Caulfield’s Moloney family supplied the second winner this week from a prominent Rangal Park family at Mornington on Wednesday.

Taddei Tondo (5g Danerich – Pachouli by Royal Academy) was backed into $5.50 before nailing Il Cavallo in the Bayside Jeep Hcp (1000m).  The runner-up had started a short-priced favourite to win his fourth race in a row.

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Taddei Tondo (Danerich x Pachouli)

“He appreciated the drop back from 1400 metres,” trainer Gerard Moloney said.  “He tends to over-race so we freshened him up.  He’s got ability and we’ve got him right.”

Taddei Tondo delivered the Mornington metropolitan victory just days after fellow Danerich sprinter Romantic Cash won first-up in Hong Kong.

Both horses are from daughters of pioneering mare Jovan.  Rangal Park owner Eric Buttler bred 9 winners from the NZ bred Nassipour mare including stakes winners Northeast Sheila, Dashing Granada and Kablammo.

Moloney trains the Mornington winner for his wife Trish and a syndicate that includes David Deakin, Rodger McGowan, Andrew Peters and Brenda Rogers.  “It’s my first city winner for Mum and Dad,” apprentice Patrick Moloney beamed.  “I followed Il Cavallo and then peeled out to power home.”

Taddei Tondo is named after a circular relief sculpture by Michelangelo (circa 1506) that’s recognised as the greatest treasure in London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

Danerich (Danehill) stands at Rangal Park in Euroa for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee.

·        Racing Victoria officially launches new digital platform
· provides racing fans with access to more information
·        $690,000 investment from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund

Victorian racing fans will have access to one of the best thoroughbred racing websites in the world following the official launch of Racing Victoria’s new website –

Premier and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government had invested $690,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to enable Racing Victoria to develop its digital platform and launch this exciting website in time for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.

“This one-stop-shop brings together Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria, the Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club under one banner and will provide racing fans in Victoria and across the globe with access to a range of new and existing information,” Dr Napthine said.

“The new website will make racing more accessible to a broader audience and help attract visitors from around Australia and the world to experience our great events in person.” will have a host of features including:

·        race replays for all Victorian metropolitan and country races
·        unrivalled fields and form that allows visitors to choose the level of information they want;
·        innovative tools to assist visitors to identify the best placed horses and help select more winners;
·        exclusive access to Victorian stewards reports with improved integration within form and results    information;
·        detailed event information to plan an enjoyable day at the races with family and friends;
·        expansive articles, photos and video; and
·        a new and enhanced mobile app.

Racing Victoria Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer, Andrew Catterall said both the network and mobile app will continue to evolve beyond launch.

“They will provide anywhere, anytime access to comprehensive racing data, news, video and more to meet the needs of everyone from serious racing enthusiasts to those who simply want to enjoy a social day at the races,” Mr Catterall said.

“For the first time, brings together field, form and racing content on one network, together with club membership, ticketing, ownership and events, and rich profiles on our jockeys, trainers and horses.

“We are expecting more than 1 million unique visits over the Spring Racing Carnival, with more than half of the traffic coming from mobile devices.

“A key feature is also a new section dedicated to the 50,000 registered owners of thoroughbred race horses in Victoria, providing trainers and owners with tools to plan a horse’s campaign and full statistical histories of their horses’ careers.”

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government was a strong supporter of the racing industry through its $79.5 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF).

“Thoroughbred racing in Victoria is worth $2.1 billion to the state’s economy each year and has over 70,000 people involved either as an owner, trainer, breeder, employee or volunteer,” Dr Napthine said.

Rangal Park bred sprinter Romantic Cash opened the Hong Kong season with a three length victory in the Lung Wui Hcp (1200m) on Sunday.

Romantic Cash (4g Danerich – Homeland Sheila by Keltrice) had won a Cranbourne trial for Greg Eurell in November 2013 prior to being purchased privately by clients of trainer Danny Shum.  He had shown speed when a fading fifth on debut in June and went right on with the job despite a wide trip at Sha Tin on Sunday.

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“Danny asked me to try him in a trial and he was OK but I didn’t think he would come out and win until I took him to the start,” jockey Olivier Doleuze said.  “I could feel he had improved a lot so I was more confident.

“I hope the handicapper doesn’t kill him because the track was very fast.  If you kicked at the right time it was very hard to catch the leaders.”

Romantic Cash is the latest Hong Kong winner by Rangal Park stallion Danerich.  He’s the sire of David Hall’s very promising sprinter Brilliant Dream who had also won a Cranbourne trial for Eurell before shipping off-shore.

Rangal Park owner Eric Buttler sent Homeland Sheila to New Zealand in 2012 and she has a Savabeel filly that will be catalogued for the sales next year.  The mare returned home after being covered by Ocean Park and she is due to foal next month.

It’s one of Rangal Park’s most productive families.  Homeland Sheila is a Keltrice sister to the Flemington stakes winners Northeast Sheila and Dashing Granada and a half-sister to Kablammo (Marauding) who also won at headquarters the day Makybe Diva won her first Melbourne Cup.

Danerich (Danehill) is standing for a service fee of $8,800 (inc gst) this year.

Bianconi galloper Alcohol turned back the clock to cause an upset at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Richard Jolly trained gelding was resuming from a long, injury-enforced spell and was quoted at double-figure odds for the Tattsbet Hcp (1200m).  He settled at the tail of the field in company with stablemate Mr Good Cat before surprising punters with a winning sprint in the straight.

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Alcohol (7g Bianconi – Tendue by General Nediym) was having just his third start since January 2013.  “He’s a talented horse,” Jolly said.  ““I said not to underestimate him earlier this week.”

Consigned to the 2010 Adelaide Magic Millions by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, he was a bargain buy at $25,000 for Jolly and a syndicate that includes several employees of Penfolds Wines.  He paid that straight back winning a Moonee Valley maiden that was worth $100,000 in prizemoney and a Super VOBIS bonus.

“He strained a tendon so we sent him up to Clover Glen to recover,” Jolly recalled.  “I inspected him earlier this year and decided to keep him there instead of racing on rough, rain-affected tracks during winter.”

Bianconi (Danzig) is currently covering his first book at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East.  He got the Adelaide winner from Tendue who claimed the Red Ruby Final at Ballarat for Lauriston’s O’Brien family in 2004.

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

Hoofnote:  Alcohol’s younger brother Alcobro bolted in at the annual Halidon meeting on Sunday.  The Bianconi three year-old won at the first time of asking for Jolly and jockey Jake Toeroke who also piloted Alcohol on Saturday.

Ken Keys rejected a significant offer for Rich Enuff last month and the reason for that decision has been rubber-stamped in the G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Rich Enuff is a son of Woodside Park Stud sire Written Tycoon and Keys rates him the best horse he’s ever trained.  “I’ve never won a Group 1and I wasn’t tempted by those bids from Hong Kong,” Keys said.  “I think he’s a natural miler and he’s a chance in the Caulfield Guineas.

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“I guess he has genuine stallion potential now and I’m sure he will more create interest from studs if he wins the Group 1.”

Rich Enuff (3c Written Tycoon – Hotnuff by Spartacus) started a $6 second-favourite on Saturday after a last-start Listed victory in the Mitchell McKenzie Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.  He was always well-placed down the straight course and had enough in reserve to defeat late-closer Looks Like The Cat (Husson) by a head.

“He’s got so much to learn, but so much upside,” winning jockey Michael Rodd said.  “There’s a really good engine there.”

The winner was bred by Keys and his wife Louise and they race him in partnership with Colin Johnstone.  The Danehill cheque increased his earnings to $213,000.

Hotnuff has a 2yo colt and a yearling filly by Chatswood Stud sire Reward For Effort and she was booked back to Written Tycoon this season.

Written Tycoon has sired the winners of 12 stakes races in Australia and there could be another on the cards with Caveka in the G2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, September 26.

Caveka (3g Written Tycoon – Talkin’ About by Commands) is a brother to talented mare Fiftyshadesofgrey and he signalled stakes winning potential with a last-start victory at Moonee Valley.

He also holds a Group 1 nomination for the Caulfield Guineas.

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

Afleet Esprit is heading for a lucrative spring following her last-to-first victory in the LR Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.

The Bel Esprit filly became the 21st stakes winner for the Champion Eliza Park International sire and trainer David Hayes will set her for the G1 Thousand Guineas next month.

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“She’s shown plenty of quality at home and I was thrilled to see her produce it at the races with that burst of acceleration,” Hayes said.  “It was a good quality field of fillies and she will head to the Thousand Guineas via the Prelude.”

Afleet Esprit (3f Bel Esprit – Bonded by Danewin) broke away from the field in tandem with Lumosty and she firmed to $18 for the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.

She had won a Geelong maiden in June and then did just enough to defeat Godolphin filly Avanti at Moonee Valley last month.  “We gave them a good start today but she finished powerfully,” jockey Damien Oliver said.  “We can work out if she is going to get to a mile after the Prelude.”

Afleet Esprit is the first winner for Bonded who won four races for the Shannon family and she also finished midfield in the 2007 Thousand Guineas won by Serious Speed.

Vinery catalogued Afleet Esprit for the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions as agent for Torquay based breeder Alan Green but she was withdrawn before the sale.

Victorian-bred world champion Black Caviar has foaled a filly by Darley sire Exceed And Excel.

Managing owner Neil Werrett was there for the birth in the Hunter Valley and said it all went smoothly.  “She did it all very naturally with very little assistance,” Werrett said.  “The filly is outstanding with two small white socks and a bit of white across the head.

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“Black Caviar took to the foal straightaway and then the first thing she wanted to do afterwards was eat.”

The undefeated mare was retired last year after an unbeaten 25 start career including 15 at Group 1 level.

Black Caviar’s first foal will almost certainly be retained to race instead of going through the yearling sales.  Werrett said an announcement regarding her next mate would be made shortly.

This is the time of the year when breakers are in the spotlight after educating our latest crop of new-season two year-olds.

Wangaratta based horseman Chris Ledger is one of the best in the business and he has gone out on a limb with the first juvenile races less than a month away.

“The Equiano – Hidden Energy colt is one of the best I’ve ever broken in,” Ledger claimed this week.  “I look after a lot of the young ones going to Mick Price and there’s been none better – including Lankan Rupee!”

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The colt broke the record for a first-season sire at the 2014 Melbourne Premier yearling sale when commanding $420,000.  He was purchased by Malaysian based owner Vincent Tan and has been named Kerauno which is the Ancient Greek word for lightning.

“Kerauno is a magnificent mover,” Ledger continued.  “He was a bit hot early on but settled down once we got him down to the track.  He bowls along super and has a beautiful temperament.

“He went down to Caulfield and Mick put him through the gates and then sent him out for a break.  I’m as keen as anybody to see him race.”

Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster stands Equiano at his Nagambie nursery and there were 76 live foals from his first southern crop.  They will begin racing on the back of a promising start by his English bred juveniles – there have been 12 individual winners in Europe so far this year.

Kerauno (2c Equiano – Hidden Energy by Dehere) is the second foal of a mare who was Group 1 placed in the SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes.  His price-tag helped Equiano average $105,200 at the Melbourne Premier 1 Sale.

Mornington trainer Pat Carey weighed in with $100,000 for the Equiano – Anna Dana filly at Oaklands Junction and has already tagged her an exciting prospect.

“This is a filly of real quality,” Carey claimed.  “She’s well developed, nicely balanced with a good stride and her breeding suggests she could be a two-year old.”

The filly’s pedigree has continued to improve since she changed hands.  Her Kaphero half-brothers – Our Kapow and Our Kaboom – both broke through following the Melbourne Premier.  Anna Dana (USA) was stakes placed in Kentucky and second dam Mount Helena (Danzig) is a half-sister to champion sire Street Cry.

Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell is flying with brilliant three year-old Get The Nod and he has a strong team of babies in work at Morphettville.

Kennewell paid $120,000 for the Equiano – Subtle Breeze colt at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and reports the youngster is going along as good as gold.  “He’s got a lovely attitude and is a terrific mover.  He’s been in and out of work a couple of times and could very well be an early-comer.”

The colt’s older half-brother Trust In A Gust earned 2013-14 Super VOBIS Horse of the Year honours and his managing part-owner Dennis Speechley is also in the Equiano colt.

“He’s VOBIS qualified, too,” Kennewell said.  “I’m sure we will be crossing the border for those bonuses in the future.”

And in Sydney, champion trainer Chris Waller has just brought his Equiano – Mesh youngster back into work.  The colt is owned by Bob Ingham’s daughter Debbie Kepitis and also cost $120,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

He’s from a half-sister to the dam of last year’s G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Long John.  It’s a successful Woodlands Stud family and the colt is sure to carry on the Ingham tradition of excellence.

Equiano’s service fee has remained at $15,000 (plus gst) this year

A total of 7 Victorian events are among 14 races upgraded by the Australian Pattern Committee for 2014-15.

Upgraded to Group 2 level
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m)  Caulfield
Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m)  Flemington

Upgraded to Group 3 level
Blue Diamond Fillies Preview  (1000m)  Caulfield
Ethereal Stakes (2000m)  Caulfield
Bendigo Cup  (2400m)  Bendigo

Upgraded to Listed level
Blue Sapphire (1200m) Caulfield
Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m)  Moonee Valley

All upgrades will take effect from January 1, 2015 except for the Blue Sapphire which will take effect immediately.

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Progressive filly Lola Beaux completed a weekend double for Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano at Dundalk on Sunday.

The Jessica Harrington-trained filly defeated odds-on favourite General Marshall after a battle that started a full 400 metres from the finish in the Dundalk Stadium Maiden (1400m).  “I’m delighted to get that out of the way,” Harrington said after the second-up win.  “She’s very straight-forward and stuck at it very well.”

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Lola Beaux (2f Equiano – Polly Perkins by Pivotal) 

Lola Beaux (2f Equiano – Polly Perkins by Pivotal) will now be set for the G3 C L Weld Stakes (1400m) at the Curragh.  “She really got mugged first-up at Tipperary last month,” Harrington explained.  “She was in front for too long but this time she had something to run with.”

The winner was a 24,000 euros (AUD 34,770) buy for Ladbrokes PR spokeswoman Hayley O’Connor at the 2013 Goffs Orby yearling sale.  Her dam Polly Perkins was a Listed winner of the 2004 National Stakes and Dragon Stakes at Sandown.

Equally Fast logged the first-leg of Equiano’s weekend double in the Bilston Bathrooms Maiden (1000m) at Wolverhampton on Saturday.  He raced on the paced and was ridden out to score by three –quarters of a length.

Equally Fast (2f Equiano – Fabulously Fast by Deputy Minister) is trained by William Muir and was sold by Newsells Park Stud for 52,000 euros (AUD 77,035) at the 2013 Arqana yearling sale.

Newsells Park shuttles Equiano to Swettenham Stud and the Wiltshire nursery bred a younger sister to Equally Fast in 2013.

Last week was a busy week for foals at Bombora Downs and among them was the first of the eagerly awaited Jungle Ruler (Lion Hunter-Calista, by Zeditave) foals.

Jungle Ruler’s first foal was a beautiful grey filly from the Reset mare Reincur who was born in the wee hours of Monday, 25 August.

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“Given that Reincur was a maiden I’d have to say I’m delighted with the foal she has produced,” said Bombora’s Christoph Bruechert. “The filly is bigger than I was expecting, strong bodied, grey like her father and she’s showing signs of having inherited his very determined nature.”

Jungle Ruler was a crowd favourite whose bold, front-running racing style helped him build a career record of 20 wins and 24 placings, including the Gr3 Moonga Stakes & Gr3 Sandown Stakes, for over $800,000 prize-money. Jungle Ruler retired to stud last year and was well supported by breeders seeking a tough, sound stallion with a solid pedigree at an affordable price. By Danehill’s prolific stakes-producing son Lion Hunter, Jungle Ruler’s third dam is Gr1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) winner Lacovia, dam of Gr1 sprinter and sire Tobougg.

Jungle Ruler is also a direct descendant of Buckpasser mare Hopespringseternal, who is best known as the mother of outstanding stallion Miswaki (sire of Galileo’s dam Urban Sea).

Bel Esprit received a blast from the past when Esprit Lad won the Moree Town Plate on Sunday.

The 10 year-old gelding is from Bel Esprit’s first crop and he flew late to pounce on the leaders while clocking a slick 56.32s for 1000 metres.

Esprit Lad (10g Bel Esprit – Lady Marple by Geiger Counter) is part-owned and trained by Richard Jackson at Walgett and has won 12 races for over $180,000 in prizemoney since breaking his maiden way back in February 2008.

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Bel Esprit

He was bred by Rod Menzies and is from a half sister to Group 1 winning sprinter Marstic.  The Melbourne businessman has also bred Bel Esprit winners like Le Bel Away (Tasmanian 1000 Guineas).

Bel Esprit has already opened up a substantial lead on the 2014-15 Victorian sires’ premiership with earnings of $621,690 since August 1.  Written Tycoon is next best on $378,750.

The Eliza Park International champion has won 7 Victorian premierships in a row and is bearing down on the record of 9 titles held jointly by legendary stallions Better Boy and Helios.

Angelic Light spoiled the party for champion sprinter Lankan Rupee in the G2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday but the win sparked celebrations among the students at Northern Lodge.

The Eden Park campus is located 40km north of Melbourne and provides dedicated training courses for the Victorian racing and breeding industries.

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Angelic Light (5m Holy Roman Emperor – Flashed) 

Angelic Light (5m Holy Roman Emperor – Flashed) was bred and sold by Northern Lodge for $30,000 at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and she has now earned over $442,000.

“You can’t expect to beat the best sprinter in the world, so to see her win is very exciting,” trainer Robbie Griffiths said.  “She had a tendon strain and the owners had to decide whether to go to stud or race on.  They’ve been very patient and it’s been a real team effort to get her back.”

The mare enjoyed a nice trail third on the fence behind the speed set up by Eloping and Lankan Rupee at Moonee Valley and then hooked off their backs to find the line in determined style.

Angelic Light will likely take on Lankan Rupee again in the Group 1 Moir Stakes back at Moonee Valley on September 26.”

Angelic Light kept the black-type flowing for her family following a Listed victory in the Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley in October 2012.  Her dam Flashed won the LR VRC Ottawa Stakes at Flemington in 2001 and her second-dam Bright Light (El Moxie) won the Ottawa in 1995.

She is raced by a large syndicate that includes Andrew Dunemann whose Boom Syndicate also has shares Group 1 sprinters Temple of Boom and Spirit Of Boom.

Northern Lodge also bred and sold the final foal from Flashed for $90,000 at the 2013 Melbourne Premier.  She is a 3yo filly Sebring filly named See Me Flash who won on debut at Sale in February.

Hawkspur has joined an elite group of modern-day gallopers with successive victories in the G2 Chelmsford Stakes (1600m).

The son of Chatswood Stud stallion Purrealist nosed out class mare Royal Descent in a pulsating finish to the historic weight-for-age event at Randwick on Saturday.

Hawkspur is only the fourth horse to double up the Chelmsford since 1970 following Kingston Town (1980-81), Stargazer (1990-91) and Lonhro (2002-03).

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Hawkspur (5g Purrealist – Mollyhawk by Catbird) 

The Chris Waller trained gelding is better known as a backmarker but jockey Jim Cassidy elected to lead in the heavy conditions.  “I thought it would be hard to them a start,” he said.  “The mare definitely headed me but he just kept finding – I knew he would.”

Hawkspur (5g Purrealist – Mollyhawk by Catbird) emerged as a quality stayer winning the G3 Rough Habit, G3 Grand Prix and G1 Queensland Derby at the 2013 Brisbane winter carnival.  He flew from last to claim last year’s Chelmsford Stakes but had been unable to build on that success during the spring and autumn carnivals.

Waller prepared the first six to finish on Saturday – a record-breaking performance in an Australian Group event.  The champion trainer said Hawkspur will run in the G1 George Main Stakes (1600m) at Randwick on September 20 prior to the G1 Turnbull Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on October 4.

He also holds nominations for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups.

Hawkspur is a homebred for David Puglisi and his wife Lynley.  His dam Mollyhawk has a 2yo Purrealist colt named Devil Hawk.

Purrealist (Tale of the Cat) stands at Chatswood Stud for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee.

A record attendance at Eliza Park International’s Open Day at Kerrie should provide its stallions with an ideal springboard for the 2014 breeding season.

Some 500 Victorians (and quite a few interstaters for that matter) had their first opportunity to inspect both Fiorente and Fighting Sun since they retired from the track, while other crowd favourites included 7-time Victorian champ, Bel Esprit, Wanted, Magnus, Statue of Liberty and Black Caviar’s brother, Moshe.  And having the lightning quick, Squamosa, as first cab off the rank proved to be a popular move too.

“It was certainly the biggest turnout we’ve seen at Eliza,” EPI’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Mark Lindsay, pointed out.  “The stallions all looked in terrific order – Bel Esprit is incredibly popular – but naturally enough it was Fiorente and Fighting Sun that many were there to see.

“I had to announce that Fighting Sun was fully booked, but quite a few people signed up on the spot for next year.

“Fiorente is heading that way too: everyone has seen him on TV of course and from a distance at the track but when you get up close and personal, it’s a whole new ball game.  He is such a good looking horse.

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“But it wasn’t all just about stallion parades: the food was great, we recycled quite a few bottles and the Expo went off a treat with marquees set up for a whole range of suppliers including pedigree analysis, taxation, gear, veterinary, nutrition, syndication, insurance, stabling, clothing, wines … there was even a jewellery stand!”

Fiorente’s first cover earlier this week was the Sadler’s Wells mare, Marie Rose, from the Group 2 winner Langoustine and closely related to Royal Academy and Storm Cat.

Fighting Sun’s initial mission – gladly accepted – was the Bel Esprit gal, Champagne Flute, a close relation to 3-time Group 1 winner Maldivian.

Americain’s first Kentucky crop received a Group 1 boost during the Saratoga summer meet that finished on Monday.

The value of his foal from California Sunset sky-rocketed when its older half-brother V. E. Day won the G1 Travers Stakes (2000m) by a nose from stablemate Wicked Strong.

The Travers is North America’s premier classic outside the Triple Crown and it was a steep rise in grade for V. E. Day who was coming off a Listed victory in the Curlin Stakes at the Spa on July 25.

V. E. Day (3c English Channel – California Sunset by Deputy Minister) is raced by 85 year-old breeder Magalen Bryant who owns Locust Hill Farm in Virginia.  She is better known for her top-class steeplechasers.

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California Sunset was bred in 2001 and is an unraced half-sister to Hollywood Park stakes winner Don’t Read My Lips (Turkoman).  She had already foaled minor winners by Afleet Alex, English Channel, Aldebaran and Cape Town.

Americain has just returned to Swettenham Stud from Calumet Farm in Kentucky where he stands alongside V.E. Day’s sire English Channel.  Calumet owner Brad Kelley sold the Travers winner for $135,000 at the 2013 Ocala March 2YO Sale.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkens said V.E. Day and Wicked Strong could clash again in the $1 million Jockey Club Gold Cup at Belmont on September 27.

Americain (Dynaformer) began covering his second southern book at Swettenham this week at a $13,750 (inc gst) fee.

Trust In A Gust is giving his owners the ride of a lifetime and the journey is only just starting for the large syndicate.

The Darren Weir trained sprinter was named 2013-14 Super VOBIS Horse of the Year and now his connections are planning a spring carnival campaign that includes a Group 1 at Caulfield later this month.

Ballarat-based owner David Speechley and his son Paul are part of the syndicate that has already shared over a half-million dollars with Trust In A Gust courtesy of VOBIS Gold and its mother scheme Super VOBIS.

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VOBIS girls flank winning connections at Moonee Valley; (L-R) Ben West, David Stott, Dennis Napthine, Darren Weir, David, Trisha, Paul & Angela Speechley

Victorian Liberal Premier Dr Denis Napthine is also Minister for Racing and he recently announced funding of up to $19 million in prizemoney and bonuses for the Schemes in 2014-15.  The ongoing support by Dr Napthine’s Government will benefit all sections of the industry before flowing through to the wider Victorian economy.

“VOBIS is a great initiative and it makes racing a good horse with family and friends even more rewarding,” Paul Speechley said.  “We got a chance to thank Denis Napthine for all those amazing bonuses at Moonee Valley earlier this year.”

The Trust In A Gust syndicate spent some of that VOBIS money on another horse named Symphonix and he won at Bendigo and Donald before finishing second in the VOBIS Gold Classic at Swan Hill in June.

That flow on effect fuels the thoroughbred cycle right through to grass-roots racing people and, in turn, their local communities.

The Trust In A Gust members are also scattered throughout the State as far apart as Ballarat, Warrnambool, Gippsland and Melbourne.

Paul’s father David has bred and raced lots of horses over the years.  “I have been in a couple of them with Dad and have followed all of his horses passionately,” he said.  “But it was a fluke that my mates and I from St. Patrick’s College and a few other friends got involved with Trust In A Gust.

“We didn’t know Dad already had a share in him.  My best mate David Stott manages KTF Racing and he was told to buy into the Keep the Faith – Subtle Breeze yearling at the Melbourne Premier Sale.

“David rang Dad and asked his opinion and was told; ‘You better jump aboard because I’ve just purchased 20% in him!’.

Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) started last season winning Super VOBIS races at Echuca and Stawell in September.  He kept targeting bonuses in the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade at Ballarat and VOBIS Gold Carat at Caulfield before completing a hat-trick in the Chandler Macleod Stakes at Moonee Valley in January.

He was also runner-up in the VOBIS Gold Eldorado at Wangaratta in March and VOBIS Gold Reef at Flemington in April.

“Darren has a special rapport with his horses and he knows exactly where and when to place them,” Paul added.  “Trust In A Gust has won 7 times in 13 starts and that’s a great platform going into the spring carnival.”

Weir will nominate him for the LR Drummond Golf Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley this Saturday and, all going well, he will then be set for the Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield on Sunday, September 28.

None of the Speechley horses have been good enough to win at that level.  Among David Speechley’s best has been Chord (Distant Music) who won at Sandown & Moonee Valley as well as last year’s Colac Cup.

Paul has had some fun with his mates with Excuse My French (French Deputy) who won the 2009 Jack Maher Classic at Wodonga and the following year’s Hobart and Tasmanian Guineas double.

“Dad is also in Trust In A Gust’s younger half-brother by Adam Sangster’s new Swettenham Stud sire Equiano.  He’s with Lloyd Kennewell over in Adelaide and cost $120,000 at the Magic Millions in January.

“Dad actually tried to buy him off Adam as a weanling after Trust In A Gust had shown so much ability early on.”

The asking price for the Equiano colt is a substantial mark-up on the $45,000 Trust In A Gust cost at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  He was bred and sold by Swettenham Stud and his dam is a three-quarter sister to Balanchine (Storm Bird) who won the 1994 Irish Derby and English Oaks.

“We’re probably getting ahead of ourselves looking at the Rupert Clarke Stakes,” Paul admitted.  “But that’s what racing is all about…dreaming of a Group 1 in the big league.

“A Group 1 will be that much sweeter after banking those VOBIS cheques along the way” he explained.  “Win, lose or draw, it’s a magic feeling and all the owners are keen to keep reinvesting the bonuses into more horses.”

Second season stallions traditionally come right under the microscope at this time of the year, when their first crops turn three.

One such stallion, namely Blue Gum Farm’s Turffontein, is really starting to make his presence felt. With his first crop black type performers Fontein Ruby and Turfane already showing they are 3yo’s to watch, the exciting dual Group 1 winning stallion has produced another three first time winners in the last week!

It started last Tuesday at Geelong when a courageous Day Two Miss came from well back to score impressively for the all conquering Darren Weir stable. Placed at her only other two racetrack appearances, the $25,000 yearling purchase looks to be a value buy with an exciting future ahead. Interesting to note that after purchasing three first crop Turffontein’s, Darren Weir purchased another two second crop members this year!

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Turffontein parading at Blue Gum Farm’s 2014 Stallion Parade. 

From Geelong it was over to Singapore on Friday night where Sunday Sun defeated the short priced favorite Super Joy with a determined last furlong that showed great tenacity. Sunday Sun is owned by a partnership that includes Marsh and Guy Shirtliff and Marcus Jooste and is trained by the astute Theo Kieser. Could this be another South African owned and trained fairytale story for an Australian bred, just like Rocket Man and Ato? Sunday Sun was a $65,000 yearling purchase from the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and is yet another successful product of Blue Gum Farm.

Still in Singapore and following hot on the heels of Sunday Sun’s win was the jaw dropping performance of Golden Tomahawk on Sunday. This 3yo certainly turned heads yesterday with his five and a half length winning romp. An $80,000 purchase from the Inglis Ready2Race Sale last year, and now in the care of the talented horseman Shane Baertschiger, Golden Tomahawk exploded away from his rivals to score an effortless victory on debut.

Breed in North East Victoria by Michael Carlile, Golden Tomahawk is out of Night Sky Dancer, a daughter of the Group winner Celestial Show. Night Sky Dancer has a yearling full brother to Golden Tomahawk and is also carrying another full sibling.

Turffontein’s 2014 service fee is $7,700.

Polanski has been signed to start covering his first book on the Mornington peninsula this month.

The Victoria Derby winner will be based with well-known vet Jacqui McGregor at her Tyabb property which has just been christened Ducks Crossing.

His introductory service fee is $5,500 (inc gst).

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Polanski (4h Rakti – Citrium by Citidancer) retires as the winner of 4 races from just 10 starts topped by a Group 1 triumph in the 2013 Victoria Derby (2500m).  He also won the G3 Norman Robinson Stakes (2000m) at Caulfield and LR Super Impose Stakes (1800m) at Flemington.

The Robbie Laing trained colt had started his career with an outstanding victory in a Caulfield two year-old event over 1400m.

Polanski is member of the potent Danzig tribe through his sire Rakti who won five Group 1 events in Italy and England.  His dam Citrium was named Victorian Broodmare of the Year for 2013-14.

“I can remember Polanski from when he first arrived at Robbie’s stable as a yearling,” McGregor recalled.  “He always looked a classic type – big, athletic and balanced with a huge front-end.

“Now he’s 16.3 hands and has a superb temperament.  We’ve done a semen evaluation and there’s no problem with his fertility.

“He’s already received bookings after the first-season stallion parade at Oaklands last week and there’s been plenty of interest from local breeders and trainers down here.

The Mornington Peninsula is re-establishing itself as a premier location for thoroughbreds and is now home to a number of leading breeders including Morning Rise, Musk Creek, Bombora Downs, Flinders Park, Two Bays Farm and Tarcoola Stud.

For further information on Polanski, broodmare owners can contact Jacqui McGregor (0429 057 037) or office manager Sally Airey (0437 866 856).

The Australian Thoroughbred breeding season begins today with the country’s stallions set to generate more than $300 million in income for their services.

In the 2013 breeding season, 637 individual sires across the nation covered some 20,060 mares, with more than 13,500 foals expected to be born this spring (67% of those covered).

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Written Tycoon excited for the breeding season ahead. Photo by Woodside Park. 

Basil Nolan, the chairman of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, said the size of the fees for stallions demonstrates the breeding industry’s importance to the wider economy.  “This is a vitally important industry to Australia, especially in rural areas where these stud farms are based,” he said.

“The hundreds of millions generated in stallion fees is only one part of the economic input; there’s also the thousands of people who work in the breeding industry, the agistment  fees paid by breeders and, of course, the money spent on buying the horses.

“We are very fortunate to have one of the strongest breeding industries in the world, with Australian-bred horses recognised across the globe for their speed and toughness.”

NSW had the most stallions last year (211) as well as the most thoroughbred mares covered (9,644), followed by Victoria (159 – 5,025), Queensland (150 – 2,752), WA (67 – 1,752), SA (28 – 614) and Tasmania (21 – 271).