Above: A racehorse coming Down the Stretch

Due to habitual weight-loading of limbs during training and competition, “bone fatigue” can occur in athletic horses, placing them at risk for injuries, including complete fractures. In addition to tailoring training programs to meet each horse’s individual needs, another common means of maintaining bone health involves nutritional supplementation.

“Many products on the market claim to support bone health, but few of these are high-quality supplements that truly benefit the horse,” said Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a Kentucky Equine Research nutritionist.

When should you consider supplements to maximize bone health?

Based on the findings of a study on Australian racehorses*, supplementation should occur early in a horse’s career, prior to any injury or trauma.

Researchers looked at horses diagnosed with tibial and humeral fractures to identify risk factors for fractures and to pinpoint which ones were potentially preventable. The tibia is the gaskin bone, while the humerus is the arm bone, which links the shoulder and forearm bones.

Humeral fractures were more likely to be fatal, according to the study, but both tibial and humeral fractures typically occurred in young horses newly introduced to competition or those coming back to training and competition after time off.

“Given when these fractures occurred, supplementation should start early in a horse’s career, and continue even during layoff, to ensure they receive all the nutrients required to support bone health during training and competition,” advised Crandell.

Kentucky Equine Research offers both DuraPlex and Triacton for bone health.

DuraPlex provides vitamins and minerals necessary for strong bone development, including a special protein that stimulates bone collagen production while suppressing bone destruction. DuraPlex also prevents bone loss in situations that cause bone demineralization, such as limited turnout is available or recuperative stall rest.

Triacton is a triple-action supplement designed to improve bone density through an array of bone-building nutrients, which also have been shown to support stomach and hindgut health. Triacton contains a novel source of calcium, which is proven to be more highly digestible than other forms of the mineral, including calcium carbonate.

“For bone health, you can’t go wrong with either product. For athletic horses prone to gastrointestinal issues, Triacton would be the supplement of choice because of its buffering capabilities,” advised Crandell. “Supplementation as a precautionary measure is sound nutritional strategy for equine athletes of all types, not just racehorses.”

Australian horse owners should look for Bone Food Plus, a vitamin and mineral supplement designed specifically to optimize skeletal health.

*Whitton, R.C., E.A. Walmsley, A.S.M. Wong, et al. 2019. Associations between pre-injury racing history and tibial and humeral fractures in Australian Thoroughbred racehorses. Veterinary Journal. 247:44-49.

Above: Lot 78 – Into Mischief (USA) x Platinum Mine (USA) (colt)

Having produced some strong results with a small draft in last year’s Inglis Ready2Race Sale, X-Factor Bloodstock returns to offer four colts at the 2020 Sale, including a rare offering by leading American stallion Into Mischief (USA).

The progeny of Spendthrift’s Into Mischief, one of the leading US stallions and sire of this year’s G1 Kentucky Derby winner Authentic (USA), have been a relative rarity at major Australian sales, with just nine sold as yearlings or weanlings in the past five years.

For the first time, two of his sons will be offered through an Australian breeze-up sale. Lot 78 is a key part of X-Factor’s draft for the Ready2Race Sale which will be held at the Riverside Stables on Tuesday.

Purchased for $65,000 through the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale earlier this year, he is out of a strong American family. His dam, Platinum Mine (USA) (Memo {USA}), is a half-sister to stakes-winning pair California Flag (USA) (Avenue Of Flags {USA}) and Cambiocorsa (USA) (Avenue Of Flags {USA}).

The later of those two siblings is, in turn, a dam of a quartet of stakes winners, most notably Schiaparelli (USA) (Ghostzapper {USA}), while another half-sister to Platinum Mine is Vionett (USA) (Street Sense {USA}), who is the dam of European Horse of the Year, Roaring Lion (USA) (Kitten’s Joy {USA}).

It’s quite the international pedigree and having been picked up for what looked a good price as a yearling, he goes back through the ring as a physically improved horse.

“He’s been a lovely horse to deal with, has a good temperament and is a good mover. He’s been a good standard of horse all the way through,” X-Factor’s Amy Burke said.

“The team did their research and loved the horse. We thought he’d be that perfect horse for a breeze-up sale. He has that international pedigree.

“He’s just a good type. The team liked him as a yearling and he walked well. He was by a nice stallion, and we thought if we can get him for not crazy money we’d have a crack at him, it was worthwhile.”

The Into Mischief colt’s pedigree makes him standout, but he is by no means the only intriguing prospect from X-Factor’s four strong draft.

“They have come through all their training and education perfectly. They have been nice horses to work with and handle. We are really pleased with the draft, it has come up nicely and they have all breezed well. We feel we have the right horses in the Sale,” Burke said.

A natural runner

A colt by Your Song, purchased at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale for $40,000 in February, was the fastest of the X-Factor quartet in the Warwick Farm breeze-ups.

Lot 54 stopped the clock at 10.45s, the 16th fastest time overall of the session.

“He’s just a natural well-built colt, ready to go. He was always a readymade horse and while he was a little bit green in his breeze-up and got it a little bit wrong, he is just a natural runner,” Burke said.

“He’s strong, well built, has good conformation, is sound, and has shown no sign of shin soreness.”

Above: Lot 54 – Your Song x Miss Eisenstadt (colt)

The colt is out of the unraced Manhattan Rain mare Miss Eisenstadt, the daughter of Group 2-winning sprinter Fritz’s Princess (More Than Ready {USA}).

Also in the X-Factor draft is a colt by Widden Stud’s first-season stallion Stratum Star. Lot 76 was purchased for $40,000 through the Classic Sale and is out of Pink (Bon Hoffa), the half-sister to G2 Perth Cup winner Cardinal Colours (Chief’s Crown {USA}).

There is also Lot 185, a colt by Star Witness out of the city-winning mare Bec Said No Credit (Flying Spur), who is out of the stakes-placed Fairessa (Encosta De Lago). She is the half-sister to multiple Group 2 winner and Group 1 placegetter Grey Song (Unbridled’s Song {USA}) and stakes winner Tonz More Fun (More Than Ready {USA}). The Star Witness colt was another Classic Sale purchase this year at $22,000.

“They have all been really good all the way through,” Burke said. “There have been no issues and they have been really nice horses to prepare. They are all big and strong and good horses.”

Above: Lot 76 Stratum Star x Pink (Gelding)

Burke said that it was crucial to showcase the improvement the horses have taken since they were last offered through the ring.

“A lot people would have seen these horses at the yearling sales and marked them down in their books and now they get to see them as racehorses, given they have been broken in and have breezed and are ready to go,” she said.

“They have had to have improved in those six months from the sales until where they are now, and if they show a physical improvement, the buyers can see that.

“The breeze-up gives them an impression of that. Some of them don’t put it all together on the day, but they do get to see them work up a furlong and get an idea of their action, so it’s important.

“It’s also how they come through the educational part. That’s really important. If they get through that stage and breeze-up nicely, they usually do well.”

Article courtesey of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Starspangledbanner colt from Violet’s Girl

Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale came to a close with a further five lots selling for 300,000 guineas or more as demand for quality yearlings continued unabated. In total there were nineteen lots that sold for 300,000 guineas or more and 48 that sold for 200,000 guineas or more, both records for this fixture.

Stroud Strikes For Ballyhimikin Colt at 360,000 Guineas  

The top lot on the final day of Book 2 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale was the STARSPANGLEDBANNER colt out of the CADEAUX GENEREUX mare VIOLET’S GIFT, who was knocked down to Stroud Coleman’s Anthony Stroud for 360,000 guineas.

The half-brother to the Listed-placed KODIAK WEST was consigned to the sale by James Hanly’s Ballyhimikin Stud.

“We felt he was a very special horse all the way along, he has been special always, and we love Starspangledbanner,” said Hanly. “I just want to thank Helen and Frisk [Jones] who do the daily hard work for minding this horse so well.

“This is a family we have had for ever, we bred every single horse on the page. They are all very fast horses so hopefully this one will continue and will add to the family. It is lovely to be able to show horses such as this, it is a pleasure to be around them. Please god he is a good runner.”

Crisford Buys Churchill Filly for 340,000 Guineas  

The progeny of first season sire and 2,000 Guineas winner CHURCHILL have been in great demand this week and his daughter of the HOLY ROMAN EMPEROR mare PUSSYCAT LIPS was the most sought after, realising 340,000 guineas to the bid of Simon Crisford.

“She is a lovely filly, very racy and athletic, and she showed herself off well,” said Crisford. “MV Magnier really loved her, she will be for a Coolmore partnership.”

The Grade 3 placed PUSSYCAT LIPS has produced four winners from her four runners, including the Group/Listed placed pair SPECIAL PURPOSE and ROULSTON SCAR.

The filly was bred and consigned by Croom House Stud, whose principal Denis Brosnan commented: “It was a wonderful sale and we are thrilled with the price, and we’re happy that she’s been bought by MV Magnier and will be going to Simon & Ed Crisford.”

Chairman’s Statement   

At the conclusion of Book 2 of the 2020 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale, Tattersalls Chairman Edmond Mahony commented;

“At the conclusion of Book 1 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale last week we expressed our sincere thanks to all those who contributed to a yearling sale which, although conducted amidst a backdrop of global turmoil, performed with remarkable resilience. The message at the conclusion of Book 2 of the October Yearling Sale is very similar. We are enormously grateful to every single participant over the past three days, not only for their individual contributions to a sale which has held up remarkably well under the circumstances, but for working with us every step of the way in our efforts to stage the sale in as safe an environment as possible. The COVID pandemic continues to wreak havoc in all walks of life and to have conducted nine sales here at Park Paddocks since the last week of June is a mighty achievement by all concerned and could not have happened without a huge collective effort.

“Newmarket is very much the hub of the European racing and breeding industries and the last few weeks have demonstrated that, despite all the obstacles, business has been able to continue, albeit at lower levels than in recent years. Newmarket has an extraordinary and unique infrastructure and never more has this been apparent than at Books 1 and 2 of the 2020 Tattersalls October Yearling Sales.

“Book 2 has without doubt benefitted from the momentum established at Book 1 and similar to last week, the buyers have consistently remarked on the quality of the stock being offered. As ever the consignors from Britain, Ireland, France and Germany have presented us with a catalogue of genuine quality and the buyers have demonstrated that, even in these challenging times, there is a global appetite for quality bloodstock and the sport of horseracing. Participation from throughout the Gulf region continues to be hugely influential and the sustained involvement from American, Australian and Hong Kong interests has also been notable alongside determined domestic involvement. Tomorrow we move on to Book 3 of the October Yearling Sale which is another Tattersalls yearling sale that consistently attracts buyers at all levels of the market and we will conclude the 2020 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale on Saturday with Book 4.”

Book 3 of the Tattersalls October Yearling Sale starts at 10am on Thursday 15th October.

Article courtesey of Breednet

Above: The Woodside Park team at last year’s TBV Awards as Written Tycoon wins Champion Victorian Sire for the forth consecutive years (racing photos)

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) is pleased to announce that their annual awards celebrating the Champion Victorian sire, Champion Victorian bred race horse and Champion Victorian breeder will be conducted on the 8th of November 2020 virtually.

Michael Felgate and Charmein Bukovec will host the awards which celebrates the achievements and successes of the Victorian breeding industry for the prior season.

“While we would all love to be in the one place, COVID hasn’t allowed that. I am still looking forward to celebrating our successes virtually and I am delighted that Michael Felgate will co-host alongside me,” Charmein Bukovec, TBV Executive Officer enthused.

This year, TBV will introduce a new award, called the ‘Dedication to welfare’ award. This award aims to recognise an individual who goes above and beyond for Victorian-bred horses prior and post racing, as well as throughout and after their stud careers.

“Welfare is at the centre of everything we do in our industry. I am delighted that we have introduced this new award to recognise an individual who has gone above and beyond. It will be a tough selection as there are so many in our industry, who already exceed expectations in this area,” James O’Brien – TBV President commented.

In addition to the new ‘Dedication to welfare award’, TBV seeks nominations for the second instalments of the ‘Service to the industry’ award, which last year was won by George Smith and the ‘Rising Star’ award, who was claimed by Blue Gum Farm’s Chris Kent.

TBV are calling for nominations for the three awards, which can be sent to tbv@racingvictoria.net.au until the 30th of October 2020.

Chris, who was nominated by Blue Gum Farm principals, Phil and Patti Campbell, could not contain his shock and excitement at winning the inaugural award, commenting on the night, “To hear my name and be acknowledged on the same night at George Smith is very special,” said Chris. “I’m just one of the back markers, but I love what I do.”

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. They are the ones tending to horses and working around the clock to make sure the industry goes from strength to strength.

“That is why the Service to the industry and the Rising Star awards are so important – one of the awards recognises someone who has centred their life around the industry and the other award recognises someone who is being noticed for being a young person, who is going to be someone who is already and going to shape the industry in the future,” Charmein Bukovec added.

The 15 awards which will be celebrated this year are as follows:

Award Number Award name
1 VOBIS Nominator of the year
2 VOBIS Trainer of the year
3 VOBIS Owner of the year
4 VOBIS Horse of the year
5 Champion Victorian Broodmare
6 Champion Victorian Bred 2YO
7 Champion Victorian Bred 3YO
8 Champion Victorian First Season Sire
9 Leading Victorian Small Breeder
10 Champion Victorian Bred Race horse
11 Champion Victorian Sire
12 Champion Victorian Breeder
13 The Service to the Industry
14 The Rising Star Award
15 Dedication to welfare award

Above: Tinker McPhee after winning at Matamata (New Zealand)

Classy Nostradamus filly Tinker McPhee has been sold to the Chris Waller stable, but Kiwi race fans will see a little bit more of the 3yo in coming weeks.

She is set to line up one of the favourites in the G3 Soliloquy Stakes at Te Rapa on Saturday before taking her place in the G1 1000 Guineas next month.

The exciting daughter of Rosemont second season stallion Nostradamus will then make her way to Australia to race for clients of Chris Waller.

Current owner Australian Richard Boyd will retain a share and is excited by the prospects of the filly going forward.

“She’s pretty classy. I’ve liked the Nostradamus stock for a while and they just get better the older they get. Tinker McPhee is high class and I can’t wait until she matures further and continues to learn her race craft,” Boyd said.

Tinker McPhee won at her second race start at Matamata earlier this month and in the process dented some big reputations. That race was littered with Guineas prospects including Te Akau’s number one seed for the colts and geldings 2000 Guineas, $500,000 yearling purchase Brando. Tinker McPhee beat Brando by nearly 5 lengths in slick time.

“It was only a maiden but it was a high class field and she picked them up and spat them out,” Boyd said.

It’s understood the syndicate that race Verry Eleegant brokered the deal to secure the filly for a price in the vicinity of half a million dollars.

Nostradamus has had a good run of late with four individual winners in the past eight days, including star WA filly Clairvoyance who will run this Saturday in the Listed Belgravia Stakes at Ascot.

The son of Medaglia D’Oro is a half brother to Star Witness and stands at Rosemont in 2020 at $5500.


Tinker McPhee was bred by Victoria’s Rushton Park

Above: Power Scheme ridden by Mark Zahra wins the ZircoDATA Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse  (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

In a tough day’s racing at Caulfield on Saturday, Sun Stud homebred Power Scheme regained the form he produced to win the Listed Kings of Sport Mile (1600m) at Randwick more than a year ago.

The four-year-old was later gelded and spelled for 22 weeks before returning to win first-up over 1600m at The Valley in September, 2019. It was the gelding’s last victory before Saturday’s Caulfield win.

Sun Stud’s Adam Henry said it was good to see the Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes trained horse score the second up win on Saturday after finishing third as his first run this time in.

“He is obviously a Stakes winning two-year-old, a Group placed three-year-old and he was back to his best second up on Saturday,” Henry said.

“He ran well and I think he is in for a pretty good prep.

“I think they are going to keep him to the mile, although last Saturday’s win was over 1700m but he seems pretty adapt at the mile.”

By Sun Stud stallion Fiorente, Power Scheme is out of Rosa Perlato (Encosta De Lago) which produced full brother Hawkshot, a Group 2 winner of last year’s MRC Autumn Stakes (1400m).

Henry said while Power Scheme wasn’t winning last year, he was still around the mark.

“In November last year he was only a couple of lengths off Russian Camelot at Caulfield and he was set on the Derby path but it just felt like he wasn’t going to get the 2500m,” Henry said.

“He was just redirected back to the mile, but he is a pretty good horse.”

Henry said Rosa Perlato had just produced a full sister to Power Scheme.

The 2013 Melbourne Cup winning stallion has covered more than 300 mares in the past two seasons.

“He’ll have plenty of fire power in the years to come,” Henry said.

“We have noticed the quality of his book is pretty strong as well.”

The dam of Florent – Stockpin (Pins x Not Sure) – is back in foal to Fiorente. Florent is trained by Tony Noonan at Mornington and won this year’s VOBIS Sires Guineas at Caulfield.

And last year Fiorente also covered Group 1 winning mare She’s Archie which finished second in the 2004 Melbourne Cup to Makybe Diva.

Now 22-years-old, She’s Archie has been retired and is due to give birth to her last foal and also has a two-year-old Fiorente colt.

With the sire being a Melbourne Cup winner and the dam and a runner-up, Henry said it was certainly a good combination.

Henry said that with five Stakes winners from his first two crops, Fiorente had certainly experienced a good start to his stud career.

“And we think he has got the ammunition to build on it,” he said.

Sun Stud usually has about 40 horses, mainly from their own stallions, in work with various trainers.

Henry said another of the stud’s stallions, Palentino had a jumpout winner on Monday with Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths. The filly is named Gossitino and is out of unraced mare Leica Gossip (One Cool Cat).

“We aren’t expecting too many pre-Christmas runners,” he said.

“But they do look like nice types and we are very hopeful.”

He said Palentino had received great support at stud and had served more than 400 mares in his first the seasons and had a big book for this season.

Palentino’s yearlings averaged $100,000-plus at Melbourne Premier earlier this year.










Above: Wit ridden by Fred W Kersley wins the bet365 Top Tote Plus 3YO Fillies Maiden Plate at Kyneton Racecourse  (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

The Rod Symons trained Wit has provided Swettenham Stud stallion Trust In A Gust with his first winner.

Wit, a three-year-old filly out of Cailin Brea (Shaft), scored her victory at last week’s Kyneton meeting for owner and breeders Penny and Adrian Beard.

It was only Trust In A Gust’s tenth runner.

Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said it was always nice and a little of bit of getting the monkey off the back when a stallion produces his first winner.

“And Wit won very well,” Sangster said.

“It’s good timing to get that winner and there are still spaces for Trust In A Gust at the farm.”

Wit is from Trust In A Gust’s first crop which are now three-year-olds and came from a relatively small book of 58 mares.

“Then he got a bigger book in the second year and even a bigger book in the third year when he sort of bucked the trend,” Sangster said.

“To have a winner out of his first crop from just 10 runners is great and now it is when the two-year-olds and yearlings are probably the ones that might be able to fly the flag for him.”

Sangster said the dual Group 1 winning stallion was a beautiful looking horse and his progeny were powerful looking animals that feature really big forearms.

He said Trust In A Gust wasn’t an early two-year-old and only had a couple of starts as a juvenile.

“We have always thought he might get one to run at two, but they will be better and at three and obviously Wit is only just three,” Sangster said.

“They are probably three-year-olds that will get out towards the mile and they look like they can show a bit.”

And it was an exciting time for Penny and Adrian Beard to watch the filly win over 1118m at Kyneton.

“I have got a full sister to the little horse that won,” Penny said.

“She may now be worth something. But we will sell her.”

Penny and her husband are relatively new to the horse breeding industry and have three broodmares on their Strathbogie farm of 200 acres where they mostly have Angus cattle.

A former equestrian rider, Penny said they bought their first racehorse in 2010 which was the dam of Wit – Cailin Brea – which won a 1600m maiden at Echuca but was retired after 15 starts.

Penny said her husband had a little bit of involvement with horses when he was younger and managed an Angus stud near Shepparton.

“He managed it for Mr Cameron who had racehorses and so they used to come home to the farm to be handled and rested,” Penny said.

“They actually had a very good racehorse called Ardroy (Comet) who won some races in town, including Moonee Valley.”

The Beard family later moved to Griffith where they farmed mainly rice, corn and cotton which Penny said was a pretty intense life so Adrian decided he needed a hobby – horses.

Penny said they went onto the Inglis site and picked out Cailin Brea after seeing her photos and studying her pedigree.

“We bought her home to race and then we bought a couple more the following year,” she said.

They moved to Strathbogie in 2017 and Penny said it was a total change because the Griffith farm was flat and the weather hot, but the Strathbogie farm is hilly and the weather cold.

“This year we have three foals and we will have two to three foals each year,” Penny said.

“We got two Trust In A Gusts that a one-year-old now, so we have done Trust In A Gust three times now.”

They bought I’m An Outoftowner (Dane Shadow x Chelsea Rose) to race and she won twice and was second twice and had five thirds.

Another of their broodmares is Savannah Moon which they raced with a group of others. By Savabeel, out of Tennessee Moon, the mare won seven races, and finished with prizemoney of $230,560.

Penny said they were enjoying racing their mares, then breeding from them and then racing their progeny.

“Originally we just chose our own horses just on type and breeding and structural correctness and now we are trying to breed from those horses to good stallions that are structurally correct, are good types and have a good race record,” she said.

I Am Outoftowner, who has a Fiorente colt, is going to Manhattan Rain at Blue Gum Farm, Euroa, this season.

Savannah Moon, who has a Manhattan Rain colt, has been booked to Highland Reel at Swettenham Stud.

Another of their mares, the unraced Miss Valentina (Nadeem x Al Montahaa) has a yearling filly by Trust In A Gust and recently foaled to National Defense.

Unfortunately they lost Cailin Brea in a paddock accident.








Above: Haut Brion Her winning the G2 Sheraco S.

For a fleeting moment Peter Liston thought the Victorian mare he bred at his Three Bridges Thoroughbreds farm was poised to run a place in the $15 million The Everest at Randwick on Saturday.

But in the end Haut Brion Her – and the rest of the field – was no match for the eventual winner and race favourite Classique Legend, but the $41 shot finished fifth and in front of the some of the bigger names and more fancied horses.

Liston, who races the five-year-old mare in partnership with West Australians Gary Johnson and Steve Gardiner, bought the last slot in the race from its holder Chris Waller who also trains the mare.

The fifth placed carried prizemoney of $750,000 which virtually squared off what Liston and his co-owners paid for the slot.

The dreaded COVID-19 stopped Liston and his wife Pauline from being trackside for the richest race on turf.

“The tempo mucked us up a bit and she went a bit hard, but we were very proud that she stuck on and ran fifth, it was a very good effort,” Liston said.

“Waller’s comment was that she just got caught in that spot where they were going hard and she wanted to keep her spot.

“There is a race (Yes Yes Yes Stakes) in a couple of weeks worth a million dollars and there is a bonus of $750,000, so I think that is her next project all being well.

“Chris Waller was pleased with the run and we beat a lot of good horses which finished behind us.”

The Yes Yes Yes Stakes is at Rosehill on October 31 and the $1 million race carries a first prize of $580,000 and winner’s bonus of $750,000 for horses that raced in The Everest.

Liston said Haut Brion Her would have to be regarded as one of the better mares in Australia after her performance in The Everest.

With victory in the Group 2 Blazer Stakes (1400m) at Flemington last October and a win in the Group 2 Sheraco Stakes (1200m) at Rosehill in September this year, the fifth in The Everest (1200m) shot Haut Brion Her’s prizemoney to $1.2 million.

The Zoustar mare’s race record is outstanding with six wins and three seconds from 11 starts.

Liston described it as a gutsy effort to buy the slot, but they believed in the mare.

“I think we’ll just get our money back which isn’t too bad as we had a crack,” he said.

“We paid $600,000 for the slot and it looks pretty good but when you see all the take outs, there is a fair few of them.

“But the main thing we wanted to do was to back our product. We had bred a product that was good enough to run in it and we were prepared to back it.”

Haut Brion Her’s jockey, Brenton Avdulla, was full of praise for the mare’s performance.

“She ran out of her skin,” he said.

“We went along at a brilliant speed. She has a big race in her.”

After grabbing the last remaining slot only days before the race, Liston admitted they lived in hope for a week but he thought half down the straight she was going to run second.

Liston bred the mare at their Eddington farm and she was going to the sales.

But it was his wife who didn’t want to sell.

“Pauline just said if it’s the best horse we have bred, why are we selling it,” Liston said.

“I said the reason we are selling her is because we need to pay our bills.”

Liston said they owned 40 per cent of the mare and then sold 30 per cent, leaving them with 10 per cent.

“It gave us money and it also kept us in the ownership. Gary Johnson bought into her. And there is Steve Gardiner, who is also from West Australia, and they are great friends of ours.

“Stevie said that apart from his kids and grandkids it was the most exciting week he’s had. He was looking forward to the race and everything.

“Everyone was glad we took the punt. It was good.”

Liston supports The Everest and said the lack of publicity it generated in Victoria was weird and said if someone is doing something better than you, then you try to follow them or do something similar.

“If we could get a similar concept here it would be fantastic,” he said.

Victoria was also represented in The Everest with Gytrash which was sold at the 2017 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale through Maluka Thoroughbred’s draft. Santa Ana Lane was sold by Rosemont Stud at Melbourne Premier in 2014 and Eduardo is Victorian bred,

Liston said Waller had always spoken very highly of the mare, which had nearly a year off after suffering a tendon injury and was treated in Victoria by horse rehabilitation specialist Lee Evison.

He said it was through Evison’s dedication and expertise, and the belief of Liston’s son Toby that they could get her back, plus Waller’s patience and obvious ability, that resulted in getting the mare back to the big stage.

Before suffering the injury, Liston was convinced Haut Brion Her was well above average after she won the Blazer Stakes when Waller was convinced that she doesn’t go as well the Melbourne way.

Liston said they were thinking about bringing the mare down for the Manikato Stakes at The Valley but decided to leave her in Sydney where she races well and have a crack at The Everest.

“We’ll give her another run or two and then bring her back for the autumn next year,” he said.

Liston said the dam – One In A Million (Redoute’s Choice x Happen) took fright during a thunder storm and went through a fence, breaking her leg.

“So we only got the one foal out of her after we purchased her,” he said.

One In A Million was trained by John O’Shea in Sydney and had 10 starts for two wins, three seconds and two thirds. She was Listed placed three times, and was Group 2 and 3 placed.

As well as looking forward to Haut Brion Her’s next race, Liston said Three Bridges was proud to be presenting some high quality yearlings at future sales.

“And we have got 10 more mares to foal and we’ll get that out of the way and then the yearlings will be in soon,” he said.

“At this stage we will have about nine yearlings at the Gold Coast and 16 to Melbourne.

“They are outstanding and we have deliberately been trying to upgrade our mares and it’s very expensive and I think we’ve got three I Am Invincibles, a few Exceed and Excels and all the right sires and hopefully the right product.”

Above: Lean Mean Machine standing at Aquis Victoria (Katrina Partridge Photography)

The use of stallions in their second season has led to the conception of some outstanding racetrack performers including Champion 2YO’s, Champion 3YO’s, Champion Stayers, Champion Sprinters and Champion Sires of the future.

Winners of iconic races such as the Golden Slipper, Melbourne Cup, Australian Guineas, Australian Derby, Rosehill Guineas and Doncaster were all bred from the second crop of stallions that have often gone on to achieve greatness.

First foals offer breeders the chance to test the waters and if they like what they see, a stallion often does even better with his second crop as breeders support their intuition of impending success with quality mares.

Aquis have four outstanding young sires that fit the second crop profile in dual Group I winning sprinter Brave Smash (Jpn) as well as Santos (I Am Invincible), Performer (Exceed and Excel) and Lean Mean Machine (Zoustar), the last trio all sons of champion sires.

Early reports on their progeny have been glowing.

Brave Smash in particular has found plenty of favour with the following comments from well satisfied breeders!

“We have switched over a further five mares to Brave Smash.”

“We could not have wished for a better start.”

“Great scope and athleticism.”
“I hope they’re all like this, then you know you’re onto a good thing.”

“The Brave Smash foal from Mead is a good size with plenty of strength and quality about him. He shows great scope and athleticism to develop as he matures,” said Alison Hush of Davali Thoroughbreds.

“He has good bone and conformation, it’s hard to knock him on anything really. We are expecting quite a few Brave Smash foals this season and we will be very happy if they are all as good as this colt”

As a stunning son of I Am Invincible, Santos is producing the goods!

We’ve had three Santos foals arrive so far this season, and what an impressive group they are! They are strong, correct, lovely bodied foals with great bone under them. They’ll develop into exceptional weanlings, and best of all they’re athletic…Santos has really stamped these foals,” said Verna Metcalfe of Middlebrook Valley Lodge.

“Lovely strong attractive filly with good conformation. She’s a cracker maiden foal. We will definitely be using Santos again in the future,” said David Morrisey of Cannon Hayes Stud.

The only son of champion sire Zoustar at stud in Victoria, Lean Mean Machine has stamped his foals!

“I have had three Lean Mean Machine foals so far this season and they are magnificent. He has stamped his stock and he can throw a type. As good as any other foals on my farm!” said Paul Kelly of Ponderosa Park.

Performer is also hitting the mark with his quality foals.

We are extremely excited to be a part of Performer’s first crop with this stunning colt out of But Perfect,” said Hopetoun Bloodstock’s Murray Webster.

“Performer is a talented, well put together son of Exceed And Excel and out of a Group 1-producing Snippets mare and he has certainly stamped his foals with his best attributes, speed, precocity and type.

“I expect his first yearlings to sell extremely well and I have no hesitation recommending Performer to my clients as a breeding option in 2020.”

To view more Aquis first crop foal videos, click here.

Above: Sovereign Award gets there in time (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

The Danny O’Brien-trained pair of Sovereign Award and Fabric were the first two out of the barriers and the first two home in Wednesday’s Group II Catanach’s Ladies’ Day Vase (1600m) at Caulfield.

Jamie Kah waited until the last possible moment before asking Sovereign Award for the supreme effort. The daughter of Shamus Award found enough to defeat her stubborn stablemate Fabric Ocean Park) by a long-neck with a short-head back to the fast-finishing Chaillot (Testa Rossa) in third.

Bred by Golden Grove Stud Farm, Sovereign Award advances her record to seven wins and three seconds from 15 starts with earnings of $347,175.

“She’s really clicked with Jamie Kah. She has had two rides on her now for two wins,” O’Brien said.

“She has been a challenging mare, so credit to everyone at home that has persisted with her. You could have long odd that she ould be a stakes winner twelve months ago.

“She is from the first crop of Shamus Award who has had a fantastic Caulfield cup week with two stakes-winners last Saturday and another one today.

“We will think about it (the Empire Rose) or we will possibly go back to Moonee Valley (Tesio Stakes) on Saturday week. She does love The Valley. But she’s in a rare vein of form so we certainly won’t be turning her out.”

From the first crop of her Cox Plate winning sire, Sovereign Award is the best or two winners out of the 6-time winning Show a Heart mare Sovereign Charm  whose dam Rollover (Flying Spur) is a half-sister to Listed winner Potential (Southern Appeal) and the stakes-placed Talk To Angels (Don’t Say Halo), the dam of  stakes-winner Magic Heaven.

Sovereign Charm has a yearling colt by Shamus Award and was not covered last spring.

Sovereign Award becomes the ninth stakes-winner for Shamus Award (Snitzel) who had another promising winner on the card with the 3yo colt Embolism Embolism who is also trained by O’Brien.

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Above: Still plenty to learn but that’s a nice debut (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

To the delight of his supporters that backed him into favouritism, the big, bold striding Far Enough made a winning career debut in a 1000 metre maiden at Bendigo on Wednesday.

Ridden by Damien Oliver for Cranbourne-based trainer Dale Short, the son of Needs Further was not the best to begin but enjoyed a cosy run midfield in the eight-horse field.

Brought three wide on the turn to mount his challenge, Far Enough looked set for an easy time of it in the later stages but a combination of his greenness and another honest performance from the well-named Brazen Beau gelding Gutsy resulted him in having to fight for a half-length win. The Skilled filly Luna Chara two and three-quarters back in third.

“I like what I saw. He is a forward going horse, but he hasn’t really been tested and didn’t know what to do,” Short told Racing.com.

“I could have gone back to the trials but he wasn’t going to learn much there so I thought I would go to the races and put my neck on the line.”

Far Enough was a $45,000 purchase by his trainer out of the Armidale Stud draft at the 2019 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale.

He is the second winner from three to race out of the well-performed Mujahid mare Music Shop a 6-time winner in Victoria including wins at Moonee Valley (x2), Caulfield and Sandown.

Purchased for just $8,000 by Belmont Bloodstock Agency at the 2015 Inglis Great Southern Broodmare Sale, Music Shop is out of Monde Bleu mare Smytzer’s Magic who is a half-sister to Group 1 WATC Railway Stakes winner Gilded Venom )Golden Snake) and to Horse Of The Year Scenic Blast (Scenic) whose eight wins included the VRC Newmarket, Lightning Stakes and King Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Following two fruitless seasons, Music Shop foaled a colt by Alpine Eagle in August 25.

After seven seasons at Armidale Stud in Tasmania, Needs Further crossed Bass Strait in 2020 to stand alongside Lean Mean Machine and Royal Meeting at Aquis Farm in Victoria where his fee remains at $13,750. The handsome son of Encosta De Lago covered a career high 103 mares in 2019.

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Above: Haut Brion Her wins the G2 Sheraco Stakes – image Steve Hart

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds and partners have reached an agreement with Waller Racing to acquire the final Everest slot for quality sprint mare Haut Brion Her.

After trainer Chris Waller identified the daughter of Zoustar as the leading contender for the Waller stable’s Everest slot, negotiations resulted in Three Bridges and partners acquiring slot ownership for the 2020 running of the race.

Haut Brion Her, an impressive dual Group II winner, is only lightly raced with ten starts to her name for her Three Bridges owner-breeder partnership group.

A winner of her only start at Royal Randwick, Haut Brion Her has six victories to her lifetime record, which include an impressive win in the Group II Blazer Stakes at Flemington last campaign.

She will contest the Everest third-up this preparation, following a dazzling victory in the Group II Sheraco Stakes over 1200m.

Her winning time of 1:09.05 is the fastest ever for the event since it was run over the current distance, and less than half a second off the track record.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds are excited by the chance to have their talented homebred lining up in the prestigious sprint, with Peter Liston expressing his faith in the quality mare.

“Since the day she was born Haut Brion Her has been a very special filly and showed us early on she had talent to burn on the track,” Liston said.

“At Three Bridges we take a very natural approach to raising our young horses, focusing on growing quality, strong horses in large open paddocks. The results of those principles are exemplified by Haut Brion Her, who will now tackle the highest-rated sprint in the world. It’s very exciting and we couldn’t be prouder of this wonderful mare.”

The announcement means Waller Racing will now have two stable representatives in the Everest field, with Nature Strip racing in the TAB-owned slot.

Last year the Waller stable won the event with 3-year-old colt Yes Yes Yes.

“It’s incredibly exciting for the whole Waller Racing team to see two of our stable stars lineup as genuine chances in the 2020 Everest,” Waller said.

“Haut Brion Her has showed her brilliant speed this preparation with a superb win in the Sheraco and I know she is capable of giving this race a shake up. Her work has been faultless the last two weeks which gives me great confidence that she will be primed to put in a big performance on Saturday.”

Brenton Advulla has been booked for the ride.

Article courtesey of Breednet.

Above: Palentino standing at Sun Stud

The Group 1 heroics of Palentino took Jenny Watson to new heights as a thoroughbred breeder, but she never dared dream that she might be back there again just four years later.

Palentino’s half-brother Junipal (Reset), who is trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, shapes as one of the top chances for Saturday’s G1 Toorak H. at Caulfield and Watson, who runs Macleay Thoroughbred Stud in Tasmania’s Meander Valley, can hardly believe that she has another shot at being a Group 1 breeder.

“To get one Group 1 winner is incredible, but to breed a half-brother that might be a Group 1 winner as well. is out of this world,” she told TDN AusNZ. “I’ll be glued to the TV on Saturday, I can tell you that.”

Macleay Thoroughbred Stud operates at the smaller end of the commercial scale, with seven broodmares currently at the Westwood-based farm, around 25km south-west of Launceston. The resultant 4-6 foals a year are usually sold either privately or through weanling or yearling sales.

The humble family-operated farm burst to prominence with the emergence of a son of Teofilo (Ire), Palentino, who won both the 2016 G1 Australian Guineas and G1 Makybe Diva S. He was bred out of a mare named Palatine Hill (Palace Music {USA}), who Watson had purchased for just $25,000 at the Inglis Great Southern Sale in 2011.

“I loved Palace Music and I loved Sovereign Red, who is her damsire and she was a half to two stakes winners. I always try to pick mares who are full or half relations to stakes horses. She was a good racemare herself. She was a nice type as well and ticked all my criteria,” Watson said.

“She was a good racemare herself. She was a nice type as well and ticked all my criteria.” – Jenny Watson

Palatine Hill was in foal to Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire) when purchased and after producing a filly that spring, who would go on an fetch a modest price at the sales, Watson heeded the guidance of advisor and Bluebloods editor David Bay in sending her to Darley shuttle stallion Teofilo (Ire).

The resultant chestnut colt made a huge impression on Watson straight away and he fetched the top price, $85,000, at the 2014 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale. Purchased by trainer Darren Weir, he went on to be a star on the track.

At just his third start, Palentino won a Listed race at Flemington, and less than a week later, his younger half-brother by another Darley stallion, Reset, arrived at Macleay Thoroughbred Stud.

“He was a nice type, probably not quite the class of Palentino, because Palentino was an absolute Rockstar,” Watson said of Junipal. “He was really nice horse, had a beautiful head and a gorgeous front end. He was a really nice foal but he wasn’t quite at the level of Palentino, who was really one out of the box.”

While pleased with the Reset colt, a difficult pregnancy for Palatine Hill, plus the commercial realities of running a small operation, meant she would not produce another foal for the Watsons.

“Junipal was the last foal I bred out of her. When she was carrying Junipal, she got a displaced colon and was very sick,” Watson said.

“She was foaling late that year and at the time, I thought, if you manage to carry to the pregnancy, I’ll give you a year off. I didn’t mate her that year and then I got that offer to buy her. At that stage, she was rising 17 and empty, so I moved her on. There are always bills coming in that you need to find money for.”

Renowned Victorian breeder Robert Crabtree purchased Palatine Hill privately and she has since gone on to produce colts by Medaglia D’Oro (USA), Snitzel and Magnus, while she is in foal to Mikki Isle (Jpn). Her Snitzel yearling colt realised $300,000 to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott through the Bhima Thoroughbreds draft at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Above: Snitzel x Palentine Hill (colt)

Taking the early option

Junipal was also sold privately as a weanling to a group of owners, including Mick Johnson, who enjoyed Group 1 success with top-class mare Kenedna (Not A Single Doubt).

“He was always a cracker of a foal with heaps of personality,” Watson said. “As I get older it seems easier to sell them as weanlings than run them through to yearlings. I still hold onto a couple, but I do try to sell as weanlings if I can.

“I tend to sell a few through the Great Southern Sale and then through the Tassie Magic Millions Sale.”

While Junipal has always had plenty of talent, and was stakes placed as a spring 3-year-old, he always shaped as a less precocious type than his half-brother. While also placed in a G3 Sunshine Coast Guineas, he won only one of his first 13 starts before breaking through at metropolitan level at Moonee Valley in August 2019.

A subsequent Randwick win saw him then contest his first Group 1 race, the Epsom H. last spring, where he found himself out of his depth.

However, given a longer spell since last spring, he has returned a much-improved horse this time in, recording impressive wins at both Moonee Valley and Caulfield at his past two starts.

“He’s stepped up big time this year. He did well last year winning the Shoot Out Mile at Randwick, but this year, he seems to have gone to another level,” Watson said.

“I thought he was probably at that city class level but Reset could always pull one out of the box. He has surprised me with what he has done but I am thrilled that he has been able to do that.”

Palentino’s first crop making an impression

As well as the emergence of Junipal as a genuine Group 1 contender, Watson is also relishing the prospect of seeing the first crop of now Sun Stud resident, Palentino, hit the track this season.

“I’ve bred a couple and I really like them. They are very much like him in that they are horses that want to go somewhere. They are always interested in something new and if they go anywhere, it’s always at a million miles per hour,” she said.

“I believe that Lindsay Park have one they are happy with and Ciaron Maher has a couple and Robbie Griffiths, so they are in all the right stables and people are telling me that they are showing a bit of early promise.”

Palentino, who stood his first two seasons at $17,600 (inc GST) and stands at $14,300 (inc GST) in 2020, 39 of his first crop sold through the yearling sales in 2020 at an average of $41,307 and a top price of $160,000.

“Hopefully, he can get a couple of 2-year-olds come through,” Watson said. “He’s throwing a lot of chestnuts, with quite a bit of white on them. The ones I’ve bred and the ones I’ve seen have been really nice, well conformed horses like himself. He seems to throw a bit of scope as well.”

Article courtesey of TDN

Above: Into Mischief

Spendthrift Farm’s reigning champion general sire Into Mischief, the sire of Kentucky Derby winner Authentic, will stand in 2021 for a fee of $225,000 S&N.

“In our minds, there was only one box left to tick for Into Mischief and that was siring a classic winner. Authentic was able to do that pretty emphatically in the Kentucky Derby, and we continue to believe the best is still to come for Into Mischief,” said Ned Toffey, general manager at Spendthrift.

“Authentic, Gamine and these 3-year-olds were bred on a $45,000 fee, and Into Mischief has continued to cover better books every year. It has been gratifying to see him thrive in the sales arena, including having the second-highest yearling average along with more seven-figure yearlings than any other North American sire in 2020. Into Mischief is the best sire in the world and set to continue to prove it. We are also confident he will become an important sire of sires and have shown that in our commitment to acquiring his best sons.

“We think he is making a positive impact on the breed that will be felt for years to come, particularly with the heart and durability that are signatures of his offspring. Into Mischief is just a remarkable animal that has the chance to be among the very best the breed has seen, and we feel extremely fortunate to have him,” he added.

Into Mischief’s ascent landed him on top in 2019 as North America’s No. 1 general sire, a spot he continues to have a firm hold on in 2020. His current progeny earnings of over $13.7 million is more than $5.1 million ahead of No. 2 Tapit according to BloodHorse. Into Mischief has sired industry highs by black type winners with 26 and black type horses with 51, led by the aforementioned Authentic-G1 and multiple stakes record-holder Gamine-G1.

Spendthrift will announce fees for the rest of its 2021 stallion roster later this week.

Article courtesy of Breednet.

Above: A JobMaker Hiring Credit will be available to eligible employers over 12 months from October 7, 2020

Adam Tims of Stable Financial breaks down the Federal Budget announcement from October 6 and explains how it will impact the thoroughbred industry.

This was a unique Federal Budget announced by the Treasurer on Tuesday, October 6, 2020, the first in 119 years held during the spring carnival (normally May). It was our first recession budget in three decades and boasted the biggest, relative Government spend since the Great Depression.

The Government seems motivated to get the money flowing again now rather than announcing any longer term structural reform. But these are unique times and “The Everest-like” quickfire measures to encourage business investment and job creation is adding as much as seven per cent to the GDP.

Being a spring budget, is there particular items of note for the thoroughbred industry in Australia? The answer is a clear yes.

More money in your pocket

At a cost of $17.8 billion, the Government will bring forward by two years its previously legislated phase 2 of personal tax cuts to take effect retrospectively from July 1, 2020.

In such a labour intensive industry, racing participants from stable hands to stud managers should all benefit now. Take for example someone earning $80,000 they will be better off by $2160 per annum (in comparison to tax paid in 2019 tax year).

The cuts will be a welcome boost to the local economy and is one of the key initiatives of the Government’s JobMaker Plan.

Time for business to have a crack

Significant measures have been announced to support capital investment by business through an expanded instant asset write-off regime, coupled with a tax loss ‘carry-back’ rule, which may provide additional cash to businesses.

Significant expansion to the instant asset write-off

The Government has announced a temporary full deduction for “depreciable assets” for all businesses – this is a massive and unexpected enhancement to the current program which is limited to assets costing up to $150,000.

This is one of the most expensive budget measures costing $26.7 billion. Businesses that acquire eligible “depreciating assets” from 7.30pm (AEDT) October 6, 2020 which are first used or installed by June 30, 2022, can deduct the full cost of the asset in that income year, with no limitation on value.

The cost of improvements to existing eligible assets can also be deducted. For entities with aggregated turnover less than $50 million, full deductions will also apply to second-hand assets.

Some more typical depreciable assets in the horse industry include floats, horse walkers, farm machinery etc. So do horses fit the definition of being a “depreciable asset”? For thoroughbred breeders the answer is sadly “no” as horse interests are treated as trading stock (Primary production, Livestock – horses) in line with section 70 of the Income Tax Assessment Act 1997.

“Some more typical depreciable assets in the horse industry include floats, horse walkers, farm machinery etc. So do horses fit the definition of being a “depreciable asset”?” – Adam Tims

However for horse trainers and syndicators (the buying bench for the breeders), we believe that horse interests are treated as “depreciable plant”. For instance, a horse trainer could buy a $500,000 yearling at Magic Millions in January 2021. They might sell down say 50 per cent of the yearling and would be entitled to completely write off their remaining share for the 2021 tax year, now being a $250,000 tax deduction.

When coupled with the loss carry back rule (discussed below), this measure may result in refunds of prior year tax paid to the extent that losses are incurred due to the investment in depreciable assets.

Tax loss carry-back rule

The Government has announced a loss carry-back rule for tax losses that are incurred in the 2019/20, 2020/21 or 2021/22 income years. Corporate taxpayers (not trusts or sole traders) will be provided a choice to carry-back and offset those losses against taxes paid in the 2018/19 or later income years.

The measure allows tax refunds (cash) to be accessed when lodging the June 30, 2021 income tax return. Accordingly, taxpayers will need to wait to access cash returns from this measure. Whilst there is no maximum loss that can be carried back, the offset will be limited to the lower of tax paid in the respective years and the extent of franking credits available.

Again this extra liquidity will be welcomed next year for those companies eligible and at a time when some other measures such as Jobkeeper will be closed.

Expenditure measures

The Government announced a large number of expenditure measures which are aimed at kick-starting the economy. Although many of these items have a smaller budgetary cost there are distinct benefits and we have focused on those most relevant to the horse racing industry including employment.

JobMaker Hiring Credit

The JobMaker Hiring Credit will be available to eligible employers over 12 months from 7 October 2020 for each additional new job they create for an eligible employee.

Eligible employers will receive:

$200 per week if they hire an eligible employee aged 16 to 29 years or;

$100 per week if they hire an eligible employee aged 30 to 35 years.

The JobMaker Hiring Credit will be paid quarterly in arrears. It will be available for up to 12 months from the date of employment of the eligible employee with a maximum amount of $10,400 per additional new position created.

Employers will need to demonstrate that the new employee will increase overall employee headcount and payroll.

To be eligible, the employee will need to have worked for a minimum of 20 hours per week, averaged over a quarter, and received the JobSeeker Payment, Youth Allowance (other) or Parenting Payment for at least one month out of the three months prior to when they are hired.

Temporary visa holders working in Agriculture

The Government has made temporary changes to allow temporary visa holders currently working in the agricultural sector to continue to work in Australia during COVID-19.

Working Holiday Maker (subclass 417 and 462) visa holders currently working in food processing or the agricultural sector will be eligible for a further visa and will be exempt from the six-month work limitation with one employer. Seasonal Worker Program and Pacific Labour Scheme workers, and other visa holders currently in the agricultural sector whose visas are expiring, may have their visas extended for up to 12 months to work for approved employers.


The budget announcements are relying on business having the cash and confidence to have a crack and get our economy moving along again. Until a vaccine is widely available for COVID-19 there must be some uncertainty as to whether the Budget stimulus will be enough to keep Australia’s economic recovery on track. With racing continuing and spring in the air, Stable Financial senses some momentum and hopefully economic rewards for the resilient thoroughbred industry.

Article courtesey of TDN

Above: Dirty Work wins the G2 Schillaci Stakes – image Pat Scala / Racing Photos

Talented four year-old Written Tycoon stallion Dirty Work has been progressing his way through the grades this year and claimed his biggest win at Caulfield on Saturday when scorching home from last to win the Group II MRC Schillaci Stakes (1100m).

Prepared by Team Hawkes, he closed out last season with three consecutive wins including a Listed victory, but this time Dirty Work has been mixing it with the A graders.

Third to Gytrash in the Group III ATC Concorde Stakes and then a close fourth to Classique Legend in the Group II ATC The Shorts, Dirty Work looked well placed back in Melbourne and did best in a driving finish to win by a short head.

An $800,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Sledmere Stud draft for Spendthrift Australia, Dirty Work has the overall record of five wins and four placings from 16 starts with earnings topping $420,000.

Above: Dirty Work was a stunning yearling!

Being raced by Spendthrift a future at stud is the primary concern and co-trainer Wayne Hawkes believes Dirty Work has all the right attributes.

“He’s a stallion now, I Am Invincible didn’t win a Group I race and he’s the best stallion in the country,” said Hawkes.

“He’s a belting looking horse with a beautiful attitude.”

Bred by Rifa Mustang, Dirty Work is the first winner for metro winning Maidel, a half-sister by Ad Valorem (USA) to Group III winner Gamay and stakes-winner Meidung, the dam of Group II winner Banish.

Maidel is in foal to Written Tycoon’s Golden Slipper winning son Capitalist.

Dirty Work is the sixth stakes-winner this season for Written Tycoon, who is fully booked at Arrowfield Stud this spring.

Article courtesey of Breednet

Above: Foxwedge standing at Woodside Park

When a proven stallion changes location the new farm would always hope his past success follows with him and so it has been for this proven Group I sire.

Fastnet Rock’s elite Group I winning son Foxwedge established a great reputation for producing good looking yearlings that measured up on the racetrack during his time at Newgate Farm and that success has continued to evolve since his relocation to Woodside Park Stud in Victoria at the start of 2019.

Since he packed his bags and headed south, Foxwedge has sired 11 stakes-winners plus a further 10 stakes placed performers, his success spread across Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, the UK and even Macau, where he sired Sacred Magnate to win the Macau Derby and Big Alloy to win the Macau Derby Trial.His South African based daughter Run Fox Run is a Group II winning and Group I placed mare regarded as one of the best female sprinters in that country and closer to home the brilliant mare Villami looks set to build on her already impressive record after a winning return in Sydney last week.

Above: Villami won the Listed ATC Fireball Stakes in the autumn and is primed for more stakes success this spring.

At the broodmare sales this year Foxwedge has made his presence felt with his star daughters Noire and Volpe Veloce selling at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale for $800,000 and $675,000, while at the Magic Millions National Sale As It Lies and Dyslexic sold for $370,000 and $360,000.

Above: G2 winner Noire sold for $800,000 at the 2020 Inglis Chairman’s Sale

A refined, yet powerful son of Fastnet Rock, Foxwedge consistently imparts his best physical qualities to his offspring making him a low risk stallion for breeders with commercial aspirations at a very affordable fee.

A perfect horse to take advantage of Super VOBIS, Foxwedge is in the prime of his career with 20 stakes-winners worldwide and his oldest progeny only just turned seven.

Foxwedge is priced to please at $11,000 and a quick perusal of stallions at a similar fee will only serve to highlight what great value he is this spring.

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Above: Mare and Foal

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 illthrift, 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.

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Above: Cable Bay standing at Woodside Park

Woodside Park stud shuttler Cable Bay (Invincible Spirit) was represented by his second stakes-winner at Newmarket overnight when the Henry Candy-trained filly Jouska powered home from near the tail of the field in the Listed Boadicea Stakes (6f).

“That was great, she loves it here, Candy told Racing TV.

“When she ran in the Cornwallis (Gr3 Stakes) as a two-year-old last year I thought this is going to be embarrassing because she was stone last at the dip but she absolutely flew (for third).

“I said to Rob (Hornby) today just let her do her own thing and take as much time as you like. He said she adored coming up that hill and attacking horses.

“She’s very genuine, has great big ears on her and is very genuine.

“She’s been pretty consistent all the way through and will stay in training next year. She’s a lovely big filly with a delightful character, very game, very competitive,  just the sought of filly you want.”

Purchased by Creighton Schwartz Bloodstock for 31,000gns out of the Trinity Park Stud draft at the 20717 Tattersalls Foal sale, Jouska is one of five winners from six to race out of the Kingmambo mare Quiet Protest, which includes the stakes-placed Wasim (Acclamation).

With his first Australian crop to hit the tracks this season, Cable Bay returns for his fourth season at Woodside Park where he stands for a fee of $9,900.


A member of the first Southern Hemisphere crop of Invincible Spirit’s group winning son Cable Bay shone at today’s Seymour breeze ups in preparation for next month’s Magic Millions Gold Coast 2YOs in Training Sale.

Stopping the clock in 10.41 seconds, the colt was the quickest of 42 lots timed for the 200 metre breeze at the Victorian based session.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Mr Quickie ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Lexus Toorak Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse  (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

After going more than 12 months winless, the Rosemont Stud bred Mr Quickie added his second Group 1 to his 23 race career with victory in the Toorak Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

The victory was perhaps a little bit more thrilling and significant for Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen and his brother-in-law Nigel Austin who bred Mr Quickie.

Mr Quickie’s sire, Shamus Award, is now standing as Rosemont Stud where the 10 year-old stallion is in his second season in Victoria after relocating from the Hunter Valley.

It was a big weekend for Rosemont with their stallion Nostradamus’ Clairvoyance keeping his unbeaten four race record intact with victory at Ascot in Perth. And another Nostradamus filly, Tinker McPhee, bred by Victoria’s Rushton Park and David Raphael scored a slashing victory on debut at Matamata in New Zealand. The filly looks to have a promising career off the back of that debut.

And if that wasn’t enough, a Rosemont bred horse – Masterwin – won a Listed raced in Italy on the weekend. Mithen bought broodmare Palace of Winds (Monsun) in foal to Mastercraftsman for 30,000 euros at the Goff’s Breeding Stock Sale in 2006.

The mare foaled down in Ireland and Mithen sold the foal and then transported the mare to Rosemont where she had a colt to Tarzino which died after birth and is due to foal to Exceed and Excel.




After serving his biggest book of mares – 165 – in his first season, Shamus Award (Snitzel x Sunset Express) served 149 at Rosemont in 2019 but this season he’ll serve 170.

Mithen said the phone will be ringing after Mr Quickies’ Toorak Handicap win, the five-year-old gelding’s first victory since his success in the Group 1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Eagle Farm in June last year.

Although Rosemont sold Mr Quickie to syndicator Wylie Dalziel for $115,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Austin had a dream that the horse won the Cox Plate and asked Mithen to buy back as much of the colt as he could.

Both Mithen and Austin bought back in, while Dalziel Racing has 30 per cent, the rest is split among several owners including trainer Peter Moody who acts as bloodstock consultant to Dalziel and later had an advisory role at Rosemont.

Austin’s dream of winning the Cox Plate won’t materialise for at least this year after it was agreed between the owners and trainer Phillip Stokes that Mr Quickie would be best restricted to 1600m races.

And Mithen believes it was the 1600m trip, a firm track and the expertise of Jamie Kah that was responsible for Mr Quickie’s Toorak Handicap triumph.

“It was just awesome, awesome,” Mithen said of Mr Quickie’s win.

“To win a big one like that, a time honoured Group 1 that is revered in Australian racing with a horse that was bred off the farm and we have still go the mother and we obviously now have a vested interest in the father, was awesome.

“We have got two half-sisters and the mare is going back in foal to Shamus Award.

“There were just layers upon layers of delight when he sprinted clear and did it so easily. It was just awesome.”

Mithen said he believed there were a couple of factors why a horse of Mr Quickie’s obvious class had gone so long between wins.

“There are probably three major factors,” he said.

“We have scratched our chin a bit about his best distance and have probably got the answer on Saturday that he is an on top of the ground horse. He is adequate in weak going but just loves it firm and the other factor is that if you go back through his last campaigns ever since the Queensland Derby, he hasn’t had a lot of luck with barriers.

Mithen said Kah made sure that Mr Quickie bounced from the barriers with the field, took advantage of barrier two and was smart enough to get off the fence at the right time.

He said Kah sent the owners a note after the race thinking them “profusely” for giving her the ride, but he’d like to thank her profusely for taking it.

Mithen said they hadn’t paid up for the next acceptances on races like the Caulfield Cup and Cox Plate a couple of weeks ago based on the belief that they were going to stick to the line that Mr Quickie was a 1600m horse.

But he said, to be fair, he wasn’t convinced the horse was a miler and stepping up to 2000m was “probably neither here nor there.”

“But Phillips Stokes was adamant on that point of view and Peter Moody’s input concurred with that and Wylie Dalziel concurred and I was probably a little bit the thorn in the side on that argument,” he said.

“I was pretty happy on Saturday night to eat the humble pie, to get that one wrong and we’ll stick to that and he’ll go to the Cantala on Derby Day.”

Mithen said younger horses in their age group could win at a long distance when so many weren’t tested at a trip because they were perhaps the most talented horse without being a genuine stayer.

He said Mr Quickie beat a subsequent Melbourne Cup winner – Vow and Declare – in the Queensland Derby so everyone entitled to think the winner would get a trip.

And Mithen pointed out that Shamus Award is getting speedy horses, even though he was an Australian Guineas and Cox Plate winner

“He has got Swats That which is going to start favourite for the Coolmore and she is a real sprinting filly,” he said.

“And now we’ve settled on Mr Quickie being a miler which is more his go.

“Interestingly 80 per cent of Shamus Award’s winners are at 1200m or less. The real Snitzel speed is coming out in his progeny.”

Mr Quickie’s dam Special Favour (General Nediym x My Tusker) has just had a Shamus Award filly and has been covered again by the stallion.

“She has found a partner for life, I would have thought with Shamus Award,” Mithen said.

Mithen said of the 170 mares booked for Shamus Award, there had obviously been strong support from Sean Buckley’s Ultra Thoroughbreds and Viv Oldfield who bred and raced the stallion.

“Both the lads who own the horse have supported him strongly,” he said.

“The phone hasn’t stopped ringing for him most of the season to be honest. Still today I was getting messages asking whether they could still get their mare into Shamus Award.

“It’s not often they book out in Victoria but we’ll be very selective with the last few mares to fit into his book. We have got a rare commodity on our hands and we want to look after him.”

And as for the often used phase of a bread and butter stallion, Mithen said it was a bit rough to use that term on Shamus Award when he has only got three crops racing.

“He has done a bloody good job and has probably surpassed the market expectations of him and maybe the market thought that best case scenario he might end up a bread and butter stallion, but he has shown all the hallmarks that he is going to be a fair bit better than that,” Mithen said.

“And justifiably he’ll become one of the most sought after stallions in Victoria for many years to come.”

Mithen said Shamus Award had the excellent fertility expected of a top stallion.

And for Victorian-based syndicator Wylie Dalziel, Mr Quickie sparked off a good of day with Ancestry demolishing his sprint rivals on Cranbourne Cup Day on Sunday and then Glamour Fox (by Woodside stallion Foxwedge ) winning at Hawkesbury.

Dalziel said it had obviously worked to lower the bar a bit with Mr Quickie to aim for the Toorak and overlook the Cox Plate.

“Because he won the Derby last year we thought he was a staying type but we set him for the All Star Mile last preparation,” Wylie said.

“We are pretty sure we’ll head to the Kennedy Cantala and Jamie Kah is pretty keen to stay on him which is good.

“We agreed to take the Caulfield and Cox Plate off the table.”

Dalziel said that after Mr Quickie’s second-up run in the Underwood Stakes (1800m) he went through the horse’s CV and believed he was more of a miler.

“Moods planted that seed when he ran second in the Moonee Valley Cup (2500m) and I thought maybe he is right and then I bounced it off Dean Lester (form analyst) and he agreed and the key also seemed to be a dry track.”

Dalziel said the other owners told him to make a decision and he spoke to Stokes who agreed to run him in the Toorak and then the Cantala.

He believes the 1600m to 2000m was probably Mr Quickie’s best range but they’ll sit back and take a look after Cantala, but there are plenty of options in Melbourne and interstate.

And he says that Shamus Award has flown under the radar as a stallion and is getting other Group winners.

“He will get every chance at Rosemont and they’ll push him very hard,” Dalziel said.

Dalziel said that along with Moody they selected Mr Quickie as a yearling.

“Moods liked him and I obviously do all my shopping with him and we short list them and go through them together and ultimately he says what do you want to do because you are putting your hand up to sign for them,” he said.

Mr Quickie’s race record is 23: 10-5-2 for $1.6 million in prize money.