VRC Oaks Day at Flemington proved to be the venue for the latest stakes winning performance by a daughter of Artie Schiller (USA) when Vain Queen scorched the turf to land the Group 3 VRC G.H. Mumm Stakes (1100m).

One of Victoria’s most talented racemares over the past three seasons, Vain Queen had proven herself to be an outstanding Flemington straight-course sprinter with three wins from four previous visits to the circuit. Backed into a $4.80 second favourite for the prestigious assignment, the 5-year-old was seen at her brilliant best with a resounding three-and-a-half length trouncing of quality opposition.

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Artie Schiller

Vain Queen stopped the clock at a blistering 1m02.70s, running the final 600 metres in 33.12s. Almost equally as impressive is the fact that the second-crop daughter of Artie Schiller boasts a 58% winning strike-rate, having now won seven of her 12 career starts for $457,660 in prizemoney.

“I said to [owners] Phillip and Mario that I thought she had to bring her best performance here today,” confessed trainer John Sadler after the victory. “This could have easily been a Group 2… this was a serious race of mares in form,” the leading trainer elaborated.

Sadler added: “I was hoping that she would just win, but to win like that was really exciting. She’s shown today that maybe at some stage there could be a Group 1 in her.”

The Group 2 success of Vain Queen gave Emirates Park Victoria sire Artie Schiller his 23rd individual stakes winner worldwide. A maternal grand-daughter of Kenvain, she is bred on remarkably similar terms as fellow Australian Group 3 winner Lady Melksham, a grand-daughter of the Kenmare stallion Keltrice. Significantly, in addition to both being sons of Kenmare, damsires Kenvain and Keltrice were both produced by daughters of Vain.

Victorian breeder David Addison is back on Cloud 9 after brilliant mare Vain Queen soared sky-high at Flemington this week.

Vain Queen (Artie Schiller) was bred and sold by Addison and she won the G3 Mumm Stakes (1100m) with a spell-binding sprint down the straight course on Thursday.  Trainer John Sadler predicted he would be saddling her up for a Group 1 at some stage next year.

That’s good news for Addison and Adam Sangster who has just welcomed her dam to Swettenham Stud for a cover to Equiano this month.

“Vain Queen was very impressive,” Addison said 24 hours after the mare scored one of the easiest wins at the carnival.  “We needed a good result after our Ustinov mare Albonetti sustained a fractured humerus in an incident during the Moonee Valley Gold Cup. ”

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C- Mockingbird’s Mulaazem x Our Teneriffe 

Veterinarians are guardedly optimistic regarding her eventual return to racing.

Addison has been a TBV member since 1974 and operates Mockingbird Hill Stud just off the Hume Freeway at Longwood.  “I must be the oldest member alive,” he claimed.  “We have about five mares and breed to sell but we take the yearlings home if they don’t make the right price.

“Vain Queen’s dam Our Teneriffe has been a wonderful mare,” Addison explained.  “I got her for $1,000 at Oaklands Junction back in 2000.  Her older half-sister Card Queen had won the Blue Diamond Prelude a year before and I went along specifically to buy her.  I couldn’t believe my luck when there were no other bids.

“I bought her from the McNamara family who ran Riverdale Stud at Werribee.  She had injured a shoulder as a foal as was a sold as a two year-old purely for breeding.

“Card Queen and Our Teneriffe came from what had been a very successful family in the previous decades but which had gone into a period of quintessence for some years.  I am a believer that these families come again.”

Card Queen gave the family a boost when her filly Karuta Queen came out and won the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and G3 Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Our Teneriffe did her bit delivering Don Caudillo (15 wins) first-up and Vain Queen made it five foals to race for five winners.  The Flemington Group winner was knocked down to clients of trainer John Sadler for $42,000 at the 2011 Inglis Classic yearling sale.

“The mare has an outstanding colt on the ground by Mulaazem,” Addison said.  “I think Equiano is a good fit for Our Teneriffe – he’s had a very promising start in England and his first yearlings made good money here.”

Our Teneriffe’s link with Swettenham could go full-circle next year.  Vain Queen will embark on a Group 1 campaign and a likely target is the Robert Sangster Stakes at Morphettville in April.

Darley resident Reset has thrown down the gauntlet to Bel Esprit for bragging rights as Victoria’s champion stallion.

Reset’s progeny earnings rocketed past $2.27 million this season when his filly Set Square won the G1 VRC Oaks (2500m) at Flemington on Thursday.  The Super VOBIS qualified filly became Reset’s fourth Group 1 winner less than a month after his flag-bearer Fawkner won the Caulfield Cup.

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Set Square 

Bel Esprit has won the last 7 Victorian premierships and weight of numbers should help the Eliza Park International champion claw back Reset’s lead which is currently more than $700,000.

Set Square (3f Reset – Dynastar by Zeditave) was a late-entry for the VRC Oaks after wins in a Ballarat maiden and the LR Ethereal Stakes at Caulfield .  She enjoyed the run of the race at Flemington before driving through a gap in the straight to defeat Thunder Lady by more than a length.

“She just kept getting better and better every time we saddled her up this prep,” trainer Ciaran Maher said.  “There was never a question about the trip.  It was more whether she had the experience.”

Bred Ken King’s Parador Park Thoroughbreds and syndicated to a large group of owners; Set Square comes from the family of G1 South Australian Derby winner Testafiable.

Reset (Zabeel) is the sire of 27 stakes winners and he stands at Darley Victoria’s Northwood Park for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee.

Darley Victoria sire Domesday opened the Melbourne Cup card on a winning note with his filly Antelucan in the LR Ottawa Stakes (1000m) at Flemington.

Antelucan (2f Domesday – Dawn Attack by Fantastic Light) finished with a strong gallop down the grandstand rail to score by a long neck.  “This is our grand final week and it’s very rewarding for the whole team,” trainer John O’Shea said.  “She was set for this race 12 weeks ago and we were lucky to draw the right side of the track.”

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Antelucan. Photo by Racing Victoria.

Domesday (Red Ransom) has sired 8 stakes winners highlighted by Group 1 horses Pressday and Doctor Doom.  He stands at Darley’s Northwood Park base in Seymour.

Winning jockey Chad Schofield said Antelucan had been well educated at Darley’s Osborne Park pre-training facility alongside the Hawkesbury River.  “She’s a professional.  Even though it was her first start she raced as though she had done it many times before.”

Antelucan is a Super VOBIS filly and is out of a half-sister to Group 1 racehorse and sire Desert King.  The mare had already thrown Group performers Crucial and Hazard and her final foal is a yearling colt by Helmet.

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Domesday stands this season for $16,500 (Inc gst)

For nominations contact Matt Tillet on 0423 074 249

Dennis Marks missed out on a Melbourne Cup start with Let’s Make Adeal but he does have a link with Precious Gem who won the TAB Rewards Trophy (1700m) at Flemington on Tuesday.

Marks bred her dam Gem Of Gems at Seven Creeks Estate in Euroa.  The Peintre Celebre mare has also foaled brilliant Singapore sprinter Happy Money.

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Precious Gem. Photo by Racing Victoria.

Precious Gem was coming off a brave second to Suavito in the G3 Tesio Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley.  She is trained by Gwenda & Mick Johnston at Echuca but Mick is laid up with a bad back and couldn’t make it to Melbourne.

“Mick’s in a brace and doing good but he will be even better now,” Johnston added.  “We knew a good race was just around the corner for Precious Gem.”

The Econsul mare responded to Craig Williams in a driving finish to defeat the Gai Waterhouse trained Anampour by a nose.  “I told Gwenda after the Tesio to go for this race,” Williams said.  “She’s a beautiful ride and gave  me everything at the finish.”

Gem Of Gems boards at Lauriston Park in Euroa.  Studmaster Chris Bakker revived the property after 15 years working for Marks at Seven Creeks Estate.

Lauriston Park is also home to Let’s Elope who won the 1991 Melbourne Cup for Marks and his wife Margaret.  The champion mare is in retirement at Euora and, at 27, is the oldest Melbourne Cup winner still alive.

Let’s Make Adeal is a grand-daughter of Let’s Elope and she has been entered for the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes (2600m) at Flemington this Saturday.

Written Tycoon has taken over at the top of the VOBIS sires’ table from champion sire Bel Esprit.

The Woodside Park stallion’s progeny have earned $94,100 in bonuses to lead Bel Esprit ($85,700) and Domesday ($72,500).

Written Tycoon (Iglesia) is having a breakout season and VOBIS incentives have helped him climb into the Australian Top 20 with earnings of $1.33 million.

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Written Tycoon. Image by Woodside Park Stud. 

His top-class three year-old Rich Enuff has emerged as one of the best sprinters in the country with Woodside Park Stud buying into the colt in a multimillion dollar deal.

Written Tycoon is currently serving his best book since entering stud and there’s upwards of 170 mares locked in this season.  They include the stakes winners Brilliant Bisc, Divine City, Best Yet to Come, Annesong, Our Lona and Rock My Pago in addition to a solid group of six-figure earners like Bloomingdale Miss, Transonic, Legcut, Rock Princess, My Only Hope and Manihi Miss.

Perhaps the most interesting mare slated to be covered is 20 year old Volte, dam of Group 1 Rosehill Guineas winner Dealer Principal.  She comes from the wonderful ‘Voltage’ family responsible for leading gallopers such as Group 1 winners Drum and Anamato as well as champion galloper Grand Armee.

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Written Tycoon stands this season for $13,750 (plus gst).

For nominations contact Murray Tillett on 0419 985 921

Victorian breeders Robert and Deborah Anderson celebrated their first Group 1 when Bonaria fired a broadside against the best mares in training at Flemington on Saturday.

Bonaria blew punters away with a $26 victory in the G1 Myer Classic (1600m) but trainer Pat Hyland was overjoyed as she returned to scale at headquarters.  “I’ve had some very good fillies but she’s special,” Hyland said.  “She tries harder than any horse I’ve had.”

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Bomaria Owners Robert and Deborah Anderson with winning jockey Michael Rodd

The Group 1 sent her value soaring for the Andersons.  “Rob and Deb are good friends and this is something very special,” 73 year-old Hyland added.  “I ride her every morning and have done since she came into the stable.”

The Redoute’s Choice mare has now earned $907,500 from 8 wins in 40 starts.  She had already struck at Group 3 level in the Matron Stakes and Schweppervescence Trophy at Flemington.

“I bought her dam Decidity off Ron Gilbert,” Robert Anderson recalled.  “I really like Last Tycoon mares and she was a perfect cross for Redoute’s Choice.

“She wasn’t a big yearling so I decided to keep her.  She didn’t show much at her first start and I thought she was only going to be average.

“I told Pat she needed more time and, as she got a little bit older, she got stronger and improved.  She’s got such a big heart.  I wish I had a team like her!”

Bonaria’s dam Decidity was bred by the late John Hoare at Devon Park Stud on the north-eastern outskirts of Melbourne.  He sold her to Gilbert for $70,000 at the 1995 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Decidity had already thrown NSW stakes winners Legally Bay (Snippets) and Time Out (Rory’s Jester) before Gilbert sold her to the Andersons in 2007.

Promising sprinter Alcobro completed a rapid double for Ridgeview Park stallions in the Sportingbet Hcp (1100m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Alcobro (3g Bianconi – Tendue by General Nediym) is unbeaten following prior wins at Mindarie-Halidon and Morphettville.   He came from last to score in town on October 4 but assumed the role of pacemaker in a four-horse field when attempting a hat-trick.

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Accomplished 

“He’s still on the improve,” trainer Richard Jolly said.  “Small fields can be a little tricky but with a clean run we thought he would go well.”

Alcobro is a younger brother to Jolly’s consistent sprinter-miler Alcohol.  They are both by Bianconi (Danzig) who is currently covering his first book at Ridgeview Park.

The Muskerry East stud is also home to Golden Snake, another son of Danzig, who sired Accomplished for back-to-back wins in Singapore on Friday evening.

Accomplished (4g Golden Snake – Gold Patriot by Made Of Gold) was given a peach of a ride by apprentice Joseph See to double up by nearly two lengths at Kranji.

Trainer Sam Chua said the gelding is making headway with every run while still learning about the racing caper.  He has now won 5 times in 13 starts for earnings the equivalent of AUD 217,480.

Chua bought Accomplished after winning the 2009 Committee’s Prize and 2010 Moonbeam Vase with his older brother Super Gold.

“That was probably one of his best wins as he was up against some very nice horses tonight,” Chua said.  “But we knew there would be plenty of pace and Joe and I decided we would take a sit and let him come home.

“He’s a horse with a big heart and I hope he can become as good as Super Gold.  I will probably give him a break now.  He’s earned it.”

Accomplished was bred by Paul Kristoris and he has a 2yo colt and a yearling filly by Golden Snake.

Ridgeview Park studmaster Phil Sloane stands Golden Snake in association with LP Stallions manager Julie Nairn and his 2014 service fee is priced on application.

Bring Something has notched another feature win for Northern Lodge this season with a tenacious victory in the LR Bendigo Cup (2400m).

He was bred and sold off the NMIT campus for $30,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  Wednesday’s result improved his career statistics to 4 wins in 15 starts and $361,000 in prizemoney.

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Bring Something. Photo by Racing Victoria. 

Bring Something (Sebring) had opened his black-type account in the LR Galilee Series Final at Caulfield in April.  “He will now go to the Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the last day of the cup carnival,” trainer Ken Keys said.  “A win will help qualify him for the 2015 Melbourne Cup – we’ve got an exciting horse to look forward to next year.”

The Bendigo Cup winner is owned by Laurie Owens who has been a staunch stable client since Keys began training at Carrum Downs in the 1980s.

Keys is quietly confident he can win a Group 1 with Rich Enuff in the Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington this Saturday and Northern Lodge has a Group 1 project of its own with Angelic Light in the Darley Classic on Saturday week.

Angelic Light (Holy Roman Emperor) was also bred and sold by Northern Lodge for $30,000 at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier and she defeated Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee in the G2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley last month.

Northern Lodge offers dedicated training courses for the Victorian racing and breeding industries and it was back in the spotlight last Sunday when promising filly Sebrella won the GBG Inglis Trophy (1400m) at Sale.

Sebrella (Sebring) banked $110,000 for her connections which included a $50,000 pay-out from Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.  She was a bargain $15,000 buy from Northern Lodge at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.

Manager Matt Clayton and his students will start prepping the Northern Lodge draft for the 2015 Melbourne Premier next month and among their yearlings this season is a Wanted half-brother to Bring Something and a Sebring sister to Sebrella.

Victorian stallions Starspangledbanner and Turffontein head Australia’s first and second-season premierships going into the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington.

Starspangledbanner (Rosemont Stud) hit the ground running when his first southern starter Of The Brave blitzed the LR Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on October 11.  Trainer Mark Riley labelled the colt as potentially the best horse he’s ever prepared before looking at a likely programme for the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes in February.

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Fawkner. Image from Racing Victoria

In Europe, Starspangledbanner has been represented by 9 individual first-crop winners from just 17 starters led by The Wow Signal (G1 Prix Morny) and Anthem Alexander (G2 Queen Mary Stakes).

It’s early days for our freshmen, however, it’s encouraging that Victorian based sires Strategic Maneuver (Bullarook Park) and Stryker (Three Bridges) are next on the first-season table.

Turffontein (Blue Gum Farm) has taken over at the top of the second-season table thanks to his outstanding fillies Fontein Ruby and Fontiton.

Fontein Ruby is coming off victories in the G2 Edward Manifold (1600m) and G3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) and she can complete a feature hat-trick in the G2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington this Saturday.

Trainer Robert Smerdon will then make a decision whether to back up in the G1 VRC Oaks (2500m) on Thursday week.

Her stablemate Fontiton thrashed a field of first starters by six lengths in the $250,000 Inglis Banner (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.  The Turffontein filly has propelled her sire to the top of the Australian 2YO premiership and he will cement that lead if she wins the G3 Maribyrnong Plate on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.

Victorian stallions are also embedded in the Australian Top 20 sires’ list with Reset (15), Bel Esprit (16) and Written Tycoon (18).

Reset (Darley Victoria) had Fawkner finish a courageous second in the G1 Cox Plate on Saturday.  His grand-final is the $6 million Melbourne Cup and owner Lloyd Williams reports the grey has pulled up perfectly after his gutsy performance at Moonee Valley.

Bel Esprit (Eliza Park International) continues to pump out winner after winner – there have been 40 so far this season – and among them has been Lindsay Park filly Afleet Espirit with victories in the G2 Tranquil Star Stakes and LR Cap D’antibes Stakes.

Written Tycoon (Woodside Park) is riding a winning wave with top colt Rich Enuff who is ticking over nicely for the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes at Flemington this Saturday.  The Ken Keys trained colt won the LR McKenzie Stakes, G2 Danehill Stakes and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude before a brave second in the G1 Caulfield Guineas.

Earlier this month, the local industry received more good news when Woodside Park signed Rich Enuff to a deal that will see him stand at stud in Victoria.

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Anthony Mithen
(Starspangledbanner, Rosemont Stud) 0413 486 767

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Malcolm Boyd
(Strategic Maneuver, Bullarook Park Stud) 0407 342 291

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Toby Liston
(Stryker, Threebridges Thoroughbreds) 0407 181 466

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Philip Campbell
(Turffontein, Blue Gum Farm)
0418 556 771

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Matt Tillett
(Reset, Darley Victoria)
0423 074 249

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Mark Lindsay
(Bel Esprit, Eliza Park International) 0416 334 338

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Murray Tillett
(Written Tycoon, Woodside Park Stud) 0419 985 921

Progressive filly Sebrella was too good for the boys in a competitive finish to the GBG Inglis Trophy (1400m) at Sale on Sunday.

The winner’s connections hit the jackpot with a $110,000 cheque that included $60,000 prizemoney, a $30,000 Super VOBIS incentive and a $20,000 VOBIS Gold windfall.  She is raced by a large syndicate managed by Nagambie based Princess Park Thoroughbreds.

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Sebrella. Image from Inglis website. 

Sebrella (2f Sebring – Caramella by Strategic) angled off the heels of the leaders and showed a good turn to foot in a race that saw less than a length between the first four home.  The Ellerton-Zahra trained filly was easy to back at $9 despite coming off an impressive first-up victory Echuca on October 7.

“She has always shown plenty of ability but has just taken some time,” co-trainer Simon Zahra said.  “We only paid $15,000 for her so she’s done her job.  There’s plenty of upside and she just might be a filly for the South Australian Oaks.”

Winning jockey Katelyn Mallyon was also positive about the future.  “She really had to pick up when I needed the run and then when she got out she hit the line great.  It was a tough win and there’s still plenty of improvement to come.  When she learns to relax, she’s going to make a beautiful stayer next prep.”

Sebrella was bred and sold by Northern Lodge Stud at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  She is from a daughter Bob Scarborough’s speedy mare Pepite d’or who was a Listed winner of the 1995 Moomba Plate at Flemington.

Princess Park secured her yearling sister just minutes before the Echuca win earlier this month.  She’s very much in the mould of Sebrella, a leggy athletic type and a lovely walking filly.

Turffontein filly Fontiton jumped brilliantly from an inside gate and then blitzed her rivals by six lengths in the RL Inglis Banner (1000m) at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The time was a slick 58.29 seconds for the $250,000 event for new season two year-olds nominated for the Inglis Race Series.

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Fontiton. Image from Racing Victoria. 

“That really was awesome,” trainer Robert Smerdon said.  “She was in work just to get some early education and development but handled it so well we continued on and we’ve ended up at the races without ever expecting her to be an early two-year-old type.

“She’s got good height and scope about her for a filly and we expect her to stretch out to hopefully 1600 metres.  Maybe this time next year she will be a Thousand Guineas filly.”

Fontiton (2f Turffontein – Personal Ensign by Rubiton) is owned by Matchem Racing manager Matthew Cain, Inglis Bloodstock consultant James Price and Vasko Ognenovski who won a 10% share through a Herald Sun newspaper promotion.

The winner was purchased for $110,000 from the draft of Blue Gum Farm at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  Her dam Personal Ensign was a Listed winner of the 2006 Northwood Plume Stakes at Caulfield and she’s bred on the same Turffontein / Rubiton cross as Smerdon’s top three-year-old filly Fontein Ruby.

Turffontein (Johannesburg) leads the Australian second-season premiership and he has Fontein Ruby lining up in the G2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and G1 VRC Oaks Stakes (2500m) at Flemington next week.

Blue Gum Farm stands Turffontein for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee.

Makybe owners Tony and Deslee Santic have farewelled their champion broodmare Tugela.

The 20 year-old dam of Makybe Diva died on Friday after foaling a filly by All Too Hard.  “Rest in peace our beautiful mare,” Santic posted on Twitter.  “You will be in our hearts forever.  Thank you for the lifetime memories.”

Tugela (USA) was bred in Kentucky and was purchased for 60,000 guineas by Santic at the 1998 Tattersall’s Sale at Newmarket in foal to Desert King.

The Riverman mare and that foal – a filly destined to become a Melbourne Cup legend – were exported to Australia in September 1999.

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TUGELA
Makybe mare with her 2012 filly foal by Desert King

Tugela is the dam of four individual stakes winners.  Besides Makybe Diva, who won 15 races and over $14.50 million, they are Musket (Redoute’s Choice), Valkyrie Diva (Jade Robbery) and La Amistad (Redoute’s Choice).

Trained by Team Hawkes, La Amistad was runner-up in the LR Tattersalls Cup at Randwick last Saturday and the five year-old mare is still in the running for a start in the Melbourne Cup.

Tugela is also the dam of four year-old gelding Rodway (Street Cry), a recent winner at Bairnsdale, and an unnamed two year-old filly by Desert King.

Contract Racing’s David and Jenny Moodie did Victorian breeders a huge favour when the industry first rolled out VOBIS.

Initially, the Moodies didn’t pay up for the Scheme but that changed when they did the math.  “I can remember Jim Marconi topping the bonus list a couple of times before we got involved,” Jenny recalled.  “I realised not being eligible was costing us money.”

VOBIS was spared a baptism of fire – Jenny reckons they sent out so many winners in its early days, it would have just about sent the Scheme broke!

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David & Jenny Moodie with Peter Moody. Photo:  Martin King / Sportpix

Contract Racing began dominating VOBIS nominator and owner awards and remains a strong supporter of the Scheme.  In fact, no other Melbourne owner – breeder has been as consistently successful since the 1980s to the present day.

Hurricane Sky (Star Watch) was one of the nation’s top colts at that time winning a Blue Diamond and an All-Aged Stakes in Sydney carrying their lime colours with purple and gold braces.

Blazing Sword (Marscay) won two stakes races at Flemington and retired to stand at the family’s Craigielea Stud.  He sired their mare Arctic Scent to a Group 1 triumph in the 1996 Caulfield Cup.

The Moodies reached the pinnacle for any owner when homebred filly Crystal Lily won the 2011 Golden Slipper Stakes.  She was a from ‘Crystal’ family that has been delivering stakes winners for generations.

Fresh from being named 2013-14 Victorian Breeders of the Year, David and Jenny are once again returning the favour overtime.  David is a Director of Racing Victoria Ltd, Director of the Tricode Board of Vic Racing Pty Ltd and sits on the Australian Pattern Committee.  He has previously held executive positions with TBV, TROA and the Victorian black-type committee.

Jenny has just joined the TBV committee and she is president of the Victorian Wakeful Club which hosts the Lady of Racing every year as well as providing sponsorship and scholarships to the industry.

The Moodies also support local stallions whenever possible.  “We have about 60 mares and they’re split 50-50 between Victoria and NSW.  We don’t like sending them up to the Hunter Valley but, commercially, there’s no alternative.”

Their first stallions stood at Craigielea Stud at Kilmore before a transfer to Shirley Park in Woodend led to a permanent move to Yungaburra Stud at Newham not far from Mt Macedon.

Amyntor (Sir Gaylord) was based with Blazing Sword at Kilmore.  He was bred in France and was originally exported to New Zealand when the sireline took off with Sir Tristram.

He transferred to Victoria after getting Group 1 gallopers Mannerism (Caulfield Cup) and King Pheonix (Toorak Hcp).

Later on, British-bred Raami (Be My Guest) sired the Contract Racing Group 1 winners Black Bean (The Galaxy), Paint (Blue Diamond) and Ramyah (South Australian Oaks).

Other Contract-backed stallions to meet with various degrees of success were Distorted Humor (Forty Niner), Made Of Gold (Green Forest) and Esperero (Forty Niner).

“We also reared Redoute’s Choice,” Jenny recalled.  “Iris O’Farrell had just started working for Mr Yaseen and she asked David to recommend a stallion for their maiden mare Shantha’s Choice.

“She was a younger half-sister to Hurricane Sky and, at that stage, Danehill had sired the last two Golden Slipper winners.  David told Iris that Danehill was red-hot and Redoute’s Choice was the result.

“I can still see him as a yearling in a muddy paddock at Shirley Park.  We were forced out of there when the freeway went through to Kyneton.”

Fast-forward to 2014 and the Moodies live in Carlton North with their three daughters – Kate, Victoria and Jessica – who are all keen racegoers.

The girls stood in at the presentation for Hard Stride after the LR Regal Roller Stakes in August while their parents attended the Arqana yearling sale.

The rest of the spring carnival is looking good with stable star Solicit and promising filly River Delta.

Solicit will appreciate the return to Flemington having already won the G2 Kewney and G3 Vanity there earlier this year.  The Moodies race her with Nick and Gayle Psaltis who were also in the Crystal Lily partnership.

River Delta claimed the LR Black Pearl Classic at Geelong on Wednesday.  She is from a Contract Racing family going back to G1 Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove.

Jenny is also looking forward to getting down to business with TBV.  “We need more sire-power to combat the Hunter Valley.  I want to help make a difference and we are targeting a European 2YO stallion to stand in Victoria next year.”

Wyndholm Park stallion Captain Gerrard (Ire) sired his first Australian TAB winner at Ballarat on Thursday.

The Robert Smerdon trained filly Killara Miss took charge turning for home and defied running down in the Footscraylife Maiden Plate (1200m).  “She was coming off seconds at Echuca and Ararat,” Smerdon said.  “The blinkers went on and turned around those narrow losses.”

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Captain Gerard

Killara Miss (3f Captain Gerrard – So Racey by Racer’s Edge) is managed by Rodney Rae who has shuttled her sire to Australia for the last five years.  The filly is from a daughter of French stakes winner So Snob (Kenmare).

Captain Gerrard (Oasis Dream) sired his first southern hemisphere winner when Youllnevawalkalone scored in South Australia’s mid-north at Jamestown on October 4.

The Wyndholm Park resident was a Group 3 winning sprinter at Ascot and Newmarket and he stood at Lindsay Park in 2010 before moving southern bases to Kim McKellar’s property at Miners Rest in Ballarat.

Shuttling from Mickley Stud in Shropshire, he enjoyed a sensational start at stud with 13 first crop winners of 22 races in England last year.

Captain Gerrard has averaged books of 60 mares in Australia at an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee.

Owners and breeders of 2013-born foals now have the opportunity to ensure their yearlings are eligible for the riches of Victoria’s Super VOBIS incentive scheme, with Super VOBIS nominations now open.

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In opening nominations for 2013-born foals, Racing Victoria (RV) has also announced an extension of the late nomination closing date for the lucrative owners and breeders incentive scheme, meaning owners now have until Monday, 31 August, 2015 to ensure their horse is nominated*.

RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the change to the scheme closing date was one of a number of recent enhancements to Victoria’s VOBIS programs.

“The decision to extend the closing date for late nominations from June 30 to August 31 is designed to make things even easier for owners wanting to be part of the incentive scheme,” Carpenter said.

“The change of date will allow nominators additional time to make the one-off Super VOBIS nomination fee and will also avoid a clash with the busy end of financial year period.

“Despite this extension in the late nomination closing date, we are encouraging as many owners as possible to nominate their yearlings before Monday, 2 February, 2015 to avoid any additional fees.”

Carpenter said RV was expecting a strong uptake of nominations again this year, particularly as owners become more aware of the benefits of Super VOBIS and its partner scheme, VOBIS Gold.

“The potential rewards of these schemes has been brought to the attention of many owners via the recent success of nominated horses on the metropolitan stage, including the deeds of talented four-year-old Trust In A Gust,” Carpenter said.

“The son of Keep The Faith was a $45,000 purchase and has now won 10 of his 17 starts – with his VOBIS bonuses totalling $456,450,” he added.

“Racing Victoria, in partnership with Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and the Victorian Coalition Government, continue to make a concerted effort to ensure Victoria is the most attractive place to breed, buy, own and race horses and the ongoing enhancement of the VOBIS incentive schemes continues to be a priority.”

An enticing $12.5 million in Super VOBIS bonuses has been programmed for the 2014-15 racing season which brings the total rewards on offer across the VOBIS schemes to a record $19.4 million.

Horses must be first nominated for Super VOBIS, which carries bonuses from $9000 to $30,000 on two, three and four-year-old races, to be eligible for entry into the VOBIS Gold scheme.

For more information about Super VOBIS or VOBIS Gold, or to download a Super VOBIS nomination form for a 2013-born foal, visit owner.racing/vobis.

*Late Nominations incur additional fees.

Article by Racing Victoria.

 

The final fields and barriers draws have been declared for the 2014 Manikato Stakes and Cox Plate this weekend.

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2014 Manikato Stakes – Field and barrier draw

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2014 Cox Plate – The final field and barrier draw

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TWO of the state’s most important horse studs have won a David-and-Goliath battle against a giant coal mine being built on their doorsteps.

State planning commissioners have ruled against Anglo American’s Drayton South project, saving the Hunter Valley studs from a death sentence, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. The Planning Assessment Commission found the open-cut mine was “not in the public interest” and failed to provide a “sufficient buffer” to protect the Coolmore and Darley Woodlands studs.

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Tom Magnier, the owner of Coolmore Australia stud, with weanlings of champion stallion Fastnet Rock / Picture: Bob Barker

“The economic benefits of the project do not outweigh the risk of losing Coolmore and Darley and the potential demise of the equine industry in the area with flow-on impacts on the viticultural and tourism industries,’’ the independent PAC determination said.

Coolmore Australia boss Tom Magnier said last night the decision was a “massive relief”.

“It has been a long, hard struggle for us and also we recognise it has been a very stressful and personally difficult time for Anglo American’s employees at Drayton,’’ he said.

The decision ends a bitter three-year battle, which has divided the Hunter, turning miners against horse breeders.

Under the Drayton South plan, 97 million tonnes of coal would have been mined over the next 20 years from a massive pit located within 500 metres of the studs’ fence lines.

Coolmore and Darley feared they would be forced to abandon their multi-million-dollar operations at Jerrys Plains, where they have helped establish the Hunter as one of only three centres of equine excellence in the world.

They are critical players in NSW’s $2.4 billion thoroughbred industry, generating 40 per cent of the $300 million raised from stallion service fees across Australia each year.

The PAC, chaired by Garry Payne, has ruled Anglo American had not demonstrated it would not adversely impact the health of the studs’ thoroughbreds.

“The (miner’s) approach of monitoring the responses of thoroughbred horses to the mine’s operation to address uncertainty is not acceptable because once the damage to the operations of the studs occur, it is irreversible,’’ the PAC report, to be released today, says.

Some of the greatest champions of the past 20 years — including names such as Melbourne Cup winners Makybe Diva and Shocking, Flying Spur, Exceed and Excel and Fastnet Rock — owe their pedigrees to Coolmore and Darley.

Planning minister Pru Goward said last night she was “satisfied the PAC has considered all the issues and exercised its duty as the independent decision-maker”.

Anglo American had said the mine would employ 500 workers and generate $35 million in annual royalties for NSW. But an economist’s report commissioned by the studs claimed the miner had based its calculations on “unjustified and unrealistic” world coal prices.

A previous PAC also ruled against the mine plan.

Mr Magnier, who was told of the decision by The Daily Telegraph, said: “We can have greater confidence in our future and the future of the NSW racehorse breeding industry.

“This is not about who won and who lost — if it is the case that the second PAC has agreed with the first, it would mean all the independent experts who have reviewed the situation concur this was simply the wrong mine, in the wrong place.”

Article by  John Lehmann The Daily Telegraph

Siresensation Starspangledbanner added a new winner to his tally in the UK overnight when Ocean Sheridan saluted at Pontefract.

Never further back than fourth in six previous runs, the Michael Dodds trained colt broke through at last with a head win over six furlongs.

Ocean Sheridan is the second winner for Tiger Hill mare Endless Night, a German bred sibling to four stakes-winners headed by Group II winners Eagle Rise and Eye of the Tiger.

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Ocean Sheridan is the ninth Northern Hemisphere winner for Starspangledbanner from 21 runners, while in Australia he has had one runner, which is two year-old colt Of the Brave, a stakes-winner at Caulfield on debut.

Starspangledbanner is serving 50 mares at Rosemont Stud this spring and will return to Coolmore Ireland for the 2015 breeding season.

Article by Tara Madgwick Breednet

Woodside Park Stud has purchased a 25% share in star colt Rich Enuff.

Woodside Park principal Mark Rowsthorn and general manager Murray Tillett signed off on the deal after the colt passed a vet exam on Tuesday morning.

Rich Enuff (3c Written Tycoon – Hotnuff by Spartacus) is a homebred for Louise Keys, wife of Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys.  She will retain a 50% share and long-time stable client Colin Johnstone holds the remaining 25%.

Tillett said Rich Enuff will contest the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1.  “It’s the same race we won with Zoustar last year shortly after we bought a significant share in him,” Tillett said.  “We hope to replicate that with Rich Enuff.

“We are in discussions with a couple of Hunter Valley farms with the potential for Rich Enuff to stand alternatively in NSW and Victoria.”

Zoustar, who is currently serving his first book at Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley, will cover his second season in 2015 at Woodside Park’s Tylden base north-west of Melbourne.

Rich Enuff is a son of Woodside Park’s emerging young sire Written Tycoon (Iglesia) and Tillett said the farm has had its eye on Rich Enuff for some time.  “Obviously, because he is a son of Written Tycoon, but also because he is a magnificent physical specimen and the image of his sire, and he is a very fast horse.

“His Danehill Stakes and Guineas Prelude wins were outstanding and his second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas was both brilliant and brave – it was probably the best run in the race.”

The plan is to keep Rich Enuff in training with Keys until the end of his four year-old campaign in 2016.  “We believe Rich Enuff is on the rise – he’s had only five starts – and he has the capacity to develop into one of the best sprinter-milers we have seen for some time.

“And he’s in very good hands to achieve that aim.”

Ken Keys is excited about the future prospects for Rich Enuff.  “After weeks of fielding offers for the colt, I’m thrilled that we have been able to secure a deal with a Victorian stud that keeps him racing on in our stable for at least another 18 months.

“Mark runs a very professional outfit and I look forward to our association with him and I hope we can justify his faith in us and the horse.”

Rich Enuff was a fast-finishing third on debut in a Moonee Valley juvenile in March before resuming this season for scintillating wins in the LR McKenzie Stakes (1200m) G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).

He clocked 68.13s in the Danehill which is faster than recent Danehill Stakes winners Sepoy and Black Caviar.

And no horse has won a Coolmore Stud Stakes over the same course quicker than Rich Enuff ran in the Danehill, including such champions as Vain, Tolerance, Century, Taj Rossi, Surround, Zeditave, Courtza, Encosta De Lago, Alinghi, Northern Meteor and Zoustar.

Rich Enuff has a pedigree that reflects all that is great about Australian sprinters.  His bloodlines include some of Australia’s most influential stallions of the past 30 years, including Vain, Snippets, Marscay, Last Tycoon and Bletchingly.

His sire Written Tycoon won the G2 Todman Stakes while his grandsire Iglesia was a powerhouse sprinter and still holds the Flemington 1200-metre record of 67.16s.