Bullarook Park stallion Strategic Maneuver topped Day 3 at the Adelaide Magic Millions with an $87,500 filly on Wednesday.

Magic Millions, acting for a Victorian based client, bought her after a duel with local trainer Phillip Stokes.  The filly was part of the Bullarook Park draft and is the second live foal of Canny Lad mare Millisecond.

The Adelaide session-topper is related to stakes winning sprinters Jetball, Marwina and Into the Night.

Strategic Maneuver is bred on the same Royal Academy – Vain cross as Bel Esprit.  Trained by Gai Waterhouse for Gooree Stud, he was a juvenile winner on debut at Randwick but broke a pedal bone second time out at Canterbury.

Bullarook Park owner Malcolm Boyd has bred three Strategic Maneuver fillies from Millisecond since he retired to stand in Victoria in 2011.  He is available for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Avenel.

Fellow Victorian sire Host was second on the leader-board with a colt from Noble Glow that made $55,000 to Cranbourne trainer John Price while Victorian based studs Noor Elaine Farm and Ampulla Lodge also figured in the Top 5 vendor and buyer lists.

Trainer Colin Little had promising mare Soosa Rama primed for the VOBIS Murray River Gold (1400m) and she responded at Echuca on Sunday.

The Caulfield-based trainer secured the $70,000 VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series plus a further $30,000 worth of Super VOBIS bonuses for her connections.

Little said the key to the Bel Esprit mare was getting her to the outside in the home straight.  “She’s now won four races and she’s never been inside a horse in all four of those wins.  We had her pretty right for today and it’s a great race to win.

Soosa Rama (4m Bel Esprit – Make My Dane by Danehill) is from a three-quarter-sister to Danehill stakes winner Springsteen and cost $40,000 as a foal from Phoenix Broodmare Farm at the 2011 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Winning jockey Chad Schofield angled Soosa Rama off the fence approaching the home turn before she powered home for a convincing victory.  “We drew the inside barrier but Colin said she was better off getting off the fence and swooping,” Schofield said.  “She relaxed well and rounded them up really quickly – once in front she coasted.”

Eliza Park International champion Bel Esprit is engaged in a two-horse war with Reset for this season’s sires’ title in Victoria.  He has reigned year-after-year but is $150,000 in arrears of the Darley stallion settling into the second-half of the season.

Group 1 winning stallion Mawingo (Ger) has transferred out of Victoria after one season at Larneuk Stud.

Mawingo attracted just 18 mares, according to ASB records, at a $5,500 (inc gst) fee in his first book last year.  He will take up duties at Grenville Stud in Tasmania.

A Group 3 winner in Munich in 2011, he was exported to Australia to win the G1 Doomben Cup in 2012 and he was narrowly defeated by All Too Hard in the G1 Orr Stakes the following year.

Larneuk Stud owner Neville Murdoch also has O’Lonhro and Ilovethiscity on the roster at Euroa.

O’Lonhro (Lonhro) was a Group 2 winner of the Chelmsford Stakes and his first crop three year-olds are winning in Australia and Singapore.

Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert) was a Group 1 winner of the Randwick Guineas and his oldest are yearlings including a $70,000 graduate from last week’s Melbourne Premier Sale.  His Oaklands Junction filly was purchased by Boomer Bloodstock and is from Troposphere (Stratum), a winning half-sister to G1 Golden Slipper winner Prowl.

Eliza Park International colt Ready For Victory is on track for the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes following a brilliant debut at Flemington on Saturday.

Ready For Victory’s Listed win in the VRC Festival Of Racing 1000 saw the Mick Price trained colt firm into $15 for the $3.50 million stallion-making race at Rosehill on March 21.  “He will be new to the reverse way and it looks a hot field this year,” Price said.  “It’s a big task but you certainly can’t win it sitting at home.

The More Than Ready colt is from a half-sister to G1 AJC Champagne Stakes winner Meurice and he was a $240,000 buy for Eliza Park / Sun International owner Cheung Ting Kong.

“Sun International buy these colts with a view to running them in the better races,” Price continued.  “He’s pretty educated and full of himself and we were disappointed when he got a cold and had to miss the Blue Diamond.”

Nick Hall was forced to work hard aboard Ready For Victory down the straight course – he clocked 33.06s for the final 600m to collar speedy filly Heatherly close to home.  “For a horse that we’ve done a lot of work with, he was a little bit new on the day,” Hall said.  “He came off the bridle quite early and had to do a lot of chasing, so it was a good effort to the line.”

Sun International colt Fighting Sun was one of the favourites for the 2014 Golden Slipper after winning the LR Canonbury Stakes by three lengths before a suspensory injury curtailed his career.

Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor) retired to Eliza Park International last year and covered 147 mares in his first book at a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Zoustar (Northern Meteor) will stand his first breeding season in Victoria at Woodside Park Stud for a $44,000 (inc gst) service fee.

The dual Group One winner stood his first year at stud in 2014 at Widden Stud in NSW for the same fee and makes the switch as part of a partnership deal announced between the two operations last year.

“We are parading him for breeders at Tylden now,” Woodside Park’s incoming bloodstock manager Matt Tillett said.  “He covered over 180 mares at Widden and will have a book of approximately 150 down here.”

Zoustar joins an increasingly attractive roster at Woodside Park Stud, with recent results on the racetrack significantly boosting the profile of Written Tycoon (Iglesia).

His son Rich Enuff won the G2 Danehill Stakes and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude and remains Timeform’s equal highest rated three-year-old in Australia.  He’s likely to target some of the spring’s leading sprint prizes.

Written Tycoon will stand for $19,800 (inc gst).  He was also represented by five stakes winners in February, including Written Dash who caused a $101 upset in the G3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley.

The roster is completed by Foreplay (Danehill), whose fertility has been improved to a foal percentage of over 80% since undergoing stem cell treatment.  His fee is $6,600 (inc gst).

Woodside Park finished the Premier I Sale in Melbourne with 9 lots knocked down for an average of $132,778.  Top price was an outstanding Northern Meteor – Ryzhkina filly that made $420,000 to the bid of Mick Malone from Kitchwin Hills.

Malone had to beat off Gai Waterhouse, Mike Moroney and Tony McEvoy to buy the filly who is the first foal of a Storm Cat mare related to King Of Kings and General Monash.  She is pictured outside Barn H with Matt Tillett & Kirsty Perkins.

Breeders who booked to Master of Design first-up in 2012 were rewarded with record-breaking results at this week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Swettenham Stud’s Group 1 sprinter was the leader among Victorian first-season stallions with an average well ahead of Helmet, Canford Cliffs and Toorak Toff.

Master of Design stood his initial season at Swettenham for a $12,500 service fee and that proved a profitable choice when his Premier I yearlings returned an average of $106,786.  That’s 8.5 times his fee and it was the best result of any first-season sire at Oaklands finishing above Hunter Valley stars Sepoy (7.27), Smart Missile (5.38) & Foxwedge (4.89) and well ahead of Victorian freshmen Canford Cliffs (4.00) and Helmet (2.82).

Master of Design also topped the Melbourne Premier freshman sires for service fee / median (6.40).  Next best was Sepoy (6.06).

Topping the Master Of Design draft was Swettenham Stud’s half-brother Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust.  Trainer Lee Freedman paid $300,000 for what he called ‘a great physical specimen’.

Lindsay Park trainer David Hayes set the tone early on Day 1 at the Melbourne Premier when he outlaid $120,000 for a Master of Design half-brother to Fontein Ruby.  “He’s a strong, good-looking type,” Hayes said.  “And Master Of Design is a very promising young sire.”

Other six-figure returns by Master Of Design were paid by the Hong Kong Jockey Club ($210,00), leading agent James Bester ($200,000) and Group 1 winning owner Barrie Griffiths ($160,000).

Master of Design also topped Premier II on Wednesday with all 4 lots sold for an average of $53,875.  Most expensive was the $85,000 colt from Lady Of Dormello (General Nediym) purchased by NSW based Proven Thoroughbreds.

The Inglis Melbourne Premier I Yearling Sale rose to new heights for the sixth consecutive year at Oaklands Junction.

The Inglis Premier average increased by 16% from last year to a record $97,003 while the median was up 23% to a record $80,000 and gross up 19% to a record $44.50 million.

“We are ecstatic at the strength of the sale,” Inglis Victorian Director Peter Heagney said.  “As Melbourne’s principal yearling sale, these positive results are indicative of the progressive nature of the Victorian industry as a whole.”

Victorians spent over $20 million making up 45% of the sale’s gross.  International support was also strong with overseas buyers spending over $10 million on 90 Lots.

The three sessions of Premier 1 saw 6 Victorian studs figure in the Top 10 by average.  Woodside Park Stud led the locals with an average of $132,778 to just tip out Yallambee Stud ($131,389).

Yallambee topped Premier I with a $560,000 Snitzel – Belle of the City filly heading to South Africa.

Swettenham Stud’s Master Of Design joined Foxwedge and Sepoy as the only first-season sires to have a yearling on the Top 10 leader-board.  Swettenham’s half-brother to Trust In A Gust made $300,000.

Lindsay Park trainer David Hayes (pictured with agent Sheamus Mills) was the leading Premier I buyer for the third consecutive year having outlaid $1.35 million on 11 Lots.  Eliza Park International led the vendors by aggregate selling 24 Lots for $2.95 million.

Americain (USA) is currently covering his first mares at the Irish National Stud and chief executive John Osborne admits he jumped at the chance to stand the 2010 Melbourne Cup winner.

The 10 year-old Dynaformer stallion also shuttles to Swettenham Stud in Victoria and, for the last two years, his northern base had been Brad Kelley’s Calumet Farm in Kentucky.

“We were asked by Brad if we would be interested in standing Americain,” Osborne said.  “He is ambitious to expand globally and we were happy to assist.  There were a few eyebrows raised when people heard he was coming here but when breeders have seen him they’ve been pleasantly surprised.

“He’s already produced strong foals in the USA and Australia and he’s particularly good-looking.

“I suppose staying horses have had a pretty rough press in recent years,” Osborne continued.  “But Americain was an exceptional racehorse and is probably one of the highest-rated horses we’ve ever stood.

“He’s the highest-earning son of Dynaformer and we’re big fans of the Roberto line here – Big Bad Bob has been a big success for us – and the Roberto line has always produced hard-knocking horses.

“There has been a lot of sameness to the European roster in recent years – you couldn’t find a stallion that didn’t have Danehill in the first two lines.  Americain will offer a different angle for breeders.

“The market is dominated now by cheap speed and the quick return horses – we’re heavily invested in that side of the market ourselves because that’s what the customers want – but there are also a lot of people who play the game differently, and I think that’s where there’s a niche for a horse like Americain.”

Americain will continue shuttling to Swettenham Stud where he has covered some 290 mares in his first two southern seasons.

Tycoon Tara capped off a career-best month for Written Tycoon with a Group 3 victory in the Mannerism Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Woodside Park Stud champion sired the winners of 17 races during February including 6 at stakes level.

It is Written claimed his first black-type in February in the LR Abell Stakes at Moonee Valley and he was followed by Stoker (RL Inglis Premier) at Sandown, Vibrant Rouge (G3 Vamos Stakes) in Launceston and Written Dash (G3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes) at Moonee Valley.

Woodside Park bred three year-old San Nicasio (Hard Spun) weighed in with more black-type winning the G2 Autumn Stakes at Caulfield on February 14.

Tycoon Tara (4m Written Tycoon – Mosstara by Encores) won the G3 Bellmaine Stakes (1200m) on the same day before completing a Caulfield stakes double on Saturday.  “The way she has progressed this prep is astonishing,” trainer Symon Wilde said.  “We always knew she was talented and we may keep aiming high in Sydney.”

A Dunkfeld winner in November, she is now under consideration for the G1 Coolmore Classic (1500m) at Rosehill on March 14.

Tycoon Tara is a homebred for Tony Krushka and has earned $277,670 from 5 wins in 10 starts.  She is the penultimate foal of Mosstara who died in November.  Her final foal is a yearling by Magic Albert’s Group 1 winning son Ilovethiscity.

Written Tycoon was Australia’s Champion first-season in 2010-11 and has now sired 11 individual winners.  He stood for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee at Woodside Park last year.

Swettenham Stud sold the highest priced Bel Esprit yearling filly at the Inglis Premier Sale since 2008 at Oaklands Junction on Sunday.

It’s Bel Esprit – Amoroso filly made $260,000 in the first hour of trade of Premier I. She is a half-sister to Group 2 winning mare Arinoso and was purchased by Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds trainer Brett Stanley.

The last Bel Esprit filly make that sort of money was Black Caviar. The world champion was a $210,000 graduate from Swettenham’s consignment at the 2008 Premier.

“She’s a lovely, strong filly and is built like a colt,” Stanley said. “She’s a great walking horse from a good winning family and hopefully she can run!”

In another plus for Swettenham, its Group 1 freshman Master of Design sold all five of his Day 1 yearlings with top price of $120,000 paid by David Hayes for the half-brother to Fontein Ruby.

“We’ve been beaten by Fontein Ruby and know how hard it is to get past her,” Hayes admitted. “Our colt is a strong, good-looking type and Master Of Design is a very promising young sire.

“It was a good investment considering those VOBIS incentives are worth over $100,000.”

Swettenham will have more Premier highlights by Master Of Design this week including his Subtle Breeze colt (Lot 546) on Tuesday. He is the half-brother to Group 1 star Trust In A Gust.

A diverse buying bench purchased 112 yearlings for $10.58 million during Sunday’s opening session of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne.

Buyers from Victoria snapped up over half the lots sold, but had healthy competition from interstate buyers (28 lots) and overseas guests (27 lots).

“It is very satisfying to see our Day One average ($94,473) increase by 20%, and especially pleasing was a 33% increase in the median,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.  “As we still have many quality yearlings to offer we are confident that the sale should continue to remain buoyant.”

A classy Snitzel filly from Bel Esprit mare Belle of the City (Lot 44) topped the leader board at $560,000.  She was sold to South African trainer Brett Crawford by Yallambee Stud and helped the Woodard family finish Day 1 as leading vendor with 10 Lots for $1.55 million.

The support from South African buyers continued throughout the day, including the purchase of Lot 67, a filly by hot freshman sire Foxwedge from Carlton Show.  Bred and sold by Romsey based Supreme Thoroughbreds, the filly sold to fellow South African Joey Ramsden for $340,000.

Supreme owner Brent Grayling sold three at an average of $186,667.  The others were a Medaglia d’Oro to Gai Waterhouse and a Reward For Effort knocked down to Aquanita Racing.

Victorian based stallions with six-figure sales included Bel Esprit, Reward For Effort, Helmet, Wanted, Turffontein, Magnus, Master Of Design and Canford Cliffs.

Darley Victoria sire Helmet headed locally based freshmen with an average of $85,000.

Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu leads the buyers’ table having spent $680,000 on three colts by Not A Single Doubt, Foxwedge and Sepoy.  Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds bought five for $645,000, including $260,000 for the half-sister by Bel Esprit to Group 2 winner Arinosa from Swettenham Stud.

Chatswood Stud stallion Reward For Effort badged his fourth winner when Jevilla prevailed in a three-way finish at Ascot on Wednesday.

The Keysbrook-based filly is trained and owned by Elva Van Merwyk in partnership with Jill Lewis. She jumped straight to the front for Kyra Yuill in the Westspeed Hcp (1000m) and refused to give in when tackled by Danerip’s Girl (Alfred Nobel) and Orbit the Sun (Planet Five).

“There was a lot of speed in the race so it was always going to be hard to cross,” Yuill said. “She did more work than I wanted but toughed it out super.”

Jevilla (2f Reward For Effort – Princess Baxaar by Xaar) was bred and sold by Gold Front Thoroughbreds and cost $26,000 at the 2014 Perth Magic Millions. She is a half-sister to the Sydney winner The Alfonso (Magnus) and will have her next start in the G3 Gimcrack Stakes at Ascot on March 14.

Reward For Effort is third on the Australian first-season premiership behind Beneteau and Hitchinbrook with 4 winners of 5 races and $208,890 in prizemoney.

This weekend marks six years since Reward For Effort raced away with the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes. He has 27 yearlings parading at the Inglis Premier Sale starting on Sunday, March 1 including 8 from Chatswood.

Buyers at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale will find it difficult to overlook the wealth of Super VOBIS-nominated lots on offer in this year’s catalogue.

The popular sale, which begins at Inglis’ Oaklands Junction facility on Sunday, features a catalogue of 782 quality yearlings, including a bumper 522 Super VOBIS-nominated lots and a further 110 yearlings that remain eligible for Super VOBIS late nomination.

The full list of Super VOBIS-nominated and Super VOBIS-eligible yearlings is available here:

Super VOBIS-nominated & Super VOBIS-eligible yearlings

Horses must be nominated for Super VOBIS to be eligible for its sister scheme, VOBIS Gold, with the two schemes collectively offering $19.4 million in restricted prizemoney and bonuses each racing season.

The 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale features more than 90 vendors from across Australia and New Zealand who will offer the progeny from 106 individual stallions, including exciting Victorian based freshman sires Master Of Design, Toorak Toff and Canford Cliffs.

Inglis’ Melbourne Bloodstock Director, Peter Heagney, said inspections had already begun at Oaklands and excitement was building ahead of Sunday, with the opening lot scheduled to enter the ring at 12pm.

“Premier has a proven record for unearthing champions in Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa, and with the outstanding quality presented by vendors here this week, I have no doubt that success will continue,” Heagney said.

“The next eight days promises to be a feast of first-class action for all thoroughbred enthusiasts, with the region’s tremendous racing and breeding on show here in Melbourne.”

Racing Victoria staff will have a permanent presence within the Black Caviar Bar precinct on each of the four days of the Premier Sale and will be available to offer detailed insight into the VOBIS schemes and thoroughbred ownership in Victoria.

Melbourne Premier inspections are well underway and Barn F at Oaklands Junction has been a hive of activity where Swettenham Stud has housed a sale-high 50 yearlings.

Swettenham bred and sold Group 1 star Trust In A Gust at Oaklands and among this year’s draft is his half-brother by Master Of Design catalogued as Lot 546.

“Brian Gorman and the team have done a remarkable job in preparation for Melbourne Premier,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said. “We have 10 very special first-crop yearlings by Master of Design and the half-brother to Trust In A Gust is a stand-out.”

The first Master Of Design to parade on Sunday is the colt out of Anna Danna (Lot 18). His dam was a Kentucky stakes performer and is related to champion sires Street Cry and Shamardal. Her first foals to race – Our Kaboom and Our Kapow – both won as two year-olds.

The quality continues right through to the final Master Of Design from his home base in Premier I. His filly from The Loan Express (Lot 566) is a half-sister to Fast Cash who was stakes placed at Moonee Valley in August prior to winning the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Carat there last month.

Swettenham has also catalogued an exciting draft of yearlings by outside stallions starting with a Bel Esprit – Amoroso filly (Lot 14). Bel Esprit’s world-champion Black Caviar was a Swettenham graduate from the 2008 Melbourne Premier.

His Amoroso filly is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Arinosa. She was rated Australia’s most improved mare in 2012-13 after stepping up from a Benchmark 75 win at Canterbury to Group 2 victories in the Premiere Stakes and Sapphire Stakes at Randwick.

Amoroso is also the dam of Team Hawkes flyer Onerous. He is a homebred for Steve Lester and cruised to a three-length victory first-up at Seymour last month.

Swettenham’s Toorak Toff – Aunty Betty colt (Lot 31) is one of four yearlings being prepped for Melbourne breeder Dyson Hore-Lacy. Aunty Betty won the G3 Birthday Card Stakes in Sydney and she is the dam of Wonzzee who swept 4 of her first 5 starts leading up to the G3 Bow Mistress Stakes earlier this month.

Snitzel has a marvellous record at Oaklands Junction with graduates the calibre of Group 1 winner Snitzerland and Group 2 winners Flying Snitzel, Hot Snitzel & Honorine.

His Melbourne Premier yearlings this year include Swettenham’s colt from Chauson Dore (Lot 75). The Irish bred mare was a juvenile winner at Saint-Cloud and was a stakes placed at Chantilly. Her first foal Prix d’Or was a Melbourne winner for Robbie Griffiths.

Swettenham sells two beautifully bred yearlings by Northern Meteor and Choisir back-to-back on Tuesday.

The Northern Meteor – Reine filly (Lot 472) is a half-sister to recent Canterbury winner Queen Of Sheba. Her dam is an unraced half-sister to Group 1 winners Nadeem (Blue Diamond Stakes) and Billion Win (HK Stewards Cup).

Choisir’s colt from Ribbon (Lot 473) is a half-brother to the Colin Little trained Blue Ribbon who won last year’s LR Centaurea Stakes in Adelaide.

Swettenham has two fillies nominated for the Blue Ribbon Session on Monday starting with the Fastnet Rock youngster from G1 NZ Oaks winner Bramble Rose (Lot 224). The mare has already foaled Randwick stakes winner Maules Creek by Fastnet Rock’s sire Redoute’s Choice.

Her latest winner is the Bob Peters owned Evening Rose and she could provide the Fastnet Rock filly with another black-type update in the LR Ascot 1000 Guineas this Saturday.

The other Blue Ribbon filly from Swettenham is the Artie Schiller half-sister to in-form galloper Varboss (Lot 271) who completed a Melbourne hat-trick at Sandown on Wednesday. Their dam Varevees was a Group 3 winner and Group 1 placegetter at Longchamp.

Former Victorian sire Mr Martini was represented by his first winner when Another Martini scored as a short-priced favourite in the Ararat Harvey Norman Plate (2000m) on Monday.

The Robbie Griffiths trained gelding had worked home nicely in his first three runs over shorter trips at Warrnambool, Sale and Ballarat. He is Super VOBIS qualified and collected a bonus winning by a half-length from NZ bred gelding Fashion News (Pentire).

Another Martini (3g Mr Martini – Cent de Lago by Lago Delight) is the first and only foal of an unraced half-sister to the dam of G1 Underwood Stakes winner Rubiscent. Griffiths prepares him for a syndicate that includes breeders Greg Davis and Jan Lonie.

Mr Martini (Bianconi) was trained by Leon Corstens for a Group 2 victory in Melbourne (MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes) and at Group 3 in Sydney (STC Kingston Town Stakes).

He struggled for numbers at Copenhagen Stud in Tyabb and is now based in NSW. There were no registrations from his first crop and his second comprised just two named foals – Another Martini and Northern Showdown who was placed twice at Mornington in December for David Brideoake.

Mr Martini has four yearlings and more foals on the ground at Glen Beattie’s Glenrae Thoroughbreds in the Hunter Valley.

Promising Eliza Park International stallion Sharkbite has well and truly surfaced in recent weeks with a number of stand-out performers, including a couple of stakes horses.

Sharkbite kicked off February with a strong Sydney metropolitan victory for Sasenkile (4g x Snippet’s Beauty by Snippets) over 2000m at Rosehill. He has always been held in high regard by trainer Tony McEvoy.

The cleverly named Sharkbite filly Andrassy (3f x Pride of Androssan by Desert Sun) won over 1400m at Sandown the following Wednesday. Andrassy is the maiden name of Greg Norman’s first wife!

Who’s Next (4g x Airlie Bird by Zoffany) was the next to salute when he proved too good over 1850m at Newcastle on February 7.

Sharkbite upped the ante two days later with a pair of stakes performers in Tasmania: Shayana (3f x La Madeleleine by Peintre Celebre) finished second in the LR Strutt Stakes and Siorca (2g x Chrome Magic by Van Nistelrooy) ran fourth in the LR Elwick Stakes.

Shayana then capped off what has been a great month for Sharkbite by coming from near last on the turn for a slashing second in the Tasmanian Oaks on February 22.

Sharkbite is a son of the Champion sire of sires in Redoute’s Choice and is a full brother to current star Scissor Kick. They are both out of the outstanding Hasili family that has produced Champion European stallion, Dansili, as well as a plethora of Group 1 winners.

The success of Redoute’s Choice’s sire sons continues unabated with Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Stratum and the ill-fated Beneteau.

Sharkbite sired just 40 foals in his first crop which are now 4yos. He had 83 foals in his second crop (his first at Eliza Park International) and 76 foals the following year with all three crops now really kicking goals.

Master Of Design yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Melbourne Premier Sale have received numerous pedigree updates in recent weeks.

The Swettenham Stud sire has 19 lots entered for Oaklands Junction and one of his stars is the half-brother to Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust (Lot 546) being sold next Tuesday afternoon. The colt looks as good as his pedigree and he will be a busy boy parading for prospective owners and trainers during inspections this week.

The Master Of Design – Subtle Breeze colt is Super VOBIS nominated – just like Trust In A Gust who was a VOBIS Gold pin-up as a three year-old in 2013-14. The Darren Weir trained star returned in the spring to win the G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and G1 Toorak Hcp at Caulfield.

Trust In A Gust (Keep The Faith) is on track to resume racing in the G1 William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley on March 27. “He’s as good as gold down at Warrnambool,” stable foreman Jeremy Rogers said. “He will probably have a jump-out a couple of weeks before the first-up run at Moonee Valley.”

Trust In A Gust will be set for a winter campaign comprising the G1 BTC Cup (1200m), G1 Doomben 10,000 (1350m) and G1 Stradbroke Hcp (1350m) before retiring to stud later this year.

Another Master of Design yearling from Swettenham with a recent VOBIS update is his filly from The Loan Express (Lot 566). Her older half-brother Fast Cash won the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Moonee Valley last month for Euroa syndicator Ken King.

Master Of Design also has a half-sister to Fontein Ruby (Lot 74) going under the hammer at Oaklands. Trainer Robert Smerdon is setting the G2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner for a Group 1 campaign that includes the Australian Guineas and Queen Of The Turf Stakes.

Swettenham’s entire draft of 50 yearlings will be available for inspection at Barn F at Oaklands Junction as from Tuesday, February 24.

Winston Drive capped a week of mixed emotions for Limerick Lane owner Gerry Ryan on Saturday.

The daughter of former Blue Gum Farm sire Churchill Downs came from midfield to defeat Marli Magic (Host) and Inishowen (Encosta De Lago) in the Flemington Hcp (1600m) at headquarters. She had been working up to a win after seconds over shorter trips at Moonee Valley and Flemington.

“She got to the front too soon last time so I tried to time it a bit better today,” jockey Michelle Payne said. “I was worried Marli Magic may have the momentum but my mare was nice and strong to the line.”

Winston Drive’s dam Manhattan Treasure (Portland Pirate) won four races for Ryan and fellow part-owner John Sutcliffe. Her first foal Biatreasure (Bianconi) is also trained by Darren Weir and she won a Hamilton maiden in November.

Manhattan Treasure is a half-sister to LR Dequetteville Stakes winner Manhattan Maid and she has a yearling filly by Elvstoem and a filly at foot by Reset. The mare was bred back to Ryan’s Melbourne Cup winner Americain at Swettenham Stud last year.

Winston Drive broke through at Flemington shortly after Ryan and Weir announced the retirement of their Group 1 galloper Puissance De Lune.

“He just had a little joint problem so we just decided to stop,” Weir revealed. “Gerry said he’s been a really good horse and hopefully he can do the job as a stallion now.”

Puissance De Lune (Shamardal) emerged as a potential star with a runaway victory in the 2012 Queen Elizabeth Stakes at Flemington. The imported grey galloper battled on-going leg issues but still won the G2 Blamey Stakes and G2 Peter Lawrence Stakes as well as a finishing second at Group 1 level in the Makybe Diva Stakes and Turnbull Stakes.

“It was a shame that things went wrong,” Weir said. “He was a good horse and I think he will make a good stallion.”

Flemington’s Talindert Stakes on Saturday was a timely reminder of the quality on offer from Eliza Park International at the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale starting next Sunday, March 1.

Lining up for her debut in the Talindert, EPI graduate Pasadena Girl raced greenly in the opening stages before knuckling down to win the Listed event with plenty in hand from Stay With Me (Street Cry) and Take Pride (Reward For Effort).

The Savabeel filly was part of the Eliza Park International draft at last year’s Melbourne Premier and cost Peter Moody just $25,000. “I’ve been taken with her from Day 1,” Moody told AAP. “I think she’s real good.

“She’s an immature Savabeel filly and is doing everything above what she should be doing at this point in her career. She’s been brilliant at home.

Pasadena Girl (2f Savabeel – Nina From Pasadena by Redoute’s Choice) is from an Ellerslie winning sister to black-type sprinter Renewed Vitality. She has a yearling sister by Savabeel entered as Lot 408 for the Melbourne Premier.

Eliza Park International will consign five Savabeel yearlings to Melbourne including a half sister to Kiwi stakes winner, Jacquetta (Lot 207), a colt from Group 2 winner Fire Song (Lot 237) and a full brother to another stakes winner in Queen Sabeel (Lot 270).

The catalogue for the third annual Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Saleis now available online. The two day sale will run on 19 and 20 April 2015 at Inglis’ Oaklands complex in Melbourne, and will once again be split into two sessions.

The Select Session will consist of 260 Lots, all of which are Super VOBIS nominated. This session will run from 12 noon on Day 1 and from 11am on Day 2, and will be followed by the General Session. Supplementary entries for Day 2 will be accepted until Friday, 10 April.

Super VOBIS (Victorian Owners and Breeders Incentive Scheme) and VOBIS Gold are world leading incentive schemes that encourage owners and breeders to support Victorian bloodstock. Across the two schemes there is more than $19 million in prize money and bonuses available to breeders and owners of Victorian horses.

Since its inception in 2013, the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale has been well received by vendors and buyers who are keen to access the wealth of bonuses on offer through both schemes.

“We are delighted that we can continue to support the VOBIS initiative through this sale, and we are confident that the sale will continue to grow in popularity with both vendors and buyers alike,” said Victorian Bloodstock Director, Peter Heagney.

Well-related yearlings for offer in the Select Session include the half-sister to Group 1 winner Fashions Afield by hot freshman sire Toorak Toff, and the halves to Group 2 winners Tesbury Jack and Fontiton, the latter of which is the favourite for next week’s Group 1 Blue Diamond.

Another six yearlings by Fontiton’s sire, Turffontein, will be offered along with progeny by Northern Meteor, Star Witness, Choisir, Master Of Design, Testa Rossa, Bernardini, Bel Esprit, Artie Schiller, Medaglia d’Oro, Stryker, Reset, Strategic, Canford Cliffs and Reward For Effort.

Access the Online Catalogue

Access the online catalogue, which will also be made available on the Inglis Sales iPad App in the coming days. Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from the Melbourne office on +61 3 9333 1422 or email catalogue@inglis.com.au