Gonski mare Siwa Lady completed a hat-trick and notched the first black-type winner for her sire in the Oakbank Stakes (1100m) on Saturday.

Siwa Lady jumped straight to the front and controlled the feature sprint at the famous Easter jumps meeting.  “She showed really good speed early and just dragged me up the hill,” Joe Bowditch said.  “I let her slide coming down the hill and away she went.

“I think she would be better on a flatter track.  There was a little bit of sting out of the ground and I think she would probably be better on top of the ground.”

Bowditch was winning the Oakbank Stakes for the third time following Charleston Gold (Geiger Counter) in 1999 and Maybe McLaren (Secret Savings) in 2004.

Siwa Lady (5m Gonski — Siwa by Green Desert) was coming off back-to-back wins at Moonee Valley before trainer Darren Weir sent her across the border.  She is from a British-bred half-sister to the dam of Longchamp Group 1 winner Laverock (Octagonal).

Gonski (Danehill) was raced by Sheikh Mohammed and rated within four points of champion colt Stratum after a resounding Rosehill juvenile victory in 2004-05.  He trained on at three to win the LR Concept Sports Stakes at Flemington.

Oxford Park owner Michael Howard stood Gonski for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee in his second season at the Bunyip stud last year.

Exciting filly Best Yet To Come has earned an important stakes victory for Woodside Park Stud owner Mark Rowsthorn in the LR Princess Stakes (1600m) at Eagle Farm on Sunday.

The Mat Ellerton — Simon Zahra trained filly finished relentlessly to edge out roughie Quest for Peace with favourite Little Bit Ditsy close up in third place.

Best Yet to Come (3f Econsul — Simply The Best by Kingdom Bay) was positioned one off the fence by Jason Taylor from barrier 14 and he angled her out of the ruck to find clear space in the straight.

The victory was particularly sweet for Woodside Park’s general manager Murray Tillett who hatched an ambitious plan to send the lightly-raced daughter of Econsul to Brisbane in a bid to win valuable black type.

“We looked at the races available and felt she could be competitive in the Princess Stakes,” Tillett said.  “We asked the question and fortunately Matty and Simon were amenable — it’s an unbelievable result.

“We bred this filly at Woodside Park from our former stallion Econsul and still have her mother so this is just a great result for the farm.”

The victory is also pleasing given the strong relationship between Woodside Park and the Ellerton — Zahra stable.  “Matty and Simon have been big supporters of our emerging pre-training and breaking in business and we’ve had a good run with a number of winners coming via our system.  We’re rapt to enjoy this success with them and hope there is much more to come.”

Best Yet to Come is the inaugural stakes winner for Caulfield Guineas winner Econsul who spent five years at Woodside Park Stud before he transferred to Darling View Thoroughbreds in Western Australia.

His dam Simply the Best (NZ) has done a good job at stud and had already produced the stakes placed sprinter Simply Put (Charge Forward).  The mare has a 2yo sister to Best Yet to Come which has been retained by Woodside Park Stud and is presently in foal to Darley stallion Helmet.

Woodside Park Stud will offer a yearling half-sister to Best Yet to Come by proven stallion Domesday at the upcoming Magic Millions National Yearling Sale in June.

Today the Full Federal Court of Australia handed down a unanimous judgment dismissing the Appeal brought by Bruce McHugh. The decision upholds the judgment handed down by Justice Robertson in Federal Court in December 2012.

The Rules related to natural breeding of Thoroughbred horses, and subsequently the Australian Rules of Racing of Thoroughbreds, have again been found to be valid and enforceable.

TBA President Trevor Lobb hailed the decision as “wonderful.”

German-bred stallion Lucas Cranach will stand at an unchanged fee of $5,500 (inc gst) at Bullarook Park Stud this year.

Bullarook Park owner Malcolm Boyd was delighted with the response to the quality stayer last year when he covered over 100 mares at the Avenel stud.

Prior to being purchased by Australian Bloodstock, Lucas Cranach was trained in Dusseldorf by Sascha Smrczek.  He won the G2 Grosser Preis Von Lotto (2400m) in Hamburg and had Listed wins to his credit in France and Germany.

Lucas Cranach (Mamool — Lots Of Love by Java Gold) won the G2 Peter Young Stakes (1800m) at Caulfield and finished third in Dunaden’s G1 Melbourne Cup.

“With the outcross Lucas Cranach offers breeders, plus his explosive turn of foot, he will produce some quality products,” Australian Bloodstock’s Luke Murrell said.  “His looks and versatility will give him a chance to become a genuine success at stud.”

An additional 25 yearlings have been supplemented into the upcoming Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale.  The catalogue now comprises 414 lots.

Four of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s yearlings withdrawn from the Premier Sale in March will be offered as Lot 390 to 393 at the end of Day 1 on Sunday, April 27.

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Another 21 supplementary entries, Lots 394 to 414, will be auctioned at the end of Day 2.  All yearlings offered in the Select Session are VOBIS nominated as are numerous lots in the General Session on Day 2.

Buyers of Super VOBIS nominated yearlings have the option of entering their purchase(s) into the lucrative VOBIS Gold program with a one-off $1,100 (inc gst) fee.

Many of Victoria’s leading and exciting young stallions are represented in the catalogue including Bel Esprit, Magnus, Danzero, Domesday, Equiano, Hard Spun, Reset, Reward For Effort, Statue Of Liberty, Street Boss, Stryker, Teofilo, Turffontein, Von Costa de Hero, Wanted and Written Tycoon.

Day 1 Supplementaries
Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm
390  C  Artie Schiller — Blue Venus
391  C  Foreplay — Gal Express
392  F  Charge Forward  — Paramount
393  F  Flying Spur — Pride of Encosta

Day 2 Supplementaries
394  F  Wanted — Vestment    Three Bridges
395  C  Domesday — Ziva    Three Bridges
396  C  Domesday — Beltija    Hallmark Thoroughbreds
397  F  Nicconi — Caramella    Northern Lodge
398  C  Racer’s Edge — Centaine Miss    Namatijira Trading

399  C  Artie Schiller — Chitraka    Emirates Park
400  C  Haradasun — Citidevil    L Treloar
401  F  Sakhee’s Secret — Colourship    Ridgeview Park
402  C  Astronomer Royal — Early Wakening    Conerin
403  C  Starcraft — Freestyle    Hillside Thoroughbreds

404  F  Stryker — Go Ruby Go    Oakford Thoroughbreds
405  F  Not a Single Doubt — Heptathlon        Supreme Thoroughbreds
406  C  Keano — In and Away    Salamander Park
407  F  Pillar of Hercules — Mummacass    Cherokee Rose Stud
408  C  Testa Rossa — Orbiting Belle    Three Bridges

409  F  Dylan Thomas — Raelene    Eliza Park International
410  F  Artie Schiller — Rainbow Arch    Grange Thoroughbreds
411  C  Bernardini — Rare Diamond    Three Bridges
412  F  Artie Schiller — Silent Cash    Emirates Park
413  C  Keano — Surf Candy    Salamander Park
414  C  Artie Schiller — Tarho    Little Plains

The complete catalogue for the 2014 Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale is available online at www.inglis.com.au and for download on the Inglis Sales iPad App.

The Full Federal Court of Australia has handed down a unanimous judgment dismissing the A.I. Appeal brought by Bruce McHugh.

Thursday’s decision upholds the judgment handed down by Justice Alan Robertson in Federal Court in December 2012.

The Australian Rules of Racing have again been found to be valid and enforceable.  Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) President Trevor Lobb hailed the decision as “wonderful.”

Justice Robertson dismissed McHugh’s initial legal action ruling the refusal to register horses bred via artificial insemination was not a restraint of trade.

Under international rules, only horses that are conceived by “direct cover”, where the stallion directly inseminates the mare, can be registered, which allows them to race and breed.  Any country legalising AI would be effectively isolated from the rest of the racing world.

The legal action was defended by six co-respondents — Australian Jockey Club, Victoria Racing Club, Australian Racing Board, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia, Racing Information Services Australia and Australian Stud Book.

ARB Chairman John Messara AM has welcomed  the decision.  “A great deal of industry time and financial resources have been spent over the past 5 years in defending this matter,” Messara said.  “The issue of artificial insemination is settled once and for all.  We have said from the outset that our sport was not anti-competitive or a restraint of trade as proponents of AI are perfectly free to establish their own industry.

“Racing and breeding has many challenges now and into the future and the finality of this case will allow to concentrate fully on what matters most to participants, punters and stakeholders.”

Rosemont Stud completed a city double this week while staff at the Gnarwarre nursery put the finishing touches on 17 yearlings being prepped for the Melbourne VOBIS Gold Sale.

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Talented Mick Price trained colt Pressing (pictured in red colours) landed the first leg for Rosemont owner Anthony Mithen at Caulfield last Saturday.  He rocketed home to score by a neck on debut in the Mindy Green 2YO Plate (1200m).

“He will get over further and is in for a good future,” jockey Daniel Moor said.  “He came out a half-length slow and was always off the bridle.  I was hard at it to get him travelling but then he picked up and sprinted well.”

Pressing (2c Sebring — Lamiraqui by Choisir) is owned by Rosemont Stud after graduating from the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale for $100,000.  His dam is a three-quarter sister to G1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes winner Choice Bro.

With the right black-type beside his name, there could be a place for Pressing on a future Rosemont roster.

On Wednesday, Royal Glance powered home to win the Mistable Hcp (1300m) at Sandown.  The Rosemont bred mare is unbeaten after a seven length romp first-up at Werribee last month.

Royal Glance (4m King Of Roses — Look Hither by Palace Music) gave trainer Mitchell Freedman his first win in town.  “Working her on the beach has been the key,” the Warrnambool based rookie said after the mare scored by a half-length running away.  “We haven’t been in a hurry and she’s going to get out over ground.”

Mike Hirst manages the syndicate that owns Royal Glance.  He also raced her dam Look Hither to three wins on either side of the Murray River and her younger brother Tubular Bells who was runner-up in the 2006 Adelaide Cup.

Rosemont’s VOBIS Gold Sale consignment starts with Lot 3, a Big Brown half-brother to recent Doomben winner Dysfunction.  Trainer Gillian Heinrich has nominated the More Than Ready mare to complete a hat-trick at Eagle Farm a day before the youngster parades at Oaklands.

Other Rosemont updates include;

Lot 112  Foreplay — In The Moment Colt:  Half-brother to recent winners Just Too Hard (Moonee Valley) & Momentary (Cranbourne).

Lot 200   Myboycharlie — Respect Sensei Filly:  Closely related to Listed SAJC Birthday Cup runner-up Sky Raider.

Lot 227 — Danzero — Song of Destiny Filly:  Immediate family of G2 MVRC Vase winner Savvy Nature who was also third in the G3 Hobartville Stakes on March 1.

Lot 325 — Duke of Marmalade — Majestic Girl Filly:  Out of a half-sister to the dam of G2 Silver Slipper third Risen From Doubt.

Lot 382 — Hinchinbrook — Take Heart Filly:  Dam a half-sister to Amorino (LR Grandstand Cup & LR Bunbury Stakes)

Leading owner-breeder John Richards won the SUPER VOBIS Horse of the Year crown with Ava’s Delight (pictured) in 2012-13 and he was back with another Artie Schiller winner at Sandown on Wednesday.

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A Chiller (4m Artie Schiller — Lim’s Special by Secret Savings) continued her rise up the ratings with a strong finish to the Hayman Plate over 2100 metres.  The Darren Weir trained mare has won three of her last four starts after earlier collects at Moonee Valley and Mornington.

She is the only foal from an unraced daughter of Adeewin, a Group 2 winner at Warwick Farm and Moonee Valley who continued racing in Hong Kong before an all too brief career at stud back in Australia.

Richards completed a double on the Lakeside circuit with the Weir trained Red Corner (Haradasun) in the Le Pine Funerals (Hcp) on Wednesday.  His horses race for Galadi Holdings and other recent winners under that banner include Lake Sententia Scarlet Billows and El Divine.

Richards and his mate Melville Charles also race Ava’s Delight with Weir and she earned black type behind star mare Red Tracer in the G2 Tristarc Stakes at Caulfield in October.

Ava’s Delight (4m Artie Schiller — Costa Kara by Encosta De Lago) kick-started her career with a Donald maiden in August 2012 and followed with Super VOBIS wins at Bendigo, Caulfield and Moonee Valley last year.

“She just thrives on racing and we didn’t specifically target Super VOBIS races,” Weir said.  “But the bonuses made the wins all that more rewarding.

“Ava’s Delight is very simple to train — we don’t do much with her at home but she just gets better with racing.”

Artie Schiller (USA) was a Group 1 winner of the 2005 Breeders’ Cup Mile.  A son of El Prado, he began shuttling from Kentucky to Independent Stallions in 2007 and is now covers his southern books at Emirates Park Victoria for a $22,000 (inc gst) fee.

Mexborough Boy was a different horse with the addition of blinkers on Sunday.

A precocious son of Greta West Stud stallion Keep The Faith, he streeted a 1200 metre sprint field by more than five lengths at Kranji.

“His last run was very disappointing considering he had mixed it with some good two-year-olds,” jockey Danny Beasley said.  “He ran third to War Affair in last year’s Golden Horseshoe Final so I thought we should try blinkers.”

Mexborough Boy (3g Keep The Faith — Manzie De Lago by Encosta de Lago) didn’t give his backers any anxious moments in the headgear — he coasted at the girth of leader Zac Heaven and then broke away from the pack at the top of the straight.  The margin kept widening until Beasley eased him down approaching the line.

The winner was a $31,000 buy from Basinghall Farm at the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Autumn yearling sale.  He was initially raced by Graham Storey but is now owned and trained by Theo Kieser.

“I told Theo he was thinking too much,” Beasley added.  “The blinkers have really sharpened him up and turned his form around.   He can go on and win a better class race after that.”

On Saturday, Keep The Faith mudlark Give Me Faith scored a surprise first-up victory in the Adroit Insurance Brokers Hcp (1100m) at Bendigo.

Give Me Faith (5g Keep The Faith — Apple Express by Scenic) is raced by Valda Ballinger, Charlie Camera, Scott Cashill, Craig James, Tony Natale and Diane Rinaldi and he caught them napping at $34.  A winner on rain-affected tracks at Ballarat and Tatura in June last year, he looks set for another productive winter campaign for trainers Terry and Karina O’Sullivan.

Keep The Faith has sired 52 winners of 73 races in Australia this season and he was unlucky not to notch another when Trust In A Gust was runner-up in the $250,000 VOBIS Gold Reef (1600m) last time out at Flemington.

He charged home from the back of a capacity field to get within a length of Worth A Ransom.

Trust In A Gust has been sent for a spell and trainer Darren Weir is confident there’s a nice race for him during the spring carnival.

Me Hungi confirmed he’s on course for the Warrnambool carnival with a last-stride victory in the Elmore Cup (1600m) at Bendigo on Saturday.

The Lago Delight gelding was racing second-up after a summer spell and the performance was a pleasant surprise for connections.  “I thought he may have needed the run but he fought on like a bulldog,” trainer Geoff Daffy admitted.  “It was extra special because the owners are all locals and they’re wonderful people.”

Me Hungi (5g Lago Delight — Tara’s Range by Polish Laughter) has claimed 3 of his 7 wins at Warrnambool and he also added the Donald Cup in November.  “We’ve had Warrnambool on the radar since he came back into work.  I reckon his best distance is around a mile and our confidence levels would soar if it’s a rain-affected track.”

Daffy is based at Camperdown and he will nominate Me Hungi for an Open Hcp over 1700 metres on the opening day of the carnival on Tuesday, April 29.

Me Hungi’s dam Tara’s Range won races at Sandown (2), Moonee Valley and the Summer Cup at Cranbourne under the guidance of trainer Mick Price.

His sire Lago Delight (Encosta de Lago) was a Listed winner of the 2003 Mitchell McKenzie Stakes at Moonee Valley before retiring to Bombora Downs on the Mornington peninsula.  There have been 32 winners of 43races this season and he’s just about to go through $700,000 in prizemoney.

“He gets winners every week — good looking, tough, honest horses,” Bombora Downs studmaster Christoph Bruechert said.  “If you are on a budget, you won’t find a better stallion.”

Lago Delight is also the damsire of Peggy Jean.  The Myboycharlie filly won the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes last Saturday and will back up in the G1 ATC Champagne Stakes on April 26.

God’s Own became the second Victorian based sire — following Bel Esprit — to sire the winners of 100 races in Australia this season.

The Greta West stallion scored his century when the Robbie Griffiths trained gelding Va Hala won the Bariki Organics Maiden (1608m) at Ararat last Monday.

Va Hala (3g God’s Own — Va Tutto by Carnegie) was sent out favourite after a game fourth at Mornington when caught on the worse section of the course.

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He jumped well for Dean Holland and shot clear in the final stages for a soft win.

“He’s only had the five starts so far and still has a bit to learn,” Holland said.  “There’s a lot of improvement to come— he’s a nice horse on the up.”

Bred by Princeton Thoroughbreds, Va Hala descends from G1 VRC Oaks winner Richfield Lady.

God’s Own continued his winning run with a total of 7 winners in as many days last week.  Following Va Hala, he sired Devout Diamond (Kilmore), Sacred Journey (Hawkesbury), Isaiah (Bendigo), Red Almighty (Pt Macquarie), Resurrect (Newcastle) and Maglia Rosa (Hobart).

Promising God’s Own filly Brook Road is due to return after a short break following a winning double at Randwick earlier this year.  Trained by Bart and James Cummings, she has been nominated for the G2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) at Randwick this Saturday.

Group 1 sprinter Wanted sired his first winner when the aptly named Rough Justice saluted at Terang on Sunday.

Rough Justice (2g Wanted — Hard Rider by Maroof) had enough pace to settle in a forward position on debut in the Terang Co-Op Maiden Plate (1000m).  When clicked up by Damian Lane in the straight, he overhauled front-runner Dyletta and then forged clear to score by over a length.

The winner is a homebred for Contract Racing’s David and Jenny Moodie & Nick and Gayle Psaltis.  He is a half-brother to the stakes winners Utah Saints (God’s Own) and Big Chill (Artie Schiller).

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Their NZ bred dam Hard Rider was purchased off the track by Mornington breeder David Kobritz in 2002 and she changed hands again for $45,000 after foaling Utah Saints in 2007.

Wanted (Fastnet Rock) was a Group 1 winner of the VRC Newmarket Handicap at Flemington and he stood for a $33,000 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park International last year.

Hailing from the first crop of Danehill’s champion stallion Fastnet Rock, Wanted was his sire’s most expensive yearling when making $800,000 at the 2008 Inglis Easter Sale.  He ran Group 1 placings in the VRC Patinack Farm Stakes, VRC Lightning Stakes and MVRC William Reid Stakes before securing a stud career in the Newmarket.

Darley will be double-handed in the G1 Kentucky Derby with its Victorian based stallions Street Boss and Hard Spun.

Street Boss colt Danza won the G1 Arkansas Derby (1800m) by four lengths on Saturday and trainer Todd Pletcher was confident of a forward display despite the long price.  “We also had the option of starting in the Blue Grass at Keeneland but took a shot here,” Pletcher explained.  “This was on dirt and that was the tie-breaker.

“I liked the way he was training and he was fresh with just one other start this year at Gulfstream Park.  But I don’t ever remember winning a Grade 1 at 40-1.”

Danza (3c Street Boss — Champagne Royale by French Deputy) was bred in Kentucky and cost Eclipse Thoroughbreds $105,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Sale.  He won at Belmont Park on debut in July and was then Group 1 placed in the Saratoga Special in August at his only other start as a juvenile.

Street Boss (USA) is a Group 1 winning son of Street Cry and his first Group 1 winner arrived at last year’s Saratoga meet when Capo Bastone claimed the King’s Bishop Stakes.

His first Australian runners are three year-olds and there have been just 8 individual winners so far this season.  The best of them has been The Quarterback who was G3 placed at Caulfield and Flemington in February.

Street Boss stood at Darley’s Northwood Lodge base in Seymour for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee last year.

Danza booked his ticket to the Kentucky Derby a week after Hard Spun colt Wicked Strong won the G1 Wood Memorial (1800m) at Aqueduct.

Wicked Strong (3c Hard Spun — Moyne Abbey by Charismatic) cost $375,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale and he will stay in New York before flying to Kentucky a week before the Run for the Roses on May 3.

Hard Spun (Danzig) was runner-up to Street Sense in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and he stood at Northwood Park for a $16,500 (inc gst) fee last year.

He sired a second Group 1 winner in as many weeks on Saturday when grey mare Hard Not To Like was successful in the Jenny Wiley Stakes (1700m) at Keeneland.

Ridgeview Park’s new resident Bianconi (USA) sired his first juvenile winner of the season at Bendigo on Saturday.

The Shaun Dwyer trained first starter Lazyaxl travelled a treat behind the leaders on his home track in the Pura Milk Maiden Plate (900m).  Jockey Jason Lyon peeled off heels on the corner and then pushed into the clear to win by a length.

“It didn’t surprise me that he won so well,” trainer Shaun Dwyer said.  “I told Jason he was good enough physically but is still getting there mentally.

“Full credit to Jason.  He rode the perfect race on Lazyaxl and then got off and gave the horse a big rap.  He’s big and gangly and gives the impression he will get up to a mile.”

Lazyaxl (2g Bianconi — Gypsy Battalia by Agincourt) is a homebred for Max Graham, Trevor Nuthall and Jim Miller.  They raced his dam to 8 victories in Victoria and NSW including the Greater Dandenong Cup at Sandown plus Cowra and Gundagai Cups.

Gypsy Battalia had already foaled minor winners by Domesday, Estambul and Statue of Liberty before Lazyaxl made it four on Saturday.

Bianconi (Danzig) was based at Swettenham Stud before moving up the Northern Hwy to Ridgeview Park last month.  Studmaster Phil Sloane will stand him for a $5,500 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds led the way for Victorian vendors with a $1.50 million colt at the Inglis Easter yearling sale this week.

Presented on behalf of Black Caviar’s breeder Rick Jamieson, Three Bridges topped Day 2 when the Street Cry — Star on High colt was sold to Emirates Park and Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa.

He is from a half-sister to Group 1 winners Peeping Fawn (Danehill) and Thewayyouare (Kingmambo).  “Emirates Park bought Mossfun here so let’s hope this colt wins the Golden Slipper next year,” Three Bridges Toby Liston said.  “We expected him to be popular and Rick has the key to breeding a good horse.”

Emirates Park representative Trevor Lobb confirmed the colt will join Mossfun at Team Hawkes.  “He’s a proper athlete with a pedigree to back it up.  He can be a sire if he can gallop.”

The Super VOBIS brand was also to the fore when Maybe’s consignment through Milburn Creek totalled $1,645,000.  The most expensive among the half-dozen to change hands was the $450,000 Choisir colt bought by Sheikh Mohammed bin Khalifa.

The chestnut is a brother to Champion Australian & European sprinter Starspangledbanner.

Makybe owners Tony and Deslee Santic sold a High Chaparral colt out of Makybe Diva for $275,000 and a Bernardini filly from the Melbourne Cup legend’s half-sister Valkyrie Diva for $170,000

Eliza Park International sold colts by Fastnet Rock ($400,000) and Commands ($300,000).  The latter was among the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s shopping list.

Two Bays Farm had two Snitzel fillies that were also picked up by overseas buyers.  The Flinders stud received $200,000 for the half-sister to Melbourne stakes winner Liesele.  She is heading to New Zealand.

And the $110,000 filly from New York stakes winner Miss Tizzy was signed up by UK based Pritchard-Gordon Racing.

Romsey vendor Supreme Thoroughbreds averaged $204,000 for five yearlings which was a tremendous result for its first foray to the Easter Sale.

Supreme owner Brent Grayling received $380,000 for the first one to parade — a Denman colt from Many Facets.  The dam is a half-sister to G1 Toorak Hcp winner Shot Of Thunder.

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Kiwi agent Glen Harvey went to $420,000 for a Zabeel — Danevade filly offered by Newgate Farm on behalf of Morning Rise Stud.  Her dam was Group 3 placed at Sandown and signed off with a Caulfield victory in March 2008.

Morning Rise proprietor Robert McClure is continuing to upgrade his broodmare portfolio on the Mornington peninsula.  Danevade is from a sister to Shania Dane and Hong Kong champion Scintillation.

McClure bought Group 1 winning mare Yosei (Invincible Spirit) last year and sent her to Fastnet Rock.

Limerick Lane owner Gerry Ryan offered the only Super VOBIS-nominated yearling by Snitzel at the Easter Sale and was rewarded with $200,000 off a $27,500 service fee from Sheikh Hamdan.

The colt was sold by Glastonbury Farms (as agent) and is from Irish bred Choisir mare The Loan Express who was stakes placed at Royal Ascot and the Curragh.  She has a filly foal by Swettenham sire Master Of Design.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm drew the curtain on the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale with five supplementary lots on Thursday afternoon.

The Corinella stud’s consignment was topped by the Not a Single Doubt — Emilydelago filly that made $300,000 to the bid of Troy and Leon Corstens.  She is a half-sister to Bel Esprit stakes performer Zellindi.

It was also the top price paid among the 15 yearlings catalogued by Arrowfield sire Not A Single Doubt.

Earlier at the Easter Sale, Lauriston sold a Street Cry colt (Lot 28) and a More Than Ready filly (Lot 310) for $200,000 apiece.

Darley purchased the Street Cry from Lauriston’s Group 1 winner Gold Edition and Caulfield trainer Mick Price bought the More Than Ready who is out of Amarazetti, a multiple Melbourne winner and G3 runner-up in a Blue Diamond Prelude.

Inglis Rural Property has been appointed to sell Victorian thoroughbred farms Yallambee Stud and Paringa Park.

YALLAMBEE STUD is based 50km from the Melbourne CBD at Romsey and is half an hour from Tullamarine Airport and the Inglis sales complex at Oaklands Junction.  Set on 340 acres, it’s fully developed and boasts all the facilities that are required to maintain a first class breeding and spelling operation.

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Features include 10 super-size stables, steel barns with 28 boxes, 6 foaling boxes, horse parade, sand yard, 8 horse walker, good sized grassy post and rail day runs, numerous large paddocks, sheds, barns, feed rooms and veterinary complex.

There also is a recently built main homestead along with 2 staff cottages and staff lunchroom with living quarters for accommodation.  Another feature of the property is the expansive grounds with its deciduous trees planted by the Woodard family.  Further, water is a plentiful commodity with multiple source options available.

With its central location, quality of pastures and first class facilities for mare and foal care along with racehorse spelling, Yallambee Stud is a highly competitive player in the Victorian breeding industry producing exceptional yearlings at sales and consistently being in the Top 5 vendors at Melbourne Sales.

Some notable horses raised at Yallambee Stud include Testafiable, Vintedge, Vormista, Rostova and Rock Kingdom.

PARINGA PARK is located in the Nagambie Lakes region, 90 minutes north of Flemington, and is a well equipped broodmare and spelling facility.

Of the 1100 acre farm, 550 acres comprises prime thoroughbred infrastructure with boundless opportunities to expand or diversify.

Features of the farm includes a main house, manager’s house along with 24 stable horse complex, multi-speed 10 horse walker, 38 post and rail yards, 60 kilometres of horse fencing which includes post and rail fencing on the major thoroughfares and roadways, veterinary facilities along with an abundance of trees lining laneways and between paddocks providing shade whilst enhancing aesthetic values.

The property has unlimited access to water with approximately 6km frontage on the Goulburn River along with extensive irrigation capabilities.

For further enquiries or to arrange an inspection of either property, contact Jamie Inglis on 0412 064 442 or jamie.inglis@inglis.com.au

Weary will launch Eliza Park sire Astronomer Royal into orbit with a Group 1 victory in the Doncaster Hcp this Saturday.

Weary (Fr) is favoured to collect a major slice of the $3 million allocated to the Big Mile at Randwick.  He is best priced at $6.50 among Chris Waller’s half-dozen entrants after a cosy victory in the G3 Doncaster Prelude at Rosehill.

“He will be a fair dinkum chance in the Doncaster,” jockey Hugh Bowman said at Rosehill.  “There’s been significant improvement since I rode him in a benchmark race here in February.”

Weary (4h Astronomer Royal — America Nova by Verglas) is raced by Geoff and Mary Grimish after changing hands for 145,000 euros (AUD 31,880) at the 2013 Arqana Sale in October.  He raced successfully in Europe as Sir Patrick Moore winning in France and England and being stakes placed at Longchamp and Newbury.

Astronomer Royal (Danzig) won the 2007 French 2000 Guineas and he was also placed in that year’s French Derby.  He shuttled from Haras de la Reboursiere to Blue Gum Farm for two years before relocating permanently to Eliza Park in 2011.

The initial Astronomer Royal yearlings conceived at Eliza Park have been catalogued for the Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale on April 27 & 28.  There are 14 on parade at Oaklands Junction including the half-sisters to VRC Maribyrnong Trial winner Rossa Glory (Lot 204) and Melbourne Group 3 sprinter Zamorar (Lot 281).

Astronomer Royal’s first southern crop are three year-olds and they have won 13 races so far this season.  He stood at Eliza Park for a $7,700 (inc gst) fee last year.

Racing Victoria Limited (RVL) recently commissioned Meredith Flash to trace the 2005 Victorian foal crop through their race careers and into retirement, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) needs the help of the breeders to complete this project.

Of the 4100 horses born in 2005 there are still over 700 horses with no results/records (unknown). The majority of these horses are unraced both named and unnamed. In the next few weeks Meredith will be contacting the breeders of Victoria for any information on these ‘unknown’ horses.

The horses are being classified by the first place they go to after exiting the racing industry: at stud, deceased, interstate, overseas, unknown or retired. If they go on to be retired what type of home do they go to: pet, pleasure horse, eventing, show jumping, broodmare for non-thoroughbreds or show horse.

The aim of the study is to look at ways to improve the traceability of horses as they transition from the studs to the race tracks and determine what type of home the horses go to after exiting the racing industry.

There is a gap between when the horses are DNA typed for the studbook and when they are named around the time of their first trial. This group of horses (unnamed) makes up approximately 20% of the total horses in this study.

It would be of benefit to the industry to have these horses moved to a classification other than ‘unknown’.

If you have retired racehorses born in 2005 or any other relevant information please contact TBV at tbv@racingvictoria.net.au or 0439 328 310 and we will put you in contact with Meredith from RVL.

South African based gelding Ilitshe is the latest Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale graduate to salute at stakes level.

Ilitshe (3g Fastnet Rock — Reem Albaraari by Sadler’s Wells) led from barrier rise and refused to buckle when tackled in the straight to win the Derby Trial (2000m) at Turffontein on Saturday.

Bred by Coolmore off-shoot Caradale P/L, he was sold for a mere $15,000 by Erinvale Thoroughbreds (as agent) at the 2012 Melbourne Sale.  He was purchased by agent Colm Santry and that was a bargain for a half-brother to G1 Italian Derby winner Morshdi (Slip Anchor).

Ilitshe had won two on end in KwaZulu Natal before travelling to Jo’burg.  Trainer Mike de Kock has nominated him for the G1 South African Derby (2450m) on April 26 along with stablemates Umgiyo, Taarish and Gone Baby.

de Kock’s retained rider Anthony Delpech will have to choose which one of the quartet to partner on Champions Day but he was very impressed with the Australian bred import on Saturday.  “The penny hasn’t dropped with him yet,” Delpech said.  “There was no pace so that meant I had to lead.  He looks at everything but behaved well and I really like him.”

Ilitshe is the 59th stakes winner by Coolmore Stud champion Fastnet Rock.

“Well done to our Durban team — Ilitshe arrived in impeccable condition,” assistant trainer Matt de Kock said while standing in for his father who is in Sydney for the Inglis Easter Sale.  “We had heard he was a difficult horse but there haven’t been any problems with him up here.”

Chatswood Stud owner Greg Willis produced an Australian Group 1 earlier this season and there could be another just around the corner in South Africa.

Willis bred and sold 2013 Victoria Derby winner Polanski (Rakti) and last Saturday’s G3 Strelitzia Stakes winner Rich Girl was also foaled a year later at the Seymour nursery.

Rich Girl (2f Rock of Gibraltar — Miss Moguls by Giant’s Causeway) looked all business when dispatching her rivals by four lengths in the Group 3 sprint at Clairwood.  She is trained by Charles Laird for prominent owner Marcus Jooste.

An $11,000 buy out of the 2013 Chatswood Stud draft at Oaklands Junction, she was resold for R550,000 (AUD 56,000) at the Emperors Palace 2YO Sale last November.

Rich Girl is the 91st stakes winner by Coolmore Stud shuttler Rock of Gibraltar and she will now be aimed at the G1 South African Nursery at Turffontein on April 26 or be reserved for feature races during the KwaZulu Natal winter carnival.

Her dam Miss Moguls is a half-sister to the dam of Flemington stakes performer filly Tariks (Rock of Gibraltar).  Another precocious filly in the family is Catnipped (Rory’s Jester) who won a G2 Maribyrnong Plate and Magic Millions Classic.

Miss Moguls was covered by Cherokee Rose Stud stallion Floral Pegasus (Fusaichi Pegasus) last year.