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Premier Yearlings Arrive From Tuesday
Oratorio Colt Tops Perth Day Two
Premier Sale’s record double bonus yearlings
Melbourne Cup winner’s descendants very fast
Catkins best for sire and maternal grandsire
Buyers chanted loudly for Danzig sire’s offspring in Perth
War Chant Youngsters Shine as Prices Rise in Perth

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Premier Yearlings Arrive From Tuesday

19th Feb 2014

Over 700 yearlings will start arriving at Inglis’ Oaklands Sales Complex, on the outskirts of Melbourne, from Tuesday next week in readiness for an irresistible Premier Yearling Sale.

Leading studs from Victoria, New South Wales, South Australia, Queensland and Tasmania have been busy parading their yearlings on farm for prospective buyers the last few weeks and they’ll all come together next week for what promises to be an exciting Melbourne Premier Sale from Sunday, 2 to Wednesday, 5 March.

CLICK HERE for the vendor arrival times. All yearlings will be available for parades by Friday 28 February at the latest.

“There is no doubt that vendor support of this sale has increased year on year. We received almost 2,000 entries for this year’s sale enabling our bloodstock team to be very selective on not only pedigree but type and conformation,” points out Peter Heagney, Inglis’ Melbourne Bloodstock Director.

Eliza Park International has the largest draft for the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale with 50 yearlings.

Arrowfield Stud, the breeders of Melbourne Premier graduate Snitzerland, will be bringing a draft of 26 to Premier. Black Caviar’s breeders Gilgai Farm have 14 to offer, while Fawkner’s vendor Mill Park has 10 yearlings for sale.

Swettenham Stud have 31 yearlings to auction at Premier, while Three Bridges Thoroughbreds (29 lots), Yallambee Stud (29), Supreme Thoroughbreds (25), Rosemont Stud (24), Phoenix Broodmare Farm (22), Blue Gum Farm (21) and Emirates Park (21) all have large 20+ drafts.

Buyers will also notice more black-type with greater frequency on the pedigree pages within this year’s catalogue.

“There are more yearlings from stakes winning dams and siblings to black-type winners in this year’s catalogue than 12 months ago, plus the representation of Australia’s leading sires is well up,” adds Heagney.

Stallions with increased representation at this year’s Premier Sale include Snitzel, Fastnet Rock, Not A Single Doubt, Encosta de Lago, Lonhro, Denman, Manhattan Rain, New Approach, Sebring and Wanted.

Redoute’s Choice will have his biggest ever representation at a Melbourne Sale with 10 yearlings in the 2014 auction.

Buyers will also be spoilt for choice with 120 yearlings by exciting first season sires Reward For Effort, Starspangledbanner, Beneteau, Congrats, Equiano, Hinchinbrook, Keano, Lookin At Lucky, Lope de Vega, Paco Boy, Rothesay, Shocking, Star Witness, Stryker, Super Saver and Tickets.

Go to www.inglis.com.au for the online catalogue or download it on the Inglis Sales iPad App

Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from the Melbourne office on +61 3 9333 1422 or email catalogue@inglis.com.au


19/02/2014

Oratorio Colt Tops Perth Day Two

 

A colt by leading Western Australian based sire Oratorio topped the Day Two sale of the 2014 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale on Wednesday.

The colt, from the former smart Umatilla racemare and proven city producer Rumours, was purchased by top local trainer Trevor Andrews from Mungrup Stud for $75,000.

A half brother to the city winners Secret Enigma and Rumoured and four time Singapore winner Joyous Express, the colt is from a half sister to the winning dam of Singapore champion Given Vision.

The colt was one of 148 lots to be sold during a day in which $3.138 million changed hands at an average price of over $21,200.

The clearance rate of 76 per cent was well up on the 68 per cent achieved on the same day last year.

The second top price today was for the Blackfriars-Arcade Game colt from Bellbridge Park who was purchased by Grant Williams for $58,000.

Local buyer Gavin Foster went to $55,000 to secure Yarradale Stud's War Chant filly from Pretentious, continuing that sire's momentum from Tuesday.

Lot 214 with Grant & Alana WilliamsFirst season sire Demerit made his presence felt with one of his youngsters, a colt from Tribal Conquest selling to Commercial Bloodstock Services for $52,500.

The same price was given by Hong Kong's Joseph Choi for a colt by Nadeem from the draft of Gold Front Thoroughbreds.

Further trade continued on some passed in lots from Tuesday's Day One auction with the clearance rate from that auction passing 84 per cent today.

To view the complete sale statistics for the Day One and Two sale and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

SALE STATISTICS
(2013 Day Two stats in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 213 (230)
Sale Gross: $3,138,000 ($3,548,500)
Average Price: $21,203 ($23,976)
Median Price: $19,000 ($20,000)
Top Price: $75,000 ($100,000)
Lots Sold: 148 (148)
Lots Withdrawn: 17 (12)
Lots Passed In: 48 (70)
Sold %: 76 (68)

DAY TWO TOP SELLERS

Trevor Andrews$75,000 - Oratorio-Rumours colt
Vendor: Mungrup Stud / Buyer: Trevor Andrews (WA)

$58,000 - Blackfriars-Arcade Game colt
Bellbridge Park / Grant Williams (WA)

$55,000 - War Chant-Pretentious colt
Yarradale Stud / Gavin Foster (WA)

$52,500 - Nadeem-Corrofin colt
Gold Front Thoroughbreds / Joseph Choi (Hong Kong)

$52,500 - Demerit-Tribal Conquest colt
Taunton Vale / Commercial Bloodstock Services (WA)

$50,000 - Scandal Keeper-Academy Girl filly
Yarradale Stud / Adam Durrant (WA)

$50,000 - Blackfriars-Contiki Kiss colt
Scenic Lodge / Bluegrass Bloodstock (Vic)

$50,000 - Kendel Star-Even You Too filly
Namerik Thoroughbreds / Donna Riordan (WA)

LEADING BUYERS - DAY 2
(ranked by total spend)

$186,500 - Commercial Bloodstock Services - 10 lots
$125,000 - Neville Parnham - 5 lots
$122,000 - Martin Epis - 5 lots
$116,000 - Dion Luciani - 4 lots
$103,500 - John Chalmers Bloodstock - 5 lots
$101,000 - Paul Jordan - 3 lots 


 


20/2/2014
Premier Sale’s record double bonus yearlings

  THE INGLIS Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale scheduled for March 2, 3, 4 and 5 appears one of the strongest in depth of future racing excellence ever got together for Victorian selling.The strength has been boosted by the appearance of some 433 lots among the 775 in the catalogue that were got by sires in the great reservoir of talent, the Hunter Valley.
  Over fifty of the sires used in the Hunter Valley supply yearlings to this catalogue, many of them resulting from patronage of Victorian breeders. A big bonus from the Victorian use is the appearance of 170 lots who are each eligible for the rich additional rewards flowing from both the New South Wales (Bobs) and Victorian (Super Vobis) incentive schemes.
  This has increased value now with many leading Sydney and Melbourne trainers commuting more regularly between both cities.
  The Hunter Valley sires represented include six who have each taken out the Champion Australian Sire title on earnings. They are Encosta de Lago (20 lots), Exceed and Excel (12), Fastnet Rock (10), Flying Spur (10), Lonhro (12) and Redoute’s Choice (10).
  Also among the Hunter Valley sires represented are current Australian Leading Sire (2013-14) Snitzel (18), prolific source of winner Commands (6), highly successful shuttlers More Than Ready (2) and High Chaparral (25), current leading juvenile sire Testa Rossa (10), first season sire I Am Invincible (6) and Widden Stud’s last year’s outstanding debut sires Northern Meteor (8) and Sebring (25).
  Other established Hunter Valley sires with four or more lots are Ad Valorem (4), Al Maher (6), Bernardini (13), Casino Prince (4), Charge Forward (5), Choisir (10), Dane Shadow (8), Excellent Art (4), Haradasun (6), Magic Albert (6), Not a Single Doubt (29), Starcraft (23), Stratum (10), Street Cry (4) and Teofilo (4).
   Besides I Am Invincible, Hunter Valley sires represented whose first crops are two or yearlings include All American (13), Beneteau (7), Congrats (8), Denman (19), Dupont (5), Hinchinbrook (6), Lope de Vega (6), Manhattan Rain (16), Nicconi (12) and Onemorenomore (4).
  Hunter Valley breeding organisations providing Melbourne yearlings are Arrowfield (26 lots), Coolmore (17), Emirates Park (21), Fairhill Farm (5), Glastonbury Farms (12), Kia –Ora (10), Kitchwin Hills (5), Rothwell Park (8), Widden (16) and Yarraman Park (10).
  Other NSW studs contributing yearlings by Hunter Valley sires include Bell River Thoroughbreds (7), Bowness (13), Lomar Park (2), Manx Park (4), Meredith Park (4), Milburn Creek (8), Monarch Stud (3), Rheinwood (14) and Tyreel (5).
  Victorian vendors whose drafts include progeny of Hunter Valley sires are Ballarto Lodge, Blue Gum Farm, Bombora Downs Stud, Bucklee Farm, Burnewang North Pastoral, Chatswood Stud, Devon Park, Eliza Park Stud, Erinvale Thoroughbreds, Flinders Park Stud, Fulmen Park, Gilgai Farm, Glenelg Park, Glenlee Thoroughbreds, Grange Thoroughbreds, Hillside Thoroughbreds, Kornong Farm, Lauriston Farm, Limerick Lane Thoroughbreds, Little Plains Stud, Millford Thoroughbreds, Musk Creek Farm, Northern Lodge, Oakford, Phoenix Broodmare Farm, Rangal Park, Rosemont Stud, Rushton Park, Supreme Thoroughbreds, Swettenham Stud,Tarcoola Stud,Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, Ultra Thoroughbreds, Damian White Bloodstock, Woodside Park,Yallambee Stud, Yarran and Yungaburra.
  Twelve of 14 yearlings consigned to the sale by the Sam Hayes headed Cormerstone Stud, Angaston SA were got in the Hunter Valley. Also noted South Australian source of good horses, Mill Park, has lots by Northern Meteor, Commands, Encosta de Lago, Starcraft, Bernardini and High Chaparral.
  Armidale Stud, Tasmania includes lots by All American, Snitzel and Lonhro and Millbrook, Queensland has progeny of four Hunter Valley sires in its draft. In addition New Zealand vendors, Ascot Farm, Esker Lodge and Henley Park also contribute progeny of these sires.

20/2/2014 Melbourne Cup winner’s descendants very fast

  TWO of the quickest horses in Australia at this time, last Saturday’s dazzling winner of the Lightning at Flemington, Snitzerland, and leading Sydney sprinter Rain Affair, are both descendants of Rainbird, the The Buzzard mare who at four in1945 recorded a dominant win in the Melbourne Cup.
  It was a performance which came a year after Rainbird’s three years older half-brother Peter, a son of two-times Melbourne Cup winner Peter Pan, was unlucky not to win the event. After a checkered passage, he was rapidly overhauling the winner, Sirius, in second place at the post.
  Both horses were bred by Adelaide identity Malcolm Reid and Rainbird was raced by his brother C.H. Reid. He gained much pleasure with the mare as, besides the Melbourne Cup, she won the Wakeful Stakes, SAJC St Leger and Port Adelaide Cup and was runner up in the Caulfield Cup, Sydney Cup and Victoria Oaks.
  Rainbird became the cornerstone of the family that produced Snitzerland, Rain Affair and a dozen other brilliant performers through her daughter Rain Mist, a winner once by champion Victorian sire Helios. She spread the Rainbird genes through two daughters, Rain Again, unraced daughter of Empyrean, and Rain Shadow, a non winner but Sydney placed runner by Todman.
  Both mares were closely inbred to a giant of world breeding, Hyperion, as he was the sire of Helios and Rain Again’s sire Empyrean, and grandsire of Todman, sire of Rain Shadow.                                                                                                                      
. Rain Shadow has brought fifty years of joy as a breeder and owner for Sydney solicitor Don Story. He is the breeder and owner of Rain Affair, a 6-year-old Commands gelding who has raced 26 times for 12 wins and $1,423,650, and gave the 1983 Golden Slipper a shake with second placed Been There, a grandson of Rain Shadow.
   Earlier descendants of Rain Shadow have included brilliant gallopers Rainbeam, Centaine, Foreplay, Time Thief, Centennial Park, Laisserfaire (Champion sprinter in South Africa) and Lone Rock.
  A big feature of the branch of the family that produced Snitzerland has been the stakes winners Tennessee Vain, Tennessee Morn, Tennessee Midnight, Tennessee Mist, Tennessee Magic,Tennessee Wills and Tennessee Jack. Other relations include stakes winners No Looking Back, Mirror, Trezvant and Aloha.
  The immediate pedigree of Snitzerland sees him a son of booming Redoute’s Choice sire Snitzel (Arrowfield Stud) and the first stakes winner among the five winners produced by Monte Rosa, a sister to Nina Haraka. 
   Dam of Extension of Time, a Dash for Cash stakes winner, Nina Haraka is the best performer by imported Caulfield Cup winner Fraar (USA). She won five races, including the Adelaide Guineas and Port Adelaide Guineas and placed in three Group1s, the VATC VicHealth Cup and Toorak Handicap.
  The stamina of Fraar is diminished in the maternal pedigree by the next three dams being by speed influences, in ascension Zephyr Bay, Hit It Benny (by Baguette) and Vain. Another son of Baguette, Crown Jester, sired the third dam of Rain Affair.
  Bred by Arrowfield Pastoral and sold through their associate Bellerive Stud, Scone for $125,000 at the Melbourne Premier Sale, the Gerald Ryan trained 4-year-old mare Snitzerland has raced 17 times for eight wins including the Lightning and two Group 2s, the ATC Challenge Stakes and VRC Danehill. Two Group1 seconds have been in the Golden Slipper and The Galaxy at Rosehill Gardens.

20/2/2014 Catkins best for sire and maternal grandsire

 CATKINS, the 4-year-old grey mare raced by the Ingham family out of the all conquering Chris Waller stables, consolidated her claims to being the best runner in Australia by her sire Dubawi (Ire) and also the best to date from a mare by the Danehill1999 Golden Slipper winner Catbird with a fine win in the $175,000 Breeders Classic-Gr.2 (1200m) at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday.
  Bred by O.J. Carter NSW and sold through Amarina Farm, Hunter Valley for $85,000 at the Gold Coast, Catkins is now earner of $776,000 after racing18 times for nine wins and five seconds.
  Besides the Breeders Classic, her principal efforts, all in Melbourne, have been wins in two Group 3s, the Tesio Stakes (1600m) and How Now Stakes (1200m), and close seconds in the Myer Classic-Gr.1 (1600m) and Lets Elope Stakes-Gr.2 (1400m). A big win in the autumn would not surprise.
  Catkins is from the second of three Australian crops of foals by Dubawi (Ire), a visitor to Darley Hunter Valley in 2006, 08 and 09. A winner of five of eight starts, including three Group1s, the Irish Two Thousand Guineas and National Stakes (2yos) and France’s Prix Jacques le Marois, and third in the English Derby, Dubawi was by Dubai Millennium (by the Mr. Prospector sire Seeking the Gold), a World Racehorse of the Year who was a momentous loss when he died after only one stud season.
  Dubawi has been represented by 14 Australian sired stakes winners with the best of them being the females Catkins and Secret Admirer, a winner of three races, two of them Group1s at Randwick, the Flight Stakes and Epsom Handicap, and second or third in eight others.
  Inbred 3x3 to Seeking the Gold, Secret Admirer went in foal to Redoute’s Choice in early September, her first season at stud.
  Standing at their stud at Newmarket, England, Dubawi has done very well in that part of the world. He is credited with 11 Group1 winners and 41 all told successful in Group events from his first four crops.
  Saturday’s Dubawi Breeder’s Classic winner Catkins is one of over 100 winners from daughters of Catbird, also broodmare sire of Hawkspur (a Purrealist winner of the Derby, Rough Habit Plate and the Grand Prix in Brisbane and the Chelmsford Stakes in Sydney) and Mystic Prince (won the Derby in Perth).
  Catbird was a big loss for the Yarraman Park Stud at Scone when he died at ten years after seven seasons of use. He had emerged as a very competent sire with the 26 stakes winners among his 432 winners including Cats Fun (12 wins, Western Australian Derby, C.B. Cox Stakes, Perth Cup), Green Birdie (6 wins, Singapore International Sprint, Hong Kong Derby Trial, second Hong Kong Sprint, Caulfield Schillaci Stakes), Chartreux (4 wins, WAT Derby), Monton (8 Sydney wins, Hobartville Stakes, Villiers Stakes), Catapulted (12 wins, QTC Cup, VRC Standish Handicap; second SAJC Goodwood Handicap) and My Eternal Flame (10 wins, STC Todman Slipper Trial, AJC Canonbury Stakes).
  Salix Caprea, the Catbird mare who produced Catkins, did not earn in her only two starts and her mother, the Double Century product Blue Willow was placed at three. However, Blue Willow produced six winners including Rally, winner of ten races to Listed in South Australia. He was by Desert Style (Ire), a Green Desert sprinter who was also used at Yarraman Park.  

20/2/2014 Buyers chanted loudly for Danzig sire’s offspring in Perth

  ALTHOUGH his yearlings which stirred up the top end of the market at this week’s Magic Millions conducted Perth Yearling Sale are his first Australian products, the shuttling Danzig sire War Chant is on the threshold of 1000 race wins from use at one of Kentucky’s premier studs, Three Chimneys.
  Through to the end of 2013, War Chant had statistics in a major source of ten crops of racing age, 325 winners of 731 races and US$32million. Contributors included 32 stakes winner and 35 others stakes placed.
  His top performers have included Midnight Interlude (won 2011 Santa Anita Derby), Kingsfort (Ireland’s National Stakes – 2yos), Chamberlain Bridge (American Breeders’ Cup Turf), Brilliant (Churchill Downs Jefferson Cup), War Kill (Keeneland Beaumont Stakes), Carlos Garden (Chile Group 2 winner, Group1 second), Karen’s Caper  (Newmarket Nell Gwyn Stakes), Asperity (Chantilly Prix Paul de Moussac) and champion American hurdler Pierrot.
  Foaled when Danzig was twenty, War Chant was such a talented racehorse himself he was ranked third best 3-year-old at a mile of his generation in the International Classifications. He ran seven times, once at two – won by two lengths at Hollywood Park - and the balance of his starts were at three, four wins, three of them major stakes, the American Breeders’ Cup Mile-Gr.1, Oaktree Breeders’ Cup Mile Stakes-Gr.2 and San Rafael Stakes-Gr.2. He finished second in the Santa Anita Derby-Gr.1.
  War Chant is a three-quarter brother to the high grade Danehill performer Ivan Denisovich (a leading European 2yo 2005, won Newmarket July Stakes, second France’s Prix Morny, fourth Newmarket Middle Park Stakes; subsequently third Royal Ascot St James’s Palace Stakes and placed in America in two Group1s, the Arlington Secretariat Stakes and Hollywood Derby; a sire) and half-brother to Ministers Wild Cat (dual stakes winner America, a prominent Californian sire) and Double Cat (Listed winner America).
 They are all from Hollywood Wildcat, an American champion 3-year-old filly whose 12 wins included three Group1s, the Breeders’ Cup Distaff, Hollywood Oaks and Gamely Handicap. She was by one of the top Roberto sires, Kris S, and from Miss Wildcatter, an unraced Mr. Prospector mare.
  War Chant has visited the upmarket Yarradale Stud at Gidgegannup,WA for the last three southern hemisphere seasons, 2011,12 and 13. His first Australian use has resulted in about 60 foals, 30 of which were catalogued for this year’s Perth Yearling Sale.
  On the opening day six sold in the $110,000 to sale high of $250,000 range.The latter, paid by Yarradale Stud, was for a filly bred and sold by the Dawson Stud using Most Secret, a triple Listed winner in Perth by Bletchley Park. She has had all her seven foals to race win, including three Perth stakes winners including Covertly (won WATC Railway Stakes-Gr.1, WATC Sires’ Produce Stakes-Gr.2; third AJC Flight Stakes-Gr.1).
  Two War Chant colts attracted equal third high price, $200,000, secured for the first foal of Admiring, a Street Cry Perth winner and C.B. Cox Stakes-Gr.2 and Western Australian Oaks-Gr.3 second, and the first foal of Innisbruck, an unraced daughter of Commands and the More Than Ready Listed winner Blizzardly.    
  




18/02/2014

War Chant Youngsters Shine as Prices Rise in Perth

 

An impeccably bred daughter of War Chant topped Day One of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale at Belmont on Tuesday.

Presented at the sale by Dawson Stud, the filly catalogued as Lot 120 was snapped up by Ron Sayers' Yarradale Stud for $250,000 after a spirited bidding battle.

Three different parties bid after the price passed $200,000 but it was Yarradale Stud who held the bid when the hammer fell.

The filly is a half sister to seven winners from as many runners for the stakes winning Bletchley Park mare Most Secret. Her siblings include Group One winner Covertly and fellow stakes winners So Secret and Secret Link.

It is the second straight year that a daughter of Most Secret topped the sale after last year's Lonhro filly made $260,000 to the bid of John Chalmers.

Late in the day another filly proved exceptionally popular with buyers before being knocked down for $230,000.

That filly, an Oratorio half sister to WA Guineas winner Moccasin Bend, was purchased by Glen Harvey in association with Paul Moroney and local trainer Adam Durrant.

Three other yearlings sold for $200,000 - their details were as follows:

  • Lot 6 - Alwyn Park Stud's War Chant-Admiring colt to Thomas Loke of Singapore.
  • Lot 80 - Gold Front Thoroughbreds' War Chant-Innsbruck colt to Rubick's buyer David Raphael.
  • Lot 104 - Eliza Park International's Savabeel-Mamma Rose colt to Glen Harvey B'stock/Paul Moroney B'stock/Adam Durrant.

The average price rose from last year's Day One sale to $58,242 today, while the clearance rate soared from 76 per cent last year to over 82 per cent.

With almost 17 more lots catalogued, a much stronger clearance rate and an increased average price, the gross soared almost $1.6 million on last year's corresponding opening day figure to round out at $9.144 million.

"It has been a very good sale," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox reported.

Lot 186"Having five horses sell for $200,000 or more, as opposed to just one last year, was a real highlight of the day."

"David Houston and Tracy Wilcock from our Perth office were rewarded with their hard work in developing the sale."

"There was an incredibly positive vibe on the grounds and this can be largely attributed to their hard work."

"We also had an exceptional buying bench on hand and local vendors were rewarded for supporting the Perth Sale," Cox added.

Magic Millions Perth Manager David Houston said the first local crop of War Chant were hotly sought after during the day.

"The foresight of Yarradale Stud and Geisel Park Stud to invest in a stallion of the profile of War Chant captured the imagination of the Western Australian thoroughbred industry."

Day Two of the Perth Yearling Sale will be held from 11am (WA time) tomorrow.

To view the results from today, make an offer on a passed in lot, or view the catalogue for Wednesday's Day Two sale click here.

TOP SELLERS

Lot 6$250,000 - War Chant-Most Secret filly (Lot 120)
Vendor: Dawson Stud / Buyer: Yarradale Stud (WA)

$230,000 Oratorio-True Surrender filly (Lot 186)
Mungrup Stud / Glen Harvey B'stock/Paul Moroney B'stock/Adam Durrant (WA)

$200,000 - War Chant-Admiring colt (Lot 6)
Alwyn Park (As Agent) / Thomas Loke (Singapore)

$200,000 - Savabeel-Mamma Rose colt (Lot 104)
Eliza Park International (As Agent) / Glen Harvey B'stock/Paul Moroney B'stock/Adam Durrant (WA)

$200,000 - War Chant-Innsbruck colt (Lot 80)
Gold Front Thoroughbreds / David Raphael (NSW)

$170,000 - War Chant-Metallic Storm colt (Lot 109)
Yarradale Stud / Boomer Bloodstock Pty Ltd/Lindsey Smith (Qld)

$160,000 - Medaglia d'Oro-Secret's Out filly (Lot 165)
Oakland Park Stud / Mt Hallowell Stud (WA)

Lot 104$130,000 - Not a Single Doubt-Oopsy Doopsy filly (Lot 130)
Gervase Park Stud / Daniel Pearce (WA)

$130,000 - Encosta de Lago-Dancing Pago colt (Lot 40)
Geisel Park Stud / Richard & Mark Bayliss (WA)

$130,000 - Not a Single Doubt-Lady Mulan filly (Lot 93)
Scenic Lodge / Martin McInerney (NSW)

$125,000 - Medaglia d'Oro-Lady Belvedere colt (Lot 91)
Yarradale Stud / Constance Cheng (Singapore)

$120,000 - Denman-Xaar Boom colt (Lot 201)
Oakland Oark Stud (As Agent) / Gangemi Racing (WA)

$110,000 - War Chant-Lady Mambo colt (Lot 92)
De Grey Park / Dion Luciani (WA)

$110,000 - Oratorio-Just as Beautiful colt (Lot 84)
Mungrup Stud / Dan Morton (WA)

$110,000 - War Chant-Tai Haku filly (Lot 180)
Yarradale Stud / Glen Harvey B'stock/Paul Moroney B'stock/Dan Morton (WA)

$110,000 - Blackfriars-Idyllic Doll colt (Lot 77)
Scenic Lodge / Neville Parnham (WA)

Lot 40SALE STATISTICS
(2013 statistics in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 202 (185)
Sale Gross: $9,144,000 ($7,544,500)
Average Price: $58,242 ($57,592)
Median Price: $45,000 ($45,000)
Top Price: $250,000 ($260,000)
Lots Sold: 157 (131)
Lots Withdrawn: 10 (13)
Lots Passed In: 35 (41)
Sold %: 82 (76)

LEADING SIRES
(ranked by average - 2 or more sold)

$115,000 - Encosta de Lago - 2 sold
$105,000 - Medaglia d'Oro - 3 sold
$105,000 - Not a Single Doubt - 4 sold
$97,000 - War Chant - 20 sold
$80,000 - Husson - 2 sold
$71,389 - Oratorio - 9 sold

LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$667,500 - Dion Luciani (WA) - 11 lots
$572,500 - Julie Love (WA) - 16 lots
$525,500 - World Wide Bloodstock (Sth Africa) - 12 lots
$474,000 - Neville Parnham (WA) - 9 lots
$430,000 - Glen Harvey B'stock/Paul Moroney B'stock/Adam Durrant (WA) - 2 lots
$420,000 - Trevor Andrews (WA) - 6 lots
$364,000 - Justin Warwick (WA) - 7 lots
$347,500 - David Raphael (NSW) - 4 lots
$250,000 - Yarradale Stud (WA) - 1 lot
$225,000 - Dan Morton (WA) - 3 lots

LEADING VENDORS
(ranked by gross)

$1,121,700 - Yarradale Stud - 18 sold
$912,000 - Scenic Lodge - 18 sold
$825,000 - Geisel Park Stud - 11 sold
$748,000 - Mungrup Stud - 14 sold
$579,000 - Dawson Stud - 7 sold
$578,000 - Gold Front Thoroughbreds - 6 sold
$504,000 - Patinack Farm - 10 sold
$489,500 - Touchstone Farm - 10 sold
$478,500 - Alwyn Park Stud - 8 sold
$430,000 - Oakland Park Stud - 4 sold
$389,000 - Gervase Park Stud - 6 sold

LEADING VENDORS
(ranked by average - 2 or more sold)

$107,500 - Oakland Park Stud - 4 sold
$105,000 - De Grey Park - 2 sold
$96,333 - Gold Front Thoroughbreds - 6 sold
$82,714 - Dawson Stud
$75,000 - Geisel Park Stud - 11 sold
$70,000 - Eliza Park - 5 sold
$67,611 - Yarradale Stud - 18 sold
$64,833 - Gervase Park Stud - 6 sold
$59,813 - Alwyn Park Stud - 8 sold
$55,000 - Korilya Stud - 3 sold


 



Watch Inglis Sales On The Seven Network

18th Feb 2014

Inglis is delighted to announce media distribution details and a key partnership with the Seven Network in the lead up to the Melbourne Premier and Australian Easter Yearling Sales.

Inglis’ partnership with Seven’s free-to-air racing coverage commenced on CF Orr Stakes Day, Saturday 8 February 2014 and continues throughout the Summer and Autumn racing carnivals, culminating on Day 2 of The Championships at Royal Randwick which will feature the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

“This is a very exciting initiative for Inglis which provides us the opportunity to promote our sales to a new audience in the lead up to our two main yearling sales on feature racedays,” said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster.

For the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Inglis will move to highlights packages and news items on TVN. Unfortunately due to their existing racing commitments TVN are unable to cover the first day of the sale. Web users will be able to access the existing static camera on the sale ring and the dedicated auctioneer audio, if they wish to view every lot.

Also included in the partnership with Seven is an expansion of last year, with the first two days of the Australian Easter Yearling Sale on 8 and 9 April to be shown on 7Two. This is in addition to TVN’s coverage which will include plenty of sale ring action coupled with interviews of buyers, vendors and other industry personnel.

“In partnering with Seven, we hope to engage with a new audience and promote the benefits of this great industry,” concluded Webster.

All up-to-date information on the Inglis Yearling Sales Series can be found at inglis.com.au


Saturday, February 15, 2014 Gr 1 for Snitzerland

A little over two years after she made her debut at Flemington on Melbourne Cup Day in 2011, Snitzel's superstar Arrowfield-bred daughter Snitzerland crowned her career with Group 1 success in today's $500,000 VRC Black Caviar Lightning S. 1000m G1.

Perhaps the best description of her performance is supplied by Damien Oliver, who rode the runner-up Shamexpress: ""He was cruising, I bided my time and I thought I had Snitzerland 200m out but she found another gear."

That extra gear is Snitzerland's special gift, employed with great effect in all of the eight wins - six of them at Group level - that have earned the bulk of her $1.8 million prizemoney.

The 4YO mare left the gates today with the same zest she displayed two seasons ago, and travelled beautifully for Brenton Avdulla who had to amend his race plan soon after the start.

"I was just going to sit off Bernabeu and after they went 200 metres, I couldn't so I just let her stride. Inside the 600, I just kept letting her improve and improve. At the 300, I was just full of horse and even when I got to the clocktower, she did the rest."

Snitzerland held off Shamexpress by a half-length with a further length back to the fast-finishing Samaready, and cut out her final 600 metres in 33.52 to compile a winning time of 57.16.

Snitzerland was bred by Arrowfield and offered at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where trainer Gerald Ryan bought her for $125,000 on behalf of Darby Racing which subsequently on-sold her to Neil Werrett & Steve McCann.

Today's victory was particularly notable for Neil Werrett, best-known as the managing owner of world champion Black Caviar who won the three previous runnings of the Lightning Stakes and was honoured in the name of today's race.

Snitzerland is the third Group 1 winner for Snitzel (after Shamus Award & Sizzling) and one of his nine stakeswinners this season. The sensational son of Redoute's Choice leads the current Australian General Sires' list with prizemoney of more than $6 million.

Snitzerland's dam Monte Rosa (by 1993 Caulfield Cup winner Fraar) is an unraced member of the wonderful "Tennessee" family  and is the dam of five winners from six named foals, including stakes-placed Red Dress Marley (by Hussonet) & city winners Akmal (by Flying Spur) & Deleque (by French Deputy), as well as Snitzerland. 

Monte Rosa has a yearling full brother to Snitzerland to be offered as Lot 118 in the Arrowfield draft for April's Inglis Australian Easter Sale and is again in foal to Snitzel.

Snitzel has 18 yearlings catalogued for next month's Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, and 17 lots in the Inglis Australian Easter catalogue.

New Juvenile Stakes-Winner for Choisir
(15th February 2014)

A three-quarter brother-in-blood to champion sprinter Starpangledbanner, talented gelding Marcado (2g Choisir x Circles of Ice, by Marauding) kicked off his career with a stylish debut win in the Listed VRC Talindert Stakes at Flemington on Saturday.

Prepared on the track by Steve Richards, Marcado had won his only previous trial at Cranbourne for Steven King and repeated the performance under race day conditions.

The powerful bay travelled strongly up close to the running rail and surged clear over the final furlong before holding off a late challenge from the Darley runner Orujo to win the 1100 metre dash by three-quarters of a length.

An emotional Richards was delighted with the win.

“It’s been a tough 12 months and I’ve put a lot of work into this horse,” he said.

“There are a lot of good clients in him, so this means so much to win.”

Marcado was purchased for $90,000 at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the Jamieson Park draft by Richards, who has long been a fan of his sire Choisir.

“He stayed with me when he came down here and won the Lightning Stakes,” revealed Richards.

Marcado is a half-brother to stakes-winner Tagine and is the sixth winner from Circles of Ice, a half-sister by Marauding to stakes-placed Gold Anthem, the dam of four-time Group I winner Starspangledbanner.

A full sister to Marcado was sold at the NZB Premier Yearling Sale last month for just $60,000, so was obviously well bought!

Marcado is the 59th stakes-winner for Choisir, who has 10 entries for Inglis Premier next month and six for Inglis Easter including a full brother to Starspangledbanner.

Group One Goals for High Chaparral Up and Comers
(15th February 2014)

High Chaparral posted an early double at Rosehill on Saturday with both of his winners to be aimed at Group I races during the Sydney Autumn Carnival.

Stepping up to 1500 metres at her third run back from a spell, the Gai Waterhouse trained Forever Loved (3f High Chaparral x Diamond Like, by Danehill) led all the way for James McDonald to win by nearly two lengths, her second win from just five starts.

A $650,000 NZB Premier purchase for Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock from the Cambridge Stud draft, Forever Loved runs for Greg and Donna Kolivos of Pierro fame.

“Greg does a lot of homework on his purchases and this was a particularly beautiful filly with an immaculate pedigree,” said Gai Waterhouse, who confirmed Forever Loved will be aimed towards the Group I ATC Australian Oaks.

Forever Loved is a half-sister to stakes-placed Miss Zenella and Ardeche being from stakes-winning Danehill (USA) mare Diamond Like, who comes from the Diamond Lover branch of the Eight Carat (GB) family.

A filly with a gold plated pedigree, it’s not hard to see why Forever Loved was the most expensive filly by her sire High Chaparral sold in 2012.

In the very next race it was Gai Waterhouse again and this time with exciting four year-old gelding Ecuador (4g High Chaparral x Bak Da Princess, by Danske).

Resuming from a spell, Ecuador led all the way for Tommy Berry to win over 1400 metres marking the start of a campaign that may lead him to Group I success.

“He’s a very, very special gelding and by my favourite staying sire High Chaparral,” said Waterhouse.

“Did you see his action? He just skips across the ground.

“Of course, he’ll be heading towards the Doncaster, but I really think he can be a Cox Plate horse in the spring.”

A $360,000 NZB Premier purchase for Amanda Skiffington from the Esker Lodge draft, Ecuador has the overall record of four wins and five seconds from 10 starts and is one of two winners from Bak Da Princess, a half-sister by Danske to Group II winner Bak Da Chief.

High Chaparral has a big draft of 25 for the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale and 33 to follow at Inglis Easter.

Saturday, 15 February 2014 More Fun for Team Hawkes and Vinery

Mossfun maintained the successful association between Team Hawkes and Vinery Stud at Rosehill on Saturday.
The daughter of Vinery sire Mossman won the $250,000 Inglis Nursery on debut at Randwick in December and franked that form-line in the LR Widden Stakes.
Mossfun (2f Mossman – Eye For Fun by Snitzel) is the 28th stakes winner by Mossman and connections are now considering a start in the G1 Golden Slipper Stakes.  She firmed into $26 for the $3.50 million event on April 5 after cruising to a convincing victory over Ygritte (Snitzel) and Twirl (Lonhro) on Saturday.
“She’s done everything right and John Hawkes was very keen after her last trial,” Emirates Park CEO Trevor Lobb said.  “She’s a real racehorse and gives everything.”
Hawkes also trained All Too Hard to Group 1 victories in the Caulfield Guineas, C F Orr Stakes, Futurity Stakes and All Aged Stakes before he retiried to Vinery.
Mossfun races in the colours of Hussain Lootah, a son of Emirates Park principal His Exellency Nasser Lootah and her dam is an unraced half-sister to LR Ken Russell Memorial winner Cat D’Antibes (Tale of the Cat).
An eye-catching filly with a big white blaze, she graduated from Session II of the 2013 Inglis Easter yearling sale for $85,000 and has now earned over $259,000.
Mossman has two yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling sale and another three entered for the Inglis Easter Sale.  The first to parade at Newmarket (Lot 308), is from G1 Queensland Oaks winner Allow (Rahy).

More Gold On Offer In Melbourne

14th Feb 2014

389 yearlings have been catalogued for the second Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale, a 12% increase on last year’s inaugural offering. The 2014 auction will be held on 27 & 28 April at Oaklands.

CLICK HERE for the online catalogue which is also available on the Inglis Sales iPad app. Hard-copy catalogues will be mailed out in the coming weeks, with requests able to be made by email to catalogue@inglis.com.au

The two day sale has again been split into a Select Session and General Session.

The Select Session has been boosted to 259 lots. All are Super VOBIS eligible yearlings and will be offered from 10am on Day One.

Day Two will follow with 130 Super VOBIS and non-Super VOBIS yearlings in the General Session from 11am. Supplementary entries can be made for the second day – entries close on Friday 11 April.

“There are so many benefits available for Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold qualified yearlings and we are certainly looking forward to building on last year’s excellent foundation with this key sale,” said Inglis Melbourne Director Peter Heagney.

Buyers from last year’s VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale are already recording tremendous results at the two-year-old breeze up sales and on the racetrack.

Lyndhurst Farm paid $36,000 for a colt by Holy Roman Emperor from Rule the Waves at last year’s sale. Mark and Shelley Treweek then sold the colt for NZ$320,000 less than seven months later at a two-year-old breeze up sale.

Recent two-year-old Cranbourne winner Malaguerra (by Magnus) is a prime example of the triple treats on offer for VOBIS Gold horses. Normal first place prizemoney on the race was $10,500 but the juvenile collected three times that thanks to Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold Bonuses when winning the two-year-old Maiden on 19 January.

Malaguerra’s hot sire Magnus is one of 109 sires represented in the 2014 Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale catalogue. There are 14 yearlings by Magus amongst the 389 lots.

Other sires well represented include Written Tycoon Artie Schiller, Domesday, Reset, Statue Of Liberty, Reward For Effort, Turffontein, Strategic, Foreplay, Hard Spun and Purrealist.

Super VOBIS (Victorian Owners and Breeders Incentive Scheme) is an internationally recognised incentive scheme designed to reward owners and breeders who invest in Victorian bloodstock. With more than $18 million in bonuses available for Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold qualified horses, connections have the chance to increase their hip pocket quickly with a large percentage of bonus races targeted at TAB country race meetings for two and three-year-old horses.

The 2014 Inglis Melbourne VOBIS Gold Yearling Sale catalogue can be viewed online at www.inglis.com.au and on the Inglis Sales iPad app.



13/02/2014

Teofilo Colt Tops Record Clearing Tassie Sale

Lot 48 - Teofilo colt
A cracking colt by Teofilo has topped a successful day's trade at the Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale in Launceston today.

Selling for a record equalling price of $85,000, the colt was the highlight sale on a day where $1 million was traded on 76 lots sold.

The average price of $13,158 was up on last year's sale, while the clearance rate of 87.4% was a record for the auction.

The successful buyer of the day's top selling lot, Darren Weir, said the colt was the perfect fit to his in form stable.

"He's a very athletic colt and looks a great prospect," Weir said. "He had a lot going for him."

"I trained the mother and have had some good success with the family particularly with Sublimity (the dam's half sister)," he added.

Weir is a regular at the Tasmanian Yearling Sale and considering his dominance in Melbourne racing this season it was great to see him making his presence felt in Launceston again.

Lot 58 - Lady Lynette's 3/4 sisterThe Teofilo colt, catalogued as Lot 48, is the fifth foal of the Melbourne winning Palace Music mare Palatine Hill - a winner of four races and half sister to stakes winners Rather Grand and Sublimity.

Jenny Watson of Macleay Thoroughbred Stud at Westwood was all smiles after the sale of the colt.

"I couldn't be happier," Watson said. "He was a lovely colt and we were hoping for a great result. We certainly got one and he's going to every chance heading to a leading stable as well."

"It's been a great sale all round and we've sold all the yearlings we had entered," she added.

The second top price for the sale and the highest paid for a filly, was the $52,500 given by First Light Racing in association with Paul Willetts and the Ellerton/Zahra Racing team for the three quarter sister to Lady Lynette.

Denise Martin and Lot 65The third top seller of the day was the Reward for Effort-Shallot filly from Armidale Stud, who sold to Denise Martin's Star Thoroughbreds for $50,000.

"It's been a very rewarding sale today on a lot of levels," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox noted.

"To have an equal record priced lot at $85,000 was a great highlight of the day."

"And the participation of mainland China on the day was also tremendous with 15 lots sold. It was very exciting to have them operating."
"We again thank the local racing and breeding bodies for their support in 2014, in particular the Tasracing team led by David Manshanden and Eliot Forbes for their dedication into making the race night and sale a great success."

Cox said the attention of Magic Millions would now swing west for the Magic Millions raceday at Ascot on Saturday before the Perth Yearling Sale on Tuesday and Wednesday.

To view the results of today's Tasmanian Yearling Sale and to make an offer on a passed-in lot click here.

To view the online catalogue for the Perth Yearling Sale click here.

SALE STATISTICS
(2013 statistics in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 96 (136)
Lots Sold: 76 (93)
Lots Withdrawn: 9 (10)
Lots Passed: 11 (33)
Sale Gross: $1,000,000 ($1,140,650)
Average Price: $13,158 ($12,266)
Top Price: $85,000 ($55,000)
Top Colt: $85,000 ($45,000)
Top Filly: $52,500 ($55,000)
Sold %: 87.4 (74)

TOP SELLERS

$85,000 - Teofilo-Palatine Hill colt
Vendor: Macleay Thoroughbred Stud / Buyer: Darren Weir (Vic)

$52,500 - Dane Shadow-Queen's Own filly
Armidale Stud / First Light Racing/Paul Willetts/Ellerton Zahra (Vic)

$50,000 - Reward for Effort-Shallot filly
Armidale Stud (As Agent) / Star Thoroughbreds (NSW)

$37,500 - Choisir-Verbatim colt
Alva Stud / Kurt Dudman (Vic)

$32,000 - Street Boss-Di's Angel filly
Alva Stud (As Agent) / Kel Wadley (Tas)


 

 



13/2/2014 Show A Heart filly shines on debut

One start does not make a star! We all know that! But then again, youngsters can only do so much on debut to leave incredibly lasting impressions, and that is exactly what happened with Show A Heart’s debutant 2YO filly She’s Miss Devine at Doomben on Wednesday when she had everyone checking their timing devices with a 7 length destruction of her opposition.  


She’s miss devine LOOKS ANOTHER POTENTIAL TOPLINER FOR SHOW A HEART!

Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography

Trained out of the Kelso Wood yard and ridden by one of the best judges of quality horseflesh in Chris Munce, the Show A Heart filly jumped straight to the lead and ambled along in front whilst her rivals struggled to stay in touch.

When Munce pressed the “go button” as they entered the straight She’s Miss Devine simply left them standing as she waltzed away to record a very easy but ever widening 7 length winning margin.

The official time of 57.18sec for the 1000m was exactly the same as that registered by one of the state’s best youngsters of recent years, Missy Longstocking, when she won at her second racetrack appearance and it is a time that has only been bettered once by a juvenile in the last 2½ years.  

In fact, it is the equal 20th fastest run over the 1000m of any age group during that time, and there is no question that the jockey had plenty more up his sleeve.

“She’s exceptionally smart alright,” Munce said upon dismounting. “I felt like I had plenty more up the sleeve as well so I would think this filly has much bigger goals in store down the track.

“She certainly won’t be out of place in some of the bigger black type events in the winter and the owners are going to have plenty of fun.

“She gave me a great feel and she is very, very exciting.”

With Queensland breeders biggest yearling sale just 5 weeks away (March 17 and 18 at the Magic Millions) the exciting win by the daughter of the state’s Champion Stallion should have all buyers reaching for their catalogues and earmarking all of Show A Heart’s yearlings as “must inspects”.   

And if purchases needed anymore reminding as to the potency of this wonderful sire, then they needed to wait only two more races to witness the versatility that Show A Heart provides as his 4YO gelding Heartfelt Quest stretched his stamina out to 1833m with another impressive victory.

Show A Heart is leaving a legacy in Queensland that very few others have ever had, and the upcoming March Magic Millions Sale presents an opportunity that owners and trainers should firmly grasp.

 
Heartfelt quest gave show a heart another city winning double!

Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography

13/2/2014 Gold Force wins the $250,000 RL Inglis Premier

The 2014 edition of the lucrative $250,000 RL 2YO Inglis Premier race was run at Mornington on Wednesday. The 1200m event was taken out by the Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes trained two-year-old gelding Gold Force.

Gold Force (Flying Spur x Blue Note) took out the black-type event over Modoc and Fontein Ruby.

“We went to this race because there is no point in waiting until next week as there is no Inglis Bonus next week", said winning trainer Wayne Hawkes "We're just happy he has won today, it's a restricted race, it's not the Golden Slipper but for the prizemoney it's big".

 

The son of Flying Spur (pictured right as a Yearling) was purchased by John Chalmers Bloodstock Services Pty Ltd from the draft of  Arrowfield Stud at the 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale for $140,000.

His dam Blue Note (Falbrav), is an un-raced half-sister to MENTALITY, making Gold Force a three-quarter brother to the multiple Group 1 winner. The pedigree traces back to several top American horses including FARA'S DREAM and Breeders Cup Classic winner CONCERN.

“He's a really nice horse that has got so much upside to him," said jockey Craig Williams. "It will be exciting to see which path they will take with him. Whatever he does now is a bonus because he is definitely going to be a lovely three-year-old".

Gold Force is raced by Western Australian based owners Mr. R Mitchell, Mr. N Giorgetta, Mr. G Evans and Mr. W Forrest who purchased a total of three lots at the 2013 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

The impressive debut win by Gold Force has set promising foundations for his race career with the previous two winners of the Inglis Premier, Twilight Royale and Snitzerland, going on to Group 2 success.

Ten yearlings by Flying Spur are catalogued for the upcoming 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, which will be held on 2, 3, 4 & 5 March at Oaklands.

Arrowfield Stud are set to offer 26 yearlings at the four day sale including a striking half-brother to Mentality by All American being offered as Lot 589. Hillside Thoroughbbreds will offer a half-sister to Gold Force by Not a Single Doubt on day one of the Sale as Lot 77.

All yearlings sold at Melbourne Premier are eligible to be nominated to the $5 million Inglis Race Series.

The Melbourne Premier Sale catalogue is available on the market leading Inglis Sales iPad app and online at www.inglis.com.au.

To request a hard-copy catalogue please email catalogue@inglis.com.au or call +61 3 9333 1422
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12/2/2014 Law makes case for Lonhro’s input into breeding

  LAW’S emphatic win in the juvenile event which opened racing at Randwick on Saturday adds to the appeal of his paternal grandsire Lonhro as a very valuable asset to Australian breeding.The judgement lies in the fact that Lonhro is an outcross in blood and performance to much of the brilliant Danehill influence which is a huge force here.
  Among the greatest gallopers 1400-2000m to grace Australian racing, this Ingham’s Woodlands Stud, Hunter Valley bred and raced son of Octagonal (by Sir Tristram) and brilliant 2yo Shadea (by the Mr. Prospector sire Straight Strike) ran in 35 races for 26 wins (11 Group1s) and $5,790,510.
  Retired to stud at Woodlands in 2004, Lonhro was one of the great prizes that Dubai’s Sheikh Mohammed secured when he forked out something like half a billion dollars for the Inghams’ breeding and racing empire in 2008.
  When Darley secured Lonhro they also acquired many of his first four crops of foals, the fourth of which were inside the mares.They were offspring which quickly established him as a very good sire of performers with quality ability, toughness and durability to such an extent that he has been in the top four on the Australian Sires’ list in the last four completed racing years.
  He was champion Australian Sire on earnings for 2010-11 and leading juvenile sire for 2011-12, a year his 2-year-olds were headed by Gai Waterhouse trained Pierro. In Sydney that year Pierro won the Breeders’ Plate, Silver Slipper, the Todman, Golden Slipper, Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.
   A winner at three of the George Ryder, Canterbury Stakes, Bill Stutt Stakes, Hobartville Stakes and Run to the Rose, runnerup in the Doncaster and Caulfield Guineas and a Cox Plate third, Pierro went to stud at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley last season and looked after 199 mares.
  Physically, like Lonhro, or the Black Flash as he was revered, and most of his offspring, Pierro is a striking individual, a near black good sized, good headed and bodied stallion. It is a breed that, besides its outcross virtues, could be very valuable in uplifting the physical appearance of the Australian thoroughbred.
  Another splendid advertisement is Denman, the Woodlands Stud bred second crop product who has got the Lonhro sire dynasty off to such an impressive start he had 184 mares in 2013, by far his biggest book, at Darley Hunter Valley.
  Paving the way for this clamour for his services was his first runner, Saturday’s winner Law. A colt bought by Star Thoroughbred from Fig Tree Thoroughbreds Qld (as agent) for $90,000 at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast, the Gai Waterhouse trained Law was having his second start and win.
  Back at the beginning October he made an impressive debut in rolling the favourite, Unencumbered, in the Breeders’ Plate at Randwick.
   Law was bred by prominent Andrew Bowcock, his wife Lasca and Freer Pty Ltd using the imported Lady Cat, a Group 3 middle distance winner in Chile, South America.
  Her sire, Sir Cat, a Storm Cat winner of seven of 14 starts, including two Group 2s, in the USA, stood at Gainesway Kentucky and also Chile. His early Chilean use included matings with subsequent Australian importation Hussonet.
   The first three dams of Law were all bred and raced in Chile, a region in which his grandam Arabian Lady won 15 times and was named Champion Mare in1995.
  Law is one of three winners from the six runners that have represented Denman to date. He is a close second to Yarraman Park’s I Am Invincible on the current first season sires’ list.
  Produced by Peach, a mare bred on the Golden Slipper sire cross of Vain over a daughter of Marscay, Law’s sire Denman was a talented racehorse, running 12 times for nine wins 1100-1400m, including the STC Golden Rose-Gr.1, MRC Autumn Stakes-Gr.2, AJC Stan Fox Stakes-Gr.2 and STC The Run to the Roses –Gr.3.
   This year Denman accompanied his sire Lonhro to America for northern hemisphere season use at the Darley Stud in Kentucky. It is Denman’s first visit, but Lonhro is looking after his third American book.     
   Denman is one of two sons of Lonhro standing at Darley Hunter Valley, the other being Benfica, a winner of the Group1 T.J. Smith (1600m) for 2-year-olds at Eagle Farm. He retired to stud in 2012.

12/2/2014 Lankan Rupee puts more value into Lonhro’s family

  LANKAN RUPEE, the Mick Price conditioned 4-year-old gelding who led all the way and strolled to a 2.8 lengths win in the Group 2 Rubiton Stakes (1100m), his third successive stakes win, at Caulfield on Saturday is by Redoute’s Choice and is the only runner so far from Estelle Collection, a winner at Moonee Valley of the Group 3 Champagne Stakes.
  He is a fresh stakes star for one of the families that have made Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud in New Zealand one of the most highly regarded in the world. Greatness is up close as the 2x4 Nureyev inbred Estelle Collection is by the Cambridge shuttler Stravinsky and from Ana Zeel,  a Zabeel Group placed daughter of the unraced Hermes by (Aureole) mare My Tricia.
  The next dam was Gay Poss, a Le Filou winner of 11 races, including the VATC Caulfield Stakes, AJC Oaks, VRC Craiglee Stakes and A.V. Kewney Stakes.
  Ana Zeel is nearly a three-quarter sister to Lonhro as he is by a son of Zabeel, Octagonal, and from a grandaughter of My Tricia.
  An even closer relation to Ana Zeel is one of Sir Tristram’s greatest sons, Grosvenor, a winner of the VRC Victoria Derby, Sires’ Produce Stakes and VATC Caulfield Guineas, second in the MVRC W.S. Cox Plate and AJC Spring Champion Stakes and Sires’ Produce Stakes and a Golden Slipper third.
  A long serving competent sire in New Zealand, Grosvenor along with Ana Zeel was among 11 winners from 12 foals produced by My Tricia.The others included Grosvenor’s full siblings National Gallery (won WATC Derby, second VRC Victoria Derby), Garfunkel (won STC Parramatta Cup) and Kyrie Eleison (won Manawatu Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes, second AuRC Great Northern Oaks).
  My Marseillaise, a half-sister by the Kaoru Star sire Marceau, followed up being a Listed winner in Melbourne by producing the Sir Tristram stakes winners Bon Cher (Listed winner NZ, second South Australian Oaks) and De Lisle (won STC W.J. McKell Cup).
  Lankan Rupee and his sire, Redoute’s Choice, were both bred and raced by Muzaffar Al Yaseen under his Victorian based Teeley Assets. He also bred and part owns Rubick, the dashing Encosta de Lago 2-year-old who won the Blue Diamond Prelude (males) on the same Caulfield program.
  Their success is further incentive for leading breeders to be ringside at the Magic Millions National Sales at the Gold Coast May – June.Yaseen’s Teeley Assets is to have an unreserved dispersal sale, offering 51 broodmares, 31 weanlings, four yearlings and a select group of race fillies. 
  A half-sister by Redoute’s Choice’s Encosta de Lago half-brother Manhattan Rain to Lankan Rupee is to be among the weanlings.              

12/2/2014 Moment of Change joins cavalcade of Orr winners

  SINCE it was established in Melbourne in1925, the Group1 C.F Orr Stakes, a race captured by the Barely a Moment 5-year-old gelding Moment of Change when conducted over 1400m at Caulfield on Saturday, has been won by a cavalcade of great horses, including Black Caviar (2012) and her half-brother All Too Hard (2013).
  Among the earlier Orr winners have been Lonhro, Redoute’s Choice, Saintly, Jeune, Let’s Elope, Vo Rogue (three successive years), At Talaq, Manikato (also three in a row), Winfreux,Tobin Bronze, Wenona Girl, Lord, Comic Court, Flight, Rising Fast, High Caste, Hua and his sire Heroic.
  Two of these horses, the imported Melbourne Cup winners Jeune and At Talaq, in Australia called the Colin Hayes established Lindsay Park, Angaston, South Australia home both when racing and when used as sires. Although he was bred and sold as a yearling (a/c Sovereign Thoroughbreds, bought by Slade Bloodstock, Vic for $50,000) in Western Australia, this year’s C.F. Orr winner was sired by Barely a Moment when he was in the stallion yards at Lindsay Park.
  He has now moved to Cornerstone, a new South Australian power base established on portion of Lindsay Park by Colin Hayes grandson Sam Hayes, and to date with oldest 6-year-olds has supplied over 100 winners at a strike rate of 52.3%.
  His best runner has been the Peter Moody trained Moment of Change, a performer whose C.F. Orr win emphasised that he was high up among the best 1200-1400m performers of this time. Earner of $1,268,238, he has included in other Group1 outings, a win in the MRC Sir Rupert Clark, seconds in the VRC Newmarket (a short head), Lightning Stakes (2.5 lengths behind track record setter Black Caviar) and WATC Winterbottom Stakes (nose to Buffering), third in the VRC Sprint Classic and fourths in the MVRC Manikato and A.J. Moir Stakes.
 Also Western Australian bred (R.W. Vincent), Barely a Moment himself finished in the first two in five Group1s in Melbourne, winning the Sires’ Produce Stakes,Toorak Handicap and Invitation Stakes, and finishing second in the Caulfield Guineas and the Salinger.
  He was got from the Danehill mare Lady Dana using an Eastern States sire, the Vinery Stud, Hunter Valley briefly shuttled Damascus grandson Gilded Time (USA), the unbeaten champion North American 2YO of 1992.
  Gilded Time left over a hundred winners from four seasons in Australia and, world wide, his American use has resulted in 17 crops of racing age, 1292 foals,1030 starters, 785 winners (65 SWs) of 2632 races and $57million.
  The C. F. Orr winner Moment of Change is from Europium, a non winner bred on a Western Australian used sire cross of  Metal Storm (France bred son of Kenmare) over Kosleta, a Perth Listed winner by Zabaleta (USA).
  Zabaleta was by Shecky Green, a magnificent advertisement in America for the Star Kingdom influence. A son of Todman’s exported brother Noholme, he was Champion American Sprinter at three in1973 and ranked equal second behind Mr. Prospector in1974.

12/2/2014 Encosta de Lago heading for record 1000 winners

  COOLMORE’S very savvy principals got a lot of joy on Saturday out Rubick’s commanding victory at Caulfield in the $150,000 Group 3 juvenile test, the Blue Diamond Prelude for the males, his second brilliant win from his only two starts.
  It was a success that came hot on the heels of an announcement that Coolmore had bought into the colt, an investment that will provide them with standing rights for this magnificent looking son of their champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago and the prematurely deceased Sliding Cube, a three-quarter sister by Rock of Gibraltar to Redoute’s Choice.
   Also, it was a success that gave Rubick the honour of being the hundredth individual stakes winner for Encosta de Lago. According to authoritative statistical record keepers the stakes score is made up of 98 winners got from Australian use and the other two the results from his one northern hemisphere season, that spent at Coolmore in Ireland in 2007.
  He has had 89 of his Australian sired stakes winners in Australia, including 17 of 21 Group1 winners.
  Produce of a half-sister to the dam of Flying Spur and the only Group1 winner from the two crops of foals got from two visits to Coolmore in the Hunter Valley by Fairy King, a brother to Sadler’s Wells who went amiss at his only race start, Encosta de Lago could supply several more new stakes winners from Hunter Valley use before the current racing year is out.
  In doing so he would become the second Australian bred sire to have one hundred individual stakes winners, including runners in Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong and South Africa, from Australian sired foals. The other is Redoute’s Choice, the Arrowfield, Hunter Valley located son of Danehill who has 109 Australian sired stakes winners to his credit.
  It is also very predictable that in the next 12 months Encosta de Lago will become the first Australian produced sire to have Australian sired foals include one thousand individual winners – runners at home and abroad. New Zealand foaled Zabeel appears the only southern hemisphere produced sire to reach the thousand winners mark.
  Encosta de Lago’s world wide statistics to early February are 2319 named foals (about 40 from Ireland use),1424 winners (100 SWs including 68 in Group races,103 SPs), 3026 wins ( 2447 in Australia) and $132million.
  Six times put to books in excess of 200, the now 20-year-old Encosta de Lago has supplied from his first 16 seasons of use in Australia, the first seven of which were at Blue Gum Farm, Euroa, Victoria, nearly 2000 live foals. Redoute’s Choice, 13 crops of foals, has had about 1500.
  In another comparison, Coolmore’s former world super sire Danehill, an American bred son of Danzig who died at 17, had just over 1100 surviving foals from 13 Australian seasons, the biggest of which was 164 mares.
  In addition he had over 1200 foals from Ireland use and has finished with world wide statistics of 2319 named foals, 2011 starters,1547 winners (348 SWs, 177 Australian foaled), 5043 wins (about 2800 to Australian foals) and over $385million. His progeny in Australia only won 2063 races (333 stakes) and earned $108million.      

12/2/2014 Sequalo race trifecta worthy of noble comment

  NOW in his twilight years, the Lyndhurst Stud, Warwick, Qld sire Sequalo repeated an achievement he has enjoyed before when three of his offspring, Seeking More (the winner),Trail Boss (second) and G’Day Old Mate (third), filled the first three places in a 1000m Open Handicap at Eagle Farm on Saturday. Less than 20 centimeters separated the three of them.
   Trained by Kelso Wood for five owners, including his breeder D. H. Devine, Seeking More, a 4-year-old gelding, was recording his sixth win, all on Brisbane tracks, in12 starts. Runner up Trail Boss, a 7-year-old gelding also raced by its breeder, W.Quinlan, has ten wins, eight seconds and six thirds from 34 outings and G’Day Old Mate, a 6-year-old, has run 37 times for six wins (three in Brisbane), six seconds and eight thirds.
  This trio of Sequalo winners are among 611 from 903 runners that Sequalo has supplied from his use at Lyndhurst, a stud which in ownership of the Kruger family has been a leading base for sires of winners for more than half a century. Represented by 22 who have each won ten or more races, Sequalo is one of a number of Lyndhurst sires who have had progeny succeed in more than 2000 races.
  His rising sprint star Seeking More is in the same ownership and stable as his 3-years-older brother Seek and Find, a winner of nine sprint races, eight of which have been in Brisbane, and earner of $284,300.
  They are from Coniston Lass, a Brisbane Class 6 winner by the Bluebird sire Lake Coniston (Ire) produced by Perfect Dancer, a Yallah Native winning grandaughter of Perfectionist, a sister by Wilkes (Fr) to Aureo (20 sprint wins to Group 2 in Sydney) and Very Pretty.
   The latter did not earn in four starts, but produced Noble Comment (by Scarletville (IRE), winner of the SAJC Rain Lover Plate-Gr.3, Werribee Cup and Cranbourne Cup, second and third in Melbourne Cups and also runner up in the VRC Australian Cup

 
Noble Comment was bred by Jim Koureas of Sydney on Pickering, a historic property on the outskirts of Denman in the Hunter Valley. Koureas later established the Bengalla Stud in the Muswellbrook district. It still functions under highly regarded horseman Michael Fitzgerald, but is owned by neighbouring Bengalla Coal company.                               

New Look Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale To Turn Heads In May

10th Feb 2014

There is a new date and format to headline Australia's thoroughbred breeding stock sales, with the modern streamlined Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale to be conducted in Sydney on 4, 5, 6 and 7 May 2014.

"Buyers and vendors indicated in our client survey and in the field discussions that they wanted a break after the Australian Easter Yearling Sale and a combined feature Broodmare and Weanling Sale, so that is what we are delivering to our customers," said Inglis Bloodstock Director Jonathan D'Arcy.

24 days after the Easter Yearling Sale, the new Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale will give race filly owners the chance to sell their prized horses after the Sydney Carnival and breeders the chance to sell broodmares and weanlings First, Fast and Together for Better.

FIRST: Early entries point to the Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale quickly cementing its position as not only the first place for buyers, but the most important breeding stock sale of the year in Australasia.

First Season Sires will be very well represented. Sires of weanlings already entered include Sepoy, So You Think, Smart Missile and Foxwedge. Broodmares in foal to Frankel, Pierro and All Too Hard are also committed to the new sale.

FAST: Vendor proceeds will be paid by 18 June, a great help to breeders with stallion fees due in the current financial year.

TOGETHER: Broodmares and Weanlings will be offered over four days in one place at one convenient time.

BETTER: Inglis will still offer the best commission rates in Australia in addition to a new Family Deal where breeders who sell their broodmare will get free entry for the weanling from the same mare – a saving of up to A$1,100.

"We are very excited to be able to tailor everything about the new Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale to maximise the needs of both vendors and buyers," D’Arcy adds.

The sale will see the weanlings offered first with Select and General Sessions. This will be followed by the broodmares in a Select and General Session format as well as a separate section for race fillies and mares off the track. Entries close on Friday 7 March.

Pinhookers and broodmare buyers wishing to discuss Inglis’ range of financial assistance and incentives packages to attend and purchase at the 2014 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale are encouraged to contact Andrew Munce on +61 2 9399 7999 or email andrew.munce@inglis.com.au

Vendors can download entry forms HERE. Horses may also be entered online at www.inglis.com.au/onlineentries

Inglis Yearling Sales Boosted By Black-Type Siblings And Sires

9th Feb 2014

The 2014 racing year started to sizzle on Saturday and yearlings catalogued for the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier and Australian Easter Yearling Sales were huge beneficiaries through the deeds of their stakes winning siblings and exceptional sires.

Siblings to multiple stakes winners over the weekend are set to be offered at Premier and Easter, including the sister of Gr.1 MRC C.F. Orr Stakes winner Moment Of Change.

184 yearlings to be auctioned by Inglis in Melbourne and Sydney over the next nine weeks are by sires that had stakes winning progeny in Australia on Saturday.

Victory in Australia’s first Group 1 event of 2014 added further value to Moment Of Change’s younger sister, also by Barely A Moment, that will be offered by Cornerstone Stud as Lot 197 at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

A half-brother to Gr.3 MRC Blue Diamond Prelude runner-up Jabali will also go through the Oaklands ring at Premier. Kornong Stud will offer the well-related colt by Denman as Lot 53 on the opening day of the four day sale.

Melbourne Premier graduate Chase The Rainbow pushed the focus onto his younger sibling and his sire’s progeny with victory in the Gr.3 MRC Carlyon Cup over 1600m.

Chase The Rainbow (Dash For Cash x Illusional) was a $90,000 purchase by trainer Rick Hore-Lacy from the draft of Swettenham Stud at the 2010 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

Swettenham Stud will bring 31 yearlings to this year’s Melbourne Premier Sale including four lots by Dash For Cash. The Premier Sale will be conducted on 2, 3, 4 and 5 March 2014.

The half-sister by New Approach to Chase The Rainbow will be offered by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds as Lot 47 at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, which will be held on 8, 9 and 10 April in Sydney.

Also on offer at Easter will be the yearling half-brother to Amorino which scored a three length win in the Listed WATC Cyril Flower Stakes on Saturday. The yearling colt by Sebring from Steal My Love will be offered by Widden Stud as Lot 225 on the second day of the prestigious auction.

Both the Melbourne Premier and Australian Easter Yearling Sale catalogues are packed with stock by Australia’s leading sires which again came to the fore with Group winners in Sydney and Melbourne plus stakes winners in Perth on Saturday.

Exceed And Excel, the sire of Blue Diamond favourite Earthquake, will be represented by 12 yearlings at Premier in Melbourne and 26 yearlings at Easter in Sydney.

Encosta de Lago notched up his 100th stakes winner when Rubick won his Blue Diamond Prelude. There are 20 yearlings by Encosta set for sale at Premier and 11 at Easter.

Lankan Rupee and A Time For Julia’s sire Redoute’s Choice has his greatest ever representation at Premier this year with 10 yearlings. The champion stallion also has 36 yearlings in the 2014 Easter catalogue.

Commands, the sire of Gr.2 ATC Expressway Stakes winner Appearance, is represented by 6 yearlings at Premier and 10 at Easter this year.

35 yearlings by Amorino’s sire Snitzel, which currently leads the 2013/14 Australian sires premiership, are set to be auctioned by Inglis; 18 in Melbourne and 17 in Sydney.

775 lots by 103 various sires have been catalogued for the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

This year’s Australian Easter Yearling Sale features 550 lots by 62 proven and exciting young stallions.

All yearlings sold at Premier and Easter are eligible to be nominated to the $5 million Inglis Race Series.



09/02/2014

Five More Magic Juveniles Win in Town


The unprecedented run of wins in juvenile races for Magic Millions graduates continued on Saturday with five metropolitan winners again.

Rubick led the way in Melbourne with an awesome win in the Blue Diamond Prelude for colts and geldings, while winners in Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth continued the success during the day.

The only city two-year-old race not won by Magic Millions was captured by the Darley homebred Earthquake, while Gold Coast Yearling purchase and proven stakes winner Eloping was second.

The Blue Diamond Stakes in just under a fortnight is on the cards for quality colt Rubick after his highly impressive win at Caulfield on Saturday.

The son of Encosta de Lago put up a big performance to win after a sluggish get away - working at both ends of the race to win impressively.

Trainer Gerald Ryan said the colt would be close to spot on with that run under his belt when he steps out next in the Group One Melbourne feature.

A $460,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase for David Raphael from Vinery Stud, Rubick was bred by Teeley Assets who wrapped up a big day when Lankan Rupee won the Group Two Rubiton Stakes.

Rubick is unbeaten in two starts and he looks to have an extremely bright future for connections who now include Coolmore Stud after that operation brought a share in the colt on the eve of the race.

RubickThe 100th individual stakes winner for Encosta de Lago, Rubick is from the San Domenico Stakes winning Rock of Gibraltar mare Sliding Cube, a three quarter sister to Redoute's Choice and Platinum Scissors and half sister to Manhattan Rain.

Being a son of Encosta de Lago, Rubick is therefore a three quarter brother himself to Manhattan Rain, a winner of the AJC Sires' Produce Stakes and runner-up in the Cox Plate.

This family will feature heavily at the quality packed Teeley Assets Dispersal and Reduction Sale at the Magic Millions National Sale starting in late May.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse and Star Thoroughbreds' Denise Martin continued their run of wins with Magic Millions graduates when unbeaten youngster Law won impressively at Randwick on Saturday.

A son of highly regarded first season sire Denman, Law cruised home under Nash Rawiller to win impressively.

The Golden Slipper Stakes now beckons the colt who cost the Star team $90,000 from the Fig Tree Thoroughbreds draft at last year's Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The first runner for his stakes winning Peruvian dam Lady Cat, Law has already earned $108,750 from two starts. He won the listed Breeders' Plate on debut last year.

Law's dam Lady Cat, a daughter of Sir Cat, won five races including a Group Three and she in turn is from the Chile's Champion 4YO+ Mare Arabian Lady, a 15 time winner.

Leading Brisbane trainer Tony Gollan is hoping to retain exciting youngster Looks Like The Cat after his barnstorming debut win at Eagle Farm on Saturday.

The promising youngster has attracted strong interest from Hong Kong buyers and Gollan thought at one stage he may have lost the colt before his first run.

The son of Husson, a $60,000 National Weanling purchase from Patinack Farm, couldn't have been more impressive in his length and three quarter win over Vintage Bon and No Problem.

Looks Like the Cat is the second winner from three named foals for the Oakbank winning Fraar mare Fiery Dee - a winner of three races from 1400 to 1900 metres.

Fiery Dee is a half sister to the Group Three SAJC Sires' Produce Stakes winner and Wakeful Stakes runner-up Silent Surround.

LawDeiheros continued the great run of affordable Adelaide Yearling Sale graduates when the debuting youngster scored a gutsy win at Morphettville on Saturday.

A $6,500 buy from the Bowness Stud draft at last March's Adelaide sale, Deiheros was clearly headed, but came back late to win impressively and win $25,000 in the process for connections.
While son sales are yet to notch a Saturday two-year-old winner his season, the Adelaide Sale has produced six already including two Melbourne Spring Carnival stakes winners.

Prepared by Lloyd Kennewell, Deiheros is a son of Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes winner Bon Hoffa and is the first named foal of the three time winning Integra mare Philippa's Music.

Philippa's Music latest yearling, a full sister to Deiheros, is Lot 366 in next month's Adelaide Yearling Sale, a member of the Bowness Stud draft.

Exciting Perth youngster Cadenza will most likely back up in Saturday's $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic after a highly impressive debut win at Ascot yesterday.

Prepared by Dan Morton, Cadenza came from near the tail of the field on the corner to reel in the leaders and scored an impressive win.

The Oratorio filly from the Melbourne winning Seignorial mare Lady Mambo was bred and sold for $60,000 at last year's Perth Yearling Sale by veteran WA horseman Dick Vincent through his De Grey Park draft.

Lady Mambo is a half sister to triple Group One winning sire Barely a Moment, another De Grey Park sold Perth Yearling Sale graduate.

It was fitting Cadenza would debut on the same day that Barely a Moment's crack son and fellow Perth Yearling Sale buy Moment of Change would win Melbourne's Group One CF Orr Stakes.

Lady Mambo's latest yearling, a colt by War Chant, is catalogued as Lot 92 for the upcoming Perth Yearling Sale. He will go under the hammer on Tuesday week at Belmont.




 

100th Stakes-Winner for Encosta
(8th February 2014)

There could be no more fitting a horse to claim the honour of being the 100th stakes-winner for champion sire Encosta de Lago than his two year-old-son Rubick (2c Encosta de Lago x Sliding Cube, by Sliding Cube) , who won the Group III MRC Blue Diamond Prelude at Caulfield on Saturday and is destined to stand at Coolmore when his racing career his done.

Making his Melbourne debut following a scintillating victory at his first run in Sydney on January 25, the Gerald Ryan trained Rubick was sent out a hot favourite against a crack field of colts and emerged triumphant.

Not the best to begin from gate three, Rubick mustered speed quickly for Brenton Avdulla and eventually surged through to hold the fence and lead, albeit under pressure.

While those around him wilted when they turned for home, Rubick found the line gamely to win the 1100 metre sprint by a length clocking 1:03.71, the exact same time recorded by Earthquake in winning the fillies division of the Prelude.

“He’ll improve on that,” said Gerald Ryan.

“He did a lot of work in the race and maintained a sustained speed throughout.

“When I got down here and saw him I thought he might have done too well, so there is definitely improvement there.”

It’s now full steam ahead to the Group I MRC Blue Diamond Stakes in two weeks time, a race won by his close relation Redoute’s Choice in 1999, but beyond that Ryan was non-committal.

“We might stop him after the Blue Diamond and look to the spring,” he said.

A three-quarter brother-in-blood to Group I winner Manhattan Rain, Rubick is the third foal of Group III winner Sliding Cube, a three-quarter sister to Group I winners Redoute’s Choice and Platinum Scissors and half-sister to Manhattan Rain, who is of course also by Encosta de Lago.

While most of this family has been retained by Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets, Rubick was consigned to the sales under the Vinery Stud banner and was sold at Magic Millions last year to David Raphael for $460,000.

Earlier today Coolmore announced they had secured an interest in the colt who now runs for a partnership that also includes his previous owners Stallion Racing, managed by David Raphael, Damien Flower’s Jadeskye Syndicate and Teeley Assets, who elected to retain a share.

Champion sire Encosta de Lago has 20 yearlings for Inglis Premier in Melbourne and 11 for Inglis Easter.

Derby Hopeful for Encosta
(8th February 2014)

Promising colt Order of the Sun (3c Encosta de Lago x Sequin, by Lure) will be aimed towards the Group I ATC Australian Derby by champion trainer Gai Waterhouse after resuming for a powerful win over 1600 metres at Randwick on Saturday.

Order of the Sun led all the way for Tommy Berry and fought on doggedly to win by half a length prompting high praise from Waterhouse in comparing the colt to her former Victoria Derby winner Nothin’ Leica Dane.

“They both love a fight and that carries horses a long way,” Waterhouse said.

“You could see him around the corner being ridden, but he was in for the fight.”

The son of Encosta De Lago will progress through the three-year-old races towards the $2 million ATC Australian Derby at Randwick on April 12.

“He’ll be better when he gets over further but this was a lovely starting point for him,” she added.

A $420,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Highgrove Stud draft, Order of the Sun runs for Sun Bloodstock and has won three of five starts earning nearly $90,000 in prizemoney.

A three-quarter brother-in-blood to stakes-winner Risk Aversion, Order of the Sun is a half-brother to stakes-winner Get to Work and is one of five winners from Sequin, a three-quarter sister to HK Group I winner Scintillation and multiple Group II winner Shania Dane.



9/2/2014 Group race double for Redoute's Choice at Caulfield

Leading Melbourne trainers Peter Moody and Mick Price produced a pair of talented 4YOs to give champion sire Redoute's Choice a valuable Group race double at Caulfield in Melbourne today.

The Teeley Assets home-bred Lankan Rupee (ex Estelle Collection by Zabeel) made it look easy in the $175,000 MRC Rubiton S. 1100m G2, bouncing out smartly from the gates to take an early lead he extended to 3.75 lengths by the winning post. Iconic took second place, followed by First Command a quarter-length away in third position.

Already a winner at Group 3 and Listed stakes level last Spring, Lankan Rupee has earned $434,260 from 6 wins and three placings, and a Group 1 campaign is now planned for him.

Trainer Mick Price said, "He’s a big strong horse, you saw what he did last prep as a gelding and I think he’s on the right path. He’s only had one jumpout coming into this, he hasn’t been screwed down to win first up but that’s the sort of horse he is.

"We’ll go to the Oakleigh Plate, then to the Newmarket and then on to the William Reid. There’s still good improvement in him, he’s just a good, sound, tough racehorse that holds his condition well."

John and Deborah Camilleri's home-bred mare A Time For Julia (ex Procrastinate by Jade Hunter) is also likely to target Group 1 prizes after her well-deserved victory in the $150,000 Bellmaine S. 1200m G3.

Settled just off the speed by jockey Luke Nolen, A Time For Julia unleashed a decisive turn of foot to score by a long neck from Danestroem who was a quarter-length ahead of Bonaria (also by Redoute's Choice).

Her success completed a valuable treble for the Peter Moody stable which also turned out Moment of Change (MRC C.F. Orr S. G1) and Spirits Dance (MRC Kevin Hayes S. G3).

A Time For Julia is the 109th stakeswinner by Redoute's Choice, and his fifth Group winner in Australia this season.

Her jockey Luke Nolen said, “There is probably no more deserving mare in that race to win; she has been a victim of bad luck a couple of times and I was glad to see her bring that excellent work of a morning to the races and showcase it.”

The Robert Sangster S. G1 on 26 April and The Goodwood G1 on 10 May are both likely targets for A Time For Julia, who is the fifth stakeswinner from the remarkable broodmare Procrastinate. 

Herself a Group 3 winner, Procrastinate has also left multiple South African group 1 winner Laisserfaire (by Danehill), Group 1-placed stakeswinners Time Thief (Redoute's Choice) and Foreplay (Danehill), and the juvenile stakeswinner Personify (Galileo). 

Redoute's Choice, about to begin his second Northern Hemisphere season at the Aga Khan's Haras de Bonneval, has now left 16 stakeswinners from the 113 named foals in his 2009 crop, among them Group 1 winners Royal Descent & Wylie Hall.

The mighty son of Danehill has 10 yearlings catalogued for next month's Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, six of them in Arrowfield's draft.

Thirty-six lots by Redoute's Choice will be offered at April's Inglis Australian Easter Sale, including six colts & three fillies from Arrowfield.

9/2/2014 Stakeswinner No. 19 for Snitzel

Arrowfield graduate Amorino became the 19th stakeswinner for Australia's current leading sire Snitzel when he sped to victory in today's $100,000 WATC Cyril Flower S. 1200m LR.

Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd, Amorino is out of Steal My Love (by Marauding), a half-sister to dual Group 1-winning filly Danendri. He was purchased for $70,000 from Arrowfield's draft at the 2011 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale by Gerald Ryan for owners Elio & Jacqui Galante.

Ryan prepared Amorino for two wins in Sydney and a sixth place Magic Millions Classic finish as a juvenile before the gelding was transferred last year to Western Australia where he has now won three races on three consective Saturdays.

Trainer Grant Williams said after today's effort, “He’s just really in a good space at the moment. I’d love to start him again next week if I could. I don’t have to do anything with him during the week."

The next target for the star 4YO is the Pinjarra Classic on 23 February.

Amorino's win, the return of Cox Plate winner Shamus Award to run third in the MRC C.F. Orr S. G1 at Caulfield, and Sizzling's third place finish in the ATC Expressway S. G2 at Randwick have all helped Snitzel consolidate his position at the head of the Australian General Sires' table.

Amorino is one of eight stakes-winning contributors to Snitzel's Australian prizemoney of $5.8 million for the season to date.

9/2/2014 Perth Graduate Wins Another Group One

 

Buyers were given a timely reminder of the quality offerings of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale today when star Melbourne based galloper Moment of Change won the Group One CF Orr Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield.

Already a proven Group One winner, Moment of Change was sent out the favourite in the weight-for-age feature after an unlucky first up second in the Group Two Australia Stakes at Moonee Valley.

Sent to the front from the outset, Moment of Change went at a strong clip before sustaining a late burst from fellow Magic Millions graduate Eurozone to win.

Trainer Peter Moody said the win, the second at the elite level for Moment of Change, was very much deserved.

Moment of Change"He's a good, honest horse in the right race for him," Moody said. "He ran them along, he stuck his head out - he deserved it!"

Moody said the Group One Futurity Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in a fortnight was a fitting next run for Moment of Change.

Moment of Change was bred in Western Australia and is by Cornerstone Stud based sire Barely a Moment, himself a value graduate of the Perth Yearling Sale when sold by Dick Vincent's De Grey Park.

Melbourne based buyer Rob Slade took a shine to Moment of Change when presented by Sovereign Thoroughbreds at the 2010 Perth Yearling Sale and went to $50,000 to secure the colt for his Slade Bloodstock operation.

Slade has had great success buying from the Perth sale ring with other stakes winners including Brockman's Lass and Time Matters and he is planning to attend the upcoming sale on February 18 and 19.

Moment of Change and Rob SladeMoment of Change has turned out an incredible investment for his connections. His $50,000 purchase price has grown into prize earnings of $1,268,238.

He has won or placed in 15 of his 20 starts and his five unplaced efforts include two Group One fourths.

From the Perth placed Metal Storm mare Europium, Moment of Change hails from a successful West Australian thoroughbred family.

His dam is a half sister to the Belmont Guineas and Boulder Cup winner Mr Diagnosis. Both are from the RJ Peters Stakes winner Kosleta.

Also in the family are Perth based group winners Daring Smile and Spirit Lady.

There are four yearlings by Barely a Moment catalogued for March's Adelaide Yearling Sale at Morphettville - three colts and a filly.

Winner: Moment of Change
Breeding: Barely a Moment-Europium (Metal Storm)
Race: MRC CF Orr Stakes G1 (1400m)
Sold for: $50,000
Sale: 2010 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale
Vendor: Sovereign Thoroughbreds
Buyer: Slade Bloodstock
Earnings: $1,268,238
Owner(s): R Slade, JM Barnett, MJW Syndicate (Mgr: D Whelan), HD Sonnenberg, L Crellin, G Neradovsky, Mrs A Neradovsky, R Peck, RK Cook, A Kheir, G Connally, A Davis, M Henderson, P Lestone, S Oldknow & D Oldknow
Trainer: Peter G Moody (Caulfield)


 

7/2/2014 Entries Open for Magic Millions National Sale

Entries are now open for the Southern Hemisphere's foremost breeding stock auction, the Magic Millions 2014 National Sale.

Scheduled on the Gold Coast from 26 May until 6 June, the 2014 edition of the National Sale will again attract an outstanding buying bench from both Australia and abroad to compete for the quality catalogues of weanlings, broodmares and race fillies, yearlings, stallions and racehorses.

The Magic Millions National Sale in 2013 boasted sales of over $57 million with 129 horses selling for over $100,000. The Gold Coast hosted 641 individual buyers from 7 states and 16 countries.

The 2014 National Sale will attract further attention from buyers all over the globe with the announcement this week of the Teeley Assets Complete Unreserved Dispersal of Broodmares and Reduction Sale of Weanlings and Race Fillies.

Entry forms for all sales can be downloaded now from the Magic Millions website or by clicking the links below.

Magic Millions National Weanling Sale - 26-27 May

This sale has a reputation amongst buyers and astute pin-hookers for producing the most comprehensive select weanling catalogue of the year. Last year vendors achieved positive increases in average (7.7%), sale clearance (10%) and gross (+5.5%). The competitive buying bench assembled saw 110% more individual buyers at this sale than any other weanling sale in the country. The 2014 sale will include youngsters by leading sires including Encosta de Lago, Fastnet Rock, Lonhro and Redoute's Choice.

Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale - 28-30 May

The proven sale for achieving the best possible result in the ring for your quality broodmare or race filly. The timing of this sale is perfect for marketing to buyers amidst the Brisbane Winter Racing Carnival before the commencement of the next breeding season. With an outstanding clearance rate of over 89% in 2013 and a staggering 76 lots sold for $100,000 plus – at least 85% more six figure mares sold than any other recognised breeding stock sale in Australasia – there is no better vehicle to sell your broodmare in foal or race filly off the track. The 2014 catalogue will include the Complete Unreserved Dispersal of Broodmares of Teeley Assets including five daughters of Shantha's Choice - two in foal to Fastnet Rock, one to Pierro, one to Not a Single Doubt and one filly straight off the track.

Magic Millions National Yearling Sale - 3-5 June

Unquestionably the premier late season sale option for selling your yearlings for maximum return to a proven buying bench. This recognised yearling sale saw 30 yearlings sell for a six figure sum in 2013 and attained impressive gains in sale average (25%) and gross (68.8%), as well as attracting buyers from eight countries and six states of Australia. The National Yearling Sale is also the last chance for yearlings to become eligible for the $5.85m Magic Millions Race Series, with all yearlings offered for sale eligible to be nominated to the
nationally renowned series.

Magic Millions National Racehorse Sale - 6 June

If you are looking to turn over your racing stock, you need look no further than the Magic Millions National Racehorse Sale. With a clearance rate of 99% achieved in 2013 and buyers from all over Australia seeking tried bloodstock, this sale is an excellent option for maximising your return in a quick and cost-effective arena.

For further information on submitting entries for the Magic Millions 2014 National Sales, please contact the Magic Millions Bloodstock team on (07) 5504 1200 or bloodstock@magicmillions.com.au.


 

5/2/2014 Puccini gives Altomonte good reason for aria
  GEORGE ALTOMONTE, the Sydney motor dealer with a golden touch in horse breeding, could be for forgiven if he burst into song after Puccini, a colt named after an icon Italian opera composer, came from the widest alley,18, and took out the Waikato Guineas at the Te Rapa racecourse, Hamilton NZ on Saturday after leading for most of the trip.
  Although Puccini was bred in New Zealand by his owners, Paul and Cusha Smithie, Monovale Farm, Cambridge, Puccini is of Australian sire parentage. He is by Coolmore’s champion Australian sire Encosta De Lago and from Miss Opera, a mare whose name obviously is derived from her sire Paris Opera, one of the earlier good performers bred by George Altomonte, owner of the Corumbene Stud at Dunedoo in central western NSW.
  Bred on a cross of two Golden Slipper winning sires, Marscay over Adelette, by Baguette, Paris Opera gave this jewel of juvenile racing a shake himself, finishing second to New Zealand bred Courtza in1989. Despite the fact he was trained by Tommy Smith, ridden by Wayne Harris and had three Sydney wins, a Kindergarten second and Silver Slipper third to his credit, Paris Opera was unwanted in the Slipper, starting at 50-1.
  If he had won, he would have been the first of three Slipper winners bred by Altomonte
as he has since supplied the successful contestants Sebring and Overreach and also third placed Hasna.
   He also has good prospects as a breeder for 2014 Blue Diamond and Slipper glory as a one of the most fancied candidates is Nayeli, a filly by More Than Ready and from the good Danehill performer Wasimah who has won both her starts, including the Group 3 Chairman’s Stakes at Caulfield on Saturday. Gai Waterhouse purchased Nayeli out of the Corumbene draft at the Easter yearling sale for $260,000.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       
  Following his campaign at two, Paris Opera ran nine times at three for one win, a Listed event at Randwick, and then went to stud in Tom Lowry’s care at the famous Okawa Stud in New Zealand.
  Nine years at stud resulted in195 starters for 107 winners including eight stakes winners up to Group 2 level. One of his stakes winners is Puccini’s dam Miss Opera, a winner of six races to 1300m, including a Listed event.
  Miss Opera has all her six foals to race win, two of them successful in major races, Puccini and his illustrious Volksraad half-brother Sir Slick. New Zealand’s Champion Middle Distance Horse in 2006-07, Sir Slick won 22 races, including six Group1 events.
  They had a half-brother by Zabeel in this year’s Premier catalogue at the New Zealand Sales but he was withdrawn.

5/2/2014 Sire’s two city success excites three Hunter studs
  CONNECTIONS of three Hunter Valley studs had good reasons to be pleased at the success on Saturday of the emerging good Danewin sire Excites, the source on the day of impressive winners at 1400m in Sydney (Red Excitement) and Melbourne (Sistine Demon), both second crop 4-year-old geldings.      
   The main benefactor of this achievement was the Vinery Stud as they stand Excites (2013 fee $5,500), a son of the Danehill middle distance star Danewin (six Group1 wins) and the Success Express multiple Group 2 winner and Group1 placed Staging. Excites highlighted a nine start career with a win in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes, a second in the Caulfield Guineas and a third in the Moonee Valley Vase (2040m).
   Two other sons of Staging are the reasons for the other two Hunter Valley studs, Widden and Kitchwin Hills, to enjoy the Excites double. Widden stands Excite’s Redoute’s Choice three-quarter brother Tickets and Kitchwin Hills has their Red Ransom half-brother Duporth.  
   Currently represented by first crop 2-year-olds, Duporth won the BTC Cup (Doomben), STC Golden Rose and AJC San Domenico Stakes, and Tickets, a young sire whose first crop are yearlings, won four stakes, including the Pago Pago and Phar Lap at Rosehill Gardens, and was runner up at Randwick in the Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes.
  Duporth has close blood ties with Saturday’s Excites Sydney winner Red Excitement as the latter, now winner seven times and earner over $400,000, is from a Red Ransom mare, Red Obsession. Her dam Compulsion is a Danehill juvenile Group 3 winning sister to Golden Slipper winner Merlene and from Bold Promise, the Luskin Star 1990-91 champion Australasian 2YO.
    Inbred 3x3 to Danehill, the Gerald Ryan trained Red Excitement was bred by Evergreen Stud Farm, Heatherbrae (near north of Newcastle), L. Nestadt and B. Kantor and sold for $32,500 at the Sydney Classic Sale. The dam went to Tickets last season.  
  A graduate of the Perth Yearling Sale (account Alwyn Park Stud, Serpentine) at $150,000, the Andrew Noblet, Caulfield trained Sistine Demon is flying. Raced 13 times, he has won his last five starts, including two at Flemington and Saturday’s Caulfield event, by a dominating three lengths.
  He is a half-brother to Sistine Angel, a winner of VRC Edward Manifold Stakes and MRC HDF McNeil Stakes and second in the Group1 Sangster at Morphettville and Group 2 Gilgai at Flemington. A filly, she is by another Vinery sire, Testa Rossa.
   Yet another Vinery sire, Myboycharlie, is the sire of their younger half-sister Artistic Lass, a winner twice in succession in late 2013, appearances at Canterbury Park (1900m, by 6.3 lengths) and Hawkesbury (2000m, 3.0 lengths).
   Their dam Famous Painter is an unraced daughter of shuttled Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner Peintre Celebre and Rancheeta, a very speedy daughter of the mercurial Rancher.

5/2/2014 Bull Point’s breeder supplied Black Caviar of Hong Kong
  IAN SMITH, the breeder on his Edinburgh Park Stud near Taree in the rich Manning River Valley, two hour’s drive north of Newcastle, of the exciting Fastnet Rock 3-year-old colt Bull Point, powerhouse winner at Caulfield on Saturday of the Group 3 Manfred Stakes (1200m), ten years ago came into prominence as a breeder when he produced a horse who became the Black Caviar of Hong Kong.  
   Gelded and named Silent Witness, this son of El Moxie (USA), a grandson of Mr. Prospector, and the Bureaucracy mare Jade Tiara, ran 28 times for 18 wins, including his first 17 starts, two of them the Hong Kong International Sprint. Like Black Caviar, he was accoladed World Champion Sprinter three times and in addition was named Hong Kong Champion Sprinter three times and Hong Kong Horse of the Year twice.
  Commemorated  by a statue at Hong Kong’s Sha Tin racecourse, Silent Witness is now back in Australia and residing at Living Legends, the International Home of Rest for Champion Horses at Woodlands Historic Park, Greenvale, Victoria.
  His mother was sold for $6,000 as untested broodmare at an Inglis sale and Silent Witness, her first foal, sold to John Foote Bloodstock for $55,000 at the Sydney Classic Sale. His seven years younger Redoute’s Choice half-sister Sister Madly, however, was passed in at $775,000/$800,000 at the Easter Yearling Sale and later sold to Segenhoe Stud, Hunter Valley for $1million at Gold Coast mare sale. A high class sprinter, she had her first foal last September, a Sepoy colt.  
   Financially, Ian Smith’s best reward as a breeder has been the $960,000 received at the 2012 Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast from Coolmore associated Demi O’Byrne and James Bester Bloodstock for the colt which was to become the Waterhouse trained Bull Point.
   He has now raced seven times for three wins, Saturday’s Manfred and two in Sydney impressively from three juvenile starts. Like he did at Caulfield on Saturday, he came from behind to finish third in the Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens in September.
   A horse who appears a good prospect for Group1 races as far as at least 1600m, including the Australian Guineas at Flemington, Bull Point also has big appeal through his breeding as a sire prospect.
  The quality of his sire Fastnet Rock, a Danehill champion Australian sprinter being used at the Coolmore studs in the Hunter Valley and Ireland, was underlined at last week’s New Zealand yearling sales, a series that saw him supply the four highest priced lots.Three of them were foaled in New Zealand and the other in Australia.
  A three-quarter brother to a colt foaled last August 23 by Foxwedge (a son of Fastnet Rock), Bull Point is the first foal of Rose of Cimmaron, an Ian Smith bred Bite the Bullet mare who ran 16 times for two wins (1300m and 1800m) and two seconds in Sydney.
  She is a sister to Mica’s Pride, a Group 3 winner in Sydney and dam of stakes winners Criterion, Varenna Miss and Silently, and also to Joleur, a minor winner who has produced three Listed stakes winners, Upon This Rock (by Fastnet Rock), Bhutane Dane (Danehill Dancer) and Gaze On (Intergaze)
  Rose of Cimmaron, Mica’s Pride and Joleur are among ten named foals, all winners, from Gainesville (Can) an unraced mare by the good Mr. Prospector sire Afleet. It is a strong black type family.   

5/2/2014 Bite the Bullet’s relation’sTasmanian Derby winner
  BITE THE BULLET, the deceased broodmare sire of up and coming 3-year-old star Bull Point, has close relationship through sire and dam to Charming Lassie, the mother of Statue of Liberty, the source of Liberty Leader, the winner on Sunday of the $100,000 Listed Tasmanian Derby over 2200m at the Hobart racecourse.
  Himself a Group 2 winner and Group1 placegetter at two in America, Bite the Bullet was by the Bold Ruler grandson Spectacular Bid and from Lassie’s Lady, a half-sister by Alydar to Charming Lassie. In addition Charming Lassie is by Seattle Slew, another representative of the Bold Ruler male line.
   Lassie Dear, the grandam of Bite the Bullet and Statue of Liberty, has founded a modern family of world wide consequence. She is also grandam of Statue of Liberty’s half-brother Lemon Drop Kid (five Group1 wins and a prominent sire in America) and of A.P. Indy (a son of Statue of Liberty’s maternal grandsire, he was great American racehorse and sire) and the Emirates Park importation Eavesdropper (a promising sire half-brother to A.P. Indy) and third dam of Duke of Marmalade, a Danehill Coolmore shuttler who was the Best Older Horse in Europe 2008.
   A son of Tale of the Cat’s celebrated sire Storm Cat, Statue of Liberty did not rise to exalted heights on the racecourse in a seven start career, but was smart enough to win both his appearances at two, including the Group 3 Royal Ascot Coventry Stakes (6 furlongs). At three he finished second in the Group1 Sussex Stakes (one mile) at Goodwood.
  Currently headquartered in Japan, but earlier in Great Britain, Statue of Liberty has had eight seasons of use in Victoria, the first three, 2004-06, at Blue Gum Farm and from 2009 to 2013 at the Eliza Park Stud (2013 fee $11,000). He has left about 500 Australian foals.
  Two top performers produced from his Blue Gum Farm use have been Hay List (2012 World Champion Male Sprinter,15 wins, $2,559,575, including three Group1s) and Mic Mac (8 wins, $981,688, two Group 2 sprints, third at Eagle Farm in the Stradbroke).
  Bred by Dr C.A. Gliddon, sold through Eliza Park for $50,000 at the Inglis Melbourne yearling sale and trained for a tribe of owners at Caulfield by Tony Vasil, Liberty Leader has raced ten times for two wins and five other places. His two wins have been at Geelong (1700m, by 3.5 lengths) on January 22 and then the Tasmanian Derby (1.8 lengths).They are his first starts beyond 1500m.
  He is a half-brother to Reachfar, an Untouchable winner and placegetter in Adelaide, and from Umaris, a winner Melbourne and Sydney and Group 2 VRC A.V. Kewney Stakes second produced from the mating of Umatilla (stood Blue Gum Farm) with Arise, a handy Sydney performer by Marauding.
   The next dam, Wineglass, was a Lunchtime Group 2 STC Kingston Town winning sister to Café, a winner of eight races in Sydney and third in the AJC Spring Champion Stakes. Café sired a few winners from modest opportunity.

5/2/2014 Elvis leads the way for Road To Rock
  APTLY named Elvis introduced a new sire of winners by Coolmore’s champion Australian sire Encosta de Lago when he made a smart debut in the race for 2-year-olds which opened the program at the Pukekura Rac               eway, New Plymouth NZ on Sunday.
  He is the first runner in the first crop of Road To Rock, an Encosta de Lago product bred in NSW by Dr C.M. Rogers and J. Abrahams using Trewornan (GB), a minor English 2-year-old winner by Midyan, a grandson of Mr. Prospector through Miswaki.
  Trained by Anthony Cummings, Road To Rock did not race at two but appeared 36 times over the next three years for 16 first three prize cheques. He was one of the best milers in Australia at five, a year he won two Group1s at Randwick, the George Main and Queen Elizabeth, finished a half neck second to Rangirangdo in the Doncaster and a close third in the Epsom.
  An imposing looking 16.2 hands bay located at Wellfield Lodge, Palmerston North, NZ, Road To Rock stood the 2013 season on $7,000.
   His first runner and winner, Elvis, is from Impulsive Rhythm, a non winner but Listed placed at two bred by media personality Michael Willesee using Cox Plate winner Rubiton when he had the Transmedia Stud near Cootamundra NSW. In a short tenure as a stud owner, Willesee launched two subsequent top notch sires, Rubiton and Snippets.
  Elvis is the eighth winner for Impulsive Rhythm, the others including King of Danes (Group 3 2-year-old winner Australia, Group1 winner Hong Kong; sire in Australia) and stakes placed Latino and Mr Spock. 
    



03/02/2014

Teeley Assets to Disperse at National Sale

 

An outstanding line up of broodmares from one of Australia's most successful thoroughbred dynasties will be dispersed at the Magic Millions National Sale during May and June.
The Teeley Assets Complete Unreserved Dispersal of Broodmares and Reduction Sale of weanlings and race fillies will give buyers the opportunity to secure bloodstock from some of the country's most sought after families.

The horses will be presented at the auction by Arrowfield Stud, who will act as selling agent for Teeley Assets. The quality packed draft will go under the hammer unreserved at the Gold Coast from May 26 to June 5.

Since emerging on the scene with the purchase of grand producer Shantha's Choice in 1993, Teeley Assets owner Muzaffar Yaseen has developed a highly successful thoroughbred operation.

Shantha's Choice, his first yearling sale purchase for $220,000, was a Victorian winner but was prematurely retired through injury after just two starts. She was sent to emerging sire Danehill in her maiden season at stud.

The result was Redoute's Choice - one of the thoroughbred industry's greatest success stories. A winner of the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes at two, Redoute's Choice notched five wins, including four at racing's elite level before being retired to Arrowfield Stud where he has been an outstanding success.

In the ensuing years Mr Yaseen's Teeley Assets has assembled one of the country's most impressive bloodstock portfolios - breeding and racing many stars including last year's Blue Diamond Stakes winner Miracles of Life as well as stallions Manhattan Rain and Platinum Scissors.
The unreserved sale at the Gold Coast will comprise 51 broodmares, 31 weanlings, 4 yearlings and a select group of race fillies including Taste of Heaven and Drifting Cube. 

The Complete Unreserved Dispersal of Broodmares of Teeley Assets will include outstanding prospects Monsoon Wedding (in foal to Pierro), Precious Lorraine (in foal to Stratum), Ten Carat Rock (in foal to Fastnet Rock) and The Broken Shore (in foal to Fastnet Rock).

Other lots to go under the hammer in the broodmare dispersal are stakes winners Abbadena, Beauty School, Estelle Collection, Fritz's Princess, Gina Lollawitcha, Whisper Bay and Zipanese as well as the dams of Group One winners Absolutely, Cheeky Choice and Miracles of Life.

The Teeley sale will include a reduction of 31 quality weanlings by sires including Fastnet Rock, Manhattan Rain, More Than Ready, Redoute's Choice, Sepoy, Stratum and Testa Rossa.

Among the weanlings will be half or full relations to stakes winners including Cheeky Choice, I'm All The Talk, Lankan Rupee, Miracles of Life and Packing Ok.

Completing the outstanding draft will be four yearlings - three fillies and a colt - all by Group One winning sire Manhattan Rain.

"It is a great honour for Magic Millions to be entrusted to stage the Teeley Assets Dispersal and Reduction Sale," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.

"Few breeding operations have experienced the success of Teeley Assets. Each season the famous Teeley colours have featured in the winner's stall in feature races around the country."

"The National Sale during May and June will be the place to be for Australian and international bloodstock buyers for what is shaping to be an outstanding catalogue in 2014," Cox added.
For more information on the National Sale please contact the Bloodstock Department of Magic Millions on (07) 5504 1200 or email bloodstock@magicmillions.com.au.  

 

3/02/2014 Strong Results at Karaka 2014

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 88th National Yearling Sales Series drew to a close yesterday with increases posted across all key statistics as the hammer fell on the final of 1372 yearlings catalogued over six days of selling.
At the completion of Karaka 2014, the combined statistics across the Premier, Select and Festival Sales show consistent strength throughout the week to record an increased average, clearance and median, with 64 fewer horses sold compared to 2013.
The clearance rate of 78% represents a six-year high, and reflects the increase in demand that was evident from the local NZ buying bench throughout the week, supported by a strong international line-up from Australia, Fiji, Hong Kong, Indonesia, Ireland, Japan, Korea, Macau, Malaysia, Netherlands, New Caledonia, Singapore, South Africa, Sweden, UK and Western Samoa. The clear middle market strength was also highlighted by the 12.5% increase to the median figure for the entire Sales Series.    
To review any Lot offered at Karaka 2015 watch the sale-ring footage online here.

2014 NATIONAL YEARLING SALES SERIES COMBINED STATISTICS

2014

2013

Aggregate

$69,652,000

$72,387,700

Average

$72,630

$70,899

Median

$45,000

$40,000

Clearance

78%

75%

Catalogued

1372

1492

Withdrawn

139

130

Offered

1233

1362

Passed

274

339

Lots Sold

959

1023

Top Price

$800,000

$1,975,000

Top Lots

Lot

Type

Breeding

Vendor

Purchaser

Price

73

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Katie Lee

Cambridge Stud

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

$800,000

385

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Beyond the Sunset

Pencarrow Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$700,000

139

B. F

Fastnet Rock / Miss Scarlatti

Pencarrow Stud

Mr T Magnier (NSW)

$700,000

207

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Randaroo

Curraghmore Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$680,000

351

B. C

High Chaparral / Alagant Satin

Curraghmore Stud

Astute Bloodstock (NSW)

$550,000

268

B. C

Savabeel / Splashing Out

Waikato Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$500,000

344

BR. F

O'Reilly / Zamfir

Waikato Stud

Ellerslie Lodge BN Heys (NSW)

$475,000

182

BR. C

Savabeel / Pins on Ice

Waikato Stud 

B2B Bloodstock (NSW)

$450,000

280

Ch. C

Thorn Park / Straight Eight

Windsor Park Stud

Bruce Perry Bloodstock (Masterton)

$450,000

160

B. F

Commands / Octapussy

Cambridge Stud

DGR Thoroughbred Services (NSW)

$410,000

224

B. C

Northern Meteor / Sahara Desert

Lyndhurst Farm

Mr M Chang (Hong Kong)

$410,000

110

B. F

Encosta de Lago / Love Diamonds

Cambridge Stud

DC Ellis/Tom Magnier (Te Akau)

$400,000

127

B. F

Fastnet Rock / Memories of You

Curraghmore Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$400,000

158

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Ocean Pearl

Curraghmore Stud

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (Hong Kong)

$400,000

308

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Thousand Veils

Trelawney Stud

DGR Thoroughbred Services (NSW)

$375,000

367

B. C

Pentire / Axiom

Rich Hill Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$375,000

454

B. C

Rip Van Winkle / Dulcine'e

Blandford Lodge

Ellerslie Lodge BN Heys (NSW)

$375,000

35

BR. C

O'Reilly / Grand Echezeaux

Pencarrow Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$370,000

282

B. F

O'Reilly / Striptease

Waikato Stud

Mulcaster B/S/Raffles Dancers (Auckland)

$350,000

407

B. C

Pins / Celebrate

Waikato Stud

John Chalmers Bloodstock (WA)

$330,000

420

BR. F

O'Reilly / Chorus

Waikato Stud

Mr GC Beemsterboer (Netherlands)

$330,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Purchaser

Bought

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

43

$6,811,500

$152,655

$700,000 (Lot 385)

NZB as agent

67

$4,055,500

$60,530

$320,000 (Lot 118)

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

32

$2,910,000

$90,938

$800,000 (Lot 73)

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (Hong Kong)

9

$2,285,000

$253,889

$400,000 (Lot 158)

Bruce Perry Bloodstock (Masterton)

14

$1,955,000

$139,643

$450,000 (Lot 280)

Paul Moroney Bloodstock (Matamata)

22

$1,690,000

$76,818

$250,000 (Lot 383)

DGR Thoroughbred Services (NSW)

8

$1,485,000

$185,625

$410,000 (Lot 160)

John Chalmers Bloodstock (WA)

6

$1,311,000

$218,500

$330,000 (Lot 407)

Ellerslie Lodge BN Heys (NSW)

5

$1,275,000

$255,000

$475,000 (Lot 344)

Gai Waterhouse Racing/James Harron B/S (NSW)

7

$1,200,000

$171,429

$320,000 (Lot 72)

Moody Racing (VIC)

9

$1,195,000

$132,778

$280,000 (Lot 28)

Lisa Latta Racing Stables (Palmerston North)

12

$1,131,500

$94,292

$220,000 (Lot 310)

Go Racing Ltd (Auckland)

13

$1,045,000

$80,385

$220,000 (Lot 312)

Chris Waller Racing (NSW)

8

$1,002,500

$125,313

$210,000 (Lot 210)

B2B Bloodstock (NSW)

7

$915,000

$130,714

$450,000 (Lot 182)

Michael Freedman/Michael Wallace B/S (Singapore)

9

$890,000

$98,889

$130,000 (Lot 116, 607, 721)

John Foote Bloodstock (QLD)

8

$885,000

$110,625

$200,000 (Lot 181)

Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (Whanganui)

17

$826,100

$48,594

$150,000 (Lot 246)

Waikato Bloodstock (Hong Kong)

11

$805,000

$73,182

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Wexford Stables (Matamata)

16

$804,500

$50,281

$120,000 (Lot 1037)

Richardson Racing Stables (Matamata)

12

$779,500

$64,958

$150,000 (Lot 44)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

Vendor

Sold

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Waikato Stud

65

$8,873,000

$136,508

$500,000 (Lot 268)

Cambridge Stud

51

$6,986,500

$136,990

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Curraghmore Stud

33

$5,801,500

$175,803

$680,000 (Lot 207)

Windsor Park Stud

54

$4,521,000

$83,722

$450,000 (Lot 280)

Westbury Stud

73

$4,213,500

$57,719

$320,000 (Lot 341)

Pencarrow Stud

18

$3,768,000

$209,333

$700,000 (Lot 139, 385)

Trelawney Stud 

32

$2,967,500

$92,734

$375,000 (Lot 308)

Haunui Farm

42

$2,523,500

$60,083

$270,000 (Lot 281)

Little Avondale Stud

26

$2,361,500

$90,827

$270,000 (Lot 460)

Rich Hill Stud

47

$2,320,000

$49,362

$375,000 (Lot 367)

Mapperley Stud 

34

$1,750,500

$51,485

$170,000 (Lot 352)

Lyndhurst Farm

16

$1,656,000

$103,500

$410,000 (Lot 224)

Hallmark Stud

21

$1,553,000

$73,952

$310,000 (Lot 133)

The Oaks Stud

21

$1,519,500

$72,357

$200,000 (Lot 181)

Wellfield Lodge

18

$1,256,300

$69,794

$240,000 (Lot 159)

Blandford Lodge

16

$1,173,000

$73,313

$375,000 (Lot 454)

Wentwood Grange

20

$1,064,500

$53,225

$140,000 (Lot 32)

Phoenix Park

16

$1,035,000

$64,688

$160,000 (Lot 357)

Bradbury Park

17

$907,000

$53,353

$160,000 (Lot 252)

Brighthill Farm

21

$870,500

$41,452

$200,000 (Lot 168)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Pencarrow Stud

18

$209,333

$3,768,000

$700,000 (Lot 139, 385)

Ascot Farm

4

$196,250

$785,000

$300,000 (Lot 427)

Curraghmore Stud

33

$175,803

$5,801,500

$680,000 (Lot 207)

Cambridge Stud

51

$136,990

$6,986,500

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Waikato Stud

65

$136,508

$8,873,000

$500,000 (Lot 268)

Beltana

3

$135,833

$407,500

$200,000 (Lot 170)

Prima Park Bloodstock

4

$122,500

$490,000

$200,000 (Lot 214)

Milan Park

7

$112,429

$787,000

$320,000 (Lot 396)

Lyndhurst Farm

16

$103,500

$1,656,000

$410,000 (Lot 224)

Trelawney Stud

32

$92,734

$2,967,500

$375,000 (Lot 308)

Little Avondale Stud

26

$90,827

$2,361,500

$270,000 (Lot 460)

Windsor Park Stud

54

$83,722

$4,521,000

$450,000 (Lot 280)

Henley Park

6

$77,500

$465,000

$125,000 (Lot 732)

Esker Lodge

5

$77,000

$385,000

$110,000 (Lot 372, 404)

Valachi Downs

6

$74,750

$448,500

$150,000 (Lot 236)

Hallmark Stud

21

$73,952

$1,553,000

$310,000 (Lot 133)

Blandford Lodge

16

$73,313

$1,173,000

$375,000 (Lot 454)

The Oaks Stud

21

$72,357

$1,519,500

$200,000 (Lot 181)

Goodwood Stud

10

$70,800

$708,000

$200,000 (Lot 773)

Wellfield Lodge

18

$69,794

$1,256,300

$240,000 (Lot 159)

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Fastnet Rock

16

$352,188

$5,635,000

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Commands

3

$270,000

$810,000

$410,000 (Lot 160)

Zabeel

20

$189,250

$3,785,000

$320,000 (Lot 118, 276)

High Chaparral

19

$185,474

$3,524,000

$550,000 (Lot 351)

Encosta de Lago

5

$172,000

$860,000

$400,000 (Lot 110)

Exceed and Excel

7

$157,143

$1,100,000

$300,000 (Lot 427)

O'Reilly

42

$131,238

$5,512,000

$475,000 (Lot 344)

Bernardini

3

$125,000

$375,000

$220,000 (Lot 312)

Savabeel

68

$113,331

$7,706,500

$500,000 (Lot 268)

Thorn Park

32

$103,563

$3,314,000

$450,000 (Lot 280)

Rip Van Winkle

51

$96,431

$4,918,000

$375,000 (Lot 454)

Pins

30

$95,083

$2,852,500

$330,000 (Lot 407)

Makfi

21

$83,476

$1,753,000

$200,000 (Lot 55)

Pentire

18

$74,111

$1,334,000

$375,000 (Lot 367)

Stravinsky

13

$73,462

$955,000

$160,000 (Lot 373)

Not a Single Doubt

4

$73,125

$292,500

$120,000 (Lot 218)

Mastercraftsman

33

$62,818

$2,073,000

$210,000 (Lot 348)

Darci Brahma

32

$62,719

$2,007,000

$200,000 (Lot 181)

Congrats

4

$61,250

$245,000

$80,000 (Lot 434)

Paco Boy

10

$61,100

$611,000

$110,000 (Lot 335)

Leading First Season Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Rip Van Winkle

51

$96,431

$4,918,000

$375,000 (Lot 454)

Makfi

21

$83,476

$1,753,000

$200,000 (Lot 55)

Congrats

4

$61,250

$245,000

$80,000 (Lot 434)

Paco Boy

10

$61,100

$611,000

$110,000 (Lot 335)

Shocking

32

$55,656

$1,781,000

$160,000 (Lot 837)

Per Incanto

16

$49,250

$788,000

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Stryker

3

$45,000

$135,000

$50,000 (Lot 896)

Showcasing

25

$35,480

$887,000

$180,000 (Lot 4)

Shamoline Warrior

7

$15,929

$111,500

$32,000 (Lot 1303)

3/2/2014 Results All Up at Karaka Festival Sale

A strong final day has concluded New Zealand Bloodstock’s 88th National Yearling Sales Series at Karaka, with the one-day Festival Sale posting increases across all key statistics.
The average price of $14,210 for the session is an increase of 17% from $12,117 last year, with the median increasing 25% to $10,000. The clearance was a five-year high of 81%, up from 73% last year.


Bachelor Duke x Tithe colt Lot 1272 web

Lot 1272 was purchased by Brookby Stables for $77,500.

With a smaller catalogue of 290 Lots, 150 less than in 2013, 207 were sold today for $2,941,500, compared with $3,429,200 for the 283 sold across two-days last year.
In all, there were 1372 yearlings catalogued over six days of selling at Karaka 2014, 120 less than last year and no seven-figure sale, 959 have sold for $69,652,000 compared with $72,387,700 for 64 more lots sold in 2013.
The consistent strength throughout the week is reflected in an overall clearance rate of 78%  - the highest since a record 83% in 2008 - with the average and median both ahead of last year’s figures at $72,630 (up 2.4%) and $45,000 (up 12.5%).
The highest price of the day came at Lot 1272, the colt by Bachelor Duke purchased by Danny Walker of Brookby Stables for $77,500. Offered by Westend Partnership, the colt is by the sire of recent Group 1 winner Shuka, and is half-brother to four winners.
“He’s just a lovely horse, a big, athletic nice type of horse. He sold himself really,” commented Danny Walker. “We’ll more than likely keep him. I’ll break him in and assess it from there.
“I missed out on one earlier in the day but I thought that this horse was twice as good and I’m very pleased to have got him.”
Brookby Stables was the second leading buyer of the Festival Sale, purchasing four horses for a total of $113,500.
With the domestic market strong right throughout the week, the top ten Festival Sale buyers are exclusively NZ-based, with Rogerson Bloodstock heading the list. Graeme and Debbie Rogerson have been active throughout all three Sale sessions, finishing as the third leading buyer at the Premier Sale and the second leading individual buyer at the Select Sale.
Overall Rogerson Bloodstock has been the second leading buyer of the Sale Series, with 32 yearlings purchased for $2,910,000, including the highest price of the Sale of $800,000 paid for Lot 73. The leading buyer for the week was David Ellis of Te Akau Racing, purchasing 42 horses for $6,411,500, with 35 of those horses purchased at the Premier Sale.
Young bloodstock agent Glen Harvey has made a big impression in his purchasing debut this sales season, with four horses bought under his solo banner today for $109,000, and another two in conjunction with Paul Moroney & Leon Corstens respectively, to bring his total Festival purchases to six horses for $171,000.
The second top lot of the day was Lot 1293, a colt by Shocking purchased by The Robt Dawe Agency for $56,000 from Lyndhurst Farm. The colt highlights the prominence of first season sires throughout the week, consistently among the top Lots, with the third-equal highest prices at the Select Sale by Rip Van Winkle and Per Incanto. Shocking himself has made a strong start to his sale ring career, with his 37 entries across the Sales Series averaging $55,656 with a top price of $160,000 (Lot 837).
The Festival Sale’s sires table was headed by Bachelor Duke with three yearlings sold at an average of $30,667. The Oaks Stud sire was also received well at the Select Sale where eight sold at an average price of $61,125 and a top price of $110,000 (Lot 518).
Closely in second was Little Avondale’s freshman sire Per Incanto, who also had a strong Select Sale with 12 horses sold for an average of $51,455, with three horses today bringing his Sale week average to $49,250.
The leading first season sire for the combined Sale Series was Rip Van Winkle with 51 yearlings selling at an average of $96,431, ahead of Makfi who had 21 Lots sell for an average of $83,476.
The leading vendor by aggregate at the Festival Sale was Westbury Stud with 24 yearlings sold for $567,000 at an average of $23,625. A mammoth week for Westbury Stud saw its 110 yearlings showcase the Stud’s resident sires Red Giant, Postponed and Swiss Ace, with all three finishing on the top 10 sires list today.
Providing the top lot of the day, Peter & Sue Westend’s Westend Partnership was the leading vendor by average, selling three horses at an average of $30,000 with an aggregate of $90,000.
Waikato Stud remains as the leading vendor for the combined Sale Series with 65 horses sold for a total of $8,873,000, a strong statement from the Stud who dedicated its entire yearling draft to Karaka 2014.
NZB Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela says the renewed strength of the local market has been one of the highlights of Karaka 2014.
“We’re extremely pleased to post results in line with last year, with notable gains made across the Select and Festival Sales. The New Zealand presence throughout the week has been significant to the Sale and is a very encouraging sign of renewed confidence.
“A huge thank you and congratulations to everyone who has participated this week, particularly our broad international buying bench who made the journey to Auckland. We wish everyone the very best of success with their Karaka purchases.”

2014 Festival Yearling Sale Statistics

2014 Festival Sale

 2013 Festival Sale

AGGREGATE

$2,941,500

$3,429,200

AVERAGE

$14,210

$12,117

MEDIAN

$10,000

$8,000

CLEARANCE

81%

73%

CATALOGUED

290

440

SOLD

207

283

TOP LOT

Lot 1272 B.C Bachelor Duke x Tithe $77,500

Lot 1149 B.C Swiss Ace x Eclaircissement $125,000 

Top Lots

Lot

Type

Breeding

Vendor

Purchaser

Price

1272

B. C

Bachelor Duke / Tithe

Westend Partnership

Brookby Stables (Auckland)

$77,500

1293

B. C

Shocking / Zaquabeel

Lyndhurst Farm

The Robt Dawe Agency (Auckland)

$56,000

1134

Ch. C

Congrats / Kokkei

Westbury Stud

Mr Peter KS So (Hong Kong)

$55,000

1119

B. C

Swiss Ace / Jester Hit

Westbury Stud

Marcus Corban Bloodstock (Cambridge)

$54,000

1197

Ch. C

Swiss Ace / Poetic Music

Westbury Stud

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

$45,000

1285

BR. C

Iffraaj / Wee Tipple

Ardsley Stud Ltd

Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (Auckland)

$44,000

1266

Ch. F

Red Giant / Telepathy

Westbury Stud

Mr PE & Mrs N Izett (Palmerston North)

$42,000

1352

B. C

Don Eduardo / Devil in Red

Haunui Farm

Glen Harvey B/S/Paul Moroney B/S (Cambridge)

$42,000

1370

B. C

Shocking / Etna Court

Hallmark Stud

BW Bloodstock (Auckland)

$41,000

1108

BR. C

Castledale / Gulfstream

Te Runga Stud Ltd

Glen Harvey Bloodstock (Cambridge)

$41,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Purchaser

Bought

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

6

$140,000

$23,333

$45,000 (Lot 1197)

Brookby Stables (Auckland)

4

$113,500

$28,375

$77,500 (Lot 1272)

Glen Harvey Bloodstock (Cambridge)

4

$109,000

$27,250

$41,000 (Lot 1108)

The Robt Dawe Agency (Auckland)

3

$104,000

$34,667

$56,000 (Lot 1293)

Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (Whanganui)

4

$83,600

$20,900

$44,000 (Lot 1285)

Mr RA James (Cambridge)

4

$76,000

$19,000

$31,000 (Lot 1195)

Mr MF Rogers (Auckland)

4

$73,000

$18,250

$36,000 (Lot 1360)

Paul Moroney Bloodstock (Matamata)

3

$73,000

$24,333

$30,000 (Lot 1127, 1260)

Mr PE & Mrs N Izett (Palmerston North)

2

$62,000

$31,000

$42,000 (Lot 1266)

NZB as agent

4

$61,000

$15,250

$30,000 (Lot 1242)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

Vendor

Sold

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Westbury Stud

24

$567,000

$23,625

$55,000 (Lot 1134)

Haunui Farm

12

$200,000

$16,667

$42,000 (Lot 1352)

Rich Hill Stud

12

$151,500

$12,625

$32,000 (Lot 1300)

Windsor Park Stud

6

$151,000

$25,167

$40,000 (Lot 1166)

Berkley Stud

7

$112,500

$16,071

$31,000 (Lot 1195)

Totara Park Stud

17

$91,000

$5,353

$9,000 (Lot 1131, 1233)

Westend Partnership

3

$90,000

$30,000

$77,500 (Lot 1272)

Hallmark Stud

3

$87,000

$29,000

$41,000 (Lot 1370)

Fairdale Stud

4

$74,000

$18,500

$36,000 (Lot 1146)

Archer Park

5

$71,500

$14,300

$32,000 (Lot 1217)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Westend Partnership

3

$30,000

$90,000

$77,500 (Lot 1272)

Hallmark Stud

3

$29,000

$87,000

$41,000 (Lot 1370)

Windsor Park Stud

6

$25,167

$151,000

$40,000 (Lot 1166)

Westbury Stud

24

$23,625

$567,000

$55,000 (Lot 1134)

Fairdale Stud

4

$18,500

$74,000

$36,000 (Lot 1146)

Haunui Farm

12

$16,667

$200,000

$42,000 (Lot 1352)

Berkley Stud

7

$16,071

$112,500

$31,000 (Lot 1195)

Little Avondale Stud

4

$16,000

$64,000

$30,000 (Lot 1168)

Bluegables Farm

3

$15,667

$47,000

$32,000 (Lot 1303)

Cambria Park

3

$14,500

$43,500

$24,000 (Lot 1135)

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Bachelor Duke

3

$30,667

$92,000

$77,500 (Lot 1272)

Per Incanto*

3

$27,333

$82,000

$37,000 (Lot 1314)

Shocking*

6

$26,083

$156,500

$56,000 (Lot 1293)

Red Giant

7

$25,714

$180,000

$42,000 (Lot 1266)

Raise the Flag

3

$22,333

$67,000

$40,000 (Lot 1308)

Swiss Ace

8

$20,250

$162,000

$54,000 (Lot 1119)

Don Eduardo

6

$19,250

$115,500

$42,000 (Lot 1352)

Thewayyouare

9

$18,889

$170,000

$40,000 (Lot 1166)

Coats Choice

6

$18,667

$112,000

$31,000 (Lot 1195)

Iffraaj

8

$18,500

$148,000

$44,000 (Lot 1285)

*First season sire

A Variety Of Inglis Graduates Step Up Again

2nd Feb 2014

From two-year-old brilliance in Melbourne to a tenacious middle-distance performance in Singapore, Inglis graduates got off to an auspicious start to the Year of The Horse with a trio of stakes wins on Saturday.

Nayeli (More Than Ready x Wasimah) stamped herself as a filly to be reckoned with heading into the Group 1 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes following an impressive victory in the Gr.3 MRC Chairman’s Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield.

The undefeated filly’s victory topped a big 24 hours for Inglis graduates in two-year-old events following the wins of Japhils (Moonee Valley), Unequivocal (Rosehill Gardens) and Ygritte (Kembla Grange) from Friday night onwards.

Owner Greg Kolivos, who raced champion juvenile Pierro, was rapt with the performance of Nayeli.

“She’s handled Caulfield really well which can bring so many youngsters undone. It is a vintage Blue Diamond, but you have got to be here and you have to be in it, which we are with a really nice filly” said Kolivos.

Corumbene Stud, the breeders of More Than Ready’s champion son Sebring, offered Nayeli at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale where she was purchased by Gai Waterhouse / James Harron Bloodstock for $260,000.

Nayeli is the 123rd stakes winner for More Than Ready which will be represented by 41 yearlings at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale in April.

Winning jockey Vlad Duric believes Nayeli will be up to ears in the upcoming Blue Diamond saying “she conserves her energy and when you push her button she has a great turn of foot and she is strong. She ticks all the boxes and is definitely in the Blue Diamond mix.”

Shamal Wind (Dubawi x Firemaid) then flew into contention for the Group 1 MRC Oakleigh Plate with a fast finishing victory in the Listed MRC W.J. Adams Stakes over 1000m.

A $55,000 purchase by Aquanita Racing from Widden Stud at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Shamal Wind came from well back to win the Caulfield dash in a slick 56.95 seconds.

Jockey Ryan Maloney was simply blow away with Shamal Wind’s closing sectionals – “I can't remember the last time one let go on me like that, she just toyed with them. It was really impressive,” said Maloney.

Trainer Robert Smerdon added “The Oakleigh Plate is the race we are after now and on today’s effort you’d have to think she’s a chance.”

The flying four-year-old has now amassed nearly $400,000 in prizemoney thanks to five wins and four placings in 14 starts.

Shamal Wind’s half-brother by Stratum is set to be offered by Widden Stud as Lot 7 at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

Arrowfield Stud’s colt by Starcraft from Ain’t Seen Nothin’ that will be offered as Lot 299 at Easter also received a pedigree update on Saturday when his half-brother Stepitup won the Gr.3 Fortune Bowl in Singapore.

Stepitup (Hussonet x Ain’t Seen Nothin’) was having his first try at 2000m and although given top weight of 58kgs the tenacious four-year-old came away with the spoils in the S$200,000 event.

Regular jockey Ivaldo Santana thought the S$980,000 earner had broken down when clipped at the 500m mark but Stepitup showed his characteristic fight to pick himself up and dash away to another victory.

“I am very lucky to be the jockey of such a horse. He’s the best horse I’ve ridden in my career – just on his big heart,” said Santana.

A $90,000 purchase from Bellerive Stud’s draft at the 2011 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Stepitup has built an incredible record in Singapore with nine wins, including five at Group level, from 1000m to 2000m from just 12 starts.

The 2000m Group 1 Singapore Derby, a race won by fellow Inglis graduate Better Life last year, is now the primary aim for Stepitup in 2014.

This year’s edition of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the sales source of Shamal Wind and Stepitup, will be conducted on 2, 3, 4 & 5 March 2014 at Oaklands.

The Melbourne Premier and Australian Easter Yearling Sale catalogues, which will again offer high-class yearlings by a variety of proven and exciting young sires from various female lines, are available on both the market leading Inglis Sales iPad App and online at www.inglis.com.au



1/2/2014 Super Trade Concludes 2014 Karaka Select Sale

A super day’s trade has rounded off New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2014 Select Sale today at Karaka, with the turnover, average, and clearance all ahead of last year’s figures.


Zabeel x Al Shamekha colt Lot 930 $160k-web2

Ian McCauley with his purchase Lot 930 for $160,000.

The Sale that provided eight of the 13 Group 1 winners from NZB’s National Yearling Sales Series last year has seen a total of 416 horses sold over the past three days, with total takings of $19,224,000 (up 11%), at an average of $46,212 (up 7%), and a clearance rate of 75%, up from 71% at the sale’s conclusion last year.
This year’s Sale has seen 10 Lots sold for over $150,000 compared with only five last year, and 42 horses sold for over $100,000, 13 more than last year. This year's median price matched last year's at $35,000.
Today’s top price was recorded early in the day when Lot 930 was purchased by Queensland agent John Foote for $160,000. The colt offered by Brighthill Farm was the last Zabeel to go through the Karaka 2014 Sale, and potentially the last yearling by the great sire to be sold at Karaka.
Out of Al Maher mare Al Shamekha, the colt is from the international family of Group 1 winners Saddex (Sadler’s Wells) and Spinning World (Nureyev).
John Foote purchased the horse on behalf of his Queensland client Ian McCauley who was delighted with the purchase.
“Ian is a very good client and a great supporter of the Karaka Sales and he loves a good Zabeel,” commented Foote. “I’ve bought a number of horses over the years with Ian including another Zabeel called Turner Bayou that won the Queensland Cup last year.


Thewayyouare x Alleyrun colt Lot 926-web

Lot 926 was purchased for Mr S To by Willie Leung for $150,000.

“This colt is a good horse, he’s a strong Zabeel, well developed with a deep girth and Ian was determined to buy him.”
Four Lots earlier, Lot 926 was the second top price of the day, purchased by Willie Leung for Simon To for $150,000. The colt by second season sire Thewayyouare, out of the stakes placed mare Alleyrun and a half-brother to the highly regarded Allez Eagle, was sold by Goodwood Stud who also sold the top Lot of the Sale, yesterday’s Savabeel colt at Lot 773 sold for $200,000.
“The fact is from the beginning I have liked to buy first season sires as you can get a top lot from the first crop for reasonable value,” commented Leung. “Yesterday I bought the Rip Van Winkle for Mr To as I thought he was the best Rip Van Winkle in the Select Sale.”
“I bought the Thewayyouare colt for Mr To today because I’ve had luck buying his progeny before, plus he’s a half-brother to Allez Eagle.”
Bryce & Ginger Tankard’s Waikato Bloodstock have worked hard to add four purchases to their tally today to secure a total of 10 yearlings for the week for $775,000 at an average of $77,500. Based in Cambridge, the father and son duo have been mostly purchasing for their Hong Kong-based clients, with a top Select Sale price of $170,000 paid for Lot 838, a colt by freshman sire Per Incanto (by Street Cry).
“We are very happy with the Sale and thrilled to bits with the horses that we’ve got,” commented Bryce Tankard. “The quality of the Select Sale is right up there, with a very good, even line up of horses, the standard was very high.
“We’ve missed out on quite a few this week and come up a bit short so we’ll be back for the Festival Sale on Sunday for sure.
“I think there are some very good drafts from first season sires and it is great to see these young sires leaving such outstanding types, it’s very promising for the future.”
A total of 11 individual countries have been represented on the buyers list, compared with only five at the 2013 Select Sale. International buyers Aquanita, Michael Freedman, Willie Leung, Ger Beemsterboer, B2B Bloodstock and Colin Little are amongst those who have stayed on from the Premier Sale and made their presence felt over the three-day Select Sale.
But it has been the locals who have dominated, with 54% of the turnover provided by New Zealanders. Graeme & Debbie Rogerson have bought the most horses with 15 to place them in second spot overall, with the likes of local buyers Paul Moroney, Wexford Stables, Lisa Latta, Phill Cataldo, David Ellis, Bruce Perry and Garry Carvell all very active throughout the past three days.
With a wide and varied selection of 94 individual sires represented at the Select Sale, first season sires have continued to star filling four of the top 10 spots on the sires list by average, and providing three of the top six prices of the Select Sale.
Freshman sires Paco Boy, Shocking, Rip Van Winkle, Makfi, Per Incanto & Showcasing have all provided six-figure horses in the past three days, with the leading first season sire being Waikato Stud’s Paco Boy (Desert Style) with 8 yearlings sold at an average of $61,750, placing him third on the overall sires table.
Finishing a close second on the first season sires table was Melbourne Cup winner Shocking with a large representation of 24 yearlings sold at an average of $61,646.
Unheralded sire Raise the Flag (Sadler’s Wells), whose eldest crop are just two, ends the Sale as the leading sire by average (with three or more horses sold) thanks largely to $147,500 paid for his filly at Lot 1069.
Second on the overall sires list is champion sire O’Reilly with 8 sold for an average of $73,625. Waikato Stud’s linchpin sire also sold 34 yearlings at the Premier Sale for an average of $144,794, with $4,923,000 spent on his progeny this week.
The leading vendor by aggregate for the Select Sale is John & Colleen Thompson’s Rich Hill Stud which has sold 32 yearlings for $1,603,500 at an average of $50,109. With a large representation from their first season sire Shocking, the stud’s top price came at Lot 837 with $160,000 for the colt by their young sire.
The leading vendor by average (with three or more sold) is South Island vendor White Robe Lodge selling three yearlings for a total of $260,000 at an average of $86,667.
Across the past five days of selling – the Premier and Select Sales combined – Waikato Stud has sold 65 yearlings for a total of $8,873,000 at an average of $136,508, remaining as the leading vendor across all Sales.
With the Premier and Select Sales completed, there is just one chance left to secure yearlings from Karaka 2014, with the one-day Festival Sale on Sunday (February 2) with 290 Lots set to go under the hammer from the earlier time of 10am.

2014 Select Yearling Sale Statistics

2014 Select Sale

 2013 Select Sale

AGGREGATE

$19,224,000

$17,256,500

AVERAGE

$46,212

$43,249

MEDIAN

$35,000

$35,000

CLEARANCE

75%

71%

CATALOGUED

613

611

SOLD

416

399

TOP PRICE

Lot 773 Br.C Savabeel x Run Brony Run - $200,000

Lot 533 B.C Thewayyouare x City Affair - $200,00

Top Lots

Lot

Type

Breeding

Vendor

Purchaser

Price

773

BR. C

Savabeel / Run Brony Run

Goodwood Stud

NZB as agent (Hong Kong)

$200,000

674

BR. C

Dylan Thomas / Mon Beau Cheval

Windsor Park Stud

Mr DT O'Donnell (Hong Kong)

$190,000

849

B. C

Rip Van Winkle / Teardrop Island

Curraghmore Stud

Mr S To (Hong Kong)

$170,000

838

B. C

Per Incanto / Summer Nymph

Highden Park

Waikato Bloodstock (Hong Kong)

$170,000

472

BB C

Domesday / Fastnet Lady

The Oaks Stud

Lisa Latta Racing Stables (Palmerston North)

$165,000

837

B. C

Shocking / Summer Lot

Rich Hill Stud

NZB as agent (VIC)

$160,000

930

B. C

Zabeel / Al Shamekha

Brighthill Farm

John Foote Bloodstock (QLD)

$160,000

890

Ch. C

Equiano / Victoria Belle

Cambridge Stud

Magus Equine (Hong Kong)

$160,000

805

B. C

Iffraaj / Slievenamon Marie

Ardsley Stud Ltd

Hiwi Lodge/Mr P Ho (Hong Kong)

$150,000

926

Ch. C

Thewayyouare / Alleyrun

Goodwood Stud

Mr S To (Hong Kong)

$150,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Purchaser

Bought

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

NZB as agent

37

$1,709,500

$46,203

$200,000 (Lot 773)

Waikato Bloodstock (Hong Kong)

10

$775,000

$77,500

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

15

$680,000

$45,333

$100,000 (Lot 555)

Paul Moroney Bloodstock (Matamata)

13

$668,000

$51,385

$140,000 (Lot 672)

John Foote Bloodstock (QLD)

6

$545,000

$90,833

$160,000 (Lot 930)

Wexford Stables (Matamata)

11

$524,000

$47,636

$120,000 (Lot 1037)

Michael Freedman/Michael Wallace B/S (Singapore)

5

$460,000

$92,000

$130,000 (Lot 607, 721)

Lisa Latta Racing Stables (Palmerston North)

6

$442,000

$73,667

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Phill Cataldo Bloodstock (Whanganui)

9

$420,000

$46,667

$97,500 (Lot 1018)

Aquanita Racing (VIC)

6

$393,000

$65,500

$125,000 (Lot 732)

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

8

$391,500

$48,938

$90,000 (Lot 616)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

Vendor

Sold

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Rich Hill Stud

32

$1,603,500

$50,109

$160,000 (Lot 837)

Westbury Stud

29

$1,389,000

$47,897

$140,000 (Lot 672)

Waikato Stud Ltd

19

$1,218,000

$64,105

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Windsor Park Stud

24

$1,148,500

$47,854

$190,000 (Lot 674)

The Oaks Stud

13

$854,500

$65,731

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Mapperley Stud Ltd

18

$706,000

$39,222

$120,000 (Lot 1022)

Little Avondale Stud

11

$677,500

$61,591

$120,000 (Lot 1037, 549)

Hallmark Stud

11

$671,000

$61,000

$130,000 (Lot 645)

Cambridge Stud

17

$641,500

$37,735

$160,000 (Lot 890)

Highden Park

11

$599,000

$54,455

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

White Robe Lodge

3

$86,667

$260,000

$147,500 (Lot 1069)

Henley Park

6

$77,500

$465,000

$125,000 (Lot 732)

Te Runga Stud Ltd

3

$74,000

$222,000

$110,000 (Lot 518)

Goodwood Stud

8

$71,000

$568,000

$200,000 (Lot 773)

Ardsley Stud Ltd

5

$67,000

$335,000

$150,000 (Lot 805)

The Oaks Stud

13

$65,731

$854,500

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Waikato Stud Ltd

19

$64,105

$1,218,000

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Little Avondale Stud

11

$61,591

$677,500

$120,000 (Lot 1037, 549)

Hallmark Stud

11

$61,000

$671,000

$130,000 (Lot 645)

Milan Park

4

$59,250

$237,000

$90,000 (Lot 662)

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Raise the Flag

3

$86,667

$260,000

$147,500 (Lot 1069)

O'Reilly

8

$73,625

$589,000

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Paco Boy

8

$61,750

$494,000

$105,000 (Lot 891)

Shocking

24

$61,646

$1,479,500

$160,000 (Lot 837)

Bachelor Duke

8

$61,125

$489,000

$110,000 (Lot 518)

Savabeel

27

$57,556

$1,554,000

$200,000 (Lot 773)

Rip Van Winkle

22

$53,273

$1,172,000

$170,000 (Lot 849)

Road to Rock

4

$52,625

$210,500

$77,500 (Lot 705)

Makfi

9

$52,556

$473,000

$100,000 (Lot 708)

Pentire

12

$52,167

$626,000

$140,000 (Lot 672)

Per Incanto

12

$50,500

$606,000

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Swiss Ace

10

$49,500

$495,000

$130,000 (Lot 679)

Pins

10

$49,000

$490,000

$115,000 (Lot 1071)

Thorn Park

15

$48,933

$734,000

$130,000 (Lot 607)

Nadeem

4

$48,250

$193,000

$100,000 (Lot 656)

Darci Brahma

14

$47,893

$670,500

$100,000 (Lot 842, 873)

Sir Percy

7

$46,929

$328,500

$87,500 (Lot 761)

Stryker

3

$45,000

$135,000

$50,000 (Lot 896)

Thewayyouare

5

$43,700

$218,500

$150,000 (Lot 926)

Nom du Jeu

7

$42,857

$300,000

$100,000 (Lot 545)

Leading First Season Sires (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Paco Boy

8

$61,750

$494,000

$105,000 (Lot 891)

Shocking

24

$61,646

$1,479,500

$160,000 (Lot 837)

Rip Van Winkle

22

$53,273

$1,172,000

$170,000 (Lot 849)

Makfi

9

$52,556

$473,000

$100,000 (Lot 708)

Per Incanto

11

$51,455

$566,000

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Stryker

3

$45,000

$135,000

$50,000 (Lot 896)

Showcasing

14

$35,500

$497,000

$130,000 (Lot 645)

31/1/2014 Steady Gains on Day 2 of Karaka Select Sale

The momentum continued on Day 2 of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Select Sale today at Karaka, with figures advancing further on yesterday, and last year’s result.


Savabeel x Run Brony Run Lot 773 $200k-1

Savabeel colt Lot 779 tops Day 2 of Select Sale.

Comparing favourably to Day 1 & 2 last year, the average, clearance and turnover are all tracking ahead of the 2013 figures. With 304 Select Sale horses now sold for $14,175,000, the average is up 4% to $46,628 and the median matches last year’s $37,500. Notably the clearance rate is currently 75%, ahead of last year’s 70% at the same point in the Sale.
Showing good competition at the top end of the market, the first two days of this year’s Sale have produced 32 Lots over $100,000 compared with just 21 in 2013.
The highlight of the day came at Lot 773 with the Savabeel colt from Redoute’s Choice mare Run Brony Run knocked down for $200,000 to NZB as agent for a Hong Kong buyer. Offered by Goodwood Stud, the colt becomes the top price of the Select Sale so far this year.
NZB’s International Sales Manager John Cameron purchased the colt for a client in Hong Kong.
“He’s a very good type, he obviously has a lot of quality and has a very good walk and a good temperament, in fact I think he’s very much like Savabeel,” said Cameron.
“I’ve purchased for his owner in the past and the horse had been successful for him, he had a new permit and asked me to buy one for him. I tried on some in the Premier Sale and was unsuccessful but I’m delighted with this colt, he was well worth waiting for. He’ll stay in New Zealand and get broken in and developed and then head to Hong Kong in May or June next year as an unraced horse.”
The result also contributed to a strong selection from Waikato Stud sire Savabeel, who has had 58 yearlings sold this week so far. With a top price of $500,000 paid at the Premier Sale for Lot 258, the Cox Plate winning son of Zabeel sits in the top spot by aggregate and in fifth position on the sires table by average at this session, with 18 yearlings selling at an average of $61,667 for a total of $1,110,000, the only sire to break $1m at the Sale.
His barn mate at Waikato Stud, O’Reilly, is the leading sire of the Select Sale with six Lots sold for an average of $84,167.
But the freshman sires have also been to the fore at the Select Sale, providing five of the top 10 prices of the Sale so far.
Rip Van Winkle leads the first season sires table with 13 Lots sold for an average of $61,962. He shares the third-highest price of the Sale, and the equal-highest price for a freshman sire. Lot 849, by the World Champion Miler and from the Fastnet Rock mare Teardrop Island, was purchased by Hong Kong agent Willie Leung for Mr S To for $170,000 from Curraghmore Stud.
Sharing the highest price for a first season sire is Little Avondale Stud’s Per Incanto with a colt by the son of Street Cry purchased by Waikato Bloodstock for $170,000. Catalogued at Lot 838, the colt becomes the highest priced Per Incanto to be sold at auction.
Australian-based first season sire Equiano featured just one entry in the Sale, Lot 890, also purchased by Willie Leung, for $160,000 from Cambridge Stud.
Melbourne Cup winning freshman sire Shocking also provided a $160,000 sale, with Lot 837 purchased by NZB as agent from Rich Hill Stud, where Shocking stands, while Showcasing provided at $130,000 sale at Lot 645 yesterday, the colt from Perlin’s family that was purchased by LB Racing from Hallmark Stud.
The leading Select Sale purchaser so far is Bryce and Ginger Tankard’s Waikato Bloodstock who have purchased six yearlings for a total spend of $555,000. The father and son duo’s highest priced purchase was the Per Incanto colt at Lot 838. The pair also secured one yearling at the Premier Sale earlier in the week, purchasing Lot 321 a colt by Savabeel for $190,000 from Prima Park Bloodstock.
The leading vendor by aggregate through two days of the Select Sale is Rich Hill Stud which has sold 23 horses for a total of $1,145,000 at an average of $49,783.
The leading vendor by average (with three or more sold) is Henley Park, selling four horses for an average of $78,750 with their highest price Lot 732, a Hussonet colt purchased by Aquanita Racing for $125,000.
Day 3 of the Select Sale continues tomorrow at Karaka from 11am at Lot 921.

2014 Select Sale Day 1 and 2 Statistics

2014 Select Sale Day 1 & 2

 2013 Select Sale Day 1 & 2

AGGREGATE

$14,175,000

$12,809,000

AVERAGE

$46,628

$44,944

MEDIAN

$37,500

$37,500

CLEARANCE

75%

70%

CATALOGUED

451

439

SOLD

304

285

TOP LOT

Lot 773 Br.C Savabeel x Run Brony Run - $200,000 

Lot 533 B.C Thewayyouare X City Affair - $200,000

2014 Select Sale Day 1 and 2 Top Lots

Lot

Type

Breeding

Vendor

Purchaser

Price

773

BR. C

Savabeel / Run Brony Run

Goodwood Stud

NZB as agent (Hong Kong)

$200,000

674

BR. C

Dylan Thomas / Mon Beau Cheval

Windsor Park Stud

Mr DT O'Donnell (Hong Kong)

$190,000

849

B. C

Rip Van Winkle / Teardrop Island

Curraghmore Stud

Mr S To (Hong Kong)

$170,000

838

B. C

Per Incanto / Summer Nymph

Highden Park

Waikato Bloodstock (Hong Kong)

$170,000

472

BB C

Domesday / Fastnet Lady

The Oaks Stud

Lisa Latta Racing Stables (Palmerston North)

$165,000

837

B. C

Shocking / Summer Lot

Rich Hill Stud

NZB as agent (VIC)

$160,000

890

Ch. C

Equiano / Victoria Belle

Cambridge Stud

Magus Equine (Hong Kong)

$160,000

805

B. C

Iffraaj / Slievenamon Marie

Ardsley Stud Ltd

Hiwi Lodge/Mr P Ho (Hong Kong)

$150,000

672

B. C

Pentire / Modern Lady

Westbury Stud

Paul Moroney Bloodstock (VIC)

$140,000

679

B. C

Swiss Ace / More Assertive

Westbury Stud

Waikato Bloodstock (Hong Kong)

$130,000

543

B. C

O'Reilly / It's Showtime

Waikato Stud Ltd

Mr WC Lim (Malaysia)

$130,000

607

Ch. C

Thorn Park / Livonia

Windsor Park Stud

Michael Freedman/Michael Wallace B/S (Singapore)

$130,000

721

BR. C

Alamosa / Pinot Grieve

Highden Park

Michael Freedman/Michael Wallace B/S (Singapore)

$130,000

645

Ch. C

Showcasing / Midnight Breaker

Hallmark Stud

LB Racing Pty Ltd (QLD)

$130,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Buyer

Bought

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

NZB as agent

29

$1,491,500

$51,431

$200,000 (Lot 773)

Waikato Bloodstock

6

$555,000

$92,500

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Rogerson Bloodstock

11

$525,000

$47,727

$100,000 (Lot 555)

Paul Moroney Bloodstock

8

$455,500

$56,938

$140,000 (Lot 672)

Mr DC Ellis

8

$391,500

$48,938

$90,000 (Lot 616)

Hiwi Lodge

6

$364,000

$60,667

$100,000 (Lot 873)

Michael Freedman/Michael Wallace B/S

4

$360,000

$90,000

$130,000 (Lot 607, 721)

Lisa Latta Racing Stables

5

$357,000

$71,400

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Aquanita Racing

4

$305,000

$76,250

$125,000 (Lot 732)

Wexford Stables

5

$243,000

$48,600

$80,000 (Lot 602)

Mr GC Beemsterboer

4

$230,000

$57,500

$110,000 (Lot 610)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

Vendor

Sold

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Rich Hill Stud

23

$1,145,000

$49,783

$160,000 (Lot 837)

Westbury Stud

22

$1,129,000

$51,318

$140,000 (Lot 672)

Waikato Stud Ltd

14

$897,000

$64,071

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Windsor Park Stud

17

$838,500

$49,324

$190,000 (Lot 674)

The Oaks Stud

11

$784,500

$71,318

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Hallmark Stud

8

$564,000

$70,500

$130,000 (Lot 645)

Cambridge Stud

13

$556,500

$42,808

$160,000 (Lot 890)

Highden Park

8

$539,000

$67,375

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Haunui Farm

15

$506,000

$33,733

$100,000 (Lot 799)

Mapperley Stud Ltd

13

$462,000

$35,538

$65,000 (Lot 683)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Henley Park

4

$78,750

$315,000

$125,000 (Lot 732)

Goodwood Stud

5

$71,600

$358,000

$200,000 (Lot 773)

The Oaks Stud

11

$71,318

$784,500

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Hallmark Stud

8

$70,500

$564,000

$130,000 (Lot 645)

Highden Park

8

$67,375

$539,000

$170,000 (Lot 838)

Ardsley Stud Ltd

5

$67,000

$335,000

$150,000 (Lot 805)

Waikato Stud Ltd

14

$64,071

$897,000

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Jamieson Park

4

$62,500

$250,000

$90,000 (Lot 616)

Milan Park

3

$59,000

$177,000

$90,000 (Lot 662)

Curraghmore Stud

7

$56,143

$393,000

$170,000 (Lot 849)

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

O'Reilly

6

$84,167

$505,000

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Bachelor Duke

6

$70,000

$420,000

$110,000 (Lot 518)

Rip Van Winkle*

13

$61,962

$805,500

$170,000 (Lot 849)

Savabeel

18

$61,667

$1,110,000

$200,000 (Lot 773)

Shocking*

15

$60,833

$912,500

$160,000 (Lot 837)

Paco Boy*

6

$60,000

$360,000

$105,000 (Lot 891)

Nadeem

3

$59,333

$178,000

$100,000 (Lot 656)

Road to Rock

4

$52,625

$210,500

$77,500 (Lot 705)

Swiss Ace

8

$51,875

$415,000

$130,000 (Lot 679)

Makfi*

6

$51,333

$308,000

$100,000 (Lot 708)

* First season sire


31/1/2014 Equiano colt sold to Hong Kong VIP

Swettenham Stud sire Equiano finished among the first-season leaders on Day 2 of the NZB Select yearling sale on Thursday.

The Equiano colt from Victoria Belle (Zabeel) made $160,000 to the bid of Magus Equine bloodstock agent Willie Leung at Karaka.  “Equiano was a champion sprinter in Europe and I loved him as a racehorse,” Leung said.  “His colt is a beautiful walker with a good temperament and is a very relaxed individual.

“He combines the best blood from Europe with Australia & New Zealand and I was very keen to secure him for one of my VIP clients in Hong Kong.  I like to buy yearlings by first-season sires because you have a better chance spending a reasonable amount of money for the best progeny from their first crop.”

The first Equiano yearlings were also popular at the Magic Millions earlier this month.  Two of his colts made $120,000 on the Gold Coast and they will go into training with Chris Waller and Lloyd Kennewell.

His Karaka colt was bred by Sir Patrick Hogan and is the first foal of a Zabeel mare that descends from one of Cambridge Stud’s most successful families.  Second-dam Miss Danewood (Danehill) is a three-quarter sister to Randwick G3 winner Rockwood.

Third-dam Foxwood (Centaine) was a Group 1 winner of the NZ Two Thousand Guineas and fourth-dam Delia's Choice (Sir Tristram) is a sister to Sovereign Red and Gurner's Lane.

Equiano (Fr) was a dual winner of the G1 King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot and he has another 25 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale starting on March 2.


BOB FRAPPELL NOMINATED FOR HERITAGE BANK VOLUNTEER OF THE YEAR

30/1/2014 Strong Start to NZB 2014 Select Sale

The first day of New Zealand Bloodstock’s Select Sale has seen some competitive bidding for the 231 yearlings on offer today, resulting in slight increases to all the figures compared to the first day last year.


Day 3 Topper

Dan O'Donnell & Rodney Schick with the day's top Lot 674.

With 231 of the 612 Select Sale yearlings catalogued for Day 1 of the three-day session, 151 were sold for $7,378,500, at an average of $48,864 (up 3.4%) and a median of $40,000 (up 2.6%). Encouragingly the clearance rate sits at 72% compared with 69% at the end of the first day last year.
With the highlight lots bookending today’s session, the top price came towards the end of the day at Lot 674, purchased by Hong Kong based Dan O’Donnell for $190,000 from Windsor Park Stud. The colt by Dylan Thomas is out of Montjeu mare Mon Beau Cheval, a daughter of dual Group 1 Prized Gem making her a full-sister to Group 1 Australian Derby winner Nom du Jeu (Montjeu).
“Most horses are just horses but every so often there is one with a little bit extra and he has that. He has an individual personality, he is relaxed and moves very smoothly,” commented O’Donnell.
“Essentially he has a stayers pedigree but with his dam being a Montjeu mare he should perform over shorter distances as Montjeu has an element of electricity to his offspring. I purchased Blazing Speed who recently won the Stewards’ Cup in Hong Kong over 1600m and he is bred on the same cross as this colt.
“He will remain in New Zealand for two years and will likely be owned by Mr Simon Kwok who I also purchased Beauty Flash for.”
The second top price of $165,000 was supplied by just the second lot through the ring, purchased by Lisa Latta Racing Stables. Catalogued at Lot 472, the colt by Domesday is the first foal of winning Fastnet Rock mare Fastnet Lady, offered by The Oaks Stud.
Continuing the theme of the Premier Sale, domestic buyers stepped up their activity again here, accounting for 56% of turnover, up from 53% in 2013.
Te Akau Racing’s David Ellis continued his spending frenzy purchasing six more yearlings for a total of $284,000 to add to the 35 bought at the Premier Sale, retaining his leading buyer title that he acquired at the Premier Sale earlier in the week.
Ellis headed a strong domestic buying bench that had seven New Zealand buyers feature in the top 10 individual purchasers of the day, including Lisa Latta Racing Stables, Wexford Stables, Bruce Perry Bloodstock, Rogerson Bloodstock, Murray Baker Racing and Paul Moroney Bloodstock.
A broad selection of international buyers have stayed on site from the Premier Sale, including Ger Beemsterboer of the Netherlands – part-owner of NZB Filly of the Year Planet Rock - the third leading purchaser of the day with four horses bought for a total of $230,000.  Beemsterboer also purchased two yearlings at the Premier Sale.
Australian buyers have also continued their activity, purchasing 22 horses for $1,273,000 at an average of $57,863, with LB Racing, John Foote, John Morrisey and Peter Moody all spending over $100,000.
Hong Kong based buyers were strongly represented, purchasing 14 horses for a total of $1,130,000. Cambridge based Waikato Bloodstock, purchasing for Hong Kong clients, finished the day as the second leading buyer with three yearlings purchased for $235,000.
The leading vendor by aggregate was Westbury Stud with 10 horses sold for an aggregate of $649,000 at an average of $64,900. Westbury has 32 yearlings catalogued for sale over the remaining two days of the Select Sale, including a large representation from their freshman sire Makfi and their second season sires Swiss Ace and Red Giant.
The leading vendor by average (with three or more sold) is currently Dick Karreman’s The Oaks Stud, selling eight yearlings for a total of $644,500 at an average of $80,563. The highest priced yearling sold by The Oaks Stud was the second highest price of the day paid for Lot 472. Their resident sire Bachelor Duke is enjoying a good sale, with a top price of $110,000 paid by John Morrisey (NSW) for Lot 518, and six sold for the second-highest average of $70,000.
Champion sire O’Reilly heads the sires list with four Lots sold for $372,500 at an average of $93,125. Waikato Stud’s resident sire had a top price of $130,000 for Lot 543, purchased by Mr WC Lim of Malaysia from the Premier Sale’s leading vendor.
Freshman sire Rip Van Winkle continues to sell well as he is leading first season sire at this session so far, with four entries selling for a total of $230,000 at an average of $57,500.
Selling continues from Lot 701 to 920 tomorrow from 11am at Karaka.  All lots will be streamed live online at www.nzb.co.nz

2014 Select Sale Day 1 Statistics Day

 2014 Select Sale Day 1

 2013 Select Sale Day 1

AGGREGATE

$7,378,500

$6,616,500

AVERAGE

$48,864

$47,261

MEDIAN

$40,000

$39,000

CLEARANCE

72%

69%

CATALOGUED

231

219

SOLD

151

140

TOP LOT

Lot 674 B.C Dylan Thomas X Mon Beau Cheval - $190,000

Lot 533 B.C Thewayyouare X City Affair - $200,000

2014 Select Sale Day 1 Top Lots

Lot

Type

Breeding

Vendor

Purchaser

Price

674

BR. C

Dylan Thomas / Mon Beau Cheval

Windsor Park Stud

Mr DT O'Donnell (Hong Kong)

$190,000

472

BB C

Domesday / Fastnet Lady

The Oaks Stud

Lisa Latta Racing Stables (Palmerston North)

$165,000

672

B. C

Pentire / Modern Lady

Westbury Stud

Paul Moroney Bloodstock (VIC)

$140,000

679

B. C

Swiss Ace / More Assertive

Westbury Stud

Waikato Bloodstock (Hong Kong)

$130,000

543

B. C

O'Reilly / It's Showtime

Waikato Stud Ltd

Mr WC Lim (Malaysia)

$130,000

607

Ch. C

Thorn Park / Livonia

Windsor Park Stud

Michael Freedman/Michael Wallace B/S (Singapore)

$130,000

645

Ch. C

Showcasing / Midnight Breaker

Hallmark Stud

LB Racing Pty Ltd (QLD)

$130,000

549

BR. C

Savabeel / Just Diamonds

Little Avondale Stud

John Foote Bloodstock (QLD)

$120,000

540

B. C

O'Reilly / Irish Colleen

Waikato Stud Ltd

Mr RA James (Cambridge)

$115,000

610

B. F

Manhattan Rain / Love Wings

Hallmark Stud

Mr GC Beemsterboer (Netherlands)

$110,000

518

B. C

Bachelor Duke / Hidden Passion

Te Runga Stud Ltd

Mr J Morrisey (NSW)

$110,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Buyer

Bought

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

NZB as agent

11

$543,000

$49,364

$100,000 (Lot 581, 656)

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

6

$284,000

$47,333

$90,000 (Lot 616)

Waikato Bloodstock (HK)

3

$235,000

$78,333

$130,000 (Lot 679)

Mr GC Beemsterboer (Netherlands)

4

$230,000

$57,500

$110,000 (Lot 610)

Lisa Latta Racing Stables (Palmerston North)

3

$227,000

$75,667

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Wexford Stables (Matamata)

4

$213,000

$53,250

$80,000 (Lot 602)

Bruce Perry Bloodstock (Masterton)

4

$205,000

$51,250

$90,000 (Lot 662)

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

3

$205,000

$68,333

$100,000 (Lot 555)

Mr DT O'Donnell (HK)

1

$190,000

$190,000

$190,000 (Lot 674)

Murray Baker Racing (Cambridge)

4

$186,000

$46,500

$75,000 (Lot 476)

Paul Moroney Bloodstock (Matamata)

2

$185,000

$92,500

$140,000 (Lot 672)

Michael Freedman/Michael Wallace B/S (Singapore)

2

$170,000

$85,000

$130,000 (Lot 607)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

Vendor

Sold

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Westbury Stud

10

$649,000

$64,900

$140,000 (Lot 672)

The Oaks Stud

8

$644,500

$80,563

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Waikato Stud Ltd

8

$534,500

$66,813

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Windsor Park Stud

6

$474,500

$79,083

$190,000 (Lot 674)

Hallmark Stud

6

$440,000

$73,333

$130,000 (Lot 645)

Rich Hill Stud

8

$354,500

$44,313

$70,000 (Lot 632)

Cambridge Stud

10

$336,500

$33,650

$100,000 (Lot 656)

Mapperley Stud Ltd

8

$319,000

$39,875

$65,000 (Lot 683)

Haunui Farm

10

$291,000

$29,100

$53,000 (Lot 548)

Landsdowne Park Ltd

5

$283,500

$56,700

$77,500 (Lot 637)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

The Oaks Stud

8

$80,563

$644,500

$165,000 (Lot 472)

Windsor Park Stud

6

$79,083

$474,500

$190,000 (Lot 674)

Hallmark Stud

6

$73,333

$440,000

$130,000 (Lot 645)

Little Avondale Stud

4

$66,875

$267,500

$120,000 (Lot 549)

Waikato Stud Ltd

8

$66,813

$534,500

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Westbury Stud

10

$64,900

$649,000

$140,000 (Lot 672)

Landsdowne Park Ltd

5

$56,700

$283,500

$77,500 (Lot 637)

Trelawney Stud Ltd

3

$55,833

$167,500

$75,000 (Lot 578)

Ardsley Stud Ltd

3

$55,000

$165,000

$75,000 (Lot 694)

Bradbury Park

4

$50,250

$201,000

$90,000 (Lot 657)

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

O'Reilly

4

$93,125

$372,500

$130,000 (Lot 543)

Bachelor Duke

6

$70,000

$420,000

$110,000 (Lot 518)

Pentire

4

$65,500

$262,000

$140,000 (Lot 672)

Swiss Ace

4

$65,000

$260,000

$130,000 (Lot 679)

Savabeel

10

$60,000

$600,000

$120,000 (Lot 549)

Nadeem

3

$59,333

$178,000

$100,000 (Lot 656)

Thorn Park

7

$58,143

$407,000

$130,000 (Lot 607)

Rip Van Winkle

4

$57,500

$230,000

$100,000 (Lot 581)

Pins

5

$53,000

$265,000

$75,000 (Lot 638)

Darci Brahma

5

$52,100

$260,500

$75,000 (Lot 592, 694)


30/1/2014 Bob Frappell nominated for Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year

Bob Frappell has been nominated for the 2014 Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year for his work at the Toowoomba Turf Club.

Frappell’s nomination highlights his dedicated efforts at the Turf Club and in particular, returning Clifford Park to a grass course proper and reuniting a divided industry and community.

“Not only has Bob's hard work of restoring the grass benefited the industry stakeholders, such as; trainers, jockeys, stablehands, owners, track employees and the list goes on, but what this change has done for our community is extraordinary,” the nomination reads.

“It has reunited a divided community from when the ‘cushion’ track was installed in 2009.

“There are no more arguments in the community or racing fraternity about the controversial cushion track, but instead, Clifford Park is looked highly upon from other racing communities.

“Toowoomba residents can stand proud and as one, as we showcase this marvellous facility that our Garden City has on offer.”

The new track and renovated facilities were launched on New Year’s Eve 2013 after the course was closed for six months for construction. 

“I could say that Bob Frappell worked tirelessly for the Toowoomba Turf Club, but that would be an understatement,” as the nomination reads.

“Bob spent countless months working with different people across Queensland and internationally to ensure Toowoomba's Clifford Park racecourse would return to grass.

“This historic achievement would not have been possible without the hard work, dedication and perseverance of local volunteer Bob Frappell.”

The public decides the 2014 Heritage Bank Volunteer of the Year and to vote for Bob Frappell, please visit: http://promotions.heritage.com.au/volunteeroftheyear/leaderboard/?keyword=frappell

Voting closes 7th February, 2014.

30/1/2014 Double it again

Another Brisbane metropolitan meeting – and yet another winning double for the team of sires standing at Glenlogan Park!

With a runner in 6 of the 8 races on the Eagle Farm card, the Glenlogan sires finished the day with results in every single one of those events! Show A Heart delivered 2 seconds (Devil Heart and Rare Fragrance), Jet Spur also grabbed a second (Jeteye Warrior) whilst Falvelon started his day with a second (Cap Bianco) before picking it up a notch and claiming a terrific winning double (Beach Babe and Atlantis Gem)!

6 races – 2 winners! 4 seconds!


FALVELON’S PROGRESSIVE 4YO MARE, BEACH BABE, HAS NOW REGISTERED BACK-TO-BACK CITY WINS FOR TRAINER MATT DUNN!

Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography.

And these results are typical of what the Glenlogan Park stallions have been delivering on a regular basis! They follow hot on the heels of a winning double at the big Sunshine Coast meeting on Sunday, a winning double at the Gold Coast on Saturday and a winning treble at Eagle Farm also last Saturday!

The dominance being displayed by the Glenlogan Park sires will surely have buyers at the upcoming March Magic Millions Sale (17th and 18th) really honing in on the highly successful GP brand.


FALVELON’S tough 5yo drives late to make it a winning double for the ultra-consistent sire!

Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography.

30/1/2014 Galah to stand at Rangeview Stud

Rangeview Stud has signed Darley’s outstanding sprinter-miler Galah to stand at Bullsbrook this year.

Galah is a son of breed-shaping sire of sires Redoute’s Choice and his dam Rinky Dink was a Group 1 winner of the Australasian Oaks.

Living right up to his pedigree, Galah was a brilliant two year-old winner at Rosehill and returned as a spring three year-old for black-type victories in the LR Australia Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield and G3 VRC Carbine Club Stakes (1600m) at Flemington.

He trained on at four to claim the G2 QTC Cup (1300m) at Eagle Farm in June last year.

“Galah meets the colonial Danehill sprinter-miler commercial pre-requisite with Group wins in quality company,” Rangeview owner Rob Gray said.  “I went to view him with Simon Vivian of Inglis and his advice was to just buy him.

“He has the performance, blood and presence to impose himself at stud.  We are delighted to bring a prospect of his calibre to Western Australia and I would like to thank Darley for approaching us through bloodstock agent Louis Le Metayer.”

Darley trainer Peter Snowden rated Galah among his top bracket of two year-olds in 2010-11.  That was the season Sheikh Mohammed dominated the juvenile division with Sepoy and Helmet!

"He is a very nice horse and we haven't really done that much with him yet,” Snowden said after his initial victory at Rosehill.  “He’s still learning and will get a lot better."

Galah fulfilled that promise at the Melbourne spring carnival.  “You’ve only got to look at him to see he’s a quality horse,” Snowden said after he defeated top-class gallopers Masthead and Highly Recommended in the Australia Stakes.

The colt capped that campaign with a last-stride victory in the Carbine Club Stakes on the opening day of the Melbourne Cup carnival.  “He had a good look down the straight before Kerrin woke him up,” Snowden said at Flemington.  “Then he ignited and lifted when it counted.”

Galah bowed out last year with another powerful finish to defeat Conservatorium in the G2 QTC Cup in Brisbane.  "He never runs a bad race,” Snowden explained.  “And he beat a pretty good horse today.”

Only lightly-raced, Galah won 5 times in 21 starts and earned another 6 black-type placings for over $587,000 in prizemoney.

He is bred on the successful Redoute’s Choice – Mr Prospector cross and will join emerging sire So Secret on a new-look Rangeview roster in 2014.  Former resident Henny Hughes has been sold to Japan and Rangeview stalwart Key Business has been pensioned.

A service fee for Galah will be announced after the Perth Magic Millions yearling sale.

29/01/2014 Choice of Canny Lad yearling filly led to equine gold mine

  TWENTY years ago Muzaffar Al Yaseen, a Sri Lankan businessman with Victorian interests, invested $220,000 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale on what turned out to be an equine gold mine, one rich in racing and breeding talent, a Canny Lad filly from a Nijinsky mare representing a world class family.
  In the spotlight again on Saturday through descendants who won at Randwick, the dashing Encosta de Lago juvenile colt Rubick, and Caulfield, the Platinum Scissors 7-year-old gelding Finishing Card (the $120,000 Listed John Dillon Stakes), the yearling went to the races under the name of Shantha’s Choice. She only had two starts but showed ability with a 1.8 lengths debut win at Seymour and a nose second at Sandown.
  Retained by Yaseen (Teeley Assets), Shantha’s Choice was put in foal to Danehill as a 3-year-old and struck gold with her first foal, a colt named Redoute’s Choice. He ran ten times for Yaseen for five wins, four of them Group1s in Melbourne, the Blue Diamond Stakes, Caulfield Guineas, C.F. Orr and the Manikato. An acceptor, he was pre-post favourite for the Golden Slipper, but was scratched.
  Put into use at the Arrowfield Stud at Scone, Hunter Valley with Yaseen holding a big interest, Redoute’s Choice has become one of the most successful Australian sires of the current century and appears set to have an influence on the breed that rivals that in Australia of Danehill. He is currently on his second visit to France for northern hemisphere use at the Aga Khan’s Stud.
  Redoute’s Choice is the superstar of the nine winners from the ten runners, all raced by Yaseen, out of the thirteen foals produced by April 2012 deceased Shantha’s Choice. Her last is the Gai Waterhouse trained Encosta de Lago 3-year-old filly Taste of Heaven, a winner of a maiden by 2.3 lengths at Kembla Grange on January 4, her second start.
  Besides Redoute’s Choice, there have been two other Group1 winners out of Shantha’s Choice, his brother Platinum Scissors, winner of the AJC Spring Champion Stakes and runner up in the Doomben Cup, and their Encosta de Lago half-brother Manhattan Rain, winner of the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes, second in the Cox Plate and third in the Golden Slipper, Champagne Stakes and Caulfield Guineas.
   A big future as a sire is expected for Manhattan Rain, a resident at the Arrowfield Stud whose first crop are 2-year-olds. He has had top grade mares and progeny in leading stables.
   Shantha’s Choice also produced Cubick’s dam, the Rock of Gibraltar filly Sliding Cube (won Group 2 San Domenico Stakes, second Group 2 Light Fingers Stakes), Manhattan Rain’s brother Echoes of Heaven (won Port Adelaide Guineas, second South Australian Derby) and Redoute’s Choice’s sister Monsoon Wedding (did not win, but third in two stakes in Sydney at two).
  Echoes of Heaven is standing at Linwood Park, Cambridge NZ and Monsoon Wedding has produced Precious Lorraine, an Encosta de Lago filly who won the South Australian Oaks and the VRC Gibson Carmichael in the Yaseen colours, and Climatic, a Fusaichi Pegasus filly he sold for $1million as a yearling. A winner and Listed placed in Adelaide, Climatic is now producing for Makybe Racing and Breeding.
  As he is using the high echelon sires,Yaseen should strike more equine gold nuggets from the progeny of Shantha’s Choice and their offspring. His broodmare band includes Monsoon Wedding and her daughters Precious Lorraine, Princess Narine (by Red Ransom), Quench The Thirst (Encosta de Lago), Your Life Style (Hussonet), Café Scientific (More Than Ready) and Lucky Raquie (Encosta de Lago).
   He has Unspoken Choice, a Giant’s Causeway mare from Shantha’s Choice and her daughter Hot Summer Night (Fusaichi Pegasus), and Sliding Cube and her Encosta de Lago sisters to Rubick, Rex Is A Star and Drifting Cube. In addition he has the last three foals from Shantha’s Choice, the fillies Ten Carat Rock (Rock of Gibraltar), The Broken Shore (Hussonet) and Taste of Heaven.
   He parted with the Encosta de Lago colt which has become Rubick for $460,000 through Vinery Stud at the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale, bought by David Raphael (Stallion Racing), but retained part ownership.Trained by Gerald Ryan at Rosehill, Rubick is highly fancied for the Blue Diamond and Golden Slipper following his impressive debut at Randwick on Saturday.
  At the other end of the scale,Yaseen bred Saturday’s Caulfield Listed winner Finishing Card using foal-getting troubled Platinum Scissors and the Quest for Fame mare Helen at Heather Pascoe’s Plaintree Farms Stud near Toowoomba and sold him for only $1,250 at the National Weanling Sale at the Gold Coast. The Colin McDonald trained Finishing Card has now won six races and earned over $275,000.      

29/01/2014 Nothing Elusive about NZ million dollar race winner

VESPA, the front running dominant winner at Ellerslie on Sunday of New Zealand’s richest race, the million dollar sale related Karaka Million (1200m) for 2-year-olds, may have two Elusive’s in his immediate pedigree, but there is nothing elusive about his breeding.
  Rather, few juveniles in this part of the world in 2013-14 can boast as much depth of excellence as possessed by this brown colt got by the Elusive Quality Group1 sprinting 2-year-old Elusive City (USA) as the first foal of Miss Avalon, a daughter of the Blushing Groom grandson Fantastic Light  and a grandaughter of Yousefa, a three a sister to the world wide Danzig influence Green Desert.
  The five generation pedigree includes three doses of Mr. Prospector, two of them through one of his most influential sons, Gone West (3x3), four of Northern Dancer and two each Danzig and Sir Ivor.
  Vespa’s sire Elusive City has had good results from use in France and New Zealand, his offspring including Group1 winners or minor placegetters Xanadu (seven Group1 cheques NZ), Jetset Lad (Group1 second and third NZ), Adamantium (third in the Futurity at Caulfield), Elusive Wave (won French Two Thousand Guineas) and Soul City (third Irish Two Thousand Guineas). He was France’s Leading 2-Year-Old Sire for 2013.
   Elusive City’s sire Elusive Quality, a Darley Kentucky headquartered sire who visited Australia six times, 2003-08, has the rare distinction of claiming a champion sire title in each of these countries. Rapidly approaching100 stakes winners world wide, ten of them successful in Group1 races, he was champion American sire on earnings in 2004 ($10.876million) and leading Australian sire of juveniles 2010-11.
  Spearheading his Australian achievement was Sepoy, the national champion at two and three and in the latter year assessed World Champion 3YO Sprinter. Described in Weatherbys Stallions Book published in England as the best-ever speed horse by world-class Elusive Quality, he is the only winner of the Blue Diamond, Golden Slipper, Manikato and Ascot Vale Stakes (the Coolmore).
  Shuttling between the Darley studs in the Hunter Valley and Newmarket, England, Sepoy has had books of 127 and 165 in his first two Australian seasons, 2012 and 2013, and 114 in his first in England, 2013. He stood the 2013 Australian season on $66,000 and is highly fancied to be a stand out sire with many of his runners carrying Darley boss Sheikh Mohammed’s colours.
  The speed of the breed is now being demonstrated by Elusive City’s son Vespa, one bred on a Darley sire cross. Besides Elusive Quality, their visiting sires have included Vespa’s maternal grandsire Fantastic Light. A son of Rahy (Blushing Groom) and a Nijinsky mare, Fantastic Light was a world class race horse 2000-2400m who won Group1 races in America (Breeders’ Cup Turf), England, Ireland and Hong Kong. He left 400 foals in Australia from five visits, 2002-06.
  Vespa’s dam, like so many producers of good horses did nothing at the races, but the next two dams, Mythical Girl (a speedy Group 3 winner England by Gone West) and Yousefia (by Danzig), were stakes winner.

29/01/2014 Dubbo best for Bon Hoffa and Mutawaajid yearlings

  THERE were no yearlings by either Bon Hoffa or Mutawaajib, two young sires whose ability to supply good metropolitan performers with their oldest 3-year-olds was demonstrated mid January, at the 2014 Magic Millions sale at the Gold Coast and very restricted representation at the Sydney Classic sale. At the latter sale Bon Hoffa had his one lot sell for $26,000 and Mutawaajid three to a high of $44,000.
  In contrast to this representation, Bon Hoffa has18 booked into the 42nd edition of the Peter Milling Annual Dubbo Yearling Sale on Sunday February 9 and Mutawaajib has seven. Fourteen of the Dubbo Bon Hoffas are from his home, John North’s Bowness Stud in central western NSW, and all those by Mutawaajib are from his base, the prominent Hunter Valley Emirates Park Stud.
  Both vendors have big strong bands of broodmares and are regular supporters of the Dubbo Sale. For one, Emirates Park have a draft of 15 this year, the others being by Eavesdropper (USA) (2), Al Maher (2), Strategic, Danewin, Ad Valorem (USA) and Al Samer.
  The Mutawaajibs are progeny of mares by Fasliyev (USA), Danewin, Nashwan (USA), Sir Cat (USA), Dolphin Street (Fr), Galileo (Ire) and Johannesburg (USA).
  Not surprisingly as he is a winner in Sydney of the Hobartville Stakes and Royal Sovereign Stakes by Redoute’s Choice and from a Vain Sydney winner, Mutawaajib has got off to a promising start as sire. His first two crops include Boomwaa (won VRC Maribyrnong Plate, a short neck second in the $250,000 Inglis Classic at Randwick), Black and White (5 wins, second Malaysian Magic Millions Classic), Star Glitter and Cesc (both winners Perth) and metropolitan placed Mutajara (second twice Sydney), Velocity Miss (twice Sydney), Mitzi de Bra (Melbourne) and Dragon Walk (third Singapore Inglis Sydney Juvenile Stakes).
  Bowness Stud’s Bon Hoffa, a good Australian sprinter by the shuttled Danzig sire Belong to Me (USA), had two of his progeny race well in Melbourne in a space of four days, January 15-18. The 2-year-old Top Sight made an impressive debut in winning by 1.25 lengths at Caulfield mid week and 3-year-old Bon Rocket followed two wins at Cranbourne with a fifth when favourite at Flemington on the Saturday.
   Bon Hoffa recorded his second 2-year-old winner in ten days when his daughter Off The Rocker made a smart debut at Parkes on Saturday.The runner up, also appearing for the first time, was the Mutawaajib gelding Saboteur.
  The Bon Hoffa yearlings in the Dubbo catalogue include progeny of mares by Encosta de Lago (2), Canny Lad, Zeditave, Luskin Star, Fusaichi Pegasus (USA), Favelon, Bite the Bullet (USA), Lake  Coniston (Ire) and King of Kings (Ire).
  Besides the consignments from Bowness and Emirates Park, the 80 lot Dubbo catalogue includes drafts from Creslea Thoroughbreds,Tamworth (a filly and a colt by I Am Invincible, a filly by Excellent Art (GB); Caithness Breeding, Crowther (one each by Beautiful Crown Excellent Art, Ready’s Image, Haradasun); Jazcom Equine The Oaks (three by Excellent Art, two by Henny Hughes (USA), three by Excellent Art, one by Excites); Nella Thoroughbreds Cowra (three by Bon Hoffa); Phoenix Park  Young (one each by Bon Hoffa, Murtajill, Zariz); Redbank North Harden (one each Krupt, Magic Albert, Alert (Arg); Ridgeview Park Muskerry Vic (two by new Redoute’s Choice sire Dr Doute’s, one each Snippetson, Arena); Riverdene Stud Wagga Wagga (one each Zariz, Dylan Thomas (Ire), Tickets, Dreamscape); Sledmere Stud as agent for Cangon Stud Dungog (five by Snapy Halo (Arg), one each by Recapitalize, Nothin’ Leica Dane); and Turangga Farm Scone (four by Zizou).
   Represented by first crop yearlings, Snapy Halo is an Argentinian Group1 winner by More Than Ready’s sire Southern Halo.
  Scheduled to commence at noon, the Dubbo Yearling Sale will be conducted again in the under cover sales centre at the city’s showgrounds.

29/01/2014 Progeny of Queensland’s Fairy King sire good option

  ALTHOUGH he was scratched on Saturday from the1200m race at Eagle Farm for which he was one of the pre-post most fancied runners, the racing deeds of the top weighted 5-year-old gelding Kilwinning Option are worth noting.This is because the principal market for the offspring of his sire Immovable Option, the Brisbane Bloodstock Annual Yearling Sale, is scheduled to be held at the Toowoomba Showgrounds sale centre on Sunday February 23.
  A brother to No Other Way (seven wins), the Steven O’Dea, Eagle Farm trained Kilwinning Option has run 25 times for ten wins and six other places, the latter including a head second on the home track on New Year’s Day. He has won at Eagle Farm (by 1.8 lengths, favourite) and earlier in his career took out five straight by clear margins at Rockhampton.
  Some solace for the Immovable Option connections for the non appearance of Kilwinning Option on Saturday came later in the day when his 4-year-old son Kempelly (Michael Kemp,Toowoomba) followed up a 1.9 lengths fourth at Eagle Farm on the New Year’s Day program with a smart win over 1100m at Toowoomba. Raced 12 times, he earlier won three in succession at Toowoomba.
  Himself a graduate of the Brisbane Bloodstock Yearling Sale, selling at $6,000, Kempelly is a brother to two other winners sold through these sales, Better Option (placed Brisbane, $15,000) and Zambrotta ($16,000).
  Their dam Spritely Chauvel, a daughter of the Kaoru Star sire Spritely Knight, cost the Gainsborough Stud, the Queensland showplace home at Toowoomba for Immovable Option, only $2,750 at a Gold Coast mare sale.
  Immovable Option is a sire who has not had the public exposure a horse of his ability and breeding deserved. Bred in Ireland, he is by Fairy King, a sire whose brief visits to Australia resulted in the Coolmore Champion Sire Encosta de Lago, and from Perfect Welcome, a half-sister to the stakes winning dams of Group1 winners Creator (two in France) and Dance Design (won Irish Oaks). Dance Design is by Fairy King’s illustrious brother Sadler’s Wells.
  After being a Listed stakes winner in Ireland at two and three (the Cork Sprint), Immovable Option raced in Singapore for three wins, including the Singapore Silver Cup, and seconds in the Singapore Derby and Raffles Cup.
  Besides Kilwinning Option, Kempelly and his siblings, his runners have included Brisbane winners Immovable Site, All Significant, Deb’s Pick, In a Bind, The Conspirator, Home to the Bride, All Significant, Abbalac, Optionally, Bold Option and Tisani Boy. He also has the Adelaide winner Shanghai Bound and Brisbane placed Street Stall (7 wins), Brilliant Rose (4 wins), Stay Put (winner), Lucky Deluchi (5 wins), First Option (2 wins at 2) and Annalisha (won at 2) to his credit.
  One of his 2013 Brisbane Bloodstock Sale yearlings, Goodbye Kevin, became the first juvenile winner for 2013-14 Australian racing when he won the feature Romantic Dream at Tamworth in September.              
  Many of Immovable Option’s winners have come out of the Brisbane Bloodstock Yearling Sale, one which is to be held this year at the sales centre at the Toowoomba Showgrounds and for which he has eight lots catalogued.
  All account Gainsborough Lodge and all, like the other 39 in their consignment and the 12 presented under Thoroughbred International, they are to be offered without reserve.
  The first of the Immovable Options in the catalogue, lot 4, is out of Paint The Stage, a mare by Testa Rossa’s sire Perugino, a three-quarter brother to Fairy King. Paint The Stage has produced four winners, Lot 40 is a sister to Kilwinning Option and No Other Way, lot 77 to Bold Option, lot 32 a half-brother to Brisbane winner Forbidden Dragon and to two winners in the USA and lot 53 a half-sister to eight winners including Danehill Smile (won AJC Canonbury Stakes, Inglis 2YO Classic), Super Entrée (8 wins Aust-Macau), First Look (5 wins Sydney), Rasco (14 wins, third Broome Cup) and Cryptorose (14 wins, Philippines). 


29/01/2014 Waikato Stud Reigns at Karaka Premier Sale

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 2014 Premier Sale has concluded with a new leading vendor taking top honours, as the Chittick family’s Waikato Stud secured the leading vendor by aggregate title for the first time.


Chitticks web

Waikato Stud's Garry & Mark Chittick.

The commitment by Waikato Stud to pledge its entire draft to Karaka this year has been handsomely rewarded, selling  46 yearlings for a total of $7,655,000 at an average of ­­­­­­­­­­­­ $166,413, with their star resident sires O’Reilly, Savabeel and Pins providing many of the highlights.
“The thing was we knew we had an awesome draft and we’ve gone to every effort not to leave any stone unturned,” remarked Mark Chittick. “With the help of various mates we just worked so hard and it all fell into place amazingly well and we’ve had a great two days. I just wish Lisa was here.”
Amongst the selection was Waikato Stud’s highest-ever priced yearling, with Lot 268, a colt by their leading resident sire Savabeel out of stakes winning mare Splashing Out, bought by David Ellis of Te Akau Racing for $500,000. The top-priced filly for the Stud, and for the day, was Lot 344 by champion sire O’Reilly out of Zamfir, purchased by Sydney-based Bryce Heys under his new Ellerslie Lodge banner.
Waikato Stud’s results have highlighted a strong two days of selling at the Karaka sale complex, where a total of 326 yearlings have sold for $47,132,500 at a clearance rate of 78%, representing an average of $144,578 and a median of $110,000. A near-identical number of lots sold for $200,000 or more compared with last year (80 in 2013, 81 in 2014) showed the strength that has held up through the middle market.
NZB Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela says the company is pleased with the buoyancy of the market, but that the strong NZ dollar has had an influence on some international buyers.


Fastnet  Rock x Beyond The Sunset colt Lot 385-1 web

Top Lot of the day Lot 385 - Fasnet Rock x Beyond the Sunset.

“We’re thrilled with the buying bench, and the catalogue, and reports from buyers are very positive about the selection of horses on offer. There’s been clear strength throughout the past two days with some very spirited competition from a broad selection of local and international buyers. Talking to buyers it seems the only adverse factor is our strong dollar, but fortunately that doesn’t affect the quality of the horses they’re purchasing so hopefully they’ll be just as well rewarded by their Karaka racehorses as ever.”
With no seven-figure sale this year, yesterday’s top price of $800,000 paid for Lot 73 (Fastnet Rock x Katie Lee colt) was not exceeded today, however the second top price yesterday of $700,000 was matched by Lot 385 purchased by David Ellis from Pencarrow Stud, the same vendor as yesterday’s $700,000 yearling (Lot 139).
David Ellis has been on an extraordinary spending spree, purchasing 35 yearlings for $6,420,000 including today’s top lot, finishing the Premier Sale as the Leading Buyer for the ninth year.
“He is one of the most stunning horses that you would see in the world, you wouldn’t find a better looking horse,” commented David Ellis. “I’ve bought two out of the mare already and both of them have been stakes performers and this colt looks even better than those two.
“There has been plenty of competition on the good horses. It doesn’t matter what the market is doing, buyers come out of the woodwork when there is a good horse. The market heated up a lot today which makes the horses we bought yesterday look like very good buys. I’ve purchased 35 horses in total which has been my biggest Sale.
“I keep coming back to Karaka because the horses I have bought from New Zealand Bloodstock have got me the results.”
The leading buyer at the Premier Sale for the past nine years, Ellis increased his spend significantly from last year’s $4,238,000 for 31 lots. Ellis lead a notably strengthened local market, as domestic buyers accounted for 42% of the total turnover, up from 30% at last year’s Premier Sale.
Along with David Ellis, Rogerson Bloodstock was once again active today finishing the Sale with 11 purchases for $2,090,000, including the highest price of the Sale (Lot 73), while other NZ-based buyers such as Bruce Perry, GO Racing, Brendan & Jo Lindsay, Lisa Latta Racing, Graham Richardson, Guy Mulcaster, Paul Moroney, Trent Busuttin, Murray Baker and many others have been supporting the Sale strongly.
With a number of new and budding operators making their presence felt, the second top price of the day went to Louis Le Metayer’s Astute Bloodstock who purchased Lot 351 for $550,000. The colt by High Chaparral is out of Group 2 winning mare Alagant Satin from Windsor Park Stud.
“You look at a lot of horses until one grabs your attention and imagination and for me he looked like a superior stayer, he’s definitely a Victoria or AJC Derby kind of horse,” commented Le Metayer.
“He has great depth, strength and length and he has a superior attitude. I fell in love with him early in the week and I have been working all week to find a buyer for him. Ron and Judy Wanless of Queensland are his new owners - they also have raced the very good mare Lights of Heaven and Victoria Derby winner Amalfi - and he will be trained by Kris Lees in Newcastle.”
Le Metayer has been buying as Astute Bloodstock for less than two years and is one of the many young buyers that have been active at the Premier Sale. Sydney-based Bryce Heys has also been very active in his first year of training, purchasing 5 for a total of $1,275,000, with Bruce Slade of Round Table Racing and James Harron buying for Gai Waterhouse, and New Zealander Glen Harvey spending $320,000 on his only purchase of the Sale so far at Lot 341.
The Hong Kong Jockey Club has been the second leading buyer of the Sale with 9 purchased for a total of $2,285,000. 34 have been purchased by Hong Kong based buyers with a total country spend of $5,855,000.
Australian based buyers increased their activity throughout the day with Duncan Ramage (DGR Thoroughbred Services), Gai Waterhouse Racing/James Harron Bloodstock, John Chalmers and Peter Moody Racing all featuring in the top 10 buyers for the Sale.
A wide-ranging Australian presence saw 39% of the turnover coming from across the Tasman, with purchases by Tom Magnier, Mick Price, Champion Thoroughbreds, B2B Bloodstock, Hawkes Racing, Bjorn Baker, John Foote, Jason Warren, Chris Waller, Spicer Thoroughbreds and many more.
There was a strong international presence this year with buyers from around the world including David Redvers, the Bloodstock Advisor for Qatar Bloodstock, BBA Ireland, Charlie Hills from England, along with purchasers from Hong Kong, Singapore, Macau, Netherlands and South Africa.
Fastnet Rock has retained his leading sire crown, finishing the Sale with the four highest priced yearlings of the Premier Sale, and a sale average of $352,188 across his 16 lots sold. The leading local sire was Zabeel, with 19 lots sold at an average of $190,789 and a top price (twice) of $320,000.
There was hot competition for the line-up of freshman sires on offer, particularly Rip Van Winkle and Makfi who were both well-represented at the Premier Sale. In the end it was Windsor Park Stud’s shuttle sire Rip Van Winkle who topped the table, with an average price of $132,500 across 28 lots sold, just ahead of Makfi with an average of $115,909 for 11 sold.
Last year’s leading vendor by aggregate Curraghmore Stud were third on that table this year however were at the head of the leading vendor by average, selling 21 yearlings for an average of $240,114.
Selling continues at Karaka tomorrow with the first session of the three-day Select Sale, the source of eight individual Group 1 winners last season.  Selling commences at Lot 470 from 11am with all lots streamed live online at www.nzb.co.nz

2014 Premier Yearling Sale Statistics

2014 Premier Sale

2013 Premier Sale

AGGREGATE

$47,122,500

$51,051,500

AVERAGE

$144,548

$158,054

MEDIAN

$110,000

$120,000

CLEARANCE

78%

79%

CATALOGUED

469

441

SOLD

326

323

TOP LOT

Fastnet Rock x Katie Lee (Lot 73) - $800,000

Fastnet Rock x Celebria (Lot 63) - $1,975,000

Top Lots

Lot

Type

Breeding

Vendor

Purchaser

Price

73

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Katie Lee

Cambridge Stud

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

$800,000

385

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Beyond the Sunset

Pencarrow Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$700,000

139

B. F

Fastnet Rock / Miss Scarlatti

Pencarrow Stud

Mr T Magnier (NSW)

$700,000

207

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Randaroo

Curraghmore Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$680,000

351

B. C

High Chaparral / Alagant Satin

Curraghmore Stud

Astute Bloodstock (NSW)

$550,000

268

B. C

Savabeel / Splashing Out

Waikato Stud Ltd

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$500,000

344

BR. F

O'Reilly / Zamfir

Waikato Stud Ltd

Ellerslie Lodge BN Heys (NSW)

$475,000

182

BR. C

Savabeel / Pins on Ice

Waikato Stud Ltd

B2B Bloodstock (NSW)

$450,000

280

Ch. C

Thorn Park / Straight Eight

Windsor Park Stud

Bruce Perry Bloodstock (Masterton)

$450,000

160

B. F

Commands / Octapussy

Cambridge Stud

DGR Thoroughbred Services (NSW)

$410,000

224

B. C

Northern Meteor / Sahara Desert

Lyndhurst Farm

Mr M Chang (Hong Kong)

$410,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Purchaser

Bought

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

35

$6,420,000

$183,429

$700,000 (Lot 385)

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK)

9

$2,285,000

$253,889

$400,000 (Lot 158)

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

11

$2,090,000

$190,000

$800,000 (Lot 73)

DGR Thoroughbred Services (NSW)

8

$1,485,000

$185,625

$410,000 (Lot 160)

Bruce Perry Bloodstock (Masterton)

5

$1,300,000

$260,000

$450,000 (Lot 280)

Ellerslie Lodge BN Heys (NSW)

5

$1,275,000

$255,000

$475,000 (Lot 344)

John Chalmers Bloodstock (WA)

5

$1,265,000

$253,000

$330,000 (Lot 407)

Gai Waterhouse Racing/James Harron B/S (NSW)

7

$1,200,000

$171,429

$320,000 (Lot 72)

Moody Racing (VIC)

8

$1,095,000

$136,875

$280,000 (Lot 28)

Go Racing Ltd (Auckland)

6

$790,000

$131,667

$220,000 (Lot 312)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

Vendor

Sold

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Waikato Stud Ltd

46

$7,655,000

$166,413

$500,000 (Lot 268)

Cambridge Stud

34

$6,345,000

$186,618

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Curraghmore Stud

22

$5,282,500

$240,114

$680,000 (Lot 207)

Pencarrow Stud

18

$3,768,000

$209,333

$700,000 (Lot 139, 385)

Windsor Park Stud

23

$3,172,500

$137,935

$450,000 (Lot 280)

Trelawney Stud Ltd

21

$2,548,000

$121,333

$375,000 (Lot 308)

Westbury Stud

20

$2,257,500

$112,875

$320,000 (Lot 341)

Haunui Farm

11

$1,715,000

$155,909

$270,000 (Lot 281)

Little Avondale Stud

11

$1,620,000

$147,273

$270,000 (Lot 460)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Curraghmore Stud

21

$240,114

$5,282,500

$680,000 (Lot 207)

Pencarrow Stud

18

$209,333

$3,768,000

$700,000 (Lot 139, 385)

Ascot Farm

4

$196,250

$785,000

$300,000 (Lot 427)

Rich Hill Stud

3

$188,333

$565,000

$375,000 (Lot 367)

Cambridge Stud

34

$186,618

$6,345,000

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Milan Park

3

$183,333

$550,000

$320,000 (Lot 396)

Waikato Stud Ltd

46

$166,413

$7,655,000

$500,000 (Lot 268)

Prima Park Bloodstock

3

$160,000

$480,000

$200,000 (Lot 214)

Haunui Farm

11

$155,909

$1,715,000

$270,000 (Lot 281)

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Fastnet Rock

16

$352,188

$5,635,000

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Commands

3

$270,000

$810,000

$410,000 (Lot 160)

High Chaparral

17

$201,176

$3,420,000

$550,000 (Lot 351)

Zabeel

19

$190,789

$3,625,000

$320,000 (Lot 118, 276)

Encosta de Lago

4

$190,000

$760,000

$400,000 (Lot 110)

Exceed and Excel

7

$157,143

$1,100,000

$300,000 (Lot 427)

Savabeel

40

$153,563

$6,142,500

$500,000 (Lot 268)

Thorn Park

17

$151,765

$2,580,000

$450,000 (Lot 280)

O'Reilly

34

$144,794

$4,923,000

$475,000 (Lot 344)

Rip Van Winkle

28

$132,500

$3,710,000

$375,000 (Lot 454)

28/01/2014 Fastnet Stars on Day 1 of Karaka 2014

New Zealand Bloodstock’s 88th National Yearling Sales Series has gotten off to a solid start, with boom sire Fastnet Rock providing the three feature lots of the day.


Fastnet Rock x Katie Lee colt Lot 73 $800k web

Sir Patrick Hogan with Graeme & Debbie Rogerson and their $800,000 purchase - Lot 73.

The top price of $800,000 came early in the day with Lot 73, first foal of Group 1 winner Katie Lee (Pins) - the only filly to have won both the Group 1 NZ 1000 Guineas and Group 1 NZ 2000 Guineas.  The colt was purchased by Graeme & Debbie Rogerson’s Rogerson Bloodstock.
Lot 73 was sold by Sir Patrick & Lady Hogan’s Cambridge Stud who raced Katie Lee in their famous green silks. Katie Lee was trained by the Rogerson partnership throughout her career, including her stellar three-year-old campaign that landed the two Group 1 successes.
“Katie Lee was a great mare and Debbie’s got a close affinity with her,” commented Graeme Rogerson. “What she did for us, there’s no other filly like her.
“On type this colt is very strong. We debated when driving up today, but in the end Debbie said ‘I want that horse’. I valued him higher than what we got him for and there are a lot of people that want to go in on him already.
“Who knows, he might end up standing back at Cambridge Stud. We need those sorts of horses in New Zealand, look at Savabeel and what he’s achieved already.”
The top priced filly of the day was Lot 139, also by Fastnet Rock, purchased by Coolmore’s Tom Magnier for $700,000. The filly, offered by Pencarrow Stud, is out of Listed winner and Group 1 VRC Oaks runner-up Miss Scarlatti (Stravinsky).


Fastnet Rock x Miss  Scarlatti filly Lot 139 $700k web

Lot 139 sold for $700,000 to Tom Magnier.

“The Fastnet Rock fillies have been very popular and she’s a lovely type so all we need now is a little bit of luck,” commented Tom Magnier. “We’ll take her home and then decide what we’ll do with her and who will train her.
“She is a credit to the team at Pencarrow, they have had all of their horses looking fantastic again this year.”
Fastnet Rock also provided the third top price of the day when Te Akau Stud’s David Ellis secured Lot 207 for $680,000. From the stakes winning American mare Randaroo (Gold Case), the colt headed a spending spree by Ellis that put him at the top of the Buyers List for the day with 25 yearlings bought for $4,095,000. Buying at all levels of the market, Ellis is on track to become the leading buyer at Karaka for the ninth consecutive year, with an average price paid of $163,800.
Ellis headed a local buying bench that showed a significant increase in strength from 2013, with New Zealand buyers responsible for 43% of today’s total spend, up from 28% of the total spend on the first day last year. Rogerson Bloodstock is currently the third leading purchaser of the Premier Sale, with Graham Richardson also featuring prominently throughout the day with six yearlings purchased for $550,000.
“There are a lot of nice horses here this year, especially quality fillies with strong pedigrees,” commented Richardson. “I’ve purchased an O’Reilly filly, a Keeper filly and three Darci Brahma fillies, supporting New Zealand sires that are particularly strong currently.
“This is the right year to be buying here at Karaka for New Zealanders. With the increasing prizemoney and expanding bonus schemes such as the Karaka Million and Pearl Series there is plenty of upside to being based in New Zealand.”
Hong Kong’s presence has once again been solid, purchasing 16 yearlings for $3,410,000. The Hong Kong Jockey Club is currently the second leading buyer overall with eight Lots purchased for $1,985,000, including $400,000 paid for Lot 158, a Fastnet Rock colt out of Ocean Pearl.
A wide-ranging Australian buying bench has been active throughout the day, spending 35% of the total turnover, with Duncan Ramage’s DGR Thoroughbred Services and Gai Waterhouse Racing/James Harron Bloodstock amongst those featuring in the leading buyers for the day.
Rip Van Winkle is currently leading the first season sires list by aggregate and average with 16 Lots sold for $2,085,000 at an average price of $130,313. He is closely followed by Makfi with seven Lots sold for an average price of $126,429 with an aggregate total of $885,000.
Cambridge Stud has a chance to wrestle back its title as Leading Vendor by Aggregate with 17 yearlings sold for a total of $4,170,000, just a fraction ahead of Waikato Stud with $4,045,000. Cambridge Stud was outgunned at Karaka 2013 for the first time in 32 years when Gordon Cunningham’s Curraghmore Stud took the title of Leading Vendor by Aggregate.
“In a similar vein to the first day’s trade last year, the market heated up steadily as the day progressed,” commented NZB Co-Managing Director Petrea Vela. “There is an extremely broad international buying bench on site and active, and there were also some very encouraging signs from our local market with significantly increased activity from the same day last year. Overall there’s pleasing strength to the middle market as reflected in the increased median, and by all accounts tomorrow’s line-up should attract some great competition.” 
To view the passed in Lots, click here.
Selling continues on Day 2 of the Premier Sale tomorrow at 11am (from Lot 241), with coverage continuing live on Sky Sports 3 (NZ) and TVN (Australia), and also online at www.nzb.co.nz.

2014 Premier Sale Day Statistics Day 1

2014 Premier Sale Day 1 

 2013 Premier Sale Day 1

AGGREGATE

$23,761,500

$25,490,500

AVERAGE

$151,347

$161,332

MEDIAN

$120,000

$117,500

CLEARANCE

72%

77%

CATALOGUED

240

220

SOLD

157

158

TOP LOT

Fastnet Rock x Katie Lee (Lot 73) - $800,000

Fastnet Rock x Celebria (Lot 63) - $1,975,00

2014 Premier Sale Day 1 Top Lots

Lot

Type

Breeding

Vendor

Purchaser

Price

73

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Katie Lee

Cambridge Stud

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

$800,000

139

B. F

Fastnet Rock / Miss Scarlatti

Pencarrow Stud

Mr T Magnier (NSW)

$700,000

207

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Randaroo

Curraghmore Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$680,000

182

BR. C

Savabeel / Pins on Ice

Waikato Stud Ltd

B2B Bloodstock (NSW)

$450,000

224

B. C

Northern Meteor / Sahara Desert

Lyndhurst Farm

Mr M Chang (Hong Kong)

$410,000

160

B. F

Commands / Octapussy

Cambridge Stud

DGR Thoroughbred Services (NSW)

$410,000

158

B. C

Fastnet Rock / Ocean Pearl

Curraghmore Stud

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (Hong Kong)

$400,000

127

B. F

Fastnet Rock / Memories of You

Curraghmore Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$400,000

110

B. F

Encosta de Lago / Love Diamonds

Cambridge Stud

DC Ellis/Tom Magnier (Te Akau)

$400,000

35

BR. C

O'Reilly / Grand Echezeaux

Pencarrow Stud

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

$370,000

Leading Purchasers by Aggregate

Purchaser

Bought

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Mr DC Ellis (Te Akau)

25

$4,095,000

$163,800

$680,000 (Lot 207)

The Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK)

8

$1,985,000

$248,125

$400,000 (Lot 158)

Rogerson Bloodstock (Hamilton)

5

$1,295,000

$259,000

$800,000 (Lot 73)

DGR Thoroughbred Services (NSW)

4

$840,000

$210,000

$410,000 (Lot 160)

Gai Waterhouse Racing/James Harron B/S (NSW)

3

$730,000

$243,333

$320,000 (Lot 72)

Mr BJ & Mrs J Lindsay (Auckland)

3

$710,000

$236,667

$300,000 (Lot 240)

Mr T Magnier (NSW)

1

$700,000

$700,000

$700,000 (Lot 139)

Moody Racing (VIC)

4

$620,000

$155,000

$280,000 (Lot 28)

B2B Bloodstock (NSW)

2

$550,000

$275,000

$450,000 (Lot 182)

Mr GN Richardson (Matamata)

6

$550,000

$91,667

$150,000 (Lot 44)

Leading Vendors by Aggregate

Vendor

Sold

Aggregate

Average

Top Price

Cambridge Stud

17

$4,170,000

$245,294

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Waikato Stud Ltd

24

$4,045,000

$168,542

$450,000 (Lot 182)

Curraghmore Stud

10

$2,717,500

$271,750

$680,000 (Lot 207)

Pencarrow Stud

11

$2,260,000

$205,455

$700,000 (Lot 139)

Windsor Park Stud

11

$1,500,000

$136,364

$320,000 (Lot 72)

Little Avondale Stud

8

$1,150,000

$143,750

$260,000 (Lot 232)

Trelawney Stud Ltd

9

$955,000

$106,111

$160,000 (Lot 223)

Westbury Stud

10

$927,500

$92,750

$200,000 (Lot 55)

Lyndhurst Farm

6

$885,000

$147,500

$410,000 (Lot 224)

Haunui Farm

4

$580,000

$145,000

$250,000 (Lot 125)

Leading Vendors by Average (three or more sold)

Vendor

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Curraghmore Stud

10

$271,750

$2,717,500

$680,000 (Lot 207)

Cambridge Stud

17

$245,294

$4,170,000

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Pencarrow Stud

11

$205,455

$2,260,000

$700,000 (Lot 139)

Waikato Stud Ltd

24

$168,542

$4,045,000

$450,000 (Lot 182)

Lyndhurst Farm

6

$147,500

$885,000

$410,000 (Lot 224)

Haunui Farm

4

$145,000

$580,000

$250,000 (Lot 125)

Little Avondale Stud

8

$143,750

$1,150,000

$260,000 (Lot 232)

Hallmark Stud

3

$136,667

$410,000

$310,000 (Lot 133)

Windsor Park Stud

11

$136,364

$1,500,000

$320,000 (Lot 72)

Wentwood Grange

3

$130,000

$390,000

$140,000 (Lot 32)

Leading Sires by Average (three or more sold)

Sire

Sold

Average

Aggregate

Top Price

Fastnet Rock

12

$347,500

$4,170,000

$800,000 (Lot 73)

Encosta de Lago

3

$236,667

$710,000

$400,000 (Lot 110)

High Chaparral

6

$210,000

$1,260,000

$320,000 (Lot 193, 72)

Zabeel

7

$188,571

$1,320,000

$320,000 (Lot 118)

Thorn Park

6

$188,333

$1,130,000

$310,000 (Lot 133)

Savabeel

17

$164,706

$2,800,000

$450,000 (Lot 182)

O'Reilly

17

$137,353

$2,335,000

$370,000 (Lot 35)

Rip Van Winkle

16

$130,313

$2,085,000

$250,000 (Lot 125)

Pins

11

$129,773

$1,427,500

$260,000 (Lot 232)

Makfi

7

$126,429

$885,000

$200,000 (Lot 55)

 

28/01/2014 Two doubles and a treble for Glenlogan

As Queensland breeders’ biggest yearling sale rapidly approaches, the March Magic Millions Sale, potential buyers will find it extremely difficult to ignore the dominance being displayed in the Sunshine State by the Glenlogan Park stallion roster.

Results over the last few days are typical of what has now become commonplace in recent years as, with metropolitan prizemoney being offered at both the Saturday Doomben meeting and the Sunday Sunshine Coast meeting, the Glenlogan Park sires delivered a winning treble at the former and winning doubles at both the latter and at the Gold Coast on Saturday.

Owners and trainers in Queensland rely heavily on their ability to compete strongly for the big QTIS prizemoney on offer and, with $226,000 up for grabs to the 4 winners of the 2YO and 3YO events over the Australia Day long weekend, the Glenlogan Park sires’ progeny claimed a massive $169,500 of this.

After Real Saga claimed both the QTIS races at Doomben on Saturday with No Problem and Hot Saga, the rising-star stallion came within a whisker of making it a clean sweep the following day with True Royal finishing a close 3rd in the 2YO race and Choose A Saga fighting and tooth and nail to the line in the 3YO race – only to go down in the final few hops to the very promising Bradbury’s Luck filly Queen Of The Lochs.  


CHOOSE A SAGA THE INSIDE, QUEEN OF THE LOCHS THE OUTSIDE – THE REAL SAGA AND BRADBURY’S LUCK YOUNGSTERS SETTLE DOWN TO FIGHT IT OUT!

Photo courtesy – Trackside Photography.

The Mick Mair prepared Queen Of The Lochs is a 3YO filly rapidly climbing the ladder and, from just 7 career starts, the youngster has already taken her earnings above the $185,000 mark.

“She has won 4 and placed 3 times,” Mick said of his Bradbury’s Luck 3YO not long after they had crossed the line. “But I really think the best is still in front of her and she has a really promising future.  

“She was nowhere near wound right up for this race, and it was a really good field, but she still out-toughed them.

“The owners and I will sit down this week and talk things through, but our first thoughts are to pop her out to the paddock for a little freshen up before coming back and tackling some of the better black type races for her age group in the Brisbane Winter Carnival.

“She is a horse going places and there aren’t many running around that I would want to swap her for. I think she is a beauty!”

The fighting quinella of the quality 3YO’s Queen Of The Lochs and Choose A Saga came just two races before the remarkable winning performance of Show A Heart’s progressive 4YO gelding Heartfelt Quest for winning owner Evan Hartley.  


show a heart’s 4yo gelding heartfelt quest put it all together and walloped his rivals at the sunshine coast!

Photo courtesy – Trackside Photography.

Hartley had previously won the big QTIS 2YO event at Doomben the previous day with his Real Saga youngster No Problem, however on Sunday it was his Show A Heart claiming victory in his black and red colours.

Heartfelt Quest must have come within a whisker of being scratched at the barriers after he almost jumped over the top of them before the gates opened and then had to pass a vet examination.

However the incident obviously had little effect as the 4YO came from mid field on the turn to easily sweep past his opposition and record an ultra-impressive 3 length win.

It was the perfect end to the weekend for the Glenlogan sires who all experienced good quality winners: Show A Heart with Cum Dividend and Heartfelt Quest. Real Saga with No Problem and Hot Saga. Falvelon with Nicky Nocky. Jet Spur with Evocative. And Bradbury’s Luck with Queen Of the Lochs.

27/01/2014 Five City Winning 2YOs Again for Magic Millions

 

Magic Millions graduates continued their red hot form in juvenile races with five city winners around Australia on Saturday.

Eloping, Rubick, No Problem, Duckworth and Hold Your Tongue led the way with outstanding wins in Melbourne, Sydney, Brisbane, Adelaide and Perth respectively.

The only metro juvenile race not won by a graduate of Magic Millions was captured by a homebred of the power Darley operation.

It's been a remarkable streak of wins for Magic Millions graduates in juvenile races in Australia this season with 43 individual city winners - including 10 individual stakes winners.

Rubick kicked away the day in style on Saturday when he led home a Magic Millions trifecta with a stylish win in the Sydney juvenile.

Sent out the odds on favourite after a couple of eye catching jump outs and then a stunning trial win on January 7, Rubick sat handy throughout before sprinting in the straight and racing away for a soft almost three length win.

A $460,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate purchased by David Raphael from the draft of Vinery Stud, Rubick is now headed to Melbourne for a Blue Diamond Prelude before the million dollar Blue Diamond Stakes at Group One level.

Trainer Gerald Ryan and rider Brenton Avdulla went into Saturday's meeting full of excitement and anticipation and their exciting young charge didn't let them down, scoring the most impressive of debut wins.

Rubick is a sensationally bred colt. The son of Encosta de Lago is from the group winner Sliding Cube and is a three quarter brother to Group One winning sire Manhattan Rain and stakes winner Echoes of Heaven.

Sliding Cube, a multiple stakes winner by Rock of Gibraltar, is a three quarter sister to Redoute's Choice and Platinum Scissors - the latter being sire of Saturday's Caulfield stakes winner Finishing Card.

ElopingEloping extended her unbeaten run to two when she scored an impressive on speed victory in the listed Blue Diamond Preview for fillies at Caulfield on Saturday.

A member of the Peter Morgan and Craig Widdison stable, Eloping will head to the Group One Blue Diamond Stakes after her stylish victory.

A $120,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from the Southern Cross Breeders draft, Eloping overcame a sluggish start to win impressively and earn some valuable black type for her 10 female owners.

The flashy filly was being aimed at the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the $500,000 Racing Women Bonus, but a slight hamstring issue meant her campaign was shifted toward the Blue Diamond instead.

The third runner for the lightly raced Rory's Jester mare Runaway Jesse, Eloping is a daughter of globe trotting sprinter Choisir and is a full sister to Melbourne winning and three time group placed juvenile Jesse's Girl.

Earlier this month Victorian trainer Mark Riley went to $170,000 to secure Eloping's three quarter sister by Starspangledbanner from the draft of Rosemont Stud at the 2014 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

No ProblemNo Problem notched back to back metropolitan races when he edged out Tales of Fashion in an all Magic Millions finish to the QTIS Two-Year-Old Handicap at Eagle Farm.

A son of Real Saga, No Problem gave his rivals weight and a beating in the race and continued the bright start for graduates of the recent Magic Millions Gold Coast Horses in Training Sale.

With the sale having been held just four months ago, already two graduates have emerged from the auction as city winners, No Problem and the impressive Flemington winner Bugatty.

No Problem is one of two winners, from two runners, for the seven time winning and $242,000 earning Monashee Mountain mare Sweet As.

A five time Brisbane winner, Sweet As came close to earnings black type twice when fourth in a Tattersalls Stakes and Sir Douglas Wadley Handicap.

No Problem is raced by Evan Hartley and trained from the Sunshine Coast by Len Treloar who suggested another run before a spell, where eventually the colt would be gelded with the future in mind.

DuckworthLocal youngster Duckworth will head to Melbourne and face a likely showdown with Rubick and Chivalry after another impressive win at Morphettville in Adelaide on Saturday.

The son of Gonski tracked the leaders throughout before finishing too well for the favourite Piacenza and winning well.

In stretching his unbeaten run to two, the Jon O'Connor trained Adelaide Yearling Sale graduate booked a trip east to chase some Melbourne riches.

O'Connor said the Blue Diamond Prelude was an option as connections look at seeing how he lined up with some of the country's best youngsters. He didn't rule out trying to emulate Adelaide youngster Miracles of Life by heading to Victoria's richest two-year-old race after that run.

Duckworth is the first winner to date for the unraced Keltrice mare Always Vain - a half sister to former star Hong Kong galloper Always Flying.

The latest yearling from Always Vain, a bay colt by Danehill's Irish bred Group One winning son Oratorio, is Lot 288 in the On Focus Lodge draft for March's Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

Hold Your Tongue burst into contention for the $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic with a strong debut win at Ascot on Saturday.

Prepared by Lou and Dion Luciani, Hold Your Tongue led throughout for a strong one length win in the 1100 metre event.

A $160,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from Bellerive Stud, Hold Your Tongue is a son of former star Magic Millions graduate and Golden Slipper winner Stratum.

Hold Your Tongue is one of three city winners from three to race for the lightly raced, well bred and top producing Hussonet mare Weekend Gossip.

A half sister to triple Group One winner Mentality, Weekend Gossip is the dam of Group Three Skyline Stakes winner I'm All the Talk and the in form Sydney galloper Straturbo - all three are sons of Widden Stud's Stratum.

The $250,000 Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic will be run at Ascot on the eve of the Perth Yearling Sales, on February 15.
Photos - Sportpix (Sydney), Greg Irvine (Melbourne, Brisbane), Jenny Barnes (Adelaide), Damien Wyer (Perth).

 

Real Saga the real deal

After bursting onto the stallion scene in the early part of his breeding career with a 2YO Magic Millions winner in Real Surreal, Glenlogan Park’s potential top-line sire Real Saga has continued to keep ticking all of the boxes.

On Saturday at Doomben, the young stallion delivered a feat that is rarely seen considering the strength of the QTIS races each weekend; by providing the winner of both the 2YO race and the 3YO event.

Kicking off the day for Real Saga was the Len Trelour trained 2YO No Problem who, by putting back to back wins together has now taken his prizemoney above the $115,000 mark after just 4 starts.   


REAL SAGA’S exciting 2YO, no problem, burst through the pack to claim back to back victories!  

Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography

The impressive youngster settled towards the tail of the field but was able to charge late and defy the racing pattern of the day with a really strong victory.

“He is as tough as teak,” Trelour said not long after the race. “He probably didn’t really appreciate the wet ground today and he was off the bit and chasing a fair way from home.

“However once he put the leader in his sights he really knuckled down and showed plenty of heart to haul him in.

“At this stage we will probably keep him going for another run or two before tipping him out. I think he has a really nice future and will only keep improving as he matures.”

The second leg of Real Saga’s winning city QTIS double came from another galloper who showed plenty of ticker – and that is the 3YO Hot Saga.


REAL SAGA’S TOUGH 3YO, HOT SAGA, DEFIED A TORRID RUN TO PROVE TOO STRONG AT DOOMBEN!  

Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography

Hot Saga’s last 3 starts have been over 2000m, 1800m and 1500m respectively – and the Gary Duncan trained galloper needed every bit of the fitness gained from those lead-up runs after enduring a wide trip with no cover for most of Saturday’s journey.  

In the drive to the line he was able to hold off the fast finishing efforts of Palmera Lad and another Real Saga youngster in Fairytale Belle.

The victory took Hot Saga’s earnings soaring above $167,000 and there is little question there will be plenty more to follow for the very honest gelding.  

The double also came hot on the heels Real Saga’s ultra impressive midweek Melbourne winner for the Peter Moody stable, Apple Thief, who walloped his rivals with an effortless 4 length victory last Wednesday.

The 3YO is now being targeted towards some of the better sprinting races for his age group at the upcoming carnival.


REAL SAGA’S PROMISING 3YO APPLE THIEF is headed for carnival assignments!
Photo Courtesy – SlickPix


The Sale That Stops The Nation Now Online

23rd Jan 2014

550 star fillies and colts have been catalogued for the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale to be held on 8, 9 & 10 April in Sydney.

Conducted annually since 1917 the Easter Yearling Sale is the pinnacle of thoroughbred sales in the Southern Hemisphere.

The catalogue is available online HERE and on the Inglis Sales iPad App

“From start to finish the quality available at Easter is second to none. From sale toppers like All Too Hard to exceptional types in Session 2 like Cox Plate winner Shamus Award, there are first class racehorses throughout Easter to suit a wide range of budgets,” said Inglis Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy.

On the racetrack Easter graduates have the greatest runners to stakes winners ratio by far and off the track they continue to shape the next generation of champions.

Exceed And Excel (Champion Sire), Fastnet Rock (Champion Sire), Kenbelle (Group 1 winning dam of Boban) and Camarilla (Group 1 winning dam of Guelph) are just a few of the recent Easter stars to shine on and off the racetrack.

This year’s sale, the 98th edition, will be run between Golden Slipper Day at Rosehill Gardens and Day One of the highly anticipated ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick.

All the leading proven sires are heavily represented in the quality packed catalogue along with a top selection of exceptional types by a vast array of exciting young stallions.

Sires include Fastnet Rock (55 lots), More Than Ready (41), Redoute’s Choice (36), High Chaparral (33), Northern Meteor (27), Exceed And Excel (26), Lonhro (25), Sebring (21), Snitzel (17), Street Cry (17), Star Witness (16), Stratum (15), Not A Single Doubt (14), Bernardini (12), Denman (11), Encosta de Lago (11), Commands (10) and Flying Spur (9).

167 stakes winning mares, 35 of those successful at Group 1 level, have progeny in the 2014 Easter Yearling catalogue including Faint Perfume, Gold Edition, Makybe Diva, Rostova, River Dove, Typhoon Tracy, Absolut Glam, Alverta, Boundless and Eskimo Queen.

There are 139 siblings to stakes winners catalogued, including 34 Group 1 winners such as So You Think, Starspangledbanner, Overreach, Igugu, Sepoy, Jimmy Choux, Zoustar, Makybe Diva and recent Hong Kong Classic Mile victor Able Friend.

“Australian breeders took advantage of the former strength of the Aussie dollar to boost their genetic pool with quality overseas stock as evidenced in the depth of the Easter catalogue. Thanks a dollar now on the slide Australian sales certainly look the best value in the region,” points out Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster.

Australian Group 1 winners purchased for A$300,000 or less from Easter in recent years include Shamus Award, Headway, Irish Lights, Response, Dariana, Rock Classic, Absolutely, Anacheeva, Mosheen, Zabeelionaire, Fat Al and Samaready.

This season’s $250,000 RL Inglis Nursery winner Mossfun is yet another example of the great running types available in Session Two of Easter. The exciting daughter of Mossman was snapped up by Emirates Park for just $85,000 last year.

“The whole team and I at Inglis look forward to welcoming everyone to Sydney for the 98th Easter Yearling Sale in April, then sharing in the excitement of seeing this Easter crop going on to big success on and off the track in years to come,” Webster adds.

Go to www.inglis.com.au for the online catalogue or download it on the Inglis Sales iPad App

Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from the Sydney office on +61 2 9399 7999 or email catalogue@inglis.com.au



23/01/2014

Big Victorian Bonuses for Tassie Sired Yearlings

 

Buyers at next month's Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale are in for a treat with Tasracing announcing they will once again match rich Victorian VOBIS payments for Tasmanian sired yearlings.

All Tasmanian sired yearlings in the sale will be eligible for the bonuses on races up to $100,000 run in Victoria with the payouts matching those paid out by SuperVOBIS.

The bonus pay out structure is as follows and will be split 70% to the owner and 30% to the nominator. VOBIS Gold payments are excluded from the TasVOBIS scheme:


RACE PRIZEMONEY

SV BONUS (2YO & 3YO RACES)

$15,000

$9,000

$17,500

$9,000

$30,000

$10,000

$35,000

$10,000

$50,000

$30,000

$80,000

$30,000

$100,000

$30,000


To be eligible for the rich bonuses, the owner of the Tasmanian sired lot from the sale must pay a once off nomination fee of just $660. In past years some vendors have paid the fee and this could be arranged with the respective vendors.

Eligible sires from the 2014 Tasmanian Yearling Sale catalogue are: Brilliant Leader, Estmabul, Helike, Incumbent, Jayemzed, Ladoni, Mr Innocent, Savoire Vivre, Sedaka, Tough Speed and West Quest.

As well as these enhanced bonus payouts, all yearlings offered at the sale are eligible for two $50,000 feature races for sale graduates run on the eve of the sales - one for two-year-olds in 2015 and another for three-year-olds in 2016.

The 2014 Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale will be held at Launceston's Inveresk Showground on February 13. To view the online catalogue click here.

Anyone seeking further information on the SuperVOBIS bonuses should contact David Manshanden at Tasracing on 0409 611 799.


 

40 Days To The Sale That Unearthed Black Caviar

22nd Jan 2014

It is now just over a month away until the 2014 edition of the Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the sale source of world champion Black Caviar.

Conceived, born, raised, sold, owned and trained in Victoria, Black Caviar received her latest accolade last week when officially rated equal-top of the year-end 2013 Longines World’s Best Racehorse Rankings released by the International Federation of Horseracing Authorities (IFHA).

"The total number of Australian-bred horses rated 115 or more by IFHA has increased 400% in the last ten years – underlining the tremendous growth in the Australian thoroughbred and its international reputation," points out Inglis Melbourne Director Peter Heagney.

"Racing both here in Victoria and in many other states of Australia is a tremendous passion.

"Now is a great time to get involved in this exciting sport, with increases in prizemoney, incentive bonuses schemes and the limit on the number of individual persons who may be registered as owners of a racehorse from ten to twenty making racehorse ownership more accessible and affordable," Heagney adds.

61% of the 775 lots catalogued to be offered at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale are Super VOBIS Qualified, just as Black Caviar was in 2008.

Black Caviar was offered as Lot 520 from the draft of Swettenham Stud (as agent for Gilgai Farm). The then unnamed daughter of Bel Esprit was snapped up her trainer Peter Moody for $210,000.

For 25 wins from 25 starts, including 15 at Group 1 level, Black Caviar was raced by owners Neil Werrett, G J & Mrs K J Wilkie, C & Mrs J Madden, Pam Hawkes & D M & Mrs J Taylor. Black Caviar defeated 193 individual rivals, 38 of them Group 1 winners, winning close to A$8 million in prizemoney as well as a cult following from a legion of fans.

CLICK HERE to view Black Caviar being sold as a yearling at the 2008 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale.

With a median price of just A$60,000 Melbourne Premier has an enviable record as the sales source of top level sprinters such as Black Caviar, Sacred Kingdom, Starspangledbanner, Weekend Hussler, Alinghi, Ortensia, Reward For Effort, Turffontein, Costa Viva, Rostova, Stepitup,

Inglis Melbourne is also growing an impressive record as a source of outstanding middle distance and staying type horses, such as Fawkner, Polanski, Pinker Pinker, Arapaho Miss, Hollow Bullet, Escado and Igugu.

Over a ten year period the stakes winners to lots sold ratio from Melbourne Premier has risen 44%.

Local and international buyers are truly going to be spoilt for choice at the 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale at Oaklands on 2, 3, 4 and 5 March.

All of Australasia’s leading sires are represented in the 2014 catalogue with yearlings that were carefully selected from almost 2,000 entries received for the sale.

"An improving genetic pool in Victoria and increased vendor support from other major states has enabled our bloodstock team to be increasingly selective on type and conformation for Melbourne Premier, which is now producing nearly three times as many stakes winners as it used to," said Heagney.

21/1/2014 First foal by Americain

The first foal by Swettenham Stud shuttler Americain (USA) has been born at Calumet Farm in Kentucky.

The bay filly is from Strike The Light (Smart Strike).  It’s the mare’s second foal following a colt by Indygo Shiner (A P Indy) last year.  Second-dam Mexican Moonlight (El Prado) was a Listed winner of the Old South Hcp at Louisiana Downs and she was also Group 3 placed at Keeneland.

Americain (Dynaformer) is back in Kentucky for his second northern season.  He served 155 mares during an initial Victorian book at Swettenham last year.

Calumet Farm owner Brad Kelley supported Americain in 2013 and will increase those numbers after buying 22 mares at last week’s Keeneland January Sale.  Among his purchases were Hard Life (Rock Hard Ten) for $150,000 and Personal Odyssey (Lemon Drop Kid) for $100,000.


Excellent Results Across The Board At The Inglis Sydney Classic Summer Book

20th Jan 2014

The 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book concluded on Monday with excellent results across the board pointing to strengthening support for the new format.

“This sale is really making a name for itself as the place to offer strong athletic types regardless of pedigree. Our bloodstock team focus on identifying those types and buyers have swarmed to snap them up here in Sydney,” said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster.

15 lots by 13 different sires sold for $100,000 or more at this year’s Classic Summer Book. They included colts by Snitzel, Not A Single Doubt, Big Brown, Nicconi, Sebring, Rothesay, Street Sense, Teofilo, Myboycharlie, I Am Invincible and Dubleo, plus fillies by Northern Meteor, Not A Single Doubt and Star Witness.

CLICK HERE to view InglisTV’s wrap of the outstanding sale.

McEvoy Mitchell Racing secured two of the six figure lots on Day Two, including the sale topper by Snitzel. The colt from stakes placed Danehill mare Sharp Hill was secured for $200,000 when offered as Lot 396 on account of Carramar Park.

Laurel Oak Bloodstock purchased the top priced filly by Northern Meteor from Redoute’s Choice mare Luscilla’s Choice for $130,000. The filly was sold by Broadwater Thoroughbreds as Lot 275.

Photos of the sale’s top lots can be viewed on Inglis’ Facebook page InglisBloodstock

“On the back of the last two day’s there is certainly plenty of potential to grow this sale, with a wide buying bench of local, interstate and overseas buyers strongly competing on the better types offered here,” said Inglis Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy.

Buyers from all across Australia faced stiff international competition in the Newmarket ring over the past two days, with New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and South Africa all very active.

McEvoy Mitchell Racing finished as the leading individual buyer having secured six lots for a total of $435,000.

Paul Guy’s Heritage Bloodstock was extremely busy on Sunday and Monday buying 11 lots at $373,000 for clients from South Africa.

The overall average price for the 2014 Classic Summer Book closed at $35,020, which is an increase of 5% on last year.

The Day One clearance rate has risen to 87.

Today’s 80 clearance rate is also expected to keep rising as private offers continue to flow in via the Inglis Make-An-Offer Service.

Widden Stud, which sold outstanding Classic graduates Whobegotyou, Triple Honour, Typhoon Zed and Cavalry Rose here at Newmarket, has finished the 2014 Summer Book as the leading vendor by aggregate having sold 24 lots for $748,000.

Southern Cross Breeders led the vendors by average (3 or more sold) at $63,333. Carramar Park also had a tremendous sale selling nine lots at an average of $63,000.

Amarina Farm, Broadwater Thoroughbreds, Dartbrook Downs, Edinglassie Stud, Marquee Stud and Sledmere Stud all recorded 100% clearance rates for the 8 or more lots they each offered.

Complete vendor, buyer and sire statistics for the sale can be viewed at www.inglis.com.au

21/1/2014 Toowoomba Yearling Sale to relive horse history

  BACK in 1889 Alex McPhie traveled from Gunnedah in northwestern NSW to Toowoomba in Queensland, a distance of over 550m, much of it rough bush tracks, and established an office for stock salesmen Bacon and Company.
  Four years later the business was acquired by McPhie and became one of the world’s biggest horse markets. During the South African War (the Boer War), they sold many thousands of horses at Toowoomba to the exporters.
  Saleyards built in 1905 were used for regular monthly sales, which resulted in record yardings, the biggest supplying 1800 to 2000 head.The McPhie Company sold at Toowoomba, the capital of the famous Darling Downs, a renowned horse growing region, and also later Brisbane for nearly sixty years. During World War 11, at least 6500 horses were sold to the American forces and many hundreds to the Australian services.
  In 1948 the McPhie Company, one then conducted by Alex’s sons Victor and Hector, was acquired by Australian Mercantile Land & Finance Company (AML & F). This organisation together with Primaries Mactaggarts and Elders, at various times, conducted annual Queensland Yearling Sales at the Brisbane Showgrounds until the early1980s.
   The sales at the Brisbane venue continued until last year, first under Queensland Bloodstock Breeders’ Sales and from 2002 under Brisbane Bloodstock Pty Ltd. All told annual yearling sales appear to have been held at the Brisbane Showgrounds every year since World War 11 until 2013. This year will see, however, a break with this tradition with the Brisbane Bloodstock 2014 Bonus Yearling Sale and 2YO Sale transferred to Toowoomba, the historic birthplace of major Queensland horse selling.    
  This is a one day sale scheduled to be conducted on Sunday February 23 at the showplace Toowoomba Showgrounds, a complex not far from Clifford Park, the famous racing centre where the mighty Bernborough raced for four years before moving south and establishing a reputation as one of the greatest Australian racehorses of all time.
   Bernborough has been one of thousands of good horses bred on the Darling Downs in a history stretching back more than a hundred years. It is also the source of most of the yearlings among the 105 catalogued for the 2014 Brisbane Bloodstock Bonus Sale, a line up headed by youngsters produced for two of Queensland’s premier breeding operations, Gainsborough Lodge Stud (47 lots) and Thoroughbred International (12).
  Gainsborough Lodge, one of the showplace studs in Australia when was established in the 1970s by Brisbane businessman Alfred Grant, has been producing good winners in the current century in the ownership of land developer Colin Richards. He has put together a collection of broodmares strong in black type and, besides local sires patronises, the glamour brigade in the Hunter Valley.
  In fact 19 of the yearlings being consigned by either Gainsborough Lodge or Thoroughbred International are by Hunter Valley sires, including I Am Invincible, Choisir, Exceed and Excel, High Chaparral (Ire), Manhattan Rain, Myboycharlie (Ire), Northern Meteor and newcomer Tickets. Each of the sires had yearlings sell in excess of $100,000 each at the Magic Millions January Sale.  
  A unique feature of the sale is that again all the yearlings from Gainsborough Lodge and Thoroughbred International are offered without reserve.
  Thoroughbred International topped last year’s sale at $31,000 and Gainsborough Lodge secured the second highest price, $28,000. Another Gainsborough Lodge yearling at that sale, a colt by the stud’s resident sire Immovable Option (Ire) sold to a Newcastle trainer for $11,000, gained the distinction of being the first 2-year-old winner in Australia for 2013-14 when it won the Romantic Dream at Tamworth.
  Immovable Option (8 lots) is one of nearly twenty Queensland sires with yearlings in the 2014 catalogue, the others including Conatus (by Danehill) (6), Court Command, Easy Rocking (4), Ferocity (3), Freeze (6), Jet Spur (3), Masked Assassin (first crop; Danzero stakes winner Brisbane and Melbourne; 4), Monashee Mountain (USA) (4), Nothing to Lose (USA) (3), St Averil (USA) (20) and Walking or Dancing (first crop, Falvelon Group 3 winner; 4).
   Represented also by 19 of his first crop 2-year-olds in the second section of the catalogue, St Averil, like More Than Ready a grandson paternally of Halo, is a former leading Californian performer who is now resident at Goodwood Park, Allora, Qld. He has had winners up to Listed Stakes in North America and one of his early Australian runners, Bam’s Boy, followed up a win at Roma on December 7 with a 1.5 lengths win at Toowoomba.
   The Brisbane Bloodstock sale yearlings are mostly eligible for a variety of bonus races. All those by the Hunter Valley sires can benefit from Bobs and most of the others from the Queensland scheme, QTIS.

Classic Summer Book Off To A Strong Start

19th Jan 2014

A rising average price and a 84% clearance rate underpinned strong trade on the opening day of the 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book at Newmarket.

Inglis’ video wrap of the day’s proceedings can be viewed on InglisTV HERE

Local, interstate and overseas buyers took home 189 lots today, headed by Middlebrook Valley Lodge’s Not A Single Doubt x Foxy filly (Lot 173) that was purchased by Kitchwin Hills for $105,000.

“Strong athletic types again drew plenty of competition and I have no doubt that many of today’s buys will outperform their price tags, as has become a great hallmark of Classic,” said Inglis Bloodstock Director Jonathan D’Arcy.

Three colts also made $100,000. They were:
* Lot 26 – Street Sense x Angora colt from Princes Farm – bought by Muskoka Farm NSW
* Lot 39 – Teofilo x Ave Amina colt from Supreme Thoroughbreds – bought by Diamond Lodge NZ
* Lot 84 – Myboycharlie x Centaine Haze colt from Vinery Stud – bought by Ron Quinton NSW

Photos of today’s top lots can be viewed on Inglis’ Facebook page InglisBloodstock

Muskoka Farm ended Day One as the leading buyer having snapped up four colts for $270,000. All will be pinhooked into the Inglis Sydney Ready 2 Race Sale in October.

“We had great success at last year’s Ready 2 Race Sale so have come here on a mission to purchase types that we can make a good return on our investment back here later in the year at the two-year-old sale,” said Muskoka Farm Principal Wendy Lapointe.

“John Hutchinson, Rick Worthington and myself are working together to secure a specific type on a strict budget and we are delighted with today’s four purchases. We hope we can add a few more tomorrow before we take them through our system with Gerald Ryan as we did last year,” Wendy added.

Muskoka and other local buyers had plenty of competition from interstate and overseas. International markets active on the day included New Zealand, Hong Kong, Singapore, China and South Africa.

The average price on Day One was up 6% on last year’s figure to $34,804. The median was a strong $30,000.

Emirates Park, which sold Group 3 winner Boomwaa at Classic Summer Book last year, finished as the leading vendor by aggregate today selling 25 lots for $518,000.

Complete vendor, buyer and sire statistics for today’s session can be viewed at www.inglis.com.au

240 remaining yearlings (Lots 241 to 480) will be offered from the earlier starting time of 10am tomorrow, Monday 20 January.

Day Two will be broadcast on Inglis Sale Day live. Online Bidding and Make-An-Offer will again be available to buyers unable to make it to Newmarket.

20/1/2014 Who's the Boss

When Falvelon’s 2YO gelding I Am Boss jumped straight to the lead, and was never headed, on Friday at Ipswich’s meeting, the Tony Sears trained youngster promoted his sire to the Number One position on the table for Australia’s Leading 2YO Sires by winners.  


I AM BOSS clears out from his opposition at Ipswich on Friday to add to Falvelon’s incredible 2YO record this season.
Photo courtesy – Trackside Photography

The Glenlogan Park stalwart now has the remarkable figures of having produced 6 winners from just 9 starters this season, possessing a winners-to-runners ratio that is easily the most impressive of the Top 10 stallions on this table.

Falvelon’s feats are even more remarkable when it is taken into account that one of his “non-winners” thus far is the incredibly talented Ambitious Blonde – a runner up to Oakleigh Girl in the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes at her only start.

Falvelon heads up a stellar list of sires that also includes his Glenlogan Park breeding barn mate Real Saga (currently sitting equal 3rd in Australia).

  1. FALVELON – 6 winners from 9 starters.
  2. SNITZEL  - 5 winners from 17 starters.
  3. REAL SAGA – 4 winners from 11 starters.
  4. STREET CRY – 4 winners from 8 starters.
  5. NOT A SINGLE DOUBT – 4 winners from 25 starters.
  6. I AM INVINCIBLE – 4 winners from 15 starters.

Vinery stallions have dominated sales-related races this season and Myboycharlie chimed in when his filly Peggy Jean won the $250,000 Inglis 2YO Classic (1200m) at Randwick on Saturday.

Peggy Jean (2f Myboycharlie - Lady Of Love by Lago Delight) raced past Boomwa to defeat the short-priced favourite by a short-neck.  She banked $153,500 first prizemoney and, just as importantly, collected black-type in the Restricted Listed event.

Peggy Jean is the fourth juvenile bonus winner by a Vinery sire in 2013-14.

Silversands (Dubleo) began the winning run in the $255,000 Inglis Banner at Moonee Valley in October and she was followed by Mossfun (Mossman) in the $253,500 Inglis Nursery at Randwick in December and Unencumbered (Testa Rossa) in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic last Saturday.

“I was bit worried about the 1200m because she’s a filly that is really going to get better when she gets out to a mile or further,” trainer Gerald Ryan said at Randwick.  “She will be suited in races like the (G1) Champagne Stakes and (LR) Fernhill Hcp in the autumn.

“She’s a lovely filly and does everything right.”

Triple Crown Racing bought Peggy Jean for $46,000 at the 2013 Inglis Classic Sale.  Triple Crown had won previous Inglis Classics with Miss Independent (2008) and Cavalry Rose (2012).

Myboycharlie (Ire) was a 2YO Group 1 winner of the Prix Morny at Deauville in 2007 and his first crop includes G2 VRC Danehill Stakes winner Charlie Boy.

Myboycharlie has 8 yearlings catalogued for the Inglis Classic Summer Sale which begins at Newmarket on Sunday.  Vinery will sell a Myboycharlie colt from Centaine Haze as Lot 84 – his NZ bred dam has foaled two winners from two to race.



First winner Swiss Ace

16th Jan 2014

Westbury Stud-based Group One winning sprinter, Swiss Ace, celebrated his first winner on Friday when Staccato (NZ) lived up to hot favouritism taking out the maiden juvenile event over 1200m at Taranaki.

Ridden by leading apprentice jockey Rory Hutchings, Staccato is part owned by Westbury Stud principal Gerry Harvey won the Kiwi Butcher Supporting Life Education Trust 2YO at his sixth race day start.

Swiss Ace will boast another promising runner when the Stephen McKee trained Passing Shot (NZ) lines up in the Gr.2 Wakefield Challenge Stakes on Saturday at Trentham.

Westbury Stud will be offering a selection of 35 yearlings by Swiss Ace at the 2014 Karaka Yearling Sales at the end of the month.

 


St Nicholas Abbey passes away
(14th January 2014)

Regretfully St Nicholas Abbey has lost his brave battle after suffering a colic this morning. Surgery revealed a severe strangulating colon torsion that was unviable and he had to be euthanized on humane grounds. This is extremely unfortunate as St Nicholas Abbey had been in terrific form, the laminitis was resolving very well and the fracture had healed better than expected.

Coolmore would like to thank the surgeons, the international experts and all the staff at Fethard Equine Hospital who gave him such excellent care 24/7. We would also like to thank the multitude of well-wishers for all the cards and messages of support for St Nicholas Abbey. He will be buried in the graveyard here at Coolmore.


St Nicholas Abbey

Wednesday, 15 January 2014 Lincoln Farm sire Crowns Classic Sale

Lincoln Farm heads to the Inglis Summer Classic yearling sale on the back of another black-type victory by its proven stallion Beautiful Crown.
Myamira (5m Beautiful Crown – Simmysue by Simonstad) motored home from the back of the field to win the G3 Belle Of The Turf Stakes (1600m) at Gosford on Friday.  “The early speed up front was an advantage,” jockey Robert Thompson said.  “She tracked up good and really sprinted for the final 600 metres.”
Myamira is the 10th stakes winner for Beautiful Crown.  The Rod Northam trained mare defeated Darley’s Redoute’s Choice stablemates Pleiades and La Pieta.
Northam has soft for the mare having trained her dam Simmysue to three wins for Port Macquarie owner-breeders Jim and Gail Newton.  “Simmysue was my first winner in town at Canterbury about 10 years ago,” Northam recalled.  “I’ve trained a few of her foals but Myamira is the best by far.”
The Newtons board Simmysue at Lincoln Farm and the mare has a cracking Ready’s Image filly at foot and is back in foal to Beautiful Crown.
Lincoln Farm owner Nick Posa has an impressive record at the Inglis Classic Sale.  His Hunter Valley nursery finished fourth on average in 2012 and there’s another five yearlings catalogued for this year’s Sale.
They are by up-and-coming sires I Am Invincible, Star Witness and Lope de Vega and all three were in demand at the Magic Millions last week.
I Am Invincible is leading the Australian first-season premiership and his second-crop averaged $240,000 on the Gold Coast.  His Classic Sale colt (Lot 158) is from winning Anabaa sprinter Fasting who has already foaled three winners.
Star Witness had 8 first-crop yearlings make six-figures on the Gold Coast topped by a $450,000 colt purchased for Gai Waterhouse.  His Classic Sale colt from Lincoln Farm is out of Hadavision (Lot 195) who won three black-type sprints in the USA.
Beautiful Crown has 4 colts from outside studs at the two-day Classic Sale on January 19 and 20.  Among the quartet is a three-quarter brother to Beautiful Crown’s Group 1 Caulfield Guineas winner In Top Swing.
In Top Swing was a $50,000 graduate of the 2002 Inglis Classic Sale.  His three-quarter brother is the first foal of Varella (Rock of Gibraltar) and is catalogued as Lot 464.
Lincoln Farm’s consignment is available for inspection at Stable 1 – Row D at the Newmarket sales complex.



14/01/2014

Magic Sale Comes to a Close

 


The 2014 Magic Millions Carnival drew to a close on the Gold Coast on Tuesday with the final day of the sale conducted.

A small selection of yearlings went under the hammer before a racehorse and sale followed.

All up on the day almost $1 million was traded on 98 lots sold with the top price of the day achieved in the racehorse section.

Whistle Stop, offered as part of a quality draft from Darley, was purchased by leading Darwin trainer Dick Leech for $65,000.

A winner at Bendigo on December 22, Whistle Stop was sent to the sale by Darley after a strong second at Geelong last Wednesday over 1500 metres.

The Darley draft provided 10 of the top 12 prices in the Summer Racehorse Sale with other top sellers including Petrify ($45,000 to Amy Johnston), Matignon ($45,000 to Greg Hickman), Zocalos ($38,000 also to Dick Leech) and Salvaged ($36,000 to John Wall).

The top price for a yearling earlier in the day was $26,000 for Montana Park's Reward for Effort colt from Belsoeur, purchased by Victorian trainer Frankie Stockdale.

Four other yearlings sold for prices of $20,000 or over during a short yearling session where the average price climbed from $5,442 last year to $6,672 in 2014.

The Summer Racehorse Sale, which returned a perfect 100% clearance, returned an average price of $12,934 - well up on $9,965 for the same sale last year.

Magic Millions is now preparing for upcoming sales during the next couple of months in Launceston (the Tasmanian Yearling Sale on February 13), at Belmont (the Perth Yearling Sale on February 18 and 19), at Morphettville (the Adelaide Yearling Sale from March 10-12) and on the Gold Coast (the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale on March 17 and 18).

Catalogues for the Tasmanian, Perth and Adelaide Yearling Sales are now online via the Magic Millions website. The catalogue for the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale will be online in the coming days.

To view the results for the entire Gold Coast Yearling Sale including today's session click here.

To view the results for the Summer Racehorse Sale click here.

YEARLING STATISTICS
(2013 Day 6 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 82 (72)
Lots Sold: 45 (43)
Lots Withdrawn: 11 (13)
Lots Passed: 26 (16)
Sale Gross: $300,250 ($234,000)
Average Price: $6,672 ($5,442)
Top Price: $26,000 ($28,000)
Sold %: 63 (73)

RACEHORSE STATISTICS
(2013 stats in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 77 (111)
Lots Sold: 53 (87)
Lots Withdrawn: 24 (22)
Lots Passed: 0 (2)
Sale Gross: $685,500 ($866,950)
Average Price: $12,934 ($9,965)
Top Price: $65,000 ($82,500)
Sold %: 100 (98)


 

Inglis Select Yearling Sale Series Starts Sunday

14th Jan 2014

The Inglis Select Yearling Sales Series for 2014 gets underway at 10am this Sunday in Sydney with the 480 lot Classic Summer Book.

Over 4,500 entries have been received for the series which covers six sales in Sydney, Melbourne and Scone during the next five months.

“The whole Inglis team are certainly looking forward to Lot 1 walking into the Newmarket ring this Sunday,” said Inglis Managing Director Mark Webster.

“Our expert bloodstock team has carefully selected yearlings which have been reared in some of the best breeding environments that can be found in the world. They are catalogued over our range of sales to suit the needs of every vendor and prospective buyer.”

Sydney Classic continues to produce top class thoroughbreds that achieve heights far greater than their price tags like Fiveandahalfstar, Boomwaa and Sincero.

Melbourne Premier goes from strength to strength just like the graduates it unearths; from champion sprinter Black Caviar to Caulfield Cup winning stayer Fawkner.

The Australian Easter Yearling Sale remains the pinnacle of all bloodstock interests in the Southern Hemisphere. Exceed And Excel (Champion sire 2012/13); All Too Hard (Champion 3yo colt), Shamus Award (WS Cox Plate) and Camarilla (Group 1 winning dam of Guelph) are just a few of the recent Easter stars to shine on and/or off the racetrack.

“Attending the Inglis Yearling Sales Series is a prescription for global success,” states Webster.

All dates and information on the 2014 Inglis Select Yearling Sale Series can be found at www.inglis.com.au

All yearlings offered at Inglis Yearling Sales are eligible for nomination to $5 million Inglis Race Series, on offer for 2YOs & 3YOs, which includes 19 Select & Bonus races plus the Inglis Triple Crown Bonus.

15/1/2014 Newhaven Park adds to image of Thoroughbred excellence

  FOLKLORE has it that on the eve of the 1959 Sydney Easter Yearling Sale the emerging great trainer T.J. Smith responded  ‘you can’t grow horses down there’ when asked if he would be bidding for the first crop offspring of the imported Court Martial stallion Wilkes, a resident at John W. Kelly’s Newhaven Park Stud between Boorowa and Cowra in Central Western NSW.
   It was a sentiment not echoed by his ebullient trainer daughter Gai Waterhouse at ringside at the glamour Magic Millions sales at the Gold Coast last week. She paid the highest price of the sale, $1million, for a Newhaven Park bred Redoute’s Choice colt out of the Encosta de Lago winner Hades.
  This was the first leg of a big double at the Gold Coast during the week for the Newhaven Park breed as two days later one of their 2013 yearlings, the syndicate owned Bjorn Baker trained Testa Rossa colt Unencumbered, laid claim to being the best of his generation with an accomplished win in                                                                                                                                                                                             the $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic.
  The achievement by Newhaven Park, a stud now run by J.W. Kelly’s grandson John, at the Gold Coast shows that half a century on it retains the image of thoroughbred excellence for which the cornerstone was the introduction of Wilkes and wise development of a quality broodmare band.
  The Stud had only met with modest success from sire use in the previous ten years, but Wilkes turned it into one of the great thoroughbred farms of Australia. He took over from Star Kingdom and was a leading sire for decade, gaining the Champion Australian sire title on earnings and juveniles on three occasions each and later proving a prominent broodmare sire.
   His first crop produced one of Australia’s greatest race fillies, Wenona Girl. Purchased out of the dozen lots by Wilkes submitted at that 1959 Easter sale by Newhaven Park, she won17 races, including the AJC Oaks, Sires’ Produce Stakes, Gimcrack Stakes, STC Rosehill Guineas,VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Wakeful Stakes, Lightning Stakes – twice, VATC Caulfield Thousand Guineas and Futurity Stakes.
  Raced by the chairman of the Sydney Turf Club Bill Longworth, she finished second to Sky High, one of the greatest of the Star Kingdom progeny, in the Club’s flagstaff race, the Golden Slipper.
  Longworth also placed in four other Golden Slippers with Newhaven bred offspring of Wilkes, finishing second with Young Brolga in1961 and Farnworth (three-quarter brother to Wenona Girl) in 1964 and third with Wenona Girl’s brother Grammar Lad in 1962 and Eugene in 1967.  
   Primarily a source of tough performers up to 1600m, Wilkes was a big force in the Golden Slipper throughout his stud career. He won it with Johns Hope (bred by Newhaven Park) in1972 and the mercurial Vain in 1969 and, besides the Longworth runners, placed with Alfalfa (second1967),Very Merry (third1966) and Skyjack (third1974).
   Two of the Wilkes performers,Wenona Girl and Vain, were so good they have been inducted into the Australian Hall of Fame.Victorian bred Vain raced14 times for 12 wins in the 900m – 1600m range, including seven which are now Group1.
  He became an outstanding speed sire at the Widden Stud and appears to have had a huge input into pedigrees of brilliant horses, including doubling up in Black Caviar and appearing in that of Unencumbered’s sire Testa Rossa.
  A winner of 13 races to 1600m, five at two and six Group1 events and himself successful in the Magic Millions Classic (1999),Testa Rossa is by the Danzig sire Perugino (USA), a three-quarter brother to Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King, and from Bo Dapper, an unraced daughter of Sir Dapper, a Vain winner of the Golden Slipper and Spring Champion Stakes.
  The source of over 500 winners, nearly fifty of them successful in stakes races, the Vinery Stud, Segenhoe Valley, Scone located Testa Rossa is the second winner of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic to be the sire of the winner of it. The other is General Nediym and he has supplied two,  Regimental Gal (2003) and Military Rose (2010).
   Now winner of five of six starts, the others including the Wyong Magic Millions and the Group 3 B.J. McLachlan at Doomben, and heading for the Golden Slipper, Unencumbered is from Blizzardly, a mare bred by Vinery using their very good visiting sire More Than Ready (USA). He supplied the successive Magic Millions Classic winners Phelan Ready (won Golden Slipper) and Augusta Proud.
  Blizzardly was also a good 2-year-old, winning twice at this age, including the Listed Keith Mackay at Randwick, finishing third in two stakes, the STC Magic Night and the BTC Tommy Smith and sixth of 16 in the Golden Slipper.
  Concise, the grandam of Unencumbered, won twice in Sydney at two. She was bred by the late Sir Tristan Antico using Marscay and Sober Dancer, a good racemare by Falvelon’s grandsire Noalcoholic. Sober Dancer’s sister Rembetica won 14 races, including the Group 3 Tramway in Sydney.  

15/1/2014 Dreamscape winner may have shook cousin in Millions Classic 

  THE manner in which the Hawkes family trained Bugatty lived up to his name and powered home in the juvenile event over 1000m at Flemington on Saturday suggests this first crop Dreamscape colt could have threatened his cousin Unencumbered if they had come together in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast.
  Although he is a graduate of two Gold Coast sales, Bugatty was not eligible for the Classic as he had not been through the yearling sales.The Atkinson’s Furlong Stud bought him for only $14,000 at the National Weanling Sale and he was resold for a very profitable $310,000 when submitted through Glenlogan Park at the Magic Millions Horses in Training Sale.
  Now raced twice for a debut second at Moonee Valley on December 28 and then Saturday’s win, Bugatty was bred by longtime owner-breeder-trainer Neil Osborne and his wife at their Mane Lodge Farm at Sutton near Canberra. They have four colts, two by Beautiful Crown and one each by Oratorio (Ire) and Tickets, in the Sydney Classic Sale on Sunday and Monday.
  Bred for speed, Bugatty is the second winner from only three runners to date by the Widden Stud located Dreamscape, a 2013 $5,500 fee sire by Choisir whose 11 starts included four wins in Sydney, including a Group 2 at Randwick and two Group 3s at Warwick Farm.
  Successful at Scone by 1.3 lengths at his only other start, the other winner is the Paul Perry trained Cityscape, a product of a Marscay mare.
  Bugatty is the second runner and winner from Jesta Sweetie, a winner of a 1180m maiden at Gundagai for the Osbornes. Bred by Black Caviar’s breeder Rick Jamieson, she is by Golden Slipper winner Rory’s Jester and is one of six winners from Jade Court, a three-quarter sister by Bletchingly to Concise, grandam of Unencumbered.

15/1/2014 Andrew Bowcock’s beautiful investments

  TWO very good investments made by Andrew Bowcock, a grandson of Ray Bowcock, the founder in the early 1940s of the Alabama Stud, Segenhoe Valley, Scone and a big spender on thoroughbreds, and his wife Lasca was the purchase in California for sire duty of the fleet footed Beautiful Crown and the establishment of the Alanbridge Stud.
  Also in the Segenhoe Valley, Alanbridge was subsequently purchased in a multi million dollar deal by Nathan Tinkler, then Australia’s richest young man, but the Bowcocks still head the syndicate that owns Beautiful Crown.
  Now standing with Savabeel’s Red Ransom half-brother Arlington at Nick Posa’s Lincoln Farm Stud in the Murrurundi district, Beautiful Crown, a grandson through Chief’s Crown of Danzig, has not had a lot of exposure in leading city stables, but he has supplied over 464 winners of 1400 races and                             $26million.
  One of his early runners was the Bowcock bred In Top Swing, a winner in a brief career of the Caulfield Guineas, the Golden Rose and a juvenile event at Randwick. Himself a graduate of the Sydney Classic Yearling Sale, In Top Swing has a three-quarter brother under Southern Cross Breeders in the catalogue for this year’s sale. Lot 464, it is the first foal of Varella, a half-sister by Rock of Gibraltar to In Top Swing.
  Represented by four lots in the Classic Sale, Beautiful Crown had his goodness as a sire shown in last week by at least four winning offspring and as the broodmare sire of a major Gold Coast winner.
The four winners were Myamira (the $126,000 Group 3 Belle of the Turf Stakes at Gosford), Hereford (won 2000m Canberra by three lengths), Little Moots (won1100m Port Macquarie) and Tycoon Castle (won 1400m at Selangor, Malaysia).
   His broodmare success was as the sire of Maha Chakiri, the dam of the well named Whittington, the Tale of the Cat 3-year-old colt who won the $200,000 Magic Millions Sprint. Whittington was bred by Tinkler’s Patinack Farm and sold to Star Thoroughbreds for $145,000 at the 2012 Gold Coast Yearling Sale. 
   Now successful in six races, including the Belle of the Turf and a 1600m event at Warwick Farm by two lengths on December 11, the 5-year-old mare Myamira is raced by her breeder, J. Newton, and Mrs G. Newton and is trained at Scone by Rodney Northam.

15/1/2014 Million dollar yearling related to Gold Coast celebrities

  TWO of the many celebrities who have emerged from the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale since it was established in1986 are in the pedigree of the Newhaven Park Stud bred bay colt which Gai Waterhouse purchased for Californians Jon and Sarah Kelly for the top price of $1million at the 2014 sale.
  An August 22 foal, he is by champion Danehill sire Redoute’s Choice (Arrowfield) and is the second foal of Hades, an Encosta de Lago (Coolmore) mare who raced eight times for Newhaven Park and Wilkes Thoroughbreds, winning at Canterbury (1250m) and Gosford (1100m).
  Hades, like her dam Hasna, a Snippets star trained by Waterhouse, was bred by Sydney motor dealer George Altomonte, owner of the Corumbene Stud at Dunedoo in central western NSW.
   Both Hasna, an Australian Champion at two, winning the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes, Champagne Stakes and STC Silver Slipper and third in the Golden Slipper, and Snippets (by Lunchtime), a leading juvenile and Champion 3YO who followed a win in the inaugural Magic Millions 2YO Classic with successes in the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes,The Galaxy and VATC Oakleigh Plate, are graduates of the Magic Millions Sales.
  Altomonte is also breeder of Golden Slipper winners Overreach (by Exceed and Excel and from a Snippets mare) and Sebring (by More Than Ready). Both were trained by Gai Waterhouse.
   A very promising sire at the Widden Stud, Sebring is from a mare by Flying Spur, an Arrowfield Danehill Golden Slipper winner and champion sire who is a relation to the million dollar yearling. It flows from Flying Spur’s dam Rolls (USA) being by Mr Prospector and from a daughter of Fanfreluche, one of the greatest Northern Dancer racemares and broodmares. Produce of Ciboulette, a winner of 14 races to Group1 in Canada, she a half-sister to American Legacy, the fifth dam of the yearling.
   Ancestress of more than eighty stakes winners, Ciboulette doubles up in the maternal pedigree of the yearling because his dam’s sire Encosta de Lago is from a half-sister to Flying Spur.
  Other products of the family known in Australia include Kheleyf (Ire) (a Darley shuttled sire by Green Desert), Krupt (a Flying Spur Group 2 juvenile winner standing at Kooringal Stud, Wagga Wagga, NSW), Ballybleue (won Silver Slipper), Holy Roman Emperor (Ire) (Coolmore shuttled sire by Danehill), Milanova (second South Australian Oaks), Snaadee (USA) (a good Danzig sire used by the Emirates Park Stud), Motspur (Flying Spur winner of 12 sprint races) and Gypsy Diamond (Not a Single Doubt Victoria Oaks fourth).


13/01/2014

Yearlings and Racehorses to Complete Sale

The 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and carnival come to a close tomorrow with the final yearling session and racehorse sale.

The sale commences at 11am (Qld time) with a selection of yearlings to go under the hammer with Lot 927, a lovely colt by Congrats.

Yearlings represented in tomorrow's catalogue include Bel Esprit, Beneteau, Gonski, Henrythenavigator, Jet Spur, Lookin at Lucky, Mossman, Myboycharlie, Nadeem, Reward for Effort, Sebring, Sequalo, Stratum, Street Sense and Tickets.

Following the yearing sale, the Summer Racehorse Sale will be conducted with a strong line up of proven racetrack performers including stakes gallopers Internal Revenue and War Ends.

Also in the catalogue are proven city winners Confident Star, Fringed, Love Laughing, Matignon, Military Bride, Petrify, Sky Effort, Textiles and Zocalos.

Darley have a quality draft and their highlights include last start Sydney runner-up Petrify, Friday night's runaway Cranbourne winner Textiles and Whistle Stop, who has a win at Bendigo and second at Geelong at his two most recent starts.

To view the remaining lots from the Gold Coast Yearling Sale to go under the hammer tomorrow click here.

And to view the online catalogue for the Summer Racehorse Sale click here.

 



12/01/2014

Redoute's Filly Tops Day Five on Gold Coast

 

A beautifully bred filly by champion sire Redoute's Choice topped Book 2 on day five of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Sunday.

Presented by Arrowfield Stud, the filly from stakes winner Flame of Atlanta was knocked down to Prime Thoroughbred's Joe O'Neill for $280,000.

"I purchased her for Power Thoroughbreds," O'Neill said. "She was a stand out filly today who has a lot going for her."

"She has a lovely hindquarter and if she does the right thing on the track she will develop into an outstanding broodmare of the future."

A half sister to this season's Coolmore Stud Stakes runner-up Not Listenin'tome, the filly is the fourth foal of the stakes winning and group performed Encosta de Lago mare Flame of Sydney.

The top price for a colt came when the Mane Lodge colt by I Am Invincible from Snippety Day sold to Magic Millions as agent for a local stable for $160,000.

All up on Sunday over $9.5 million was traded on 199 lots sold at an average price of $47,924. The clearance rate today was a healthy and always growing 83.3 per cent.

"We took more horses and naturally were concerned that this may skew the numbers," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox reported.

Lot 818"However the momentum of Book 1 rolled into Book 2 and all numbers are up across the board."

"It was great to see the support of some of our most commercial vendors and they ended up being very well rewarded."

"Equally the participation of some of our highest profile buyers was very pleasing to see."

"It gives us great confidence to market Book 2 in 2015," Cox summed up.

Today's results came at the same time as the clearance rate for the Book 1, Day 1-4 sale which concluded last night, went past 89 per cent.

The 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and Carnival will conclude on Tuesday with a final smaller yearling session followed up a popular racehorse sale.

To view the catalogue for the Yearling Sale click here and scroll down from Lot 927 onwards. And to view the online catalogue for the Racehorse Sale click here.

DAY FIVE TOP SELLERS
$280,000 – Redoute's Choice-Flame Of Sydney filly (Lot 818)
Vendor: Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Power Thoroughbreds (NSW)
$160,000 – I Am Invincible- Snippety Day Colt (Lot 704)
Mane Lodge / Magic Millions As Agent (Qld)
$150,000 – Snitzel- Pheebles colt (Lot 918)
Eureka Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / John Foote Bloodstock (Qld)
$145,000 – High Chaperral-Elegant Jewel filly (Lot 801)
Lomar Park Stud / Glen Harvey Bloodstock/Paul Moroney Bloodstock (NZ)
$135,000 – Onemorenomore-Donatella colt (Lot 796)
Coolmore Stud (As Agent) / PFG Racing (Vic)
SALE STATISTICS
(2013, Day 5 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 263 (240)
Lots Sold: 199 (160)
Lots Withdrawn: 24 (32)
Lots Passed In: 40 (48)
Sold %: 83.3 (77)
Sale Gross: $9,537,000 ($7,438,500)
Average Price: $47,924 ($46,491)
Top Price: $280,000 ($240,000)
Top Colt: $160,000 ($240,000)
Top Filly: $280,000 ($105,000)


 



12/01/2014

More Than Ready Colt Tops Day Four

 

An outstanding colt by More Than Ready took the honours during a successful Day Four of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale on Saturday night.

Following on from the hugely successful raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club, a massive crowd flocked to the complex to see the next generation of racetrack star go under the hammer.

A strong session saw the average price for the sale grow to over $144,000 and the sale gross round out at over $75 million. All figures were up on last year's sale.

Young Sydney trainer Bryce Heys went to $600,000 to secure his prized pick of the sale, the More Than Ready-Polaway colt from Newhaven Park, as agent for Twin Palms Stud.

The colt is from a stakes performed Giant's Causeway daughter of Golden Slipper winner Polar Success and rounded out the Day 1-4 sale as the third top seller.

"Physically he was as an impressive colt as there was on the sale ground," Heys said. "He thought he was the best colt in the sale."

"He's got the pedigree to back it up. He's a generation away from a Golden Slipper winner and I bought him with a profile to graduate to that race," he added.

Fresh off a feature race treble at the raceday earlier in the day, champion trainer Gai Waterhouse was busy again with James Harron and she snapped up the Northern Meteor-Ms Bowie colt from Musk Creek Farm.

Waterhouse will be hoping the $525,000 purchase can follow in the footsteps of another Musk Creek graduate of the sale she purchased, the former superstar youngster Pierro.

"I trained Northern Meteor for Mr Cojuangco to a Group One win and he stood at Widden Stud until his demise and yes I'm delighted to be training him," Waterhouse said.

"Vendors presented an outstanding draft of yearlings that sold well above expectations," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said.

"The market was very strong and it was also very consistent. The buyers were willing to participate across all levels of the market and that created a magical vibe."

"It's been extremely rewarding for Magic Millions staff to conduct a sale of this nature," Cox added.

Cox said Day Five of the sale, comprising Book 2, would present a great opportunity for buyers to compete for some top prospects at value prices.

"We've had so many great graduates from Day Five over the years and we're confident there's plenty of top prospective racehorses among them again."

To view a video review of today's raceday click here. To see a video review of Day Four of the yearling sale click here.

To view the official results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

SALE STATISTICS
(D1-4, 2013 in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 663 (660)
Lots Sold: 521 (497)
Lots Withdrawn: 61 (60)
Lots Passed In: 80 (103)
Sale Gross: $75,082,500 ($67,677,500)
Top Price: $1,000,000 ($1,350,000)
Average Price: $144,112 ($136,172)
Median Price: $120,000 ($105,000)
Sold %: 87 (83)

DAY FOUR TOP SELLERS
$600,000 More Than Ready- Polaway Colt (Lot 647)
Vendor: Newhaven Park (As Agent for Twin Palms Stud) / Buyer: Ellerslie Lodge Pty Ltd/Bryce N Heys (NSW)
$525,000 Northern Meteor- Ms Bowie Colt (Lot 599)
Musk Creek Farm / Gai Waterhouse/ James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)
$520,000 – Lohnro- Noesis Colt (Lot 614)
Willow Park Stud / Sun Bloodstock (HK)
$450,000 Fastnet Rock- Native Song Filly (Lot 610)
Three Bridges Thoroughbreds (As Agent) / Matchem Racing P/L (Vic)
$450,000 Star Witness- Pachanga Colt (Lot 626)
Glenlogan Park / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)
$420,000 – Fastnet Rock- Miss Judgement Filly (Lot 579)
Cressfield  / Jadeskye Racing/Gerald Ryan (NSW)
LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$8,235,000 - Gai Waterhouse / James Harron B'stock - 39 lots
$2,467,500 - Star Thoroughbreds - 19 lots
$2,315,000 - Chris Waller Racing - 10 lots
$2,065,000 - Round Table Racing / James Harron B'stock - 15 lots
$2,015,000 - Lindsay Park B'stock - 14 lots

LEADING SIRES
(ranked by average - 3 or more sold)

$286,500 - Redoute's Choice - 10 sold
$270,167 - Fastnet Rock - 30 sold
$243,333 - Street Cry - 6 sold
$240,000 - I Am Invincible - 7 sold
$228,750 - Northern Meteor - 16 soldor

 



11/1/2014 A sweet Magic Millions day for Snitzel & Arrowfield


Pictured: Arrowfield graduate Sweet Idea and James McDonald win the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas from Estonian Princess (blaze) and Enquare. (PHOTO: Sportpix)
Saturday, January 11, 2014
No stallion had more impact on today's Magic Millions Gold Coast feature races than Arrowfield's sensational young sire Snitzel.

Any reservations about his daughter Sweet Idea's wide gate and first attempt beyond 1200 metres in the $1 million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas 1400m (R) LR simply evaporated as James McDonald used the filly's speed to put her in the box seat, and then called on her indomitable courage to finish the task.

Sweet Idea responded brilliantly, and powered home for a dominant victory in 1.20.78. Estonian Princess completed the quinella for Snitzel when she flew home late to finish a length away in second place, with Enquare (by Stratum - like Snitzel, a son of Redoute's Choice) running on for third.

Bred by Arrowfield in partnership with Jungle Pocket Pty Ltd, Sweet Idea (ex Flidais by Timber Country) was purchased for $240,000 by Gai Waterhouse and James Harron, who also bought her full sister for $200,000 from Arrowfield at yesterday's third session of the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. 

Sweet Idea is trained by Waterhouse for an enthusiastic and appreciative group of owners including David & Luke Henderson, Nick Vass and Campbell Brown, who have now watched her run nine times for four wins, five placings and prizemoney of more than $1.5 million.

As reported by Thoroughbred News, Waterhouse said, "She's a very good filly. She was a high class two-year-old who ran second in a Magic Millions (Classic) and then third in the Slipper."

"She's been at the top level for a long time and she's just such a talented galloper."

"For a top two-year-old, she has come back better as a three-year-old. She keeps on improving all the time."

Owner Viive Williams was equally delighted with the performance of Estonian Princess, who made the field only after Charlie Boy's scratching on Friday morning.  The chestnut daughter of Meet My Sis (by Prized) was a $65,000 buy from Victorian breeder Rosemont Stud and is trained at Warwick Farm by Scott Aspery.

Snitzel's daughter Oakleigh Girl, already a Group winner, was a valiant runner-up in the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic 1200m (R) LR, beaten less than a length by the powerful colt Unencumbered, whose sire Testa Rossa was a great racing rival of Snitzel's champion sire Redoute's Choice.

Oakleigh Girl was bred by Arrowfield and Planette Thoroughbred, and sold from Arrowfield's draft for $400,000 at last year's Magic Millions sale to trainer Dan Bougoure. Her earnings for owner Louise Gillard already exceed $760,000, thanks to the sale company's Racing Women's Bonus of $325,000 that Oakleigh Girl collected today.

The Magic Millions race results have shaken up several Australian stallion premierships, but Snitzel, with five crops of racing age, remains on top of the General Sires' list with prizemoney of $5,498,437, and the 3YO Sires' list with $3,563,335.

Snitzel's sale results this week reflect what's been happening on the track. His 28 yearlings sold in Book 1 of the Magic Millions Sale averaged $152,857, with a top price of $350,000 paid yesterday by Gerald Ryan for Arrowfield's Last Blaze filly, and today by David Raphael for Amarina Farm's Morrego colt.  His offering will be completed when two colts and a filly from Book 2 go through the ring on Sunday.


New Stakes-Winner for Stratum

11 January, 2014

The Listed VRC Chester Manifold Stakes at Flemington on Saturday was won in the very last stride by progressive Stratum gelding Anlon.

Prepared by Darren Weir, Anlon has been super consistent since resuming from a spell in early November and was deserving of his first Black Type success.

Sent out favourite, he charged to the line late to beat Limes by a nose in the 1400 metre feature, his overall record now seven wins and eight placings from 25 starts with prizemoney topping $268,000.

“He is a very tough horse and a lot of the credit must go to one of the Warrnambool stables,” said Darren Weir.

“Mark (O’Donnell) and all his team have done a terrific job with this horse. He is a hard working horse at home on the track, but down at Warrnambool he loves the beach and he relaxes.

“It obviously suits him. It has been a terrific preparation.”

A $140,000 Magic Millions National Yearling Sale purchase from the draft of Yarraman Park, Anlon is the first foal of unraced Zabeel mare Vahine, a three-quarter sister to Group I winner Isolda, the dam of Group III winner Bid Spotter.

He is the 22nd stakes-winner for Stratum and is his seventh in Australia this season.

Magic Double for Star Thoroughbreds and Gai
(11th January 2014)

Star Thoroughbreds might be moving forward with Chris Waller, but Denise Martin and her former trainer Gai Waterhouse were in hot form at the Gold Coast on Saturday with feature wins early in the day for Whittington (3c Tale of the Cat x Maha Chakri, by Beautiful Crown) and Driefontein (4m Fastnet Rock x Follow Gold, by Export Gold), who won the $2million 2YO Classic in 2012.

Exciting sprinter Whittington proved too slick for his rivals in the $200,000 Myer Magic Millions Sprint (1100m).

Sent out the favourite, Whittington sat on the speed throughout before hitting the front in the straight and holding out his rivals for a strong first up win.

In winning, Whittington broke the track record – covering the 1100 metre trip in a blistering 1 minute 1.77 seconds in beating Emmalene by a neck.

Trainer Gai Waterhouse was thrilled the performance of the son of Tale of the Cat who was racing for the first time since running third in the Listed ATC Heritage Stakes in October.

“He was a really high class young horse and he’s really come of age now,” Waterhouse said.

“We came here to make an impact – not only in the sale ring, but also the racetrack and here we are.”

Waterhouse predicted bigger and better things from Whittington, who will return to Sydney for more short course feature events.

“He’s a very, very good horse and you’ll see him in some of the big sprints.”

The first runner for the stakes winning Beautiful Crown mare Maha Chakri, Whittington was bred and sold by Patinack Farm for $145,000 at the 2012 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

He was purchased by Denise Martin’s Star Thoroughbreds, the same outfit which also purchased today’s Fillies and Mares Handicap winner Driefontein.

“It’s a great day and it proves that if you do your homework you can find some great horses over the road and have some wonderful success,” Martin said.

Fastnet Rock mare Driefontein has been an outstanding money-spinner for her owners.

Plucked from the Widden Stud draft for just $75,000, Driefontein she has won six of 20 starts and $1.8 million in prizemoney.


Classic Yearlings Start Arriving On Tuesday

10th Jan 2014

Yearlings to be offered at the 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book are set to start arriving at Newmarket from next Tuesday 14 January.

480 lots have been catalogued for the outstanding value sale. Selling will commence at 10:00am on both Sunday 19 and Monday 20 January.

Full arrival and inspection schedule is available for viewing HERE

113 stallions are represented in the Summer Book, headed by red hot young sire I Am Invincible with 22 second crop progeny in the sale.

Star graduates Fiveandahalfstar (by Hotel Grand), Whobegotyou (by Street Cry), God’s Own (by Redoute’s Choice), Manawanui (by Oratorio (IRE)) and Choisir (by Danehill Dancer) were all were all purchased from the second crop of their respective sires at Classic.

Other second season sires represented in next week’s Summer Book include Nicconi (17), All American (12 lots), Onemorenomore (12), Denman (8) and Time Thief (7).

Proven sires Magic Albert (16 lots), Al Maher (15), Dane Shadow (13), Not A Single Doubt (12), Ad Valorem (12) and Choisir (10) all have double figure entries in the Summer Book.

Progeny of first crop stallions to be unveiled at Classic include a distinct element of colonial two-year-old speed with Beneteau (13), Star Witness (13), Tickets (12) and Hinchinbrook (8) all well represented.

The catalogue can be viewed online at www.inglis.com.au and on the Inglis Sales iPad App

Only horses offered at the Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer and Winter Books are eligible for the $250,000 Inglis Classic race for two-year-olds, part of the $5 million Inglis Race Series.

First time owners claimed last year’s race with debutant Marseille Roulette.

This year’s running of the $250,000 Inglis Classic will be held at Royal Randwick on Saturday 18 January. Entries for the race close on Monday 13 January.

All up-to-date information on 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book, including pedigree updates, withdrawals and photos can be found at www.inglis.com.au and on the Inglis Sales iPad App


10/01/2014

Million Dollar Colt Shines on Gold Coast

 

Lot 434A colt by super sire Redoute's Choice topped the magical seven figure barrier to cap a great Day Three at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

On a day where the strong bidding continued after a remarkable opening two days, it was Newhaven Park's colt from Hades who stole the show when he sold for $1 million.

In an amazing twist it was a case of John and Sarah Kelly from Newhaven selling to Jon and Sarah Kelly of California in what was the American businessman's first purchase at a Magic Millions auction.

Kelly, seated with trainer Gai Waterhouse, outbid Damion Flower and Gerald Ryan on the star offering when he was presented at the auction this afternoon.

"He is probably the nicest young colt in the sale," Kelly said. "He has a great shoulder and hip on him."

Lot 434 and Waterhouse and Kelly"He might go as far as a mile. He needs to grow a little bit, but he has all the goods."

"He is from a beautiful mare so he is very well bred and he meets the criteria that I set up for acquistions, so I am very pleased to buy him," he added.

Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he had been a great friend of the US based Kelly family for a number of years.

"It gave me great personal satisfaction with the sale of the colt to Jon and Sarah," Cox said. "You could say I was even a little emotional."

"Jon had promised to come to a Magic Millions sale and I was so glad he came and was able to find such an outstanding colt that will stay in Australia and race with Gai Waterhouse," Cox added.

Just minutes after that colt was led out of the ring it was the turn of Milburn Creek's Fastnet Rock filly from Headway who lit up the sale ring when she sold to Coolmore's Tom Magnier for $700.000.

John Muir's Milburn Creek Thoroughbreds team presented the horse at the auction on behalf of Tony and Deslee Santic's Makybe operation in Victoria.

"She is just a lovely filly and we are lucky to have her and all we need now is a bit of luck," Magnier said.

"The lads had seen her around the farm and we saw her here. She was a standout, all the right people liked her."

Gai Waterhouse is in the driving seat to get the Headway filly to train when it comes time to hit the racetrack.

As well as having the two top sellers heading to her Randwick stables, Waterhouse joined with James Harron to continue her buying spree with her sale haul up to 34 lots at a spend of almost $7 million.

Another 14 horses will be headed to the stable already purchased by Bruce Slade's Round Table Racing in partnership with James Harron.

Lot 534"There's not much more I can say about the sale," Vin Cox said this evening. "It's been a remarkable few days and the spirited bidding continues."

"It's great to see the clearance rate still over 88 per cent - that is a phenomenal result and a credit to our team for selecting a catalogue of horses that so appealed to buyers."

The action switches to the track tomorrow for the $4.7 million Magic Millions Raceday before the sale ring lights up from 6pm for Day Four of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

To see the latest sale results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

To view a sale review video from today click here.

SALE STATISTICS
(2013 - D1-3 in brackets)
Lots Catalogued: 570 (570)
Sale Gross: $63,447,500 ($55,782,500)
Average Price: $139,445 ($133,771)
Median Price: $120,000 ($105,000)
Top Price: $1,000,000 ($1,350,000)
Lots Sold: 455 (417)
Lots Withdrawn: 53 (53)
Lots Passed In: 61 (100)
Sold %: 88 (81)
DAY 3 TOP SELLERS
$1,000,000 – Redoute's Choice-Hades colt (Lot 434)
Vendor: Newhaven Park / Buyer: Jon Kelly (USA)/Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)
$700,000 – Fastnet Rock-Headway filly (Lot 439)
Milburn Creek (As agent for Makybe) / Tom Magnier (NSW)
$500,000 – Redoute's Choice-Luna Bella filly (Lot 534)
Arrowfield Stud / James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)
$460,000 – Fastnet Rock-Fleur De'Here filly (Lot 398)
Newgate Farm / Chris Waller Racing (NSW)
$400,000 – Fastnet Rock-I Promise filly (Lot 461)
Newgate Farm / Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock (NSW)
$400,000 – Street Cry-Kakakakatie colt (Lot 489)
Baramul Stud / Medallion Thoroughbreds  (SA)
$400,000 – Encosta De Lago-Melito colt (Lot 560)
Coolmore Stud / Katsumi Yoshida (Japan)
LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$6,890,000 - Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock (NSW) - 34 lots
$2,172,500 - Star Thoroughbreds (NSW) - 17 lots
$1,975,000 - Round Table Racing/James Harron Bloodstock (NSW) - 14 lots
$1,735,000 - Lindsay Park Bloodstock (Vic) - 12 lots
$1,615,000 - Chris Waller Racing (NSW) - 8 lots

LEADING SIRES
(ranked by average - 3 or more sold)

$308,125 - Redoute's Choice - 8 sold
$280,000 - Fastnet Rock - 22 sold
$243,333 - Street Cry - 6 sold
$236,667 - I Am Invincible - 6 sold
$212,500 - Northern Meteor - 14 sold

Three Repossessed Lots To Sell In Sydney

10th Jan 2014

Inglis will be offering repossessed two-year-olds by proven sires Savabeel, Charge Forward and Shamardal after Day One of the 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book.

The three lots have been recently repossessed from BC3 Thoroughbreds. They are:

  1. Savabeel x Rose of Kings filly
    Originally a $130,000 buy at 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale

  2. Colt Charge Forward x Julietiquette colt
    $80,000 at 2013 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale

  3. Shamardal x More Chickens filly
    $150,000 at 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale

These horses will be available for inspection at Inglis’ Newmarket Complex from Wednesday 16 January and will be offered following the last lot on Day One of the Classic Sale on Sunday 19 January.

All three horses have been broken in and are ready to be put back into work. They are offered with entry into the Inglis Race Series.

Anyone wanting further information can contact Jonathan D’Arcy at jonathan@inglis.com.au or in the Sydney office on +61 2 9399 7999.


 

9/1/2014 Solid Selling Continues as Clearance Soars at Magic Millions

 

The clearance rate soared as demand for quality continued today on day two of the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

A colt by Exceed and Excel and a filly by Fastnet Rock shared the top selling honour on the day when they were both knocked down for $400,000.

During an unprecedented day of selling, the cumulative sale average soared to 88.44 per cent, while the average remained ahead of last year's figures at the same stage of the auction.

Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he couldn't have been happier with how the day unfolded.

"It is quite incredible," Cox said. "With a clearance rate sitting at 88.5 per cent it is quite astounding."

"We have a job to do, which is to get as many good horse as we can in the sale and then sell them as best we can and hope that the vendors are happy with what they are geting and buyers are equally as happy to purchased whatever price that may be."

"We have a very good team in the Bloodstock Department that do a lot of work, led by Barry Bowditch. Full credit to them, it is a very even bunch of horses and the market is telling us that."

Paul & Mike MoroneyYoung New Zealand based bloodstock agent Glen Harvey joined forces with renowned horseman Paul Moroney to buy a well bred daughter of Fastnet Rock for $400,000 from the draft of Newgate Farm.

The filly is the second foal of the group winning Giant's Causeway mare Awesome Planet and was presented at the auction by Newgate Farm on behalf of Western Australia's Gold Front Breeding operation.

Co-buyer Paul Moroney said the filly ticked many boxes and we was thrilled to join with Harvey and buy the filly.

"We absolutely loved her," Moroney said. "I thought she was probably the best filly of the sale on pedigree and type."

"She's a lovely athlete who stood over ground. Whatever she looks like now, in another twelve months she's going to be a big, strong filly."

The other yearling to share top billing today was Burnewang North Pastoral's Exceed and Excel colt from Dubai Dream who sold to Sun Bloodstock for $400,000.

"We see that the pedigree is very good," Sun Bloodstock's Australian CEO Alvin Lui said. "We see him as a potential stallion."

The colt's new trainer Gai Waterhouse was thrilled to have been selected to prepare the youngster.

"I'm very excited," she said. "He's an extremely precocious horse, very fluid when he walks. He's very nicely put together."

"Mr Kong from China is an owner of mine and he had the horse that won the other day, Fighting Sun. He's excited about the sale and why wouldn't he be."

"It's a very strong sale, but there's great value," Waterhouse summed up.

The third top price of the day was the $390,000 traded for the Fastnet Rock-Black Minx filly from Newgate Farm, who acted as agent for Victoria's Morning Rise Stud.

Segenhoe Stud signed for that attractive filly, the second foal of the multiple stakes winning Lonhro mare Black Minx.

MM sales complexThe demand for youngsters by leading first season sire I Am Invincible continued and he leads the sire table for three or more sold with an average price of $254,000 - a hefty price considering they were conceived off an $11,000 service fee.

The formidable Gai Waterhouse/James Harron partnership heads the buyers list with a total spend so far of $3.98 million on 22 lots.

The third day of the sale, with an outstanding line up of lots on offer, will be held at the Gold Coast Sales Complex from 11am (Qld time) tomorrow.

To view a review of Day Two click here.

To recap the sale results and to make an offer on a passed in lot click here.

SALE STATISTICS
(Days 1-2, 2013 in brackets)

Catalogued: 380 (380)
Gross: $41,007,500 ($36,115,000)
Average: $133,575 ($132,289)
Median Price: $120,000 ($105,000)
Top Price: $450,000 ($1,350,000)
Lots Sold: 307 (273)
Lots Withdrawn: 32 (36)
Lots Passed In: 40 (71)
Sold %: 88.44 (79)

DAY TWO TOP SELLERS
$400,000 – Exceed and Excel- Dubai Dream colt (Lot 344)
Vendor: Burnewang North Pastoral / Buyer: Sun Bloodstock (HK)
$400,000 – Fastnet Rock- Awesome Planet filly (Lot 223)
Newgate Farm / Glen Harvey Bloodstock/Paul Moroney Bloodstock (NZ)
$390,000 – Fastnet Rock- Black Minx filly (Lot 247)
Newgate Farm / Segenhoe Stud (NSW)
$320,000 – Casino Prince- Devil Moon filly (Lot 330)
Patinack Farm / Buyer: Danny Bougoure (Qld)
$320,000 – Testa Rossa- Electric Dreams colt (Lot 353)
Vendor: Vinery Stud / Buyer: George Moore Bloodstock (HK)
LEADING BUYERS
(ranked by total spend)

$3,980,000 - Gai Waterhouse/James Harron B'stock (NSW) - 22 lots
$1,722,500 - Star Thoroughbreds (NSW) - 13 lots
$1,440,000 - Sun Bloodstock (Hong Kong) - 7 lots
$1,340,000 - Round Table Racing/James Harron B'stock (NSW) - 9 lots
$1,305,000 - Lindsay Park B'stock (Vic) - 9 lots

LEADING SIRES
(ranked by average - 3 or more sold)

$254,000 - I Am Invincible - 5 sold
$243,636 - Fastnet Rock - 11 sold
$212,000 - Street Cry - 5 sold
$203,500 - Denman - 10 sold
$201,250 - More Than Ready - 12 sold


 


9/1/2014
WA breeders top Day 2 at Magic Millions

Western Australian breeders Alan and Sue Olive topped Thursday’s session at the Gold Coast Magic Millions with a Fastnet Rock - Awesome Planet filly that realised $400,000.

The eye-catching youngster was knocked down to Paul Moroney and will be trained by his brother Mike at Flemington.  "We thought she was the best filly in the sale,” Paul Moroney said.  “She’s a real athlete by Fastnet Rock and her mother won a Group 3.  She ticked all the boxes.”

The Day 2 leader will be raced by the Moroney family’s Ballymore Stables and Glen Harvey Bloodstock.  Top-price on Thursday was equalled when Burnewang North Pastoral sold an Exceed and Excel colt to Hong Kong based Sun International Bloodstock.

The Olives operate Gold Front Thoroughbreds at Gingin and they sold the filly through Scone based Newgate Farm.  Her older brother made $575,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions.

“He’s been named Awesome Rock and will be ready to trial shortly,” Alan Olive said.  “He’s with Leon Corstens and we kept a share.  Leon’s been very happy with his progress so far.”

The Olives were in high spirits after the sale.  Their investment in Gold Front will ensure it becomes a force in the Eastern States as well on the home front in Western Australia.

They also race several gallopers in partnership with Gai Waterhouse.  The best to date has been G1 Caulfield Guineas runner-up Divine Calling (Stratum) and recent Randwick winner Vitello (Snitzel).

The Olives recently appointed Brent Albuino as private trainer for their horses in the west.  A former leading Perth apprentice, Albuino ventured to Sydney and was travelling foreman for Gerald Ryan.  He looked after Snitzel when the Group 1 sprinter was on the road winning races like the Oakleigh Plate.

Among Albuino’s team will be the Denman - Ms Chief Bound colt that was catalogued for this week’s Magic Millions.  He suffered a setback right before the sale and will be retained by the Olives.

Gold Front has catalogued another 12 yearling for the Perth Magic Millions next month.


Fastnet Rock - Awesome Planet filly

08/01/2014

Strong Opening Session for Gold Coast Yearling Sale

 

Lot 21Increases across the board highlighted a solid opening to the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale today.

Two top racetrack prospects topped proceedings during the day when selling for $450,000 during a day when almost $20 million was traded.

Some 137 lots were sold on the day at an average price of $141,606, up almost $13,000 on last year's corresponding opening session.

The gross of $19.4 million was more than $2 million more than was traded on 135 lots sold on day one in 2013.

Rothwell Park's More Than Ready-Ringa Ringa Rosie colt took the early running as top seller of the auction when he was presented early in the day as lot 21.

The colt attracted plenty of interest before being knocked down for $450,000 to Craig Rounsefell's Boomer Bloodstock.

Craig Rounsefell"To me he is just so well developed," Rounsefell said. "He really is like a man among the boys."

"He's very forward. He's so well balanced and he's correct."

Rounsefell said one of the colt's other great attributes was his wonderful temperament.

"I hung around his barn all week and watched him. He had many, many parades and just handled it like a pro."

"Obviously he has the pedigree to back it up. His mother was a great runner and it's a great family."

"For a first foal he's so strong and very forward. He's such an exciting prospect."

The second $450,000 sale came late in the day when Chris Waller, bidding of behalf of client CC Lai, purchased Baramul Stud's Fastnet Rock filly from Zavana.

Lot 186A Melbourne winning Encosta de Lago daughter of Savannah Success, Zavana is a half sister to former Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate, Cox Plate winner and leading sire Savabeel.

"Obviously she's from Gerry Harvey's draft and he brings his best horses to the Magic Millions and obviously they are up there for sale," Waller said.

"It's a great pedigree going back to Arlington and Savabeel and she's obviously by Fastnet Rock who needs no introduction."

"She'll do it on the racetrack herself, but if she didn't she's obviously got great value there as well."
The very next lot in the ring, an I am Invincible half sister to Adelaide group winner Excites Zelady was purchased by Anthony Cavanagh for $440,000 after a flurry of bids for the Yarraman Park youngster.
Leading buyers of the day included Gai Waterhouse, James Harron, Round Table Racing, Chris Waller and Star Thoroughbreds.

Lot 188Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox said he was delighted with today's opening session and he looked forward to more spirited bidding as the sale continues.

"They are a beautiful set of numbers, they really are," Cox reported. "To be at 80 per cent clearance is outstanding on Day One."

"The average being up $13,000 is staggering and the median more than anything from $105,000 to $130,000 that is a significant jump."

"Half the market is getting $25,000 more than what they did last year. There was a good, strong appetite for horses," Cox added.

The second session of the sale will be held at the Gold Coast Sales Complex from 11am (Qld time) tomorrow.

To view a video wrap of today's first session click here.

To make an offer on a passed in lot or to view the results and online catalogue click here.

SESSION STATISTICS
(2013 Session One in brackets)

Lots Catalogued: 190 (190)
Sold: 137 (135)
Passed In: 34 (40)
Withdrawn: 18 (15)
Gross: $19,400,000 ($17,372,500)
Top Price: $450,000 ($500,000)
Average: $141,506 ($128,685)
Median: $130,000 ($105,000)
Sold %: 80 (77)

SESSION ONE TOP SELLERS

$450,000 - Fastnet Rock-Zavana filly (Lot 186)
Vendor: Baramul Stud / Buyer: CC Lai (NZ)

$450,000 - More Than Ready-Ringa Ringa Rosie colt (Lot 21)
Rothwell Park (As Agent) / Boomer Bloodstock (Qld)

$440,000 - I am Invincible-Zelady filly (Lot 188)
Yarraman Park (As Agent) / Anthony G Cavanagh & Co P/L (Vic)

$380,000 - Not a Single Doubt-Spontaneous colt (Lot 104)
Arrowfield Stud (As Agent) / Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK)

$320,000 - Flying Spur-Vivacious Spirit colt (Lot 166)
Willow Park Stud (As Agent for Tarcoola Stud) / Hong Kong Jockey Club (HK)

$320,000 - Street Cry-Starfish colt (Lot 108)
Amarina Farm (As Agent) / James Bester/Astute Bloodstock (NSW)


 



8/1/2014
VOBIS boom at Magic Millions


Leading Magic Millions Bloodstock Consultant Tim Brown believes buyers have never been better placed to purchase quality bloodstock to race in Victoria than at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, starting today.

A record number of yearlings in the Gold Coast catalogue will carry the Super VOBIS logo, making them eligible to race for up to $18 million in Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold race bonuses in Victoria each season.

“Super VOBIS is obviously very important to buyers and I receive a lot of feedback from syndicators in particular alerting me to the fact that they actively seek these nominated yearlings,” Brown said.

“Super VOBIS and VOBIS Gold are great because they’re part of an uncomplicated scheme; If you’re nominated you race for more money. “

Brown has been impressed with the stock coming out of Victoria this season and nominated the progeny of two stallions, whose first Australian-bred yearlings will feature in the Gold Coast sale ring, among those to watch.

Yearlings by Rosemont Stud’s Starspangledbanner, who will be represented by seven yearlings, and Swettenham Stud’s Equiano, who has sired four Gold Coast lots, have caught Brown’s eye.

“I definitely think it’s the best draft of yearlings we’ve taken from Victoria,” Brown said.


8/1/2014 Repossessed Lots Available for Viewing

Pedigrees and videos for the seven re-possessed two-year-olds being offered on Saturday night at the Gold Coast are now online for viewing.

Prospective buyers are also welcome to contact Magic Millions to view the lots in the flesh prior to going under the hammer at the conclusion of the fourth session of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The seven lots, including youngsters by champion sires Fastnet Rock and Encosta de Lago, will be sold without reserve.

To view the lots online click here.

The seven lots are:

  • Lot 1191 - Red Arrow-Rocket Rose filly
  • Lot 1192 - Starcraft-Victory Cry filly
  • Lot 1193 - Fastnet Rock-Amazing Tale filly
  • Lot 1194 - Starcraft-Ebony Magic colt
  • Lot 1195 - Myboycharlie-Elvish gelding
  • Lot 1196 - Encosta de Lago-Jannah colt
  • Lot 1197 - Astronomer Royal-Pan's Flute gelding

Anyone interested in viewing a particular re-possessed lot at the Magic Millions Sales Complex between 9am and 10.30am please contact Tom Inglis on 07 5504 1212, 0400 095 357 or email tom@magicmillions.com.au.

To see a listing of the lots, along with pedigrees and Sirecam videos click here.



 



6/1/2014 Queensland’s chance of more Gold Coast Classic glory

  NO PROBLEM, the strong finishing Real Saga colt who took out the juvenile event over 1200m at the Gold Coast on Saturday, appears to have the ability that suggests he would have had no problem in measuring up to the quality of the $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the same venue next Saturday if he had been eligible.
  Although he was sold at a Gold Coast sale, it was when he was a 2-year-old and at the Ready to Run, one at which he was purchased by prominent Brisbane owner Evan Hartley (Dovedeen Pty Ltd) for $100,000, the Classic is only open to graduates of Magic Millions yearling sales held at the Gold Coast, Adelaide, Perth and in Tasmania. It is consistently a source of many of Australia’s best racehorses.  
  Victory in the Classic would have given the Les Treloar Sunshine Coast trained No Problem the distinction of being the eighth Queensland bred winner of the race since it was inaugurated in 1987, a year it was won by a subsequent champion racehorse and outstanding sire in Snippets. He was got in NSW.
  The earlier Queensland produced graduates of the Magic Millions sales to succeed in the Classic have been last year’s winner Real Surreal (also by Real Saga), Mimi Lebrock (by Queensland bred Show a Heart), General Nediym and his daughter Regimental Girl (both bred on the late Ron Ashdown’s Glengarry Stud), Lovely Jubly (by Lion Hunter), Sunblazer (by Daybreak Lover) and Sea Cabin (Semipalatinsk).
   In the absence of No Problem, Queensland still looks set to have a strong hand in the Classic with fancied entries including two other offspring of Real Saga in Stroak (trained by Ray Guy) and Sagatona (Liam Birchley) and also Ambitious Blonde (Tony Gollan, filly by Falvelon and from a Show a Heart mare) and Jetwings (Gerald Ryan, Jet Spur).
  A Queensland bred son of Flying Spur, Jet Spur stands with Real Saga, Show a Heart, Falvelon, Bradbury’s Luck, Red Element (first crop 2-year-olds) and Rothesay (first crop yearlings) at the Glenlogan Park Stud, Innisplain.
  There are likely to be runners by Glenlogan Park sires in most of the eight races, a program distributing over $4million dollars, at next Saturday’s Gold Coast meeting. Only graduates of Magic Millions yearling sales can contest these races.
  If a runner by Real Saga, himself an outstanding Australian 2-year-old bred in Queensland using Tale of the Cat (a Coolmore shuttler) and Windy Kate, a good quality Brisbane juvenile sold at the Gold Coast for $35,000, can secure this year’s Classic it will give the sire the honour of being the first to supply the winner in each of his first two crops. His first crop daughter Real Surreal, a product of a mare by Queensland bred Mossman, raced four times at two for three wins, two at Eagle Farm and the Millions Classic.
  Coincidentally, Group1 winning Mossman was bred on Noble Park, currently the home in the Innisplain Valley for Danzig’s son Monashee Mountain, the sire of the dam of No Problem. The stud is now Eliza Park Queensland.

 



Slipper Goal for Northern Meteor Colt

4 January, 2014

The $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic will be run next Saturday, but champion trainer Gai Waterhouse is happy enough to give the race a miss with her exciting colt Fighting Sun, who scored a sparkling debut win at Rosehill on Saturday.

Allowed to travel just behind the pace for James McDonald, Fighting Sun proved too good in the run to the line to overpower Group III VRC Maribyrnong Plate winner Boomwaa and debut winner Kumaon to win by three-quarters of a length.

The son of Northern Meteor clocked a brisk 1.04.02, which is the fastest two-year-old race over 1100 metres at Rosehill this season.

A $180,000 Magic Millions purchase for Gai Waterhouse/James Harron Bloodstock from the draft of Turangga Farm, Fighting Sun runs for the Asian based Sun Bloodstock Pty Ltd managed by Ting Kong Cheng, whose Sun International Group took over Eliza Park last year.

“Gai has always earmarked the Golden Slipper for him,” said stable representative Mark Newnham.

“A lovely colt that’s shown a lot from the start. He was really good winning today.

“Always shown ability the whole way through, lovely relaxed type, typical of the breed.”

Bred by Stuart Ramsey’s Turangga Farm, Fighting Sun is the second winner for Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks winner Irish Darling, whose sire Ivory’s Irish won the Group I AJC Australian Derby.

Irish Darling was covered again by ill-fated Northern Meteor in 2012, so has a filly foal from his very last crop that is a full sister to Fighting Sun.

Northern Meteor has 20 yearlings catalogued for Magic Millions next week.



Royally Bred Encosta Filly Breaks Maiden

(4th January 2014)

Breaking her maiden at Kembla on Saturday in good style was royally bred Taste of Heaven (3f Encosta de Lago x Shantha’s Choice, by Canny Lad), a filly considered by many to be the best bred filly in Australia.

By champion sire Encosta de Lago, Taste of Heaven is a half-sister to Group I winners Redoute’s Choice and Platinum Scissors and full sister to Group I winner Manhattan Rain being the very last foal of celebrated producer Shantha’s Choice, who died in 2012.

Prepared by Gai Waterhouse for her breeder Muzaffar Yaseen’s Teeley Assets, Taste of Heaven was having her second start and improved on her debut fifth at Canterbury last month to win the 1300 metre maiden by more than two lengths.

A remarkable mare that has left a lasting legacy, Shantha’s Choice has had 10 foals to race for nine winners with stakes-winners Sliding Cube and Echoes of Heaven (also by Encosta de Lago) adding to the previously mentioned Group I winners.

Whatever the future holds for Taste of Heaven, she marks the end of an era and will be another valuable addition to the star studded Teeley Assets broodmare band when her racing days are done.

Teeley Assets are currently breeding with four daughters of Shantha’s Choice in Monsoon Wedding, Unspoken Choice, Ten Carat Rock and The Broken Shore, so it’s a family still very much on the move.

They will offer a yearling filly by Encosta de Lago from Monsoon Wedding at Magic Millions next week, the blue-blooded youngster to be consigned by Coolmore as agent and offered as Lot 587.

She is a full sister to Group III winner Precious Lorraine and this season’s promising stakes-placed two year-old Lucky Raquie.

For those breeders looking to secure a piece of this magnificent family, this filly represents a rare opportunity.

5/1/2013 Brilliant Bonus win by Trust In A Gust

The VOBIS Gold Carat at Caulfield on Saturday was a bonus in more ways than one for Trust In A Gust.

The chunky chestnut kept his strike-rate bubbling with a brilliant victory in the $150,000 VOBIS Gold Carat (1200m).  He has now won 5 times in 8 starts and VOBIS bonuses have sent his bank account past $300,000.

Trust In A Gust (3c Keep The Faith - Subtle Breeze by Storm Cat) also boosted the value of his younger half-brother by Equiano to be offered by Swettenham Stud at this week’s Gold Coast Magic Millions.

Damien Oliver gave him the run of the race along the rails before angling into the clear at the top of the straight.  He accelerated like a nice horse to put the race away at the furlong.

“I gave him a let-up after we won the VOBIS Gold at Ballarat back in November,” trainer Darren Weir recalled.  “When he did so well in the paddock, I decided to have another look at the calendar.

“This race was still six weeks away so we freshened him up at home.  I was going to take him to the beach but he’s not the easiest horse to handle.

“There are several syndicates from Ballarat in the horse and a lot of them are young people which is terrific.  So is the bonus money winning these VOBIS Gold and Super VOBIS races.

“He’s still under-done.  We will get stuck in and prepare him for another $150,000 VOBIS Gold race at Moonee Valley in three weeks.”

Swettenham Stud also welcomed Saturday’s win.  Its Equiano half-brother to Trust In A Gust has been catalogued as Lot 114 on Wednesday afternoon at the Magic Millions.

They are from USA bred mare Subtle Breeze who is a three-quarter sister to 1994 English Oaks winner Balanchine (Storm Bird).

Equiano (Fr) was a Group 1 winner of the King’s Stand Stakes at Royal Ascot in 2008 and 2010.  A son of champion sire and sires of sires Acclamation, he has four first-crop yearlings for sale on the Gold Coast.

Swettenham Stud manager Brian Gorman was also riding Trust In A Gust home on the Gold Coast.  “The Equiano colt has been well received since we arrived on the sale grounds,” he said.  “That win at Caulfield was exactly the result we wanted.”

Swettenham Stud’s Magic Millions yearlings can be inspected at Stable QA on the Gold Coast.

Half-Sister to Dances on Stars at Karaka 2014

Thursday, Jan 2, 2014

New Zealand-bred and sold galloper Dances on Stars (NZ) (Snitzel) produced a miraculous victory in the Listed $100,000 Tattersals Club Carrington Stakes (1100m) at Randwick on New Year’s Day delivering a devastating late sprint.

The win boosted the pedigree of the half-sister to Dances on Stars who is by Danroad and is catalogued at Lot 825 at the 2014 Karaka Select Sale for Highview Stud.

The Gerald Ryan trained runner entered the Listed race in a fresh state having not raced since July and did not have a barrier trial leading into the race.

Jockey Brenton Avdulla took the son of Snitzel back to the rear of the seven-horse field early in the race over the sprint distance of 1100m. Entering the straight Avdulla had nowhere to go as he was disappointed for a run on multiple occasions before getting out with less than 100m to go and Dances on Stars produced a brilliant turn of foot to hit the front in the dying stages of the race and win by quarter-of-a-length.

“If he got through the first time I thought he was going to win but after he got denied the second and third time I didn’t think he was going to get up but when he did get a bit of room he really exploded quick,” commented Ryan.

“He is a good horse fresh, he ran in all the good two-year-old and three-year-old races in Queensland and did win a Group 3 Kindergarten Stakes as a two-year-old. He has just had three months off and has come back good.

“There is not much for him now, there is the Takeover Target Stakes in 10 days’ time but that might be a bit quick for him or there is the Canterbury Sprint in three weeks so he will be aimed at one of those races.”

It was third victory in the career of Dances on Stars from 18-starts and the four-year-old gelding has earned $357,250 in prizemoney for his owners Mr B P Mullins, Ms D R Keegan, Mr P R Glenister & Mrs P A Glenister.

Bred by Hong Kong Breeders Club Ltd, Dances on Stars is out of Last Tycoon mare Starnet, a half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Miss Margret (Marscay). Dances on Stars is a half-brother to Group 1 Queensland Derby runner-up Volcanic Star (Fuji Kiseki).

Dynamic Syndications purchased Dances on Stars at the 2011 Premier Sale for $95,000 from Highview Stud.

Inglis Graduates Bound Into 2014 In Sterling Style

1st Jan 2014

Inglis graduates started 2014 in the same emphatic style that has become synonymous with the quality gallopers sold in Sydney, Melbourne and Scone – winning feature races on big days.

In New Zealand on New Year’s Day exciting filly Bounding (Lonhro x Believe'n'succeed) claimed the Group 1 feature event at Ellerslie, the ARC Railway Stakes over 1200m.

“It’s a huge thrill and she’s a special filly,” said trainer Ken Kelso after the win against many of New Zealand’s best sprinters.

Bounding was purchased by owner G Harding for $425,000 from the draft of Willow Park Stud at the 2012 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

From Group 3 winner Believe’n’succeed, Bounding has recorded six wins and three placings in her nine career starts to date for NZ$366,675 in prizemoney.

Also at Ellerslie the two-year-old feature race, the Group 3 ARC Eclipse Stakes, was won by Inglis graduate Vinnie Eagle (I Am Invincible x Sweet Maggie).

Just like his sire I Am Invincible the winner was purchased as a yearling from the Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale.

Vinnie Eagle was a $65,000 purchase by co-trainer Tony Pike from the draft of Lustre Lodge at the 2013 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book.

"He’s a really good sprinting horse and once he got to the front he relaxed and quickened really well,” said jockey Leith Innes said.

Tony Pike indicated that the undefeated juvenile will now head to Sydney for the rich money on offer during the Inglis Race Series before aiming at Group 1 events in New Zealand later this season.

"He’s eligible for the Inglis Classic on January 18 and that’s always been his long-term target. We’ll get through Sydney and then he’ll come back and we might look at the Sires’ Produce races,” Pike said.

The $250,000 Inglis Classic, a race restricted to two-year-olds purchased from the Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sales, will be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday 18 January.

The 2014 Inglis Sydney Classic Yearling Sale Summer Book will then be conducted on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 January. 480 lots have been catalogued for the great value sale.

In Hong Kong on Sunday the feature event was the Group 3 HKJC Chinese Club Challenge Cup over 1400m. The race was won by rising star Sterling City (Nadeem x So Gorgeous).

The victory was a fantastic birthday present for part-owner Gary Ling, who races the winner with his father CS Ling.

Sent out as favourite Sterling City made up for a luckless last start in the Group 1 Hong Kong Sprint settling well under Douglas Whyte before outgunning his rivals in impressive style.

Sterling City was a $200,000 purchase by the Ling’s on the advice of Henry Plumptre at the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Twin Palms Stud.

The John Moore trained galloper has won seven times and been placed on another eight occasions during his 18 start career, accumulating close to HK$10,000,000 in prizemoney.

The 2014 edition of the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, the auction source of Bounding and Sterling City, will be held on 8, 9 & 10 April at Newmarket in Sydney.

 

31/12/2013 Maysoon’s breeding evesdrops on American giants

  MAYSOON, the very promising first crop Eavesdropper 3-year-old filly in the Hawkes training camp who won in fine style at Canterbury on Saturday, has a pedigree that eavesdrops on two giants of American racing, Secretariat and Seattle Slew.
  A principle ingredient in the pedigree is an inbreeding to the immortal Secretariat 3x4, provided by him being the source of Weekend Surprise, the dual Group 3 winner who went to the noted Mr. Prospector sire Kingmambo to produce Eavesdropper, and of Clandestina, the third dam of Maysoon.
   A son of the best Nasrullah sire, Bold Ruler, and the Princequillo mare Somethingroyal, Big Red as Secretariat was idolised by the awed racing world, won16 of 21 starts, including the American Triple Crown races, the Kentucky Derby (by two lengths in track record time), Preakness Stakes (2 ½ lengths – unofficially broke track record) and Belmont Stakes (by a giant killing massive 31 lengths). His time of 2:24.0 for the mile and a half of the Belmont was the fastest ever for the journey on dirt.
   Maysoon, now winner three times, second twice and third once in her six starts, is the first runner for the                                                                                                                                                                      unraced Marsoomah and she herself is the first mare by the Zabeel sire Reset (Darley, Victoria) to have a winner. Marsoomah is a half-sister to the dams of the stakes winners Te Akau Coup, Don Garcia and Alzorah and from Bineyah (Ire), a Sadler’s Wells Yorkshire Oaks second and Irish Oaks fourth. She is a sister to two Group1 fourth placed performers in Desert Secret and In Camera.
  The great galloper Seattle Slew, a far more superior sire than Secretariat, does not appear in the pedigree of Maysoon, but he is nearly a three-quarter brother to her third dam Clandestina, a daughter of Secretariat. Both are from the Bold Ruler male line and are out of the same mare, My Charmer. She was by the Round Table sire Poker and her third dam, Crepe Myrtle was a half-sister to the third dam of Mr. Prospector.
  Seattle Slew carved a memorable niche in American racing with 14 wins from 17 starts including victories in the Triple Crown. He won the Kentucky Derby by 1 ¾ lengths, Preakness by 1 ½ and Belmont by 4.
  At stud Seattle Slew left a widespread legacy of goodness, spearheaded by Eavesdropper’s half-brother A.P. Indy, an American Horse of the Year at three and an influential sire.
  A sprinter who won three races in America, including a Listed event, Eavesdropper started his sire career in America in 2005, but moved to Emirates Park at Murrurundi in 2009. He has had winners in Australia, the United States, Canada, Malaysia, Chile and Peru.
  The Emirates Park studs, Hunter Valley and Digger’s Rest, Victoria are owned by a leading Dubai businessman, His Excellency Nasser Lootah. He bred and races Maysoon.  

31/12/2013 Big Memory stirs more thoughts about Kingmambo

  TWO impressive winners at the Canterbury meeting last Saturday, Big Memory and Maysoon, are by closely related overseas bred sires in use in the Hunter Valley. Himself an import, Big Memory is the France bred gelding who stamped himself as an emerging stayer when he cruised to victory in a 1900m event at Canterbury on Saturday, and Maysoon was the winner of a 1200m sprint.
  The breeding connection between the two is derived from Big Memory being by the Coolmore shuttling Duke of Marmalade, an Ireland sired Danehill 2008 European Champion Older Horse, and from Love Me True, a three-quarter sister by Kingmambo to Eavesdropper, the resident Emirates Park sire who is responsible for Maysoon.
   A triple Group1 winning miler in Europe at three, Kingmambo ranks among Mr. Prospector’s greatest sire sons, supplying 913 foals, 736 starter,479 winners of 1430 races and $100million. His 84 black type winners includes six champions and 25 Group1 winners, the best known being King’s Best, Henrythenavigator (shuttles to Coolomore), El Condor Pasa and former Darley visitor Dubai Destination.
  A 4-year-old in 2014 on northern hemisphere birth date, the Tony McEvoy, Hawkesbury trained Big Memory has raced ten times, five of them in Australia, including in his last three outings seconds at Ballarat and Morphetteville and then Saturday’s win.
He had shown a good turn of foot at the Provincials in France at two with a win (by 1.25 lengths), a second and a third.  Big Memory is the first of the four winners from the German mare Nicara to succeed beyond 1600m, but she herself won at 2200m and is a half-sister by German champion Nebos (four Group1 wins at 2400m) to Nicaron, a German Derby winner. It is a background that suggests Big Memory could be developed as a 2014 Melbourne Cup contender.                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

31/12/2013 New sires herald more top success for Queensland

  AN INTERESTING result at the Selangore, Malaysia meeting on December 14 was a trifecta of successive winners for leading Queensland studs and sires. All graduates of the Magic Millions January yearling sales at the Gold Coast, purchased for Singapore, the winners in order of appearance were Pretoria (by Jet Spur), Befledged (Hidden Dragon) and Neobium (Show a Heart).
   Pretoria, a $115,000 yearling who recorded wins at 1100m at his last two starts, is another of the big stream of winners to come off the Glenlogan Park Stud, Innisplain; Befledged, $50,000 and also successful in Singapore, was bred at Lyndhurst Stud, Warwick; and Neobium,$40,000 and a winner four times, was produced on Canning Downs,Warwick.
   Hidden Dragon is a prominent Danehill sire located at the Kruger’s historic Lyndhurst Stud, while Jet Spur and Show a Heart are two of a juggernaut of brilliant Australian racehorses chosen for the stallion yards at the Glenlogan Park Stud.
   Both studs have had their sires show through performances in recent weeks that Queensland sired progeny can hold their own on the national stage, and also overseas. One of the Glenlogan sires, Bradbury’s Luck, has had two Group1 performers in Australia, Fire Up Fifi and Luckygray, and another, Cash Luck, in Singapore in late 2013.
  Bradbury’s Luck is currently champion Queensland sire on earnings for 2013-14, Show a Heart (eight Gold Coast yearlings) leads the State by wins and is second to Sequalo (another Lyndhurst sire) by winners. Both Show a Heart, a sire with five million dollar earners to his credit, and Sequalo, a source of nearly 600 winners of over 2000 races, are among the leading 16 nationally by winners and wins for 2013-14.
  In the juvenile list for this year the three leading Queensland based sires are the Glenlogan Park Stud headquartered Falvelon (equal Australian leader by winners – five from seven runners), Real Saga and Jet Spur.
  Real Saga (11 yearlings at the coming Gold Coast sale) was Queensland’s Champion Juvenile Sire for 2012-13, a year he was represented by his first crop, one headed by Real Surreal, winner of one of Australia’s greatest juvenile events, the $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic. Nationally on earnings, Real Saga was fourth leading juvenile sire and second most successful first season sire. Also, at this time he is Queensland’s leading two crop sire.
   Queensland’s leading sire of 2-year-olds by winners in 2012-13, Lyndhurst Stud’s Hidden Dragon since August 1 in the current racing year has had winners Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, New Zealand, Singapore, Malaysia, Hong Kong and Macau.
  The brilliant and consistent success of sires used at Glenlogan and Lyndhurst suggests that their new sires who have first crop yearlings at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale are odds on to get good winners early in their sire careers. Both fashionably bred Australian racehorses, these sires are the Glenlogan based Rothesay (Fastnet Rock – Schiaparelli, by Woodman (USA) and Lyndhurst resident Drumbeats (Redoute’s Choice – Delicate Choice, by Last Tycoon (IRE).
  Produce of a daughter of a sister to Canny Lad, Rothesay raced nine times. He won his first two easily, appearances at Rosehill Gardens 1100m (1.8 lengths) and 1200m (1.5 lengths) and was also successful in the twice in Brisbane, the Queensland Guineas (3.3 lengths, 1600m, fast time of 1:33.7) and Lord Mayor’s  Cup (2.3 lengths, 1615m), second at 1400m at , Rosehill Gardens in the Theo Marks and in a handicap (a head to More Joyous), a close third in the Gosford Guineas and fourth when favourite in the Roman Consul at Randwick at his second start.
  Represented by at least 120 potential runners in his first crop, Rothesay is to be well represented at the Queensland yearling sales, including 24 that have been accepted into the prestigious Magic Millions series commencing at the Gold Coast January 8 and six listed for the Sydney Classic sale January 19 and 20.
  The line up at the Gold Coast includes progeny of mares by Snippets, Mossman, Zabeel, Luskin Star, Falvelon, Quest For Fame (GB), Volksraad, Octagonal, Stravinsky (USA), Flying Spur, Fusaichi Pegasus (USA), Cozzene (USA), Thunder Gulch (USA), Spinning World (USA) and Elusive Quality (USA).
   A contestant in his18 start career in five Group1 races, Lyndhurst Stud’s Drumbeats won the Hilton International Stakes at Flemington (1400m,1.0 length), the Shannon at Rosehill Gardens (1500m) and the Ritchie at Randwick (1400m), finished second twice at Randwick, including the Roman Consul at his second outing, third in the Theo Marks, Moonee Valley Crystal Mile and at Flemington on debut at two, fourth of 20 in the Doncaster (1.8 lengths) and fifth in the Epsom, Newcastle Newmarket and Coongy (Caulfield). The other  is Captain Sonador, an AJC Epsom Handicap winner and Randwick Guineas third standing at the Nolan’s Raheen Stud at Gladfield near Warwick.
  Like Lope de Vegta (Ire), a French Two Thousand Guineas and Derby winner also represented by first crop yearlings, Captain Sonador is by dual hemisphere used Shamardal (USA), a Giant’s Causeway winner also of the Guineas and Derby in France.

                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

31/12/2013 Four fingers salute pleases ladies at Tamworth

  THREE of the best horsewomen in the Hunter Valley, Jan Bowen, Alison Threadwell and Lainie York, were on track and thrilled by the Four Fingers salute that brought racing to a finish at Tamworth on Christmas Eve. The Four Fingers refers to the all the way winner of the last race on the program, one whose full name is Frankiefourfingers.
  His front running win with Threadwell is the saddle was a fine training feat for his conditioner Jan Bowen, Muswellbrook, as he was having his first start since being sidelined by a bleeding attack. He had previously shown up as a potential good galloper with two wins on his home track, one by two lengths and the other by 1.3. He was beaten a neck when third with Threadwell aboard at Wyong.
    Lainie York shared the joy at Frankiefourfingers success at Tamworth as she bred him and sold him to one of the Hunter Valley’s most astute judges, longtime Muswellbrook trainer Pat Farrell at the Scone yearlings sale for $9,000. A former jockey who rode many winners in Queensland and who for a time did horsework at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley and Ireland, Lainie now lives at Murrurundi. She offered Frankiefourfingers through Cody Farquhar’s nearby Cottonwood agistment farm.
  A 4-year-old gelding, Frankie is one of the best named horses in racing, being by the More Than Ready Victoria Derby Benicio, a sire who started his stud career at Vinery, Hunter Valley but who is now in Queensland.The film star Benicio Del Toro played jewel thief Franky Four Fingers in the movie Snatch.
  The horse Frankiefourfingers is the first of two foals so far from his dam Bizxaar Delila. She did not produce in 2010 and 2011, supplied a Dubleo colt in 2012, slipped that season’s service by Star Witness, but is now tested in foal to Beautiful Crown. He now stands at Lincoln Farm near Murrurundi.
    Bizxaar Delila is by the European racing juvenile superstar Xaar and is one of five winners from Donna Leila  a daughter of Famous Star (by Sharpen Up) and from Anne Leone, by Luskin Star.

30/12/2013 Glenlogan's Magic

Glenlogan Park and Magic Millions success; the two having seemingly gone hand-in-hand during recent times and, with an incredible 6 of the top 22 qualified runners in this year’s Magic Millions 2YO Classic being by Glenlogan Park sires, that trend has a wonderful opportunity to be even further enhanced in the very near future.

After previously experiencing both 2YO Classic and 3YO Guineas success with their Champion Sire Show A Heart on Queensland’s big day, the 2012-2013 season saw the first crop of Real Saga youngsters hit the track – and with their debut came immediate success! As the big field thundered towards the finish post in January of 2013, it was Kelso Woods’ 2YO filly Real Surreal who finished best to charge over the top of eventual Golden Slipper runner-up Sweet Idea and claim a decisive victory in the big $2million Magic Millions event.

And that scenario could very well play out again for Glenlogan Park as the 2014 running of Australia’s second highest prizemoney event for juveniles sees progeny by Falvelon, Real Saga and Jet Spur all within the top 22 qualified runners – all of whom have 2 contenders each.  

From this group however, most would consider the “reigning champ” Real Saga to have the best chance of success after his two fillies Stroak and Sagatona delivered almighty runs in Saturday’s $150,000 G3 BJ McLachlan Stakes at Doomben in their final lead-up race.


MAGIC MILLIONS favourite, Unencumbered, just manages to hold out the fast finishing pair of REAL SAGA fillies STROAK and SAGATONA.
Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography

Bryan Guy’s filly Stroak finished runner-up in that Group 3 event and her outstanding effort has the trainer looking forward to a re-match on her home track come January 11.

“There is no question the winner (Unencumbered) is a very good horse and deserves to be favourite. I certainly have no knock at all on him,” Bryan said. “However our filly is definitely on the way up and she had plenty go against her on Saturday but was still able to run him to a half neck at the finish.

“As the barriers opened she got squeezed up and, instead of parking right on Unencumbered’s tail when they settled, she found herself about 1 or 2 lengths further back because of that interference.

“She then copped another shove down the back straight and lost a further 2 lengths which resulted in her being posted 3 and 4 wide for the remainder of the trip.

“It was the first time she had found herself back in the field during a race and she appeared to lose her way a little as they rounded the turn.

“However, once she got balanced she really charged to the line and only missed by a couple of bounds.

“We had been tempted to put blinkers on her before that run, but I am tipping she will have them on in 2 weeks-time and I am sure that will allow her to focus just that little bit better.

“She is as tough as nails and came home and licked her feed tin clean. I really couldn’t be happier with her.”

Real Saga’s other 2YO filly, the Liam Birchley trained Sagatona, is right on the verge of gaining a start and needs a withdrawal or two to be assured of getting a run. However, if she does, she will have plenty of support as she looks an exceptionally progressive filly who will be peaking on race day.

“I thought her run on Saturday was terrific and if she had not just lost her way a little down the straight I am sure she would have run right over the top of them,” Liam said. “She was travelling a bit stronger than Stroak on the point of the turn and we got about half a length in front of her not long after they straightened.

“However she was still a bit new and didn’t really know how to knuckle down and finish it off.

The jockey said she waited for Stroak to go past her and then she started hitting her straps again. All she needs is blinkers though and that will fix the problem. She has got plenty of quality and a stack of ability.

“If she sneaks into the race at the Coast I am sure they will all know she is there.”   

28/12/2013 Christmas Cheer for Glenlogan Park stud

The end of 2013 is closing out in exactly the same fashion as the way the year started for the Glenlogan Park sires – with a mountain of winners and lots of quality youngsters with plenty to look forward to over the coming months.

It is difficult to fathom that it was only just under 12 months ago that Real Saga’s flying filly Real Surreal burst through the pack to claim the 2013 Magic Millions Classic and, with an incredible 5 of the top 20 currently qualified 2YO’s being by a Glenlogan Park sire, repeating that feat again in 2014 is a real possibility.   


REAL SURREAL charges over the top of the Golden Slipper runner-up Sweet Idea in the 2013 Magic Millions Classic.
Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography

 Trainers in Queensland at this time of year focus solely on having their charges ready to peak for Magic Millions Day, and therefore it is no surprise that the Glenlogan Park stallions have been knocking out winner after winner in recent times at plenty of tracks around the state.

Boxing Day at the Sunshine Coast saw an impressive winning double with Show A Heart’s exceptionally talented 4YO mare Devil Heart providing an astonishing first leg victory after spending more than two years on the sidelines with injury. Then, just one race later, the Jet Spur 3YO Screaming Jet followed hot on her heels with an equally eye-catching performance and looks to have a very promising future. This double came just four days after winning trebles at both the Gold Coast and Sunshine Coast tracks last Saturday with Breeze On By (by Bradbury’s Luck), The Ippy Jet (Jet Spur) and Rare Fragrance (Show A Heart) saluting at the former whilst Jet Down On It (Jet Spur), Sept de Couers (Show A Heart) and Real Dreams (Real Saga) all proved way too strong at the latter.

 
SHOW A HEART mare DEVIL HEART made a stunning return to the track on Boxing Day.
Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography

However, the real action in the lead-up to Magic Millions Day will take place around the country on Saturday and, once again, the Glenlogan Park sires are capable of making their mark both in Queensland and interstate.

Concentrating on the big $2million Magic Millions Classic, the two races that hold the most appeal from a form perspective will be the $150,000 G3 BJ McLachlan Stakes at Doomben and the $85,000 2YO Plate at Canterbury in NSW. The first of these will hold plenty of interest as the current top trio in the betting: Echo Gal, Oakleigh Girl and Unencumbered are all set to clash for the first time, however both Real Saga and Jet Spur are hoping to throw a spanner in the works of some of their more fancied rivals with the undefeated Stroak and the untapped Sagatona representing the former whilst Eljetem is lining up for the latter. In reality, most will be expecting the “big three” to fight out the finish, but there is whiff of hope in the air from their opposition trainers and not all are prepared to concede.

Stroak has been doing everything right for trainer Bryan Guy from the moment she entered the stables for the first time. After an impressive trial victory, she debuted with a strong win in October before being given a quick letup and then returning with another impressive triumph over tomorrow’s course and distance at the start of December. Bryan reports that his Real Saga filly hasn’t missed a beat since then and from her good alley tomorrow (4) he expects her to park in just behind the speed and hopefully be strong over the concluding stages. The wily trainer has resisted the urge to put blinkers on at this stage but is keeping that option open as they move closer to grand final day on January 11.  


REAL SAGA filly STROAK will be looking to extend her unbeaten record to three tomorrow.
Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography  

Another trainer with a Real Saga filly lining up in tomorrow’s G3 BJ McLachlan is Liam Birchley, who will saddle up last weekend’s desperately unlucky runner Sagatona. Despite the 7 day turnaround, Liam is very happy with the condition of his 2YO and would not be surprised to see her finish right amongst them if the breaks go her way. Last week over 1110m Sagatona didn’t see any galloping room at all until the final 150m and by that stage the race was over. She did however attack the line with such venom that anyone who witnessed her finishing sectional would be prepared to give her a  knock out chance on Saturday.

Jet Spur’s best chance will probably lay with the un-raced Gerald Ryan youngster Jetwings in Sydney. Ryan has targeted this race (Canterbury R1) for a while as the one lead-up he wanted to give his colt and everything has gone according to script at this point in time. Purchased from the draft of Glenlogan Park at this year’s Magic Millions Sale for $85,000, Jetwings was nothing short of outstanding when delivering a trial victory by in excess of 5 lengths at Rosehill back on December 10. Gerald reports the Jet Spur’s final gallop on Tuesday has him spot-on and, provided he handles all the normal first race nerves and excitement, he expects him to perform very well.          

The one-year-older division, the $1million Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, is once again shaping to be a terrific contest and Saturday at Doomben hosts the main prelim to this event with the running of the $150,000 G3 Vo Rogue Plate.

Once again it will be Jet Spur and Real Saga representing the team from Glenlogan with Splendora and Gundy Spirit both being by Jet Spur and Choose A Saga and You Did What are sons of Real Saga.

All four of these youngsters go into this event with strong form lines behind them, particularly Splendora, Gundy Spirit and Choose A Saga – who all placed at Listed level at their last outings. The pattern of the race may well determine the outcome, however the trainers of all three are entering Saturday’s race knowing their charge is at the top of their game and they will just need a firm track and luck in running to really put themselves in the picture.   


JET SPUR’S very talented filly SPLENDORA will be out looking to cement a place in the 3YO MM Guineas.
Photo Courtesy – Trackside Photography

A few of the other Glenlogan Park sired runners looking to round out their Magic Millions preparations at Doomben tomorrow include the Jet Spur pair of Flying Jet (aiming at the $200,000 Magic Millions Fillies and Mares Handicap) and Black Jet (targeting the $200,000 Magic Millions Stayers Cup), who both line up in Race 2. Falvelon’s most improved mare, Miss Leibert, will take her place in Race 3 and is another hoping to be in the Fillies and Mares race on the Coast, whilst one of the real crowd favourites and son of Bradbury’s Luck, The White Hope, will be looking to keep his amazing strike rate up when he steps out over 1350m (R5) in his final lead up before hopefully tackling the $400,000 (RL) Magic Millions Cup over 1400m.        

 

26th Dec 2013 Aussies On Top In Melbourne

Boxing Day is always a big day for sport and in Melbourne today it was the Aussies on top both at the Melbourne Cricket Ground and at Caulfield Racecourse.

Today’s feature event at Caulfield was the $120,000 Listed MRC Christmas Stakes over 1200m. The event was won by Australian bred and Inglis sold galloper Karacatis (Hussonet x One In A Million).

Karacatis was sent to the front on the rail by jockey Damian Lane and the Richard Jolly trained sprinter led his opposition a merry dance to claim the Christmas Stakes over Richie’s Vibe and Kneeling.

"The more they came to him the more he kept pulling out. It was a tough win" said Lane.

"Richard [Jolly] is a very good trainer and when he sends them over here, they are here for a reason," Lane added.

Jolly might not have left his South Australian base for today’s race, but is no doubt glad he made the interstate trip to Sydney three years ago to select Karacatis from the 2010 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

The second foal of Group 2 placed Redoute’s Choice mare One In A Million, Karacatis (pictured as a yearling) was purchased by Jolly for $120,000 from the draft of Amarina Farm (As agent for Coral View Lodge Stud) at the Easter Sale.

The five-year-old has recorded six wins and seven placings from 17 career starts for $283,650 in prizemoney.

Karacatis’ most recent stakes victory comes less than a fortnight after the Group 2 victory of $110,000 Easter buy Ninth Legion and $85,000 purchase Mossfun taking out the $250,000 Inglis Nursery. The trio are a great example of the quality available throughout the Easter catalogue.

The 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale will be conducted over three days on 8, 9 & 10 April next year, just prior to ‘The Championships’ at Royal Randwick.

The Duke and Duchess of Cambridge are set to be the royal guests of honour during ‘The Championships’, which includes the $4 million Queen Elizabeth Stakes,

27/12/2013 Half-Brother to Puccini at Karaka 2014

The well-bred colt Puccini (NZ) (Encosta de Lago) overcame a wide barrier to triumph in the Group 2 $100,000 Lindauer Great Northern Guineas at Ellerslie yesterday, further increasing the pedigree of his family.

A half-brother to multiple Group 1 winner Sir Slick (NZ) (Volksraad), Puccini has a half-brother by Zabeel in the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock National Yearling Sales Series catalogued at Lot 137 in the Premier Sale for Monovale Farm.
Trained by father and son duo of Peter and Jacob McKay at Matamata, the colt by Encosta de Lago entered the Group 2 feature having not raced since the Group 1 2000 Guineas at Riccarton on 9 November, where he ran a respectable fourth, however he did have a trial earlier this month in preparation for yesterday’s race.
Ridden by Mark du Plessis, Puccini drew barrier 11 in the 14-horse field and was trapped wide early in the race with du Plessis having no choice but to roll forward and sit outside the leader in a slowly run race.
On the final turn drama occurred near the tail of the field with race-favourite Lucia Valentina (NZ) (Savabeel) clipping heals and falling. Puccini was up the front and away from the trouble to hit the front early in the straight. Challenges came from the back markers but Puccini fought hard and proved too strong to win by three-quarters-of-a-length over fellow Karaka graduates Gobi Ranger (Tale of the Cat) and Chambord (NZ) (Zabeel).

Bred: Monovale Holdings Ltd Offered: Monovale Farm Purchased: Passed in at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2012 Karaka Premier Sale

24/12/2013 Unencumbered more than ready for Millions Classic

  UNENCUMBERED, the Bjorn Baker (Warwick Farm) trained colt who stamped himself as a good candidate for the $2mllion Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on January 11 with a strong win in the $200,000 Wyong Magic Millions on Thursday, has the unique breeding of being the only runner so far got on the Vinery Stud sire cross of Testa Rossa over a More Than Ready mare.
  It is a pattern of breeding, however, that appeals as one ideal as a source of racing excellence, both sires being former top notch brilliant racehorses who could stay 2000m at Group1 level and who are two of the most outstanding sires in Australia of this time.
  Initially used at the Yalambee Stud in Victoria, Testa Rossa was a leading 2-year-old who himself at this age himself won the Gold Coast Magic Millions, and also the VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Maribyrnong Plate and finished second in the Blue Diamond. Named Champion Australian Sprinter for his efforts at three, he ended up with 13 wins, five of them in Group1s1400-1600m, second placing in the Caulfield Guineas and fourth in the Cox Plate.
   A nicely made 16.0 hands bay by the Danzig sire Perugino, one closely related to Nureyev, Sadler’s Wells and Fairy King, and from Bo Dapper, a daughter of the Golden Slipper winner Sir Dapper, Testa Rossa has been represented by some 523 winners (47 SWs) of over 1600 races and $54million.
  He has 14 yearlings in the 2014 January Gold Coast catalogue, including offspring of mares by Exceed and Excel, Encosta de Lago, Redoute’s Choice, Dehere and Galileo, but none by More Than Ready. However, fourteen of the latter sire’s daughters have yearlings by other sires listed and he has 25 of his own progeny catalogued.
   Although it is early days in More Than Ready’s history as a broodmare sire, he appeals as an exceptional outcross for Danehill, a pattern that has produced Group1 winners Rebel Dane (by California Dane), Miracles of Life (Not a Single Doubt) and Atlante (Fastnet Rock).
   The Testa Rossa – More than Ready produced Unencumbered, a winner of the Wyong Millions and two at Randwick in four starts, came out of the same paddocks that half as century ago were represented by a Queen of Racing, Wenona Girl, who was the cornerstone of the stud becoming one of Australia’s greatest. Established by John W. Kelly near Boorowa in central western NSW, it is Newhaven Park and it is represented by 32 lots in the 2014 Magic Millions catalogue, including a filly and a colt by More Than Ready.
  Unencumbered is from Blizzardly, a speedy More Than Ready performer who won in Sydney (Listed) and Melbourne and finished third in the Group 2 Magic Night at Rosehill Gardens. She is from Concise, a Marscay Sydney winner at two from Sober Dancer, a Noalcoholic Listed winner, Group 2 placegetter and sister to Rembettica, a winner of 14 races to Group 3. 

24/12/2013 Sweet Idea has Electronic in background

  LAST WEEK’S Wyong Magic Millions Classic winner Sweet Idea looks like a filly who like her sire Snitzel could be purely a sprinter despite the fact that her grandam Electronic stayed so well she contested, unsuccessfully, the Melbourne, Caulfield (twice), Sydney and Brisbane Cups.
  Bred in New Zealand, Electronic was the only Group1 winner by the New Zealand importation First Norman, a winner in America of the Del Mar Derby. She raced 44 times for nine wins and $1.1 million with principal efforts being wins in the AJC Metropolitan, STC Rawson Stakes, Canterbury Cup and Gold Coast Prime Minister’s Cup.
  Deceased at 15, Electronic as a broodmare producing for the Arrowfield stud has had as her best runner Flidais, the dam of Sweet Idea (eight starts, three wins including the Wyong Millions and the STC Silver Slipper, second Warwick Farm Silver Shadow, Doomben B.J. McLachlan and Gold Coast 2YO Magic Millions Classic and third Golden Slipper), Rush (by Charge Forward; five wins, second Singapore Juvenile Championship) and Phantom Queen (Charge Forward; won Newcastle, placed Newcastle, Wyong).
   Also dam of a Snitzel filly being submitted by Arrowfield at the Gold Coast in January, Flidais herself was raced by Japan’s Katsumi Yoshida, the owner of the two Japanese horses, Delta Blues and Pop Rock, who finished first and second in the 2006 Melbourne Cup. She won at Newcastle and third placed in the Group 3 Adrian Knox at Randwick.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 
  Flidais is a three-quarter sister by Timber Country, a Woodman winner of the American Breeders Cup Juvenile and Preakness Stakes and Kentucky Derby third who shuttled to the Hunter Valley, to Electric Avenue, dam of Five Coats, a New Zealand winner and Listed third.
  Five Coats is by Coats Choice, a Redoute’s Choice product who at his only start at two finished third in the Debutant Stakes at Caulfield. After an ill-fated season in Queensland (2005) that resulted in two foals and one runner (two starts), he moved to New Zealand (Berkley Stud, Christchurch) and to date from 122 starters has had 59 winners (three SWs, four SPs) and 22 others placed. 
  On Saturday one of the Coats Choice offspring, Angelology, ran second at Flemington and another finished third in Hong Kong.

24/12/2013 Magnus winner’s pedigree has dazzler inbreeding

  MAGNUS REIGN, the first crop 4-year-old gelding by the Eliza Park Flying Spur sire Magnus, a cousin of Black Caviar, who recorded his sixth win in 28 starts when he overcame top weight and barrier 15 in succeeding at Moonee Valley on Friday evening, has a pedigree with dazzler inbreeding.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                          
  Bred by Eliza Park and sold to his trainer, Rick Hore-Lacy, for $52,500 at the Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, he doubles up two giants of breeding, Danehill 3x2 and Vain 4x3.
   In the top half, Magnus Reign’s sire Magnus is by one of Danehill’s best sons, Flying Spur and from Scandinavia, by Snippets and from Song of Norway, by Vain. In the bottom section, the dam Vain Hill, is an Adelaide winner and runner up in three Listed juvenile events by Danehill and from Vain Display, a multiple Listed winner at two by Vain.
   Vain Hill has been a magnificent producer whose offspring includes Magnus Reign (besides wins, third Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate), Red Dazzler (Red Ransom; Group1 winner and placegetter, proven sire Eureka Stud in Queensland), Able Kane (Rory’s Jester; three wins, second Merson Cooper Stakes), Havana Miss (Red Ransom; won Sydney) and Power Return (Val Royal; won Adelaide).  
    Grandam Vain Display produced eight named foals for seven runners and winners, the best of which was the Kenmare top sprinter and good sire Keltrice.  
  Magnus Reign was one of three metropolitan winners on Friday by Magnus, sharing this distinction with Miss Promiscuity, who also succeeded at Moonee Valley, and Morphettville winner I Got A Turbo.They are both 3-year-old fillies.
  A 4-year-old daughter, Magnifisio, added to the Magnus record when she recorded her seventh win in 15 starts (also four seconds and two thirds) in succeeding in the Listed R.S. Crawford Stakes at Perth’s Ascot on Saturday.
  Miss Promiscuity, a winner by four lengths at the Moonee Valley meeting and now successful twice in three starts, is trained by Peter Moody for three owners, including Robert Crabtree. He bred this filly and also, in partnership with Lee Fleming, her sire and his half-sister Helsinge, dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.
   As Magnus, a winner of the Galaxy and Linlithgow, runner up in the Newmarket, Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate and third in another running of the Oakleigh and also the Royal Ascot King’s Stand, is by Flying Spur and from Scandinavia, he has very close blood ties with All Too Hard. The latter is by a Flying Spur sire, Casino Prince, and from daughter of Scandinavia.
  Retired to Eliza Park in 2008, Magnus has his oldest runners 4-year-olds. So far he has had 109 starters, 66 winners (three SWs, four SPs) and 18 others placed.

24/12/2013 Zeditave calming influence for Marheines of Stratheden

    ALTHOUGH they are not officially the breeders, the Marheines of the Stratheden Stud at Tamworth in north western NSW can claim much of the credit for the emergence of the 3-year-old Commands filly Calming Influence as an exciting sprinter. It was one of their astute matings that produced her and their judgement in buying her as a yearling ($77,500 at the Gold Coast) and placing her with Chris Waller. She has returned their faith by winning four of seven starts, including a dominating victory at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday, and looks a good prospect for Group level sprints.
  The reason they had to buy her was because they sold her mother Calming at the Gold Coast for $145,000 to Rothwell Park Thoroughbreds,Murrurundi a few months before she was foaled. The Marheines were winding down their breeding and also put the stud on the market.
    A typical tough racemare by now deceased Zeditave, a magnificent Australian racehorse up to1600m and a very good sire from use at the Newhaven Park Stud near Boorowa in NSW, Calming won eight sprint races, including a Listed event in Adelaide and five in Melbourne. 
   She has had five winners with another being Port Isabel, an Encosta de Lago Melbourne winner who has a Sebring colt on behalf of Burnewang North Pastoral in the catalogue for the Millions sale at the Gold Coast in January. The catalogue also includes a yearling from two daughters of Calming’s half-sister Royal Solitaire, namely Soleil Royale (represented by a Sebring colt from the Edinglassie Stud) and Sashenka (a Street Cry filly from Rothwell Park).
  A Brocco winner at Ipswich and Gatton (by six lengths) and a placegetter at Eagle Farm, the Gold Coast and Ipswich, Royal Solitaire has also been the dam of a rather unique Aussie bred galloper in the John Muir Milburn Thoroughbreds produced Orpen (USA) gelding War Artist, a prominent northern hemisphere sprinter.
  Sold at the Gold Coast yearling sales, he raced successfully in South Africa (Group1 winner), Germany (Group 2), France (Group 3) and Dubai (Group 3). He also proved a top sprinter in England, finishing second in the Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee (beat Takeover Target), third and fifth in the Newmarket July Cup and fifth in the Royal Ascot King’s Stand Stakes.
   Calming Influence is not the first good performer to result from the Marheine’s use of her maternal grandsire Zeditave. In fact he keyed the pinnacle of their breeding achievement, being the sire of one of the first horses they bred after they acquired the Stratheden Stud, the Zeditave gelding Assertive Lad.
  Standing high among the huge list of good graduates of the Magic Millions yearling sales at the Gold Coast, Assertive Lad was an Australian champion at two and three, running 16 times for eight wins and $3,358,275.
  Group1 efforts included wins at Randwick in the Champagne Stakes (1.3 lengths), Sires’ Produce Stakes and Doncaster Handicap (as a 3yo, by 2.8 lengths) and a three length third when favourite in the Golden Slipper. He won his first three outings at two, the third of them the Magic Millions 2YO Classic as favourite, in brilliant style.
  Assertive Lad is a brother to Assertive Lass, another talented tough Zeditave performer, winning seven races, including in Sydney the Flight Stakes, Coolmore Classic, Light Fingers and Tea Rose, and finishing second in the Oaks. She is the dam of the stakes winners Reset (prominent sire), Stage Presence and So Assertive.
   The wonderful success of the immediate family suggests that a filly in the 2014 Magic Millions catalogue bred by Stratheden could be a big prize as a performer and fashionable breeder. An August 25 foal listed as lot 96, it is by the Widden Stud based Redoute’s Choice Golden Slipper winner Stratum and from Sounds Assertive, a Zeditave three-quarter sister to Assertive Lad and Assertive Lass.
   It is one of two Stratum yearlings bred by Stratheden in the catalogue, the other, lot 820, being from Fleuretta, a More Than Ready mare out of Magdalena (Ire), a mare by Polish Precedent, a very good name to have in a pedigree. He sired Rakti, in turn sire of this year’s Victorian Derby winner Polanski, and also Pilsudski, sire of the dam of the Melbourne Cup winner Fiorente.
   A Polish Precedent mare, Snowdrift, produced seven runners, all winners including the Stratheden bred brother stakes winners and sires Snowland and Snippetson.
   Stratheden have six yearlings in the catalogue with the others being colts by Fastnet Rock, Big Brown (USA) and Street Sense (USA) and a filly by the Red Ransom AJC Champagne Stakes winner Onemorenomore. They are all being prepared for the sale by Nick Hodges at Riversdale Farm, a leading Hunter Valley agistment and marketing complex at Scone, and are in the Riversdale draft for the Magic Millions sale.    
                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      

23/12/2013 Repossessed Lots to Sell in January

 

Seven outstanding juvenile prospects recently repossessed by Magic Millions will go under the hammer at the upcoming Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The seven two-year-olds will join the two yearlings already catalogued and will be sold unreserved at the auction.

The lots were knocked down to BC3 Thoroughbreds and will now be sold on behalf of Magic Millions Sales Pty Limited.

The two yearlings in the Gold Coast Yearling Sale to be sold without reserve are Lots 315 (Star Witness-Dangerous Dancer filly) and Lot 610 (Fastnet Rock-Native Song filly) - both being prepared for the sale by Three Bridges Thoroughbreds, as agent.

Meanwhile, the seven two-year-olds purchased earlier this year at Magic Millions Yearling Sales around Australia will be offered following the last originally catalogued lot (663) on Saturday night, January 11.

That group of two-year-olds comprises colts by Astronomer Royal, Encosta de Lago, Myboycharlie and Starcraft and fillies by Fastnet Rock, Red Arrow and Starcraft. They will be available for inspection during the Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Details of each lot follows:

YEARLINGS

Lot 315 - Star Witness-Dangerous Dancer chestnut filly
Purchased privately.

Lot 610 - Fastnet Rock-Native Song bay filly
Purchased for $260,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale.

TWO-YEAR-OLDS

Fastnet Rock-Amazing Tale bay or brown filly
Purchased for $330,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Starcraft-Ebony Magic bay colt
Purchased for $100,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale.

Myboycharlie-Elvish bay colt
Purchased for $37,500 at the 2013 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale.

Encosta de Lago-Jannah bay colt
Purchased for $425,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Astronomer Royal-Pan's Flute bay colt
Purchased for $38,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

Red Arrow-Rocket Rose bay or brown filly
Purchased for $30,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale.

Starcraft-Victory Cry chestnut filly
Purchased for $320,000 at the 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale



 

22/12/2013 Another star for Dubawi

Bippo No Bungus wins the Listed Starstruck Classic

Dubawi’s amazing year continued with four-year-old mare Bippo No Bungus becoming her sire’s 27th Stakes winner of 2013 with a narrow victory in the Listed Starstruck Classic over 8f at Ascot, Western Australia, December 21.

G2-placed as a three-year-old last season, Bippo No Bungus broke her Stakes duck with a thrilling nose victory for father-son combination, trainer Neville Parnham and jockey Steve Parnham.

Bred by John and Helen North at Bowness Stud, Bippo No Bungus is the fourth foal and fourth winner for unraced Quest For Fame mare Quest For Pleasure, a daughter of G1 VRC Oaks winner Sandy’s Pleasure. Quest For Pleasure is also the dam of G2 winner Torio’s Quest.

Dubawi has sired five individual G1 winners this year alone, including Al Kazeem, who triumphed at the highest level on three occasions in 2013. His ratios of 14 per cent Stakes winners and nine per cent Group winners are unmatched by any other stallion.

He stands at Dalham Hall Stud at a fee of £100,000 Special Live Foal.



End of an era with Zabeel’s retirement

20th Dec 2013

The curtain has come down on Australasian breeding’s most famous ‘like father, like son’ double act with the announcement of outstanding sire Zabeel’s retirement.

His extraordinary success and remarkable influence on the thoroughbred industry has continued the legacy of his iconic sire Sir Tristram.

“It’s the end of an era and what a ride it’s been for Cambridge Stud,” Sir Patrick Hogan said. “I could never have imagined what Sir Tristram was able to achieve and pretty well immediately afterwards came Zabeel to take over the mantle – it’s been an amazing 33-year run.”

Sir Tristram sired 45 individual Group One winners, including three Melbourne Cup winners (Gurner’s Lane, Empire Rose, Brew), during a decorated career that earned him Australasian sire and broodmare sire titles. He was also inducted into the NZ Racing Hall of Fame in 2008.

“I’ve been fortunate and I’m very proud that the two horses have done so much for myself, my family, all concerned at Cambridge Stud and everybody that has had a Sir Tristram or Zabeel around them, it’s been mind-boggling,” Sir Patrick said.

The sire of 100 individual Group winners and 43 individual Group One winners, Zabeel will now live a life of luxury in the same paddock that he has occupied since his retirement to stud in 1991 after a successful racing career that earned him a Group One victory in the Australian Guineas.

“He is enormously fit, both physically and mentally and you wouldn’t pick there was anything wrong with him,” Sir Patrick said. “He had 30 odd mares this season and when he came to the end of serving he hadn’t got any in foal so he is officially retired.

“The fertility just hasn’t happened, but he’s a horse that’s not going to go away though and his progeny in New Zealand and Australia will continue to perform for many years to come.

“He’s been an extraordinary horse with three Melbourne Cup winners and four Cox Plate winners and as a sire of sires he’s left a horse like Reset, who has produced a VRC Derby winner (Rebel Raider), a Caulfield Cup winner (Fawkner) and a Cox Plate winner (Pinker Pinker).”

The 27-year-old Zabeel has also left Savabeel, himself a Cox Plate winner, who has in turn produced top-flight successes Sangster (Auckland Cup, VRC Derby, International Stakes), Scarlett Lady (NZ Stakes, Queensland Oaks) and Brambles (Queensland Derby).

“Zabeel’s a great broodmare sire as well and his daughters produced the first (It’s A Dundeel), second (Atlantic Jewel) and third (Dear Demi) in the Underwood Stakes this season.”

“I might be biased and the Australians may disagree but in my time, and I’m 74, I can’t identify a horse in the last 50-odd years that has been as successful as him.”

Sir Patrick rated Might And Power as the best horse Zabeel had produced, a short margin ahead of Octagonal.

“If I had to be on the panel of judges then I would put Might And Power on top, it was just the way he raced with that great cruising speed that won him a Caulfield Cup, the Cox Plate and the Melbourne Cup,” he said. “I’d put him in front with Octagonal a close second.”

Zabeel produced numerous six figure plus yearlings, the highest was Don Eduardo at $3.6 million in 2000, and stamped in the manner of his noble self.

“He’s got a great physique, a beautiful strong head and a very bold eye,” Sir Patrick said. “They always talked about it in the ring. Overall he is a lovely horse and Robert Sangster once said “this horse could step out of any box anywhere in the world and you would have to take notice of him.”

Zabeel also had his own way of doing things that lasted right up until his last visit to the breeding shed.

“He’d have to go 50 yards and 25 of them he would be on his hind legs every time, even this season. That was a quirk of his.” – NZ Racing Desk.



SIDEBAR

Sir Patrick to have the final honour        

Sir Patrick Hogan led his first yearling into the Trentham sale ring in 1956 and he has plans to be at the head of the final Zabeel to grace Karaka.

“Zabeel’s last crop is four fillies, and I shouldn’t imagine that they will be sold, and a colt and I own that one with a partner and he will be the last yearling ever sold at auction,” he said.

“He will be the last one presented in 2015 and, God willing and I’m standing up I will lead him through the ring.”

The colt is a half-brother to the Gr.1 Easter Handicap winner Time Keeper, who topped the New Zealand Three-Year-Old Free Handicap of his year.

ZABEEL FACT FILE

Career Premierships 
Dewar Stallion Trophy (NZ-based sire whose progeny have accumulated the highest combined stake earnings in Australia & New Zealand) - 15 times
Champion Australian Sire - twice
Champion Australian Broodmare Sire - twice
Champion New Zealand Sire – four times
Champion New Zealand Broodmare Sire - twice

1007 individual winners

100 Group race winners

43 individual Group One winners

Progeny earnings of $A173 million (approx)

Dam sire of 1184 individual winners

Dam sire of 66 Group race winners

Dam sire of 22 individual Group One winners

Dam sire progeny earnings of $A129 million (approx)

3 Melbourne Cup winners –Might And Power (1997), Jezabeel (1998), Efficient (2007)

4 Cox Plate winners – Octagonal (1995), Might And Power (1998), Savabeel (2004), Maldivian (2008)

3 Caulfield Cup winners - Might And Power (1997), Sky Heights (1999), Railings (2005)

17/12/2013 Gold Coast sale a massive Hunter Valley show

  NEARLY 90 per cent (818 lots) of the 926 lot catalogue for the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, one of the world’s leading markets, set down for January 8, 9, 10, 11 and 12, are by sires used at the studs that make up the engine room of Australian Thoroughbred breeding, those located in the Hunter Valley.
   All told the yearlings include representatives of nearly seventy sires used in the Hunter Valley, including six who have claimed the Champion Australian Sire title, sixteen of the most successful twenty by earnings for 2012-13 and half a dozen of the past leading juvenile sires.  
  In addition eight lots, progeny of Malibu Moon (5), Curlin, Tîznow and Rock Hard Ten, were got in                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                America to southern hemisphere time and foaled at the Patinack Farm, Sandy Hollow. They are in the Patinack consignment of 32 lots.
   The biggest representation by a sire is 40 lots by Widden Stud based Golden Slipper winner and brilliant young sire Sebring (More Than Ready – Purespeed, by Flying Spur).
  There are143 lots by Widden sires accepted for the sale with the other contributors being Stratum (17 lots) (Redoute’s Choice – Bourgeois, by Luskin Star), Golden Slipper winner, Champion Juvenile Sire 2009-10; Northern Meteor (20) (deceased, Encosta de Lago – Explosive (USA), by Fappiano), VRC Ascot Vale Stakes winner, outstanding young sire; Nicconi (17) (Bianconi (USA) – Nicola Lass, by Scenic (Ire), a Leading Australian Sprinter, first crop two; Snippetson (5) (Snippets – Snowdrift (Fr), by Polish Precedent), good Sydney sprinter and prominent sire; and newcomers Star Witness (37) (Starcraft – Leone Chiara, by Lion Hunter), Champion at two and three, and Tîckets (7) (Redoute’s Choice – Staging, by Success Express (USA), a Leading 2YO and good sprinter at three.
  The official Champion Australian Sires by earnings with yearlings are the Coolmore based Fastnet Rock (37) (Danehill (USA) – Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy (USA) and Encosta de Lago (18) (Fairy King – Shoal Creek, by Star Way (GB), Darley’s Exceed and Excel (19) (Danehill (USA) – Patrona (USA), by Lomond) and Lonhro (19) (Octagonal – Shadea, by Straight Strike (USA) and Arrowfield’s Redoute’s Choice (12) (Danehill (USA) – Shantha’s Choice, by Canny Lad) and Flying Spur (15) (Danehill (USA) – Rolls (USA), by Mr. Prospector).  
   Although, as is usual, there are no yearlings under Darley, there are 108 by their sires in the catalogue.They are one of six Hunter studs whose sires between them have over eighty yearlings, the others being Widden (143), Yarraman Park (138), Arrowfield (137), Vinery (108) and Coolmore (85).
   The best represented Hunter Valley used sires, ten or more lots, are All American (15, Arrowfield), Beneteau (12, Arrowfield), Big Brown (USA) (20, Vinery), Casino Prince (14, moved this year from Pattinack to Vinery), Charge Forward (16, Arrowfield), Choisir (16, Coolmore), Commands (Darley, 12), Congrats (USA) (28, Vinery), Dane Shadow (15, Kitchwin Hills), Denman (23, Darley), Encosta de Lago (18, Coolmore), Exceed and Excel (19, Darley), Fastnet Rock (37, Coolmore), Flying Spur (15, Arrowfield), Hinchinbrook (22, Yarraman Park), I Am Invincible (15,  Yarraman Park), Lonhro (19, Darley), Lope de Vega (Ire) (16, Pattinack Farm), Magic Albert (25, Yarraman Park), Manhattan Rain (15, Arrowfield), More Than Ready (USA) (25, Vinery), Mossman (14, Vinery), Nicconi (17, Widden), Northern Meteor (20, Widden), Not a Single Doubt (37, Arrowfield), Onemorenomore (16, Vinery), Redoute’s Choice (12, Arrowfield), Sebring (40, Widden), Snitzel (38, Widden), Starcraft (15, Arrowfield), Star Witness (37, Widden), Stratum (17, Widden) and Testa Rossa (14, Vinery),.
  Sires among these with first crop yearlings are Beneteau (Redoute’s Choice – Slice of Paradise, by Encosta de Lago), Congrats (USA) (A.P. Indy – Praise, by Mr. Prospector), Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock – Snippet’s Lass, by Snippets), Lope de Vega (Ire) (Shamardal – Lady Vettori, by Vettori) and Star Witness (Starcraft – Leone Chiara, by Lionhunter).
  The leading Hunter Valley vendors are  Amarina Farm (11 lots), Arrowfield (29), Attunga (13) , Baramul (67), Coolmore (44), Cressfield (9), Edinglassie (11), Emirates Park (15), Glastonbury Farm (11), Kitchwin Hills (18), Murrulla(10), Newgate Farm (28), Patinack Farm (32), Riversdale (16), Rothwell Park (8), Sledmere (12), Southern Cross Breeders (12), Turangga (19), Vinery (29), Widden (47), Willow Park (13) and Yarraman Park (31).  

17/12/2013 Starspangledbanners to fly in both hemispheres

  ALTHOUGH he had fertility problems when he made his debut as a sire at the Coolmore studs in Ireland and Hunter Valley in 2011 to the extent that he returned to racing, briefly, the next year, the outstanding Australian bred sprinter Starspangledbanner (Choisir – Gold Anthem, by Made of Gold (USA), a third generation male line descendant of Danehill, has very good prospects of making a good impact in 2014 with first crop juveniles in both hemispheres.
  There are 28 prospective runners, 2-year-olds as January 1, from his first use in Ireland and there were 41 foals (two died) from his first Australian season, one in which he served 116 mares. Star Kingdom, one of Australia’s greatest ever sires, supplied only 20 named foals in his first crop, but it provided the stakes winners Kingster (a leading 2-year-old, Horse of the Year claimant at three),                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Ultrablue (won Gimcrack Stakes) and Star Realm (Canterbury Stakes).
  Starspangledbanner has foals from his season in Ireland out of some nice mares, including daughters of Green Desert, Night Shift, Stravinsky, Rock of Gibraltar, High Chaparral, Southern Halo, Montjeu,Tiger Hill and Royal Applause.   
   One very interesting foal is a chestnut colt from Pina Colada, a Listed winner in America who is a half-sister to Mrs Marsh, dam of Canford Cliffs, a European Champion Miler at three and four – also World’s best miler in the rankings at four. He looked after 179 mares in his first season at Coolmore in Ireland in 2012 and shuttles to Blue Gum at Euroa in Victoria.                                                                 
  Quite naturally, considering his breeding, ability and quality of the stud, Starspangledbanner had high grade mares in his season at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley. Among those that produced foals were daughters of Encosta de Lago, More Than Ready (USA), Redoute’s Choice, Danehill (USA), Fasliyev (USA), Exceed and Excel, Red Ransom (USA), Commands, Hussonet, Jeune, Thunder Gulch (USA), Pins, Zafonic (USA), Bluebird (USA), Anabaa (USA), Woodman (USA), Danzero, Magic Albert, Fusaichi Pegasus (USA), Quest For Fame (GB), Rory’s Jester, Unbridled’s Song (USA), Dixie Union (USA), Charge Forward and Justice Prevails (sire of the dam of White Sage).
   Some of the progeny of Starspangledbanner will be available at 2014 yearling sales, including seven which are in the Magic Millions Gold Coast catalogue, four (all fillies) in the Inglis Melbourne Premier catalogue and two available in New Zealand.
   The first of his yearlings scheduled to be offered is a brilliantly bred colt in the Magic Millions catalogue that is a three-quarter brother to Jesse’s Girl, a Choisir Melbourne 2-year-old winner, Queensland Sires’ Produce Stakes second and a third in the MRC Thoroughbred Club Stakes, MVRC Champagne Stakes and SAJC Dequetteville Stakes.They are both from the Rory’s Jester mare Runaway Jesse.
   The yearling, one bred by Saconi Thoroughbreds, is among 18 under Anthony Mithen’s rising Victorian breeding powerhouse Rosemont Farm, one located along the Barwon River at Gnarwarre, near Geelong. 
   Rosemont Farm in the past season has given Starspangledbanner a fresh opportunity to transmit his excellence with a book of mares backed veterinary support. Reports suggest they met with good results.
  Starspanglebanner was such a good racehorse, he was anointed in 2010, a year he starred in Australia and England, Australia’s Champion Sprinter, Equal Second World Champion Male Sprinter (World Thoroughbred Ratings),Timeform’s Champion Sprinter and, uniquely, Ireland’s Top Rated 3YO and 4YO. He was a 3-year-old by southern hemisphere birthdate to July 31 that year, but treated in the World Rankings and by Timeform as a 4-year-old.
  Eight starts in 2010 between January 1 and his retirement to Coolmore included six good Group1 sprint performances, a win in the Oakleigh Plate, close third in the Newmarket and a fourth in the Lightning in Melbourne and wins in England’s two greatest sprints, the Royal Ascot Golden Jubilee and Newmarket July Cup and a second as a short priced favourite in the York Nunthorpe Stakes. 
  Starspangledbanner’s sire Choisir, an Australian bred son of Coolmore Ireland foaled Danehill shuttled Danehill Dancer, also won Group1 sprints Melbourne and England. He won both the King’s Stand and Golden Jubilee at Royal Ascot and finished second in the Newmarket July Cup. Choisir, Danehill Dancer and Danehill have all been used by Coolmore in Ireland and the Hunter Valley.   
   Also at three, in the spring, Starspangledbanner scored a commanding win in the Caulfield Guineas (showing he could run 1600m) and won two other stakes at the same track, the Vain (by 2.5 lengths,1100m) and McNeil. They followed four starts at two, including wins in $250,000 Inglis 2YO on debut at Moonee Valley, a second in the Listed Festival at Flemington and a third  in the Group 3 Blue Diamond Prelude. 
   Reviews of Starspangledbanner’s performances in England described the Golden Jubilee as arguably the classiest sprint ever run in Britain and the July Cup as a cracking running of this top sprinting prize. The runner up, after making the pace, was Equiano, a two-times winner of the Royal Ascot King’s Stand Stakes and rated the best European bred sprinter of the year.
  Equiano, a visitor to Adam Sangster’s Swettenham Stud at Nagambie in Victoria, is also to have first crop 2-year-olds in each hemisphere in 2014. He has four first crop yearlings in the Gold Coast catalogue and 25 in Inglis Melbourne Premier sale collection.
  Besides his Danehill male line, Starspangledbanner has impressive maternal breeding. His dam is a former smart Adelaide juvenile by Made of Gold, an American produced descendant of Star Kingdom paternally, and from National Song, a half-sister by Vain to Circles of Gold, dam of Australian champions Elvstroem (Blue Gum Farm) and Haradasun (Coolmore).
  Remarkably, Starspangledbanner, Choisir, Elvstroem and Haradasun all won Group1 races in both hemispheres.

17/12/2013 Snitzel’s spectacular start as broodmare sire

  SNITZEL, the marvelous young Redoute’s Choice sire entrenched at the Arrowfield Stud as a source of top performers with his oldest 6-year-olds, on Saturday got off to a spectacular start as a broodmare sire when Mossfun, the first ever runner from one of his daughters, recorded a debut win in the $250,000 Inglis Nursery on Randwick’s Kensington circuit.
  Bred by Dr I Duckworth, Heather McKinnon, Darren Pullman and Linda Duckworth, bought out of the consignment from Fairview Park (Grose Vale, Hawkesbury Valley) for $85,000 at the Inglis Easter Yearling Sale and trained for Nasser Lootah’s Emirates Park Stud, Hunter Valley by the Hawkes family, Mossfun is a bay filly by Buffering’s sire Mossman (at Vinery Stud) and from Eye For Fun, an unraced Snitzel filly.
   Eye For Fun was born on August 10 and was the third of the 87 foals (five died) in Snitzel’s first crop. Including foals produced by the 249 mares he covered in 2012, the now 12-year-old Snitzel has about 700 offspring. He is long odds on to build up an impressive record as a broodmare sire.
  Eye For Fun is a sister to year younger Enjoyment (won Kembla Grange) and a half-sister to four winners, including Cat D’Antibes (Tale of the Cat; won Gold Coast Ken Russell Classic, third BTC Champagne Classic and QTC Sires’ Produce Stakes) and Allegra (Dehere, won Sydney). Allegra is the dam of Eximus, an Exceed and Excel winner of  two Listed races, the Hilton Hotels Stakes at Flemington and Sunshine Coast Guineas.
   Bred by P.R. Stewart and B.E. Woodford-Smith, What Fun, the grandam of Mossfun (by Canny Lad), won twice in Sydney and was one of six winners from More Happiness (USA), a blood-sister by Nijinsky to the dam of the Emirates Park bred Brave Warrior, the sire from only two crops of Queensland champion racehorse and sire Show a Heart.
   Mossfun is bred on similar lines, only conversely, to Shamus Award, the Snitzel winner of the Cox Plate. He is from a mare by Mossman’s sire Success Express (USA), an outcross to Danehill and his top line. Snitzel has also had good success from use over mares by other Danehill free sires, including General Nediym, Snitzerland, Hot Snitzel, Flying Snitzel, Sweet Idea, Chance Bye, Petrol Power and Dances On Stars.
   Putting Snitzel mares to similar sires could be helpful in securing similar results. 

17/12/2013
Three successive Launceston winners  something to savour

  ONE of Tasmania’s leading sires of recent years, the Sadler’s Wells import Savoire Vivre (GB), had a rare achievement mid last week when he provided winners in three successive races on the one program, that at Launceston’s Mowbray racecourse. In addition that same afternoon another of his progeny won at Caulfield. 
  The winners, all available at past Tasmanian yearlings sales, were the Launceston contestants Spotluck (6yo mare, won at 2150m), Simon Said Let’s Go (5yo gelding,1220m) and What Life Brings (4yo gelding) and the successful Caulfield runner Happy As Hell (3yo gelding,1800m).
   All four of these runners have each won their last two starts. Happy As Hell (raced five times, won Kilmore November 24 and then Caulfield), What Life Brings (three wins, four placings from eight starts, last two Hobart Guineas and then last week at Launceston), Simon Said Lets Go (nine starts,  three wins Launceston) and Spotluck (seven wins, last two Launceston November 27 and December 11).
   Happy As Hell and What Life Brings were both bred on the Whishaw’s Armidale Stud, the one at Carrick that has long been a dominant force in Tasmania.Two of their sires have been Savoire Vivre (died October 12, 2012) and still active Ladoni (GB), one of the first overseas bred Danehills imported to Australia. He is the sire of the dam of Happy As Hell.
  Savoire Vivre was a horse who obviously had a fair bit of ability, but did not get much chance to prove it. He appeared only three times, all at three in England, for a win at ten furlongs at Ascot and a second in the Group 2 Geoffrey Freer Stakes (12 ½ furlongs) at Newbury.
  Bred by Sheikh Mohammed Bin Rasheed Al Maktoum, he was got by Sadler’s Wells from the Kris (by Sharpen Up) English Oaks, One Thousand Guineas and St Leger winner Oh So Sharp, producer also of Shaima (Group 2 winner) and Rosefinch (Group1 winner). Oh So Sharp’s third dam Malindi was a sister to world breed shaper Nasrullah and a three-quarter sister to Royal Charger.
  Savoire Vivre (three lots) and Ladoni (five) are both represented in the 96 lot catalogue for the 2014 Tasmanian Yearling Sale, one to be conducted by Magic Millions at Launceston on February 13.

17/12/2013 Villiers winner’s dam by world champion 2-year-old

  XAAR (GB), the sire of the dam of Ninth Legion, the Hawkes family trained 4-year-old Fastnet Rock gelding who was an impressive winner of the $175,000 Group 2 Villiers (1550m) on the Kensington track on Saturday, has over 400 winners, including 31 stakes winners, from use in Ireland and Australia, but only one has succeeded at Group1 level.
  Overall his record for transmitting superior excellence is disappointing for a racehorse who ranks among the greats of European juvenile racing. At this age in1997, a year he was awarded a Timeform of 132 (high for a 2-year-old) and stood head and shoulders over his contemporaries in the European International Classification, he won four of five starts, including two Group1s, the Dewhurst Stakes (7 fur) at Newmarket by seven lengths and the Prix de Salamandre (1400m) at Longchamp by three. He was an unlucky nose second in the Group1 Prix Morny (1200m) at Deauville. 
  He went on to be a European Champion at three, winning the Newmarket Craven Stakes-Gr.2 (8 fur), landing third money in the Irish Champion Stakes-Gr.1 (10 fur) and fourth in the English Two Thousand Guineas.Two starts at four comprised a second in the Sandown Eclipse Stakes-Gr.1(10 fur) and a third in the Newmarket Prince of Wales’s Stakes-Gr.2 (10 fur).
  A son of the prematurely deceased Zafonic, a Mr. Prospector grandson through Gone West, Xaar appeals as a very good horse on both performance and breeding to carry in an Australian pedigree, particularly as a broodmare sire for brilliant representatives of the Danehill male line, such as Fastnet Rock.
  This Australian bred son of Danehill and the fleetfooted Royal Academy mare Piccadilly Circus ran 19 times for six wins and six first four Group1 cheques. In Melbourne he won the Lightning Stakes and Oakleigh Plate and finished second in the Newmarket and in Sydney second in the T.J. Smith, third in the Sires’ Produce Stakes and fourth in the Golden Slipper.
  Only 12-years-old, Fastnet Rock from use at Coolmore in the Hunter Valley already appears destined for greatness as an influence on the Australian breed. He has been shuttling to Coolmore in Ireland since 2010 and 12 first crop 2-year-old runners in 2013 included five winner and two others placed.
  Very interesting matings for Xaar mares and ‘Danehill’ could be with his champion sire son Redoute’s Choice (Arrowfield) or his sons as it doubles up a leading modern family. It flows from Xaar being produced by Monroe (USA) (Sir Ivor – Best in Show, by Traffic Judge), a sister to Show Lady, third dam of Redoute’s Choice.
  The best performers by Xaar are Xtension (Ire) (dam by Grand Lodge (USA); in Europe Group 2 winner, second Coventry Stakes-Gr.2, third Dewhurst Stakes-Gr.1, Prix Jean Prat-Gr.1, fourth English Two Thousand Guineas-Gr.1 and then eight first three Group1 cheques Hong Kong), Balthazaar’s Gift (Ire) (Last Tycoon (Ire); 8 sprint wins, three Group 2, beat Takeover Target when second at three at Royal Ascot in the Golden Jubilee-Gr.1), No Questions (Aust) (Kenmare (Fr);7 wins Perth, Karrakatta Plate-Gr.2, Hyperion Stakes-Gr.3, Roma Cup –Gr.3) and Fortune Red Pepper (Aust) (Known Fact (USA); won STC Phar Lap Stakes-Gr.2, second STC Pago Pago Stakes-Gr.2).
  So far the best runners out of Xaar mares are Ninth Legion (Aust) (five wins 1100m to 1550m, three in Sydney, one in Melbourne, second Phar Lap Stakes-Gr.2, fourth Golden Rose-Gr.1, San Domenico Stakes-Gr.3), Harasiya (Ire) (Pivotal; Group 3 winner, Group1third and fourth), Flying Affair (Aust) (Heritage; won WATC Gimcrack Stakes-Gr.2) and Tifongo (Fr) (Dr Fong (USA); Listed winner and Group 2 second France). Xaar has over 200 females in Australia.
  Bred by Davilora Lodge (Lorraine Smith and David Thomas), Woodend, Victoria, sold for $110,000 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale through Edinglassie, Muswellbrook and raced by Segenhoe Thoroughbred Australia, Scone, Ninth Legion is a three-quarter brother to a Dane Shadow filly in the catalogue for next month’s yearling sale at the Gold Coast.
  Raced by Smith and Thomas, the dam, Xaar’s Jewel, won three races (1200m-1400m, Wagga, Wodonga, Ballarat) in succession and finished third at Moonee Valley in a17 start career. She is a half-sister to Kidlap (Snippets;13 wins to 1400m, including races in Sydney and the Ramornie at Grafton) and to the dam of Davilora Lodge bred Tell A Tale (Tale of the Cat), a Champion New Zealand 3YO whose six wins, including the New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas, Avondale Guineas and Hawkes Bay Guineas. He finished second in the Singapore Gold Cup and third in the New Zealand Derby. 
    

16/12/2013 Gift Group 1 for Henny Hughes

Henny Hughes (USA) is the gift horse that keeps giving.

WA based Rangeview Stud bought Henny Hughes from Darley in 2012 and then went on a dream ride with his Breeders’ Cup winning champion Beholder.

Twelve months later, Rangeview owners Rob and Jody Gray sold Henny Hughes to stand at the Yushun Stallion Station for what must have been Australia’s most lucrative pin-hooking deal in 2013.

His new Japanese owners would have also been in raptures after Henny Hughes colt Asia Express won the G1 Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes (1600m) at Nakayama on Sunday.

Rob Gray is back home at Bullsbrook after escorting Henny Hughes to the quarantine facility in Melbourne last week.  “He will fly to Japan in the New Year,” Gray said.  “It’s been an amazing journey but nothing that horse does surprises me any more.

“Henny Hughes had 130 winners and 5 stakes winners when we bought him.  Now there’s over 250 individual winners and 16 stakes winners!

“The Japanese people will be thrilled with Sunday’s result - good luck to them.  And we still have two crops of Henny Hughes yearlings to sell at the Perth Magic Millions in 2015 and 2016.”

The Asahi Hai Futurity Stakes is worth AUD 1.58 million and is considered one of the premier juvenile events on the Japanese calendar.  Its honour-roll includes former Australian sires Fuji Kiseki, Grass Wonder and Bubble Gum Fellow.

Asia Express (2c Henny Hughes - Running Bobcats by Running Stag) had won his first two starts by a combined 12 lengths and the hat-track was never in doubt once visiting English jockey Ryan Moore sooled him to the front at the furlong.

“It was his first try on turf but, after looking at the pedigree, we thought he would be able to handle it,” trainer Takahisa Tezuka said.   “He had been working well and was in good shape.”

Bred in Florida, Asia Express was a $230,000 buy at the 2013 Ocala 2YO Sale after breezing a bullet 21.00 seconds for 400 metres.  Narvick International agent Emmanuel de Seroux bought him on behalf of Japanese owner Yukio Baba.

Moore, who won the Japan Cup on champion mare Gentildonna last month, had also partnered Asia Express for a 7 length victory in the Oxalis Sho (1600m) in Tokyo on November 23.

“He surprised me - he quickened up so well,” Moore said.  “When I rode him before, he felt like he had a lot of gears.  He’s a special horse and we haven’t got to the bottom yet - there’s more to come.  It will be interesting to see how much progress he makes next year.”

The Asahi Hai Futurity victory is likely to earn Asia Express Champion 2YO honours in Japan for 2013.


Asia Express

16/12/2013 Brother to Diademe at Karaka 2014

The extremely consistent mare Diademe (NZ) (Savabeel) was able to go one better than her runner-up placing in the same race last year with victory in the Group 2 $85,000 Cal Isuzu Stakes (1600m) on Saturday at Te Rapa.


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Diademe (NZ) triumphant in the Group 2 Cal Isuzu Stakes at Te Rapa. Photo courtesy of Trish Dunell.

A full-brother to Diademe is catalogued as Lot 388 in the upcoming Premier Sale in Waikato Stud’s draft at Karaka 2014.
The Murray Baker and Andrew Forsman trained filly was a close second in last year’s running of the event when beaten by multiple Group 1 winner Shez Sinsational (NZ) (Ekraar). The consistent mare has only missed earning her owners a cheque twice in her 15-start career.
The five-year-old mare entered the race third up this preparation having finished an unlucky sixth at her last start in the Group 2 Auckland Thoroughbred Breeders’ Stakes.
Ridden by leading jockey Leith Innes, Diademe went straight to the front from the 1600m start and was able to dictate the pace of the race. Around the 600m mark Innes put pressure on the field as he increased the tempo, leaving the rest of the field flat-footed and on entering the straight the pair had opened up a sizable margin.
There was no catching Diademe as the lead she had created at the top of the straight proved more than adequate to hold of the fast-finishing Zurella (NZ) (Zabeel) to win by 1.1 lengths in a quick time of 1.33.97 on the Good 3 track.

Bred: Garry Chittick Offered: Waikato Stud Purchased: Scott Richardson Bloodstock at New Zealand Bloodstock's 2010 Karaka Premier Sale for $50,000




16/12/2013

Magic Millions Stakes Race Domination Continues

 

The build up to next month's multi million dollar Jeep Magic Millions Raceday continued yesterday with graduates of the sales company starring around the country.

Magic Millions graduates won six of the eight stakes races on offer and have a three quarter relation to another headed for January's Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The juvenile streak of success continued with Gold Coast graduates winning all three two-year-old events open to all-comers including both stakes races in Brisbane.

BassilliqueExciting first season sire I Am Invincible capped a big Saturday when debutant Bassillique burst into contention for the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic by winning the listed Phelan Ready Stakes at Doomben.

At Flemington I Am The General provided the Yarraman Park Stud based sire with his first city winner and Bassillique then became his first stakes winner when he completed a memorable double.

A $160,000 purchase from this year's Gold Coast Yearling Sale by local trainer Toby Edmonds, Bassillique got home by a length to beat Goluana and Boom Box.

Bassillique is one of four winners for the former talented Langfuhr mare Sacred Hill, a winner of five races and over $150,000. Sacred Hill is a half sister to Pottinger, These Days and the dams of Sky Cuddle, Highly Recommended, Sky Love, Hint, Undeniably and Adamantium.

The latest yearling from Sacred Hill, a full brother to Bassillique is catalogued as Lot 682 in January's Magic Millions Yearling Sale at the Gold Coast.

Oakleigh  GirlThe $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic is also on the agenda for boom filly Oakleigh Girl after she made it two stakes wins from as many starts on Saturday.

The Dan Bougoure prepared daughter of Snitzel looked under pressure mid way down the straight before responding to riding and kicking away for a strong win.

Her Calaway Gal Stakes success on the weekend followed her outstanding debut win in listed grade at Flemington on Cup Day.

Oakleigh Girl led home a trifecta result for Magic Millions graduates and also eligible graduates for the $500,000 Racing Women Bonus run in conjunction with the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic.

A $400,000 Gold Coast Yearling purchase from Arrowfield Stud, Oakleigh Girl is from the Group One winner Miss Kournikova.

I Am The General with Shane NicholsMornington trainer Shane Nichols will head north to the Gold Coast with his progressive youngster I Am The General after a dashing win at Flemington on Saturday.

Leading home another Magic Millions trifecta clean sweep result, I Am The General had his large band of owners cheering with a Classic start clinching win.

"We're there and we'll just try to keep him in one piece and see what happens," the trainer told reporters after the win. "But it's good times."

I Am The General, a $35,000 Gold Coast Yearling Sale purchase from Yarraman Park Stud, recently chased home quality Sydney filly Sheer Style in the $200,000 Magic Millions Clockwise Classic at Ballarat.

Nichol's exciting Flemington winner is the first winner to date for the group winning General Nediym mare General's Dynasty.

Into the RedInto the Red gave his Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas prospects a boost when he scored an impressive win in Saturday's listed Gold Edition Plate at Doomben.

Prepared by Kelso Wood, Into the Red was sent out the $1.95 favourite and he got home in an all Magic Millions finish to beat Choose a Saga and Gundy Spirit.

Wood confirmed that Into the Red would race next in the Group Three Vo Rogue Plate on December 28 before the Magic Millions Guineas a fortnight later.

Into the Red was purchased by leading bloodstock agent John Foote for $100,000 from the Goodwood Farm draft at the 2012 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

A son of former Magic Millions graduate Not a Single Doubt, Into the Red is the first stakes winner to date for the 100 per cent winner producer Red Sequin. A sister to stakes winning 11 time winner Czar Hero, Red Sequin is also the dam of Sydney winners Sequinella and Redhandedjill.

Divine CityQuality mare Divine City will target Magic Millions raceday after a runaway win in Saturday's listed Just Now Handicap (1350m) at Doomben.

Trainer Garnett Taylor said the daughter of Magic Millions Adelaide Classic winner Ferocity would run in the Fillies and Mares feature on January 11 after her dashing win.

Leading home a Magic Millions trifecta clean sweep, Divine City sent her earnings soaring to over $316,000 - a lofty figure considering her purchase for just $7,000 from the Oaklands Stud draft at the 2010 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.

The mare is from the once raced Anabaa mare Miss Katy Louise and hails from the family of Australian Cup winner Admiral Lincoln and international stars Pride of Rosewood and Challen.

SomedayTalented Brisbane miler Someday will be aimed at more festive season features after scoring a soft win in the listed Brisbane Handicap on Saturday.

Trainer Kelso Wood said Someday, a Raheen Stud graduate of the 2009 National Weanling Sale, would most likely head to the Bernborough Handicap at Toowoomba on New Year's Eve.

Someday, now the winner of seven races and earner of over $340,000, is a son of former leading globe trotting sprinter Falvelon.

He is the sole runner for the four time winning and Group Two Tea Rose Stakes placegetter Miss Ivy, a daughter of former slick sprinter Gold Brose.

AeronauticalQuality Sydney sprinter Aeronautical provided some consolation for connections when he won Saturday's listed Razor Sharp Handicap at Kensington.

A son of leading sire Encosta de Lago, Aeronautical notched a second stakes win and sent his earnings past $435,000 when he beat fellow Magic Millions graduate Heart Testa in the feature Sydney sprint.

The well bred gelding was aimed at the Razor Sharp after missing an invite to the recent Hong Kong International Sprint.

A $100,000 purchase for trainer Lionel Cohen from the Amarina Farm draft at the 2010 Gold Coast Yearling Sale, Aeronautical is from the stakes performed Fusaichi Pegasus mare Moon Fever, a daughter of Group One winning sprinter Stella Cadente.

Ninth LegionNext month's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale received a timely boost on Saturday when the Fastnet Rock gelding Ninth Legion won the Group Two Villiers Handicap at Kensington.

Prepared by Michael, Wayne and John Hawkes, Ninth Legion got home to beat Limes by three parts of a length, while Alma's Fury was a similar margin back in third place.

The latest yearling from Xaar's Jewel, a lovely bay filly by Dane Shadow, is being prepared by Edinglassie Stud for January's Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

The filly, a three quarter sister to Ninth Legion, is catalogued as Lot 181 and will go under the hammer during the latter stages of the first session of the auction on January 8.

Ninth Legion's sire Fastnet Rock is represented by 37 yearlings at the Gold Coast, while the draft from Edinglassie Stud comprises 11 quality prospects.

PICS - Dan Costello (Brisbane), Sportpix (Sydney) and Greg Irvine (Melbourne).


 

15/12/2013 Black type abounds for Glenlogan Park stud

As the Magic Millions carnival really starts to heat up, the number of progeny hailing from the breeding barn of Glenlogan Park that have been starting to flex their muscles in recent times has been outstanding.  

In the last two weeks of racing, the Glenlogan Park stallions have produced promising runner after promising runner – and the 11th of January on the Gold Coast could well be another red-letter day for Queensland’s premier operation.

As the current stud “title-holders” of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic, after Real Saga’s flying filly Real Surreal claimed this year’s crown, the farm looks set to be represented in plenty of the races on one of the really big days on the Australian racing calendar.  

The strength of the farm’s recent performances is probably best spelled out in these pictures …….


Falvelon’s impressive 5YO Someday really stamped his authority when taking out the $80,000 Listed Brisbane Handicap at Doomben on Saturday.
In addition, the Show A Heart gelding Black Cash did all the bullocking work up front and was tremendous in finishing 3rd.

 


The $100 Listed 3YO Gold Edition Plate saw Into The Red hang on for a narrow victory.
Real Saga’s talented gelding Choose A Saga proved he will be spot-on for next year’s $1million 3YO Magic Millions Guineas with a fighting performance to finished runner-up.
Whilst the real eye-catching effort was unquestionably handed in by Jet Spur’s exceptionally progressive gelding Gundy Spirit. He flew from last to deliver arguably the run-of-day and can turn the tables on all of his rivals next time out.

 


On the left is the deserved current 2YO Magic Millions  favourite, Oakleigh Girl taking out the $100,000 Listed Calaway Gal Stakes.
On the right is Falvelon’s 2YO filly Ambitious Blonde, who pushed her all the way when registering one of the most promising debuts seen for a long time! Connections are very excited about a re-match!

New Group Two Winner for Fastnet
(14th December 2013)

Ninth Legion (4g Fastnet Rock x Xaar’s Jewel, by Xaar)has always shown immense potential and finally joined all the dots to win the Group II ATC Villiers Stakes at Randwick on Saturday for Segenhoe Thoroughbreds.

Stakes-placed as a three year-old and fourth in the Group I ATC Golden Rose behind Epaulette, Ninth Legion cracked it for his first stakes victory when forging clear to win the 1550 metre feature by three-quarters of a length with Peter Robl in the saddle.

“He makes his own luck and since he was gelded he’s much more focused,” said co-trainer Michael Hawkes.

“We set him for this race from day one this time in. A lot of owners don’t want to geld these Fastnet Rock colts, but full credit to Segenhoe for taking the right decision.”

Ninth Legion was a modest $110,000 purchase from the Edinglassie Stud draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale and his overall record is now five wins and three seconds from 18 starts with prizemoney of $438,150.

He is the first foal of Xaar’s Jewel, a winning half-sister to stakes-winner Kidlat and to the dam of Group I NZ Two Thousand Guineas winner Tell a Tale.

Ninth Legion is the 53rd stakes-winner for Fastnet Rock, who also sired progressive four year-old Electric Fusion (4g Fastnet Rock x Silken Song, by Unbridled’s Song) to win the open event Flemington over 2000 metres by more than five lengths.

The Robert Smerdon trained gelding was a $180,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the draft of Reavill Farm and was second in the Group I BRC Queensland Derby as a three year-old, so will be one to follow over the summer months in the staying events.

Closely related to Group I winners Zabrasive and Cheeky Choice he is from Unbridled’s Song mare Silken Song.

Fastnet Rock is poised to start the New Year with a bang given he has 37 yearlings catalogued for Magic Millions in January.

Another Stakes Win for Aeronautical
(14th December 2013)

It’s been a long time between drinks for talented sprinter Aeronautical (5g Encosta de Lago x Mon Fever, by Fusaichi Pegasus) , the son of Encosta de Lago hitting top form at Randwick on Saturday to win the Listed ATC Razor Sharp Handicap.

Freshened following an unplaced run at Flemington in early October, Aeronautical was fit and ready to fire, slipping up along the inside for Hugh Bowman to win the 1150 metre sprint by a neck.

Owned and trained by Lionel Cohen, Aeronautical was a $100,000 Magic Millions purchase from the draft of Amarina Farm and has won four races and placed five times from 24 starts earning $435,090 in prizemoney.

“He’s had his excuses in the past but there were none today and I was very confident,” said Cohen.

“I must say it was a beautiful ride and that made all the difference. He’ll have a short break now. Maybe he and I can go away for Christmas!”

Bred by Bob and Rosemary Scarborough’s Wood Nook Farm, Aeronautical is from stakes-placed Moon Fever, a half-sister by Fusaichi Pegasus (USA) to stakes-winner Brilliant Bisc from Group I winner Stella Cadente.

Aeronautical is the fourth stakes-winner in Australia this season for champion sire Encosta de Lago, who has 18 entries for Magic Millions in January.

 



96% Sold At Melbourne December Sale

13th Dec 2013

Buyers took a liking to the pre-Christmas offerings at the Inglis Melbourne December Thoroughbred Sale on Friday snapping up 96 percent of the breeding and racing stock offered through the Oaklands ring.

“Quality racing stock are always in high demand and today we had a good class offering with four of the top five lots being geldings with racing potential,” said Inglis Melbourne Director Peter Heagney.

In total 156 lots were sold today at an average of $9,357, up 35 percent on last year. The median price of $4,500 was up 38 percent on the 2012 figure.

The top four priced lots were all sold from the ever popular Darley draft. Lot 98 Negociant (by Street Cry) provided the highest price when selling for $87,500 to a client of Inglis’.

Saltanitri Racing picked up Lot 82 Howdah (by Exceed And Excel) and Lot 105 Yulalona (by Dubai Destination) for $66,000 and $60,000 respectively. Pictured right is Yulalona winning the Group 3 ATC Summer Cup carrying Darley’s silks.

Rounding out Darley’s top four was Address (by Commands) which was purchased by T B Ooi of Malaysia for $60,000.

In all Darley’s 22 offerings were sold for $601,750, resulting in an average price of $27,352.

There was plenty of great buying amongst the breeding stock at this year’s December Sale. Adrian Hall picked up young Group 3 placed mare Testa Reale (by Testa Rossa) with a Duke Of Marmalade filly at foot for $35,000.

Total gross receipts for this year’s Melbourne December thoroughbred Melbourne August Thoroughbred Sale totaled $1,459,750.

Broodmares, yearlings, unbroken and racing stock that passed-in during the two day sale are available for purchase via the Inglis Make An Offer service.

Melbourne December Thoroughbred Sale

2013 2012 Change :
Lots Catalogued 223 221 +1%
Offered 163 193 -16%
Sold 156 (96%) 183 (95%)
Gross $1,459,750 $1,265,450 +15%
Average Price $9,357 $6,915 +35%
Median Price $4,500 $3,250 +38%
Top Price $87,500 $87,000


13/12/2013 Racing NSW announces Stallion Double Up

The successful Breeder Owners Bonus Scheme (BOBS) has been given an added dimension with the addition of the Stallion Double Up program, an initiative of Racing NSW which ensures even greater financial investment in the State's breeding and racing industry.
The owner(s) of a BOBS nominated horse which wins any race in NSW, excluding Group and Listed races, may take the cash bonus or elect to get twice its value by choosing a "Double-Up" Voucher.
The Double Up Voucher can then be used for the purchase of a BOBS eligible horse or a share in a syndicated BOBS eligible horse at a Yearling or Ready to Run sale conducted by a participating Sales Company.
For example, the owner of a BOBS nominated horse winning a Saturday metropolitan race will receive $16,000 in cash and can elect to double up, receiving $32,000 which can be used to buy a BOBS eligible horse.
"Since the Double Up option was introduced more than $15 million has been put back into the NSW breeding industry through this scheme," said Racing NSW Chief Executive Peter V'landys.
"The continued improvement of the BOBS program and its popularity has made BOBS the best bonus scheme in Australia.
"It's little wonder that 84 per cent of the yearlings on offer at the Magic Millions Yearling Sale in January are BOBS eligible."
From January 1st BOBS Double Up Vouchers won can also be used towards stallion service fee payments for participating NSW based stallions. A list of participating stallions will be available on the BOBS section of the Racing NSW website from May 2014.

Truly Irresistible Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale Catalogue Available

11th Dec 2013

The truly irresistible catalogue for the latest Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, the sales source of Black Caviar, is now available online at www.inglis.com.au and on the industry leading Inglis Sales iPad App

The 2014 edition of Melbourne Premier will be held over four days from Sunday, 2 to Wednesday, 5 March.

775 lots have been selected for the truly unmissable sale.

“Almost 2,000 entries were received this year enabling our bloodstock team to be very selective on type and conformation, which is so important to buyers today,” said Peter Heagney, Inglis Melbourne Director.

“It is certainly encouraging that year after year the quality keeps improving, but what is additionally pleasing is seeing horses sold at the sale match the sale ring results,” Heagney adds.

Over a ten year period the stakes winners to lots sold ratio from Melbourne Premier has risen 44%.

“We are now offering twice as many yearlings, but the sale is producing nearly three times are many stakes winners,” Heagney points out.

Star graduates in 2013 include:
• Black Caviar –World’s Equal Highest Rated Racehorse for 2013. Undefeated winner of 25 races, including 15 Group 1s
• Stepitup – Singapore’s Champion Three-Year-Old elect. Winner of eight of 11 starts
• Fawkner – Caulfield Cup winner
• Escado – South Australian Derby winner
• Costa Viva – New Zealand One Thousand Guineas winner
• Sertorious – Zipping Classic winner
• Arinosa – Sapphire and Premiere Stakes winner
• Dylan’s Promise – Clairwood Gold Circle Oaks winner

The ‘Blue Riband’ Session aimed at unearthing quality middle-distance racehorses and stayers will again be conducted as part of next year’s Melbourne Premier Sale. 52 lots by sires such as High Chaparral, Galileo, New Approach, Street Cry and Zabeel have been specifically selected to feature in the Session on Monday, 3 March.

High class juvenile graduates of the sale Reward For Effort and Starspangledbanner are amongst the quality young speed sires represented in the 2014 catalogue. Other first season sires include Beneteau, Congrats, Equiano, Hinchinbrook, Lookin At Lucky, Star Witness, Stryker, Super Saver and Tickets.

In fact, local buyers are truly going to be spoilt for choice in their own backyard given the abundance of exciting and top sires represented at Melbourne Premier. They include Fastnet Rock, Exceed And Excel, Redoute’s Choice, Snitzel, Commands, Mossman, Reset, Lonhro, Stratum, Encosta de Lago, Bernardini, Choisir, Northern Meteor, More Than Ready, Bel Esprit, Testa Rossa, Flying Spur, Artie Schiller, Wanted, Written Tycoon, Starcraft, Savabeel, Sebring, Nicconi, Manhattan Rain, Domesday, Denman, All American, Hussonet, Stratum and Not A Single Doubt.

Melbourne Premier graduates have a strong record in all of Australia, New Zealand, South Africa, Singapore, Hong Kong, Malaysia and Macau. It is also an improving record that should attract all leading buyers with an eye for value.

The 2014 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale catalogue is Truly Irresistible.

Go to www.inglis.com.au for the online catalogue or download it on the Inglis Sales iPad App

Hard-copy catalogues can be requested from the Melbourne office on +61 3 9333 1422 or email catalogue@inglis.com.au


11/12/2013 223 Lots At Melbourne December Sale On Friday

65 supplementary lots have been added to this Friday’s Inglis Melbourne December Thoroughbred Sale taking the total number to be offered at Oaklands to 223.

The sale will start at 10:30am with the Broodmares then Supplementary Broodmares. They’ll be followed by stallion offering Soldier’s Tale, a Royal Ascot Group 1 winner, as Lot 177.

Yearlings, unbroken stock and racing stock then round out the bumper day on Friday 13 December 2013.

The complete catalogue is available online at www.inglis.com.au and on the Inglis Sales iPad App.

Entries include mares with foals at foot or in foal to Group 1 winning sires such as Reward For Effort, Nicconi, Skilled, Zoffany, Master Of Design, Turffontein, Toorak Toff, Magnus and Casino Prince 

Darley, Contract Racing, Lindsay Park Racing and Eliza Park International have all supported the December Sale with quality racing stock.
 
Stakes preformed horses to be offered during the day include Yulalona, Callanish, Undeniably, Testa Reale, Jennifer Ann, Queen Delight, Blue Royalty and Carlin.
 
Friday's sale will be broadcast on Inglis Sale Day Live. Online Bidding and Make-An-Offer services will also be available on sale day.


10/12/2013 Top Hong Kong trainer learnt skills at Scone

  JOHN MOORE, the trainer who dominated Hong Kong’s biggest race day of the year, the international meet on Sunday, one at which he was represented by four winners, one of the in the longest of the four Group1s, the Hong Kong Vase (2400m), like his siblings, Gary and Michelle, learnt the rudiments of horsemanship at Scone under a hard taskmaster, their father, Australian Hall of Fame Jockey George Moore.
  When they were children, George Moore owned the Yarraman Park Stud at Scone, one at which he stood two sires, Dawn Watch and Sword Hilt, which he imported from England after stint in that part of the world as a rider. One of Australia’s greatest jockeys, he rode for the elite of Europe and included in his victories the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, French Derby, English Derby, King George V1 & Queen Elizabeth Stakes and Ascot Gold Cup.
  When he retired from racing, the now deceased George Moore trained in three different countries, France, Australia and finally Hong Kong. He won the Hong Kong trainer’s premiership eleven times between1973 and1985, ably assisted by his sons John (stable foreman) and Gary (jockey).
  Also rider of good winners in Europe, including Gold River, annexer of the 1981 Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe, Gary won the jockey’s premiership in Hong Kong on seven occasion. He is now a big force as a trainer at Hong Kong’s neighbour Macau, a centre at which his brother-in-law Peter Leyshan, a former Sydney jockey, is also a leading trainer.
   Across the bay at Hong Kong, Gary’s brother John has been a huge force as a trainer, becoming the first ever in the region to win one thousand races and heading their premiership in six years.
   His four winners on Sunday were Dominant (Ire) (Cacique (Ire) – Es Que, by Inchinor) (the Hong Kong Vase), Flagship Shine (Aust) (Tale of the Cat (USA) – Dixie Paradise (USA), by Dixie Union) (1200m Class 1 London Handicap), Let Me Go (Aust) (Dubawi (Ire) – Seto Clifton, by Barathea (Ire) (1800m, Class 3 Tokyo Handicap) and Able Friend (Aust) (Shamardal (USA) – Ponte Piccolo, by Volksraaqd) (1600m Class 2 Dublin Handicap).
  In addition Moore ran third with Smart Man (Aust) (Stratum – Eckland, by Spinning World (USA) in the Berlin Handicap (1200m, Class 2) and fourth with Military Attack (Ire) (Oratorio (Ire) – Almaaseh, by Dancing Brave) in the Group1 Hong Cup (2000m). 
   Five of the ten races that made up the Hong Kong program were taken out by horses bred in Australia, namely Flagship Shine, Let Me Go, Able Friend, Glorious Sunday (Pendragon – Roulette Wheel, by Spinning World (USA) (1400m Class 3 Paris Handicap) and Glorious Days (Hussonet (USA) – San Century, by Centaine) (the Group1 Hong Kong Mile).

10/12/2013 Tinkler’s Moons to shine at the Gold Coast

  WHEN he rose to the top of the money tree on the back of the coal mining boom, youthful Nathan Tinkler, formerly of Muswellbrook in the Hunter Valley, splurged a huge amount on fostering his love of thoroughbred breeding and racing by acquiring hundreds of horses, stud farms and training facilities.
   He not only stirred the throngs at the top sales in Sydney, the Gold Coast and New Zealand, but also those in England, Ireland, France, Kentucky USA and Japan. Some of the females secured from his overseas investments could have lasting benefit for Australia.
  A show window for this investment is a consignment of 32 that Nathan Tinkler, under his Patinack Farm, Hunter Valley, has in the catalogue for the prestigious Magic Millions Yearling Sale to be conducted at the Gold Coast January 8-12.
  Now available in hard copy and on the Magic Millions website, the catalogue, all told, contains 926 lots spread over five sessions.
   Ten of the Tinkler yearlings are from mares he imported and eight were inside them to southern hemisphere time, mostly from an early service, when they arrived. Five of these yearlings are by Malibu Moon, an American sire who has risen up from an initial service fee of $3000 to command $95,000 for 2014 season use at Spendthrift Kentucky.
  Raced only twice, both appearances at two, but a winner and a second placegetter, this powerfully bred son of A.P. Indy and the Mr. Prospector mare Macoumba, a Group1 winner at two in France has followed 2012 statistics of 147 winners (8 SWs, 16 2yos) of $8,139,654 with 2013 figures to the end of November of 137 winners (12 SWs,13 2yos) and $9,733,559.
  His major performers in the past year have included Orb (won Kentucky Derby, Florida Derby) and Group 2 winners Corfu (a leading juvenile colt who won Saratoga Special Stakes), Freedom Child (3yo, won Belmont Peter Pan Stakes), Kauai Katie (3yo, Gulfstream Park Forward Gal Stakes) and More Chocolate (4yo, Santa Anita La Granada Stakes, Group1 second).
  Purchased as a unraced 2-year-old for $675,000, Curfu races for a Coolmore partnership and looks a good prospect for their stallion barns.
   Other Malibu Moon progeny have included the Group1 winners Declan’s Moon (American Champion 2YO Colt), Lifetime Ten, Devil May Care, Malibu Mint, Ask The Moon, Malibu Prayer, Funny Moon and Eden’s Moon. He had two $1milion yearlings at the Kentucky sales in September and his current career statistics are 587 winners (70 SWs) of 1872 races and $63million.
   He is a very strong source of females and is emerging as a good broodmare sire.The honour board  for progeny of his daughters is headed by My Conquestadory, a Group1 and 2 winner and an American Breeders’ Cup Juvenile fourth by shuttler Artie Schiller.
   An unraced daughter, Malibu Road (USA), is the dam of lot 547 in the Gold Coast catalogue, a colt by the Arrowfield Stud sire Manhattan Rain on account of the Vinery Stud. 
   The Malibu Moon yearlings in the Patinack consignment are a colt out of the Storm Cat mare Secret Thyme and fillies from Unbridled’s Ambiance (by Unbridled Time), Victory Park (by Yankee Victor), Cozy Deal (by Cozzene) and Homerette (by Grand Slam). All have plenty of black type backgrounds.
  The other Patinack yearlings got in America and foaled in Australia are colts by Tiznow (an American Hall of Fame racehorse and champion sire) from She’s Due, a stakes placed daughter of Devil His Due, a multiple Group1 winner, and a Curlin (American Horse of the Year and Dubai World Cup winner) from Bootsey, a mare by the Storm Cat sire Cat Thief, and a filly by Rock Hard Ten (dual Group1 winner and prominent American sire) and out of Kicken Vista, a winning half-sister to dual Group1 winner Kicken Kris.   
   Tenacitus, an American bred son of Rock Hard Ten, has raced seven times in Australia for three wins, two in Sydney, and three seconds, one on the Kensington track on Saturday.
  Besides the yearlings got in America, the Patinack consignment includes seven of the 16 in the catalogue in the first Australian crop of their shuttle sire Lope de Vega (Ire), a Shamardal champion at three, a year he won the Guineas and Derby in France. 

10/12/2013 Widden’s Ajax recalled by Zoustar two stud arrangement

  AN ARRANGEMENT by the Widden Stud, Widden Valley (part of the Hunter Valley) and an emerging Victorian thoroughbred powerbase, Woodside Park in the Mount Macedon region, to alternate the hosting of the dazzling Northern Meteor colt Zoustar when he goes to stud next year, appears a unique two State partnership.
  This alternating of a sire’s stud use is not, however, a first for the Thompson’s historic Widden Stud as 73 years ago one of the all time great Australian racehorses, Ajax, retired to stud on an arrangement where he alternated between Widden and W.J. Smith’s St Aubins Stud at Scone.
  Raced for five years, winner of 36 of 46 starts, including 17 in succession and at least a dozen of Group1 status, this Widden Stud produced son of seven times champion Australian sire Heroic started off at Widden and was spectacular early success. His first two first crop runners in 1944 won the debut spring juvenile double at Randwick, the Breeder’s Plate (Magnificent) and Gimcrack Stakes (Civic Pride).
  Magnificent went on to win the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Champagne Stakes at two and the AJC Derby and Victoria Derby at three and Civic Pride sprint races. She became a renowned broodmare.
  Regrettably for Australian breeding, Ajax was sold off to America in 1948, purchased by entertainer Bing Crosby and Lin Howard. It was an era when the Americans also secured Bernborough, Shannon and Caulfield Cup winner Royal Gem. It was also a time in which leading breeders did not have a lot respect for locals as sires.
   Current stud arrangements for Zoustar are for him to do his first and third seasons at Widden and second and fourth at the Murray Tillett  managed Woodside Park, an operation which has acquired a significant stake in the talented 3-year-old.
  So far the Chris Waller trained Zoustar, the result of the mating of Northern Meteor (by Encosta de Lago) with the Redoute’s Choice mare Zouzou, has raced eight times for six wins, his first three outings at two, his last three in the past spring and $1,376,680. Four Group race wins have been in the Sires’ Produce Stakes at Eagle Farm, the Golden Rose at Rosehill Gardens, Roman Consul at Randwick and the Coolmore at Flemington.
  The service fee for his first season will be announced after an autumn campaign and a possible attack on Royal Ascot glory.
   
10/12/2013 Ireland’s record priced mare’s Aussie flavour

  CHICQUITA, the winner this year, one in which she raced four times, of the Irish Oaks and runner up in the French Oaks, who sold for Euro$6million (about Aust$8.8 milion), a record price for Ireland, at their sales late November, besides having the same name as the magnificent Australian staying mare who appeared in the early years after World War 11, has considerable Aussie flavour.
  Knocked down to agents Peter and Ross Doyle, buying for an undisclosed owner, Chicquita for one was submitted at the sale in a dispersal of all the European bloodstock belonging to Paulyn Bloodstock, one operated by former Sydney media personality Paul Makin and his wife Lyn. Paul at one time was manager of the now half century old Australian publication Racetrack.
  He has success as a breeder and owner in Australia, an input highlighted by being the owner of Starcraft, a sale bought New Zealand bred winner of the Australian Derby and Chipping Norton in Sydney and Group1 races in New Zealand, France and England. 
   In addition to ownership, Chicquita has a killer of pedigree in that four of the principals, all used in both hemispheres, have died before time. She is by the Sadler’s Wells Irish Derby, French Derby and Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe winner and outstanding sire Montjeu and from Prudenzia, a Listed winner in France by the Ireland sired Danehill sire Dansili and from Platonic, a minor winner in France by Zafonic and from Puce, a Listed winner by Darshaan and from Souk, by Ahonoora.   
  Deceased in March 2012, Montjeu paid four visits to New Zealand, Danehill, a giant of Australian breeding and also outstanding in Europe, died at 17, Zafonic (used over four mares) died early on his first Australian visit and Ahonoora (two visits, 46 mares and 8) was lost early in his second season. Zafonic and Ahonoora were Arrowfield Stud shuttlers.
  All told the Paulyn Dispersal sold 24 females at the Goffs Breeding Stock sale for a gross of Euro12,724,000, about Aust$17million.
  Two others to realise seven figures were Song (Ire) (Sadler’s Wells – Jude, by Darshaan), tested positive to Frankel, Euro1,000,000 and 2009 Champion European Sprinter Fleeting Spirit (Ire) (Invincible Spirit – Millennium Tale, by Distant Relative), believed in foal to Galileo, Euro1,100,000. Song (2006) was unraced but she is a sister to Yesterday (won Irish One Thousand Guineas, second English Oaks) and Quarter Moon (champion Ireland at two, second English Oaks, Irish Oaks).  
  



Easter Buy Tops Hong Kong International Sale

9th Dec 2013

A three-year-old gelding by Exceed And Excel from Galapagos Girl topped the Hong Kong Jockey Club’s International Sale at Sha Tin on Sunday when selling for HK$7.5million (=A$1,060,000).

Prepared for Hong Kong at Tim Boland’s Limitless Lodge the striking chestnut was originally purchased for $220,000 by the HKJC International Sale's executive manager Mark Richards from Cressfield’s draft at the 2011 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

"The sales topper was the horse we expected to be the highest priced lot," Richards told the South China Morning Post.

The son of Exceed And Excel was purchased by Tse Kwok Fai, who was seated with trainer Gary Ng.

Three other Inglis Select Yearling Sale buys that went through Saturday’s sale were also highly sought after by buyers:
Fastnet Rock x Permissive gelding (Lot 19) – HK$6,700,000 - $350,000 from Evergreen Stud Farm at Inglis Easter
Not A Single Doubt x Time To Move gelding (Lot 13) – HK$3,900,000 - $120,000 from Bellerive Stud at Inglis Premier
Encosta de Lago x Superior Star gelding (Lot 16) – HK$3,200,000 - $140,000 from Corumbene Stud at Inglis Easter

Trainer John Moore, who is a regular buyer at Australian Yearling Sales, claimed three wins on Sunday at Sha Tin with horses that were purchased at Inglis Select Yearling Sales:
Flagship Shine (Tale Of The Cat x Dixie Paradise) – HKJC Flying Dancer Hcp, 1400m - $180,000 from Bendaree Park Stud at Inglis Easter
Able Friend (Shamardal x Ponte Piccolo) – HKJC Dublin Hcp, 1600m – $550,000 from Turangga Farm at Inglis Easter
Let Me Go (Dubawi x Seto Chiffon) – HKJC Tokyo Hcp, 1800m - $90,000 from Ampulla Lodge at Inglis Premier

Able Friend and Flagship Shone are headed towards the Group 1 Classic Mile on 19 January 2014.

"Able Friend and Flagship Shine are very good horses and it is exciting, but I'm not going to split them and say who I think is best, we will let them race off set weights in the Classic Mile and see," said Moore.

All dates and information on the 2014 Inglis Select Yearling Sale Series can be found at www.inglis.com.au


9/12/2013 Boost for March Magic Millions sale

Racing Queensland (RQ) in conjunction with Magic Millions (MM) and the Thoroughbred Breeders Queensland Association (TBQA) has today announced a new $125,000 initiative to boost the sale of Queensland fillies at the March Magic Millions event.

The Queensland Fillies Sales Bonus Incentive is a series of 25 races where the winning owners will receive a $5000 credit bonus to go towards purchasing a filly at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale.

The initiative will commence next Saturday, December 14 with a $5000 credit presented to the winning owners of the Listed Calaway Gal Stakes, the Listed Phelan Ready Stakes and the Listed Gold Edition Plate.

To be eligible to win a $5000 credit, the winning horse must be QTIS registered and a graduate of Magic Millions Yearling Sale. A maximum of two credits ($10,000) can be used for the purchase of any one yearling filly.

RQ CEO Darren Condon said the initiative was a great driver of the Queensland racing and breeding product and offered owners a valuable incentive to invest in a Queensland filly come March 2014.

“Queensland fillies are shining at the moment,” Mr Condon said. “You need not look any further than Missy Longstocking or Discreet to demonstrate the value of owning a QTIS registered filly.

“There are 10 races in December and 15 in January where owners can potentially pick up a $5000 credit bonus, and of those 25 races, 19 carry QTIS added stakes so there is plenty of money to be won over the next two months.”

Racing Minister Steve Dickson said he applauded the initiative.

“It’s great to see Queensland racing moving forward and taking the steps to ensure the local industry is a real competitor,” Mr Dickson said.

MM Managing Director Vin Cox said the sales company are delighted to join with RQ and the TBQA to introduce this new initiative.

“Queensland is our home and the efforts of locally bred fillies is phenomenal. This new bonus series adds to the great opportunities for buyers of fillies at the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale,” Mr Cox said.

TBQA President Basil Nolan has also welcomed the introduction of the initiative.

“Our thanks must to go to RQ and MM for the introduction of these incentives and I believe that this will provide a strong boost for the filly market at the March Sale,” Mr Nolan said.

“Fillies at the March sale have been difficult to market and reasonably cheap so the bonuses on offer across the 25 races will encourage buyers to purchase fillies at this sale.”

If the bonus is not won by an eligible horse, the $5000 will be reallocated to a future event.

Below is the Queensland Fillies Sales Bonus Incentive race schedule where the $5000 sales bonus credits will be offered:

 

DATE

VENUE

RACE

DISTANCE

QTIS

14th December 2013

Doomben

Listed Calaway Gal Stakes –  2YO Fillies

1010m

14th December 2013

Doomben

Listed Phelan Ready Stakes – 2YO C&G

1010m

14th December 2013

Doomben

Listed Gold Edition Plate – 3YO

1200m

21st December 2013

Doomben

3YO Handicap

2000m

Y

21st December 2013

Doomben

2YO Handicap

1110m

Y

26th December 2013

Sunshine Coast

3YO Maiden Plate

1000m

Y

28th December 2013

Beaudesert

3YO Handicap

1100m

Y

28th December 2013

Doomben

Group 3 B J McLachlan Stakes – 2YO

1200m

28th December 2013

Doomben

Group 3 Vo Rogue Plate – 3YO

1350m

31st December 2013

Toowoomba

Hopeful Plate - 2YO

1000m

2nd January 2014

Dalby

3YO Maiden Plate

800m

Y

4th January 2014

Gold Coast

3YO Handicap

1800m

Y

4th January 2014

Gold Coast

3YO Handicap

1200m

Y

4th January 2014

Gold Coast

2YO Handicap

1200m

Y

7th January 2014

Townsville

2YO Maiden Handicap

1000m

Y

10th January 2014

Ipswich

3YO Maiden Plate

1350m

Y

18th January 2014

Doomben

3YO Handicap

1200m

Y

18th January 2014

Doomben

2YO Handicap

1010m

Y

23rd January 2014

Mackay

2YO Handicap

1100m

Y

25th January 2014

Eagle Farm

3YO Handicap

1500m

Y

25th January 2014

Eagle Farm

2YO Handicap

1200m

Y

25th January 2014

Gold Coast

2YO Maiden Plate

900m

Y

25th January 2014

Toowoomba

3YO Maiden Plate

1200m

Y

26th January 2014

Kilcoy

2YO & Up Maiden Plate

1200m

Y

30th January 2014

Rockhampton

2YO Handicap

1050m

Y



9/12/2013 Eight Stakes Wins on Magic Saturday

 

Magic Millions graduates starred on a massive day's racing around Australia on Saturday with dozens of winners including eight at black type level.

During the day nine of the 10 stakes races run were won by sale graduates, eight of them coming through a Magic Millions sales ring. The other race was won by a homebred with MM graduates filling second and third place.

And the day was capped with all three metropolitan juvenile races won by youngsters sold by Magic Millions.

"After a phenomenal start to the season during the spring it is great to see our graduates continue their winning streak," Magic Millions Managing Director Vin Cox reported.

"Whether it is the early juvenile races which we are dominating or stakes and Group One races, Magic Millions graduates have been flying."

"Of the Group One races run in Australia so far this season, 73% of those sold as yearlings in Australia were won by a Magic Millions graduate."

The unprecedented streak of wins in juvenile races continued on Saturday with the wins of Unencumbered in Sydney, Stroak in Brisbane and Hobart Jones in Perth.

So far this season 39 individual yearling sale graduates have won juvenile races in Australia and 32 of them are Magic Millions graduates.

MAGIC SATURDAY IN REVIEW

STAKES WINNERS

Conservatorium (D Wyer pic)Conservatorium ($50,000 at 2009 Gold Coast Yearling Sale - Emerald Thoroughbreds to Kennewell Racing) led home a Magic Millions quinella in the Group Three AJ Scahill Stakes (1400m) at Ascot.

In notching another feature race success, the well travelled galloper sent his earnings soaring to over $770,000 - not bad considering he was a $40,000 National Weaner, before being purchased by the Kennewell Racing team for $50,000 at the 2009 Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

Conservatorium is trained in Adelaide by Gary Kennewell and is raced by Perth's Guagliardo family. Regular rider Joe Bowditch made the trip from Adelaide again to ride the high class performer.

The chestnut son of Royal Academy will head back home and have a break in South Australia before returning for an Adelaide and Queensland campaign.

The dam of Conservatorium, the stakes performed Belong to Me mare Belong to Madam, is now in Western Australia after being purchased by Gervase Park Stud at the National Broodmare Sale.

Newton Prince as a yearlingNewton Prince ($3,000 at 2012 Perth Yearling Sale - Scenic Lodge to Nigel Surman) continued his progression through racing's grades with an impressive win in the listed Aquanita Stakes at Ascot.

A $3,000 bargain buy from the Perth Yearling Sale, Newton Prince cruised home to beat Balmont Girl and Vital Edition and delight winning trainer Ben Pearce.

One of two Perth winners for the lightly raced and well related Blackfriars mare Newton Bewley, Newton Prince has earned over $108,000 from just five starts.

Newton Prince is closely relaed to former star Perth sprinter Universal Ruler, a six time winner who is a half sister to his dam Newton Bewley. Universal Ruler and Newton Prince's dam share Scenic as their sire.

Petrol Power (D Wyer pic)Petrol Power ($240,000 at 2012 Perth Yearling Sale - Oakland Park Stud to Damien Wyer Racing) notched career stakes win three when he scored a classy win in the Group Three Sir Ernest Lee-Steere Classic at Ascot.

The sale topper at the 2012 Perth Yearling Sale, Petrol Power packed too many guns for his rivals and got to the line a half length clear of the Dan Morton trained stablemates Shades of Rio and Moet Me.

An Oakland Park Stud graduate purchased by Damien Wyer, Petrol Power is one of two stakes performed produced by the well related but unraced mare Diamonds and Dust.

Also the dam of the stakes performed Darrange, Diamonds and Dust is a half sister to stakes performers Burrito and Amah Dramas as well as the dams of group winners Posadas, Collate and Direct Charge.

Lucky Hussler as a yearlingLucky Hussler ($100,000 at 2011 Gold Coast Yearling Sale - Monarch Stud to Valley View Heights Management Pty Ltd) looks on track for a tilt at the Magic Millions Cup following his win in Satuday's Group Three George Moore Stakes at Doomben.

A close relation to former Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler, Lucky Hussler led home a Magic Millions first four in the Brisbane feature with Morning Captain second and Startsmeup third in a busy finish.

By leading Patinack Farm based sire Husson, Lucky Hussler is from the Adelaide winning Black Hawk mare Talaq Dancer.

Talaq Dancer is a half sister to the 12 time winner and $3 million earned Weekend Hussler, who is by Hussonet, the sire of Lucky Hussler's sire Husson.

Knightlike ($8,000 at 2013 Perth Autumn Thoroughbred Sale - Peters Investments Pty Ltd to Joshua Dunn) will be set for the $500,000 Perth Cup on New Year's Day after scoring a milestone win in the listed GA Towton Cup at Ascot.

Purchased earlier this year for just $8,000 by owner Joshua Dunn, Knightlike became the first ever winner for his trainer Jemma Hayman when the gelding powered home to win stylishly.

Under Daniel Staeck, Knightlike got home in the 2200 metre feature to beat Cyber Crime by a half length, while Malaika was another three parts of a length back in third place.

By Rocket Man's sire Viscount, Knightlike is a son of the group performed and eight time winning Scenic mare Academy Girl - she in turn is a daughter of the four time group winner Tarare.

Enquare as a yearlingEnquare ($45,000 at 2012 Gold Coast Yearling Sale - Southern Cross Breeders to McLachlan Place Racing Stables) led home a Magic Millions trifecta result when she won the listed Mode Plate at Doomben.

A member of the Jason McLachlan stable, Enquare finished too well for her rivals to beat Splendora and Missy Longstocking in a classy performance.

Enquare carries the familiar Slade Bloodstock colours and is being aimed at the $1 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas next month - out to emulate her stablemate and fellow Slade graduate Saluter who won the 2013 edition of the race.

One of 20 stakes winners for Magic Millions graduate and Golden Slipper winner Stratum, Enquare is one of three winners for the 100 per cent winner producer Skewiff, a stakes winner, winner of 12 and earner of over half a million dollars.

Rose of Choice (P$57,500 at 2011 Perth Yearling Sale - Alwyn Park Stud, Reserve $60,000) scored a valuable maiden stakes success when she scored a solid win in the listed Jungle Dawn Classic at Ascot.

Under the urgings of Peter Hall, the Bruce Watkins and Gary Hitchcock prepared mare, led home Red Hot Sax in a Magic Millions quinella in the feature fillies and mares event.

Now an earner of over $200,000 and an all important stakes winner, Rose of Choice is from the Sydney winning Fusaichi Pegasus mare Danpegi.

Danpegi is a daughter of the Summoned Stakes winner Rose of Dane, thus making her a half sister to Group Two Western Australian Guineas runner-up Lauradane.

Addiction to Rock as a yearlingAddiction to Rock ($40,000 at 2009 Gold Coast Yearling Sale - Goodwood Farm to Hancock Quality Bloodstock) broke through for a deserved stakes victory when he steamed home to win the listed City of Marion Stakes at Morphettville.

Trained by former jockey Will Clarken, Addiction to Rock finished too well for his rivals, swamping the favourite Essay Raider to win by a widening length and a bit margin.

Addiction to Rock is one of four winners and the first stakes winner for former quality Adelaide racemare Bellediction.

A daughter of former leading SA sire Blevic, Bellediction won four races before retiring to stud, headlined by success in the listed Morphettville Guineas.

2YO CITY WINS

Unencumbered ($70,000 at 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale - Newhaven Park) staked his claim for the $2 million Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic with a highly impressive win at Kensington in Sydney.

Prepared by Bjorn Baker, Unencumbered settled back in the field under Nathan Berry but produced a powerful, sustained sprint in the straight to win by a length and a quarter.

A graduate of Newhaven Park, Unencumbered is by former Magic Millions Classic winner Testa Rossa and from the stakes winning More Than Ready mare Blizzardly.

Stroak ($27,000 at 2013 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale - Glenlogan Park to Bryan Guy) emerged as one of the leading contenders for Queensland's richest race after a strong win at Doomben on Saturday.

Hobart Jones pre-race (D Wyer pic)The Bryan Guy prepared filly will be out to make it back to back wins in the Jeep Magic Millions 2YO Classic for a daughter of Real Saga following Real Surreal's win last January.

A Glenlogan Park graduate of the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale, Stroak showed speed and cruised home under Michael Cahill to win by a length and a quarter.

Hobart Jones ($50,000 at 2013 Perth Yearling Sale - Rangeview Stud to Commercial Bloodstock Services) kicked away his career in the best possible way at Ascot in Perth with a brilliant win in the Westspeed Plate on Saturday.

Prepared by Vern Brockman, Hobart Jones settled back in the field but came home strongly to beat his rivals in effortless style for an impressive debut win.

Hobart Jones is from the city winning Tribu mare Tribulot and is a graduate of Rangeview Stud. He cost $50,000 and earned $38,400 for the win on the weekend.
Perth pics courtesy Damien Wyer.



90th Stakes-Winner for Rock of Gibraltar

(7th December 2013)

The Listed SAJC City of Marion Stakes at Morphettville was won on Saturday by Addiction to Rock (6g Rock of Gibraltar x Bellediction, by Blevic) , who pulled out a career best performance to win for new trainer Will Clarken.

With a win and two placings at his three previous runs Addiction to Rock has been in good form and proved too strong for race favourite Essay Raider to win the 1200 metre sprint by more than a length.

Addiction to Rock has the overall record of nine wins and 12 placigns from 38 starts with prizemoney of $328,780.

A $40,000 Magic Millions purchase for Hancock Quality Bloodstock from the Goodwood Farm draft, Addiction to Rock is the best of four winners from stakes-winning Blevic mare Bellediction, who died in 2010.

Addiction to Rock is the 90th stakes-winner for accomplished shuttle sire Rock of Gibraltar, who is now permanently based in Ireland after eight seasons of shuttling to Australia.

New Stakes-Winner for Choisir
(7th December 2013)

Promising mare Rose of Choice (4m Choisir x Danpegi, by Fusaichi Pegasus) became the latest stakes-winner to carry a double cross of legendary sire Danehill when she captured the Listed WATC Jungle Dawn Classic at Ascot on Saturday.

Trained by Bruce Watkins and Gary Hitchcock, Rose of Choice has been in sparkling form this preparation winning three of her four previous runs leading into this tougher assignment.

She relished the step to 1400 metres to score a dominant two and a quarter length win, her seventh win from 13 starts with prizemoney topping $209,818.

Passed in as a yearling, Rose of Choice runs for Keith Biggs and partners and is the best of two winners from Danpegi, a Fusaichi Pegasus daughter of stakes-winner Rose of Dane.

Rose of Choice is the 57th stakes-winner for top class sire Choisir, who has 16 entries for the 2014 Magic Millions.





5/12/2013 Purr Along Tops Million At Tattersalls December Mare Sale

The William Muir-trained PURR ALONG became the fifth million guineas lot for the Tattersalls December Sale when knocked down to Newsells Park Stud’s Julian Dollar for 1,000,000 guineas. The third day of the sale saw a total of 182 lots sell for 8,863,500 guineas, at an average of 48,701 guineas and a median of 25,000 guineas. As has been the case on the opening two days, the major indicators were all up significantly, with turnover rising 20%, the average up 39% and the median up 47%.
The three-year-old filly PURR ALONG is set to stay in training next year after being purchased for a partnership between Newsells Park Stud and Sheikh Fahad.
"She is for the Secret Gesture partnership," stated Redvers, indicating the involvement of Newsells, after Dollar had been doing the bidding and bought the filly for a million guineas. "We are looking forward to racing another high-class filly in a partnership between Pearl Bloodstock and Newsells Park."
The partnership raced Secret Gesture this year to twice finish second in two Oaks races. PURR ALONG is by MOUNT NELSON, and Sheikh Fahad joked: "He is my favourite stallion!"
PURR ALONG is the winner of the Group 3 Prix Calvados and was placed in the Group 2 May Hill Stakes.


Lot 2129: Purr Along (GB)

Lot 2129: Purr Along (GB)

 

A few lots earlier Bill Dwan had to go to 500,000 guineas to secure the Group 3 Blue Wind Stakes winner EUPHRASIA. Consigned from John Joseph Murphy’s Crampscastle Stables, the daughter of WINDSOR KNOT was knocked down to Dwan after he saw off the efforts of Paul McCarten.
"She has been bought for an established Irish client. She will be kept in training to try and win a Group 1 and then breed from her," said Dwan, taking a purchasing position rather than his usual vendors' spot.
"She has very good form and the client will look to run her in all the top races."
Underbidders included Paul McCarten, who was standing near to the auctioneers' rostrum.


Lot 2125: Euphrasia (IRE)

Lot 2125: Euphrasia (IRE)

 

The triple Group 1 winner AL KAZEEM has attracted plenty of attention ahead of his first season at stud at the Royal Studs next year and another broodmare set to join his roster of mares is the three-year-old filly LIGHT UP MY LIFE. The Group-placed daughter of SHINE LIKE A STAR was knocked down to Nicholas de Watrigant for 425,000 guineas on behalf of Sheikh Joann’s Al Shaqab Racing who own shares in the son of DUBAWI. The daughter of ZAMINDAR is out of a sister to the Group 1 Coronation Stakes winner FALLEN FOR YOU and was knocked down to de Watrigant after he saw off Peter Stanley, standing alongside Luke Lillingston.


Lot 2130: Light Up My Life (IRE)

Lot 2130: Light Up My Life (IRE)

 

The Juddmonte consignment of fillies is always one of the highlights of the Tattersalls December Sale and this year’s offering saw the 23 lots offered reap a total of 1,627,000 guineas with ANEW the highest priced of these at 280,000 guineas. The three-year-old daughter of OASIS DREAM is a sister to the Group 2 winner TREAT GENTLY and out of the IN THE WINGS mare KID GLOVES, a sister to HASILI, dam of the Group 1 winners INTERCONTINENTAL, CACIQUE, HEAT HAZE, CHAMPS ELYSEES and BANKS HILL. ANEW was purchased by Nicholas de Watrigant on behalf of Sheikh Joann Al Thani’s Al Shaqab Racing.


Lot 2088: Anew (GB)

Lot 2088: Anew (GB)

The Tattersalls December Mare Sale continues with the fourth and final session starting at 9.30am on Thursday, December 5.

 

 



5/12/2013 Zoustar to stand in Victoria


Zoustar (pictured during his Coolmore Stud Stakes victory)

Star colt to stand at Victoria’s Woodside Park Stud

Dual Group 1-winning three-year-old Zoustar will alternate stud duties between Victoria and New South Wales at the end of his racing career.

In a boost for the Victorian breeding industry, Fairfax Media has revealed the son of Northern Meteor will stand at Victorian farm Woodside Park Stud alternating each season with New South Wales breeding operation Widden Stud.

Zoustar will add to Woodside Park Stud’s burgeoning stallion roster which also includes 2010/11 Champion First Season Sire of Australia Written Tycoon, as well as Elzaam and Grey Swallow.

Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria (TBV) President James O'Brien said the impending addition of Zoustar to the Victorian stallion ranks would assist the continued development and improvement of the Victorian breeding industry.

"Attracting good quality stallions to Victoria is a constant aim and obviously Zoustar is doing everything on the track to suggest he can make it as a top line sire," O'Brien said.

"Woodside Park Stud's investment in securing Zoustar is indicative of their commitment to the Victorian breeding industries and it's a big step going forward."

After winning the Group 1 Golden Rose (1400m) in Sydney in September, Zoustar doubled his Group 1 haul when he displayed a scintillating turn of speed to win the Coolmore Stud Stakes (1200m) at Flemington on Derby Day.

Trainer Chris Waller has signalled interest in travelling Zoustar to the UK in June to compete at Royal Ascot which could potentially enhance his prospects of becoming a dual-hemisphere stallion.

 


5/12/2013 Sydney And Melbourne Sales Coming Up

Sydney Summer Sale This Friday

Prospective buyers are reminded that the 2014 Inglis Sydney Summer Thoroughbred Sale will be held at Newmarket this Friday 6 December.

73 lots will be offered from 11am on Friday covering both breeding and racing stock.

Highlights include Lot 26 Bail Up, a half-sister to undefeated stakes winner White Sage. Bail Up is a five-year-old winning daughter of Bel Esprit and will be offered by Baddock Bloodstock.
 
Broodmares with foals at foot by Duke Of Marmalade, Duporth, Ready's Image, Ad Valorem, Murtajil, Lope de Vega, Henrythenavigator and Snippetson will go under the hammer, as will mares in foal to stallions such as Your Song, Nicconi and Benfica.

Stallion prospect Malpais, a brother to successful sire Stratum, will be auctioned as Lot 27 on behalf of Reavill Farm Management (Receivers & Managers Appointed) as will Lot 29, the unbroken two-year-old three-quarter-sister to New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas winner Atlante.

 Over 40 well performed, lightly raced or unraced fillies, mares, colts and geldings round out the Summer catalogue. These include siblings to Shamus Award, Albert The Fat and Dance Hero.

Click HERE for the full online catalogue, which also available on the Inglis Sales iPad App.

Friday's sale will be broadcast on Inglis Sale Day Live. Online Bidding and Make-An-Offer services will also be available on sale day.
 

Melbourne December Sale Supplementary Entries Close Friday


This coming Friday is also the last day for vendors to submit Supplementary Entries for the Melbourne December Thoroughbred Sale that will be conducted at Oaklands on Friday 13 December 2014.

Inglis' Online Entry System is available for vendors to utilise. Otherwise entry forms can be downloaded from www.inglis.com.au

158 lots were entered into the main catalogue and supplementary entries already include Group 1 Royal Ascot winner Soldier's Tale.

Supplementary Entries for the Melbourne Sale close at 5pm this Friday 6 December

 

5/12/2013 Trainer put much Passion into North Qld racing

HAROLD ATKINSON, a horseman who died in north Queensland at the age of 91 in November, could be said to have put more Passion into racing than anybody history. For more than a dozen years, Harold was a regular around the Atherton – Cairns region with a horse by the name of Passion Moon which he conditioned at times by leading besides the car.
  When Passion Moon was fifteen in1968-69, he had 25 starts for 10 wins, two of them walkovers, and in1963-64 he appeared a massive 45 times for 21 wins. There were only two or three runners in most of the races and the prize money under $100.
  All told Passion Moon, a horse who started his career at Brisbane, a centre in which he won maiden, is credited with118 wins (a 1971 Inglis Easter yearling catalogue), possibly a world record, from 284 starts. Out of his wins, 27 ½ were at Cairns but most of the others were on the Atherton – Mareeba circuit.
  One of a number of winners trained by Harold Atkinson, a resident of Atherton all his life, except for war service, Passion Moon lived until he was 23. He is buried at the Morrow racecourse, one at Tolga, fifteen minutes out of Atherton.
  Passion Moon was bred by Herbert Thompson, the studmaster who stood seven times champion Australian sire Heroic at his Tarwyn Park Stud in the Bylong Valley in NSW, using his imported Big Game sire Hunter’s Moon and Nell Gwynne, a smart Sydney 2-year-old by Golden Sovereign. Also a Tarwyn Park imported sire, Golden Sovereign sired the dam of champion Wenona Girl.

5/12/2013 Canberra treble an alert for Riverina More Than Ready

   A TREBLE at Canberra on November 30 by Alert, a sire standing on a fee of $5,500 at the Lamont’s Kooringal Stud near Wagga Wagga, is an alert to his potential to be the More Than Ready of the Riverina.The correlation flows from both five-years younger Alert and More Than Ready being by the spectacular source of winners Southern Halo.
   Used in both North and South America, Southern Halo, like Sunday Silence a son of Halo, has been responsible for a massive1103 winners of 3365 races. He has been represented by 172 stakes winners, including 19 who have been named champions, and has been seven times the Leading Sire Argentina and on six occasions headed their broodmares list.
   His best sire son has been More Than Ready, a regular visitor to Vinery Stud in the Hunter Valley and the most successful dual hemisphere sire since Danehill. He stood the 2013 season on $99,000. 
  A Group1 winning sprinter, More Than Ready was bred and raced in the USA, but Alert, a 16.0 hands grey, was produced and raced in Argentina. He was one of their leading 2-year-olds of 2004-05, a year his four wins included the Group1 Juniors Sprint.
  A half-brother to Ajedrez (16 wins to 1600, Group1 second), Alert is the product of the mating of Southern Halo with Agustina’s Dream, a winning Argentinian mare by Senor Pete, a Group1 2-year-old winner in the USA by the Nijinsky sire Green Dancer.  
  There are nearly one hundred stakes winners under the first six dams of Alert, including quite a few who have raced or stood in Australia.They include Kenmare (quality sire), Samson (27 wins to Group1), Copelius (Victoria Derby), Mamzelle Perdu (9 wins, Gosford Gold Cup), Sequalo (a leading sprinter and Lyndhurst Stud, Qld sire), Vivarchi (won Golden Slipper, Champagne Stakes) and Waikato (three times Singapore champion).
  It is a very healthy branch of one of the world’s greatest families with Alert tracing back to Footlight, a half-sister to the dam of Chelandry, the grandam of top Australian sires Heroic and Magpie (GB). Further back, the family produced breed shapers Bend Or and Roi Herode, sire of The Tetrarch.   
  The three runners who provided Alert with his Canberra winners were Quietly Brilliant (dam by Rory’s Jester), a debut 2-year-old who dazzled with a seven lengths victory; Miss Espresso (Imperial Prince), a 4-year-old successful by two lengths in a 1000m event; and Mugga Malley (Molokai Prince), a first crop 5-year-old grey gelding who recorded his fifth sprint win. 
   Among other runners by Alert are Eyes on Guard (High Regard), a Listed third Sydney; Lamingtons (Marwina), two wins and five other placings Melbourne; Jack ‘n’ Sam (Last Tycoon), won and placed Perth; Alesteem (High Regard), three wins Kembla, one Wyong; Power Alert (Lochrae), won Wellington Boot; Grey Drama (Lake Coniston), six wins including one each Gosford (2.5 lengths) and Goulburn (5.0 lengths); Devil’s Watch (Clang), five wins include two at Canberra; Bay Alert (Imperial Seal), four at Ballina; Strike Alert (Switch in Time), won Hawkesbury, Queanbeyan, Alice Springs, Moorings Siren (Mr Henrysee), won Kembla, Canberra; and Contemplation (Canny Lad), won Goulburn, second Randwick.
   La Bella Blue, a 3-year-old sister to Lamingtons who has raced four times for a second at Pakenham, is in the Fillies & Mares Racehorses section of the catalogue for the Inglis sale to be conducted at their Victorian sales complex on December 13. Also, the Kooringal Stud has their yearling brother in the 2014 Classic Sale catalogue.
  Retired to stud in 2007, Alert has the impressive achievement of 92.1% or higher fertility for his first six seasons. He has over 300 foals on the ground, a collection that could give him plenty of winners in the future.  

5/12/2013 Black Caviar’s gelded uncle sires first winner

  WILANDER, the sire of Nordic Empire, a Mick Price (Caulfield) trained colt who was so impressive in winning a1000m juvenile event at Flemington on his debut on Saturday, he is being talked up as a good prospect for the $2million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on January 11, can now be described as a gelded uncle to superstar sprinter Black Caviar and her champion half-brother All Too Hard.
  Catastrophically, following what his kin have accomplished since, Wilander suffered the indignity of the knife following use in the 2010 season in the care of Sam Hayes, grandson of Hall of Famer Colin Hayes and nephew of David Hayes, at Lindsay Park (now Cornerstone) at Angaston in South Australia, which saw poor fertility to the extent 29 of his 51 mares failed to conceive.
   He has 19 foals from the use and so far nine have been named and three raced, appearing once each. Both fillies, the other two have been unplaced but have won trials – one of them, the Matthew Smith trained Miss Sakkara, scoring by 6.8 lengths at Warwick Farm.
  A son of the Darley Danehill sire Exceed and Excel, Wilander himself proved a brilliant performer in ten starts before being put to stud. He won his first two outings at two, appearances at Ballarat (by 8.0 lengths) and in a Blue Diamond Prelude (by 2.5 lengths) at Caulfield and at three was successful in two stakes, the Group 2 Schillaci at Caulfield and the Listed Hoysted at Flemington.
  He has had four starts since returning after his less than fruitful breeding season with the best effort being a first up fourth at Flemington. 
  Wilander gets his uncle to Black Caviar (by Bel Esprit) and All Too Hard (Casino Prince) status as he is a half-brother to their dam Helsinge.They are out of Scandinavia, a leading Snippets sprinter who is also dam of Magnus, a million dollar earning sprinter standing with Bel Esprit and Black Caviar’s smart brother Moshe at Eliza Park in Victoria.
   Hopefully, Black Caviar is carrying a foal by Wilander’s sire Exceed and Excel from her first season at stud, a year in which All Too Hard has looked after a big quality book of mares at Vinery in his first season at stud.
  Wilander’s first winner, Nordic Empire, was bred by the John and Suzanne Mann conducted Tosca Farm, a quality breeding and agistment complex like Lindsay Park and Cornerstone in the Angaston region. They sold him to a bid of $75,000 from BC3 Thoroughbreds at the Magic Millions Adelaide yearling sale.
   An August 31 foal, he is a half-brother to Bianconic, a Bianconi winner of nine races Adelaide and Singapore, and Old Worlde, an Alannan winner of eight, several of them in Adelaide. They are from Brown Limestone, a Rustic Amber minor winner who, after producing five foals, was not served in the three seasons leading up to the mating with Wilander.

5/12/2013 Darley fillies in Melbourne sale good breeding prospects

  BREEDERS looking for future broodmares with fashionable breeding could do well to examine the qualifications ten fillies, six of them 3-year-olds, that breeding and racing giant Darley have in the Fillies & Mares Racehorses section of the catalogue for the Inglis Melbourne December Sale on Friday December 13.   
   All are by good sires, namely Exceed and Excel (2), Hard Spun (USA), Commands (2), Strategic (3), New Approach (Ire) and Lonhro, and, typical of the Darley system, represent good black type families.
   Both 3-year-olds, the two Exceed and Excels are Contradictions (unraced) and Howdah (four starts, won Gosford, third Rosehill). Contradictions is from Factional, an Octagonal winner of four races in Sydney and second in the AJC Adrian Knox Stakes, and Howdah is a half-sister to Jerazana, a Lonhro winner of the Listed Ramornie at Grafton and a Group 3 second in Brisbane.      
    One of the strongest bred fillies in the Darley consignment is Demure, a half-sister by Commands to Cameo, a winner of the Illawarra Keith F Nolan Classic and second in the MVRC Eliza Park International. They are from Portrait of Lady, an American bred daughter of A.P. Indy and Laiyl, a Nureyev winner from Alydaress, an Irish Oaks winner by Alydar.   
   Lonhro, the sire of the dam of the Darley bred and owned Street Cry 2-year-old Occita, has a 5-year-old mare in the consignment in Matignon, a winner in Melbourne and Sydney. She is from Palais, a winner in Sydney and Melbourne and third in Sydney in the San Domenico and Sweet Embrace.
  There are over fifty lots in the Fillies & Mares Racehorses section of the catalogue with the others including daughters of Fastnet Rock, Henny Hughes (USA), Mossman, Danzero, Rock of Gibraltar (Ire), God’s Own, Canny Lad, Elusive Quality (USA), Not a Single Doubt, Show a Heart,  Reaan, Holy Roman Emperor (Ire), Artie Schiller (USA) and Street Boss (USA).
   There is also a collection of seventy lots in the Colts & Geldings Racehorse section, including 17 on account of Darley. Four of these are 3-year-old colts, namely Menelaion (Commands – Hestia (GB), by Machiavellian), Oils (Street Cry (Ire) – Powder Paint (GB), by Mark of Esteem) and Vysotsky (Teofilo (Ire) – Laurelling (USA), by Highest Honor).
  Also, Lindsay Park Racing Pty Ltd is offering a 4-year-old stallion in Streaks Ahead (Exceed and Excel – Regrowth, by Unbridled’s Song (USA) related to Snippets, and Woodside Park, Tylden, Victoria seven yearlings, offspring of Al Maher, Foreplay (4), Ad Valorem (USA) and Snitzel.       


4/12/2013 Immortal Verse Sells For 4.7m Guineas At Tattersalls December Mare Sale

IMMORTAL VERSE set a European record for a broodmare when selling for 4.7m guineas on a day of extraordinary trade at the Tattersalls December Mare Sale. Additionally, ROSDHU QUEEN and DREAM PEACE sold for 2.1m guineas and 2.7m guineas respectively, pushing the turnover past 30,000,000 guineas for only the second time in European auction history. In total, 190 lots were sold for 34,478,500 guineas, at an average of 181,466 guineas and at median of 76,500 guineas resulting in rises of 45% for turnover, 40% for average and 16% for median.
For the second time in two days an expectant hush descended over Tattersalls as an in-foal mare, another dual Group 1 winner, this time the PIVOTAL mare IMMORTAL VERSE and sold in-foal to DANSILI, made her way into the sales ring. The bidding was kicked off at 2 million by James Wigan, along with Michael Goodbody and the pair took the price past yesterday’s session topping 4 million guineas, before BBA Ireland’s Adrian Nicoll made the successful bid of 4.7 million with Wigan the underbidder. The price is a new European record for a broodmare sold at auction, the previous best being the sale of Magical Romance for 4.6 million guineas at Tattersalls in 2006, coincidentally purchased by Wigan at the time. IMMORTAL VERSE was purchased by Nicoll on behalf of a new partnership to be established within Coolmore and was sold by Luke Lillingston’s Mount Coote Stud on behalf of US-based owners Me