Melbourne-based Stephanie Grentell broke new ground at the Inglis Scone Sale last week as the first female to auctioneer at a public thoroughbred yearling sale in Australia.

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Grentell, 30, has been with Inglis for almost seven years after starting as a receptionist at the firm’s Melbourne office.  “I always wanted to work as a bloodstock agent but didn’t think about auctioneering until clients and friends suggested I have a shot at it,” she told The Land newspaper.  “It took a couple of hours after the sale to relax and realise what I had achieved.”

Grentell had previous stints at Baramul and Widden Studs in NSW as well as Phoenix Park and Little Plains in Victoria before starting work at Oaklands Junction.

Progressive Victorian farm Rosemont Stud has announced it 2014 stallions fees with Toorak Toff set to stand again for an unchanged mark of $15,000 + GST.

With the first foals by the fastest ever G1 Golden Rose winner to sell at Magic Millions weanling sale this weekend, Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen has a growing confidence that their young gun stallion is exactly what the Australian market wants.

“The buyers want athletic, strong horses that give you a chance to run fast at 2, train on to be 3yos and are tough enough to go on with it at 4. They want a stallion with genuine G1 class — not just flash in the pan one-hit wonders. And they want stallions to be fast. Well there has been none faster than Toorak Toff in the stallion making Golden Rose,” Mithen said.

“He was Group winner and Magic Millions winner of three races at 2, Group One winner of a proper race at 3 and trained on to win the G1 Rupert Clarke Stakes at 4. And he has simply outstanding foals on the ground. We will be happy to offer breeders that are serious about Toorak Toff a discount this season, but we believe he stands head and shoulders above the rest at this price point.”

Inglis senior bloodstock advisors Simon Vivian and Brett Gilding visited Rosemont for weanling inspections last week and were glowing in their praise of the stallion’s stock, stating that they won’t be able to have enough of them for their sales in 2015.

Simon Vivian could not have heaped more praise on the types Toorak Toff is leaving: “I was delighted. They were a really good batch of horses. Having seen Toorak Toff there was a certain standard of foal I wanted to see and to a degree expected to see but I’m pleased to say that I saw them,” Vivian enthused.

“I’m really looking forward to 2015 as we are going to have a fantastic draft of them. He is leaving a really, really good product on the ground.”

Launching their Rosemont Stud page on Facebook and a @RosemontStud Twitter handle, the farm has a unique competition where followers can win a prize pack including a $200 clothing voucher. Breeders are asked to guess what price the Toorak Toff weanling colt ex Volksini will bring at the Magic Millions weanling sale this Sunday and Monday. The third and final Toorak Toff weanling to sell at the sale, the most accurate prediction nominated on the Facebook page or Twitter will win jackets, hats and the voucher.

Check it out here: https://www.facebook.com/rosemontstud?notif_t=page_invite_accepted

Or follow on twitter @RosemontStud

Rosemont also announced that Starspangledbanner will cover a very limited book of mares with his price on application. “We will be covering only 50 mares to give him every chance to get those mares in foal. I think there is only a handful of spots left, so breeders better contact us quickly,” Mithen said.

For info: Anthony Mithen amithen@rosemontstud.com.au or www.rosemontstud.com.au

Swettenham Stud has announced the service fees for its front-line stallions will remain unchanged this year.

EQUIANO (Fr) heads the roster at $16,500 (inc gst) on the back of an outstanding sale at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March.

He topped the first-season leader-board at Oaklands Junction with 15 yearlings averaging $105,200.  Top price was the $420,000 colt from Hidden Energy that was the highest price ever paid for a yearling by a freshman sire in Victoria.

Equiano was straight out of the blocks with his first English-bred two year-olds when speedy filly Moving Melody won on debut at Newcastle.  And his colt Lightning Stride then led home a quinella for the sireline when beating Town Crier at Leicester on May 19. The runner-up is a son of Equiano’s sire Acclamation.

“The Melbourne Premier results have sparked an even higher level of interest in Equiano,” Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster said.  “He’s an exciting stallion for us and for the Victorian industry.”

AMERICAIN (USA) will stand his second southern season for $13,750 (inc gst).

A magnificent stamp of a stallion, he covered 155 mares in his first book at Nagambie before shuttling back to Calumet Farm in Kentucky.

“Americain was a superior stayer with a sensational turn of foot,” Sangster explained.  “He’s from the Red Ransom sireline and his damsire Arazi was a Champion 2YO in Europe and North America.”

Sangster believes Americain will be an asset to the Victorian industry with initiatives like the Inglis Blue Riband Sale and VOBIS Gold appealing to breeders of quality middle distance horses.

“There were a significant number of broodmare owners who were unable to secure a nomination to Americain last year,” Sangster continued.  “Those who missed out have been proactive and he’s sure to be busy again at the same fee in 2014.”

MASTER OF DESIGN is priced at $12,500 (inc gst) after serving a total of 278 mares in his first two books at that fee.

A splendid physical specimen, Master Of Design was originally purchased for $2.10 million by Sheikh Mohammed at the Inglis Easter yearling sale.  He won the Group 1 T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick and the winning time of 1.08.83s has only ever been bettered by Black Caviar!

Master Of Design leads the second wave of Redoute’s Choice sons at stud following Snitzel, Stratum and Not A Single Doubt.

Swettenham has fielded a string of superlatives from outside breeders praising his first foals.  And that feedback matches the home-grown product at Nagambie.

Master Of Design’s second-dam Princess Tracy was a Group 3 winner in Swettenham’s silks and her descendents include Champion South African Filly Tracy’s Element, Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy and the Group winning sires Danasinga, Towkay and Red Element.

HOST (Chi) is remarkable value at $8,800 (inc gst) for a Top 10 stallion on the third-season premiership in Australia.

His first crop have built up a 65% winning strike-rate and heading them is Philippi.  He won to Group 2 level at Moonee Valley and Rosehill before finishing second in last year’s Group 1 Australian Derby behind It’s A Dundeel.

He was then sold off-shore and broke through in Hong Kong on Sunday under the new name Vanilla.

Other Hosts include Hosting who won at Sandown and Rosehill and was stakes placed at Caulfield and Flemington before going amiss.  Host Of The Party also weighed in with victories in last year’s Darwin Guineas and Northern Territory Derby.

Those spearheads sparked a resurgence in bookings to Host and he has averaged over 100 mares in his last two seasons at Swettenham.

Host is a son of Hussonet and has sired 32 individual winners of 55 races this season for over $1.05 million in prizemoney.

KAPHERO rounds out the roster and he’s also rounding up the winners.  He leads Victorian based second-season sires with the winners of 20 races so far this season.

And the Kaphero winners keep winning after they’ve found the line.  You Will Be Queen has saluted four times in Perth and Swing With Me has won three of her last four starts for Bendigo trainer Kym Hann.

Pop Hero, Piccolo Miss, Tankster and Stingray are some of his other winners who have doubled up this season.

Kaphero (Danzero) was bred at Swettenham and was a Group 3 winner at Moonee Valley where he was crowned Horse of the Year.  He will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) fee.

Swettenham Stud — 2014 roster

EQUIANO — $16,500
AMERICAIN — $13,750
MASTER OF DESIGN — $12,500
HOST — $8,800
KAPHERO — $5,500

All prices include GST.

“The Swettenham brochure for 2014 will be available in the next few weeks,” Sangster said.  “We are always available to speak with broodmare owners about their mating plans and to discuss what deals are available.”

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Kildalton Park trainer Tony McEvoy gave a long-range tip following the brilliant win of Sasenkile at Morphettville on Saturday.

Sasenkile is a son of Eliza Park International stallion Sharkbite and is starting to put it all together at the back-end of his three year-old season.  “I have always had a bit of time for this fellow,” McEvoy said.  “He’s been showing us plenty at home and I reckon he could be a very nice horse in the spring.”

Backed into $2.90 favouritism, Sasenkile ran home powerfully to win the Sportingbet Hcp (1950m) by more than two lengths against the older horses on Saturday.  “I had hoped to have him ready for the South Australian Derby but he needed more time,” McEvoy added.  “I will give him another run or two before a break and hopefully he will mature into a very competitive middle distance galloper.

“I have taken him interstate twice and he didn’t handle it as well as I would have liked but I’m sure he will keep learning and be fine travelling to Melbourne in future.”

Sasenkile (3g Sharkbite — Snippet’s Beauty by Snippets) was purchased as a foal by Meadowbrook Park owner Kristi Evans at the 2011 Magic Millions National Sale before eventually being put into a group of owners including Kildalton Park Racing managed by David Gordon.

Sharkbite (Redoute’s Choice) was unbeaten at two and added the Listed Lord Stakes at Caulfield the following season..  His oldest are three year-olds and he stands at Eliza Park International for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.

Twickenham is the home of Rugby Union in England and the equine Twickenham looked right at home winning at Kranji on Sunday evening.

By Emirates Park Victoria resident Artie Schiller (USA), he saluted for the second time in three starts and won like a horse with bigger and better wins ahead.

Trained by Kiwi expat Stephen Gray for Paul Hickman’s St George Stable, Twickenham produced a brilliant late flourish to score by a half-length.  He clocked 69.84s for 1200m and flew the final 400m in 22.73s.

Hickman is a British Rugby Union fan and named the gelding after his country’s famous stadium in London.

Twickenham cost $115,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions HIT Sale and completed his education in New Zealand where he barrier trialled on four occasions last year.

“He’s a half-brother to Black Ice, a good horse that Steven Burridge trained,” Gray recalled.  “Steven was actually the under-bidder at the Gold Coast Sale and we had to go a bit further to get him in the end.

“He’s always had ability, but was a bit hot in the head in New Zealand.  Laura Brennan, our pre-trainer down there, took care of him and has done a good job.

“He wants more ground.   He’s a dead-set miler and he will make it as a stayer one day.

“It’s good to have another winner for Paul.  He invests a lot of money in horses and he deserves every success that comes his way.”

Twickenham is the fourth foal of winning General Nediym mare Lady Migaloo.  Artie Schiller’s only other runner to date from a daughter of General Nediym is three-time winner Song of the Bell.

Artie Schiller (El Prado) represents the Sadler’s Wells sireline and was a Group 1 winner of the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile.  He was Australia’s Champion second-season sire in 2011-12 and stood for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee last year.

Vanilla arrived in Hong Kong with Group 2 credentials from Australia but he didn’t reproduce that form until causing a 50-1 boilover at Sha Tin on Saturday.

The son of Swettenham Stud stallion Host (Chi) initially raced as Philippi and landed Group 2 wins at Moonee Valley and Rosehill before owner-breeder Rick Jamieson sold him to Edmond Siu Kim Ping.

Vanilla (4g Host — Soorena by Encosta De Lago) had been beaten by a combined 35 lengths in his previous four starts this year, however, trainer Caspar Fownes wasn’t surprised when he threaded through the field to score a last gasp victory in the Nam Wan Hcp (1800m).

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“When I saw him so relaxed in the parade, I told the owners to take a chance and back him each way,” Fownes said.  “He’s very quiet in the mornings and in the stables but get him to the races and he gets a bit silly.”

Vanilla had dumped his rider on his way to the stalls for the Chinese New Year Cup and the Classic Cup.  “The boys have really worked hard trying to get him to behave,” Fownes said.  “We’ve brought him here a couple of times each week and today is the first time he’s been sensible.”

Siu gave him the new moniker because his son was eating vanilla ice-cream when it came time to rename the Australian import last year.

Vanilla is an older half-brother to last month’s Caulfield winner The Quarterback and Jamieson bred another Host colt from their dam Soorena in 2012.

Host (Hussonet) broke through the $1 million mark in earnings this season when Mighty Like scored at Morphettville on Anzac Day.  His latest local winner Tuff Host was very impressive when powering home at Mornington on Sunday.

Swettenham Stud will stand Host for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Lord Of The Sky set up some lucrative spring assignments after a resounding victory at Caulfield on Saturday.

The Danerich colt was beaten first-up at Flemington on Anzac Day but returned to form with a dazzling display of speed in the Taralye Listen Learn Speak Plate (1000m).

“He’s a very promising colt and I was shocked when he got beat last time,” trainer Robbie Laing admitted.  “But the vets found he had a throat infection so that explained it.

“We will give him one more run in three year-old company before a spell because the money’s too good to pass up.  He can come back for races like the Monash Stakes and Bletchingly Stakes.”

Lord Of The Sky (3c Danerich — Princess Abassi by Abassi) won a juvenile race at Caulfield on Monash Stakes day last year in 58.16s for 1000 metres.  He bettered that time on Saturday when stopping the clock at 57.01s.

Connections turned down a half-million dollar offer from Hong Kong earlier this season and that decision will pay dividends when he returns as a fully matured four year-old.

Laing prepared his sire Danerich to a Group 3 victory at Caulfield in the 2005 McNeil Stakes.  He also bred Lord Of The Sky who is the only foal to race from Flemington winner Princess Abassi.

Danerich (Danehill) is based at Rangal Park and stood for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee at the Euroa stud last year.

Steve Morris was a racing fan long before he made the grade in AFL ranks with Richmond.

The 25 year-old has a winning pedigree in racing as well as football and is odds-on to make a success of his new company First Class Bloodstock.

Morris and Australian Test cricketer Cameron White are partners in the business and they have brought highly-respected racing professional David Raphael on board as a partner and key bloodstock advisor.

First Class Bloodstock entered the market with the purchase of an Equiano colt at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale last month.  Morris and White will race him with friends and relations before launching the company to the public prior to the start of the new racing season on August 1.  Steve’s sister Jacqui is Cameron’s partner.

“The Equiano colt will be prepared by Amy Johnston down at Mornington,” Morris said.  “She is a young trainer on the way up and we will grow the First Class Bloodstock brand together.”

Johnston has a blueblood pedigree of her own being a grand-daughter of legendary horseman Jim Houlahan.  And her horses will continue the dynasty carrying Jim’s famous light blue, black and maroon colours.

Morris learned the racing ropes growing up north of Melbourne at Toolern Vale.  “I started helping out with Mike Becker at Independent Stallions as a kid,” he recalled.  “Everyone knows what a top bloke Mike is and he’s a good teacher, too.”

A link with the harness industry also gave Steve an insight into what it’s like to race a top-class horse.  His parents Kevin and Jan bred and owned Djerriwarrh who won the 2000 Breeders Crown 3YO Trotters Final at Ballarat.

“Mum and Dad have been pretty successful at the gallops as well,” Morris explained.  “They bred the stakes performers Sure Bet and Arazamataz and Dad’s latest is a smart one called El Mandoma.”

Kevin Morris is partners with Kevin Sheedy in recent Sandown winner El Mandoma.  They’re old team-mates from the glory days at Richmond winning back-to-back flags in 1973 and 1974.

Steve followed a roundabout route to wear his father’s No.38 jersey for the Tigers.

After missing out on selection in the 2008 AFL rookie draft, he moved to the SANFL and starred for West Adelaide before Richmond picked him up in 2011.

That same level of determination and passion will be invaluable as First Class Bloodstock enters the cut-throat world of syndications.  “We’re not kidding ourselves thinking it’s going to be a breeze,” Morris admitted.  “We will begin with three or four horses in the first year and then start building up the numbers.

“The fact that Cameron, David and I all have high profiles isn’t enough to make a point of difference if we don’t make it affordable and fun.  I also believe it’s vital to keep members engaged, involved and informed with weekly videos and updates.

“But winning races is obviously the key element and that’s why we hooked up with David.  Besides being a Richmond supporter, he knows the market and sourced horses like this year’s Blue Diamond Prelude winner Rubick.”

Rubick is by Encosta de Lago from a three-quarter sister to champion sire Redoute’s Choice and is already slated for a stud career at Coolmore.

Among Raphael’s other yearling buys last year were Washington Heights (Commands) who was runner-up on debut in the G2 Kindergarten Stakes at Randwick last month and Jetwings.  The latter is by Jet Spur and looked a very promising type when second at his only start to date at Canterbury in December.

While AFL remains a No.1 priority, Morris is extremely dedicated to the thoroughbred industry.  “Richmond encourages a healthy balance between football and personal development ,” he explained.  “I’m looking long-term with First Class Bloodstock and, hopefully, it will develop into a full-time job after I finish footy.”

The latest two year-old winner by Written Tycoon arrived in style at Belmont Park on Wednesday.

Hell Of A Story (2g Written Tycoon — Wings of Courage by Puissance) looked a real professional on debut when pushed out in the Westspeed 2YO Hcp (1200m).  “That was a terrific,” trainer Bruce Van Kwawegen said.  “I was pretty confident as long as he jumped and Clint (Harvey) bustled him out of the gates.”

The winner sat outside pacemaker Vast Beauty and then accelerated to win by over a length from Keysbrook (So Secret) and Universal King (Universal Ruler).

Written Tycoon stands at Woodside Park Stud in Tylden and he sired the Perth youngster from a half-sister to G2 Kewney Stakes winner Eureka Jewel.

“He had a few things go wrong as a young horse — that’s why we called him Hell Of A Story,” Van Kwawegen explained.  “He’s big and upstanding but raw-boned so there’s still plenty of improvement to come.”

Written Tycoon has sired four juvenile winners so far this season and his promising maiden filly Press Report was runner-up to Mossfun in the G2 Silver Slipper Stakes at Rosehill before going out for a spell.

The Woodside Park resident is one of the very best proven stallions in Victoria with 64 individual winners of 96 races this season.  And his winning strike-rate is bubbling along at better than 60%.

Written Tycoon’s service fee remains unchanged this year at just $13,750 (inc gst).

Bullarook Park Stud bred galloper McNulty broke through in town with a soft victory over 2100m at Sandown Hillside on Wednesday.

McNulty (4g Refuse to Bend — Lost Horizons by At Talaq) bounced back after going down a nose to Word Of Mouth at Seymour a week beforehand. “We backed him up to take advantage of the good weather,” trainer Mick Kent said.  “And Sandown suits.  He loves long straights and spacious tracks.”

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The budding stayer had been runner-up in the LR VRC St Leger (2800m) at Flemington in April 2013 and returned to win a Sale maiden in September.

“He’s taken a while to come to hand but is maturing and is a more solid horse this time in,” Kent added.  “He has always appealed to me as a nice sort of stayer and I think he can get to Saturday class this campaign.”

Bullarook Park bred McNulty from Lost Horizons who has also foaled winners by Bianconi, Western Symphony and Jugah for Dr Greg Anderson.  The mare, who is now rising 22, has a yearling filly by Any Given Saturday.

Second-dam Lost Art was a Group 3 winner of a Swettenham Stud Stakes in Adelaide.

Bullarook Park owner Malcolm Boyd will stand Lucas Cranach at an unchanged fee of $5,500 (inc gst) for his second book this year.  The German-bred stallion covered over 100 mares at the Avenel stud in 2013.

Associate sire Strategic Maneuver (Royal Academy) will have his first two year-olds racing in 2014-15.  He is available at a $4,400 (inc gst) fee.

  • 71,994 people directly involved in the thoroughbred industry

  • 19,613 full time jobs are directly sustained by the thoroughbred industry
  • Coalition Government supporting industry through $80 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund
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Premier of Victoria and Racing Minister Dr Denis Napthine has released a comprehensive study showing the continued growing social and economic importance of the racing industry across the state.

Dr Napthine unveiled the IER Victorian Racing Industry Size and Scope Study, which demonstrates the importance of thoroughbred racing right across the state.

“The overall economic benefit to the state has increased by 33 per cent since 2006, with the overall racing industry generating more than $2.8 billion in economic activity in 2013,” Dr Napthine said.

“The thoroughbred racing industry alone generates more than $2.1 billion for the Victorian economy representing a 28% increase over the past eight years.”

The report also highlighted the impact of the thoroughbred industry on job creation, helping sustain 19,613 full time equivalent jobs.

There are more than 71,994 people participating in the thoroughbred industry as an employee, volunteer or participant.

“This shows how vital thoroughbred racing is to Victoria and the many people who work in or enjoy this wonderful industry,” Dr Napthine said.

“This ranges from occasional volunteers right through to owners and breeders who invest in the dream of breeding or owning a champion racehorse or greyhound.”

Other highlights for the thoroughbred industry in the report include:

·        more than 1.5 million attendees at racecourses throughout the year;
·        546 race meetings held;
·        4,286 races run;
·        9,966 horses in training; and
·        50,005 owners and syndicate members.

The report also demonstrated the importance of racing to the State’s tourism sector, with more than 207,000 international and interstate visitors attending Victorian racing events. Melbourne’s world-renowned Spring Racing Carnival saw attendances top 706,000 and generated $620 million in economic activity.

Racing Victoria Chief Executive Bernard Saundry said the report demonstrated that racing’s benefit to the community extends well beyond the racetrack.

“It is an integral part of the sporting life and cultural traditions of metropolitan and regional Victoria, while also being a key employer which makes a significant contribution to the economy,” Mr Saundry said.

Country Racing Victoria Chief Executive Scott Whiteman said the study confirmed the importance of country racing to Victoria and in particular across regional communities.

“There are more than 8,000 full time equivalent jobs in country racing and more than $850 million of value added impact contributing to the local economy. Country Racing Victoria is working with each country race club to develop sustainable work practices for future growth,” Mr Whiteman said.

The Size and Scope Report was a joint investment between the Coalition Government and the racing industry including Racing Victoria and Country Racing Victoria.

Dr Napthine said the Coalition Government is a strong supporter of growing the racing industry particularly through its $80 million Victorian Racing Industry Fund (VRIF).

“VRIF helps grow the industry through building of new racing infrastructure, enhancement of integrity measures, support for the breeding industry and marketing of racing to new audiences,” Dr Napthine said.

Copies of the report are available at: http://www.racingvictoria.net.au/p_Economic_Benefit_Report.aspx

  • New on-course stabling to secure future of racing in Geelong

  • Will put trainers and their horses immediately adjacent to training facilities

  • Victorian Coalition Government supporting racing in Victoria

Premier of Victoria and Minister for Racing, Denis Napthine has announced plans to build new on-course stabling at the Geelong Racecourse to replace the ageing Haworth Court stable facilities.

Dr Napthine said the Victorian Coalition Government will sell the Haworth Court stables site, located in Breakwater industrial estate, with funds from the sale to be used to build new on-course stables.

Advertisements for the sale by tender have been placed in national media publications.

“This is an important development which will provide a safer, more convenient option for local trainers that currently have to float their horses 800 metres to the racetrack each day,” Dr Napthine said.

“The decision to sell the Haworth Court site, zoned industrial 1, will also release valuable land for further economic development in Geelong, helping to create more jobs.”

Dr Napthine said the Geelong Racecourse is a major regional racing centre hosting 38 meetings during the 2014-15 racing season including the famed Geelong Cup, an important lead up to the Melbourne Cup.

“The Haworth Court facilities were built in the 1980s and are past their use-by-date,” Dr Napthine said.

“In the past, horses were walked from the Haworth Court stables across Felmongers Road and on to the racecourse for training. However, this became increasingly dangerous with more and more vehicular traffic so the crossing was closed to horses. Now horses must be taken by float which is inefficient and inconvenient for trainers.

“The new on-course stables will put trainers, their horses and employees immediately adjacent to the training facilities.”

Chief Executive of Racing Victoria Bernard Saundry said the development was vital for the future of racing in Geelong.

“This project is extremely significant in securing the long term future of Geelong as a key horse racing and training centre in Victoria,” Mr Saundry said.

“Along with the Geelong Racing Club, Racing Victoria will be working over coming months with Haworth Court trainers in the transition process. There is still some time before any move, with a successful sale of the land followed by construction of the new on-course stables to occur first.”

Bianconi arrived at Ridgeview Park last week and has settled in quickly at the Muskerry East property operated by Phil and Fiona Sloane.

“He’s a magnificent looking individual,” Phil said.  “I’m making a good connection with him and it’s great to see him relaxing into a daily routine.

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“He has a good appetite and he certainly knows when it’s time to come in for his evening dinner!  We are delighted to be standing him and we are looking forward to a good season ahead  judging by the excellent response from breeders.”

Bianconi (USA) was previous based at Swettenham Stud and owner Adam Sangster will continue to support him.  The regally bred Danzig — Fall Aspen stallion has sired over 500 individual winners — 18 at stakes level — at a better than 60% strike-rate.

At 16.2hh, Bianconi is a particularly handsome stallion of great scope, strength and presence and he has always stamped his foals.  He will stand for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee and is outstanding Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold value for breeders at that price.

Bianconi stands alongside Dr Doute’s, Best Choice and Golden Snake at Ridgeview Park.  For further details, contact Phil and Fiona Sloane at Ridgeview Park (0488 525 063) or LP Stallion’s Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or go to www.lpstallions.com.au

Precocious colt Unencumbered will stand the 2014 season at Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in Victoria.

He has been retired sound from racing and will begin stud duties eight years after his sire Testa Rossa transferred out of Victoria to the Hunter Valley.

Unencumbered (2c Testa Rossa — Blizzardly by More Than Ready) won on debut as an early-season juvenile at Randwick and then added a Group 3 in the B J McLachlan Stakes at Doomben.  He started a pronounced favourite in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and cruised home to pocket a $2 million pay-day on the Gold Coast.

“We are happy retire him now as we believe he’s done enough,” Three Bridges owner Peter Liston said.  “He put himself in some very good company winning the Magic Millions.”

Champion sire Snippets won the inaugural Magic Millions and other successful stallions on the honour-roll include General Nediym, Testa Rossa and Bradbury’s Luck.  Classic placegetters include Snitzel and Not a Single Doubt.

“Victoria has stood sires like Encosta de Lago, Danzero, Flying Spur and of course Testa Rossa only to lose them to the Hunter Valley,” Listed added.  “So we would love to see Unencumbered succeed and remain a leading sire in Victoria.”

Unencumbered has speed to burn on the bottom half of his pedigree, too.  His dam Blizzardly is a daughter of More Than Ready and she was a precocious juvenile winning the LR Keith Mackay Stakes at Randwick.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds will stand Unencumbered for a $13,200 (inc gst) service fee alongside Stryker (Fastnet Rock).

Rosemont Stud shuttler Starspangledbanner sired his first winner in England on Saturday.

Moonraker (2c Starspangledbanner — Licence To Thrill by Wolfhound) moved him off the mark in the Play The Tote Today Maiden (1000m) at Ascot.  He challenged the leaders at the 400m pole and was ridden right out by prevail by a neck and a head on debut.

The Mick Channon-trained colt is raced Christopher Wright and Emily Asprey and, in winning, maintained his dam’s perfect record at stud.  Licence To Thrill now has 9 to the races for 9 winners!

Starspangledbanner (Choisir) was a champion sprinter in both hemispheres, however, he experienced fertility problems after retiring to Coolmore Stud in 2011.

Put back into work with Aidan O’Brien, he failed to recapture form and was re-routed to Rosemont Stud having been foaled and raised at the Gnarwarre property when it was part of the Makybe complex.

While Starspangledbanner lacked numbers on the ground from his dual books at Coolmore Stud, those that were catalogued for the yearling sales made good money.

In England, they fetched a high of 110,000 guineas (AUD 207,775) in 2013 and, in Australia, they averaged $127,500 at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen took a calculated gamble to give Starspangledbanner a realistic, if restricted, future at stud.  “Our vet has put so much time into this project,” Mithen said.  “It’s been a massive effort by everyone here at Rosemont and it was pleasing to see his fertility improve in 2013.”

Lightly-raced galloper By The Grace produced a powerful finish to win his first race in town at Flemington on Saturday.

The God’s Own three year-old had won on debut at Kyneton in November but bad barrier manners had hampered his progress this year.  The team at Andrew Noblet’s Caulfield stables worked on rectifying that behaviour and it paid off with a one length victory in the Secondbite Fresh Food Rescue (1400m).

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By The Grace (3g God’s Own — Rain Dance Lady by Jugah) impressed regular rider Michelle Payne at headquarters.  “He just travelled so well and was never going to get beaten,” she said.  “I think he can make the grade at stakes level.”

Noblet bought the winner for $40,000 at the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions and Saturday’s pay-day increased his earnings to over $95,000 after just six outings.  He is owned by a syndicate comprising Steve O’Neill, Neville Ritchie, Gail Robertson and Mandy Sargeant.

Greta West Stud resident God’s Own sired him from Rain Dance Lady who was a Group 2 winner of the Swettenham Stud Stakes in Adelaide.  Her earlier winners include Noblet’s God Own’s filly Terpsichore.

Rain Dance Lady was bred by John Ingleton who stood her sire Jugah (USA) at Glen Appin Stud.

Jugah (Northern Dancer) was a Super VOBIS champion siring 17 stakes winners headed by Group 1 winners Juggler, Mookta and Soho Square.

God’s Own sired 13 individual winners in April and By The Grace sent his season earnings through $2.54 million on Saturday.

Miss Steele made it 14 stakes winners for Statue Of Liberty in the G3 Proud Miss Stakes (1200m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

While all their rivals scouted wide on the home turn, Miss Steele and Dean Yendall cut the corner to establish a winning margin at the top of the straight.

Miss Steele (3f Statue Of Liberty — Shu’ Shu’ Lara by Shagny) was freshened up for the Adelaide feature after winning for the third time at Moonee Valley in March.  “She had a foot abscess earlier this season and had to be scratched a couple of times,” part-owner and breeder Raph Zito said.  “She’s a very promising filly and is still developing.”

Miss Steele is a homebred for Zito and his wife Peta in partnership with Joseph & Rhonda Cichello and John & Diane Button.  Her dam Shu’ Shu’ Lara won at Mornington before fracturing a leg at her third start.

Fortunately, she was saved for stud and her first foal Ladretto (Dash For Cash) was crowned Townsville’s 2013 Horse Of The Year.  Shu’ Shu’ Lara was bred back to Statue Of Liberty last year.

Statue Of Liberty (Storm Cat) began standing at Eliza Park International in 2009 after an earlier stint at Blue Gum Farm that generated champion sprinter Hay List.

Miss Steele is among his oldest Eliza Park progeny and there has been a total of 32 individual winners of 46 races from that first-crop in Australia this season.

Contract Racing filly Spirits Dance leads those three year-olds with earnings of $403,000.  She won the G3 Kevin Hayes Stakes and G2 Angus Armanasco Stakes at Caulfield in February.

Statue Of Liberty sired his latest local maiden winner when Better Call Saul broke through at Sandown Hillside last Wednesday.  She was bred by Burnewang North Pastoral owner Cathy Hains who kept a share after the filly sold for $55,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier.

And in Hong Kong on Saturday, Fair Wind broke through in the Macwhinnie Cup (1200m) at Sha Tin.  He disputed the lead in the early stages and then dropped them in the straight for a three-length victory.

Fair Wind (3g Statue Of Liberty — Rachael’s Pride by Akhadan) was bred by Bill Cockram at Shadow Glen Stud in Modewarre and sold for $100,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier.

Eliza Park International will stand Statue Of Liberty for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee this year.

 

Ridgeview Park stallion Golden Snake (USA) grabbed a winning double in Singapore on Friday night with stablemates Jet Cosmo and Accomplished.

The three year-olds topped and tailed the Kranji card for trainer Sam Chua.

Jet Cosmo (3g Golden Snake — More Than A Woman by Puissance) opened the meeting with a comfortable victory in a 1700m Maiden for Jet Racing Stables.  He was a $14,000 buy from the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions.

Chua has persevered with Jet Cosmo while gradually stepping him up to a suitable distance but he didn’t have to hang about with Accomplished.

Sourced privately in Australia, he made it 3 wins from 7 starts when closing the program in a 1200m Sprint for Mawen Racing Stables.

Accomplished (3g Golden Snake — Gold Patriot by Made Of Gold) is a full brother to Super Gold who Chua trained to Group 3 victories in the 2009 Committee’s Prize and 2010 Moonbeam Vase.

“I heard about him through my agent,” Chua recalled.  “He didn’t have a clue what racing was all about when he first arrived here.

“He definitely has potential.  We haven’t rushed him and I think he can go over a bit of distance but not for now.”

Ridgeview Park studmaster Phil Sloane reports the dams of both Singapore winners delivered Golden Snake foals within days of each other last year.  More Than A Woman foaled a colt on August 15 and Gold Patriot a filly on August 19.

Golden Snake (Danzig) stands at Sloane’s Muskerry property in association with LP Stallions manager Julie Nairn.

Larneuk Stud has announced Group 1 Doomben Cup winner Mawingo will stand his first season at its Euroa property this year.

The German-bred stallion was retired after sustaining a hairline sesamoid fracture in training earlier this year.

Studmaster Nev Murdoch will stand him alongside O’Lonhro (Lonhro) and Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert) for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.

Mawingo (6h Tertullian — Montfleur by Sadler’s Wells) was initially trained by Jens Hirschberger for a Group 3 victory in the Bavarian Classic (2000m) at Munich in May 2011.  He also finished an excellent fourth in that year’s G1 German Derby (2400m).

Transferred to Anthony Freedman, he was a fighting Group 1 winner of the 2012 Doomben Cup defeating Group 1 winners Lights Of Heaven and Manighar.

Resuming for the 2013 Melbourne autumn carnival, he produced another top performance when narrowly defeated by explosive sprinter-miler All Too Hard in the G1 C F Orr Stakes at Caulfield.

Mawingo was Australia’s lone representative in the best field ever assembled for last year’s G1 Singapore Airlines International Cup and his class was evident with a slashing third to Hong Kong star Rave while finishing ahead of world class gallopers Pastorius and Red Cadeaux.

His sire Tertullian (Miswaki) has been represented by 94 stakes winners and boasts a sky high 75% winners-to-runners strike-rate.

His dam Montfleur (by Sadler’s Wells) is a half-sister to multiple Group winners Mr Mellon (Red Ransom) and Seeking the Best (Seeking the Gold) and stakes placed Danebury Hill (Danehill) and Beaucette (Mr. Prospector).

Second-dam Makie is half-sister by A.P. Indy’s half-brother Summer Squall to four major stakes performers, including Kentucky Derby winner Sea Hero and Group 2 winner Wild Applause, grand-dam of Vinery shuttler Congrats.

Growing Tribute, the Ireland bred third dam of Congrats and Mawingo, and also grand-dam of Mozart, an Ireland bred champion sprinter by Danehill, was by Ribot sire Graustark and from Admiring, a stakes winning sister by Hail to Reason to world champion racemare Allez France and to American Horse of the Year Personality.

Group 1 winner Glass Harmonium (Ire) will cover his first commercial book at Blue Gum Farm in 2014.

GLASS HARMONIUM served 10 mares to test his fertility at the Victorian stud last year and he returned excellent results.  Initially trained by Sir Michael Stoute, he was a Group 3 winner of the Gordon Richards Stakes (2000m) in England before arriving at Mike Moroney’s stable for a local career topped by a Group 1 triumph in the Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) at Flemington.

An eye-catching seven year-old grey stallion, he is a son of Verglas who won the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot before embarking on a successful shuttler career between Haras de Haie Neuve in France and Alwyn Park in Western Australia.

Verglas (Highest Honor) represents the Kenmare sireline and his European stakes winners have been headed by Silver Frost (G1 French 2000 Guineas) and Stormy River (G1 Prix Jean Prat).

Glass Harmonium will stand for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee.

CANFORD CLIFFS (Ire) was a world champion miler and his first Australian weanlings have fetched up to $65,000 this year.  Some 25 of his first crop European foals have averaged over 65,000 euros (AUD 97,025).

Canford Cliffs (Tagula) will stand for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee.

RED ARROW is a beautifully bred son of Red Ransom and G1 Blue Diamond winning filly Lady Jakeo.  His second crop of yearlings have sold to $100,000.  Third crop weanling recently fetched $48,000.

Red Arrow will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee.

TURFFONTEIN was a multiple Group 1 winner and is currently Victoria’s leading first-season with Hunters Grace getting him off the mark at Bendigo last month.  He is also the sire of promising Mornington stakes performer Fontein Ruby.   His second crop yearlings sold up to $110,000.

Turffontein (Johannesburg) will stand for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee.

ELVSTROEM was an international Group 1 winner who continues to produce winners week in and week out.  Sire of this year’s Adelaide Cup winner Outback Joe and C S Hayes Stakes winner Hucklebuck.  His progeny earnings total more than $15.40 million.

Elvstroem (Danehill) will stand for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee.