Sun Stud stallion Magnus enjoyed an across-the-card stakes double on the weekend with the first of those victories coming courtesy of Streets Of Avalon taking out the Listed Hareeba Stakes at Mornington, before Rio Del Mar landed the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes at Ascot.

The locals had plenty to cheer about when the Shane Nichols-trained Streets of Avalon captured the Listed Hareeba Stakes at Mornington.

Ridden a treat by apprentice Zac Spain, the four-year-old son of Magnus defeated Bons Away (Bon Hoffa) by a length with Sniztkraft (Snitzel) one and a half lengths back in third.

Just over 12 months ago, Streets Of Avalon was third in the Group 3 Zeditave Stakes and came into the Hareeba off the back of a third in the Listed March Stakes at Flemington.

It advances his record to five wins, seven seconds and eight thirds from 30 starts with earnings of $534,360.

“He’s an amazing horse,” Nichols said. “To bring him back from 1400 metres in seven days to win at 1200 metres, the staff need to be congratulated.”

“He’s had a long prep and it doesn’t happen easily so to win the Hareeba, on the home track, I’m really chuffed about that. There’s a Listed race in two weeks at Caulfield over 1400 metres, so we’ll go there and see how it unfolds.”

A homebred for Warren Racing, Streets Of Avalon is the best of two winners out of the Black Minnaloushe mare Kamuniak who was a $75,000 yearling purchase at the 2009 NZB Premier Yearling Sale.

Kamuniak is a sister to the Champion 2YO in NZ in 2005-06, Joker Wild who numbered the Group 1 ARC Diamond Stakes and Group 1 Manawatu Sires’ Produce Stakes among his seven wins. Kamuniak has a yearling filly Magnus and a filly foal Starspangledbanner. She was bred back to Magnus last year but missed.

Streets Of Avalon became the 18th stakes-winner for Magnus and he did not have to wait long for number 19.

It came with the Simon Miller-trained two-year-old filly Rio Del Mar in the Group 3 Gimcrack Stakes at Ascot. Ridden by Chris Parnham, the fast-finishing Rio Del Mar turned the tables on her Supremacy Stakes conqueror Prim And Proper by a half-head.

“She was good, wasn’t she?” Miller said. “Her first run was enormous. We think highly of her, so we weren’t afraid to go straight into a stakes race at her first start and she did us proud.”

Rio Del Mar will likely head to the Group 2 Karrakatta Plate over 1200 metres on April 6.

Consigned to the 2017 Inglis Australian Weanling Sales by Victoria’s Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Rio Del Mar was purchased for $20,000.

She is the best of three winners out of the unraced Encosta de Lago mare Costanera who is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 VRC Emirates Stakes winner Titanic Jack and a half to Group 2 MVRC Alister Clark Stakes winner Chill Party (Nicconi).

Purchased for just $4,000 at the 2009 Inglis Australian Easter Broodmare Sale, Costanera missed in 2016 and was not covered in 2017. She visited Cable Bay (IRE) last spring.

Magnus had nine lots sell for an aggregate of $572,000 at an average of $63,556 during Book 1 of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale earlier this month.

Leading Victorian sire Magnus can claim over 100 wins by his progeny for the 2018/19 racing season.

The prolific winner-getter has 73 individual winners of 101 races and his progeny earnings exceed $3.74m – with some 20 weeks still remaining for the current season.

Magnus sits equal 13th on the general sires table for winners and consistently finds himself inside the Top 20 Australian sires year after year.

An overall winners to runners percentage of over 70% and an average earnings per winner of $121,946 puts the stallion in elite company.

Magnus has over 300 individual winners (including 3 individual Group 1 winners) and they have accumulated over 1000 victories and $37.3m in progeny earnings between them.

Class mare Volpe Veloce maintained her unbeaten record at Tauranga when she cruised to victory in the Group 2 Windsor Park Stud Japan NZ International Trophy over 1600 metres on Saturday.

The five-year-old Foxwedge mare looked all at sea in her most recent start when finishing well back in the Group 1 weight for age Haunui Farm Classic over 1600 metres at Otaki on a Slow eight track but back to the Dead four surface at Tauranga she showed just what she is capable of in stunning fashion.

Settled well back off a solid speed set by The Mitigator, rider Michael McNab had plenty of horseflesh in front of him with 600 metres to run. McNab didn’t panic as he eased Volpe Veloce to the outside and sent his mount forward.

Turning for home Australian visitor Endless Drama had shot to the front and looked hard to catch before Volpe Veloce hit top gear at the 300 metre mark. Overtaking Endless Drama in the space of two or three huge bounds before easing to the line to score comfortably from Watch This Space who dashed home late along the rail after being held up approaching the home turn.

Co-trainer Graham Richardson, who prepares the mare along with Gavin Parker, was relieved to see his stable star bounce back to winning form after some frustrations in her last two starts at Group One level.

“She’s a great chaser and everything panned out this time,” Richardson said.

“McNab didn’t panic and to be honest, that’s half the battle as well with her. It was a good effort and I’m just chuffed for her and all the owners.”

Richardson also confirmed that Volpe Veloce would now have another tilt at Group 1 level in the Fiber Fresh New Zealand Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes over 1600 metres at Te Aroha on April 6.

“She will be at Te Aroha in two weeks’ time,” he said. “She’s been unlucky hence why we got over a mile (lately) as she just lacks that early speed, but what a run today.”

A $240,000 purchase by Richardson from the 2014 National Yearling Sale at Karaka, Volpe Veloce has now won all three of her Tauranga runs and takes her career record to twelve wins from 24 starts and $639,000 in stakes earnings. – NZ Racing Desk

Foxwedge is now standing at Woodside Park in Victoria and his service fee is expected to be announced in the coming weeks.

Although we are all still in the middle of a busy sales season, breeders know that the breeding season will be beginning very quickly after.

With many mares foaling down around the country, last year some breeders took advantage of a placenta collection and purchasing service that was provided across the country.

Facilitated by the Japanese company ‘Nomura’, who is accredited with strict Australian export laws, they initially contacted Cressfield Stud through Wayne Bedggood.

After an initial test run, where they collected and froze six mare placentas, the company was able to develop an efficient collection, processing and export procedure.

Payment for each placenta will be $10 plus GST to the stud farm, with $1 going to the state’s breeding association. Having collected over 2000 placentas last season alone in NSW, a donation of $2000 was made to the Hunter Valley Breeders Association.

Now as business demand is increasing, the company would like to look at extending the offer to all Victorian based breeders in order to increase the number of placentas collected.

The current target for the 2019 breeding season is around 3000, Australia wide, and we hope Victorian studs will be able to make up the shortfall.

The funds collected can be used towards a staff bonus, dinner or BBQ, and it is also a great way to support Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, and their future industry events.

Nomura will supply a chest freezer for use during the season to store the collected placentas in and will arrange collection at regular intervals during the season. Any packaging, labelling will also be provided so the studs will not incur any costs or expenses.

The process is easy to adopt and factor into regular farm procedures and aids in equine biosecurity and welfare. Paperwork is minimal, with only a couple of declarations to be signed at the start of the season, and the generation of an invoice at the completion of the season, when payment is made.

This process is far easier than having to bury the unwanted placenta following each foaling, and after a quick wash to remove straw or grass they are bagged, labelled and simply popped in the freezer.

Nomura is keen to get many studs and farms involved as every placenta counts. So even small breeders with small numbers of mares being foaled down, can be a part of this opportunity. The more farms being collected, it will aid in helping the transport run frequently and consistently and contributes importantly to the overall total.

If you would like to participate, or are interested in finding out more about logistics, animal welfare, bio-security or export legislation in place, please contact TBV via email

Victorian sired horses were at the fore on Friday night with Reward For Effort’s daughter Desert Lashes taking out the final heat of the night racing series and Written Tycoon’s Written Choice claiming the fastest time overall.

For the trainer of a fast horse, the 955-metre 55 Second Challenge at The Valley proves lucrative with $55,000 awarded to the slickest horse comes season’s end.

Claimed this year by trainer Logan McGill, he was one of the nervous men on course as the sprinters dashed for the cash, but Written Choice’s time clocked at a sizzling 54.77 seconds on Cox Plate Eve remained unbeaten.

Written Choice was on-speed throughout in setting his low mark. He clocked the first 155 metres in 10.60s off a standing start then went 10.78s from the 800-600 metres and 10.70s from the 600-400 metres, before coming home in 11.06 and 11.66s respectively.

In terms of setting a fast time, it was the perfect ride from Stephen Baster, who ensured the four-year-old used every ounce of energy he had.

Track Manager Marty Synan played down the prospects of the 955 metre time being lowered, suggesting the track won’t be as fast as it did the night Written Choice set his mark.

“It didn’t play as firm as it did that night, knowing that we had the Cox Plate the next day,” Synan said. “It was good to see the 955 metre time get close to that (Written Choice’s 54.77s) but I think the winning time at the moment is very good.”

But there was no doubt that the talented mare Desert Lashes was back to her best and certainly gave it a good shake.

Desert Lashes shot to fame when winning her first eight starts in succession and has been consistent since then until suffering an unfortunate bleeding attack at Moonee Valley last October.

Returning for her first run back from a break, the Tony McEvoy trained mare raced on the pace and sped clear to win a heat of the 55 Second Challenge in a brisk 55.53 seconds under Luke Currie.

“It was a really good performance and it’s good to have her back,” said Tony McEvoy.

“The owners have trusted me with this mare so it’s good for her to win at her first run back. Now we can look for some Black type races.”

A $6,000 Inglis VOBIS Gold Sale purchase from the Kristenvale Stables draft, Desert Lashes has won 10 from 19 starts earning over $400,000 in prizemoney.

She is the best of five winners from the now retired Misha’s Bell, a three-quarter sister to Group II winner Silver Glade.

Desert Lashes is one of seven stakes-winners for Reward for Effort, who covered 111 mares at Chatswood Stud last spring.

Reward for Effort will be represented by eight lots in the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale.

Trainer Logan McGill collects his prize after winning the 55 Second Challenge series with Written Choice recording the fastest time, 54.77sec, on Manikato Stakes night. (Racing Photos)

Self Sense continues to prove his versatility as David Brideoake’s eight-year-old gelding won Saturday’s $350,000 Listed Ladbrokes Mornington Cup and secured a ballot-free exemption into October’s Group 1 Caulfield Cup.

Adding a fourth country Cup victory to his CV, the win followed a 7-day back up from his upset victory in the 1950 metre $125,000 Yarra Valley Cup. His other Cup wins have been the Listed Kilmore Cup (1600m) and Listed Ipswich Cup (2150m) and he has placed in three others.

“What a day,” David said following the race. “This is his third run in the (Mornington) Cup and he’s run good races but had no luck – that’s outstanding, what a great animal.”

“He just loomed and he’s a very big, powerful horse now. I thought Luke (Nolen) did a great job on him. It’s terribly exciting, it just doesn’t get better than this at all.”

Homebred and part-owned by his trainer, Self Sense has raced and won on both the flat and over the jumps during his 59 start career. With victories including the VOBIS Gold Heath, the Australian Hurdle, VOBIS Gold Stayers, and Kevin Lafferty Hurdle, as well as a second in last year’s Grand National Hurdle, he has won over $1.47million in prizemoney and Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses.

“The jump racing has really lifted him to another level and by mixing the jumping with a little bit of his training, he’s an easy horse to maintain and he’s just so genuine,” said David.

“He’s a great horse to train and everyone in the stable loves him.”          

Self Sense is by Darley Kelvinside shuttle sire and Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense (USA). His dam, Be My Person, is a 2-time winner that David also trained. Before she passed away in 2015, she had 8 foals to race, all bred and trained by David, including Group 3 SAJC Auraria Stakes winner Shylight. The dam’s pedigree lines are impressive, with her dam (Kiwi Rose) being by the Mr. Prospector sire Straight Strike (USA), sire also to Shadea, the dam of Lonhro. Her granddam Lady Whyllie is also a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Dalmacia.

David told on Monday that the gelding has pulled up well from Saturday’s win and will continue his flat campaign in Sydney in the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick on 6 April.

“If we were lucky enough for him to go well and win that (Chairman’s), we would probably have a shot at the Sydney Cup,” David said.

“Otherwise he’ll probably come back to Melbourne, have another flat run and then I would say (he’d run) in the Galleywood.”

Following on from a highly successful Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, the progeny of Hong Kong star Akeed Mofeed continues to make world-class bloodstock agents and the best stables stand up and take notice at the recent Magic Millions Yearling sale in Adelaide.

Over the two sales, Goldin Farms’ two drafts of Akeed Mofeed yearlings have averaged over 5x service fee and over $83,000 in the first books of the sales. With six of the ten lots offered at Premier reaching over $100,000, with the top lot of $200,000 going to Lloyd Kennewell Racing and Mat Becker’s Group 1 Bloodstock, his record yearling price has now been reached again on the final day of the Adelaide Sale.

Catching the eye of several prospective buyers, it was ultimately renowned Sydney horseman Gary Moore that secured the son of Akeed Mofeed out of Calemore, an imported mare with the hammer falling at $200,000, the handsome colt went through the ring as Lot 254 for Goldin Farms.

Moore remembers Akeed Mofeed fondly as a racehorse in Hong Kong and is not surprised he has passed on his excellent qualities to his progeny.

“I was a big fan when he raced in Hong Kong, and it is great to see Akeed Mofeed doing a great job as a sire. It’s no surprise his progeny are very good looking horses with great bone, Moore said. “I think there are big things destined for him.”

Andrew Perryman, General Manager at Goldin Farms, is thrilled to show off Akeed Mofeed’s progeny as a group, who were offered in both sales unreserved.

“Unless trainers have been gifted one to train, most haven’t had the opportunity to see them as group available for public sale, so we are delighted they have received such positive attention.”

“In Adelaide the right horses made very good money and it has been encouraging to see how highly the Akeed Mofeed’s are valued in the marketplace. He averaged many times his service fee and is now regarded as a commercial stallion option” Perryman said.

“Goldin Farms will continue to support Akeed Mofeed in his breeding career with our private band of broodmares, continuing the historic tradition that Lindsay Park is renowned for, breeding tough and sound racehorses.”

Standing at Victoria’s Swettenham Stud this year for the first time, Sam Matthews couldn’t be happier to see the great results continue over the border.

“We are thrilled that the Akeed Mofeed yearlings are getting such a good response from a broad range of respected judges, and that they will have every chance to succeed on the track, heading to some of the leading stables in the country.”

While the Melbourne buyers included Hawkes Racing, Bjorn Baker, Malua Racing, Bahen Bloodstock and David Jolly, the Adelaide purchasers include Ryan Balfour, Busuttin Racing, Hayes Racing, John Foote, Yulong, Upper Bloodstock and Gary Moore.

“The list of buyers reads like a who’s who in racing, leaving no doubt that Akeed Mofeed impresses on type, temperament and above all quality,” Matthews said.

“Swettenham is very honoured to be able to continue the hard work that the team at Goldin Farms have achieved so far, and we are delighted that breeders can now capitalise on the lucrative VOBIS bonuses, through VOBIS Gold and VOBIS Sires.”

 “We knew that he would be well received, but it is testament to Goldin Farms and the emerging sire Akeed Mofeed that he has farewelled South Australia in fine style, and we are eagerly anticipating his arrival in Victoria,” Matthews said.

“Breeders can be comfortable in the knowledge that every trainer wants one, and we look forward to him impressing our mare owners as much as he impressed the trainers.”

A yearling filly by Dundeel received great reports from her vendor and buyers after she topped the 2019 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale on Tuesday with a final bid of $250,000.

Tony McEvoy won a spirited bidding duel and immediately after the sale, bloodstock agent Suman Hedge – the original buyer of super horse Zoustar, who was the under-bidder on the Dundeel yearling – bought in.

David Johnson, whose Rushton Park Stud offered the filly for sale, reported: ‘‘She’s a star and hasn’t turned a hair all week. She just cops everything in her stride and was easy to deal with. She’s a real professional.’’

Rick Connolly, the bloodstock manager for McEvoy Mitchell Racing, gave a glowing report about the filly claiming her as not only a stand-out at the Adelaide sale but of the yearling sale season:

‘‘As long as I’ve been working for Tony we haven’t bought a better filly than her. She’s a very nice filly, fluid in her action and has a lot of class.’’

Connolly was involved in the purchase of McEvoy’s super filly Sunlight, last weekend’s Group 1 Newmarket Handicap winner.

Hedge was an unabashed fan of the Dundeel filly as well but declared the McEvoy camp was too strong. He made McEvoy an offer to buy a part of the filly as his clients were keen to race her and a deal was done immediately.

The Adelaide sale provided 19 yearlings which sold at six-figure sums and there was a great atmosphere at the sales complex.

The Yu Long group was the biggest spender in Adelaide with owner Yuesheng Zhang outlaying $515,000 for four yearlings by a number of the popular Victorian sires – Written Tycoon and Akeed Mofeed.

Akeed Mofeed, who had 14 yearlings sell at an average of $61,786. He had a great Melbourne Premier Sale and a colt on day two topped the afternoon when selling to Gary Moore for $200,000.

Brazen Beau, who was a huge seller at the Premier Sale, had one yearling who proved popular with Lloyd Kennewell outlaying $190,000 for a colt from Natural Swinger early on day one.

Free Of Debt can end a long run of outs for Victorian-bred colts in the Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes over 1200 metres at Rosehill this Saturday.

Canny Lad (Bletchingly) was the last Victorian-bred colt to win the Golden Slipper way back in 1990.  He was bred by the late Alec Dodson and went on to carve out a successful career at stud siring 55 stakes winners before being pensioned in 2011.

Free Of Debt (Unencumbered) was bred in Victoria’s north-east at Greta West Stud and is already assured of a start at stud after being purchased by Aquis Farm last month.  He has settled in perfectly since arriving in Sydney and trainer Chris Bieg can’t wait until the world’s richest juvenile race.

“He’s doing everything right and handled the travel well,” Bieg said on Sunday.  “We’re stabled with Gerald Ryan here at Rosehill and the facilities are fantastic for keeping him nice and dry while enjoying the undercover walker.”

Free Of Debt won his first two starts at Morphettville and Flemington before a brave third in the Group 1 Blue Diamond Stakes at Caulfield.  “He was the first colt home in the Blue Diamond after carting them up in the straight,” Bieg said.  “A wet track shouldn’t be a problem, either.  He won a trial by three lengths on a Soft 7 at Randwick last week and I’m really excited with how well he pulled up.”

Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy is also counting down to the Golden Slipper although he may have to listen through ear-phones as it clashes with a wedding in Geelong.  “He was a nice foal and developed into a strong yearling for last year’s Adelaide Magic Millions.  But Unencumbered had sired just one or two winners at that stage and he only made $30,000.”

McCarthy has a Keep The Faith half-sister to Free Of Debt catalogued as Lot 141 through Bucklee Farm for the Inglis Gold Yearling Sale at Oaklands on April 30.  He also has a Master Of Design filly on the ground from their dam Stagerush (Giant’s Causeway).

Stagerush was a Sandown winner for Limerick Lane’s Gerry Ryan and he sold her as a broodmare prospect to Greta West for $22,000 at the 2009 Inglis Great Southern Sale.  McCarthy gave her a year off this season and, win, lose or draw this Saturday, he can expect to trade up to a high-profile stallion come September.

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The son of Turffontein, Widgee Turf is now regarded as is a cult hero and a crowd favourite after another brilliant win at Flemington on Saturday when he was loudly cheered home in the Listed March Stakes.

Widgee Turf may have failed to attract the public vote to get him into the All Star Mile but the horse, who famously cost just $4500 as a yearling, has now earned more than $960,000 in stakes across 27 starts.

Partnering him in nine of those wins has been Billy Egan, who was fearful turning for home that the horse might not finish off as well as usual.

“I was handy and they rolled along and I know that he likes to have a resting run to have a finishing burst and I thought I am going to get past them, but he’s only got so much petrol there,” Egan said. “But he really hit the line well.”

Widgee Turf might not quite be a Group 1 horse but he’s a champion as far as Egan is concerned.

“You can never bag him,” he added. “He always runs an honest race and I am certainly rapt to be a part of him.”

The Patrick Payne-trained gelding advances his overall record to ten wins and eleven placings from 27 starts with earnings of $964,300.

His previous stakes win came in the Group 3 MRC Victoria Handicap at Caulfield almost 12 months ago. 

A bargain basement $4,5000 purchase by Crown Valley Lodge from the Little Plains Stud draft at the 2014 Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, Widgee Turf is the fourth foal of the Kala Dancer mare Greyhound who was pensioned after foaling Widgee Turf but after five seasons in the paddock the 21yo mare was covered by Turffontein last December.

After finishing last at her one and only start, Greyhound did not start her breeding career until she was 11 years old.

Swettenham Stud are excited to announce that Scat Daddy’s Group 1 winning 2yo sprinting son, SIOUX NATION, is heading to their prestigious Victorian nursery for the 2019 breeding season.

SIOUX NATION will be the first son of the ill-fated speed sire Scat Daddy to stand in Victoria and will cater to the local market looking for precocious 2yo speed. Other sons of Scat Daddy include his magnificent 2018 American Triple Crown winner Justify, unbeaten two-year-old Caravaggio and the record-breaking No Nay Never.

Swettenham’s Adam Sangster is thrilled about bringing this proven global bloodline to Australia and making it accessible to the Victorian breeders while keeping the family ties between the Magnier and Sangster family as strong as ever.

“Securing SIOUX NATION is an incredible coup for the Victorian breeding industry. Tom Magnier and his father John Magnier recognise that breeders here have heavily supported Highland Reel and although they had planned to stand Sioux Nation in the Hunter, the Magnier family have graciously allowed the stallion to stand with us at Swettenham Stud knowing he will be very popular with Victorian breeders.”

“He’s a Group 1 winning two-year-old by a world-class sire. I saw him in Ireland and he is a magnificent, strong and masculine individual that stands over 16.1 hands. Raw power, he’s built like a true Australian speed horse” Sangster said. “He matured early and won at Royal Ascot at two. We can’t wait for SIOUX NATION to arrive at Swettenham and parade him to our loyal breeders.”

Australia’s commercial market loves a quick-maturing two-year-old, and they don’t mature much more quickly than SIOUX NATION. Retained to race by Coolmore, Sioux Nation won his maiden decisively by nearly four lengths and when winning the Group 2 Norfolk Stakes over 1000 metres at Royal Ascot he was following in the footsteps of Scat Daddy’s leading sire son No Nay Never.

In winning the Group 1 Phoenix Stakes, Sioux Nation defeated a crack field which included US Navy Flag and Romanised, proving himself as one of the best sprinters of his generation.

“There is no doubt he will suit the Australian conditions, as all his wins were on turf and he loves fast ground,” Sangster said. “Importantly though, Sioux Nation was able to train on, and perform at the top level at three, winning the Group 3 Lacken Stakes over 1200 metres and was gallantly placed in the Group 1 Flying Five Stakes over 1000 metres”.

Aside from his sire, SIOUX NATION gets his pace from his broodmare sire, the champion sprinter and leading sire, Oasis Dream, and his second dam Catch The Blues (Bluebird), who won the 1000 metres Group 3 Ballyogan Stakes and was Group 1 placed in the 1200 metres Haydock Sprint Cup.

“He comes from a European speed-focused pedigree. He is free of Danehill and Galileo blood and will be a brilliant breeding outcross for the Australian mare population,” Sangster said.

Trained by Ballydoyle’s Aidan O’Brien, he was genuinely impressed with how the colt won at Royal Ascot stating “His turn of foot won it. He travelled very well and quickened easily being a big, powerful horse with a lot of pace, and a great mind. He is pure Scat Daddy raw speed.”

Champion jockey Ryan Moore was equally impressed “I couldn’t have been more impressed when he won the Phoenix Stakes and I loved him at Ascot. He gave me a beautiful feel when he got fast ground. He’s a beautiful horse and I think he’s got a big future at stud.”

Sioux Nation will stand at Swettenham Stud in 2019 for $16,000 plus GST and will arrive at Swettenham Stud in August 2019. For more information, please contact Adam Sangster on 0418 543 633 or Sam Matthews on 0487 851 572 or visit

Thoroughbred Breeders Australia’s (TBA) commitment to find and educate the next generation of industry talent will continue with a second intake of trainees for its Fast Track program.

A national training scheme launched last year, Fast Track is a joint venture between TBA, breeders and TAFE NSW.

Fast Track is designed to create an opportunity for young people with a passion for horses to secure a foothold in Australia’s vibrant thoroughbred scene.

It was introduced in 2018 in response to shortages of staff in the breeding sector and TBA’s vision to establish formal training pathways into the industry.

Applications are now open for 2019 and will close on March 31 ahead of a 12-month program that starts in late May.

“The program is a great way for anybody with a love of horses to develop a rewarding career that can last a lifetime,” Thoroughbred Breeders Australia chief executive Tom Reilly said.

“Fast Track has proved a great success in its first year and it will be supported by many of Australia’s leading breeders again in 2019.”

Successful applicants will be placed with a respected farm where they will gain hands-on experience via a traineeship, while also completing a Certificate III in Horse Breeding through Scone TAFE.

The TAFE component of the program includes two intensive learning blocks (6 weeks in total) and includes 16 formal study modules.

All facets of the breeding industry are covered in the modules, including:

  • caring for broodmares
  • foaling
  • handling young horses
  • mating procedures
  • disease prevention
  • horse behaviour

Insights from some of the Australian thoroughbred industry’s biggest names as well as field trips, race meetings and social events will complement the TAFE course.

TBA will once again call on experts with many years of experience in breeding to deliver a series of lectures on topics that relate to:

  • understanding pedigrees
  • conformation
  • the business of breeding

Opportunities also exist for trainees to develop their personal skills, to empower them to become productive and successful members of the thoroughbred industry and enjoy long careers.

Among these broader learning opportunities are personal finance and first aid skills, as well as mental health and wellbeing, safe driver training, and maintaining a healthy lifestyle.

From a practical aspect, the course is structured to give trainees an invaluable experience in the daily workings of a thoroughbred farm.

Applications are being sought from across the country, with opportunities available on farms throughout Australia.

Three prominent Hunter Valley thoroughbred breeding figures are among those who will continue their involvement after supporting the scheme in its first year.

Yarraman Park director Arthur Mitchell says Fast Track is a perfect introduction to the industry.

“We can teach the trainees from the ground up to start on a stud and learn from the grassroots,” he said.

“Whether they stay in breeding or go on to another role in the thoroughbred industry, I think this is a great way to get a career off to a good start.”

Royston Murphy from Sledmere Stud said TBA deserved high praise for introducing the scheme.

“I would absolutely recommend to anybody to get behind this,” he said.

“I think we really need to push these initiatives and we’ll definitely be taking on some more people every year.”

Kitchwin Hills’ Mick Malone said the program would go a long way to ensuring long-term employment opportunities in the industry.

“Fast Track is a great initiative that will benefit farms all over the country as it provides a great introduction to breeding,” he said. “We are very happy with our trainee and are keen to continue our involvement with the second intake.”

Mr Reilly said a graduation ceremony would be held for all trainees at Scone at the end of the 12 months.

“I would encourage everyone who has an interest in working with horses to apply,” he said. Applications for the 2019 intake close on 31 March 2019. For more information on the program including the online application form, visit or email

In the pipeline for over 12 months but officially launched last December, the inaugural All Star Mile, nicknamed the ‘people’s race’, has certainly been causing quite a stir amongst racing fans. And whilst Mystic Journey only secured a starting position through one of four wildcard entries, the extraordinary gutsy win by the Tasmanian filly has firmly cemented her as the next ‘people’s horse.’

“The Group 1 (Australian Guineas) was obviously a pinnacle a fortnight ago but to win the richest mile race in the world only two weeks later, she’s a filly on an upward spiral and we don’t know where the bottom of her is,” trainer Adam Trinder said after her victory at Flemington on Saturday.

“We’ll protect her, look after her and she might be able to take over the mantle of Winx.” He said.

Nicknamed Betty, and affectionately dubbed ‘the Winx of Tassie’ by her regular jockey Anthony Darmanin, you’d be forgiven for thinking Mystic Journey is one hundred percent Apple Isle. However dig a little deeper and you’ll find Betty has quite the Victorian flavour to her story.

Before turning to training, Trinder had a successful Victorian jumps jockey career, winning such races as the Australian Hurdle, Galleywood Hurdle, Grand National Hurdle and two Hiskens Steeples. Darmanin is a full time trackwork rider at Lloyd Williams’ Macedon Lodge, travelling to Tasmania on weekends to take his only race rides for the week.

Mystic Journey’s sire is Needs Further (Encosta De Lago), a Group 3 Carbine Club Stakes winner trained by Gai Waterhouse and current resident at Tasmania’s Armidale Stud.

However, Betty was bred by Victoria’s Ralph Zito. A specialist pathologist and olive oil producer by trade, Ralph has been in the industry for many years and takes great pride in his breeding success.

“Genetic compatibility is, in my opinion, the essential ingredient for predictable success,” said Ralph.

“All my matings are very carefully researched and planned utilising principles of line breeding and we now have accumulation of highly desirable genotype over three generations in two of our dam lines with others following. Tassie stallions, together with the wonderful pasture in Tasmania (at a time of drought here back home) were the reason for us to consider going interstate with our mares.” He said.

The Mystic Journey page is littered with city and black type winners. Her dam, White Gold (NZ) was bred by Ralph from his mare L’Anello (NZ). White Gold raced successfully in Victoria before injury sent her to begin the next phase of her career. She produced winners Leodoro and Gold Phoenix, both by Ralph’s stallion Jayemzed, who now stands at Smeaton’s Moorookyle Park. Also in Ralph’s ownership, White Gold’s full brother Oronero was a multiple city winner, and earned some black type during his successful racing career.

For a long time, Ralph and his breeding partners – wife Peta and high school friends Joe and Rhonda Cichello and John and Diane Button – only bred to race but more recently, with the increasing commerciality of their broodmares, they have commenced selling at leading mainland sales, and are keen to be seen as sellers of winners.

Mystic Journey, along with her unbeaten and stakes winning three-quarter sister Mystical Pursuit, other three-quarter sister Secret Gold and unraced full sister Emerald Crown, were all born and raised in the lush paddocks of Tasmania’s Armidale Stud. They also all went through the Magic Millions Sales ring. Emerald Crown was purchased by fellow Victorian breeder/owner Ross Wilkinson and is being trained by White Gold’s trainer, Nigel Blackiston. These progeny of the White Gold family are all by Needs Further and are almost singlehandedly responsible for raising the mainland consciousness of this emerging sire.

“I have no hesitation in stating that while Mystic Journey’s sale price was laughably low ($11,000), as breeders the satisfaction is priceless and everlasting,” said Ralph. “The bottom line is that here in Victoria we are blessed with exceptional genetic material to work which, when properly applied, can produce outstanding results without breaking the bank.”

Mystic Journey now heads to the paddock for a well-earned rest, before setting her sights on a Cox Plate. In the words of race caller Matt Hill, she is what dreams are made of.

The Group 3 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes for two-year-old fillies is a time honoured race, first run in 1956 and won by horses such as Denise’s Joy, Rose of Kingston, Nediym’s Glow, Snitzerland and Shoals. However in its 57-year history (the race was not held during 1964-1970), Saturday’s edition was the first time a dead heat has been recorded.

In the 1200 metre sprint, the James Cummings trained Flit spent most of the race settled at the rear of the field until she snatched the lead from stablemate Varda at the 150 metre mark. But as the line loomed closer, so did Damien Oliver aboard Ready Set Sail and the two fillies hit the line in unison. Yu Long Investments’ race favourite Talented was three lengths behind in third.

“She’s a good filly and just jogged up to them,” said James about Flit. “The efforts of her to be on terms in a stakes race at this early stage of her career speaks volumes about what sort of future she has because she has an amazing amount of scope. We’ve got her in some (Sydney feature race) nominations. She’s immature though so we’ll wait to just see how she gets over this effort.”

Flit, a 2 year-old Medaglia D’Oro x Glissade (Redoute’s Choice) filly, was born and raised at Darley’s Northwood Park property in Seymour, Victoria. Finishing third in an 1100 metre maiden at Bendigo on 16th February, a Group win is not only an impressive way to knock off her maiden, she also one-ups her half-brother Flow, who placed in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas. With Medaglia D’Oro back in the USA, dam Glissade is currently in foal to Darley shuttle sire Frosted (USA), who stands at Darley Northwood when in the southern hemisphere.

Also giving an impressive and maiden breaking performance at just her second race start, Ready Set Sail gave her sire More Than Ready his 192nd individual Stakes winner.

“It’s better than running second,” said her trainer Mick Price after Saturday’s race. “It goes into the (stud)book for these fillies, that they win a Group 3.”

“She’s a nice filly and she can go out now on a bit of a high as she’s already a Stakes winner and I reckon she’s still a preparation away…she’ll be a beautiful spring three-year-old, but we’ll tip her out now. Job done.”

“It’s fantastic for Frosty,” continued Mick, referring to the filly’s owner and breeder, Bill Frost.

“He puts his heart and soul and money and family, and everything else, into the game. He’s ridden the ups and downs of the industry and he just keeps sticking. I’m very happy that he’s had another good win with one of his own well-bred fillies.”

Bill became involved in ownership and breeding around 18 years ago under his family’s Pendant Equine Syndicate banner. It is very much a family affair, with his wife Pat, daughter Cassandra and son-in-law Anthony also involved.

A Victorian homebred, Ready Set Sail is the fourth foal and fourth winner from dam Jolie Brise (Fastnet Rock). A half-sister to stakes winner Rutherford Eagle and daughter of Group 3 winner Vestey, Bill purchased Jolie Brise for $400,000 at the 2008 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. She burst into the spring of 2009 winning three consecutive races before finishing fourth to Irish Lights in the Group 1 MRC Thousand Guineas. Jolie Brise has a weanling full brother to Ready Set Sail, and is currently in foal to Zoustar.

For all their efforts, the Frosts have been rewarded with good success both on the track and in the breeding barn. Zarita was a dual Group One and five-time Group Two winner whilst Ballet Society won four of her six starts at Group level. She then went on to become the grand dam of Listed winner Steal My Kisses, another filly bred and owned by Pendant Equine.

Keeping it in the family, the Frosts also raced the dam of Steal My Kisses, group three placegetter, The Fairy’s Kiss. After producing Butch Kissidy, a 5-time winner in Australia and Macau, as well as the maiden Abraded and Steal My Kisses, The Fairy’s Kiss was sold, whilst in foal to Smart Missile, at the 2017 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

The resultant colt was sold to Ellerton Zahra Racing at the recent 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale (lot 493).

With winners of the TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes going on to win prestigious races such as the Champagne Stakes, VRC Oaks and Golden Slipper and also make names for themselves in the breeding barn, we’ll be watching with interest on where both Flit and Ready Set Sail proceed in their careers.

Woodside Park Stud’s Rich Enuff is continuing to prove popular with buying benches all over Australia with strong results from the Magic Millions March Yearling sale on the Gold Coast.

Lot 24, the Glenlogan consigned bay filly, out of the Danzero mare Personal Guarantee, made $110,000 and was sold to Anderson Heathcote Racing. She was very closely related to Group 2 Phar Lap Stakes winner Verry Elleegant, and from the same family as listed placegetter Jonker and listed Flemington winners She’s So high and Mockery.

While the Rich Enuff out of Churchill Downs mare, Only Amother Could on account of Lyndhurst Stud Farm was knocked down to Victorian based Slade Bloodstock.

At Melbourne Premier, Rich Enuff was represented by six yearlings, with Tommy Hughes Racing going to $75,000 for the Woodside Park Stud-bred and Noorilim Park-sold lot 625, the three-quarter-sister to Written Tycoon’s seven-time winner Written selling for $75,000 from an exciting international Group 1 family.

Earlier in the year, first-crop sire Rich Enuff achieved fantastic results with seven yearlings selling at an average price of $150,000, almost eleven times his $13,750 service fee, Woodside Park Stud could not be more excited about the way his yearlings impressed everyone.

Achieving a top price of $300,000 for the Glenlogan Park-consigned lot 131, the strapping colt was knocked down to B K Racing & Breeding and Andrew Williams Bloodstock on day 1 of the sale.

And those results continued at Classic where the top lot by Written Tycoon’s emerging sire son reached $210,000 for Glenlogan Park, out of the Red Ransom mare Smile of Desire to Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds and Randwick Bloodstock (FBAA).

Rich Enuff is joined by Bel Esprit and Love Conquers All on the coast, with a strong representation of progeny entered in the sale, as all three stallions stood in Queensland, before relocating to Victoria.

The top lot for day 1 from Bel Esprit was the filly out of Noble Quality offered by Kenmore Lodge purchased for $55,000 by Kesinda Pty Ltd, while Roona Lodge sold the Love Conquers All out of Dubai Destination mare Biggietupac for $50,000 and Dandine Stud sold the Love Conquers All Chestnut colt out of Schipper purchased by Tom Button for $45,000.

Day 2 of the sale, commencing today at 10am, will see eight lots by Rich Enuff go under the hammer, while there are six remaining Love Conquers All yearlings and four Bel Esprits to enter the ring.

Romsey based Springmount Thoroughbreds proudly prepared to perfection the $560,000 Brazen Beau colt who topped the sale on day three of the 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

Owned by Michael and Anna Flannery, they were over the moon to see that the demand for the progeny of Brazen Beau had not wavered and were happily overwhelmed by the figure the colt (lot 452) achieved.

“We put him on the market at $180,000, but when the opening bid was $300,000 from good judges Bill and James Mitchell, we were naturally delighted,” Flannery said.

With keen competition in play with at least three bidders at the end, including underbidder Henry Field of Newgate Farm and China Horse Club, the colt was knocked down to Hong Kong-based Orbis Bloodstock, to be prepared by young Queensland trainer Michael Costa.

Having sold the colt’s full sister at the 2018 Inglis Premier Sale for $150,000 to Grant Morgan of Ontrack Thoroughbreds, who subsequently purchased and raced Brazen Beau, it was an incredible result for the small but highly-regarded thoroughbred nursery.

“People would ask what I thought he would make, and I didn’t know. I could put a reserve on every one of the yearlings in the draft, but I couldn’t put a value on him. I knew he was special, but dared not to name a price,” Flannery said.

Orbis representative Paul King was thrilled to secure one of his top picks from the catalogue.

“The Brazen Beau has got a very good brain; he’s a nice and relaxed type of horse. I looked at him four or five times, and every time I looked at him, I liked him more.”

“We try and buy what we think is quality and hopefully Michael can pay us back when they hit the racetrack,” King said.

Darley’s Victoria-based second crop sire Brazen Beau stole the show and was responsible for five of the top ten lots during Premier, with an average of $285,294 from 17 yearlings sold.

Out of the O’Reilly mare Sistine Princess, from the black-type dominant female line of Umatune and Jestatune, the popular colt is closely related to the Group 3 winner Jukebox, and the Group 1 winner Itsahymn. Sistine Princess has a lovely Street Boss (Street Cry) filly foal at foot and is currently in foal to Written Tycoon (Iglesia).

“We bought Sistine Princess here at the Great Southern Sale due to her WA pedigree, and she is a very good mother. With the success we have had this year, she will definitely be back to visit Brazen Beau this season,” Flannery said

Growing up on a dairy farm in County Wicklow, the experienced horseman moved out to Australia in 1976 and spent his early days at Stockwell Thoroughbreds with Coolmore Ireland’s Crissy Grassick and Castlehyde Stud’s Tom Gaffney, before moving over the Nullarbor to work for Ernest Lee-Steere.  Returning from Western Australia with his wife Anna in 2015, they purchased the current Springmount Thoroughbreds in Romsey.

The hard-earned windfall will be sensibly spent upgrading Flannery’s personal band of broodmares and making some improvement to the property, although he assured everyone that he would fit in a well-deserved holiday, once weaning is over.

“We are so thankful for the result and want to thank all the great people we have working with us. It was a great team at the sales, and thank you to the loyal, long-term clients that have supported Springmount from the start.”

Springmount Thoroughbreds in Romsey, Victoria.

This year’s edition of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale concluded last Wednesday, after a positive four days of trade at the Oaklands Junction complex.

Following on from Days One and Two where the competition between buyers resulted in record purchases, another Brazen Beau colt was the top lot on Day Three (lot 452), selling to Orbis Bloodstock for $560,000. The Super VOBIS nominated colt, whose dam is a half-sister to Group winning stallion Jukebox, was offered as part of the Springmount draft.

“The Brazen Beau today, he’s got a very good brain, he’s a nice and relaxed type of horse,” Orbis’ Paul King said. “I looked at him four or five times and every time I looked at him, I liked him more…I’m extremely pleased with (all the lots) we’re taking home.”

The conclusion of Book One on Day Three saw a clearance rate of 85%, gross sales of $45,466,500 and four of the top five lots coming from Victorian vendors. Victorian stallions Brazen Beau ($800,000) and Fiorente ($320,000) were among the six stallions to achieve a record price for a 2019-sold yearling, whilst the Book One leading vendors were Victoria’s Blue Gum Farm and Gilgai Farm. These results give confirmation that trainers, syndicators and owners are still very much supportive of the Victorian breeding industry and the lucrative VOBIS scheme.

Day Four opened with Victorian trainer Luke Oliver securing a Reward for Effort filly for $15,000. The day provided buyers the opportunity to snare a bargain, however the competition still proved fierce. The day’s top lot, a Denman x Red Magnum colt (lot 720) from Stockwell Thoroughbreds, reached $115,000 at the fall of the hammer.

The colt’s sale to Aquis Farm capped off a successful Premier sale for Stockwell, who sold 10 of their 11 lots.

“This is a genuine sale,’’ Stockwell’s Brodie Becker said. “Inglis has done a great job in getting the buyers here. If you have got the right horse then people have got good money for it.’’

Book Two ended with an average sale price of $35,795 and Swettenham Stud sire Toronado was a stand out, selling 12 of his 14 progeny offered.

The overall sale results for Victorian first season sires were positive, with Rosemont Stud’s Nostradamus selling 9 of the 11 progeny catalogued and Woodside Park’s Rich Enuff selling 5 of 7. Victorian trainer and star of the latest TBV Sires Showdown promotional campaign, Robbie Griffiths, left the sale as overall leading buyer, securing 16 lots across both books. Ciaron Maher and Ellerton Zahra Racing followed closely with 12 lots each.

The next Victorian Inglis sale is the Melbourne Gold Yearling Sale on Sunday 28 April 2019. Click here for the catalogue.



(2018 in brackets)

Lots Sold: 156 (137)

Clearance Rate: 68% (74%)

Average Price: $35,795 ($39,540)

Median Price: $27,500 ($35,000)

Top Price: $135,000 ($150,000)

Gross: $5,584,000 ($5,417,000)


(2018 in brackets)

Lots Sold: 390 (432)

Clearance Rate: 85% (85%)

Average Price: $116,581 ($117,265)

Median Price: $90,000 ($100,000)

Top Price: $800,000 ($500,000)

Gross: $45,466,500 ($50,658,500)

With the hype and publicity surrounding the upcoming All-Star Mile at Flemington, Rushton Park graduate Mr Money Bags is proudly flying the Victorian flag.

Born, raised and sold at the Adelaide Magic Millions by Rushton Park for the bargain price of only $25,000, he has undoubtedly repaid that back in spades.

Rushton’s David and Kayley Johnston remember him well as a great type and an athletic foal.

“Unfortunately, he had an issue, and as the Written Tycoon hadn’t yet taken off, there was limited interest. We were lucky Robbie Griffiths bought him, and he has remarked that he has been one of the soundest horses in his stable. It goes to show how important correct management is, and amazingly he is now a chance for the $5 million purse.”

With seven horses at the Adelaide Magic Millions sale, Rushton Park are offering a diverse mix of yearlings and they hope there is another bargain like Mr Money Bags in their draft this year.  

“Our Dundeel filly (Lot 157) is a standout on the complex. Out of the Danehill Dancer mare, Swan River, she would not be out of place in Book 1 of Premier. She is a great type, and deservedly very popular during inspections.”

Lot 157 of Rushton Park’s Adelaide Magic Millions draft

“A well-grown, good-sized filly, if there was a Group 1 race for walking, she would take the prize. She is an athletic horse that moves beautifully, that will be on the market and reasonably priced.”

“Our Trust in a Gust colt (Lot 247) out of the Bernardini mare, Bikini Dancer is a quality colt that will be offered on behalf of Willaroon Thoroughbreds. He is a forward, well-grown and he will be very well received,” Johnston said.

“The Jabali (Lot 267) is a lovely filly, and a three-quarter sister to the stakes winner Chinchilla.  She has a notable update on the page, now being the dam of a Group 3 placed three-year-old. She is offered on behalf of good client Michael Hadley from Balance Thoroughbreds.”

“Overall, they are a nice even group of horses that will be priced to meet the Adelaide market. Let’s hope the many inspections we have done translate to bids in the ring, and they find good stables and success on the racetrack.”

Rushton Park are still celebrating a very successful Inglis Premier sale held only a week ago.

“We were pleased after Premier selling with 100% clearance and grossing just a tick under a million. Our nice horses made good money and everything else was right on the mark.”

“We offered a mix of horses bred on the farm, client’s horses and pin hooks and we want to thank all the clients for their support and the buyers for taking the time to inspect our draft and place a bid.”

Following on from a busy week at the Inglis Premier sale, Adam Palmer’s Princess Park Thoroughbreds and their yearling manager Jenny Saunders have now headed over the border for the Adelaide Magic Millions sale at Morphettville.

“It’s was brilliant to hear the positive feedback at the Melbourne Premier on how well our horses looked and paraded over the inspection period from buyers.”

“We ended up with a big draft of horses, and they all came up beautifully and were on point for sale day. We want to thank our clients for trusting in the Princess Park operation to prepare their horses.”

Saunders has years of yearling experience, having prepped large drafts of horses for Eliza Park, Eliza Park International and Sun Stud for over 15 years.

Photo credit: TR Equine Solutions

Off the back of a brilliant sale at the Adelaide Magic Millions last year, where Princess Park had the highest average of any farm taking 5 of more yearlings to the sales, they are looking forward to the sale ahead.

“We were ecstatic with the results last year, and this year we have been very selective and gathered a group of horses specifically suited to the Adelaide buying bench. The horses were not entered in any other sale, rather chosen for their strengths to standout here in South Australia.”

With a lovely group of 12 yearlings in the draft, Saunders has selected four of her quality lots to highlight:

Lot 122 is a chestnut colt by Written Tycoon out of the Testa Rossa mare Rossa Mia, a half-sister to Group 2 winner Stokehouse and the Listed winner Malasun.

“This colt was pin-hooked from Sydney, and although he was accepted in the Gold Coast sale, we didn’t want him to become lost amongst 30 Written Tycoon’s.”

“Sure, to be a standout, he is the only Written Tycoon colt at Adelaide. We have put the finishing polish on him, so he is spot on for this sale. He has a lovely head and abundant strength, and he will be very popular here in Adelaide.”

The next colt to be highlighted is Lot 251, a colt by popular sire Rich Enuff, out of the Dehere mare Bridie’s Love. Pin-hooked from Woodside Park Stud, specifically for the Adelaide sale.

“He is strong, well developed, athletic colt, with a great walk. He has progressed beautifully during the preparation and will be on point for sale day.”

Lot 87 is the Nicconi sired colt out of the Fasliyev mare, Our Sharapova. With seven foals to race, all winners this colt will be sure to keep her record intact.

“Following on from the success we had with our Nicconi colt we sold here last year, we are delighted to be offering another in our draft. He looks just like his sire and will have a lot of presence on the complex.”

“A strong, balanced colt that has prepped up beautifully, with a big, loose athletic walk, coupled with a powerful hindquarter.”

Their final colt to be highlighted is Lot 186 the Sepoy colt out of Pentire mare, Vexation (NZ). From the family of Group 3 VRC winner Sky Trist.

“He caught our eye with the strength of him, and we knew he would develop into a sensational colt. The perfect height with a great head, and a super walk, he is exactly what the buyers want at Adelaide.”

“All of our horses are very well suited to the buying bench, being great types with running pedigrees. We have made sure Princess Park are offering precisely what the market demands.”

While after Adelaide, it does not stop there for Saunders and the team, as they will be straight back preparing a draft of five for the Inglis Gold sale on the 28th April at Oaklands.

“It’s all go at the moment, and although Inglis Gold is our last sale as a vendor, we are looking forward to putting on our buyer’s hat, and hitting the weanlings sales to select next year’s standout yearlings, to sell under the Princess Park Thoroughbreds banner.”

For more information please contact Adam Palmer at Princess Park Thoroughbred Farm on 0417 579 978 or visit

After a big sale at Inglis Premier where Arcadia’s Noorilim Park offered a quality draft of ten horses, Sherah Sullivan is back on the ground in Morphettville for the Magic Millions in Adelaide.

“The sales just back straight up to each other, so it is a massive few weeks for all the vendors looking to sell in both states,” Sullivan said.

And while the sales were busy enough, Sullivan was fortunate to escape serious damage when kicked in the face by a horse only a couple of days before her yearlings went through the ring.

“It wasn’t ideal being in surgery the day we were selling and trying to sort out reserves from my hospital bed, but I am very lucky that my sight has not been affected and it has healed up quickly.  I was able to get back out to Oaklands and still make the most of the sale,” Sullivan said.

“We were very proud to have sold the top priced Toronado filly out of the Fastnet Rock mare, Kid Gloves to Kym Hann Racing and David Mee of Pinhook Bloodstock International.”

Kid Gloves has already produced Listed winner Lady Horseowner, from the black type family of Group 2 winners Crowned and Best of Luck and stakes winner Sumfun.

“She was a real standout, and we were absolutely wrapped that Kym got her. He is a lovely up and coming young trainer that will give her every chance. He has already let us know that she is home safe, and he is starting to break her in.”

“Our Brazen Beau colt was also well received, but unfortunately sat in the sticky early stages of the sale. He could be the bargain of our draft, fetching $135,000 for Bahen Bloodstock and Richard Laming Racing.”

Noorilim Park also sold a lovely Rich Enuff colt out of the Marscay mare, Goldirocks as Lot 625 for $75,000 to Tommy Hughes Racing.

“With eight foals to race and seven winners, she is a proven mare and being from by such a hot stallion, he was certainly not overlooked in Book 2.”

“Overall, our inspections were up, and to Inglis’s credit they did an excellent job getting people out to the complex and looking at the horses.”

Now focusing on Adelaide, Sullivan has had no time to stop or heal for that matter, after another busy day parading.

“This is the first time we have come over to Adelaide for Noorilim Park. We made the decision to spread our horses between the Gold Coast, Premier and Adelaide to ensure they were hand-picked to suit each sale. By being a small draft, each yearling can receive the individual attention they deserve.”

“We have a very tidy group of five horses to offer, and they all have strengths that will appeal to the market.”

Lot 344, the Manhattan Rain out of the Exceed and Excel mare Honed offers a brilliant page, being from the family of Microphone, Holler and Yell.

“A neat horse, that compliments his pedigree. He looks like a horse that will keep getting better with time. There has been plenty of interest in him.”

“Lot 433, our Moshe colt out of the More Than Ready mare, Warble is a lovely type as is our Unencumbered colt (Lot 423) out of the Danehill Dancer mare, String of Pearls.”

Lot 433 at the Magic Millions Adelaide sale, a colt by Moshe

“Lot 92, our Fighting Sun colt, out of the Exceed and Excel mare Paparazzi Dreamer (NZ) has a super action on him and will suit trainers wanting to buy an athletic type.”

Lot 92, a Fighting Sun colt

While back at the farm, there are also some exciting developments at Noorilim Park.

“We have just purchased another 1500 acres adjacent to our current property. Blessed with 13 kilometres of river frontage along the Goulburn River, it will be a wonderful addition, being one of the nicest farms in Shepparton,” Sullivan said.

“We plan to fence around 300 acres for horses, while utilising the remaining to cut our own hay. It will give us a good chance to rest the main farm and concentrate on pasture improvement. We have already installed extensive irrigation through centre pivots and aim to have highly nutritious grass available for our horses all year round.”

“With our climate being increasingly dry and feed expensive, investing in the expansion of the operation will future-proof Noorilim Park for generations of thoroughbreds to come.”

Renowned stud master Mike Becker from Stockwell Thoroughbreds is excited to announce that proven stallion Al Maher is heading down to Victoria to stand at the Diggers Rest based operation this season.

Bred and raced by Emirates Park, Al Maher was one of the star three-year-olds of his generation, winning the Group 1 Australian Guineas.

“We have been petitioning Emirates Park over the years to send him down to us, as he is just beautifully placed here in Victoria.” Mike Becker said.

“He is a proven producer of stakes and group performers, with 34 individual stakes performers and four heralded Group 1 winners. Coupled with a blue blood pedigree, he stamps his stock and produces great types, highly regarded by the best judges,” Becker said.

Stockwell has had a strong and fruitful association with Emirates Park for many years, and the partnership between the two continues to grow.

“We lease the property from Emirates and have had a successful relationship for a long time that works beautifully to everyone’s benefit. It gives us the freedom to grow and move back into the business of standing stallions,” Becker said.

“In my opinion he is the most underrated stallion in Australia for the last five or six years with what he has done on the racetrack and through the sales ring. He is a horse that we, like so many breeders, have always admired, and he ticks all the boxes.”

In the twilight of his career, age is no boundary for the evergreen son of Danehill.

“Al Maher is still a brilliant breeder, highly fertile with a great libido. He can comfortably cover three mares a day and still positively hit 90% plus – he loves his job,” Becker said.

“Having always been managed professionally throughout his stud career, he is a gentleman to work with and he will be a delight to have around the place. He is now proving himself as a broodmare sire with his daughters being very successful.”

“He is not a high maintenance horse; a pretty chilled sort of customer and we are thrilled for all the Victorian breeders, that we finally got our hands on him.”

“He will be well suited to the diverse group of broodmares residing in Victoria, who are free of Danehill blood, however the duplication of the Danehill line has also proven to work well. He has had top nicks with Canny Lad, Scenic and Royal Academy.”

A three-quarter relation to Redoute’s Choice, he is out of the blue-blooded Don’t Say Halo mare, Show Dancing. She is a half-sister to Hurricane Sky, Umatilla, Makarova (Dam of Ruling Dynasty), Twyla (Dam of Murjana), Shantha’s Choice (Dam of Manhattan Rain, Platinum Scissors, Redoute’s Choice, Sliding Cube, Echoes Of Heaven), from the family of the mighty Best In Show.

His progeny includes two-time Group 1 winner and Champion three-year-old filly, Delicacy, and Group 1 Epsom winner Fat Al, Queen of the Turf filly, Diamond Drille and Champion two-year-old colt, Almalad. While recently Group 2 winner Son of Maher, Group 3 winners Silverstream and Monsieur Gustave and three-time stakes winner Money Maher are continuing to add to the already impressive list of performers on the track.

“Al Maher is a perennial source of winners, with many more to come. He will be suited to the Showdown market and will be a VOBIS Sire to make the most of his move down south.”

“The only Al Maher colt sold at Premier on behalf of Rushton Park for $80,000 which is ten times his service fee in Victoria, and we expect to see a lot more Al Maher’s going through the Victorian sales ring in the years to come. Consistently in demand, his yearlings in 2017 – 2018 had a clearance rate of over 93%,” Becker said.

“He will be arriving shortly at the farm, and we welcome all breeders to come out to visit the stud for an inspection.”

For the upcoming 2019 season Al Maher is competitively priced at $8000 plus GST to make him affordable and attractive to Victorian breeders.

Al Maher will stand at Stockwell Thoroughbreds alongside another proven champion racehorse and sire, Artie Schiller and the son of Fastnet Rock, Rock Sturdy. For more information please call Mike Becker on 0412 538 155 or Brodie Becker on 0437 788 434.