Victorian victors

  • Top quality Victorian sired Street Boss 3yo filly Petits Filou returned a winner for Ciaron Maher at Caulfield. She is now 5 wins from 6 starts (her only failure was in the Group 1 Moir Stakes) and is being aimed at the Group 1 Sangster Stakes in Adelaide.
  • Thames Court delivered another Group winner for the David Brideoake racing/breeding operation when she won the Group 3 Alexandra Stakes at Moonee Valley on Thursday night.
  • Doom N Boom scored for Team Corstens and Spicer Thoroughbreds at Terang last week. By Darley’s Victorian sire Domesday; he is a sibling to Group 1 winning Manawanui.
  • It is now two wins in a row for Chat to Maggie at Terang. She is a homebred for part owner Pat Reid and many Terang locals.  Bought for just $300, she is by Carin Park sire Chatline (by Royal Academy) . Chatline is a sibling to multiple Group 1 winning racehorse and Group 1 producing sire Snippets.
  • Great to see a win by Darren Weir trained Topography on Cup Day at Stawell. The Churchill Downs gelding was bred by the Goulburn Valley Tafe’s National Centre for Equine Education based at Wangaratta.
  • Robbie Griffiths and connections cleaned up the $30,000 in Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold bonuses when Ariaz won race 2 at Sandown on Easter Monday. The Charge Forward 3yo filly is a home bred for Gerry Ryan’s Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds.
  • Former Racing Victoria and bloodstock agent Rob Roulston got a win for his syndicate members when 3yo Authorised colt Approved Anger won in his 3rd start at Sandown. Trained by Darren Weir, he was bred by Hillside of Nagambie.
  • Giving Ballarat trainer Brad Cole his first city win in 12 years was Victorian bred Stella the Boss after she saluted at Sandown on Easter Monday. It was the second win in a row for the daughter of Riverbank Farm sire Redente.
  • A Victorian bred horse that many will be keen to see progress to the track is the now Ciaron Maher trained Brigite. Being out of Gilgai Farm’s famous dam Helsinge, she is of course a sibling to Black Caviar and All Too Hard.  Previously trained by Peter Moody, the Gilgai owned  filly is by Casino Prince and performed well in a jump out at Caulfield last Tuesday.

Interstate invincibles

  • Rangal Park bred Scratchy Lass won the Listed Oakbank Stakes on Saturday. The 4yo mare is by one time shuttle sire to Victoria, US Ranger. She is out of Seven Year Itch. Coincidentally, the Pat Cannon trained Punt Club (by Equiano), also out of Seven Year Itch, broke his maiden at Wangaratta on Sunday.
  • Two-year-old colt Cayman Daze won the opening race of the Oakbank Easter Carnival. That makes 2 wins from 3 now for the son of Darley’s 1st crop sire Skilled.
  • Burnewang North bred Reckless Abandon made it two wins in a row when winning at Doomben on the weekend for trainer Liam Birchley. By Nicconi, the 5yo was sold at Magic Millions’ Gold Coast January Sale for $150,000.
  • The unbeaten run of Victorian bred, Team Snowden trained trained Suspense continues after four starts.  He is quite uniquely bred being a half brother to Group 1 winning Mental and by the former and relatively low profile Victorian sire Keano (Salamander Park, Merton).
  • Two winners for Rosemont Stud sire Starspangledbanner on Easter Saturday. California Star broke her maiden at Coffs Harbour while Lady Pinot won at Tauherenikau in New Zealand.

Writing history with winners

  • As of Monday evening, Woodside Park’s leading sire Written Tycoon had 99 winners for the season with the 100th remaining elusive over the past three days. In the past five seasons, the only Victorian sires to achieve 100 or more winners have been Written Tycoon in 2015 and Eliza Park International’s multiple Victorian champion sire Bel Esprit.

Overseas success for Victorian breds

  • It is now five wins in a row now for the Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm bred Finke after another victory at Alice Springs on the weekend. His Blue Gum Farm sire Turffontein has had quite a number of winners in the past two weeks.
  • There were wins last week at the Singapore races to progeny of Victorian sires Danerich (Rangal Park), Street Boss (Darley Victoria) & Artie Schiller (Emirates Park Victoria). This included Dragon King, a 6yo son of Victorian sire Danerich also bred at Rangal Park.
  • Hong Kong trained Gun Pit, bred by Barnawartha’s Kellie and Tony Smeaton, unfortunately couldn’t match some of the world’s very best when lining up in the US$10 million Group 1 Dubai World Cup on Saturday. The race was run by United States superstar galloper California Chrome.
  • On Monday at Hong Kong, the Gilgai Farm bred Tonyboy scored his second win in a row at Sha Tin. Runner up was the Makybe bred Mr Stunning.
  • Meanwhile Victorian sired Rapper Dragon (by Darley’s Street Boss) also won on the same night. Known as Street Rapper in Australia he was then trained to a Group 1 placing by Gai Waterhouse.
  • Very promising to see 9 Victorian bred/sired horses in the 16 horse Group 1 Blue Diamond field on Saturday. This is up from just 5 Victorian breds in 2015 and a mere 3 in 2014. Flying Artie, bred by Victoria’s John Shannon lead the way coming in second after a tough run.
  • Capitalist and Dieters, both sired by Woodside Park’s Written Tycoon, are expected to make their race track return this Saturday in the Group 2 Todman Stakes at Randwick. Both are well in the market for the Golden Slipper. Another Golden Slipper chance Defcon, bred by Victoria’s Gleneagles Stud, is also entered for this Saturday’s race.
  • Mitchell Road, a son of Eliza Park sire Magnus, booked his trip to the $400,000 ATC Country Championship Final following a strong runner up effort in the Wagga Wagga $100,000 heat last Saturday.
  • Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm graduate Barnato was back in the winning stall at Singapore on Friday night. Trained by Patrick Shaw, it was his first win since October 2014.
  • Triple Effort, a son of Eliza Park sire Sharkbite got his first win at Yarra Valley on the weekend. He was bred by Jonathan Munz’s GSA Bloodstock.
  • Jennyfromtheblock (by former Swettenham Stud sire Kaphero), a $22,500 Adelaide Magic Millions Yearling purchase from Ampulla Lodge won the 955 metre 55 second challenge race at Moonee Valley on Friday night. She is trained by Lloyd Kennewell in Adelaide and has won more than $235,000 now.
  • There was a win last week at Pakenham to Victorian bred Prussian Vixen (a son of Bombora Downs sire King of Prussia). He was bred and now trained/owned by Michael Mehegan.
  • Our Miracle won last week at Warrnambool for local trainer Merv McKenzie. The winner was bred in Victoria by Dr Angus McKinnon and is sired by Riverbank Farm’s Astronomer Royal.
  • The Makybe bred Believe remains unbeaten after two runs following her win at Rosehill and looks set for black type racing. Trained by Anthony Cummings in Sydney, her dam is Optimist, a sister to Makybe Diva.
  • At Launceston on its Cup Day, Hot Dipped (by Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon) won the Listed 2yo Gold Sovereign Stakes making it 3 wins from as many runs for the super impressive juvenile.
  • Impressive debut win by 3yo filly Our Sevira at Bendigo last week. She was bred by TBV member Thomas Inglis from Korumburra and is sired by Eliza Park International’s prolific sire Magnus.
  • Great to see Victorian sired horses have won all five of the Magic Millions 2yo Classic series races this season. The next race in the series is the $200,000 Classic at Adelaide in March. The winners so far have been:
    • Capitalist (by Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon) – $2million Classic on the Gold Coast & the $200,000 Classic at Wyong, NSW
    • The River (by Eliza Park sire Magnus) – $250,000 Classic at Pinjarra, Western Australia
    • Claro El Banco (by Eliza Park sire Statue of Liberty) – $200,000 Clockwise Classic at Ballarat
    • Hotdipped (by Woodside Park sire Written Tycoon) – $50,000 Classic at Launceston, Tasmania
  • With a big sale coming up, Limerick Lane has hit a purple patch of winners in the past fortnight with no less than four winners including a Group 3 win by Tuscan Sling and most recently a maiden win by the Robbie Griffiths trained Song One.
  • The Laceby Lodge bred galloper Miss Seton Sands is set to come ‘home’ from New Zealand and be trained in Australia by Tony McEvoy. The 4yo Victorian bred mare (Gonski-Whodat Cugat, by King Cugat) has won seven of her 14 starts – including the Listed NZ Bloodstock Insurance Stakes and finished runner-up in last month’s Group 1 Telegraph at Trentham.
  • Group 1 winning trainer Jason Bridgman has moved from New Zealand and set up a new stable at Pakenham in recent months. He got his debut Australian based winner at Sale last week in the form of Aldo, a horse bred and owned in Victoria by the Joseph family.
  • The Pat Carey gelding Dan Zephyr (Danbird – Eliza Dream) got his third city win in a row at Flemington on Saturday. He was bred (and is part owned) by Colin Purss. The dam Eliza Dream has a yearling colt by Magnus and was covered by Bullarook Park sire Lucas Cranach last year.
  • The imported brother of Swettenham Stud sire Puissance de Lune, His Majesty (by Shamardal), resumed racing last week with a win at Newcastle. Racing for Central Coast trainer Kim Waugh, he is now being set for the lucrative Provincial Championships having has now won 4 of his 11 starts for $66,559 in earnings.
  • Five of the Top 10 price lots at the Magic Millions Tasmania Sale last week were by Victoria sires:


  • Impressive Gilgai Farm bred Supido, trained by Cranbourne’s Mick Kent, won at Moonee Valley with style and now looks set for stakes races, perhaps even the Group 1 Newmarket. Gilgai are selling his half brother (by Smart Missile, out of Lady Succeed) at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.
  • A winning double achieved at Hong Kong on the weekend for Darley’s Victorian sires. Courageous Brother (by Domesday) & Rapper Dragon (by Street Boss) both saluted.
  • The Tolson/Proctor training partnership from Gippsland have found themselves a handy Victorian bred galloper in Buckler. He won his second in a row at Ballarat on the weekend. He is by a little known former Victorian sire Shield who is a half brother to Darley sire Domesday.
  • Black Caviar’s ‘uncle’, Beluga Caviar (out of Scandinavia) got his secod win at the Ballarat races on Sunday. He was bred by Rob Crabtree and sold at the 2013 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale for $1.2 million and is now trained by David Hayes/Tom Dabernig.
  • Congratulation to Rosemont Stud on on breeding Know Each Other, who was a winner at Singapore on the weekend. Rosemont sold him at the Inglis Premier Sale for $15,000 in 2013

Below are a few bites of Victorian breeding results and other stories from the past week. If you have any interesting such stories, please send them to

Makybe masters

The Makybe breeding operation has had a sensational past three weeks with winners including Amicus (a Group 2), Believe, Lani Girl, King’s Command (3 in a row), Pattern, Wales, Miss Choosey, Pure Karma, Taqneen and more.

Inglis Classic Sale

Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney highlights for Victorian breeders included

  • China Horse Club and the USA’s Winstar Farm paid $305,000 for a son of Written Tycoon, Lot 362.
  • Rosemont Stud sold two yearlings by their sire Starspangledbanner including Lot 566 colt going to Diamond Lodge for $130,000. They also sold an All American colt for $110,000.
  • Larneuk Stud had four lots for sale in Sydney including Lot 66, an I Am Invincible colt, selling for $65,000 to Prime Thoroughbreds and Lot 491, a Poet’s Voice colt, selling for $75,000 to a NSW buyer.
  • Lot 291, a Written Tycoon grey colt with an unusual series of markings sold for $110,000 to Lindsay Park Racing
  • A record price of $80,000 was recorded for a Moshe yearling when a QLD buyer purchased Lot 499, a colt by the young Eliza Park International sire.
  • Lot 358, the first ever progeny of Swettenham Stud’s Melbourne Cup winning sire Americain go through an Australasian yearling sales ring sold for $40,000. A further 26 will be sold at Melbourne Premier Sale.

Sale Turf Club feature win

The Lanyon family of Mildura bred Kirani who won the Sale Turf Club’s summer feature, the $80,000 Sale Quality. Kirani is by former Swettenham Stud sire Dash for Cash.

Black Caviar partners win

Four year old Hunted won her maiden at Bordertown over the past week. She is by Eliza Park sire Wanted and was bred by Black Caviar partners Peter Moody and Neil Werrett.

Hong Kong Victorian bred wins

  • Victorian bred Grand Plus saluted at Sha Tin, Hong Kong on the weekend. He was bred by Anderson Bloodstock in Victoria and is by former Darley Victorian shuttle sire Hard Spun.
  • Earlier in the week, Torquay’s Tara Farm gained further success with the win of Lucky Year at Happy Valley. He now has 4 wins from 7 runs and earnings of more than AUD$560,000.

Corinella’s Lauriston breds keep winning

The Lauriston Thoroughbred Farm graduate success continued throughout the week with wins by Typecast and Stimulatte. It follows a farm record of 12 winners in January.

The VOBIS master trainer

Cranbourne trainer Robbie Griffiths trained a treble at Pakenham last week and perhaps not surprisingly for this VOBIS yearling buying master all were Victorian bred! The winners were Felicette, Scandimania and The Terricks.

TBV Life Member breeds a winner

TBV Life member Joan Walker scored a winner with her homebred Amadeus winning on debut at Pakenham. The Mick Kent trained Amadeus is from the direct family of the Walker’s former champion Reckless.

Victorian bred 2yos in Blue Diamond

25 Victorian bred/sired 2yos still in remain in the Blue Diamond after Third Declarations. This doesn’t include impressive Blue Diamond Fillies Preview winner, the Hesket Bloodstock bred Sword of Light, who will have to pay a late entry fee should her owners want her in the Group 1 feature.

Bianconi winners

In the week of his untimely death, Ridgeview Park sire Bianconi had three winners Kingsgrove win in South Australia at Strathalbyn while in NSW he had Aim for Glory win at Taree and The Flash One at Mudgee

Limerick Lane’s Terang double success

Limerick Lane homebred Vintage Valley broke his maiden last week at Terang for trainer Peter Moody and owners which include Melbourne Storm star Billy Slater, Limerick Llane’s Gerry Ryan and former Rugby League player and now executive John Ribot. Limerick Lane had a double at Terang with L’Original also winning.

Danesis’ first ever runner

Brooker Park (based near Warragul) sire Danesis had his first ever runner with Zarsis racing at Moonee Valley on Friday night in the two year-old race. The 2yo trained and bred by Lyn Tolson performed admirably to run 5th.

(week ending 1 February 2016)

Below are a few bites of Victorian breeding results and other stories from the past week. If you have any interesting such stories, please send them to

Written Tycoon winners

Written Tycoon maintains his position in 2nd place on the Australian Sires Premiership (by winners) with 80 winners for the season thus far. In Hong Kong on Sunday, his son New Asia Sunrise, saluted while the star Woodside Park sire also had winners in Adelaide, NSW, Albury and Kyneton over the weekend and an impressive 2yo winner, Hot Dipped in Launceston mid-week.

Von Costa De Hero double

Riverbank Farm sire Von Costa De Hero continues to get winners around Australia. He had 2 wins in 2 days this past weekend as Von Costa De Hero won at Geelong on Sunday for Ballarat trainer Archie Alexander while Chappo De Hero won at Lismore on Saturday.

Karaka Sales

A number of Victorian bred or sired yearlings were sold at the Karaka sales last week. These included:

  • a son of Written Tycoon selling for NZ$80,000 to Aquanita Racing
  • a Magnus yearling sold to NZ’s Wexford Stables for NZ$90,000
  • NZ$120,000 for a daughter of Reset bought by Next Level Bloodstock & Malua Racing
  • a son of Stryker sold for NZ$80,000. This colt was a half to Nigel Blackiston’s stakes winner Exclusive Lass
  • NZ$70,000 for a Victorian bred son of Anacheeva
  • a daughter of Helmet, sold for NZ$85,000 to Rosemont Stud

Volitant gets a winner

There was a win at Geelong on Sunday to Corstens/Malua Racing’s Victorian bred filly Aurora Flyer. She is by Victorian sire Volitant who stands at the Seymour farm of trainer Alan Diggins

Delightful Choice, delightful winner

A great result for Ray Jones and his Victorian sire Delightful Choice at Launceston last Wednesday evening with Greenmount Lass (by Delightful Choice) winning in her 2nd start. Delightful Choice covered 34 mares this past season which was almost double what he did in 2014.

Vic bred entries in Australian Guineas

The Group 1 Australian Guineas at Flemington is a big target for no less than 29 Victorian bred or sire three-year-olds. Fifteen Victorian sires are represented among these entries. Equiano, Written Tycoon and Reward for Effort all have two entries. Entries include VRC Oaks winner Jameka (bred by Gilgai) & the dual stakes winning son of Reward for Effort, Gold Symphony.

Vic bred entries in Golden Slipper

Twenty-four Victorian sired 2yos (by 17 sires) still hold the dream of making the Group 1 Golden Slipper. They include hot favourite and Magic Millions Classic winner Capitalist (by Written Tycoon).

Rich Enuff wins trial

Rich Enuff, a Group 2 winning son of Written Tycoon, had an impressive trial win in Sydney last week under new trainers, Peter & Paul Snowden. With a post race career at Woodside Park beckoning, connections are determined to snag an elusive Group 1 victory in the autumn.

Deceased Daliapour gets a winner

Return to Justice won well at Mornington for local trainer Matt Laurie Racing, the principal trainer for breeder/owner Lucky Racing (managed by Robert Ng). He is the third winner from just five runners for multiple Group 1 winning sire Daliapour (also owned by Mr Ng). Daliapour stood at Rosemont Stud until passing away last year (after three seasons at stud).

Makybe bred winner

King’s Command, bred by Makybe, beat the favourites and won at Flemington for owners Spicer Thoroughbreds and trainers Corstens/Malua Racing. He was purchased for $190,000 at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale.

Vics dominate Kembla Grange

It was a good day at Kembla races on Saturday with multiple wins to Victorian bred horses including Spanish Stride (bred by former VRC CEO Julian Sullivan), Lani Girl (Makybe) Junoesque (bred by Tarcoola Stud) and Global Glamour (Lauriston Thoroughbreds).

Solicit returns in form

Contract Racing’s homebred heroine Solicit returned to racing at Rosehill on Saturday running 2nd in the Group 2 Expressway Stakes. The Gerald Ryan trained mare’s key aim this preparation is securing a Group 1 victory.

Well bred Onerous scores

The Hawkes Racing trained Onerous won at Flemington on Saturday first up this preparation. He is by former Swettenham Stud sire Dash for Cash and is a sibling to stakes winners Arinosa and Sweet Sherry. Swettenham is selling his full brother at the upcoming Melbourne Premier Sale.

Sirbible wins in city again!

Sirbible, a son of Greta West sire God’s Own continued his good city racing form with a win at Morphettville. He is now returning home to Alice Springs with trainer Russell Bell.

Vic bred entries for Dubai World Cup races

There are a number of Victorian bred/sired entries in Dubai’s annual World Cup races including Gun Pit (breeder: A Smeaton), Rock Cocktail (Tara Farm), Harry’s Son (Cranton Bloodstock), I’m In Charge (Robert Crabtree – by Eliza Park sire Magnus), Banaadeer (Robert Anderson), Long John (Darley, Vic), Sirbible (Yallambee Stud – by Greta West sire God’s Own) & Rad (by Woodside Park sire Foreplay)