Above: Sneaky Five ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley Racecourse  (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Sneaky Five’s (Fastnet Rock) emergence as one of the standout 2-year-olds prospects of the season so far has proved the cherry on top of a terrific spring for her owners at Rosemont Stud.

Rosemont’s stallions had already been getting the job done before Sneaky Five put their distinctive red with white ‘gatecrasher’ lion colours up in lights in rich 2-year-old races in Melbourne and Sydney.

Shamus Award has produced three stakes winners already this season, including G1 Toorak H. winner Mr Quickie, who was bred and is part-owned by the Victorian-based farm, while fellow resident Starspangledbanner has had ongoing success in both hemispheres and young Rosemont stallion Nostradamus has his first stakes horse in leading G1 NZ 1000 Guineas contender Tinker McPhee.

Off the back of that success, Sneaky Five, who has won both the R. Listed Inglis Banner and the Golden Gift this spring, has compiled a tidy $883,000 in prizemoney in just two starts.

She has already paid back the $305,000 that Rosemont paid for her from the Goldin Farms draft at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and shapes as one of the favourites for the major 2-year-old features of 2021, including the G1 Golden Slipper.

t was less than a month ago that Sneaky Five had her first public hit-out in Caulfield jump-out, which prompted Rosemont Principal Anthony Mithen to strongly suggest to co-trainer Ciaron Maher that a racetrack debut in the Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley might be the right path for the Fastnet Rock filly.

“Ciaron rang me after her first jump-out which was a couple of Tuesdays before Cox Plate day, and it was her first proper jump-out at Caulfield. He said ‘she goes bloody nicely this filly’,” Mithen told TDN AusNZ.

“The conversation turned to her what else was in the jump-out, including a one of her stablemates that she had travelled just as well as, and was headed to the Inglis Banner. I got the ‘green-eyed monster’ and I said, ‘if we have travelled as well as the other one, why can’t we go and have a shot at a $500,000 race as well?!

“Ciaron initially thought I was joking and said she’s only had one 650 metre jumpout. He wanted to jump her out the next week and said ‘she’ll probably brain them’, and so I said to him, ‘why don’t we see if she can brain them in a $500,000 race instead?”

“He wanted to jump her out the next week and said ‘she’ll probably brain them’, and so I said to him, ‘why don’t we see if she can brain them in a $500,000 race instead?” – Anthony Mithen

After a couple of days thinking through Mithen’s suggestion, Maher opted to enter Sneaky Five in the Moonee Valley race and once she got through a gallop on the track ahead of Cox Plate day, decided to accept with her.

“I was surprised she came up favourite, because there was no exposed form, nothing other than that one jump-out. We didn’t know how she would go. But we rolled the dice and got the result,” Mithen said.

A Golden plan

What flowed from there was a plan to send her to Sydney for the rich Golden Gift, a race which has only emerged on the calendar as a pre-Christmas option for 2-year-olds in the past couple of years.

Maher and training partner Eustace, with their base at Warwick Farm, are particularly well-placed to travel horses between Melbourne and Sydney and with that in mind, Mithen said Rosemont felt it was an ideal target for the filly.

“He offers a training base in both states that is ultra-professional and ultra-skilful and has got the right ingredients to make it happen. Clearly, the 2-year old results in both Sydney and Melbourne are no fluke and he plans on building on that, which is a bit scary for the other 2-year-old trainers out there,” Mithen said.

Sneaky Five backed up her dominant win at The Valley and proved too strong in the Golden Gift, with Regan Bayliss giving her a perfect ride.

She has clearly got an inordinate amount of ability and we’re shuddering to think what she might be able to do the older she gets with that experience. Given she’s out of an Oaks winner (Small Minds), it might even be over a trip,” Mithen said.

“The pleasing thing for our point of view is that’s he hasn’t been put to the sword in the spring to make it all happen. She has just been going through her gears and now she is first qualified for the Slipper and we can map a plan.”

Mithen said a decision will be made this week as to whether Sneaky Five stays in Sydney and heads towards the Golden Slipper through a race like the R. Listed Inglis Millennium, or comes back to Victoria to be prepared for the G1 Blue Diamond S.

Mithen and his brother-in-law Nigel Austin are also aware of the long-term racing and breeding prospects for Sneaky Five and see strong comparisons between her and another Fastnet Rock filly, the G1 Kennedy Oaks winner Personal.

“After Personal came out and won the Oaks, I did say to Nigel that there’s a little bit of Sneaky Five profile about this. Personal was able to run second in a Blue Diamond and was able to train on and be second in a Thousand Guineas and win an Oaks,” he said.

“After Personal came out and won the Oaks, I did say to Nigel that there’s a little bit of Sneaky Five profile about this.” – Anthony Mithen
“Sneaky Five is an up and about 2-year-old who is regally bred and looks like a Thousand Guineas horse. It’s a bit exciting where this can take you but that’s what Fastnet Rock can get you. We have supported him for a long time and think he has done an amazing job.”

Starosa Gold Coast bound

Ten minutes after Sneaky Five’s success on Saturday, the red and white Rosemont colours were in the winners’ circle again, this time at Doomben through the homebred filly Starosa (Starspangledbanner), who made it three wins in eight starts for trainer Tony Gollan.

“That prizemoney will probably see her qualified for the Magic Millions 3-year-old race, which is the long-term aim for her. There are still a few more fish to fry for her, there is a 1200 metre fillies race in a month’s time which she will target now, with a view to getting her some black type and enhancing her credentials for the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas,” Mithen said.

Starosa won’t be the only Rosemont product on display at the Gold Coast in January, with its final draft of 22 yearlings for the Magic Millions Yearling Sale now entering their preparations.

“We’ve got 22 to take to Magic Millions and we have finalised that list. I had a look at them this week when they came in after they were washed and prettied up. There are some beautiful horses amongst them,” Mithen said.

“We had Adrian Bott to have a look at them last week, and he was rattling off horses that he was pretty keen to come and look at again at sale time. I think they will raise a few eyebrows which will be nice.”

The success of the spring has certainly created a strong vibe around the operation during what has been an uncertain time with the COVID-19 pandemic and associated shutdowns, especially in Victoria.

“It feels like the awareness of Rosemont in the wider racing and breeding community is as strong as it has ever been and hopefully it doesn’t slow down,” Mithen said.

“We have invested and had a go and want to make Victoria shape up to those Hunter Valley farms. We want to say to people, how about Victoria as an option and Rosemont sits fairly and squarely in the middle of that.”

Article courtesy of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Low flying Kemalpasa (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

The last start Linlithgow Stakes winner Kemalpasa did not give supporters that backed him into favouritism a moment of concern in Saturday’s Group III  Kevin Heffernan Stakes (1300m) at Sandown.

Sent straight to the front by Craig Williams, the 5yo gelded son of Magnus kept up a relentless gallop to defeat Order Of Command (Squamosa) by a length. It was a replay of the Linlithgow Stakes when Order Of Command chased Kemalpasa home.

It was the fourth stakes win for Kemalpasa advancing his record to eleven wins, six seconds and three thirds from 29 starts with earnings of $830,750.

Speaking from Adelaide, co-trainer Richard Jolly was concerned about how the track was playing.

“I was a bit worried that the leaders in the first two races got run over and that the winners came down the centre of the track,” Jolly said.

“I didn’t know if we wanted to be leading today. But he got it pretty easy, and when he kicked at the 200 (metres), he does not like anything to pass him.

“He is flying at the moment.”

A $140,000 Magic Millions purchase for Richard Jolly from the Kulani Park draft, Kemalpasa runs in the well-known colours of Neville Morgan.

he handsome chestnut son of Magnus has been a model of consistency. He is the first foal of Yarra Bank, a half-sister by Bianconi (USA) to stakes-winner Honest Politician.

Yarra Bank also has a two-year-old colt by Magnus who was purchased by Mark Ganderton for $50,000 at the 2020 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

Yarra Bank was covered by Impending last spring and foaled a filly on Septemsber 18.

The sire of 22 stakes-winners, Magnus stands at Sun Stud at a fee of $15,400.

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Above: Shamino finishes best under Jamie Kah (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Rosemont resident Shamus Award continues to go from strength to strength, and his first crop son Shamino added a second stakes win to his record in Saturday’s Listed Clanbrooke Doveton Stakes (1000m) at Sandown.

With Jamie Kah in the saddle, Shamino found a narrow seam at the 200 metres to win going away by a length and a half.

Conceding the winner 6kgs, Coruscate (Exceed And Excel) battled on bravely for second a short-head in front of Tavisan (Tavistock).

Earlier this year the Phillip Stokes-trained gelding rang up five wins in six starts culminating in the Listed Manihi Stakes at Morphettville in April.

A homebred for Birdville’s favourite son David Brook, Shamino advances his record to nine wins, two seconds and two thirds from 24 starts with earnings of $332,875.

Stokes said that the step back from 1200m to 1000m was the key in returning to the winner’s circle.

“I’ll blame Jamie, she told me to step him up in trip, and we didn’t get the right result,” he said.

“A big thrill to get a stakes winner for the Brooks family. They have been a big supporter of our stable for a long time.

“He just doesn’t run (1200m) out. He presented the other day and couldn’t do it, so we haven’t done much with him over the last fortnight. Jamie gave him a great ride and got the job done.

“They (Shamus Awards) are a great breed and just get better with age. He’s got some exciting stuff coming through.”

He is the best of four winners from as many to race out of the very talented El Moxie mare Elumino who was a 6-time winner in Melbourne.

Elumino has a yearling filly by Supido and was covered by Terbium’s sire Terango last spring.

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Above: Sliders wins the Max Lees Classic – image Steve Hart.

The powerful Godolphin stable unleashed two exciting juveniles by Street Boss (USA) on Saturday in less than an hour with Anamoe winning the Listed MRC Merson Cooper Stakes at Sandown and then promising filly Sliders winning the $127,000 Max Lees Classic (900m) at Newcastle.

A homebred for Godolphin trained by James Cummings, Sliders showed good ability in a recent trial and was tenacious to the line in this assignment for Rachel King, forging clear of Capitalist filly Snowdrop to win by half a length.

“I’ve had a bit to do with her during the early parts of her career and she has just been a natural,” Rachel King said.

“I think she is very untapped still. She did that very comfortably today.

“She doesn’t quite know how to really put them away yet but coming off the back of one trial, I thought it was really impressive.”

Sliders is bred to be well above average as a half-sister to Group I MRC Thousand Guineas winner Flit and Group III placed Flow being the fourth winner from stakes-placed Redoute’s Choice mare Glissade, a daughter of Group III winner Steflara.

She is bred on the same cross as Anamoe, as he is also by Street Boss from a daughter of Redoute’s Choice.

Glissade has a yearling filly by Frosted (USA) and has foaled this spring producing a filly by Astern.

A Group I winning son of Street Cry, Street Boss stands at Darley Victoria at a fee of $27,500.

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Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) celebrated the successes of the Victorian industry virtually last night.

Brought to viewers by Michael Felgate and Charmein Bukovec, headlining the awards were the IRT Champion Victorian sire, TAB Champion Victorian-bred racehorse and the TAB Champion Victorian breeder awards.

For a fifth consecutive year, Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon won the IRT Champion Victorian sire award.

With aggregated prize money earnings over $10.95 million in the 2019/20 season, this award highlights the success of his Victorian-bred progeny on race tracks across Australia.

Pippie who’s dam was put in foal by Victoria’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, flew the flag for the Woodside stallion when she claimed the Group 1 Oakleigh Plate and took her earnings for the 2019/20 season to $502,500.

Darley Northwood claimed six of the Victorian breeder awards for the 2019/20 season with a host of homebred horses who produced outstanding results on Victorian race tracks.

Claiming the Racing Victoria VOBIS Owner of the year, the Avenel Equine Broodmare of the year with Glissade, the Surewise Victorian-bred 2YO of the year award with the Street Boss sired Hanseatic, the Inglis Champion Victorian-bred 3YO of the year award and the Champion Victorian-bred racehorse with Darley Northwood bred, Flit, the IRT Champion First Season sire with Night of Thunder and the TAB Champion Victorian breeder award, the army in blue put their success down to the hard work of the staff at the Northwood property.

“I really have to thank the team at Darley Northwood. Without James Manning and his team, we would not have the results on the track and would not be receiving the awards we are tonight,” Andy Makiv commented.

Todd and Sue Lichti who bred the Group 2 Caulfield Sprint winner, Miss Leonidas were delighted to win the Breednet Leading Victorian Small Breeder award.

“Breeding began from a passion and love of Thoroughbreds. To be receiving this award tonight, is an honour,” Todd Lichti commented.

The Inglis Service to the Industry award was won by Peter Heagney.

Peter, who after half a century in the industry, retired last year. He has dedicated his life to the industry and has sold some legends of the turf in his time, most notably Black Caviar.

“The Inglis Service to the industry award recognises someone who was centred their life around the industry and Peter has done just this. He has done so without wanting accolades or acclamations,” James O’Brien – TBV President commented.

The Digital Media Creations Rising Star Award was awarded to Gerard Jones of Rosemont Stud.

His peers recognised Gerard for being an outstanding leader both at Rosemont and within the industry.

He was identified as someone who always has the time to assist his team and can get them to achieve tasks they never thought were possible.

James O’Brien commented, “It is so important that we recognise the grassroots of our industry; they are the ones that make sure the wheel keeps turning. Gerard is always happy to help in the industry and will give anyone a helping hand.”

This year TBV introduced a new award, which aimed to recognise those who are the unsung heros of our industry and go above and beyond for our horses, the Kentucky Equine Research and Barastoc Dedication to Welfare award.

Lindy Thewlis, who is based just outside of Shepparton and currently cares for an army of horses, both retired racing horses and breeding horses, claimed the inaugural award.

Previously claiming the Godolphin Stud and Stable Staff award, Lindy was shocked and humbled to win the inaugural TBV award decided by the TBV Board.

“Welfare is at the centre of everything we do in our industry. I am delighted that we have people such as Lindy who go above and beyond to help our horses. Lindy is an outstanding woman and is very deserving of such an accolade,” James O’Brien – TBV President commented.

The awards and their winners are below:

Above: Segenhoe Valley

The dam of Saturday’s winner of the Listed The Amanda Elliott, Shelby Cobra (Toronado), has become the most expensive broodmare ever sold on Inglis Digital and the second highest lot ever, following a three-way bidding duel in the November (Early) Online Sale.

Sheamus Mills Bloodstock outlasted Paul Moroney Bloodstock and one other party, to secure Segenhoe Valley (Dane Shadow) and her Toronado filly at foot – a full sister to Shelby Cobra – for $325,000.

Mills purchased the 2-in-1 package on behalf of clients Newton Thoroughbreds Racing and Chesapeake Thoroughbreds.

“I was really impressed by Shelby Cobra’s win on Saturday and then I saw the ad in the ANZ which motivated me to go and inspect her and the filly at Riverbank Farm,” Mills said.

“It’s great buying when you look at the family, it’s current and I think it will keep exploding, I don’t know how many mares produce a Stakes winner from their first three foals.

“I said to my clients that they should recognise how rare it is for a full sister to a Stakes winner to come up for public sale like this and you get the 8YO mum as part of a package – it was too good of an opportunity to miss.

“Plans for both the filly and Segenhoe Valley are open at this stage, ideally she’ll be covered this weekend but by which stallion I’m not sure, I’m open to suggestions!”

Segenhoe Valley was offered on Inglis Digital by Queensland-based hobby breeder Laurelle Owen, who purchased the mare for a mere $5000 at the 2018 Inglis Great Southern Sale.

“The only reason I bought this mare is because I saw Shelby Cobra go through as a weanling at the same sale for $70,000 to Maluka Thoroughbreds,” Owen said.

“I’ve been following Shelby Cobra, I saw him make $130,000 at last year’s Inglis Premier Sale and started receiving reports that he was showing lots of promise in the stable, so I rang Russell Osborne at Riverbank and told him I wanted to send the dam to Toronado and everything since has just fallen into place.

“It’s a credit to Russell and Caroline Osborne at Riverbank Farm, they’ve done a fabulous job looking after my girls then ensuring we got the right certificates completed to upload to this mare’s listing, plus videos and photographs completed (by Digital Media Creations).”

It was Laurelle Owen’s background in real estate that motivated her to sell the mare and foal.

“I’ve worked at Boxsells Real Estate in Maleny since 2007 but have been involved in the breeding industry for 50 years, only with one or two mares for the most part,” Owen said.

“It’s been a punt with plenty of highs and lows, I’ve had a few lows this breeding season so when the mare foaled such a lovely filly in late October and then Shelby Cobra accepted for the Stakes race last Saturday, I felt the timing was perfect to offer her on Inglis Digital.

“I’ve bought some lovely young mares off the platform with the intention of breeding with them, two recently have been Drizzle ($25,000 September (Early) Online) and Boreas ($8,000 May Online) who has won twice from five starts with Barry Lockwood.”

The November (Early) catalogue grossed $1.57 million, the 27th consecutive Inglis Digital Auction to gross $1 million or more since 2018, and another outstanding clearance rate of 84%.

Other results included 3YO gelding I Am Swerving selling to Singapore-based Jason Lim Racing for $65,000 and Soul Mama and a full sister to Sunlight’s dam Solar Charged offered with a Better Than Ready colt, was bought by Kim Alderton for $60,000.

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Above: Troy Stephens

Yulong Farm is pleased to welcome Troy Stephens to the team in the role of Nominations and Sales Manager.

“We are very excited to have Troy come aboard,” said Sam Fairgray, Chief Operating Officer at Yulong.

“I’ve known Troy for many years, and we’ve worked closely together in the past. He’ll be a wonderful asset to the team. He has passion and enthusiasm for the industry and, over many years, has developed an excellent reputation among breeders.”

New Zealand-born Troy will relocate from New South Wales to Victoria after six years at Newgate Farm, during which time he climbed from stallion duties into a sales position.

“I’ll always be grateful to Henry Field for the opportunities he gave me during my time at Newgate. I worked with some very inspiring people,” Troy said.

“Yulong is a new chapter for me. I’ve admired Mr. Zhang’s vision for a long time, and he’s got big goals and aspirations. Victoria has proven to be an elite source of champions in recent years, and Yulong is right there in partnership with Victorian breeders.”

Troy’s arrival continues an exciting era at Yulong, as sensational young sire Alabama Express joined Grunt on the farm’s stallion roster for 2020.

Troy’s appointment continues Mr Zhang’s commitment to the success and expansion of his Victorian operation.

Troy will begin at Yulong in early December, at once taking charge of the stud’s 21-strong draft heading to the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January.

“It’s a very strong consignment, with yearlings by Frankel, Siyouni, Snitzel and I Am Invincible,” Troy said. “These are proven sires, and I feel this is going to be one of the best consignments.”

Troy Stephens can be contacted on 0481 207 976.

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Above: Like Father Like Daughter: Rich Enuff (left) and Dosh (right)

After the success on Melbourne Cup day for the Woodside Park Stud stallions, Oaks Day was a repeat with a pair of fillies adding further Group success to the record of their respective sire.

The Grahame Begg-trained Dosh, a second crop runner for Rich Enuff, had all the judges highlighting how well she looked in the parade ring prior to the her debut in the Group 3 Darley Ottawa Stakes (1000m) with Racing.com’s Jayne Ivil stating “I’ve actually been checking out my reflection in her hindquarter.”

“She is absolutely glowing in the mounting yard. Love the way she moves, love her athleticism, but she’s got that big strong powerful hindquarter you like to see in a speed horse, great parade.”

“Probably moved better than any other two-year-old in the yard.”

Settling just off the leaders throughout, jockey Jordan Childs asked Dosh to make her move at the 200m mark where she chased down the leader, and although running out under pressure, she was simply too classy for her rivals, becoming the second stakes winner for Written Tycoon’s speedy son Rich Enuff.

The Glenlogan Park bred filly would now go for a spell, with Begg clearly taken by the win.

“She’s out of a great (that) goes back to Bold Promise, Dear Demi and Capitalist, they’re all the same family, and Merlene, it’s a great fillies family,” Begg said.

“I’m sure that she’s going to be a very valuable filly in the future.

“She’ll be put away. She hasn’t a long time off from the time we broke her in, came back into the stable and through the preparation.

“She only had a couple of weeks off, she’ll go out, she’s done a massive job but she’s a massive ‘doer’ in the stable,” he added.

Sold through the Magic Millions Yearling Sale, Glenlogan Park would have been over joyed by the result with Dosh’s dam Raise Up foaling a full-sister to the Group 3 winner in late September.

The final event of the card saw the highly-talented Written Tycoon filly Written Beauty record victory in the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (1100m).

Above: 3YO Filly Written Beauty Becomes The 40th Stakes Winner For Written Tycoon

Breaking Nature Strip’s 1000m Moonee Valley track record the start prior, the Hawkes Racing-trained filly has been highly regarded by many, having been nominated, although not accepting, for the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes the Saturday prior.

“She’s got a lot of upside but has come to the end of her tether. She has a massive upside, and she will be some filly when she matures,” stated co trainer Wayne Hawkes post-race.

“It is more about mentally than physically because she is a brute of a horse.”

Giving Written Tycoon his third new stakes winner in three days, and his 40th stakes winner overall, the victory of the Orbis bred filly gave her sire an industry-leading ninth stakes winner for the season, breaking his previous record of eight recorded during the 2017/2018 racing season.

Raw Images: Bronwen Healy Photography

Above: Authentic, with John Velazquez up, wins the Grade 1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland Racecourse in Lexington, KY, USA. Nov 7, 2020. Photography by Jamie Newell / Racingfotos.com.

Star colt Authentic (USA) (Into Mischief {USA}) in the orange and purple silks of B. Wayne Hughes, delivered a huge boost to the global Spendthrift operation, when dominating the G1 Breeders’ Cup Classic at Keeneland.

For the second time in a couple of months, Spendthrift had an unforgettable weekend as Authentic delivered an authoritative 2.25 length victory in track record time.

This follows on from Authentic becoming the first Kentucky Derby winner for both Spendthrift’s owner B. Wayne Hughes and the Champion stallion it stands, Into Mischief, a significant milestone for the entire operation.

The final time of 1:59.19 established a new Keeneland track record for 2000m, besting American Pharoahs final clocking of 2:00.07 in his Classic victory five years earlier.

He also set a hot pace in the Kentucky Derby, clocking the quickest time for the race in 19 years. He stopped the clock at 2:00.61, several seconds faster than American Pharoah’s 2:03.02 in 2015 and Justify’s 2:04.20 in 2018.

Authentic joins fellow Kentucky Derby winners Ferdinand, Alysheba, Sunday Silence, Unbridled, and the Baffert-trained American Pharoah to defeat their elders in the Classic.

You know what, they were all training so well and he was training well,” Baffert said. Thats what they do at this time of year, what a horse. Hes the real deal.”

A debut winner sprinting at Del Mar two days shy of a year ago, Authentic aired by 7.75l in Santa Anitas G3 Sham S. in early January. He was a powerful winner in the G2 San Felipe S. March 7, then suffered his first career defeat, finishing second to Honor A.P. in the G1 Runhappy Santa Anita Derby.

Authentic showed no signs of slowing down, turning back Belmont winner Tiz the Law in the postponed Derby. He lost little in defeat coming up a neck short of the brilliant filly Swiss Skydiver in the G1 Preakness S. last time on October 3, before the sensational Breeders’ Cup victory.

Oh, man, its such an unbelievably surreal year,” Spendthrifts Eric Gustavson said. To say that the horse has brought us a lot of light and excitement and distraction is an understatement. To have the off date Kentucky Derby and then the back to normal Breeders’ Cup and to be able to win those both in one year and with a 3-year-old, its too much.”

The colts number of owners grew exponentially when the Spendthrift-backed micro-share syndicate MyRacehorse bought in shortly after Authentics run in the Santa Anita Derby.

Yeah, well, I mean, this has been quite the ride,” MyRacehorses Michael Behrens said. Its an amazing ride. I could never have imagined that it would end like this. I mean, this is the pinnacle of racing.”

Wayne (Hughes) has given so much to the game over the years. Hes been in racing for 50 years and he bought Spendthrift in 2004 and made it into a business… for Wayne, its everything, for us, for the team at Spendthrift, thats the best part, that Wayne has reached the top of the mountain here and we get to celebrate with him.”

It was another big day for Spendthrift America’s marquee stallion Into Mischief, with star filly Gamine breaking a track record in winning the G1 Breeders’ Cup Filly and Mare Sprint by 6.25 lengths, also for Baffert and Velazquez.

“His stock are so fast,” Cuddy said.

“Gamine has broken the track record with her victory today and Authentic has gone and run the third fastest Classic in history. They’re such tough horses and once they go, they just keep on going, they dont stop.”

Authentic has been retired to Spendthrift ahead of the North American breeding season, at a fee of US$75,000.



The weaning process can be one of the most stressful events of a young horse’s life. Providing young horses with a nutritious, balanced diet before, during and after weaning is key to ensuring weanlings thrive.

As autumn unfolds in Australia, horse owners who welcomed newborn foals in the spring will either be preparing to wean their youngstock or are in the throes of doing so!

The weaning process can be one of the most stressful events of a young horse’s life, sometimes resulting in a decreased growth rate and decline in condition. Providing young horses with a nutritious, balanced diet before, during and after weaning is a key factor in ensuring weanlings thrive, rather than simply survive, at this important stage of life.

“Feeding young horses is a balancing act.”

Feeding young horses is a balancing act, requiring careful consideration, observation and understanding of nutrition, genetics and the environment in which the animal is raised.
It can often seem as though a foal morphs into a horse in the blink of an eye – indeed, in its first two years of life a horse
can grow to 90% of its adult size and gain around 1.5kg per day. Ensuring that this growth occurs at a consistent, steady rate will help to minimise the risk of developmental disease and increase the likelihood of the horse reaching its genetic potential.


For the first two months of a foal’s life, the milk produced by its healthy lactating mother provides sufficient nutrients for growth and development at an appropriate rate. However, from as early as one week of age, some foals will sample pasture, hay and their dam’s hard feed if they are able to access it.

As the microorganism populations in newborns’ hindguts need several months to fully develop, this additional forage will not be digested effectively. Yet, by two to three months of age, as their digestive system develops, this additional forage will play an increasingly important part of the foal’s diet and should be encouraged as the foal approaches weaning age.

During the foal’s third month of life, the mare will generally reach and pass peak lactation; this is the point when the mare’s milk production drops, while the foal’s nutritional needs continue to increase. At this point, it is important to assess whether the foal requires additional feeding to meet its nutritional requirements. In cases where the foal has access to quality pasture and/or hay, and is sharing its dam’s daily hard feeds, the declining ratio of mare’s milk in the foal’s diet will be complemented by a gradual increase of other feed sources.

However, in cases where the mare is a particularly good “doer” and therefore being fed minimal amounts, or the pasture is either limited or of poor quality, the foal may need to be supplemented via creep feeding. Creep feeding involves providing the foal with supplementary feed that the mare cannot access; this is generally achieved by creating a pen that the foal can walk into but the mare cannot due to the height or width of the opening.

“It is critically important to avoid overfeeding.”

In situations where the foal is either sharing the mare’s rations or being creep fed, it is important to choose a feed that is suitable for lactating mares and young foals, and has the correct balance of vitamins, minerals, energy and protein. Barastoc Breed n Grow is a popular choice, being a low-starch formula with enhanced levels of macro and trace minerals to support bone growth and development. It is critically important to avoid overfeeding, as overweight foals are more prone to developmental orthopaedic disease. Using a weight tape to assess the foal’s weight and progress is recommended, along with close adherence to manufacturer’s feeding rate recommendations.


In a natural environment, mares wean their foals at around 10 to 12 months of age, however, domesticated foals are typically weaned at five to six months of age. Weaning before four months of age is not recommended unless veterinary advice regarding the mare or foal’s health necessitates this. For foals that have been well prepared for weaning via correct feeding and management, the weaning process can be quite uneventful – however, being aware of the risks associated with weaning, such as ulcer development, can help ensure a smooth transition from foal to weanling status.

In preparation for weaning, a foal’s ration should be increased over a two to three week period, with constant access to pasture if possible, and free choice hay provided. The importance of making gradual diet changes is well documented for horses of all ages, however, this principle is never more relevant than during the weaning process. At this time of great change, maintaining consistency in the weanling’s diet will help limit stress and ill- thrift, regardless of whether a gradual or immediate weaning method is employed. In addition to adopting good practices such as the use of a weaning “buddy”, maintaining access to pasture grazing and quality hay is helpful for the weanling’s physical and mental wellbeing during this process.


Once a foal is completely weaned and no longer nursing at
all, it should be consuming between 2-3% of its body weight in feed and forage a day. This is a time of remarkable bone development and growth in muscle mass – from weanling age to their second birthday, a young horse may double in weight!

A diet consisting of 17% protein is recommended for weanlings, with adequate energy sources to satisfy their growth and activity rate, such as Barastoc Breed n Grow. Ensure that the weanling’s diet does not contain less than 30% roughage, measured by weight. Roughage may come in the form of pasture, good quality hay or alternative fibre sources such as Speedi-beet.

“Continue assessing the animal as an individual.”

As the young horse approaches its first birthday, it is important to continue assessing the animal as an individual, noting its condition and environment and adjusting the diet with consideration for the young horse’s breed, maturity and desired growth rate. Diligent monitoring and record keeping, coupled with sound nutrition and a nurturing environment, will ensure that weanlings develop into sound, healthy horses with bright futures.

Above: Dosh ridden by Jordan Childs wins the Darley Ottawa Stakes at Flemington Racecourse . (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys admits it’s one of the best deals he’s ever done when he sent three mares to Written Tycoon back in 2010.

Although Written Tycoon’s service fee was a modest $6,600 – compared to the $110,000 he demanded in 2018/19 – Keys got all three services for a total of $10,000.

All three foals produced in the matings won, but it was a colt named Rich Enuff that was the standout of Written Tycoon’s book of 198 mares that season, the stallion’s fourth year at stud.

Rich Enuff was destined very early in his career to develop into stallion and it was Woodside Park, where he is now in his fifth season, which bought a 25 per cent share in him after he raced five times.

Bred and raced by Keys and his wife Louise, along with Chris Johnstone who has a 25 per cent share, Rich Enuff is out of Spartacus mare Hotnuff which the Keys also raced.

Rich Enuff’s first winner was Plutocrat which won a two-year-old maiden in February this year at Doomben and the filly also become the stallion’s first stakes winner when she won the Listed Tatts Club Stakes at Eagle farm in July for trainer Chris Anderson.

But it was a two-year-old filly that won during the Melbourne Cup carnival at Flemington to give Rich Enuff his first Group winner which really excited Keys and Woodside Park.

The Grahame Begg trained two-year-old Dosh was a standout in the parade ring on Oaks Day and lived up to her looks by winning the Group 3 Ottawa Stakes (1000m) on debut.

And then Rich Enuff’s sire, Written Tycoon, produced three year-old Written Beauty in the final race on Oaks Day to win the Group 3 Red Roses Stakes (1100m). It was her fourth consecutive win.

Keys, who still owns 25 per cent of Rich Enuff, said it was great for the stallion to produce a Group winner at such an important time in his career and in the racing calendar.

The stallion stood his first season in Queensland and Keys said it was good to see him produce a quality winner from his Victorian crops.

“It’s very pleasing,” Keys said.

“He probably needed that one (Dosh) because all of the others have been Queensland bred from his first season when he was up there.

“I believe this just shows what he can get. It’s perfect timing.

“It should give the breeders who went to him reward for supporting him, that’s the way I see it.”

Keys said Dosh was a stunning looking horse and was just going to improve as she matured.

And he said he wasn’t sure whether he sent the right type of mare to Rich Enuff in his first season but believes he has got a couple of good horses out of the second crop.

“Usually by now with a new stallion people have started to bag them by now but I haven’t heard anyone, who have got them, bag him yet.

“I am genuinely happy.”

Keys laughed when he said he got three service fees for $10,000.

“They all won,” he said.

“There was Rich Enuff and one called Tycoon Peri who was very good but was a big of a nutter and then was another one who was limited by won a race.”

Keys said he had previously supported Written Tycoon as he liked his types and went back again with the three mares.

Getting Rich Enuff to stud wasn’t as simple as it first seemed.

He went nearly a year between races after he suffered a hind leg injury when he kicked out in the tunnel at the Cranbourne Training Centre.

“The injury happened in his three-year-old autumn year when he was feeling good and double barrelled the wall in the tunnel and he needed time for the injury to heal,” Keys said.

“When he came back from that he was just a big bull and you couldn’t train him to get him fit, you had to race him to get him fit, so the reality was that it takes three or four starts.

“The guys who had paid a lot of money for him weren’t happy at that stage and that was the start of it and I could understand it.”

A decision was made to transfer Rich Enuff to Peter and Paul Snowden at Sydney where the horse had two starts for a third in the Group 3 Southern Cross (1200m). He was then retired after being unplaced at his next start.

Keys said he wasn’t upset when Rich Enuff went to Sydney.

“We still had our percentage and at that stage I think we still owned 50 per cent and now we’ve got 25 per cent,’’ Keys said.

“The reality is that Written Tycoon didn’t get this sort of result so early.”

Keys said that after Hotnuff produced Rich Enuff, she had two foals by Reward For Effort and then had Write Enuff, a winner of two races so far, by Written Tycoon. The mare has a two-year-old filly by Manhattan Rain and is due to foal to Shamus Award which will be her last one.

“I would have thought that Toronado and Shamus Award would be the best two stallions in Victoria,” he said.

“I think with Rich Enuff that he will put some speed into his horses. He is probably a Victorian speed horse which we really haven’t got at the moment and everyone is going elsewhere for their speed. Hopefully it pans out that way.”

Like many highly rated stallions, Rich Enuff never won a Group 1 race but had victories in the Group 2 Danehill Stakes (1200m), the Group 3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) and the Listed Mitchell McKenzie Stakes.

“Not A Single Doubt wasn’t a Group 1 winner and Written Tycoon wasn’t,” Keys said.

“We got beaten a head in the (Group 1) Caulfield Guineas and we could have been the winner, I suppose.

“He is still the fastest three-year-old down the Flemington straight for 20 years. That hasn’t been beaten by any of these so called guns. I think it’s relevant.”

Keys said he has six horses by Rich Enuff.

Woodside Park’s James Price said the Flemington victory by Dosh were a good reward for the stallion.

He described Begg as being fairly strong for the filly at this year’s Classic Yearling Sale.

“He paid $155,000 for a Rich Enuff filly second season, that’s pretty strong money I would have thought and I thought that at the time,” Price said.

“So it’s nice that they were rewarded with a debut stakes win.”

Price said Rich Enuff was like all stallions with breeders waiting to see if the three-years-old come back and if he can get another two-year-old.

After covering his biggest book of mares last year – 127 – Price said Rich Enuff wouldn’t reach that number this year but would still serve around 100.

“It’s a quieter year than his first four but that’s always to be expected,” he said.

“It’s really nice for Dosh to win and Plutocrat is back trialling and I think she is heading towards a Magic Millions three-year-old Guineas race.

“There is another Rich Enuff filly I am looking forward to when she debuts shortly for Steve O’Dea up in Queensland, so there are few irons in the fire. She is called Rich Lister and was scratched last Saturday after drawing the outside barrier.”’

Price said that the phone did ring a few times from breeders after the wayward Dosh’s win.

He said it wasn’t too late for breeders to get their mares covered and although Rich Enuff’s advertised service fee is $8,800, the stud can do a better deal.

Price said there was a good opportunity to turn a small service fee into a good commercial result.

















Above: Leiter ridden by Luke Nolen wins the Seppelt Drumborg Grand Handicap at Flemington Racecourse. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

When you’ve raced and bred as many horses as land developer Glenn Whittenbury and his family, it’s a good reward to have a winner on the final day of the Flemington Melbourne Cup Carnival.

Whittenbury’s five-year-old Wanted gelding Leiter won the 1100m handicap – the last race of the carnival – for Flemington trainer Tommy Hughes Jnr.

Leiter’s dam, Miss Octopussy, was also bred by Whittenbury.

Miss Octopussy (Lonhro x Ponton Flyer), also a Flemington straight winner, won six races and was also trained Hughes.

Ponton Flyer (Flying Spur x Currabahah) was also bred by Whittenbury and was a prolific winner, scoring in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude (1000m) in 2000 and the Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1600m) in 2001.

Whittenbury said his late father Allan loved the breeding side of the racing industry.

“He loved working out who to send the mares to and we have been breeding for 35 years,” he said.

“We bred the winner of the Emirates Stakes in 2003 and raced him, Titanic Jack.

“And the old man many years ago was in a thoroughbred magazine and was voted the most astute breeder south the Murray – that’s when they referred to Victoria as south of the Murray,” he said.

As well as victory in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes, Titanic Jack won another four Group races.

Whittenbury said the family originally had a farm, called Barree, at Mount Macedon, but it was sold in the late 1980s when his parents separated.

He now agists his band of broodmares at Euroa and they get shuttled off to the stallions, primarily in Victoria, but the odd one might go to New South Wales if a particular match is sought

“At the moment I only have four broodmares,” he said.

“I still have Ponton Flyer and if you look at her record, every single horse she has produced that has raced, has won. She is a Flying Spur mare and is Leiter’s grand dam.

“She has been a terrific mare for us and is in foal to Rich Enuff again. She is 23 now and the last six seasons I have only tried to get her in foal every second season.”

Ponton Flyer also produced Listed winner Minnesota Shark (Lonhro) and dual Listed winner Black Vanquish (Lonhro).

Whittenbury has eight horses with Hughes and at the moment and one at the breakers. He has got seven horses in Singapore with former Australian trainer Cliff Brown.

“They are going real well over there with Cliff,” he said.

“I had a good one over there, Debt Collector, which was horse of the year in 2016 and at the moment I have a horse over there called Inferno which has won eight from nine, including two Group 1s and a couple of Group 2s and a Group 3 on the way through. He is only a four-year-old and he has been earmarked to maybe go to Hong Kong later in the year.

“When I got involved over there, which was 2012, the first couple we sent over we had bred and they had raced here and they were just fair but they went all right over there.

“For racing over there it’s almost better to see what is on the ground and it’s better to get to a yearling sale or ready to run sale and grab something once you see them. You need to see that you have got a chance.”

Whittenbury said he now sources horses, about one or two a year, bound for Singapore from Australia and New Zealand.

He said every horse he has with Hughes has been bed by Barree Pastoral which his sister, Kerri, is also involved in.

And while he admits he doesn’t want to spend a lot on service fees, he likes a stallion like Rich Enuff that is producing winners. Two of the horses he races with Hughes are by Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado.

“Rich Enuff is reasonably priced and everyone wants to go to Toronado but I got in early,” Whittenbury said.

“We try and find a stallion that we think might go well.

“You might get in a bit cheaper on the bottom line and then they get some winners and they do well. Sometime it’s the luck of the draw.

“It’s good fun.”

One of Whittenbury’s broodmares, Top Dolly (Choisir x Dux Of The Class), has just had a colt by Squamosa and has a booking with Toronado. Another of his mares, Atlantic Gold, will be served by Rich Enuff.

Whittenbury, whose business also takes in his investment company, admits racing can be expensive, but says it’s lots of fun, especially for people who can take a small share in a syndicated horse.

“We make our money to waste on horses,” he laughed.

And winning jockey Luke Nolen also had a few thoughts about Leiter.

“He’s the one that gave me the black eye,” he said after his winning ride.

“A bit of redemption in my eyes about him. I forgive him now.

“When I got on him the other day he head-butted me. I didn’t think it

was that bad but it ended up being worse than I thought it’d be.

“But I’m as hard as a cat’s head so it didn’t really hurt me.”

Nolen said that while Leiter was a bit quirky, it was always good winning during Cup week.

Above: Shelby Cobra ridden by Ben Melham wins the The Amanda Elliott at Flemington Racecourse (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Three metropolitan winners in three states from three homebreds were the excellent numbers produced by Sun Stud on Saturday.

And to cap off a good weekend for the stud, a horse it bought as a yearling – which raced in Australia as Solo Sun but is now named Solo Heart won at Singapore on Sunday.

The weekend’s racing was also significant for Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado which had three-year-old gelding Shelby Cobra win on MacKinnon Stakes Day at Flemington. The three-year-old gelding won the Listed Springtime Stakes (1400) and now has two wins from three starts.

Another Toronado, Affair To Remember also won on Stakes Day, taking out the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m) for Ballarat trainer Dan O’Sullivan.

Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen and Nigel Austin also had another big weekend when Sneaky Five, a Fastnet Rock filly they purchased at Melbourne Premier this year, backed up from winning the Inglis Banner on debut at The Valley to win the rich Golden Gift Stakes at Rosehill on Saturday. The two year-old, a $305,000 purchase, has now won $883,000 from her two wins.

And for Sun Stud, two of Saturday’s winners – Power Scheme (Fiorente) and Gulf of Suez (the late Fighting Sun) were by Sun Stud stallions.

The other city winner, Fortress Command, is by the late Sebring, a stallion which the stud had a share in.

Four-year-old Power Scheme’s win over 1600m at Flemington on MacKinnon Stakes Day shot the gelding’s prizemoney just short of  $500,000.

Fighting Sun two-year-old gelding Gulf of Suez made a winning debut over 1000m at Morphettville.

Fortress Command won at Rosehill over 1500m to give the four-year-old gelding his fourth win.

Sun Stud’s operations manager David Grant said it was nice to have three winners in different states.

“The two-year-old is a similar to a Fighting Sun gelding, Flinders River, which we had last year, and was a little bit light on pedigree and wasn’t perfectly conformed and didn’t really make a sale when he was a yearling,” he said.

“We were forced to race him and he ended up being our first two-year-old winner of last season. This guy has followed suit and was a lesser rated Fighting Sun who was gelded and passed in at the Adelaide Sale and we just sent him to Adrian Corboy who breaks in a few for myself and I was really happy with the job he’d done and this one got allocated to Ciaron Maher who Adrian breaks in for as well.”

Grant said both Power Scheme and his full brother Hawkshot, who now races in Hong Kong as Beauty Legacy, were two horses that liked the wide open spaces of Flemington.

“Being a stakes winning two-year-old, which we weren’t expecting from Fiorente, Power Scheme has now gone on and is really consistent. He won at Caulfield the start before and has had a really good prep and hopefully it is not finished yet.”

Grant said Fortress Command was a horse that Gerald Ryan always had a good opinion of and after a few setbacks was eventually gelded.

He said he was a horse that had found his form again and would go through his grades to see how far he could go.

Grant said Fortress Command’s dam Prairie Star was one of Sun Stud’s really good broodmares. She has got a Snitzel colt at foot and has been served this season by Exceed and Excel.

“We rate her in our top two or three mares,” he said.

“And the same with Rosa Perlato, the dam of Power Scheme.  She is in the Hunter Valley at the moment and has had a Fiorente filly, a full sister to Power Scheme and Hawkshot. The mare is visiting Snitzel this year and is obviously being bred up a bit now that she has had two good horses and full sibling at foot.”

Sun Stud race about 60 horses and about half of the current team are two-year-olds.

Grant said Sun Stud’s aim was to produce future stallions from its stock of colts, but if they were not showing Stakes potential, they get their chance to continue racing as geldings.

Sun Stud will either then send some of the geldings to Desmond Koh or Lee Freedman in Singapore or they are sold online.

“We like to see the horses go onto win as people will come back and keep buying from us,” Grant said of the digital sales.

“They aren’t horses that haven’t got a future or have issues.”

Grant said Sun Stud wanted to develop their own stallions either with yearlings they bred or bought.

He said Fighting Sun (Northern Meteor x Irish Darling) was a perfect example as he was one of the first horse’s Sun Stud raced and definitely  the first good one but his career was cut short by injury. He raced twice for two wins, including his last start victory in the Listed Canonbury Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.

Grant said while Fighting Sun died in June from colic, the victory of Gulf of Suez was good for everyone Sun Stud.

Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster said it was good to see the highly sought after Toronado produce the goods at Flemington with Shelby Cobra and Affair To Remember.

“It was a big result,” Sangster said. “Shelby Cobra was a pin hook. Makybe Stud bred it and Maluka sold it as a yearling.

“The mother is actually online now with a full sister to Shelby Cobra on her. Arguably she should be unbeaten as she had the unluckiest she’ll ever see in her first run at Moonee Valley when she finished fourth.”

Sangster said the stud was happy to see Toronado get a Group 2 win with Affair To Remember.

“Just as Affair To Remember crossed the post, the dam St Trinians was in the covering shed and fingers crossed it will be a positive.”

Sangster said Affair To Remember was now an extremely valuable mare.

Affair To Remember was bred by South Australian David Peacock and trainer Dan O’Sullivan said big offers had already been rejected for the mare.

Depending on how the four-year-old recovers from last Saturday’s race, she’ll be set for the Ballarat Cup on Saturday, November 21.

Above: Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling sale

Magic Millions Sales Pty Ltd today announced amendments to The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions January Carnival calendar of events for 2021.

The following events will proceed as scheduled;

  • Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale (12-18 January 2021). For the first time in the history of the business, the sale will run across seven consecutive days.
  • Magic Millions Barrier Draw and the spectacular beach run (12 January 2021)
  • The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday (16 January 2021)

The company will ensure the above events, inspections and auction related activity adhere to all COVID-19 restrictions and operate in a COVID-safe environment.

Magic Millions’ priority is the health and safety of staff, clients and the broader, local community. As a result, the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo has been postponed until January 2022.

“The Magic Millions Yearling Sale and the fulfilment of The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday will be our total focus in January 2021,” Managing Director Barry Bowditch said.

“Our vendors and buyers can rely on us to deliver an outstanding yearling sale, at the standard they have come to expect from Magic Millions. Their confidence in our ability to deliver is demonstrated in the demand from breeders to send their yearlings to Magic Millions in January. For the first time ever, the sale will run for seven consecutive days.”

“We have a proven track record of outperforming the market in a COVID-safe environment, as evidenced by our results at the recent Magic Millions National Sale.”

“Whilst trackside at The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Raceday might be reduced in capacity, the line up on-course and $10.25 million prizemoney on offer will guarantee our owners a thrilling day of racing.”

“The current risks and restrictions associated with COVID-19 have meant that it is the right decision to postpone the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo until January 2022.”

“We are optimistic that the COVID-19 risks will be significantly alleviated by January 2022. Stand by for The Star Gold Coast Magic Millions Carnival to be back bigger and better than ever in 2022.”

Article courtesey of Breednet

Above: Bana Wu (GB)

Property developer turned thoroughbred breeder Sean Duke will have a close eye on Flemington on Thursday with two progeny out of his mare Bana Wu (GB) (Shirocco {Ger}) set to contest Oaks Day riches.

When property developer Sean Duke purchased Bana Wu at the 2018 Inglis Sydney Broodmare and Weanling Sale for $92,500, he certainly wasn’t expecting the mare to have the favourite in the G1 VRC Oaks and a live chance in the G3 Ottawa S. on the same day.

But that is the way it has worked out with Montefilia (Kermadec {NZ}) and her 2-year-old half-sister Nice For What (Shalaa {Ire}), and Duke couldn’t be any more excited ahead of Thursday’s Flemington meeting.

“I just got off the phone with Simon from Ciaron Maher’s camp and they’re all very excited to put Nice For What in the deep end and see how she goes for her very first start,” Duke told TDN AusNZ on Wednesday.

“She’ll need the race experience being a 2-year-old but they obviously have a great opinion of her if they’re running her in that type and quality of race on such a day.

“They obviously have a great opinion of her (Nice For What) if they’re running her in that type and quality of race on such a day.” – Sean Duke

“It wasn’t planned that she would be running on the same day as Montefilia of course, but that’s just the way it has turned out. I was speaking to David Payne about Montefilia and he’s very excited about her and tells me that she hasn’t looked better so that’s good and we’re excited for it.”

Montefilia was only a weanling when Duke purchased Bana Wu in foal to Shalaa (Ire) at Riverside Stables on April 16, 2018. At that time, she was only the dam of a placed colt named Danbana (Dansili {GB}) and an unraced filly by High Chaparral (Ire).

Now she is a Group 1-winning producer and Duke has a valuable broodmare on his hands.

Group 1 producer

“I bought Bana Wu in foal to Shalaa and now I’ve got a lovely Ribchester colt in the paddock out of her, so I’m sure that little colt will be excited to see how his two big sisters go tomorrow.

“He’s a nice colt and a few people have already come over to look at him, but I think we’ll wait and take him up to the Inglis Easter Sale.”

A fan of the Shalaa filly who is now named Nice For What and is in training with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, Duke decided to send Bana Wu back to the Arrowfield shuttler, however after she missed to the stallion he is now looking at the prospect of having a full sibling to a Group 1 winner.

“She went to Shalaa and she was positive and then two weeks ago she came up negative,” he said.

“I went back to Shalaa because I really like the filly that’s running tomorrow but in the meantime Montefilia came out and won two Group 1s so she (Bana Wu) has gone back to Kermadec.

“It was probably more of a conservative approach but whatever comes next year, will be a full sibling to Montefilia and who knows what she will do tomorrow, but if she does something special, there’s a full sibling inside of her mother so that’s the approach I took.

“You’d like to think (it will be a valuable horse) which is exciting and she’s still up in Scone at the minute so hopefully she’ll be coming back down to my farm soon.”

Above: Ribchester (Ire) x Bana Wu (GB) (colt) as a foal at Valiant Stud

Venture into breeding

Having being interested in horses for a long time and having owned some horses over the years, Duke decided to experiment with breeding and over the last two years, he has built himself a solid broodmare band and will look to continue selling his yearlings.

“I’ve had an interest in horses for about the last 20 years and I was just buying horses, mainly 2-year-olds,” he said. “But I’ve always been a bit of a country lad, I used to have cattle and stuff, and I’ve got a small farm, so I just thought I’d go in and buy a few mares that I liked because I’d become interested in breeding and the genetics and crosses and how it worked.

“I had a horse called Crackerjack King that I stand and I put a few mares to him in the first year to see whether I’d like the breeding side of the industry.

“So I played around with that and enjoyed it, so the last two years I’ve tried to go out and buy a bit better quality mares. Hopefully I’ll just keep buying better quality mares from now on.

“The last two years I’ve tried to go out and buy a bit better quality mares. Hopefully I’ll just keep buying better quality mares from now on.” – Sean Duke

“I’ve got 14 yearlings on the ground now and I’ve had about 10 mares foal down this year so I’ve got about 15 mares on the farm overall.

“I’m breeding to sell and sometimes to race. Mostly I’ll breed to sell and then just keep a share of my own horses instead of buying horses to race.

“I’d sell 10 to 15 good quality yearlings each year, that is what my aim would be and not to get any bigger or smaller.”

His venture into breeding is still very much in its infancy and regardless of the amazing results he has achieved, Duke said he has loved it so far.

“Tomorrow is going to be a real thrill, although I’ve bred other horses, this will be the first horse I’ve had from go to woe, so for her to run on Oaks Day down the straight, will be a big thrill.

“I really like the industry and I really like the breeding side of the industry, but it’s also been great for me with what I do with my property development with COVID-19 and the restrictions.

“For me to have that other part of my life where I can go out on the farm for a couple of hours a day and enjoy it, I’ve loved it.”

Article courtesey of Georgie Dennis TDN

Victoria Quay ridden by Jamie Kah wins the G.H.Mumm Wakeful Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on October 31, 2020 in Flemington, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Victorian breeder Danny Molloy had often wandered past the winner’s room at Flemington and thought what it would to like to be in there one day celebrating a victory at Headquarters.

Molloy, a Ballarat accountant who also has a farm in South Australia, has been breeding horses for many years and on the weekend celebrated victories with two horses he bred.

But there was a fair bit of a difference where the races were won at Flemington and Mortlake.

Victoria Quay was Molloy’s first Flemington winner and three-year-old filly by Dundeel did it in style by winning the Group 2 Wakeful Stakes.

Molloy had another winner on Sunday when Luxitorah (Delago Deluxe x Torah) won a maiden at Mortlake on her third attempt.

The win of Victoria Quay was the culmination of a team effort from the Victorian Breeding Industry.

The filly arrived from New South Wales at Sally Watkins’ Willaroon Thoroughbreds, at Lurg, as a foal to be later prepared for a yearling sale.

Then she was sold for $250,000 through Kayley and David Johnson’s Rushton Park draft at the 2019 Adelaide Premier Yearling Sale.

Molloy explains that the filly was rejected at Melbourne but topped the sale at Adelaide.

He admits he was approached by trainer Tony McEvoy at the Adelaide sale and asked whether he would retain a share in the filly if he was the successful bidder.

He told McEvoy, who trains the filly with son Calvin, he’d stay in for 20 per cent.

Thinking she’d sell for around $80,000, the accountant did an instant calculation in his head that if he kept 20 per cent, it would cost him $16,000 to buy back into her.

And didn’t do any sums on a sale price of $250,000.

“I was thinking she might make 80 grand or something and I thought it would cost me $16,000 but she made $250,000 and it cost me $50,000,” he said.

“I was spewing at the time but I’m quite happy today. Luckily McEvoy and Suman Hedge had a bidding war over her.”

Hedge, who operates a bloodstock company, also bought into the filly, after being the under bidder.

Molloy said Victoria Quay’s dam Swan River (Danehill Dancer x Sovereign Countess) had a staying pedigree and he believed Dundeel (NZ) would be a good match.

“I bought her down to Victoria to race with VOBIS and I breed a few horses,” he said.

“As it happens, a few of the yearling went by the wayside and I finished putting her in the sales because I had to sell some and I entered her for Melbourne but she was rejected.

“So I went to Adelaide and she topped the sale.”

Molloy bought Swan River for $45,000 in foal to Monaco Consul, and she had a foal at foot by the stallion. He sold both of the progeny – Ghodeleine and Beau River – and they both went to be city winners.

“I probably have 10 to a dozen mares and we have got a full brother to Victoria Quay who was born two weeks ago,” he said.

He said Swan River was booked into So You Think, but they contemplating a change of minds and going back to Dundeel (High Chaparral x Stareel).

Molly described his week as “awesome.”

“I have never had any two horses win on a weekend and to go from a Group 2 winner on Derby Day to a maiden at Mortlake was different but awesome,” he said.

Molloy said he was a little bit disappointed that Victorian Quay wouldn’t contest the Kennedy Oaks and offered to pay the late fee.

Calvin McEvoy described it as a fantastic effort but said not paying up for the Oaks was “a calculated decision.”


“We didn’t pay up for the Oaks,” he said.


“That was a calculated decision. She’s always been a bit buzzy, a bit immature upstairs but she’s really come a long way.”


Molloy said there was more to come and the Adelaide Oaks would now be targeted.

Victoria Quay’s victory was also a great result for Sally Watkins’ Willaroon Thoroughbreds.

“We had her as a foal right through to when I delivered her to the Adelaide sale and Rushton Park took her on and sold her,” Sally said.

“We prepped her, the whole shebang and we are very proud of her.

“She came down with her mum and another mare, Torah which had a foal (Luxitorah) and consequently won at Mortlake. Danny was always going to race her and syndicated her amongst a few friends.”

Sally said that Victoria Quay would have only been put in Melbourne Premier’s book two but they decided to run her through book one at Adelaide.

“We were lucky there because Dundeel had a couple of Group 1 winners from when she was accepted for the sale and sale time,” Sally said.

“She was a beautiful filly and just a great walker and every time she came out she just paraded beautifully. Suman Hedge loved her as did Tony McEvoy and they went head to head.

“Tony was the stronger but Suman said I still love her so I want half.”

And Rushton Park’s Kayley Johnson said there were many helping hands in the success of Victoria Quay, particularly from her close friend, Sally Watkins.

“We were very lucky to have such a nice horse to sell,” Kayley said.

“After discussions with Sally when the filly wasn’t accepted into the main session at Melbourne, Adelaide was selected as we thought she’d be in the better end of the sale.

“And when the sale selections were made it was before Dundeel had really fired up. He’d had a couple of good horses but we hadn’t seen the likes of Castelvecchio and Super Seth come out.

Kayley said that in a period of about six weeks Dundeel produced four or five Stakes winners and his progeny were suddenly hot property – everyone wanted one.


“When I saw her walk, I said to my husband David that she was one of the nicest horses I had seen in a while.”

“I commented to David that she had a head like a princess, a behind like a washer woman and a walk like a….” Kayley laughs

Kayley said Victoria Quay showed her fighting ability on Saturday.

“She can be hot and has quite a temper on her,” she said. “She has got gravel in her guts, that’s what we call those sorts of tough fillies.”

For breeder Danny Molly, it’s not the first time Molloy has experienced a big race win. He bought Sopressa (So You Think x Hidden Strings) the winner of the 2018 Group 1 SAJC Oaks for $70,000 through Bucklee Farm’s weanling draft at the 2015 Great Southern Sale.

It is however, the first time that he had such a thrill on the one day from the horses he bred.

Above: Hip 1147 – Into Mischief (USA) x Ashlee’s Lady (USA) (colt) | Image courtesey of Fasig-Tipton

Wayne Hughes’s Spendthrift Farm got into action to secure a colt by its star stallion Into Mischief (USA)(Hip 1147) for US$475,000 (AU$673,090) late in Wednesday’s third session of the October sale.

“He was certainly a nice colt and we’re happy to have him,” said Spendthrift manager Ned Toffey. “He does look a lot like Into Mischief. He stands over a lot of ground and he’s marked similarly. He’s a nice colt.”

Of the yearling’s final price, Toffey said, “It’s Into Mischief, nothing surprises me. He just continues to amaze us year after year. We thought we’d have to pay something for him. That was probably somewhere beyond where we thought we’d need to be, but if he can run it will look cheap.”

The Florida-bred yearling is out of Ashlee’s Lady (USA) (Gilded Time {USA}) and is a half-brother to Graded winner Yara (USA) (Put It Back {USA}). Ashlee’s Lady is a half to Grade 1 winner Healthy Addiction (USA) (Boston Harbor {USA}). He was consigned by Paramount Sales and was co-bred by Paramount’s Gabriel Duignan and Jean White’s Bulldog Racing.

“It was a foal share with Jean White,” Duignan said. “She had the mare, she did all the work and she needs all the credit. She did a great job with the horse. She brought him to me at the Sale and I did the easy part. He’s a lovely and I’m very happy with that result.”

Ashlee’s Lady has a weanling filly by Violence (USA) bred by White in partnership with Steven Marshall’s Black Rock Thoroughbreds, which campaigned that stallion.

Article courtesey of TDN

Horses engaged in athletic pursuits are at risk for skeletal damage. Bucked shins, bone chips, and fractures are commonplace in the world of high-performance horses, but other problems, like bone bruises, are less ordinary.

A bone bruise is an injury to subchondral bone, which is the bone layer that abuts cartilage in weight-bearing joints. Subchondral bone is rife with blood vessels, which not only ferry oxygen and nutrients to the bone but also to the underlying cartilage. Bone bruises are usually brought on by repetitive trauma and subsequent insult during racing or training. Inflammation associated with the injury causes degeneration of healthy subchondral bone, thus compromising its strength and integrity.

“In response to traumatic insult, the skeleton repairs itself by removing damaged bone and replacing it with more bone. Changes in bone are expected in response to training, but the difficulty lies in the fact that bones can only repair, and thus strengthen, themselves so quickly,” explained Laura Petroski, B.V.M.S., veterinarian at Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

“If insufficient time is afforded for healing, the remodeling process is disturbed, and over time the subchondral bone thickens and becomes less flexible. Repeated overloading of diseased bone results in bone bruises and pain. Damage may also occur to corresponding joint cartilage, which may compound soundness issues. As most horse owners know, destruction of cartilage leads to the development of degenerative joint disease, or arthritis,” she continued.

Bone bruises are most often diagnosed in horses trained at high intensity, such as Thoroughbreds and Standardbreds, and problems manifest primarily in the fetlocks. High-impact work exposes the horse to the traumatic forces needed for a bone to become denser and then subsequently bruise. In Thoroughbreds, bone bruises usually occur in the front fetlocks, while in Standardbreds they affect hind fetlocks more frequently. Bone bruises are observed occasionally in knees. Subchondral bone disease at any site can put horses at risk for fracture.

Horses usually present as unsound, though the lameness might range from mild to severe. “Complaints of poor performance, where the horse is suddenly not performing at the same level, are also typical and alert owners and veterinarians of a problem. The pain is localized to the affected site by using nerve blocks, flexion tests, and palpation. At that point, we recommend radiography or advanced imaging,” said Petroski.

“In the past, veterinarians have diagnosed this disease using radiography; however, we’ve learned changes noted on radiograph tend to be permanent changes and the disease is quite advanced at that stage,” she remarked.

Today, veterinarians rely on nuclear bone scintigraphy and MRI to reveal early signs of this disease. “This technology has been revolutionary when it comes to diagnosing, treating, and managing these horses properly. The earlier the treatment begins, the better our prognosis for returning the horse to full work.”

Treatment of bone bruises involves primarily rest and recovery. Unlike certain soft tissue injuries, veterinarians often suggest that horses with bone bruises be turned out into a small field for several months and allowed to move.

Blood flow to this area is important for tissue healing, and free-choice exercise in a small paddock is encouraged. Any forced exercise is discouraged. Other treatments include anti-inflammatory drugs, intra-articular injection of steroids, pharmaceuticals to promote bone repair, and surgery. These treatments are not universal to all horses with bone bruises, so treatment plans are devised on a case-by-case basis.

Nutrition of horses with bone bruises begins with a well-fortified diet. Many horses with skeletal damage are involved in intense athletic pursuits, so they are likely fed high-quality forages and concentrates. Calcium is a critical nutrient in any well-fortified diet, but especially those of young athletes.

“While we cannot prevent bones from laying down more calcium, it would be wise to protect other bones from becoming weaker due to insufficient calcium intakes. The body tends to take calcium from other bones if there is not enough calcium available in the blood. The loss of calcium from other bones changes the structure of that bone and weakens it,” said Petroski.

Because young, growing racehorses are often affected by bone bruises, demand for calcium within the body is high. Once a bone bruise is diagnosed and rest instituted, the diet should be adjusted appropriately to reflect the change in workload, though a well-balanced diet is important at all times. Further, targeted nutritional supplementation may help these horses.

Triacton, a triple-action supplement designed by equine nutritionists, may be useful in these situations,” said Catherine Whitehouse, M.S., a nutritionist for KER. Triacton contains a novel source of highly digestible calcium and other bone-building nutrients to increase bone quality. “In addition to its skeletal benefits, Triacton also provides buffering for gastric and hindgut health,” she continued.

In addition to promoting bone health, young horses in training benefit from receiving Synovate HA, a high-molecular weight sodium hyaluronate that has anti-inflammatory, lubricating, and shock absorbing properties for optimal joint health.

Injuries cause stress in horses, which predisposes them to gastric ulcers and possibly hindgut upset, explained Petroski. This may be further exacerbated by a change in routine as treatment protocols are established. “I believe in preventing problems rather than treating them, if possible. Because we know that changes in routine will often lead to distress and compromise to the gastrointestinal tract, especially in young horses, it is best to be proactive in protecting the stomach and hindgut.”

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Above: Declan Bates shows his joy in guiding No Restriction to victory (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

It was a blowout for punters in the Listed World Horse Racing Stakes (1400m)at Flemington on Melbourne Cup day with the Unencumbered filly No Restriction powering home from last on the turn for a maiden stakes success.

While many jockeys came back with hard-luck stories, Declan Bates eased No Restriction out into clear air at the 300 metres to finish over the top of the Pride Of Dubai filly Princess Jenni by a length with a half-neck back to the Street Boss (USA) filly Ripper Rita in third.

A first-up winner at Ballarat in April, No Restriction has not been far away in three subsequent starts including a last start fourth behind Incredulous Dream at Caulfield.

It was a first winner on Melbourne Cup day for trainer Archie Alexander.

“We have run second a few times on Cup day, a frustrating week and every trainer wants to be here,” Alexander said.

“I’m absolutely delighted for the team, delighted for the owners and she is bred by Three Bridges who are great friends.

“She has always been a bit spooky and green. She can get pulling like she did today. We thought blinkers would be too much and winkers were halfway.

“It was a great ride by Dec, and it’s a great day for the stable.

“I am leaning to going to the paddock now. She is not overly big and she has done a good job today so we will end on a winning note.”

Above: No Restriction was a $90,000 Adelaide Magic Millions yearling

Consigned by Three Bridges to the 2019 Magic Million Adelaide Yearling Sale, No Restriction was purchased by Alexander Racing/Rogers Bloodstock for $90,000.

She is the fifth winner from as many foals out of the unraced Zabeel mare Zumbarina who is a three-quarter sister to the great Might And Power who on this day in 1997 scored a fighting win in the Melbourne Cup.

Zumbarina has a 2yo colt by Brazen Beau who was purchased by Agile Thoroughbreds for $20,000 at this years Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

The daughter of Zabeel has a yearling filly by Toronado (IRE) and was not covered last spring.

No Restriction becomes the third stakes-winner for the Magic Millions winner Unencumbered (Testa Rossa) who covered for four seasons before his death in March 2018.

Above: Princess Jenni holds off the fast-finishing Pondus (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

If punters were looking for a lead from the betting ring for the import Pondus in Wednesdays $400,000 Group III Apiam Bendigo Cup (2400m), they received it in spades. However, what could go wrong did go wrong for the son of Sea The Moon who fell just short of catching the High Chaparral (IRE) mare, Princess Jenni.

Ridden by Jye McNeil for trainer David Brideoake, Princess Jenni received a charmed run just off the speed. Set alight just before the turn, Princess Jenni took the lead halfway down the straight and was not for catching.

By contrast, Pondus was caught wide from his outside barrier. When Damian Lane was looking for some cover on the Joseph O’Brien import, he had to swerve to miss Super Girl who broke down.

Forced the widest on the turn, Pondus charged home but fell a short-head short with a further two lengths back to Haky (IRE) (Muhtathir) in third.

Princess Jenni snapped a run of outs that date back to Group II Stocks Stakes at Moonee Valley in September last year, however, her trainer believes the results did not accurately reflect how week she was going.

“She is such a good horse. This preparation she has done nothing wrong she has a series of (bad) gates and bits and pieces that didn’t allow us to get a result, Brideoake said

“He (owner Tony Ottobre) will be thrilled. He puts his money in and buys nice horses and has had good success.

Brideoake said the Group 1 Matriarch Stakes is the immediate goal and added they ran out of time in trying to get her ready for the Melbourne Cup.

“We just didn’t get enough mile and a half work into her, but there’s always next year.

“She is such a good horse. I knew she was in good shape, and the ride was outstanding.”

Purchased by Tony Ottobre for $120,000 from the Phoenix Park draft at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Princess Jenni advances her record to six wins, one second and a third from 19 starts with earnings of $976,035.

She is the best of two winners from as many to race out of the 5-time winning Zabeel mare Glitzabeel.

Glitzabeel’s dam Glitter Woman (Fusaichi Pegasus) is a daughter of the Group II Magic Night Stakes winner Precious Glitter (Danehill) a half-sister to the Group III Hawkesbury Gold Cup winner and multiple Group 1 placed Beauty Watch.

Beauty Watch is the dam of the Group II ATC JRA Plate winner Top Of My List, who like Princess Jenni, is a daughter of High Chaparral (IRE).

Yulong purchased Glitzabeel out of the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft at the 2020 Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale.

Not in foal at the time of sale, Glitzabeel has a 2yo filly by Power (GB) and a yearling filly by Turn Me Loose.

Article courtesey of Breednet