Melbourne Cup winning jockey Michelle Payne has delivered the first ever winner for Lucas Cranach (Mamool) with three-year-old Jukila saluting at Stawell.

Lightly raced Lucas Cranach was a German import trained by Lee Freedman running a slashing fifth in the 2011 Caulfield Cup, a third in the 2011 Melbourne Cup and scoring in the 2012 Group 2 Peter Young Stakes against a high-class field.

Ballarat based Payne trains and rode Jukila to the win for owners Ern and Ronda Clarke (who also own Spring Carnival import Kaspersky). It was also the Clarkes’ first ever winner as owners according to Payne.

The winning peroformance stood out as showing signs of a good stayer with Jukila having been headed at the top of the straight before using his superior endurance to come back and run away with the win.

Following the race, trainer and jockey Payne (half) joked that “he’s my Derby-Melbourne Cup horse!”

Interestingly, Payne said back in May when Jukila debuted at Pakenham that he was a “lovely horse. Will make a nice stayer!” so today’s win was likely no surprise for her.

Lucas Cranach & trainer Lee Freedman (AAP Image-David Crosling)

Bullarook Park Stud manager Malcolm Boyd, who stands Lucas Cranach at his Avenel property, was absolutely stoked with the first ever winner for his first class staying sire.

“It was a real thrill to see the win. It had to happen as Lucas just produces a stunning type of horse,” Boyd said.

“The babies are good, the yearlings are strong…they are level-headed horses with a really consistent type.

“The foals on the ground right now are some of the best I have seen while Lucas will serve a crop of 30 or 40 mares this season.”

Jukila is out of the Woodman mare Armure Royale (USA) who in turn is out of Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe winning and Champion USA mare All Along (FR).

Armure Royal was bought out of the Inglis Broodmare Sale in Sydney in 2013, put in foal to Lucas Cranach and sent to New Zealand.

Jukila as a foal with his dam Armure Royale at Windsor Park Stud

He was then sold at the NZB Ready to Run Sale of 2016 for $36,000 to trainer Kevin Myers before being shipped back to Australia to join the Michelle Payne stable.

The stallion served over 250 mares in his first three seasons at stud and Boyd now expects his progeny to become more regularly seen at racetracks as they mature and find more suitable races over distance.

Lucas Cranach stands at $5500 (GST incl) – for more information contact Malcolm Boyd on 0407 342 291

During his racing career, the now Bombora Downs sire Jungle Ruler was a front runner who dared his opponents to run him down. On no less than 20 occasions he did so with ultimate success.

So it was fitting his first ever winner, Jungle Queen, did exactly the same when scoring on her debut at Echuca on Monday.

The Chris Davis trained grey filly bounced out of the barriers, went to the front and was never headed.

“She’s always shown us something this filly. She won a trial at Tatura hard held and ten wide,” Davis said post-race.

Bred by Meredith and Nigel Berry at their Illowra Stud on the northern edges of Nagambie, the filly was just the second runner for her plucky sire.

Bombora Downs’ Christoph Bruechert said Jungle Ruler was a great horse to work with and compares him with a former Bombora based grey sire, the Group 1 producing Jugah.

Jungle Ruler & Christoph Bruechert

“Jungle Ruler is a well-loved character on the farm….he’s a rat bag really,” Christoph said.

“I really admire tough horses that commit. He was a horse that was tough and always tried his guts out.

“Much like Jugah, Jungle Ruler put a real sense of determination into his stock.

“Nigel and Meredith have been supporting me for many years. They put a lot of thought into what they are doing. I am delighted to see them get this win.”

Driving back from the Echuca success on Monday, Meredith was thrilled with the win.

“We’ve always rated her. She is very athletic and has a very long stride,” Meredith said.

“She is a well-mannered filly and still has a lot of growing to do.”

Meredith said her and Nigel counted Christoph as an old friend.

“Christoph rang up a few years ago and said to Nigel, ‘I need a mare’…so we sent down Tinge of Gold who produced Jungle Queen (in 2014).”

Now the Berrys have another Jungle Ruler youngster on the ground at Nagambie and plan to send a further mare down to Bittern to visit the grey sire this season.

Jungle Ruler, a son of Lion Hunter, stands for a fee of $2,750 (GST incl.) at Bombora Downs. He is nominated for VOBIS Sires giving breeders even more opportunities for a return. For more information, contact Christoph on 0419 534 961.

Racing Victoria has begun its Super VOBIS nominations campaign for all 2016 born foals.

And, for the first time ever, breeders will be able to complete their Super VOBIS nominations online (while also having a paper-based option).

Super VOBIS is a world leading incentive scheme designed to reward owners and breeders who invest in Victorian bloodstock.

Super VOBIS horses can race for millions in Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses and prizemoney throughout their career. And, starting with the 2016 foal crop, many Victorian bred yearlings will be eligible to race in the annual $1.5 million VOBIS Sires race series.

Starting this week, emails are being sent to breeders with Super VOBIS eligible foals. It is anticipated all emails will be sent out by the end of the month to identified breeders.

Breeders wanting to nominate using the regular paper-based forms can download the form at the Super VOBIS webpage.

2016 born foals eligible for nomination are:

  • All foals by a Victorian based sire
  • A non-Victorian sired foal whose dam visited a Victorian stallion in the year the foal is born (2016)
  • A non-Victorian sired foal whose dam (at the time of birth) is at least 50% owned by a Victorian breeder. In addition, both the dam and foal much have spent at least six continuous months in Victoria since the birth.

Breeders should note that the closing date for Super VOBIS nominations has changed from previous years. Nominations for 2016 born foals will now close on 30th April 2018. There is no longer any provision for late nominations.

Breeders seeking to enter their horses in early yearling sales such as Magic Millions Gold Coast in January or the Inglis Classic Sale in February should have their nominations in by no later than mid-October. This will ensure the yearling has a Super VOBIS logo on its catalogue page.

If you have any questions or require any assistance using the online form sent to you please contact the Racing Victoria Customer First team on 9258 4694 or email

Full information including Terms & Conditions can be found at the Super VOBIS webpage.

With little more than 18 months until the running of the inaugural $1 million VOBIS Sires two-year-old race, a record number of stallions have been nominated to the scheme.

“These record numbers are a further vote of confidence in the future of the Victorian breeding industry,” James O’Brien, President of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria said.

Racing Victoria’s Executive General Manager Racing, Greg Carpenter, said he was buoyed by the excellent numbers nominated to the VOBIS Sires program.

“These record nominations illustrate the incredible value of the VOBIS Sires program, and the importance of providing lucrative returns to owners and breeders,” Carpenter said.

“I am extremely excited to see the inaugural running of the $1 million VOBIS Sires two-year-old in 2019 and the $500,000 three-year-old in 2020, and believe that the success of these races will pave the platform for further interest in the program beyond 2020.”

The VOBIS Sires numbers for 2017 are:
• 59 stallions (a record) have been nominated for the 2017 breeding season
• 19 stallion farms have nominated at least one stallion
• $88,000 is the highest service fee of stallions nominated which is for Victorian Champion Sire Written Tycoon at Woodside Park
• $1,100 is the lowest service fee of stallions nominated which is for Lawyer at Oritah Park near Kerang

A full range of pedigrees, race records and service fees are available across the 59 nominated sires.

This year’s list includes first season stallions such as Palentino, St Jean, Frosted, Wolf Cry, Wayed Zain, Rebel Dane and Swear among others.

Also included are the likes Manhattan Rain (sire of last year’s Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign), Zoustar, (favourite for this year’s Champion Australia Freshman Sire title) and Melbourne Cup winners Americain and Fiorente.

The progeny of all VOBIS Sires-nominated stallions will be eligible to compete in two exclusive races run annually on the Victorian Owners and Breeders Raceday:
• $1 million two-year-old race over 1200 metres to be run for the first time in April 2019; and
• $500,000 three-year-old race over 1600 metres to be run for the first time in April 2020.

The 2018 yearling sales will see the first crop of VOBIS Sire eligible yearlings pass through the auction ring. These are the yearlings born in 2016 from the mares covered in 2015.

“I expect many trainers and syndicators will be hunting for VOBIS Sires eligible yearlings in 2018 knowing they can aim those youngsters at the exclusive, inaugural $1 million VOBIS Sires race,” O’Brien said.

Before the lucrative VOBIS Sires races begin in 2019, Racing Victoria has programmed exclusive VOBIS Gold races for Victorian sired horses only in April. This season they are:
• $310,000 1200m race for Victorian sired two-year-olds
• $310,000 1600m race for Victorian sired three-year-olds

The full list of Victorian stallions nominated for VOBIS Sires in 2017 is below. Full VOBIS Sires information for breeders, buyers, owners and stallion owners can be found at the VOBIS Sires website

Promising Hesket Bloodstock homebred Poseidon’s Pool made it two wins in as many starts when saluting at Morphettville on Saturday for champion trainer Darren Weir.

Bred at Yungaburra in the Macedon Ranges, the colt was a debut winner at Ballarat on July 13 and then kept the good work going to post his second success with a slick win in the 1050 metre juvenile contest on the weekend.

Poseidon’s Pool settled behind the leader White Kaps, before jockey John Allen switched him into the clear halfway down the straight. The colt responded well, kicking into top gear to find the line strongly to win by a length.

No doubt a stakes win during the upcoming Spring Racing Carnival is on the cards for the well-related colt.

Poseidon’s Pool is a son of Pierro and is out of the Exceed and Excel mare Kulgrinda.

She too raced in the Contract Racing lime green, gold and purple colours worn by her son. Under the care of Peter Moody, Kulgrinda won four stakes races including the Group 3 Irwin Stakes at Morphettville. She amassed prizemoney in excess of $554,000.

Kulgrinda has had two filly foals since Poseidon’s Pool and was mated to Darley Northwood’s Street Boss last year.

Hesket Bloodstock is a joint breeding operation of David and Jenny Moodie and Ashley Hardwick.

Victoria’s oldest commercial horse stud is proud to announce the appointment of Keri Gore to the position of Stud Manager.

Keri was born and bred on Horse Studs and arrives from his long-standing position of Stallion Manager at Sir Patrick Hogan’s iconic Cambridge Stud, where he handled the likes of Zabeel and Tavistock.

Keri is eager for life at Chatswood.

“I have always wanted to work in Australia and in particular, Victoria. The opportunity to join the Willis family and the rest of the team at Chatswood with a quality stallion roster was too good to refuse,” he said.

“Over the last two decades I’ve spent seventeen years at Cambridge Stud, working in the departments of broodmares, foaling, Stallion Management and at Waikato Stud as Yearling Manager.

Keri Gore with Zabeel at Cambridge Stud

“Working at these two world class operations has grown my knowledge into the best practices in the thoroughbred industry.

“I think of Chatswood Stud as Victoria’s secret. This is a beautiful farm with a great set up and a proud record of producing proper race horses.

“There is no reason we can’t produce more Champions from this farm”.

Studmaster Greg Willis said,

“We feel very fortunate to secure a horseman like Keri Gore. Since our first meeting with Keri we’ve been overwhelmed by his knowledge and work ethic.

“Myself and the rest of the staff are excited to learn from Keri and I am very confident in the direction Chatswood Stud is heading”.

Keri would like to welcome clients with any questions to contact him directly on 0418 645 115.

Chatswood Stud is standing four stallions this year including one of Australia’s leading 3rd Season Sires Reward for Effort, Anacheeva and new stud sire All American, the sire of Group 1 star Yankee Rose.

They are also standing first season sire Ajaya (GB), an exciting Group 2 winning son of Invincible Spirit.

Full details of the stallions can be found on the Chatswood Stud webpage.

Victorian operators played a key role once again in Australia’s biggest broodmare sale on the Gold Coast last week.

The Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale had more than 1,100 lots catalogued and dozens of Victorian farms and breeders snapped up new stock.

A number of Victorian breeders were also active on the selling side of the auctioneer’s rostrum notably Yu Long, Musk Creek Farm and Baystone Farm.

TBV member Jonathan Munz, through his GSA Bloodstock operation, snapped up Polska, the dam of Group 2 winners Seaburge and Catch A Fire, for $1.6 million.

Jonathan Munz bought Breccia, dam of Tivaci, for $950,000 in foal to Brazen Beau (pic-Katrina Partridge)

Jonathan Munz bought Breccia, dam of Tivaci, for $950,000 in foal to Brazen Beau (pic-Katrina Partridge)

Chinese investor Yu Long Investments, which has its farm at Bayles in West Gippsland, purchased two million-dollar-plus broodmares including Group 2 winner Gregers and NZ Group 1 winner Soriano.

The most active of all buyers at the sale was Gnarwarre’s Rosemont Stud having successfully bid for 27 broodmare lots

Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said the sale was a fantastic opportunity to add to their broodmare band.

“In recent months, we’ve expanded the farm having bought another 1200 acres. It gives us more room to move.

“We’ve also assembled a really strong team of staff giving us the capacity to run more stock.

“This is a long term play by Rosemont knowing that prizemoney is increasing, breeding incentives are increasing and the market is buoyant.

“Some of the new mares will go to our own stallions including second season sire Nostradamus while others will be strategically mated with other quality Victorian and interstate stallions.”

Meanwhile the Cable Bay Syndicate which includes Victoria’s Gilgai Farm, Grand Lodge and B2B Bloodstock, brought home 13 specially selected mares to go to their new shuttle sire Cable Bay who will stand at Woodside Park.

Another newcomer to Victoria, Seymour Bloodstock, got in the last bid of $870,000 on Mousai, a daughter of Fastnet Rock who calls multiple Group 1 winner Starspangledbanner a sibling among others.

Northwood based Seymour Bloodstock bought Mousai, a half sister to Starspangledbanner for $870,000

Northwood based Seymour Bloodstock bought Mousai, a half sister to Starspangledbanner for $870,000

2017 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale
Major Victorian buyers

BuyerMares boughtGross ($)
Yu Long Investments 104,531,000
Rosemont Stud273,694,000
Cable Bay Syndicate132,585,000
Spendthrift Australia21,250,000
RIFA Mustang 51,210,000
Makybe Racing & Breeding101,086,000
Seymour Bloodstock1870,000
Dorrington Farm3585,000
Group 1 Bloodstock2370,000
Burnewang North2325,000
Phoenix Broodmare Farm2260,000
Baystone Farm2205,000


Other Victorian farms with multiple purchases included Laceby Lodge, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, Warrnambool’s Michael Rea, Millford, Ridgeview Park, Shadwell Farm, Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Supreme Thoroughbreds and Rushton Park.

Rushton Park’s buys included the I Am Invincible mare Modesty for $100,000

“We were not coming home without her!” said Rushton’s David Johnson.

They also secured the Tale of the Cat mare Kuching for $45,000. Closely related to Golden Slipper winner She will Reign (Manhattan Rain), David has indicated she will be visiting new Blue Gum sire Manhattan Rain this season.

By Brad Bishop,

Horse sales, like the Magic Millions offerings that are taking place on the Gold Coast, can often come across as just being big business.

Headline lots are regularly the subject of spirited duels by some of racing’s biggest names bidding against one another.

But Woolsthorpe based Colin McKenna showed the emotion attached to it on Thursday. The Victorian owner/breeder was on-site to see his mare Gregers go through the ring early on the third day of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

You’d think he’d be overjoyed at seeing her sell for $1.75 million, which made her the new top lot of what has been a record-breaking sale.

Especially given the other high-profile lot he brought to the sale, Petits Filous, sold for $1.15m on opening day.

But it has been a week of mixed emotions for he and wife Janice.

“Of course it is,” a clearly emotional McKenna said. “We don’t like selling them, but you have to sometimes sell them.

“It’s not about the money, it’s just that they get too valuable to be walking around at home in some cases.

“Some of the owners wanted out, they were all quite prepared to back us and stay in, but there’s got to be a day when somebody makes a decision (on their future).

“Janice will be very disappointed.”

Gregers was a special horse to the McKennas from the time she won on debut at Moonee Valley.

Col McKenna, Ciaron Maher & Hugh bowman after Jameka won the BMW

Col McKenna, Ciaron Maher & Hugh bowman after Jameka won the BMW

She finished fourth in the Blue Diamond at her next start and contested another 10 Group 1 races for top-four finishes in the Thousand Guineas, Oakleigh Plate, William Reid, Sangster Stakes (twice) and The Goodwood.

The daughter of Commands never won at Group 1 level, but counted a Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude and Group 3 Cockram Stakes among her six career victories. It is therefore easy to understand why she was such a popular subject at Australia’s leading broodmare sale.

Yu Long Investments won the battle for the six-year-old, who is in foal to Golden Slipper producing stallion Written Tycoon, who stands at Woodside Park in Victoria.

“Mr (Yuesheng) Zhang just loves the family,” said bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills, who buys for Yu Long. “It was his favourite mare in the sale.

“He had to push for her, but she’s a rare offering I guess.

“(Witten Tycoon) is one of his favourite stallions, so that was probably the icing on the cake I’d say.”

A total of 842 Lots will be offered at a bumper Inglis Melbourne Great Southern Sale at Oaklands Junction from June 18-21.

Within the catalogue, there 459 weanling lots, 284 broodmares and a number of yearlings and tried horses.

A total of 56 Victorian sires are represented in the weanling section including leading stallions Written Tycoon, Magnus, Helmet and Reward For Effort.

Additionally, progeny of 10 Victorian first crop sires will have their first foals on show. These include Brazen Beau, Cluster, Hampton Court, Jimmy Creed, Puissance De Lune, Rock Hero, The Wow Signal, Toronado, Warhorse and Warrior’s Reward.

Other sires represented include Zoustar, Manhattan Rain, So You Think, Sebring, More Than Ready, I Am Invincible, Choisir, Hinchinbrook, Deep Field and Dissident.

All Victorian sired weanlings are eligible for the world leading multi million dollar VOBIS scheme with most also eligible to race in the inaugural $1.5 million VOBIS Sires race series.

Of the 284 broodmares being offered are mares in foal to the likes of Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Foxwedge, Nicconi, Sebring, So You Think and Brazen Beau.

A number mares will be offered in foal to 2016’s exciting new additions to the Victorian stallion roster such as Dandino, Night of Thunder, Nostradamus, Ready for Victory, Sports Edition and Trust In a Gust

Group 3 winner Scarlet Billows (Street Boss) is one of the highlight broodmare lots in the catalogue, together with other high quality breeding and racing stock.

Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian is thrilled with the strength of the catalogue.

“The Inglis team spent a lot of time canvassing our clients and encouraging them to support the sale with quality stock,” Vivian said.

“The weanling session has attracted some outstanding pinhook and racing opportunities.

“In recent years, we have seen horses like Mongolian Khan graduate to Group 1 success on the track, while many pinhooked youngsters have afforded their purchasers massive returns.”

Another weanling to go through this sale is the Makybe bred, Hong Kong star Mr Stunning who is currently ranked as one of the world’s top 20 highest rated horses.

In additon, recent Group winners Benz and Take Pride have been through the weanling auction ring at Oaklands Junction.

Full details of the sale including the list of lots can be found on the Inglis sale page.

Supplementary entries for the Melbourne Great Southern Sale close on Friday June 9. To submit a supplementary entry, click here.

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria welcomed the announcement on Saturday by Racing Victoria of major increases in prizemoney for feature races, regular metropolitan races and country racing.

Full details of the prizemoney increases can be found on the Racing Victoria website.

TBV President James O’Brien said the focus on three-year-old metropolitan racing and country maiden races was particularly important for breeders.

“Breeders are reliant on owners having confidence in getting a return from the horses they buy and race so prizemoney levels and increases in them are absolutely crucial,” O’Brien said.

“Importantly, breeders are also the major ownership group in racing owning in full or part an estimated 60% of all racehorses.

“These prizemoney increases are particularly beneficial to Victorian breeders and the horses they produce when you also take into account the Victorian Owners & Breeders Incentive Scheme (VOBIS), Australia’s best incentive scheme.

“With these increases, three year old horses will be racing for a minimum $120,000 in the city together with a $30,000 VOBIS bonus on every race. That means Victorian bred 3YOs will be racing for $150,000 in standard Saturday city races, more than in Sydney or anywhere else in Australia.

“Additionally, two and three year old Victorian bred horses can now compete in country races for up to $62,000 per race with added Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses. That is a fantastic return by any measure and certainly the best in the nation.

“We congratulate the Racing Victoria Board and the team at RV including Giles Thompson, Greg Carpenter and Paul Bloodworth on the work done behind the scenes to have this major prizemoney increase become reality.

“Of course, there are always ways we can improve our racing and the returns obtained from it.

“TBV will continue to be an active contributor by working with Racing Victoria and other racing organisations to ensure our racing and breeding sector continues to grow well into the future.”

The Invincible Spirit sire-line is returning to Chatswood Stud – the same stud that introduced the Champion Sire to Australia back in 2003, producing I Am Invincible.

Invincible Spirit’s precocious son, Ajaya will be shuttling from Ireland’s renowned Rathbarry Stud to Chatswood Stud for 2017.

Ajaya was a distinctive 2YO of his generation, featuring a win in the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes (on firm ground), defeating subsequent Group 1 winner, Ribchester, a close 2nd by a head in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin and a bold 4th in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes behind multiple Group 1 winner, Shalaa.

As a 2YO, Ajaya earned a Timeform rating of 116, higher than that of Cable Bay (112), Zebedee (111) and his own sire Invincible Spirit (112).

His trainer, William Haggas, was full of praise upon his retirement:

“Ajaya was a high class two year old blessed with bags of speed and a good temperament. His performance in the Gimcrack was a top-class one, and he loved fast ground. He is a thoroughly likeable colt who thrived on racing.”

Studmaster Greg Willis is eager to watch Ajaya follow in his sires footsteps.

“Ajaya is the right shuttle stallion to bring to Australia. He loved firm tracks, Redoute’s Choice is in his female family and of course Ajaya will take his place in the same barn that his sire, Invincible Spirit did when he stood here,” Willis said.

“He is serving quality mares in his first Northern Hemisphere season in Ireland where some astute breeders have noted his uncanny resemblance to his sire.

“ I couldn’t be more confident he will make it as a sire in Australia. We will be supporting him very well.”

Ajaya retired sound after eight career runs and boasts an impressive pedigree from the family of Bated Breath, Cityscape and Redoute’s Choice.

Ajaya wins the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York

Ajaya wins the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes at York

Ajaya is the first foal out of the unraced mare, Nessina. She is by Hennessy, a successful dam-sire in Australia of Group 1 Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights, Krupt, Fast ‘n’ rocking, Zululand and others.

In the United Kingdom, Ajaya stands at a higher fee than Zebedee and Cable Bay, however this will not be the case for Australian breeders.

Ajaya will stand at Chatswood Stud for a fee of $13,200 including GST.

Chatswood Stud has also announced an unchanged fee for Reward For Effort of $16,500 inc GST.

This comes after a hugely successful season for the popular sire. He has sired more 2YO and 3YO winners than any other sire in Victoria and has also had his fair share of stakes performed horses.

Brugal Reward has won the Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes, the undefeated run of Desert Lashes culminated in a dominant win in the Redelva Stakes, while Gold Symphony is a last start Listed winner. Stakes placegetters for the season include Sheriff John Stone, Tuff Bickie and Dalradian.

Anacheeva will stand at an unchanged fee of $6,600 inc GST.

The spectacularly bred Anacheeva is now gaining plenty of momentum as a sire.

Ana Royale is a legitimate Group 1 horse after her enormous run for 3rd in the Australasian Oaks. Nacho Libre also looks like a very promising staying prospect in Sydney after winning his last two starts and Southern Man’s debut win in Singapore was dominant.

These announcements come after the news of All American’s relocation to Chatswood, standing at a fee of $13,200 inc GST.

The Group 1 winner and producer will provide the perfect out-cross for Danehill-line mares. The market has been very strong for All American’s progeny, with yearlings averaging more than $60,000 at the sales in Australia this year.

Chatswood Stud stallion roster for 2017 (all including GST):

  • Ajaya: $13,200
  • All American: $13,200
  • Anacheeva: $6,600
  • Reward For Effort: $16,500

For bookings and enquiries call Greg Willis on 0419 990 560 or Nic Willis on 0416 409 642 or visit the Chatswood Stud website for more information.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds have confirmed service fees for exciting young sire Unencumbered, whose first runners will be unleashed in the spring, and for proven Group 1 producing sire Stryker.

A Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner by perennial favourite Testa Rossa, Unencumbered has covered more mares in each of his three seasons at stud which is somewhat unusual and serves as a real vote of confidence in his potential.

“Unencumbered and Dundeel were the only sires in their third year to serve not only an increase in mares, but more than their first year which is a wonderful vote of confidence from breeders,” said Toby Liston.

“History shows that when the market backs stallions in their third year with more mares than their first year it’s generally a good indicator of greater things to come!”

The first progeny of Unencumbered have sold well this year and have entered the stables of a wide variety of leading trainers so will receive every opportunity to succeed.

“We feel pretty confident about his first two year old crop which will start racing in October,” said Toby Liston.

“Australia’s most popular sires at the moment all share a common denominator, they possessed two year old speed and have passed it on in spades.

“I Am Invincible, Not a Single Doubt and Written Tycoon – none of them won a Group 1 race – and all started their stud careers with a service fee of $12,500 or less.

“The first three years of hard work are done with Unencumbered and, with that, a foundation for success has been put in place. It’s a great time to be booking in a mare to reap the rewards in years to come.”

Unencumbered will stand this spring at a fee of $11,000.

Group 1 producing sire Stryker at Three Bridges

Group 1 producing sire Stryker at Three Bridges

A superbly bred son of Fastnet Rock, Stryker has a Group 1 winner on the board in Rangipo and produces numerous winners with every week that passes including smart three year-old Perpetual Crisis, who won the $250,000 Inglis Dash at Flemington.

Stryker had yearlings sell for up to $140,000 this year and is an extremely affordable proven sire in a competitive market.

“He represents great value for breeders looking to have some sales ring fun and breed some good looking progeny with the best temperaments ever,” added Toby Liston.

Stryker has had his fee reduced for the first time this year and is priced at $6,600.

Further information: ring Toby on 0407 181 466 or visit the Three Bridges website:

Chatswood Stud is thrilled to announce Group 1 producer, All American, as a new addition to their stallion roster for the 2017 breeding season.

Yankee Rose’s sire will be relocating from Geisel Park after being Western Australia’s most popular sire for the 2016 season, covering 113 mares.

Chatswood’s Greg Willis is confident that All American will strike the right chord with breeders.

“He really is the perfect out-cross opportunity, being one of very few Group 1 winning and Group 1 producing sires completely free of Danehill / Danzig blood,” Willis said.

“Importantly, he’s already had significant success with Danehill line mares, including 10 individual winners from Redoute’s Choice mares, 7 winners from Danehill mares and also 7 winners from Flying Spur mares.

“Even All American’s Group 3 winner, Bachman is out of a Nothin’ Leica Dane mare.”

Besides Champion Australian 2YO filly Yankee Rose, the handsome son of Red Ransom has had an impressive season on and off the track.

He has sired 48 winners (to 8 May) in Australia this season with several talented types stepping out in the Adelaide and Brisbane feature races including Peter Morgan’s stakes winner Zebulon and Philip Stokes’ exciting 2yo winner Phelps Glory. Lindsay Park has American Genius entered for the Group 1 J.J. Atkins for 2YOs at Eagle Farm in June and 3YO All Out Of Love in the Group 1 Queensland Derby.

In addition All American yearlings are averaging more than $60,000 at the sales this year (Australia-wide), with purchases from Ciaron Maher, John Foote, Darby Racing, Darren Weir, Busuttin Racing and other major buyers.

“At a time where the market is inundated with new and unproven stallions, buyers have shown they want proven horses from the sales ring,” Willis said.

A high class 2YO himself, All American was a Stakes winner before Christmas and winner of the Group 3 AJC Skyline Stakes before running second in the Blue Diamond and a bold fifth in the Golden Slipper.

All American showed real durability, training on until a 4YO. Following four Stakes placings including a 3rd in the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes, he was dominant in winning the Group 1 Emirates Stakes, defeating So You Think.

All American will stand at a fee of $13,200 including GST.

For bookings and enquiries call Greg Willis on 0419 990 560 or Nic Willis on 0416 409 642.

In yet another coup for the Victorian breeding industry, Woodside Park Stud has announced the appointment of experienced operator Sam Fairgray to the newly created role of General Manager of Operations.

He will play a big part in the continual growth of Woodside Park as one of Australia’s leading breeding operations and host of some of the country’s premier stallions.

Involved in the thoroughbred industry for 25 years, Fairgray brings with him a wealth of experience and knowledge having worked in the role of General Manager at Newgate Farm for two years and prior to that Arrowfield for 14 years.

During his career, Fairgray has been involved with some of Australia’s leading stallions including Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur, Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Foxwedge, Dissident, Capitalist and Winnng Rupert, to mention a few. Sam has also been involved with the rearing and sale of many Group 1 winners including, Miss Finland, Mentality, and Forensics.

“We are delighted to have Sam join the leadership team of Woodside Park. The scale of our operations continue to grow and having Sam join the team will add significant expertise and experience to our management group and the Woodside Park brand,” said Mark Rowsthorn, Principal of Woodside Park.

“Sam’s skills are well known throughout the industry, he has a terrific history with two iconic stud operations in Newgate and, of course, Arrowfield.”

Fairgray is equally excited about the opportunity to become a member of the Woodside Park team.

“Woodside Park has stamped itself as one of Australia’s progressive thoroughbred nurseries. I look forward to working with the existing team and further building its profile and production of outstanding equine athletes,” Fairgray said.

“In recent years, I have been fortunate to have worked on two Australian Stud farms that are recognised internationally. The knowledge and experience I have gained from working at these farms will assist in the future of Woodside Park’s development.”

“Sam will be a very welcomed addition to our young and enthusiastic team. He will add enormous value across our three farms; pre-training, stud and the yearling farm at Seymour,” added Murray Tillett, General Manager of Woodside Park.

“We look forward to the contribution he will make.”

Fairgray commences in the role on 3 July 2017.

Spendthrift Australia this morning celebrated the first winner for its freshman shuttle sire Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor).

Admiral Jimmy became the first winner for the Group 1 winning Jimmy Creed when he won in a US$50,000 2YO maiden race over 4.5 furlongs at Gulfstream Park, Florida.

The Todd Pletcher trained juvenile was sent out favourite for the race and duly saluted by four lengths after a launching a powerful sprint out of the home turn.

Admiral Jimmy wins on debut at Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos-Lauren King)

Admiral Jimmy wins on debut at Gulfstream Park (Coglianese Photos-Lauren King)

The debut win by the Siena Farm Kentucky homebred was even more impressive when considering the winning time of 51.07 equaled a track record set back in June 2015.

From the Bernardini mare Zayanna, Admiral Jimmy is a half-brother to 2YO stakes winner Velvet Mood (Lonhro). Zayanna herself is a sibling to no less than three stakes winners.

Admiral Jimmy was just the second runner for his sire who covered large books of mares in his first two northern hemisphere seasons at stud.

Jimmy Creed shuttles between Spendthrift’s Kentucky base and Australian operation in the Macedon Ranges where he stands for $7,700 on a “Breed Secure” Fee or Payable On Live Foal

Jimmy Creed’s first crop of two-year-olds have sold for an average of US$142,500 during the USA’s recent two-year-old auction season, topped by a US$320,000 colt at the OBS March sale.

A win in this Saturday’s famed Kentucky Derby for Godolphin’s Thunder Snow, a son of Helmet, would establish a series of historic milestones.

Firstly, he would be the first horse since Canonero II in 1971 to win the Derby after making their prior start outside of North America.

Secondly, he would be the first ever winner of the big race for Godolphin’s owner His Highness Sheikh Mohammed bin Rashid Al Maktoum.

And, perhaps most relevant to Australian breeders, success would represent the first win for a horse by an Australian bred sire in 64 years.

The 1953 Kentucky Derby was won by Dark Star, a son of the Australian bred stallion Royal Gem.

Coincidentally, Royal Gem, like Darley’s Northwood Park based Helmet, also won the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas.

Thunder Snow already has an impressive race track record. He secured a Group 1 title as a two-year-old when winning the Group 1 Criterium International at Saint-Cloud last October.

He then travelled to Dubai in the Northern Hemisphere winter where he convinced Godolphin and Sheikh Mohammed of his superior dirt track credentials.

After easily winning the UAE Guineas on debut at Meydan, he then won the US$2 million UAE Derby over 1900 metres on Dubai World Cup raceday in March.

Thunder Snow’s trainer Saeed bin Suroor rates the three-year-old colt very highly.

“He is a big, strong colt, who is improving all of the time and acts on dirt, and we are looking forward to seeing him take on the best three-year-olds in America,” Suroor said.

“It is not easy to send a horse to the Kentucky Derby until you know there is a horse who has something there, has class. So far, our horse is doing really well.”

And if Thunder Snow were to pull off a historic victory, no doubt the worldwide Godolphin operation would send the colt Downunder. While that journey would be unlikely for racing purposes, a spot in the Darley Australia stallion barn would be guaranteed.

Helmet at his Dalham Hall, Newmarket home in the United Kingdom

Helmet at his Dalham Hall, Newmarket home in the United Kingdom

Meanwhile the colt’s sire, the three-time Group 1 winning Helmet, has continued on his winning ways in his own breeding career.

In Australia, he already has Group winners Archives and Limestone and stakes placed horses Igitur, Coppergate and Malaise. Add to that a band of talented winners including Wednesday’s debutant two-year-old victor at Warwick Farm, the Godolphin homebred Barbecue.

“Helmet has proven very quickly through the deeds of Thunder Snow, who is from his first northern hemisphere crop, that he is capable of siring an elite horse,” said Darley’s Victorian General Manager Andy Makiv.

“He is showing all the signs that he has a long and successful career ahead of him as a stallion.”

The Kentucky Derby will be televised in Australia on Sky Racing 2 at 8.46am on Sunday, May 7.

Caulfield trainer Henry Dwyer has become the latest ‘addict’ to the rich VOBIS Gold Premier race series.

Yesterday he secured victory in the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Strike (1000m) with the Woodside Park bred Written Tycoon filly Je Suis Tycoon at Warrnambool.

It was his second VOBIS Gold Premier race win after he trained another two-year-old filly, If Not Now When, to a win in last year’s $280,000 VOBIS Gold Rush at Bendigo.

The annual VOBIS Gold Premier race series has total prizemoney of $3.1 million across 16 races for all ages of horses.

Dwyer described Je Suis Tycoon as a “little ripper” who was picked up relatively cheaply at the Inglis VOBIS Gold sale due to being on the smaller side.

Je Suis Tycoon wins the VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool (Bronwyn Nicholson-Racing Photos)

Je Suis Tycoon wins the VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool (Bronwyn Nicholson-Racing Photos)

All three of her runs have been in VOBIS Gold Premier races including a second in the 2017 edition of the VOBIS Gold Rush.

“She only cost $40,000 as a yearling and now she’s got well over $120,000 in the bank with one win in three starts so you’ve just got to love these bonus races…there’s a lot more to come from this filly,” Dwyer said.

“She can certainly gallop and she’s got a lot of upside.

“She was definitely going to the paddock after this race but after that, we might look at a Group 2 race in Adelaide in a couple of weeks.”

Race favourite Je Suis Tycoon had to cover some ground but was far too strong in the run home eventually wining by two-and-a-half lengths from Wired (Sharkbite) and Maeve In Manhattan (Manhattan Rain).

The filly is the first winner for her dam La Paris, an unraced half-sister by Falvelon to Group 1 placed stakes-winner Ringa Ringa Rosie.

Interestingly, La Paris was one of just three mares covered by Woodside Park sire Econsul in 2016 before he was retired from stallion duties, gelded and sold for a show career.

The VOBIS Gold race win continued another highly successful season for Woodside Park’s Champion sire Written Tycoon. His yearlings have been selling gangbusters at the yearling sales in recent months to a high of $1 million.

Meanwhile, his progeny have been saluting on the race track with six stakes winners recorded during the season thus far with horses such as Super Cash and Music Magnate strong chances in Group 1 races in coming weeks.

He stands at an increased fee of $88,000 (GST incl) this coming season at Woodside’s Tylden property.

For the second year in a row, a speedy Victorian bred, Victorian sired, Lisa Lefoe trained filly has won the Northern Territory’s premier two-year-old race, the Inglis Red Centre Classic at Alice Springs.

Iron Lotus, a daughter of Turffontein bred by Corinella’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm won the juvenile race winning by almost four lengths eased to the line.

The Lauriston bred filly follows in the footsteps of the Kialla bred Desert Lashes (Reward for Effort) who won the 2016 edition and has remained unbeaten since. Her most recent victory was in the Listed Redelva Stakes at Morphettville.

Both youngsters were sold as yearlings through the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale. Kristenvale Stables sold Desert Lashes as the 2015 sale for $6,000 while Laceby Lodge sold Iron Lotus for a bargain $5,000 at the 2016 sale. Both were then on sold at the Inglis Red Centre Sale.

Monday’s win on Alice Springs Cup Day by Iron Lotus was her second in her three start career. Her only loss was in her debut when she was runner-up to Reward for Effort gelding That’s Justified. The two swapped places on Monday.

Iron Lotus (Turffontein) as an Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale yearling

Iron Lotus (Turffontein) as an Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale yearling

Iron Lotus is the first winner for Bianconi (USA) mare Blazing Glory from the family of Group 1 winner Special Dane.

It continues a quality season of racing for Lauriston bred horses with dual Group 1 winner Global Glamour and Adelaide Magic Millions Classic winner Redoutable Miss among the big highlights.

Iron Lotus’s Blue Gum Farm based sire Turffontein is also having another quality year with his progeny on the racetrack.

In recent weeks alone, he has had quality city winners such as Give Us A Go, Blue Jangles and Dance With Fontein while the Darren Weir trained Lyuba has just fallen short of a Group win on multiple occasions.

He has also had break out wins amongst his progeny in the highly competitive racing jurisdictions of Hong Kong and Singapore.

Turffontein stands at Blue Gum Farm this coming breeding season for a fee of $8,800.

Story courtesy of Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia

Bluegrass Bloodstock (FBAA) and Gelagotis Racing spent $90,000 on two yearlings at last week’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale in Melbourne.

A Reward For Effort half-brother to Group 3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes winner Written Dash (Lot 195) was knocked down for $65,000 and a Testa Rossa filly related to Palentino (Lot 127) was a bargain at $25,000.

Bluegrass Bloodstock agent Lenny Russo (also a member of TBV) has close links with Peter and Manny Gelagotis through Group 1 winning sprinter Malaguerra. They purchased the VOBIS Gold yearlings in conjunction with Regal Bloodstock.

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) founding member Tim Stewart (a TBV Life member) was also closely involved with the Street Boss colt (Lot 47) that made $78,000 to the bid of Caulfield trainer Gerard Moloney.

The Street Boss – No Vanity colt was offered by Basinghall Farm as agent for Greta West Stud owners Laurie and John McCarthy.

Stewart has been bloodstock advisor to the McCarthy brothers for many years and their VOBIS Gold colt descends from a family that goes back several generations at Greta West Stud.

His dam No Vanity is by Greta West sire Keep The Faith and she won three races at the provincials for Robbie Griffiths.

Second-dam No Mischief (Mister C) was a Listed winner of the Vanity Stakes at Flemington and third-dam Artful Lass (The Pug) was bred by the late Ed Barty at Trevenson Stud using his successful sire The Pug (GB).

Federation of Bloodstock Agents Australia (FBAA) was formed in 1988 to maintain, improve and develop the standards, status and services of bloodstock agents throughout Australia. Its members operate with the utmost integrity and professionalism and are bound by the strict Industry Code of Conduct.

Having enjoyed her most successful Melbourne Premier Sale to date, Moorookyle Park’s Nioka Wozny is looking forward to showcasing more of the Smeaton property’s yearlings at this Sunday’s Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale.

Five yearlings by a mixture of proven and up-and-coming exciting young stallions are bound to be keenly sought after with Wozny taking such great care with their upbringing and sales preparation.

First cab off the rank is lot 62, an imposing son of Spendthrift’s Group One winning Medaglia d’Oro stallion Warrior’s Reward.

Bred on a 5 X 5 cross of the stakes winning influential broodmare My Charmer – dam of Warrior’s Reward’s second dam sire Seattle Dancer and of the great Seattle Slew, this mid-August foaled colt is out of the classy imported mare Patricia’s Gem.

Gai Waterhouse recently nominated her Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente as the first season stallion whose progeny had most impressed her at the sales and lot 91 – bred on the same Monsun/Nureyev cross as Protectionist and Vadamos – is a lovely cot out of the Fasliyev mare Sensually.

The dual Group One winning Fasliyev is doing a great job as a broodmare sire with 31 stakes winners and this colt has as his grandam the Blue Diamond Prelude winner My Flashing Star from the family of Group One gallopers My Brilliant Star, Shot Of Thunder, Lachlan River and Sudurka.

Proving to be a reliable source of winners, Golden Rose winner Denman has an eye-catching colt in the shape of Lot 115, the first foal for the lightly raced stakes placed Stratum mare Sworn Revenge.

Bred on a 3 X 5 cross of the speed influence Vain , this colt hails from a strong local family whose members include the stakes winners Twirled, Classy Fella, Noted, Grand Connection, Our Planet, Gypsy Kingdom, Innocent King, Royal Snack, Ideal Planet, Chaleyer, Winter Show, Bonaria and Time Out.

Boasting a perfect strike rate – four winners from four runners – is the two times winning Celtic Swing mare Curtsey’s whose colt by the Group One winning Commands stallion Skilled is lot 187.

A half-brother to the Hong Kong winner Bite My Dust and the three times winners Signed And Sealed and Take A Bow, he hails from the prolific Victorian Oh Calcutta family – that off the feature winners Stage Hit, Indian Raj, Encores, Irradiate, Sir Laurence, Marwell Lady, Mondano, Honey Flower, Firenze, Tuscan Sling, Lite’N In My Veins, Hi World, Loveyamadly and Ducimus.

Last but not least for Moorookyle is lot 215, a daughter of one of the country’s most reliable stallions in Testa Rossa, six times Group One winning sire of 61 stakes winners with an outstanding winners-to-runners strike rate in excess of 73%.

Bred on the successful Testa Rossa/Sir Tristram cross, this filly is the first foal for the Reset mare Goddess Pele who can boast amongst her relations the Victorian bred Hong Kong star Sacred Kingdom as well as the Group winners Waikiki, Puttanesca and Love Of Mary.

Moorookyle Park’s yearlings can be inspected in Barn 2 at the Inglis Oaklands Junction complex. The sale kicks off at 10am on Sunday.

Full details of the draft can be found on the Inglis website.

By Kristen Manning