Champion Victorian stallion Bianconi will continue his stud career at Ridgeview Park in 2014.

In a deal brokered by Julie Nairn of LP Stallions, Bianconi will transfer from Swettenham Stud to Ridgeview Park which is based 35km north-east of Bendigo at Muskerry.

“Bianconi has been a wonderful sire for Victoria,” Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said.  “We call him the ‘People’s Stallion’ because his progeny have given so much enjoyment to so many people.

“He gets winners from all sorts of mares over a wide range of distances.  And he’s good enough to sire Group 1 winners like Nicconi and Above Deck.”

Bianconi (USA) passed another milestone in November when Lord Wimble notched his 1,000th Australian win at Moonee Valley.  A son of breed-shaping stallion Danzig, he has topped 100 individual winners in Australia for the last five years in a row and his winners-to-runners strike-rate is a lofty 62%.

“He’s going as well as ever,” Sangster claimed.  “But, through no fault of his own, he’s probably taken a back-seat since the arrivals of Equiano, Master Of Design and Americain.

“Swettenham will continue to support Bianconi.  He’s as healthy and spirited as ever and his fertility remains above 90%.”

Studmaster Phil Sloane is building a quality roster Ridgeview Park and Bianconi will stand for a $5,500 service fee alongside a line-up that includes Dr Doute’s, Illustrious Blue, Golden Snake, Best Choice and Scintillo.

Every Faith added her name to the list of black-type graduates from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds in the LR Laelia Stakes (1600m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

Three Bridges manager Toby Liston prepared Every Faith for the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale and she made $130,000 to the bid of Barry Saunders.  He races the filly with his wife Barbara, an RVL board member, and their daughter Rebecca.

Every Faith (3f Not A Single Doubt — Zephyria by Zabeel) had won a Seymour maiden in September and was only been beaten a couple of lengths in the LR Ethereal Stakes, G2 Wakeful Stakes and G1 Victorian Oaks.

“She let down and rounded up the leaders in a tough battle,” trainer Robert Smerdon said.  “She obviously needs ground as we saw in the Victorian Oaks and we will be back for another race over the Adelaide carnival.”

The G3 SA Fillies Classic (2500m) at Morphettville on May 10 is her main mission this campaign.

Every Faith (pictured as a yearling at Three Bridges) is from a winning daughter of champion sire Zabeel from a family that has left several stakes winners in Europe.  Zephyria has a yearling colt by Starcraft and a weanling filly by Snitzel.

Three Bridges heads to Sydney this week with three colts and two fillies for the Inglis Easter yearling sale.  They are by New Approach, Exceed and Excel, Street Cry, I Am Invincible and Denman.

The owners of Crime Fighter had a lucrative day out at Moonee Valley on Saturday winning a $100,000 Inglis Race Series Bonus thanks to their galloper’s victory in the Kane Constructions Hcp (2040m).

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Crime Fighter (3g Street Hero — Quiet Name by Danehill) was a last start Moonee Valley winner over1600 metres and he took another step forward on Saturday with a decisive victory over Calendar Lad and Family Tree.

The gelding won over $190,000 for his latest win thanks to a $100,000 Inglis Race Series Bonus on top of the $91,000 of prizemoney, Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold Bonuses.

Crime Fighter topped Session II of the 2012 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale at $125,000.  Bought by Peter Moody from the Makybe draft, he has now earned over $246,000.

“He ran out the distance strongly and has always shown ability at home,” stable representative Zac L’Hanson said.  “That will keep his confidence up and hopefully he can continue to progress.”

The G1 South Australian Derby at Morphettville on May 3 is a possible target for the son of former Makybe shuttler Street Hero.  Moody won the 2006 classic in Adelaide with Testafiable.

Angels Beach extended Bel Esprit’s black-type tally to 19 in the LR Manihi Classic (1050m) at Morphettville on Saturday.

The Peter Moody trained mare ranged up to Group 1 winning filly Miracles Of Life (Redoute’s Choice) in the final few strides to score by a short-neck.  Veteran sprinter Esprit De Bullet (Bel Esprit) was two lengths away in third place.

Angels Beach (4m Bel Esprit — Descendant by Zeditave) has won three on end this year after on-pace victories at Flemington and Caulfield.  “She’s a quality mare,” winning jockey Linda Meech said.  “We had a rough run but I was always confident.  I just needed a bit of luck.

“She used to be a barrier rogue but seems to have her head together at the moment.  Hopefully, it’s onwards and upwards from here.”

Bel Esprit is rapidly reducing Reset’s lead at the top of the Victorian sires’ premiership.  The Darley stallion skipped clear in October after Fawkner earned $1.65 million for winning the Caulfield but the margin is now only $105,000.

Angels Beach was a $220,000 buy for Les Cowell at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions.  She is a half-sister to Sydney stakes winner Patronyme (More Than Ready) and is the last foal of their dam  Descendant who died in October 2012.

Danehill’s youngest Australian bred progeny are 10 year-olds so there can’t be too many of his sons waiting in the wings for their first winner.

Nevertheless, it may be premature to suggest Wadham Hill is the last Danehill to sire a winner.  The former Woodside Park stallion broke his duck when Liberty Hill cruised home at Terang on Friday.

Liberty Hill (3f Wadham Hill — Libby’s Lass by Statue Of Liberty) landed the Sungold Milk Maiden Plate (1000m) on debut for trainer Niall Phillips.  She bounced to front from an inside barrier and travelled on the bit before scooting clear in the straight.  It was a very impressive start to her career albeit against suspect company.

Wadham Hill was purchased as a foal by Woodside Park owners Peter & Mark Rowsthorn at the 2003 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.  They catalogued the colt for the following year’s Magic Millions yearling sale but he failed to make a $230,000 reserve.

Wadham Hill was named after the racing arm of the Woodside Park operation in Victoria.  Closely related to Coolmore shuttler Danehill Dancer, he was distanced as favourite at Ararat in September 2007 and didn’t face the starter again.

ASB records have him siring 16 foals in four seasons until 2011.

Integrity measures in Victorian racing are to be further strengthened by the establishment of independent Integrity Councils for each racing code.

“The Victorian racing industry is an important driver of the state’s economy and the bedrock of any racing industry is public confidence in its integrity,” Dr Napthine said.

“These new Integrity Councils will operate independently from the Boards of the racing controlling bodies, that is, Greyhound Racing Victoria, Harness Racing Victoria and Racing Victoria, and will have responsibility for the oversight and direction of integrity assurance operational matters.

“This structural reform will ensure there is greater separation between the important commercial side of racing and the critical integrity services provided by each racing code.”

The functions of the Integrity Councils will include:
·        oversight of integrity assurance functions;
·        provision of advice and recommendations to the respective Boards on integrity-related matters; and
·        liaison with the Racing Integrity Commissioner and the other Integrity Councils.

Each of the three Integrity Councils will be comprised of five members, three of whom, including the Chairperson, will be independent of the respective Controlling Bodies and will be unable to hold any office or participant licence.

The remaining two Integrity Council members will come from the Board of the relevant Controlling Body but will not be either the Chair or the Deputy Chair of that code.

All Integrity Council members will be appointed by the relevant controlling body, following approval by the Minister for Racing.

An Integrity Council Implementation Working Group has also been formed, made up of the Chairs of each Integrity Council, to provide ongoing review of the operation of the Integrity Councils. Following two years of operation the Racing Integrity Commissioner will assess the total efficacy of this important reform.

This reform follows and is consistent with the recommendations by the Racing Integrity Commissioner in his report on the 2012 Own Motion Inquiry into Race Fixing in Victoria.

The establishment of the Integrity Councils, along with the recent legislative reforms confirming the power of Racing Victoria to apply the rules of racing to non-licensed persons, and increased powers for the Racing Integrity Commissioner will ensure that Victoria’s integrity assurance arrangements remain world class.

“These reforms, along with other racing integrity measures introduced in the past twelve months by the racing controlling bodies and by Government, place Victorian racing at the forefront of integrity across Australia,” Dr Napthine said.

Dear Members,

In February 2014, the Agri-Food and Veterinary Authority of the Republic of Singapore published new rules pertaining to Hendra Virus, which will now permit the import of horses from Australia which have been vaccinated with the Hendra HeV vaccine.

Both Hong Kong and Singapore are now allowing the importation of HeV vaccinated horses, whilst China, Indonesia, Macau and the United Arab Emirates are not permitting HeV-vaccinated horses.

The European Union, United States, Japan and South Africa do not test for antibodies to Hendra Virus and therefore are able to accept vaccinated horses.

TBA believes it is up to each individual breeder whether to vaccinate their horses against Hendra Virus.

Chauncey Morris
CEO, Thoroughbred Breeders Australia

First-time vendor Two Bays Farm is sending two Snitzel fillies from Mornington to Sydney for the Inglis Easter Sale.

The Mornington Peninsula is re-establishing itself as a premier location for thoroughbreds and is now home to a number of leading breeders including Morning Rise, Musk Creek, Flinders Park and Tarcoola Stud.

“Its undulating hills, fertile soils and temperate climate, is ideally suited for breeding thoroughbreds and historically it was home to a strong industry,” Two Bays Farm owner Ross Ferris said.  “For a time though, grapes and vineyards took over — now the balance is swinging back.”

Ferris established Two Bays less than two years ago and appointed Tracey McCarthy as the Farm’s manager.  Formerly based at Sovereign Thoroughbreds in Western Australia, she sold Group 1 winners Eagle Regiment (El Moxie) and Moment of Change (Barely A Moment) at the 2009 and 2010 Perth Magic Millions.

Two Bays Farm currently has 20 broodmares including Group 1 performers Marheta and Ice Mist (USA) and plan to grow this number as the right stock becomes available.   “We look for young mares that are well related and track performed,” Ferris said.  “We’ve worked hard over the past few years to acquire a high quality band of mares and aim to build our breeding base to around 40 in the next five years.”

Two Bays draft at the Inglis Easter yearling sale:

90     Filly   Snitzel — Love’s Here (Dehere)
Dam has foaled 3 winners including Listed Alinghi Stakes winner Liesele (pictured)

115   Filly   Snitzel — Miss Tizzy (Cee’s Tizzy)
From a USA Listed winner of the Belmont Dream Supreme Stakes

175   Colt   Choisir — Rareville (Petitionville)
Second foal of a three-time USA winning mare

327   Colt   Starcraft — Astounded (Encosta de Lago)
Dam won Listed Sir Douglas Wadley 2YO Stakes at Eagle Farm

471   Filly   Dane Shadow — Table Mesa (Comic Strip)
First foal of a Kentucky stakes winner

546   Colt   Street Sense — Marheta (Al Maher)
First foal of G3 Doomben Roses winner.  Dam also G1 QTC Oaks runner-up

Kaphero filly Swing With Me is coming straight to town after toying with her provincial rivals last week.

Trainer Kym Hann (pictured) will aim her at the Super VOBIS 3YO Fillies Hcp (1200m) at Sandown on April 16.  “She’s up to a city midweek race or even better,” Hann predicted.  “I knew the filly had ability from the start and she proved that earlier this week.”

Swing With Me (3f Kaphero — Shell I Swing by Celtic Swing) won the Harvey Norman Maiden Plate (1100m) by 6 lengths at Ararat.  “She put lengths on them in a few strides,” Hann said.  “It could have been more if Nikita (Beriman) had ridden her out.”

The winner was backed in from $13 to $8 despite a first-up failure at Swan Hill on March 14.  “I don’t know what happened up there.  I’m still scratching my head over that run.”

Swing With Me is by Swettenham Stud sire Kaphero and was bred in South Australia by Kiah Glenn owner Janita Edwards.  “I have a great record with horses from Janita,” Hann said.  “From memory, only one of them hasn’t won races.”

Hann, 26, started out in South Australia before a stint with Darley trainer Peter Snowden.  He has been based at Bendigo since 2010 and another promising type in his stable is Glenrowan Prince (Bushranger) who finished midfield in the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes on March 8.

Kaphero has 14 lots catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands on April 27 & 28.

Dear Breeders,

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) is always looking for ways to assist fellow breeders through innovation, cost savings and services. Supporting a thoroughbred breeding operation incurs major outgoings such as feed and animal health, this is an area that TBV have focused on and are pleased to present an opportunity that may assist breeders in significant savings.

To this end, we have been in discussions with CEPA Co-Operative Ltd.  CEPA is a large provider of stock feed, animal health products and general farm merchandise, primarily to the thoroughbred equine Industry.  It has been operating for over 50 years and currently supplies approximately 850 CEPA members in and around regional Victoria.

CEPA is offering TBV members the opportunity to join the CEPA Co-operative purchasing Group and avail themselves of a range of benefits including (but not limited to):

  • Favorable discounted pricing on a huge range of products for our industry
  • Access to the current additional CEPA members settlement discount scheme
  • Supporting Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria financially

Following the recent presentations to the TBV Board by CEPA, TBV committee members from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Burnewang North and Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm have all joined CEPA and are benefiting from the excellent prices and quality of service.

I encourage you all to make contact with CEPA CEO Rob Bogumil, to find out how CEPA Co-operative can benefit your business and how CEPA is supporting TBV.

Rob’s details are:  P: 03 5443 6072   M: 0409 219 804   E:

And please ensure you mention your TBV membership.

Kind Regards,

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James O’Brien
President, Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria

The inaugural Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon will be conducted at Mornington Racecourse
on Saturday, 5 April.

The unique event, to be hosted by the Melbourne Racing Club (MRC) with the support of Racing
Victoria (RV) and the Victorian Government, will see retired racehorses compete in three equestrian
disciplines between races at the Mornington meeting.

Thoroughbreds with a link to racing are the most common breed among the more than 600,000
pleasure horses in Victoria and RV Chief Executive, Bernard Saundry, said the Triequithon would
further promote retired racehorses as the ideal equestrian athlete.

“Racing Victoria is extremely proud to conduct the first Triequithon which works to further promote
the value and success of retired racehorses in post-racing careers,” Saundry said.

“Thousands of racehorses have gone on to successful eventing careers following their retirement
from the racetrack; they are highly versatile animals and we have witnessed extraordinary results on
the Australian eventing circuit.
“Retired racehorses are already an important part of the equestrian world and by showcasing their
attributes through the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon we are looking forward to seeing
even more horses embark on eventing careers when they retire from the track.

“The Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon, one of many initiatives emerging out of our popular
Off the Track program, is part of Racing Victoria’s wider commitment to equine welfare.”

The MRC will offer two-for-one entry at the Mornington meeting with a range of on-course initiatives
planned to complement the Triequithon and an exciting seven-race program.

Victorian Premier and Minister for Racing, Dr Denis Napthine, said the Triequithon met two of the
key objectives of the Government’s Victorian Racing Industry Fund.

“Firstly, with the assistance of the Raceday Attraction Program, we are able to put on a very unique
raceday event which encourages people to take in a day at the races,” Dr Napthine said.

“Secondly, this event is focused on promoting post racing careers for thoroughbred racehorses
which the Victorian Government and Racing Victoria share as a priority for the racing industry.”

With entry open exclusively to riders of Off the Track thoroughbreds, the final line-up of 10
competitors has been determined based on stringent selection criteria and was limited to horses
scheduled to compete at 1* level in the 2014 Melbourne International Horse Trials on 6-9 June.

The riders, ranging in age from 15 to 40, will be competing for a prize pool totalling $15,000, making

the Racing Victoria Off the Track Triequithon one of the richest contests on the Australian eventing

Conducted in a condensed format inside and adjacent to the Mornington racetrack, horses will
compete in dressage, cross country and show jumping throughout the meeting, accumulating points
based on their performance in each discipline.

The public will have direct access to view the dressage and show jumping rounds of the competition
with the spectacular cross country round to be broadcast live on the infield big screen courtesy of
cameras on every jump of the state-of-the-art course.

MRC Chief Executive, Brodie Arnhold, said his Club was thrilled to be able to facilitate the event and
is confident the meeting will appeal to the wider equestrian audience.

“We’re delighted to be playing a significant role in the inaugural Triequithon,” Arnhold said.

“The greater Mornington area is genuine thoroughbred heartland, so it is excellent to be able to
provide the facility to assemble that strong community for such an event, and in doing so provide a
connection between thoroughbred racing and other equestrian disciplines.

“It is also pleasing to be able to support Racing Victoria’s Off the Track program, which has
enormous merit not only in keeping retired racehorses active, but in showcasing their great potential
as eventing athletes.”

The Victorian Government is providing funding from the Raceday Attraction Program of $60,000 to
assist with the event. RV is contributing the balance of the costs.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm graduate Barnato began the Singapore juvenile season with brilliant victory in the Cash Luck Stakes (1000m) at Kranji on Sunday.

Barnato (2g Redoute’s Choice – Glimmers by Success Express) also picked up a bonus for his success as he was bred in Australia and purchased for $300,000 at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

“Inglis accepted Barnato for the Easter Sale in Sydney last year,” Lauriston operations manager James O’Brien recalled.  “But we opted to withdraw him and support the Melbourne Sale.”

Barnato is a three-quarter brother to star filly Gold Edition who won Group 1 sprints at Moonee Valley (Manikato Stakes) and Flemington (Ascot Vale Stakes) in the O’Brien family’s orange and emerald green colours.

Based at Corinella on the shores of Western Port Bay, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm has a quality draft heading to the Sydney Easter Sale next month headed by a Street Cry – Gold Edition colt (Lot 28).

Barnato took up a handy position off a quick clip in the Cash Luck Stakes and then produced a fine turn of foot to challenge the favourite Racer King for a three-quarter length victory.

“When you’re on a good horse like this, it’s very easy,” Brazilian born jockey Vagner Leal said.  “There’s a lot of speed in this horse and he felt quite confident before the start.  He has a lot of potential.”

Trainer Patrick Shaw prepares the winner for South African based syndicate Nordic Racing.  “I felt the distance would be a bit sharp first-up but class prevailed,” he said  “We will eventually send him out further, possibly up to a mile.”

The Cash Luck Stakes is the first leg of the Singapore 2YO Series which culminates with the Group 2 Aushorse Golden Horseshoe on May 16.

A top-class son of Artie Schiller (USA) is now first in line for a start in the Kentucky Derby after landing the G3 Spiral Stakes (1800m) at Turfway Park in Kentucky.

We Miss Artie produced a determined late charge on Saturday to earn himself a definite start in America’s most coveted classic.

Winner of the G1 Breeders 2YO Futurity at Keeneland last year, We Miss Artie tagged on to the back of the leading group of runners soon after breaking in the prominent Kentucky Derby trial.  He travelled sweetly down the backstretch before making steady progress rounding his rivals entering in to the home straight.

Despite covering more ground than any horse in the field, We Miss Artie found plenty over the final stages to claim Harry’s Holiday and Coastline to win by a nose and a head.

We Miss Artie earned 50 points in landing one of the major lead-ups for the Kentucky Derby – this year to be run on May 3 – and now heads the leader board in terms of qualifiers for the Run to the Roses at Churchill Downs.

We Miss Artie’s connections were already looking forward to the Kentucky Derby engagement within minutes of the colt’s victory. “We were hoping he could get us there and he did,” declared his multiple Eclipse Award winning trainer Todd Pletcher.

“The whole game plan was to get enough points to get him in,” owner Ken Ramsey added.  “It’s good to be on the way back to the Derby.”

We Miss Artie took his earnings to in excess of $600,000.  A fourth-crop son of Artie Schiller, he was purchased for $90,000 at the 2012 Keeneland September Yearling Sale.

Woodside Park owner Mark Rowsthorn is filling his quota of mares to Zoustar and the latest addition is Group 1 performer Power Princess.

Zoustar will stand alternate seasons at Widden Stud (NSW) & Woodside Park (Victoria) when he retires to stud.  He failed first-up in the G1 Canterbury Stakes last weekend but was slightly lame after cooling down.

Trainer Chris Waller will go ahead with Group 1 campaigns aimed at the T J Smith on April 5 followed by the prestigious Diamond Jubilee at Royal Ascot and July Cup at Newmarket.

“Our mares need to be of sufficient quality for Zoustar,” Woodside general manager Murray Tillett said.  “Power Princess fits that criteria having been placed twice at Group 1 level.”

Power Princess (7m Marwina — All Electric by Canonise) was bred by Bluebloods Magazine editor David Bay and won 12 races for a syndicate made up of Richard Farris, Greg Loughridge, Patricia Baker and Dan White.

She was a Group 3 winner of the Scahill Stakes, Roma Cup and Prince of Wales Stakes in Perth and was Group 1 placed behind Black Caviar (Robert Sangster Stakes) and Barakey (Winterbottom Stakes).

Power Princess (pictured) bowed out after an unplaced run in the G3 Bellmaine Stakes at Caulfield last month.  She arrived at Woodside Park last week and is booked to Zoustar at the completion of his racing commitments later this year.

Magnus stretched his margin at the top of the Australian third-season sires’ premiership with an opening double at Moonee Valley on Friday evening.

Flying Spur’s most successful sire son, Magnus stands at Eliza Park International in conjunction with Yallambee Stud.

Mightiest and Valid Contract increased his stats to 59 winners of 85 races since August 1.  That’s a significant lead over fellow Flying Spur stallion Casino Prince (45 winners — 70 races) well into the second-half of the season.

Magnus is second on the third-season prizemoney table ($2.32 million) behind Boban’s sire Bernardini ($3.53 million).  And he owns a 54% winning strike-rate which is one of the best among the Top 30 stallions standing in Australia.

MIGHTIEST (4g Magnus — Fantagonal by Octagonal) won the Mitchelton Wines Tour Hcp (2040m) thanks to a great ride by Vlad Duric.  “He’s been racing without any luck recently but we decided to throw the dice tonight,” trainer Wendy Kelly said.  “He can keep going through the grades this season.”

Mightiest is a homebred for Parador Park syndicator Ken King.  He also raced Bon Hoffa who gave Kelly her first Group 1 victory in the 2007 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes at Caulfield.

VALID CONTRACT (4m Magnus — Prenuptial by Take Your Partner) came with a perfectly timed finish under Craig Williams to defeat Darley favourite Metaphor in the Ascend Sales Hcp (1200m).

“That was a peach of a ride by Craig,” co-trainer David Feek said.  “She’s won twice in town now and there’s enough improvement in her to aim at some black-type further down the track.”

Valid Contract’s dam Prenuptial (2000 Angst Quality) and second-dam Deal (1985 Analie Hcp) were both Listed winners at Randwick.  All three fillies are homebreds for Helen Alexander and other black-type winners in the family include Winning Partners (G2 HKJC International Bowl) and Moonah Brooke (G3 Tasmanian Derby).

Magnus has sired four stakes winners in four states;  Platinum Kingdom (G3 BTC Classic), Magnifisio (LR WA Summer Scorcher), Prettyhappyaboutit (LR SAJC Lightning Stakes) and Missy Cummings (LR ATC James Carr Stakes).

Some of his other recent winners with black-type potential include Miss Promiscuity, Whistle Baby, Miss Maggiebeel and Mick’s Hustler.  All four were foaled at Yallambee Stud.

Miss Promiscuity is trained by Peter Moody for Rob Crabtree and she was runner-up in the G3 Typhoon Tracy Stakes at Moonee Valley on February 21.

Magnus was also prepared by Moody for a syndicate that included Crabtree, Yallambee Stud’s Woodard family and Eliza Park.  He was a Group 1 winner of The Galaxy in Sydney before retiring to stud in 2008.

Moody began the journey of a lifetime the following year when world champion sprinter Black Caviar won her first race at Flemington.  She is from a half-sister to Magnus.

Hoofnote:  Hong Kong based gelding I’m In Charge is another recent first-crop winner by Magnus.  He broke through for a convincing victory in the BMW Performance Hcp (1400m) at Sha Tin last Sunday.

“It was only his second run here and there’s quite a bit of improvement to come with experience,” jockey Brett Prebble said.  “His best may not even be until next season but I think he’s quite a nice horse with a future.”

I’m In Charge (4g Magnus — Obbligato by Redoute’s Choice) was bred by Rob Crabtree and was purchased by clients of Caspar Fownes after winning a Geelong maiden by three lengths on debut last July.

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Given the high level of interest and the immediate demand for Equiano nominations, Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster has set the King Of Speed’s service fee for 2014.

Equiano (Fr) will remain unchanged at $15,000 (plus gst).

“We have already commenced taking bookings so an early announcement was essential,” Sangster said.  “We are grateful that so many new clients have made enquiries and we also want to support those breeders who have already sent mares to Equiano.

“It’s an exciting time for us and the Victorian industry.”

Equiano topped the first-season table at the Melbourne Premier I Sale with 15 sold at an exceptional average of $105,200.  Top price was the $420,000 colt from Hidden Energy that was the highest price ever paid for a yearling by a first season sire in Victoria.

Overall, his yearlings at the Gold Coast Magic Millions, NZB Karaka Sale and Inglis Melbourne Premier have averaged $90,000 while the median price of $70,000 confirmed there was no ‘tail’ among his progeny.

Broodmare owners are averaging 5.5 times his service fee and they can feel confident going forward that Swettenham is working side-by-side with them to ensure positive outcomes.

Equiano (Acclamation) has his first English-bred two year-olds from Newsells Park ready to debut and he has been installed favourite for European first-season honours by bookmakers.  That will ensure demand for his Swettenham nominations will spike again in April / May.

Swettenham has also announced the service fee for Americain will remain the same for 2014.

Americain (USA) will stand for $12,500 (plus gst).

“There were a significant number of breeders who were unable to secure a nomination to Americain in 2013,” Sangster explained.  “The early announcement of his service fee will allow them enough time to make appropriate plans for their mares.”

Americain (Dynaformer) is currently serving his second book at Calumet Farm in Kentucky.  He covered 155 mares in his first season at Swettenham last year.

Nomination enquiries for both Equiano and Americain can be made by calling Chris Belli, Swettenham’s General Manager of Sales and Marketing, on 0417 514 552.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm has announced its five yearlings withdrawn from the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale will now be presented at the Inglis Easter Sale.

They have been catalogued in a supplementary draft at the conclusion of the Inglis Easter Session II Sale on April 10.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm already had two lots selected for Easter and its draft now comprises;

Lot 28    — Street Cry x Gold Edition colt
Lot 310 — More Than Ready x Amarazetti filly
Lot 551 — Starcraft x Acceleration colt
Lot 552 — Encosta de Lago x Complete Control filly
Lot 553 — Not A Single Doubt x Emilydelago filly
Lot 554 — Exceed and Excel x Show Stealer filly
Lot 555 — Snitzel x Venus colt

The Lauriston yearlings will be available for inspection at the Newmarket sales complex from April 2 in Stable 2 Row C.  In the meantime, prospective buyers are invited to inspect, by appointment, the youngsters at its Corinella farm prior to their departure for Sydney.

TBV committee member Christine Mills is looking forward to the G1 Doncaster Mile next month after winning the LR Bendigo Golden Mile (1600m) with Fat Al.

Fat Al (pictured) won the G1 Epsom Hcp in 2012 and he has been given a 1kg penalty for Randwick’s other Big Mile on April 12.

Chris and her husband Peter race the Al Maher gelding with a syndicate that includes Steve and Leanne Bruhn.  “The rain made the enclosure a bit dodgy with high-heels,” Mills said.  “But that didn’t stop the celebrations.”

Peter Mills has owned a share in Fat Al since Gai Waterhouse bought him for $27,000 at the 2010 Inglis Easter yearling sale.  He was transferred to Peter Moody’s stables in June last year and the Bendigo Mile on Saturday boosted his earnings to $763,450.

“Fat Al lost form with Gai and she gave him the flick,” Chris explained.  “But he’s come good since coming down to Melbourne.”

Well-known in the industry as Chris Nevill since establishing Hollylodge Thoroughbreds at Avenel in 1998, she married Mills late last year.

They owns farms at Avenel, Northwood and Finley in NSW.  Mills also operates a bloodstock consultancy and stallion management service as well as standing Zupaone.

Zupaone is a Group 3 winning son of Flying Spur and there have been 6 winners from his first 11 starters.  He stands for a $3,500 service fee.

Hollylodge has bred 33 individual winners from its own mares and the next one on the horizon is Al’s Kitchen (Al Samer).  He is trained by Mat Ellerton and Simon Zahra and faces the starter for the first time in the Super VOBIS 2YO Maiden Plate (1100m) at Moe this Friday.

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The winners keep flowing from Darren Weir’s Forest Lodge stables.  He sent out 9 last week and Oxford Park stallion Gonski came to the party with a winning double.

Lindyhop (5m Gonski — Lindleywood Lass by Kenmare) broke through at Hamilton on Tuesday after placings at Ararat and Warrnambool in February.  Only lightly-raced, she had been sidelined since Anzac Day last year.

Lindyhop (pictured skirting the outside rail at Hamilton) is a homebred for Oskar Mustafa & Liz Fair and is from a daughter of G2 VRC Bloodhorse Breeders’ Plate winner Twirled.  “It was great to get another win for Oskar & Liz,” Weir said.  “They have been very patient with their horses since joining the stable.”

On Friday evening, Siwa Lady sprinted to a brilliant victory in the Essendon Mazda 55 Second Challenge (955m) at Moonee Valley.

SIWA LADY (5m Gonski — Siwa by Green Desert) clocked a sizzling 55.72 seconds but it wasn’t quick enough for Weir to win the keys to a Mazda.  Anthony Freedman has one foot on the accelerator with only the final heat  remaining after his mare Minaj was timed at 55.36 seconds on January 31.

Weir trains Siwa Lady for the Molloy and Mortensen families.  She is from a British-bred half-sister to G2 Royal Ascot winner Flying Cloud (Storming Home) and the dam of Longchamp G1 winner Laverock (Octagonal).

Speedy filly Happy Princess weighed in with another winning result for Gonski in Singapore on Friday night.

HAPPY PRINCESS (3f Gonski — Burned by Red Ransom) scored a slashing three-length victory in the Initiation Stakes (1200m) when facing the starter for just the second time.  “She was quite unlucky at her first run,” trainer Laurie Laxon declared.  “But she’s really come on since then and won very well tonight.”

Not only does the Gonski filly race in the same colours as Laxon’s 2007 Singapore Gold Cup winner Recast, but she also hails from the same family.  Gonski and Recast are both out of the Marauding mare Abonnement.

Studmaster Michael Howard stands Gonski (Danehill) for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee at Oxford Park.  The Bunyip stud is also home to Volitant (Flying Spur).

Beach Front was an appropriate winner of the Telstra Phonewords Hcp (1200m) when the National Apprentice Series moved to Moonee Valley last Friday night.

The consistent mare is a homebred for Contract Racing’s David and Jennie Moodie & Musk Creek Farm’s David Kobritz and Teresa Poon.

Beach Front (4m Strategic – Cos Snip by Snippets) is prepared by Brent Stanley and his team races out of Kyneton under the Cloud 9 Thoroughbreds banner. Stanley is one of Victoria’s up-and-coming trainers and he knows what it takes to make the big time having won the 1996 Caulfield Cup as an apprentice on the Contract Racing mare Arctic Scent.

His first win as a trainer was with Beach Front at Moonee Valley in December. “She was with Peter Moody but wasn’t making the grade there,” Stanley said. “She’s come good as an older horse and has won five races since coming here twelve months ago.”

Star Tasmanian apprentice Sigrid Carr piloted Beach Front who is from a winning daughter of Ossie Cossie (Mister C). She was a speed machine winning 19 races up to 1200m including the LR Lightning Stakes at Randwick.

Cos Snip’s 3yo filly Liberty Star (Statue Of Liberty) and 2yo filly Moon Tide (Hard Spun) are both unraced. The mare foaled a colt by Master Of Design in October.