Real Love’s victory in the Listed WA St Leger (2100m) was like a breath of fresh air for Lauriston Park studmaster Chris Bakker.

A relieved Bakker watched the Desert King mare win in Perth after fighting the ferocious Creighton’s Creek bushfire that threatened his property this week.

Resident sire Desert King was the first horse moved as the blaze raged and Bakker is proud of the way the stallion, and all the other horses, coped with the crisis.  “They didn’t cause any problems at all despite the fire and the constant hum of helicopters,” he said.  “Fortunately, it was mainly the outer paddocks and fencing that suffered although the fire got within five metres of the house.

“Desert King is enjoying his new paddock next to a kid’s pony.  He has a new best friend!”

There is no doubting that Desert King is a gutsy horse and he throws that admirable trait on to his progeny – as displayed by Real Love who found the line in determined fashion on Saturday.

Now a firm favourite for the G2 Perth Cup on January 1, Real Love was one of four stakes winners at Ascot for owner-breeder Bob Peters.  He chose Desert King as mate for his mare Flaming Heart in a deliberate attempt to breed a high-class stayer.

Real Love has won 4 of her 12 starts and was coming off a feature victory in the Queen’s Cup.  She had been placed in both the WA Oaks and WA Derby earlier this year.

“A stallion of Desert King’s quality is going to keep getting winners,” Bakker said.  “It doesn’t surprise me to see a horse of Real Love’s talent emerge.”

Bakker also took time out to thank Darley Victoria for its help offering feed to Lauriston Park and Larneuk Stud.  “We are sincerely grateful for their generosity and thoughtfulness towards us smaller breeders at such a difficult time.”

Desert King’s record of 27 stakes winners makes him one of the most successful horses at stud in Victoria.  For further information on Desert King contact Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Chris Bakker (0427 903 353).

Written Tycoon sired his 16th individual winner in the last month when Grand Tycoon scored a first-up victory in the Winzenberg Trophy 1100m) in Hobart on Friday.

It completed a city double for Woodside Park’s in-form stallion after Trinket Lady’s victory earlier in the day at Morphettville.

Grand Tycoon (4g Written Tycoon – Scottattitude by Grand Royale) had been sidelined since knee surgery to remove bone chips following a Launceston victory in February.  “That shows what a great horse he is because he’s still a bit burly,” trainer Barry Campbell said.  “I’ve had a lot of very good horses in my time and Grand Tycoon will always be one of my favourites because he tries so hard every time he goes around.

“Craig Newitt rode him to win in Launceston one time and told me the horse was actually grunting as he was trying so hard to win.”

Grand Tycoon has won 11 races in 15 starts for owners Charlie and Wendy Langmaid.  He was named Champion Tasmanian 2YO in 2013 after Listed victories in the Elwick Stakes, Gold Sovereign Stakes and Alfa Crystal Bowl.

Campbell will set him for more black-type in the LR Tattersalls Stakes (1200m) in Launceston on January 21.

Trinket Lady (3f Written Tycoon – Szarlira by Jeune) had continued the winning run for her sire and trainer Phillip Stokes in the Jim’s Cleaning Plate (1100m) in Adelaide on Friday.  She was racing second-up after an initial winter campaign and appears to have plenty of upside for owners Tony Freebairn and Bill Rigg.

Second dam Bellendella Dream won the LR Tasmanian Oaks and her half-sister Sovereign Lady won the G2 SAJC West End Stakes.  They are from Lady Nozama (Jungle Boy) who hails from one of WA’s most successful families.

Freebairn stood champion sire Jungle Boy at Haddow Stud in the Chittering Valley and he was a Champion Sunspeed sire against stallions the calibre of Haulpak, Beau Sovereign and Zvornik.

Bill Rigg has raced numerous feature winners going back to the 1970s but none within cooee of his Cox Plate champion Dulcify.

Written Tycoon has just completed another full book at Woodside Park and he has 8 yearlings catalogued for the Gold Coast Magic Millions starting on January 7.

Chatswood Stud freshman Reward for Effort broke through with his first winner at Seymour on Thursday.

Talented filly Take Pride sat midfield in the Goulburn Murray Credit Union Maiden (1000m) before putting more than two lengths on runner-up Dynamic Day (Domesday).  Prepared locally by Murray Johnson, she was appearing in public for the first time and started at $23.

Take Pride (2f Reward For Effort – Shabtis by Elusive Quality) cost owner Peter Murray $94,000 from Eldon Park at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier.  She is from a half-sister to the dam of Mummify.

Murray also races Moonee Valley winner Family Pride (NZ) with Johnson.

Reward For Effort (Exceed and Excel) was a Group 1 winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes before retiring to Chatswood Stud where he stands for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.

Take Pride is one of several Reward For Effort youngsters nominated for the Blue Diamond on February 28.  It will be run a day before the start of the Melbourne Premier which has 29 yearlings catalogued from Reward For Effort’s second crop.

Hong Kong Captain gave trainer David Hayes and his staff something to celebrate with a first-up victory at Mornington on Wednesday.

A son of Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi), he won the Peninsula Home Hospice Maiden (1200m) while Lindsay Park was surrounded by bushfires.  “The mountains around the property were ablaze and when the winds shifted we retreated and just let the horses run free,” Hayes reported from Euroa.  “Our fire plan worked and there were no injuries.  We were very lucky.”

Hayes has high hopes for Hong Kong Captain and will set him for the G3 Manfred Stakes (1300m) at Sandown and G3 C S Hayes Stakes (1400m) at Flemington in the New Year.  All going well, he will then head north for the G1 Randwick Guineas and G1 Rosehill Guineas in March.

Hong Kong Captain (3g Host – Unlimited Passage by Giant’s Causeway) won by a length eased down on debut.  “He did everything right and I think he’s going to make a really nice stayer,” jockey Michael Walker said.  “I can’t see why he won’t be able to run 2400 metres – all he needs is to mature a bit more.”

An $85,000 graduate of the Swettenham Stud draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier, he is part-owned by Hong Kong trainer David Hall and former St Kilda footballers Stewart Loewe and Danny Frawley.

Hong Kong Captain hails from a Swettenham family going back several generations to Group 1 winning filly Pure Of Heart.  An Irish-bred daughter of Godswalk, she won the 1982 George Ryder Stakes for Robert Sangster.

Swettenham has catalogued his Equiano half-sister as Lot 770 for the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale in March.  Their dam Unlimited Passage died a few days after foaling an Equiano colt in October.

Eliza Park International stallion Statue Of Liberty has two more black-type prospects on the boil while Hong Kong buyers vie for his exciting sprinter Liberty’s Gem.

Perth trainer Simon Miller is hoping Liberty’s Gem stays put after wins in the LR Placid Ark Stakes and G3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic.  “The owners have already knocked back a couple of offers,” Miller explained.  “Now the agents are saying name your price!

“He’s won 3 times in 4 starts and is still a work in progress.  I think he’s good enough to go interstate for the autumn.”

Liberty’s Gem (3g Statue Of Liberty – All That Sparkles by Rubiton) was an $80,000 buy at the 2013 Inglis Classic yearling sale.  He’s from a half-sister to Golden Pedigree (LR Queen of Adelaide Stakes) and the dam of The Verminator (G1 Metropolitan).

Tasmanian filly Viva La Verve is another three year-old building up for better races this season.  She made it 3 wins from 5 starts in the Juicy Isle Hcp (1200m) in Launceston last time out.

“I am very pleased with the win although I didn’t expect her to be ridden that close to the front,” trainer Adam Trinder said.  “I’m waiting to test her beyond 1600 metres.”

Viva La Verve (3f Statue Of Liberty – Flamburr by Savoire Vivre) comes from a successful Tasmanian family going back to 1986 Gold Sovereign Stakes winner Amber Cutter.  Trinder will set her for the Thousand Guineas (1600m) on January 21, Strutt Stakes (2100m) on February 9 and Tasmanian Oaks (2100m) on February 22.

Trainer Mick Price unveiled promising debut winner Grand Avalanche to complete a Statue Of Liberty hat-trick at Kyneton last Thursday.

Grand Avalanche (4g Statue Of Liberty – Tiamo Baby by Strategic) won the Goldfields Refrigeration Maiden (1469m) on debut despite tramping three-wide without cover.  He had every right to raise a white flag in the straight but responded to win with something in hand.

Part-owner and breeder Craig McDonald also raced his older half-sister Isabella Snowflake to 4 wins in 6 starts including a Listed victory at Flemington.  Sadly, she suffered a career-ending tendon injury in last year’s G1 The Galaxy at Rosehill.

McDonald sent their dam Tiamo Baby back to Eliza Park International and her 3yo gelding Snowtrooper (Magnus) was placed first-up at Bendigo in June.  The mare has a 2yo filly by Bel Esprit and a yearling colt by Wanted.

Statue Of Liberty commences the 2015 majors with 4 colts catalogued for the Gold Coast Magic Millions in January.  He has 4 fillies entered for the Inglis Sydney Classic in February and another 7 yearlings parading at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March.

Woodside Park Stud upgraded its broodmare ranks with several quality acquisitions at the recent Arqana and Tattersalls Sales.

Among the Woodside buys in France was Takenja at 70,000 euros (AUD 105,830).  The German-bred mare was purchased by Damon Gabbedy of Belmont Bloodstock on behalf of Woodside Park owner Mark Rowsthorn.

Takenja (4f Dubawi – Taita by Big Shuffle) won by 8 lengths over 1600m at Hanover last September and also earned black-type when beaten a head in a Listed event in Cologne in May.  She is a half-sister to Tai Chi (High Chaparral), a German juvenile stakes winner who was also Group 1 placed in the 2011 Critérium de Saint-Cloud.

“Dubawi mares with black-type are very valuable and she’s a magnificent type,” Gabbedy said.  “I bought four mares for Woodside and they will all be covered by Zoustar next season.”

The Aga Khan homebred Keena (Fr) was another Arqana purchase at 90,000 euros (AUD 136,070).  She won at Deauville and was placed at Maisons-Laffitte from six starts this year.

Keena (3f Acclamation – Kerasha by Daylami) is a younger half-sister to G3 Prix du Bois winner Keratiya who was exported to Australia in 2011.  She has a yearling filly by Manhattan Rain.

At Tattersalls, Gabbedy bought Fialka for 110,000gns (AUD 222,020) and Dutch Romance for 85,000gns (AUD 170,090).

Fialka (3f Cape Cross – First by Highest Honor) is an unraced half-sister to the stakes winners Perfect Stride (Oasis Dream), Au Revoir (Singspiel) and Law Lord (Diktat).

Dutch Romance (3f Dutch Art – Endless Love by Dubai Destination) won a Salisbury nursery last year and was then beaten a head and a nose when third in the LR Radley Stakes at Newbury.

“There could be an important update to the pedigree next year,” Gabbedy predicted.  “Her brother Dutch Connection is being spoken about as one of the leading hopes for the classics next year.”

Dutch Connection won a Goodwood maiden in August and then stepped straight up to a Group 3 victory in the Acomb Stakes at York.  Sent to the Curragh for the G1 National Stakes, he hit the front at the furlong and fought back for a game third behind Gleneagles (Coolmore) and Toscanini (Godolphin).

Trained by Charles Hills for owner-breeder Susan Roy, Dutch Connection is priced at 25-1 by Ladbrokes for the G1 English 2000 Guineas on May 2.

Zoustar is just finishing his initial book at Widden Stud for a $44,000 (inc gst) service fee and the Group 1 Golden Rose – Coolmore Stud Stakes winner will stand alternate seasons at Woodside Park.

Mark Rowsthorn is lining up his best mares for Australia’s hottest stallion prospect when Zoustar joins the roster next year alongside Written Tycoon.

Americain (USA) will transfer from Kentucky to Ireland for his next northern book in 2015.

The Melbourne Cup winner retired after the 2012 spring carnival and has shuttled from Calumet Farm to Swettenham Stud for the last two years.

The relocation to Ireland won’t affect his residency in Victoria.

“It’s a positive decision for Americain,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said this week.  “Calumet’s general manager Eddie Kane told me the first Americain foals are just like their sire and he’s looking forward to racing them.”

Calumet stallion director Ken Wilkins added;  “We are eager to have Americain available to Irish breeders in an effort to give the horse the best possible opportunity to become an important sire.”

Founded in 1924, Calumet is a Kentucky icon with Triple Crown champions Whirlaway and Citation among 11 homebreds elected to the USA Hall of Fame.  It fell victim to mismanagement in the 1990s but, with new ownership, it has signalled a return to a proven Calumet formula from the past by building a powerful stable of homebreds with the aim of creating a stallion roster that’s a 100% product of Calumet breeding and racing.

The Calumet blueprint recently added another classic success when Oxbow won last year’s Group 1 Preakness Stakes and he will fill the vacancy left by Americain.

“It’s purely a change of direction and not a reflection on Americain,” Sangster declared.  “There’s been a groundswell of support for him at Calumet and Swettenham – we’ve had to turn mares away after filling his first two books here.”

Next year’s Echuca Cup meeting has been bolstered by the addition of the $70,000 VOBIS Murray River Gold (1400m), a leg of the lucrative VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series.

The feature race for eligible three-year-old and four-year-old horses, run for the first time in March this year as the R.J. Hoysted Memorial VOBIS Gold Eldorado, has been moved from Wangaratta to Echuca as part of last week’s announcement of a $273,000 upgrade to the Wangaratta racetrack in 2015. 
The upgrade, which will see the entire Wangaratta racing surface replaced, is behind the transfer of five meetings between January and April next year, including the popular Cup meeting on 1 March.

More information on the Wangaratta upgrade is available here.

As a result, the VOBIS Murray River Gold (1400m) will become one of the feature races on Echuca’s 8 March Cup Day program, with the name change to reflect the host region.

Open only to VOBIS Gold-nominated horses, the $1.9 million VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series consists of 13 lucrative feature races for two, three and four-year-old horses at metropolitan and regional Victorian racetracks during the 2014/15 season.

Despite its relative infancy, the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series has proven a popular launching pad for the careers of star gallopers, including Darren Weir’s dual Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust who, in addition to three victories during the 2013/14 series, was runner-up to talented Mick Price-trained gelding Worth A Ransom in this year’s VOBIS Gold Eldorado at Wangaratta.

Meanwhile, at the most recent Country Racing Victoria Club Managers Workshop, Chief Executive Officers from Bendigo Jockey Cub (BJC), Pakenham Racing Club (PRC), Ballarat Turf Club (BTC) and the Warrnambool Racing Club (WRC) were presented with certificates to recognise their continued support of the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series.

VOBIS Gold Premier Races are highly sought after by Victorian racing clubs and provide significant added interest to race meetings.

Article by Racing Victoria

Host galloper Mighty Like is coming into his own at the right time of year according to trainer Mick Price.

Mighty Like defeated stablemate Ringo (NZ) in the Lola’s Gift Hcp (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.  He had won at Ballarat on November 22 at his first run back after a six-month spell.

“He’s raced by owner-breeder Julie Nicholson,” Price said.  “She gives them time and then puts them through Terry Henderson’s farm.  Sometimes we don’t see them until they’re late three-year-olds and then they can go through the grades as older horses.

Mighty Like (5g Host – Mighty Fine by Keltrice) broke his maiden at Echuca in June 2013 and Saturday’s  victory took his record to 7 wins in 14 starts for almost $200,000 in prizemoney.

“It should be a good time of year for Mighty Like although we haven’t got any grand plans,” Price added.  “Eventually, he could work his way into a little bit of black type.”

His dam Mighty Fine (Keltrice) won four races in Melbourne and her earlier foals include the multiple winners Megablitz (Danehill Dancer) and Mightyblitz (Testa Rossa).  She has a 2yo filly by Host and foaled an Americain filly in September.

Host (Chi) stands at Swettenham Stud and he sired two new maiden winner on Sunday with Hostile Owners (Werribee) and Hostoftheplace (Tatura).

Aaron Purcell has another Host in work at Warrnambool with a pleasing strike-rate.  The Ten Bob has won 3 races in 7 starts – the most recent being a first-up victory at Terang last Monday.

Cadillac Mountain has notched another black-type result for Reset with a running double at Werribee.

The Contract Racing four year-old had won the Werribee Cup (2000m) on November 20 and he powered home for a narrow victory in the LR Spicer Thoroughbreds Hcp (2600m) over Averau and Hurdy Gurdy Man at the same venue on Sunday.

Cadillac Mountain (4g Reset – Picholine by Dehere) was runner-up in the G2 Alister Clark Stakes in March and he has matured into a problem-free horse this time in.  “Compared to earlier this year, he’s pretty well behaved,” jockey Stephen Baster said.  “He relaxed really well and I couldn’t have asked for a better run.  He did a great job and he’s got a big future.”

Darley Victoria stallion Reset has sired 29 stakes winners and his most recent include Fawkner (G1 Caulfield Cup), Set Square (G1 VRC Oaks) and the Perth Listed winners Disposition and Real Game.

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 at the 2010 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.

Earlier in her stud career for South Australian breeder Harry Perks, she had foaled Rebel Raider (G1 Victoria Derby) and Shamoline Warrior (G3 Norman Robinson Stakes).  Picholine has 3yo High Chaparral colt named Lucques and a yearling filly by So You Think.

Reset (Zabeel) stands at Darley’s Victorian property at Northwood Park for a fee of $16,500 (inc gst).  He heads the current Victorian sires’ premiership and has 11 lots catalogued for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in March.

The timely decision to buy Redoute’s Choice mare Unusual Choice earlier this year has paid off for Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

The Listons of Three Bridges paid $90,000 for Unusual Choice at the Teeley Assets dispersal sale in May on the advice of renowned bloodstock agent Paul Willetts.

She had foaled Crafty Choice (Starcraft) first-up but he was sidelined after wins at Albury and Canberra as a three year-old in 2011-12.  Her promising Fastnet Rock four year-old Kingdom of Dreams took over with wins at Cranbourne, Bendigo and Moonee Valley after the Teeley Sale.

Kingdom of Dreams followed that hat-trick with a close-up fourth in a blanket finish behind Qadir at Flemington on Saturday.  As usual, he got worked up at headquarters and had to be taken down to the start before the others left the mounting yard.

“He’s slowly coming right,’ trainer Mark Kavanagh said.  “He’s still getting hot, but he’s racing very, very well.  I think he’s a really good horse.”

Fastnet Rock and Unusual Choice had teamed up on Friday when their three year-old gelding Quantum Dot found the line in a Kyneton maiden.  Trained by Mick Price, he was stepping up in distance to 1875m and defied running down to defeat Haut Chapeau (High Chaparral).

Since changing hands, Unusual Choice produced a lovely Fastnet Rock colt and is now safely in foal to Three Bridges stallion Unencumbered.

Unusual Choice is a grand-daughter of stakes-winner Winged Prayer from the family of G1 Golden Slipper winner Tierce.

Queensland colt Soldi Domani has confirmed his status as one of the State’s smartest three year-olds in the LR Gold Edition Plate (1200m) at Doomben.

Soldi Domani (3c Keep The Faith – Bel Jadore by Bel Esprit) has shown black-type potential from the outset and becomes the 6th stakes winner by Greta West Stud’s Group 1 stallion Keep The Faith.

Prepared by Bryan Dais for owner Craig Morrissey, he raced away in the concluding stages to beat She’s Miss Devine by more than two lengths on Saturday.

“I said he was a very good horse after his maiden at Doomben,” Dais said.  “We sent him down the Melbourne for the Caulfield Guineas but came straight back home after he failed to run out 1400 metres in the Prelude.”

Soldi Domani is Italian for ‘Money Tomorrow’ and he will have one more run in the G3 Vo Rogue Plate (1300m) at the Gold Coast on December 27 before going out for a break in readiness for the winter carnival.  He was a $52,500 buy at the 2013 Magic Millions 2YO HIT Sale and has now earned over $115,000.

Former Essendon and Greater Western Sydney AFL coach Kevin Sheedy bred him by using Keep The Faith over lightly raced Bel Esprit mare Bel Jadore.  The dam is from an international black-type family headed by Longchamp G1 Prix Lupin winner Persepolis (Kalamoun).

Sheedy was part of the syndicate that raced Bel Esprit to Group 1 victories in the 2002 Blue Diamond and 2003 Doomben 10,000.  He stands at Eliza Park International and has won the last seven Victorian sires’ titles in a row.

Three year old colt Nordic Empire easily topped the Inglis Melbourne December Sale when knocked down for $260,000 on Friday.

“The results again showed the strength of the Victorian racing scene with good competition for all classes of racehorses,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.  “And it was equally as satisfying to have another clearances over 90%.”

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Nordic Empire. Photo by Sportpix. 

Nordic Empire (3c Wilander – Brown Limestone by Rustic Amber) has won at Caulfield and Moonee Valley and placed second to Chivalry in the G3 McNeil Stakes.  He was purchased by Inglis acting for a Victorian client who will keep the colt with current trainer Mick Price.

Failed enterprise BC3 Thoroughbreds initially bought him from Tosca Farm for $75,000 at the 2013 Adelaide Magic Millions.  His dam had already thrown multiple winners by Bianconi and Alannan.

The Darley reduction created high interest with Important (Denman) going to John MacMillan for $90,000.  The South Australian trainer fought off strong competition from Australian and Singapore buyers.

Faraja (Medaglia D’oro), a Sale maiden winner last month, was another sought-after Darley galloper eventually being knocked down to Luke Oliver for $54,000.

MacMillan also bought Contract Racing filly Novel Idea (New Approach).  An Avoca win on Caulfield Cup day made it five winners from five to race for her dam River Fairy – a city winning half-sister to Contract Racing’s G1 Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove.

Group placed filly Singularity (Not A Single Doubt) was sold to WA based Gold Front Thoroughbreds owner Alan Olive for $75,000.  The Flemington Group 3 placegetter is from the stakes winning family of Biscay’s star mare Biscalowe.

The 2015 edition of the champion-making Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale is online.

A total of 782 yearlings have been catalogued over four sessions from Sunday, March 1 to Wednesday, March 4.  Previous graduates from the Oaklands complex include Black Caviar, Fawkner, Trust In A Gust, Sacred Kingdom and Snitzerland.

“Inglis Premier has a proven record for unearthing champions and with the quality of the yearlings catalogued next year, I have no doubt that success will continue,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.  “Premier has already produced two World Champion Sprinters as well as Horse of the Year winners in Australia, Hong Kong and South Africa.

“The sale is ideally placed between the Blue Diamond Stakes and Australian Guineas meetings ensuring the week will be a feast of thoroughbred action for all racing and breeding enthusiasts.”

Fawkner was a $70,000 purchase for Nick and Lloyd Williams from the draft of Mill Park.  The dual Group 1 winning son of Reset has netted $3.4 million.

Trust In A Gust has amassed over $1 million in earnings including two Group 1 victories in the spring.  That’s a great return on the colt’s $45,000 price tag when purchased by Darren Weir Racing from the draft of Swettenham Stud.

Sacred Kingdom was a $200,000 Inglis Premier buy from Kornong Stud by Hong Kong trainer Ricky Yiu.  The World Champion Sprinter son of Encosta de Lago is one of the best and most durable gallopers Asia has ever seen, winning 17 races for HK$45.83 million.

The Group 1 VRC Lightning Stakes has been the happy hunting ground for Inglis Premier graduates – Black Caviar won three in a row prior to Snitzerland claiming the 2014 edition.

Snitzerland a $125,000 buy from Bellerive Stud’s draft in Melbourne, won $1.9million on the racetrack as a Group winner at two, three and four-years-of -age.

Black Caviar, the wonder from down under, was undefeated in 25 race starts including 15 at Group 1 level for $5 million in earnings.  The three-time Australian Racehorse of the Year was a $210,000 purchase by Peter Moody from the draft of Swettenham Stud (as agent) for Gilgai Farm.

Stallions showcased at Inglis Premier include Blue Diamond winner Reward For Effort (29 lots) Snitzel (24), Wanted (24), Star Witness (21), Sebring (21), Equiano (20), Fastnet Rock (19), Bel Esprit (19), Choisir (17), Not A Single Doubt (13), Exceed And Excel (11), Northern Meteor (11), Testa Rossa (11), Stratum (10) and Turffontein (10).

The Blue Riband Session, introduced to highlight potential classic performers, will feature yearlings by High Chaparral, Savabeel, New Approach, Reset, Redoute’s Choice, Street Cry and O’Reilly.

First Season sires include Helmet (32), Smart Missile (25), Foxwedge (19), Master Of Design (19), Canford Cliffs (18), So You Think (18), Toorak Toff (18) and Sepoy (13).

Australia’s leading consignors have again strongly supported the sale.  Swettenham will present the largest draft with 50 yearlings ahead of Rosemont (44), Eliza (41), Blue Gum (30), Phoenix (29), Arrowfield (25), Yallambee (24), Three Bridges (21), Newgate (19), Erinvale (19) and Supreme Thoroughbreds (19).

All yearlings offered at the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale are eligible for entry into the $5 million Inglis Race Series covering their 2YO, 3YO and 4YO racing seasons.

View the online catalogue for the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale at, download it on the Inglis Sales iPad App or request your hard-copy catalogue by sending an email to or call Inglis Melbourne on +61 (03) 9333 1422.

Darley has purchased G1 Coolmore Stakes winner Brazen Beau to stand at its Victorian base in 2015.

Brazen Beau (3c I Am Invincible – Sansadee by Snaadee) will remain in training with Chris Waller and will continue to race in the all gold colours of his previous owners Ontrack Thoroughbreds for the duration of his autumn campaign.

Brazen Beau will be targeted at the G1 Lightning Stakes and G1 Newmarket Handicap at Flemington before heading to the United Kingdom to run in the G1 Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot in June.

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Brazen Beau

“We are delighted to have secured Brazen Beau for stud duties next year,” said Darley’s Managing Director in Australia Henry Plumptre.  “We identified him as a top class colt after his win in the Roman Consul Stakes in Sydney and it was no surprise to us when he won the Coolmore so impressively.

“It is hoped that he will be able to underline his ability with an autumn campaign taking in two of this country’s best sprints before running at Royal Ascot.  He is a powerful type and as a Group 1 winner already he will be a popular addition to our roster when he retires to take up stud duties at Northwood Park for the 2015 season.”

Supplementary entries have increased the number of horses for the Inglis Melbourne December Sale this Friday.

A total of 203 lots comprising broodmares, yearlings, unbroken stock and racing stock will all go under the hammer at Oaklands Junction from 10.30am.

Among the highlights is Group 1 Prix Jean Prat winner Mutual Trust.  The imported French gelding finished within two lengths of Solzhenitsyn in the G1 Toorak Hcp (1600m) last year and was then runner-up to Mouro in the Sale Cup.

Supplementary entries include broodmares in foal to Moshe, Lope De Vega, Wanted and Statue of Liberty.  In addition there’s over 60 racing stock including the stakes performed geldings Elusive King and Giresun and the smart Melbourne winner Johnnydrama.

Recent winners First Cousin, Dancing Darci, Quick Trip, Adage, Monochrome, Remagen Bridge and A Private Party are in the catalogue as well as fillies by Fastnet Rock, Testa Rossa, O’Reilly, Stratum, Tale of the Cat and Bel Esprit.

Victorian stallion Ruwi (GB) is building up a winning strike-rate from limited numbers out of his first crop bred at Aintree Park Stud.

Ruwi opened his Australian account when Royal Spinner carved up a Penola maiden on debut in October.  And after Mini Minx won a Rockhampton maiden by daylight on Sunday, his record improved to 4 winners from just 7 starters.

Rubymay is another Ruwi ready to salute after finishing second at Warrnambool a fortnight ago.

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Ruwi (GB)

Ruwi (Unfuwain) won his first four starts in France culminating with an effortless Group 2 victory in the Prix Noailles (2100m) at Longchamp.  The unbeaten run came to a halt at the hands of Hurricane Run in the G2 Prix Hocquart and Shamardal in the G1 French Derby.

Exported to Singapore in 2007, he didn’t fire for trainer Desmond Koh and was retired after pulling up last in the G1 Singapore Cup won by Japanese raider Shadow Gate.

But that Singapore connection wasn’t a complete write-off for Koh.

Aintree Park studmaster Mark Arrowsmith sold him Above The Horizon earlier this year and the Ruwi colt won a Kranji Initiation in September.

“Ruwi showed more interest in becoming a stallion when he was here,” Koh recalled.  “I guess he’s done well in that area.   Above The Horizon was named Ruwi Magic in Australia but the owners changed it when he landed here.”

Arrowsmith also sent Ruwi filly Lady Roulette to Singapore and she doubled up at Kranji in August and September.

Ruwi was from the final crop of Unfuwain who was a Newmarket Group 2 winner of the Princess of Wales’s Stakes and Jockey Club Stakes for Sheikh Hamdan.  He also finished fourth in the 1988 Arc de Triomphe won by Tony Bin.

Unfuwain (Northern Dancer) entered stud at The Nunnery in 1990 alongside his classic-winning half-brother Nashwan.   The best of his progeny were Champion English 2YO Alhaarth, Champion English & French filly Petrushka and England, Ireland and USA Group 1 winner Lailani.

Ruwi covers for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee at Aintree Park which is located south of Euroa at Creightons Creek.  He stands alongside Perth stakes winner Phenomenons (Giant’s Causeway).

“I put the mare to Desert King because of Makybe Diva – I wanted to breed a stayer and it has worked out well.”

The words of successful Western Australian breeder Bob Peters whose cerise and white silks were carried to victory by exciting mare Real Love in Saturday’s Gr.3 Queen’s Cup at Ascot.

Sent out a hot favourite despite facing the task of a step up from 1400m to 2200m, the Desert King four-year-old travelled sweetly behind the pace – always looking like the winner.

Getting into the clear early in the straight, the Adam Durrant trained chestnut quickly put pay to her rivals, racing away to score by a soft 2¼ lengths.

And in doing so, impressing all involved.

When congratulated on the win, Durrant replied “having the right horse helps!”

“She is a quality horse,” he enthused, “and she has got a bit on those horses – she treated them with contempt.”

“She ran through the line strongly and I think she would’ve been competitive in the Kingston Town.”

Taking her place in the Queen’s Cup after failing to earn a place in the Kingston Town as emergency, Real Love showed with the strength of her victory that she may well have gone close to Group One glory if afforded the chance.

“I would’ve liked to have seen her in that race,” Bob Peters said.

But he has plenty to look forward to with Real Love Perth Cup bound with a crack at the St Leger or the Cox Stakes likely enroute.

“She loved the ground today,” jockey William Pike said, “and the further she goes the more she will love it.”

Durrant agreed – “she will raise the bar for stayers,” he said.

Champagne corks were popping in Victoria with Julie Nairn, whose LP Stallions manages the career of Desert King, thrilled that he has another rising star.

“It was a well-deserved win for Desert King – he is a stallion who just keeps delivering and he does it in a no fuss way.”

“Real Love has always shown above average ability and she has that turn of foot at the end of a trip that is the trademark of the Desert King breed.”

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

Article by Kristen Manning.

Hinchinbrook is not the only son of champion sire Fastnet Rock represented by his first runners this season with Three Bridges Thoroughbreds based Stryker also making his presence felt with his first three runners all placing, two of them in Black Type events.

The first to grace the turf was the Sean Dwyer trained Miss Loren, who finished third in the Listed MRC Inglis Debutant Stakes on debut at Caulfield in early October and then a week later Jason Warren produced Stryking Love to finishing third on debut at Bendigo behind subsequent stakes-winner Prompt Return.
Both fillies have shown ability and more importantly ‘trainability’ in getting to the races and acquitting themselves well in their first preparation.

In New Zealand, Frank Ritchie has a very nice Stryker filly on his hands in She is Stryking, who has been to the races twice for a first up fourth at Te Rapa when she was slowly away and then a good third in the Listed Murdoch Newell Stakes at Avondale.

Hampered at the 800 metre mark and beaten only a length and a half behind the very smart Darci Brahma filly Windborne, She is Stryking is set to try her luck again this Saturday in the Group II Wakefield Stakes over 1100 metres at Trentham.

A $24,000 Inglis Classic purchase for her trainer from the Musk Creek Farm draft, She is Stryking would be eligible for the $250,000 Inglis Classic in February which may prove appealing to her connections if she races well this weekend.

A blue-blooded son of Fastnet Rock from the great Denise’s Joy family, Stryker has five entries for the 2015 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, four of them to be offered by Three Bridges.

Stryker also has eight for the Inglis Classic.

Article by Three Bridges

Eliza Park International bought five mares at the Keeneland November Sale before bloodstock adviser David O’Callaghan outlaid another 260,000gns for an Exceed And Excel mare at the Tattersalls December Sale last week.

Topping the Keeneland shopping list at $150,000 was Sahm mare Mabadi, the dam of this year’s LR Prix Omnium winner Salai (Myboycharlie).  She was sold in foal to More Than Ready.

Eliza Park International also purchased Fee Fi Fo Fum (Giant’s Causeway) with a PPT to More Than Ready.  She was Group 2 placed at Gulfstream Park and cost $85,000.

Other mares knocked down to EPI were Inventive (Dixie Union) with a PPT to Bernardini for $80,000, Amature’s Prize (Pure Prize) with a PPT to Pioneerof the Nile for $80,000 and Comanche Princess (Indian Charlie) with a PPT to Super Saver for $75,000.

At the world-renowned Tattersalls December Sale, O’Callaghan bid 260,000gns (AUD 510,385) for LR Newmarket Montrose Stakes winner Pure Excellence.  She is a daughter of Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel and was sold in foal to Oasis Dream.

“We really liked her and she has a great covering,” O’Callaghan said.  “She will foal down here at our northern hemisphere operation.  We might sell the Oasis Dream as a foal or yearling or retain to race.”

Eliza Park International stallions continued their winning run on Saturday with Liberty’s Gem (Statue Of Liberty) claiming the G3 Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic at Ascot while Backstedt (Magnus) and Sang Choi Bao (Bel Esprit) completing a double at Sandown Hillside.

Adelaide trainer Phillip Stokes chimed in with two year-old grey filly Invincible Jules.  A $60,000 EPI graduate from the 2014 Adelaide Magic Millions, she bolted in when facing the starter for the first time at Morphettville on Saturday.