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

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 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.

Victorian vendors are out in force for the Inglis Easter yearling sale at Newmarket starting on Tuesday.

Despite rain sweeping the Newmarket sale grounds on Sunday, Victorian studs have been busy parading their lots in advance of Australia’s premier source of yearlings.

The level of interest in Victorian-bred Super VOBIS yearlings increases every year and this week’s auction includes consignments from Lauriston Thoroughbreds (7 lots), Supreme Thoroughbreds (6), Two Bays Farm (6), Eliza Park (5) and Three Bridges (5).

Milburn Creek is also acting as agent for 8 yearlings on behalf of Makybe headed by a High Chaparral colt from Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva.

Corinella based Lauriston Thoroughbreds starts the Victorian parade with a Street Cry — Gold Edition colt (Lot 28) on Tuesday.  Darley stallion Street Cry got him from Lauriston’s Group 1 winner Gold Edition who was Australia’s Champion 3YO Filly in 2006-07.

Lauriston Thoroughbreds operations manager James O’Brien has another five yearlings catalogued on Thursday by leading sires Starcraft, Encosta de Lago, Not A Single Doubt, Exceed And Excel & Snitzel.

Romsey nursery Supreme Thoroughbreds is also housed in Stable 2 at Newmarket.  “We’ve been solid parading since last Wednesday,” Supreme owner Brent Grayling said.  “There seems to be all the right people here, that’s for sure.”

Inglis Victorian director Peter Heagney has highlighted the following Super VOBIS nominated lots to watch at the Inglis Easter yearling sale;

Lot 28 — Grey Colt Street Cry x Gold Edition (Lion Hunter) — This colt is by a world class sire from the champion race mare Gold Edition, the top filly of the 2006/07 three-year-old classification.

Lot 95 — Brown Colt High Chaparral x Makybe Diva (Desert King)   By champion racehorse and sire of 51 individual stakes winners including dual Cox Plate champion So You Think.  From the great race mare Makybe Diva, three- time Melbourne Cup winner and twice Australian Horse of The Year.

Lot 98 — Brown Colt Denman x Many Facets (Commands) — A well grown impressive colt by exciting first season sire Denman from a half sister to Group 1 MRC Toorak Handicap winner Shot Of Thunder.

Lot 134 — Brown Colt Fastnet Rock x Nicola Lass (Scenic) — By Fastnet Rock, the Champion Australian sire of season 2011/12, from seven-time winner Nicola Lass.  This colt is a half brother to Group 1 winners Niconero and Nicconi.

Lot 141 — Bay Filly Fastnet Rock x Optimist (Red Ransom) — By the sire of Atlantic Jewel, this is the second foal of a half sister to super mare Makybe Diva.  This lovely style of filly has potential to shine on the race track or the bloodlines to be a top flight broodmare.

Lot 179 — Bay Colt Exceed And Excel x Recurring (Pentire) — By Newmarket Handicap winner and the Champion Australian sire of 2012-13 from Group 1 winning mare Recurring.

Lot 208 — Bay Filly Fastnet Rock x Shiny (Forest Glow) — By the same sire as Super Cool and Mosheen.  This filly is a half sister to versatile galloper Stoneblack and Stakes winner Marveen.

Lot 215 — Bay Colt High Chaparral  x Snow Hero (True Hero) — By the same sire as So You Think and Its A Dundeel.  This colt is a half brother to popular Victorian Stakes winner Hvasstan.

Lot 224 — Brown Colt Street Cry x Star On High (Fusaichi Pegasus) — By Dubai World Cup winner and the sire of champion USA mare Zenyatta.  The dam, while unraced, is a half sister to the champion three-year-old filly of Europe, Peeping Fawn.

Lot 249 — Bay Colt Snitzel x The Loan Express (Choisir) — By Oakleigh Plate winner and the sire of Shamus Award, the only horse to claim the Cox Plate and Australian Guineas in the same season.  This colt is the only Super VOBIS-nominated yearling by Snitzel, the current leading Australian sire, from an imported Choisir mare.

Lot 313 — Bay Filly Exceed And Excel x Ancelin (Sadlers Wells) — By the sire of the 2013 Golden Slipper Overreach from an Irish mare who has had five to race with four winners, including Weinholt trained by Peter Moody.

Lot 377 — Bay Filly Fastnet Rock x Climatic (Fusachi Pegasus) — A beautifully bred filly with a commercial pedigree. This filly is closely related through her second dam to the very successful family of Redoute’s Choice and Manhattan Rain.

Lot 396 — Bay Filly Zabeel x Danevade (Danehill) — One of the last opportunities to acquire a filly by champion stallion Zabeel, the sire of over a 1000 winners including 148 at Stakes level.  From a sister to Shania Dane and Hong Kong champion Scintillation.

Darley Victoria stallion Hard Spun threw his hat into the ring for the Kentucky Derby when Wicked Strong won the G1 Wood Memorial (1800m) at Aqueduct on Saturday.

Wicked Strong (3c Hard Spun — Moyne Abbey by Charismatic) uncorked a terrific late kick blowing past Social Inclusion and Samraat to win by a widening three and a half lengths.  He stamped his ticket for the Kentucky Derby on May 3 by earning 100 qualifying points for his first stakes victory.

Wicked Strong showed good form in New York late last year recording a two-length maiden win at Belmont Park and a fast-closing third in the G2 Remsen at Aqueduct but was never a serious factor in a pair of unplaced finishes at Gulfstream Park this year.

“He fell into a nice groove early and he finished up really strong,” winning jockey Rajiv Maragh said.  “To me, he’s the Derby favourite right now — in my book, anyway.  He showed that more distance is going to be better for him.”

Bred in Kentucky, Wicked Strong is owned by Massachusetts-based Don Little of Centennial Farms.  He made $375,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September yearling sale and is from a daughter of 1999 Kentucky Derby winner Charismatic.

Trainer Jimmy Jerkins said Wicked Strong will do the majority of his Kentucky Derby training at Belmont Park before flying to Louisville on the Monday prior to the Run for the Roses on May 3.

Jerkens is a son of Hall of Fame trainer Allen Jerkens who won the 1992 Wood Memorial with Devil His Due.

Hard Spun (Danzig) has been a regular shuttler to Darley’s Northwood Park operation at Seymour and covered 115 mares there last year.  He was runner-up to Street Sense in the 2007 Kentucky Derby and has now sired 28 stakes winners.

Shepparton based breeder Damian White is a strong supporter of Super VOBIS and that paid off in spades for the connections of Easy Drama at Flemington on Saturday.

White sold the colt to Roy Higgins and Wylie Dalziel for $40,000 at the 2013 Gold Coast Magic Millions and he banked $129,000 in prizemoney and bonuses on debut in the VOBIS Gold Ingot (1200m).

Easy Drama (2c Real Saga — Miss Carefree by Last Tycoon) won by over a length at headquarters and jockey Vlad Duric predicted there are better wins ahead.  “He got a bit lost out in the middle of the track but then put his mind on the job.  He will get over a bit further as a three year-old.

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“He’s a big, leggy horse and is still a bit immature.  Today’s win was just a bonus.”

White paid $9,500 to Darley for his dam Miss Carefree at the 2009 Inglis Melbourne March Sale.  That looked money well spent when her Ad Valorem foal — later named Free Wheeling — came out and won the G2 Champagne Classic at Doomben and LR Hawkesbury Guineas for Sheikh Mohammed.

Miss Carefree was carrying a PPT to Henny Hughes at the Melbourne Sale and that foal was later named Landau.  He has won two races at Benalla for a partnership managed by White and resumes from a four month spell at Kilmore on Tuesday.

After Easy Drama, she foaled a filly by Canford Cliffs and was then bred back to Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain last year.

White imported Street Cry sire Globetrotter (USA) to Australia in 2010.  A Group 3 winner in Canada and Group 1 placed at Santa Anita, he stands for a $6,600 (inc gst) service fee at Brackley Park in Avenel.

Fighting Sun has been retired to stand at Eliza Park International.

The announcement comes on the eve of what was widely tipped to be his career defining achievement in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes this Saturday.

Unfortunately, Fighting Sun was sidelined after suffering a suspensory injury after a three length victory in the LR Canonbury Stakes at Rosehill in February.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse had long flagged Fighting Sun as her Golden Slipper horse. She said the same about Pierro months before he won the 2012 Golden Slipper.

“This is a serious horse,” Waterhouse said after his victory over subsequent Group winner Ghibillenes in the Canonbury. “He has everything you want to see and the acceleration he showed was electrifying!”

Waterhouse had a willing disciple in jockey Tommy Berry. “I don’t ride a colt this good every day,” he claimed. ”He’s really laidback but once he pings out he’s all class.

“He really put them away quickly. When I won on Able Friend in Hong Kong last season, I knew immediately he was a superstar in the making — this colt gives me a similar feel. He has a superb action, you can make two or three runs on him in a race and he will find plenty if something makes a race of it with him.”

Fighting Sun (2c Northern Meteor — Irish Darling by Ivory’s Irish) is the highest rated 2YO colt by ill-fated sire Northern Meteor, whose legacy includes Zoustar, Romantic Touch, Eurozone and Bound For Earth. Additionally, Fighting Sun is out of the Group 1 winning mare Irish Darling.

“He is the first of the Sun International horses to stand at stud,” Eliza Park International CEO Alvin Lui said. “One thing for sure, he will receive tremendous support.”

A service fee for Fighting Sun will be announced in the coming weeks. For further enquiries, contact Sales & Nominations Manager Mark Lindsay on 0416 334 338.

Dash For Cash passed another milestone when his first-starter Wilscot waltzed home at Wodonga last Tuesday.

The locally trained grey gelding is the 300th individual winner by Dash For Cash.

Wilscot (4g Dash For Cash — Ascot Vale by Ascot Knight) was the market-mover before the Naubro Kerb Maiden Plate (1100m).  Handled positively by Linda Meech, he pounced on the leader at the top of the straight and won eased down by more than three lengths.

“He’s a city class horse but can be a bit of a lad,” trainer Brian Cox said.  “We had a race in mind at the Albury Cup carnival but had to back off for an extra week.

“It’s taken time for him to mature mentally and, all going well, we will set him for the Greys Plate at the Melbourne Cup carnival.”

Dash For Cash (Secret Savings) retired to Swettenham Stud in 2003 and his 300 winners to date have won 850 races at a 64% strike-rate.

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Wilscot is a homebred for Glenn Canny who also has a top strike-rate with Dash For Cash.  “He’s a suitable sire for an owner-breeder like me,” Canny explained.  “I liked him as a racehorse and he’s a proven stallion.”

Canny’s mare Ascot Vale is a sister to Hollywood Park stakes winner Royal Vale and has foaled two winners from two to race by Dash For Cash.  “She produced a lovely colt by him first-up.  There was no reason not to breed back after I inspected that one.

“The first foal is named Smoken Cash and he’s won three races for us.  Now Wilscot is up and running and Brian reckons he’s better again.”

Dash For Cash has been relocated to Scenic Lodge in WA but his commercial appeal is still evident with $110,000 and $70,000 graduates at the last two Melbourne Premier

Swettenham Stud graduate Modoc has grabbed last spot for the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes (1200m) this Saturday.

Modoc (Haradasun) finished fourth in the G2 Pago Pago Stakes in his final lead-up to the $3.50 million showcase for two year-olds.  “I thought it was a good run,” trainer Paul Perry said.  “He should have finished a bit closer to the winner and he handled the heavy track which was encouraging.

Perry prepares Modoc for his wife Cassie and the Wallace family who also raced champion colt Stratum.  “I don’t think I’ve had a Golden Slipper runner since Stratum won it in 2005,” he claimed.  “It’s good to be in the race again.”

Swettenham won the Golden Slipper back in 1987 when Marauding carried the Sangster family’s famous green, royal blue and white colours to victory at Rosehill.

Perry paid $80,000 for Modoc at the 2013 Inglis Premier Sale but had to up the ante to $170,000 when Swettenham owner Adam Sangster offered his younger half-brother by Equiano this year.

They are from Stravinsky mare Circus Polka and she is a half-sister to G3 MVRC Tesio Stakes winner Matras.  Second dam Tropical Affair (Danehill) won the 1997 Maribyrnong Trial Stakes at Flemington.

I Love It has continued John Salanitri’s affinity with Emirates Park stallion Artie Schiller.

The Caulfield trainer prepared the filly for an impressive victory in the Slickpix Hcp (1000m) at Sandown on Wednesday.  He has also won three races this season with her four year-old brother The Unexpected.

I Love It (3f Artie Schiller — Not That Innocent by Foxhound) showed significant promise to take her record to two victories plus a Group 3 placing from just three starts.  “She returned from injury with an outstanding win at Sandown,” Salanitri said on his website.  “It was her first run since an operation to remove bone chips from a knee in October.”

Salanitri, who trained Road To Success to win the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes in 2000, is eying bigger races in the coming months with I Love It in Adelaide.  They include the Redelva Stakes on April 12, G1 Sportingbet Stakes on April 26 or more likely the G2 Sportingbet Stakes on May 3.

A whole host of Victorian trainers have enjoyed success with the Artie Schiller breed.  Besides Salanitri, they include Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra, Darren Weir, Michael Kent, Michael Hickmont, John Sadler, Robert Smerdon and Robbie Griffiths.

I Love It and The Unexpected are bred on the same Danzig cross as three of Artie Schiller’s 20 individual stakes winners.  Black-type winners Big Chill, Mezeray Miss and Senator Beck are from respective maternal grand-daughters or great grand-daughters of Maroof, Danehill and Dayjur.

Similarly, the 2013 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf (Male) winner Outstrip is by a Danzig-line stallion in Exceed And Excel from a daughter of Artie Schiller’s sire El Prado.

Champion Victorian stallion Bianconi will continue his stud career at Ridgeview Park in 2014.

In a deal brokered by Julie Nairn of LP Stallions, Bianconi will transfer from Swettenham Stud to Ridgeview Park which is based 35km north-east of Bendigo at Muskerry.

“Bianconi has been a wonderful sire for Victoria,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said.  “We call him the ‘People’s Stallion’ because his progeny have given so much enjoyment to so many people.

“He gets winners from all sorts of mares over a wide range of distances.  And he’s good enough to sire Group 1 winners like Nicconi and Above Deck.”

Bianconi (USA) passed another milestone in November when Lord Wimble notched his 1,000th Australian win at Moonee Valley.  A son of breed-shaping stallion Danzig, he has topped 100 individual winners in Australia for the last five years in a row and his winners-to-runners strike-rate is a lofty 62%.

“He’s going as well as ever,” Sangster claimed.  “But, through no fault of his own, he’s probably taken a back-seat since the arrivals of Equiano, Master Of Design and Americain.

“Swettenham will continue to support Bianconi.  He’s as healthy and spirited as ever and his fertility remains above 90%.”

Studmaster Phil Sloane is building a quality roster Ridgeview Park and Bianconi will stand for a $5,500 service fee alongside a line-up that includes Dr Doute’s, Illustrious Blue, Golden Snake, Best Choice and Scintillo.

Every Faith added her name to the list of black-type graduates from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in the LR Laelia Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Three Bridges manager Toby Liston prepared Every Faith for the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and she made $130,000 to the bid of Barry Saunders.  He races the filly with his wife Barbara, an RVL board member, and their daughter Rebecca.

Every Faith (3f Not A Single Doubt — Zephyria by Zabeel) had won a Seymour maiden in September and was only been beaten a couple of lengths in the LR Ethereal Stakes, G2 Wakeful Stakes and G1 Victorian Oaks.

“She let down and rounded up the leaders in a tough battle,” trainer Robert Smerdon said.  “She obviously needs ground as we saw in the Victorian Oaks and we will be back for another race over the Adelaide carnival.”

The G3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) at Morphettville on May 10 is her main mission this campaign.

Every Faith (pictured as a yearling at Three Bridges) is from a winning daughter of champion sire Zabeel from a family that has left several stakes winners in Europe.  Zephyria has a yearling colt by Starcraft and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

Three Bridges heads to Sydney this week with three colts and two fillies for the Inglis Easter yearling sale.  They are by New Approach, Exceed and Excel, Street Cry, I Am Invincible and Denman.