Proven Redoute’s Choice sire Al Samer has returned to Victoria and will continue his stud career at Ridgeview Park.

The 13 year-old stallion will stand for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee at Muskerry East.

Al Samer was based at Emirates Park in Diggers Rest before transferring to Queensland.

“I was talking to Emirates Park’s general manager Bryan Carlson and jumped at the chance when he mentioned the horse was available,” Ridgeview Park owner Phil Sloane said.

“He’s still a relatively young horse and settled in straight away after arriving earlier this week.”

Ridgeview Park welcomed Al Samer back to Victoria following the recent deaths of old warrior Bianconi and young Redoute’s Choice sire Dr Doute’s.

“Losing two stallions within a month was a body-blow, but you’ve got to get up and keep going,” Sloane explained.

Al Samer was a Group 3 winner of the Black Opal Stakes at two and he trained on to claim the Listed Darby Munro Stakes as a three year-old.

He sired Mr Chard (winer of the Group 3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes) & Le Remas (winner of the Listed MRC John Dillion Stakes) in his first crop and followed up with dual black type winning 2yo Underestimation (winner of Listed St Albans Stakes and Listed VRC Anzac Day Stakes).

Al Samer’s early crops also included the Hong Kong trained winners Tour De Force (trained by John Size) with 7 wins and AU$1.4 million in prizemoney, Keen Tactics (Almond Lee), Spicy Sam (David Ferraris), Haymaker (Francis Lui) and Eastern Promise (Peter Ng).

This Saturday, the very promising Victorian bred Berisha, a son of Al Samer, will line up in the Listed Mornington Cup with a good chance. He is already stakes placed as a three-year-old.

“All his stakes horses have won in Melbourne and those overseas winners were bred in Victoria,” Sloane said.

“I don’t know why he left here in the first place.”

For further details, please contact Phil Sloane on 0488 525 063 or go to Ridgeview Park’s website.

Bunyip’s Ampulla Lodge has won the inaugural Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) VOBIS vendors prize at the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale (Session 1).

With an average of $210,000 across the three VOBIS nominated lots it sold, Ampulla lead the way followed by Nagambie’s Gilgai Farm which had an average of $183,889 for 9 VOBIS lots.

The prize from TBV is $1,000 and is to be used by Ampulla Lodge’s staff for a dinner or lunch to celebrate the achievement.

112ColtAmericain (USA)Northeast Note (NZ)Proven Thoroughbreds / McEvoy Mitchell Racing NSW$110,000
288ColtSmart MissileRain ShadowTan Sri Vincent Tan & Dato Seri Robin Tan MALAYSIA$320,000
289ColtCharge ForwardRaquiaInglis As Agent HONG KONG$200,000

Ampulla Lodge specialises in pinhooking weanlings – which are then reared at its farm in West Gippsland and presented at yearling sales across the country.

Ampulla Lodge sign

Ampulla proprietors Steve and Ceri Jostlear have had a whirlwind and breakthrough yearling sales season starting with Magic Millions on the Gold Coast.

At the January sale, they ranked second by vendor Book 1 averages with an average of $440,000 – an extraordinary result against the ‘big boys’ of Australian breeding. Their sales included $800,000 for a Makybe bred Exceed and Excel colt.

“We are humbled and honoured to be receiving the inaugural TBV award. We would like to offer our sincerest gratitude to TBV for this honour,” said Ceri Jostlear

“We have had an exceptional sales year with outstanding results starting at Magic Millions and now at Inglis Melbourne Premier.

“Steve and I believe our results are owed to not only our strict selection process of weanlings, but also the dedicated staff we have on farm as well as our fantastic sales staff. We look forward to rewarding them with this prize.

“Again, we are humbled to receive this award and look forward to presenting an even better draft at Melbourne Premier next year.”

The performance of Ampulla Lodge graduates on the track is no doubt one reason for the farm’s sales success.

“From our last six crops of racing age, we have presented 62 yearlings for sale,” Steve Jostlear said.

“Of these, 84% have raced so far with 85% of them being winners, 45.5% city performers and nearly 10% stakes performers with over $4 million in prize money. These enviable stats have been gained by mostly ‘non-commercial’ horses.”

French Emotion completed a successful Friday for Victorian breeders with a brilliant victory in the TBV Newmarket Grandwest Hcp (1200m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

The Moonee Valley race was sponsored by TBV’s partner Newmarket Grandwest, Australia’s leading provider of equine insurance, which many some of Victoria’s best breeding operations as its clients.

It was the fourth straight victory the Snitzel mare and her owner-breeders Valda Klaric & Ivan Cajkusic who carry out their breeding operations at Millford Thoroughbreds in Avenel.

Moonee Valley winner French Emotion

Moonee Valley winner French Emotion

The four year old mare is trained by Chris Waller. In his first five starts in NSW, the mare ran either 2nd or 3rd. But since being transferred to Waller’s Flemington stables, she has now got a perfect record of four wins from four races.

French Emotion is out of the Woodman mare Love and Emotion. She is also the dam of the speedy Love for Ransom who was formely trained by Greg Eurell to run in a Thousand Guineas.

Owner-breeders of French Emotion Valda Klaric & Ivan Cajkusic with TBV President James O'Brien


Owner-breeders of French Emotion Valda Klaric & Ivan Cajkusic with TBV President James O’Brien

Valda and Ivan have retained French Emotion’s yearling half-brother by Darley Victoria sire Domesday as well as a two-year-old half brother by Onemorenomore.

Millford had further reason to celebrate on Saturday when Arcadia Dream and Heart Starter both won Listed races at Ascot Racecourse, Perth. Owned and bred by Bob Peters, both were foaled and raised at the Avenel farm before going to Western Australia for their racing careers. The two three-year-olds are now both favourites for the Western Australian Oaks and Derby respectively coming up in April.

The Group 3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes for two-year-old fillies was run on Super Saturday at Flemington and won by the Gai Waterhouse trained Thyme for Roses.

She beat home Lauriston Thoroughbreds bred Emphatically which is trained by Ciaron Maher.

It was a fitting win considering the efforts Gai Waterhouse has gone to in inspecting and buying Victorian bred yearlings in recent months.

The winner is a Redoute’s Choice filly owned by the USA’s Jon & Sarah Kelly who in recent years have started buying out of Australian yearling sales rings.

Thyme for Roses in the mounting yard pre-race

Thyme for Roses in the mounting yard pre-race

Thyme For Roses’ Group 3 win added significant value to her impressive pedigree and will certainly be added to in future races considering the ease of her victory.

Jockey Ben Melham said the daughter of Redoute’s Choice out of Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Augusta Proud had taken plenty of benefit out of her fifth place finish at Flemington a week earlier.

“She had a solid hit-out the other day where I felt she probably just went a bit quick in herself. With the benefit of that run under her belt and out to 1200m today, I rated her a little bit slower and she travelled well for me and really appreciated this ground.”

Adrian Bott (Waterhouse stable) accepts Thoroughbreeders Stakes trophy from TBV President James O'Brien

Adrian Bott (Waterhouse stable) accepts Thoroughbreeders Stakes trophy from TBV President James O’Brien

Waterhouse’s Racing Manager Adrian Bott said Thyme For Roses would now likely head back to Sydney and target Stakes races over the Championships.

“She’s shown a lot of ability right from the outset and it’s very pleasing to see her top it off with a result like this today,” Bott said.

“We brought her down here with the initial intentions of running in the Blue Diamond but unfortunately she struggled the first time around the Caulfield track and didn’t have any luck there.

“You saw last week it was a very game effort down the straight for the first time and up to the 1200 today she was too strong for them.”

The inaugural TBV Industry Consultation Breakfast held on the eve of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale was well attended.

Held on the Friday morning before the sale, Victorian breeders heard from keynote speakers including:

  • Simon Vivian – Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager
  • Damien Johnston – Tabcorp’s Chief Financial Officer
  • Greg Carpenter – Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager, Racing
  • Tom Reilly – Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia & Aushorse

James O’Brien, President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, said the industry consultation breakfast was a valuable event for TBV and those in attendance.

“We were provided with some terrific insight into Inglis, Tabcorp and Racing Victoria and how they are striving to enhance racing and breeding in the future,” James said.

“Breeders were particularly pleased to hear from Inglis’ Simon Vivian about potential upgrades to the Oaklands Junction complex.

“From Damian Johnston of Tabcorp, TBV’s principal sponsor, we heard about the current and expected wagering trends and how these impact on returns to racing.

“And breakfast attendees got great insight from Greg Carpenter about key Racing Victoria issues including race programming and VOBIS initiatives.”

“Tom Reilly provided a run-down of key national breeding issues including research and development funding, equine infectious disease matters among other issues.”

“I also provided meeting attendees with details of the review of Super VOBIS. This review is a great opportunity for Victorian breeders to provide input into how we can further improve the $20 million plus VOBIS schemes here in Victoria.

“We will be in communication with TBV members and other breeders in coming days and weeks seeking their thoughts and ideas on VOBIS.”

A new promotional video released by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria outlines the slew of international breeding operators now investing in Victoria.

In recent times, Hong Kong’s Sun Kingdom, the USA’s Spendthrift Farm, Al Shaqab Racing, Qatar Bloodstock, Darley and many others have all either begun their involvement in the Victorian breeding industry or significantly increased it.

“This major international involvement in the Victorian breeding industry is giving great confidence to local breeders,” said James O’Brien, President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

“Locally based stallions are getting full books, mare coverings by Victorian sires are up year on year, Victorian bred yearlings are topping sales and racehorses raised in Victoria are winning the big races around Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong, and South Africa.

“Add to that the growth of the State’s world leading breeding incentive scheme, VOBIS, to a record $20 million-plus this season and the recent launch of the new $1.5 million VOBIS Sires feature race series.

“It is no wonder international operators have now made Victoria a major target for multi-million dollar investments!”

Last year, Spendthrift announced their arrival in Australia through the purchase of Yallambee Stud near Romsey. One of North America’s biggest breeding operators, Spendthrift is sparing nothing when it comes to the infrastructure upgrade of the picturesque farm. They have also been strong on the buying bench in Australian yearling and broodmare sales rings.

In the 2015 breeding season, Victoria’s Swettenham Stud also hosted Toronado and The Wow Signal, two of Al Shaqab Racing’s most exciting and impressive young sires. It was a bold play by this prolific and dynamic Sheikh Joaan (of Qatar) owned breeding and racing operator that was welcomed wholeheartedly by Victorian breeders. Toronado was one of the busiest first season sires in Australasia in 2015.

Sun Kingdom is the owner of Eliza Park International in the Macedon Ranges undertaking major investment in new infrastructure on the stud’s properties following the takeover in recent years. Like Spendthrift, they too have been major buyers at the sales in a hot yearling market.

While Darley, the breeding business of Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum, has had a presence at Northwood in Victoria for some years, its recent decisions on new stallions has been instructive and welcome. Brazen Beau and Helmet, superstar multiple Group 1 winners, occupy the stallion barn at Northwood and their presence indicates how strongly Darley believes in Victoria as a breeding state.

The 2015 breeding season saw the appearance of one of the world’s very best 3yo sprinters, Zoustar, standing as a sire at Woodside Park at Tylden in Victoria. Shuttling between Woodside Park and NSW in alternative years, Zoustar is part owned by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani’s Qatar Bloodstock. The Qatari operation also has a number of broodmares in Victoria.

And, of course, Victorian breeders now have enormous confidence in their industry and are beefing up their broodmare bands and further upgrading the State’s stallion ranks.

On the eve of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands Junction complex, James O’Brien said international investment in Victoria and local industry confidence added up to a strong sale.

“I am sure it will be a very competitive sale with buyers from Victoria, Australia and overseas all bidding hard for yearlings throughout the catalogue.

“In fact, many would argue the Melbourne Premier yearlings have never been better in pedigree and type.

“I pay tribute to Inglis, particularly its staff in Victoria, for putting together a great catalogue and hosting an event for our industry to be increasingly proud of,” James said.

Eliza Park International sire Magnus has averaged over $100,000 for his two yearlings presented at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale.

His colt from Shirl Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) made $120,000 to the bid of Freedman Racing on Friday afternoon. The colt’s dam won twice in Sydney and was also Group 2 placed in the AJC Breeders’ Classic.

Eliza Park International sold him on behalf of long term client and Dorrington Farm owner Rob Crabtree who raced Magnus to a Group 1 victory in the AJC Galaxy.

“He’s a lovely colt and typical of the breed,” Eliza Park’s Philip Marshall said.

“Magnus has built up a tremendous record in the last 12 months and it’s no wonder trainers like his stock. They’re genuine, straight-forward gallopers.”

The other Magnus for sale on the Gold Coast was knocked down to local trainer Jason McLachlan. He paid $85,000 for the colt from Tasmanian Thousand Guineas winner Le Bel Away (Bel Esprit).

Eliza Park International’s racing arm Sun Bloodstock has also been busy at the Magic Millions and its buys on Friday included a Victorian bred Lonhro colt from Victoria’s Ampulla Lodge for $340,000.

Ampulla owners Steve and Ceri Jostlear have enjoyed a ground-breaking Book 1 Sale with three lots grossing $1.32 million. The Bunyip-based pin-hooker topped Day 1 with an $800,000 Exceed And Excel colt bred by Makybe.

Fellow Victorian breeder Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm finished Book 1 with turnover of $850,000 for 5 lots. Top price for them was the $220,000 Snitzel – Rapidement filly bought by Victorian syndicator Brad Spicer.

Spendthrift Farm owner B Wayne Hughes continued to consolidate his Australian interests with the purchase of an $800,000 Victorian bred Fastnet Rock colt on Day 2 of the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale.

No doubt the star colt’s new owner has a vision of him standing as a sire at their new Australian operations in the Macedon Ranges having performed at the highest levels on the track.

The colt (pictured below) was bred in Victoria by the renowned Makybe nursery and the Spendthrift principal had to beat off some stiff opposition during the morning session on Thursday.

Hughes took charge of the bidding flanked by Spendthrift’s USA general manager Ned Toffey and his Victorian-based Australian general manager Garry Cuddy.

“The colt has got the looks and the pedigree,” Cuddy said.

“The auctioneer said he’s a stallion in waiting and that just about sums him up.”

The well-built chestnut is out of Gold Anthem making him a sibling of multiple Group 1 winner and now sire Starspangledbanner (Choisir) as well as the stakes placed Gold Chant who is the dam of G1 Thousand Guineas winner Amicus (Fastnet Rock).

Hughes was also active on Day 1 of the Magic Millions purchasing colts by Street Cry ($625,000) and Snitzel ($500,000). He flew back to the USA on Thursday afternoon but Cuddy indicated the Spendthrift team still has a shopping list for the Friday and Saturday sessions.

“That’s the plan and it’s a statement of intent by Mr Hughes,” Cuddy said.

“Buying the horses is the easy part – they will go through the system at Limitless Lodge and a decision on trainers will be made in due course.”

Spendthrift has just finished its inaugural southern covering season at the Victorian nursery formally known as Yallambee Stud. The foundation roster comprised Australian Group 1 winner Hampton Court and three shuttlers from Kentucky.

Their colonial sire Hampton Court (Redoute’s Choice) won the G1 Champion Stakes at Randwick and he flew out to Kentucky on December 21 for his first northern book this year.

“We are excited to be able to offer American breeders the opportunity to ‘Share the Upside’ or ‘Breed Secure’ on Hampton Court,” Hughes said.

“Redoute’s Choice is Danehill’s best son at stud, and Danehill was Danzig’s best son at stud. We believe Hampton Court can be an important and unique stallion for American breeders.”

TBV member Lynne Alderson sold her promising homebred My Poppette earlier this season but she cheered the filly to victory in the G2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic (1600m) on Saturday.

Lynne bred My Poppette and she was a family favourite winning the LR Anzac Day Stakes at Flemington in April for trainers Colin (Lynne’s husband) and Cindy Alderson (daughter).

They accepted an offer from new owners Rob and Donna Love in the off-season and the filly now races in their distinctive colours of red and white hearts.

The Snippetson filly controlled proceedings in front and then increased the tempo to trounce her rivals by almost three lengths at the Cox Plate meeting.

“We didn’t think she was ready for the Thousand Guineas and this race looked perfect,” trainer Robert Smerdon said.

“She’s just coming right and I would like to keep going while she’s racing so well. But I don’t want to go one run too many because she can go right on with it in the autumn.”

My Poppette is from Brompton’s Choice (Runyon) who is a half-sister to the dam of Neo (G2 Wellington Guineas). Other close relations include Brompton Cross (G2 Edward Manifold Stakes) and her son Delago Brom (G1 Australian Guineas).

Lynne has retained a Dalakhani – Brompton’s Choice yearling colt and the mare is due to foal to Magnus early in November. She won’t be bred back this year.

Racing Victoria has recently begun the 2015 Spring Premierships for both jockeys and trainers. This is the second season these premierships have been run.

This year, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria will be running a Spring Premiership for both Victorian breeders and Victorian sires.

Points are obtained by breeders and sires from any of the black-type races run during the assigned Spring period at Victorian racetracks.

The scoring started on Gallagher Bassett/TBV Champagne Stakes night at Moonee Valley (25th September) and will continue until Ballarat Cup Day (21st November).

The early leaders are Euroa’s Parador Park (in the Victorian breeder category) and Darley’s Reset (in the leading Victorian sire category).

The Premiership tables for both the Victorian breeders and Victorian sires will be updated after each raceday featuring black-type races and can be located on the TBV website (link below).

This page also contains the full list of points for each race run and the points scoring system.

All care is taken to identify horses from the Australian Stud Book database. Please email if we have accidentally left off a Victorian bred horse as we assign points during the Spring Racing Carnival.

The National Stud based at Newmarket in the United Kingdom has contacted TBV advising of a great opportunity for up and comers in the Victorian breeding industry.

Applications are now open for The National Stud’s Diploma in Stud Practice and Management with the course beginning in 2016. Further details about the Diploma are below.


The Diploma is a unique five month, full time residential training programme dedicated to the Thoroughbred breeding industry. The course is fully funded for EU Students who have been EU residents for a minimum of 3 years. Non- EU applicants (fee paying) are very welcome.

It combines practical experience working on a commercial stud during the busy breeding season (February to June) with theoretical lectures, visits, workshops and demonstrations relating to Thoroughbred breeding and racing. Students are supported and assessed during the programme using appraisals, academic work and examinations relating to practical and commercial aspects of the industry.

Successful students are awarded the National Stud Diploma Certificate. High achievers are presented with awards and prizes.

Practical training

You have the unique opportunity to be involved with every aspect of the daily activities at The National Stud. Aided by experienced staff you will work hands on with mares and foals, barren and maiden mares, teasers and spellers (racehorses at rest) as well as participating in foaling duties and the work of the breeding shed. Additionally, you will gain insight into in the daily routines in the stud office, assist with veterinary care and routine reproductive examinations carried out by veterinarians from Newmarket Equine Hospital and Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons.

Equine management training

Alongside the practical experiences gained working on the stud, you have the opportunity to attend the internationally renowned Evening Lecture Programme. The 40 lecture programme covers most aspects of horse care and stud management. Lectures are twice weekly in the evening and delivered by industry and veterinary experts. Additional talks are delivered to student groups by The National Stud personnel and industry leaders throughout the programme.

Visits and practical workshops

To broaden your knowledge of the industry you will be involved in visits to Sales events, veterinary hospitals, studs, training yards and other industry bodies. These visits are organised towards the end of the programme and allow you to get a behind the scenes insight into these organisations. Workshops are organised throughout the programme and delivered by The National Stud, industry and veterinary personnel. Typical workshop topics include: identifying lameness, broodmare conformation, tractor handling and grassland management.

Career prospects

The course aims to offer young people the opportunity to develop their knowledge and experience to progress onto management positions in the future. Many graduates have gone on to careers in stud management and administration, others have made their names as trainers, bloodstock agents and Journalists. Career prospects for Diploma graduates are exceptionally high. Graduates are frequently employed by the industry’s top operations and have included:

  • Angus Gold – Racing Manager, Shadwell Estates Ltd
  • Teddy Grimthorpe – Racing Manager, Juddmonte Farms Ltd
  • Ed Dunlop – Trainer
  • Julian Muscat – Racing Journalist
  • Nick Nugent – Director Of Sales, Goffs
  • Matt Hill – Stud Manager, The Royal Studs
  • Rachael Gowland – Marketing Manager, Shadwell Estates Ltd
  • Rachel Napper – Yearling Manager, Mapperley Stud, Nz

The National Stud

The National Stud, owned by the Jockey Club, is a 500 acre site on the outskirts of Newmarket, England. The National Stud aims to facilitate three main objectives for the good of the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry.

  1. To provide a comprehensive range of services of the highest quality to the Thoroughbred breeding industry at affordable prices including stallion services, seasonal and permanent boarding, foaling, sales preparation and spelling facilities.
  2. To provide internationally renowned training facilities that give young people entering the Thoroughbred breeding industry top class training opportunities. We also provide a selection of shorter courses for individuals wishing to increase their skills base.
  3. Through our public tours, we aim to be an accessible “shop window” helping to raise peoples’ interest and knowledge of the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

For information please contact the education team
T: 01638 675 922

The 2014/15 VOBIS Bonus Premierships for Racehorse, Breeder and Sire have been finalised with a few Victorian regulars taking out the titles.

These premierships are based on the total level of VOBIS Gold and Super VOBIS bonuses earned through the season. The premierships do not include prizemoney gained in the lucrative VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series.

In 2014/15 more than $7.5 million was handed out through Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses across Victorian racecourses.

Wanted gelding, Rough Justice, trained by the Ellerton Zahra partnership, made a successful late run to take out the title of VOBIS Bonus Racehorse of season 2014/15.

The Contract Racing homebred earned $84,000 in VOBIS bonuses; beating to the title another late season, multiple bonus winner in Radical, trained by Peter Moody.

Von Costa de Hero filly Jurasound, trained by Euroa’s Lindsay Park operation, came in third.

Interestingly, the top 10 racehorses in the VOBIS Bonus premiership were all by different sires – and seven of those sires stand in Victoria.

Contract Racing had a consistent year yet again in targeting VOBIS bonus races allowing them to collect the leading VOBIS Bonus breeder title.

The Macedon Ranges breeding operation, owned by David and Jenny Moodie, collected $359,900 in bonuses with Darley in second place and Dorrington Farm’s Rob Crabtree coming third.

The VOBIS Bonus Sire premiership went to Eliza Park International legend Bel Esprit with his progeny having earned a tick over $400,000 in bonuses.

His younger stud mate at Eliza Park, Magnus, was a close second – just $23,000 in bonuses behind. Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon placed third.

Eight of the top 10 VOBIS bonus earning sires were Victorian based stallions.

The 2015/16 season offers even more for VOBIS horses including the expansion of the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series to a record $2.8 million over 15 races. VOBIS Gold nominations for current season two-year-olds are due by August 31st. More information available at the VOBIS Gold webpage.

The full Top 10 VOBIS Bonus Premiership tables are available on the TBV website.

The 2015 TBV Stallion Nomination Fee Auction held at the Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale on Friday raised a total $76,000.

Seven stallions from Victorian studs were represented in the auction with Darley’s dual three-time Group 1 winning sire Helmet obtaining the highest price. A relative newcomer to the local industry, Yu Long Investments, paid $25,000 for a service to the Darley sire who has his initial crop of Victorian bred two year-olds ready to race this season.

Services were also offered to Written Tycoon by Woodside Park Stud, Toorak Toff (Rosemont Stud), Stryker (Three Bridges Thoroughbreds), Puissance de Lune (Swettenham Stud), Statue Of Liberty (Eliza Park International) and Hampton Court (Spendthrift Farm).

“Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria is very thankful to each of the seven stallion farms for their generous donations of service fees,” said TBV Executive Officer Patrick Clancy.

“The funds raised through this auction will be important to market and promote the Victorian breeding industry and help increase returns to Victorian breeders.”

2015 TBV Stallion Nomination Fee Auction Results

The list of stallions, auction results and buyers are listed below:

  • HAMPTON COURT (sale price) $5,000 (buyer) Belmont Bloodstock Agency
  • HELMET $25,000 Yu Long Investments
  • PUISSANCE DE LUNE $8,000 Inglis (as agent), Victoria
  • STATUE OF LIBERTY $6,000 R Frenzel
  • STRYKER $6,000 S Gardiner, Western Australia
  • TOORAK TOFF $8,000 Inglis (as agent), Victoria
  • WRITTEN TYCOON $18,000 Burnewang North

Lauriston Park resident Desert King (Ire) sired his second feature winner in Western Australia this year when iron-horse Desert Glow stormed home for a three-quarter length victory in the $100,000 Broome Cup (2200m) on Saturday.

Desert Glow’s younger sister Real Love had landed the G2 Perth Cup (2400m) at Ascot on New Year’s Day.

It was a victory to savour for trainer Rob Gulberti who saddled last year’s Broome Cup runner-up Gladstone. His father Gary Gulberti had endured a frustrating run of placings in the same race with Easy Rhythm (2001), Killadeas (2002 – 03), Russian Spirit (2004) and Tearinupthecountry (2010).

“We’ve been here before and it has been a bit of a disappointment,” Gulberti said.

“We had three chances and Desert Glow had less weight than the others with 55kg.”

Desert Glow (5h Desert King – Flaming Heart by Salieri) was bred and raced by Bob Peters for wins at Ascot and Pinjarra before going bush for placings in the Esperance and Geraldton Cups. He transferred to trainer Justin Warwick at the start of last season before changing hands again for his latest campaign on the Pearl Coast.

Cups are somewhat of a speciality for Desert King who is best known as the sire of Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva and weight-for-age star Desert War among a total of 27 stakes winners.

Desert King (Danehill) is one of Australia’s best sources of stamina and he is thriving under the care of Chris and Kathie Bakker at Lauriston Park in Creighton’s Creek where he stands for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee.

For further information on Desert King visit the Lauriston Park website or contact Chris Bakker (0427 903 353) or LP Stallions Julie Nairn (0402 901 910).

This is the first part of a seven series profile on each of the Victorian stallions participating in the  TBV 2015 Stallion Nomination Fee Auction to be held on 21 August at Oaklands Junction as part of the Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale. Full details can be found on the TBV website or in the Inglis Catalogue.

Darley’s Victorian general manager Andy Makiv remembers a conversation he had with Godolphin’s trainer John O’Shea more than a year ago.

“He told me that if I had any friends wanting to breed, they should use Medaglia d’Oro,” Makiv said.

“How right John was. Medaglia’s fee was $50,000 in 2014 and those who used him have a huge bonus as he is now double the fee and has a Golden Slipper winner to his name.”

This year Makiv sought out a similar chat with O’Shea, at a time when most of the stable’s yearlings had been through their paces in Godolphin’s Sydney and Melbourne system.

“John said the stallion to watch is Helmet.”

Makiv said O’Shea’s encouraging assessment of a large group of Helmet youngsters in his care is exciting news for Victorian breeders as the imposing chestnut is prepared at Northwood Park, Seymour, for his fourth season at stud.

Helmet, who was bred and raced by Sheikh Mohammed, retired to Northwood Park in 2012 one of the best-credentialled stallions to stand in Victoria for many years.

He had a stellar 2011 on the track—brilliantly winning the second and third legs of Sydney’s famous 2YO Triple Crown, the G1 Sires’ Produce Stakes (1400m, Randwick) and the G1 Champagne Stakes (1600m, Randwick), before his sensational post-to-post win in the G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield as a 3YO.

In his two Sydney Group 1 wins, Helmet showed exceptional raw talent to overcome a playful greenness, but at Caulfield he produced a performance of sustained speed that stamped the win as one of the best in the Caulfield Guineas for some time.

Makiv’s faith in Helmet has been mirrored by the support from breeders. Interestingly, the young stallion covered 115 mares in his first season at $33,000, but once his impressive first foals arrived in 2013, breeders have flocked to him.

In 2013, he covered 155 mares, and in what is supposed to be his “slow” third season, another 151 mares met him at Northwood Park last year.

“He has stamped his foals in his image. They have his size, scope and strength,” Makiv said of the 16.2hh flashy chestnut.

“Helmet an extremely well-bred horse. His combination of sire and dam is arguably greater than any of the other star colts to go to stud in recent years. He is by the right sire (Exceed And Excel) from the right sire line (Danehill), and out of a champion-producing mare who comes from a wonderful international family.

“Accessories has produced three outstanding colts—two Group 1 winners—that are now stallions. It’s a bloodline that will carry any stallion a long way.” (update: 3yo little sister Pearls won impressively on debut at Gosford on 13 August)

Like so many great racehorses and champion sires of recent times, Helmet has a dash of German blood in his dam line—his second dam Anna Matrushka (GB), is by the wonderfully influential Mill Reef out of the German mare Anna Paola.

In addition to their homebreds, the Darley team inspected all the other Helmet yearlings sold in Australia and New Zealand in 2015 and are delighted with the quality of the youngsters.

Helmet’s biggest draft was in Melbourne, where he had 26 colts and fillies sell for an average of $93,192—he had 11 yearlings sell for $100,000 or more, and two colts topped $200,000. Five yearlings sold at the Magic Millions for an average of $102,000.

Buyers were obviously happy with what they took home from the yearling sales with his weanling sales in May and June also providing strong results including a Helmet colt going for $170,000 at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

Helmet is one of the highest-priced stallions at stud in Victoria at $33,000, but that fee is below some of the stallions who have retired in recent times without a comparable race record or pedigree.

It might prove to be a bargain if John O’Shea is on the money.

Broodmare owners have the chance to snap up a service fee to some of Australia’s best stallions at the 2015 Inglis Thoroughbred Sale held on 21 August at Oaklands.

Seven of Victorian’s best stud farms have generously donated 2015 nomination fees to their stallions to Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) and these will be up for auction at the sale.

The stallions on offer will be (with links to catalogue):

  • Hampton Court – Spendthrift Australia – Lot 68
  • Helmet – Darley – Lot 69
  • Puissance de Lune – Swettenham Stud – Lot 70
  • Statue of Liberty – Eliza Park International – Lot 71
  • Stryker – Three Bridges Thoroughbreds – Lot 72
  • Toorak Toff – Rosemont Stud – Lot 73
  • Written Tycoon – Woodside Park Stud – Lot 74

President of TBV, James O’Brien said the line up for the auction represented some of the best stallion talent in Victoria and Australia.

“There has simply been no better time to breed a horse in Victoria with the enormous growth of the VOBIS Gold and Super VOBIS schemes along with a $16.5 million Victorian prizemoney increase,” Mr O’Brien said.

“I expect there will be strong bidding on all seven stallions with some of them already facing a closed or very full book of mares for the upcoming season.”

“These seven stallions include those with black-type progeny such as Written Tycoon, Statue of Liberty and Stryker; those with their first runners in the upcoming racing season such as Toorak Toff and Helmet; and a selection of new sires including Puissance de Lune and Hampton Court.

“TBV is very thankful to each of the seven studs for donating a service fee from their stallions.

“Proceeds from last year’s stallion auction contributed enormously to TBV being able to upgrade its website and social media presence, increase its lobbying activities and undertake other tasks to promote Victorian bred thoroughbreds.

“A successful 2015 stallion auction will further increase TBV’s ability to be an effective advocate for Victorian breeders, widen our marketing presence and, ultimately, seek to increase the financial returns for our members.”

“TBV is also grateful to Inglis for hosting the stallion fee auction and generously agreeing to remove the normal sale commission. Inglis has been a long time supporter of Victorian breeders and we thank them for their significant assistance on this occasion,” Mr O’Brien said.

Full details of the sale can be found at the Inglis website.

Thoroughbred breeding is building momentum in the state of Victoria and a further positive step has been announced today.

James O’Brien, President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria said the TBV committee has appointed former government racing adviser Patrick Clancy as Executive Officer.

“As TBV’s new Executive Officer, Patrick will be central to promoting Victoria as the very best place to breed high quality thoroughbreds. He will be working with the TBV committee, members and supporters, Racing Victoria, other industry organisations as well as governments to ensure we keep moving forward,” O’Brien said.

Patrick Clancy, TBV Executive Officer

“Patrick has a comprehensive understanding of the importance of racing and thoroughbred breeding in Victoria and is a valuable addition to our industry.

“As a former senior adviser to the Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing, Patrick worked closely with organisations across racing including with TBV. He has built a considerable network in racing across race clubs, representative bodies and other key organisations.

“TBV particularly noted the work Patrick undertook in government to establish VOBIS Gold, now a cornerstone of the growth in Victorian breeding and racing.

“He also played a key role in helping TBV and its national body, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, gain important wins in the area of taxation and exports to China.

“Patrick is a passionate racing fan, an excited part-owner of a pair of Victorian bred horses and I am sure will make a strong contribution to the growth of thoroughbred breeding in Victoria.

“Patrick looks forward to meeting TBV’s members and supporters and discussing with them their thoughts about how to deliver a bright future for the industry.”

Dear Members,

I take this opportunity to thank our outgoing Executive Officer, Ashleigh Mitchell, for her great contribution to Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria over the last two years.

As well as performing the regular functions required of the Executive Officer, Ash along with the support of the committee, has achieved some outstanding results:

•             Grown TBV’s sponsorship base
•             More than doubled TBV’s membership base
•             Redeveloped and launched TBV’s new look website
•             Developed TBV’s regular electronic newsletter
•             Organised and hosted TBV’s networking nights

On behalf of the TBV board I wish Ash all the best in her future endeavours.

James O’Brien
President, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria welcomes Darley’s Victorian General Manager Andy Makiv to the committee of TBV.

A graduate in Law and Agricultural Science, Andy has developed a strong career in the thoroughbred industry.  Victorian born and bred, he is passionate about racing and breeding in Victoria and has raced, bred, managed, advised, purchased and sold.

Makiv’s involvement in the industry was initially in bloodstock purchasing, management and syndication with Lindsay Park.  He was then recruited by Darley, the biggest stud and racing operation in Australia with a very strong presence and significant investment in Victoria.

He works out of Carbine Lodge at Flemington and Northwood Park at Seymour and his role as General Manager of Victoria oversees both racing and breeding with a focus on stallions and nominations.

Andy is a member of the VRC, MVRC and MRC as well as the Thoroughbred Club of Australia.

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria has made numerous advances during 2014 including a drive that’s doubled its financial membership.

President James O’Brien reflected on a series of improvements for the local breeding industry this week.  “The most important in the last twelve months has been the significant upgrades to VOBIS.  It’s the most lucrative incentive in Australia and having a horse like Trust In A Gust progress through VOBIS Gold to a Group 1 victory has been a real plus for the Scheme.

“Our relationship with Racing Victoria is stronger than ever with regular meetings to improve and further develop VOBIS,” O’Brien said.  “And we’re looking forward to working with the new Racing Minister Martin Pakula.”

TBV also leads the other States with an innovative and up-to-the-minute website and a newsletter that’s reaching a bigger audience week by week.

The website receives an average of 2,500 visits every month and its social media followers on FaceBook and Twitter have more than doubled this year.

TBV has also attracted major sponsors like IRT, CEPA Farm Supplies, Mitchelton Wines, Slickpix and Condo’s Horse Transport.

“The TBV committee works very hard on a voluntary basis and many of them are breeders who have invested in new stallions for the State,” O’Brien added.  “The Melbourne Premier yearling sale in March will have 8 first-season sires that are based in Victoria.”

Among the newcomers are Anacheeva (Chatswood), Canford Cliffs (Blue Gum), Helmet (Darley), Ilovethiscity (Larneuk), Moshe (Eliza Park International), Master Of Design (Swettenham), Skilled (Darley) and Toorak Toff (Rosemont).

And in a further boost, Victoria will host the last two winners of the stallion-making Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in 2015 – Brazen Beau (Darley) and Zoustar (Woodside Park).

The last Coolmore Stakes winner to stand in Victoria was Encosta de Lago.

“The outlook for Victoria’s breeding industry has never been better,” O’Brien promised.  “But TBV needs everyone on board and I would encourage all non-members to sign up in the New Year.