Above: Mamzelle Tess ridden by Ben E Thompson wins the Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Sunline Stakes ,at Moonee Valley Racecourse. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Ivan Holloway always knew it was going to be a big ask to bring Mamzellle Tess out of retirement after it wasn’t her time in the breeding barn and then aim her for the $5 million All-Star Mile.

After paying $110,000 for the Group 2 winning mare at the Inglis Digital Online Sale last May, Holloway sent her to Merchant Navy, a stallion he has long admired, but the mare failed to get in foal.

Holloway noted that the daughter of Victorian stallion O’Lonhro was perhaps retired due to her age, rather than her form as she’d won the Group 2 Sunline Stakes (1600m) at her second last start in March last year before being sold as a breeding proposition.

Her last race before Holloway bought the mare was in April last year when she ran a respectable fourth, beaten three lengths, in the VOBIS Gold Mile at Caulfield.

The eight-year-old returned to the track after 43 weeks in last Saturday’s Group Bellmaine Stakes when she finished seven of 11, beaten less than three lengths.

The first stage of the comeback was successful, but Holloway admits getting enough publicity and the necessary votes to get the mare into the richest mile race in the world will take some doing.

If she gets in, Holloway said it be would be a fairy tale.

The Irishman, who heads a global infrastructure company, is in the closing days of spending two weeks in quarantine after returning to his native country on business.

He was more than happy with what her saw of Mamzellle Tess’ comeback run.

“To be honest, nine months off the track, you couldn’t have wished for more,” Holloway said.

“She ran really well. It just seemed that she got tired the last 100m and she ran seventh in a Group race and was nine months off the track, was two and half lengths of a Group 1 winner who I know who was carrying a big weight but you couldn’t wish for a better return for a mare that was going to the breeding barn who then took a U-turn.

“I am very happy with her.”

Mamzellle Tess’  inability to get into foal to Merchant Navy left Holloway “twiddling” his thumbs as he’d more bad luck the previous year when he had a couple of barren mares.

With a year to kill before he sends the mare back to Merchant Navy, Holloway pondered about his options which including leaving her in the Hunter Valley until the next breeding season or bringing her back to Victoria.

In the end he decided to ring the mare’s trainer Leon Corstens for his opinion if it was a feasible option to bring her back into work.

“He had trained her for the last four or five years so I rang Troy and we had a quick chat with and asked him what he reckoned about bringing Mamzelle Tess back into training,” Holloway said.

“He said straight away, yes why not. When she came back to him she’d had good break that she normally wouldn’t have and came back better than ever.

“It was a solution time leaving her somewhere on a farm until the next year and by the looks of it she has got some potential.

“Originally what I liked about her was the toughness and that’s why I bought her, more than pedigree, so I think she has got a good chance of showing something this year.”

He has leased her to Corstens.

Holloway was looking for value when he saw Mamzelle Tess come on the market and thought he did well to pay $110,000 for a Group 2 winning mare who won more than $600,000 in prizemoney in her 49 starts.

Now with the comeback run a success, Holloway needs the public vote get her into the top 10 and split 10 per cent of any prizemoney with charities Pinchapoo and the Peter Mac Cancer Foundation which his business has previously supported.

“We are trying to give something back and create a bit of interest and with only a few days to go, she hasn’t been in the eye like all other horses over the spring and such,” Holloway said.

“She is probably a bit forgotten so how to get her there is the next question.

“I am not into marketing and social media so I am sort of old school in that that way and I am looking to other people for ideas.”

Holloway has reduced his broodmare band in recent years but currently has six after learning what he says was a valuable lesson in the breeding game – quality over quantity.

He breeds to race and sell and admits he’s tried to make the breeding pay for the racing.

“But it hasn’t quite worked out yet,” he laughed.

“It’s not a sprint; it’s a marathon this game. I love it and love all the aspects of it and you learn from the people in the industry.”

Racing has been a lifetime obsession and love for Holloway who recalls to going to races all over Ireland as a child.

He then went into the ownership of horses which he said started with a leg, a tail and then he owned a couple of broodmares in Ireland.

“And then when I came over here I started getting into it a bit more seriously about six years ago,” he said.

“I brought a couple of broodmares from Inglis and Magic Millions and started small and the just built it up.

“I brought over horse from Ireland to race and my thing is to try bringing over a horse every year and try to make it work it that way. I also bring over foals and yearlings.

“I started off buying tried horses and bringing them over but now it’s more breeding the horses over there and giving them their initial training in Ireland and they come over her if they are good enough to earn the flight over.”

Holloway has had some success and bad luck with Pivotal (GB) mare Procrastination (GB), which cost him $180,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Broodmare Sale.

He said the mare, which was in foal to Exceed and Excel when he bought her, won two races in France and was stakes placed and more interesting is out of Rubiton mare Dilly Dally which won two Group 2 races over 1200m in Australia.

Holloway sold the Exceed and Excel colt at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $200,000 to Bill Mitchell who bought him for a Hong Kong client. Named Excellent Proposal, the now four year-old won three of his four starts in Australia before making his way to John Size in Hong Kong where he has won four of his six races, including his last start victory in the Group 1 Hong Kong Classic Mile at Sha Tin to take his career earnings to $AUD1.8 million.

“Unfortunately the mother died after the second foal which I still have and he’s a Vancouver colt which is nearly ready to go with Robert Kingston,” he said.

Now a three-year-old, the colt is named Potato Pete as Holloway explained he names the horses after his children. Another of his horses is named Sophia’s Choice after one his daughters.

Holloway laughed when he explained that Potato Pete is his son’s nickname.

Sophia’s Choice, by Fastnet Rock and a winner of three races, is expected to join Mamzelle Tess in the breeding barn later this year.

“It would be a great fairy tale if things happened for Mamzelle Tess this year and then she went to the barn,” he said.

Holloway said he was with Segenhoe stud master Peter O’Brien when Merchant Navy (Fastnet Rock x Legally Bay) won the Group 1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington. He was also at the Curragh when the entire won the Group 2 Greenlands Stakes (1207m) and also witnessed the victory in the Group 1 Diamond Jubilee (1207m) at Royal Ascot.

After being based in Australia for eight years, Holloway’s love of racing has continued to grow.

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Above: Fighting Sun standing at Sun Stud

Four weeks after winning the Devonport Cup, the Star Thoroughbreds colour-bearer Newhart trounced the odds-on favourite Mystic Journey by three and three-quarter lengths in Sundays Listed The Mills Thomas Lyons Stakes (1400m) at Hobart.

Ridden by Craig Newitt for trainer Leanne Gaffney, the 5yo son Fighting Son advanced his record to seven wins and five seconds from 14 starts with earnings of $256,400.

Purchased by Star Thoroughbreds/Paul Willetts Bloodstock for $60,000 out of the Fairways Bloodstock draft at the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale, Newhart is a half-brother to the stakes-placed Derasa (Squamosa).

They are the only two to race out of the Commands mare Jesting who was purchased for just $3,000 at the 2013 Inglis August Thoroughbred Sale.

From the family of Fantastic light (IRE) and Your Song, Jesting has a 2yo gelding by Suamosa named Snappy Jim.

After foaling a Pride Of Dubai last spring, Jesting was bred back to the champion first season sire.

Newhart becomes the second stakes-winner for Sun Stud’s ill-fated Northern Meteor stallion Fighting Sun who died in June last year after leaving six crops.

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Above: Shamus Award standing at Rosemont Stud

Carrying the colours made famous by her Cox Plate winning sire Shamus Award, Ethical Solution made thrip across Bass Strait worthwhile by capturing the Group III Kevin Sharkie Bow Mistress (1200m) at Hobart.

Ridden by Joe Bowditch for trainer Lloyd Kennewell, Ethical Solution looked in danger of securing a run at the 300 metres.

Bowdich found a narrow seam and Ethical Solution was strong to the line in defeating the Street boss (USA) mare Street Icon by two lengths with a further four and a quarter lengths back to the veteran Sebring mare Runaway Girl in third.

The first stakes success for Ethical Solution advances her record to six two two from 16 starts with earnings of $217,405.

Golden Grove Stud Farm bred the 4yo daughter of Shamus Award.

She is the best of three winners from five to race out of the South African Group III winner Miss Ethics (SAF).

A daughter of the Zafonic stallion Count Dubois, Miss Ethics has an unraced 2yo sister to Ethical Solution named Ethical Award and she has a colt foal by Shamus Ward.

Ethical Solution becomes the 10th stakes-winner for Shamus Award who now stands at Rosemont Stud after beginning his career at Widden.

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Above: Double You Tee as a yearling

Locally bred and Victorian-trained stayer Double You Tee (Written Tycoon) claimed the G3 Hobart Cup on a day where local hero Mystic Journey (Needs Further) had her colours lowered again.

The Patrick Payne-trained Double You Tee, who was bred by Armidale Stud, proved the superior stayer over the 2400 metres, coming from the back of the field in a well-timed ride from G1 Melbourne Cup-winning hoop Jye McNeil.

While the tempo at the front of affairs wasn’t quite as strong as expected, McNeil put his faith in the stamina of the 6-year-old, taking off around 800 metres out and taking the lead soon after the field straightened for home.

The Tony and Calvin McEvoy-trained Classic Weiwei (Shamus Award) peeled off his back soon after, but never looked a serious threat of reeling in Double You Tee, who had been well backed from $5 into $2.7 favourite throughout the day, and won by 1.25l.

The Archie Alexander-trained Barade (Fr) (Havana Gold {Ire}), worked from the tail of the field into third.

It is the first stakes success for Double You Tee, who was twice stakes-placed as a 3-year-old when trained in Tasmania by John Blacker and was then placed in the Listed Ballarat Cup for Payne in 2019.

He was purchased for $115,000 by Blacker at the 2016 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale from his breeders at Armidale Stud.

His dam, Kandy Korn (Flying Spur) was purchased for $20,000 by Armidale Stud at the 2011 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale and has now produced three winners. Her yearling filly by Impending is catalogued as Lot 224 at the 2021 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

The 2019 G3 Hobart Cup winner Eastender (Tickets) bled during the race and has been retired.

Earlier, Group 1 winner Mystic Journey had her colours lowered by recent Devonport Cup winner Newhart (Fighting Sun) in the Listed Thomas Lyons S.

Coming off a shock first-up defeat at Launceston last time out, the Adam-Trinder trained Mystic Journey was sent out $1.20 favourite, but never really travelled like a winner.

Jockey Luke Currie asked her to track Newhart into the race down the side, but she lacked the turn of foot to go with him, and the Leanne Gaffney-trained 5-year-old established a margin which Mystic Journey never looked like reeling in.

He had 3.75l to spare on her when they hit the line, taking his record to seven wins from 14 starts, while the early leader Blaze Forth (Court Command) finished third.

Bred by Fairways Bloodstock, Newhart was purchased by Star Thoroughbreds and Paul Willetts for $60,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale. He becomes the second stakes winner for the late Sun Stud stallion Fighting Sun.

The Lloyd Kennewell-trained mare Ethical Solution (Shamus Award) added some valuable black type to her resume with an impressive success in the G3 Bow Mistress S.

In what was another upset result, Ethical Solution closed off stylishly over the top of her rivals, defeating fellow Victorian Street Icon (Street Boss {USA}) by 2l, with the best of the locals being Runaway Girl (Sebring), who was another 4.5l back in third.

The long odds-on favourite Deroche (Needs Further) loomed as a chance at the top of the straight, but faded to finish fifth.

The Listed Strutt S. for the 3-year-old fillies was taken out by the unbeaten, Scott Brunton-trained Hela (Night Of Thunder {Ire}), who collected her fifth win, defeating Chequerboard (Fastnet Rock) by 3.75l, with Mystique Falcon (NZ) (Pride Of Dubai), another 4l back in third.

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Above: Zac Spain returns to the mounting yard aboard Streets of Avalon after winning Neds C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield Racecourse(George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

From trainer Shane Nichols’ Mornington stables, Streets of Avalon travelled an incredible amount of kilometres before finally breaking his maiden status at Bairnsdale.

The gelding went to Bendigo, Cranbourne, Morphettville, Echuca Dunkeld, and Pakenham before finally winning at Bairnsdale at his seventh attempt.

The trip to Dunkeld, nearly an eight hour round trip from Mornington, resulted in a third and a cheque of $1760.

The horse that finished first in that Dunkeld maiden, Sierradora finished his career with just one more win and prizemoney of $43,489. The second placegetter, Duanette finished her career in Port Lincoln with one win and a second and $24,886 from 12 starts.

Both are now retired.

Streets of Avalon, now a two time Group 1 winner after victory in last Saturday’s CF Orr Stakes (1400m), has prizemoney of $1.7 million from his 54 starts that have netted 10 wins, nine seconds and nine thirds.

Although the six-year-old doesn’t hold a nomination for the All-Star Mile, he is still a chance to win a free entry into the race like he did last year.

Phil Warren, who bred Streets of Avalon which is by Sun Stud stallion Magnus, races the six year-old with mates David Healy, Paul Farrell, David Dobe and Steve Foxwell.

After the gelding’s previous win, the Group 2 Australian Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley, Warren continues to be amazed at his horse’s grit.

“He is just incredibly competitive,” Warren said.

“He has been extraordinary and what’s he won now – $1.7 million.

“It’s not about the money, but this horse has delivered us some amazing moments.

“He had a pretty disappointing spring when he was a victim of some bad barriers and conditions but he has come back incredibly well.

“Maybe he is a better horse in the autumn. Some horses are like that and he’ll only have a light autumn and Shane is talking about maybe only one or two more runs and see how we go again in the spring.

“But it’s extraordinary.”

Warren owns Streets of Avalon’s dam Kamuniak (Black Minnaloushe x Miss Rory), a mare that was unplaced in all her seven races but has been a bigger success in the breeding barn.

A full sister to Streets of Avalon, Orlando Grove, was also bred and raced by Warren and friends and has had three starts for a win and second, breaking her maiden at Sandown in January as the $3.80 favourite.

Kamuniak has a colt foal at foot to Magnus and is again in foal to the stallion.

“That combination is working well I might as well keep it going,” Warren said.

And the mare has also produced an unraced two-year-old filly, Stormy Mistress, by Rosemont Stud stallion Starspangledbanner. The filly, like Orlando Grove, is in Nichols’ care and also raced by Warren and a group of his friends.

“Stormy Mistress is big and strong and is very different to Streets of Avalon and she’ll probably get to a trial this time in and she’ll be a spring horse before she gets to the track,” he said.

Warren bought Kamuniak as a yearling at the 2009 Karaka sales in New Zealand for $75,000 and raced her with OTI Racing and Bloodstock.

She is a full sister to multiple New Zealand Group winning entire Jokers Wild.

“I bought her and raced her for six or seven starts and she didn’t go well on the track but because she was bred so well, I kept her and started breeding from her,” he said.

But Warren’s first crack at breeding didn’t work.

Warren said Nichols then introduced him to Supreme Thoroughbreds at Romsey and admits the first two stallions he sent Kamuniak to – Street Boss and Bushranger – were his choice and probably based on price and naivety, rather than a good breeding match.

“And then when I took her to Supreme Thoroughbreds, they have got an expert there in mating and bloodstock, Neil Shaw, and he recommended Magnus and away we went,” he said.

“I owe him plenty.

“Streets of Avalon hadn’t been on the track really when I went to Starspangledbanner and then again, Neil recommended it. I obviously liked Starspangled banner as a horse and obviously he had some fertility issues early on.

“I thought it was interesting to go there and try it out and the filly looks nice.

“I breed to race and I don’t really sell so on that basis I’ll just keep going back to Magnus. It’s probably not worth trying anything else but saying that, I would actually consider a Written Tycoon or something next time but I’ll wait and see as I haven’t given it too much thought for next time.

Warren said the services free of some stallions are priced for their progeny to be “sellers.”

He said if he wanted to race he’d go to Magnus but if he wanted to breed to sell, he’d go to a stallion like Written Tycoon.

As well as Kamuniak, he has another broodmare named Scrunchie (Stravinsky x Recollection) which has an unraced two-year-old gelding by Rich Enuff , named Rich Strings, which he has talked former Australian basketballer Michelle Timms into taking a share in.

“Again Supreme Thoroughbreds is assisting with the breeding and recommendations for her as well,’’ he said.

“Scrunchie also has a filly by Fiorente and she just foaled down as well but she hasn’t been served this season as she was quite late with an Akeed Mofeed colt.

“Scrunchie is quite well bred too and has some Zabeel blood and she won a couple of races.”

Warren said he became involved with horses through former Australian cricketer Simon O’Donnell when he was syndicating horses with OTI.

He raced horses with O’Donnell for about six or seven years and then decided he might try it on his own.

“Simon has been fantastic and has taught me plenty about horses and stuff,” Warren said.

“I just thought I’d have a crack myself and over the journey I have had a bucket-load of horses that have produced nothing and from a return perspective I think this is probably about one of about two or three that has actually returned a profit over the journey.”

While Warren hasn’t got any plans on buying any more broodmares, he said Streets of Avalon’s full sister Orlando Grove might replace Kamuniak at some stage.

And as far as the All-Star Mile goes, after getting a free ticket into last year’s $5 million race by winning the Futurity Stakes (1400m), Warren said they would race again if they got a free entry in the race with a repeat victory in the Futurity at Caulfield.

“Even though he is a 1400m specialist at Caulfield, he just flies around The Valley,” Warren said.

“We’d certainly have a crack at The Valley, but if it was anyone else, I don’t think we would.”

Streets of Avalon has won only once beyond 1400m and that was over 1500m at Moonee Valley.

Warren said they didn’t enter Streets of Avalon for The All-Star Mile because they didn’t think they’d get the votes.

“And if you don’t get the votes, you have to win your way in, so let’s win our way in,” he said.

Warren operates popular sporting app, Team App, with O’Donnell and a few other partners.

Trainer Shane Nichols said the chance of racing in The All-Star Mile at The Valley makes its more appealing, even though he is not suited by the 1600m.

“He’ll go to the Futurity and he may run in the William Reid after that,” he said

“He can’t cope with a high pressure race at a mile. In those big fields and big handicaps, it’s very tricky for him and he would run a mile in good company like a Group 2 mile but it would have to be where he could control a bit of the tempo.

“He was okay in the All-Star Mile last year. We didn’t nominate last year either and we got a free ticket into because when won the Futurity.”

Nichols said it would be hard to knock back a free ticket into this year’s All-Star Mile because of the $5 million prizemoney on offer.

“You get $100,000 for running a place and the horse is a gelding so we’d certainly consider it,” he said.

Nichols has had a long association with Sun Stud’s Magnus and reckons he trained the stallion’s first winner Miss Joolia and first stake’s placegetter How Swede It Is which finished second in the Listed St Albans Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.

“I have had a lot of the stallion on the way through,’’ he said.

“Magnus has been good to me, and this one is a ripper, ripping horse.

Nichols said he was always knew Streets of Avalon would develop into a good horse but first he had to furnish and initially was what the trainer described as a little soft boned and needed time to harden-up.

“Where he has become unique is that he has improved a lot from from three to four and four to five and potentially five to six,” Nichols said.

“And that is really where has come into his own as he has improved with time and age which a lot of horses can’t do that because they get niggling issues and things.

“We have been able to keep him fairly sound and well.”

Nichols described Streets of Avalon as a freak which he demonstrated when he fought back after being headed in the straight to win by half a length last Saturday.

Above: Good Girl Bella after winning the Tra Intire Stables BM58 Handicap at Stawell Racecourse  (Brendan McCarthy/Racing Photos)

He may be taking things a little bit easier these days, but 25-year-old stallion Good Journey (USA) is still making his presence felt on the racetrack through his progeny.

The son of Nureyev produced another winner in Adelaide on Saturday when Good Girl Bella notched up her third win in succession with a victory over 1600m at Morphettville.

The five-year-old mare, trained at Bordertown by Jeff Searle, was coming off wins at Murray Bridge and Stawell.

Another of Good Journey’s progeny, four-year-old mare Garvoc, recently joined the stables of Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr and won on debut for her new trainers over 1009m at Geelong last week.

The mare won three races from five starts for Adelaide trainer Will Clarken before he transferred her to new trainers at their Warrnambool base. But Clarken remains in her ownership.

Good Journey gave Mornington trainer David Brideoake his first Group 1 winner when the stallion sired Grand Journey and also sired his homebred, Group 1 winning mare Griante.

The  American stallion started his stud career in Victoria, shuttled to California and eventually finished in South Australia with Lindsay Park Stud (now Cornerstone Stud).

Knowing Brideoake’s attachment to Good Journey, Sam Hayes rang the trainer in 2018 and asked if he’d be interested in giving the stallion a home.

Brideoake has given the stallion a home for life at his Violet Town farm where he says Good Journey is in semi-retirement. He only serves Brideoake’s band of broodmares.

“I don’t know whether there is another son of Nureyev alive in the world, there probably would be but I don’t know,” Brideoake said.

“He is at the stage now where his breeding is very limited and he is basically in retirement. I think he has got a couple of pregnancies this year.

“We don’t take any outsiders, so just a couple of my mares are in foal to him and that’s where he sits.”

Brideoake said Good Journey was in absolutely great condition and had thrived on a horse feed called Old Timer.

“He has just done amazingly well on it,” he said.

“Honestly he just loves it and he looks enormous.

“I’ve bred a few from him over the past few years and of course I’ve had two Group 1 winners by him so I’m hoping maybe there might be one more there somewhere.”

Brideoake came across the Good Journey progeny back in 2006 at the Inglis Autumn Yearling sale when he bought a filly – Grand Journey – out of Grand Prospect (Flying Spur) for $6500.

He raced her in Perth in 2008 where she won three races in succession, including the Group 3 Western Australian Oaks (2400m) and then a week later won the Group 1 WATC Derby (2400m).

Brideoake bred Griante, out of Grand Strategy, and she went onto won the Group 1 The Galaxy (1100m) at Rosehill in 20016.

Brideoake said he had a few of Good Journey’s progeny headed to the breakers in the next couple of months.

“Since he has been retired there are a few that I have bred and they will be the first lot of them coming through,” he said.

“There is no doubt that he has been a grand horse and every time you look at what’s winning in Adelaide, something of his is winning and there are plenty that win on a Saturday over there.

“He has been a great servant for that state.”

Brideoake said he sent a couple of his better mares to Good Journey over the past couple of years.

“So it’s fingers crossed that there will be something,” he said.

“His stats are really good. I think he was well enough supported in Adelaide and from my angle that wasn’t part of my job when the horse came to me.

“When the horse came to me he really just came for retirement and for a few of my own mares.

“Sam Hayes rang me and said we are going to retire him do you want to retire him over at your place and I said yeah and I’ll certainly give him a paddock and look after him for the rest of his days.”

Brideoake said he was pleased to have about half a dozen of Good Journey’s progeny on the ground – and there are many more to come.

He said it was good to know that stallions like Good Journey are given a good life after their commercial days are over.

Brideoake said the stallion, was a sound and beautiful horse.

Good Journey won two Group 1 races – the Canadian Woodbine Mile and the USA Atto Mile Stakes. He has also won three Group 2 races.

He has produced eight stakes winners – including the three times Group 1 winning Happy Trials – of 19 stakes races.

Lot 715 of Two Bays draft

After Two Bay’s success on the Coast with the half-brother to Kubrick, who was sold in partnership with Silverdale Farm and Suman Hedge Bloodstock for $625,000, the team are ready for the Classic sale at Riverside.

For the team at Two Bays Farm, located on the Mornington Peninsula, the farm will present four lots to be sold at the Inglis Classic sale.

Presenting a draft of all colts, the team offer yearlings by Magnus, Nicconi, Testa Rossa and Winning Rupert.

Lot 53, out of five-time winner Irish Love, who has the dam of three foals to race for two winners. The colt includes Power of Pegasus in his family, who is the dam of four winners, including Oh Oklahoma who was a three-time winner with two of those wins at two-years-old.

Rob Carlile of Two Bays Farm commented; “He is a good size athletic foal for a November baby. Magnus has been doing a great job with winners like Streets of Avalon.”

Lot 190, on account of Fulmen Park, who is out of a Rock of Gibraltor mare is the winner of the Pinker Pinker Plate, No Excuses Bec.

“He is a big raw horse, who covers a lot of ground. He has done really good things throughout his prep and has come a long way from where he has started,” Rob said.

Lot 644 who is out of three-time winner Joffa Rose who has had three winners including Recalculate who is a nine-time winner for over $220,000 in earnings.

“He is a very good walking horse and a great nature about him. He should appeal to the TAB Highway trainers as he is a country style horse, tough and durable.

Lot 715 who is out of the Street Sense mare, Sensesational, who is the half-sister to Direct Charge. Direct Charge who won the Group 3 VRC Maribyrnong Plate.

“Everyone loves this horse on the farm. He is an absolute gentleman and is just a dude. He loves his food and hasn’t put a foot wrong and just has the best temperament and a great action,” Rob commented.

To view Two Bay’s draft, click here.

Above: Mare and foal

For an ageing broodmare, fading fertility can spell the end of motherhood. A hiccup in mitochondrial function, which supplies energy to oocytes and early embryos, may be one reason why infertility descends upon older mares.

With this in mind, researchers set out to determine if a diet high in omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants influenced oocyte mitochondria number and function.* Ten mares between the ages of 13 and 23 years old were used in the study and fed a diet of grass/alfalfa hay. Some mares were supplemented with grain and corn oil, while others were supplemented with grain and an oil high in omega-3s and antioxidants.

Mares were followed closely for follicular development. When follicles were at least 35 mm, oocytes were collected by aspiration and incubated in medium. Mitochondrial function of the oocytes was evaluated, as were mitochondrial numbers. Some of the oocytes were then injected with frozen-thawed sperm, after which cleavage and blastocyst development were assessed. Cleavage can be defined as a series of divisions that transform the one-cell embryo into a structure containing multiple cells called blastomeres; a blastocyst develops as cell division continues and a small, fluid-filled cavity begins to form in the center of the embryo.

The mares fed a diet supplemented with omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants had improved oocyte metabolic function and embryo development, when compared to diets supplemented with corn oil.

In sum, the researchers noted that the test diet “altered oocyte mitochondrial number and function, as well as potential for development into a blastocyte, indicating that it is capable of affecting the oocytes’ quality and developmental capacity.”

How can owners increase a mare’s consumption of omega-3 fatty acids and antioxidants? A rich source of omega-3s is fish oil, which contains two of the most important fatty acids: docosahexaenoic acid (DHA) and eicosapentaenoic acid (EPA). When comparing plant-based (flaxseed) and marine-derived (fish oil) sources of omega-3s, consider that marine-derived sources are more efficiently used by the horse. Choose a research-proven fish oil from a reputable manufacturer.

Antioxidants are substances that can prevent or slow damage to cells caused by free radicals, unstable molecules that the body produces as a reaction to normal body processes. In a crowded field of potential antioxidants for horses, vitamin E stands out. Multiple studies have underscored the importance of selecting a specific vitamin E product for optimal bioavailability: a natural, water-soluble, micellized product.

In and of itself, age does not always preclude a mare from producing viable oocytes, especially for use in specialized breeding programs, like embryo transfer. When strategically supplemented with key nutrients, older mares might regain the importance they once had in broodmare bands, allowing breeders to preserve important bloodlines.

*Catandi, C., Y. Obeidat, J. Stokes, A. Chicco, T. Chen, and E. Carnevale. 2020. Maternal diet can alter oocyte mitochondrial number and function. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 89 (Abstract).

Above: General Beau winning the Listed Blue Diamond Preview

Last Week’s Listed Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) winner General Beau (Brazen Beau) will return to Caulfield this weekend to tackle the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude, looking to stake his claims for the G1 Blue Diamond S. a fortnight later.

The Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained colt, bred and raced by David Moodie’s Contract Racing, is not nominated for the $1.5 million juvenile feature, however, a decision will be made after Saturday as to whether a late entry fee will be paid.

While General Beau is going into the Group 3 with less than two weeks between run, Zahra said he is in good order for his next assignment.

“He obviously wasn’t completely wound up for that race, if anything he was a bit underdone knowing that we had to peak him in a month’s time, so he’s made good improvement. He had a nice gallop on the grass this morning and we couldn’t be happier with him,” Zahra told TDN AusNZ.

Zahra said General Beau physically looks in better condition coming off his first-up run and expects him to prove that in Saturday’s race.

“You have a good look at them a couple of days after the race and he looked better for the run, he just tightened up nicely,” he said.

“Going into that run he was on the tubbier side, so he’s tightened up a lot and he had a good gallop this morning and he had a nice blow, so we know that on Saturday he’s not going to peak, he should peak perfectly third-up.”

“We know that on Saturday he’s (General Beau) not going to peak, he should peak perfectly third-up.” – Simon Zahra

General Beau had two runs in the spring where he won the Darley Spring 2YO Preview over 900 metres, before finishing second to Ingratiating (Frosted {USA}) in the 1000 metre Listed Maribyrnong Trial S.

The 1100 metre Blue Diamond Prelude will be the colt’s first run over further than 1000 metres but Zahra expects him to relish the extra ground.

“He’s quite the professional sort of horse,” Zahra said. “He’s a horse that has always done what you want him to do so he’ll be happy to drop his head and go to sleep.

“They’ll still run along quite quickly and he can just be on the back of the speed to hit the line.

“I don’t think going up to 1100 and 1200 metres in the next couple of weeks is going to worry him too much.”

Above: Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra

While many 2-year-olds targeting the rich juvenile races this autumn have only begun their racing careers over the past few weeks, Zahra believes the fact that General Beau already has one preparation under his belt holds him in good stead for the significant amount of racing over the coming weeks.

“The advantage that he’s got over the others is that he’s had two runs pre-Christmas so history will tell you that you’ll find a lot of the Blue Diamond and Slipper winners have come from horses that have run pre-Christmas,” he said.

“They just hold up with all the racing, they’ve been seasoned a bit more than those horses have in their first starts in Preludes.

“Yeah, they might get the win on the board but they seem to train off quite quickly. Our advantage is that he’s had two runs pre-Christmas, he’s had seven weeks in the paddock and he looks like a 3-year-old so he’s really coping with it all.”

Fee no issue

If General Beau is to contest the Blue Diamond, of which he is currently a $15 chance for on the TAB, connections must pay a late-entry fee of $50,000.

The stable said immediately after his Preview win that he would contest the Prelude before the fee was paid, but Zahra said that as long as he performs well on Saturday, they are likely to send him to the Blue Diamond on February 20.

“If he wins or runs an unlucky second or he hits the line strongly, as long he shows that he’s going to be competitive, paying the late nom is not really going to be an issue,” Zahra said.

“It’s just a matter of him going around and performing to what we think he can do and if he does that and looks like he can win or be competitive in a Blue Diamond, the late entry fee will be paid.”

Article courtesy of  TDN

Above: Enthaar wins the G3 Chairman’s Stakes in a breeze (image Grant Courtney)

A homebred for Emirates Park, Written Tycoon filly Enthaar could not have been more impressive when resuming from a spell to score a facile win in the Group III MRC Chairman’s Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

Prepared by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace, the filly was brilliant in winning the Group III ATC Gimcrack Stakes in Sydney on debut last spring and picked up right where she left off.

Enthaar jumped fast from gate one for Mark Zahra and dashed straight to the lead where she ambled along with her neck arched settling into an effortless rhythm.

Godolphin’s Frosted colt Ingratiating did his best to muster some sort of challenge, but was clearly short of the task finishing two and a quarter lengths behind a dominant Enthaar.

“She was very impressive and has always been very obvious,” said Ciaron Maher.

“It’s great to have her back with a nice run like that. It looked like she did it pretty easy heading into what is one of her targets, the Blue Diamond.

“She’s a very exciting horse and she was soft for this, so she will come on in leaps and bounds.”

Enthaar has already banked $180,000 from her first two starts and will go straight into the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) on February 20.

Ciaron Maher believes the additional furlong will not be a concern, while winning rider Mark Zahra is also confident the 1200m will be comfortable for Enthaar following a couple of gear adjustments to help her settle.
Enthaar is the second foal and second winner from winning Not a Single Doubt mare Final Agreement, who was bought by Emirates Park for $400,000 from the Newgate Farm draft at the 2016 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

Final Agreement comes with a lovely pedigree as she is a sister to Group I winner Secret Agenda and grand-daughter of Group I winner Euphoria.

Emirates Park will offer the yearling half-brother to Enthaar by I Am Invincible at Inglis Easter as Lot 305.

Final Agreement had no foal last spring after missing to I Am Invincible and was then covered by Newgate Farm’s first season sire Tassort, in whom Emirates have a large investment.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Lot 470 Tosen Stardom x Awaayed colt

Noorilim Park at Arcadia is off to the 2021 Classic Yearling Sale at Sydney for the first time and they’ve got three horses to offer – two fillies and a colt.

Japanese stallion Tosen Stardom is represented with a colt out of Hard Spun mare, Awaayed.

Noorilim Park’s Sherah Sullivan remarked the colt is an outstanding type and didn’t think there was one person who had seen him that didn’t like him.

“He is really correct and I think people will find him a lot more forward than what they would expect of a Tosen Stardom,” she said.

“He has got a decent amount of hindquarter on him and is just a lovely moving colt and looks like he’ll get up and run. He potentially looks like he’d suit someone who was looking to trade a horse as well, a Hong Kong option or something like that.”

Sherah said she prepared the colt for the Classic Sale off the back off it generally being a “type sale” and she felt that being such a nice type, selling him in Sydney was the best option.

The dam Awaayed is related to handy South African mare Mythical Play which was the champion three-year-old classic filly in 1999/2000.

The Impending filly offered by Noorilim Park is out of 11-time winning Written Tycoon mare, Tycoon Queen, which finished second eight times and third 10 times in her 68-race career.

Above: Lot 399 Impending x Tycoon Queen

“The mare was pretty quick and she was probably unlucky not to have sneaked black type,” Sherah said.

“She won almost $300,000 on the track and this is our first foal.

“The filly is just a really good mover and she is not overly big but just has a massive action on her. I think from what I’ve seen of the Impendings, a lot of them have a really good action and I’d be very surprised if he can’t leave a racehorse just based on how well they move.

“This filly is really athletic and has got a great constitution and looks like a really early runner and I suspect you could just stick a saddle on and go, really.”

Sherah said while it was a shame Tycoon Queen didn’t get black type, Written Tycoon can’t do anything wrong at the moment which was a big bonus.

Noorilim Park’s Shooting to Win filly is a half-sister to Cranbourne trainer Enver Jusufovic’s handy sprinter, O’Malley.

Out of Pink Champagne, Sherah said the filly has got a good head, a good shoulder, is a good size and moves well.

“She is probably not as early as the Impending filly but she is from the family of Kinky Boom so she has got pedigree there as well and she is just a really attractive as well.”

Sherah said Pink Champagne had done a reasonable job as a broodmare and had a colt at foot by Street Boss, the sire of O’Malley.

Noorilim Park is also taking 18 yearlings to Melbourne Premier, but didn’t have any horses at the Magic Millions.

“This the first time that we’ve taken horses up to the Classic and I just wanted to spread them out a little bit this year,” Sherah said.

“Obviously we have got quite a big draft as we didn’t go up to the Gold Coast this year and our better standout horses that would have gone to the Coast are going to the Premier this year.

“We’ve got a pretty good draft heading that way.”

Sherah said she wanted to send three really good types to the Classic.

“Historically it has been known as a type sale so I just thought I’d pick out three so we could have a decent crack for our first year,” she said.

“It’s the first live sale I’ve done since Adelaide last year so it will be good to back out and see everyone.”

To view Noorilim’s draft at the Classic sales, click here

Above: Lot 386 Rich Enuff x Tiz My View

The importance of timing is ever crucial in the thoroughbred industry. As James Price, of Woodside Park, explains the fortune of Dosh, the daughter of Woodside Park Stud’s Sire Rich Enuff, winning the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude in impressive fashion and will be heading to the Blue Diamond in a few weeks’ time.  As the Inglis Classic Yearling sale is upon us, Woodside Park will be offering the only filly by the upcoming sire, Rich Enuff with joint owners Glenlogan Park offering the only colt.

Woodside Park are delighted to be returning to the Classic Sale with the draft of four going through the sale. Following a turbulent year, with the ever-changing restrictions, landscape for vendors and buyers representing yearlings across the various sales was an important decision for the farm. ‘We have placed yearlings that will placed in the upper percentile of the sale. I am delighted with how the team have kept the Classic horses going and excited to see them through the ring. The Inglis Classic is a wonderful sale, the results on the track are terrific and buyers like purchasing from the sale. If you have a horse who is at the top end of the market you can get very well rewarded.’ James Price remarked

Woodside Park will be taking a select draft of four to the sale including the only two Written Tycoon colts and one of three Written Tycoon fillies in addition to the only Rich Enuff filly.

The first horse offered at the sale by Woodside Park is Lot 153 a Written Tycoon colt out of the Redoute’s Choice mare, Miss Ballantine. This is the same cross which gave Written Tycoon his first Stakes performer, Masthead. ‘This colt is all Redoute’s Choice, he has a beautiful head, great length and scope. I believe he is going to develop into a top class sprinter-miler as a three-year-old.’

When asked if we could be seeing the next Dosh in the Rich Enuff filly (Lot 386), James Price from Woodside Park Stud remarked ‘She could well be the next Dosh, she has a very similar star on her forehead, like Dosh she has a beautiful action, great strength and a massive hip. The filly has taken to the prep like a duck to water and we are delighted with her’. The filly is by the Snitzel mare, Tiz My View. Dosh is a graduate of the 2020 Inglis Classic Sale and was purchased by Graeme Begg who also trained Written By, a son of Written Tycoon who won the Blue Diamond in 2018.

The third yearling out of Woodside Park’s draft is Lot 455, a son of Written Tycoon out of the city winning Commands mare, Amaryliss. ‘Although the colt is the first foal from this mare, he bears no resemblance of that – he has wonderful strength, size and scope. He is a dark brown eye-catching colt with a lovely over-step. The preparation has been faultless, and we expect him to be in the top 25% of the Classic sale.’

The last yearling that will be going through the ring for Woodside Park is the Written Tycoon filly out of the Group performed mare Ariaz. The mare is by Charge Forward, whose as a broodmare sire has produced Golden Slipper winner She Will Reign. ‘The filly has wonderful muscle tone; she has a massive hip and has been much admired from those who have already seen her. Buyers who are looking for a mature almost masculine filly will like her a lot. Strikingly like her dad, a big chestnut with a big white blaze.’

Above: Lot 461 Written Tycoon x Ariaz

‘Written Tycoon’s results on the track and in the sales ring have been quite extraordinary. When selecting the sale placement of our Written Tycoon yearlings, I felt it important to spread them across the sales series so not to compete with each other.’

Written Tycoon is making a name as a leading sire of sires with the likes of Capitalist, Winning Rupert and Rich Enuff who are all seeing impressive results coming through on the tracks.  ‘We were always hopeful that Written Tycoon’s progeny would elevate themselves and we have been pleasantly rewarded by the current success as a sire of sires in Capitalist, Winning Rupert and Rich Enuff.’

The phenomenal results seen at Magic Millions last month and at the New Zealand yearling sale is expected to continue through to the Classic sale and the rest of the sale series.  ‘Magic Millions at the start of the sale series wis always a great barometer of the industry so I have no doubt the strength of the market will continue. Congratulations to New Zealand Bloodstock who achieved some fantastic results despite restrictions for buyers to attendance. We all in the Thoroughbred Industry need to be incredibly grateful and appreciative that we are here as our Australasian industry is in fantastic shape.’

To view the full draft click here

Above: Lot 590 Written Tycoon x Empress O’Reilly filly

Fresh from the success of the Gold Coast Magic Millions, Yulong heads to Sydney for the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale at Riverside Stables from February 7-9.

With one withdrawal – lot 518 – seven Yulong yearlings will go under the hammer.

Yulong’s Sam Fairgray said five colts and two fillies will be offered and three of those are by first season sires.

“It’s a neat little group of horses and there are a couple of proven stallions in there,” he said.

“We have a nice Written Tycoon filly out of Empress O’Reilly (NZ) who was a fast mare.

“Written Tycoon is going really well and she is an attractive filly.”

Yulong’s lot 96 is by proven stallion Choisir and lot 143 is by another proven stallion, Sebring.

Fairgray said the two colts were both nice types that were very trainable horses and would fit in extremely well at the Classic Sale.

A No Nay Never (USA) filly, out of She Said No, will give her new owners plenty of fun when it comes to selecting a name for her.

She is big, strong filly, according to Fairgray.

“She has got a lovely head on her, a good shoulder and hindquarter and is a big powerfully built filly,” he said.

Three colts are on offer are by first season sires – Highland Reel (IRE), Pariah and Caravaggio (USA).

“The Highland Reel is strong and compact and looks like he will be a bit earlier than your normal sort of Highland Reels,” Fairgray said.

“He has got a lot of strength about him.”

The Highland Reel colt is out of unraced mare Amazing Pier (Pierro x Amazing Tale) and this is her first foal.

Fairgray said Highland Reel had some nice results on the Gold Cost and people weren’t afraid to purchase one by him.

The Pariah colt – lot 465 – is out of a Zabeel mare, Askari.

Above: Lot 465 Pariah x Askari colt

Fairgray said the colt had that little bit of a Zabeel look about him. His half-brother Captain Stardust (Star Witness) raced in Australia six times for two wins, two seconds and a third before being sold to Hong Kong where he races as Celestial Power and has won two of his three starts there.

“He will probably create a bit of interest over there,” Fairgray said.

The Caravaggio grey colt, out of Causeway Lass, is described by Fairgray as big, strong and precocious which should make him popular. He goes through as lot 519.

All the dams are from Yulong’s broodmare band.

Asked to compare the yearlings with what Yulong sent to the Magic Millions, Fairgray said: “Obviously the Gold Coast might be a step ahead but it’s all about trying to place horses in the right sale.

“This is a sale where obviously there a lot of the country New South Wales trainers and these horses are ones that people can buy and take home and they are ready to go.

“The Classic sale has got stronger and stronger the last few years and I can see no reason why following in from the Magic Millions that the Classic Sale isn’t going to be a strong sale.”

With three yearlings by first season sires, Fairgray said Caravaggio’s yearlings sold extremely well at Magic Millions.

“He was a fantastic racehorse,” he said.

“This colt is out of Causeway Lass (Giant’s Causeway x Canny Lass) and she was a good race mare here in Australia and she actually ended up over in Europe and had a few foals over there and then Mr Zhang (Yulong owner) ended up buying her and we bought her back  to Australia in foal to Frankel.

“And the Caravaggio colt is the foal after that. Causeway Lass is from a really nice family and there is a plenty of depth in the pedigree.”

With the death of Sebring in 2019, the last of his yearlings are on offer.

Fairgray said Sebring had been a good consistent sire and people can’t go wrong by buying one by the stallion.

The Sebring colt – lot 143 – offered by Yulong is out of Mexican Gal (Encosta De Lago x Mexican Rose).

Fairgray said they were happy with the results they achieved with their yearlings on the Gold Coast.

To view Yulong’s draft, click here.

Above: Written Beauty winning the Group III  Network 10 Red Roses Stakes (Racing photos)

Exciting filly Written Beauty (Written Tycoon) stepped out for her first public outing this campaign at the Warwick Farm trial on Monday morning and produced a blistering display that has many racing fans looking forward to seeing her back on the track.

The Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes-trained 3-year-old contested a 900 metre heat on the Warwick Farm course proper under the guidance of Jay Ford.

She broke from the gates evenly and cruised up to lead by 4l before she quickened at the top of the straight and went on to post an effortless 3.8l win in 53.58s.

Her Group 2-winning stablemate Dirty Work (Written Tycoon) settled in second and that’s where he remained at the winning post, while Golden Eagle runner-up Ice Bath (NZ) (Sacred Falls {NZ}) finished off strongly and was another 0.8l away in third.

Above: Dirty Work | Image courtesy of Ashlea Brennan

Written Beauty kicked off her career in Queensland under the care of Bryan and Daniel Guy, where she finished second on debut at the Gold Coast in June last year before posting a 6l win at the same track a fortnight later.

She has since been transferred to Team Hawkes and is undefeated in three starts with wins at Canterbury, Moonee Valley and at Flemington in the G3 Red Roses S. last spring.

Bred and raced by Orbis Bloodstock, Written Beauty is one of nine winners from 10 to race out of Beauty World (Danehill Dancer {Ire}), who is also responsible for stakes winners Lite’n In My Veins (Henrythenavigator {USA}), Hi World (High Chaparral {Ire}) and Ducimus (Snitzel).

Beauty World also produced Loveyamadly (Bel Espirt), who won the Listed Abell S. and produced last year’s G3 McNeil S. winner Immortal Love (Snitzel).

Another 3-year-old filly who put her hand up as one to watch this autumn at the Warwick Farm trials on Monday was Mark Newnham’s Every Rose (Choisir).

Having her second trial this time in after a being given a soft time at Randwick on January 21, Every Rose was away from the gates evenly and was sent straight to the front by Josh Parr, where she settled in a comfortable lead for the trip.

She then quickened at the top of the straight and was let off the bridle with 200 metres to go, racing away to win the 1000 metre heat by 6.3l in a time of 59.65s.

Every Rose’s only win so far in her seven start career came when she took out the G3 Gimcrack S. on debut back in 2019. She has since finished second in the R. Listed Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic and G3 BJ McLachlan S., and was fourth in the G2 San Domenico S. last August.

She only had one run post the San Domenico where she finished sixth in the G2 Tea Rose S. and hasn’t been seen at the races since.

A $160,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase by Darby Racing and de Burgh Equine from the draft of Tyreel Stud, Every Rose is a half-sister to three winners with their dam the Show A Heart mare Couredge.

She is a half-sister to the G2 Matriarch S. winner Vintedge (Flying Spur) with their mother a sister to the G1 CF Orr S. winner and G1 Golden Slipper S. placegetter and sire Racer’s Edge.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Gerard Jones and Hannah Brewis with Rosemont Stud 2019 TBV Awards

In a year which saw the 2020 Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Awards night forced to be celebrated online, the Victorian Thoroughbred Industry Rising Star Award was virtually presented to Rosemont Stud’s Operations Manager, Gerard Jones.  

Sponsored by Tim Patterson’s Digital Media Creations, the Award provides an important opportunity to reward and recognise the industry’s grassroots participants working their way up the ranks.  

Nominated by his colleague Nick Konstantinidis, Gerard, or ‘Gezza’ as he is known, is recognised for being an outstanding leader both at Rosemont and within the industry.   

“For me, Gezza has been one of the greatest role models I could’ve ever asked for,” said Nick.  

“Teaching me about patience and taking pride in the work I do and to never let the little things get to you. From simple tasks to complex situations he is a man that coaches people through and before long, has staff performing tasks and jobs in which they’d never thought they’d be able to do!” 

Rosemont Principal Anthony Mithen, agrees.  

Gezza is a humble guy who doesn’t really want the limelight,” said Anthony.  

“But he’s our shining light here at Rosemont, that pulls everything together. He’s the glue that binds us and does it always with a smile on his face. We couldn’t be prouder of Gezza and this award for him.”  

Above: Gerard Jones at Rosemont Stud

Growing up north of the border in Wagga Wagga, Gerard’s involvement with horses started at a young age, as his parents had Clydesdales.  

“My grandfather would make the big haystacks and we’d use the Clydesdales to drive the carts and bring them in,” recalls Gerard.  

As a teen, he then went to work for his relative and local racehorse trainer Wayne Carroll, before moving to Wangaratta with mates to complete a 12 month equine TAFE course.  

Gerard credits course teacher Frank Oliver, as a strong influence and mentor.  

“I learnt a lot from Frankie,” said Gerard. “He always put you in good placements and could pick out those students who needed a push.” 

“Frankie got me a placement with Huntworth Farm then at Yallambee Stud with Rick and Christie Woodward. I ended up there for about 5 years and learnt so much about work ethic from Christie.”  

Veterinarian Ian Douglas is another mentor and teacher Gerard holds in high regard, in particular with his teachings on thoroughbred reproduction. It was at Ian’s urging that Gerard joined, and then spent the next 10 years of his career, at Woodside Park Stud, and was part of the team who secured the now multiple Champion Victorian sire, Written Tycoon, for the farm.  

Gerard joined the Rosemont team in August 2017, where he has played an integral part in the Stud’s recent growth and success.  

Rosemont Stud is a state-of-the-art farm in Gnarwarre, on the outskirts of Geelong. With operations now spread across three properties along the picturesque Barwon River, the Stud’s honour roll boasts names such as Ruthven, Mr Quickie, Runaway, Montoya’s Secret and the Rosemont-born and returned champion stallion Starspangledbanner. 

Gerard’s award win celebrations were short-lived as he and the team prepared their solid draft for the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. It was a successful sale, where they sold 18 of the 22 horses offered. Attention has now turned towards the upcoming Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in late February, where they will present 29 yearlings through the ring.  

And after the curve balls of 2020, is there anything Gerard is looking forward to for 2021?  

“I don’t really have resolutions but I am looking forward to catching up with everyone I haven’t been able to see over the past 12 months thanks to Covid. I have my nephew in Ireland who I’d also love to get over to see.”  

TBV congratulates Gerard on his award win and we wish him continued success. Click here to view Rosemont’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale draft.  

A total of 466 Easter yearlings have been catalogued for the two days of selling at Riverside on April 6 and 7 which is NOW AVAILABLE ONLINE.

To view the 2021 Easter Yearling Sale catalogue visit inglis.com.au or CLICK HERE.

In this year’s catalogue there are siblings to 161 Stakes winners including 42 G1 winners like Exceedance, Pierata, Vow And Declare, Te Akau Shark, Tagaloa, Super Seth, Southern Legend, She Will Reign, Invincibella etc and progeny of 169 Stakes-winning mares including 39 G1 winners such as Pinot, Catchy, First Seal, Srikandi, Politeness, Snitzerland, Lasqueti Spirit, Norzita, Our Egyptian Raine, Suavito etc.

There is incredible strength among the stallions represented which includes the likes of I Am Invincible, Snitzel, Pierro, Zoustar, Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Exceed And Excel, Not A Single Doubt, Savabeel, Lonhro, So You Think, Sebring, Deep Field, Street Boss etc and, very significantly, yearlings from the final crop of Redoute’s Choice all involved.

The best of the international stallions are also represented through Deep Impact, Frankel, Kingman, Lord Kanaloa, Medaglia d’Oro, Siyouni, Tapit, Duramente etc.

The best progeny of an exciting group of first season sires are also well represented by young stallions such as Merchant Navy, Russian Revolution, Almanzor, Hellbent, Menari, Pariah, Ribchester, Impending, Churchill and Caravaggio.

The catalogue also includes yearlings by a legion of Australasia’s most promising young stallions like Capitalist, Extreme Choice, Shamus Award, Shalaa, American Pharoah and Toronado among others.

Arrowfield Stud is leading vendor with 49 entries followed by Coolmore (40), Widden (28), Segenhoe (23) and Yarraman Park (22).

The Easter Yearling Sale has continually produced the best racehorses and stallion prospects year in year out, most recently via the likes of The Autumn Sun, Exceedance, Loving Gaby, Merchant Navy, Estijaab, Trapeze Artist, Russian Revolution, Personal etc.

It’s graduates like these that have, since 2018, seen Inglis auctions produce 54 G1 winners, 28 that could have been purchased for $100,000 or less, almost double our nearest competitor.

Inglis sales have also produced more G1 winners overall, more Australian G1-winning 2YOs, more Australian Group winners, more G1-winning colts, more G1-winning fillies, more winners of the $1m+ races and more Hong Kong winners than the nearest competitor in that time, with Easter being a massive part of that success.

Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales and Marketing Sebastian Hutch described the catalogue as “fantastic’’.

“The catalogue speaks for itself – it’s an incredibly strong collection of horses and it’s a privilege to be given the opportunity by our vendors to offer them for sale,’’ Hutch said.

“Easter is synonymous with the best horses and the record of the sale stands up to the closest scrutiny – it’s the sale most likely to produce a top-class racehorse, whether it’s a Stakes-winning 2YO, G1 colt or a Classic filly.

“The value at the sale is quite incredible when you consider the likes Exceedance, Funstar, Quick Thinker, Nettoyer and Aristia are among the top-class graduates in recent years that could have been bought at Easter for less than $200,000.

“It’s a genuinely exciting time to be involved in such a resilient and vibrant industry and we are looking forward to welcoming people back to Easter in 2021 for what is going to be a fantastic occasion.”

Hard copies of the Easter catalogue will be available within a fortnight.

To secure yours, email catalogue@inglis.com.au

Article courtesy of Inglis

Elite dual G1-winning mare and graduate of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale Pippie (Written Tycoon) is among the first confirmed entries for the 2021 Inglis Chairman’s Sale.

After announcing herself a top-level racing prospect from the outset of her career with a 5L debut victory, Pippie has raced against – and defeated – the best Australian sprinters on offer in some of our leading G1 sprint races.

The lightly raced 5YO won the first of two G1s to date early last year when taking out the prestigious Oakleigh Plate over 1100m at Caulfield .

She returned in the spring to win the G1 Moir Stakes in September.

During her career to date Pippie has defeated the likes of Bivouac, Trekking, Tofane, Bella Vella, Hey Doc, Hanseatic, Exceedance, Mystic Journey, Scales of Justice, Amphitrite and Aloisia.

Pippie (pictured) has raced just 13 times for 6 wins and 2 minor placings and $1,221,950 in prizemoney.

Above: Pippie triumphs in the Moir Stakes (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

That overall career record, combined with her physique and breeding, makes her a rare and highly sought-after acquisition for any global breeding operation.

Pippie is being targeted at further G1 glory this Autumn with the Lightning Stakes at Flemington and The Galaxy at Rosehill.

Managing owner Glenn Heran said: “She is a spectacular mare who is up there with the fastest racehorses in the world and she is a delight to have around in terms of her relaxed nature and temperament.

“She is a daughter of Written Tycoon and I think it’s fair to say there is no better-performing stallion at the moment than Written Tycoon and she is right up there at the top of that list.

“She’s made a name for herself as being a world-class sprinter and I have no doubt she will also be a world-class broodmare.’’

The 2021 Chairman’s Sale will be held at Riverside Stables on Friday May 7.

The Inglis Chairman’s Sale has generated extraordinary results over the last 2 years with 8 fillies or mares sold for $1m or more including Maastricht who sold for $2.25m in 2019 and In Her Time who sold for $2m in 2020, a record Australasian price for a breeding proposition of her age.

“We are very proud of what the Chairman’s Sale has become since its inception a few years ago and we are excited by the prospect of further enhancing it in 2021 as a sale and a spectacle,” Inglis’ General Manager of Bloodstock Sales and Marketing Sebastian Hutch said.

“There is no better sale, arguably in the world, in terms of delivering bespoke, targeted promotion of catalogued lots and it’s borne out in the results with race fillies and mares averaging over $545,000 and pregnant mares averaging over $405,000 across the last 2 renewals.

“When we have been given the opportunity, we have worked exceptionally hard to deliver outstanding results for our clients and the fact that 3 of the 4 highest-priced pregnant mares in Australia in the last 2 years have been sold at the Chairman’s Sale is a testament to the quality of the sale and the work of our team.

“The timing and the convenience of the sale are very significant factors, particularly for pregnant mares and we are looking forward to working with clients to deliver another outstanding group of mares for the 2021 renewal.’’

Entry forms for the 2021 Chairman’s Sale will be available in the coming weeks and anyone who wishes to discuss opportunities to participate in the sale are encouraged to contact a member of the Inglis Bloodstock Team.

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Above: Mare and foal at Ryland Thoroughbreds

With Covid and the announcement of us going into a commercial breeding business to have 20 mares to each stallion.

AMERICA & KASPERSKY(ire) in our first season as a commercial enterprise and Kaspersky(ire) first season as a stallion is an achievement Bek and I cannot believe!

Five weeks before the breeding season commenced we didn’t even have a stallion let alone our new stables even anywhere near completed. We have had a very busy breeding season and cannot be truly thankful to the mare owners for such support for our first year!

With such great clients in our business whether it’s first timers or people that that bred before a huge thank you for support the smaller studs especially us as our first year with 2 very very well bred stallions in AMERICA & KASPERSKY.

With the announcement of sun stud removing itself from the Australian breeding scene we have announced our 2021 breeding fees as unchanged with AMERICA standing at $4,400.00 and KASPERSKY(ire) at $5,500.00. Both stallions having some quality mares while in Victoria and having 20 mares each has exceeded our expectations especially being so far behind the 8 ball in 2020.

Between Roslyn Day and Ern & Rhonda Clarke we cannot thank you enough for helping us reach our dreams and your continued support for us and our business!

We will be having our Stallion Parade late July/early August for the upcoming season with all invited to check out our stallions and enjoy the hospitality with drinks and fingerfood provided.

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We are very much looking forward to the 2021 renewal of the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale, Australasia’s best value yearling sale.

Our COVID-safe plan, devised in conjunction with the NSW Health Department, will be in effect for the sale. Attendees at the Riverside stables complex will be required to check-in on arrival using the Services NSW App and consent to a temperature test. These measures will be in place for the safety and well being of all patrons. Mask wearing is not mandatory, but recommended. Patrons are requested to practice social distancing at all times.

Please watch the below video for all you need to know about attending the Classic Yearling Sale this week.

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Current NSW Government restrictions mean that the capacity of the sales auditorium will be significantly reduced during the sale. Access to the auditorium during the sale will be restricted to registered buyers, agents, trainers and syndicators. Restrictions mean that we will not be in a position to facilitate all buyers in the auditorium during the sale and we ask that participants be conscious of this when planning their visit to the sale. Regrettably, there will be no access to the sales auditorium for the general public. However, the complex at Riverside Stables will have alternative seating facilities on the grounds, while the Newmarket Restaurant, the 1867 Bar, the Newmarket Café and the Lawn Café will be fully operational in the lead-up to and during the sale.
The relaxation of border restrictions means that interstate visitors from Victoria, Queensland, South Australia, the ACT, Tasmania and the Northern Territory will be able to visit New South Wales for the sale with little or no requirements for their return journey. Significant restrictions remain in place for persons wishing to return to Western Australia having attended the sale. All patrons are encouraged to follow the health advice from the relevant state government authorities.

If you are not in a position to attend the sale or simply prefer to follow from home, the sale will be broadcast live on Inglis.com.au, hosted by industry experts Caroline Searcy and Richard Haynes with previews, reviews and interviews from the sale.

We wish all participants in the sale every success and look forward to buyers finding the next winner of The Golden Slipper, The Melbourne Cup or The Everest, all races won by Classic graduates in recent years.

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Above: Run Fox Run wins the G1 Cape Flying Championship – image Crawford Racing Twitter.

Easter star Run Fox Run (Foxwedge) defeated what has been described as one of the strongest South African sprint fields of the past century with victory in the G1 Kenilworth Flying Championship overnight.

The sprinting star was always destined for G1 success, winning her first five starts – two at Stakes level – and took a seven-wins-from-10-starts record into last night’s feature.

The Brett Crawford-trained 5YO mare sat on the speed before careering away over the final 200m to secure a valuable G1 success.

She now sits in the upper echelon of South African sprinters of the past 20 years and being lightly raced, appears to have many more wins in her.

Run Fox Run becomes the 55th G1-winning Inglis graduate since 2018 and continues a stunning recent run of international success which also includes Stakes wins in Hong Kong, New Zealand and Singapore.

Crawford teamed up with Craig Roscoe at the 2017 Easter Yearling Sale to purchase Run Fox Run for $420,000 from Mill Park, who also bred the mare.

“She was a queen at Easter and one we just had to take back to South Africa. From day one she showed us she was a G1 filly and has been a model of consistency at the highest level,’’ Crawford said.

“We have been patient with her, she’s a 5YO that’s only had 11 starts, winning eight of them culminating in the Group 1 today. She is just a superstar and the fastest horse in South Africa.’’

The Kieswetter’s of Ridgemont Stud have had unbelievable success out of the Inglis sales. On top of Run Fox Run, they purchased Whisky Baron for $50,000 from Easter who won South Africa’s biggest race the G1 Sun Met, Chevauchee a multiple Stakes winner aswell as promising stakes-placed filly Mushi Sterek.

For Chris Watson of Mill Park Stud, Run Fox Run’s G1 victory was another highlight in the successful career of broodmare Victory Cry, purchased by the farm for just $34,000 at the 2010 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.

“I remember her very fondly as one of the better-looking fillies that we have ever put through a sales ring,” said Watson.

“The underbidder was desperately disappointed at missing out on her, thinking she was sure to be a top filly and he has been proven right.

“She has been sparingly raced and only ever tackled elite company so hopefully there is more to come, while her win is a good update for her Shooting To Win relative (lot 540) who is part of our strong draft for this year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.”

Run Fox Run wasn’t the only Inglis graduate to enjoy success at the big meeting overnight, with fellow Easter star Atyaab (Dundeel) winning the G2 Kenilworth Cape Stayers.

The Zietsman Oosthuizen-trained Atyaab is already a top-grade winner, becoming Dundeel’s first G1 success when claiming the Cape Derby at the corresponding carnival two years ago.

Atyaab, now a three-time Stakes winner, is a $260,000 Shadwell purchase from Arrowfield at the same Easter Sale at Newmarket in 2017 that Run Fox Run was purchased from.

The dual South African success came after popular galloper Behemoth (All Too Hard) showed he was in for a big autumn campaign with an arrogant first-up victory in the Listed Durbridge Stakes at Morphettville yesterday.

Behemoth, a dual G1 winner in the spring, is eyeing off more top-level success this preparation in the Futurity Stakes, as well as a possible start in the $5m All Star Mile.

The now 5YO is a $120,000 Great Southern Sale weanling purchase for Heritage Bloodstock from Tyreel Stud, who also bred the galloper.

Tyreel will present a draft of eight yearlings at next weekend’s Classic Yearling Sale, for which inspections at Riverside begin on Tuesday.

The Sale takes place form February 7-9.

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