Inglis has catalogued 195 lots for the Melbourne August Sale on Friday, August 22.

Direct Charge (3c Charge Forward – Lady Of Choice by Redoute’s Choice) has been catalogued as a stallion prospect.  He was trained by Robbie Laing to win the G3 Maribyrnong Plate and he was also placed in the Inglis Classic at Rosehill.

Queensland Derby winner Sonntag was snapped up as tried horse from Darley at last year’s August Sale and they are set to offer another quality 23 lots at Oaklands.

Henry Dwyer picked out Sonntag from Darley’s draft for $58,000.  The three-year-old delivered the young trainer his first Group 1 victory only 10 months later when winning the $500,000 Queensland Derby.

“It is going to be another big August Sale with a first season stallion parade followed by the sale of broodmares, stallion nominations, yearlings and racing stock,” Inglis Director Peter Heagney said.  “All horse enthusiasts are welcome to Oaklands next month.”

Darley have 23 race fillies, colts and geldings to be sold as Lots 144 to 166.  They include Group 3 winner Proverb, stakes placed filly Sakitto and many other well performed, lightly raced or young unraced prospects.

Supplementary entries close Friday, August 15.

Former Larneuk Stud stallion Bramshaw has relocated to Bionic Lodge in Tasmania.

Bramshaw (Encosta de Lago) is an unraced half-brother to leading sires Commands and Danewin.  His oldest progeny are four year-olds and the first winner arrived in April 2012 when Shawly Coco claimed the Yellowglen 2YO Dash in Alice Springs.

In a deal brokered by Gavelhouse, Bramshaw will now stand at the Quarell family’s Bionic Lodge in Longford for a $2,200 (inc gst) fee.

Larneuk Stud added Mawingo (Ger) to its line-up this year.  The Euroa based property is already home to Ilovethiscity and O’Lonhro.

When a stallion dominates his peers as this one has it’s not luck and it’s not one good horse that has put him at the top of the tree.

Bel Esprit is on track to be crowned Victoria’s leading sire for the seventh year in a row and this season he’s done it with no help from his superstar daughter Black Caviar.

When a sire throws a horse such as Black Caviar it tends to overshadow all else and in the case of Bel Esprit, there are quite literally hundreds of other winners following in her wake.

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Last year Bel Esprit took out the national title for individual winners, equalling the all-time Australian record of 155 winners set by Commands.

That mark has been surpassed by Lonhro this year, but there is every likelihood Bel Esprit will also eclipse his previous personal best as he has 153 winners on the board and a week of the season to run.

A brilliant early maturing two year-old that won the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes before training on at three to win the Group I BRC Doomben 10,000, Bel Esprit was tough, sound and lightning fast, qualities that have been transmitted to his offspring in spades.

By world renowned shuttle sire Royal Academy (USA) from a daughter of Golden Slipper winner Vain, Bel Esprit is completely free of Danzig blood and has proven a great foil for a wide spectrum of mares.

Black Caviar aside, Bel Esprit is the sire of 450 plus winners worldwide with progeny earnings topping $40 million.

His 19 stakes-winners are headed by Group I stars Black Caviar, Bel Sprinter and Bel Mer backed up by a raft of speedy sprinter milers that have raked in vast amounts of lucrative VOBIS bonuses over the years for their delighted owners.

Bel Esprit has had a fee reduction this year at Eliza Park International and will stand at $24,200, but in reality there has probably never been a better time to go to him.

Black Caviar announced herself as a superstar in the spring of 2010 and from that point Bel Esprit covered some outstanding mares including her dam Helsinge, who visited him in 2011.

Black Caviar’s full sister, who turns two on August 1 may well lead the next wave of success for Bel Esprit, who has the quality and numbers that should see him reign as number one in Victoria for many years to come.

Bel Esprit may well become Victoria’s most successful stallion ever if he can knock off the record of former star sires Better Boy (IRE) (Range View Stud) and Helios (GB) (Warlaby Stud), who won nine titles each.

In the sale ring, Bel Esprit consistently offers a good return with five yearlings averaging $110,000 at Magic Millions on the Gold Coast this year, while at Inglis Premier they sold for up to $140,000.

While unproven sires may take the fancy for a season or two before ultimately proving disappointing, Bel Esprit continues to deliver and for the broodmare owner seeking a low risk option at an affordable fee he’s impossible to go past.

Article By Tara Madgwick, Breednet.

Just For Starters kept Foreplay’s winning strike-rate bubbling at just under 70% with a brilliant debut at Caulfield on Wednesday.

Just For Starters (2g Foreplay – Belle De Rouge by Red Ransom) won the Grand Hotel Frankston Hcp (1000m) for trainer Robbie Laing and a large syndicate.  “He had been trialling well,” Laing said.  “Aaron Lynch worked him in a pea-soup fog last week.”

Foreplay’s stands at Woodside Park Stud and he landed a winning double with Believe’n’receive (Doomben) and Long Lasting (Newcastle) last weekend.

Just For Starters is the first to race from Woodside Park’s Kilmore winner Belle De Rouge and she has a rising 2yo colt by Foreplay.  The mare’s second-dam Zedagal (The Judge) won a G3 Blue Diamond Prelude and is a sister to top sires Zeditave and Alannon.

“We got him at the Inglis Premier Sale last year.  He’s a good walker and is bred speed on speed,” Laing recalled.  “I thought he would bring about $20,000 but there were others on him and we had to pay $45,000.

“He’s a lovely colt and was worth it.”

Foreplay (Danehill) will again be available to breeders this season at Woodside Park Stud where he will stand for $6,600 (inc gst).

Dare I Ask appreciated a big drop in the weights and a lazy lead to win the Cove Hotel Hcp (1440m) at Caulfield.

Trainer Shawn Mathrick was confident the mare could rebound after encountering problems during her last two starts at Sandown.  “With the claim for Regan (Bayliss), she only had to carry 51kg,” Mathrick said on Wednesday.  “I knew she would smack the line.”

Dare I Ask (7m King Of Prussia – Touchy Subject by Top of the Pack) was a late starter winning her maiden as a five year-old at Mornington.  “These older mares don’t need a lot of work,” Mathrick added.  “I just keep her ticking over at the beach.”

Wangaratta based Ross Schutt bred her from Touchy Subject who won six races for his family including one in town at Sandown.

King Of Prussia (Anabaa) also sired a winner for fellow Wangaratta breeder Alan Price when Justify scored in Adelaide earlier this month.  He has been nominated for a road trip to Sandown in a Benchmark 90 this Sunday.

Greta West Stud will stand King Of Prussia for a $2,200 (inc gst) fee this year.

Sacred Dream returned to her best form with a runaway victory at Echuca on Monday.

The God’s Own mare was always travelling sweetly for first time rider Brad Rawiller.  She loomed up at the turn before racing away to win Heat 6 of the Murray Mallee Stayers Series (2100m) by a soft four lengths.

Sacred Dream (5m God’s Own — Dream The Dream by Encosta de Lago) is trained by Robbie Griffiths for a syndicate comprising Darren Brimacombe, Ben Dougall, Viv Jose, Shane Kircher, John Wakeling & Andrew Wrochna.

“She looked pretty hard to beat on paper,” Rawiller said.  “I just let her switch off and then cuddled her into the straight.  She showed a good turn of foot and blew them away pretty quickly.

“It was a nice progression and there are some nice middle distance and staying races coming up.”

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Sacred Dream is bred to get over ground — her dam Dream The Dream won a G2 South Australian Oaks and second-dam Dream Of The Dance (Islero) won a G2 VRC Wakeful Stakes.

The God’s Own wins graph is on an upward curve with five full crops racing — spiralling from 3 — 31 — 76 — 121 — 143.

Bel Esprit (231) tops the wins chart for Victorian based stallions ahead of God’s Own (143) and Elvstroem (142) with a week remaining in 2013-14.

Greta West Stud stands God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee.

DANNY POWER finds that James O’Brien not only has a vision for the Victorian breeding industry, he also is full of enthusiasm.

James O’Brien is a passionate man, and it’s his passion for thoroughbred racing and breeding that has elevated him to the position of president of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

Under O’Brien’s watch, and thanks to the support of a vibrant committee, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) has doubled its membership in the past 12 months. A new website, weekly digital newsletter and a full-time executive officer at Racing Victoria–Ashleigh Mitchell–has propelled TBV to an organisation of greater significance; and there’s much to look forward to, according to O’Brien.

“Victoria’s breeding industry, with its strong state government support and backing from Racing Victoria, is the envy of the other states,” O’Brien said.

O’Brien, who, with his father Kevin, owns Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, a picturesque broodmare, agistment and training farm at Corinella, near Phillip Island, said he got involved with TBV in an effort to improve the Super VOBIS scheme.

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“I’d been in Queensland and experienced the QTIS600 scheme and thought we should do something in Victoria. I was at the Magic Millions and complaining to a mate that Victoria should have a similar extension to its Super VOBIS scheme. He said ‘stop your whingeing. Why don’t you do something about it.’

“So I wrote a paper and presented it to the (TBV) board–mine was called VOBIS Plus–and got good feedback.

“It took a couple of years for it to happen, but it was the support of the then Racing Minister, Dr Napthine (now premier of Victoria), that saw VOBIS Gold launched.”

O’Brien is excited by the prospect of VOBIS Gold bonuses being available for four-year-olds next season.

“There is a perception that Super VOBIS is for two- and three-year-olds, but next year four-year-olds will be racing in the VOBIS Gold series races, and it will continue on each year.”

O’Brien is confident that the Inglis VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale will grow in stature.

“The figures weren’t up on last year despite the fact the yearlings were better, but there were reasons. The sale had strong support from Inglis, Racing Victoria and the breeders, but the buyers just weren’t there,” he said.

“It was held on the Anzac Day weekend when there were 10 race meetings, so trainers didn’t have the time to focus on the yearlings, and the early start on the back of a busy few days also was an issue.

“Some of those issues have been addressed for next year. It will be held a week before Anzac Day weekend and I can see interest in the sale growing.

“The Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale continues to improve. It has been the only yearling sale in Australia to have growth each year since the Global Financial Crisis, and a lot of credit must go to the Victorian breeders and vendors.”

O’Brien sees Victoria’s breeding industry going from strength to strength. “A few years ago, I believe the Victorian representation at the Magic Millions (Gold Coast) was around 4 per cent, this year I understand it has increased dramatically. It’s a tribute to the improvement in the quality of the bloodstock in Victoria.

“Victorian farms have topped the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale in three of the past four years.”

While O’Brien is pleased with the way Victoria’s breeding industry is the most progressive in Australia, he’s keen for ideas that will get more people involved in ownership. “It’s an area we must continue to address. I believe there are potential owners wanting to be part of the industry, but we need to encourage them and make it easier for them to participate.”

If passion and enthusiasm provide a ticket to the racing industry, James O’Brien has bucket loads to share.

Source: Inside Breeding, Inside Racing Sires Supplement 2014

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Robbie Laing has announced his Victoria Derby winner Polanski will commence stud duties at Roycevale Stud in Violet Town.

Roycevale Stud, 19km north of Euroa, has been sold by Wayne & Ginny Bellman who were vendors at Inglis Sales during their 10 years on the 72ha property.

Polanski won the LR Super Impose Stakes (1800m) at Flemington and G3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield before a dream result in last year’s G1 Victoria Derby at Flemington.

Laing brought the colt back for the G1 Australia Derby but he broke down first-up in the G1 Futurity Stakes.  “I honestly believe he would have been a star as a four year-old,” Laing said.  “He was tough, strong, genuine — the real deal.”

His sire Rakti — a Danzig line sire through Polish Precedent — died at Chatswood Stud in December 2010.  He won the 2002 Derby Italiano and a further four Group 1 victories in England.

Polanski’s fee will be advertised after Roycevale Stud’s new owners take possession in August.

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Artie Schiller (USA) sired his second feature winner in a month at Woodbine on Sunday when Lafontaine captured the LR Toronto Cup (1800m).

He is also the sire of Canadian star We Miss Artie who won the LR Queen’s Plate Trial on June 15.

Lafontaine stayed on strongly in driving rain to become the 21st individual stakes winner by Artie Schiller.  “I’m very proud of this horse,” trainer Elizabeth Charalambous stated.  “He’s really figured it out now and knows why he’s here and what we’re asking of him.  The talent was always there, he just had to figure it out.”

A Kentucky homebred for Cudney Stables, Lafontaine started the 18-1 outsider in his stakes debut.  “Steve (Bahen) rode him perfectly,” Charalambous said.  “I asked him to sit off the speed, which he did and when things opened up — he exploded.”

Lafontaine’s dam Deli Cat (Bold Ruckus) was purchased by Cudney Stables from Schonberg Farm at the 2002 Canadian Winter Sale.  She is also the dam of 2013 Ellis Park Turf Stakes winner My Perfect Ten (Perfect Soul).

Among Artie Schiller’s 21 stakes winners are local gallopers Laser Hawk, Mezeray Miss, Lady Melksham, Big Chill, Secret Liaison and Moving Money.

Artie Schiller (El Prado) stands for a $22,000 (inc gst) service fee at Emirates Park’s Victorian arm at Digger’s Rest.

Kyneton trainer Neil Dyer is a regular visitor to the Top End and he has notched another Northern Territory Derby (2000m) victory with Royal Request.

Royal Request (3g Bel Esprit — Nassidarra by Nassipour) was runner-up to Gravitational (Astronomer Royal) in the Darwin Guineas a fortnight ago but turned the tables to win by two lengths on Saturday.

Both three year-olds are by sires based at Eliza Park International.  And Dyer’s first NT Derby winner in 2009 was Hawks Bay — a son of former Eliza Park shuttler Black Hawk.

“Royal Request went enormous from the outside barrier when second in the Guineas,” Dyer said.  “He’s a lovely horse and it’s exciting to see what he’s doing for us this preparation.”

Dyer trains him for a syndicate that includes Rory Crowley, Leanne Evans, Peter Gill, Peter & Ray Greene, Anita Morris, Cameron Newnham, Richard Palmer, David Pettman, Antonio Sanfilippo, Nathan Scotton, Kerry & Patricia Slingsby.

Royal Request is from a half-sister to the dam of Sydney Group winners Fickle Hostess and Zabarra (Zabeel).  Second-dam Vaindarra (Vain) was a Group 2 winner of the a Silver Slipper Stakes.  He was bred and sold for $60,000 by Erinvale Investments at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

He has a rising 2yo half-brother by former Eliza Park stallion Shinzig.

Bel Esprit has dominated Victorian premierships since 2007-08 and he’s on track for another title this season with 152 winners of $5.38 million.  Reset is next best on $4.58 million.

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

Blue Gum Farm freshman Red Arrow sired his first winner at Port Augusta on Sunday.

His gelding Tipsy On Red was racing for the fourth time when a narrow winner of the Whyalla Earthworths Hcp (1100m).  He is prepared by Port Augusta-born trainer Leon Macdonald and cost owner Nathan Sanders $15,000 at the 2013 Adelaide Magic Millions.

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Tipsy On Red (2g Red Arrow — Tipsy Piggy by Danewin) is the first foal from a mare who won at Eagle Farm (2) and Doomben (2).  She foaled a Red Arrow filly last August and is expecting to him again off an October cover.

Red Arrow (Red Ransom) commenced racing in Australia where he established himself as a top weight-for-age performer under trainer Anthony Cummings.  Transferred to California, he landed the G3 Los Angeles Hcp at Hollywood Park carving out the 1200m in a slashing 1.08.92s.

Australia’s Red Ransom sireline is spearheaded by Charge Forward and Domesday.  The second charge includes Red Arrow and fellow up-and-coming stallions All American, Red Element, Red Dazzler, Arlington, Duporth and Onemorenomore.

Red Arrow transferred from the Hunter Valley to stand at Blue Gum Farm in 2011.  The move came after Blue Gum bought into the horse with prominent bloodstock agent Denis Roberts and major shareholder Terry Lillis.

He is bred on the proven Red Ransom — Last Tycoon cross responsible for Group 1 champion Typhoon Tracy.  His dam Lady Jakeo was a G1 winner of the MRC Blue Diamond Stakes and MVRC Australia Stakes and his immediate family also boasts Golden Slipper winner Merlene and Magic Millions winner Bold Promise.

Red Arrow will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee this year.

Ustinov colt Amun Ra staked his claim for three year-old spring feature races while winning the Devon Oaks 1100 at Te Rapa on Saturday.

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Amun Ra (NZ) was a fitting winner at the meeting which honoured Cambridge Lodge owner Ada Parnwell who died last month.  He is trained by Lee Somervell and is raced on lease from her estate.

Somervell prepared Fleur De Lune to win last year’s G1 Railway Stakes for Parnwell.  His sons Philip and Kurt are in the syndicate that races Amun Ra along with Cambridge Lodge admin manager Tarissa Mitchell.

“What a day, it’s such a thrill to remember Ada this way,” Somervell said. “I’ve got a lot of time for Amun Ra and he will have a brief let-up now.  I would like to think he’s a genuine prospect for the Guineas.”

Amun Ra (2c Ustinov — Jahan by Al Akbar) is a younger half-brother to Ellerslie stakes winner Civics Rock.  Second-dam Entanglement (Bletchingly) is a half-sister to G1 AJC Champagne Stakes winner I Like Diamonds.

Ustinov is a USA bred son of Seeking The Gold and Australian Hall of Fame mare Let’s Elope.  He was a G2 winner of the AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley and was also runner-up in the G1 Caulfield Guineas and G1 AJC Champagne Stakes.

Moorookyle Park near Ballarat stands Ustinov for a fee of $4,400 (inc gst).

Written is living up to her potential since transferring from Sydney to Mick Kent’s Cranbourne stables to take advantage of Super VOBIS.

The Written Tycoon filly won at Sandown’s Lakeside and Hillside circuits earlier this year and she brought up another city success in the Vintage Crop Hcp (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Written (3f Written Tycoon — Goldirocks by Marscay) settled just behind front-runner Jessy Belle and gradually got the better of the favourite to win by a nose.  “When I pulled her out into the clear, she wound up and hit the line really well,” winning jockey Katelyn Mallyon said.  “She really gritted it out and stuck her nose where it counts.”

A $45,000 purchase t the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale, Written is raced by Geoff Grimish, Craig & Keline Carmody and Manuel Spinola.

“Craig Carmody is a good mate and he sent her down earlier this season,” Kent said.  “She was inclined to over-race and pulled like crazy at her first start for us.  She just likes to get rolling on the speed and has a great long stride.”

Kent will nominate Written for the LR Lightning Stakes at Morphettville next Saturday and a VOBIS Gold feature race at Flemington next month.

She was bred by Northern Lodge and students at the Eden Park campus are expecting a Written Tycoon — Goldirocks foal next month.

Written Tycoon sired another nice three year-old winner named Fiftyshadesofgrey on Thursday.  The Marc Connors trained filly came from last in the Long Jetty Hotel Hcp (1100m) to score by three lengths at Wyong.

Woodside Park will stand Written Tycoon for an unchanged service fee of $13,750 (inc gst) this year.

Eliza Park International’s first foal for the 2014 season — a Magnus filly — touched down at 6.30 this morning.  She’s the first of many over the next four to five months.

The bleary-eyed ‘maternity ward’ (get used to it!) report that mother and baby are doing just fine and clearly the proud parent — of the two legged kind — will be hoping the new addition adds to the winning ledger of her highly prolific sire.

Indeed, Magnus is likely to finish the season as the stallion with the best strike rate of winners to runners among Australia’s Top 50 sires, while the filly’s mum — Libertas — is by fellow EPI sire Statue of Liberty and is closely related to stakes winning sprinter/miler Exotic Nights.

The General Manager of Operations, David Somers said — some might suggest tongue in cheek — that “it’s the best foal I’ve seen all year” and congratulated breeder Bill Stapleton on what is literally a bouncing baby girl.

Australian Stud Book record shows Libertas returned a PPT on a September 3 cover to Magnus last year.  Revamped rules mean the foal will still be a foal on August 1.

Brilliant debut winner Cool Hero continued Kaphero’s surge of late-season two year-old winners in Adelaide on Wednesday.

The Richard Jolly trained filly won the Dominant Plate (1000m) running away by nearly three lengths.

Kaphero has climbed to the top of the Victorian 2YO wins table next to established sires Domesday and Written Tycoon.  The trio have all sired the winners of 8 two year-old races this season.

Cool Hero (2f Kaphero — Tarcoola Ice by Zeditave) was in the market and the ease of her win didn’t surprise Jolly.  “She had shown us a bit and she also showed up in a trial,” Jolly said.  “She’s a nice filly and can progress to better grades.

“She is VOBIS qualified so we can go across to Victoria.  Or we might throw her in at the deep and nominate for the Lightning Stakes here on Saturday week.”

Cool Hero is from a half-sister to top filly How Funny (Rory’s Jester) who was runner-up to Regimental Gal in the 2003 Magic Millions Classic and to Polar Success in the Golden Slipper.  She made $15,000 as part of the Tarcoola Stud draft consigned by Ken Williams to the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

“We also have her older half-sister — she has plenty of ability but is a handful,” Jolly said.  “At the yearling sale, the breeder said this one has a better temperament and he was right.”

Kaphero first-starter Just Kappy was backed into favouritism for the Dominant Plate after an outstanding trial earlier this month.  Sky Channel’s Tony Brassel tipped him as the day’s Best Bet but he was checked at the start and didn’t lead as intended.  He also returned with abrasions to the legs after a scrimmage at the half-mile.

Just Kappy will be winning races on the strength of his trial for owner-trainer Brian Mueller.

Kaphero (Danzero) has emerged as a viable alternative for breeders looking for a precocious sire in the $5,500 range.  His oldest are three year-olds and that crop have won 22 races this season.  He also leads Victoria’s second-season sires on the Australian table.

“We are always available to speak with broodmare owners about their mating plans,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said.  “We can discuss what deals are available for Kaphero and our other stallions.”

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  bullarookpark@bigpond.com

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.”