The independent welfare panel established by the Thoroughbred industry earlier this year, which is chaired by former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine, will publish its report in early 2021.

The Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG) has received more than 180 submissions to its inquiry and has met with over 50 groups or individuals, as it seeks to make practical recommendations to assist the Thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in improving welfare outcomes.

Dr Napthine said: “The response to the working group has been nothing short of extraordinary. When we put out a public call for submissions we had no idea we would receive so many, or that they would be so diverse and of such high quality.

“This has given us an important opportunity to follow up through consultation meetings with many more people and groups than we originally anticipated, to extend our understanding of the perspectives of the industry and the wider community. When we set out on this process, we had initially expected to deliver our recommendations before Christmas, but the level of engagement we have enjoyed means we have decided to change our timeline. We look forward to sharing our findings early in the new year.”

Along with Dr Napthine, the panel includes Dr Ken Jacobs, a former director of the Australian Veterinary Association; Dr Bidda Jones, Chief Science and Strategy Officer for RSPCA Australia; and Jack Lake, a senior advisor on agricultural policy in the governments led by former prime ministers Bob Hawke, Paul Keating and Kevin Rudd.

The group, which was established in February, met for three days last month, only the second time they had been able to have face to face discussion due to COVID restrictions.

As well as reading every submission, the panel has commissioned research into Thoroughbred welfare programs in other countries; public attitudes towards the Thoroughbred industry; animal welfare legislation in different states; and an assessment of the number of Thoroughbreds both in and outside the racing and breeding industry.

Also providing assistance to the TAWWG is an industry steering group comprising leading trainer Chris Waller; Neil Werrett, Board Member of the Victoria Racing Club and part-owner of Black Caviar; Vin Cox, Managing Director of Godolphin Australia; John Kelly, owner of Newhaven Park Stud; Martin Talty, CEO of the Australian Jockeys’ Association; Andrew Nichol, CEO of the Australian Trainers’ Association; and Tom Reilly, CEO of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia.

Mr Reilly said: “I am aware of how much hard work the panel has undertaken; they have read literally thousands of pages of submissions and spent hundreds of hours meeting with people and holding their discussions.

‘’I am very confident their comprehensive report will make a big contribution to improving welfare outcomes in the Thoroughbred industry. Everyone I speak to in the industry acknowledges that welfare is the biggest challenge we face and that it can only be met by working together.

‘’An import aspect of this process is that anyone who has wanted their voice heard on welfare has been able to able to put their opinions to the TAWWG; from the federal government, to racing regulators, to individual trainers and owners, through to those who have strong concerns about the industry.’’

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Australia remains the leading place to race a horse in the world; a statement demonstrated by there being 52 races run this year worth A$1 million or more, compared to 29 in America and just seven across all of Europe.

This is just one of many facts and statistics published in the 2021 Aushorse Investors’ Guide (available to view here), highlighting why Australia is the land of opportunity for international and domestic racehorse owners.

“Whether you look at prizemoney, the availability of the best stock being offered for auction, or the potential resale value if you get a good colt or filly, there is no better place to invest in a racehorse,’’ said Aushorse chief executive, Tom Reilly.

‘’In a year that has been so disrupted by COVID-19, the strength of our thoroughbred industry has never been more apparent. While some countries slashed prizemoney, returns to owners actually grew in Australia.’’

Among the other areas highlighted in the Investors’ Guide are:

  • Prizemoney in Australia dwarfs other racing nations: our Group One races were worth double those in Europe in 2020, while the average prize per race was almost 40 per cent more than America
  • Australia’s best breeders are sellers: 78% of Australian-bred Group One winners in 2020 were offered as yearlings, a higher percentage than any other jurisdiction
  • When it comes to buying an elite colt at the sales, Australia is far more affordable than other major racing nations, despite having the most lucrative market for stallion prospects

Champion trainer Gai Waterhouse praised the guide. She said: “Over the past decade, prizemoney in Australia has grown 80% – there has never been a better time to invest and this Guide isn’t short on evidence why.

“It’s the perfect tool for our industry participants to use when communicating with investors, as well as helping spread the message about the strengths we have in this country.”

As well as being available online, a print version of the Investors’ Guide has been sent to Aushorse’s database of more than 4,500 owners, breeders, bloodstock agents and participants around Australia and the world.

The guide has been translated into simplified Chinese for the mainland audience, as well as traditional Chinese for those in Hong Kong and Macau.

Contact if you would like to be added to the print mailing list.

For every reason why you should invest in Australia, view the Investors’ Guide online here

For any further information or enquiries, please contact Tom Reilly.
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Above: Cluster had a winning double at Canberra on Sunday.

The juvenile race at Canberra on Sunday was won on debut by promising gelding Rocket Tiger, whose sire Cluster posted a winning double at the meeting with three year-old Galactic Warrior casting off maiden status later in the day.

Retained to race by his breeder, Rocket Tiger is trained at Wagga by Scott Spackman, who had the youngster fit and ready to fire.

He raced on the pace and was tenacious in scoring a half head win over the race favourite Wilsons Prom.

Rocket Tiger is the ninth winner from 10 foals to race from great producer Takook, who has a yearling filly by Cluster and had a colt this spring by another of the Larneuk Stud sires in O’Lonhro.

A Group II winning son of Fastnet Rock, Cluster stands at Larneuk Stud at a fee of $5,500.

News from Larneuk Stud

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Above: Manhattan Rain standing at Blue Gum Farm

Prior to Saturday’s Saturday’s Listed Just Now Stakes at Eagle Farm, the five-year-old Manhattan Rain mare Alison Of Tuffy had contested two stakes races, finishing last of 13 in the Group III James Carr Stakes and beating just two of the 18 runners home in the PJ Bell takes, both at Randwick.

Sent off a $101 chance under Ronnie Stewart, the Peter Robl-trained mare left punters in stunned silence when clung to a desperate short-half-head margin over the helmet mare Maozi with the heavily backed Eurozone mare Krone a short-neck back in third.

A homebred for Richard Tuffy, Alison Of Tuffy advances her record to five wins, four seconds and four thirds from 28 starts with earnings of $243,075.

The daughter of Manhattan Rain is the best of three winners from as many to race out of the Zabeel mare Flibbertigibbet.

Bred by Wood Nook Farm, Flibbertigibbet did little on the track to contribute to the legend of Zabeel.

She faced 38 opponents in her three-start career and beat just two of them home.

Flibbertigibbet did, however, descend from one of Wood Nook’s best families. Her dam Bella Stella is a Danehill three-quarter sister to the ATC Gimcrack Stakes winner Brilliant Bisc out of the grand racemare Stella Cadente whose five wins included the Group MVRC Australia Stakes.

Both Flibbertigibbet and her dam Bella Stella have enjoyed a productive last few years after a series of disappointments.

The 20yo Bella Stella has a yearling filly by Overshare and a filly foal by Ilovethiscity after six years without a foal.

Without a foal in 2016 and 2017, Flibbertigibbet has a yearling colt by Astern and was covered late last year by So You Think.

Alison of Tuffy becomes the 15th stakes-winner for Blue Gum farm’s Manhattan Rain.

The son of Encosta De Lago has just one entry for the Gold Coast. You will have to wait until near the end of the final day of the sale for her; the Tartan Fields consigned daughter of the Rahy mare Constant Charmer (USA).

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Above: Odeum (Image: Racing Photos)

Star filly Odeum won’t be chasing headline races in the autumn as connections eye fame and fortune in Melbourne next spring.

While most autumn contenders are returning to their stables following a spring break, the Thousand Guineas winner and narrow Empire Rose Stakes runner-up against the older mares in the spring remains in the paddock as part of a plan that could take her all the way to 2021 Cox Plate.

Odeum’s autumn plan is for the filly to have just four runs, three of which will be in Adelaide and culminating in the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks over 2000 metres.

It may seem an unambitious plan for a filly of her extreme talent, but it is one that her part-owner, bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills, believes should pay off in the long run.

“It’s not going to be a glorious prep, but it will be one that sets her up as a four-year-old,” Mills said on Monday.

“Our dream, all of us, is to have a Cox Plate runner.

“While not over-taxing her, the beauty of the autumn prep is that we find out if she runs 2000 metres. I’d prefer to find out in the autumn if she runs 2000 metres rather than wait until the spring.

“If she does, we can start dreaming anyway.”

Mills said Odeum, who he purchased for $420,000, is enjoying her time in the paddock.

“She looks unbelievable,” he said. “I couldn’t be happier with her.

“She could have come back in after three weeks as she looks that well and had done that well, but I was just mindful that she did it all in his first prep.

“I don’t want to look back on the horse’s career and say that we got greedy with her.

“The plan was always to give her six weeks (in the paddock) and give her a light autumn and that’s what we are going to do.

“You can think about the (Australian) Guineas but that Melbourne autumn comes up quickly for a horse that’s had a spring (campaign). You really don’t get long in the paddock if you want to target the race like the Guineas.

“It’s a huge leap from three-year-old fillies to open class and as long as I have been following them, there have been any number of great three-year-old fillies that don’t measure up in open class as four and five-year-olds.

“She’ll have four runs in total. She comes back in on December 15 and then she’ll probably be first-up in the Vanity over 1400 metres at Flemington.

“She’ll go from the Vanity to the Laelia Stakes over a mile – it’s a three-year-old fillies Listed in Adelaide –  and then she’ll take on the boys in the Port Adelaide Guineas over 1800 metres and then three weeks later into the Group 1 Schweppes Oaks over 2000 metres.

“The good thing about that prep is it obviously gives her four runs and she’ll be at set weights in three of those four races and only have to carry a penalty into the Laelia.”

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The jewel of the North East Thoroughbred region of Victoria,
Woodside Park Stud’s Morningside is a world-class property with a history the envy of any thoroughbred breeder.

With kilometres of Goulburn river frontage, the 1000 acre, irrigated property contains multiple stable complexes, with a large expansive horse walker, sand roll and numerous spacious and safe paddocks to raise champion racehorses.

With over 30 individual Group 1 winners of just shy of 60 world-class Group 1 races including the Melbourne and Caulfield Cups, Oakleigh Plate, Emirates Stakes, Hong Kong Cup, Australian Cup, Caulfield Guineas, Cox Plate, CF Orr Stakes and many, many more, grazed on the property, Morningside has a proven record of success, one that is set to continue well into the future.

This is Morningside….

Above: Ole Kirk (inside) and North Pacific in the G1 Golden Rose

Team Hawkes’ 3-year-olds, Ole Kirk (Written Tycoon) and North Pacific (Brazen Beau), who quinellaed the G1 Golden Rose S. are back in pre-training ahead of their autumn targets.

It may only be the first week of summer but preparations are already underway to get the star duo back to the stable and back to the track.

“They are back in pre-training and honestly there is no plans for either of them until we get them back into the stable, but we are looking forward to getting them back in the stable,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes, told Racenet.

“They have improved out of sight and both look unbelievable.

“It is amazing really to think that Ole Kirk, it has been five or six weeks since the Guineas win and he’s getting closer to coming back into the stable.”

Ole Kirk won both the Golden Rose and the G1 Caulfield Guineas before a subsequent deal was done to stand him at Vinery Stud when his racing days are complete.

North Pacific was last seen when narrowly beaten by Ole Kirk in the Golden Rose.

Hawkes said first autumn targets for the pair had yet to be decided.

Article courtesy of TDN

David Nash, GM Nutrition & Quality Equine Nutritionist BARASTOC (Ridley) We all have seen the advertisements in the media to prepare for the fire season, yet many of us do not give it a second thought. Prevention and planning may prevent or reduce the impact of fire on your horse property. I would like to discuss a few important factors that could eliminate or reduce the impact of fires.

Planning Unlike a non-horse person, we need to consider many factors about planning for fires rather than just grabbing prised possessions and leaving. You should plan for the worst-case scenario of the evacuation of your farm. Know where you are going to go. Have a few safe sites where you know you can go, as fires may block evacuation routes.

If you have more horses than spots in your float or truck, know where you can obtain transport, move them prior if enough warning or try and place them in an area of your farm that will minimise the risk of injury. DO NOT let your horses out on the road. This will increase the risk of injury to your horses, but will also increase the chance of injuring other people evacuating and emergency services. Take adequate feed, buckets for water, rugs, etc for extended periods off your farm.

Inform neighbours and family of your intentions if you are going to evacuate and where you are going to. Many communities with high horse populations now have evacuation points for horses. Contact your local council for details.

If you are going to stay, you should make sure that the risk to horses and yourself is minimised. If you have a grassy open property, arrange an area that is free of grass such as a ménage or round pen. If possible have a water sprinkler system set up that will spray over your horses. Ensure that horse’s rugs and fly masks are removed. The constant spray will reduce embers that may fall on them. Preparation for minimising the damage.

Obviously, there is no way of preventing fires. However if we are proactive, we can minimise the damage fire can do to our properties. If we practice fodder conservation “cutting hay’ we should not have long dry grass around the property. Slashing paddocks and spraying with herbicide fence lines will slow the fire down if it ventures onto your property. If you have your fence lines bared out, it will increase their chances of survival and will allow you to settle back to your property earlier if fire does burn on your property. If your property is large enough, plough fire breaks around the perimeter of your property and even within, especially around your “rally point” if you are staying. If you are lucky enough to have access to irrigation water, it would be wise to have areas of green grass especially around your “refuse point”. Whilst if severe enough green pasture will burn it will slow the fire significantly. Hopefully enough for the fire crews to arrive.

Liaise with neighbours to have a community approach to fire preparation. Ensure fence lines are cleared; fire breaks done, cleanup fallen trees and limbs. If you can help neighbours out it may help save your property.

For more information, most state Department of Primary Industries has technical notes for horse owners on how to prepare and deal with the threat of fires. Good Luck and Stay Safe.

Above: Sirius Suspect ridden by Jamie Kah wins the Hanson Handicap at Sportsbet Pakenham Racecourse (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Sirius Suspect, the result of a joint breeding venture between Darren Dance and a group of owners who raced the gelding’s dam, Sirius Miss, kept his imposing second up form intact at the Pakenham Cup meeting.

The son of Wanted went into the open handicap over 1200m with two wins, a second and a third from his four second up runs.

The impressive victory, with Jamie Kah in the saddle, has given Flemington trainer Saab Hasan and his group of owners plenty of faith that there is a big race in the six-year-old.

Dance, well known through his syndication company Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock, also breeds from his stud and agistment property, Manningtree Park at Beremboke.

“Obviously we bred him (Sirius Suspect) in conjunction with a number of clients,” Dance said.

“We have had the mare for a number of years and have bred a number of horses out of her. Clearly he is the best at this stage.

“She is a long term mare for our brand with some long term owners.”

Dance said while there is a long list of owners in Sirius Suspect, probably only half of them are involved in the breeding part of it.

“It’s just a good story isn’t it,” he said,

Sirius Suspect has had all his seven wins over 1200m, but Dance said the gelding had been tried over 1400m during his last preparation.

“He is probably bred to run 1400m or 1600m but because of his antics and temperament, he has always been a bit of a hot horse, which I believe comes from the Galileo side,” Dance said.

“He has always been a bit fractious and is never going to give himself a chance to settle and run it out strongly.

“We tried it last prep and it never worked and this prep we have just kept him to 1200m and after his break he has come back really well and he has actually grown up a little bit as a six-year-old and started to mature.

“In both runs this time in he has been really well settled and he travelled well down to the track on Saturday and raced accordingly. He is as sound as a bell and hasn’t got any issues and he might get 1400m one day.”

With his best form at 1200m, Dance said it makes sense to keep at that journey.

Sirius Suspect will now be set for the Group 3 Standish (1200m) at Flemington on New Year’s Day.

“He needed to win on Saturday to warrant going there,” Dance said.

And there was no happier man at Pakenham on Saturday than Hasan.

Dance said he reported to the owners that Sirius Suspect had arrived safely at the track at Tynong.

“I told them the horse hadn’t sweated up, didn’t have a sweat mark on him, but the trainer has sweated up badly,” Dance joked.

Dance said Sirius Miss (Galileo x Miss Peridot) had been a good producer.

“We have Sirius Deal with Matt Cumani and he is in the paddock and is due to go back in at the end of the year,” he said.

“There is another one called Let’s Get Sirius and he is still immature. They are two by Dundeel.

“I have also got a really nice Press Statement filly and she is now in foal to Toronado.

“She missed last year and a few times along the way. She is a really difficult mare to get into foal, so normally when she has a foal she is hard to get back into foal. We have done it a couple of times and have managed to get her but more often than not when she has had a foal we can’t get her back into foal.

“But we have managed to get her into foal to Toronado but she has a bit of age about her.”

Sirius Miss’s first foal, You Can’t Be (Nadeem), has won eight races and now races for new owners in Queensland.

Dance said the Galileo mares had done a good job in the breeding barn.

He described Toronado as a lovely stallion whose progeny kept getting sold overseas from Australia.

“I have got a couple of really nice Toronado foals out of other mares and I’m happy to go to him with this mare,” Dance said.

“We never know when we are going to get the last foal out of that mare so we race all the ones out of her with the owners.

“That’s why they breed from her to race. It gives them a good chance.”

Dance said the owners involved in the 16-year-old mare wanted to breed from her when she retired and Dance says he obviously has the property and the facilities.

“We have got 40 mares spread across the farm,” he said.

“They are good clients and they want to breed to race. We race horses so why wouldn’t we do it.

“With 40 mares, probably a few too many, but we keep finding them. We keep buying them, breeding them or racing them or whatever.

“Most our mares have got partners in them and it’s a good model, lots of fun and they love watching them grow out. I think they got more satisfaction on the track when they breed them and they turn out to be good horses.

“It’s a tough game, but they enjoy it.”

Dance said having 40 mares on the farm was the most they’ve had and it’s grown by 10 this season.

“I have got 25 foals on the ground this year and out of those 25 we are going to cap the yearling sales at around 15 and that will probably be our maximum,” he said

“The rest we will either race or they will get traded as mares in foal or get traded as weanlings.

“It’s just another way to keep busy. It’s busy enough with the syndication side of it, the spring and now we want to foal down and get mares in foal. I physically do all the Victorian walk-ons and we are foaling down and it takes a lot of effort to get them back into foal. “Then we’ve got the sales and we’ve got preparations as yearlings. It’s just full on but what else am I going to do.”

Dance said he’d had two really good horses by Wanted (Fastnet Rock x Fragmentation) and had probably been to the stallion three times.

“I got Sirius Suspect and  another good one we raced called Wanted Diva (out of Rock Diva)) that won a couple of two-year-old races for David Hayes,” he said

“Wanted won the Newmarket (1200m) and I know it was in that big storm and he lead all the way and he was obviously a very good horse and maybe he didn’t get all the opportunities and got moved on earlier than he should have.

“But if you cross them up right, just mate them right with the right lines, I have got my own theories on that so I think you can get a result and you don’t always have to go to the 100 grand sires to get a result if you mate them correctly.”|

Dance said there aren’t many Galileo mares around.

“Going back to that line of Danehill and Fastnet, it worked on both the two I sent to Wanted,” he said.

Sirius Miss was trained at Caulfield buy Colin Little.

The mare had nine starts for a win and a second.

Dance said he had no association with Sirius Miss as a racehorse but some of his clients raced her when she suffered from feet problems so they decided to retire her.

“They asked me if I would be interested in getting involved with them and breeding a foal out of her to race, that’s how it started,” Dance said.

“The farm knew I had mares, and they asked whether I’d be interested in taking a chunk of her and breeding from her so we could race the progeny.

“Colin Little always used to say to me that she was a very, very good mare but we never really got to see it on the track. He always inquired after her stock, but obviously they were never offered publicly.

“She obviously had ability but was never sound enough on our tracks I guess because they are firm and Galileo’s seem to go better with a bit of give in the track.”

Dance said he looking to sending 14 yearlings to Melbourne Premier next year.

“Our entire draft in terms of yearlings will go to Melbourne Premier,” he said.

“In terms of foals, we have 25 on the ground.”

Dance said he had a cracking colt by Sioux Nation and was disappointed the stallion didn’t return this year.

He has a couple by Toronado, one by Puissance De Lune, and a Rich Enuff filly from a stakes placed mare.

He is part of owner of Crackerjack King and Dandino and has stock by both of the stallions.

“And one of the better fillies is one I’ve got by Grunt,” he said.

“’I have seen a few of them by Grunt and they are all belting types and have just thrown to him.”

Dance is excited by what he currently has coming through and is eagerly anticipating the sales next year.

Above: The Astrologist after winning the TAC VOBIS Gold Bullion at Sportsbet Pakenham Racecourse (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

It seemed only fitting that the retiring Rangal Park Stud owner Eric Buttler would see a horse he bred – The Astrologist – take out an important race at the Pakenham Cup meeting.

Buttler bred The Astrologist, winner of the rich VOBIS Gold Bullion (1400m), which started as the $2.45 favourite.

“It was a nice win,” Buttler said.

“He got headed and fought back and it was very good.”

Buttler bought the mare Aquada (Flying Spur x Freestyle). Her first product was Spirit of Aquada (Bel Esprit), a winner of three races, but the gelding has finished second 10 times, and third five times for prizemoney of $328,270.

Her second foal, Turn The Tide (So You Think) has had 18 starts for four wins and two minor placings and has won $283,425 in prizemoney.

Her most recent horse, Fields of Aquada (Deep Field) made his debut in September and finished fourth.

Her last foal is a colt by Tosen Stardom (JPN) and according to Buttler it’s a great type.

“The mare is doing a very, very good job,” Buttler said.

“And she has got an absolute ripper of a colt by Tosen Stardom and he’ll be going into the Melbourne Premier sale.

“The Astrologist was bought up at the Magic Millions for $150,000.

“The mare throws nice types and the one going into the Premier sale by Tosen Stardom is, as I said, a ripper. We have four by Tosen Stardom and we are very happy with them.

“He is a well bred stallion and he stands at Woodside Park Stud and it looks in good stead, that’s the way I see it anyway.

“He is getting away from the Northern Dancer line a bit too.”

Buttler said he was always keen on the mare.

“You have a Flying Spur mare of a Snippets’ mare (Freestyle).

“It seems to work quite well.”

Buttler said unfortunately Aquada wasn’t served last season because she was very late with her previous foal to Tosen Stardom.

“So we gave her a year off because we didn’t want to go too late with another foal,” he said.

And with Buttler’s Rangal Park being sold, Aquada will be put through a dispersal sale.

“I have just sold recently and my health is not good,” Buttler said.

“I really didn’t have much of an option.

“It just had to happen unfortunately. It will be a sad day for me when it all happens but when you have to have your affairs in order, you have to get your affairs in order, don’t you.”

Buttler operated Rangal Park for 30 years.

“It was my first venture into the industry in a commercial aspect,” he said.

“Before that I raced a few horses and during the recession I decided to buy Napier Park Stud and that was in 1990. I renamed it Rangal Park.”

Buttler said a local farmer had bought the property and planned to run cattle on it.

He said it was a bit sad when the property had been set up as a horse stud which had stallion yards and barns and plenty of infrastructures which he’d built up over three decades.

“I think he plans to capitalise on the price of cattle and then probably later sell it as a horse stud,” Buttler.

The stud covers 530 acres.

He said no decisions had been made on relocating the stud’s stallions – Boom Time, Danerich, Soul Patch and Cliff’s Edge.

Buttler said he supported Zoustar when the stallion was at Woodside Park Stud in Victoria by sending three mares to him.

“Being in Victoria and having VOBIS and one thing and another made it attractive,” he said.

“The Astrologist is certainly doing the job and according to the jockey, Craig Williams, he expects him to be better even next time in.”

Buttler described VOBIS as a wonderful scheme.

“I have 99 percent of my horses VOBIS qualified,” he said.

Buttler said Tony McEvoy bought The Astrologist at the sales when he had champion mare Sunlight which was also by Zoustar.

“He bought quite a few Zoustars from the second crop,” he said.

“McEvoy was obviously switched on by them and bought quite a few Zoustars and ours was one of them.

“The horse started with McEvoy and is now with Leon and Troy Corstens and has been performing quite well since it’s been eating their grass.

“It’s funny how a change of scenery can switch a horse on.”

After winning by a short head, winning jockey Craig Williams wasn’t sure whether he’d won.

“I thought we fought off a good warhorse (Iconoclasm) outside of me and then Ben Melham (Wild Vixen) seemed to time his run to perfection and we both lunged at the same time like in a running race,” Williams said after the race.

“I asked Ben if he knew (who won) and he said ‘no, it’s pretty close’.

“Congratulations to the Corstens stable and Nathan Bennett from Bennett Racing. They’ve done a really good job with him.”

Williams said that with The Astrologist being a Magic Millions horse, it would be interesting to see what races are targeted.

It was only the second time The Astrologist had raced over 1400m in his 11 race career, the first when he was trained by McEvoy as a two-year-old.

After running second at Ballarat as his last start in the Magic Millions Classic (1100m), trainer Troy Corstens said the aim was to get the four-year-old into the Magic Millions in January and the 1400m at Pakenham’s metropolitan meeting was going to gauge what races are targeted up north.

Above: Latest Bentley ridden by Jack Hill wins the Prendergast Earthmoving BM58 Handicap at Kyneton Racecourse. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

His name is Latest Bentley but perhaps he should be called Last Bentley.

The gelding pushed his prize money just past the $100,000 mark with his fifth win for Kyneton trainer Neil Dyer at his home track last week.

The seven-year-old is the last horse out of Dyer’s handy race mare Mrs.Bently (Euclase x Truepenny) which raced 85 times for 13 wins, 17 seconds and 13 thirds to finish her career in 2003 with nearly $400,000 in prizemoney.

Dyer bred  nine horses from the mare with the best of them being Pot Black (Bel Esprit) which won nine races. Bentley Tycoon (Written Tycoon) won four races and was placed 10 times in 49 starts.

Dyer explained that he made a mistake with the spelling of Latest Bentley when he named the gelding when inadvertently adding an “e” to Bently.

“Latest Bentley is the last one of out of Mrs. Bently and she is still producing winners which is good,” Dyer said.

“She won at Moonee Valley (five times) and won the Kyneton Cup twice but lost it once on a technicality and she has been the only local horse to win it in 120 years.

“It’s been a good story really.”

After finishing first over the post in the 2000 edition of the Kyneton Cup, Mrs. Bently was disqualified after she tested positive to hydrocortisone.

“I thought it was a water based product but it was part of the cortisone family,” Dyer said.

“She was six then and ran eighth the following year in the cup but then as an eight-year-old she won it again, thank goodness.”

And Dyer still has Mrs. Bently, now a 26-year-old, and says she is going well and it’s good to see her last foal winning.

“He has done well and won at Ballarat last time in work and won at Kyneton this time and if there was an Adelaide race we could get to, I would probably look at heading over there,” he said.

“The trouble is we can’t go.”

Dyer can’t recall why he selected Host (CHI) as a partner for Mrs. Bently and suspects he was standing locally. Host (Hussonet x Colonna Traiana) died earlier this year.

“I have got another mare down here and she is a five-year-old by Host and hasn’t even had her first start yet but I’m quietly encouraged now that Latest Bentley is winning as an older horse,” he said.

“The mare did a tendon in her early days with another trainer at Mornington. She will be coming back shortly.”

Dyer said he still breeds the occasional horse but says it’s becoming more difficult to combine it with training.

But he admits it was satisfying to breed winners from a mare he’d raced.

In a twist, he said all the geldings out of the mare had combined to win multiple races, while the two fillies were a little bit cranky and didn’t win a race.

“The fillies were well bred – God’s Own and Testa Rossa,” Dyer said.

Dyer said they were concerned with Mrs. Bentley’s health several months ago  when the capeweed was flourishing and she became extremely sick and blood tests revealed it was toxic poisoning which he put down to eating capeweed.

“We just kept treating her and treating her and now she is as fat as anything,” he said.

Dyer bought Mrs. Bentley at the Adelaide sales for $22,500.

“I bought a tried horse called Gently Bently (Kind Music x Truepenny) for $10,000 and he was only a three-year-old and he’d already won an open race in Adelaide and it virtually made him a class five or six horse straight away,” he said.

“So the people were happy to sell him as they’d lost a lot of opportunities to race.

“We bought him and he won that good listed sprint race (1993 Adelaide Casino Stakes) over the carnival at Oakbank. Dwayne Dunn rode him.

“When they next one come up out of Gently Bently’s dam, True Penny (True Statement x Toolern Gold), I thought I’m going to buy her and it became Mrs. Bently.”

Dyer estimates Mrs. Bentley raced at Moonee Valley 30 times and says she was probably in the money 23 or 24 of them.

“She loved The Valley,” he said.

“I wish I had her racing now.”

Dyer only recently retired Pot Black and is looking for a home for the gelding.

And he is regular visitor to the Darwin as he escapes the cold Kyneton winters.

He already has a horse – Chris Waller reject Kaonic – for next year’s cup, a race Dyer has won three times.










Above: Subterranean (Racing Queensland twitter)

Third behind You’ll Be Mist when on debut at the Sunshine Coast on November 21, the Matthew Dunn-trained Subterranean left that filly in her wake over 1200 metres at Doomben on Saturday to credit the former top-class sprinter Rebel Dane with his first winner.

Given a positive ride by Michael Cahill, Subterranean travelled sweetly on the outside of the pacesetting Shajaea.

When given her head at the 300 metres, Subterranean was in a race of her own of the final 100 metres to defeat the Charm Spirit gelding Collay’s Spirit by three and a quarter lengths with the Headwater filly, You’ll Be Mist, a short-half-head back in third after a torrid run.

“He’s a nice little progressive horse. He’s got the right attitude and was broken-in and educated by Rick Worthington before he passed away,” Dunn said.

“It is a pretty good head start when he comes from a place like that.

Dunn said Rebel Dane is the image of his sire, Rebel Dane.

“I sometimes get nervous stepping two-year-olds up to 1200 metres at this time of the season, but he dealt with it as we had hoped. I think the exciting thing is that he has plenty of maturing to go and he is certain to improve.

“He is not (Magic Millions eligible), but there are other things to look for. I might even put him on a truck to Sydney as things heat up here, but I don’t want to push him too hard.”

A homebred for Steve Grant and Kenny Lowe, Subterranean is the first foal of the former Darley colour-bearer Caves who won once for Anthony Freedman before being sold at the 2013 Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale where she was purchase by trainer Danny Curran for $4,500.

In a 57 start career, she had four wins and 21 placings with earnings of over $97,000.

The dam of Caves, From The Cellar (Hennesy), won four of her 24 starts including a pair at Canterbury for Guy Walter.

(Learn more about the pedigree of Subterranean here).

Caves has a yearling colt by Rebel Dane and a colt foal by Smart Missile.

Trained by Gary Portelli, Rebel Dane won twice at the highest level, in the MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes and an emotional victory in the Mankato Stakes at Moonee Valley as a 7yo in 2016 after finishing fifth in the same race in 2013, fourth in 2014 and third behind Chautauqua and Srikandi in 2015.

The son of California Dane will have to do it the hard way at stud.

Rebel Dane covered just 36 mares in his first season, 31 in his second and only 11 in his third. After beginning at a fee of $12,500 at Swettenham Stud, he stood at an advertised fee of $5,000 at Glen Eden Stud in 2020.

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Above: Marietta Robusti (Ire)

Just a couple of weeks after purchasing stakes producer Small Minds (Canny Lad) on Inglis Digital, Rosemont Stud secured two mares at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale as they look to continually increase the quality of their broodmare band.

The Victorian-based farm’s first purchase was Marietta Robusti (Ire) (Equiano {Fr}), who is a half-sister to the stakes-winning son of ChoisirThree Sea Captains (Ire).

While Choisir has now been pensioned from stud duties, his son Starspangledbanner is owned by Rosemont with Coolmore and Ryan McEvoy, General Manager of Bloodstock, said he is a likely suitor for the mare.

“Obviously we’re part-owners in Starspangledbanner with Coolmore and we’ve got some nominations to him up in the Northern Hemisphere so we’ve been looking for a couple of nice mares for him,” McEvoy told TDN AusNZ.

“It was pleasing to pick up a nice mare like her and given she is a half to a stakes winner by Choisir, that was a good little result.”

Rosemont’s second purchase came late on the second day of the Sale as they secured Promise Of Success (GB) (Dansili {GB}) in conjunction with David Redvers Bloodstock, who is a half-sister to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s impressive 2-year-old trial winner Summerbeel (NZ) (Savabeel).

“She’s a Dansili mare from the family of Galileo,” McEvoy said. “Interestingly she is a half to a 2-year-old filly that Gai produced at the trials last week called Summerbeel.

“We liked the look of that trial and we’d like to think she’s a filly that can potentially achieve some black type. She was a little play with Hannah Wall and David Redvers Bloodstock.”

McEvoy said she is likely to remain in Europe to race for another season to try and boost her CV before heading down to stud in Australia.

“She has placed and we’ll likely keep her in work with a view to win some races,” he said. “Our homework suggests that she has certainly got the ability to be winning races so we’ll give her another spin, but ultimately she’ll come down to Australia and we’ll determine a stallion for her.

“We do have a share in Savabeel so she potentially might be a mare for him if this 2-year-old can do the job.”

Boosting the band

It was only a few weeks ago that Rosemont paid $410,000 to purchase Small Minds, the dam of their talented 2-year-old Sneaky Five (Fastnet Rock) and McEvoy said that like any breeding operation, they are always looking to boost their broodmare stocks.

“We’ve got a lot of broodmares at home but we’re certainly looking to add to the quality,” he said. “It’s like any major breeder, we’re always looking at trimming the bottom and adding to the top so that’s really a never-ending cycle.

“Small Minds is the dam of two stakes winners from her first three to race so I think those sort of mares a quite unique.

“Small Minds is the dam of two stakes winners from her first three to race so I think those sort of mares a quite unique.” – Ryan McEvoy

Above: Small Minds

“She’s a Canny Lad mare, she’s basically free of Danehill, so we can send her to anything and given what we know of Sneaky Five and the sentimental factor in racing her and the upside that she represents, we’re rapt to have a bit more exposure with that family through the dam.

“She’s a gorgeous mare who is in foal to Grunt, we’ll give some thought as to where we send her in the spring and we’re excited about potentially breeding another couple of fillies out of her in the next few years as well, to most likely keep and retain and race in the system.”

Rosemont is also home to a select stallion roster and McEvoy said they will be active during the upcoming yearling season to find quality stock to race and hopefully, one day join the breeding operation as a broodmare or sire.

“We’ll be relatively active in the yearling market next year with both colts and fillies,” he continued. “We’re always open to adding to the quality of our racing team, it’s a major aspect of the business.

“Certainly Nigel (Austin) is a really passionate racing enthusiast so we’re really keen to add to the quality in our stable. We don’t have a specific view but we’re just always open to the right filly and colt that presents itself as value and that we can add to our system.”

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Above: Arabain Hussey wins at Sandown – image Pat Scala Racing Photo

Astute Victorian bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills does know how to find a nice filly and his decision to purchase the most expensive filly by Al Maher sold in 2019 looks like a good one as she won by five lengths at Sandown on Wednesday.

Trained by Caroline Jennings, Arabian Hussey made it two wins from four starts when she opened up to win as she pleased in the 1400m Benchmark 64 event.
“She just blew them away today, she might be special,” said winning rider Arron Lynch.

“She was strong right through the line, there was still plenty underneath me.”

A $190,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Edinglassie Stud draft for owner James Kennedy and Sheamus Mills Bstock (FBAA), Arabian Hussey is a half-sister to stakes-winner Kobayashi and is the third winner from three foals to race from Woodstock Hussey.

Edinglassie will present the current yearling from Woodstock Hussey, a colt by Epaulette, at Magic Millions as Lot 955.

Arabian Hussey’s sire Al Maher is standing in Victoria these days at the Stockwell Thoroughbreds at a fee of $8,800.

An under-rated sire that can always get a good horse, Al Maher has left 35 stakes-winners including three Group I winners, so it will be no surprise if Arabian Hussey adds to that list.

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Above: Winner, Liz Hoy on Where’s Cameron with Jen Hughes at the RV 2019 Australian OTT Jumping Championship at Boneo Park Equestrian Centre on November 10, 2019 in Boneo, Australia. (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

After a short hiatus due to the COVID-19 pandemic, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV), Racing Victoria (RV) and the Victorian Agricultural Society (VAS) will continue their partnership of the Off The Track classes at regional shows across Victoria.

The program allows Victorian breeders to support local equestrian shows which will see thousands of extra dollars in prizemoney on offer for those competing on Off The Track thoroughbreds.

Under the partnership, winners of the OTT Thoroughbred class at shows which have been sponsored by a local breeder will now receive, in addition to the OTT prizes on offer, an extra $150 plus a fantastic, customised horse rug, courtesy of TBV members.

This joint initiative, which was the brain-child of TBV, reflects the commitment to the welfare of the thoroughbred held by Victorian breeders and the desire to promote greater take-up of horses that have retired from racing.

TBV President, James O’Brien, who was a driving force behind establishing the partnership commented, “It was fantastic to see the Victorian industry show their support for this program and the great Off The Track horses that have been involved.” O’Brien said.

“This once again presents a wonderful chance for TBV members to ensure the longevity and demand for their thoroughbreds,” O’Brien said.

As a breeder, it is immensely satisfying to see your thoroughbred engaged in other pursuits outside of racing. That is what this initiative sets out to reinforce and doing so allows the Victorian breeding community to pay homage to equine welfare.”

“The cooperation we have received from OTT and VAS of this partnership is incredibly heartening. They have embraced the Victorian breeding community and we are tremendously grateful.”

Racing Victoria’s Manager – Equine Welfare, Jennifer Hughes, reinforced RV’s commitment to equine welfare.

“Thoroughbreds are the centrepieces of our industry, and Racing Victoria is committed to ensuring that they’re afforded appropriate care and attention before, during and after their careers on the racetrack,” Hughes said.

“As such, we are thrilled to have TBV and, more widely, Victorian breeders on board to enhance the OTT Thoroughbred classes and the VAS Show Series as a whole.”

VAS Ltd Chairperson, Jenny Daffy, is delighted with the newly formed partnership with the thoroughbred breeders, which will further enhance the already successful Off The Track series that is held at the Victorian Agricultural Shows.

“The support is wonderful and the additional prize money and rug at Show level I am sure will be well sought after by the competitors,” Daffy said.

The shows which are available this season for breeders to sponsor are:

  • Lang Lang – 16th January 2021
  • Yarra Glen – 6th February 2021
  • Foster – 27th February 2021
  • Tallangatta – 6th March 2021
  • Warrgul – 6th March 2021
  • Orbost – 8th March 2021
  • Berwick – 8th March 2021
  • Wodonga – 13th March 2021
  • Cohuna – 20th March 2021
  • Natimuk – 27th March 2021
  • Bunyip – 28th March 2021

Victorian breeders who would like to sponsor a local show should contact TBV on

The above shows listed are only the autumn shows and as the Spring shows become available to sponsor, TBV will update breeders.

Alternatively, if you already have a show in mind not listed, please drop us a note and we will confirm details.

Above: Small Minds

Small Minds (Canny Lad), the dam of talented juvenile Sneaky Five (Fastnet Rock), became the highest-priced horse sold on Inglis Digital after being purchased by Sandhurst Bloodstock on behalf of Rosemont Stud for $410,000 at the November (Late) Online Auction, surpassing the previous record of $400,000 for Manaya (Hinchinbrook).

The mare – a Group 1 winner herself – was offered by South Australia-based Goldin Farms in foal to Yulong sire Grunt (NZ) and will join the broodmare band of Rosemont who purchased and race Sneaky Five.

“It’s very hard to find a mare that has thrown two stakes winners – Sneaky Five and Beautiful Mind – from only four foals, three of which have raced, that’s a unique achievement for any broodmare,” Ryan McEvoy said.

“We were over the moon with purchasing Sneaky Five and to see what she has done in a short time, being undefeated in an Inglis Banner and $1 million Golden Gift to now be among the favourites for the Inglis Millennium and Golden Slipper.

“Small Minds is obviously a daughter of Canny Lad, so an easy mare to mate and we think there will be some great opportunities with her in the next five to six years.

“Small Minds is obviously a daughter of Canny Lad, so an easy mare to mate and we think there will be some great opportunities with her in the next five to six years.” – Ryan McEvoy

“Rosemont Stud has a lot of young stakes-performing mares on the farm so it’s great to secure a more proven style of mare, plus we’re hoping for a few fillies out of Small Minds to join the Rosemont broodmare band and that’s the reason why we were happy to be a little stronger on her.

“There was no shortage of seeing her marketed, it gave us plenty of time to do our due diligence and we’ve really enjoyed using the Inglis Digital platform.”

The decision for Goldin Farms to sell the mare straight off the back of the feats of Sneaky Five has paid dividends and Jeff Gordon said they were thrilled with the result.

“It’s unbelievable, an amazing price, amazing, Goldin Farms management couldn’t be happier,” Gordon said.

“I thought she would bring between $250,000 and $350,000 and even that was probably hopeful towards the top end, so to get the $410,000, wow, what a result for everybody.

“This mare is hot property at the moment considering what Sneaky Five has done already and the potential for further glory in 2021, so we put her in foal to Grunt and it’s just thrilling to see her realise such an amount.”

Earlier in the Sale, 3-year-old gelding Evolutionary (Snitzel) became the third-highest Inglis Digital sale, when purchased by Pacific Point Bloodstock HK for $330,000.

Evolutionary, who won a Randwick trial on Tuesday, was offered by Aquis Farm.

“This is a great result,” Aquis’ Managing Director, Shane McGrath, said. “The great thing about these Inglis Online sales is the transparency and that people can bid with confidence and that was certainly the case with Evolutionary and we couldn’t be happier.

“His two recent trial wins showed he would make a lovely horse for Hong Kong and this result shows the demand for the high-level Hong Kong horses is tremendous.

“He’s got a fantastic temperament this horse, he’s shown his tremendous ability as recently as Tuesday at the trials and he’s a very nice pick up for his new owners.’’

Great satisfaction

The November (Late) catalogue concluded with a gross of $2.25 million, ensuring the overall 2020 tally is now just $700,000 shy of cracking $50 million.

“I clearly remember our first sale (May 2017) and the delight with which we greeted a sale topper of $42,500, so to get to where we are today, knowing the full amount of effort that so many people have put in, is very fulfilling,” Inglis Digital Business Manager, Nick Melmeth, said.

“I take great satisfaction in hearing people refer to the platform as an ‘easy’ way to sell or buy, because a huge amount of work is done by a whole range of people behind the scenes – admin, accounts, marketing, research etc. – to achieve a high level of service.

“What is particularly exciting is that there is so much scope for the platform to progress further, already we have more than doubled the entire 2019 gross for the platform and all of the team is so stimulated by what can be achieved and we are just going to keep making it better and better.

“We are grateful for the opportunity and support from the market that we get for each and every Sale, but obviously we are especially thankful to Goldin Farms for the chance to sell a mare of the quality of Small Minds and relieved to achieve a result that I understand they are very pleased with.

“Similarly, I’m delighted for the Rosemont team to get her. Sneaky Five looks a star and given how much they put into the sport, they deserve all the success that comes their way.”

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Above: Ole Kirk winner of the G1 Caulfield Guineas
While Not A Single Doubt sits atop of the Australian Sires’ table, it is the improved performance set by newest stallion on the Arrowfield Stud roster, Written Tycoon, which stands out when looking at the results nearly four months into the 2020/21 racing season.

With the feature spring racing in Melbourne and Sydney now complete, it seems a good time to look at how the Sires’ Table has evolved and identify those stallions whose progeny have made the most impact since the start of the new season.

A huge boost courtesy of Classique Legend‘s win in The Everest sees Not A Single Doubt well clear on top when it comes to prizemoney, some $3 million ahead of his nearest rival, with over $10.3 million. However, the now pensioned son of Redoute’s Choice has enjoyed plenty of success outside of his star sprinter, with his 45 winners to date, bettering his return to the same point of the past two seasons.

He has had Shout The Bar win the G1 Empire Rose S., plus stakes wins from 3-year-old trio AndersDoubtland and Instant Celebrity as well as Classique Legend.

Written Tycoon, fresh from his move from Woodside Park to Arrowfield, is currently second on the Sires’ Table with $7.3 million in prizemoney. He leads all stallions in Australia when it comes to producing stakes winners to date in 2020/21, with nine. His career continues to forge new heights with every year and this Spring he celebrated a rare milestone when he became the first stallion in 44 years to sire the winner of both the G1 Caulfield Guineas (Ole Kirk) and the G1 Thousand Guineas (Odeum).

Ole Kirk, also a winner of the G1 Golden Rose, became his first multiple Group 1-winning son and is now well-poised to continue his legacy as a stallion in his own right, with his breeding future secured by Vinery Stud. The flying mare Pippie added a second Group 1 win to her resume in the G1 Moir S., while Written Tycoon has also had two juvenile stakes winners already this season in dominant G3 Gimcrack S. winner Enthaar, and G3 Maribyrnong Plate winner Finance Tycoon.

Dirty Work, set for a stallion career of his own at Spendthrift, won the G2 Schillaci S. while Written Beauty announced herself as a filly of considerable promise with her Group 3 win through the Flemington carnival. Rich Hips and Stageman have been Written Tycoon’s other stakes winners in the season to date.

That tally of nine stakes winners is three times as many as he had at the same time of last season at which point he sat 18th on the Sires’ Table, while in 2018/19 he was 14th as of November 24 with two stakes winners.

The volume of overall winners which have flowed for Written Tycoon are the other notable aspect of 2020/21. As of November 24, he currently leads all Australian stallions on winners with 88 in total, which is 31 more than at the same time last year and 28 more than two years ago.

The fact he leads the prolific winner-getter I Am Invincible in that regard is a measure of the remarkable start to the campaign his progeny has made.

Vinnie setting typically strong pace

Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible is not slowing down in that regard. His 87 winners to this point is 17 more than he had last season at the same time and only two fewer than his record-breaking 2018/19 season.

‘Vinnie’ has had seven stakes winners to date, the second most of the season, and two more than he did through the spring of 2019. Two seasons back, he had an incomparable 15 black-type winners by the start of December in a season where he would set a new mark for the most stakes winners in a season (28).

Triple Group 2-winning filly Dame Giselle highlights I Am Invincible’s progeny for this season, while Fiesta is his other multiple Group winner. LibertiniCalifornia ZimbolFake LoveHolyfield and La Mexicana are his other Australian stakes winners this season.

With $5.7 million in prizemoney earned by his progeny this season, Vinnie sits fourth on the Sires’ Table, behind Darley’s legendary Exceed And Excel, in third.

Headed by his star sprinter Bivouac, who was second in The Everest and won the G1 Darley Sprint Classic in effortless fashion, Exceed And Excel’s progeny have won $6.45 million through the spring. September Run has been his other Group 1 winner in the G1 Coolmore Stud S. with Coruscate the third of his black-type winners.

Rounding out the top five is another Darley stallion in the former shuttler Teofilo (Ire), whose lofty position in the Sires’ Table is owed largely to his G1 Melbourne Cup winning son Twilight Payment (Ire), although he also had Humidor (NZ) win the G2 Feehan S.

Camelot (GB), the sire of G1 Cox Plate winner Sir Dragonet (Ire), is sixth, a result also assisted by Russian Camelot (Ire), his G1 Underwood S. winning son.

Not A Single Doubt $10,347,155 $4,335,505
Written Tycoon $7,324,860 $3,386,039
Exceed And Excel $6,466,885 $4,297,365
I Am Invincible $5,778,611 $6,237,125
So You Think $5,433,920 $3,552,855
Pierro $5,213,975 $7,429,813
Hallowed Crown $4,705,800 $354,745
Fastnet Rock $4,400,995 $4,288,405
All Too Hard $4,371,160 $3,281,875
Snitzel $4,358,445 $3,660,250

Table: Australian-based sires by earnings until November 25 – comparison

So You Think’s fast start

Coolmore pair So You Think (NZ) and Pierro are currently seventh and eighth on the Sires’ Table. So You Think’s tally of five stakes winners, highlighted by Group 2 winner Peltzer, is at the same level as last spring, but his volume of winners has increased from 45 to 56 with only a slight increase of numbers to the track.

Pierro’s spring hasn’t quite matched the amazing pace he set last year, but Arcadia Queen, a dual Group 1 winner through the spring, has kept him ticking over, one of his three stakes winners.

Twin Hills Stud’s Hallowed Crown is somewhat of a surprise in the Top 10, but the Golden Eagle victory of his flagbearer Colette provided a substantial boost. He has the fewest amount of runners of any Australian-based sire in the Top 10. Zed (NZ), whose daughter Verry Elleegant (NZ) continued on her Group 1 winning ways through the spring with three elite level victories is currently the highest-placed New Zealand-based sire in 10th.

Written Tycoon 9 3 2
I Am Invincible 7 5 15
Snitzel 6 4 6
Not A Single Doubt 5 3 6
Zoustar 5 6 4

Table: Australian-based sires by stakes winners until November 25 – comparison

Snitzel primed for sprint home

The obvious absentee from the Top 10 at this stage is the four-time defending Australian Champion Sire Snitzel, who currently occupies 13th, with his progeny having earned $4.34 million. Those doubting whether he can make up his gap on his rivals only need to look at this time 12 months’ ago when he was 15th on the sires’ rankings, yet was still able to finish comfortably on top at the end of the season, some $2 million clear of his rivals.

The Arrowfield champion’s progeny performance across this spring is superior to last year. He has had more winners, 63 to 52, and more stakes winners, six to four. He sits third on the Sires’ List for stakes winners, and fourth overall for winners.

Ahead of him in terms of winners are the aforementioned Written Tycoon and I Am Invincible as well as All Too Hard, who has 64 winners to this point, four at stakes level.

Off the back of a breakthrough season in terms of Group 1 success in 2019/20, All Too Hard’s season to date has been highlighted by Behemoth‘s Group 1 double plus stakes wins from All Too HuiyingAllibor and Forbidden Love.

Smart Missile’s progeny have made an improved start to the season and he sits fifth when it comes to total winners, with 62, eight more than through the spring last season.

Going back to stakes winners, and there are eight stallions in total with more than five stakes winners at this point of the season. As well as those mentioned above, there is also SavabeelZoustar and Redoute’s Choice, who all have five apiece.

Written Tycoon 88 57 60
I Am Invincible 87 70 90
All Too Hard 64 50 34
Snitzel 63 52 69
Smart Missile 62 54 58

Table: Australian-based sires by winners until November 25 – comparison

Article courtesy of TDN Bren O’Brien

Above: Night Of Thunder (Ire) | Standing at Darley Europe

A rare opportunity for Southern Hemisphere breeders will be on offer at next week’s Tattersalls December Mares Sale, with a mare in foal to former shuttler Night Of Thunder (Ire), who was covered on Southern Hemisphere time, set to go through the ring.

The Tattersalls December Mares Sale in Newmarket has long been a happy hunting ground for Southern Hemisphere breeders and next week’s Sale will see a mare go through the ring that has been specifically entered to target the Australian market.

Lot 1747 – a 5-year-old daughter of Invincible Spirit (Ire) named Tashaarok (Ire) – will be offered by Ireland-based Tinnakill House and has been covered by former Darley shuttler Night Of Thunder on Southern Hemisphere time.

Having observed the success Night Of Thunder was having Down Under at the beginning of the year, Jack Cantillon went out and sourced a mare specifically to have covered by the stallion with the intention of selling her to Australia.

With the son of Dubawi (Ire) only shuttling to Australia for one season and covering a small book of just 96 mares, Cantillon believes his mare presents a rare opportunity for the Australian breeding industry.

“We had lockdown here in Ireland and lockdown prompted a bit more watching of Australian racing than we normally would, even though we’re big fans,” Cantillon told TDN AusNZ. “And one of the things we noticed was how well Night Of Thunder had done with 13 per cent stakes winners to runners with his first crop and he’d done something similar in Europe.

“We had lockdown here in Ireland and lockdown prompted a bit more watching of Australian racing than we normally would, even though we’re big fans.” – Jack Cantillon

“We were very keen to find a mare for him to cover on Southern Hemisphere time. We’ve done it before, we sold a mare in foal to Invincible Spirit on Southern Hemisphere time and we were keen to do it again.”

Selected from Cyprus

Purchased as a yearling by Shadwell Stud for 135,000 gns (AU$257,985), Tashaarok then went to the 2018 December Mares Sale where she was purchased by Elias Kritikos to continue her career in the Middle East before being sourced by Cantillon.

“A good friend of mine Mike Kelly is a great man to find a mare in an unusual place and working together we bought Tashaarok in Cyprus.

“It wouldn’t be a conventional place to buy a mare but she was an expensive yearling who was bought by very smart people in Shadwell so that gave me confidence that she was good looking and the videos backed that up,” Cantillon said.

“In the intervening period, her half-sister Lady Penelope, who is also by Night Of Thunder, was a very talented Listed-winning sprinter for Joseph O’Brien.

“After that, she ticked all the boxes for me as the perfect mare for Night Of Thunder.

“She’s by Invincible Spirit and that’s already a proven cross with Under The Stars who is one of the best 2-year-olds for Night Of Thunder, she is also out of an Invincible Spirit mare.”

Under The Stars (Ire) became the first stakes winner for her sire when taking out the G3 Princess Margaret S. at Ascot, then followed it up with a Listed win at Haydock as a 3-year-old after finishing sixth in the G1 1000 Guineas.

But it was Night Of Thunder’s Australian success that appealed to Cantillon.

“I had John Burke from the Godolphin Flying Start join me and he had actually done his project at the end of the Flying Start on how well Night Of Thunder was doing in Australia and he wanted to do the exact same thing, so he ended up taking a leg of the mare. Then I have the rest of her with my father Dermot so we’re very excited to sell her.

“It’s something a bit different and it’s a bit of a challenge but we’re looking forward to it next week.”

A rare gem

Night Of Thunder has sired 16 winners with his three stakes winners headed by Group 2 winner Cherry Tortoni, from 24 runners out of 53 foals, in his one and only crop in Australia. Cantillon believes it’s a great chance to offer something to Australia that is out of the ordinary.

“What drives price more than anything is value and there are only 30 mares covered to him on Southern Hemisphere time, of which this is the only one at public auction in Europe in 2020. I think that is compelling and something exciting for people to get involved with,” he said.

“What drives price more than anything is value and there are only 30 mares covered to him on Southern Hemisphere time, of which this is the only one at public auction in Europe in 2020.” – Jack Cantillon

Despite no Australian or New Zealand buyers being able to make their way to the European sales this year, we have still seen plenty of Southern Hemisphere action through the use of online platforms and agents on the ground.

However, Cantillon had his mare covered in September, before any of the major sales took place, making it a risky move but he said it was a risk he was willing to take.

“The internet is an amazing thing and I think if you get the word out there, people understand value and nowadays you look at a mare online and you buy it,” he said. “I’ve done it myself and I’m sure there will be Australian buyers doing it there this week.

“We’ve had lots of interest already. Lots of people have been very curious and have asked lots of questions and asked for photos so we are happily obliging and doing that. It’s been very positive so far.”

Article courtesy of Georgie Dennis TDN

Above: Hawkshot ridden by Mark Zahra wins the Magnum Equine 2YO Maiden Plate at Sportsbet-Ballarat Racecourse . (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Every horse-person has seen and felt the white grit that remains on a horse’s coat long after he’s dried from sweating. But do you know what that is?

The grit is residual electrolytes that have left the body with the sweat and dried on the coat. It’s easy to see that the more the horse sweats, the greater the lost electrolytes. In fact, horse sweat is more concentrated in electrolytes than blood, which is the opposite of humans, so there is potential for extreme losses of electrolytes in exercising horses.

The major electrolytes in sweat are sodium, chloride, and potassium. Minor amounts of calcium and magnesium are also present, as are miniscule quantities of other trace minerals. Electrolytes are responsible for maintenance of acid-base balance and osmotic regulation of body fluids. Without electrolytes, the body is not capable of maintaining the right amount of fluid in and around cells. Although body fluid regulation is complex and involves enzymes, hormones, and proteins as well as electrolytes, the basic concept revolves around cell hydration. If cells lose too much water, they die. It is therefore important for the body to have an adequate supply of electrolytes, which means there could be times when supplemental electrolytes should be added to the diet of the horse.

A normal diet of forage will provide some electrolytes to the horse. By feeding a commercial feed (usually containing salt) and giving access to a salt block (or loose salt), all of a horse’s electrolyte requirements will be met under normal circumstances. In fact, the ingesta found in the large intestine acts as a reservoir of electrolytes for the horse to draw upon when needed. However, once the horse starts sweating a lot, whether it is with exercise or exposure to high heat, the reservoir may not be adequate in supplying sufficient electrolytes and, in this case, the horse will benefit from supplemental electrolytes. The quantity of electrolyte needed depends on how much the horse is sweating and for how long. Horses undergoing prolonged exercise like endurance or event horses may particularly benefit from electrolyte supplementation.

Electrolyte loss can result in dehydration. Testing for dehydration is simple: pinch a fold of skin over the shoulder and observe how slowly it returns into place. If the skin does not snap back quickly, measures should be taken to rehydrate the horse. Signs of more severe dehydration are unsteady gait, uncoordinated muscle contractions, trembling, and muscle weakness. The horse may lose interest in drinking even when dehydrated, because when both water and electrolytes are lost, the thirst response (the physiological trigger that tells a horse when to drink) malfunctions. Electrolytes are only part of the picture of fluid balance. Water is necessary and should not be overlooked when offering salt or electrolyte supplements; ideally, water should be available free choice so that the horse can drink when thirst hits.

When the horse is losing significant amounts of sweat, supplemental electrolytes can be given. A well-formulated electrolyte supplement should be mostly sodium chloride (salt). Other ingredients will be potassium chloride, calcium, magnesium, and other trace minerals. Typically, a little sugar is added to improve the palatability and was previously believed to improve the absorption of sodium, but that has since been found to be not completely true in the horse. If there is added sugar, it should not constitute more than 10% of the mixture, so as not to take away from the amount of electrolyte in the product. Most electrolytes can be mixed into a horse’s feed, mixed as a concentrated solution in a syringe, or added to water. When giving electrolytes in the feed or concentrated electrolytes in a syringe, it is extremely important to have free-choice access to water available so that the horse has something to drink when the electrolytes make it thirsty. Caution should be taken if adding electrolytes to the horse’s water; it is important to provide an additional bucket of plain water in case the horse refuses the electrolyte-laden water but needs to drink.  Most horses have to learn to drink electrolytes in the water, and it is not usually something the horse will take to immediately.

Choose electrolyte supplements formulated by reputable companies. Kentucky Equine Research (KER) has developed several electrolyte supplements, including Restore SR and Restore Paste (Restore and Restore Paste in Australia), and Race Recovery (specifically for high-performance horses given furosemide; available in the U.S.). Other KER-formulated electrolytes designed for endurance horses are available in Australia.

Proper use of electrolyte supplementation can help maintain correct fluid balance in the horse when dietary electrolyte replenishment is too slow; so it is worth figuring out the best method of delivery of electrolytes for each horse before there is a critical moment of need.

Above: Grandview Avenue after winning the Fiorente @ Sun Stud Carlyon Stakes at Moonee Valley Racecourse. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

All hobby breeders are entitled to at least one good horse and 75-year-old retired builder Peter McLaren reckons he has finally been rewarded.

McLaren bred Grandview Avenue, the winner of last Saturday’s Listed Norman Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at Moonee Valley.

It was the five-year-old gelding’s second win in eight days after also winning at The Valley over 955m.

The horse is trained at Warrnambool by McLaren’s son-in-law Simon Ryan whose wife Kate is on the Warrnambool Racing Club committee.

McLaren bred the horse, by the now retired Victorian stallion Statue of Liberty, out of his mare Magic By Gosh (Magic Albert x Kashcrop).

“I have been at it (breeding) for most of my life actually,” he said.

“I have never been able to get a winner in town, but the mare came along and I’d probably been going to Eliza Park for 25 years when the Flemings had it of course.

“And I went there repeatedly.”

He sent Magic By Gosh to Written Tycoon in the 2011 and 2012 seasons which produced Steve’s Choice and the unraced Tycoon Mia. He said he got each service fee for about $2200.

He sold the mare Steve’s Choice which won two races for Albury trainer Brian Cox and had another win for Craig Widdison.

Unfortunately Tycoon Mia was killed in a paddock accident.

McLaren, who has a property outside of Warrnambool, said the third foal out of Magic By Gosh was also by Statue Of Liberty and he was told by Eliza Park there was a lot of interest in the then weanling.

“I had never sold horses before and just raced them and I said I won’t be selling the little fellow under 50 grand and they rang me the next day and said the horse is sold if you’ll take 50.

“He went on and won the reverse way of going at Ballarat (two-year-old classic worth $120,000) for trainer Jason Petch.

“His clients bought the horse (Claro El Banco which was originally named Peace Get Joy) and but I think he finished in Macau.”

After the mare produced a colt by Bushranger, McLaren was in a hurry to get the mare back to Statue of Liberty after seeing what Peace Get Joy had done.

The mating produced Grandview Avenue, which was Magic By Gosh’s second last foal. She has Ashford Street by Moshe which has raced once. The mare, which was raced by McLaren’s son Dean and a group of his friends, died last year when in foal to Squamosa.

“I had to get back to Statue Of Liberty with the mare because I was going to it, no one else was going to get it this time and we got this colt, Grandview Avenue,” he said.

McLaren estimates he has been breeding horses since he got married in 1968.

And Simon Ryan believes there is a good sprint race in Grandview Avenue.

He believes Grandview Avenue deserves a crack at the Group 1 Black Caviar Stakes in the New Year. The Oakleigh Plate is also among the options.

Grandview Avenue’s half-brother, Ashwood Street, has had one unplaced run but shows some potential

“And the other half-brother Kednelly (Bushranger) ran on Sunday and has won a couple of races but is just about finished. He hasn’t done anything for a long time and will be retired shortly,” Ryan said.

Ryan said his father-in-law was very passionate about breeding and had a few good financial days with Grandview Avenue.

He said at his stage of life, if McLaren got another horse, he would probably buy one that is ready to race.

“Bu he is very passionate and has bred horses most of his life but this is the best one by far that he has bred” Ryan said.

The Warrnambool trainer says he doesn’t see him racing the gelding beyond 1000m anytime in the foreseeable future.

It was only back in October that Grandview Avenue won an 1100m benchmark 64 sprint at Murtoa – but he smashed his rivals by seven lengths.

Ryan said Grandview Avenue’s five wins at 1100m had been at country tracks and he was probably simply better than the opposition.

“The only thing that has really changed with him now is that you can ride him forward and if he got up on the pace as a three-year-old or early four-year-old, he would compound at bit,” Ryan said.

“He seems to be finishing his races off. Teo Nugent seems to think he can run that 10.5 seconds for five furlongs and said you’d be silly to hold him up when he can run that fast for the thousand metres.

“And he made the comment that we held him up a bit at Flemington because he had 61kg and Teo said if he knew then what he knows now, he would have let him go and he got beaten a length. He thinks he could have nearly got away with that one as well as holding him up is not a good idea.”

Ryan said opposition horses were finding it difficult to peg back Grandview Avenue once he got a three or four length break on them.

But he said with that style of racing, Moonee Valley might also suit the horse when he kicks off the bend and the opposition haven’t got a long straight to run him down.

Ryan said Grandview Avenue had good form on wet tracks and as a heavy horse, he just wonders whether The Valley surface has just got the sting out of it which might suit him.

“I have got quite a few jumpers and you see where wet trackers also run well at Moonee Valley in summer on good tracks and it might have something to do with a bit of the edge off it,” he said.

“When you walk around on the grass, it is a beautiful surface.

“I would be going to Flemington thinking he would run really well but in the middle of summer you’d expect to get really fast ground and it might not suit him.

“If there is a big race in him, it might be at Moonee Valley, but I’m sure one will pop up sooner or later.”

Starting at $7.50 at The Valley last week, Ryan said a lack of support for his horse from the tipsters kept him grounded a bit.

Ryan said the stop watch doesn’t lie and the gelding will be competitive in the good races while running those quick times where ever he goes over 1000m.