Owners and breeders of 2013-born foals now have the opportunity to ensure their yearlings are eligible for the riches of Victoria’s Super VOBIS incentive scheme, with Super VOBIS nominations now open.

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In opening nominations for 2013-born foals, Racing Victoria (RV) has also announced an extension of the late nomination closing date for the lucrative owners and breeders incentive scheme, meaning owners now have until Monday, 31 August, 2015 to ensure their horse is nominated*.

RV Executive General Manager – Racing, Greg Carpenter, said the change to the scheme closing date was one of a number of recent enhancements to Victoria’s VOBIS programs.

“The decision to extend the closing date for late nominations from June 30 to August 31 is designed to make things even easier for owners wanting to be part of the incentive scheme,” Carpenter said.

“The change of date will allow nominators additional time to make the one-off Super VOBIS nomination fee and will also avoid a clash with the busy end of financial year period.

“Despite this extension in the late nomination closing date, we are encouraging as many owners as possible to nominate their yearlings before Monday, 2 February, 2015 to avoid any additional fees.”

Carpenter said RV was expecting a strong uptake of nominations again this year, particularly as owners become more aware of the benefits of Super VOBIS and its partner scheme, VOBIS Gold.

“The potential rewards of these schemes has been brought to the attention of many owners via the recent success of nominated horses on the metropolitan stage, including the deeds of talented four-year-old Trust In A Gust,” Carpenter said.

“The son of Keep The Faith was a $45,000 purchase and has now won 10 of his 17 starts – with his VOBIS bonuses totalling $456,450,” he added.

“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.”

An enticing $12.5 million in Super VOBIS bonuses has been programmed for the 2014-15 racing season which brings the total rewards on offer across the VOBIS schemes to a record $19.4 million.

Horses must be first nominated for Super VOBIS, which carries bonuses from $9000 to $30,000 on two, three and four-year-old races, to be eligible for entry into the VOBIS Gold scheme.

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/vobis.

*Late Nominations incur additional fees.

Article by Racing Victoria.


The final fields and barriers draws have been declared for the 2014 Manikato Stakes and Cox Plate this weekend.

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2014 Manikato Stakes – Field and barrier draw

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2014 Cox Plate – The final field and barrier draw

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TWO of the state’s most important horse studs have won a David-and-Goliath battle against a giant coal mine being built on their doorsteps.

State planning commissioners have ruled against Anglo American’s Drayton South project, saving the Hunter Valley studs from a death sentence, The Daily Telegraph can reveal. The Planning Assessment Commission found the open-cut mine was “not in the public interest” and failed to provide a “sufficient buffer” to protect the Coolmore and Darley Woodlands studs.

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Tom Magnier, the owner of Coolmore Australia stud, with weanlings of champion stallion Fastnet Rock / Picture: Bob Barker

“The economic benefits of the project do not outweigh the risk of losing Coolmore and Darley and the potential demise of the equine industry in the area with flow-on impacts on the viticultural and tourism industries,’’ the independent PAC determination said.

Coolmore Australia boss Tom Magnier said last night the decision was a “massive relief”.

“It has been a long, hard struggle for us and also we recognise it has been a very stressful and personally difficult time for Anglo American’s employees at Drayton,’’ he said.

The decision ends a bitter three-year battle, which has divided the Hunter, turning miners against horse breeders.

Under the Drayton South plan, 97 million tonnes of coal would have been mined over the next 20 years from a massive pit located within 500 metres of the studs’ fence lines.

Coolmore and Darley feared they would be forced to abandon their multi-million-dollar operations at Jerrys Plains, where they have helped establish the Hunter as one of only three centres of equine excellence in the world.

They are critical players in NSW’s $2.4 billion thoroughbred industry, generating 40 per cent of the $300 million raised from stallion service fees across Australia each year.

The PAC, chaired by Garry Payne, has ruled Anglo American had not demonstrated it would not adversely impact the health of the studs’ thoroughbreds.

“The (miner’s) approach of monitoring the responses of thoroughbred horses to the mine’s operation to address uncertainty is not acceptable because once the damage to the operations of the studs occur, it is irreversible,’’ the PAC report, to be released today, says.

Some of the greatest champions of the past 20 years — including names such as Melbourne Cup winners Makybe Diva and Shocking, Flying Spur, Exceed and Excel and Fastnet Rock — owe their pedigrees to Coolmore and Darley.

Planning minister Pru Goward said last night she was “satisfied the PAC has considered all the issues and exercised its duty as the independent decision-maker”.

Anglo American had said the mine would employ 500 workers and generate $35 million in annual royalties for NSW. But an economist’s report commissioned by the studs claimed the miner had based its calculations on “unjustified and unrealistic” world coal prices.

A previous PAC also ruled against the mine plan.

Mr Magnier, who was told of the decision by The Daily Telegraph, said: “We can have greater confidence in our future and the future of the NSW racehorse breeding industry.

“This is not about who won and who lost — if it is the case that the second PAC has agreed with the first, it would mean all the independent experts who have reviewed the situation concur this was simply the wrong mine, in the wrong place.”

Article by  John Lehmann The Daily Telegraph

Siresensation Starspangledbanner added a new winner to his tally in the UK overnight when Ocean Sheridan saluted at Pontefract.

Never further back than fourth in six previous runs, the Michael Dodds trained colt broke through at last with a head win over six furlongs.

Ocean Sheridan is the second winner for Tiger Hill mare Endless Night, a German bred sibling to four stakes-winners headed by Group II winners Eagle Rise and Eye of the Tiger.

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Ocean Sheridan is the ninth Northern Hemisphere winner for Starspangledbanner from 21 runners, while in Australia he has had one runner, which is two year-old colt Of the Brave, a stakes-winner at Caulfield on debut.

Starspangledbanner is serving 50 mares at Rosemont Stud this spring and will return to Coolmore Ireland for the 2015 breeding season.

Article by Tara Madgwick Breednet

Woodside Park Stud has purchased a 25% share in star colt Rich Enuff.

Woodside Park principal Mark Rowsthorn and general manager Murray Tillett signed off on the deal after the colt passed a vet exam on Tuesday morning.

Rich Enuff (3c Written Tycoon – Hotnuff by Spartacus) is a homebred for Louise Keys, wife of Cranbourne trainer Ken Keys.  She will retain a 50% share and long-time stable client Colin Johnstone holds the remaining 25%.

Tillett said Rich Enuff will contest the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on November 1.  “It’s the same race we won with Zoustar last year shortly after we bought a significant share in him,” Tillett said.  “We hope to replicate that with Rich Enuff.

“We are in discussions with a couple of Hunter Valley farms with the potential for Rich Enuff to stand alternatively in NSW and Victoria.”

Zoustar, who is currently serving his first book at Widden Stud in the Hunter Valley, will cover his second season in 2015 at Woodside Park’s Tylden base north-west of Melbourne.

Rich Enuff is a son of Woodside Park’s emerging young sire Written Tycoon (Iglesia) and Tillett said the farm has had its eye on Rich Enuff for some time.  “Obviously, because he is a son of Written Tycoon, but also because he is a magnificent physical specimen and the image of his sire, and he is a very fast horse.

“His Danehill Stakes and Guineas Prelude wins were outstanding and his second in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas was both brilliant and brave – it was probably the best run in the race.”

The plan is to keep Rich Enuff in training with Keys until the end of his four year-old campaign in 2016.  “We believe Rich Enuff is on the rise – he’s had only five starts – and he has the capacity to develop into one of the best sprinter-milers we have seen for some time.

“And he’s in very good hands to achieve that aim.”

Ken Keys is excited about the future prospects for Rich Enuff.  “After weeks of fielding offers for the colt, I’m thrilled that we have been able to secure a deal with a Victorian stud that keeps him racing on in our stable for at least another 18 months.

“Mark runs a very professional outfit and I look forward to our association with him and I hope we can justify his faith in us and the horse.”

Rich Enuff was a fast-finishing third on debut in a Moonee Valley juvenile in March before resuming this season for scintillating wins in the LR McKenzie Stakes (1200m) G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) and G3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m).

He clocked 68.13s in the Danehill which is faster than recent Danehill Stakes winners Sepoy and Black Caviar.

And no horse has won a Coolmore Stud Stakes over the same course quicker than Rich Enuff ran in the Danehill, including such champions as Vain, Tolerance, Century, Taj Rossi, Surround, Zeditave, Courtza, Encosta De Lago, Alinghi, Northern Meteor and Zoustar.

Rich Enuff has a pedigree that reflects all that is great about Australian sprinters.  His bloodlines include some of Australia’s most influential stallions of the past 30 years, including Vain, Snippets, Marscay, Last Tycoon and Bletchingly.

His sire Written Tycoon won the G2 Todman Stakes while his grandsire Iglesia was a powerhouse sprinter and still holds the Flemington 1200-metre record of 67.16s.

Bel Thor became the latest stakes winner by God’s Own when he edged out the favourite Our Hand Of Faith in the LR Seymour Cup (1600m) on Sunday.

The Wez Hunter trainer galloper had won the $100,000 Antler Luggage Hcp (2000m) at Flemington during the cup carnival last year he will be given the opportunity to bank more black-type at headquarters in the LR Melbourne Cup Day Plate (1800m) on November 4.

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Bel Thor 

Bel Thor (5g God’s Own – Bellonic by Redding) settled midfield on the fence before visiting jockey Tommy Berry gave him enough rein to overhaul Our Hand Of Faith by a long-neck.  “He presented beautifully and raced accordingly,” Berry said.  “Wez told me to give him a click-up at the half-mile but I had to bring him back because he really grabbed the bit.

“He’s a good horse and it was a great run first-up.  Wez has got some nice for plans for him in the future.”

Bel Thor has now won 4 races for $332,850 in prizemoney.  His dam Bellonic won the 2002 South Australian St Leger but she has been a difficult breeder in recent years missing to Artie Schiller, Equiano and Americain.  She was given a very late cover to Lucas Cranach at Bullarook Park in January.

The Seymour Cup brought up a double for God’s Own – earlier in the day Team Hawkes won Mitchell Shire Maiden Plate (1200m) with God’s In Him who was also racing first-up on Cup day.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) has sired 5 stakes winners and he has sired a total of 23 winners of 30 races for $678,595 in prizemoney this season.  He stands for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud.


Fontein Ruby once again showed why she is a force to be reckoned with leading into the G1 VRC Oaks with another courageous winning effort in the G3 Caulfield Classic on Saturday.

After jumping from an outside barrier, Fontein Ruby was allowed to roll forward and settle just off the pace.  She was left in front approaching the home corner when front-runner Merion weakened but kept finding to defeat Lindsay Park colt Firehouse Rock.

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Fontein Ruby

Fontein Ruby will next line up in the G2 Wakeful Stakes (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday week, November 1.  A start in the G1 VRC Oaks Stakes (2500m) beckons the following Thursday.

Her sire Turffontein is currently leading the Australian second-season premiership with earnings of $688,410.  He heads Hunter Valley stallions Manhattan Rain, Medaglia d’Oro, I Am Invincible and Denman.

Turffontein is standing for $7,700 (inc gst) this season at Blue Gum Farm.  The Euroa stud’s Group 1 stallion Elvstroem also sired a stakes winner on the weekend when Hucklebuck claimed the LR Durbridge Stakes (1200m) in Adelaide.

Hucklebuck will tackle the G3 Yallambee Stud Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on November 1 and, all going well, will back-up in the G1 Emirates Stakes on the last day of the carnival.

Elvstroem (Danehill) is standing for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee.

Darley stallion Reset was back in black for a second week running on Saturday.

Reset had sired Fawkner to win the G1 Caulfield Stakes on October 11 and a week later he landed a stakes winning double with Set Square (LR Ethereal Stakes) at Caulfield and Disposition (LR Belgravia Stakes) at Ascot.

Reset’s roll-call now numbers 27 individual stakes winners.  He stands at Darley’s Northwood Park for a fee of $16,500 (inc gst).

Set Square (3f Reset – Dynastar by Zeditave) was coming off a Ballarat maiden victory but the step up in class didn’t faze the filly as she charged through a gap for an impressive two-length victory at Caulfield.

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Set Square 

“She’s a really progressive filly,” trainer Ciaran Maher said.  “Provided she trains on, we will pay the late-entry fee for the Victorian Oaks.”

In Perth, Disposition travelled wide but was good enough to keep his unbeaten record intact at Ascot.  He won the Belgravia eased down after prior wins at Northam and Belmont.

Disposition (3g Reset – Test Case by Testa Rossa) is a homebred for Bob Peters and is from a daughter of his G1 Goodwood Hcp winner Spectrum.  “We’ve raced the family for five generations,” Peters said.  “He’s a nice horse and it will be interesting to see how far he goes – the Fairetha Stakes in three weeks is next.”

Saturday’s victory ensured Disposition will be the pre-post favourite for the G2 WA Guineas on November 22 – Peters won the classic with Chelsea and Old Nick in 1997 / 98.

Reset has more pressing business closer to home next Saturday.  His flag-bearer Fawkner is the $4 favourite for the G1 W S Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

First-up specialist Bel Sprinter returned to his best form when forcing a dead-heat decision in the G2 Caulfield Sprint (1100m) on Saturday.

Group 1 winning filly Miracles Of Life looked home at the furlong only to be collared by Bel Sprinter right on the line.  Shamal Wind was a short-head away third.  “It’s great to see the old-boy back,” trainer Jason Warren said.  “He missed a trial and went in slightly underdone but I was still expecting a big run as he flies fresh.”

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Miracles Of Life (rail) Bel Sprinter (centre) & Shamal Wind (outside) 

Bel Sprinter (7g Bel Esprit – Gavroche by Snippets) is heading to the G1 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington on November 8and G1Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) in Perth on November 22.  He has already won at the elite level in the 2013 The Galaxy at Rosehill.

“He’s had barrier problems and throat surgery,” Warren said.  “But the vets at Ballarat clinic have done a great job fixing his breathing problems.”

Eliza Park International champion Bel Esprit sired him from Bairnsdale winner Gavroche.  She was also trained by Warren and is related to 1997 G1 Underwood Stakes winner Always Aloof (Alleged).  Her second Bel Esprit foal Bel Rain won on debut at Geelong in April.

Lyndhurst Farm will offer their half-brother by Hussonet at the NZB Ready to Run Sale (Lot 367) on November 20.

Bel Esprit is standing for a $24,200 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park International.

Promising filly Balsamine, a close relation of Swettenham Stud bred Group 1 winner Trust In A Gust, opened her account for Sheikh Mohammed in France on Thursday.

Balsamine (2f Street Cry – Balanchine by Storm Bird) won the Prix de Saint Lyphard (1700m) second time out at Pornichet.  She had been placed on debut behind subsequent Group 3 winner Alea Iacta (Invincible Spirit) at Longchamp on September 1.

Her dam Balanchine is a three-quarter sister to Subtle Breeze – the dam of Trust In A Gust.

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Trained by Andre Fabre, Balsamine jumped to the front from an inside draw and straightened for home with a decisive advantage.  The Street Cry filly was kept in cruise control to easily account for Amboseli (Medaglia d’Oro) by three lengths at Pornichet located on the Bay of Biscay.

Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster mentioned the importance of Balanchine after Trust In A Gust completed a Group 1 double in the Toorak Hcp at Caulfield last week.

His father Robert Sangster sold Balanchine to Sheikh Mohammed and she went on to give the Dubai ruler his first-ever Group 1 victory in the 1994 English Oaks.

Adam bred Trust In A Gust after buying his dam Subtle Breeze for $140,000 at the Robert Sangster dispersal at Keeneland in 2007.

Balanchine (pictured winning the English Oaks) hasn’t been that successful as a broodmare.  Her best foal has been Gulf News (Woodman) who was Group 2 placed behind champion colt Sulamani in the 2002 Prix Neil at Longchamp.

It’s a long way from the provinces to a classic and Balsamine will be given a chance to bridge that gap in the lead-up to next year’s French 1000 Guineas and French Oaks.

Sheikh Mohammed has never won a French 1000 Guineas but he has won the French Oaks with Indian Skimmer (1987) and West Wind (2007).

West Wind was by Machiavellian – the sire of Street Cry.  And her dam Red Slippers was bred by Robert Sangster.

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia welcomes the High Court’s decision to deny Bruce McHugh leave to appeal the Artificial Insemination (AI) case.

Friday’s ruling brings to an end proceedings which have gone on for more than five years and means Mr McHugh has now exhausted all legal challenges to the rule barring the use of A.I. in horses registered as thoroughbreds.

Had Mr McHugh been successful in getting the ban on A.I. overturned, the Australian breeding industry faced the prospect of being ostracised on the world stage, with the possibility that horses bred domestically would have been barred from competing overseas or being recognised as thoroughbreds in other jurisdictions.

“This is a very important day for Australian breeders and we’re delighted with the court’s ruling,” said Basil Nolan, President of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.

“Hopefully, we don’t have to go through this again, all it does is cost everybody money.  I can’t believe somebody who has got so much out racing would put the industry to this expense.  Thankfully, we can now move on without this cloud hanging over us.”

The High Court decision upholds the findings of the Federal Court, that the ban on artificially bred horses is not anti-competitive or a restraint on trade.  There has long been an international agreement to ban racehorses being bred using A.I.

“If we lost this case, Australia would have been a pariah state in world racing, with our horses unable to race internationally or be recognised by breeders overseas,” TBA CEO Tom Reilly said.  “In an increasingly globalised industry this would have been incredibly damaging.

“I’m sure people involved in the sport around the world would have been watching this result closely and it will certainly give people confidence to invest in the Australian breeding industry.”

Mr McHugh has been unsuccessful at every step of his legal challenge, which began in 2009.  Costs have been awarded to the respondents in the case.

In closing, Nolan thanked the Australian Stud Book, Australian Racing Board and their lawyers Esplins who handled the case.

Trust In A Gust has pulled up well after a crowd-pleasing victory in the G1 Toorak Handicap and he will be firing on all cylinders for the G2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on Saturday, October 25.

“He was a bit flat the day after the Toorak,” managing part-owner David Speechley revealed.  “That’s understandable because he had to dig deep at the furlong.  But he was back on his game by Monday.”

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Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) is a tremendous advertisement for the Victorian industry and, in particular, Swettenham Stud who bred and sold him for $45,000 at the 2012 Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

Speechley went back to the source when Swettenham owner Adam Sangster offered Trust In A Gust’s younger half-brother by Equiano at the Gold Coast Magic Millions earlier this year.

“We knew Trust In A Gust was good back then although we didn’t think he would develop into a Group 1 winner,” Speechley admitted.  “I jumped straight in after Lloyd Kennewell bought the Equiano colt for $120,000.

“Lloyd has him just about ready to go to the races.  The x-rays showed his knees have closed and now we’re just waiting for the rego papers to come back.”

After Equiano, their dam Subtle Breeze foaled a colt by fellow Swettenham sire Master Of Design.  “He was special foal from Day 1,” Sangster said.  “I sent the mare to Coolmore Stud to be covered by Pierro last year and Peter O‘Brien said her colt at foot was an outstanding type.”

The Master Of Design colt will headline Swettenham’s consignment for the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March.  Subtle Breeze foaled a Pierro colt last Tuesday and she will be bred back to Equiano.

Sangster bought Subtle Breeze for $140,000 at the dispersal of his father’s prized bloodstock assets at Keeneland in November 2007.  “She’s big and strong, a typical Storm Cat and is a three-quarter sister to Balanchine,” he said.  “It’s a beautiful pedigree and I also felt a sentimental connection to her.”

Back in 1993, Balanchine won juvenile races at Salisbury and Newbury by a combined 10 lengths before Robert Sangster sold the filly to Godolphin.  “She went on to win the Irish Derby and English Oaks for Sheikh Mohammed,” Sangster explained.  “Balanchine was a pivotal part of Dad’s history and now she’s a part of mine.”

Musk Creek Farm homebred Spur On Gold was a fitting winner of the Wise Choice Plate (1500m) at Mornington last Thursday.

The son of Flying Spur was shunned by prospective buyers on three occasions before Musk Creek owners David Kobritz and Teresa Poon made the wise choice to race the gelding themselves.

Spur On Gold (3g Flying Spur – Witwatersrand by Unfuwain) was a November foal and was still immature when Musk Creek offered him for sale at the 2013 Melbourne Premier.  It didn’t help that he was by an aging sire, from an imported mare with staying bloodlines and he was eventually passed-in for $60,000.

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Spur On Gold. Image by Slickpix. 

Offered again at the Magic Millions National yearling sale three months later, he failed to find a bidder past $21,000.

“He wasn’t attractive to the market and it was obviously a case of not being a precocious type and being a bit plain,” Kobritz recalled.

“Everyone at the farm liked him so it was decided we would try to syndicate him.”

Broken in by Chris Diplock and then gelded, he began growing and developing into a big, strong type and he also moved well.  “Considering his staying pedigree, we thought he would be suited with Pat Carey,” Kobritz explained.  “We didn’t sell a single share within the allocated time, so  he was withdrawn from the market.”

The three-time reject was unplaced over a sprint trip at Sale before rewarding his connections third time out at Mornington last week.  Stepping up to 1500 metres, he circled the field and hit the line strongly to win by over a length with regular track rider Roger Booth aboard.

“A win at our home track is always very enjoyable,” Carey said.  “David and Teresa are also based on the peninsula at Flinders which makes it all the better.

“Musk Creek is a beautiful property set on rolling hills with a view of the sea.  Full credit to farm manager Darren Mackereth and his team.  They care for Spur On Gold when he is spelling and I believe he’s a horse with a good future.”

Trust In A Gust is hot property after completing a Group 1 double in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and Toorak Hcp at Caulfield.

And Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy is keen to strike while the iron is hot with his sire Keep The Faith.

“Keep The Faith is 14 years-old and there are lots more young ones by him in the pipeline,” McCarthy said.  “I’m happy to discuss mating plans with breeders and to work out a deal for their mares.”

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Keep The Faith

Trust In A Gust has propelled Keep The Faith towards the top of the Victorian premiership ladder with earnings of $913,930.  He’s in third spot behind Bel Esprit ($1.27m) and Written Tycoon ($1.06m).

The Darren Weir trained four year-old will continued his spring preparation in the $200,00 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley and $1 million Emirates Stakes at Flemington on November 8.

Trust In A Gust is a trail-blazer but Keep The Faith is no one-horse stallion.  He has sired the winners of 24 races this season and that’s only bettered by Bel Esprit (40), Written Tycoon (27) and his Greta West colleague God’s Own (27) on the Victorian winners’ premiership.

Broodmare owners can contact McCarthy for further information on (03) 5727 6243 or 0410 476 196.

Angels Beach completed a winning weekend for Bel Esprit and Eliza Park International owner Ting Kong Cheng in the Apache Cat Classic on Sunday.

The Peter Moody trained mare bolted in by three lengths over Straight Gold (Stratum) and Let’s Rock’n’roll (Fastnet Rock) in the $100,000 feature sprint on Cranbourne Cup day.

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Angels Beach. Image from Racing Victoria. 

“Her pet trip is 1000 metres and she really runs through the line,” winning jockey Luke Nolen said.  “She was up against a quality field and really took them apart.”

Angels Beach (5m Bel Esprit – Descendant by Zeditave) was a barrier rogue in her younger days before putting it all together for a Listed victory in the Manihi Classic (1050m) at Morphettville in March.

Angels Beach was a $220,000 buy for Les Cowell at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She is a half-sister to Sydney stakes winner Patronyme (More Than Ready) and is the last foal of their dam  Descendant who died in October 2012.

Bel Esprit leads the Victorian sires’ premiership with 32 individual winners for prizemoney of $1.27 million.  He has won the last seven Victorian titles and stands at Eliza Park International for a $24,200 (inc gst) service fee.

On Saturday, Order Of The Sun won the Moet Moment Hcp (2000m) at Randwick for Ting Kong Cheng.  The Gai Waterhouse trained gelding led all the way and clocked 2.00.36s to break the long-standing track-record set by Group 1 winner Dignity Dancer in 1998.

Order Of The Sun (4h Encosta De Lago – Sequin by Lure) won the LR Victorian St Leger earlier this year and he will likely back up in the LR City Tattersall’s Club Cup (2400m) at Randwick next Saturday.

There are numerous good-news stories going around with Trust In A Gust.

The Group 1 sprint-miler has banked over $1.10 million for his large contingent of owners led by Ballarat based David and Paul Speechley.

Trust In A Gust gave trainer Darren Weir his first Group 1 in the Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) on September 28 and he reprised that performance with another Group 1 in the time-honoured Toorak Hcp (1600m) on Saturday.

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Trust In A Gust. Image from Racing Victoria. 

“What a great horse to train – he’s perfect,” Weir said.  “He’s sound, tough and makes his own luck.

“It’s been a great ride for a lot of people.  All the staff at home and the owners who are a great bunch plus John Foote who picked him out as a yearling.  And he’s been a great advertisement for VOBIS Gold.”

Trust In A Gust (4h Keep The Faith – Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) was named VOBIS Horse of the Year last season and his emergence as a genuine Group 1 horse has been a ringing endorsement of the Scheme.

The Toorak result completed another superb day’s racing for Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster.  He bred and sold the colt for $45,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.  Earlier in the day, Swettenham stallion Host (Chi) had sired Hosting to win the LR Weekend Hussler Stakes.

Trust In A Gust’s sire Keep The Faith is a stakes winning son of Sunday Silence.  He transferred out of Swettenham in 2012 and is now based with Laurie McCarthy at Greta West Stud.

Of The Brave gave Rosemont Stud sire Starspangledbanner the perfect start to his Australian stud career on Saturday.

The Mark Riley trained colt won the LR Debutant Stakes (1000m) with a professional performance on the big stage at Caulfield.

Of The Brave (2c Starspangledbanner – Runaway Jesse by Rory’s Jester) started a $4 favourite and led them up with the advantage of an inside barrier.  He pulled away in the straight for a convincing victory over Miss Idyllic (Exceed And Excel) and Miss Loren (Stryker).

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Of The Brave. Image from Racing Victoria. 

“He’s potentially the best I’ve ever trained,” Riley said.  “He’s just an absolute natural racehorse with the greatest attitude.  He’s a Magic Millions horse but I don’t know whether we will take him up there.”

Of The Brave sold for $170,000 out of the Rosemont draft at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  Bred by sporting commentator Michael Christian, he is a younger half-brother to Sydney and Melbourne Group 3 winner Eloping (Choisir).

The first Starspangledbanner two year-olds took Royal Ascot by storm this year with Group 2 winners The Wow Signal (Coventry Stakes) and Anthem Alexander (Queen Mary Stakes).

The Wow Signal followed up with a Group 1 triumph in the Prix Morny at Deauville and he has been given a $26 quote for the 2015 English 2000 Guineas.

Starspangledbanner encountered fertility issues after retiring to Coolmore Stud before transferring to Rosemont.  He covered 51 mares last year with 24 of them subsequently scanned in foal.

Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen has restricted the 8 year-old stallion to 50 mares again this year and he will shuttle back to Coolmore’s Irish headquarters for a northern book in 2015.

Hosting treated Caulfield’s on-pace bias with contempt in the LR Weekend Hussler Stakes (1400m) on Saturday.

The progressive son of Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi) came from last with a whirlwind finish to nail the front-runners right on the line.  “I was a bit worried and thought Kerrin (McEvoy) had him too far back,” Eurell admitted.  “But the hot pace up front helped and I was very happy with the way he was travelling on the home turn.

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Hosting. Image from Racing Victoria. 

“This horse has always shown ability and he’s overcome a serious leg injury to make his mark today.  He’s right on song now and is certainly bred to get a 1600 metres.”

Hosting is well-catered for at that distance in coming weeks with the G2 Crystal Mile at Moonee Valley on October 25 and G1 Emirates Stakes at Flemington on November 8.

Hosting (5g Host – Kali Smytzer by Zabeel) is from a NZ bred mare who has also foaled the Danewin stakes winners King Diamond (VRC Roy Higgins Hcp) and Elderly Paradise (Macau Derby).

He won on debut at Mornington and returned as an autumn three year-old for black-type placings in the LR Manfred Stakes at Caulfield and G3 C S Hayes Stakes at Flemington.

Resuming as a four year-old, he won at Sandown and Rosehill but his career was put on hold after fracturing a humerus bone at Flemington in April.  “He was taken to the Werribee Vet Clinic and it didn’t look good,” Eurell recalled.  “But the vets assured us he would make a full recovery and they were right!”

Host (Hussonet) has covered over 200 mares combined in his last two books at Swettenham Stud.  He is standing for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Darley Victoria stallion Reset is on course to claim another Cox Plate with Fawkner in a fortnight.

Reset mare Pinker Pinker won the 2011 Cox Plate and Fawkner is the TAB $3.80 favourite for this year’s championship after an authoritative victory the G1 Caulfield Stakes on Saturday.  The grey held off the late charge of Criterion by a long head.

Fawkner (7g Reset – Dane Belltar by Danewin) is raced by Lloyd & Nick Williams and he came of age this time last year winning the G1 Caulfield Cup.  He launched another successful spring campaign with an eye-catching second to Dissident in the G1 Makybe Diva Stakes last month.

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Fawkner. Image from Racing Victoria. 

“He’s beaten the majority of what he’s going to have to beat at Moonee Valley,” Nick Williams said.  “He’s risen from handicaps to weight-for-age company and those sorts of horses are very hard to find.”

Bred by Steve Bennetts, Fawkner is the second foal of G3 winner Dane Belltar who has had four to the races, all winners, including the G2 winner Tanby.  Dane Belltar has a yearling filly by New Approach and has recently foaled a colt by Street Cry.

Reset (Zabeel) was a Group 1 winner of the 2004 Futurity Stakes and Australian Guineas during an unbeaten career for Team Williams.  The sire of 25 stakes winners, he stands at Darley’s Northwood Park in Seymour for a fee of $16,500 (inc gst).

Victorian-bred filly Amicus is one of the most valuable fillies in Australia after her Group 1 victory in Saturday’s Thousand Guineas (1600m) at Caulfield.

Amicus was a $500,000 buy at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions from the draft of Tyreel Stud, acting as agent for Makybe breeder Tony Santic.  Trainer Chris Waller said the filly had always shown great ability and he also praised jockey Hugh Bowman at the presentation.

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Amicus. Image from Racing Victoria. 

“It was a gem of a ride – Hugh was the difference,” Waller said.  “He switched her off beautifully and saving that energy was the key.  But it’s a team effort and our Melbourne staff complement the Sydney operation.”

Bookmakers firmed Amicus for the G1 Victorian Oaks but Waller indicated he would not be rushing into making a decision on whether she would press on to Flemington.

“I won a maiden on her in back in the autumn and said to Chris she’s stakes class,” Bowman recalled.  “He was smart enough to bring her down here early for a couple of runs in readiness for today.”

The Fastnet Rock filly is from stakes performed El Moxie mare Gold Chant – a five time winning half sister to Starspangledbanner.  Santic sent the mare back to Fastnet Rock last year and she foaled another filly in August.