Above: Lot 584 Toronado x Dom Perion sold for $460,000 at Melbourne Premier

A filly bred by Gilgai Farm’s Rick Jamieson and sold for $400,000 on the final day of the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale has been confidently placed in the same bracket as champion mares Black Caviar and Jameka.

Gilgai Farm’s stud manager Kelly Skillecorn rated the filly by Choisir, out of Group 1 New Zealand Thousand Guineas winner Costa Viva, in the top three of any filly they’ve offered at the sales.

“We’ve bought some good fillies here and I would rate her top three and I mean we’ve sold Black Caviar and Jameka here, so hopefully she lives up to them,” Skillecorn said.

After some spirited bidding by Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen, the filly was finally knocked down to powerful Sydney-based trainers Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott.

And Skillecorn said the Choisir filly was as good as the Gilgai Farm had offered at Melbourne Premier.

“The last good horse I bought here that I was bragging about was Masked Crusader (Toronado x She’s Got Gears). I was certain he was going to be a good horse. And I am certain she is going to be a good horse.”

Skillecorn said the filly had always been a queen.

“She has been the leader of the mob,” he said.

“She has never had a sick day, she has just thrived the whole time. Gai quizzed me about her, and I half suspected she was on her after asking all those questions.”

Skillecorn said there was no better judge than Waterhouse.

“I am just glad she has gone to a good home, that’s all I worry about,” Skillecorn said.

“She was a popular filly, and two very good judges were on her. Rosemont were having a good crack and Gai is obviously one of the best.

“The cross is 25 per cent stakes winners to runners and I wouldn’t imagine he (Choisir) hasn’t bred too many Group 1 winning mares by Encosta so it’s the first foal Rick has bred out of the mare.

“We bought her in foal carrying a Pride of Dubai and was bought to go to Choisir. He was a proper mating in Rick’s mind, and we’ve got a colt foal at foot out of her to follow by Choisir as well.

“She is not in foal this year and is going to Ole Kirk next season. He rested her. He breeds four foals in a row. If he gets four foals in a row, then he gives them a year off. She is going to Ole Kirk this year.

“She is a gorgeous filly.

Bott and Waterhouse’s sales and bloodstock manager Claudia Miller said they rated the daughter of Choisir as the standout filly of the sale.

She described Jamieson as an incredible breeder and said the Choisir and Encosta de Lago cross was exceptional.

“She was a no brainer for us,” Miller said.

“She was on our radar from day one.

“As I said the cross was exceptional and we were prepared to go strong for her.”

Miller said with the dam being a Thousand Guineas winner, the filly would probably take a bit of time.

And it wasn’t only the big breeders who had success at the sale.

Blue Gum Farm, which provided the sale topper with $1.1 million for a Written Tycoon colt out of Gybe, had the highest aggregate with $5.205 million at an average of $208,200. They sold 25 of their 29 yearlings.

Yulong continued its growth in the breeding industry by finishing the premier session with an aggregate of $3.360 million at an average of $210,000. They sold 16 of the 20 yearlings they offered.

With a top lot of $700,000, one of $520,000 and two of $300,000 – it’s also been a successful sale for Yulong.

“It was a great lead up and we are really pleased with the way the sale has gone,” Yulong’s chief operating officer Sam Fairgray said.

“We had a great result with the Shalaa colt ($700,000). Coming into the sale we knew he was a nice colt and as momentum built through the sale there were a lot of good judges on him.

“It’s great that he has gone to a good young trainer in Matt Laurie and then it was nice to follow it up with the Siyouni colt ($520,000) and once again he was very popular.

“Now with the way the global thoroughbred industry is, people recognise these champion stallions that are in the northern hemisphere as well and come down here.

“And this colt will get every chance.’’

And Fairgray said it was pleasing to see a colt by Lord Kanaloa, sold by Kulani Park at Goulburn Weir for Arrowfield Stud, go for $900,000 to Ciaron Maher and Coolmore Stud.

Kulani Park at Goulburn Weir sold all of their nine yearlings at an average of $208,333 and provided the second day sale topper with a Lord Kanaloa colt sold to Ciaron Maher and Coolmore Stud for $900,000.

Glentree Thoroughbreds at Modewarre sold all of their six yearlings and was the leading vendor on average at $330,000.

The Toronado colt that topped the final day of the sale is a half-brother to Group 1 Victoria Derby winner Extra Brut (Domesday x Dom Perion) whose full brother sold for $380,000 at last year’s sale and is in training with Danny O’Brien. Flemington trainer Mike Moroney paid $460,000 for the colt and it was the highest price paid for a yearling by the shuttle stallion. Offered by Ryan Arnel’s Stonehouse Thoroughbreds at Eddington, for breeder Andrew McDonald, the colt had plenty of admirers in the lead-up to the auction.

“When we bring horses down here, we are a Victorian farm and we bring our best to Melbourne Premier and the biggest market we want to try and support is the Victorian trainers. So we are always trying to present horses for Victorian trainers.

“For the horse to go to Ballymore to Mike Moroney and Paul Moroney Bloodstock is the perfect result for us. We couldn’t think of anywhere better for that horse to be.

“The result for the client and the farm couldn’t be better. We always knew it would be strong, you never know with those horses at what level.”

Arnel said the colt, which had a modest $200,000 reserve, was a beautiful type but slightly different to his two his brothers in that he had a lot of Toronado about him and was probably more of a Guineas horse.

“Whereas Extra Brut, was obviously a Derby horse, and his full brother is looking that way too,” he said.

“This horse looks more like a Guineas style of horse and more a miler and I’ve never had a horse on our farm that could walk like that. He is just a machine with his action and is temperament was A-plus and that’s a massive thing for us, horses with temperament.

“Eight days here and over 160 individual parades and he has just handled them like an absolute gentleman.”

The colt was born on his owner Andrew McDonald’s small farm at Congupna, near Shepparton, and prepped at Stonehouse.

“It’s a great result for him and he bought the mare in foal to Domesday originally a few years ago now, I think it was six grand, off the top of my head, for that.

“He foals him down and he comes over to us every year and we start his handling process and then we go through the preparation with him and doing the growing up process with him.”

Arnel said the demand had been high over the three days of the sale and it was just a case of letting the market dictate the prices.

Moroney, who trains a few Toronados, including the promising Shelby Cobra, said he just loved colt.

“A great walker and a real athletic sort of horse,” he said.

“Obviously a very good family.”

Moroney believes the colt might develop into a late two-year-old and said Toronado was also good at two and trained on at three.

“And that’s the sort of horse I think he is,” Moroney said.

Racing Victoria’s trainer wellbeing liaison officer Kirra Fitzgerald, a psychologist, and firefighter Amanda Miller bought a broodmare for $2700 on an online sale two years ago and sent her to Woodside Park stallion Rich Enuff.

They went into the sale with hopes of at least reaching their $30,000 reserve for a filly out of Jeopardy (Lonhro x Emergency) but walked away with significantly more when the chestnut was knocked down for $85,000.

Fitzgerald said they bought the mare from Queensland and were impressed with her breeding record of having four foals to races and all are winners.

“She had been to average stallions and had produced winners,” she said.

“We thought we’d bring her down and put her to something else and she’d be a chance and just see what we’d get.

“I was stoked to get her at that price and we were really happy to get her. Two of her horses had won over $100,000 each and one had been placed in a listed race and I knew she had a Rich Enuff colt on the ground. She came from Glenlogan Stud and they sent down a photo of her Rich Enuff colt weanling and he was a cracker.”

Fitzgerald has a background in horses, while Miller is quickly becoming a fan. The pair have a property near Rosemont Stud where the filly spent the last couple of weeks of her prep.

And Miller said it was exciting when the filly got past her reserve and then multiple bids came to shoot her past $50,000 before quickly climbing to her selling price.

“We just can’t thank Anthony Mithen and Rosemont enough, they’ve been super supportive and encouraging,” Miller said.

Jeopardy is in foal to Rosemont stallion Nostradamus.

Sun Stud was more than happy with the sale of the first yearling by resident stallion Thronum (Snitzel x Thorsborne).

The first season sire’s colt was sold for $200,000.

Sun Stud’s sales and nominations manager Philip Marshall said the three yearlings they sent through the ring on the second day of the sale all sold.

“We got a great result for the Thronum colt,” he said.

“We knew he was popular, but it exceeded our expectations for him to reach $200,000.

“It was huge for the stallion as you know he hasn’t got many numbers out there. But it goes to show that he throws a great type.

“The colt looks like an early two-year-old type.”

The colt will be trained at Mornington by Jerome Hunter.

Hong Kong buyers Justin Bahen and the William Street Syndicate paid $220,000 for a So You Think colt, out of Cybercyn, which was offered by Bittern breeders, Bombora Downs. They also sold a Toronado x Jolie Madeleine colt for $120,000.

There wasn’t a shortage of buyers as records continued to be smashed.

At the end of premier’s session, Inglis managing director Mark Webster said the gross had been a staggering $63 million and surpassed the previous record of $54 million set in 2017.

“Last year it was $48 million, so compared to last year it is up 30 per cent and it is up 20 per cent on the previous record in 2017 which is quite remarkable,” Webster said.

Webster said with a similar number of horses offered in both of the previous record years, there was quite clearly more demand and was at the top of the market.

“We’re selling double the number of horses over $300,000 compared to last year,” he said.

In a breakdown of horses sold to overseas markets, Webster said 16 went to Hong Kong, four to Singapore and eight to New Zealand – a dramatic drop that meant the domestic market had carried the sale.

Webster said traditionally the sale normally relied on 25 to 30 per cent of the yearlings being sold to overseas buyers, but this had dropped to about five per cent in the current sale.

Despite the widespread custom of weaning foals within six months of birth, best practices for weaning have yet to be established, according to some behavioural experts.*

Under natural conditions, weaning occurs over the course of several months beginning when the foal is 9 to 11 months old. Together, the mare and foal initiate weaning, and their bond remains close for some time afterward, sometimes until the mare’s next foal is born. While the origin of early weaning remains unclear, most private and commercial breeders separate mare-foal pairs 4 to 7 months after birth.

Advocates of early weaning suggest this benefits mares and foals because:

  • Maternal milk production decreases dramatically by the third month of lactation, and the nutritional needs of the foal cannot be met by maternal milk supply alone. Thus, early weaning facilitates management of the foal’s nutritional intake without maternal interference;
  • Early marketing of foals can only be possible with early weaning;
  • A foal’s attention will be transferred from mare to human; and
  • Mare reproductive efficiency can be optimized by limiting the potential negative effect of prolonged nursing.

On the flip side, early weaning can be problematic. Examples of some detriments associated with early weaning include:

  • Altered behavior such as increased long-distance whinny calls and increased elimination, altered feeding and sleeping patterns, though usually temporary;
  • Increased locomotion and therefore increased risk of injuries, also transient;
  • Foal aggression, suspension of play activities, redirected suckling;
  • A potential cause of stereotypical behaviors; and
  • Negatively affecting the development of a healthy intestinal microbiome.

“Weaning is widely recognized as a major source of stress that can lead to long-lasting effects on welfare and immunity,” said Kathleen Crandell, Ph.D., a nutritionist for Kentucky Equine Research.

“Regardless of how weaning is achieved, it is a stressful event. Supplementing mares with omega-3 fatty acids during gestation and nursing, then both mare and foal after weaning will help to support healthy immune systems.”

*Henry, S., H. Sigurjónsdóttir, A. Klapper, et al. 2020. Domestic foal weaning: Need for re-thinking breeding practices? Animals (Basel) 10(2). pii: E361.


Above: Lucky Vega (Lope de Vega) to stand at Yulong (Image: Racing Post)

Yulong Investments will look to stand their Irish Group 1-winning two-year-old Lucky Vega (Lope De Vega) on the roster at their  Nagambie farm in Victoria this year. Trained by Jessica Harrington in Ireland,

Lucky Vega was an impressive winner of the stallion-making Phoenix Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at the Curragh in 2020, winning by a three-and- a-half-length margin from Group 2 winner Aloha Star (Starspangledbanner) and Royal Ascot-winning two-year-old, The Lir Jet (Prince Of Lir).

The son of Lope De Vega (Shamardal) ended his two-year-old campaign by running second in the Middle Park Stakes (Gr 1, 6f) at Newmarket, while he also finished an unlucky fifth when penned on the fence in the Vincent O’Brien National Stakes (Gr 1, 7f ).

He will join current stallions Grunt (O’Reilly) and Alabama Express (Redoute’s Choice) at Yulong, while Blue Diamond Stakes (Gr 1, 1200m) winner Tagaloa (Lord Kanaloa) and Cantala Stakes (Gr 1, 1600m) winner Yulong Prince (Gimmethegreenlight) will also be added to their roster this year.

Speaking to ANZ Bloodstock News yesterday Sam Fairgray, chief operating officer for Yulong, said it was an exciting time for the operation, with Lucky Vega being the first son of Lope De Vega to stand in Australia since the Ballylinch Stud stallion ceased shuttle duties after the 2014 season.

“It’s not definite as yet, but it’s likely that he’ll come for this coming breeding season,” said Fairgray. “He’ll have a couple of runs and then it will depend on how he’s going as to whether he comes this season or not, but I’d say it’s highly likely that he’ll come this season.

“We have Tagaloa racing in the Australian Guineas tomorrow and he’ll most likely retire this year and we have another horse, Yulong Prince, who won his Group 1 on Derby day over a mile here, he’s a South African-bred horse and will also retire to Yulong this year.”

Being a son of Lope de Vega, he’s had a couple of very, very good sprinter here the last couple of years in Santa Ana Lane and Gytrash so with all the Danhill sire-line mares here in Australia, he’ll be very popular- Sam Fairgray


Fairgray said it was unlikely Lucky Vega, a €175,000 (approx. AU$275,000) yearling purchase out of the Goffs Orby Sale, would race in Australia, despite Yulong holding one of the 12 Everest (1200m) slots to be filled for the spring spectacle, worth a staggering $15 million, while adding the operation has been in conversations with several farms on the prospect of Lucky Vega shuttling to the northern hemisphere following his on-track retirement.

“I would say he’d be a reverse shuttler and do dual hemispheres,” said Fairgray. “We haven’t locked into any farms. There’s been interest from a couple of farms to stand him.

“We’ll just sort of wait and see what happens in his couple of runs (this year) and then when he retires.

“It’s not on the agenda at this stage (to bring him to Australia). Mr Zhang has an Everest slot, but that goes on into the middle of the breeding season. So, timing wise, if he did race on for another year then, yes, it’s a possibility. But he’s a Group 1-winning two-year-old and the Australian industry loves that sort of horse.”

Lucky Vega’s sire, Lope De Vega, covered four books of mares, the first two years at $27,500 before having his fee reduced to $22,000, when shuttling to Patinack Farm in Australia between 2011 and 2014, resulting in a plethora of high- class performers on track, including five-time Group 1 winner Santa Ana Lane, dual Group 1 winner Vega Magic and Lightning Stakes (Gr 1, 1000m) winner Gytrash.

“To not have (Lope De Vega) back, with the success of those horses, it’s been disappointing that he hasn’t come back. But it’s great that we’re able to bring one of his better sons down here,” said Fairgray.

“There’s Belardo in New Zealand with his first two-year-olds, and they’re going well, but definitely, there’s an opportunity here for us to fill the gap of Lope De Vega in Australia. It’s exciting.

“I think Australian breeders will definitely recognise his racetrack performance but, also, being a son of Lope De Vega, he’s had a couple of very, very good sprinters here the last couple of years in Santa Ana Lane and Gytrash so, with all the Danehill sire-line mares here in Australia, he’ll be very popular.

“He’s a good looking horse as well which will go down well with the breeders.”

Yulong have been long-term supporters of Lope De Vega and, in addition to sending a group of mares to the stallion to be covered on southern hemisphere time last year, purchased Group 1 winner Viddora (I Am Invincible) in foal to the stallion for $2.25 million at last year’s Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.

“We’ve got three weanlings here by him, and we’ve also just brought a couple of mares back to Australia who are in foal to him, so we saw the opportunity – the proven, successful stallion that he is – to offer some of his offspring in the market place and it’s a good model for us to try.

“Viddora was a very good sprinting mare in Australia and it’s great that we were able to purchase her and add her to our broodmare band.”

It’s a band Yulong have expanded over the last few years, and that is reflected in their offering for the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, which features 22 lots to be sold at Oaklands from Sunday.

“It’s our biggest draft at Premier. As our broodmare numbers have grown year-on-year, so has our yearling offerings,” said Fairgray. “We have about 230 mares on the farm now.

“Taking a group of yearlings into a sale like this – we’ve got a Fastnet Rock, Written Tycoon, Zoustar of the proven mould and then there’s some from the young guns coming through like Shalaa and Capitalist – it’s really nice bunch of horses that have all been really well received.”

Zoustar of the proven mould and then there’s some from the young guns coming through like Shalaa and Capitalist – it’s really nice bunch of horses that have all been really well received.”

Fairgray was at pains to mention a son of Siyouni (Pivotal) from the family of Ranvet Stakes (Gr 1, 2000m) runner-up Carlton House (Street Cry), which features among the high-quality consignment of yearlings for the Premier sale, an auction Fairgray says Yulong have targeted with some of their better yearling offerings.

“He’s a really big, strong sort of colt,” Fairgray said of the Siyouni colt out of the stakes-placed Bouquet de Flores (Street Cry), catalogued as Lot 524. “He’s been very popular and is really interesting to take into the sales.

“Siyouni has done really well with his couple of runners in Australia, he’s had a couple of runners in the Golden Slipper, so he’s a colt that I’m sure will attract plenty of attention.

“Because it’s our home base we want to support it with some really nice horses. It was definitely the idea that we’re taking nice horses to the Melbourne sale and the feedback that we’ve got on our draft has been really positive.

“You get the flow-on effects from bringing these nice horses into the Victorian sale.”

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Above: Ole Kirk as a yearling

Dual Group 1 winner Ole Kirk (Written Tycoon) has been retired from racing and will begin his stud career at Vinery in the Hunter Valley later this year.

Trained by Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, the valuable colt won three of his 11 starts including impressive back-to-back victories in the G1 Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas in the spring. He also won the Listed Talindert S., and placed in another five races including the G1 Champagne S., G2 Run to the Rose, G2 VRC Sires’ Produce S. and Listed Rosebud.

In late October, Vinery joined the existing ownership group and secured the high-class 3-year-old’s stallion future.

Team Hawkes brought Ole Kirk back to the racetrack for three final appearances this month, finishing third in the Inglis 3YO Sprint, eighth in the G1 Futurity S. and 10th in Saturday’s G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington.

“I think that’s going to be his last run, and he’ll be at Vinery on Monday to enjoy the rest of his life,” part-owner Neil Werrett said on Saturday.

By elite sire Written Tycoon, Ole Kirk is out of Naturale (Bel Esprit), who is an unraced full sister to the legendary sprinter Black Caviar (Bel Esprit) and half-sister to the four-time Group 1 winner and sire All Too Hard, who also stands at Vinery.

Ole Kirk was bred by Rick Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm, who offered him at the 2019 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale. He was bought for $675,000 by Mark Player’s International Thoroughbred Solutions on Werrett’s behalf. Jamieson also retained an interest among a large ownership syndicate.

“Ole Kirk has the genetic potential and the elite racetrack performance to play a major role in the ongoing development of the Australian thoroughbred industry,” Jamieson told TDN AusNZ earlier this season.

“He is from one of the most successful pedigrees in the Australian Studbook, descending back to the blue hen mares Scandinavia and Helsinge. His sire-line traces back through to Last Tycoon and Try My Best, making him a great genetic match for mares carrying Danehill in their pedigree.

“With the support of all current owners, as well as that of Vinery and their loyal clients, he will be supported with a great line-up of mares when he begins his stud career. Personally, I believe we have been fortunate and put our foot on a future great speed stallion and can’t wait for him to begin the next phase of his exciting career.”

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Above: Still A Star – $13,000 well spent at the 2018 Tasmanian Magic Millions

All roads lead to Moonee Valley for the $5million All-Star Mile for Still A Star after the four-year-old daughter of Tornoado (IRE) came off a 363 day break to win Wedneday’s $150,000 Group III Armidale Stud Vamos Stakes (1400m) at Launceston.

Brendon Mc Coull gave the Bill Ryan-trained mare a sweet ride following the leader Deroche (Needs Further) until well into the straight before pouncing at the 200 metres to win by three-quarters of a length.

Runaway Girl (Sebring) was a length back in third.

Ryan said it was a relief to get Still a Star back to the track.

“It’s been a bloody long year. She’s back, her star is still shining and it has been worth the wait, Ryan said.

“She was going to Melbourne last spring and she got a lung infection and I had to turn her out. Then we got her ready for the Bow mistress (Stakes) and she got another respiratory infection, then we had to beat that.

“I was very confident. She had to do a bit of buffering, but once she got out it was all over.”

Still A Star was making her return to the track for the first time since reeling off wins in the Listed Tasmanian Guineas, Launceston Guineas, Strutt Stakes and Listed Tasmanian Oaks.

A $13,000 purchase by Monica Ryan out of the Alva Stud draft at the 2018 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale, Still A Star advances her record to eight wins and five seconds from 13 starts with earnings of $501,190.

The daughter of Toronado (IRE) is out of the Brisbane winning Casino Prince mare Lita, who is a daughter of the top-class Stravinsky mare Royal Asscher the winner of the Group III MVRC Red Anchor Stakes, Listed VRC Ottawa Stakes and Listed MRC William Crockett Stakes and was third in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic.

Purchased by Alva Stud for $20,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Broodmare Sale, Lita missed to Alpine Eagle in 2018 and foaled a colt by Spendthrift Farm’s Bolt D’Oro (USA) last spring.

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Above: Damian Lane returns to the mounting yard on Capriccio after winning the Inglis Dash at Flemington Racecourse (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

A journey that started 11 years ago resulted today with victory in the $500,000 Inglis Dash at Flemington for untapped 3YO filly Capriccio.

It all began at Inglis’ Australian Weanling Sale at the old Newmarket site in 2010 when Darren Dance’s Australian Thoroughbred Bloodstock teamed up with the Gereaux family’s Bungan Street Thoroughbreds to buy a Lonhro filly for $80,000.

They raced the filly as Lonhspresso – she won four of her 15 starts including two at Stakes level – before deciding to breed with her.

Today her daughter Capriccio, trained by Daniel Bowman, won the Inglis Dash at just her fourth career start.

Capriccio (I Am Invincible) realised $300,000 at the Premier Yearling Sale through Dance’s Esker Lodge, purchased by Bowman and Dance’s ATB, who wanted to stay in the filly.

“Daniel bought her and asked if the breeders wanted to stay in so we took a share each and Daniel sold the rest down through his client base,’’ Dance said.

“It’s good for our brand to be able to breed a good horse and sell it through Inglis. We’ve given all our yearlings this year to Inglis to sell at Premier so the timing couldn’t be any better either.

“We’ve been flat strap all week at Oaklands for inspections, it’s been off the charts, so fingers crossed everyone gets some good results the next three days in the sale ring.’’

Esker Lodge will offer 12 yearlings at Premier, which begins at 10am tomorrow.

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Shannon Gereaux couldn’t believe it as he watched today’s race unfold.

“I could hardly speak afterwards. I was shaking, I think everyone was,’’ a thrilled Gereaux said.

“It’s a big thrill to have bred a filly to win a race like the Inglis Dash. Thanks to Inglis, the race series is great to be involved in, it’s such a good advertisement for the company and the industry.’’

Winning trainer Bowman added: “We picked this race out a long way to kick off in and we’ll get her to Adelaide now.

“She’d improved a lot during her spell, trialling up really well at home so I knew she’d run a really big race. I thought she could run a nice fourth or fifth and I would have been really happy with that, but apparently not!

“Thanks to Inglis, this prizemoney is unbelievable.’’

The Inglis Dash has a proud tradition of producing G1 winners – Capriccio will be out to emulate former recent winners such as Nature Strip and Hellbent to progress on to win at the highest level.

Above: Frosted standing at Darley Northwood Park

Darley shuttler Frosted (USA) was making news at Inglis Premier this week when his filly from Miss Steele sold for $420,000 and he was back in the news again on Tuesday when siring his fourth Australian winner at Bendigo.

A hot favourite for the 1100m maiden, the Peter and Paul Snowden trained colt Frostin’ was fourth on debut in the Group III MRC Chairman’s Stakes behind Enthaar and was then second to subsequent stakes-winner Tycoon Humma at Bendigo.

He ran right up to that good form when cruising home to win by two lengths.

A $60,000 Inglis Premier purchase for Snowden Racing from the Riverina Downs draft, Frostin’ is a half-brother to Group II winner Viridine and stakes-placed St Edwards Crown being the fifth winner from five to race from Anabaa (USA) mare Patina.

Patina was originally a Godolphin mare, but was on-sold in 2016 at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale for $15,000 to Mario & Jenni Cesnik, who bred Frostin’.

He is the fourth Australian winner from just nine runners for Frosted joining stakes-winner Ingratiating and stakes-placed Frost Flowers and Cloudy.

By champion US sire Tapit, Frosted has a profile that would suggest his progeny will only improve with maturity and should also handle a trip.

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Above: Lunar Fox ridden by Michael Dee wins the Kennedy Australian Guineas at Flemington Racecourse (Reg Ryan/Racing Photos)

Small-time breeder Travis Kelly was in “a bloody big state of shock’’ after he and his wife Rebecca’s homebred Lunar Fox (Foxwedge) won today’s stallion-making $1m G1 Australian Guineas at Flemington.

“What do I feel? I’m numb. I don’t know what I feel to be totally honest,’’ Kelly said as the reality started to sink in that he was now a G1-winning breeder.

“I’m just a small-time breeder and we’ve bred a Group 1 winner. It’s the ultimate.’’

Lunar Fox beat many of the best and most valuable 3YOs in the land today and as a colt, he’s now one very valuable proposition himself.

Not only is he a G1 winner at three, he also won the G2 Sires Produce Stakes at two.

Travis and Rebecca Kelly sold Lunar Fox for $40,000 at the Inglis Gold Yearling Sale, to Terry and Karina O’Sullivan, under their Kelly Thoroughbreds banner.

He was also offered at the Premier Yearling Sale two months prior.

“We bought him to Premier but things didn’t quite work out as planned and in the time between that sale and Gold, he really furnished again,’’ Travis Kelly said.

“We’ve been breeding for eight or nine years, Rebecca trains a small team at Sale and we realised years ago that we couldn’t afford to buy top level yearlings so we thought we’d try breeding a few ourselves.

“We keep some, we sell some, that’s how it goes, but to have bred a Group 1 winner now, it’s unbelievable, it really is.’’

Lunar Fox (pictured) becomes the 56th Inglis graduate to win a G1 since 2018, 29 of which could have been purchased for $100,000 or less.

The Kelly’s are offering a select draft of three yearlings at this year’s Premier Yearling Sale, which begins at Oaklands at 10am tomorrow.

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At Randwick today, for a second consecutive Saturday, a Chris Waller-trained and Coolmore part-owned Easter colt surged into Golden Slipper calculations, this time with O’President (Fastnet Rock) winning the G2 Skyline Stakes at Randwick.

Last week it was Home Affairs in the Silver Slipper but today O’President was the star, securing a second career win at just his third start and announcing himself one of the leading Golden Slipper prospects.

James Bester paid $520,000 for O’President at last year’s Virtual Easter Yearling Sale, where he was offered by his breeder Kia Ora Stud.

“It’s very exciting, it was a really good win, he’s a very well bred horse and a very good looking horse who has confirmed himself a home at stud somewhere down the line after today,’’ Bester said.

“It would be nice to win a Group 1 now to just frank that completely so all eyes head to the Golden Slipper.

“He and Acrobat (Inglis Nursery winner) stood out to us at Easter as the two Fastnet Rocks that had the qualities to be speedy 2YOs and then later progress on from there at three. Unfortunately Acrobat has met with a setback but O’President has taken up the baton and we’re very excited by that.’’

Kia Ora will also offer O’President’s I Am Invincible half sister (ex O’Marilyn) as lot 458 at April’s Easter Sale at Riverside.

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Earlier on today’s Flemington program untapped Capitalist filly Tycoon Humma made it two wins from two starts with a strong victory in the Listed 2YO Plate.

Trainer John McArdle bought the youngster for $240,000 at last year’s Premier Sale, where she was offered by Flinders Park Stud.

As a Stakes-winning 2YO by arguably the hottest young sire going around, Tycoon Humma is also now a very valuable proposition.

Flinders Park is also offering Tycoon Humma’s Zoustar half sister (ex Humma Mumma) as lot 87 on Day 1 of the Premier Sale tomorrow.

“She’s a strong, correct, athletic filly, beautiful mover, she knows she’s good and I don’t think I’ve ever had a more popular filly on inspections she’s been very busy,’’ Flinders Park’s Mick Cumming said of the Zoustar filly.

“We’re thrilled to see Tycoon Humma win obviously and how the stars are all aligning with the timing of that win and the half sister selling tomorrow.’’

Tycoon Humma, bred by Bridsan Bloodstock’s Brian Coyle, becomes Capitalist’s second Stakes winner from his first crop to race – the other is Inglis Millennium winner and Golden Slipper favourite Profiteer, a Classic Sale graduate.

There are 16 progeny of Capitalist at the upcoming Premier Sale.

And Easter Yearling Sale 7YO Morvada (Mossman) made a last-minute bid for an All Star Mile berth with an all-the-way win in the G3 Shaftsbury Avenue at Flemington.

It was a third Stakes win and eighth overall success for Morvada and took his earnings to almost $650,000 – his trainer Peter Jolly bought him for $200,000 at Easter in 2015 from Vinery Stud.

The $5m All Star Mile will be run at The Valley on March 13.

The five All Star Mile Wildcard entrants will be announced next week.

Article courtesy of Inglis

Above: : Lot 321 Sebring filly purchased by Victorian Alliance

After more than 220 parades in front of potential buyers, a bay colt by champion Japanese stallion Lord Kanaloa was worth the wait for Ciaron Maher late into the second day of the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale.

The colt, offered by Victoria’s Kulani Park at Goulburn Weir, was the second day sale topper when Maher, inconjunction with Coolmore Stud, paid $900,000.

Smith said that after selling their Hunter Valley property, they bought their Goulburn Weir farm about 12 months ago ‘to get back into it’ and was delighted with their farm in Victoria.

The Victorian Alliance, headed by Rosemont Stud, was formed by a group of breeders and studs in an attempt to buy colts in the hope that they will develop into a valuable stallion.

And the group had to wait late into the second day to pay $520,000 for a colt by French stallion Siyouni, out of Bouquet de Flores (Street Cry x Floristry).

The colt, a first foal, was offered by Yulong.

They could be described as friendly rivals in the breeding industry, but it didn’t stop Rosemont Stud’s Anthony Mithen from paying $450,000 for a filly from Phil Campbell’s Blue Gum Farm draft.

Mithen said the team at Rosemont had rated the Sebring yearling as the best filly in the sale.

“They are not making any more of the Sebrings and she was, for us, the filly of the sale,” Mithen said.

“We just loved her. She is out of a Shamardal mare and she is a Sebring and an outcross filly and a great family and off a farm that do a magnificent job.

“They continue to produce great results at Blue Gum and we were more than happy to be pretty strong on her.”

Mithen agreed the flashy chestnut filly is not unlike in looks to Rosemont’s top sprinting mare Brooklyn Hustle.

“We had to be a little bit stronger on her than I wanted to be, anyway you come here to buy the ones you want, rather than the ones that are left as the auctioneers often tell you.’’

Mithen said hopefully the filly would be “flashing around” in a few stakes races.

“That’s the plan as we had a bit of luck here last year with Sneaky Five for $305,000 and I’m glad I didn’t have to go five more as I really didn’t have it,’’ he said.

Mithen said he threw in an extra, sneaky five thousand to secure the Fastnet Rock x Small Minds filly at last year’s yearling sale. Appropriately named Sneaky Five, the filly has had two starts for two wins and won $883,000 in prize money.

“Hopefully she is that two-year-old type that we can have a bit of fun with in 12 months.’’

Mithen said as Rosemont was also a breeding farm, they had to keep replenishing the stocks with similar fillies to the Sebring.

“And we like to think we breed a nice filly, but we don’t shut our eyes to what other people are producing,” he said.

“There’s plenty of people doing a good job breeding some nice horses and we’re happy to share the love and buy nice horses as well as breed them.”

Blue Gum, which combined with Robert Crabtree’s Dorrington Farm, to produce the opening day’s sale topper (Written Tycoon x Iglesia) of $1.1 million, had more success on the second day when they sold a Shalaa colt, out of Sistonic, to International Thoroughbred Solutions for $300,000. The colt is a close relationship to Black Caviar and the recently retired Ole Kirk.

Blue Gum Farm sold all 12/12 horses which Rob Crabtree’s Dorrington Farm had entered into the sale.

After an absence of three years of selling horses under their own name, Glentree Thoroughbreds returned to Melbourne Premier and had instant success on the second day of the sale.

Sydney trainer John O’Shea won a spirited bidding duel to pay $550,000 for Glentree’s Dundeel colt, out of Flying Spur mare Ruby Falls.

Glentree’s Bruce Wilson had sold his past three drafts at Melbourne Premier through Bhima Thoroughbreds but decided to return to the sale as vendors in their own right.

The result was a bit more than what was expected, according to Glentree’s stud manager Luke Simpson.

He said they had a full sister to the colt, but Ruby Falls was not in foal.

“We are excited to have a full sister to the colt that just sold,” he said.

Simpson said he heard some good things said during the sale about the yearlings offered by Glentree and described it as a testament to Wilson and his family and the commitment they’ve made to the farm and the investment in the thoroughbred industry.

“We made a bit of a plan and put a band of some nice horses together to target Melbourne Premier in our own backyard and so far it’s been paying off really well for us.”

O’Shea said the Dundeel colt would be raced with a syndicate, including Arrowfield Stud and Melbourne bloodstock agent Suman Hedge.

“It’s probably the best colt I’ve seen by him,” O’Shea said.

“And he had a big pedigree to match it. Bruce Wilson has put together a great quality of broodmares and this is a reflection of the horses they are producing at Glentree.

“So, we were really enthused by the horse with a syndicate headed by Arrowfield.

“They understand the stallion more than anyone and so consequently they were kind enough to join us in the syndicate.”

O’Shea said the colt made a bit more than what they thought but he was told to keep on bidding to buy it.

He said Hedge, who he described as a great young judge of bloodstock, would also be part of the colt.

Darren Dance’s Esker Lodge struck early on the second day with $160,000 for a black colt by Pierro, out of Fastnet Rock mare, Rockolicious.

Bigger money came for Esker Lodge’s Camelot (GB) filly out of Yours Ever (GB).

The filly was knocked down for $300,000.

The success for Victorian breeders continued when Noorilim Park at Arcadia sold an Exceed and Excel filly, out of Special Lover (Pins x Special Diamond), for $300,000 to Gelagotis Racing.

Balius Farm at Darnum promised that its third year at Melbourne Premier would be its best with an improved quality of yearling.

And they weren’t wrong.

A black filly, by Lonhro out of Singled Out, sold for $240,000. They then sold a Vancouver x Socialize filly to Moloney Racing for $160,000.

The second top price on the second day of the sale was an I Am Invincible colt, out of Risque, which sold to Cranbourne trainers Trent Busuttin and Natalie Young for $700,000.

Sun Stud stallion Thronum (Snitzel) had his first yearlings go through the sale.

His first lot offered, out of four-time winning Hinchinbrook mare Thorsborne sold for $200,000.

Hollylodge Thoroughbreds at Avenel had their best result of the sale when they got $400,000 for a Deep Field colt out of Charge Forward mare, Western Gem.

The filly was bought by McEvoy Racing.

Yulong achieved a $300,000 sale – the equal best price of its yearlings on the second day – for a Snitzel filly out of Zaina Rizeena (GB), a winner as a two-year-old over 1500m in Great Britain.

Flemington trainer Michael Moroney was the successful bidder for another Yulong yearling, a Written Tycoon colt out of Zabeel mare Zibello (NZ). Moroney paid $300,000 for the colt.

And he quickly followed up by paying $300,000 for a Redoute’s Choice colt out of Starcraft mare Ain’tnofallenstar which was offered by Glentree Thoroughbreds. Redoute’s Choice died in 2019.

Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado continued to achieve solid results with a bay colt out of three-time Choisir winning mare Anatomica. Gilgai Farm at Nagambie sold the colt for $220,000.

Merricks Station followed up a good opening day of the sale with a $150,000 (Pierro x Whistle Baby colt) and a $210,000 (Dundeel x Alamonteel colt) sale on the second day.

Pakenham trainer Peter Moody paid $210,000 for a Dundeel filly out of seven-time winning mare Avenue. The filly was offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds at Eddington.

On day 2 of the sale, the clearance was 86%, which is up from 79% from the 2020 sale, the average was $143,195, which was up 11% from $129,162 from the 2020 sale and the median remained the same at $110,000.


Above: Artie Schiller on a roll

STOCKWELL THOROUGHBREDS consistent sire ARTIE SCHILLER has been again been proving his talents with a string of winners from limited runners in recent times.

His four-year-old son Art Cadeau has become his latest flag bearer by taking out the $150,000 Country Champions Qualifier over 1400m metres at Goulburn on 16th February and putting himself in line for the $500,000 final to be run in April. It was Art Cadeau’s fourth win from 10 starts after finishing second at each of his other runs.

His win came two days after Kody Nestor produced a highly promising three year old filly Artie’s Aura to win by better than five lengths at Dubbo for owner-breeder Stuart Ramsey’s Turrunga Pastoral on debut.

Her stylish win followed on from Living The Dream returning to his best form to win over 1600 metres at Ascot on 13th February in a bold front running display.

Another Sheila winning at Coffs Harbour and Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott’s promising Major Artie making it three wins on end when stepping up to 1550 metres at Canterbury on 12th February.

Artie Schiller has been a constant source of winners since he started his stud career in Australia in 2007. He began his career in fine form with a promising batch of two-year-olds which led him to being crowned Australia’s leading second season sire the following year, again with limited numbers.

His largest foal crop came in 2012 with 110 live foals but he has continued to bat above the average with smaller books of mares, returning stunning stakes performance results and winner percentages.

Another feather in his cap is the success his Group One winning son Flying Artie is having with his first crop two year old’s this season. He should follow in his sire’s footsteps and find outstanding results with his three year olds next season.

Artie Schiller ceased shuttling to the US two years ago and is a permanent resident at STOCKWELL THOROUGHBRES, Diggers Rest, Victoria.


Stallions must be fed well to fuel spermatogenesis and to ensure breeding success. In addition to good-quality forage and well-fortified concentrates, researchers have identified certain nutritional supplements that improve semen. Researchers recently investigated the possible role of coenzyme Q10 on improving semen quality in stallions.

Coenzyme Q10 is an important cofactor in energy supply for spermatozoa and is responsible, in part, for motility. Two forms of coenzyme Q10 exist, ubiquinone and ubiquinol. Due to its ability to support the renewal of other antioxidants, such as vitamins E and C, coenzyme Q10 slows oxidative damage of lipids in cell membranes. Because of its extensive work in antioxidant mechanisms, tissue and plasma concentrations of coenzyme Q10 can dwindle and negatively affect semen quality.

To determine the effect of coenzyme Q10 on sperm motility and viability after cooling or freezing, researchers recruited seven Andalusian stallions.* The stallions were fed free-choice mixed grass-alfalfa hay throughout the duration of the study. Stallions were supplemented with one gram of coenzyme Q10 per day for 30 days or they received no supplement. Ejaculates were collected every two weeks over a 60-day period and treated in three ways: (1) cooled for 24 hours; (2) frozen immediately in liquid nitrogen; and (3) cooled for 24 hours and then frozen. Motility and viability of spermatozoa were evaluated in all samples.

Positive effects of coenzyme Q10 supplementation were observed 15 days after supplementation and continued until day 60, which was 30 days after supplementation ended. This coincides with the life cycle of spermatozoa, which is less than 60 days. According to the researchers, “supplementing with coenzyme Q10 resulted in positive effects that were manifest for the life of the spermatozoa, even when coenzyme Q10 was discontinued.”

In two stallions with superior spermatozoa motility, no further improvement was seen in motility with ubiquinol supplementation. Spermatozoa vitality, however, did improve in these stallions.

Of the seven stallions included in the study, five were considered to have suboptimal motility. In these stallions, improvement was noted in all parameters, including total motility, progressive motility, and viability following 24 hours of cooling. The same held true for frozen semen from these stallions.

“Based on the results of this study,” the researchers explained, “there is strong evidence that daily oral supplementation of these stallions with coenzyme Q10 was associated with improved semen quality. These findings are compatible with the results of studies of the effects of daily coenzyme Q10 supplementation on semen quality in men.”

When choosing a coenzyme Q10 supplement, select one from a reputable manufacturer, such as Nano-Q10 from Kentucky Equine Research. According to Peter Huntington, B.V.Sc., M.A.C.V.Sc., director of nutrition for Kentucky Equine Research, “Research has shown that supplementation with Nano-Q10 can rapidly boost levels of coenzyme Q10, and has been fed successfully to a number of stallions since being introduced into the market.”

*Ruiz, A.J., A. Tibary, R.A. Heaton, I.P. Hargreaves, D.P. Leadon, and W.M. Bayly. 2021. Effects of feeding coenzyme Q10-ubiquinol on plasma coenzyme Q10 concentrations and semen quality in stallions.  Journal of Equine Veterinary Science 96:103303.

Demand for the local emerging stallions powered the Magic Millions Tasmanian Sale to a record high, but it was a first-crop colt by Darley’s Impending which stole the headlines at Quercus Park, going to young Tassie trainer Cameron Thompson for $150,000.

Thompson steps up

Cameron Thompson made a statement of intent in seeing off strong competition to land the day’s top lot, an Impending colt, for $150,000.

The colt, offered by Armidale Stud on behalf of breeders Ken and Jen Breese, is the first foal out of Dream Food (Snitzel), the three-quarter sister to stakes winner Snitz (Snitzel), from the family of the Breese’s multiple Group-winning mare Tickle My (Perugino {USA}).

While the interstate buying brigade tended to sweep up all the higher-priced lots of the day, it was 27-year-old Thompson, whose team is based at the nearby small town of Cressy, who stood firm, and surrounded by his family and stable supporters, landed the prized colt.

Above: Lot 104 – Impending x Dream Food (colt)

“I haven’t ever been in the position to just go and get the horse I want. I was just very fortunate enough to have a new group of owners that are willing to give me an opportunity as a young trainer and have the funds to go and purchase him,” he told TDN AusNZ.

“I could never purchase a horse like this myself and I probably couldn’t risk trying to syndicate one at such an early stage of my career. I’m grateful to be given that opportunity.”

Thompson said the Impending colt was a clear standout for him in the Sale.

“I just thought he was the complete package. Early horse, a really good type, a lovely shoulder, and strong hindquarter. Most importantly, I’ve had one good horse in my stable, who has won us nine races, called Concentrate, who is from Darley. He has the same head as that horse and the same intelligent eye,” he said.

“I just thought he (Lot 104) was the complete package. Early horse, a really good type, a lovely shoulder, and strong hindquarter.” – Cameron Thompson

“Every time I saw him parade, which was probably six or seven times, he really looked like a horse that has got a brain on him. If you have got that, got the body and you x-ray and scope up clear, it’s a fair start.”

Armidale’s star shines

Armidale Stud presented 31 horses on Monday, but it was no surprise to Managing Director David Whishaw that it was the Impending colt that topped the Sale.

“He was a lovely type, by the right stallion, out of a super family. Ken and Jen have been wonderful supporters of ours, and it was great to get a result for them,” Whishaw said.

“It is great to see Cameron Thompson, a young, local trainer with some big owners behind him, it’s great to see them investing in him and giving him some quality stock.”

Armidale Stud finished the Sale as the top vendor on aggregate, with close to $1.2 million in sales across 26 lots sold on the day. Resident stallion, Alpine Eagle, also claimed leading sire honours on aggregate ($969,500 across 21 lots) and average ($46,167).

“I’m over the moon about how strong the demand was for Alpine Eagle’s stock. It was lovely to see the mainlanders buying at all ends of the market and lovely to see some of his stock going into good stables,” Whishaw said.

“The top lots really brought serious money and it was lovely see the interstate buying bench down here, so strong and so active. There are horses going all over Australia from here. We were thrilled with the Sale as a whole.”

“The fact that the Sale was able to reach a high-water mark after such uncertainty over meaningful interstate participation was further evidence of the robust nature of the Australian bloodstock industry at the moment, as well as the quality of stock on offer,” Magic Millions Managing Director, Barry Bowditch, said.

“The sales results this year have been significant. They have been very strong and obviously once the border went our way, going into this Sale, we had anticipation we could have a strong Sale. To have an average which is significantly higher than ever before, and a clearance rate at 82 per cent and a gross that is right on target with last year, where we had 20 more lots, it’s a sensational result,” he said.

“Kudos to Tasracing, Tasbreeders and obviously to our team to pull this together. We all work closely to make sure the Tassie horses can shine and that’s happened again this year.”

Above: Alpine Eagle | Standing at Armidale Stud

A banner day for Alva Stud

Also breaking records was Alva Stud, from nearby Hagley, who sold Lot 5, a Deep Field filly, to David Vandyke for $120,000.

The filly’s successful sale was the embodiment of the value of the pedigree update with her full sister, Cotton Fields, a Doomben winner earlier this month for Vandyke, while her sire secured his first Group 1 winner when Portland Sky dead-heated in Saturday’s G1 Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield.

It was the best result ever at a yearling Sale for Alva Stud, with owner Catherine Hills very proud of what had been achieved.

“I was hopeful. I thought she was probably one of the best fillies I have ever brought here. She was a lovely filly, all her x-rays were good. Her scopes were good and Deep Field is going really well at the moment,” she said.

“Sometimes things work out perfectly in terms of timing, and the sister shows there has been proven success with Deep Field as well, which meant she had a lot going for her.”

Hills had purchased Lot 5’s dam, Medusa (Stratum), the unraced sister of stakes winner View The Stars (Galileo {Ire}), for $30,000 with Belmont Bloodstock’s Damon Gabbedy at the 2019 Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale in foal to Deep Field.

“I said to Damon, we have to go have a look at this one,” she said. “I liked the fact that she was by Stratum and at that stage, she had one to the track for a winner. The reports on Cotton Fields were that she was a nice filly. I took a punt and figured that she’d be in my budget to come back to Tasmania,” Hills said.

“I took a punt and figured that she’d (Medusa) be in my budget to come back to Tasmania.” – Catherine Hills

“This result means a lot for me and the team. My yearling manager Tracey Rothall, she manages the farm and does all the yearling prep for me and it’s really exciting for them and for me.

“For me, it’s gratifying when everything all comes together and you’ve got a nice filly and you know it’s a nice filly. When it passes all its tests and it’s been recognised by the market, that’s just so gratifying.”

Vandyke wasn’t even aware the filly was in the Tasmanian Sale until alerted by Magic Millions Sales Director David Chester.

“I have got David Chester to thank for that. He rang me up and alerted me that she was in and Cotton Fields is a lovely, scopey type of mare who I have had a good opinion of. It’s a lovely family, it’s versatile, there’s good depth to it and my spies down there told me she was a lovely type. She is certainly worth giving a go,” he said.

“The fact that she’s Magic Millions (Race Series) eligible – and I know the full sister is training well – so she will be an easy sell to any clients.”

Eagle soars as Zulus make their mark

The top-priced Alpine Eagle on the day was Lot 68, a colt who went to John Foote Bloodstock for $110,000 from Armidale Stud’s draft. He is out of Listed Gold Sovereign S. winner Testamarriage (Testa Rossa) from a family which features Group 1-winning mare Reactive (Geiger Counter {USA}).

Foote, who was represented at the Sale, by fellow agent Merrick Staunton, was the second biggest buyer, spending $189,500 across four lots. He was superseded in total spend by local trainer John Blacker, who purchased 11 yearlings for $320,500.

Grenville Stud’s Zululand made a substantial splash with his crop, with 15 sold in all at an average of $42,067, a significant return on his first-season service fee of $5500 (inc GST).

There were two of his colts which secured $100,000, both offered by Grenville Stud’s McCulloch family.

Graeme McCulloch’s pre-Sale prediction that Lot 87, out of Benoit (Domesday), was the best colt he had ever presented proved pretty much on the mark as Gabbedy picked him up for $100,000.

“China Horse Club owned the stallion and they really wanted to invest and support him, so I picked him out as the best colt here. He’ll go to Tony McEvoy. It was bought in partnership with China Horse Club, McEvoy Mitchell Racing and Belmont Bloodstock,” Gabbedy said.

“He was a real standout. He was a great physical specimen, a great loose walker and had a great attitude, and he ticked a lot of boxes. He also had a good pedigree. Domesday mares are doing a very good job at stud and the mum is a half to a Group 1 winner in Ekstreme.”

The other $100,000 Zululand colt was the half-brother to unbeaten Tasmanian 2-year-old and Magic Millions Tasmanian 2YO Classic winner, Turk Warrior (Outreach), out of the dual stakes winner Ehor (Val Royal {Fr}). He was purchased by Lindsay Park Bloodstock.

Gabbedy was taken with what he saw of the first crop of Zululand, who was himself a $1.5 million Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale purchase by Coolmore and China Horse Club.

“He’s really stamped them. He’s really impressed me. They all look very similar, have got good physical strength and bone and have got good, loose swaggers,” he said.

Lonhro filly heads to Victoria

There were six lots which drew a pricetag of $100,000 or more on the day, with the final one being a Lonhro filly, Lot 69, which was secured by Griffiths/De Kock Racing for $100,000, also from Grenville Stud’s draft.

“Mat and I were there yesterday and we thought she was a ripper filly. She had the right pedigree and the right mix of crosses in the genetics,” Robbie Griffiths said.

“She is not that tall, but none of the family are. If she runs anything like Snitzerland and those other fillies in the genetics, it’d be great, There’s a lot of Group quality fillies in that family.”

The black filly is out of Time Commands (Commands), a daughter of Listed winner Extension Of Time (Dash For Cash), who has produced the stakes-placed Morrissy (Snitzel). G1 Lightning S. winner Snitzerland (Snitzel) features under the fourth dam, on a page which gives the filly considerable long-term value.

“There’s a real sense of dual purpose for this filly, as both a racehorse and a breeding prospect down the track. There is great residual value down the track in her,” Griffiths said.

Griffiths purchased the top lot of last year’s Tasmanian Sale, paying $95,000 for a filly by Alpine Eagle, who has made a considerable impression in the Cranbourne-based trainer, but will be given time to develop.

Article courtesy of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Masked Crusader won G3 Southern Cross Stakes at Randwick (Image: Steve Hart)

With 25 of his yearlings headed to the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Swettenham Stud stallion Toronado (IRE) has given the industry a  timely remember of his potent results.

The highly sought after son of High Chaparral (IRE) continued his blitz around the globe two weekends ago with winners of high class races in Australia, Hong Kong and Singapore – he also produced a $101 winner at regional Colac.

He is throwing both stakes winning colts and fillies.

The flurry of wins for Toronado began in Sydney on the Saturday with the Victorian bred Masked Crusader perhaps delivering on the huge wraps on him when he won his first stakes race by taking out the Group 3 Southern Cross Stakes (1200m) at Randwick for Team Hawkes.

And then a couple of hours later at Ascot in Perth, Toronado filly Solaia won the Listed WATC Challenge Stakes (1500m) for trainer Darren McAuliffe.

Producing two stakes winner on the same isn’t new for Toronado who achieved the same feat on the final day of the Melbourne Cup Carnival at Flemington last November when Shelby Cobra won the Listed Amanda Elliott Handicap (1400m) and Affair To Remember won the Group 2 Matriarch Stakes (2000m).

Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said Toronado now had five individual stakes winners in Australia – Still A Star is the other – and says having two doubles on the same day is like a case of “when it rains it pours.”

Over in Hong Kong, the highly regarded Master Montaro, trained by David Hayes,  again lived up to his two impressive Victorian victories before he was off shipped to Sha Tin as a million dollar-plus buy.

Master Montaro’s victory, his second at Shan Tin, will only heighten interest in his yearlings by Hong buyers.

Sangster said it was good to see Toronado go from three to five stakes winners on the same day.

“Obviously Master Montaro capped off the weekend as well,” he said.

“And just to see Masked Crusader also finish off the race was great and I suppose what we are seeing with his progeny is that they can get out to a trip and they can sprint, they can get out to a mile and they just have a turn of foot that only good racehorses have.

“Masked Crusader was no chance at the 200 but he got there and it was similar with Master Montaro.

“They are exciting horses and the diversity of Toronado’s progeny is probably the most exciting aspect.”

Sangster said the demand for Toronado horses in Hong Kong continues to grow and he has 11 there and six have raced for five winners.

Hong Kong interests made massive offers for Masked Crusader which was bred by Rick Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm and sold for $340,000 at the 2018 Melbourne Premier Sale. Jamieson retained a share in the horse which is raced by several prominent owners including Rupert Legh.

With four wins and two thirds from his eight starts, Masked Crusader could win the race, in an expanding field, to give Toronado his first Group 1 winner.

Sangster said the stakes win of Solaia wasn’t a surprise to McAuliffe who has always had a high opinion of the three-year-old filly who is out of Isola Blue (Blackfriars), a metropolitan winner at Ascot, and a half-sister to Group 2 winner Goon Serpent (Reset x Capri Blue).

Solaia, a homebred, has been talked up by McAuliffe along with his unbeaten three-year-old filly Clairvoyance.

Sangster said that while Solaia was already a city winner, she had been a bit like Masked Crusader as a stakes horse in waiting.

And he said Toronado could throw quality colts and fillies, where some sons of High Chaparral or Sadler’s Wells descendants tend to throw some really good colts and the fillies can be a bit behind.

“Out of his five stakes winners, three are fillies and two are geldings,” Sangster said.

“Just to even that spread, or at this stage an ever so slight dominance to fillies, is a rarity and you’re not upset if you end up with a filly.”

Toronado stood his first season at Swettenham Stud in 2015.

Despite being a Victorian stallion, Sangster said fewer than 50 per cent of his book of mares from last season were from Victorians. He had strong support from New South Wales, Tasmania, South Australia, Western Australia and Queensland.

Swettenham Stud closed the book early on Toronado before the last breeding season and admitted there were some disappointed breeders who couldn’t get their mares to the stallion.

After serving his biggest book of mares last season – 210 – Sangster said Toronado would do fewer numbers this season.

“We’ll limit his book to make sure his longevity is protected,” Sangster said.

“He is a highly fertile horse with a great libido so he can cover really good sized books but we are just going to make sure he covers a bit of a smaller book this coming season to make sure everyone gets the right opportunity, but also he doesn’t get too tired.”

The deeds of Toronado’s progeny on the track has been rewarded with the quality of mare being sent to him and Sangster estimates the stallion had an increase last year of up to two or three times the number of stakes winners and stakes produces compared to previous years.

“He is covering some of the best mares out there, like Out Of Caviar which is the unraced Snitzel daughter of Black Caviar,” Sangster said.

“And he has again covered Masked Crusader’s dam, She’s Got Gears.”

He said with the Hong Kong market also chasing Toronado, as well as his popularity in Australia, breeders with any of his progeny or mares in foal to him can expect a healthy return both as sellers or owners going to the races.

“And it’s just another reason why Toronado will be in hot demand at Melbourne Premier,” Sangster predicted.

Above: Street Boss standing at Darley Northwood Park

A decision to boost support for shuttle stallion Street Boss (USA) with quality mares is delivering dividends for Godolphin, which has two representatives by the stallion in the G1 Blue Diamond S. at Caulfield in Anamoe and Arcaded.

Above: Arcaded

Having just completed his 11th season standing at Northwood Park in Victoria, Street Boss’ stocks have never been higher and he has delivered 42 winners this season, including the two above mentioned 2-year-olds, both trained by James Cummings, as well as his second Australian-bred Group 1 winner, Elite Street, who claimed the G1 Winterbottom S. for WA trainer Daniel Morton.

With Street Boss currently 34th on the Australian Sires’ list for this season, it shapes as the most successful campaign yet for the multiple Grade 1-winning sprinting son of Street Cry (Ire).

Andy Makiv, who has just assumed the role of Darley Australia’s Head Of Sales, has worked closely with Street Boss through his time in Victoria, and has seen the benefit of the better support of quality mares he has got in the past few years.

“He’s a stallion that we probably didn’t support a lot in the early days. We were really taken by what he was throwing physically. When he came over the first year, he was a really exciting horse. He was a good-looking son of Street Cry, which was something we really looked to stand in Victoria,” Makiv told TDN AusNZ.

Having debuted at Northwood Park in 2009, Street Boss would miss shuttling in 2010 with a leg injury.

“That put him back a bit. To have a smallish first crop (46 foals) and no second crop, he had to do it the hard way. But out of that first crop, he did get (G1 Newmarket H. winner) The Quarterback, which got things ticking,” he said.

“He produced a really consistent type, which made a big difference. They were good-topped horses like him, always had good hindquarters, plenty of strength and bone. They were horses that looked like they would suit this part of the world.”

“They were good-topped horses like him (Street Boss), always had good hindquarters, plenty of strength and bone.” – Andy Makiv

he emergence of his sire Street Cry as a sire of significance in Australia through the deeds of early flagbearers Whobegotyou and Shocking, and then later Winx, also helped boost the prospects of his son as a stallion.

“The Street Cry story got them really rolling in Australia as well. So from that slowish initial start, albeit with a Group 1 winner from that first crop, and then no second crop, he then he got Petits Filous from this third crop and we thought, there’s a stallion that can get a runner,” Makiv said.

“They are fast horses which are good types. We thought we should start supporting him and since we started sending him those groups of 10-15 mares, it made a big difference.”

Reward for Street support

The Anthony and Sam Freedman-trained colt, Hanseatic, became the first Australian stakes winner by Street Boss raced by Godolphin when he won the Listed Merson Cooper S. in late 2019 and then won both the Blue Diamond Preview and G3 Blue Diamond Prelude for the colts and geldings, before running second in the G1 Blue Diamond S.

Velaquenta emerged as a twice metropolitan winner for Godolphin at the same time, strengthening the case for Street Boss to receive ongoing support from the better credentialled Godolphin mares.

“Our first real go, we got Hanseatic and Valaquenta and a few others. The second crops, we got Arcaded, Anamoe, plus Sliders, who is a half to Flit, and Naples as well. Those are the ones that have shown us a bit. There is also a half to Pierro (Backstreets) to come through from that same crop,” Makiv said.

“I feel the story is just starting with him and it’s only going to get a lot better. In the yearling crop, we have halves to Osborne Bulls and Epaulette. And then there’s the foal crop which is also strong. There is another 18 or 20 in utero to Godolphin mares as well. The Street Boss story is only going to get bigger and better over the next few years.”

“The Street Boss story is only going to get bigger and better over the next few years.” – Andy Makiv

It could get better as soon as Saturday, with Anamoe, who won the Listed Merson Cooper S. in November and was a fast-finishing second in the G3 Blue Diamond Preview (colts and geldings), and Arcaded, an easy last-start winner in the G2 Blue Diamond Prelude (Fillies) afforded excellent chances in Victoria’s richest 2-year-old race.

Hanseatic also features in the G1 Oakleigh Plate for the Freedmans and Valaquenta for Cummings in the G3 Zeditave S.

Above: Hanseatic

Quality mares make for quality foals

Both the Blue Diamond contenders are the result of matings with Godolphin mares with big pedigrees. Anamoe is out of the Group 1-winning Redoute’s Choice mare Anamato, already a stakes producer through the Listed winner Anamba (GB). Arcaded is the first foal out of Gloriette (Lonhro), who was Group 3-placed and is out of Viennese (Redoute’s Choice), a one-time $1.4 million broodmare who is the full sister to Snitzel and half-sister to Hinchinbrook.

The nicking statistics say Street Boss matches well with a lot of Australia’s leading stallions of the past 15 years. He has produced 10 winners, including four stakes winners to mares by Exceed And Excel, seven winners, including a stakes winner, Anamoe, to Redoute’s Choice, while Arcaded is the first stakes winner out of a daughter of a stallion that Godolphin has a plentiful supply of mares by, Lonhro.

“We’ve got a lot of Lonhro mares and a lot of Exceed mares. The Street Cry-Lonhro mix has worked well, so in turn the Street Boss-Lonhro is working well, having produced a filly like Arcaded. We have got a lot of Exceed mares as well and he is working well with them too,” Makiv said.

In terms of the external breeders that have supported Street Boss, they are getting rewarded as well, with a near continuous increase in his average yearling price in Australia over the past five years. In 2016, he averaged $38,118, but that jumped to $64,500 in 2017 and to $79,333 in 2018. It levelled off at $73,655 in 2019, but jumped again to $87,347 last year.

The Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale has traditionally been his strongest Sale and he has 13 lots catalogued to sell at Oaklands Junction later this month.

“It’s all correlated. He gets a very good type and what he is now getting through his deeds on the track is a better mare quality, and not only that, he is getting better performances on the track. It’s all marrying up and things are looking very good for him going forward,” Makiv said.

“He’s been very popular for us the past few years for the nominations team selling nominations to him, and this year he’s going to be busy again.

“We use him internally with Godolphin and externally our clients are having luck using him as well.”

A quick return

Makiv, meanwhile, is settling into his new role, having briefly left Darley at the end of last year before having a change of heart.

“It was a quick departure and back. I obviously love the industry and it was sad. In the end I’ve been fortunate enough to poke my head back in. It’s great to be back,” he said.

“Essentially, it’s a little bit more of an expanded role. I was more focussed on Victoria in my previous role, and my new job takes in both New South Wales and Victoria in a sales capacity. The nominations team is essentially the same, but I’ll have more of an involvement in New South Wales. It’s more of a national role and I’m delighted and excited to be back in the fray.”

Makiv is anticipating a busy 2021, with several new faces, including some new shuttle stallions, set to be confirmed for the Darley roster in the next month or so.

“It’s an exciting time ahead with some great horses joining the roster, including Bivoauc in the near future and some exciting overseas prospects. Who knows with horses like Hanseatic as well,” he said.

“It’s an exciting time for the stallion roster and it’s a credit to the whole racing team that the stable is on fire as well.”

Article courtesy of Bren O’Brien TDN

Above: Run Fox Run has been retired to stud

Outstanding Australian bred and South African trained sprinter Run Fox Run has been officially retired from racing, and is expected to retire to stud in Ireland.

The plans are that Run Fox Run will be transferring to her owners’ Barnane Stud in County Tipperary, Ireland, where the daughter of Foxwedge is destined for a first covering with Juddmonte’s star stallions Frankel or Kingman.

Bred by Mill Park, Quality TB Joint Venture, the Ridgemont owned Run Fox Run was a $420,000 buy from the 2017 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and was the most expensive yearling by her sire sold in that year.

Sent into training with Brett Crawford, she made a big impression straight away. The filly won her first five starts by an aggregate of nearly 12 lengths, with her five race winning streak including scores in both the 2019 G2 World Sports Betting Southern Cross Stakes and Listed Olympic Duel Stakes.

Run Fox Run went on to win three more races, and ended her season on the perfect note when holding off Rio Querari by three-parts of a length to win the 2021 Cape Flying Championship, beating a field that included seven G1 winners, including champions Celtic Sea, Kasimir, Russet Air and Tempting Fate.

In total, the brilliant mare won eight of just 11 starts, for earnings of R1 140 350.

Ridgemont’s Craig Kieswetter paid tribute to Run Fox Run by saying, “Run Fox Run is a beautifully bred athletic mare and has nothing more to prove on the track. She has given us so much pleasure and we could not have scripted her final Cape appearance better. Bowing out with a dazzling Grade 1 victory on Met day was the cherry on the top.”

The next opportunity to secure a yearling from the family of Run Fox Run comes up at the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, where Mill Park Stud will consign Lot 540, a colt by G1 Caulfield Guineas winner Shooting To Win out of Champagne Jane, a half sister to Run Fox Run.

News from Mill Park

Above: Brad Thomas after Dalradian won the Inglis Banner.

Brad Thomas from X-Factor Pedigrees celebrated another top-rated pedigree match as Tradewind upset the punters with an impressive victory in the VOBIS Gold Eureka Stockade on Ballarat Cup day. This success is by no means a stroke of luck as his knowledge as a talented pedigree consultant is well known in the industry.

As is often the case, Brad’s first experience in the industry was joining a group of friends in ownership twelve years ago. It didn’t take long for Brad to find his passion where he decided to pursue opportunities for ownership on his own. After a move from Melbourne to Ballarat, Brad opted to support local trainers and became involved in none other than Trust in a Gust. “The fire gets well a truly lit being in with a good horse.’

Above: Brad with Trust in a Gust in the the stalls

‘After this experience I became more entrenched in the industry and knew I wanted to be more involved somehow although I was not quite sure how or what I could do.’ Trust in a Gust was bred by Swettenham Stud, who later purchased the sire after his racing career, and through this connection Brad started conversations with Adam Sangster. ‘This was a big turning point for me, as Adam put me in touch with Brian Messner to discuss pedigree analysis, a very narrow, niche area of the industry that turned out to be perfectly suited to how my brain works!’

After a visit to Hahndorf in South Australia to meet Brian, Brad commenced his journey into pedigree analysis. He spent a few years learning a different approach to pedigrees and gaining valuable experience prior to setting up X-Factor Pedigrees. ‘Meeting with Brian made me change the way I look at pedigrees. I was fascinated by how deep bloodlines go while still being influential, as well as the genetics and science behind it got me really excited.’ For Brad, learning from Brian couldn’t be more appropriate as his system is based on science, biology, chromosome transferral, and what is and isn’t still active in pedigrees, are all factors to take into consideration.

X-Factor Pedigrees is still in its infancy after being set up by Brad two years ago. Already with a large number of clients ranging from those needing one-off assistance at the yearling sales, to others requiring assistance with matings, X-Factor Pedigrees work with clients on the full circle of the breeding process. ‘My core business is mare analysis for matings and matching them to stallions. The breeding is my passion, to produce an athletic thoroughbred and get racetrack results is very difficult but I love the challenge.’  Brad has achieved strong results from yearling selections that are now starting to come through with Latenighttoughguy, Money in my Pocket who came 4th in a Group 3 to Swat’s That and more recently Tradewind. Brad’s first X Factor matings are now yearlings and have sold up to $800,000 for an Almazor colt for clients Sunlight Trust.

Brad’s support for the Victorian Breeding industry is quite remarkable, sending his client’s mares to seventeen Victorian stallions. ‘I feel strongly about supporting Victoria as a breeding network, with the support and investment of Yulong Investments, Spendthrift bringing out new and exciting stallions, also Rosemont stud and Leneva Park who are stepping up in the industry. I am loyal to my home state and like to focus on Victorian stallions.’ As a relative newcomer on the scene, Brad is enthused by the synergy of work of the different stallion farms. Brad has developed very good relationships with the different farms across Victoria and explains that Victoria has a supportive family feel to the industry.

When Brad was asked if he has a favourite horse, it is no surprise that without hesitation it is of course, Trust in a Gust. Not only as a racehorse was he hugely successful, Brad is now enjoying the success of his progeny with the likes of Tradewind making a name for himself on the racetrack. ‘There was something about him that took me, I was obsessed with him, I use to watch the sire cam video on Inglis Sires multiple times a day. There was something about him, I thought he was just amazing physically, it was on type more than anything. Trust in a Gust was actually a mating by Brian Messner who did some work for Swettenham Stud, so it is a lovely link and adds some romance to the story!’

Brad can be contacted via email if you would like more information – brad@xfactorpedigrees.com.au

Above: Parure after winning ZircoDATA Autumn Classic, at Caulfield Racecourse (Brett Holburt/Racing Photos)

Morning Rise Stud’s Rob and Barbara McClure had the sort of day last Saturday that can make breeding and racing worthwhile when two horses they race in partnership had Group 2 success in Melbourne and Sydney.

Three-year-old Parure, which the McClures bred and race along with Coolmore Stud and breeders John and Kath Murray, won the Group 2 Autumn Classic (1800m) at Caulfield on Saturday.

And in Sydney, two-year-old I Am Invincible colt, Home Affairs, won the Group 2 Silver Slipper Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill.

The colt had a narrow victory over the fast finishing Rocket Tiger whose sire, Cluster, stands at Neville Murdoch’s Victorian Stud, Larneuk.

And the McClures own a significant portion of Parure’s dam Fontein Ruby which is by Blue Gum stallion, Turffontein.

And Rob McClure revealed that they weren’t going to get what they wanted at the sales for Parure, they bought her back.

“She (Parure) had a bad leg and had a problem with it at the sales and  we bought her back for $150,000, I think, and decided to race her,” McClure said.

“She is now probably worth close to a $1 million. Her mother was a Group 2 winner and she is now also a Group 2 winner.

“It’s a bit of Cinderella story really. It’s amazing how that happens.

“I had an interest in another horse called Yosei (Invincible Spirit x Fuji Fairy) and couldn’t sell it for $15,000 at the sales and ended up racing her and she won three Group 1s.

“Sometimes it happens and most times it doesn’t.”

McClure and his partners bred and sold Parure’s full sister, now an unraced two-year-old named Carmen Lucia, which has also joined the Tom Dabernig and Ben Hayes stables at Euroa.

Carmen Lucia was sold for $700,000 at last year’s Easter Yearling Sale and McClure retained 16.6 per cent of the filly.

“When Parure won on Saturday that family just jumped right out of the ground,” he said.

“It all sounds great but there are lot that don’t do it.”

McClure said the logical next step for Parure was the Group 1 Vinery and then the Group 1 Australian Oaks.

“Even if she does nothing, she is already stamped herself with a Group 2 win and of course a Group 1 would be fantastic for her,” he said.

“It will be a pretty hot field in the Vinery and also the Australian Oaks where all the best staying fillies will be, but if you watched the race on Saturday she couldn’t have been any more impressive.”

Another horse they had to bring home from the sales because he couldn’t pass the scope test was a horse called Overkill (Fastnet Rock x Anabandana) and although he’s had other issues, McClure said he’d had no issues whatsoever with his throat. But he has won three races and two minor places from eight starts.

Silver Slipper Stakes winner Home Affairs is one of several colts the McClures, along with Coolmore and other partners have invested in heavily as they try to unearth a potential stallion.

Coolmore bought Home Affairs for $875,000 at the Inglis Easter sale.

The other colts include Head of State (American Pharoah x Derelique), O’president (Fastnet Rock x O’marilyn) and Acrobat (Fastnet Rock x Hips Don’t Lie). Head of State was a $850,000 buy, O’president cost $520,000 and Acrobat was passed in at a $1 million reserve.

“We just went into this fund because I suppose it’s everyone’s dream to get a stallion I suppose as breeders and we have got a close association with Coolmore and we share a numbers of mares together and quite a few horses,” McClure said

“And when the opportunity arose, we thought why not and we went into it and at the moment it’s looking good.”

And McClure is still breeding plenty of horses at his Red Hill farm

McClure said Fontein Ruby was of three mares they purchased in partnership.

“We bought three mares, Jazz Song (Fastnet Rock x Absolut Glam), Fontein Ruby and Rezoned (Zabeel x Better Alternative) from a broodmare sale,” he said.

“And I think there were three of us in each of them, a breeder from Sydney, Coolmore and ourselves.

“The Rezoned first foal was a highlight and she made one a quarter million dollars and turned out to be Southbank (bred by Morning Rise Stud) which ran third in the Guineas.

Jazz Song’s third foal Sword Point (American Pharoah) sold for $750,000 was also bred by Morning Rise Stud and McClure said they should know in the next few weeks whether he’s any good. McClure has also retained a share in the two-year-old colt.

McClure said he had 40 mares on his property and owned about 25 of them.

And while McClure plans to send Larneuk owner Neville Murdoch a note about Cluster producing a second placegetter to his horse in the Silver Slipper Stakes, he points out that he sold a horse he raced, Wolf Cry, to Murdoch to stand at stud.

The stallion produced his fist winner two weeks ago and a filly by him – Wolves – which was bred and is raced by Murdoch, finished ninth in the Blue Diamond last Saturday.

McClure said that Wolf Cry (Street Cry x Starfish) would have been a champion if he’d had good legs.

It’s an end of era when long-time breeder Eric Buttler offers six yearlings at Melbourne Premier.

Poor health has forced the 81-year-old to sell his Rangal Park Stud at Euroa.

He’ll move out of his 530-acre property, which has been sold to a local cattle breeder, at the end of June.

Buttler has been going to Melbourne Premier for the past 30 years, but says the time has come to look after himself.

Most of his mares will be sold and he’ll offer yearlings and weanlings at sales. Rangal Park also has four stallions, Soul Patch, Danerich, Boom Time and Cliff’s Edge.

Buttler plans to keep a couple of his mares.

“We’ll keep a couple more as boutique than a commercial operation,” he said.

“Rangal Park is in the process of going through its sale.

“I’m going to look after myself and that’s about the size of it. I’ll smell the roses and try and look after myself.

Buttler has been going to Melbourne Premier for 31 years.

“I’ll retain a couple of my broodmares to retain an interest but that’s about the size of it.

“My daughter, Michelle, has got a property at Lancefield so I’ll run them down there, apart from when I’ll send them to the studs to foal down and get in foal again.

“But in the off season my daughter will look after them and she has a nice little property.”

Buttler says he has a Savabeel to sell at the Easter Yearling Sale and some weanlings at the Great Southern Sale.

“And then after that we’ll hide in the corner somewhere,” Buttler said.

“But We are very pleased with the yearlings this year with what we’ve got going down there to Melbourne Premier,” Buttler said.

“We unfortunately had to withdraw the Brazen Beau filly (Lot 159) and didn’t have any other options as horses are horses as you know.”

Buttler is offering three colts by Tosen Stardom (JPN) and said he couldn’t be more pleased.

He said he had a high regard for the stallion.

“And what we’ve seen of him, we couldn’t be more impressed,” Buttler said.

“I haven’t seen any other by Tosen Stardom at any other stud so I sort of can’t compare them, but I am very pleased with them.”

The first Tosen Stardom colt to be offered for sale – Lot 318 – is out of Seven Year Itch (Keltrice x Love to Honour) and has had six foals to race for four winners.

Two of the winners – Ritch Itch (Danerich) and Scratchy Lass – are both Listed winners and were bred by Rangal Park Stud.

Scratchy Lass won 10 races and finished with $364,000 in prize money. Ritch Itch is still racing and the gelding has won three races and $269,395 in prize money.

“Of course the dam has thrown to stakes winners and in my opinion this is the nicest foal she’s thrown,” Buttler said.

And he’s also impressed with Tosen Stardom colt out of  Aquada (Flying Spur x Freestyle) – Lot 489.

“Aquada is a very impressive mare and she carries that Flying Spur over a Snippets mare which is highly successful and she has The Astrologist out there running,” he said.

Also bred by Buttler, The Astrologist (Zoustar) has an imposing record of four wins, three seconds and two thirds for prize money of $406,140 from his 13 starts. The four-year-old gelding’s last win was three starts ago when he won the Victorian Gold Bullion at Pakenham in December.

Butler said The Astrologist appeared to be getting better with age and had a big future ahead of him.

The third Tosen Stardom colt – Lot 698 – is out of unraced Savabeel mare, Sav Royal (NZ) and this is our first foal. The second dam, Royal Sonata (Royal Academy) won six races, including the Listed WATC Jungle Dawn Classic (1400m).

Buttler said he liked Tosen Stardom (Deep Impact x Admire Kirameki) as racehorse and sent five mares to him.

“He was a Group 1 winner overseas and then came back her and did the job and from the five mares I sent him, I had five lovely colts and unfortunately I lost one up in the Hunter Valley and it left us with four and I’ve still got one at home which we will probably aim for Hong Kong.

“But I’ve put them in the sale and I believe they’ll be really commercial.”

Buttler said Lot 609, a filly by Magnus out of French Tang (Ne Coupez Pas x Watange Trice) is a racy type and gives him the impression that she’ll “ping pretty quick.”

“Ne Coupez Pas has done an outstanding job for the very few foals he’s had and our course he is the broodmare sire of Pippie.”

Buttler’s final yearling on offer – Lot 667 – is a colt by Irish stallion Ribchester (Iffraaj x Murarah) which stood for two seasons in Australia, 2018 and 2019, before returning to Ireland after serving a total of 116 mares for 62 live foals.

“He stood at Darley and they didn’t bring him back and there are only two by Ribchester in the sale,” he said.

“This colt is a very nice type. It’s a shame the stallion didn’t back, but you can’t change those things.

“You can’t discount any first season sire. You just don’t know where they are going to come from and I Am Invincible is a perfect example of that.”

The Ribchester colt is out of Mastercraftsman mare, Moorish (NZ) whose first foal, a two-year-old filly by Savabeel, is now in training with Mick Price.

The Buttler family will race the filly, Jade’s Mission, with Price who is also in the ownership after taking a “big slice” of her.




Foal enjoys the sun and pasture at Tarcoola

Tarcoola Stud’s Ken Williams isn’t into making bold predictions, but he reckons the So You Think colt they’ll offer at Melbourne Premier is a ripper.

“In our draft there is a So You Think colt that will be the best So You Think colt in the sale,” he said.

“It’s a half-brother to Tarcoola Diva (Cluster) that runs round with Gemma Rielly (Caulfield trainer).

The So You Think of Tarcoola’s draft

“It’s the mare’s third foal. Tarcoola Diva is the first one and he is in the family of Alfa which is the Caulfield Guineas winner a few years back.
“Tarcoola Stud will now run with full families but up to now it’s been three families, so when you see stuff going to the sales it’s generally inter-related.”

Williams said the So You Think colt – Lot 24 – was a beautiful colt and the flagship of what the Tuerong Stud will offer at the sale.

A Written Tycoon colt – Lot 385 – is out of Listed placegetter Tarcoola Spirit (Stratum) whose dam Vivacious Spirit won the Group 3 How Now Stakes (1200m).

“Vivacious Spirit (Bel Esprit x Bit Of Bliss) was an unbelievable mare who produced Group 1 winning mare Costa Viva (Encosta De Lago),” Williams said.

“The colt is a nice type and is probably a little more of a time job and hasn’t really grown into himself properly yet and I would have liked the sale to have been in another four months for him.

“But he is still unbelievably well bred, so it will be interesting to see how we go.”

While Written Tycoon can no do no wrong at the moment, Williams said Tarcoola Spirit was a very good mare and this is her first foal.

Tarcoola Stud is agent for Lot 634, a colt by Supido out of Juggles (Rock of Gibraltar x Demanding).

“He is out of a very strong family, related to Spacecraft, Washington Heights and Phenomenons,” Williams said.

“And the colt is black and looks like Supido. Whether that is also the Rock of Gibraltar influence, I am not sure but again he’ll be very popular.”

And a colt – Lot 668 – is by Inference (So You Think x Pontiana) and out of Miss Tangles (Encosta de Lago x Intertwined), an unraced mare.

“It’s obviously Inference’s first year and the colt it out of one of my families which includes Twining which was Group 2 placed in the Blue Diamond a number of years ago,” Williams said.

“More recently the ones that are known are How Funny and Thought Of That (winner of the Group 3 Caulfield Classic (2000m).

“And there is a little colt in this family coming out of my mare (Hold Me Closer) called Daily Bugle (Press Statement) who looks pretty interesting and the next couple of weeks will tell us how good he is.

“But he is a two-year-old won pretty easily in his first start at Pakenham.”

Despite his age, Bel Esprit keeps producing winners.

Tarcoola Stud is offering a grey colt – Lot 722 – by the 21-year-old stallion out of six-time winning mare Strawberry Malt (Lion Hunter x Royal Malt). The dam of five foals to race, they’re all winners.


Williams said the Bel Esprit colt is big and might go back to Strawberry Malt, winner of two Listed races – one at 1200m and the other at 1300m) – who is 17 hands.

“She is a grey and threw to Lion Hunter and this horse has thrown to the mother. And he is a full brother to a horse that Symon Wilde has got called Realeza,” he said

“He has had four starts for two wins and a third, but if you look at the tapes he should have won all of them. He is a city class horse and is a four-year-old who had problems with injury as a two-year-old.

Williams said Bel Esprit was an unbelievable racehorse.

And Williams admits that a filly by Pariah – Lot 747 – is in the wrong sale.

He bred and sold the filly’s dam, Whirlpool (Sebring x El Tornedo), and admitted he was disappointed when the owners retired her to stud after she’d just won the three of her past four runs.

Williams said the owner sent Whirlpool – which finished second in the Listed Adelaide Guineas (1600m) – to the stallion Scissor Kick but wasn’t happy with the foal and put her back onto the market.

“I ended up buying my own horse back and put her to Pariah,” he said.

Williams said the filly had grown tremendously since last November and deserved to be in the main session on today’s looks as she’s a standout filly.

“She is just a beautiful filly but is sitting in the second session and will be sold later in the day,” he said.

Tarcoola Stud is also agent for the only IIovethiscity colt (Cyndiana Star) in the sale (Lot 797) but there are two fillies.

His colts have sold for big money to Hong Kong in recent months.

“IIovethiscity isn’t a bad sire and he had does a good job with the mares he gets,” Williams said.

“This colt is a nice horse.”

Williams said he expects to get a good response from buyers for all seven of Tarcoola Stud’s seven yearlings.

To view Tarcoola’s draft, click here.


Tinker McPhee (Racing and Sports)

For David and Kayley Johnson of Rushton Park, the past year has been one which has been a whirlwind.

The pair celebrated their first Group 1 win as owners of the Will Clarken trained Bella Vella, albeit, they had to watch from afar due to COVID restrictions and then came more stakes success with Tinker McPhee, who they bred and sold and The Art of Flying who is twice stakes placed, sold out of their 2020 Premier draft and Victoria Quay sold out of their 2019 MM Adelaide draft, who won the Group 2 Wakeful and is on track for some autumn Group 1 targets.

Given the duo continue to have graduates from their drafts who goon to be promising gallopers, there is little doubt that this Melbourne Premier sale will be any different.

The draft for the 2021 Melbourne Premier sale, is as Kayley puts it “¾ fillies and ¾ proven.”

“This year our draft is predominantly fillies and mostly by proven sires. We have yearlings by Written Tycoon, Starcraft, Magnus, Frosted, So You Think to name a few,” Kayley said.

The yearlings in the Rushton Park draft, are either Super VOBIS nominated or Super VOBIS eligible, with one exception.

“The year which we bred this crop, we purposely decided to focus on proven stallions as we thought that would be beneficial for us,” Kayley commented.

“The draft is pretty much all VOBIS, which is important as it is such a lucrative scheme with the rewards on offer for those who purchase nominated yearlings,” Kayley said.

With a draft of 18 heading to Oaklands Junction, Kayley was hard pressed to highlight only a few yearlings from her draft, as she felt that the quality of this draft was consistent throughout.

However, Kayley lists her highlights, in no particular order, as follows; lot 403, a Victorian-bred colt by Astern out of a Duporth mare, Tizso Wicked.

The colt has American Group 1 winning galloper, Paynter in his family, who in 2012, was awarded Leading 3YO male on 2021 WTR (Mile).

“Lot 403 is from an international stallion pedigree. His dam is also a stakes place mare and is an athletic colt who is a good size for a first foal,” Kayley commented.

Kayley also made mention that she had two really nice Pride of Dubai fillies in her draft. Catalogued as lot 22 and lot 89, the fillies are out of Evening Glitter and Ice Creme respectively.

Lot 22, by the Rock of Gibraltar mare, Evening Glitter, is the dam of two foals to race for two winners. The filly on offer at Oaklands, also includes Group 1 Australia Stakes winner Tempest Morn, in her family.

The second Pride of Dubai filly, out of the Encosta de Lago mare, Ice Creme, has had one foal to race for one winner.

“They are two really nice Pride of Dubai fillies. Pride of Dubai is doing quite nicely and both fillies have really good pedigrees on them,” Kayley said.

Another filly which Kayley has a high opinion of is lot 223, a daughter of Champion stallion Written Tycoon, out of the Fastnet Rock mare, On A Given Day.

“This filly is by a sire who couldn’t get any hotter, in the Champion Written Tycoon. She is a quality filly, who is sharp and looks to be an early style of filly. I have no doubt that she will go well in the ring and also on the track,” Kayley enthused.

The daughter of Written Tycoon not only is a pretty picture to look at her but also has a pedigree to match, with gallopers such as Snitzel, Hinchinbrook, Viennese, Rathlin in her family.

Another for the ‘pedigree buffs’ as Kayley eagerly mentions, is lot 312, who is a direct descendant of Eight Carat the dam of Cotehele House.

Cotehele House is none other than the dam of Danewin, Commands and Bramshaw.

“This filly definitely should appeal to those who love their pedigrees given the family she is from and that she is also the half-sister to the stakes winner Miss Exfactor,” Kayley commented.

“She is an exceptionally conformed filly, very athletic and she just looks like a runner. She quite possibly is one of the best types we have ever bred,” Kayley said. “Sooboog also started off his carer very nicely with four winners from seven starters.”

Lot 303 of Rushton’s draft is a Shalaa filly out of the stakes-winner, Saigon Tea. She is by the same sire as the Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Shaquero.

Saigon Tea is out of the Champion 3YO in NZ, Boulevardofdreams, who boasts all her progeny to race, to be winners.

This filly is the half-sister to the promising Saigon who is currently being trained by the Waller stable and is being set for some Autumn carnival stakes races.

The Shalaa filly

“This filly is a well put together filly and with her pedigree, there could be some nice pedigree updates to her in the future,” Kayley said.

After starting off his season with Ingraitiating winning and Cloudy placing in the first stakes race of the 2020/21 season, Frosted is another stallion on everyone’s lips. His progeny have continued to step out on track and show that they appear to be seriously talented horses.

Lot 234 of Rushton Park’s draft is a beautiful filly by the Darley Northwood sire and true to her sire, she is grey.

“She is a very attractive filly and is possibly in our top two or three of our draft as far as types go. She is from a strong family and has a great temperament as well,” Kayley said.

The last lot Kayley highlighted is lot 365, a daughter of More Than Ready. The filly is a ¾ sibling to multiple Group 1 winner Prized Icon.

The More Than Ready filly

Champion stallion More Than Ready has shuttled to Australia for years, but last year it was announced that he would not return, which means that this daughter who is on offer at Oaklands is out of his second last crop.

“This filly is from a good pedigree and would make the perfect residual style filly for those who are interested in them. She is a tidy filly and very typical of her sire, and we have no doubt that she will do well,” Kayley commented.

With Rushton Park’s last year of success and their proven track record, there is no doubt that yearlings who graduate their 2021 draft will continue to follow in their footsteps.

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