The full Rangal Park bloodlines were on show at Bairnsdale on its Cup Day on Sunday.

The stand out result was the Rangal Park home-bred 4YO Seven Year Reward (Reward for Effort) scoring for his trainer Greg Eurell.

Seven Year Reward is out of Rangal Park’s successful Keltrice mare, Seven Year Itch.

Rangal Park owner Eric Buttler said he was thrilled to see the Eurell trained horse keep his unbeaten record, particularly one out of a mare sired by his former stallion Keltrice.

“We have Keltrice fondly buried here at the farm next to Palace Music, so it is lovely to see his bloodline still producing winners,” Buttler said.

“Seven Year Itch has been a wonderful broodmare so far, as she had produced three to race, all winners and all talented.”

Her two other progeny are the multiple Moonee Valley winner Punt Club (Equiano) and the stakes winning Scratchy Lass (US Ranger).

“He (Seven Year Itch) is a pretty exciting sort of horse, as that first run “lit your eyes up” the way he performed, and now with two wins from two starts he is getting some well-deserved attention,” Buttler said.

The gelding’s sire, Chatswood Stud’s Reward For Effort, is certainly becoming a consistent producer of exciting up and coming gallopers.

“Reward for Effort is pushing out a winner at almost every race meeting now. He is doing an exceedingly good job as a stallion and I can imagine that Greg (Willis) is more than pleased with the way his progeny is performing,” Buttler said.

Beyond Seven Year Itch’s win, Euroa’s Rangal Park also had a winner on the sire side on Bairnsdale Cup Day.

The Shea Eden trained Asset Rich, a son of Danerich, was arguably the most impressive winner of the day, taking out his second career race comfortably by four lengths. He was bred by the Tassoulas family.

“Danerich is going very well in the breeding shed, he is such a fertile stallion,” Buttler said.

“He best-performed progeny on the track have come from mares with a stouter pedigree, those that can get over a bit of distance and like to stay, rather than the speedy mares. He has also produced very well with mares that have an outcross to Northern Dancer.”

“We are still happy to accept mares to Danerich for the season and to take on mares to agist on the property for the season, as it has been just a marvellous season for growth, there is so much feed, we are lush and green,” Buttler said

Re-produced from ANZ Bloodstock News. 4 October 2017. By Steve Moran

Steve says the next 12 months may well be a watershed time for Victoria’s Swettenham Stud.

Understandably, given his English heritage, Adam Sangster describes Swettenham Stud as having ‘three miles’ (4.8 kilometres) of Goulburn river frontage.  That and the property’s award-winning gardens provide a tranquil setting for horse and human.

The homestead is, well, a touch dated… and pink and I’m sure I’m not the only who’s made the faux pas as to when the top coat of paint will be applied. It does, however, have a liberal coat of quaint; it’s inviting rather than elaborate and speaks of a 50 plus year old history of the Sangster family’s association with Australian racing which began with Adam’s father Robert connecting with trainer Colin Hayes in the 1970s.

There’s memorabilia aplenty from framed photographs to – my favourite – ashtrays depicting Sangster raced Derby winners in England, Ireland and France. Sangster senior did win eight of them with seven individual horses.

However, history and tranquillity don’t pay the bills and Swettenham – like every stallion farm – needs a ‘big’ horse. The next 12 months just might be critical in determining its immediate future.

Toronado, fittingly a son of High Chaparral who was by Robert Sangster’s all-conquering Sadler’s Wells (Northern Dancer), might be such a horse and his first yearlings go to the sales next year – as do those of barn companion Puissance De Lune (Shamardal). And, by that time, Americain’s (Dynaformer) first crop will be autumn three-year-old’s and, at least as Swettenham hopes, coming into their own. Toronado doesn’t require much, if any, spin.

By any reckoning, he was a very good racehorse; unbeaten at two and a dual Group One winner at three with those victories including the Sussex Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) over the previous season’s unbeaten champion two-year-old Dawn Approach (New Approach). “Next year will be important for us,” concedes Brian Gorman, Swettenham’s general manager, “we’ll have the sale of the first Southern Hemisphere yearlings by Toronado and he’s the real deal.

He served 174 mares in his first season here and he’ll have significant numbers at the sales including around 15 yearlings from the farm. “Plus, we will see a growing number of Americain three-year-old’s hitting the track. His female line is allowing a level of precocity to come through and we believe they’ll shine at three and four. It won’t be a case of having to wait until they are five or six.”

While Toronado may have something of ‘poster boy’ status with a possible propensity to produce classy sprinter-milers like himself; the likes of Americain and Puissance De Lune are strongly linked to the Swettenham brand and many of those standing similarly credentialed horses, especially in Victoria, will be hoping Swettenham can make them work.

Americain filly foal shows off for the crowd at Swettenham

Americain was a two-year-old winner at 1400 metres and Puissance De Lune was a weight-for-age winner at that distance, but the perception is that horses of their ilk might revitalise our breeding of middle distance and staying horses. Americain is being well represented in America after standing two seasons at Calumet Farm and will have runners in Britain after one year at the National Stud.

“He had two winners in the USA over the weekend and he’s doing well there given he didn’t serve huge books of mares. And he had three winners here (Australia) in August so they’re starting to get rolling,” he said.

Toronado’s weanlings have sold for up to $140,000 here and to 190,000 guineas in the UK. Gorman describes him as the ‘perfect’ shuttle stallion as he has ‘no issues’. “We understand the Queen has sent two or three mares to him,” adds Adam Sangster, hoping for a little more history in the making.

Puissance De Lune’s own bid for a place in history was thwarted when a tendon injury ruled him out of the 2013 Melbourne Cup (Gr 1, 3200m) and a Group One win eluded him but he placed five times at the top level. “He prances around and thinks he’s a pretty cool dude,” Gorman says of the onetime Cup favourite. “He’s a great type.” “He’s been given his chance with very good books of mares each year so far. He’s been well supported by owner Gerry Ryan and others and he’ll make an impact at the sales next year. His yearlings have length and good bone and they’re correct. At his fee (an advertised $8,800) he represents great value,” Gorman said.

Gorman seems to have a degree of affection for each of the stallions in his care but it’s a fair bet to say his favourite is Mshawish (Medaglia d’Oro). “He’s just all power and the more people see him, the more bookings we get. Some shuttlers get off the truck and you wonder if they’ve sent the right horse or they got the measuring stick wrong but not with this horse,” he said.

The history continues with Mshawish as he’s a grandson of El Prado, the Robert Sangster-owned National Stakes (Gr 1, 1m) winning two-year-old, and by the Sangster bred Sadler’s Wells.

Swettenham also stands the homebred Trust In A Gust (Keep The Faith) who completes the family ties as he carries the Hayes brand linked to Collingrove Stud which was fundamentally the predecessor to Swettenham Stud. The brand was a joint venture between the Hayes and Sangster families following the purchase of Collingrove (New South Wales) in 1988.

Trust In A Gust at the recent Swettenham Stud stallion parade

The multiple Group One-winning sprinter Rebel Dane (California Dane), who represents the pure speed element, completes the 2017 roster. His best win was arguably in the 2016 Manikato Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) – a race in which he had been beaten an average of just over one length in the three previous years.

Reproduced from Breednet, 5 October 2017

Sun Stud Victoria stallion, MAGNUS, is gearing up for another successful spring with his headliner, Malaguerra, poised to add further Group I success to the CV.

Already the winner of the Group I BTC Cup and Group I VRC Darley Classic in 2016, Malaguerra won the Group II MVRC Australia Stakes in January and has pocketed over $1.6 million in stakes.

Malaguerra resumed in last Friday night’s Group I Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley and, despite finishing midfield, he clearly impressed his camp.

Stable spokesman, Manny Gelagotis, said this week: “We were very happy with Malaguerra’s run and I thought he was very unlucky, particularly as he had to come from the widest barrier.

“Despite the adverse conditions, he hit the line strongly and now it’s full steam ahead to the ($1 million Group One) Manikato Stakes on 27 October and, all things being equal, he’ll repeat the dose in the Darley Classic two weeks later.

“Malaguerra is a terrific horse to train and typical of the Magnus breed. We also trained Mr Pago, who won three races for us, while looking ahead, we’ve got a Magnus colt from Lady Knockout that was purchased for $145,000 at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale earlier this year.

“He’s a full brother to Missy Cummings who won three of her only four starts including a stakes race in Sydney and the brother is already showing us a lot of promise.”

After covering a career high of 178 mares in 2016, Magnus is currently working his way through another quality book of mares, according to Sun Stud’s Sales & Nominations Manager, Phil Marshall.

Magnus

“He (Magnus) has a tremendous fan base and when you look at his stats, it’s not hard to work out why,” Marshall enthused.

“Malaguerra is one of four ‘millionaires’ that Magnus has produced, while his consistency is incredible: he’s been a top 20 sire by winners and earnings for the past three seasons and his progeny have recorded 20 stakes victories in the last two years.

“Breeders really like the fact that Magnus has a phenomenal 70% winners to runners – truly an incredible figure – while his winners’ average earnings index is $111,233.

“People like to support a stallion that gives them a better chance of return on investment and, importantly, his progeny sold up to $215,000 in 2017.

“Perhaps the most compelling drawcard for Magnus though is not a ‘statistic’ as such, but an observation from a recent Caulfield meeting – in successive races he had Duke of Brunswick (7 wins, multiple stakes placed, $500,915), Malibu Style (dual stakes winner of $429,125) and Magnapal (dual stakes winner of $476,155) representing him – speed horses and horses that can run a trip. And he clearly has a knack of upgrading his mares.”

Magnus stands this season at Sun Stud Victoria at a fee of $22,000 inc. GST. For further information, please phone Phil Marshall 0407 853 782, Adam Henry 0428 036 472 or Ash Richards 0416 334 338.

Ali McDonald-Kennedy is studying her Diploma of Equine Management at Marcus Oldham College. She is the current Australian Thoroughbred Scholarship Recipient, a scholarship supported by Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria.

In 2014 after finishing her Year 12 studies, Ali Kennedy-McDonald resigned from her job at a retail store and told her father, racehorse trainer Clinton McDonald, she wanted to work with the horses. Ali was at his Caulfield Racecourse stables the next day. It was while working at her father’s stables that Ali realised her passion for the racing industry.
Here, she tells us how it all came about and shares an insight into her three-week work placement at Coolmore Stud in New South Wales.

During secondary school, did you ever think you’d be pursuing a career in the racing industry?
It was always something I thought about, but it was never something I thought I would be on my way to achieving. After school, I studied Marketing at RMIT University in the middle of the Melbourne CBD and at the time, thought it was something I would pursue. As time went on, I came to the realisation that it wasn’t going to be what I wanted to do for the rest of my life. Hopefully one day I can combine the two (racing and media) as I’m passionate about both.

What was the specific moment that made you think “I want to have a career with horses”?
I wouldn’t say there was a defining moment. The more I was involved and exposed to the insides of the industry, the more I appreciated it. It is so rewarding when a horse you work with and care for everyday does well.

It also took me a while as I was afraid of horses when I was younger, but as I continued to work with them, I began to understand them more. From there, my passion grew, and I guess you could say I got ‘the bug’!

Tell us a bit about what you were up to prior to studying at Marcus Oldham.
I was working with the ticketing/sales team for the Melbourne Racing Club for six months prior to coming to Marcus Oldham. It was great to work there and I thought about staying, however I was told about the scholarships at Marcus and I applied. I told myself if I got a scholarship, I would take on the opportunity. It is one of the best things I’ve done.

How did you find out about Marcus Oldham and why did you choose this course?
I learned about Marcus Oldham through graduates of the College and they suggested I consider the course. When comparing the Diploma of Equine Management with other equine related courses, Marcus Oldham was the most hands-on and practical. The specific focus on racing and breeding made it even more appealing to me, rather than the other courses which seemed too broad and very general.

What do you love about the racing industry?
I admire the animal, what they’re able to achieve and the dedication of the people within the industry.

You’re two weeks into your work placement at Coolmore Stud. Tell us about the placement and what you have been up to so far.
For the first week, I spent my time at Ellerslie (one of the foaling units), then over the weekend I was working with the dry mares. Last night I was on foal watch and got to see two mares foal. It was incredible. Tomorrow I will be heading around with the vets to the different areas of the farm.

What have you learnt from your time at Coolmore Stud so far?
I’ve learnt a lot. As I haven’t been involved in the breeding side of the industry, my knowledge was very limited. I have been constantly learning while I’ve been here and I’m only half way. It’s made me realise and appreciate how much work goes into our horses before they get to our stables.

What do you think are the main issues currently facing the racing industry?
The main issues facing the racing and breeding industry would be animal activists. Unfortunately, assumptions are made about equine industries that are based on false or un-educated facts/assumptions. Unfortunately, ignorant opinions are often the loudest.

The racing industry is so vast with so many opportunities, where do you see yourself in the near future?
Everyone says, once you know how to work with horses, you can go anywhere in the world. So with that in mind, I hope to travel and work at either studs or racing stables overseas. I want to learn and gain as much experience as possible and see where it can take me.

Applications are open for the $15,000 Australian Thoroughbred Scholarship to study the one-year Equine Management Program at Marcus Oldham in 2018. For more information and to apply, go to www.marcusoldham.vic.edu.au

The Blue Gum Farm team must have been busy over the long weekend.

Not necessarily with foaling down or stallion covers, but with following the winning progeny of their new sire Manhattan Rain.

First he had a winner Hawkesbury on Thursday, then one at Dubbo on Friday, a second in the Benalla Cup on the same day, another super winner at Moonee Valley that night (more about that later) and then a torrent of winners on Sunday at Ballina, Hong Kong and Singapore.

Added in amongst those was the Mornington win on Saturday of the Blue Gum Farm raised Gold Fields, a son of Churchill Downs bred by the Heffernan family.

Of course, Friday’s Valley winner was the top-class filly She Will Reign who made a triumphant return to the winner’s in the Group 1 Moir Stakes in stunning style.

The Golden Slipper winner ran into outright $10 million Everest favouritism with the brilliant first-up victory.

Phillip Campbell, still a “little hoarse” from cheering on Friday night, was just blown away with what She Will Reign achieved in the Moir.

“Coming down here as a Spring three-year-old, and having her first start the Melbourne way, on a tight Moonee Valley track, in a field of that quality and to give away the start, it was a phenomenal effort.”

“But it’s never been about just one with Manhattan Rain, and although he doesn’t have a large volume of runners, he always has a consistent number of winners by quality horses, leaving no doubt that he is a very good stallion.”

He certainly proved that internationally on Sunday with Grade One saluting at Sha Tin while Lim’s Magic proved too strong for his opponents in Singapore.

Lim’s Magic (Manhattan Rain) wins at Singapore on Sunday (TNP-Shahriya Yahaya)
Grade One (Manhattan Rain) wins at Sha Tin on Sunday (HKJC)

The latter’s trainer Stephen Gray was effusive about the horse’s future post-race.
“I don’t really get excited too much about my horses, but I think this one is a Group winner,” said Gray.

Moveovermanhattan just got pipped in the Benalla Cup on Friday while high class mare Tango Rain missed by a head in Sydney on Saturday. Both seem to have a big win just around the corner this Spring.

“I just love seeing this sire earn the respect he deserves, as he is not at a farm that is throwing tens of thousands on marketing and promotion. He is generating all the interest and attention himself and it’s great to watch,” Campbell said.

Intriguingly, a win by She Will Reign in the $10 million Everest – the richest race on turf in the world – would not only catapult Manhattan Rain to the top of the Australian Sires Table in a fortnight’s time, he would safely and proudly stay there for many months!

Manhattan Rain will service a top quality book of mares this season at his home, but what’s more important, is the astute group of breeders that are supporting him in numbers and that the bloodstock agents have their top clients booked in.

“Results like She Will Reign confirm the faith they have in the horse, and prove that he will deliver for them,” Campbell said.

“Being a son of Encosta, and being back here now at Blue Gum Farm it is really very exciting.”

When the ‘wheel’ turns, it certainly can deliver returns and plenty of provide to breeders.

And last week, the ‘Wheal’ most certainly turned for Cora Lynn (near Pakenham) based Briarwood Farm run by Lisa and Gavin McMaster.

The early teaser was the ultra-impressive maiden win by their homebred Temple Of Bel (Bel Esprit) at Bendigo last Thursday.

Briarwood Farm homebred Temple of Bel wins with ease at Bendigo (Brendan McCarthy-Racing Photos)

That was followed by the up-and-coming stakes-class mare, Wheal Leisure (Artie Schiller), dominating the $250,000 Inglis Cup at Caulfield on Underwood Stakes Day.

Trainer of both, Archie Alexander, certainly has a high opinion of his two Briarwood bred horses. Wheal Leisure maintains an entry in both major Cups of the Spring while Temple of Bel is entered for the VRC Oaks.

Lisa McMaster is full of praise for Alexander.

“Archie and (his wife) Annie are both hardworking and dedicated to the horses, the horses don’t want for anything. The extra one per cent effort that they go to makes all the difference, it’s the little things real horse people appreciate,” McMaster said.

Both talented gallopers are out of the Briarwood homebred Encosta de Lago mare, Sadiya. She is in turn out of the Caulfield Cup runner-up, Lisa’s Game (Umatilla)…

“Through my family, we have bred and raced the whole family, and the grand dam, Lisa’s Game, named after myself, was a brilliant stayer and runner-up in the controversial Caulfield Cup to Taufan’s Melody,” Lisa McMaster said.

“When I took over Sadiya’s breeding from my father (Don Marshall), being a pedigree buff, I thought that Artie Schiller would work very well. We obviously like our stayers, and Wheal Leisure has been a great result.

“The next year we sent her to Sun Stud’s Bel Esprit, and produced Temple of Bel, and we also have a 2015 filly from Fiorente. She is currently in foal to Star Witness, and she will head to Pride Of Dubai this year.”

When growing up on the farm, Lisa’s family, the Marshalls, stood stallions such as Mandana, Cardinal and the multiple Group 1 and Cox Plate winner, Taj Rossi.

Lisa worked alongside her parents and assisted with the breeding operation including foaling down of mares, matings and preparing yearlings for the sales, and her passion continues today at her Pakenham South farm working alongside her husband, Gavin.

Briarwood Farm has been a professional and very successful racehorse-spelling farm, but when major client Peter Moody stopped training, the property was forced to change direction.

“It was a tough blow to our business as he had close to 30 horses spelling here, so we have now shifted our focus to breeding.

“I have always loved the breeding side and we will sell a few through the sales, and will race a few ourselves.

“We have boosted up our broodmare band to around a dozen to be covered this year. We specifically purchased four mares to suit Cable Bay for this season, and we have taken a couple of clients’ mares and one of our own to Darley’s Brazen Beau, who I think will make it as a stallion,” McMaster said.

Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen and his family were certainly still well and truly on their high after the win of their beloved Tigers in the AFL Grand Final when they had reason for yet more celebration on Sunday.

After Sunday’s Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Gnawarre’s Rosemont Stud can now claim four Group 1 successes this calendar year with horses born, raised or prepped for sale at the farm.

Montoya’s Secret, Hey Doc and Ruthven had already saluted at the highest level this year before Rosemont’s Inglis Premier Sale graduate Santa Ana Lane won the Group 1 Rupert Clarke at Caulfield.

Santa Ana Lane was bought as a foal at foot of the Fastnet Rock mare, Fast Fleet, by Melbourne-based breeder Dyson Hore-Lacy for the Toorak Toff Syndicate.

He was then raised on farm before being prepped to go to the 2014 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Santa Ana Lane as a yearling

Mithen was thrilled with the weekend’s Group 1 win and remembers Santa Ana Lane as a colt fondly.

“He was a lovely horse, but Lope De Vega at the time was only just hanging in there, so the fact he was strongly built, very well balanced and athletic, he made good money at $80,000. He was cleverly purchased by Flemington Bloodstock Agency’s Justin Bahen and Troy Corstens.”

“Corstens has now picked up two Group 1 winners from the Rosemont drafts in two years, selecting Montoya’s Secret from the 2015 draft,” Mithen said.

Santa Ana Lane has now run in 16 races at Group or Listed level and, with five wins, including the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes, he has amassed $613,700 in prize money.

Santa Ana Lane is the only foal to race for winning Fastnet Rock (Danehill) mare Fast Fleet, who is a three-quarter sister to the Macau stakes-placed Strategy (Danehill) and a half-sister to Group 3 Waikato Guineas winner Blimey O’Reilly (O’Reilly) and Listed winner Flag Officer (Excites).

Still in the hands of Hore-Lacy, Fast Fleet is also the dam of a two-year-old filly by Kuroshio (Exceed And Excel), who was purchased from the Sun Stud draft at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale by Proven Thoroughbreds and Steven O’Dea Racing for $60,000. She also has a yearling filly by Toorak Toff (Show A Heart).

With the two huge racing and football wins on Saturday and Sunday, Mithen could not be anything but upbeat about the future.

“It was a good weekend for us (Rosemont). Toorak Toff, had another winner at the Mornington city meeting, Toorak Cowboy, that we bred and sold. He is just getting winner after winner so I’m sure his headline horse will come out in the spring or autumn,” Mithen said.

“Medaglia d’Oro’s son Nostradamus’s foals are flying, all the stud masters are wrapped with them, and he is stamping stock very well. He has had good books and great support from the breeding right holders who are some of the best breeders in the country.”

“It’s been a great season so far, with well over 60 foals on the farm. Starcraft will cover over 100 mares this season with the successful “toss the boss” promotion and he had another standout in Hong Kong winner last night with Jing Jing Win, who will hopefully be aimed at the Hong Kong Derby.”

It was another brilliant weekend on the track for Woodside Park Stud stallion, Written Tycoon with his daughter, the Ellerton-Zahra trained mare, Booker saluting in the Group 2 Thousand Guineas Prelude at Caulfield on Underwood Stakes Day.

Booker is now the 21st individual stakes winner for the Champion Victorian sire, and her hard-earned victory will give her a deserved shot at Group 1 glory in the Thousand Guineas.

Lightly raced, Booker has now won twice and been placed three times at Group level from five starts with prize money earnings of $279,000.

Woodside Park Stud’s Matt Tillett was delighted with the win, as he felt she had always been a quality galloper that was group class.

“It was so pleasing to see her win on the weekend, she’s a very talented mare, and as the track and conditions suited, she could show her true ability,” Tillett said.

“It was a great thrill for the owner-breeders too. Bill Rigg and Tony Freebairn have been friends of ours for a very long time. They are actually both childhood friends with my father, Murray, and they sent the mare originally to Written Tycoon to support us. It’s a terrific result.”

Booker was a $230,000 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale purchase by part-owners  Barrie and Midge Griffiths, successful thoroughbred breeders in their own right.

“I remember Barrie Griffiths came and grabbed me at the sales and said I had to come and look at this yearling, which turned out to be Booker,” Tillett said.

“I honestly don’t think I had seen a better-looking Written Tycoon filly, and I agreed that he should buy her. Both breeders stayed in the ownership along with Nick Psaltis who has raced a number of horses with David Moodie, so it’s a good little team.”

The win is also a silver lining for owner Barrie Griffiths after the news his other star mare, Group 2 winner Heatherly is to be retired, after suffering her second bleed after trying her heart out in the Group 1 Moir.

Booker is the first foal out of winning Flying Spur (Danehill) mare Noondie, who is a half-sister to Listed winner Tranquility (Redoute’s Choice) and the stakes-placed mare Impassioned (Redoute’s Choice).

With a star-studded book of fillies and mare lining up in the breeding barn for Written Tycoon this season, and another crop of outstanding foals on the ground, without doubt, there is still so much to come for the Champion Victorian sire.

You could say two recent Written Tycoon arrivals are already a little bit famous in the racing and sporting world – at least indirectly.

First we’ve got Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s fill out of super star Group 1 winning filly Gold Edition…

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm’s Written Tycoon x Gold Edition filly

And then there is Billy and Nicole Slater’s Written Tycoon foal out of their Al Maher mare Hamam. With Billy winning the NRL Grand Final on Sunday with the Melbourne Storm, you could say this colt has already received a ‘pedigree update’ of sorts!

Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater with his Written Tycoon x Haman colt (pic-Nicole Slater)

During his racing career, the now Bombora Downs sire Jungle Ruler was a front runner who dared his opponents to run him down. On no less than 20 occasions he did so with ultimate success.

So it was fitting his first ever winner, Jungle Queen, did exactly the same when scoring on her debut at Echuca on Monday.

The Chris Davis trained grey filly bounced out of the barriers, went to the front and was never headed.

“She’s always shown us something this filly. She won a trial at Tatura hard held and ten wide,” Davis said post-race.

Bred by Meredith and Nigel Berry at their Illowra Stud on the northern edges of Nagambie, the filly was just the second runner for her plucky sire.

Bombora Downs’ Christoph Bruechert said Jungle Ruler was a great horse to work with and compares him with a former Bombora based grey sire, the Group 1 producing Jugah.

Jungle Ruler & Christoph Bruechert

“Jungle Ruler is a well-loved character on the farm….he’s a rat bag really,” Christoph said.

“I really admire tough horses that commit. He was a horse that was tough and always tried his guts out.

“Much like Jugah, Jungle Ruler put a real sense of determination into his stock.

“Nigel and Meredith have been supporting me for many years. They put a lot of thought into what they are doing. I am delighted to see them get this win.”

Driving back from the Echuca success on Monday, Meredith was thrilled with the win.

“We’ve always rated her. She is very athletic and has a very long stride,” Meredith said.

“She is a well-mannered filly and still has a lot of growing to do.”

Meredith said her and Nigel counted Christoph as an old friend.

“Christoph rang up a few years ago and said to Nigel, ‘I need a mare’…so we sent down Tinge of Gold who produced Jungle Queen (in 2014).”

Now the Berrys have another Jungle Ruler youngster on the ground at Nagambie and plan to send a further mare down to Bittern to visit the grey sire this season.

Jungle Ruler, a son of Lion Hunter, stands for a fee of $2,750 (GST incl.) at Bombora Downs. He is nominated for VOBIS Sires giving breeders even more opportunities for a return. For more information, contact Christoph on 0419 534 961.