Champion sire Bianconi passed another milestone on Sunday when his colt Glen Rock won at the Sunshine Coast.

Glen Rock became the 500th individual winner for the record-breaking son of Danzig who is gearing up for his first book at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East.

Bianconi (USA) has sired the winners of 75 races this season for earnings of $1.71 million.  His stakes winning mare Fillydelphia is still going strong and she added more black-type to her record in the LR Sunshine Coast Cup on Australia Day.

Glen Rock (3c Bianconi — Queen Emma by Irish River) was racing first-up for 22 weeks to win the Leticia Kelly Equine Vet Maiden (1200m) on Sunday for Marshall Thoroughbreds and local trainer Andrew Williamson.

His French bred dam Queen Emma has also foaled Sydney’s LR Winter Stakes winner Irish Dream.

Queen Emma was originally bought out here by Tony Santic in 2004.  She is a daughter of Riverman stallion Irish River and the Makybe owner has an affinity with that sireline.

Santic imported Riverman mare Tugela in 1999 and she foaled Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva.

Ridgeview Park is operated by Phil and Fiona Sloane and they are looking forward to working with Bianconi.  “He’s a magnificent looking individual,” Phil said.  “We are delighted to be standing him and the response from breeders has been very encouraging.”

Bianconi is available at a $5,500 (inc fee) service fee.

Woodside Park’s champion sire Written Tycoon unearthed another two stakes-winners in waiting on Sunday.

Locally based 3yo Baron Archer kept his unbeaten record intact at Sandown and then minutes later his 2yo Black Mamba was an eye-catching winner on debut in Singapore.

BARON ARCHER (3g Written Tycoon — Elyraq by Lacryma Cristi) had won at the first time of asking at Cranbourne last month and he went to another level second-up.  Settling at least 10 lengths off the leaders on the Lakeside circuit, he unleashing a brilliant burst in the straight to win going away.

“He’s green, gangly and still learning,” trainer Jason Warren said after the Schweppes Hcp (1400m).  “He’s got a big stride and appreciated the open spaces here at Sandown.

“We’re looking forward to the future and I will nominate him for another 1400 metre race at Caulfield in a fortnight.  All going well, we might then step him up to a black-type race.”

Baron Archer is a homebred for Jeff Long, Mark Etherington and Darren Young.  “We raced his mum Elyraq and she was a more than handy racemare so we decided to give the breeding game a shot,” Long recalled.  “We sent her to Written Tycoon and Baron Archer is her first to race.  He was a massive foal and he never stopped growing!”

Long brought in several of his colleagues from Crown Casino and also got Gary Ablett Jnr involved.  The champion footballer loves horses and might find time to come down from the Gold Coast now that a shoulder injury has ruled him out for the season.

BLACK MAMBA (2g Written Tycoon — Dipping by Straight Strike) was just as impressive winning the UK Open 2YO Stakes at Kranji on Sunday.

Black Mamba was a clear last out of the barriers before Danny Beasley tacked on to the field along the back straight.  He swooped down the outside and, despite racing greenly, finished over the top of his rivals to score by over a length.

Trainer Theo Kieser is toying with the idea of backing him up in the G3 Juvenile Championship (1200m) on July 27.  “I will wait and see how he pulls up and discuss with Danny,” Kieser said.  “He has the conformation of a stayer but, on his work, I thought he would finish in the money today.”

Black Mamba is the final foal of NZ bred mare Dipping won 5 races in Sydney for trainer Bill Mitchell including the LR Triscay Stakes at Rosehill.  He cost Kieser $45,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Written Tycoon is now firmly established as one of the best stallions in Victoria and Woodside Park Stud has left his service fee unchanged at $12,500 (plus gst) in 2014.

Justify That has always been a favourite around Peter Moody’s Strathalbyn stables even though the gelding endured a long run of outs before an overdue win at Morphettville on Saturday.

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The six year-old sprinter had been winless since October 2012 but connections never lost faith in the durable son of Greta West Stud sire King Of Prussia.  “We sent him up to Darwin last year and he came back in pretty ordinary condition,” Moody said.  “It’s taken us a long time to get him right.”

Justify That (6g King of Prussia — Duty With Honour by West Point) improved his record to 9 wins and over $280,000 in prizemoney in the Dawn Of Planet Of Apes Hcp (1400m) on Saturday.   “He hasn’t really had a lot of luck with bad draws,” Moody said.  “If you look at his form right from the start, he’s been a consistent horse and never been beaten by much.”

One of his best efforts was in defeat when beaten three lengths at Group 1 level by Platelet in the 2013 Goodwood Hcp.   He also finishing third in the 2012 Pioneer Sprint which is the premier speed event in Alice Springs.

Justify That is raced by a partnership that includes Moody’s son Nigel and Craig Reid.  Moody trained in Alice Springs for 30 years and Nigel took over the stables after his parents left the Red Centre in 2004.

Long-time Wangaratta breeder Alan Price bred Justify That from Moonee Valley winner Duty With Honour.  The mare foaled a filly by Greta West resident Keep The Faith last year.

King of Prussia (Anabaa) is nearing the 400 wins milestone at a 60% strike-rate.  His leading earner this season has been the Rod Symons trained two year-old Jarka.  He won second time out at Cranbourne and then finished second to top filly Eloping in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo.

Greta West stands King of Prussia for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee alongside God’s Own and Keep The Faith.  He’s a no-nonsense option for owner-breeders searching for a sire who can get talented stock that train on and on.

Azevedo has returned home to stand his first season back in Victoria.

The Group 1 sprinter arrived at Malcolm Boyd’s Bullarook Park Stud last week.  The Avenel property is already home to Lucas Cranach (Ger) and Strategic Maneuver.

Azevedo (Helissio) was trained by Robbie Laing and, in his first preparation, won at Moonee Valley and was beaten a nose by seasoned sprinter Super Elegant in the G3 Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield.

He also finished third to Choisir and Spinning Hill in the G1 Lightning Stakes at Flemington at just his seventh start.  “We were offered big money for him at that stage,” Laing recalled.  “But we knocked it back because he had so much potential.”

A colic attack interrupted the colt’s career, however, he came back to complete a hat-trick of Sandown sprints and was runner-up to Super Elegant again in the LR Sir John Monash Stakes at Caulfield.

Azevedo started at stud with a 100% strike-rate in his initial crop.  Appropriately, Laing got him off the mark with talented filly Serene Tanie at Caulfield and Moonee Valley.

Being based in Tasmania meant Azevedo’s opportunities were restricted — there have been 11 winners from just 22 starters in his first three crops.

“He’s proved he can sire winners from very limited numbers,” Boyd said.  “All he needs is a proper book of mares.”

Azevedo is a son of former Widden Stud shuttler Helissio (Fr).  The only other son of the Arc de Triomphe winner to stand at stud in Australia was Helenus and he sired Group 1 winners Cedarberg (BMW Stakes) and Ethiopia (Australian Derby).

Boyd stands Azevedo in conjunction with long-time client John Fiteni for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee.  He can be contacted on 0407 342 291  or

Starspangledbanner will rejoin Coolmore Stud’s Irish roster in 2015.

A champion sprinter in both hemispheres, Starspangledbanner experienced fertility problems after shuttling between Coolmore Stud bases in 2011.

Starspangledbanner’s first Irish crop number just 33 foals but among them have been Royal Ascot stakes winners The Wow Signal (G2 Coventry Stakes) and Anthem Alexander (G2 Queen Mary Stakes).

There were just 31 foals from his first Hunter Valley book and they are rising two year-olds.

Put back into work with Aidan O’Brien after those setbacks, he failed to recapture form and was re-routed to Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud in Victoria.  He was foaled and raised at the Gnarwarre property when it was part of the Makybe complex.

During his first season at Rosemont last year, Starspangledbanner covered a small, carefully managed book of 51 mares, with 24 of them subsequently scanned in foal.

He has been restricted to 50 mares again this year.

“He will cover his second book at Rosemont before heading back to Ireland after Christmas,” said Coolmore’s Richard Henry.  “He’s done so well and made such an exciting start, it would be foolish not to have him back.  We will decide a service fee at a later date.”

The winners keep coming from the first crop of Swettenham Stud’s in-form sire Equiano — his chestnut filly Ventura Shadow ran a cracker to land the Haylin Stakes (1000m) at York on Friday.

Ventura Shadow (2f Equiano — Stavinsky’s Gal by Stravinsky) was coming off a decent second in a nursery at Musselburgh to turn over short priced favourite Pres Rapide on the first day of York’s prestigious John Smith’s meeting.

Jockey Paddy Mathers was happy to sit off the pace and then ensured a clear run on the Knavesmire course by switching wide at half-way point.  The Equiano filly ran on gamely to the line to score by a neck.

“It’s always difficult to know where you are with horses so early in their career,” trainer Richard Fahey said.  “But she’s a genuine filly and I thought she would run well.”

Ventura Shadow is the second winner by Equiano from Fahey’s Musley Bank stables.  He sent out Moving Melody to score on debut at Newcastle in April.

Fahey purchased his York winner for 30,000 euros (AUD 42,810) at the 2013 Tattersalls (Ireland) Yearling Sale.  Her dam Stavinsky’s Gal won 5 races in the USA and was stakes placed in Kentucky and Florida.

Ventura Shadow had been pin-hooked as a foal by Victorian bloodstock agent Gary Mudgway for 8,000 guineas (AUD 12,935) at the 2012 Tattersalls December Sale.

Equiano (Fr) will have his first southern two year-olds gearing up for their first campaigns in the spring.  Swettenham Stud has kept his fee unchanged at $15,000 (plus gst) this year.

Press Report is arguably the best two year-old maiden in the nation but trainer Lee Curtis is confident she will break her duck before the end of the season.

The Written Tycoon filly was a brilliant barrier trial winner on Monday and she will race first-up over 1200 metres at Rosehill on July 19.  “She won that trial by 5 lengths — it was unbelievable,” Curtis said.  “She put it all together and there are exciting times ahead.”

Press Report (2f Written Tycoon — Grenada by Dolphin Street) was runner-up to Darley filly Memorial on debut and then beat all bar Mossfun in the G2 Silver Slipper.  She followed up with an unlucky fourth in the G2 Sweet Embrace Stakes at Randwick and connections decided against paying a late entry fee for the G1 Golden Slipper.

Curtis has Group 1 plans for Press Report if she goes as well as expected on Saturday week.  She is scheduled to race second-up in the LR Rosebud (1200m) at Randwick on August 9 followed by the G2 Silver Shadow Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on August 23 and the G1 Golden Rose (1400m) at Rosehill on September 13.

Connections have already paid a late entry fee for the $1 million Golden Rose.

Press Report was bred in Victoria by Michael Shannon under his Mileshan Nominees banner and is raced by a syndicate comprising Shane Braddick, Allan Brooks, Cherie Durnberger-Smith, Roger, Lorraine & Anthony Ford, Con Hadjiparaskevas, Allan & Rick Henson.

Written Tycoon has sired the winners of 8 juvenile races this season — the best among Victorian based sires ahead of Domesday (7) and Kaphero (6).  His unbeaten filly Novel Dancer is being set for 3yo filly features in Melbourne by trainer Shea Eden.

Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park Stud and is available for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee this year.

Chatswood Stud’s 2014 brochure is now online and the printed brochure will be in the mail next week.

Its Seymour roster comprises Reward For Effort ($11,000), Anacheeva ($6,600) and Purrealist ($5,500).  All fees (inc gst).

Reward For Effort has continued to be very popular with breeders, in fact he was in the Top 10 most popular stallion in Australia for the 2013 breeding season.  He is by Exceed and Excel, a dominant 2YO sire of three Blue Diamonds, a Golden Slipper and a Breeders Cup Juvenile.  He is also a three-quarter brother to 2013 Golden Slipper winner Overreach.

Reward For Effort’s first yearlings were well received at the sales and have found their way into the stables of all the leading trainers.

Anacheeva was a G1 Caulfield Guineas winner and his brother Headturner (AJC Derby) and half-sister O’Marilyn (Manawatu Sires Produce Stakes) were also successful at Group 1 level.

His sire Anabaa continues to built his Group 1 strike-rate — it reached 15 when Style Vendrome won the 2013 French 2000 Guineas.  Of them, 7 have been in Australa & NZ — Anacheeva, Anabandana, Headturner, Imananabaa, Teranaba, Virage De Fortune and Yell.

Purrealist has already sired a Group 1 winner in Hawkspur, plus stakes winners like Storm Approach, Melrose Place and Adjuster and he is the sire who is going to produce plenty of metropolitan winners.

Chatswood followed up Hawkspur’s victory in the 2013 Queensland Derby by breeding 2013 Victoria Derby winner Polanski.

Studmaster Greg Willis also sold the highest priced yearling by Reward for Effort when the colt from Go With The Wind made $170,000 to the bid of Peter Moody at the Inglis Melbourne Sale in March.

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Stakes winning mare Malaika has been booked for an early-season cover to Americain this spring.

West Australian owner-breeders Tony and Kerry Cockburn retired Malaika after her barnstorming win in the Listed Pinjarra Cup (2300m) in March.  “I think we have the right mare to go to Americain and produce a top stayer,” Tony Cockburn said.  “She had stamina and a quick turn-of-foot.”

Malaika (Fighting Falcon – Our Annabel by Lucratif) was known for her powerhouse finishing bursts winning 6 races and earning $269,000 in prizemoney.  “She’s a courageous little mare,” trainer Donna Baillie said after Pinjarra Cup.  “She’s been stakes placed twice at Ascot and deserved to win a black-type race.”

The Cockburns won a Listed Belmont Park Cup with her dam Our Annabel in 1996.  Her sire Fighting Falcon (USA) represents the Northern Dancer line and was a Group 3 winner at Hollywood Park before retiring to Heytesbury Stud.

Americain (USA) is currently in quarantine after covering his second northern book at Calumet Farm in Kentucky.  He will be back at Swettenham Stud in time for its annual stallion parade on Sunday, August 31.

Americain covered 155 mares in his first book at Swettenham last year.  He will stand for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee in 2014.

Shadow Glen Stud’s Group 3 winning filly Clifton Red succumbed to cancer last weekend.

Vets at the Goulburn Valley Equine Hospital in Shepparton were unable to save the daughter of Sebring who succumbed to a tumour that was attached to her veins.

“I’ve never seen it in all my time in racing, and neither had the specialists,” trainer David Hayes said.  “They tried everything to save her but it was obviously something that had been with her from birth.”

Clifton Red (2f Sebring — Pretty Penny by Encosta De Lago) won the G3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in March and was being prepared for the G1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield in October.

Shadow Glen owner Bill Cockram still has her dam Pretty Penny at his Modewarre property.  She has a rising 2yo colt by High Chaparral and was bred back to Sebring last year.

Trainers Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra are in two minds whether to back up Pillar Of Creation in the LR $150,000 Winter Championship Final (1200m) at Flemington next weekend.

The God’s Own gelding completed a running double in the Sheen Group Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.  The Contract Racing homebred was coming off a Moonee Valley victory a fortnight ago.

“He went up in the weights pretty quickly after his last win but got the job done,” Zahra said.  “He hasn’t put in a bad run this preparation but is a better horse with his runs spaced.”

Pillar Of Creation (4g God’s Own — Cosmic Dust by Hurricane Sky) was stakes placed as a juvenile at Flemington and won a heat of the Slickpix Silver Bowl Series at Swan Hill as a three year-old.

Connections had jockey Damian Lane to thank for a cool ride on Saturday.  He pushed out of a pocket on the home turn and then reeled in front-runner First Course.

“He likes the sting out of the ground at this time of the year and his rating will go through the roof now,” Zahra said.  “He’s not the easiest horse to ride but we will probably have to claim with an apprentice in future.”

Contract Racing’s David and Jenny Moodie won races at Caulfield and Sandown with his second-dam Prodigious Girl (Aspect) in 1988-89 when Steve Richards was their trainer.  Besides the dam of Pillar Of Creation, she also foaled the Melbourne stakes winners Blazing Aspect and Slipstream.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee this year at Greta West Stud.

Adelaide filly Thiamandi returned home with a Super VOBIS windfall after a comfortable victory in the Cove Hotel Hcp (1100m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Visiting trainer Lloyd Kennewell targeted the bonus and will now set the Victorian bred filly for the LR Lightning Stakes (1050m) at Morphettville on July 26.

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She was coming off a home-town win last Saturday and has now earned over $200,000 since changing hands as a foal for $11,000 at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Thiamandi (3f Street Boss — Country Class by Woodborough) raced to the lead in the straight and then powered clear to score by two lengths from Jemerica (Captain Rio) and Maroon Bay (Exceed And Excel).  “She always runs well backing up and the only query was the extra distance,” Kennewell said.  “Not many horses can go with her and it was a dominant win.”

The winner was bred and sold by Tim Johnson’s Ealing Park at Oaklands.  The Euroa nursery also sold last week’s VRC Banjo Paterson Series winner Crafty Cruiser.

Thiamandi is a daughter of Darley shuttler Street Boss and Kiwi bred mare Country Class who was stakes placed twice in NZ for Mike Moroney.  She has a rising 2yo filly by Darley sire Reset.

The Makybe colours were back in the spotlight with promising homebred Wonderbolt on Saturday.

Wonderbolt (3g More Than Ready – Fun In Flight by Fusaichi Pegasus) unleashed a brilliant finishing burst in the Hyland Race Colours Hcp (1200m) at Rosehill.  “The good speed up front was crucial,” jockey Josh Parr explained.  “He’s got a great turn of foot and feels like a very exciting sprinter.”

Makybe owner Tony Santic races him in partnership with trainer Anthony Cummins and Bangaloe Stud owner Julie Ritchie.  The Victorian bred gelding was a Gosford maiden winner at the start of the season and he added a Kembla Grange restricted sprint in May.

Wonderbolt is from Flemington stakes winner Fun In Flight and her younger half-sister Come Hither (Redoute’s Choice) also won a black-type race at headquarters for Sheikh Mohammed in March 2009.

More Than Ready has sired 43 three year-old winners in Australia this season.  His classy colt War was the first to claim black-type in the G3 Up And Coming Stakes and he has just been retired to stand at Blue Gum Farm.

Lord Of The Sky gave a career-best performance to win G3 Sir John Monash Stakes (1100m) by more than four lengths at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Robbie Laing trained speed-machine led them up and then lengthened in the straight to post his first black-type victory.  He is the fifth stakes winner for Rangal Park Stud stallion Danerich.

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Lord Of The Sky (3c Danerich — Princess Abassi by Abassi) had opened his account in a juvenile event on Monash Stakes day last year.  He will head to the G3 Bletchingly Stakes (1200m) on July 26 before connections decide on a possible start in the G1 Memsie Stakes (1400m) on August 31.

“He was dominant today,” Laing said.  “He just left them for dead.”  The Cranbourne conditioner turned down a half-million dollar offer from Hong Kong last year and a Group 1 win will make the colt an attractive proposition as a stallion.

Lord Of The Sky is the only foal to race from Flemington winner Princess Abassi who retired to stud in 2005.  “It’s always a big ask when you go up to the better grades but he gave me a really good kick,” jockey Dwayne Dunn declared.  “He stamped his authority on them today and I think he’s the real deal.”

Danerich (Danehill) is based at Rangal Park in Euroa and will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Woodside Park Stud’s stakes winning mare Power Princess has died after failing to respond to treatment for an infected fetlock joint.

Power Princess (7m Marwina — All Electric by Canonise) was a Group 3 winner of the Scahill Stakes, Roma Cup and Prince of Wales Stakes in Perth and was Group 1 placed behind Black Caviar (Robert Sangster Stakes) and Barakey (Winterbottom Stakes).

She was retired after an unplaced run in the G3 Bellmaine Stakes at Caulfield in February and was due to be covered by first-season sire Zoustar in September.

“We treated her with antibiotics and sent her to the Werribee Veterinary Clinic but she was becoming more and more lame,” Woodside Park general manager Murray Tillett said.  “We were looking forward to her being one of our star mares and we’re just devastated.”

Equiano sired the latest winner from his first northern crop when Strath Burn scored a commanding victory in the JLT Maiden Stakes (1000m) at Newbury on Thursday evening.

Strath Burn (2c Equiano — Irish Light by Irish River) flew the start on debut and led a group that raced down the centre of the track before angling to the grandstand rail at the 600m pole.  He left them standing in the final stages to put 8 lengths between the placegetters Judicial (Iffraaj) and Profitable (Invincible Spirit).

The winner is based nearby Newbury at the Faringdon Place stables of trainer Charlie Hills.  He is a younger half-brother to Polar Force who also won at Newbury on debut as a two year-old before earning a Group 1 placing in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh.

Strath Burn holds a Group 2 nomination for the Gimcrack Stakes at York on August 23.

The Equiano colt gave connections a quick return on their investment.  He was a 62,000 guineas (AUD 116,400) buy for Meikle Ben Stables at the Tattersalls Craven 2YO Sale in April.

Hills had a close association with Equiano when the champion sprinter was in his prime.  Before going out on his own, he was foreman for his father Barry Hills who trained Equiano to win two editions of the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot

Equiano (Fr) returns to Swettenham Stud for his third southern book this year at an unchanged fee of $16,500 (inc gst).

I Spent It scored the first win for former Eliza Park shuttler Super Saver in North America on Wednesday.

I Spent It (2c Super Saver — Rateebaby Sky Mesa) tracked the pace on his debut in a Belmont Park maiden before getting up late by three-quarters of a length.  He clocked 58.11s over 1000m.

Bred in Kentucky by Dixiana Farms, I Spent It cost owners Alex and JoAnn Lieblong $600,000 at the at the Fasig-Tipton Florida 2YO Sale earlier this year.  His dam is a winning half-sister to Japanese Group 1 performer Eishin Le Mars and the dam of USA stakes-winning sprinter Zavata.

Super Saver (Maria’s Mon) retired to WinStar Farm after capturing the 2010 Kentucky Derby.  He shuttled to Eliza Park for a one-off season in 2011 and his first southern yearlings averaged $53,500 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March.

Top price of $105,000 was paid by Kitchwin Hills for the half-sister to LR Ken Russell Memorial winner I Have No Fear (Rock Of Gibraltar).

Bullarook Park Stud bred stayer Archibar gave his interstate rivals a galloping lesson in the Riverina Cup (3800m) at Wagga on Monday.

The Wodonga based gelding won the marathon on a heavy track by 11 lengths!

Archibar (6g My Patriarch — Barbie by Kenny’s Best Pal) was racing for the third time in 10 days but he cantered home in the inaugural running of Australia’s longest flat.  “I knew it wouldn’t hurt him, he loves the heavy and I’ve always said he could go all day,” trainer Stephen Aldridge declared.

“When Brendan (Ward) broke away at the half mile, I really thought it was too early, as he likes to get back and work home.  But he had them all off the bit by the turn and then kept whacking away.”

Bullarook Park owner Malcolm Boyd is based at Avenel and he bred Archibar by using former Goulburn Valley TAFE stallion My Patriarch (Be My Guest) over Queanbeyan winner Barbie.

His older brother Ken’s Image notched 7 wins in the Wimmera and Sunraysia districts and his younger half-sister Nippa Bleu (Monde Bleu) has won three races to date at Geelong.

Their dam Barbie has a rising 2yo colt from the first crop of Bullarook Park stallion Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy).  She followed up with a Strategic Maneuver filly and was bred back to Lucas Cranach (Ger) last year.

Lucas Cranach (Mamool) was a stakes winner in France and Germany before arriving in Australia to finish third in Dunaden’s Melbourne Cup.   He bowed out after defeating Illo, Manighar and Glass Harmonium in the G2 Peter Young Stakes at Caulfield.

Boyd will stand Lucas Cranach for an unchanged fee of $5,500 (inc gst) at Bullarook Park this year.

Rosemont Stud owner Anthony Mithen has announced Group 1 racehorse and sire Starcraft will transfer to Victoria this month.

Starcraft (NZ) has been based at Arrowfield Stud and is the sire of 15 stakes winners headed by Champion Australian 3YO Colt Star Witness.

In a joint-venture with Arrowfield chairman John Messara, Starcraft will stand for a $11,000 (inc gst) fee at Mithen’s burgeoning Gnarwarre nursery alongside Toorak Toff and Starspangledbanner.

“We’ve targeted Starcraft for some time now,” Mithen said.  “We contemplated approaching Arrowfield 12 months ago but had our hands full re-launching Starspangledbanner.  The timing for us this year was perfect.”

Starcraft (Soviet Star) is a rising 14 year-old and he was crowned Australia’s Champion 3YO Colt after winning the 2004 G1 AJC Derby.  He was then transferred to trainer Luca Cumani to win the G1 Queen Elizabeth II Stakes at Newmarket and G1 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

“He’s such a stunning individual and gets great-looking stock,” Mithen said.  “Type is everything and he produces some of the most attractive yearlings around that sell incredibly well — up to $650,000 at Easter this year.

“Starcraft sold more than 50 yearlings at all the top sales earlier this year and they averaged nearly $70,000.  That tells breeders finalising their matings for 2014 that Starcraft has plenty of unraced quality progeny out there in some of the very best stables.  I am certain he will produce more top-line runners in the next 12 months.

“Add the fact Starcraft’s Victorian-bred progeny will qualify for the riches of Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, and he is a no-brainer.  I’ve got a feeling we are in for a very busy week!

“I’ve contacted a few of our best clients with mares here at the farm over the weekend to let them know he will be available here at Rosemont and they all booked mares to him on the spot.

“We will be sending a dozen or so very nice mares to him this season, including the mother of recent Brisbane Group 2 winner Sacred Star, as well as some of the stakes-winning American and European mares we’ve been collecting in recent years.”

The welfare of Australia’s thoroughbred racehorses will be bolstered by the introduction this week of new national regulations to capture enhanced information about their transition to a life after racing.

Effective from today, the Australian Racing Board (ARB) has introduced a new rule making it compulsory for owners to report the retirement of their racehorse within 30 days.

The managing owner of each racehorse is now responsible for advising the reason for their horse’s retirement and their plans for the horse beyond its racing career.

Owners will indicate, at no charge to them or their trainer, whether their racehorse was retired due to illness, injury, for breeding purposes or at their request and whether the horse will be re-homed as an equestrian or pleasure horse, enter an official retirement program or be sent to a livestock sale.

In addition to the new retirement of racehorse rule for owners, the rule requiring trainers to notify authorities of the death of a racehorse in their care has been strengthened. Trainers will also be asked to inform authorities of the cause of the death.

The changes will provide the industry with greater insight into the reasons why horses conclude their racing careers, as well as their activities post racing, thus supplying statistics which can be used to better direct education and welfare initiatives.

Racing Victoria (RV) Head of Equine Welfare and Veterinary Services, Dr Brian Stewart, has welcomed the establishment of what he described as “a significant welfare initiative for the industry”.

“These important enhancements to the Rules of Racing will provide access to information about why racehorses are retired as well as details about their life after racing — equipping the industry with knowledge which will help direct future welfare activities,” Dr Stewart said.

“The retirement of racehorse rule is something that Racing Victoria has actively campaigned for and we welcome the ARB’s decision to introduce it on a national level. The rule complements the range of initiatives we’re undertaking to manage the welfare of our equine athletes.

“By capturing enhanced information from owners and trainers we’ll be armed with accurate data around injuries and deaths, retirements and stable departures.

“It’s also information which can be fed back to trainers and owners and will be beneficial in assisting them to make informed decisions in the future.”

Dr Stewart said that most owners retire their horses responsibly, often within the broader equine sporting and pleasure markets, but that data could be improved.

He cited a 2013 University of Melbourne study which found that thoroughbreds with a connection to racing are the most commonly represented amongst Victoria’s 600,000 pleasure horses as an example of the positive efforts being made by owners to transition their horse to a life after racing.

“Misleading figures and statistics about the destination of retired racehorses are often quoted by animal welfare groups and collating this data will help to ensure the industry is represented truthfully,” Dr Stewart said.

“Ultimately, we are asking owners to take responsibility for providing information about the destination of their horse post racing so that we have accurate information on retired racehorses to better direct welfare programs.”

Under the newly introduced Australian Rule of Racing (AR) 64JA, the managing owner of each horse is required to notify the industry’s data provider, Racing Information Services Australia (RISA), on the retirement of their horse. The retirement of racehorse form can be found at the RISA website under the Registrar of Racehorses/Forms page.

Under the amended AR 64J, if a horse which has not been retired dies the registered trainer will be required to advise their relevant Principal Racing Authority and update the horse’s stable return via RISA’s online Stable Assist program.