Musk Creek Farm owner David Kobritz has facilitated the future of another colt with stakes winning potential for Coolmore Stud.

The Mornington based breeder pin-hooked Pierro for $115,000 as a foal and then on-sold him for $230,000 as a yearling. The Lonhro colt swept the Sydney 2YO Triple Crown in 2012 and was syndicated to stand his first season at Coolmore for a $77,000 service fee last year.

Kobritz was the catalyst for another class act when Vero Beach scored a 7 length victory in the NMIT Maiden Plate (1100m) at Kyneton on Wednesday. He led under a hold and then accelerated when asked to extend by jockey Steve Baster.

Vero Beach (3c Fastnet Rock — Bellevue Lady by Zabeel) made top price of $500,000 on account of Musk Creek (as agent) at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. That was a huge mark-up on his pin-hook price of $145,000 as a foal at the 2011 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

The Super VOBIS qualified colt hadn’t been seen since finishing fourth on debut in the LR St Albans Stakes at Moonee Valley twelve months ago. “You like them to win like that and I hope he can go right on with it,” trainer Mark Kavanagh said. “The owners have been very patient and I think they will be rewarded.”

Vero Beach (pictured at the yearling sale) races for a syndicate headed by Coolmore’s Susan Magnier and is bred on the same Fastnet Rock — Zabeel cross as Kavanagh’s champion filly Atlantic Jewel.

Eliza Park International stallions Magnus and Shinzig topped two of the three sessions at the Adelaide Magic Millions yearling sale this week.

Magnus (pictured) sired the filly from Coniston Gem (Greig) that highlighted Day 1 when selling for $115,000 to Mornington trainer Mark Riley. Her dam was a Group 3 winner at Flemington and Caulfield.

Another Magnus filly, the sister to recent Moonee Valley Group 2 runner-up Miss Promiscuity, sold for second top price of $110,000 on Day 1. She is the fourth foal of the Melbourne winning Distant Music mare Zipstream and was purchased by the Victorian partnership of Bluegrass Bloodstock and trainer Wez Hunter.

Both Magnus fillies were presented by Eliza Park International, acting as agent for Robert Crabtree’s Dorrington Farm.

On Day 3, it was the turn of Shinzig to top proceedings with a $45,000 colt purchased by Singapore trainer Patrick Shaw. He is a half-brother to Super Kenny who has won five races at Kranji for Shaw and owners Mark & Emily Yong.

Super Kenny is by Swettenham Stud sire Host (Chi). He was a $30,000 buy at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions and has earned the equivalent of AUD 239,670.

Duble Barrel Daisy scored a special win for trainer Darren Weir at Moonee Valley on Monday.

The Super VOBIS qualified filly broke her maiden by five lengths at Donald last month but only had a nose to spare in the Essendon Hyundai Hcp (1000m). “It was a head-bobber and I wasn’t sure whether we had won,” Weir said. “It was a good effort and she’s heading in the right direction.”

Duble Barrel Daisy (3f Dubleo – African Lily by Johannesburg) is a homebred for Angela Taylor-Moy who is an integral part of Weir’s Forest Lodge stable at Ballarat. “It’s a great result for ‘Ang’ and her parents who race this filly. She has been working for me since the early days at Stawell.”

Weir also recalled his formative years after welcoming winning jockey Harry Coffee back to scale. “I learned the ropes from Harry’s uncle Jack Coffey as a young bloke. Later on, his father Austy taught me to be a farrier.”

Duble Barrel Daisy is the first foal of former Coolmore Stud mare African Lily who died in October 2012. Her second dam Hint Of Glory is a half-sister to G1 VRC Emirates Stakes winner Sky Cuddle.

Taylor-Moy has an unnamed two year-old half-brother to Duble Barrel Daisy by Decanter. He is a Chilean bred son of Hussonet who stands at Kedarona Stud south of Pakenham.

Emirates Park sire Artie Schiller continues to be a hit in the auction ring with a colt bringing $575,000 at this week’s Ocala 2YO Sale in Florida.

The March 29 born bay was consigned by Halcyon Hammock Farm (as agent) and made the Top 10 leader-board to the bid of Conquest Stables. He had breezed a furlong in 10 seconds flat prior to the auction on Tuesday.

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Artie Schiller (pictured) got him from of the unraced Lord Avie mare Sister Baby, he is a brother to Hammers Terror, a Listed winner of the Mystic Lake Derby and Brooks Fields Stakes at Canterbury racecourse in Minnesota.

Conquest Stables purchased an Artie Schiller filly at the 2013 Ocala 2YO March Sale for $240,000 and, racing as My Conquestadory, she landed the G1 Alcibiades Stakes at Keeneland last October.

There were 18 Artie Schillers offered at the Melbourne Premier Sale earlier this month and they sold to $150,000. Trainer Clinton McDonald took his top-priced yearling home to Caulfield. Offered by Burnewang North Pastoral, he is a half-brother to city winners by Testa Rossa, Anabaa, Henny Hughes and Catbird.

Artie Schiller (El Prado) shuttles from WinStar Farm in Kentucky to Emirates Park’s Victorian facility at Diggers Rest.

Dour stayer Outback Joe rekindled memories of champion mare Let’s Elope in the G2 Adelaide Cup (3200m) on Monday.

Outback Joe (6g Elvstroem — Let’s Elope by Nassipour) looked beaten when Perth Cup winner Black Tycoon ranged up at the furlong but he had enough in reserve to prevail by a short neck.

“It was a very brave win,’’ in-form apprentice Chad Schofield said. “They were going very quickly and I was happy sitting off the pace. I wound him up around the turn and he just outstayed them.”

Outback Joe was set for the two-mile test after winning the LR Bagot Hcp (2800m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day. A homebred for Dennis and Margaret Marks, he is by Blue Gum Farm stallion Elvstroem and is the fifth stakes performer for former Australian Horse of the Year Let’s Elope.

Now a spritely 26, she is in retirement at Lauriston Park in Euroa.

“I have always wanted to get him to 3200 metres and he didn’t let us down,” trainer Nigel Blackiston said. “He’s qualified for the Melbourne Cup so we will have a crack. Dennis won it with Let’s Elope and this bloke is still maturing.”

Blackiston was foreman for Bart Cummings when Let’s Elope cut a swathe through Australia’s staying ranks in 1991-92 winning the Turnbull Stakes, Caulfield Cup, Mackinnon Stakes, Melbourne Cup, C F Orr Stakes, St George Stakes and Australian Cup.

Transferred to the United States, she won the G1 Beverley D. Stakes at Arlington but was relegated for causing interference to home-town heroine Flawlessly.

Let’s Elope was retired to stud in 1995 and started with French stakes performers Yes I Will (Danzig) and Over The Moon (Storm Cat) before returning to Australia carrying G2 MVRC AAMI Vase winner Ustinov (Seeking The Gold). He currently stands at Moorookyle Park in Victoria.

Let’s Elope foaled Caught Courting (Danehill) a year after Ustinov and he won four races in Sydney and was stakes placed in Perth. He is based at Greenvale Park in Queensland.

Marks pensioned Let’s Elope after foaling Outback Joe’s younger sister Karata (Elvstroem) in 2008. She is also trained by Blackiston and has won a Seymour maiden in 16 starts to date.

By any reckoning, Yallambee Stud’s returns were very rewarding at this week’s Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

The Woodard family — Peter, Rick and Christie — arrived from Romsey with 21 yearlings and 19 changed hands for a second-best aggregate of $2.25 million. Eliza Park raised more money but the Kerrie nursery had to find new homes for 33 head to reach turnover of $2.91 million.

Yallambee’s average of $118,684 was by far the best of the big guns at Oaklands. Only those studs with 6 sales or less finished in front of the Woodards’ on the vendors’ list.

“It’s been our best ever sale,” Peter Woodard claimed. “The pre-sale inspections were positive but you can never be too confident.

“Inglis did a fantastic marketing job and trainers will keep coming back while they keep banking those VOBIS cheques.”

Yallambee graduates will go into local stables like Peter Moody, Mick Price, Peter Morgan, John Moloney, Clinton McDonald, Pat Carey and Shea Eden.

“Our yearlings are also heading to Gai Waterhouse, David Payne and Bjorn Baker in Sydney,” Woodard said. “And we also had the visiting South Africans among the under-bidders.

“Rick and Christie prepped the yearlings to perfection and Christie’s updates and photos on Facebook and our website was a huge help for all the interstate and international buyers. One of the South African guys told me he bid on a few of ours after logging on during the flight over.”
Topping their draft at $240,000 was the Choisir half-brother to Adelaide G3 winner Moment in Time (Lot 217) and the Magnus half-sister to Melbourne G2 winner Upbeat (Lot 554).

Yallambee’s Melbourne Premier I figures have kept well ahead of the overall average improving from $77,429 (2011), $97,125 (2012), $100,750 (2013) and $118,684 this year.

Next on the circuit for Yallambee is the Melbourne VOBIS Gold Sale on April 27 & 28 comprising yearlings by Magnus (4), God’s Own (2) and Street Boss (1).

One-time Independent Stallions shuttler U S Ranger opened his southern hemisphere account in Adelaide on Saturday.

Get The Nod (2g U S Ranger — Silent Cash by Secret Savings) raced on the pace first-up in the Holdfast Insurance Hcp (1000m) at Morphettville and scored by three-quarters of a length from Frank Heavens (Big Brown). The Lloyd Kennewell trained youngster was an $18,000 buy at the 2013 Inglis Classic yearling sale.

“I was very impressed,” Kennewell said. “He’s a promising young horse of the future!”

Independent Stallions owner Mike Becker stood U S Ranger (USA) at short notice when Artie Schiller was a late withdrawal from the southern shuttle in 2010. Both stallions were based at WinStar Farm in Kentucky.

U S Ranger was one of the last sons of legendary sire Danzig to retire to stud and there were 34 foals from that sole Victorian crop. He was unbeaten at two in the French provinces and resumed as a three year-old to win the G3 Prix Djebel at Maisons-Laffitte before finishing second in the G3 Jersey Stakes at Royal Ascot.

A free-wheeling front-runner, he developed into a high-class sprinter at four with Group 1 placings in the July Cup at Newmarket and Prix de la Foret at Longchamp. His dam My Annette (Roberto) is a three-quarter sister to Dynaformer.

The Australian opener came a week after U S Ranger’s three year-old colt Solitary Ranger won the LR John Battaglia Memorial (1700m) at Turfway Park in Kentucky. He had posted an initial black-type victory in last year’s G3 Arlington-Washington Futurity.

Trainer Wayne Catalano said Solitary Ranger will possibily run in the G3 Spiral Stakes back at Turfway Park on March 22. It’s a designated points race for the Kentucky Derby.

Clifton Red was a fitting winner of the Group 3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Her breeder and managing part-owner Bill Cockram is a son of former TBV committeeman Ted Cockram who pioneered Super VOBIS back in 1987.

Clifton Red (2f Sebring — Pretty Penny by Encosta De Lago) is trained by David Hayes and is the latest stakes winner for the Cockram family and Lindsay Park. “It was a big ask to win down the straight-six at her very first start,” Bill Cockram said. “We are looking forward to the future — she will make a nice three-year-old.

“Winning the TBV Stakes is a real thrill. Dad is really happy and is watching from home.”

Ted Cockram bred champion racehorse and sire Century and he was a Moonee Valley committeeman for over a decade. Bill has always been active within the industry and he was voted on to the Geelong committee earlier this season.

Clifton Red was the first of three runners from her dam Pretty Penny at headquarters on Australian Cup day. I Am Titanium (Flying Spur) was fifth home in the LR MSS Security Stakes and her G2 Sandown Classic winner Sertorius (Galileo) finished third in the G2 Blamey Stakes.

“We have put a lot of time and effort into our breeding and mare selections,” Cockram explained. “We are very proud to have all three starting in black-type events on such a big day.”

Pretty Penny won five races in Melbourne and was beaten a nose in the G3 W W Cockram Stakes at Caulfield in August 2005. Now based at the family’s Shadow Glen Stud at Modewarre, she has a yearling colt by High Chaparral and is back in foal to Sebring.

Hayes indicated Clifton Red is now likely to run in Sydney with the Riesling Stakes at Rosehill next on the agenda. She will come into her own over longer trips in races like the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and ATC Champagne Stakes.

“She’s right there among my better two-year-old fillies,” Hayes said. “She’s big and rangy and it was a good effort to win a Group race on debut.”

Macedon Ranges Shire Council will develop a feasibility study into establishing an equine centre capable of hosting world-class equine events, educational experiences and other equine activities in the region.

The Victorian Government will contribute $60,000 to the project, with Macedon Ranges Shire Council providing the balance of the $95,000 project.

The study will take 12 months to complete and will look at a range of options for community and commercial use including indoor and outdoor arenas, stabling, yards, exhibition areas and meeting rooms. It will also consider non-equine uses such as canine and agricultural shows and exhibitions.

Mayor, Cr Roger Jukes said that if the facility goes ahead, it would be a major driver for business development and employment in the region.
“Supporting the equine industry is a key initiative in Council’s Economic Development program Equine Industry Strategy.

“Many local businesses are supported by the equine industry, from veterinary practices to the business servicing horse floats, fixing electric fences or building sheds and sand arenas,” he said.

Cr Jukes said that representatives from the recently formed Macedon Ranges Equine Industry Network (REIN) would be key to development of the study, from both a business and recreational perspective.

“We also know that the equine industry is widely supported by recreational horse owners and members of local riding clubs and associations. As part of the study, we will be consulting with these groups as well as broader equine interest groups and associations,” he said.

The feasibility study is an action in the 2012—17 Equine Strategy, which aims to support the sustainable growth of the equine industry and create local employment opportunities. The equine industry contributes an estimated $140 million each year to the local economy.

To view the equine strategy, visit For more information about the strategy or to receive information and updates about equine projects, contact Leanne Davey on 5421 9617 or

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Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy had one eye on Sky Channel while keeping the other on his yearlings at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale on Wednesday.

McCarthy watched Honey Steel’s Gold win at Sandown and then sold the top-priced Reward For Effort and the top-priced Domesday during Session II at Oaklands. Both yearlings were offered through the Little Plains Stud consignment.

Honey Steel’s Gold is by Greta West stallion Keep The Faith and trainer David Hayes will set him for the G1 South Australian Derby in May.

The Reward For Effort – Sea Frolic (Dolphin Street) filly made $48,000 to First Light Racing and will be trained by Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra. She is a half-sister to 5 winners and 3 of them are by Greta West sires Keep The Faith and King of Prussia.

The Domesday colt from Firhill (Marauding) is a half-brother to five winners topped by Greta West bred mare Two Hills who has won 7 sprints in Melbourne and over $360,000 in prizemoney.

He impressed several prospective buyers and auctioneer Jonathon D’Arcy. “Here’s a big, strong colt,” D’Arcy boomed as the youngster entered the sale ring. “He looks like he could run through a brick wall.”

Trainer Ciaran Maher agreed and went to $40,000 to outbid a visiting trainer from Singapore.

Earlier in the week, Greta West stallion God’s Own burst through the $2 million barrier in prizemoney this season when Angel Warrior came from last to land the Bullarook Park Plate (1000m) at Terang.

Angel Warrior (4m God’s Own — Wingin’ A Prayer by Raise A Stanza) was racing first-up on Monday and won running away by a length for trainer Michael Roebuck. At her only other run, she led but faded at Swan Hill in October.

God’s Own is second among Victorian based sires for the individual winners’ premiership this season. Bel Esprit (103) leads that division ahead of God’s Own (64), Reset (61), Magnus (59), Dash For Cash (55) and Elvstroem (55).

The harder the audience clapped, the higher he stepped. Lofting his exceptionally long legs so high that each step seemed more animated, more look at me, than the one before, he danced with all his heart to a movie soundtrack from Secretariat.

And Sea Lord was great that day. Not as a racehorse, he never raced.

But in the hands of top-level dressage rider Silva Martin he was a virtuoso in the dressage ring performing a Freestyle that displayed their talent and connection, while reminding everyone who watched that this was no Warmblood.

This was an ex-racehorse Thoroughbred who became a Grand Prix dressage horse!

Outfitted in the silks and blinkers customarily worn on the track, Martin cantered them into the show ring of the PVDA Ride For Life Dancing Horse Challenge June 25 to the sound of a bugler announcing the start of a race.

Race name: Sea Lord
Sire: Sea Salute
Dam: Graceful Glory
Foal date: 2001

The idea to honor Sea Lord’s heritage came to Martin and the Thoroughbred’s owner Charish Campbell once it was decided that he would be the horse they would bring to the benefit show for the Johns Hopkins Avon Foundation Breast Center, Martin says in a recent interview with

“Charish and I were throwing ideas around, and I said, ‘There’s really no question. We’ll have to go as a jockey and racehorse.’ He’s an American Thoroughbred and we should honor that,” she says.

“A good friend of mine sewed my silks and he wore goggles for the first time in his life. The whole idea that he was off the racetrack in Virginia was fantastic. The audience loved it. And the more they clapped the better he went for them.”

Martin and her husband Boyd Martin, a US Eventing Team A-List member, love Thoroughbreds.

“Boyd has always purchased Thoroughbreds off the track and has been a big fan of them. He has tended to prefer them to Warmbloods because they’re so smart and they have a good energy–they never wear out,” she says.

And Sea Lord was evented by both Boyd and Olympian Phillip Dutton before Martin moved him into a dressage career in 2007.

She still remembers what she said the first time she saw Sea Lord. “I met him in July 2007 and Phil Dutton was eventing him and Boyd was also riding him, doing some novice work,” she says. “I used to look at him and think that this was a really nice horse. You could just see it.”

At the time, his jumping skills were not meeting expectations, so she offered to sit on him.

“I remember telling his owner at the time, Shannon Simpson, that he could be something really good. Then he developed into this freak that he is now.”

The pair has quickly climbed levels, and is now at Grand Prix. Most recently, Sea Lord won Reserve Champion in the last Regionals at Prix St. George and has achieved many other successes, including wins at multiple Prix St. George shows.

In a Dressage article, he is described as a “well developed Grand Prix” horse who has achieved one tempi changes and piaffe-passage. The article notes: “He is a dream to ride, very soft, forward thinking, and loves to please.”

His personality and his ability were deciding factors guiding Martin’s decision to take him to the show.

“Sea Lord loves to make a grand entrance and he thrives in the big atmosphere at a dressage show, with all the lights, music and people,” Martin says. “A lot of horses can get scared in an atmosphere like that. But this horse is way less hot than some of my Warmbloods, and when he’s in the ring, all he does is try for you.”

And he has made a big impression on many of the people in his circle.

Shannon Stimson, his first owner, recalls how impressed she was with the horse nicknamed Big Bird because of his resemblance to the Sesame Street character.

“He was so gangly and his neck and legs were so unusually long at 17.1 hands that he was called Big Bird by the stable guys caring for him,” Stimson says. Skinny and out of shape, he had a “huge suspension” and his trot “was like velvet,” she adds.

She purchased the horse and put him in a program with Phillip Dutton. But, as the horse advanced it became clear that he was not as careful over rails as they would have liked, and that upper-level jumping was probably not in the cards for him.

But Martin saw something special in him, and grabbed the opportunity to teach the large, constitutionally uphill mount to perform dressage.

Stimson recalls how well they fit each other when Martin finally gave him a try.

“From the first moment Silva sat on him and I watched them work together, it was clear that dressage was what he was born to do,” Stimson says. “Silva’s personality matches Birdy’s perfectly, and he will do anything for her.”

He was always a big mover with a bold personality, she adds.

“His personality was always exceptionally sweet and laid back, not that he didn’t have his opinions,” Stimson recalls. “He has huge self-confidence, and there is absolute no ‘No!’ in him. I take this to be basic to his Thoroughbred temperament and excellent blood lines.”

Among the greats in his family tree are Native Dancer, Nashua, and Seattle Slew.

Although Sea Lord is “still learning collection,” he’s young yet, and full of promise, Martin says.

His owner has watched the video of his debut Freestyle over and over again.

“The performance is a tribute to the American Thoroughbred,” Campbell says. “Watching this in person has been the highlight of my career.”

And for one more ex-racehorse performing at the highest echelons, the performance in honor of great Thoroughbred athletes helped underscore what so many top riders know: Thoroughbreds can do anything.

“If you get them on your side,” Martin says, “they’ll do anything for you.”

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The Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale concluded on Wednesday with increased average, median and clearance rate flowing through into Session II.

“I believe our results show the continued improvement in quality of the Premier Sale is now being given its due recognition,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said. “It was a great team effort to achieve these results and we can now look forward to the Easter and VOBIS Gold Yearling Sales.”

Session II saw 108 lots sell for $3.33 million. The average and median of $30,898 and $25,000 were up 11% and 14% up respectively on last year. The clearance rate of 77% is also an improvement on 2013.

Local trainers active on Wednesday included Greg Eurell, Henry Dwyer, Dean Binaisse, David Hayes, Darren Weir and Pat Carey. But they had plenty of interstate and overseas competition with Singapore, Hong Kong, Korea, New Zealand, South Africa all getting onto the buyers sheet.

Phoenix Broodmare Farm’s outstanding week continues into Session II with Damian Gleeson’s operation selling the equal-top price to add to the overall sale topper in Session I.

Canberra trainer Keith Dryden snapped up Phoenix Farm’s Myboycharlie — Lady of Love colt for $110,000. “He’s a very nice type with a tough constitution,” Phoenix Farm owner Damian Gleeson said. “And can he eat, or what!”

The colt is a brother to RL Inglis Classic winner Peggy Jean. Gleeson also sold the Northern Meteor — Conquistar colt that topped the whole sale when changing hands for $450,000 on Sunday.

The other lot to make $110,000 during Session II was the Von Costa de Hero — Luna Ballerina colt which was sold by Salamander Park to Randwick Bloodstock.

The Melbourne Premier plaudits for Swettenham Stud sire Equiano continued on Tuesday when his first-crop rounded out Session 1 with an exceptional average of $105,200.

Top price among his 15 lots was the $420,000 colt from Hidden Energy. It was the highest price ever paid for a yearling by a first season sire in Victoria.

Swettenham owner Adam Sangster and his staff received further recognition when Inglis voted their draft the best-presented among all the studs represented at Oaklands. And the Swettenham marquee would also vie for ‘Best on Ground’ in the hospitality stakes.

“It’s been a tremendous team effort,” Sangster said on Tuesday evening. “Everyone at the stud and the Flemington office did a terrific job promoting our yearlings.”

New Zealand based breeders Bruce and Maureen Harvey were pleased they got in on the ground floor with Equiano.

The Ascot Farm owners pin-hooked the Equiano — Plus Jamais filly at the Inglis Great Southern Foal Sale last year for $28,000. They booked a return ticket to Oaklands and cashed in when she made $160,000 on Tuesday. The filly will stay in Victoria to be trained by Jason Warren at Mornington.

Another profitable pin-hook was the Equiano — Circus Polka colt that cost Newcastle trainer Paul Perry $170,000 on Sunday. He went through the Oaklands sale-ring as a foal for $35,000 last year.

“All the Equiano yearlings I’ve inspected this week are very good types,” Perry said. “They’re well-balanced, well put together and have plenty of presence.”

He trained champion sprinter Choisir to win the 2003 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and Equiano doubled up with Group 1 victories in the same race in 2008 and 2010.

Perry also prepares Circus Polka’s two year-old colt Moduc who won at Newcastle and Scone in January before finishing an unlucky second in the $250,000 Inglis Premier at Mornington on February 12.

Another pin-hooker with an eye for a good horse is Slickpix photographer Ross Holburt. He bought the Equiano — Smytzer’s Thunder filly for $16,000 at the 2013 Great Southern Foal Sale and was rewarded with a $145,000 pay-day when she was sold to Barrie Griffiths.

“We decided to showcase the first Equiano weanlings at the Great Southern Sale and they were typical of the foals he was siring,” Swettenham Stud manager Brian Gorman said. “We knew they were good and it’s pleasing to see they’ve really gone on with it.”

Equiano (Fr) has another 9 yearlings catalogued for the Adelaide Magic Millions starting on March 10 including 3 colts from Swettenham.
In England, Equiano has his first two year-olds in training and there are two colts by him entered for the Tattersalls Craven Breeze Up Sale commencing on April 15.

Lot 114 is an Equiano half-brother to Polar Force, a winner of 8 races and Group 1 placed in the Phoenix Stakes at the Curragh. Lot 148 is a half-brother to French stakes performer Ominous (Oasis Dream).

The Blue Riband concept has been an immediate success at the Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

Inaugurated last year, the Blue Riband session is dedicated to yearlings whose pedigree and conformation suggests they should excel over Classic and Cup distances.

On Monday, the 38 lots averaged $135,000 which was an 18.4% increase on last year’s figures.

Woodside Park sold the top two lots led by an Encosta De Lago — Special Episode colt that made $360,000 to the bid of the Penang Turf Club. He is from a winning Redoute’s Choice daughter of G1 SAJC Australian Oaks winner Episode.

Next best was the Woodside colt by Fastnet Rock from True Seduction (Bellotto). He was sold for $310,000 to Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock acting on behalf of trainer Peter Morgan.

“We are delighted with the Blue Riband results,” Woodside’s Gerard Jones told ANZ Bloodstock. “We were quietly confident because we knew we had some cracking colts. The Encosta De Lago colt was a very attractive horse that everyone fell in love with as soon as he came out if box.
“We knew we had the right people on him when he went in the ring and he made what a colt of his quality deserves to make in the current market.

“The Fastnet Rock colt was also extremely popular during inspections, he has every quality you want to see in a good Fastnet and was deserving of his high price tag. The Blue Riband session is a great innovation from Inglis, it’s an added incentive to sell our yearlings in Melbourne.”

Buyers from Macau, New Zealand, South Africa, Malaysia, Singapore, China and all across Australia purchased one or more Blue Riband yearlings.

The top-priced 2013 Blue Riband graduate has been named The Spitfire. He realised $340,000 and is trained by David Hayes for a syndicate that includes Rupert Legh.

The Spitfire (2c Fastnet Rock — Arborea by Imperial Prince) finished midfield on debut in the LR Talindert Stakes at Flemington last month. He holds a Group 1 nomination for the ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Randwick in April.

Leading agent Sheamus Mills has launched a new website to coincide with the expansion of his bloodstock business:

Sheamus Mills Bloodstock has traded 38 black-type performers within the last six years with 14 new stakes horses going through the business in the last 12 months.

“In building a new site, I wanted it to look fresh and clean with simple to use functions that allow people to see our success, the services we offer and read what other clients might have to say. And the addition of a blog is something I hope can offer some interesting insights or thoughts on industry issues.

“We are sponsoring a race at the 4Tracks4Kids charity race night at Cranbourne on Friday so the timing is fitting because it’s a great cause.
“Sale results in 2014 have been strong so far and I think there is plenty being done behind the scenes in bettering the administration of the sport. It’s a great time to get involved.”

Record demand for yearlings continued on Day 3 of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale with the Session 1 average price rising for the fifth consecutive year.

“The last time this sale averaged more than $80,000 was when Black Caviar, Starspangledbanner and Reward For Effort went through the ring,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said. “It would certainly be great for this week’s buyers to be rewarded with such outstanding racetrack success as those sold that year.

“It’s is a credit to our vendors that have contributed to increased clearance rate, average and median.”

A total of 441 yearlings sold at an average of $84,115, a 10% increase from 2013. The clearance rate is also well up on last year’s figure to a strong 81%. The $70,000 median is an all-time record for the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Overall, 62 lots sold for $150,000 or more in Session 1, a significant increase from 44 last year.

Dean Hawthorne pushed his way to the top of the buyers list by securing three lots on Tuesday including a well related filly by Magnus out of Silverbeat (Lot 554) for $240,000 from Yallambee Stud. Hawthorne finished Session 1 with nine yearlings for $1.19 million.

Lindsay Park’s David Hayes has been very active at the sale buying 10 yearlings for $1.15 million. Other trainers to secure five or more yearlings so far include Mick Price, Michael Moroney, Clinton McDonald, Robbie Griffiths, Simon Miller, Peter Moody, Tony McEvoy and Leon Macdonald.

Australians have had plenty of competition from active international buyers from South Africa, Ireland, United Kingdom, New Zealand, Malaysia, Singapore, Macau, Korea, China, Hong Kong and Japan at the sale.

Equiano has led the first season sires with 15 of his yearlings selling at an amazing average of $105,200. Yearlings by Beneteau, Shocking, Star Witness, Hinchinbrook, Stryker, Lope de Vega and Reward For Effort also averaged more than $75,000.

Eliza Park International jumped to the top of the leading vendors list having sold 32 yearlings for over $2.88 million. Yallambee Stud averaged $118,684 for their 19 yearlings sold giving them an aggregate of more than $2.25 million.

Woodside Park Stud has had a tremendous sale selling all six lots offered at an average of $202,500.

Thoroughbred Breeders’ Victoria has unveiled its new website and the launch coincided with more encouraging results for the local industry at the Melbourne Premier yearling sale.

Victorian vendors dominated Sunday’s trade selling all bar one of the Top 10 yearlings on the leader-board.

“There’s a positive vibe in Victoria and we have seen that at Oaklands this week,” TBV president James O’Brien said. “The VOBIS Gold incentives have been a major catalyst and the new website reflects the confidence in our breeding industry.

“Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria relies heavily on our members and the new website will be more relevant and keep everyone up to date with the latest news and events.

TBV executive officer Ashleigh Mitchell has been instrumental in creating the new website and initiating the association’s weekly newsletter. “Ash came on board last year and her brief was to improve the communication lines with our members and the media,” O’Brien added. “She can be contacted at our office at RVL headquarters in Flemington.”

TBV membership is $99 per annum.

Caulfield trainer Mick Price remembered Devon Park Stud owner John Hoare when talented three year-old Worth A Ransom won the VOBIS Gold Eldorado (1300m) at Wangaratta on Sunday.

Hoare died earlier this year after a long illness. “We encouraged John to pay up for Worth A Ransom so that he would be eligible for Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold,” Price said. “They basically double the prizemoney.”

Worth A Ransom (3g Red Ransom — Meritous by Danehill) is a Devon Park homebred and he has won provincial races at Echuca, Geelong and Wangaratta in addition to a Group 3 placing in the Manfred Stakes at Caulfield. The bonuses have helped boost his prizemoney to over $112,000.

Worth A Ransom defeated Trust In A Gust (Keep The Faith) by a half-head. The runner-up started an odds-on favourite after previous wins in the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade and VOBIS Gold Carat.

“He’s well over 16 hands and a very nice horse,” Price said. “I think he will get a mile.”

Hoare’s Devon Park drafts topped the Melbourne yearling sale on more than one occasion and, along with wife Betty, he bred and raced numerous top-class horses over the years with Jim Moloney and Price.

Caledonian Boy (Plush) was a Group 1 winner of the Elders Mile in 1987 and more recently Nine Tales (Tale of the Cat) claimed the G2 Sandown Stakes in 2009.

Gaelic Princess (King of Kings) was another stakes performed filly from the same family. She carried Hoare’s orange and blue colours to placings in the 2003 Blue Diamond Preview and Prelude behind Halibery.

Hoare was a long-standing TBV member and he also bred Group 1 winning filly Lady Of The Pines (Bluebird). She claimed the 1997 Thousand Guineas at Caulfield for former TBV committee member Emma Boling.

An $80,000 average price and improved clearance rate have underlined an outstanding opening day at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“The average has jumped 10% and the clearance rate is much better than this time last year,” Inglis director Peter Heagney said. “Naturally, we are thrilled for our vendors at how the sale has started.”

Phoenix Broodmare Farm topped Sunday’s trade with a $450,000 Northern Meteor colt from Group 2 winner Conquistar. He was purchased by Sun Kingdom P/L, Gai Waterhouse Racing and James Harron Bloodstock.

That equalled the 2013 sale high and was one of five lots that made $200,000 or more.

The half-brother to Blue Diamond runner up Jabali was the first lot to push through the $200,000 mark at Oaklands on Day 1. Kornong Stud’s strapping colt by Denman from Balalaika was finally secured for Tan Sri Vincent Tan of Malaysia with a bid of $320,000. He will be trained by Mick Price at Caulfield.

Queensland trainer Dan Bougoure then went to $300,000 to buy Grange Thoroughbred’s colt by Fastnet Rock from Group 3 winner Bhandara.
Day 1 trade for the 106 lots that changed hands reached $8.56 million. The average was $80,778 and the clearance rate rose 5 points to 79%.

Yallambee Stud finished Day 1 as the leading vendor (3 or more sold) selling five yearlings for $480,000.

Victorian vendors dominated the leader-board of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale on Sunday. New Zealand based Ascot Farm was the only visiting seller to make the Top 10 on Day 1 at Oaklands Junction.

  • $450,000 Phoenix Broodmare Farm (Northern Meteor — Conquistar Colt )
  • $400,000 Ascot Farm NZ (Star Witness – Crystal Whip Colt)
  • $320,000 Kornong Stud (Denman — Balalaika Colt)
  • $300,000 Grange Thoroughbreds (Fastnet Rock – Bhandara Colt)
  • $230,000 Erinvale Thoroughbreds (Fastnet Rock – Blonde Humor Colt)
  • $180,000 Millford Thoroughbreds (Not a Single Doubt – Beymatilla Colt)
  • $170,000 Swettenham Stud (Equiano – Circus Polka Colt)
  • $160,000 Eliza Park (Not a Single Doubt – Canadian Legacy Colt)
  • $160,000 Bucklee Farm (Denman – But One Regret Colt)
  • $150,000 Three Bridges (Lonhro – Voltdanze Filly)

Court Of Jewels sired his third black-type winner thanks to a fighting Group 3 victory by Five All in the Frances Tressady Stakes (1400m) at Flemington on Saturday.

Five All (4m Court Of Jewels — La Tap by Lacryma Cristi) has been a model of consistency since joining Darren Weir’s stable as a summer three year-old winning 5 races and being placed another 6 times in 11 starts.

Owner-breeder Greg Mather had raced her dam La Tap to minor wins at Deniliquin, Avoca and Balranald. Her first foal Scottawin (Monde Bleu) won at Echuca and the mare was mated with Court Of Jewels in 2009. She is currently in foal to Moshe.

“I wanted to run Five All at Moonee Valley last night — I didn’t think she was ready for a Group 3 race,” Weir said. “But Greg wanted to try for some black-type and that makes a big difference for a mare.”

Court Of Jewels (Danehill) was initially based at Swettenham Stud before relocating to Stanzout Lodge at Koo Wee Rup. He is a three-quarter brother to champion sire Commands and his other stakes winners have been NZ Group 2 mare Adaline and widely-travelled gelding Pelicano, a Listed winner of the SA Birthday Cup, Murray Bridge Cup, Werribee Cup and Parramatta Cup.

Studmaster Colin Davies stands Court Of Jewels at Stanzout Lodge for a $3,000 service fee.