Devon Princess collected another bonus for Vinery sire Testa Rossa with a resounding victory in the VOBIS Gold Classic (1300m) at Swan Hill on Friday.

She banked the bulk of the $160,000 in prizemoney and bonuses for trainer Mick Price who had the youngster peaking 7 starts into a prep that started at Sandown in March.

Devon Princess (2f Testa Rossa – Gaelic Princess by King of Kings) ranged up to odds-on favourite Symphonix down the dip and then sprinted away to score by four lengths.  “Mick backed her up from Sandown last Saturday and she’s holding up well,” jockey Mark Pegus said.  “She’s rock hard so we pressured the favourite and it paid off.”

The Testa Rossa filly is raced by Betty Hoare and was bred by her husband John, a long-time TBV member, who died earlier this year.  Her dam Gaelic Princess carried the family’s orange and blue colours to Group 3 placings in the 2003 Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude behind Red Ransom filly Halibery.

John Hoare owned Devon Park in the Yarra Valley and his yearlings topped the Melbourne Premier more than once.

Devon Princess is the second VOBIS Gold feature winner for the Hoare family and Price this year.  In March, their talented Red Ransom three year-old Worth A Ransom claimed the VOBIS Gold Eldorado (1300m) at Wangaratta.

Friday’s VOBIS Gold Classic result helped Testa Rossa hurdle Snitzel into third place on the Australian 2YO table with over $2 million in prizemoney.  His Magic Millions Classic winner Unencumbered will vie for Australia’s Champion 2YO Colt in 2013-14.

Testa Rossa (Perugino) stood five years in Victoria before a 2006 move to Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley.

Don’t Get Excited revived memories of his sire Elvstroem with a pleasing victory in the $100,000 Golden Topaz at Swan Hill on Friday.

Elvstroem launched his career with a debut victory at Swan Hill in 2003.  He graduated to Group 1 triumphs in the Victorian Derby and Dubai Duty Free before retiring to Blue Gum Farm in Euroa.

Don’t Get Excited (4g Elvstroem — Tennessee Morn by Bletchingly) has won 8 races from 21 starts for a Swan Hill syndicate.  “I love these country carnivals and this is why,” trainer Stephen Theodore said.  “I was up here last year and a client Wayne Gurnett said he had one for me named Don’t Get Excited.”

Since moving to Theodore’s Cranbourne stables, the gelding has won at Sandown (3), Caulfield and Morphettville and ran second to Knoydart in the LR Hareeba Stakes at Mornington.

Jockey Chris Symons said Don’t Get Excited had a pretty easy run even though he raced fiercely for the first half of the race.  “The weight advantage really helped,” Symons said.  “But he’s a classy horse anyway.”

Don’t Get Excited is a younger half-brother to Flemington stakes winners Tennessee Midnight who later foaled G1 Coolmore Classic winner Aloha (Encosta de Lago).

Their dam Tennessee Morn (Bletchingly) won the 1993 Maribyrnong Plate for the old-time team of Sandown Lodge owner Alf Dickson and trainer Angus Armanasco.  Her sisters Tennessee Magic and Tennessee Mist also won stakes events in Melbourne.

Elvstroem stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Blue Gum Farm and has sired 70 winners of 126 races this season.  They have earned over $3.18 million topped by Outback Joe (G2 Adelaide Cup) and Hucklebuck who struck in stakes company at Flemington and Caulfield.

Reward For Effort was in the Top 10 among Australia’s most popular stallions in 2013 and he’s gearing up for another big book at Chatswood Stud this year.

The Group 1 winning son of Exceed And Excel covered 177 mares last year following books of 150 (2011) and 173 (2012).

Darley champion Exceed And Excel sires exceptional two year-olds around the world and, in recent years, has been represented by the winners of three Blue Diamonds, two Sires’ Produce Stakes, two Champagne Stakes plus a Golden Slipper and Breeders’ Cup Juvenile.

Reward for Effort has to be a great chance to produce some early two year olds.  His first yearlings have been well received this year although a significant number of them were retained by their breeders.

Of those to go through the sale-ring, Chatswood sold the top-priced Reward for Effort — Go With The Wind yearling to Peter Moody for $170,000.

Reward for Effort’s fee remains at $11,000 (inc gst).

Anacheeva has all the hallmarks of a future successful stallion.  He was a Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner and his brother (Headturner) and half-sister (O’Marilyn) also saluted at the elite level.

His sire Anabaa has been represented by 15 individual Group 1 winners and 6 of them have come in Australia / NZ.

Anacheeva looks extraordinary good value at only $6,600 (inc gst).

Purrealist has the ability to sire a Group 1 winner like Hawkspur and he’s also getting stakes winners like Storm Approach, Melrose Place and Adjuster among plenty of metropolitan winners.

A Group 3 Guineas Prelude winner at Caulfield, he is by Tale Of The Cat and is super value at $5,500 (inc gst).

All fees are on 31st March, 2015 payment terms with a transferable free return (conditions apply).

Nigel Blackiston is a big fan of the Desert King breed and that’s not surprising with the likes of Desert Jeuney in his Flemington stable.

A candidate for spring spoils, Desert Jeuney was Group 3 placed in Sydney during the autumn carnival and he returned to work this week.

Meanwhile, Blackiston unveiled another promising Desert King on Wednesday when Amortise won the Vale Kevin Mitchell Plate (1800m) second-up at Sandown.  Settling back in the field from an outside gate, he appreciated the step up in distance after a debut sixth over 1400m at Bendigo on May 22.

“He’s got a lot to learn but he’s going in the right direction,” Blackiston said after the soft three length victory.  “He is still got to grow into himself but I think he has a bit of a future.”

Amortise (3g Desert King — Princess Haze by Shifnal Prince) is a homebred for part-owners Verena and Chris Merry and is the final foal of pensioned mare Princess Haze.

Cranbourne trainer Michael Kent is another Desert King fan.  He has five-time winner Darlimurla Star kicking off another campaign at Moonee Valley on Saturday while stablemate Gala Princess has been entered for Mornington’s public holiday meeting on Monday.

Desert King has sired 6 Group 1 winners — no other stallion standing in Victoria has sired more elite level winners.  He has been thriving at Lauriston Park and his fertility last spring was that strong he managed to get Northwood Plume in foal.  The triple Group 1 winner had missed at three of her four previous years at stud.

Desert King (Danehill) is still a force in Europe even though he has been stationed permanently  in Victoria since 2009.  Last month, he sired the stakes winners Noble Mission (G1 Tattersalls Gold Cup at the Curragh) and Joyeuse (LR Cecil Frail Stakes at Haydock).

Lauriston Park will stand Desert King at Creighton’s Creek, just outside Euroa, for a $6,600 ( inc gst ) fee this year.  For further information contact Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Chris Bakker (0427 903 353).

Kaphero sired another winning double on Tuesday to climb into the Top 10 on the Australian second-season winners and wins premierships.

The Swettenham Stud stallion has sired 15 winners of 24 races this season and that puts him ahead of all second-season stallions based in Victoria.

Swettenham will stand Kaphero for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Kaphero (pictured) sired four winners in as many days leading up to Rearview’s victory in the Function & Event Centre Hcp (1200m) at Geelong on Tuesday.  The Robbie Griffiths trained three year-old ranged up at the furlong to win by a length at his first run back after a short break.

“He had a hoof abscess and we eased up for a couple of weeks after his last run here in April,” stable manager Reid Balfour said.  “We swapped blinkers for winkers and he settled much better although Matty (Allen) said he can still be a bit aggressive.

The Terricks is another promising Kaphero three year-old in work with Griffiths.  He won second-up at Seymour earlier this season and was then a good thing beaten at Caulfield.  “Robbie tried to get him ready for the South Australian Derby but ran out of time,” Balfour said.  “We expect him to develop into a good middle-distance horse next season.”

Rearview (3g Kaphero — Viking Rose by Viking Ruler) will also keep improving with maturity and will appreciate a longer trip than 1200 metres.  He was bred by Alwyn Shaw and is owned in partnership by Clanbrooke Racing.  His dam has a yearling colt by Kaphero being educated by John Blacker.

Clanbrooke is also syndicating a yearling colt from the first crop of Swettenham shuttler Equiano from Sandown winner Class Prevails.  He is on the books with Ricky Maund.

Queensland studmaster Basil Nolan has succeeded Trevor Lobb as President of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.

The announcement was made after a joint meeting of the TBA board and Aushorse Marketing on the Gold Coast.

Nolan is the current president of Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland (TBQA) and, with his wife Diane, owns Raheen Stud in the Gladfield Valley.  He has served on the TBQA board since 1969 and on the national body since 2005.

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“Trevor’s resignation is a big loss to the TBA and I’m sad to see him go,” Nolan said.  “I’m honoured to be taking on the role and have enormous shoes to fill.  Trevor is an industry icon and has done a tremendous job in his position, particularly during the Equine Influenza outbreak and with the A.I. Court battle.”

Lobb served as President since September 2008.  “I have known Basil for over 30 years, and sincerely wish him all the best as he assumes the mantle.

“During my time on the TBA board, Australia weathered the negative effects of the Equine Influenza outbreak as well as the GFC, causing the strongest correction to the Australian foal crop in history,” he said.  “The establishment of Aushorse Marketing streamlined operations and deliver more value for the breeder.

“TBA and other stakeholders have worked in a unified manner to most importantly defend the right for the Australian Thoroughbred to compete and be exported internationally.  By standing with the Joint Proprietors of the Australian Stud Book and the Australian Racing Board (against A.I.), breeders have helped guarantee the future of our great sport.”

In a further change, TBA Chief Executive Chauncey Morris informed both boards of his intention to return to the United States for personal reasons by early August 2014.  A search for a new CEO will begin immediately.  Both boards also unanimously decided to explore a merger between TBA and Aushorse Marketing.

Blue Gum Farm will stand superbly bred Group 3 winner War at Euroa this year.

War (More Than Ready — Deedra by Zabeel) was trained by Gai Waterhouse and showed terrific talent right from the get go when runner-up in the LR Breeders Plate at Randwick.

Sidelined by injury for 10 months, he didn’t reappear until a spring three year old for a front-running victory in the G3 Up and Coming Stakes (1300m) at Warwick Farm.  “He’s a very good horse in the making,” Waterhouse said.  “He was allowed to dictate today and I liked the way he came away in the straight.”

War joined Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Exceed and Excel, Testa Rossa and Marscay on the roll-call of Up and Coming Stakes winners and they all developed into top-class sires.

“He controlled the race and was never going to be beaten,” jockey Tommy Berry said after bringing the winner back to scale.  “His turn of foot was explosive.”

War was a $500,000 buy for renowned judge James Bester at the 2012 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.  “I consider War as good looking a yearling as I’ve ever bought,” Bester claimed.  “He’s a perfect marriage of the speed, precocity and athleticism that is synonymous with More Than Ready and the quality and presence for which Zabeel is renowned.

“He is a superb walker with a great head and chiselled, muscular physique.  He was a fast, mature two year-old, one of the best of his generation in that respect, and he was good enough to progress to win a high-quality race at three.  As a racehorse, he certainly delivered on the promise of his physique as a yearling.”

War is by Champion 2YO Sire More Than Ready whose sire sons include champion stallion Sebring.  He is the first foal of a Zabeel daughter of the G1 Queensland Oaks winner Joie Denise and she has produced Group 1 winners Tuesday Joy and Sunday Joy.  The latter is the dam of More Than Ready champion More Joyous.

War will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) fee alongside fellow newcomer Glass Harmonium (Ire).  Blue Gum Farm also stands Canford Cliffs (Tagula), Red Arrow (Red Ransom), Turffontein (Johannesburg) and Elvstroem (Danehill

Danerich gelding Brilliant Dream made dramatic race-to-race improvement to break his maiden in the Pui O Hcp (1200m) at Sha Tin on Sunday.

The Hong Kong sprinter was wayward on debut in April and then missed a run when his trainer David Hall was hit by a feed contamination and subsequent positive swabs to arsenic.  Despite those setbacks, the horse returned a far more accomplished performer.

“He’s a bit temperamental and didn’t take as much improvement out of his trials into his first race as we would have liked,” Hall said on Saturday.  “But he certainly showed he had improved today.  He will get better with more racing, his manners and his tractability will improve.

“It will be good to get him back to the races again soon.  It can be hot and demanding on these horses at this time of year — but if he could get another run in before the end of the season he would take a lot of benefit from the experience.”

Brilliant Dream (3g Danerich — Pentatonic by Pentire) was bred by Barree Stud and is closely related to Hong Kong stakes performers Glorious Days (Hussonet) and Kildare (O’Reilly).

Known as Con Forza before shipping off-shore, he had won a Cranbourne trial in September 2013.  “When I trialled him down there he was a natural jump and run horse,” jockey Brett Prebble said.  “He had been well-educated by a good trainer in Greg Eurell but came here and had no idea.

“He was getting it all wrong, even jumping shadows but obviously things are starting to click.”

Danerich (Danehill) will stand at Rangal Park Stud in Euroa for a service fee of $8,800 (nc gst) in 2014.

Musk Creek Farm owner David Kobritz was kept busy buying his next batch of yearlings at the Magic Millions Weanling Sale last week.

The Mornington horseman is one of the leading pin-hookers in the country and Pierro has been one of his more lucrative buys.  Kobritz bought the champion colt for $115,000 as a foal and then turned him over for $230,000 as a yearling.

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Under the guidance of Gai Waterhouse, he swept the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown and was syndicated to stand his first season at Coolmore for a $77,000 service fee last year.

Kobritz also bought a Fastnet Rock — Bellevue Lady colt for $145,000 as a foal at the 2011 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.  He developed into the top priced yearling at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale selling for $500,000.

Named Vero Beach, he won by 7 lengths on debut at Kyneton in March.

Kobritz purchased 6 foals on the Gold Coast last week led by a Fastnet Rock colt for $220,000.  He is the first foal of NZ Group 3 Eulogy Stakes winner Veronica Franco.

Next best was a Denman — Moama colt at $210,000.  He is also a first foal of a mare who was stakes placed at Doomben.  It’s the family of Golden Slipper winner Mossfun.

A Smart Missile — Thirst filly cost Kobritz $190,000.  Her older half-brother had won a Balaklava maiden in May 1 and her second-dam Seven Springs won a G1 Prix Robert Pain at Maisons-Laffitte.

Other six-figures buys were a Sepoy colt from a three-quarter sister to G2 Sandown Guineas winner Moon Dragon for $160,000 and a Foxwedge colt out of a half-sister to Perth stakes winner Rebel Call for $150,000.

Nagambie based Gary Mudgway (pictured) was another Victorian based buyer active on the Gold Coast.  He purchased 7 foals including a $52,500 Savabeel colt from Eliza Park International (Lot 125).  The NZ bred colt is from Jack’s Girl who won four races in Sydney for Chris Waller.

Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy signed for three colts and a $72,500 first crop filly by Helmet (Lot 460).  She is a half-sister to five winners and her second-dam Burst won the 1992 Golden Slipper.

Melbourne agent Sheamus Mills bought colts by Duporth ($77,500) and Smart Missile ($75,000).  The Duporth (Lot 435) is a half-brother to recent Adelaide Group 2 winner Lonhspresso and the Smart Missile colt (Lot 414) is from a half-sister to G1 Queensland Oaks winner Miss Danehill.

Ampulla Lodge owner Steve Jostlear took four foals back to Bunyip including an Uncle Mo colt from Widden Stud that cost $47,500.  He is a half-brother to Tikitour who earned black-type when placed in the LR Adelaide Guineas on May 1.

The Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale was one for the record books and it also marked the opening gambit from the Fiorente Syndicate on behalf of Eliza Park International’s star recruit.

Fiorente (Ire) has been a popular lad since it was first announced he would stand at Eliza Park International in Victoria this season.  And, if the National Sale is any guide, he is poised to receive unprecedented support in his first season at stud.

The Fiorente Syndicate bought 17 mares on the Gold Coast and top of the dial was Happy Hussy (pictured) who was purchased for $230,000 in foal to Lonhro.  The five year-old Hussonet mare won three races in Sydney and was stakes placed in the 2012 Gold Coast Guineas.

Other buys include a half sister to the dam of Whobegotyou;  a half to Group 1 winner Zabrasive;  a half to Group winner Startsmeup;  a stakes winning daughter of classic winner Beaux Art;  a city winning More Than Ready half-sister to stakes winner Apprehend;  a Sadler’s Wells mare out of the Group 2 winning Melbourne sprinter Langoustine;  a Group 1 placed Red Ransom mare;  stakes winning mare Gina Lollawitcha and a winning half sister to Kentucky Derby winner and sire Big Brown.

Fiorente’s future mates are currently in foal to some of the nation’s leading lights in Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, So You Think, Sebring, Sepoy, Medaglia d’Oro and Helmet.

FIORENTE SYNDICATE @ MAGIC MILLIONS

$230,000   HAPPY HUSSY   Hussonet — Morinda
$175,000   MARIE ROSE   (GB)  Sadler’s Wells — Langoustine
$170,000   FIT FOR A QUEEN (Ire)   Montjeu — Mona Lisa
$160,000   GINA LOLLAWITCHA   Perugino — Lucky Witch

$160,000   ROCK IDOL   Flying Spur — Broc ‘n’ Roll
$155,000   THERESMUSICPLAYING (USA)   Street Cry — Foolish Kisses
$135,000   IMAGINAIRE   Fusaichi Pegasus — Beaux Art
$130,000   CHORDATA   Fusaichi Pegasus — Dashing Eagle

$120,000   GORGONZOLA   Hussonet — Bluevien
$115,000   MY CHESTNUT GIRL (USA)   Horse Chestnut — Mien
$100,000   MISS LILY ROSE   Red Ransom — Shannon Wood
$110,000   AGNUS DEI   Desert Prince — Hosannah

$105,000   WESTCHESTER   Reset — Up State
$85,000      EVASIVE (NZ)   One Cool Cat — Danasia
$75,000      LITTLE ARTIST   More Than Ready — Regal Touch
$60,000      DOUBLE DOWN DIXIE (USA)   Dixie Union — Clovis Point
$50,000      TENKO (NZ)   Shinko King — Heartache

Fiorente will stand his initial season at a fee of $17,600 (inc gst).  For further information, broodmare owners should call Mark Lindsay (0416 334 338), Phil Marshall (0407 853 782) or Mitch Roach (0418 995 984).

Victorian based Dr Greg Anderson bred Escamillo from a family without any recent black-type updates but that will change come the spring carnival.

Escamillo (2c Hard Spun — La Carmencita by Rancho Ruler) won the Samson Hcp (1400m) at Sandown Lakeside on Saturday collecting $48,000 in prizemoney and a Super VOBIS dividend for his owner-breeder.

Anderson has been breeding from the family for three generations.  Escamillo’s dam La Carmencita was a Moonee Valley winner for him in 10 starts while second-dam Tuddenham (Rare Pearl) only got as far as a Wangaratta maiden in 8 starts.

Tuddenham was one of 4 winners Anderson bred from Mattishall (Labienus).  The best of them was her older brother Dereham who won city races in Melbourne and Brisbane in 1995-96.

Escamillo (pictured) is by Darley Victoria stallion Hard Spun and trainer Mick Kent is keen on his chances in better company.  “He’s always shown ability and will be better over longer trips,” Kent claimed.  “He is a big striding horse and can use that to his advantage.

“We could keep going towards the (Listed) Taj Rossi Stakes at Flemington or he can go for a break now and come back for races like the (G3) Caulfield Classic.”

Anderson and Kent also have a 2yo half-brother to the Sandown winner named Berganza.  He is by former Darley sire Shaft and impressed trackmen in a Cranbourne hit-out last Monday.

Unbeaten filly Novel Dancer has a number of options when she returns to training as a three year-old.

The daughter of Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon looks an exciting prospect after scoring another on-pace victory in the Melbourne Truck Centre Hcp (1200m) at Mornington on Wednesday.

The Shea Eden trained filly had bolted in by six lengths on debut at Echuca on May 4.

Novel Dancer (2f Written Tycoon — Strata Title by Strategic) earned $57,300 in prizemoney and VOBIS Gold incentives for those two provincial victories and she’s also Magic Millions qualified.

“We will wait until the dust settles before deciding whether she has another run or is spelled,” Eden said at Mornington.  “She’s an exciting filly and I haven’t got anything that can keep up with her at home.

“She wandered about in front today and still has a lot to learn but that will come as she matures.  We will bring her back for the spring carnival and she’s also eligible for the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy in January.”

Eden bought Novel Dancer for $50,000 from Rosemont Stud at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  He went back and bought her half-sister by Stryker for $40,000 at the VOBIS Gold yearling sale last month.

Their dam Strata Title won at Moonee Valley and was stakes placed at Flemington and Sandown when trained by Danny O’Brien.  It’s the family of G1 Victorian Oaks winner Rom’s Stiletto.

Written Tycoon (7) leads Domesday (5) for the Victorian 2YO sires’ premiership in the wins category this season.  Woodside Park has kept his service fee unchanged at $13,750 (inc gst) this year.

VOBIS pioneer Douglas Reid OAM passed away peacefully on Tuesday.  He was 79.

Reid was a long-serving VRC committeeman from 1978 to 2006 and he represented the Club on the Australian Stud Book and Racing Appeals Board.  He was also Chairman of the VRC Marketing & Program Committee.

“Doug Reid leaves an indelible mark as an administrator in this State,” Racing Victoria chief Bernard Saundry said.  “He made a significant contribution across many levels.

“We have lost a visionary and true gentleman.”

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Reid owned St John’s Lane at Toolern Vale for almost 30 years after buying it from John Piper in 1971.  He bred and raced champion mare Maybe Mahal (Maybe Lad) who was crowned Australian Horse of the Year in 1978.

The Bart Cummings trained sprinter-miler won that year’s Newmarket Hcp with top weight and the only other mare to capture Australia’s premier sprint carrying the No.1 saddlecloth has been Black Caviar.

Maybe Mahal could just as easily gone to stud as a spring three year-old.  “She got loose from her handler and bolted into the Members car park at Flemington,” Reid recalled years later.  “Her hip was badly injured and the vets suggested she should be retired.

“Instead, we gave her a long spell and she came back much stronger around the hindquarters.  She was a indeed a champion but, when she finally went to stud, never threw any good gallopers.”

Reid’s family had operated quarries north of Coburg and, in 1968, they sold out to Pioneer Concrete which was owned by Sir Tristran Antico.  Doug bought a property at Bulla and installed the Tommy Smith-trained sprinter Rajah (Star Kingdom) before the move to Toolern Vale three years later.

Reid stood several successful stallions at St John’s Lane starting with Maybe Lad (Coronation Boy).  Besides Maybe Mahal, he also sired top-class miler Magari.

Florida Derby winner Ridan (Nantallah) stood one season at Toolern Vale and, from just 15 foals, sired 1979 Maribyrnong Trial winner Lady Gramar for Blue Gum Farm founder Graham Campbell.  Her second-dam Serene Image was the first horse Campbell had owned in the late 1950s.

Ironically, Lady Gramar defeated Ruby (Seventh Hussar) in the Maribyrnong Trial and the runner-up went on to foal champion colt Rubiton (Century) who served out an illustrious stud career at Blue Gum Farm.

Through the 1980s, St John’s Lane was home to the stakes-producing stallions Ruling (Bold Ruler), Jackson Square (Biscay) and Atlantic Flyer (Bletchingly).

The showpiece property also had a tennis court — Doug had been a successful player in his youth and had competed at Wimbledon.

St John’s Lane was visited by many racing identities including the Aga Khan and a paddock was named in his honour.

Reid’s own legacy lives on through VOBIS.  Owners and breeders will continue to reap the rewards thanks to his foresight in helping to establish the Scheme back in the 1980s.

Halibery was a brilliant sprinter in her heyday and she could have a colt in the same league with leading trainer Tony McEvoy.

Her first starter Award Of Merit (pictured as a yearling) looked all class winning the Jacobs Creek Maiden Plate (1055m) at Balaklava on Wednesday.  The colt was heavily supported from $4 into $2.60 but favourite punters would have been reeling when he received a hip-and-shoulder shortly after the jump.

“It was a chain-reaction from an inside horse veering out and it knocked him right off balance,” stable manager Jason Robinson said.  “He must have been giving the leaders about 8 lengths on the corner.”

Jockey Dom Tourneur peeled Award Of Merit wide and the colt powered home to score by a half-head from stablemate Bonita Ice.

Award Of Merit (2c Medaglia D’Oro — Halibery by Red Ransom) is raced by Victorian breeder Bob Scarborough and the winning debut earned him a trip interstate.  “Tony has earmarked the VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic (1300m) at Swan Hill on June 6,” Robinson added.  “He’s VOBIS qualified and it’s worth $160,000.

“Bob catalogued him for last year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions but there was a problem with the x-ray.  Bob knew he was on our short-list and sent him across to Tony.”

Scarborough and his wife Rosemary raced Halibery to a Group 2 victory in the 2003 Schillaci Stakes at Caulfield before she retired to their Wood Nook nursery in Nagambie.

Victorian based breeders Tony and Deslee Santic have bred another black-type winner from the family of their Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva.

La Amistad (4m Redoute’s Choice — Tugela by Irish River) joined the honour-roll with a dominant victory in the LR McKell Cup (2400m) at Rosehill on Saturday.

A homebred for the Gnarwarre based couple, La Amistad is a three-quarter-sister to Makybe Diva and a full-sister to G2 STC Shannon Stakes winner Musket.  She is also a half-sister to G3 MVRC Tesio Stakes winner Valkyrie Diva.

La Amistad also credited champion sire Redoute’s Choice with his 115th stakes winner.  She was retained by her breeders after failing to reach a $750,000 reserve at the 2011 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  They race her in partnership with Greg Ingham and Michael Sullivan.

Trained by Team Hawkes, La Amistad broke her maiden at Bendigo in October and will now spell after winning 5 of 10 starts this season.

“She could be a Melbourne Cup horse but that’s a dream at this stage,” John Hawkes said.  “She is not Makybe Diva but she is going to make her own way.  It is a good win for the owners because they have been patient and that takes you a long way.

“She will be better in the spring and even better next autumn.  She is a lovely mare to deal with but we won’t be getting too carried away just yet.”

The Santics have a yearling full sister to Makybe Diva by Bombora Downs sire Desert King and the mare is back in foal to Vinery freshman All Too Hard.

Eliza Park International has the biggest draft of foals of any Victorian based stud at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale commencing on Sunday.

Five lots have been withdrawn from an initial consignment of 30 foals and there are also colts by Foxwedge and Love Conquers All being offered on behalf of Racetree owner Kevin Dixon.

“We’ve been very busy with inspections this week, especially over the last two days,” Eliza Park International’s Philip Marshall said at the Gold Coast on Friday.  “There’s a positive vibe on the grounds and it looks like being a strong sale.”

Marshall pin-pointed several foals that will be in demand at the Weanling Sale.  The Not A Single Doubt — Debutante colt (Lot 44) and Foxwedge — Bruges filly (Lot 464) are among the highlights.

The Statue of Liberty — Strectrum’s Image colt (Lot 342) and High Chaparral — Presumed Innocent filly (Lot 267) have also been popular during pre-sale inspections.

“The Not A Single Doubt colt is a half-brother to Veuvelicious and she won the Fernill Handicap at Randwick last month,” Marshall said.  “We bought their dam Debutante carrying the colt and she’s back in foal to Wanted.

“The Statue of Liberty is a half-brother to the Adelaide stakes winner Hooness.  He’s a typical Statue of Liberty and looks a strong, running colt.

“We bought quite a few mares here at the National Sale last year.  They were then covered by our stallions Bel Esprit, Magnus and Wanted which makes those foals Super VOBIS qualified.”

One of those mares was the former Colin Little trained stakes performer Bruges who was purchased by Eliza Park International under its Sun Kingdom banner for $52,500.  She changed hands carrying the Foxwedge filly and she’s back in foal to Wanted.

Eliza Park International is also continuing the launch of its new stallions Fiorente and Fighting Sun.  “It’s a perfect opportunity to promote both stallions with breeders from around Australia here on the Gold Coast,” Marshall explained.  “We’ve already taken bookings to both stallions in the lead-up to the sale.”

The Eliza Park International draft is stabled in Barns S and T at the sales complex.

Group 2 winner Tanby headed the unreserved draft from Team Williams at the Inglis Melbourne Racehorse Sale on Friday.

A 99% clearance rate was recorded with buyers from the ACT, Hong Kong, New South Wales, Queensland, South Australia, Victoria and Western Australia.

Nine of the top 10 priced lots at the sale were sold by Team Williams with its draft of 25 lots realising $804,500.  “I would again like to thank Nick and Lloyd Williams for their great support,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.  “We wish the best of luck to the buyers who ventured from all parts of Australia.”

Group 2 Zipping Classic winner Tanby sold to Bulla Thoroughbreds for $140,000.  Marksmanship was snapped by Ciaron Maher Racing for $120,000, Queensland based trainer John Wallace purchased Ranked for $85,000 while Aquanita purchased Livery and Delivery for $90,000 and $56,000 respectively.

Woodside Park Stud has 10 foals parading at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale and among the highlights are fillies by Victorian based stallions Artie Schiller and Master Of Design.

The pair are scheduled to go under the hammer on Sunday afternoon and Woodside Park nominations manager Suman Hedge revealed both fillies have been popular with prospective buyers during inspections this week.

The Artie Schiller — Over Exposed filly (Lot 246) is the first foal of an Exceed And Excel mare who won two Moonee Valley sprints in Woodside Park’s colours.  “There’s plenty of scope and length to her,” Hedge said at the Gold Coast sale grounds on Friday.  “She’s a true to type Artie Schiller and will be targeted by pin-hookers.”

The Master Of Design — Paris Return filly (Lot 250) received two updates earlier the month when her older half-sister Fantome Gris won at Bendigo and Sandown Lakeside for syndicator Brad Spicer.  “She’s an athletic filly and covers plenty of ground,” Hedge commented.  “She will make a lovely yearling.”

In other developing news, Woodside Park owner Mark Rowsthorn is assessing which mares he will send to Zoustar when the champion colt retires to stud.

A strained a suspensory ligament called a halt to Zoustar’s Royal Ascot campaign this week.  The Chris Waller trained three year-old had earned a trip to England with Group 1 triumphs in the Golden Rose and Coolmore Stud Stakes earlier this season.

“Mark has a 25% share in Zoustar,” Hedge explained.  “Of those 35 nominations, 20 will be our mares and among the remainder will be foals shares although the mares will have to fulfil strict quality criteria.”

Zoustar (Northern Meteor) was an $85,000 graduate of the 2011 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.  He will stand alternate seasons between Widden Stud and Woodside Park starting off in the Hunter Valley.

Equiano (Fr) struck again when Lightning Stride landed the High Sheriffs Stakes (1000m) at Leicester’s evening meeting last week.

Lightning Stride (2c Equiano — Fame Is The Spur by Motivator) is the second winner for the Swettenham Stud shuttler following Moving Melody at Newcastle on April 29.

The Brian Meehan trained colt began like a bullet when facing the starter for the second time and he powered up the hill to record a taking victory over Town Crier.  The runner-up is a son of Equiano’s sire Acclamation.

“He need the experience at Newmarket earlier this month,” Meehan said.  “That was a good maiden at the Guineas meeting and we anticipated an improved effort.”

Lightning Stride races in the same colours as Dunaden for  Qatar Bloodstock’s Sheikh Fahad al Thani.  He had been moving along nicely at Meehan’s Manton Estate stables and should be even more effective over 1200 metres according to his trainer.

The historic Manton Estate in Wiltshire is owned by Swettenham’s Sangster family and Meehan has been based there since 2006.

Lightning Stride was bred and sold by Newsells Park for 82,000 euros (AUD 118,360) at last year’s Goffs Orby yearling sale.  His dam Fame is the Spur has a yearling filly by Equiano.

Equiano’s first southern yearlings averaged $105,200 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March but his fee will remain unchanged at $16,500 (inc gst) this year.

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.