South African based gelding Ilitshe is the latest Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale graduate to salute at stakes level.

Ilitshe (3g Fastnet Rock — Reem Albaraari by Sadler’s Wells) led from barrier rise and refused to buckle when tackled in the straight to win the Derby Trial (2000m) at Turffontein on Saturday.

Bred by Coolmore off-shoot Caradale P/L, he was sold for a mere $15,000 by Erinvale Thoroughbreds (as agent) at the 2012 Melbourne Sale.  He was purchased by agent Colm Santry and that was a bargain for a half-brother to G1 Italian Derby winner Morshdi (Slip Anchor).

Ilitshe had won two on end in KwaZulu Natal before travelling to Jo’burg.  Trainer Mike de Kock has nominated him for the G1 South African Derby (2450m) on April 26 along with stablemates Umgiyo, Taarish and Gone Baby.

de Kock’s retained rider Anthony Delpech will have to choose which one of the quartet to partner on Champions Day but he was very impressed with the Australian bred import on Saturday.  “The penny hasn’t dropped with him yet,” Delpech said.  “There was no pace so that meant I had to lead.  He looks at everything but behaved well and I really like him.”

Ilitshe is the 59th stakes winner by Coolmore Stud champion Fastnet Rock.

“Well done to our Durban team — Ilitshe arrived in impeccable condition,” assistant trainer Matt de Kock said while standing in for his father who is in Sydney for the Inglis Easter Sale.  “We had heard he was a difficult horse but there haven’t been any problems with him up here.”

Chatswood Stud owner Greg Willis produced an Australian Group 1 earlier this season and there could be another just around the corner in South Africa.

Willis bred and sold 2013 Victoria Derby winner Polanski (Rakti) and last Saturday’s G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner Rich Girl was also foaled a year later at the Seymour nursery.

Rich Girl (2f Rock of Gibraltar — Miss Moguls by Giant’s Causeway) looked all business when dispatching her rivals by four lengths in the Group 3 sprint at Clairwood.  She is trained by Charles Laird for prominent owner Marcus Jooste.

An $11,000 buy out of the 2013 Chatswood Stud draft at Oaklands Junction, she was resold for R550,000 (AUD 56,000) at the Emperors Palace 2YO Sale last November.

Rich Girl is the 91st stakes winner by Coolmore Stud shuttler Rock of Gibraltar and she will now be aimed at the G1 South African Nursery at Turffontein on April 26 or be reserved for feature races during the KwaZulu Natal winter carnival.

Her dam Miss Moguls is a half-sister to the dam of Flemington stakes performer filly Tariks (Rock of Gibraltar).  Another precocious filly in the family is Catnipped (Rory’s Jester) who won a G2 Maribyrnong Plate and Magic Millions Classic.

Miss Moguls was covered by Cherokee Rose Stud stallion Floral Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) last year.

Victorian vendors are out in force for the Inglis Easter yearling sale at Newmarket starting on Tuesday.

Despite rain sweeping the Newmarket sale grounds on Sunday, Victorian studs have been busy parading their lots in advance of Australia’s premier source of yearlings.

The level of interest in Victorian-bred Super VOBIS yearlings increases every year and this week’s auction includes consignments from Lauriston Thoroughbreds (7 lots), Supreme Thoroughbreds (6), Two Bays Farm (6), Eliza Park (5) and Three Bridges (5).

Milburn Creek is also acting as agent for 8 yearlings on behalf of Makybe headed by a High Chaparral colt from Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva.

Corinella based Lauriston Thoroughbreds starts the Victorian parade with a Street Cry — Gold Edition colt (Lot 28) on Tuesday.  Darley stallion Street Cry got him from Lauriston’s Group 1 winner Gold Edition who was Australia’s Champion 3YO Filly in 2006-07.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds operations manager James O’Brien has another five yearlings catalogued on Thursday by leading sires Starcraft, Encosta de Lago, Not A Single Doubt, Exceed And Excel & Snitzel.

Romsey nursery Supreme Thoroughbreds is also housed in Stable 2 at Newmarket.  “We’ve been solid parading since last Wednesday,” Supreme owner Brent Grayling said.  “There seems to be all the right people here, that’s for sure.”

Inglis Victorian director Peter Heagney has highlighted the following Super VOBIS nominated lots to watch at the Inglis Easter yearling sale;

Lot 28 — Grey Colt Street Cry x Gold Edition (Lion Hunter) — This colt is by a world class sire from the champion race mare Gold Edition, the top filly of the 2006/07 three-year-old classification.

Lot 95 — Brown Colt High Chaparral x Makybe Diva (Desert King)   By champion racehorse and sire of 51 individual stakes winners including dual Cox Plate champion So You Think.  From the great race mare Makybe Diva, three- time Melbourne Cup winner and twice Australian Horse of The Year.

Lot 98 — Brown Colt Denman x Many Facets (Commands) — A well grown impressive colt by exciting first season sire Denman from a half sister to Group 1 MRC Toorak Handicap winner Shot Of Thunder.

Lot 134 — Brown Colt Fastnet Rock x Nicola Lass (Scenic) — By Fastnet Rock, the Champion Australian sire of season 2011/12, from seven-time winner Nicola Lass.  This colt is a half brother to Group 1 winners Niconero and Nicconi.

Lot 141 — Bay Filly Fastnet Rock x Optimist (Red Ransom) — By the sire of Atlantic Jewel, this is the second foal of a half sister to super mare Makybe Diva.  This lovely style of filly has potential to shine on the race track or the bloodlines to be a top flight broodmare.

Lot 179 — Bay Colt Exceed And Excel x Recurring (Pentire) — By Newmarket Handicap winner and the Champion Australian sire of 2012-13 from Group 1 winning mare Recurring.

Lot 208 — Bay Filly Fastnet Rock x Shiny (Forest Glow) — By the same sire as Super Cool and Mosheen.  This filly is a half sister to versatile galloper Stoneblack and Stakes winner Marveen.

Lot 215 — Bay Colt High Chaparral  x Snow Hero (True Hero) — By the same sire as So You Think and Its A Dundeel.  This colt is a half brother to popular Victorian Stakes winner Hvasstan.

Lot 224 — Brown Colt Street Cry x Star On High (Fusaichi Pegasus) — By Dubai World Cup winner and the sire of champion USA mare Zenyatta.  The dam, while unraced, is a half sister to the champion three-year-old filly of Europe, Peeping Fawn.

Lot 249 — Bay Colt Snitzel x The Loan Express (Choisir) — By Oakleigh Plate winner and the sire of Shamus Award, the only horse to claim the Cox Plate and Australian Guineas in the same season.  This colt is the only Super VOBIS-nominated yearling by Snitzel, the current leading Australian sire, from an imported Choisir mare.

Lot 313 — Bay Filly Exceed And Excel x Ancelin (Sadlers Wells) — By the sire of the 2013 Golden Slipper Overreach from an Irish mare who has had five to race with four winners, including Weinholt trained by Peter Moody.

Lot 377 — Bay Filly Fastnet Rock x Climatic (Fusachi Pegasus) — A beautifully bred filly with a commercial pedigree. This filly is closely related through her second dam to the very successful family of Redoute’s Choice and Manhattan Rain.

Lot 396 — Bay Filly Zabeel x Danevade (Danehill) — One of the last opportunities to acquire a filly by champion stallion Zabeel, the sire of over a 1000 winners including 148 at Stakes level.  From a sister to Shania Dane and Hong Kong champion Scintillation.

Darley Victoria stallion Hard Spun threw his hat into the ring for the Kentucky Derby when Wicked Strong won the G1 Wood Memorial (1800m) at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Wicked Strong (3c Hard Spun — Moyne Abbey by Charismatic) uncorked a terrific late kick blowing past Social Inclusion and Samraat to win by a widening three and a half lengths.  He stamped his ticket for the Kentucky Derby on May 3 by earning 100 qualifying points for his first stakes victory.

Wicked Strong showed good form in New York late last year recording a two-length maiden win at Belmont Park and a fast-closing third in the G2 Remsen at Aqueduct but was never a serious factor in a pair of unplaced finishes at Gulfstream Park this year.

“He fell into a nice groove early and he finished up really strong,” winning jockey Rajiv Maragh said.  “To me, he’s the Derby favourite right now — in my book, anyway.  He showed that more distance is going to be better for him.”

Bred in Kentucky, Wicked Strong is owned by Massachusetts-based Don Little of Centennial Farms.  He made $375,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale and is from a daughter of 1999 Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkins said Wicked Strong will do the majority of his Kentucky Derby training at Belmont Park before flying to Louisville on the Monday prior to the Run for the Roses on May 3.

Jerkens is a son of Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens who won the 1992 Wood Memorial with Devil His Due.

Hard Spun (Danzig) has been a regular shuttler to Darley’s Northwood Park operation at Seymour and covered 115 mares there last year.  He was runner-up to Street Sense in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and has now sired 28 stakes winners.

Shepparton based breeder Damian White is a strong supporter of Super VOBIS and that paid off in spades for the connections of Easy Drama at Flemington on Saturday.

White sold the colt to Roy Higgins and Wylie Dalziel for $40,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions and he banked $129,000 in prizemoney and bonuses on debut in the VOBIS Gold Ingot (1200m).

Easy Drama (2c Real Saga — Miss Carefree by Last Tycoon) won by over a length at headquarters and jockey Vlad Duric predicted there are better wins ahead.  “He got a bit lost out in the middle of the track but then put his mind on the job.  He will get over a bit further as a three year-old.

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“He’s a big, leggy horse and is still a bit immature.  Today’s win was just a bonus.”

White paid $9,500 to Darley for his dam Miss Carefree at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne March Sale.  That looked money well spent when her Ad Valorem foal — later named Free Wheeling — came out and won the G2 Champagne Classic at Doomben and LR Hawkesbury Guineas for Sheikh Mohammed.

Miss Carefree was carrying a PPT to Henny Hughes at the Melbourne Sale and that foal was later named Landau.  He has won two races at Benalla for a partnership managed by White and resumes from a four month spell at Kilmore on Tuesday.

After Easy Drama, she foaled a filly by Canford Cliffs and was then bred back to Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain last year.

White imported Street Cry sire Globetrotter (USA) to Australia in 2010.  A Group 3 winner in Canada and Group 1 placed at Santa Anita, he stands for a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee at Brackley Park in Avenel.

Fighting Sun has been retired to stand at Eliza Park International.

The announcement comes on the eve of what was widely tipped to be his career defining achievement in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes this Saturday.

Unfortunately, Fighting Sun was sidelined after suffering a suspensory injury after a three length victory in the LR Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill in February.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse had long flagged Fighting Sun as her Golden Slipper horse. She said the same about Pierro months before he won the 2012 Golden Slipper.

“This is a serious horse,” Waterhouse said after his victory over subsequent Group winner Ghibillenes in the Canonbury. “He has everything you want to see and the acceleration he showed was electrifying!”

Waterhouse had a willing disciple in jockey Tommy Berry. “I don’t ride a colt this good every day,” he claimed. ”He’s really laidback but once he pings out he’s all class.

“He really put them away quickly. When I won on Able Friend in Hong Kong last season, I knew immediately he was a superstar in the making — this colt gives me a similar feel. He has a superb action, you can make two or three runs on him in a race and he will find plenty if something makes a race of it with him.”

Fighting Sun (2c Northern Meteor — Irish Darling by Ivory’s Irish) is the highest rated 2YO colt by ill-fated sire Northern Meteor, whose legacy includes Zoustar, Romantic Touch, Eurozone and Bound For Earth. Additionally, Fighting Sun is out of the Group 1 winning mare Irish Darling.

“He is the first of the Sun International horses to stand at stud,” Eliza Park International CEO Alvin Lui said. “One thing for sure, he will receive tremendous support.”

A service fee for Fighting Sun will be announced in the coming weeks. For further enquiries, contact Sales & Nominations Manager Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338.

Dash For Cash passed another milestone when his first-starter Wilscot waltzed home at Wodonga last Tuesday.

The locally trained grey gelding is the 300th individual winner by Dash For Cash.

Wilscot (4g Dash For Cash — Ascot Vale by Ascot Knight) was the market-mover before the Naubro Kerb Maiden Plate (1100m).  Handled positively by Linda Meech, he pounced on the leader at the top of the straight and won eased down by more than three lengths.

“He’s a city class horse but can be a bit of a lad,” trainer Brian Cox said.  “We had a race in mind at the Albury Cup carnival but had to back off for an extra week.

“It’s taken time for him to mature mentally and, all going well, we will set him for the Greys Plate at the Melbourne Cup carnival.”

Dash For Cash (Secret Savings) retired to Swettenham Stud in 2003 and his 300 winners to date have won 850 races at a 64% strike-rate.

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Wilscot is a homebred for Glenn Canny who also has a top strike-rate with Dash For Cash.  “He’s a suitable sire for an owner-breeder like me,” Canny explained.  “I liked him as a racehorse and he’s a proven stallion.”

Canny’s mare Ascot Vale is a sister to Hollywood Park stakes winner Royal Vale and has foaled two winners from two to race by Dash For Cash.  “She produced a lovely colt by him first-up.  There was no reason not to breed back after I inspected that one.

“The first foal is named Smoken Cash and he’s won three races for us.  Now Wilscot is up and running and Brian reckons he’s better again.”

Dash For Cash has been relocated to Scenic Lodge in WA but his commercial appeal is still evident with $110,000 and $70,000 graduates at the last two Melbourne Premier

Swettenham Stud graduate Modoc has grabbed last spot for the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) this Saturday.

Modoc (Haradasun) finished fourth in the G2 Pago Pago Stakes in his final lead-up to the $3.50 million showcase for two year-olds.  “I thought it was a good run,” trainer Paul Perry said.  “He should have finished a bit closer to the winner and he handled the heavy track which was encouraging.

Perry prepares Modoc for his wife Cassie and the Wallace family who also raced champion colt Stratum.  “I don’t think I’ve had a Golden Slipper runner since Stratum won it in 2005,” he claimed.  “It’s good to be in the race again.”

Swettenham won the Golden Slipper back in 1987 when Marauding carried the Sangster family’s famous green, royal blue and white colours to victory at Rosehill.

Perry paid $80,000 for Modoc at the 2013 Inglis Premier Sale but had to up the ante to $170,000 when Swettenham owner Adam Sangster offered his younger half-brother by Equiano this year.

They are from Stravinsky mare Circus Polka and she is a half-sister to G3 MVRC Tesio Stakes winner Matras.  Second dam Tropical Affair (Danehill) won the 1997 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington.

I Love It has continued John Salanitri’s affinity with Emirates Park stallion Artie Schiller.

The Caulfield trainer prepared the filly for an impressive victory in the Slickpix Hcp (1000m) at Sandown on Wednesday.  He has also won three races this season with her four year-old brother The Unexpected.

I Love It (3f Artie Schiller — Not That Innocent by Foxhound) showed significant promise to take her record to two victories plus a Group 3 placing from just three starts.  “She returned from injury with an outstanding win at Sandown,” Salanitri said on his website.  “It was her first run since an operation to remove bone chips from a knee in October.”

Salanitri, who trained Road To Success to win the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes in 2000, is eying bigger races in the coming months with I Love It in Adelaide.  They include the Redelva Stakes on April 12, G1 Sportingbet Stakes on April 26 or more likely the G2 Sportingbet Stakes on May 3.

A whole host of Victorian trainers have enjoyed success with the Artie Schiller breed.  Besides Salanitri, they include Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra, Darren Weir, Michael Kent, Michael Hickmont, John Sadler, Robert Smerdon and Robbie Griffiths.

I Love It and The Unexpected are bred on the same Danzig cross as three of Artie Schiller’s 20 individual stakes winners.  Black-type winners Big Chill, Mezeray Miss and Senator Beck are from respective maternal grand-daughters or great grand-daughters of Maroof, Danehill and Dayjur.

Similarly, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Male) winner Outstrip is by a Danzig-line stallion in Exceed And Excel from a daughter of Artie Schiller’s sire El Prado.

Champion Victorian stallion Bianconi will continue his stud career at Ridgeview Park in 2014.

In a deal brokered by Julie Nairn of LP Stallions, Bianconi will transfer from Swettenham Stud to Ridgeview Park which is based 35km north-east of Bendigo at Muskerry.

“Bianconi has been a wonderful sire for Victoria,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said.  “We call him the ‘People’s Stallion’ because his progeny have given so much enjoyment to so many people.

“He gets winners from all sorts of mares over a wide range of distances.  And he’s good enough to sire Group 1 winners like Nicconi and Above Deck.”

Bianconi (USA) passed another milestone in November when Lord Wimble notched his 1,000th Australian win at Moonee Valley.  A son of breed-shaping stallion Danzig, he has topped 100 individual winners in Australia for the last five years in a row and his winners-to-runners strike-rate is a lofty 62%.

“He’s going as well as ever,” Sangster claimed.  “But, through no fault of his own, he’s probably taken a back-seat since the arrivals of Equiano, Master Of Design and Americain.

“Swettenham will continue to support Bianconi.  He’s as healthy and spirited as ever and his fertility remains above 90%.”

Studmaster Phil Sloane is building a quality roster Ridgeview Park and Bianconi will stand for a $5,500 service fee alongside a line-up that includes Dr Doute’s, Illustrious Blue, Golden Snake, Best Choice and Scintillo.

Every Faith added her name to the list of black-type graduates from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in the LR Laelia Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Three Bridges manager Toby Liston prepared Every Faith for the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and she made $130,000 to the bid of Barry Saunders.  He races the filly with his wife Barbara, an RVL board member, and their daughter Rebecca.

Every Faith (3f Not A Single Doubt — Zephyria by Zabeel) had won a Seymour maiden in September and was only been beaten a couple of lengths in the LR Ethereal Stakes, G2 Wakeful Stakes and G1 Victorian Oaks.

“She let down and rounded up the leaders in a tough battle,” trainer Robert Smerdon said.  “She obviously needs ground as we saw in the Victorian Oaks and we will be back for another race over the Adelaide carnival.”

The G3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) at Morphettville on May 10 is her main mission this campaign.

Every Faith (pictured as a yearling at Three Bridges) is from a winning daughter of champion sire Zabeel from a family that has left several stakes winners in Europe.  Zephyria has a yearling colt by Starcraft and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

Three Bridges heads to Sydney this week with three colts and two fillies for the Inglis Easter yearling sale.  They are by New Approach, Exceed and Excel, Street Cry, I Am Invincible and Denman.

The owners of Crime Fighter had a lucrative day out at Moonee Valley on Saturday winning a $100,000 Inglis Race Series Bonus thanks to their galloper’s victory in the Kane Constructions Hcp (2040m).

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Crime Fighter (3g Street Hero — Quiet Name by Danehill) was a last start Moonee Valley winner over1600 metres and he took another step forward on Saturday with a decisive victory over Calendar Lad and Family Tree.

The gelding won over $190,000 for his latest win thanks to a $100,000 Inglis Race Series Bonus on top of the $91,000 of prizemoney, Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold Bonuses.

Crime Fighter topped Session II of the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale at $125,000.  Bought by Peter Moody from the Makybe draft, he has now earned over $246,000.

“He ran out the distance strongly and has always shown ability at home,” stable representative Zac L’Hanson said.  “That will keep his confidence up and hopefully he can continue to progress.”

The G1 South Australian Derby at Morphettville on May 3 is a possible target for the son of former Makybe shuttler Street Hero.  Moody won the 2006 classic in Adelaide with Testafiable.

Angels Beach extended Bel Esprit’s black-type tally to 19 in the LR Manihi Classic (1050m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Peter Moody trained mare ranged up to Group 1 winning filly Miracles Of Life (Redoute’s Choice) in the final few strides to score by a short-neck.  Veteran sprinter Esprit De Bullet (Bel Esprit) was two lengths away in third place.

Angels Beach (4m Bel Esprit — Descendant by Zeditave) has won three on end this year after on-pace victories at Flemington and Caulfield.  “She’s a quality mare,” winning jockey Linda Meech said.  “We had a rough run but I was always confident.  I just needed a bit of luck.

“She used to be a barrier rogue but seems to have her head together at the moment.  Hopefully, it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

Bel Esprit is rapidly reducing Reset’s lead at the top of the Victorian sires’ premiership.  The Darley stallion skipped clear in October after Fawkner earned $1.65 million for winning the Caulfield but the margin is now only $105,000.

Angels Beach was a $220,000 buy for Les Cowell at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She is a half-sister to Sydney stakes winner Patronyme (More Than Ready) and is the last foal of their dam  Descendant who died in October 2012.

Danehill’s youngest Australian bred progeny are 10 year-olds so there can’t be too many of his sons waiting in the wings for their first winner.

Nevertheless, it may be premature to suggest Wadham Hill is the last Danehill to sire a winner.  The former Woodside Park stallion broke his duck when Liberty Hill cruised home at Terang on Friday.

Liberty Hill (3f Wadham Hill — Libby’s Lass by Statue Of Liberty) landed the Sungold Milk Maiden Plate (1000m) on debut for trainer Niall Phillips.  She bounced to front from an inside barrier and travelled on the bit before scooting clear in the straight.  It was a very impressive start to her career albeit against suspect company.

Wadham Hill was purchased as a foal by Woodside Park owners Peter & Mark Rowsthorn at the 2003 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.  They catalogued the colt for the following year’s Magic Millions yearling sale but he failed to make a $230,000 reserve.

Wadham Hill was named after the racing arm of the Woodside Park operation in Victoria.  Closely related to Coolmore shuttler Danehill Dancer, he was distanced as favourite at Ararat in September 2007 and didn’t face the starter again.

ASB records have him siring 16 foals in four seasons until 2011.

Integrity measures in Victorian racing are to be further strengthened by the establishment of independent Integrity Councils for each racing code.

“The Victorian racing industry is an important driver of the state’s economy and the bedrock of any racing industry is public confidence in its integrity,” Dr Napthine said.

“These new Integrity Councils will operate independently from the Boards of the racing controlling bodies, that is, Greyhound Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Racing Victoria, and will have responsibility for the oversight and direction of integrity assurance operational matters.

“This structural reform will ensure there is greater separation between the important commercial side of racing and the critical integrity services provided by each racing code.”

The functions of the Integrity Councils will include:
·        oversight of integrity assurance functions;
·        provision of advice and recommendations to the respective Boards on integrity-related matters; and
·        liaison with the Racing Integrity Commissioner and the other Integrity Councils.

Each of the three Integrity Councils will be comprised of five members, three of whom, including the Chairperson, will be independent of the respective Controlling Bodies and will be unable to hold any office or participant licence.

The remaining two Integrity Council members will come from the Board of the relevant Controlling Body but will not be either the Chair or the Deputy Chair of that code.

All Integrity Council members will be appointed by the relevant controlling body, following approval by the Minister for Racing.

An Integrity Council Implementation Working Group has also been formed, made up of the Chairs of each Integrity Council, to provide ongoing review of the operation of the Integrity Councils. Following two years of operation the Racing Integrity Commissioner will assess the total efficacy of this important reform.

This reform follows and is consistent with the recommendations by the Racing Integrity Commissioner in his report on the 2012 Own Motion Inquiry into Race Fixing in Victoria.

The establishment of the Integrity Councils, along with the recent legislative reforms confirming the power of Racing Victoria to apply the rules of racing to non-licensed persons, and increased powers for the Racing Integrity Commissioner will ensure that Victoria’s integrity assurance arrangements remain world class.

“These reforms, along with other racing integrity measures introduced in the past twelve months by the racing controlling bodies and by Government, place Victorian racing at the forefront of integrity across Australia,” Dr Napthine said.

Dear Members,

In February 2014, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of the Republic of Singapore published new rules pertaining to Hendra Virus, which will now permit the import of horses from Australia which have been vaccinated with the Hendra HeV vaccine.

Both Hong Kong and Singapore are now allowing the importation of HeV vaccinated horses, whilst China, Indonesia, Macau and the United Arab Emirates are not permitting HeV-vaccinated horses.

The European Union, United States, Japan and South Africa do not test for antibodies to Hendra Virus and therefore are able to accept vaccinated horses.

TBA believes it is up to each individual breeder whether to vaccinate their horses against Hendra Virus.

Chauncey Morris
CEO, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia

First-time vendor Two Bays Farm is sending two Snitzel fillies from Mornington to Sydney for the Inglis Easter Sale.

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, Flinders Park and Tarcoola Stud.

“Its undulating hills, fertile soils and temperate climate, is ideally suited for breeding thoroughbreds and historically it was home to a strong industry,” Two Bays Farm owner Ross Ferris said.  “For a time though, grapes and vineyards took over — now the balance is swinging back.”

Ferris established Two Bays less than two years ago and appointed Tracey McCarthy as the Farm’s manager.  Formerly based at Sovereign Thoroughbreds in Western Australia, she sold Group 1 winners Eagle Regiment (El Moxie) and Moment of Change (Barely A Moment) at the 2009 and 2010 Perth Magic Millions.

Two Bays Farm currently has 20 broodmares including Group 1 performers Marheta and Ice Mist (USA) and plan to grow this number as the right stock becomes available.   “We look for young mares that are well related and track performed,” Ferris said.  “We’ve worked hard over the past few years to acquire a high quality band of mares and aim to build our breeding base to around 40 in the next five years.”

Two Bays draft at the Inglis Easter yearling sale:

90     Filly   Snitzel — Love’s Here (Dehere)
Dam has foaled 3 winners including Listed Alinghi Stakes winner Liesele (pictured)

115   Filly   Snitzel — Miss Tizzy (Cee’s Tizzy)
From a USA Listed winner of the Belmont Dream Supreme Stakes

175   Colt   Choisir — Rareville (Petitionville)
Second foal of a three-time USA winning mare

327   Colt   Starcraft — Astounded (Encosta de Lago)
Dam won Listed Sir Douglas Wadley 2YO Stakes at Eagle Farm

471   Filly   Dane Shadow — Table Mesa (Comic Strip)
First foal of a Kentucky stakes winner

546   Colt   Street Sense — Marheta (Al Maher)
First foal of G3 Doomben Roses winner.  Dam also G1 QTC Oaks runner-up

Kaphero filly Swing With Me is coming straight to town after toying with her provincial rivals last week.

Trainer Kym Hann (pictured) will aim her at the Super VOBIS 3YO Fillies Hcp (1200m) at Sandown on April 16.  “She’s up to a city midweek race or even better,” Hann predicted.  “I knew the filly had ability from the start and she proved that earlier this week.”

Swing With Me (3f Kaphero — Shell I Swing by Celtic Swing) won the Harvey Norman Maiden Plate (1100m) by 6 lengths at Ararat.  “She put lengths on them in a few strides,” Hann said.  “It could have been more if Nikita (Beriman) had ridden her out.”

The winner was backed in from $13 to $8 despite a first-up failure at Swan Hill on March 14.  “I don’t know what happened up there.  I’m still scratching my head over that run.”

Swing With Me is by Swettenham Stud sire Kaphero and was bred in South Australia by Kiah Glenn owner Janita Edwards.  “I have a great record with horses from Janita,” Hann said.  “From memory, only one of them hasn’t won races.”

Hann, 26, started out in South Australia before a stint with Darley trainer Peter Snowden.  He has been based at Bendigo since 2010 and another promising type in his stable is Glenrowan Prince (Bushranger) who finished midfield in the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes on March 8.

Kaphero has 14 lots catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands on April 27 & 28.

The inaugural Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon will be conducted at Mornington Racecourse
on Saturday, 5 April.

The unique event, to be hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) with the support of Racing
Victoria (RV) and the Victorian Government, will see retired racehorses compete in three equestrian
disciplines between races at the Mornington meeting.

Thoroughbreds with a link to racing are the most common breed among the more than 600,000
pleasure horses in Victoria and RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said the Triequithon would
further promote retired racehorses as the ideal equestrian athlete.

“Racing Victoria is extremely proud to conduct the first Triequithon which works to further promote
the value and success of retired racehorses in post-racing careers,” Saundry said.

“Thousands of racehorses have gone on to successful eventing careers following their retirement
from the racetrack; they are highly versatile animals and we have witnessed extraordinary results on
the Australian eventing circuit.
“Retired racehorses are already an important part of the equestrian world and by showcasing their
attributes through the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon we are looking forward to seeing
even more horses embark on eventing careers when they retire from the track.

“The Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon, one of many initiatives emerging out of our popular
Off the Track program, is part of Racing Victoria’s wider commitment to equine welfare.”

The MRC will offer two-for-one entry at the Mornington meeting with a range of on-course initiatives
planned to complement the Triequithon and an exciting seven-race program.

Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing, Dr Denis Napthine, said the Triequithon met two of the
key objectives of the Government’s Victorian Racing Industry Fund.

“Firstly, with the assistance of the Raceday Attraction Program, we are able to put on a very unique
raceday event which encourages people to take in a day at the races,” Dr Napthine said.

“Secondly, this event is focused on promoting post racing careers for thoroughbred racehorses
which the Victorian Government and Racing Victoria share as a priority for the racing industry.”

With entry open exclusively to riders of Off the Track thoroughbreds, the final line-up of 10
competitors has been determined based on stringent selection criteria and was limited to horses
scheduled to compete at 1* level in the 2014 Melbourne International Horse Trials on 6-9 June.

The riders, ranging in age from 15 to 40, will be competing for a prize pool totalling $15,000, making

the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon one of the richest contests on the Australian eventing

Conducted in a condensed format inside and adjacent to the Mornington racetrack, horses will
compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping throughout the meeting, accumulating points
based on their performance in each discipline.

The public will have direct access to view the dressage and show jumping rounds of the competition
with the spectacular cross country round to be broadcast live on the infield big screen courtesy of
cameras on every jump of the state-of-the-art course.

MRC Chief Executive, Brodie Arnhold, said his Club was thrilled to be able to facilitate the event and
is confident the meeting will appeal to the wider equestrian audience.

“We’re delighted to be playing a significant role in the inaugural Triequithon,” Arnhold said.

“The greater Mornington area is genuine thoroughbred heartland, so it is excellent to be able to
provide the facility to assemble that strong community for such an event, and in doing so provide a
connection between thoroughbred racing and other equestrian disciplines.

“It is also pleasing to be able to support Racing Victoria’s Off the Track program, which has
enormous merit not only in keeping retired racehorses active, but in showcasing their great potential
as eventing athletes.”

The Victorian Government is providing funding from the Raceday Attraction Program of $60,000 to
assist with the event. RV is contributing the balance of the costs.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm graduate Barnato began the Singapore juvenile season with brilliant victory in the Cash Luck Stakes (1000m) at Kranji on Sunday.

Barnato (2g Redoute’s Choice – Glimmers by Success Express) also picked up a bonus for his success as he was bred in Australia and purchased for $300,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

“Inglis accepted Barnato for the Easter Sale in Sydney last year,” Lauriston operations manager James O’Brien recalled.  “But we opted to withdraw him and support the Melbourne Sale.”

Barnato is a three-quarter brother to star filly Gold Edition who won Group 1 sprints at Moonee Valley (Manikato Stakes) and Flemington (Ascot Vale Stakes) in the O’Brien family’s orange and emerald green colours.

Based at Corinella on the shores of Western Port Bay, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm has a quality draft heading to the Sydney Easter Sale next month headed by a Street Cry – Gold Edition colt (Lot 28).

Barnato took up a handy position off a quick clip in the Cash Luck Stakes and then produced a fine turn of foot to challenge the favourite Racer King for a three-quarter length victory.

“When you’re on a good horse like this, it’s very easy,” Brazilian born jockey Vagner Leal said.  “There’s a lot of speed in this horse and he felt quite confident before the start.  He has a lot of potential.”

Trainer Patrick Shaw prepares the winner for South African based syndicate Nordic Racing.  “I felt the distance would be a bit sharp first-up but class prevailed,” he said  “We will eventually send him out further, possibly up to a mile.”

The Cash Luck Stakes is the first leg of the Singapore 2YO Series which culminates with the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe on May 16.