The Thief was described as a Darwin raider after winning at Flemington on Saturday when, in fact, the gelding was bred and reared in Victoria.

He’s the latest in a long line of winners that Tim and Di Dennis bred at Glenwood Stud south-west of Geelong.

The Thief (4g Dubleo – Bush Ballad by Alquoz) powered home to qualify for the LR Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) back at Flemington on July 12.  “He finished off strong once I got him into the clear,” jockey Dean Yendall said.  “He won really convincingly.”

Glenwood sold The Thief as a foal for $10,000 at the 2010 Inglis Great Southern Sale.  He was purchased by Top End owner Bob Kendray and won four in a row at Fannie Bay before a close second to Host Of The Party in last year’s Darwin Guineas.

Kendray sent gelding to Melbourne with trainer Stephen Brown and he was placed at Sandown and Mornington before the breakthrough at headquarters on Saturday.

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Tim Dennis retired to Torquay after Di passed away in 2011 and among the feature winners bred at their Modewarre property were Zazzman (G3 Geelong Cup), Volitant (G3 Moonga Stakes), Press The Button (G2 Reisling Stakes), Koonoomoo (G3 Maybe Mahal Stakes) and About Ready (LR Durbridge Stakes).

Brown will set The Thief for the LR Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on July 12.

Makybe Racing’s Tony Santic has every reason to believe his regally-bred colt Il Cavallo has the makings of a successful stallion.

Il Cavallo (3c Choisir — Gold Chant by El Moxie) looked the part winning a heat of the A R Creswick Series (1000m) by more than four lengths at Flemington on Saturday.  The Peter Moody trained sprinter is a three-quarter brother to dual-hemisphere champion Starspangledbanner.

Santic catalogued Il Cavallo for the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale but took him back home to Gnarwarre when bidding failed to reach a $250,000 reserve.  A record-breaking Sandown winner on debut in March 2013, he returned for a spring campaign and nearly netted some minor black-type when a close fourth in the LR Vain Stakes at Caulfield.

Il Cavallo has rebounded off a 33 week spell with a running double at Sandown Hillside and Flemington this month.  “He’s talented but had problems rating himself early on,” jockey Luke Nolen said.  “Tony has been patient and they’re going to knock off some nice races.”

Stable foreman Zac I’Anson reiterated those comments after Nolen weighed in.  “The Sandown win was a real confidence-builder,” he explained.  “Peter has a really high opinion of this horse and will find a nice race to help launch his career as a stallion.”

Starspangledbanner (Choisir) was also bred by Santic and was a Group 1 winning sprinter-miler in Australia and England.  Sold to Coolmore Stud, he encountered fertility issues which scuttled what would have been a lucrative shuttle career.

That’s been borne out in England with 3 first-crop winners from just 5 starters so far this year.

Starspangledbanner was subsequently transferred to stand at Rosemont Stud where his fertility has improved under careful management.  He was foaled and raised at the Gnarwarre property when it was part of the Makybe complex.

Promising Geelong winner Marli Magic has maintained John Sadler’s strike-rate since rejoining Aquanita Racing.

The daughter of Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi) ran down Young Girl to win the Hyland Racing Colours Hcp (1300m) by a neck on Friday.  Sadler’s son Thomas didn’t panic when Young Girl pinched a break in the straight.  He kept the filly balanced and in touch before setting out after the tearaway leader.

Marli Magic (3f Host — Unlimited Passage by Giant’s Causeway) made it a family affair for the Sadlers.  She is part-owned by John’s sister Helen.

Sadler returned to Aquanita on June 1 and has hit the ground running training five winners headed by talented mare Vain Queen.  “It was a tough effort from Marli Magic to work home and win on Friday,” he said.  “She will win better races but doesn’t like wet tracks.  I will send her to the paddock now and bring her back for the summer.”

Marli Magic was initially trained by Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra and had won her maiden in a Super VOBIS race at Kilmore in November.

Swettenham sold her for $50,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  She has an unraced younger brother by Host named Hong Kong Captain with David Hayes — he was an $85,000 buy at the 2013 Melbourne Premier.

Their dam Unlimited Passage has a filly foal by Equiano and was bred back to the King of Speed last year.  It’s a family that’s produced stakes winners for Swettenham’s Sangster family for several generations going back to champion Godswalk filly Pure Of Heart.

Host (Chi) has averaged over 100 mares in his last two seasons at Swettenham and will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee in 2014.

Sir Fernando notched the 200th win of the season for champion sire Bel Esprit in the Pura Milk Winter Challenge (1200m) at Geelong on Friday.

The Colin Little trained gelding broke a long losing streak going back to Moonee Valley in March 2012.  He missed the start before issuing a powerful challenge in the closing stages to score by over a length.

Sir Fernando (5g Bel Esprit — Ruby Doll by Desert Style) was initially prepared by Mick Price before moving to Lord Lodge earlier this season.  He started racing as a spring three year-old and was only out of a place once in his first 8 starts before that run of outs.

He is from a half-sister to the dam of Perth stars Playing God & God Has Spoken and is raced by a syndicate organised by the late Bryan Muschialli along with his daughter Tracy Howard and Greg Funnell.

Friday’s result marks the third season a row Bel Esprit has topped 200 wins from his base at Eliza Park International in Victoria.  He’s also challenging for second spot on the Australian table in that category with Fastnet Rock (202) and Choisir (201).  The trio are a long way behind runaway leader Lonhro (244).

More importantly for Bel Esprit, he’s claimed the last six Victorian sires’ titles and leads this season’s premiership with earnings of $4.65 million.  Darley resident Reset is next best with $4.32 million.

If successful, Bel Esprit will prevail without any help from his iconic mare Black Caviar who earned over $7.52 million in Australia between April 2009 and April 2013.  His chief earner this season is G2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner Se Sauver with $175,875.

Bel Esprit (Royal Academy) will stand for a $24,200 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park International this year.

Former Bart Cummings trained galloper Dare To Dream has been placed on the market as a sire prospect.

The lightly-raced Irish-bred stallion is son of Danehill Dancer and his dam was a Group 3 winner of the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket.

Gavel House is selling him on behalf of a syndicate that includes part-owner Richard Pegum.  “He comes up beautifully,” Pegum declared when Dare To Dream arrived in Australia.  “I believe he has the most potential of any horse we have ever brought over here.”

That’s high praise given Pegum has part-owned Group 1 winning imports My Kingdom Of Fife (AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) and December Draw (VRC Turnbull Stakes).

Dare To Dream (6h Danehill Dancer — Beneventa by Most Welcome) was heading in the same direction until a tendon injury brought his career to a premature finish after just 9 starts in England and Australia.

He was originally registered as Dare to Dance in England and was quickly into gear winning second time out over 1600m at Sandown for trainer Jeremy Noseda.

He followed up with a two length victory over 2000m at Newmarket and increased the margin to three lengths when completing a hat-trick like an odds-on favourite over the same distance at Ayr.

Those victories qualified Dare To Dream for the time-honoured G2 Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.  “He has scope for further improvement and is only just beginning to grasp what is required,” Noseda said.  “I feel he has a big future in front of him as a four-year-old.”

Dare To Dream firmed from 16-1 into an 8-1 joint-favourite for the Cambridgeshire but he was withdrawn in advance of a transfer to Australia.

Allowed to acclimatise by Cummings, the 16.1hh stallion was a handful for apprentice James McDonald first-up in the G3 Bill Ritchie Hcp (1400m) at Randwick in September 2012.  He raced more generously next time out when only going down a half-length to Mourayan in the G3 Craven Plate (2000m).

Cummings sent him south for a last-minute attempt to gain a start in the Melbourne Cup but Dare To Dream just missed out when beaten a neck by Kelinni in the G3 Lexus Stakes after being disappointed for a run in the straight.

He backed up in the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the last day of the carnival and finished a creditable fourth behind tearaway winner Puissance De Lune.

Connections were confident of a ground-breaking campaign in 2013, however, he was sidelined with a bowed tendon and then aggravated the injury in April.

Dare To Dream is by champion sire Danehill Dancer who has just been retired by Coolmore Stud.  The 21 year-old is the sire of Coolmore’s successful dual-hemisphere stallion Choisir and up-and-coming New Zealand shuttler Mastercraftsman.

His dam Beneventa won 7 races when trained by John Dunlop and, apart from the G3 Dahlia Stakes, she was also successful in the LR Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket and LR Snowdrop Stakes at Kempton.

Her current three year-old is promising Shamardal colt Bow Creek.  He was a Listed winner for Sheikh Hamdan at Lingfield in April and holds a Group 1 entry for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next Tuesday.

For more information on Dare To Dream, Gary Moore at Gavel House can be contacted on (03) 9499 2229 or  www.gavelhouse.com

Off the Track thoroughbred Shanghai Joe and Shane Rose claim CCI3* honours as retired racehorses reign supreme at the Melbourne International Horse Trials

Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose believes the sky is the limit for thoroughbred gelding Shanghai Joe after the retired racehorse claimed top honours in the CCI3* class at the Melbourne International Horse Trials.

Occupying second position following the dressage and cross country phases of the coveted event held at Werribee Park over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Rose put in a faultless show jumping performance on the seven-year-old to score a narrow win over Sonja Johnson and her retired racehorse, Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison.

Rose said Shanghai Joe performed admirably during all phases of the competition and pointed to his speed and athleticism, two defining traits of the breed, during Sunday’s cross country round as the hallmark of his win.

“I’m very happy with how the horse went because he’s such a young horse to be competing in this field let alone to be at the top of the pile at the end of the weekend,” Rose said.

“He felt great, he’s quite a careful horse and he pulled up great after the cross country.

“He had to run pretty fast (during cross country) because I got a little bit lost and made a bit of an error in my line and wasted 10 or 15 seconds so he showed his racing speed to make up that time.”

Bred by Rose, who is in involved in thoroughbred education and pre-training in addition to his illustrious equestrian endeavours, Shanghai Joe was given a brief racing education in Sydney.

The son of Another Warrior had three official trials while in the care of Warwick Farm trainer Marc Conners but, after beating only one horse home, was retired and retrained for an elite eventing career.

An unabashed fan of the breed, Rose believes that many of Australia’s top racehorses would make outstanding eventers if they were trained and given the chance to compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping instead of racing.

“If we had the opportunity as competition riders to work with the best thoroughbreds, we would be unbeatable,” Rose said.

“They are an amazing animal and unfortunately for us, the best of them run fast.

“If you had horses like Black Caviar or Makybe Diva given the opportunity to come out as eventers early in their career they’d probably have gold medals around their neck.

“A lot of those horses go on to be good racehorses and then have a breeding career so really we only get the slower ones which are still great athletes.

“He (Shanghai Joe) is testament to that because he beat one horse home in a trial.”

Rose is confident the seven-year-old has more improvement to come and, with another two seasons of competition under his belt, can be a contender for Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

“Limitations are not really there for him at the moment,” Rose said.

“He’s got three great phases, he’s got a great attitude and he seems to be really sound because he hasn’t had to do a lot of racing and doesn’t have a lot of miles in his legs.

“Realistically, the peak age for a competition horse in eventing is 12 or 13 so he’s got another five years of improvement so he can hopefully go as far as I want.

“I’m certainly looking at having him ready for Rio in a couple of years and then there’s every possibility he could stay around for up to 10 years.”

Runner-up Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison, who raced in Western Australia as Bullionaire, could also be headed overseas with Johnson hopeful the performance is enough to warrant selection at this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

After taking out the CCI1* on Paihia Wilhelm, popular event rider Will Enzinger teamed with former Lindsay Park gelding Wenlock Aquifer (Aquifer) to finish runner-up in the CCI2* and collect the ‘Best Performed Off the Track Thoroughbred’ award.

A nine-year-old son of Alannan, Aquifer had four starts in South Australia for Half of Fame trainer David Hayes, his best performance coming in the form of a debut win at Victoria Park in 2006.

Nina Clarke was thrilled with the performance of her mount LP Boudin, a former VRC St Leger runner-up who was raced by Fran Houlahan and Brian Johnston as Mr Bigalow, who was awarded ‘Best Performed Off the Track Thoroughbred’ in the CCI1*.

The full results from all classes at the Melbourne International Horse Trials are available here.

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Son Of Africa provided Equiano with his third winner at Windsor’s Monday evening meeting and leading trainer Henry Candy with his first juvenile winner of the year.

With stable jockey Dane O’Neill aboard, Son Of Africa pressed the leaders on debut and then took over in the straight.  Shaken up at the furlong, he won by three-quarters of a length from Lady Moscou.

Qatar Bloodstock’s highly-rated even-money favourite War Alert was over a length away third.  The market and breeding suggested there were one or two useful youngsters among the beaten division and the race should hold up as a decent form-line.

Son Of Africa (2c Equiano — Generously Gifted by Sakhee) gave Candy a quick return after selling for 52,000 pounds (AUD 93,5065) at the Ascot 2YO Sale in April.  “I liked his action and attitude and his size and strength,” Candy said after outbidding Bobby O’Ryan.  “He will definitely be a two-year-old and hopefully will go the same way as Treaty Of Paris who I bought last year.”

Both colts were catalogued by Co Tipperary based Mocklershill Stud and race for the One Too Many Partners syndicate.

Treaty Of Paris won his maiden at Pontefract in July 2013 and went on to win the G3 Acomb Stakes at York.  Runner-up The Gray Gatsby returned to capture the G1 French Derby last week.

Equiano (Fr) will be back at Swettenham Stud for his third southern book this year at a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.

He topped the first-season leader-board at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March with 15 yearlings averaging $105,200.  Top price was the $420,000 colt from Hidden Energy that was the highest price ever paid for a yearling by a freshman sire in Victoria.

King Of Manners scored a timely win for his sire Manner Hill at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The lightly-raced three year-old belied a long price when lengthening like a good horse in the Anne Marie Classic Hcp (1600m).  “This is my first time at Moonee Valley,” owner-breeder Doug Millhouse said as Steven King brought the winner back to scale.  “I’m a very proud owner and it’s very sweet with the VOBIS Gold bonus.”

King Of Manners (3g Manner Hill — Rose Of Kinselmac by Bureaucracy) collected $48,000 in prizemoney and a major portion of the $50,000 incentive from VOBIS Gold.  Millhouse catalogued him for the 2012 Inglis Victorian Autumn Sale but didn’t accept a best bid of $6,000 bid at Oaklands.

“And I tried to sell him to Singapore last year,” trainer Shaun Dwyer said.  “He’s a tough little horse and I’m looking to get him up to 2000 metres.”

King Of Manners is the penultimate foal from Rose Of Kinselmac who won at Flemington.  Millhouse has also kept her unraced two year-old Gardener’s Glory (Floral Pegasus).

Manner Hill (Danehill) won 6 races up to Group 3 level in the 2002 Craven Plate and Manion Cup in Sydney before retiring to Cherokee Rose Stud in the Macedon Ranges.

Cherokee Rose owners Danny and Hanna Rose are closing the stud’s breeding operations and Manner Hill will be sold as Lot 519 on Tuesday, June 24 at the Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Fellow Cherokee Rose stallion Floral Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) will continue his stud career at Kim McKellar’s Wyndholm Park in Ballarat.

Devon Princess collected another bonus for Vinery sire Testa Rossa with a resounding victory in the VOBIS Gold Classic (1300m) at Swan Hill on Friday.

She banked the bulk of the $160,000 in prizemoney and bonuses for trainer Mick Price who had the youngster peaking 7 starts into a prep that started at Sandown in March.

Devon Princess (2f Testa Rossa – Gaelic Princess by King of Kings) ranged up to odds-on favourite Symphonix down the dip and then sprinted away to score by four lengths.  “Mick backed her up from Sandown last Saturday and she’s holding up well,” jockey Mark Pegus said.  “She’s rock hard so we pressured the favourite and it paid off.”

The Testa Rossa filly is raced by Betty Hoare and was bred by her husband John, a long-time TBV member, who died earlier this year.  Her dam Gaelic Princess carried the family’s orange and blue colours to Group 3 placings in the 2003 Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude behind Red Ransom filly Halibery.

John Hoare owned Devon Park in the Yarra Valley and his yearlings topped the Melbourne Premier more than once.

Devon Princess is the second VOBIS Gold feature winner for the Hoare family and Price this year.  In March, their talented Red Ransom three year-old Worth A Ransom claimed the VOBIS Gold Eldorado (1300m) at Wangaratta.

Friday’s VOBIS Gold Classic result helped Testa Rossa hurdle Snitzel into third place on the Australian 2YO table with over $2 million in prizemoney.  His Magic Millions Classic winner Unencumbered will vie for Australia’s Champion 2YO Colt in 2013-14.

Testa Rossa (Perugino) stood five years in Victoria before a 2006 move to Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley.

Don’t Get Excited revived memories of his sire Elvstroem with a pleasing victory in the $100,000 Golden Topaz at Swan Hill on Friday.

Elvstroem launched his career with a debut victory at Swan Hill in 2003.  He graduated to Group 1 triumphs in the Victorian Derby and Dubai Duty Free before retiring to Blue Gum Farm in Euroa.

Don’t Get Excited (4g Elvstroem — Tennessee Morn by Bletchingly) has won 8 races from 21 starts for a Swan Hill syndicate.  “I love these country carnivals and this is why,” trainer Stephen Theodore said.  “I was up here last year and a client Wayne Gurnett said he had one for me named Don’t Get Excited.”

Since moving to Theodore’s Cranbourne stables, the gelding has won at Sandown (3), Caulfield and Morphettville and ran second to Knoydart in the LR Hareeba Stakes at Mornington.

Jockey Chris Symons said Don’t Get Excited had a pretty easy run even though he raced fiercely for the first half of the race.  “The weight advantage really helped,” Symons said.  “But he’s a classy horse anyway.”

Don’t Get Excited is a younger half-brother to Flemington stakes winners Tennessee Midnight who later foaled G1 Coolmore Classic winner Aloha (Encosta de Lago).

Their dam Tennessee Morn (Bletchingly) won the 1993 Maribyrnong Plate for the old-time team of Sandown Lodge owner Alf Dickson and trainer Angus Armanasco.  Her sisters Tennessee Magic and Tennessee Mist also won stakes events in Melbourne.

Elvstroem stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Blue Gum Farm and has sired 70 winners of 126 races this season.  They have earned over $3.18 million topped by Outback Joe (G2 Adelaide Cup) and Hucklebuck who struck in stakes company at Flemington and Caulfield.

Reward For Effort was in the Top 10 among Australia’s most popular stallions in 2013 and he’s gearing up for another big book at Chatswood Stud this year.

The Group 1 winning son of Exceed And Excel covered 177 mares last year following books of 150 (2011) and 173 (2012).

Darley champion Exceed And Excel sires exceptional two year-olds around the world and, in recent years, has been represented by the winners of three Blue Diamonds, two Sires’ Produce Stakes, two Champagne Stakes plus a Golden Slipper and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Reward for Effort has to be a great chance to produce some early two year olds.  His first yearlings have been well received this year although a significant number of them were retained by their breeders.

Of those to go through the sale-ring, Chatswood sold the top-priced Reward for Effort — Go With The Wind yearling to Peter Moody for $170,000.

Reward for Effort’s fee remains at $11,000 (inc gst).

Anacheeva has all the hallmarks of a future successful stallion.  He was a Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner and his brother (Headturner) and half-sister (O’Marilyn) also saluted at the elite level.

His sire Anabaa has been represented by 15 individual Group 1 winners and 6 of them have come in Australia / NZ.

Anacheeva looks extraordinary good value at only $6,600 (inc gst).

Purrealist has the ability to sire a Group 1 winner like Hawkspur and he’s also getting stakes winners like Storm Approach, Melrose Place and Adjuster among plenty of metropolitan winners.

A Group 3 Guineas Prelude winner at Caulfield, he is by Tale Of The Cat and is super value at $5,500 (inc gst).

All fees are on 31st March, 2015 payment terms with a transferable free return (conditions apply).

Nigel Blackiston is a big fan of the Desert King breed and that’s not surprising with the likes of Desert Jeuney in his Flemington stable.

A candidate for spring spoils, Desert Jeuney was Group 3 placed in Sydney during the autumn carnival and he returned to work this week.

Meanwhile, Blackiston unveiled another promising Desert King on Wednesday when Amortise won the Vale Kevin Mitchell Plate (1800m) second-up at Sandown.  Settling back in the field from an outside gate, he appreciated the step up in distance after a debut sixth over 1400m at Bendigo on May 22.

“He’s got a lot to learn but he’s going in the right direction,” Blackiston said after the soft three length victory.  “He is still got to grow into himself but I think he has a bit of a future.”

Amortise (3g Desert King — Princess Haze by Shifnal Prince) is a homebred for part-owners Verena and Chris Merry and is the final foal of pensioned mare Princess Haze.

Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent is another Desert King fan.  He has five-time winner Darlimurla Star kicking off another campaign at Moonee Valley on Saturday while stablemate Gala Princess has been entered for Mornington’s public holiday meeting on Monday.

Desert King has sired 6 Group 1 winners — no other stallion standing in Victoria has sired more elite level winners.  He has been thriving at Lauriston Park and his fertility last spring was that strong he managed to get Northwood Plume in foal.  The triple Group 1 winner had missed at three of her four previous years at stud.

Desert King (Danehill) is still a force in Europe even though he has been stationed permanently  in Victoria since 2009.  Last month, he sired the stakes winners Noble Mission (G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh) and Joyeuse (LR Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock).

Lauriston Park will stand Desert King at Creighton’s Creek, just outside Euroa, for a $6,600 ( inc gst ) fee this year.  For further information contact Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Chris Bakker (0427 903 353).

Kaphero sired another winning double on Tuesday to climb into the Top 10 on the Australian second-season winners and wins premierships.

The Swettenham Stud stallion has sired 15 winners of 24 races this season and that puts him ahead of all second-season stallions based in Victoria.

Swettenham will stand Kaphero for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Kaphero (pictured) sired four winners in as many days leading up to Rearview’s victory in the Function & Event Centre Hcp (1200m) at Geelong on Tuesday.  The Robbie Griffiths trained three year-old ranged up at the furlong to win by a length at his first run back after a short break.

“He had a hoof abscess and we eased up for a couple of weeks after his last run here in April,” stable manager Reid Balfour said.  “We swapped blinkers for winkers and he settled much better although Matty (Allen) said he can still be a bit aggressive.

The Terricks is another promising Kaphero three year-old in work with Griffiths.  He won second-up at Seymour earlier this season and was then a good thing beaten at Caulfield.  “Robbie tried to get him ready for the South Australian Derby but ran out of time,” Balfour said.  “We expect him to develop into a good middle-distance horse next season.”

Rearview (3g Kaphero — Viking Rose by Viking Ruler) will also keep improving with maturity and will appreciate a longer trip than 1200 metres.  He was bred by Alwyn Shaw and is owned in partnership by Clanbrooke Racing.  His dam has a yearling colt by Kaphero being educated by John Blacker.

Clanbrooke is also syndicating a yearling colt from the first crop of Swettenham shuttler Equiano from Sandown winner Class Prevails.  He is on the books with Ricky Maund.

Queensland studmaster Basil Nolan has succeeded Trevor Lobb as President of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.

The announcement was made after a joint meeting of the TBA board and Aushorse Marketing on the Gold Coast.

Nolan is the current president of Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland (TBQA) and, with his wife Diane, owns Raheen Stud in the Gladfield Valley.  He has served on the TBQA board since 1969 and on the national body since 2005.

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“Trevor’s resignation is a big loss to the TBA and I’m sad to see him go,” Nolan said.  “I’m honoured to be taking on the role and have enormous shoes to fill.  Trevor is an industry icon and has done a tremendous job in his position, particularly during the Equine Influenza outbreak and with the A.I. Court battle.”

Lobb served as President since September 2008.  “I have known Basil for over 30 years, and sincerely wish him all the best as he assumes the mantle.

“During my time on the TBA board, Australia weathered the negative effects of the Equine Influenza outbreak as well as the GFC, causing the strongest correction to the Australian foal crop in history,” he said.  “The establishment of Aushorse Marketing streamlined operations and deliver more value for the breeder.

“TBA and other stakeholders have worked in a unified manner to most importantly defend the right for the Australian Thoroughbred to compete and be exported internationally.  By standing with the Joint Proprietors of the Australian Stud Book and the Australian Racing Board (against A.I.), breeders have helped guarantee the future of our great sport.”

In a further change, TBA Chief Executive Chauncey Morris informed both boards of his intention to return to the United States for personal reasons by early August 2014.  A search for a new CEO will begin immediately.  Both boards also unanimously decided to explore a merger between TBA and Aushorse Marketing.

Blue Gum Farm will stand superbly bred Group 3 winner War at Euroa this year.

War (More Than Ready — Deedra by Zabeel) was trained by Gai Waterhouse and showed terrific talent right from the get go when runner-up in the LR Breeders Plate at Randwick.

Sidelined by injury for 10 months, he didn’t reappear until a spring three year old for a front-running victory in the G3 Up and Coming Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm.  “He’s a very good horse in the making,” Waterhouse said.  “He was allowed to dictate today and I liked the way he came away in the straight.”

War joined Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Exceed and Excel, Testa Rossa and Marscay on the roll-call of Up and Coming Stakes winners and they all developed into top-class sires.

“He controlled the race and was never going to be beaten,” jockey Tommy Berry said after bringing the winner back to scale.  “His turn of foot was explosive.”

War was a $500,000 buy for renowned judge James Bester at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.  “I consider War as good looking a yearling as I’ve ever bought,” Bester claimed.  “He’s a perfect marriage of the speed, precocity and athleticism that is synonymous with More Than Ready and the quality and presence for which Zabeel is renowned.

“He is a superb walker with a great head and chiselled, muscular physique.  He was a fast, mature two year-old, one of the best of his generation in that respect, and he was good enough to progress to win a high-quality race at three.  As a racehorse, he certainly delivered on the promise of his physique as a yearling.”

War is by Champion 2YO Sire More Than Ready whose sire sons include champion stallion Sebring.  He is the first foal of a Zabeel daughter of the G1 Queensland Oaks winner Joie Denise and she has produced Group 1 winners Tuesday Joy and Sunday Joy.  The latter is the dam of More Than Ready champion More Joyous.

War will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee alongside fellow newcomer Glass Harmonium (Ire).  Blue Gum Farm also stands Canford Cliffs (Tagula), Red Arrow (Red Ransom), Turffontein (Johannesburg) and Elvstroem (Danehill

Danerich gelding Brilliant Dream made dramatic race-to-race improvement to break his maiden in the Pui O Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The Hong Kong sprinter was wayward on debut in April and then missed a run when his trainer David Hall was hit by a feed contamination and subsequent positive swabs to arsenic.  Despite those setbacks, the horse returned a far more accomplished performer.

“He’s a bit temperamental and didn’t take as much improvement out of his trials into his first race as we would have liked,” Hall said on Saturday.  “But he certainly showed he had improved today.  He will get better with more racing, his manners and his tractability will improve.

“It will be good to get him back to the races again soon.  It can be hot and demanding on these horses at this time of year — but if he could get another run in before the end of the season he would take a lot of benefit from the experience.”

Brilliant Dream (3g Danerich — Pentatonic by Pentire) was bred by Barree Stud and is closely related to Hong Kong stakes performers Glorious Days (Hussonet) and Kildare (O’Reilly).

Known as Con Forza before shipping off-shore, he had won a Cranbourne trial in September 2013.  “When I trialled him down there he was a natural jump and run horse,” jockey Brett Prebble said.  “He had been well-educated by a good trainer in Greg Eurell but came here and had no idea.

“He was getting it all wrong, even jumping shadows but obviously things are starting to click.”

Danerich (Danehill) will stand at Rangal Park Stud in Euroa for a service fee of $8,800 (nc gst) in 2014.

Musk Creek Farm owner David Kobritz was kept busy buying his next batch of yearlings at the Magic Millions Weanling Sale last week.

The Mornington horseman is one of the leading pin-hookers in the country and Pierro has been one of his more lucrative buys.  Kobritz bought the champion colt for $115,000 as a foal and then turned him over for $230,000 as a yearling.

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Under the guidance of Gai Waterhouse, he swept the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown and was syndicated to stand his first season at Coolmore for a $77,000 service fee last year.

Kobritz also bought a Fastnet Rock — Bellevue Lady colt for $145,000 as a foal at the 2011 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.  He developed into the top priced yearling at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale selling for $500,000.

Named Vero Beach, he won by 7 lengths on debut at Kyneton in March.

Kobritz purchased 6 foals on the Gold Coast last week led by a Fastnet Rock colt for $220,000.  He is the first foal of NZ Group 3 Eulogy Stakes winner Veronica Franco.

Next best was a Denman — Moama colt at $210,000.  He is also a first foal of a mare who was stakes placed at Doomben.  It’s the family of Golden Slipper winner Mossfun.

A Smart Missile — Thirst filly cost Kobritz $190,000.  Her older half-brother had won a Balaklava maiden in May 1 and her second-dam Seven Springs won a G1 Prix Robert Pain at Maisons-Laffitte.

Other six-figures buys were a Sepoy colt from a three-quarter sister to G2 Sandown Guineas winner Moon Dragon for $160,000 and a Foxwedge colt out of a half-sister to Perth stakes winner Rebel Call for $150,000.

Nagambie based Gary Mudgway (pictured) was another Victorian based buyer active on the Gold Coast.  He purchased 7 foals including a $52,500 Savabeel colt from Eliza Park International (Lot 125).  The NZ bred colt is from Jack’s Girl who won four races in Sydney for Chris Waller.

Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy signed for three colts and a $72,500 first crop filly by Helmet (Lot 460).  She is a half-sister to five winners and her second-dam Burst won the 1992 Golden Slipper.

Melbourne agent Sheamus Mills bought colts by Duporth ($77,500) and Smart Missile ($75,000).  The Duporth (Lot 435) is a half-brother to recent Adelaide Group 2 winner Lonhspresso and the Smart Missile colt (Lot 414) is from a half-sister to G1 Queensland Oaks winner Miss Danehill.

Ampulla Lodge owner Steve Jostlear took four foals back to Bunyip including an Uncle Mo colt from Widden Stud that cost $47,500.  He is a half-brother to Tikitour who earned black-type when placed in the LR Adelaide Guineas on May 1.

The Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale was one for the record books and it also marked the opening gambit from the Fiorente Syndicate on behalf of Eliza Park International’s star recruit.

Fiorente (Ire) has been a popular lad since it was first announced he would stand at Eliza Park International in Victoria this season.  And, if the National Sale is any guide, he is poised to receive unprecedented support in his first season at stud.

The Fiorente Syndicate bought 17 mares on the Gold Coast and top of the dial was Happy Hussy (pictured) who was purchased for $230,000 in foal to Lonhro.  The five year-old Hussonet mare won three races in Sydney and was stakes placed in the 2012 Gold Coast Guineas.

Other buys include a half sister to the dam of Whobegotyou;  a half to Group 1 winner Zabrasive;  a half to Group winner Startsmeup;  a stakes winning daughter of classic winner Beaux Art;  a city winning More Than Ready half-sister to stakes winner Apprehend;  a Sadler’s Wells mare out of the Group 2 winning Melbourne sprinter Langoustine;  a Group 1 placed Red Ransom mare;  stakes winning mare Gina Lollawitcha and a winning half sister to Kentucky Derby winner and sire Big Brown.

Fiorente’s future mates are currently in foal to some of the nation’s leading lights in Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, So You Think, Sebring, Sepoy, Medaglia d’Oro and Helmet.

FIORENTE SYNDICATE @ MAGIC MILLIONS

$230,000   HAPPY HUSSY   Hussonet — Morinda
$175,000   MARIE ROSE   (GB)  Sadler’s Wells — Langoustine
$170,000   FIT FOR A QUEEN (Ire)   Montjeu — Mona Lisa
$160,000   GINA LOLLAWITCHA   Perugino — Lucky Witch

$160,000   ROCK IDOL   Flying Spur — Broc ‘n’ Roll
$155,000   THERESMUSICPLAYING (USA)   Street Cry — Foolish Kisses
$135,000   IMAGINAIRE   Fusaichi Pegasus — Beaux Art
$130,000   CHORDATA   Fusaichi Pegasus — Dashing Eagle

$120,000   GORGONZOLA   Hussonet — Bluevien
$115,000   MY CHESTNUT GIRL (USA)   Horse Chestnut — Mien
$100,000   MISS LILY ROSE   Red Ransom — Shannon Wood
$110,000   AGNUS DEI   Desert Prince — Hosannah

$105,000   WESTCHESTER   Reset — Up State
$85,000      EVASIVE (NZ)   One Cool Cat — Danasia
$75,000      LITTLE ARTIST   More Than Ready — Regal Touch
$60,000      DOUBLE DOWN DIXIE (USA)   Dixie Union — Clovis Point
$50,000      TENKO (NZ)   Shinko King — Heartache

Fiorente will stand his initial season at a fee of $17,600 (inc gst).  For further information, broodmare owners should call Mark Lindsay (0416 334 338), Phil Marshall (0407 853 782) or Mitch Roach (0418 995 984).

Victorian based Dr Greg Anderson bred Escamillo from a family without any recent black-type updates but that will change come the spring carnival.

Escamillo (2c Hard Spun — La Carmencita by Rancho Ruler) won the Samson Hcp (1400m) at Sandown Lakeside on Saturday collecting $48,000 in prizemoney and a Super VOBIS dividend for his owner-breeder.

Anderson has been breeding from the family for three generations.  Escamillo’s dam La Carmencita was a Moonee Valley winner for him in 10 starts while second-dam Tuddenham (Rare Pearl) only got as far as a Wangaratta maiden in 8 starts.

Tuddenham was one of 4 winners Anderson bred from Mattishall (Labienus).  The best of them was her older brother Dereham who won city races in Melbourne and Brisbane in 1995-96.

Escamillo (pictured) is by Darley Victoria stallion Hard Spun and trainer Mick Kent is keen on his chances in better company.  “He’s always shown ability and will be better over longer trips,” Kent claimed.  “He is a big striding horse and can use that to his advantage.

“We could keep going towards the (Listed) Taj Rossi Stakes at Flemington or he can go for a break now and come back for races like the (G3) Caulfield Classic.”

Anderson and Kent also have a 2yo half-brother to the Sandown winner named Berganza.  He is by former Darley sire Shaft and impressed trackmen in a Cranbourne hit-out last Monday.

VOBIS pioneer Douglas Reid OAM passed away peacefully on Tuesday.  He was 79.

Reid was a long-serving VRC committeeman from 1978 to 2006 and he represented the Club on the Australian Stud Book and Racing Appeals Board.  He was also Chairman of the VRC Marketing & Program Committee.

“Doug Reid leaves an indelible mark as an administrator in this State,” Racing Victoria chief Bernard Saundry said.  “He made a significant contribution across many levels.

“We have lost a visionary and true gentleman.”

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Reid owned St John’s Lane at Toolern Vale for almost 30 years after buying it from John Piper in 1971.  He bred and raced champion mare Maybe Mahal (Maybe Lad) who was crowned Australian Horse of the Year in 1978.

The Bart Cummings trained sprinter-miler won that year’s Newmarket Hcp with top weight and the only other mare to capture Australia’s premier sprint carrying the No.1 saddlecloth has been Black Caviar.

Maybe Mahal could just as easily gone to stud as a spring three year-old.  “She got loose from her handler and bolted into the Members car park at Flemington,” Reid recalled years later.  “Her hip was badly injured and the vets suggested she should be retired.

“Instead, we gave her a long spell and she came back much stronger around the hindquarters.  She was a indeed a champion but, when she finally went to stud, never threw any good gallopers.”

Reid’s family had operated quarries north of Coburg and, in 1968, they sold out to Pioneer Concrete which was owned by Sir Tristran Antico.  Doug bought a property at Bulla and installed the Tommy Smith-trained sprinter Rajah (Star Kingdom) before the move to Toolern Vale three years later.

Reid stood several successful stallions at St John’s Lane starting with Maybe Lad (Coronation Boy).  Besides Maybe Mahal, he also sired top-class miler Magari.

Florida Derby winner Ridan (Nantallah) stood one season at Toolern Vale and, from just 15 foals, sired 1979 Maribyrnong Trial winner Lady Gramar for Blue Gum Farm founder Graham Campbell.  Her second-dam Serene Image was the first horse Campbell had owned in the late 1950s.

Ironically, Lady Gramar defeated Ruby (Seventh Hussar) in the Maribyrnong Trial and the runner-up went on to foal champion colt Rubiton (Century) who served out an illustrious stud career at Blue Gum Farm.

Through the 1980s, St John’s Lane was home to the stakes-producing stallions Ruling (Bold Ruler), Jackson Square (Biscay) and Atlantic Flyer (Bletchingly).

The showpiece property also had a tennis court — Doug had been a successful player in his youth and had competed at Wimbledon.

St John’s Lane was visited by many racing identities including the Aga Khan and a paddock was named in his honour.

Reid’s own legacy lives on through VOBIS.  Owners and breeders will continue to reap the rewards thanks to his foresight in helping to establish the Scheme back in the 1980s.