquely decided on a public vote.

Above: Tradewind ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Magnum Equine VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade at Sportsbet-Ballarat Racecourse  (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

As is often the case in racing, things didn’t actually go to plan for the bulk of the runners in the rich VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) on Ballarat Cup Day.

In the field of seven, Swettenham Stud was represented by two three-year-olds – last start Listed winner Shelby Cobra (Toronado) and South Australian visitor Tradewind (Trust In A Gust).

The Mike Moroney trained Shelby Cobra was sent out as the $1.65 favourite, while Morphettville trainer Ryan Balfour’s Tradewind was the $31 outsider.

Shelby Cobra finished a disappointing second last, while Tradewind scored by a short neck from Sirileo to pick up the $96,250 winning prizemoney, plus an owners’ bonus of $23,000.

It was the colt’s second win from his four starts.

Tradewind was bred by Victorian Jen Fitzpatrick and foaled down at Rushton Park and sold for $18,000 through their draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale.

With owners finally allowed back on the track, there was no happier person at Ballarat than Jen who bred the colt from Bikini Dancer (Bernardini x Post Thyme).

Originally trained at Cranbourne by Mick Kent, Jen became a part owner of Bikini Dancer late in the mare’s racing career when she was bought by Chris Hyland who raced her four times before being retired.

Jen also kept a share in Tradewind when the colt went under the hammer.

“I am the breeder and an owner,” a proud Jen said.

“I also got the VOBIS nominator’s bonus and it is an absolutely wonderful scheme and I’ve always nominated my horses for the VOBIS scheme because it is just such a great incentive for us breeders.

“And we are so proud that he won the same race that Trust In A Gust won seven years ago. To have him emulate his sire made us all so proud.”

Jen also bred and races the first foal out of Bikini Dancer, Reard (Reward For Effort) which has won two races from eight starts.

With two wins from each of the foals, Jen is full of praise for Bikini Dancer.

“And I just met her new foal on Sunday as it was the first time I could get out of Melbourne back up to the country,” Jen said.

“She has got a beautiful Magnus filly now.”

Jen bought Bikini Dancer at the sales when the mare was retired as she was impressed with the pedigree and wanted to breed from her.

At the moment, Jen also has another broodmare Kobe Queen (Fusaichi Pegus x Queen Isolt) and has had a few others over the years which is now surprise as her uncle and aunty, Ray and Nola Thompson, owned a Scone property which is now the broodmare farm for Arrowfield.

“I was always involved in breeding through my aunt and uncle and it was a wonderful start for me,” Jen said.

“I learnt a lot from them and have been so grateful in recent years to Sally Watkins at Willaroon for the care she gives to my mares and their progeny.

“And I was so happy that Ryan Balfour bought the horse because he is such a good trainer and for me it’s the future going forward that is the most important thing for my horses.”

And Bikini Dancer was booked into Trust In A Gust this week and Jen is hoping everything goes to plan.

She said Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster sent her a lovely message after Tradewind’s victory in Adelaide.

“I have always loved Trust In A Gust as a racehorse and going to Swettenham on their open day I went along with an open mind and I was looking for two stallions for my mares,” Jen said.

“All of the stallions were so impressive but I was really impressed with Trust In A Gust and he’d just let down and he looked absolutely amazing.

“I thought he was a very good match for Bikini Dancer and the pedigrees all worked out and my other mare went to Toronado.”

Jen said another of the owners, Brad Thomas of X Factor Pedigrees, advised Balfour to buy Tradewind because of the “perfect pedigree match.”

Thomas also bought into the colt and told four of his mates to also take a share.

He also was a part owner of the dual Group 1 winning Trust In A Gust and is a Ballarat local who admits to having a slight biased toward the stallion when looking at his progeny.

Thomas said with his genetic rating system, Trust In A Gust came up with what he described as 100-plus with Bikini Dancer.

“I have an association with Dave Mee of Pinhook Bloodstock and he gets me to do the ratings on his yearlings and he was at the sale and I was home at Ballarat doing all the work on the catalogue,” Thomas said.

“I said to Dave you need to buy this horse, find someone to buy it and he said I think Ryan Balfour might buy so I’ll go talk to him.”

Balfour wanted a commitment before buying the colt that he would have owners so Thomas guaranteed to take 50 per cent. Jen was always going to stick with the colt if given the opportunity.

Jen said they all realised that Trust In A Gust’s progeny would be three-year-olds and she believes he’ll be a good stallion who will hopefully get more support after Tradewind’s victory.

Tradewind was heading back to Adelaide on Tuesday where he will be spelled and will return for the autumn where he’ll target some more VOBIS races.

Rushton Park’s Kayley Johnson said Tradewind was foaled down at their property and then sent back to Willaroon Thoroughbreds where the foal was raised prepared for the yearling sale.

The colt was then sold through Rushton Park’s draft and it was memorable for Kayley who said Jen loves her horses dearly.

“She cried her eyes out when we sold him,” she said.

“She just loves them so dearly and was very keen to keep a share in him.”

Jen admits she has been overwhelmed in recent days and said Tradewind’s victory just reinforced what a wonderful industry she is involved in.

Above: Tradewind ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Magnum Equine VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade at Sportsbet-Ballarat Racecourse  (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

As is often the case in racing, things didn’t actually go to plan for the bulk of the runners in the rich VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) on Ballarat Cup Day.

In the field of seven, Swettenham Stud was represented by two three-year-olds – last start Listed winner Shelby Cobra (Toronado) and South Australian visitor Tradewind (Trust In A Gust).

The Mike Moroney trained Shelby Cobra was sent out as the $1.65 favourite, while Morphettville trainer Ryan Balfour’s Tradewind was the $31 outsider.

Shelby Cobra finished a disappointing second last, while Tradewind scored by a short neck from Sirileo to pick up the $96,250 winning prizemoney, plus an owners’ bonus of $23,000.

It was the colt’s second win from his four starts.

Tradewind was bred by Victorian Jen Fitzpatrick and foaled down at Sally Watkins’ Willaroon Thoroughbreds and sold for $18,000 through Kayley and David Johnson’s Rushton Park draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale.

With owners finally allowed back on the track, there was no happier person at Ballarat than Jen who bred the colt from Bikini Dancer (Bernardini x Post Thyme).

Originally trained at Cranbourne by Mick Kent, Jen became a part owner of Bikini Dancer late in the mare’s racing career when she was bought by Chris Hyland who raced her four times before being retired.

Jen also kept a share in Tradewind when the colt went under the hammer.

“I am the breeder and an owner,” a proud Jen said.

“I also got the VOBIS nominator’s bonus and it is an absolutely wonderful scheme and I’ve always nominated my horses for the VOBIS scheme because it is just such a great incentive for us breeders.

“And we are so proud that he won the same race that Trust In A Gust won seven years ago. To have him emulate his sire made us all so proud.”

Jen also bred and races the first foal out of Bikini Dancer, Reard (Reward For Effort) which has won two races from eight starts.

With two wins from each of the foals, Jen is full of praise for Bikini Dancer.

“And I just met her new foal on Sunday as it was the first time I could get out of Melbourne back up to the country,” Jen said.

“She has got a beautiful Magnus filly now.”

Jen bought Bikini Dancer at the sales when the mare was retired as she was impressed with the pedigree and wanted to breed from her.

At the moment, Jen also has another broodmare Kobe Queen (Fusaichi Pegus x Queen Isolt) and has had a few others over the years which is now surprise as her uncle and aunty, Ray and Nola Thompson, owned a Scone property which is now the broodmare farm for Arrowfield.

“I was always involved in breeding through my aunt and uncle and it was a wonderful start for me,” Jen said.

“I learnt a lot from them and have been so grateful in recent years to Sally Watkins at Willaroon for the care she gives to my mares and their progeny.

“And I was so happy that Ryan Balfour bought the horse because he is such a good trainer and for me it’s the future going forward that is the most important thing for my horses.”

And Bikini Dancer was booked into Trust In A Gust this week and Jen is hoping everything goes to plan.

She said Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster sent her a lovely message after Tradewind’s victory in Adelaide.

“I have always loved Trust In A Gust as a racehorse and going to Swettenham on their open day I went along with an open mind and I was looking for two stallions for my mares,” Jen said.

“All of the stallions were so impressive but I was really impressed with Trust In A Gust and he’d just let down and he looked absolutely amazing.

“I thought he was a very good match for Bikini Dancer and the pedigrees all worked out and my other mare went to Toronado.”

Jen said another of the owners, Brad Thomas of X Factor Pedigrees, advised Balfour to buy Tradewind because of the “perfect pedigree match.”

Thomas also bought into the colt and told four of his mates to also take a share.

He also was a part owner of the dual Group 1 winning Trust In A Gust and is a Ballarat local who admits to having a slight biased toward the stallion when looking at his progeny.

Thomas said with his genetic rating system, Trust In A Gust came up with what he described as 100-plus with Bikini Dancer.

“I have an association with Dave Mee of Pinhook Bloodstock and he gets me to do the ratings on his yearlings and he was at the sale and I was home at Ballarat doing all the work on the catalogue,” Thomas said.

“I said to Dave you need to buy this horse, find someone to buy it and he said I think Ryan Balfour might buy so I’ll go talk to him.”

Balfour wanted a commitment before buying the colt that he would have owners so Thomas guaranteed to take 50 per cent. Jen was always going to stick with the colt if given the opportunity.

Jen said they all realised that Trust In A Gust’s progeny would be three-year-olds and she believes he’ll be a good stallion who will hopefully get more support after Tradewind’s victory.

Tradewind was heading back to Adelaide on Tuesday where he will be spelled and will return for the autumn where he’ll target some more VOBIS races.

Rushton Park’s Kayley Johnson said Tradewind was foaled down at their property and then sent back to Willaroon Thoroughbreds where the foal was raised prepared for the yearling sale.

The colt was then sold through Rushton Park’s draft and it was memorable for Kayley who said Jen loves her horses dearly.

“She cried her eyes out when we sold him,” she said.

“She just loves them so dearly and was very keen to keep a share in him.”

Jen admits she has been overwhelmed in recent days and said Tradewind’s victory just reinforced what a wonderful industry she is involved in.

If your horse isn’t performing well due to joint inflammation and pain, a veterinarian may suggest injecting an anti-inflammatory corticosteroid into the affected joint. Four products currently have approval by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration for intra-articular use, including isoflupredone acetate (IPA). Surprisingly, little data has been collected on the impact of IPA within the joint or its duration of action.

“Based on research involving two other intra-articular medications, methylprednisolone and triamcinolone, equine experts* suggest that IPA may actually exert beneficial effects long after it can be detected in the blood,” explained Laura Petroski, B.V.M.S., veterinarian for Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

To test this theory, Knych and colleagues from the School of Veterinary Medicine at the University of California, Davis, devised a system to measure the effect and duration of effect of intra-articular corticosteroid drugs. Specifically, the system measured the expression of various pro-inflammatory mediators and degradative enzymes that can harm the joint.

“Previous studies on triamcinolone showed that this particular intra-articular corticosteroid had a long duration of action, exerting beneficial effects long after the medication could be detected in a horse’s bloodstream,” relayed Petroski.

In the current study, 12 healthy horses undergoing a stringent exercise regime received either 8 mg of IPA into the radiocarpal joint (the topmost joint of the knee) or just saline. Blood and synovial fluid samples were subsequently collected at specific time points up to 42 days following administration. Key findings included:

  • In treated horses, IPA levels in blood and synovial fluid were below the “level of detection” between 14 and 21 days following intra-articular administration;
  • Compared to the expression of various genes at baseline, immediately prior to IPA administration, altered expression—both increased and decreased—was noted for thousands of genes in synovial fluid; and
  • Of those, a significant increase in the expression of the Annexin A1 gene was noted up to 42 days after IPA administration. This gene produces a potent anti-inflammatory protein that blocks key steps in the arachadonic acid cascade and was not increased in the control horses;
  • In addition, significant decreases in the levels of the inflammatory mediator interleukin 23A as well as enzymes that degrade articular cartilage (matrix metalloproteinases 1 and 9) were noted for up to 42 days following treatment.
  • The researchers concluded that the results of this study advance understanding of the anti-inflammatory nature of intra-articular administration of IPA and that IPA appears to have a prolonged effect relative to detection time in the bloodstream and joint fluid.Either in lieu of or in addition to intra-articular corticosteroids, the use of certain oral joint health products can also help maximize the health of equine joints. Consider using high-quality products such as KER•Flex and Synovate HA to help maintain the health and integrity of the joint tissues, including the articular cartilage lining the ends of bones within joints.“In Australia, horse owners should look to Glucos-A-Flex, a blend of glucosamine hydrochloride, vitamins, minerals, and amino acids, for joint support,” recommended Petroski.

    Each of the four FDA-approved corticosteroid drugs has clear guidelines regarding the amount to be injected into a joint, the total amount used in the horse, and the number of hours or days the medication must be administered prior to competition to avoid a positive drug test result.

    *Knych, H.K., L. Harrison, N. Chouicha, et al. Expression of inflammatory and structural matrix genes in synovial fluid following intra-articular administration of isoflupredone acetate to exercised horses. Equine Veterinary Journal. In press.

Above: Sneaky Five ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley Racecourse  (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Sneaky Five’s (Fastnet Rock) emergence as one of the standout 2-year-olds prospects of the season so far has proved the cherry on top of a terrific spring for her owners at Rosemont Stud.

Rosemont’s stallions had already been getting the job done before Sneaky Five put their distinctive red with white ‘gatecrasher’ lion colours up in lights in rich 2-year-old races in Melbourne and Sydney.

Shamus Award has produced three stakes winners already this season, including G1 Toorak H. winner Mr Quickie, who was bred and is part-owned by the Victorian-based farm, while fellow resident Starspangledbanner has had ongoing success in both hemispheres and young Rosemont stallion Nostradamus has his first stakes horse in leading G1 NZ 1000 Guineas contender Tinker McPhee.

Off the back of that success, Sneaky Five, who has won both the R. Listed Inglis Banner and the Golden Gift this spring, has compiled a tidy $883,000 in prizemoney in just two starts.

She has already paid back the $305,000 that Rosemont paid for her from the Goldin Farms draft at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and shapes as one of the favourites for the major 2-year-old features of 2021, including the G1 Golden Slipper.

t was less than a month ago that Sneaky Five had her first public hit-out in Caulfield jump-out, which prompted Rosemont Principal Anthony Mithen to strongly suggest to co-trainer Ciaron Maher that a racetrack debut in the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley might be the right path for the Fastnet Rock filly.

“Ciaron rang me after her first jump-out which was a couple of Tuesdays before Cox Plate day, and it was her first proper jump-out at Caulfield. He said ‘she goes bloody nicely this filly’,” Mithen told TDN AusNZ.

“The conversation turned to her what else was in the jump-out, including a one of her stablemates that she had travelled just as well as, and was headed to the Inglis Banner. I got the ‘green-eyed monster’ and I said, ‘if we have travelled as well as the other one, why can’t we go and have a shot at a $500,000 race as well?!

“Ciaron initially thought I was joking and said she’s only had one 650 metre jumpout. He wanted to jump her out the next week and said ‘she’ll probably brain them’, and so I said to him, ‘why don’t we see if she can brain them in a $500,000 race instead?”

“He wanted to jump her out the next week and said ‘she’ll probably brain them’, and so I said to him, ‘why don’t we see if she can brain them in a $500,000 race instead?” – Anthony Mithen

After a couple of days thinking through Mithen’s suggestion, Maher opted to enter Sneaky Five in the Moonee Valley race and once she got through a gallop on the track ahead of Cox Plate day, decided to accept with her.

“I was surprised she came up favourite, because there was no exposed form, nothing other than that one jump-out. We didn’t know how she would go. But we rolled the dice and got the result,” Mithen said.

A Golden plan

What flowed from there was a plan to send her to Sydney for the rich Golden Gift, a race which has only emerged on the calendar as a pre-Christmas option for 2-year-olds in the past couple of years.

Maher and training partner Eustace, with their base at Warwick Farm, are particularly well-placed to travel horses between Melbourne and Sydney and with that in mind, Mithen said Rosemont felt it was an ideal target for the filly.

“He offers a training base in both states that is ultra-professional and ultra-skilful and has got the right ingredients to make it happen. Clearly, the 2-year old results in both Sydney and Melbourne are no fluke and he plans on building on that, which is a bit scary for the other 2-year-old trainers out there,” Mithen said.

Sneaky Five backed up her dominant win at The Valley and proved too strong in the Golden Gift, with Regan Bayliss giving her a perfect ride.

She has clearly got an inordinate amount of ability and we’re shuddering to think what she might be able to do the older she gets with that experience. Given she’s out of an Oaks winner (Small Minds), it might even be over a trip,” Mithen said.

“The pleasing thing for our point of view is that’s he hasn’t been put to the sword in the spring to make it all happen. She has just been going through her gears and now she is first qualified for the Slipper and we can map a plan.”

Mithen said a decision will be made this week as to whether Sneaky Five stays in Sydney and heads towards the Golden Slipper through a race like the R. Listed Inglis Millennium, or comes back to Victoria to be prepared for the G1 Blue Diamond S.

Mithen and his brother-in-law Nigel Austin are also aware of the long-term racing and breeding prospects for Sneaky Five and see strong comparisons between her and another Fastnet Rock filly, the G1 Kennedy Oaks winner Personal.

“After Personal came out and won the Oaks, I did say to Nigel that there’s a little bit of Sneaky Five profile about this. Personal was able to run second in a Blue Diamond and was able to train on and be second in a Thousand Guineas and win an Oaks,” he said.

“After Personal came out and won the Oaks, I did say to Nigel that there’s a little bit of Sneaky Five profile about this.” – Anthony Mithen
“Sneaky Five is an up and about 2-year-old who is regally bred and looks like a Thousand Guineas horse. It’s a bit exciting where this can take you but that’s what Fastnet Rock can get you. We have supported him for a long time and think he has done an amazing job.”

Starosa Gold Coast bound

Ten minutes after Sneaky Five’s success on Saturday, the red and white Rosemont colours were in the winners’ circle again, this time at Doomben through the homebred filly Starosa (Starspangledbanner), who made it three wins in eight starts for trainer Tony Gollan.

“That prizemoney will probably see her qualified for the Magic Millions 3-year-old race, which is the long-term aim for her. There are still a few more fish to fry for her, there is a 1200 metre fillies race in a month’s time which she will target now, with a view to getting her some black type and enhancing her credentials for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas,” Mithen said.

Starosa won’t be the only Rosemont product on display at the Gold Coast in January, with its final draft of 22 yearlings for the Magic Millions Yearling Sale now entering their preparations.

“We’ve got 22 to take to Magic Millions and we have finalised that list. I had a look at them this week when they came in after they were washed and prettied up. There are some beautiful horses amongst them,” Mithen said.

“We had Adrian Bott to have a look at them last week, and he was rattling off horses that he was pretty keen to come and look at again at sale time. I think they will raise a few eyebrows which will be nice.”

The success of the spring has certainly created a strong vibe around the operation during what has been an uncertain time with the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns, especially in Victoria.

“It feels like the awareness of Rosemont in the wider racing and breeding community is as strong as it has ever been and hopefully it doesn’t slow down,” Mithen said.

“We have invested and had a go and want to make Victoria shape up to those Hunter Valley farms. We want to say to people, how about Victoria as an option and Rosemont sits fairly and squarely in the middle of that.”

Article courtesy of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Low flying Kemalpasa (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

The last start Linlithgow Stakes winner Kemalpasa did not give supporters that backed him into favouritism a moment of concern in Saturday’s Group III  Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) at Sandown.

Sent straight to the front by Craig Williams, the 5yo gelded son of Magnus kept up a relentless gallop to defeat Order Of Command (Squamosa) by a length. It was a replay of the Linlithgow Stakes when Order Of Command chased Kemalpasa home.

It was the fourth stakes win for Kemalpasa advancing his record to eleven wins, six seconds and three thirds from 29 starts with earnings of $830,750.

Speaking from Adelaide, co-trainer Richard Jolly was concerned about how the track was playing.

“I was a bit worried that the leaders in the first two races got run over and that the winners came down the centre of the track,” Jolly said.

“I didn’t know if we wanted to be leading today. But he got it pretty easy, and when he kicked at the 200 (metres), he does not like anything to pass him.

“He is flying at the moment.”

A $140,000 Magic Millions purchase for Richard Jolly from the Kulani Park draft, Kemalpasa runs in the well-known colours of Neville Morgan.

he handsome chestnut son of Magnus has been a model of consistency. He is the first foal of Yarra Bank, a half-sister by Bianconi (USA) to stakes-winner Honest Politician.

Yarra Bank also has a two-year-old colt by Magnus who was purchased by Mark Ganderton for $50,000 at the 2020 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

Yarra Bank was covered by Impending last spring and foaled a filly on Septemsber 18.

The sire of 22 stakes-winners, Magnus stands at Sun Stud at a fee of $15,400.

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Above: Shamino finishes best under Jamie Kah (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Rosemont resident Shamus Award continues to go from strength to strength, and his first crop son Shamino added a second stakes win to his record in Saturday’s Listed Clanbrooke Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Sandown.

With Jamie Kah in the saddle, Shamino found a narrow seam at the 200 metres to win going away by a length and a half.

Conceding the winner 6kgs, Coruscate (Exceed And Excel) battled on bravely for second a short-head in front of Tavisan (Tavistock).

Earlier this year the Phillip Stokes-trained gelding rang up five wins in six starts culminating in the Listed Manihi Stakes at Morphettville in April.

A homebred for Birdville’s favourite son David Brook, Shamino advances his record to nine wins, two seconds and two thirds from 24 starts with earnings of $332,875.

Stokes said that the step back from 1200m to 1000m was the key in returning to the winner’s circle.

“I’ll blame Jamie, she told me to step him up in trip, and we didn’t get the right result,” he said.

“A big thrill to get a stakes winner for the Brooks family. They have been a big supporter of our stable for a long time.

“He just doesn’t run (1200m) out. He presented the other day and couldn’t do it, so we haven’t done much with him over the last fortnight. Jamie gave him a great ride and got the job done.

“They (Shamus Awards) are a great breed and just get better with age. He’s got some exciting stuff coming through.”

He is the best of four winners from as many to race out of the very talented El Moxie mare Elumino who was a 6-time winner in Melbourne.

Elumino has a yearling filly by Supido and was covered by Terbium’s sire Terango last spring.

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Above: Sliders wins the Max Lees Classic – image Steve Hart.

The powerful Godolphin stable unleashed two exciting juveniles by Street Boss (USA) on Saturday in less than an hour with Anamoe winning the Listed MRC Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown and then promising filly Sliders winning the $127,000 Max Lees Classic (900m) at Newcastle.

A homebred for Godolphin trained by James Cummings, Sliders showed good ability in a recent trial and was tenacious to the line in this assignment for Rachel King, forging clear of Capitalist filly Snowdrop to win by half a length.

“I’ve had a bit to do with her during the early parts of her career and she has just been a natural,” Rachel King said.

“I think she is very untapped still. She did that very comfortably today.

“She doesn’t quite know how to really put them away yet but coming off the back of one trial, I thought it was really impressive.”

Sliders is bred to be well above average as a half-sister to Group I MRC Thousand Guineas winner Flit and Group III placed Flow being the fourth winner from stakes-placed Redoute’s Choice mare Glissade, a daughter of Group III winner Steflara.

She is bred on the same cross as Anamoe, as he is also by Street Boss from a daughter of Redoute’s Choice.

Glissade has a yearling filly by Frosted (USA) and has foaled this spring producing a filly by Astern.

A Group I winning son of Street Cry, Street Boss stands at Darley Victoria at a fee of $27,500.

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Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) celebrated the successes of the Victorian industry virtually last night.

Brought to viewers by Michael Felgate and Charmein Bukovec, headlining the awards were the IRT Champion Victorian sire, TAB Champion Victorian-bred racehorse and the TAB Champion Victorian breeder awards.

For a fifth consecutive year, Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon won the IRT Champion Victorian sire award.

With aggregated prize money earnings over $10.95 million in the 2019/20 season, this award highlights the success of his Victorian-bred progeny on race tracks across Australia.

Pippie who’s dam was put in foal by Victoria’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, flew the flag for the Woodside stallion when she claimed the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and took her earnings for the 2019/20 season to $502,500.

Darley Northwood claimed six of the Victorian breeder awards for the 2019/20 season with a host of homebred horses who produced outstanding results on Victorian race tracks.

Claiming the Racing Victoria VOBIS Owner of the year, the Avenel Equine Broodmare of the year with Glissade, the Surewise Victorian-bred 2YO of the year award with the Street Boss sired Hanseatic, the Inglis Champion Victorian-bred 3YO of the year award and the Champion Victorian-bred racehorse with Darley Northwood bred, Flit, the IRT Champion First Season sire with Night of Thunder and the TAB Champion Victorian breeder award, the army in blue put their success down to the hard work of the staff at the Northwood property.

“I really have to thank the team at Darley Northwood. Without James Manning and his team, we would not have the results on the track and would not be receiving the awards we are tonight,” Andy Makiv commented.

Todd and Sue Lichti who bred the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint winner, Miss Leonidas were delighted to win the Breednet Leading Victorian Small Breeder award.

“Breeding began from a passion and love of Thoroughbreds. To be receiving this award tonight, is an honour,” Todd Lichti commented.

The Inglis Service to the Industry award was won by Peter Heagney.

Peter, who after half a century in the industry, retired last year. He has dedicated his life to the industry and has sold some legends of the turf in his time, most notably Black Caviar.

“The Inglis Service to the industry award recognises someone who was centred their life around the industry and Peter has done just this. He has done so without wanting accolades or acclamations,” James O’Brien – TBV President commented.

The Digital Media Creations Rising Star Award was awarded to Gerard Jones of Rosemont Stud.

His peers recognised Gerard for being an outstanding leader both at Rosemont and within the industry.

He was identified as someone who always has the time to assist his team and can get them to achieve tasks they never thought were possible.

James O’Brien commented, “It is so important that we recognise the grassroots of our industry; they are the ones that make sure the wheel keeps turning. Gerard is always happy to help in the industry and will give anyone a helping hand.”

This year TBV introduced a new award, which aimed to recognise those who are the unsung heros of our industry and go above and beyond for our horses, the Kentucky Equine Research and Barastoc Dedication to Welfare award.

Lindy Thewlis, who is based just outside of Shepparton and currently cares for an army of horses, both retired racing horses and breeding horses, claimed the inaugural award.

Previously claiming the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff award, Lindy was shocked and humbled to win the inaugural TBV award decided by the TBV Board.

“Welfare is at the centre of everything we do in our industry. I am delighted that we have people such as Lindy who go above and beyond to help our horses. Lindy is an outstanding woman and is very deserving of such an accolade,” James O’Brien – TBV President commented.

The awards and their winners are below:

Above: Segenhoe Valley

The dam of Saturday’s winner of the Listed The Amanda Elliott, Shelby Cobra (Toronado), has become the most expensive broodmare ever sold on Inglis Digital and the second highest lot ever, following a three-way bidding duel in the November (Early) Online Sale.

Sheamus Mills Bloodstock outlasted Paul Moroney Bloodstock and one other party, to secure Segenhoe Valley (Dane Shadow) and her Toronado filly at foot – a full sister to Shelby Cobra – for $325,000.

Mills purchased the 2-in-1 package on behalf of clients Newton Thoroughbreds Racing and Chesapeake Thoroughbreds.

“I was really impressed by Shelby Cobra’s win on Saturday and then I saw the ad in the ANZ which motivated me to go and inspect her and the filly at Riverbank Farm,” Mills said.

“It’s great buying when you look at the family, it’s current and I think it will keep exploding, I don’t know how many mares produce a Stakes winner from their first three foals.

“I said to my clients that they should recognise how rare it is for a full sister to a Stakes winner to come up for public sale like this and you get the 8YO mum as part of a package – it was too good of an opportunity to miss.

“Plans for both the filly and Segenhoe Valley are open at this stage, ideally she’ll be covered this weekend but by which stallion I’m not sure, I’m open to suggestions!”

Segenhoe Valley was offered on Inglis Digital by Queensland-based hobby breeder Laurelle Owen, who purchased the mare for a mere $5000 at the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

“The only reason I bought this mare is because I saw Shelby Cobra go through as a weanling at the same sale for $70,000 to Maluka Thoroughbreds,” Owen said.

“I’ve been following Shelby Cobra, I saw him make $130,000 at last year’s Inglis Premier Sale and started receiving reports that he was showing lots of promise in the stable, so I rang Russell Osborne at Riverbank and told him I wanted to send the dam to Toronado and everything since has just fallen into place.

“It’s a credit to Russell and Caroline Osborne at Riverbank Farm, they’ve done a fabulous job looking after my girls then ensuring we got the right certificates completed to upload to this mare’s listing, plus videos and photographs completed (by Digital Media Creations).”

It was Laurelle Owen’s background in real estate that motivated her to sell the mare and foal.

“I’ve worked at Boxsells Real Estate in Maleny since 2007 but have been involved in the breeding industry for 50 years, only with one or two mares for the most part,” Owen said.

“It’s been a punt with plenty of highs and lows, I’ve had a few lows this breeding season so when the mare foaled such a lovely filly in late October and then Shelby Cobra accepted for the Stakes race last Saturday, I felt the timing was perfect to offer her on Inglis Digital.

“I’ve bought some lovely young mares off the platform with the intention of breeding with them, two recently have been Drizzle ($25,000 September (Early) Online) and Boreas ($8,000 May Online) who has won twice from five starts with Barry Lockwood.”

The November (Early) catalogue grossed $1.57 million, the 27th consecutive Inglis Digital Auction to gross $1 million or more since 2018, and another outstanding clearance rate of 84%.

Other results included 3YO gelding I Am Swerving selling to Singapore-based Jason Lim Racing for $65,000 and Soul Mama and a full sister to Sunlight’s dam Solar Charged offered with a Better Than Ready colt, was bought by Kim Alderton for $60,000.

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Above: Troy Stephens

Yulong Farm is pleased to welcome Troy Stephens to the team in the role of Nominations and Sales Manager.

“We are very excited to have Troy come aboard,” said Sam Fairgray, Chief Operating Officer at Yulong.

“I’ve known Troy for many years, and we’ve worked closely together in the past. He’ll be a wonderful asset to the team. He has passion and enthusiasm for the industry and, over many years, has developed an excellent reputation among breeders.”

New Zealand-born Troy will relocate from New South Wales to Victoria after six years at Newgate Farm, during which time he climbed from stallion duties into a sales position.

“I’ll always be grateful to Henry Field for the opportunities he gave me during my time at Newgate. I worked with some very inspiring people,” Troy said.

“Yulong is a new chapter for me. I’ve admired Mr. Zhang’s vision for a long time, and he’s got big goals and aspirations. Victoria has proven to be an elite source of champions in recent years, and Yulong is right there in partnership with Victorian breeders.”

Troy’s arrival continues an exciting era at Yulong, as sensational young sire Alabama Express joined Grunt on the farm’s stallion roster for 2020.

Troy’s appointment continues Mr Zhang’s commitment to the success and expansion of his Victorian operation.

Troy will begin at Yulong in early December, at once taking charge of the stud’s 21-strong draft heading to the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January.

“It’s a very strong consignment, with yearlings by Frankel, Siyouni, Snitzel and I Am Invincible,” Troy said. “These are proven sires, and I feel this is going to be one of the best consignments.”

Troy Stephens can be contacted on 0481 207 976.

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Above: Like Father Like Daughter: Rich Enuff (left) and Dosh (right)

After the success on Melbourne Cup day for the Woodside Park Stud stallions, Oaks Day was a repeat with a pair of fillies adding further Group success to the record of their respective sire.

The Grahame Begg-trained Dosh, a second crop runner for Rich Enuff, had all the judges highlighting how well she looked in the parade ring prior to the her debut in the Group 3 Darley Ottawa Stakes (1000m) with Racing.com’s Jayne Ivil stating “I’ve actually been checking out my reflection in her hindquarter.”

“She is absolutely glowing in the mounting yard. Love the way she moves, love her athleticism, but she’s got that big strong powerful hindquarter you like to see in a speed horse, great parade.”

“Probably moved better than any other two-year-old in the yard.”

Settling just off the leaders throughout, jockey Jordan Childs asked Dosh to make her move at the 200m mark where she chased down the leader, and although running out under pressure, she was simply too classy for her rivals, becoming the second stakes winner for Written Tycoon’s speedy son Rich Enuff.

The Glenlogan Park bred filly would now go for a spell, with Begg clearly taken by the win.

“She’s out of a great (that) goes back to Bold Promise, Dear Demi and Capitalist, they’re all the same family, and Merlene, it’s a great fillies family,” Begg said.

“I’m sure that she’s going to be a very valuable filly in the future.

“She’ll be put away. She hasn’t a long time off from the time we broke her in, came back into the stable and through the preparation.

“She only had a couple of weeks off, she’ll go out, she’s done a massive job but she’s a massive ‘doer’ in the stable,” he added.

Sold through the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Glenlogan Park would have been over joyed by the result with Dosh’s dam Raise Up foaling a full-sister to the Group 3 winner in late September.

The final event of the card saw the highly-talented Written Tycoon filly Written Beauty record victory in the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (1100m).

Above: 3YO Filly Written Beauty Becomes The 40th Stakes Winner For Written Tycoon

Breaking Nature Strip’s 1000m Moonee Valley track record the start prior, the Hawkes Racing-trained filly has been highly regarded by many, having been nominated, although not accepting, for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes the Saturday prior.

“She’s got a lot of upside but has come to the end of her tether. She has a massive upside, and she will be some filly when she matures,” stated co trainer Wayne Hawkes post-race.

“It is more about mentally than physically because she is a brute of a horse.”

Giving Written Tycoon his third new stakes winner in three days, and his 40th stakes winner overall, the victory of the Orbis bred filly gave her sire an industry-leading ninth stakes winner for the season, breaking his previous record of eight recorded during the 2017/2018 racing season.

Raw Images: Bronwen Healy Photography

Above: Authentic, with John Velazquez up, wins the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY, USA. Nov 7, 2020. Photography by Jamie Newell / Racingfotos.com.

Star colt Authentic (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}) in the orange and purple silks of B. Wayne Hughes, delivered a huge boost to the global Spendthrift operation, when dominating the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.

For the second time in a couple of months, Spendthrift had an unforgettable weekend as Authentic delivered an authoritative 2.25 length victory in track record time.

This follows on from Authentic becoming the first Kentucky Derby winner for both Spendthrift’s owner B. Wayne Hughes and the Champion stallion it stands, Into Mischief, a significant milestone for the entire operation.

The final time of 1:59.19 established a new Keeneland track record for 2000m, besting American Pharoahs final clocking of 2:00.07 in his Classic victory five years earlier.

He also set a hot pace in the Kentucky Derby, clocking the quickest time for the race in 19 years. He stopped the clock at 2:00.61, several seconds faster than American Pharoah’s 2:03.02 in 2015 and Justify’s 2:04.20 in 2018.

Authentic joins fellow Kentucky Derby winners Ferdinand, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Unbridled, and the Baffert-trained American Pharoah to defeat their elders in the Classic.

You know what, they were all training so well and he was training well,” Baffert said. Thats what they do at this time of year, what a horse. Hes the real deal.”

A debut winner sprinting at Del Mar two days shy of a year ago, Authentic aired by 7.75l in Santa Anitas G3 Sham S. in early January. He was a powerful winner in the G2 San Felipe S. March 7, then suffered his first career defeat, finishing second to Honor A.P. in the G1 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.

Authentic showed no signs of slowing down, turning back Belmont winner Tiz the Law in the postponed Derby. He lost little in defeat coming up a neck short of the brilliant filly Swiss Skydiver in the G1 Preakness S. last time on October 3, before the sensational Breeders’ Cup victory.

Oh, man, its such an unbelievably surreal year,” Spendthrifts Eric Gustavson said. To say that the horse has brought us a lot of light and excitement and distraction is an understatement. To have the off date Kentucky Derby and then the back to normal Breeders’ Cup and to be able to win those both in one year and with a 3-year-old, its too much.”

The colts number of owners grew exponentially when the Spendthrift-backed micro-share syndicate MyRacehorse bought in shortly after Authentics run in the Santa Anita Derby.

Yeah, well, I mean, this has been quite the ride,” MyRacehorses Michael Behrens said. Its an amazing ride. I could never have imagined that it would end like this. I mean, this is the pinnacle of racing.”

Wayne (Hughes) has given so much to the game over the years. Hes been in racing for 50 years and he bought Spendthrift in 2004 and made it into a business… for Wayne, its everything, for us, for the team at Spendthrift, thats the best part, that Wayne has reached the top of the mountain here and we get to celebrate with him.”

It was another big day for Spendthrift America’s marquee stallion Into Mischief, with star filly Gamine breaking a track record in winning the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by 6.25 lengths, also for Baffert and Velazquez.

“His stock are so fast,” Cuddy said.

“Gamine has broken the track record with her victory today and Authentic has gone and run the third fastest Classic in history. They’re such tough horses and once they go, they just keep on going, they dont stop.”

Authentic has been retired to Spendthrift ahead of the North American breeding season, at a fee of US$75,000.

HEALTH

FIRST PUBLISHED BY EQUESTRIAN LIFE MAGAZINE, AMANDA YOUNG

The weaning process can be one of the most stressful events of a young horse’s life. Providing young horses with a nutritious, balanced diet before, during and after weaning is key to ensuring weanlings thrive.

As autumn unfolds in Australia, horse owners who welcomed newborn foals in the spring will either be preparing to wean their youngstock or are in the throes of doing so!

The weaning process can be one of the most stressful events of a young horse’s life, sometimes resulting in a decreased growth rate and decline in condition. Providing young horses with a nutritious, balanced diet before, during and after weaning is a key factor in ensuring weanlings thrive, rather than simply survive, at this important stage of life.

“Feeding young horses is a balancing act.”

Feeding young horses is a balancing act, requiring careful consideration, observation and understanding of nutrition, genetics and the environment in which the animal is raised.
It can often seem as though a foal morphs into a horse in the blink of an eye – indeed, in its first two years of life a horse
can grow to 90% of its adult size and gain around 1.5kg per day. Ensuring that this growth occurs at a consistent, steady rate will help to minimise the risk of developmental disease and increase the likelihood of the horse reaching its genetic potential.

FROM BIRTH TO WEANING AGE

For the first two months of a foal’s life, the milk produced by its healthy lactating mother provides sufficient nutrients for growth and development at an appropriate rate. However, from as early as one week of age, some foals will sample pasture, hay and their dam’s hard feed if they are able to access it.

As the microorganism populations in newborns’ hindguts need several months to fully develop, this additional forage will not be digested effectively. Yet, by two to three months of age, as their digestive system develops, this additional forage will play an increasingly important part of the foal’s diet and should be encouraged as the foal approaches weaning age.

During the foal’s third month of life, the mare will generally reach and pass peak lactation; this is the point when the mare’s milk production drops, while the foal’s nutritional needs continue to increase. At this point, it is important to assess whether the foal requires additional feeding to meet its nutritional requirements. In cases where the foal has access to quality pasture and/or hay, and is sharing its dam’s daily hard feeds, the declining ratio of mare’s milk in the foal’s diet will be complemented by a gradual increase of other feed sources.

However, in cases where the mare is a particularly good “doer” and therefore being fed minimal amounts, or the pasture is either limited or of poor quality, the foal may need to be supplemented via creep feeding. Creep feeding involves providing the foal with supplementary feed that the mare cannot access; this is generally achieved by creating a pen that the foal can walk into but the mare cannot due to the height or width of the opening.

“It is critically important to avoid overfeeding.”

In situations where the foal is either sharing the mare’s rations or being creep fed, it is important to choose a feed that is suitable for lactating mares and young foals, and has the correct balance of vitamins, minerals, energy and protein. Barastoc Breed n Grow is a popular choice, being a low-starch formula with enhanced levels of macro and trace minerals to support bone growth and development. It is critically important to avoid overfeeding, as overweight foals are more prone to developmental orthopaedic disease. Using a weight tape to assess the foal’s weight and progress is recommended, along with close adherence to manufacturer’s feeding rate recommendations.

AT WEANING TIME

In a natural environment, mares wean their foals at around 10 to 12 months of age, however, domesticated foals are typically weaned at five to six months of age. Weaning before four months of age is not recommended unless veterinary advice regarding the mare or foal’s health necessitates this. For foals that have been well prepared for weaning via correct feeding and management, the weaning process can be quite uneventful – however, being aware of the risks associated with weaning, such as ulcer development, can help ensure a smooth transition from foal to weanling status.

In preparation for weaning, a foal’s ration should be increased over a two to three week period, with constant access to pasture if possible, and free choice hay provided. The importance of making gradual diet changes is well documented for horses of all ages, however, this principle is never more relevant than during the weaning process. At this time of great change, maintaining consistency in the weanling’s diet will help limit stress and ill- thrift, regardless of whether a gradual or immediate weaning method is employed. In addition to adopting good practices such as the use of a weaning “buddy”, maintaining access to pasture grazing and quality hay is helpful for the weanling’s physical and mental wellbeing during this process.

FROM WEANLING TO YEARLING

Once a foal is completely weaned and no longer nursing at
all, it should be consuming between 2-3% of its body weight in feed and forage a day. This is a time of remarkable bone development and growth in muscle mass – from weanling age to their second birthday, a young horse may double in weight!

A diet consisting of 17% protein is recommended for weanlings, with adequate energy sources to satisfy their growth and activity rate, such as Barastoc Breed n Grow. Ensure that the weanling’s diet does not contain less than 30% roughage, measured by weight. Roughage may come in the form of pasture, good quality hay or alternative fibre sources such as Speedi-beet.

“Continue assessing the animal as an individual.”

As the young horse approaches its first birthday, it is important to continue assessing the animal as an individual, noting its condition and environment and adjusting the diet with consideration for the young horse’s breed, maturity and desired growth rate. Diligent monitoring and record keeping, coupled with sound nutrition and a nurturing environment, will ensure that weanlings develop into sound, healthy horses with bright futures.

Above: Dosh ridden by Jordan Childs wins the Darley Ottawa Stakes at Flemington Racecourse . (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys admits it’s one of the best deals he’s ever done when he sent three mares to Written Tycoon back in 2010.

Although Written Tycoon’s service fee was a modest $6,600 – compared to the $110,000 he demanded in 2018/19 – Keys got all three services for a total of $10,000.

All three foals produced in the matings won, but it was a colt named Rich Enuff that was the standout of Written Tycoon’s book of 198 mares that season, the stallion’s fourth year at stud.

Rich Enuff was destined very early in his career to develop into stallion and it was Woodside Park, where he is now in his fifth season, which bought a 25 per cent share in him after he raced five times.

Bred and raced by Keys and his wife Louise, along with Chris Johnstone who has a 25 per cent share, Rich Enuff is out of Spartacus mare Hotnuff which the Keys also raced.

Rich Enuff’s first winner was Plutocrat which won a two-year-old maiden in February this year at Doomben and the filly also become the stallion’s first stakes winner when she won the Listed Tatts Club Stakes at Eagle farm in July for trainer Chris Anderson.

But it was a two-year-old filly that won during the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington to give Rich Enuff his first Group winner which really excited Keys and Woodside Park.

The Grahame Begg trained two-year-old Dosh was a standout in the parade ring on Oaks Day and lived up to her looks by winning the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) on debut.

And then Rich Enuff’s sire, Written Tycoon, produced three year-old Written Beauty in the final race on Oaks Day to win the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (1100m). It was her fourth consecutive win.

Keys, who still owns 25 per cent of Rich Enuff, said it was great for the stallion to produce a Group winner at such an important time in his career and in the racing calendar.

The stallion stood his first season in Queensland and Keys said it was good to see him produce a quality winner from his Victorian crops.

“It’s very pleasing,” Keys said.

“He probably needed that one (Dosh) because all of the others have been Queensland bred from his first season when he was up there.

“I believe this just shows what he can get. It’s perfect timing.

“It should give the breeders who went to him reward for supporting him, that’s the way I see it.”

Keys said Dosh was a stunning looking horse and was just going to improve as she matured.

And he said he wasn’t sure whether he sent the right type of mare to Rich Enuff in his first season but believes he has got a couple of good horses out of the second crop.

“Usually by now with a new stallion people have started to bag them by now but I haven’t heard anyone, who have got them, bag him yet.

“I am genuinely happy.”

Keys laughed when he said he got three service fees for $10,000.

“They all won,” he said.

“There was Rich Enuff and one called Tycoon Peri who was very good but was a big of a nutter and then was another one who was limited by won a race.”

Keys said he had previously supported Written Tycoon as he liked his types and went back again with the three mares.

Getting Rich Enuff to stud wasn’t as simple as it first seemed.

He went nearly a year between races after he suffered a hind leg injury when he kicked out in the tunnel at the Cranbourne Training Centre.

“The injury happened in his three-year-old autumn year when he was feeling good and double barrelled the wall in the tunnel and he needed time for the injury to heal,” Keys said.

“When he came back from that he was just a big bull and you couldn’t train him to get him fit, you had to race him to get him fit, so the reality was that it takes three or four starts.

“The guys who had paid a lot of money for him weren’t happy at that stage and that was the start of it and I could understand it.”

A decision was made to transfer Rich Enuff to Peter and Paul Snowden at Sydney where the horse had two starts for a third in the Group 3 Southern Cross (1200m). He was then retired after being unplaced at his next start.

Keys said he wasn’t upset when Rich Enuff went to Sydney.

“We still had our percentage and at that stage I think we still owned 50 per cent and now we’ve got 25 per cent,’’ Keys said.

“The reality is that Written Tycoon didn’t get this sort of result so early.”

Keys said that after Hotnuff produced Rich Enuff, she had two foals by Reward For Effort and then had Write Enuff, a winner of two races so far, by Written Tycoon. The mare has a two-year-old filly by Manhattan Rain and is due to foal to Shamus Award which will be her last one.

“I would have thought that Toronado and Shamus Award would be the best two stallions in Victoria,” he said.

“I think with Rich Enuff that he will put some speed into his horses. He is probably a Victorian speed horse which we really haven’t got at the moment and everyone is going elsewhere for their speed. Hopefully it pans out that way.”

Like many highly rated stallions, Rich Enuff never won a Group 1 race but had victories in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and the Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes.

“Not A Single Doubt wasn’t a Group 1 winner and Written Tycoon wasn’t,” Keys said.

“We got beaten a head in the (Group 1) Caulfield Guineas and we could have been the winner, I suppose.

“He is still the fastest three-year-old down the Flemington straight for 20 years. That hasn’t been beaten by any of these so called guns. I think it’s relevant.”

Keys said he has six horses by Rich Enuff.

Woodside Park’s James Price said the Flemington victory by Dosh were a good reward for the stallion.

He described Begg as being fairly strong for the filly at this year’s Classic Yearling Sale.

“He paid $155,000 for a Rich Enuff filly second season, that’s pretty strong money I would have thought and I thought that at the time,” Price said.

“So it’s nice that they were rewarded with a debut stakes win.”

Price said Rich Enuff was like all stallions with breeders waiting to see if the three-years-old come back and if he can get another two-year-old.

After covering his biggest book of mares last year – 127 – Price said Rich Enuff wouldn’t reach that number this year but would still serve around 100.

“It’s a quieter year than his first four but that’s always to be expected,” he said.

“It’s really nice for Dosh to win and Plutocrat is back trialling and I think she is heading towards a Magic Millions three-year-old Guineas race.

“There is another Rich Enuff filly I am looking forward to when she debuts shortly for Steve O’Dea up in Queensland, so there are few irons in the fire. She is called Rich Lister and was scratched last Saturday after drawing the outside barrier.”’

Price said that the phone did ring a few times from breeders after the wayward Dosh’s win.

He said it wasn’t too late for breeders to get their mares covered and although Rich Enuff’s advertised service fee is $8,800, the stud can do a better deal.

Price said there was a good opportunity to turn a small service fee into a good commercial result.