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.”

Written Tycoon sprinter Music Magnate has finished the year on a winning note for his sire at Canterbury.

The Bjorn Baker trained gelding also wrapped up his first campaign in the Hyland Race Colours Hcp (1200m) on Saturday.  He ran second on debut at Newcastle in November before doubling up at Warwick Farm and Canterbury this month.

“He’s been a work in progress and has taken a little bit of time,” Baker said.  “I will put him out now and we’re going see a much better horse at the autumn carnival.”

Music Magnate (3g Written Tycoon – Concert Girl by Danehill Dancer) arrived with a well-timed sprint under Hugh Bowman to score by a short-head over Inz’n’out.  “I was always very confident,” Bowman admitted.  “He’s a nice horse and will measure up to better races on bigger tracks.”

A $45,000 buy at the 2013 NZ Karaka Select Sale, he is from a half-sister to Marrok (G2 NZ Wellington Guineas) and Appeal Process (G3 SAf Egoli Sprint).

Written Tycoon is climbing the individual winners ladder with 47 from 128 starters this season.  He’s second on the Victorian premiership behind Bel Esprit (63 winners from 216 starters).

His latest maiden winner Bizarre bolted in by 4 lengths at Stony Creek on Saturday.  He led from the outset and was never in danger for former WA trainer Johnny Price.

Bizarre (3g Written Tycoon – Canhill by Dangerous) is bred on the same cross as Music Mandate and is from a half-sister to Perth stakes winner Western Zip.  It’s the family of Golden Slipper winner Pago Pago who was repatriated from North America to sire 21 stakes winners at Heytesbury Stud in Western Australia.

Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park and has 8 yearlings catalogued for the Gold Coast Magic Millions commencing on January 7.  First through the ring is Lot 88, a colt from Automatic Slim who is related to G1 Qld Winter Stakes winner Nova Star.

Nova Star is by Iglesia, the sire of Written Tycoon, and her Australian bred daughter Acrostar (Danehill Dancer) holds a nomination for the G1 Paddock Stakes in South Africa on January 10.

Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch was looking forward to a relatively quiet few weeks leading up to Christmas – the final foal having arrived and the stallions content after a busy spring.

Murdoch was ready to sit back and relax but that was before his Euroa property was threatened by last week’s raging bush fires.

“We were watching the smoke up over the hills – it must have been 14km away – then all of a sudden it was on our doorstep,” he recalled.  “There were embers everywhere, it was a frightening experience.”

Moving his stallions Mawingo, Ilovethiscity and O’Lonhro into barns with sprinklers fitted and the broodmares to his other property up the road, Murdoch began to fight the fire – extremely grateful for the help of people from Euroa, Avenel and Benalla.

“At one stage, there were 30 trucks lined up along Killeens Hill Road,” he said.  “The horses were all absolutely amazing and, apart from the fences, there was no infrastructure damage.

“There have been so many offers of help with feed and the placement of horses – we consider ourselves very lucky and have been blessed by that support.”

Hoofnote:  Lauriston Park also received similar assistance when it was under threat last week.  In further news, owner Chris Bakker reports Hall of Fame mare Let’s Elope is none the worse for the ordeal.

Now aged 27, Let’s Elope (Nassipour) has been in retirement at the Creighton’s Creek property since foaling Seymour winner Karata in 2008.

Darley Victorian stallion Kuroshio will shuttle to Overbury Stud in Gloucestershire following his initial southern book at Northwood Park.

Kuroshio (Exceed And Excel) covered over 100 mares at a $8,800 (inc gst) fee before flying out to England.  A Darley homebred, he won the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude at two and G2 McEwen Stakes at three.

Exceed And Excel got him from American-bred Gone West mare Arctic Drift.  They also combined to produce Believe’n’succeed who won a division of the 2008 Blue Diamond Prelude.

Overbury Stud has been breeding winners in the Vale of Evesham since the 1940s.  Its greatest advertisement has been 1975 English Horse of the Year Grundy who won the Dewhurst Stakes, English Derby and the King George in course record time at Ascot.

Sheikh Mohammed has entrusted Overbury with stallions since the turn of the new millennium.  Champion stayer Kayf Tara retired there in 2001 and he was joined by Bertolini in 2002.

More recent arrivals from the Dubai ruler have been Champion Miler Proclamation (King’s Best) and Arc de Triomphe hero Sagamix (Linamix).

Kuroshio will join fellow first-season sire Dunaden at Overbury in 2015.

“I’m thrilled Darley has entrusted Kuroshio to Overbury and I’m really looking forward to showing him off to breeders in the coming weeks,” stud manager Simon Sweeting said.  “He’s got the looks you would expect of an outstanding speed horse and his sire Exceed And Excel is one of the most coveted commercial stallions in Europe.

Bendigo trainer Brad Cole was brimming with confidence on the way to Wangaratta with exciting Globetrotter gelding Harlem Star on Saturday.

“I was super confident and just couldn’t see how he could get beaten,” Cole said.  “He had trialled brilliantly against older horses – they couldn’t get near him.  We’ve always known he can really gallop.”

Harlem Star (3g Globetrotter – Angels Star by King Of Kings) made his debut in the Nathan Vincent Fencing Plate (1000m).  The dashing chestnut showed great natural pace to get to the front from an outside barrier and, despite being pressured by others, was always travelling sweetly for a soft three length victory.

“He’s a big, beautiful, strong horse with a great temperament,” Cole said.  “He will have a quiet week or two and then we will look at bringing him to Melbourne.”

Harlem Star is a half-brother to the winners Precinct (Arena) and Fregosi (Over).  His second dam A Star Is Born (Ahonoora) is a half-sister to stakes winners Encores, Irradiate and Sir Laurence.

Globetrotter is a horse with strong stallion credentials.   He’s one of 86 stakes winners by Street Cry and was also Group 1 placed before being imported to Victoria by Damian White.

“He’s had four to the track for two very smart winners and a placegetter,” White revealed.  “Every trainer of a Globetrotter I talk to says they are very nice horses to work with, quick learners with natural jump-and-run ability.”

His first Australian winner Giramondo saluted at Geelong last month.  For further information on Globetrotter, who stands at a fee of $4,400 (inc gst), contact Damian White on 0418 477 090.

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria has made numerous advances during 2014 including a drive that’s doubled its financial membership.

President James O’Brien reflected on a series of improvements for the local breeding industry this week.  “The most important in the last twelve months has been the significant upgrades to VOBIS.  It’s the most lucrative incentive in Australia and having a horse like Trust In A Gust progress through VOBIS Gold to a Group 1 victory has been a real plus for the Scheme.

“Our relationship with Racing Victoria is stronger than ever with regular meetings to improve and further develop VOBIS,” O’Brien said.  “And we’re looking forward to working with the new Racing Minister Martin Pakula.”

TBV also leads the other States with an innovative and up-to-the-minute website and a newsletter that’s reaching a bigger audience week by week.

The website receives an average of 2,500 visits every month and its social media followers on FaceBook and Twitter have more than doubled this year.

TBV has also attracted major sponsors like IRT, CEPA Farm Supplies, Mitchelton Wines, Slickpix and Condo’s Horse Transport.

“The TBV committee works very hard on a voluntary basis and many of them are breeders who have invested in new stallions for the State,” O’Brien added.  “The Melbourne Premier yearling sale in March will have 8 first-season sires that are based in Victoria.”

Among the newcomers are Anacheeva (Chatswood), Canford Cliffs (Blue Gum), Helmet (Darley), Ilovethiscity (Larneuk), Moshe (Eliza Park International), Master Of Design (Swettenham), Skilled (Darley) and Toorak Toff (Rosemont).

And in a further boost, Victoria will host the last two winners of the stallion-making Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes in 2015 – Brazen Beau (Darley) and Zoustar (Woodside Park).

The last Coolmore Stakes winner to stand in Victoria was Encosta de Lago.

“The outlook for Victoria’s breeding industry has never been better,” O’Brien promised.  “But TBV needs everyone on board and I would encourage all non-members to sign up in the New Year.

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and Aushorse Marketing have won a significant and timely victory, convincing the Australian Tax Office (ATO) to reverse a ruling that threatened to undermine the international market in locally-bred horses.

The decision follows intense lobbying of state and federal governments and comes as the local industry gears up for next month’s Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.

Until August 2013, horses purchased for export did not attract GST so long as they shipped out within a year, during which time they could be broken-in and receive basic education, such as barrier trials.

But in an unanticipated decision, the ATO ruled last year that to break a horse in and to trial it was to alter its status or “use” it.  Such a change of status made its owner liable for GST.

This ruling was made despite many South East Asian countries requiring horses to be broken-in and barrier trialled before their arrival.

With 11.5% of all yearlings sold in 2014 being purchased for export, this decision threatened to undermine the overseas buyers bench at the upcoming yearling sales.

The ruling was also likely to damage the businesses of the many farms and studs across Australia that provide agistment and break-in those yearlings purchased for export.

“Clearly, if foreign buyers decided to stay away from our sales, this would have had a major impact on turnover at Australia’s domestic auctions, particularly for yearlings,” said TBA and Aushorse Chief Executive Tom Reilly who led the approach to government that has resulted in the GST being removed.

“With less active bidders, results across all lots would likely have been dragged down. Such a downturn would have led to workers being laid off by stud farms as revenues fall, but many farms and rural businesses would have been hit doubly hard.  This is a huge win for the local industry leading into the yearling sales, which should be popular with buyers from overseas again.”

Reilly and his team from Aushorse/TBA worked with the state governments of Victoria, Queensland and NSW before making their compelling case in Canberra.

After a review of the issue which began at the end of November, the ATO last week informed Aushorse and Thoroughbred Breeders Australia that it would reverse its ruling on GST.  This means that overseas buyers can have their horses broken-in and barrier trialled without being liable for GST.

“I would like to thank the team in Barnaby Joyce’s office, Senator John Williams, Shadow Agriculture Minister Joel Fitzgibbon, former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine, Queensland Racing Minister Steve Dickson and Troy Grant, Racing Minister in NSW, for their support,” he said.

“Shortly after visiting Canberra the ATO informed us they were conducting a review of their decision and we worked with a team there to make sure they had all the information they needed to understand the ramifications of levying this tax.”

During last season 362 yearlings (180 Inglis, 182 Magic Millions) were sold for almost $38 million to overseas buyers who intended to export them.

Figures from all sales show the average price of a yearling for export was $105,000, around 16% greater than the overall average.

The ATO’s latest decision also helps establish a level playing field between Australia and New Zealand where horses that are exported are exempt from their 15% GST.

The ATO has made its new ruling retrospective, meaning all horses bought at the 2014 yearling sales with be GST free if exported within a year.

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.