Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale at Oaklands Junction on March 02, 2020 in Melbourne, Australia. (George Salpigtidis/Racing Photos)

Buyers will be out bright and early when inspections begin for the Inglis Gold Yearling Sale at 8.30 on Wednesday morning.

The Oaklands sales complex will house more than 300 lots scheduled to go under the hammer on Sunday and Monday (May 16 and 17).

Inglis Melbourne Bloodstock Manager James Price believes it’s the best Gold Sale he’s seen. “The catalogue is better than last year, and the pedigrees are matched on type. We’re looking forward to presenting them this weekend.”

Price and the Inglis Melbourne team returned to Oaklands on Tuesday morning after staying over for a think-tank in Sydney on Monday. The Easter Yearling Sale was an unqualified success, and Inglis backed that up with another four sales in eight days at Riverside Stables last week.

“It’s been a very successful sales season, and there were a lot of ideas discussed how we can go about improving again next year,” Price said. “The Gold Sale has gone to another level this season with Group 1 winners Lunar Fox and Media Award both graduating in 2019.”

Lunar Fox (3c Foxwedge – Grant’s Moon by Malibu Moon) was a $40,000 graduate from Kelly Thoroughbreds, and the G1 Australian Guineas victory in February sent his earnings past $1million. He loved Flemington, having won the G2 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes at Headquarters in March 2020.

Sale-based Travis Kelly and his wife Bec are back with 11 lots in Barn B at Oaklands for this year’s Gold Sale. The highlight will be the Frosted (USA), half-sister, to Lunar Fox catalogued as Lot 226. The Inglis inspection team rates her highly, and she will be well-found by buyers on Monday.

“We couldn’t afford to buy top-level yearlings, so we decided to start breeding ourselves about ten years ago,” Kelly explained. “Lunar Fox was passed in at the 2019 Premier but really furnished by the time we brought him down for the Gold Sale.

“Now we’re Group 1 winning breeders. It’s the ultimate.”

Kelly Thoroughbreds has catalogued first-crop colts by Bon Aurum (Lot 26) and Thronium (Lot 107) as agent for Regal Thoroughbreds at the Gold Sale.

Bon Aurum (Bon Hoffa) won a G1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes before retiring to Riverbank Farm, and Thronium (Snitzel) claimed a G2 Australia Stakes that earned him a start at Sun Stud. His colt is a half-brother to G1 NZ Derby winner Rocket Spade.

There are more than a dozen first-crop stallions represented at Oaklands, and, apart from Bon Aurum and Thronum, they include Victorian-based Gold Standard & Overshare (Spendthrift), Highland Reel (Swettenham), Impending (Darley), Inference (Chatswood) and Tosen Stardom (Woodside).

“It’s a great assortment of young stallions from our leading studs, and their yearlings represent another fantastic opportunity for buyers and investors to source value,” Price said. “There is great demand for well-credentialed stock in Australia at the moment, and for good reason – prizemoney levels are so strong, and the racing industry has never been healthier.

“It’s great fun being involved in racehorse ownership, be it at a high level or having just a small percentage in a cheaper horse, and I’ve got no doubt there will be countless success stories emerge from this Gold Sale catalogue in years to come.”

Leanne Smith & the Bucklee Farm team at Inglis' Oaklands Junction sales complex

The 2021 edition of the Inglis Melbourne Gold Sale is on this weekend and the boutique Bucklee Farm will again showcase a cracking draft for buyers. Proving they can hold their own against the industry’s bigger players, the Farm has featured in the Top 4 Vendors by Aggregate for the past 5 years, and the team is quietly confident of reaching those heights again.

“We love this sale,” said Bucklee Farm’s principal Leeanne Smith.

“We work hard all year round to continually present well-respected drafts and I’m very lucky that I have a lot of clientele that specifically come to the Sales to visit our drafts.”

Based in Greta West, on the outskirts of Wangaratta, and with a lifetime of experience in the industry, Leeanne will again provide a good cross selection of bloodstock, with a yearling in her 21-strong draft to suit all buyers across the spectrum. All but 4 in the draft are Super VOBIS nominated.

Kicking off for the farm will be the first of two Manhattan Rain progeny, Lot 2. A precocious colt out of Pangani (Pins), he is built in the same neat and compact frame as his grandam, Champion New Zealand 2YO Flying Babe.

The second Manhattan Rain is another neat type, a filly out Nicodora (Lot 328), the half-sister of Group 1 winner Nicconi. Nicodora is the dam of 3 foals to race for 2 winners.

Lot 11, Bel Esprit x Princess Of Exile filly, is from a family of winners including Group 1 Newmarket Hcp winner, The Quarterback. A nice scopey yearling, she covers good ground when walking.

Lot 30 is a good bodied Smart Missile colt with a strong hindquarter. Out of dam Salonika, he is bred on the highly successful Fastnet Rock – Galileo cross.

From a lovely family that includes Lucky Diva and Spirit Of Westbury, Lot 60 (Turffontein x Streghetta) is a precocious colt. He is nicely balanced with a great girth and shoulder.

Bucklee Farm’s other Turffontein is (Lot 129) is a nice mature yearling filly that looks to be an early runner. Out of the Fusaichi Pegasus mare Belisarda, she has a strong back-end and is a great walking filly.

The third Turffontein in the Bucklee draft, Lot 149 (Turffontein x Calais View colt) is from a progressive sprinting family that includes Sartorial Splendor and Fontiton. A first foal for the dam, he is a later foal that Leeanne believes should mature well. The colt has a great length of rein and is well balanced.

Another filly that Leeanne sees as being another early running type is Lot 73, by the exciting Top 5 first season sire Frosted. She is out of The Gorgon, a Street Cry dam with 2 winners from 4 foals to race.

The other in the draft by Frosted is Lot 187, a grey colt out of Donna Intelligente (Dehere). From a great family with plenty of winners, Leeanne believes this lovely colt will be a late maturing type.

From the up-and-coming stallion Palentino, Lot 78 is a big, balanced colt with good strength. He has a superb work ethic and a lovely nature to match. He is the fifth foal from his dam Tiger’s Girl, three have raced with 2 winners including the Kris Lees-trained Irish Thunder.

With his eldest progeny now yearlings, buyers will no doubt be keen to inspect the product of Spendthrift Australia’s Gold Standard. Lot 84, out of Vegeta, is a neat colt out of a powerful sprinting family. His grandam, Romalpa, was a handy mare who, after retiring from the breeding barn, is still a nanny to the youngsters at Bucklee Farm.

Buyers will like what they see in Lot 92. This eye-catching Holler x White Heart Lane filly is a strong, balanced yearling with a great walk and is a half-sister to Stakes winner, Lucky Penny.

By Golden Slipper Stakes winner, Sepoy, and from a running family, Lot 123 is an athletic colt with a solid top line. He is the third foal to his dam, Bad Option (Danerich).

The first of two Pride of Dubai fillies in the Bucklee Farm draft, Lot 136 is the first foal for her dam, Blazers, and as such, presents as a nice strong yearling. A recent pedigree update now includes G3 placed winner, Money Matters.

“She (Lot 136) is a great, tall filly,” said Leeanne. “She is scopey and correct and related to the Group 1 winner-turned-stallion Shinzig.”

The second Pride Of Dubai is Lot 164, a filly out of Listed winner, and dam of two winners, Classy Chloe. Compact and neat, Leeanne describes her as a “sweet little businesswoman.”

“She gets in and does her work, goes back to her box to eat her feed, then rests and is ready to do it all again,” said Leeanne.

Lot 152 is a Your Song x Cara Y Cruz filly. A tall, scopey filly with a good shoulder, she is quite athletic and has a great work ethic. Leeanne believes she will mature well.

Lot 165, a Master of Design x Cloud Class filly, provides buyers with a bit of range. From a sire that is producing regular winners, and from a Good Journey dam, she has good length, a great girth and will grow out into a big horse.

The blonde-maned Lot 237 is by the ever-consistent sire of winners, Reward For Effort. Out of Hot Streak, her first foal was placed in first start last month.

“From a family that includes Kenedna and Spill The Beans, this filly is neat, balanced, a good eater and has not missed a beat in her preparation leading into this sale,” said Leeanne.

Lot 247 is a colt by the ill-fated Fighting Sun, out of Induct, a dam that has produced 8 winners from 9 foals to race. With a beautiful shoulder, he has a great hind quarter to match.

“I might have a little soft spot for this one (Lot 247),” said Leeanne.

“He has a great attitude, loves his work and his feed. He is a really nice, professional colt that I believe will be an early running type.”

A colt by Dissident out of an Al Maher mare, Irradiated, Lot 250 is a tall, later maturing type. He has been thriving in his preparation leading into the Sale and is developing into a lovely strong colt.

Lot 337 (Holler x Oriental) is a colt that will be the last of the Bucklee Farm’s Gold draft to enter Oaklands’ sale ring. Going by the stable name of Wilson, he is from a consistent family of winners (Oriental has produced 6 winners from 9 foals). With a good hip to hock length, he has a good positive attitude to match.

The Bucklee Farm draft will be in Barn A, Stables 25-46 and are available for parade from 12noon Wednesday 12 May. Click here to view their full draft with video and images.

Ilovethiscity winner of the Group 1 Randwick Guineas, and producer of Group 1 two-year-old El Dorado Dreaming will stand the 2021 breeding season at Noor Elaine Farm.

Noor Elaine Farm and breeders have supported Ilovethiscity heavily, serving 124 mares last season. He has served a total of 253 mares in the past three seasons.

Ilovethiscity has proven to be a strong producer of stakes class gallopers with the likes of El Dorado Dreaming, Ilovemyself, Chapel City, Moonlover and stakes performed Pippali and Savoie.

In 2020 Ilovethiscity has had 2 stakes winners, 1 stakes performed, and promising gelding Barocha who was sold to Hong Kong.

Ilovethiscity has been well received at this year’s bloodstock sales. His yearlings have seen $140,000 and $120,000, averaging $48,500.

Ilovethiscity stands at Noor Elaine Farm in Euroa and his 2021 fee is $8,800 (Including GST). All enquiries can be directed to Tim Jackson 0428 855 240 and George Yannas 0400 145 841.

 

Rousseau ridden by Teodore Nugent wins the Rod Fenwick Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on May 08, 2021 in Caulfield, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Moorooduc breeder Craig Pearce was hoping the So You Think colt he bred with his wife Kath at their Princeton Stud might have had the credentials to be a Derby horse.

Out of their mare Solar Rock (Encosta Delago x Cirque Du Soleil), the Chris Waller trained Rousseau sold for $150,000 at the 2019 Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

With the Derby aim long gone, Rousseau is showing the benefits of some extra time. Although scoring his maiden victory at Pakenham over 1600m in February, he has shown good form at his past three starts, culminating in a win over 2000m at Caulfield last Saturday in a three-year-old handicap.

He’d finished second over 2050m at Mornington and then third over 2238m at Sale in the lead up to the victory.

Pearce said Rousseau had shown a lot of potential when his career kicked off.

“We don’t own him, but we were hoping he would have gone on and run around in a Derby or two, but not to be, but it looks like he is maturing enough now and starting to put it together,” he said.

“It was a good win, considering there was a reasonable favourite in the race too.

“He is enjoying it, and I think he needs to get to 2000m at least, and his win was good, and he is on the up, which is good for Chris Waller, and I think he is a Star Thoroughbreds horse.”

Pearce said they have about a dozen mares on their stud and are offering a few at the Magic Millions Gold Coast National Broodmare Sale from May 23-27.

“If they sort of hit some of the areas we want to hit, we will sell and try and replace them with something a bit younger and newer,” he said.

“We are just turning over stock as you do. It’s like football where you have to have your draft coming through and your retirees, and that’s just the way it works.”

Pearce said that with everything that had happened during the past 12 months, it might be prudent to drop back to seven or eight broodmares.

He said he was trying to refine the quality, and that’s why some of the mares would go to the sales as they attempt to identify some younger ones from stakes-winning families or ones that are producing stakes winners.

Pearce said the prices some of the broodmares received at the recent Chairman’s Sale was “off the map.”

“I couldn’t believe it and can’t believe I didn’t have a couple of mine up there,” he said.

One of the mares Pearce will offer on the Gold Coast is Divine Quality which is in foal to Written Tycoon.

“She is a Group 3 winner down the straight at Flemington, and she is in foal to Written Tycoon, and we might just see what she goes for, and if she gets somewhere around the high one hundred, I might let her go,” he said.

Divine Quality (Sepoy x Nun Faster) was raced by the Pearces and had 18 starts for four wins, six seconds and one third.

Pearce said Rousseau’s dam Solar Rock wouldn’t go to the sales as she wasn’t served as she had too late a foal.

“We will be keeping her and getting her back into foal, and hopefully Rousseau can keep flying the flag, and we might throw her in next year,” he said.

Pearce said other mares being offered on the Gold Coast include Galivant (Galileo x Valdara), in foal to Dundeel.

“She had Northern Reign (which is also being offered at the sale),” he said.

“We have got Marble Silver (Notnowcato x Serena’s Storm) in foal (Blue Point) going up there.”

As well as Solar Rock, Pearce said he was also going to leave Pride Rock (Fastnet Rock x Pride of Pine) and Tack (Redoute’s Choice x Line Honours) at home for now.

While Rousseau was a good win for his Victorian breeders, Ruby Skye paid homage to her sire Reset, who passed away last week, by winning the Cameron Plant Memorial Handicap (1600m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

In a press release issued by Darley, the stud said Reset, the undefeated multiple G1 winner on the racetrack and the headline act on the Darley roster at Northwood Park in its formative years, passed away in the evening of Tuesday, 4 May at Woodlands, where he enjoyed his retirement.

Bred by Phillip Esplin and Geoff Hodgkinson, Reset was by champion stallion Zabeel out of dual G1-winning Zeditave mare Assertive Lass.

He was purchased by his trainer Graeme Rogerson for $190,000 at the 2002 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale.

A star on the racetrack for his owner Lloyd Williams, Reset’s brief but scintillating career saw him record five victories from five starts. His final two starts saw him post Group 1 victories in the Australian Guineas, which featured a stirring battle with Starcraft up the long Flemington straight in extreme heat, and a brilliant defeat of the older horses in the Futurity Stakes at Caulfield.

Reset joined the Darley stallion roster on his retirement from the racetrack in 2004 and from his very first crop sired G1 VRC Derby winner Rebel Raider. Following the purchase of Northwood Park, Reset became the headline act on Darley’s Victorian roster, a position he filled with distinction for many years.

 “Reset was a much-loved horse, so it is a really sad day for the whole team, particularly those at Northwood Park,” said Darley Australia’s Head of Sales, Andy Makiv. 

As well as Rebel Raider, Reset is the sire of Caulfield Cup winner Fawkner, Cox Plate heroine Pinker Pinker, Epsom Handicap winner Hauraki and the VRC Oaks-winning filly Set Square.

 In total, he has sired 34 Stakes winners, and his progeny have earned $55 million in prizemoney. As a broodmare sire, his daughters are responsible for 10 Stakes winners to date, including the likes of Houtzen.

Makiv said Reset would continue to be a familiar name in pedigrees and racebooks for years to come.

“He was the start of the marketing slogan we use today that the Darley stallions get you to the big days,” Makiv said. 

“And he not only got you to the big days and the big races; he won you them as evidenced by his Cox Plate, Caulfield Cup, Epsom Handicap and Derby and Oaks winners.

 “Most importantly, though, he was a horse of great character who everyone loved having around, and he will be sorely missed.”

Reset had resided at Woodlands in the Hunter Valley since retiring from stud duties at the end of the 2018 season.

Running Cloud ridden by Lachlan Neindorf wins the Selangor Turf Club Handicap at Caulfield Racecourse on May 08, 2021 in Caulfield, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

The victory of gelding Running Cloud at Caulfield on Saturday was significant for both trainer Nathan Dunn and Larneuk Stud’s Neville Murdoch.

The three-year-old is by Wandjina (Snitzel x La Bamba), and the city win was good timing for Murdoch, who only recently announced that the stallion has joined his roster at Larneuk.

For former jumps jockey Dunn, who is predominately a horse breaker and pre-trainer, it was his first city winner as a trainer.

Running Cloud will not only be memorable for giving Dunn his first metropolitan victory, but it’s the same horse that lashed out at him, shattering his leg in four places last June.

Running Cloud made it a hat-trick of victories at Caulfield after going into the race on the back of a track record-breaking win over 1600m on the Pakenham synthetic track.

And Dunn is considering the offers for his gelding that came from Hong Kong quickly after the Caulfield win.

After kicking off his stud career at a $33,000 service fee in 2015 when Wandjina served 153 mares – his biggest book was the following year when he served 165 – his mares remained in the hundreds until the past two seasons.

Wandjina severed 16 mares in 2019 at a $22,000 service fee, and last year, when his service fee was halved, he had 36 mares.

With his oldest progeny being four-year-olds, Murdoch suggests there is still plenty to come from the stallion’s matings.

“We’ve only had him here for a week, and as a type goes, he is a lovely horse,” Murdoch said.

“Don’t get me wrong, he has plenty of ability, and he gets plenty of winners.

“I think he has got seven or eight stakes horses and a Group 2 winning horse, and we are standing him at $8000.

“It will be really interesting if the breeders get behind him in Victoria because, at that value, he should get 100 mares, you would think.

“But the horse is certainly doing enough for people to come and look at him, and they will get a return off that cost.

“He has got a live chance with the horses he has got, and he has still got plenty, coming in the next year or two, but at the moment, he has got plenty going for him.”

Murdoch said Wandjina was doing enough for people to be looking at him and thinking he deserves a fair go at the value he offers.

He said while he hopes it would happen, he knows what the market is like.

And Murdoch said he chased Wandjina last year, but unfortunately, he threw Group 2 winner Mamaragan and Newgate Stud decided to hang onto him.

Murdoch said he was happy with Larneuk’s roster of stallions and said the market would tell them what they have or haven’t done.

“And our Cluster has had two or three winners this week, and he is going really well,” he said.

“The new horse we bought Endless Drama (Lope De Vega x Desert Drama) is a super horse if you go through his pedigree. And he is standing at $8800.”

Larneuk also stands Cluster and Wolf Cry.

And while Murdoch is excited about what Wandjina can offer the Victorian breeding industry, the stallion’s son Running Cloud has certainly provided Dunn was a few up and downs.

Dunn does a lot of work from his Bayles property for the nearby Yulong outfit, as well as other trainers such as Mick Price.

He broke in Running Cloud, and the horse was China-bound, with about another 80 horses, before the pandemic left them stranded in Australia.

After being turned out to the paddock, Dunn bought the horse back in work with the idea of training him, but disaster struck.

During one training session, the gelding lashed out at Dunn – breaking his leg in four places and putting him out of the saddle for months.

But it wasn’t all doom and gloom for Dunn, who purchased the horse when he couldn’t be exported to China when planes were grounded because of COVID-19.

“I was a little bit surprised with the odds on Saturday, but he was stepping up from a synthetic win, but he did break the track record at Pakenham for the 1600m,” Dunn said.

“I thought he warranted a crack in a three-year-old race in town, but when you look at the trainers who had horses competing in the races and little old me who hadn’t trained a winner in town yet, the odds were double figures.”

Dunn said Running Cloud always showed ability and broke through for his maiden victory over 1600m at Moe last December.

“I had broken in a couple by Wandjina, and they are quite nice horses and being by Snitzel, and out of a Commands mare, I just liked him when I broke him in,” he said.

“There are offers for him now from overseas, and he might finish in Hong Kong.

“I had offers today, and I’d be mad not to sell him, having a young family and being a horse-breaker and earning a living the hard way.

“On the third of June last year, he kicked me and snapped my leg in four places, so there will be no love lost.

“He was actually in the late May online sale, but they pulled him and sent him to me and later acquired him. And it had been eight months since I’d broken him in, and I Iunged him with the gear on for a couple of days and then thought right oh and get out of my way, and I’m getting on this bugger.

“He bucked me over the wall and then backed up to me and kicked me in the leg and broke it, in four places and finished me off a treat.

“I had too much confidence in my ability, thinking he’d be all right to get back on, and he wasn’t it.”

Dunn said he was in a bad way for quite a while after breaking his leg, but in another twist, he found out while he was still on crutches that he’d won the 2011 Grand National Steeplechase.

The original winner of the race, Black and Bent, was recently disqualified as part of Racing Victoria’s investigation and subsequent disqualification of former Caulfield trainer Robert Smerdon.

Dunn had ridden the runner-up, Desert Master, who finished 12 lengths behind Black and Bent.

“I got relegated from second to first,” Dunn said.

“I won it by default and managed to do it lying on my back with crutches.”
After resuming after a nine-week let-up, Dunn described Running Cloud’s first two runs back as a bit ordinary, but he then won a 0-58 Pakenham synthetic, returned to the same track ten days later for a bench 64 win, also 1600m, and ten days later tackled the Selangor Turf Club Handicap (1600m) for three-year-olds at Caulfield.

“So in 30 days, he has won more than $100,000,” Dunn said.

“For sheer hard work, we have been rewarded with a win in town,”

Dunn said he would go through the negotiation process with Hong Kong buyers for Running Cloud, which would also have to pass veterinary examinations and tests.

He said there was still quite a lot of water to go under the bridge, but the interest was there.

Inn Keeper ridden by Dean Holland wins the Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool Racecourse on May 05, 2021 in Warrnambool, Australia. (Alice Miles/Racing Photos)

Symon Wilde admits there is something extra special to breed, train and race a winning horse with family members.

The Warrnambool trainer, who also has stables at Ballarat, achieved some great things at his local three-day carnival last week when Gold Medals (Elvstroem x Lady Mulroy) won the Grand Annual Steeplechase (5500m) at his home track.

But for sentimental reasons, it was hard to surpass the victory of his homebred Inn Keeper (Host x Petit Cadeau) in the listed Wangoom Handicap (1200m).

“It’s always extra special when you breed them, and he (Inn Keeper) is from a line of horses that we’ve had and from the daughter of a mare that dad (Bill) originally bought – Centore (Key Dancer x Clayton’s Century).

“Centore produced a Wangoom winner (Arch Symbol), and Inn Keeper is from her daughter.

“My father had a lot of success with Centore, and we kept her best daughter Petit Cadeau which is the mother of Inn Keeper, so we have had two Wangoom Winners out of that family.

“It’s been terrific.”

Wilde recalls that his father paid $10,000 for Centore at an Adelaide sale and was the most expensive horse he’d ever bought.

And at the time, Bill Wilde was an owner-trainer, and Symon remembers as a kid asking his father why he’d paid so much for Centore.

“He told me she was a beautiful horse, she had double Century, and he named all of this stuff in her pedigree and that he really liked.

“Dad said she was beautifully bred, and he was going to breed from her once she was finished racing.

“She won her first start at Warrnambool, and she had one more start and ran second and ended up getting bone chips in her knees, and the operation was going to cost $3000 for both knees.

“He said God it’s hardly worth it and had her put straight into foal. She had her first foal at four, and we’ve had great success.

Presentation to connections after Inn Keeper won the Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap at Warrnambool Racecourse on May 04, 2021 in Warrnambool, Australia. (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

“She produced a Wangoom winner (Arch Symbol in 2009) and produced another horse called Belfast Card that won his first start at Warrnambool, and at his second start he won again and still holds the track record.”

Belfast Card, by Final Card, established the 1100m track record with a time of 1:03.210 secs in February 2003.

Centore also produced another multiple winning homebred for the Wilde family, Key Symbol (Fraar), which won 13 races, including the Coleraine, Mortlake and Dunkeld Cups.

“He won hurdles and a steeplechase as well,” Wilde said. “The stallions we put her to weren’t great.”

Key Symbol, bred and broken in by Wilde and raced by his family, had given him his best memories in racing, but that’s now being challenged by Gold Medals, which has won more than $1 million in prize money.

Centore’s daughter, Petit Cadeau (Kingston Mill), won four races, including at Sandown and the Warrnambool May Carnival.

Wilde, who originally trained in partnership with his father, said Petit Cadeau had produced four foals, including Thunder Point, which is an unraced three-year-old full brother to Inn Keeper.

“It’s good fun, and there is a different feeling when you breed them, and the family is in them, it’s more satisfying,” he said.

“The breeding has been a hobby, but in recent years with the yearling sale prices being so dear, a client of mine, Dallas Ludeman and I have now have three mares.

“We used to muck around with one mare, but now we have got three, and the reason behind it is that yearling sale prices are so high.

“Two are in New Zealand, and the one is here called Crevasse, and she has a Magnus colt on her.

“It’s turning out cheaper to breed one now. Back when dad started training, he bought these cheap horses for 30 grand and under and bought really nice animals for that money.

“But if you go the sales now with 20 grand, you won’t even get a look in, I think it will turn back to trainers breeding a few.”

Petite Cadeau was retired at the start of the year.

And while the now seven-year-old Inn Keeper had a late start to his racing career, his full brother Thunder Point, who is by Host, is on a similar path and remains unraced as a three-year-old.

Wilde described the gelding as much bigger than Inn Keeper, and he might have one start as a three-year-old or otherwise will kick off his career at four.

Host (Chil) originally stood at Swettenham Stud when Petit Cadeau was served.

Dean Holland returns to the mounting yard on Inn Keeper after winning the Midfield Group Wangoom Handicap, at Warrnambool Racecourse on May 05, 2021 in Warrnambool, Australia.(Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Written Tycoon will stand at Yulong this coming season (Bronwen Healy)

Yulong Stud is proud to announce the 2021 service fees for its six stallions, with four new stallions added to the roster, including the exceptional Written Tycoon.

Current the leading active sire on the Australian General Sires’ premiership, Written Tycoon adds proven star quality to an exciting young roster and will stand the 2021 season for $165,000 inc GST.

The first sire since Redoute’s Choice and Danehill in the last 25 years to sire two colts to win the two richest Group 1 2-year-old features in Australia with Capitalist and Written By, Written Tycoon is having his career-best season to date. In November he became the first stallion in 44 years to sire the winners of both the G1 Caulfield Guineas with Ole Kirk and the G1 Thousand Guineas with Odeum.

Written Tycoon’s yearlings have also been hot commodities in the sale ring, averaging over $300,00 and selling for up to $1.2 million. Australia’s leading first season in 2010-2011, and leading sire of two-year-olds in 2015-16, Written Tycoon has sired a total of 625 winners from 842 runners to date.

“With his racetrack performances and what he has been able to achieve in the sales ring, Written Tycoon has justified his positioning among the leading stallions in Australia,” Yulong Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, said.

Fairgray said the presence of a stallion of Written Tycoon’s calibre on the Nagambie-based farm was a big boost to the entire Yulong team and had lifted the roster to a new level.

“It’s fantastic to have a horse of his quality here at the farm and there is certainly a lot of excitement here. We are really looking forward to the breeding season with him,” he said.

Tagaloa has been retired from the track as a Group 1-winning 2-year-old and Group-winning 3-year-old after brilliant victories in the 2020 G1 Blue Diamond Stakes and 2021 G3 CS Hayes Stakes.

Tagaloa will stand at $33,000 inc GST and is positioned to cover a strong book of mares.

“With such a high calibre of race performance, pedigree and great looks, he’s a fantastic addition to the roster. He is going to give breeders the opportunity to get a good return in the sale ring,” Fairgay said.

“Yulong has an exceptional broodmare band and Tagaloa will be well supported to ensure he has every opportunity to get started on the right note.”

Tagaloa will become the first son of Japanese horse of the year and top young sire Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) to stand in Australia. Lord Kanaloa was runner-up to Deep Impact (Jpn) on the Japanese Sires table in 2020 and is in the same position so far in 2021.

G1 Phoneix Stakes winner Lucky Vega (Ire) will be the first son of Lope de Vega to stand in Australia. Most recently a superb third in the G1 2000 Guineas at Newmarket, Lucky Vega will debut on the Yulong roster this year at a fee of $22,000 inc GST.

With the G1 Irish 2000 Guineas confirmed by Fairgray to be the race most likely next on Lucky Vega’s agenda, he backed him to make an impression when he arrives in Australia ahead of the 2021 breeding season.

“He’s a super-looking horse, with a lot of strength and quality about him and a beautiful head. We are really excited to have a horse of his calibre join the roster this year,” he said.

“Lope De Vega has been a fantastic sire and to be able to have a G1-winning 2-year-old son coming to Australia to stud is fantastic. He’ll be popular with that sireline, as we have seen it excel down here.”

G1 Cantala S. winner and successful at elite level in South Africa, Yulong Prince (SAf) is Yulong’s fourth new addition to the roster and he will stand his first season at $9,900 inc GST.

“He’s a very good looking horse and we have priced him so every breeder has the opportunity to access him,” Fairgray said.

“On type alone he is an attractive proposition. However, he’s also a dual international Group 1 winner with a unique pedigree that is full of quality, and he has proven to be an elite racehorse.”

Yulong’s foundation stallion Grunt (NZ) stands his third season at $13,750 inc GST, while Alabama Express stands his second season at $24,750 inc GST after covering an elite debut book of mares in 2020.

“Of the six stallions we are standing, we have five Group 1 winners on the track and the other one is Written Tycoon, who has left multiple Group 1 winners himself,” Fairgray said.

“We have a diverse roster, with stallions at multiple price points and at different stages in their career. We look forward to welcoming breeders to Yulong to check them out in person.”

Media Award, sired by Rosemont's Shamus Award has won the Group 1 Australasian Oaks (News.com.au)

A $5,000 bargain buy became a darling of the turf when 3YO filly Media Award (Shamus Award) won the G1 Australasian Oaks at Morphettville.

When Mark Arrowsmith parted with what may seem to many as a relatively small outlay at the 2019 Gold Yearling Sale, for him it was his final bid.

And today he was celebrating long and hard as that filly, now known as Media Award, won her first G1, also providing Arrowsmith and Geelong trainer Chris Calthorpe with their first G1s as well.

“When I go to the Gold Sale I have a breeding specialist I deal with and he gives me a short list of around 50, I then go to [Inglis Bloodstock Agent] Mark Dodemaide and get his feedback which gets me down to around 30 horses, then I just sit in there at Oaklands – often next to Mark – and if they come through for $5,000 or less I buy them,’’ Arrowsmith said.

“This filly went to the $5,000 and there were no more bids, but I was one bid away from not getting her because I don’t go above my limit.’’

It was a dream result for Arrowsmith, who trades under his Aintree Park banner, and he now has his sights set on Media Award’s Super One half sister, who is being offered as lot 324 at this month’s Gold Sale at Oaklands, again offered by Bowness Stud who also bred and offered Media Award.

Today’s result adds further to the list of top-class horses offered by Bowness through Inglis, joining the likes of Trapeze Artist, Youngstar and Funstar in recent years.

“The Gold Sale is coming up and it has produced another G1 winner, it’s a bloody good sale,’’ Arrowsmith said.

“Her half sister is there, who I want to buy, but I might have to fork out a bit more now!

Media Award becomes the 61st individual Inglis G1 winner since 2018 and brings to 30 the number of whom could have been bought for $100,000 or less.

The victory – her 11th overall – took the John Thompson-trained mare’s earnings to almost $1.5m and further cemented herself as one of the most consistent black-type performers of the past four years.

To view the Gold Sale catalogue – being held at Oaklands on May 16 and 17 – CLICK HERE.

Article courtesy of Inglis

Endless Drama is headed to Larneuk Stud (Lisa Grimm)

They reckon it’s all about the company you keep.

Victoria’s Larneuk Stud has announced that Champion Miler, ENDLESS DRAMA, has joined its roster for the 2021 season, with the multiple Group winning giant-killer standing at a fee of $8,800 inc. GST.

Now, bear with us while we build the drama …

A 5.5 length winner on debut – as a 2YO in Ireland – ENDLESS DRAMA was 2nd in his first three starts as a 3YO, including a ripper (beaten ¾ length) behind Gleneagles in the Group 1 Irish 2000 Guineas. Glenagles, now standing at Coolmore in Ireland, was first past the post in five straight Group 1s.

At his next start, ENDLESS DRAMA faced Champion European juvenile, Belardo, in the Group 1 Lockinge Stakes, finishing a length shy in third. Last year Belardo was Europe’s leading freshman sire by Group winners.

Despatched to the Chris Waller stable in Australia, ENDLESS DRAMA ran 3rd to Winx (25 Group 1s) and Hartnell (4 Group 1s) – at only his 2nd start down under and first up from a spell – in the Group 2 Apollo Stakes.

There was no Winx the second time around, but ENDLESS DRAMA won the Apollo the following year defeating Global Glamour, Comin’ Through and Prized Icon – all Group 1 winners.

While still under the tutelage of Waller, ENDLESS DRAMA shifted across the ditch where he won the Group 2 Manco Easter Handicap, defeating another Group 1 field.

Returning to Oz, this time under the care of Tony Pike, ENDLESS DRAMA finished 3rd to Trekking ($5.2 million in stakes) in the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap before capping his career with a brilliant victory in the Group 2 Foxbridge Stakes – over 1200m – at Te Rapa. Trailing in his wake that day was dual Group 1 winner Te Akau Shark, NZ Oaks winner, Miss Sentimental AND Kiwi superstar Melody Belle (14 Group 1s).

Interestingly, 30 of ENDLESS DRAMA’s 33 starts were at stakes level: 18 at Group 1 with multiple Group 2 victories and placings at the elite level in Ireland, Great Britain and Australia.

“What a terrific racehorse he was,” claims ENDLESS DRAMA’s Kiwi mentor, Tony Pike, trainer of Group 1 stars The Bostonian, Sherwood Forest, Sacred Star, Rangipo et al. “He really did race against the top here and abroad and was unlucky not to win a Group 1 with him: he ran a blinder from the outside barrier in the Kingsford-Smith and that was a great third in the Stradbroke.

“I reckon breeders will really take to the horse – he’s an absolutely magnificent type and as for temperament, he was practically the stable pet. After all, to campaign successfully in four countries and in both hemispheres – competing with the best – you’d need to have a very good attitude.”

Want more drama? ENDLESS DRAMA is by remarkable speed influence Lope de Vega, whose few short seasons in Australia produced 5-time Group 1 winner of $8.2 million in Santa Ana Lane, dual Group 1 winner, Vega Magic, Spanish Whisper, Spanish Reef and everyone’s favourite flyer, Gytrash.

Gets even better … ENDLESS DRAMA’s pedigree is Danehill FREE. Sans, nada, zilcho, which, if Lope de Vega is anything to go by, makes him an ideal outcross. Remember, both Santa Ana Lane and Gytrash are out of Fastnet Rock mare, Vega Magic’s granddam is by Danewin. Even multiple Group 1 winner, Belardo – also by Lope de Vega – is out of a Danehill mare.

ENDLESS DRAMA, meanwhile, is from the French stakes winner and Group 2 placed, Desert Drama, the dam of six winners and granddam of stakes winners Johnny Drama and Champagne or Water, and a half sister to three stakes winners in Sharpest Image, Tycoon’s Hill and Tycoon’s Dolce. Terrific family.

Think about it … a giant-killing son of Lope de Vega standing in Victoria for just $8,800 – don’t you reckon your life needs a bit more drama? A limited number of breeding rights will also be made available for ENDLESS DRAMA.

ENDLESS DRAMA will stand this season at Larneuk Stud alongside, leading juvenile source, WANDJINA (also at $8,800), Fastnet Rock stallion, CLUSTER (sire of this season’s brilliant 2YO, Rocket Tiger) and first season sire, WOLF CRY, who is off to a flyer with Group 2 placed, Wolves and Doomben 5.5 length winner, General Wolffe, among his first three runners. Both Cluster and Wolf Cry stand at a fee of $6,600 inc. GST.

For further information on Endless Drama, Wandjina, Cluster or Wolf Cry, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.

Savatoxl is now chasing Group 1 success (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Five-year-old gelding Savatoxl has come along since the days growing up on the Gippsland farm he shared with some champion Angus cattle.

Bred by Drouin South farmers Sheryl and Mark Atkinson, the son of Kuroshio was virtually unwanted when he went through the 2017 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

He was passed in for $14,000 on a $20,000 reserve but a couple of months later was sold for $8000 at the VOBIS Gold Sale to the Alice Springs Turf Club, which sold the then colt soon after at the Red Centre Yearling Sale.

Alice Springs trainer Will Savage paid $18,000 for the yearling, which was out of Savabeel mare Li’l Miss Hayley.

And once he hit the track as Savatoxl, it wasn’t long before everyone was talking about the Victorian-bred horse who won eight of his first ten starts – all on his home track at Pioneer Park Racecourse.

Quickly outgrowing racing at Alice Springs, Savage then sent the gelding further up the road to Darwin, where trainer Gary Clarke gave him two starts at Fanny Bay, finishing fourth in the 2019 Darwin Guineas (1600m) and second in the Northern Territory Derby (2000m).

He then returned to Savage for two races at Pioneer Park, where he added another victory before heading back to Clarke at Fanny Bay for the NT Spring Cup Carnival and won three races in a row, including the NT Guineas (1600m) and Chief Minister’s Cup (1600m).

Savatoxl then finished sixth in the Darwin Cup (2050m), and that might be the last time the Top End sees the gelding.

Now in the care of Tony and Calvin McEvoy at Angaston in South Australia, Savatoxl finished third in the listed Balaklava Cup (1600m) in his first race for his new trainers last September.

After two unplaced runs at Caulfield and Flemington, Savatoxl bounced back at Morphettville with two victories, including the listed Xmas Handicap (1200m).

Savatoxl’s most significant win came last Saturday when he won the Group 3 D.C. McKay Stakes (1100m) at Morphettville. Now being kept to sprint distances by his new trainers, the gelding’s next assignment is May 15, when he tackles the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap (1200m).

The gelding’s former trainer Savage, who owns the horse with Alice Springs locals Bianca and Tyson Gordon, believes his horse will only get better.

“He has been a bloody good horse and is still maturing and is improving all the time after being a bit wayward at the start,” Savage said.

“He got on the board straight away, but he was as green as grass.

“We couldn’t do any more with him in the territory, so we had to go south with him or somewhere, so that was the best option.”

Savage said that while he’d be facing more challenging opposition in the Goodwood, he deserved a crack at the Group 1.

He said the horse always had a good turn of foot and cruising speed, and while he is being kept to sprinting, he stepped out to longer trips in the Northern Territory because the more significant races were from 1600m to 2000m.

“He broke the track record for a mile at Alice Springs and still holds it,” Savage said.

For breeders Sheryl Atkinson and husband Mark, who own the 200-acre property in Carrington Park, they are thrilled to witness the success of the well-travelled horse they bred.

Originally a $280,000 yearling, the Atkinsons paid $5000 for Savatoxl’s dam, Li’l Miss Hayley three years later at the Australian Broodmare Sale after departing her trainer and breeder Graham Rogerson’s Sydney stables for Corowa where she finished her brief career with a second.
Sheryl said that as she and her husband approached their retirement, they decided to retire from the racehorse breeding industry.

“We had a few mares and thought the pedigree (of Li’l Miss Hayley) would match really well with Kuroshio,” she said.

“We took him to the Premier Sale, and he had just a very small abnormality on one of his x-rays which meant when we eventually sold him, we lost a lot of money on him.

“But luckily for him, people up at Alice Springs bought him, and I know they then on-sold him, and he has gone from strength to strength.”
Now with prize money of $449,165, Sheryl said Savatoxl had earned enough to have him with another trainer as he chases bigger races and more glory.

“It’s a sad thing that he had a little abnormality on his x-ray, and all the vets said it would make absolutely no difference to his racing career, and it hasn’t. It wasn’t anything that was ever going to affect him and from memory was just a little lump, and it was nothing.”

While the Atkinsons might have been disappointed with the sale price of Savatoxl, it hasn’t been all gloom and doom for them and the progeny of Li’l Miss Hayley.

A Brazen Beau colt (Bengal Bandit) out of the mare sold for $380,000 at the 2019 Melbourne Premier.

Cheryl said the colt was the last one they bred from Li’l Miss Hayley, which they have since sold.

The first horse they bred from the mare was sold to Singapore (Southern Chief Shaft), and the second one (Pretty Bauhinia) was sold to Hong Kong after winning his first two starts in Australia racing as Karpacz and has now won nearly $800,000.
The mare also had foals to Toorak Toff and Your Song, and the new owner has a filly by Needs Further, and she was again served by the stallion last year.

Sheryl said they bred for about ten years and now have commercial cows on their property after deciding that they’d like to travel and do other things. Their Angus bulls and cattle have won numerous awards at shows for many years.
“We used to do the thoroughbreds on our own, and it’s a lot of work,” she said.
“We had ten mares at our most and then got down to about four, and like everyone, we had our ups and downs.
“And we only raced a couple, and they were usually the ones that didn’t pass on x-rays and things like that, and we had a couple that won fairly good races, and it was really exciting.
“We decided that you had to go big and get into it, and we got to an age where we wanted to retire and be able to do other things and time to cut back.”
Sheryl said while they studied long and hard into the pedigrees and what would stallion would suit their broodmares, they were also governed by the “fashion factor” and trying to predict what would still be popular further down the track.
“It’s a bit of a catch 22 when you’re looking that far ahead. If you were breeding to race, there are probably a lot of other stallions you’d use, but if you are breeding to sell, you are trying to mix it with pedigrees that you think are going to match as well as being popular,” she said.
“Kuroshio was a first season sire, and we took the gamble, and it didn’t pay off with us making money, but it paid off with the cross with the mare.”

And Sheryl is still holding out hope that she’ll still make a dollar out of Savatoxl if he returns to Melbourne and can win a VOBIS race as she nominated him for the VOBIS.

The Atkinson’s have sold their yearlings through Ryan Arnel’s Stonehouse Thoroughbreds at Eddington.

“Savatoxl was a smashing type,” Arnel said.

“He was probably not the most commercial type in the sense that he was by Kuroshio, but that’s what the beauty of the Gold Sale is that they are not necessarily the most commercial stallions represented,” he said.

“It is a type sale, and if you are willing to do the groundwork, there are plenty of good horses to be found there.

“He is a perfect example and as an actual type, and if anyone who looked at him went back on their notes, they couldn’t have too much negative stuff written about him because he was just a nice one but a hard one to get out of the box because he was by Kuroshio.

“He had a little fragment in a front leg, but it wasn’t even near a joint.”
Arnel said Savatoxl was considered good enough by Inglis to be at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Beau Rossa ridden by Jamie Kah wins the The Big Screen Company Handicap at Ladbrokes Park Hillside Racecourse on April 05, 2021 in Springvale, Australia. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

Luck hasn’t always been with Beau Rossa.

By Three Bridge Thoroughbred’s late stallion Unencumbered, the three-year-old won last Saturday’s Group 2 Tobin Bronze Stakes (1200m) on his home track for Adelaide trainer Will Clarken.

Like many top sprinters, Beau Rossa will now be targeted for the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap (1200m) on May 15.
Beau Ross pulled off a successful Victorian raid at Sandown on Easter Monday when he scored a scintillating seven-length win, with Jamie Kah in the saddle, over 1300m.

He returned from Adelaide for a crack at the exclusive Sires Guineas (1600m) after Racing Victoria extended nominations.

It was on the same big Victorian Owners and Breeders Race Day last year that Beau Rossa was set to take his place in the field for the rich The Showdown (1200m) – but he never made it.

He became unsettled on the truck transporting him to Victoria and hurt himself, forcing his scratching.

Starting $2 favourite in last month’s Sires Guineas, Beau Rossa, again ridden by Kah, went down by the narrowest of margins to the Greg Eurell trained Street Boss filly Ripper Rita.

The three-year-old was a $5 equal favourite at Morphettville last Saturday, and with Todd Pannell in the saddle, the gelding got the job done with a 1.5 length win.

Dropping back from the Caulfield mile to 1200m at Morphettville was a fine training feat by Clarken, who said Beau Rossa has a lot of upside.

“It was terrific coming back from the mile, and we freshened him up,” Clarken said.

“He put the writing on the wall at Sandown by seven lengths over 1300m in a benchmark 64.

“His win on Saturday might be a little less than that, but he ran a very high-performance figure that day, and he made a few mistakes, and it wasn’t an excellent tempo on Saturday, and they only went slow.

“Going forward to the Goodwood, if they can go a touch faster and he might get his toe in a little bit more, I reckon that might make him some chance.

“I think maybe if Jamie (Kah) had her time again, she might have ridden him a little bit differently in the Sires because just how green he was, and he is just doing so much wrong in his races.”

With four wins and a second and a third from eight starts and $300,250 in prize money, he is looming as a bargain buy after he was sold for $80,000 by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, which was also one of the breeders of the horse, at the 2019 Adelaide Yearling Sales.

“He was going across for The Showdown last year but went off in the truck where he was by himself and smashed himself up, and it was a massive setback,” Clarken said.

“And even last prep, we got him right once, but we didn’t have him right the whole time.”

Clarken said that Beau Rossa would have definitely been a chance in The Showdown, but it was “spilt milk now.”

Clarken and fellow South Australian trainer David Jolly picked out Beau Rossa at the Adelaide Sale.

“David does a bit of bloodstock work for me, and he was a bloodstock agent in a former life and was getting back into it,” Clarken said.

“All of my yearling selections, when he is at the sales, we do together.
“And that was one that David Jolly and I found.”

Clarken said Beau Ross was out of a Choisir mare – My Choisir – that had a bit of ability. The now 12-year-old raced 11 times for two wins.

“He was like an old horse in a young horse’s body at the sales if that makes sense,” he said.

“You could see that he was going to be a bit of an old school, real Australian speed type. You could see his class, but most probably being a bigger horse at the yearling sales, he was off of a few people’s radar because they don’t traditionally hunt these horses that could take more time.”

Clarken said Beau Rossa was shaping as one of Unencumbered’s best horses.

Despite racing just once at 1600m in the Sires Guineas, Clarken is confident he’ll again prove to be effective at the longer trip.

“I think he will be effective anywhere between 1200m to a mile, depending on how we train him,” he said.

“To be honest, we hadn’t looked at that VOBIS Sires Guineas race, and I would have done a lot of things differently and would have left him (in Victoria) after the Sandown run, but he came backwards and forth.

“I would have changed a few pieces of his work, and he wasn’t screwed down for it because he was a late nom, and we were worried about the mile, and the race at the time looked like it lacked a bit of depth, and we went off as the short-priced favourite.

“In hindsight, the form was franked with the winner (Ripper Rita) coming out and running third in the Australasian Oaks on Saturday.”
Three Bridge’s Peter Liston said Beau Rossa was an outstanding type, and he wasn’t surprised when he was sold for $80,000.

“I think that was nearly our reserve,” he said.

“They (co-breeders) were going to keep him if they didn’t get that.
“The mare wasn’t ours, but she lived here for years.”

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm has always had the reputation of producing an outstanding equine athlete for the track and achieving outstanding records with their sales results.

When you think of Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, you think of black type winners such as Gold Edition, multiple Group 1 winners, Global Glamour & Pippie, Maribyrnong plate winners General Truce & Arctic Command, to name a few.

Another notable name to come from Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm, is multiple Group 1 winner, Pippie (Grant Courtney)

The boutique broodmare farm based in Corinella Victoria is owned and operated by the O’Brien family, Tanith, James O’Brien and Georgina.

“We have reduced our broodmare band over the years quite dramatically, and we put a strong focus on ensuring that our mating’s are planned both on pedigree and conformation. This plays a big part as to where we send our mares,” James O’Brien said.

Last year, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm decided to sell their entire 2019 draft as weanlings.

The decision was not one which Lauriston Thoroughbred made lightly. After the passing away of Kevin O’Brien and with the uncertainty around COVID, the decision was made to sell all ten weanlings.

“Our business model has always been to sell our progeny as yearlings; that is something we have done since we established Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm. However, with COVID and with the passing of Dad, we decided to sell our entire foal crop as weanlings,” James said.

The result was an aggregate of $699,000 at the Inglis Australian weanling sale.

“As it turns out, we topped the averages and sold the top lot as well. We made a gross of $699,000 for ten horses sold, and eight of those have been reoffered,” James said.

“When they were brought back through the ring as yearlings, our horses made more than $1.5 million in resale value for their pinhookers or, on average, 2.5 times their purchase price. It is a terrific result for those who bought our weanlings,”

Lauriston Thoroughbred’s top price weanling was their Not a Single Doubt x Rhodamine filly made $280,000 when she was knocked down to Suman Hedge Bloodstock and Silverdale Farm.

The filly is a full sister to the stakes-placed Legend of Condor.

She was reoffered as a yearling at this year’s Magic Millions Gold Coast sale when Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott went to $750,000 for the filly. This made Silverdale Farm and Suman Hedge Bloodstock a profit of $470,000 or 2.68 times her purchase price.

Another successful pinhook was the Deep Field x Odelia filly. Knocked down for $60,000 at last year’s sale, she was reoffered through Blue Gum’s draft and Melbourne Premier and made $180,000 when Lindsay Park purchased her. This made her pinhooker, Dom Romanelli for 3 times her purchase price – a profit of $120,000.

Not to mention in 2017 when Lauriston Thoroughbred sold a colt by Toronado out of Demasheen, now known as Laverrod, for $140,000 to James Bester and was then sold as a yearling to Coolmore for $270,000.

Laverrod is the winner of seven races, one of those being the Listed Hareeba Stakes; he has placed five times at a listed level and has amassed $640,000 in prizemoney so far most recently winning the VOBIS Gold Sprint on the 17th of April this year.

This year, Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm will present two weanling colts for sale at the Inglis Australian weanling sale.

“We are very pleased with the two colts we are presenting at the Inglis Australian Weanling Sale,” James commented.

The first lot to head through the ring will be lot 122, a colt of out an Encosta De Lago mare, Just Our Girl (Gold Edition) by Snitzel.

The colt is currently the only Snitzel weanling colt available catalogued for sale across Australia.

Lot 122 of Lauriston’s draft – Snitzel x Just Our Girl.

“Our Snitzel colt has developed into a very strong forward type, and we think he will make an early yearling. He is out of a terrific family out of an Encosta De Lago mare, who is out of Gold Edition,” James said.

“His granddam was the highest-rated 3YO sprinter of her generation, and he is certainly a standout on type, and we are really impressed with him,” he said.

Gold Edition is a horse close to the O’Brien’s heart. They purchased her as a yearling, and she went on to perform at an elite level for the family before retiring as a broodmare on their farm.

“Goldie raced against the elite sprinters and performed extraordinarily well in her era,” James enthused.

The next colt to head through the ring is lot 247, a colt by Spirit of Boom out of Swiftly Red (Testa Rossa x General Resolve). The colt is from the same family as General Truce and Arctic Command.

His half-brother last year sold for $50,000 at the 2020 sale and was reoffered at Magic Millions, securing $240,000 for his pinhookers. This is a profit of $190,000 or 4.80 times his purchase price.

“The colt on offer this year is tall for a Spirit of Boom and looks like a very forward early Spirit of Boom. He will be very presentable at any early yearling sale next year,” James said.

“Swiftly Red is the half-sister to two Maribyrnong Plate winners, which is the only Group race for two-year-olds in the Spring,” James said.

Lot 247 of Lauriston’s draft, a colt by Spirit of Boom x Swiftly Red

James has traced the female line of this family back to the first arrival in Australia and a mare who arrived in the 1900’s.

“The mare lineage traces directly back to the dam of Heroic, who was a super stallion at the time. He had a lot of success in the sales ring and is from a well-credentialled family,” he said.

“Heroic was another Maribyrnong Plate winner in the family in 1923 and he is the sire of Ajax. The family have certainly been able to produce fast speedy horses,” James said.

It is evident that Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm has formulated a recipe for success both on the track and in the ring.

With seven of his weanlings reselling and making a profit on average of 2.5 times their purchase price for their pinhookers, there is plenty of opportunity with the two colts on offer for prospective pinhookers.

Both colts are eligible for VOBIS and to view their pedigree pages, click here.

Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm 2020 Inglis Australian Weanling sale results:

Participants at the Randwick Forum last week (TDN)
Many of the industry’s heaviest hitters came together at Randwick last week for the Australian Thoroughbred Workforce Development Forum, two days of robust discussion on the staff issues that are chipping away at the future of the sport.

It’s been a long conversation in the industry, the need to stimulate and secure a workforce. There aren’t enough trackwork riders, the hours are unsavoury, or everyday people lack the experience required for stud work… these are significant issues that racing and breeding operations face daily.

In an effort to tackle this, Racing Australia, in partnership with Godolphin and Thoroughbred Industry Careers (TIC), hosted a Thoroughbred Workforce Development Forum in Sydney last week, an intense two-day conference at Royal Randwick. It was an opportunity for industry-wide discussion on obtaining, training and retaining a racing and breeding workforce.

In attendance were some of the biggest names in the business.

John Messara provided a strong call to arms, and Greg Nichols and Myles Foreman were there for Racing Australia. Lindy Maurice represented TIC, and Vin Cox was there for Godolphin, while Katie Page from Magic Millions joined Lizzie Jelfs, Chris Waller, Ciaron Maher and Toby Liston, from Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, on a Day 2 panel.

International event rider Brett Parbery gave input on reaching out to the equestrian community, while Debra Briscoe was there for Tabcorp’s Wagering and Media arm.

In total, 80 participants appeared across two days of workshops and discussions, all of which aimed to create strategies to secure the industry’s future workforce.

The genesis of an idea

The inspiration for the event came from the UK in 2019, when Godolphin hosted a similar conference that gathered breeding, racing and education professionals from six countries.

In its wake came an intercontinental alliance, Together for Racing International (TfRI), which now serves industry stakeholders, job seekers, and educators and parents.

The pillars of the TfRI are education, community engagement and workforce skills, with participation and input from Australia, France, the UK, Ireland, Japan and the US. At its essence, the TfRI is a platform to showcase work opportunities within the racing and breeding industry, and the Godolphin conference was something of a revelation.

“The thing I love about this most is that it has brought six countries together to share ideas in an industry which, if we’re honest, is full of factions,” said ITV racing commentator Ed Chamberlin. “When those factions come together and unite, my goodness this is a powerful sport.”

 

Guests of the conference said the racing and breeding industries had enormous potential to offer a future to young people, and TIC’s Lindy Maurice was in attendance.

“The way we look after our staff, and the way we respect our future workforce, is really important,” she said.

Kidding around

Sydney’s event last week covered a broad range of industry issues, including the dearth of workers for both track riding and stud employment. While the former is a much-discussed issue, the latter is equally serious.

In Victoria, Toby Liston’s Three Bridges Thoroughbreds shrunk its operation just to alleviate a staff crisis. The popular breeder used to employ 15 people, but is today down to just 10.

“We had to shrink our business because we can’t find the right people at the moment,” Liston said. “Our problem at Three Bridges isn’t necessarily retention, it’s attracting people. The pool is diminishing.”

“Our problem at Three Bridges isn’t necessarily retention, it’s attracting people. The pool is diminishing.” – Toby Liston

Liston said this echoed right across the Forum at Randwick last week, with Chris Waller declaring that people just weren’t knocking on his door for work.

“Katie Page, she’s a very successful lady, and she said the industry was booming,” Liston said. “But she also said if we think it’s been difficult retaining and attracting staff this year, wait until next year. It’s only going to get harder, which was a bit frightening to hear.”

 

Liston is a board member of Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria, and he joined Page as a panellist last week tackling staff retention. He said her insight was spectacular, with her grounding in both retail and bloodstock. However, from his perspective as a breeder, he said one of the biggest hurdles facing the sport was its social licence.

“We need to get to the children with our messages,” Liston said. “There’s a perception among so many people now that racing is cruel. But there was also an analogy made that kids that go camping with their parents are three times more likely to go camping when they’re older, and I think it’s the same with horses. The experiences you get when you’re young will echo when you’re older.”

Crisis talks

Former jockey and licenced apprentice-coach Matt Pumpa was in the audience for the Workforce Forum. Pumpa made headlines earlier this year with the Lindsay Park riding school, an in-house program at Lindsay Park’s Euroa base which teaches existing staff the riding skills required to become work riders.

The school was an exceptional answer to the shortage of track-riders, with the program graduating its first set of riders in early March.

However, it’s not an easy model to replicate industry-wide, with Lindsay Park possessing a unique, all-encompassing setup that includes infrastructure and insurances, and Pumpa’s ticket to accredit new riders.

“The Forum was good because it discussed how to attract a younger community, and how we keep them,” Pumpa said.

“It talked about flexible work hours, working conditions and pay rates. It also spoke about these riding schools that people are talking about, but it all comes down to funding. There’s a lot of people who have tried to get that sort of thing off the ground, but it doesn’t get anywhere because of lack of funding.”

“(The Forum) talked about flexible work hours, working conditions and pay rates.” – Matt Pumpa

Pumpa’s motivation to attend the Sydney event was based on the Lindsay Park program, but he’s been in the business a long time across two continents (Australia and Asia), and the staff crisis isn’t lost on him.

“The trainers are concerned,” he said. “Chris Waller and Ciaron Maher, they spoke about it. But the whole thing was about creating pathways for staff, whether they want to ride trackwork or head down some other avenue within the industry. That particular part of it was very good, because not everyone wants to ride work. They might want to do something else.”

Singing from different hymn sheets

The Australian Thoroughbred Workforce Development Forum wrapped up its two days after lively discussion.

Project co-ordinator, Arrowfield’s Anna Power, said it was a success, with no personal agendas and a widespread acknowledgement that things have to be done.

“Most impressive was the participants’ collective understanding of the issues we face, and their willingness to share ideas and commitment to achieving real outcomes,” she said. “There is a growing recognition that the supply of racing’s wagering and entertainment product cannot be maintained much more without focus on the workforce.”

She added that the Forum was a vital step towards building the unified approach that was key to progress. However, there were varying ideas about the definition of unity when it came to the issue of ‘what next’.

Was it up to Racing Australia to adopt strategies, or did that fall in the laps of Principal Racing Authorities (PRAs)?

We have to remember that education is state-based in this country, by its very nature,” Myles Foreman told Sky Racing’s Bred To Win. “Within that context, we continue to look at what we can do as an industry, and Racing Australia’s role in that, to co-ordinate and bring people together where it makes sense to do so.”

Foreman said there were exciting things happening at a state level with the PRAs.

“The fact that it happens at a state level creates great outcomes, because we’re looking at it from different angles and achieving different outcomes,” he said.

But this wasn’t the opinion across the board.

“We can have as many meetings as we want, but if we’re not on the same page with a national collaborative approach, we’re wasting our time.” – Toby Liston

“For me, the goal from the whole couple of days was to have a national approach,” Liston said. “We need to have one nation, one body and one voice. For two days we spoke about the national approach, and then the last address basically said it was up to the states to look after their own education system within the industry. We can have as many meetings as we want, but if we’re not on the same page with a national collaborative approach, we’re wasting our time.”

Military approach

Lindy Maurice has long been a champion for this issue.

She created TIC with an eye on protecting the future of the billion-dollar racing and breeding industry, and her organisation, with limited funds, has been responsible for some of the brightest stars of the sport, mentoring and training close to 90 young people over the past two years into vital roles.

Maurice said there was no reason why the industry couldn’t look to existing platforms when it comes to tackling workforce problems, flagging Defence Jobs Australia as an example.

“Defence Jobs represents the Army, Navy, Airforce and Reserves, a one-brand platform for recruiting into the Defence Force,” she said. “Imagine how complicated that is, but they’re overseeing that the right people are recruited and that the educational pathways and development are available for many factions of the Defence Force. I’ve said many times that this is what we need for our industry from a marketing perspective.”

For Maurice, the strategy is simple, even if the execution of it is complicated.

“We just need to sell ourselves. Why not go out there with one voice and make it more powerful? It’s simple marketing, that’s the way I see it.” – Lindy Maurice

“We just need to sell ourselves,” she said. “Why not go out there with one voice and make it more powerful? It’s simple marketing, that’s the way I see it.”

Pressing on

The official wash-up from the Forum was that a collaborative approach was required, but it didn’t define whether that was national or state-based.

This isn’t a new thing in racing, or even in Australia generally, but it’s often a challenging one when it comes to tackling issues that affect a nation-wide industry.

Nevertheless, the Forum recognised a great cross section of many key topics in its two days of robust debate, including career pathways, staff registration and horse population data, and also diversity and inclusivity within the workforce.

Additionally, it flagged perceptions of the sport and a need for consistent marketing.

The working group, which comprises Racing Australia, the PRAs Racing NSW, Racing Victoria and Racing SA, plus Godolphin, TIC and Arrowfield Stud, will meet once again this week in a further effort to bring together the content, ideas and information shared at Randwick last week.

Article courtesy of TDN

Widden Stud take great pleasure in announcing the service fees for all 21 stallions on our 2021 rosters in both NSW and Victoria.

Topping the list is our powerhouse champion sire Zoustar, whose stocks have clearly been on the rise this year.

With his oldest progeny now five year-olds, Zoustar has built a formidable record as the sire of 22 stakes winners – 15 of them Group winners – worldwide with over 200 winners amassing in excess of $40 million in prizemoney.

His flagship performer being Champion 3YO Filly Sunlight, who was sold as a breeding prospect last year at the Magic Millions National Sale for $4.2million.

The sire of over 110 Australian winners of more than $10million in prizemoney this season alone, Zoustar has sired 13 stakes-winners worldwide since August 1 headed by Group I winning sprinter Zoutori and Group II winning juveniles Lightsaber and Glistening.

In the sales ring, Zoustar has hit new benchmarks in 2021 recording his highest overall average price across all sales with the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale showcasing 24 of his stock at an average of $390,625, while Magic Millions saw 51 yearlings average $288,922.

Zoustar has also had three yearlings this year sell for $1million or more with the colt from Lady Jivago fetching $1.25 million to become his highest-priced yearling to date.

In total, Zoustar has now had seven yearlings surpass the $1million mark and 46 sell for $500,000 and above, representing phenomenal returns for his supporters.

Zoustar stands at $154,000 inc GST.

Young gun Trapeze Artist produced stunning first foals last spring and is moving into the next exciting phase of his stud career with weanlings set to hit major sales in the coming weeks and months.

Written By’s first crop make their sales debut this year as he returns to his original fee of $24,750 in light of the continuing upward spiral of his sire Written Tycoon, whose champion son Capitalist is now the leading Australian sire of 2YO’s.

The Widden team eagerly anticipate the arrival of the first foals of Zoustars’s brilliant son Zousain, who completed the season with an impressive book of 188 mares last spring.

New recruits this year are dual Group I winner Russian Camelot (IRE) and brilliant speedsters Anders and Doubtland, who are all priced attractively, the latter pair similar in profile to their now retired outstanding sire Not a Single Doubt.

The ever reliable Nicconi has recorded 93 winners and progeny earnings of over $7.3m this season, his offspring highlighted by the world’s highest-rated sprinter in Nature Strip, who nailed a sixth Group I success when going back-to-back in the TJ Smith, a performance which saw his slot in The Everest confirmed.

Star Witness has enjoyed yet another bumper season, represented by nine stakes performers, including a quinella in the Magic Millions Guineas via Aim and subsequent Group I Newmarket placed Amish Boy, Group II winner Graff and Group III winners Explosive Witness and Threeood.

He has also had five juvenile winners this season including stakes-placed Swift Witness, Rhapsody Rose and the very promising debut winner Valuable Witness.

Reigning champion Victorian based sire Magnus occupies ninth position on the Australian sires table with 98 winners this season, including Group I winner Streets Of Avalon, while Bel Esprit continues to add to his tally 740 winners and $77m in progeny earnings.

Fiorente (IRE) notched his sixth stakes winner recently with the exciting 3YO Liqueuro, who looms as a leading fancy in the Group I SAJC South Australian Derby.

Champion 2YO National Defense (GB) had his first runner place second over 900m at Keeneland earlier this month, while dual Group I winner Palentino has a host of promising performers ready to hit the track.

Widden Stud NSW all prices inclusive of GST

ZOUSTAR $154,000
TRAPEZE ARTIST $66,000
WRITTEN BY $24,750
ZOUSAIN $19,800
NEW ANDERS $16,500
SUPIDO $8,800
YOUR SONG $8,800
STRATUM STAR $8,800
OUTREACH $4,400

Widden Stud VICTORIA all prices inclusive of GST

NICCONI $27,500
NEW RUSSIAN CAMELOT (IRE) $22,000
NEW DOUBTLAND $16,500
STAR WITNESS $16,500
MAGNUS $15,400
FIORENTE (IRE) $11,000
PALENTINO $11,000
NATIONAL DEFENSE (GB) $9,900
BEL ESPRIT $7,700
THRONUM $7,700
READY FOR VICTORY $4,400
SQUAMOSA $4,400

Wandjina will stand at Larnuek Stud (Larneuk)

Boasting a top 20 strike rate, Snitzel’s Group 1 winner, WANDJINA, will stand at Victoria’s Larneuk Stud this spring.

With just three crops of racing age, Wandjina can lay claim to the likes of last season’s Group 2 winning 2YO Mamaragan, Kris Lees’ 5-times stakes placed winner of 7 in Wandabaa, the Group 2 placed pair of Express Pass and Rocky My Wand, along with black type 2YOs such as Deep Chill, Grand Scholar and Wanaroo, third on debut behind this season’s unbeaten 2YO, Tycoon Humma.

Notably, Mamaragan finished third to Farnan (now standing at $55,000) in the Group 1 Golden Slipper and followed up with another placing behind King’s Legacy (new to Coolmore) in the Group 1 Sires’ Produce Stakes.

For the current season Wandjina has produced a superior winners-to-runners hit rate (for 100 or more runners) than Exceed And Excel, Pierro, Lonhro, Medaglia d’Oro, Redoute’s Choice, More Than Ready, Street Boss, Not A Single Doubt and co.

With Wandjina yearlings selling up to $150,000 in 2021, the stallion is a particular favourite among Victorian buyers with Robbie Griffiths, Kavanagh Racing, Nigel Blackiston, Patrick Payne, Byron Cozamanis and Ken Keys all snapping up his youngsters in the last two years.

Testimony to his immaculate conformation and athleticism – something he’s not shy of throwing to progeny – Wandjina was sold as a yearling for $1 million and, racing out of the Gai Waterhouse stable, won by over 3 lengths in Sydney as a 2YO before racing on a three with a rapid fire third behind Shooting To Win in the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas. In the autumn, Wandjina first won the Group 3 CS Hayes Stakes, then the Group 1 Australian Guineas, before capping his career with a lip second to Dissident in the Group 1 All Aged Stakes (beating home Chautauqua).

Among 108 stakeswinners for the all conquering, Snitzel, Wandjina is a half brother to three stakeswinners, including Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint hero, Inspiration, and is out of a half sister to Group 1 winning sprinters Masked Party and Festal, while close relations include Champion 2YO and Group producing sire, Dracula, Group 1 winner and sire, Complacent, and Group 1 NZ Oaks winner, Miss Sentimental.

Standing at a fee of $8,800 inc. GST, Wandjina’s joins Fastnet Rock stallion, Cluster (sire of this season’s brilliant 2YO, Rocket Tiger) and first season sire, Wolf Cry, who is off to a flyer with Group 2 placed, Wolves and Doomben 5.5 length winner, General Wolffe, among his first three runners. Both Cluster and Wolf Cry stand at a fee of $6,600 inc. GST.

For further information on Wandjina, Cluster and Wolf Cry, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.

Mr Exclusive and jockey Beau Mertens, after winning the Dexion Victoria Handicap at Caulfield, April 24, 2021. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

After a series of lengthy spells caused by setbacks, the Matthew Brown-trained Mr Exclusive finally broke through for his maiden city victory at Caulfield last Saturday.

The son of Victoria’s Widden Stud stallion Magnus, Mr Exclusive’s win came nearly two years after the Cranbourne trainer thought the now five-year-old would have the ultimate success in town.

Mr Exclusive was bred by the Brown family, well known for their sawdust and wood shavings business, and is out of their mare Purple Butterfly (Commands x Zaraffa) which they bred and raced.

“We raced the mare and kept after she’d finished and we still breed from her,” Brown said.

“Mr Exclusive even as a weanling you could just tell that he was a bit of a standout compared to the others, and he grew into a pretty good looking horse and always gave the impression straight away that he was going to be a nice horse and after his first couple of gallops we knew he was going to be above average.

“His first race, which was at Caulfield, he was back last and wide and flew home and ran fourth in a pretty handy field and Dwayne Dunn rode him that day and said you’re going to have a lot of fun with this horse.”

Brown said that while the family liked to breed a few horses each year with the sole aim of racing them, they are mindful of the high costs that some stallions command.

“We quite like to breed and Magnus is good value for money and a good bread and butter stallion,” he said.

“We have got full sister to Mr Exclusive which has been weaned and the mare is back in foal to Magnus.

“We have got a handful by Alpine Eagle (High Chaparral x Zephyria).

“We have taken a bit of a punt on them but obviously the High Chaparral stallions aren’t doing much wrong at the moment and the way Alpine Eagle is stamping most of his crops at the moment, they are pretty impressive horses.

“We have one that has been broken in, the other half to Mr Exclusive is by Alpine Eagle and he has just gone back to the paddock and is going to be quite a big rangey type and is probably going to take a bit longer. He is not going to be a two-year-old type.”

Brown said the Magnus yearlings were quite expensive this year and ranged from $26,000 to $320,000 at Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

“He does a good job for the mares that he’s had throughout his career and he has never really had top quality mares but he just continues to produce winners,” he said.

“They are normally tough and have a bit of attitude about them which I like.

“I think we were originally getting him for $12,000 or $13,000 so it’s not a dear horse especially when we are selling a few shares to the other owners.

“We obviously only breed to race so we have to be realistic with what we spend and when you look at Magnus’ strike rate for runners to winners, it’s a very appealing price range for us to go to him.

“He has done a good job and if he’d got better mares earlier on, I think his stats would be even better.”

Brown said one of the first horses he bought for $14,000 when he got his trainers licence was Little Bita Spunk by Magnus and the gelding raced 32 times for five wins, seven seconds and five thirds.

The gelding won at Moonee Valley and was unlucky in a couple of other races in town, but Brown was forced to retire him after he won his last race because of arthritis in his joints.

“But he still had a couple races in him if he had stayed sound,” he said.

Brown said that while the family had five or six broodmares, they aim to breed about four foals a year. But they’d probably breed more next year as he’d gained a few extras along the way.

“We don’t mind but we’d like to go to better stallions but you just have to be realistic as to what you can afford and is not out of our budget,” he said.

Brown’s father Scott has a 70-acre horse property where his son trains from. Their horses spell there, and the broodmares and foals are accommodated at the back of the property.

Brown was a concreter and worked on a few horse properties around Cranbourne and it wasn’t long before a couple of the stables offered him a job which he said panned out well as work was slowing down.

“I took it up and that’s pretty much how it started,” he said.

“I ended up riding and getting my picnic licence to ride and started to proceed with my trainers licence and I sort of knew pretty quickly when I was doing the horses that I quite enjoyed it and knew that was the way I was going to head.

“And it sort of started with me pretty much doing a bit of everything, mucking out boxes of a morning and doing a bit of maintenance around the farm, harrowing the track and all that sort of stuff.

“And then one day they threw me a helmet and said ‘your turn’ and I learnt how to ride.

“I did 12 months of track work before I took out my picnic jockey licence and I did that for two and a half seasons riding at the picnics and then my trainers licence came through.

“I worked with the Bruntons in Tasmania for about four months and was offered a licence to ride over there professionally and I did think about it but I always knew I was going to be too heavy and that’s why I came home and got my picnic licence so I got get a few years in without really having to worry about my weight.

“I was looking after their horses when they were over here and then leading up to their carnival they said I could go over there and work for them.”

As for Mr Exclusive, Brown said there a couple of races coming up at Flemington – one over a 1600m and the other over 1800m – which he’d consider.

“We’d love to obviously win a Cranbourne Cup so whether he is going to be the right horse to get into the race, we’ll have a look at that.

“But at this stage he’ll probably go back to Flemington which he loves and see if we can get a win on the board there.”

With three wins, but six seconds from his 24 starts, the gelding was harshly rated according to Brown who said the horse was collecting good prize money for the minor places and also picking up too many rating points.

Mr Exclusive just got beaten in the 2019 edition of the Group 3 Sandown Stakes (1500m) and then he went out for a 21-week spell after having a wind operation. He came back in for one run but was then sent for another 29-week spell before returning for two runs, followed by another 20-week spell before resuming over 1600m at Caulfield on April 3 which was the lead up race to his victory last Saturday.

It was an emotional Brown who spoke after the race.

“He just missed out on winning at Flemington and Caulfield, when we thought he’d won, and here we are a year and a half later trying to win one in town with him,” he said.

“It’s been a long road and everyone has been patient.”

Brown said it was even more special for the family to have bred the horse.

“It’s been a tough couple of years with him,” he said.

“It was like a weight was lifted off the shoulders on Saturday.”

And Brown said he went into the race thinking it was winnable so he was surprised when Mr Exclusive started at $26 – but they got odds of $31.

“Everyone was pretty happy with that,” he said

Presentations after Mr Exclusive won the Dexion Victoria Handicap at Caulfield, April 24, 2021. (Scott Barbour/Racing Photos)

 

Royal Mile wins the Chairman’s Stakes at Morphettville (Atkins Photography) 

Mornington trainer and breeder David Brideoake, pulled rank on his family when he opted to send a daughter of one of his good race mares to stud.

Raven Protector (Hector Protector (USA) x Raven Runner) won six races for Brideoake who admitted her breeding record never matched her feats on the track.

Her six progeny to race – all geldings – won several races between them but never reached any great heights with one finishing his career at Alice Springs and the other in Broome.

Brideoake said the pick of Raven Protector’s foals was her only filly – named Street Blaze (Street Sense) – but she was unraced because of a shoulder injury.

“And much to everyone’s disgust and my family advisors, I decided that I wanted to keep a bit of the Raven family alive and so I bred Blazing Rebel (Rebel Raider) and the Danerich (Royal Mile), a Dandino (Dunalley) and I’ve got couple of Good Journeys out of Street Blaze which I also bred,” he said.

“Street Blaze was the biggest and strongest one, by Street Sense (Street Cry x Bedazzle), and I’ve got a bit of an affinity with those but she injured her shoulder and couldn’t race.”
Royal Mile, the second of Street Blaze’s foals, has been something of a revelation for Mount Gambier trainer Lee Creek who admits he just had to have the horse when offered as yearling in the Magic Millions Adelaide Sale by Brideoake.

The now three-year-old won the Listed Port Adelaide Guineas (1800m) earlier this month and backed it up by winning the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2040m) at Morphettville last Saturday.

The gelding’s next assignment is the Group 1 $500,000 South Australian Derby (2500m) on May 8.

Creek admits he got Royal Mile cheap at $26,000 and from eight starts the gelding has had five wins and three narrow seconds for $181,230 in prize money.

Brideoake gave the now retired 21-year-old Raven Protector plenty of chances to produce in the breeding barn where she had foals by More Than Ready, Tale Of The Cat, Not A Single Doubt, Exceed And Excel, Choisir, Hard Spun, Street Boss and Street Sense. The mare also had encounters with Nadeem, Domesday, Von Costa De Hero and Reward For Effort.

The first foal Brideoake bred, and also trains, from Street Blaze is the now four-year-old Blazing Rebel (Rebel Raider) which started racing last year and is a last start maiden winner over 2050m at Wodonga in December. The mare’s third foal is an unraced Dandino two-year-old filly – and she has a yearling filly and weanling colt by Brideoake’s stallion, Good Journey.
Brideoake concedes that he might have to send Street Blaze to a better quality mare this year –possibly Darley’s Frosted.

“She has made her way from zero to hero,” he said.

“He (Royal Mile) was a nice big horse and I own a breeding right in Danerich and I’ve liked the horse all the way through and I just think the fellow (Lee Creek) has handled the horse beautifully.

“The horse has got pretty good stamina on the female side because Raven Protector was by Hector Protector.”

Hector Protector (Woodman x Korveya) won five Group 1 races in France – three at 1600m, one at 1400m and the other at 1200m.

“And Street Sense won a Kentucky Derby (2000m) so there is enough stamina there,” Brideoake said.

Brideoake said it was pleasing that he’d kept a filly that his good race mare produced and was happy to send her to Victoria’s Rangal Park stallion Danerich.

“And even though somethings fail for themselves, often something comes up,” he said.

“I guess I might send her to a good horse this year and I’ve got Frosted pencilled in.

“You are going to produce something that should sit well in the market place to sell.

“His (Frosted) numbers are fabulous.”

No-one is happier than Creek, who bought Royal Mile for his stable client, semi-retired farmer Rob Dycer.

“The Derby is only fifty fifty and I want to make sure he is fine and pulled up well and all the rest of it and I’ll make a decision on the weekend,” he said.

“He has always been a highly talented horse from day one. We’ve just plotted our path carefully and it’s certainly almost fallen into play.”

Royal Mile already boosts an impressive record and finished less than a length from the winners in his three seconds and has won from 1000m to 2040m.

“He has always shown that he had it,” Creek said.

“I always said to the owner that he looks like a 2000m-plus horse and we’ve taken him along slowly to get there.

“He was a pretty hot tempered, high energy yearling/two-year-old and he went straight from the sales to my breaker and he was gelded straight away.

“He had a lot of preparations as a two-year-old and was in and out. Then I think the light switch flicked and he just sort of rapt his head around it and away he has gone.

“He is an exciting horse.”

Creek said Royal Mile would head to Melbourne at some stage but if he races in the Derby he’ll then go straight to the paddock and says obviously a Spring Carnival program will be mapped out somewhere down the track.

“But he’ll definitely outgrow Adelaide fairly quickly, I’d say,” Creek said.

Creek told his owner Dycer, who was sitting next to him at the sales, that he thought the horse was a $60,000 or $70,000 yearling.

“He was by Danerich but was just a cracking type,” he said.

“He had good x-rays and everything you wanted in a horse.

“And I’ve probably got to thank David Brideoake for sending his mare to Danerich because I was always after another Danerich.

“I had a couple by Danerich and won a lot of races with them and when I saw a couple of them at the sales that year I thought I’d like to get another one.”

“I had a horse called Kill Bill (Danerich x Peony) that I won 11 with and she won a race for us on Warrnambool Cup Day,” he said.

“And they are just good bread and butter horses, but he’s never bred a superstar but Lord Of The Sky is probably the pick of them.

“But I just thought I wanted another Danerich and they are hard to find.

“The other Danerich I had, Kirvic, won five for me. A couple of guys from Penola, which is a town not far from here, only paid a couple of grand for her.

“She ran a dozen or so placings. They were no stars but just nice horses.”

Creek said Dycer was also involved with talented sprinter Casino Wizard (Any Given Sunday x Casino Nights), a multiple listed winner for the Mount Gambier trainer.

“He has been in bits and pieces with us for a few years,” he said.

“And he was always keen to buy a horse and race it himself so I have done a good job picking this one out for him.

“He is a pretty happy man at the moment and he is in his early seventies and his enjoying his time in his twilight years.”

Royal Mile had his first start in a three-year-old-plus maiden over 1100m at Penola last October when he notched up one of his three narrow seconds.

Creek said the horse had an excuse each time he’d been beaten, often because of drawing an inside gate. He also finished runner-up at his second start over 1000m at Naracoorte before breaking his maiden status at the same distance and track.

“He was the victim of drawing an inside gate and not being able to get out at the right time,” he said.

“He can’t keep running first and second all the time and we’ll see what happens as we go forward.”

And Creek has not hesitation in keeping apprentice Jacob Opperman on Royal Mile and he has been on the horse for all his races – even in the non-claiming ones.

He predicts Opperman, who is apprenticed to his father Jamie, will become the next Jamie Kah and said the youngster, who rode his first winner last May, had already had offers from some of the bigger trainers to go on loan.

“We’ll keep chipping away and see where we end up,” Creek said.

Mare and Foal at Bassinghall Farm (Bassinghall Farm)

Nutrition plays an extremely important role in how your mare and foal develop and can weigh heavily towards ensuring that the foal develops to its full potential and your mare is equipped to continue producing commercial foals long into the future.

Early Lactating Mare
Once you finally have your new ‘super star’ hit the ground, your mares’ nutritional requirements go into overdrive. Your newborn foal will be growing at 1-2kg per day. The mare will be producing up to 20 litres of milk per day to ensure the foal is receiving the right amount of nutrients. As a result, your mares’ energy requirement will be nearly double (175%), protein will be (220%), Calcium and Phosphorous increase to (270-280%).

It is nearly impossible for your mare to actually consume this amount of nutrients, so she will have to draw on body reserves to ensure she maintains milk production for the foal. This is why it is important to make sure you keep your mare in a good to moderately fleshy (CS3.5-4) condition score during the last trimester of pregnancy.

During this time, you may re-breed your mare. If she is in good condition with a well balanced diet, the chances of a successful conception on first return will greatly increase. Studies show incorporating certain nutrients such as selenium have improved conception rates in mares and fertility counts and sperm conformation in stallions.

Late Lactating Mare
For mares in late lactation which is generally termed from 3 months after foaling until weaning the mare will still have increased nutrient requirements compared with your ‘dry mares’. The mares’ energy requirements will be 150% of a dry mares requirements. Protein will be approximately 160%, so as will Calcium and Phosphorous. As you can see the nutrient requirements for Lactating and Dry mares are quite different. As a management tool separating your wet and dry mares will enable you to ensure that each mare and foal are fed to their requirements and not an average of both.

Correct nutrition of your pregnant mares and foals is an investment into the future of your up and coming equine athletes. Consulting your equine nutritionist to develop a feeding program for your whole stud is extremely important to ensure all your horses’ nutritional requirements are met. They will take into consideration what type and categories of horses you have, what quality and quantity of pasture and roughage is available at various times of the year and what supplementation may be required to ensure all your horses nutrient requirements are met in the most economical and practical way.

Visit barastochorse.com.au and make use of our nutrition tools and calculators to find the right diet for your horse.

It has already been a big 2021 for Leneva Park, with its latest milestone the announcement of service fees for its two foundation stallions. We caught up with General Manager Mick Sharkie to discuss the road ahead for the burgeoning Victorian breeding operation.

There is a palpable sense of excitement in Leneva Park General Manager Mick Sharkie’s voice as he drives the highways of Victoria inspecting prospective broodmares to purchase to support the stud’s two stallions, Fierce Impact (Jpn) and Royal Meeting (Ire).

This week Leneva Park, founded by ambitious young businessman Luke Vandersluys as a pre-training business that has now evolved into a breeding operation as well, reached its latest significant milestone, when it confirmed the service fees for Fierce Impact ($16,500 inc GST) and Royal Meeting ($11,000 inc GST) for 2021.

With a strong strategy for growth in place, something Vandersluys has experience with in his burgeoning Countrywide Asphalt business, the time has come for the hard work to be done to ensure that both stallions get the right launching point.

With the prices up on the board, the nominations team are flat out fielding calls from prospective clients, while Sharkie is putting in the miles to assess potential additions to the Leneva Park broodmare band, with the advice of some key mentors very much in the forefront of his mind.

“If you are going to stand stallions, you have to recruit the right mares to send to them. That’s something that I’ve really learned with by friendship with Toby Liston and the Liston family, particularly what they’ve done in the past 10 years at Three Bridges,” Sharkie told TDN AusNZ.

“It was great to be a fly on the wall and sponge all that information off Toby, and experience that journey with them, not knowing that years later, we’d be in a similar position.

“It’s an exciting time but you need to get the method and strategy in place, without getting to caught up in that excitement.”

Along with the excitement, there is pressure for Sharkie and his team to deliver on that expectation and they are taking a ‘no stone unturned’ approach to getting the Leneva Park stallion brand off on the right note, particularly when it comes to foundation stallion, Fierce impact.

“That’s why we are doing the legwork, going around looking at these broodmares and doing the pedigree work and getting experts in that field to assist us to get off on the right foot. We want to make sure that in the first year, while numbers are important, it’s key to get the right type of horses,” he said.

“With Fierce Impact, there is enough exposed information here. There is a lot of pedigree work that has been done on Deep Impact to suggest that there are some really positive leads we should explore. Then when you look at the horse himself, you get an idea on the type of mare that will suit him.

“You do all that homework and you come up with a few ideas about the sort of mares to try. We want to make sure we give him every possible chance. For those who want to book mares to him, we want to have that informed conversation, so they can send the right mares to him. If we can get that part of it right, it will relieve a lot of the pressure.”

The discussion around Royal Meeting is a little different, as he has already served a season at the Seymour-based property under the Aquis banner in 2020. Leneva Park assumed the lease on the 500-acre property after Aquis stepped away from Victoria and elected to retain the Group 1-winning son of Invincible Spirit (Ire).

Sharkie believes that with the support of existing shareholders in the stallion, plus Leneva Park’s own mares, and repeat business from his first book of 88 mares, Royal Meeting is well-placed to take another step forward.

“We’ve had some good discussions with the shareholders in Royal Meeting and a lot of them are Victorian-based and they are keen to keep supporting him. They are also keen to know our plans with the horse and we are going to support him too,” he said.

That should mean Leneva Park will be quite active in the upcoming broodmare sales at Sydney and on the Gold Coast.

“There is not a magical number we want to buy, but we are a Victorian operation and in the future we want to support to the Inglis Premier Sale,” Sharkie said

“Magic Millions are amazing as well, and we sell in Adelaide and one day we want to have strong Gold Coast drafts, but I think starting out, the Premier Sale is the target we want to take.

“We are looking for mares that can get us there. We want to get into Book 1, with strong horses and really commercial horses. That’s the starting point for us in the short term.”

Sharkie also said it was important that Leneva Park wasn’t blinkered in its approach to breeding to sell.

“We haven’t got a huge amount of mares ourselves, so we have had to build those numbers. We are also very conscious we need to be breeding out, not just to our stallions, but also to other stallions as well, in Victoria and in the Hunter. We don’t want to have paddocks of Fierce Impacts and Royal Meetings. It’s important to have other stuff on offer,” he said.

Determining where Fierce Impact, a Japanese-bred, triple Group 1-winning miler, sat in the market in terms of price, was not a straightforward task, but there were some overall principals at play, according to Sharkie.

“The last fortnight we’ve had so many calls regarding Fierce Impact. As soon as peoples’ minds start turning to where they want to send their mares, or mares they want to buy at the upcoming sales, it ramps up,” he said.

“The owners had an idea that he’d be in between that $15,000 to $20,000 mark for a while now. We sussed out the market, we spoke to some breeders we respect, we spoke to auction houses and contacts and said this is the price we are looking at and they all gave us confidence that $16,500 including GST was the way to go.

“We don’t want breeders to have to think twice about it. We want it to be a no-brainer decision for them. First-season a proven performer at an elite level, a great pedigree and being by Deep Impact over an American sprint-mile family, we tick a hell of a lot of boxes. The last one we wanted to tick was value, and I think we’ve done that.”

Royal Meeting’s price of $11,000 (inc GST) is a carry-on from what he stood for last year at Aquis, but the challenge with him, given the environment he was introduced to the market at, is getting more people familiar with what he has to offer.

“Brian Byrnes, who has been retained by us from his time at Aquis, did a fantastic job of getting 88 mares to that horse last year given he arrived a week before the season, straight off the track, in the middle of COVID when nobody could really see him,” Sharkie said.

“We want to build on that. We want to make his second season a real statement. We want to show people what he looks like, that’s key. If you put a picture of Invincible Spirit next to Royal Meeting, baring a white sock, they are nearly identical.

“They are so similar in type. Their heads are almost identical. He’s like the physical clone of his sire. We know how well Invincible Spirit has done out of here.”

The success of the 2021 season will be a base off which Leneva Park will look to build from with a larger stallion contingent in the near future.

“I think if we can prove ourselves with these two this year, that gives the market really good positivity that we can add another one or two next year,” Sharkie said.

“The market tells you that it wants speed and they are the easiest horse to fill and from the perspective of the balance of the roster, it’s important to get that right. Adding a speed stallion in the next year or two will be important.”

Governed by the strategy for scaling the business put in place by Vandersluys, Sharkie will also seek the advice of key mentors in ensuring that growth is sustainable, bouncing ideas off close confidants like the Liston family as well as Anthony Mithen of Rosemont Stud.

“Having Mitho there as someone who came from a non-horse background has been great and what they have managed to do, albeit with a stronger budget than what we have got, is really inspiring,” he said.

“I’ve had some real open and frank conversations with Mitho about the mistakes that they made early days and your eyes are wide open to that. It’s similar with the Listons and Three Bridges. That friendship with that family, for me personally, has been invaluable.”

Leneva Park enters the stallion market at a very interesting time in Victoria, with the departure of Sun Stud and Aquis and uncertainty over Woodside Park, while Widden has entered the market and Yulong has significantly ramped up its game with the acquisition of Champion stallion Written Tycoon.

The flux in the marketplace is not something which concerns Sharkie, who feels it’s an exciting time to be involved.

“I’m a big believer that it’s better to have activity than no activity. When you have organisations like Widden opening an arm in Victoria, that speaks to the positivity and the opportunity in the Victorian breeding market,” he said.

“Then when you have a horse like Written Tycoon relocating to a relatively new farm like Yulong, that talks to the seriousness of Yulong and that they are here for the long term. That’s fantastic. It’s all very good for the Victorian market.

“We are aware that if those bigger guys are making noise and getting attention, it always flows on to all parts of the industry. That positivity only builds and it will benefit everyone.”

*Story courtesy of TDNAusNZ, 23.4.2021

Tagaloa ridden by Luke Currie wins the CS Hayes Stakes at Flemington Racecourse on February 08, 2021 in Flemington, Australia. (Pat Scala/Racing Photos)

Yulong Stud has announced the retirement of Blue Diamond Stakes winner Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa {Jpn}), who begins the next chapter of his career this spring.

Outstanding looks and a quality pedigree earned Tagaloa a $300,000 price tag at the 2019 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, and he quickly compiled a racing career to match.

“Tagaloa exemplifies the ideal profile for an Australian stallion – he’s good looking, a Group 1 winner at two, trained on to win another Group race at three and is a complete outcross,” said Sam Fairgray, Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer.

Trained by Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young, Tagaloa made an early impression, winning his only trial before stepping out to place third in the Group 3 Maribymong Plate on debut. He then backed up with a win in the Strath Haven Preston 2YO Plate at Moonee Valley.

His 2-year-old season was headed by a dominant victory in the G1 Blue Diamond S. at Caulfield, beating home Hanseatic, Away Game (Snitzel) and Personal (Fastnet Rock). It was the second-fastest time ever by a 2-year-old over the track and distance since August 2007.

Tagaloa returned at three to win the G3 CS Hayes Stake in an exceptional performance, running a faster last 400m than G1 Lightning Stakes winner Nature Strip, on the same day.

He then went on to place in the G1 Australian Guineas, while other notable results included a second in the G2 Todman S. and fourth in the G1 Golden Slipper. He retires with a record of three wins and more than $1.4 million in stakes.

Tagaloa is the first son of superb Japanese stallion Lord Kanaloa (Jpn) to go to stud in Australia, and a major opportunity for Victorian breeders.

“To have a horse like him, a stunning physical and Blue Diamond winner with an international outcross pedigree, stay in Victoria is a massive vote of confidence in the local industry,” said co-trainer Trent Busuttin. “Yulong are leading the pack, setting the standard of new development in the Victorian industry.”

A son of two-time champion Japanese sire King Kamehameha (Jpn), Lord Kanaloa was Japan’s champion first-season sire in 2017 – siring 32 winners in that debut season, 12 more than his nearest rival. The two-time G1 Hong Kong Sprint winner has so far sired a total of 25 individual stakes winners, headed by the ten-time winner and twice Japanese Horse of the Year Almond Eye (Jpn).

Tagaloa is the first foal out of winning mare Vasilissa (Jpn), whose sire Heart’s Cry (Jpn) is best known in this part of the world for producing the breathtaking Cox Plate winner Lys Gracieux (Jpn).

Vasilissa is a half-sister to three black-type performers, headed by stakes winner Tricolore Bleu (Jpn) (Stay Gold {Jpn). Their dam is Penkenna Princess (Ire) (Pivotal {GB}), who won two races at two then trained on to win the G3 Fred Darling S. and placed in the G1 Irish 1000 Guineas.

“We were impressed by his temperament as a yearling, this came through as an early 2-year-old and makes him a beautiful horse to deal with now,” said Busuttin.

“On type he’s a big powerful, striking colt. He’s got a lovely head, athletic physique and a great frame.”

At this year’s Inglis Australia Easter Yearling Sale, a half-sister to Tagaloa by Not a Single Doubt fetched $900,000.

Tagaloa will stand at Yulong Stud alongside Written Tycoon, Alabama Express, Grunt (NZ) and Yulong Prince (SAf), with fees to be announced this week.