Top-class colt We Miss Artie led home a feature quinella for Artie Schiller in the Queens Plate Trial (1800m) at Woodbine on Sunday.

We Miss Artie (3c Artie Schiller — Athena’s Gift by Fusaichi Pegasus) started a long odds-on favourite and won under wraps by three-quarters of a length from Majestic Sunset.

Artie Schiller (USA), who stands at Emirates Park Victoria, sired both colts from Mr Prospector-line mares.  They will lead the charge for the G1 Queen’s Plate (2000m) — the most prestigious race in Canada — on July 6.

“The way we handicapped the race, there wasn’t much speed,” jockey Javier Castellano said.  “I just took my time, schooled him a little bit behind horses and let him find his best kick.  When I asked a little bit, he responded.”

We Miss Artie is prepared by Hall Of Fame trainer Todd Pletcher and won last year’s G1 Breeders’ Futurity at Keeneland before returning to claim the G3 Spiral Stakes at Turfway Park in March .  He travelled to Canada after an unplaced effort in the G1 Kentucky Derby.

A $90,000 buy for high-profile owner Kenneth Ramsay  at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale, he is eligible for the Queens Plate having been bred in Ontario by Richard Lister.

Emirates Park stands Artie Schiller (El Prado) for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee at its Digger’s Rest property north of Melbourne.

Lillian Cooney has retired from the committee of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria after 30 years’ service to the industry.

A Life Member and pioneer of TBV, Cooney is winding back knowing the association is in good hands with the younger generation of breeders.  “Our first TBV meeting was at the Flemington Showgrounds in February 1985,” she recalled.  “Peter Gook was the secretary and back then we were known as the Victorian Breeders’ Club.”

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Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria president James O’Brien thanked Cooney for all her support and expertise.  “On behalf of the committee and members of TBV, I would like to express our gratitude to Lillian.  She was the Honorary Legal Officer for many years and Vice President at one stage as well being a long-serving committee member.  She was made a TBV Life Member in 2007.”

Lillian is from Irish stock and her family have been involved in racing for generations.  Her husband Barney hasn’t been active in racing administration but has always shown an interest in the sport.

“My grandparents met at the Echuca Cup,” she recalled.  “As a young girl, I used to run down to the local SP bookie with grandma’s bets.

“It must have rubbed off.  In Sydney for our honeymoon, we went to the Easter Carnival at Randwick and backed Indian Summer who won that year’s AJC Oaks.

“When the kids were growing up, Barney’s mother used to babysit during the Melbourne spring carnival until they were old enough to go on the final (children’s) day.

“I was born at Punt Road, St Kilda and we have lived at Elsternwick for 50 years so I haven’t moved very far.  Back in the early days, you could hear horses walking the streets to Caulfield.”

Away from racing, Barney and Lillian carved out successful careers in law and politics as well as bringing up four children.

Lillian specialised in the areas of property and trusts and commercial, industrial and administrative law.  She established the first all-female legal partnership of Gill Kane in Melbourne in 1963, together with Deidre Fitzgerald.  The firm merged with Maurice Blackburn Cashman in March 2005.

Her other roles included Deputy Chancellor of RMIT University and memberships of VCAT and the Law Institute of Victoria.

Barney grew up in the Victorian Mallee during the depression years and was educated at the University of Melbourne before becoming a barrister.  In 1984, he was elected to the Australian Senate as a Labor representative for Victoria and held the seat until 2002.

Lillian has bred and raced numerous winners over the years but none better than Breadeater (Reindeer).  “She was bred in New Zealand and Tony Cavanagh suggested I buy her,” Lillian  said.  “Bread Eater was trained by George Hanlon and won races at Flemington, Moonee Valley and Caulfield.

Lillian had shares in Century and Breadeater foaled the stakes winners Century Toast and Nonpareils to the champion stallion who stood at Mornmoot Stud.

Prioress also brings back fond memories.  “Buying her was a stroke of luck at the yearling sales,” Lillian recalled.  “She was the last lot of the day and my friend and I got her cheaply.”

Prioress (Cardinal) foaled the dam of Sir Topaz who won four races including one at Sandown when trained by Robert Smerdon.  “He’s by Rustic Amber and we sent him to Charlie Hughes in Queensland,” Lillian said.  “He’s still at stud and siring winners up there.”

Another of their successful mares was Grey Haze (Grey Ghost) who was recommended by Cavanagh and bought from the legendary horseman George Smith.  She won four races in Melbourne and was runner-up in a Queensland Oaks and Edward Manifold Stakes.

Lillian has kept a link with Grey Haze through the mare’s grand-daughter Nenagh who has a yearling filly by Dash For Cash..  “It’s a predominately a family of grey horses,” Lillian explained.  “And I would love to win the Greys Plate at Flemington with one of her descendents.”

Article by Karl Patterson, Thoroughbred Express.

Greta West Stud has spared no expense launching its service fees for 2014.

Studmaster Laurie McCarthy came up with a novel marketing plan to promote his stallions to broodmare owners last week.

A 46 metre high air-balloon depicting Christ the Redeemer floated over Melbourne to advertise Greta West stallion God’s Own.  And a Keep The Faith hash-tag enhanced the message even though a corporate bookmaker took all the credit to publicise the World Cup in Brazil.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) has sired 80 winners of 125 races so far this season and he will finish second to Bel Esprit in the Victorian winners and wins premierships for 2013-14.  He’s terrific value at a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee.

Keep The Faith (Sunday Silence) is also in the Victorian Top 10 with 61 winners of 84 races headed by VOBIS Gold star Trust In A Gust.  He stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee.

Rounding out the Greta West roster is King Of Prussia (Anabaa) who is available at $2,200 (inc gst).

Blue Gum Farm graduate Killua Castle upset the landscape for Durban’s G1 July Handicap with a tenacious victory in the G3 Jubilee Hcp (1800m) at Turffontein on Saturday.

Killua Castle (Aus) isn’t entered for the Durban July but he threw a spanner into the works for several candidates heading to the R3.50 million feature race at Greyville on July 5.

The four year-old son of former Blue Gum sire Churchill Downs won by a head in a tight finish from July candidates Halve The Deficit and Cherry On The Top.  The winner’s stablemate Tellina didn’t help her carnival prospects when beaten more than six lengths.

“We are thinking of the Group 1 Champions Cup for him on Super Saturday (July 26),” assistant trainer Tim Woodruff said.  “That will suit him nicely  It was very impressive the way he fought on today.”

Killua Castle (4g Churchill Downs — Prayers’n’promises by Encosta De Lago) was bred by the late Kevin Heffernan and cost $50,000 out of the Blue Gum Farm consignment at the 2011 Inglis Premier Sale.

“He was a great moving yearling and was relaxed and easy going each time I saw him,” Heritage Bloodstock’s Paul Guy recalled.  “He was well-made with an excellent hind-quarter and a very good head and eye, an all-round quality horse.”

Killua Castle had been pin-hooked for the South African Ready to Run 2YO Sale but suffered a severe bout of colic on the eve of the auction and was retained by owner Ashnee Devachander.  He was placed at Group 2 level in the Gauteng Guineas and Dingaans Stakes last season and has now earned R1.03 million (AUD 102,405).

His dam Prayers’n’promises is an unraced sister to Group 3 winners Besame Mucho and Gold Lottey.  She was covered by Blue Gum’s first-season shuttler Canford Cliffs last year.

Swettenham Stud graduate Word Of Mouth continued his rise up the ranks for a exuberant group of owners on Saturday.

Leading syndicator Brad Spicer bought Word Of Mouth for $150,000 out of the Swettenham draft at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and among his owners is former Hawthorn premiership player Robert Dipierdomenico.

‘Dipper’ is Racing Victoria’s Owners Ambassador and was part of the Inglis VOBIS Gold Regional Road Show leading up to the Premier Sale earlier this year.

Word Of Mouth’s victory in the Rod Johnson Hcp (2000m) at Flemington on Saturday was a nice little earner for his connections.  They shared the $48,000 winner’s cheque plus a $23,000 Super VOBIS and $14,000 VOBIS Gold pay-day.

“He’s destined for much better races,” trainer Leon Corstens said.  “We won’t be looking at anything in the spring — when it’s time for a break, he will go out and come back for the autumn carnival.”

Word Of Mouth (3g Not a Single Doubt — Exo by Hennessy) has won three of his last four starts.  The only defeat was at the hands of Sonntag at Caulfield last month and the winner then stepped up to claim the G1 Queensland Derby.

Jockey Michael Rodd was also impressed with the Flemington winner.  “I was happy to travel wide with cover,” he said.  “We didn’t spent any energy but it’s a long straight and I didn’t want to get there too early.  He stuck his head out at just the right time.”

Word Of Mouth is a younger half-brother to Diamond To Pegasus who was a Listed winner of the 2011 Canonbury Stakes at Randwick.  Their dam Exo has a rising two year-old filly by Equiano with Cranbourne trainer Shea Eden.

Grey Mustang made it a winning double for Swettenham graduates in the Schweppes Hcp (1250m) at Morphettville on Saturday.  The grey son of Hold That Tiger has won five races for managing part-owner Ben Gass after selling for $18,000 at the 2010 Adelaide Magic Millions.

The Thief was described as a Darwin raider after winning at Flemington on Saturday when, in fact, the gelding was bred and reared in Victoria.

He’s the latest in a long line of winners that Tim and Di Dennis bred at Glenwood Stud south-west of Geelong.

The Thief (4g Dubleo – Bush Ballad by Alquoz) powered home to qualify for the LR Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) back at Flemington on July 12.  “He finished off strong once I got him into the clear,” jockey Dean Yendall said.  “He won really convincingly.”

Glenwood sold The Thief as a foal for $10,000 at the 2010 Inglis Great Southern Sale.  He was purchased by Top End owner Bob Kendray and won four in a row at Fannie Bay before a close second to Host Of The Party in last year’s Darwin Guineas.

Kendray sent gelding to Melbourne with trainer Stephen Brown and he was placed at Sandown and Mornington before the breakthrough at headquarters on Saturday.

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Tim Dennis retired to Torquay after Di passed away in 2011 and among the feature winners bred at their Modewarre property were Zazzman (G3 Geelong Cup), Volitant (G3 Moonga Stakes), Press The Button (G2 Reisling Stakes), Koonoomoo (G3 Maybe Mahal Stakes) and About Ready (LR Durbridge Stakes).

Brown will set The Thief for the LR Victorian Sprint Series Final (1200m) at Flemington on July 12.

Makybe Racing’s Tony Santic has every reason to believe his regally-bred colt Il Cavallo has the makings of a successful stallion.

Il Cavallo (3c Choisir — Gold Chant by El Moxie) looked the part winning a heat of the A R Creswick Series (1000m) by more than four lengths at Flemington on Saturday.  The Peter Moody trained sprinter is a three-quarter brother to dual-hemisphere champion Starspangledbanner.

Santic catalogued Il Cavallo for the 2012 Inglis Easter yearling sale but took him back home to Gnarwarre when bidding failed to reach a $250,000 reserve.  A record-breaking Sandown winner on debut in March 2013, he returned for a spring campaign and nearly netted some minor black-type when a close fourth in the LR Vain Stakes at Caulfield.

Il Cavallo has rebounded off a 33 week spell with a running double at Sandown Hillside and Flemington this month.  “He’s talented but had problems rating himself early on,” jockey Luke Nolen said.  “Tony has been patient and they’re going to knock off some nice races.”

Stable foreman Zac I’Anson reiterated those comments after Nolen weighed in.  “The Sandown win was a real confidence-builder,” he explained.  “Peter has a really high opinion of this horse and will find a nice race to help launch his career as a stallion.”

Starspangledbanner (Choisir) was also bred by Santic and was a Group 1 winning sprinter-miler in Australia and England.  Sold to Coolmore Stud, he encountered fertility issues which scuttled what would have been a lucrative shuttle career.

That’s been borne out in England with 3 first-crop winners from just 5 starters so far this year.

Starspangledbanner was subsequently transferred to stand at Rosemont Stud where his fertility has improved under careful management.  He was foaled and raised at the Gnarwarre property when it was part of the Makybe complex.

Promising Geelong winner Marli Magic has maintained John Sadler’s strike-rate since rejoining Aquanita Racing.

The daughter of Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi) ran down Young Girl to win the Hyland Racing Colours Hcp (1300m) by a neck on Friday.  Sadler’s son Thomas didn’t panic when Young Girl pinched a break in the straight.  He kept the filly balanced and in touch before setting out after the tearaway leader.

Marli Magic (3f Host — Unlimited Passage by Giant’s Causeway) made it a family affair for the Sadlers.  She is part-owned by John’s sister Helen.

Sadler returned to Aquanita on June 1 and has hit the ground running training five winners headed by talented mare Vain Queen.  “It was a tough effort from Marli Magic to work home and win on Friday,” he said.  “She will win better races but doesn’t like wet tracks.  I will send her to the paddock now and bring her back for the summer.”

Marli Magic was initially trained by Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra and had won her maiden in a Super VOBIS race at Kilmore in November.

Swettenham sold her for $50,000 at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.  She has an unraced younger brother by Host named Hong Kong Captain with David Hayes — he was an $85,000 buy at the 2013 Melbourne Premier.

Their dam Unlimited Passage has a filly foal by Equiano and was bred back to the King of Speed last year.  It’s a family that’s produced stakes winners for Swettenham’s Sangster family for several generations going back to champion Godswalk filly Pure Of Heart.

Host (Chi) has averaged over 100 mares in his last two seasons at Swettenham and will stand for an $8,800 (inc gst) service fee in 2014.

Sir Fernando notched the 200th win of the season for champion sire Bel Esprit in the Pura Milk Winter Challenge (1200m) at Geelong on Friday.

The Colin Little trained gelding broke a long losing streak going back to Moonee Valley in March 2012.  He missed the start before issuing a powerful challenge in the closing stages to score by over a length.

Sir Fernando (5g Bel Esprit — Ruby Doll by Desert Style) was initially prepared by Mick Price before moving to Lord Lodge earlier this season.  He started racing as a spring three year-old and was only out of a place once in his first 8 starts before that run of outs.

He is from a half-sister to the dam of Perth stars Playing God & God Has Spoken and is raced by a syndicate organised by the late Bryan Muschialli along with his daughter Tracy Howard and Greg Funnell.

Friday’s result marks the third season a row Bel Esprit has topped 200 wins from his base at Eliza Park International in Victoria.  He’s also challenging for second spot on the Australian table in that category with Fastnet Rock (202) and Choisir (201).  The trio are a long way behind runaway leader Lonhro (244).

More importantly for Bel Esprit, he’s claimed the last six Victorian sires’ titles and leads this season’s premiership with earnings of $4.65 million.  Darley resident Reset is next best with $4.32 million.

If successful, Bel Esprit will prevail without any help from his iconic mare Black Caviar who earned over $7.52 million in Australia between April 2009 and April 2013.  His chief earner this season is G2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner Se Sauver with $175,875.

Bel Esprit (Royal Academy) will stand for a $24,200 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park International this year.

Former Bart Cummings trained galloper Dare To Dream has been placed on the market as a sire prospect.

The lightly-raced Irish-bred stallion is son of Danehill Dancer and his dam was a Group 3 winner of the Dahlia Stakes at Newmarket.

Gavel House is selling him on behalf of a syndicate that includes part-owner Richard Pegum.  “He comes up beautifully,” Pegum declared when Dare To Dream arrived in Australia.  “I believe he has the most potential of any horse we have ever brought over here.”

That’s high praise given Pegum has part-owned Group 1 winning imports My Kingdom Of Fife (AJC Queen Elizabeth Stakes) and December Draw (VRC Turnbull Stakes).

Dare To Dream (6h Danehill Dancer — Beneventa by Most Welcome) was heading in the same direction until a tendon injury brought his career to a premature finish after just 9 starts in England and Australia.

He was originally registered as Dare to Dance in England and was quickly into gear winning second time out over 1600m at Sandown for trainer Jeremy Noseda.

He followed up with a two length victory over 2000m at Newmarket and increased the margin to three lengths when completing a hat-trick like an odds-on favourite over the same distance at Ayr.

Those victories qualified Dare To Dream for the time-honoured G2 Cambridgeshire at Newmarket.  “He has scope for further improvement and is only just beginning to grasp what is required,” Noseda said.  “I feel he has a big future in front of him as a four-year-old.”

Dare To Dream firmed from 16-1 into an 8-1 joint-favourite for the Cambridgeshire but he was withdrawn in advance of a transfer to Australia.

Allowed to acclimatise by Cummings, the 16.1hh stallion was a handful for apprentice James McDonald first-up in the G3 Bill Ritchie Hcp (1400m) at Randwick in September 2012.  He raced more generously next time out when only going down a half-length to Mourayan in the G3 Craven Plate (2000m).

Cummings sent him south for a last-minute attempt to gain a start in the Melbourne Cup but Dare To Dream just missed out when beaten a neck by Kelinni in the G3 Lexus Stakes after being disappointed for a run in the straight.

He backed up in the G3 Queen Elizabeth Stakes on the last day of the carnival and finished a creditable fourth behind tearaway winner Puissance De Lune.

Connections were confident of a ground-breaking campaign in 2013, however, he was sidelined with a bowed tendon and then aggravated the injury in April.

Dare To Dream is by champion sire Danehill Dancer who has just been retired by Coolmore Stud.  The 21 year-old is the sire of Coolmore’s successful dual-hemisphere stallion Choisir and up-and-coming New Zealand shuttler Mastercraftsman.

His dam Beneventa won 7 races when trained by John Dunlop and, apart from the G3 Dahlia Stakes, she was also successful in the LR Aphrodite Stakes at Newmarket and LR Snowdrop Stakes at Kempton.

Her current three year-old is promising Shamardal colt Bow Creek.  He was a Listed winner for Sheikh Hamdan at Lingfield in April and holds a Group 1 entry for the St James’s Palace Stakes at Royal Ascot next Tuesday.

For more information on Dare To Dream, Gary Moore at Gavel House can be contacted on (03) 9499 2229 or  www.gavelhouse.com

Off the Track thoroughbred Shanghai Joe and Shane Rose claim CCI3* honours as retired racehorses reign supreme at the Melbourne International Horse Trials

Olympic silver medallist Shane Rose believes the sky is the limit for thoroughbred gelding Shanghai Joe after the retired racehorse claimed top honours in the CCI3* class at the Melbourne International Horse Trials.

Occupying second position following the dressage and cross country phases of the coveted event held at Werribee Park over the Queen’s Birthday long weekend, Rose put in a faultless show jumping performance on the seven-year-old to score a narrow win over Sonja Johnson and her retired racehorse, Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison.

Rose said Shanghai Joe performed admirably during all phases of the competition and pointed to his speed and athleticism, two defining traits of the breed, during Sunday’s cross country round as the hallmark of his win.

“I’m very happy with how the horse went because he’s such a young horse to be competing in this field let alone to be at the top of the pile at the end of the weekend,” Rose said.

“He felt great, he’s quite a careful horse and he pulled up great after the cross country.

“He had to run pretty fast (during cross country) because I got a little bit lost and made a bit of an error in my line and wasted 10 or 15 seconds so he showed his racing speed to make up that time.”

Bred by Rose, who is in involved in thoroughbred education and pre-training in addition to his illustrious equestrian endeavours, Shanghai Joe was given a brief racing education in Sydney.

The son of Another Warrior had three official trials while in the care of Warwick Farm trainer Marc Conners but, after beating only one horse home, was retired and retrained for an elite eventing career.

An unabashed fan of the breed, Rose believes that many of Australia’s top racehorses would make outstanding eventers if they were trained and given the chance to compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping instead of racing.

“If we had the opportunity as competition riders to work with the best thoroughbreds, we would be unbeatable,” Rose said.

“They are an amazing animal and unfortunately for us, the best of them run fast.

“If you had horses like Black Caviar or Makybe Diva given the opportunity to come out as eventers early in their career they’d probably have gold medals around their neck.

“A lot of those horses go on to be good racehorses and then have a breeding career so really we only get the slower ones which are still great athletes.

“He (Shanghai Joe) is testament to that because he beat one horse home in a trial.”

Rose is confident the seven-year-old has more improvement to come and, with another two seasons of competition under his belt, can be a contender for Australia at the 2016 Olympic Games in Rio, Brazil.

“Limitations are not really there for him at the moment,” Rose said.

“He’s got three great phases, he’s got a great attitude and he seems to be really sound because he hasn’t had to do a lot of racing and doesn’t have a lot of miles in his legs.

“Realistically, the peak age for a competition horse in eventing is 12 or 13 so he’s got another five years of improvement so he can hopefully go as far as I want.

“I’m certainly looking at having him ready for Rio in a couple of years and then there’s every possibility he could stay around for up to 10 years.”

Runner-up Parkiarrup Illicit Liaison, who raced in Western Australia as Bullionaire, could also be headed overseas with Johnson hopeful the performance is enough to warrant selection at this year’s World Equestrian Games in Normandy, France.

After taking out the CCI1* on Paihia Wilhelm, popular event rider Will Enzinger teamed with former Lindsay Park gelding Wenlock Aquifer (Aquifer) to finish runner-up in the CCI2* and collect the ‘Best Performed Off the Track Thoroughbred’ award.

A nine-year-old son of Alannan, Aquifer had four starts in South Australia for Half of Fame trainer David Hayes, his best performance coming in the form of a debut win at Victoria Park in 2006.

Nina Clarke was thrilled with the performance of her mount LP Boudin, a former VRC St Leger runner-up who was raced by Fran Houlahan and Brian Johnston as Mr Bigalow, who was awarded ‘Best Performed Off the Track Thoroughbred’ in the CCI1*.

The full results from all classes at the Melbourne International Horse Trials are available here.

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Son Of Africa provided Equiano with his third winner at Windsor’s Monday evening meeting and leading trainer Henry Candy with his first juvenile winner of the year.

With stable jockey Dane O’Neill aboard, Son Of Africa pressed the leaders on debut and then took over in the straight.  Shaken up at the furlong, he won by three-quarters of a length from Lady Moscou.

Qatar Bloodstock’s highly-rated even-money favourite War Alert was over a length away third.  The market and breeding suggested there were one or two useful youngsters among the beaten division and the race should hold up as a decent form-line.

Son Of Africa (2c Equiano — Generously Gifted by Sakhee) gave Candy a quick return after selling for 52,000 pounds (AUD 93,5065) at the Ascot 2YO Sale in April.  “I liked his action and attitude and his size and strength,” Candy said after outbidding Bobby O’Ryan.  “He will definitely be a two-year-old and hopefully will go the same way as Treaty Of Paris who I bought last year.”

Both colts were catalogued by Co Tipperary based Mocklershill Stud and race for the One Too Many Partners syndicate.

Treaty Of Paris won his maiden at Pontefract in July 2013 and went on to win the G3 Acomb Stakes at York.  Runner-up The Gray Gatsby returned to capture the G1 French Derby last week.

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

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

King Of Manners scored a timely win for his sire Manner Hill at Moonee Valley on Saturday.

The lightly-raced three year-old belied a long price when lengthening like a good horse in the Anne Marie Classic Hcp (1600m).  “This is my first time at Moonee Valley,” owner-breeder Doug Millhouse said as Steven King brought the winner back to scale.  “I’m a very proud owner and it’s very sweet with the VOBIS Gold bonus.”

King Of Manners (3g Manner Hill — Rose Of Kinselmac by Bureaucracy) collected $48,000 in prizemoney and a major portion of the $50,000 incentive from VOBIS Gold.  Millhouse catalogued him for the 2012 Inglis Victorian Autumn Sale but didn’t accept a best bid of $6,000 bid at Oaklands.

“And I tried to sell him to Singapore last year,” trainer Shaun Dwyer said.  “He’s a tough little horse and I’m looking to get him up to 2000 metres.”

King Of Manners is the penultimate foal from Rose Of Kinselmac who won at Flemington.  Millhouse has also kept her unraced two year-old Gardener’s Glory (Floral Pegasus).

Manner Hill (Danehill) won 6 races up to Group 3 level in the 2002 Craven Plate and Manion Cup in Sydney before retiring to Cherokee Rose Stud in the Macedon Ranges.

Cherokee Rose owners Danny and Hanna Rose are closing the stud’s breeding operations and Manner Hill will be sold as Lot 519 on Tuesday, June 24 at the Inglis Great Southern Sale.

Fellow Cherokee Rose stallion Floral Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) will continue his stud career at Kim McKellar’s Wyndholm Park in Ballarat.

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