Retired builder Peter McLaren thought he was going pretty well when his homebred Grandview Avenue won the Listed Norman Carlyon Stakes (1000m) at The Valley at the end of 2020.
A long time breeder, McLaren reckons that everyone is entitled to a decent horse and for him it was Grandview Avenue which hasn’t had much luck since that Listed win.
In fact, the six-year-old by Statue of Liberty, out of McLaren’s mare Magic By Gosh (Magic Albert x Kashcrop), hasn’t won a race since.
But not all is lost.
A half-brother to Grandview Avenue now looms as the best horse McLaren has bred.
Now trained by Ken Elford at Warrnambool, Ashford Street (Moshe) was a winner at the Warrnambool May carnival over 1100m, was then beaten less than a length at Flemington (1000m) and saluted at Caulfield last Saturday, also over the 1000m sprint journey.
The four-year-old has had 17 starts for 6 wins, four seconds and two thirds and banked $272,825.
And it’s not only McLaren, a retired builder, who believes Ashford Street is untapped and still has the best ahead of him.
He recently rejected a $750,000 offer from Hong Kong and said it was an easy decision to say no as Ashford Street is a horse raced by his family.
“I knocked it back because it’s a family horse,” he said.
“What would we do with the money? I am not a money man and have never been in my life.
“If I did sell him, the kids would get their share – 10 per cent of seven per cent.
“I got offered three-quarters of a million for him and it was a genuine offer and we had a family discussion around the kitchen table here and they said ‘sell, sell, sell, grandpa.’
“And I said listen to me before you finish. I said what are we going do with the money and you’ll get $70,000 each or whatever it is. And I said I’ll go out and buy another horse that probably can’t even trot.
“All the family is involved in the ownership – my daughters, my wife and the grandkids. And that’s what it is all about and we had a great day at Caulfield, it was fantastic.
“My grandson Will (McKenzie) strapped him.”
While Ashford Street has become the stable star, not all is lost with Grandview Avenue who has been unplaced in his past nine starts.
McLaren said the gelding had joint issues which they hoped to ease with the gelding doing beach work, plus swimming which can cause problems with horses that have bled like Grandview Avenue.
“Unfortunately he bled at Terang (two years ago) and we’ve always been very cautious about swimming at the beach,” he said.
“But we’ve put in a bit of an effort to swim him and then we scope him and see if there is any bleed but there hasn’t been anything.
“We couldn’t get him fit because of his joints and feet, but you can swim them here at Warrnambool in the bay.
“He is not an old horse and is only rising seven.
“He has been a ripper and I think his brother will be the equal of him.”
Grandview Avenue has raced 45 times for nine wins, four seconds and seven thirds for $369,216.
Ashford Street is the last of six foals from Magic By Gosh who died in a paddock accident in 2019 when she was about to foal to Squamosa. Magic By Gosh’s dam Kashcrop (Kashani x Diamond Snip) won three races, all in the city,
Magic By Gosh’s first foal was a filly by Written Tycoon that raced as Steve’s Choice and won three races. The filly was sold through the Adelaide sale and McLaren admits he would have liked to have kept her to breed from to keep the family going.
Steve Choice has a filly by Wayed Zain and was served by another Riverbank Stud stallion, Boulder City, last season.
Magic By Gosh’s second foal was the unraced Tycoon Mia (Written Tycoon) which was injured in a paddock accident and never made it to the track.
McLaren rarely sold the horses he bred but the mare and her Statue Of Liberty foal were at Eliza Park and they told him there was plenty of interest in the colt and he said he wouldn’t take under $50,000.
The colt was sold for $50,000 and went on to win the two-year-old Clockwise Classic at Ballarat for trainer Jason Petch whose clients later bought the horse which was on its way to Macau as Claro El Banco. The gelding raced as Peace Get Joy when it picked up the $120,000 first prize at Ballarat and was Magic By Gosh’s third foal.
McLaren then bred Kednelly (Bushranger), a winner of two races, out of the mare. Then came Grandview Avenue (Statue of Liberty) and Ashford Street (Moshe).
He said he hasn’t been surprised with the way Ashford Street has progressed, but admitted he hadn’t originally thought of putting Magic By Gosh to Moshe.
“To be honest with you, I couldn’t get back to Statue Of Liberty,” he said.
“The next option in my mind was something that was close to Black Caviar and with my limited money there was no way known I could buy anything around the half a million-dollar stuff, so I went to her full brother ((Moshe) and that’s how it worked out.
“I had always been connected with Eliza Park originally and then Sun Stud the whole time with the breeding. Even when the Flemings had the place, I started there way back.”
McLaren said he started breeding horses the same year he got married in 1968.
He was originally from Warrnambool and then moved to Melbourne before returning home where he has a property just outside of the town.
Last Saturday’s race was heat four of the 2022 Santa Ana Lane Sprint Series which culminates with the final over 1200m at Flemington on July 2.
Although Ashford Street hasn’t won beyond 1100m, McLaren isn’t concerned about tackling another 1200m race and said they considered this year’s Wangoom (1200m), but it would look at contesting the race next year.
And what he says is a big advantage, is track rider Tennielle Onyett who he said can tell you when a hair is missing off the side of the horse’s neck.
She has now established Tower Hill Lodge, near Warrnambool, where she agists and pre-trains horses.
And for trainer Ken Elford, he said they don’t know what Ashford Street is capable of doing.
“He is still learning everything and he’s still a young horse,” he said.
“He goes to the beach once or twice a week, to the track once or twice a week and does most of his work out at Tennielle’s place at Tower Hill Lodge.”
The 68-year-old Elford, who was 14 and a half when he started working for Warrnambool legend Kevin Lafferty, said he doesn’t know how long he has held a trainer’s licence.
“I had a go, went away and then came back,” he said.
“I’ve only got a couple of horses now and that’s all I do.”
Elford Ashford Street would return to Melbourne in two weeks for another heat of the Santa Ana and then go into the final.
He said the gelding looms as his best horse.
It was also a special day for jockey Theodore Nugent who outrode his metropolitan weight claim with his win on Ashford Street.
“To finally finish my apprenticeship and on a horse of this ability, it means a lot,” Nugent said in his postrace interview.
“It’s been unreal. I’ve known Kenny (Elford) pretty much all my life down at Warrnambool.”
Nugent said the best was yet to come from Ashford Street and the “world’s his oyster.”

With strong positivity and high interest in Leneva Park stallions following the 2021 season, both Fierce Impact and Royal Meeting will stand at unchanged fees in 2022.

Fierce Impact, the exceptional three-time Group 1 winning son of Deep Impact, will stand his second season at stud at $16,500 (inc GST) after covering a quality book of over 140 mares in his first season.

Following the phenomenal success of Japanese bloodlines in Australia in season 2021/22 with Deep Impact siring Group 1 winners Profondo and Glint Of Hope, Fierce Impact represents outstanding value with high fertility during his first season.

In an exciting announcement, early bird breeders will have the chance to win a nine-day trip for two to the Japan Cup simply by booking a mare to Fierce Impact in 2022 – for details follow this link to the Leneva Park website.

Royal Meeting progeny have turned heads at weanling sales around the country and the Group 1 winning two-year-old returns for his third season at stud at an unchanged fee of $11,000 (inc GST), giving breeders an undeniable chance to capitalise on this son of Invincible Spirit.

Enjoying a significant increase in covers in 2021, Royal Meeting is extremely fertile and has been supported by some of the smartest breeders in Australia; with his stunning first crop weanlings on the ground it is not hard to see why.

With weanlings averaging $64,900 at public auction this year with a top price of $160,000 for the colt ex Mistress McDowell at the Magic Millions National Sale, Royal Meeting is the number one bull for breeders looking to turn serious profit with commercial weanlings and yearlings.

To book your mare or to discuss details on limited early bird deals on both Fierce Impact and Royal Meeting, speak to the Leneva Park nominations team today.

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Easton Angel caught the eye of Yulong Investments who purchased her for $1.35 million.

After a relatively quiet middle day – at least by their high standards – at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, Victorian behemoths Yulong ramped up the spending on the final day at the Gold Coast after shelling out close to $5 million on a quartet of mares in foal to Frankel.

Having outlaid $1.35 million for Stakes-winning mare Easton Angel (Dark Angel x Staceymac) under their Written Tycoon Syndicate banner, Yulong promptly purchased another imported mare in Elvic (Siyouni x Magical Romance), who was also in foal to Juddmonte’s champion sire Frankel.

Yulong’s Lucky Vega Syndicate then launched into Group performed mare Excellent Sunset (Exceed and Excel x Sunset Avenue), buying her from the Newgate Consignment for $1.05 million. They then trumped that purchase by splashing out a cool $1.7 million on the appropriately-named Fantasy (Invincible Spirit x Cassandra Go), a half-sister to Aidan O’Brien’s seven-time Group 1 winner Magical.

Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, was glowing in his assessment of Fantasy, who is set to give birth to a Frankel foal on Victorian soil later this year after producing a colt by Coolmore’s former champion sire Galileo in her native Ireland last year.

“Obviously her pedigree page speaks for itself, but she’s also a beautiful-looking specimen,” said Fairgray.

“She was a Group performer and she’s in foal to Frankel, so that’s not a bad combination. She’s an outstanding addition to our broodmare band, and if we can get some fillies from her then you keep building the family in the years to come.

“If she has a colt who goes on to win a Group 1 race, you’ve got a top-line potential stallion on your hands so that’s why these mares sell for a lot of money. We haven’t decided where we’ll send her yet, but at this stage I would think she’ll probably go to Written Tycoon.

“We’ll have just over 350 mares on the farm, so we’ve got great scope to support our own stallions. We think Tagaloa has got huge potential, so we’ll support him with some quality mares and I’m sure we’ll be adding to our roster of stallions in the near future.

“Written Tycoon isn’t getting any younger so we’ll have to look after him; but he’s still fit and well and his fertility is still fantastic, as evidenced by last season. We’ll keep managing him, but we’re very confident he’ll get through another large book of mares this upcoming season without any problems at all.”

The third day purchases saw Yulong extend their streak of buying mares in foal to Frankel, having paid $700,000 each for both Under Wraps (Kingman x Confidential Lady) and Bawaady (Dubawi x Rifqah) on previous days.

Seattle Dancer was a highlight lot for Blue Gum Farm.

With more than $1 million raised from the broodmares that went through the ring this week, Blue Gum Farm can reflect on another very successful visit to the Gold Coast.

Headlined by their Redoute’s Choice mare Seattle Dancer, who was sold in foal to Written Tycoon, Blue Gum’s six-strong team of broodmares fetched $1.115 million to complete a very satisfactory week’s work.

Widden Stud shelled out $525,000 for Seattle Dancer (Redoute’s Choice x Fleur De’here), which came as little surprise to Blue Gum’s owner/manager Phil Campbell, who had expected the well-bred mare to catch the eye of some of the sale’s bigger buyers.

“We thought she’d be very popular when she went through the ring,” said Campbell.

“She was always the standout, and she sold accordingly. She’s got a great pedigree and she is such a great style of mare. She’s very easy on the eye and has a great pedigree, she paraded beautifully and plenty of people came back for second and third looks, so I thought she’d sell for around that figure.

“I’m not sure who she’ll be served by, but Widden have a terrific roster of stallions on their books so I’m sure she’ll have every chance with her matings going forward.”

Friar Fox (Blackfriars x Pearlesque), Cop a Clip (I Am Invincible x Dylan’s Promise) and Let’s Dazzle (So You Think x Personification), who like Seattle Dancer is also in foal to Yulong’s superstar Written tycoon, also sold for six figure sums.

With no yearlings on sale on the Gold Coast next week, Campbell is heading back to their farm at Euroa to prepare for the Great Southern Weanling Sale, which brings the curtain down on the 2022 sales season at Oaklands Junction from June 9-10.

“We have nine weanlings going through the ring at the Great Southern, including a lovely Tivaci filly, a very nice Fiorente colt, a Blue Point colt and a colt by Manhattan Rain,” said Campbell.

“They’re all lovely types and I’m sure they’ll prove popular, so hopefully we can end the season on a high note.”

Frankly Savvy sold for $360,000 at the National Broodmare Sale.

Sullivan Bloodstock backed up an exceptionally strong draft at the weanling sale with an equally robust sale of their broodmares, headlined by the $320,000 sale of Frankly Savvy on day three.

After fetching in excess of $750,000 for their select draft of weanlings last week, Sullivan Bloodstock enjoyed another profitable day on the Gold Coast with their two broodmares selling for a combined $520,000.

The headline act was Frankly Savvy (Savabeel x Frankly), who was sold in foal to Japanese superstar Maurice to Paul Galloway for $360,000.

The mare was purchased by Bevan Smith Bloodstock for just over $100,000 last year for Sullivan Bloodstock’s loyal client Jamie Withers, and she turned a very tidy profit today which was backed up by the sale of Laeta (All Too Hard x Happy Hippy).

Laeta, who was sold in foal to speed machine Anders, was picked up for a very competitive price through the Inglis online sale, so Sherah Sullivan was understandably delighted to see her sell for $160,000 to Paul Willetts Bloodstock.

In 2019, Laeta produced Capitalist filly Capital Elle, who runs at Randwick this weekend and has already shown plenty of early promise in her career with trainer Annabel Neasham.

“Both broodmares were fantastic results for the team today,” said Sullivan.

“Laeta in particular really exceeded our expectations. Capital Elle has shown some early ability and I thought Anders was a really good match for Laeta at the time, however we didn’t expect her to return that price today.

“We bought Frankly Savvy at this sale last year for just over $100,000, we set a reserve price of $200,000 for her so to get $360,000 was fantastic.”

Having set up Sullivan Bloodstock last year, Sullivan has no regrets about casting off her security blanket and going out on her own.

“It’s been a big year for me and the team,” she said.

“You feel a fair bit of pressure and nervousness when you set up your own business, but we’ve received great support and I’ve got an excellent team around me, so it’s worked out really well.

“We had some great results at the weanling sale last week and that’s continued into the broodmare sale, we just need to see it through next week with our five yearlings. After that, I can relax and take a short holiday in New Zealand before heading back to the farm and getting ready for the upcoming breeding season!”

CREDIT: Darren Winningham.

Buoyed by the $1.6 million sale of Mac ‘n’ Cheese to Yulong at the end of the opening day of the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, Spendthrift Australia enjoyed further success on day two with their combined lots selling for more than $3 million.

Group 1 winner Santa Monica (Per Incanto x Monarch) got the ball rolling early on the second day at the Gold Coast, selling to Corumbene Stud for $500,000.

Like Santa Monica, Solar Star (Zoustar x Petty Cury), who signed off from her racing career with victory in the Listed Gai Waterhouse Classic, is in foal to Dirty Work and she was sold for $520,000 to Glenlogan Park.

But Spendthrift saved the best for last when they sold Baccarat Baby (Casino Prince x Meerlust), who is also in foal to the striking son of Written Tycoon, to Dermot Farrington Bloodstock for $900,000.

The David Vandyke-trained mare reeled off five wins in a row at the start of her career, before adding a pair of Stakes wins over a mile – firstly in the Listed Ascot Princess Stakes, and later in the Group 3 Sunshine Coast Guineas.

Spendthrift bought the mare off the track for $650,000, turning a tidy profit and showing the esteem in which Dirty Work – who now stands alongside the likes of Nicconi and Russian Camelot at Widden Stud’s Victorian farm – is held.

Another Spendthrift lot which attracted plenty of interest in the ring was Skaggerak (Dawn Approach x Itameri). The mare only enjoyed moderate success during her racing career, but as a half-sister to Rosemont stallion Hanseatic she was in high demand and was eventually sold to B2B Thoroughbreds for $400,000. A $250,000 purchase by Spendthrift, Skaggerak again represented an outstanding result for the farm which was purchased by David Moodie’s Hesket Thoroughbreds operation earlier this month.

Josh Rix, of Spendthrift Australia / Hesket Thoroughbreds, was understandably delighted to secure such premium prices for their dispersal.

“It’s been enormous for the whole crew,” he said.

“They have put in an awful lot of work, and we’re seeing the fruits of their labour. The preparation work started months ago, and the results so far have made all that hard work worthwhile. We bought most of these mares at the sales over the past couple of years, we knew their pedigrees would make them attractive propositions and that’s been proved in the sale prices, which have been even bigger than we could’ve hoped for.

“I was very confident Yulong would buy Mac ‘n’ Cheese, that result gave the team a lift and got them up and about and it’s rolled into today. Yulong are getting their hands on every mare with a pedigree, and if she goes to Written Tycoon it gives her the best possible start to her broodmare career.

“Dirty Work covered 155 mares with us last year, he’s now well on his way and he’s found a fantastic home with Widden. They’ll support him with some great mares and they have a reputation for a reason, so interested parties could buy our mares in foal to him with confidence knowing that Dirty Work is proving his worth at stud.

“Skaggerak was a huge result for the team after we paid $250,000 for her. She looked incredible and the guys at the farm did an outstanding job with her, as they did with all the mares.

“We’ve been smashed this past week, the grass down our aisle has been wrecked which goes to show how popular our weanlings and mares have been during the inspections, and thankfully that has translated into some spectacular results.”

Including Mac ‘n’ Cheese, Spendthrift have so far raised more than $4.5 million in sales and still have 16 lots to go through the ring on the final day on Thursday.

Of the remaining mares, Rix expects their multiple Stakes winner Madeenaty (Exceed and Excel x Set for Fame), another mare in foal to Dirty Work, to fetch the highest price.

With a return of just under $1 million for the four mares that went through the ring at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale, Bennett Racing has again proved that the residual value of race fillies cannot be underestimated.

Group 3-winning mare Zou Dancer (Zoustar x Investigates) was the highlight of Bennett Racing’s consignment, which were all sold by Newgate Farm.

Having been bought for $150,000 at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Zou Dancer was sold for precisely four times that figure on the opening day of the broodmare sale, giving her owners an outstanding return on their initial investment – particularly as she earned $230,000 on the racetrack.

The highlight of her racing career came at Flemington last February, when she demolished a smart field of fillies – which included subsequent Group 1 Kennedy Oaks winner Personal – in the Vanity Stakes.

Whilst she may have struggled to reach those same heights again, that five-length victory and her pedigree page suggested she would be a very popular proposition as a broodmare, and so it proved with a price tag of $600,000.

“I’m obviously delighted with the results,” said Bennett.

“We had fairly high hopes because the interest in Zou Dancer had been strong, but we were pretty excited to see her sell for that sort of money.

“It gives the owners a very nice return on their investment, hopefully they put it towards a share or two in some of our other horses and it should also help us attract new customers when they see what they could potentially make for a filly at the end of her racing career.

“Part of our business model is to buy fillies with a view to selling them on as broodmares, and this year in particular I think we’ve found some super value at the sales. We bought the three-quarter sister to the highest-selling lot at the weanling sale. They’re both by Zoustar, we picked up our filly at the Inglis Easter Sale for $160,000 and the weanling went for $750,000 last week, so whilst there are no guarantees in racing it’s a very good sign moving forward.”

The next highest seller at the broodmare sale for Bennett Racing was their city winner Royal Obsession (Written Tycoon x Royal Season), who handsomely repaid her owners when she was sold for $230,000 to Yulong, with Mr Zhang and Sam Fairgray identifying Tagaloa as her ideal match.

Eureka Farm will send Bennett Racing’s mare La Croft (Foxwedge x Croft) to their first-season sire Jonkers after paying $90,000 for her, whilst Hot In Paris (Sizzling x Paris Blu) went for $30,000 in a private sale.

Away Game became the fourth most expensive Australasian broodmare in history when she was sold to Yulong for an incredible $4 million on the opening day on the Gold Coast.

The extraordinary figure sent a surge of excitement through the sale ring when the hammer eventually dropped, with only three mares in history fetching a higher price than the daughter of Snitzel.

Milanova, who was sold for $5 million to Coolmore in 2008, still sets the benchmark with Sunlight ($4.2 million) and Avantage ($4.1 million) the next two in line.

Coolmore’s deep pockets saw Tom Magnier go toe-to-toe with Yulong in an intense bidding war for Away Game, but it was owner Mr Zhang and Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray who emerged victorious after outlasting their big-spending rivals in the ring.

“She’s been a fantastic race mare and is a beautiful-looking specimen, so we’re really pleased to take her home to Victoria,” Fairgray said.

“She’ll have at least one more start for us, and then have a date with Written Tycoon. She’s already done enough but if she happened to pick up a Group 1, then obviously that’s a bonus.

“We’ve seen the market is so strong with these fillies that have been very dominant, especially with her two-year-old form so you’ve got to front up.

“If she leaves progeny looking like she does, then they will definitely do well in the sales ring.”

Away Game (Snitzel x Elusive Wonder) has compiled a remarkably consistent racing career, winning five of her 23 starts and finishing in the minor placings on 11 occasions.

Whilst a Group 1 has proved elusive, she has a pair of Group 3 victories and a Group 2 triumph on her resume, but perhaps she will be best remembered for her explosive display in claiming the $2m Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 2020.

That speedy turn of foot as well as an iron constitution have been the hallmarks of her career, with co-trainer Ciaron Maher paying tribute to the mighty mare.

“She hasn’t done much wrong in her career so far, I’m sure she’ll find a great home at Yulong and I look forward to seeing her progeny go through the ring in future sales,” said Maher.

“She’s very adaptable and has done everything we’ve asked of her, the only thing missing from her CV is a Group 1 but hopefully she can tick that box in the Kingsford-Smith Cup on Saturday.”

Away Game will have her work cut out after drawing barrier 18 in the 1350m contest at Eagle Farm, where she will race for the first time in Yulongs distinctive green and white colours.

But with “Group 1 Johnny” [Allen] in the saddle and the all-conquering Maher and Eustace stable having her in peak condition, few would bet against her signing off with a fairy-tale victory.

Anticipation was high ahead of the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale, and the opening day didn’t disappoint with Yulong Stud splashing out a combined $7.1 million on Tofane and Away Game.
Persistent rain did little to dampen the enthusiasm of bidders in a feverish ring at the Gold Coast, with four-time Group 1 heroine Tofane (Ocean Park x Baggy Green) fetching $3.1 million before Away Game (Snitzel x Elusive Wonder), a winner of three Group races for Ciaron Maher Racing, topped the sale at a mind-boggling $4 million.
A date with Yulong’s super sire Written Tycoon now awaits Tofane, who was originally scheduled to be sold at this sale 12 months ago before connections chose to press on with her racing career for one more campaign.
That decision bore spectacular fruit after Tofane added a trio of Group 1s to her CV, starting with back-to-back victories in the Stradbroke Handicap and the Tatts Tiara at Eagle Farm last June, before a dominant display saw her land the C.F. Orr Stakes at Caulfield in February.
Those wins elevated her value as a broodmare into the stratosphere, and it is anyone’s guess how much the potential progeny of a match between Written Tycoon and Tofane would fetch at a future yearling sale.
Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer Sam Fairgray, who is on the TBV Board, was understandably delighted to secure a mare of Tofane’s status and he revealed that she may continue her racing career before embarking on her new life as a broodmare.
“[Yulong founder] Mr Zhang has really liked her for a few years and we’ve tried to try to buy her on several occasions, so it’s great to finally get her today,” said Fairgray.
“I’d say Written Tycoon will be high up on the cards, but after the sale, we’ll sit down and have a look at what we do.
“We might give her a couple of runs through the spring and breed her, so she’s no certainty to go to stud this year. She showed in the last year that she’s getting better as she gets older, so if she’s still got an interest then we may race her on.”
Another figure in the room who was rightly proud of Tofane’s head-spinning sale price was her trainer, Mike Moroney.
Moroney put the polish on the daughter of Ocean Park throughout a 29-start career which yielded more than $3.5 million in prizemoney for an ownership group led by Rupert Legh of Chautauqua fame.
The Kiwi admitted to experiencing mixed feelings when witnessing his prized asset go through the ring, but after a stellar racing career Tofane had more than paid her way even before she became the eighth-most expensive Australasian broodmare in history.
“I actually got pretty nervous before she went through, it almost felt like a Group 1 race today,” he said.
“I thought she’d make $3 million but until the hammer drops, you’re never sure. But she looked fabulous and when you combine her race record with her looks, it’s no surprise she made as much as she did. If she was a human she’d be a model, she’s just got everything you look for in a mare and she’s very feminine.
“We thought she’d make around $2.5 million if we sold her last year, so she’s only gone for $600,000 more after three Group 1 wins, but there’s always a ceiling on these things plus she’s earned more than $2 million on the racetrack in that time and taken her owners on an amazing ride. She thrived on travelling and the owners loved following her around the country, so the last year has been hugely enjoyable but all good things come to an end.
“I’m really pleased she’s gone to Yulong, we knew they were very interested in her and I’m really happy she’ll stay in Victoria and be served by Written Tycoon. I don’t know if I’ll be able to afford her progeny in future years, but I’ll definitely be keeping my eye out for them. Alabama Express went to Yulong and Rupert [Legh] also sold Grunt to them, so we have a good association with them. Who knows, I may even qualify for a discount!”

An emerging partnership between Morningside and James Harron Bloodstock will see multiple Stakes winner Rubisaki head to Nagambie to begin her new life as a broodmare.

Rubisaki (Rubick x Senro Kisaki), who amassed more than $1.2 million in prizemoney for Prime Thoroughbreds’ John O’Neill and fellow owners, could be sent to Australia’s reigning champion sire Written Tycoon in her first season.

After stumping up $1 million, Harron and the Rowsthorn family who run Morningside will discuss their options in the coming days but regardless of which stallion she is served by, there’s little doubt Rubisaki will prove a very valuable addition to Victoria’s expanding band of quality broodmares.

The highlight of her career came in a purple patch at the start of 2020, when she notched six straight wins including back-to-back victories in the big-money Inglis Sprint at Warwick Farm and the Group 2 Kewney Stakes at Flemington.

A pair of Group 3 wins at Randwick swiftly followed, and whilst that was the last time she saluted the judge the mare did add an all-important Group 1 placing to her CV with a valiant third behind Instant Celebrity in the 2021 Robert Sangster Stakes.

“It’s really exciting to take a mare of her quality back to Victoria with us,” said Morningside’s General Manager, Will Rowthston.

“The association with James [Harron] is pretty new but we’ve already bought two mares together, so hopefully it’s just the start of a long and successful partnership.

“We haven’t confirmed the plans just yet but I think Rubisaki will probably go to Written Tycoon, which would be a great result so we’re very excited to see what the future brings.”

O’Neill, one of Victoria’s more prolific syndicators having raced more than 300 horses in his Prime Thoroughbreds colours, felt a mixture of pride and relief when the bidding reached seven figures for Rubisaki.

“Some of the bigger farms were bidding which is always a good sign, and when we got to $800,000 I was pretty confident we’d make it to the million mark,” he said.

“We were hoping to get to $1 million because the interest in her had been strong, but it’s difficult to predict the strength of the market and you never want to get too far ahead of yourself.

“It’s a fantastic result for the owners, the mare deserved it because she’s got a great pedigree and a fantastic temperament. We only paid $85,000 for her so it’s an incredible return for the ownership group, who are a great bunch. It’s a big relief, and hopefully she can go on to enjoy a great career as a broodmare.”

Later in the day, Morningside and Harron again teamed up to purchase Glistening (Zoustar x Beethog) for $775,000.

The Michael Freedman-trained filly won the Group 2 Riesling Stakes in March 2021, when the beaten brigade included Swift Witness (who sold for $1 million). Glistening subsequently put more Black Type on her pedigree page with victory in the Listed Moomba Plate at Flemington in March.

Lot 345, by Royal Meeting sold for $160,000 today.

Day two of the Magic Millions National Weanling saw the first weanlings from both I AM IMMORTAL and ROYAL MEETING hit the ring, an exciting period for the Victorian breeding industry.

Of course the day also saw some of Victoria’s big time stallions in WRITTEN TYCOON, SHAMUS AWARD & TORONADO present some beautiful types.

A colt by SHAMUS AWARD (lot 204) went through the ring early, realising $210,000 for Victoria’s Sullivan Bloodstock, purchased by Suman Hedge Bloodstock.

Lot 238 saw Darley Victoria’s BLUE POINT produce a filly, sold to Suman Hedge Bloodstock from Victoria’s Three Bridges Stud for a whopping $220,000.

Spendthrift Farm produced a slashing chestnut colt (lot 243), out of a half-sister to the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes second place getter in Reemah, selling for $220,000.

Swettenham Stud’s main man in TORONADO produced a colt (lot 268), selling to Merrick Staunton for $200,000, produced by Taghadoe Stud.

I AM IMMORTAL caught the eye on the track and has certainly captured attention in the barn, producing a colt out of Insurgent (lot 277) selling for $40,000, presented by A List Stud, now in the care of Cornerstone Stud.

Lot 345 saw a son of ROYAL MEETING sell to Baystone Farm for $160,000, coming from Silverstream Consignment. A great start to the young sire’s career.

Lot 137 is by Australia's champion sire in WRITTEN TYCOON. (Magic Millions)

The Victorian’s were off to a flyer on Day One of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sales, with a daughter of Darley Victoria’s BRAZEN BEAU (lot 4) selling for $45,000 to KBL Thoroughbreds. Viewers did not have to wait long to see the first six-figure colt go through the ring with Sullivan Bloodstock’s WRITTEN TYCOON colt selling for a whopping $170,000 to Red Diamond Bloodstock, another amazing result for Yulong’s Champion stallion.

A son of OMAHA BEACH (lot 29) realised $50,000, selling to Widden Stud, while lot 32, a colt out of Savaan from the Sullivan Bloodstock draft, reeled in $85,000, selling to Victoria’s Stonehouse Thoroughbreds.

Lot 48 saw a daughter of Widden Victoria’s OVERSHARE sell for $210,000 to Bahen Bloodstock, a filly coming from the family of Group One superstar ZARITA.

Things got a little quieter during the back-half of the day with plenty of withdrawals, but nevertheless, that did not stop some super weanlings going under the hammer for big money, with Victorian interest.

Victorian buyers Rifa Mustang sought after a colt out of Sublime Dancer (lot 71), paying $67,500 to Noralla Stud, while Milburn Creek sold a filly by WRITTEN TYCOON (lot 112) to Taylor Bloodstock & Marketing for $120,000.

Yulong Investments went to $250,000 for lot 137, a WRITTEN TYCOON colt from the draft of Vinery Stud, out of a daughter of multiple stakes winner SUGAR BAY.

Swettenham Stud’s TORONADO hit the board with lot 147, a colt out of Asheerah, sold by Caithnes Breeding for a large $300,000 to Sledmere Stud.

On day two of the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale, Victorian’s should keep an eye out for the progeny of Victorian sires Royal Meeting & I Am Immortal who are both heading into their third season at stud.

Adele Amour provided Woodside Park Stud owner Eddie Hirsch will another winner when three-year-old filly Adele Amour, out of Group 2 winning mare Divine Rebel, picked up her third win from 10 starts for Pakenham trainer John Sadler.
The filly has won all three races at 1400m and has been placed at 1300m and 1600m.
“It was a really good win,” Woodside Park Stud’s Mark Dodemaide said.
“She was ridden a bit more quiet, dropped back and she was really good.
“John Sadler has always had an opinion of her.
“She is out of Divine Rebel who Eddie bought on the Gold Coast for $80,000 when she was in foal to Hinchinbrook but that horse had a few issues.
“But then she had Adele Amour and she has got a Hallowed Crown colt and she is in foal to Foxwedge.”
Before being bought by Hirsch for $80,000 at the 2017 Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale, she was sold for $450,000 at the 2011 Australian Easter Broodmare Sale.
Divine Rebel (Don Eduardo x It’s My Sin), now 17-years-old, won six races for trainer Michael Moroney and a group of high profile owners headed by Rupert Legh. The mare started her racing career in New Zealand and her greatest triumph came in successive races, winning the Listed Epona Stakes (1900m) and then the Group 2 Chairman’s Handicap (2600m) at Randwick.
And she twice finished second in the Sydney Cup, beaten less than a length both times.
While the Hirsch family celebrated the victory of Divine Rebel, they are also looking forward to the breeding season where their Woodside Park Stud now has five stallions on the roster – Vancouver (Medaglia d’Oro), Foxwedge (Fastnet Rock), Delaware (Frankel), Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon) and Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact).
Vancouver and Delaware are the new boys on the block for Hirsch and his stud and Dodemaide is sure they’ll attract plenty of interest from breeders.
Vancouver was purchased by Hirsch from Coolmore, where he began stud duties in 2016, earlier this year.
“Vancouver’s oldest are only four,” Dodemaide said.
“He has nine Stakes winners, five Group 2 winners and from his first crop, he is leading third season sire from that crop.
“We all know he won the Golden Slipper and is a good looking horse and they paid a fortune for him but we own him 100 per cent and he is doing quite well with nine Stakes winners already and if a Group 1 popped up, he’d be the flavour of the month again.
“You only have to look at Shamus Award. A couple of years ago when he came down, he wouldn’t have been going as good as what Vancouver is going now at this stage.”
While Dodemaide said Vancouver, who will stand at $15,400, was an ideal VOBIS horse, he believes the stallion is also capable of producing progeny that will get over more ground.
“He is a son of Medaglia d’Oro,” he said.
The Group 3 winner Delaware, a son of wonder racehorse and sire Frankel, was purchased by Hirsch in America last September and is an exciting addition to the stallion roster at Woodside. The horse has just been retired from racing.
“Frankel was the quickest horse ever to get to 50 Stakes winners and is up to 95 and is on schedule to be the quickest to get to 100,” Dodemaide said.
“It will most likely only take him a month to get up to 100.
“Under normal circumstances with a stallion like Frankel and his profile and being a champion sire in Great Britain, there would be a dozen of his sire sons in Australia.
“The trick to them is a lot of them tend to excel at 2000m and beyond which doesn’t always suit the Australian market.”
But Dodemaide said Delaware was different.
He said Hirsch had always been a big Frankel fan and was at the stallion’s final race at Ascot in the UK in October 2012 when he ended his career of 14 races with victory in the Group 1 Champion Stakes (2000m) to remain undefeated.
“Eddie has been a Frankel fan and what we tried to do was to find a Frankel that would suit us in Australia,” Dodemaide said.
“Delaware won a 1200m race as a two-year-old at Deauville which is like winning at Caulfield. And as a spring three-year-old in the lead up to their Guineas he won a Listed race by five lengths on speed with a real good kick.
“And then he won a Group 3 race (1600m) which was virtually a mirror image when he was on speed and kicked away. He got beaten in the Guineas and didn’t have much luck but got knocked down.”
Bred and raced by Juddmonte, Delaware was sold and finished up in America where he holds the Aqueduct track record for 1600m on turf with a time of 1:33.67 seconds.
“So at least he is a quick one,” Dodemaide said.
“He is just a nice running horse that might even get a two-year-old.
“While is a son of Frankel, he is out of an Oasis Dream mare and Oasis Dream upset Choisir in the July Cup after he’d won those two sprint races at Royal Ascot.
“And Oasis Dream is a very good stallion as well.”
Dodemaide said Oasis Dream is the broodmare sire of Cox Plate winner Sire Dragonet and Melbourne Cup winner Twilight Payment.
Foxwedge, bought by Hirsch from Newgate Farm in 2019, has covered more than 100 mares in each of the past two breeding seasons. His fee remains at $11,000.
Dodemaide said it was a case of dealing in facts with Foxwedge.
“It’s all about facts,” he said.
“He was the third top-priced colt at Easter and a very good looking horse. He goes to the races and runs in those good three-year-old races and beats Hay List and Buffering in the William Reid.
“There are a lot of horses and things that are going to do something, but now that he is at stud and he is only 13 and he is up to 24 Stakes winners and five Group 1 winners.
“No matter which way you want to spin it, every part of his career he has done the job. He is very good looking, a good racehorse and a proven sire.
“And he again is a good VOBIS horse.”
Dodemaide said they chased Foxwedge and when he first came to stud in Victoria he’d sired 11 Stakes winners – he now has 24.
Dodemaide said that Rich Enuff continues to make an impact on the track and at the sales.
“He has got that two-year-old Bubble Palace that has had two starts for two wins and they reckon it’s a gun,” he said.
“And even last week at the sale at Sydney to prove it, a lady (Fionnuala Timoney) bought the dam (Tiz My View in foal to Hanseatic) online for $15,000 and eight months later put her in the sale and made $350,000 last Sunday.”
Dodemaide said Rich Enuff was good value at $8000 and was a stallion that might produce a spike for breeders.
“He had one that made $200,000 at Classic and one made $170,000 at Premier and one made $140,000 at Adelaide,” he said.
“He also had four in at Premier and they averaged $92,500.
“Where there is smoke there is a bit of fire and there are a few trainers that are quite happy.’’
Tosen Stardom’s service fee remains unchanged at $7,700.
Dodemaide said they never expected too much as two-year-olds from Tosen Stardom, winner of the Group 1 Toorak Handicap (1600m) and the Group 1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m).
But the Matty Williams trained Stardom Awaayts, from the stallion’s first crop, came from last to finish fourth in the recent $1m The Showdown (1200m) for two-year-olds at Caulfield.
“Matty told me that his horse will come back and believes he will be a nice miler at three,” Dodemaide said.
Bred and offered for sale by Noorilim Thoroughbreds, Williams paid $70,000 for Stardom Awaayts at last year’s Inglis Classic Yearling. The gelding’s dam, Awayeed (Hard Spun x Nufoos), raced 22 times for three minor finishes.
Tosen Stardom served 87 mares last season.

Our Best Pal (pink cap) nearly caused a boil-over on Friday night. (Racing Photos)

Three-year-old Our Best Pal went close to doing the unthinkable at Cranbourne on Friday night when the son of Palentino finished third at the massive odds of 300-1.
Having just his third start and the first for Pakenham farmer Tom Scanlon, the gelding paid as much as $31 for third place by some of the corporate bookmakers who offered the massive odds.
Our Best Pal, bred by Eamon McNulty, is out of the unraced Dowager Girl (O’Reilly x Dower).
Scanlon explained that he attempted to buy the gelding from McNulty but he wanted to keep the horse and instead leased it to the trainer but also retained a share.
“It was a little bit exciting, I can’t believe it,” the long-time Pakenham trainer said.
“We were shocked really. He only trialled up at Pakenham in the jump-outs and he had been second and third but nothing outstanding.
“He was blowing out at the 100 metres of his trials, but then ridden from behind he seemed a lot better
“I wanted to buy him but Eamon said he’d lease him which suited me.”
Our Best Pal was originally going to make his debut for Scanlon at the Balnarring picnics over 1100m on March 11, but he decided not to accept.
It worked out well as on the day of that race the horse pulled a shoe off with a nail going through his frog which sidelined him for a month.
Scanlon has been well known over the years not to hesitate in backing up his horses and while he had Our Best Pal entered for Moe on Tuesday – where he was rated an $8 market chance – he decided against the quick backup.
“I was going to back him up on my famous five-day back-up, but decided not to,” Scanlon said.
“Stokes and Moody had horses entered in the race, so I’ll keep him back.”
Our Best Pal is the only horse in Scanlon’s stable and he is hoping to have a bit of fun with him.
“If he keeps on improving, we should have a bit of fun with him, shouldn’t we,” he said.
“They ran a good time on Friday night and he sort of got lost a bit coming around the turn and wobbled off the track a bit.”
Nicconi mare, Elegant Queen, was a prolific winner for Scanlon. She raced 55 times for 9 wins, four seconds and six thirds.
“I lost her about three years ago,” he said.
“She reared up at the racecourse and went over backwards and hit her head. She was coming in for her last preparation before going to stud.
“She won nearly $200,000.”
Scanlon said his brother Kevin got a thrill to see the colours – purple and pale blue quarters and pink sleeves – go around again on Friday night. They were the same colours that Coroner wore when Kevin trained the horse to back-to-back Pakenham Cup victories in 1979/80.
For the breeder, McNulty, it was a good watch with Our Best Pal finishing third, especially as he had $20 each way on the gelding as he never lets his horses go around without even having a little wager – no matter what the odds.
The expatriate Irishman is a retired property developer who has about 16 broodmares on his Traralgon farm, Erin Park Lodge.
And as for those odds, he was surprised they were so massive.
“He is far from useless,” he said.
“I knew he wouldn’t be city class and we didn’t go on with him and we breed quite a few here and some we keep and some we don’t and I was happy to lease him out and good luck to them.
“And I hope he wins quite a few races for them.
“He was unlucky he didn’t run second and to be honest, I think he looks like he could do with another 100 metres.”
McNulty breeds up to a dozen foals a year, some he retains and others he sells.
And in the tradition of the luck of the Irish, McNulty bought New Zealand mare Royal Raine (Thorn Park x Instantly) with a Shamus Award filly at foot for $37,500 online.
And with great timing, Royal Raine’s first living foal, Decent Raine (Dissident), was stakes-placed three times with Ciaron Maher and David Eustace just a couple of months after McNulty’s purchase.
McNulty sold his Shamus Award filly for $440,000 at last month’s Inglis Easter Sale.
The broodmare, which he bought to breed with Toronado, is now in foal to the Swettenham Stud stallion.
“We have had a good season and I sold a Russian Revolution filly for $370,000 at Melbourne Premier,” McNulty said.
“My luck is running a bit hot at the moment. At the broodmare sales last week I bought a mare in foal to Written By who is a half-sister to the horse (Mazu) which won the Doomben 10,000 on Saturday.
“I bought it and her half-brother by Maurice (out of Chatelaine) comes out and wins that race. I gave $110,000 for her and I’ve booked her into Maurice so that should give me a three quarter to that very good horse on the weekend.”
McNulty admits it’s been a good year.
With negotiations in their final stages for Palentino to relocate from Widden’s Victorian Stud to Glen Eden Stud, the performance of Our Best Pal at Cranbourne sparked the interest of Glen Eden’s Rory O’Brien.
“I threw him into the multiples,” O’Brien said.
“No, I didn’t get it.
“Our Best Pal – I couldn’t believe my eyes myself.”
O’Brien said they were finalising contracts for Palentino to stand at Glen Eden and he was 99.9 per cent sure it was going to happen.
Yulong Prince is also relocating to Glen Eden and will stand at $7,700. Palentino will stand at $6,600 and another stallion to relocate, Trust In A Gust, will stand at $4,400. Giant’s Steps will stand at $3,300.
“I think there is plenty of upside with what we’ve got,” O’Brien said.
“Without going into too much, I am a big believer in Canny Lad being the dam gran sire and I think there is precedence for that. I Am Invincible and Redoute’s Choice both have Canny Lad in the same position.
“Yulong Prince just happens to have Gimmethegreenlight’s pedigree. And a lot of people don’t realise that Gimmethegreenlight is really ridiculously credentialed and just leaves stakes winner after stakes winner.
“He is under the radar and I do think Yulong Prince could do something pretty serious.”
Eden Park lost Rebel Dane after the stallion’s owners decided to move him to another stud after interest in him soared after he produced Fireburn, winner of this year’s Group 1 Golden Slipper Stakes and Group 1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes.
“We got a record book for him and it didn’t turn out for us, but that’s okay and I think it put some runs on the board to attract these other stallions,” O’Brien said.
“There is still another one who I have my eyes on and I’m not sure where he’ll end up and he is a smoky and he raced on the weekend.
“He is one that I’m going to my neck on the chopping block and tell everyone he is the next big thing. I’ll either be seen as an idiot in four years or I’ll be right.”
O’Brien said he was hopeful of adding the mystery horse to Glen Eden’s stallion roster.
He said he was looking forward to Palentino.
“I do a lot of work and I take out biases, I take out opinions,” he said.
“Women and men lie and numbers don’t – that’s my favourite saying.
“If you just reflect on the sheer numbers that he has on the ground, he is worth having at stud.
“I guess the hard work is done. He has 359 live foals and if you play the odds and probability, the chances of him producing an above-average horse, him being an above-average horse himself, are probably better than 50 per cent in our favour. It’s better than a flip of a coin.”
O’Brien has been keeping a close watch on two-year-old Palentino gelding Solar Blast which was third on a debut at Morphettville but was unplaced in his second start last Saturday in the Group 3 Sires Produce (1400m) at the same track.
He said the winkers were applied on Saturday and the horse pulled.
“I think there is a bit of promise there,” O’Brien said.
“Palentino is a beautiful looking son of Teofilo and it’s all there and there is no serious reason why he can’t get one.
“If I could find that reason, and I have made that decision on a few, that they don’t have a good chance going forward, I wouldn’t stand him.”

For long time breeder Mike Hirst, the win of Jimmy The Bear over 1400m at Flemington last Saturday was a by-product of his passion to breed a VRC Derby winner, a feat he went agonisingly close to achieving with Southern Moon in 2019.
Hirst is hoping that the Patrick Payne-trained three-year-old can continue to add to his impressive record of three wins and a second from six starts
“We are hoping he can keep going the way he is going,” Hirst said.
“He has sort of shown that maybe he is not at the top class but I think for this time of the year he’ll go all right.”
Hirst warns that the background to his aim of breeding a Derby winner is a lengthy one and includes sourcing a specially bred mare and stallions by Sadler’s Wells.
“I had this breeding theory around this mare called Lalun who won a Kentucky Oaks (1955) and was the dam of Never Bend and Bold Reason who ran second and third in the Kentucky Derby,” he explained
“And Never Bend is of course the sire of Mill Reef and Riverman, and Bold Reason is the dam-sire of Sadler’s Wells, so I was trying to breed a Derby winner.
“I thought I’ll try and find a mare who is a direct descendant of Lalun and I spent a lot of time on the stud books back in 1990-something and there were only three in Australia and one of them was a two-year-old filly in Rockhampton and it hadn’t had a start.”
A quick phone call was made to connections, with Hirst saying he knew they paid $11,000 for the then unraced filly at sales but he was willing to pay $20,000.
He was quickly told no and that the filly was going to be a really good horse.
“It had its first start and ran fourth and I rang him up and I said I’ll give you $15,000 and he said no, no, it’s going to be good,” Hirst said.
“I said all right and I think it ran sixth its next start and I rang back and said I’ll give you your $11,000. He said no and I said all right but I want to buy it and every time you run it and if it doesn’t win I’m going to take $1000 off the price.”
The connections soon changed their minds and Hirst bought the filly, which had one third in seven starts, for about $3000.
Named River Royal, she was by River Of Light (USA) and out of Royalty Plus (USA) which was by King Pellinore (USA).
“I just started to breed her to stallions that had Riverman or Bold Reason in them so I could get sort of start getting back to Lalun,” Hirst said.
“I have sort of stuck with that family throughout and from a $3000 mare she gave me a Grand Annual winner in Awakening Dream (Aristotle) and Prince of Scribes (Runyon) who won a Moonee Valley 3000m stayers cup and then on it goes on through her and her offspring.”
Hirst said he went close to getting a VRC Derby winner with Southern Moon (Puissance De Lune) which finished second in the 2019 edition of the Group 1 race.
The gelding’s dam South Street (Street Cry x On Southbank) was also bred by Hirst and won a Terang maiden. On Southbank (Festival Hall) was the second foal out of River Royal.
Unfortunately, Southern Moon never raced after the Victoria Derby which was his sixth start and retired with $436,750 in the bank.
A chip in the knee was fixed and didn’t cause any problems but then he injured a tendon, followed by another tendon and despite 12 months of rehabilitation, he broke down again last week after two months back in work and was immediately retired.
Jimmy The Bear continues to fly the flag for the family.
The gelding is out of Belvedere Road (Street Boss x On Southbank).
Hirst has also bred a full sister to Jimmy The Bear, but the broodmare missed to Nostradamus in 2019 and Puissance De Lune in 2020 but is now in foal to Omaha Beach.
“The full sister is a two-year-old and is just sort of kicking things off with Ben O’Farrell who is just a new trainer who manages my farm,” Hirst said.
“Her first foal by Nostradamus, a colt, had something wrong with his hock, and he is just in the back paddock keeping the weanlings company.”
Trained by Mitch Freedman, Belvedere Road won four races, including a dead heat for first at Sandown.
Hirst said he’d bred more than 50 horses and rates his best as Southern Moon and Tubular Bells (Palace Music x Ann’s Belle) who won his first five starts and then ran a narrow second in the Adelaide Cup and then won his next start at Caulfield. He won six races from his nine starts.
His farm is at Mannerim, between Drysdale and Ocean Grove.
“Ben O’Farrell is the farm manager down there and he has got a breaking and training business which he runs from there,” he said.
Hirst is deputy chairman of the Racing Victoria Board and says racing is a great passion and for him, it’s enjoyable to be able to contribute.
Hirst grew up playing football for Frankston YCW in the Mornington Peninsula League. In 1978 and 1979 the team’s fullback line comprised Jimmy Bruin, who later played a lot of games for Frankston in the VFA, and was the changing ruckman in the back pocket. Hirst was at fullback, while Micky “The Bear” Wright was in the other back pocket.
“So the horse was named after those two – Jimmy and The Bear,” Hirst said.
“I gave each of them five per cent and they are thrilled. I didn’t get along to Flemington on Saturday unfortunately as I had to be interstate but Jimmy and The Bear went along and they had a ball.”
Hirst was managing director of the Bendigo and Adelaide Bank for nine years.
He sits on a few boards in Victoria, including AMP and admits it keeps him busy.
“I put a couple through the sales,” he said.
“My intention has always been to breed to sell but being so busy with work and all that it’s hard to get everything done.
“I am probably more set up to sell to Hong Kong. I sold Jimmy The Bear to Hong Kong before he ran in that Listed race (the Amanda Elliott) at Flemington for $400,000 but he didn’t pass the vet test.
“Southern Moon, I got offered $2 million from Hong Kong for him after the Derby but he chipped his knee.
“It costs a lot of money to do this sort of stuff and believe me, I am down the drain so if you can sell one or two a year for that sort of money then it pays its way.
“Although Jimmy didn’t pass the vet test, he has now won $200,000 so he has only got to do that a couple more times.”
Hirst said the great part of racing was doing it with mates.
“I have raced a lot of horses with Andrew Payne over the years and when he was not that old, he was in his early 20s, he was training a hose for me called Prince Of Scribes,” he said.
“He was a handy horse, Ciaron Maher used to ride him in trackwork as he was working for Andrew and ended up taking a share in him.
“I owned the horse outright and before he had a start Andrew rang me and said this horse goes all right and said are you sure you want to race it by yourself.
“I told him I’d had that many that went terrible so why would I want to put them into something that goes good he said it’s bloody hard to have fun on your own.
“And he was right. I put a few of my mates in him and we had a ball.”
Hirst has eight broodmares and is still hopeful that he’ll have another VRC Derby runner.
Southern Moon’s dam South Street has been back to Puissance De Lune three times, and also has a colt by Jimmy Creed, and is in foal to Ghaiyyath.

We are pleased to welcome Justin Darcy to Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) in his new role as the Media & Marketing Officer.

Justin has always had a passion for racing and the thoroughbred, attending races since he could walk, where he quickly developed a love for the horse.

One of his first loves in racing, a horse named Charles In Charge, a gelding that his parents partially owned. Justin would be allowed to take the odd day off of school in his home town of Traralgon to attend the races as all he would do is talk about ‘Charlie’.

“Charlie will always hold a special place in my heart and is a big reason why I have landed the experience and opportunities I have to this date,” Justin said.

“I remember when I was 12, walking out of school and thinking I hope Charlie jumped out well today.

“Given that I am from Traralgon, it was hard to get to the races every weekend. He took both my parents and myself for an awesome ride as we attended the majority of his 30-odd race starts.”

Recently Charles in Charge, who was raced by Dream Thoroughbreds, was featured in a segment about OTT horses organised through the Melbourne Racing Club.

When Justin was 14 and 15, racing was constantly on in the background and he started talking to industry participants in racing media, knowing that working somewhere in racing was his dream.

In year ten, Justin completed his work experience with then Caulfield trainer John Sadler, and was learning how to clock horses, and the process of how horses are worked in the early hours of the morning, before watching and taking in the vet process of a thoroughbred.

“Working with John Sadler was a great opportunity for me to learn the reality of some participants. It is not just the glitz and glam you see on TV,” Justin stated.

“Although it was only one week of work, it opened my eyes and made me realise how much participants love their horses and dedication they have to this sport, something I truly admire.”

Justin would spend his Thursday and Friday mornings before school studying form and looking into the basics of pedigrees of horses running on the metropolitan Saturday meeting. That is where his interest sparked in the breeding side of the industry.

In 2019, freshly out of his Year 12 studies, Justin was presented the opportunity to work as an editor for a freshly developed website,, where he was required to provide race previews and interview some of racing’s leading participants.

Justin also began work in 2019 with the Melbourne Racing Club as a Racing Officer along with joining the team at as a social media freelancer, both of which he is still doing on a casual/contract basis on weekends and week nights.

Fast forward 12-months and Justin was director of This was an opportunity which ultimately led to meeting with former TBV Executive Officer Charmein Bukovec, who quickly took Justin under her wing, giving him both media and marketing tasks under the TBV brand.

“My stint with Buy A Racehorse lasted a touch over 12-months, but it was a true blessing as taking on this role led me to meet Charmein in a webinar that I conducted,” Justin mentioned.

“The opportunity Charmein has given me over the last year is something I will be forever grateful for.

“Everything she has taught me to date and shown me about the breeding industry is invaluable and given I am still seen as a young guy in the industry, she has trusted me and treated me as if I have been in the game for 20-years.”

In 2021, Justin was named the join-recipient of the Victoria Racing Media Association (VRMA) Black Caviar Scholarship, where he has undertaken work experience with Michael Sharkie at Leneva Park, Nick Quinn at RSN & Sky Racing, along with participating in the VRMA Awards, actively engaging in the awards process.

Justin has been working seven-day weeks for the last 18-months, always looking to engage in opportunities to learn all facets of the industry in both breeding and racing. He has undertaken recent work at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale and Inglis Chairman’s Sale, working alongside Charmein with more responsibility on his shoulders.

“I cannot wait to get stuck into this new role with TBV, with my priority always being to impact the industry positively.”

We are excited to have Justin on board more permanently at TBV as our new Media & Marketing Officer, and we wish him the very best of luck.

To contact Justin, please refer to the following details:

Mob: 0411366049


A perennial source of quality racehorses, Victoria’s Larneuk Stud has unveiled its lineup for spring: a diverse quartet whose own sires have produced 534 stakes winners of $750 million.
Heading up the team is Lope de Vega’s multiple Group 2 winner ENDLESS DRAMA who is poised to cover his second book of mares at Larneuk. Embraced by breeders in 2021, the Apollo Stakes winner and Group 1 Stradbroke placed sprinter/miler covered an impressive book in his initial book and, according to Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch, took to it like a duck to water.
“Fortunately, local breeders got to see him finish third behind Winx in the Apollo and then win it the next year, along with a terrific third in the (Group 1) Stradbroke, but he was also a dual Group 2 winner across the pond in New Zealand and, earlier in his career, multiple Group 1 placed the United Kingdom behind absolute superstars like Gleneagles and Belardo,” Murdoch points out. “Breeders know all about his sire Lope de Vega too, courtesy of Santa Ana Lane, Gytrash, Vega Magic and co., but he’s been on absolute fire over the last 12 months with Vega One winning the Group 1 (Kingsford Smith) in Brisbane … 24 stakes winners since last May … and 200 winners – incredible. And we’ve got one of the few sons of his standing in Australia. Absolutely can’t wait for his first foals because if they’re anything like him we’ll be over the moon.”
Endless Drama’s fee for 2022 remains unchanged at $8,800 … excellent value for a stallion of this calibre.
Also gearing up for his second season at the picturesque Larneuk is Snitzel’s proven performer, WANDJINA, who has likewise been far from idle since shifting south.
Typical of so many stallions, Wandjina appears to be doing his best work after relocation to Victoria. A Group 1 Australian Guineas winner who already had runs on board with progeny such as Group 2 winning 2YO and Golden Slipper placed, Mamaragan, Wandjina’s ‘tally’ since his arrival at Larneuk includes Group wins to Wandabaa, a Moonee Valley stakes win for Express Pass, a stakes victory for Tiger Road, multiple stakes placings for Tramonto, stakes performances for Wolf Moon and a host of city winners.
At $6,600, there are few better value stallions in the country.
Speaking of excellent value, stakes producers CLUSTER and WOLF CRY both stand at $3,300 in 2022.
A Group 2 winning son of Champion Sire and sire of sires, Fastnet Rock, Cluster has a penchant for producing early comers – as Group 2 Silver Slipper runnerup, Rocket Tiger and stakes-placed 2YO Gee Gees Darl would testify.
Meanwhile, WOLF CRY – a multiple stakes-placed 2YO by Winx’s sire Street Cry (134 stakes winners) – has done an exceptional job despite limited runners, which include stakes-placed 2YO, General Wolffe and the Group placed 2YO Wolves.
For further information, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.

Endless Drama $8,800
Wandjina $6,600
Cluster $3,300
Wolf Cry $3,300

Lincoln Square ridden by Jye McNeil wins the Thomas North Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on May 07, 2022 in Caulfield, Australia. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Businessman Lionel Krongold has lost count of the number of horses he’s bred over the years but estimates it would be in the hundreds.
And he hopes the one that Cranbourne trainer Greg Eurell produced for him at Caulfield on Saturday will be the best of them.
The two-year-old Lincoln Square, which nearly died after complications when gelded, couldn’t have been more impressive when scoring a two-length win on debut over 1200m.
Krongold knows what it’s like to own a good horse. He bought Soho Square as a yearling and the son of Jugah went on to win six Group races, highlighted by the Group 1 Doncaster Handicap (1600m) in 1992 when then apprentice Patrick Payne rode the gelding at 47.5kg.
The following year Soho Square went from being the bottom weight to the top weight in the Doncaster with 56kg and finished a narrow second.
Trained by Ian “Skinny’’ Saunders at Epsom, Soho Square was retired in 1995 after nine wins and $1.4 million in the bank.
Krongold established his thoroughbred stud Talwood Park at Whittlesea.
And while the property was sold by Krongold more than 20 years ago, he continues to breed a few to mainly race.
Lincoln Square is by Swettenham Stud stallion Rubick and out of the mare Redasun (Haradasun x Redouteski) which Krongold also bred and was trained by Eurell.
Krongold said it’s exciting to see the horse win after nearly losing him twice last year.
“I don’t breed many these days but I used to when I had Talwood Park for years,” he said.
“I started it up in 1978 and I was breeding horses in Victoria for years and years and I think age got the better of me. At the end of the era, I had Peter Morgan as my stud manager and trainer.
“It was good times and it was a good time when Soho Square won the Doncaster with Skinny Saunders.”
Krongold said they planned the mating between Rubick with Redasun which won three city races.
“She was the daughter of a mare we had called Redouteski and she was a Redoute’s Choice filly that we never raced because every time she got up to fitness she got azoturia.”
Redouteski was a good producing mare for Krongold. As well as Redasan, the mare produced Rednav (Henrythenavigator) which won the Listed Grafton Cup (2350m) and another six races. Redcore (Choisir) won five races; Redsong (Dundeel) has won one race and is still racing. Unraced three-year-old La Perushka (Pierro) was sold to Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott for $260,000 at the 2020 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
Redasan’s first foal to race, three-year-old Teser (Reset) was also retained by Krongold and has had three starts and won on debut at Sale last November for Eurell.
“She has had two races and both have won,” Krongold said.
“The first foal (Redadoo) she had by Toronado hurt herself in the padlock but she had the ability and it was a shame to see her get hurt and we had to retire her.
“After Teser, there was Lincoln Square and there is a Stratum Star colt and an Adelaide colt.
“I decided not to put her to foal last year because they were getting later and later. You don’t want to be putting them to stud in December as I don’t agree with that.
“You always have to give a mare a break somewhere.”
There have been plenty of approaches from studs putting the cases of their stallions to Krongold but at this stage, he is still studying the breeding line of perspective sires for Redasun.
A return to Rubick is among his options and consideration.
“Every stud will be happy to have her now,” Krongold said.
“The phone hasn’t stopped since Saturday.”
The unraced Redadoo will go to stud this year.
Krongold, who was an Essendon Football Club director for eight years, has former Western Bulldogs president David Smorgon in the ownership of the horses he races, along with Leon Serry.
While Soho Square is the best horse he has raced, Krongold is hoping that Lincoln Square will develop into the best one he’s bred.
“Not too many two-year-olds come out and do what he did on Saturday,” Krongold said.
“Especially what he went through four months ago.’’
Krongold said he resisted for as long as he could, not to geld Lincoln Square because he was so well-bred and showed good ability.
He said he had been sensible to choose between having a racehorse or a stallion that does nothing.
“We cut him and nearly lost him,” Krongold said.
“It was very close.”
And for Greg Eurell, the performance of Lincoln Square didn’t surprise him.
“He did a great job on Saturday,” he said.
“It’s quite extraordinary with what happened to him to bounce back and run as well as he did and pull it off and win first up in town.
“It was an enormous effort.”
Eurell said that all the way through Lincoln Square has had very good ability and is a big strong horse.
“He has a great personality but just needed gelding and was losing a bit of focus in his track work,” he said.
“It was a very routine gelding and everything went right. The next day he cleaned up good, ate up that night and then for some reason on about the fourth day he just started bleeding and it wouldn’t stop – it was bad.”
Eurell couldn’t believe the amount of blood coming from Lincoln Square when he dashed to the property where the newly gelded horse was agisting.
Fearing the horse would go down on the truck on the way to the equine hospital, it was a slow and careful drive to get veterinary assistance.
“Once we get there they were quite shocked when I got him off the truck,” he said.
With the aid of an old pacing mare as the blood donor, Lincoln Park was given a blood transfusion and received other veterinary help in a desperate bid to halt the bleeding and save his life, but he was only rated a fifty/fifty chance.
And Eurell wondered whether horses, like humans, need different blood types for a transfusion.
“The vet explained that horses have the unique ability to adapt,” he said.
“I think she said you can do it (transfusion) twice and then their system reacts to it.
“She pointed to the donor horse in one of the stalls and said it’s been getting a lot of work and has been used three or four times in the past fortnight.
“When she said it was an older pacer, I said couldn’t you give me one with fast blood. She had a bit of a laugh and it would have been good if there was Group 1 horse in the corner so we could have pulled a bit of blood out of it.”
Eurell said it was explained to him that once the horse regenerates its normal blood supply, it expels the foreign blood from its system.
“It’s incredible,” he said.
But there was more drama to come after Eurell collected the horse after about a week and decided to take him back to the stables to keep an eye on him.
But as the horse walked down the alleyway of the stables, he started bleeding again.
“So we just did a U-turn and put him on the truck and went back again,” he said.
“At that point, he looked dreadful. The poor horse had lost that much weight and he was unwell.
“But to his credit, he just bounced back and week after week you could see the improvement in him.
“He didn’t need another transfusion.”
While Lincoln Square’s blood profiles have not detected any irregularities, there was a fear the horse had a coagulation problem but the vets still don’t have a definitive answer to what caused the life-threatening bleeding.
With the horse back to full health and showing the enormous ability he possesses, Eurell said the main objective with Lincoln Square was to get a win to enable him a smooth passage into a few of the better races.
“Fortunately it couldn’t have worked out any better,” he said.
“He is out now and will probably have a month off.
“He’ll target some of those early three-year-old races and just see how he goes. If he is good enough we’ll try and track our way through to the Guineas.”
Eurell said if there is any suggestion that Lincoln Square can’t stretch out any further, he’ll have a crack at the good sprint races for three-year-olds during the carnival.
His dam Redasun won twice over 1600m and once at 1300m.

Prince Of Sussex ridden by Michael Dee wins the Ladbrokes Showdown at Caulfield Racecourse on April 27, 2019 in Caulfield, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

For a bloke who raced harness horses because he couldn’t afford a thoroughbred, Paul Dugan has experienced some pretty good luck since switching codes.
The move to thoroughbreds came when Dugan said he could afford it after becoming a little bit more financially stable after making some wise investments.
“I have always loved thoroughbreds and they’ve always been my number one passion but it was an affordability type of thing that I got into harness at first,” he said.
“And then once I got a little more financially secure I got into some thoroughbreds.”
Dugan has had some big results in the annual Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day when Prince of Sussex won the inaugural running of The Showdown (1200m) – with a first prize of $522,500 in 2019.
The gelding was then sold to Hong Kong, where he races as Lucky Express, for $1.7m.
Dugan, again in unison with Mornington trainer Matt Laurie, raided the rich VOBIS meeting at Caulfield last month when Chartres picked up the $275,000 first prize on offer for the VOBIS Sires Guineas (1600m) for three-year-olds.
Both Prince of Sussex and Chartres are by Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado.
Dugan paid $145,000 for Prince of Sussex at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale and bought Chartres direct from the gelding’s breeders who retained a quarter share.
“We only had Prince Of Sussex for three runs, and he won two lucrative races,” he said.
“It’s tempting to keep them because it’s hard to get a good horse and there is a lot that can go wrong with them.
“And when they are geldings, I suppose that attracts the Hong Kong buyers too.
“I just thought it was a lot of money to knock back. And a lot of my mates, I probably had five old school mates in him, and I thought if we sell and make a good profit then they’ll probably stay in the game for a while.
“And they have and they’ve followed me and bought a few other horses with me since then.”
Dugan owned the majority of Prince of Sussex.
His luck continued when he saw Chartres in the Inglis catalogue last year, but the horse was withdrawn when Covid disrupted the live auctions.
“I saw that it was bred at Swettenham so I rang Sam Matthews (stud general manager) and he said it wasn’t going through the ring,” Dugan said.

“When I spotted it, it was at the Premier Sale (catalogue) and he was quite a striking looking horse and he did remind me a bit of Prince Of Sussex.
“And when I went through the mare’s breeding and watched her races, it took me a little bit and Sam quite liked the horse as well and the breeders wanted to stay in which was quite good.
“The breeders kept 25 per cent of it and I took the rest and divided it between mates. Pretty much all of the Prince of Sussex people are in Chartres.
“It was only $40,000, so it wasn’t expensive.”
Professional pedigree analyst Kristen Manning and her co-breeders bred Chartres off a $22,000 service fee on a share foal basis with Swettenham Stud Principal Adam Sangster. The much in demand Toronado will stand at $88,000 this year, up from $49,500 last year.
After having success on the track, Dugan decided to buy a couple of broodmare mares which are kept at Swettenham Stud.
He admits the bug has well and truly got him with his “two and a half” broodmares.
Dugan owns half of Rainbow Girl and is the outright owner of Freeze The Charges and Ever And Ever.
Along with some mates, Dugan raced Rainbow Girl (Pierro x Free Spirited).
“We kept her to breed from and she had a Toronado colt which we sold as a weanling,” he said.
“She is in foal to Ghaiyyath.”
He bought the unraced Ever and Ever (Shooting To Win x Whateverwhenever) in foal to Toronado.
Dugan soon learnt that breeding is a tough game and admits doesn’t know he long he’d do it for.
“It’s not that easy,’’ he said.
“I more or less do it so I can race the horses with my mates, not so much to sell them.”
Dugan and his mates had a vote to decide whether to keep or sell the weanling Toronado colt out of Rainbow Girl, with the economics winning out.
He said being a first foal, the colt was a little small but they decided that the sale would pay for the next service fee and also the upkeep of the next foal until it is a two-year-old.
“So we’ll get the next one for free,” he said.
“It was a good opportunity and if it comes out and becomes a champion then we still have the mare. So there is no real downside.
“The one (Ever and Ever) I bought in foal to Toronado lost the foal after four or five days but I had a free return and she is back in foal to Toronado.
“I’d only been in the breeding game at that stage for about a year and then to lose one sort of knocked me around and I thought do I want to do this anymore.
“I can understand why people get frustrated with it and it can cost you $80,000 or something to get them to the sales and they are getting sold for fifty or sixty.”
While there are lots of stories where yearlings are sold for $300,000 or $400,000, Dugan said there are plenty of examples where they don’t make what they cost to get to the sales.
Dugan said Freeze The Charges (Ad Valorem x Deep Freeze) had a foal at foot by Exosphere when he bought the mare, but he finished up by losing the foal.
“It hit me pretty hard,” he said.
“I lost two in probably a year and a half. It is a tough game.”
Freeze The Charges has a colt by I Am Immortal and is in foal to Rubick and is so impressed with what I Am Immortal has produced that he’ll probably go back to the stallion this year.
Dugan said he hadn’t bred that great horse yet, the thing that every breeder wants to do.
He is hoping that Rainbow Girl might give him that horse.
Also trained by Laurie, the six-year mare had eight starts for two wins and two seconds. She was beaten half a length in the Listed Crockett Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley.
“She was a really good mare but we didn’t see the best of her because of a throat injury,” Dugan said.
“We thought she could have been a Group horse.”
It’s a similar story with Chartres’ dam The French House (Dylan Thomas x Deraismes) which was also poised for better races, also after eight starts for a win, a second and a third, but injury halted her career.
Dugan said he did have an enquiry from Hong Kong about Chartres and while he referred the agent to Laurie, they are keen to keep the horse.
“Everything is for sale of course but we want to keep on racing him,” he said.
“I cashed out once and I don’t want to do it again, but how can you say you won’t do it when they come to you with a ridiculous offer.
“It would probably be harder to let him go because we have made our money once.
“And this horse has made his money. You can’t buy that enjoyment they give you when they win a nice, lucrative race.
“The VOBIS Sires was a good race and was probably his target for six months.
“The horse has done an amazing job. When I bought him I thought he wouldn’t race until he is mid-three sort of thing which he is about now, but look what he has done.
“He was a November foal as well.”
Chartres won his second start, a two-year-old maiden (1206m) at Sale which Dugan said was amazing for a Toronado juvenile.
Although Chartres was unplaced over 1600m in the $500,000 The Coast (1600m) at Gosford last Saturday, Dugan said the three-year-old had done his job this preparation.
Now retired, Dugan was a printer at Southdown Press which produced many publications, including Best Bets and The Truth.
“This is just a little hobby,” he said.
“Breed a couple of and race them with my mates. I don’t want to sell too many of them.
“They basically pay me to get them to that stage.”
Dugan said his only provision is that he sends his mares to Victorian stallions and will support Swettenham as much as he can.
And with two big pay days from VOBIS races, it’s no wonder he is a massive supporter of the scheme.
“I love the VOBIS scheme and the VOBIS Gold,” he said.
“The VOBIS Sires Guineas which we just won, it was such a restricted race for good prizemoney. You are crazy if you don’t target it.”
There’s no doubt more and more trainers and owners will continue to target the big VOBIS races that offer bigger pay days.




Barb Raider (inside) was gallant in defeat in last Saturday's Australasian Oaks. (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Victorian bred horses Barb Raider and My Whisper were both gallant in defeat in last Saturday’s Group 1 Australasian Oaks (2000m) at Morphettville, taken out by the Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young trained Glint of Hope.
Barb Raider (Rebel Raider x Graebarb), a homebred for Graeme Gathercole and trained at Mornington by Jerome Hunter, finished second, beaten a head.
The Yulong bred and raced My Whisper (Frankel x Hersigh), which started the $2.70 favourite, was aiming for her fifth consecutive victory and finished less than half a length from the winner in third position.
After failing on a heavy 10 in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf (1600m) at her last start, the front running Barb Raider faced a challenging task after drawing barrier 12 of 16 at Morphettville.
“The barrier made a difference,” Hunter said.
“We had to do a bit of work to get across.
“It would have been nice to have just lobbed out, and even if we did sit second, we wouldn’t have to have used her up so early.’’
The outside barrier was an obstacle that Hunter said wasn’t made any easier with the first corner coming up so quickly for horses drawn poorly.
“The first corner comes up about 100m after they jump,” he said.
“You have to get across pretty quickly, but it was still a great run, and we were very excited with the way she went.”
Leading into the race, Barb Raider beat home only three of the 14 runners in the Group 1 Queen of the Turf Stakes on the heavy 10 track at Randwick.
“In the Sydney run, she lost a shoe, and she wasn’t gassed out but just held back a bit because of how bad that track was,” Hunter said.
“She came through that Sydney run that well that I knew she was 100 per cent for last Saturday.”
Hunter said Barb Raider, who Craig Williams has ridden in all of her starts, would now head to the paddock for a spell as they aim her for some Spring races and hopefully claim a coveted Group 1.
“She is at that level now where there is not a hell of a lot of races,” Hunter said.
“Once you get to that level, all the horses seem to head for the same races.”
Hunter said while Barb Raider didn’t win, they were excited that the filly came second in a Group 1.
“While it’s disappointing, it’s still a win in a way,” he said.
“Another 30m, and she may have got her nose in front.
“This preparation she has come second in a Group 1, she has won a Group 2, won a Group 3 and was second in a Group 2.
“We are proud of her.”
Already a valuable mare, Hunter agrees that a Group 1 victory will further enhance her value and reputation at stud.
“We will be trying hard to get that Group 1,” he said.
Hunter is a private trainer for owner and breeder for Graeme Gathercole, whose family is in the meat business and has been breeding for more than 20 years.
Barb Raider, by the now-retired Rebel Raider (Reset x Picholine) is Gathercole’s best horse after claiming back-to-back Group races with the Group 2 victory Kewney Stakes (1600m) for three-year-old fillies in March
It followed her Group 3 victory in The Vanity (1400m) in March. She showed glimpses of her above ability in her last campaign with a third in the Group 1 Thousand Guineas (1600m) and a 2.2 lengths fifth in the Wakeful Stakes (2000m).
Bar Raider is out of the modestly performed mare Graebarb which is by Host, and out of the unraced mare Ardent Command.
Trained by Hunter, Graebarb had six starts for Gathercole and was placed as a two-year-old at Seymour and won a benchmark 55 at Corowa before two consecutive lasts forced her into retirement and a career in the breeding barn.
She slipped to Danerich in her first season and then produced Barb Raider.
Interestingly her next foal, the now unraced two-year-old Graewazi, is by a former stallion Our Wazi (Choisir x Nkwazi), which Gathercole bred but never raced because of injury.
Barb Raider is compiling an impressive record and has banked $628,175 from her record of 11: 4-3-2.
Yulong’s My Whisper is one of those horses that could have been racing in someone else’s colours and in a different stable than that of Paul and Peter Snowden at Flemington.
The three-year-old filly was one of five lots by Frankel withdrawn by Yulong from the Easter Yearling Sale in 2020 when the Covid pandemic hit.
And when round two of the sale came around, Yulong offered four Frankels, but three were passed in, including My Whisper, when she failed to make her $300,000 reserve.
Yulong took her home as a racing prospect and future broodmare. After finishing seventh on debut over 1125m at Geelong,
she returned from a 23-week spell with a first-up victory at Kilmore (1200m) and then won her next three, including the Group 3 Auraria Stakes (1800m) at Morphettville, before tackling the Australasian Oaks.
My Whisper is out Hersigh (Poet’s Voice x Zayn Zen). Hersigh was covered by Frankel in England and the mare was transported to Australia to have her first foal.
After producing My Whisper, Hersigh has a two-year-old filly by Snitzel and a yearling filly by Yulong stallion Grunt. She missed to Grunt in 2020 and was served by another Yulong stallion Lucky Vega (IRE), last spring.
Yulong owner Yuesheng Zhang is a big Frankel fan and has plenty of success with the stallion’s Chris Waller-trained mare, Hungry Heart, which was also the result of an overseas covering with the mare Harlech (Pivotal x Zoowraa) which was also brought to Australia to foal down.
The now four-year-old Hungry Heart has won two Group 1s – Australian Oaks and Vinery Stud Stakes and two Group 2s – Sweet Embrace Stakes and Phar Lap Stakes.
She was named the Australian Champion three-year-old of the year, and she was bought back by Zhang for $300,000 at the 2019 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.
So far, she has won $1.75m in prize money.
Harlech has also produced a three-year-old colt Duty Dynasty (Snitzel) and a two-year-old filly Beautiful Heart (Snitzel).
The mare was covered by Yulong’s new stallion Written Tycoon last season.