It has been a good start to the new season for the reliable Golden Snake, a multiple Group One winner has proven the perfect stallion for the owner/breeder.

And he has two particuarly promising types in the shape of Blue Viper and Olivia’s Gold.

A grandson of the terrific mare Bourverie Mist, the Henry Dwyer trained Blue Viper lined up for just his second start at Kilmore last Saturday – finding the line in the style of a horse on the up.

Getting back and striking trouble at the 700m, the chestnut switched off the leader’s heels with 150m to go and chased gamely, taking the lead with 50m to go and finding plenty.

Owner/breeder Andy Rylance was delighted with the win having been patient with the four-year-old who “has just needed a bit of time.”

“He has always had a bit of size about him and his trainer has said from the start that he would win races for us.”

A fan of the Danzig sire line, Rylance chose Golden Snake for his mare Bourverie Blue having noted that he could get tough and classy gallopers – “I saw Gilded Venom race in Perth and was a fan of Hissing Sid and all he accomplished,” he said.

It was a winning weekend for Golden Snake, on Sunday Olivia’s Gold again in winning form, the Andrew Dillon trained four-year-old tough to the line at Geelong – this success her fourth from just eight starts.

Other Golden Snakes in form include Peculatus, who led throughout at Mildura last month, and fellow on-pacer Cheval du Jour who looked good breaking his maiden at Bairnsdale.

A four times Group One winning son of Danzig and the outstanding broodmare Dubian, Golden Snake – a member of the prolific Lady Josephine family – stands at Ridgeview Park Stud, Muskerry East.

Golden Snake, who earned the title of Champion Middle Distance Galloper in France, was afforded a Timeform rating of 127, the same as Melbourne Cup hero Fiorente – showing just what a high class galloper he was.

He is the sire of 142 winners from just 254 starters and he has proven his worth siring stakes winners in both hemispheres including the local Group One winner Gilded Venom and the Group One European mare Quiza Quiza Quiza.

He currently has a number of nice horses racing across the globe, Accomplished (full brother to the dual Gr.3 winner Super Gold) a winner in Singapore recently whilst seven-year-old Apache Gold has been in good form in Ireland.

Golden Snake’s runners earn an average of over $41,000 making him great value for the owner/breeder looking to produce a tough, durable racehorse.

For further information on Golden Snake – who stands this spring at a fee of $4000 contact LP Stallions’ Julie Nairn (0402 901 910) or Ridgeview’s Phil Sloane (0488 525 063).

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Eliza Park International sire Statue Of Liberty (USA) remains a force in Japan where his short-course colt Active Minoru scored a front-running Group 2 victory in the Centaur Stakes (1200m) at Hanshin on Sunday.

Active Minoru (3c Statue Of Liberty – Piena Amazon by Agnes Tachyon) was bred at Fujiwara Farm and is raced by Minoru Yoshioka.

He started one of the outsiders at $48 against all-ages but pinched as break in the straight to defeat the fast-finishing Deep Impact mares Uliuli and Barbara.

The Centaur Stakes was worth the equivalent of AUD 1,285,470 and it was his second black-type success following the G3 Nisai Stakes (1200m) at Hakodate last year.

Statue Of Liberty (Storm Cat) originally shuttled to Blue Gum Farm for three years between 2004 and 2006 but did not return due to the E.I. crisis in 2007. Coolmore Stud subsequently sold him to East Stud in Japan.

After an absence of two years from the Southern Hemisphere and an avalanche of quality winners, he became hot property in Australia.

Mic Mac had won the G2 Hobartville Stakes at Rosehill, Tassie filly Tempest Tost the 2009 Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Trophy, Hay List won 8 from 8 in Perth and there was black-type for his talented fillies Dan Baroness and Elysees.

Blue Gum Farm wanted Statue Of Liberty back but lost out in a bidding duel to Eliza Park.

It was a major coup for Eliza Park with Hay List going on to become of the world’s very best sprinters (3 Group 1 wins, 4 other Group wins, 4 Group 1 seconds) and other black type victories for horses such as Spirits Dance, Liberty’s Gem, Miss Steele and Dawn Approach.

Since returning to Victoria in 2009, he has averaged books of 110 mares and is available for an $11,000 (inc gst) service fee at Kerrie this year.

God’s Own galloper God’s In Him has earned a Group 2 assignment after completing a hat-trick at Rosehill last Saturday.

The Team Hawkes sprinter launched a late burst to defeat Nevagotavote by a half-head in the TAB Rewards Hcp (1400m). The lightly-raced gelding was racing first-up since a Randwick double in May & June.

“He’s had some issues,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes said. “But he looks a picture now and is a serious horse.”

Hawkes confirmed God’s In Him will race next in the G2 Shannon Stakes (1500m) at Rosehill on September 26.

“He went amiss more than once as a younger horse but we persevered. If he hadn’t showed any ability, he would have been moved on.”

God’s In Him (6g God’s Own – Sinistra by Dracula) is part-owned by Michael’s wife Claire and he has earned $211,310 – a nice mark-up on a $40,000 price-tag at the Gold Coast Magic Millions.

A victory in the $175,000 Shannon Stakesby God’s Him would continue the great start by God’s Own this season.

He has sired the winners of 16 races since August 1 and his 7th stakes winner arrived when By The Grace won the LR Balaklava Cup on September 2.

Tasmanian sprinter Concrete Johnny completed a winning weekend for the Greta West Stud stallion at Devonport on Sunday and he will head to the mainland later this month. Connections have earmarked a 955m sprint at Moonee Valley on Friday week, September 25.

Concrete Johnny (4g God’s Own – El Milagro by Encosta De Lago) established a big break on his rivals at Devonport and they never looked like catching him over 1150m. He has won 7 times in 17 starts for trainer Terry Evans and senior part-owner Adam Upton and they have the option of racing at Geelong on Sunday, September 27 if he doesn’t get at start at Moonee Valley.

God’s Own (Redoute’s Choice) is standing for a $4,400 (inc gst) fee at Greta West Stud this year.

Albonetti has returned from a serious leg injury to lead home a quinella for her sire Ustinov in the Sofitel Girls Day Out Hcp (2500m) at Flemington.

The Sue Jaensch trained mare raced on the pace and ran the trip right out to defeat Ustinov’s last-start Moonee Valley winner Sir Mako by two lengths on Saturday. The mare sustained a fractured humerus in last year’s Moonee Valley Cup and was sidelined until July.

“She couldn’t do anything for months,” Jaensch explained.

“She’s been nominated for the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups and this win will get her confidence back.”

Albonetti (6m Ustinov – Command Performer by Royal Academy) will have to win the Herbert Power Stakes at Caulfield or The Bart Cummings at Flemington to guarantee a start in either leg of the cups double.

She will meet Sir Mako again in The Bart Cummings at Flemington.

Albonetti is raced by owner-breeders David and Rhonda Addison who have been TBV members since 1974. The Longwood couple operate Mockingbird Hill Stud and they also bred Vain Queen who won the G3 Mumm Stakes at Flemington on VRC Oaks day last year.

Vain Queen (Artie Schiller) was runner-up in the G1 William Reid Stakes at Moonee Valley in March before retiring to stud for a first-up cover to Sebring.

Ustinov was conceived in Kentucky by champion sire Seeking The Gold but was foaled here after his Hall of Fame dam Let’s Elope was repatriated to Australia. He was runner-up to Lonhro in the G1 Caulfield Guineas and followed up with a Group 2 victory in the AAMI Vase at Moonee Valley.

Ustinov stood in New Zealand before being repatriated to Australia. He stands for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee at Moorookyle Park.

Longshot Prince Tarkeida has landed the first win for Wyndholm Park (Ballarat) stallion and 2008 VRC Derby winner Rebel Raider.

By conincidence, the win came in the same week another VRC Derby winner standing at stud in Victoria, Polanski, welcomed the arrival of his first foal.

The Mark Webb trained colt had finished fourth at Ballarat on debut in May but was unwanted at $61 in the Insurance By Design Maiden (1200m) at Seymour on Wednesday.

With Brad Rawiller aboard, he followed Napoleon’s War (Redoute’s Choice) and then collared the front-runner to score by a half-length.

Prince Tarkeida (3c Rebel Raider – Lady Zephyrene by Zephyr’s Tornado) is the first winner for his dam who won at Kyneton. A homebred for Helen and Alexander McMillan, he is raced in partnership with Jennifer Buck, Mary Kelly, Christine Satchell, Jenny & Wayne Smith.

Rebel Raider commenced his racing career in the stables of South Australian trainers Leon MacDonald and Andrew Gluyas winning the G3 SA Sires Produce Stakes (1600m). He returned as a spring three year-old in scintillating form to claim the G1 VRC Derby (2500m) at Flemington by more than two lengths over Whobegotyou.

The following autumn, he won the G1 SAJC Derby (2500m) leading all the way to score by four panels. Sidelined by injury at four, he was back in harness at five winning the G3 SAJC Spring Stakes (1200m).

“He never realised his full potential,” trainer Leon Macdonald said.

“I was fortunate to train the AJC Derby winner Gold Guru and I would have to say that Rebel Raider was a better stayer.”

Rebel Raider is a son of leading Darley sire Reset (Zabeel) and is a half-brother to G3 Caulfield winner Shamoline Warrior (Shamardal) who is also siring first-crop winners in New Zealand. As well as being the first winner for Rebel Raider, Prince Tarkeida was the first winner for a sire son of Reset (who scored a G1/G3 double at Flemington on Saturday).

He retired to Carin Park in Hamilton covering just 19 mares in his first season. Patronage increased markedly after transferring to Wyndholm Park in Ballarat with books of 80 (2012 & 2013) and 100 (2014).

With his numbers due to sky-rocket, Rebel Raider will start making an impact among Victoria’s stallion ranks. Wyndholm Park studmaster Kim McKellar stands him for a $6,600 (inc gst) fee.

Mornington Peninsula’s Ducks Crossing Farm has welcomed the first ever foal from its own stallion, 2013 VRC Derby winner Polanski.

Born at 10pm on Monday, 7th September, the foal colt was out of Close Embrace, a Zabeel mare.

Polanski with part owner Ross Warner

The mare is owned by Ross Warner, a part owner of Polanski, who was almost as elated to see the arrival of the colt at Tuerong as he was in winning the Derby at Flemington!

A Smart Missile colt out of Close Embrace sold to Caulfield trainer Mick Price for $170,000 at this year’s Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

The racing story of Polanski and how he became a stallion at Ducks Crossing is an unique one.

He cost his trainer, Robbie Laing, just $4,000 at auction but would go on to win a VRC Derby packed full of high quality horse flesh.

After winning as a two year old at Caulfield, the entire son of Rakti went on to win three black type races in a row during the spring of 2013 – the Listed UCI Stakes, the Group 3 Norman Robinson Stakes and finally the Group 1 VRC Derby.

In winning the Derby, Polanski beat three time Group 1 winning Criterion; Hong Kong Group 1 winning Thunder Fantasy; recent Group 2 winner Complacent (a top fancy for this Spring’s Group 1 staying features); ATC Derby runner up Tupac Amaru; and QLD Derby runner up Pinstripe Lane.

A serious injury in the autumn of 2014 put an end to the exciting career of Polanski which resulted in him finding a home at Ducks Crossing Farm for stallion duties.

In his first year Polanski covered 49 mares standing at a value fee of $5,500 (inc. GST).

Ducks Crossing is a boutique thoroughbred breeding and equine veterinary based on the Mornington Peninsula in Victoria.

It is operated by resident equine veterinarian, Dr Jacqui McGregor who has been involved with the veterinary care of Polanski since he was purchased by Robbie Laing as a yearling.

Qatar Racing has got itself a Victorian bred winner with the recent win of talented filly Duhallow.

Bred by Warrnambool’s Michael Rae, the front-running three year-old looked a city winner in waiting after spacing a 1000m maiden field at Bairnsdale on Monday. She started a $2.70 favourite first-up after a debut placing at Bendigo last December.

Duhallow (3f Denman – Rondavel by Snippets) is trained by Robert Smerdon and is a younger half-sister to Adelaide stakes winner Sabie (LR Pewsey Vale Stakes). Rae sold her to Qatar Racing’s bloodstock manager David Redvers for $90,000 at the 2014 Inglis Easter yearling sale.

“She jumped well and held the rails without too much pressure and then it became a bit of a procession,” Smerdon said. “As they straightened, Jackie (Beriman) booted her clear to win as she liked and the filly has obviously learned from her first prep.”

Rae is an accountant based in the western districts and has been breeding and racing horses for nearly 15 years. “I’m very grateful for the advice I’ve received from Mark Dodemaide at Inglis,” Rae explained. “As a matter of fact, the whole team at Inglis in Melbourne has been great.”

Escarpment (Woodman) is another well-bred winner among a half-dozen mares at Rae’s home-base in Wangoom. She is the dam of Nicconi filly Niccorama who won on debut at Cranbourne in July defeating subsequent Moonee Valley stakes winner Well Sprung.

“I paid $65,000 for Escarpment about five years ago after talking to Mark,” Rae recalled. “She was positive to Commands at the time but slipped. I liked her pedigree and she’s more than paid her way.”

Rae’s latest foal from Escarpment is a yearling filly by Darley Victoria sire Domesday. The mare is a half-sister to stakes winners Shanzero & What’s The Mail and second-dam Lusso (Prego) was a Group 3 winner of the Debutante Stakes at Caulfield.

Qatar Racing, headed by Sheikh Fahad Al Thani, is a major racing entity in Europe and a rising force in Australia and New Zealand with many young and well bred horses with trainers such as Robert Smerdon, Chris Waller and Gai Waterhouse. Sheikh Fahad is perhaps best known in Australia as the owner of Melbourne Cup winner Dunaden.

Qatar Racing’s Bloodstock division is also rapidly expanding in Australia with the purchase of high quality broodmares at both Inglis and Magic Millions sales in recent years.

Darley stallions dominated feature racing in Melbourne and Sydney on Saturday supplying 7 of the 11 stakes races including both Group 1 events.

And it was Darley Victoria’s sire Reset who did most of the headlining. At Flemington he scored a feature double courtesy of Disposition (LR The Sofitel) and Fawkner (G1 Makybe Diva Stakes).

Fawkner notched his third victory at the elite level following the 2013 Caulfield Cup and 2014 Caulfield Stakes. Ridden a perfectly-timed race by Damien Oliver, the grey gelding did best in a thrilling finish to make amends for a narrow loss to Dissident in last year’s edition of the Makybe Diva.

Raced by Team Williams, he has won 11 races for over $3.67 million in prizemoney. They also campaigned Reset during an unbeaten career before selling him to Sheikh Mohammed.

Reset’s sire Zabeel won the 1990 Makybe Diva when it was known as the Craiglee Stakes.

“He’s an eight-year-old and he’s a ripper,” Oliver claimed. “Lloyd and Nick Williams have really looked after him and he keeps repaying them.”

Fawkner is out of Group 3 winning Danewin mare Dane Belltar and cost $70,000 from the Mill Park Stud at the 2009 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. He will attempt to double up in the G1 Caulfield Stakes before heading to the G1 Cox Plate at Moonee Valley (for which he is now favourite with most betting markets).

Earlier in the day, Reset four year-old Disposition was a Listed winner of The Sofitel at his first start for trainers Lee and Anthony Freedman. The G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) and G1 Toorak Hcp (1600m) at Caulfield are his spring goals.

“He’s a really high-class horse and he can only improve,” Lee Freedman said. “He’s shown me things that only good horses are capable of.”

Disposition began his career in Perth for owner-breeder Bob Peters and is the first foal to race from Test Case (Testa Rossa) who is a daughter of G1 Goodwood Hcp winner Spectrum. Peters and his wife Sandra have raced the family for five generations.”

Reset stands at Northwood Park at a fee of $16,500 (inc gst). The Flemington feature double saw him surge to an early lead on the 2015-16 Victorian sires’ premiership with earnings of $772,000. Reset has already sired winners of the Caulfield Cup, W.S. Cox Plate, VRC Derby and VRC Oaks among many other black type races.

Three of his progeny have been nominated for Australian Horse of the Year awards – Set Square (Champion Three Year Old Filly category), Fawkner (Champion Middle Distance) & Vatuvei (Champion Jumper). The winners will be announced on October 8th.

David and Jenny Moodie celebrated one their most successful seasons in 2014-15 and they were back in black-type at Flemington on Saturday.

The Contract Racing owners (based in Newham in the Macedon Ranges) won the G2 Danehill Stakes (1200m) with Kinglike who is by Danehill’s champion sire son Exceed And Excel.

The Peter Moody trained colt was racing first-up since a Moonee Valley victory in May and, despite a noticeable drift in betting, descended from midfield to impressively score by over a length.

Kinglike (3c Exceed And Excel – Royal Glow by King’s Best) is from a half-sister to Contract Racing stakes winners Nediym’s Glow (G3 VRC TBV Stakes) and Red Colossus (G3 MRC Victoria Hcp).

“He’s got amazing ability and does it with so much ease,” winning jockey Glen Boss said. “He’s still maturing but has so much power already. He’s pulled up like he hasn’t gone around.”

“Every breeder wants a colt like Kinglike,” David Moodie said on Saturday. “He’s a stallion prospect now and will be a better horse for the Coolmore (Stud Stakes) in six weeks.”

“For the past six weeks he’s done extraordinary things on the track. Potentially he could be the best horse I’ve raced, better than Golden Slipper winner Crystal Lily.”

The G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on October 31 is a stallion-making race having been won by Brazen Beau, Zoustar, Sepoy, Star Witness and Northern Meteor since 2008.

The Contract Racing outfit took all before them at the recent Victorian Thoroughbred Racing Awards for 2014/15 winning the VOBIS Nominator and Owner of the year, Leading Breeder of the season as well as Horse of the Year with Wanted gelding Rough Justice.

Street Boss (standing at Darley Victoria) three year-old Petits Filous continued her unbeaten run at Flemington on Saturday with a dominant victory in the LR Cap d’Antibes Stakes (1200m).

The Emirates Park bred flyer exploded to a winning break at the furlong and was eased down by Damien Oliver to score by two-lengths.

“She just keeps taking the next step,” trainer Ciaron Maher said. “You never really know how they’re going to handle going down the straight for the first time but she settled and put them away pretty easily.”

Petits Filous (3f Street Boss – Excellent Lady by Exceed And Excel) was a $65,000 purchase from Emirates Park at the 2014 Inglis Classic yearling sale.

“She’s got that explosive acceleration which sets her apart.” Oliver declared after returning to scale. “She’s getting better with every run and has got a huge future,”

Maher indicated her next assignment will be the LR Blue Sapphire Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield. A challenge against the colts is also a possibility in the G1 Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) back at Flemington on October 31.

Street Boss (Street Cry) stands at Darley’s Northwood Park property for $11,000 (inc gst) and his first Australia bred crop has average an amazing $75,000 in earnings per starter. Apart from Petits Filous, they include the stakes winning sprinters Thiamandi and The Quarterback.

Petits Filous is the first foal of a half-sister to Group 1 winner La Bella Dama. Her dam Excellent Lady foaled a colt by Emirates Park Victoria sire Artie Schiller on August 20.

Strategic Maneuver filly Way Too Good gave her sire another leg up the second-seasonleader-board with a game victory at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

The Bullarook Park (Avenel) stallion started the new season with promising winners Tempt Me Not and Microsecond before Way Too Good chimed in for trainer James Cummings and owner-breeder Eduardo Cojuangco.

Way Too Good (3f Strategic Maneuver – Above Perfection by Encosta de Lago) had been runner-up at Canterbury and Wyong before scoring an on-pace victory wearing the familiar red and black striped colours of Gooree Stud.

“She’s been very consistent and deserved to break through,” Cummings said. “That was a strong maiden against some well-bred fillies and she will keep improving.”

Way Too Good finished a head in advance of Sebring’s sister Falkenberg with Fiveandahalfstar’s half-sister Ritzy another two lengths in arrears. The winner is from a stakes performed mare related to Gooree flag-bearers Desert War and Laser Hawk.

Strategic Maneuver’s winning start at stud has justified an increase to his service fee at Avenel based Bullarook Park. Studmaster Malcolm Boyd has elevated the cost of a cover to $6,600 (inc gst) this season.

The son of Royal Academy also sported the Gooree silks to a debut victory at Randwick but he sustained a career-ending leg injury second-up at Canterbury.

The National Stud based at Newmarket in the United Kingdom has contacted TBV advising of a great opportunity for up and comers in the Victorian breeding industry.

Applications are now open for The National Stud’s Diploma in Stud Practice and Management with the course beginning in 2016. Further details about the Diploma are below.


The Diploma is a unique five month, full time residential training programme dedicated to the Thoroughbred breeding industry. The course is fully funded for EU Students who have been EU residents for a minimum of 3 years. Non- EU applicants (fee paying) are very welcome.

It combines practical experience working on a commercial stud during the busy breeding season (February to June) with theoretical lectures, visits, workshops and demonstrations relating to Thoroughbred breeding and racing. Students are supported and assessed during the programme using appraisals, academic work and examinations relating to practical and commercial aspects of the industry.

Successful students are awarded the National Stud Diploma Certificate. High achievers are presented with awards and prizes.

Practical training

You have the unique opportunity to be involved with every aspect of the daily activities at The National Stud. Aided by experienced staff you will work hands on with mares and foals, barren and maiden mares, teasers and spellers (racehorses at rest) as well as participating in foaling duties and the work of the breeding shed. Additionally, you will gain insight into in the daily routines in the stud office, assist with veterinary care and routine reproductive examinations carried out by veterinarians from Newmarket Equine Hospital and Rossdales Veterinary Surgeons.

Equine management training

Alongside the practical experiences gained working on the stud, you have the opportunity to attend the internationally renowned Evening Lecture Programme. The 40 lecture programme covers most aspects of horse care and stud management. Lectures are twice weekly in the evening and delivered by industry and veterinary experts. Additional talks are delivered to student groups by The National Stud personnel and industry leaders throughout the programme.

Visits and practical workshops

To broaden your knowledge of the industry you will be involved in visits to Sales events, veterinary hospitals, studs, training yards and other industry bodies. These visits are organised towards the end of the programme and allow you to get a behind the scenes insight into these organisations. Workshops are organised throughout the programme and delivered by The National Stud, industry and veterinary personnel. Typical workshop topics include: identifying lameness, broodmare conformation, tractor handling and grassland management.

Career prospects

The course aims to offer young people the opportunity to develop their knowledge and experience to progress onto management positions in the future. Many graduates have gone on to careers in stud management and administration, others have made their names as trainers, bloodstock agents and Journalists. Career prospects for Diploma graduates are exceptionally high. Graduates are frequently employed by the industry’s top operations and have included:

  • Angus Gold – Racing Manager, Shadwell Estates Ltd
  • Teddy Grimthorpe – Racing Manager, Juddmonte Farms Ltd
  • Ed Dunlop – Trainer
  • Julian Muscat – Racing Journalist
  • Nick Nugent – Director Of Sales, Goffs
  • Matt Hill – Stud Manager, The Royal Studs
  • Rachael Gowland – Marketing Manager, Shadwell Estates Ltd
  • Rachel Napper – Yearling Manager, Mapperley Stud, Nz

The National Stud

The National Stud, owned by the Jockey Club, is a 500 acre site on the outskirts of Newmarket, England. The National Stud aims to facilitate three main objectives for the good of the Thoroughbred Breeding Industry.

  1. To provide a comprehensive range of services of the highest quality to the Thoroughbred breeding industry at affordable prices including stallion services, seasonal and permanent boarding, foaling, sales preparation and spelling facilities.
  2. To provide internationally renowned training facilities that give young people entering the Thoroughbred breeding industry top class training opportunities. We also provide a selection of shorter courses for individuals wishing to increase their skills base.
  3. Through our public tours, we aim to be an accessible “shop window” helping to raise peoples’ interest and knowledge of the Thoroughbred breeding and racing industry.

For information please contact the education team
T: 01638 675 922

Group 1 winning breeder Rita Smith has relocated from Western Australia to Victoria and her broodmares and racehorses will now be branded under the Celestial Thoroughbreds banner.

Smith’s broodmares board with Glenfern Park managers David & Corrine Phipps at Romsey and her racehorses are being prepared by young trainer Archie Alexander at Ballarat.

As a co-founder of Durham Lodge Stud in WA, Smith bred Australian Horse of the Year Scenic Blast and she also owns Dolly Will Do, the dam of Group winning brothers Playing God and God Has Spoken who are both now at stud in WA.

Dolly Will Do (Rubiton) was pensioned two years ago but Smith has retained two of her daughters – Footsteps Of God (Blackfriars) who was covered by Toronado at Swettenham Stud last week and Chant Of God (War Chant) who is due to start racing shortly under the eye of Archie Alexander.

Smith welcomed her first foal of the season at Glenfern Park last Tuesday when Moet Magic delivered a colt by Swettenham stallion Master Of Design. The Second Empire mare was bred by Bob Peters and was a Listed winner of the Raconteur Stakes at Ascot.

Rita Smith at Glenfern Park with her Master of Design x Moet Magic foal

Finishing School (GB) is another broodmare boarding at Glenfern Park. She has an unraced 3yo filly named Celestially Poetic currently in work and a 2yo gelding named My Little Oliver. They are both by Eliza Park International sire Wanted and her latest is a yearling filly by Darley Victoria sire Skilled.

Finishing School (Grand Lodge) won in France for Sheikh Mohammed before being exported to Australia. She is a half-sister to LR Jebel Ali Stakes winner Singing Poet (Singspiel).

Their dam Bright Finish (Zilzal) was also exported out here and her first southern foal Goldtown (Sunday Silence) was stakes placed in the G2 Tulloch Stakes and LR Kalgoorlie Cup.

Rita Smith believes the future of racing and breeding is in Victoria and her Celestial Thoroughbreds portfolio will continue to grow with 7 mares foaling down to Swettenham Stud stallions next year.

Trainer Caspar Fownes collected his third HK Chief Executive’s Cup (1200m) with Magnus (standing at Eliza Park International in Victoria) sprinter I’m In Charge when racing resumed in Hong Kong on Sunday.

The win was the seventh over the past nine days for progeny of Magnus, a period of which has secured a black-type win (Magnapal) and a Group 3 placing (Miss Promiscuity).

I’m In Charge (6g Magnus – Obbligato by Redoute’s Choice) was a last-start Sha Tin winner in July to top off a season that yielded 4 wins from 7 starts.

“I think he’ll only improve now and we will go forward, keep progressing him and treat him like he’s a horse on the up,” Fownes said.

“He could be another good sprinter for the stable and be competitive in the good sprint races down the road.”

I’m In Charge settled mid-pack on the fence until Matthew Chadwick switched out for a run as the field turned in.  Forced to shift five wide upon straightening, I’m In Charge found clear running with 350m remaining, quickened to lead inside the final furlong and held the late charge of runner-up Exciting Dream.

Fownes believes he has the scope to make the G1 Hong Kong Sprint (1200m) field come December.

“It seems to be every year there’s a couple that get there and mix it with the top sprinters and he might be one of them.

“He’s still got a ways to go but you can’t knock him.  He’s doing it off light weights, it’s easier for him right now but if he can progress one or two lengths in the next three or four months he’s there.”

I’m In Charge was bred by Dorrington Park’s Rob Crabtree and went through the Eliza Park International draft for $65,000 at the 2011 Gold Coast Magic Millions.

He won a Geelong maiden by three lengths on debut before being exported to Hong Kong in October 2013.  His dam Obbligato is an unraced daughter of G3 STC Sweet Embrace Stakes winner Postage Due (Luskin Star).

Magnus stands for a $17,600 (inc gst) fee at Eliza Park International this year.

Master Of Design’s trainer David Payne will saddle one of the first runners by Swettenham Stud’s freshman sire this season.

Payne prepares Magic By Design who was forward enough to contest the opening two year-old trial of the season at Randwick on Monday. Her dam Margene (Magic Albert) is a sister to Group 1 winner Albert The Fat (VRC Emirates Stakes).

Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice) won the G1 T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick in a time only bettered by Black Caviar.

“I think Master Of Design is a stallion with real potential. He was a serious horse and had to overcome a couple of setbacks to win the T J Smith,” Payne declared.

Lee Freedman bought the most expensive Master Of Design yearling earlier this year when paying $300,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier. The record-breaking colt is a half-brother to Trust In A Gust and has pleased the Hall Of Fame trainer at Flemington.

“He had no issues being educated and our breaker Mark Stephenson reckons he’s a tractable and forward type,” stable foreman Steve Adams said. “And Mark is usually right on the money.”

The colt is owned by Ozzie Kheir who had a share in Master Of Design and he was very keen to buy one from his first-crop. After a six-week freshen-up at Freedman’s St Ives property, the colt will begin pre-training at Pinecliff before returning to Flemington.

Wendy Kelly is another Group 1 trainer more than happy with Master Of Design. Her filly is a half-sister to Fast Cash who won the $180,000 VOBIS Gold Carat and was stakes placed at Moonee Valley last season.

“She’s been named Faster By Design and will be raced by a syndicate from Ken King Thoroughbreds,” Kelly said. “She’s very smart and we will be looking for more Master Of Designs if they’re as good as her.”

Caulfield trainer Ciaron Maher has a Master Of Design – Parnissius colt that changed hands for $180,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions. “He’s a beautifully balanced horse and, although my two-year-olds are still in the early stages, he’s one in particular who is coming on nicely,” Maher said. “I will be stepping things up in the next few weeks and it will be very interesting to see how he turns out.”

The Hong Kong Jockey Club was also in the market for a Master Of Design at the majors and paid $210,000 for the Sparkling Symphony colt at the Melbourne Premier. He was bred by Swettenham owner Adam Sangster and had been pin-hooked as a foal by NZ based Henley Park owners Mark & Sarah Devcich.

“We loved Master Of Design as a racehorse and as a type, and when we saw his first progeny at the sale we picked out our colt as he had a lot of the sire about him,” Sarah Devcich said. “He’s a lovely balanced and well-marked colt and grew very evenly all the way along. We just let him do his thing.”

Master Of Design has been solidly booked by breeders since retiring to Swettenham and there are 93 foals in his first crop. He is standing for a $15,000 (inc gst) service fee this year.

Emirates Park Victoria resident Artie Schiller (USA) has sired his latest juvenile stakes winner on the first day of the Kentucky Downs summer carnival.

His colt Cajun Schill made a bold move down the straight to post an impressive victory in the LR Calumet Juvenile Stakes (1400m) on Saturday. The $300,000 event was his second in a row on turf following a five-length maiden win at Gulfstream Park.

The Bill Kaplan trained two year-old is the 27th stakes winner by Artie Schiller.

Runner-up John Q Public (Proud Citizen) had finished fourth in the G2 Saratoga Special last month and third-placed Good Intent (Scat Daddy) was appearing for the first Stateside after a debut victory at Newcastle, England on July 25.

Cajun Schill (2c Artie Schiller – Miss Louisiana by Miswaki) has earned $211,660 for owners David and Teresa Palmer who bought him for $45,000 out of the Denali Stud consignment at the 2014 Keeneland September yearling sale.

Artie Schiller and Darley champion Medaglia d’Oro are both by Sadler’s Wells sire El Prado. The latter claimed another juvenile Group 1 winner when Songbird claimed the $300,000 Del Mar Debutante on Saturday.

Among Artie Schiller’s leading North American 2yo stakes winners are Stephanie’s Kitten (Breeders Cup Juvenile Fillies Turf), Luck Of The Kitten (2nd Breeders Cup Juvenile Turf) and Bobby’s Kitten (G3 Belmont Pilgrim Stakes). In Australia, his juvenile leader has been Big Chill (G3 SAJC Breeders’ Stakes).

Artie Schiller stands for a $13,200 (inc gst) at Emirates Park’s Victorian base at Diggers Rest.

Equiano colt Strath Burn confirmed his Group 1 credentials with a photo-finish second to Twilight Son in the G1 Sprint Cup (1200m) at Haydock Park on Saturday.

The three year-old son of Swettenham Stud’s top-class shuttler motored home to be denied a short-head in a thrilling renewal of the time-honoured event. The winner needed the line to come in time as Strath Burn swooped down the centre of the track.

Trainer Charlie Hills was both delighted and disappointed with the result.

“I’m very proud because the draw wasn’t ideal and he’s done well to get as close as he did. I’ve always loved him and he will only get better. It’s very exciting for next year.”

In the meantime, Strath Burn will be given an opportunity to end Twilight Son’s unbeaten record in the G1 British Champions Sprint (1200m) at Ascot on October 17 (currently he is equal 3rd favourite for the race).

Strath Burn (3c Equiano – Irish Light by Irish River) is raced by Qatar Racing’s Sheikh Fahad with Meikle Ben Stables and was coming off a Group 3 victory in the Hackwood Stakes at Newbury. He had been runner-up in the G2 Prix Robert Papin at Maisons-Laffitte at two.

British Champions Sprint betting: 9-4 Muhaarar 13-2 Twilight Son 10-1 Strath Burn, Limato 12-1 Magical Memory 14-1 Gordon Lord Byron 16-1 bar.

Equiano (Fr) is standing for a $13,750 (inc gst) fee at Swettenham Stud this year.

Greta West Stud stallion God’s Own sired his 7th stakes winner when By The Grace burst through a gap to claim the LR Balaklava Cup (1600m) on Wednesday.

The Caulfield trained galloper was given the visitor’s draw but overcame a wide gate thanks to a gem of a ride by Clare Lindop. She stuck to the fence and saved ground around the corner before powering home to defeat Little Akie (Akhadan) and Supreme Warrior (Golan).

“We didn’t have many options other than to go back and then ride for luck,” Lindop said.

“That was always the plan and I’m very happy to win this race for Andrew Noblet.

“Leon (Macdonald) keeps his horses at Andrew’s Caulfield stables when we travel to Melbourne so it really feels like a team effort.”

By The Grace (5g God’s Own – Rain Dance Lady by Jugah) took time to mature and was also held back by bad barrier manners as a younger horse. He was a $40,000 buy at the 2012 Adelaide Magic Millions and has now earned $314,350 for a syndicate that includes Steve O’Neill, Neville Ritchie, Gail Robertson and Mandy Sargeant.

Noblet also part-owned and prepared his God’s Own sister Terpsichore for wins at Werribee, Wang, Seymour and Kyneton. Their dam Rain Dance Lady was bred by Glen Appin Stud owner John Ingleton and she was a Group 2 winner of the Swettenham Stud Stakes in Adelaide.

God’s Own was one of five Caulfield Guineas winners trained by the legendary Bart Cummings and he will top 100 wins again this season after siring the winners of 10 races in August. His wins tally reached 109 with progeny earnings of $2.58 million in 2014-15.

Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy is standing the Group 1 winning son of Redoute’s Choice for a $4,400 (inc gst) service fee this year.