Former Chatswood Stud shuttler Amadeus Wolf sired his first southern hemisphere-bred winner in Hobart on Sunday.

His filly Crib Point scored a narrow victory in the TRC Young Members Hcp (1600m) for Brighton based owner-trainer Terry Evans.  She had been placed 3 times in 12 starts before the breakthrough.

Crib Point (3f Amadeus Wolf – Westernport Bay by Western Symphony) cost $1,750 out of the Chatswood Stud draft at the 2013 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale.  She is the final foal of a mare who had already delivered winners by Dash For Cash, Bel Esprit, Lucky Owners and Jetball.

Amadeus Wolf (Mozart) was a Group 1 winner of the 2005 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket and shuttled from the Irish National Stud to Chatswood Stud for three seasons until 2012.

He is currently based at Haras de Saint Vincent in France and among his leading European gallopers is Hamza who won last year’s G3 Abernant Stakes at Newmarket.  The Kevin Ryan trained sprinter was last seen finishing down the track in the G1 Prix de l’Abbaye at Longchamp.

The Gold Coast has again proven to be a happy hunting ground for Eliza Park International.

By the close of the Sunday session of Magic Millions 2015, EPI’s Victorian based stallions all fared well over the five days with Mick Price snapping up the two Bel Esprits on offer (for $90,000 and $75,000 respectively), the Statue of Libertys sold up to $100,000 (with Victorian trainers Jason Petch and John Moloney jumping on board) while Gai Waterhouse ($220,000) and Paul Moroney ($100,000) were also quick to snap up yearlings by Wanted.

One thing is for sure – anything with a Super VOBIS sticker on it will attract plenty of attention…regardless of where the buyer hails from.

Gai also fancied Eliza Park International’s Fastnet Rock colt out of the More Than Ready mare Pretty Flamingo, snapping him up for $400,000 on Day 3 of the Magic Millions.

And what’s not to like – apart from being a cracking colt, he’s got a stallion’s pedigree with Pretty Flamingo being out of the multiple stakes winning Danehill mare Milanova (a full sister to Champion Holy Roman Emperor) who was purchased by Coolmore for $5 million a few years back.

EPI principal, Sun International, was pretty active on the other side of the box too, buying up four yearlings for a tick over $1 million, including $400,000 for the Redoute’s Choice colt from Champion 2YO Hasna.

Although their ultimate areas of employment are yet to be determined, some of the quartet will end up in Melbourne stables.

Woodside Park Stud sold the top-priced Helmet at the Magic Millions when its colt from In Expectation made $230,000 on the Gold Coast.

He was purchased by Singapore trainer Michael Freedman for the China Horse Club who bought five yearlings topped by a million-dollar Fastnet Rock filly.

Woodside Park’s Helmet colt is bred to be an early runner and he looked a precocious type parading on Thursday.  His dam In Expectation (More Than Ready) won a Kembla 2YO Maiden at her final start before retiring to stud.  She is a daughter of LR Dequettville Stakes winner Presumed Innocent (Danehill).

Another six-figure Woodside Park graduate was the Sepoy filly from a half-sister to speed machine Vatican.  She was purchased by Robbie Griffiths on behalf of Princeton Stud for $185,000.

And Mark Kavanagh chipped in with $160,000 for Woodside Park’s Northern Meteor filly from Okaylah.  The dam won at Moonee Valley and was stakes-placed at Flemington.

Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon had 8 yearlings go under the hammer and they all found new homes at an average of $118,125.  Star Thoroughbreds paid top-price of $175,000 for his colt (ex Spring Selection by FuPeg) and his filly (ex Moonlight Shadow by Flying Spur).

Trainer Lee Curtis was just as happy buying at the bottom end of the scale when he picked up the Written Tycoon brother to G3 Maribyrnong Plate placegetter Andre Roo Hoo.  “I’m very happy to have secured Lot 623 for $75,000,” he said on Saturday night.  “Written Tycoon could serve the stable pony and produce a champ!”

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds topped Victorian vendors at the Magic Millions when Peter Moody paid $675,000 for a Snitzel colt on Saturday evening.

From stakes placed mare Song Of The Sun (Desert Sun), he is a close relation to the Caulfield trainer’s world champion Black Caviar.  He is also related to Moody’s Group 1 winning sprinter Magnus.

“He’s a lovely colt and we know the family well,” Moody told a large media contingent.  “I don’t usually buy big horses like him.  But I’ve only seen two in the family that move like that and it’s not hard to work out which two they were.”

The Snitzel colt was top-priced among the 10 yearling purchased by Moody.  “You keep looking for the next Black Caviar,” he said.  “You keep living the dream.  It’s like buying lotto tickets.”

Song of the Sun was covered by new Three Bridges sire Unencumbered in the spring.

Three Bridges finished the Book 1 of the Magic Millions with 7 yearlings averaging over $221,420.  Next best from the Eddington nursery was a Stratum – Melbourne Rose filly that sold for $340,000.

Resident sire Stryker was also in demand with a $165,000 colt from Live in Black snapped up by Tony McEvoy and a $100,000 filly out of Recurring bought by Aston Bloodstock.

Musk Creek Farm led Victorian vendors during the first two sessions at the Magic Millions this week.

The Flinders nursery sold a Stratum colt for $300,000 on Day 1 and a Sepoy colt for $250,000 on Day 2.

Hong Kong based bloodstock agent George Moore secured the Stratum colt after some spirited bidding around the Gold Coast auditorium.  He is the final foal from Courtney’s Cuddles (Brief Truce) who won at Caulfield and Moonee Valley and was also stakes placed at Flemington.

Her first foal Blooded won at Moonee Valley and then transferred north for another half-dozen victories in Queensland.  Her three year-old filly Sheza Chickadee won a Stony Creek maiden by 7 lengths last month.

The Sepoy colt sold to Michael Freedman.  His dam Leica Lotto (Danehill Dancer) is a three-quarter sister to Moon Dragon (G2 Sandown Guineas) and they hail from the influential “Leica” family.

Musk Creek owner David Kobritz celebrated a Melbourne victory with Cordoba a couple of hours before the Stratum colt paraded on Wednesday.

Cordoba (Hemingway) won the Cable Beach Club Plate (1300m) first-up at Sandown after an 8 month spell.  “He was supposed to resume at Wangaratta last month but injured himself in the float on the way to the races,” trainer Allan Williams said.  “I race him with David and thankfully he’s very patient because the horse has just needed time.”

Musk Creek received another rewarding result at the Magic Millions on Saturday night with a Foxwedge colt that made $260,000 to the bid of Paul Perry.  His dam Tellora (Elusive Quality) is a half-sister to Perth stakes winner Rebel Call.

Master Of Design’s first yearling at public auction was popular at the Gold Coast Magic Millions when making $180,000 on Friday.

That price-tag gave Morning Rise Stud breeder Robert McClure a good earn on Master Of Design’s $12,500 service fee at Swettenham Stud in 2012.  The colt will stay in Victoria after being purchased by Ciaran Maher who trains out of stables at Caulfield and Warrnambool.

“He’s a lovely-bodied horse,” Maher said.  “I saw him in the Hunter Valley – he’s a nice walker and beautifully balanced.”

The colt is from winning Zabeel mare Parnissius who is a half-sister to the dam of Perth stakes winner Single Spice.  Second-dam Zafair (Zafonic) is a sister to Group 1 racehorse and sire Trade Fair.

Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) retired to Swettenham after a Group 1 victory in the T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick.

Mornington trainer Jason Warren has a likely candidate for next year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic after pin-pointing a racy Snitzel filly from Lauriston Thoroughbreds at the Gold Coast on Thursday.

“She was value considering what some of the other Snitzels are selling for this week,” Warren said.  “It’s been hard to get a good one at the right price so we’re very happy to send her home for $170,000.”

The Snitzel – Five Star Belle filly is the first foal of a half-sister to G1 QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Aragen and Perth stakes winner Cavallo Pazzo.  “She’s a stunning filly and looks a two year-old type,” Warren added.  “There’s been plenty of hype around the first season sires but I will take her any day.”

Warren’s partner Belinda Palmer will syndicate the filly among a group of ladies so she’s eligible for an extra bonus next year.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds returned to the Gold Coast for the first time in several years.  “We were lucky enough to buy Gold Edition here and she won the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy,” Lauriston Thoroughbreds operations manager James O’Brien said.  “The atmosphere is terrific and all our yearlings have been nominated for Super VOBIS.”

The Corinella-based farm also sold two colts to Danny O’Brien on Thursday and Friday.  The first was another Snitzel from In The Mix (Easy Rocking) for $65,000and the second was a Sebring out of Rhodamine (Success Express) that made $125,000.

The final Lauriston lot was a Star Witness – Spectacula filly purchased for $65,000 by James Bester on behalf of the It’s All About The Girls Syndicate.

Timely Truce completed a winning week for the O’Brien family at Cranbourne on Friday night.  The Brief Truce gelding was racing first-up after almost a year on the sidelines and he benefited from a perfect ride by Jye McNeil.

A $160,000 Exceed And Excel filly started the yearling sale season on a positive note for Hillside Thoroughbreds at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

The Nagambie based farm has a new-look with experienced horseman Peter Ford now managing its business and bloodstock operations.

Hillside sold the Exceed And Excel filly to Scone based stud Kitchwin Hills.  “She does everything quickly and she gives the impression of being an early runner next season,” Ford said.  “We have catalogued another 18 for Melbourne Premier and 7 for the Melbourne Super VOBIS Sale.”

The Exceed And Excel filly is the first foal of Pins mare Bang On who was a $74,000 buy at the 2012 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.  She is a daughter of NZ Group 1 winner Critic and her family received the ultimate Group 1 update later that year when Ocean Park won the 2012 W S Cox Plate.

Hillside Thoroughbreds is owned by Peter Arvanitis and his wife Areti.  The Melbourne businessman has a background in property and transport and founded aged-care operator Estia Health a decade ago.

Arvanitis established Hillside in 2012 and it sits on 230 acres along the Goulburn River.  “I came on board last year,” Ford said.  “Peter is always looking to upgrade our mares and he has shares in several stallions like Americain and Master Of Design at Swettenham Stud plus Hinchinbrook and Pluck in the Hunter Valley.

“Like his other businesses, Peter believes the formula for success boils down to location, facilities and professional teamwork and we’re heading in that direction at Hillside.”

Blue Gum Farm is delighted to announce that Gilgai Farm’s Champion Broodmare Helsinge is safely in foal to five time Group One winner and World Champion Miler Canford Cliffs (IRE).

Helsinge is of course the dam of the incomparable Black Caviar and the Champion 3 year old All Too Hard. Her last two yearlings have fetched $5 million and $4 million respectively at the Australian Easter Yearling Sales.

Also in foal to Canford Cliffs from his 2014 southern hemisphere season are the stakes winners Isabella Snowflake, Exceedingly French, Manna Miss, the daughters of stakes winners Nediym’s Glow, Country Lodge, Typhoon Billie, Social Glow, Miss Kournikova, Princesa, etc., the full or half sisters to stakes winners Star Of Giselle and Solicit, The Hind and Oregon Star, Decircles, Fast’N’Famous, Turffontein, Bird Of Fire, Kirramosa, Oakleigh Girl, Silent Impact, Feel The Noise, Vocabulary, Inkster, etc.

Canford Cliffs first Irish conceived yearlings sold fantastically well late last year making up to Aus$500,000. His first Australian yearling offered realised $100,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale yesterday. His only representative at this sale, the bay colt (pictured) from the three time winning Pins mare Alteration was secured by Atlantic Jewel, Whobegotyou, Maldivian and Shocking’s trainer Mark Kavanagh. Canford Cliffs is represented by 18 first crop members at the upcoming Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Swettenham Stud stallion Master Of Design has his first yearlings catalogued for the Gold Coast Magic Millions this week and first to parade is the colt from winning Zabeel mare Parnissius.

Catalogued as Lot 505 on Friday, he is being offered by Newgate Farm as agent for Morning Rise Stud.  “He’s big, correct and an all-round good type,” Morning Rise manager Darren Godfrey said.  “He has co-operated and done everything right since Day 1.”

Parnissius is a half-sister to the dam of Perth stakes winner Single Spice.  Second-dam Zafair (Zafonic) is a sister to Group 1 racehorse and sire Trade Fair.

Morning Rise owner Robert McClure continues to upgrade his broodmare portfolio on the Mornington peninsula with the likes of Group 1 winning mares Yosei (Invincible Spirit) and Anabandana (Anabaa).

He bred Parnissius back to Master Of Design and she foaled another colt in October.

Master Of Design is a splendid specimen by Redoute’s Choice and was a $2.10 million Inglis Easter yearling sale graduate.  He retired to Swettenham after winning the Group 1 T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick for Australian Bloodstock’s Jamie Lovett and Luke Murrell.

Lovett has entered a Master Of Design colt from Miracle Magic (Lot 819) for the Magic Millions on Sunday.  The dam won at Canterbury and is a direct descendant of Swettenham’s G1 Blue Diamond Stakes winner Midnight Fever.

“We sent five mares to Master of Design and the colt from Miracle Magic was the first one foaled at Swettenham,” Lovett explained.  “He was raised at Ellalong Farm and Brian Nutt is pleased with the way he’s prepped at Attunga Stud.”

Master Of Design covered 141 mares in his first book and he has another 19 yearlings entered for the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March.

Among the highlights is a half-brother to Group 1 star Trust In A Gust (Lot 546) and a half-sister to Fast Cash (Lot 566) who won the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Carat at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

Euroa syndicator Ken King hit the jackpot on Saturday evening when Fast Cash won the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

King identified Fast Cash at the 2013 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale and purchased him for just $10,000 from Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds.  The Wendy Kelly trained gelding won his maiden by four lengths at Swan Hill in July and was also runner-up to Rich Enuff in the LR Mitchell-McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley in August.

“He put the writing on the wall last preparation and it’s very rewarding to see him win,” Kelly said.  “Ken and I sat down and decided to chase some VOBIS Gold prizemoney.  We went through the calendar and found this race.

“The VOBIS Gold bonus makes it really worthwhile and he’s paid for himself time and time again.”

Fast Cash (3g Charge Forward – The Loan Express by Choisir) is raced by a syndicate that includes King, Tim Overton, Alden Halse, Stephen Hanlon, Michael Hoskins, Kevin Kelly, Ashleigh Teagle, Georgia Fraser and David Galinec.

He is the first foal of Irish-bred mare The Loan Express who won on debut at Naas and was stakes placed at Royal Ascot and the Curragh.  She has a Master Of Design filly catalogued by Swettenham Stud (as agent) for the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Fast Cash will be set for the G3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown on Australia Day and the G1 Australian Guineas (1600m) at Flemington in March is also on the agenda.

King has already claimed a Group 1 at Flemington this season with Reset filly Set Square in the VRC Oaks.

Fast Cash is also following in the footsteps of a Group 1 horse.  Last year’s VOBIS Gold Carat winner Trust In A Gust graduated to elite victories in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes and Toorak Hcp.

Things do not always go to plan in big races and when they don’t the lesser horses are left behind.  It is the good horses, the really good ones, who shine through no matter what.

Such as Real Love whose dominant victory in last Thursday’s G2 Perth Cup was one of the most exciting staying performances of the season.

A horse who has come from behind, midfield and close to the pace at previous outings over a variety of distances, the Desert King mare found herself making the pace in the Perth Cup – and that was definitely not the plan!

And her jockey William Pike, who had steered her to victories in the Gr.3 Queen’s Cup and the Listed St Leger, admitted that he spent the first half of the race concerned – “I was dreading what I was going to have to say when I came back in!” he told Perth Racing.

“Luckily,” he continued, “she is a good horse and she got me out of trouble – and I love her to bits for it!”

Strongly challenged by Kirov Boy well before the turn, Real Love quickly shook off that galloper who is known for his toughness and ability having led throughout to win his previous contest by 7¾ lengths.

“I thought Kirov Boy was going to go past us,” Pike said, “but she kicked and was very strong.”
Travelling sweetly into the straight, Real Love got clear straightening and was never going to lose – coasting to the line to win by a soft one and a half lengths.

The fifth Perth Cup winner for highly successful owner/breeders Bob and Sandra Peters, Real Love will now enjoy a well earned spell in preparation for interstate carnivals.

“She is a young stayer showing exceptional things,” trainer Adam Durrant said – “there is no reason why she couldn’t be competitive in the right race over east.”

And LP Stallion’s Julie Nairn is one person who can’t wait to see Real Love in action… “she is a terrific mare, so bold, tough and talented – so typical of the Desert King breed.”

“We have always had faith that Desert King would sire another topliner and this mare is a star in the making.”

Desert King’s good form continued at Cranbourne last Friday with debutant Easter Rising recording an exciting victory.

Settling back and needing luck coming to the turn, the Colin & Cindy Alderson trained four-year-old was held up for runs most of the way down the straight – showing great heart to take a late split when it came.

Whilst connections have always had a good opinion of Easter Rising, they were surprised that he was so strong at debut with stable representative Adrian McGregor telling TVN that “he has shown us a bit but we thought he’d be better suited over much further.”

“We thought he’d probably need tonight but that is a great way to start his career.”

Jockey Mark Zahra was impressed with the way Easter Rising found the line and is confident that the best is still to come – “he will improve a lot,” he said.

For further information on Desert King contact Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Chris Bakker (0427 903 353).

God’s In Him closed Randwick’s New Year’s Day card with a win that pleased co-trainer Michael Hawkes.

The God’s Own gelding had been missing in action as a younger horse racing just twice before winning a Seymour maiden first-up in October.  Transferred to the stable’s Sydney operation, he scored a convincing victory in the TAB Handicap (1600m) on Thursday.

“He’s a nice horse,’’ Hawkes said.  “If he hadn’t showed any ability, we wouldn’t have persevered – he would have been moved on by now.  He won well at Seymour and had improved with that run.’’

God’s In Him (5g God’s Own – Sinistra by Dracula) is from an English bred mare who emigrated to Australia after making 11,000gns at the 2004 Tattersalls December Sale.  Sinistra is a half-sister to LR Ballymacoll Stakes winner Sardonic but was distanced at her only start for Henry Cecil earlier that year at Newbury.

Michael’s wife Claire is part of the syndicate that bought God’s In Him for $40,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  He went amiss more than once and was resuming after 10 months on the sidelines when winning his maiden as a spring five year-old.

“He’s had problems but he’s got ability,” jockey Dwayne Dunn said at Seymour.  “He’s still learning his craft and wasn’t quite sure how to put them away but did it nicely at the finish.”

Pillar Of Creation got God’s Own off to a winning start at Caulfield in 2014 and God’s In Him can also graduate to open company notwithstanding any soundness issues this year.

The Randwick win was the 53rd this season for Greta West Stud sire God’s Own.

New Year couldn’t have started on a brighter note for the folks at Burnewang North Pastoral when they cheered home Averau in the LR Bagot Hcp (2800m) at Flemington.

The consistent mare is the farm’s first stakes winner since setting up operations at Rochester.

“We started with just a few mares and have built up steadily in the past three or four years,” Burnewang owner Cathy Hains said.  “It’s wonderful to see our brand carried to success in such devastating style in a good race at Flemington.”

Averau (5m Stratum – Merayaat by Viscount) lobbed along in second place and then took over to leave the decision in no doubt winning by more than three lengths.  She had won two in a row at Moonee Valley before going down a nose in the LR Werr Classic at Werribee on December 14.

“She’s such a fit horse and she just keeps on going,” trainer Peter Morgan said.  “We don’t have to do much with her and she just keeps on keeping on, she’s a very good stayer.”

Despite starting her current campaign back in August, connections have made tentative plans for the mare to cross Bass Strait for the Launceston Cup and Hobart Cups in February.

Burnewang North Pastoral bred and sold Averau for $48,000 at the 2010 Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale before going through the ring again when making $130,000 at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

She is a younger half-sister to Reigning (Choisir) who won his fifth race for Chris Waller at Randwick in July.  Second-dam Razzia (Scenic) is a sister to Group 1 winners Universal Prince and Universal Queen.

The Bagot result was the second for Burnewang North in as many days after emerging filly Von Costabeel opened her account at Gosford on New Year’s Eve.

Von Costabeel (3f Von Costa De Hero – Iresistabeel by Zabeel) was identified and purchased by trainer David Pfeiffer for just $20,000 from Burnewang North at the 2013 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale.

Pfeiffer mentioned the $400,000 Queensland Oaks in May as a possible long-term mission.

Burnewang North has 7 yearlings parading at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions.  Among the highlights are a Snitzel colt from stakes winner Huiskes (Lot 313), an Artie Schiller colt out of a sister to Kaphero (Lot 352) and a Sepoy filly from French stakes performer Maree Basse (Lot 421).

Reward For Effort can join Redoute’s Choice in an exclusive club of Blue Diamond Stakes winners when the next edition of Victoria’s premier juvenile race is run next month.

The Chatswood Stud sire has a live chance for the $1 million event with Take Pride who maintained her unbeaten record in the New Year Plate (1000m) at Flemington on Thursday.

Take Pride (2f Reward For Effort – Shabtis by Elusive Quality) had won at Seymour on debut and shared the lead down the straight second-up before lengthening like a top-class filly.  “She’s very, very good,” trainer Murray Johnson said.  “She’s always done everything better than most horses.”

Winning jockey Cory Parish said Take Pride felt like she was waiting for the others to catch up in the final furlong.  “I couldn’t go any slower she was travelling that well.  I just steered – she’s a magnificent filly.”

Johnson said she will run in the G3 Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) at Sandown on Australia Day before going straight into the G1 Blue Diamond on February 28.

Owner Peter Murray paid $94,000 for Take Pride at the 2014 Melbourne Premier – she was the top-priced yearling by Reward For Effort at the majors last year.  He has another 29 yearlings catalogued for the 2015 Melbourne Premier starting on March 1.

Take Pride is the first foal from Shabtis who is a sister to the dam of boom filly Ottoman.  Shabtis is also a half-sister to Mummify.

Redoute’s Choice is the only stallion to win a Blue Diamond and then sire a Blue Diamond winner since the race was first run in 1971.  He’s done it twice with Undoubtedly and Nadeem.

Reward For Effort (Exceed and Excel) stands at Chatswood Stud for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.

Ridgeview Park can expect further updates for its yearling brother to Scherzoso in the lead-up to the Adelaide Magic Millions.

Scherzoso (3g Bianconi – Cafe Del Mar by Encosta de Lago) was a very impressive winner at Morphettville last week and there’s more in store before his brother is offered for sale on March 11.

Trainer Tony McEvoy unveiled Scherzoso back in June and he produced a strong, sustained run to score over 1200 metres at Gawler.  “He’s going to be a good horse,” jockey Dom Tourneur predicted after the debut win.  “When I asked for an effort, he accelerated and picked up the leaders easily.  But then he got lost and waited for the others until I gave him a reminder.”

Scherzoso is owned by OTI Racing and he was a luckless second over 1600m on December 13 before going one better over 1800m on Boxing Day.  Another older brother Sunset Cafe won four races for OTI including a New Year’s Eve event at Moonee Valley in 2010.

Ridgeview Park stands Bianconi and his brother to Scherzoso has been catalogued as Lot 298.  Studmaster Phil Sloane sells the colt as agent among a consignment of 12 yearlings entered for the Adelaide Magic Millions.

Jahan has returned from a career-threatening injury to win the Penshurst Cup (2000m) for trainer Bill Wilde.

The Keep The Faith gelding won the Boxing Day feature by four lengths after spending more than a year on the sidelines.  “They don’t normally come back from that sort of fetlock injury but he appears to be better than ever,” Wilde said.  “We will probably send him down to town now.”

Jahan (5g Keep The Faith – Miss Mayfair by Kingston Rule) is a homebred for Donald & Michael Niall and is from a three-quarter sister to G1 Victorian Oaks winner Kensington Palace.

The born-again stayer had won at Ararat and Stawell before making it 5 wins from 18 starts on Friday.  “I had the perfect run and the fast pace suited my horse,” jockey Eddie Creighton said.  “It was his first try over 2000 metres but that never presented a problem – Jahan was very strong at the end of the race and has got a bright future.  I reckon he will go through the classes.”

Keep The Faith has sired the winners of $1.34 million this season with Trust In A Gust his chief earner following Group 1 victories in the Sir Rupert Clark Stakes and Toorak Hcp.

The Greta West Stud resident has been credited with 38 individual winners and sits fourth on the Victorian table behind Bel Esprit (63), Written Tycoon (47) and Magnus (46).

Equiano colt Solar Flair got off the mark at the second time of asking in the British Stallion Studs Stakes (1400m) at Lingfield on Sunday.

He sat handily in behind the leaders and quickened up nicely to score by a length from China Club (Shamardal).  “It was a good performance,” trainer William Knight said.  “He had been training very well earlier in the year but picked up an injury in the summer.  He has shown a really professional attitude as well as plenty of ability.”

Solar Flair was knocked down for 25,000gns (AUD 40,425) at the 2012 Tattersalls Foal Sale.  He is the second winner from two to race out of Air Biscuit (Galileo).  She is a half-sister to French Group 3 winner Ziria and her only other foal to race has been Sheikh Mohammed’s Irish winner Warbird (Royal Applause).

Equiano shuttles to Swettenham Stud and there have been 16 individual winners from his initial crop in Europe this year.  His latest winner is based at Knight’s historic Angmering Park estate which covers 6,750 acres in West Sussex.

The late Lady Herries sent out a host of winners from Angmering Park including Sheriff’s Star (1989 Coronation Cup) and Celtic Swing (1995 French Derby).  She also trained Taufan’s Melody to a controversial victory in the 1998 Caulfield Cup.

Celtic Swing shuttled to Collingrove Stud in Nagambie before the property was rebranded Swettenham Stud by Adam Sangster in 2005.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds was seen to advantage in the pin-hooking department with winners at Moonee Valley and Sha Tin over the weekend.

EVERY FAITH showed she’s in for a lucrative summer preparation after a convincing victory in the Quest Moonee Valley Hcp (1600m) on Saturday.

With in-form hoop Nick Hall replacing G Boss in the saddle, she angled off the fence and stormed home to score by a conservative two lengths.  “It was an excellent effort considering she had a tough Autumn campaign,” trainer Robert Smerdon said.  “She has a huge future this time in with her best range up to 2000 metres.”

Every Faith (4m Not A Single Doubt – Zephyria by Zabeel) was a $28,000 buy at the 2011 Magic Millions Foal Sale.  Three Bridges on-sold her for $130,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier.

DIAMOND MASTER improved at his third run in Hong Kong when coasting clear in the Pak Tam Chung Hcp (1000m) on Sunday.  Three Bridges bought him for $51,000 at the 2012 Inglis Select Foal Sale and his value increased to $130,000 when knocked down to trainer Ricky Yiu at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier.

Diamond Master (3g Not A Single Doubt – Sandy Desert by Line In The Sand) had shown plenty at the trials even before he raced but was wayward in defeat at both starts down the straight course when well fancied.

“I suggested the cheek pieces to make him focus more,” jockey Neil Callan said.  “He laid in when I went for him last time and the gear change was more to get him going straight than anything because he’s a big, backward horse at this stage.

“Ricky and I thought there could be a few going fast and we didn’t want him in a duel,” Callan added.  “I thought we would trail him up and try to give him a bit of confidence.”

Three Bridges sold 9 yearlings for $1.7 million at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions and there are another 9 to go under the hammer starting on January 7.

One of the standouts is Lot 626, a Snitzel colt from Song of the Sun (Desert Sun).  His dam is a stakes-placed three-quarter sister to Helsinge, the dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.

“I would say this is as good or better than our draft in 2014,” Three Bridges Toby Liston said.  “Have a look at the Snitzel colt’s pedigree and imagine what he could be worth if he performs up to his looks and pedigree!”

Magic Millions is just around the corner and recent results have again showcased Woodside Park Stud’s ability to sell quality runners.

On Saturday, Woodside Park graduates Stoker and San Nicasio both showed above-average ability at Moonee Valley.

Stoker, a $125,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale purchase from the Woodside Park draft (as agent), ran a gallant second to Headwater in the Cactus Imaging Plate (1000m).

The Written Tycoon 2yo showed he has a big future ahead when defeating all bar the boom colt and will now be set for stakes company in the autumn.

Champion trainer Peter Moody then produced progressive galloper San Nicasio to win the Chandler Macleod Hcp (1200m).  He was sold by Woodside Park for $215,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and is by Hard Spun and Snippets mare Munchie.

Woodside Park owner Mark Rowsthorn kept a small share in the galloper.  “He’s is still a couple of preparations from peaking,” stable rep Stephanie Little declared.  “He’s likely to go through the grades this preparation.”

Woodside Park stud manager Gerard Jones said the Tylden nursery has a half-dozen yearlings heading to the Magic Millions.  “They’re by sires such as Northern Meteor, Sepoy and Helmet.  We topped last year’s Sydney Ready-to-Run Sale and also topped the averages at Melbourne Premier this year.”