Above: Scorpz now standing at Platinum Thoroughbreds in Victoria

Nestled in the heart of Victoria’s prime thoroughbred country is Platinum Thoroughbreds Victoria, a relative new player in the thoroughbred game having been established in 2018… but there is much experience behind the name with the farm’s Sarah Pfeiffer and Rene Hoefchen both boasting long time equine involvement.

“I started out breeding, training and competing quarter horses but always had a love of thoroughbreds,” Rene Hoefchen said, “and working for a while at Godolphin intensified my passion for them!”

“And Sarah is a vet nurse who competed with quarter and paint horses, also working at Mohawk Lodge.. and her grandfather and great grandfather both trained thoroughbreds.”

Specialising in young horse growth and development along with spelling and broodmare management, Platinum Thoroughbreds Victoria this spring welcomes to the Hilldene (just 5km out of Seymour) farm its foundation stallion… the well credentialled and exciting Scorpz.

A member of the Invincible Spirit line which has been faring so well in this part of the world, Scorpz is a son of the triple Group One winner Charm Spirit who has made such a great start to his stud career – his southern and northern hemisphere debut crops producing six stakes winners including the New Zealand bred Group winners Aretha, Fascino, Likikoi and Scorpz.

Doing his best work late at his debut at two, the Stephen Marsh trained Scorpz was given time to mature and really came into his own at three – in November last year racing away to an easy three length victory at Te Aroha.

17 days later stepping up to Group Three class, Scorpz travelled well in the 1600m Wellington Stakes, coming off heels turning and was soon in the lead. From there he was a sitting shot and Shenanigans did put his nose in front only for Scorpz to fight back, showing plenty of heart!

“We hit the front too soon to be honest but sometimes things are out of your hands,” Jockey Jason Waddell reported, adding that “it was a long 350m!”

Waddell described Scorpz as “a big strong colt who does not know he is a colt,” whilst Marsh was delighted by the win… “gee he’s a lovely colt,” he enthused.

Above: Scorpz during his racing career

Despite doing it tough from a wide gate at his next outing, Scorpz was again in winning form with a similar performance – getting to the front, strongly challenged late and digging deep to take out the Listed Salver at Ellerslie.

There was method to Waddell’s ride, the jockey telling the media that he let another horse “go past me on purpose… so he could fight back.”

Marsh was again proud – “he was very tough to the line… he covered all that ground and still kicked, it was a top effort.”

Not having a great deal of luck in two runs heading to the Gr.1 NZ Derby, Scorpz was third back to the mile in a Te Aroha handicap (held up at the 300m) and second despite being forced wide in the Gr.2 Avondale Guineas won by the talented Dragon Leap.

Sadly he found further trouble in the Derby, crowded early before again being forced wide, his effort to run third a particularly gallant one.

From there Scorpz headed to Australia with the Gr.1 Australian Derby an exciting target. The Gr.1 Rosehill Guineas looked a nice lead-up but it was in that race that all went wrong – Scorpz copping a check as he left the gates, one severe enough to cause serious injury.

And so instead of lining up in the spring’s features in 2020, Scorpz will be serving his first book of mares, and Hoefchen is delighted to be standing a horse of such heart and courage -“the more he was challenged in his races, the harder he kicked on,” he said, adding that “he is going to be an asset for Victoria.”

“He was the perfect colt to train,” Stephen Marsh noted.

“He had a kind nature yet was as tough as tungsten on the track. What he did as an immature three-year-old was due to his class and guts alone and I believe that he would have furnished into a true Caulfield Cup quality horse.”

The first son of Charm Spirit to stud in Australia, Scorpz has the pedigree to succeed here – Charm Spirit being by Invincible Spirit (also sire of I Am Invincible) from the family of Encosta de Lago and Flying Spur – whilst his dam Forbetterforworse is by Dubawi, the triple Group One winner who sired 22 southern hemisphere bred stakes winners (six of those at Group One level) despite standing only three years in the Hunter Valley.

Dubawi is of course a world wide sensation, the sire of 183 stakes winners with progeny earnings in excess of $223 million. And he is already making his mark as a broodmare sire with 22 stakes winners including the Group One gallopers Dream Castle and Blair House.

Forbetterforworse (who paid a return visit to Charm Spirit last spring) is out of the stakes winning Hennessy mare For The Good Times, also dam of the dual Group Three winning sprinter Fast ‘N’ Rocking and the Listed winner Good ‘N’ Fast.

This is a strong Australian family that has been producing tough and sound stakes winners for generations, its members including the Group One gallopers Shiva’s Revenge and Just Now and the Group winners Close Your Eyes, Bernalla, Tellson, Scenic Warrior, World Fortune, Champagne Boom, Heaven’s Riches and Charmview.

Due to make his debut at an affordable $5,500, Scorpz is perfectly placed at Platinum Thoroughbreds Victoria where Rene Hoefchen and Sarah Pfeiffer will work hard to ensure his success, also keen to expand on the spelling and broodmare services sides of their business – noting that they are in such close proximity to some of the best stud farms in Victoria.

For further information contact Platinum Thoroughbreds Victoria

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Above: A view of Cornwall Park

Just 50km or so up the Calder Freeway from Melbourne stands an historic property that has enjoyed more than one heyday, once as Gnotuk Park as part of a large pastoral estate, later as a local centre for innovation in agricultural machinery.

A large homestead, still standing with a heritage overlay due to its attractive Federation style, was built in the late 1890s and since then the farm has benefitted from a variety of uses; during and after WWII as a holiday spot for those looking to get away from the big smoke and later the following century as base for the popular annual Djerriwarrh Festival.

But to those in the horse racing world, it is best known as Cornwall Park.

Owned and operated by the Trescowthick family, Cornwall Park was home to a number of popular stallions (at a later time under the banner of the Independent Stallion Station) but its paddocks had been mostly empty in the years before the farm’s sale in early 2017.

Fast forward to late May 2020 and Ballarat trainer Pat Cannon happens to pay a visit, that evening tweeting… “Cornwall Park is virtually empty… a great old stud still in excellent order, would be a great opportunity for a new breeder.”

Spying that tweet was Arrowfield Stud’s Stephen Irwin, friend to Peter Boyle and Lisa Gordon, a Hunter Valley based couple with a long history of involvement in the thoroughbred breeding industry. They had been on the lookout for a while for the perfect farm though it was not until their successful photography business (LMG Photography) took a Covid hit that they stepped up their search.

“Our work stopped like a freight train,” Lisa said, “which forced our hand a bit. But we had both been keen to come back into thoroughbreds… it is an addiction after all!”

Above: Peter Boyle and Lisa Gordon

Reading Cannon’s tweet on a Friday evening, the couple sprung into action – driving to Victoria the following day, viewing the farm on the Saturday, signing the dotted (lease) line on the Tuesday – and moving in the following weekend!

“It was a whirlwind,” Lisa joked, adding that an instant rapport with Cornwall Park’s current owners Alex and Nicole McIntyre helped to speed things up.

“They are the loveliest people we could ever hope to meet,” Lisa said. “They had tried different things for the farm from glamping to agistment and realised what would be most perfect is for someone to restore Cornwall Park to its former glory, for it to once again become a successful thoroughbred stud… enter us!”

And so in the three hectic weeks since their move to Victoria, Peter and Lisa have been “cleaning, gardening and mowing” and are “ready to fill the paddocks with beautiful thoroughbreds again!”

“It is great to see Pete able to utilize his 25 years working at studs,” Lisa said, noting that he brings to Cornwall “a wealth of experience following long term associations with such famed thoroughbred nurseries as Segenhoe Stud, Byerley Stud, Baerami Thoroughbreds and Emirates Park Stud.”

Lisa also boasts an impressive equine resume having competed in a variety of disciplines from a young age, devoting years to her passion of horse photography.

“I am going to juggle photography and Cornwall Park,” she said, already delighted with the response from breeders – “we have had so many people say how happy they are to see us here… and we are really keep to make our mark!”

And already a stallion has been found to launch Peter and Lisa’s reincarnation of Cornwall Park with Redoute’s Choice’s Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes winning son Hampton Court arriving late last week, immediately settling in.

Above: Hampton Court who has recently arrived at Cornwall Park

“He is such a gentleman, just so easy to work with,” Peter said of the striking bay who has sired 19 runners from his first 35 runners in Australia, America, Canada, Malaysia and South America.

A $500,000 Easter graduate trained by Gai Waterhouse, Hampton Court won the Listed Dulcify Stakes and the Gr.1 Spring Champion Stakes (defeating First Seal) before starting favourite but ending up in the wrong part of the track in the Gr.1 VRC Derby.

A son of the imported stakes winner Roses ‘N’ Wine from the family of superstar mare Makybe Diva, Hampton Court is still in the early stages of his stud career with his first local crop being only three.

“He will stand at a very reasonable $2,500,” Peter said, keen to support local breeders.

“Hopefully he can attract some nice mares whose owners are willing to give him a try for a small outlay,” he said, also hoping to attract business to the “new” farm… “we are looking forward to creating and building our piece of thoroughbred history here in the coming years.”

Meanwhile Lisa is keen to expand on her equine photography business, available for stud shoots whilst also happy to open Cornwall Park to visitors – its large and well equipped auditorium suitable for functions, horse sales and conferences.

Above: The auditorium at Cornwall Park

Visit us at www.cornwallpark.com.au or get in touch:

Peter: 0427 459 795 peter@cornwallpark.com.au

Lisa: 0439 000 671 lisa@cornwallpark.com.au

Inglis remains committed to conducting live Great Southern and Melbourne Gold yearling sales in Victoria next month despite the state government being forced into reneging on a planned relaxation of coronavirus regulations after a sudden spike in Covid-19 cases in the past week.

Sebastian Hutch, Inglis’ general manager of bloodstock sales and marketing, yesterday moved to allay fears that the proposed Oaklands Junction auctions were in doubt due to Premier Daniel Andrews’ stern action at the weekend to clamp down on the movement of people, particularly in Melbourne.

Inglis’ Victorian sales complex is located to the north west of the city in Hume City Council, one of six local government areas identified by authorities as a Covid-19 hotspot.

Inglis has been engaging with Hume City Council to ensure its Oaklands Junction sales proceed where there are 226 weanlings catalogued for the July 12 Great Southern Sale and another 454 yearlings entered in the Melbourne Gold auction.

The yearling sale had already been pushed back from April because of the Australia-wide lockdown caused by the pandemic.

Since the coronavirus crisis began, Inglis has conducted the Australian Easter Yearling Sale and Chairman’s Sale as virtual auctions, while the industry has also embraced online technology to continue to trade bloodstock, but Hutch was mindful of the importance of an on-the-ground market taking place, starting with the company’s four July sales in quick succession.

“Inglis has made a huge investment in technology, which has been valuable in what has been a difficult period, but naturally there’s a huge appetite for live sales to resume and we’re very much on track for that to be the case in July,” Hutch told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“We’ve got Covid safe plans that we’ve discussed with relevant authorities for the sales in NSW and Victoria and we want the sales to go ahead as we recognise their importance to the market.

“We’re conscious of our responsibilities for people’s safety as well, but certainly in terms of discussions we’ve had with relevant authorities we’re very much capable of satisfying their requirements.

“As long as patrons respect the guidelines that are put in place at the complexes, we’re very confident that the sales will be straight forward.”

The Riverside Stables-scheduled Australian Easter Yearling Sale Round 2, the Scone Yearling Sale (July 5) and the Australian Weanling Sale (July 8) were confirmed as live auctions in May and that still remains the case, but the increase in the coronavirus infection rate through community transmission in Victoria heightened vendors’ concerns about the prospect of the Melbourne sales not being able to go ahead.

Victorian vendor Paul Kelly of Ponderosa Park says buyers would not be prepared to speculate on higher-end weanlings if they could be inspected and believes it is imperative that a live auction takes place.

If the sale was postponed or cancelled, it would put an enormous financial strain on Kelly and his wife Sue’s business.

“We’d really struggle if we had to hold onto them all as yearlings because our whole program revolves around selling them as weanlings,” Kelly said.

“There’s service fees to be paid, we have to breed again this year and we probably can’t hold that many horses on the farm.

“We have 27 going to Great Southern including some Gold yearlings who were supposed to (be sold in April).

“Everyone knows what it costs to feed just one horse, let alone if you’re holding an extra 27 or 28.”

Kelly plans to offer 19 weanlings by sires including Deep Field (Northern Meteor), More Than Ready (Southern Halo), Capitalist (Written Tycoon), Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock) and Toronado (High Chaparral) with select sale pedigrees.

He said: “Our business model gives buyers the confidence that we are sending our very best.”

Mane Lodge’s Neil Osborne also has eight weanlings catalogued for the Great Southern Sale, including a Headwater (Exceed And Excel) half-sister to the Group 3-placed Lone Eagle (Zoffany), and admitted the uncertainty surrounding the overall market and the Melbourne auction was far from ideal.

Osborne, who also trains and operates an agistment property at Sutton north of Canberra, had specifically targeted Great Southern in a bid to decrease his numbers to a manageable level before next year’s yearling sales.

“Looking at the results, I thought the Great Southern was an exceptional weanling sale and the buying bench was a lot broader down there than in Sydney,” Osborne said.

There has been a suggestion that the Great Southern and Melbourne Gold sales could be moved to Inglis’ Sydney complex to alleviate coronavirus concerns, a move that would be supported by Osborne and Kelly, but Hutch last night said Oaklands Junction remained the likely venue.

“At this stage, there’s no plan to relocate any sales from Victoria to NSW,” he said.

“Obviously, we have the capacity to do that if it is absolutely necessary, but nothing’s happened in the past few days that means we would need to do that.”

July shapes as a busy period for breeding industry participants with back-to-back auctions in Sydney and Melbourne before the postponed Magic Millions Gold Coast National Sale takes place later in the month as a live auction.

“The challenge of the schedule, as it now exists, is that there’s a lot of horses being sold in a relatively short space of time. We’ve tried to configure the sales so that it evolves in a smooth fashion,” Hutch said.

“There’s a lot of horses and people are going to have to be very diligent and very professional in how they get through them in regards to the sales in NSW and Victoria, or both.

“But it’s going to present positive challenges for people because there’s the potential for value to be found and those people who do their work will find a bargain.

“Similarly, vendors who present their horses to a high standard, are well prepared and are prepared to be as open and transparent as possible for those buyers who aren’t in a position to attend the sale, they will hopefully get rewarded.”

Meanwhile, people planning on attending the Easter Round 2 and Scone Yearling Sale at Riverside Stables in Sydney on July 5 and the Australian Weanling Sale three days later must pre-register.

Similar protocols will be in force for the Great Southern weanling and Melbourne Gold sales.

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Registration for Inglis Easter Round 2 and Australian Weanling Sale attendance


By Tim Rowe and article courtesy of ANZ Bloodstock News

Front Page ridden by Lewis German wins the A.R. Creswick Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on June 20, 2020 in Flemington, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Perhaps it was veteran Corowa trainer Geoff Duryea’s natural instincts that told him to do what he’d never done before – breed from a mare he’d trained.

Duryea trained Stacey Lee (Bel Esprit/Curio Jade) to five wins from 20 starts, and the mare’s three minor placings including two thirds in Melbourne.

When the time came to retire Stacey Lee from the track, Duryea said the current owners weren’t interested in breeding from her so he suggested to his two sons, Paul and Marc and daughter, Beth, that they buy the mare with some of their friends to breed from.

Duryea said his family and friends didn’t pay “very much” for the mare but it’s been a wise investment that resulted in her second born, Front Page, generating big news last Saturday with a dazzling victory in the A.R Creswick Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

The phone has been ringing at Duryea’s home with some fairly significant offers from Hong Kong where big dollars are easily handed over for a class horse.

Duryea, who says he is only the trainer and has no financial interest in the three year-old gelding, said a decision would be made on Tuesday whether an offer was accepted.

“I have told these people who have been ringing me that it will either be yeah or nay on Tuesday,” he said.

“I have put it out to the syndicate and I am just waiting for what the majority say and it’s up to them.”

But Duryea, who said all the 13 owners will have a vote, says the horse would then obviously need to pass a stringent veterinary examination if the offer was accepted.

Sun Stud, which stands Front Page’s sire – Magnus – is hoping the owners will reject any offer for the gelding which joins outstanding sprinters Nature Strip (2018) and Gytrash (2019) to win the Creswick Stakes and then go onto Group 1 glory.

Sun Stud sire Magnus

Sun Stud’s Adam Henry said he was hoping the son of Magnus could emulate the Group 1 feats of Nature Strip and Gytrash in Australia which would give the sire more prominence in the local market.

“Front Page has now won four out of six and looks untapped and it’s exciting to have him coming through because you just don’t know what level he will get to,” Henry said.

“The Creswick is usually a good form race with Nature Strip and Gytrash being the last two winners and Front Page’s time was much quicker than those two.”

Henry said Magnus was having another fantastic year and was always in the top 20 active stallions and has produced Group 1 winners in four of the past five seasons.

Front Page ridden by Lewis German wins the A.R. Creswick Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on June 20, 2020 in Flemington, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

“He is just tremendous value for what you are going to get,” Henry said.

“His winners to runners is 70 per cent and he can get you a top liner as well. He has had 10 stakes performers this season, including Group 1 winners Streets of Avalon, Group 2 winner Kemalpasa and Group 3 winner Halvorsen. It’s pretty impressive stuff.

“He gets winners every week and can get you a top liner as well.”

Henry said Magnus’ advertised service fee is $15,400 and with Written Tycoon’s departure, he is the best performed Victorian stallion on the table at the moment.

He said Magnus would again cover 100-plus mares in this season he concedes will be COVID affected but was the safest bet for people who like proven horses.

Henry expects there to be a fairly even spread of demand for Sun Stud’s stallions with National Defense, which served 159 mares last year, and again in strong demand in his second season. And he says Fiorente continues to get the job done and new boy on the block, Palentino, is again in demand with his yearlings selling so well and his first runners will hit the track later in the year.

Unfortunately, Front Page’s dam, Stacey Lee, won’t be returning to Magnus this year, but she could be heading back to him in 2021.

The Duryea’s sent Stacey Lee to Vancouver last season but when she failed to get into foal, she was served by Rubick, who she is now in foal to, on December 17 last year.

Duryea said she would obviously have a late foal so it was decided not to have her served this year.

Front Page’s older full sister, News Girl, is Group 3 placed and has won three races at Caulfield with her latest victory over 1100m in May.

The four year-old is also trained by Duryea and raced by his three children and a group of friends.

The family has also breed a filly – Page Three – out of Stacey Lee by Stryker – and has weanling filly out of the mare by Dundeel (NZ).

Duryea, a former jockey who rode Red Hope in the 1973 Melbourne Cup, said Magnus was obviously high on the list of stallions for Stacey Lee.

“I don’t know whether it’s good judgement or whatever, it’s a good cross of Vain in both pedigrees and would you believe but both News Girl and her brother Front Page are chestnuts,” he said.

“The Stryker is brown and the Dundeel is brown. It’s interesting.”

Duryea said he always believed that Bel Esprit, who also stands at Sun Stud, produces better females than males.

Sun Stud sire Bel Esprit.

He said the owners who raced Stacey Lee told him didn’t want to breed from her, he advised his children and a few of their mates that he thought they were mad if they didn’t buy her.

“She hurt her knees when she was a young horse but she still had a good turn of foot,” Duryea said.

“So they thought what have they got to lose and the rest is history.”

Duryea said that while Stacey Lee was placed in town, she could almost break 10 seconds for a 200m sectional.

“Say from the 600m to 400m – that type of thing,” he said.

“That’s what I said to family and friends, it’s bloody hard to do. If you can get a horse to rattle that off, they can run and when she won the Queen of the South at the Wagga Cup Carnival, Willy Pearson rode her and I told him she would run him 10 seconds for 200m or maybe even break it.

“He was sitting in behind them and went whoosh and won by three lengths and he said, oh Geoff I only let her run ten and a half so I still had a bit up my sleeve. We just laughed.”

Duryea said he’d trained a lot of good mares but just had the inkling that Stacey Lee could be a special broodmare because of that quick sectional she could produce.

Amazingly Front Page could have been relegated to the classified section as he struggled to put it together during his early development, but Duryea always knew he could gallop.

“He just couldn’t get the penny to drop to know that when the stalls opened you are supposed to get out and get running,” Duryea laughed.

“The first time he trialled he got beaten 10 lengths and they told me I had to trial him again because he wasn’t competitive. It sounds stupid but I preserved and preserved with him and the penny dropped and he hasn’t looked back.”

Duryea said Front Page had now gone for a spell – and there are plenty of people hoping the horse that kicked off his career in Albury will remain in Australia and not bob up next at Sha Tin.

Hoofnote: At the time of writing this article, connections had not yet made a decision regarding the offer from Hong Kong. As of the morning of the 23rd of June 2020, connections have knocked back the offer from Hong Kong and Front Page will race on in Australia.

Wendy Smith has been crowned the Thoroughbred Excellence Award winner in the Australian Stud and Stable Staff Awards 2020.

At a virtual ceremony, the yearling manager at Victorian stud Blue Gum Farm, was praised for her unlimited determination, thorough reliability and unsurpassed knowledge and skill.

Smith took the top award of the evening, together with the Horsemanship category of the SSSA, staged by Thoroughbred Breeders’ Australia and Racing Australia and supported worldwide by Godolphin.

She is one of seven winners of the awards, which recognise the vital, but often behind-the-scenes work in one of the country’s largest industries.

A veterinary nurse and all-round horsewoman, Smith has overseen the post-natal care of the farm’s foals for the past eight years. During that time Blue Gum has become one of Victoria’s most successful consignors of yearlings to Australian sales.

“I would never have thought I would be in line for anything like this,” Smith said. “I really believe I was born to work with horses. I am shocked and I’m so grateful to Blue Gum’s owners Phil and Patti Campbell for nominating me.

“I really believe I was born to work with horses. I am shocked and I’m so grateful to Blue Gum’s owners Phil and Patti Campbell for nominating me.” – Wendy Smith

“There are so many people who work in the background who never get recognition. These awards offer something to all of them.”

As winner of the Horsemanship category, Smith receives a cash prize of $10,000, a trophy with a further $3000 to share among workplace colleagues. She receives an additional $5000 as the Thoroughbred Excellence award winner.

The winners in all seven categories of the SSSA were announced in an online ceremony streamed around the world on Wednesday night, with six categories carrying a cash prize of $10,000 and a trophy, while the top Newcomer received $5000.

The Dedication to Breeding section, sponsored by Magic Millions, went to Chris Cooper who has been at Godolphin’s Woodlands Stud in the Hunter Valley for most of the past 25 years.

Dedicated servant

The Dedication to Racing winner Mick Hurry was nominated for the award, sponsored by the Australian Turf Club, by his sister Suzie and is an employee of the Victoria Racing Club.

In the Leadership category, the winner – Godolphin’s Simon Johnson – spoke for every entrant in the SSSA, saying “you do it because you love it.” The assistant stud manager at Woodlands Stud regards leadership as an obligation.

“We are obliged to give everyone who comes into the industry and who shows a willingness to learn the opportunity to advance themselves,” Johnson said.

Thoroughbred Care and Welfare is an area that is vital to the industry and one to which Godolphin is committed, as is the 2020 winner, Liz Andriske. With her husband Gary, Andriske has funded and built a comprehensive complex in western Victoria where she provides a temporary home for her horses until new owners are found.

Sarah Moran’s success in the Administration and Ancillary category, sponsored by the Melbourne Racing Club Foundation, came after a testing year in which she went above and beyond her role as personal assistant to Victorian trainer Robbie Griffiths after he was diagnosed with a brain aneurism.

Newcomer Award winner Kelly Colledge confronted similar circumstances soon after she joined Grafton trainer Brenden Mackay and she responded in similar style when Mackay was found to have a brain tumour and it was left to his brand-new employee to keep his business running.

Greg Nichols, Chairman of Racing Australia, and Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, said: “A record 168 nominations were received from the widest-ever range of training establishments, studs and other organisations that support and maintain an industry that is one of Australia’s largest.”

“The hard work and commitment of staff is the cornerstone of our industry. Without that, Australia would not be regarded as a global leader in thoroughbred racing and breeding.”

Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin Australia said: “These Awards honour the behind-the-scenes stars of our industry and bring deserved recognition and reward to the people who make an extraordinary commitment to our horses and this sport.”

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Mares and foals in springtime (Sharon Lee Chapman)

With the establishment of a Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG) – along with the release, earlier this month, of an issues paper – submissions have highlighted the concern for regulating post-race/breeding careers.

“We’ve been encouraged by the response from those within and outside of the industry and expect quite a few more will be sent before submissions close on 24 July,” Thoroughbred Breeders Australia CEO, Tom Reilly, reveals.

Drawing upon considerable expertise and allowing for the diverse nature of the industry, the TAWWG panel is headed by former Victorian Premier, Minister for Racing and veterinary surgeon, Dr Denis Napthine, but he and his team will also consult regularly with a steering group which includes Reilly; Champion trainer Chris Waller; Victoria Racing Club board member, Neil Werrett; Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin Australia; John Kelly, owner of Newhaven Park Stud; Martin Talty, CEO of the Australian Jockeys’ Association; and Andrew Nicholl, CEO of the Australian Trainers’ Association.

Like everyone on the panel and the steering group, Nicholl is driven about a successful outcome for thoroughbred welfare.

The Australian Trainers’ Association is the peak national body for the thoroughbred training industry, representing the interests of some 3200 trainers throughout the nation, and for the past five years, and Nicholl is a ‘self confessed’ addict when it comes to racing.

“You meet so many genuine people in racing, real people with a passion for what they do. And of course, the thoroughbred is such a magnificent animal,” Nicholl enthused. “We don’t believe our role is to limit this conversation to trainers only. Equine welfare affects everything we do … fail to properly manage this area, and the results can be disastrous for everyone, not just trainers.

“So, we see our role more broadly, one supporting the whole industry with the design, management and promotion of welfare and welfare practices.”

Nicholl also believes one of the greatest problems the industry faces is public perception.

“What we do well across industry is simply not well understood by the public,” Nicholl believes. “On the contrary, any failing is invariably heavily publicized … the Meramist expose on the 7.30 Report last year being a startling example. The reality is that this has lead to the industry being harshly judged.

“We need to find ways to better engage with the public, and arm them with the facts, and only then will we be able to improve public perception.”

One way for better managing the welfare of our horse population, post-racing career, is through a national traceability scheme, Nicholl claims.

“I consider ‘traceability’ to be at the core of managing welfare outcomes. It’s a simple mechanism for defining ownership – and of course, ensuring one’s accountability with that ownership,” Nicholl adds.

“Racing Australia and the Federal Government have been discussing the merit of this system for some time now. The conversation to date has been encouraging, but we need to advance that conversation to agreed actions … sooner rather than later.”

Another major issue concerning Nicholl is the inconsistency of welfare spend and activity between the state racing jurisdictions. This often varies dependent upon size and financial capability, and of course, objective.

“For example, $8.25m million is currently directed towards thoroughbred welfare activities in Victoria, versus $200,000 in Tasmania,” Nicholl explains. “The formation of TAWWG will hopefully help drive industry to change outcomes for everyone.

“I’m excited by this project: the terms of reference and the formation of the independent panel which has some fantastic people on it … just take a look at their experience.

“This is without doubt, the most far reaching welfare review ever proposed for the industry. It also has broad support from so many leading industry stakeholders, and corporate support. “I’m thrilled to be a part of it.”

And now it’s time to have your say: visit thoroughbredwelfareintiative.org.au and either email your submission to secretariat@thoroughbredwelfareinitiative.org.au or post to TAWWG, PO Box 149, Canterbury, NSW 2193 prior to 24 July.

Article courtesy of Aushorse

Above: LIBERTY BEACH, red and white silks. Photo: Ascot Media

To finish third to one of the world’s best sprinters in a globally renowned Gr.1 sprint at Royal Ascot – we’ll take that!

What an enormous run by 3yo Cable Bay filly Liberty Beach to finish just over two lengths from multiple G1 winner Battaash in Tuesday’s King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot, leaving the likes of G1 winner Glass Slippers as part of the beaten brigade.

With a further three days of the Royal Ascot carnival still be to be run, tonight will see Cable Bay colt Ropey Guest start in the G3 Jersey Stakes while the multiple winning, G3 placed Separate contests the Sandringham Handicap.

Electric Ladyland, Cable Bay’s first every runner and winner, who recorded a two-year-old course-record time in that win, has been nominated for tomrrow’s Palace Of Holyroodhouse Handicap.

Australia Has Much To Look Forward Too

With the continued international success of the progeny of Cable Bay, the news locally is just as promising from the numerous trainers who have a first-crop runner in their yard.

On the breeding front, a quality book of mares has already been assembled for the young son of Invincible Spirit with Gilgai Farm penciling in some class mares including Sweetest Melody, the dam of G2 Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Smart Melody, Miss Evasive, a winning daughter of dual G1 winner Magical Miss, Le Ciel, an All Too Hard daughter of the dual G1 winner Sacred Choice as well as Good Oh who hails from the family of Holy Roman Emperor, Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

Article courtesy of Woodside Park

Above: Last Typhoon who will be standing at Larneuk Stud this season

Blue-blooded Street Cry (IRE) stallion Last Typhoon is moving to Larneuk Stud this season following the decision of Bullarook Park’s Malcolm and Jan Boyd to retire this year.

The only foal from ill-fated Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, Last Typhoon was a two time winner on the track, but his real appeal lies in his pedigree.

By world renowned, proven sire of sires Street Cry, best known here in Australia for giving us world champion Winx, Last Typhoon has a female family bristling with Black Type that includes current season Group I VRC Australian Guineas winner Alligator Blood.

The oldest progeny for Last Typhoon are yearlings and his fee this year is set at $4,400.

He will stand at Larneuk Stud alongside O’Lonhro, Cluster and Wolf Cry.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Gunsablazin’ ridden by Christine Puls wins the Apiam Animal Health Maiden Plate at Bendigo Racecourse. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Robyn Shakespeare admits to shedding a tear when Gunsablazin’ scored an unexpected maiden victory at Bendigo on Sunday.

Gunsablazin’ is one of three horses sired by Hurdy Gurdy Man who died of a colic attack on New Year’s Day, 2017.

Robyn and her late husband Ed, who died six years ago, bred Hurdy Gurdy Man (Street Cry/Abalone), a Victorian Horse of the Year and winner of the Group 3 Hobart Cup (2200m) in 2013.

Robyn bred and races Hurdy Gurdy Man filly, Robyn’s Folly, and has a small share in Gunsablazin’, while the third foal by Hurdy Gurdy Man died shortly after birth.

Robyn is thankful she was talked into taking a small share in Gunsablazin’ by Ballarat trainer Brittany Goodwin who bred the gelding and races her with family and friends, including Robyn.

After some battling performances early in his career, Gunsablazin’, which is out of  Honourable Miss, showed some improved form leading into his eighth start when he won over 1600m at odds of $31.

Robyn’s Folly, who is trained at Warrnambool by Daniel Bowman, had run third at her first start and followed it up with some close finishes at his next two starts before being disappointing in her past two runs.

And Robyn’s Folly, which was named after Robyn, is also only a three year-old and Bowman remains confident the filly has a win in her.

The filly was bred by Robyn and her late husband and is out of their mare Shiny and New (Foreplay/Shag’s Sister) which won six races.

Robyn said she was so glad Brittany talked her into taking a small share in Gunsablazin’.

“Ed died six years ago and I have struggled with my life since then. I was planning on getting out of the horses as they are so expensive, but Brittany really wanted me to take a share and I relented,” she said.

“That’s why I took the small share and I am so glad she talked me into it. I’d be devastated if I hadn’t.”

Hurdy Gurdy Man was sold for $20,000 by Robyn as a stallion prospect after he retired and included in the sale was a free service which produced Robyn’s Folly and Gunsablazin’ from his one season when he only served three mares.

Robyn said it was emotional when Gunsablazin’ won.

“I was quite distracted the other day when they were both entered in the same race and were to pair off against each other but circumstances changed and I don’t think either of them ran in that race,’’ she said.

“I didn’t know where my brain was when he won. I wanted to close a chapter because we were both little breeders and Ed was right into matings, pedigrees, stallions and he absolutely loved it and it was his passion.

“I am just so upset that he didn’t see the end result.”

And it’s now up to Robyn’s Folly to add to the story.

Brittany Goodwin said she was also confident in the ability of Gunsablazin’.

“He’s our very first homebred,” Goodwin told Racing.com

“We were lucky enough that our mare (Honourable Miss) fell pregnant to Hurdy Gurdy Man and then he unfortunately passed away a week after we found out that she was pregnant.”

Above: Danerich standing at Rangal Park Stud

After an injury interrupted season, Rangal Park’s veteran stallion Danerich is back to full fitness as he prepares for his 14th year at stud.

Described by Rangal Park’s owner Eric Buttler as vastly underrated, Danerich produced two winners at the weekend – Toosbuy at Bendigo and Evyem at Port Augusta – to give a subtle reminder that he is still producing winners.

The Cranbourne trained pair of Rich Itch and Rich Charm are the 17 year-old stallion’s most recent stakes winners, but Buttler said there were still plenty of good horses to come.

Danerich (Danehill/Millrich) covered only 30 mares last season, but Buttler said the stallion was restricted early because of an injury which placed his future in jeopardy.

“He had a little problem with his back leg last year and we really didn’t know how he was going to perform,” Buttler said.

“It was really putting him over a mare to find out how he was going to perform but when we announced he was serving last year it was all very late.

“He is a very fertile stallion and very much underrated. He upgrades his mares.

“He usually gets 50 to 60 mares every year and I’d expect he’ll get the same this year. They also sell very well and were selling up to $100,000.”

Buttler said one of the tricks with Danerich was not to run his progeny as two year-olds.

He said Murray Bridge trainer John Hickmott has a Danerich gelding – Flow Meter – out of Trice Moss (Keltrice) which he leases from Rangal Park.

“He rang me up one day and said this horse isn’t going to measure up, I’ll send it back,” Buttler said.

“I told him to put it out in the paddock and then give it another go which he did.”

The now 10 year-old Flow Meter has had 134 starts for 15 wins, 20 seconds and 20 thirds for prize money of $600,010.

Buttler said the horse used to race every Saturday in Adelaide.

“It was finishing fourth, third, second and having a win and was in the money every week,” he said.

“He is as sound as a bell and that’s typical of the Danerich’s if you don’t push them too early.”

Buttler said Danerich throws winners from 900m to 3200m and it doesn’t matter if they are colts or fillies.

He said the stallion has also done well in Hong Kong, including Romantic Cash which started his career with Greg Eurell before being sold and then won another three races before injury ended his career.

Buttler said he’d love to get Danerich a book of mares that some of the stallions in the Hunter Valley serve.

“You have a look at Danerich’s Lord of the Sky (out of Princess Abassi), he didn’t have any black type in five generations,” he said.

Lord of the Sky won three Group races and $1.1 million in prize money.

Hickmott has been a big supporter of Danerich and says he has won races with his two year-olds, three year-olds and four year-olds and now a ten year-old.

“Flow Meter didn’t start until he was three and has been a great old horse,” Hickmott said.

“He had a bit of a heart arrhythmia last start and we thought we’d retire him but every time you’d drive the float out past his yard, he’d call out.

“We got the vet to examine him and his heart has gone back into the right rhythm and I had to take him for a 1200m trial on Monday at Gawler and his trial was enormous.

“I think he’ll race on Saturday.”

Hickmott said he had raced a stack of horses by Danerich, including stakes winners Flying Skipper ($138,000), Classy Chloe ($299,240) and Classy Jack ($360,000) and Flow Meter ($600,010).

“He has been a marvellous sire,” Hickmott said.

“I bought Classy Chloe for I think $15,000 and we sold her for $100,000 after she had won $299,000. And we bought her mother (Capital Growth) for about $4,500 and she was carrying Classy Jack and we have gone on from there.”

Hickmott said with Danerich being a half-brother to Redzel (Snitzel) there was no reason why he shouldn’t be a good stallion but he just doesn’t get the opportunities.

He has six mares in foal to Danerich, plus he sent a couple to Boom Time last season.

Rangal Park will stand two new stallions this season, the recently retired Soul Patch (Shamus Award/Good Bless Us) and Cliff’s Edge (Canford Cliffs/Simulation).

Both are Group winners and Buttler said it was important to advertise that both stallions would be standing at Rangal Park.

“It’s unfortunate that this year open days are unlikely,” he said.

“I was looking forward to an open day with the four stallions as we’ve got Boom Time (Flying Spur/Bit Of A Ride) as well.”

Buttler said the stud’s newest acquisition, Cliff’s Edge, was a gutsy performer who won two Group 2 and two Group 3 races and was stakes placed six times.

“He was getting the score on the board,” he said.

“We have a got a little bit of variety at the stud and something to offer the breeders.”

Boom Time, Danerich and Boom Time all stand for $6,600; while Soul Patch’s fee is $8,800.



Above: Tactical winning at Royal Ascot (Photo credit Ascot Racecourse)

The victory of the Queen’s two year-old colt Tactical at Royal Ascot in the Listed Windsor Castle Stakes has given returning Australian sire Toronado yet another glowing endorsement.

The shuttle stallion is due back in Victoria in August to commence duties after he was exported from Australia to France last December following another successful season at Victoria’s Swettenham Stud.

His spectacular success with his progeny has made him an in demand stallion in Australia and the victory of Tactical, which was the Queen’s 24th Royal Ascot winner, was great publicity for Swettenham and Toronado.

Unfortunately for breeders, Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster has announced that Toronado’s book for the season is full.

After not knocking back any breeder last season, Toronado (IRE) served nearly 200 mares and is expected to cover a similar book of broodmares this year.

Sangster said it was disappointing to close Toronado’s book but it was important to look after the stallion who is consistently getting winners from his Australian progeny.

He has been standing at Swettenham Stud since 2015 and has covered a total of 778 mares.

His progeny are eagerly sought after by the lucrative Hong Kong market.

Sangster said the Queen, who bred Tactical from her mare Make Fast, owned a couple of horses by Toronado.

He said while it was great to see a Toronado win at Royal Ascot for such a high-profile owner, in reality the stallion doesn’t really need a boost at the moment because it won’t alter the fact that his book is closed.

“He has been fully booked for a while now, but it just reinforces his talent,” Sangster said.

“It’s good to have a two-year-old win a stakes race on the biggest day of the year at Royal Ascot. It all definitely helps.”

“A 1000m race up the straight is probably more of what we perceive with the Australian racing style being short course sprinting.”

Sangster said it showed that Toronado, a champion miler, can throw a lot of quality two year-olds that can sprint – and every winner helps his reputation.

Toronado has now sired seven stakes winners in the northern hemisphere across a wide variety of distances which again demonstrates his ability as a sire.

Sangster said his oldest progeny in Australia are three-year-olds and there are a lot of stakes quality horses among them.

“He was the most popular stallion in Victoria last year and will probably be again this year as well,” he said.

“There have been some big offers being touted for quite a few of Toronado’s progeny from here for the Hong Kong market.

“He will have a dozen racing from the northern hemisphere and he’ll have some racing in the southern hemisphere as well.”

Sangster said Toronado, along with Highland Reel which was exported to Ireland in December were scheduled to arrive back at Nagambie in August which is exciting for the stud.

He said Toronado would definitely cover his best quality of broodmares this season including Group winners and others that had produced Group winners.

And the Queen’s racing manager, John Warren, said after the race: “Her Majesty was saying how delighted she was to breed a two-year-old winner. It is obviously a great shame that Her Majesty is a not at Royal Ascot (because of COVID-19) to enjoy the buzz of a winner.

“The last two days she has been able to spend a little bit of time watching the races.

“This was the icing on the cake to have a winner for Her Majesty – it is tremendous.”

Trainer Andrew Balding said Tactical had shaped promisingly when third on debut at Newmarket on June 4 and showed the benefit of that experience with a length and a quarter victory over Yazaman .

“Tactical was showing a fair bit at home before we ran him first time out,” Balding said in his postrace interview

“He ran a nice race and learnt plenty, and James (Doyle) gave him a lovely ride today but we were quite hopeful especially when it looked like the draw was more of a help than a hindrance.

“He was showing plenty early on. He would have been ready to run in April which is very early for one of mine. He has got a great attitude and is very professional.

“We thought Tactical had learnt a lot (on his debut at Newmarket) and would be a bit sharper which proved to be the case. But he still had to get the job done and did it nicely at the end.

“I think he will be better over six furlongs (1200m), and we stuck at five (1000m) because we thought the Coventry Stakes would be a much stronger race, but he will certainly be going six furlongs and looks up to Group class.”

Choir Boy gave The Queen her first Royal Ascot winner in 1953 and this year’s meeting was the first she had missed in her 68-year reign.

Above: Magnus, sire of Front Page | Standing at Sun Stud

Trainer Geoff Duryea’s decision to chance his hand at the breeding game with a talented but injury-plagued mare by Bel Esprit is paying double dividends, with Saturday’s Listed Creswick S. victor Front Page (Magnus) joining his sister News Girl as a city winner.

In partnership with a few others, the Duryea family raced Stacey Lee (Bel Esprit), who had cost just $20,000 as a weanling and had shown plenty of promise in a career which saw her win five races but never realise her potential.

Geoff convinced the rest of his family that Stacey Lee was worthy of persisting with as a breeding prospect and they sent her to Sun Stud’s Magnus, looking for a similar double-cross to Vain as which had produced the legendary Black Caviar (Bel Esprit).

“She was a really good mare but she had bad knees. You could never get her to 100 per cent,” Duryea said of Stacey Lee.

“She was always injured and so we nursed her through her career. We were very rarely able to have her at the races 100 per cent fit.

“She was a really good mare but she had bad knees. You could never get her to 100 per cent.” – Geoff Duryea

“I talked the family and a couple of friends into buying her out and breeding from her. I just said, we would be mad if we don’t breed from her. That’s how it happened.”

Above: Geoff Duryea

The first foal was a filly, who has proven a terrific front-running money-spinner for the Corowa-based Duryea family. News Girl won two of her first three races at Albury and then headed to ‘town’ running two close-up seconds at Caulfield, the second in the G3 Kevin Hayes S.

Having endured a run of eight defeats, she returned to form with successive wins at Caulfield over the Christmas-New Year period. She was subsequently again placed in stakes company, this time in the G3 Bellmaine S. before recently winning again at Caulfield. In an 18-start career, she has racked up five wins and over $320,000 in prizemoney.

But her little brother, Front Page, is on an even sharper rise to stardom. He debuted with an easy win at Albury back in February and after a couple of defeats then put together back-to-back wins at Albury and Wangaratta.

Duryea decided to put him in the deep end in stakes company on Saturday and was rewarded when Front Page saw off his rivals to win down the Flemington straight with surprising ease by 2.75l.

“He did us proud on Saturday. It’s taken a while for the penny to drop with him, he is just starting to put it all together. He’s always shown us plenty of ability at home and it’s just been about him getting his act together. He’s certainly switched on now,” Duryea said.

“He did us proud on Saturday. It’s taken a while for the penny to drop with him.” – Geoff Duryea

With both Stacey Lee’s foals now city winners, it augurs well for the 2-year-old half-sister by Stryker named Page Three, but Duryea is in no rush with her.

“She’s got a pretty good temperament. I got her to the jumpout stage and she’s a bit like the other two in that she is a little bit slow maturing, so I turned her out. She seemed alright though. She’s got a fair bit to live up to now,” he said.

Duryea is mindful of comparisons between the siblings especially given both Page Three and the weanling filly by Dundeel (NZ) are from different sirelines.

“The two Magnuses are similar and one of the reasons we went to him, was because it gave a double cross of Vain. He was a chestnut and both these are chestnuts. The Stryker filly is brown and the Dundeel filly is bay,” he said.

Duryea hasn’t actually seen the Dundeel filly as yet, as she is at Riversdale Farm up at Scone, with Stacey Lee, who is the family’s only broodmare, now in foal to Rubick.

While he believes News Girl and Front Page both have improvement to come, he is just happy enjoying the journey with friends and family for now.

“We’re pretty happy about it and the people that are in the horses have been clients and friends for years and years, so it’s worked out good,” he said.

Article courtesy of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Florent

When Victorian trainer Tony Noonan first hatched the idea of a Queensland trip for his Fiorente (Ire) filly Florent, it was with the G1 Queensland Oaks in mind, but with that race off the radar due to the COVID-19 crisis, the promising stayer has still headed north for the winter.

Noonan has been sending horses to the Queensland Winter Carnival for over 30 years, seeking the dual benefit of stakes racing followed by time for his horses in the spelling paddock with the northern sun on their backs.

It has been nine years since Noonan has won a stakes race in Queensland, claiming the 2011 G2 Moreton Cup with Varenna Miss (Redoute’s Choice), but he is hoping to end that drought when Florent contests the G2 Magic Millions The Roses on Saturday.

Usually run at Doomben as a 2000 metre lead-up to the Queensland Oaks, this year the race will be held over 1800 metres at Eagle Farm, with the Oaks cancelled in 2020.

It is a return ‘home’ for Florent, who was bred in Queensland and was sold through the Magic Millions March Yearling Sale in 2018 to long-time Noonan client Jammie Dillon for just $22,000.

Noonan recalls her as a filly who while she wasn’t overly impressive in terms of size, had the potential and the pedigree to develop into a decent stayer in time.

“It was more about her pedigree than anything else. She is not very big. But she was by Fiorente out of a Pins mare and the second dam produced a Queensland Oaks winner, so there was enough to encourage us to buy her at that price. We were never going to lose much,” he told TDN AusNZ.

“She is not very big. But she was by Fiorente out of a Pins mare and the second dam produced a Queensland Oaks winner.” – Tony Noonan

“Size never worries me. If they have ability and they are sound, it’s about the length of stride rather than the size of the horse. She’s got a good stride on her, so I always felt she would get better as she goes along.”

Above: Florent as a yearling

The Oaks winner on her pedigree page is 2016 victor Provocative (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}), who is out of G3 Tasmanian Derby winner Betwixt (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}), the half-sister to Florent’s dam Stockpin (NZ) (Pins), who was sold through this week’s Inglis Early June Digital Sale for $5500 along with her yearling filly by Worthy Cause, who fetched $4750.

Provocative went on to be sold for $1.2 million as a broodmare at the 2017 Inglis Chairman’s Sale and is now a resident at Three Bridges in Victoria, with the first colt, Grinzinger Lord (Tavistock {NZ}), fetching $260,000 as a yearling and her subsequent colt by Snitzel going for $400,000 at this year’s Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Delivering a big return

When compared to that, $22,000 for Florent was a pretty good buy and after just 12 starts, she has already delivered a near 15 times return on that investment, winning over $325,000.

Being by Sun Stud’s Fiorente, she was eligible for the rich VOBIS series and her upset win with Noonan’s son Jake in the saddle in the $427,500 VOBIS Sires Guineas at Caulfield in April provided a huge windfall for her owners.

That win was very much a bonus, with Noonan always planning to send Florent to Queensland from the day she debuted with a fifth in a Geelong maiden last June behind subsequent multiple G1 Oaks placegetter Moonlight Maid (Puissance De Lune {Ire}).

“She had two runs as a 2-year-old at this time last year and then we plotted from there that we would aim her at a Queensland Oaks. We are appreciative of the fact that we have this option, so hopefully she can get some black type on her,” he said.

“I think any horse would be suited to Queensland. It’s not a hard place to be suited to, especially this time of year. We’ve travelled a lot of horses up there over a 30-year period and we tend to send the ones we like up there to hopefully race and spend winter there and then come back better horses.”

Queensland destiny fulfilled

So, 365 days after that debut at Geelong, Florent will fulfill her destiny of sorts by contesting a feature fillies’ race at Eagle Farm. While she has always shown Noonan plenty of staying potential, it is the first time she will have raced beyond a mile in her 12-start career.

“This filly has done a really good job. She has got a lovely staying pedigree. This is the first time we have got her out to a trip that suits. She’s in good form and I think she will run well,” he said.

“This is the first time we have got her out to a trip that suits. She’s in good form and I think she will run well.” – Tony Noonan

“She’s fairly tough. She’s got a good attitude and a good constitution. She’s had a month between runs now, but we got her up there around three weeks ago. She had a trial at Doomben and she galloped on Wednesday morning. She’s on target.”

Off her last start third at Flemington, Florent is on the fourth line of betting for the Group 2 race. Locally trained Vanna Girl (Husson {Arg}) is a clear favourite having won six of her nine races, including her victory in the Listed Pam O’Neill S. at Doomben last time out.

While unsure exactly of where his filly measures up in terms of her opposition, Noonan feels Florent will make a good account of herself in what will be her only run in Queensland before a spell.

“I’m not across a lot of the Queensland form, but you’d expect it to be a good race. You don’t have a Group 2 without it being a good race,” he said.

“The favourite looks like she knows how to win. All I know is that my filly is tough. She’ll run the 1800 metres and she’s done well up there. I’d expect her to be competitive.”

Article courtesy of Ben O’Brien TDN

Dear Victorian Breeder,

Today, we are excited to announce that Aquis Farm will stand Gr.1 winner Royal Meeting (Invincible Spirit) in Victoria. This horse is the real deal. He will stand at an introductory fee of $11,000 (inc.GST) which really is exceptional value.

Royal Meeting is the ONLY Gr.1-winning undefeated 2YO to stand his first season in Victoria this year. That’s the very simple reason why the ownership group is bringing Royal Meeting to Victoria – an ownership that includes Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Seymour Bloodstock, Mangalore Park, Yarran Thoroughbreds, Damian White, Ralph Portaro, Paul Crawford, David & Kathy Brown and Erinvale Thoroughbreds. A group of leading breeders with some of the best broodmare bands in Victoria committing to this horse and building the platform for Royal Meeting’s future success. Renowned breeders. We believe in this stallion, so too do our partners, and I wish for you to share in our success by breeding to Royal Meeting.

Royal Meeting will stand at Aquis Seymour for the coming season (© Scoopdyga.com)

As the only Gr.1-winning unbeaten 2YO son of Sire of Sires Invincible Spirit, Royal Meeting is out of Champion 2YO Filly Rock Opera, herself an unbeaten Gr.1-winning juvenile. He is from a Gr.1 family with three Gr.1 winners in his immediate family, from a pedigree that is on the move. Royal by name and by nature.

At his second ever race start, Royal Meeting had the raw ability to win the Gr.1 Criterium International (1400m) at Chantilly in race record time. In doing so he beat Hermosa who subsequently went on as a 3YO to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the English 1,000 Guineas. Hermosa was European Champion Filly, Royal Meeting didn’t just beat her, when doing so he rewrote the record books.

Royal Meeting is the ideal horse for Victoria, and we believe he is the best horse to retire to Victoria this season – here is why, no gimmicks, just facts:

•    He is a Gr.1-winning, unbeaten 2YO.
•    A son of Invincible Spirit, the direct source, not a son of one of his son’s.
•    Sons of Invincible Spirit have produced over 140 stakes winners highlighted by 15 individual Gr.1 winners.
•    Invincible Spirit himself was by sire of sires Green Desert out of a Gr.1-winning mare. His only two Gr.1-winning sons who are both also unbeaten juveniles and are both also out of Gr.1-winning mares are Kingman and Royal Meeting. Kingman now commands a service fee of GBP150,000.
•    He is a Gr.1 winner, by a Gr.1 winner, from a Gr.1 winner, with a Gr.1 pedigree.
•    He is the ideal VOBIS horse. VOBIS continually goes from strength to strength as the best national bonus scheme. This horse will produce you an early precocious type that trainers will envision as perfect targets for the Vobis Sires Showdown and Gold Rush style of races, as well as the Blue Diamond, VRC Sires Produce etc.
•    He is Danehill-free.

From my time in Europe, I saw firsthand the influence of Invincible Spirit and his emergence as a dominant source of speed through his sons. There are similarities between French racing and ours here in Australia and pinpointed Royal Meeting as a horse that we needed for our Victorian stallion roster.

I know that a precocious French 2YO, such as this, is ideally suited to the Australian conditions and broodmares, but also delivers an extra quality and depth of pedigree, bringing a wonderful Gr.1 outcross to the Victorian broodmare bands.

We look forward to presenting Royal Meeting when he arrives at the farm in August, where we are sure he will take your eye and imagination. Please call myself or any of our sales team.

Kind regards,
Tony “Tubba” Williams

Through the success of the likes of his granddaughter Oohood and his close relative Pride Of Dubai, I know firsthand the positive influence of Invincible Spirit as a stallion. Therefore, it is exciting to be involved in a son of Invincible Spirit with such fantastic credentials as Royal Meeting. He is unique in being the only unbeaten G1-winning two-year-old son of his sire, while his dam, amazingly, was also an unbeaten G1-winning two-year-old. In country where speed and precocity are so important, I am looking forward to giving him the opportunity with suitable mares from my broodmare band and am excited by the prospect of what he might be capable of achieving as a stallion.”

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

“When you look at thousands of horses for a living and then you come across Royal Meeting you suddenly realise what you’ve spent so much time looking for, he’s stunning!”

Dermot Farrington, Bloodstock Agent

“Seymour Bloodstock is delighted to share in the Royal Meeting journey. Like all owner/breeders we’ve been approaching our 2020 mating plans with caution. Tubba has identified and sourced a beauty. Proper type, proper pedigree, proper performance and importantly THE RIGHT PRICE. Without compromise – Royal Meeting is a horse for the times.”

Mark Pilkington, Seymour Bloodstock

Above: Kalkarni Royale ridden by Dwayne Dunn wins the Drummond Golf Handicap at Moonee Valley Racecourse on June 13, 2020. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Victorian bred Kalkarni Royale will chase black type in Saturday’s Creswick Stakes (1200m) at Flemington after her impressive victory at The Valley in the Super VOBIS Handicap for three year-old fillies.

Early indications are that the filly will handle the seven day back-up from her victory at The Valley.

Kalkarni Royale was bred by Phil Wells of Shadwell Farm at Mount Rowan, and his brother Rick and friend Steve McKenna.

She was bought for $30,000 by Nathan Bennett of Bennett Racing at the 2017 Great Southern Weanling Sale.

The Wells brothers and McKenna retained a share in the filly which is trained at Cranbourne by Kevin Corstens.

Phil Wells is a bloodstock consultant who does some advisory work for Bennett Racing.

Bennett said Kalkarni Royale was a bit unlucky in her lead-up race at Caulfield when she finished sixth, beaten fewer than three lengths.

Now with three wins from four starts, Bennett said the filly deserved to have a crack at Saturday’s stakes race. She would then head to the paddock to have a break after starting her career in April when she won at her first start at Mornington over 1000m.

“I don’t think a lot of people noticed that she was unlucky at Caulfield, but we did, and we went there on Saturday thinking she could run top three.” Bennett said.

“At Caulfield she over raced a bit and didn’t see daylight finishing under three lengths from them.

“It was a pretty similar field last Saturday, so we thought she’d be able to roll along and would be hard to catch. She sat outside the leader and approaching the turn we were confident she was looking good.”

Bennett said jockey Dwayne Dunn was impressed with the victory and in her first preparation has gone from winning a maiden to a bench mark 78 – and will now chase black type at her fifth start.

“We will have a throw at the stumps in the Creswick Stakes on Saturday as she is absolutely flying,” he said.

“As long as she is still in good order mid-week, we’ll back her up in the Creswick Stakes and then she’ll head to the paddock no matter what.

“If we can get some black type in her, you’re laughing.”

Bennett said with the expense of horses he decided to buy a couple of weanlings and the filly was one of five or six by Nicconi. He was keen to buy one by the sire and picked out the filly.

“It’s taken a while to get her there, but the owners are certainly seeking the rewards. It’s a bit of a different way for looking to buy a horse and also getting a group into syndication,” he said.

“You can buy in for a lot cheaper than you normally do with a yearling. If she went to a yearling sale we probably would have paid $120,000 for her as she was a lovely type six months later.

“The owners in her have been really patient.

“It’s a long process when you only pay $30,000 for a horse and she has won a city race.

“She has also got VOBIS which really helps with the incentives and it’s certainly a big bonus when you get those races.”

Dunn was full of praise for the filly after the race.

“In hindsight we probably tried to ride her too hard the other day,” Dunn said.

“She sprung the lids; she pulled a bit hard in behind them. Today it was about making sure she stepped up and taking her up on the speed.

“She did it the hard way early on in the race. She got into a good rhythm mid-race.”

Dunn said she was a nice filly going places and had already come along way.

“From a maiden to what we’ve seen today is a big effort,” he said

“Once she furnishes and puts it all together hopefully she can go even higher.”

Bennett said Phil Wells advises him at sales and was pleased he and Kalkarni Royale’s breeders had retained a small share in her.

Bennett often goes to sales looking to buy a filly with some residual value but in this case he bought on type but Kalkarni Royale value will skyrocket if she can add some black type to her page.

“If she can get black type on Saturday all the owners will be laughing,” Bennett said

He said Wells breeds a few horses every year and takes a lot of weanlings to the Great Southern Sale for clients.

Bennett, who is an electrician by trade, also remembered his former boss John Nankervis, who passed away from pancreatic cancer, by donating a share in the filly.

“I donated a share in the filly at a night for Pancare and the people who bought the share are just over the moon and they called the syndicate John’s Legacy,” Bennett said.

“I am still very close with John’s brother, Bruce and keep in contact with him about how the horse is going and every time the filly races, you think John is looking over the top and pushing her home.”

John Nankervis’ brothers, Bruce and Ian, both played for the Geelong Cats.

Bennett Racing, based at Torquay, is now in its third year.










Above: Delago Deluxe now standing in Victoria

The Encosta de Lago bloodline has produced many successful progeny including Delago Deluxe, who is set to stand in Victoria this season.

The dual Group 1 son of Encosta de Lago is the second foal out of Succeeding, who was sired by Flying Spur and is a half sister to Group 1 winners Duporth, Excites and Tickets.

In 2010, Delago Deluxe became the second highest priced Encosta de Lago yearling at the 2010 Magic Millions sale selling for $550,000.

His racing career took place in South Africa where he demonstrated the sprinting quality of Encosta de Lago. He was unbeaten in his four starts as a two-year-old which included the Gr.1 Golden Medallion Stakes over 1200m, the Gr.2 Nursery Plate and the Gr.3 Protea Stakes. This success earned him the title of South African Champion 2-year-old colt. These achievements continued into his three-year-old season where he won a further Group 1, the Golden Horse Casino Sprint over 1200m, setting the fastest time of the day which included four other Group 1 races. The two Group 1’s he won in South Africa are the equivalent to Australia’s Golden Slipper and Newmarket Handicap.

From his twelve starts, Delago Deluxe achieved seven wins and four places retiring to stud sound.

Delago Deluxe then made his way back to Australia to stand at Newhaven Stud in New South Wales. His yearlings have sold for up to $250,000. While he was a very successful precocious 2-year-old, and generally his progeny show early speed, the Encosta de Lago sire line are known for their further ability with maturity.  In the past two breeding seasons in Queensland the horse has had only quiet recognition.

Above: Delago Deluxe in the paddock

Ian Dodunski was attracted to Delago Deluxe’s racing success and strong pedigree.  When he saw the horse was for sale on an on-line auction he jumped at the opportunity to purchase him. ‘I was going to send a mare to him last season as he is impeccably bred and was a fantastic racehorse. He looks like a stallion of exceptional ability and has nearly 57% winners to runners ratio. He has had winners in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa. He is a beautiful type standing at 16.2hh and is a lovely natured horse’ remarked Ian.

Delago Deluxe has a number of his progeny on the racetrack and most weeks he has winners or placed runners.

Delago Deluxe will be standing at Ian’s property, Linton Grange, which is very close to Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds who will prepare the mares that will be sent to him this season.

‘Noorilim Park is a magnificent broodmare and agistment property. I would say as good as you could find anywhere in Australia’ remarked Ian. Whilst preparations are being finalised at Linton Grange, Sherah from Noorilim Park has been working with Delago Deluxe and has been very impressed with the horse so far.

‘Hopefully his great attitude will be passed down to his stock as well. He is a lovely balanced style of horse. He has been exceptional, and his temperament has stood out to me more than anything and he is just a lovely natured horse. He has been really easy to handle which is a big credit to him as a stallion. He has had limited books over the past couple of seasons, so it would be nice to see him get a bit of support in Victoria’ remarked Sherah.

There are also a number of other agistment farms nearby that have the facilities to walk the mares on for the breeding season so there are plenty of opportunities.

‘At the service fee of $4,400 we have already had quite a bit of interest. We have had five people contact us from Queensland who are wanting to send mares to him’ said Ian.

This might be the opportunity that Delago Deluxe requires to get himself noticed in the stallion ranks. As more of his progeny are winning trials and races in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand and selling well through the ring, Ian is looking forward to the future for the horse.

Delago Deluxe will be standing for a service fee of $4,400.

For more information please contact Ian on 0456 401 894, or visit the website delagodeluxe.com




Above: Fleet Review winning a Stakes race at The Curragh

Internationally acclaimed champion sire War Front is a prolific and versatile stallion that has produced stakes winners over distances from 1000m to 2400m at a regularity of nearly 17% stakes winners to runners, including 21 individual Group One winners.  War Front’s ability to pass on juvenile speed into his progeny is second to none with over 40% of his sons and daughters winning as a two years old.

War Front has produced stakes winners in the USA, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, France, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and in 2018 Homesman became his first Australian Group One winner (from only a very small number of runners).  His influence expanded significantly again in our part of the world over the past year when one of his son’s, Declaration of War, produced the Melbourne Cup, VRC Derby and Queensland Oaks winners.  In the sales ring War Front has produced 26 yearlings that have sold for $1,000,000+ with a top result of $2,900,000 for a colt in 2019.

Glen Eden Stud is proud to announce that his Group One performed son, Fleet Review will stand his inaugural season at the farm in 2020 at an advertised service fee of $8,800 (GST inclusive).  Glen Eden Stud principal, Sonia O’Gorman, stated:-

“Fleet Review is impeccably bred.  His dam is a full sister to Rip Van Winkle.  He was a powerful colt that achieved multiple wins as a two years old as well as a narrow defeat in the Group One Middle Park Stakes where he ran second behind another of War Front’s successful sons in US Navy Flag (who entered stud duties in New Zealand last season covering in excess of 150 mares).  Fleet Review concluded his two years old season with a rating of 115 closely behind European two years old champion (1,000m-1,200m) US Navy Flag (117).  Fleet Review returned to the racetrack in his three years old season to win a stakes race at the Curragh and then finish a strong third in the Group One July Cup against the older horses.”

 “He is an impressive specimen in both type and conformation, and with a beautiful temperament to match.  We believe he is great value for breeders to tap into one of the best sire lines in the world.”

 For further details please contact:-

Sonia O’Gorman

Glen Eden Stud

M) 0407 811 411

E) office@gleneden.com.au

Above: Starcraft standing at Rosemont Stud

Rosemont Stud’s principal Anthony Mithen targeted the strong Hong Kong market with a homebred by one of the stud’s resident stallions, Starcraft, at a two-year breeze-up sale on the Gold Coast.

But even the best thought out plans can end up with a bit of a twist.

Instead of finishing up in Hong Kong, where the Starcraft progeny are eagerly sought of, the colt ended up at suburban Caulfield in the stables of Mick Price.

The horse was purchased for $80,000 by Price’s then bloodstock manager Luke Wilkinson who has since taken up the same role with Yulong.

With three wins, including victory in last Saturday’s $108,000 three year-old 1600m handicap at The Valley, it was a wise decision by Wilkinson who races the gelding with 17 other owners.

Smoke Bomb has now had three wins and two thirds from eight starts.

Mithen said the Magic Millions’ David Chester does an excellent job with his Asian clients at the two year-olds in training sale.

“With Starcraft going so well in Hong Kong that is where we thought we would pitch him in,” Mithen said of the 2018 sale.

“It couldn’t have been more Anglo Saxon when Mick Price and Luke Wilkinson chimed in and bought the horse to be trained at Caulfield.

“Your best laid plans and where you think your target market is, sometimes it surprises you.

“I think Luke was the driving force behind the horse and good luck to him because he found the horse and I remember him being pretty honest and open to deal with. He told us he really liked him and was going to buy him.”

Mithen said they were rapt Wilkinson bought the horse and gave him to Price, who is now in partnership with Mick Kent Jnr to train.

And as Mithen says, there is also a bit of a story to Smoke Bomb’s dam, Diyaraka (FR), which was stakes placed in France and from the family of 2008 Melbourne Cup runner-up – by the narrowest of margins – Bauer.

“It was about the time Bauer was kicking on and just gone through his purple patch and beaten in the Melbourne Cup,’’ Mithen said.

“It was at the Arquana sale and Louis Le Metayer, who is a French bloodstock agent based in Australia, was shopping around.

“He was looking for a nice horse and a client to buy it and pitched her to us. We quite liked the look of her and bought her at that sale.

“I still remember it, a Saturday night in Australia and it must have been Saturday morning in France and we paid a bit for her – 300,000 Euro – when the dollar was pretty kind which gave us a bit of an incentive to keep bidding.”

Diyaraka (Clodovil/Diamonaka) was transported to Australia to be trained at Flemington by Mike Moroney who gave her seven starts, including in the Geelong Cup, but she never recaptured the form in France where she won two races and was stakes placed over 2000m.

Mithen said she was retired to stud, but gave them the thrill of racing in the Geelong Cup (2011) which was the precursor to Runaway winning the Geelong Cup in 2018 for the Rosemont team.

“When Runaway won, I thought about Diyaraka as people had asked if we’d ever had a Geelong Cup runner before and it was Diyaraka,” he said.

Diyaraka’s first foal by Savabeel died in an accident at another stud shortly after birth and the next one by High Chaparral (IRE) had knee issues and then the third one by Snitzel had problems but was retained by Rosemont unraced and was sold last month as a broodmare prospect.

Smoke Bomb is Diyaraka’s fourth foal but she was not served last year.

“She has a full foal on the ground to Smoke Bomb, a Starcraft colt,” Mithen said.

“There is a yearling colt by Tarzino which is quite a nice horse who will be going to Danny O’Brien after being purchased by Simon O’Donnell who raced Bauer.

“So the Bauer link might continue.”

While Smoke Bomb’s full brother is likely to create increased interest in the Hong Kong market, Mithen said it was also a reminder to the local market about Starcraft’s ability as a stallion.

“The good thing that Luke, Mick and Michael Kent jnr have been able to do is open up a different market,” Mithen said.

“There will always be the Hong Kong market because his stats up there are great and he gets a winner at most meetings.

“It’s nice to have a Starcaft here in Australia and reminding everyone what a great stallion he is and has been over a long period of time.

“Hopefully we will get the best of both worlds with the local market saying that Starcraft must be the best value stallion in Australia when you can buy them and then win a $100,000 race at Moonee Valley.

“They have been enlightened in Hong Kong on Starcraft already and it seems the Australian market sometimes needs a bit of a reminder that those good old proven stallions keep on giving.

“Hopefully he is in for a good season.”

And Mithen said Rosemont, which has been standing Starcraft since 2015, recently welcomed back one of his most successful sons, Blizzard, which started his career in Hong Kong and finished with Lee Freedman in Singapore.

The Group winning eight year-old, ended his racing career last August and the owners contacted Rosemont and asked if they could give him a good home.

“They exported him and he arrived last month back home and we have given him a home for life,” Mithen said.

“We didn’t breed him but he is reunited at the farm where his father stands.”

Blizzard, which also raced in Group 1 races in Japan, won more than $3 million in his 39 races which netted nine wins, five seconds and eight thirds.

Mithen said Blizzard was winning races when Rosemont first took over Starcraft from Arrowfield.

Above: Americain standing at stud

After a near fatal illness restricted 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain to just seven mares last season, the 15 year-old stallion is ready to increase his book this year.

He produced his first stakes winner in February when Eperdument won the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville.

And his promising four-year-old, Costello, has won his past two starts at Rosehill (2400m) and Kensington (1800m).

The improving Virtuous was a winner for Americain at Moe on Sunday over 2050m and is raced by prominent owner breeder, Gerry Ryan who bred the mare.

Ryan raced Americain to Cup glory with his wife Val and friends Kevin and Colleen Bamford.

After starting his Australian stud career at Swettenham Stud when he was retired from the track after being unplaced in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, Americain now stands at the Bamford’s Daisy Hill Farm at Doreen.

Daisy Hill Farm manager Shane Freedman explains that it was touch and go whether American (USA) would survive after becoming seriously ill last year.

“He got colitis and it could have been very bad,” Freedman said.

“In the middle of the season he was in a bad way and we thought we were going to lose him at one point, but he recovered quite quickly.

“He had to have some time off but covered a few mares and got them in foal.”

Last year was Americian’s first season at Daisy Hill Farm. He served 25 mares in his last season at Swettenham Stud and his biggest book was 155 in his first season in 2013.

Freedman said they were hoping to get a solid book for the stallion.

“In his world-wide statistics, his strike rate is not too bad” he said.

“He is even better in the Northern Hemisphere. He didn’t get too many mares but his runners to winners all up last year is quite high.

“They are not black type races but he gets the winners.”

Like all genuine stayers, Freeman said it was apparent that Americain’s progeny need time and were better as they approached their four and five year-old seasons.

“They probably needed that time all along,” he said.

Freeman said that a few people had sacked their Americain horses too early in their careers and many of them had gone into other equestrian sports where the breed has become much sought after.

“He is quite good in the eventing world, and a lot of people are after them,” Freeman said.

“But we went into the Ascot Saddlery the other day to get a rug for him and as I put his name on the invoice, one of the girls was excited about how the real Americain’s were going in the eventing world.

“I think they have to be five-year-old’s to show their best ability on the track but by then are lot of people have given up on them.”

Freedman said his boss, Colleen Bamford, has a young horse by Americain that was broken in by Adrian Corby who is excited with the youngster’s potential.

The colt is currently having a four week spell.

“Adrian has told Colleen that he is taking him easy but he shows a lot of ability,” Freeman said.

“He might be a bit special and is out of Colleen’s Monsun (GER) mare, Sunnyvale (GER) which is her first foal. He is a monster of a foal and we couldn’t get him into a sale, but he doesn’t move like a big horse.”

Freeman said Sunnyvale came out for the Melbourne Cup but fractured a leg. Colleen spent a lot of money to keep her because the mare showed so much promise.

“It’s probably Colleen’s favourite mare on the farm,” he said.

“She is quite big for a Monsun mare.”

Now a rising three-year-old, the colt will be assigned to a trainer and be ready to race in the spring.

He was broken in last year and has been back and forwards to Corby and has recently had a jump out.

Freeman said hopefully they could promote Americain to get him back to serving a bigger book of mares this season.

“The key is to mature them and give them a bit of distance,” he said.

“There are still a few of them with some better trainers and are poking along in the system.

“You have to be patient, but not everyone is.”

The independent welfare panel that was set up by the thoroughbred industry earlier this year, and is chaired by former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine, is calling for submissions from interested parties to assist its aim of improving the welfare of horses leaving the racing and breeding industries.

From today until 12pm on Friday, July 24 2020, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG) is seeking submissions from any groups or individuals who wish to have their say on the best methods of protecting the health and wellbeing of all thoroughbred horses, most notably those exiting the racing and breeding industry.

These submissions will feed into the panel’s report, due for publication later this year, which will make practical recommendations to assist the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in improving welfare outcomes.

The four-person panel, which was formed by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) in conjunction with a host of industry stakeholders including the Australian Trainers’ Association and Australian Jockeys’ Association, is made up of Dr Napthine, who also previously served as Victoria’s Minister for Racing and is a qualified veterinarian; Dr Ken Jacobs, a former director of the Australian Veterinary Association; Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Science and Strategy Officer for RSPCA Australia; and Jack Lake, a senior advisor on agricultural policy in the governments led by former prime ministers Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd.

As well as taking written submissions, the TAWWG will also aim to meet with a range of stakeholders from both inside and outside the racing and breeding industries, including animal welfare groups, over the coming months.

“This project can only be successful if there is strong engagement from all stakeholders, including animal welfare groups, the racing and breeding industries and indeed anyone who has valuable insights to share, so we would encourage as many people as possible to come forward and have their say,” said Dr Napthine.

“This important process will be open and transparent, and so anyone who wishes to provide their views, information and expertise will be given the opportunity to assist the panel’s considerations and guide our consultation process.

“We look forward to engaging with a wide range of people so that we can formulate a plan to ensure the health and welfare of all thoroughbreds, particularly those who have retired or who never made it to the racetrack.

“Thoroughbreds are central to an industry that provides 72,000 full-time jobs and generates more than $9 billion each year in direct and indirect benefits to Australia’s economy, so the industry has a duty of care to look after them before, during and after their racing careers.”

During their extensive consultation period, the TAWWG will also be seeking assistance and advice from an industry steering group comprising leading trainer Chris Waller, best known for training Winx; Neil Werrett, Board Member of the Victoria Racing Club and part-owner of Black Caviar; Vin Cox,


Managing Director of Godolphin Australia; John Kelly, owner of Newhaven Park Stud; Martin Talty, CEO of the Australian Jockeys’ Association; Andrew Nichol, CEO of the Australian Trainers’ Association; and Tom Reilly, CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.

Any groups or individuals considering making a submission are first encouraged to read the issues paper available online at the TAWWG’s official website (thoroughbredwelfareinitiative.org.au). The paper raises a number of topics and questions that the panel believe are relevant to their work.

“We are grateful to the panel for giving their time and expertise for this project, which is so important for the future of the thoroughbred industry and our horses,” said Mr Reilly.

“I am hopeful that every organisation or person with an interest in thoroughbred welfare will want to contribute, from governments to regulators through to participants and welfare groups.”

The TAWWG may wish to quote from extracts of submissions, with appropriate attribution, unless those making submissions request they remain confidential.

Submissions can be emailed to secretariat@thoroughbredwelfareinitiative.org.au or posted to TAWWG, PO Box 149, Canterbury, NSW 2193.

For more information, please visit https://thoroughbredwelfareinitiative.org.au/ ENDS

For more information contact:

Dr Denis Napthine: 0407234366 Tom Reilly: 0423146334