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.

Champion French 2YO Common Grounds, who stood in Victoria for a one off southern season in 1990, has died in Turkey.  He was 29.

Common Grounds (GB) was a homebred for Stavros Niarchos and won the 1987 Prix de la Salamandre at Longchamp.  The Greek shipping billionaire had won the Group 1 for juveniles the year before with iconic filly Miesque and he would win it again with champion colts Machiavellian in 1989 and Hector Protector in 1990.

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Common Grounds (Kris) was also runner-up in the G1 Prix Morny and retired to Morristown Lattin Stud in County Kildare in 1989.

Bacchus Marsh studmaster Conor Broderick stood him at Kincora Lodge Stud for an $8,000 fee in 1990.  He stock didn’t live up to expectations albeit from a below-par book of 53 mares.

There were only 10 winners from that crop and they won a total of 30 races, however, not one of them scored on a city track.  His most successful galloper was Saint Jerome who won 11 sprints in 90 starts around the provincial and country circuits of Victoria and NSW.

Common Grounds achieved better results at Morristown Lattin and Yeomanstown Studs siring the top-flight winners Bad As I Wanna Be (G1 Prix Morny) and Earl Of Barking (G1 Hollywood Turf Cup).

Sold to stand in Turkey in 1998, he was pensioned in 2011 and died after suffering a heart attack at the Izmit Covering Station.

Written Tycoon will head the Woodside Park Stud roster at an unchanged fee of $12,500 (plus gst) in 2014.

Written Tycoon has had another consistent year at stud and is now firmly established as one of the best stallions in Victoria.  “We took a long time before deciding to keep Written Tycoon at the same fee because he’s had another terrific season,” said Woodside Park’s nominations manager Suman Hedge.

“He’s such a popular horse but we did not want to get ahead of ourselves and bump him up too soon.  Keeping him there for one more year is a reward for breeders who have faith in the horse.”

The son of Iglesia has been represented by recent stakes winners It is Written and Written Up.  He has also maintained a healthy 61% winners-to-runners strike-rate and stakes performers-to-runners of 8.0%.

“He’s just such a good consistent provider of winners and is an ideal stallion to use with a young mare and get her off to a good start,” Hedge added.  “There are other proven stallions in Victoria who are doing a good job but I would challenge anybody to nominate a stallion that is performing as well as Written Tycoon on the track and in the sales ring.”

Written Tycoon yearlings sold up to $240,000 this year.  “At the end of the day, breeders can pay the equivalent for the unknown or go to Written Tycoon, a horse that gets great types, sells well and produces runners.  He ticks every box.”

Woodside Park Stud has also announced the return of proven stallion Foreplay who will stand for $6,000 (plus gst).  He spent last season at Wattle Grove Stud in NSW.

“Foreplay is a proven stallion who had the early part of his stud career compromised by fertility issues,” Hedge continued.  “However, this is no longer a problem and the horse is now performing tremendously.”

The son of Danehill has enjoyed fertility of over 88% since being managed with stem cell treatment.  “The horse hasn’t looked back since we started treating him.  Our stud manager Gerard Jones and farm vet Ian Douglas have really found the key to him.”

Foreplay has producing three individual stakes winners and 85 winners at a 70% strike-rate.  “He’s done an admirable job at stud,” Hedge added.  “He  represents tremendous value for a stallion that is a cracking type and gets plenty of winners.”

New Zealand based pin-hooker Bruce Harvey has taken a shine to Equiano and he bought another foal by the Swettenham Stud shuttler at the Inglis Weanling Sale on Sunday.

Harvey operates Ascot Farm at Cambridge with his wife Maureen and he paid $70,000 for an Equiano colt from The Gem (Scenic).  That price ensured he featured on the Top 10 leader-board at Newmarket.

The Gem was a stakes placed winner of four races in Melbourne and Adelaide and is a sister to Flemington Group 2 winner Market Force.

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Harvey got in on the ground floor with Equiano after pin-hooking his filly out of Plus Jamais for $28,000 at last year’s Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale.  He returned for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale earlier this year and cashed her in for $160,000.  The filly will stay in Victoria to be trained by Jason Warren at Caulfield.

Equiano (Fr) sired his first winner when Moving Melody saluted at Newcastle (UK) on Tuesday.  His fee will remain at $15,000 (plus gst) in 2014.

Swettenham Stud stallion Master of Design will also have a foal crossing the Tasman after his first crop colt sold for $52,000 to a Kiwi buyer on Sunday.

The record-breaking son of Redoute’s Choice sired the NZ bound colt from Sparkling Symphony.  The Stravinsky mare is a half-sister to Hong Kong Group 1 hero Packing Winner.

Sparkling Symphony’s yearling filly by Swettenham sire Host was second on the Day 1 leader-board at the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale last week.  She made $75,000 to the bid of Seymour couple Barrie and Midge Griffiths.

Perth mare Magnifisio capped a stakes-winning double for Magnus in the LR Northam Stakes (1100m) on Sunday.

The Jim Taylor trained sprinter tracked Travinator before letting down to score by over a length in 62.21s.  She would have clocked a time much closer to Vain Raider’s track record of 61.75s if Jason Brown had ridden her right out in the closing stages.

Magnifisio (4m Magnus — Ifestio by Key Business) was racing first-up since New Year’s Day and had to shoulder 57.5kg.  It was her fourth win on end after summer carnival highlights in the LR Summer Scorcher and LR Crawford Stakes.

Overall, she has built up a 17: 9-4-2 record and earned $488,500 for managing part-owner Alan MacAlister.  “She’s a great filly,” Taylor said.  “I’ve been very happy with her but giving Travinator 3kg was never going to be easy.”

The Rangeview Stud bred mare is from a sister to Taylor’s Group 1 winning sprinter Barakey who is scheduled to return from a hoof ailment in time for the LR Goodwood Sprint at Belmont in August.

Magnus started the weekend with Alpha Beat’s Listed breakthrough in the Adelaide Guineas (1600m) at Morphettville on Saturday.  The Anthony Cummings trained galloper flew home to catch Lady Lakshmi right on the line.

Alpha Beat (3g Magnus — Silverbeat by Distant Music) was bred by Dorrington Park owner Robert Crabtree who raced Magnus to a Group 1 victory in The Galaxy.  He kept a share in Alpha Beat after selling the Guineas winner as a yearling for $120,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Magnus will stand for a service fee of $16,500 (inc gst) at Eliza Park International this year.

Emirates Park stallions in NSW and Victorian will stand the 2014 domestic breeding season for the same service fees advertised last year.

In Victoria, Artie Schiller (USA) has provided broodmare owners with ample reason to offer the same level of support with his stud career still very much in the ascendancy.

“We are more than satisfied with how the stud’s stallion roster is currently positioned and can’t see any reason for changing our service fees from last season,” Emirates Park CEO Trevor Lobb explained.   “Artie Schiller will remain at $22,000 (inc gst) which we regard as good value when you consider what his offspring are bringing at bloodstock auctions around the world.

“An Ocala Select 2YO fetched US$575,000 a few weeks ago, while his local yearlings are regular bringing six-figures. There’s enough going on, both on and off the track, to justify Artie’s service fee also remaining the same as it was in 2013.

Mulaazem is the other Emirates Park stallion based at its Digger’s Rest property and his first locally-bred foals are due this coming season. “Everything is going to plan with Mulaazem,” confirmed Lobb.  “A quality young stallion, he has been afforded every opportunity so far in these early stages of his stud career.”

Mulaazem (Dubai Destination) is a half-brother to champion colt Sepoy and his service fee remains at $7,700 (inc gst).  “We introduced him to local broodmare owners in 2013 and, with the likes of Guelph, his female-line is going from strength-to-strength.”

“When breeders call to shop for the best price on our stallions, they can rest assured that we will always be competitive while also upholding the highest standards.”

Caulfield trainer Mick Price declared Cailin Miss a classic filly of the future after the LR Oaklands Plate (1600m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Cailin Miss (2f Domesday — Partygoer by Mossman) came from last at the half-mile to win by more than two lengths from fancied colts Royal Standing (Stratum) and Light Up Manhattan (Manhattan Rain).

Bred and sold by Corinella based Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, she was racing for only the second time after being soundly beaten at Bendigo on March 27.  “She will stay all day,” Price said.  “I’m sending her out now to be set for the Victorian Oaks.”

The Oaklands Plate is steeped in history and has been the launching pad for Group 1 winners going as far back as Comic Court (1947) who went on to win a Melbourne Cup.  Goglio (1958) sired Victorian Oaks winner Goliette while Pago Pago (1963) also won a Golden Slipper and Out Of Danger (1975) a Blue Diamond.

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In more recent editions, Tully Thunder (2001) added a SAJC Australasian Oaks, Hydrometer (2002) was beaten a nose by Helenus in a Victorian Derby and Romneya (2008) won a Moonee Valley Classic.

Price bought Cailin Miss for $32,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and cut her out to a syndicate comprising Richard Betts, Jose Blanco, Leona Blanco, Joseph & Maureen Bounader, Stephen Boyce, Arthur Darivas, Nigel Grigg, Colin Phillips and Jez Smith.

“Winning second-up over a mile as a two-year-old tells you something about her,” Price continued.  “She’s a big, rangy filly with a beautiful set of lungs.”

Cailin Miss is by Darley Victoria sire Domesday whose first-crop filly Divorces won the G3 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds owners Kevin and Tanith O’Brien raced her dam Partygoer to wins at Doomben (2) and Toowoomba (2).  The mare is from the extended family of Victorian Derby winner Brewery Boy.

Mount Gambier trainer Michael O’Leary bought Partygoer’s yearling colt by Bianconi from the O’Briens for $26,000 at the Adelaide Magic Millions in March.

Written Up has been a VOBIS Gold godsend for Written Tycoon and Bendigo owner-breeder Chris Morey.

The consistent sprinter-miler won the Silvan Ridge Futurity Inglis Bonus (1400m) at the Warrnambool carnival this week and it boosted his bank balance to more than $350,000.

Written Up (3g Written Tycoon — Octangle by Octagonal) is raced by Morey in partnership with Terry Hurford, Fred Hyslop and trainer George Osborrne.  “We targeted the VOBIS Gold series,” Osborne said.  “They’re very hard to win and he’s doing a terrific job.  We couldn’t be happier.”

A son of Woodside Park stallion Written Tycoon, he held a two length advantage at the furlong and kept kicking to win by a short head from local long-shot French Hussler.

Written Up won the LR Bendigo Guineas (1600m) in March and he had also earned VOBIS Gold cheques in the Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill, Gold Carat at Caulfield, Gold Eldorado at Wangaratta and Gold Reef at Flemington before the trip to Warrnambool.

“He did so well after Flemington, we decided to have a crack at Warrnambool,” Osborne added.   “He’s all heart!”

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Regular rider Jamie Mott said Written Up deserved to break through.  “I really liked him the first time I rode him.  And there’s so much more improvement to come -  he’s a very exciting horse.”

Winning sire Written Tycoon has been represented by 59 individual winners of 89 races in Australia this season.  His yearlings sold to $125,000 at the Melbourne Premier Sale in March topped by Woodside Park’s colt from Troposphere (Stratum).

The mare is a half-sister to G1 Golden Slipper winner Prowl and Tony McEvoy outlasted Team Hawkes to sign off on the colt at Oaklands.

Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente (Ire) will join a line-up of 11 stallions on the Eliza Park International roster at Kerrie in Victoria this year.

Fiorente (7h Monsun — Desert Bloom by Pilsudski) will stand his initial season at a fee of $17,600 (inc gst).  “Everyone is familiar with the deeds of Fiorente over the last 12 months,” Eliza Park International Sales & Nominations Manager Mark Lindsay said.  “It’s hard to move away from what he did in the Melbourne Cup and Australian Cup but his win over 1600m at weight for age in the Dato Tan Chin Nam was something else.

“He’s got a lot to offer broodmare owners and his sire Monsun is one of the world’s most successful sires with 17% stakes winners to runners.”

Eliza Park International’s premier roster of stallions in Victoria has been seriously enhanced by the decision to introduce payment of service fees only after the mare has produced a live foal.  “We believe it’s a tremendous incentive to broodmare owners,” Lindsay said.  “This now gives clients of the farm much more ‘breathing space’ and full credit to our new owners for taking this step.

“Importantly though, the best terms in the world are nothing if you don’t have the roster to match and in that regard, we’ve got a terrific line-up.”

The recent acquisition of unbeaten Northern Meteor 2YO, Fighting Sun, has brought a flood of enquiries over the past few weeks at an opening fee of $13,750 (inc gst).

“The phone has been ringing off the hook,” Lindsay revealed.  “After winning so impressively on debut and then blitzing them in the Listed Canonbury Stakes in Sydney, a lot of good judges thought he would have won the Golden Slipper and we somewhat reluctantly retired him to stud.

“It’s a huge advantage that he’s by Northern Meteor but it’s the sheer speed factor that has everyone excited.

“Adding to the Live Foal payment and the new boys, the existing roster is really doing the job.

“With only a handful of runners, Wanted has a very exciting filly in Kalabek aiming for Group 1 glory in Brisbane.  Perennial champ Bel Esprit has again sired over 120 individual winners for the season while Magnus and Statue of Liberty are going great guns and are among the top 3YO sires in the country.

“Not to mention a number of up and coming stallions that are bound to make their own way in the next couple of seasons.  I believe that a highly functioning roster and competitive fees are a great advantage, but payment on live foal will also help keep a lot of people in the industry.”

For further information, please phone Mark Lindsay (0416 334 338), Phil Marshall (0407 853 782) or Mitch Roach (0418 995 984).

Victorian Roster
WANTED    $33,000
BEL ESPRIT    $24,200
FIORENTE   $17,600
MAGNUS    $16,500
FIGHTING SUN    $13,750
MOSHE    $8,800
SQUAMOSA     $6,600
SHARKBITE    $5,500

All fees (inc gst)

Rosemont Stud mares completed an international double on Wednesday when Kneeling scored a courageous victory in the LR Wangoom Hcp (1200m) at Warrnambool.

The feature sprint was run less than 24 hours after Rosemont graduate Alboran Sea (pictured) pulled off a massive plunge on debut in South Africa.

Jockey Linda Meech steered all the short-cuts on Kneeling and the Peter Moody trained mare lasted to score in a thrilling four-way finish from Blackie, Magnus Reign and Anlon.  “I made a special trip to ride her work on Saturday morning just to make sure she was still going good,” Meech said.  “And she worked the house down.

“If it was any other race bar the Wangoom, I would have declared her.”

Kneeling (6m by Encosta De Lago — Sunday Service by Sunday Silence) had won the LR Crockett Stakes at Moonee Valley as a spring three year-old and then furthered her career with a running double in Queensland and a Group 3 placing in Tasmania earlier this year.

She is raced by Yarraman Park with Moody’s wife Sue and joining them in the cheer squad was Anthony Mithen.

The Rosemount Stud owner purchased Kneeling’s dam Sunday Service for $150,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions National Sale.  The mare delivered a Foxwedge colt in November and is back in foal to Rosemount sire Toorak Toff.

Mithen also bred Alboran Sea after buying her dam for a snip at the 2011 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.  A USA import, Lady’s Light was culled by Coolmore Stud — carrying Alboran Sea — for just $20,000.

Alboran Sea (2f Rock Of Gibraltar — Lady’s Light by Toolighttoquit) went through the ring again — this time on four feet — as part of Rosemont’s consignment at the at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Form Bloodstock bought her for $105,000 on behalf of champion trainer Mike de Kock and leading South African breeder Mary Slack who owns Wilgerbosdrift Stud.

Punters plunged the Victorian-bred filly on debut in the All To Come Juvenile Plate (1000m) at Clairwood on Tuesday.  She firmed from $15 into a $2.40 favourite and landed the money by three-quarters of a length.

Mithen’s calculated gamble in buying Lady’s Light has also paid dividends.  The mare foaled a colt by Toorak Toff in August and was then bred back to his Rosemont colleague Starspangledbanner.

Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano sired his first winner on Tuesday when Moving Melody scored on debut at the Newcastle (UK) twilight meeting.

The Richard Fahey trained filly tracked short-priced favourite Bahamian Art and kept up a keen gallop to win the ESH Group Fillies Maiden Stakes (1000m) by three-quarters of a length.

“We bought her at Goffs and she has a nice way of going,” Fahey said.  “We like her and were hoping she could make a promising debut.”

Moving Melody (2f Equiano — Luxuria by Kheleyf) is raced by Fahey’s major clients Helen and Norman Steel and cost 38,000 euros (AUD 49,655) at the 2013 Goffs February Sale.

She was offered by Trickledown Stud and is from Lingfield winner Luxuria.  The dam is a half-sister to LR National Stakes winner Sweepstake who is by Equiano’s sire Acclamation.

Equiano’s first starter Macarthurs Park had been runner-up at Brighton last Thursday and his newcomer Fujiano put in an eye-catching run at Bath on Monday.

Fujiano dumped her jockey in the saddling paddock and then jumped awkwardly from the outside gate.  She was soon 20 lengths adrift but flew home to be beaten in a photo for third!

Equiano (Fr) was a dual Group 1 winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and he was the star of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale last month.  His first southern crop yearlings averaged $105,200 during Session 1 topped by a record-breaking $420,000 colt that will be trained at Caulfield by Mick Price.

Equiano’s service fee will remain unchanged at $15,000 (plus gst) this year.

“We have already commenced taking bookings so an early announcement was essential,” Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster said.  “We are grateful that so many new clients have made enquiries and we also want to support those breeders who have already sent mares to Equiano.”

Nomination enquiries for Equiano can be made by calling Chris Belli, Swettenham’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing, on 0417 514 552.

Wez Hunter won with another God’s Own when Warrnambool’s annual carnival kicked off last Tuesday.

The Mornington trainer prepared promising three year-old Mio Dio (pictured) to a clear-cut victory in the Choices Flooring-Swintons Hcp (1100m).

Mio Dio (3g God’s Own — Hageabi by Scenic) was racing first-up after a six-month spell and relished the Heavy 10 under jockey Jamie Mott to score by three lengths.  “He goes alright this bloke,” Hunter said.  “Jamie cut the corner and then went for home.”

The winner is from a half-sister to Group 3 winning mudlark Emlozza (Encosta de Lago).

“I love Warrnambool and have been coming to the carnival since I was a kid,” Hunter said.  “Mio Dio won his maiden here on a Heavy 10 last year.”

Hunter also trains God’s Own stakes performer Bel Thor.  He was a Flemington winner at last year’s spring carnival and he followed up with a Group 3 placed in the Eclipse Stakes at Caulfield.

Another God’s Own in work with Hunter is former Brisbane galloper Sons Of God.  He won an Echuca maiden for Dan O’Sullivan before transferring to north for three wins at Eagle Farm under the care of Rob Heathcote.

Sons Of God (6g God’s Own — Lucky Punch by Celtic Swing) races for a partnership managed by Wayne Sayers and he will appreciate a program that takes advantage of Hunter’s proximity to Balnarring Beach.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) is based at Greta West Stud and he sired 13 individual winners in April.  His overall total this season is 75 winners of 110 races and the only Victorian based stallion above him in that category is Bel Esprit.

Darley has announced lightning-fast sprinter Kuroshio will join its Northwood Park roster in 2014.

Kuroshio (Exceed And Excel) won the Listed VRC Maribyrnong Trial on debut at Flemington in October 2012 and produced a gutsy effort sitting three-wide to claim the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield the following February.

Fellow Darley stallions Lonhro and Sepoy were also winners of the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude as were successful stallions Flying Spur, Danzero and Bel Esprit.

Kuroshio returned at three to win the G2 McEwen Stakes at Moonee Valley defeating Group 1 sprinters Moment Of Change and Platelet.  He joined some of Australia’s best sprinters on the McEwen roll-call including Hay List, Miss Andretti and Buffering.

Kuroshio will stand for a fee of $8,800 (inc gst) at Sheikh Mohammed’s Victorian base at Seymour.

Champion Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel sired him from American-bred Gone West mare Arctic Drift.  She is also the dam of Believe’n’succeed who won a division of the 2008 Blue Diamond Prelude.

Believe’n’succeed is the dam of New Zealand Group 1 winning sprint filly Bounding.  It’s the family of top stallion Green Dancer.

“It will be a busy and exciting 2014,” Darley’s Head of Sales Alastair Pulford said.  “2013 was our best year yet and our stallions sired the winners of more Group 1 races than ever before.

“We very much look forward to welcoming breeders to Darley in the coming months to see our stallions and to discuss their mating plans.”

Darley Victoria — 2014 Roster
HELMET    $33,000
DOMESDAY    $16,500
RESET    $16,500
STREET BOSS    $11,000

KUROSHIO    $8,800
SKILLED    $6,600
STRATEGIC    $5,500
Prices (inc gst)

The supplementary catalogue helped boost the overall figures for the VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands on Monday.

Three late entries tacked on to the General Session made the Top 6 on the overall leader-board starting with Lot 392, a Charge Forward — Paramount filly from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm.  Her dam is a sister to G1 Stradbroke Hcp winner La Montagna and she was bought by Stephen Theodore for $44,000.

Lot 399, an Artie Schiller — Chitraka colt offered by Emirates Park sold to Sheamus Mills & Princess Park Racing for $56,000.

Lot 403, a Starcraft — Freestyle colt from Hillside Thoroughbreds, topped the day’s trade when selling to Aquanita trainer Robert Smerdon for $68,000.  His dam was a multiple stakes winner in Melbourne and Adelaide.

“It was pleasing to record an increase in average on last year’s sale and also to see the strength of the sale remain through to the end,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.  “Well conformed and presented yearlings were in demand — yearlings that did not meet this criteria were difficult to sell.”

Rosemont Stud topped the first session of the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale with an $80,000 Snitzel yearling on Sunday.

The colt from Group 2 winning mare Yakama was sold to Lindsay Park Bloodstock.

Next on the leader-board was Swettenham Stud’s Host filly from Sparkling Symphony that made $75,000.  She sold to successful Victorian owners Barrie and Midge Griffiths.

Consistent Victorian sire Written Tycoon achieved the third top price lot with a colt from Group 1 placed mare Danari.  Offered by Eliza Park as agent for Dorrington Farm, he was purchased by Anthony Cavanagh for $70,000.

The demand for quality yearlings was maintained right to the end of the sale when four yearlings in the supplementary section offered by Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm averaged $36,750.

“It was very pleasing to have such a healthy clearance of 83%,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said.  “The market is quite selective as it has been at all sales this year but quality yearlings will always be in demand.’

Rushton Park finished on top of the vendor averages on Sunday.

Owners David and Kayley Johnson sold three lots at an average of $34,000 to head Rosemont Stud ($26,050) and Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm ($21,625) among those vendors with three or more lots to change hands during the Select Session.

Woodside Park manager Suman Hedge paid $40,000 for the Von Costa de Hero colt from Stormy Princess (Tale of the Cat).  He is related to Group 1 winner Miss Margaret and will join the Ellerton – Zahra Racing stables at Flemington.

The Johnsons have been based at Tatura since relocating from Western Australia in 2008.  They also finished second on last year’s leader-board at Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale with a High Chaparral – Infrared colt that made $105,000.

Rosemont Stud bagged its latest black-type success when Estonian Princess won the Group 3 J H B Carr Stakes (1400m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Rosemont bred and sold the filly for $65,000 at the 2012 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She is raced by Glenn and Viive Williams and has now earned over $341,000.

Estonian Princess (3f Snitzel – Meet My Sis by Prized) broke her maiden at Randwick on New Year’s Day and was then runner-up to Snitzel filly Sweet Idea in the LR Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the Gold Coast.

Settled at the rear of the field on Saturday, Estonian Princess had plenty to do with 400 metres to run, as Northern Glory and Lady Lakshmi pulled clear to fight out the finish.

Given full rein by Brenton Avdulla, the Victorian bred filly extended very generously to catch Northern Glory right on the line, with Lady Lakshmi a short head away third.

“We went to the Adrian Knox Stakes last time but she didn’t run the 2000m so we dropped her back in distance,” trainer Scott Aspery said.  “It looks like seven furlongs is just right for her.”

Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen had purchased her dam Meet My Sis for $48,000 at the 2010 Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale.  Her earlier foals included G2 Sandown Guineas winner Schilling (Bianconi).

Meet My Sis has a filly foal by Toorak Toff and she was one of 119 mares covered by Rosemont’s Group 1 winning sprinter last year.

May’s Dream scored a posthumous Group 1 victory for former Wimmera breeder Worrall Dunn in the Australasian Oaks (2000m) on Saturday.

Dunn died in Horsham aged 78 last November.

May’s Dream (3f New Approach — She’s Archie by Archway) had won the VOBIS Gold Elvstroem Classic at Swan Hill in June last year and she has lifted to another level this season.  The Darren Weir trained filly was placed in the G2 Wakeful Stakes and G3 Schweppervescence Stakes leading up to the Group 1 breakthrough at Morphettville on Saturday.

Dunn bred and raced She’s Archie and she gave Weir his first Group 1 success in the 2002 South Australian Oaks.  “The owners have had horses with me since I first got my trainer’s licence,” he said.  “It’s a big thrill as they’ve been terrific supporters of me and are a great bunch of owners.”

Weir set May’s Dream for the Australasian Oaks after the Melbourne spring carnival.  “She’s a good horse and is a lot like her mother.  “Hopefully, she can now come back in the spring and win another good race.”

Among May’s Dream part-owners are Dunn’s wife Lorraine and their daughters Celeste, Melissa and Simone.  She’s Archie has a 2yo filly named Rainbow Bel (Bel Esprit) and she was bred back to Manhattan Rain last year.

May’s Dream was the second-leg of a stakes winning double for New Approach at Morphettville.  The former Darley Victoria shuttler also sired Gamblin’ Guru to a Group 3 victory in the Chairman’s Stakes.

The Victorian thoroughbred racing industry will pay tribute to Australia’s returned service men and women tomorrow with ANZAC Day commemoration activities planned at five race meetings across the state.

At Flemington, Moe, Yarra Valley, Swan Hill and Avoca, racegoers will have the opportunity to enjoy a relaxed day trackside while also recognising the nation’s courageous service men and women.

In a joint initiative between Racing Victoria (RV) and the Returned Services League (RSL) — Victoria Branch, jockeys riding horses carrying the number one saddlecloth at each of the meetings will wear a special set of ANZAC Day colours which incorporate the rising sun motif to celebrate the ANZAC spirit.

RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said the commemorative silks, which were first worn in 2007, provided a unique way for the Victorian racing industry to recognise those who fought bravely for our country.

“The ANZACs are part of Australian folklore and these colours are a way in which the thoroughbred racing industry, which has a long and proud history in Australia, can honour their spirit on such an important day for the nation,” Saundry said.

“ANZAC Day is a day of commemoration and spending an afternoon at the races offers a terrific opportunity to get together with family and friends to honour our returned service men and women and continue a great tradition.”

The five race clubs with meetings on ANZAC Day will pay their respects through a range of other initiatives including a minute of silence, flag-raising ceremonies, the national anthem and Last Post memorial.

Racegoers will also have the opportunity to have a flutter in a long-standing ANZAC Day tradition, with games of ‘two-up’ — which was made famous by Australian soldiers during World War 1 — being staged trackside.

Following is more information about ANZAC Day meetings programmed across the state tomorrow;

  • ANZAC Day at Flemington — Victoria Race Club

At Flemington, the time honoured $150,000 VRC St Leger (2800m) highlights an exciting eight-race card. The St Leger has been run each year since 1897 — including during war time when it endured as a beacon of hope.

As part of the event, the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) will offer free entry for returned service men and women. VRC Chairman, Michael Burn, and Returned and Services League of Australia representative, George Logan, will also conduct a moving ceremony in the Flemington Mounting Yard following Race 2.

Gates open 12 noon, First race 1pm, General Admission: $12, Concession (student): $10, Concession (pensioner): $7, returned service men and women and children: free

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  • ANZAC Day at Avoca — Avoca Shire Turf Club

For the first time this year’s ANZAC meeting at Avoca will incorporate a special reading of ‘Equine Heroes’ — an original tribute to the service horses provided during World War 1 — written by Avoca local Jim Mowbray who passed away in 2013, leaving the poem to the Avoca RSL.

Gates open 11am, First race 1.20pm, General Admission: $15, Concession: $10, Children: free

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  • Swan Hill Credit Union St Patrick’s ANZAC Day Races — Swan Hill Jockey Club

As well as enjoying a seven race card of racing at Swan Hill, those in attendance will be supporting the great work of the former St Pat’s Racing Club, who are raising funds for the local St Mary’s Primary School and St Mary McKillop College. There is a range of exciting free children’s entertainment planned too.

Gates open 11.30am, First race 1.25pm, General Admission: $12, Concession: $8, Children: free

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  • ANZAC Day at Moe — Moe Racing Club

At Moe, racegoers are gearing up for the club’s biggest meeting since the return of racing at the track in February, after an absence of more than two years. The meeting will double as an unofficial celebration of the new first-class facilities at the Moe Racing Club, with quality racing and free family entertainment complementing the commemorative activities.

Gates open 11am, First race 1.20pm, General Admission: $10

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  • ANZAC Day at Yarra Valley — Yarra Valley Racing Club

In the Yarra Valley, and at all meetings programmed for ANZAC Day, there will be an exciting range of free children’s activities such as outdoor games, treasure hunts, and art and craft activities.

Gates open 11am, First race 1.12pm, General Admission: $15

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Retired racehorse Rock Steady and Victorian police woman Simone Evans claimed five Equestrian medals at this week’s 2014 Australian Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne.

Retired racehorse Rock Steady and Victorian police woman Simone Evans proved a solid combination at this week’s 2014 Australian Police and Emergency Services Games in Melbourne.

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In one of their first competitions together the pair combined to claim five Equestrian medals — including two Gold, one Silver and two Bronze — across two days of Dressage, Flat Riding, Novelty and Showjumping events.

Representing Victoria Police, the Games success for Evans and Rock Steady comes a little over 12 months since Evans came across the Queensland-bred thoroughbred, who trialled to race under the name You Got Me Rocking.

“The Games are a friendly competition designed to celebrate the camaraderie between police and emergency services but it’s certainly exciting to come away with a few medals,” Evans said.

“Rocky was the star — I think he’s got big things ahead of him.”

A Police Constable at Whittlesea, Evans qualified for the mounted branch of Victoria Police but doesn’t ride at work, saving that for her leisure time.

“I have always been into horses and Pony Club — I spent a lot of time growing up at the Melton Equestrian Academy,” Evans said.

“I had a break from it all about six years ago and then when I got back into riding I started looking to get my own thoroughbred, but I wasn’t in a huge rush as I wanted to make sure it was the right one.

“I saw Rocky advertised on Boxing Day 2012 and then I looked at him early in the new year and as soon as I jumped on him I knew he was the horse I had been looking for.

“He never actually raced — just ran at trials, but he has fantastic breeding and right from that first ride he was very chilled out and willing.

“He’s very easy to ride and he’s also relatively small — he’s only just over 15 hands — which is perfect for me as I’m not the tallest of riders.

“So far he is proving to be a super all-rounder, like most retired racehorses.  He’s got a great temperament and he’s very trusting, there’s certainly something different about him.”

Following their Games success, Evans and Rock Steady have their eyes set on the Whittlesea Adult Riders Dressage Day and a number of other local competitions.

Sure to be by their side is Evans’ mum Carol Krslin who is her strapper at “all the big events”.

“She’s the perfect strapper because she puts up with me. Rocky’s always very well behaved,” Evans laughed.