A new video released by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) today tells the story of the early lives of three Victorian bred Group 1 winners who are aiming for further glory this spring.
Redzel, Le Romain and Written By all feature in the video with interviews of the Victorian breeders who helped raise them to be the champions they are today.
All three Victorian bred heroes will play big roles in the coming Spring Racing Carnival with each aiming to reproduce their Group 1 winning success.
“The stories behind these Group 1 superstars highlights how Victorian breeders and the Victorian thoroughbred breeding industry produce some of the very best performed racehorses,” TBV Executive Officer Patrick Clancy said.
“This past racing season Redzel, Le Romain and Written By produced some blistering performances, but they are not alone in terms of Victorian bred stars. The state’s breeding industry also played its part in the breeding of Daysee Doom, El Dorado Dreaming, Great Shot, Hey Doc, Santa Ana Lane, Sopressa, Leicester and Hong Kong Group 1 winner Mr Stunning among others.
Written By, Australia’s best juvenile colt
‘What a Victory’ was the call when the Blue Diamond winning colt Written By, the son of Champion Victorian Sire Written Tycoon, crossed the line in Victoria’s richest two-year-old race.
Bred by Neville Begg and trained by son Grahame, the colt spent his formative days at Tas and Julie Rielley Basinghall Farm at Nagambie.
“He was a lovely looking foal, with a great back-end and shoulder, and a touch of arrogance, not boisterous, but certainly adventurous,” Tas Rielley says.
“Foaling down eight to a hundred mares, you see a lot of nice foals, but when one goes on like this, with four out of five wins at the top end, it’s very special, and I’m sure he has a lot more to go yet.”
Le Romain – triple Group 1 winner
The Kris Lees trained Le Romain was bred at north-east Victoria’s Greta West Stud for loyal clients, the Carusi family.
John and Laurie McCarthy at Greta West Stud are strong believers in letting horses grow naturally at their farm – one of Victoria’s oldest family owned studs – and Le Romain has certainly been a beneficiary of this philosophy.
“The environment we have here, with good size paddocks and lush pasture is the best way, as it’s all about the balance. His dam Mignard is still going strong, and she is a favourite on the farm,” McCarthy said.
Redzel – the orphan who climbed Everest
The early life of Redzel was a difficult one, but he has now climbed to the highest heights of Australian racing having won two Group 1 races, another seven stakes races and, of course, the inaugural $10 million Everest.
Redzel lost his dam Millrich only a couple of days after being born. But thanks to the dedication shown by Kim Alderton, Christie Murphy and the team at Eliza Park International’s former Nagambie property, they didn’t give up on the orphaned foal, even after three attempts with three different foster mares.
“We made sure he got the right handling when he was a couple of months old, as he would muscle his way into the mares, being quite upfront. He maybe got a bit spoilt in the foaling unit, but he came to hand very nicely and was a pretty clever horse,” Alderton said of Redzel’s early months.
The video is part of the Victoria to Victory series produced for TBV by Jo McKinnon and her team.
Watch all episodes of Victoria to Victory on the TBV YouTube channel.