A Victorian bred filly featured in TBV’s preview of Friday night’s Group 3 Champagne Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley took the honours impressively. The race was co-sponsored by long term supporter of TBV, workers compensation experts Gallagher Bassett.

Gallagher Bassett’s Barry Oliver, MVRC Vice Chair Don Casboult, owner Peter Murray, trainer Murray Johnson and TBV’s Adam Tims celebrate Take Pride’s win

Take Pride, bred by Tyabb’s Eldon Park Stud and became Chatswood Stud stallion Reward for Effort’s second stakes winner for the season and elevated him to the top of the National Second Season Sires premiership.

The Murray John (Seymour) filly skipped clear of her rivals for an all the way three-length victory over hot favourite Secret Agenda.

“She’s very quick and is at the top of her game,” owner-trainer Murray Johnson said.

“We will just enjoy tonight before making a decision on her next start. There are lots of options.”

Take Pride (3f Reward For Effort – Shabtis by Elusive Quality) had finished close up behind Petits Filous in stakes races at Caulfield and Flemington before the breakthrough at Moonee Valley.

She is from a half-sister to the dam of Mummify and cost owner Peter Murray $94,000 from Eldon Park at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier. Since the sale, Ottoman, a three quarter sister has won at Group 3 level, won almost $600,000 for Godolphin Racing and will be targeted at Group 1 races during the Spring Carnival.

Take Pride is the first foal of the Elusive Quality mare Shabtis who in recent weeks has foaled a colt by Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon.

Take Pride returns to winners stall at Moonee Valley

Eldon Park stud owner Dr Donald Byrne said she was a beautiful filly right from the start

“She was a top class girl! Simon Vivian from Inglis thought she was a magnificent filly. Good in the body, good in the legs.”

Reward for Effort won the Victorian freshman title last season and he is leading the current Australian second-season premiership with earnings of $408,535. Apart from dual black type winning Gold Symphony and Take Pride, his 3yo winners this season include Effortless (Bendigo), Take a Sip (Northam), Marie Clare (Devonport) & Ability (Sale).

The Chatswood Stud champion is ready to make a similar impression with his second crop of two year-olds starting with his filly White Feather who won an 800m barrier trial at Morphettville on Friday.

White Feather is trained by Dan Clarken for owner Michael Duffield and her dam Sugus’ Song (Jan Murray) has already thrown winners by Bianconi, Orpen, Lycius and Bite The Bullet.

Chatswood Stud stands Reward for Effort (Exceed And Excel) for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee.

A recent visit to Spendthrift Australia’s new property at Romsey by TBV President James O’Brien was a real eye-opener for the prominent broodmare owner.

“I was amazed at the extent of works occurring on the farm. The first thing that catches your eye are the kilometres of new post and four rail fences being installed,” James said.

“And then, after talking to Stud Manager Garry Cuddy, you realise the fences are just the start of a much grander plan to be realised over coming months and year, including a complete new stallion barn and other breeding infrastructure.

“This major, ongoing international investment is a great sign for the Victorian thoroughbred industry and demonstrates a genuine commitment from Spendthrift and owner B Wayne Hughes.”

The Spendthrift bloodstock will also be growing in number. Already a number of well bred Australian and imported broodmares are on the farm, many having already foaled down including progeny of Spendthrift’s Top 10 North American sire Malibu Moon.

In its debut season at Romsey in the Macedon Ranges, Spendthrift Australia is standing four stallions. Best known to locals is the Group 1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice, Hampton Court.

Also at the farm are first season sires Can the Man (by Into Mischief) and Jimmy Creed (by Distorted Humor) along with Warrior’s Reward (by Medaglia d’Oro) who has already bred multiple black type winners with two crops of racing age in North America.

Warriors Reward at Spendthrift Australia

Warrior’s Reward has sired 37 individual winners this year headed by stakes winners Warriorscmoutoplay, Requite and Group 1 Wood Memorial runner-up Tencendur.

The son of Medaglia d’Oro’s yearlings were prominent on the Tuesday and Wednesday leader-boards at Keeneland’s September Sale last week.

He led Day 8 with a $195,000 filly and on Day 9, was represented by the second top-priced colt that cost Mersad Metanovic Bloodstock $205,000.

Warrior’s Reward (Medaglia d’Oro) shuttles to Spendthrift Australia at Romsey in Victoria for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee or $13,750 (inc gst) as part of their Share The Upside program. He stands for a $25,000 fee at Spendthrift in Kentucky.

Spendthrift owner B Wayne Hughes also purchased four yearlings on Day 2 of the Keeneland September Sale for a total outlay of more than $2.12 million. Topping the quartet was a Fastnet Rock filly for $1 million.

“We’re going to see these horses gain acceptance in both hemispheres,” Spendthrift general manager Ned Toffey said when asked about Australian stallions.

“This filly is worth the price even if she never runs, although she could compete successfully almost anywhere in the world.”

“We have a Fastnet Rock filly we bought out of this sale last year and she’s at Santa Anita in training and we like her.

We’ve got two by Fastnet Rock in Australia, and we like them quite a bit and I think they could run anywhere. A good horse is a good horse.”

Hoofnote: Fastnet Rock filly Cana confirmed those comments when she scored a timely win on debut for Spendthrift Australia at Hawkesbury on Thursday. The Team Hawkes trained Cana is a three-quarter sister-in-blood to G1 Newmarket Hcp winner Wanted and cost $650,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds celebrated a winning weekend with two of its graduates winning in town while their own sire Stryker (by Fastnet Rock) weighed in with a couple of promising provincial winners on Saturday and Sunday.

Exclusive Lass (by Nicconi) started the winning run with a commanding three-length victory for trainer Nigel Blackiston at Moonee Valley on Friday night. She had won a Bendigo maiden in February and her only unplaced effort in 7 starts so far was in the G2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington.

TBV member and bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills bought Exclusive Lass for $75,000 from Three Bridges at the Inglis Premier Sale. She is out of World Exclusive (Zabeel), a sister to the dam of stakes-winner He’s Remarkable who stands at Mapperley Stud in NZ.

“I’ve held her in very high regard and we gave her a good break after the Kewney,” Blackiston said. “Her first two placings this preparation were solid performances and we were confident she would run a bold race here.”

On Sunday, Cazonet looked another nice Fastnet Rock for owner Phil Sly when she won a Geelong maiden by two lengths. Sly bought Cazonet for $450,000 from Three Bridges at the Gold Coast Magic Millions. She is trained by Robert Smerdon and is from G3 Trentham winner Native Song (Mellifont).

Fastnet Rock stallion Stryker stretched the winning distance of his stock when Ropeadope broke through in the Elusive Style Maiden Plate (1850m) at Kyneton on Saturday. He sold for $50,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier and is a three-quarter brother to G3 Waikato Guineas runner-up Yin Yang Master (Fastnet Rock).

Stryker doubled up on Sunday with Stryking Gold who also showed signs of staying ability at Gawler. Bred by Tony Santic’s Makybe operation, she sold for $27,000 at the 2014 Adelaide Magic Millions and produced a powerful finish at the end of 1700m in the Gawler South Bakery Maiden Plate.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds stands Stryker for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.

Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain (USA) has received a strong vote of approval from buyers at the Keeneland September Sale with his first yearlings selling up to $100,000.

Americain covered his first two northern books at Calumet Farm in Kentucky before the iconic farm’s owner Brad Kelley transferred him to the Irish National Stud earlier this year.

“He’s the best-looking son of Dynaformer I’ve ever laid eyes on,” Calumet manager Eddie Kane declared on Friday.

“And his yearlings really looked the part at Keeneland this week. They’ve got plenty of leg and length with a lovely shoulder and they sure look like athletes.”

Americain’s chestnut filly that made six-figures at Keeneland was purchased by agent Shawn Dugan. “Shawn is married to Hall Of Fame trainer Neil Drysdale and the filly will be in good hands,” Kane continued. “Her dam Queen Of Money won a Group 3 sprint at Santa Anita and has already foaled two stakes winners.

“The Americain colt from Madre Terra is typical of the sire and will run all day. His dam is a FuPeg half-sister to this year’s Santa Anita Derby winner Dortmund and was bought by Phil Needham of Betz Thoroughbreds.

“And I really liked the Americain filly from Wine Glow offered by Denali Stud. She was passed-in for $55,000 and I thought she was worth much more than that, too.

“Keep in mind, Americain is largely regarded as a turf stallion in the USA – so was Dynaformer – and that rules out a lot of pin-hookers and such. But that’s not going to stop him in the long run.”

Calumet Farm owner Brad Kelley has retained 20 homebred Americains to race out of Florida and Kentucky next year. He’s also sending yearlings to Ireland where they will be trained by Dermot Weld.

Americain is back at Swettenham Stud for a third southern season after serving 288 mares in his first two books. He is available at a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Woodside Park stallion Zoustar was one of our fastest, most highly rated and most handsome colts in recent years and now he might be the most fertile young stallion in the country, too.

With studmasters all over the country raving about the first crop of Zoustar foals, they are also delighted by how quickly their mares are going in foal to him.

Zoustar alternates between Widden Stud and Woodside Park and his fertility at the Victorian nursery is in the exceptional range.

“From the first 22 mares scanned, 20 of them are in foal,” Woodside Park stud manager Gerard Jones said.

“He was the fastest racehorse I’ve seen and it looks like his swimmers are the same!”

Zoustar covered an enormous black-type first book of 185 mares at Widden Stud last year recording an amazing fertility of almost 90%.

“When breeding your most commercial mares to the very best stallions, it’s vital they get in foal first go,” Phoenix Broodmare Farm owner Damian Gleeson said.

“I have a number of first season foals on my farm and the Zoustars a long way in front. I’m delighted we’re getting so many positive scan results to him.”

Zoustar (Northern Meteor) was a Group 1 winner of the Golden Rose and Coolmore Stud Stakes and is standing for a $44,000 (inc gst) service fee.

At the current rate of positive scan results, he could have his whole book in foal by the end of October.

Equiano sprinter Blood Moon completed a winning week for leading Irish trainer Ger Lyons on Friday.

Lyons had purchased a colt by Swettenham Stud shuttler Equiano at the Tattersalls Ireland September yearling sale before saddling Blood Moon to victory at Dundalk.

A short-priced favourite, he denied debut winner Well Caught (Zoffany) by a half-length over 1200m.

Blood Moon (2g Equiano – First Eclipse by Fayruz) was Group 3 placed in the Curragh Stakes last month and his juvenile campaign ends with 2 wins and 5 placings in 8 starts. He had been entered for the LR Blenheim Stakes at Fairyhouse next week but will go out for an immediate spell.

“It’s a nice way to end the year and he’s been a model of consistency,” Lyons said. “We think he will be a proper stakes horse but he rushes his races and we need to teach him to go through the gears.”

Lyons was active building his team for next year at the Tattersalls September Sale nearby his stables in Co Meath. “It’s been a strong week,” he said. “I bought four on Day 1.”

His Equiano colt cost 28,000 euros (AUD 44,605) and is a half-brother to LR Snowdrop Stakes winner Agony And Ecstasy (Captain Rio).

Top price among the half-dozen Equiano yearlings at the September Sale was the filly from Greensand (Green Desert) that cost Ann Duffield 50,000 euros (AUD 79,650). Duffield trained the first stakes winner by Equiano when Dark Reckoning claimed the G3 Firth of Clyde Stakes at Ayr in September 2014.

Equiano (Fr) sired 4 individual first-crop winners in the first month of the new Australian season and he stands for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee at Swettenham Stud.

Seymour-based stallion Volitant is generating interest among broodmare owners monitoring the winning run of his improving sprinter Volontiers.

The Robbie Laing trained gelding has won 4 of his last 7 starts and his victory in the Dad & Dave’s Turf Hcp (1200m) was achieved against the odds at Pakenham on Wednesday.

“What a tough horse – he’s been low-profile but was too strong today,” Laing said. “Before the race, Jake Bayliss had the speed maps sorted out and was going to lead and then stack them up.”

Those plans went awry when Volontiers missed the kick but Bayliss didn’t panic.

“They went back and settled before working home from the 600m,” Laing said. “We’ve freshened him up on the Aquacisor and will now look at the midweek meeting during the Caulfield carnival.”

Volontiers (4g Volitant – Frontiers by Jade Hunter) is from a family light on black-type for the last three generations. His dam raced once but she has foaled five minor winners and there’s also a Volitant yearling filly waiting in the wings.

Volitant (Flying Spur) won Group 3 sprints in the Moonga Stakes and Victoria Hcp at Caulfield beating top-class sprinters Yell and Titanic Jack. He retired in 2007 but was caught up in the dreaded purple zone of the E.I. crisis in NSW. Then his second season was scuppered by an ownership dispute.

Transferred to Victoria, he stood at Oxford Park in West Gippsland before moving to Seymour trainer – studmaster Alan Diggins.

“We just bred him to our own mares first-up but there’s been outside interest with winners coming through this year,” he said.

“Violent Snow has won a couple for Jason Warren and Flying Aurora has won 3 races and been placed 5 times in showcase and metropolitan events. She’s back in work with Leon Corstens and has done enough to suggest she goes as well as Volontiers.”

Diggins stands Volitant for a $3,300 (inc gst) service fee and he can be contacted on 0488 951 929.

Friday night at Moonee Valley sees the running of the Group 3 Champagne Stakes co-sponsored by Gallagher Bassett and Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV).

Gallagher Bassett, an expert in workers compensation is a key supporter of TBV. It is a national firm with many clients across the Victorian thoroughbred racing and breeding sector.

The Gallagher Bassett/TBV Champagne Stakes is the feature race of Moonee Valley’s 2015/2016 Night Racing Season Launch.

The race will be run over 1200 metres and is for three year old fillies. Many of these fillies are being aimed at the Group 1 Thousand Guineas or Blue Sapphire Classic at Caulfield in coming weeks.

A field of 11 is entered with the Mick Price trained Secret Agenda and John O’Shea’s Painted Firetail expected to start favourites.

There are four Victorian bred fillies lining up – Antelucan, Take Pride, Nina Rules and Make Her Own Whey (full field below)

Take Pride (pictured above), by Reward for Effort (standing at Seymour’s Chatswood Stud), is currently the most favoured of the four. She is twice stakes-placed and is coming off a third at Flemington behind the super impressive Street Boss filly, Petits Filous.

Her trainer Murray Johnson is confident of her chances in the race.

“She’ll run very well. Two races in she’s getting fully fit. We’ve got a good gate position.”

Take Pride was bred by Eldon Park Stud at Tyabb. She is the first foal of the Elusive Quality mare Shabtis who in recent weeks has foaled a colt by Written Tycoon.

The ducks have lined up for the Reward for Effort filly after being bought for $94,000 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier sale.

Since the sale, Ottoman, a three quarter sister has won at Group 3 level, won almost $600,000 for Godolphin Racing and is targeted at Group 1 races during the Spring Carnival. She is also closely related to five-time Group 1 winning Mummify.

Eldon Park stud owner Dr Donald Byrne said she was a beautiful filly right from the start

“She was a top class girl! Simon Vivian from Inglis thought she was a magnificent filly. Good in the body, good in the legs.”

TBV is appreciative of Gallagher Bassett’s significant co-sponsorship of this race and, of course, its support for TBV right throughout the year.

Gallagher Bassett has a proven track record – over 50 years – of building strong partnerships, helping Victorian workers’ compensation clients improve return to work performance and reducing claims costs and premium.

They count among their clients some of Victoria’s largest breeding operations.

TBV members are encouraged to contact Gallagher Bassett to find out how they can reduce costs for their business and improve safety performance.

Mares covered by Irish-bred stallions Toronado, The Wow Signal and Puissance De Lune have tested positive at Victoria’s Swettenham Stud.

Toronado covered a quality book at the English National Stud earlier this year while The Wow Signal and Puissance De Lune entered the breeding barn for the first time on September 1.

The newcomers have lovely temperaments and have gone about their work like professionals reports Swettenham vet John Hurley.

“The Wow Signal was just like an old hand and Puissance De Lune took to the job after a couple of days.”

The Wow Signal won the G2 Coventry Stakes at Royal Ascot last year and completed an unbeaten hat-trick for Al Shaqab Racing in the G1 Prix Morny at Deauville.

He is a son of fertility-challenged stallion Starspangledbanner, but that trait isn’t hereditary.

“It’s down to the individual,” Hurley said.

The Wow Signal is from the Danehill sireline horse and Danehill worked through hundreds of mares in both hemispheres at 90% plus.

Puissance De Lune (by Shamardal) blitzed the Queen Elizabeth Stakes field during his first Melbourne spring carnival in 2012. He returned twelve months later and started favourite for the Cox Plate only to injure a tendon that had him marking time all last season.

“They both handled the early September rush with the dry mares and it will pick up again mid-October,” Hurley added. “That’s probably the busiest time of the season.”

Toronado (by High Chaparral) has the largest book on the Swettenham roster with 150 and he began the season covering three mares a day.

And while on the subject of fertility, Hurley rates Americain as the most fertile first-season stallion he’s ever seen.

Americain (by Dynaformer) had his first USA bred yearling parade at the Keeneland September Sale last week – a filly from Group 1 performer Queen Of Money – and she was knocked down for US$100,000 (AU$142,000).

His initial southern book numbered 150 mares at Swettenham Stud and his first Victorian bred yearlings will be a highlight of the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Victoria’s Bombora Downs has been given a boost with news its new sire, the Group 1 winning Warhorse, getting the thumbs up for his first pregnancy tests.

Bombora Downs Principle Christoph Bruechert said he is been delighted with the response to his new stallion.

“It’s hardly surprising, a multiple Group winning Champion two year old from a great family is bound to generate good interest.”

Warhorse’s first two mares to be tested both provided positive pregnancy tests in recent days.

“I was pretty confident but it’s always a relief to see those first few positive tests” Bruechert said.

“The horse is working like a champ as well!”

The immediate family of Warhorse received a positive addition on Monday with the sire’s half sister, Dulverton (by Commands), winning easily at Hamilton.

Trained by Robert Smerdon at Caulfield and bought at the 2014 Inglis Easter Sale by Qatar Racing for $180,000, the filly is highly rated and has an entry for the VRC Oaks.

Bombora Downs has very high expectations for the son of General Nediym and it seems many broodmare owners share this belief.

Warhorse has attracted mares from as far away as Queensland, no real surprise given the popularity of his sire, General Nediym, in the Sunshine State.

Warhorse stands for a fee of $7,700 (GST incl.) at Bombora Downs on the Mornington Peninsula.

The first major two year old trials in Victoria were held at Cranbourne on Monday morning with a few top notch performances by locally bred racehorses.

Twenty six young colts and fillies trialled including first crop progeny of Victorian sires Toorak Toff, Moshe, Canford Cliffs and Master of Design.

The first of the two year old trials posted a Victorian sired trifecta with the Jason Petch trained Claro El Banco (by Statue of Liberty out of Magic by Gosh) winning impressively from Preemptive (Stryker) and El Venetian (Moshe).

Claro El Banco was sold by Eliza Park International as a weanling at the Inglis Great Southern Sale for $46,000 to Sheamus Mills Bloodstock. She was then sold as a yearling through Rosemont at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $80,000 to Jason Petch.

Claro El Banco

Claro El Banco

Rosemont’s Anthony Mithen was not surprised by the forward showing by the Statue of Liberty colt.

“He was always a strong forward precocious style of horse. Josh Wardle, Rosemont’s Operations Manager together with Sheamus Mills did a fantastic job selecting and subsequently pinhooking this lovely colt.”

The colt’s trainer Jason Petch said he always stamped himself as an early two year old.

“He did it the hard way at Mornington as he was the only two year old there.

“Today we wanted to be fair dinkum as he is headed to the Maribyrnong Trial stakes (at Flemington on October 4th).

“A great mate of mine Mark Lindsay, from Eliza Park, actually suggested I go and have a look at this horse at the Gold Coast sale. As soon I saw the horse and checked him over, I wanted him.”

The second of the two year old trial also resulted in a Victorian sired trifecta.

The Oamaru Force filly, Rylea Lass came up trumps with Magical Milly (by Stryker) and Kinetic Design (by Master of Design) not far behind.

Trained by the Ledger partnership of John and Chris out of Wangaratta, Rylea Lass is also being set for the Maribyrnong Trial Stakes and, with a similar performance, would stand a strong chance of snaring a win at Headquarters.

Chris Ledger said she was very easy to train, good to work with and just eats all the time.

“We’ve had quite a few of the (Oamaru Force) breed and we find them good bread and butter horses.

“As you can see from the performance of the Big Dance (two year old course record winner of the Bendigo VOBIS Golden Mile), some of them have quite a lot of speed. She’s shown that from day one , hence why we have pushed on with her.”

Mark Calwell, stud manager at Noor Elaine Farm which bred the filly and which also stands Oamaru Force was not shocked at the performance.

“The farm raced the mother, Kay Rouge, who was very good but went amiss. We sold the filly as a weanling to the Ledgers and wish them the best of luck in securing black type for her.

“For a stallion that hasn’t really had the chance with big numbers, Oamaru Force has really made it. He has got a Group 1 winner in Midsummer Music, a Group 2 winner Diplomatic Force and of course the speedy filly, The Big Dance.

“He has just done a great job.”

At Royal Randwick on Monday morning also, the first of the Helmet two year olds stepped out in official trials.

Standing at Darley’s Victorian operation at Northwood, Helmet is rated by Godolphin head trainer as the next big thing among the plethora of blue blooded sires in the Darley stallion barns.

The two young Helmets trialling for the first time didn’t let him either. Both Exclamation and Archives finished strongly to make the top three in their respective trials.

In-form Magnus gelding Magnapal earned a ballot exemption into the G1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) following a narrow victory in the G3 Naturalism Stakes (2000m) on Saturday.

Unbeaten in three starts this season, Magnapal was well-placed by Luke Currie and pinched a winning break at the top of the straight. Team Williams import The United Stakes (Galileo) was doing his best work in the final furlong but was still a head shy on the line.

No horse has ever completed the Naturalism Stakes – Caulfield Cup double, however, co-trainer Terry O’Sullivan remains optimistic.

“We’ve got over the first hurdle and now he’s in the race. He’s a tough horse and has really got a good will to win.”

Racing Victoria handicapper, Greg Carpenter announced on Monday that he will not be penalised for the Caulfield Cup as a result of the victory over the weekend. This means he is likely to carry just 50kg in the 2400m Group 1 classic at Caulfield in October.

Bookmakers have priced him at $31 for the $3 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) on October 17.

Magnapal (6g Magnus – Luxapal by Kenny’s Best Pal) has won 7 races and earned $345,105 for owners William Gee, John Jolley and Lewis Warner. He was purchased for $70,000 from the Yallambee Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

O’Sullivan said the G3 JRA Cup (2040m) at Moonee Valley will be the final lead-up into the Caulfield Cup. “He will need another solid gallop before going 2400m. He’s gone up a notch and continues to improve. When he returned from a good spell, I knew he had come back better again.”

Magnapal is by Eliza Park International stallion Magnus and is a half-brother to the dam of this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Le Chef (Exceed And Excel). His dam Luxapal has a 2yo Equiano filly named Goldylux and a yearling filly by Hard Spun.

Magnus (Flying Spur) is standing this season for a $17,600 (inc gst) service fee at Eliza Park International.

Standing at Eliza Park International at Kerrie in conjunction with Rob Crabtree’s Dorrington Park, Magnus has sired 5 winners over the past 5 days including wins at Caulfield, Ararat (a double), Ballarat and Hamilton.

Devil Hawk emerged as a leading Group 1 Spring Champion Stakes hope for Chatswood Stud’s sire Purrealist after producing a last-to-first burst in the G3 Spring Stakes (1600m) at Newcastle.

Group 1 winning Hawkspur’s younger brother defied a betting drift to beat Tatoosh and Gold Ambition in a blanket finish on Friday.

He is the 4th stakes winner by Purrealist who is standing for a fee of $5,500 (inc gst) at Chatswood near Seymour in association with Tony Santic.

“That was super,” jockey Tye Angland declared. “He liked that speed and really let down. I think he will be better again when we step up to 2000m.”

Devil Hawk (3c Purrealist – Mollyhawk by Catbird) is starting to show his true ability as a three-year-old – just like Hawkspur who won the G1 Queensland Derby in 2013.

“He’s a horse that thrives on confidence and is still learning how to gallop,” Angland said. “I thought were beaten at the 100m but he hit the line well once I pulled the whip.”

The Chris Waller-trained colt won his maiden at Canterbury no more than a month ago for owners David & Lynlea Puglisi and Tony & Gianna Muollo. Bookmakers have firmed him into $11 for the G1 Spring Champion Stakes at Randwick on October 10.

Hawkspur and Devil Hawk are from Mollyhawk who was placed at Randwick but retired a maiden after 7 starts for Waller. She has a yearling colt by Purrealist and foaled a filly to him on August 22.

Purrealist is a stakes-winning son of Tale Of The Cat and he stood at Makybe before moving to Chatswood’s Seymour property in 2012.

Three Bridges Thoroughbreds stallion Stryker has unveiled another smart first-crop winner in New Zealand.

His promising gelding Rangipo cleared out for a three length victory in the Erickson Whanau Maiden (1000m) at Taupo on Friday. He was racing first-up for trainer Tony Pike after two unplaced efforts for Doug Cave last season.

“I’m still learning about him – he only arrived here last month but I knew he would run well based on his trial at Cambridge,” Pike revealed. “Vinnie (Colgan) never let his head go that day and he won by a couple of lengths. He’s a pretty smart horse.”

Stryker’s only other starter across the Tasman has been recent Taupo winner She Is Stryking. The Frank Ritchie trained filly was Group 2 placed earlier this year and she holds a nomination for the G1 NZ 1000 Guineas at Riccarton on November 14.

Rangipo (3g Stryker – Holloway by Zabeel) has the potential to embark on a black-type career of his own and is bred to get over ground for owner-breeders John and Margaret Thompson. His dam is a half-sister to Penitentiary (LR Geelong Classic) and Maze (G2 Awapuni Gold Cup).

In Australia, Stryker sired 5 first-crop winners last season headed by LR Queen Adelaide Stakes winner Strykum. The Lee Freedman trained filly scored first-up at Moonee Valley last month and she will target the G1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) on October 10 or the LR Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) on October 14.

Stryker (Fastnet Rock) was a Group 3 winner of the BTC Classic at Doomben and Three Bridges stands him for an $11,000 (inc gst) fee.

Starspangledbanner (standing at Rosemont Stud) three year-old Mr Individual bounced back from disappointing effort in Group 3 company to score a stylish victory at Pakenham on Wednesday.

Trained Leon and Troy Corstens for Spicer Syndications, the colt refused to surrender when challenged in the straight to win the Polytrack Hcp (1200m) by a head as the $2.30 favourite. He had been successful on debut at Bendigo in June but failed last time out in the G3 McNeil Stakes at Caulfield.

The same team campaigned Starspangledbanner and Mr Individual will be given the chance to emulate his sire in the G1 Caulfield Guineas (1600m) next month.

“Leon labelled this colt from Day 1,” Brad Spicer said.

“When these good horses come along there’s big expectations. Fingers crossed everything goes to plan from here to the big race.”

Mr Individual (3c Starspangledbanner – She’s Alluring by Lure) was the top-priced yearling from his sire’s first crop when making $240,000 at the 2014 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

He’s a half-brother to Randwick winner Fast and Sexy who was also Group 1 placed at the same venue behind Helmet in the 2011 Champagne Stakes (1600m).

Starspangledbanner trained on after the Caulfield Guineas to add another Group 1 in the Oakleigh Plate (1100m) sporting Spicer’s colours. Subsequently sold to race in the northern hemisphere, he annexed the G1 Golden Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot and G1 July Cup at Newmarket before retiring to Coolmore Stud.

Fertility issues ruined his early books, however, an amazing stakes-winning strike-rate from a handful of starters persuaded Victorian-based Rosemont Stud to give him a second chance in the breeding barn.

A carefully managed mating program has revived Starspangledbanner’s stud career and Rosemont increased his service fee to $44,000 (inc gst) this year.

Ustinov progeny have been starring at the track recently with black type and feature race wins that bode well for the stallion standing at Smeaton’s Moorookyle Park.

Ask Me Nicely (NZ) was rewarded for his consistency with a hard-fought Listed victory in the $110,000 Boulder Cup (2100m) in Kalgoorlie on Sunday.

The grey stayer is the 5th stakes winner by Ustinov and the Boulder Cup is the traditional lead-up to the $160,000 Kalgoorlie Cup (2300m) next Saturday.

Ask Me Nicely had been placed 6 times in 8 starts since his last victory in the $100,000 Western Australian Cup (3200m) at Ascot in April.

“He should have gone out for a spell but is as sound as ever,” trainer Fred Kersley said. “It pays to keep them going while they’re in form.”

His sire Ustinov was a stakes winner for Dennis Marks and so was his dam Took A Chance (Unbridled’s Song). She won the LR Talindert Stakes at Flemington before going on to a successful career at stud.

Took A Chance has had five winners to date and the first three – Ask Me Nicely, Itpaidov & Win Win – are by Ustinov. Her latest foal is a yearling filly by Eliza Park International’s Wanted.

Ustinov progeny are on track for more black-type at the Melbourne spring carnival with Albonetti and Sir Mako who filled out a last-start quinella in the Sofitel Girls Day Out Hcp (2500m) at Flemington on September 12. Albonetti is nominated for the G3 Bart Cummings (2500m) at Flemington on October 4 and the G2 Herbert Power Stakes (2400m) at Caulfield on October 10.

Trainer Chris Waller is also looking at Flemington’s The Bart Cummings for Sir Mako or staying home for the G1 Metropolitan (2400m) at Randwick on October 3.

Ustinov has already bred four black type winners including New Zealand Group 1 winner Vonusti.

He is by Let’s Elope, one of modern racing’s greatest mares having won the Caulfield-Melbourne Cup double among many other feature races.

Ustinov (Seeking The Gold –Lets Elope by Nassipour) stands at Moorookyle Park for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee.

David Hall trained his first winner of the new season in Hong Kong when Brilliant Dream became part of Joao Moreira’s five-win romp at Sha Tin on Saturday.

Brilliant Dream (Danerich) was trapped off the track behind Travel Renyi on opening day and the benefit of that race and a clever ride from Moreira got him home. The Magic Man camped on the speed and then sent him away before the favourite Circuit Land (Mizzen Mast) cut the margin back to a length in the Contract Hire Service Hcp (1400m).

“When he shot clear, I was thinking he would win by three or four lengths,” Hall said. “He’s done his job, this guy. He’s been so consistent and has the speed to punch above his weight. He didn’t have much left on the line but that could have been him waiting with such a good lead.”

Brilliant Dream (3g Danerich – Pentatonic by Pentire) was bred by Barree Stud and is closely related to Hong Kong stakes performers Glorious Days (Hussonet) and Kildare (O’Reilly). Known as Con Forza before shipping off-shore, he had won a Cranbourne trial for Greg Eurell in September 2013.

Another Danerich winner in Hong Kong – Romantic Cash – also won a Cranbourne trial for Eurell before transferring to Danny Chum in Hong Kong. And Chum won three races with Danerich gelding Presidentparamount earlier this year.

Danerich (Danehill) stands at Rangal Park Stud in Euroa for a service fee of $8,800 (inc gst).

Swettenham Stud stallion Equiano (Fr) sired another double on Monday to increase his margin at the top of British second-season wins table this year.

Opera Baron made all in a Wolverhampton maiden and Flutterbee stretched out to 2400m for her second win at Brighton.

The Victorian shuttler has been represented by the winners of 48 races to lead Zebedee and Showcasing on 40. He has 58 wins overall in the northern hemisphere this term with the remainder arriving in France, Ireland, Italy and North America.

Flutterbee (3f Equiano – Dunya by Unfuwain) was held up with the last trio before closing quickly to challenge at the furlong. Ridden out by Liam Keniry, she was soon in command to defeat the favourite King’s Concerto by next to four lengths.

Trainer George Baker was very impressed although he missed the win. “Monday’s racing went pretty well with Flutterbee making it our fourth winning day in succession. I’m en route to the Keeneland yearling sales to buy my first classic winner!”

Flutterbee is owned by PJL Racing and is from an unraced half-sister to G3 Ballycorus Stakes winner An Tadh (Halling).

In Australia, Equinova saluted again at Bairnsdale last Monday to make it 4 wins for Equiano so far this season. The Dean Binaisse gelding had claimed a Moonee Valley juvenile in July and he holds a nomination for the G3 Caulfield Classic (2000m) on October 17.

Swettenham Stud stands Equiano for a $13,750 (inc gst) service fee.

Former Carin Park resident Solo Flyer sired his first winner at Strathalbyn on Wednesday.

The Len Jarvis trained filly Beautiful Flyer came from second-last on the corner to snatch a narrow victory in the Team Poly Maiden (1100m). She started a $21 outsider first-up after being tailed off 15 lengths on debut at Morphettville in January.

Beautiful Flyer (3f Solo Flyer – Blow The Budget by Luskin Star) is the only starter to date by her sire and is a half-sister to Singapore winner Happy Ending (Happy Giggle). She failed to make a $13,000 reserve at the 2014 Adelaide Magic Millions and races for a partnership that includes her breeder Margot Noack of Macclesfield.

Solo Flyer (Belong To Me) stood at Carin Park in Hamilton following wins in the G2 Ajax Stakes at Rosehill and G3 Newcastle Newmarket. He defeated Group 1 star All American at Rosehill and smashed the track record at Broadmeadow.

His dam Fly The Flag is a winning sister to Melbourne Cup hero Brew and the NZ G2 winner Bubble. They are direct descendants of champion mare Horlicks who set a world record in winning the 1989 Japan Cup. Solo Flyer was bred by Gerry Harvey’s famed Baramul Stud.

In 2012, Solo Flyer owner Julie Ritchie transferred him to Yandina Lodge in Queensland where he has covered approximately 20 mares a season.

Lucky Story landed a Singapore hat-trick for Starcraft earlier this month and the Rosemont Stud sire was back in the Kranji winner’s circle with Olympic Anthem on Friday.

Standing at a fee of $9,900 (inc gst), Starcraft is arguably one of the best-value stallions in Victoria. He’s a multiple Group 1 winner and Group 1 sire whose yearlings have sold up to $650,000.

Olympic Anthem had won 3 races from 10 starts in Queensland before relocating late last year. “This horse has loads of ability but can be his own worst enemy when things don’t pan out his way,” trainer Michael Freedman conceded. “He’s got a good finish, which he showed tonight.”

Winning jockey Michael Rodd echoed Freedman’s assessment after the gelding made it 3 wins in 7 Singapore sprints on Friday.

“I always head out with plenty of confidence but whether he behaves himself is another story. He was on best behaviour tonight and, once I set him alight in the straight, he was just too good for them.”

Olympic Anthem (5g Starcraft – Fire Song by Senor Pete) races for the China Horse Club and is the second foal of a Group 2 Sapphire Stakes winner at Randwick. It’s the family of Zacroona who won the G3 Carbine Club Stakes at Flemington in 2007 for Pinecliff Racing’s Jonathon Munz.

Starcraft weighed in with another off-shore winner last Sunday when Blizzard scored first-up at Sha Tin. He has won 4 times in 8 starts since transferring to trainer Ricky Yiu in Hong Kong.