Adam Sangster has assembled the best line-up of stallions at Swettenham Stud since he took full ownership of the Nagambie property a decade ago.

In announcing the stud’s services fees for 2015, Sangster declared the Swettenham roster is the result of an evolving, long-term plan to provide a high-class, affordable range of stallions for broodmare owners.  “We are delighted with this year’s roster,” Sangster said.  “The service fees are attractive and affordable within the current industry conditions.”

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SWETTENHAM STUD 2015 FEES (inc gst)
TORONADO – $22,000
MASTER OF DESIGN – $15,000
AMERICAIN – $13,750

EQUIANO – $13,750
TRUST IN A GUST – $13,200
PUISSANCE DE LUNE – $11,000

Grey stayer Ask Me Nicely turned back the clock for a courageous victory in the inaugural $100,000 Western Australian Cup (3200m) at Ascot on Saturday.

It was the first 3200m race run in the State since the 2008 Perth Cup.

Ask Me Nicely is a son of Moorookyle Park sire Ustinov and he won a battle of attrition to defeat Daneclicked (Blackfriars) by a head.  “It certainly created a lot of interest going back to the two miles,” trainer Fred Kersley said.  “I’m so happy for the horse .  I admire versatile types and he’s still is sound as ever.”

Kersley had saddled the veteran for runner-up results in the LR Grandstand Cup and LR Pinjarra Cup at his previous two starts.  He was also placed in last year’s G2 Perth Cup.

“He should be going out for a spell now in time for another tilt at the Perth Cup,” Kersley added.  “But he’s an eight year old and it may pay to keep him going while in form.”

Ask Me Nicely (NZ) was a $37,500 buy for senior part-owner Reg Webb as a Karaka yearling and the WA Cup improved his record to 9 wins and $430,000 in prizemoney.  He is one of three Ustinov winners from Flemington stakes winner Took A Chance (Unbridled’s Song).

Rosemont Stud resident Starcraft has sired his first two year-old winner of the season and he did it in style thanks to a five-length runaway by Hover at Trentham.

Hover (2g Starcraft – Hot Stash by Secret Savings) won the Marky Mark 2YO Cup (1200m) for New Plymouth trainer Allan Sharrock and owners Noel & Ron Stanley.  “They’ve been my longest standing clients and we’ve had a terrific run together with horses like Grout, Wahid and Woburn,” Sharrock said on Saturday.  “This bloke looks like being a pretty tidy pony for the boys.”

The Starcraft gelding was making a fresh start on a slow track at Trentham after finishing runner-up on debut in the spring.  “He went seriously shin sore after his first run so we put him aside and he’s still got some developing to do,” Sharrock said.  “I had a fair hunch he would handle the ground today because he beat The Neon Icon when I galloped them on a wet track earlier this season.”

Hover cost $32,5000 at the 2014 NZB Karaka Select Sale and is the first foal of Randwick winner Hot Stash.  Second dam Abeel Hostess (Zabeel) won 5 races in Sydney and was stakes placed in the LR Tattersall’s Club Cup.

Sharrock said he will target the LR Castletown Stakes at Foxton and he also mentioned the Wanganui Guineas as a long-term goal for the spring.

Starcraft (NZ) transferred to Rosemont Stud from the Hunter Valley last year and he nearly nailed a Group 3 juvenile winner on Saturday when Petracca was beaten a neck in the SA Sires’ Produce Stakes at Morphettville.

Rosemont stood him for $11,000 (inc gst) and that appeared good value after his yearlings sold to $300,000 at the Melbourne Premier last month.

Turffontein jumped the blocks with Fontiton earlier this season and he has another promising two year-old filly in Brisbane named Faint Blaze.

The Liam Birchley trained youngster lived up to her potential with a first-up victory in the Club 100 Hcp (1110m) at Doomben on Saturday.  Connections would have been content with a minor placing at the furlong before their filly descended from fifth to first in a few strides.

“She showed plenty at the track early on but didn’t take her work to the races,” Birchley explained.  “Now she has won, we might press on to something a bit better over more ground.”

Faint Blaze (2f Turffontein – La Compania by Danasinga) cost $8,000 at the final yearling sale conducted by Brisbane Bloodstock in 2014 and she has already returned more than $80,000 for LDM Racing..  Turffontein has revived her family – the nearest black-type goes back to third dam Canon Song (Rory’s Jester) in the 1996 Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown.

Turffontein has seen 4 two year-old starters from his second crop and his latest batch of yearlings have fetched up to $170,000.  Top price was a Gold Coast Magic Millions colt that will remain in Queensland after catching the eye of Brisbane trainer Kelly Schweida.

Blue Gum Farm has announced Turffontein will stand for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee in 2015.

Vendors have supplemented another 37 entries for the VOBIS Gold yearling sale at Oaklands Junction on April 19 & 20.

A total of 362 yearlings are now set to be presented at the two day sale which has offered some great buying since its introduction to the Inglis Select Yearling Sales Series in 2013.

The complete catalogue is available online at:  inglis.com.au

“This week’s announcement of Spendthrift Farm setting up an Australian base in Victoria is a tremendous endorsement of the Victorian breeding industry,” Inglis Melbourne director Peter Heagney said.  “Fast Cash and The Big Dance are two great examples of the excellent returns available to trainers and owners of VOBIS Gold horses purchased from this sale.”

Fast Cash cost $10,000 and won the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Carat at Moonee Valley earlier this year, while $750 buy The Big Dance saluted in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush on debut at Bendigo last month.

All 260 lots in the Select Session of the VOBIS Gold Sale are nominated for Super VOBIS.  Buyers also have the option of entering their purchases into the lucrative VOBIS Gold program.

There is over $19 million in prize money and bonuses available to breeders and owners of Victorian horses under the Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold schemes.  All yearlings offered at the 2015 Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale are also eligible for entry into the $5 million Inglis Race Series.

Swettenham Stud has announced Trust In A Gust and Puissance De Lune (Ire) will join its new-look roster at Nagambie this year.

TRUST IN A GUST is among Australia’s leading Group 1 sprinter-milers and was bred and reared at Swettenham.   He will be retired after the Brisbane winter carnival where the targets will include the G1 BTC Cup, G1 Doomben 10,000 and G1 Stradbroke Hcp.

“He’s got a tremendous will to win like all good stallions,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said.  “He’s a fighter and he’s got an exceptional pedigree – we’re excited to welcome him back home.”

Sangster has kept close tabs on Trust In A Gust since the colt was beaten a nose on debut in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo as a March 2YO.  Trainer Darren Weir brought him back the following season to carve up the lucrative VOBIS Gold events as a three year-old.

Trust In A Gust won the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat and VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Caulfield and was also runner-up in the VOBIS Gold Eldorado and VOBIS Gold Reef at Flemington.

It was no surprise when he was the unanimous choice as 2013-14 VOBIS Racehorse of the Year at the Crown Casino awards last August.  “He’s a great racehorse to train,” Weir said.  “He’s sound, tough and makes his own luck.  He’s perfect.”

It was the launching pad for a spring campaign that saw Trust In A gust complete a Group 1 double at Caulfield starting with a G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m).  He was headed in straight but fought back to defeat Dissident who was gunning for a Group 1 treble following victories in the Makybe Diva Stakes and Memsie Stakes.

The time-honoured G1 Toorak Hcp (1600m) was next and Trust In A Gust denied several challenges after being left in front a long way out.  “I never had any doubts because he just tries so hard,” jockey Brad Rawiller said.  “It felt like he had topped on his run at the furlong but, when I asked him to go, he found again.  He keeps stepping up and is just a super horse.”

Trust In A Gust is due to resume in the VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m)at Caulfield on Saturday week, April 18.  Appropriately, it’s part of the Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day that will showcase VOBIS Gold races totalling $1.24 million in prizemoney.

His sire Keep The Faith was bred as part of an Australian – Japan accord between Arrowfield and Shadai Studs.  He was installed a pre-post favourite for the 2003 Golden Slipper Stakes after a brilliant debut victory for Sheikh Mohammed and he franked that form as a three year-old in the LR Schweppervescence Cup (1600m) at Caulfield before transferring to North America.

A son of super-sire Sunday Silence, Keep The Faith became the fastest 1200m horse to ever race in the United States when clocking 1.06.82s on turf at Belmont.

Sangster bought his dam Subtle Breeze for $140,000 at the dispersal of his father’s prized bloodstock assets at Keeneland in November 2007.  “She’s big and strong, a typical Storm Cat and is a three-quarter sister to Balanchine,” he said.  “It’s a beautiful pedigree and I also felt a sentimental connection to her.”

Back in 1993, Balanchine won two juvenile races in England by a combined 10 lengths before Robert Sangster sold the filly to Sheikh Mohammed.  “She went on to win the Irish Derby and English Oaks and was a pivotal part of Dad’s history.  Now she’s a part of mine through Trust In A Gust.

“Sunday Silence has nicked very successfully with Storm Cat and we’re confident the cross will be just as effective in Australia.”

Trust In A Gust will stand for a $12,500 (plus gst) service fee at Swettenham Stud and lifetime rights are available for $30,000.

PUISSANCE DE LUNE has been retired to Swettenham Stud after a leg injury ruled out any further racing for the son of champion sire Shamardal.

Owner Gerry Ryan has decided against giving the grey another campaign to stand him at Swettenham.  The Irish bred stallion joins Ryan’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain on the roster at Nagambie.

“We’ve decided to pull up stumps,” Ryan said.  “He’s been a really good horse and now he can do the job as a stallion.”

Puissance De Lune arrived from Europe for the 2012 Victorian spring carnival and made a huge impression with runaway victories in the LR Bendigo Cup and G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Winning jockey Glen Boss compared him to Makybe Diva and So You Think after cruising home by five-lengths at Flemington.  “I haven’t had that feeling on a horse for a really long time.  He relaxes and conserves a lot of energy in running and when you ask him…it’s instant power.  He’s a superstar!”

Puissance De Lune returned for a short autumn campaign to win the G2 Blamey Stakes (1600m) at Flemington and, after a winter spell, he looked on course for a stellar spring carnival with an explosive first-up victory in the G2 Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

He went down narrowly in the G1 Makybe Diva Stakes and again in the G1 Turnbull Stakes when Boss blamed the hard track at Flemington.  Punters sent him out favourite for the 2013 Cox Plate but he injured a tendon that continued to hamper his career last year.

“It’s a shame we never really saw the best of Puissance De Lune,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said.  “Glen said he had the speed to win a Newmarket and his family is on fire in the northern hemisphere.”

Ryan bought Puissance De Lune from France on the advice of leading agent Rob Roulston for 100,000 euros.  Roulston had also organised the purchase of Americain.

“Rob certainly finds us some very good ones,” Ryan added.  “He rang me to say he had this nice horse named Puissance De Lune.  He was a reasonably good bargain and exceeded all my expectations.”

Puissance De Lune’s three-quarter brother topped the 2014 Tattersalls December yearling sale when making 325,000gns (AUD 653,425).  He is also a half-brother to the dam of Group 1 filly Rizeena who won the 2013 Moyglare Stud Stakes and 2014 Royal Ascot Coronation Stakes.

Their second-dam is a sister to Serena’s Song who was the Champion 3YO Filly of her generation in the USA winning the G1 Beldame Stakes, Hempstead Hcp and Haskell Invitational.

His sire Shamardal won the G1 Dewhurst Stakes at two and completed a classic double in the 2005 French 2000 Guineas and French Derby.  He has already been represented by 13 Group 1 winners including Hong Kong superstar Able Friend.

Shamardal colt Lope de Vega emulated his sire in the 2010 French 2000 Guineas and French Derby and he was Europe’s Champion first-season sire last year.

Lope de Vega has made a similar impact with his first Australian bred two year-olds and fellow Shamardal stallions Captain Sonador and Shamoline Warrior are also off the mark with winners this season.

Puissance De Lune will stand for an introductory service fee of $11,000 (inc gst) this year.  Swettenham also has lifetime breeding rights available for $25,000.

Hong Kong galloper Rad is the 4th stakes winner by Foreplay after a brilliant victory in the G3 Bauhinia Sprint (1000m) on Tuesday.

The David Hall trained gelding took the lead down the straight-course at Sha Tin and ran out a convincing winner clocking 55.78s.  “It’s great to have a horse with so much potential back in form,” Hall said after the first-up victory.  “There was a bit of a boom on him early on but we were behind the eight-ball before he bounced back tonight.”

Rad (5g Foreplay – Homegrown by Snippets) was unbeaten after three starts in Hong Kong before pulling up with muscle soreness and heart strain after two unplaced runs late last year.  “We just wanted to get him back so I haven’t made any future plans,” Hall added.  “It’s just a relief to see him beat a quality field and run time.”

Foreplay’s latest stakes winner is from Homegrown (Snippets) who won 5 races for the late Max Lees and his wife Vicki.  He is a younger half-brother to minor winners Giles (Magic Albert) and Pink Blooms (Honours List).

Rad was retained to race by the Lees family and won his first two starts at Port Macquarie and Hawkesbury before shipping off-shore in December 2012.

“It’s nice to have him back,” winning jockey Douglas Whyte said.  “It wasn’t easy to get down to 117 pounds (53kg) but the win made it worthwhile.  He led them pretty easily and when they tried to head him off, he was having none of it.”

Foreplay (Danehill) is based at Woodside Park in Victoria and stood for a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee last year.

Victorian property Yallambee Stud has been purchased by Spendthrift Farm owner B. Wayne Hughes.

The Romsey operation will now be known as Spendthrift Australia and the venture will include breeding, racing, stallions, and buying & selling in the local sales market.

Spendthrift has ramped up its Australian involvement in recent years and spent $550,000 on a Northern Meteor colt and More Than Ready filly during the opening session of the Inglis Easter yearling sale on Tuesday.

It also purchased a Sepoy – Sister Madly colt for $1.20 million at the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January.

“Joining the Australian thoroughbred community, with its great horsemen and long-standing traditions, is one of the most exciting things we’ve ever done and it’s something we’ve aspired to do for a long time,” said Hughes.

“Spendthrift has always taken a real partnership approach with our breeders in the United States and will look to do the same thing in Australia.”

Spendthrift Farm has appointed Garry Cuddy to head Spendthrift Australia.  “This is a very exciting opportunity for me and our programs will be great for the Australian industry,” said Cuddy.  “We have plans to stand stallions in 2015 and will announce our roster in the near future.

“We are delighted to announce that Rick and Christie Woodard have agreed to stay on and manage the farm.  They bring a wealth of knowledge and many years of experience with them, which is great for Spendthrift.”

Hughes, 81, founded Public Storage in 1972 and parlayed a $50,000 investment into a fortune estimated at $1.95 billion.  He purchased Spendthrift in 2004 and has returned the historic stud to it glory years when it was home to Triple Crown winners Seattle Slew and Affirmed.

Champion sire Malibu Moon (A P Indy) heads Spendthrift Farm’s Kentucky roster of 19 stallions.  There are also regional farms with stallions based in Canada, Louisiana, Maryland and New York.

Toorak Toff’s sole colt catalogued for the Inglis Easter yearling sale made $300,000 when Australia’s premier auction commenced on Tuesday morning.

Parading as Lot 16, the Toorak Toff colt was offered by Rosemont Stud (as agent) and attracted a string of international admirers at Stable 1.  The $300k price-tag is a sale-high for Toorak Toff who stood for $16,500 (inc gst) at Rosemont in 2014.

His VOBIS nominated colt is a half-brother to South African Group 1 winning filly Alboran Sea and was bought by a Hong Kong client of Inglis.

Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen was already on a high after watching Volkstok’n’barrell carry his colours to a courageous third in the G1 Australia Derby at Randwick.

Victorian trainer Peter Moody was busy with three buys earlier in the first session of the Easter Sale.  Top-priced was the Redoute’s Choice – Nureyev’s Girl colt for $300,000.  He is a younger brother to G1 NZ 1000 Guineas winner King’s Rose.

John Sadler entered the fray with $200,000 for a Sepoy filly from Caulfield Group 3 winner Miss Maren.

Eliza Park International’s Sun Bloodstock paid $380,000 for a More Than Ready – November Flight colt.  His older brother Ashokan won the G1 Skyline Stakes and was placed later that year in the G1 Golden Rose.

Bel Esprit broke through the 100 individual winners milestone over Easter and he capped the long weekend with a double at Sandown on Monday.

The Eliza Park International champion sired Belcrest Lady and Lord Esprit to win on the Lakeside circuit and they improved his current-season figures to 103 individual winners of 156 races.

Belcrest Lady was the second Easter winner by Bel Esprit for Geelong trainer Heath Connors – he also prepared Bel Rhythm to a narrow victory in the Jack Elliott Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Connors bought Bel Rhythm for just $13,000 at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale.  He was offered by Erinvale Thoroughbreds and Saturday’s victory improved his record to 7 wins and $162,915.

Winning jockey Noel Callow said Bel Rhythm deserved plenty of credit.  “I got flushed out early and he was a sitting duck in the straight.  I nursed him as long as I could and he stuck his head out right on the line.”

Bel Esprit ($3.89 million) trails Reset ($4.28 million) on the Victorian sires’ premiership and that’s well within reach with four months of the season remaining.  He also dodged a bullet at Randwick on Monday when Reset gelding Hauraki was beaten a half-length in the G1 Australian Derby.  The margin meant a difference of $900,000 in prizemoney.

Rangal Park stallion Danerich sired his 6th stakes winner at Oakbank on Saturday and he went within a nose of notching a Group 1 first at Randwick on Monday.

Promising mare Streetcar Isabelle continued David Jolly’s domination of the LR Oakbank Stakes (1100m) with a front-running three-length victory over the favourite Riziz.  The Goolwa trainer has now prepared 5 of the last 8 winners of the feature sprint.

“It’s tough race but I’ve won it a couple of times with horses on the minimum on their way through to open class,” Jolly said.  “I was happy with the way she trialled on Tuesday and she handles the downhill tracks alright.”

Streetcar Isabelle (4m Danerich – Stellar Fille by Filante) was bred by Caithness Farm’s Sean Dingwall and is a half-sister to four “Streetcar” winners including G3 McKay Stakes winner Streetcar Magic (Blevic).

Danerich sprinter Lord Of The Sky looked home in the G1 T J Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on Easter Monday but was collared right on the line by Chautauqua.  “I couldn’t believe how well he was travelling up the rise,” jockey Damien Oliver said.  “It was super run and it took a quality horse to beat him.”

Lord Of The Sky is the chief earner for his sire and the best of his 5 wins has been at Group 3 level in the 2014 Monash Stakes at Caulfield.  “I had a hunch he would handle heavy ground and it was almost a fairytale,” Cranbourne trainer Robbie Laing lamented.  “When he broke clear I was saying ‘Go boy, go’ but he just got ambushed at the end.”

The Easter weekend results helped Danerich leapfrog Statue Of Liberty, God’s Own, Keep The Faith, Artie Schiller and Turffontein into the Top 10 on the Victorian premiership.  The Rangal Park resident has sired 38 winners of 61 races and $1.79 million in prizemoney.

Tribesman launched Equiano’s second northern crop with a blistering victory in the Scottish Brocklesby Stakes (1000m) on Good Friday.

Trainer David Brown declared his colt will head to G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot after an eye-catching display on debut at Musselburgh.  “I felt sure Tribesman would win before the race – he´s got some class.  He’s won even though he’s green and would be better suited to much faster ground.”

Tribesman was described by Sporting Life as an “exciting prospect” after he tracked even-money favourite First Bombardment and then quickened on soft ground to score by more than two lengths.  “He’s the first of my 32 two year-olds to run and will have another start before Royal Ascot,” Brown added.  “Something like the (LR) National Stakes at Sandown in May.”

Equiano (Fr) sired three stakes performers and 16 individual winners among his first English-bred two year-olds in 2014.  The Swettenham Stud shuttler is already off the mark in Australia and there are more winners in the wings with trainers like Chris Waller and Peter Moody.

Tribesman (2c Equiano – Millsini by Rossini) is owned by John Fretwell and cost 35,000 pounds (AUD 63,325) at last year’s Doncaster August yearling sale.  He’s from a half-sister to Mirza (Oasis Dream), a stakes winning sprinter in Ireland and France.

Equiano’s next Victorian bred yearlings going under the hammer will be available at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale.  Swettenham has catalogued two colts and a filly for Oaklands Junction on April 19 & 20.

Owners and trainers looking to unearth the next bargain-basement, black-type winner will flock to Oaklands Junction on 19 and 20 April for the popular Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.

The exciting two-day sale has attracted 325 yearling lots and will be split into an all-Super VOBIS Select Session and a General Session.

With all 260 yearlings in the Select Session already paid up for Super VOBIS, buyers have the enticing option of paying a one-off $1100 nomination fee for its sister scheme, VOBIS Gold, before the 31 August deadline.

Collectively, Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold offer $19.4 million in restricted race prize money and bonuses to connections of nominated horses each racing season.

While the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale has been a happy hunting ground for a number of Victoria’s premier trainers and approved syndicate promoters including the likes of David Hayes and Tom Dabernig, Mick Price and Darren Weir, it is also hugely popular for trainers searching for a headline horse.

Shae Eden, Amy Johnston, Matt Laurie and Rebecca Waymouth were among the young, progressive Victorian trainers that targeted the Sale in 2014 where the average price ($12,542) and median price ($7500) across the 263 lots was suited to most budgets.

Waymouth, whose Boneo stable features VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale graduates Annah Haze, God’s Shadow and Kesha’s Spirit, said the Sale provided a high-quality, value-for-money option for owners and trainers.

“I find it to be Victoria’s best value sale, particularly with most of the yearlings already nominated for Super VOBIS and eligible for VOBIS Gold,” Waymouth said.

“There’s more incentive for the clients in my price bracket to get involved with a yearling from the Sale.

“You can pick up a quality horse at an affordable price and often you only need to win one race to recoup the costs, with the VOBIS bonuses going straight into owners’ pockets.

“Personally, I find you can buy more of a lifetime horse at the sale and something that will race beyond its three and four-year-old season if you’re willing to be patient at the start.”

A number of well-related youngsters are set to be offered in the Select Session of the 2015 VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, including Lot 168, a filly by star UK miler Canford Cliffs from Personal Ensign, the dam of glamour juvenile Fontiton.

Other well-bred yearlings include Lot 9, a Toorak Toff filly that’s a half-sister to former champion galloper Fashions Afield and Lot 46, A Master Of Design colt that’s a half-brother to consistent black-type sprinter Tesbury Jack.

This article was first published in the April edition of Inside Racing

Promising gallopers Sammy The Snake and Oncebittentwiceshy completed a winning double for Ridgeview Park sire Golden Snake at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.

Sammy The Snake was first cab off the rank for part-owner Sharnee Rose who welcomed him back to scale after the Mypunter Hcp (2400m).  Rose was there in her role as manager for trainers Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra who are in Sydney for the Inglis Easter Sale.

Jockey Damian Thornton set a decent early speed on Sammy The Snake before backing off the pace down Sandown’s long back straight, leaving plenty in reserve for a finishing run.  “It’s such a big thrill to win a city race with him,” Rose said.  “He’s just so honest and never runs a bad race.”

Sammy The Snake (4g ex Patsetorri by El Moxie) is a favourite with the Rose family – Sharnee, Dennis and Colleen – they also bred him and the Sandown win was his second this year following a Cranbourne win in January.

The Roses race him with Craig, Sue & Blair Keating, Jill Walsh and Len & Joan Murphy.  He’s the final foal of Patsetorri (El Moxie) and is a half-brother to their Ustinov winner Topkapi.

Sandown’s midweek meeting was no April Fool’s Day for the owners of Golden Snake three year-old Oncebittentwiceshy after his milestone victory in the William Hill Hcp (1300m)

The Mark Stephenson trained three year-old was the first city winner for apprentice Brandon Stockdale and owner-breeder Sharon Money.   “It means a lot to me – I’m very grateful to Mark for putting me on,” Stockdale said.  “It’s a fantastic feeling to get a win especially with my family here.”

Oncebittentwiceshy (3g ex Don’t Tell Grandma by Loup Sauvage) was coming off a Stony Creek win and he finished powerfully to score by a long-neck over Red Casino.  Money has retained his two year-old half-sister by Moorookyle Park sire Widden Valley.

Golden Snake is a four-time Group 1 classic winner by Danzig and has sired 136 individual winners world-wide at a 56% strike-rate.  There have been 10 stakes winners to date headed by G1 Railway Stakes winner Gilded Venom.

For more information about Golden Snake, contact Julie Nairn (LP Stallions) on 0402 901 910 or Phil Sloane (Ridgeview Park Stud) on 0488 525 063.

The service fee for exciting Blue Gum Farm stallion Turffontein has been set at $11,000 (inc gst) for 2015.

A multiple Group 1 winner himself, Turffontein is already siring multiple Group winners with just two crops of racing age.  In fact, his progeny have already won six stakes races in the current racing season!

In a year of successful young stallions like Medaglia d’Oro, I Am Invincible, Manhattan Rain, Nicconi and Denman, no second-season sire has more stakes wins than Turffontein and only Medaglia d’Oro has more individual stakes winners.

Turffontein’s first crop leader Fontein Ruby is as tough and as genuine as they come.  She won the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes and the G3 Autumn Classic in the spring and added the LR Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley last Friday night.

The Robert Smerdon trained filly has won 5 races from 1200 to 2000 metres for $880,370 in prizemoney and she’s right on target for the upcoming G1 Australasian Oaks in Adelaide.

Turffontein has only had four runners from his second crop and among them is the brilliant two year old Fontiton.  A dominant six length winner of the RL Inglis Banner on Cox Plate day at Moonee Valley, she came back in the autumn to win the G3 Blue Diamond Preview followed by the G2 Blue Diamond Prelude.

Starting a short priced favourite in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes, the undefeated filly suffered heat stress and a joint injury so her effort to finish a fighting fifth was still first class.  She will be back as a spring three year-old bigger and better than ever.

Turffontein’s third crop yearlings this year have fetched up to $170,000 with two colts and a filly both realising over $100,000.  A $15,000 service fee represents terrific value in 2015.

Imperial Hawk (Aus) is on the way to bridging the gap between restricted company and black-type staying events for Chatswood Stud stallion Purrealist.

The Kiwi mare is a last-start winner of the Bayleys Real Estate Hcp (2100m) at Tauranga and that caused connections to consider setting her for races like the Rotorua Cup and Hawkes Bay Cup.

Imperial Hawk is a homebred for Australian based David Puglisi in partnership Tony Muollo and they sent her across the Tasman last October.  She began her career in Australia and the best of those three runs was a placing at Kembla Grange.

A stakes career isn’t out of the question for the lightly-raced four year-old who is now under the care of Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman at Cambridge.  She’s a younger sister to G1 Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur who has trained on for the last two editions of the G2 Chelmsford Stakes at Randwick.

“She does have a very good sprint when held up for one shot at them,” Forsman said.  “We’re not afraid to look at some bigger targets for her over the next two months.”

Imperial Hawk (4m Purrealist – Mollyhawk by Catbird) lengthened stride impressively to forge away to a decisive victory a three quarters of a length victory on March 21.  She can continue on an upward curve in the First Credit Union Hcp (2200m) at Te Aroha on Easter Saturday.

Purrealist (Tale of the Cat) won the G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude for Tony Santic and Puglisi before retiring to Makybe in 2008.  He transferred to Chatswood in 2012.

“I’m a retired tuna fisherman – just like Tony – and call myself a professional breeder or something like that now,” Puglisi laughed.  “My wife Lynlea and I just follow the horses around and we’ve had two running at the elite level – Hawkspur and Arinosa – we’re blessed.”

Chatswood Stud owner Greg Willis stood Purrealist for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee last year.

Reset is back on top of the Victorian sires’ table and he owes the revival to G2 Tulloch Stakes (2000m) winner Hauraki.

The Darley Victoria stallion lost top-spot last week after leading the table since the spring exploits of his grey galloper Fawkner.  Bel Esprit took over when Work The Line won the final race at Geelong last Sunday but it was short-lived.

Hauraki was a dominant winner of the $175,000 Tulloch Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday handing back the lead to Reset ($3.82 million) over Bel Esprit ($3.75 million).  He was positioned midfield in the early stages and then burst through a gap to record a decisive win over Omeros (High Chaparral) and Merion (O’Reilly).

“He was pretty strong through the line today,” trainer John O’Shea said.  “We’ve always felt he was a Derby colt – we sent him to Melbourne along the way but it just didn’t quite work out.”

Bookmakers firmed Hauraki into a $4.80 third favourite for the $2 million Australian Derby (2400m) at Randwick next Saturday.  He will be the fifth Group 1 winner for Reset following Pinker Pinker (W S Cox Plate), Fawkner (Caulfield Cup), Rebel Raider (Victoria Derby) and Set Square (VRC Oaks).

Just as importantly for Reset and Darley Victoria, it will jeopardize Bel Esprit’s long reign as the champion sire in Victoria.

Turffontein has sired the winners of 6 stakes races this season and his first Group 1 is in sight with top-class filly Fontein Ruby.

Trainer Robert Smerdon is aiming Fontein Ruby for a Group 1 campaign in Adelaide after she grabbed a front-running victory in the LR Alexandra Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

“That was a tough win,” Smerdon said.  “I probably don’t give her enough credit but she just keeps fighting when she finds the front.”

Fontein Ruby (3f Turffontein – Charming Ruby by Rubiton) was a $50,000 buy from Blue Gum Farm at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and Friday’s result increased her bank balance to $880,000 including $66,000 in bonuses courtesy of Super VOBIS.

Smerdon will send her across the border for the G3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville next month as a final lead-up to the G1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) on May 2.

The Turffontein filly returned to form at Moonee Valley – she had been placed in the G3 Kevin Hayes Stakes and G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield last month but was never in the call when last home in the G1 Australian Guineas on March 7.

“That effort looked disappointing on paper but she dropped back to her own sex in Listed company on Friday night,” Smerdon reasoned.  “She deserves another crack in a Group 1.”

Fontein Ruby won at Sandown and Flemington last year and progressed to black-type victories in the G3 Norman Robinson Stakes and G2 Edward Manifold Stakes before failing to run out 2500 metres in the G1 VRC Oaks.

Turffontein sired her from an unraced half-sister to G2 Tristarc Stakes winner Infinite Grace.  Second dam Infinite Charm (Tristino) is a half-sister to G1 Cox Plate hero Fields Of Omagh.

Blue Gum Farm stands Turffontein (Johannesburg) and he is currently in third spot on the Australian second-season sires’ premiership behind Medaglia d’Oro and I Am Invincible.

Bullarook Park freshman Strategic Maneuver gave Malcolm Boyd a winning welcome-home present on Saturday.

The Avenel studmaster is recovering after back surgery but he was in high spirits after Tempt Me Not raced away to a hollow victory at Newcastle.  She sprinted quickly from midfield to defeat Godolphin filly Lycia (Medaglia D’oro) by five lengths in the Pantry Packers 2YO Plate (1200m).

Tempt Me Not is a homebred for Gooree Stud’s Eduardo Cojuangco and goes into the records books as the first winner by Strategic Maneuver.  “She should have won before now,” Boyd declared.  “She was fifth in the Widden Stakes and was only beaten a length in her last two starts at Randwick and Warwick Farm.

“We booked over 100 mares to Strategic Maneuver in his first two books and another 92 in his third so now it’s up to him.  He’s only had five starters to date but all the feedback from trainers tells me there are plenty more ready to run in the next couple of months.”

The Newcastle winner is trained by Bart & James Cummings and is from a very successful family developed by Cojuangco.  Her dam Ganda (Encosta de Lago) is a daughter of G1 Vinery Stakes winner Tempest Morn.

“We sold a Strategic Maneuver filly that topped Day 3 at the Adelaide Magic Millions,” Boyd said.  “She made $87,500 and we’ve got another 8 of his yearlings for the VOBIS Gold Sale next month.”

Strategic Maneuver is bred on the same Royal Academy – Vain cross as Bel Esprit.  He won on debut at Randwick but broke a pedal bone second time out at Canterbury.

Boyd stands Strategic Maneuver alongside Lucas Cranach (Ire) at Bullarook Park in Victoria.  He will make a decision in the next month or two whether to keep his fee at $4,400 (inc gst) this year.

Jurasound swept the boards with a winning hat-trick in the $100,000 Mornington Guineas (1500m) on Saturday.

The Lindsay Park filly has earned over $256,00 including Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold windfalls totalling $121,000.  She banked $50,000 worth of incentives with a three length victory over Malaguerra (Magnus) during the stand-alone fixture on the peninsula.

The daughter of Darley Victoria stallion Von Costa de Hero is trained by David Hayes and Tom Dabernig and the latter said Jurasound is the perfect advertisement for VOBIS.  “It’s a great incentive and she’s part-owned by David – he’s absolutely rubbing his hands together.

“She’s in a purple patch of form and was very authoritative today.  We trained Von Costa De Hero and his progeny really come into their own as three-year-olds.”

Jurasound (3f Von Costa de Hero – Oceano by Portland Pirate) will now be set for the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) at Caulfield on April 18.  She graduated from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale for $100,000 and is from a Listed winner of the 2003 Bow Mistress Stakes.

Von Costa De Hero (Encosta de Lago) was a $1.20 million Easter yearling and won the G2 Victorian Sires’ Produce Stakes on top of Group 1 placings in the Golden Slipper, Caulfield Guineas and Australian Guineas.

He’s just outside the Top 10 on the second-season sires’ table with 12 individual winners from 39 starters and $594,770 in prizemoney.  He stood for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Northwood Park in Seymour last year.