While Spring has begun both in the breeding barns and on our racetracks, the momentum with all things Victorian is heating up.
This is evident with last weekend’s racing, when Ingratiating, a son of Darley first season sire Frosted, claimed the win in the Darley Maribyrnong Trial Stakes over 1000 metres.
Trained by James Cummings and ridden to victory by Damien Oliver, the colt won the first Stakes race of the season and gave Frosted his first Australian winner and Stakes win.
Frosted also sired the third placegetter in Cloudy. This run was the filly’s first hit out and she settled in the race to finish third under the guidance of Irish hoop Johnny Allen.
Victorian sires claimed the trifecta in this race with another of Darley’s Northwood stallions Brazen Beau, siring the runner up in General Beau.
General Beau is a homebred of Victoria’s Contract Racing and the Ellerton-Zahra trained colt is already showing promise with one win and one place from his two runs.
With three runners, one Stakes winner and one Stakes placegetter for combined earnings of $137,750, this resulted in Frosted claiming his rightful spot as the head of the 1st seasons sires list and the 2YO sire list.
Victorian stallions are not only stamping their presence on the 1st season sires and 2YO sires lists but they are also, by earnings, claiming top spot on the general sires list and the 3YO sires list.
Written Tycoon who has sired some exceptional horses in his time, is currently leading the general sires list and the 3YO sires list, from his progeny who were conceived while he stood in Victoria.
So far this season, Written Tycoon has amassed $3,161,670 in earnings with 51 winners from 176 runners.
His best performer, Ole Kirk has earned $665,550 in earnings, just shy of the price he was knocked down for.
Bred by one of Victoria’s most prestigious nurseries in Gilgai Farm, the colt was purchased by International Thoroughbred Solutions for $675,000 at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale.
Now favourite for the Caulfield Guineas on October 10, Ole Kirk, trained by the Hawkes team, has already been earmarked as a future stallion when he won the Group 1 Golden Rose at Rosehill on the 26th of September.
James Price – CEO of Woodside Park commented, “We have said for a long time that the best was yet to come with Written Tycoon and he has certainly delivered in recent weeks. Even this early into the season to have a 2yo and 3yo laying claim to be the champion of their generation is an immense achievement.”
Ole Kirk was the second highest yearling to be sold at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier sale, with the runner up in the Golden Rose, North Pacific the sales topper.
The son of Darley Northwood sire, Brazen Beau was knocked down for $800,000 to Orbis Bloodstock and was bred by Victorian David Gillies. He too, has been earmarked as a future stallion prospect.
This season alone, Victorian farms have added some impressive bloodlines to the Victorian ranks.
With farms such as Aquis, Darley, Spendthrift, Swettenham and Yulong all adding to their rosters this season.
Aquis have added Royal Meeting and Needs Further, while Darley have already filled a complete book for Blue Point and Yulong have added Alabama Express to their roster and have had Grunt’s first foals hit the ground.
Spendthrift have added two new stallions in Omaha Beach and Vino Rosso, who are being well supported by the breeders.
They also own the 2020 Kentucky winner in Authentic, who they hope to see shuttle to Victoria one day.
Garry Cuddy – Spendthrift General Manager after the win said, “I would love to see Authentic here but we’d have to wait to let the dust settle and for everything to go to plan, but I wouldn’t be shocked to see a press release in April or May next year to say he is on our roster, that’s for sure.
“He actually ran the sixth fastest Derby in the history of the race and two horses above him are Secretariat and Northern Dancer, so he is in pretty good company.”
While we are already seeing some outstanding performances on our tracks, there is no doubt we will continue to see some exceptional equine athletes grace our tracks in the years to come.
Spring however, is just heating up and shows no signs of slowing down.