General Beau ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Darley Spring Preview at Flemington Racecourse on September 23, 2020 in Flemington, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Darley Northwood had two of their stallion’s progeny step out for the first 2YO race of the season in Australia today. The Darley Spring Preview saw General Beau, a son of Brazen Beau take out the crown.

A homebred of Contract Racing, General Beau took the lead at the 200-metre mark to win the race, with Jamie Kah in the saddle in dominant fashion.

The first runner in Australia for first season sire Frosted, The Globe, stepped out and provided an impressive performance under the guide of champion hoop Damien Oliver.

Grey like her father, the filly settled herself at the 400-metre mark to show an impressive turn of foot to place third behind General Beau and a son of Written Tycoon, Finance Tycoon.

Finance Tycoon, a two-year-old colt by Written Tycoon, who stood at Woodside Park at the time of his conception and trained by Tom Dabernig & Ben Hayes came second to General Beau by 2.25 lengths.

Frosted who stands for $22,000 at Darley Northwood has shown that his progeny have serious ability when on the weekend, his fifth and sixth winners in Likeable (USA) and Tkotchke (USA) won at Belmont.

Likeable won by an impressive 8.25 lengths. Frosted covered a book of 103 mares in the 2017 season in the Southern Hemisphere.

The Darley Spring Preview is a concept of the Victoria Racing Club, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and Racing Victoria, the race over 900 metres at Flemington is now in its second year.

TBV President – James O’Brien commented, “It’s always an exciting time of the year to see the first two-year-old step out and it is tremendous that the VRC can host the first two-year-old race in Australia.

“It was extremely exciting was that three stallions who stood in Victoria, trifected the race, was just outstanding,” James enthused.

“In its second year, we had a field of ten with one scratching and that trainers are supporting this race. It’s not just this race which is so exciting, the whole day is one which sets the tone for Spring. You’ve got the Derby and the Oaks preludes as well,” James commented.

With the Spring racing carnival knocking at our doors, there is no doubt that Victorian-sired horses will step out on race tracks across Australia and give everyone something to talk about.

 

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Above: Frosted | Standing at Darley, Northwod Park

Darley shuttle sire Frosted (USA) registered his fifth and sixth winners on Saturday when Likable(USA) followed up a win by Tkotchke (USA) at Churchill Downs with his own at Belmont.

Racing over 1200 metres, Tkotchke was close behind the leader for much of the race. The colt showed determination to hold on by a nose after getting the lead late in the stretch to become his sire’s sixth winner.

Less than an hour later, Likeable demolished the field in his victory. A troubled second-last out, Likeable took the lead and never looked back in his Belmont Park maiden. The colt built up his lead at every call to win by an easy 8.25l without ever being called on.

Frosted’s first Southern Hemisphere 2-year-olds hit the track this season with 103 mares visiting the stallion in 2017.

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Above: Cluster standing at Larneuk Stud

Neville Murdoch admits his phone hasn’t been ringing off the hook in recent weeks, but was happy on Sunday when he took a call from a breeder who booked in five broodmares for stallions at his Larneuk Stud.

The mares will be split between Murdoch’s four stallions – Cluster, O’Lonhro, Last Typhoon and Wolf Cry.

He says Cluster will get two of the mares, while the other stallions will have one each.

A couple of winners in recent days has kept the Cluster name in conversations with breeders looking for a stallion capable of producing winners at an affordable service fee.

Cluster, by Fastnet Rock and out of Tarcoola Diamond (Last Tycoon/Potent) produced Righthere Rightnow for trainer Henry Dwyer at Tatura on the weekend. Bred by Larneuk Stud, it was the four-year-old mare’s second victory from 11 starts.

Caulfield trainer Gemma Rielly has a big opinion of Cluster filly Tarcoola Diva which broke her maiden status at Geelong on Friday at the three-year-old’s fifth start. She ran second at Caulfield as a two-year-old and finished six of 16 at her next start in The Showdown.

Tarcoola Diva was bred by Ken Williams of Tarcoola Stud who races the three-year-old filly with family and friends.

Williams explains that he raced Cluster’s mother Tarcoola Diamond which he had bought as a weanling and she went onto win five races, including the Listed Great Western (1400m) at Flemington.

“I then had a number of foals out of her and because the tax department was after me for not making any money, I decided I’d better sell her to make a profit for the stud that particular year,” he said.

“When I sold her she was in foal to Fastnet Rock and what came out of that was Cluster. She was sold to the Moran family and we say bred him but in the stud book it obviously says the Moran family bred it.

“They only got the mare and the foal right at the end. We did all the matings and I was glad to see that they did go back to Fastnet Rock a bit later and got a stakes placed filly (Miss Que).”

Williams said he had sent a couple of mares to Cluster, a Group 2 winner of the Theo Marks (1400m), because of his association with the horse.

“We DNA mate and we were comfortable with the matings,” he said.

“We have got another (Cluster) filly, Quality Diamond running around and she hasn’t won a race but is a bit like this filly and has shown a lot of ability but can’t get out of her own way.

“But the other filly has been thrown into the deep end a bit.”

Williams said Tarcoola Diva, from Explosive Cross (Bernardini/El Tornedo) which he also bred and raced, was an unbelievable type of horse. He said he’d bred a lot of horses, including Groups 1s, but the filly would be one of the nicest he has ever bred on type.

He bred multiple winner Diamond Jim (Encosta De Lago), A-Spirit (Flying Spur) which went to Hong Kong and Crystal Spur (Flying Spur) from Tarcoola Diamond. Cluster was the fourth foal out of the mare.

“I sold Crystal Spur and she ended up with a Zoustar selling in New Zealand for nearly half a million bucks,” he said.

Williams said Tarcoola Diva would get a chance of earning some black type in the coming weeks.

Tarcoola Diamond was sold for $430,000 at the 2010 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.

Murdoch said having a couple of winners would certainly help Cluster and create some discussion with breeders who hadn’t yet decided where they’d be taking their mares this season.

“We’re flying here, don’t worry about that,” he said.

“I am very happy with him and he’s a horse who is getting along nicely so we are not complaining.”

Murdoch admits that COVID-19 and its effect on the economy had created some uncertainty in tough times.

“It’s not brilliant but having said that I had two more bookings made on Saturday and one called through on Sunday morning,” he said.

“And it’s not late. Everyone is thinking it’s late but it’s not. Most horses haven’t even foaled yet so it will keep continuing for us all the way through.

“The one who called on Sunday has got five mares and is talking about coming up. And another guy has booked into O’Lonhro and they are coming along slowly.”

Things were quiet for Murdoch last week but says it took off again over the past few days.

“But we’ll be right,” he said.

“It’s interesting with the way things are with the economy and it’s going to be tough but I think a lot of people are only starting to think about foaling now. Mares are starting to foal down and they are thinking their mare is going to foal in the next three or four weeks.”

Murdoch said the smaller studs and the breeders who supported them were different to the bigger operations.

He said Cluster, which served 64 mares in his first season in 2015 and 34 last year, would hopefully draw attention to himself by producing more winners.

“Tarcoola Diva has a bit of smartness about her and has been quite good,” Murdoch said.

“She has been up among all the good horses having a go.

“She was bred by Tarcoola Stud and they have been pretty happy.

Murdoch said Cluster was a good stallion with a nice pedigree and had a lot going for him.

“He’ll be good and we’ll just keep kicking,” he said.

“This time of the year it helps to a have a couple of winners and he has a few more going around.

“Greg Eurell has a couple of mine by Cluster which will be poking out soon, so we’re going good. He has got some Cluster’s down there and had a couple trials the other day.

“No one is saying they are going to be superstars, but you have to get them rolling first and until you get them to the racetrack you don’t know.

“Greg has got half a dozen of them down there.”

While Murdoch said he thought Cluster’s progeny would be three-year-olds and above, the stallion had two-year-olds running around last year.

“He has had two-year-olds again this year and from his first season he had a stakes placed horse in Tasmania which was a two-year-old.”

Murdoch said while the Clusters could run as two-year-olds, he was unsure of what Eurell would produce from the six he has by the stallion.

He said it was difficult to make an assessment at the moment.

With four stallions on the roster at Larneuk, Murdoch said O’Lonhro and Cluster at this stage have been the best supported.

He said Wolf Cry and Last Typhoon both had two-year-olds on the ground this year and once they started running, people would warm to them.

“Matt Cumani has got a really lovely Last Typhoon over there,” Murdoch said.

“And Ben Brisbourne up at Wangaratta has one that trialled up there last week and it won.

“The Last Typhoon’s are two-year-olds and you never know where they are going to come from, you just don’t know.

“We just get them on the track and let them do the talking.”

While Murdoch said they don’t get the commercial mares lobbing at his Euroa stud, he has bought some nice mares in recent years.

“We have paid 50, 60, and 70 grand for some mares so we are happy,”” he said.

Murdoch said it just takes time to get them all rolling along.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Wise Counsel ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Longboard Accountants for Mirabel Hcp at Caulfield Racecourse (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

The breeding season was over for Toronado before it even began.

After being Victoria’s most popular stallion last year when he served his biggest book of mares – 197 – the demand just kept growing.

Swettenham Stud closed his book months ago and at the same time kept his service fee at $27,500.

The performance of Wise Counsel – the full brother of the brilliant Master Montaro which is now in Hong Kong with David Hayes – at Caulfield last Saturday again emphasised Tornado’s importance to the Victorian breeding industry.

Coming off a fifth in a 1500m Geelong maiden, Wise Counsel stepped up to 1600m in a three-year-old handicap at Caulfield where he raced more handier to score a half-length victory.

Wise Counsel, like Master Montaro, was bred by Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster from his broodmare Circus Polka (Stravinsky/Tropical Affair).

He races the colt with a group of owners including famed New Zealander, Sir Patrick Hogan.

And Sangster has plenty to look forward to with the other progeny from Circus Polka. A yearling colt by Toronado will go to the sales in 2021, while a two-year-old full sister will be trained by Lindsey Smith.

Circus Polka is in foal to another Swettenham Stud stallion, Highland Reel, and will go back to Toronado this season.

Sangster said training partners Ciaron Maher and David Eustace had always liked Wise Counsel which has now had three runs for prizemoney of $96,930.

“It’s interesting when you look at his full brother Master Montaro who might get up to 1400m after winning his maiden at 1000m at Pakenham and then winning brilliantly over 1140m at Geelong in a benchmark 70,” he said.

“He went to Hong Kong for big money.”

Sangster said Wise Counsel was only getting warm over 1400m and says it’s amazing how full brothers and sisters can have different speeds and ranges.

“But he’ll go to UCI next over 1800m at Flemington in a fortnight,” he said.

Sangster said Toronado, which shuttled back to France after doing his job at Swettenham last season, had kicked off his latest stint with his ‘exceptionally well’ fertility.

“We probably could have filled his book three times over,” he said.

“We wanted to keep his fee at what it was last year to make sure that he didn’t get out of the price range of the people who used him last year.

“And we have a lot of people from hobby breeders right to the big breeders supporting him so we wanted to make sure to keep him at the same level and we’ll see what he stands at next year and what happens on the track.”

Sangster said he wouldn’t be surprised if there is interest in Wise Counsel from Hong Kong as they love the Toronado horses.

He said Toronado had enough good horses winning city races against good opposition to hopefully claim some big races.

“His book of mares this year quality wise is the best he’s ever had and each year it’s just been getting better and better,” Sangster said.

“Some of the mares he has just covered are the best going around and we are only three weeks into the season and as the yearlings start to come through they are from better mares than his two-year-olds and three-year-olds.”

Sangster said Toronado’s prices at the yearling sales were exceptional and a lot of trainers just can’t get enough of them.

He said Wise Counsel and Master Montaro are very similar in looks and typical of what the son of High Chaparral throws.

Sangster said Wise Counsel would get up to a Victoria Derby trip and is rated a $26 chance to win the October 31 race.

“Obviously Toronado is a world champion miler,” he said.

Sangster said they were limiting Toronado’s daily number of mares versus his overall book to make sure he is looked after before he returns to France.

Speaking after Wise Counsel’s victory, David Eustace said:

“We’ve always had a nice opinion of him. It’s taken a bit of time to get him to the track and get a few runs in him. He had an injury at the back end as a two-year-old. It was a good result.

“We thought the mile would be fine. It was a good race, good maiden (run previous) at Geelong and hopefully he can go onto bigger and better things.

“I’d like to thank the owners – Adam Sangster and Sir Patrick Hogan. A good team back in New Zealand are in this horse and he’s got a nice future.”

Eustace said Wise Counsel was probably a horse that warrants going into a Derby Trial and the UCI which would be a nice race for him.

“We think he’ll relish Flemington,” he said.

“He’s obviously a winner here as well and you’ve got the Caulfield Classic, so we’ll put him on that path now and see how he comes through.”

Winning jockey Jye McNeil said Wise Counsel had a bright future and dug deep when challenged.

Asked about the Derby, McNeil said: “He seems to have that X factor in class. He was prepared fantastic and he looked fantastic in the yard.”

Above: SCORES OF FUN winning the Shek Lei Hcp (C4) Picture: HKJC

Victorian bred Scores of Fun kept his unbeaten record intact with a second consecutive victory at Hong Kong on Sunday.

Bred by Hollylodge Thoroughbreds at Avenel, the gelding is by Victorian stallion Reward For Effort and is out of Montana Hilton (Brahms/Hanina).

Hollylodge’s Daniel Nevill said the mare is owned by West Australians Darren Fradd and Jeremey McGrath. Fradd is a co-owner of Reward For Effort (Exceed and Excel/Miss Prospect) which won the Group 1 Blue Diamond (1200m) in 2009.

While the mare has been covered by Reward For Effort six times, she has produced three foals to him but missed to the Chatswood Stud stallion last year.

Nevill said the mare, which also has a filly and colt by Trust in A Gust, has again been served by Reward For Effort this season and is foal to him.

He said the owners of Montana Hilton had decided to the sell the mare in foal to Reward For Effort following confirmation of a 45-day pregnancy positive.

“I think she will be put up for sale after 45 days,” Nevill said.

“She missed last year and has just gone into foal now on Friday.

“The mare is getting on a bit and with everything going on I think they want to downsize a bit.”

Nevill said Fradd and McGrath, lifetime friends, had another mare at Hollylodge which is a bit younger which they’ll concentrate on.

He said there would be a bit of upside for someone who bought Montana Hilton in foal.

“If she drops a colt you are going to cash in straight away and that’s the way it has to be to leave a bit of gravy for someone else,” Nevill said.

Nevill said Fradd and McGrath would concentrate on Gaelic Queen (Murtajill/Our Teneriffe) which is a half-sister to Group 3 winner Vain Queen (Artie Schiller).

Gaelic Queen’s last three foals are by Victorian stallion Artie Schiller.

“At this stage we haven’t decided what we will be doing with her this year,” he said.

“Her last one was a nice filly by Artie Schiller but we haven’t quite made up our mind about a pedigree match-up but it might possibly be Spendthrift’s Vino Rosso (Curlin/Mythical Bride).

“And she has also has a yearling by Artie Schiller that will go to Melbourne Premier. It is outstanding and will be real nice horse for Premier.”

Nevill couldn’t hide his admiration for Reward For Effort which stands for $11,000.

He said the stallion was great value for money and probably bats a bit above his average.

“He throws a lot of winners, good city winners and probably just lacks the mare quality to get him headliners,” Nevill said

“I just think with the price you can get into him for and what he throws you, you get a racehorse and you can get a result in the sale ring.

“He is good for those young mares when you are worried about starting them off with the right stallions and he just throws winners, so he is a bit of a safe bet for young mares just to get them going.”

Nevill admits it was “a disaster” when they sold Scores Of Fun for only $15,000 as a weanling when he was pinhooked and then sold as a yearling for $100,000 to Price Bloodstock.

“It was very lucky for the next people who bought him,” he said.

“He had a few x-ray issues and wasn’t the biggest horse and the couple of Reward For Efforts before him from the mare were very small and we hung on to them to go to the sales.

“He wasn’t the biggest yearling but he was a lovely moving horse and from our information he wasn’t going to make first session at Melbourne. He had an x-ray issue in a stifle and we said we were better moving him on and lo and behold he went up to the Hunter Valley for a couple of months and showed up at P1 (2018 Melbourne Premier).

“It was a disaster but we still bred him and it would have been nice if we’d made the $100,000 out of him at the yearling sales but it wasn’t to be.”

Nevill said he hoped the missed opportunity would give people more confidence to buy from him because they know he’ll be selling if he goes to the sales.

He expects to be offering about 14 yearlings at Melbourne Premier in 2021 and had kept the best types.

Nevill said he had scaled down on the number of broodmares on their farm.

“We have got about 25 dry mares and 20 wet mares on the farm after having 95 last year,” he said.

“I had my first baby a month ago so we decided we’d have a bit of quiet year this year.”

Scores Of Fun was named Hottie Lamottie in Australia and headed to Hong Kong after finishing fourth in a Cranbourne trial, beaten half a length, for trainer Patrick Payne.

When horses exercise, their bodies must release energy stores into the blood to fuel muscles. Complex chemical pathways release enough energy to meet the demands of work as quickly as possible. Energy is commonly supplied by carbohydrates in the form of starch and sugar derived from cereal grains, but the use of alternative energy sources for performance horses is now common across the world.

Energy is stored in the horse in two major forms, glycogen and fatty acids. Glycogen is a sugar that can be released quickly for immediate use, such as when a horse accelerates to full speed from a standstill. Fatty acids are stored in adipose or fat tissue and are released more slowly as a horse achieves its stride and works mainly in the aerobic zone.

The difference in size of these two energy stores is quite immense: the average 500-kg racehorse stores around 75MJ of energy as glycogen compared to a massive 640MJ as fat. The metabolism, or “burning,” of fat requires glycogen, so if glycogen runs short the horse is no longer able to use fat for energy.

Once glycogen stores are depleted, the horse will fatigue. Many trainers are familiar with horses suddenly slowing down after the first half of the race. Because the body can no longer keep up with the energy demands of the muscles, the horse quickly slows its pace. This sudden energy depletion and resulting fatigue can mean the difference between running to a strong finish and suddenly falling to the back of the pack.

During aerobic work of medium to long duration, such as racing, the horse should be predominantly utilizing its stores of fat to power the athletic effort, rather than using up the limited on-board stores of glycogen. This is where alternative energy sources can help, and the most common of those is fat.

With an appropriate adaptation period, horses can switch which energy source they use preferentially during exercise. That is, horses can begin using fat rather than glycogen as the major energy source for muscles. During training and conditioning, horses naturally start to use more fat for energy as they get fitter, but the effect can be maximized by feeding additional fat.

A diet is described as high in fat when a significant proportion of the total calories are provided in the form of fat, usually either vegetable oil or other high-fat supplements such as a stabilized rice bran (such as Equi-Jewel). A ration including 1-2 cups of vegetable oil or 500g to 1kg per day of Equi-Jewel would be described as a high-fat diet.

Horses fed a diet high in fat begin to burn more fat and use less glycogen during work efforts. The metabolic switchover previously mentioned takes about one month of feeding and working the horse continuously, so just adding fat in the days before the race will not give the desired result.

What type of fat is best? There are no definitive answers as to which fat might maximize the glycogen-sparing effect. Canola oil appears to be one of the better vegetable oils, having reasonable omega balance and being readily accepted by most horses. Other vegetable oils such as sunflower or soy oil are also fairly good. Corn oil may not be the best option as research has suggested that corn oil has a poor omega balance. This poor balance can actually raise working heart rates and blood lactate levels, but corn oil is very palatable and may be useful for fussy eaters.

Equi-Jewel stabilized rice bran is research-proven to reduce working heart rates and lactates, when compared to oil. The other advantage of Equi-Jewel is that it is a palatable dry pellet that is readily accepted by horses adverse to oily feeds. Equi-Jewel also contains natural vitamin E and organic selenium to assist with rapid muscle recovery in hard-working horses.

Other high-fat supplements include sunflower seeds and soya bean meal. With these supplements, consideration must be given to their high protein content, as they may provide excessive protein in the diet if used as a fat supplement.

Remember, fat contributes a significant number of calories to the diet, so a reduction in grain may be necessary to avoid a horse becoming too fat. A rule of thumb: 1 cup of oil or 500g or high-fat stabilised rice bran supplement is equivalent in calories to about 1 kg of whole oats, and slightly less of steam-flaked corn or barley.

You will need to feed as least 1 cup per day of oil or 500g per day of a high-fat supplement. Continue daily with high-fat feeds for at least four weeks to get the full benefit of glycogen-sparing.

If you want to maximize your horse’s energy metabolism and want to prevent fatigue during a race, add fat to your horse’s diet. As a bonus you’ll get a nice shiny coat, and maybe even some wins as your horse powers home with energy to spare.

Above: Foxwedge standing at Woodside Park

Woodside Park Stud’s Foxwedge was well represented in Newmarket during the closing race of the day when his Balgair (GB) romped home in the Close Brothers Invoice Finance Amateur Jockeys’ Cambridgeshire.

Racing near the rear in the 1800 metre race, Balgair smoothly went to the lead with 200 metres left to run. It took no time at all for the 6-year-old gelding to build his margin, winning by 6l.

Conceived during the second of Foxwedge’s three shuttling seasons to England, Balgair hails from the extended family of New Zealand Group 1 winner Julinsky Prince (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}) and G1 Australasian Oaks third Fanciful Bella (Bellotto {USA}).

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Above: Tofane (NZ) (yellow cap)

Having had his confidence in his star sprinting mare Tofane (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}) vindicated with the security of Yulong’s slot in The Everest, trainer Mike Moroney says it is full speed ahead to Australia’s richest race for the 5-year-old mare who he says is only just reaching her peak.

While she doesn’t enjoy the profile of some of her likely rivals in The Everest, as a winner of the G1 All Aged S. in the autumn, Tofane was always in a strong position to garner interest from slotholders.

The past two winners of the All Aged, Trapeze Artist and Pierata, have both competed with credit in The Everest the following spring, with the former finishing second in 2018 and Pierata fifth last year.

With three slotholders expressing an interest in Tofane, Moroney received the assurance he needed to target her at the $15 million race on October 17.

“We always thought given a few others had retired, with what we saw in the autumn, she was going to be up to it,” he told TDN AusNZ.

“The fact is that she has won right-handed and handled all sorts of ground and she had good form in the TJ Smith and was a bit luckless in the Newmarket. We were pretty confident she was the right type of mare.”

“The fact is that she has won right-handed and handled all sorts of ground.” – Mike Moroney

The connections, headed by Rupert Legh, intended to give her one run this time in before receiving final submissions of interests from slotholders. Her close-up third in the G2 Bobbie Lewis Quality convinced everyone that she was on track for the spring.

“We have always had that interest in her and it was always a matter of getting through that first start, to make sure she was back on track,” Moroney said.

“That was a good effort, probably as good as she has gone first-up. Once we knew she was on track, we were confident enough to say we were going to fire ahead. We had three people interested and we gave a bit of a deadline yesterday, and we ended up looking at all the alternatives and decided to run with Yulong.”

The ownership group and Moroney have already got a relationship with Yulong through the deal struck to stand G1 CF Orr S. winner Alabama Express at Yulong’s Victorian operation this year.

Yulong has been a slotholder since The Everest was first run in 2017, and in 2018 tasted success in that role with Redzel‘s (Snitzel) second victory in the race. Redzel was its runner again last year when eighth. Moroney said he was impressed with the rigour Yulong had brought to the selection process.

“They approached us a while back and they have done all the due diligence on the sectional times etc. They had her right up there. I think one of the things they did mention was her durability. She can race right-handed and she can travel. Every time she had been up against these better sprinters, her sectional times have been terrific,” he said.

The fact that the race is likely to be run at a strong tempo with the likes of Nature Strip (Nicconi) and Rothfire (Rothesay) already confirmed as starters, was also appealing, as was the possibility of a rain affected track.

“They just saw that it will be run at a true speed, and if we do happen to get the rain, as has been the norm of late, she is the type of mare who could run over the top of them,” he said.

“It’s good to see there is a bit of confidence around her, outside of our own confidence in her.”

Slotholder Runner
Inglis Gytrash
Bon Ho Classique Legend
TAB Nature Strip
Yulong Tofane
MiEverest Rothfire
Godolphin
Aquis
Max Whitby
James Harron
The Star
Chris Waller Racing
Coolmore

Table: Slotholder’s runners at present

Tofane shapes up better than ever

From Moroney’s perspective, Tofane is in better shape than she has ever been at any previous point of her career.

“She has really matured now and that’s the first time I can say that about her. With all the travelling and racing we have done, we are going to get her to her peak this season. This should be her best year and she has certainly got stronger,” he said.

“With all the travelling and racing we have done, we are going to get her to her peak this season.” – Mike Moroney

“She was mentally pretty fragile in her early days, but the travelling and all that has really helped her. She has always been one of those jobs that required time, physically and mentally.”

Moroney will travel to Sydney to oversee her campaign along with a staff member. The logistics and time required to organise that will likely mean her final lead-up run will be in the G2 Gilgai S. at Flemington on October 3, two weeks before The Everest.

A decision on a jockey for Tofane will be made in the next week or so.

Spring opportunities beckon for Harlech

She won’t be the only Moroney-trained runner in Sydney this spring, with Harlech (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}) set to target the $7.5 million Golden Eagle at Rosehill on October 31.

The 4-year-old is on the precipice of having his first Australian start in Saturday’s G1 Sir Rupert Clarke S. at Caulfield, where he is first emergency.

James Cummings has indicated Roheryn (Lonhro) will likely run in the G3 Bill Ritchie H. at Randwick, meaning Harlech will gain a start in the Caulfield feature.

“It would be great if we could get in. We really want to use this to make an assessment on the Golden Eagle. We are pretty keen to get to Sydney for that. This race would work in well. It would be nice to see how he competes against these Group 1 horses,” Moroney said.

Above: Harlech

A Group 2 winner back in New Zealand when trained by Moroney and Pam Gerard, Harlech boasts two Group 1 placings in the New Zealand 2000 Guineas behind Catalyst (NZ) (Darci Brahma {NZ}) and the G1 Levin Classic behind Travelling Light (NZ) (El Roca).

“He certainly looked a good horse on his day in New Zealand and had excuses in his last run there. He had bone chips in his front fetlock joint, which we have since had removed. He seems a different horse now that that has happened,” Moroney said.

“We couldn’t be happier with his work on the track and at the jump-outs and we are interested to see what he can do raceday.”

Stablemate Buffalo River (USA) (Noble Mission {GB}) was balloted out of the Rupert Clarke S. and will resume in a 1400 metre race at Caulfield next week with a view towards the G1 Toorak H. and the G1 Cantala S.

Chapada on Cups path

Moroney has multiple Group 1-placed stayer Chapada (Bullet Train {GB}) resuming in the G3 MRC Foundation Cup (2000 metres) on Saturday after a short freshen up from an early winter campaign.

“We only gave him a week in the paddock and we did a bit of dressage for a while. A bit of a mental change for him. He’ll take good improvement out of it, but in saying that, he’s really a mile-and-a-half horse,” Moroney said.

“We feel that this is going to be his best campaign. A bit like Tofane, he’s finally got strong and worked it out. He needs to improve by two or 3l to be up with those better stayers. But there is a chance he can, so we’ll just see how far we get with him.”

Above: Chapada

In-form mare She’s A Thief (NZ) (Showcasing {GB}) tackles the G3 How Now S. on Saturday looking for her first stakes win at what will be her ninth run of the campaign.

“She’s been out doing dressage as well. It’s a bit of a change of scenery as we are deep into her preparation but she is really good. She will run really well,” he said.

“The more I look into the race, the more I like her. She’s a mare who is well-weighted and she makes her own luck and that’s big help at Caulfield.”

Article courtesy of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: He’s on fire – Shamus Award (Mark Smith)

It may have been lost in the plethora of stakes races on Saturday however the results of Shamus Award should be noted as he had four winners, two seconds and a third from eight starters on the day.

They include a pair of hugely impressive winners at Randwick with the 4yo mare It’s Me and the 4yo gelding Academy.

It’s Me looks to be a huge untapped talent.

The Brett Cavanough-trained mare kept her record at a perfect three for three when she was catapulted to favouritism for the $1.3 million Kosciuszko with a breathtaking performance in a three-length romp under Jason Collett in the TAB Highway Handicap (1000m) on Saturday.

“I love her temperament. I was watching her walk around the yard before the start in the birdcage and she was the most relaxed runner, I thought,” Collett told AAP.

“She feels so easy doing it against these types of horses but she does give you the feel of a classy filly.

“She has only had three starts and the Kosciuszko is the level she should be heading for.”

It was a spectacular day for Grand Syndicates who had purchased the daughter of Shamus Award for $65,000 out of the Kitchwin Hills draft at the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale.

Later in the day, Grand Syndicated celebrated a Group 1 win in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) with their $6,000 superstar Behemoth (All Too Hard).

It’s You is another good example of why it pays not to ignore the progeny of older mares.

She is the tenth live foal of the stakes-placed Celtic Swing (GB) mare It’s You who has been a fabulous producer with her seven winners including the Listed ARC Great Nothern Guineas Prelude Yourein (Reset) and the stakes-placed Snitzel gelding Off The Rails.

The Mark Newnham-trained Academy came out of the same Inglis Classic sale as it’s Me.

The son of Shamus Award backed up his last start win at Rosehill with another fighting performance at Randwick.

He has now won over $250,000 from his five wins and three placings from 14 starts, a handy return on the $150,00 outlaid by Darby Racing / De Burgh Equine for the Tyreel Stud consigned colt.

Tyreel had purchased his dam Couredge (Show a Heart) for $190,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale when carrying Academy.

It looked an even better decision when Couredge’s Choisir filly Every Rose came out and won the 2019 Group III Gimcrack Stakes, sporting the same set of Darby Racing silks as Academy.

Shamus Award may have been something of a slow burn but he is looking more and more to be another inspired addition to the Rosemont Farm roster.

Article courtesy of Breednet

A panel looking into thoroughbred welfare headed by former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine has been “very pleased” by the number of suggestions it has received.

More than 160 submissions have been made to the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG) by prominent trainers, owners, breeders, race clubs as well as welfare groups, veterinarians, equine re-trainers, researchers and the general public. Racing Australia and each of the principal racing authorities have also made submissions.

“The working group has been very impressed and pleased with the standard and the sheer number of submissions that have been lodged,” said Dr Napthine. “It is clear that there is a real appetite from both within and outside the thoroughbred industry to look at how welfare can be improved.”

The TAWWG was established in February this year by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, the Australian Trainers’ Association, the Australian Jockeys’ Association, and with the support of other leading industry stakeholders.

In early June the TAWWG released an Issues Paper canvassing key horse welfare topics and publicly called for submissions from anybody who had an opinion on improving the wellbeing of thoroughbred horses, especially those exiting the racing and breeding industry.

Dr Napthine added: “I can assure everyone who made a submission that they are all being read by the panel and will be given consideration as we go through our work.

“There have been lots of suggestions, ideas and insights in the more than thousand pages of documents we have received. I’ve been particularly pleased with the range of viewpoints that have been put forward and many different voices heard.

“We are now engaged in meetings with some of those who wrote to us, and with other key local and international stakeholders and experts, to further explore the many issues, ideas, suggestions and considerations as we begin to shape our report and its recommendations.”

The TAWWG has so far held more than 20 consultative meetings and has scheduled many more in September and October.

It is expected the group will publish their final report and recommendations in late spring of this year.

The four person panel is made up of Dr Napthine, who also served as Victoria’s racing minister and is a qualified veterinarian; Dr Ken Jacobs, a former director of the Australian Veterinary Association; Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Science and Strategy Officer for RSPCA Australia; and Jack Lake, a senior agriculture advisor on policy in the governments of Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Kevn Rudd.

For more information call:

Dr Denis Napthine: 0407 234 366
Tom Reilly, chief executive of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia: 0423 146 334

thoroughbredwelfareinitiative.org.au

(Racing Photos)

At today’s Board meeting, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) made some significant Board changes.

Board members Adam Sangster and Adam Tims have decided to pass the baton on to the next generation.

After 15 years of service on the TBV Board, Adam Sangster, the principal of one of Victoria’s most prestigious farms, Swettenham Stud, has enjoyed the time he has spent helping shape Victoria’s Thoroughbred breeding industry.

Adam was an integral part of the Board and in his time as a committee member, was passionate about being able to assist breeders to ensure Victoria continued to go from strength to strength.

James O’Brien – TBV President commented, “Adam has given over a decade of invaluable service to the Victorian breeding industry. He is enthusiastic, driven and passionate about the industry. While it will be sad to see him step back from the TBV Board, I know that he will continue to work to make sure that the Victorian industry continues to advance. I will also continue to seek his sage advice on a diverse range of matters.”

Additionally, after 12 years of service to TBV, Adam Tims will continue to serve the industry on a national capacity as the Treasurer of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Aushorse.

James O’Brien – TBV President commented, “Adam has given so much of his time which has extended to over a decade of tenure. I have enjoyed working with Adam in various capacities. His professionalism, communication and sound advice will be sadly missed. He would consistently deliver above and beyond our expectations. I cannot thank him enough for his service.”

Garry Cuddy – General Manager of Spendthrift Australia has been elected to the Board of TBV to fill the vacancy left by Adam Sangster.

Garry is the manager of one of the most exciting up and coming farms in Victoria. Garry has had a lifelong association with the industry.

Out of high school he secured a position as assistant to Vin Cox – current Managing Director of Darley Australia. Garry acquired extensive experience at Bloodstock.com.au before accepting the role as General Manager of Spendthrift Australia, six years ago.

Garry is excited about the opportunity to be elected to the TBV Board commenting, “I am excited to be accepting the position on the TBV Board. I am passionate about the next generation of people coming through the industry and hope to assist in building upon the current momentum we have here in Victoria.”

Jason Brown – Manager of Stable Financial has been elected to the Board of TBV to fill the vacancy left by Adam Tims.

Jason who has worked at Stable Financial as a Manager for over 9 years, has a keen interest in horse racing and breeding. Jason graduated from Deakin University with a Bachelor of Commerce majoring in accounting and sports management. He has since completed his CPA and has over 14 years of experience in the accounting industry.

James O’Brien – TBV President commented, “I look forward to welcoming Garry and Jason to the TBV Board and their contributions. Both individuals bring a strong, diverse skill set that will complement the existing expertise on the Board. I have no doubt that they will continue to ensure that Victoria’s breeding will go from strength to strength in the years to come. It is always great to have young enthusiastic professionals join the TBV Board.”

Image courtesy of Barastoc
Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria is thrilled to announce that Kentucky Equine Research (KER) in conjunction with Barastoc horse feeds have partnered with Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) as a valued sponsor.

KER and Barastoc are both well respected within the industry. Kentucky Equine Research, the world leaders in equine nutrition, is an international equine nutrition, research, and consultation company serving horse owners and the feed industry.

Kentucky Equine Research serves as a consultant to thoroughbred breeders and farms around the world. Kentucky Equine Research brings owners and breeders the latest research and nutrition recommendations in a comprehensive consultation program tailored to individual needs. KER nutritionists also work with mill owners and managers in six continents to formulate top-quality feeds that complement typical local forages. These feeds contain KER micronutrient premixes to ensure that, when fed with appropriate forage and according to label directions, they will provide a diet balanced to KER’s specifications.

In July of this year, Dr Peter Huntington of KER was a key note speaker at TBV’s ‘Pre-season breeding seminar’, where he spoke about broodmare nutrition. The seminar was a great opportunity to provide educational segments ahead of the breeding season.

KER’s Ashley Copping notes “Kentucky Equine Research’s goals are to advance the industry’s knowledge of equine nutrition and exercise physiology, apply that knowledge to produce healthier, more athletic horses, and support the nutritional care of all horses throughout their life – research separates the innovator from the imitator. KER was started in Kentucky, the heartland of America’s thoroughbred industry.” 

For 50 years, Barastoc has worked side by side with horse owners to develop and deliver balanced diets that will support horses in achieving their genetic potential, underpinned by their tagline, Horses come first.

As leaders in animal nutrition Barastoc invest in innovation and people and provides a tailored, specialised approach to equine nutrition, which targets the individual needs and the unique requirements of each equine operation. Barastoc feeds are backed by their nutrition partner, KER ensuring each foal gets the best possible start in life, yearlings reach their full potential and mares are cared for and ready for their next cycle.

Barastoc pride themselves on looking after the wellbeing of all horses throughout Australia, in order to promote and support the livelihood of the breeding sector is a tremendous opportunity.

“The opportunity to partner with TBV helps us to highlight the impact and influence nutrition has in the development and performance of all horses. It also helps us to highlight how much passion Barastoc puts into the research and development which underpins our health solutions,” – Alex McCall of Barastoc commented.

Their specialised equine nutrition team brings vast experience in equine nutrition, breeding and training, in addition to commercial business management.

The sponsorship will provide further opportunity for KER, Barastoc and TBV to provide educational segments which will assist breeders and showcase their wide range of products, services and knowledge.

“I am delighted to enter into this sponsorship arrangement with Kentucky Equine Research and Barastoc. They are well regarded in the industry and have been very supportive of TBV for quite some time now. I have no doubt through this partnership we will continue to build upon the seminar we offered in July, through articles, videos and webinars,” Charmein Bukovec – Executive Officer of TBV commented.

To celebrate the partnership, KER and Barastoc will also be sponsoring TBV’s annual foal gallery by providing three $100 vouchers for three winners for the best photo submitted sired by a Victorian sire category.

To find out more about KER, click here. To find out more about Barastoc, click here.

Spring without a doubt is the favourite time for most in our industry. Warmer weather, longer days and most importantly foals arriving!

For the last few years, TBV have conducted a foal gallery to capture all the cuteness of Spring!

For this year’s foal gallery, you can now begin to enter your submissions by email to tbvmedia@racingvictoria.net.au and be sure to share them on your own social media accounts and tag our social media accounts. Entries will be taken up until 27 November 2020.

This year we will be looking for photos for the following categories:

  • A Super VOBIS Nomination to the value of $1980, for the “Most Liked” photo across the TBV Social media pages (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) courtesy of Racing Victoria.
  • Three Kentucky Equine/ Barastoc vouchers worth $100 each for the three best photos of foals sired by Victorian sires, courtesy of KER/Barastoc.
  • Two TAB betting vouchers worth $100 each awarded to the two most unique photos, courtesy of TAB.

To ensure you don’t miss any of the cuteness make sure you are following TBV on our social media accounts on Instagram (@vic_breeders), Twitter (@vicbreeders) or our Facebook page (@ThoroughbredBreedersVictoria).

You can view the terms and conditions of the foal gallery by clicking here.

Succeed Indeed ridden by Lachlan King wins the IVE > Print Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Hillside Racecourse. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

An astute purchase by Flemington trainer Troy Corstens at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale is giving Swettenham Stud stallion Akeed Mofeed a boost early in the breeding season.

Corstens, in consultation with Doctor Adam Gay, paid $45,000 for the filly out of Lucky Morna (Ferocity) which races as Succeed Indeed.

The three-year-old filly got black type in her debut in the Group 3 Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington in March this year when she finished third, and then after a 26 week break resumed with a second at Sandown last month.

She returned to Sandown last week over 1600m in a benchmark 70 where she scored a 1.5 length victory to break her maiden status at her third start.

Succeed Indeed is raced by Gay, a cardiologist, his family and a large group of friends.

Gay also races Swats That, which was a fast finishing second in the G.H. Mumm Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Along with friend and colleague Glen Baker, who is a cardiac technologist, Gay began scanning the hearts of horses to scientifically analyse their results.

Baker, who is also in the ownership of Swats That, which was bred by Gay, still routinely scans the hearts of yearlings for clients before sales.

Corstens, who trains in partnership with his father, Leon, said Succeed Indeed was a nice filly who had a massive opinion of from the start.

He said he was impressed with her sire, Akeed Mofeed, who he says is doing a good job at Swettenham Stud.

“He produces good tough horses,” Corstens said.

“I bought the filly on type. Her pedigree was okay.

“We scanned her heart and it rated very well and it was just another tick in the box that’s for sure.

“Hopefully she can get to the level where we think she can.’’

DNA testing had shown that Succeed Indeed was “an out and out stayer”, according to Corstens.

“On genetics she is a CT – an out and out stayer,” he said.

“What we will do is we will run her in the Edward Manifold and then we will just see where she takes us from there.

“She has got a really good turn of foot and the ability to switch off which is a fantastic attribute to have in a stayer.”

Succeed Indeed holds a nomination for the Thousands Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 10 where she is $26 in the early markets.

And the chestnut filly is being kept safe in the VRC Kennedy Oaks where some bookies have her at $15.

Already with a Stakes placing, her value as a future broodmare has far surpassed what is now a modest purchase price.

Gay and his team are also looking forward to the performances of Swats That (Shamus Award/Is It A Mosquito).

Corstens said the filly ran an enormous race at headquarters in what was the third start of her career which began with a victory in the VOBIS Gold Rush (1000m) and cheque of $158,500.

“She’ll run in the Scarborough Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley (September 25) and then I’ll give her one more and then into the Coolmore, I reckon,” he said.

“She is a really good filly, very talented.”

At her second start, before going for a spell, Swats That was unplaced in the Group 2 Percy Sykes after struggling to handle the heavy eight track at Randwick.

Corstens said it was rewarding to have three-year-olds horses like Swats That and Succeed Indeed.

Swettenham Stud’s Adam Sangster said it was pleasing to see the performance of Succeed Indeed which has now had three starts for a win and two thirds.

“She has firmed up for the Oaks so we’ll see what happens, but it’s an interesting watch,” Sangster said.

“Akeed Mofeed had a few colts at that sale which were popular and there were a few fillies which we all liked, but he was having a bit more success with the colts at the time.

“But it looks like he was one of those stallions that can produce colts and fillies.”

Three-year-old filly A Box Of Tricks (out of  Pandoro De Lago) gave his sire Akeed  Mofeed (Dubawi/Wonder Why) another winner last week when the three-year-old won at Wanganui, New Zealand.

Sangster said it was pleasing to see Akeed Mofeed have a couple of city winners from two horses that had targeted bigger races.

“It just shows how diverse he can throw them,” he said. “A Hong Kong Derby (2000m) winner himself, his progeny can get over any sort of trip.”

Sangster there were still bookings available for Akeed Mofeed , who served his biggest book of mares last year with 134,  but every win at this time of the year shows what sort of horses he can produce.

“A few of them have gone to Hong Kong which makes it a little bit tougher for him here, but he has finally got a couple of bigger crops coming through which always helps if you are sending a mare this year, you are on the back of his two biggest crops.

“It’s a good time to be going to him.”

Akeed Mofeed, also a winner of the Group 1 Hong Kong Cup, kicked off the year with a two year-old Stakes winner, Jyoti which was trained by father-son team, Tony and Calvin McEvoy.

His progeny averaged $100,000 at the major sales in 2020.

And Sangster said statistics reveal Akeed Mofeed’s figures are better than Zoustar and Dundeel (same season) for stakes performers to winners.

Akeed Mofeed stood his first season at Swettenham in 2014.

His book of 98 mares in 2018 was his second biggest.

Above: The pre-training facilities at Leneva Park

Progressive Victorian thoroughbred enterprise Leneva Park is moving forward this spring with a new phase in their development following the arrival of proven stallion Lucas Cranach (Ger) and the acquisition of three quality mares to add to their burgeoning breeding program.

Formerly known as Rockmount, Leneva Park was purchased in early 2019 by Luke Vandersluys and his family, who were originally a farming family from Wodonga.

Luke saw the opportunity to provide a premium pre-training service in the heart of Victorian thoroughbred country and the potential to showcase the talents of his sister Sarah Beaumont, who competed to a national standard in Equestrian, taught extensively in Australia and overseas in equine schools and polo stables, and her partner Joel Walton, a former champion country apprentice in NSW.

Sarah and Joel head up the pre-training and agistment arm of the business which counts major stables Mick Price and Mick Kent Jr, Mike Moroney, Lindsey Smith, Nigel Blackiston and John Moloney as valued clients.

“It has been a fantastic 12 months and we’re so proud of what we are achieving and of the quality that the farm is producing, our clients are happy and are getting results on the track and that makes us happy. You get a real thrill watching a horse that we have pre-trained or prepared go and win a race, it’s a great feeling to play a role in that success,” said Sarah Beaumont.

“The farm is a real family affair, I’ve worked with horses for as long as I can remember and the same goes for Joel.

“Mum (Judy Vandersluys) and Luke both have an active role in the business too and I think that’s what sets us apart. We’ve got a great team here and we treat every horse on the property as if it was our own.”

Luke also recruited Jenny Saunders, a very well respected yearling and weanling manager, who worked previously as yearling manager at Eliza Park and Princess Park, to oversee the development of weanling and yearling sale preparation.

Above: Leneva Park provides idyllic surrounds for spelling and sales preparation

“Luke is very keen to make an impact selling quality drafts at the yearling and ready to run sales and bringing Jenny on board was a big part of that,” Beaumont revealed.

“We’ve been slowly adding some real quality broodmares to the farm and they will get every chance to produce the sort of foals that will take us to the major yearling sales.”

In July, Leneva Park purchased three young broodmares Ingrid (USA) (Gemologist), Shoepeg (Bernardini (USA) and Cashla Bay (Fastnet Rock) from the MM National Broodmare Sale to grow the quality of their broodmare band.

The trio are in foal to high profile sires Russian Revolution, Brazen Beau and American Pharoah, so there is much to look forward to this spring!

The decision to take on Lucas Cranach was prompted by the sale of nearby Bullarook Park and the retirement of stud master Malcolm Boyd, who had previously stood the Melbourne Cup placed Group II winner.

Above: Lucas Cranach stands at a fee of $5,500

“I really believe that there is an opportunity for Lucas Cranach to service the breed to race market that wants a middle distance horse,” Beaumont pointed out.

“Not everyone can go to Europe and buy a good stayer, but they can breed one with Lucas. He was such a good racehorse himself and he has proven that he can leave good racehorses as well. I think he’s one of the best value stallions in Victoria to be honest, he’s such an athletic horse and he’s very fertile.

“Smart breeders like John Fiteni (Surprise Baby) and Linda Huddy have bred the right mares to the stallion and have had really good success. I don’t think that anyone who sends a mare to Lucas this year will be disappointed.”

Standing at a fee of just $5,500 inc GST, Lucas Cranach has proven to be a great source of winners including wide-margin metropolitan winners like Dark Alley, Get Stuck In, Advance Warning, Stealthy Lucas and Arty Lucas.

Levena Park will offer two key promotions for Lucas Cranach in 2020 as follows:

1/“Lucas Lotto”- Broodmare owners have the chance to access Lucas Cranach at 50% of his advertised service fee. Book a mare to Lucas Cranach, nominate whether you want a colt or a filly, and pay 50% of the advertised fee on 45-day PPT.

If the resultant foal is the preferred outcome, the balance is due on live foal, if the foal is not the outcome they were seeking, there’s no more to pay!

2/ Breed a Stayer– Healthy discounts are available for broodmares that are city performed at 1600m+ or that have previously visited Americain, Fiorente, Dandino or Puissance De Lune.

Mare bookings via Mick Sharkie mick@lenevapark.com.au or Mitch Brown mitch@lenevapark.com.au

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Foxwedge standing at Woodside Park

One of the best value proven sires in Victoria this spring, Foxwedge featured overnight with a new stakes-winner in the UK after Foxtrot Lady took out the Group III Sceptre Stakes (7f) at Doncaster.

The Andrew Balding trained five year-old had been  stakes-placed in Listed races four times so was overdue for a Black Type victory and with the help of champion jockey Frankie Dettori was able to score a length and quarter win.

A homebred for Jeff Smith of Littleton Stud, Foxtrot Lady has the overall record of five wins from 28 starts.

She is a half-sister to Group III winner Dancing Star from good producer Strictly Dancing, a Danehill Dancer daughter of Group I winning sprinter Lochangel.

Foxtrot Lady is the 20th stakes-winner for Foxwedge, who stands at Woodside Park in Victoria at a fee of $11,000.

Foxwedge shuttled to the UK for three seasons at the start of his career and four of his 20 stakes-winners are Northern Hemisphere bred including his Group I winner Urban Fox.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Tagaloa. Picture: Racing Photos

Trainers Natalie Young and Trent Busuttin couldn’t be happier with star Tagaloa ahead of Saturday’s Group 1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

The Blue Diamond-winning two-year-old was saved from last Saturday’s Danehill Stakes following a tough first-up run in the McNeil Stakes with connections keen to give him extra time between runs.

Tagaloa spent most of his trip in the McNeil three-wide and only narrowly went down in a tight finish, with a bob of the head seeing him into third.

But the stable is confident he has rebounded well from the gut-buster and Young is believes they have found a nice race to add another Group 1 to the colt’s resume.

“Really happy with the way he is. Had a really nice quiet week after the McNeil,” Young said.

“It was a hard run, he did it tough, he was three deep and it was only really a bob of the head. There wasn’t much in it, his stride was coming up when the other heads were going down.

“We gave him a nice quiet week. He had nice gallop (Saturday) morning. (Jockey Michael) Walker came in and galloped him and he’s rapt with how he pulled up.

“He will have another gallop on Tuesday and he should be sorted for the Group 1 Rupert Clarke.”

Tagaloa will carry 54kg in the Rupert Clarke, where he is a $11 chance with Sportsbet. The horse is heading towards the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas where he is currently rated a $11 chance.

“He will get in with 54kg … it would have been nice if it was post-COVID because then it would be 52kg,” Young said of the Rupert Clarke.

“But it’s a nice weight and I know he loves Caulfield so I think that’s the best way to go, targeting that Group 1.”

Meanwhile, Cups-bound stayer Mirage Dancer will run in Saturday’s Group 3 Naturalism Stakes.

The former import made a pleasing return in the Heatherlie Stakes (1700m) and Young said the entire was ready for the step up to 2000m.

“I think he looks better going into this race than first-up. First-up his coat wasn’t quite there, but this time he’s got a bit of gloss,” she said.

“He worked really great (Saturday) too, so he’s definitely flying around on the right track. 2000m will be right up his alley. It will be a nice race.

“(We) thought it was a better path to go, starting off in a Heatherlie with the 1700m first up, rather than the 1400m where they’re always a bit sharp for him. He’s trained on really nicely.”

Article courtesy of Racing.com

Above: Artie Schiller standing at Stockwell Thoroughbreds

In the fittingly named More Than Ready Juvenile S., Artie Schiller (USA) saw his 44-1 shot Barrister Tom (USA) win the 1600 metre race.

Stalking the leaders, Barrister Tom found plenty of luck when a hole opened on the rail and he was able to steal the lead. The 2-year-old gelding had to dig deep to keep the win but in the end was able to win by 0.5l over Pivotal Mission (USA) (Noble Mission {GB}).

“What a nice little horse,” said Tyler Baze. “He’s got a lot of heart. It was nice for them to let me ride the horse. I don’t know what he paid. I know he was about 50-1. I’m just excited. It’s my first win at Kentucky Downs, and I look forward to some more next week.”

From the extended family of top sire Speightstown (USA) and Grade 1 winners Mani Bhavan (USA) (Storm Boot {USA}) and Capezzano (USA) (Bernardini {USA}), Barrister Tom is one of four Northern Hemisphere 2-year-old starters for Artie Schiller so far this year.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Haut Brion Her winning the G2 Sheraco S.

After almost a year since she last raced, the Chris Waller-trained Haut Brion Her (Zoustar) picked up where she left off as she took out the G2 Sheraco S. at Rosehill on Saturday, putting herself in the picture for a spot in the $15 million The Everest.

Last seen winning the G2 Blazer S. at Flemington on October 5 last year, she settled in second behind Sweet Deal and as the daughter of Casino Prince began to fade at the 300 metre mark, Haut Brion Her kicked away and went on to win by 0.8l.

Jen Rules (Redoute’s Choice) got out late and sprinted home to finish second while Seasons (Sebring) came home another 0.3l away in third.

“She is a high class sprinting mare with a very high cruising speed,” jockey James McDonald said.

“She is a high class sprinting mare with a very high cruising speed.” – James McDonald

“I think she is very good. She had to do it a tough way today because she didn’t have the best of draws but she overcame that hurdle and she will only improve from here.”

Waller, who took out last year’s Everest with Yes Yes Yes, has his own slot for the $15 million sprint feature but said he will think about ‘where she fits into The Everest picture’ and make a decision of which horse will run for him in the coming weeks.

“We found the right one last year,” he said. “Still a lot to go.

“We saw in the 3-year-old race today there are a lot of things that can change.

“That’s racing so let’s not get too far ahead of ourselves. Make sure she pulls up well. Have some nice dreams.”

Haut Brion Her is one of four winners from five to race out of Light Finger S. runner-up One In A Million (Redoute’s Choice), who is also responsible for multiple stakes winner Karacatis (Hussonet {USA}) and Listed scorer Shamillion (Shamardal {USA}).

Her second dam is Listed victor Happen (Zeditave), who herself is a sister to Eskimo Prince H. winner Major and a half-sister to the dam of Group 3 scorer Lightinthenite (Galileo {Ire}).

She is one of 14 stakes winners for her Widden Stud-based sire Zoustar, who celebrated a stakes-double on Saturday as Zoutori took out the G2 Bobbie Lewis Quality at Flemington.

Article courtesy of Georgie Dennis TDN

Pretty Brazen ridden by Luke Currie wins the Furphy Let’s Elope Stakes at Flemington Racecourse. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

A quick assessment of the figures shows that prominent Queensland breeders Linda and Graham Huddy are already significantly in front with their initial $700,000 purchase for a daughter of Darley Northwood sire Brazen Beau out of Pretty Penny.

Now a four-year-old named Pretty Brazen, the mare took her earnings to $571,775 with the Group 2 victory in the Let’s Elope Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Throw in a price tag of around $1 million as a broodmare when her racing career is over and it’s easy to see why the figures keep climbing.

But it’s not a money thing for the Huddy’s who own equine property, Peachester Lodge.

“It was a big thrill to win, but horrible not being there,” Linda said.

“We went and looked at her at the sales and my husband actually did the bidding so he took the blame at the time and the credit now.

“She was a beautiful yearling and the page was always going to be the page. The old mare has done a great job.”

Pretty Brazen’s dam Pretty Penny has produced Group winning Sertorius (Galileo; $1.82 million in prizemoney), Dollar For Dollar (High Chaparral and $621,745) and Rezealient (Sebring and $261,715). Dollar For Dollar and Rezealient are still racing.

Pretty Brazen also won the Group 2 Sandown Guineas (1600m) last November and as Linda points out, it was the first time a filly had won the race for 14 years.

“It was a big thrill and I was there that day,” Linda said.

“I thought she was over the odds on Saturday ($20) but I thought she’d be top four, but those other two fillies, Arcadia Queen and Savatiano, you couldn’t underestimate but we were second up but I thought she’d like Flemington.

“You know racehorses, you can’t be too confident.”

Linda said she understood trainers Tony and Calvin McEvoy were looking at backing up the mare in Saturday’s $500,000 Group 1 Sir Rupert Clark Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Calvin McEvoy was full of praise for the mare.

“She was fantastic, really tough,” he said in his postrace interview.

“She has been training on really well since her first run (seventh in the 1200m Cockram Stakes) and we thought that her first-up run was probably a pass mark. We expected a little bit more.

‘’Now that she got to the 1400, that’s where we really see the best of her. It’s great for Luke (Currie) to get his first winner back.

We’ll look at the Rupert Clark now depending on how she comes through it. It was firmer out there today. It’s a fantastic result for the Huddy’s.”

And Linda said she was always impressed with Brazen Beau (I Am Invincible) as a stallion, especially as she believes he should have won the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee (1207m) at Ascot when he finished second, beaten half a length.

“But with Pretty Brazen, she had the page and I think she was the dearest,” Linda said.

“There was an under bidder, so someone else actually liked her and I think it was Darley so it gives you a bit of confidence knowing that they went to whatever they went to.”

Darley’s Victorian general manager Andy Makiv it was pleasing to see an expensive filly like Pretty Brazen take the next step and produce on the racetrack.

“She has won over half a million dollars and is a multiple Group 2 winner, so I am delighted for the Huddy’s who are a great client of ours,” Makiv said.

“And we are obviously very pleased for the stallion.”

Makiv said Brazen Beau’s book of mares has been capped at 100 mares for this season and he’s fully booked.

The stallion did not shuttle back to England and has remained in Australia after serving 127 mares last season.

“He has been fully booked since early in the season and he is obviously a promising young stallion so people have recognised that he is probably the gun stallion out of his crop,” Makiv said.

“These proven stallions are very hard to find and he is proven and can get two-year-olds and three-year-olds and looks the go.

“And there are certainly no problems with people wanting to use him, so he a very exciting stallion to have.”

Makiv said Darley was sending 20 of their best mares to nine-year-old Brazen Beau that had shown he could get multiple stakes winners in a season.

And he pointed out that Brazen Beau’s other highly priced yearlings – Ideas Man ($575,000) and Larimer Street ($420,000) were stakes winners, while North Pacific ($800,000) is a Group winner.

“The really exciting thing about the stallion is that he gets good sorts and the expensive ones run which is a wonderful thing,” Makiv said.

“If you can breed a good one, you can get money for it in the ring and if you are prepared to spend money on them there is a chance they’ll run.”

And the Huddy’s will continue to concentrate on buying and breeding fillies with nice pages so they can initially race and then hopefully breed from.

While Pretty Brazen has followed the script perfectly, Linda knows better than most that breeding is a tough game.

“It’s great when they do what she has done and it’s good when they have got the pedigree already,” she said.

Linda said they are sending 25 broodmares to stallions in Australia this breeding season and they will also send mares to New Zealand based stallion, multiple Group 1 winner Preferment which they co-owned and still have a share in.

“There are good reports on them as two-year-olds,” she said.

“We have three fillies by him, two of own and we actually bought one which is a half-sister to The Candy Man (Casino Prince/Melody).

“He is cult hero in Queensland and has beaten us a couple of times so we thought if we get the half-sister, at least when we he beats us we can say: ‘At least we’ve got the half-sister by Preferment.’

“So it’s worked out well.”

Linda will again send a group of her broodmares to Swettenham Stud’s stallions, including Pentamerous which produced nine-time Group winner Shoot Out and Group winners I’m A Princess and Cassandra Shadow – all raced by the Huddy’s.

Pentamerous (Pentire/Johnny Loves Jazz) was purchased by Linda after they bought Shoot Out, which amassed $3.2 million in prizemoney.

Up until last year, I’m A Princess was the last foal produced by Pentamerous but with the expertise of Sally Watkins from Willaroon Thoroughbreds and vet Caroline Duddy, of Riverbank Farm, the mare produced a stunning colt by Toronado last year.

“She is due to foal in about a month to Toronado again,” Linda said.

“The colt is back here, we bought him home and it would be nice to get a nice filly.

“We are sending one of Pentamerous’ daughters (Shoot Fer Love) to Toronado this year. She has a Dundeel filly, (Stick ‘Em Up), which we sold as a yearling) and she raced in the Australian Oaks (finished fifth) but it’s hard to lead in those sorts of races over a mile and half but she might do something as a four-year-old.”

Linda is also sending one of her broodmares to first season stallion I Am Immortal at Swettenham Stud and another to Puissance de Lune.

Pentamerous, which went five years before producing a colt to Toronado, is now 20-years-old and Linda says a decision will have to be made soon about her breeding future.

Linda said they would concentrate on buying fillies then racing them and hopefully breeding from them.

They family occasionally buys a colt, or retains one to race to have a bit of fun.

As a co-owner of Victorian stallion Lucas Cranach, they have bred a couple from him which they race.

One of them, six-year-old gelding Get Stuck In has won eight races and $275,450 in prizemoney for Eagle Farm trainer Tony Gollan.