Hollylodge Stud owner Christine Mills speaks from experience when she commends the upcoming TBV stallion nomination auction at Oaklands Junction on August 22.

Back in 2010, Peter Mills had his mares agisted at the old Hollylodge in Avenel and asked Chris for advice about a stallion for his Mossman mare Alice’s Restaurant.

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“I looked up several matchings on my Tesio program and found that she had a very high match-up score to Al Samer who was standing at Emirates Park,” Chris recalled.  “I advised Peter to put in a bid for the stallion through the then TBV stallion tender scheme and his offer of $4,500 was successful.”

Alice’s Restaurant foaled a lovely bay colt at Hollylodge in 2011 and he was subsequent named Al’s Kitchen.  “Peter was so impressed with the colt that he bred the mare back to Al Samer,” Chris said.  “She produced a filly now named My Kitchen Rules.”

Al’s Kitchen spent his first few months growing at Hollylodge and was then taken up to Peter’s farm at Finley just over the border in NSW.  “He was the only foal on the property and loved all the attention.  He’s a plain bay with a little white star on his head and carries himself with confidence – he was king of the paddock up there.

“We missed the deadline for Super VOBIS and the VOBIS Gold.  I kept pushing Peter to register but he was reluctant.  He reckoned if the horse was any good, he would win races anyway.”

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Al’s Kitchen & Friend as foals.


Fast-forward a couple of years – Peter and Christine married and purchased a new property for Hollylodge at Avenel that would accommodate all their horses.

Because the fencing was not ready, Al’s Kitchen was agisted briefly next door at Milford Thoroughbreds and was then broken-in and pre trained by Pat Cannon at Princess Park Thoroughbreds at Nagambie.

Peter and Chris sent him to Flemington to be trained by Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra and they were impressed with his nature and willingness to do things.

They gave him a couple of educational runs at Moe and Geelong before going to Wangaratta for a VOBIS Gold race on the Anzac Day weekend.  “We went up to watch him but our hearts sank when he settled last.  That wasn’t the plan – he was supposed to sit forward or midfield at least.

Nevertheless, Al has the final say when he pushed through the pack and flew home to win by four lengths.  “We were over the moon with excitement,” Chris explained.  “We had a racehorse and a two year-old at that.”

Ellerton and Zahra then set him for a sprint on home turf at Flemington but constant rain had connections wondering whether he could handle a Slow 6 surface.  After settling at the back of the field, he burst through late and was only beaten a long-neck at headquarters.

“We were looking forward to bringing him back as a three year-old but an agent rang to see if we would sell him to Hong Kong,” Chris said.  “Al was like our child but it was a good offer and now he will race on the world stage.

“He well and truly paid for himself and we had a lot of fun along the way.  Naturally, we will miss him but at least we will be able to watch him on TV or go up to Hong Kong if he runs in a big race.

“And it all goes back to that investment through the TBV Stallion Tender scheme.”

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria will auction 6 stallion nominations before the Inglis August Sale at Oaklands Junction on Friday, August 22.

They have been catalogued as Lots 79 to 84 and the proceeds will help support the Victorian breeding industry.  The following 6 stallion nominations have been donated by their owners for the TBV auction;

1  EQUIANO – Swettenham Stud

2  FIORENTE – Eliza Park International

3  HELMET – Darley Victoria


5  UNENCUMBERED – Three Bridges Thoroughbreds

6  WRITTEN TYCOON – Woodside Park Stud

Bold Senator burst between runners to notch the first city win of the season for Purrealist at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Sam Burford trained sprinter scored a half-length victory in the Farmers Union Iced Coffee Hcp (1100m) from Wise Journey (Good Journey) and Trueno (Written Tycoon).

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Purrealist (AUS)


Bold Senator (4g Purrealist – Bella Grande by Marauding) was initially with Tony McEvoy before transferring to Burford’s stables at Monarto South.  He won a Balaklava maiden last December and broke through in town at his third run back after a 30 week spell.

“He was a handful when we got him this time last year – definitely not a kid’s horse – but his manners have really improved with maturity,” Burford said.  “We’ve given him time because he’s got plenty of potential.”

Purrealist is based at Chatswood Stud after beginning his career at Makybe.  He transferred to the Seymour nursery in 2012 after Tony Santic scaled back his stallion roster to concentrate solely on broodmares.

From three crops, he has built up a 53% winning strike-rate headed by G1 Queensland Derby winner Hawkspur and the stakes winners Storm Approach (LR SAJC Hill Smith Stakes) and Melrose Place (LR VRC Heritage Stakes).

Burford is confident Bold Senator can keep rising through the ranks.  “He pulled up well after Saturday and he’s got lots of upside.  We will nominated him again in another two or three weeks.”

Bold Senator is a homebred for a syndicate that includes Keith & Heather Archer and John McEntee.  They raced his dam Bella Grande to three wins and her two year-old colt by Purrealist has just joined Burford’s team from the breakers.

Promising colt Jabali is set to resume racing for Eliza Park International in the G3 Vain Stakes (1100m) at Caulfield this Saturday.

Trainer Mick Price has booked Damien Oliver has the ride him ahead of stablemates Cornrow and Nordic Empire.  “He will be keen and will run very well,” Price said.  “The blinkers are off and the winkers are on this Saturday.”

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Eliza Park International purchased a controlling interest in Jabali after he finished second to Earthquake in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes.  “I have a big opinion of this colt,” Price added.  “He has a ton of natural ability and the makings of an exceptional three year-old.”

Jabali (3c Exceed And Excel – Balalaika by King Of Kings) won a 750m jump out with some authority at Caulfield last Tuesday.  After the Vain Stakes, he will be set for the G1 Golden Rose in Sydney on September 14.

Price bought him for $220,000 out of the Kornong Stud draft at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  His stakes-placed dam Balalaika is a daughter of Group 2 winner Love of Mary who is a sister to world champion sprinter Sacred Kingdom.

Eliza Park International’s Mark Lindsay believes Jabali will mature into an exciting stallion prospect.  “He was on our radar from the start,” he said.  “We had to outbid interest from the Hunter Valley and overseas.”

The move to buy Jabali is also firm evidence new owner Cheng Ting Kong is intent on becoming a major player in Australian racing and breeding through Eliza Park International.

“Everyone knows about the Hunter Valley but Victoria can become a breeding hub of Australia,” Lindsay predicted.  “Victoria lacks the stallions at the moment but Eliza Park International can help change that, with horses like Jabali, because it can compete with the likes of Darley and Coolmore.”

The Australian Racing Board is set to take control of all administrative racing-data services when it completes buying the Australian Stud Book for $18 million this week.

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The Stud Book, started in 1878, has been owned by the Australian Turf Club and Victoria Racing Club since 1910 will be passed to the ARB, which will also take control of Racing Information Services Australia from the Principal Racing Authorities in the next six weeks. ATC chairman Michael Crismale said the sale of the Stud Book had been a drawn-out process but confirmed the ARB was the buyer. The ATC will welcome the banking the $9 million as it continues improve its bottom line.

“The ARB will take control and have all racing-data records centralised, which can only be good for the sport and its integrity,” Crismale said. “It has been more then 12 months to get to this point and we should finalise things this week. It is a good result for the club and the industry.”

The Stud Book is the Australian thoroughbred industry’s library, and it records all stallions and broodmares in Australia as well as the more than 15,000 foals a year. It has the responsibility of recording a brands register and assists with research into and promotion of the breed. It was feared that it would add to the costs for horse owners had it become privately owned.

However, the ARB will continue it as an industry asset and an independent body, which has been welcomed by leading breeders. “I think the centralisation of the Stud Book to the ARB will continue it as a world leader,” Vinery Stud boss Peter Orton said. “It will be independent of the breeders and there are great benefits in having the administrative part of the business controlled by a body like the ARB.”

While obtaining the Stud Book has taken a lot of negotiation by the ARB, taking control of RISA is easier as it owned by the Principal Racing Authority of each state, which make up the ARB. An announcement about the move is due to be made next month. The ARB has long been seen as a toothless tiger since being formed in 1988. Its primary responsibility was the control of the Australian rules of racing and as a national body to represent the sport to governments around the country. It did not have anything to do with the day-to-day running of the sport, which is taken care of by state governing bodies and clubs.

However, by taking on the Stud Book and RISA it will be responsible for the registration of every horse in Australia from birth, throughout its racing and breeding career to death. The Stud Book running in conjunction with the RISA operation will mean all racing registrations will come from one database for the first time. That will give the ARB more power. As a non-profit organisation, ARB will return any profits from the operation of the Stud Book and RISA to the industry. There will be cost savings in bringing the two databases together.

Randwick stakes winner Scissor Kick was the focal point of an interstate treble for Victorian owner-breeder Jonathon Munz on Saturday.

Munz also bred Adelaide Grand National Hurdle winner Urban Explorer (Zabeel) and Belmont winner Rive Gauche (Zabeel).

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Scissor Kick (3c Redoute’s Choice – Back Pass by Quest for Fame) was a powerful winner of the LR The Rosebud (1200m) for Munz and Arrowfield Stud chairman John Messara.  “He’s always given us the impression he wants a bit further as he’s such a casual customer,” trainer Paul Messara said.  “He will go towards the Golden Rose and then the Caulfield Guineas.”

Munz bred the winner under his GSA Bloodstock banner from USA bred mare Back Pass whose earlier foals include Redoute’s Choice stakes winner Sharkbite.

Paul Messara is taking over as manager of Arrowfield Stud but he will keep a select group in work at Scone.  “I’m not going to hand in my trainer’s licence and this is one horse who will definitely be staying,” he said.  “I think he can go all the way.”

Scissor Kick will give Munz a second Victorian classic in as many years with a victory in the Caulfield Guineas.  He won last year’s G1 Australian Guineas with Ferlax (Pentire).

Munz also claimed the 2013 Tasmanian Oaks with Redoute’s Choice filly Global Balance.

Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano was represented by another two first-crop winners in England last week.

GHOST CAT (2c Equiano – Lomapamar by Nashwan) took up the running in the Red Sport Maiden Stakes (1200m) at Southwell on Thursday and then repelled the challenge of Captain Revelation (Captain Rio) to score by a short-head.

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The winner (pictured in March) started an odds-on favourite after going close at Windsor last month.  He is a late April foal and should continue to progress in the second half of the flat season.

Trainer Brian Meehan bought him for 35,000 guineas (AUD 61,620) at the Tattersalls October yearling sale last year.  His dam is a half-sister to G2 Ascot Royal Lodge Stakes winner Mons (Deploy).

JIMMY’S GIRL (Ire) displayed all the speed that’s becoming a trademark of the Equiano breed at Lingfield on Friday.

The Richard Hannon trained youngster jumped straight to the lead in the Greyhound Fillies Stakes (1200m) and never gave her rivals a look-in.  She sprinted to a 8 length lead at the top of the straight and was still over a length in front on the line.

Jimmy´s Girl (2f Equiano – Scottish Exile by Ashkalani) is raced by Will Mellor & Kevin McMullen and is a half-sister to Bonnie Charlie (Intikhab) who was Group 3 placed in England and France.

She was one of the cheapest Equiano yearlings at the 2013 Doncaster Bloodstock yearling sale when changing hands for 11,000 pounds.  He has 18 lots catalogued for this year’s Doncaster Sale starting on August 26.

Equiano (Fr) will parade at Swettenham Stud’s Open Day on Sunday, August 31 and a nomination to this outstanding stallion will be up for auction at the 2014 Inglis’ August Thoroughbred Sale on Friday, August 22.
His first southern yearlings averaged $105,200 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale in March but his service fee remains unchanged at $16,500 (inc gst) this year.

The University of Kentucky (UK) Equine Science and Management Program (ESMA) Lecturer and Internship Coordinator, Elizabeth LaBonty,  is coming to Victoria to explore and recruit potential internship opportunities for their students.

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Located in Lexington, Kentucky, in the United States, the UK ESMA program is made up of over 320 students majoring in equine science, equine management, or pre-vet. Unlike most equine programs in the US that offer internships, the University of Kentucky requires every student to complete an internship before they graduate. Ranging from 150 hours to 6 months, students complete internships at breeding farms, in training barns, with sales consignors and at vet clinics, as well as with equine related businesses including Keeneland, Fasig-Tiption, the Jockey Club, and Breeders Cup.

Recently, UK ESMA has made a concentrated effort to expand its internship program and recruit international internship experiences.  Having already sent interns to China, Canada, and Ireland, Australia is the next natural step  With it’s thriving thoroughbred industry, variety of equine disciplines and one of a kind cultural experience, many students would love the opportunity to travel to, work in, and learn about the equine industry in Australia

Ideal internship opportunities for UK ESMA students include housing and can take place anytime throughout the year.  Many of the students at UK work on Thoroughbred farms around Lexington during breeding season and sales prepping, as well as at the Keeneland and Fasig-Tipton sales throughout the year. Such students would be ideal candidates to send for an internship in Victoria since they are already familiar with the Thoroughbred industry and handling horses.

Ms. LaBonty will be in Melbourne Monday August, 11 – Wednesday August 13 visiting the University of Melbourne Equine Program and has some time Wednesday, the 13th to visit with or travel to local farms that would be interested in hosting an intern from UK ESMA in the future.

If you would like to discuss this with her or invite her to visit your farm, please contact her at: elizabeth.labonty@uky.edu or 859-351-3558.

In what is sure to be a highlight of the stallion parade day roster in Victoria, Rosemont will parade Starspangledbanner at its open day on Saturday, August 30 at 11am sharp.

Along with young gun stallion Toorak Toff who has his first yearlings getting ready to go to sale and proven G1 stallion Starcraft, Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen is excited about this year’s offering.

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“To showcase a stallion that the world is talking about like Starspangledbanner is something special. Given demand, we have had to be selective about when we parade Star but this is a chance for come one, come all,” Mithen said.

“He is such a great physical specimen, I can’t wait to show him off. We have been very particular about picking stallions that are extremely good looking, so bring the sunglasses to protect against the dazzle!”

“Toorak Toff has let down into the most gorgeous stallion and his yearlings are inheriting his good looks, temperament and athleticism. We will parade a few yearlings by the Toff and people can judge for themselves but the reaction from the sales companies and bloodstock agents who have been through the farm have me brimming with confidence on the horse.”

Never a farm to let the grass grow beneath their feet, Rosemont were busy through the autumn striking a deal with stallion giants Arrowfield to relocate Starcraft into Super VOBIS territory and the move seems to be paying off.

“He has been very popular and so he should be. There is not a better proven stallion in the land at 10 grand than Starcraft. He’s got multiple G1 winners the likes of Star Witness, he throws a perfect sales horse to make some money yet he’s priced to give the breed to race players a chance to get a top quality VOBIS product with a small spend. He will do me!”

Being Memsie Stakes day, Rosemont will parade the stallions from 11am sharp with a view of having the parade finished in time for those needing to head to the races to get there in time. But for those in no rush, a giant screen will play the day’s action from Caulfield and a BBQ lunch will follow the parade.

Anyone interested in attending, please email justin@rosemontstud.com.au to help with catering on the day.

Ridgeview Park will parade its five stallions at the stud’s open day on August 31.

The Muskerry nursery stands on 350 acres north-east of Bendigo and is home to Bianconi (Danzig), Golden Snake (Danzig), Best Choice (Redoute’s Choice), Scintillo (Fantastic Light) and Dr Doute’s (Redoute’s Choice).

Bianconi is the newest arrival at Ridgeview and not surprisingly the handsome dark brown entire is proving popular as he has been such a great stallion for breeders over the past few years.

Former Ridgeview resident Illustrious Blue (Dansili) has relocated to stand at Jindera Park in NSW.

The open day commences at 11am with finger food and refreshments provided.  RSVP by August 24 is requested for catering purposes – call studmaster Phil Sloane on 0488 525 063 or email ridgeview.park@bigpond.com

To date Hollylodge has bred and raised 35winning racehorses from our own mares.

We have bred country and city winners, multiple stakes placed city winning horses from our farm as well as 2-year-old Vobis Gold winning home bred in 2014.

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Succesful racehorses foaled down at Hollylodge include May’s Dream, Littorio, Vain Queen, Tuscany View and more. Hollylodge Broodmare Agistment Farm is located at Avenel in the heart of North East Victoria.

We offer first class service for your horses, including:
• Permanent Agistment
• Foaling Down
• Walk-ons to all stud farms
• Sales Prep
• Racehorse Spelling

Hollylodge is fenced with brand new safety electric HORSERAIL fencing. We are also supported by equine vet Dr Terry Lowis and the Avenel Emergency Equine Hospital.

Each breeding season Hollylodge also co-ordinates an email and Facebook Orphan Foal service, which has brought together mares and foals for their respective owners. This service can be utilised Australia wide.

Visit our website for more details, or call or email us on the numbers below:

785 Avenel Nagambie Road
Avenel VIC 3664 Australia

Postal Address
P.O. Box 1, Avenel VIC 3664

Phone: 03 5796 2495
Fax: 03 57962495
Mobile: Chris 0408 132 755 or Daniel 0424 001 016
Email: hollylodge@bigpond.com
Website: www.hollylodgethoroughbreds.com.au

Burnewang North Pastoral owner Cathy Hains has boosted the value of her bloodstock portfolio thanks to some astute purchases by bloodstock agent Steve Brem.

The latest update arrived in South Africa on Sunday when Sebring filly Maayaat won at Turffontein second time out for Sheikh Hamdan.

Brem bought her dam Porto Cervo (Danzero) for just $30,000 at the Inglis Broodmare Sale in May.  She is a sister to Melbourne stakes winner Pinzero and hails from a Swettenham Stud family going back to 1997 MVRC Bill Stutt Stakes winner Schubert.

Irish bred Dreamalittledream was another Brem buy on behalf of on behalf of Burnewang North at the Inglis Broodmare Sale.  The Danehill Dancer mare is a half-sister to G3 Newmarket Craven Stakes winner Killybegs and was sold, in foal to So You Think, for $70,000.

Her 2yo colt Mackdesi (Galileo) came out and won his maiden for Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa at Scottsville last Wednesday.

Redoute’s Choice mare Albaicin was the most expensive of Brem’s buys at the Inglis Broodmare Sale.  She was stakes placed at Randwick and changed hands for $100,000 in foal to Denman.

Albaicin is the dam of Lonhro sprinter Generalife and her value increased when he graduated to Listed victories in the Civic Stakes and Winter Stakes at Rosehill in July.

USA bred mare Running Royalty provided another highlight for Hains and Brem last Thursday when she delivered the first foal of the season – an All Too Hard colt – at Burnewang North.

Running Royalty is daughter of  Songandaprayer and Group 1 winning mare Queens Court Queen (Lyphard).  Brem bought her for $38,000 at the 2012 Keeneland November Sale.

Victorian bred gelding Saturday Sorcerer ran his rivals ragged to complete the Metric Mile – Darwin Cup double at Fannie Bay on Monday.

Saturday Sorcerer (5g Any Given Saturday – Jeune Magic by Jeune) jumped straight to the lead under leading Top End jockey Paul Denton and, despite being pressured in front by Cantonese, had enough in reserve to defeat the fast-finishing Alice Springs Cup winner Pretty Blonde.

“This horse loves Darwin and Paul has done a sensational job on him,” trainer Stuart Gower said.  “You will see an even better horse next year, so hopefully, we will be back to defend the title.”

It was Denton’s second Darwin Cup winner following On The Beam in 1999.  “I wanted to ride Design For Life in the Metric Mile but they booked a southern jockey so Stuart put me on this one,” Denton said.  “He had to win the Metric Mile to get into the Cup – it’s just terrific.”

Saturday Sorcerer is from the first southern crop of Darley sire Any Given Saturday who shuttled to Australia for four seasons until 2011.

Part-owner and breeder Ian Bell offered Saturday Sorcerer as a foal at the 2010 Inglis Great Southern Sale but he failed to make a $15,000 reserve.  His younger half-sister Bomber Miss (Bel Esprit) can break her maiden at Geelong this Friday.

Bell, who hails from the western districts at Portland, operates a significant racing and breeding operation with his wife Vicki under Campolina Pty Ltd.  Among their better gallopers is G3 Cockram Stakes winner Lady Melksham (Artie Schiller).

Bel Esprit has taken out his seventh straight Victorian sires’ premiership with 154 individual winners and over $5.55 million in prizemoney.

The Eliza Park International champion defeated Darley sire Reset ($4.62 million) and fellow Eliza Park International stallion Magnus ($3.57 million) who spent the majority of the season as the stallion with the best winners-to-runners strike rate in the nation.

Blue Gum Farm resident Elvstroem ($3.48 million) and Greta West Stud sire God’s Own ($3.29 million) filled out the Top 5 among Victorian based stallions.

Bel Esprit finished one shy of his Australian record-equalling 155 winners in 2012-13 and has now produced over 100 individual winners for the past four seasons.  His first feature of the season arrived with Se Sauvier in the G2 Manifold Stakes at Flemington and he signed off with Royal Request in the Northern Territory Derby on July 19.

World-champion mare Black Caviar stands alone among his progeny that have now earned in excess of $40 million.

Darley sire Domesday claimed the Victorian 2YO title with 8 winners of $475,015.  Next best were Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon ($390,909) and Swettenham Stud’s Kaphero ($206,710).

Blue Gum stallion Turffontein finished fourth with $205,245 and that was enough for him to capture the Victorian first-season sires’ title.

Our Nkwazi produced a major upset for Mornington breeder Graeme Gathercole at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The veteran gelding stormed down the outside as a $31 longshot to win the United Refrigeration Hcp (1000m) in a close finish from Solsay, African Pulse and odds-on favourite Lord Of The Sky.

Our Nkwazi (8g Arazi – Nkwazi by Rory’s Jester) won races at Echuca, Mildura and Mornington in the season just gone and this term’s opener took his record to 8 wins in 42 starts.  He has a 2yo half-brother named Our Statue (Choisir) and a yearling half-sister by Bel Esprit.

Winning sire Arazi was pensioned from stud duties at Independent Stallions, aged 23, after getting just one mare in foal in 2011.

Arazi (USA) was bred in Kentucky and began his career with an unbeaten juvenile campaign in France winning the G1 Prix de la Salamandre, G1 Prix de la Salamandre and G1 Grand Criterium.

He returned to Kentucky to claim the 1991 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile by five lengths at Churchill Downs for owners Allen Paulson and Sheikh Mohammed.   He earned the North American 2YO Eclipse Award and was also voted 1991 European Horse of the Year.

Arazi (Blushing Groom) lost his perfect record when unplaced as a short-priced favourite in the 1992 Kentucky Derby won by Lil E Tee.  Later that year, he bowed out with a four length victory in the G2 Prix du Rond Point at Longchamp.

Sheikh Mohammed stood him at Dalham Stud in England and at Three Chimneys in Kentucky.  He was also based in Japan and Switzerland before making a final move to Victoria in 2003.

The best of his 11 stakes was five-time Group 1 winner Congaree who has carved out a successful stud career in New York.  He is also the damsire of Melbourne Cup hero and Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain.

Gathercole operates Graebar Park on the peninsula and has bred numerous city winners – many by Eliza Park International stallions – including stakes winning sprinter Bel Price (Bel Esprit).

Justify That proved he’s back to career-best form with a second consecutive victory at Morphettville on Saturday.

The King Of Prussia gelding has now won 10 races and earned over $305,000 after a convincing victory in the Medallion Homes Hcp (1400m).  “That was a tough win,” Strathalbyn trainer Peter Moody said.  “He’s racing well – we don’t push him too much.”

Justify That (6g King of Prussia – Duty With Honour by West Point) will now be set for the Mildura Cup (1400m) and Balaklava Cup (1600m).  “Mildura will be tough, it’s a $70,000 race, but we’ve had a bit of luck there before,” Moody added.  “Hopefully he will be right for Balaklava after that.”

Wangaratta breeder Alan Price bred Justify That from Moonee Valley winner Duty With Honour.  The mare has a yearling filly by Greta West Stud resident Keep The Faith but wasn’t covered last year.

King of Prussia (Anabaa) stands at Greta West for a $2,200 (inc gst) service fee alongside God’s Own and Keep The Faith.

God’s Own is off to a flyer this season with winners in Victoria (Our Queenie), Sth Australia (Angel Suez), Queensland (Thankgod forfranc) and Tasmania (Concrete Johnny) over the weekend.

Equiano colt Son Of Africa graduated from a Windsor maiden to win again at the Glorious Goodwood meeting on Friday.

The Henry Candy trained youngster shadowed the leader Dominic Cork for the first 400m and then took control of the Jack Berry House Nursery (1200m).  He won by a half-length from the favourite Markaz (Dark Angel).

“The plan was to drop in and get some cover but he shot from the stalls like a bullet and rather than disappoint him, I let him stride on,” jockey James Doyle said.  “Goodwood is a hard place for a two-year-old to make all the running and he got a bit lonely in front.”

Son Of Africa (2c Equiano – Generously Gifted by Sakhee) had won on debut at Windsor on June 9 and he stuck on gamely under 58kg at Goodwood after being tackled by a couple of quick closers in the final furlong.

He topped the Ascot 2YO Sale in April at 52,000 pounds (AUD 93,505) after an eye-catching breeze-up.  The Equiano factor was also a positive and he has upgraded the bottom of the colt’s pedigree.  His dam is an unraced half-sister to hurdle winners in England & Italy and flat winners in Germany, Belgium and Greece.

Equiano (Fr) will return to Swettenham Stud for his third southern book this year at a $16,500 (inc gst) service fee.

On a day in which thoroughbred racehorses celebrate their birthday, Racing Victoria (RV) has announced a record number have been nominated for Victoria’s lucrative racing and breeding incentive scheme, VOBIS Gold.

A total of 1485 yearlings were nominated for VOBIS Gold by the 30 June deadline – an increase of 12 per cent on 2013 entries.

The strong results – unveiled by Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing, the Hon. Dr Denis Napthine, in Bendigo today – follow recent enhancements to the VOBIS Gold scheme which offers significant financial rewards to those who choose to breed, buy, own and race in Victoria.

RV’s Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said he was thrilled with the way that VOBIS Gold, which commences its third season of operation today, has been embraced by the industry.

“We’re delighted that VOBIS Gold nominations have risen again by 12 per cent this year which is another vote of confidence from owners and breeders in Victorian racing,” Saundry said.

“The horses nominated will not only be eligible for VOBIS Gold prizemoney and bonuses when they debut as two-year-olds this season, they will be eligible for these rewards throughout their entire racing career.

“With a record $19.4 million in prizemoney and bonuses on offer this season across VOBIS Gold and its mother scheme, Super VOBIS, there has never been a better time to breed, buy, own and race in Victoria.

“We thank the Coalition Government for its continued commitment to VOBIS Gold which is delivering clear benefits for thoroughbred racing and breeding in Victoria.”

The Napthine Coalition Government has provided $6.8 million in funding across four years for the VOBIS Gold scheme to foster growth and jobs in Victoria’s thoroughbred breeding industry.

“On this special day for horses, I am delighted to announce yet more growth in the signing up of new horses to VOBIS Gold which is a partnership between the racing industry and the Victorian Coalition Government to incentivise breeding and racing of Victorian-bred horses,” Dr Napthine said.

“Since its establishment in 2012, VOBIS Gold has become increasingly popular, with the number of registrations growing for the second successive year.

“In its inaugural year, there were 1111 foals registered in the scheme, rising to 1332 in 2013 and 1485 nominees this year. This represents a 34 per cent increase in just two years.

“By increasing the numbers of Victorian-bred horses, we increase the economic benefits and jobs associated with breeding and racing here in Victoria. For regional areas such as the Macedon Ranges and the Goulburn Valley, thoroughbred breeding is a critical part of the local economy.”


Notes for editors
RV announced on 25 June 2014 that a record $19.4 million in prizemoney and bonuses will be on offer across VOBIS Gold and its mother scheme, Super VOBIS, during the 2014-15 racing season.

It also announced enhancements to the 2014-15 VOBIS Gold program including;

• Expansion of the exclusive VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series from 10 to 13 races with the inclusion of four-year-old only and combined three and four-year-old feature races;
• The 2014-15 VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series to offer $1.9 million in prize money and bonuses – up from $1.5 million last season;
• The addition of Pakenham as a regional host of a VOBIS Gold Premier Race, alongside Bendigo,
Ballarat, Swan Hill, Wangaratta and Warrnambool, with a feature race for four-year-olds programmed at south eastern Victoria’s newest track on 26 April, 2015;
• Creation of a lucrative VOBIS Gold Breeders Raceday at Caulfield on 18 April, 2015, highlighted by the running of four races in the VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series; and
• A total of $5 million in VOBIS Gold bonuses on offer – up from $3 million in 2013-14 – with $20,000 bonuses available on 100 four-year-old races.

An enticing $12.5 million in Super VOBIS bonuses are programmed for the 2014-15 racing season commencing today (1 August). To be eligible for entry into the VOBIS Gold scheme horses must first be nominated for Super VOBIS, which carries bonuses from $9000 to $30,000 on two and three-year-old races.


Media Contact: Natasha Wade – Racing Victoria Communications Officer
M: 0419 994 807 P: (03) 9258 4312 E: n.wade@racingvictoria.net.au

Rosemont Stud wrapped up the season with a clean sweep of winners from its draft at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

The three colts and three fillies from that auction collectively cost $457,000 and they have since returned more than $610,000 in prizemoney with plenty more to come.

Brilliant Meteor (pictured as a yearling before the Magic Millions) became the sixth graduate win when he cantered home on debut at Newcastle last weekend.  The Northern Meteor colt was a $130,000 buy for clients of trainer David Pfeiffer.

The 2012 Gold Coast consignment has been highlighted by Group 3 Sydney Championships winning filly Estonian Princess.  Sold for just $65,000, she has was also runner-up to Sweet Idea in the Magic Millions 3YO Trophy.

Turquoise King (Stratum) has been a lovely money-spinner for Hawkes Racing as well winning three in town and $115,000 in prizemoney.

Other recent winners include Fiftyshadesofgrey (Written Tycoon ) for Marc Conners, Our Sarastro (Shamardal) for the Cummings stable and Cyrenia (Stratum) for Paul Perry.

Rosemont followed up at the 2013 yearling sales with G1 South African winner Alboran Sea, Group performed Singapore gelding Know Each Other, undefeated local galloper Novel Dancer who is on a G1 Thousand Guineas campaign and Gai Waterhouse’s trial winner Precia.

Rosemont sold another 18 lots at the Gold Coast in January with those yearlings about to embark on their racing careers.

“Buyers and trainers love to buy from farms that throw winners and it’s a lovely feather in our cap to be gaining a strong reputation in that area,” Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen said.  “Winning is the ultimate goal in our game, so selling winners has to be our business.”

The Victorian based nursery is set to take another quality group of yearlings to all sales in 2015, highlighted by the first crop of its G1 Golden Rose winner Toorak Toff.

Media are invited to Bendigo Jockey Club this Friday morning, 1 August, as Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing, The Hon. Dr Denis Napthine, celebrates the birthday of all thoroughbred horses.

As part of the event, Dr Napthine will make a significant announcement for the local community about the facilities available for owners at the Bendigo Jockey Club.

He will also make an announcement about Victoria’s two lucrative owners’ and breeders’ incentive schemes, Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold, as the 2014-15 racing season commences.

Media will hear from Racing Victoria (RV) Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, about the significance of Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold and the state of the local thoroughbred racing industry.

There will be unique vision opportunities including an appearance by a VOBIS-eligible racehorse which will be presented a special birthday cake by the Premier together with students from White Hills Primary School.

The announcements come on August 1 which is the day set aside to celebrate the birthday of all thoroughbred horses in the southern hemisphere.

Filming, photo and interview opportunities available

WHAT: Horses’ birthday celebration together with owners’ facilities and VOBIS announcements

WHERE: Bendigo Jockey Club, Silks Room

WHEN: 10.15am, Friday, 1 August, 2014

Premier and Minister for Racing, The Hon. Dr Denis Napthine
Racing Victoria Chief Executive Bernard Saundry
Country Racing Victoria Director Neil McRae
Bendigo Jockey Club Chairman Brendan Drechsler
Bendigo Jockey Club Chief Executive Ian Hart
School children from White Hills Primary School
VOBIS-eligible racehorse
Local owners and breeders

Media Contact: Natasha Wade – Racing Victoria Communications Officer M: 0419 994 807 P: (03) 9258 4312
E: n.wade@racingvictoria.net.au

The last booking left to boom sire Starspangledbanner in 2014 will go up for auction at Inglis’ August Thoroughbred Sale at Oaklands Junction on Friday, August 22.

Inglis will auction 6 stallion nominations at this sale, they have been catalogued as Lots 79 to 84 and the proceeds will help support the Victorian breeding industry through Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

Rosemont Stud owner Anthony Mithen is looking forward to the Inglis auction following this Tweet:

‘’@Rosemont: The ONLY chance to get into STARSPANGLEDBANNER 2014 is to buy the nom up 4 grabs at Melb August sale #bookedout @vicbreeders’’

Lot 82 Starspangledbanner stands at Rosemont and he has hit the ground running at stud with Royal Ascot stakes winners The Wow Signal and Anthem Alexander among 6 winners from an initial northern crop of just 33 foals.

Starspangledbanner will shuttle to back to Ireland next year.

The following five stallion nominations have also been generously donated by their owners to TBV;

Lot 79 EQUIANO – Swettenham Stud

Dual Group 1 winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot who is among Europe’s leading first-season sires this year. His initial southern yearlings starred at the 2014 Inglis Premier with a record breaking colt that sold for $420,000.

Lot 80 FIORENTE – Eliza Park International

German-bred winner of the G1 Melbourne Cup and G1 Australian Cup who also claimed the G2 Dato Tan Chin Nam Stakes at weight-for-age over 1600m. Son of champion sire Monsun – one of the world’s most successful stallions with 17% stakes winners to runners strike-rate.

Lot 81 HELMET – Darley Victoria

Group 1 winner of the ATC Sires Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes at two before returning at three to land the G1 Caulfield Guineas. By champion sire Exceed And Excel with his first yearlings available at the 2015 Melbourne Premier.

Lot 83 UNENCUMBERED – Three Bridges Thoroughbreds

Precocious Testa Rossa colt standing his first season at stud in 2014. Won five early-season juvenile races culminating in a brilliant victory as a pronounced favourite in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

Lot 84 WRITTEN TYCOON – Woodside Park Stud

Australia’s Champion first-season sire in 2010-11 and now firmly established as one of the best stallions in Victoria. Prolific sire of winners for earnings over $3.17 million in 2013-14.

Stallions set to stand their first season at stud in Victoria will be paraded at 10:00am include Fighting Sun, Fiorente, Marwingo, Polanski, Unencumbered, Unusual Suspect and War.

For further information please contact Ashleigh on 0439 328 310 or at tbv@racingvictoria.net.au