- Top quality Victorian sired Street Boss 3yo filly Petits Filou returned a winner for Ciaron Maher at Caulfield. She is now 5 wins from 6 starts (her only failure was in the Group 1 Moir Stakes) and is being aimed at the Group 1 Sangster Stakes in Adelaide.
- Thames Court delivered another Group winner for the David Brideoake racing/breeding operation when she won the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley on Thursday night.
- Doom N Boom scored for Team Corstens and Spicer Thoroughbreds at Terang last week. By Darley’s Victorian sire Domesday; he is a sibling to Group 1 winning Manawanui.
- It is now two wins in a row for Chat to Maggie at Terang. She is a homebred for part owner Pat Reid and many Terang locals. Bought for just $300, she is by Carin Park sire Chatline (by Royal Academy) . Chatline is a sibling to multiple Group 1 winning racehorse and Group 1 producing sire Snippets.
- Great to see a win by Darren Weir trained Topography on Cup Day at Stawell. The Churchill Downs gelding was bred by the Goulburn Valley Tafe’s National Centre for Equine Education based at Wangaratta.
- Robbie Griffiths and connections cleaned up the $30,000 in Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses when Ariaz won race 2 at Sandown on Easter Monday. The Charge Forward 3yo filly is a home bred for Gerry Ryan’s Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds.
- Former Racing Victoria and bloodstock agent Rob Roulston got a win for his syndicate members when 3yo Authorised colt Approved Anger won in his 3rd start at Sandown. Trained by Darren Weir, he was bred by Hillside of Nagambie.
- Giving Ballarat trainer Brad Cole his first city win in 12 years was Victorian bred Stella the Boss after she saluted at Sandown on Easter Monday. It was the second win in a row for the daughter of Riverbank Farm sire Redente.
- A Victorian bred horse that many will be keen to see progress to the track is the now Ciaron Maher trained Brigite. Being out of Gilgai Farm’s famous dam Helsinge, she is of course a sibling to Black Caviar and All Too Hard. Previously trained by Peter Moody, the Gilgai owned filly is by Casino Prince and performed well in a jump out at Caulfield last Tuesday.
- Rangal Park bred Scratchy Lass won the Listed Oakbank Stakes on Saturday. The 4yo mare is by one time shuttle sire to Victoria, US Ranger. She is out of Seven Year Itch. Coincidentally, the Pat Cannon trained Punt Club (by Equiano), also out of Seven Year Itch, broke his maiden at Wangaratta on Sunday.
- Two-year-old colt Cayman Daze won the opening race of the Oakbank Easter Carnival. That makes 2 wins from 3 now for the son of Darley’s 1st crop sire Skilled.
- Burnewang North bred Reckless Abandon made it two wins in a row when winning at Doomben on the weekend for trainer Liam Birchley. By Nicconi, the 5yo was sold at Magic Millions’ Gold Coast January Sale for $150,000.
- The unbeaten run of Victorian bred, Team Snowden trained trained Suspense continues after four starts. He is quite uniquely bred being a half brother to Group 1 winning Mental and by the former and relatively low profile Victorian sire Keano (Salamander Park, Merton).
- Two winners for Rosemont Stud sire Starspangledbanner on Easter Saturday. California Star broke her maiden at Coffs Harbour while Lady Pinot won at Tauherenikau in New Zealand.
Writing history with winners
- As of Monday evening, Woodside Park’s leading sire Written Tycoon had 99 winners for the season with the 100th remaining elusive over the past three days. In the past five seasons, the only Victorian sires to achieve 100 or more winners have been Written Tycoon in 2015 and Eliza Park International’s multiple Victorian champion sire Bel Esprit.
Overseas success for Victorian breds
- It is now five wins in a row now for the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred Finke after another victory at Alice Springs on the weekend. His Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein has had quite a number of winners in the past two weeks.
- There were wins last week at the Singapore races to progeny of Victorian sires Danerich (Rangal Park), Street Boss (Darley Victoria) & Artie Schiller (Emirates Park Victoria). This included Dragon King, a 6yo son of Victorian sire Danerich also bred at Rangal Park.
- Hong Kong trained Gun Pit, bred by Barnawartha’s Kellie and Tony Smeaton, unfortunately couldn’t match some of the world’s very best when lining up in the US$10 million Group 1 Dubai World Cup on Saturday. The race was run by United States superstar galloper California Chrome.
- On Monday at Hong Kong, the Gilgai Farm bred Tonyboy scored his second win in a row at Sha Tin. Runner up was the Makybe bred Mr Stunning.
- Meanwhile Victorian sired Rapper Dragon (by Darley’s Street Boss) also won on the same night. Known as Street Rapper in Australia he was then trained to a Group 1 placing by Gai Waterhouse.