Made of Stars scored an amazing win for Bullarook Park stallion Azevedo in Launceston on Wednesday evening.

Jockey Anthony Darmanin described the victory in the Leigh Flaherty City Cars Maiden (1400m) as a phenomenal performance.  The gelding was travelling nicely before he was severely hampered when Marresi dropped back sharply on the home turn.

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Made Of Stars

“My horse was virtually stopped in his tracks – I thought he had no hope of winning,” Darmanin declared.  “But when I got him to the outside, he absolutely flew home and got up in the last stride.

“It was a truly amazing win.  I don’t know how he won because he got absolutely pole-axed.  I can’t remember a bigger run to win here at Mowbray.”

Made of Stars (4g Azevedo – Arabian Dolphin by Dolphin Street) failed to fire before owner Rhonda Hall transferred him to trainer Mark Ganderton in June.  He was placed twice in three starts at Devonport before the breakthrough this week.

“I’m thrilled with that,” Ganderton said.  “He copped so much trouble but that’s what he’s capable of when he does his best.”

Made of Stars is one of three winners for Arabian Dolphin who is an unraced half-sister to Adelaide stakes winner Devil In Disguise.

Azevedo (Helissio) was Group 1 placed in the VRC Lightning Stakes at Flemington before his career was interrupted by a severe colic attack.  He was also beaten a nose by Super Elegant in the G3 Rubiton Stakes at Caulfield.

Bullarook Park owner Malcolm Boyd stands Azevedo for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee.  He is standing his first season at the Avenel stud alongside Lucas Cranach (Ger) and Strategic Maneuver.

Equiano has been rewarded for a successful flat season in Europe during Book 1 of the Tattersalls October yearling sale at Newmarket.

The Swettenham Stud shuttler had a colt from USA bred mare Fabulously Fast sell for 120,000gns (AUD 230,515) on Wednesday.

The colt was purchased by Adam Sangster’s brother Sam for clients of trainer Brian Meehan.  The Manton based conditioner has prepared two Equiano winners this year – Lightning Stride and Ghost Cat.

“This colt presented as one of the best individuals in the Sale,” Sam Sangster said.  “He’s a real athlete – just like his father – and looks a proper two year-old.”

The colt’s older brother Equally Fast is one of 15 two year-olds winners sired by Equiano so far this year – he broke through at Wolverhampton last month.

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Equiano 

Their dam Fabulously Fast (Deputy Minister) was a Group 1 winner of the Test Stakes at Saratoga and her Red Ransom colt Humungosaur was stakes-placed as a two year-old at Deauville.

Sam Sangster worked alongside Adam at Swettenham Stud in Victoria before being appointed European Sales & Marketing Manager for Sirecam.  “Equiano is doing a wonderful job with his first crop,” he said.  “That was an obvious attraction and the colt we bought is a lovely lad.  I can already see him at Royal Ascot next year.”

Equiano has another 17 yearlings catalogued for Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Sale which begins on Monday.

Among the highlights is a colt from G2 Royal Ascot winner Langs Lash (Lot 1094), a half-sister to Irish stakes winner Minalisa (Lot 1172) and a three-quarter sister to G2 Del Mar Derby runner-up Jairzihno (Lot 1265).

Equiano (Fr) is currently serving his latest southern book for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee at Swettenham Stud.

The Adelaide racing public and race caller Terry McAuliffe reacted favourably when Alcobro maintained his unbeaten record on October 4.

Alcobro (3g Bianconi – Tendue by General Nediym) had won on debut at Mindarie-Halidon last month and punters backed him into a $2.80 favourite for the Chooks Custom Grafix Hcp (1000m) at Morphettville.

Alcobro came from last to score by a half-length prompting McAuliffe declare;  “This is one smart horse!”

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Alcobro 

Trainer Richard Jolly is also keen on his future prospects.  “It was a promising first-up win and I expected him to be competitive at Morphettville even though he was up in class.

“He took the next step on Saturday but is still learning what it’s all about.  It looks like exciting times ahead.”

Jolly also prepares his older brother Alcohol who has won 5 races in Adelaide and Melbourne for over $245,000 in prizemoney.  They are both from speedy mare Tendue, a Red Ruby Final winner at Ballarat in 2004.

Their sire Bianconi (Danzig) is currently covering his first book at Ridgeview Park.  He stands at the Muskerry East stud alongside Dr Doute’s, Golden Snake, Best Choice and Scintillo.

Swettenham Stud stallion Host sired his latest maiden winner at Swan Hill on Monday and his next black-type winner could come as early as this Saturday at Caulfield.

Holy Host (4g Host – She Lago by Encosta De Lago) broke through in the AG Farm Maiden winning by four lengths eased down by Brad Rawiller.  It was his first time stretching out to 1600 metres and made the long trip to Sunraysia worthwhile for Caulfield trainer Luke Oliver.

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Hosting. Second up winner at Rosehill last year

“He has been looking for the mile and won in the style of a horse that won’t be a stranger to the winners stall,” Oliver predicted.  “He’s a strong and athletic and is the first one I’ve trained by Host who is really hitting his straps.”

Oliver also prepared his winning half-brother Greystone (Dash For Cash).  Their dam She Lago won at Flemington and Sandown for part-owners Tom Molnar and Peter Walsh and they are both in a much larger syndicate that races Holy Host.

Hosting (5g Host – Kali Smytzer by Zabeel) is overdue to bank a black-type win and he’s right in the mix for the LR Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield this Saturday.

He was a stylish first-up winner at Sandown last month and does have winning form second-up at Rosehill.  He was also placed second-up over 1400 metres in the G3 C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington last year.

Trainer Greg Eurell and his staff worked hard to get Hosting back to the track after the gelding cracked a femur which kept him sidelined for six months.  ”The vets assured us he would make a good recovery and they were right,” Eurell said.  “I knew he was fit enough to run a bold race at Sandown and he overhauled the front-runners with a strong finish.”

Hosting would be a fitting winner this Saturday for owners John Hampton, Patsy Harrison, Graham & Marjorie Olive, Nick & Michael Tozer, Kevin Williams and Graeme Yeomans.  His sire Host and Weekend Hussler are both sons of champion sire Hussonet.

Host (Chi) is standing for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee at Swettenham Stud.

Royal Schilling collected $14,000 of a $20,000 VOBIS Gold owners incentive on top of the winning prizemoney at Echuca on Tuesday.

The Shea Eden trained mare was facing the starter for just the third time to win the Ecotecture Design Plate (1400m) following unplaced runs at Mildura (August) and Kyneton (September).

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Royal Schilling

“She’s been through the wars this girl, injuries and immaturity have held her back but I kept telling the owners to be patient,” Eden said.  “There’s more to come from her and as long as she stays sound, she will race her way through the grades.”

Royal Schilling (4m Artie Schiller – Duchesse De Berri by Diesis) sat on the back of the speed and took over with ease rounding the home turn.  She cleared out for a soft two-length win from Trois Belle and Iberia who are also VOBIS Gold eligible four year-olds.

“She still wanted to look around and do a bit wrong in the straight,” Eden added.  “That gives us great scope for further improvement as her career goes on.”

Royal Schilling was the first yearling Eden purchased from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds when she graduated from the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier for $80,000.  Her dam Duchesse De Berri died in June – she also foaled G3 Coongy Hcp winner Fire In The Night.

Eden trains the Echuca winner for James Abel, Doug & Ann Gniel, Michael Habgood, Heath & Harley Kolac, Dale Thomas, Roger Timms and Ron Witney.

Reward For Effort returned outstanding figures with his first-crop colts at The Star Inglis 2YO Sale in Sydney on Tuesday.

The Chatswood Stud stallion averaged $80,833 which was only bettered by Snitzel and Exceed And Excel for sires with three or more lots knocked down at Newmarket’s Ready 2 Race Sale

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C – Reward For Effort x Belsoeur

Topping the list was the colt from Belsoeur (Royal Academy) that made $105,000 to the bid of Triple Crown Syndications.  His dam is a three-quarter sister to Black Caviar.

Triple Crown founders Chris and Michael Ward are good judges – their recent buys include the recent Group winners Charlie Boy, Hot Snitzel and Peggy Jean.

The Reward For Effort – Belsoeur colt was very impressive when breezing 200 metres in 10.80s at Cranbourne.

The other Reward For Effort 2YOs to change hands will eventually head off-shore.  The Maid in Secret colt ($82,500) was purchased by a Hong Kong buyer and the Addicted to Wealth colt ($55,000) is destined for Singapore.

Reward For Effort came close to earning black-type with his first-ever starter when Results finished fourth in the LR Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.  The Bendigo based filly jumped awkwardly and stewards reported she was inconvenienced at start and half-way down the straight.

Sportingbet installed Reward For Effort as a $4 second-favourite to claim the Australian first-season winners’ premiership for 2014-15.  Star Witness heads the market at $3.

Reward For Effort (Exceed and Excel) was a Group 1 winner of the 2009 Blue Diamond Stakes and he stands at Chatswood Stud for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.

Few could have foreseen just how accurate a race name was given to the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m).

The much anticipated opening leg of the two-year-old VOBIS Gold race series is quickly earning a reputation as one of the state’s most pre-eminent juvenile races having already produced a rush of Group 1 performers in its brief two-year history.

Inaugural winner Iconic has continued his winning ways since taking out the Bendigo dash-for-cash, franking his VOBIS victory with an exciting win in the Listed Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley last August. The Tony McEvoy-trained youngster was most impressive defeating proven black-type sprinters Villa Verde, Shamal Wind, and Angelic Light, who would go on to become the first horse to defeat Lankan Rupee in the 2014-15 racing season.

However one of the most exciting graduates of the 2013 VOBIS Gold Rush would emerge from outside of the winners stall.

Darren Weir’s subsequent Group 1 Sir Rupert Clark Charity Cup (1600m) winner Trust In A Gust secured his first VOBIS Gold bonus on debut in the 2013 Gold Rush before commencing his well publicised VOBIS Gold spree.

The bargain-basement son of Keep The Faith has proven much more than a VOBIS banner-horse of late and will again command considerable market attention in this Saturday’s Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield in what will be just his second appearance at the highest level.

Trust In A Gust is set to face-off against another VOBIS Gold Rush graduate come this weekend’s $400,000 feature-mile, with the Matthew Ellerton-trained Solicit another likely acceptor.

Though she could only manage a seventh placing on debut in the Gold Rush, Solicit has since emerged as one of the state’s most promising young mares thanks to her hard fought Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) victory at Flemington last autumn.

The dashing daughter of Street Cry has proven herself adept at distances up to 2500m having placed as a three-year-old in the Group 1 VRC Crown Oaks and will again be tough to catch in this weekend’s Toorak Handicap.

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Iconic, winning the 2013 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo

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Trust In A Gust

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Solicit 

Solicit is not the only Ellerton-Zahra trained youngster to emerge from the 2013 VOBIS Gold Rush, with subsequent Listed Regal Roller Stakes (1200m) winner Hard Stride already making a name for herself over sprinting journeys. The dashing Street Sense mare has come on well since sharing second place with Trust In A Gust on debut; her two length defeat of multiple Group 1 winner Moment Of Change in the Regal Roller Stakes marking her arrival on the big stage.

The list of group-level graduates goes on and on.

2013 Group 2 Edward Manifold Stakes (1610m) winner Se Sauver finished a close-up fifth in what was the mare’s second race start, while dual metropolitan winners Churchill Dancer (sixth) and Kievann (12th) have also gone on to again find the winners stall in town.

To date the 2013 VOBIS Gold Rush has produced one Group 1 winner, four other black-type winners and a further three black-type placegetters from its field of 15.

It just proves that there is still a bevy of gold to come out of Bendigo, especially of the equine variety.

Article by Daniel Miles – @DanielMiles90 at Racing Victoria

There are numerous stories of the good fortune enjoyed by breeders that have bought wisely from Darley reductions and Rosemont Stud is the latest to benefit with Singspiel mare Swansea.

Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen bought Swansea (Ire) from Darley for $55,000 at the Magic Millions National Sale in June and that proved a master-stroke when her colt Sweynesse came out and won on debut at Rosehill in August.

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Sweynesse

The Lonhro three year-olds added Group 3 victories in the Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle and Gloaming Stakes (1800m) at Rosehill in September.

Swansea won three minor races up to 2400 metres in Darley’s colours when trained by the late Guy Walter.  Since changing hands, she has since produced a very nice Commands filly at Waikato Stud in NZ.

“We do a bit with Mark Chittick and have a couple of mares over there with him,” Mithen said.  “We sent Swansea to Ocean Park.  She will go to Savabeel next year – the Zabeel – Singspiel cross is working not only with Sweynesse but Eclair Big Bang as well.”

Sweynesse has been installed a $1.90 favourite by the TAB for the Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick and Swansea’s value will sky-rocket if he claims the classic this Saturday, October 11.

Big Bane Theory led home a Group 2 quinella for Emirates Park sire Artie Schiller at Santa Anita on Saturday.

The Carla Gaines trained stallion launched a perfectly- timed move to capture the $200,000 City of Hope Stakes (1600m), getting the jump on deep closer Mr. Commons to prevail by over a length.

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Big Bane Theory

The victory serves as a logical course-and-distance stepping stone to the Breeders’ Cup Mile.  “He’s such an easy horse to train,” Gaines said.  “Joe (Talamo) rode him beautifully.  He saved ground and the leaders were always going to come back to him.”

Bane Theory (5h Artie Schiller – Shebane by Alysheba) is a homebred for Scott Gross and Mark Devereaux and was coming off a first-up placing in a stakes race at Del Mar in August.

Bred in California, he won a Santa Anita maiden and allowance as a late season three year-old and returned to win another allowance at Santa Anita last year prior to a solid fourth in the Citation Hcp in November.

His dam Shebane was a Listed winner of the 1999 Prix Joubert at Longchamp and she has also foaled Aqueduct’s Count Fleet stakes winner Laus Deo (Medaglia d’Oro).

Artie Schiller (El Prado) stands for a $22,000 (inc gst) service fee at Emirates Park’s Victorian base at Digger’s Rest.  His Victorian bred stakes winners include Laser Hawk, Mezeray Miss, Lady Melksham, Big Chill, Secret Liaison and Moving Money.

Blue Gum Farm resident Turffontein sired his first stakes winner in the G2 VRC Edward Manifold Stakes (1600m) at Flemington on Saturday.

His filly Fontein Ruby defied running down to score by a head from late closer Maastricht and her stablemate Crafty.  “She could back-up in the G1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) next week,” trainer Robert Smerdon said.   “She has the right constitution to do it.”

Fontein Ruby (3f Turffontein – Charming Ruby by Rubiton) was a $50,000 buy from the Blue Gum draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  “It’s an even year of fillies,” Smerdon added.  “When they’re fit and well you’ve got to take the initiative.”

Smerdon indicated Fontein Ruby and Crafty (Manhattan Rain) both have the G1 VRC Oaks (2500m) as their grand finals this spring.  The Aquanita trainer completed the Manifold Stakes – VRC Oaks double with Mosheen two years ago.

Winning jockey Mark Zahra said he wanted to be positive aboard Fontein Ruby.  “Going to the front probably won us the race,” he said.  “She relaxed well in the lead and then gave a kick to fight them off.”

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Turffontein, 2014 Blue Gum Farm stallion parade

Fontein Ruby had shown ability as a two year-old for previous trainer Tony Vasil.  She had been placed on debut at Caulfield on Boxing Day and in the $250,000 Inglis Premier at Mornington in February.

After transferring to Smerdon, she won at Sandown in July and then doubled up at Flemington at the start of this season.  Her dam Charming Ruby has a 2yo filly named Eloquent Ruby (Turffontein) and a yearling filly by Master Of Design.

The mare is an unraced half-sister to G2 Tristarc Stakes winner Infinite Grace.  Second dam Infinite Charm (Tristino) is a half-sister to dual G1 Cox Plate winner Fields Of Omagh.

Turffontein (Johannesburg) stands for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee at Blue Gum Farm.  He was a Group 1 winner of the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

This year’s edition of the Goffs Orby Yearling Sale once again saw the first crop of World Champion Miler Canford Cliffs in huge demand. Over the two days of this year’s Orby Sale 17 members of Canford Cliffs first crop were sold at an average of €99,176 (AUS$143,321). Eight of them made over €100,000.

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C – Canford Cliffs x Lulawin. 

Just as impressive as the prices was the list of purchasers of these yearlings which included BBA Ireland, M V Magnier (2), Dermot Weld, David Wachman, David Redvers, etc.

The highlight of the sale for Canford Cliffs was the spirited bidding duel that took place on lot 340 (pictured), a bay colt out of Lulawin, that was eventually knocked down to M V Magnier for €200,000. Lulawin is a young half-sister to the Joint Champion 3YO Miler in Europe in 2007 and St James’s Palace Stakes (Gr1) winner, Excellent Art. This colt was M V’s second Canford Cliffs purchase at the sale having parted with €160,000 for another colt on day one.

A five time Group One winning Miler, Canford Cliffs is standing his third season here at Blue Gum Farm at a fee of $13,750.  Great libido, great fertility, fantastic prospect!

Hoofnote:  Blue Gum Farm’s new sire War received a significant update to his pedigree when promising filly Fenway won her maiden at Bendigo on Thursday.

Fenway (High Chaparral) is a younger half-sister to War and she was an eye-catching debut winner for trainers Lee and Shannon Hope.  Connections have nominated her for the G1 VRC Oaks at Flemington on November 6.

A precocious Dr Doute’s filly will race in Singapore after changing hands at the Magic Millions 2YO Sale on Tuesday.

The Dr Doute’s filly from Missy Memoirs (Rubiton) made $32,000 to the bid of Singapore trainer Michael Clements.  Her breeze-up time (10.17s) was the fastest of any filly catalogued for the Gold Coast Sale.

“She’s a neat filly and has early speed – I think she will be suited in our two year-old races back home later this year,” Clements said.  “Her breeze-up was very smart and she has a lovely temperament, too.”

The Magic Millions filly is from the first-crop of Dr Doute’s who stands at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.  Her dam is a half-sister to SAJC Dequettville Stakes runner-up Land Of Dreams.

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F – Dr Doute’s x Miss Memoris. Photo by Magic Millions. 

Dr Doute’s (Redoute’s Choice) was an outstanding juvenile for part-owner and trainer Mark Kavanagh.  He was unbeaten as a two year-old at Morphettville (1000m) and Moonee Valley (1200m) and returned the following season to capture the G3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington and LR City of Adelaide Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville.

Ridgeview Park’s Phil and Fiona Sloane can be contacted for bookings to Dr Doute’s on (03) 5433 6306 or 0488 525063.

VOBIS Gold poster-boy Trust In A Gust proved he’s a genuine Group 1 horse in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday.

The Darren Weir trained galloper was headed in straight but fought back to defeat Dissident who was gunning for a Group 1 treble following victories in the Makybe Diva Stakes and Memsie Stakes.

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Trust In A Gust. Photo from Racing Victoria website. 

Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) dominated the VOBIS Gold calendar last season collecting over $500,000 in prizemoney and bonuses for his connections.  They banked another $242,000 at Caulfield and the Group 1 makes him a valuable stallion prospect.

Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy and Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster were also celebrating the ground-breaking victory on Sunday.

The Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes is the first Group 1 for Greta West Stud stallion Keep The Faith who stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at the McCarthy family’s nursery in north-east Victoria.

Sangster bred and sold Trust In A Gust for $45,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  He transferred Keep The Faith to make way for Equiano, Master of Design and Americain on the Swettenham roster but still supports the son of breed-shaper Sunday Silence.

Trust In A Gust also gave Weir his first Group 1 in Victoria.  “He’s a great racehorse and has been a great advertisement for our stable and VOBIS Gold.  He tries hard, loves working and has a good bunch of owners.”

His dam Subtle Breeze has a 2yo Equiano colt with Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell and a yearling colt by Master Of Design that Sangster has nominated for the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Trainer David Hayes is quietly confident of winning his first Group 1 of the season with Afleet Esprit in the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield in a fortnight.

The Bel Esprit filly has dominated her rivals in the lead-ups winning the LR Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington and the G2 Guineas Prelude (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday.

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Afleet Esprit. Photo from Racing Victoria website. 

Hayes has won the Thousand Guineas with Miss Finland (2006) and Irish Lights (2009) and Afleet Esprit will target a third on October 11.  “She will  run a very good mile,” Hayes said.  “The Bel Esprits are more noted for sprinting but she’s got a relaxed demeanour and can run such fast sectionals.”

Afleet Esprit (3f Bel Esprit – Bonded by Danewin) was always travelling smoothly in the Guineas Prelude before sprinting to a winning lead in the straight.  She scored by a half-length from Sydney filly Amicus.

Bred by Torquay based Alan Green, she is by Champion Eliza Park International stallion Bel Esprit from Caulfield winner Bonded.

Bel Esprit can give Victorian sires a fourth Thousand Guineas victory in the last decade.  Invincible Spirit filly Yosei (2010) is the only winner by a local sire since Blue Gum Farm conceived Alinghi and Mnemosyne doubled up for Encosta de Lago in 2004-05.

Rich Enuff is a firming favourite for the G1 Caulfield Guineas after extending his unbeaten three year-old record on Sunday.

The Written Tycoon colt heads the TAB Caulfield Guineas market at $3.20 following a runaway victory in the G3 Guineas Prelude (1400m) on Sunday.  It followed similar wins in the G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington and LR Mitchell McKenzie Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

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Rich Enuff. Photo from Racing Victoria Website.

“You are never too confident in racing,” winning trainer Ken Keys said.  “But it’s pretty hard not to like what we just saw.  He’s a big baby and is still not there yet as a race horse.”

Rich Enuff (3c Written Tycoon – Hotnuff by Spartacus) was geared down in the final furlong to score by more than two lengths from Looks Like The Cat and Awesome Rock.  “That was very easy,” jockey Michael Rodd said.  “We got caught wide and did a fair bit of work but he just does it so easy.  And that turn of foot is breathtaking.”

Keys and his wife Louise bred his dam Hotnuff back to Written Tycoon this year.  The mare has a 2yo colt and a yearling filly by Chatswood Stud sire Reward For Effort.

Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Innisfree Thoroughbreds owner Andy O’Shea and his wife Carol greeted Sandown winner Kakanui with mixed emotions on Saturday.

The Pakenham based breeders watched Kakanui claim the Sporting Club Hcp (1100m) on the Hillside course but the gelding pulled up lame.  He was racing second-up after almost a year on the sidelines following knee surgery.

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Kakanui (white cap). Photo from Racing Victoria website.

“He feels likes a horse that’s going to be better with a bit of sting out of the ground,” jockey Damien Oliver said after walking the winner back to scale.  “It didn’t feel too bad and hopefully he can come back alright.”

Kakanui closed with a determined sprint to defeat Bella Mollie by a nose.  He is by Eliza Park International stallion Statue of Liberty and is the first foal of Divine Princess (General Nediym).

The mare won in town at Caulfield and Sandown when trained by Mick Price and she has an unnamed 2yo colt by Artie Schiller.

Trainer Brendan McCarthy said he would make an assessment on the winner’s immediate future this week.  “It was a pretty close finish but it was great to get there,” he said.  “With any luck, it will be onwards and upwards from here.”

Statue of Liberty (Storm Cat) is standing at Eliza Park International for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.  He completed an interstate double when Liberty’s Gem won on debut at Belmont on Saturday.

Exciting Swettenham Stud graduate Khutulun returned to racing with a brilliant victory in the Askin Hcp (1300m) at Sandown Hillside on Saturday.

The Luke Oliver trained mare will now be set for the $100,000 TAB Rewards Trophy (1700m) on Melbourne Cup day at Flemington.  She was bred and sold by Swettenham owner Adam Sangster in conjunction with leading Perth breeder Ron Sayers and cost $16,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

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Khutulun. Photo from Racing Victoria website. 

“She’s only had one jump-out and was underdone today,” Oliver admitted.  “She did it all so quickly last prep and is still learning how to race!”

Khutulun (4m Soldier’s Tale – Great Tradition by Rock Of Gibraltar) had won on debut at Kyneton in March and followed up with an on-pace victory at Sandown.  She was then runner-up to subsequent G1 Queensland Derby winner Sonntag at Caulfield before finishing her first campaign with an unplaced run in the G1 Queensland Oaks.

“It’s hard to know how good she is,” Oliver said.  “She had a pretty busy winter so we won’t pressure her this time in.”

Khutulun is raced by the Grand Great Tradition syndicate managed by Sam Lyons.  She is from a three-quarter sister to Swettenham homebred Blackfriars who won the 1999 Victoria Derby before embarking on a successful stud career at Scenic Lodge in WA.

Her dam Great Tradition has a yearling colt by Swettenham’s Group 1 stallion Master Of Design.

Melbourne breeders Rob and June Harding were featured earlier this month in a story that highlighted their support for VOBIS Gold.

The Hardings had their mare Orutan covered by Bullbars at Highview Stud in NZ last year and then sent her to Rosemont Stud.

The Pins mare foaled a ripper VOBIS eligible colt (pictured) last weekend at the Gnarwarre nursery.

Orutan will now be bred back to Unencumbered at Three Bridges.

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Hautvillers lived up to her pedigree with a hollow victory first time out at Seymour on Thursday.

The Woodside Park filly was eased down by Brad Rawiller in the closing stages but was still three lengths to the good of her rivals in the Bar Landy Restaurant Plate (1309m).  “That was a terrific way to start her career,” Rawiller said.  “She was a bit of a handful before the start but Bob Challis helped me get her down to the barriers.”

Hautvillers (3f Flying Spur – Dame Cath by Zabeel) is trained by Luke Oliver at Caulfield for Woodside Park owner Mark Rowsthorn.  She was a $45,000 buy at the 2013 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Her NZ-bred dam Dame Cath began her career with a Listed victory at Riccarton before transferring to Bart Cummings for further wins at Flemington and Caulfield.  The first of her five winners to date was the Anthony Cummings trained stayer Red Lord who won a Group 3 at Caulfield and two Listed events at Rosehill.

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Hautvillers

Rawiller believes Hautvillers is also destined for longer races than Thursday.  “She travelled beautifully and got into a nice rhythm.  She will be much better for today and will definitely get further.”

The Seymour result continued another good week for Woodside Park.  Resident sire Written Tycoon produced a very smart colt when the current season two year-olds performed in public for the first time at Cranbourne on Monday.

Royalic (2c Written Tycoon – Queenie by Black Minnaloushe) won an 800m trial and he looks an early-comer for trainer Mark Riley.  His older half-brother Trump claimed the G3 Gunsynd Classic in Brisbane before transferring to Hong Kong where he was a last-start winner at Sha Tin on September 14.

Leading Tasmanian broodmare La Quita has foaled an Americain colt for her owners Paul and Elizabeth Geard.

The Geards own GeeGee Stud at Broadmarsh in Tasmania.

La Quita (Grand Lodge) has been named Tasmania’s Broodmare of the Year three times thanks to her top-class stayer Geegees Blackflash who has won 19 races including the 2010 Tasmanian Derby, 2011 Newmarket Hcp, 2012 Hobart Cup and 2013 Launceston Cup.

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C – Americain x La Quita. Swettenham Stud

“My children asked what I would like for Father’s Day,” Geard recalled.  “I just told them I’ve already got the best present possible and that’s this colt by Americain.”

Geard has long had a dream to breed his own stallion to stand at GeeGee Stud.  To that end, he sent his best mare to the Melbourne Cup winner who shuttles between Swettenham Stud and Calumet Farm in Kentucky

La Quita is also the dam of Gee Gee’s La Quita (2012 Tasmanian Thousand Guineas & James Boags Golden Mile) and Geegees Velvet (2013 3YO Vase).

Americain covered 155 mares in his first southern book at Swettenham last year and he’s popular again with breeders at a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.