Daniel Brash with his manager Kyra (Collingrove)

A new chapter will be written in the Collingrove Stud story when Daniel Brash and his team relocate to their new home in northern Victoria.

Formerly based at Euroa, Brash and Co. will make the short journey to Murchison to take up residence at the sprawling property and continue the Collingrove tradition.

Collingrove will now be based in Murchison (TR Equine Solutions)

Having taken over the Collingrove brand two years ago and enjoyed great success at the yearling sales, Brash is now keen to develop the business into a year-round operation with the inclusion of a boutique broodmare offering.

He believes that their new base is the perfect fit for their specialised operation, which will still predominantly focus on producing quality yearlings.

“We’d been looking for a while for the right property, and this one ticked all the boxes,” said Brash, whose career in the racing industry saw him learn from the likes of legendary trainers Lee Freedman and Gai Waterhouse before he switched his full-time focus to breeding.

“It’s got all the facilities we need, the whole property is spread across 1,200 acres so we’re not leasing all of it, but we’ve got plenty of room to expand and develop the business.

“We’ve obviously now finished our yearling preparation, and the end of the sale season seemed a good time to make the move. We will also start acquiring some broodmares to add to our yearling operation, we will probably look to have around 40 to 50 mares so the focus will be on quality care, rather than quantity.

“By keeping the numbers fairly low, the broodmares won’t impact on our core business of producing yearlings but the addition of mares will enable us to run an all-year operation.”

With the likes of Swettenham, Darley Northwood Park, Yulong Stud and Leneva Park all in close proximity, the farm’s prime location also appealed to Brash.

“We’ll look to provide a walk-in service to the nearby stallion operations, the proximity to some fantastic stud farms was an important factor when we decided to take out the lease on the new place,” he said.


“Plus the climate in northern Victoria is ideal, so there were many reasons why it made sense for our business.”

With a strong second season at the sales behind them, highlighted by a Puissance De Lune filly who was knocked down at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for just under $200,000, the focus will also be on building up their client base and firmly re-establishing the Collingrove brand.

Horses on the large paddocks at Collingrove’s new base (TR Equine Solutions)

“We sold very well at Melbourne Premier Sale, we only had two lots passed in and then one of them sold at the Melbourne Gold Sale, where we had a 100 per cent clearance rate. So we’re very happy with how it went as our sales were pretty strong across the board,” said Brash.

“We’ll now be looking to build on our existing relationships. We’ve been very well-supported by the likes of Swettenham Stud and Gerry Ryan, so we’ve already got a very strong base and we’d like to show more people what we can produce. We would obviously love to present a draft at the Magic Millions next year, so a lot of our focus will be on that.”

Collingrove’s new location has the ideal facilities to care for Thoroughbreds (TR Equine Solutions)

For more information on Collingrove Stud, please contact Daniel Brash on 0439 360266. 

Queen finds her new home

The last-minute decision to send blueblood mare Queen Of The World (GB) (Sea The Stars {Ire}) through the Great Southern Sale has paid dividends with bloodstock agent Paul Willetts paying the top price of the sale, $360,000, for the unraced mare.

A supplementary entry into the catalogue, the imported mare sold late on Tuesday, in foal to Siyouni (Fr). She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Sicilia (GB) (Kingman {GB}) out of a full-sister to Group 1 winner Footstepsinthesand (GB) (Giant’s Causeway {USA}) and half-sister to fellow Group 1 winner Pedro The Great (USA) (Henrythenavigator {USA}).

Queen Of the World (GB)

Queen Of The World was offered by Cornerstone Stud, with Willetts securing her on behalf of Three Bridges Thoroughbreds.

“I actually had dinner with Peter Liston last night and he said he liked the mare, I didn’t realise how much he liked it,’’ Cornerstone Stud’s Sam Hayes said.

“It’s a great result. These mares are really hard to find and Siyouni is a stallion we have the utmost respect for. “

“We’re really happy for everyone and looking forward to this first foal by Siyouni hitting a premier sale in the next couple of years.’’

“It’s a great result. These mares are really hard to find and Siyouni is a stallion we have the utmost respect for. ” – Sam Hayes

Toby Liston said the purchase was part of a greater emphasis by Three Bridges on international bloodlines.

“A few years ago we bought three mares in foal to Frankel (GB) and it has turned out very well. They were the first international mares we had bought and we have followed up the past couple of years with a couple of mares, it saves us going to England and she can foal here in Australia,’’ Liston said.

“She was bought with Paul Willetts and we thought she was the mare of the sale. “

“We have been chasing international mares all year. Sea The Stars is going to be terrific as a broodmare sire and Siyouni is a champion in France, so she will suit us well.’’

Yulong adds more mares

Yulong has continued its buying spree through the major breeding sales, paying a combined $335,000 for two mares in foal to Zoustar and Merchant Navy.

Yulong, which launches its first stallion this season, standing dual Group 1 winner Grunt, has spent nearly $7.5 million at broodmare sales this season before this week, picking up 33 broodmares and added another couple at Oaklands Junction.

$250,000 was outlaid for Peninsula Miss (Helmet), the three-quarter sister to Listed winner Sabie (Exceed and Excel) and half-sister to stakes-placed Ankaret (Desert Prince {Ire}) and Graskop (Manton), sold in-foal to Zoustar.

Lot 724 Peninsula Miss

“We liked her when we inspected her a couple of days ago,’’ Yulong’s Luke Wilkinson said.

“We love Zoustar, we’ve got some really nice weanlings on the farm and we’re supporters and believers so it’s good to get a mare in foal to him. “

“She was a little over budget but she’ll most likely go to Grunt now, it’s suitable on the type Grunt is and the type the mare is but we will discuss it over the next week.”

Yulong also secured the well-related Ashleigh Rae (Onemorenomore) from Bucklee Farm for $85,000 in foal to Merchant Navy.

She is a half-sister to multiple Group 2 winner and Group 1 placegetter Trusting (Tale Of The Cat {USA}) out of the Group 2 winner Legible (NZ) (Zabeel {NZ}).

Her first foal by Sepoy reached $5000 earlier in the sale and she is now in foal to Merchant Navy on a late cover, having originally missed to Foxwedge.

Listed winner secured by Hall Of Fame

Bill Wong’s Hall Of Fame Bloodstock also went to $250,000 for Listed Canberra Guineas winner She Goes To Rio (NZ) (Captain Rio {GB}) in foal to Zoustar.

She was offered by Merricks Station and has already produced the winners Our Esposito (Toorak Toff) and Bartoletta (Starspangledbanner). She has gone through this sale the past two years as well, for $90,000 in 2017 to Kingstar Farm and for $70,000 to Merricks Station last year.

“We bought She Goes To Rio last year and put her in foal to Zoustar and it’s been a really good trade result for the farm,’’ Merricks Station’s Ben Cooper said.

“Like any mare in foal to Zoustar, she was very popular and was busy during inspections. “

“The supplementary session had really strong competition. We couldn’t be happier with the result in the end.”

The fourth top lot went to Sheamus Mills Bloodstock, who paid $180,000 for imported mare Sea Dweller (GB) (High Chaparral {Ire}) from Stonehouse Thoroughbreds. In foal to Rubick, she is the daughter of G2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Langoustine (Danehill {USA}).

Harry McAlpine Bloodstock paid $170,000 for the stakes-winning Red Ransom (USA) mare Malasun, in foal to Exceed And Excel. Offered by Springmount, she is a half-sister to Group 2 winner Stokehouse (Anabaa {USA}) and has already had a winner to the track in So Glorious (So You Think {NZ}).

Two supplementary lots in foal to Merchant Navy fared well later in the marathon session. The stakes-winner Shigeru Sendan (Denman) fetched $155,000 to Fernrigg Farm from Blue Gum Farm while the stakes-placed Light Up The Sky (Big Brown {USA}) reached $130,000 in going to Belmont Bloodstock Agency from Willow Park Stud.

Nicamorae (More Than Ready {USA}) the half-sister to Group 1 winners Niconero (Danzero) and Nicconi (Bianconi {USA}) fetched $120,000 to Twin Hills in foal to So You Think (NZ).

She was offered by Woodside Park, who also sold her Fastnet Rock colt for $250,000 at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale. Named Rock Amore, he has had three starts as a 2-year-old for Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

Nicamorae’s dam Nicola Lass (Scenic {Ire}) has been a wonderful producer and it was no surprise to see Twin Hills, who will stand Denman alongside Smart Missile and Odyssey Moon this year, keen to get involved with that family.

Lot 712 Nicamorae

Mount Hallowell’s handful

Mount Hallowell Stud was one of the busiest buyers on the day paying a combined $268,500 for five mares.

The mare Top Girl, (Magnus) in foal to Coolmore’s Triple Crown winner American Pharoah (USA), was sold for $110,000, sold by Willow Park Stud. She is a half-sister to stakes-placed Top Dolly (Choisir) which is also the family of Ponton Flyer (Flying Spur) and the siblings Black Vanquish (Lonhro) and Minnesota Shark (Lonhro).

Mount Hallowell also went to $105,000 for Kiss In the Rain, a daughter of Manhattan Rain offered by Blue Gum Farm in foal to Brazen Beau.

Her first foal, a Zoustar colt, sold for $230,000 earlier in the week and she reached six figures as well, as she sold for the third straight season. She was purchased by Widden Stud for $25,000 at the Gold Coast two years ago, put in foal to Zoustar and then sold for $160,000 at the National Broodmare Sale last year to Robert Crabtree.

Lot 654 Kiss In The Rain

She doesn’t want for pedigree being out of First Date (Flying Spur), the half-sister to Arrowfield stallion Not A Single Doubt, which is also the family Group 1 winner Oohood (I Am Invincible).

Mount Hallowell also paid $30,000 for the prolific winner Khutulun (Soldier’s Tale {USA}). She has only recently been retired after a career which saw her earn nearly $500,000 for her owners at Grand Syndications.

“She was the first horse that we bought for the syndicate,” Grand Syndications owner Peter Morley said. “I bought her through this ring seven years ago for $16,000”

“I syndicated her very cheaply for just $1100 a share and the vast majority of people who went in to her were first-time owners. She’s won half a million dollars and here we are today. It comes full circle selling her to go on to her next stage of her life.”

“It comes full circle selling her to go on to her next stage of her life.” – Peter Morley

Her dam Great Tradition (Rock of Gibraltar {Ire}) is a three-quarter sister to Group 1 winners Blackfriars (Danehill {USA}) and Larrocha (Danehill {USA}).

“That was one of the reasons I bought her in the first place. Being from Western Australia, I have had a few mares in foal to Blackfriars over the years. That Kensington Gardens family is a really nice family and she was just at the right price on the day,” Morley said.

“She was so vital to the initial set-up of our company.”

As it turns out, she will be following Perth-based Morley across the Nullarbor.

Mount Hallowell also paid $18,500 for the Redoute’s Choice mare Chablis, in foal to Tosen Stardom (Jpn). She is a three-quarter sister to Miss Finland (Redoute’s Choice), while it also bought maiden mare Anytime Miss (Helmet) for $5000.


Top lots

Covering Sire
886 Queen of the World (GB) Sea the Stars (IRE) Palitana (USA) Siyouni (Fr) Cornerstone Stud, Angaston, SA Paul Willets Bloodstock Consultancy VIC $360,000
724 Peninsula Miss Helmet Rondavel Zoustar Woodside Park Stud, Tylden Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty Ltd VIC $250,000
899 She Goes to Rio (NZ) Captain Rio (GB) Nelly’s Gold Zoustar Merricks Station, Merricks Hall of Fame Bloodstock Pty Ltd QLD $250,000
751 Sea Dweller (GB) High Chaparral (IRE) Langoustine Rubick Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Pty Ltd (FBAA) VIC $180,000
684 Malasun Red Ransom (USA) Malapert Exceed and Excel Springmount, Romsey Harry McAlpine Bloodstock QLD $170,000
879 Not Named Extreme Choice Sprout N/A Glastonbury Farms, Scone, NSW B MacKenzie NSW $165,000
900 Shigeru Sendan Denman Flute of Bubbly Merchant Navy Blue Gum Farm, Euroa Fernrigg Farm Pty Ltd NSW $155,000
888 Light Up the Sky Big Brown (USA) Christmas Offer Merchant Navy Willow Park Stud, Scone, NSW Belmont Bloodstock Agency (FBAA) VIC $130,000
712 Nicamorae More Than Ready (USA) Nicola Lass So You Think (NZ) Woodside Park Stud, Tylden Twin Hills NSW NSW $120,000
876 Not Named Shalaa (IRE) Bound to Blush N/A Aquis Farm Operations, Murrurundi, NSW Oakmont USA $120,000

Top buyers

Aggregate Price
Average Price
Top Price
Paul Willets 1 $360,000 $360,000 $360,000
Yu Long Investments (Australia) Pty Ldt 2 $335,000 $167,500 $250,000
Mount Hallowell Stud 5 $268,500 $53,700 $110,000
Hall of Fame Blodstock Pty Ltd 1 $250,000 $250,000 $250,000
Ben Kwok 8 $244,250 $30,531 $90,000
Belmont Bloodstock Agency 3 $198,000 $66,000 $130,000
Harry McAlpineBloodstock 3 $180,000 $60,000 $170,000
Sheamus Mills Bloodstock Pty Ltd 1 $180,000 $180,000 $180,000
Fernrigg Farm Pty Ltd 1 $155,000 $155,000 $155,000
Victoria Peak Bloodstock 6 $151,000 $25,167 $35,000

Top vendors by aggregate

Top Price
Willow Park Stud, Scone, NSW 13 $793,000 $61,000 $130,000
Stonehouse Thoroughbreds, Eddington 9 $463,000 $51,444 $180,000
Woodside Park Stud, Tylden 7 $439,500 $62,786 $250,000
Cornerstone Stud, Angaston, SA 8 $429,000 $53,625 $360,000
Springmount, Romsey 5 $324,000 $64,800 $170,000
Blue Gum Farm, Euroa 8 $300,000 $37,500 $155,000
Bucklee Farm, Greta West 6 $207,500 $34,583 $85,000
Noorilim Park, Arcadia 3 $131,500 $43,833 $80,000
Stockwell Thoroughbreds, Diggers Rest 8 $129,500 $16,188 $62,000
Two Bays Farm, Flinders 3 $126,000 $42,000 $110,000

There were plenty of layers to Token Spirit’s victory in the GH Mumm Mahogany Challenge Final (2500m) at Flemington on Saturday.
Not only did the victory leave Jamie Kah just one short of becoming the first jockey to ride 100 city winners in a season, Token Spirit was bred by Rick Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm.
Token Spirit was sold to Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths for $300,000 at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale of 2019. Jamieson retained a share in the horse.
Now just $43,000 short of his purchase price, the gelding is by Wandjina (Snitzel x La Bamba), which has relocated to Neville Murdoch’s Larneuk Stud at Gooram.
The gelding is out of Jamieson’s Group 1 Queensland Oaks (2400m) winning mare Miss Keepsake (Keeper x Jacinto).
Gilgai Farm’s Kelly Skillicorn said Jamieson paid $400,000 for Miss Keepsake at the 2012 Magic Millions Broodmare Select Sale and thinks that on recent sale results, she’d demand around $1.4 million.
Miss Keepsake had one more run after being purchased as a broodmare, but was unplaced in the Group 1 Tatts’ Tiara (1400m) and then sent off to stud by Jamieson, but the mare’s first foal, by Onemorenomore died after birth.
The mare then had another colt by Onemorenomore which raced as Thalitleozibatler and was later transferred to Willie Mullins in Ireland as a jumping prospect by Cranbourne trainer Mick Kent.
The mare then produced a filly, Collectable (Sebring), which was purchased by Griffiths who trained her to two wins and five seconds and thirds. She was sold at this year’s national broodmare sale.
She was not served in 2015 and slipped to All Too Hard and missed to Cable Bay (IRE) before producing a So You Think colt and is again in foal to the stallion.
Skillicorn said the So You Think colt, which will be offered at next year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, is a magnificent type.
“Whatever Token Spirit does, this colt will do twice as much,” Skillicorn confidently predicted.
“He is a big strong thing, while Token Spirit is little.”
“Token Spirit is a beautiful mover, but this one has got an action like Jameka (Gilgai bred three-time Group 1 winner, including the Caulfield Cup).”
Skillicorn said Jamieson had already told prominent owner Rupert Legh that there was no point going to Europe to buy a good stayer when they already had one waiting in the paddock.
“It will go to Melbourne Premier where we have decided to sell everything now,” he said.
“This one is a machine. We are trying to entice Rupert because the last one he bought off us was Masked Crusader (Group 1 winning son of Toronado out of Jamieson’s mare, She’s Got Gears).”
Skillicorn said that jockey Jamie Kah certainly appears to have got the best of out of Token Spirit in the past two races when the horse has scored runaway victories.
Griffiths, who part-owns the three-year-old gelding and now trains in partnership with Mathew de Kock, said Token Spirit was a nice young stayer that was progressing in the right direction.
He said he liked Token Spirit as a yearling and described him as well balanced with a super pedigree.
“We had the half-sister Collectable (Sebring) that had run fourth in the Ethereal Stakes behind Verry Elleegant and she was shaping up the right way, so we liked the way she was coming along and it’s a family of Gurner’s Lane and some really good New Zealand stayers,” Griffiths said.
“And we like the way Rick Jamieson breeds and he is arguably the best breeder in Australia, pound for pound.
“So when you buy one from him, you have faith that he has got the genetic cross correct and Wandjina was at the time an exciting young stallion being a Guineas winner.
“So we thought he would be a nice horse to buy and thought he had the scope to be a stayer as well and he has turned out like that.”
Griffiths said Wandjina had such a strong pedigree, and people with sons of Snitzel try to make him sprint, but he points out that if you look as his progeny and those with a bit of stamina like Token Spirit, breeders and buyers would be pleasantly surprised.
He said the problem with a lot of stallions is that they go to stud so quickly that their boundaries are never fully explored.
Griffiths has heard the reports of Token Spirit’s half-brother by So You Think and said he might have to “save some pennies.”
“I said to Rick the other day that I’ll buy him out of the paddock, and he said ‘don’t be like that,” Griffiths said.
While the connections were obviously happy with the ease of Token Spirit’s second consecutive win, studmaster Murdoch was also delighted with the victory which again draws more attention to his newest stallion
“He won like a superstar,” Murdoch said.
“And Wandjina is going really well and I am happy with him.”
Murdoch said there had been a few inquiries about the stallions, but it was still a quiet time for studs unless breeders were looking at the top end of the market.
He said the Group 1 winning Wandjina was a wonderful horse and had settled in well at his stud and could soon see why he was sold for $1 million as a yearling when he was purchased from Arrowfield Stud by James Harron Bloodstock.
The timing couldn’t have been better when Wandjina son Tiger Roar won the Group 3 Singapore 3YO Sprint at Kranji last week.
“It all helps when they win,” Murdoch said.
“And that Wandabaa (seven wins) goes well in Sydney.
“We hope that we have got a bit to look forward to and he is going along nicely and we just need another couple of good winners from him.
“We can’t complain about what he is doing the moment.”
After first standing at $33,000 in 2015, Wandjina’s fee went to $22,000 and was $11,000 last year at Newgate Stud. The stallion will stand for $8800 at Larneuk.
His oldest are four-year-olds and one from that crop, Express Pass, is a last start Flemington winner in June over 1000m.
Murdoch said it was interesting to see that Wandjina was getting both sprinters and stayers, similar to Shamus Award.
“He has got a fair bit going for him,” he said.
“We will just keep poking along and hope we get a good year from him.
“I think he is very affordable service fee for what he has done. And from memory he has got eight stakes-placed horses and now with that one the other day in Singapore, he has got two stakes winners.”
Wandjina produced his first stakes winner last year when Mamaragan (Forbidden) won the Group 2 ATC Skyline Stakes (1200m).
While Wandjina has joined the Larneuk stallion roster with another newcomer Lope De Vega son, Endless Drama, which will stand alongside Cluster and Wolf Cry, there is one missing stallion with O’Lonhro been relocated to Wagga Wagga.
O’Lonhro (Lonhro x Mamzelle Pedrille) will stand at Murdoch’s good friend, Noel Penfold’s Murray Cod Thoroughbred farm.
“We are good mates and have raced a lot of horses together,” Murdoch said.
The stallion stood his first season at stud at Larneuk in 2010 when he served 75 mares. He served 26 last year.
Murdoch said O’Lonhro was a good bread and butter stallion who would suit breeders around the Wagga area who wanted to breed a horse to race.

The Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale again showed that buyers were prepared to meet the market and part with big money for top quality horses.
It was Phil Campbell’s Blue Gum Farm at Euroa that again produced another sales topper and record price paid for a weanling when a Zoustar colt, out of Group 3 winner Vergara (Snippetson), sold for $360,000 on the opening day,
Rushton Park was the top vendor, selling 15 weanlings for a total of $1.242 million.
“It is very gratifying to come with a good draft because a lot of hard yards go on behind the scenes at the farm, and it’s nice to be rewarded for it,” Rushton Park’s Kayley Johnston said.
Rushton Park produced the highest-priced filly of the sale. Bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills paid $225,000 for a filly by Written Tycoon out of Chakvetadze, a mare which Kayley and David Johnston bought for $45,000 in 2018.
The top-priced weanling on the second day of the sale was offered by Makybe at Gnarwarre and sold for $290,000. The colt, by So You Think, is out of the unraced Collins, a full sister to three-time Melbourne Cup winning mare Makybe Diva.
While Campbell is used to achieving record sales results for his many clients, this colt was closer to home as he bred it in partnership with T J S Bloodstock.
The colt is the third foal out of the Anthony Cummings-trained Group 3 Epona Stakes winner Vergara, which Heritage Bloodstock bought for Campbell and T J S Bloodstock for $460,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale.
Campbell, who was also the leading vendor and sales topper at this year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, watched on as the opening bid of $250,000 was designed to KO the opposition, before the colt was knocked down to BBT Breeding and Racing who did their bidding over the phone through Inglis bloodstock consultant Harry Bailey.
The underbidder was Rothwell Park’s Scott Irwin who was at Oaklands Junction.
Campbell couldn’t hide his mixture of excitement and relief when the hammer fell.
“It’s a great result, and we’re really rapt for the people back at the farm, especially Wendy Smith, our yearling manager and her team, and also Stuart Murray who has done all the work with the colt down at the sale,” Campbell said.

“He has paraded so well, he has a ripping pedigree and is a ripping style of colt.
“The first emotion is relief because when you have a colt like that, who you think is worth a good quid, you’re always very mindful that you have to get him to the ring in one piece and every time he parades you hope he puts his best foot forward and doesn’t turn anyone off.”
Campbell said he was emotional about the colt because he was such a professional horse.

“I’m really excited to watch him race because he’s got a great brain and a great action,” he said.
“It’s all well and good to sell them for a lot of money, but the most important thing is that they have to go on and race well, and I’m looking forward to him doing that.

Campbell said they had targeted the sale for colt and had spent a lot of money on his mother off the track.
He said they had kept the first two foals out of the mare. Vergara’s first foal, by Tavistock, is an unraced three-year-old gelding named Focus on Fame and is with Ben and J D Hayes. The second foal out of the mare is an unraced two-year-old colt by Written Tycoon, trained by Ciaron Maher and David Eustace.
The Zoustar colt surpassed the previous Great Southern record of $310,000 for a son of More Than Ready in 2017.
There was plenty of good news for two well-known Victorian breeding operations when Willaroon’s Sally Watkins had her good friends at Rushton Park, David and Kayley Watkins, sell her Deep Field colt for $290,000.
It was well over what Sally had expected for the half-brother of Shebringzit (Sebring x Passarelle) which has been in career-best form in her last three racings, finishing third in the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes (2040m) at Morphettville and then finishing fourth in both the Group 1 SA Derby (2500m) and the Group 3 SA Classic (2500m).
“It’s absolutely incredible, I’m thrilled to bits,’’ Watkins said.

“There was a lot of interest in the horse, he had around 32 X-Ray hits, a lot of second and third and fourth lookers, all the big guys were on him, which was great.

“My reserve was $120,000 and with the opening bid being $150,000 – it just blew us all away, so we’re very, very happy.

“To get a result like this is incredible, we’re going to go out tonight and have a big celebration!

“We’re blown away, really, it’s been fabulous, a huge thanks to Inglis for getting the sale happening with everything that’s going on everywhere at the moment.’’

David Johnson agreed that it was a fabulous result.
“He’s a very special colt, he’s a great type vetted well and everyone on the complex loved him,” Johnson said.
“Inspections haven’t stopped since we got here, he had 30 hits on his x-rays which I’ve never had at a sale before.
“It’s for one of our very best friends in Sally Watkins, and she’ll be over the moon with this result.”
The good results continued on the second day of the sale for Rushton Park when bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills paid $225,000 for a bay filly by Written Tycoon, out of Group 3 Gold Coast Guineas winner Chakvetadze, already a producer of four foals and all are winners.
It was an emotional sale for Rangel Park’s Eric Buttler, who has been forced into retirement because of health issues which resulted in the long-time breeder being forced to sell his Euroa property and disperse his bloodstock.
A colt, by Maurice and out Seven Year Itch, offered by Buttler sold for $200,000.
It was Seven Year Itch’s ninth foal and makes the colt a half-brother to stakes winners Ritch Itch (Danerich) and Scratchy Lass (U S Ranger). Cranbourne trainer Shawn Mathrick paid $32,500 for Seven Year Itch through the Inglis Digital Sale in January.

Rangel Park Stud manager Tim Jackson said: “Seven Year Itch has been a really good mare to him, but the farm’s been sold up and Eric’s moving on to greener pastures, so it’s a big result for Eric and I am just happy for him.
“He’s been a good, loyal servant to the racing industry in Victoria, and it is very pleasant to see the result for him.”
Jackson saw Maurice as an upgrade, and the colt’s physical presence was also not lost on buyers.
“Good horses will always sell. Very rarely do you come to a sale, any sale, where (they are missed as) there are too many good judges around,” he said
“They go through the whole lot and anything that’s got any substance to it or a bit of pedigree, they usually spot them.
“If you pay attention, the good ones normally come back and that was the case with this fella.”
The colt is the fifth foal of the unraced Passarelle (Not A Single Doubt x Speedy Bell) which is half-sister to stakes winners Silverstream (Al Maher), Speedy Natalie (Al Maher) and Calanda (Snitzel.
A colt by Darley’s Group 1 winning Impending (Lonhro) stallion, and offered early on the first day by Esker Lodge at Beremboke, sold for $120,000 to New Zealand trader Dave Duley, and will be offered at next year’s New Zealand Bloodstock Karaka Yearling Sale draft.
Esker Lodge’s good results continued on the second day when they sold a Toronado colt – Lot 370 – for $210,000. Another Toronado colt – Lot 552 – was sold by Rosemont Stud for $160,000.
Duley has been impressed with Impending’s second crop.

“Last year New Zealanders couldn’t get over from Karaka and see the Impending and this year I’ve managed to see a few of the foals by him, and I’ve been really impressed by his stock,” he said.

“I’ve been to all the weanling sales so far, and we haven’t managed to get anything. So, to get this horse is really good.
“He will certainly get better as he gets older, but he might go a bit earlier. However, we certainly don’t rush them in New Zealand.”

Duley said The Impending foals he’d seen have seen are all great movers and they look athletic, which is what he tries to find.
The So You Think x Collins colt of Makybe which sold to Mitchell Bloodstock could be sold as a yearling.

James Mitchell said a decision on whether to on-sell the colt as a yearling in 2022 or race him would be made in due course.

“He’s a beautiful colt and being by So You Think out of a full sister to Makybe Diva, his pedigree is impossible to fault as well,’’ Mitchell said.

“He’s got so much upside and while he was the one we wanted, we thought we might be able to get him a bit cheaper than that but this sale has again been so strong, like basically every other auction this year, that we had to stretch the budget to get him home.”

Makybe’s Joe Murray described the colt as “a marquee offering’’.

“We knew he was popular, he was always going to be, given he’s out of a full sister to Makybe Diva, and by So You Think, so most people who saw him once came back for a second look at least,’’ Murray said.

“The market was very strong for him straight away, we thought coming here $150,000 would be a good result, $200,000 would have been super, but to get to $290,000 was just fantastic. We honestly couldn’t have been happier with the result.”
The second-best-selling weanling on the final day of the sale was sold to Suman Hedge Bloodstock and Silverdale Farm, who paid $250,000 for a Capitalist x Sebrina colt offered by Widden as agent.

It was a great result for Widden, who were presenting their first Great Southern draft under the Widden Victoria banner since purchasing the Sun Stud property earlier this year.

“Being the first sale as the new brand in Victoria, we wanted to make sure we sold well and to have a horse make $250,000 at Great Southern is just awesome,’’ Widden Victoria’s Phil Marshall said.
In the broodmare section of the sale, Ra Ra Epic – a half-sister to track phenomenon Incentivise – sold to Merricks Station and Group 1 Bloodstock for $200,000.

Foxy Frida (Foxwedge) dug deep over the concluding stages to notch up her second consecutive Flemington 1400 metre success in a competitive edition of the Mss Security Rivette Series Final.

The Andrew Noblet-trained 3-year-old found herself smothered away nearest to last on the rail after jumping from barrier three and with 250 metres to run she looked destined to be the race’s hard-luck story.

However, jockey Billy Egan remained collected and his patience was rewarded when a gap presented in between labouring leaders. From there Foxy Frida powered through the narrow opening to finish 0.1l ahead of the Mathew Ellerton and Simon Zahra-trained Divine Diosa (Teofilo {Ire}).

“I wasn’t worrying too much in the run because there was a couple of runners fading out in front of me and I knew they were going to separate at some stage,” Egan told Racing.com.

Egan believes Foxy Frida can go to another level in the spring, saying she profiles as a galloper who will appreciate stepping out over 1600 metres and beyond in her 4-year-old season.

“The way she raced today gave me the feeling that she is looking for a mile and she did a really good job to quicken through those gaps and show a turn of foot,” he said.

“The way she (Foxy Frida) raced today gave me the feeling that she is looking for a mile and she did a really good job to quicken through those gaps and show a turn of foot.” – Billy Egan

“She just wanted to race off the bridle and I thought they might be a bit sharp for her in the run by the way she came out of the gates so kindly and dropped her head and went to sleep.”

Andrew Noblet Racing’s stable representative, Stephanie Hateley echoed Egan’s sentiments, saying Foxy Frida is a rising talent who is capable of measuring up against better opposition.

She said the stable will assess how their galloper comes through the run before outlining a pathway forward.

“She’s definitely a horse who keeps us on the edge of our seat and more often than not you think it’s going to be a hard-luck story, but she’s so consistent and always fights right through the line,” Hateley told Racing.com.

Foxy Frida was passed in at the 2019 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale after failing to meet a reserve of $50,000 set by Mill Park Stud and Kellie McCarthy.

She is the third progeny of Listed-placed and Group 3 fourth-placegetter Family Portrait (Excellent Art {GB}), thus making her a half-sister to the Listed-placed Ritratto (Fiorente {Ire}).

Family Portrait herself is out of the stakes-performed Amen Ruby (Rubiton), who herself hails from the extended family of G2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) winner Fontiton (Turffontein).

Foxy Frida as a yearling

Article courtesy of TBN

It is with immense sadness that STOCKWELL THOROUGHBREDS announce the passing of one of the racing worlds most revered champions, ARAZI, at the grand age of 32 years.

The little chestnut with a crooked blaze that made him almost instantly recognisable, captured the minds of racing people around the globe, when in 1991 he produced one of the most memorable performances seen on a racetrack in  coming from last to take out the Breeders Cup Juvenile by an easing five length margin.

ARAZI had shown in five earlier brilliant wins in France that he was an exceptional galloper but nobody was prepared for what he did in the bright sunshine at Churchill Downs. Having his first start on dirt and drawing the outside barrier, ARAZI was slow to start and trailed the field out of the first turn before weaving a breathtaking passage inside and outside of others to challenge for the lead coming off the backstretch and rounding up the leader Bertrando on the bend before powering to a massive lead to win eased up under jockey Pat Valenzuela.

“It was like playing a video game in an arcade.” Valanzuela was  quoted as saying

However, a knee injury resulted from that race and ARAZI was never quite the same horse again, failing in the Kentucky Derby the following year before retiring to Dalham Hall

Stud in the UK.

ARAZI was a much travelled horse, born in the US, raced in France, the US and England before a stud career which took him from England, back to the US, Japan and Switzerland before coming to Australia.

His stud career did not match the highlights of his racing career but he left a champion son in Congaree and a number of his daughters proved to be highly successful broodmares, most notably his stakes winning America who in turn produced the Melbourne Cup winner, Americain.

However, ARAZI’s fan club from all parts of the world never deserted him and in retirement had visitors and well wishers who sent letters and cards for each of his birthdays.

“It has been an honour never lost on us to have been guardians to such a beloved horse,” said Stockwell’s Mike Becker.

“He had major bowel surgery as a four year old and has lived with a  major heart murmur for the past 16 years, but in the end it was his body that gave out, not his big heart. He will be very missed around here.”

Farewell to our Mate – you were indeed a superstar.

News from Stockwell Thoroughbreds

A Frosted colt out of Townsings Lass as part of Supreme's draft

With 11 lots going through the ring, Supreme Thoroughbreds’ Bloodstock Manager Neil Shaw will be a busy man at next week’s Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale – but he is hopeful the hard work will pay off with some satisfying results.

Supreme’s quality draft includes a filly and a colt by Swettenham Stud’s red-hot sire Toronado, three foals by Yulong Stud’s first season sire Grunt and lot 215, a striking son of Frosted who Neil predicts will prove particularly popular with suitors when he goes through the ring at Oaklands Junction on the opening day (Sunday, 4 July).

“He’s a strong, well-built colt with a very unusual colour,” said Neil, who runs the farm in partnership with his wife, Sue, and industry icons Adrienne and Brent Grayling.

“He looks more like a chestnut now, but he’s definitely going to be grey like his sire. Frosted is flying, this season in Australia he’s had two Stakes winners and a further two Stakes-placed horses from only 13 runners – so his current strike rate is outstanding.

“I think this colt will spark a lot of interest, not just because of his sire but also because of his looks and action.”

With Toronado also enjoying another standout season – his seven Stakes winners included Group 1 William Reid Stakes hero Masked Crusader – Neil is confident that Lots 135 and 547 will both catch the eye of buyers next week.

He is particular excited about the prospects of the chestnut Toronado filly out of Refit, whose progeny includes multiple Stakes winner Cavaloce, trained in South Australia by Will Clarken.

“Our filly is a half-sister to Cavaloce, who is going really well at stud and is now at Arrowfield,” said Neil.

“Her first foal made $340,000 at the Magic Millions and her most recent Dundeel colt was sold for $420,000, and she’s now back in foal to The Autumn Sun. So even though this filly will be obviously sold as a racing prospect, I’m sure she’ll be quite a valuable broodmare one day given what Cavaloce has achieved so far in her career.

“She’s a very forward filly with an attractive head and flashy markings. She moves very well and also presents very well, plus the way Toronado is going I’m sure she’ll prove to be popular.”

Of the three Grunt weanlings in Supreme’s draft – Lots 242, 245 and 360 – Neil believes the latter, a bay colt out of Fairy House, could be the pick of the crop.

“We’re selling the Grunts on behalf of Yulong, and Lot 360 is probably the most forward of the three with a foaling date of 14 August,” he said.

“He’s got a very nice walk and is out of a Bel Esprit mare, so I’d say he’ll be up and running quite early in his career.

“The Grunts sold extremely well up at the Magic Millions, so I’d be confident that they will again be popular down here.”

To view Supreme Thoroughbreds’ full draft at the Great Southern Weanling Sale, click here.

Kiwi Ida bred by Ponderosa Park is a multiple stakes winner (Racing and Sports)

For Ponderosa Park, each year, the Inglis Great Southern sale is their grand finale. The farm-based in Nathalia targets the sale at Oaklands Junction with the weanlings they breed each year.

This year they will be the biggest vendor on the complex with 27 weanlings with their entire draft bred by Ponderosa Park. In 2019 their strategy resulted in Paul and Sue claiming the highest vendor by aggregate when they sold 13 weanlings for $593,000.

At the time, Paul could hardly contain his excitement, “Well, it hasn’t hit us yet, but we’re all excited back here on the farm. Everyone’s hard work has finally paid off.”

Paul and Sue are no strangers to hard work, and they have reaped the rewards on the track, too, with their headline horse Kiwi Ida a PK3 graduate.

The pair bred and sold the mare as a weanling through the Great Southern sale.

Kiwi Ida was then exported to New Zealand and became a multiple winning stakes winner, trained by John and Karen Parsons. The mare is sired by Widden Victoria’s Squamosa.

The mare won both the Group 2 Westbury Classic and the Group 2 Manawatu Stakes and has won a total of $509,862 for her connections.

Kiwi Ida’s full brother made $150,000 at Karaka when he was sold at the 2020 sale and was knocked down to Beamish Bloodstock.

This sale, not only will they present a half to Kiwi Ida but a ¾ relation when the sale gets underway on Sunday.

“We have a number of weanlings represented by good stallions in our draft. We have some nice Frosted’s, a nice Impending colt, and of course our ¾ to Kiwi Idea, which is lot 4 and a half to Kiwi Ida which is lot 351,” Paul said.

Another highlight for Ponderosa Park is lot 22, a colt by Widden Victoria’s Fiorente. The colt is out of five-time winner Lacey Underall who won $487,660 and is the winner of the Group 2 SAJC Adelaide Cup.

“He is a cracking colt and out of the Adelaide Cup winner, and he himself won the Melbourne Cup. For those who want a Melbourne Cup horse, here he is,” Paul commented.

Another weanling that Paul highlights is lot 159, a Wandjina filly out of Shadow Doll. Wandjina this year will stand in Victoria at Larnuek Stud.

Shadow Doll was a two-time winner, with two of her foals to race who are both winners. New York Baby sired by Written Tycoon is a winner at two years old and is trained by Team Corstens.

The filly won the VOBIS Gold Strike at Warrnambool worth $100,000 on the 4th of May when Damien Oliver rode her to victory ahead of Cardigan Queen.

Team Corstens have put her away and will bring her back out to target the Spring.

“This is a great filly for pinhookers to take a look at. She is a serious filly, and Corstens is excited about her Spring and future,” Paul said.

Another filly which Paul has high regard for is lot 293 out of Bloodlette. Bloodlette is the half-sister to the ten-time winner, Platelet and is a multiple Group 1 winner, counting the Group 1 SAJC Robert Sangster Stakes and the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap.

“These weanlings are for genuine sale, and I want them to go to good homes. We like to look after pinhookers, and we will have another draft of weanlings to sell next year,” Paul said.

To view the entire Ponderosa Park draft, click here.

lot 370 of Esker Lodge's draft, a colt by Toronado

Darren and Elizabeth Dance’s Esker Lodge will present three weanlings and three mares at the Great Southern sale.

The three weanling colts all bred by Esker Lodge include an Impending, a Capitalist and a Toronado for buyers at Oaklands Junction.

The first lot to head through the ring will be the Impending colt out of the Exceed and Excel mare Keltara and will go through as lot 15.

Keltara is the half-sister to MISSY CUMMINGS, who is the dam of the Victorian-bred MIZZY.

“This colt is a forward-looking colt, and the Impending’s have sold well. He has a lot going for him. Great head, great attitude and correct X-rays,” Darren said.

The next lot to head through will be lot 81, the Capitalist colt out of the More Than Ready mare, More Bubbly.

The mare is a three-time winner, and Darren and Elizabeth are parting with the colt off the back of how strong the market currently is and how in-demand Capitalist’s progeny are at present.

“This is the best time to put a Capitalist on the market given how well he is going as a sire. He is a nice colt and correct. Even though he is a later foal, he has good bone, good leg and a strong hindquarter,” Darren said. “He should be very popular at the sale.”

The mare is the dam of Madame Bolli, who is sired by Written Tycoon and is looking to be a very progressive filly who seems as though she may be city class standard.

The final weanling to head through the ring will be lot 370, a colt sired by Swettenham’s Toronado and out of the Foxwedge mare in Foxlago.

The colt on offer is from the same family as the stakes-mare in ROCKALICIOUS and CANNY LASS.

“Toronado is the pin-up boy in Victoria at the moment as a sire. This colt is a really good specimen, and he will be popular at the sales. He is a lovely colt, good sized and a tremendous walker who just lopes along,” Darren said.

“These weanlings are all headed to the sale as we believe they will make good money given the market. Had I thought about it in a bit more detail, I may have put half a dozen in,” Darren laughs.

On Monday, Darren will present three broodmares at Oaklands Junction.

“We have been growing, and it is a great opportunity for people to capitalise on that growth with purchasing these mares at Oaklands,” Darren said.

“We currently have a band of forty mares, and we want to focus on ensuring we are boutique,” Darren said.

The three mares to head through the ring will be Loves Attention (lot 423), Absolute Puzzle (lot 487) and Chase the Dame (lot 504).

Lot 423, Loves Attention is out of Party Miss. Party Miss is a four-time winner, including a win in her two-year-old career. She is the dam of none other than Yulong’s Champion sire WRITTEN TYCOON.

Loves Attention is also the dam of stakes performed Murt the Flirt.

The next mare to head through the ring will be lot 487, Absolute Puzzle. Absolute Puzzle is out of the Flying Spur mare Without Exception and is in foal to Yulong’s Grunt.

The final mare to head through the ring will be Chase the Dame as lot 504. Chase the Dame is out of the Commands mare in Berengaria, who is the half-sister to THACKERAY and FAIRYTALES. Chase the Dame also includes Group 1 Sires Produces ON THE BUBBLES in her family.

To view Esker Lodge’s weanling draft, click here, and to view their broodmare draft, click here.

Sheamus Mills (centre) with Barry Bowditch (left) and Michael Christian (right) with Volpe Veloce. (Magic Millions)

Bloodstock agent Sheamus Mills (FBAA) is upping sticks to country Victoria this month, relocating his family life from Melbourne to a rural property in the Romsey district. Named ‘Kilcoole Park’, the property is a small holding for Mills, his wife Maelani and the couple’s 7-year-old son Lucas, but big enough to host a few of Mills’ favourite broodmares.

“We’ll have my own mares there, but I’ll still be outsourcing all the hard work like weaning and getting them in foal,” Mills said. “I’ll leave that to the experts. This was very much a lifestyle decision. It’s a beautiful property that has been very well-maintained, and we’ll fence some more of it up as we go along, but we’re not looking to develop it into a working farm at this point.”

Kilcoole Park is shadowed by both Spendthrift Farm and Widden Victoria, and will be an ideal country base for Mills. He has this week shifted his Melbourne bloodstock office from Williamstown to Port Melbourne.

“I think I’ll enjoy having the best of both worlds,” he said. “I’ll still have a business focus in Melbourne, and the vast majority of my clients are Melbourne-based, so I expect I’ll be spending a lot more time in the car.”

Kilcoole Park was named after the village of Kilcoole in County Wicklow which, as most Irish ex-pats will know, was home to the long-running television series ‘Glenroe’. Mills chose the name in memory of his late mother, who passed away only six weeks ago and was a native of Kilcoole.

The Romsey property will initially be home to a collection of Mills’ favourite mares, including Minetti (Star Witness), Could It Be Magic (Exceed And Excel) and Zarpoya (Sepoy).

Zarpoya was stakes-placed on debut in 2016, and is a daughter of an imported Rock Of Gibraltar (Ire) mare. She has a foal on the ground by Russian Revolution, and is due to foal to Capitalist this season.

Minetti, meanwhile, is a daughter of the useful New Zealand mare La Italia (NZ), who won the G2 Wakefield Challenge S. and Listed New Zealand Bloodstock Classique. Minetti was served by Toronado (Ire) last year, and had a filly by Winning Rupert in 2019.

“They’ll move in with us, but they’ll be moved around when they’re foaling,” Mills said. “Rushton Park and Willaroon (Thoroughbreds) do a great job looking after my horses, but these are young mares, and they’ll be with us to give my son a bit of exposure to it all, I’m trying to indoctrinate him as much as I can.”

The family is making the move to Romsey next week, ideal timing for Mills with the sales season almost wrapped up. The bloodstock agent has been prolific this year, paying top dollar – $1.95 million, to be exact – at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for a filly by I Am Invincible from the lovely race-mare Hips Don’t Lie (NZ) (Stravinsky {USA}).

Mills also splashed out at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale last month, paying $1.9 million (in partnership) for Volpe Veloce (Foxwedge), $1.6 million for Bonham (NZ) (Per Incanto {USA}) and $1.5 million for Rimraam (NZ) (Commands).

Last weekend, his filly Odeum (Written Tycoon) was a market fancy for the G1 Tattersalls’s Tiara at Eagle Farm.

Odeum was second almost a fortnight ago in the G2 Dane Ripper S. behind Brooklyn Hustle.

“We’ve deliberately kept her pretty lightly raced, and mapped out what we want to do for the next 12 months,” Mills said. “We’ll have a couple of runs into The Everest, and then one run into the Magic Millions mares’ race, and then a couple of runs into the All-Star Mile. We are sort of banking on around eight runs as a 4-year-old, which means she would line up as a 5-year-old with 18 starts. We’re mindful of wanting to keep her lightly raced.”

Mills paid $420,000 for Odeum at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in 2018 from the draft of Newhaven Park. The filly was the third foal from the broodmare Movie (Red Ransom) and, as such, is a half-sister to the Listed winner Goodfella (Snitzel).

Movie has a filly on the ground by Zoustar, and is in foal to Capitalist.

Story courtesy of TDN AusNZ.

Declan Bates aboard Corner Pocket, winning at Caulfield, 26.6.21. (Racing Photos).

Warrnambool trainer Lindsey Smith describes Corner Pocket as a ‘pretty boring’ sort of a horse.

And that’s despite the four-year-old son of Toronado winning his sixth consecutive race when he scored over 1440m at Caulfield on Saturday.

Smith paid $175,000 for Corner Pocket at the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale when it was offered for sale by Musk Creek Farm, which had paid $75,000 for colt at the 2017 Australian Weanling Sale when it was offered by the breeder, Swettenham Stud, which stands Toronado.

Now a rising five-year-old, the gelding is perhaps one year too old to be an attractive proposition for the Hong Kong market where he could have commanded up $2 million as a three-year-old with such an impeccable record.

With six wins from eight starts and a second and a third, Corner Pocket has never been out of the money and based on his track work, no one is more surprised than Smith.

“He is pretty boring to deal with in the sense that he doesn’t sort of indicate that he is he going to go out and win six in a row,” Smith said.

“He is pretty laid back and if he works with another horse he makes bad horses look not too bad as he doesn’t sort of towel them up or anything and when they work alongside him, you think the slow ones are not going any worse than what he is.

“You don’t get a gauge off him.”

Smith said Corner Pocket had probably missed the boat to Hong Kong because of his age, but he isn’t complaining.

“They came sniffing around a week or two ago, but the age slowed them up a little bit as he is about to turn five and with the COVID thing too,’’ he said.

“I’m glad he didn’t go. It didn’t happen.’’

Corner Pocket’s majority owner is Peter McCallum and the long list of owners includes Bill Andrews who was an owner of the Smith-trained Scales of Justice which won multiple Group races, including Group 1 races the Railway Stakes (1600m) and the Memsie Stakes (1600m).

“The owners have been with me for a few years now and they have been happy to be patient,” Smith said.

“The horse has taken a long time and he went shin sore and he has had plenty of time.

“I think the Toronados are a bit like that and they get better as they get older.

“I think in a perfect world they are better off starting when they’re older and he can race until he is eight if it needs be.”

Smith said that at the time the $175,000 he paid for the then yearling colt was expensive.

“It was because I didn’t have the $175,000 and Toronado hadn’t taken off, but we, me and Boomer Bloodstock, had seen a few Toronados and I don’t carry a book but every horse I liked was by Toronado.

“We just took the punt that Toronado would be a stallion going forward and luckily we seem to be right now.”

Corner Pocket was out of Toronado’s first Australian crop which also produced the stallion’s first Group 1 winner, Masked Crusader.

Smith said he had bought and raced others by Toronado, including five time winner Elderflower, also a four-year-old, which he later sold for around $100,000. He also has a couple of young horses by the stallion.

“But he now he is getting a bit expensive for me to buy,” he said.

“The price of $175,000 to $200,000 really maxed us out and while we are getting better at it, it’s a bit too dear.”

Smith is currently planning the front running Corner Pocket’s campaign which could lead to the gelding running in Western Australia where the trainer made his name.

Corner Pocket’s next race looms as a 1400m benchmark 84 at Caulfield on July 10, where Smith said they’ll probably need to use a claiming apprentice and then possibly a crack at the Mildura Cup (1400m) on July 23

“And then he would maybe have a little break and then see if he is good enough to go to the Rupert Clarke or something like that,” Smith said.

“It’s a bit of dream, but we’ll have a look at it.

“And if he runs out of time and needs a bigger spell, he could go home to Perth for the Railway Stakes. It would be a good race for him.

“With his races, he does it from start to finish.”

Scales of Justice won the Railway Stakes (1600m) for Smith in 2016.

Smith said Corner Pocket’s owners aren’t just limited to Western Australia but also come from Sydney, Queensland “and all over the place.”

“Thank God for Sky Channel,” Smith said.

Swettenham Stud’s Sales and Nominations Manager, Sam Matthews, said the demand for Toronado continues at unprecedented levels.

The shuttle stallion’s book was closed early for last breeding season and is ready shut for this coming season.

With an increased fee of $49,500 from last year’s $27,500, there hasn’t been a shortage of breeders wanting to send mares to the son of High Chaparral.

After serving his biggest book of 210 mares last season, Matthews said that already they’d been forced to shut the book and knock back about 250 mares.

He said it was good to see the progress of another successful Toronado in Corner Pocket which the stud bred from the mare Baize (Commands x Suede) which has since had another colt by Toronado and a colt by another of Swettenham Stud’s stallions, Puissance De Lune.

“We bred Corner Pocket and sold him as weanling to Musk Creek who then pinhooked him and sold him to Lindsey Smith who has done the right thing by the horse and has been patient,” Matthews said.

“He hasn’t really pushed him as he gone through the grades.”

Matthews estimated that Corner Pocket would be a $2 million horse for the Hong Kong market if he was a year younger.

He said the demands for Toronado keeps coming as the stallions is about to return from France to embark on his seventh season at stud for Swettenham.

“We have knocked back about 250 mares and we have taken the right number of about 120,” he said.

“He is definitely the flavour of the month and deservedly so.

“All the other stallions are ticking a long well. Rubick is going well and so is Highland Reel and I Am Immortal but they won’t get busy with bookings until a bit closer to the start of the season.

“But the busy horse is very, very busy.”

Matthews said Toronado is still well priced when compared to other stallions of a similar level.

“He is good value and when you look back in two years he is going to be a lot more expensive than he is now and he still represents value,” Matthews said.

Wandjina, standing at Larnuek Stud in 2021

With record sales across the board and a host of new stallions, it’s shaping to be a cracker of a breeding season for Victoria … and, we might add, a memorable one for Larneuk Stud.

First off, there’s a tale (tail?) to tell about one of our new boys in WANDJINA. On Sunday night in Singapore he notched up his second stakes winner with Tiger Roar bolting in the Group 3 Singapore 3YO Sprint at Kranji. The 3YO has now won five of his nine starts with a further three placings and, based on his most recent outing, he’s clearly one of the most promising gallopers in the region.

There’s a lot to like too about Kris Lees’ first crop 4YO, Wandabaa, who has had a marvellous season with 13 starts and only finishing out of the money on one occasion: including five Group placings and a terrific fourth to Bandersnatch in the Listed Civic Stakes on 26 June.

And now they’re talking about having a tilt at the Group 3 Sir John Monash Stakes with Wandjina’s multiple stakes placed Express Pass who won down the straight at Flemington a couple of weeks back.

Amazing how it works … Shamus Award, Manhattan Rain and Foxwedge all produced Group 1 winners shortly after it was announced they’d be heading to God’s country (aka Victoria) and don’t be surprised if Wandjina follows suit.

There’s plenty of enquiries about our other newcomer too and we’re proud to say that Larneuk is the only stud on the planet to offer its broodmare owners ENDLESS DRAMA (literally of course, not metaphorically).

Like any stallion entering stud we’ll have to wait and see, but he was a bloody good racehorse with multiple Group 2 victories and liked mixing it with the best (Winx anyone?).

One thing that has certainly piqued everyone’s interest is Endless Drama’s sire Lope de Vega. He was only here for a few seasons (2011-14) but what a legacy – Gytrash, Santa Ana Lane, Vega Magic and, as of recent weeks, Vega One capturing the Group 1 Kingsford-Smith and finishing second in the Group 1 Stradbroke.

However, what you may not know is that Lope de Vega is continuing to brain ‘em in Europe where he stands for the big bucks (125,000 euro). Since the start of the year he’s produced 19 stakes horses in France, England, Ireland, Singapore, Italy, Hong Kong and, of course, Australia.

We’re not suggesting that Endless Drama is the only son of Lope de Vega standing in Australia but there aren’t many of them … especially multiple Group 2 winners.

Meanwhile, WOLF CRY supporters have also been on the blower since Saturday after General Wolffe was stakes placed in Brisbane. A winner by 5.5 lengths at Doomben in February, General Wolffe joins fellow Wolf Cry first cropper, Wolves, who was also placed in the Group 2 Blue Diamond Prelude earlier this year. Pretty good going when you’ve only had four runners and two of them are black type horses.

And we’re not going anywhere before we mention CLUSTER. The Fastnet Rock Group 2 winner has had a resounding season with his 2YOs and they include the fairy tale horse, Rocket Tiger, who was placed in the Group 2 Silver Slipper and Group 3 Black Opal before going on to run in the Golden Slipper, while Serious Sarah – OK, we’re going to say it – is definitely a serious horse, according to trainer Greg Eurell. Both Rocket Tiger and Serious Sarah are geared up for a tilt at some big races in the spring are reports from their stables are encouraging to say the least.

That’s us done for now. For further information on any of the Larneuk Stud 2021 lineup, phone Neville Murdoch on 0418 105 706.

Paul Gatt on Not Usual Glorious at Morphettville, June 2021 (Atkins Photography).

Willaroon Thoroughbreds’ Sally Watkins was a little mystified when her South Australian trainer Will Clarken told her he’d spotted a horse with her brand on it during track work at Morphettville.

Sally had no idea about the identity of the horse, but later discovered that it was a yearling she had sold for $32,000 at the 2018 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

The yearling, which Sally had bred out of her mare Temper Tantrum, was by Melbourne Cup winning stallion Fiorente, which stands at Widden Victoria.

He was originally sold to Feng Bloodstock and sent to New Zealand where the now named Not Usual Glorious started his career with trainer Shane Crawford.

After nine starts in New Zealand for three wins, the horse was placed on the market and purchased by South Australia’s Travis Doudle who paid $65,000 – landed – for the four-year-old which had won his last start at Matamata over 2000m before being sold.

Since joining Doudle, the gelding has won all three starts to stretch his winning sequence to four in a row.

And being by Fiorente, the young trainer is confident the gelding, which won by 2.8 lengths over 2032m at Morphettville last Saturday, will stretch out to 3200m.

“He is a really nice horse and you have to be pretty talented to win six of 12 and that’s what he has done so far,” Doudle said.

“Three on the bounce for us is pretty exciting and he is a nice horse going forward and I think he might win a nice race for us one day.”

Doudle said he got in touch with a couple of agents in New Zealand and they were looking at a few horses for him.

“And when he came across the desk I grabbed him.

“He was on the market and as soon as he went into the hands of the agent he got in touch with me and I secured him straight away. I liked his racing style and the fact he had a decent last prep and with a big spell I thought he was going to be better this time in.

“Luckily we were right.”

Not Usual Glorious, won his three races in New Zealand on heavy 10 tracks, and two of his three victories in Adelaide have been on soft five rated tracks, while last Saturday’s win was also on a heavy 10. He has also finished third on a heavy 10.

The gelding holds a nomination for the Banjo Patterson (2600m) Final at Flemington on Saturday, but Doudle has decided to keep him home and look for another race at Caulfield the following Saturday over 2000m.

Doudle said while he horse would have been down in the weights at Flemington, he has opted at this stage for the Caulfield race as he doesn’t have to alter the training much and while he’ll get more weight, his trainer described the four-year-old as a big, tough horse.

“Potentially he might be the highest rated horse in the race (a benchmark 78) and he’ll get his chance at Caulfield for big dollars next weekend,” he said.

“There is also a race for him at Gawler on the same Saturday, so if he doesn’t happen to go over there he can stay in his own backyard and he’d be hard to hold out again even with a bit of weight here in South Australia.”

Doudle said the plan was to get Not Usual Glorious out to 3200m, but says it’s not necessarily a rush to get him out to that distance as he rates the gelding as a genuine stayer.

He said that by the time jockey Paul Gatt managed to pull up Not Usual Glorious last Saturday after his 2.8 length win and got him back to the mounting enclosure, every other horse had been unsaddled and was gone.

“He was there solo and it took him a fair while to pull him up,” Doudle said.

“And he (Gatt) said that’s just the way he is and is a strong going bloke and is confident he’ll get 3200m.”

Doudle said Not Usual Glorious keeps impressing each week and continues to meet the challenges of winning higher rated races.

Doudle believes his horse wouldn’t be out of place in a race like the Adelaide Cup, and if he keeps improving, there are always the bigger Melbourne races to consider.

“We are not quite sure how good he is, I suppose,” Doudle said.

“I’ll probably be setting him for the Bart Cummings (2500m) and then just sees what happens and if he could get the chocolates in a race like that it would be a dream come true.

“We’ll set him for that and just see what happens.”

Horses nominated for the Melbourne Cup get a golden ticket into the big race if they win the Group 3 Bart Cummings which will be run on October 2 at Flemington.

Doudle said he was hoping it would be a wet spring.

After starting his training career at Port Lincoln, Doudle has between 25 to 30 horses in work in Adelaide where he has trained for the past five years.

And for Sally Watkins, she thought when she sold Not Usual Glorious that Feng Bloodstock was going ready to run the horse.

Then she saw he’d been winning in New Zealand but had not collected much prizemoney.

“I didn’t think any more of it, but he was a lovely yearling with a good temperament and easy to do anything with,” Sally said.

“I got $32,000 for him which was okay, but I didn’t make a lot of money or didn’t lose a lot of money and I didn’t pay a lot for the mare (Temper Tantrum).”

Sally said when she was up at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale, Will Clarken told her about the horse he’d see with her brand on it.

“He said it went really well, a chestnut one which Travis Doudle has got,” he said.

“I had no idea what it was then worked out that Travis had bought him from whoever had it in New Zealand and it’s now three from three over there in Adelaide.”

Sally said she bought Temper Tantrum (Hold That Tiger x Disco Bickie), a winner of three races including the listed Strutt Stakes (2100m) in Hobart, from the Henwood family who originally owned the Willaroon farm.

The Henwoods bred one foal by Americain out of Temper Tantrum, but the filly raced only once. But they have had more luck with another they bred, Group 2 Alister Clark (2400m) winner Nonconformist.

Sally said she bred Not Usual Glorious out of the mare which she later sold in foal to Brazen Beau for $95,000. The mare had two fillies to Brazen Beau, a colt to Shalaa and was served by Flying Artie last season.

And she said Not Usual Glorious had been on an interesting journey which hasn’t finished yet.

“And when he went to New Zealand I thought that would be the last I’d see of him,” she said.

Not Usual Glorious capped off a big day at Morphettville for Victorian horses.

Victorian bred horses – Taunting (Brazen Beau), Winning Weather (Night Of Thunder), Turfitt (Turffontein) and Aadelad (Husson) – won the first four races.

Madam Stryker, lot 425 for Stonehouse Thoroughbreds

Some uncertainty surrounding COVID-19 and a change of dates has cost Ryan Arnel’s Stonehouse Thoroughbreds a few withdrawals from both his weanling and broodmare drafts at next week’s Inglis Great Southern Sale.

But Arnel is happy with the 10 weanlings and the nine broodmares which will be sold under the banner of his Eddington farm.

He said some people had elected to go online, while others had decided to take their young stock through as yearlings.

“It’s no fault of anyone, but it’s the world we are living in at the moment and we just have to make those decisions and a few people have elected to either go on the digital sale and the other option is to carry them on and keep going with them,” Arnel said.

Arnel is extremely happy with a couple of Rich Enuff weanlings that will go under the hammer.

Arnel said Woodside Park’s Rich Enuff (Written Tycoon x Hotnuff) was a good Victorian stallion who he described as being on the cusp.

“He is doing a good job but is not a superstar as yet,” he said.

“But he has a potential Everest runner and he has got a couple of handy ones out there and he would be quite a handy punt sire for anyone wanting to pinkhook,” he said.

The first Rich Enuff colt to go under the hammer for Stonehouse is Lot 75, a chestnut out of the unraced  Miss So Sneaky (Verrazano x Danesty) which is a half-sister to Mr Sneaky and Mr So and So. The second dam, Danesty (Danehill x Shalbourne) won five races.

The family also boosts Furore (Pierro x Stormy Choice) which won four races in Australian and a third in the Group 1 Rosehill Guineas and was later sold to Hong Kong where the gelding, which is still racing, has won four races, including the Hong Kong Derby (2000m) and the Group 3 Ladies’ Purse (1800m) and the Group 2 The J.C. Cup (2000m).

“I am very happy with the way the colt is bred,” Arnel said.

Another Rich Enuff colt – Lot 339 – is out of Dinkum Star (Happy Giggle x Tropical Star) which won four races and is the dam of six foals to race – all winners.

Dinkum Star, which was listed and Group 3 placed, produced stakes winner Strykum (Stryker) which won the listed SAJC Queen Adelaide Stakes (1000m).

“She is an older mare, but she has the track record,” he said.

“We know what she can produce.”

Arnel said there was a good watch on Rich Enuff as his three-year-olds come up.

“And that’s what he throws and that’s what he was a horse, a three-year-old type,” he said.

“When you don’t see a lot of action as a two-year-old, people start to, in a commercial sense of the industry, sort of start to um and ah.

“I think he has done enough and there are a few floating around that people are suggesting are handy enough horses and he is definitely one to be watched going forward.”

Arnel is also happy with Lot 329, a Hellbent colt out of Dance of Choice (Stratum x Dance With Zeel).

“He stands at Yarraman, one of the best farms in Australia and he has been supported very well and is another stallion that also has a high potential to kick an early goal,” he said.

“And we also have a really nice Smart Missile colt (Lot 54) and his obviously at a price being by Smart Missile who is a stallion that does the work and actually has great results and is a real bread and butter type. This colt is clean and very good moving and just a nice racehorse type.”

Stonehouse is also offering a colt by Impending – Lot 74 – and a filly by the stallion – Lot 115. The colt is out of Miss Provocative (Flying Spur x Flouze) and the third dam is La Baraka which produced Group 2 and listed winner Alizes (NZ).

The Impending (Lonhro x Mnemosyne) filly is out of Irish mare Pepiniere (Sadler’s Wells x Palmeraie) which was placed as a three-year-old in France.

Arnel said Impending had been well represented in the yearling sales and the stallion is similar to Hellbent with the market not knowing where they stand yet.

“But they have been very well liked in the yearling ring and very respected price-wise,” he said.

“He is another horse that you wouldn’t be afraid to have a go at.”

And of Stonehouse’s broodmares, Arnel said two are in foal to the much in demand Capitalist.

Lot 422, being offered on behalf of Avesta Bloodstock, is the unraced Lost Diamond (Dubawi x Lurina). Already with two fillies (Merchant Navy and Capitalist), she was served by Capitalist on November 10.

The other of Stonehouse’s broodmares in foal to Capitalist is Lot 425 Madam Stryker (Stryker x Stagerush) which was served by the stallion on November 2. The mare, which won four races from 1850m to 2008m, has produced one foal, a filly by Lean Mean Machine.

“Capitalist is on fire at the moment and people are raving about him so there are a couple of mares there in foal to him,” Arnel said.

And Lot 525, Global Diamond (Bernardini x Tsutumi), who Arnel describes as a neat mare, is in foal to Dundeel (NZ). The family of the second dam, Christmas Spirit, produced multiple Group 1 winner Bentley Biscuit.

New Zealand mare Ruud As (Savabeel x Ruud Van Slaats) is in foal to Ocean Park and should be in demand. She goes through the sale as Lot 554. The mare is a winner of five races in New Zealand.

Arnel said the broodmare market had continued to soar at recent sales, especially at the top end of the commercial side of the industry.

“There is definitely a big market there for it,” he said.

Arnel said with everything that was happening many half expected the industry to fall down but it had probably been going the other way.

He said it had been important for the industry to have stuck together to keep racing going and it had put the industry on the front line and shown how strong it can be.

And he believed all sections of the industry, just not the top end, were as strong as each other.

To view Stonehouse’s weanling draft, click here.

To view Stonehouse’s broodmare draft, click here.

Yarran Thoroughbreds’ Street Boss x Accented Filly (lot 259).

Yarran Thoroughbreds’ Manager John Doherty has high hopes for two fillies and a colt that will go under the hammer at the upcoming Great Southern Weanling Sale.

He is full of praise for a colt by Justify (USA) which is the second foal out of Group 1 winning New Zealand mare Aide Memoire.

“He is a nice stamp of a foal and everything is in the right place,” Doherty said.

“And he has got a good attitude and a good walk and has a bit of presence about him.”

The colt will go through the sale at Lot 262.

The first filly to go through the sale for Yarran Thoroughbreds, Lot 259, is by the popular Darley stallion Street Boss.

Out of Accented (Helmet x Syncopated), the dam raced once and is a sister to 2019 Manfred Stakes winner Tin Hat which now races as Beauty Rush in Hong Kong.

“She is a very strong filly and Street Boss is just going berserk at the moment,’’ Doherty said.

“She should find a home.”

Doherty said the No Nay Never (USA) filly – Lot 333 – is out of Delta Girl (General Nediym x Etoile Centieme), winner of two races, including the AJC Widden Stakes (1100m) and was also Group 2 placed.

“He just had a Group 1 winner at Royal Ascot last week,” Doherty said.

“Unfortunately he hasn’t had a Group 1 winner in Australia yet but he is a horse that can do it.

“The filly is a big strapping horse and different to the Street Boss filly and she is going to be more of a classic type, three-year-old filly.”

Doherty said all three weanlings should make good money, but nominates the Justify colt as the standout.

“He has just got that bit of X-factor about him and he looks very much like Justify himself,” he said.

“We are lucky with the Street Boss filly because Street Boss couldn’t have had a better year and he has shown that he can get a two-year-old.”

Doherty said the three weanlings were fit and healthy and had x-rayed well.

To view the Yarran Thoroughbreds draft, please click here.

Dearne Gess-Jones of Merricks Station

Merricks Station has had a run of success over the last 12 months with stellar sales results, a tremendous Melbourne Premier sale and an expansion on their property located on the Mornington Peninsula, going from 90 to 140 acres.


“The last six months, we have seen the fruits of our labour with horses on the track, which has been helping establish the farm as a good producer of racehorses,” Merricks Station Farm Manager, Dee Gess-Jones, said.


“We have bought five mares at Magic Millions to bulk up on our already strong broodmare band. The farm has gone from strength to strength, and the farm has expanded to 140 acres, which means we can rest our pasture a bit more and take on a few more spellers.


“We had a stellar Melbourne Premier sale, and we have made an active decision to target the Premier sale moving forward.”


“We are getting some great sires in Victoria, and we believe that Victoria is the future of the industry,” continued Dee.


“There is a show of confidence in Victoria with farms such as Widden moving down here, and this breeding season, we will be using some great Victorian sires such as Brazen Beau, Frosted, Impending, Hanseatic and Tagaloa.”


The farm will present five weanlings and four mares when the Great Southern Sale commences on Sunday. Two of these are homebreds for Merricks Station.


The first lot to head through the ring, which Dee mentions, is lot 149, a Holler colt out of Savannah Haze, bred by Hill Home Lodge, a well-established Victorian breeder.


“This colt is well put together, a good walking flashy colt, who has some nice bling and gets over the ground really well,” Dee said.


Lot 213 is bred by Merricks Station and is a colt by Vancouver out of Tina Turban. Tina Turban, who won two races, is the half-sister to the listed BRC Princess Stakes winner, Best Yet To Come.


“This colt is a really nice well-boned colt who walks well; we can’t keep every horse, so that is why we have decided to target this sale. He is a good trade horse for buyers and is one that buyers should come and take a look at,” Dee commented.


Another one for buyers to put on their ‘must inspect’ list is lot 349, a filly by Swettenham sire Toronado. The filly is from the same family as stakes-placed Air Defence.


“She is one classy individual. She is a bit younger, being born in November but very forward, and she looks like a speed filly.


The reason she is being sold is that with this market, it would be silly not to. She is a trainer’s horse and one which they could buy and put her in the paddock now and break her in as a yearling,” Dee said.


“She is an absolute ripper. I foaled her down, and I have been with her through her journey, and she stands out in the crowd.”


Lot 385 will head through the ring later on Sunday and is a colt by Smart Missile out of the stakes-placed Greenmount Belle.


The eight-time winner, who is a stakes producer, has produced Sizzling Belle and the colt out of Greenmount Belle, who is bred by Merricks Station, is another one that buyers should look out for on the complex.


“This colt will be a good trainer’s horse and is a half to Sizzling Belle. He is a really lovely forward colt and a great pinhook option,” Dee said.


The colt’s dam, Greenmount Belle, will also be for sale at Oaklands Junction on Monday as lot 529. The mare is currently in foal to Merchant Navy, and, given her proven record, Dee is confident that buyers will be pleased with what she has to offer.


“She has produced nice physical type after nice physical type. We are selling the mare based on this market, and with her being in foal to Merchant Navy, we believe that it is a good opportunity for a breeder to take advantage of her sale,” Dee said.


“There is definitely speed in the family, and the colt from last year is possibly a 2YO in the making,” Dee said.


Something Serious is in foal to Puissance De Lune, and this mating is a really good cross for this mare. She is a very nice maiden mare and expecting it to be a nice foal. She has a fairly good page and is a winner herself,” Dee said.


“Once again, this is an excellent market to sell her into, and Puissance De Lune has been popular of late, so we thought this was a really good sale to target with her,” Dee said.


The next mare has an emotional connection to Merricks Station. Farm Principal Ben Cooper raced the mare All Cooped Up, and she will head through the ring as lot 489.


“Ben raced this mare and is a half-sister to Bel Mer. She is a very well-bred mare and is in foal to Pride of Dubai. She will really stand out in the sale, and she is a strong, fast looking mare, and it is going to be a bittersweet sale when the hammer comes down on Monday,” Dee said.


Dee credits her fantastic team of staff for the farm’s success and for helping to present this draft at this Sale.


“We have a great team, and it wouldn’t be possible without them. They don’t miss a beat, and it is so important to say what a good job they do. They are loyal, hardworking, and I have been fortunate enough to keep really great staff,” Dee glowed.


Dee also complimented the hard work Inglis have put in to ensure this sale goes ahead.


“Inglis has been so great to ensure this sale goes ahead and they have worked hard to get the buying bench there.”


To view the Merricks Station Weanling draft, click here.

To view the Merricks Station Broodmare draft, click here.

Hollylodge’s Puissance De Lune x Jungfrau Filly (lot 12).

Hollylodge will present eight weanlings at the Great Southern Sale this weekend.

The Avenel based farm will present an all Victorian-sired draft at the Oaklands complex by sires such as Rich Enuff, Puissance de Lune, Nostradamus, Cable Bay, National Defense and Tosen Stardom.

Five of the eight weanlings heading through the ring will be presented on behalf of Woodside Park Stud.

Ahead of the sale, TBV speaks to Daniel Nevill of Hollylodge to hear about some of his draft.

The first lot to go through the ring that Daniel highlights is lot 12, a daughter of Swettenham sire Puissance de Lune.

The filly out of the Commands mare in Jungfrau, has had all three half-siblings race and win including Eiger who was undefeated at two and has gone on to win at Rosehill.

“This filly is a great size, with a great walk with a beautiful head and eye. With the market being the way it is, she would be perfect to go to Classic, and if she doesn’t sell here, that is what I will do with her if she doesn’t sell on Sunday,” Daniel said.

“The mare is three from three, and I think it is only a matter of time until her half-sister, Dream Maiden, is a mid-week city horse as well.

“The Commands works well with the Shamardal line and ticks a lot of the boxes. She is a well-balanced, nice horse, and I have a feeling that Puissance de Lune is going to have a big Spring.

“Mitch Freedman had a two-year-old who had a huge run at his first start at Flemington and Hayes racing had a filly run second on debut then tipped straight out, both looked like they will be spring players and Heart of Puissance looks like its only a matter of time before he snags a big race.

“This filly has the pedigree and the type to be a great racehorse. If trainers are at the sale looking at buying some of these weanlings, they will be able to get them for a good price and then syndicate them to their owners.”

Another lot which Daniel mentions is lot 320, a filly by Woodside’s Rich Enuff out of the Galileo mare, Cloudbuster. The filly, due to go through the ring on Monday, is a three-quarter relation to Gee Tee Tee, who has won at Doomben since the catalogue was released and was only beaten by two lengths recently in a stakes race.

The mare has had three of her progeny win from four runners, and Daniel had a good review of the filly, commenting, “She is a big strong filly with great X-Rays and could be an excellent horse to Pinhook. In the next few months, she may also be the three-quarter to a stakes horse and could be a good one to enter into the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale.”

“If I were looking to buy, this one would be on my list.”

Another lot which Daniel mentions is the Tosen Stardom colt, which is to head through the ring as lot 344.

“He is super correct and walks well. He is a nice big strong colt, and he would be nice to trade. I have seen a fair few of the Tosen Stardom foals, and I really like them. He will be perfect for anyone looking to buy a breeze-up horse.

“He will be nice and strong, and he will be perfectly suited to Adelaide or if a Breeze up buyer is looking to buy a foal and hold it until they could trade it.”

To view the rest of Hollylodge’s draft, please click here.

Bucklee Farm’s Street Boss x Gwenneth Colt (lot 388).

Like so many of her counterparts, it is safe to say the last 12 months have been a rollercoaster for Bucklee Farm’s Leeanne Smith, but there are two things currently helping to keep the spirits lifted – a raft of recent racetrack success from horses bred from the farm, and the progress of their eight weanlings throughout their preparations for the upcoming Inglis Great Southern Weanling Sale, which kicks off at Oaklands Junction on 4th July.

As with all their sale drafts, Bucklee Farm will again present buyers with a good range of horses to suit all requirements. Buyers in the market looking for a filly will find four, highlighted by their Foxwedge filly (Lot 376) and Highland Reel (Lot 89) fillies; whilst for those looking to get involved in the Victorian Owners & Breeders Incentive Scheme (VOBIS), all but 1 are by Victorian-based stallions.

The first weanling from the Bucklee Farm draft to go under the hammer will be Lot 59, a colt from the second crop of Spendthrift Australia’s Overshare (I Am Invincible). Balanced and athletic, the colt is the third foal from his dam Mighty Missmurphie (Wanted). An unraced dam, she is a half-sister to the Listed placed Tetsu Gama.

“He (Lot 59) is an intelligent horse,” said Leeanne. “He’s no hassle and will continue to grow into the nice colt he’s already showing signs of being.”

Lot 89 is a Highland Reel (IRE) filly. Her dam, Nicodora (Stratum), is a metropolitan winner from a lovely family, headed by her Group 1-winning half-brothers Nicconi and Niconero. This weanling is a correct filly with a good strong backend, and with her page, she will have good breeding prospects following her racing career.

The farm’s Gold Standard x Perfect Scout filly (Lot 116) is another from the second crop of a Spendthrift Australia sire. She is out of a Charge Forward mare who won five times, three of which were in succession. Elegant and balanced, Leeanne believes she will mature into a lovely filly.

“She (Lot 116) is quite intelligent,” said Leeanne. “She is strong and has a gorgeous nature.”

Rounding out Bucklee Farm’s Day One offerings is Lot 224, a colt by Group 1-winning sire Exosphere. Out of Uranie, a More Than Ready (USA) mare who was a Melbourne metropolitan winner, his fourth dam is also from a big family peppered with Black-type winners including Lucky Diva and Spirit Of Westbury. A correct colt with great legs, this weanling colt should mature into a well-balanced racehorse.

“He (Lot 224) has done a treat since coming into this Sale preparation,” said Leeanne. “He has appreciated it and is enthusiastic in his work.”

The first on offer on Day Two of the Sale and the first of two Foxwedge progeny in the Bucklee Farm draft is Lot 305,a scopey colt out of the international mare, Casigris (USA). The dam of 7 foals to race with 5 winners, she was bred and born in the USA and won twice as a 2YO in France and was Listed -placed. A great walking horse who covers good ground, the colt has a good depth of girth and a beautiful eye.

“He is very professional,” said Leeanne. “With a strong hindquarter and lovely shoulder, he also has a great attitude and is interested in learning all he can.”

The other Foxwedge weanling is Lot 376, a filly out of Girona (Giant’s Causeway {USA}). The dam has had 6 foals to race with 4 winners. Her second dam is Ruffles, an Australian Champion Older Female Sprinter, and there is a stack of black-type throughout her pedigree. This filly is an impressive and correct weanling who should attract a lot of attention from astute buyers.

Lot 388 is a neat, balanced, and compact colt by the popular Darley stallion, Street Boss (USA). Built for speed and with a good strong hindquarter, the colt is the first foal for his dam Gwenneth, who developed a solid following during her racing career. By consistent sire Reward For Effort, Gwenneth who raced at black-type level, won six times in her standout leopard-print colours for trainer Mitchell Beer.

Rounding out the Bucklee Farm draft at the Great Southern Weanling Sale is Lot 392, a Tosen Stardom (Jpn) x Held Together (NZ) filly. A very balanced filly, she will attract those buyers interested in the Deep Impact and Sunday Silence sire line.

“This filly can’t keep her head out of the feed bin,” laughed Leeanne. “She has a great nature and a lovely attitude, she is scopey with a great girth. Whilst her page may not jump out at you, she will grow into a nice horse and, like all the others in our draft, is well worth an inspection.”

To view the Bucklee Farm draft online, please click here.

Yulong’s Grunt x Red Lily Filly (lot 133).

Yulong has quickly grown to become one of the world’s largest and most progressive racing and breeding operations.

They have stamped their significant footprint in Australia since they opened their doors, with a substantial investment in property, development and exceptional bloodstock.

Yulong now consists of more than 1000 acres of prime land across three properties and quality bloodstock in numbers that most can only dream of having in their paddocks.

This year alone, they have also purchased some truly exceptional black type mares, to send to their roster with Champion mares Melody Belle and Greysful Glamour, to name a few, to call the Victorian farm home.

Not to mention the acquisition of Champion sire Written Tycoon, who this year will finish at the top of the Australian General Sires list as leading sire.

Written Tycoon will stand alongside Alabama Express, Grunt, Lucky Express, Tagaloa, and Yulong Prince on their impressive 2021 roster.

A strong roster and broodmare band isn’t a new strategy for Mr Zhang’s Yulong. In fact, they have continued to bolster their broodmare band since the day they opened their doors, and buyers at the upcoming Great Southern Sale will be the beneficiaries of this forward-thinking strategy.

Yulong will present 13 weanlings to head through the ring, including five by their own resident sire Grunt.

Ahead of the sale, TBV speaks to Yulong’s Chief Operating Officer, Sam Fairgray, who highlights a few of their standout lots.

“Our Grunt filly out of Red Lily, she is a nice first foal of a Redoute’s Choice mare, and she has a lot of quality about her,” Fairgray said.

“She’s a nicely marked and good quality horse that moves well, so I think she is a filly that will be popular at the sale.”

Red Lily, a winner at 1516 metres, is the three-quarter sister to Outdoor, the dam of multiple Group 1 winner in TREKKING. TREKKING won 10 races for a total of $5.1 million and can include the Group 1 BRC Stradbroke and the Group 1 SAJC Goodwood to his resume. Red Lily’s filly will go through the ring as Lot 133.

Lot 143, a colt from Grunt out of Rose of Chaparral, a well-bred mare and a half-sister to Miss Potential, one of New Zealand’s champion mares, also looks to be a feature of the sale.

“He is a nice Grunt colt that has plenty of size and substance about him that is only going to keep improving as he gets older,” Fairgray explained.

“Lot 118 is a Grunt filly out of a High Chapparal mare who is also the first foal for her dam, Pickpocket,” Fairgray said.

“She has a lot of substance about her along with a lot of quality. She moves well and has a lovely head.”

The filly is from the same family as Darley multiple Group 1 winner’s BIVOUAC and SEPOY, who now have gone onto stud as stallions.

The Yulong draft will offer something for every buyer at the Great Southern sale, and to view their full draft please click here.

Leneva Park’s Lot 84, Nicconi x Musitopia Colt.

Leneva Park is one of Victoria’s newest thoroughbred pre-training and breeding organisation spanning two properties in the heart of Victorian thoroughbred country.

With the 240-acre pre-training property at Longwood now established as one of the best thoroughbred conditioning centres in Australia, attention turns to the breeding arm of the business and the first year of trading for Leneva’s stallion station at Seymour.

In 2021 Leneva Park will stand two stallions, three-time group one winning miler Fierce Impact and the unbeaten Group 1 winning two-year-old by Invincible Spirit, Royal Meeting.

General Manager & Bloodstock Manager at Leneva Park, Michael Sharkie, says that the stallions have been very well received.

“A lot of Victorian breeders have been very keen to see Fierce Impact but also Royal Meeting as during Covid lockdown in 2020 people could not actually get out and lay eyes on him,” Sharkie said.

Royal Meeting is serving his second season at stud, but with few people able to get out to see him in his inaugural season, he has turned heads as a maturing spitting image of his sire, Invincible Spirit.

“He was quite racy when he came off the track to enter stud,” Sharkie explained.

“He is letting down now into an absolutely beautiful animal.

“Bronwen Healy worked a lot with Invincible Spirit in Ireland, so we got her out to take conformation photos of Royal Meeting and she said it is like working with Invincible Spirit’s clone.”

Fierce Impact is serving his first season at stud and is a sire who is already taking the booking’s page by storm for the upcoming season.

“They love Fierce Impact,” Sharkie stated.

“He is a three-time group one winning champion miler; he is obvious value in the Victorian market. He’s building a very strong first season book of mares, we’re adding stakes winners or stakes producing mares nearly daily.”

As we approach the Great Southern Yearling Sales, Leneva Park will be offering a range of beautiful weanlings on behalf of farm clients and will be seeking strong results in a buoyant market.

“We have a No Nay Never colt who is particularly nice,” Sharkie said.

“He is a big strong horse with a good back-end, and stands over ground.

“His full-sister is with Lindsay Park and has won at jump out at Flemington, they think a bit of her.”

Leneva Park will also be offering a beautifully bred broodmare named Shoepeg at the Great Southern Sale, and she will go through the ring in foal to champion sire Lonhro.

“She is a daughter of Sweet Corn, and that family is so consistent,” Sharkie explained.

“There are stakes winners added to the page regularly, it’s just such a good female family. A yearling filly by Impending from the family sold at the Adelaide sale this year at $250,000 so the appeal is obvious for breeders.”

“That cross with Lonhro has a 50% stakes winners to runners, so it’s a very strong cross. We sent her to Lonhro with the sole purpose of furthering the cross, we think there is great value in the package.”

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