Equiano (Fr) sired his first stakes winner at Ayr on Saturday and then doubled up in a rich sales-related race an hour later at Newmarket.

The Swettenham Stud shuttler struck with Dark Reckoning in the G3 Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr and then hit a juvenile jackpot when Lacing won the Tattersalls Millions Fillies Stakes worth 100,000 pounds.

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Equiano ( Acclamation x Entrete Cordiale)

Dark Reckoning (2f Equiano – Impressible by Oasis Dream) had won at Pontefract and Ripon before landing the Group 3 for Qatar Racing,  “She has done nothing wrong and deserved this,” trainer Ann Duffield said.  “I’m glad she’s justified our faith from Day 1.”

Qatar Racing agent David Redvers bought her for 31,000 pounds (AUD 52,535) at the 2013 Doncaster Bloodstock yearling sale.  Bred and sold by Newsells Park, she is from a half-sister to G1 Nunthorpe Stakes winner Reverence.

Lacing is another Equiano filly with high-profile owners.  Newsells Park sold her to Cheveley Park Stud for 170,000 guineas (AUD 302,710) at the 2013 Tattersalls October yearling sale.

“We started her off relatively early and Ryan Moore said she gave him a nice feel,” Cheveley Park managing director Chris Richardson said at Newmarket.  “But he also said we should be patient.”

Lacing (2f Equiano – Lacework by Pivotal) was always travelling like a winner in the Tattersalls Millions and stayed on strongly under Paul Hanagan to score by a couple of lengths from Hundi (Fastnet Rock).

“Paul said the further she went the better,” Richardson revealed.  “We might come back here in October for the another sales race but, from our prospective, we would also like her to get some black type.”

Lacing is a half-sister to LR Marygate Stakes winner Miss Work Of Art (Dutch Art) and G3 Musidora Stakes runner-up Romantic Settings (Mount Nelson).

Equiano (Fr) sired promising colt Desert Force to win at Newbury on Friday and he rocketed up the English first-season premiership after the feature double on Saturday.

Swettenham Stud stands Equiano (Fr) for a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.

Trust In A Gust banked another VOBIS Gold cheque while making short work of his rivals in the Le Pine Funerals Hcp (1400m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

The ultra-consistent Keep The Faith stallion controlled the race as the even-money favourite before streaking clear to score by more than two lengths.  “He makes his own luck and I was always confident in running,” jockey Brad Rawiller said.  “There’s a nice race for him during the spring carnival.”

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Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze)

Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) was named VOBIS Horse-of-the-Year after a string bonus wins in 2013-14.   “He had earned over $500,000 before today and got in with 55.5kg,” Rawiller continued.  “Darren (Weir) had placed him perfectly.

“He can be a bit of a lad so you’ve gotta keep on top of him.  But there’s no easier ride for a jockey – I love him.”

Trust In A Gust pocketed another $68,000 in prizemoney and bonuses at Caulfield.  He was bred and sold by Swettenham Stud for $45,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

“He’s tough and has been a great advertisement for VOBIS Gold,” Weir declared.  “We knew he was on track after the girls worked him this morning.

“The race worked out beautifully.  He didn’t have to do much work and was jogging outside the leader.  Then he just let down in the straight.”

His dam Subtle Breeze is owned by Swettenham’s Adam Sangster and she has a 2yo Equiano colt with Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell and a yearling colt by Master Of Design.

Trust In A Gust is the leading earner for Greta West Stud sire Keep The Faith.  A stakes winning son of Sunday Silence, he is standing for a $4,400 service fee in 2014.

Gold Coast sprinter Final Crescendo is on course for a crack at the Melbourne spring carnival following a brilliant victory at Doomben on Saturday.

Final Crescendo (5g Foreplay – Flickering Fire by Forest Glow) collared speedy front-runner Rocket To Glory for a cosy win in the Powerade Handicap (1200m).  He was racing second-up following an unlucky second in the LR Prime Minister’s Cup (1300m) on home turf in May.

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Final Crescendo ( Foreplay x Flickering Fire). Photo by Graham Potter. 

Trainer David Kelly has always had a big opinion of the Foreplay sprinter.  “He was three wide and never on the track in the PM Cup,” Kelly recalled.  “I think he will eventually get 1600 metres.”

Kelly will speak with owner-breeder Charlie Plumridge before confirmed a campaign targeting the Group 2 Gilgai Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 4.  “Charlie has raced several horses with me over many years,” Kelly said.  “He’s a great owner and never interferes.”

Plumridge raced his dam Flickering Fire to a couple of Listed wins at Randwick and she was also a close second to Camino Rose in the 1999 Queen Of The Turf Stakes at Rosehill when it was a Group 2.

Foreplay (Danehill) was beset with fertility issues early in his Hunter Valley stud career before transferring to Woodside Park at Tylden in Victoria.  That’s since been resolved and broodmare owners can now send him mares with full confidence.

Australian Stud Book figures for his last three books show Foreplay has served 177 mares for an 80% fertility rate.  He stands at Woodside Park for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee.

Tarcoola Stud owners Ken & Denise Williams unearthed another galloper with Group potential at Mornington on Wednesday.

They bred up-and-coming colt Staviva who snared his first metro win in Orbit Fitness Hcp (1200m) on Wednesday.  “He’s a lovely horse who has always shown a lot of ability,” trainer Matt Laurie said.  “If we do the right thing, he can pick up some good wins but I think we will bypass the Caulfield Guineas.”

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Staviva (3g Encosta De Lago – Vivacious Spirit)

Instead, Staviva will head to the LR Poseidon Stakes (1400m) on October 4 and G3 Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) – both at Flemington – followed by the G2 Sandown Guineas (1600m).

“Long-term, he’s more of a miler,” Laurie predicted.  “Allowing him to run-on is best at this stage.”

Staviva (3g Encosta De Lago – Vivacious Spirit by Bel Esprit) had won first-up at Moe prior to a last-to-first victory at Mornington.  “He’s heading in the right direction,” jockey Ben Melham said.  “There was a bit of depth in that race today and he put them away comfortably.”

Tarcoola Stud is based on the Mornington peninsula and Staviva was a $75,000 graduate from its consignment at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.  He is a brother to the Tarcoola bred filly Costa Viva who won the G1 NZ 1000 Guineas twelve months ago.

Williams and Biggins raced their dam Vivacious Spirit to a Group 3 victory in the 2008 How Now Stakes at Caulfield before she retired to their at Tuerong  nursery.

Tarcoola Stud was named Victorian 2011 Small Breeder of the Year thanks to G1 Doncaster Mile winner Sacred Choice.

Front-runner Rough Justice broke through for his first metro win in the Pancare Foundation Plate (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Rough Justice is from the initial crop of Eliza Park International resident Wanted and defied his more fancied rivals to score by three quarters of a length from Supido (Sebring) and  Zeletto (Snitzel) on Saturday.

“He’s not a big horse and was pretty fat first-up at Sandown,” trainer Matt Ellerton admitted.  “It’s a tough time of the year to win a race here but he had come on and I didn’t think he deserved to go out at 20-1.”

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Rough Justice (3g Wanted – Hard Rider). Photo from Racing Victoria. 

Rough Justice (3g Wanted – Hard Rider by Maroof) had also registered the first win for his sire at Terang in April.  He’s a half-brother to the stakes winners Utah Saints (God’s Own), Big Chill (Artie Schiller) and Hard Stride (Hard Spun).

Their NZ bred dam Hard Rider was purchased by Contract Racing owners David and Jenny Moodie for $45,000 in 2007.  They race her latest Super VOBIS winner in partnership with Nick and Gayle Psaltis.

“Hard Rider has been an extraordinary broodmare,” Ellerton said.  “And now Rough Justice has held up his end of the deal.”

Wanted (Fastnet Rock) was a Group 1 winner of the VRC Newmarket Hcp at Flemington and stands for a $33,000 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park International.

Blue Gum Farm is proud to announce that its beautifully credentialed young stallion War has had his first mare covered, Wizard Princess, scanned in foal.

By multiple Champion two year old Sire More Than Ready from the Zabeel mare Deedra, War hails from one of the best female family’s in the Australian Stud Book. A close relation to More Joyous and Thorn Park, it is no wonder this cracking individual was knocked down to James Bester for $500,000 at the 2012 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

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War ( More Than Ready x Deedra)

Trained by Gai Waterhouse, War showed terrific talent right from the get go. On the strength of an impressive early two year old trial win in late September, he was highly fancied in the season opening Breeders Plate (Listed) at Randwick and finished second. He did not reappear at the race track until an early three year old when, at his second outing, he impressively won the Up and Coming Stakes (Group 3) at Warwick Farm.

Wizard Princess is by Champion Sire Rory’s Jester and is a half-sister to Group One AJC Flight Stakes winner Cheeky Choice. At stud, Wizard Princess has already proved herself a valuable broodmare, producing last season’s New Zealand 2yo Stakes Winner Jackofall.

War’s first season service fee is $8,800.

Melbourne based Rob Harding has been a successful owner for over 20 years and he’s embraced the new VOBIS Gold initiatives with New Zealand mare Orutan.

She was covered by Bullbars at Highview Stud in Hamilton last year and was then sent to Victoria so the foal will be VOBIS eligible.

Orutan (6m Pins – Naturo by Postponed) is due any day now at Rosemont Stud but Harding and his wife June will miss the birth having just flown out for a holiday in Europe.

“We’ve brought the mare home to specifically take advantage of the extra bonuses funded by the Victorian Liberal Government,” Harding explained.  “VOBIS Gold is revitalizing the industry and the ripple-effect will benefit the economy as a whole.

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Rob & June Harding. Photo by Bruno Cannatelli.

“In our case, it means all the products and services for Orutan and our other mares will be provided by Victorian based businesses.”

Harding is a successful businessman in his own right having owned and operated Hardings Hardware until selling a majority stake to a Woolworths subsidiary last year.  “Our philosophy is to try and treat people exactly how you would like to be treated,” he said.  “We need to maintain high service levels because prices are very much the same, especially throughout the hardware industry.”

There are similar parallels between the racing and breeding industries in NSW and Victoria but prizemoney and bonuses up to $19 million in 2014-15 is a point of difference that favours the VOBIS State.

Harding bought his first horse with Deniliquin trainer Tom Loy back in the 1980s but his first fair-dinkum crack was Davington who he owned in partnership with good mates Sonny Wright, Geoff McGrath and Wally Pratt.

Davington (Hula Chief) won five times around the provincials for a young Epsom-based trainer named Mick Price and the partnership has remained rock solid for over 20 years.  “It’s been a wonderful association,” Harding admitted.  “And not once in all that time has he given me a reason to change.”

Price won the coveted 2013/2014 Fred Hoysted Medal and he says it’s fantastic to get results for the Hardings.  “Rob copes with both loss and victory – he reckons it’s because of his Scottish personality,” Price said.  “To be a long-term owner in this industry, to be able to deal with the losses, is a test of character and he has not missed a beat.”

There have been many major winners along the way including Gallica (Redoute’s Choice) who was Group 1 winner of the Thousand Guineas and SAJC Oaks in 2008-09.  She has a yearling filly by More Than Ready and foaled another filly by Street Cry in August.

Chattanooga (Scenic) was a stable favourite winning 14 races between a Kilmore maiden in September 1999 and a Flemington welter in April 2005.  Along the way, he won a Moe Cup plus a Sandown stakes race and he was also beaten a nose by Dash For Cash in the 2002 G1 Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.

Rob and June raced him in partnership with Geoff and Cilla McGrath and, after a well-earned retirement, he went on to carve out a successful show-jumping career with Melissa Robertson.

Another feature winner for the Canterbury couple and the Queensland based McGraths was Gotta Have Heart (Show A Heart).  He grabbed a couple a of Group 3 trophies in the Victoria Hcp and Sandown Stakes.

Captious (Istadaad) won a second Moe Cup for the Hardings in 2007.  They raced him with Larry and Trish Bartle and the gelding doubled up in that year’s Bendigo Cup.  The Bartles were also part of the syndicate in Pre Eminence (Encosta de Lago) who won the G2 Alister Clark Stakes and G3 Norman Robinson Hcp in 2008-09.

The decision to stand a stallion was the catalyst to buy Bullbars two years ago.

Bullbars (Elusive Quality) scored a barnstorming Group 3 victory in the 2011 Colin Hayes Stakes at Flemington joining a roll-call that includes champion sires Zabeel, Starcraft and Mossman.

He’s a half-brother to multiple Group 1 winners Helmet and Epaulette and Melbourne bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills brokered the deal that saw him installed at Highview Stud in New Zealand.

“We targeted Orutan at Karaka and it’s a good match for Bullbars with VOBIS in mind,” Mills said.  “She won three races and was Group 2 placed as a two year-old in the Wakefield Challenge at Trentham.

“It’s a well-credentialed family – her dam Naturo was a Group winner at Matamata and Hastings.  Rob has booked Orutan to Unencumbered at Three Bridges after she foals to Bullbars.”

The Hardings have seven grandchildren and Rob is hoping they will carry on the tradition.  “I’m a racing tragic and June loves it, too,” he declared.  “I don’t punt.  It’s the horse that hypnotizes me.  I love the animal and racing them really gets the adrenaline pumping.”

Caulfield’s Moloney family supplied the second winner this week from a prominent Rangal Park family at Mornington on Wednesday.

Taddei Tondo (5g Danerich – Pachouli by Royal Academy) was backed into $5.50 before nailing Il Cavallo in the Bayside Jeep Hcp (1000m).  The runner-up had started a short-priced favourite to win his fourth race in a row.

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Taddei Tondo (Danerich x Pachouli)

“He appreciated the drop back from 1400 metres,” trainer Gerard Moloney said.  “He tends to over-race so we freshened him up.  He’s got ability and we’ve got him right.”

Taddei Tondo delivered the Mornington metropolitan victory just days after fellow Danerich sprinter Romantic Cash won first-up in Hong Kong.

Both horses are from daughters of pioneering mare Jovan.  Rangal Park owner Eric Buttler bred 9 winners from the NZ bred Nassipour mare including stakes winners Northeast Sheila, Dashing Granada and Kablammo.

Moloney trains the Mornington winner for his wife Trish and a syndicate that includes David Deakin, Rodger McGowan, Andrew Peters and Brenda Rogers.  “It’s my first city winner for Mum and Dad,” apprentice Patrick Moloney beamed.  “I followed Il Cavallo and then peeled out to power home.”

Taddei Tondo is named after a circular relief sculpture by Michelangelo (circa 1506) that’s recognised as the greatest treasure in London’s Royal Academy of Arts.

Danerich (Danehill) stands at Rangal Park in Euroa for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee.

·        Racing Victoria officially launches new digital platform
·        Racing.com provides racing fans with access to more information
·        $690,000 investment from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund

Victorian racing fans will have access to one of the best thoroughbred racing websites in the world following the official launch of Racing Victoria’s new website – www.racing.com.

Premier and Minister for Racing Denis Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government had invested $690,000 from the Victorian Racing Industry Fund to enable Racing Victoria to develop its digital platform and launch this exciting website in time for this year’s Spring Racing Carnival.

“This one-stop-shop brings together Racing Victoria, Country Racing Victoria, the Victoria Racing Club and the Melbourne Racing Club under one banner and will provide racing fans in Victoria and across the globe with access to a range of new and existing information,” Dr Napthine said.

“The new website will make racing more accessible to a broader audience and help attract visitors from around Australia and the world to experience our great events in person.”

Racing.com will have a host of features including:

·        race replays for all Victorian metropolitan and country races
·        unrivalled fields and form that allows visitors to choose the level of information they want;
·        innovative tools to assist visitors to identify the best placed horses and help select more winners;
·        exclusive access to Victorian stewards reports with improved integration within form and results    information;
·        detailed event information to plan an enjoyable day at the races with family and friends;
·        expansive articles, photos and video; and
·        a new and enhanced mobile app.

Racing Victoria Chief Commercial & Strategy Officer, Andrew Catterall said both the Racing.com network and mobile app will continue to evolve beyond launch.

“They will provide anywhere, anytime access to comprehensive racing data, news, video and more to meet the needs of everyone from serious racing enthusiasts to those who simply want to enjoy a social day at the races,” Mr Catterall said.

“For the first time, Racing.com brings together field, form and racing content on one network, together with club membership, ticketing, ownership and events, and rich profiles on our jockeys, trainers and horses.

“We are expecting more than 1 million unique visits over the Spring Racing Carnival, with more than half of the traffic coming from mobile devices.

“A key feature is also a new section dedicated to the 50,000 registered owners of thoroughbred race horses in Victoria, providing trainers and owners with tools to plan a horse’s campaign and full statistical histories of their horses’ careers.”

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government was a strong supporter of the racing industry through its $79.5 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF).

“Thoroughbred racing in Victoria is worth $2.1 billion to the state’s economy each year and has over 70,000 people involved either as an owner, trainer, breeder, employee or volunteer,” Dr Napthine said.

Rangal Park bred sprinter Romantic Cash opened the Hong Kong season with a three length victory in the Lung Wui Hcp (1200m) on Sunday.

Romantic Cash (4g Danerich – Homeland Sheila by Keltrice) had won a Cranbourne trial for Greg Eurell in November 2013 prior to being purchased privately by clients of trainer Danny Shum.  He had shown speed when a fading fifth on debut in June and went right on with the job despite a wide trip at Sha Tin on Sunday.

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“Danny asked me to try him in a trial and he was OK but I didn’t think he would come out and win until I took him to the start,” jockey Olivier Doleuze said.  “I could feel he had improved a lot so I was more confident.

“I hope the handicapper doesn’t kill him because the track was very fast.  If you kicked at the right time it was very hard to catch the leaders.”

Romantic Cash is the latest Hong Kong winner by Rangal Park stallion Danerich.  He’s the sire of David Hall’s very promising sprinter Brilliant Dream who had also won a Cranbourne trial for Eurell before shipping off-shore.

Rangal Park owner Eric Buttler sent Homeland Sheila to New Zealand in 2012 and she has a Savabeel filly that will be catalogued for the sales next year.  The mare returned home after being covered by Ocean Park and she is due to foal next month.

It’s one of Rangal Park’s most productive families.  Homeland Sheila is a Keltrice sister to the Flemington stakes winners Northeast Sheila and Dashing Granada and a half-sister to Kablammo (Marauding) who also won at headquarters the day Makybe Diva won her first Melbourne Cup.

Danerich (Danehill) is standing for a service fee of $8,800 (inc gst) this year.

Bianconi galloper Alcohol turned back the clock to cause an upset at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Richard Jolly trained gelding was resuming from a long, injury-enforced spell and was quoted at double-figure odds for the Tattsbet Hcp (1200m).  He settled at the tail of the field in company with stablemate Mr Good Cat before surprising punters with a winning sprint in the straight.

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Alcohol (7g Bianconi – Tendue by General Nediym) was having just his third start since January 2013.  “He’s a talented horse,” Jolly said.  ““I said not to underestimate him earlier this week.”

Consigned to the 2010 Adelaide Magic Millions by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, he was a bargain buy at $25,000 for Jolly and a syndicate that includes several employees of Penfolds Wines.  He paid that straight back winning a Moonee Valley maiden that was worth $100,000 in prizemoney and a Super VOBIS bonus.

“He strained a tendon so we sent him up to Clover Glen to recover,” Jolly recalled.  “I inspected him earlier this year and decided to keep him there instead of racing on rough, rain-affected tracks during winter.”

Bianconi (Danzig) is currently covering his first book at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East.  He got the Adelaide winner from Tendue who claimed the Red Ruby Final at Ballarat for Lauriston’s O’Brien family in 2004.

Ridgeview Park’s Phil and Fiona Sloane can be contacted for further information on bookings to Bianconi at (03) 5433 6306 or 0488 525063.

Hoofnote:  Alcohol’s younger brother Alcobro bolted in at the annual Halidon meeting on Sunday.  The Bianconi three year-old won at the first time of asking for Jolly and jockey Jake Toeroke who also piloted Alcohol on Saturday.

Ken Keys rejected a significant offer for Rich Enuff last month and the reason for that decision has been rubber-stamped in the G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) at Flemington.

Rich Enuff is a son of Woodside Park Stud sire Written Tycoon and Keys rates him the best horse he’s ever trained.  “I’ve never won a Group 1and I wasn’t tempted by those bids from Hong Kong,” Keys said.  “I think he’s a natural miler and he’s a chance in the Caulfield Guineas.

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“I guess he has genuine stallion potential now and I’m sure he will more create interest from studs if he wins the Group 1.”

Rich Enuff (3c Written Tycoon – Hotnuff by Spartacus) started a $6 second-favourite on Saturday after a last-start Listed victory in the Mitchell McKenzie Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.  He was always well-placed down the straight course and had enough in reserve to defeat late-closer Looks Like The Cat (Husson) by a head.

“He’s got so much to learn, but so much upside,” winning jockey Michael Rodd said.  “There’s a really good engine there.”

The winner was bred by Keys and his wife Louise and they race him in partnership with Colin Johnstone.  The Danehill cheque increased his earnings to $213,000.

Hotnuff has a 2yo colt and a yearling filly by Chatswood Stud sire Reward For Effort and she was booked back to Written Tycoon this season.

Written Tycoon has sired the winners of 12 stakes races in Australia and there could be another on the cards with Caveka in the G2 Stutt Stakes (1600m) at Moonee Valley on Friday night, September 26.

Caveka (3g Written Tycoon – Talkin’ About by Commands) is a brother to talented mare Fiftyshadesofgrey and he signalled stakes winning potential with a last-start victory at Moonee Valley.

He also holds a Group 1 nomination for the Caulfield Guineas.

Woodside Park stands Written Tycoon for an unchanged service fee of $13,750 (inc gst) this year.

Afleet Esprit is heading for a lucrative spring following her last-to-first victory in the LR Cap D’Antibes Stakes (1100m) at Flemington.

The Bel Esprit filly became the 21st stakes winner for the Champion Eliza Park International sire and trainer David Hayes will set her for the G1 Thousand Guineas next month.

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“She’s shown plenty of quality at home and I was thrilled to see her produce it at the races with that burst of acceleration,” Hayes said.  “It was a good quality field of fillies and she will head to the Thousand Guineas via the Prelude.”

Afleet Esprit (3f Bel Esprit – Bonded by Danewin) broke away from the field in tandem with Lumosty and she firmed to $18 for the Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield on October 11.

She had won a Geelong maiden in June and then did just enough to defeat Godolphin filly Avanti at Moonee Valley last month.  “We gave them a good start today but she finished powerfully,” jockey Damien Oliver said.  “We can work out if she is going to get to a mile after the Prelude.”

Afleet Esprit is the first winner for Bonded who won four races for the Shannon family and she also finished midfield in the 2007 Thousand Guineas won by Serious Speed.

Vinery catalogued Afleet Esprit for the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions as agent for Torquay based breeder Alan Green but she was withdrawn before the sale.

Victorian-bred world champion Black Caviar has foaled a filly by Darley sire Exceed And Excel.

Managing owner Neil Werrett was there for the birth in the Hunter Valley and said it all went smoothly.  “She did it all very naturally with very little assistance,” Werrett said.  “The filly is outstanding with two small white socks and a bit of white across the head.

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“Black Caviar took to the foal straightaway and then the first thing she wanted to do afterwards was eat.”

The undefeated mare was retired last year after an unbeaten 25 start career including 15 at Group 1 level.

Black Caviar’s first foal will almost certainly be retained to race instead of going through the yearling sales.  Werrett said an announcement regarding her next mate would be made shortly.

This is the time of the year when breakers are in the spotlight after educating our latest crop of new-season two year-olds.

Wangaratta based horseman Chris Ledger is one of the best in the business and he has gone out on a limb with the first juvenile races less than a month away.

“The Equiano – Hidden Energy colt is one of the best I’ve ever broken in,” Ledger claimed this week.  “I look after a lot of the young ones going to Mick Price and there’s been none better – including Lankan Rupee!”

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The colt broke the record for a first-season sire at the 2014 Melbourne Premier yearling sale when commanding $420,000.  He was purchased by Malaysian based owner Vincent Tan and has been named Kerauno which is the Ancient Greek word for lightning.

“Kerauno is a magnificent mover,” Ledger continued.  “He was a bit hot early on but settled down once we got him down to the track.  He bowls along super and has a beautiful temperament.

“He went down to Caulfield and Mick put him through the gates and then sent him out for a break.  I’m as keen as anybody to see him race.”

Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster stands Equiano at his Nagambie nursery and there were 76 live foals from his first southern crop.  They will begin racing on the back of a promising start by his English bred juveniles – there have been 12 individual winners in Europe so far this year.

Kerauno (2c Equiano – Hidden Energy by Dehere) is the second foal of a mare who was Group 1 placed in the SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes.  His price-tag helped Equiano average $105,200 at the Melbourne Premier 1 Sale.

Mornington trainer Pat Carey weighed in with $100,000 for the Equiano – Anna Dana filly at Oaklands Junction and has already tagged her an exciting prospect.

“This is a filly of real quality,” Carey claimed.  “She’s well developed, nicely balanced with a good stride and her breeding suggests she could be a two-year old.”

The filly’s pedigree has continued to improve since she changed hands.  Her Kaphero half-brothers – Our Kapow and Our Kaboom – both broke through following the Melbourne Premier.  Anna Dana (USA) was stakes placed in Kentucky and second dam Mount Helena (Danzig) is a half-sister to champion sire Street Cry.

Adelaide trainer Lloyd Kennewell is flying with brilliant three year-old Get The Nod and he has a strong team of babies in work at Morphettville.

Kennewell paid $120,000 for the Equiano – Subtle Breeze colt at the Gold Coast Magic Millions and reports the youngster is going along as good as gold.  “He’s got a lovely attitude and is a terrific mover.  He’s been in and out of work a couple of times and could very well be an early-comer.”

The colt’s older half-brother Trust In A Gust earned 2013-14 Super VOBIS Horse of the Year honours and his managing part-owner Dennis Speechley is also in the Equiano colt.

“He’s VOBIS qualified, too,” Kennewell said.  “I’m sure we will be crossing the border for those bonuses in the future.”

And in Sydney, champion trainer Chris Waller has just brought his Equiano – Mesh youngster back into work.  The colt is owned by Bob Ingham’s daughter Debbie Kepitis and also cost $120,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

He’s from a half-sister to the dam of last year’s G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Long John.  It’s a successful Woodlands Stud family and the colt is sure to carry on the Ingham tradition of excellence.

Equiano’s service fee has remained at $15,000 (plus gst) this year

A total of 7 Victorian events are among 14 races upgraded by the Australian Pattern Committee for 2014-15.

Upgraded to Group 2 level
Blue Diamond Fillies Prelude (1100m)  Caulfield
Bobbie Lewis Quality (1200m)  Flemington

Upgraded to Group 3 level
Blue Diamond Fillies Preview  (1000m)  Caulfield
Ethereal Stakes (2000m)  Caulfield
Bendigo Cup  (2400m)  Bendigo

Upgraded to Listed level
Blue Sapphire (1200m) Caulfield
Atlantic Jewel Stakes (1200m)  Moonee Valley

All upgrades will take effect from January 1, 2015 except for the Blue Sapphire which will take effect immediately.

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Progressive filly Lola Beaux completed a weekend double for Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano at Dundalk on Sunday.

The Jessica Harrington-trained filly defeated odds-on favourite General Marshall after a battle that started a full 400 metres from the finish in the Dundalk Stadium Maiden (1400m).  “I’m delighted to get that out of the way,” Harrington said after the second-up win.  “She’s very straight-forward and stuck at it very well.”

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Lola Beaux (2f Equiano – Polly Perkins by Pivotal) 

Lola Beaux (2f Equiano – Polly Perkins by Pivotal) will now be set for the G3 C L Weld Stakes (1400m) at the Curragh.  “She really got mugged first-up at Tipperary last month,” Harrington explained.  “She was in front for too long but this time she had something to run with.”

The winner was a 24,000 euros (AUD 34,770) buy for Ladbrokes PR spokeswoman Hayley O’Connor at the 2013 Goffs Orby yearling sale.  Her dam Polly Perkins was a Listed winner of the 2004 National Stakes and Dragon Stakes at Sandown.

Equally Fast logged the first-leg of Equiano’s weekend double in the Bilston Bathrooms Maiden (1000m) at Wolverhampton on Saturday.  He raced on the paced and was ridden out to score by three –quarters of a length.

Equally Fast (2f Equiano – Fabulously Fast by Deputy Minister) is trained by William Muir and was sold by Newsells Park Stud for 52,000 euros (AUD 77,035) at the 2013 Arqana yearling sale.

Newsells Park shuttles Equiano to Swettenham Stud and the Wiltshire nursery bred a younger sister to Equally Fast in 2013.

Last week was a busy week for foals at Bombora Downs and among them was the first of the eagerly awaited Jungle Ruler (Lion Hunter-Calista, by Zeditave) foals.

Jungle Ruler’s first foal was a beautiful grey filly from the Reset mare Reincur who was born in the wee hours of Monday, 25 August.

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“Given that Reincur was a maiden I’d have to say I’m delighted with the foal she has produced,” said Bombora’s Christoph Bruechert. “The filly is bigger than I was expecting, strong bodied, grey like her father and she’s showing signs of having inherited his very determined nature.”

Jungle Ruler was a crowd favourite whose bold, front-running racing style helped him build a career record of 20 wins and 24 placings, including the Gr3 Moonga Stakes & Gr3 Sandown Stakes, for over $800,000 prize-money. Jungle Ruler retired to stud last year and was well supported by breeders seeking a tough, sound stallion with a solid pedigree at an affordable price. By Danehill’s prolific stakes-producing son Lion Hunter, Jungle Ruler’s third dam is Gr1 Prix de Diane (French Oaks) winner Lacovia, dam of Gr1 sprinter and sire Tobougg.

Jungle Ruler is also a direct descendant of Buckpasser mare Hopespringseternal, who is best known as the mother of outstanding stallion Miswaki (sire of Galileo’s dam Urban Sea).

Bel Esprit received a blast from the past when Esprit Lad won the Moree Town Plate on Sunday.

The 10 year-old gelding is from Bel Esprit’s first crop and he flew late to pounce on the leaders while clocking a slick 56.32s for 1000 metres.

Esprit Lad (10g Bel Esprit – Lady Marple by Geiger Counter) is part-owned and trained by Richard Jackson at Walgett and has won 12 races for over $180,000 in prizemoney since breaking his maiden way back in February 2008.

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Bel Esprit

He was bred by Rod Menzies and is from a half sister to Group 1 winning sprinter Marstic.  The Melbourne businessman has also bred Bel Esprit winners like Le Bel Away (Tasmanian 1000 Guineas).

Bel Esprit has already opened up a substantial lead on the 2014-15 Victorian sires’ premiership with earnings of $621,690 since August 1.  Written Tycoon is next best on $378,750.

The Eliza Park International champion has won 7 Victorian premierships in a row and is bearing down on the record of 9 titles held jointly by legendary stallions Better Boy and Helios.

Angelic Light spoiled the party for champion sprinter Lankan Rupee in the G2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley on Saturday but the win sparked celebrations among the students at Northern Lodge.

The Eden Park campus is located 40km north of Melbourne and provides dedicated training courses for the Victorian racing and breeding industries.

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Angelic Light (5m Holy Roman Emperor – Flashed) 

Angelic Light (5m Holy Roman Emperor – Flashed) was bred and sold by Northern Lodge for $30,000 at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and she has now earned over $442,000.

“You can’t expect to beat the best sprinter in the world, so to see her win is very exciting,” trainer Robbie Griffiths said.  “She had a tendon strain and the owners had to decide whether to go to stud or race on.  They’ve been very patient and it’s been a real team effort to get her back.”

The mare enjoyed a nice trail third on the fence behind the speed set up by Eloping and Lankan Rupee at Moonee Valley and then hooked off their backs to find the line in determined style.

Angelic Light will likely take on Lankan Rupee again in the Group 1 Moir Stakes back at Moonee Valley on September 26.”

Angelic Light kept the black-type flowing for her family following a Listed victory in the Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley in October 2012.  Her dam Flashed won the LR VRC Ottawa Stakes at Flemington in 2001 and her second-dam Bright Light (El Moxie) won the Ottawa in 1995.

She is raced by a large syndicate that includes Andrew Dunemann whose Boom Syndicate also has shares Group 1 sprinters Temple of Boom and Spirit Of Boom.

Northern Lodge also bred and sold the final foal from Flashed for $90,000 at the 2013 Melbourne Premier.  She is a 3yo filly Sebring filly named See Me Flash who won on debut at Sale in February.