It was another memorable Saturday for Sun Stud’s outstanding sire, MAGNUS, courtesy of a running double at Morphettville Racecourse via MAGNA BELLA and KEMALPASA, while MAHAMEDEIS produced a blinder to grab second in the Group 2 John F. Feehan Stakes at Moonee Valley Racing Club.

The Clarken_Racing trained, Magna Bella, was mega impressive with his 4th win from 10 starts (along with 3 placings), racing away to score by nearly 3 lengths over the 1250m at Morphettville.

Such was the authority of the win, Magna Bella is likely to be targeted at the Listed Paris Lane Stakes over 1400m at Flemington Racecourse and Victoria Racing Club on 5 October.

Richard and Chantelle Jolly’s Kemalpasa, meanwhile, notched up a 3rd win from his last 4 starts with a command performance in the Guiness Handicap over 1250m at Morphettville, racing away to score by 2 lengths.

Kemalpasa too appears to have a promising future with his prizemoney currently hovering around the $200,000 mark.

Last but not least was the terrific run by Mahamedeis who fought on gamely for his second in the Group 2. Nick Ryan Racing’s flashy chestnut is the winner of 7 races and $636,240 in stakes with his highlights including a VOBIS Gold 3YO Sires’ victory last year.

One of the most successful VOBIS sires’ ever, MAGNUS’s stakes winners last season included Streets of Avalon, Princess of Queens, Malibu Style, Rio Del Mar, Constant Justice and Volcanic General and, for a stallion with over 40 stakes horses and $40 million in progeny earnings, he represents enormous value at a fee of $16,500 inc. GST (no payment until live foal).


Article courtesy of Sun Stud

The Saddle Up School Holiday Program is back this September and better than ever! For the first time Saddle Up will head to Ballarat Turf Club, and once again Flemington Racecourse, The Valley, Werribee Racing Club, Geelong Racing Club and Pakenham Racing Club.

The full day program has kids learning how to ride a horse and making their way through the Saddle Up Obstacle Trail Ride, going on a Scavenger Hunt around the hosting clubs’ grounds and grandstands, crafting their own jockey colours and goggles for the Saddle Up Cup, plus much more.

In addition to all the fun on the day, every child enrolled will receive a complimentary 2 for 1 ‘Ride Like A Girl’ movie pass to be redeemed at cinemas nationally when the movie opens from Thursday 26 September 2019.

All activities facilitated by Racing Victoria and Kelly Sports and the cost is $80 per child (inc. GST)

For dates, locations and to book, please click here.


As 1 September rolled around the breeding barn doors are flung open marking the start of Spring and the breeding season.

Across the industry, the anticipation of 1 September is not only very exciting but brings with it much apprehension and signals the start of a very busy period.

Late nights and early mornings become the norm as we continue to welcome the 2019 foals to the grass of Victoria. The stallions standing have their work cut out with many broodmares ready to be covered in anticipation of the 2020 crop.

We asked a few of those in our industry, what the season looks like for them.

Phil Campbell from Blue Gum Farm remarked, “It is definitely a busy time of the year. There are a number of different highlights during the year on a breeding farm. The first foal at the start of August is one of them and opening the breeding shed doors on 1 September is another. Then there is the start of yearling prep obviously, 1 September is part of that cycle.”

Whilst 1 September marks the start of the cycle for the breeding season, there are many other times throughout the year that bring similar pressures. “It used to be that there was a quiet time which doesn’t seem to exist anymore,” laughed Phil.

Like many other farms, Blue Gum Farm welcomes many clients during the breeding season and indeed through-out the year. The farm works hard to ensure that the grounds are always ‘aesthetically pleasing twelve months of the year’.

The picturesque landscape at Blue Gum Farm

Sally Watkins from Willaroon Farm commented, “We spend so much time choosing our mares, looking at our stallions and working out the mating and everything that goes with the breeding of a mare. As of the 1st September we start to action that plan. It is exciting and daunting all the work that we have to do.”

Sally works closely with local farms Rushton Park and Noorilim to share the pressures of the season. Between the three farms, last season they walked-on approximately sixty mares. Willaroon wasted no time in starting the 2019 breeding season with their first mare booked in early on 1 September!

“It’s exciting but I also think about the thousands of miles that we will driving over the next few months. It all culminates with the yearling sales and from there to the races. We can concentrate on getting mums back in foal again and the cycle continues. It seems to come around quicker every year,” remarked Sally.

The breeding cycle would not be possible without all the dedication to the veterinary professionals in the industry who work 24/7 during the breeding season. Dr Katie Wilcox from Avenel Equine Hospital explains, “I always have mixed emotions at the beginning of the season. I am always excited that we are going to have new babies born and getting to know all the new mares for the season but equally it comes with a few disasters, lots of late nights and sick foals as well.”

Not only does this time welcome all the new foals, it is also a time to prepare the yearlings for the coming sales which adds an additional pressure for this time period.

“The 1st September is the beginning of the new year when the whole cycle starts again. You take those foals from new born babies that really need a lot of help to being able to get by on their own. Then getting the mares back in foal and then the foals are growing up and getting weaned and then we have them as yearlings. It’s a cyclical year.”

We would like to wish our members a successful and prosperous breeding season.

With a career that started in the Northern Territory on cattle stations and mixed farms, James Manning, Stud Manager of Godolphin’s Northwood Park Farm in Seymour, always knew the rural life was his calling.

“When I was a kid I always liked the idea of being a stockman and riding horses. After being in the Northern Territory on the cattle stations, I really fell in love with the horse side of it.’” James remarked.

James had little involvement with the thoroughbred industry growing up, except for the fact that his mum was partial to listening to the races on the radio and was known to have the occasional punt! Like most, it was the love of horses that brought James into the industry.

James reminisced to one of his fondest early memories of racing, “Listening to Lonhro in the Australian Cup on the radio sent shivers down my spine. It still sends shivers down my spine when I watch that race today.”

Following that, James then had a light bulb moment that this is the industry he wanted to work in. Fast forward a few years and James is stud manager for Godolphin’s Northwood Park.

James started his thoroughbred career at the Bob and Jack Ingham owned Woodlands Stud in the Hunter Valley under the management of Peter Flynn. Although James had a brief spell back at the cattle stations, he soon returned to the Hunter Valley and started working at Vinery Stud. After spending time at a number of other studs near Sydney, including Reavill Farm and Newhaven Park, an opportunity arose at Woodlands Stud now in the hands of Godolphin, as assistant stud manager to John Sunderland. James headed back to where his career in the breeding industry started and hasn’t look backed since.

“Woodlands is a beautiful property and the opportunity to get back there on such a prestigious breeding property was an awesome opportunity.” Exclaimed James.

The morning sunrise presents a breath-taking view at the Northwood Park property in Seymour

After three years working for Godolphin in the Hunter Valley, Victoria was calling, and James took over the running of Northwood Park in Seymour. A property that the drive-way alone is breath-taking, let alone some of the horses that he would be working with.

“When I first started with Godolphin, I wasn’t aware how good the quality of the stock was. The consistency of quality is even better now than what it was five years ago.”

James has done it all when it comes to the different types and sizes of farms and now works for arguably one of the largest organisations in the thoroughbred world!

“His Highness Sheikh Mohammed and Godolphin as a company are fantastic to work for, they look after you so much. You get to work with the best bloodstock in the country and working with the best facilities. You’ve got to pinch yourself sometimes as you walk into a paddock and you have multiple Group 1 winners.” Laughed James.

Godolphin puts great emphasis on having consistency within their farms and this is certainly something that James felt strongly about when taking over the running of Northwood Park. After working with John Sunderland at Woodlands, James was keen to ensure the processes adopted were similar to those implemented throughout the Godolphin empire. This process is aided by Jason Walsh, the national bloodstock manager for Godolphin, who spends time on both farms and ensures an effective sharing of knowledge.

James has worked with many renowned horses, such as Brazen Beau and Frosted who are currently standing at Northwood Park, but it is Impending who holds a special place in James’s heart.

“He has let down into a magnificent looking horse. Everyone has commented on how well he is looking. That is one thing I haven’t been able to do before, is follow a horse all the way through and back into the stallion barn. It is very special.”

The role of mentors in this industry is paramount and James stresses the importance of them.

“You’ve got to have someone that you know, like and can trust. Having that sounding board and being able to bounce ideas off is a huge thing. They will give you an honest answer tell you if they think you are doing something wrong which you can take it or leave it.”

James used to work for Danny Swain, who is now owner and operator at Glenelg Park in Victoria and Danny has become not only a close friend but also a great sounding board. This role often comes from within an organisation, and James fondly talks of one of his previous managers, Peter Flynn, who James described as ‘one of the best practical stud managers he has ever met’. More recently, John Sunderland, has shared a great amount of knowledge and expertise with James helping ensure the continuity between the farms that Godolphin strive for.

Two of Northwood Park’s mares and a foal grazing on some grass at the Seymour property

It might not surprise you that if James was not working in the breeding industry you may well find him in the depths of the Northern Territory on a cattle station or cattle property somewhere across the country. For now, he will stay with the horses, as with most in the industry ‘once it gets its teeth into you, you just get sucked in’.

James clearly has a great passion for the industry and would strongly advise anyone wanting to enter into the breeding world to ‘Go for it, there are great opportunities if you put your head down, work hard and listen to advice from your mentors. For a rural industry it is one of the best.’


Peter Carrick’s Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds, nestled on the banks of the Goulburn River, is located in the heart of thoroughbred breeding country. Professionally managed by Sherah Sullivan, she is looking forward to a busy but rewarding season ahead.

“We are ready for our biggest season to date, expecting around 40 foals. We have four healthy foals now on the ground, with a classy daughter of Tosen Stardom the first to arrive. She is out of the Commands mare, She’s a Fairy, a half-sister to G1 Oakleigh Plate winner River Dove.”

“She is a lovely foal and pretty sharp. She has a good amount of hip and plenty of quality about her.”

With the significant loss of Deep Impact to the industry, Tosen Stardom will be the sole stallion flying the flag for his sire in Victoria and with his first foals on the ground already impressing the right judges, it’s a positive beginning to his stud career at Woodside Park Stud.

“We are expecting around ten foals on the ground by Tosen Stardom at Noorilim. This will give us a definite idea of the type he produces. It’s a great start, as if they are all as lovely as this filly, then we will be very pleased.”

Sullivan has been responsible for foaling down for major clients of the farm, Australian Bloodstock over the last couple of years.

“Jamie Lovett from Australian Bloodstock has trusted us again to care for his elite broodmare band. He continues to support Tosen Stardom with his well performed and proven producing band of mares, as did the other shareholders.”

“Additionally, Jamie purchased a number of mares specifically to suit Tosen Stardom from the sales, which in recent times is a vital part of giving a stallion the best chance for success from his first crop.”

Fertility also appears to be a huge plus for the son of Deep Impact, building a reputation for being deadly in the covering barn.

“Off the top of my head we sent around 20 mares last year, and he didn’t miss one. A couple had to have a second cover, but they were tricky mares anyway, so his potency is through the roof. I thought his fertility was the best of any horse standing at stud last season,” Sullivan said.

“He has really developed this year into an impressive, masculine horse, having had the chance to let down. Even the difference in him last year from the first cover to the last cover, he still was able to let down through the season. This was impressive considering that he was a very busy horse, so physically he is only going to get better.”

Sullivan notes that the quality mares that were served by Tosen Stardom included The Baroness, the dam of multiple G3 winner and G1 placed Princess Posh. And with another busy season ahead of him, Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds will be sending around 15 mares to return to Tosen Stardom this year to be covered.

“He is doing everything right as a stallion, he is getting nice foals, his fertility is spot on, he is letting down nicely, covering a quality book of mares and is professional in the barn to handle the big numbers. He is giving himself every chance to be a success.”

Noorilim Estate was purchased by owner-breeder Peter Carrick in 2006. A state-of-the-art thoroughbred facility, the property boasts a superb foaling unit in close proximity to the manager’s residence, ensuring 24-hour monitoring of your mares and foals over the breeding season.

“The farm provides the perfect environment for the growth and development of your next athlete, either by foaling them down, growing them out or preparing them for sale. They all receive the best of care to reach their full potential.”

Tosen Stardom ridden by Damian Lane wins the Emirates Stakes at Flemington (racing Photos)

“I would also like to thank my team that includes Abi Duchesne, and Kimmy Redhouse, who are both a vital part of Noorilim crew. Without them, we wouldn’t get the brilliant results.  We work together to bring a wealth of knowledge and experience in equine veterinary care to all aspects of the thoroughbred industry.”

Article courtesy of Woodside Park Stud

Greyworm was part of a Saturday to remember for Team Hawkes when John, Michael and Wayne combined to train four winners in Sydney and Melbourne.

Michael was there to oversee the team at Rosehill winning the G3 San Domenico Stakes (Exceedance) and the final running-double (Greyworm & God Of Thunder).  Wayne saddled Dawn Dawn at Caulfield just days after she arrived from stable headquarters in Sydney.

Greyworm warmed up for the TAB Hcp (1200m) with a barrier trial win over Group 1 mare Arcadia Queen last week.  Specked at $7, he sat on the pace and then overhauled You Make Me Smile who had established a big break in the straight.

“That was a gutsy win,” jockey Glen Boss exclaimed.  “He had a real desire to win today and I could feel it underneath me.”

The grey flyer is a son of Greta West Stud stallion Master Of Design from Canterbury winner Miracle Magic (Dash For Cash).  “He’s a pure racehorse.  He’s tough and tries his heart out,” Michael Hawkes declared.  “I told Glen to put a line through his last run here when nothing went right.

“This was a very strong Benchmark race and he really wanted it today.  I think he can win something better.”

Greyworm has a 50% strike-rate winning 4 times in 8 starts commencing with a Mornington maiden on debut in June 2018.  He was retained by Wingrove Park’s Joe & Daria Vella after a proposed private sale to Asian interests fell through last year.

Before taking a break from the saddle recently, leading apprentice Ethan Brown was also tipping him into a bright future.  “Greyworm will go on to bigger and better things,” he said.  “He lengthens, gets into a rhythm and puts them under pressure.”

Master of Design sired another off-shore winner when his tearaway Grand Choice was successful in Singapore last week.

The Dan Meagher-trained sprinter had done everything bar win since arriving from Australia.  He established a seemingly unassailable lead last time out at Kranji, however, Ocean Crossing (NZ) narrowed the margin at the furlong and nailed him right on the line.

The addition of blinkers made all the difference and Benny Woodworth kept his mind on the job to defeat Spirit Of Big Bang (Intikhab) and Libran Son (Burgundy).

Wingrove Park’s Joe & Daria Vella

Tasmanian-based David Adams bred Grand Choice and sold him through the Woodside Park consignment to the 2016 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.  Ardsley Park pin-hooked him for $40,000 and they doubled that price-tag to Meagher’s bid at the 2016 NZB Ready To Run Sale at Karaka.

Adams and his wife Louise operate a fruit export company and a boutique breeding operation with 7 mares and 10 racehorses.  David is a past board member of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia and is currently Chairman of the Racehorse Owners Association of Tasmania.

Master Of Design’s locally-based mare She’s By Design has gone for a spell after a last-start maiden win at Pakenham.

“She’s done a great job this prep,” trainer Enver Jusufovic said.  “And I have to thank Shannon Hope for all his help.  She’s tough and competitive but is still maturing.  Another good break under the belt and she will come back much better.”

Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) is based at Greta West Stud for a $3,300 (inc GST) service fee alongside King Of Prussia (Anabaa) who stands for $2,200 (inc GST).


Scales of Justice scored a second career G1 on a day Inglis graduates dominated Stakes racing around Australia, winning seven black type races across three States.

The 7YO Scales of Justice, a graduate of the Inglis Premier Sale, proved himself a genuine WFA star with an emphatic victory in the G1 Memsie Stakes at Caulfield.

His success came as Inglis stars won Stakes races at Rosehill, Caulfield and Morphettville.

Scales of Justice (Not A Single Doubt x Beymatilla) led in an Inglis graduates quinella in the Memsie, defeating Inglis Easter Sale graduate So Si Bon.

He becomes the 18th individual G1-winning Inglis graduate for 2019 and with two Australian G1 races having now been run in the 2019/20 season, Inglis graduates have won them both.

Scales Of Justice ridden by Dean Yendall (Racing Photos)

Bred by Gerard and Kathy Hammond, Scales of Justice (pictured) was consigned to the 2014 Premier Yearling Sale by Millford Thoroughbreds.

He was purchased by Boomer Bloodstock and Lindsey Smith for $180,000.

“Beymatilla was the first mare I ever bought and she turned out to be a wonderful producer but none turned out better than this bloke Scales of Justice,” Hammond said.

” Inglis’ Victorian Bloodstock Manager Simon Vivian helped me out greatly with the mating and through the sale process and it’s great to see this horse get another Group 1 win.

“Between his feet and his back there have been plenty of issues but I think today he really proved himself to the Victorian market that he’s a genuine top-liner, not just another Perth horse to come over and try their luck in the Eastern states.”

Millford Thoroughbreds’ Richard Kerry remembered Scales of Justice as a yearling, describing him as “a lovely horse with a fair bit of size and scope about him.

“He was quite athletic for his size too and was a mature horse mentally early. Boomer loved him at the sales and so did we and the horse has progressed and done an awesome job to justify everyone’s early opinions of him.”

Earlier in the day, a trio of exciting Inglis Easter colts dominated the Australian 3YO features with Exceedance (Exceed And Excel), Super Seth (Dundeel) and Quick Thinker (So You Think) asserting themselves as spring stars with comprehensive first-up victories.

Exceedance & Super Seth are now $8 TAB equal favourites for the G1 Caulfield Guineas after Exceedance won the G3 San Domenico Stakes at Rosehill and Super Seth proved too strong in the G3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield.

Quick Thinker is into $13 for the Victoria Derby thanks to a big win in the G3 Ming Dynasty Quality at Rosehill.

Exceedance is now also $4.50 Golden Rose favourite with the TAB.

Meanwhile talented 4YO mare Pippie (Written Tycoon) scored a valuable first Stakes victory with a strong win in the G3 Cockram Stakes at Caulfield.

Pippie ridden by Ben Melham wins the Cockram Stakes at Caulfield (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

It was career win No.4 for the Inglis Classic graduate – where John Meagher, who trains her in partnership with son Chris, purchased her for just $60,000 from Eureka Stud – at just her sixth career start.

And Wu Gok (Sebring) led in a Chris Waller ‘First 5’ when winning the G3 Premier’s Cup at Rosehill.

Wu Gok was a $120,000 Easter Yearling Sale buy for Anton Koolman/The Hermitage from the Widden Stud draft and today beat home four stablemates, a terrific feat for Waller.

In Adelaide, G1-placed older sprinter Behemoth (All Too Hard) scored a deserved first Stakes win in the Listed Penny Edition Stakes at Morphettville.

Article Courtesy of Inglis

The success of sire sons of High Chaparral was highlighted in Australia last weekend with Group victories for Quick Thinker (So You Think) and Super Seth (Dundeel), while Swettenham Stud shuttler Toronado (IRE) chimed with a new stakes-winner in Germany on Sunday where Wasmya scored an impressive Black Type win.

A lightly raced homebred filly for Al Shaqab Racing, Wasmya scored a dominant three and a half length win over a big field of 14 in the seven furlong Listed Stadt Baden-Baden Viererwette.

Trained by Francis-Henri Graffard, Wasmya has three wins from four starts and is a half-sister to stakes-placed Talbah from well bred Danehill Dancer mare Lamorlaye, who comes from the family of European Horse of the Year Dylan Thomas and Champion 2YO Queens Logic and Group I winner Homecoming Queen.

She is the fourth stakes-winner for outstanding miler Toronado, who is back at Swettenham Stud this spring at a fee of $27,500.

Sassy Salitage ridden by Ben Allen wins at Moonee Valley Racecourse. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Toronado has made a pleasing start to the new season with his three winners in August including undefeated filly Sassy Salitage, a very promising member of the Greg Eurell stable.

Article courtesy of Breednet

With the 2019 foals starting to arrive, we took the chance to follow up with our 2017 foal gallery winner Blinx (Nostradamus X Bergerac Rose).

Maeve, the daughter of Eoin and Caitrin Kelly captured this special moment when they were visiting Charlottle Littlefield at her Somerset Lodge property located in Nar Nar Goon.

“Maeve has a had a special connection with this young horse. I trained her mum Bergerac Rose, my first winner as a trainer, the same week that Maeve was born. We didn’t intend for Maeve to be in the original foal picture but she came along with her Mum when we were taking the photos and when Blinx saw Maeve eating an ice-cream, she was naturally curious and wanted to share. The resulting photo was too cute not to enter!” the Nar Nar Goon based trainer said.

Charlotte Littlefield, Meave and Blinx recently

Now a two-year-old, the filly who is known around the stables as Blinx has been broken in by Littlefield and her team at Hayfields Racing. Blinx is currently enjoying a break on their 100-acre Somerset Lodge property, where her three-year-old friend Maeve Kelly visited her last week.

“We are very pleased with how well Blinx has taken to the breaking in process. As my husband Julian Hay and I bred her from a mare we had raced, she really is a part of our family. The plan now is to bring her back into work in a few weeks and hopefully we will have her up and running for an early three-year-old race.” Littlefield quipped.

Bergerac Rose had a year off from breeding last season and the Hayfield Racing team are awaiting the imminent arrival of her next foal by Woodside Park sire, Rich Enuff.

For this year’s foal gallery, you can now begin to enter your submissions by email to and be sure to share them on your own social media accounts and tag our social media accounts. Entries will be taken up until 24 November 2019.

This year we will be looking for photos for the following categories:

  • A Super VOBIS Nomination to the value of $1980, for the “Most Liked” photo across the TBV Social media pages (Facebook, Instagram & Twitter) courtesy of Racing Victoria.
  • A dining package on the 2020 Victorian Owners and Breeders Race day, worth $1,170 awarded to the best photo of a foal by a Victorian sire, which stood in Victoria in the 2018 season, courtesy of Melbourne Racing Club.
  • Two TAB betting vouchers worth $100 each awarded to the two most unique photos, courtesy of TAB.

To ensure you don’t miss any of the cuteness make sure you are following TBV on our social media accounts on Instagram (@vic_breeders), Twitter (@vicbreeders) or our Facebook page (@ThoroughbredBreedersVictoria).

Saturday’s Group III Up And Coming Stakes at Randwick was chockful of promising three-year-olds that were aiming for better things down the track but few on course were prepared for the drama that followed.

In a field that featured yearling prices ranging from $100,000 to $750,000, the first past the post earned his street cred on the country tracks of Bathurst and Wellington and is a homebred by a sire who left just 49 foals in his lone season at stud in Australia.

However the Joe Pride-trained Superium, ran out in the closing stages, colliding with James McDonald on the heavily backed favourite True Detective.

McDonald fired in a protest and stewards reversed the placings, much to the disgust of Glen Boss who said the decision was a joke, earning him a second trip to the steward’s room.

A son of the Cox Plate winner Shamus Award, True Detective was successful at his career debut at Rosehill Gardens back in February before suffering narrow defeats on heavy tracks at Rosehill and Randwick at two subsequent starts.

True Detective’s stablemate Lucicello was doing her best work at the finish to be two and a quarter lengths back in third.

Trained by Chris Waller, True Detective was a $100,000 Inglis Classic purchase for Byron Rogers’ Performance Genetics LLC from the Moobi Farm draft and is raced by a syndicate the includes Rogers and his father Dr Chris Rogers.

A half-brother to stakes-placed Turquoise King, True Detective is the fifth winner from as many live foals out of Girls Rule, a half-sister by Geiger Counter (USA) to stakes-winner Roll on Royce from the family of Group I VRC Victoria Derby winner Fire Oak.

Rosemont Stud sire Sheamus Award (Rosemont Stud)

True Detective becomes the fourth stakes winner for Shamus Award and was very timely for Rosemont Stud who will stand the son of Snitzel for the first time in 2019 after five seasons at Widden Stud.

The sire of Group 1 Queensland Derby winner Derby winner Mr Quickie will stand at a fee of $11,000.


Article Courtesy of Breednet


The VOBIS Gold deadline is fast approaching with Racing Victoria (RV) closing nominations for the 2017-born foal crop, this Friday 30 August 2019.

VOBIS Gold offers bonuses of $20,000 on over 250 races each season across metropolitan and country Victoria.

All horses nominated to VOBIS Gold are also eligible to race in the exclusive VOBIS Gold Premier Race Series, which features 18 races offering prizemoney and bonuses totalling $4.65 million dollars.

If your horse is sired by a VOBIS Sire, your VOBIS Gold nomination will get you one step closer to a start in The Showdown worth $1 million dollars in 2020. The inaugural running of the race occurred in April this year and was won by the Matt Laurie trained Prince of Sussex, who was sired by Swettenham Stud sire Toronado.

Originally purchased for $145,000 at the Melbourne Premier Yearling sale in 2018, Laurie fell in love with Prince of Sussex at first sight.

“This horse was a stand-out to be honest,” Laurie said. “I thought he was a $200,000-plus horse.”

“He’s an outstanding-looking horse, and it was just a matter of taking a punt on a first-season sire and for Toronado and what a start he’s had.” He said.

To ensure you get one step closer to The Showdown in 2020 and are eligible to race for $4.65 million dollars, make sure you nominate your 2017-born horse by clicking here or downloading a nomination form here.


Last Saturday saw the opening of the 2019/20 season of the Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) and Racing Victoria Off The Track Ridden Series of Qualifying Classes at local Victorian Agricultural Shows.

In partnership with Racing Victoria (RV) and the Victorian Agricultural Society (VAS), this marks the second season, which all three organisations have combined forces to show their support for retired racehorses.

Pakenham was the venue for the first show of the series featuring this class, with qualifiers running until the end of March 2020. Of the 84 upcoming show dates, 26 of the Off The Track Classes will be sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Members.

Saturday’s class was won by Kathleen Mullan with her thoroughbred mare Divinity. Bred by Mungrup Stud in WA, the Oratorio mare race’s name was ‘Tide Up’. This striking six-year-old brown mare had her last start on a racetrack at Belmont back in June 2016 when trained in Western Australia by Trevor Andrews.

Kathleen, a familiar face on the showing scene, is the Equine Health and Welfare Coordinator for Harness Racing Australia. The partnership has experienced success before on the showing circuit, including at the 2019 Sydney Royal Easter Show.

To be eligible to contest the Off The Track Show series, horses must have competed in an official trial or started in a race, locally, nationally or internationally. Once a horse has won an Off The Track class they will gain automatic entry into the Off The Track Show Series Final.

Kathleen Mullan’s mare Divinity last Saturday at Musk Creek after winning the opening event of the season

The class was sponsored in conjunction with Mornington Peninsula based Musk Creek Farm. Rebecca Williamson – Marketing & Administration Manager of Musk Creek Farm was on hand to present the prize.

Musk Creek Farm is a boutique nursery located at Flinders on the Mornington Peninsula. Owned by David Kobritz and Teresa Poon, the farm is well known to Victorian breeders and is set on 140 acres of rolling hills and boasts ocean views as a backdrop. Graduates from their farm include; Unite & Conquer, Mandela, Irukandji and If Not Now When.

Upcoming Victorian Agricultural Shows featuring Off The Track classes co-sponsored by TBV Members:

5/10/19 Swan Hill – Class Sponsored by TBV & North Star Park Thoroughbreds

5/10/19 Seymour – Class Sponsored by TBV & Yarran Thoroughbreds

12/10/19 Sunbury – Class Sponsored by TBV & Sheamus Mills Bloodstock

18/10/19 Benalla – Class Sponsored by TBV & Riverbank Farm

18/10/19 Royal Geelong – Class Sponsored by TBV & Rosemont Stud

19/10/19 Kyabram – Class Sponsored by TBV & Rushton Park

20/10/19 Lancefield – Class Sponsored by TBV & Hesket Bloodstock

20/10/19 Rutherglen – Class Sponsored by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria

23/10/19 Numurkah – Class Sponsored by TBV & Riverbank Farm

26/10/19 Warrnambool – Class Sponsored by TBV & Illowra Stud

27/10/19 Euroa – Class Sponsored by TBV & Illowara Stud

2/11/19 Coleraine – Class Sponsored by TBV & Nukkigup Farm

2/11/19 Colac – Class Sponsored by TBV & Jubilee Stud

5/11/19 Heathcote – Class Sponsored by TBV & Seymour Equine Clinic

8/11/19 Ballarat – Class Sponsored by TBV & DMC Racing Media

10/11/19 Dandenong – Class Sponsored by TBV & Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm

16/11/19 Kyneton – Class Sponsored by TBV & Contact Racing

16/11/19 Mansfield – Class Sponsored by TBV & Sheamus Mills Bloodstock

16/11/19 Lilydale – Class Sponsored by TBV & Sheamus Mills Bloodstock

23/11/19 Daylesford – Class Sponsored by TBV & Spendthrift Australia

23/11/19 Yea – Class Sponsored by TBV & Seymour Equine Clinic

18/01/2020 Lang Land – Class Sponsored by TBV & Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm

1/02/2020 Yarra Glen – Class Sponsored by TBV & Daisy Hill

07/03/2020 Warrigul  – Class Sponsored by TBV & Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm

22/03/19 Bunyip – Class Sponsored by TBV & Ampulla Lodge

Nestled in the heart of Victoria’s breeding hub, just outside Avenel on a stunning 130-acre property lies Hollylodge Throughbreds. A specialist broodmare farm, started by Christine Mills and Terry Nevill, which has been in operation since 1998. The business is now under the ownership of Daniel Nevill, who has the challenge of taking the farm to the next level.

Daniel has been involved with the farm since he was fourteen and very much learnt on the job. Every year during school holidays and most weekends when he wasn’t playing football he was assisting with the farm duties.

“I learnt everything from foaling, to weaning, to stallions, to breeding mares from a very young age. I have been around horses pretty much my whole life”.  Daniel said.

In order to gain further experience in the industry, Daniel worked for Swettenham Stud, Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Chatswood Stud and Ultra Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions Gold Coast, Melbourne Premier, and Adelaide yearling sales over the years. This has given Daniel a rounded understanding of each aspect of the industry which ensures Hollylodge are able to meet all their client’s needs.

A few years ago, Daniel took a break from the industry and became a plasterer in Melbourne.

“I had been around horses all my life and just fancied doing something different for a couple of years. I always wanted to come back to horses.” He said.

It wasn’t long before he was lured back to set up the new farm for Hollylodge Thoroughbreds which has since been going from strength to strength. This was emphasised by Daniel who stated ‘we are just trying to improve every season and offer the best results for our clients’.

Hollylodge Thoroughbreds takes a very innovative approach and Daniel enjoys working in an industry in which you are always learning and evolving by seeking new ways of doing things that ultimately bring better results. Hollylodge Throughbreds has predominantly been a foaling and broodmare farm, although recently Daniel has been taking more of interest in preparing yearlings.

“I like the young horses and watching them develop into racehorses and then onto the track”.

This year will be our biggest year yet as we get ready to foal down over 50 mares and walk on approximately 80 mares to Victorian stallions. In addition, Hollylodge aims to prepare ten to fifteen yearlings for the Melbourne Premier sale.

Although Hollylodge offers a comprehensive range of services, it aims to offer a very personalised service to clients.  The success of the farm is dependent on the team of staff.  ‘I wouldn’t be able to do any of this without Lauren Hosking who always goes above and beyond to get the job done. “Lauren has been with me for the last 4 years and it is her loyalty that has given me the confidence to grow the business further.”

A hands-on approach is taken to all parts of the farm and the staff are all equal.

“Everyone works as a family” remarked Daniel.

Daniel’s partner Dr Katie Wilcox, heads up the team at Avenel Equine Hospital and is Hollylodge Thoroughbreds vet and a huge part of the team. “I have some really great clients who trust myself and Katie and that makes it easy.”

The hands on hard work that Daniel has put into the business has really paid off as Hollylodge Thoroughbreds is thriving.

Over the years Daniel has been lucky enough to care for some very special horses.

Daniel Nevill with a Brazen Beau foal at Hollylodge farm

“The one that I remember the most is ‘May’s Dream’ who I foaled many years ago after a struggle to get her mum, ‘She’s Archie’ in foal.  May’s Dream went on to win the south Australian Oaks and was second in the 1000 Guineas both at Group 1 level.  She’s Archie is a mare that many of us may remember running second to Makybe Diva in the 2003 Melbourne Cup.”

Although Daniel gained knowledge from his family and learning on the job, he also owes a lot to vet Terry Lowis, “He was very practical, and an extremely good vet, who took the time to teach me.”

In addition, Simon Vivian from Inglis and Ian Smith from Edinburgh Park Stud, are always available for  good advice and a chat about the industry and have provided Daniel with a great sounding board.

Without hesitation, if Daniel would have entered into a career away from horses, a Greens keeper on a golf course would have been his calling. Although more for the care of the greens and not his handicap according to Daniel.

The one piece of advice that Daniel would give to anyone wishing to enter into the industry is;

“Never stop listening, form your own opinion and always be open to other people’s advice.  With horses you are always learning, it’s a disease only curable by death”.


It appears that ‘The Black Flash’ reputation of Lonrho has not fallen far from the tree. O’Lonhro, who not only bears a striking resemblance to Lonhro, is also producing winners on the racetrack in a similar fashion to the great stallion.

Earlier in the month at Sandown Park, two fillies sired by O’Lonhro were in the winner’s circle as well as a placegetter on the same day and a city winner on Saturday. First into the circle was Lady Solly, who John Allen took to victory with an impressive performance over 1000 metres. This filly showed a similar performance at Ballarat a few weeks earlier and currently holds $85,250 of earnings to her name from just seven starts.

Second into the circle came Bettyrae Ruby, in a fillies and mares race over 1300 metres. A mare that has had some time away from the racetrack due to injury but has certainly returned with a bang putting in a dominant performance. Her prizemoney stands at over $152,000 and we look forward to seeing what is to come.

Bettyrae Ruby ridden by Luke Currie wins at Ladbrokes Park Hillside. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

During his career O’Lonhro was unbeaten as a three-year-old and, prior to retiring to stud, won the AJC Chelmsford Stakes beating Triple Honour (who himself won the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap) and second in the Group 2 Warwick Stakes with over $220,000 of prizemoney.

“He’s just a very stable stallion all the way through. He just hasn’t got the big superstars that everyone expects”. remarks Neville Murdoch from Larneuk Stud.

O’Lonhro is now standing at Larneuk Stud in the heart of Victoria and currently has over seventy winners with $4 million in prizemoney. We are now seeing winners from 2-year-old sprinters to six-year-old staying horses and consequently seeing the O’Lonhro pedigree more predominantly on the track. This stallion is proving his range of ability and it is evident with the results we are seeing.

An impressive statistic which Neville highlighted,“He currently has 60% winners to runner’s ratio.”

“He is more a breed to race type of horse and is as good as any other horse on percentages. He is getting horses going out and winning races all day long”, said Neville.

Larneuk Stud also stands Cluster, a stallion who just turned three but already has had a Stakes placed horse. The stud is certainly making a name for itself with the current run of success we are seeing.

“We have exciting times here but we are not so much known as a big commercial farm. We breed one hundred and twenty horses a year and foal down eighty a year. We do walk outs for other clients as well. We are more of niche market”.  Neville explained.

There is no wonder that he is currently rated one of the best valued sires in Victoria with an impressive pedigree, success on the racetrack and a fee of $5,500 inc GST.

To find out more information on O’Lonhro or Cluster, you can contact Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706


Rosemont Stud officially kicked off the stallion parades for Victoria, when they held their parade on Saturday the 10th of August in Gnawarre.

Despite typical Victorian weather, attendance was strong and guests were able to welcome Starspangledbanner home to Victoria and see Shamus Award in the flesh, the sire of Group 1 Queensland Derby winner, Mr Quickie. Rosemont have four stallions which Anthony Mithen is confident in each of their abilities.

Mr Quickie wins the Queensland Derby at Eagle Farm (Breednet).

“The stallions paraded beautifully and everyone was suitably impressed,” Mithen told TDN AusNZ. “It was nice to show off four really nice prospects for 2019.”

The past weekend in Victoria signalled that the start of Spring and the breeding season was only around the corner, with Victorian farms and breeders coming together to admire some of the best horse flesh around. Guests came from all corners of the country to see Victorian stallions and were not disappointed with the outstanding horse flesh that they were privy to.

Sun Stud kicked off the weekend with their parade on Friday, where they showcased a great line up of horses to suit all breeders wants, needs and desires.

The 350 strong crowd was a sea of orange from the TBV hats which were given out on the day and guests were treated to a roster boasting 10 stallions.

New to Sun Stud’s roster is shuttle stallion National Defense, who has made the trip from the Irish National Stud, to reside at Sun Stud for the southern hemisphere season.

A son of champion sire Invincible Spirit, National Defense won his debut by six lengths and 2016 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere Group 1 by nearly five lengths. Sun Stud’s Phil Marshall saw him during a trip to France and he knew that National Defense would be what Victorian breeders are seeking for their mares.

National Defence parading at Sun Stud on Friday

Mark Lindsay, Sun Stud’s Senior Sales & Nominations Manager, thanked everyone who attended the parades, “A big thank you to all the breeders who attended the Open Day & Stallion Parade and we’re looking forward to a bumper year in the covering shed and sharing their success.”

Guests moved down the road onto Spendthrift Farm where they held a parade on Friday and Saturday afternoon.

Garry Cuddy – General Manager of Spendthrift highlighted the commitment that they have to increasing investment in their stallion roster and facilities for Victorian breeders.

Guests were treated to an impressive line-up and with new addition Bolt d’Oro (USA), who Spendthrift are claiming is as Australian as Phar Lap, pavlova and Russell Crowe, wowed onlookers with an exceptional temperament and pedigree to compliment his conformation Bolt D’Oro will stand for $13,750 incl. GST.

Spendthrift’s roster boasts six stallions, which the team believe they will no doubt have as much success in the breeding barn as they did on the track.

Victoria turned on the sunshine on Saturday morning for Woodside Park Stud’s stallion parade, as they paraded four of their five stallions on their roster.

James Price informed breeders that Cable Bay was about to land in Australia in the next few hours and that the team at Woodside were delighted with the support all their stallions had received. Both Written Tycoon and Cable Bay were fully booked however, the other stallions still had some spots remaining for breeders to grab.

Written Tycoon enjoying the attention (TDN Australia & NZ)

Sunday was a busy day for farms and Victoria was abuzz with excitement.

Glen Eden Stud based in Kilmore, conducted their stallion parade and they also have another parade next weekend, for anyone who can attend commencing at 12pm this Saturday the 24th of August.

Yulong were open by appointment to anyone for private viewings. Yulong will stand Grunt (NZ) as their foundation stallion as they prepare for their inaugural season in Victoria. The stallion has been well received by Victorian breeders, there is no doubt that we will continue to see big things from Mr. Zhang’s operation in the years to come. Grunt will stand for $13,750.

“It is tremendously exciting for Yulong’s stallion division to be launched with a dual-Group 1 miler of the quality of Grunt. Many of the best stallions throughout history have excelled at a mile and we believe Grunt has the profile for success at stud,” said Sam Fairgray, COO of Yulong Investments.

Swettenham Stud,  in addition to its regular stallion roster, paraded two new exciting additions, Sioux Nation and Akeed Mofeed for the 2019 season. Sioux Nation is out of the great Scat Daddy who himself was a Group 1 and Group 2 winning two-year-old and has produced 27 Group 1 winners. Sioux Nation certainly did impress the crowd with his strong demeanour as he paraded.

‘”People were just in awe of him, you could hear the crowd take a deep breath, which was fantastic,” remarked Adam Sangster, principle of Swettenham Stud.

Akeed Mofeed is the only proven son of Dubawi currently in Australia and has already made an impressive start to his stud career. Breeders can have confidence in this stallion’s ability with yearlings at Premier averaging almost $100,000.

“He has become very commercial, and people now know that they can breed very successfully from him,” stated Adam Sangster.

The sire of the inaugural Showdown winner, Toronado paraded for guests. While the trainer of Prince of Sussex, Matt Laurie watched on from the crowd to catch a glimpse at the stallion who gave him the win earlier in the year.

Sangster also informed guests, that he was hopeful that next year, we could make the Victorian stallion weekend into a great affair and create a weekend of festivities for those who make the trip to see these exceptional stallions.

Swettenham Stud sire Sioux Nation parading Sunday

The crowd then made their way to Darley’s Northwood Park and were treated to an array of stallions which breeders and guests were enthralled by. The stallion of note was Frosted, who in addition to his impressive looks, reminded the assembled crowd of his ability on the track when they watched his record breaking 14-length win at Belmont Park, USA. Frosted will stand for $27,500.

“He’s the type of horse where people are just naturally drawn to him. He’s an absolute standout,”

commented Andy Makiv, Darley’s General Manager.

New to the stallion roster was Holler who looked a picture and from the successful stallion family, Written Tycoon. With a service fee of just $8,800 inclusive of GST, it makes him a very attractive breeding option.

Despite the Victorian weather turning out to be slightly cold, not even a bit of rain could stop breeders from attending Aquis Farm’s inaugural stallion parade.

Aquis Farm opened their doors to their new Victorian property introducing two of their stallions and giving a glimpse of what is to come, as Lean Mean Machine who will stand for $17,600 incl. GST and Siege of Quebec who will stand for $9,900 incl. GST wowed the Victorian breeders.

Aquis sire Lean Mean Machine

“This is a very exciting chapter in our development and growth. Victoria is a market we’ve been keen to be a part of for a while, and it’s very exciting that we’ve been able to make it happen.” Commented Aquis CEO Shane McGrath.

“We’ve made a commitment to the Victorian industry and if the support we experienced by those who attended the parade is anything to go by, then our decision to set up our local farm at Seymour is clearly the right one,” stated Aquis CEO Shane McGrath.

In what was a busy weekend for all in Victoria, breeders were not left disappointed in the stallions which were on offer and were excited for Spring to finally arrive.

To watch a recap of the 2019 Victorian Stallion parades, click here.

For those who know Nioka, the first thing that you will notice, is her infectious smile and her love for

Nioka Wozny is the principal at Moorookyle Park which is located in Smeaton and set on a generous
160 acres, only 15 minutes from where she was born and raised in Clunes, Victoria.

Moorooklye Park is a boutique operation, which looks after each horse as an individual and giving
them personalised care and attention based on their requirements.

Originally established around eight years ago, Moorooklye Park focusses on everything from foaling
down, yearling and weanling sale prep, walk-ons, race horse spelling and rehabilition. In addition to
standing stallions; Ustinov, Jayemzed, Cecconi and Rockaroundtheclock.

Like most in our industry, her love affair with horses started young. A pony named Shandy, a
registered Appaloosa x Palouse pony stole Nioka’s heart and has been in her life for quite some time.

“My forty-year-old pony in the paddock, Shandy, I have had her since she was eight. I grew up with
her and she is still spritely, she trots off on me every day when I need to give her medication.” Nioka
laughs. “She was the first horse I ever attended any competition on.”

Nioka’s forty year old pony, Shandy

Prior to deciding to quit her day job and follow her passion for horses, Nioka studied Agronomy at
University and had a successful career as a logistics manager for a large company. However, this
wasn’t enough for Nioka and she felt as though something was missing in her life.

“I decided I needed to fulfil my dream and I wanted to be with horses all the time, they just feel like
home to me,” she enthused.

This is when Moorooklye Park was born and Nioka has not looked back since. Nioka thinks that there
is something so special about being involved in our industry, especially when it comes to the
breeding season,

Nioka Wozny thinks one of the most special things is when a new foal enters our world.

“When you are outside at night at 2:00am and you have just foaled a horse down and you watch the
foal get up and nurse for the first time. I don’t think I will ever tire of seeing that. I would say that is
one of my biggest winning moments, because you have planned the mating and see it all the way
through to the foal being born.”

“Those sorts of moments are the ones that make me tick, I feel very privileged to be part of and experience that, you feel so present and are really living in the moment at that time.”

Nioka Wozny with one of her new foals on the farm

Nioka has such a connection with her horses that they become so dear to her, that parting ways with
them at the sales, is no easy feat and she has been known to retain a share in them.

One horse which she shares a strong connection with, is one of her stallions, Ustinov.

“I originally noticed him on Gavel house and then two days later I flew over to see him and that was
it, I purchased him. Ustinov would be very dear to me, as he was my first stallion I ever owned, and
he has been very kind to me in the process. Because of him, I developed the confidence to have the
other stallions that I stand on the farm now.”

Nioka’s beloved stallion, Ustinov (Daniel Sallat)

In the little spare time that Nioka has, she is an avid traveller and on one of her most recent trips,
while in Mongolia, horses were still a focus and she couldn’t get enough of the foals that she came

She is also a very keen skydiver and has just gained her ticket to be able to conduct solo dives. When
pressed about this hobby, Nioka beams, “Some people would say I am a bit of an adrenalin junky,

When asked if she had a mentor or someone she looked up to, she quickly responded with Pauline
Liston of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

“I love Pauline Liston. She is a true horsewoman and works as hard as the day is long, she is definitely someone I look up to and aspire to be like”.

And what advice would she give to someone wanting to get involved in the industry?

“My advice would be to go around and work at as many places as you can, listen to as many people
who have been in the industry and have experience. Those guys are a wealth of knowledge, go and hang out with them”.

On a quest for the Cox Plate and to take her place as the best in Australia, the Adam Tinder-trained Mystic Journey took her first steps to the spring with a convincing win in Saturday’s Group II PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Making her first start since her emotional win in the rich All-Star Mile at Flemington on March 16, the Group 1 Australian Guineas winner extender her winning sequence to seven.

With regular rider Anthony Darmanin in the saddle, Mystic Journey came from one out and three back to run down the courageous Cliff’s Edge by three-quarter of a length with old favourite Hartnell  a long-neck back in third.

Purchased for $11,000 by Trinder out of the Armidale Stud draft at the 2017 Magic Millions Tasmanian yearling sale, Mystic Journey advances her record to 11 wins from 14 starts with earnings of $3,383,600.

“It’s really pleasing to get them back to the races and see them do what you trust they’re going to do,” Trinder told AAP.

“This takes a little bit of pressure off and I feel she is where she needs to be.”

Connections of Mystic Journey after winning the P.B. Lawrence Stakes, at Caulfield (Racing Photos)

Trinder said Mystic Journey was likely to start in the Group 1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington on September 14 although the Memsie Stakes at Caulfield on August 31, is an option, before the Turnbull Stakes at Flemington and then the Cox Plate

“That’s what I’m thinking standing here but I’ll make up my mind as the week transpires,” Trinder said.

“Looking at her presentation and her nostril flare directly, I think we won’t see her for a month.

“If she is to run in the Memsie she’ll remain here for a Cox Plate campaign because with fortnight racing I don’t want to be travelling with her all the time.

“She is more comfortable in her own environment.”

Mystic Journey is the best of three winners from four to race out of the Colombia mare White Gold who is a sister to the stakes-placed Oronero.

Bred by Ralph and Peta Zito, Mystic Journey is a three-quarter sister to the Listed winner Mystic Pursuit who is out of White Gold’s unraced half-sister Oh So Gold.

A full-sister to Mystic Journey made $55,000 to the bid of Ross Wilkinson at last year’s Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale. She has been named Emerald Crown.

White Gold was not covered in 2016 but had a Fighting Sun filly last spring and was bred back to Fiorente.


(Article Courtesy of Breednet)

With the winter chill in Melbourne, it may not feel like spring is approaching, but it is definitely on the mind of Nick Wakim.

As the new owner of Aloisia, the classic winner of the 2017 Thousand Guineas, when she provided trainer Aaron Purcell with his first Group 1 win, the spring can’t come quickly enough.

Since the spring of 2017, the talented mare has had a run of bad luck with outside barriers drawn and difficult ground conditions, but she has always shown determination in race conditions and an impressive turn of foot.

A set of skills that Nick certainly saw in the mare when he purchased her at the Inglis Chairman’s Sale earlier this year for $1,200,000.

Nick was concentrating on non-Danehill line mares and Aloisia caught his eye and fit his requirements as she is by Azamour (IRE) out of a Perfectly Ready (AUS) mare in Queen Boudicca (NZ).

“Although she wasn’t my first choice before the sale, she was strong, well-built and had an incredible walk crossed with the right pedigree”. Nick said.

Following a spell at Hilldene, Nick’s high-end boutique operation near Seymour, Aloisia was given a much-needed break from the race track.

Both team’s at Hilldene and Pinecliff (Anthony Freedman’s Mornington Peninsula stables) were patient and worked hard to allow Aloisia’s feet to grow out and strengthen.

She is now in work at Pinecliff, where there are approximately forty seven horses in training.

“The mare has done well and remained calm”. Nick remarked.

There was no question for Nick in choosing Anthony Freedman to train Aloisia.

“He is a patient trainer and I feel the Pinecliff set up is very complimentary for fillies and mares.” Nick said.

The team is planning an ambitious Spring for Aloisia starting with The Memsie Stakes at Caulfield. If all goes to plan, potential targets are The Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, The Underwood Stakes at Caulfield and finally The Cox Plate at Moonee Valley.

Following a trial yesterday at Cranbourne, Aloisia ran well finishing an easy third against a competitive field. The mare appears to be enjoying the race preparations, with the new addition of blinkers, and we look forward to seeing her start in The Memsie Stakes on August 31st.

Nick Wakim with mare Aloisia

However, if the mare is not performing at the level the team expect, then the plan is to head to the breeding barn this spring.

For the time being, we need to wait and see if the scenery of the Mornington Peninsula is what this mare needs to show her true potential and revive the form we saw in her three-year-old year.

The 2019 renewal of the Inglis Ready2Race Sale, to be held at Riverside Stables on Tuesday October 22, has attracted a strong catalogue of 191 2YOs.

The catalogue, which is now available online, features juveniles by leading stallions such as Written Tycoon,  Brazen Beau & amongst others.

Of the entries,  eligible and 27 are VOBIS nominated, while a number are entered for the Inglis Race Series – those that are not, are still eligible to pay up – as well as the Group One Golden Slipper and the Group One Blue Diamond.

“We really are delighted with how the catalogue has come together, with it featuring offerings from a number of the very best horsepeople in Australia and New Zealand who are experts in the development and management of young racing stock” said Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales, Sebastian Hutch.

“The Inglis Bloodstock Team, in particular Matt Scown and Will Stott, worked in tandem with a number of our vendors through our yearling sale series to identify athletes for this sale and we are very confident that buyers will be impressed by what is on offer.”

“With prizemoney in Australia alone around the $700m mark and countless lucrative opportunities internationally, there has never been a better time to be involved in horse racing and this sale offers the opportunity to access quality, ready-made racehorses who have already demonstrated their ability in a training environment.”

Inglis is again teaming up with Racing NSW, with the Ready2Race Sale to take place on Tuesday October 22, three days after the running of the $14m The Everest at Royal Randwick.

The timing will again ensure the sale attracts the attention of the world’s racing eyes, which will be firmly planted on Sydney during that period.

The lead-up to the 2019 sale is expanding, with the introduction of a breeze up session at Eagle Farm in Brisbane, to be held on Monday September 23.

It will be accompanied by the regular Cranbourne (Fri Sept 13), Warwick Farm (Fri Sept 20) and Taupo (Mon Sept 23) breeze ups, as well as the alternative session at Warwick Farm on the morning of Friday October 18.

Hard copies of the Inglis Ready2Race catalogue will be available within the next fortnight.

To order yours, email


Friday September 13 – Cranbourne breeze ups
Friday September 20 – Warwick Farm breeze ups
Monday September 23 – Eagle Farm breeze ups
Monday September 23 – Taupo breeze ups
Friday October 18 – Alternate breeze ups at Warwick Farm
Friday October 18 – Champagne brunch and parades at Riverside Stables
Saturday October 19 – The Everest, Royal Randwick
Sunday/Monday October 20/21 – Inspection Days at Riverside Stables
Tuesday October 22 – 2019 Inglis Ready2Race Sale, Riverside Stables

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) in conjunction with Victoria’s stallion farms, would like to invite you to the upcoming stallion parades across the state.

Parades are free to attend and are a great way to see first-hand the exceptional quality of stallions that reside in Victoria, while seeing some of the beautiful Victorian countryside. If you plan on attending, it is crucial that you RSVP to the farms on the email addresses supplied below.

Please note that some of the start times may have changed since our last email to you, so please make sure you check the details below.

If you are planning on staying for the weekend of the parades, there are some fantastic places you can stay such as Mitchelton, Harvest Home Avenel, Nagambie Motor Inn or the Waterfront Motel, Nagambie.

This coming season, there is new investment from farms who have decided to call Victoria home, such as Aquis, who will stand Lean Mean Machine and Siege of Quebec and Yulong, who will stand Grunt.

Rosemont have acquired Shamus Award and will once again have Starspangledbanner, Stockwell have added Al Maher to their roster, Sun Stud have shuttled National Defense to Victoria, Swettenham have recruited Akeed Mofeed and Sioux Nation and Woodside have gained Foxwedge.


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