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Just the place to experience the world’s best live events in 2018

You’re invited to experience a monumental year of events right here in Queensland! From epic endurance races, music spectaculars and blockbuster sporting events including the Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games, the largest sporting event in Australia this decade. We’ve got just the place for you to experience Australia’s best live events in 2018!

BRISBANE Brisbane Global Rugby Tens 9 – 10 Feb 2018

GOLD COAST Gold Coast 2018 Commonwealth Games 4 – 15 Apr 2018

GOLD COAST Quiksilver Pro and Roxy Pro Gold Coast 11 – 22 Mar 2018

SUNSHINE COAST Noosa Food & Wine Festival 17 – 20 May 2018

IPSWICH CMC Rocks QLD 15 – 18 Mar 2018

GOLD COAST Gold Coast Marathon 30 Jun – 1 Jul 2018

OUTBACK QUEENSLAND Birdsville Big Red Bash 10 – 12 Jul 2018

TROPICAL NORTH QUEENSLAND Cairns Indigenous Art Fair (CIAF) 13 – 15 Jul 2018

GOLD COAST Gold Coast 600 19 - 21 Oct 2018

OUTBACK QUEENSLAND Mount Isa Mines Rotary Rodeo 9 – 12 Aug 2018

BRISBANE Woodford Folk Festival 27 Dec 2018 – 1 Jan 2019

GOLD COAST ITU World Triathlon Grand Final Gold Coast 12 – 16 Sep 2018


G1 Sires’ Produce S. Champion 2YO colt

SHOWTIME G2 Bill Stutt S.


G3 Up and Coming S.

ALL sold at

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MORE REWARD Nowhere is the relationship between risk and reward more in your favour when buying colts than in Australia. Our top colts are more affordable than other markets and, if you buy a stallion prospect, the returns are better than elsewhere. You also have a better chance of buying the next generation of sire star here. Some 67 per cent of top class winners in Australia were available at auction before their Group One win, compared to 46 per cent in Europe.*

Top 50 Colts Sold in:

Eu r o p e

5-Year Avg. (USD)



A U S T R ALIA Top 10 Freshman Sires Standing in:

$1,002,309 $863,200 $671 , 450

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ACKNOWLEDGEMENTS PUBLISHER Andrew Reichard ADVERTISING: Andrew Reichard Mobile: 0415 464 904 Warren Wruck 0414 385 216 EDITORIAL Susan Archer Roslyn Buerckner Will Chambers Natasha Dawson Nathan Exelby Renee Geelen Katie Hall Val Hayward John Hutchinson Greg Irvine Michael Lynch Tara Madgwick Kristen Manning Steve Moran Jessica Owers Katrina Partridge Andrew Reichard Cassandra Simmonds Dane Squance Michael Vincent

PHOTOGRAPHERS Magic Millions Photographers: Ken Butti Calico Pony Bruno Cannatelli Sharon Chapman Sarah Ebbett Dave Goudie Lisa Grimm Katie Hall Bronwen Healy Mark Lee Luke Marsden Michael McInally Katrina Partridge Darren Tindale Bluebloods Photographers: Bruno Cannatelli Joan Faras Mark Gatt Steve Hart Bronwen Healy Georgie Lomax Katrina Partridge BLUEBLOODS would like to thank all the participating vendors who provided their own photos. CREATIVE DIRECTOR Val Hayward PRODUCTION MANAGER Margaret Reichard PRODUCTION David Reichard Oliver Jacobsen Liam Ferguson

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Calendar of Events

Katie Page-Harvey, Gerry Harvey and Vin Cox welcome you to the Magic Millions Carnival, Sales and Raceday.

Your guide to an action packed week of events on the Gold Coast.

5 Government welcome Leanne Coddington, CEO - Tourism & Events Qld. Mayor, City of Gold Coast, Tom Tate.




Barrier Draw

Raceday Winners



Sale Day Faces

Raceday Socials



Launch Party

Polo Scene

MAGIC MILLIONS Head Office 28 Ascot Court, Bundall, QLD 4217 • PO Box 5246, Gold Coast Mail Centre, QLD 9726 • Phone: +61 (0) 7 5504 1200 . Fax: +61 (0) 7 5531 7082 • Email: • Website:

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18 Turning Boys ino Men MMGC continues to create major stallion prospects at a rate of knots.

26 Turkish Delight In the centre of the Winx whirlwind her strapper is happiest in the background.

38 One to 23 Champion racehorses & champion sires, history makers & record breakers.

44 My Three Sons Redoute’s Choice’s 3 sire sons continue to go head to head atop the Australian sire charts.

50 All That Glitters A romance that blossomed under the Gold Coast sun.

56 New Wave Coastal Cool The Gold Coast’s new breed of habitual haunts are born of a love of local flavours.

60 Bowditch to take the Reins 2018 signals a new chapter for Magic Millions.

68 The Green Behind the Gold The first word that springs to mind is tranqulity.

72 Written Tycoon Not only does he upgrade mares, he upgrades trainers, stables and anyone he comes into contact with.

76 Global Pitch Promoting Magic Millions sales is a 365 day per year mission.

78 Polo Superstar A rare opportunity to watch the David Beckham of polo.

80 Faces behind the Names The people behind some of the biggest brands in our industry.

84 Experience Edgewater A waterfront dining venue at the heart Surfers Paradise.

88 The Little Mare that Could Single Gaze punches her way to 2nd in Caulfield Cup.

96 Harrolds Race Wear The destination for this season’s Polo outfit.

104 Knot it with style Make the men’s raceday essential a little more special.

106 Budds Beach Sanctury A sanctuary on one of the busiest beaches in the world.

108 Dreamworld’s Tigers After a $7 millions transformation you can get the up-close experience of a lifetime.

112 By the Numbers In less than 5 months time the Commonwealth’s best athletes will compete on the Gold Coast.

122 A poem

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WELCO M E On behalf of the entire team at Magic Millions, we sincerely welcome you to the 2018 edition of the Magic Millions Carnival, Sales and Raceday. We are exceptionally proud to have the opportunity to welcome equine enthusiasts from throughout Australia, New Zealand and around the globe to our backyard – Queensland’s extraordinary Gold Coast this January. Where the beauty of the thoroughbred matches the beauty of a Gold Coast coastline. As the number one auction sales source of Group One wins in Australia, there are countless sales and racetrack results to write about. However there is one word that transcends any number of statistical significance – and that word is Winx. Welcome to the very yearling sale which catalogued the undisputed darling of Australian and world racing and the highest rated horse on turf. Winx – then lot 329 by Street Cry out of Vegas Showgirl, was purchased from the Gold Coast sales ring in 2013 for $230,000. Now a winner of 15 Group One races more than $15 million in prizemoney, a remarkable racing journey that began at Magic Millions continues. Yes, Winx is a phenomenon and a freak, but she is also the epitome of the dream that brings us all together to celebrate and be in awe of the thoroughbred. A dream that an investor at any level can legitimately have. Winx was just one of Magic Millions’ 112 individual stakes winners of 165 stakes races in Australia for the 2016-17 racing season. The 2018 renewal of the Gold Coast Yearling Sale is your chance to start writing your own racing story. The sale itself is just one aspect of Australia’s most exciting sales and racing event, which commences with the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo on Sunday 7 January. Held for the first time in 2017 we are proud to include this new polo event on our annual Carnival

Saturday 13 January sees the third running of the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday at the Gold Coast Turf Club. With seven of nine races worth $1 million or more in prizemoney highlighted by the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic and $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas, the Raceday will showcase Australian racing’s top horses, trainers and jockeys. Don’t miss the next winner of the Golden Slipper or the Caulfield Cup! 2018 will also be the sixth time our ground-breaking $500,000 Racing Women’s Bonus is awarded to the first four horses in finishing order in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic which are 100% owned or leased by females. The Racing Women initiative continues to deliver our aim of promoting the important role of women in racing and fostering new racehorse ownership – with a record 200+ two-year-old horses registered for the Racing Women’s Bonus in 2018. Magic Millions could not deliver and grow this Carnival without the ongoing and valued support of our principal partners. We gratefully acknowledge the support of Tourism and Events Queensland and Racing Queensland. Magic Millions also sincerely acknowledges the support of partners Pacific Fair, CrownBet, Harrolds, Woodford Reserve, Moët & Chandon, Seven West Media, Sky Thoroughbred Central and James Boag’s Premium Lager.

calendar. This January’s match will feature one of

On behalf of the Magic Millions team and our valued breeders who have entrusted us with the

the world’s most famous polo players, Argentinian

honour of presenting their yearlings for sale, we request the pleasure of your company at the

Nacho Figueras, alongside other leading Australian

2018 Magic Millions Carnival, Sales and Raceday.

and international players including Rob Archibald

We invite you to join us on the Gold Coast for an unforgettable chapter of your racing journey.

and the Patron of Magic Millions Racing Women, Zara Phillips MBE.

Gerry Harvey, Katie Page-Harvey, Vin Cox

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M E SSAGE FRO M T O U R I SM & E V EN T S QU E E N SLA N D Welcome to the Gold Coast for one of Australia’s premier racing event experiences of the year, the 2018 Magic Millions Carnival, combining worldclass thoroughbred racing and a spectacular carnival experience. Thousands of racegoers and thoroughbred enthusiasts converge on the Gold Coast to experience the excitement of Magic Millions Gold Coast race day and indulge in the world-class Yearling Sales. The Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo at Doug Jennings Park will kick-off the Carnival, with world-renowned Argentinian polo player Nacho Figueras set to dazzle the crowd on his first visit to Queensland. Tourism and Events Queensland is proud to support the 2018 Magic Millions Carnival, featured on the It’s Live! in Queensland events calendar. I want to thank Magic Millions for their efforts in staging yet another fantastic event and I encourage all those visiting the event to take some time out to explore what’s on offer throughout the Gold Coast region.


M ES S AGE FROM T H E M AYO R Horses have helped shape Australia since 1788 when a few ponies from South Africa accompanied the convicts ashore. While they were primarily beasts of burden, it took only two decades for the settlers to use horses for social purposes and the nation’s first race meeting was held in Sydney’s Hyde Park in 1810. It was only a few years more before Arabians and thoroughbreds were imported and the refinement of domestic bloodstock began in earnest. To this day, Australia still has one of the highest rates of horse ownership in the world. It is why we have a national love affair with the Magic Millions Carnival, Sales and Raceday. Each New Year, Gold Coast welcomes horse-lovers from every part of Australia and many parts of the world to share the good times that characterise the Magic Millions. Now in its fourth decade, thoroughbred sales at this stellar event will likely top the magic $200 million mark this year. An outstanding achievement demonstrating a brilliant product showcased in a perfect setting. Gold Coast now attracts 13 million visitors a year with more than a million of them arriving from the two international airports that service the Coast.

Like the Magic Millions it will feature the best of the best. With

Long regarded as Australia’s favourite holiday playground, the Coast is

ten days of carnival to enjoy, there will be plenty of time to spare

now recognised as a major international tourism destination.

for shopping, dining and sightseeing. Whatever your preferred

Our capacity to stage a great show will be demonstrated in April 2018

entertainment is Gold Coast almost certainly offers it. So, come

with the biggest event in the southern hemisphere for a decade: the

and have a ball with us. We’ll show you a good time!

Commonwealth Games. More than 6,600 athletes and officials from 70 Commonwealth nations and territories will take part in 11 days of

Tom Tate

competition attracting a global TV audience of 1.5 billion.



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On Australia’s Gold Coast, there’s only one place to shop. At Pacific Fair luxury brands and Australian designers mingle with international icons to provide a shopping and dining experience like no other.






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2018 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Inspections About: We welcome you to the Magic Millions Sales Complex to inspect the catalogued lots in the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Inspection days are free to attend and the public are more than welcome to come along to the Bundall complex for a firsthand look into the world of thoroughbred sales and racing. Where: Magic Millions Sales Complex, 28 Ascot Court, Bundall, Gold Coast Time: From 8am daily

2018 BMD Northcliffe SLSC Sportsman’s Luncheon About: This fun and entertaining afternoon features a variety of special guests, plus a fresh seafood buffet and beverage package. Where: BMD Northcliffe SLSC, Surfers Paradise Time: From 11.30am Price: $150pp Tickets: Phone 07 5539 8091 or email

Tickets: This is a free event, open to the public. Please direct all enquiries to or phone 07 5504 1200



2018 Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo About: The 2018 Magic Millions Carnival is a week-long celebration of all things equine, kicking off with the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo on Sunday 7 January at Doug Jennings Park, Main Beach. You are invited to enjoy high-action polo and picturesque surrounds as world famous polo player Nacho Figueras takes to the field.

Premium Marquee (Minimum 50 tickets)

Held on Queensland’s stunning Gold Coast, spectators can enjoy exhibition style polo, delicious food and refreshing drinks, within five ticketing options all featuring an excellent view of the polo field.

Magic Millions VIP Marquee (Minimum Table of 10)

Experience the perfect summer outing and a magical start to the Carnival at the 2018 Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo. General Admission The General Admission area is located in an excellent viewing position immediately beside the polo ground. Bring a chair or picnic rug and enjoy all the polo action whilst feasting on food and beverage options available for purchase from the cash bar.

Enjoy an exclusive hospitality offering within your own Premium Marquee. Located on the VIP side of the polo ground, featuring stunning views of the Broadwater and taking in all the action on field. Entertain your guests in style at the 2018 Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo. The Magic Millions VIP Marquee is the premium location, featuring stunning views of the polo ground within a stylish, fully furnished marquee of reserved seating on tables of ten. Indulge in canapés on arrival and a sumptuous buffet lunch menu of fresh, seasonal produce, and a premium beverage package. Enjoy this very special experience and mingle with international polo players, royalty and celebrities at the 2018 Pacific Fair Magic Millions. Where: Doug Jennings Park, The Spit, Main Beach Time: From 11:30am

Woodford Reserve Enclosure


The Woodford Reserve Enclosure is located in an ideal viewing position immediately beside the polo ground and includes a cocktail style setting, with a great range food and beverage options available to purchase from the cash bar. The Woodford Reserve Enclosure is the perfect spot to experience the fun and excitement of the 2018 Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo.

General Admission: Adults $35pp, Under 15 Free, Family of Four $50 (2 Adults/2 Children)

Pacific Fair Pavilion

Magic Millions VIP Marquee: Table of Ten $3,750

The stylish Pacific Fair Pavilion experience includes an all day, premium food and beverage package and prime viewing position immediately beside the polo ground. Located alongside the VIP Marquee, gather with friends for a magical day at the 2018 Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo.

Tickets: Available via Ticketek or email

Woodford Reserve Enclosure: Adults $100pp Pacific Fair Pavilion: Adults $220pp Premium Marquee: Adults $350pp+GST (Minimum 50 tickets)

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About: Women In Racing Inc is proud to host the 2018 Magic Millions Women In Racing Inc Australia Luncheon featuring an exceptional presentation of millinery and guest speakers Shane McNally, leading sports writer and Author of The Sport Of Queens, and Gold Coast identity Margaret Grummitt. Enjoy a three-course luncheon and beverage package at this premier event.

About: The sun will rise over the 2018 Magic Millions Carnival on Tuesday 9 January when the Magic Millions Barrier Draw takes centre stage on the Surfers Paradise foreshore from 6am. The foreshore will be a hive of activity with food and beverage options available for purchase from a variety of food stalls. All eyes turn towards the ocean for the feature spectacle of several thoroughbreds with champion jockeys on board galloping down the pristine sands of Queensland’s most iconic beach, Surfers Paradise.


2018 Women in Racing Luncheon

Where: Horizons Restaurant, Sheraton Grand Mirage Resort, Main Beach Time: From 12.00pm Price: $130pp Tickets: Phone Baslyn Beel 0411 698 484


2018 Magic Millions Barrier Draw

The connections of every runner in the 2018 $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic field will arrive in style before randomly choosing the barrier from which their horse will start on Raceday, Saturday 13 January. The Barrier Draw for the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas will be drawn shortly afterwards. Where: Surfers Paradise Foreshore (opposite Trickett Street) Time: 6am – 10am Tickets: This is a free event, open to the public


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2018 Carbine Club Luncheon About: The Carbine Club was first formed in Melbourne in 1961 taking its name from the great Australian race horse Carbine, winner of the 1890 Melbourne Cup. The objectives of the Carbine Club are to promote and foster the development of junior sport in Queensland by providing awards and grants to promising and worthy sporting individuals in Queensland in varied sporting endeavours. Known as the Mouth from the South, Mark Read will be guest speaker at the 2018 Carbine Club Luncheon, where he will share stories from his long career as one of Australia’s foremost bookmakers and legends of racing, including his move to Darwin in 1996 where he launched as the first corporate bookmaker in Australia. Where: The Star Gold Coast, Broadbeach Time: From 12pm Price: $170pp or Table of Ten $1,700 Tickets: Phone Peter Gwynne on 0415 887 788 or email



2018 Moët & Chandon Magic Millions Launch Party About: This exclusive event is the official opening for the 2018 Magic Millions Carnival for buyers, sellers, racing identities and thoroughbred industry associates. Guests will gather in the stylish VIP Marquee set up on the Surfers Paradise Foreshore and celebrate the beginning of Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale week. Where: Surfers Paradise Foreshore, (opposite Trickett Street) Time: From 6:30pm Tickets: Strictly invitation only

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2018 Magic Millions Sparkling Ladies & Gents Luncheon

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About: This premier Magic Millions Carnival Luncheon is infused with an atmosphere of glamour, style, high society and fashion featuring a stunning designer showcase, international entertainment and prizes for Best Dressed Magic Millions Lady, Best Headpiece and Best Dressed Gentleman. The luncheon includes arrival Jansz NV Rose, cocktails & canapés, a two-course lavish luncheon experience, bubbles, premium wines and fabulous entertainment. Followed by the after party in C&V with DJ and happy hour drinks. Where: Grand Ballroom, Surfers Paradise Marriott Resort & Spa Time: 12pm – 3pm Price: $169pp, Table of Ten $1,550 or Premium Table of Ten $1,750 Tickets: Available via Sticky Tickets or contact Karen Phillips on 07 5538 3644

Get Social Planning on attending any of our events? Check out the latest info on all the social channels and don’t forget to tag us in your photos and posts.


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2018 Gold Coast Turf Club Calcutta About: A must attend event for industry insiders, punters and racing fans alike, this event grows in stature every year as does the prizemoney! Come and enjoy a twocourse meal and beverage package while a team of racing identities provide insights into the feature runners of the race, followed by the exhilarating horse ‘sales’ conducted by the Magic Millions auctioneers. Book a seat or a table, make a bid or buy a raffle ticket that could earn you thousands of dollars on the night or even more on Raceday. Where: Gold Coast Turf Club, The Event Centre Time: 6:30pm for pre-dinner drinks. 7:30pm event commences Members: $142pp or Table of Ten $1,420 Non-Members: $162pp or Table of Ten $1,620 Tickets: Available at



2018 Magic Millions Hats & High Tea Party About: The 2018 Hats & High Tea Party is a sophisticated morning of elegance with a special touch of glamour and stunning high tea temptations. This special event is being hosted in one of Queensland’s most spectacular venues, Seaduction overlooking the magical Surfers Paradise beach. Celebrate in style with Moët Ice on arrival, cocktails and a glamorous High Tea Party at this very special part of the 2018 Magic Millions Carnival. Complimentary parking is available underneath SOUL Surfers Paradise. Where: Seaduction, SOUL Surfers Paradise Time: From 10:30am Price: $110pp or Table of Ten $1,050 Tickets: Available via Sticky Tickets or contact Karen Phillips on 07 5538 3644

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2018 Magic Millions Raceday About: The 2018 Magic Millions Raceday features the world renowned $10 million Raceday, including the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the $2 million Gold Coast Magic Millions 3YO Guineas. With nine fast-paced races at the picturesque Gold Coast Turf Club, the Magic Millions $500,000 Racing Women’s Bonus and Harrolds Fashions on the Field, this Raceday has cemented its reputation on the international racing scene as the must attend event for racing’s elite, punters, and fashionistas alike. Where: Gold Coast Turf Club, Racecourse Drive, Bundall Time: From 9.00am Price: General admission $40pp Events Centre Silver $510pp Events Centre Gold $565pp Tickets: Available at



2018 Magic Millions Widden Stud Golf Day About: One of the favourite pastimes of the racing industry is a relaxing game of golf and what better way is there to relax after a busy week of fast-paced auctions and racing. The Widden Stud Golf Day provides Magic Millions vendors and buyers, trainers, jockeys and industry associates the perfect opportunity to unwind for a day at the RACV Royal Pines Golf Course before heading their separate ways. The day features a four ball Ambrose game and is open to anyone, with any singles placed into teams of four to play. Green fees, an electric cart, drink vouchers and a BBQ luncheon are provided on the day. Where: RACV Royal Pines, Benowa Time: Registrations from 11.00am, Shotgun Start from 12.00pm and Presentations from 5.00pm in Tees Clubhouse Price: $130pp Tickets: Phone Laura on 02 6549 9999

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In 1986 the main, sorry the only, incentive attached to the inaugural Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale was the two year old race the following year.

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The moniker was catchy to say the least but a few decades on Magic Millions is now instantly recognised as a brand name worldwide, while imitation of the original idea is the sincerest form of flattery. I would be guessing that the buying bench in Year One was predominantly local but as the sale grew in stature over the years its wings spread overseas and eventually all over the world as the Gold Coast in January became a Mecca for horseplayers large and small. In more recent times some of the readily identifiable factors in the sale’s steady annual growth have been the influx of Hong Kong buyers and then as the Magic Millions raceday expanded towards its present dimension enter the syndicators, the backbone of not just this sale but racing in Australia at large. There is no doubt the late Carl Waugh’s brainchild was one of our industry’s greatest marketing ploys, but credit where credit is due, it was also a concept which helped promote another Australian institution, racehorse syndication. Let’s face it, who wouldn’t want to be part of the action come the January raceday. But over the past few years, the driving force behind the pointy end of the Australian yearling market has re-invented itself, a bit like the 12th regeneration of Dr. Who when you think about it, but no sale captures this dynamic change in the landscape as well as the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale. Because no sale quite matches it.



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Because when the one sale venue continues to

over the past few years, which in turn flows on

very proud of. The strength of the James Harron

produce major stallion prospects at the rate of

to every sector of the sale. The targeting of the

Bloodstock syndicates, which along with Newgate

knots, then it is not overstating the fact that the

very same goal, the magical commercial stallion

Farm, Matthew Sandblom’s Horse Ventures and

whole world really does pay attention. The theme

prospect, has led to a more recent market

partners struck gold with Capitalist, is backed by

can be traced back to the first Magic Millions

phenomenon - the major players joining forces

that outfit’s professionalism at every level, while

winner, Snippets, right through to the 2016-17

and buying in partnership, a strategy which

all of Australia’s leading trainers and many of its

Champion Australian Sire, Snitzel, a $260,000

spreads their risk and allows for more tickets in

leading studs also compete, with the support of

purchase in 2004, as well as his closest rival this

the “yearling to stallion” lottery. For Australia,

their client bases, Peter Moody’s Dissident with

season, the year older Not a Single Doubt.

this is a modern form of syndication which is now

his large ownership group being a case in point.

The nature of the horse business is that anyone

being taken to the nth degree.

Tackling the 2017 sale with a similar approach,

and everyone can put themselves into that

However, local buyers are not being left behind.

but different to their normal buying strategy,

position with a combination of good judgement

The most loyal supporter of the sale over a long

was the Chris Waller camp. With the support of

and good luck, but foreign investment from the

period has been Gai Waterhouse and her honour

agent Guy Mulcaster and Peter Tighe’s Harras

likes of China Horse Club, Winstar Farm, SF

roll of colts sourced north includes Golden Slipper

Syndicate, the group signed for five yearlings

Holdings, Aquis Farm and Spendthrift, to name

winners and now stallions Sebring, Pierro and

for a total spend of $1.35m, with prices ranging

just a few, has raised the bar at the Gold Coast

Vancouver, among others, which is a record to be

from $90,000 to $425,000 for Lot 46, a chestnut

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The most loyal supporter of the sale over a long period has been Gai Waterhouse and her honour roll of colts sourced north includes Golden Slipper winners and now stallions Sebring, Pierro and Vancouver, among others, which is a record to be very proud of.


in both Sydney and Melbourne stood him in good

year history this aspect of the sale has risen to

stead, as we will learn.

unprecedented levels.

However, you and I already know all that. But

Since 2000, the Magic Millions Gold Coast

at 3am one morning and struggling to piece

Yearling Sale can add Champion Sires Snitzel

things together, I did have my very own “Eureka

and Savabeel, while Written Tycoon and Widden’s

colt in the Newhaven Park draft by Exceed and

moment”, which is definitely a three-quarter

gun stallions Sebring, Star Witness and the

Excel from Gavroche, a daughter of old man

brother to me watching the movie, Young Einstein,

much-missed Stratum, while the spectacular

Snippets himself. When that colt, now named

recently rather than to me understanding the

deeds of Not a Single Doubt in recent years need

Performer, set a new race record when winning

Archimedes Principle.

no explanation. Pierro, Australia’s Champion

the Breeders’ Plate in October, their million

Looking outside the square (that is, apart from

First Season Sire in 2016-17, went through the

dollar investment began to look gilt-edged. Mind

the bleeding obvious that they could all run a

ring in 2011, followed a year later by one of the

you, the combination did find Winx at the same

bit), three other major contributing factors to

most popular young sires at this year’s sales in

venue too. It is also interesting to note that sharing

the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale’s

Zoustar. The 2018 sale will welcome the initial

in the ownership of Performer is Neil Werrett’s

assembly-line production of stallion prospects,

crop of yearlings by Australian Racehorse of the

bloodstock arm, Werrett Bloodstock Pty. Ltd, of

(which shows no sign of slowing down), suddenly

Year, Dissident, the Caulfield Guineas winner,

Black Caviar fame. We will come back to that.

became patently clear. The story may have begun

Shooting to Win and the brilliant sprinter Rubick,

Individual buyers such Alan Bell have also come

with Snippets way back, with the torch being

all following the trail blazed by Snippets. It does

up with the goods via the high-class sprinter and

carried in due course by other Magic Millions

not stop there - the first foals by Vancouver are

now Vinery Stud stallion Star Turn, a colt who

graduates such as the notable sires General

the talk of the Hunter Valley and then there are

mixed it with the best at two and was undaunted

Nediym, Brave Warrior and Testa Rossa, but

the 2017 freshman sires Capitalist, Star Turn and

taking on all comers at three. His early education

in the second half of the company’s 30-odd

Stratum Star. And so it goes.


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Over the ensuing months comes a juggling act of

Factor No.1 is obvious at the time but receives little

further education graduating to faster work divided by

credit after that. It is simply the timing of the sale.

periods of rest. James Harron gave this insight:

Sure, in January everyone is in holiday mode at the

“We give all our horses the chance to get to the races

iconic Australian tourist destination, while buyers

early, and keep them rotating through the stables

from the Northern Hemisphere seek refuge from mid-

gaining experience – we generally find that they sort

winter and also look to expand their profiles globally.

themselves into groups according to precocity and

But when we are talking about turning boys into men,

certainly the precocious ones are those which handle

or colts into stallions, business comes first.

everything well and avoid any setbacks”.

I asked a number of leading trainers and agents the same questions and each agreed on the importance of the January sale date towards juvenile success the following season. This is why.

Which also means that yearlings from the January

So, if e = education, m = management and c = colts, I think with a bit of (Young) Einstein logic and lots of imagination we almost have e = mc2.

sale are often into their third preparation before their


Within a few weeks of the sale a majority of Magic

“Two-thirds of the Magic Millions catalogue are

no denying the crowd in attendance

Millions yearlings have commenced their breaking-

August or September foals…breeders are very aware

was different, such was the interest,

in education, a period of around four weeks. Without

of sending their more forward types to the Gold Coast

expectation and excitement of the

exception, the feedback was that the first preparation

and although each horse is different a colt like Star

day…as well as some considerable

would culminate with an “orientation” week in the

Turn, who shipped between our Sydney and Melbourne

horseflesh investment. Not often you

main stable to gain early experience of the early

stables as a yearling, did things very easily all the way

can say you know 90% of the people

morning racecourse environment.

through to a successful spring campaign”.

on course.

counterparts from later sales have their first day at the breakers, a critical advantage looking ahead to their two year old year. Agreeing with this sentiment was John Hawkes, who added:

Factor No. 1 leads to Factor No. 2. I was at the Official Two Year Old Barrier





September, which okay I admit, is not remarkable in itself, but there is

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If you want to be competitive in Sydney when the juvenile season begins in early October this is one of the first days that really matters. This is Factor No. 2, when boys begin turning into men. Just getting there says something positive about the horse and getting through it even more so. Seven of the twelve heat winners that day, including Performer and the Breeders’ Plate runner-up Bondi, went through at the Magic

Since 2000, seven colts or geldings which went to auction as yearlings have won the Golden Slipper. All seven – Dance Hero, Stratum, Sebring, Phelan Ready, Pierro, Vancouver and Capitalist - were sold by Magic Millions (as were the Slipper winning fillies Belle du Jour, Ha Ha and Polar Success in the same period). Leaving aside the two geldings from that group, Dance Hero and Phelan Ready - not forgetting that both also won the Magic Millions Two Year Old Classic along the way - the others naturally enough became white-hot commercial stallion prospects. Again, no explanation is needed. The boys had turned into men. But for Sebring, Pierro, Vancouver and Capitalist the writing was already on the wall. This is Factor No.3 - the ATC Breeders’ Plate.

Millions Gold Coast sale ring, all bar one from

The unanimous importance trainers and agents

the January sale. And if we wind back the clock a

have placed on the timing of the Magic Millions

year, it comes as no surprise to recall that Magic

Gold Coast Yearling Sale and the type of horse on

Millions graduates Invader and The Mission

offer leading to the positive impact on a horse’s

also contested the same trials in 2016, before

two year old season is best exemplified by this

victories in the G1 ATC Sires’ Produce Stakes and

race, Sydney’s first two year event of the season

Champagne Stakes in the autumn.

for colts and geldings.

Which again underlines the message here … the

Once again if we go back to 2000, the dominance

importance of the timing of the January sale.

of Magic Millions graduates in this all important

FACTOR No. 3 Factor No.3 is the product of Factors No.1 and No.2.


juvenile contest is overwhelming, with nine of the winners – including the past six – selling at the Gold Coast as yearlings (two others, Super

So, we have bought our favourite colt at the Gold

Savings and Murtajill also were sold by Magic

Coast in January, had him safely through his

Millions in Adelaide and at the National Weanling

educational phase and now he has progressed

Sale respectively). What is more, in addition to

to the early season barrier trials and is still on

the Golden Slipper winning stallions mentioned

his wheels. We then look to a race and if any

above we can add the proven G1 sire Charge

confirmation is needed about the importance of

Forward, Grandview’s very talented young son

Factor No.1 and Factor No. 2, Factor No. 3 rams

of Tale of the Cat, Whittington, another trained

it home.

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Champion Sire Snitzel, winner of the ATC

But when it comes to the Magic Millions Gold

Breeders’ Plate in 2004.

Coast Yearling Sale as the prime source of

Let’s talk Capitalist, because the chestnut

potential stallion prospects for the Australian

embodies all of the above and more. A Magic

market, as we have seen there are undeniable

Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale graduate that

patterns that have emerged.

was into his fourth preparation when winning

When Snippets was sold all those years ago, the

his heat at Sydney’s Official Two Year Old Barrier

following year’s Foster’s Magic Million was the

Trials ahead of his emphatic Breeders’ Plate

only incentive, great as it was at the time. Since

victory, who then went to Wyong to win the Magic

then, the race series has grown around the sale

Millions race there, up to the Gold Coast to win

and, equally, the sale has outgrown the race

the Magic Millions Two Year Old Classic and then


followed through in the autumn with Golden

I am sure if Snippets, the first Magic Millions star,

Slipper glory. Game, set and match.

could give one piece of advice to his grandson

And so, how important was Capitalist’s educational

Performer, its most recent shining light, it would

phase and the fact that he raced in the spring?

be this:

Trainer Peter Snowden summed it up: “The opportunity to race pre-Christmas is an advantage to the horses heading to the major autumn two year old races. Racing prior to Christmas helps to season them and to better educate them”.

Unlike Einstein’s formula there is no set pattern in the universal bloodstock market, which is probably just as well. And unlike Archimedes, running through Surfers Paradise naked shouting “Eureka” may make you some new friends although chances are you will end up in the clink.

“Stay focussed my boy … your people part-own Winx and Black Caviar. Now, that’s incentive!”



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There was a point in 2016 when the fleet-footed, chocolatecoated, plain but dazzling Winx sailed into the Australian ego. Exactly when is unclear: after her second Cox Plate, or just before it. But it’s a circle in which few thoroughbreds move. Winx is a conversation in taxis, a trend on social media. She

At 35 years old, Umut Odemislioglu’s star has risen with

is bigger than the sports pages now. She has assaulted

his famous brown horse. There have been interviews on

expectations in a 22-race streak that has sat down even the

Turkish television, and a handful of press appearances. By

nimblest turf wits. She is a folktale.

Winx’s shoulder, he has been photographed and published

Like every racehorse around her, she moves one leg after

the world over, but unlike Chris Waller, or owners Debbie

the other to cover ground. She is not physically gifted.

Kepitis, Peter Tighe and Richard Treweeke, he is rarely

Winx does not own a cook’s rear-end, and she does not

thrust into the spotlight. “It’s not my place there,” he says.

break the measuring stick at 16 hands off the ground. But

“I’m here in the background. That’s my job.”

she is unordinary in her disposal of group-one fields. Her

Umut is modest and mannerly. An only child, he comes from

sectionals are bewildering, and the clocks don’t lie. Is it lungs or heart, or rare talent? You’d sooner nail mist to the fence than explain it. “She is a simple horse. Actually, you wouldn’t know it was her if she wasn’t famous,” says Umut Odemislioglu, the mild, azure-eyed Turkish strapper who has tended to Winx since 2014.

“I can’t say she is 100 percent perfect in her conformation, but she is athletic. She has a big heart and big lungs, and she wants to win.” Stoic, reflective, like a calm parent, Umut recalls how much Winx has changed. “From yearling to now, every year she has changed,” he says. “She was a little bit crazy when she was a baby. She would be very energetic and fresh, and she’d pay attention to every noise. That’s why we put the earmuffs on. She’s still similar, but more mature now. But she has to watch and analyse everything. She can look at things for a long time.” It might be the hallmark of a superior thoroughbred, because in 2009 Mick Kinane said similar of Sea The Stars. “When I walk this horse onto the Curragh he counts every sheep he passes, and I swear he could tell you if one was missing.” Umut says, “Winx will always stop and look at the track. If she sees other horses, she wants to run. Any horse passing next to her, she is hard to hold. So we still use the earmuffs most of the time”.

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Umut is modest and mannerly. An only child, he comes from the Turkish city of Izmir on the Aegean east coast, an ancient city founded by the Greeks, snatched by the Romans and eventually absorbed into the Ottoman Empire. Its history typifies much of the tangle between east and west in Turkey. When 17, Umut lost his father to cancer, leaving just he and his young mother. He went to school, pursued drama, but was tugged into racing by his grandfather, an olive farmer with a broodmare here and there. Umut spent some time at Istanbul’s pretty Veliefendi racecourse, but he wanted to learn more and, in his words, “be free”, so he headed to Maynooth in Ireland’s County Kildare, to John Kilpatrick’s Corbally Stud. He spent a year there until, in 2003, Choisir happened.

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Turkish delight

“It was Choisir who made me think about Australia,” Umut says.

When Winx arrived at Rosehill for the first time, “nothing special, small and immature”, she was put into box 101,

“Before that I had known about the Melbourne Cup,

housed in one of the two barns overseen by Umut. He had

but that was all I knew about Australia. Choisir at

40 horses in his care – feeding, rugging, medicines – but

Royal Ascot, he made me want to come here.”

Waltzing Willie, and a filly called Winx. “I really liked Street

he put his name down to strap two youngsters, a colt called Cry as a stallion because of Zenyatta,” he says. “I thought

He arrived in Sydney in 2006 and went to work for trainer Tim Martin at

after Zenyatta that Street Cry was going to give one more

Rosehill, a man he describes as a good person and a very good horseman.

champion. I thought he was a bit disappointing with the

“I saw Chris Waller at that time when he had 14 horses, and he was

colts, and after Zenyatta he was a bit quiet. But because

working very hard. He is still working hard. I actually knew that he would

of him, I put my name down for these two horses. Waltzing

be top, but you couldn’t imagine he would be number one like this today.”

Willie and Winx, both by Street Cry.”

In 2011, Umut started working for Waller as foreman. He admits the trainer’s young age made for more of a connection, and for the first time he was able to strap a few horses, something he had not been able to do with Martin. “I wasn’t looking for a champion,” he says. “I wanted only to strap a group-one winner once, to be able to tick that box.” He tells the tale of landing Winx. “In this job, not everyone is into the racing. Some people just love the horses, but a few of us, we love the racing and new horses coming in, and we are always talking about which one could be better. So we ask the riders, and they often tell us different things, and then we ask for particular horses to strap.” JOHN CAMILLERI & PETER O’BRIEN

Winx’s breeding is almost unremarkable, forgettable even, except that she is now a turf immortal. Bred by John Camilleri under the banner of Fairway Thoroughbreds (hence the ‘F’ on her near shoulder), she is by the late Street


Cry out of the plain but very interesting New Zealand mare

6yo b m Street Cry-Vegas Showgirl (NZ) (Al Akbar AUS) SOLD: Magic Millions 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale $230,000 RECORD: 36:26w-3-0 Winning strike-rate: 81% PRIZEMONEY: $15,547,925 RANK ON ALL-TIME AUSTRALIAN EARNERS: 1 RANK ON ALL-TIME WORLDWIDE EARNERS: 9 GROUP 1S: 15 GROUP 2S: 8 GROUP 3S: 1 WIN STREAK: 22 DAYS UNDEFEATED: 926 COX PLATES: 3 (the only mare to achieve this, and the only horse alongside Kingston Town to achieve it in 95 years of Cox Plate history) GROUP 1 WINNERS DEFEATED: 49 NOTABLE VICTIMS: Hartnell, Humidor, Black Heart Bart, Criterion, Highland Reel, Vadamos, Gailo Chop LAST DEFEAT: April 2015 WINS: 1100m – 2200m Won on 8 different tracks in 3 Australian states

Vegas Showgirl, whom John picked up at the Magic Millions Broodmare Sale in June 2008. “She wasn’t even on my list,” John says, casting his thoughts back to that Gold Coast sale. “She didn’t have that deep pedigree I would ideally like in a broodmare. But it is very hard to find mares that have her looks, outstanding quality, a gorgeous head and terrific action. So although her pedigree was very light and her sire hadn’t set the world on fire, she was a reasonably performed race mare and had won at Listed level.” As Lot 1486 on account of Dormello Stud, Vegas Showgirl was the only mare by Al Akbar at that sale. She had raced 23 times in New Zealand under trainers Graeme Rogerson and Stephen Autridge, and a further 12 times when Rogerson relocated to Sydney, but she seemed adept on any footing, something she handed down to her famous daughter. John and his bloodstock advisor Peter O’Brien, an outstanding Irishman formerly of Coolmore and now at Segenhoe, thought she would be a nice pick-up at $250,000.


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“We certainly got that wrong,” John says. “She made nearly double this.” He describes Vegas Showgirl as a quiet, kind mare, ideal in every way. She spends much of her time with fellow Fairway mares Calvinia, dam of crack New Zealander Calveen, and Procrastinate, who got Foreplay, A Time For Julia and so on. When it comes to stallion selection, John says she tends to throw big foals, so he has concentrated on smaller stallions – Encosta de Lago, Street Cry, Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, Exceed And Excel. “This is the reason she was mated to Snitzel three years in succession,” he says. “The Snitzels she has produced (El Divino, a colt and a filly) are also fairly big horses, so it is a significant issue in our deliberations.”


In the bigger picture of horse breeding, Vegas Showgirl is yet to join the shelf on which sits Hasili, Eight Carat, Urban Sea or Circles Of Gold. John doesn’t know if she will again produce anything remotely as brilliant as Winx, but it’s a measure of the man that he doesn’t really care. “She has already produced a horse of a lifetime,” he says. “Regardless of where she sits in the pecking order, I don’t think I will ever have a mare like her, and the pride she has given me is beyond financial gain.”

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Twenty-two wins without defeat, a ransacking

“I am nervous, I am very nervous,” he said before the third Cox Plate.

of Cox Plate history, the humans in the Winx

“All eyes are on us. I try not to make mistakes or miss something,

story are overwhelmed. Waller’s quivering

but I feel the pressure. We take it step by step and don’t think too far

emotions on television, Kepitis’s bouncing, and

ahead with horses, because you never know. But Winx, she puts us

Umut Odemislioglu quietly bottles his nerves.

under pressure because she has done too much already.”


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Turkish delight Peter Moody will tell you how hard it is to keep a racehorse in winning form for 20-plus races. Almost none achieve it. When a horse is this good, inevitably the world comes calling. “I’m 50/50 about going overseas,” Umut says. “We don’t have to go. If she’s sound we can try for a fourth Cox Plate, but if she has to go overseas, she has to go to the best races. Royal Ascot, then maybe the Arc.” Umut lights up at mention of the Arc, perhaps because he is European. At 2400 metres, it is not ideal for Winx, but he explains this away. “Serena Williams can play tennis on any court,” he says. “Superstars have one gear up on the others, maybe two, and Winx is a superstar. People criticise her and ask, who did she beat? But it’s not about who she beats. Hartnell, Humidor. It’s about her sectionals. She is fast, and if she is fast here she will be fast there too. If your horse cannot break 32 seconds (for the last 600 metres), it’s hard to beat Winx. There are not many horses in the UK that are breaking 32 seconds at the moment.” John Camilleri agrees. “Based on her Timeform rating alone, she would certainly acquit herself very well.” Time offshore would have to be one of the final chapters in the phenomenal Winx fable. As a rising seven-year-old, she is edging closer to green fields, but Umut is pragmatic. “She will finish, we all know she will finish. But I hope she will finish at the top, not after losing one or two.” If you ask him how the horse has changed his life, he will tell you she hasn’t changed it much. “She proved to me that I was right to stay in this business, because many times I was thinking to run away from it,” he says. “I was thinking of changing the country, of going back home, doing some writing. Now I feel special, and I feel lucky that I didn’t walk away and give up. So I can’t say she changed my life, but she affected my thinking in the right way.” Winx has encouraged everyone, human and equine, to pursue excellence on her behalf. Champions do that, blowing away the ordinary in their yomp through the record books. People will hold Winx up to the light long after she’s done, crossing her name with others that came before her, and others that will come after, debating her place among the greats. But Teddy Grimthorpe of Juddmonte said it best of Frankel in 2012: “If you haven’t made your mind up about him now, I don’t think you’ve been watching.”

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STOP PRESS… Snitzel’s son Redzel wins The Everest… Four stakes-winners in one day for Not a Single Doubt inc. Guineas winner Mighty Boss… Stratum’s daughter Miss Wilson wins G3 in New Zealand…

In the 1960’s television series, My Three Sons, Steve Douglas (played by actor Fred MacMurray) would often be sitting in his favourite chair, smoking his pipe and (I suspect) reading the Daily Racing Form, and all the while dispensing daily pearls of wisdom to his boys Robby, Chip and Ernie. So a bit like Fred, Redoute’s Choice and I decided there was only way one to handle the problem, this ongoing tit-for-tat games of oneupmanship between the three major sire sons of the great stallion. After all, there is a deadline to meet.

At the time of writing - and trust me I am trying to get this done before Victoria Derby Day next Saturday - the pace up front in the 2017-18 Australian General Sires List is frenetic, with Snitzel out on his own in most categories as we know and Not a Single Doubt again one of his nearest challengers. This is not surprising, given that both stallions have had landmark seasons last year and the year before that, but we should not overlook the fact that another son of Redoute’s Choice, the late Stratum, has also been a leading sire for several terms now.

Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale.

All three finished in the Top Ten of Australian sires in 2016-17. All three were sold at the Magic

Having originally stood the incomparable son of Danzig but losing out to Coolmore when their partnership in the horse was terminated, Arrowfield did the next best thing and set about acquiring the best sons of Danehill for the stud’s relocation to Scone. This strategy paid off in spades starting with the Golden Slipper winners Danzero and Flying Spur and on the back of the early stud success of that pair came the best of all, Redoute’s Choice.

On 29 November 2003 the wheels were set in motion when the two year old colt Not a Single Doubt made a winning debut over 1100m at Rosehill, bolting away to defeat the subsequent Caulfield Guineas winner Econsul by an impressive five lengths. Carrying the Arrowfield Stud colours (he was bred by one of that farm’s breeding partnerships, Arrowleave Joint Venture) Not a Single Doubt that day became the first winner for his sire, the Danehill stallion Redoute’s Choice.

Raced by his breeder, Muzaffar Ali Yasseen, and trained by Rick Hore-Lacy, Redoute’s Choice’s juvenile season was as spectacular as it was brief. Just a week after winning the Listed Veuve Clicquot Sakes at Caulfield on debut, the Danehill colt met his great racetrack rival, Testa Rossa, one of Magic Millions’ favourite sons, for the first time in the G1 Blue Diamond Stakes. After a short, sharp struggle Redoute’s Choice came away to defeat that colt by two lengths to become a warm favourite for the 1999 Golden Slipper but the racing gods intervened and an infection saw him withdrawn on the eve of the race. Redoute’s Choice kept his unbeaten record intact when landing the G1 Manikato Stakes first-up at three but was then beaten at his next two starts finishing fourth to the outsider Spargo and Testa Rossa in the G2 Ascot Vale Stakes and then third in the G1 Vic Health Cup, won by Testa Rossa, a result he reversed by winning the G1 Caulfield Guineas a few weeks later. Both glamour three year olds contested the G1 Cox Plate, with Testa Rossa doing better for fourth one spot ahead of Redoute’s Choice, the race

LEFT: Redzel was a $120,000 MMGC purchase in 2014 by Triple Crown Syndications. Redezel has now gone on to collect over $7.7 million in prize money.


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being won by the champion mare Sunline. Redoute’s Choice added the G1 C. F. Orr Stakes to his CV in the autumn, with placings at the highest level in the Australia Day Stakes and, at his final start, the Futurity Stakes where he finished third to Testa Rossa. The pair clashed six times on the track with the score in Testa Rossa’s favour by four to two. Redoute’s Choice retired with an excellent 10: 5-1-2 record and over $1.5m against his name. The stallion appeal that Redoute’s Choice took to stud seems so obvious now, combining top-class performances on the track with an impeccable international pedigree on both sides and not forgetting that the Danehill horse was an A+ type. My opinion has always been that the horse in his immediate pedigree that Redoute’s Choice most resembled was the legendary Nijinsky, and there is a good chance that his classic influence throughout his stud career may just confirm something about that notion. A month after Not a Single Doubt’s exciting debut performance, the colt went into the record books when taking out the Canonbury Stakes at Randwick on Villiers Stakes Day by a comfortable margin to become the first of some 150 stakes-winners by his sire – at the time of writing, that is. In between, Graeme Rogerson had sent his charge to Wyong to win the (Magic Millions) Strawberry Hill Plate, unbeaten form which saw Not a Single Doubt start the $2.40 favourite for the Magic Millions 2YO Classic. From an awkward draw and after racing midfield to the turn, Not a Single Doubt made up much ground in the straight but failed by less than a length to catch the winner Dance Hero, ironically a son of Arrowfield’s Danzero. But in defeat

this race did prove something about Not a Single Doubt which his connections had always believed. The colt possessed G1 ability. One only has to line up the form against Dance Hero, who went on to win the 2004 Golden Slipper, Sires’ Produce and Champagne Stakes –the Two Year Old Triple Crown – to acknowledge the fact. Redoute’s Choice was the Champion First Season Sire in 2003-04, but it was his second crop which defined his greatness and in particular his magnificent ongoing legacy. The link to Magic Millions is undeniable. Thirty seven of his yearlings that year were consigned north, about one third of his total foals, but when the results are put under the microscope today the significance of that sale is…well…flabbergasting, as Fred MacMurray was quite fond of saying. For a sire to have a Golden Slipper winner in his second (or any) crop would be some achievement, but to also claim the Magic Millions winner, the Blue Diamond winner and the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner from that year’s foals – four different horses – is unparalleled. And that is exactly what Redoute’s Choice’s second crop were able to do, via Stratum, Bradbury’s Luck, Undoubtedly (who was sold by Magic Millions in Adelaide) and the filly Fashions Afield, who was purchased by Vinery Stud at the Gold Coast. But when we look back to the 2004 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and add in stakes-winning colts Al Samer, Duelled and one other to the record, something quite astonishing about Redoute’s Choice jumps out. The one other is Snitzel. So, if we just stay on that track for now, the point is that Redoute’s Choice has seven stallion sons which have sired a G1 winner, five of which

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were foaled in his second crop and four of which (excluding Fast ‘n’ Famous) went through the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale ring at that famous 2004 sale – Bradbury’s Luck, Duelled, Snitzel and Stratum – leaving Not a Single Doubt from the Gold Coast sale the year before and another highly-talented son of the great sire supported by Arrowfield, Beneteau, which was sold in Sydney.

For a sire to have a Golden Slipper winner in his second (or any) crop would be some achievement, but to also claim the Magic Millions winner, the Blue Diamond winner and the AJC Sires’ Produce Stakes winner from that year’s foals – four different horses – is unparalleled. Obviously, in 2004-05, Redoute’s Choice was the Champion Two Year Old Sire by a wide margin but to be third overall to his own sire Danehill on the General Sires List with his oldest progeny just three years old did set the bells a’ringing. At the 2004 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, the sale where Snitzel and Stratum went through the ring, 16 of the top 17 lots sold were by Danehill, Down Under’s ultimate breedshaper. Therefore, Redoute’s Choice’s climb to the top was not a formality but more so a classic case of the old bull versus the young bull. Snitzel and Stratum were always going to be on a collision course. They had been among the most admired colts by their sire when sold, the former making $260k and the latter $300k, and in the hands of master trainers Gerald Ryan and Paul Perry their paths were destined to cross. Snitzel came out blazing from the get-go. After winning the Breeders’ Plate, the Damion Flower-owned colt won twice more before a luckless third to Bradbury’s Luck in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic before defeating Stratum in the Skyline Stakes leading up to the Golden Slipper. But the Newcastle colt was improving quickly and after qualifying for the grand final by winning the Pago Pago Stakes, it was Stratum who won the 2005 Golden Slipper, as a belowform Snitzel finished well back. As three year olds they clashed again and while Stratum did not win at that age, Snitzel landed his G1 win when taking out the Oakleigh Plate. But perhaps a better line on their respective merits is that Snitzel weighed-in second behind Hall of Famer Takeover Target in a vintage VRC Newmarket Handicap in 2006, with Stratum a close-up third. Redoute’s Choice sealed his first Champion Sire title the following season, when the brilliant filly

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Miss Finland gave her sire back-to-back Golden Slippers, Nadeem won the Blue Diamond and Bart’s colt God’s Own won the Caulfield Guineas, while Snitzel, Lotteria and Fashions Afield also won at G1 level. The son of Danehill has since added two more championships – in 2009-10 when he came with a Bernborough-like finish towards the back of the season and in 2013-14 to deny Snitzel, a unique 1-2 finish by sire and son. Racetrack stars such as Lankan Rupee and Samantha Miss et al have continued to keep his name in the headlines and for 12 successive seasons Redoute’s Choice was placed in the Top Ten sires, the consistency of a truly outstanding stallion. As a three-times Champion Sire, the Arrowfield stallion ranks alongside the likes of Wilkes and Midstream, the dominant sires of their eras, but perhaps it could be said he has succeeded in a much more competitive age. As well as bumping into Danehill early on, it should be noted that Redoute’s Choice did not have the benefit of mares by his own sire, the 7-times Champion Broodmare Sire. Of the three major sire sons of Redoute’s Choice it was Stratum who got out of the blocks the quickest, being not only the leading First Season Sire in 2009-10 but Champion Two Year Old Sire

as well, joining the elite ranks of Golden Slipper winners to have sired a Golden Slipper winner when Crystal Lily won the Rosehill feature. Another outstanding daughter, the four time G1 winner Streama, followed in Stratum’s second crop and from then on the Widden stallion was usually around the Top Ten each season, including 2016-17 when in 10th place with the G1 winner Takedown a standout on the track. It is a fitting touch to the Stratum story that his son, Stratum Star, a dual G1 winner of $2.4m in prizemoney and a graduate of the 2013 Magic Millions Yearling Sale when purchased by Rick Hore-Lacy, retired to Widden in 2017, replacing his sire who had died the season before. Strangely, for a stallion so renowned for passing on precocity, Not a Single Doubt’s first black type winner did not come until rising four year old Doubtful Jack won the Listed VRC Winter Championship at Flemington in July, 2010. Soon afterwards, the year younger Squamosa added another but is was Karuta Queen’s victory in the 2011 Magic Millions 2YO Classic that turned things around for the horse who had lost the same race seven years earlier. What could be seen as a slowish start to Not a Single Doubt’s stud career only serves to highlight his rise and rise since. The Arrowfield stallion improved on his 27th position on the General Sires List in 2011-12 to be runner-up to Street Cry in 2015-16 and was then fifth behind Snitzel last season. When outsider Mighty Boss won the Caulfield Guineas in October on that day of days the colt became the eighth individual G1 winner for his sire Not a Single Doubt – the Blue Diamond winners Extreme Choice and Miracles of Life,

the top class WA galloper Scales of Justice, everyone’s second favourite mare, Single Gaze, Secret Agenda, Clearly Innocent and Good Project make up the select list. Snitzel and Not a Single Doubt, apart from the obvious, share a significant pedigree connection. The former’s dam is by Snippets, while Not a Single Doubt’s dam, Singles Bar, was a halfsister by Rory’s Jester to the Magic Millions icon (Stratum Star’s dam is by Pins, the Champion NZ-based son of Snippets). Both are powerpacked muscular types in the exact 15.3hh mould of Danzig or Northern Dancer rather than their own sire. While Stratum sired the Golden Slipper winner in his first crop, Snitzel in the same year had the G2 Silver Slipper winner, the filly Chance Bye, with his first G1 winner, Triple Crown’s warhorse Hot Snitzel, being a product of his second season at stud. In between Snitzel had shuttled to Japan and history shows that the horse became one of the earliest victims of EI in that dreaded year. The stallion returned to Japan in 2011. Snitzel’s first four crops produced 24 stakes winners, the same as Stratum, ahead of Not a Single Doubt (15) but below Redoute’s Choice (40), but the telling point is that Snitzel’s foal numbers in those years (292) were significantly lower than the others. In the next four years, which accounts for his 2011-2014 crops, the number of foals increased to 555. Snitzel capitalised on the added opportunity big time. When Snitzel became Champion Sire for the first time in 2016-17, the scorer could not keep up

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STRATUM RIGHT: Dual Gr1 winner Stratum Star is a graduate of MMGC and continues the Stratum legacy at Widden Stud (a bit like the author now). The son of Redoute’s Choice headed the following categories – General Sires, Two Year Olds and Three Year Olds, as well as by winners, stakes winners and stakes wins. It went beyond that though. From the Arrowfield website: “(Snitzel) equalled Danehill’s single season record of 26 Australian stakes winners, set a new Australian record for stallion earnings in a season with $16.2m, sired the first Australian G1 two year old trifecta by the same stallion since 1982 and claimed sole ownership of the Australian-sired 2YO winners record with a season record of 35 (inc. three in New Zealand). (Since records were first kept in 1883-84), Snitzel’s title completed an unprecedented three-generation sequence of Champion Australian Sires - Danehill, Redoute’s Choice and Snitzel.” The leading contributor to Snitzel’s tally last season was Triple Crown’s Redzel, a $120,000 purchase by the Ward brothers at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale and winner of the G1 Doomben Ten Thousand in May. But with that horse’s victory in the inaugural The Everest in October, Snitzel’s flag was firmly placed on top of the mountain with what seems an unbeatable lead in the 2017-18 premiership race. Let’s not forget though that Snitzel already held a commanding advantage over his rivals, spearheaded by what is an outstanding three year old crop.

When Eptimum, a $200,000 Magic Millions yearling purchase from the Lauriston Thorougbred Farm draft, won the G3 Red Anchor Stakes, he became the 16th individual stakes winner from Snitzel’s 2014 foals, a group which includes G1 winners Trapeze Artist, Invader, Summer Passage and the highlytalented Menari, with all four guaranteed a place at stud one day, as is the year older G1 winner, Russian Revolution. Eptimum was also Snitzel’s 16th individual stakes winner this season, setting a record pace just three months in. This phenomenal branch of the Danehill-line via Redoute’s Choice shows no sign of going away as it takes on the world. Arrowfield have added younger sons Scissor Kick and Panzer Division to their stallion roster, with the former having shuttled to France for the 2017 NH season on the back of the popularity of Redoute’s Choice’s two stud seasons there recently, while in New

Zealand, the Cambridge Stud stallion Burgundy is showing great promise with two Group winners this season from a handful of runners. In South Africa the G1 winning brothers Rafeef and Mustaaqem are set to create their own dynasties and Snitzel’s son, the popular Aquis Farm stallion, Spill the Beans, will also have his passport stamped at the end of the year as he heads to the National Stud in Newmarket for the 2018 NH season. And so, Redoute’s Choice, like Fred MacMurray, can sit back in his favourite chair, smoke his pipe and take great pride in the racing and stud careers of his three sons, the Magic Millions graduates Not a Single Doubt, Snitzel and Stratum. But the old horse needs to keep reading the race results as well. Because, all of the above, is only… …at the time of writing.

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Boy pursues girl on the Gold Coast. Melting hearts in sun-drenched romance. Daresay it’s happened once or twice before! But what if the infatuates were of some prominence in their respective fields and the courtship flourished against the backdrop of the glitz and glamour of the Magic Millions raceday and yearling sales? Schoolies for grown-ups! What if the romance blossomed into marriage? In that case, all that glitters would be gold. Angus and Georgina Gold. And so the story goes of two individually fascinating people who are now together. But it’s entirely serendipitous that they met in the first place. Georgina (then) Pemberton was making a name for herself in the art world and had no real interest in the orbs of racing and breeding. Angus Gold, racing manager to Sheikh Hamdan Bin Rashid Al Maktoum for the past 30 years, had not then been a regular at the Gold Coast sales. Lindy Maurice, at the time the marketing manager of Aushorse and a friend of Pemberton’s from University days, takes up the story: “Georgie (Georgina) was often my plus one on Derby day in Melbourne and we’d get up to all sorts of shenanigans. Georgie met Angus when I was having dinner with him on the Friday before the Derby in 2006 and it was absolute fireworks from the moment they met. “That didn’t shock me. I’d met Angus the year before and had said to Georgie that I think I’ve met the guy you might end up with. After Cup week that year, I caught up with Angus in Hong Kong in December and he chewed my ear off with Georgie this and Georgie that,’ Maurice said. Their paths crossed again at the Magic Millions in January 2007. “Georgie came and stayed with me on the Gold Coast and that’s when they started to spend some time together. I think it was the first time Angus had been there for years,’ Maurice said.

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Seven years to the month, after their relationship was kindled at the Magic Millions, they were engaged to be married. Angus has been a frequent visitor since and bought many a good horse but no such action proving as propitious as meeting Miss Pemberton. The engagement was announced 17 January, 2014. John (I didn’t know that), call me Angus, Harcourt Gold, son of the late Major Harcourt Michael Scudamore Gold (who was awarded a Military Cross) and Jocelyne Mary Boot; the daughter of John Boot, the 2nd Baron Trent and…..Georgina F.S. Pemberton, daughter of Mr & Mrs Christopher Pemberton, of Clandulla, New South Wales. Angus is thus a grandson maternally of the 2nd Baron Trent who, apparently, was chairman and managing director of Boots Pure Drug Company, chemists according to Alas, according to the same source, on his death John Boot’s titles became extinct. Georgina was born in England but considers herself ‘Australian at heart’ after growing up on a sheep and cattle farm at a tiny dot called Lue which is, according to a different source (wikipedia), located on the nowclosed Gwabegar railway line between the larger towns of Rylstone and Mudgee, about 20 kilometres south-east of Mudgee. Just down the road, in Mudgee, was where Magic Millions managing director Vin Cox lived, also on a farm. “Growing up in Lue, I have known Vin Cox since I was a small girl (even though he’s of course a lot older than me!) and who’d have thought after all this time our paths would cross again,” Georgina said. The farmer’s daughter now finds herself living in Newmarket, England’s horse capital, and renovating the house she shares with the son of a stockbroker who had no racing background but who’s now spent the majority of his working life in the industry. Of course, many a different furlong, has been galloped in between. Georgina completed her education in England after going to boarding school - Frensham in Mittagong. “I discovered art history, was seduced by Europe and it’s been my life ever since,’ she said. Most recently she was Senior Director of Impressionist and Modern art at Sotheby’s London. She started with Sotheby’s in Australia in 2002 as Head of the Australian Art Department and stayed until 2009 when she returned to London. She took a break from Sotheby’s and worked as a Director of Agnews Gallery for a couple of years before being lured back to the famous Sotheby’s to be a specialist and auctioneer of Impressionist and Modern art from 2012 until October this year (2017).


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“Before my career at Sotheby’s I was gallery manager for Rex Irwin art dealer - the doyen of the Australian art world. His gallery represented the estates of Fred Williams and John Brack and living artists such as Nicholas Harding - who is still a close friend - Peter Booth and Cressida Campbell to name a few. “Rex was really responsible for my love and ongoing passion for Australian Art and I still keep in regular contact with him,” Georgina said. Justin Miller, chairman of Sotheby’s Australia from 1999 to 2010, recalls hiring her. “It was obvious she was the person for the job. She’s quite a dynamo and knew more about paintings than anyone else. I think it’s fair to say she effectively became my boss within a couple of years. “She has an incredible breadth of knowledge and her reputation is impeccable. She has a very good eye. She knows a good painting when she sees one in much the same way, as I’ve now learned, as Angus has when it comes to horses. Mix that knowledge with energy and levity and a good splash of naughtiness and she has a rare combination of skills. She was very naughty. I did have to keep an eye on her,’ Miller said. She’s also, more recently, learned a little more about the racing game and now knows that a barrier trial is for practice and a race, theoretically, is not. Courtesy of John Kelly, at Newhaven Park, she’s even raced a filly named Sparkle with Lindy Maurice and Francesca Archibald (Cumani). “John gave her a share in the horse as a wedding present,’ Maurice said. There are others like Hubie de Burgh and David Hayes who can recollect some of Angus’ early days which were, paraphrased, a brief dalliance in the ‘real job’ world of insurance underwriting amid working as a stable lad for the likes of Ian Balding and Charlie Milbank; six months at the National Stud in Newmarket; two seasons with Michael Oswald at the Queen’s stud at Sandringham; four months at Lanes End Farm in Kentucky for a sales season and four years with the BBA. “I’d ridden virtually all my life, since I was six years of age and horses were always going to win out,’ he said. It was, in fact, de Burgh who interviewed Angus for the racing manager’s role with Sheikh Hamdan. “Yes I did interview him and he got the nod…..between the two of us I guess it then became the blind leading the blind. I was employed by Sheikh Hamdan with a brief to buy a stud farm in Ireland and stock it with 20 mares and he was going to race the produce of those. Basically I was the stud manager.

“She has an incredible breadth of knowledge and her reputation is impeccable. She has a very good eye. She knows a good painting when she sees one in much the same way, as I’ve now learned, as Angus has when it comes to horses”

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“As the horses in training numbers increased at a very fast rate after a few years I suggested to His Highness that we needed a racing manager and that’s how I took on Angus,’ de Burgh said. Angus recalls it just as well. “I remember saying to Hubie that I wasn’t sure that I had enough experience. He said ‘you’ll be right, just be honest and work hard’. Pretty simple but valuable advice,’ he said. It was around the same time that de Burgh and Gold were responsible for the guidance of now champion trainer, but then a touch naive early twenty-something, David Hayes. “David was sent by Colin (Hayes) to do the sales up here with us and learn a thing or two. He learnt a thing or two but I’m not sure it was what CS sent him up to learn,’ de Burgh said. ‘My memory,’ Hayes said, ‘is going to the Kentucky sales and taking another trip to Saratoga with Hubie and Angus and it was great fun. They are always a pleasure to be around. And the amazing thing is that ever since, for the past 30 years I’ve been looking at yearlings with Angus, and at times Hubie, at various

But enough of horses and numbers.

sales all over the world.

Georgina says Angus is quite down to earth despite often

“We tend to do our own thing at the sales but always compare

moving in lofty circles, dining with The Queen and his Eton

notes and the relationship with Angus and Sheikh Hamdan has

education. Angus describes Georgina as a hippy who once lived

lasted much longer than most in this game.’

in a tree. Lindy Maurice says neither of them takes themselves

During de Burgh and (later) Gold’s time with Sheikh Hamdan,

too seriously.

the Hayes family trained a raft of famous winners including

“The reference to the tree hugging days is when I was at

Zabeel, Almaraad and the Melbourne Cup winners At Talaq and

university studying art history and living in Cambridge. I decided


I wanted to save the world! I joined a group of friends who lived

“I think when the Melbourne Cup was first mooted,’ Angus said,

in trees to stop the development of roads and airports through

’Sheikh Hamdan said ‘what’s the Melbourne Cup?’ but they

precious British forests.

were always conscious of expanding globally and lo and behold

“So while I was living up a tree at the Newbury bypass in the mid

they won it with At Talaq at the first attempt.

1990’s Angus was probably roaring past on his way to the races

“The Sheikh is well known for his loyalty and hence the continued

and cursing me for the traffic delays,” she said.

allegiance to the Hayes family. He loves racing from the ground

Tree hugging hippy, I understand, is not the only tag which has

up. He’s very knowledgeable and passionate. He’s able to

been bestowed upon her. “Ah yes a long time ago there was

identify individual horses and comment on their development

a silly article in one of the papers saying I was the Sydney

and, importantly, he takes bad news incredibly well,’ he said.

equivalent of Charlotte from Sex in the City; what I do remember

Hamdan’s successful racing empire has continued to grow

is a number of ‘good’ friends saying Samantha would have been

year by year and Angus now oversees 650 horses in training.

a better comparison,” she said.

“And they’re all over the world. Australia, South Africa, Dubai,

Angus, who’s teaching himself to play guitar, says they are

America, France, Ireland and England,’ he said.

‘pretty close’ musically. Georgina, who’s had John Denver

He’s also responsible for yearling selection in England, France

(metaphorically) foisted upon her, says their taste varies by ‘a

and Australia - buying 80 odd in Europe and around 20 in the

couple of decades’ but concedes to now having some liking for

southern hemisphere. At the time of this interview, he also

Denver and Garth Brooks. I fear for her.

had the notes to check on 72 horses listed for the ‘horses in

“In terms of music, yes our tastes do differ but Angus has

training’ sale and matings to plan for about 250 horses.

certainly reinvigorated my love of the classics.


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“It’s become a fantastic sale with a great buzz about the place. The quality’s kept improving as a result of the hard work of the key people at Magic Millions,” “My preferred music would be artists such as Emeli

“There’s a real excitement when a little known artist

Sande, Angus and Julia Stone - who are great Aussie

makes it big time or a painting sells for colossal

songwriters - plus Adele, Martha Wainwright,

money just as happens when a stallion makes it big

Christine and the Queens with a bit of Bob Marley

time or a yearling sells for a huge price. There are

thrown in. Angus has definitely got me back listening

parallels as a cheap horse might do well for smaller

to the greats - Billy Joel, Dire Straits, Eagles, Elton

owners just as people might buy an art work which

John, Johnny Cash, Paul Simon, Bruce Springsteen

quadruples in value,’ she said.

and Neil Diamond - to name just a few,” she said.

As to whether there are more scallywags in the art or

They do love their music and Georgina vows she might

horse would, I’m certain they both replied in unison -

yet get him to Glastonbury. “Glamping, of course,’ she

as best as you can tell via a What’s App call - that “it’s

said. He recalls recent concerts, describing Bruce

probably about even’.

Springsteen as ‘sensational’ but Fleetwood Mac as ‘a

They do plan to return to the Magic Millions this

disaster three or four years ago.’

year (2018) where, last year, Angus secured the

And Georgina, who plans to establish her own art

likes of early season two-year-old winners Qafila

advisory business after the expiry of a non-compete

and Nomothaj for the Hayes’ team. “It’s become a

clause, says she sees similarities in what most would

fantastic sale with a great buzz about the place. The

view as very disparate working lives.

quality’s kept improving as a result of the hard work

As one of very few women to stand on the rostrum with

of the key people at Magic Millions,’ Angus said.

gavel in hand at a major art auction, she understands

I don’t think, then, I’ll be able to resist asking whether

there’s not a vast gulf between auctioning art or

they’re au fait with Kris Kristofferson singing: “That

horses. “There’s a similar thread. Everybody knows

silver tongued devil just slipped from the shadows

each other and there’s a sense of camaraderie.

and smilingly stole her away.” And, to think, they

They’re festivals although the art world is perhaps a

could have seen the man himself had they gone to

touch more glamorous with black tie and cocktails.

Glastonbury this year (2017).

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THE NEW WAVE OF Awash with cool air and good vibes, the Gold Coast’s new breed of habitual haunts are born of a love of local flavours.

C R A F T E D F OR YO U BURLEIGH BREWING COMPANY When a Hawaiian surfing brewster caught the eye of an Aussie lawyer, few believed they’d one day brew solid gold, but as our tastebuds will attest to, love has indeed conquered all. Born of passion of place and palate, this award winning brewery is a local institution. With names like ‘My Wife’s Bitter’ and ‘Hassel Hop’, you’re not likely to forget them anytime soon. Musos, food trucks and artists swarm under one roof to truly celebrate the Gold Coast’s culture. Prefer a bit of zen with your beer garden? Say Namaste to beer yoga. Yep, it’s a thing.

BALTER BREWERY You may not be able to get barrelled like the pros, but you can throw back a beer like the world champs, thanks to local legends’ Mick Fanning


and Joel Parkinson’s latest venture – Balter Brewery. But being owned by surfing royalty isn’t just this sleek converted warehouse’s only claim to fame; they make damn good beer. If a 12-tap bar with infinite flowing amber doesn’t already have you hooked, then swing round on Sundays when the food trucks, exclusive beer samples and tunes roll out. Cheers to that.

THE COLLECTIVE Chin Up Princess - not a judgement but an order. This cheeky cocktail will have your pinkies up cheers-ing to an endless summer. The Collective’s rooftop bar was made for seaside sundowners, soaked in natural light and lush greens for a breezy alfresco vibe. The mantra of ‘better together’ splashed across the walls is brought to life with an all-round playground for the palate, starring five kitchens serving up American, Italian, Mexican, Asian and contemporary Australian – you really can have it all.

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8TH AVE TERRACE With the whitewash visible atop the white balcony of 8th Ave Terrace, your coastal cred will be pushing ‘hang ten’ out of ten. This well-placed, weatherboard watering hole walks the talk with cocktails like ‘Thyme and Tide Change for No Man-darin’, boasting fresh seasonal produce. This is casual alfresco dining at its best. With some of the smartest casual service we’ve seen on the Coast, come sundown, the upstairs dining room becomes home to wine dinners and date nights, and the sophisticated


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GARDEN KITCHEN & BAR Relax back in to your garden chair, Frosé in hand. If you’re after the Coast’s best beer garden, then look no further friends. Garden Kitchen & Bar at The Star Gold Coast is just what you’ve been

THE ISLAND ROOFTOP A bit of elbow grease has hauled a landmark

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hotel well and truly back to its heyday. The Coast’s newest boutique lodging is home to a retro-styled rooftop bar. The sprawling alfresco patio is one of the trendiest places to sink a few in the sun. Combined with infectious holiday vibes and a stellar cocktail menu, The Island is bringing the retro cool back to Surfers Paradise


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A S I A N S T R E E T E AT S ETSU IZAKAYA This place has been raging from the day it opened, and it’s not hard to see why. Sparkling saké flows with next-level sashimi, Japanese beer teams with tempura, while a ridiculously comprehensive list of Japanese whisky will have you merrily on your way.

HIDEAWAY KITCHEN & BAR Unconventional but so on trend, this Asian street eats cavern gives way to an outdoor oasis, perfect for a Sunday session in the sun. Match the culinary spices with the Kim Jong Mmm cocktail or reach enlightenment as you sip on a Banana Dalai Lama Rama.

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YAMAGEN Wondering where your top chefs are disappearing to? They’re trading city life for the newly revamped, Yamagen. Chef Adam Lane from London’s starred Nobu and Nahm, Tetsuya’s, Saké and Sushi E has embraced the Goldie with epic eats, adding his own spin to the foodie revolution on the Coast.

MAMASAN 18 Belvedere vodka, lychee liqueur, rose water and yuzu sounds just like the establishment it stems from- beautiful, feminine and a little dark. Emulating the Geisha district of Japan, indulge in a fusion of traditional and modern cuisine from South East Asia in the heart of sandsalted Broadbeach.


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BOWDITCH TO TAKE THE REINS 2018 signals a new chapter for Magic Millions as Barry Bowditch takes the reins as Managing Director after 12 years with the company.

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“I see the industry as about the people and we will work at continuing at fostering these relationships and keep the company moving forward.” Bowditch was born and bred in the racing game.

make improvements. “It’s a very important job

“Getting the dispersal; and selling some $30m

With parents integrally involved in racing it was

now with the sales series being so competitive,

worth of horses in one day for one vendor

a career he naturally leaned to, leaving school

because you have to pick the right horses for the

changed the perception of what can happen on

and working for Bryan Guy before Ron Finemore

various sales.

gave the then 17 year old an introduction to Inglis

the Gold Coast,” he says. “People then realized

“You also have to advise clients which is the right

where Barry received a position in the pedigree

you can get as much for a horse there as

sale for their horses. That applies not only in

anywhere else in the world.”


Queensland but to Magic Millions sales all over

“They had the faith to give me a go,” Barry said.

Australia because, after all, we are a service

“It was quite a wrench leaving home at such a

industry and looking after clients has never been

young age to live in Sydney where I didn’t really

more important.”

know anyone, but luckily enough I was able to live with my sister Natasha. I really appreciated the opportunity to work within the industry and I learned a lot while I was there. At first I did the pedigrees, which was a great grounding for someone from the racing side of things as I had no idea what a pedigree was at that stage.” In addition to working alongside other Inglis graduates such as Dean Harvey, Richard Haynes and Rick Connolly Barry learned to put the pedigrees together by hand and on a computer. “I was made to compile the pedigrees by hand, but when they were being done for the catalogues it was on the computer. I was taught the right way of doing them, and as we were doing around 120 a day, I soon came to learn about pedigrees.” His decision to return to the Gold Coast in 2005 was prompted by that old fashioned thing - love - with Barry having fallen for Bryan and Kerry Guy’s daughter Katie. Paul Knight alerted Barry to a role that had come up at Magic Millions and with David Chester’s support Barry was able to move back to the Gold Coast. “Initially I was employed as a Bloodstock Consultant which was a good transition from Inglis as I was doing more with clients. I received

Barry identifies a number of changes in the industry during the time he has worked at Magic Millions. “Right now the market is in an extremely strong

With the Gold Coast Magic Millions yearling sale having a clearance rate of 88%, almost 90%, Barry points to the strength of the bloodstock selection team as integral to the company’s evolving success. “We’ve got a great horse team that can go out and clients have faith in what we are telling them

place. The syndicators were just evolving when

and they have comfort in supporting the sale.

I was starting out but they form the base of the

It’s resulted in us becoming the leading auction

market now. Then there’s the prize money. NSW

house in the country. Being part of the selection

and Victorian prize money is the envy of the world

team that talks to vendors and talks them into

and it’s assisting in keeping trainers buoyant and

selling their horses there’s a lot of satisfaction

making owners want to be a part of it. That’s had

then when those horses go on to do so well

a significant impact on the strength of the sales.

on the race track whether that’s Winx, Redzel,

Then there’s the stallion market. What you have

Capitalist or Dissident for example.”

to pay for a Group 1 winning colt when it retires is a tribute to what this industry’s become and how we’ve got it there and that has changed the way people look at the yearling market. As a result there are dedicated colt syndicates buying

Barry, now married to Katie and with two young children Bella and Sam, arrives at the role as managing director at just 35 years of age but he sees this as a positive.

on type and potential performance at the sales.

“Magic Millions is a young vibrant company and

The international influences on the Australian

we are looking to keep the company fun. Vin has

market have also never been more relevant.

put a lot of integrity and structure into place and

People want to be a part of it and are willing to

that won’t change.

compete in our market.” Barry has watched Magic Millions evolve in line with these industry developments over the past 15 years.

“I see the industry as about the people and we will work at continuing at fostering these relationships and keep the company moving forward.”

a lot more responsibility as I wasn’t bound to

“When I started [here] the company was some

a computer doing pedigrees instead I was out

20 years old but it was still a developing brand.

speaking to people. I got to look after a lot of

Since Gerry, Katie and Vin have been at the fore

Queensland clients and some 5 years ago when

the brand evolution has been massive which now

Vin Cox became Managing Director I got put into

translates into events like a $10m race day, the

a managerial role of bloodstock manager.”

likes of Zara Philips as ambassador, and a polo

“My job involved looking at the yearlings,

day that attracts world class players - these

advising clients where they could put their

things all bring international attention.”

horses to the best advantage, trying to find a

Barry highlights the Teeley Assets Dispersal as a

Barry will formally take over the role of

few more buyers and identifying where we could

tipping point for the company.

managing director after the Sale in January.

Barry says there is much to look forward to at the upcoming January Yearling Sale from race day going to a whole new level, to the polo, to a number of highlight lots in the catalogue.

“We feel that the catalogue is as good as we’ve had in a long, long time.”


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THE GREEN BEHIND THE GOLD The first word that springs to mind after a visit to Mount Tamborine is tranquillity. KATIE HALL

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The winding drive away from the jungle of Gold Coast high-rises, shopping destinations and golden beaches quickly gives way to a lush rainforest of emerald green. As you reach the top of the mountain, the panoramic views of the Gold Coast and hinterland welcome you to Mount Tamborine—the green behind the gold. Mount Tamborine sits on the edge of the Scenic Rim and boasts picturesque views, endless rainforest walks, luxury accommodation, quaint village shops and eateries. Once you step foot on the mountain, whether for the first or the hundredth time to begin a day of wine tasting or casual shopping—that same tranquillity resonates. For those looking to get out and about there are a multitude of rainforest walks that all the family can take part in. The most popular are only several minutes away from the famous Gallery Walk. Enjoy the crisp mountain air and listen out for native birds as you stroll through the scenic Mt Tamborine Rainforest Walk—or wander through the famous Witches Falls circuit in the Tamborine National park. Never fear working up a thirst after exploring the many rainforest paths. Follow your nose to Gallery Walk, where there is no shortage of quaint and cosy cafés, restaurants and wineries. From tasty homemade pies, pastries and fudge at Granny Mac’s Store, to delectable Devonshire tea at the Rainforest

From tasty home-made pies, pastries and fudge at Granny Mac’s Store, to delectable Devonshire tea at the Rainforest Gardens Café and Restaurant—there is a café catering to everyone’s tastes.

Gardens Café and Restaurant—there is a café catering to everyone’s tastes. On the mountain there are plenty of wineries and breweries, and Gallery Walk is home to one of the finest. Sample a smooth shiraz at the rustic Mount Tamborine Vineyard & Winery, where you will be greeted with hundreds of bottles of award-winning wine, port and preserves perfect for celebrating any occasion. Beer fans need not worry, the Barvarian Grill Haus has a selection of delicious dishes and beers to quench your thirst.


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Gallery Walk is home to the iconic German Cuckoo Clock Nest where you will find all manner of handmade wooden cuckoo clocks, expertly crafted grandfather clocks, quality wrist watches, and souvenirs. Art lovers will appreciate a gaze at Capanart Gallery, featuring paintings, sculptures and more created by local artists. For those who love all that glitters, pop in to Matthew West Jewellery Studio for a glimmering gift, or wind back the clocks with a trip to Bygone Days, a vintage enthusiast’s heaven. Mount Tamborine is perfect for a day trip or weekend getaway to recharge your batteries. Surrounded by rainforest, and never too far away from modern amenities, there is a cosy B&B close to all the mountain hot spots. Mount Tamborine Stonehaven Guest House is a luxury Scottish Manor located right at the heart of the mountain. Guests can enjoy their stay in air-conditioned comfort, wander to the nearest winery, enjoy a rainforest walk, or socialise in the guest lounge. Once your visit to the green behind the gold has come to an end—whether you came for a day or a weekend—you will find yourself eager to head back to tranquil Mount Tamborine. KATIE HALL & DESTINATION GOLD COAST

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ONE to 23 It takes a lot for fourth generation horse breeder Jan Clark to leave her draft of horses at a sale – but this was exactly what occurred on March 19 last year – just two days before the start of the Gold Coast March Yearling Sale. Clark, along with Daandine Stud’s Mark and Sarah McCann, were presenting three yearlings at the sale – but mid afternoon on that Saturday their attention switched to Rosehill for the world’s richest juvenile race, the Golden Slipper. What happened next was the stuff of fairytales. The Daandine homebred Capitalist raced into history – becoming the first colt to complete the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and Golden Slipper double. There were cheers and tears from near the bar at the Magic Millions complex and for Clark her long time thoroughbred dreams were delivered in the most glorious style. “It was a dream for all of my life to win a Slipper and for Capitalist to win it and to have a miniature Slipper trophy on the mantelpiece as the breeder is hard to describe,” Clark said. Not only did Daandine Stud breed Capitalist, they also bred his sire, leading sire Written Tycoon.

“I guess that is what makes it even more special and incredible. For a small farm like ours to breed and sell a Golden Slipper winner who was by another group winner we bred and sold is unbelievable.” Written Tycoon was sold at the 2004 Gold Coast Yearling Sale for $50,000 to then Sydney based trainer Grahame Begg. He showed immediate talent winning on debut at Randwick. Later that season he won the Group Two Todman Stakes. “Right from the start Written Tycoon was special. He was an outstanding foal who developed into a great yearling. We were down in Barn A and he was the best yearling we had at the sale and he sold accordingly.” “He was a precocious youngster and when he got to the sale grounds he was very professional – manageable and sensible. I think a good horse has to have some spirit – not silliness, but I like them to have that spirit.” “He was popular at the sales and in the end Grahame Begg bought him. He was our only lot in the first four sessions and he set an equal top price for Daandine.” After kicking away his stud career at a modest fee of $6,000, Written Tycoon has established himself as one of the hottest sires in the land. During most of his stud career the good looking son of Iglesia has been based in Victoria, but it was a short stint in Queensland that led to a Golden Slipper winner. “I was all organised to send four mares to Written Tycoon but it turned out to be the year of EI so the mares couldn’t be transported down to Victoria,” Clark recalls. “Then when Eliza Park decided to bring him up to Queensland I just had to support him – so I bought two young mares to send to him and one was Kitalpha, who I purchased from the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.” The resultant foal of the Written Tycoon-Kitalpha mating was a colt that would later establish himself the champion juvenile of the country. IT TOOK MM AUCTIONEERS APPROX 15,300 MINUTES TO OFFER 5,500 HORSES IN 2017 – AN AVERAGE OF 2 MIN 47 SECS PER HORSE written-tycoon.indd 73

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Capitalist – 2016 2YO Magic Millions Classic Qld Minister for Racing, Grace Grace; Basil Nolan, TBQA; and Magic Millions’ Vin Cox, present Jan Clark with a trophy and “golden slippers” in honour of her devotion to the industry

James Harron with Capitalist following his 2YO Classic win

“Capitalist had everything you would want in a young horse. He was like his sire in having lots of strength – perhaps he didn’t quite have the leg under him as much as Written Tycoon.”

bloodlines as he is free of Danehill, who is such a dominant figure in our industry and features in so many of our better families.”

“He had great conformation and during the whole sale process he handled himself so well. At home he might have played up a bit being in his familiar surrounds, but at the sales he was very professional.”

“He gets big ones, small ones, brown ones, chestnut ones and they seem to win with all sorts of trainers.”

“Capitalist was dragged out of his box so many times – he was looked at quite a lot and sold for $165,000 which was a great result for us and then he turned out a great investment for James Harron and his partners.” Looking to the future Clark and her business partner John Robbins are excited about what lies ahead. “We have our best ever draft heading to the Gold Coast this January,” she pointed out. “Our upgrade program is really doing the job – Kitalpha was from the first year of this program and linking with Craig Rounsefell (Boomer Bloodstock) has delivered in so many ways.” Capitalist, now standing at Newgate Farm

The future is also incredibly bright for Written Tycoon who has just covered his best ever book of mares during a sell out season at Woodside Park Stud, commanding a fee of $88,000. Matt Tillett, who is in charge of bloodstock and sales at Woodside, is all smiles when asked to chart the progress of the stud’s flagship. “‘He started off from pretty humble beginnings and was serving some moderately performed mares, but right from the start he was able to demonstrate his ability to upgrade the mares he serviced.”

Woodside Park’s Matt Tillett

“I think part of his attraction is his pedigree. It suits many of our

It is the horse’s versatility which makes him so effective, says Tillett.

He came to Woodside after the Victorian stud bought him from Eliza Park after the latter stud had moved him up to Queensland for a season. “Some of the other shareholders were not keen on the move and we bought Eliza Park’s share of the horse and brought him back to Victoria, which we felt was his home,” said Tillett. “Some others also took a gamble and bought into him. David Toole, from South Australian stud Kambula, bought a stake in him when his service fee was $12,000 so he’s laughing now. When he took off and started having greater success we would have people ringing us up and saying they only were paying $2,500 for a service in the early days.” “I also met Queensland breeder and trainer Kellie Bond at the Gold Coast. She pinhooks horses and does some breeze up horses and she told me that thanks to Written Tycoon she bought a new farm, so I always like to say that not only does he upgrade mares, he upgrades trainers, stables and anyone he comes into contact with!” “He’s 15 now and we want to have him at his top for a few years yet. He has an amazing libido and fertility and is a very masculine looking horse but his nature is terrific - he is like an old gelding, almost anyone can handle him or pat him.”

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The Global Pitch The internationalisation of racing is well established. From those early pioneering exploits of such turf legends as Phar Lap and Shannon, the Australasian thoroughbred racehorse has continued to prove itself a world-class product. With this belief firmly at the forefront, key members of the Magic Millions team regularly visit all corners of the globe throughout the entire year. This provides an opportunity to continually develop markets, connect with new and existing clients and most importantly promote the benefits of bloodstock purchases from Australia. This is no overnight success story. Promoting the Gold Coast Yearling Sale – and indeed all Magic Millions sales is a 365 day per year perpetual mission. During the 2017 sales season, amongst Magic Millions’ total auction gross sales of more than

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$333.7 million, some $70.4 million (21%) can be attributed to international investment. Sales Director and Asia Representative, David Chester, first started travelling to promote Magic Millions sales back in the early 1990s – and he hasn’t stopped since. In the last 12 months Chester has visited the key Asian markets of China, Hong Kong/Macau and Singapore at least six times each, as well as multiple trips to South Korea and the Philippines, plus visits to Japan, Malaysia, Thailand and Vietnam for good measure. According to Chester these promotional trips are not just about selling horses at future sales. “After sales service is one area we place critical importance on. It takes a long time to develop trust and acceptance in this business. Our clients appreciate us visiting their farms and stables, and taking an interest in the horses they purchase,” Chester explains.

This philosophy is evident in the approach of any representative of the Magic Millions team on international promotional assignments. Bloodstock Manager Barry Bowditch also travels regularly and in the last year has completed trips to South Africa, New Zealand, the United Kingdom, Ireland, Singapore, Hong Kong and the USA. Members of Bowditch’s team have also visited France, China and Macau. “It’s not all about selling, it’s about building confidence in the product we consistently present and in the way we do business. If you are prepared to spend the time and meet clients in their own backyard it fosters mutual respect,” Bowditch tells. So what do Magic Millions representatives do on a typical promotional visit? It’s much more than handing out sales catalogues.

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The Magic Millions team focus is unwavering - to continue to develop new and existing markets worldwide. As well as direct visits to breeding and training operations, promotional trips by Magic Millions representatives entail activities such as attending trackwork sessions and racemeetings, meetings with local racing and government authorities, and attending international bloodstock sales. Managing Director Vin Cox routinely attends sales overseas each year, with annual pilgrimages to Kentucky to attend Keeneland’s September yearling and November breeding stock sales a highlight, along with Arqana’s August sale in Deauville and New Zealand’s premier yearling sale at Karaka.

Attending sales in other regions is key to identifying trends and new investment opportunities. It also enables Magic Millions representatives to see many clients over a short space of time. “It’s a relationship business and Magic Millions is very strong in relationships. That foundation makes it easier to persuade individuals to get on a plane and come to a sale,” Cox states. Bowditch in particular uses international sales attendance as both a knowledge gathering and promotional exercise. “Seeing the demand for certain stock and inspecting the progeny of first season stallions keeps you up-to-date on market trends. It all helps us service our clients better at home,” Bowditch reveals. Ahead of the 2018 sales season, Cox hopes to see a consolidation of the market with similar results to what we’ve seen in 2017. “When breeders can go to the market and confidently get what they expect, it’s a good market,” Cox explains. Marketing the benefits of purchasing and racing thoroughbreds in Australia has produced a windfall over the last five years where we have seen substantial investment from Hong Kong, the USA and mainland China in establishing breeding and racing enterprises in Australia. Examples like US’ Spendthrift Farm and China’s Yulong Investments who have both established properties in Victoria, and Hong Kong’s Aquis – now a significant breeding operation in Queensland and NSW. The Magic Millions team focus is unwavering – to continue to develop new and existing markets worldwide. With Hong Kong seen as the most important international market for both yearling and two-year-old sales, it’s crucial not to overlook market potential for sales at every price range. The ability to cater for investment at all levels is something which sets Magic Millions apart.

“Our yearling sales cover all price ranges. We cater for everyone and conduct a suite of sales with horses suitable for every market whether it be from the Gold Coast, Tasmania, Perth or Adelaide sales,” Chester explains. For Asia, David Chester considers South Korea to be the biggest potential growth market, with a third racetrack planned to be in operation before 2020. Chester estimates 90% of horses purchased to race in Korea are currently sourced from the USA. “South Korea is the sleeping giant of Asian racing. We have been lobbying the Korean Racing Association to consider the installation of a synthetic track to encourage the sale of Australian bred horses,” Chester informs. In person visits are vitally important to regions with language barriers which can often lead to information lost in translation via communication like email. When visiting areas to specifically promote future sales, Chester distributes in-house produced preview booklets in foreign languages targeted with stock to suit each relevant market. “I work closely with our local agents Amy Feng in China and Jae-Hyung Yoo in Korea. Even if we don’t speak the same language it’s amazing the relationships you build,” says Chester. An adjunct to Magic Millions’ promotion through trade missions is investment in local racing via sponsorship and advertising, particularly important in Asia where racing is still developing in many regions. Magic Millions currently sponsors a race series in China with Aquis Farm which is now in its second year plus long-term annual race sponsorships in Macau, the Klub Don Juan Derby in Manila and a co-sponsor of Golden Horseshoe Series for two-year-olds in Singapore. Of all the marketing tools Magic Millions representatives utilise when selling the brand internationally, there are three key messages consistently reappearing. Bowditch believes both reputation and relationships are more important marketing tools than a sales catalogue. “It’s our reputation. It’s paramount our clients know the product and trust that we can continue to have the right horses coming to the sale,” Bowditch asserts.

Three words..... Reputation. Relationships. Results.


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POLO SUPERSTAR Adds magic It’s a rare opportunity but it’s yours to enjoy - watch the David Beckham of polo live in action on the Gold Coast in January. One of the world’s leading players and one of the world’s most photographed men - Ignacio “Nacho” Figueras - will play in the Pacific Fair Magic Millions Polo Tournament on Sunday 7th January at Doug Jennings Park.

Playing with a 6-goal handicap Nacho has more than world class polo on his CV. The Argentinian father of 4 is universally recognised on the international modelling scene as the face of Ralph Lauren Polo fragrances.

The international celebrity has appeared on the Oprah and Ellen DeGeneres shows and he counts among his close friends Princes William and

Securing the celebrity Argentinian in just year two

Harry. Prince Harry and Nacho ride together and

of Magic Millions Polo is a huge coup for the event,

are involved in a number of charitable initiatives

and the Gold Coast as a travel destination.

including “Sentebale” and “Work to Ride,” which

Magic Millions co-owner Katie Page said it was

helps inner-city kids “stay out of trouble” through

always a goal to secure Figueras for the event.

playing polo.

“Wait until you see Nacho in action,” Page said.

Nacho will head up the Veuve Clicquot team on

“He is the epitome of everything that makes polo

Sunday 7th January at the picturesque Doug

one of the most exciting and glamorous live sports

Jennings Park at The Spit. The three-match

in the world.”

tournament will showcase international and

Figueras started playing polo at the age of nine,

domestic stars of the game, including Zara

and by the age of 17, he had moved to Paris and

Phillips, Francesca Cumani, Rob Archibald and

turned professional in the sport. Nowadays

other key players.

he spreads his time between South and North

Channel 7’s Hamish McLachlan will head up the

America, whilst also travelling internationally to

commentary on the day, with Mike Tindall joining

raise awareness of the game he loves so much.

him. The pair will preside over the top class action

Ralph Lauren secured Nacho for their Black Label

and excitement, designed for all to enjoy - from

line in 2005 making him instantly recognisable

families picnicking on the grass, to those soaking

across the globe with his picture adorning

up the luxury experience of high end, fully catered

billboards and magazines as the face of the luxury


fashion brand. He’s so good looking in fact that Vanity Fair readers voted him as the second most handsome man in the world in 2009.

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“Wait until you see Nacho in action,” Page said. “He is the epitome of everything that makes polo one of the most exciting and glamorous live sports in the world.” For tickets please see page 12 or visit


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From racing stables to the offices of a bloodstock agent to the rolling pastures of a stud farm - all of them carry instantly recognisable brand names. But what of the names of the individuals that work so hard behind the scenes to ensure these brands remain in the limelight? We spent some time with 3 individuals to find out more.

FAC E S behind the names DAMIAN SLOCUM:

Aquanita Racing

Damian Slocum doesn’t get much sleep. Nor would you if you had his job. But as National Racing Manager for the Aquanita Group he seems to relish the challenge of juggling myriad balls in the air and celebrating the successes as they appear. Aquanita is one of Australia’s largest Thoroughbred Racing stables that operates fundamentally as a co-operative under the Aquanita umbrella. Trainers run their own businesses but Aquanita provides to the co-operative administration, veterinary, floating, farrier and agistment services, state of the art training complexes to operate from and a multitude of services that range from annual selection and


Jolly, Tony Vasil, Simon Miller, Stuart

Board of Directors. Event management -

Webb & Nick Ryan. I guess I’ve been the

Coordinating owner functions – Open Days,

‘backbone’ of the business! The main aim is

Charity Golf Day, Raceday hospitality. Client

to provide our trainers with administrative

liaison - Raceday hosting of clients. Horse

support so they can concentrate on doing

Movements and contributing to month

what they do best and that’s ‘training’. The

end accounts processes. Stable Welfare

role is quite diverse, jack of all trades to be

Manager. ... I could go on and on!

honest and can involve any of the following:

Where did you work prior?

Assist trainers with Race nominations,

I studied Science at Melbourne University

acceptances, jockey engagements, race programming. Racing Administration – horse registrations, transfers of ownership, leases etc for our clients. Customer service - Owner communications via our state of the art Prism Horse Management platform which has been a new and welcome addition to our business. Database maintenance for accounting and communications. Logistics – scheduling of transport for our own

and majored in Zoology and Botany. I intended to further my development/ career in these disciplines with postgraduate work in Brunei for the Sultan of Brunei and Shell Oil Company. Had a 6 month wait after graduating with Honours and in the interim worked as a caddie at Capital Golf Club for Lloyd Williams and Crown Casino clients.

How long have you worked at Aquanita

and sales of yearlings etc.

and what does your role entail?


Website – development and

An opportunity arose to assist Aquanita Racing in their Racing Department when based at Flemington back in 2001.

I have worked at Aquanita Racing for over

maintenance. Major projects – development

I envisaged it would be a short term role.

16 years in a Racing/General Manager type

and implementation of accounting and

Funding for the research project in Brunei

role and assisted trainers such as Robert

communications systems. Social Media –

fell through and I ended up continuing on

Smerdon, Russell Cameron, John Sadler,

Instagram, Twitter, Facebook etc. Weekly

at Aquanita and haven’t looked back….16

Dan O’Sullivan, Liam Birchley, Richard

and Monthly reporting to the Aquanita

years on!

purchase of yearlings and syndication through to website maintenance and regular client events.

fleet of horse trucks/floats. Coordinating our trainers and staff for annual yearling sales – accommodation, flights, marketing Bloodstock

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When or how did you first get involved

Is it possible to summarise what a general

Trainers generally aren’t the most patient

with horses?

day might entail for you?

people off the track! Managing owners’

My father always had shares in racehorses

Every day is different and I really enjoy the


and I recall going to the stables from a very

variety that comes with my role.

expectations are high and horses don’t

early age. Always been fascinated by the

What is the best part of your job?

perform as expected. The highs and lows

thoroughbred. Been a keen student of the turf and have been a regular racegoer for many years.

The people.

I really enjoy dealing with




of racing!

our clients & staff & highly value the

If I could give you a magic wand what

friendships I have made along the way.

would you use it for in your job?

If you had to summarise 3 key attributes

There is nothing better than success on



raceday – a reward for an owner’s patience

communications for the wider industry.

and a trainer’s toil.







thoroughbred industry what would they be?









There are always going to be challenges

the national Registration & Transfer

Passion - Genuine passion and interest

in any role. What are some of the more

documentation with online processes it

in horses and racing. Long hours, work

difficult things you have to grapple with?

would save hours of labour for staff who

The thirst for information – with technology

regularly complete paperwork on behalf

owners are expecting more detailed and

of their clients.

frequent communication on their horses. A

recommend the Prism horse management

never ending task to keep on top of in a big

system as it has made my job a lot easier.

stable so we can continue providing a high

To be able to manage our entire multi-

level of customer service. Workload – when

stable operations online and via an app is a

working for multiple trainers under the one

huge step forward and the benefits in both

umbrella there is always a large volume of

efficiency and in enhancing the owner’s

work and prioritising tasks is a challenge.

experience has been a ‘no brainer’.


How long have you worked for James

on limited sleep – need the drive and motivation to succeed. I would love to be paid on an hourly rate! Attention to detail – most important in my role - very little room for mistakes in this game. Resilience – lots of ups and downs, results generally come in cycles, need to keep a positive approach.

James Harron Bloodstock Redzel’s victory in the world’s richest Turf contest - the Everest - shone the

I would also highly

Harron Bloodstock? I started working for James in September 2011, so just over 6 years.

spotlight on James Harron Bloodstock

Where did you work prior to JHB?

who had provided the slot to Triple Crown

Before JHB I worked for Vin Cox for five


years when he was a bloodstock agent in

It was yet another success story for

Sydney, funnily enough in the same office

Harron’s burgeoning CV - success stories

that JHB now operates out of. When Vin

that include the yearling purchase of

moved to Queensland to take up the job

Foxwedge and Wandjina then selling them

as Managing Director of Magic Millions,

as stallion prospects to Newgate, brokering

JHB was starting to grow and expand and

the stallion deal of Triple Crown Winner

James was looking for an assistant so the

Pierro to Coolmore, the yearling purchase

timing worked out really well.

of Gr1 winner Capitalist, and the yearling

When or how did you first get involved

purchase and stallion deal brokered with

with horses?

Coolmore of Vancouver.

My grandmother sat me on a horse before

James Harron founded James Harron

I could walk and the love affair began

Bloodstock in 2011 with the aim to provide

from there! I grew up riding ponies on my

a full and complete service to its clients,

grandparents farm, taking part in the local

leaving them free to focus on enjoying their

pony club, and competing in hunter trials.

bloodstock successes safe in the knowledge

I then went on to study Equine Science at

that everything behind the scenes has

the University of Limerick in Ireland and

been taken care of. A key person behind

had work placements at Windfields farm in

the scenes is James’ assistant Anna Ryan

Canada, where Northern Dancer was bred,

who has worked tirelessly to achieve the

and doing the yearling sales in Lexington,

company’s objective from Day 1.

Kentucky which gave me the travel bug. I ended up working in Kentucky for 18 months after leaving college before moving to Australia.


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If you had to summarise 3 key attributes of

How many horses would you look at on

There are always going to be challenges

a successful assistant in the thoroughbred

average at a sale?

in any role. What are some of the more

We would look at the majority of the

difficult things you have to grapple with?

Willing to learn, being organised and being

yearlings at each of the major sales so for

One of the biggest challenges is constantly

adaptable. There is always lots going

a sale like Magic Millions in January that

looking at ways to do things better and

on and no two days are the same so you

could be anywhere between 800 and 900

improve. It’s a busy job with lots of different

need to be organised and able to adapt to


things happening all the time and it’s

What is the best part of the job?

very easy to get caught up with what is

industry what would they be?

whatever gets thrown at you. Is it possible to summarise what a general day might entail as an assistant to a leading bloodstock agent a) during the breeding/noms season and b) during the sales season?

The variety of work, no two days are the same and you are always learning. Being part of a small business you get to experience every aspect of the business and you really feel like part of the team. There is a good

happening day to day and forget about the little things you can do better. This can be something like putting systems in place that allow us to work more efficiently as the business grows. The business is constantly evolving and you need to be able to evolve

We manage the bloodstock portfolios for

mix between the administration side in the

a number of clients and while the matings

office and getting out to see the horses at

are done well in advance of the breeding

the stables and the races and going to the

season there is still plenty happening

yearling sales. Racehorse management is

with foals being born and it’s also an

a big part of the business and this means

exciting time of year when the yearlings

that you get to manage and follow the

are turning two and heading towards the

careers of the horses from the time you

trials and early races as well as when the

purchase them at the yearling sales right

Spring racing carnival starts to kick into

through their racing careers and for some

gear. A general day might involve getting

their stud and breeding careers. With the

If I could give you a magic wand what

the paperwork together to register and

breeding stock, it’s very exciting to see the

would you use it for in your job?




with it. For example at the end of last year we set up a syndication company, JHB Syndications. It’s a unique business and in many ways quite different to what JHB does with its own set of opportunities and challenges for all of us as understanding that market and learning what works and what doesn’t.


matings that were so carefully planned two

To get rid of paper forms and make

race day hospitality and ticketing for our

or three years previously culminate in a

everything electronic. It would save so

owners and arranging farm visits for our

good result at the yearling sales or a win on

much time and a lot of trees! A lot of places

clients to inspect their stock and look at

the track. The other great part of the job is

are heading in this direction but there is

sales placements for yearlings. And of

our clients. We are very lucky to work with

still a way to go.

course there is the day to day admin and

some of the most lovely and interesting

bookkeeping that keeps the business

people you could ever meet. They love their

running smoothly.

horses and are very passionate about the

The sales season is a busy time of the year

industry and are a pleasure to deal with.

and from January to April the focus turns to the yearling sales where we attend all the major sales. I look after all the travel arrangements and make sure James has everything he needs so he can focus on inspections. When we are at the sales the day involves inspecting the horses, putting together lists with James’ ratings, arranging the vetting of the short list of horses as well as looking after any clients that are coming to the sales and helping with their travel arrangements etc. Once the horses have been purchased then I

Racehorse management is a big part of the business and this means that you get to manage and follow the careers of the horses from the time you purchase them at the yearling sales right through their racing careers and for some their stud and breeding careers.

look after all the invoicing and the admin side of it. We manage the horse accounts for a number of clients so there is always plenty of bookkeeping and admin work to keep me busy. We are also now looking to next year’s Magic Millions then the Autumn Carnival when once again the racing kicks up a notch and the focus turns towards the Golden Slipper.

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FAC ES behind the names BO RITSON :

staff accommodation, etc. It will also include organising the hospitality areas

Kitchwin Hills

at the major sales, advertising posters,

Kitchwin Hills is set on 1000 acres in the

door cards, inspection cards. Also catering

surrounds of the Isis Valley approximately

for visitors to the farm for inspections

20 minutes from Scone in the Upper

and things like that, besides the everyday

Hunter Valley. The farm stands 3 stallions:

things as well.

Counterattack, Sooboog and Dane Shadow.

for afternoon tea and evening drinks after a

Breeding season - Actually starts with doing the sale entries and booking accommodation in advance before we even know which horses are selling where, or how many staff we will be using.

day of treading the boards – the warm MM

Getting the breeding contracts finalised &

Kitchwin’s sale drafts have grown over the years both in size and quality. This year the Stud anticipates selling approximately 70 yearlings (31 at the MM January sale). Each January their popular marquee at the Magic Millions Sale sees well over 100 people travel through to get fed each day with many being repeat clients dropping in

tarmac can take its toll. The stud employs 20 staff during the year with that number rising to 25 come sale season and the farm foals down 100 mares although in 2017 130 were foaled making it an even busier

will try extra hard to achieve it and for me not being around horses I’d try to get near to them to learn about them all the time picking up the crumbs of opportunities that

recording them. Liaising with the staff at the crush as to which horses to pencil in and what cover times are wanted. Taking photographs of foals and sending them out to owners. Dealing with general enquires

year. Mick Malone is the face of Kitchwin

came my way.

but behind the scenes is someone who

When I first came to Australia I got a job

and by email about their horses, things

will also be familiar to many and that is Bo

working for Len Morton in Perth, it proved

like naming horses, changes in ownership,

Ritson who wears many hats in her job at

a good foundation as he was a good

transport arrangements for horses coming

Kitchwin Hills.

employer, the Morton family were great

and going.

How long have you worked at Kitchwin and

to me. Len also arranged for me to get a

What is the best part of your job?

what does your role entail?

job with Neville Begg when I was ready to

The opportunity to spend time with the

I have been at Kitchwin for around 12 years

move on, therefore my next port of call was

horses, especially the mares and foals.

and my role for the last 10 years has been

Sydney and once again working for a good

Being included in farm discussions on

in the office. I mainly organise the sales and


things relating to the horses, and things

in the breeding season I organise the walk

If you had to summarise 3 key attributes of

such as which plants to grow in the gardens,

out mares, client relations, photographs

a successful employee in the thoroughbred

or the design of a new fence or an injury that

and day to day clerical requirements, plus

industry what would they be?

looking after the hospitality side of things at the sales as well as on the farm, where

From the horses point of view it would be -

and conversing with owners over the phone

needs to be treated a bit differently. Also working amongst the surrounding hills, trees, fields and wildlife all of which you see

Firstly, respect for the horse, patience and

from the office window and on my drive to

a genuine interest in the horse’s well-being.

work each day.

Secondly, the ability to quietly observe - notice

There are always going to be challenges

how the horse is behaving. Finally, a genuine

Prior to moving to Scone I worked for Les

in any role. What are some of the more

interest in liaising with the people who own

Bridge at Randwick. I have also worked in

difficult things you have to grapple with?

them; be honest and genuine.

Changing staff, time constraints for sales,

Is it possible to summarise what a general

you are not back from one before you need

day might entail for you a) during the

to get ready for the next. Then I’d say the

breeding season and b) during the sales

amount of clerical records that need to


kept these days.

A day during sales season is dealing with all

If I could give you a magic wand what

I am ably assisted by Di Brown - her home made apple cake is legendary! Where did you work prior?

the wholesale saddlery business for Zilco and Equestrian supplies as well as running my own dry cleaning business in Sydney’s Eastern suburbs. When or how did you first get involved with horses?

of the requirements of getting the horses

would you use it for in your job?

I had always loved horses from an early age

and staff organised for the upcoming sale.

although I didn’t grow up in a horsey family.

Creating regular rainfall, improving my

This will include thinking about uniforms,

typing ability and more time to spend

When you desperately want something you

feed, transport for both horses and staff,



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Edgewater is owned and run by Peter & Tracey

The restaurant is located in an excellent locale

Cianci. Pete is a face that will be familiar to many

of the Gold Coast; a factor Pete acknowledges.

at Magic Millions with Pete having run MM’s

“Isle of Capri is a really nice little community

onsite catering for a decade. In February 2014 the

and people have really grasped it.

opportunity arose to set up Edgewater and two decades on from his days with Marriott in the USA the rest is history.

“60-70% of our clientele are repeat clientele weekly if not daily. We have built a really strong following. It has been really well patronised.

When asked what differentiates Edgewater Pete

People love local restaurants in this part of the

points straight to the people who work with him.

world. “ Edgewater has a private dining room which

“If I had to say what defines us I’d say a really good local restaurant with amazing staff who we retain. 70% of our staff have been here since Day 1 which is a pretty incredible feat in the hospitality game and the food is extremely consistent. The view is a bonus. To us it is about the consistency of the food and the service.”

can accommodate up to 20 guests in style with adjacent private balcony or the entire restaurant can be booked for functions. “We do large functions and a diverse menu well,” Pete says “two kitchens work side by side so Melbourne Cup, New Years Eve, and charity events we can accommodate 200 people quite easily.” It’s no surprise Edgewater is a popular destination for diners during Magic Millions week - the restaurant is open for breakfast, lunch and dinner.


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The Little Mare That Could

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As a daughter of speed influence Not A Single Doubt and placegetter in a Magic Millions Classic and Guineas, the pointy end of a Caulfield Cup is the last place one would expect to find Single Gaze. But there she was in mid-October, the

“My family is quite academic. I was

little chestnut mare punching away at the

definitely the black sheep of the family. I

business end of the world’s richest 2400m

just learnt (training) from scratch.”

handicap, despite having chased a brutal

Olive wasn’t aware he had a potential stable

speed from the get-go.

flagbearer occupying his Canberra boxes

“At the 150m I thought she was the winner.

when Single Gaze went to the races for the

She fought everything off and you were

first time at Rosehill in November 2014.

looking to see what was coming,” her


Canberra-based trainer Nick Olive said.

Counterattack were both in the same race.

In the end, she had to settle for second

We knew she went good, but didn’t think

behind fellow Magic Millions graduate

she was any superstar,” Olive said.

Boom Time, but the performance was

“She only went up there because there was

enough to edge Single Gaze’s earnings

no local race around Canberra.

beyond the $2million mark – a fabulous return on the $70,000 investment Olive made in January 2014 on behalf of a group of owners that have now been on one of racing’s great rides. “I definitely wasn’t thinking Caulfield Cups when I bought her,” he said. “I just liked the way she moved. The first time I saw her I really liked her. She was so athletic, a nice deep girth. She’s only a little horse, but had a really strong shoulder. “We basically had her sold that night.”





“I actually had a weekend planned with my mates for Derby Day at Flemington, so I wasn’t even there!” Olive said it was “amazing to watch” that win and he soon set his sights on the Magic Millions. Single Gaze would run third to Le Chef and then returned 12 months later – having not won another race – and ran second in the Guineas to Mahuta. That




turned out to be the making of her. After a

Olive, 44, is not among the biggest names

short break she ran second in the Surround

in racing, but his achievements with a

Stakes before taking the Keith Nolan

relatively small team have earned him


widespread respect in a career that now spans 15 years.

Olive then sent her to the Group 1 Vinery, where regular partner Kathy O’Hara – the

“My dad used to go to the races and I just

only jockey to win on her - sent Single Gaze

tagged along as a kid one day and I just fell

home a $12 winner.

in love with it,” he said. “Ever since I was an eight-year-old kid, that’s all I’ve wanted to do.

“That was obviously a career highlight,” Olive said.

“I just liked the way she moved. The first time I saw her I really liked her. She was so athletic, a nice deep girth. She’s only a little horse, but had a really strong shoulder. 2013 WAS THE INAUGURAL RUNNING OF THE SPECTACULAR MM BARRIER DRAW BEACH BREEZE AT THE SURFERS PARADISE FORESHORE.

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When I was young and dreaming of being a trainer you’d just dream of winning any Group 1 race. It was such a thrill to have achieved that as a trainer. We don’t get a lot of opportunities us country trainers.

“It was a relief to go up there and see them both

Olive then sent her to Queensland, where she

still alive to start with.

notched one of the most emotional wins of the

“I remember running up the track and by the

carnival in the Listed Tails Quality at Doomben.

time I got there I had tears running down my

“I really enjoyed that. Just to have her back in the


winners’ circle it was a great feeling,” Olive said.

“She fell heavily on her shoulder. She didn’t

Single Gaze then ran second in the Hollindale

fracture anything, but even now, the grass burn

and won the P.J. O’Shea before a brave second

“It was sheer excitement and a feeling of

you can still see. The hair hasn’t grown back yet.”

under 59kg in the Brisbane Cup.


Single Gaze was brought back into work but Olive

“She really stepped up in Brisbane. She ran a

It was ecstasy to agony in the space of a fortnight

knew she wasn’t the same horse. Rather than

bottler in the Brisbane Cup with the big weight,”

as the euphoria of winning that Group 1 was –

persevere, he turned her out. Twice.

he said.

temporarily – stripped away when Single Gaze

“Things weren’t right with her. It wasn’t until the

But Brisbane was soon surpassed by the trip

and O’Hara came crashing to the turf in the

third time where I was happy to go on with her,”

south to Melbourne and that gritty second in the

Australian Oaks.

he said.

Caulfield Cup.

“When she fell that’s the most horrible feeling

After 315 days away from the track, Single Gaze

“Down in Melbourne she’s gone up two notches.

I’ve ever had. I thought Kathy would be seriously

resumed at Rosehill in the Millie Fox Stakes and

She’s stepped up to racing some of the best

injured and the horse’s life might be in danger,”

finished midfield. She ran again in the Coolmore

horses in Australia,” Olive said.

Olive said.

before an eye-catching third over 2000m.

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“I remember running up the track and by the time I got there I had tears running down my cheeks.”

“With different circumstances, she could have easily won one of her Caulfield Cup lead-ups. “But we’re sick of running good races in these big ones. We want to win one!” Single Gaze was a $70,000 graduate of the Redbank North draft at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale. Her feats have put more of a premium on progeny of Redaluca’s Gaze and in the past two years, Redbank North have sold colts by Commands and So You Think from the mare for $280,000 and $250,000 respectively. This January, they have a brother to Single Gaze heading to the Gold Coast. “He’s a very nice horse. Both Inglis and Magic Millions were desperate to get him,” Redbank North’s James Middleton said.

“Barry Bowditch thinks he’s one of the better

Single Gaze is the obvious flagbearer, but in

Not A Single Doubts going to the sale. Hopefully

2016 she was upstaged in the Magic Millions

he’s right.”

Guineas by fellow Redbank graduate Mahuta,

Middleton said he wasn’t surprised Single Gaze

giving the farm the honour of a quinella in the

was able to win at 2000m as a three-year-old,

$2million race.

because her dam was a genuine stayer before

The latest headliner to come from Redbank

being injured.

North is Capital Gain, winner of the Group 1 J.J.

“I always thought she would get the distance of

Atkins, in which he beat star filly Aloisia.

the Oaks as a three-year-old,” Middleton said.

Capital Gain was passed in at the Adelaide Magic

“The mother was a 2400m horse. She bowed a

Millions before later graduating from the MM

tendon and that’s why she retired early, but we

Ready to Run Sale.

knew she could stay.

Redbank North has four yearlings scheduled to

“I raced the mare with Jamie Walter of Proven

be sold at this year’s Gold Coast Magic Millions

Thoroughbreds. When she bowed the tendon,

Yearling Sale.

five of us bought the others out and now there’s

In addition to the brother to Single Gaze, they

only four of us, with 25 per cent each.”

have a half-brother to the stakes winning filly

Middleton had a soft spot for Single Gaze right

Eckstein (who was bred from a mare Middleton

from the start and as a result kept a share in the

bought for just $500) and yearlings by Cox Plate

filly after selling her.

winner Adelaide and Dubai World Cup hero

“We really liked her. She was such a game little thing when we were prepping her,” he said. “When we legged Damien Oliver up in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic I said ‘this is the gamest horse I’ve ever had anything to do with.’ He just

Animal Kingdom. “We’re only a very small farm. We only have a small band of mares and we have fun, so we get a lot of satisfaction out of their success,” Middleton said.

shrugged, but when he came back he said ‘this is

For Olive, it’s a similar situation.

one game little filly, look after her.’

Having Single Gaze has enabled him to fulfil his

“She’s been great the whole way through.”

Group 1 dream and be a part of Australia’s most

Redbank North is having a bit of a run with Magic Millions graduates.

famous races. “We all love her and are so proud of her,” he said.

“She’s taught me a lot about training and has taken us on an unbelievable ride. She’s pretty special.”


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Cost: $130,000 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Corumbene Stud Buyer: Akram Younan Trainer: Peter & Paul Snowden Jockey: Blake Shinn


Irish Constabulary Flying Spur-Irish Truce

Cost: $85,000 2010 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Baramul Stud Buyer: JSL Racing Trainer: John Symons & Sheila Laxon Jockey: Michael Hellyer

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Falvelon-Mighty Illusion

Cost: $80,000 2014 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale Vendor: Glenlogan Park Buyer: Neil Jenkinson Trainer: Matthew Dunn Jockey: Tye Angland


Stratum Star

Stratum-Purely Spectacular

Cost: $165,000 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Widden Stud Buyer: Rick Hore-Lacy Trainer: Darren Weir Jockey: Damian Lane

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Private Secretary Husson-Secretaire

Cost: $32,000 2011 National Yearling Sale Vendor: Baramul Stud Buyer: Greg Hickman Trainer: Greg Hickman Jockey: Ben Melham



Testa Rossa-Moonlight Shadow

Cost: $50,000 2013 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Eliza Park Buyer: Adrian Allan Trainer: Gary Portelli Jockey: Deanne Panya

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Flying Jess Hinchinbrook-Maritess

Cost: $60,000 2015 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Milburn Creek Buyer: Prime Thoroughbreds Trainer: John Moloney Jockey: Tye Angland

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I Am Invincible-Set to Unleash

Cost: $105,000 2016 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Yarraman Park Stud Buyer: Edmonds Racing Trainer: Toby Edmonds Jockey: Jeff Lloyd

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Target In Sight Nadeem-Xaaranthe

Cost: $80,000 2011 Gold Coast Yearling Sale Vendor: Attunga Stud Buyer: Champion Thoroughbreds Trainer: Joseph Pride Jockey: Brenton Avdulla


Real Princess

Real Saga-Dan’s Princess

Cost: $82,500 2016 Gold Coast March Yearling Sale | Vendor: Glenlogan Park Buyer: Liam Birchley | Trainer: Liam Birchley | Jockey: Tye Angland

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Knot it with style A lot of money has gone into your suit, shirt and shoes but how much time did you spend on your neck tie?

Most men will probably respond that they made

Will Chambers, Partnerships Manager at Sports

sure the colour was right. A few more will say

and Entertainment Ltd in Queensland has an

they looked at the weight of the material and the

avid interest in ties, to the extent that he now has

width of the tie itself. A minority will mention the

a healthy Instagram following on the subject.

tie knot.

When asked what prompted the fascination he

To ensure your race day attire ticks all the boxes

says that it all started with his school uniform.

you really need to attend to all three.

“I have been wearing a tie since eight years old,

Your necktie style should match the clothes

it had to look neat and tidy. Of course there were

you wear but most importantly the shape of the

strict rules on how it could look and I got bored

collar of your shirt.

with that and wanted it to be a bit different whilst

A wide spread collar, whose points extend out

staying within the boundaries.”

at an angle greater than 90 degrees, requires a

Will says the majority of men opt for a traditional

larger and more triangular shaped necktie knot


while a straight point collar, whose points extend

“Most men wear a tie out of necessity not

out at an angle less than 60 degrees, calls for a

because they want to,” he says.

Tips Men with a larger neck size should wear a tie knot that fits proportionally. On the other hand tall and slim men are better off wearing a slightly smaller and longish shaped knot. Finally there is the necktie itself. Thicker Italian silk ties look better with a triangular shaped tie knot, such as the Double Windsor, while more traditional patterned ties, such as British striped ties, look best with a Four in Hand knot. There are a number of different ways to tie a men’s necktie, but the most common knots are the Windsor, Half-Windsor and Four-in-Hand.

narrow and longer shaped tie knot.

WINDSOR The Windsor knot requires a particular

It is a perfect choice knot for medium-

amount of care to tie right, but the


result should have a look of precision.

designer ties.





The Windsor is a wide knot with a sharp, triangular shape. It is most appropriately worn with wide-collared shirt to match the knot. It is also known as the full, or double Windsor knot.

“Most men wear a tie out of necessity not because they want to” Will Chambers

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HALF-WINDSOR The Half-Windsor knot is triangular,

Because the half Windsor requires

like the Windsor, but is smaller

less of the tie’s length than the larger

and fits better with standard shirt

Windsor knot, it is also a great choice

collars. It is a versatile knot that can

for big & tall men trying to wear a

be worn on both formal and informal

regular length tie.

occasions. The Half-Windsor is a good fit for thick ties because it does not require them to be wrapped twice when it is tied, and so it does not require the use of a long tie the way a Windsor does.


The Four in Hand knot is one of the

Since the Four in Hand requires less

easiest tie knots to learn. The knot has

of the tie’s length, it is also a great

a smaller, slightly longish shape that

choice knot for tall men trying to tie a

is perfect for narrow spread collars

regular length tie to the right length –

as well as for button down collar

so that the tip of the tie ends near the

dress shirts.The classic look of this

centre of the belt buckle.

The Four-in-Hand knot is a basic, popular knot that is easy to execute.

knot is perfect for British striped, and

In fact, the name originates from the idea that English horsemen could

Regimental ties.

tie the knot with one hand while holding the reigns of four horses in the other. The knot is narrow and appropriate for any occasion. According to GQ, it “should look asymmetrical and imperfect.”


NOTABLE OTHER STYLES Other notable tie knot styles include the small knot and Prince Albert. The small knot is more compact than the Half-Windsor or Four-in-Hand knots and is appropriate for narrow collars. Finally, the Prince Albert is a knot with a tight, narrow look that is best for shirts with long collars.

PRINCE-ALBERT If you want to stand out in the crowd, then the Trinity knot is unique and looks fantastic.

“Most men will match a tie’s colour with what they are wearing but a tie’s knot can either be hidden or better stand out depending on how you pair the knot with the cut of your shirt collar,” says Will. “I prefer a half-windsor knot with a Cutaway collar and a suit for Raceday”. ~ 105 ~ Knot it with style MM2018.indd 105

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A welcome sanctuary

ach e B s d d u at B KATRINA PARTRIDGE

s Bumbles cafe is situated just 5 minute walk from the heart of Surfers Paradise at the centre of Budds Beach. It was formerly a convenience store, owner Kate Madison jumped at the opportunity to convert it to a cafe. It started as just 4 tables outside and a bench seat inside and the promise of good coffee. Today it boasts indoor air conditioned seating for 60 guests and alfresco river-view tables for 40 more. The pavement has been extended to capitalise on the beautiful river view, the picture room was put in during 2005, the ‘blue room’ and the ‘alley’ in 2006 and the lounge and dining rooms upgraded in 2007.

The cafe is a very unique space in terms of its fit out and ‘feel’. Kate

Kate explains the cafe’s eye catching photo wall that

acknowledges that the building “is just part of me. It’s a work in

started 15 years ago.

progress, constantly evolving. It’s like going to your Nanna’s house - it’s always welcoming and like a big hug. We love our corner of the world. We always want you to feel welcomed and loved.” There are 4 unique spaces at Bumbles giving that immediate sense of an extension of home: The Blue Room, the Library, the Pink room and the Picture room. Amidst them all you will find fresh flowers and patio seating overlooking the water or inside lavish white table cloths and candles should you prefer; soft lighting and bookshelves overflowing with books, walls papered with photos of people who populate the local neighbourhood - this is a place that celebrates community.

“I found the wallpaper in a UK magazine and loved the idea of putting up shots of our Bumbles family. It’s fun now as we have so many photos of children that have grown up and kids of their own and I watch them come in and show their kids photos of their younger selves. It’s very sweet.”

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Kate says that people come to Bumbles for two things in particular “The location - sitting by a sleepy river in the middle of Surfers Paradise is a bit strange but very comforting, and the food and coffee are great.”

A successful Gold Coast cafe owner, Kate nods to the fact that there is

As Bumbles continues to tempt all lovers of food and

something unique about Bumbles which has kept it in her ownership

coffee, an intimate dinner is now served on Thursday

whilst other successful ventures have come and gone.

evenings. Bookings are essential.

“It’s a good fit,” she says. “I have been here 17 years now. I have loved all my shops and whilst this may sound a bit like Goldilocks the first one Mocha - got a bit too small (32 square metres), the next one - Madisons - was too big - so I guess Bumbles is just right.”



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Following a $7 million transformation, Dreamworld’s all-new Tiger Island is now complete, with the addition of the Up Close experience. As a world-class iconic attraction, Tiger Island is a major new tourism drawcard for the Gold Coast, combining conservation with responsible tourism. Dreamworld CEO Craig Davidson said the reinvigoration of Tiger Island would ensure the park retained its leading role in the global race to save tigers in the wild. “The redevelopment of Tiger Island is a significant milestone for Dreamworld and a wonderful gift for our tigers and their endangered wild cousins as we celebrate the 22nd anniversary of Tiger Island,” said Mr Davidson.


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The new Tiger Island includes: • world-class tiger exhibits and conservation areas with leading animal husbandry facilities • landscaping by international designer Jamie Durie and his team at Durie Design • improved viewing areas including a covered stadium seating 500 people plus VIP seating area • splash pools with underwater viewing to see the tigers swimming • leading audio visual facilities for tiger presentations • new themed shopping and dining outlets • a new Sumatran Tiger habitat to showcase Dreamworld’s three Sumatran tigers and the park’s contributions to the Sumatran Tiger Global Species

“Turning the spotlight on conservation, visitors to this amazing conservation precinct will be able to feel closer to our tigers than ever before, encouraging empathy and educating guests on the plight of tigers in the wild. “It includes interpretive areas and experiences to highlight the wild tiger conservation projects supported by Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation with opportunities for guests to make

Management Program • A world class lair for Dreamworld’s noncontact tigers • A children’s crawl through tunnel and strategically placed windows in Up Close and The Lair and Sumatran Tiger habitat enabling guests to safely experience being face-to-face with a tiger • tiger photo experiences and tiger presentations

their own contributions through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation.” Dreamworld, through the Dreamworld Wildlife Foundation (DWF), is one of the largest zoological contributors to tiger conservation worldwide. The park’s 11 tigers are ambassadors for their wild counterparts, raising funds for tiger conservation through guest experiences, donations and the park’s adopt an animal program.


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One of the largest integrated sporting events in the world will take place on the Gold Coast in less than 5 months time. With the eyes of the world on our city during the GC2018, both athletes and spectators alike are in for a massive 11 days as the Commonwealth’s best athletes seek to make history for their country.

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THE PEOPLE • 1.5 billion cumulative global television audience are set to tune in to the games from across the world • 1.2 million cheering ticketed spectators will support the athletes from the sidelines • 15,000 hardworking volunteers will have worked together to make the GC2018 possible • 6,600 of the world’s finest athletes and their team officials will flock to the Gold Coast, chasing a winning title • 3,500 domestic and international media will cover the action • 11 days of athletic feats of strength, where years of hard training are put to the test • 70 Commonwealth nations and territories are to compete against each other

THE SPORT • 500,000 pieces of sporting equipment will be used over the 11 day event • 8,400 shuttlecocks will be batted • 3,456 table tennis balls will fly over the nets • 275 medal events will take place • 38 integrated and para-sport medal events are to be contested • 18 different sports and 7 para-sports will take place with their teams seeking victory

The Commonwealth Games roll around every four years, and the GC2018 will be the largest sporting event Australia has seen in the last decade—and the biggest the Gold Coast has ever hosted.

By the numbers, the GC2018 has been no small feat, and it promises to be a spectacular sporting event.



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Let’s look at the numbers and stats and so clearly you will see That Magic Millions produces many more champions easily We’ll start with names of our Group 1 winners this year so far Winx, Global Glamour, Black Heart Bart and Stratum Star There’s been so many more with Group race gold – it’s insane Foxplay, Silent Sedition, Palentino and Capital Gain

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Who else makes the honour roll on this year’s racing clock Lasqueti Spirit, Secret Agenda, Invader and Awesome Rock Redzel, an orphaned foal, who won so well in our home state and boy what a story, The first horse to conquer The Everest and bring his many owners so much glory! We’re all on The Mission as well - the colt of a champ The son of a sire who hailed from the same Paul Perry camp Let’s go back another year to see what else we’ve had amaze Capitalist, Boban, Buffering and Single Gaze Lucky Hussler, Tarzino and Miss Cover Girl With the horses we produce – surely worth giving us a whirl Think of how many Golden Slipper winners so far that we’ve hatched 10 of the last 14 sold at auction - Magic Millions is unmatched Belle De Jour will go down in history for the way she won the race Ha Ha and Dance Hero showed us they had early speed and pace Phelan Ready did the richest juvenile double in style Yet the bookies had his chances out to a country mile Thrice now our graduates have won the race that stops a nation Back in ’91, Let’s Elope brought connections much elation Second was with a special horse, a national treasure and a hero He’s made more money off the track for charity, our grey champ, Subzero Another Melbourne Cup winner, whose staying pace was rocking Came in the form of a young colt, now a stallion, his name is Shocking Champions can be found at our sales ring for a mint or a steal Tinto returned her sales value times a couple thousand fancy meals Imagine a mare like Miracles Of Life who came back through our ring The money she won on the track plus her sale would make your heart sing There was a Moment of Change, a Temple and Spirit of Boom That’s why our January sales are always full to the room Shoot Out stole our hearts, another horse that was really quite Super Cool Some say we’re Playing God or sometimes Atlantic or Commanding Jewel A Royal Descent with Happy Trails, along with a Luckygray Perhaps it’s something our vendors feed their horses in the hay Buffering, a legend, taught us a bandage won’t affect his future form X-ray vision like Paul Willets seems to have, we wish was the norm

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Overseas we’ve produced some serious gold with horses oh so fast Rocket Man won plenty and so did the flashy Scenic Blast When our sale graduates step up and find the line, bang – its Boom Time Magic Millions is all in with Ace High because trumping our rivals is just sublime Another milestone, The Racing Women’s Bonus is here to stay All ladies owning Group 1 winners like Global Glamour and Foxplay Want to hear more great graduate racehorses who were seriously all that Amicus, Almalad, Nechita, Gathering, Peggy Jean and Albert the Fat Yes all these horses brought their jockeys, trainers and owners Group 1 luck Sweet Idea, Driefontein, Dear Demi, Peggy Jean, Magnifisio and Hucklebuck It’s just incredible that when it comes to winners there’s so many to rejoice Woorim, Eagle Falls, Pear Tart, Toorak Toff, Captain Sonador and Sacred Choice Sadly our stories wouldn’t be the same without some jockeys we’ve lost along the way Ken Russell, Stathi Katsidis, Nathan Berry, Tim Bell are missed by many every day The brave men and woman on the early morns, who in their silks shine on the race track They whisper words of confidence to their gallant steeds whilst riding on their backs Every single person who plays their role with these magnificent creatures in every way On farms and stables, on the road and even offices – we sincerely thank you every day That passion, dedication, commitment and pure love keeps our industry alive Dreaming of the biggest racing goals inspires Magic Millions to continue to thrive Now what about the superstar stallions that have swaggered through our ring Star Witness, Eurozone, Testa Rossa and Casino Prince, where do we begin Savabeel, Stratum, Sebring, Sizzling and Swiss Ace As talented in the breeding barn as they were when they raced There’s Not a Single Doubt that we are certainly always Shooting to Win To blow the budget anywhere else for a future stallion sure would be a sin Unencumbered, Rubick and Fighting Sun already sure have stamped them strong If they turn out as good as Written Tycoon progeny - you’ll sing quite a song You might end up with a stallion like Pierro, Zoustar, Vancouver or Dissident By now you’d know our clients bid to secure a colt like that hell bent For a moment can we all dream that we found the stallion Snitzel Just a Snippets of an investment like him sure would be pretty swell Australia’s Standout Leading Sire now three years in a row It seems that every seed he plants - a future champion grows Serious stallions are possibly the sweetest breeding dreams to land Yet the fillies and mares are as much fun if you play the other hand! Talking of fast fillies Houtzen is one of those fillies names you won’t forget, The way she led and dominated MM 2YO Classic in 2017 was a sensational upset The people and horses that we’ve mentioned make the journey all worthwhile And we have a very special graduate named Winx, who has gone the extra mile Three Cox Plate wins in a row, what a magic mare and Waller - what a story 15 million reasons why buying and selling with Magic Millions will bring you all the glory

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NAIA & Northcliffe Residences

A vision splendid … “And he saw a vision splendid of the sunlit sands extended … with apologies to Banjo Patterson

Where else in the world can you find the combination of sunlit days, seemingly endless beaches with golden sand, the rhythmic pulse of the blue Pacific as it foams onto the shore, which then leads directly on to a collection of restaurants, entertainment areas and residential complexes of every style and variety? Where else but Queensland’s fabulous Gold Coast which for so many years was Australia’s most undervalued national asset, but in more recent times has become the hub and focus of an investment boom and associated population growth that this magnificent environment deserves. Many Australians have found the combination of beach and healthy lifestyle irresistible for holidays, then decided it was a great place to invest, either for a holiday home or for somewhere to retire to, away from the cacophony and snarling traffic of Australia’s major cities. The opportunity has not been lost on foreign investors either, the new developments keep coming, the facilities they offer simply undreamt of years ago as they each try to outdo each other, the end users being the big winners. Two particularly exciting new offerings are featured in advertisements in this magazine, namely Northcliffe Residences at Northcliffe Terrace which is a 25 level residential tower

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designed by Cottee Parker Architects and situated right on the beach not far south of Gold Coast Central, while NAIA is a 24 level residential building designed by TVS Architects at Mermaid Beach in Alexandra Avenue which for those who don’t know the area is near the southern end of picturesque Pratten Park. This green strip runs down from Kurrawa Surf Club through Broadbeach to Mermaid Beach, all just a short stroll along the beachfront. Both buildings will offer a mixture of apartments

with varying numbers of bedrooms at price ranges to suit all buyers. The facilities will be “non plus ultra” in both cases, Northcliffe for instance will have an elevated private beach club for members (residents), infinity pool, gymnasium, yoga area etc. while NAIA offers a rooftop recreational retreat for residents with lounge, gymnasium, spa and pool. The finishes in both buildings will be to the highest standards. Both new buildings are just a short drive from

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The Agency Projects Executive Director Steven Chen has seen a strong level of demand from the Sydney and Melbourne clientele for Gold Coast lifestyle product. Chen says “A lot of the demand is for future occupancy both on a lifestyle basis and permanent occupancy basis. Both NAIA and Northcliffe Residences cater for this segment extremely well.” Bundall where the Magic Millions sales complex is located over the road from the Gold Coast Turf Club which conducts high quality racing every Saturday. For serious horseplayers, Gold Coast real estate represents an ideal opportunity to combine business with pleasure. The opportunities for owners and investors that are now available on the Gold Coast are truly amazing. The value is certainly there when compared to some of the offerings in the endless suburban sprawl in Australia’s mega metropolises. Or metropoli if you insist. The lifestyle is wonderful, the weather is even better all the year round, the combination of sand and surf is the world’s finest (I’ve not seen better), the range of hotels, restaurants and entertainment facilities is outstanding, where else in the world can you find this combination? Why not start with a look at Northcliffe Residences or NAIA. It could be the start of your own vision splendid.

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What is your personal MM highlight to date? Selling Super Cool for $150k  at Magic Millions -  bred at Amarina farm and went on to win the Australian Cup. What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January? The relaxed atmosphere and the great setting, what a combination. If you weren’t talking to me right now what would you be doing? General day to day duties on the farm. Out attending to the horses. It never stops. Your ideal night out on the Gold Coast is … Going to the Gold Class Cinema at Pacific Fair. (with the phone turned off)

Amarina is owned by Craig and Sue Anderson in partnership with Gavin Murphy and Cath Donovan, with Craig, universally known as “Rugger”, being the hands on operator. Renowned for his horsemanship, with skills passed on from his legendary father Sid, Craig and his team have developed Amarina into an industry leader offering professional breeding and sales services. Each year Amarina takes high quality drafts to the major sales ring with Magic Millions in January at the Gold Coast ringing in each new season. Amarina’s 2018 draft for the Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale is one of the best the farm has been able to assemble for many years giving Craig Anderson reason to be optimistic about the coming year. “We’re taking a really fine lot of yearlings up the coast for January. There’s nearly an even balance of colts and fillies among the 18 lots, there are a lot of first, second and third foals among them, which is something many astute buyers love, and they are by a solid group of sires. For instance we have an August foal by champion sire Snitzel, this is the second foal of an American mare who is a three-quarter sister to a Gr.1 winner. This is a similar Snitzel/Mr Prospector line cross to stars such Gr.1 winner Sweet Idea, Showtime, Dracarys, French Emotion and many others. We also have yearlings by terrific proven sires Exceed And Excel, Choisir, Stratum, Written Tycoon, Foxwedge, the very underrated Street Boss, we’ve got something to appeal to a wide range of buyers looking for those proven stallions. Our draft is rounded out by youngsters representing the most exciting young stallions available such as quadruple Gr.1 winner Dissident, the flying Rubick, the equally flying Deep Field, Brazen Beau and Zoustar, the latter two both Gr.1 winners. I’m really looking forward to having myself and our team parade these exciting youngsters to prospective buyers. And of course it’s a chance to catch up with old friends, maybe make some new ones, you never know what can happen in this business.

In the past three seasons alone Amarina Farm has sold Magic Millions yearlings for 800k, 460k, 450k, 400k (2), 300k (3), to some of the industry’s most astute judges such as The Hong Kong Jockey Club, Alan Bell, George Moore, Henry Dwyer and Dan Bougoure. Those people know their oats, along with many others who know that this is a farm they can trust.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex






Rubick (AUS)

Little Mary (NZ)




Rubick (AUS)

Midnight Dancer (AUS)

125 B.


Exceed and Excel (AUS) Nediym’s Glow (AUS)

288 B.


Written Tycoon (AUS)

Shabtis (AUS)

Dissident (AUS)

Spirit Song (AUS)

340 Br/Bl. F 442 B.


Exceed and Excel (AUS) Willow Creek (AUS)

450 Ch. C

Stratum (AUS)

Wobbly Boots (AUS)

482 B.

Zoustar (AUS)

Aeronwy (IRE)


557 Br.


Foxwedge (AUS)

Bondarenko (NZ)

634 Br.


Street Boss (USA)

Country Fable (AUS)

641 Ch. F

Foxwedge (AUS)

Croft (AUS)

648 Br.


Zoustar (AUS)

Dancer’s Rose (AUS)

689 B.


Dissident (AUS)

Elwaaryaa (GB)

711 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

Fairly Feline (USA)

771 Ch. C

Street Boss (USA)

Gold Lyric (AUS)

773 B.

Deep Field (AUS)

Golden Phoenix (USA)


782 Br.


Brazen Beau (AUS)

Grand Strategy (AUS)

874 B.


Choisir (AUS)

Atotori (AUS) Craig Anderson: 0419 464 899 Denman, NSW

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Redoute’s Choice, recognised as one of the world’s most successful stallions, anchors the dynasty at Arrowfield, alongside his sensational sons, history-making Champion Sire Snitzel and leading sire Not A Single Doubt.

Arrowfield’s statue of Redoute’s Choice, by Tanya Bartlett

THE FIRST YEARLINGS BY DANEHILL SOLD AT MAGIC MILLIONS IN 1993 AND 25 YEARS LATER, THE GENETIC SUPERCHARGE HE GAVE AUSTRALIAN BREEDING CONTINUES TO POWER THE INDUSTRY. Arrowfield has been in the driver’s seat for all of that quarter-century, securing and launching the great breedmaker himself, followed by three Champion sire sons, including his best, Redoute’s Choice. Redoute’s Choice, recognised as one of the world’s most successful stallions, anchors the dynasty at Arrowfield, alongside his sensational sons, history-making Champion Sire Snitzel and leading sire Not A Single Doubt. Al Shaqab’s four-time Group 1-winning sprinter-miler Olympic Glory is right at home in that line-up, as a greatgrandson of Danehill and son of Choisir whose Royal Ascot successes of 2003 won global recognition for the Australian thoroughbred. Opposite page: First-crop sire, four-time Group 1winning sprinting star Olympic Glory

And Olympic Glory’s record has an Australian look to it – consistent top-level performance, winning eight of his 15 starts from 1200 to 1600 metres at two, three and four. Moreover, he was a Group 1 winner in each of those three seasons and unbeaten at 1400 metres.

Accolades followed, among them the titles of Champion 2YO Colt in France and Champion European 3YO & Older Male Miler, and a final Timeform rating of 130. By way of comparison, Australia’s best sprinter this season Redzel has a current figure of 126. Champion jockey Frankie Dettori said of Olympic Glory after his Newbury Lockinge S. G1 victory, “In the end it was as easy as riding work - follow the leaders, pull out, quicken to the front, pull away. He’s uncomplicated, he has gears and a great attitude, in fact he’s a jockey’s dream.” Twelve of the 18 Olympic Glory yearlings at Magic Millions will be offered by Arrowfield, with the other six lots consigned by Meredith Park, Kenmore Lodge, Rushton Park, Riversdale, Southern Cross Breeders & Millbrook. Arrowfield Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer highlights Lot 24, the filly out of Lanai (by Gone West) and Lot 31, the filly from Let’s Make Adeal, the Group-winning grand-daughter of champion Let’s Elope. “Both are lovely, strong fillies and prime examples of Olympic Glory’s offspring.” Smart Missile also represents the Danehill sire-line at Arrowfield and has two colts and three fillies in the Stud’s Magic Millions draft. The brilliantly gifted son of Fastnet Rock is constantly building on his early success as Champion First Season Sire and regularly leads that cohort of stallions by winners. Global superstar Animal Kingdom (6 colts, four fillies) and Australian classic champion Dundeel (4 colts, two fillies), both free of Danehill, offer exciting outcross possibilities for many Australian mares. Third on the 2017 US First Season Sires’ list, Animal Kingdom is making his presence felt in Australia with the likes of Group performers Peaceful State & Lord Cecil, Earth Angel, Hacksaw Ridge, Laussel, Roar, Royal Phoenix and Seductive Miss. The positive chat about Dundeel continues with Spring 2YO trial winner Sunreel offering an early glimpse of what’s to come.

Olympic Glory wins the Gr. 1 Prix Jean-Luc Lagardere at Longchamp Paul Messara: 0438 248 258 Jon Freyer: 0408 583 888

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2017 SAJC Robert Sangster S. Gr1 winner Secret Agenda

Arrowfield Stud VENDOR PROFILE ARROWFIELD’S 2018 MAGIC MILLIONS DRAFT IS A COMPULSORY APPOINTMENT FOR ALL BUYERS KEEN TO MAXIMISE THEIR CHANCES OF BIG RACE SUCCESS. story: SUSAN ARCHER photos: BRONWEN HEALY & APRH When the Hawkes-trained Showtime won September’s MVRC Bill Stutt S. G2, he became the 21st stakes-winning Arrowfield Magic Millions graduate since 2011. Showtime is one of three graduates of the Stud’s Magic Millions Class of 2016 to make a splash in 2017. China Horse Club’s purchase Invader led home a rare Group 1 two-year-old trifecta for Champion Sire Snitzel in the $1 million ATC Sires’ Produce S. G1 and was Australia’s Champion 2YO Colt last season. The Snitzel-Nocturnelle colt selected by James Harron for his clients has already begun living up to his powerful name Dracarys (meaning “dragonfire” in Game of

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Thrones) with a Group 3 victory in the ATC Up and Coming Stakes. Joining that trio of valuable colts in major 2017 stakes results is Blueblood Thoroughbreds’ grand mare Secret Agenda, trained by Mick Price. A $120,000 buy from Arrowfield at the 2014 Magic Millions Sale, she has returned her owners 10 times that amount of prizemoney and the excitement of four Group victories, including the 2017 SAJC Robert Sangster S. G1. So what talent awaits discovery in Arrowfield’s Magic Millions Class of 2018?



Bloodstock Manager Jon Freyer picks out a few lots from the 63-strong consignment that are likely to attract buyers’ early attention: Lot 24 - Olympic Glory-Lanai filly “A gorgeous, eye-catching type from a sister to G1 winner Marsh Side. She has balance, strength and scope, and will be the first Olympic Glory yearling offered in Australia.” Lot 126 - Smart Missile-Negotiate colt What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January? The atmosphere at the Gold Coast is always fantastic. The weather is great, people are in holiday mode and everyone is enthusiastic about the first sale of the year and of course, optimistic about the big raceday. Which horse in your draft looks the best chance to win the MM 2YO Classic or Golden Slipper? It’s always hard to predict but Lot 733, the SnitzelFlidais filly is quite special and if she turns out anything like her sister Sweet Idea, who placed in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the Golden Slipper and won the Magic Millions Guineas, she is probably our top pick. Who do you follow on Twitter? Ricky Gervais, Jesus H Christ & Donald Trump generally the funny guys! What do you look for in a potential champion? Balance, girth, athleticism.

“Half-brother to Group 1 winner Secret Agenda, from a tremendous producer who always leaves an athletic type, and this boy is no exception.” Lot 151 – Dundeel-Opportunity colt “He’s an excellent, fluent mover, typical of what Dundeel leaves, his dam was a very smart 2YO and has produced two stakes performers.” Lot 294 - Not A Single Doubt-She Loves You colt “A typical, racy Not A Single Doubt type bred on the Gunnison cross, and with a similar physical. He’s the mare’s second foal and a grandson of Group 2 winner She Will Be Loved from a prolific stakes-producing family.” Lot 479 - Lord Kanaloa-Adempiamo filly “A quality sprinting daughter of Japan’s leading first season sire, she’s had size and substance from the start and looks fast and early.” Lot 573 - Animal Kingdom-Butters colt “Strongly made, attractive, athletic half-brother to Group 1 winner Foxplay and descended from champion US 2YO filly Eliza.” Lot 731 - Redoute’s Choice-Flavoured filly “A lovely, big, strong full sister to Group 3-winning juvenile Honesty Prevails. And the Redoute’s Choice/Hussonet cross is magic: five Group winners from 10 runners.” Lot 733 – Snitzel-Flidais filly

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex 24



Olympic Glory (IRE)

Lanai (USA)



Olympic Glory (IRE)

Let’s Make Adeal (AUS)


B/Br. F

Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Line Honours (AUS)




Snitzel (AUS)

Madame Andree (AUS)




Olympic Glory (IRE)

Malukar (NZ)

103 B.


Animal Kingdom (USA) Moonlight Hussey (AUS)

126 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Negotiate (AUS)

144 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Ocelot (AUS)

151 B.


Dundeel (NZ)

Opportunity (NZ)

170 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Pauline de Lago (AUS) Phaedra (AUS)

177 B.


Olympic Glory (IRE)

191 B.


Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Pretty Pins (NZ)

204 Ch. C

Toronado (IRE)

Push and Shove (AUS)

233 Ch. F

Olympic Glory (IRE)

Remerged (AUS) Response (AUS)

235 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

265 B.


Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Sacred Witness (AUS)

271 B.


294 Ch. C

Olympic Glory (IRE)

Sammy’s Girl (AUS)

Not a Single Doubt (AUS) She Loves You (AUS)

348 Ch. C

Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Star Pupil (AUS)

350 B.


Dundeel (NZ)

Statuette (AUS)

376 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

Tango (AUS)

379 B.


Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Tara From the Cape (USA)

398 B.


Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Traceability (AUS)

402 B.


Sebring (AUS)

427 B.


Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Vishneva (AUS)

Tresor (AUS)

430 B.


Dundeel (NZ)

433 B.


Manhattan Rain (AUS) Vortex (AUS)

436 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Wecansay Mak (AUS)

467 B.


Olympic Glory (IRE)

Zillow (AUS)

479 B/Gr. F

Lord Kanaloa (JPN)

Adempiamo (JPN)

493 B.

Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Anadan (AUS)


Vocalise (AUS)

503 B/Br. C

Sebring (AUS)

Antique Belle (AUS)

529 B.


Olympic Glory (IRE)

Ballet Blue (AUS)

533 B.


Lord Kanaloa (JPN)

Bariloche (JPN)

537 Ch. F 573 Gr.


591 B/Br. C 617 B.


621 B/Br. C

Animal Kingdom (USA) Battle Queen (AUS) Animal Kingdom (USA) Butters (USA) Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Cat by the Tale (USA) Lord Kanaloa (JPN)

Classic Curl (JPN)

More Than Ready (USA) Colorado Claire (AUS)

638 B.


Olympic Glory (IRE)

Covertly (AUS)

659 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

Desert Fight (CHI)

668 B.


Dundeel (NZ)

Distinctive (AUS)

Olympic Glory (IRE)

Downtown Manhattan (AUS) Estatuilla (ARG)

698 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

731 B.


Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Flavoured (AUS)

733 Ch. F

Snitzel (AUS)

735 B.

Animal Kingdom (USA) Flowerchild (AUS)


Flidais (AUS)

756 B.


Dundeel (NZ)

Gentle Woman (AUS)

764 B.


Dundeel (NZ)

Glove (AUS)

781 B.


Shooting to Win (AUS) Grand Daughter (AUS)

798 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Helena Girl (AUS)

805 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

Hollow Bullet (AUS)

813 Ch. F

Olympic Glory (IRE)

Hussterics (AUS)

852 Ch. F

Snitzel (AUS)

Just Dancing (AUS)

891 Ch. C

Olympic Glory (IRE)

Catalina Winemixer (AUS)

925 Ch. F

Animal Kingdom (USA) Eternal Optimist (AUS)

934 B.


958 Ch. F

Showtime wins the 2017 MVRC Bill Stutt S. Gr.2



675 Ch. C

“The Snitzel-Flidais mating has already produced Showtime and Group 1 winner Sweet Idea, and this is a star filly who reminds us very much of her big sister.”


Animal Kingdom (USA) Flashy Gemma (AUS) Animal Kingdom (USA) Intimation (AUS)

974 Ch. C

Animal Kingdom (USA) Lieserl (AUS)

981 B.

Charge Forward (AUS) Love is Fickle (AUS)


1007 Ch. C

Manhattan Rain (AUS) Nitouche (AUS)

1023 Ch. C

Animal Kingdom (USA) Rainbow Bridge (NZ)

1030 Ch. C

Animal Kingdom (USA) Rosarian (AUS) Paul Messara: 0438 248 258 Jon Freyer: 0408 583 888 Scone, NSW

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ATTUNGA STUD’S 2018 MAGIC MILLIONS DRAFT REFLECTS A TURNING POINT FOR THE FARM OWNED AND OPERATED BY LEADING HORSEMAN BRIAN NUTT. EARLIER IN 2017, THE FARM WAS SOLD TO NEIGHBOURING YARRAMAN PARK STUD, AND THIS CROP WILL BE THE LAST ONE PREPARED FOR SALE OFF THIS PROPERTY. BRIAN NUTT SPOKE TO BLUEBLOODS ABOUT THIS DRAFT, AND ABOUT HIS FUTURE PLANS. story: RENEE GEELEN photos: ATTUNGA STUD “I definitely won’t be retiring from breeding horses. It’s only a matter of deciding on the relocation – where do I go, and do I rent or buy a new place? This farm has been an excellent source of winners, and I want to ensure that my next step includes a property with similar qualities. There is much to take into account in a decision of this magnitude.” Buyers who have purchased horses such as Gr.1 winners Sacred Star, War Artist and Fighting Warrior from Attunga in recent times will be able to follow Nutt and his Attunga brand into the future. Gr.1 winner Press Statement was also raised on this property in recent years. And the future for the Attunga brand looks particularly bright with the emergence of early two year-old Listed Debutant Stakes winner Qafila (Not a Single Doubt) from Attunga’s 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast draft. Attunga Stud has also sold stakes winner Champ Elect (Choisir), stakes winner Ellicazoom (Testa Rossa), stakes winner and Gr.2 winner in New Zealand, Son of Maher (Al Maher), and this season’s three year-old Gr.2 placed Italia Bella (Fastnet Rock). How would you sum up your 2018 draft? We are very much looking forward to taking this draft to the Gold Coast. There are only nine yearlings, with mostly proven pedigrees. There are yearlings by champion sires such as Snitzel, Not a Single Doubt, More than Ready, Choisir, and Exceed and Excel, as well as up and coming stallions such as Pierro, Zoustar, and Deep Field. Among the highlights is the half brother to 2017 two yearold stakes winner Qafila. This colt by Zoustar is out of a young Tapit mare from a family that has a few branches already successful in Australia. Gr.2 winner Adaline has a Pierro filly that should entice buyers, while the Snitzel colt is the first foal of an imported Gr.3 placed mare, Orion Love, who is herself a half sister to two stakes winners. Stakes winner Roulettes has a Zoustar colt, and for those buyers looking at up and coming form, her current two year-old, Spin, was recently fourth in the Listed ATC

Breeders’ Plate. A half-sister to two year-old stakes winner Horizons might also appeal – this filly is by Deep Field from Ubiquity, a winning full sister to group winner Continuum. Which horse in your draft looks the best chance to win the MM 2YO Classic or Golden Slipper? The standout at this stage is the More than Ready colt from Pinova (Fastnet Rock). Pinova is a winning half sister to Gr.2 winner and Gr.1 placed Star Turn, and this colt is only her second foal. What is your personal Magic Millions ambition? We have had two placegetters in the Magic Millions Two Year-Old Classic in consecutive years, but have yet to crack the big one. I’d like to think this draft has the horse to do that for us. Having said that, last year’s graduate from this sale, Qafila (Not a Single Doubt – Zighy Bay, by Tapit) won a two year-old stakes race on debut, so maybe she is the one. If you weren’t talking to me right now, you’d be…. Out on the farm with my horses, checking to see what are the likely candidates for the 2019 Magic Millions sale. What do you wish more people would take notice of? I would like more people to take less notice of x-ray reports. I’d love to see people take a punt on horses that are borderline on x-rays, rather than simply assuming the worst. A so-called ‘disaster’ from this farm was taken to a lesser sale last year, and is already a highly promising black type two year-old in a top stable. What do you look for in a potential champion? The combination of athleticism and attitude. It is elusive, and I’m yet to find perfection.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex 53

Ch. C



Exceed and Excel (AUS) Mae Gone West (USA)

156 Ch. C

Snitzel (AUS)

182 Ch. C

More Than Ready (USA) Pinova (AUS)

Orion Love (GB)

260 Ch. C

Zoustar (AUS)

276 B.


Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Scenes (AUS)

412 B.


466 Ch/Gr. C

Roulettes (AUS)

Deep Field (AUS)

Ubiquity (AUS)

Zoustar (AUS)

Zighy Bay (USA)

478 Blk. F

Pierro (AUS)

Adaline (AUS)

646 Ch. C

Choisir (AUS)

Dalkeith (AUS) 02 6545 9509 Brian Nutt: 0418 264 012 Scone, NSW

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from an outstanding international Group 1 family, while Lot 647 is a son of Golden Slipper winner Pierro out of an Exceed And Excel half-sister to the Bhima sold stakes winner Kaepernick (Fastnet Rock). Pierro has established a commanding lead on the second season sires list setting the Melbourne Spring carnival alight, so this lot is sure to be a ‘must inspect.’

“It’s the first sale of the year and everyone, vendors and buyers alike, are excited to be there. Trainers and Syndicators are pumped and ready to start looking for the next champion, and we feel that the Bhima draft contains that chosen one… or two...”

With yearlings by proven sires Medaglia d’Oro, Sebring, Savabeel and Choisir, Bhima’s two offerings by ‘King of the Kids’ Exceed And Excel are sure to have high appeal, including the full-brother to a recent six length stakeswinning juvenile. The first Exceed And Excel through the ring from the draft is Lot 142, the second foal of the Group 1 New Zealand Two Thousand Guineas runner-up Oasis Rose (Oasis Dream), whose first foal signified his utter class by winning the Listed Welcome Stakes with ease, highlighting himself as a contender for the Karaka Million as well as the Group 1 Golden Slipper.

Which horse in your draft looks the best chance to win the MM 2YO Classic or Golden Slipper in 2019? “A simple and easy question. Everyone will be flocking to check out this super star in the making; our Snitzel x Augusta Proud filly (Lot 521). We all know the deeds of her Champion Sire Snitzel, who himself was third in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic of his juvenile year, while Augusta Proud was the winner of the Magic Millions, not only on the Gold Coast, but also in Adelaide as well, part of a six-start winning streak.” How would you sum up your 2018 draft? “One of the best January drafts we’ve ever had. We have a great group of yearlings by a variety of different sires, many of them Champions and we will be able to accommodate buyers of differing budgets with our nine colts and six fillies.” What do you like about social media?

Headed by nine stunning colts, many with potential stallion appeal and a select group of six well-bred and conformed fillies from exciting black type families, the Bhima draft aims to continue THE FARM’S strong selling tradition of producing stakes quality performers for the racetrack. Crowned Champion Sire of the 2016/17 racing season and already holding what appears an unassailable lead this season, the progeny of Snitzel are on the list of every purchaser at a yearling sale, and Bhima’s draft contains four. From one of the best families in the Australian Stud Book, Lot 214 is a brown filly by Snitzel out of a Bernardini halfsister to dual Group 1 winner He’s No Pie Eater. By a son of Redoute’s Choice from the family of Redoute’s Choice, what more could you look for in a pedigree that also contains recent Group 1 Myer Classic-winning three-yearold filly Shoals (Fastnet Rock). Already the dam of two winners from two runners, Lot 391 is the third foal of the multiple stakes-winning, Group 1 placed Tip The Wink (Stravinsky), while another Snitzel filly in the draft is the above mentioned Lot 521, the third foal of the dual Magic Millions winner August Proud (More Than Ready). Trainer Gai Waterhouse parted ways with $450,000 to secure the first foal from the mare in 2015 sold through the Bhima draft for American owner Jon Kelly. A winner of the Group 3 Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes at her third start, the filly named Thyme For Roses retired with two wins from just six starts and was on-sold as a broodmare prospect for $800,000 to Stonestreet Farm, further highlighting the commercial appeal of Lot 521.

“Sending and receiving information instantly, there is no waiting to print things out.”

Bhima’s final Snitzel yearling of the draft, Lot 807, is the brown colt out of the American-bred, Honour And Glory half-sister to dual American Horse of the Year and 11-time Group 1 winner Wise Dan (Wiseman’s Ferry).

What do you look for in a potential champion?

With their oldest runners only three, All Too Hard and Pierro have not only been churning out the winners, but they continue to produce stakes quality runners, with the recent Melbourne Cup carnival seeing both claim stakes success.

“A combination of athleticism and attitude are key attributes in the making of a Champion.”

Lot 487, a chestnut filly by Champion Three-year-old All Too Hard is out of half-sister to the multiple stakeswinning, South African raced Kingston Mines (Archipenko)

The other by the Champion Sire is Lot 353, the second foal out of the Street Cry half-sister to stakes performers Top Me Up (Exceed And Excel) and General Groove (General Nediym) from the family of Singapore’s Champion Polytrack Male Flying Fulton (Flying Spur). Bhima’s draft will give buyers the opportunity to secure a yearling from a farm that not only has a proven history on its side, but the outlook of future success is clearly evident and Mike and Kate Fleming eagerly await the sale, they look forward to parading this exciting draft for potential buyers as well as catching up with clients and friends in the industry.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex 16

B/Br. C

142 B.


214 Br.




Sebring (AUS)

Lady Krovanh (AUS)

Exceed and Excel (AUS) Oasis Rose (AUS) Snitzel (AUS)

Racing Nadine (AUS)

Savabeel (AUS)

Registered Nurse (USA)

281 Ch. F

Dissident (AUS)

Seeking Sunshine (USA)

353 B/Gr. F

Exceed and Excel (AUS) Street Groove (AUS)

232 Br/Bl. C

391 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

Tip the Wink (NZ)

449 B.


Zoustar (AUS)

Wizard Princess (AUS)

487 Ch. F

All Too Hard (AUS)

Aliante (GB)

521 Ch. F

Snitzel (AUS)

Augusta Proud (AUS)

560 Gr.


Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Boogaloo (AUS)

647 B/Br. C

Pierro (AUS)

Dance Card (AUS)

760 B/Br. C

Medaglia d’Oro (USA)

Global Balance (AUS)


Snitzel (AUS)

Honor Patti (USA)

828 Ch. C

807 Br.

Choisir (AUS)

Indy Cash (USA) 02 6545 1000 Mike Fleming: 0448 254 365 Kate Fleming: 0409 311 794 Scone, NSW

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Whilst North has been kept extra busy this year with resident stallion Bon Hoffa “enjoying a great resurgence; he gets winners every day and has an emerging star in Bon Amis,” he took time out to answer a few of our questions... What has been a 2017 highlight for Bowness? “The Golden Rose-Gr.1, 1400m winner Trapeze Artist came off the farm, that was a big thrill.” What is your personal Magic Millions ambition? “To breed more Magic Millions raceday winners.” Bowness, home to Vahine, dam of 2016 Magic Millions Guineas winner Mahuta, has already produced two feature Gold Coast winners; 2011 Magic Millions Guineas winner Torio’s Quest and Deheiros who won that same race in 2015. What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January? “It is such a great atmosphere, people are there to enjoy themselves and it is a great chance to catch up with old friends and make new ones.”

“WE HAVE FEWER NUMBERS THIS YEAR,” SAID JOHN NORTH IN REGARDS TO BOWNESS STUD’S 2018 MAGIC MILLIONS DRAFT, “BUT THE DRAFT IS ONE OF SUPERIOR QUALITY WITH A LOVELY GROUP OF ATHLETIC, RUNNING TYPES BY A VARIETY OF STALLIONS.” story: KRISTEN MANNING photos: BOWNESS STUD The regally bred Encosta de Lago stallion Rubick, whose close relation Shoals was a Group One winner over the Melbourne spring carnival, has his first yearlings at the sale and North is looking forward to selling a colt out of the winning Fastnet Rock mare Andromeda from a high class northern hemisphere family. Meanwhile Encosta de Lago’s grandson Deep Field, a fast Group Two winning son of Northern Meteor, also has his first yearlings at the Magic Millions including Bowness’ colt out of the Dubawi mare Isabel Street whose stakes placed dam Ninth Street Nine is a half-sister to the US stakes winners On The Scent, Open And Notorious, Aroma and Petal Power. Snitzel’s Australian Guineas-Gr.1, 1600m winner Wandjina is another first season sire and his Bowness filly is one from a real running family. Her dam Idriess by Anabaa has already produced three winners including Hong Kong debut winner Zero Hedge. This filly’s grandam is the Blue Diamond Prelude-Gr.3, 1100m winner Card Queen, dam of Magic Millions heroine Karuta Queen.

Your ideal night out at the Gold Coast is?

A year ahead of those stallions is the dual Group One winning War Front horse The Factor whose first Australian bred runner Wooden Heart was a recent easy debut winner at Kranji. He has a filly in the Bowness draft out of the imported Easing Along mare Songbird, half-sister to the dam of South American Group One winner Tantos Anos from the family of local Group One winners Encounter and Atomic Force.

“The Magic Millions launch party is always good fun though we don’t tend to head out a lot at night as we are so full on with business during the day, we always end up pretty tired!”

Five times Group One winner Dream Ahead has been somewhat of a quiet achiever, a horse people are really starting to take notice of. The sire of four stakes winners (Dreams Aplenty, Generalissimo, Ken’s Dream and Awaken) from his first local crop, he has a colt out of the Holy Roman Emperor mare In The Neaux, daughter of the dual Listed winner Crazy Neaux.

What do you wish more people would take notice of? “I wish people would take more notice of a well made yearling, to look beyond the pedigree page and not be put off by minor imperfections that have no consequence on the track. Some of our best horses of recent years have not had great x-rays.” What do you look for in a potential champion? “The only rule is that there are no rules! A good horse can come from anywhere, you can’t measure heart and will to win and I have noticed that some of the most talented horses to come off our farm have been far from perfect on type.”

Also by Dream Ahead is a filly out of the Commands mare Lift All Boats whose first foal Princess Lottie has won three of her last four starts. This is a strong black-type family that has produced a Golden Slipper-Gr.1, 1200m winner in Catbird. Dual Group One winning Commands stallion Epaulette has made an encouraging start to his stud career in the northern hemisphere with 19 debut crop winners and it won’t be long till his local bred two-year-olds are stepping out. He has a filly out of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Icy Heels whose dam is the South American Group Three winner Lady Cat, dam of Breeders’ Plate-Listed, 1000m winner Law. Two times W.S Cox Plate-Gr1, 2040m hero So You Think is also faring well with his initial crops (four stakes winners from his first) and he has a colt, bred on the same So You Think/Redoute’s Choice cross as the Group One winner Inference, out of Recurring Nitemare whose dam is the New Zealand Group One winner Recurring by Pentire. Bowness resident Bullet Train, Group Three winning brother to superstar Frankel, has a couple in the sale; a brother to the last start winner Gun Bolt from the prolific Ciboulette family and a colt out of the winning Pins mare Pinsofjoy, half-sister to the dams of the Group One winner The Pooka and the Group Three winner Statham.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex



226 Br.


So You Think (NZ)

Recurring Nitemare (AUS)

495 B.


Rubick (AUS)

Andromeda (AUS)

818 Br.


Epaulette (AUS)

Icy Heels (AUS)

819 B.


Wandjina (AUS)

Idriess (AUS)

823 B./Br. C

Dream Ahead (USA)

In the Neaux (AUS)

928 B.

Bullet Train (GB)

Faille (AUS)


959 Ch. C

Deep Field (AUS)

Isabel Street (AUS)

975 B.

Dream Ahead (USA)

Lift All Boats (AUS)


1018 B.


Bullet Train (GB)

Pinsofjoy (NZ)

1051 B.


The Factor (USA)

Songbird (ARG) John North: 0428 846 270 Murringo via Young, NSW

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BLUEBLOODS SPOKE WITH COOLMORE’S AUSTRALIAN STUD MANAGER JIM CAREY ABOUT THE 2018 MAGIC MILLIONS. photos: TANYA D’HERVILLE PHOTOGRAPHY Coolmore is synonymous with elite stallions, but the sales ring is also vitally important in the farm’s thinking, its graduates include 50 Gr.1 winners since 1996, recent Magic Millions yearlings Winx and Vancouver amongst them. How significant is the business of raising racehorses in the context of Coolmore’s operations in Australia? No stone is left unturned in the pursuit of perfection at Coolmore, a concept that equally applies to the processes in place for the growth and development of young stock. Winx and Vancouver are amongst 13 Gr.1 winning graduates of the farm since the start of 2015 whilst the tally of stakes winning graduates for the last 3 years stands at 25, 26 and 25 respectively. There is a real ambition here to continue to breed top-class racehorses and all the necessary things are in place for this to continue. I’ve been lucky enough to work in some of the most fruitful nurseries in the world but our farm at Jerrys Plains is as good as I’ve seen. It’s just a wonderful environment to develop elite racehorses and we have a fantastic team of staff. At the highest level in racing and breeding, the margins between success and failure are so small and it is the attention to detail that can make all the difference. The people who look after the horses at Coolmore recognise their responsibility to grow and nurture high-class racehorses of the future and as the results show, they are doing an exceptional job. The historic third Cox Plate success for Coolmore Magic Millions graduate Winx must have been something of a highlight for the farm. Her success aside however, what other graduate results have been the basis for particular satisfaction for all at Coolmore? Graduates of Coolmore Australia have won over 125 stakes races since the start of 2015, but the last 12 months

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have been particularly special. Our 2014 foal crop, threeyear-olds of the current season, has produced the likes of Catchy, Pinot, Mighty Boss, Formality, Tulip and Bring Me Roses amongst others. We have a broad spectrum of clients on the farm and to enjoy success to the extent that we have with a variety of different people and a diverse range of horses (the 25 stakes winners so far this year are by 15 different stallions) is very rewarding for the team involved and a great compliment to the farm and the systems in place. Winx and Vancouver aside, your Magic Millions drafts of recent years have included the likes of Miss Rose De Lago, Religify, Supreme Profit, Cool Chap and Jennifer Lynn amongst others. What yearlings should we be looking out for in particular this time around? We have enjoyed good success in past years offering a diverse range of horses that satisfy a wide range of investors and that is the case with our draft again this year. It is hard to single out particular yearlings out at this early stage but it goes without saying that the progeny of Fastnet Rock should be hugely popular. He has had an incredible year with 29 stakes winners around the world including some of the best three year-olds in Australia in Merchant Navy, Shoals, Formality and Catchy. He is a world-class sire in every discipline and the consistency with which he produces top horses is a very appealing factor with him. We have a number of very nice Pierro yearlings and he is the ‘coming man’ of the Australian sire ranks so to speak. Each of them are out of mares that feature Danehill in their pedigree and that is already shaping as one of the most potent crosses in Australasia with all of his stakes horses to date featuring Danehill on the dam side. We have some particularly nice Uncle Mo yearlings also. He’s done well from limited opportunities in Australia to date, as Man



2018 draft Lot Col/Sex 27

Ch. C

Rubick (AUS)

Layette (AUS)



Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Mennetou (IRE)

116 B.


Declaration of War (USA) Music in My Heart (GB)

123 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

My Tusker (NZ)

130 Br.


Uncle Mo (USA)

New Style (AUS) Order Me (USA)

153 Br.


Brazen Beau (AUS)

159 B.


Exceed and Excel (AUS) Our Golden Dream (USA)

164 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Paprika (AUS)

172 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Pear Tart (AUS) Perfect Persuasion (AUS)

176 B.


Zoffany (IRE)

178 B.


Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Phocis (AUS)

180 B.


Pierro (AUS)

Pickin’ Time (AUS)

188 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Port Augusta (AUS)

192 B.


Zoffany (IRE)

Pretty Proud (USA)

197 B.


Pierro (AUS)

Princess Quality (AUS)

245 B.


272 B.


279 Ch. C

Your draft includes first crop yearlings by Rubick and Adelaide, both of whom are young sires with strong credentials. Give us your view on their offspring.

30 seconds with… Jim Carey What do you wish more people would take notice of? The fact that every horse represents an opportunity. Value is a relative term and there will be lots of it on the Gold Coast in January as long as investors are prepared to be open-minded What is your favourite piece of music, or song? Babylon by David Gray What do you look for in a potential champion? Balance, strength and fluid movement Historical figure you would most like to have met? Vincent O’Brien – an absolute genius

Rubick was an incredibly talented racehorse, even more so than his race record shows, and colonial horses with his combination of speed and precocity are very much in fashion at the moment thanks to the exploits of Snitzel, I Am Invincible, Written Tycoon and Not A Single Doubt amongst others. He’s by the same sire as Northern Meteor in Encosta de Lago and his dam is a three-quarter sister to Redoute’s Choice, so as far as pedigree goes, he lacks for nothing and fortunately his stock seem to be inheriting his own sharp, powerful physique. They look like runners and the feedback from anyone who has had anything to do with his progeny has been incredibly encouraging. In Adelaide’s case, it is hard to ignore the precedent set by other sons of Galileo, 11 of whom have already sired Gr.1 winners themselves. He was a very talented horse that proved himself in Australia by winning our greatest weight-forage test. We like what we have seen of his offspring and expect that he may prove capable of filling the void left by our great Classic sire High Chaparral. 02 6576 4200 Jerrys Plains, NSW



264 Ch. C

From Uncle, Conchita and Moqueen demonstrate, and this crop is his biggest and best-bred. His figures in the US with his first runners are astonishingly good and I have no doubt that he’ll make a strong impression with his runners from this crop.


Starspangledbanner (AUS) Rock Cathedral (AUS) Declaration of War (USA) Russeting (AUS) So You Think (NZ)

Sarasota (AUS)

Choisir (AUS)

Seamstress (AUS)

318 B/Br. C

Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Sister Havana (NZ)

363 Ch. F

Choisir (AUS)

Sullen Art (NZ)

393 B.


Uncle Mo (USA)

Took (USA)

507 B.


Uncle Mo (USA)

Aqua d’Amore (AUS)

515 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Aspen Falls (USA)

520 B.


Uncle Mo (USA)

Attributes (AUS)

527 B/Br. C

Street Boss (USA)

Bad Kitty (AUS)

543 B.

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Bella Maddelena (AUS)


544 B.


Rubick (AUS)

Bellasinga (AUS)

590 B.


Pierro (AUS)

Casquets (AUS)

592 B.


Zoffany (IRE)

Cat’s Pyjamas (AUS)

603 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Chasing Mammon (AUS)

612 B.


Zoffany (IRE)

Chrisalice (GR)

628 B.


Rubick (AUS)

Contempt (AUS)

642 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Cryptic Miss (AUS)

652 B.


Pierro (AUS)

Danehill Smile (AUS)

676 Ch. C

Choisir (AUS)

Drifting Ice (AUS)

714 B.

Poet’s Voice (GB)

Fantastic Angel (NZ)


726 B.


El Roca (AUS)

Final View (NZ)

750 B.


Medaglia d’Oro (USA)

Gabbidon (AUS)

779 B.


837 B/Br. C 839 B.


843 B/Br. C

Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Graceful Anna (AUS)

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Isstoora (AUS)

Rubick (AUS)

Ithinkso (AUS)

Adelaide (IRE)

Jaipur Princess (AUS)

844 Br.


Pierro (AUS)

Jazz Song (AUS)

846 B.


Deep Field (AUS)

Jessica Ann (AUS)

854 B.


Holy Roman Emperor (IRE) Victory Tycoon (AUS)

862 B.


Uncle Mo (USA)

Zhen Zhen (AUS)

888 Br.


Uncle Mo (USA)

Carcassonne (AUS)

902 B.


Zoffany (IRE)

Coralina (AUS)

937 Ch. F

Zoffany (IRE)

Freckle Face (AUS)

961 B.


Starspangledbanner (AUS) Jayquin Star (NZ)

988 B.


Declaration of War (USA) Malibu Road (USA)

1019 B.


Excelebration (IRE)

Polite (USA)

• Michael Kirwan: 0411 171 069

• Paddy Oman: 0408 456 964

• Jim Carey: 0423 362 677

• Sam White: 0408 123 428

• Colm Santry: 0412 344 566

• Tom Moore: 0432 050 940

• Sebastian Hutch: 0423 770 854

• Gordon Calder: (+64) 21 841 612

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FORTUNES GENERALLY EBB AND FLOW IN THE RACING GAME BUT THIS YEAR GEORGE ALTOMONTE’S CORUMBENE STUD AT DUNEDOO HAS RIDDEN A VERITABLE WAVE OF SUCCESS THANKS PRIMARILY TO THE DEEDS OF TOP COLT MENARI AND THE STAKES WINNING MARE SAMANTHA. BOTH HAVE A LINK TO THE GOLD COAST SALE RING ALTHOUGH NEITHER WAS DESTINED TO LEAVE CORUMBENE’S OWNERSHIP. What is your personal Magic Millions highlight to date? I’d have to say joint-topping the 2017 sale with a $1.3 million full brother to Sebring. How many mares did you breed with in 2017 and who is the best known? The stud had 45 mares active this season with Overreach and Hasna the picks. Overreach is due to foal to Snitzel and will go back to him while Hasna foaled an Exceed And Excel colt and will visit More Than Ready. Your ideal night out on the Gold Coast? Any one of a number of venues at the Marina Mirage.

story: GLEN LATHAM photos: CORUMBENE STUD Such is Corumbene’s standing within the industry George is in the position where only those horses worthy of sale are taken to market. Menari was a case in point of not everything going to plan and the horse not meeting the stud’s exacting pre-sale standards. Entered for the 2016 Gold Coast Sale George explained “He had some minor issues leading into the sale which would have had a detrimental effect on his value, so we withdrew him.” The decision proved fortuitous as he banked the Gr.2 Run To The Rose in devastating fashion and was a gallant third in the Gr.1 Golden Rose thereafter. Handsome and talented, a place at stud surely beckons.

Along with the Not A Single Doubt Corumbene will present a trio of yearlings by sires at the top of their game.

In Samantha’s case the Listed Fireball Stakes winner was offered twice and passed in on both occasions, with a modest reserve. As George explained “We are there to sell and so place reasonable reserves on our stock. If the market doesn’t agree then sometimes it works in our favour.”

The stud’s draft also includes two interesting lots by first crop sires in Adelaide and Brazen Beau, and Toby rates both highly. He holds the Adelaide filly out of Kylie by Danehill Dancer in high regard. “I think she will surprise plenty of people with her movie star looks. Once we get her out of her box for the first time we are expecting word will spread and she’ll be in demand.” As for the Brazen Beau Toby offered “The market loved his foals and they have furnished into some lovely individuals like this big, strong fellow.” Another out of a Flying Spur mare, his dam Wings Of Success comes from an international family and includes Australia’s own Alverta who was good enough to mix it with the best in Europe.

So standing by the fundamentals of excellence and value the team at Corumbene believe they represent, their January draft consists of ten quality lots. Singling out a star amongst them proved difficult for Farm Manager Toby Frazer, “They’re all very nice horses otherwise in this market they wouldn’t warrant taking.” Toby felt the son of Stratum and the More Than Ready mare Cheetara would prove popular as a three quarter-brother to one of last season’s leading juveniles in Single Bullet, winner Menari following of the Gr.3 Pago Pago Stakes. He his victory in The pointed out that when Single Bullet Run to the Rose resumed with a second in the Gr.2 at Rosehill Roman Consul Stakes his conqueror was Viridine who also appears in the colt’s pedigree. “There is certainly plenty happening on the page. Also this will be one of the last chances to get a Stratum,” the late Golden Slipper winner having one small crop to follow next year. Corumbene will also offer a Stratum colt out of Sebring’s winning sister Adria bringing together two strains of Golden Slipper winning blood. “He’s a good type, not overly big but a later foal so he’ll do plenty of catching up.” Understandably the progeny of Not A Single Doubt will be in demand and Corumbene have high expectations for his son out of Donnica, an unraced sister to Roedean who was first past the post in the Blue Diamond Stakes. “A really nice horse, good length of rein and stands over a lot of ground”, said Frazer. Here is another pedigree with updates, Donnica’s daughter Madonnica a recent winner at Canterbury with this season’s Listed Seymour and Balaklava Cups’ winner Balf’s Choice close up on the page.

They have a filly by Champion Sire Snitzel out of the Zabeel mare Avarice. “Her half-sister Cassadee has shown she is talented so we’ve kept her in training. This filly is tall and stands over a lot of ground as well.” Then there is an I Am Invincible with a strong hindquarter, typical of the breed, out of Gourmet Garage a Canny Lad half-sister to two stakes winners. They will also present a More Than Ready filly out of the three-time Sydney winner Longlea. “She’s not a big filly but I like the way she does everything quickly. She certainly has a bit of zip in her attitude to things,” said Toby.

Rounding out the Book 1 offerings is a strikingly marked Sepoy colt out of Romincka, a daughter of More Than Ready and Corumbene’s AJC Sires and Champagne Stakes winning filly Hasna. “He’s typical of the Sepoy’s with plenty of size and strength. I think the trainers are just starting to work out the breed so I’m expecting considerable interest,” said Toby. A Smart Missing filly out of the Flying Spur mare Brasilia from the family of Gr.1 Ranwick Guineas winner Inference and an Epaulette colt who is a half-brother to SW of 500k Mr Unforgettable round out the Corumbene offering in Book 2.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex


Dam Kylie (AUS)




Adelaide (IRE)




More Than Ready (USA) Longlea (AUS)

107 Br.


253 Ch. C 445 Br.


481 Ch. C

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Mossarama (AUS)

Sepoy (AUS)

Romincka (AUS)

Brazen Beau (AUS)

Wings of Success (AUS)

Stratum (AUS)

Adria (AUS)

525 Ch. F

Snitzel (AUS)

Avarice (NZ)

605 B.

Stratum (AUS)

Cheetara (AUS)


672 B.


Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Donnica (AUS)

778 Br.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Gourmet Garage (NZ)

885 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Brasilia (AUS)

Epaulette (AUS)

La Marama (AUS)

969 B/Br. C Toby Frazer (stud manager): 0428 115 528 Dunedoo, NSW

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CRESSFIELD STUD WILL BRING ANOTHER DRAWCARD DRAFT TO MAGIC MILLIONS IN 2018. THIS SALE HAS BEEN A GOOD SOURCE OF TOP RACEHORSES FOR CRESSFIELD INCLUDING MAGIC MILLIONS GRADUATE MISSROCK (FASTNET ROCK – MISS JUDGEMENT) WHO SOLD IN 2015 FOR $500,000. story: RENEE GEELEN photos: CRESSFIELD The Cressfield name has become a synonym for excellence, whether it is the beautifulluy maintained property itself or the high class broodmare band, or the horses reared on the farm such as Missrock and Clearly Innocent, two current distinguished alumni, the theme runs strongly through everything associated with the farm. Now a Gr.3 winner that has earned more than she cost, Missrock was Gr.1 placed in the autumn of 2016/17. Another recent group horse off the luxurious property is home-bred Clearly Innocent, crowned NSW Country Horse of the Year, and who won the Gr.1 Kingsford-Smith Cup over winter this year. Bluebloods spoke to Operations Manager Liesl Baumann about their upcoming Magic Millions draft. What is your personal Magic Millions ambition? To present a draft that is 100% suited to this sale. By saying that I mean identifying the early running, sprinting types in our crop. To do this there are a number of factors that the team at Cressfield considers: Did the mare race as a two year-old? Is the sire a notable or likely two year-old sire? Does the yearling have a birth date and physical attributes that suggest early maturity? Are they of tractable nature to handle and cope with the stress of breaking and training? There are long term commercial implications for the selection of sales for yearlings and I believe there is a competitive edge to be gained by presenting a mature yearling at an early sale like Magic Millions. Yearlings broken in directly after this sale have a head start in their education and training. They can be broken in, spelled, and halfway through another preparation before a yearling that was sold later in the year. When there is early black type up for the taking the difference between the winner and the rest may come down to race experience. For the mare owner, this can have a huge impact on the commercial appeal of the mare’s subsequent foals. For a mare to have a two year-old performer, the sale price for the very next yearling presented for sale is likely to be positively affected. I think this becomes even more important for the mare’s first foal, if it can gain early black type, the mare’s commercial career looks pretty solid from the outset.

The Deep Field filly out of Shoboard is a half- sister to the three time winning Magic Millions’s graduate Live To Dream (Snitzel). She is from the same family of the Gr.2 winning Cressfield bred filly, Satin Shoes, who is now the dam of current two year-old winner of the Listed Gimcrack Stakes Satin Slipper (Pierro). This daughter of Deep Field is immensely athletic and fluid, with the short rein of a sprinter and good spring through her hocks. The Brazen Beau colt is out of the Commands mare Egyptian Cross, herself a daughter of the indefatigable Gr.1 race mare Our Egyptian Raine, and also a half-sister to the Gr.3 winning Egyptian Symbol. This colt is a black muscle machine, with extreme masculinity, his balance and his laid back attitude adds to his swagger. While I have identified those two as standouts, the remainder of the draft are no slouches either, including a full sister to Gr.2 winning two year-old Headwater out of River Dove and the last foal, a Snitzel colt, out of the undisputed Blue Hen, Snowdrift. Overall I think we have a lovely draft through deliberate selection of mature early running types and pedigrees for this sale. What are you good at, and what are you very bad at? Criticising conformation. Additionally, I think I am generally pretty good at observing horses, picking up illness or injury from their general demeanour and understanding their biology. I am woeful at spatial problem solving. That, along with my ability to perform simple additions correctly are painfully underdeveloped. What do you wish more people would take notice of?

2018 draft Lot







Smart Missile (AUS)

Our Egyptian Raine (NZ)




Exceed and Excel (AUS)

River Dove (AUS)




Deep Field (AUS)

Shoboard (AUS)




Snitzel (AUS)

Snowdrift (FR)


B./Br. C

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Dove Lake (AUS)


Br./Blk. C

Brazen Beau (AUS)

Egyptian Cross (AUS)



Deep Field (AUS)

Expensive (GB)


Br./Blk. F

Foxwedge (AUS)

Galapagos Girl (AUS)

F 02 6545 0500 Parkville, NSW

How would you sum up your 2018 draft? It is one of the more diverse looking drafts with regards to sire representation that we have had for a while. It is a good mix of the tried and true, and the exciting up and comers. Good two year-old sires like I Am Invincible, Exceed And Excel and Snitzel appear alongside the new guys, Brazen Beau and Deep Field. A colt by Brazen Beau and a filly by Deep Field are our stand out types.

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What is your personal Magic Millions highlight? “Topping the sale with Bull Point, who made $960,000.” How would you sum up your 2018 draft? “Select, but will appeal to people looking for quality yearlings that will go on and give them every chance to win a nice race in the future.”

So You Think colt Tamasa earned the somewhat unwanted tag of “best thing beat” of the carnival when he ran into a traffic jam in the final race of Melbourne Cup week at Flemington. Tamasa, a $160,000 Edinburgh Park sold yearling, had won his first two starts in impressive style and was duly well backed to land the Listed finale at Flemington. Alas, he lost his unbeaten tag, but earned a whole new group of admirers in the process. Earlier in the spring Assimilate emerged as a potential topliner. The son of Sebring won his first two starts impressively before producing a whirlwind finish to just miss in the Group 3 Ming Dynasty. At his next start he ran a respectable fifth in the Group 1 Golden Rose, before Peter Snowden decided to turn him out for a spell. “They both look very good horses in the making,” Edinburgh Park’s Ian Smith said.

What is your personal Magic Millions ambition?

Serena Bay, winner of three from six as a two-year-old in addition to being Group 2 placed, has gone back into work and is another three-year-old the stud has high hopes for.

“To continue to present yearlings that appeal to the market place.”

Smith also noted there are a number of promising Edinburgh Park reared and bred two year-olds due to step out over the summer.

What do you wish more people should take notice of?

Edinburgh Park kicked a goal in its infancy, with world champion Hong Kong based sprinter Silent Witness emerging in the farm’s first commercial crop. “You need to kick a goal early. If I’d known how hard it was, I probably wouldn’t have started in the first place,” Smith said. “You either need lots of money and keep pouring it in, or get those results early.”

“Let’s flip that question on its head. Absolutely nothing. The reason why horse sales are exciting and horses appeal to different buyers is because everyone looks for different things. No one’s ever wrong and no one’s ever right. Basically what you are looking for is a good pedigree, nice type and off a good farm and you’re halfway there.” What is your favourite place to eat and drink on the Gold Coast? “Omeros Bros Seafood Restaurant at The Spit.”

This past year was a good one at the sales for Edinburgh Park, which averaged $238,000 for the 10 sold at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Yearling Sale last January. These were headed by a $420,000 Snitzel filly (currently in pretraining) and $310,000 for an Exceed And Excel filly, now named Cavalini which ran an encouraging fifth on debut in the Debutant Stakes at Caulfield in October. “We were just outside the top 10 vendors in Australia for sales averages in 2017,” Smith said. “We have four yearlings going to the Gold Coast in January. Our numbers were reduced that year and now we’re building back up again. We bred 55 mares in 2017 and we’ve certainly increased our numbers.” The Gold Coast draft includes a Smart Missile half-sister to last year’s $420,000 Snitzel filly (ex Fortune Of War). “Smart Missile is having a bit of a resurgence, which is good. This is a big strong filly with an outstanding female line.” Edinburgh Park will also offer a Fastnet Rock colt from Smokin’ Alice. “He’s a really nice Fastnet Rock colt and it’s the family of Mica’s Pride. We bred Bull Point, he’s in that family and we sold him for the top price at Magic Millions of his year. We’ve bought a lot of mares out of America from that family. This is another branch of that family which we are confident will be successful for us. He’s a big strong athletic colt and one of those horses that will appeal to a lot of buyers.” Smith describes Edinburgh Park’s Shooting To Win – Becerra colt as a likely “late two year-old, three year-old type. That family is on the cusp of developing into some really nice runners. Tony McEvoy purchased the All Too Hard for $240k from Magic Millions last year and they are very happy with that colt. If people are looking for a first season stallion out of a quality mare, this is the sort of horse you would be looking at.”

Serena Bay (Sebring-Caiguna by Dubai Destination)

The final yearling in the Edinburgh Park draft is a Rubick colt from Euro Chic. “He’s very much a two year-old type. On type, he was just a standout to go to this sale. If anyone wants a two year-old that could come back in 12 months and win this race, this is the sort of horse you’d be buying.” Among the foals at Edinburgh Park born in 2017 were progeny of leading stallions like Fastnet Rock, Snitzel, Exceed And Excel and Written Tycoon. But without doubt, one of the most prized thoroughbreds roaming the Edinburgh Park paddocks is the retired former Horse of the Year Weekend Hussler. “He’s looking after weanlings, doing his thing. He’s just a paddock mate for different horses. He might go for a truck trip every now and then just to keep young horses company. We make sure he’s happy and healthy. He’s doing all right.”

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex


Dam Smokin’ Alice (USA)

323 Br.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

540 B.


Shooting to Win (AUS) Becerra (AUS)

699 B.


Rubick (AUS)

Euro Chic (AUS)

740 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Fortune of War (AUS) Ian Smith: 0419 637 892 Wingham, NSW

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2017 HAS BEEN ANOTHER SOLID YEAR FOR EUREKA STUD AND THE MCALPINE FAMILY WITH MANY WINNERS FROM THEIR DARLING DOWNS STUD FLYING THE FLAG PROUDLY. story: MICHAEL VINCENT photos: SHARON LEE CHAPMAN Eureka’s future broodmares Tiyatrolani and Notonyourlife have been performing with good success at stakes level and quite a few other exciting prospects born and raised on the farm have made winning starts to their careers. A Eureka graduate excelling on the race track this year is the Rex Lipp trained Our Beebee who strung a hatrick of Saturday wins together in the Autumn and is back racing now in fine form over the Spring and Summer. Our Beebee is by one of Eureka’s resident stallions, Red Dazzler, and has won four races from just nine starts for stakes earnings of over $250,000. Eureka’s first season sire Spirit of Boom has already been making headlines as the clear leader on the first season sire list with two early winners. Many trainers who have them are speaking very highly of the breed and although it is only very early in the two year-old racing season, his stock are starting to show us why. It is his first winner couldn’t have been more impressive in winning on debut in class record time at Doomben on the 4th of November. Ef Troop, born and bred at Eureka Stud, is out of the Exceed and Excel mare Limealicious and was sold by Eureka Stud at the 2017 Magic Millions sale for $70,000. Ef Troop’s full brother is being offered as Lot 977 at the 2018 Magic Millions sale in the

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Sunday session and will be attracting more than his share of attention, especially if his big brother happens to salute the day before in the Magic Millions 2yo Classic. His second winner Legal Ties came just six days later at Rockhamton, this filly out of the Chester House mare Lantern Court was a $25K Magic Millions March purchase. Six other yearlings by Spirit of Boom will be offered by Eureka at the 2018 Magic Millions Sale, including half siblings to stakes winners Tiyatrolani, Express Air, Tinto and Southern Lord, and stakes-placed Intencion, as well as a filly out of the stakes-placed General Nediym mare, Daddy’s Little Girl. Eureka Stud’s Scott McAlpine is loath to single out one horse over the rest but describes the half-brother to Tinto (out of Truly Brave) as a “magnificent sort of colt. He is a real Spirit of Boom colt with the flair of Brave Warrior” said Scott. Lot 392, the half-brother to Tiyatrolani (by Captain Sonador) is also a full brother to the talented Brinkmanship. Brinkmanship won a trial in fine style before placing second on debut in Saturday metropolitan class. The Helen Page trained colt was then very unlucky when running fourth at his second start and from what he’s shown so far won’t be out of the winners circle for long.

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2018 draft

Eureka Stud will present seven yearlings by resident stallion Spirit of Boom








Pierro (AUS)

Pure Purrfection (AUS)




Spirit of Boom (AUS)

Tiyatro (AUS)

Lot 497 by Spirit of Boom out of Angel Girl has a full sister trained by David Hayes who is showing good early promise and is in work now. The older 3yo half-brother by Snitzel is trained by Gai Waterhouse and is also back in work, going nicely by all reports and being set for a return to racing soon.




Spirit of Boom (AUS)

Truly Brave (AUS)




Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

Amusements (AUS)




Spirit of Boom (AUS)

Angel Girl (AUS)




Spirit of Boom (AUS)

Acupuncture (NZ)




Spirit of Boom (AUS)

Air’s Precious (AUS)




Zoffany (IRE)

Anagold (AUS)

A Not A Single Doubt colt is expected to attract very good attention. Described by Scott McAlpine as a typical Not A Single Doubt yearling, Lot 491 is out of Anabaa mare Amusements, who has had two to race for two winners including Amusing City (by Sebring) who was a 2yo winner in Hong Kong last season.




Dundeel (NZ)

Crepe Suzette (AUS)




Spirit of Boom (AUS)

Daddys Little Girl (AUS)




Love Conquers All (AUS)

Derippa (AUS)




Real Saga (AUS)

Gentle Spirit (AUS)




Show a Heart (AUS)

Griselda (AUS)




Spirit of Boom (AUS)

Limealicious (AUS)

Last but certainly not least for Eureka is Lot 203 who Scott describes as a beautiful filly. She is by Pierro out of the talented General Nediym mare, Pure Purrfection. Pure Purrfection was a five time winner of around $200,000. She is a stakes winner from a family littered with stakes winners. This filly, being by Pierro, sire of the 2017 Victorian Oaks winner, Pinot, is sure to be very popular with buyers.

1014 B.


Sizzling (AUS)

Paris Blu (AUS) 07 4696 1204 Scott McAlpine 0408 700 724 Cambooya, QLD

Scott McAlpine Brave (dam of Tinto) and Limealicious (mother of Ef Troop). When do you begin your sale preparation? What methods do you use?

How many mares did you breed with in 2017, who is the best known? Counting mares owned by Eureka and clients who agist with us, we would have had close to 65 served this season. Some of the better performed mares include Pure Purrfection (Stakes winner) Tiyatro (dam of Tiyatrolani), Angel Girl (dam of Gr.1 winner Southern Lord), Truly

We work off an 11-12 week preparation. We don’t own a mechanical horse walker. All of our yearlings are exercised off a lead pony or hand walked. They are trotted and cantered for 3kms, three days a week. The horses are stabled during the day and are back in their yards of a night time. We’ve got six lead ponies that put in the hard yards - three Piccolo geldings and three Red Dazzler geldings. The ponies love us on Fridays and hate us on Mondays.

What is your personal Magic Millions ambition? The ultimate would be to win the Magic Millions race with a horse by a first season sire who himself won a Magic Millions prelude before running without luck in the big race itself. A sire standing at stud in Qld and who is doing a tremendous job thus far – Spirit of Boom. How would you sum up your 2018 draft? We have a great cross section of yearlings by sires such as Spirit of Boom, Not a Single Doubt and Pierro – I’d like to think it is a draft of top quality horses by fashionable sires. Our

strike rate for breeding winners is high and hopefully vendors will see that. What do you wish more people would take notice of? Everyone has their own criteria – with pedigree often first, and then type second. For the past 20 years we have been standing Group 1 stallions such as Brave Warrior, Air Express, Red Dazzler and now Spirit of Boom. We look forward to more and more southern buyers taking notice of us, knowing that sire performance, racetrack success and soundness is very important in all that we do.

What is your favourite place to eat and drink at the Gold Coast? We like going to a little Korean place at Broadbeach as well as an Italian restaurant called Giovanis. What do you look for in a potential champion? I tend to have a preference for short coupled, sprinting types of horses rather than large, thicker set yearlings. They have to be nicely balanced. Piccolo was a prime example. He was a strong fast horse. Defcon too, is much from the same mould, as is Spirit of Boom.

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Describe any recent developments at your farm. Major developments have been undertaken in preparation for our first Magic Millions draft. The new 20 box stable complex looks fantastic; the yearlings love the large, cool boxes, which provide plenty of air-flow. New post and rail turn-out yards have been built in close proximity to the new barn. All our yearlings get an opportunity to have a buck and kick for a few hours daily which I feel is paramount for their mindset and demeanour during what can be a stressful time. We also have a new walker which complements the lunge ring. Our top quality facilities allow us to prepare client’s yearlings to the very highest of standards. What is your personal Magic Millions ambition? I cannot wait until yearlings sold under the Fernrigg banner start competing and hopefully winning at the highest level. It would be so exciting to watch one of our babies win a Group One. Who do you follow on Twitter? @drpadraigkelly. We have very similar interests and he is always reliable for a retweet! What do you wish more people would take notice of? The dedication and hard work stud staff put in many months prior to the actual sales. So much skill and attention-to-detail is required but unfortunately this often isn’t recognised. We are extremely lucky to have a fantastic team at Fernrigg and while these yearlings are at the Magic Millions another group of future athletes are being prepared back home for the next sale.

A LIFETIME AMBITION WILL BE REALISED AT THE MAGIC MILLIONS WHEN FERNRIGG FARM PRESENTS ITS FIRST EVER YEARLING DRAFT. story: KRISTEN MANNING photos: FERNRIGG FARM The name “Fernrigg” holds a special place in the heart of stud principal Rae-Louise Farmer as it was used by her and her late grandfather for the horses they bred together during her youth. “I was very close to my grandparents growing up, they encouraged me to follow my horse dreams which has brought me to this point in my career and the establishment of Fernrigg Farm.” There were only two weanlings on the Denman property when Rae-Louise took over in May but numbers have steadily grown. “I am delighted with how the weanlings thrived and developed into strong, athletic yearlings. The condition the horses were in leading into the beginning of this sale preparation is testament to the quality of the land.” Dual Group One winner Yankee Rose and Group Three winner Acatour, together with stakes winners Tawteen and Well Sprung have all graduated from the property in recent years. “I feel extremely proud to present such a strong draft for our first sale. Every horse is here on its merits and I am grateful to our clients and friends who have entrusted us with preparing them.” First up for Fernrigg is a “very athletic, racy” Shooting To Win filly out of a 3/4 sister to stakes winner Whisper Bay and half to Group One mare Hurtle Murtle. A “strong, well balanced early looking type with a great hip and action” by Exceed And Excel is out of the stakes placed Procrastination, daughter of dual Group winner Dilly Dally. Three yearlings by Dissident are also highlights including a “quality eye-catching, lovely moving” half to stakes winner Everage and a “very neat, correct, good boned” colt out of Terrenora, Group Three placed dam of stakes winner Ghost. The third Dissident is a “magnificent” colt out of Djinda, half to stakes winner Litter from the prolific Almahmoud family. “He is well-grown with great scope and exceptional strength. He has always been a stand-out.” Also impressive is an “eye-catching real powerhouse” filly by Rubick out of Tuscan Haze whose dam is the triple Group winner Halibery. “She has a great temperament and stunning athleticism.” Meanwhile “a very strong first foal” by Hinchinbrook is out of winner Arabian Beauty, daughter of Listed winner Marchelle Belle. “He has exceptional bone, good conformation and an amazing attitude.” “One of the most athletic colts I have seen by Sebring” is one out of city winner Arrowette, half sister to Jersey

Lily. “He is well-grown with plenty of scope and strength, a big shoulder and a deep girth.” Then there is “a very classy filly” by Wandjina out of Bright Heart, dam of Group Two placed Volpino. “She is a very classy filly with a huge motor, a beautiful action and a balanced stride. She will certainly catch the eye.” As will a Smart Missile half to Group placed Kinaan from the family of Danehill. “This colt has a very strong pedigree and he is a stunning, wellbalanced individual with the strength and scope one would expect to see from this family.” Star Witness has been in great form and Fernrigg has two at the sale starting with a “quality” filly out of city winner Dollhouse, half to Group Two winner Unpretentious. “She has good bone and scope, a big hip and shoulder and a beautiful action.” The colt out of the Galileo mare Just Incredible “has great presence and is always a gentleman. He reminds me very much of Star Turn as a yearling.” Another in-form stallion is I Am Invincible whose “racy, correct, athletic” filly out of city winner Epic Faith is a 3/4 sister to Brazen Beau.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex 93

Ch. F

198 Ch. C



Shooting to Win (AUS) Miss Fidler (AUS) Exceed and Excel (AUS) Procrastination (GB)

213 B.


Dissident (AUS)

Quipster (AUS)

382 Br.


Dissident (AUS)

Terrenora (AUS)

408 Ch. F

Rubick (AUS)

Tuscan Haze (AUS)

510 B.


Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Arabian Beauty (AUS)

512 B.


565 B/Br. F

Sebring (AUS)

Arrowette (AUS)

Wandjina (AUS)

Bright Heart (AUS)

657 B/Br. C

Smart Missile (AUS)

Dazzledar (GB)

670 Ch. C

Dissident (AUS)

Djinda (AUS)

671 B.


Star Witness (AUS)

Dollhouse (AUS)

696 Gr.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Epic Faith (AUS)

Star Witness (AUS)

Just Incredible (IRE)

853 Ch. C Rae-Louise Farmer: 0452 531 561 Denman, NSW

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What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast? “The atmosphere. After the highs and lows of the annual breeding season it is lovely to unwind at such a wonderful place as the Gold Coast surrounded by everyone from the industry.” What is your personal Magic Millions ambition? To be recognised as a consignor who presents their horses in the best possible way to maximise results for our clients, and of course ourselves. What are you good at and what are you really bad at? I would like to think I’m good at facing up to the various challenges horses, particularly mares, can throw up, and figuring out a way to overcome the difficulties and achieve the desired end result. The things I think I’m bad at I just keep working at to improve. What is your favourite movie? I’m not an avid movie watcher but it has to be Phar Lap.

The Holbrook team will take eight lots to the January Sale as agent, five in book one, and Julie is delighted with the overall quality. One whose pedigree has had some notable updates of late is a smart colt by second season sire Epaulette out of Corrosion by Lonhro. He is the first foal of his dam who is an unraced half-sister to Godolphin’s talented three year old Viridine, a star of the Spring with four wins from five career starts to date includes success in the Gr.2 Roman Consul Stakes. And the yearling has plenty of pedigree a generation back as the Listed Ramornie Handicap winner Jerezana is a half-sister to Corrosion’s dam, and a subsequent mating between her and Epaulette’s sire Commands produced the talented Badajoz, winner of six to date and being Gr.3 placed at two. The colt has Julie as an admirer “He has a kind eye, great strength through the hindquarters and he walks with great purpose. Everything about him says he will be an athlete.” Another sure to be high on buyer’s shopping lists is a daughter of Smart Missile and Nataya Rose, a Canny Lad half-sister to the dam of Caulfield Guineas winner and international sprinter Starspangledbanner from the family of Thousand Guineas winner Amicus. Of course Canny Lad mares have a proven record as outstanding producers, especially with Danehill line sires, and as Julie said “At this year’s Magic Millions Breeze Up Sale three of the top five lots were by Smart Missile. I know she is a filly, but it gives me confidence that the market likes the sire.” Of this lass Julie thinks she is “beautifully proportioned and has a lovely feminine walk. She’s a joy to work with.” Holbrook will also present a colt by first season sire Rubick out of the winning Benicio mare Predicted. Tracing back to the high class broodmare Great Klaire, a half-sister to the legendary Eight Carat, Predicted has as her grandam Come On Klaire, a three-quarter sister to Kaapstad and a half-sister to St Klaire the dam of the Gr.1 winners Bonanova, Fraternity and Telesto. If it is speed buyers are looking for then Julie thinks they should consider Holbrook’s son of Star Witness and the Galileo mare Galeisha. While Galileo is noted for infusing stamina into pedigrees he is no slouch when it comes to speed either so with Galeisha being out of the Rory’s Jester mare Hello Boys, then add a dash of Star Witness’ influence and there is every reason to believe this colt will go quick. Runner up in the Gr.3 Thoroughbred Club Stakes, the five-time winning Hello Boys comes from a family that churns out early comers such as Gr.2 Maribyrnong Plate winner Jiang. The colt is a half-brother to the talented Albury Guineas winner Rosaleisha. Rounding out the Holbrook Book 1 draft is a filly by the underrated Charge Forward out of Wily Carol, a daughter of Lion Hunter and a three-time winner up to 1600 metres in Melbourne. A half-sister to a further four winners Wily Carol has as her grandam the bonny mare Winter’s Dance who won three black type events including the Tramway

Handicap and Ajax Stakes for the late Mrs Millie Fox. Her best produce was the handy sprinter Dancing Dynamite, a Gr.3 winner in Melbourne, while last season’s Gr.2 Queensland Guineas winner Salsify also traces back to her. Julie’s draft for Book 2 consists of three high quality youngsters including fillies by first season sires Hallowed Crown and Shooting To Win. The Hallowed Crown is out of an Octagonal mare in Democrat, in turn out of a full sister to Gr.1 VRC Sires’ Produce winner Preserve and a half-sister to Gr.1 Golden Rose winner and sire Denman. The Shooting To win is out of the Choisir mare Flying Choice whose grandam is the dual Gr.1 winner Flitter while the final offering is a Foxwedge colt out of Iseult, a Dehere half-sister to globetrotting Gr.1 VRC Derby winner and sire Nothin’ Leica Dane and Gr.2 winner Duelled.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex



124 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Nataya Rose (AUS)

189 Br.


Rubick (AUS)

Predicted (AUS)

443 B/Br. F

Charge Forward (AUS) Wily Carol (AUS)

631 Br.

Epaulette (AUS)

Corrosion (AUS)

Star Witness (AUS)

Galeisha (AUS)


752 Ch. C 914 B.


Hallowed Crown (AUS) Democrat (AUS)

936 Ch. F

Shooting to Win (AUS) Flying Choice (AUS)

960 B/Br. C

Foxwedge (AUS)

Iseult (AUS)

02 6545 1072 Julie Harris: 0417 473 195 Scone, NSW

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IT IS A BUSY LIFE LED BY KIA ORA’S ALEX KINGSTON WHO, AT THE TIME BLUEBLOODS SPOKE TO HER ABOUT THE HISTORIC STUD’S MAGIC MILLIONS DRAFT, HAD JUST RETURNED FROM A HIT AND RUN VISIT TO THE FASIG-TIPTON NOVEMBER SALE. story: KRISTEN MANNING photos: KIA ORA STUD It was just a four day turnaround for Kingston who always loves to return to the United States where she lived, in Lexington Kentucky, for six years. And she did not come home empty handed, happy to have purchased a regally bred mare by Tiznow.

Unique Quality and sister to dual Group One winner Spartacus.

“It was an amazing sale,” she said. “We think mares are hard to buy in Australia but I’d rather be trying to buy here than there, they were expensive!”

A filly with “a great hindquarter” is a half-sister to Listed winner Candika out of dual city winning Danzero mare Divya whilst “a nice, tall, strong filly” is the second foal for the Fastnet Rock mare Tianjin Rock from the family of outstanding Hong Kong sprinter Planet Ruler.

There was no time for jet-lag for Kingston with Kia Ora presenting a strong Magic Millions draft of 16 well related yearlings by a range of proven and exciting young stallions. One that well and truly fits into the latter group is Deep Field, a Group Two winning sprinter who was raced by Kia Ora in partnership with Alan Bell. Not surprisingly well supported by Kia Ora, Deep Field is rewarding them by siring smart types bound to sell well and Kingston is especially excited by a colt considered to be one of the very best by the young stallion. “He is a precocious, strong, short coupled colt, a standout amongst our Deep Fields,” she said of a colt out of the imported Danehill mare Reggae, dam of Group Two placed

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Kingston is also happy with a “nice type who has thrown more to his dam line,” a chestnut colt out of imported Group Three winner Ashley’s Kitty, half-sister to this year’s Santa Anita Gold Cup-Gr.1, 2000m winner Cupid.

“Short coupled, compact and muscular” is how Kingston describes the first foal for Group Two placed Lonhro mare Twirl from the family of Fastnet Rock whilst a half-sister to South African champion Igugu is “a neat filly from an outstanding family.” Deep Field’s Caulfield Guineas-Gr.1, 1600m winning brother Shooting To Win is also represented by a “quality” filly out of the Commands mare Sotela, half-sister to dual Group One winner Sports. All Too Hard has two in the draft; a “very nice first foal with a lot of quality” out of the Group Two placed More Than

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Gr.3 winner Ravi (Redoute’s Choice Mambo in Freeport by Kingmambo)

What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January? “It is a great start to the year, to kick off with such a big sale. We are able to showcase some of our best yearlings, it is a great opportunity for the more forward, more precocious types.” How many mares did you breed with in 2017, who is the best known? “We foaled down over 65 foals and bred over a hundred mares including the stakes winners Faint Perfume, Cosmic Endeavour, Se Sauver and Twilight Royale.” What do you look for in a potential champion? “The overall physical type more than anything, conformation comes second, pedigree third.” What do you wish more people would take notice of? “How hard everyone in the industry works to provide the end product you see at the track.”

Ready mare Mihiri and a “strong, appealing” colt out of the stakes placed Fastnet Rock mare Rock Of Fortune, dam of Star Of Africa who has been so impressive winning his first two starts in Sydney. Speaking of Fastnet Rock, his colt out of the imported dual Group Two winner Gypsy Robin is “a well balanced, well grown, athletic colt with a great walk. He is a real standout.” The term “stand-out” was also used by Kingston to describe an Exceed And Excel colt out of Edward Manifold Stakes-Gr.2, 1600m winner Se Sauver, half-sister to South Australian Derby-Gr.1, 2500, winner Escado and promising three-year-old Aberro. “He is a lovely colt with great balance and he is forward and ready to go.” The progeny of Snitzel are always popular at the Magic Millions and Kingston expects a “nice, neat, athletic, precocious” colt out of the US Group Three winner Heart Ashley, dam of the stakes placed Ameristralia, to sell well. Same goes for a “good walking” Snitzel colt with “a great attitude,” the first foal for Group Two winner Twilight

Royale who hails from the same prolific Stolen Hour family as Snitzel’s sire Redoute’s Choice. Snitzel’s son Wandjina meanwhile has a “nicely put together” filly, the first foal for Choisir mare Heavens Touch, half-sister to Epsom Handicap-Gr.1, 1600m winner Captain Sonador. Another popular Redoute’s Choice stallion is Not A Single Doubt whose “neat, well balanced” filly is the first foal for two times winning Lonhro mare Talimena, 3/4 sister to Denman. Last to mention but by no means least is a “big, strong, forward” Brazen Beau colt out of the winning Medaglia d’Oro mare Calvados, half-sister to Listed winner Barbed. “It is a well rounded draft with plenty of depth of pedigree and a strong selection of stallions,” Kingston summarized before answering a few of our questions...

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex




All Too Hard (AUS)

Mihiri (AUS)

231 B.


Deep Field (AUS)

Reggae (IRE)

246 B.


All Too Hard (AUS)

Rock of Fortune (AUS)


278 Ch. C 335 B.


375 B./Br. F

Gr.2 placegetter Lovani (Lonhro Carribean Sunset by Danehill Dancer)


Exceed and Excel (AUS) Se Sauver (AUS) Shooting to Win (AUS) Sotela (AUS) Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Talimena (AUS)

388 B.


Deep Field (AUS)

Tianjin Rock (AUS)

410 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

Twilight Royale (AUS)

411 B.


Deep Field (AUS)

Twirl (AUS)

461 Br.


Deep Field (AUS)

Zarinia (IRE)

514 Ch. C

Deep Field (AUS)

Ashley’s Kitty (USA)

582 Br.


Brazen Beau (AUS)

Calvados (AUS)

669 B.


Deep Field (AUS)

Divya (AUS)

786 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Gypsy Robin (USA)

795 Ch. C

Snitzel (AUS)

Heart Ashley (USA)

797 B.

Wandjina (AUS)

Heavens Touch (AUS)

F 02 6543 7105 Alex Kingston: 0447 264 718 Scone NSW

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THE TEAM AT LIME COUNTRY THOROUGHBREDS MADE THE BRAVE MOVE FROM THE SUNNY HAWKES BAY REGION OF NEW ZEALAND TO TAKE ON A NEW CHALLENGE IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS OF NSW. THE FARM, PREVIOUSLY THINK BIG STUD, WILL SEND ITS DEBUT DRAFT TO MAGIC MILLIONS GOLD COAST IN 2018. BLUEBLOODS SPOKE TO PROPRIETOR JO GRIFFIN ABOUT HER DECISION, AND HOW LIME COUNTRY THOROUGHBREDS HAS EVOLVED IN THE LAST TWELVE MONTHS. story: RENEE GEELEN photos: LIME COUNTRY THOROUGHBREDS “We’ve spent nearly a year settling in here to this beautiful, lush property. The biggest challenge for us has been setting up an entire new team, which is a rare opportunity to create a team specific to the needs of the business. We’ve split the property into three divisions, breeding, sales, and racing stock, with separate excellent managers in each of the three areas. We are so pleased with the way they’ve worked together, and how that has translated into the horses growing out well and top fertility rates for the broodmare band this season. It’s highly satisfying to see our choices come to fruition so quickly. We are enjoying building relationships with people in the industry here in Australia, and have had plenty of visitors to the farm. Lime Country Thoroughbreds is fortunate to have a strong list of clients, and it is sensational to do good work for good people.” Greg and Jo Griffin

Lime Country Thoroughbreds quickly built a solid reputation for producing top class racehorses from its New Zealand base, and this will give buyers at Magic Millions the confidence to inspect their debut draft, knowing that the same experience has crafted the yearlings on offer. Hong Kong Champion Griffin Premiere (Dylan Thomas – More Than Sum, by More than Ready) for 2016/17 was sold by Lime Country Thoroughbreds, as was Singapore Gold Cup winner Bahana (Elusive City – Khales, by Don Eduardo), stakes winners Fascination Street (Elusive City – Piece of Cake, by Snippets) and Twilight Granita (Iffraaj – Granita). How would you sum up your 2018 draft?

while a Dream Ahead half-brother to Listed winner Silvera is from a half sister to Gr.1 star Shoot Out. First season sire Hallowed Crown has a filly from Midnight Moment, a winning American half sister to two stakes winners, while the colt by Not a Single Doubt is the first foal of Irish Pipedream, a half sister to stakes winners Rain Dream, and Snitzel Spirit. A Denman colt from winning mare Unswerving is a half sibling to four winners, and his dam is a half sister to juvenile Gr.3 winner Firm, dam of stakes winner Trim. This is your first draft at Magic Millions. What is your personal Magic Millions ambition? It’s a bit of a mix, firstly for each horse in the draft to be perfectly prepped to its individual requirements. Secondly, to achieve 100% clearance rate, getting great results for our owners who have put so much thought and investment into producing the stock we’ll offer for them. Thirdly, to provide our buyers with well educated, well grown, sound racing propositions that they can come back and win a race with at MM in 12 months’ time! What do you wish people would take more notice of? From a business perspective, after coming from overseas we are aware that people in Australia often fail to recognise just how fabulous the racing and breeding industry is here. While it’s human nature to always want more, I think Australia has plenty to be proud of at this moment in time, it is vibrant and progressive, we love it! Personally, we always remind each other to notice just how lucky we are. If you have loved ones around, cash in the bank, feed on the farm and the sun is shining - it’s worth noticing, it’s good day. What is your favourite movie? Disgracefully, anything with plenty of sex, violence and fast cars.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex

We’ve put together what we think is a trainer’s draft. They are a very solid line up of good physical types with quality about them. Greg and I have gone for quality over quantity in the draft and we don’t feel there is a weak link in the lineup as far as the individuals go. Three of the six yearlings are half siblings to stakes winners, the remaining three are from young mares from strong black type families with the credentials to produce running types. A Fastnet Rock half sister to dual Gr.1 winner Julinsky Prince, and seven race winning stakes placed Foreign Prince, will be a must inspect, as this filly is also out of stakes winner Julinksy Princess, herself a half sister to two stakes winners. A half brother to two stakes winners (Thorn Prince, and Alinko Prince) is the colt by Choisir from Shinko Princess,






Hallowed Crown (AUS) Midnight Moment (USA)

304 Ch. C

Choisir (AUS)

Shinko Princess (NZ)

310 B.


Dream Ahead (USA)

Silver Tiara (AUS)

416 Br.


Denman (AUS)

Unswerving (AUS)

835 Ch. C

Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

851 B.

Fastnet Rock (AUS)


Irish Pipedream (AUS)

Julinsky Princess (NZ) Jo Griffin: 0428 960 669 Greg Griffin: 0429 002 964 Burradoo, NSW

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Speaking of Encosta de Lago; his South African Group One winning son Delago Deluxe has a colt out of the Octagonal mare Benita, half-sister to dual stakes winner Victory Dash from a prolific black-type family. “A very nice horse from a Manx Park family,” he is a half-brother to the smart Hong Kong based galloper Thanksgiving and the local city winner Mr One Eleven. Last up for Manx Park is a “big, strong” filly by Eurozone out of the winning Falbrav mare Romanzo. “Built like a tank,” she is a great granddaughter of the US Group One winner Contredance. Peta was happy to answer a couple of questions for Bluebloods starting with “if you were not talking to us right now what would you be doing?” “Grooming yearlings,” Peta said. “That sounds soothing,” say us. “It is for them!” “What do you wish people would take more notice of?” “To not be so concerned about the catalogue page and just look at the horse and judge them from what they see. At the end of the day it is the horse that matters, we have all seen inexpensive horses who end up being champions!”

“She was a cracking foal, the best the mare had produced. She was not big but she was always really precocious.” Already the winner of just short of $260,000 in stakes, Setsuna is in the spelling paddock having won the Ottawa Stakes-Gr.3, 1000m at her most recent outing and the future looks bright for the Gai Waterhouse and Adrian Bott trained daughter of Choisir. Her dam Longoria, also dam of the dual Listed winner Miss Solis, is one of 20 or so mares who were bred from Manx Park this spring, another being Etoile Fille, dam of the talented Group Three placed Stop Making Sense who was unfortunately injured before being able to show her best. “Darren Weir has a really nice two-year-old I Am Invincible filly out of her and her filly by that same stallion this year is absolutely outstanding.” A city winner at two, Etoile Fille is a daughter of No Excuse Needed and the dual Group Three winner Starcent, in turn daughter of Group Two mare Star Of The Knight. Peta is delighted with the strength of Manx Park’s 2018 Magic Millions draft; “I am extremely pleased with these very nice horses.” First up for Manx Park is a colt from the debut crop of Spendthrift Farm’s Spring Champion Stakes-Gr.1, 2000m winner Hampton Court. A half-brother to the Group Three placed dual city winner Queen Of Wands, he is out of the metropolitan winning Giant’s Causeway mare She’s Warrego, half-sister to Listed winner View The Stars. “He is a nice, scopey, big striding colt,” Peta said. Also by a Spendthrift first season stallion is a filly by the Group One winning shuttler Jimmy Creed, the first foal for the two times Group placed triple city winner Ava’s Delight. “She will take a little bit of time but she is a very nice filly,” Peta said. Outstanding stallion Written Tycoon is represented in the Manx Park draft by an “easy walking, early coming colt” out of the winning, producing Exceed And Excel mare Exselva whose third dam is the influential Fanfreluche, ancestress amongst many other topliners of Flying Spur and Encosta de Lago.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex



300 B.


Hampton Court (AUS)

She’s Warrego (AUS)

524 B.


Jimmy Creed (USA)

Ava’s Delight (AUS)

709 B.


Written Tycoon (AUS)

Exselva (AUS)

882 B.


Delago Deluxe (AUS)

Benita (AUS)

Eurozone (AUS)

Romanzo (AUS)

1029 Ch. F

02 4869 1436 Peta Tilden: 0403 172 707 Moss Vale, NSW

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WITH 10 YEARS SALES EXPERIENCE BEHIND THEM SUE WOODCOCK AND HUSBAND MIKE EVERETT OF MEREDITH PARK ARE EXCITED BY THE PROSPECT OF PRESENTING THEIR INAUGURAL MAGIC MILLIONS DRAFT IN JANUARY. EIGHT YEARLINGS IN BOOK 1 WILL MAKE THEIR WAY FROM BERRIMA IN THE SOUTHERN HIGHLANDS OF NEW SOUTH WALES WITH NO STONE LEFT UNTURNED IN ENSURING THEY HAVE EVERY OPPORTUNITY TO ACHIEVE A PREMIUM PRICE. story: GLEN LATHAM photos: MEREDITH PARK How many mares did you breed with in 2017? “We bred 15 mares in total using a variety of stallions standing on either side of the Tasman. We’ll send the mares where we think the ‘type’ will give us the best chance of return on investment, both in capital and time spent. How would you sum up your 2018 draft? A group of quality racehorses in the making. What is your favourite place to eat and drink at the Gold Coast? Bistro Chico at Main Beach. Great Tapas, an extensive cocktail menu and great company. Nothing else needed. What do you wish more people would take notice of? Each other.

When interviewed Sue explained that selling on the Gold Coast was a natural progression in line with the upgrade in bloodstock the farm now housed. Underpinning their investment is one principle, only send to market horses that horsemen/women would want to race. “Over the last decade we have developed our version of best practice, experimenting with every aspect of management such as a preferred feeding regime, and we feel we’ve reaped the benefits from the results we’ve achieved in the ring elsewhere. We feel we now have the right horses to stand out in the Gold Coast market.” The colder climate of Berrima and surrounds lends itself to developing tough, hardy horses and while looked after impeccably the Meredith Park draft haven’t been pampered when it came to sheltering from the elements. “Our logic is the more time the horse spends in the paddock the less susceptible it should be to ailments and wind infirmities.” With type being all important the eight are made up of a mixture of homebreds and pinhooks; of stock by young sires and, for balance, colts by Champion Sire Snitzel and Artie Schiller and a filly by the evergreen Choisir. When asked for her standout Sue couldn’t choose “All five colts are tremendous, they are all types we would want to race and we think the market will feel the same.” “The Snitzel colt has a lovely girth, a good length of rein and has done everything we’ve asked of him so far in a professional manner. Importantly for a Snitzel he isn’t overly big” said Sue. She bought his dam, the American bred Angel Smoke by Smoke Glacken, from the Magic Millions ring in foal to Snitzel, the resulting filly Nostariel winning the rich two year old race at the Wagga May carnival. “The Artie Schiller was an inexpensive pinhook which was surprising at the time given what Flying Artie achieved last season. He proved that a sire didn’t need big books to get people to pay attention to him.” Of course besides Flying Artie, Artie Schiller can get middle distance horses like Rosehill Guineas winner Desert Hawk. On pedigree a first crop son of Olympic Glory out of Fastnet Rock’s unraced daughter Steps To The Beat has plenty to offer, the dam being a half-sister to Gr.1 Coolmore Classic winner Steps In Time. Sue loves that the colt is by a grandson of Danehill Dancer, sire of Steps In Time, which spelled at Meredith Park throughout a successful racing career. Sue and Mike remain part owners with Steps In Time now at stud.

Meredith Park will also offer a first crop son of Deep Field out of the New Zealand bred Marmi by Lion Heart. “He’s an early foal, well put together and an attractive sort,” said Sue. “This is a particularly attractive Deep Field youngster with a lot of scope which is pleasing.” Marmi hails from a family developed by the late Robert Sangster and is a halfsister to Prince Of Passion, runner up in the most recent Gr.1 Thorndon Mile at Riccarton. The first of the Hallowed Crowns make their appearance on the Gold Coast and Sue and Mike have a colt of his out of Crimson Lady who was twice Gr.3 placed including a second in the South Australian Fillies Classic. Sue said “I see him more as a Classic colt and I love the Street Cry – Green Desert cross,” Crimson Lady being a daughter of former Champion New Zealand Stallion Volksraad. Of the fillies the Choisir – Manon filly looks the pick. “She’s a big, strong filly despite being a first foal with a November foaling date,” Sue offered. It doesn’t hurt that Manon is a three-quarter sister in blood to four-time Gr.1 winner Silent Achiever and by a sire that even in the twilight of his career continues to regularly serve up Gr.1 winners, Divine Prophet, Obviously, The Last Lion and The Mission a quartet that have added to his imposing tally recently.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex 63



B/Br. C




Choisir (AUS)

Manon (NZ)

Deep Field (AUS)

Marmi (NZ)

108 B/Br. F

Wandjina (AUS)

Most Secretive (AUS)

351 Br.


Olympic Glory (IRE)

Steps to the Beat (AUS)

380 B.


498 B/Gr. C 639 B.


Artie Schiller (USA)

Taraneem (AUS)

Snitzel (AUS)

Angel Smoke (USA)

Hallowed Crown (AUS) Crimson Lady (NZ)

952 Ch. F

Toronado (IRE)

House Right (GB)

630 B/Br. F

Fighting Sun (AUS)

Coolroom Candidate (AUS) Sue Woodcock: 0414 800 224 Berrima. NSW

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THE LIST OF WINNING GRADUATES FROM THE FIELDS AT MILL PARK STUD CONTINUES TO ACCUMULATE, WITH RECENT MAGIC MILLIONS SOLD GROUP PLACED ALL TOO HUIYING (C BY ALL TOO HARD), THREE WINS AT 1600M, 1800M, NOW STAKEWINNER OF THE LISTED VRC SEPPELT WINES STAKES. story: RENEE GEELEN photos: MILL PARK STUD I Am Invincible x Hussy By Choice filly. The first foal of a stakes winning Hussonet mare, from the family of St. Therese, Mirrasalo, and Precious Memories. Shooting To Win x Sensualism filly. The first foal of a city winning (of 5 races) mare by Commands, who is a half sister to tough stakes winners Liesele (9 wins) and Loved up (6 wins). Brazen Beau x I’m Discreet colt. A half brother to Gr.2 Edward Manifold Stakes winner Serenely Discreet, this colt is only the third foal of his dual stakes winning dam. This is Mill Park’s famed Discreet family. Written Tycoon x Noondie colt. A full brother to the 2017 Gr.2 Thousand Guineas Prelude winner Booker, this colt is out of a winning half sister to Tranquility, from the family of Gr.1 winner Umrum, Hong Kong Gr.1 winner Sun Jewellery, and group winner Tan Tat De Lago. How would you sum up your 2018 draft?

Another Magic Millions graduate from the same crop off the farm is Gr.3 placed It’s a Myth (sold at Magic Millions Adelaide). Mill Park Stud’s crop of Magic Millions four year-olds includes stakes winners Guard of Honour, and Modern Wonder, as well as group placed Dream First. It seems certain that their next group of yearlings will include more successful types, such as their tough Gr.1 gallopers Fawkner, Happy Trails, Go Indy Go, and many others. Bluebloods spoke to Chris Watson about Mill Park’s upcoming Magic Millions draft. How many mares did you breed with in 2017, who is the best known? About 70 mares are being bred this season at Mill Park Stud. A couple of good maidens joining the ranks are Beluga Blue (by Lookin at Lucky) who is a Listed winner and ran second in the Gr.2 Wakeful Stakes, and I Am Zelady (by I Am Invincible) who won the $1million Magic Millions Fillies and Mares H. Leading the ranks of the proven mares would be Noondie (by Flying Spur) who is the dam of this season’s Gr.2 Thousand Guineas Prelude winner (and Mill Park sold) Booker. Booker’s full brother is a major highlight in the 2018 Magic Millions draft for Mill Park Stud. Other nice mares we have are Elusive Wonder (by Elusive Quality) who is the dam of Modern Wonder mentioned above, The Good Wife (a Redoute’s Choice ¾ sister to Divine Madonna) who is the dam of group placed progressive It’s a Myth, and Victory Cry (a General Nediym full sister to stakes winner Victory Chant, and half sister to Reldas) who is the dam of Listed winner Guard of Honour and is from the family of Gr.1 winner Serious Speed. Which horse in your draft looks the best chance to win the MM 2YO Classic or Golden Slipper? I can probably narrow it down to a few who are all precocious, fast looking types with great muscle definition.

It is a fairly typical Mill Park draft with something for every taste. We have brought yearlings here to the Gold Coast of a type that will suit a wide range of buyers. Obviously they are all generally forward types but not all just out and out sprinters. We certainly have some types that will get better at three and should run up to a mile. If you weren’t talking to me right now, you’d be….. Studying the form guide and looking at our runners over the Spring Carnival. Certainly, praying for some more stakes winners. What do you look for in a potential champion? It is almost impossible to pick a champion, but to narrow it down, I want to see a horse that has a great style of athletic ability with a long loose stride. A lovely relaxed temperament. Obviously a pedigree that suggests a good genetic predisposition to producing great horses.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex



101 B.


Redoute’s Choice (AUS) Molto Bene (AUS)

137 B.


Written Tycoon (AUS)

143 B.


More Than Ready (USA) Obsidian Dragon (AUS)

283 B.


Shooting to Win (AUS) Sensualism (AUS)

420 B.


Dawn Approach (IRE)

Noondie (AUS)

Very Discreet (AUS)

422 Ch. C

Shooting to Win (AUS) Victory Cry (AUS)

636 B.


Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Court Pastoral (GB)

649 B.


651 Ch. F 814 B.


816 B/Br. C

Snitzel (AUS)

Dances on Waves (AUS)

Shooting to Win (AUS) Dane Belltar (AUS) I Am Invincible (AUS)

Hussy by Choice (AUS)

Brazen Beau (AUS)

I’m Discreet (AUS) 08 8575 6033 Chris Watson: 0417 838 489 Meningie, SA

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IT IS A SMALL BUT CERTAINLY A SELECT DRAFT OF MAGIC MILLIONS YEARLINGS BEING PREPARED BY TIM AND CELIE NOLAN, EACH OF THE WELL RELATED YOUNGSTERS CERTAIN TO HAVE THE MURRULLA STUD POLISH ON THEM. story: KRISTEN MANNING photos: MURRULLA STUD “We may be light on numbers but there is definitely something for everyone,” Murrulla’s Tim Nolan told Bluebloods, pleased not only by the quality of their yearlings but also with their strength of pedigree. “We have yearlings by a mixture of outstanding young stallions and in-form proven horses and they are all really nice horses.” Highlightling the Murrulla draft is “a very nice” filly bound to be keenly sought after, a daughter of Lonhro’s multiple Group One winning son Pierro who enjoyed a great spring with his exciting daughter Pinot a dominant winner of the VRC Oaks-Gr.1, 2500m. And her dam is also top class, the four times Group One winner Streama whose sire Stratum, like Pierro, won the Golden Slipper Stakes-Gr.1, 1200m. Murrulla sold Streama’s first foal, a colt by Bernardini, for $240,000 to Vandyke Racing at the 2017 Magic Millions. “Foxwedge is another stallion really doing the job,” Nolan said of the William Reid Stakes-Gr.1, 1200m winning Fastnet Rock horse who has been well represented by seven stakes winners, including the Group One galloper Foxplay, in his first two crops. Nolan is happy to be taking to the Magic Millions a “lovely” Foxwedge filly out of the Starcraft mare Luminosity whose first to race is the dual city winner Star Stealer. Barely a week passes without a nice More Than Ready winner and his progeny are not surprisingly always popular at the Magic Millions. His “very precocious” filly out of the city winning Hussonet mare Chinner Street is a half-sister to the metropolitan winning juvenile Streets Of Liberty. More Than Ready has already fared well this family, his Pago Pago Stakes-Gr.2, 1200m winning son Brightexpectations being out of a half-sister to Chinner Street. Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident will have his first yearlings showcased at the 2018 Magic Millions and Nolan is very happy with “a beautiful” filly out of the Bernardini mare My Five Eightyate whose dam is the four times Group Two winning Zeditave mare Ateates, sister to the Newmarket Handicap-Gr1, 1200m winner Ruffles.

At the time of writing, high class sprinter Spirit Of Boom was Australia’s leading first season sire and what an encouraging start the tough and durable dual Group One (Doomben 10,000, 1350m and William Reid Stakes, 1200m) winner has made with two early winners and five placegetters from his first eight runners. “A lovely colt” is the first foal for the two times winning Fastnet Rock mare Fasuka whose dam is a sister to the French Group Two winner Diamond Mix from a high class European family (one that produced the Melbourne CupGr.1,3200m runner-up Bauer) whose latest star is the recent St Leger-Gr.1, 14 and Irish Derby-Gr.1, 12f winner Capri. Of these lovely bunch of yearlings, Nolan feels that the most likely to shine at two is the Pierro - Streama filly, noting that “her sire and dam sire won the Golden Slipper and she is a very strong filly who looks an early type.” It has been a busy year at Murrulla which this spring became the new home for The Galaxy-Gr.1, 1100m winning stallion Charge Forward, a proven stallion whose 16 stakes winners include the big race winners Headway and Response. Standing at a fee of $8,800, the son of Red Ransom has settled in well at Murrulla Stud and Nolan is delighted with the response from breeders; “he is proving very popular,” he said.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex



118 B.


Dissident (AUS)

My Five Eightyate (AUS)

352 B.


Pierro (AUS)

Streama (AUS)

610 Ch. F

More Than Ready (USA) Chinner Street (AUS)

931 B.


Spirit of Boom (AUS)

Fasuka (AUS)

986 Br.


Foxwedge (AUS)

Luminosity (AUS) Tim Nolan: 0417 140 712 Wingen, NSW

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AMONGST VICTORIA’S MOST SUCCESSFUL BREEDERS, MUSK CREEK FARM HEADS TO THE 2018 MAGIC MILLIONS WITH AN IMPRESSIVE DRAFT OF WELL BUILT YOUNGSTERS BY A NICE MIXTURE OF PROVEN STALLIONS AND THE UP-AND-COMING. story: KRISTEN MANNING photos: REBECCA WILLIAMSON “We have a nice even bunch with no weak links,” said manager Scott Williamson. They have been hand-picked for this sale whether they be our home-breds or pinhooks.”

and a filly, “an exceptional first foal” for stakes winner If I Can I Can. “She looks like an early comer, a filly with plenty of strength with a great attitude.”

Two colts by first season stallion Dissident are highlights with Williamson a big fan of the breed; “we have three Dissident colts here and they are all exceptional types.” A colt out of the Elusive Quality mare Brandish is particularly impressive, described as “an outstanding colt with plenty of quality and strength.” Meanwhile a colt out of the stakes placed import Maree Basse is “hard to fault. He reminds me a lot of his sire and he has a great attitude, he is very tough.”

Hailing from the final full crop of Stratum is a “standout” colt from a prolific American family; “he has a lot of strength about him and we are sure that he is going to create a great impression.”

More Than Ready has long been a Magic Millions favourite and a colt out of Byatt, a granddaughter of Shindig, is “a really nice colt with good bone and strength. He is developing nicely and will be very well received.”

Fellow Victorian stallion Written Tycoon is a sales ring favourite and his filly out of proven broodmare Witwatersrand is a “good sized, strong filly” whilst a Sebring half-brother to recent debut winning two-year-old Pony Power out of a daughter of Euphoria is “a correct, good sized colt with exceptional movement.”

As will a “lovely, strong” colt by exciting first season sire Deep Field out of multiple city winner Caesar’s Princess. “There will be quite a few Deep Fields at the sale but this fellow will be amongst the best of them, he is a lovely strong colt and an exceptional walker.” Two I Am Invincible yearlings will also attract attention; a colt “typical of his sire” out of Footprint (a Redoute’s Choice half-sister to Group Two winner Marching whose first two foals have sold extremely well at past Magic Millions sales)

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As will an extremely strong Street Boss colt out of dual city winner Tigress Joy. “He is muscle on muscle, a Hercules of a horse! He has great bone and is so powerful, he is going to impress.”

“Very forward” is a good moving Hinchinbrook colt out of the city winning Maglissa, daughter of Group One mare Danglissa and also looking promising are a couple being sold on behalf of Two Bays Farm; a Toronado filly out of the stakes placed Emma’s Princess and a Not A Single Doubt filly out of a half-sister to stakes winner Vintner from the family of outstanding filly Alizee.


Scott Williamson

2018 draft at the Magic Millions National Broodmare Sale.”

people out there doing an outstanding job.”

What is your personal Magic Millions ambition?

What do you look for in a potential champion?

“To sell a champion and a winner of the Magic Millions two-year-old race,” Williamson said. I’d love to sell a Winx!”

“Temperament is the key, it plays a major role in whether a horse makes it or not. Look at a horse like Extreme Choice, he was so calm at the races, he was switched on and knew what it was all about from the start.”

Have there been any interesting developments at Musk Farm over the past 12 months?

Which horse in your draft looks the best chance to win a Magic Millions 2Y0 Classic or a Golden Slipper?

“I guess me joining! I started in April having previously managed Yulong Park. Musk Creek is a great property in a beautiful part of the world and it is a terrific opportunity to be involved with a farm that has already built up an excellent reputation.”

“It can be hard to tell at this stage but our Rubick colt (out of the stakes placed Freezethemillions) is a stand-out. He is very precocious, a typical get up and run colt and he has a great temperament to match, he is very willing.”

What has been the stud’s biggest recent achievement?

What do you wish people would take more notice of?

“Selling Bubble Below, the dam of Hong Kong star Lucky Bubbles for $700,000

“The effort that goes on behind the scenes from the staff, there are lot of great

If you were not talking to me right now, you would be... “Working, I have just put the whipper snipper down! The whole season is very busy now, you sell your last yearlings for the year and it is just about time to get out the alarms to put on the mares. The only real down time is when we sit down to plan the matings.”

Lot Col/Sex




B/Br. C

Sebring (AUS)

Lonoree (AUS)



Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Maglissa (AUS)



111 B.


Dissident (AUS)

Maree Basse (IRE)


Stratum (AUS)

Mountain Legacy (USA) Tigress Joy (AUS)

389 Ch. C

Street Boss (USA)

425 B.


Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Vintage Quality (AUS)

448 Br.


Written Tycoon (AUS)

Witwatersrand (IRE)

562 Br.


Dissident (AUS)

Brandish (AUS)

574 B.


More Than Ready (USA) Byatt (AUS)

576 Br.


Deep Field (AUS)

Caesar’s Princess (AUS)

692 B.


Toronado (IRE)

Emma Princess (AUS)

739 B/Br. C

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Footprint (AUS)

744 Ch. C

Rubick (AUS)

Freezethemillions (AUS)

820 B.

I Am Invincible (AUS)

If I Can I Can (NZ)

F Scott Williamson: 0438 398 679 Flinders, Victoria

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BLUEBLOODS WAS ABLE TO CATCH UP WITH NEWHAVEN PARK BOSS JOHN KELLY, WHO IS CARRYING ON THE FAMILY TRADITION OF BREEDING QUALITY EQUINE ATHLETES. NEWHAVEN’S YEARLINGS ARE ON EVERY SERIOUS BUYER’S SHORT LIST. FIND OUT MORE IN OUR INTERVIEW. What is your personal Magic Millions highlight to date? Being able to go to the Magic Millions every year is a highlight in itself. Everyone turns up with their families and it’s such a fun and fantastic time of the year. The horse highlights are too numerous to mention but Unencumbered winning for Bjorn Baker in the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in 2014 is something that we remember fondly as Newhaven Park bred and sold him as a yearling at this sale. We are excited about a couple of the current two year-olds that we sold here last year. The first being Performer, by Exceed and Excel, out of Snippets mare Gavroche. He won the Breeders Plate, in record time, and is current favourite for the 2018 Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the Golden Slipper. And an impressive filly is Singular Sensation, by Not A Single Doubt, out of Tiffin. She is another Newhaven bred who also has the Magic Millions 2YO Classic in her sights. It is always great to see the farm graduates getting up early and making it back here for the big race day.

type with an impressive page and by Australia’s champion sire.

I would be outside doing something with the horses. From the beginning of the breeding season to the end of the sale season (and the time in between), my days are spent outside on the farm.

However, as is always the case, the race track in 2019 will provide the answer as to how good they really are. What is your personal Magic Millions ambition?

What is your favourite movie?

To be able to turn up each year, and for our yearlings to be accepted by the market on the deeds of their predecessors. We have had some exceptional results from this sale over the years and to produce the next Golden Slipper winner is what we strive to achieve.

My top two choices would have to be Schindler’s List and Shawshank Redemption, but I do love a romantic comedy. What do you like about social media?

What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January?

I think Instagram is fantastic, it’s great to be able to see what people are up to. Given the nature of our industry, it is good to be able to keep up to date on what’s going on.

The best thing about selling at the Gold Coast, from a vendor’s perspective, is the depth of the market at this sale. Magic Millions have done a wonderful job in ensuring that buyers from all corners of Australia, and from around the world, make it to the Gold Coast for the sale. This gives us a lot of confidence in what can be achieved.

How would you sum up your 2018 draft?

Your ideal night out on Gold Coast is?

In my opinion, our 2018 draft is one of the best drafts that we have assembled for quite a few years. The yearlings we are offering are by a great group of stallions out of some proven mares, as well as some lovely young mares.

I always enjoy having a few beers at the complex after a long day of parading yearlings, then off to Omeros Brothers, where you are always guaranteed a delicious meal, and maybe finish up at one of the well-known establishments on Cavill Avenue.

We have a lovely Exceed and Excel filly (Lot 205) whose dam, Puzzle, is a half-sister to multiple stakes winning Newhaven bred and raced mare, English. There are also some very nice colts in the draft – a Lonhro colt (Lot 700) out of Group 1 producing mare Europium; we have a Medaglia d’Oro colt (Lot 717) out of Encosta de Lago mare Fashion. He is a lovely horse. The Brazen Beau colt (Lot 784) is another worth mentioning. He is the first foal out of Group 2 winning mare Gypsy Diamond. He is a smashing colt. And, the Redoute’s Choice colt (Lot 832) is out of Group 1 winning mare Invest. He is another lovely

If you weren’t talking to me right now, you’d be?

What are you good at, and what are you very bad at? I’m still trying to work out if I am good at anything and, as for what I am bad at, that is for others to judge.

Performer winning the ATC Breeders’ Plate

What do you look for in a potential champion? It’s very hard to explain or to put into words but all the good horses that we have been associated with, they all have something a little bit unique about them.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex Sire




More Than Ready (USA)

Madam Devine (AUS)



Rubick (AUS)

Madam Nash (AUS)

102 Gr./F

More Than Ready (USA)

Moone’s My Name (GB)

184 B./F

Deep Field (AUS)

Poison Ivy (AUS)

205 B./F

Exceed and Excel (AUS)

Puzzle (AUS)

217 Br./C

Smart Missile (AUS)

Rahy Storm (USA)

311 Ch./C

More Than Ready (USA)

Simply Brilliant (AUS)

329 B./C

Written Tycoon (AUS)

Society Barber (AUS)

421 B./F

Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

Viadana (NZ)

464 B./C

Deep Field (AUS)

Zelsnitz (AUS)

570 B./F

Rubick (AUS)

Budapest (AUS)

677 B./F

Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

Drinks All Round (NZ)

700 B./C

Lonhro (AUS)

Europium (AUS)

713 B./C

Dissident (AUS)

Family Girl (AUS)

717 B./C

Medaglia d’Oro (USA)

Fashion (AUS)

747 B./C

More Than Ready (USA)

Frontalis (AUS)

758 B./F

Brazen Beau (AUS)

Gig (AUS)

784 B. Br./ C

Brazen Beau (AUS)

Gypsy Diamond (AUS)

787 Br./F

Sebring (AUS)

Hairpin (AUS)

799 B./F

Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

Hello (USA)

804 B./F

Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

Hoist (AUS)

832 B./C

Redoute’s Choice (AUS)

Invest (AUS)

842 B./F

Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Jacquetta (AUS)

856 B./F

Verrazano (USA)

White Diamonds (AUS)

944 Br./F

Written Tycoon (AUS)

Graphic (AUS)

957 B. Br./ C

Delago Deluxe (AUS)

Increase (AUS)

968 B./F

Verrazano (USA)

La Lagune (AUS)

1027 B./C

Delago Deluxe (AUS)

Register (AUS)

1046 B./F

Medaglia d’Oro (USA)

Snip Spur (AUS) Office: 02 6385 8335 John Kelly: 0412 654 620 email: Boorowa, NSW

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EXCITING TIMES AHEAD FOR THE TEAM AT NOORILIM PARK WITH THE BOUTIQUE PROPERTY LOCATED ON THE BANKS OF THE GOULBURN RIVER PREPARING ITS FIRST EVER MAGIC MILLIONS DRAFT; NINE OUTSTANDING YEARLINGS BY CLASSY STALLIONS FROM SUCCESSFUL FAMILIES, AND GREAT TYPES TO BOOT. story: KRISTEN MANNING photos: NOORILIM PARK and SDP MEDIA “It is a quality draft,” said Noorilim Park’s Sherah Sullivan, “with horses I feel will suit a range of purchasers. We have some great sprinting types as well as classic style horses, making for a well rounded draft.” Have you had any notable successes over the last 12 months? “Noorilim has only recently been established and we were proud to achieve a $150,000 average at the Melbourne Premier. To see our name appear amongst the big names of Gilgai and Mill Park was something my team and I were extremely proud of and we will continue to strive for this kind of excellence.” What is your personal Magic Millions ambition? “This is Noorilim’s first year as a vendor at the Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale. My aim is to present a small but quality draft of yearlings and I feel we have achieved this.” Your ideal night at the Gold Coast is? “Whilst it is our Magic Millions debut, the Gold Coast is not unfamiliar territory as we have attended many sales. We recently discovered the restaurant Mamasan which as become one of our favourite haunts.”

One of the highlights is a Shooting To Win filly out of the stakes winning Exceed And Excel mare Mrs Kipling whose first three to race are already winners. Hailing from the family of Fairy King Prawn, Easy Rocking and Cosmic Endeavour, she is “a really classy filly with an exceptional shoulder and girth. She has impressed me over the past few weeks and I am sure she will be well received.” Shooting To Win’s brother Deep Field is also represented by a colt out of winning Choisir mare Que Cee, half-sister to four times Group winner Court Command. “He is an absolute powerhouse, very typical of his sire’s progeny; muscle on muscle. I am sure those seeking a strong Magic Millions contender will be looking in this colt’s direction.” Dual W.S Cox Plate-Gr.1, 2040m winner So You Think has a filly out of the Danehill Dancer mare String Of Pearls, dam of metropolitan winner Galileo’s Pearl and half-sister to UK Group Two winner Infamous Angel. “This filly looks a real Oaks contender. She is thriving in her preparation which I always love to see.” By one of Victoria’s most popular stallions in Street Boss Noorilim has a half-sister to the stakes placed Peninsula Links out of metropolitan winning Bel Esprit mare Cardannic, half-sister to two times Group Three winner Cahuita. “He is a very striking black colt (got to love those ones!) with plenty of size, bone and strength. He is a lovely, straight forward colt.” The lightly raced but talented Fighting Sun is due to be represented by his first runners soon and they have fared well at the sales fetching up to $165,000. His colt out of the city winning Desert King mare Silver Barbie is a halfbrother to Listed winner Silver Bullion.

Another first season sire in Wandjina has a colt out of the Pentire mare Pentolite, half-sister to Group Three winner Molly Dot Com. “He is a great advertisement for his young sire. He is extremely well balanced; a loose walking colt who will be sure to catch the eye.”

Hailing from the family of My Evita, Vitalic, Little Bridge, Card Queen, Vain Queen and Karuta Queen, he is “an outstanding individual whom I find hard to fault. He is well marked with a good forearm, gaskin and hindquarter and he has plenty of quality about him.”

Originally from NZ and now permanently based in Australia, Sullivan says that “the opportunities available in racing and sales here are outstanding. It’s a great industry to be a part of and one that has provided some big personal thrills. If you have a dream, get involved!”

Horse Of The Year Dissident has his first yearlings heading to the sales including Noorilim’s filly out of the O’Reilly mare Top Classic, winning daughter of Group Three winner Classic Babe, also dam of Group Two winner Passchendaele. “I will be very keen to follow this filly wherever she goes. She is extremely athletic with a lot of natural muscle and a terrific action. She exudes class and to my eye looks a genuine racing filly.” A couple of striking types by exciting first season sire Brazen Beau are well regarded, the first being a filly out of three times winner Super Swell, dam of metropolitan winner Bel Chandon and half-sister to Group One mare Bel Mer. “She is a very attractive filly with a powerful hindquarter, built very much in the mould of her brilliant sire. She should draw plenty of attention.” Meanwhile a colt of the Elusive Quality mare True Malt, daughter of stakes winner Strawberry Malt is “exceptional. I am excited to be offering such a lovely colt. We sold his half-sister by Not A Single Doubt this year and she looks to have an enormous amount of ability in the hands of Lindsay Park racing. This horse is a must inspect.”

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex



113 B.


Shooting to Win (AUS) Mrs Kipling (AUS)

174 Br.


Wandjina (AUS)

Pentolite (NZ)

Deep Field (AUS)

Que Cee (AUS)

210 Ch. C 309 Br.


Fighting Sun (AUS)

Silver Barbie (AUS)

357 B.


So You Think (NZ)

String of Pearls (IRE)

366 Br.


395 B/Br. F 405 B.


586 Br/Blk. C

Brazen Beau (AUS)

Super Swell (AUS)

Dissident (AUS)

Top Classic (AUS)

Brazen Beau (AUS)

True Malt (AUS)

Street Boss (USA)

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Redbank North & Huntworth Stud VENDOR PROFILE

A PARTNERSHIP BORN OUT OF SPENDING A SALE SIDE-BY-SIDE BACK IN 2007 WILL ONCE AGAIN OFFER A FINE DRAFT OF YEARLINGS AS A JOINT ENTITY ON THE GOLD COAST. story: GLEN LATHAM photos: REDBANK NORTH/HUNTWORTH STUD A partnership born out of spending a sale side-by-side back in 2007 will once again offer a fine draft of yearlings as a joint entity on the Gold Coast. James and Fiona Middleton’s Redbank North at Harden in south-west New South Wales will, for a third year, team up with friends Peter Stewart and Bridget Woodford-Smith of Huntworth Stud to sell eight lots under a combined banner. “There are several benefits of selling together” said Dimity Middleton, daughter of James and Fiona and an integral member of the Redbank North team. The obvious one is spreading costs, particularly labour, but Dimity sees other benefits for both farms. “Both Studs have sold successfully over time and have strong client bases. We’ll expect to get footfall from potential buyers seeking out the Huntworth lots but then taking a look at our offerings, and vice versa. We have a huge respect for Peter and Bridget, not everyone can breed a Melbourne Cup winner such as Just A Dash in 1981, and it’s a privilege to be working with them,” she said. Such is their success and longevity in the industry Peter and Bridget were amongst the vendors at the very first Magic Millions Sale back in 1986.

As a full brother to everyone’s favourite filly Single Gaze, Lot 229, the Not A Single Doubt colt out of Redaluca’s Gaze, is expected to be the most popular lot amongst the Redbank North offerings. “He has the same frame as Single Gaze although a little bigger and stronger than when we sold her there in 2014,” said Dimity. “He has a lovely deep girth, has the same attitude as his big sister and is a treat to deal with.” This will be the fifth of Redaluca’s Gaze’s offspring that the Middleton’s have sent to the Gold Coast in January, starting with the Listed winner Le Val in 2012, and they are keen to build on solid results achieved previously. “We are happy going back to ‘the well’ as Magic Millions have supported us as has the buying bench they bring together each year. This colt is the pinnacle of our breeding program so far, both on pedigree and physique, so to us it makes sense to return to where we’ve had success before.” Not that the colt will be their only lot which buyers will take interest in. If the recent Gr.1 Myer Classic had been 20 metres further then the Middletons would have been celebrating breeding a second Gr.1 winner after Eckstein’s

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Yearlings at Huntworth Stud’s new property near Exeter narrow defeat by Shoals at Flemington. Redbank North will offer as Lot 625 a three-quarter brother in blood to Eckstein by the successful British stallion Zebedee, winner of a Gr.2 Flying Childers Stakes, out Choisir’s unraced daughter Comrie. “He’s not overly big but what a lovely mover. And he shares the same paternal grandsire as Eckstein in Invincible Spirit and comes from the family of Canny Lad.” When asked about Lot 650, their filly by first season sire Adelaide out of Dancing Doll James is quick to jump in leaving one in no doubt she is a favourite. “She just has a touch of quality about her. She takes everything in and exudes confidence. And I love that she is out of a Danehill Dancer mare given how successful he has been as a broodmare sire.” A five-time winner in and around Sydney, Dancing Doll is a granddaughter of the very speedy Bletchingly mare Flash Doll. Previously from Coolac, a country stone’s throw from Harden, Peter, Bridget and Huntworth are now based at Exeter in the Southern Highlands. Peter and Bridget’s skills and horsemanship (and horsewomanship) have been a byword in the industry for many years, with a particular highlight being when they achieved every breeder’s dream in producing the 1981 Melbourne Cup winner Just A Dash. They will present two lots in the combined draft and it is clear Peter has difficulty splitting the pair, a colt by Not A Single Doubt out of Gold Letter, Lot 769, and a Written Tycoon filly out of Aqualuna to sell as Lot 509. “They were born a day apart so we’ve been able to draw comparisons as they have developed. Both are well grown, nice moving horses that look precocious types although the colt is probably a touch more advanced than the filly. They are both by sires that get early runners so we are expecting the market to be impressed.” The Not A Single Doubt is the second foal of the Medaglia d’Oro mare Gold Letter, a half-sister to four winners including Linguist who landed the opening race on VRC Oaks day this Spring scoring a dominant fashion and establishing her credentials as a real rising star of the coming year. Gold Letter’s dam is the talented Encosta De Lago mare Vocabulary, twice a Group winner and runner up in both the C F Orr and Futurity Stakes’ at Gr.1 level. Vocabulary was a brilliant homebred for Huntworth and has become an outstanding producer for the broodmare band. As her daughter Gold Letter is by one of the world’s top sires in Medagia d’Oro, and as Gold Letter’s 2018 MM yearling is by Australia’s current leading sire of 2YOs as we go to press, namely Not A Single Doubt, the timing of Linquist’s win could hardly have been better. Aqualuna’s filly loses little by comparison being a half-sister to the Melbourne Listed winner Mezeray Miss from the family of Champion stallion Centaine, amongst others. Unusually for a daughter of Epsom Derby winner Quest For Fame, Aqualuna was able to win over 1100 metres at two suggesting her breeder is on the right track regarding precocity. As well as their own horses Redbank North will offer two lots as agent for Rob Manwaring, recent recipient of The President’s Award for Outstanding Achievement from

Thoroughbred Breeders’ New South Wales. The award was recognition for his success last season with the Gr.1 J J Atkins Stakes winner Capital Gain and the duel Listed winner Grande Rosso. The pair are Lot 79, a son of Manhattan Rain and Midnight Rock, dam the Gr.2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic winner My Emotion, and a filly by the underrated Domesday out of the Listed placed Go Johemma by Johannesburg who will enter the ring as Lot 766. “The Domesday filly was foaled at Redbank North and we are delighted both youngsters have been entrusted to us for their yearling preparation,” explained Dimity. “Both are strong and athletic and there is plenty to like about them. The Domesday has handled everything like a pro and there is a certain precociousness about the Manhattan Rain.” What do you wish more people would take notice of? Dimity: I wish people would acknowledge the quality of horse breeding country we have in the south west. Families like the Kellys, the Taits and the Grahams have been breeding good horses for decades and this year alone we’ve seen our own Stakes winners Single Gaze and Eckstein race along with Trapeze Artist, English, Frolic and Zanbagh who all come from the region. They have to be hardy to do well in the colder winters, and the warm summers are a blessing as it helps keep down the worm burden. Add to that we have some wonderful undulating countryside that helps grow good bone and tendons. Peter: I do wish more buyers would take the time to ask more questions or observe the horse’s habits. Ask the vendor or look for themselves, has the horse eaten up? Do they have any traits of note? Most vendors are willing to pass on what they know as it builds a rapport for future sales.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex Sire



Manhattan Rain (AUS)

Midnight Rock (AUS)

766 B./F


Domesday (AUS)

Go Johemma (AUS)

229 B./C

Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

Redaluca’s Gaze (AUS)

509 Br./F

Written Tycoon (AUS)

Aqualuna (AUS)

625 B./C

Zebedee (GB)

Comrie (AUS)

650 B./F

Adelaide (IRE)

Dancing Doll (AUS)

769 B./C

Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

Gold Letter (AUS)

903 B./C

Animal Kingdom (USA)

Cosmic Belle (AUS)

Redbank North James, Fiona and Dimity Middleton 1780 McMahons Reef Road, Harden NSW 2587 T: +61 2 63868240 F: +61 2 63868207 E: Huntworth Stud Bridget Woodford-Smith and Peter Stewart 02 4883 4642, Mobile: 0407 211 779 PO Box 3352 Exeter, NSW 2579 E:

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What is your personal Magic Millions highlight to date? We’ve had many good times at the Magic Millions over the past twenty years or so but in recent times we’ve sold stakes performers such as Condor Heroes, Longeron, Miss Idyllic, Black Jag and Claudia Jean.

How would you sum up your 2018 draft? They’re a lovely bunch of horses – I’d like to think we have something for everyone. It’s one of the strongest drafts we’ve taken to the Gold Coast and we look forward to starting off the year with a bang.

How many mares did you breed with in 2017, who is the best known? We had around 100 mares served this year – for ourselves and our clients. Some of the better known mares would include Puppy Love by super sire Deep Impact, she’s a full-sister to Gr.1 Tokyo Yushun (Derby) winner Deep Brillante; Kapala by Danehill Dancer, she’s a stakes producing half-sister to WS Cox Plate winner Pinker Pinker and Stellatina who is by Street Cry, she’s a half-sister to five times Gr.1 winner and champion USA turf horse English Channel.

What are you good at, and what are you bad at? Good at defusing difficult situations – very bad at plenty of things, too many to mention.

What is your favourite place to eat and drink at the Gold Coast? The Loose Moose. What do you like about social media? The fact you can keep people informed on the progress of their horses – it’s live, it brings people together. It has its plusses and minuses – everyone has an opinion.

The farm was once again well represented across Australia thanks to the deeds of horses such as Condor Heroes, who from just four race starts has now placed at Listed and Gr.3 level for his owners, Sun Stud, who purchased him for $190,000 from Riversdale at the 2016 Magic Millions sale. Other big news to come from Riversdale in 2017 was the sale of the mother of champion Hong Kong sprinter Lucky Bubbles (by Sebring), Bubble Below (by Hussonet). Sold in foal to Sebring and on behalf of Musk Creek Farm, Bubble Below brought $700,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Broodmare sale. At the upcoming 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling sale, Riversdale Farm has a strong draft of 19 yearlings being offered, by leading sires such as I Am Invincible, Not A Single Doubt, Exceed and Excel, Sebring, More Than Ready, Written Tycoon and Hinchinbrook, as well as by up and coming sires including Brazen Beau, Rubick, Dissident and Deep Field. We caught up with Riversdale’s Nick Hodges recently and although he said he was proud of all the yearlings the farm will be offering in January, we asked him to tell us more about a few of them. Lot 465, a chestnut More Than Ready filly, certainly had Nick talking highly. Out of Ad Valorem mare, Zhu Jiang, Nick described the filly as arguably the pick of their draft on type, adding that “she’s a great mover with a lovely big hind quarter”. Just 12 lots later (Lot 476), the full brother to Miss Idyllic will enter the ring. Miss Idyllic debuted with a second placing at Listed level before going on to race in the Magic Millions 2yo race. From just 16 starts she retired with two wins and five placings and over $150,000 in stakes before bringing $360,000 at the 2016 Magic Millions Broodmare sale. Her brother being offered is described by Nick as “a nice and neat Exceed and Excel colt”. Others to receive a strong mention from Nick include Lot 193, an All Too Hard filly out of the half-sister to

Dubleanny and the family of November Rain, Lot 658, an I Am Invincible filly out of a twice winning Dubawi mare from a family littered with stakes performers, Lot 723, a chestnut filly by exciting first season sire Rubick and out of the stakes winning Shamardal mare Femina Fashion, and Lot 757, a typically nice walking Written Tycoon filly whose dam Gibraltar Storm has already produced a stakesplaced 2yo winner.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex Sire



Sebring (AUS)

Lago Joy (AUS)

193 B./F


All Too Hard (AUS)

Pretty Uncanny (AUS)

258 Ch./C

Sebring (AUS)

Roses in the Glen (AUS)

390 Ch./F

Not a Single Doubt (AUS)

Tingirana (NZ)

465 Ch./F

More Than Ready (USA)

Zhu Jiang (AUS)

476 Ch./C

Exceed and Excel (AUS)

Academy Idol (AUS)

589 Br./C

Dissident (AUS)

Casino Lass (AUS)

655 B./C

Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Dashie Diva (AUS)

658 B./F

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Decoree (GB)

723 Ch./F

Rubick (AUS)

Femina Fashion (AUS)

757 B.Br./F

Written Tycoon (AUS)

Gibraltar Storm (AUS)

806 B./F

Brazen Beau (AUS)

Honor Hymn (USA)

873 B. Br./ C

Proisir (AUS)

Arthena (NZ)

894 B./F

Olympic Glory (IRE)

Chinese Pretty (AUS)

897 B./C

Smart Missile (AUS)

Classic Model (AUS)

938 Ch./F

Deep Field (AUS)

Freedom Belle (AUS)

992 B./C

Dawn Approach (IRE)

Matabrahma (AUS)

1002 B./F

Sebring (AUS)

Momentously (AUS)

1013 B./F

Epaulette (AUS)

Panda’s Turn (AUS) Nick Hodges: 0410 310 296 Scone, NSW

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The Segenhoe bred and owned Curdled (All Too Hard-Custard by Lonhro) wins the Listed Winning Edge Stakes at Doomben


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What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January? It’s after a long hard breeding season, it comes at a beautiful time of the year. All the internationals that come over have a holiday spirit about them. It’s a lovely relaxed time. Lovely time to be selling horses and there’s no better place to be than the Gold Coast. Which horse in your draft looks the best chance to win the MM 2YO Classic or the Golden Slipper? Fastnet Rock-A Million Tears If you weren’t talking to me right now, you would be…? Looking at yearlings. Your ideal night out on the Gold Coast is? Home in bed early with my slippers on reading the paper.

O’Brien joined Segenhoe in 2013 and in 2014 the first Segenhoe draft under the ownership of Kevin Maloney was sold. Among the yearlings sold the following year was Nikitas, who returned to run second in the Magic Millions. In 2016, Segenhoe sold Madeenaty, who went on to run third in this year’s MM 2YO Classic. “Hopefully we can get the trifecta in three crops,” O’Brien said. “We sold Witherspoon at the Magic Millions this year and we’re highly hopeful she can win the Classic. In the Gimcrack she drew 16 and ran huge. She’s been freshened and been aimed at the Wyong MM into the Magic Millions.” O’Brien noted Segenhoe is consistently among the leading vendors in Australia, but more importantly the farm keeps getting racetrack results. Coolmore Stud Stakes winner Merchant Navy, who was bred by Chris and Jane Barham, but born and reared at Segenhoe, being the latest example. “What we are about at Segenhoe is breeding athletes. We don’t want to be breeding paper tigers,” O’Brien said. “The Maloneys purchased a vineyard right beside us and that has been transformed into a state of the art yearling farm, with a variety of pastures and big, large undulating paddocks all with the intention of breeding racehorses. We’re not for show ponies. We obviously have a great broodmare band and we try to breed to the best stallions around, but at the end of the day, the formative years from when the foal is born to when it goes to a ring, everything is geared to breeding a racehorse, not just a sales horse.” Segenhoe has 19 yearlings drafted for January, a mix between clients and Segenhoe-owned mares. “We are extremely proud of the group,” O’Brien said. “All to a one, they look like they will run through the bridle at two. They have been bred to be, and look like classic Magic Millions yearlings - strong, good boned, precocious animals.” O’Brien said “as a rule” Segenhoe have been trying to concentrate on proven stallions, but the group was bullish about Dissident and Rubick when they went to stud in 2015. The draft includes three Rubick colts and a colt and filly by Dissident. The Dissident-Diamond Glow colt is from the family of Prompt Response and Prompt Return. “If this horse is an advertisement for the stallion, the stallion surely cannot fail. He exudes quality,” O’Brien said. “The three Rubicks we have will be extremely well received also.

“There’s very few stallions around that have a pedigree like he does. He was a very good racehorse and he stamps his stock. “We consciously sent some bigger, taller scopier mares to him. You don’t get it right all the time, but we definitely got it right with these three. Here are some other comments from O’Brien in regards to the Segenhoe draft: Choisir-Wedgetail Eagle colt “He’s a half-brother to Eagle Way and is a beautiful colt. He has a bit more scope than a normal Choisir.” I Am Invincible –Electric Dreams colt “If you had to paint a picture of a horse that was ideal for the Magic Millions, it’s him. He has quality to burn. “ Fastnet-Rock-A Million Tears colt “My own view on Fastnet Rock colts, you need those short backed ones with bigger hips, aka Merchant Navy.This horse reminds me so much of him. He looks like a sprinter and has the quality to match with a huge walk.” I Am Invincible – Sensibility filly “Beautifully balanced, well made two year-old type. Snitzel-Buckelupbuttercup filly “She looks like a two year-old already, but is very light on her feet and is everything I look for in a horse.” Lot Col/Sex Sire Dam 54 B/Br. C Rubick (AUS) Maevemoo (AUS) 70 Ch. F Sebring (AUS) Martilago (AUS) 85 Br. F Snitzel (AUS) Mimi Lebrock (AUS) 88 B. C Rubick (AUS) Mining Tycoon (AUS) 129 Ch. C Snitzel (AUS) New Light (AUS) Rubick (AUS) Our Songbird (AUS) 160 B. C 215 B. C Fastnet Rock (AUS) Radharcnafarraige (IRE) 282 B. F I Am Invincible (AUS) Sensibility (AUS) 365 Br. F Dissident (AUS) Sunset Rock (AUS) 371 B. F Snitzel (AUS) Swiss Rose (NZ) 437 B. C Choisir (AUS) Wedgetail Eagle (AUS) 473 B/Br. C Fastnet Rock (AUS) A Million Tears (AUS)

2018 draft

496 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Angel Bee (NZ)

506 B.


Choisir (AUS)

Apparel (AUS)

563 B.


Fastnet Rock (AUS)

Breakfast in Bed (AUS)

569 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

Buckleupbuttercup (USA)

583 B/Br. C

More Than Ready (USA) Calvinia (AUS)

661 B.


Dissident (AUS)

Diamond Glow (AUS)

686 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Electric Dreams (AUS) 02 6543 9777 Peter O’Brien: 0411 852 149 Aberdeen, NSW

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Turangga bred rising star Glenall by Redoute’s Choice scores impressively first up at Rosehill 18/11/17.

Champagne Cuddles, this Turangga bred filly is one of Australia’s finest, multiple Gr.1 placed including 2nd in the prestigious ATC Golden Rose and undefeated dual 2YO winner, career earnings $554K from just 7 starts.

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STU RAMSEY AND HIS TURANGGA FARM HAVE BECOME ACCUSTOMED TO SETTING NEW MARKS IN THE PAST FEW YEARS. LAST YEAR RAMSEY SOLD A SON OF WRITTEN TYCOON, FOR $1MILLION, MAKING HIM THE HIGHEST PRICED YEARLING EVER BY A VICTORIAN STALLION. story: NATHAN EXELBY photos: TURANGGA What is your personal Magic Millions Highlight? “When we had four starters out of the 16 in 2011 – we had a quarter of the field – and one of them, Karuta Queen won it. How many mares did you breed in 2017 and who are some of the most notable? We’re breeding 28. Some of the best known are Our Quivira, Midnight Joy, Rose Of War and of course Ancient Song. What do you wish more people would take notice of? The biggest thing is if they’re good doers – and often the buyers don’t know that. If I’m picking a horse, I like them to be a good converter of feed. The conversion is important to me. Also, I think they should take more notice of which studs produce winners, because there are some that produce more than others. And type. Well balanced horses. What are you good at? What are you bad at? I’m good at farming and livestock. Bad? No one can be good at everything, I prefer not to shelf myself.

The colt has since been named King and off the back of a highly impressive trial, started favourite in the Group 3 Maribyrnong Plate at Flemington. Turangga has since sold King’s dam Brilliant Bisc for $600,000, in foal to Epaulette. Back in 2015 Ramsey sold a Sepoy colt from his beloved Group 1 winning mare Ancient Song for $1.6million – believed to be a southern hemisphere record for a first season sire. One horse Ramsey has high hopes for in the autumn is Champagne Cuddles, a filly that is raced on lease to a big team of lady owners. “She hasn’t yet won a Group 1 but she was very competitive throughout the spring establishing her reputation as one of Australia’s elite 3YO fillies. She was placed in five consecutive Group races during the carnival and at her last two starts was second in both the Golden Rose and Flight Stakes at Group 1 level. She is leased to 16 women who include Stuart’s 89 year-old Mother and 79 year-old Aunty both in their first horse. She’s out of Sky Cuddle, Group 1 winner of the Emirates S. 1600m one of the big features at the Melbourne Carnival, who we also bred.” Ramsey said. Sky Cuddle won almost $1 million.

Sebring-Life On The Edge colt “He’s out of a full sister to Group 1 performer Glenall and is a slashing type of athletic colt once again out of the great Wichita family. Both the dam Panipique and grandam Our Quivira are stakes winners.” Reset-Line Of Sight colt “His second dam was a Group 3 winning Danehill mare. This colt is strong and typical of the Resets. Reset is a tremendous stallion, very underrated, how many sires have been able to produce different individual winners of the WS Cox Plate, the Caulfield Cup, the VRC Victoria Derby, the VRC Victoria Oaks and the ATC Epsom Hcp. Is there another?” Testa Rossa- Miss Stratophonic filly “This is the family of Assertive Lad, Assertive Lass and Reset and she’s bred on the very successful close inbreeding to Vain that has produced Black Caviar, Crystal Lily, Malaguerra, Red Tracer and Shellscrape, eight Group One winners in total.” Falvelon-One Dream colt

Glenall, fourth in the Group 1 Galaxy early in the year, is another horse Ramsey is confident will distinguish himself for the Turangga brand. “He resumed with a powerful first up win recently at Rosehill, he’s a big powerful fellow who should go on to feature in the Group One races over the next season. “He’s on the way back and is a very promising entire,” Ramsey said. He’s from one of our best stakes producing families descended from Wichita which has more stakes winners then you can poke stick at, particularly this branch through Our Quivira, Panipque, and Kishkat. Despite his inexperience he finished right on the heels of Russian Revolution and Redzel in The Galaxy, I’m sure his time will come.”

“This is the same cross as Falvelon’s first stakes winner Keiki, which I bred at Turangga, out of a Danehill mare. This one is an early going colt.”

Turangga has a team of nine yearlings heading to the Gold Coast in January, including the half-brother to King by I Am Invincible. Here are Stu’s thoughts on the entire draft -

One of the best loved horses at Turangga Farm is the former Hong Kong champ Able Friend, a graduate of the farm who has returned home in retirement. “He gave us a lot of enjoyment. Of course he did,” Ramsey said. “We were over there when he won the Mile on International day and it was just a fantastic day.”

Trusting-Critical Angel colt “He’s a big scopey colt, beautiful horse. He’s bred on the successful Zabeel-O’Reilly cross which has produced Group 1 winners such as Provocative, O’Marilyn and Silent Achiever just to name a few.” Sebring –Granados filly “Granados is out of the Group 1 winning mare Larrocha from the family of Blackfriars. She’s a really athletic filly bred on the Sebring-Encosta De Lago cross which has been a real winner with Seaburge, Sir Bacchus, Catch A Fire and others

Redoute’s Choice-Pop A Bottle filly “Pop A Bottle is a sister to Huegill, who placed in a Guineas. This is a very scopey, beautiful, typical Redoute’s Choice filly. Redoute’s Choice daughters are highly prized, this one is certainly worth a look.” Declaration Of War-Romance Writer colt “He’s an outstanding type of colt, typical trainer’s running colt by a Group One sire out of the family of champions Lankan Rupee and Grosvenor. Could be anything.”

Able Friend is just one of many horses Ramsey looks back on with pride that has come off the farm. “We’ve had a successful stud because we put a lot of effort into our pedigrees and are using nicks and crosses that successfully work on the world stage,” he said.

2018 draft Lot







Sebring (AUS)

Life on the Edge (AUS)




Testa Rossa (AUS)

Miss Stratophonic (AUS)




Redoute’s Choice (AUS)

Pop a Bottle (AUS)


B./Br. C

Declaration of War (USA)

Romance Writer (NZ)




I Am Invincible (AUS)

Brilliant Bisc (AUS)




Trusting (AUS)

Critical Angel (NZ)




Sebring (AUS)

Granados (AUS)




Reset (AUS)

Line of Sight (AUS)


Falvelon (AUS)

One Dream (AUS)

1011 B. Stuart Ramsey: 0428 664 497 Scone, NSW

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UNDER THE GUIDANCE OF LINDA AND LAURENCE MONDS, HISTORIC TYREEL STUD HAS CONTINUED TO THRIVE AND A BIG MAGIC MILLIONS AWAITS WITH A STRONG DRAFT OF SIX WELL RELATED YEARLINGS BY HIGHLY COMMERCIAL STALLIONS. story: KRISTEN MANNING photos: TYREEL What are your favourite Magic Millions moments ? “Watching Champ Elect contest last year’s Magic Millions. She put in a hearty run and did not disappoint under the direction of Chris Munce. She was the first foal born at Tyreel in our first year of ownership.” Sales ring success has also already been enjoyed by Monds with a More Than Ready - Catalonia filly (named Fashion Icon) fetching $625,000 at last year’s Magic Millions whilst a Blackfriars Simply Wicked filly sold for $330,000. “Both exceeded expectations and were our proudest sales ring moments so far.”

“Our 2018 draft is the strongest draft we have presented at any sale so far,” Linda Monds said. “These yearlings meet all the requirements of a trainer looking for early success on the track. They are all strong, forward and smart yearlings with perfect attitudes.”

What is your personal Magic Millions ambition ?

The progeny of I Am Invincible continue to excel and Tyreel’s filly out of the stakes placed Flying Spur mare Catalonia is a real favourite.

”To present the best quality draft, one that is desired by all purchasers and who continue on to success on the track.”

“A standard comment from those who have inspected her has been that she is one of the strongest types by the sire,” Linda Monds said. “Flying Spur is having a big spring carnival presence and Catalonia is a half-sister to the Gimcrack Stakes-L 1000m and Kennedy Plate-Gr.3, 1100m winner Jorda.”

How would you describe your ideal night out at the Gold Coast ? ”Our most ideal night out on the Gold Coast is attending the Magic Millions Launch Party. Magic Millions never fail to put on a great night where industry representatives and potential clients get to share in a quality night of celebration.” What do you wish more people would take notice of ? ”I would like the industry as whole to take more notice of the dedication and commitment shown by stud employees who devote their lives to caring for and producing the athletes that our industry is built on. Our industry cannot continue as world leaders without quality staff.”

First season sires are always popular at the Magic Millions and the progeny of dual Group One winner Hallowed Crown are bound to be in demand; Including Tyreel’s filly out of city winner Champalou. “An imposing filly with a great deal of quality, she is a halfsister to Listed winner Champ Elect who made it to last year’s Magic Millions.” Grandam of this attractive bay is the Queensland Oaks-Gr.1, 2400m heroine Vouvray. Described by Monds as a “precocious filly” is the bay by Hinchinbrook out of stakes winner Whisper Bay who has already produced the Listed winning juvenile Indian Thunder. Crowned Australia’s Champion Second Season Sire, Foxwedge is represented in the Tyreel draft by a half-sister to exciting three-year-old King’s Authority out of the stakes placed multiple city winner Amy’s Glen. “She is an athletic filly with plenty of quality about her.” There are only a handful of yearlings by Choisir’s Prix Morny-Gr.1, 1200m winner The Wow Signal around and one of those is a colt out of Oomaroo, dam of the Frank Packer Plate-Gr.3, 2000m winner Mongolian Wolf. “He is a strong colt who stands over plenty of ground.” The progeny of Star Witness have been in great form; “he just continues to get the winners,” said Monds who is looking forward to taking one of his colts through the ring, a son of the speedy city winner Exceed And Excite, halfsister to the Group One winner Choice Bro. “He is a great type, well balanced and forward with a great action. He has already had plenty of admirers.”

Over the past four years Tyreel’s management has been focussed on the redevelopment of pastures and infrastructure, along the way paying particular attention to the on-going upgrading of the resident broodmare band. “We are very keen to ensure that Tyreel continues to produce bloodstock of great quality,” Monds said, “and so we have paid particular attention to the growth and development of our young stock with the focus being on nutrition and creating an environment where our bloodstock thrive. We have taken great pride in watching the quality of our bloodstock physically improve to meet their genetic potential.” “Tyreel has historically had the reputation for breeding consistent quality racetrack performers which has continued under our ownership with Champ Elect and Indian Thunder winning two-year-old stakes races from our first small draft of nine foals born and raised here.” “We are optimistic regarding the class of broodmares we have invested in over the past four years and delighted with the quality of the young stock they are producing. We are very confident that the number of stakes performers will rise.”

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex

Sire Dam

150 B.


The Wow Signal (IRE)

Oomaroo (AUS)

439 B.


Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Whisper Bay (AUS)

492 B.


Foxwedge (AUS)

Amy’s Glen (AUS)

594 Br.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Catalonia (AUS)

601 B.


Hallowed Crown (AUS) Champalou (AUS)

703 Ch. C

Star Witness (AUS)

Exceed and Excite (AUS) Linda Monds: 0427 948 244 Agnes Banks, NSW

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ONE OF THE LEADERS IN THE INDUSTRY, VINERY STUD CONTINUES TO PRODUCE EXCELLENT RACEHORSES OFF ITS HISTORIC PROPERTY IN THE HUNTER VALLEY. story: RENEE GEELEN photos: VINERY STUD winner County Tyrone. If Gr.1 winning mares excite you, an inspection of Lot 624 is a must. This colt by I Am Invincible is the first foal of Gr.1 winner Commanding Jewel, herself a half-sister to Gr.1 winner Atlantic Jewel. What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January? I think the family atmosphere and carnival that goes with the whole sale. Most people have their families on the Gold Coast so it is great to be able to catch up with everyone in the new year. The sale itself generates a fantastic vibe and there are so many nice horses to inspect and it is the first opportunity to see the yearlings by the new stallions coming through. It is a great sale to launch the stock of a new stallion. Multiple stakes winner & 2017 Gr.1 performer ECKSTEIN

Adam White

Recent Blacktype winners from Vinery’s Magic Millions drafts include Gr.3 winner Very Tempting and Eckstein, Gr.3 winner and 2nd Gr.1 Myer Classic, as well as 3YO stakes horses Cellargirl and Éclair Sunshine. Other Vinery graduates include All Too Hard’s 3yo Villermont, a recent Gr.2 winner at just his fourth start and Gr.1 winner Russian Revolution, a winner of the Gr.1 Galaxy Handicap at his sixth start. These boom colts are typical of the type of horse that Vinery Stud is renowned for producing. Vinery Stud will present twenty three yearlings at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast sale, with their emerging quality sire All Too Hard leading the charge with seven yearlings. Among All Too Hard’s yearlings is Lot 679, a colt from the stakes winner Dubleanny. We also have two fillies from stakes class racemares; Lot 87 from Mineko and Lot 187 from Poppet’s Treasure, while the filly, Lot 83, from Mileyva is from a strong juvenile family. Bluebloods spoke to Adam White about Vinery’s 2018 draft. What is your personal Magic Millions highlight to date? I guess seeing the Vinery stallions perform so well in the Magic Millions race. More Than Ready has sired two consecutive Magic Millions winners and Testa Rossa also produced Unencumbered to win the race. The race day has taken massive leaps in recent years and it is an exciting race day for everyone. More Than Ready, who had a million dollar yearling sell at the 2017 Magic Millions, is represented by seven yearlings in the 2018 draft. This includes Lot 268, a full-sister to stakes winner Better Than Ready, who looks a very athletic running type. Another filly in the same mould is Lot 488 out of Gr.1 winner Allez Wonder, whose first two foals are both winners. We also have a real 2YO type by him from the stakes winning Not A Single Doubt mare Single Style. All three of these fillies are exceptional types and have great pedigrees to be breeding from later. Of the colts, Lot 812 is worth special mention; he is out of 2YO stakes winner Hussousa (who was Gr.2 placed in the ATC Silver Slipper as a juvenile), and it’s no surprise given his pedigree that he also looks a 2YO type. Another yearling that screams precocity is Lot 269, the second foal from Gr.1 Blue Diamond winner Samaready (by More Than Ready), and if that isn’t enough for buyers, this filly is by Champion Sire Snitzel. Samaready went on to win the Gr.1 Moir Stakes as an older horse, and is a halfsister to Gr.2 2YO winner Night War from the family of Gr.1

Your ideal night out on the Gold Coast is? Dinner out with friends and clients, most likely around Broadbeach area. It’s always fun, especially when followed by a couple of quiet drinks in one of the bars afterwards. Who do you follow on twitter? Anyone in the racing/breeding industry really. It is a great way to keep track of what is happening in racing around the globe. Outside the racing industry I enjoy following Bill Murray, a very funny man.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex




Ch. F

All Too Hard (AUS)

Mileyva (NZ)



All Too Hard (AUS)

Mineko (AUS)



187 B.


Dissident (AUS)

Miss Tenacious (AUS)


All Too Hard (AUS)

Poppet’s Treasure (GB)

268 B.


More Than Ready (USA) Sally’s World (AUS)

269 B.


Snitzel (AUS)

315 B.


More Than Ready (USA) Single Style (NZ)

Samaready (AUS)

347 B.


All Too Hard (AUS)

Stammer (AUS)

403 B.


Choisir (AUS)

Trickett (AUS)

458 B.


More Than Ready (USA) You da One (AUS)

488 B.


More Than Ready (USA) Allez Wonder (AUS)

490 B.


561 Ch. C 575 B.


624 B/Br. C 660 B.


666 Ch. C

Wandjina (AUS)

Ambitious Princess (NZ)

More Than Ready (USA) Borobodur (AUS) Dissident (AUS)

Cacophony (AUS)

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Commanding Jewel (AUS)

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Diamond Cove (AUS)

All Too Hard (AUS)

Dirty (AUS) Dubleanny (AUS)

679 Ch. C

All Too Hard (AUS)

685 B.


More Than Ready (USA) Elan Grenadine (AUS)

801 B.


812 Ch. C

All Too Hard (AUS)

Here de Joy (AUS)

More Than Ready (USA) Hussousa (AUS)

997 Ch. F

Husson (ARG)

Military Blonde (AUS)

1010 B.

Pluck (USA)

Nufoos (AUS)

C 02 6543 8333 Adam White: 0414 800 918 Conor Phelan: 0437 842 856

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BLUEBLOODS SPOKE TO WIDDEN’S ANTONY THOMPSON ABOUT THE FABLED FARM’S UPCOMING 2018 MAGIC MILLIONS DRAFT. photos: WIDDEN STUD How would you sum up your 2018 draft? Once again we’ll be taking a high class draft to the Gold Coast in January. It’s become such an important and strong sale that if you bring up anything other than quality you will be off the bit! Our draft is represented by what I consider some the nicest SEBRING colts we have ever taken to sale and that includes colts from mares such Angelic Light, Fastongrass and Sweet Butterfly. We’re fortunate that our stallions are performing so well and enjoy considerable market appeal. STAR WITNESS is enjoying a hot streak right now with his fillies Global Glamour, Fuhryk and Our Crown Witness and we have five outstanding fillies including a cracker by from Peahen, the ZOUSTAR full-sister to the 2yo stakes placed

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debutante SUNLIGHT is faultless as is the SHAMUS AWARD filly from the stakes placed Sebring mare Australia Day. We have a couple of Snitzels that we’re thrilled with including a filly from brilliant Group winning Dubawi mare Intimate Moment and we’re well represented by first season sires Brazen Beau, Dissident, Deep Field, Hallowed Crown, Rubick and Shooting To Win. It’s a draft with terrific variety but most importantly it is a consistent group of horses that stretches deep in quality. We can’t wait to begin showing them off. What has been your best Magic Millions highlight? Not necessarily a single highlight but the last five years have been particularly memorable for Widden graduates at

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What do you wish more people would take notice of? David Chester.....selling Lot 1 a cracking strong Bel Esprit filly who is out of a half-sister to Frolic and.... “C’mon buyers Lot 1 is always the cheapest and you’re not paying attention!” What is your favourite place to eat and drink at the Gold Coast? So many choices around Broadbeach; Mamasan, Social, Etsu are a must or The Fish House is worth a trip to Burleigh Heads. What is your favourite movie? Phar Lap, every new owner should watch it before they buy a yearling. Who do you follow on twitter? Everyone from @ realDonaldTrump to @ winx_horse. I only take one of them seriously though. What do you like about social media? I like the immediacy and the 140 characters of Twitter, I don’t have time for #280characters. What do you look for in a potential champion? A good mating and a good farm, that’s where it starts!

the Magic Millions. As a vendor we’ve supplied TWO Magic Millions 2yo Classic winners (DRIEFONTEIN and LE CHEF) in addition to an Australian Horse of the Year, DISSIDENT who was a first crop son of our Champion sire Sebring. Others within this period include dual Group 1 winner STRATUM STAR who is now a popular young stallion at Widden. To have been on track in 2017 and see him win the $1M MM Trophy with 61kg on his back is a fond memory. Group 2 winning colts STAR TURN and SEABURGE are other successful Widden highlights that spring to mind. What do you like best about selling at the Gold Coast in January? Being the first sale of the year, the Magic Millions is always an exciting sale to attend. It is the first major sale where the public can view the first crop yearlings of the new season sires in addition to determining a market trend for the rest of the sales year. As a vendor it is extremely important we offer the right product, the first sale of the year sets the tone and with a large local and international buying bench we want to make a good first impression and build momentum for sales later in the year. The $10m Magic Millions race-day has just added that bit of ‘magic’ and you can sense a real buzz during the sales which provides a great atmosphere. It is also a great opportunity to see friends and clients in a vibrant city like the Gold Coast...and what a great time to be there in January! Which horse in your draft looks the best chance to win the MM 2YO Classic? Boy, that’s a tough one! I think the Your Song Sheeznodoubt filly looks ready made. Her sire and broodmare sire can clearly get one going early so I’ll back it for the MMs and have a saver on the Star Witness Dinkum Diamond and the Zoustar - Solar Charged fillies who looks just as sharp.

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex


Dam Kahala Dreams (AUS)




Bel Esprit (AUS)




Hallowed Crown (AUS) Miss Lombardi (AUS) Not a Single Doubt (AUS) My Sydney Rose (AUS)

122 B.


139 B.


Smart Missile (AUS)

Northern Glory (AUS)

171 B.


Star Witness (AUS)

Peahen (GB)

211 B.


Rubick (AUS)

Queen for Ninedays (NZ)

234 B.


Star Witness (AUS)

Remind Me (GB)

262 B.


Not a Single Doubt (AUS) Royal Pageant (AUS)

274 B.


Zoustar (AUS)

Satinka (NZ)

302 B.


Your Song (AUS)

Sheeznodoubt (AUS)

325 Br.


Snitzel (AUS)

Snipify (AUS)

330 B.


Zoustar (AUS)

Solar Charged (AUS)

355 B.


356 Ch. F 368 Br.


383 B/Br. C

Sebring (AUS)

Street Storm (USA)

Star Witness (AUS)

Streetcar Stella (AUS)

Sebring (AUS)

Sweet Butterfly (AUS)

Shamus Award (AUS)

Text’n Hurley (AUS)

400 Ch. C

Star Witness (AUS)

Tragic Moment (USA)

483 B.


Zoustar (AUS)

Ailalea (USA)

484 B.


Star Witness (AUS)

Al Julhara (AUS)

499 B.


Sebring (AUS)

Angelic Light (AUS)

522 Br.


Shamus Award (AUS)

Australia Day (AUS)

548 B.


Deep Field (AUS)

Bernarsini (AUS)

581 B.


Dissident (AUS)

Callista (AUS)

602 B.


Rubick (AUS)

Chase the Dame (AUS)

622 B.


Deep Field (AUS)

Combat Kitty (AUS)

664 B.


Star Witness (AUS)

Dinkum Diamond (AUS)

712 Ch. F

Shooting to Win (AUS) Fairytale Ending (AUS)

715 B.


Brazen Beau (AUS)

Fantome Gris (AUS)

716 B.


Zoustar (AUS)

Farasha (NZ)

722 B.


Sebring (AUS)

Fastongrass (USA)

770 B.


Your Song (AUS)

Gold Licence (AUS)

777 B.


785 Ch. F 802 B.


826 Ch. C 830 B.


883 Ch. F

Choisir (AUS)

Gorgeous Miss (AUS)

Star Witness (AUS)

Gypsy Frolic (AUS)

Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Hidden Message (NZ)

Sebring (AUS)

Indulgence (AUS)

Snitzel (AUS)

Intimate Moment (NZ)

Stratum (AUS)

Bisutti (AUS)

940 Gr.


The Factor (USA)

Freshness (AUS)

955 B.


Husson (ARG)

Ibis (AUS)

1034 B/Br. C

Star Witness (AUS)

Sacred Voyage (AUS)

1062 B.

Charge Forward (AUS) Trois Couleurs (AUS)

C 02 6549 9999 Widden Valley, NSW Anthony Thompson: 0427 470 507 Derek Field: 0408 492 495 Ryan McEvoy: 0439 802 837 Matt Comerford: 0424 742 672

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Yarraman Park VENDOR PROFILE ONE OF AUSTRALIA’S MOST RESPECTED STUDS, ONE WITH A PROUD HISTORY OF PRODUCING BOTH OUTSTANDING SALES RING AND RACE TRACK SUCCESSES, YARRAMAN PARK HAS BEEN OWNED BY THE MITCHELL FAMILY SINCE 1968 WITH ARTHUR AND HARRY CURRENTLY AT THE HELM. story: KRISTEN MANNING photos: GEORGIE LOMAX It has been a busy season for Yarraman with a significant expansion; the purchase of neighbouring Attunga Stud is an exciting addition to the future of Yarraman. Meanwhile I Am Invincible and Hinchinbrook are firing on all cylinders with some of the best mares in Australia passing through the covering barn this season.

Which horse in your draft looks the best chance to win the MM 2YO Classic or Golden Slipper? “It would have to be one of our I Am Invincibles. Possibly the colt out of Tai Tai Tess, he is a big, bold colt.” What are you good at, and what are you very bad at?

“It is always a buzz to have high class mares here,” Arthur said, “you go and have a look at them and try to figure out what they have that made them great!”

“We are very good as a family at working as a team. We are bad at certain things but nothing we’d like to put in print!”

What is your personal Magic Millions highlight to date?

What do you wish more people would take notice of?

“Having our stallions I Am Invincible (Houtzen) and Hinchinbrook (Flying Jess) sire the winners of the Magic Millions 2YO Classic and the Magic Millions 3YO Guineas on the same day.”

“In Australia what we do best is breed sprinter/milers yet the clubs focus on promoting staying races to overseas horses. The prize money won goes back to Europe with owners looking to buy more stayers instead of going back into our industry. So I wish clubs would take more notice of our own horses. The hype around the Everest was great; everyone knew every horse and their stories. When I was a kid I’d know every horse in the Melbourne Cup, now I only know about 80% of them. Now we don’t know their trainers, their form.”

How would you sum up your 2018 draft? “It is a good, solid, consistent draft, one that we are very happy with. We didn’t have a single rejection from Magic Millions.”

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What do you look for in a potential champion? “Like everyone else I look for an attractive horse with a nice head, a good attitude, a nice walk. I like a strong hindquarter, a strong bum!” Bluebloods also spoke to Harry Mitchell about the draft, one highlighted by the Tai Tai Tess colt, the second foal for a Listed winning granddaughter of dual Group One winner Arborea. “He is our best, a cracking colt.” Harry added, “Of course I Am Invincible is well represented with six well related colts such as a beautifully made brother to the stakes placed Pageantry and the great first foal for stakes winning Dubawi mare Bippo No Bungus. Another sibling to a black-type performer is the very nice, scopey half-brother to Group Three mare Flying Jess whilst a half to the Group Two placed Berimbau is a lovely colt, a beautifully balanced yearling; just what you want to breed.” A brother to the Group One placed Hellbent is also well regarded; “He is not overly big”, said Harry, “but he is strong and very well put together.” Seven I Am Invincible fillies will also have fans including a very fast looking filly out of Balady bred on the same Invincible Spirit/Zamindar cross as Kingman. The first foal out of Group Three winner Girl In Flight is a neat, sharp early running type. “One of the mare’s best foals” is how Harry described the half-brother to Listed winner Harlem River, out of Harlem Heat. “We also have a big, powerful filly out of Impressions who is a sister to triple Group winner Hosannah. Group Three mare Octavia is a very sharp looker as is her daughter and the half-sister to the Group Three placed Craftiness. She is a neat, early running type as is the halfsister to metropolitan winner Edge Away out of Listed winner Devoirs.” Hinchinbrook yearlings will also be well sought after including a big, powerful filly out of dual stakes winner Bareena and a lovely mover out of the stakes placed

Harry (left) and Arthur Mitchell

Khepri. “Stakes winner Rose Of Choice has a very good first foal whilst the stakes placed Junebug’s filly is one who looks like the good Hinchinbrooks. She is a lovely neat filly with a great hindquarter, “Harry added. Shooting To Win has three yearlings in the draft; a nice moving filly out of the speedy Coco Kerringle, a big strong filly out of Courageous Kitty (daughter of Group One mare Rostova) and an outstanding first foal for Crystal Lily’s 3/4 sister Witless. Wandjina was chosen as the mate for the Group placed Ambers Waltz with the hope that he would add scope and the result is a pleasing one. “We could not be happier with this filly” said Harry. “Then there is a very strong sprinting type by Dissident out of Listed winner City Of Song and a lengthy, good moving filly by Sebring out of Group Three mare Oakleigh Girl. And last but certainly not least to mention is the Time For War half-brother to She Will Reign. He is a very nice horse who is sure to prove popular.”

2018 draft Lot Col/Sex






Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Khepri (NZ)




I Am Invincible (AUS)

Maritess (AUS)

141 B.


Sebring (AUS)

Oakleigh Girl (AUS)

145 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Octavia (AUS)

175 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Percussive (AUS)

254 B.


Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Rose of Choice (AUS)

257 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Rosecutter (AUS)

373 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Tai Tai Tess (AUS) Volkaspray (NZ)

431 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

447 B.


Shooting to Win (AUS) Witless (AUS)

489 B/Br. F

Wandjina (AUS)

Ambers Waltz (AUS)

494 B.

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Andromache (NZ)


528 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Balady (IRE)

532 B.


Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Bareena (AUS)

551 B.


585 B/Br. F

I Am Invincible (AUS)

Bippo No Bungus (AUS)

Dissident (AUS)

Cangino (AUS) City of Song (AUS)

616 B.


Dissident (AUS)

620 B.


Shooting to Win (AUS) Coco Kerringle (AUS)

635 B.


Time for War (AUS)

Courgette (AUS)

759 Gr.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Girl in Flight (AUS)

792 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Harlem Heat (AUS)

821 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Impressions (AUS)

905 B.


Shooting to Win (AUS) Courageous Kitty (AUS)

916 B.


I Am Invincible (AUS)

Devoirs (AUS)

Hinchinbrook (AUS)

Junebug (AUS)

964 B/Br. F 02 6545 1961 Arthur Mitchell: 0412 495 687 Harry Mitchell: 0412 280 576 Scone, NSW

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2018 Magic Millions Magazine  

We are exceptionally proud to have the opportunity to welcome equine enthusiasts from throughout Australia, New Zealand and around the globe...

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