Connections of Paperboy in the Mounting Yard after winning the Seppelt Wines Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on April 09, 2022 in Caulfield, Australia. (Jay Town/Racing Photos)

Popular Victorian stallions continued to provide winners over the weekend, which kicked off on Saturday when Written Tycoon’s son Paperboy continued his rejuvenated form under Cranbourne trainer Gavin Bedggood.
Since joining his stable at the start of the year, the six-year-old gelding has gone from being a handy country galloper to winning two of four of his starts for Bedggood at Caulfield. Paperboy has also finished second at Caulfield and Flemington.
Under Bedggood, the six-year-old gelding has picked up $163,150 in those four starts, which is a huge return on the $50,000 he paid for the horse, which was purchased privately for stable clients.
Paperboy has now raced 32 times for six wins, 10 seconds and two thirds for $351,390 in prizemoney.
Bedggood, a former jumps jockey who is developing into a talented trainer, has only ever previously trained one horse by Yulong stallion Written Tycoon. Allageri (Zolletta) won three consecutive races for Bedggood.
“Paperboy has been a good get,” he said.
“He was going to go online, and I thought he’d be worth between $40,000 and $50,000. I offered $50,000, and they took that.
“He has tripled his purchased price already. I suppose fifty grand seemed like a lot, and no one expected him to do what he’s done.”
Paperboy was originally offered for sale by Rosegate Park at the 2016 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale but was passed in on a $50,000 reserve.
The following year the horse was sold through Noor Elaine Farm’s draft for $40,000 at the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.
Noor Elaine Farm’s George Yannas recalls that Paperboy was an immature type when he was going through the yearling sale.
“He was on behalf of clients and wasn’t one of our horses and was out of a mare called Blue Simone (Dash For Cash x Carnatic).
“He was a smallish horse but was quite correct. He went through the second book at Adelaide. He has done really well.”
Yannas said the people at Rosegate Park continue to support Noor Elaine Farm’s stallion IIovethiscity (Magic Albert x Kensington Rose).
He said the stallion had always had a horse up in lights since he’d been at Noor Elaine but doesn’t at the moment.
“But he has got plenty of them on the ground at the moment, more than he has ever had,” Yannas said.
“Hopefully, one of them pops up and does something.
“He has had his three biggest books since he has been at the farm, and hopefully that translates, and sometimes it doesn’t, but we are hoping for a good one.”
The Group 1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) winner joined the stallion roster at Noor Elaine Farm in 2018, serving 70 mares. His biggest book was 124 in 2020. He served 51 mares last season.
Yannas said it was tough going to get a good commercial stallion.
“I think the flag bearer in Victoria is Toronado and Shamus Award,” he said.
Scissor Step kept the city winners coming for Toronado with a first-up victory from a spell for Mathew Ellerton at Caulfield on Saturday. Out of Watch Your Step (Sepoy x Gypsy’s Best), the three-year-old gelding has won three races and had four minor placings from nine starts.
Scissor Step is raced by his Victorian breeder, Hesket Bloodstock.
The three-year-old finished third in the Bendigo VOBIS Gold Rush and The Showdown as a two-year-old.
Before going for his most recent spell, Scissor Step finished second, beaten half a length by Generation (Snitzel x Fontiton) in the Group 3 Red Anchor Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
And after four trials, the Victorian-bred Wonderful Warrior made a winning debut over 1000m at Sha Tin on Sunday after starting $1.60 favourite.
By Woodside Stud stallion Rich Enuff, the three-year-old gelding was sold for $150,000 at the 2020 Inglis Ready2Race Sale from the Leneva Park draft.
Bred by the Knight family, Wonderful Warrior is the second horse out of their broodmare Neon Bel (Bel Esprit x Sorell Creek) to race in Hong Kong.
Nordic Wellstar (Written Tycoon) was sold to Hong Kong after winning a trial by six lengths and then a Swan Hill maiden by 4.3 lengths when the now six-year-old raced as Latenighttoughguy.
The gelding managed only one second at Happy Valley in six starts in Hong Kong..

El Patroness wins the Australian Oaks (Steve Hart)

For a trainer who has already achieved a string of Group 1 successes, the victory of El Patroness in the $1m Australian Oaks (2400m) at Royal Randwick on Saturday was another special achievement for Danny O’Brien.
The Melbourne Cup-winning trainer not only bred the three-year-old filly in partnership with prolific owner Jonathan Rosham but also trained the sire Shamus Award and the dam Sure You Can (O’Reilly x Not Sure).
“Obviously, Shamus Award was one of the best horses to come through our stables and was a Cox Plate winner, and we are all proud of how well he is doing at stud now,’’ O’Brien said.
“I bought the mother as a yearling, and she was by O’Reilly, and El Patroness was her first foal, and she looks like she has got a big future as a broodmare.
“It’s nice when it pays off generation after generation.”
Sure You Can, who O’Brien bought for $100,000 at the 2012 Karaka Yearling Sales, won three races, including two over 2000m at Flemington for the trainer and Rosham.
Asked whether he always believed Shamus Award would make it as a stallion, O’Brien said: “He did win a Cox Plate and an Australian Guineas and colts that do that, and he obviously did it as a three-year-old, you have got to think that they are really a good chance of doing it.
“He is by Snitzel and is a beautiful looking horse.
“It’s probably taken everyone a while to work out that you have to be a little bit patient and treat them as that style of horse.
“Everyone is being rewarded with how good they end up being if you are a bit patient with them.”
O’Brien agreed that it had been good for Anthony Mithen’s Rosemont Stud to secure the services of Shamus Award from New South Wales.
He said the Victorian breeding industry over the past decade had just gotten stronger and stronger.
“To have him and Written Tycoon, they are two horses that are going to finish in the top five of the stallion’s premiership this year,” O’Brien said.
“We have got some really good stallions down here, and Shamus is certainly leading the way.”
As Shamus Award’s trainer, O’Brien has two breeding rights annually to the stallion and has bred two mares to him every year.
“I have two or three foals on the ground to him this spring,” he said.
“We were always supporting him even when he was unfashionable, and we are definitely not going to stop now that he has made it commercially.
“With those middle-distance horses, until they have probably got five or six-year-olds racing, you don’t get mares to show themselves. Even Zabeel was on the nose as a stallion early doors, and look what he ended up being.
“It just takes a few years to get their stock out there are the right distances and right ages to show the market what they can do.”
O’Brien and the Rosham-led Balmerino Racing have bred a Star Witness filly out of Sure You Can, as well as a full sister to El Patroness and a colt by Puissance De Lune. The mare is back in foal to Shamus Award.
He said the Star Witness filly had a few issues and wouldn’t race but has been retained as a broodmare.
“The full yearling sister is just getting broken in now, and she is a beautiful filly,” O’Brien said.
“She is the equal of El Patroness and is a really good style of a Shamus Award filly.
“The mare has a lovely Puissance De Lune colt on her this year, and obviously, Puissance De Lune is another Victorian stallion that is really starting to hit his straps.
“Hopefully, we can get a little bit excited with some of her progeny that is going to come through over the next couple of seasons.”
O’Brien said he owns Sure You Can in partnership with Rosham, and the pair have had a lot of success, including with Group 1 VRC Oaks (2500m) winner Miami Bound which also won Group 2 races, the Wakeful Stakes (2000m) and the Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m).
Rosham has never had a shortage of nice horses, including a share in Melbourne Cup winner Verry Elleegant which has won 11 Group 1s.
With O’Brien and Rosham both being Hawthorn supporters, there is a distinct Hawk flavour of owners in El Patroness, including premiership players Jack Gunston, Liam Shiels and Luke Bruest.
Former Hawks Jarryd Roughead, also a premiership hero, and Jonathon Ceglar have a slice in the ownership of El Patroness, which is just $74,800 short of $1m in prizemoney.
“Jack Gunston was very keen to get involved, and he obviously bought some of those other boys in as well, and they are all very excited as you would be,” he said.
O’Brien said they’d like to give El Patroness another chance of winning an Oaks before the season ends and are looking at either the South Australian or Queensland Oaks.
He said the filly, which has had nine starts for two wins, one second and four thirds, hadn’t been through a long autumn and was in good shape.
“We are keeping those options open for her,” O’Brien said.

TBV Executive Officer – Charmein Bukovec (Image: Racing Photos)

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) would like to announce that their Executive Officer, Charmein Bukovec, has resigned after three-and-a-half years in the position.

Charmein developed many projects and initiatives at TBV, including the establishment of VOBIS Sires Boost, which will provide $7.5 million in bonus vouchers for those who support VOBIS Sires.

The VOBIS Sires Boost looks to play a huge impact in the future of Victorian breeding, something that Charmein has always championed in her role as Executive Officer.

Charmein has helped establish the recently announced Victorian Breeding Academy, whilst also assisting the Victorian breeding and racing industry when COVID hit, through engagement with Racing Victoria & the Victorian State Government.

Charmein also worked closely with the Victorian Farmers Federation and others regarding the Crown River Frontage issue posing threats to breeder’s farms.

Making connections with some of the industry’s leading participants, Charmein was always promoting the TBV brand and giving the Victorian breeding industry a highly-respected face.

Charmein played a pivotal role in increasing the brand of TBV in the industry through a strategic and targeted marketing plan to highlight the strength of the Victorian industry by working closely with industry media. From organising webinars with equine welfare participants to radio and television interviews, Charmein played a lead role in establishing what TBV has become today and what we strive to be going forward.

“It is with sadness that I have accepted Charmein Bukovec’s resignation,” TBV President James O’Brien said.

“On behalf of the Board of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), I would like to extend my gratitude to Charmein for her tremendous contribution to TBV and its members during her three-and-a-half-year tenure as TBV’s executive officer.

“Charmein has enhanced TBV’s relationships with Racing Victoria, the Victorian Government, Industry stakeholders, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, sponsors and thoroughbred sales houses.

“With a great love for the industry and a strong focus on welfare and education, she has always put the cause of TBV and the interests of Victorian breeders first. She was committed, dedicated and passionate in everything she did.

“Charmein consulted with industry and provided support and guidance to members during the uncertain times of COVID.

“She was instrumental in achieving Racing Victoria’s support for an additional $7.5 million to the VOBIS program through the VOBIS Sires Boost aimed at lifting the profile and demand for Victorian stallions.

“Always highlighting the success of Victorian breeders, along with ensuring that our breeders and stakeholders were well represented at both the Victorian Government level and at the Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day.

“Charmein’s work ethic and mindset of ensuring that VOBIS and Victorian breeding were at the forefront of participants’ minds.”

“Despite leaving TBV, I know I will continue to seek out Charmein for her learned advice.

“I wish Charmein all the best in her future career and endeavours.”

Charmein will remain in the industry after accepting a role with ANZ Bloodstock News as Business Development Manager.

“This was a really hard decision for me. I adored my role at TBV and all the amazing opportunities I received, people I met and issues I was able to help out with. However, the position with ANZ is an opportunity that doesn’t come along often, and I am really excited to take this role with them,” Charmein stated.

“I am privileged to have worked alongside Victorian breeders for the last three-and-a-half years and look forward to be working with them in a new capacity. The Victorian breeding industry is in a great position, and the timing is right to consider a new challenge.”

“I would like to thank TBV President James O’Brien for the support he provided for me. He is very passionate about the Victorian industry, and he invests countless hours of his time.

“I would also like to thank the Board of TBV, past and present, for their work for the industry and the support they have provided to me. The Board are a dynamic group and are so passionate about the industry, and I am confident they will continue to represent the best interests of Victorian breeders.”

Last month we talked about the history of deworming in horses, how rotation as a resistance management strategy has not proved effective and how we must now ‘deworm smarter, not harder’.

Essentially, we need to identify which horses have the most worms, and target our worming to those individuals, not the whole herd. The aim is to try and keep worms to a manageable level, but not try and eradicate them. Eradication attempts are doomed to fail and will drive further resistance. I should say now that this advice is aimed at horses over 12 months old and at strongyle control, because the major health risk for this age group are the small strongyles (cyathostomins). Foals are most affected by roundworms (ascarids) and we don’t have a good resistance-management plan for them yet. If you have ascarids you should treat them, but equally if you don’t have ascarids then don’t treat for them! We might need a separate article on roundworms and pinworms in the future. Back to small strongyles; we also want to look at non-chemical control methods, which can reduce our reliance on drugs.

In general, 2 treatments per year will be sufficient for most adult horses. We identify ‘most adult horses’ by doing faecal egg counts (FECs) once or twice a year, and that tells us if a horse is a ‘high shedder’ of strongyle eggs, which might need more than 2 treatments per year, or a ‘low shedder’, for which 2 treatments is usually enough. The great news is that most horses are low shedders! Of course, if your vet says an individual horse is suffering illness from worms at any time then the rules go out the window and you treat the horse.

The following is an example of how this might look:

Step one – get a manure sample from every horse on your farm and take it to your vet for egg counting.  Alternatively, you could get in touch with your local LLS or DPI person and they might be able to arrange counts for you. Egg counts will routinely detect strongyle eggs and ascarid eggs

A good time to do this is when you are itching to worm the horses; collect the poo instead! This helps you understand what exactly is on your property and which horses are the high and low shedders.

When the results come back TALK TO YOUR VET! Together you can decide what your adult horses need for strongyle control (in a stud situation this would normally be the mares) and what your youngsters need, especially if ascarids were also found.

For your mares, we usually recommend that the twice-yearly treatments occur in spring and autumn, and you could space them to fit in a pre-foaling treatment if you prefer. For the high shedders you can give extra doses in between. You will find that horses tend to stay within the same category, with only a few swapping between the high and low groups each time you test.

Moxidectin (brand name Equest® Plus Tape) is a good choice for the twice-yearly treatments because it will kill those pesky encysted small strongyles that we mentioned in the last article and will suppress worm egg excretion in the poo for longer than other wormers. I am less fussy what you use in between for the high shedders.

Let’s look at cost.  Shall we say a wormer is about $20?

Many of you are worming every 6 – 8 weeks, which is about 7 times a year.  That would cost you $140 per horse.

On the new regime most horses will cost you $40 to worm for a year.  The high shedders (about 20% of your adults) will cost you $80.

You do have to factor in a worm count each year, so let’s add $20 per horse.

This means that you could more than halve your worming bill each year.

Pasture management (non-chemical worm control) is also critical – something as simple as having staff pick up manure regularly can drastically reduce the worm burden. Twice a week would be ideal. Take the manure off-site or put it in a compost pile as future fertiliser, but make sure it composts properly to kill eggs before spreading it on pasture, otherwise all the good work will be undone.

Another way to reduce the parasite burden in your paddocks is to graze cattle or sheep for a few months instead of horses. As the parasites are different for ruminants, they can ingest the horse parasites without getting sick and reduce the pasture burden for horses.

Resting pastures for a few months can also help and is best during hot and dry periods to burn off parasite eggs and larvae.

There has been a lot of info presented in the last two columns, so let me sum it up quickly.

  1. Be strategic! Test to know what worms you need to treat for. Faecal egg counts are a MUST!
  2. Worm less – you will save money, and help prolong the efficacy of drugs for the years to come
  3. Cyathostomins (small strongyles) are the parasite of concern in adult horses – Equest Plus Tape is a good choice as it is effective against encysted small strongyles with a single dose.
  4. Twice a year treatment is enough for the vast majority of adult horses
  5. Implement some non-chemical control methods to take the pressure off the wormers.

Thoroughbred breeders in Australia will, from July, be able to access millions of dollars worth of loans from the federal government after a review by the Regional Investment Corporation concluded that its definition of ‘primary producer’ should be widened to include the thoroughbred industry.

 

The RIC was set up in 2018 in order to support the growth of primary producers in Australia, and has approved loans to the value of $3.08 billion since its inception, offering several different loans to foster development and support participants in times of need. However, its access had previously been limited to primary producers of food and fibre until the changes announced yesterday, which will come into effect from July.

 

Tom Reilly, CEO of the Thoroughbred Breeders Association, who lobbied hard to encourage the government to change the eligibility criteria and include thoroughbred industries, said the development will make a ‘big difference’ to many thoroughbred breeders across Australia.

 

“We’ve been pushing the government to change the definition (and include thoroughbred breeders),” said Reilly.

 

“I’ve met with minister Littleproud and raised this a number of times with him. He asked RIC to review the situation but we put together a pretty substantial document last year as part of the review explaining why it was necessary and where the benefits would be and help grow and sustain the industry.

 

“It’s really pleasing that effort has been rewarded because I think it will make a big difference to a number of breeders.”

 

The RIC helps primary producers with access to five different types of loans, including a farm investment loan, an AgriStarter loan and support to combat drought and land redevelopment.

 

There will be $266 million available from the RIC during the next financial year for concessional loans to farm businesses to support regional Australia.

 

“There’s all sorts of different areas you could use this (loan) for,” Reilly continued. “It allows people to borrow up to $2 million from the government which has to be matched by a commercial loan. But the government aspect on all the loans is interest only for five years, so it really gives us a concessional loan rate of just over two per cent variable interest rate, which is very competitive at the moment.

 

“You could use it to buy more land and, importantly, you can use it to buy more stock as well as machinery and fencing etc … It’s a great way for people to either restructure their debt or expand their business. For younger businesses, this will be a real help and you can also use the money if there are plans for succession. So, really, there’s enough flexibility to use these loans for almost anything you can imagine.”

 

Minister David Littleproud, deputy leader of the National Party and minister for agriculture, said the change in the definition would result in a further strengthening of the thoroughbred industry as a ‘global leader’.

 

“The thoroughbred industry is an important part of our regional communities and economy, so I am pleased thoroughbred breeders will now have access to RIC loans,” he said.

 

“These RIC loans provide vital assistance in the bush, and I expect breeders will use this finance to invest in their businesses.

 

“It will further strengthen Australia’s reputation as a leader in the global thoroughbred industry.”

 

For more information and details of how to apply for the loans, visit https://www.ric.gov.au/loans

In this edition, let’s chat about internal parasites and how times have changed with the way we deworm horses. The good news is that deworming horses should be simpler and cheaper if we adopt current expert advice.

As background, until the mid-20th century worms were difficult to control, and treatments were potentially toxic. Most horse owners didn’t follow a routine for deworming; if they thought the horse had parasites they called the vet to drench the horse, often with some terrible chemical with little efficacy.

It was only in the 1960’s that the first of the modern deworming chemicals were developed, the benzimidazoles or ‘BZs’. These drugs were revolutionary; safer for horses, and effective against worms such as large strongyles which were thought to be a main contributor to colic cases. The new drugs were widely used and led to dramatic reductions in the number of horses getting sick and dying from parasites. The BZs are still commonly used today and are most effective against roundworms (ascarids) in foals.

The “’mectins” were developed in the late 1970’s, beginning with ivermectin. The last ‘mectin to appear was moxidectin in the late 1990s, and these are still the dominant drug group in use today, being most effective against small and large strongyles.

An unfortunate by-product of these amazing drugs was that they were used more frequently. Every 8 weeks was the initial recommendation, along with ‘rotation’ amongst chemicals to cover all the relevant parasites of concern. Happily the impact of the dreaded large strongyles receded, but. rotation was continued once the ‘mectins arrived, this time to try and avoid drug resistance. Today we have reached a point where small strongyles have replaced large strongyles as the ‘parasite of concern’ for adult horses, but rotation has not prevented the emergence of resistance. A 2014 study in Australia of over 100 horse farms revealed that all farms were infested with small strongyles, whereas less than 8% of the farms had evidence of large strongyles; and resistance has been well documented both here and overseas.

Cyathostomins (small strongyles) are a nasty group of parasites, in that larval (immature) stages encyst, or ‘hide’ in the horse’s gut lining – with most wormers being ineffective against this developmental stage. We generally measure the number of eggs shed in the manure to assess worm burden, however encysted stages do not produce eggs, so there is no reliable way to know if a horse has encysted small strongyles or how many.  More concerning is a syndrome where all of the larval worms emerge from their cysts in the gut wall at once – this can cause severe colic and is fatal in up to 50% of cases. The reasons for mass emergence are largely unknown so using a wormer that kills encysted worms is a useful tool in worm management. Moxidectin as a single dose or fenbendazole at double dose for 5 days consecutively are the only options at present.

I mentioned the failure of rotation to prevent resistance, and sadly resistance exists in variable degrees to all available wormers nowadays. If you are rotating,you could potentially be rotating from one ‘resistant drug’ to another, or you may be rotating from a more effective to a less effective drug, which seems counter-productive.

Unfortunately, there are no new and exciting wormer classes in development that are safe, broad-spectrum and without resistance.  The high cost associated with the discovery of new drugs combined with the small size of the equine parasiticide market potentially limits drug development. In addition, any new drugs are likely to be much more expensive than the options we currently have. So, what to do? Well, we need to make the best use of what we currently have – and we need to start thinking strategically.

In essence, you need to treat as infrequently as possible, but as much as required.

In the next edition we will talk more about how we deworm our horses ‘smarter, not harder’.

Stay tuned for next week, when we present part 2 of this article.

Umgawa ridden by Damien Oliver wins the VOBIS Gold Reef at Flemington Racecourse on March 19, 2022 in Flemington, Australia. (George Sal/Racing Photos)

The 2022 $230,000 Vobis Gold Reef run over 1600m had a great field of 11 three-year-olds line-up for a very rich city win on All-Star Mile Day.

Umgawa, the son of SHAMUS AWARD was too strong for his rivals late in the piece with champion jockey Damien Oliver in the saddle.

Boasting plenty of city form leading into the race, Umgawa was the subject of heavy market support, snaring a great win for the punters on course.

Defeating the Mick Price & Michael Kent Jr trained Chateau Nine and the Peter Moody trained Pounding, this gelding put win number two into the book along with reaching more than $276,000 in prizemoney including almost $50,000 in total Vobis prizemoney.

Shamus Award, the Cox Plate winner as a maiden is continuing his winning run at stud with his sons and daughters doing some great things on the track, highlighted by INCENTIVISE in three Melbourne Spring Carnival Group One wins.

Standing at Rosemont Stud for $30,000, Shamus Award will continue to climb in the stallion rankings.

Umgawa, bred at Golden Grove Stud in Victoria, is trained by Team Corstens at Flemington and will look to continue that success across city racing in the coming months.

Connections of Express Pass after winning the VOBIS Gold Comet at Flemington Racecourse on March 19, 2022 in Flemington, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

The inaugural $230,000 Vobis Gold Comet (1000m) was run at Flemington on All-Star Mile raceday, with five-year-old WANDJINA gelding EXPRESS PASS reigning supreme over consistent galloper Zorro’s Dream.

It was a small, but classy field that took to the Flemington straight, with just a long head proving the decisive margin between Express Pass and Zorro’s Dream.

Six-year-old Fine Dane was less than two lengths away in third spot while stakes winner SIRIUS SUSPECT held on for fourth.

Express Pass, trained out of the flying Nick Ryan stable and ridden by Rhys McLeod, took his prizemoney over the $500,000 barrier from just six career wins, many thanks to the Vobis prizemoney on offer in Victoria.

Express Pass’ sire in Wandjina stands at Larneuk Stud for just $8,800, being an Australian Guineas winner and a proper Group One performer, his sons and daughters have shown plenty of ability on the track.

He has produced stakes winners including Newcastle Sprint winner WANDABAA, Singapore Sprint winner TIGER ROAR, Skyline Stakes winner MAMARAGAN and of course this gelding, the winner of the Chautauqua Stakes.

Bred by Pepac Atf Ept, Mr K Brown, Mr M Matthews, Mr B White, he was originally sold at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Vobis Gold Yearling Sale for just $38,000, a price that now clearly looks a bargain.

Express Pass has given his owners a ride to remember and it is not set to end yet, having missed the money just nine times from his 22 starts.

The theme for International Women’s Day 2022 is #BreaktheBiasBreaking Bias . This issue of People Column is honored to invite Westpac’s business client Teresa Poon to tell her story of her hard work in Australia and the creation of a Chinese community.

When Teresa moved to Melbourne with her family in 1991, the young family not only gave up the very comfortable life in Hong Kong, but she also had no idea what opportunities and challenges her new life in a “foreign country” would bring her.

On the day she arrived in Australia, she applied for a newspaper job as an office administrator for a commercial real estate company. Before she could adapt to the new environment, she had already started a new career in CBD. Teresa’s learning journey as a “manager” of a small team has been tough: taking calls, pouring coffee, managing ledgers and trust accounts for the company, and more.

In the 1990s, when the global economy was at a slump, it was not uncommon for banks to foreclose on commercial real estate. A client of Teresa’s company, which owns an office building on St Kilda Road, came to seek help. Using Terasa’s family’s connections in Hong Kong and working with an investor, she came up with an innovative idea to convert an office building into apartments. At that time, they sold 50 percent of their apartments to overseas buyers, mainly from Asia. The success of the project not only prevented the owner’s assets from being seized by the bank, but also ushered in a new era of residential renovation projects in Australia. More importantly, the success of this project has created new business opportunities for Teresa. For the next 10 years, Teresa regularly traveled to major cities in Asia, roaming hotel showrooms, promoting residential projects at real estate fairs, and successfully selling off-the-plan apartments for a number of real estate developers.
One of Teresa’s first clients was real estate developer David Kobritz. Teresa and David have been working together for nearly 25 years now, after several successful projects. Teresa was also deeply involved in David’s property development business, Dealcorp, until a few years ago when she handed over the baton to David’s children.In addition to his real estate business, David also owns Musk Creek Farm, a thoroughbred horse farm in Flinders, on the Mornington Peninsula. Since Teresa “retired” from Dealcorp, she has spent most of her time running the farm, which has around 25 mares and whose breeding business has grown from a hobby to a business.

For Teresa, David’s Musk Creek farm brought another twist to her life: Teresa’s journey in Australia might not have been so spectacular without meeting David.
Teresa’s roots in horses can be traced back to her time as a member of the Hong Kong Jockey Club in Hong Kong, when she knew nothing about horse pedigrees or breeding and only attended Jockey Club events to socialize.

Teresa still vividly remembers when she first visited David’s office in 1994, the first thing she saw when she entered the meeting room was a painting of the Subzero racehorse, the 1992 Melbourne Cup winner. Teresa eventually won David’s project and also invested $8000 in one of David’s racing horses. Despite the horse’s unsatisfactory performance, she won the biggest prize of her life, her life partner David, and created the legend that followed by word of mouth.Through horse racing, Teresa not only met many interesting people from all walks of life, but also met many very smart and hardworking people. She has also had the opportunity to work for the Thoroughbred Owners Association, Mornington Turf Club and Melbourne Turf Club.In 2015, under the leadership of Teresa, the Australian Chinese Jockey Club (ACJC) was established.

ACJC aims to encourage the local Chinese community to participate in the horse racing industry in Melbourne and Sydney. Since its inception, ACJC has grown its membership base to over 200 and has recruited over 100 new members for metropolitan jockey clubs in Melbourne and Sydney. With the support of Moonee Valley Racing Club, the ACJC has pioneered the introduction of Chinese New Year celebrations to the horse racing industry . In addition, ACJC members and partners already have fractional ownership of more than 30 racehorses in Melbourne and Sydney. ACJC’s reputation has also earned it the favour of Victoria’s horse racing governing body, Racing Victoria, becoming an official partner of the organisation in 2017. Since then, Racing Victoria has been working closely with ACJC to achieve the common goal of “horse racing for all”.

When Teresa founded ACJC, the first task was to select and appoint talented people. Her CEO Derek Lo is a young and promising lawyer dedicated to volunteering for the Chinese community. With his help a young and enthusiastic management committee team was born. ACJC embarked on a journey of mutually beneficial partnership with Westpac Bank through the connection of her Head of Membership Joey Wong, Westpac Corporate Accounts and Multicultural Business Development Manager.

With the support of Irene Yu, General Manager Corporate Accounts and Multicultural Business Director at Westpac, ACJC has worked closely with Westpac Bank to implement a number of initiatives to advance the shared goal of diversity and personal development for women in the workplace.

Teresa’s life motto has always been to give her best to every cause, to make a positive contribution to the realization of what she believes in, while continuing to set a good example and inspire others in the process. Always be humble and grateful for everything in life, enjoy life to the fullest, and never forget to give back to society is also her life creed.

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Barb Raider (inside) was gallant in defeat in last Saturday's Australasian Oaks. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

They say everyone deserves a good horse and for someone like long time breeder Graeme Gathercole it seems that Barb Raider is going to be that horse.
Gathercole, whose family is in the meat business, has been breeding for more than 20 years and didn’t know anything about the racing industry until he bought his first horse nearly 30 years ago and called it Beef House.
Unfortunately, the Jukebox (GB) mare failed to impress in five starts and was retired after picking up her only cheque for $175 when finishing fourth at her final start at Bairnsdale on Melbourne Cup Day in 1994.
But the racing and breeding bug grew for Gathercole and his wife Barbara.
He now employs Jerome Hunter as his private trainer and breeds about 25 horses each year from his band of broodmares which he sends to Victorian-based stallions.
Hunter says that Barb Raider, by the now-retired Rebel Raider (Reset x Picholine), has proven to so far being Gathercole’s best horse after claiming back-to-back Group races with the Group 2 victory in last Saturday’s Kewney Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies.
It follows her Group 3 victory in The Vanity (1400m) in March. She showed glimpses of her above ability in her last campaign with a third in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and a 2.2 lengths fifth in the Wakeful Stakes (2000m).
Hunter said they might head to Sydney for the Group 1 Vinery Stakes (2000m) at Rosehill on March 26.
Bar Raider is out of the modestly performed mare Graebarb which is by Host and out of the unraced mare Ardent Command.
Trained by Hunter, Graebarb had six starts for Gathercole and was placed as a two-year-old at Seymour and won a benchmark 55 at Corowa before two consecutive lasts forced her into retirement and a career in the breeding barn.
She slipped to Danerich in her first season and then produced Barb Raider.
Interestingly her next foal, the now unraced two-year-old Graewazi, is by a former stallion Our Wazi (Choisir x Nkwazi) which Gathercole bred but never raced because of injury.
Nkwazi died in 2017 and her last foal – her eighth – was Our Wazi, now a six-year-old.
But Gathercole thought it would be a good idea to send a few mares to Our Wazi and he served a total of ten the mares in the 2018-19-20 seasons before his career at stud took an unusual twist.
Our Wazi, whose oldest progeny are unraced two-year-olds, has now been gelded and is a paddock partner to the young horses on Gathercole’s farm.
“Graeme can afford it and as a bit of a hobby thought he’d throw a few of his mares to one of his stallions,” Hunter explained.
“It was just a bit of fun. He can’t come back because he has been gelded and if they all come out and are champions, we will all be in a bit of trouble.
“He is a lovely quiet horse and easy to deal with, and every year we get colts and you just can’t keep everything a colt, so he has had his fun and now he is actually like a pony with the younger horses and just keeps them company.”
Hunter said Our Wazi was broken in but injured his sesamoid and and was given 12 months off and was bought back into work, but the injury flared again.
Graebarb has a filly by Squamosa and is in foal to Prized Icon.
And as for Barb Raider, Hunter said nothing had been set in concrete for her next start.
“We’ll just see how the horse pulls up and there is always the travelling side of things and stuff like that,” he said.
“We’ll just see what else is around, but maybe Sydney.”
Hunter said there are options for the filly, and they don’t necessarily have to stretch her out to 2000m, a distance she has raced at once in her eights start career when she finished fifth, beaten just 2.2 lengths in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield last October.
Hunter said that Barb Raider’s two Group victories had been at 1400m and a 1600m.
“Why do we need to stretch her out over further?” he asked.
“We could try her again over 2000m and see what happens and she might be even better, who knows. I’ll sit on it over the next few days and decide whether we go up there or not.”
Hunter said training exclusively for one person was an arrangement that had its positives and negatives, but it was something he enjoyed immensely.
On average he has 25 to 30 horses in work at any one time for Gathercole and there are no outside horses.
He admits he has been down that road of being a public trainer in the past and it was often a case of chasing money and getting “40 different opinions of where a horse should go” and what jockeys should be riding.
“That’s the beauty of it with one person, you can just have a chat and it’s very simple and it’s either a yes or nothing or it gets very sticky when a lot of people have different personalities, opinions and thoughts,” he said
Hunter said Gathercole has around 25 broodmares and mainly sends them to Victorian stallions with the occasional one venturing interstate.
Hunter’s association with Gathercole started as a public trainer when he rented boxes from Gathercole at his 400-acre spelling and breeding property named Graebar Park at nearby Moorooduc on the Mornington Peninsula.
“And that’s how we got started,” he said.
“Then I had a break for about five years, and then he asked me if I’d come back and train a few for him and it got bigger and bigger.
“Graeme’s farm out at Moorooduc has stables and a track there, and that’s where I used to train and then just float the horses in to Mornington when I was a public trainer.
“Then I became a private trainer with him, and it would be over 10 years now that he purchased a 10 acre property right opposite Mornington Racecourse and it’s a great set-up and we can handle about 40 horses.
“There are paddocks and yards and we are just fully equipped and we have got the track right across the road. It’s the best of both worlds.
“If we spell the horses or whatever, we take them out to Graebar Park; it’s only like five minutes away.”
Gathercole’s homebred Belwazi (Bel Esprit x Nkwazi) won the Kensington Stakes (1000m) and provided Jamie Kah with her first black-type winner in Victoria.
Hunter said Kah had only been riding in Victoria for a couple of weeks and he saw what she’d done in Adelaide, and I thought it won’t hurt to put her on.
“I trained Nkwazi (Rory’s Jester x Lady Minister) and her half-sister Ocean Bridge (Dolphin Street) and she was handy horse for me and she came fourth in the Oakleigh Plate (finishing half a length behind River Dove).
Hunter’s association with Nkwazi started before Gathercole arrived on the scene.
He trained Nkwazi and Ocean Bridge for the man who bred them, Harvey Hunter.
While Nkwazi finished up with Gathercole as a broodmare, Ocean Bridge, which won twice in town, was later sold to Patinack Farm and produced Group 2 winner Longport (Casino Prince) and two-year-old Stakes winner Run For Wilson (Shamardal).
“So that’s the Belwazi line,” Hunter said.
“Ocean Bridge has been a pretty good broodmare with some Stakes winners and so has Nkwazi, so both mares were handy.”
None of Gathercole’s horses are bred to go through the sales and are just for him to race – if they’re good enough.
While he bred 24 foals last season, he doesn’t go to the expensive stallions.
“As I said, it’s a hobby, and I guess on breeding with Graebarb you wouldn’t pick it, you wouldn’t buy her at the sales on breeding on paper anyway,” Hunter said.
“I guess he sees all these horses that are well-bred and bought for X-amount of money and there are lots are duds anyway. He is seeing if he can have a bit of fun without having a lot of risk.
“The handier mares he will keep as broodmares. So he has never looked outside selling horses and stuff like that.
“He doesn’t need to. We get offers all the time from people trying to buy our horses but why does he need to? He enjoys the racing side of things.
“I have been with him for 20 years now and Barb Raider is certainly the best horse he has had.”
Hunter said Gathercole loves the farm and it’s a real passion to have his broodmares there and see the foals grow up,
“He is in that position where he can enjoy himself and why not?” he said.
“But he horses have to perform or we pretty quickly get rid of them after a few starts and send up to New South Wales and Queensland.”

Let'srollthedice after winning the MSS Security Sires' Produce Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on March 12, 2022 in Flemington, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

The victory of Let’srollthedice in Saturday’s Group 2 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m) at Flemington marked another significant achievement for Ryan Arnel and his team at Stonehouse Thoroughbreds.

Stonehouse sold the Dundeel colt through their draft at last year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds.

It was Stonehouse’s first two-year-old Stakes winner.

Arnel admitted that he didn’t pick the colt, which won on debut on March 1 over 1100m at Bendigo by a leisurely 3.5 lengths and then backed it up with the Sires’ Produce win at his next start, as an early going two-year-old.

“We sold him for $240,000 to John Foote (bloodstock agent) at Premier and the colt was obviously one of Segenhoe’s,” he said.

“He was an excellent type and a really good mover and it’s a little bit surprising that he has gone so early. I didn’t think he’d be an early horse and thought he’d be a bit more of a distance horse and need a bit more time.

“But he was always an outstanding horse and was a real eye-catcher, that’s for sure.”

Let’srollthedice was Stonehouse’s second-highest Lot last year behind the $460,000 Flemington trainer Michael Moroney paid for a Toronado colt (Toronto Terrier) out of Dom Perignon (Redoute’s Choice x Champagnecharlotte).

The dam of Let’srollthedice was Hannah in a Hurry (More Than Ready x Viennetta) which was unplaced in her two Sydney stats for Peter Moody. Moody and Segenhoe paid $230,000 for Hannah in A Hurry as a yearling.

Arnel said he was happy with the overall results at Melbourne Premier this year with John Foote purchasing Stonehouse’s top Lot – $260,00 for a Savabeel colt out of Smart Thinking (NZ) which is a sister to Betwixt which produced Queensland Oaks winner Provocative (Zabeel).

Stonehouse also sold another yearling (Savabeel x Candelabra) for $230,000 and another two for $200,000 each.

“Obviously we have seen the market being strong all year round,” Arnel said.

“We saw it from the Gold Coast down to Sydney and then into Melbourne where it was still very buoyant and strong. It pretty got a bit sticky in areas where there were definitely patches of the sale where in that middle market where it did get a little bit sticky.

“But definitely the strength of our market and the strength of the industry are strong

“Our average was well and truly up and we were really happy.”

Arnel said Stonehouse’s last three years had been really good.

“The winners coming out of the sales have really been excellent for our label as well,” he said.

“Each year we try and get stronger and stronger.”

Arnel said the victory of Let’srollthedice was an example of what everyone in Australia wanted – a two-year-old Stakes horse.

“We have had a few Stakes horses, but that’s actually our first two-year-old, and it was really good to see,” he said.

Let’srollthedice’s Flemington trainer Danny O’Brien said two Group 1 races in Sydney were options for the filly.

Duais ridden by Joshua Parr on the way to the barriers prior to the running of the TAB Australian Cup at Flemington Racecourse on March 12, 2022 in Flemington, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

The hot ride for Victorian stallions continued with some bumper results around the country on the weekend headed by Rosemont Stud stallion Shamus Award providing the winner of the Group 1 Australian Cup (2000m) at Flemington.
Duais, a four-year-old daughter of Shamus Award, rocketed her prizemoney to nearly $1.8m with last Saturday’s victory for Edward Cummings.
The Cox Plate winning Shamus Award served his biggest books of mares – 216 last year – at his biggest service fee of $33,000 which was up from $19,800 from the previous season. His service fee was unchanged at $11,000 in 2019 in his first season at Rosemont after relocating from New South Wales.
It was a case of another two of Victoria’s leading stallions – the reigning Australian Champion Sire Written Tycoon and Toronado – again having significant success in important races.
Written Tycoon mare Kissonallforcheeks (Rosie Rocket), trained by Western Australia’s Dan Morton, scored in the Group 3 Shaftesbury Avenue Handicap (1400m) at Flemington.
The four-year-old was making her first appearance outside of WA and enjoyed the outing with a 2.3 length victory.
The 19-year-old Written Tycoon, which was purchased by Yulong last year, served 199 mares on his return to Victoria, the same amount as the previous year but his serviced fee increased from $77,000 to $165,000.
The two near century book of mares are his second largest, behind his 226 record set in 2016 at a fee of $49,500.
Shelby SixtySix became Swettenham Stud Toronado’s 13 Stakes winner when the five-year-old took out the Group 3 ATC Maurice McCarten Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill on Saturday for trainer Danny Williams and jockey Tommy Berry.
The five-year-old gelding was a $150,000 purchase by Williams at the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.
Let’srollthedice (Dundeel x Hannah In A Hurry), the winner of the Sires’ Produce (1400m) at Flemington, was sold through StonehouseThoroughbreds’ draft for $240,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.
Barb Raider (Rebel Raider x Graebarb) is a filly aiming for bigger things after her Group 2 Kewney Stakes (1400m) victory at Flemington.
The Victorian bred Just Folk is aiming for the Group 1 Doncaster Mile on April 2 after winning the Group 2 Ajax Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on Saturday for Bendigo trainer Josh Julius.
The five-year-old son of Widden Stud stallion Magnus was bred by Julius’ grandparents Leo and Maureen Dwyer, who also bred Tears I Cry (Lacryma Cristi x Cassazione) which famously gave a young Ciaron Maher in his first Group 1 winner in the Emirates Stakes in 2007.
Julius said it was special that the horse had been bred by his family.
“I know nanna and pa got a big kick out of the horse just winning races in Melbourne and being competitive and wearing their colours,” he said.
“But I think they got a pretty big kick out of it the other day seeing their colours going around and winning a race at Rosehill.
“We all lease the horse off them and everyone is prospering nicely which is good.”
Now with his second Group 2 after winning the Crystal Mile at The Valley last year, Just Folk has just ticked over half a million dollars in prizemoney.
“Hopefully it is just the beginning as he is a relatively lightly raced five-year-old who has plenty of ability” Julius said.
“Hopefully I can keep placing him accordingly going forward and we can add to that.”
Just Folk is the result of the mare Cassazione (Salieri x Weekend) which Leo Dwyer paid $4000 at the 1998 Inglis July Mixed Sale.
Cassazione’s first foal by Lacryma Cristi died after 18 months, but Dwyer was so impressed with the filly that he sent the mare back to the stallion with the mating producing Tears I Cry.
After another two foals, Cassazione was sent to Desert Sun (GB) but the resultant foal, named Fast Ruby, was unraced but retained by the Dwyers as a broodmare.
Fast Ruby’s fourth foal was Just Folk.
Julius said he grew up working on his grandparent’s dairy farm at Orford, between Warrnambool and Hamilton, during the school holidays and has been their only grandchild, besides his jockey sister Melissa Julius, to go down the racing industry path.
“They have been involved in the industry for a long time as breeders, and with pa being a clerk of the course in the Western Districts for 60 plus years, it makes it very special,” he said.
“They breed one or two a year.
“My aunty Anne (McGrath) bred Tears I Cry and this bloke is out of the sister of Tears I Cry. My aunty borrowed the mare from nanna and pa for a year, and Tears I Cry was the result of that and obviously the mare had a few more foals, and Fast Ruby was an unraced half-sister to Tears I Cry.”
Julius said they also race Just Folk’s older full brother Highclass Harry who has won five races and had five seconds from 19 starts.
He said Highclass Harry has plenty of ability, but also has some niggles they are trying to overcome.
“There is a nice big chestnut filly with a big white blaze that dropped last year and is a full sister to the pair of them as well,” Julius said.
“I am pretty sure she is back in foal to Magnus again. We are going with the tried and proven formula, and hopefully there are a couple of Just Folks coming in the future.”
Julius believes Magnus is an extremely underrated stallion that produces good honest horses.
The 32-year-old Julius has been training for about 10 years and has been based in Bendigo for six years.
And Victorian stallions dominated across the border at Morphettville Parks on Saturday which started with Magic Max winning the second race over 1000m.
The Rangel Park Stud bred Magic Max, by Magnus, was bought by trainer Gordon Richards at the 2020 Adelaide Yearling Sale for $36,000.
The three-year-old gelding is building up an impressive record with two wins, a second and three thirds from nine starts.
Stockwell Thoroughbreds stallion Artie Schiller got another winner with Art Major scoring over 2250m for Mornington trainers David and Coral Feek.
Art Major was bred and sold by Stockwell and is out of their mare Arazi Belle (Arazi x Goblet Belle).
Woodside Park stallion Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon x Hotnuff) capped off a good day for Victorian studs and breeders when Rich Gina (Ambolene) won her second race from three starts with victory in the 1400m handicap in the second last race of the day in Adelaide.

Rushton Park set a new record for the Showcase session, when lot 669 sold for $270,000

The nervous wait was worth it for two Victorian studs that each had a yearling withdrawn from the second day of Melbourne Premier due to minor injuries before they went under the hammer on day three.

Both were passed fit for the third day of the sale and were the last two lots offered in the premier session.

It was a case of patience being rewarded for Maluka Thoroughbred when that last lot of the session, a Nicconi colt, equaled the top price of $340,000 on the day.

Originally listed in the catalogue as Lot 430, Maluka Thoroughbreds at Avenel was the agent for the Nicconi colt that had been hurt after being cast in its box at the sale’s complex.

Out of three-time winner Clearwater Bay (Stratum x Ranchera) and a full brother to Lankan Star, the colt’s physicality was compared to Nicconi’s best sprinting son, Nature Strip, by Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy.

He bought the colt for an undisclosed a long-time client who at this stage wanted to remain anonymous.

“We are thrilled to be able to get the horse,” Gabbedy said.

“A bit of bad luck happened to him with being cast in the box and having been offered today,” he said.

“It certainly didn’t seem to affect the price he brought.”

Gabbedy said liked to buy from proven mares and Clearwater Bay had already had three to races for three winners, with Lankan Star being Group 1 placed.

“Nicconi is a great sire, and he is big strong colt much in the mould of Nature Strip so we are dreaming of him of course,” he said.

“He is a big horse, and he would be 15.3 already and is a beautiful mover and a really loose mover and I looked at him two or three times and he put his head down and has a great attitude.

“He is a big, stronger type of Nicconi.”

He said he would go back to Maluka for 30 days to make sure he is completely recovered from being cast in the box.

Maluka Thoroughbreds’ Luke Anderson said his team had worked really hard to get the colt to the sale ring after being cast and injured.

“It was a great result,” he said.

“We prepared him for the sale and he has been with us since October and we did the preparation with him and he is one of those beautiful bombproof colts that deal with everything so well.”

There were a few bumps in the road for Musk Creek Farm’s Extreme Choice colt out of Wahini Miss (Ocean Park x Dosh) who was the second last horse offered in the premier session.

The colt was originally knocked down for $300,000 at yesterday’s sale.

There was confusion over whether it was a genuine or mistaken bid from the floor and the yearling was immediately offered for sale again with the two under bidders resuming the battle at a starting bid of $260,000.

The yearling was quickly knocked down to Kennewell Racing for $280,000.

Lloyd Kennewell was happy to finally get Musk Creek’s Extreme Choice colt after the injury and then the confusion over the bidding.

“He is a sought after commodity the Extreme Choices, as there are not many of them and I think is the last colt to go through a sale this year by that stallion,” he said.

“We liked him at a price. We tried to bring the price back a little bit after the dilemma, but it was good to get him.

“He looks a nice physical and looks an early running two-year-old and obviously he has had a bit of a foot abscess. Our vet went over him, and he is great.

“The farm is great and are guaranteeing him. Musk Creek will take him home for 30 days and take him out and make sure he is right and then we’ll get him broken-in. He looks an early running type.”

Kennewell said they had offered to buy the colt privately if he hadn’t gone through the ring.

It was another big sale for Victoria’s Blue Gum Farm led by Phil Campbell and his staff.

The farm finished second on the list of top vendors with the sale of $4.79m of yearlings. They sold all 25 yearlings offered at an average sale price of $191,600.

Blue Gum’s top yearling was $350,000 for an Extreme Choice x Superego (So You Think x Keep de Fortune) filly to Trilogy Racing. They sold two yearlings for $300,000 (Lean Mean Machine x Innocent I Am and Grunt x Little Indian) to Cranbourne training partners Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock.

The strength of Blue Gum’s draft was reflected in another two yearlings selling for $320,000 and another seven bought for $200,000 or more.

Widden Stud, which had the $950,000 sale topper with the Victorian bred a I Am Invincible colt, was the leading vendor with $5.322m. They sold 30 of their 27 yearlings at an average of $197,130. Negotiations were continuing with the three passed in lots.

Gilgai Farm at Nagambie had another outstanding sale. They sold eight yearlings for $2.54 million at an average of $317,500. Their Written Tycoon x Soorena colt was bought by Team Hawkes for a day one sale topper of $675,000.

Gilgai’s second top lot was $520,000 for a Deep Field colt out of Mossin’ Around (Mossman x Rhythmic Affair).

Hawkes also bought a Gilgai colt by Written By out of Holy Cow for $260,000 on the final day of the sale, as well as parting with $200,000 for a Kingman x Dancing Brave Bear colt sold by Blue Gum Farm.

Rushton Park at Tatura set a new record for a yearling sold in any showcase session of Melbourne Premier when Cranbourne trainer Clinton McDonald paid $270,000 for a colt by Preferment out of three-time winning mare Sea Spray (Von Costa de Hero x Black Pearl).

Swettenham Stud’s Toronado topped the stallion list with his progeny selling for a total of $4.82m. His 29 nine yearlings sold for an average of $166,724. The top price was $460,000 which matched the record paid for a Toronado yearling at last year’s corresponding sale.

The equal day three sale topper of the premier session was a Zoustar colt, out of Group 3 winning mare Honey Rider (Pins x Southern Heights) offered by Widden Stud and bought for $340,000 for the Hong Kong Jockey Club by its southern hemisphere buyer, Craig Rounsefell of Boomer Bloodstock.

Rounsefell bought three horses for the HKJC and said Melbourne Premier always offered quality horses.

“A lot of good horses come out of this sale, particularly for Hong Kong,” he said.

“I think it’s probably one of the big points, it’s been the rise over the last five to 10 years in Australia is what’s happening in Victoria.

“There are a couple  of big farms like Widden supporting, but there is also other new stallion farms and boutique broodmare farms that are investing heavily.

“So, it’s good to see stallions like Written Tycoon standing down here now and I think over the years to come this sale is only going to get better.”

There was plenty of interest in the only De Gaulle (De Gaulle x Tremolo) yearling to be offered at the sale.

The stallion had his first winner, from a handful of runners, when Madame Du Gast won on debut at Flemington in January.

Lauriston Park Thoroughbred Farm at Corinella offered Madam Du Gast’s full sister as Lot 701, on behalf of Quilty Park, and she sold for $115,000.

Small-time breeder Ron Beadle, from Arthurs Creek, offered one horse at the sale, a yearling by Highland Reel, and while he was hoping for $30,0000 but anything above $20,000, he wasn’t complaining with the $24,000 paid by trainer Robert Hickmott.

Beadle began breeding about 12 years ago when he decided he needed to do something else a couple of years after his wife Sue passed away.

He now has four broodmares and while he likes to retain a couple to race, the most successful horse he has breed was Captain Spud (Toronado x Dane Sense) which started his racing career in Victoria before being sold to Hong Kong.

The 74-year-old Beadle led his yearling around the sale ring as the bids came in for the filly which is out of his broodmare Northern Aspect (Northern Meteor x Galleta).

“I was very happy with the price, and she is a bit of feisty thing but she did well,” he said.

“I have probably bred 20 and the best horse I bred was Captain Spud which races in Hong as Captain Win, and he has won up there.

“I have two foals that I’ll probably sell as weanlings and I’ll keep another, a Highland Reel filly, which is out of Dane Sense. The filly has a good mother.”

Beadle originally owned 40 per cent of Dane Sense and then nabbed another 10 per cent and then bought her outright when she got injured and never made it to the racetrack.

Yulong’s Sam Fairgray said it had been good to present the first yearlings by the stud’s foundation stallion Grunt at Melbourne Premier.

The top price for a Grunt yearling was on the first day of the sale when a colt out of Little Indian was bought by Cranbourne trainers Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock for $300,000 from Blue Gum Farm’s draft.

The $300,0000 matched the top price paid for a Grunt yearling at Gold Coast Magic Millions this year.

“It’s been great to have the first Grunts in the Victorian market and obviously great for Written Tycoon which had the sale topper on the first day,” Fairgray said.

“To have a Grunt sell for $300,000 has been great for the stud.

“The Grunts have definitely been well received and everyone wants to see them and look at them. They are nice horses; they are good movers, and everyone is really pleased with what they’ve seen.

“We are really pleased that they have gone to some really great trainers which is going to give the stallion every opportunity.”

Fairgray said he looks forward to seeing Grunt’s first runners.

The premier session of the sale grossed just more than $77 million at a clearance rate of 89%.

Widden sold the third most expensive yearling at Melbourne Premier, when lot 522, a colt out of Fine Bubbles sold for $950,000 to Coolmore (Inglis)

An opening bid of $500,000 sparked a fierce bidding war for Widden Stud’s Victorian colt which became the most expensive yearling sold in the first two days of Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Coolmore were the successful bidders for the I Am Invincible colt at $950,000 – the third highest priced yearling in the history of the sale. The colt was just short of the previous two top prices of $1.4m and $1.1m.

The colt, offered late in the sale, is the fifth foal out of stakes winning Fine Bubbles (Casino Prince x Pekalan). The colt is Victorian bred by Sun Stud.

Widden owner Antony Thompson wasn’t surprised the I Am Invincible colt was highly sought after.

“He was the standout colt and the colt’s syndicates had all done a lot of due diligence on this horse and been back on him, so they do have that sort of firepower when they do team up on the star colts,” Thompson said.

“It is was good to see him go to Coolmore who seem to be really leading the charge in that department.

“Obviously this horse fits into a real sweet spot for them around Home Affairs, a horse they have got an enormous thrill out of buying for a similar number I think ($875,000), to win their own race, the Coolmore Stud Stakes, was one of Tom Magnier’s finest days with a colt like that and I guess they see the similarities here with the way he’s bred and the way he looks. it’s no surprise to see them go again.

“He was bred by Sun International and he’s been down here at Widden Victoria since we took over (12 months ago) and it’s followed on from there, growing him out as we normally would and prepared him for the sale. It’s the first time for us to really bring a draft of horses through and it’s a huge thrill to be topping the sale so far.”

An I Am Invincible filly, also a late lot in the sale, was poised to become the sale topper when it sold for $550,000 to prominent Hong Kong owner Bon Ho. The filly is out of Endean Rose (Savabeel x Pretoria) and will be trained by Team Hawkes who were also the successful bidders for the top selling lot on the opening day of the sale.

Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado (IRE) is leading the way as the most sought after stallion during the first two days of the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

His progeny has sold for $4.55m.

A total of 27 of his yearlings have sold for an average of $168,704.

And Blue Gum Farm continues to dominate the sale as the leading vendor.

The farm has sold all 20 of their yearlings offered for a total of $4.06m at an average price of $203,250.

Another Victorian farm, Kulani Park at Goulburn Weir, has also had great success, selling 23 of their yearlings for $3.65m at an average of $159,783.

After providing the sale topper on the opening day of Melbourne Premier,  Rick Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm  was again prominent on the second day with the sale of a colt by Exceed and Excel for $420,000.

The colt, out of Vellor (Sepoy x Hosannah), was the first purchase of the sale by the Victorian Alliance, a group of prominent breeders led by Rosemont Stud which aims to develop potential stallion prospects to stand at their stud.

Rosemont and the Victorian Alliance, an under bidder on the sale’s top lot, bought the colt at Lot 303 in partnership with Suman Hedge Bloodstock and David Redvers Bloodstock.

The Alliance bought 12 colts last year and named them after VFL state football legends, including Brereton, Quinlan, Silvagni, Daicos, Dunstall, Goggin, Hafey, Doull, Millane, Neitz and Bews.

Of the colts to race so far, the two year-old Brereton (Zoustar x Fuddle Dee Duddle), named after champion Hawthorn centre half-forward Dermott Brereton has been the most the most successful, being Listed placed on debut in the Debutant Stakes (1000m) and then winning the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate (1000m).

Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said it was good to buy from a great farm like Gilgai.

“He was a horse that suited our criteria,” he said.

“If was nice to get him at what we thought was a reasonable price and it was about where had him, somewhere either side of $400,000.

“It’s our fifth purchase for the Rosemont Victorian Alliance of the year, so we still have a little bit of work to do. We ended up with 12 last year.

“We’ll do a bit of work on the Easter catalogue and see what can collect there.

“He’ll probably be the only horse we’ll end up with out of this sale. The competition is hot and it’s a good catalogue, but it’s nice to get one.”

Mithen said the alliance spend $6.5m on the 12 colts in 2021 and so far this year has outlaid $3.65 on five colts and still have a “little bit to play with” going into Easter.

Another high-priced yearling on the second day of the sale was Lot 353 – a Snitzel colt of Western Australian mare Amelia’s La Bout (Hinchinbrook x Dance With Zeal) – which was bought by Cranbourne trainer Clinton McDonald for $475,000.

The Gai Waterhouse/Adrian Bott training team combined with First Light Racing to buy a $450,000 Dundeel colt out of Bring Me The Maid (Sebring x Maid for Me).

The Victorian bred colt was offered through the draft of Kulani Park.

Bring Me The Maid won two Group 2 races and was a Listed winner for trainer Peter Moody. The mare, a $105,000 yearling purchase for syndicator Wylie Dalziel, was sold for $900,000 at the Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale in 2016.

There was plenty of joy for the likes of Gilgai who topped the opening day of the sale with the $675,000 colt by Written Tycoon out of Soreena, and also sold a Deep Field x Mossin’ Around colt for $520,00,

Rushton Park’s Written Tycoon colt was secured by Mick Price, who was delighted with his purchase.

Going through on the second day of the sale as the third lot offered, the colt was knocked down to trainer Mick Price for $275,000.

Rushton Park’s Kayley and David Johnson bred the colt from their mare Sunset Affair (Exceed and Excel).

Kayley said he was going to good trainer in Price and would be given every chance.

“He is a good colt out of an Exceed mare who won as a two-year-old,” Price said.

“Obviously, you’ve seen Capitalist, Written By and Ole Kirk, all Written Tycoon colts, go to stud.

“We love our colts, it’s a good place to train them out of Cranbourne, they’re big, safe boxes and I thought he was undervalued.

“I like the fact that he is a sprinting Written Tycoon colt, but he is a big, strong, robust, good walking colt all the same. Hopefully we can get that pedigree to jump out of the ground.

Price also paid credit to the quality of stallions and their progeny at Melbourne Premier.

“There’s a lot of good stallions here, a lot of nice colts and nice fillies, and you have to outbid a few fellow trainers here to get the right horse,” Price said.

“Look, Melbourne Premier is always a happy hunting ground for us and we better buy them now because Sydney Easter is going to be Sydney Easter.

“I am filling my shop up at Melbourne Premier and we’ll have plenty for people to buy shares in.”

 Blue Gum Farm’s Phil Campbell said he couldn’t be happier with the results they had achieved this year as the farm continued to live up to its reputation as Premier’s top seller.

He said they had all their yearlings had sold. The top price was $350,000 for a filly by Extreme Choice out of Superego which was bought by Trilogy Racing.

Not far behind was $320,000 for a Snitzel colt out of Paris Cracker which was sold to Belmont Bloodstock Agency.

Campbell said while they didn’t have their sights set on providing the sale topper, they didn’t have a multitude of stallions, they were selling nice horses very well.

“I can honestly say that I am getting a lot of satisfaction out of it because we try and put together a nice group of individuals and I think the selection process has been vindicated,” he said.

“We are delighted with the results we are getting for out clients and delighted with the people who are buying the horses and it’s just going well.”

Campbell said offering nice horses was obviously the key to selling them for good prices.

While Campbell said they didn’t think they’d have the sale topper, they were always very strong in selling their yearlings in the $2000,000 to $400,000 bracket.

“And that’s been proven already,” he said.

“If you are selling your horses for that sort of money and they are not all by the real big stallions, you are getting a good return on investment for your client and that is very important to us.”

Michael Christian’s Longwood Thoroughbred Farm followed up success on the opening day when they sold a Toronado colt for $460,000, with the second day sale of a Deep Field colt out of Bella Sorellastra for $240,000 to Mick Price.

The Toronado colt equaled the top price paid for a yearling by the stallion when Mike Moroney bought a colt out of Dom Perion (Redoute’s Choice) for $460,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier through Stonehouse’s draft.

“He was a beautiful colt, and we knew he would be a great price as all the major players were on him and so I was just delighted to be able to achieve a price like that for a couple of our great clients,” Christian said.

“He (Toronado) is a wonderful stallion and Swettenham has done a great job with him and it’s great to be able to bring a yearling of that quality to the sale.

“I knew he would be popular, and he was.”

While Christian said they knew the Toronado colt was a lovely horse there was they fear of losing a bit of perspective when you spend every day with them, but it was good to be vindicated with a big sale.

Lot 251, a son of Written Tycoon out of Soorena, bred and sold by Gilgai Farm

The best was saved for the closing stages of the opening day of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale at Oaklands when a colt bred by Gilgai Farm’s Rick Jamieson sold for $675,000.

With two days still to go in the sale, it was the colt by Yulong’s champion stallion Written Tycoon that was predicted to be the day one sale topper.

And he lived up to those expectations – and more.

Team Hawkes grabbed  the Written Tycoon colt out of  Soorena which produced the Group 1 winning The Quarterback (Street Boss).

The training team have had plenty of success with yearlings they’ve bought from Melbourne Premier, including Written Tycoon’s dual Group 1 winning son Ole Kirk which they also bought for $675,000 at the 2019 sale.

Wayne Hawkes said that no-one has one has ever walked out of Oaklands and driven home with a bad one from the yearling sale.

“But I got here the other day and I say on the wall that Rick had 149 yearlings go through for I think about 14 Group 1 winners and we have had three of those,” Hawkes said.

“It’s a pretty fair old stat. There is Black Caviar, there is Ole Kirk, All Too Hard, Masked Crusader. He is a pretty special breeder this guy.

“Whenever you buy a horse off Gilgai, you know you are going to pay a premium. He’s a premium breeder it’s a simple as that.”

Hawkes described the son of Written Tycoon as just a beautifully balanced colt with a “big fat pedigree.”

“And we’ve had some good luck with Written Tycoon in the last few years with Ole Kirk and Dirty Work,” he said.

“This bloke has a stallion’s pedigree there is no doubt about that

“I know the Quarterback well. He beat Chautauqua in a Newmarket. He was a very, very good horse, because it’s not easy to get past Chautauqua.”

As well as the colt being a half-brother to the prolific and Group 1 winner The Quarterback (Street Boss), the mare also produced Vanilla (Host) which raced in Australia as Philippi, winning the Listed Uci Stakes at Flemington and the Group 2 Alister Stakes and the Group 2 Tulloch Stakes before being sold to Hong Kong where he won another seven races

The colt is the last foal out of Soorena which died in December, 2020.
Soorena also produced Octane (I Am Invincible), a winner of seven races and full brother, Born A Warrior won one race. Ra Ikane (Invincible Spirit) was also a seven-time winner, while Rude Warrior (Kempinsky) won five races. The Source, a three-year-old filly by Sebring, was retired last year after one trial.

Gilgai Farm sold Octane sold for a record $1.4 million at the 2017 Melbourne Premier Sale, while Born A Warrior was sold for the same amount at the 2018 Easter Yearling Sale.

Gilgai Farm manager Kelly Skillecorn said the Hawkes, along with the under bidders, the Freedmans, were among the best trainers in the country.

He said it justified what they thought of the colt.

“He’s a gorgeous horse,” he said.

“He’s the last of the mare and I always thought he was the best out of the mare, not a heavy colt like the last two she’s thrown. He is just a real athlete and as good as we can breed, that horse.

“We sold every one of her foals at Inglis. She had $2.8 million in two horses and now $675,000.

“It’s good to have the good horses back here. We went north for a few years, we lost our way, but now we’re back. It’s good to be home.”

Skillecorn understands that the Hawkes bought the colt for prolific owner Rupert Legh who raced Chautauqua and is part of owner of Masked Crusader. Legh has won dozens of top races.

“My boss (Rick Jamieson) and Rupert are good friends, so hopefully we will be in on him and hopefully we can get a big cheque at the end of it.” he said.

 

The  Written Tycoon colt was chasing the early day one sale topper, a I Am Invincible colt out of Mark Two (NZ) was sold to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for $550,000.

The top price was matched later in the sale for a Snitzel x Reply Churlish (NZ) colt.

A Gilgai Farm-bred colt by Deep Field out of Mossin’ Around loomed as a serious contender to pass $550,000, but the bidding stopped at $520,000. The successful bidders were China Horse Club in partnership with Newgate Bloodstock and Trilogy Racing.

Gilgai’s Skillecorn said it was a great result and always reassuring when two of the best judges in the game were on him. John Hawkes was the under bidder.

“He has been so popular and all the right judges were on him and (Deep Field) is an exceptional stallion who can do no wrong,” Skillecorn said.

 

“He’s out of a good, young, fast mare and everyone liked him and he made his money.”

 

China Horse Club’s Michael Smith said it was a great colt that had come off an outstanding farm and they were delighted to have bought him.

And it seemed that $520,00 was the magical figure with another two yearlings being locked in at the figure.

The Musk Creek bred Dundeel (NZ) colt, out of Personalised (Snitzel x Personify) also got to $520,000 – but that’s where the bidding stopped again.

But Musk Creek’s Scott Williamson was delighted with both the price and the fact that the colt will still  be near their Flinders farm after being purchased by Mornington trainer Matt Laurie who is based at Moorooduc.

And he explained that the Dundeel mating with Personalised happened after Musk Creek owner David Kobritz paid $100,000 for the service fee at a charity action to aid injured jockey Tye Angland who was left a quadriplegic after a race fall in Hong Kong in 2018.

Dundeel’s service fee at the time was $66,000.

Williamson said he wasn’t surprised that the cot sold for $520,000.

“He is a cracking colt and the mare is outstanding,” he said.

“It’s a great reward to see him develop on the farm since day one and then to go to a good home like Matt’s and he stays close to home which is good.

“We are delighted. You hope they make that sort of price when you bring them to the sales and he had plenty of interest.”

Williamson said there might have been a bit of karma with buying the Dundeel service fee at the Tye Angland charity auction.

“And we bought the mare off the back of buying that charity nom,” he said.

“We bought the mare for $525,000 and she was carrying her first foal and after we bought her, Personal, her half-sister won the Group 1 so she’d be worth a lot more now.

“And obviously with her first two foals making $575,000 and now $520,000, she is obviously a very valuable mare for us. She has got a Zoustar filly at the farm now that is outstanding and arguably our best foal that she has had so far which is very exciting for a small boutique farm like us.

“It’s our aim to build on that quality of mare. We want to be known as breeders.”

Williamson said that Personalised tends to go a bit overdue when she foals and it was decided not to put her into foal last season but she will have an early service this year.

Personalised’s first foal, by Spirit Boom, was bought by Tony Gollan and John Foote at the 2021 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The two-year-old colt races as Spiritualised and has finished second at both of his starts.

A Snitzel colt, offered by Widden, out of Prairie Star (High Chaparral x Maryann Jones) was also sold for $520,000 as Lot 163.

Widden expanded to Victoria when it took over Sun Stud.

Anthony Thompson, the proprietor of Widden, said the colt was a real a star.

“A much-admired colt and we were hoping that he would sell for something around that and he sold according to the interest shown.

 

“He was bred and owned by Sun Stud, he carries their brand, so he had been down here at Widden Victoria and we thought he would be a star wherever he went but that he’d standout here and with Widden Victoria in its first full year of operation it’s really nice thing to be able to sell a lovely horse on behalf of Sun Stud.

“It has been a solid day. Like all the auctions we’ve been to this year, they start slowly while people find their feet but once you get an hour into selling, they really kick on.

 

“From the buyers’ point of view, if you’ve bought early, you should be happy with yourself and that’s just a pattern throughout the sales. There’s a really solid buying bench for a sale where the trend continues.”

 

Although there was no million dollar colt on the opening day, some experts predict that Lot 269 – the fourth lot to go under the hammer tomorrow –  will spark plenty of interest.  Again, it’s a colt by Written Tycoon, out of Sunset Affair (Exceed and Excel x Tuscan Sky) and is being offered through Rushton Park’s draft.

Swettenham Stud’s Toronado matched his highest price for a yearling when a chestnut colt offered by  Michael Christian’s Longwood Thoroughbred Farm was sold for $460,000.

The colt is out of Redoute’s Choice mare Smooth Edge.

Written Tycoon had another big number at Lot 29 – $360,000 for a  filly out of the unraced La Paris (Falvelon). The filly, offered by Victoria’s Morningside at Wahring, was bought by Cranbourne trainer Mick Price.

First season sire Grunt equaled his top price for a yearling when  Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths and Mathew de Kock paid $300,000 for a colt out of Not A Single Doubt mare Little Indian (Fidele by Encosta De Lago) that won two races.

Fidele was the dam of eights foals and all won, including the Griffiths-trained mare Fidelia (Not A Single Doubt), a winner of  five races and $405,850 in prizemoney.

The colt, Lot 56, was sold through Blue Gum Farm’s draft.

Grunt was Yulong’s foundation stallion and now stands alongside Written Tycoon, Tagaloa, Lucky Vega and Yulong Prince

The dual Group 1 winner at 1600m had his first crop of yearlings offered at this year’s Magic Millions where they totaled $1.48m in the sale ring at an average of $106,000. Five of the yearlings sold for six figures in Book 1 and the top three were sold for $300,000, $250,000 and $180,000.

 

Romsey’s Supreme Thoroughbreds’ got the Victorian’s off to a flying start when a Deep Field colt out of Khalama (Starspangledbanner x Sevruga) sold for $300,000 as Lot 14.

Toronado was again in high demand early in the sale and his first colt offered by Supreme Thoroughbreds as Lot 2 was sold to Chris Waller Racing/Hermitage Thoroughbreds for $300,000.

Highlights for Victorian breeders and farms included a $380,000 result for Esker Farm which sold a Camelot x Mrs Bannock colt born in Ireland.

A So You Think colt out of Miss Keepsake (Keeper x Jacilo) was sold by Gilgai Farm to UK bloodstock agent Stephen Hillen for $250,000.

Bucklee Farm at Greta West had a big result with its Magnus colt, out of Simbelation (Bel Esprit x Simulation), which sold for $300,000. The dam is a half-sister to Cliff’s Edge (Canford Cliffs) and Delago’s Lad (Delago Boom).

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) have launched the Victorian Breeding Academy.

The Academy has been established to entice the next generation into the Victorian Thoroughbred industry.

The Academy will offer both formal and informal educational courses for those who would like to be involved in the industry and will commence in March with a nationally recognised Certificate IV in Agriculture.

Subjects will be focussed on equine breeding, as well as leadership and pasture management.  Students will gain a solid foundation in subjects such as foaling down, nutritional needs for horses, handling horses safely and caring for horses.

Students will be enrolled in the Certificate IV of Agriculture as trainees for one year with Victorian farms. They will spend one-week blocks at Cornwall Park, Toolern Vale, where they will gain the vital hands on experience needed.

The Certificate IV is the first stage of TBV’s strategic plan, with TBV’s vision to qualify existing staff in the industry, if they desire, as well as other formal pathways for students to enrol in.

The Certificate IV complements the existing well received informal educational webinars which TBV have been running for the last few years.

TBV believe that both formal and informal education is vital for participants and are planning to expand on the informal educational webinars mid-year for Victorian breeders.

“The launch of the Victorian Breeding Academy is a very exciting time for everyone at TBV and the wider industry. Everyone at TBV is so passionate about the future of our industry and ensuring we attract new entrants,” commented Charmein Bukovec – TBV Executive Officer.

“There are already so many great options available across Australia and we are excited to provide the first formal hands-on pathway in Victoria,” she said.

TBV are currently looking for expressions of interest from both potential trainees and also from farms who would like to employ a trainee for the duration of the course.

“As an industry, we need to ensure we are giving the next generation, a great foundation coupled with the skills and opportunities to excel and grow. We are responsible for enticing new entrants into our wonderful industry. We can’t sit back for people to turn up at our doors, we need to highlight the benefits and international opportunities which exist,” she said.

To highlight these pathways, which are on offer in Victoria and wider Australia, TBV, in collaboration with the Australian Chinese Jockey Club and Musk Creek, will be conducting an educational pathway event ahead of the Inglis Melbourne Premier sale on Wednesday the 23rd of February at the complex from 4pm. For anyone interested, they can register here.

You can learn more about the Victorian Breeding Academy or to register your interest, by clicking here.

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Mumbai Jewel as a yearling, image courtesy of Magic Millions.

For a filly that cost more than $1.5m and finished her career with one win and prizemoney of $29,735, Rob McClure must have wondered whether he’d ever recoup just some of his outlay.
With no guarantees in the breeding barn when the horse in question Mumbai Rock was retired, Morning Rise Stud’s McClure and his wife Barbara supported the well bred mare with some top quality stallions in keeping with her rather large sale price.
The daughter of Fastnet Rock was out of American mare Mani Bhavan (Storm Boot x Rehear), a winner of three races in the states – one at Group 1 and won a Group 2 level.
While Mumbai Rock wasn’t a success on the track, it’s been a different story at stud.
Her fourth foal to race, Mumbai Jewel (I Am Invincible), shot into Golden Slipper calculations with her spectacular victory in the Pierro Plate (1100m) at Randwick last Saturday.
The last to first victory thrilled McClure.
“She came from last, and I thought no way could she get up, but she put in some big ones in the end,” he said.
“All good and looks good for the future.
“Annabel Neasham has always loved her. She said right from the start that she is one of her best, so we have got a bit to look forward to.”
McClure was quick to point out that Morning Rise still has Mumbai Rock and her first foal, five-year-old mare Splendoronthegrass (So You Think).
“Her second foal Bombay Rocket (Snitzel) is at home and is in foal (Strasbourg), and she didn’t quite make it, but she is a winner,” he said.
“Then there is Jazz Etude (I Am Invincible) who is in Japan and has won three or four races there. They (Katsumi Yoshida) paid $650,000 for her at the Magic Millions Sale and took her straight back and we are just hoping she wins some black type.”
“Mumbai Jewel is her fourth foal.”
Bombay Rocket was sold for $165,000 to Anthony Freedman at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
McClure said they have another Mumbai Rock filly, by Zoustar, and she is headed to the Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April.
“Apparently she is pretty good,” he said.
“She has a foal (colt) to Zoustar and is in foal to I Am Invincible.”
McClure agreed that the quality of stallions that have served Mumbai Rock is reflected in the $1.55m price he parted with at the 2013 Eastern Yearling Sale – the biggest price for a filly that year.
Mumbai Rock started her career with the David Hayes stable where she raced once and then won her only race with Gai Waterhouse before finishing her career with Stuart Webb who got a third out of her before she was retired as a three-year-old.
McClure said that Mumbai Rock had obviously cost a lot of money and he had to keep her going as a broodmare.
“She had a little issue which stopped her really,” he said.
“She started off with David Hayes, and he had a huge opinion of her, but she just had an issue, but won the one race and that was it.
“But she has paid for herself now.
“We retained her first one, Splendoronthegrass, and she is Stakes placed and we retired her last year but she didn’t get into foal. She is coming back for a prep with David Vandyke.”
Splendoronthegrass has won five races and had six seconds from 22 starts for prize money of $281,175.
“We are hoping she can step up to the full black type,” he said.
“She’ll go back to stud this year.”
McClure sold Mumbai Jewel for $575,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
He retained 50 per cent of the filly when she was bought by Warwick Farm trainer Neasham and her bloodstock consultant Brian McGuire.
McClure said it was part of their program to retain an interest of at least 50 per cent if they were selling a really nice filly which they’d bred.
Kia Ora Stud and Coolmore both bought 25 per cent of the filly.
McClure said retaining at least 50 per cent in fillies they’d bred and sold was a good way of improving their broodmare band and at the same time generating cash flow.
“That’s our system, really,” he said.
“With the Zoustar/Mumbai Rock filly, I’d look to keep 50 per cent as well, and there are a couple of others in the sale that we might look at doing the same with.
“We have a quite a big band going to Sydney. We have 12 that are part-owned or fully owned.”
McClure said that it wasn’t always the case that people who bought their yearlings would agree to him retaining an interest, but it was different if trainers were the successful bidders.
Neasham also bought a Morning Rise Stud filly by Fastnet Rock, out of Group 1 winning Argentinian mare Kononkop, for $475,000 at last year’s Easter Yearling Sale.
McClure again retained an interest in the two-year-old filly which races as Birdonawing which was unplaced at her only start and trialled on Monday.
A Justify filly out of Kononkop – the champion two-year-old filly in Argentina in 2016/17 – will also be offered at the Easter Yearling sale by Morning Rise through Coolmore’s draft.
McClure said they’d also offer seven yearlings at Melbourne Premier, including two So You Think fillies out Stakes placed mares Danevade and True Magic.
He said he couldn’t believe the prices yearlings were selling for at all the sales.
“I suppose it’s the reflection of the increase in prizemoney all the time,’’ McClure said.
“Australia is in a fantastic position with the racing industry and I think it’s the best in the world.”
McClure said increased prizemoney was good for the syndicators who put together groups of people as owners, which was great for racing.
He said the immediate plan for Mumbai Jewel was to head to the Reisling Stakes (1200m) for two-year-old fillies in three weeks.
“She’ll need to win that or get significant prize money to get into the Golden Slipper but to my eye she’d be an ideal Sires Produce (1400m) distance horse and I think as she turns three that would be a great campaign for her,” he said.
“Just the way she ran the other day looks like she’d eat up 1400m.”
It’s most likely the three owners of Mumbai Jewel would breed from her in partnership on the same percentage basis as they race her and McClure said she become a valuable broodmare and enhance her family if she can win black type.
McClure said he has about 40 broodmares which are a mixture of some he owns and others are in partnership.
And is also keen to see another horse he has ownership in, Home Affairs (I Am Invincible x Miss Interiors), resume in the Group 1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on Saturday.
The lightly-raced three-year-old colt won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington last October and is expected to stand at stud this year.
He could be first headed to Royal Ascot to have a crack at the big sprint races in June along with champion stablemate Nature Strip.
McClure said he’d be sending mares to Home Affairs, when he does stand at stud, and hopes he gives Nature Strip “a real fright” on Saturday.
Coolmore paid $875,000 for Home Affairs at the 2020 Easter Yearling Sale.
And Neasham said for Mumbai Jewel, which had raced in Group 3 races in both of her previous two starts when she finished fifth and then sixth, it had been disappointing to see the filly again draw a wide barrier.
In her three races she has drawn nine of 12 and then eight of 10 and then 10 of 10 last Saturday.
“I’ve always had a really good opinion of her,” Neasham said in her postrace interview.
“She’s a beautiful physical, always wants to please and has shown plenty of ability at home. It was disappointing to see her draw wide yet again – she had a very torrid run from a wide gate at Rosehill last start.
“We thought about going to Wyong on Tuesday, but she drew wide there too. In the end we decided to come here, ride her quietly and hope they overdid it in front.
“I think she absolutely could be a Golden Slipper horse. She probably has to step up again, but a race like the Reisling Stakes for two-year-old fillies in three weeks’ time would be perfect.”
Neasham said if Mumbai Jewel is good enough, “she can put her hand up there.”

Unanimous ridden by Jamie Kah wins the The Big Screen Company Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on February 12, 2022 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Victorian breeder Rob Love has had plenty of success with horses he has bred over the years, and another Love Racing horse was an impressive winner of the 1400m handicap at Caulfield on Saturday.
Trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace at Cranbourne, the four-year-old Unanimous (Deep Field x Without Exception) continued his outstanding form which began last September after he returned from a long spell after gelding and throat operations.
In his nine runs this campaign, Unanimous has finished fourth three times, third twice, second twice and won two races, including his first city success at Caulfield.
Love sold Unanimous for $34,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale to Victorian syndicator David Azzopardi of Dream Thoroughbreds.
“He was at the January sale and was in book two on the last day,
“We hung around to buy him and his reserve was a lot higher than what we purchased him for. They put him on the market early, and I purchased him for $34,000, it was cheap, and we liked him.
“It was being in the right place at the right time.
“At that stage Deep Field, I think, was second or maybe third year and probably not as popular as he is today because you couldn’t get one for that nowadays.”
Azzopardi said they had rated Unanimous highly as a three-year-old and thought he could be a Caulfield Guineas type, but he was hard to keep condition on him.
He said they were forced to make the decision to geld the horse and when he returned for an autumn campaign he wasn’t trialling as sharply as they thought and they found he had a throat issue which required surgery.
“He hasn’t looked back and has been up since September and has just improved and initially we thought he was just a run-on sprinter but half-way through the preparation we worked out he was looking for the 1400m and we tried him at 1500m and 1600m but 1400m seems to be his perfect distance range,” he said.
“But he did run second at 1500m at Moonee Valley and they broke the track record that day but the track was lightning quick and he has ran second at 1600m at Flemington.”
Azzopardi said Maher had always had a high opinion of Unanimous and predicted there was a good race in him.
Unanimous won on debut at Sandown over 1000m in February 2020 and has now had 14 starts for three wins, two seconds and three thirds for $181,750.
Azzopardi said he since bought Unanimous’ half-sister, Absolute Puzzle (Rubick) which was also bred by Love and ran a second from its two race starts before being retired.
“I bought her and she is in foal to Hanseatic,” he said.
“And I have got a Zoustar filly out of Without Exception which I am syndicating now.
“The first foal Absolute Puzzle was an absolute speed machine but she broke down after two starts. Gai Waterhouse had her.”
Azzopardi hopes Unanimous can go on and win a Stakes race.
Bloodstock agent James Harron began advising Love and his late wife Donna on horses back in 2013.
He said Without Exception has since been sold by Love and is now owned by Coolmore, which have a Pierro filly out of the mare, and she is in foal to So You Think after missing to Justify and Pierro in 2020.
Harron said Love had a beautiful broodmare band. His racehorses are split between New South Wales and Victoria.
Shamal Wind (Dubai x Firemaid) was Love’s first Group 1 winner when the mare won the 2015 Oakleigh Plate (1100m). Love bred two horses from Shamal Wind – The Driller (Sea The Stars) and Seguso (Redoute’s Choice). The Driller was sold as yearling for $325,000 and Seguso was sold for $150,000.
Love sold Shamal Wind, bred by Widden Stud, for $1.2m to Gerry Harvey’s Baramul Stud at the 2018 Gold Coast Broodmare Sale.
Harvey has bred three foals – the unraced three-year-old The Stone Mason (Redoute’s Choice), unraced two-year-old Laroupe (Fastnet Rock) and has a colt by I Am Invincible – out of Shamal Wind which died in October of 2020.
Harron said Love, who is in the steel industry, had been involved with Harron Bloodstock in horses like Group winners Capitalist, King’s Legacy and Pariah that are now standing at stud.
“And he has had some lovely homebreds as well,” Harron said.
“He has got a nice filly named Pretty Woman which will be resuming soon. It’s by Written Tycoon, but wasn’t quite right last preparation.”
“He has got some lovely stock.”
Pretty Woman was the last horse Donna Love named before she passed away in September, 2019.
Harron said Love has around 15 to broodmares and mostly owns them himself.
“He was a partner in Suspicieuse who we bought privately and her yearling topped the Magic Millions Sale this year (Coolmore paid $1.8 million for the I Am Invincible colt),” he said.
Suspicious has had two foals to race – Group winner and now stallion Dubious (Not A Single Doubt) and unraced two-year-old Dystopian (Russian Revolution). The mare has a filly foal by Pariah and is in foal to King’s Legacy.

Michael and Carolyn after winning the Perth Cup with Cats Fun (Lauralyn Park)

After being prominent identities in the Western Australian racing industry for more than 20 years, Michael and Carolyn Grant are about to show the first results of their relocation to Romsey four years ago.
The husband and wife team are the principals of G&G Bloodstock and established their farm – Lauralyn Park – on 40 acres at Romsey and lease another nearby 100 acre property.
Although the long-time breeders have offered stock at various sales around Australia in the past, they will be selling their first draft of horses under the Lauralyn Park banner at Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale from February 27 to March 1.
They will offer 10 yearlings, including a Harry Angel (IRE) filly out of their broodmare Admiring (Street Cry x Ballet Girl).

“She is the dam of Miss Admiration (Group 3 winner bred by the Grants) who had that $1.7m colt (Not A Single Doubt) up at the Gold Coast,” Grant said.

Lot 339: Harry Angel (IRE) out of Admiring – this filly is the half-sister to Miss Admiration

“We have a nice Kermadec filly out of Sentimental Star, one of those really good families of Bob Peters.
“We have got a couple of So You Thinks and a couple of Impendings. There are quite a few nice ones among them, including a Street Boss colt and a nice Deep Field colt.
“There is a mixture of new and proven stallions amongst them, so there is something for everyone.”
While Grant said they’d been selling and buying horses, including at Melbourne Premier for 20 years, they had gone through under other studs and farm’s draft, and it was pleasing to sell them under their own banner for the first time.
Grant said they decided to make the move interstate when their two children, Jack and Laura, finished school and were both expected to attend the University of Melbourne.
“So we thought it was a good time sell up and move over here and be closer to the kids and that was the main reason for the move,” he said.
“My son is in his last year of law at Sydney University, and my daughter is in our last year of 200 grads and starts medicine and she has got a bit of uni ahead of her.
“They were both coming to Melbourne University but both ended up at Sydney University, but we are closer to them. When they got their offers they sort of ended up at Sydney.”
Grant said the move to Melbourne had its challenges, including when Covid hit and they had to endure the lockdown and everything associated with it, along with everyone else in the state.
“The climate has been a bit of a thing and then we had to build the farm from scratch, so we have sort of had a lot of challenges along the way,” he said.
“But we are pretty happy now and have the farm to where we want it now and all the facilities are all built, and hopefully all those hard yards are behind us.
“It was absolutely starting from scratch. The house was here, but all the infrastructure, the fencing, stables, paddocks, shelters, round yards and walkers, we put the whole lot in. Roads and everything. We did the lot.”
Grant said the property was virtually bare land when they purchased it.
“I think it was part of a cattle farm originally
“We had built everything. It had never had horses on it which was good. We redid the pastures and everything.”
While Lauralyn Park has the facilities, the Grants lease another 100 acre property five minutes away where they keep all their dry mares.

The property at Romsey (Lauralyn Park)

Grant said they accommodated up to 90 mares and foals during the breeding season.
“I think last season we bred about 70 mares so we ended up having quite a few horses and it keeps us busy,” he said.
“It’s a mixture of horses with some are ours and some are for clients. A lot of our clients are clients that followed us from WA. A lot are Perth based breeders that have supported us, all of the bigger breeders like Ron Sayers, Tony Patrizi and Ellie Giles who is very well known breeder from WA, and Alana and Grant Williams.”
Grant said they bred to a lot more of Victorian stallions last year, but still sent a few interstate to match the mares with the right stallion.
He said the idea of having the farm at Romsey was to try to support as many Victorian stallions as they could.
“The Victorian stallion market is ever-increasing, the quality is improving and they continue to breed nice horse in Victoria now,” he said.
Grant has an extensive background in Perth where he trained for more than 20 years and had the ultimate success with Cats Fun (Catbird x She’s Zeel) which won the Group 1 West Australian Derby (2400m) under his care in 2006. The gelding also won two Group 2 races, the Perth Cup and WATC Cox Stakes and the Listed Melvista Stakes and WATC Tattersall’s Cup.
He also had Stakes success with Wave Rock, Empire Dancer, and Mighty Rossa and Admiring.
“We had a good run and won Derbies and a Perth Cup and stuff like that and the big races in Perth,” he said.
“But we have always bred. Breeding has always been something that we have dabbled in and then just slowly it sort of became more and more of a primary focus and we decided not to concentrate on training and stop doing that.
“But we still have horses in work. We keep them in work with Lindsey Smith and Grant and Alana Williams, but we just concentrate on breeding now.”
Grant was also heavily involved in administration and racing stakeholder governance in the horse racing industry in WA. He is a former president of the Western Australian Trainers’ Association and executive chairman of the Western Australian Racing Representative Group (WARRG).
The WARRG was established by the three racing codes in WA to negotiate with the government in the proposed sale and privatisation of the WA TAB. It’s still an ongoing process.
“I ran that process and did all the commercials and all that was attached to that,” Grant said.
Grant said at the moment he just wanted to concentrate on their breeding farm and get the business up and running and successful.
He said he’s asked all the time to go on boards and committees, but he wanted to primarily focus on the breeding for a while.
Grant said they have about 12 of their own broodmares.
He believes in the philosophy of sending a horse to a sale where it’s best suited and already this year has sent a couple to Perth, one to Adelaide and last year sent some to the Classic Sale.
“As a rule, we’d sort of like to target Melbourne Premier going forward, but we also think that it’s about putting your horses where they are best placed,” Grant said.
“Part of the success is placing your horses really well. It’s like when you are training your horses that you have to place them really well so they can win races and I think it’s the same and a matter of placing them well in the sales and where they fit in.
“There is no point taking a late-maturing staying type filly up to the Gold Coast, and there’s no point taking horses that aren’t going to stand out at Melbourne Premier which is an elite sale.
“Melbourne Premier is a really strong sale and over the past few years has just gone from strength to strength and people are buying your horse from anything from $50,000 up to $1m.”

Grant said his wife Carolyn was the boss and the backbone behind the whole operation.

Happy horses at Lauralyn Park (Lauralyn Park)

 

Wayne Hawkes with Jye McNeil after Sebonack won the Lamaro's Hotel Chairman's Stakes , at Caulfield Racecourse on February 05, 2022 in Caulfield, Australia.(Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Spendthrift Australia General Manager, Garry Cuddy hopes race results from the weekend will reflect the bright future the farm has in the Australian breeding industry.

The entire 602-acre Romsey farm, including its four colonial stallions and broodmares, is on the market after its American owners decided to sell the operation.

Cuddy described it as a great weekend for Spendthrift, when a yearling colt bought in partnership with the hope of developing into a stallion, won the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

As well as the victory of Sebonack on debut for Team Hawkes, there was more joy for Spendthrift the following day in Western Australia, when their stallion Gold Standard produced his first stakes winner in devastating style when filly Sheeza Belter came from near last to win the Restricted Listed Magic Millions 2YO Classic (1200m).

Sheeza Belter (ex Saxabelle) provided Gold Standard with his first win as a sire when she won first-up at Ascot on New Year’s Day. The filly has now had three starts for two wins and a second and it was announced today she has been transferred to the care of Peter and Paul Snowden to contest the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Cuddy said Sebonack was purchased with the hope of becoming a stallion.

“It was a great weekend for the farm all round,” Cuddy said.

“Obviously you buy yearlings to try and get them onto the stallion roster, and I think Sebonack put one foot onto the roster with the performance like that in his first start and hopefully there is plenty more in store for him in the coming weeks or years really.

“He is only at the beginning of what looks like an exciting racing career.”

Cuddy said the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes was obviously on the radar, but the colt had to pull up well after his debut and continue to do everything right.

“If he does that, yes that’s a race we can target but if he needs a bit of time between runs, the Hawkes are very good at taking horses from Melbourne to Sydney.

“The Golden Slipper is a race that is on any two-year-old colt’s target list as well.”

Cuddy said the way Sebonack put himself into the race on the turn showed that he wanted to be there and wanted to do it.

“Not many horses take the gap that he did on his own accord but to do it in your first race start shows that there is definitely something there, so hopefully it can continue into the future,” he said.

“You’d obviously like to win Group races more often but to achieve that feat with a first starter was very special.”

Cuddy put his hand up for the Capitalist colt at last year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for $260,000 and admits that alongside Spendthrift’s farm manager Grant Burrill, they are both big on how a horse moves, and were instantly attracted to him.

“He just walked and walked and walked,” he said.

“It’s one of the things that is certainly high on our check list, and he ticked that right from the first time we saw him.

“We went back and saw him every day from the first day and he didn’t change one bit. He was a standout for us at the Sale and we were very fortunate to not have to pay too much for him.

“We obviously liked the horse. I saw John, Michael and Wayne (Hawkes) looking at the horse, so we went over and spoke to John and asked him if he liked the horse as much as I did and we agreed from there that we had to have him, so that’s how we formed the partnership.”

Spendthrift race the colt, which is out of Al Samer mare Profound Wisdom, in partnership with prominent owners Rupert Legh, Bruce Wilson and Gary Lechte.

Cuddy said Spendthrift had raced horses in the past with Legh, but never with Wilson and Lechte, so it was exciting to race with new people and to have immediate success was the icing on the cake.

While Legh has had a huge amount of success with horses he has raced, including 11-time Group winner Chautauqua, Cuddy said they were hoping it’s that luck which will carry them all the way to the top.

“He puts a lot of time, money and energy into the industry and to see people like him have this type of success, it’s a wonderful thing for the sport,” Cuddy said.

“It’s great to be involved and share it with him.”

Cuddy said that Spendthrift had done it the hard way with their stallions since being in Australia.

He said three of the four colonial horses on Spendthrift’s roster last year – Dirty Work (Written Tycoon x Maidel), Swear (Redoute’s Choice x Crossyourheart) and Overshare (I Am Invincible x Savannah’s Choice) were horses that they’d purchased as yearlings and raced to Group success.

“I think it’s a great achievement and old Goldie (Gold Standard), another colonial horse we have, was a purchase we made when injury finished his racing career.

“Obviously he repaid us on Sunday afternoon in the West with Sheeza Belter winning.

“It was an unreal win; a blink of an eye and it was fantastic. Plus, the news today she’s heading over to Sydney for the Autumn Carnival just adds to the excitement.”

Cuddy said it had been an unreal weekend for Sebonack, Gold Standard (Sebring x Coniston Gem) and Sheeza Belter.

Sheeza Belter, sold for $50,000, was Gold Standard’s first runner, first winner and first Stakes winner.

His only other runner to date, two-year-old filly Golden Queen (ex Queens Plaza), has raced twice and was second in her first start at Sandown over 1000m for trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

“Gold Standard has had two runners for two city horses, while Overshare has only had the one runner to date, in Lady Laguna, who has had three starts for two wins and a stakes second-placing on the weekend. I don’t think she lost any admirers finishing second by a head in that race (Lonhro Plate) either.”

Lady Laguna, bred by Spendthrift and sired by resident stallion Overshare, is currently his first runner and is making the team very proud (Spendthrift).

Lady Laguna (ex Catalina De Lago) was bred by Spendthrift and purchased directly by Terry Henderson’s OTI Racing. Trained at Warwick Farm by Annabel Neasham, she has won at Eagle Farm (1000m) and Rosehill (1100m) and has a nomination for this month’s Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m).

Following the announcement of the sale of the farm, Cuddy said there had been plenty of interest from potential buyers of Spendthrift as could be expected.

“I would expect that after a weekend that we’ve just had that I wouldn’t be surprised if a few more people start asking questions because I think it’s clear that we have a young bloodstock portfolio that has the ability to become elite,” he said.

Spendthrift Farm will no doubt attract a lot of interest (Spendthrift)

The sale of Spendthrift’s Romsey property, which includes plant and equipment, is being co-ordinated by Clint Donovan of Donovan and Co Property Specialists, in conjunction with Magic Millions.