Dear Victorian Breeder,

Today, we are excited to announce that Aquis Farm will stand Gr.1 winner Royal Meeting (Invincible Spirit) in Victoria. This horse is the real deal. He will stand at an introductory fee of $11,000 (inc.GST) which really is exceptional value.

Royal Meeting is the ONLY Gr.1-winning undefeated 2YO to stand his first season in Victoria this year. That’s the very simple reason why the ownership group is bringing Royal Meeting to Victoria – an ownership that includes Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Seymour Bloodstock, Mangalore Park, Yarran Thoroughbreds, Damian White, Ralph Portaro, Paul Crawford, David & Kathy Brown and Erinvale Thoroughbreds. A group of leading breeders with some of the best broodmare bands in Victoria committing to this horse and building the platform for Royal Meeting’s future success. Renowned breeders. We believe in this stallion, so too do our partners, and I wish for you to share in our success by breeding to Royal Meeting.

Royal Meeting will stand at Aquis Seymour for the coming season (©

As the only Gr.1-winning unbeaten 2YO son of Sire of Sires Invincible Spirit, Royal Meeting is out of Champion 2YO Filly Rock Opera, herself an unbeaten Gr.1-winning juvenile. He is from a Gr.1 family with three Gr.1 winners in his immediate family, from a pedigree that is on the move. Royal by name and by nature.

At his second ever race start, Royal Meeting had the raw ability to win the Gr.1 Criterium International (1400m) at Chantilly in race record time. In doing so he beat Hermosa who subsequently went on as a 3YO to win the Irish 1,000 Guineas and the English 1,000 Guineas. Hermosa was European Champion Filly, Royal Meeting didn’t just beat her, when doing so he rewrote the record books.

Royal Meeting is the ideal horse for Victoria, and we believe he is the best horse to retire to Victoria this season – here is why, no gimmicks, just facts:

•    He is a Gr.1-winning, unbeaten 2YO.
•    A son of Invincible Spirit, the direct source, not a son of one of his son’s.
•    Sons of Invincible Spirit have produced over 140 stakes winners highlighted by 15 individual Gr.1 winners.
•    Invincible Spirit himself was by sire of sires Green Desert out of a Gr.1-winning mare. His only two Gr.1-winning sons who are both also unbeaten juveniles and are both also out of Gr.1-winning mares are Kingman and Royal Meeting. Kingman now commands a service fee of GBP150,000.
•    He is a Gr.1 winner, by a Gr.1 winner, from a Gr.1 winner, with a Gr.1 pedigree.
•    He is the ideal VOBIS horse. VOBIS continually goes from strength to strength as the best national bonus scheme. This horse will produce you an early precocious type that trainers will envision as perfect targets for the Vobis Sires Showdown and Gold Rush style of races, as well as the Blue Diamond, VRC Sires Produce etc.
•    He is Danehill-free.

From my time in Europe, I saw firsthand the influence of Invincible Spirit and his emergence as a dominant source of speed through his sons. There are similarities between French racing and ours here in Australia and pinpointed Royal Meeting as a horse that we needed for our Victorian stallion roster.

I know that a precocious French 2YO, such as this, is ideally suited to the Australian conditions and broodmares, but also delivers an extra quality and depth of pedigree, bringing a wonderful Gr.1 outcross to the Victorian broodmare bands.

We look forward to presenting Royal Meeting when he arrives at the farm in August, where we are sure he will take your eye and imagination. Please call myself or any of our sales team.

Kind regards,
Tony “Tubba” Williams

Through the success of the likes of his granddaughter Oohood and his close relative Pride Of Dubai, I know firsthand the positive influence of Invincible Spirit as a stallion. Therefore, it is exciting to be involved in a son of Invincible Spirit with such fantastic credentials as Royal Meeting. He is unique in being the only unbeaten G1-winning two-year-old son of his sire, while his dam, amazingly, was also an unbeaten G1-winning two-year-old. In country where speed and precocity are so important, I am looking forward to giving him the opportunity with suitable mares from my broodmare band and am excited by the prospect of what he might be capable of achieving as a stallion.”

Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum

“When you look at thousands of horses for a living and then you come across Royal Meeting you suddenly realise what you’ve spent so much time looking for, he’s stunning!”

Dermot Farrington, Bloodstock Agent

“Seymour Bloodstock is delighted to share in the Royal Meeting journey. Like all owner/breeders we’ve been approaching our 2020 mating plans with caution. Tubba has identified and sourced a beauty. Proper type, proper pedigree, proper performance and importantly THE RIGHT PRICE. Without compromise – Royal Meeting is a horse for the times.”

Mark Pilkington, Seymour Bloodstock

Above: Kalkarni Royale ridden by Dwayne Dunn wins the Drummond Golf Handicap at Moonee Valley Racecourse on June 13, 2020. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Victorian bred Kalkarni Royale will chase black type in Saturday’s Creswick Stakes (1200m) at Flemington after her impressive victory at The Valley in the Super VOBIS Handicap for three year-old fillies.

Early indications are that the filly will handle the seven day back-up from her victory at The Valley.

Kalkarni Royale was bred by Phil Wells of Shadwell Farm at Mount Rowan, and his brother Rick and friend Steve McKenna.

She was bought for $30,000 by Nathan Bennett of Bennett Racing at the 2017 Great Southern Weanling Sale.

The Wells brothers and McKenna retained a share in the filly which is trained at Cranbourne by Kevin Corstens.

Phil Wells is a bloodstock consultant who does some advisory work for Bennett Racing.

Bennett said Kalkarni Royale was a bit unlucky in her lead-up race at Caulfield when she finished sixth, beaten fewer than three lengths.

Now with three wins from four starts, Bennett said the filly deserved to have a crack at Saturday’s stakes race. She would then head to the paddock to have a break after starting her career in April when she won at her first start at Mornington over 1000m.

“I don’t think a lot of people noticed that she was unlucky at Caulfield, but we did, and we went there on Saturday thinking she could run top three.” Bennett said.

“At Caulfield she over raced a bit and didn’t see daylight finishing under three lengths from them.

“It was a pretty similar field last Saturday, so we thought she’d be able to roll along and would be hard to catch. She sat outside the leader and approaching the turn we were confident she was looking good.”

Bennett said jockey Dwayne Dunn was impressed with the victory and in her first preparation has gone from winning a maiden to a bench mark 78 – and will now chase black type at her fifth start.

“We will have a throw at the stumps in the Creswick Stakes on Saturday as she is absolutely flying,” he said.

“As long as she is still in good order mid-week, we’ll back her up in the Creswick Stakes and then she’ll head to the paddock no matter what.

“If we can get some black type in her, you’re laughing.”

Bennett said with the expense of horses he decided to buy a couple of weanlings and the filly was one of five or six by Nicconi. He was keen to buy one by the sire and picked out the filly.

“It’s taken a while to get her there, but the owners are certainly seeking the rewards. It’s a bit of a different way for looking to buy a horse and also getting a group into syndication,” he said.

“You can buy in for a lot cheaper than you normally do with a yearling. If she went to a yearling sale we probably would have paid $120,000 for her as she was a lovely type six months later.

“The owners in her have been really patient.

“It’s a long process when you only pay $30,000 for a horse and she has won a city race.

“She has also got VOBIS which really helps with the incentives and it’s certainly a big bonus when you get those races.”

Dunn was full of praise for the filly after the race.

“In hindsight we probably tried to ride her too hard the other day,” Dunn said.

“She sprung the lids; she pulled a bit hard in behind them. Today it was about making sure she stepped up and taking her up on the speed.

“She did it the hard way early on in the race. She got into a good rhythm mid-race.”

Dunn said she was a nice filly going places and had already come along way.

“From a maiden to what we’ve seen today is a big effort,” he said

“Once she furnishes and puts it all together hopefully she can go even higher.”

Bennett said Phil Wells advises him at sales and was pleased he and Kalkarni Royale’s breeders had retained a small share in her.

Bennett often goes to sales looking to buy a filly with some residual value but in this case he bought on type but Kalkarni Royale value will skyrocket if she can add some black type to her page.

“If she can get black type on Saturday all the owners will be laughing,” Bennett said

He said Wells breeds a few horses every year and takes a lot of weanlings to the Great Southern Sale for clients.

Bennett, who is an electrician by trade, also remembered his former boss John Nankervis, who passed away from pancreatic cancer, by donating a share in the filly.

“I donated a share in the filly at a night for Pancare and the people who bought the share are just over the moon and they called the syndicate John’s Legacy,” Bennett said.

“I am still very close with John’s brother, Bruce and keep in contact with him about how the horse is going and every time the filly races, you think John is looking over the top and pushing her home.”

John Nankervis’ brothers, Bruce and Ian, both played for the Geelong Cats.

Bennett Racing, based at Torquay, is now in its third year.










Above: Delago Deluxe now standing in Victoria

The Encosta de Lago bloodline has produced many successful progeny including Delago Deluxe, who is set to stand in Victoria this season.

The dual Group 1 son of Encosta de Lago is the second foal out of Succeeding, who was sired by Flying Spur and is a half sister to Group 1 winners Duporth, Excites and Tickets.

In 2010, Delago Deluxe became the second highest priced Encosta de Lago yearling at the 2010 Magic Millions sale selling for $550,000.

His racing career took place in South Africa where he demonstrated the sprinting quality of Encosta de Lago. He was unbeaten in his four starts as a two-year-old which included the Gr.1 Golden Medallion Stakes over 1200m, the Gr.2 Nursery Plate and the Gr.3 Protea Stakes. This success earned him the title of South African Champion 2-year-old colt. These achievements continued into his three-year-old season where he won a further Group 1, the Golden Horse Casino Sprint over 1200m, setting the fastest time of the day which included four other Group 1 races. The two Group 1’s he won in South Africa are the equivalent to Australia’s Golden Slipper and Newmarket Handicap.

From his twelve starts, Delago Deluxe achieved seven wins and four places retiring to stud sound.

Delago Deluxe then made his way back to Australia to stand at Newhaven Stud in New South Wales. His yearlings have sold for up to $250,000. While he was a very successful precocious 2-year-old, and generally his progeny show early speed, the Encosta de Lago sire line are known for their further ability with maturity.  In the past two breeding seasons in Queensland the horse has had only quiet recognition.

Above: Delago Deluxe in the paddock

Ian Dodunski was attracted to Delago Deluxe’s racing success and strong pedigree.  When he saw the horse was for sale on an on-line auction he jumped at the opportunity to purchase him. ‘I was going to send a mare to him last season as he is impeccably bred and was a fantastic racehorse. He looks like a stallion of exceptional ability and has nearly 57% winners to runners ratio. He has had winners in Australia, New Zealand, Hong Kong and South Africa. He is a beautiful type standing at 16.2hh and is a lovely natured horse’ remarked Ian.

Delago Deluxe has a number of his progeny on the racetrack and most weeks he has winners or placed runners.

Delago Deluxe will be standing at Ian’s property, Linton Grange, which is very close to Noorilim Park Thoroughbreds who will prepare the mares that will be sent to him this season.

‘Noorilim Park is a magnificent broodmare and agistment property. I would say as good as you could find anywhere in Australia’ remarked Ian. Whilst preparations are being finalised at Linton Grange, Sherah from Noorilim Park has been working with Delago Deluxe and has been very impressed with the horse so far.

‘Hopefully his great attitude will be passed down to his stock as well. He is a lovely balanced style of horse. He has been exceptional, and his temperament has stood out to me more than anything and he is just a lovely natured horse. He has been really easy to handle which is a big credit to him as a stallion. He has had limited books over the past couple of seasons, so it would be nice to see him get a bit of support in Victoria’ remarked Sherah.

There are also a number of other agistment farms nearby that have the facilities to walk the mares on for the breeding season so there are plenty of opportunities.

‘At the service fee of $4,400 we have already had quite a bit of interest. We have had five people contact us from Queensland who are wanting to send mares to him’ said Ian.

This might be the opportunity that Delago Deluxe requires to get himself noticed in the stallion ranks. As more of his progeny are winning trials and races in Hong Kong, Australia and New Zealand and selling well through the ring, Ian is looking forward to the future for the horse.

Delago Deluxe will be standing for a service fee of $4,400.

For more information please contact Ian on 0456 401 894, or visit the website




Above: Fleet Review winning a Stakes race at The Curragh

Internationally acclaimed champion sire War Front is a prolific and versatile stallion that has produced stakes winners over distances from 1000m to 2400m at a regularity of nearly 17% stakes winners to runners, including 21 individual Group One winners.  War Front’s ability to pass on juvenile speed into his progeny is second to none with over 40% of his sons and daughters winning as a two years old.

War Front has produced stakes winners in the USA, England, Ireland, Hong Kong, France, Canada, the United Arab Emirates and in 2018 Homesman became his first Australian Group One winner (from only a very small number of runners).  His influence expanded significantly again in our part of the world over the past year when one of his son’s, Declaration of War, produced the Melbourne Cup, VRC Derby and Queensland Oaks winners.  In the sales ring War Front has produced 26 yearlings that have sold for $1,000,000+ with a top result of $2,900,000 for a colt in 2019.

Glen Eden Stud is proud to announce that his Group One performed son, Fleet Review will stand his inaugural season at the farm in 2020 at an advertised service fee of $8,800 (GST inclusive).  Glen Eden Stud principal, Sonia O’Gorman, stated:-

“Fleet Review is impeccably bred.  His dam is a full sister to Rip Van Winkle.  He was a powerful colt that achieved multiple wins as a two years old as well as a narrow defeat in the Group One Middle Park Stakes where he ran second behind another of War Front’s successful sons in US Navy Flag (who entered stud duties in New Zealand last season covering in excess of 150 mares).  Fleet Review concluded his two years old season with a rating of 115 closely behind European two years old champion (1,000m-1,200m) US Navy Flag (117).  Fleet Review returned to the racetrack in his three years old season to win a stakes race at the Curragh and then finish a strong third in the Group One July Cup against the older horses.”

 “He is an impressive specimen in both type and conformation, and with a beautiful temperament to match.  We believe he is great value for breeders to tap into one of the best sire lines in the world.”

 For further details please contact:-

Sonia O’Gorman

Glen Eden Stud

M) 0407 811 411


Above: Starcraft standing at Rosemont Stud

Rosemont Stud’s principal Anthony Mithen targeted the strong Hong Kong market with a homebred by one of the stud’s resident stallions, Starcraft, at a two-year breeze-up sale on the Gold Coast.

But even the best thought out plans can end up with a bit of a twist.

Instead of finishing up in Hong Kong, where the Starcraft progeny are eagerly sought of, the colt ended up at suburban Caulfield in the stables of Mick Price.

The horse was purchased for $80,000 by Price’s then bloodstock manager Luke Wilkinson who has since taken up the same role with Yulong.

With three wins, including victory in last Saturday’s $108,000 three year-old 1600m handicap at The Valley, it was a wise decision by Wilkinson who races the gelding with 17 other owners.

Smoke Bomb has now had three wins and two thirds from eight starts.

Mithen said the Magic Millions’ David Chester does an excellent job with his Asian clients at the two year-olds in training sale.

“With Starcraft going so well in Hong Kong that is where we thought we would pitch him in,” Mithen said of the 2018 sale.

“It couldn’t have been more Anglo Saxon when Mick Price and Luke Wilkinson chimed in and bought the horse to be trained at Caulfield.

“Your best laid plans and where you think your target market is, sometimes it surprises you.

“I think Luke was the driving force behind the horse and good luck to him because he found the horse and I remember him being pretty honest and open to deal with. He told us he really liked him and was going to buy him.”

Mithen said they were rapt Wilkinson bought the horse and gave him to Price, who is now in partnership with Mick Kent Jnr to train.

And as Mithen says, there is also a bit of a story to Smoke Bomb’s dam, Diyaraka (FR), which was stakes placed in France and from the family of 2008 Melbourne Cup runner-up – by the narrowest of margins – Bauer.

“It was about the time Bauer was kicking on and just gone through his purple patch and beaten in the Melbourne Cup,’’ Mithen said.

“It was at the Arquana sale and Louis Le Metayer, who is a French bloodstock agent based in Australia, was shopping around.

“He was looking for a nice horse and a client to buy it and pitched her to us. We quite liked the look of her and bought her at that sale.

“I still remember it, a Saturday night in Australia and it must have been Saturday morning in France and we paid a bit for her – 300,000 Euro – when the dollar was pretty kind which gave us a bit of an incentive to keep bidding.”

Diyaraka (Clodovil/Diamonaka) was transported to Australia to be trained at Flemington by Mike Moroney who gave her seven starts, including in the Geelong Cup, but she never recaptured the form in France where she won two races and was stakes placed over 2000m.

Mithen said she was retired to stud, but gave them the thrill of racing in the Geelong Cup (2011) which was the precursor to Runaway winning the Geelong Cup in 2018 for the Rosemont team.

“When Runaway won, I thought about Diyaraka as people had asked if we’d ever had a Geelong Cup runner before and it was Diyaraka,” he said.

Diyaraka’s first foal by Savabeel died in an accident at another stud shortly after birth and the next one by High Chaparral (IRE) had knee issues and then the third one by Snitzel had problems but was retained by Rosemont unraced and was sold last month as a broodmare prospect.

Smoke Bomb is Diyaraka’s fourth foal but she was not served last year.

“She has a full foal on the ground to Smoke Bomb, a Starcraft colt,” Mithen said.

“There is a yearling colt by Tarzino which is quite a nice horse who will be going to Danny O’Brien after being purchased by Simon O’Donnell who raced Bauer.

“So the Bauer link might continue.”

While Smoke Bomb’s full brother is likely to create increased interest in the Hong Kong market, Mithen said it was also a reminder to the local market about Starcraft’s ability as a stallion.

“The good thing that Luke, Mick and Michael Kent jnr have been able to do is open up a different market,” Mithen said.

“There will always be the Hong Kong market because his stats up there are great and he gets a winner at most meetings.

“It’s nice to have a Starcaft here in Australia and reminding everyone what a great stallion he is and has been over a long period of time.

“Hopefully we will get the best of both worlds with the local market saying that Starcraft must be the best value stallion in Australia when you can buy them and then win a $100,000 race at Moonee Valley.

“They have been enlightened in Hong Kong on Starcraft already and it seems the Australian market sometimes needs a bit of a reminder that those good old proven stallions keep on giving.

“Hopefully he is in for a good season.”

And Mithen said Rosemont, which has been standing Starcraft since 2015, recently welcomed back one of his most successful sons, Blizzard, which started his career in Hong Kong and finished with Lee Freedman in Singapore.

The Group winning eight year-old, ended his racing career last August and the owners contacted Rosemont and asked if they could give him a good home.

“They exported him and he arrived last month back home and we have given him a home for life,” Mithen said.

“We didn’t breed him but he is reunited at the farm where his father stands.”

Blizzard, which also raced in Group 1 races in Japan, won more than $3 million in his 39 races which netted nine wins, five seconds and eight thirds.

Mithen said Blizzard was winning races when Rosemont first took over Starcraft from Arrowfield.

Above: Americain standing at stud

After a near fatal illness restricted 2010 Melbourne Cup winner Americain to just seven mares last season, the 15 year-old stallion is ready to increase his book this year.

He produced his first stakes winner in February when Eperdument won the Group 3 Lord Reims Stakes (2600m) at Morphettville.

And his promising four-year-old, Costello, has won his past two starts at Rosehill (2400m) and Kensington (1800m).

The improving Virtuous was a winner for Americain at Moe on Sunday over 2050m and is raced by prominent owner breeder, Gerry Ryan who bred the mare.

Ryan raced Americain to Cup glory with his wife Val and friends Kevin and Colleen Bamford.

After starting his Australian stud career at Swettenham Stud when he was retired from the track after being unplaced in the 2012 Melbourne Cup, Americain now stands at the Bamford’s Daisy Hill Farm at Doreen.

Daisy Hill Farm manager Shane Freedman explains that it was touch and go whether American (USA) would survive after becoming seriously ill last year.

“He got colitis and it could have been very bad,” Freedman said.

“In the middle of the season he was in a bad way and we thought we were going to lose him at one point, but he recovered quite quickly.

“He had to have some time off but covered a few mares and got them in foal.”

Last year was Americian’s first season at Daisy Hill Farm. He served 25 mares in his last season at Swettenham Stud and his biggest book was 155 in his first season in 2013.

Freedman said they were hoping to get a solid book for the stallion.

“In his world-wide statistics, his strike rate is not too bad” he said.

“He is even better in the Northern Hemisphere. He didn’t get too many mares but his runners to winners all up last year is quite high.

“They are not black type races but he gets the winners.”

Like all genuine stayers, Freeman said it was apparent that Americain’s progeny need time and were better as they approached their four and five year-old seasons.

“They probably needed that time all along,” he said.

Freeman said that a few people had sacked their Americain horses too early in their careers and many of them had gone into other equestrian sports where the breed has become much sought after.

“He is quite good in the eventing world, and a lot of people are after them,” Freeman said.

“But we went into the Ascot Saddlery the other day to get a rug for him and as I put his name on the invoice, one of the girls was excited about how the real Americain’s were going in the eventing world.

“I think they have to be five-year-old’s to show their best ability on the track but by then are lot of people have given up on them.”

Freedman said his boss, Colleen Bamford, has a young horse by Americain that was broken in by Adrian Corby who is excited with the youngster’s potential.

The colt is currently having a four week spell.

“Adrian has told Colleen that he is taking him easy but he shows a lot of ability,” Freeman said.

“He might be a bit special and is out of Colleen’s Monsun (GER) mare, Sunnyvale (GER) which is her first foal. He is a monster of a foal and we couldn’t get him into a sale, but he doesn’t move like a big horse.”

Freeman said Sunnyvale came out for the Melbourne Cup but fractured a leg. Colleen spent a lot of money to keep her because the mare showed so much promise.

“It’s probably Colleen’s favourite mare on the farm,” he said.

“She is quite big for a Monsun mare.”

Now a rising three-year-old, the colt will be assigned to a trainer and be ready to race in the spring.

He was broken in last year and has been back and forwards to Corby and has recently had a jump out.

Freeman said hopefully they could promote Americain to get him back to serving a bigger book of mares this season.

“The key is to mature them and give them a bit of distance,” he said.

“There are still a few of them with some better trainers and are poking along in the system.

“You have to be patient, but not everyone is.”

The independent welfare panel that was set up by the thoroughbred industry earlier this year, and is chaired by former Victorian Premier Dr Denis Napthine, is calling for submissions from interested parties to assist its aim of improving the welfare of horses leaving the racing and breeding industries.

From today until 12pm on Friday, July 24 2020, the Thoroughbred Aftercare Welfare Working Group (TAWWG) is seeking submissions from any groups or individuals who wish to have their say on the best methods of protecting the health and wellbeing of all thoroughbred horses, most notably those exiting the racing and breeding industry.

These submissions will feed into the panel’s report, due for publication later this year, which will make practical recommendations to assist the thoroughbred racing and breeding industries in improving welfare outcomes.

The four-person panel, which was formed by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) in conjunction with a host of industry stakeholders including the Australian Trainers’ Association and Australian Jockeys’ Association, is made up of Dr Napthine, who also previously served as Victoria’s Minister for Racing and is a qualified veterinarian; 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.

As well as taking written submissions, the TAWWG will also aim to meet with a range of stakeholders from both inside and outside the racing and breeding industries, including animal welfare groups, over the coming months.

“This project can only be successful if there is strong engagement from all stakeholders, including animal welfare groups, the racing and breeding industries and indeed anyone who has valuable insights to share, so we would encourage as many people as possible to come forward and have their say,” said Dr Napthine.

“This important process will be open and transparent, and so anyone who wishes to provide their views, information and expertise will be given the opportunity to assist the panel’s considerations and guide our consultation process.

“We look forward to engaging with a wide range of people so that we can formulate a plan to ensure the health and welfare of all thoroughbreds, particularly those who have retired or who never made it to the racetrack.

“Thoroughbreds are central to an industry that provides 72,000 full-time jobs and generates more than $9 billion each year in direct and indirect benefits to Australia’s economy, so the industry has a duty of care to look after them before, during and after their racing careers.”

During their extensive consultation period, the TAWWG will also be seeking assistance and advice from an industry steering group comprising leading trainer Chris Waller, best known for training Winx; 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.

Any groups or individuals considering making a submission are first encouraged to read the issues paper available online at the TAWWG’s official website ( The paper raises a number of topics and questions that the panel believe are relevant to their work.

“We are grateful to the panel for giving their time and expertise for this project, which is so important for the future of the thoroughbred industry and our horses,” said Mr Reilly.

“I am hopeful that every organisation or person with an interest in thoroughbred welfare will want to contribute, from governments to regulators through to participants and welfare groups.”

The TAWWG may wish to quote from extracts of submissions, with appropriate attribution, unless those making submissions request they remain confidential.

Submissions can be emailed to or posted to TAWWG, PO Box 149, Canterbury, NSW 2193.

For more information, please visit ENDS

For more information contact:

Dr Denis Napthine: 0407234366 Tom Reilly: 0423146334

Black Syrah ridden by Noel Callow wins the Mundarra Maiden Plate at Casterton Racecourse. (Alice Laidlaw/Racing Photos)

Training a winner is never an easy task and it’s even more challenging for South Australian trainers wishing to cross the border into Victoria due to restrictions caused by the coronavirus.

Belinda O’Loughlin is based at Mount Gambier but does much of her racing in Victoria where tracks such as Casterton, Hamilton and Warrnambool aren’t prohibitive as far as distance goes.

There is also the lure of the riches offered by Victorian races and although Belinda doesn’t have an open cheque book when it comes to purchasing horses, she works to a budget and naturally VOBIS qualified horses are an attractive target.

Belinda parted with $12,000 to purchase a Victorian bred colt by former Sun Stud stallion, Moshe, at the 2018 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling sale. The colt had previously fetched $6000 when offered as a weanling by agent Erinvale Thoroughbreds at the Inglis 2017 Great Southern Sale.

Named Black Syrah, the now gelding, which Belinda races with a large group of owners, broke through for his maiden victory over 1400m at Casterton on the weekend. He had previously been placed on debut last December at Hamilton.

Belinda went to the Adelaide sale with a budget and wasn’t pro-actively looking to buy a horse by Moshe, but purchased the colt on type.

“I think Gail Hand bred him and then sold him as a weanling to a couple of people from New South Wales,” Belinda said.

“He definitely caught the eye when I bought him. He is a lovely big brown, almost black horse and was very nice to look at.

“He caught our eye to look at as an athletic type. A lot of the Moshes are massive, raw-boned horses and he wasn’t as massive but was more athletic and that was a bit of a key as well.

“And I liked the Montjeu (IRE) mare (Super Blue) as there was a bit of stoutness through the mare’s line and it put a bit of strength into him.”

Belinda said she definitely wasn’t looking for a horse by Moshe, but bought him more on type than breeding. Moshe was sold to Indonesia last year.

“It wasn’t a stallion I targeted but I’m not disappointed to have this horse in any way,” she said.

“I have always thrown him in the deep end and aimed at the good Super VOBIS $31,500 maiden races.

“I try to buy VOBIS horses because they are just great value.”

Belinda said it has only been this preparation, which kicked off last month with a fifth at Hamilton at his fourth start, that she dropped him back in company and decided to “just get a win.”

After continually bumping into the bigger stables, led by the likes of Ciaron Maher and Lindsey Smith, she decided to aim for maidens not necessarily targeted by the big boys who were also chasing the VOBIS riches.

“Rather going up against $300,000 yearlings, we thought we’d just take a win,” Belinda said.

“And he is going to stay so we were just happy to kick off his campaign.”

Belinda said there were upcoming VOBIS races available for her three year-old if he was good enough.

She hopes Black Syrah can develop into a good stayer once he gets out to 2000m and the penny drops.

“He is really just a big kid and has got no idea what it is all about,” Belinda said.

“We just hope that once the penny drops he is competitive (as a stayer).

“He is going to get a mile, no problem and I am thinking he will get 2000m. Sometimes they can trick you but I’m pretty sure he will.”

Belinda said VOBIS was a brilliant scheme, but obviously there can be some tough opposition.

“You have to have a pretty good horse to win a VOBIS maiden.” she said.

“It’s getting tougher with the big conglomerate trainers and all the money with the syndicates and things and I have to buy to a budget. I might be aiming for the Written Tycoons and things like but we tend to have a few bargain buys in the stable.

“But that’s fine by me.”

Noel Callow rode Black Syrah to the narrow victory over 1400m.

Belinda, who is married to former jockey, Geoff O’Loughlin, said it was an adventure to get Black Syrah over the border into Victoria.

“To race him at Hamilton or Casterton (at his last two starts), it’s a matter of meeting a Victorian trainer on the border and swapping them over on the border,” she said.

“They have to be in Victoria two days before they race so you have to pack all of their feeds and all of their rugs and everything and send them off to a strange property.

“It’s like saying goodbye to your child.”

Belinda said the horses have to be in the care of a Victorian trainer who has the horse at their stables before the race and then they take the horse to races. The horse is then delivered back to the border after the race where he is collected by Belinda.

“So it is a big adventure at the moment with COVID-19 restrictions at the border to get the horse over to Victoria,” she said.

“For a young horse he has done a good job because he also went to race at Hamilton with another trainer and that was a two or three day adventure.

“And he did it again to race at Casterton.”

Black Syrah was sent across the border to Hamilton trainer Jessie Constantine who actually broke the horse in.

“She knew the horse and she knew his place and I can trust her with the horses as I know she does a good job,” Belinda said.

“It worked out really well and I was just lucky that Jessie was going to the races and had a spot and she could take him.”

Belinda said that when she meets Jessie at the border, they meet at a truck stop and swap the horses over.

She lives outside of Mount Gambier, only about 3kms from the border.

Belinda is slowly adjusting to not having any race day involvement with her horses sent on the Victorian missions, but like everyone in the racing game, she is thankful that racing has been able to continue.

“I am not complaining because we have kept racing and we have had a job.” she said.

Belinda has 11 horses in work – they most she has had in years.






Patch Adams ridden by Dean Yendall wins the DiGiorgo Family Wines Apsley Cup at Casterton Racecourse. (Alice Laidlaw/Racing Photos)

It was a three in one sale that Matt Finn considered was a fairly good deal.

Along with David Douglas, they parted with around $20,000 for broodmare Dorothy Dinosaur which had a foal at foot by Dane Shadow and was also in foal to the same stallion.

Finn, who is the racing manager for Caulfield trainer Mick Price, says it’s amazing that a mare with such a modest pedigree has been able to produce some impressive horses, including Patch Adams which has now won six races and $370,000 in prize money.

Formerly trained by Terry and Karina O’Sullivan and now in the care of Aaron Purcell, Patch Adams won the Apsley Cup at Casterton on Saturday after running second in the Casterton Cup at his previous start.

Now with six wins from his 65 starts, Patch Adams also won the 2018 Casterton Cup, the Mount Gambier Cup last year, the 2017 Colac Cup and has finished second in the St Arnaud Cup, Murtoa Cup and the Woodford Cup at Warrnambool.

As a three year-old, he finished a narrow second in the Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington. He competed in nine successive stakes races.

Rushton Park bought Patch Adams as weanling for $36,000 and pinhooked him for $70,000 at the Melbourne Premier yearling sale where he was bought by one of the current owners, Kingsley Peach.

And Ruston Park’s David Johnson recalled that the then colt was a handful but Terry O’Sullivan gelded him which quickly changed the horse’s manners.

“He was an absolute ratbag early doors,” Johnson said.

“And he’d have a crack at anything.

“He has been a good horse and was Group placed as a three year-old.

“He wasn’t far off winning a Group race early door in his career.”

Johnson said Patch Adams has developed into a good bread and butter horse that turns up and wins a race every season.

And for Finn, he says that while Dorothy Dinosaur hasn’t produced a great horse, they’ve been handy.

“It’s an OK bunch, I suppose you could say,” Finn said.

“We bought Dorothy Dinosaur in foal with her first foal at foot and which was Fill The Page (Dane Shadow).  The foal was then sold at an Inglis Sale, bought by Inglis and went on to win a listed Canberra Cup (2012), a $200,000 race.

“The next foal we kept and it was called Holdontoyahorses (Dane Shadow), which I didn’t name but Dave Douglas did because he told us he was going to hold on to it when we thought we were going to sell it.

“It went to the sales and got passed in for $50,000 or $60,000 and went to win on debut and won its next race at Caulfield. Following this, ran fourth in the Blue Diamond Prelude and then finished fifth in the Blue Diamond (2011) behind Sepoy.

“Then there was Schaduw (Dane Shadow) which won in Adelaide. She won six races and nearly $100,000 in prize money.

“And the next one was Googly Gander, by Myboycharlie, who won a maiden and was placed in town and then was sold. Then there was Patch Adams followed by Sweet Hannaford (Hard Spun) which won last year.

“There is another one running at Pakenham this week, Dane Zelek (Dane Shadow).”

Finn doesn’t sugar coat what he thinks of Dorothy Dinosaur’s pedigree, but it hasn’t stopped her from producing winners and nearly a Group victory.

“Her pedigree is not great and Inglis bought her just on type. She was called Fill The Page because the pedigree didn’t even fill the page.

“So for a 17 start horse that couldn’t win at the picnics, Dorothy Dinosaur (Canny Lad) was a very good producing mare.”

Fill The Page was sold for $12,000 as a yearling.

With Douglas no longer involved with Dorothy Dinosaur, Finn’s childhood friend Josh Slattery is now breeding from the mare which is in foal to Swettenham Stud stallion, Akeed Mofeed (GB).

Finn said the mare had missed to Rosemont Stud stallion Starspangledbanner in 2018, along with Choisir in 2015 and Time For War in 2017.

“There is a Magus colt weanling on the ground,” Finn said.

“I knew owner of Dorothy Dinosaur and his daughter named it Dorothy Dinosaur.”

Slattery said he was breeding from Dorothy Dinosaur through his company, Kingdom Thoroughbreds, after being involved with Finn.

“We have bred a few from her,” Slattery said.

“The colt we have with Mick Price, Dane Zelek, hopefully goes well. We will see how he goes.

“With Dorothy Dinosaur, the other owners wanted to get out of her and so I got her for a good price.

“I have always had a lot of horses, but I’ve only been breeding for the past few years and from Dorothy because of the opportunity.”

Dane Zelek has one start for a third leading into this week’s Pakenham assignment.








Above: Bel Esprit standing at Sun Stud, Victoria

Kevin Sheedy has four passionate loves in the big leagues of sport.

They’re headed by the AFL team he played for – Richmond – and the two sides he coached, Essendon and Greater Western Sydney.

And high up on that list is the mighty Bel Esprit which he raced with a group of friends, including  former Federal Minister Michael Duffy and a power broker from his Bomber days, Brian Donohoe.

A dual Group winner, including two at the highest level, Sheedy was the last man of the seven syndicate in Bel Esprit which cost $13,000.

Sheedy has always been a racing man who has a solid knowledge of the breeding industry and understandably takes more than a passing interest when any progeny of Bel Esprit takes to the racetrack.

He is also a breeder of horses and his latest product, True Blue Jack, was named in honour of a stalwart at the Prahran Football Club where Sheedy kicked off his football as the stepping stone to Richmond.

The three year-old colt by Fiorente (IRE) is yet to make its debut for the powerful training combination of Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

When Sheedy gets talking about breeding, he quickly swings the conversation to 20 year-old Bel Esprit and it’s like the old footy coach is coming out in him when he reels off statistic after statistic about the stallion.

He is staggered that a stallion with such an impressive CV, Bel Esprit’s will be standing at Sun Stud this season for the lowest fee of his career – $7700.

Sheedy reels off Bel Esprit being an eight-time champion Victorian sire, having 100 individual winners annually for seven seasons; being Australian champion sire (by winners) which equals the all-time Australian record.

And then there is Bel Esprit’s 70 per cent winners to runners and more than $73 million in progeny earnings, and Sheedy is particularly proud of the stallion being the damsire of Hong Kong superstar Beauty Generation. He is the sire of more than 700 winners in 11 countries.

Of course, he also sired the unbeaten Black Caviar.

Bel Esprit served his smallest book of mares last season – 60 – and Sun Stud is expecting him to attract similar numbers this year.

Sheedy noted that Bel Esprit’s Honey Esprit won at Flemington last Saturday at odds of $40, while on the same day in Sydney, Princess Cordelia won at Randwick after starting at $17.

“For value, he has just been sensational as a sire,” he said.

“How many stallions in the top 20 are $7000 a service.

“You have a look at his runners in the Winning Post and he has probably got the least amount of runners of any horse in the top 10 to 15 stallions and he is still up there.

“I follow the sire’s ladder in the Winning Post and it’s like following the Tigers, the Bombers and the Giants.”

The latest edition of Winning Post had Bel Esprit at number 19 of leading sires in this current season by winners and number 15 by wins.

“They are all good interests, the Tigers, the Bombers, the Giants and Bel,” Sheedy said.

“Talk about consistent, he is unbelievable horse and I am just happy to watch his team race every week.”

“He hardly ever misses in the breeding barn. He should be still serving 100 mares and at the price of $7700, it’s unbelievable.

“He is still the best cost price and winning ratio around.’’

Sheedy said the performance of Beauty Generation (Road to Rock/Stylish Bel/Bel Esprit) in Hong Kong, which has won nearly $20 million, reinforces Bel Esprit’s reputation as a sire of broodmares.

“I have got Moshe, Black Caviar’s full brother, and a Bel Esprit mare but haven’t put it to anything yet,” Sheedy said.

“And the Fiorente one, True Blue Jack, whose dam (Georgia) has had 10 to race for 10 winners. He was named after Prahran icon Jack Hogan and the Prahran footy club boys wanted to go into him.

“At my stage of life it’s a bit of fun to see if I can breed something.”

Sheedy said he still has a share in Bel Esprit and quipped if anyone wants to buy the service for this season, to give him a ring.

Sheedy said Bel Esprit’s managing owner, former VRC chairman Michael Duffy, should be praised for making sure Bel Esprit served the Victorian breeding industry.

Sun Stud’s Adam Henry said Bel Esprit’s service fee at his peak was $33,000 in 2013, but all the fees across the board had been reduced because of COVID-19 to help the breeders.

Henry said Bel Esprit had already produced around 70 winners this season, including stakes winners Admiral’s Joker and Tactical Advantage.

Bel Esprit two year-old filly, Kisukano, is the only horse to have beaten Boom colt, Rothfire, which won the Group 1 J.J Atkins at Eagle Farm last Saturday to give him six wins from seven starts.

“She is the only one to have beaten him, winning by two lengths,” Henry said.

“Bel Esprit is still in the top 25 active stallions in Australia and it just been phenomenal.”

Henry said there was still strong demand for Bel Esprit from breeders looking for a proven stallion.

“He has been the backbone of this farm along with Magnus,”’ Henry said.

“And now we have the new crop coming through with Fiorente and Palentino and the rest.’’

Henry said that by producing an exciting two year-old like Kisukano and the performance of six year-old Tactical Advantage, with nearly $1 million in prize money and winning another listed race last month, it again shows that Bel Esprit still has it as a stallion.








Easter Round 2 Scone Catalogue available online

A quality catalogue for Round 2 of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale has been finalised, featuring yearlings by a diverse range of top-class domestic and international stallions, as well as progeny of the best first season stallions.

What is tracking to be the world’s first physical yearling sale in months due to COVID-19 restrictions, Easter Round 2 will be held as a live auction at Riverside Stables in Sydney on Sunday July 5.

The unique Easter Round 2 catalogue of 94 lots is a combination of yearlings originally catalogued for the Easter Yearling Sale, plus a handful of additional entries.

It contains some of the southern hemisphere’s best-bred yearlings by all the leading Australian stallions such as I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Pierro, Exceed And Excel, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro, Written Tycoon, So You Think, Dundeel, Sebring, Zoustar, Deep Field and Not A Single Doubt to name a few, as well as international superstars like Frankel and Medaglia d’Oro.

First Season Sires such as American Pharoah, Capitalist, Shalaa, Extreme Choice, Divine Prophet and Astern are also represented.

To view the Easter Round 2 catalogue, CLICK HERE.

Inspections will be available at Riverside from Thursday July 2 ahead of the sale which begins at 10am Sunday July 5.

Strict biosecurity measures will be in place at Riverside on inspection days and sale day, with information surrounding that to be made available in coming weeks.

“As has been well documented, the lead-up to the traditional Easter Yearling Sale in April was against a back-drop of a hugely challenging environment as a result of the pandemic,’’ Inglis General Manager of Bloodstock and Marketing Sebastian Hutch said.

“It was agreed at the time that it would be appropriate to offer vendors and buyers a further opportunity to acquire Easter yearlings at a later date, so the concept of Easter Round 2 was born and we are very pleased with how the catalogue has come together.

“The recent G1 success of horses like Dreamforce, Nettoyer and Quick Thinker further demonstrates the value represented by Easter yearlings and we have every confidence that quality racehorses will emerge from this catalogue.”

Easter Round 2 will be immediately followed by the annual Scone Yearling Sale, which will for the first time be held at Riverside rather than White Park, due to COVID-19.

It is another strong catalogue of 156 yearlings, headlined by the Outreach half-brother to exciting undefeated 2YO The Bopper, winner of the 2020 Inglis Challenge having been purchased for just $30,000 at the 2019 Inglis Scone Yearling Sale.

The Scone Sale – which has provided the likes of Voodoo Lad, Cradle Mountain and Condo’s Express in recent years – features yearlings by the likes of More Than Ready, Nicconi, Teofilo, All Too Hard, Deep Field, Foxwedge, Smart Missile, Headwater, Pride Of Dubai, Shamus Award, Rubick, Choisir etc as well as First Season Sires such as Capitalist, American Pharoah, Star Turn, Flying Artie, Winning Rupert, Sooboog, Divine Prophet, Territories Air Force Blue, Odyssey Moon and others.

To view the Scone Yearling Sale catalogue, CLICK HERE.

Hard copies of both catalogues will be available within the next fortnight.

What began as a seed in Tom Seymour’s mind four years ago has grown into Breedr, a digital stallion-booking system which he is confident will revolutionise the nature of the relationship between breeders and studs.

Breedr was launched this week by Seymour and is the realisation of a solution to a problem he identified over his decade or so working in the industry for the likes of Godolphin and Blue Sky Bloodstock.

The complexity of managing stallion nominations during the traditionally hectic time of the thoroughbred breeding season has long been the bane of stud managers and breeders as well of those who manage agistment farms.

But a moment of inspiration, plus nearly a year of perspiration, has yielded a software-based solution which Seymour believes will streamline one of the most important relationships in the breeding industry.

“The genesis of the idea came about by being exposed to the resource-heavy, double handling within stud offices in seeing the way the current booking process rolled out. After witnessing how technology was being applied in the dairy industry, I set myself the challenge of finding a solution to innovating that process in our industry. I wanted to help the industry as a whole do things easier and faster and have access to these tools at no cost,” Seymour told TDN AusNZ.

I set myself the challenge of finding a solution to innovating that process in our industry. I wanted to help the industry as a whole do things easier and faster and have access to these tools at no cost.” – Tom Seymour

What has evolved is a program which has scope far beyond what Seymour envisioned at the start of the journey. Working closely with renowned thoroughbred software company Prism, he began to identify the potential that well thought out, easy-to-use technology had to change the working lives of those involved in the stallion nomination process.

“The seed was sown probably three or four years ago. However, it wasn’t until I was exposed to some of the early software prototypes that Prism were playing around with that I could visualise the solution. In the last nine months, it’s been pretty much 24/7, working on both ends of the platform, trying to ensure the efficiencies are equal for both breeders and stud farms,” he said.

“Naturally, as the technology improves, so has the scope of what we have been able to offer and our ability to do that. The last nine months are a culmination of that.”

That solution is an automated end-to-end booking system. From a stud perspective, Breedr allows stallion service times to be managed, streamlines the application process for mares and provides a process for handling documentation in a digital form, while reducing booking commissions and exposing stallions to an increased client base and as such, a greater number of mares.

From a breeders’ perspective, they will be able to access a broader range of stallions for their mares, manage all their mare bookings through one centralised dashboard, receive instant appraisal of their mares from studs and access additional pedigree information. The barriers around access to commercial studs for smaller breeders are lowered.

Meeting a complex problem with a simple solution

One of the main challenges Seymour faced was trying to stay focussed on the core solution of providing a connection between breeder and studs. While there are a myriad of problems there to solve, the most important was to make the process of stallion booking as simple as possible.

“I looked at every touch point in the existing process and provided a digital solution to that touch point. I always had the simple ethos in mind of making it more efficient for the user,” he said.

“I always had the simple ethos in mind of making it more efficient for the user.” – Tom Seymour

hat does not mean that Breedr itself is a simple set-up. Developing a solution which maps an array of relationships in the thoroughbred industry is complex. But the key to any successful digital product is to try and make a difficult task feel much easier and Seymour believes his system does exactly that.

“As it stands, Breedr is quite a complex beast because it is end to end, but I chose to release it in that way so users could see the entire process from start to finish in one. That was preferable than trying to drip feed it step by step, this way users could see the vision of what I set out to achieve,” he said.

Seymour says the software itself stands alone and does not require any integration with existing systems, allowing studs to run it in parallel to their existing systems and minimising the disruption of implementation. It does have the ability to connect with Prism’s other software solutions if required.

“The goal is that studs would have the ability to access components of the software that is most relevant to their business and where they need the most support,” he said.

Seymour couldn’t have anticipated when building Breedr that a global pandemic would cause such disruption in the thoroughbred industry, but what has become clear is that it is a particularly effective solution during the times where the movements of people is restricted.

The full digital end-to-end process, including centralised booking, documentation, roster management and the facilitation of mare treatments records, makes it much easier for those in the industry to comply with COVID-19 or any other welfare protocols, while still being able to conduct business.

Strong relationships smooth challenges

What has been key to the success of getting Breedr off the ground, according to Seymour, has been his ability to call upon key relationships to workshop solutions to the challenges that so often arise when innovation turns into action.

“I’ve worked closely with Prism as a technology partner. I’ve also relied on my industry mentors and relationships within the industry, to get feedback along the way. I’ve also had the support of other key industry stakeholders like Arion. Kyla Johnson was a massive supporter of the initial concept and gave me the confidence to push forward from those early days,” he said.

The timing of the launch, with nominations being sought for stallions across Australia and New Zealand, is very much deliberate. While it offers an easy way to manage those nominations happening now, Seymour said Breedr’s true value will be apparent when breeding season begins in September.

“That was very much the plan to work towards launching now with September 1 in mind. To ensure the studs had ample time to trial and experience the system. Although a lot of applications for nominations would have already been lodged, this will enable breeders to still search and get themselves familiar with the booking process,” he said.

“That was very much the plan to work towards launching now with September 1 in mind. To ensure the studs had ample time to trial and experience the system.” – Tom Seymour

Tom worked closely with Prism as a technology partner

“Come September 1, that’s when the real benefits of the Breedr technology will come to the fore, with its ability in real time for studs to take nominations when last-minute covers have become available.

“They can be immediately filled by reserve lists of breeders, utilising auto notifications. I’m confident that nomination teams will prefer this method than having to cold call on the phones trying to fill last-minute spots. Even if Breedr can fill these gaps just once or twice a season, then it will make a massive difference to the stud’s bottom line.

“The next three months are now very much about working with new users and customising the system to the needs of each breeder and stud farm in the lead up to the season. The beauty of the software behind Breedr is that it is extremely tailorable and can easily expand to cater for any future requirements of the industry.”

Article courtesy of TDN

Five wins and one second from seven starts says all you need to know about the courageous filly Liberty Beach who has been a wonderful flag-bearer for Woodside Park Stud shuttler Cable Bay (IRE).

Some great results overnight for #CableBay, as G3 winner Liberty Beach resumed with a Listed victory while Belle Anglaise recorded her first stakes performance.

Looking forward to his first-crop Australian 2YOs launching in the Spring!#MultiplyYourChances

Winner of the Group III Molecomb Stakes and Listed Dragon Stakes and runner-up in York’s Lowther Stakes on her final start last season at two, Liberty Beach kick-started her three-year-old campaign with a hard-fought victory in Sunday’s Listed Cecil Frail Fillies’ Stakes at Haydock.

With regular rider Jason Heart in the saddle, the John Quinn-trained 3yo defeated Queen Jo Jo (Gregorian) by three-quarter of a length with maid In India (Bated Breath) a head back in third.

Racing Post said: ‘Pulled hard, tracked leaders, pushed along and led over 1f out, edged left inside final furlong, ridden out.’

The only time Liberty Beach has been further back than second was when she was fourth in the Queen Mary at Royal Ascot.

The daughter of Cable Bay (IRE) is the lone winner from three to race out of the winning Avonbridge mare Flirtinaskirt a half-sister to the Group III winner La Rioja (Hellvelyn).

A Group II winning son of Invincible Spirit, Cable Bay (IRE) has received solid support in his first three seasons and returns to Woodside Park in 2020 where he will stand for a fee of $9,900.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Ahead of the forthcoming breeding season, Glen Eden Stud will be standing two exciting stallions, Rebel Dane and Giant’s Steps in Victoria.

Above: Rebel Dane at Glen Eden Stud

Rebel Dane is a dual Group 1 winner and his last thirty-one starts were at Group 1 and Group 2 level. Rebel Dane can be described as the ultimate colonial sprinter and, through-out his career, displayed striking tenacity and speed. His most notable win being the Manikato Stakes where he beat eight Group 1 sprinters including Chautaqua and Buffering. ‘He is strong, striking and a tough horse. His biggest traits on the racecourse is that he was very tough and resilient where he raced for five years in Group 1 and Group 2 company and retired sound. You couldn’t ask more from the horse, he has a great nature and is very confident’ Remarked Sonia O’Gorman from Glen Eden Stud. This will be Rebel Dane’s fourth season at Stud with many of his progeny making their debuts on the racetrack and they are evidencing many of the qualities evident in the sire. If you are wanting to breed a racehorse that resonates toughness and soundness, then Rebel Dane offers fantastic value with a stud fee of $5,000 including GST.

Above: Giant Steps at Glen Eden Stud

Giant Steps, out of the phenomenal Giant’s Causeway, is a bloodline that has certainly put a stamp on Australian champions. Giant Steps, a champion Turf Colt in Chile during the 2012/2013 season which included Group 1 victories, proved he was hugely versatile winning over multiple distances ranging from 1200m to 2400m. Giant’s Causeway was a remarkable Sire of Sires with his progeny producing 27 Group 1 winners, 215 Stakes winners and 34 Group 2 winners. The most notable line in Australia is the champion Lope de Vega whose progeny include Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane and Vega Magic to name a few. Giant Steps is closely related to the exceptional Hussonet who stood in Australia and Ukraar who were both successful proven sires. Giant Steps is an ideal cross for the ever popular Danehill/Danzig pedigree line. ‘Giant Steps is very gentle and good to handle on the farm and has been adapting very well to any change. He had a good season last year serving double what he did the year before.’ Remarked Sonia. For a stud fee of $4,000 including GST, Giant Steps is an unique opportunity to access the phenomenal bloodline.

Sonia O’Gorman appreciates the difficulties that many breeders will be facing this year and is offering a number of substantial incentives.


Early Bird If your mare is booked with a signed contract prior to 1stAugust they will receive the lowest service fee price available.
Multiple Bookings If you send more than one mare to the same stallion a discount will be offered.
Travel Subsidy If a horse is more than 200km away from the stud a 10% discount for travel is available (conditions apply)
Discounted agistment If a mare is Agisted at Glen Eden being bred to one of our stallions reduced agistment rates apply.
Payment Plans Service fees are able to be paid in instalments.
Two bookings will go into the draw to win three nights’ accommodation at Cape Schank apartments on the Mornington Peninsular or Ocean Breeze Resort at Noosa.



Rebel Dane will stand for a service fee $5000 including GST

Giant Steps will stand for a service fee $4000 including GST

For more information contact Sonia O’Gorman 0407 811 411



Above: Rachel and John Doherty at Yarran Thoroughbreds

Rachel Doherty grew up in Palmerston North, a small town in New Zealand, but the interest in the industry started by spending time with her grandfather. ‘I was lucky that my grandfather always liked to have a bet and was interested in racehorses.’ This interest was then passed down the generation to Rachel’s dad who owned a broodmare and had a few shares in racehorses.

‘Although we didn’t live on a farm, I don’t remember my life without a horse in it. I just love the horses and never imagined not working with them. My bedroom at home was covered with pictures of racehorses and never singers or celebrities! I remember writing to the different studs and telling them how much I loved their horses. I was madly obsessed’

Rachel acknowledges her parents’ good friends the Fell’s at Fairdale Stud in New Zealand who supported her passion for the industry. ‘I used to go there for weekends and school holidays since I was about ten years old. My family did the foaling there for quite a few years and then eventually I was able to assist with a couple of yearling preps.’ From school Rachel always planned to join the police force albeit the mounted division with the stud work to fill up the school holidays and weekends. However, Rachel was hit by the bug and she has never looked back.

During the early days of working in the industry Rachel met her now husband John who had brought a shuttle stallion to New Zealand. Rachel and John then completed a few seasons with shuttle stallions in both the Northern and Southern hemispheres which included taking some mares to China and onto inner Mongolia. Whilst John was looking after the stallions, Rachel would turn her hand to a variety of roles including trackwork, yearling prep and whatever opportunities were available.

‘We then took a full-time contract in Japan where John was working at a stallion station and I was riding track work which we did for about five years.’ Shortly before their first daughter was born, John took up the role of managing a broodmare farm which was owned by an Irishman in Japan. ‘We were lucky enough to be in the ownership of a few mares in Japan, one of them we sent to Sunday Silence a couple of times. A few of our foals sold for over $1million dollars which was really exciting.’ After nine years in Japan Rachel and John moved back to Australia to work with Darley.

‘I wasn’t employed by Darley as we then had 2 very young children but we leased a 100-acre property in Avenel where I managed our own mares in addition to a couple of outside ones. We bred a few horses that we took to the sales in Adelaide in a draft of three.’ Rachel is obviously very caring and passionate about her horses and remarked that all three sold and all have since won races which is an amazing achievement.

Rachel and John have both been working at Yarran Thoroughbreds for the last three years and have been taking it from strength to strength. In 2018 Yarran sold Heatherly for $1.6 million and more recently it is Booker who has been making headlines selling for the same price at the Chairman’s Sale which is phenomenal results for the farm. John is the farm manager and Rachel describes her role as ‘a bit of everything.’ ‘I absolutely love where we are. The owner of Yarran lives overseas so we get to do what we feel is right for the business.’ Both John and Rachel are hugely passionate about the industry.

‘I find it rewarding watching them go from foals all the way through their racing career. We just absolutely love the animal and they bring us so much happiness and joy. The aim is to breed a Group 1 winner so that is what we are hoping for one day.’

Above: a mare and foal at Yarran

‘In every country there is a special horse. In New Zealand when I worked at Fairdale we foaled a mare called Fun On The Run and that filly turned out to be Group 1 winner Tall Poppy who following her racing career retired home to Fairdale as a broodmare. During my time at Cambridge Stud I was there with Eight Carat and also Horlicks the year Brew won the Melbourne Cup. In Ireland I had my photo taken with Sadler’s wells which was pretty special. There is something in every country!’ In Japan during Rachel’s time doing trackwork she had the opportunity to ride a Japan Cup winner which I’m sure not many people can add to their repertoire. To date, the notable horse for Rachel in Australia is Heatherley, ‘who was absolutely beautiful.’

John and Rachel bring a breadth of experience from around the world and Rachel is hugely supportive of the breeding industry in Victoria. ‘The Victorian racing is the best anywhere! It is a no brainer to have a good breeding industry here in Victoria to breed for those races and Victoria has a very good climate for horses. The top stallions are making their way to Victoria which in turn will improve the broodmares here. There is huge potential from Victoria and I would rather be based here than anywhere else in Australia.

The advice that Rachel would pass on to anyone looking at starting in the industry is ‘Definitely travel! Getting experience of different systems with different people is so important. Do as much as you can while you are young.’

(Image: Bassinghall Farm)

As we look ahead to the upcoming breeding season and with many mares foaling down around the country in the coming months, we would like to offer Victorian breeders to take advantage of a placenta collection service.

Facilitated by the Japanese company Nomura, who is accredited with strict Australian export laws, the company was able to develop an efficient collection, processing and export procedure.

Payment for each placenta will be $10 plus GST to the stud farm with a $1 going to the states breeding association.

The funds collected by the farm can be used towards a staff bonus, dinner or BBQ, and it is also a great way to support Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, and our future industry events.

Nomura will supply a chest freezer for use during the season to store the collected placentas in and will arrange collection at regular intervals during the season. Any packaging, labelling will also be provided so the studs will not incur any costs or expenses.

The process is easy to adopt and factor into regular farm procedures and aids in equine bio-security and welfare. Paperwork is minimal, with only a couple of declarations to be signed at the start of the season, and the generation of an invoice at the completion of the season, when payment is made.

This process is far easier than having to bury the unwanted placenta following each foaling, and after a quick wash to remove straw or grass they are bagged, labelled and simply popped in the freezer.

Nomura is keen to get many studs and farms involved as every placenta counts. So even small breeders with small numbers of mares being foaled down, can be a part of this opportunity. The more farms being collected, it will aid in helping the transport run frequently and consistently and contributes importantly to the overall total.

If you would like to participate or are interested in finding out more, about logistics please contact

Above: Cliff’s Edge winning Group II Schweppes Crystal Mile (1600m) at Moonee Valley. (photos Grant Courtney)

Rangal Park Stud are delighted to announce that the talented new stallion CLIFF’S EDGE will stand at their Victorian property for the upcoming season. Cliff’s Edge is by Canford Cliff’s (IRE) out of the dam Simulation (Snaadee (USA)). As an eight-time winner, the dam showed success from 1000m to 3000m similarly to Cliff’s Edge who was a winner from 1200m to 2040m proving his resilience on the racetrack.

Cliff’s Edge won 8 races including two Group 2 and two Group 3 and amassed over 1.1 million dollars in prizemoney winning during his 2, 3,4 and 5 year old seasons. Most notably, Cliff’s Edge won the Group 2 Crystal Mile beating Prized Icon by half a length and the Group 2 Alister Clark Stakes impressively beating Levandi both in 2018.

As a $60,000 purchase from the 2016 Inglis Premier Sale, Cliff’s Edge has provided the ownership group which included Victorian breeders Brett Holburt with great joy on the racetrack and an impressive investment return.

Cliff’s Edge will stand for $6,600 inc GST and will stand alongside of Soul Patch, Boom Time and Danerich.

For more information please contact Eric Butler at Rangal Park Stud on 0427 200 763

Above: Jenni Bad Cat (NZ) as a yearling

Having already sourced one Group 1 filly from the New Zealand Bloodstock Yearling Sale at Karaka, owner Tony Ottobre will be hoping he may have found another quality filly after Jenni Bad Cat’s (NZ) (Savabeel) victory at Ballarat on Thursday.

At Karaka in 2017, Ottobre paid NZ$120,000 for a filly by High Chaparral (Ire), who would go on and give him one of his greatest thrills in racing when, as Princess Jenni (NZ), she won the G1 Schweppes Oaks in Adelaide.

Trained by David Brideoake, Princess Jenni has proven a star for the Ottobre family, also winning the G2 Stocks S. last September, part of a 14-start career which has yielded five wins and over $700,000 in prizemoney.

Many of Ottobre’s fillies are named Jenni, in honour of his daughter who passed away in 2015 and another one of the Jennis looks set to do the family proud.

It’s a long way from a Group 1 win, but Jenni Bad Cat took the required step up from her first start at Pakenham, where she finished fourth, to win by 1l in the Craig’s Royal Hotel Mdn at Ballarat over 1200 metres.

She was settled well back in the pack by jockey Ben Melham, and while she took some time to warm to her task, she finished strongly to win in a manner which suggests she can measure up in better races.

The Brideoake stable won’t rush the 3-year-old at this stage, with stable representative Alex Woodhams saying they felt she would improve with each preparation.

“She has still got a little bit of maturing to do, both physically and mentally. She’s slowly learning what it’s all about and it’s good to see her settling and finishing so strongly,” he said.

“She’s got a pretty tough temperament. She got a little bit further back than we would have liked and Ben had to weave a little bit of magic, but once she found clear running, he had plenty of horse under him.

“Time is going to be her best friend, she’s a progressive sort of horse and I think there are plenty of nice races in her.” – Alex Woodhams

“Time is going to be her best friend, she’s a progressive sort of horse and I think there are plenty of nice races in her, maybe a prep away. We won’t see the best of her until she gets a bit further.”

Woodhams said a decision whether she heads to the paddock or looks to secure another win this preparation will be made once she returns to the stables.

“We bought a nice fit, healthy horse to the races. She is still in good condition and has got plenty of condition on her. She’s been in work a little while now, but we will see how she gets through the run.”

Jenni Bad Cat was a NZ$260,000 buy at the 2018 New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sale at Karaka.

Bred by Waikato Stud’s Chittick family, she is out of Kansas (NZ) (O’Reilly {NZ}), who is the daughter of Group 3 winner Breezy (NZ) (Pins). That’s the family of stakes-winning South African pair Dahlia’s Legacy (NZ) (Dahar {USA}) and Neo Star (NZ) (Centaine) as well as G2 TJ Smith S, winner Century Kid (NZ) (Centaine).

She was one of two fillies Ottobre purchased at Karaka in 2018. The other one, Evie Girl (NZ) (Ocean Park {NZ}), cost NZ$160,000 and has two placings from eight starts.

Article courtesy of TDN- written by Bren O’Brien

Above: Sam Fairgray with Mr Zhang

Sam Fairgray manages the Yuesheng Zhang-owned Yulong operation in Victoria and home to foundation stallion Grunt (NZ), who stands at $13,750 inc GST and newcomer Alabama Express at $27,500 inc GST. It also has future sire, Group 1-winning colt Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}) in its quality ownership stable.

TDN AusNZ: Service fees have been announced, how are you finding the response to your roster given the current economic uncertainty?

SF: We’re really pleased and the Victorian breeders have responded really well to Alabama Express and to Grunt, who was extremely popular in 2019. He served 178 mares and 160 in foal, he’s got fantastic fertility – his first 30 mares in a row were in foal and he will be serving another top-quality book this year.

Article courtsey of TDN written by Paul Vetisse

TDN AusNZ: You have new stallion Alabama Express, can you describe him physically and what mare type you will be sending to him?

SF: Alabama is going to be an easy horse to mate to because he’s medium-sized at 16 hands and he’s full of quality. Whether it’s a mare that needs a bit of size or a bigger mare that needs tidying up he’s right in the middle. He’s got substance and is an easy horse to breed to on type.

TDN AusNZ: How did that stallion come on your radar to stand, and what was the process to acquiring him?

SF: Sons of Redoute’s Choice have been great and we always keep an eye on them. Alabama Express did well early on in his career and then he came back and won at Flemington, that’s when we thought this might be a horse going places. Obviously, he later won the G1 CF Orr S. and we were on to him and were fortunate enough to get hold of him.

He’s the only 3-year-old son of Redoute’s Choice to win at weight-for-age in Australia and showed he was the real deal when he beat the older horses and seven Group 1 winners in the CF Orr. He had a great turn of foot and he’s out of an Encosta De Lago mare so there’s lots of positives and he’ll be a great fit with the Australian broodmare population.

TDN AusNZ: Physical type, race performance and pedigree are all important criteria when selecting stallions, but if there were one you’d prioritise over the others, what would it be and why?

SF: That’s a tough one, but I think at the end of the day pedigree is vital and then performance guides you commercially. If the horse has got the pedigree and he works with the mare gene population then that’s the way to success. It’s a combination of them all to be able to leave commercial types.

I think it’s pedigree and physical – obviously race performance is important, but horses might not have luck in certain races so you also have to gauge that when assessing their ability.

“I think it’s pedigree and physical and obviously race performance is important, but horses might not have luck in certain races so you also have to gauge that when assessing their ability.” – Sam Fairgray

TDN AusNZ: Looking ahead to the next few years, are there any changes to your business model you’re planning? And what is your process for reviewing how your business is placed?

SF: As we are growing, Mr Zhang is always checking and making sure we’re progressing in the right direction. We try to keep things streamlined, having the racing and breeding operations we are always looking to evolve the business and keep it at the right level.

Mr Zhang has big hopes and we’re certainly well on the way. We look at successful farms in Australia and world-wide to see how they operate and their business models. Mr Zhang is very involved and was here from January up until just before the Inglis Chairman’s Sale. His knowledge of the industry is incredible, he’s very passionate about it and knows what’s going on. He reads all the news about the industry all over the world.

TDN AusNZ: What is the biggest challenge facing your business at the moment?

SF: I think breeders are certainly going to take stock and look at what they’re doing and their models. Sometimes, challenges like we are currently facing, can actually be a positive because it can be too easy to be breeding mares for the sake of it and hoping that you get a result at the other end. The way the economy is now, you’ve got to scrutinise where the end product is going to end up and the buying market.

Obviously, it’s difficult times and it’s also time for breeders to see which of their mares are going to be profitable, we obviously want to help keep them successful so they stay in the game. The mares you breed this year are three years away from a result so people definitely have to assess what they’re doing carefully and that’s what I have noted with breeders. Some have decided that some mares won’t be bred, they’ve done their homework and decided it may not be best for their business.

TDN AusNZ: You’ve worked for some interesting people throughout your career, can you tell me who had the largest influence on you and the lesson you will not forget?

SF: When I was at school and about 15 I went and did a week at Denny and Mark Baker’s Hallmark Stud and I think that cemented what I wanted to do with my career. They are great horsemen and I saw how they operated their business and that got me going.

Then I was really lucky that Peter Keating at Ra Ora Stud gave me my first job and horse-wise he taught me all about conformation and diet.

John Messara is the other person I learned an awful lot off when I worked at Arrowfield Stud and saw how he operated and what it took to make a business work.

Article courtesy of TDN- written by Paul Vettise

Above: Canford Cliffs (IRE) who stood at Blue Gum Farm

Great Duchess’ back-to-back Caulfield victories has again put the spotlight on former Blue Gum Farm stallion, Canford Cliffs (IRE).

The stallion, which had an impeccable racing record that netted five Group 1 victories over 1600m in Ireland and England, stood five seasons at Blue Gum Farm at Euroa.

His first season was in 2012 when he served 66 mares and his last season was in 2016 when he became commercially unviable, covering only 30 mares. Amazingly in 2015, he had his biggest book – 136 mares.

Canford Cliffs was exported home to Ireland in December of 2016 with his papers stamped and never to return.

Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell bred Great Duchess, which has now won four races and $324,595 in prize money, from Great Dame (Danerich) which he also trained for a group of owners, headed by his wife, Danielle. And most of those owners also race Duchess.

Eurell said Duchess was consistent and honest and would ideally go through the Leilani series for mares, culminating in the final over 1400m at Flemington on July 4

“I think 1400m is her ideal distance and it could work out a good series,” Eurell said.

“It’s very rewarding to have bred her because as we know it’s a long hard battle from the start and no matter what you do, to actually get up and win a race is great,” he said.

“You have got to be ever hopeful that everything comes out in the right spots on these horses and they’ve got the ability to run. “When it’s a long term project like that, it is rewarding and you do get a little bit of an extra kick out of it for sure.”

Eurell said he was a bit of a wrap for Canford Cliffs and believed at the time that the match would work with Great Dame (Danerich/Star Opera) which he trained to two wins, including a victory at Sandown, from her four starts.

“I liked the Canford Cliffs breed and we’d been doing a little bit of work through Blue Gum. The stars aligned to head in that direction,” Eurell said.

“And as it always with these stallions, here today and gone tomorrow and then their progeny start to fire and you don’t get the opportunity to go back to them.”

Eurell described the Canford Cliffs’ progeny as “time packages” and if breeders were looking for the early runner, it just wasn’t there.

“Like all of them you will get the odd one, but this breed you would say about 90 per cent would take a bit of time,” he said.

“They are good honest horses once they get there.’’

Blue Gum Farm’s Phil Campbell said Canford Cliffs, a Coolmore stallion, he understood was sold to South Africa after he had had his final shuttle to Australia.

Campbell said the stallion did not produce the results when he was standing at Blue Gum.

“But as is so typically the case, we are very, very quick to judge and it would appear to me that he has compiled a better record since he stopped coming here with his progeny getting a little bit more age and maturity about them,” Campbell said.

“He was a very good two year-old himself but he was a better three and four year-old. He just didn’t get two year-olds here and was slow off the mark. As a result he fell out of favour very quickly with the market and as such the owners made the decision to not continue bringing him out here and ultimately to sell him.”

Campbell said Canford Cliff started off with a real bang with his two year-olds in the UK and Europe but never had the same momentum with his Australian two year-olds.

He said there were obviously different conditions and training methods in Australia and it was a classic example of starting off very well in one hemisphere and being unable to get the momentum going in another hemisphere.

“As good as he is with his two year-olds in the UK, he covered a big book of mares here but he wasn’t able to maintain that because he just didn’t get results early enough here,” Campbell said.

“He had a ridiculous amount of individual two year-old winners from his first crop in Europe and however many stakes winners as a result that news and he was very, very popular that year.”

Campbell said Canford Cliffs was a magnificent horse to work with and was extremely fertile. He was good looking horse that got “sacked” before he got going in Australia.

He said a drop off of 106 mares from the 2015 season to his last season in 2016 was an example of how quickly the wheel turns in the breeding industry.

But Campbell said that Canford Cliffs also struggled to maintain the momentum in Europe, as well,  with his first crop failing to train on.

“And his subsequent crops weren’t anywhere as successful as his first crop which is interesting because out here his progeny has got better as they have got older and matured,” Campbell said.

And he is impressed with Eurell’s mare, Great Duchess, and says there are others around as four-year-olds.

Campbell said another of Canford Cliffs progeny, five-year-old Cliff’s Edge, was a nice horse.  Winning four Group races.

“He is getting a good volume of winners now, but the bird has flown unfortunately,” he said.

Asked whether Canford Cliffs would get support from breeders if he returned to Australia, Campbell said: “The big boys are bringing in new horses with sex appeal and bells and whistles and flashing lights on them every single year.

“And with a big gap when he was last here, he would have runners again, the answer to the question is no.’’

While Canford Cliffs’ service fee in his first season at Blue Gum was $19,250 and then reduced to $13,750, Campbell believes his fee was never in keeping with his race record.

Campbell said the stallion was a bit of a genetic freak.

“He had a pretty off the wall pedigree but he had the race record of a very, very serious racehorse,” he said.

“He was a cracker. As a matter of fact, he finished second to Frankel  in the Sussex Stakes at Goodwood when he was lame and I honestly wish that he had have been fully sound in that race because that’s how good he was. He could compete with a horse like that.

“He was an absolute top drawer racehorse.”

Campbell side Canford Cliff’s name was quite often spotted in the winner’s list.

He said Eurell and his clients were a good supporter of Canford Cliff’s when he stood at Blue Gum Farm.

“I am absolutely rapt that he has been able to breed one with above average ability because she will be a very good mare for him going forward,” Campbell said.