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Perth 2018


19-20 FEBRUARY 2018

CONTENTS Welcome............................................................................ 4 Events Calendar.............................................................. 6 A World First.................................................................. 12 The Sale........................................................................... 16 Stakes Success Stories............................................... 18 A Sample Of The Offering........................................... 20 93 Years Young............................................................... 22 Stud Tours....................................................................... 28 2017 Facts At A Glance. .............................................. 30 Barrier Draw.................................................................. 32 Swan Valley. ................................................................... 34 Launch Party.................................................................. 38 The Vines......................................................................... 40 Sale Socials.................................................................... 42 Larger Than Life. .......................................................... 44 Houghton Winery.......................................................... 46 2017 Magic Millions Race Winners.......................... 48 Raceday Socials............................................................ 50 Mandoon Estate............................................................ 52 Owning A Racehorse. .................................................. 54 Turning Boutique.......................................................... 56 15 Minutes With Brittany Taylor............................... 60 Old Kent River. .............................................................. 64 2018 Major Sale Dates. ............................................... 66 Key Contacts.................................................................. 67

Front cover:. 2017 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale Topper. Lot 50 - Not a Single Doubt-Sambar Colt. Vendor: Amelia Park; Sale Price: $325,000;. Purchaser: Gangemi Racing

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WELCOME Hello all and welcome to Perth for the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale and Raceday. Again the opportunity is here for WA to showcase itself nationally and internationally. Hasn’t it been just a fantastic year for WA bred horses across the country to the East and abroad with Group One winning graduates Black Heart Bart, Boom Time and Silent Sedition adding to the many other West Australians performing with phenomenal success out of state. As announced last February Magic Millions have been successful in purchasing a lovely property in Dale Rd Middle Swan to develop into a specialist Bloodstock selling facility. The Swan Valley is a magnificent area and we are excited to be investing in the region where there are so many supporting industries and businesses we will all be able to enjoy in the future. Subject to rezoning and council approval we hope to conduct the 2018 Winter Yearling and Bloodstock Sale at our new complex, which is conveniently located between Houghton and Oakover wineries and close to many other Swan Valley attractions, some included in this magazine. The 2018 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Catalogue will feature 302 lots selling over two sessions. We are confident this year’s format will help stimulate buying activity and positive results all round. Two years of conducting Magic Millions Ladies Raceday at Pinjarra has been a true test of courage, stamina and commitment by the WA breeding and racing industry with 2016 being as hot a day as imaginable on a racecourse and

Magic Millions Raceday is an excellent vehicle for the industry to promote itself and with the 2017 2YO winner and 2nd placegetter going on to fill the same placings in the Karrakatta Plate against all comers thus proving the high quality graduates coming through the Perth Sales Ring. With this year’s Westspeed Platinum prizemoney being won and filling the pockets of many owners it continues to make WA Racing the most affordable in Australia.

2017 being threatened by an almost historic rain event.

I would like to wish everyone in all parts of the thoroughbred

Both days were hugely successful with Pinjarra Race Club

industry here in Western Australia, as well as our visiting

providing a magnificent track and raceday making Magic

clients and guests, a hugely successful and enjoyable 2018

Millions Ladies Day a feature on the WA racing and social

Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale and Raceday.


DHouston David Houston

Manager, Magic Millions Western Australia


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CALENDAR PERTH YEARLING SALE STUD TOURS Each year Magic Millions hosts a variety of stud tours throughout the greater Perth region to provide buyers with a preview of the lots on offer in the 2018 Perth Magic Millions Yearling Sale. These stud tours are very popular and you will need to reserve a seat quickly so you don’t miss out. The tours are free and are available to anyone interested in purchasing a yearling. The coach leaves the Members carpark on Grandstand Road at Ascot Racecourse at 8am sharp each morning, with water and sandwiches provided throughout the day. Bookings: Cassie Norris on 0416 462 973 or email





Studs visiting: Jingle Holdings, Gervase Park Stud, Lynward Park Stud, Mogumber Park, Scenic Lodge Thoroughbreds, finishing with a sundowner at Gold Front.


Join Western Australia’s racing identities for the 2018 WA Magic Millions Barrier Draw and Owners Only Expo. We invite new and existing owners to come along for an enjoyable evening and the opportunity to explore the world of racing and get your questions answered by top WA trainers and breeders in the beautiful backdrop of Elizabeth Quay.


Find out how you can be part of this exciting industry before sharing in the anticipation of the WA Magic Millions Barrier Draw for the feature races on Magic Millions Ladies Raceday at Pinjarra on Saturday 10 February. Come and meet the Racing Connection girls and Owners Only ambassadors Rick Hart and Brittany Taylor for a chance to win betting vouchers and tickets to the Magic Millions VIP Marquee on Magic Millions Ladies Day.


Where: Barrack Square, Elizabeth Quay

Studs visiting: Balmoral Park Stud, Quanah Park Thoroughbreds, Darling View Thoroughbreds, Namerik Thoroughbreds, Alwyn Park Stud, Touchstone Farm, Rangeview Stud, finishing at Taunton Vale.

Studs visiting: Toreby Park, Westbury Park, Blackwatch Stud, Bellbridge Park, Dawson Stud, Einoncliff Park, De Grey Park, finishing with a sundowner at Amelia Park Racing & Breeding.

Time: 5pm-7pm Bookings: Free event to public.. RSVP to Cassie Norris on 0416 462 973 or email

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SATURDAY 10 FEBRUARY MAGIC MILLIONS WA RACEDAY Come raceday all eyes will turn to the track at Pinjarra Park on Ladies Day for the running of the $250,000 Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic (RL, 1200m) and the $150,000 Magic Millions WA 3YO Trophy (RL, 1200m). The day includes popular Fashions on the Field for both Ladies and Gents and a range of free children’s entertainment throughout the day and after the last. Where: Pinjarra Park, Pinjarra Time: Gates open 10.30am Tickets: Free entry for Ladies. Adults $15, Concession/Seniors $10 and Children under 16 free. For raceday information, tickets, gazebo . and restaurant bookings please visit .

FRIDAY 16 – SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY MAGIC MILLIONS YEARLING INSPECTIONS We welcome you to the Sales Complex to inspect the catalogued lots available in the 2018 Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. The Sales Complex is open to the public and this is a great opportunity to get a firsthand look into the world of thoroughbred sales. Where: Belmont Park Sales Complex from 9am Bookings: This is a free event, open to the public. Please direct all enquiries to. or phone . 08 9477 2455

SUNDAY 18 FEBRUARY MAGIC MILLIONS VIP COCKTAIL PARTY (BY INVITATION ONLY) Magic Millions Opening Night Cocktail Party brings together the who’s who of the racing world as they gather to celebrate the commencement of the Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale. Where: Optus Stadium Strictly invite only




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MONDAY 19 FEBRUARY MAGIC MILLIONS PERTH YEARLING SALE – DAY ONE (LOTS 1-147) Magic Millions Perth has a reputation for its consistent supply of stakes winners including current multiple Group One winner Black Heart Bart, reigning Caulfield Cup winner Boom Time, and life changers the likes of Silent Sedition, Luckygray, Magnifisio, Moment of Change, Playing God, Scenic Blas and Scenic Shot. The 2018 edition will again feature the cream of the crop of Western Australia’s yearlings, all eligible to be nominated for the rich $11 million plus Magic Millions Race Series. Where: Belmont Park Sales Complex from 2pm Tickets: Free event, enquiries to . or phone . 08 9477 2455

TUESDAY 20 FEBRUARY MAGIC MILLIONS PERTH YEARLING SALE – DAY TWO (LOTS 148-302) Where: Belmont Park Sales Complex from 11am Tickets: Free event, enquiries to . or phone . 08 9477 2455


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Magic Millions


MAGIC MILLIONS FIRST CAPTURED THE GLOBAL RACING INDUSTRY’S IMAGINATION BACK IN 1986 WHEN IT BROKE FROM TRADITION AND CONDUCTED A WORLD-FIRST INCENTIVE SALE ON QUEENSLAND’S GOLD COAST. From humble beginnings of an initial catalogue of 200 yearlings, the Magic Millions influence has spread across the country and the company is now the established leader in Australasia. Innovation has, and will continue to be, the backbone of the company’s success. Magic Millions’ unique Race Series, with more than $11 million on offer nationally, was a world-first concept that has developed to make the Gold Coast Raceday amongst the richest meetings in the world. Australia’s undisputed champion racehorse Winx – regarded by many as the finest racehorse the country has seen – is one of many stars sourced from Magic Millions. The highest prizemoney earnings racehorse in the Southern Hemisphere in history, Winx currently boasts a win streak of 22 races after winning a record equalling third straight Cox Plate in October. Another current pin up performer for Australia is the country’s leading sprinter, Redzel. An orphan foal, Redzel won the inaugural running of the world’s richest turf race, the $10 million The Everest, before capping a six win run in the Group One Darley Classic at Flemington in November. Magic Millions now conducts auctions in South Australia, Tasmania and importantly Western Australia. The first ever Perth Yearling Sale was held in midJanuary 1999. The best bred yearlings in the state went under the hammer at the Belmont Park Racecourse. The initial running of the 2YO Classic, then carrying stakes of $100,000, was won by Nervola Belle.

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WINX 2013 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale


Magic Millions Pinjarra Raceday

The Western Australian industry has benefitted over the past few years by boosts to the Westspeed bonus scheme as well as the rich Masters Summer Carnival – where million dollar Group One races are run on three consecutive Saturdays. The Perth Yearling Sale is popular with buyers from around Western Australia and interstate as well as overseas – with healthy interest and support from clients from countries including Singapore, Malaysia, New Zealand and South Africa. The Summer Carnival features included the Group One Kingston Town Classic – a race in 2017 which was sponsored by Magic Millions, further emphasising the support of the West Australian industry by Australia’s leading thoroughbred auctioneer. Since then the prizemoney for the Classic has been boosted to $250,000 and in 2018 will be run for the third

The Kingston Town Classic sponsorship is the first race

time at Pinjarra on a standalone Saturday meeting. The WA

at Group One level ever sponsored in Australia by Magic

3YO Trophy for Magic Millions graduates is also run on the


same card.

The future of Magic Millions and the state’s leading yearling

Winners and placegetters in these Magic Millions races in

sale is assured with news of the impending construction

recent times have included Luckygray, Scenic Shot, The

of a new purpose built sales complex in the Swan Valley.

River, Lock the Vault, Playing God, Night War, Achernar

The future is an exciting one for the Western Australian

Star, Lucy Mae, Lucky Street, Petrol Power and Let it Slip.


REDZEL 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale

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SALE The Magic Millions Perth Yearling Sale conducted annually in February has a proud history of producing world class gallopers.

With pin up performers including recent Perth Summer Carnival Group One stars Black Heart Bart and Great Shot, the sale regularly produces life changing horses.

Yearlings from group winners including Arabian Lass, Moccasin Bend, Born Priceless, Translate, Heptonstall,

The 2018 sale to be held at the Belmont Park Sales

Moodometer, Native Song and Spirit Lady are also

Complex on February 19 and 20 has brought together a


quality catalogue of 302 lots.

The variety of stock on offer is another feature with no

With other graduates including Group One winners Silent

fewer than 62 individual sires represented with strong

Sedition, Boom Time, Scenic Blast, Moment of Change,

interest set to surround the stock by eight freshman sires

Magnifisio, Eagle Regiment and Scenic Shot the Perth

including highly credentialed locals God Has Spoken,

Yearling Sale is regarded as one of the best producing

Safeguard and Sessions.

auctions in Australasia.


Machine and Poor Judge.

In a great boost for local buyers 79% of yearlings

Among the pedigree highlights are half, three quarter

catalogued are eligible for the rich Westspeed Platinum

or full relations to group winners including Playing God,

scheme and 95% eligible for either Platinum or the

Moccasin Bend, Lamasery, Clueless Angel, Lucy Mae,

standard Westspeed schemes. Some 37 lots are BOBS

God Has Spoken, Lords Ransom, Dainty Tess, Shining

eligible and all lots offered are eligible to be paid up for

Knight, Showy Chloe, Vampi Lass, Graceful Anna, Ma Ma

the $11 million plus Magic Millions Race Series.

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STAKES Success Stories







Black Heart Bart

Blackfriars Sister Theresa

Scenic Shot


Darren Weir



MRC Memsie S Gr1, Underwood S Gr1, CF Orr S Gr1, Futurity S Gr1, SAJC Goodwood Gr1

Scenic Sweepshot

Daniel Morton



BTC Doomben Cup, Gr1-twice, VRC LKS Mackinnon S Gr1


Bradbury's Luck Damah Lady

Trevor Andrews



WATC Railway S Gr1-twice, Kingston Town Classic Gr1

Boom Time

Flying Spur Bit of a Ride

Hayes & Dabernig


P $65,000

Playing God

Blackfriars Dolly Will Do

Neville Parnham



WATC Kingston Town Classic Gr1-twice, Western Australian Guineas Gr.2

Moment of Change

Barely a Moment Europium

Peter G Moody



MRC Futurity S Gr1, Sir Rupert Clarke S Gr1, CF Orr S Gr1


Magnus - Ifestio

Vaughn Sigley



WATC Winterbottom S Gr1, Lee Steere S Gr2, Roma Cup Gr3

Great Shot

Magnus Satin Covers

Rhys Radford



WATC Railway S Gr1, Belmont Guineas L, Cyril Flower S L, Old Comrade S L

God Has Spoken

Blackfriars Dolly Will Do

Neville Parnham



WATC CB Cox S Gr2, Sires' Produce S Gr3, RJ Peters S Gr3, Strickland S Gr3

Silent Sedition

War Chant Fiorentina

Andrew Noblet



MVRC William Reid S Gr1, MRC Summoned S Gr3, Mannerism S Gr3

Lucky Street

Oratorio Rumours

Trevor Andrews



WATC Karrakatta P Gr2, Magic Millions Perth 2YO Classic L, Perth S L, Miss Andretti S L


War Chant Fleeting Angel

Stephen Miller



Western Australian Guineas Gr2, WATC Belmont Guineas L, Aquanita S L, Raconteur S L

Dainty Tess

War Chant Classic Smile

Daniel Morton


P $25,000

WATC Prince of Wales S Gr3

Man Booker

Discorsi - Morine

Daniel Morton



Western Australian Guineas Gr2, Bunbury S L, Pinjarra Classic L, WATC Grandstand Cup L

Rebel King

Universal Ruler Rebel Sister

Darren Mcauliffe



WATC HG Bolton Sprint H L

Reverend Lovejoy

Love a Dane Bold Joy

Adam Durrant



Kalgoorlie Boulder RC Boulder Cup L-twice

Cool Trade

Trade Fair Around Jindabyne

Alan Mathews



WATC Scenic Blast S L

MRC Caulfield Cup Gr1, Mornington Cup Prelude L, WATC Melvista S L

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Just a sample of the



MAGIC MILLIONS PERTH YEARLING SALE | 19-20 FEBRUARY Lot 3 – SnippetsonTerminado Colt

Lot 19 – Not A Single Doubt-All Friared Up Colt

Lot 32 – Gingerbread Man-Born Bold Colt

Third foal of a seven time (six at metro level) winning The Medic mare. Dam is a half sister to G3 winner Finito and the dam of Asian star Waltz in the ParkSuperb Effect.

Half brother to winner Nun Too Savvy. By same sire as Scales of Justice, Extreme Choice and Clearly Innocent. From a stakes winning daughter of Blackfriars. Family of Rohan.

Half brother to Singapore’s Garden City Trophy winner Raffaelo. From an Exceed and Excel half sister to Citirecruit (dam of Royalsecuritybaby). Colt is by same sire as Achernar Star.

Lot 5 – Trade FairTimepegi Filly

Lot 25 – Alfred NobelAround Jindabyne Colt

First foal of an unraced Time Thief half sister to Jungle Dawn Classic winner Rose of Choice. By the same sire as Fuchsia Bandana, Proceedwithcaution, Tarquinn Shadow and Tradesman.

By the G1 Phoenix Stakes winner Alfred Nobel. Colt is a half brother to three winners including stakes winner Cool Trade. From a winning half sister to Salisbury Street.

Lot 10 – Oratorio-True Surrender Colt Full or half brother to seven winners from seven to race including the G2 Western Australian Guineas winner Moccasin Bend. Dam is a blood sister to World of Fun.

Lot 11 – Exceed And Excel-Verse Colt Half brother to six winners including triple group winner and $630,000 earner Lamasery. Dam is an unraced half sister to G1 winner Anthems and G2 winner Vocalist (dam of Yell).


Lot 28 – SnippetsonBelavynshi Colt Half brother to three time winner and Group Two Lee Steere Stakes fourth placegetter Salubrious. From a Savabeel three quarter sister to Cox Plate winner Maldivian.

Lot 38 – SafeguardCapozzene Colt From the American stakes winning Capote mare Capozzene – whose first to race is a multiple winner. Member of first crop of Sydney and Melbourne group winner Safeguard.

Lot 39 – SafeguardCarlton Spirit Filly Half sister to four runners from four to race. By Kindergarten and Vain Stakes winning son of Exceed and Excel. From the Melbourne stakes winner Carlton Spirit.

Lot 31 – Oratorio-Bloomy Colt

Lot 46 – War ChantClassic Smile Colt

By the same sire as Lucky Street. Half brother to six winners including stakes winner Doyoudare and stakes placegetters Jetoomy and Just Marika. From an unraced Dehere mare.

By Silent Sedition and Variation’s sire War Chant. Half brother to Group Three Prince of Wales Stakes winner Dainty Tess – earner of over $740,000. From a city winner by Bletchley Park.

Lot 51 – War ChantDancing Pago Colt

Lot 68 – Blackfriars-For Your Eyes Only Filly

From a Placid Ark Stakes winning daughter of Thunder Gulch. Colt is a half brother to stakes winners Pago Rock and Rock My Pago and stakes placegetter Dance Across.

Half sister to exciting Sydney juvenile Secret Lady. From a triple stakes winning and $620,000 earning daughter of Bletchley Park. Filly is by the same sire as Black Heart Bart and Playing God.

Lot 54 – VerrazanoDivine Deputy Filly

Lot 81 – Redoute’s Choice-Hifalutin Colt

Half sister to the Sheila Gwynne Classic winner Dendee. From an unraced French Deputy half sister to G1 winner Montoya’s Secret and G3 winner Delago’s Secret. By Irish Champion Miler.

Lot 55 – BlackfriarsDreamalong Colt First foal of a city winning Southern Image daughter of HG Bolton Sprint winner Cool Business. Dam is a half sister to multiple group winner Shining Knight and stakes placegetter Intimidator.

Lot 59 – Written TycoonElle Labelle Filly Half sister to Hong Kong winner and group race fourth placegetter Coby Boy. From an unraced Elvstroem half sister to stakes winners Pellizotti and Strawberry Field.

Lot 61 – HinchinbrookEscalotte Colt Full brother to four time winner Moment of Music. By the same as Press Statement and Whispering Brook. From an Encosta de Lago half sister to G1 winner Barkada.

Lot 64 – Not A Single Doubt-Feint Colt Half brother to Perth winners Woken and Feint Dancer. From a five time winner by Warring Nations. By the same sire as Extreme Choice, Scales of Justice, Clearly Innocent and Good Project.

Three quarter brother to five time winner Vaunting. By champion sire with progeny including Stratum, Lankan Rupee and Snitzel. From a group performed Peintre Celebre mare.

Lot 87 – Oratorio-Jester Derriere Colt First foal of a winning Patronize sister to Jestpatim and half sister to Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic winner The River. By the same sire as Lucky Street and Motion Pictures.

Lot 89 – All Too HardKeeper Quiet Filly Half sister to Crystal Slipper winner and Supremacy Stakes runner-up Keeper Keen. From a Karrakatta Plate placed daughter of Scandal Keeper. By G1 winning half brother to Black Caviar.

Lot 93 – Snippetson-Lady Mambo Filly Half sister to three winners including Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic winner Cadenza. From a Melbourne winning Seignorial half sister to triple Group One winner Barely a Moment.

Lot 98 – Zoustar-Magnus Missile Colt First foal of a five time Perth winning daughter of Magnus. By multiple Group One winning son of Northern Meteor. Family of Kinjite, Scaredee Cat, Frozone, Special Girl etc.

Lot 104 – Sepoy-Moccasin Bend Filly Full sister to South African winner Touch of Magic. From a Group Two Western Australian

Guineas winning daughter of Eternity Range. By the same sire as G1 winning filly Alizee.

Lot 125 – BlackfriarsRazzia Filly Half sister to Karrakatta Plate and Magic Millions WA 2YO Classic winner Lucy Mae and the dam of Melbourne stakes winner Averau. Dam is a sister to Universal Prince and Universal Queen.

Lot 128 – BlackfriarsRisktaker Colt Third foal of a four time winning Orientate half sister to stakes winners Perfect Reflection, Ideal Image, Elusive Image and New Image. By same sire as Black Heart Bart and Playing God.

Lot 130 – HinchinbrookRomantic Flyer Colt Half brother to three winners. From a group performed, multiple Melbourne winning Flying Spur half sister to stakes horses Mr Bossini and Matrilineal. By Whispering Brook’s sire.

Lot 132 – Sepoy-Royal Commands Filly Half sister to triple Sydney winner Just Dreaming. From a Melbourne stakes winning daughter of Commands. By the same sire as Godolphin’s Group One winning filly Alizee.

Lot 136 – BlackfriarsSigaro Filly Full sister to WATC Sires’ Produce Stakes placegetter Black Cuban and half sister to stakes placed city winner Prete a Partir. From a half sister to G1 winner Carry on Cutie.

Lot 143 – Alfred NobelSpecial Kiseki Filly Full sister to WATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and Western Australian Breeders’ Classic winner Showy Chloe. Half sister to Perth Stakes winner El Rijes. By G1 Phoenix Stakes winner.

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Dick Vincent has gone along at full gallop all of his life and at 93 years young the jack of all trades has no intention of slowing to a trot. Jack of all trades Vincent certainly is. He has squeezed more into a single life than 100 men could do with a 100 lives.

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“I started breeding thoroughbreds and had four stallions. Victory Lad, Blaxland, Lord Treat and Royal Comet who was a half-brother to Morse Code who fell in the home straight of the 1951 Melbourne Cup when seemingly having the race at his mercy.” Royal Comet was a brute of a horse and contributed to one of the many very lucky escapes Dick has experienced.

The maternal side of the family, the Mitchell’s, owned

Gordon Kerney, an agent for Elder Smith acting for Norman

properties and were always on the land but the Vincent

Napier got him and he stood at Serpentine before Vincent

side were business people. Billy Mitchell, brother of Sir

took him on. “He would kill anything that went into his

James Mitchell, was a great horseman but the rest of the

paddock in the night leaving an assortment of dead animals

generation did not take to horses til Dick became a fanatic.

in his wake and was a nightmare serving mares.

He talks about inheriting the recessive gene HORSES. It’s a genetic problem and anyone who has it will never have a lot of money.

For a month I had him going quite well grooming and handling him. Then one morning in wintertime I came out wearing a leather air-force jacket and as I approached

“When I got the money from war settlement I bought a

I could see he was in a foul mood. I went into the yard

property at Toodyay and the horse bug got me.”

with a pick handle as I usually did but he charged me and

“During the war people were breeding horses right through Mingenew and other places up there, of course there had been no one to break them in, some were 6-7 year olds virtually untouched. Nothing like a challenge - that will do me Horse Breaking!”

grabbed me by the shoulder and threw me 12 feet in the air then went to work on me with his teeth and front feet. I would have been killed but he got distracted by a couple of mares but was still kicking at me, just above my head and I scrambled the 12 feet to get out of the yard but I was in a real mess. After yelling to my wife to bring the gun I

“And at 5 Pound a head breaking four horses every eight

staggered to the house where she said I shouldn’t scream

days I worked my way from property to property on

at the horse like that.”

horseback with a pack horse, I had no car.” “For three months I couldn’t get out to feed the horses.” At the beginning he knew nothing about breaking but


worked out a technique, worked hard like everybody at the

Royal Comet actually sired a Railway Stakes winner in

time. There wasn’t a lot of handling and he never touched

Royal Thrust (1962) and many good horses but no one could

their feet. He’d be very disappointed if they didn’t buck.

handle him.

“When I got the money from war settlement I bought a property at Toodyay and the horse bug got me.”

While at Toodyay Dick acquired a band of about 50 broodmares and prepared yearlings for his first sale in 1954. The yearlings were travelled in by train to Ascot and the sale was conducted just East near Spencer’s Paddock on two successive Sundays with about 70 yearlings being offered each day. The best horse Dick bred at the time was SHEROLYTE. He won a Lee-Steere Stakes by seven lengths and was favourite for the Railway Stakes. He won a Winterbottom, Prince of Wales Stakes, Farnley and Easter Stakes. Sherolyte was by a Victory Lad colt that jumped the fence and served Sherpa Lass who was the sister to Reineta, the dam of WA Hall of Famer AQUANITA. “I sold him to a bloke called Terry Applin for a showjumper for 200 Pounds but suggested he should race him as he had a hell of a lot of power under him.” He never stopped winning races. That was the only racehorse he ever trained. The Lee-Steers were in Toodyay. Ernest (Jnr) was a thunder of knowledge on pedigrees and was a marvellous support.

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Dick was in Toodyay for 12 years and was an amateur jockey for a time and rode a horse called SYDNEY JAMES. While riding him track work in the rain on the Tuesday before the Hunt Club Cup Dick got soaking wet and by the Saturday had developed the flu and was confined to bed. But he got out and went to Helena Vale racecourse to ride, he approached the head steward Jack Marks to be excused from the ride which went to Ken Hampton and Sydney James won by 7 lengths. “I reckon it was a weight carrying record because he carried 14 stone over the 2 ¾ miles.” Dick went on to be President of the Toodyay Race Club where the track was as hard as the hogs of hell. He came up with the idea of covering the track with sawdust which was fine until the East wind came up and everyone’s white shirts were covered in red sawdust. The Toodyay farm was sold when thoroughbred racing went into a recession but kept a few broodmares and returned to Dongara where Hamelin Pool Station at Sharks Bay was purchased carrying cattle and sheep. Dick also had a place at Lake Muir when the cattle industry fell apart and nearly went broke but sold as soon as possible and bought a property at Williams called Hamelin Park and ran Simmental Cattle. In 1984 he purchased De Grey station about 100km east of Port Hedland. It was a million acres and in its heyday ran 100,000 sheep. In the early 1900s there were about 300 horses. De Grey would buy two yearling colts from Sydney sales every year that would go on to become stallions on the station. It had been the oldest and one of the best and the showplace of Western Australia but when Dick bought it there was no roof on the homestead, 700 horses and out of control. It was a big job to clean it up. “We started off with 7000 cattle and worked up to 28000 head in 14 years. We’d spend months out in stock camps living in swags. There were usually six to eight horsemen, two on motorbikes, a dune buggy and a helicopter or plane. They were tough times and tough horses. Dick rode his last buckjumper at 64 years of age and couldn’t walk for a week. Racing was strong in the North-West and produced many good Nor–West breds. Wandering Willie was a Nor-West bred galloper that won two Perth Cups in 1890 and 1892. Another was Betsy Bourke that won a Karrakatta, the All Aged Stakes and a Railway Stakes.


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The talented De Grey bred mare Tremolite, a granddaughter of 1888 Melbourne Cup winner Mento, went to Victoria (which would have been a trip) and won the Ascot Thousand. Other De Grey breds included Merrick who won a Kalgoorlie Cup and Lustre who won a Goodwood Cup. The demise of Nor-West breds came when the weight was reduced to 9 stone 5 pounds along with the era of sealed roads, improved transport, higher stakes money and professional jockeys and trainers replacing the amateurs. Dick sold De Grey in 1997 and got the thoroughbred bug

properties and I love it. I love being a trader. I love creating a horse and foaling the foals. I’m not so interested in racing and only have a share in one. Breeding is my passion.”

again and bought a property near Busselton now renamed

Dick lives with his partner Jan Cornish in a lovely two story

De Grey Park Stud.

house on an estuary a few kilometres away from De Grey

When he first saw the price, $340,000 for 150 acres, he was horrified but fell in love with the run down dairy and bought it. Being still young at heart he set about reinventing his new farm and built 36 paddocks. “This is the best horse country along with that along Gingin Brook in Gingin. That is where the best horses are bred.” The first mare bought for the new venture was Coronation Night for $12,000, a half-sister to G1 winners Singing The

Park. It should have been a quiet life but Dick has managed to create excitement with several close encounters including being T-boned by another car at an intersection just up the road. Result - every rib broken and a fractured pelvis. Next, unloading a horse from the float and it fell on him. Result - fractured hip and pelvis. Then sneaking into a paddock to look at some fencing

Blues, Shogun Lodge and Referral. “I got two foals then

material for sale and was attacked by a Dorper ram. It

sold her to Vinery Stud for $480,000 and thought this is too

charged him full tilt and threw him into the air, resulting in

good to last.”

a smashed leg. Luckily a woman passing by saw it all and

Four more mares by Danehill were bought from the East including Lady Danna who was in foal to Gilded Time. Her

fought the ram off with a stick. Dick wrote to Canberra and the woman was given an award for bravery.

colt sold to David Hayes for $57,000 and became Barely

After each of these accidents Dick had to learn to walk

A Moment, winning the Toorak Handicap and $1.3m then

again. “There is not much I can do now but I have Jan and

later sold for $3m as a stallion. Other good winners from De Grey Park are Singapore G1 winner Raul, Malaysian millionaire Greg is Great, G3 winner

her daughter Lindy to help and Neville Smith (82) a very accomplished horseman. Watching us work is like watching a slow motion movie.”

Sweet Corn, Magic Millions winner Cadenza plus Summer

A close encounter of a different kind gave him a whole new

Swallow, Saint Bro and Gum Nut Guru etc.

perspective and that was one day while out on a boat off the

“I think I have bred about seven stakes winners.”

coast with friends he decided to go for a swim. He’d just eaten a packet of peanuts which he threw into the ocean

De Grey will consign five yearlings to February’s Magic

as he prepared to dive in. The water below him exploded

Millions Yearling Sale. A Snippetson filly from Lady Mambo

with the packet consumed in a terrifying instant as a Great

(half sister to Cadenza), fillies by Trade Fair from Corn

White Shark looked menacingly into Dick’s eyes. He has

Flakes and Snippetson from Pride, colts by Snippetson

never been off the side of a boat since!

from Fantastic Pride and Blackfriars from Fantastic Spirit.

Men of Dick Vincent’s mould may never be created again.

Dick is also very excited about his 2019 draft and although

They belong to folklore of a bygone era, forged tungsten

being the oldest breeder by a country mile has no intention

steel toughened by the hardships of living and working

of pulling up stumps yet. “Having broodmares is like getting

in the outback, where a man’s word was given by his

married and thinking you are not going to have a mother in


law! You get stuck with them.” “I have done a lot of dealing with horses, cattle and

At the age of 90 years he received an Order of Australia for his services to the cattle industry.

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FACTS At a Glance


TOP SELLER $325,000 NOT A SINGLE DOUBT COLT offered by Amelia Park. sold to Gangemi Racing

2017 TOP SPEND $611,000 By Trevor Andrews for 8 lots at an average of


GERVASE PARK $959,000 for 15 Lots. 100% sold


BLACKFRIARS 22 sold for $754,500


AMELIA PARK 6 sold (100%) at an average of. $125,000





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A blend of history &modern methods

A melting pot of history, culture and personality, the Swan Valley is home to the finest artisans and host to some of the most stunning locales in WA. WA’s oldest wine growing region and Australia’s first Humane Food Region is located just 25 minutes from Perth, and is home to an ever-growing list of chefs, winemakers, brewers and producers of artisan wares.


COUPLED WITH INCREDIBLE WEATHER AND FERTILE SOIL, THE VALLEY IS WHERE CREATIVE SOULS COME TO WORK AND PLAY, BRINGING WITH THEM THEIR INNOVATIVE PURSUITS THAT MAKE THE REGION SING. Steeped in Indigenous and Mediterranean migration history, the area is covered in West Australia’s oldest vines and home to trusted names like Houghtons, Sandalford and Olive Farm. Generations of families have toiled the land and produced Award-winning wines year after year. They’ve passed the baton down the family tree and mentored the next creator on their path to more great vintages. It’s a wonderful cycle of knowledge and passion.

State of the art wineries are being established, and innovative production techniques are being trialled alongside ancient traditions, ensuring the region simultaneously embraces its history while forging a new and modern path into the future.

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THE CREATIVE FOODIE FORCE IN THE AIR IS PALATABLE, WITH EXTRA VIRGIN OLIVE OILS AND SPECIALTY CHEESES, PICKLES AND PRESERVES, CHOCOLATES AND FUDGES, AND NUTS AND NOUGATS. ARTISAN PRODUCERS ARE ALSO MAKING COMPLEX GINS AND A FULL RANGE OF UNIQUE CIDERS AND BEERS TO ROUND OUT THE EATING AND DRINKING OPTIONS IN THE VALLEY. And sculptors and artists are congregating here too – painting, drawing and forging – and bringing innovation and inspiration to the whole community. The Swan Valley encompasses more than 40 worldclass wineries, six breweries, two distilleries, a cidery, a meadery, a myriad of gourmet artisan producers, bustling markets and vibrant artist studios. That’s more than 150 places to visit – to eat, drink, be inspired, relax and have fun.



A blend of history &modern methods

Let the centre’s passionate staff member’s help you plan a day out or a whole weekend away...

Take advantage of the knowledge at the ‘Best Visitor Centre in the State’ and speak with the wonderful staff at the Swan Valley Visitor Centre in Guildford. Let the centre’s passionate staff member’s help you plan a day out or a whole weekend away. They know the Swan Valley inside and out and back to front, and can tell visitors all the hidden nooks and crannies, the award winners, the family friendly places, the romantic spots, the natural wonders and the many interactive experiences on offer. Learn about and experience the Swan Valley Food and Wine Trail which takes in a 32km loop, and use the regions maps and guides to help get the most from your time in this magical region. Consider joining a master class, watching artisans at work; sample freshly made produce, or simply sit back and relax over a glass of award winning local wine. Just be a part of this historical region and embrace the experience that generations of locals have helped forge into something new and interesting. You’ll be back, we promise! Visit us at:. SWAN VALLEY VISITOR CENTRE. Cnr Swan and Meadow Sts Guildford, Ph: 08 9207 8899. E: Open every day 9am-4pm. (except Good Friday and Christmas Day).

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The Sebel Swan Valley


REL AX. UNWIND. ESCAPE. With a viticulture heritage dating back 180 years, the Swan Valley is an intoxicating destination that has long tempted travellers’ seeking out the finer things in life. An easy 25 minute drive from Perth’s city centre, and 10 minutes from the domestic airport, the Swan Valley is best known for producing specialty Verdelho wines (among Australia’s best), plus Chenin Blanc and Shiraz varieties.


From fine wine to great food and culture, the Swan Valley will surprise and delight with more than 150 wineries, distilleries, micro-breweries, restaurants, art on its doorstep.

OUT AND ABOUT The Sebel Swan Valley, owned by Accor Vacation Club, is ideally located within easy driving distance to awardwinning vineyards and cellar doors, not least of all the world-class





Wineries, and the locally renowned Cheese Factory. It’s the perfect place to kick off an adventure on the Swan Valley

WHERE TO STAY. Most travellers will find it makes sense to spend a few days, or at least overnight, to make the most

Food & Wine Trail, a 32km tourism loop that helps uncover local aboriginal and colonial historical, art galleries plus fresh, seasonal and local produce.

of their time in the Swan Valley. Of course, while

Most people visiting the Swan Valley choose to self-drive,

the region is proudly home to Western Australia’s

and explore the region at their leisure. For these guests,

oldest vines, contemporary is definitely the

The Sebel extends complimentary onsite car parking.

preferred way to stay when choosing a home away from home amongst the spectacular vineyards. The Sebel Swan Valley The Vines is one of the destination’s premier resort options, offering a peaceful and private experience for guests. Think modern yet casual comfort, with all the flexibility afforded by serviced apartment living. With views over The Vines golf course and local native bush land, expect to see Kangaroos and wildlife greeting you daily from the comfort of your room!

However, for those looking for things to do close by, The Sebel also offers access to two championship golf courses and numerous bar and dining options within walking distance, including at the neighbouring Novotel hotel. Whether you are looking to start the day with a delicious buffet breakfast, indulge in an afternoon cocktail or delicious a la carte meal, you will love Novotel’s award winning restaurant or, for those for entertainment, Novotel’s lounge bar offers live music every Saturday night.

Owned by one of Australia’s leading holiday lifestyle

Beyond dining, The Sebel Swan Valley’s guests also have

programs Accor Vacation Club, The Sebel Swan

access to Novotel’s outdoor swimming pool and heated

Valley features a selection of 32 sophisticated and

spa, tennis and squash courts, a games room, barbeque

spacious one-bedroom, two-bedroom and studio

terrace, hairdresser and massage services. Everything you

apartment options.

need for a complete holiday experience.

For singles and couples, studio apartments sleep up to two people, and include a convenient kitchenette. Studio rooms have been designed with an indoor and outdoor seating area to enjoy views over the fairway and bushland. The Sebel Swan Valley’s spacious one-bedroom apartments sleep up to four guests, with a practical two-way bathroom and central dining table for meal times together. For those needing extra room to move, the larger two-bedroom apartment configuration is ideal for small groups and

THE SEBEL SWAN VALLEY. 79 Hermitage Drive, The Vines WA 6069. Phone: (07) 5595 3200. Visit:

ABOUT ACCOR VACATION CLUB Accor Vacation Club is one of Australia and New Zealand’s leading holiday and lifestyle programs. The Club is operated by A.P.V.C Ltd which is the responsible entity for the Accor

families, catering for up to six people. Each two-

Vacation Club and is part of the Accor Group, the largest

bedroom apartment includes one large bathroom

and fastest growing hotel management group in the Asia

plus a separate ensuite off the master bedroom.

Pacific region with operations across 17 countries, covering

Both the one and two-bedroom accommodation

a full spectrum of locations and hotel styles, from luxury to

options feature full kitchen facilities, and an

budget. Members of the Club enjoy a high degree of holiday

internal laundry. For a truly carefree experience,

flexibility in quality AccorHotels-standard accommodation,

Accor Vacation Club also ensures each apartment

and enjoy wonderful holiday destinations throughout

is serviced at the end of each stay.

Australia, New Zealand and Indonesia.

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TREVOR ANDREWS Bought: 8, Gross: $611,000

NEVILLE PARNHAM RACING Bought: 14, Gross: $490,000

JOHN CHALMERS BLOODSTOCK Bought: 8, Gross: $427,000

MORTON RACING Bought: 10, Gross: $411,500

RIC WYLIE BLOODSTOCK Bought: 4, Gross: $366,000



Bought: 1, Gross: $325,000


Bought: 8, Gross: $320,000


Bought: 5, Gross: $283,000


Bought: 4, Gross: $272,500


Bought: 1, Gross: $265,000


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“See I know everything don’t I” is his catchcry.

The loveable , very popular former champion jockey is still

Born in Kalgoorlie in 1953 “Rocket” Kemp as he became

a larger than life character around the racetrack. Almost

known followed his father George into race riding and rode

every Wednesday and Saturday he is a regular, motoring

his first winner as a sixteen year old in 1969. Indentured

between the bookies ring and the bar where he has a Diet

to Ted Zinnecker based in Perth he went on a couple of

Coke stored away which is often augmented by a glass of

seasons later to become champion apprentice and leading

white wine. Rodney Kemp cheerfully greets all his friends

rider, setting a state record of 90 winners in 1971-72.

and goes out of his way to introduce himself to everyone

As a nineteen year old he was considered the most eligible

and anyone making new acquaintances at every step.

bachelor in racing. Single, ruggedly good looking and with the biggest bank account ever held in trust by the WA Turf


Never short of a tip, but often a slow one, Rod has continued

Club, it wasn’t always easy going and Rod wanted to leave

to enjoy the track and its participants beyond his short but

and give it away several times only to be coaxed back by

highly successful career in the saddle.

his master.

Upon completing his time Rod ventured to Melbourne to try his luck however his stay proved to be short and unsuccessful due to lack of opportunity. Rod returned to Perth but competition in the jockey ranks was tough so he then took up a contract to ride in Pakistan. The extreme heat helped to keep his weight under control. Rod’s Perth ‘sauna’ was sitting between the kilns of the brick factory opposite the Ascot racecourse for a couple of hours at a time to shed a few kilos.

Thirteen months and lots of winners and the experience of

the highly popular personality didn’t lose his love of the

Pakistan rejuvenated the WA jockey.

sport, the horses and the people. He underwent much

Back to Perth enthused and determined to be the best, Rocket became the hardest working jockey in Ascot. He would ride anything work when the opportunities arose.

rehabilitation and couldn’t talk for a long time after his fall, something he makes up for now with one of his favourite jobs being a bid spotter at Magic Millions sales.

More and more winners flowed. “I won everything” Kempy

On a recent trip to Adelaide sale he put on a most humorous

boasts “I loved winning”. He was a strong and competitive

phantom bid spotting performance at ringside at the same

rider and while known as “the Punters Pal” he had

time as a yearling was being auctioned, totally confusing

numerous visits to the stewards room for being a little too

the Auctioneer and tormenting the Vendor, but making the

pushy at times during a race and spent a few weekends at

photographer happy with his animated act. What looked

home on the couch with the family.

like a $20,000 sale quickly nosedived back to $2,000 after

Frank Treen, JJ Miller and Ian Albuino were among his

Rod fessed up that he was just getting his photo taken.

most admired and toughest opposition in the riders ranks. JJ took particular interest in young Rod and helped him with much useful guidance in his early career.

Sadly his race riding career was cut too short and we are never going to know what heights and wonderful successes he may have had but in what was received by the racing

Ted Hickling was a favourite trainer for Kempy along with

industry as a most deserving recognition, Rodney Kemp

Frank Maynard and Brian O’Malley. It was with Hickling

was inducted into the WA Racing Hall of Fame in 2017.

that he combined for huge successes including the 1984 Railway Stakes with Eastern Temple. Rod was in high demand by rival trainers, most particularly by Merchant Banker Laurie Connell’s trainer, so Hickling and Kemp split and O’Malley’s gain reaped the rewards and they together had many many wins. Amongst them Rant and Rave in the Rothwells and Phizam in the Perth Cup, Phizam probably being Rocket’s favourite horse. At 33 years of age Kempy’s star was shining brightly when he suddenly ran out of luck one quiet winter’s afternoon at Belmont. The horse he was riding clipped heels and crashed to the ground. He was trampled and had his throat crushed. In Royal Perth Hospital undergoing emergency surgery Rod suffered a stroke which paralysed him down the right side. He is a tough little bugger and fought his way back to reasonable health. Riding days were over for the five time premier jockey but


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Only a short 30-minute drive from Perth, Houghton Winery in the Swan Valley is located on the banks of the Swan River in lush gardens and stately pines.

The winery, cafe and cellar door are located at Houghton’s original Swan Valley property with plenty to see and do for everyone in the family. The spacious grounds are framed by magnificent Jacaranda trees, covered in stunning purple blossoms from November to January. The light and airy cellar door is perfect for sampling Houghton’s extensive range of wines, available to purchase and enjoy on the beautiful grounds. While there, visit the museum where the legendary bushranger ‘Moondyne Joe’ was captured in 1869. Today, it showcases historic winemaking items and displays of local artworks. The Houghton Café provides a much sought-after combination of delectable food and friendly service, in relaxed surroundings. The café flows out under beautiful old vines onto perfectly manicured lawns dotted with jacarandas and Norfolk Island pines. Or if you prefer an indoor table, you can take a seat in the Moondyne Room, an atmospheric old part of the winery with original barrels, dark beams and rustic red bricks. Houghton Café’s resident executive chef, Herb Faust, was the only contestant to beat an Iron Chef on Channel 7’s 2010 series of the iconic show! Herb’s seasonal menus are developed with an emphasis on fresh, local and Australian produce, and boasts international flavours that feature his diverse culinary skills. CELLAR DOOR HOURS 10am - 5pm, daily (except Christmas Day, Boxing Day, New Years Day & Good Friday) PH 08 9274 9540 | E CAFÉ OPENING HOURS 10am – 3pm, Wednesday to Sunday (some public holidays excluded) PH 08 9274 9543 | E

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LUCY MAE Stratum-Razzia

2nd Achernar Star, 3rd Colourful Charade Cost: $80,000 2016 Perth Yearling Sale Vendor: Scenic Lodge Buyer: Martin Epis Trainer: Ted Martinovich Jockey: Shaun McGruddy



ENCHANTED DREAM Patronize-Magical Belle 2nd Ellicazoom, 3rd Parading Cost: $55,000 2015 Perth Yearling Sale Vendor: Western Breeders Alliance Buyer: Daniel Pearce Trainer: Ben Pearce Jockey: Jarrad Noske

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MANDOON Estate A small village of makers, doers and delighters that strive to create perfect days, whatever your idea of perfect is.


The Swan River Colony’s first Surveyor General, John Septimus Roe, showed vision, meticulous planning and creativity galore when he staked out “Location L” on the banks of the Upper Swan in 1829, and set about transforming virgin bush into a vineyard. In 2008, the Erceg family showed the same qualities when they purchased the 13.2 ha property from the Roe family and set about creating Mandoon Estate. Winemaker Ryan Sudano was charged with releasing the magic within this historic vineyard and old vines, some of which are over 100 years old. So what happens when old vines are entrusted to creative minds? It rains gold. Mandoon Estate is Western Australia’s most awarded Boutique Winery 2012-2017 with 72 Trophies, 158 Gold Medals, 156 Silver Medals and 264 Bronze Medals. You are invited to visit the sleek new Cellar Door in the heart of the Estate. Mandoon’s passionate staff will explain their approach to wine making, while you sample a showcase of their varietals from the Swan Valley, Margaret River, Frankland River and Greater Perth area. Wild Swan contemporary fine dining restaurant overlooks the manicured gardens and the Llawn. Executive Chef Michael Hartnell’s creative a la carte and degustation menus embrace this contrast between tradition and innovation. He combines classic techniques, perfected in premier restaurants in London, New York and Melbourne, with the finest local and seasonal produce. His modern Australian menu has been carefully designed to match Mandoon’s award winning wines and craft beers. Opening in late 2017, The Colony will be your luxe basecamp from which to enjoy all Mandoon Estate and the Swan Valley region has to offer. This exclusive enclave will be made up of 32 beautifully appointed rooms, overlooking historic Verdelho vines planed in 1895 and the banks of the Swan River. The Estate’s Homestead Brewery boasts equipment from the oldest brewery manufacturer in the world – Kaspar Schulz – the German family business with over 340 years of brewing under their belt. Grab a table inside overlooking their shiny Schulz brewhouse, or on the shaded deck overlooking the vines – either way the view is magic. Like their brews, their food is full of big, bold, balanced flavours. Think tapas, burgers, pizzas and hearty main meals.


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RACEHORSE Ever dreamed of owning a racehorse?

One thing we know is that anyone that has ever owned a

Joint Ownership/Partnerships:

thoroughbred will tell you watching them race is one of

Partnerships allow you to share in the excitement of

the biggest thrills you will ever experience. Whilst there

horse ownership with work colleagues or friends and split

aren’t any guarantees in racing, being an active part of the

the costs. Up to 20 people can jointly race a horse. Most

thoroughbred racing scene is surprisingly easy and with

trainers will have availability in horses, especially after a

different forms of ownership it caters to every budget.

yearling sale, and they would welcome you to join in with

You can own a thoroughbred as an individual, in a partnership or with a group of people in a syndicate (friends/family/workmates/sporting team mates). Or you can lease a horse which has no initial outlay involved. Making an investment that suits your budget and meets

many of their current or regular owners in ownership.

Syndicates: If ownership sounds exciting but you’d rather reduce your cost outlay, then syndication may be the answer for you. Syndication will give you a lesser percentage share in a

your expectations is important, so here is some helpful

horse (or horses) and the selection of the horse, trainer,

advice to get you started on the right path.

jockey, etc can be left up to the professionals (either the


Syndicator or the Manager of the syndicate). They will supply a product disclosure statement (PDS) and the Syndicator will be licensed with ASIC (enabling them to sell shares and holding the relevant licenses and be

Sole Ownership:

registered in the State they operate in) – in a nutshell, not

Being a sole owner means you reap all the rewards, but

just anyone can syndicate shares in a horse.

also carry all the costs. You have total control over the


key decisions and will generally deal one on one with your



Leasing is effectively ‘renting’ a horse from an owner/


breeder for a specified period of time and obviously does

yearling sales. A yearling, as the name suggests, is a one

not involve an upfront purchase fee. The term of the lease

year old and is untried and unbroken (not yet educated to

will see you pay all costs associated with racing the horse

be ridden). The yearling sales is where you will most likely

along with an agreed “leasing” fee which may include a

find your greatest chance to source that next racetrack star

percentage of prizemoney earned. Breeders and trainers

as all the good judges of horseflesh go about looking and

lease horses they wish to retain ownership of, often for

comparing and sourcing the yearlings they want to invest

breeding purposes while keeping a small interest in their

in. This can be an exciting time for you to get involved with

racing careers.

them and start the experience of owning a thoroughbred.

Being an owner in any form earns you the right to appear in the winner’s circle after your horse wins so you’re in winning photos with the Jockey, Trainer and Horse. The chance to meet up and celebrate. after a win is a magical feeling, as anyone that has experienced will vouch for.

Finding the trainer that is right for you will take a bit of working out. A trainer will give your horse the work that is required to get it into prime condition and spends their week giving the horse guidance and expert attention. Another alternative is to find a bloodstock agent to buy your horse for you. A bloodstock agent has the knowledge

The Western Australian Racehorse Owners Association

and experience to offer opinions regarding pedigree,

(WAROA) is the official voice of racehorse owners in

conformation, and characteristics of a horse. You can find

WA. WAROA membership provides you with many

your local agents at

benefits and for more information visit their website.

members. It may be that a syndicate is your preference and or contact waracehorseownersassoc@

then a syndicator will do all the work for you. So once you’ve made a few decisions about what type of

Putting the odds in your favour

ownership suits you, all you need to do is get involved, sit

Most buyers, agents, or trainers tend to buy from the annual

back and as the saying goes “enjoy the ride”.


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Ellie Giles is entering a new phase of her career. The life-long breeder has reduced her stock to follow a path of producing prized yearlings from a boutique band of quality broodmares.

Giles has sold the heritage listed family homestead established by her parents Dick and Edith 60 years ago and is leasing a property a stone’s throw from Korilya Park, nestled on the fertile lands behind Forrest Beach.


Giles has bred interstate winners such as Roadsong, Wink at Me and Penny Banger, but Silent Sedition, who was bought by Caulfield trainer Andrew Noblet and South Australian syndicator Tom Curnow for $45,000 at the 2014 Perth MM Yearling Sale, is her best so far. Silent Sedition’s dam, Fiorentina, has a filly by Pride of Dubai (in partnership with Amelia Park) at foot and Giles had her covered by leading stallion Fastnet Rock this Ellie’s passion for breeding thoroughbreds began with her grandfather Tom Reynolds, who won the 1938 Bunbury

season. The mare is agisted at Segenhoe Stud in NSW’s Hunter Valley.

Guineas with True Gleam and raced Kimra, who won the

“Cutting back on the number of mares I had and a few

1941 WA Derby. Giles’ mother took over her father’s two

seasons of light foaling has given me a second wind and I

broodmares Miss Swain and England Lady, who were the

have the hunger back again. But this time I will be doing

foundation mares to Korilya Park.

it on a smaller scale. Selling Korilya Park was a relief in

“I think I learnt to read from a racebook,” Giles said. “My grandfather would go to the Bunbury races every week and take us along. It was like going to church. My father was good friends with Malcolm House (renowned WA breeder) and that was where his interest into breeding thoroughbreds began.”

a way because it was so much hard work. The work was endless and it was hard to get good staff and keep them. I wish I had cut my numbers down years ago and gone boutique, because I spent so many years of my life foaling at night and being the only one there. I tried to work it out once on the net as to how many mares I had foaled down and I reckon it would be more than 3,000. This year I foaled

Giles, 66, sliding door moment came as a teenager when

down four mares – two for myself and two for other people

she could have taken up a scholarship to go to university,

and it was so nice not to have the pressure.”

but instead took a year’s sabbatical. The pull of the farm and breeding proved too strong for the young woman and she embarked on a career that now sees her established as one of WA’s stalwart breeders. Giles has stood such stallions as Surtee, Swift Ho, Sarab, Danish Harmony, Twig Ruler, Ridgeway and Proart. She also stood Jevington during the latter part of his career.

“I had to learn through trial and error and it took many years to accumulate the knowledge I have now.”

Giles has foaled over 3,000 foals in a lifetime of devotion to her craft. The many years of toil and sheer hard work can

“The Pride of Dubai foal looks in really good condition in

be seen on the face of the tiny woman with the big heart

the photographs and they say she is a really good sort.

and warm smile.

I was tossing up whether to sell the Snippetson colt at

“If I had my time over I would have gone to university and then gone on to other studs in the Eastern States and in New Zealand and learnt from them. Instead, I had to learn through trial and error and it took many years to accumulate the knowledge I have now.” Giles has six broodmares and foals on the Sabina River property and two mares in NSW’s Hunter Valley. She has three yearlings to be sold at next February’s Perth Yearling Sale, and her old favourite Cash in the Bank (25

the Perth sale or on the Gold Coast. Snippetson does not have the profile of the stallions like Fastnet Rock, but he does produce a lot of winners. There are only a handful of Snippetsons on the Gold Coast and I am hoping with the buying power there he sells well.” Giles’ other broodmare in the Hunter Valley, Ofcourse She Does, is a daughter of Penny Banger, winner of the Listed Schweppes Stakes at Flemington, who Giles sold to Victorian trainer Robert Smerdon.

years) agisted at Wayne and Jane Beynon’s Einoncliff Park, at North Boyanup.

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BOUTIQUE “Of course She Does was a Patinack-owned mare and I knew she had pace. She was placed at eight of her 10 starts and she showed speed at her only start as a twoyear-old in the Group Two Sweet Embrace Stakes for John Thompson. She was sold to Gillian Heinrich who gave her another nine starts before she was retired. Giles purchased her for $12,000 at the Magic Millions June Broodmare Sale and put her to Nicconi. The mare is agisted at Neale Bruce’s Berkeley Park. Giles is unsure whether she will purchase another “Korilya Park” to run her herd of broodmares or continue to lease.

Giles continued “If I can get a half dozen good broodmares, they can carry you through the good and bad times. In the past I took horses because they didn’t have homes and

“I am not sure whether it would be sensible to buy another

that really was not a good policy. With a stallion unless

property and start over again,” Giles said. “I might be able

he has a good profile it is difficult to get the numbers

to keep working and breeding for another 15 years or

of broodmares to him. It is sad in a way because a lot of

so and then I might not. When I worked at Amelia Park I

people don’t want to go that way because of the hard work

actually had a day off each week – I’d never had a day off

and the chances of success.”

in my life!”

Giles still has a single share in the Yarradale Stud stallion

Amelia Park Racing and Breeding Pty Ltd principal Peter

Gingerbread Man, who has produced the WA Guineas

Walsh had approached Giles to oversee the preparation and

runner-up and Kingston Town Classic third placegetter

presentation of six yearlings consigned to last February’s

Achernar Star and winners Goodluck Simba and Very

Perth Yearling Sale at Belmont Park racecourse. The four

Angry Gal.

colts and two fillies sold for an average of $125,000 with Amelia Park topping the vendor’s averages for the sale. Giles has bloodstock agents Grant Burns and David Houston to assist in the selection of future broodmares for her boutique enterprise. “I have known Grant since he came across here from New Zealand as a young man,” Giles said. “He was very quietly spoken and I first met him when he came with John Chalmers to inspect the

“Ideally I’d like to have three broodmares in the east and three here,” Giles said. Giles will help Jane Beynon with the final preparation of her three yearlings consigned to the Perth sale; a colt by Gingerbread Man from Brocky’s Ace, a filly by Sessions from Beyond The Mist and a filly by Snippetson from Villette.

yearlings. He came down once for Christmas and saw his

“I’ve known Jane since she left school and she is very good

first snake (there are no snakes in NZ) and he nearly died

with the horses,” Giles said.

of fright. I smacked it one and Grant was calling out “Be careful it will bite you!” “In hindsight I should have been far more critical of the stock I had. Having Grant and David there helps me to be more mindful of what I am producing. They are out there seeing what the opposition is producing and where the trends are going.”

“The Gingerbread Man colt is a nice type and he has a good temperament.” Brocky’s Ace won the Initial Plate and her first foal was Brocky’s Deal, who won six races. Another foal is the WA stakes-winner Quilista, now with Darren Weir in Victoria. “The Sessions filly is quite a muscular filly and is from a family that has been very good to me. David (Houston) and Kim (Rose) liked the Snippetson filly. They thought she was quite light on her feet and is an early racing looking filly. She is from the good family of Achernar Star.


Giles breaks new ground in 2018 with a handsome son of Snippetson from Fiorentina to be offered at the famous Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale in January. (A half-brother by Gingerbread Man sold for $170,000 at the 2017 Perth Yearling Sale.) The colt is a half-brother to the highly talented mare Silent Sedition, who awarded Giles with her first Group One in the William Reid Stakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley last March. That same week another horse she bred, Man Booker, won the Bunbury Stakes.

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You’re from a family that has been part of the fabric of WA Racing for many years, what was it like growing up with a family so involved in the industry? I guess I never knew any different - watching Dad and Grandpop breaking in ‘crazy’ horses and running on the

One thing about racing is that it’s an industry that never stops. It’s 365 days a year. Rain, hail or shine. Every Christmas we’re all out there as a family picking up yards.

grass alongside the track at Ascot to race the horses was

That’s probably the biggest thing you learn to understand

just normal to me. Now that I’m older, I realise how lucky I

growing up with a family so involved in racing – there’s no

was to have such a different upbringing. I was riding horses

such thing as a day off!

as young as I can remember and playing at the farm meant riding the quad bike or climbing up hay bales. I started

What do you love most about the races?

working for Dad in the school holidays and on weekends

I love watching the joy people get out of winning – be it

when I was 12. 11 years later and I’m still out there every

an owner, trainer, jockey or even the team working with

morning riding.

the horse at home. Behind every horse is a story and I feel so genuinely happy to watch what a win means to the connections. You often hear the expression “that’s what racing is all about” – that is what I love the most, those moments.

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You’ve been involved in many elements of racing, from riding trackwork, through to being in front of the camera for Sky Thoroughbred Central and TABtouch LIVE; what do you enjoy most?


I love every aspect for different reasons but nothing beats being with the horses themselves. They are the most beautiful animals and it is so rewarding to be part of their journey from when they first arrive at the stable as yearlings to getting them to the track and then into the winner’s circle!

You have owned a few horses, and a greyhound no less! Can you tell us how you got involved in these? The first racehorse I part owned was a gift for my 18th birthday which really gave me the best introduction to ownership I could have possibly asked for. Thateldo won six of his first 13 starts and placed at the other seven. Since then I’ve been hooked and I try to buy a few each year at the sales. My brother turned 18 this year and received the customary share in a horse - a filly purchased at the 2017 Perth Magic Millions Sale that I too bought a share of, so fingers crossed she can win as many as my first one did! As for my greyhound, I had always wanted a stake in each code – gallops, trots and dogs. Greyhounds are fantastic because they’re not expensive and they race almost every week – great excuse to get together with the other owners regularly. I just need to get myself a standardbred now!

What advice would you give to those looking to get into horse ownership? Just do it! It doesn’t matter if it’s 1% or 100%, you get the same thrill out of going to the track and watching your horse. I would recommend buying smaller shares in multiple horses so you have more chance of finding yourself a champion! Also, get some friends together to join you! The comradery you get between mates going to the track to watch their horse race is a win in itself.

What are you looking forward to most about being an ambassador for Owners Only? I’m really looking forward to our Win A Share In A Racehorse competition. One lucky team will win a 20% share in a horse purchased at the 2018 Perth Magic Millions Sale. To gain entries into the draw, team members must attend a variety of events from bus tours visiting stables to a masterclass on what to look for at the sales in terms of breeding and composition. I think people will come through the events well educated and informed to make decisions come sale time.

What do you hope to achieve through your role as an Owners Only ambassador? Primarily the main goal is to get new owners into this great game. I hope that I can be an approachable source that potential owners feel comfortable asking questions no matter how silly they may seem. I think a lot of people would love to be involved but don’t know where to start. I want to be the person that can introduce them to their trainer of choice or find out information on training fees or availability of shares and get people on the way in their ownership journey.






HOW IT WORKS Get your mates together and create a team! You must have a minimum of four and a maximum of 10 team members. Attend as many competition eligible events as you can. EACH team member in attendance will receive ONE (1) entry PER event for their team.

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THE EVENTS Attendance at the following events will not only increase your chances of winning, but they promise to be great fun and give you rare opportunities to gain insight into the industry. Numbers are limited so register quickly You won’t want to miss them! Ascot Sundowner: Hear stories of ownership, receive an honest break down of costs and ask questions of industry participants over some late arvo drinks. Northern Stable Tour: Beginning in Ascot, jump on the bus and tour a number of stables and their facilities, stopping for lunch in the Swan Valley. Southern Stable Tour: Another bus tour, this time it’s time to visit the stables south of Perth. Race day: Enjoy a unique day out at the races. In conjunction with Racing Connections, teams will be able to take turns in heading to the stalls, going to the barriers or checking out Darren McAullay’s callers box.

Track Work Breakfast: Set the alarm bright and early and enjoy a bacon and egg breaky whilst watching Tuesday morning track work. Stud Tour: Visit the stud’s where your future star took their first steps and are getting ready to hit the sales ring. Magic Millions Barrier Draw: Be part of the action as connections select the barriers their horses will start from at the Magic Millions Pinjarra Race Day. Ownership Masterclass: Become an expert on how to pick out a champion. You will learn how to read a sale page and what to look out for in terms of a horse’s composition. 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale: This is it! The winning team will be announced on Day 1 of the sales 19 February at 7pm.

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2018 Magic Millions Perth Magazine  

Welcome to Perth for the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale and Raceday. Again the opportunity is here for WA to showcase itself nationally a...

2018 Magic Millions Perth Magazine  

Welcome to Perth for the 2018 Magic Millions Yearling Sale and Raceday. Again the opportunity is here for WA to showcase itself nationally a...