Regardsmaree ridden by Billy Egan wins the Ladbrokes Anniversary Vase at Ladbrokes Park Hillside Racecourse on April 30, 2022 in Springvale, Australia. (George Sal/Racing Photos)

No one has to tell owner and breeder Mark Schiavello about the highs and lows associated with breeding and racing horses.
It’s been a mixed bag for Schiavello and his co-owners with the horses they’ve raced over the past few weeks.
Schiavello and his crew bred Mynumerouno from a mare they raced (Splash of Moet ), and the three-year-old was one of the fancied runners in the $130,000 Super VOBIS handicap (1100m) earlier last month.
The gelding was eased out of the Caulfield race after suffering a bleed, earning an automatic three-month ban.
Then, a few days later, another horse that Schiavello bred from Splash Of Moet tore a suspensory ligament in track work and was retired.
Not all was lost.
A Victorian bred So You Think colt that Schiavello bought for $70,000 at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale on the advice of bloodstock agent Kevin Dagg has certainly helped restore some faith for all those involved.
The now five-year-old gelding Regardsmaree scored back-to-back wins in just seven days with a victory last Saturday in the Listed Anniversary Vase (1400m) at Sandown.
Just seven days earlier, Regardsmaree won the VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m) at Caulfield.

Schiavello, who works in the corporate industry, was a first time breeder when he decided to send Splash of Moet (Dash For Cash x Storm Tossed) that he’d raced in partnership to stud with Vancouver after the mare received a life ban after she bled for the second time.
Schiavello said they felt that there was some unfinished business with the mare, which had won four races, so the ownership group decided to breed from her.
Mynumerouno (Vancouver) was the second foal out of Splash of Moet. Her first foal, Essoess), was also raced by Schiavello and his mates and had won four races for Newcastle trainer Mark Minervini before suffering that suspensory tendon injury.
After winning on debut, Mynumerouno finished third at Sandown, put together three consecutive city wins, and won the $125,000 Blue Fox Gold Eldorado (1200m) at Echuca in March.
Schiavello said they’re hopeful of getting Mynumerouno back to the track.
“You just have to see these things out, and you can’t let them get you down,” he said.
“But he has been a ripper, and he owes us nothing, and hopefully, we can get him right.”
In the meantime, Regardsmaree’s prize money climbed past $650,000 with victory at Sandown last Saturday in the Listed Anniversary Vase as the $2.60 favourite.
Just seven days earlier, Regardsmaree was a $20 outsider when he won the $280,000 VOBIS Gold Sprint (1200m) at Caulfield for Flemington trainer Nick Ryan and jockey Billy Egan.
Bloodstock agent Peter Ford has kept a special interest in Regardsmaree and the unraced dam Rossa Mia (Testa Rossa).
Ford took over the business and bloodstock management of Hillside Parade Racing and Breeding, based in Nagambie, in 2014 for businessman Peter Arvanitis.
“When I started up Hillside for Peter Arvanitis, I bought her (Rossa Mia) as an unraced three-year-old filly,” Ford said.
“I reckon she cost $45,000 from memory.
“It’s great to see that she has produced a pretty handy one. I did the mating, too, with So You Think, so it’s pleasing.”
Ford said he was the huge rap for High Chaparral and his sons, including So You Think, Tivaci, Toronado and Alpine Eagle in Tasmania.
“They are kind of everywhere,” he said.
Ford wound up his association with Hillside, which had taken drafts to Melbourne Premier, several years ago. Arvanitis later sold his bloodstock interests.
“We were producing a good dozen or so yearlings a year,” he said.
“And in the last year, we sold about $2.2 million worth of yearlings.”
Ford said Ross Mia was a beautiful filly, and he was a huge fan of Testa Rossa as a broodmare sire.
Rossa Maria’s dam Malapert (En Costa Delago x Brazenne) produced Stakes winners Malasun (Red Ransom) and Stokehouse (Anabaa).
The last horse bred by Hillside out of Rossa Maria is the now four-year-old gelding Yulong Justify, a winner of four winners. He was sold as a weanling in 2019 for $110,000 and then sold the following year as a yearling to Yulong for $180,000.
A Rich Enuff chestnut filly (Lingjun Treasure), now an unraced three-year-old, out of Rossa Maria, fetched $10,000 last year.
Schiavello snapped up Rossa Maria, in foal to Star Witness, for $60,000 in the digital sale earlier this year after being informed by Gippsland Bloodstock’s Phoebe Grass that the mare was on the market.
“Phoebe looks after all our younger horses, the weanlings and yearlings and the mare Splash of Moet,” he said.
“She identified that Rossa Maria was up for sale in an Inglis Digital sale earlier this year and reached out to me and asked if I’d be interested.
“I sent a note to the guys, and we were pretty keen, and then we were fortunate enough to get her but probably had to extend because we thought we’d get her from anywhere from $30,000 to $50,000 and then we had to extend to $60,000.”
Schiavello said that with Regardsmaree’s current form, in hindsight, it was probably the right decision to buy Rossa Maria.
He said they’d always had great faith in Regardsmaree and thought that perhaps things didn’t go the gelding’s way in his last preparation when he managed to two thirds from seven starts. In his previous campaign, he won four races, including three in succession in the city, from six starts.
“The racing game can be brutal where they can write horses off, but I always thought that So You Thinks are not at their best and until they are five and six, and we have been quite fortunate where he has now come out and won a VOBIS Gold feature race, and now he has won a stakes race,” he said.
While Schiavello said they originally thought they’d perhaps get Rossa Maria for a little cheaper, it’s probably offset by the fact that they picked up Regardsmaree for a lot less than what they thought.
“I selected him with Kevin Dagg, who I use for all our yearling purchases,” Schiavello said.
“Kevin identified him for me and was on a shortlist, and we had a look at him, I think it was late on the Saturday before the sale started on Sunday, and we just looked at each other and laughed and said we’ve got no chance of buying this.
“Kevin looked at me and said if this thing can’t run, then I am not here. I remember it vividly just the way the horse walked with a nice loose action, athletic and a good temperament, too, which wasn’t overly accurate, but that’s what he was showing then.
“But he was a cracker.”
After the horse was knocked down to Schiavello for $70,000, legendary horse assessor George Smith rang Dagg that night and said he couldn’t believe they’d bought the yearling for that price.
Dagg quickly rang Schiavello and asked him to put a percentage aside for him to be involved.
Schiavello and his racing partners have an unraced two-year-old, So You Think with Ryan. They also have a full brother to Mynumerouno and a half-brother yearling colt by Rubick. Splash Of Moet, which is in foal to Spirit of Boom, will go back to Vancouver, who is now standing at Woodside Park.
There are plenty of options for Regardsmaree’s next race.
Ryan and Egan have both mentioned the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap (1200m) on May 14 at Morphettville as an ideal next assignment, while there are a couple of good races closer to home.