Trainer Mick Price will take Testa Rossa gelding Making Mayhem to town after winning the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) at Ballarat on Saturday.

The sparingly-raced three year-old will be following in the footsteps of 2013 Eureka Stockade winner Trust In A Gust who graduated to Group 1 victories in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes and Toorak Hcp last month.

Making Mayhem (3g Testa Rossa – Running Riot by Red Ransom) crossed from a wide gate to sit on the pace and had enough in reserve to defeat fast closers Profit Share and Durendal.  “He relaxed and travelled well,” jockey Chad Schofield said.  “He was facing the breeze on a windy day but held them off comfortably.”

A son of Vinery sire Testa Rossa, he had won on debut at Geelong in June and was racing second-up at Ballarat’s stand-alone meeting.  “He’s a lovely, sound horse and is on the right track,” Price explained.  “He’s got to go to the city anyway after winning this race.”

Making Mayhem collected $60,000 and a Super VOBIS owners’ incentive of $21,000 at Ballarat.  He was bred by the late John Hoare at Devon Park and is raced by his wife Betty.

The same connections won the VOBIS Gold Classic (1300m) at Swan Hill earlier this year with Testa Rossa filly Devon Princess.  She finished down the track behind her stablemate on Saturday.

“VOBIS Gold prizemoney is massive,” Price said.  “It’s a fantastic reason to be in Victoria racing horses – I should own one myself.”

Testa Rossa got the Eureka Stockade winner from Running Riot who won 7 races for the Hoare family.  The mare hails from the family of G1 Victoria Derby winner King’s High and she has a 2yo colt and a yearling filly by Vinery sire Congrats.

Grampians breeder Maurice Noske has won the LR Ballarat Cup (2200m) with gift horse Mujadale.

A Dunkeld-based sheep farmer, he was given the New Regent mare Newdale by friends in 2006 and she foaled Mujadale first-up.  “He won the Ararat Cup last time and each race it gets better,” Noske claimed.  “Now we’re heading home to Dunkeld for a flash BBQ.”

Mujadale benefited from a brilliant front-running ride by Kevin Forrester.  They opened up a four length lead and maintained that margin all the way down the straight to defeat At First Sight and Fat Al.

“I wanted someone who could rate the horse properly and give him every chance,” Stawell trainer Paul Jones said.  “He’s fairly highly strung but we taken him along slowly and are reaping the rewards now.”

Mujadale (Mujahid) has won 10 races and over $375,000 in prizemoney for Noske and a partnership that includes Judy Nichols.  His best wins last year were in the Sheep Hills Cup at Warracknabeal and the Carnival Hcp at Flemington on the Melbourne Cup undercard.

The LR Bagot Hcp (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day is on the radar.  “I had a merino stud but wool had become unprofitable,” Noske recalled.  “A lot of the principles with rams are the same as with horses.”

Noske has a 2yo Captain Gerrard – Newdale colt and a yearling Master Of Design – Newdale filly.

Reset is making sure Bel Esprit isn’t a lay down misere for another Victorian sires’ premiership this season.

The Darley Victoria resident is a clear leader at the top of the table and Cadillac Mountain chipped in with a powerful finish to the $80,000 Werribee Cup on Thursday.

Cadillac Mountain (4g Reset – Picholine by Dehere) was cluttered up on the rails near the rear of the field before Chad Schofield angled him wide approaching the corner.  “We were a long way off them but I knew he would wind up and just keep coming.  He’s a promising stayer for the future.”

Cadillac Mountain was bred by Contract Racing’s David & Jenny Moodie in partnership Nick & Gayle Psaltis and Peter Anastasiou.  They purchased his dam Picholine for $440,000 from Harry Perks at the 2010 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

His older brother Rebel Raider won the 2003 Victoria Derby and is now based at Wyndholm Park in Ballarat.  His half-brother Shamoline Warrior won the 2009 Norman Robinson Stakes but a lung infection forced his withdrawal on the morning of that year’s Victoria Derby.  He is at stud in New Zealand.

Reset ($2.63 million) increased his lead over Bel Esprit ($1.82 million) after his Perth galloper Disposition was runner-up in the $400,000 WA Guineas at Ascot on Saturday.

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Reset stands this season for $16,500 (Inc gst)

For nominations contact Matt Tillet on 0423 074 249

Sydney agent Anton Koolman was under-bidder for the top-priced lot at the NZ Bloodstock 2YO Sale on Thursday but he did come away from Karaka with a strapping son of Swettenham Stud sire Equiano.

Koolman missed out on the $460,000 sale-topper – a full brother to Savabeel Group 2 winner Diademe – after a heated bidding duel with Warwick Farm trainer Bryce Heys.  He resurfaced later in the session to buy an Exceed And Excel – Diamond Masque colt for $430,000 and the Equiano – Check in Time colt for $150,000.

“We put in plenty of hours of study and narrowed our short-list down to those three colts,” Koolman said.  “I really liked the Equiano colt on type.  And for that sort of money, he was definitely worth a punt.”

Lyndhurst Farm offered the Equiano colt after pin-hooking him for $80,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions earlier this year.  He was bred by Bryan and June Terry who raced his dam to win a Murray Bridge maiden in just a handful of starts as a summer three year-old.

The South Australian couple also have a yearling colt and a filly foal by Equiano out of Check in Time.

Koolman will send his colt to Sydney this week before choosing a trainer.  “I bought him for some friends and clients in Hong Kong.  He’s a big colt so we won’t be pushing him too early.”

Equiano (Fr) has a draft of 20 foals catalogued for the Tattersalls December Sale commencing next Wednesday, November 26.  Among them is the sister to Equiano filly Ventura Shadow (Lot 1323) who won by three lengths last time out at Redcar.

Kambula Stud’s Toole family, based at Kadina on the Yorke Peninsula in South Australia, has been breeding and selling winners for three generations and the next crop of yearlings will be its 66th consignment at the majors.

Current studmaster David Toole is following in the footsteps of his grandfather Laurie and father Brian while putting a new perspective on keeping pace with Victoria and NSW.  “I’m a fiercely proud South Australian,” Toole said while in Melbourne for the spring carnival.  “But we’re finding it hard to compete on the national stage.

“The Victorians are very proactive with Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.  Many of our mares who foaled to Hunter Valley stallions this year were bred back to stallions based in Victoria.”

Toole is taking advantage of the ‘Category B’ rule which broadens the range of foals eligible for Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold.  Essentially, ‘Breedback’ means no matter where a mare was covered last year, that foal is ‘Category B’ eligible as long as the mare is served by a Victorian stallion this year.

Kambula’s decision to buy Victorian and NSW stallion shares was a defining moment in the stud’s history.  “It was back in 2007,” Toole remembered.  “Blevic had been here 10 years and was winning title after title when we began investing interstate.”

Blevic was a studmaster’s dream covering big books for 16 seasons but at a fee that never went above $6,600.  He was bred, part-owned and trained by Colin Hayes for Swettenham Stud’s Robert Sangster and was a Group 1 winner of the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Victoria Derby before Brian Toole took him to Kambula in 1996.

A South Australian Champion first-season sire in 1999-2000, he went on to win 9 premierships propelled by 25 stakes winners.  And his overall fertility rate was an amazing 91%.

“Blevic was a legend,” Toole explained.  “He was so versatile siring two year olds, older horses, sprinters, milers and middle distance horses.”

The winners are still flowing – his mares Tipperary Lil and Alabama Missile combined for a double at Morphettville last Saturday.

Blevic replaced Gay Gambler (USA) who sired 13 stakes winners with the stand-out being Group 1 mare Ducatoon.  Other top horses of that era to emerge from the stud were Favoured (STC Queen Of The Turf), Inner Magic (STC Reisling Slipper), Bianca (Black Opal) and Lady Fontaine (SAJC Oaks).

Kambula’s first bull had been W S Cox Plate winner Chanak.  He was very popular with local breeders in the 1950s when Laurie Toole’s interest in stallions developed from a hobby into a full-time operation.

The stud also grew from 250 acres to the modern facility of today covering 1200 acres.

“We sent 22 mares out this year and many of them of them have been covered by Victorian stallions like Written Tycoon, Helmet, Moshe and Unencumbered.

“Five went to Written Tycoon – he’s doing a great job at Woodside Park.  I think Moshe might be a smoky at Eliza Park and I like that new horse Unencumbered at Three Bridges.

‘’The Victorian Government should be congratulated for their support of the breeding industry’’ Toole said.

Former Woodside Park stallion Grey Swallow will start a new stud career in Ireland next year.

The Group 1 winning son of Daylami has been repatriated to Knockhouse Stud in Co Kilkenny.

Grey Swallow (Ire) was unbeaten at two finishing with an 8 length victory in the G3 Killavullan Stakes at Leopardstown.  He returned to claim the 2004 Irish Derby and then came back for another Group 1 in the 2005 Tatts Gold Cup at the Curragh.

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Trainer Dermot Weld took him on the road for a Group 2 victory at Hollywood Park before he signed off with an unplaced effort in the 2006 Cox Plate won by Fields Of Omagh.

Grey Swallow sired his first winner when Fine Cinders scored at Wodonga in February 2012, however, he didn’t appeal to local breeders and only averaged books between 30 and 40 mares at Woodside Park.

“He’s a nice-looking horse and is very correct,” Knockhouse owner Sean Kinsella said.  “He’s by Daylami who has done well with his jumpers.”

Aushorse Marketing has welcomed the news that import tariffs on racehorses into China will be removed as part of the Free Trade Agreement signed by the federal government.

In recent years, China has emerged as an important market for Australian-bred horses and the move to eliminate import duties over the coming four years is a significant moment in developing further trade between the two countries.

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In 2013, some 106 thoroughbreds were exported from Australia to China, while this year 157 horses have already been exported to the Asian powerhouse.

“This deal is a real win for the breeding industry in Australia as China is one of the countries in our region which may well expand its demand for bloodstock in the future,” said Tom Reilly, Chief Executive Officer of Aushorse and TBA.

“There has been an increasing awareness of horseracing and breeding in China recently and the removal of tariffs will ensure that Australian horses can compete with other exporting countries on an even playing field.

“Importantly, this development means that should the Chinese government ever seek to develop a large-scale racing industry Australia, with our large horse population and reputation for excellence, will be in pole position to provide the bulk of those horses.”

Aushorse, a non-profit industry organisation founded with the aim of promoting the Australian Thoroughbred both domestically and overseas, has been lobbying the federal government to work towards having these tariffs removed since 2009.

Lauriston Park’s Desert King has been in fine form of late – the outstanding son of Danehill represented by a metropolitan double last weekend.

And an impressive pair of winners they were too – kicking off with the lightly raced and exciting four-year-old Desert Road who really caught the eye with a barnstorming victory at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

Having only his third start, the Robbie Laing trained bay had been an unlucky third – striking interference – at his previous run at Mornington but he was always in the clear at Moonee Valley.

Settling last off a tardy start, Desert Road had a fair bit of ground to cover approaching the turn but after swinging widest into the straight he really let go!

Mowing down his rivals with a withering run, Desert Road put his nose right out on the line, at 50-1 surprising punters but not connections who have always had faith in his ability.

“That was an incredibly exciting win,” enthused Shergar Thoroughbreds’ Brendan Tohill. “What will he do over 2000m, 2400m and 3200m?  The world is his oyster!”

Certainly bred to cover ground with his dam Pellant Road being a Zabeel half-sister to the VRC Oaks winner Weekend Delight, Desert Road is typical of the Desert King breed.

A stallion who passes on not only stamina but a great turn of foot, Desert King continued his good form at Ascot on Saturday with the talented Real Love at only her second run this campaign racing away to an easy two length victory over 1500m.

The Adam Durrant trained mare has always shown plenty of natural ability, on three occasions at three finishing in the placings at stakes level – third in the Listed Natasha Stakes, second in the WA Oaks and third in the WA Derby.

Resuming at Ascot in October, Real Love was badly held up along the rails but once clear with 100m to go really powered to the line.

On the strength of that performance sent out favourite on Saturday, Real Love again good back, covering a bit of ground before taking the lead half way down the straight and quickly getting clear.

It is only a matter of time before Real Love becomes another stakes winner for Desert King – and the same goes for Desert Jeuney who is spelling after finishing in the placings twice in feature races during the spring carnival – third in the Toorak Handicap and third in the Crystal Mile.

Meanwhile Desert King’s prolific family was also in form over the spring, his two-year-old relation Antelucan one to follow on the back of a debut Group Three victory in the Ottawa Stakes on Melbourne Cup Day.

A half-sister to the Group Three winner Crucial and the stakes placed Hazard, Antelucan is out of the Fantastic Light mare Dawn Attack, a half-sister to Desert King.

This is also the family of the mighty Frankel and his brother Noble Mission who retired on a high winning the Group One Champion Stakes at Ascot.

Desert King stands at Lauriston Park, Creighton’s Creek just outside of Euroa for a bargain fee of $6,600.  For further information contact Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Chris Bakker (0427 903 353).

Globetrotter (USA) sired his first winner when Giramondo scored a front-running victory in the RKO Birthday Bash Plate (1400m) at Geelong on Sunday.

The Colin Scott trained gelding was appearing for the third time since making his debut less than a month ago.  He held on to win by a length from the favourite Berkeley Gardens (Bernardini).

Giramondo (3g Globetrotter – Bianca Gold by Bianconi) is a homebred for Michael Scully and is from an unraced half-sister to Adelaide winner Purple Haze (Dash For Cash).

Shepparton-based breeder Damian White stands Globetrotter at Brackley Park in Avenel for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.  “He’s a son of Street Cry out of a Seattle Slew mare,” White said.  “He’s been covering around 35 mares a season and has only had three runners to date.”

Globetrotter won the G3 Grey Breeders’ Cup at Woodbine and also finished runner-up in the G1 Charles Whittingham Memorial at Santa Anita.  Street Cry got him from a half sister to stakes winners Devotion Unbridled and Snow Cone.

“Everyone with a Globetrotter reckons they go alright,” White explained.  “They’re attractive, correct and will start showing up at a mile and beyond.”

For bookings or more information on Globetrotter, contact Damian White (0418 477 090) or Grant Dwyer at Brackley Park (0412 028 250).

Trainer Barry Campbell reaffirmed his status as ‘King of the 2YOs’ in Tasmania when Bianconi youngster Specialist won Hobart’s first juvenile race of the season on Sunday.

Campbell saddled up the $2.60 favourite Siorca but it was his $18 stablemate that did best on debut in the Gateway 2YO Plate (900m).

Specialist (2g Bianconi – Aden by Rory’s Jester) showed good early speed from a wide gate and then found another gear in the straight to score by over a length from Gee Gees Top Notch (Wordsmith) and Siorca (Sharkbite).

“He is a very nice horse and ready-made for two-year-old racing,” Campbell said.  “I think Specialist and Siorca will win their share of races and the best part is we have a few more at home that go just as well.”

Owner-breeder Craig Hodge races Specialist and he also won five races with the gelding’s older brother Bionic Star.  Their dam Aden was a Lindsay Park homebred and she is now based at Rosemont Stud.

Bianconi (USA) filled out a winning treble on Sunday when Shake It Shakira and Thebarwonprince doubled up at Donald.  He is currently covering his first book at Ridgeview Park in Muskerry East.

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Bianconi is standing this season for $5,500 (incl gst)

For nominations contact Phil Sloane on 0488 525 063

Magnus mare Magnifisio will head Perth’s home defence against the Eastern States in the G1 Winterbottom Stakes at Ascot on Saturday.

Magnifisio (5m Magnus – Ifestio by Key Business) firmed into a second-favourite for the $750,000 feature sprint after a last-start victory in the G2 Lee-Steere Stakes (1400m).

“I haven’t let up on her in the last fortnight,” trainer Jim Taylor said.  “She’s 10kg lighter since that unplaced run in the Prince Of Wales.”

Taylor also admitted he faced an uphill battle getting stablemate Barakey ready for the Winterbottom.  He has been laid low by a virus and his likely withdrawal, along with that of Smoko, has seriously depleted the local guard.

Magnifisio was purchased for $80,000 from Rangeview Stud at the 2011 Perth Magic Millions and she has now earned over $730,000 for a partnership headed by Alan Macalister.  The Lee-Steere was her fifth black-type victory following the G3 Roma Cup, LR Northam Stakes, LR Crawford Stakes & LR Summer Scorcher.

Her dam Ifestio was a Listed winner of the 2004 Belmont Oaks and she is a sister to Barakey who claimed the 2012 Winterbottom.

Magnus has topped $1 million in earnings this season and he’s running hot with 12 individual winners so far this month.  Eliza Park International stands the Group 1 winning son of Flying Spur.

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Magnus stands this season for $16,500 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338

The city of Ballarat has long held a reputation for unearthing gold and this weekend shapes as no exception, as future stars of the turf prepare to launch their 2014-15 VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series campaigns.

The highly anticipated series kicks off with the $100,000 VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade (1400m) for three-year-olds, one of the feature events in Ballarat’s inaugural stand-alone Saturday Cup Day card.

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VOBIS banner horse Trust In A Gust.

The third running of the popular three-year-old dash-for-cash has attracted 18 nominations with connections eager to secure the $30,000 Super VOBIS bonus available for nominated entrants.

Racing Victoria Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the VOBIS Gold feature added an exciting dimension to Saturday’s program, having already unearthed a number of impressive Victorian-bred gallopers.

“The VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series has produced some wonderful stories in its initial two years through the deeds of horses like Trust In A Gust, Eloping and Worth A Ransom, and that will continue with its expansion this year to include four-year-olds,” Carpenter said.

“Racing Victoria, in partnership with Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria and the Victorian Coalition Government, continue to make a concerted effort to ensure Victoria is the most attractive place to breed, buy, own and race horses and the ongoing enhancement of the VOBIS incentive schemes continues to be a priority.”

The Eureka Stockade has quickly earned a reputation as a launch-pad of champions despite its relative infancy.

Last year’s victor, Trust In A Gust, would go on to win six of his next 10 starts following his Eureka Stockade victory including the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes-Toorak Handicap Group 1 double.

Local horseman Darren Weir’s hopes of securing back-to-back wins in the Stockade rest solely with impressive last-start winner Profit Share while recent Spring Racing Premierships winning co-trainers David Hayes and Tom Dabernig will be represented by up-and-coming Wanted colt, Shaf.

A number of 2013 VOBIS Gold bonus winners have again decided to chance their luck in the lucrative series with Mick Price’s VOBIS Gold Betfair Classic (1300m) winner Devon Princess amongst those vying for a position in the race.

With a total of $1.9 million available across 13 two, three and four-year-old races in Melbourne and regional Victoria, the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series offers connections of horses nominated for Victoria’s popular breeding and racing scheme the opportunity to significantly increase their earning potential on the racetrack.

Nominated youngsters will be eligible for up to $19.4 million worth of VOBIS bonuses throughout the 2014-15 racing season.

To be eligible to race in the VOBIS Gold Premier race series horses must first be first nominated for Super VOBIS, which carries bonuses from $9000 to $30,000 on two, three and four-year-old races.

For more information about Super VOBIS or VOBIS Gold, or to download a Super VOBIS nomination form for a 2013-born foal, visit owner.racing.com/vobis

Article by Daniel Miles at Racing Victoria.

Starcraft mare Stella Lante will be given a chance to break through at black-type level after winning the Holdfast Insurance Hcp (1300m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

“She’s been stakes-placed five times,” trainer John Hyam said.  “We might try Melbourne and then head to the Tasmanian carnival.  She’s had feet issues but we haven’t had any problems this campaign.”

Stella Lante (5m Starcraft – Villa Lante by Filante) was due to be covered by It’s A Dundeel this season but that planned mating has been deferred.  She has earned over $250,000 for a syndicate headed by breeders Alistair and Patricia McFarlane.

Her sire Starcraft transferred to Rosemont Stud earlier this year and is covering his first Victorian book.  “He’s such a stunning individual,” Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen said of the 14 year-old stallion.  “There were more than 50 of his yearlings at all the top sales earlier this year and they averaged $70,000.”

Starcraft has a long stud career ahead if he’s inherited the longevity of his own sire Soviet Star who passed away in Ireland recently aged 30.

Soviet Star (Nureyev) won at Group 1 level in the French 2000 Guineas, Sussex Stakes, Prix de la Foret, July Cup and Prix du Moulin for Sheikh Mohammed.  He became the only colt to beat the mighty Miesque in the Prix du Moulin.

Soviet Star stood northern seasons at Dalham Hall in Newmarket and in Japan and also stood a one-off NZ season at Ra Ora Stud in 1999.  Starcraft was from that single Kiwi crop and he was a five-time Group 1 winner in NZ, Australia, England and France where he emulated his sire in the 2005 Prix du Moulin at Longchamp.

The Gold Coast Magic Millions in January has 10 Starcraft yearlings going under the hammer starting with the colt from Biancalaura (Lot 110).  He is from a wining half-sister to the dam of Easy Rocking and Fairy King Prawn.

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Starcraft stands this season for $11,000 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Anthony Mithen on 0413 486 767

Release The Speed has vindicated Merilyn Anderson’s decision to keep training with a resounding victory at Moonee Valley.

The Bel Esprit gelding produced a barnstorming finish to defeat Rough Justice (Wanted) in the Sitetech Solutions Hcp (1000m) on Friday night.  He was coming off a strong maiden win at Ballarat and there’s upside aplenty to the lightly-raced three year-old.

“I was going to hand in my license but I renewed it because Release The Speed is such a nice horse,” Seymour based Anderson said.  “It’s such a thrill – he could be the best I’ve ever trained.”

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Bel Esprit

Release The Speed (3g Bel Esprit – Special Deece by Encosta de Lago) is from the family of Catkins who won her 8th stakes race in the G3 Sheraco Quality at Rosehill in September.  The Dubawi mare was stiff not to score at Melbourne’s spring carnival with placings in the G2 Tristrac and G1 Myer Classic.

After weighing-in at Moonee Valley, experienced jockey Michael Rodd said Release The Speed doesn’t have much of an idea about racing.  “He’s green and didn’t really get around here tonight,” Rodd revealed.  “But he’s a beautiful animal and was always going to mow them down.”

Release The Speed has an unnamed 2yo half-sister by EPI stallion Magnus.  That filly has been retained by North Road Bloodstock owner Robert Hance.

Bel Esprit sired more than 100 winners for the fourth season in a row in 2013-14 and he’s on track for a fifth century with 47 individual winners since August 1.

His Perth based galloper Ysmael won for the second time this campaign at Ascot on Saturday.  He was going to be nominated for the Winterbottom Stakes but trainer Adam Durrant said the Group 1 sprint had come around too soon.

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Bel Esprit stands this season for $24,200 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338

Brilliant Singapore sprinter Super Kenny continued his resurrection from a life-threatening injury to win again at Kranji on Friday night.

The son of Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi) was on an upward spiral last year when he suffered a severe off-hind tendon injury in the G3 Singapore Sprint (1200m).  On-course vets recommended the gelding be put down but trainer Pat Shaw had a hunch he could be saved and, ultimately, the South African-born conditioner was right.

Super Kenny (5g Host – Mysterious Ransom by Red Ransom) made it 6 wins from 20 starts for owners Mark and Emily Yong when he ran down G2 Golden Horseshoe winner Kiwi Karma to score by two lengths on Friday.

“He could have been anything had it not been for that injury,” assistant-trainer Ricardo Le Grange said.  “Patience and time have brought him back and it’s great for Mark as he puts a lot of money into racing.”

Super Kenny cost $30,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has now earned the equivalent of AUD 284,000.  He is from an unraced half-sister to More Than Ready stakes winner Deloraine.

“Considering he’s come back from the brink, it’s a miracle,” jockey Barend Vorster said.  “He’s been a special horse to me and has tonnes of ability.  He settled beautifully tonight and finished off very well.”

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Host stands this season for $8,800 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Brian Gorman on 0429 660 266

Friday night’s South African maiden winner Fantasy Art looks a promising type for Eliza Park International sire Wanted.

Visiting the races for just the second time, the gelding was always in control of the Bollywood @ Greyville Maiden Plate (1200m) to win by more than two lengths.  He had taken plenty of improvement from a debut outing last month after losing ground at the start and racing greenly.

Fantasy Art (3g Wanted – Artist Johanna by Festin) is trained by Tony Rivalland for the stable’s major client Mary Lilley.  He was a $40,000 buy from Shadow Glen owner Bill Cockram the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

From Wanted’s first crop, he is out of Argentina-bred Group 2 winner Artist Johanna.  She was also successful at Aqueduct and Saratoga after transferring to New York.

Wanted’s Australian-based first crop includes Caulfield winners Rough Justice & Kalabek and last week’s promising Kilmore winner Crinklecut.

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Wanted stands this season for $33,000 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338

Group 1 Victoria Derby winner Polanski has taken to stud life on the Mornington peninsular like a duck to water.

Standing at Ducks Crossing in Tyabb, he’s proving popular with broodmare owners and has attracted 50 bookings in the past month.

Polanski was described by VRC chief handicapper Greg Carpenter as a “truly world-class” colt after his classic triumph at Flemington twelve months ago.

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Polanski & Ross Warner. Image by Sharon Champan 

Timeform rated the Victoria Derby victory above three year-olds the calibre of Zoustar (G1 Coolmore Stakes), Criterion (G1 Australian Derby ) and Long John (G1 Caulfield Guineas).

Polanski’s trainer Robbie Laing and senior owner Ross Warner reckon Polanski is all that and more.  “Every time we raised the bar, he met the challenge,” Warner recalled.  “Before the Derby, Robbie’s last txt to me was: ‘Don’t worry too much – there will be a margin’.

“Robbie’s a good judge – he bolted in by three lengths!”

Connections were looking forward to Polanski racing on as a four year-old.  “I’ve got a lot of faith in this horse and he will be a natural at weight-for-age,” Laing declared.  “When he thickens, he can become a real star of the turf.”

Jockey Hugh Bowman, after winning his third Victoria Derby following victories on New Zealand raiders Lion Tamer and Sangster, also rated him a colt of untapped potential.  “He’s a lot stronger than my last two winners.  He is going to be a horse of the future.”

Bookmakers had installed Polanski as the pre-post favourite for this year’s Australian Derby but he injured a tendon in the G1 Futurity Stakes so the decision was made not risk such a valuable stallion prospect.

“There were several options where to retire him although we weren’t knocked over in the rush by the leading studs,” Warner said.  “In hindsight, I believe standing him here at Ducks Crossing was the right decision.”

Ducks Crossing owner Jacqui McGregor doubles as visiting vet for several local stables and she has watched Polanski develop from a raw-boned yearling into a 16.3 hands ball of muscle.

There are still late-season bookings available to Polanski at a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.  For further details, broodmare owners can contact Jacqui McGregor (0429 057 037) or office manager Sally Airey (0437 866 856).

God’s Own galloper Disciple has been transferred to Perth for feature races at the Ascot summer carnival.

The six year-old gelding will join Sean Casey’s stable at Bullsbrook after earning $345,000 with Chris Waller.

“He’s certainly capable of performing well over here and I hope he can gain a start in the Railway Stakes,” Casey told Perth Racing earlier this week.  “If we don’t get a start in the Group 1, a race like the Carbine Club Stakes would be a nice alternative on the same day.”

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Disciple

The $1 million Railway Stakes will be run on Saturday, November 22.

Another target at the carnival is the G3 Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot on December 6.  Casey has ruled out running Disciple in races past a mile.

Disciple (6g God’s Own – Myrrh by Nassipour) was given plenty of time to mature and didn’t break his maiden until an autumn three year-old at Gosford.  “He’s got a great turn of foot,” Waller said after a Rosehill victory last year.  “He just keeps improving since we’ve kept him to sprint trips.”

A younger half-brother to G1 Doncaster Handicap winner Triple Honour, he was a $100,000 buy for part-owner Colm Santry at the 2010 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) stands at Greta West Stud and he has sired 30 individual winners of 39 races for prizemoney of $884,565 this season.

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God’s Own stands this season for $5,500 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Laurie McCarthy on 0410 476 196

Emerging Victorian stallion Reset has reinforced reputation as a producer of top-class stayers following the devastating Group 1 Crown Oaks (2500m) victory of his lightly-raced daughter, Set Square

The Ciaron Maher-trained filly’s inexperience proved no hindrance in what many were calling the most even Oaks field in a decade as jockey Hugh Bowman guided the talented filly to an impressive 1.5 length win.

It was an influential victory for Reset, who has now sired the winner of both the VRC Derby and Oaks thanks to the efforts of Rebel Raider (2008) and Set Square. Throw in to the mix Pinker Pinker’s Cox Plate (2011) and Fawkner’s Caulfield Cup (2013) and you have a young stallion racking-up an extremely impressive record in such a short amount of time.

Interestingly, Reset himself seems at odds with both his own sire and his impressive staying progeny.

It’s widely considered Zabeel’s most highly regarded progeny were at their best at distances beyond 1600m. The likes of Might and Power and Octagonal reigned supreme at all distances beyond the mile out to the famous two-mile journey of the Melbourne Cup.

Yet Reset seemed an exception to such a rule.

Trained by Graeme Rogerson for leviathan owner Lloyd Williams, Reset never raced beyond 1600m in his five start career before he was purchased for stud duties by Sheik Mohammed.

Interestingly, Reset is also at odds to many of of Zabeel’s other progeny being Australian-born, though obviously New Zealand conceived. Reset’s dam was dual Group 1 winning mare, Assertive Lass.

Reset has been a star of the Victorian breeding scene since his first crop of runners hit the track in 2006.

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Reset (AUS)

This season alone Reset has recorded an incredible 91 winners from 174 runners at a remarkable winners/runners rate of 52.3% , a statistic that places him ahead of high-profile stallions Redoute’s Choice (48.2%) and Fastnet Rock (50.2%).

To date, the blue-blood stallion has recorded 23 black-type winners to date and will again be represented at Saturday’s Zipping Classic meet at Sportingbet Sandown Park.

Reset’s most famous son, Fawkner, is set to back-up from his disappointing Melbourne Cup run in a race that his owner, Lloyd Williams, holds close to his heart – the $350,000 Group 2 Zipping Classic (2400m).

Williams’ dual-Group 1 winner is one of 13 horses to nominate for the 2400m classic named after Williams’ hardy Danehill gelding who won the race, originally known as the Sandown classic, a record four times.

Another of Reset’s hardy staying progeny, Shoreham, is nominated to contest the $150,000 Listed Sandown Cup (3200m). After missing a start in the Melbourne Cup, the Saab Hasan-trained gelding gets the chance to prove his sire’s mettle of the testing two mile journey and has been nominated for the final two-mile Cup of the calendar year.

Should a horse such as Shoreham secure a Melbourne Cup next season it would no doubt make for an enviable trophy cabinet for his sire, Reset.

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Article by Daniel Miles at Racing Victoria

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Reset stands this season for $16,500 (Inc gst)

For nominations contact Matt Tillet on 0423 074 249

She’s Insatiable has staged a winning dress-rehearsal for next week’s New Zealand Cup (3200m) at Riccarton.

The Ustinov mare settled beautifully for Jillian Morris and proved too strong for her rivals in the LR Metropolitan Trophy (2500m) on Saturday.  She got the upper-hand to defeat Deliciano by three-quarters of a length and there was more than four lengths to the third horse home.

“I’m looking forward to the Cup,” Morris said.  “This mare will back up – no problems.”

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She’s Insatiable

She’s Insatiable (6m Ustinov – Checkered Past by Pentire) had won the NZ Cup Trial (1800) in September for part-owner and trainer Terrill Charles.  “It was a great win and she was presently perfectly today,” Morris added.  “Terrill does an amazing job with her horses and deserves every success.”

The NZ TAB had rated She’s Insatiable a $61 outsider for the G3 New Zealand Cup but she plummeted to $12 on Saturday evening.  Blizzard is the $6 favourite ahead of Deliciano at $8.

She’s Insatiable is from the family of champion galloper Mahogany (Last Tycoon).  Her dam Checkered Past won a half-dozen races on either side of the Tasman for Shaune Ritchie and Chris Waller.

Ustinov (Aus) stands north of Ballarat at Moorookyle Park for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee.  He has sired four stakes winners – She’s Insatiable follows Vonusti (G1 Telegraph Hcp), Antarctic Miss (G3 MVRC Champagne Stakes) and Sarsarun (LR Karaka Classic).

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Ustinov stands this season for $4,400 (inc gst)

For nominations contact Nioka Wozny on 0427 456 385