Above: Adandiman (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

The betting suggested the Mitch Freedman-trained Adandiman was primed for a big debut at Geelong on Sunday and he didn’t disappoint with a bold front running display to earn the honour as the first winner for his sire Dandino (GB).

In danger of being caught three-wide, Jordan Childs took the initiative in sending the stylish brown colt to the front.

Still with a double handful rounding the home turn, Childs had plenty of horse underneath him when asking for the supreme effort.

There was a lot to like about the way Adandiman put his opponents to the sword. He was strong to the line in defeating Ski Zoom (Niconoise) by three lengths with Handshake (Dundeel) a further three-quarters of a length back in third.

“He’s a nice progressive stayer. We had him down as a possible derby horse in the spring because he had that nice, relaxed attitude,” Freedman told Racing.com.

“When he got to the front today he was travelling within himself, he’s got a really nice, long stride.

“I think the stallion (Dandino)  might make it; he hasn’t got too many on the ground.

“This horse has got a great attitude towards his work and a great attitude to his racing by the look of that.

“He has a nice staying future ahead of him and excites me a little bit.

“The South Australian Derby was a pretty hot race last year, and the Tasmanian Derby is coming up too quick. If we can get to a St Leger or something like that who knows. We will see how he goes. If he is not ready to do it we won’t do it, but I think he has a nice staying future.”

A homebred for Darren Dance and partners, Adandiman carries the fluorescent yellow silks of Australia Thoroughbred Bloodstock who purchased his dam Mumbeilly for $80,000 at the 2010 NZB Select Yearling Sale.

A winner at Ballarat and Pakenham, Mumbeilly placed six times on metropolitan tracks.

One of 35 live foals from the first crop of Dandino (GB), Adandiman is the first live foal of the daughter of O’Reilly who hails from the family of the grand racemare Silver Chalice whose six Group wins are headed by the Group 1 WRC Thorndon Mile.

The victory of Adandiman will be welcomed at Esker Lodge who will consign a half-sister by popular first crop sire Pariah to the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale (Lot 203).

Above: Truly his fathers son – Adandiman (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

The impressive Adandiman is sure to focus interest on his sire Dandino (GB). The high-class son of Dansili was as tough as they come.

Campaigned in  England, the USA, Canada and Australia, Dandino (GB) won nine times from 37 starts from 1800m to 2700m and placed in 18 Group / Stakes races.

The winner of the Group II Jockey Club Stakes at Newmarket, Dandino (GB) announced himself to Australian fans with a fighting second behind Falkner in the 2013 Caulfield Cup.

Beaten just over three lengths when fifth in the Melbourne Cup, Dandino (GB) became a permanent resident in Australia the following year, closing out his career with a win in the Group II Queens Cup at Flemington.

Dandino stands at Bombora Downs for a fee of $5,500.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Image courtesy of  Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

With the exhilaration and excitement that intense exercise brings comes inflammation and oxidative injury to muscles, which is why antioxidants are a favorite supplement among owners and trainers of athletic horses. While controlled inflammation following exercise helps muscles heal, excess oxidative stress, and the subsequent production of harmful free radicals does not.

According to a group of Canadian researchers*, “There is interplay between oxidative stress, inflammation, and immune function that has important implications for how and what we feed horses and when best to exercise, train, and compete horses.”

Faced with the wide array of antioxidant and muscle-building supplements, many owners wonder which supplements are effective and which are not.

To help answer this question, the Canadian research team put a product to the test. The product was fed to a group of horses for 23 days as part of their normal diet. Horses underwent a standardized, repeated high-intensity exercise test that was performed before supplementation and on day 22 of supplementation. Throughout the study, various measures of oxidative stress were assessed.

The nutritional supplement contained dried mushrooms, golden flaxseedomega-3 fatty acids (both DHA and EPA), plant-based enzymes, a melon-concentrated powder, and the probiotic Saccharomyces cerevisiae boulardii.

Researchers found that supplemented horses had:

  • Reduced concentrations of markers of oxidative stress;
  • No change in markers of muscle injury; and
  • No difference in indicators of inflammation.

Based on these results, the study authors concluded that the experimental product had merit as a nutritional supplement designed to combat oxidative stress, inflammation, and even enhance immune function.

“Products containing omega-3 fatty acids rather than the more pro-inflammatory omega-6 fatty acids are certainly expected to contribute to the merits of such a supplement, in addition to the benefits attributable to probiotics,” affirmed Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

Crandell added, “KER offers the omega-3 fatty acid supplement EO•3, appropriate for horses of all activity levels, from weekend trail horses to endurance horses and racehorses. In addition, the company markets Nano•E, a natural-source, water-soluble vitamin E supplement that features an effective nanodispersion delivery system.”

As always, choose a nutritional supplement carefully to minimize any potential detriments associated with poor quality products, including contamination.

*Lindinger, M.I., J.M. MacNicol, N. Karrow, et al. 2017. Effects of a novel dietary supplement on indices of muscle injury and articular GAG release in horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science. 48:52-60.

Above: Extreme Warrior as a yearling

Rosemont Stud has bought into the Mick Price and Michael Kent Jnr-trained Extreme Warrior (Extreme Choice) ahead of the colt running in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview on Tuesday.

Extreme Warrior is a half-brother to the Rosemont-raced Thrillster (Starspangledbanner), which prompted the farm’s interest in him.

“He’s a colt that is a half to Thrillster and one of the guys that was in Thrillster and Free Thrills kindly said we should be in this horse because we were in the rest of the family and that he’s a colt with a stallion prospect,’’ Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen told Racing.com.

“We managed to come to terms and the other owners were happy enough to see a half-brother to Thrillster run in the Rosemont colours starting with the Preview on Tuesday.

“We’ve got Thrillster and Free Thrills at the farm. Free Thrills is in foal to Starspangledbanner and Thrillster is in foal to I Am Invincible so it’s a nice story to continue on with the family with a colt that one day could find himself at stud.

“He’s trialled really well and he looks a live chance in the Blue Diamond. He beat Dosh in a nice jump-out at Sandown last week and it’s nice to have a share in a fast one.”

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Jamie Kah aboard General Beau

Trainers Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra and owner/breeder David Moodie have a decision to make after General Beau (Brazen Beau) kicked off his second campaign with an impressive win in the Listed Blue Diamond Preview (C&G) at Caulfield on Tuesday.

The colt, who took out the opening 2-year-old race of the year at Flemington in September, is not amongst the most recent acceptors for next month’s G1 Blue Diamond S., however, connections still have the option to pay the $50,000 late entry fee.

General Beau started from barrier two under leading jockey Jamie Kah and was forced to settle on the rails in behind the frontrunners.

The inside lane was the unideal spot to be on the track but it didn’t matter for the colt as he scooted through when his leading rivals veered out and he ran home strongly to score by 0.5l.

Recent Rosemont acquisition Extreme Warrior (Extreme Choice) ran home well to score second while Sun Stud’s Gulf Of Suez (Fighting Sun) was another 1l away in third.

Speaking after the race, Ellerton said that General Beau will next line-up in the G3 Blue Diamond Prelude on February 6 and it will be decided from there whether or not he will progress to the $1.5 million Group 1 feature later in the month.

“It looked like he was in a tricky spot on the home turn and some of those out wider had a bit of momentum on him but he was good enough to knuckle down and get the job done,” Ellerton said.

“He’s really matured up fantastic from the spring. He had a really good break and he was a bit shin sore after his last run. Touchwood we’ve had a really faultless prep with him and hopefully, he can make his way to a Prelude.”

“Touchwood we’ve had a really faultless prep with him and hopefully, he can make his way to a Prelude.” – Mathew Ellerton

Bringing up her 50th metropolitan win for the season and extending her lead in the jockey’s premiership, Kah said she would love to see General Beau head to the Blue Diamond.

“I’ll be happy to stay on for the ride,” Kah said. “He’s only going to get better as he gets further and it’s up to them. I’d be pushing in that direction.

“He’s come back bigger and better this time. He was such a baby in his first few starts and he still, on ability, got there when he won his first race, but today he was a lot more polished.

“It would have been better out wider, ideally, but we had to cop it in the end. He still did a little bit wrong. He still laid in, was a little bit green so there’s lots of improvement there.”

Bred and raced by Contract Racing, General Beau is the second foal to race and win out of Lonhro mare Phosphorescence.

Phosphorescence herself is out of G3 VRC Thoroughbred Breeders’ S. and G3 Blue Diamond Diamond Prelude winner Nediym’s Glow (General Nediym), who has also produced Listed Maribyrnong Trial S. runner-up Double Jeopardy (Exceed And Excel).

General Beau’s third dam is Palace Glow (Palace Music {USA}), who is responsible for multiple stakes winner and G1 South Australian Derby runner-up Red Colossus (Testa Rossa), the stakes-placed Radiant Star (Success Express), and Royal Glow (King’s Best {USA}), the dam of G2 Danehill S. winner Kinglike (Exceed And Excel).

General Beau’s win continues a remarkable week for Darley stallion Brazen Beau after he sired the winner of Saturday’s R. Listed Karaka Million 2YO winner On The Bubbles.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Oh So Rewarding ridden by Matthew Cartwright wins the Happy B’Day Frank & Geoff Handicap at Moonee Valley Racecourse. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Long-time breeder and owner Andy O’Shea believes the best is still to come from his homebred Oh So Rewarding which went into last Friday night’s 1000m scamper  at The Valley on the back of running last in his past two races.

This time around the Reward For Effort four-year-old, out of O’Shea’s mare Oh So Petite, was handy on the speed and sprinted clear to win by four lengths at odds of $31.

It was the gelding’s second-up run from a spell and his fourth win from 25 starts.

“We have just figured him out,” O’Shea said.

“He is a very good horse and we haven’t seen near the best of him yet.

“We had a bad start with him and he got fried and it’s taken a long time to get him back, settled and doing the job.

“But gee he took off the other night.”

O’Shea said it was a “bloody nice price” on Friday night and admits he did nicely out of it.

“I’ve still got a grin on my face,” he said of the third generation horse.

O’Shea, who breds from his Innisfree Thoroughbreds property at Somers, says he has always been a supporter of Chatswood Stud’s stallion, Reward For Effort, and has had plenty of success.

He bred Reward For Effort filly Blondie, a winner of three races, including the Listed William Crockett Stakes (1200m), and more than $200,000 in prizemoney, from his mare Divine Princess (General Nediym).

Blondie has a foal at foot by Toronado and is back in foal to him.

“I have bred several other horses by Reward For Effort and have done very well from him,” O’Shea said.

“I have got some very nice blood on the property by Reward For Effort and I have some nice ones by Toronado.’’

O’Shea will offer a colt by Swettenham Stud’s in demand stallion Toronado at next month’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“He is a cracking type,” he said. “And I’ve got high hopes for him.”

The chestnut colt, which will be offered through Two Bays Farm’s draft, is out of the mare Petite Briefs (Brief Truce x Petite Filou) which O’Shea bred and raced.

Petite Briefs is also the dam of  Reward For Effort gelding Lucifer’s Reward which finished fourth at Sandown on Saturday, but has won four races and more than $350,000 in prizemoney. She also produced the handy Reward For Effort mare Petite’s Reward which won seven races, including six in town. Petite’s Reward has a colt by Toronado and is back in foal to him.

And Petite Briefs’ dam Petite Filou (Snippets x No Hiccup) was also raced by O’Shea to four wins, including three in town.

As well as taking the occasional one to the sales, O’Shea is happy with the horses he breds and then races with Caulfield trainer Brendan McCarthy.

“We are ticking along quite nicely and I have got a couple by Manhattan Rain that are doing wonderful things on the training track which is quite good,” he said.

O’Shea, who operates Harkaway Homes, said he is now down to six broodmares and is happy with that number.

He has bred most of them and is happy with their quality.

“I have kept the bloodlines and once one of them has a little bit of success, it lifts the whole lot up and it’s the way to go,” O’Shea said.

“They are good families – keep the family, keep the mares and sell some and race the others.

“It’s paying dividends and I’m enjoying it.”

O’Shea admits there was a big gap before he has offered a horse at the sales as he generally breeds to race his own stock.

“I hadn’t been to the Melbourne sales for 10 years,” he said.

“I used to stand Regal Shot (Clay Hero x Baloctane) and I had six of them in one of the sales and I never got a bid for anything so that was the end of that.

“I thought I had to mend my wicked ways so it was quality rather than quantity and that’s what I’ve been concentrating on for a long time.”

The last horse O’Shea offered at Melbourne Premier was two years ago when he sold a Toronado colt which was purchased for $310,000.

Named Reciprocation, he is out of Divine Princess, and he has had one start when O’Shea said the three year-old gelding nearly broke the track record for trainer Archie Alexander.

Unfortunately Divine Princess died last October giving birth to a Toronado foal.

“It was a bit of setback but you cop it and get on with it,” he said.

“Toronado is doing a great job and I’ve got a few of them around the place as well which I have high hopes for. I will be racing them.

“I have a yearling which is a full sister to Reciprocation. A lovely filly and we’ll be racing her.

“I’ve got the one going to the sale and I’ve got two babies in the paddock out of good mares so it’s all happening. And there are two by Toronado in the belly.”

O’Shea admits he used to be a “madman” with his horses and high numbers of them but has cut right down and isn’t as crazy as he used to be and now only has 20 all up. He once had 40 broodmares.

“They are in different stages, between foals and yearlings and there are a few racing,” he said.

“We are having a lot of fun. They are all homebreds.

“I have a little racing partnership with Brendan McCarthy and we basically more or less split the money. He trains them, I breed them and present them as yearlings, break them in and off they go to Brendan and we split the gold if there is any.

“It works with him.”

O’Shea said he been with McCarthy for 25 years.

Above: Burnewang North’s Managers Aaron and Emma Todd celebrating the win of On The Bubbles

Burnewang North’s Cathy Hains could have been excused if she felt like celebrating with a couple of bubbles after two horses she bred and sold as weanlings both won on a significant day on the New Zealand racing calendar.

On The Bubbles took his unbeaten record to three with victory in the Listed NZ$1 million Karaka Million 2YO on Saturday.

Another one Cathy bred, Need I Say More notched up his fifth win from seven starts with victory in the Group 3 Almanzor Trophy (1200m). It was the three-year-old’s fourth stakes win from his seven starts

Both horses, who won at Ellerslie, are trained by Jamie Richards at Matamata and race out of the powerful Te Akau Racing stable.

Cathy bred On The Bubbles, by Darley Victoria’s stallion Brazen Beau, out of her mare More Bubbles (Sebring x Berengaria).  Need I Say More is out of another of Cathy’s mares, Bo Bardi and is by No Nay Never.

Both are the first foals from their dams which now have foals by another of Darley Victoria’s stallion, Impending.

“We were absolutely delighted, it was absolutely fantastic,” she said of the two victories.

“It was a brilliant result and such a thrill for everyone involved and there are lots of people involved from the breeders to the pin hookers to the eventual owners and the fabulous trainer and the racing operation in Te Akau.

‘’It’s a big team and there seems to be a really big ownership group in both of them – On The Bubbles and Need I Say More.”

Cathy said it was great that Brazen Beau, who she described as an absolute star, was a Victorian stallion but the sad thing was that More Bubbles isn’t in foal this year.

While she missed to Frosted, More Bubbles has a weanling colt to Impending.

“We’ll give her the benefit of the doubt on not getting in foal,” Cathy said.

“We hope On The Bubbles can keep on performing and even though it has little to do with what we’ve got on the farm, it is just the excitement of it all.

Above: On The Bubbles winning the Karaka Million 2YO Listed race at Ellerslie Photo Credit: Trish Dunell

“In the scheme of things he was a modestly sold weanling and yearling and it makes it a great decision by New Zealand agent Bevan Smith who bought him alongside the others involved. There are some sporting people in addition to many other people involved under Jamie Richards and Ta Akau stewardship and he’ll have every chance of continuing.”

Cathy said that On The Bubbles had some x-ray issues when he was offered as a weanling at the Great Southern Sale and was sold to New Zealand for $60,000.

He was then offered for sale by Ben Kwok, who had purchased the horse with Bevan Smith, at the Karaka yearling sales and was sold to Te Akau Racing principal David Ellis for NZ $90,000.

Ellis struck a year earlier when he paid NZ$130,000 for No Say Never at the 2019 Karaka yearling sales after the colt had sold to Kilgrain Lodge for $65,000 by Burnewang North at the 2018 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

The colt was big for a first foal and had plenty of x-ray hits.

Cathy recalls that as a weanling On The Bubbles was a nice type of colt but a little bit more backward that some of their horses which was a result of some setbacks as a foal.

“But he certainly got plenty of attention and he had stifle OCD which is considered a major problem by many people who are buying horses and have to rely on x-rays to buy,” Cathy said.

“Given he had plenty of lookers and also people liked him, but I think they we put off by the x-rays. I think that’s the bottom line and that’s my opinion and he sold OK as weanling but he was nice enough to expect more. He had a nice pedigree.

“But as a yearling he well under performed on the New Zealand yearling average – but who cares about that, it’s history now.”

Cathy said that x-rays are clearly not definitive but she completely understands why in such a very commercial and a syndication arena, people need to use whatever tools are at their disposal.

“The way we remember him is that he had quite a lot of second looks and had numerous x-ray hits but at that level, $60,000 you’d have to think there wasn’t a lot of interest in him,” she said.

“In fact I think that was our hard reserve and he just got over the line is the truth.

“So good on Bevan as it says more for the agent.”

With two Burnewang North bred horses with Jamie Richards and Te Akau Racing, Cathy said it’s a phenomenal the roll their on and they were professional operators every step of the way.

Need I Say More is the first foal of Bo Bardi (Fastnet Rock x Our Golden Dream and has an Impending filly and is in foal to Too Darn Hot (Dubawi x Dar Re Mi).

“It’s a very hard business and a lot goes into breeding and racing these young horses and so much can happen along the way and it’s a game where you need to have nerves of steel,’’ Cathy said.

What has made the success of Bo Bardi and More Bubbles’ first foals so memorable is that both mares were bought with advice from bloodstock agent, the late Steven Brem.

“It’s nice that both these mares were two of the very last mares we bought in conjunction with our great friend and colleague Steve Brem.

“Steve was not only an integral part of helping us, but he was a very proud Kiwi so I am sure that he will be delighted with what’s going on and it’s just another nice memory that he was actually involved.”

Cathy said they have about 24 foals on the ground and about 30 broodmares at Burnewang North which is also a farming operation.

She said it was important to operate the horse side of the business with not too many dramas and big numbers have never been her thing in their small, boutique operation where the costs are still significant.

“We didn’t sell at the Magic Millions but were happy to see the extraordinary results many of our colleagues got so here’s hoping amongst the big ticket items and the expensive horses, there is going to be more On The Bubbles and Need I Say More who can be bought and syndicated or passed on for not such of a big spend,” Cathy said.

At this stage Cathy said they would be taking their draft to weanling sales mid-year, but that could change.

Located on 2,400 acres between Elmore and Rochester, Burnewang North Pastoral grows a lot of crop, including grain and hay, wheaten hay and Lucerne hay under irrigation and they also farm sheep.

And the question everyone wants to know. Did Cathy celebrate with some bubbles?

“Absolutely,” she said.

“I went over to see my dad (David) and I had some sparkling mineral water.”

And she could not say enough about the hard working team at Burnewang North who, like her, were absolutely thrilled with the success across the ditch.

Successes, she said, has to be recognised and celebrated.

Above: mare and foal at Rangal Park Stud

Long-time Victorian breeder Eric Buttler, who raced and later stood Group 1-winning sprinter  Keltrice (Kenmare) as well as Palace Music (The Minstrel) among others, will close his Rangal Park Stud owing to ill health.

Buttler, 81, yesterday revealed that he had been diagnosed with cancer, prompting the decision to sell the Euroa property he had owned for three decades and disperse his Rangal Park broodmare band, yearlings and weanlings in the coming months.

Forty Buttler-owned lots, including Listed winner Scratchy Lass (U S Ranger), Aquada (Flying Spur) – dam of the promising sprinter The Astrologist’s (Zoustar) – and Across The Ditch (Savabeel), a granddaughter of Group 3 winner Northeast Sheila (Keltrice), will be offered unreserved through the Inglis Digital January (Late) Online Auction. The catalogue will be released today.

“All the mares will go through on the 27th, a lot of them have foals at foot. We have our yearlings in at the Premier and at Easter and then there will be a few weaners go through in June and that will bring Rangal Park to a conclusion,” Buttler told ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday.

“I don’t have any other option: when the doctor tells you to get your affairs in order, you haven’t got much choice but to do just that.

“I have been diagnosed with cancer and the doctors haven’t given me a great length of time, so they have given me a push to wind things up.”

Rangal Park Stud’s four-strong stallion roster of Soul Patch (Shamus Award), Danerich (Danehill), Boom Time (Flying Spur) and Cliff’s Edge (Canford Cliffs) are all expected to relocate to Cornwall Park in time for the 2021 breeding season, with Buttler’s 530-acre Euroa farm already sold to a local cattle breeder.

“At this particular stage, it will close as a horse stud and he’ll run cattle on the property,” he said.

“It’s a highly fertile sandy loam and the grass takes off with a little bit of rain. That is what endeared him to the property, the grass production on it.”

Buttler also yesterday reflected on his time in racing and breeding, which included breeding and racing top-class two-year-old Northeast Sheila, who later became the dam of stakes winner Jacqueline Rouge, a filly by another of Rangal Park’s stallions Ne Coupez Pas (Nureyev).

“The highlights have been getting involved in Keltrice and North East Sheila and, of course, we were very unfortunate with a horse called Ne Coupez Pas due to his fertility,” he recalled.

“He bombed out totally but his credentials were unbelievable. I think he only had a handful of foals in his first year but he was champion first season Victorian sire and, of course, as a broodmare sire he had Pippie, who won the Oakleigh Plate, and Special Diva, who was stakes-performed.”

On Keltrice, who he acquired before he won the 1994 VRC Lightning Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m), Buttler said: “He was rather unique as far as he had no Northern Dancer, no Mr Prospector, no Star Kingdom or no Sir Tristram blood, so he was a total outcross to everything.

“He’s sired quite a few decent winners as a broodmare sire. He was more of a bread-and-butter sire, of course, but he did look like he was going to be outstanding earlier on but he didn’t quite go on with it.”

Article courtesy of ANZ

Above: Dosh winning Group III MRC Blue Diamond Preview at Caulfield (image: Grant Courtney)

Just three years after winning his maiden G1 Blue Diamond S. with now Widden Stud resident Written By, Grahame Begg has another serious contender for the $1.5 million juvenile feature after Dosh (Rich Enuff) went all the way to take out the G3 Blue Diamond Preview (Fillies) at Caulfield on Tuesday.

Under the guidance of Jordan Childs, who was also the regular pilot for Written By, Dosh went straight to the front from the inside barrier and still had plenty left in the tank at the top of the straight, fighting off numerous challenges to score by 0.5l.

Contract Racing’s Tayla’s Moment (Shalaa {Ire}) flashed home to finish second while short-priced favourite Frost Flowers (Frosted {USA}) had every chance but could only score third, another 0.1l.

While the fillies’ edition of the Blue Diamond Preview posted a time of 0.5s slower than the colts and geldings’, Begg said Dosh came into the race off the back of only one jump-out and expects her to take a significant amount of improvement heading into the Blue Diamond on February 20.

“She’s certainly a well above average filly,” Begg said. “Two starts for two wins. She just puts herself on speed and travels very smoothly. She had a fair bit of improvement in her today. She’ll come out of the race today and bounce out of that.

“She only had the one jump-out going into it and she’s a massive doer in the stable. She eats as much as a five or 6-year-old gelding. There’s no bottom to her. But she’s very exciting.

“She’s (Dosh) a massive doer in the stable. She eats as much as a five or 6-year-old gelding. There’s no bottom to her. But she’s very exciting.” – Grahame Begg

“She gave two kilos away, she paid the penalty for winning a Group 3 at her first start which is not easy to do.”

When asked if he had any concerns about Dosh stepping up to the 1200 metres of the Blue Diamond, Begg said: “I don’t think so. It’s uncharted territory for all of them. There’s been no 1200 metre races on, really, but she’s on the right path.”

Childs said Dosh had improved greatly since her debut win in the G3 Ottawa S. and believes she has more to come ahead of her next assignment in the Blue Diamond.

“She gives me a nice feel on the way up and is only going to improve with racing,” Childs said. “She’s got better each time and I’ve noticed this time in that she’s just improved all round.

“She’s not fully screwed down yet, but Grahame Begg is a master of finding these 2-year-olds and obviously, with Written By a couple of years ago, and to have her, she’ll be a very strong chance (in the Blue Diamond).

“She’s very quick out, she’s got a very high cruising speed and then she does what she has to do to win. I felt that I had more left in the tank. Still knowing that there’s more improvement within her after this run today is a big bonus.”

Above: Dosh as a yearling

Dosh was purchased by Begg for $155,000 from the draft of Glenlogan Park at the Inglis Classic Yearling Sale and is the second foal to race out of the stakes performed mare Raise Up (Shovhog).

Dosh’s third dam is Game Dame (Bold Aussie {USA}) who produced multiple Group winner Bold Promise (Luskin Star), while this is also the family of G1 VRC Oaks winner Dear Demi (Dehere {USA}), G1 Newmarket H. winner Miss Pennymoney (Brocco {USA}) and G1 Golden Slipper winner Capitalist.

Raise Up missed to Show A Heart in 2019 but produced a sister to Dosh last year.

Dosh is one of two stakes winners for Woodside Park’s second-season sire Rich Enuff, who is responsible for 16 winners so far this season.

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Swettenham Stud sire Puissance De Lune

Veteran trainer Paul Cave has had a long and successful association with the family of the four-year-old gelding Blue Sky Moon who made a winning career debut over 1200m at Wyong on Wednesday.

The son of Puissance De Lune (IRE) went off a heavily backed second favourite after impressing in a pair of barrier trials at his home track, Warwick Farm.

There was a scary moment when Blue Sky Moon unseated Kathy O’Hara on the way to the barrier. There was less concern in the run.

Sent straight to the front, Blue Sky Moon led at every call to defeat the odds-on favourite Doppelpunkt (Charm Spirit) by a half-neck with Chloebella Rose (Rothesay) four and three-quarter lengths back in third.

“He is obviously still very raw and has a lot to learn,” O’Hara said.

“He is a scopey big horse that will improve with time and racing. I know he is four already, but he is a big framed horse that has a lot of filling out to do.

“They have taken their time with him, so I hope they are rewarded.

“He has got good speed for a big horse, and he will get further later on.”

The Thomas family homebred is the first foal of the Snitzel mare Tasty Morsel who won nothing more than a 1200m maiden at Nowra. But she is a half-sister to the Paul Cave-trained The Free Stater (Over) who numbered the Group III AJC Frederick Clissold Stakes, Group III        AJC Liverpool City Cup and Listed HRC Hawkesbury Guineas among his seven wins from 17 starts.

The Free Stater was also used to hone the skills of the teenagers Tommy and Nathan Berry in barrier trials.

Blue Sky Moon becomes the latest winner from the first crop of Puissance De Lune (IRE).

Despite having his fee more than doubled to $19,800 in 2020, the Swettenham Stud stallion had his busiest season to date covering 155 mares.

Article courtesy of Breednet

Above: Mor Spirit standing at Spendthrift America

While there’s never one fool-proof indicator for determining stallion potential, Spendthrift Farm has found one race that they feel consistently produces winners who draw their attention.

In the past four years, they’ve welcomed a trio of GI Metropolitan H. victors to their stud barn.

First was Mor Spirit (USA), then came Mitole (USA), another son of Eskendereya (USA) and this year they welcome a third winner in five-time stakes-winning millionaire Vekoma (USA) (Candy Ride {Arg}).

“I can foresee Vekoma having just absolutely beautiful, rocket ship-like weanlings down the road. I think he’ll be a very precocious sire – his body looks very precocious,” Spendthrift’s Stallion Sales Manager, Mark Toothaker, said.

“He was so fast and hated to lose so we’re looking forward to getting mares to him this year and then seeing what the foals look like in 2022.”

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: King Of Hastings ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Pooles Accountants Golden Topaz at Swan Hill Racecourse on June 07, 2020. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

A giveaway mare has provided Euroa horseman Chris Rentessis and a group of owners with some massive achievements as the talented gelding, King Of Hastings.

Rentessis bred King of Hastings from the mare Handcut which was given to him when owner Terry Martin retired the daughter of Danerich in 2012 with a record of one win and two thirds from 12 starts.

Rentessis, who has done stallion work on local studs for more than 20 years, sent the mare to llovethiscity when he was standing at Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk Stud.

The result was King Of Hastings which was purchased at the 2018 Adelaide Yearling Sale by Anthony Freedman for $32,000.

The now four-year-old brought up his fifth win from 13 starts with a return to form when he won over 1200m at Randwick on the 9th of January to take his prizemoney to $475,050.

The gelding also had a start in last Saturday’s Magic Millions Sprint (1200m). The race was worth $1 million dollars.

Rentessis, who has a 50 acre farm, says he basically survives by contracting himself out and doing work on various other farms, as well as breeding from his four broodmares.

And it was his work for Murdoch which led to him breeding King of Hastings.

“I was actually involved at Larneuk before Neville bought that farm and he wanted me to stay involved and was happy to and we have had a good relationship for all those years,” Rentessis said.

“I have always done the stallions there and was happy to keep doing that. I then used to swing over to Rangal Park and pretty much did yearling preps and weanlings for about 10 years for Graham Burley and Eric Butler.

“I am sort of connected with all those guys and it was through all those connections actually that I managed to get King Of Hastings in a funny way because Handcut was owned by Terry Martin and he was a client of Rangal where he sent mares to Danerich.”

When Burley retired, Martin sent Rentessis a couple of young horses to grow out and one of them was Legcut (Danerich x Pentiara) which won seven races and was Handcut’s older full sister.

Another of the youngsters was a Danerich colt which Martin bought as a weanling and later raced as Neat Feat which won four races in Victoria, including one at Monee Valley, before being sold to Darwin where he won 17 sprint races.

Although Handcut had plenty of ability, she didn’t make the cut and was a bit of a handful on the track and Martin asked Rentessis if he’d be interested in having her for free.

“I knew her dam Pentiara (Pentire x Lady Acumen) and I liked her and I loved Danerich,” Rentessis said.

“And even with all her unruly behaviour, Handcut did run third to Platelet at Flemington and I thought she had some real ability and was only about two lengths off her.

“I took her on and by this time llovethiscity had come onto Neville’s place and he was just a genuine racehorse and would put his ears back and have a dip. I just thought in my own mind that if Handcut was disingenuous then I needed to put a genuine horse to her if I could.

“The stallion was a lovely horse, the mare was big and strong and the Danehill with the Showdown line, I just thought it was going to work.”

Rentessis said Handcut had developed into a lovely producer for him.

He took King Of Hastings to Adelaide to sell but usually puts his horses through the Melbourne autumn sales because he says that’s the grade of horses he has, but this time he thought the colt was a above that in terms of a type.

He also had a filly by llovethiscity which also went through the Adelaide sale.

Although he was happy with the colt’s sale price, he was pleased that a trainer like Anthony Freedman was the winning bidder.

“If you can get your horses onto nice sales, that just helps you along,” Rentessis said.

“You know they are going to get every chance going to a trainer like Anthony Freedman.”

Rentessis said he was happy to accept Handcut as a “freebie” because Martin always wanted to find homes for his horses but is not silly and would sell them if they could run a bit.

At the time Handcut’s sister Legcut, which scored five of her six victories in the city, was unraced.

Rentessis said he did get an offer for Handcut before last spring but rejected it.

He said there was a great curse when an offer is made for a horse and you just should take it because something usually goes wrong.

“But she is the best mare I’ve got,” he said.

Rentessis is sending a full sister to King of Hastings to next month’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Handcut also has a filly at foot by llovethiscity.

“I’ve got her back in foal to llovethiscity,” he said.

“I’ve had a few scribes telling me I need to go to more commercial stallions, but I don’t know whether anything could do as good a job as what he is doing.

“With King of Hastings, you couldn’t get a more genuine horse and I think with a bit of luck in some of those other races that he’d be a stakes winner already.”

Already with million dollar-plus llovethiscity progeny recently sold to Hong Kong – Ilovemyself and Barocha – the syndicated King of Hastings’ owners are also understood to have rejected big offers for the gelding.

Rentessis is hoping that Freedman will buy his filly at Melbourne Premier because he believes that’s where she needs to go and says she is a bit stronger than King of Hastings was at the same time.

He sent Handcut almost exclusively to llovethiscity but the one exception was when he mated her to Larneuk Stud stallion O’Lonhro which resulted in a gelding named Red Cut Rock which has had one start for a second at Albury and is raced by Rentessis.

With llovethiscity now standing at Noor Elaine Farm, Rentessis trades his services at the farm for the service fees to llovethiscity.

Rentessis has another three broodmares – Recession Buster (Ne Coupez Pas x Rip Trice) which produced Lady Solly (O’Lonhro) which he sold for $700 and as at her last run at the Valley last Friday when she won over 955 metres, has won just shy of $150,000 for her connections, Financial Miss (Danerich x Belloto Belle) and Roman Belle (Bel Esprit x Ticket To Rome) which has had two fillies by llovethiscity, one is leased out and the other will also be sold at Melbourne Premier.

Rentessis said it was a great as a breeder to see his horses take to the track and become so successful.

And as Racing.com revealed recently, there is plenty of sentiment attached to the horse’s name.

Katherine Henderson told Racing.com how her late father, Richard Everist, was a local business man and a legend of the Hastings Football Club, who dubbed himself King of Hastings.

She got a shock when her husband, Marty Henderson, told her to have a look at the form guide just before the gelding made his debut at Cranbourne in May of 2019.

She was shocked to see her father’s “name” in the maiden field, but then Marty told her that they owned 10 per cent of the horse and he agreed to buy a share only if he could name the horse King Of Hastings.

Above: Sham I Am ridden by Lewis German wins the Ascend Sales Trophies Handicap at Moonee Valley Racecourse on December 18, 2020  (Ross Holburt/Racing Photos)

Jeff Dimery suspected the best was behind his galloper Sham I Am when the five-year-old departed Danny O’Brien’s Flemington stables last August.

The gelding, by Newmarket Handicap winner Shamexpress (O’Reilly x Volkrose), was also trained by O’Brien and raced by Dimery.

He bred Sham I Am at his Uluru Stud at Romsey from his mare Les Miserables which was later acquired by Rosemont Stud.

After beating home only four runners over 1000m at Dunkeld last November, Sham I Am raced a month later at The Valley and scored at odds of 50-1 for Kyneton trainer Ray Matthews.

The gelding scored again at The Valley over 1200m last Friday night.

Matthews, who is predominately a horse breaker, broke in both Shamexpress and Sham I Am.

Dimery, the CEO of Alinta Energy, sold Shamexpress to New Zealand’s Windsor Park after the stallion retired from the track with more than $1 million in prizemoney.

And he admits it’s been a surprise to see Sham I Am notch up two consecutive city wins to take his tally to five victories and two thirds from 15 starts.

“But don’t get me wrong, I am delighted,” Dimery said. “He is a little ripper.

“We raced the sire Shamexpress and then I bred this fellow and I owned his mum as well.

“Shamexpress stands at Windsor Park in New Zealand. Rodney and Gina Schick bought him off me and they are now life-long friends.

“I bred this fellow with one of the free returns I got.”

Dimery sent Les Miserables to Windsor Park to be covered by Shamexpress and the mare then returned to Victoria.

He gave the guys who raced Shamexpress with him free ownership in Sham I Am to keep “the dream running.”

“I send all my horses to Danny O’Brien and he said he was a little bit limited with his size and whatever and we ended up transferring him to Ray Matthews who is a good mate of mine,” Dimery said.

“He is a breaker at Romsey and breaks a lot of my horses in for me and is good family friend. We gave the horse to Ray, who is more of I wouldn’t call him a hobby trainer but he probably is, and he has just done wonders with the little fellow.”

Dimery also has a mare he bred, Button Express, which is also trained by O’Brien, by Shamexpress and is out of Umatilla mare, Whitehaven girl.

The four-year-old has raced 11 times for two wins and four seconds and her most recent run was at The Valley last November when she finished fourth, beaten less than half a length.

“We got some degree of confidence that she will win a stakes race for us,” Dimery said.

“She had a bone chip in her knee at Moonee Valley and ran second at Caulfield just before that. She is a beauty as well and she is raced by members of my family.”

Dimery said O’Brien bought Shamexpress in New Zealand for him, as well as dual Group 1 winning mare Shamrocker (O’Reilly x Bohemian Blues) which was later sold to Japan.

“I love the family, the O’Reilly connection and that’s sort of how it started,” he said.

“We had Shamrocker win the AJC Derby and the VRC Guineas and then Shamexpress won the Newmarket. We have had a great ride.”

Dimery said Shamexpress serves about 100 mares a season at Windsor Park and was the leading first season sire in 2018 and had about 12 per cent stakes winners to runners.

Dimery was a buyer and a seller at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

He sold a Star Witness colt out of his Group 2 winning mare Summer Sham (Not A Single Doubt x Hot Summer Night) which he bred and raced.

“We bought De Little Engine’s half-brother the other day, it’s a full brother to Miami Bound, which won the Oaks, off Gerry Harvey.

“We will race him with family and friends again.

“Gerry was hoping for $400,000 but we got her for $175,000 –  so we reckon we got a bargain. It’s out of an Oaks winner and a full to an Oaks winner.”

The Andrew Ramsden Stakes (3200m) winner De Little Engine (Encosta De Lago), which was also raced by Dimery and friends, and Miami Bound (Reliable Man) are both out of  Harvey’s mare, Arapaho Miss (Danehill Dancer x Happy Heart).

For horse breaker and trainer Ray Matthews, Sham I Am is the only horse he races at the moment.

His core business is breaking, but he has been thrilled to get two wins out of the gelding.

“You learn about them and change a few things and I changed how I trained him a bit and putting the blinkers on him has helped,” Matthews said.

“To come to town and win two races with him shows that he is going well. We’ll see how he pulls up and we’ve got our own track at home, it’s a mile sand track, so he does all his slow work here and he only goes to Kyneton to gallop.

“We’ll let him get over this run and go from there. There is a sprint series at The Valley and we’ll probably look at that as it’s a track he likes.”

Matthews has been a professional breaker for 20 years.

He said Sham I Am was a quirky type and probably appreciates a quieter environment and being the only racehorse in the stables.

Image: Equestrian Queensland
The build up, excitement, and long hours of preparing for equine competitions often obscure the stress that horses endure traveling to and from such events. Consider for a moment some of the sources of stress placed on transported horses:
  • Mixing with “new” horses and social regrouping;
  • Vibration from the vehicle;
  • Arrangement of the animals;
  • Feed and water deprivation;
  • Road and air conditions; and
  • Changes in ambient conditions, including temperature.

Most modern and reliable transporters take these factors into consideration, carefully assessing the health of horses before, during, and after transport, and several studies have been published on this topic that prove its importance1-4.

According one of those recent publications4, authored by Rizzo and coworkers, “To limit health problems related to transport, it is important to examine the health status of the horses before and after the traveling to provide them with electrolytes and antioxidants and to optimize the environmental conditions inside the truck.”

Antioxidants include either single molecules or complex enzyme systems that stop the production of and the damage caused by reactive oxygen species and other free radicals produced in the body under stressful conditions such as transport and exercise,” explained Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., an equine nutritionist with Kentucky Equine Research (KER).

Classic examples of antioxidants include vitamins E and C.

KER offers two antioxidant supplements for horses: Nano•E, a water-soluble, natural-source of vitamin E with a unique nanodispersion delivery system that results in superior bioavailability to provide natural-source vitamin E, vitamin C, and other antioxidants.

In addition to dietary antioxidants, Rizzo and colleagues found acupuncture may also benefit equine athletes. Previous research shows that acupuncture:

  • Alleviates muscle tension;
  • Improves local blood flow:
  • Increase pain thresholds; and
  • Helps athletes recover from injury and reduces fatigue of transported athletes.

Using Thoroughbred racehorses, the researchers demonstrated that acupuncture stimulation could play a role “in improving physiological adaption to stressful stimuli and of physical performance.”

1Riley, C.B., B.R. Noble, J. Bridges, et al. 2016. Horse injury during non-commercial transport: Findings from researcher-assisted intercept surveys at Southeastern Australian equestrian events. Animals (Basel). 6(11):65.

2Padalino, B., S.L. Raidal, E. Hall, et al. 2016. Survey of horse transportation in Australia: Issues and practices. Australian Veterinary Journal. 94(10):349-57.

3Padalino, B., S.L. Raidal, E. Hall, et al. Risk factors in equine transport-related health problems: a survey of the Australian equine industry. Equine Veterinary Journal. In press.

4Rizzo, M., F. Arfusoa, C. Giannettoa, et al. 2017. Acupuncture needle stimulation on some physiological parameters after road transport and physical exercise in horses. Journal of Equine Veterinary Science48:23-30.

Above: Never Again proves too strong (Natasha Morello/Racing Photos)

For the second consecutive year, the winner of the Chester Manifold Stakes was branded with Chatswood’s AW brand.

Never Again broke through for his first Stakes Win on Saturday for Clinton McDonald. Replay.
He was born at Chatswood and spent the first 10 months of his life at Victoria’s oldest Stud. Never Again was bred by Brian Durran who is a regular supporter of Chatswood.

Last years Chester Manifold Stakes was won by Amadeus who was also born and raised at Chatswood, bred by Joan Walker who has been a client of Chatswood longer than anyone.

Chatswood Stud will offer yearlings at various sales this year including the Inglis Melbourne Premier where 7 of Inference’s first crop are available. To view the Chatswood Draft, click here.

Above: Inglis Classic sale to proceed as a live auction.

Preparations are ongoing for next month’s Classic Yearling Sale, which will proceed as a live auction at Riverside from February 7-9.

The sale will be conducted with Inglis’ Covid-Safe plan in place which allows for a range of hospitality options including Ringside Dining, Barn Pavilions, The 1867 Bar, The Newmarket Restaurant, Inglis Day Spa and many others.

Inglis is continuing to work with respective State Government authorities and other bodies to further develop protocols that will allow for attendance at the sale by interstate participants while facilitating their safe and responsible return home.

“The permit system now in place for travel to Victoria is a very positive development for those looking to participate in the sale,” Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster said.

“We are working with all the relevant authorities to ensure that as many people as practicable can attend the sale in a safe and responsible manner and we will continue to liaise with buyers through the coming weeks.

“It is an excellent catalogue of horses for what year-after-year proves itself to be the best-value yearling sale on the calendar and we are excited to get the 2021 Inglis Yearling Sales Series up and going with Classic on February 7-9.”

The 2021 Classic Yearling Sale, for which 803 yearlings have been catalogued, includes the progeny of 108 different stallions offered by 76 individual vendors.

Graduates of the Classic Sale have enjoyed outstanding success in recent years with the likes of Classique Legend, Extreme Choice, She Will Reign, Vow And Declare, Pippie, Hellbent, Yankee Rose, In Her Time and Castelvecchio among the stars that could have been bought from the sale.

The Sale has produced 12 individual horses to win $1m or more in prizemoney since 2018, while the average price of an Australian Stakes winner from the sale since 2018 is a little over $90,000.

Prospective purchasers are encouraged to consider on-farm inspections of catalogued yearlings where practicable.

CLICK HERE for contact details for vendors at the 2021 Classic Yearling Sale.

Please contact a member of the Inglis bloodstock team to discuss joining or arranging a pre-sale on-farm inspection tour or any sale requirements that you may have in advance of the sale.

For those who cannot or choose not to attend the sale in person, Inglis’ proven online bidding system will be available, as will telephone bidding through a member of the Inglis bloodstock team.

On-site inspections are set to begin at Riverside on Tuesday February 2.

Photos and videos of all lots will be available on the Inglis website as the sale nears, as well the height, weight and other key information for many lots in advance of the sale.

For more information on the sale or to request a catalogue, please contact a member of the Inglis bloodstock team.

Liqueuro (Fiorente {Ire}) proved himself as a young stayer on the rise when he brought up his second win from as many starts at Flemington on Saturday and trainer Cindy Alderson still believes he is still far from being the finished product.

The 3-year-old son of Fiorente (Ire) made his debut at Mornington on New Year’s Day, winning a maiden over 1500 metres, before making the step up to city grade and 2000 metres at Flemington with flying colours to fight out the finish in the Lexus Summer Event Trophy.

He was the most inexperienced runner in the race but with Jamie Kah on his back, he was able to present at the top of the straight and battle all the way to the finish line and hit the front in the final strides of the race.

Alderson said it was the way in which he secured the win that impressed her the most.

“I think his tenacity and his never say die attitude was very impressive,” the Cranbourne trainer told TDN AusNZ. “The fact that he just kept on coming on and obviously making the step from a maiden to a Saturday race at Flemington was quite an impressive step I thought.”

Alderson said she didn’t go into Saturday’s race with any great expectations for the gelding as he is not a horse that shows a great deal at home.

“He’s a very, very dour trackworker so it’s very hard to get a line on him based on his trackwork and I suppose his first-up win, even though someone backed him, was a surprise for us,” she said.

“He’s (Liqueuro) a very, very dour trackworker so it’s very hard to get a line on him based on his trackwork.” – Cindy Alderson

“I honestly didn’t think he would win below 2000 metres when I first started training him so I was surprised he did win first-up. He’s had races run to suit him but he’s still had to be good enough to capitalise on that and he was.”

With Liqueuro heading out for a short break, Alderson said he is a very light horse who struggles to hold much condition, however, she has been surprised with how well he has done since his run.

“He’s just gone to the water walker and the paddock for a little bit of a break,” Alderson said.

“He is very lightly framed and there was no condition on him going into the race but he has actually eaten up after the race and he’s been eating up all the way through recently. So despite being light in condition, he’s eating well, he’s got a really good skin on him and he’s really healthy and bright so I think he’s come through it quite well.

“It was a tough run but a horse like him is always going to race a little bit that way.”

Above: Cindy Alderson

Looking ahead, Alderson said Liqueuro could be a horse for the backend 3-year-old staying features with a race like the G1 South Australian Derby the most likely Group 1 target for him.

“I think South Australia (would be the target) because it’s an easier trip for him,” Alderson said.

“Queensland is a long trip away but he’s only a young horse and fairly inexperienced so a big trip might be a little bit beyond him with the condition that he carries.

“South Australia is only across the border so we could possibly look at that if he was to measure up.”

Whether or not he is ready to tackle a staying feature this season is another question with Alderson believing he won’t be fully grown into his body until he is four and that is when we will see the best of him.

“I think when he finally fills his frame up he might get a bit more speed, which he probably will need to compete in better races,” she said. “But whether it comes as a 3-year-old or a 4-year-old, I tend to think he won’t really furnish into his frame until he is four.”

Above: Liqueuro as a yearling

Article courtesy of TDN

Above: Lot 635 purchased by Gollan Racing/John Foote Bloodstock for $575,000

Chairperson Teresa Poon along with our Corporate Member Musk Creek Farm struck first on the 3rd day of the sale by achieving $575,000 for a cracking colt by Sire Spirit of Boom out of mare Personalised (half sister to VRC Oaks winner Personal). This colt will be trained by Tony Gollan who trained Spirit of Boom.

On the 4th day, ACJC Director of Racing Carrie Hu along with our astute bloodstock consultant friend Robert Roulston stole the show for owner Rifa Mustang by selling a striking colt by Not a Single Doubt for $1.5 million to Coolmore Stud.

Robert bought the mare Soleil Brulant for $180,000 in 2016 for Rifa Mustang. Carrie & Robert then mate her to the mighty sire Not A Single Doubt & produced a brilliant 500% return on investment for Rifa Mustang. Brilliant.

Both Musk Creek Farm & Rifa Mustang are extremely humbled to achieve such brilliant results among all the leading breeders in the field. They are also very grateful to the teams behind Musk Creek Farm & Sledmere Stud who work so tirelessly in bringing the best out of these 2 horses.

ACJC is offering a syndicate targeting the $2 million Magic Millions 2 year old race this time next year. Please get in touch with Racing Director Allen Ng or Chairperson Teresa Poon for further details.

Article courtesy of ACJC

Spendthrift went to $1.2 million dollars late in the day to secure a son of Written Tycoon. (Twitter - Woodside)
Spendthrift went to $1.2 million dollars late in the day to secure a son of Written Tycoon. (Twitter - Woodside)

There is no doubt Victorians are the first to support one another and day four of the Magic Millions sale on Gold Coast  sale was the perfect example of that.

Victorians were successful on both the buying and selling fronts.

Yulong opened the day by selling lot 642 of their draft – a Savabeel x Pikari Star filly – to Te Aku Racing and Andrew Williams Bloodstock for $145,000.

One Victorian training duo, who was very active on the buying front and bought from Victorians, was Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.

Purchasing two yearlings by promising Victorian sire Frosted, and a Written Tycoon yearling, they also bought a Kingman filly from Yulong’s draft for $425,000 and an I Am Invincible colt out of Rosemont’s draft for $800,000.

Catalogued as lot 866, the colt is out of a Sebring mare, Tahni Dancer who is the half-sister to Group 3 winner Maschino and stakes winner Kentucky Breeze.

Victoria’s Hilldene Farm also sold a lot which they bred out of the Fastnet Rock mare, Rainbeam and sired by Russian Revolution.

The filly’s half-sister is Daisy Cakes who was a winner as a two-year-old. Morrisey Racing went to $210,000 to secure the filly.

Darley Northwood sire Impending also had two of his progeny head through the ring. The first lot 691 was bred by Makybe Breeding and Racing and is out of stakes placed mare Recoinage who has had two foals to race – both winners.

The second Impending sired lot was lot 863, a colt bred by Victoria’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm and sold at the 2019 Inglis weanling sale. Knocked down for $240,000 to Sweetbriar Equine/Aaron Kwok of Hong Kong, the colt is out of the Testa Rossa mare, Swiftly Red.

Swiftly Red, trained by Tony Noonan, is the half-sister to Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate winners Arctic Command and General Truce and was consigned by Valiant Stud.

Darley’s Lisa Manning said it was great to get such a positive response to Impending’s first yearlings.

“He has got some lovely horses coming through and they are really nice types – good bums, short backs and they just look like real sprinters,” Lisa said.

“A lot of them have a lot of quality about them and they move really, really well like him as he is a great moving horse.

“We were hopeful, like you always are, but we are really happy with what he has done up here on the Gold Coast and I think Magic Millions obviously pick a good catalogue, and being in Victoria he is going to have a big representation at Melbourne Premier.”

Lisa said Impending was very fertile and the dual Group 1 winner had been well supported and priced by Darley at good value.

“He has got three big books to come and hopefully we should see some good results and we have supported him with some good mares as well,” she said.

Another lot bred by Victoria’s Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm and sold as a weanling at the 2019 Inglis Weanling sale, is the full sister to Group 3 VRC Flemington Fling winner Legend of Condor.

The filly was knocked down for $750,000 to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott from Silverdale Farm’s draft, who bought the filly at the weanling sale and reared her at their Southern Highlands farm in partnership with Suman Hedge Bloodstock and they were over the moon with the result.

Yulong also had a strong day on the fourth day of the sale. After selling the Kingman filly to Ciaron Maher Racing for $425,000, the team in green backed this up by selling a colt out of the Zabeel mare Rockzel.

Rockzel is half-sister to Group 3 winner Platinum Command who won ten races and is also the half-sister to Platinum Rapper.

Spendthrift sire Overshare had his first yearling to go through the ring and was catalogued as lot 823. Consigned by Glastonbury Farms, the filly is out of Spirited Away (USA) who is the dam of eight foals to race for seven winners, include the Group 2 Tampa Bay Derby winner Prospective. The filly was knocked down for $180,000 to Team Hawkes.

Spendthrift’s Garry Cuddy said it was great to see Overshare’s filly, which he described as one of great quality that hadn’t gone unnoticed leading up to the sale, go to such great trainers.

“It was great for us and obviously showed that they had a bit of an opinion of her and a good enough one of the horse himself to front up and buy his first yearling,” Garry said.

“We have been great supporters of Team Hawkes and they have been great supporters of ours and it’s great to continue the relationship.”

Garry said the support for Overshare had been great and it was quite funny that the stallion had served 80 mares in his first season, 150 in his second and then 140 in his third.

He said it was obvious that people were happy with what they’ve got on the ground.

Spendthrift was also busy buying colts as they look to securing future stallions for their roster.

They did Team Vic proud but had to wait until the second last lot of the day to secure a $1.2 million colt out of Emirates Park’s draft. By Written Tycoon, who stood at Woodside Park when the foal was conceived, it’s the highest price for a son of Written Tycoon.

Garry and the Spendthrift team were delighted they were able to secure the colt whose family includes Group 1 Doomben Cup winner, Sense of Occasion.

He said they had missed out on other highly priced and sought after colts in the sale, but the Written Tycoon colt was very high on their wish list.

“To be able to bring him home, we are very happy to do so,’’ he said.

“We had to wait until the end of day four to land a big one but we very are happy that we did and hopefully we can get the best out of him,” he said.

“When you front up and are shopping in the market, you are not up there alone and there are great judges and competition at that level and sometimes you have to find that extra bid or two and sometimes you have to say, no we’ll stop and let them have him and good luck to them.

“On this horse, we were very happy that we came out on top and everyone stopped and wished us luck.”

Garry said that any colt they buy comes with the dream of seeing him join the Spendthrift stallion roster and being the next Swear, Overshare or Dirty Work.

“We have been able to have a bit of good luck with buying a limited number of colts and we will have three colts we bought as yearlings on our roster this year,” he said.

“We ae proud of that and think it is a great achievement and hopefully there are another two or three to come over the next couple of years.”

The Spendthrift team also purchased lot 720, a colt by Deep Field out of Lonhro mare Romabella who is the full sister to Pinwheel who won twelve races, with three of them in succession. Securing the colt by going to $360,000, his family includes Spendthrift owned and Group 2 Schillaci Stakes winner Dirty Work (Written Tycoon x Maidel).

“He is a son of Deep Field who is obviously doing a great job and from the family of Dirty Work,” Garry said.

“It’s a family we know and have had a bit of success with and there were quite a few similarities I felt between him and Dirty Work. It’s a completely different sire line but the same female family and it has worked for us in the past and we thought he was great value in a competitive market.”

Victoria’s Kulani Park also had a successful day when a colt they bred out of Red Velvet Swing was knocked down for $510,000 to McEvoy Mitchell and Belmont Bloodstock.

The Victorian Alliance in partnership with Suman Hedge Bloodstock and David Redvers were present again on day four when they purchased a colt out of the Exceed and Excel mare Silk Sheets for $350,000. Consigned by Attunga Stud, the colt has Singapore Horse of the year and Champion Older horse Stepitup in his family.

Toby Liston of Three Bridges who dubbed lot 810 as ‘one of his best’ horses, was eagerly anticipating a favourable result as his colt by I Am Invincible out of the Pivotal mare, Solar Moon took to the ring.

However, Toby didn’t need to worry when the hammer came down at $700,000 and it was announced that the Hong Kong Jockey Club were the successful bidders.

Toby said the result was vindication of Three Bridges’ direction of choosing quality over quantity.

And the said the colt was special, just like his brother that was also sold to the Hong Kong Jockey Club for the same price.

He said the day four result of $700,000 for the colt reflected an abundance of quality and a wonderful attitude which was obviously why he was so sought after in the sales ring.

The colt had 23 x-rays hits and his total package made for strong competitive bidding before he was knocked down for $700,000.

Toby said Three Bridges finished the sale with 100 per cent clearance of their seven lots at an average of almost $400,000.

“Most importantly we sell racehorses and we wish the new purchasers all the best with their new additions and no doubt they will be rewarded for selecting naturally raised Three Bridges products for years to come.”

The colt’s dam was given a year off from breeding and while she doesn’t have a foal at foot, she is safely back in foal to I Am Invincible.

Not long after Toby’s result, a fan favourite of the 2019 TBV foal gallery made his appearance in the ring.

The colt bred by Noorilim Park known for his unique blaze and out of an Exceed and Excel mare, Speedy Kitty and includes Group 1 Santa Anita Gold Cup winner Cupid in his family.

Knocked down to BK Racing and Brad Widdup, he was purchased for $375,000.

But the results didn’t stop there for Team Vic. Makybe Breeding and Racing sold lot 828 for $650,000 to Tony Fung Investments and Phoenix Thoroughbreds. The colt, consigned by Lime Country, is out of the Starcraft mare, Star of Sydney, who is the half-sister to Invader.

Day four of Magic Millions confirmed the strong presence Victorian breeders and buyers asserted consistently throughout book one of the sale.

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