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Issue #70 | April 11 | $5.95 AUD

BOLD GLANCE Look out for Lyndhurst Stud's Hidden Dragon


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• ½ brother to stakes winning 2Y0 ½ brother to stakes winning 2Y0 ENEMY OF AVERAGE from AVERAGE from family of Gr.1 winner SWAMP family of Gr.1 winner SWAMP KING

Lot 469 b.c Patronize – Mia Kassia (by Alquoz): ½ to 2 winners out of ½ to Gr.1 Railway Stakes winner M’LADY’S JEWEL. Family of s’winners PETITE AMOUR, GOD’S WONDER & MR BARTS. Lot 482

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Cover pic — Issue #70 | April 11 | $5.95 AUD

BOLD GLANCE Look out for Lyndhurst Stud's Hidden Dragon


The new Dick Francis?


Easter - QTIS 600 - Autumn


From Caviar to Green Monkeys

Australia’s Leading Racehorse Trading Magazine

BOLD GLANCE Lyndhurst Stud is recognised universally as Australia's greatest source of winners and the Queensland nursery's exciting Danehill stallion, Hidden Dragon is only serving to enhance that reputation. With the likes of Melbourne's Group Two winner Hollowlea, plus black type horses Obsidian Dragon and Steel Dragon leading the way, QTIS 600 will feature no less than 38 of his third crop yearlings including a close relation to 2011 Magic Millions Cup winner BOLD GLANCE on consignment from Lyndhurst.

For further information, phone Jeffrey Kruger on 0429 076 610. 6

We also profile Irish-based author, Lissa Oliver, who has just released her new novel – Chantilly Dawns … strangely, there’s no mention of Black Caviar in the book! Thanks to Lissa, Track To Track has six copies to give away to new subscribers, so you can be among the first people in Australia to read the book. On top of all that we profile the first season sires, along with previews on Easter, the Melbourne Autumn and the postponed QTIS 600. Enjoy! And don’t forget to grab a copy of next month’s issue which will provide you with the lowdown on the revolutionary moves afoot under the Personal Properties Securities Act and how it will impact, in particular, the way we conduct business with studs.

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A STELLAR EASTER DRAFT From Cressfield Stud, home to some of Australia’s finest broodmares… Lot 184 b.c Redoute’s Choice – Champagne (by Zabeel):

royally bred son of champion stallion and dual Gr.1 winning mare who has produced 6 winners from as many to race incl s’w NADEGE & MARTIQUE. Dam a full sister to NZ Derby hero ST REIMS.

Lot 355 ch.c Exceed And Excel – Miss Judgement (by Strategic):

1st foal of a Gr.3 winning ½ to Gr.3 winner FIFTH AVENUE LADY. Third dam dual Gr.1 winner LADY JAKEO, dam of international Gr.3 winners ABLE CHOICE & RED ARROW.

Lot 393 b.c Redoute’s Choice – Park Esteem (by Singspiel):

1st foal of an imported s’p ½ to dual Gr.1 winner & Melb Cup runner up CENTRAL PARK and Gr.2 mare VELVET MOON – dam of Gr.1 Dubai World Cup champ MOON BALLAD.

Lot 401 b.c Redoute’s Choice – Personify (by Galileo):

out of a s’w 2Y0 daughter of the Gr.3 mare PROCRASTINATE – also dam of South African champion LAISSERFAIRE and local s’w FOREPLAY & TIME THIEF. Wayne Bedggood 0419 226 551


This is something special. We come here hoping, but didn’t know for sure how we’d go. I thought we’d give it a scare, but didn’t know if we could win or not.



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OHN KEYS IS NOT Not that Keys didn’t have the firstEvolution trainer from somewhere Series Land Walkersto stay … the the Apple Isle to Tassie trainer is the brother stage a successful of Cranbourne’s successful mainland raid and trainer Ken Keys and it you can bet your didn’t take long for Triple Used at Eagle Farm and by Gillian Heinrich, Stokes, Darren Weir, Simon & Billto Wilde settle second cousin that hePhillip won’t Asset into his be the last. new surroundings. However, you could safely argue that few have done it better than the mentor from Tasmania’s Wesley Vale, just a hop, skip and a jump from Devonport Airport. The victory of Triple Asset in the $150,000 TBV Thoroughbred Breeders Stakes-G3 at Flemington on 12 March was sweet indeed for Keys who had determined – with a little help from his friends – that his filly was right up to the mark for a run in the biggest of racing smokes. The impetus came from Michael Rodd who picked up the ride on Triple Asset in the Shaw Magic Millions 2YO Classic when Lincoln Coffey – who had ridden the youngster at her previous four starts – was injured. Triple Asset had won on debut at Hobart in October, but couldn’t quite crack it for another win at her next three outings, including a close second in the Elwick Stakes-LR and a fighting second to Peter Moody’s highly rated Golden Archer in the Gold Sovereign Stakes-LR at Launceston. The lead ups, plus his winning ride, convinced Rodd that Triple Asset would be competitive on the mainland and prompted Keys to put his prize filly on the boat.


Jumping well in the TBV, Triple Asset was handy for most of the journey before looming up to early leader Metonymy at the 300m mark. The pair went neck and neck in a royal ding dong before

not knowing what to do … probably waiting for a turn or something like that. “But once I sort of gave her a rub up with the stick she picked the bridle up. “Every time a horse would challenge her she’d keep sticking her head out, so she’s got plenty of guts and the right attitude. It was a bloody good effort.” The victory took Triple Asset’s earnings to $187,385 from six outings (three wins and


Triple Asset got the verdict by the barest of margins. John later told the media: “This is something special. We come here hoping, but didn’t know for sure how we’d go. I thought we’d give it a scare, but didn’t know if we could win or not.” Meanwhile, Rodd – who has ridden a handy horse in his time – also has big wraps on the raider: “She came off the bridle, probably about the 450m mark, just through

three placings) and is now likely to line up in the Group Three Jansz at Morphettville on 26 March. But Keys and crew weren’t the only ones celebrating the victory of Triple Asset as her effort also marked the first stakes victory by her first season sire, Nadeem and, yet another black type verdict for Tasmanian’s leading stud farm, Armidale Stud. Standing what would considered the elite

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Biscalowe, the dam of seven winners including Golden Slipper winner and sire Marauding and the multiple stakes winning 2YO Springsteen.

And Nadeem would seem to be a good bet. A son of Champion Australian Sire Redoute’s Choice from a solid black type family, Nadeem won the 2006 MRC Blue Diamond Stakes-G1 in a relatively short career before being retired to Darley Stud at a fee of $33,000 (reduced to $22,000 in 2010).

Other family members include the Flemington Group One winner and Epsom Handicap placed Sacred Choice. So, not only was the victory of Triple Asset a good result for the connections’ current bank balance, her residual rose 10 fold with a stakes win on the mainland.

One of 152 mares covered by Nadeem in the spring of She’s certainly some asset! 2007, Triple Asset’s mum – Caralowe – is by the Storm Cat stallion Hennessy, giving the Every time a horse mare a double cross would challenge her of Storm Bird and the filly three crosses of she’d keep sticking her Northern Dancer and head out, so she’s got a healthy dose of Star Kingdom. plenty of guts and the

right attitude. It was a A half sister to the stakes placed Bold bloody good effort. Selection (by Redoute’s Choice … good one Armidale!) Caralowe is a granddaughter of the wonderful Biscay mare Photos by Bruno Cannatelli



Tasmanian stallions for, well, generations, the Whishaw family’s Armidale Stud has never shied from sending mares north to more widely commercial types.

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OWNERSUsed at Eagle Farm and by Gillian Heinrich, Phillip Stokes, Darre MK Carter, D Oliver, HM Smith, JL Keys TRAINERS John Keys (Wesley Vale) BRED BY Armidale Stud, Tasmania SOLD BY 2010 Tasmanian Magic Millions Yearling Sale : to John Keys $28,000 (Armidale Stud) SIRE NADEEM Bay/Brown 2003-Stud 2007 Redoute’s Choice – Candide Won 2 races and $747,500 inc. MRC Blue Diamond S-G1, VRC Maribyrnong Plate-G3; sire of SW Triple Asset, SP The Aftershock, plus winners Irish Times, Bengal Angel etc. DAM CARLOWE Chestnut 1998-Stud 2003 Hennessy – Biscara Multiple city placed; half sister to SP Bold Selection; closely related to Marauding, Springsteen etc.; family of Sacred Choice; Triple Asset is Caralowe’s second winner from four to race.

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rving up Caviar If ever there is a sale that doesn’t need promotion, it’s this one. The second paragraph of Mark Webster’s ‘Welcome’, from the Inglis Media Kit, pretty much says it all: “The annual Easter sale comprises the finest young thoroughbreds in the Southern Hemisphere and remains the number one source of racetrack Champions.” Another sale, in other hands, it’s hype. For this one, it’s gospel.

So much so that we won’t waste your time on Easter graduates and focus more on the future. For instance, the 2011 catalogue – 417 strong (plus 112 more for Session II) – contains 146 lots from stakes winning dams, 36 of those being Group One winners and nine of them Champions … Flitter, Gee I Jane, Merlene, Private Steer, Hasna, One Under, Warning Zone, Champagne, Dowry. >>



There are also 130 half or full relations to stakes winners and, again, 43 of those are Group One winners, bringing us the 2011 sale highlight.


Victorian farm, Makybe, will offer – as Lot 277- the highly anticipated half brother to

Black Caviar … an allegedly athletic type by first season sire Casino Prince which, all things considered, should get the Flying Spur’s stallion’s career off to a flying start! How much will the colt bring? Heaven knows, but it’s probably safe to say his present owner won’t be washing dishes for a living any time soon. (Top price in 2010 was the $1,875,000 Kitchwin Hills paid for the Redoute’s Choice colt from Regrowth, subsequently named Godspeed, while the sale ‘highlight’ from last year – the first foal of Makybe Diva – was knocked down to Mark Kavanagh for $1.2 million). The Inglis ‘blurb’ also proudly announces that there are siblings to the last five – nay six – Group One winners down the straight six at Flemington: Newmarket


heroes Black Caviar and Wanted (a full brother by Fastnet Rock), Patinack Farm winners Black Caviar and All Silent (a Redoute’s Choice half brother) and Ascot Vale victors Star Witness (Bernardini half brother) and Headway (half sister by Zizou).

Nice mix there of the new and the tried and true with Bernardini topping the list of first season sires (in terms of representation) via his 25 entries, while Street Sense has 18, Dylan Thomas 16 and Haradasun 13. Not surprisingly, Fastnet Rock has 38 catalogued but king of the castle is Encosta de Lago with 50, followed by 44 for Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur 31 and More Than Ready 27. Indeed, between the five just mentioned, they account for some 36% of the catalogue. It’s a tall order when you consider that four of those stallions stood at service fees of $121,000 or more in 2010 and, if the tail doesn’t wag – so to speak – there is likely to be a post sale outcry in regards to service fees for 2011. But we digress. stallions who will

Those almost


assuredly enjoy a memorable sale include Lonhro (whose 16 entries – up from 13 in 2010 – include the first foal of a half sister to Starspangledbanner) and Stratum (10 catalogued) who is as hot as can be at the moment. High Chaparral (10), Commands (10 including a half sister to a Group Two winner from La Baraka) and Danehill Dancer (13) are likely to have their moments too. Despite the sale’s reputation and obvious attractions, there is still a big question as to whether the average

steady prices from the Gold Coast to Karaka and from Melbourne to Perth this summer, a gain might be too much to wish for, but parity with Easter ’10 appears distinctly attainable. Let’s put it this way, if there’s money about, it will find its way to Newmarket. Seeing as we made such a song and dance about Mark Webster’s ‘welcoming’ second paragraph, it’s probably fitting that we finish with his introduction.


slide of the past two chapters will halt, or at the very least hold steady. In 2008, Easter averaged a record $375,522 but had moved back to $220,519 by last year. In light of fairly

“The renowned Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale for 2011 will be held at Newmarket from Tuesday April 5 to Thursday April 7.” And frankly, that’s probably all most of us need to know!


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Flying Spur – Rose Of Latakia (by Conquistarose): ½ to Gr.1 2Y0 CARRY ON CUTIE and Gr.3 placed Legislature by champion sire.

Lot 150 ch.c Flying Spur – Arkadina (by Myocard):

½ to the Gr.2 winner OLONANA and the Listed winner SUPER SAVINGS out of sister to the Gr.1 winner ARKADY.

Lot 470 b.f

Charge Forward – Convictions (by Woodman): out of a daughter of s’p Arrests whose dam is the Gr.3 mare SHACKLE – family of Gr.1 winners RESEARCH & BLAZING SADDLES. Descendant of Phar Lap’s dam Entreaty.

Lot 487 ch.c Snitzel – Genuine Halo (by Don’t Say Halo): ½ to recent city winner

Gujju out of daughter of s’w 2Y0 GENUINE GIRL, dam of Gr.3 winner DESTINO.


Magill Road (Brocco – Vain Lyric by Sir Tristram): served by Danehill’s up-and coming

Lot 66

Native Song (Mellifont – Enhanced by Caro): Gr.3 winner served by TESTA ROSSA. Her first two foals fetched $95K & $155K, family of recent NZ s’w SAVABILL and Gr.1 mare A LITTLE KISS.


Lot 143 Rose Of Latakia (Conquistarose – Syrian Port by Alleged): dam of Gr.1 2Y0

CARRY ON CUTIE (sold as broodmare for $1 million), s’p Legislature ($400K yearling) and metro winners Super Gordon & Carry On Dude ($175k yearling). Served by MORE THAN READY.

Lot 146 Rosie’s Sunset (Woodman – Ripplin’ Rosie by Star Way): by outstanding

broodmare sire (148 s’w) out of daughter of the Melb Cup champ EMPIRE ROSE – grandam of Qld Derby winner EMPIRES CHOICE. Served by Krupt.

Lot 297 Arkadina (Myocard – Briscay by Marscay): proven broodmare, dam of 2 s’w – SUPER SAVINGS & OLONANA from first three foals. Full sister to Gr.1 Ranvet Stakes winner ARKADY. Served by FASTNET ROCK.

Lot 306 Awesome Planet (Giant’s Causeway – Dance

On The Moon by Fasliyev): high class young mare, Gr.3 and dual Listed winner from family of Epsom Derby hero DR DEVIOUS and successful stallions SHINKO KING & ARCHWAY. Served by FASTNET ROCK. One of the best performed Giant’s Causeway mares in Australia!

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A TRIO OF WELL RELATED YOUNG MARES Laceby Lodge selling three young mares served by promising young stallions at the Inglis Easter Broodmare Sale…

Lot 413 FALVETTE (Val Royal – Lady Falconette by Euclase): versatile city winning mare who won six races from 1540m – 3000m. Dam is a metro winning ½ to s’w BALMORAL BEAU. Served by hot young stallion DOMESDAY (first foal). Lot 503

MIRACLE MAID (Delago Brom – Minute Maid by Noalcoholic): ½ to 8 winners incl s’p Time To Laugh and city winners What A Blast & Can’t Wait from family of s’w QUEEN CAREY. Served by exciting young sire ECONSUL (first foal).

Lot 558 BELLA ROSSO (Perugino – Ruby Dancer by Rubiton): winning ½ to s’w BEAUJOLAIS PRINCE & s’p Game Serena out of multiple city winning daughter of imported Gr.3 winner RECEPTORA. Served by up-and-coming young stallion GONSKI (first foal). Mick Gibson - 0418 557 166 Email:



ou’d be inclined to think that if Mark Kavanagh (a given) and Laurence Eales (more than likely) attend Easter this year, they’ll be making a beeline to Stable 1 at Newmarket for a visit to the Emerald Thoroughbreds draft. No, Emerald is not selling any half brothers or sisters to Eales’ Group One stars Shocking and Whobegotyou, but the Mandalong farm definitely has a ‘connection’ with the ‘Midas touch’ owner. Emerald Thoroughbreds sold Shocking’s mum, Maria di Castiglia when she was in foal to Street Cry, while this astute operation also snapped up Whobegotyou’s dam, Temple of Peace, before the 7-time stakes winner had even raced. Although Emerald is ‘private’, its principals race a number of horses with trainers like Gary Kennewell, Peter Moody, David Payne, Bevan Laming and Jason Coyle, who has a three quarter brother to Musket that they have a huge opinion of.

Emerald Thoroughbreds stretches over 225 acres and there is also another property at Wisemans Ferry where weanlings grow out until they head to the sales. Emerald’s Bill Benson has been racing horses for 30 years and seriously breeding for the past 15 and is pumped about his 2011 yearling lineup: “I’m very excited about the full brother to recent Group winner Triple Elegance (Lot 516) as we bought the dam, Mary Machree, in foal for $8,000 and now her colt is lining up at Easter. “We also have an outstanding Bernardini colt (Lot 513) we picked up off Stratheden Stud that we think will be very popular. “Meanwhile, at the Gold Coast in June we have a full blood relation to Racing to Win, a Lonhro colt, Choisir colt, Charge Forward colt and a three quarter sister to Makybe Diva.”

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PLENTY OF GEMS IN THESE DRAFTS Emerald Thoroughbred’s select draft of well related yearlings and mares at the upcoming Inglis Easter Sales…

EASTER YEARLINGS Lot 320 b.c Rock Of Gibraltar – Laurel Grove

(by Bluebird): ½ to Gr.2 Sandown Guineas winner CAYAMBE out of s’w 2Y0 from family of Gr.1 winners GROSVENOR, LONHRO, NIELLO, NATIONAL GALLERY & MAHAYA.

Lot 466 b/br.c Tale Of The Cat – Claire Fraser

(by Gone West): ½ to smart European gallopers Ascot Pearl & Carmenero out of imported winner from family of Gr.1 winners TRIPTYCH, LANDSEER, TRILLION & GENEROUS.

Lot 495 b.c Choisir – Gur (by Lake Coniston): dam

is a city placed winning ½ to Listed Black Opal winner DOWN THE WICKET and multiple Grp placed Over The Wicket.

Lot 513 b.c Bernardini – Magdalena

(by Polish Precedent): dam is an imported ½ to dual Gr.1 winner COURT MASTERPIECE and ½ to Gr.1 Irish 2000 Guineas winner CLASSIC PARK and Gr.2 winner RUMPIPUMPY.

Lot 516 ch.c Mossman – Mary Machree

(by Quest For Fame): brother to Doncaster Hcp bound recent Gr.3 winner TRIPLE ELEGANCE out of a Gr.2 placed dual city winning daughter of s’w HYSTERICAL.

EASTER BROODMARES LOT 60 MONTANA SAGRADA (Encosta de Lago – Sacred Hill (by Langfuhr): city winner out of multiple metro winner Sacred Hill, ½ to s’w 2Y0 POTTINGER, family of Gr.1 miler SKY CUDDLE. Served by Astronomer Royal. LOT 144 ROSEANNE (Dehere – Live Comedy by Rory’s

Jester): winning ½ to s’w BLEVEEKA from prolific black type family of REWARD FOR EFFORT, CATNIPPED, CONSULAR, MISS PROSPECT, JOKER’S WILD, IVORY’S IRISH, etc. Served by Tale Of The Cat.

LOT 149 ROYALTY LADY (Southern Halo – Racy Lady by Roy): imported mare by influential Halo stallion out of Gr.2 placed dam of Gr.2 placed RADICAL LADY from family of Gr.1 winners COURT RULING, JOHAR, WINDSHARP & DESSERT. Served by Bernardini. LOT 187 SMARTY JANE (Elusive Quality – Prefer An Angel by Mi Preferido): winning daughter of Gr.2 mare who is grandam of inform Gr.3 winner PSYCHOLOGIST. Served by that filly’s sire Choisir. LOT 275 ACADEMY AWARDS (Royal Academy – Planet Hollywood by Star Watch): city winning ½ to s’w CONSPECTUS and to the dam of Gr.3 winner STRYKER. Hails from the prolific DENISE’S JOY family whose current star is MORE JOYOUS. Served by Authorized. LOT 296 ARID MISS (Desert King – Miss Rory by Rory’s Jester): city placed winning ½ to NZ dual Gr.1 winner JOKER’S WILD from prolific Gr.1 family of REWARD FOR EFFORT, IVORY’S IRISH, HIT THE ROOF, BRAWNY SPIRIT, etc. served by Haradasun. LOT 393 DIVINE DEPUTY (French Deputy – Divine Secret by Thunder Gulch): first season daughter of Gr.1 Blue Diamond Stakes placed daughter of s’w PRAYERFUL – ½ to Gr.2 mare EXCITED ANGEL (dam of s’w AQUIVER) and Gr.3 winner TYPHOON. Served by Denman.

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ark Gillam would be the first to admit that getting yearlings into Australia’s No. 1 sale is not an ‘overnight’ affair. Although Yashraj Breeding & Racing has been operating at Tamworth for only two years, “Raj has bred many good horses such as Carry on Cutie (AJC Champagne S-G1), Super Savings (AJC Breeders’ Plate), Oloanna (AJC Challenge S-G2) and top Kiwi stayer Heza Karma Karzi to name but a few,” Mark points out. “Raj and I spend many, many hours doing our breeding programme, putting the right mares to the right stallion: not for the sales ring, but ultimately for racing.” A current highlight is the John O’Shea trained Gujju who won a $100,000 Inglis race at Randwick in October and is being set for the Scone Guineas in May (Yashraj will sell the

Snitzel half brother [Lot 487] at Easter). “Our plan is that within four to five years people will sit up and say, ‘these Yashraj horses can really gallop’. At present we have a 93% bred to race winning strike rate and with that kind of record, we’ll get the results in the sale ring. “For a small farm we have an exceptional Easter draft, and thank Mike and Mia Thew at Crowning Stone for the great and very professional job they do for us during foaling season.” Yashraj’s other Easter entries include a filly and colt by Champion Sire Flying Spur which will be both be offered in the first session. The first (Lot 23) is a half sister to Carry on Cutie, while the other (Lot 150) is a half brother to both Olonana and Super Savings.

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CRESSFIELD eading Hunter Valley nursery, Cressfield, has come a long way in the past decade. LBased on a wheat and sheep farm established

in the early 1900s, Cressfield really grabbed the bit about six years ago in the breeding caper and is now regarded as home to some of the finest broodmares in the country. Consisting of 83 hectares of irrigated pastures and highly visible fencing, Marana Park is the perfect place for your mare, weanling or yearling to be prepared or foaled down. “Our target is to have 25 select blue hen mares with the intention of sending around 15 and 10 yearlings to Easter and Magic Millions respectively,” Cressfield principal, Wayne Bedggood points out. “We’re always on the look out for top shelf mares and it’s a work in progress.” Well, it’s working well for Cressfield with the farm selling Silver Slipper-G2 winner and 2011 Golden Slipper contender, Satin Shoes, for $700,000 at Easter last year.

Cressfield also sold 2009 AJC Champagne Stakes-G1 winner Onemorenomore from the Easter draft, hence its enviable – and current – reputation for producing quality, precocious youngsters. This time around Cressfield will offer just four at Easter but add new dimension to the term ‘quality over quantity’. For starters, they will sell three by Redoute’s Choice and one by Exceed And Excel kicking off with a colt (Lot 184), a colt from Zabeel’s Champion mare, Champagne, who is already the dam of six winners (from six to race) including stakes winners Nadege and Martique. There is also the first foal of Group winner Miss Judgement (Lot 355), the first foal of blue blooded European filly Park Esteem (Lot 393) and the second foal of outstandingly bred stakes winning 2YO, Personify (Lot 401). Based on Cressfield’s growing success, this is one quartet that could really sing.

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ictorian farm, Laceby Lodge, has no fears about crossing the Murray to brings its trio of mares to Easter Broodmare's mecca ... they are certain to attract plenty of interest in the 600 strong catalogue. Laceby Lodge's Mick Gibson has been in the business for 20 years but started Laceby Lodge in earnest around 12 years ago and has sold horses to a wide domestic base, along with buyers from Singapore, Hong Kong and Malaysia. Indeed one of the horses sold to South East Asian clients - Spirit Nature - won in Singapore recently ... just in time for Easter!

Primary among Laceby Lodge's Easter Broodmare draft is the Val Royal mare Falvette (Lot 413), a city winner who was trained by Darren Weir and won over $160,000, while there is also a Delago Brom mare Miracle Maid (Lot 503) and a Perugino mare Bella Rosso (Lot 558).

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FAVOURABLE DELAY There is absolutely no pun intended, but the old saying ‘every cloud has a silver lining’ can certainly apply to the 2011 QTIS 600 Yearling Sale. Amidst the devastation of the Queensland floods in January, the state’s breeding chieftains made the conscious decision to put the QTIS 600 back a month – to 17-18 April – to allow affected vendors the opportunity to catch their breath.


A G I C MILLIONS’ then managing d i re c t o r , Stephen Silk, announced at the time: “the decision was made in respect of what has occurred in flood ravaged Queensland to give people, both vendors and buyers, time to get back on their feet.” It was a wise move given the impact that the powerful QTIS

scheme has on Queensland’s thoroughbred economy with over $15 million in bonuses available for graduates. As a byproduct of the decision though, the catalogued yearlings – 545 of them – have had another four weeks to ‘grow out’ and, according to a number of trainers who have visited farms in the lead up to QTIS 600, the postponement is going to make a huge difference come sale days.


A bit of good luck for a change! Certainly on paper, the Queensland breeders – and Magic Millions – have done a terrific job in assembling this lineup which includes a potential sale topper in the shape of Lot 298, a Ferocity half brother to seven winners including Golden Slipper winner Prowl and the Group Two winner I Rock My World. The colt may get some opposition though from a filly late on the first day (Lot 264) who is by the Danehill stallion, Bullmore from the Group One placed Live It Up, whose four winners include last year’s MRC Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes-G1 winner Response and the dam of 2010 Group Two winner Returntosender. >>




Yet another set to shine is the first living foal of winning Secret Savings mare, Secret Cache, a half sister to QTC Sires’ Produce-G1 winner Star Shiraz. Both the yearling and Star Shiraz are by the hugely prolific Lyndhurst Stud based stallion Sequalo (16 stakes winners). Not surprisingly, Sequalo is well represented at QTIS 600 with 38 yearlings, a figure equalled by his Danehill stablemate, Hidden Dragon, whose career has gotten off to a flash start with the likes of last spring’s Group Two winner Hollowlea. However, it’s Glenlogan Park’s Flying Spur stallion Jet Spur who has weighed in with the most entries (41) including several siblings to stakes winners and sons and daughters of stakes winners. Other Queensland staples with sizeable representation include Bradbury’s Luck (21 entries), Falvelon (23), Ferocity (19), Freeze (13), Minardi (12), Monashee Mountain (13), Nothing To Lose (11), Outback Prince (19), Stromberg Carlson (18) and, of course, the omnipresent Show a Heart (sire of Group One winners Heart of Dreams and Toorak Toff) who has 28 with which to draw the crowds. 22


But it’s the high flying status of Queensland’s first season sires All Bar One (27), Chateau Istana (11), Hotel Grand (11), Outback Prince (19) and early front runner Red Dazzler (27) that could easily provide 2011 QTIS 600’s greatest attraction. Their emergence on the national charts should also piggyback Wattle Brae Stud’s Court Command into the limelight who has 19 of his first crop featured. There is no hotter sire in Australia at the moment that Court Command’s sire Commands and Court Command has been one of his better reps, taking out the AJC Stan Fox Stakes-G2 and three other Group events, along with a third behind Wonderful World in the MRC Caulfield Guineas-G1. Just two of his yearlings in QTIS 600 are Lot 99, a colt from Chilean Champion 3YO Filly, Crystal Clear and Lot 70, a colt from Group Two winning 2YO, Catnipped. With 575 entries over the two days, QTIS didn’t quite make it to 600, but rest assuredly, there will be ton of winners coming out of this Gold Coast sale. Don’t miss out.




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(by Quest For Fame): by a full brother to Redoute’s Choice (who has had six winners from six runners out of Quest For Fame mares incl s’w SHARKBITE). Dam ½ to four times s’w UPWARDS from family of dual Gr.1 winning 2Y0 VICTORY VEIN… built in the mould of Redoute’s Choice.

Lot 466 ch.f Collate – Spurring (by Flying Spur): bred on the same 3 X 3 cross of Danehill as s’w PSYCHOLOGIST. ½ to promising city placed and winner Mr de Lago out of ½ to Gr.2 mare ASCORBIC, family of exciting 3Y0 Halekulani.

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Mellum Park 2011 QTIS 600 draft ~ two eye-catching yearlings by proven stallions… Lot 98 b.c Dane Shadow – Crying Diamonds (by Iglesia): by up-and-coming young stallion, sire of 48 winners and 8 black type performers. First foal of mare from family of s’w ROK POSTA, TAJ BELLE, LORD SERRY & CARDINAL COLOURS. Lot 113 b.f Falvelon – Davone Pheroz (by Sea Road): by proven sire of 5 s’w. ½ to promising city placed 2Y0 Danish Whiskey from family of the champion SUPER IMPOSE and Gr.1 winner MIKKI STREET.

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BEAUTIFUL BABES FROM BILEENA! Bileena Stud’s outstanding Magic Millions QTIS 600 yearlings… Lot 201


Stromberg Carlson – Ideal Sin

(by Snippets): by emerging son of REDOUTE’S CHOICE out of a winning mare from family of Hong Kong superstar SACRED KINGDOM.

Lot 204


Shovhog - Imahead

(by Intergaze): by consistent son of Danehill out of a winning mare from the family of multiple Gr.1 winner HELENUS and s’w ATOMIC FLASH & NOBLE DAMSEL.

Lot 358


Hidden Dragon – Ottiwell

(by Langfuhr): well related sire is getting winners all over the place and this fellow is the first foal of a five times winning half sister to the smart New Zealander Lauaki.

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im and Troy Hall cover a fair amount of ground with their boutique operation at the foothills of Mount Mellum (hence the stud’s name!) in the Sunshine Coast hinterland. Troy looks after the racehorses, while Kim focuses on the breeding aspects of the farm: “we like to keep the two as separate entities,” Kim explains. “Troy reckons there is a stigma attached to a trainer selling his nice horses … thinking there must be something wrong with them! “Maybe one day I’ll be able to keep the best of the horses I breed, but no yet,” Troy says with a grin. “I started with a couple of mares as a hobby about five years ago and last spring we foaled down seven. There’s a reason we keep it

‘small’: I like to be 100% hands on. “We sell mainly at the QTIS 600 and Magic Millions Horses in Training sales and Mellum Park offers prep for both yearlings and breeze up horses, along with foaling down, weaning and early education.” Mellum Park will present two on the first day at QTIS 600: a Dane Shadow colt (Lot 98) and Falvelon filly (Lot 113). “I’m really excited about both youngsters … Dane Shadow is flying at the moment with three stakes horses during the Sydney autumn carnival (Red Tracer, Shadow Minister and Bright Heart), while the Falvelon is a half sister to Danish Whiskey that we sold to Liam Birchley last year and is already city placed at two.”

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ileena Stud typifies the resilience and tremendous spirit of Queensland breeders, given that the property was flooded twice : in fact, 42.5 of the 43 acres was underwater at one stage with fencing, grazing, crops and hay stockpile wiped out! Rather than dwelling on the fickleness of Mother Nature though, the Bileena crew are enthusiastically looking forward to the remainder of 2011 with 12 of the mares positive (including five in foal to Red Ransom stakes winner and 2010 retiree Red Element) and, more immediately, the farm’s QTIS consignment, including a Stromberg Carlson colt (Lot 201), closely related to Hong Kong Champion Sacred Kingdom; a Shovhog filly from a hugely prolific family (Lot 204) and a Hidden Dragon colt (Lot 358) that is “built for speed”.

Bileena obviously has reason to be confident going into the QTIS 600: the farm sold Steel Dragon’s full brother for $100,000 at the Magic Millions in January and can boast 100% winners to runners out of MM sales!


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011 represents the first year that Noble Bend has prepared yearlings under its own shingle, but don’t get the impression that they’re a bunch of Johnny-come-latelys. In fact, principal Nicole Williams has been actively involved in the thoroughbred industry for over a decade and preparing yearlings for others for the past five years. Based at Laravale in Queensland (but moving to Toowoomba in the next 12 months), Noble Bend offers the total range of services for their clients: walk ins, foaling down, spelling … at very competitive rates. “We have some great clients and treat their horses as individuals, only paddocking horses together owned by the same clients.” But you can also sense that Noble Bend is excited about the QTIS 600 on 17-18 April: “We purchased

the dams of our two yearlings at the Magic Millions broodmare sale in 2009 with the sole intention of breeding BRADBURY'S LUCK them for QTIS … this is a great sale for Queensland.” Noble Bend’s two yearlings are the Jet Spur filly from a winning three quarter sister to 2YO stakes winner Loving Cup and a half sister to Group winner Shy Hero (Lot 53), plus a likely colt by Bradbury’s Luck from the family of a Kentucky Derby winner (Lot 392).

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Bombora Downs’ 2011 Inglis Autumn Yearling Sale draft… Lot 10 b.c Court Of Jewels – Gold And Red (by Snippets): full brother to winner Gilt Prince out of daughter of s’p Wolverton Diamond, family of Gr.1 winner THE MESSAGE.

Estambul – Honolulu Lot 28 ch.c (by Red Anchor): ½ to 5 winners incl city winners Ferndale & Waikiki Girl out of city winning ½ to Gr.3 2Y0 RASS DANCER. Lago Delight – Kiwi Rose Lot 53 br.c (by Straight Strike): ¾ to recent Gr.3 winner SHYLIGHT and ½ to 7 winners from family of dual Gr.1 winner DALMACIA. Estambul – Luncheon Lot 67 b.f (by Snippets): dam a ½ to s’w JARAAB from family of Gr.3 2Y0 SHE’S GOT GEARS. God’s Own – Mannatilla Lot 71 br.c (by Gain Control): ½ to s’w MANNA MISS and multiple city winner Elmatilla out of metro winning 2Y0. Churchill Downs – Saunterina Lot 158 b.f (by O’Reilly): by exciting young stallion from s’w family of FALCON WALK, SISTER SHIRLEY, MIRTH, PARTY MOOD. Keep The Faith – Swimmingly Lot 194 b.f (by Thunder Gulch): out of a ½ to dual Gr.1 winner KING’S HIGH and s’w REGAL ARTERY.

Lot 197 ch.c Host – Tannadice Park (by Rory’s Jester): city winning dam’s first two are both winners – promising city winner Lady Pania and three times winner The Woodsman. Family of Gr.1 winners DUPAIN & TRISTANAGH.

Host – Country Lass Lot 298 b.c (by Helissio): ½ to 8 times winner Dangerous Terrain out of ½ to dam of dual s’w TAAMEER. Family of Gr.1 NZ Oaks heroine SHE’S COUNTRY. Estambul – Rivermist Cat Lot 385 b.c (by Marquetry): ½ to city winner Take The Cash out of imported two ties winner from family of Hong Kong Gr.1 winner TAJASUR. Lot 396 b/br.c Desert King – Solitaire Song (by At Talaq): ½ to 4 winners from family of Gr.1 winners MAGARI, CENTAUREA & GALA SUPREME.

Court Of Jewels – Wild Velvet Lot 413 b.c (by Wild Harmony): ½ to 3 times winner Wild Native out of ½ to dam of MANNA MISS. Lot 436 b/br.f Lago Delight – Elecampagne (by Festal): ½ to s’p dual city winner Apaiser from family of Gr.1 Caul Guineas winner ANACHEEVA & exciting 2Y0 GOLDEN ARCHER.

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he Inglis Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale sure has a tough act to follow. Its 17-18 April dateline comes less than a week after the Easter Yearling and Broodmare sales in Sydney, between them realising some $120 million in trade (give or take a mill).


UTUMN, BY comparison, should weigh in with around $4 million for the 441 yearlings it has on offer (including supplementary lots). However, Autumn is not to be sniffed at … far from it. The sale fills a niche – especially for those who can’t ante up the $220,000 (on average) to shop at Easter. What’s more, Autumn can boast a reputation that far exceeds its perceived value. Maybe it’s the extra couple of weeks allowing yearlings to grow out more, or maybe, just maybe, some yearlings don’t need a lot of black type in their pedigrees to make them run fast. Pompeii Ruler’s a good example: offered at the 2004 Autumn, the Mick Price trained son of Genuine went on to win over $2.1 million in stakes from victories in the Australian Cup-G1 and Queen Elizabeth-G1.





INNERS Group One winner Grand Journey (sold for $6,500 in 2006) is another, Flemington stakes winner Status Symbol (sold for $2,000 in 2007) yet another. Then there’s 2YO stakes winners Broadway Harmony and She’s Got Gears (sold for $18,000 and $45,000 respectively in 2009) another Flemington stakes winner in Secret Flyer (turning $29,000 into $423,948) and last year’s graduate Grand Britannia who has twice been stakes placed this season. And it’s not as if we’re delving into the dim dark past for results! The trick is to pick which of the 441 entered for this year can join them. The 2011 catalogue includes yearlings by proven sires such as Bel Esprit, Bianconi, Choisir, Commands, Hussonet, Lonhro, Red Ransom, Reset and Rock Of Gibraltar, while no less than 22 first season sires will have progeny strut their stuff. A lot of note will also be taken of the sires with their


second round of progeny going through the ring such as Churchill Downs, Artie Schiller, Nadeem (who chimed in with his first stakes winner on the Australian Cup program with Triple Asset) and leading First Season Sire Written Tycoon who has six up for grabs.

Entries hadn’t closed off as this edition went to bed, but the supps included a Fastnet Rock according to Heagney.

Inglis also took the bold step of extending entries for Autumn and having a supplementary section.

It will be interesting to see if Autumn posts further gains after scoring a 23% rise in average (and 18% increase in gross) last year … one of the very few 2010 sales to gain on ’09.

“Following interest from a number of breeders, we saw merit in opening the Autumn Yearling Sale to include a supplementary catalogue,” Inglis Director Peter Heagney said. “Our duty is to provide a platform for breeders to sell their yearlings and as this will be the last dedicated yearling sale in Victoria for the season, we thought it appropriate to give breeders the opportunity to sell yearlings which may have incurred a minor setback when preparing for the Premier Sale or yearlings which at closing time of entries were not going to be sold but vendors now wish to sell.”

The supplementary yearlings will be sold at the conclusion of the second day’s selling on April 18.

Up or down, one thing is for sure, there’s a winner or three among them! Photos by Bruno Cannatelli






urnewang North is clearly one of the rising stars of the Victorian thoroughbred industry and has made huge in-roads in a relatively short time. And those in-roads became a highway at the 2011 Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale with an average of $132,500 for six lots sold including the sale topping Fastnet Rock colt ($340,000), a God’s Own colt for $160,000 and a Magnus for $130,000.

Among the seven is a Rock of Gibraltar colt (Lot 104) from a dual winning half sister to Wonderful World, a full sister (by King of Roses) to Group winner Oval Affair (Lot 130) and a colt by Haradasun (Lot 303), the first foal of a winning daughter of brilliant racemare and dual Group One winner Republic Lass. See you at Barn B!

The previous year, the farm’s seven yearlings averaged $117,100, so it’s clear the Rochester based outfit is heading up the charts with a bullet. Probably fair to say then that the seven yearlings Burnewang North are consigning to the Autumn Yearling Sale on 17-18 April will have their share of ‘lookers’ in the leadup.

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hristoph Bruechert runs a VERY good shop and that the fact that his stud is based in one of the most picturesque areas of Victoria only enhances the professionalism and services available at Bombora Downs. Purchased 11 years ago (and commencing operations in a modest fashion two and a half years later), Bombora Downs now encompasses some 300 acres, with the leasing of several properties and the purchase of a neighbouring farm some 18 months (which is now completely equi mesh fenced and 4000 trees planted). According to Christoph, Bombora Downs is now the only stud left on the Peninsula and, consequently, is called upon by local breeders to provide walk ins, sales prep, foaling down, weaning and agistment … and for rearing

sound, fast racehorses that the area has became famous for. One of those fast, sound racehorses is the gutsy 5YO, Coolago (stud name, ‘Piglet’) who was a bucket raised orphan now rarely out of the money and won four races for Christoph. But who knows, another highlight could easily emanate from Bombora Down’s 2011 Autumn draft. “Traditionally, the Autumn sales are a great opportunity to pick up a good horse without having to fight off the big end of town,” Christoph points out. “Bombora is presenting 14 yearlings with some very nice individuals amongst them including a Lago Delight three quarter brother to the recent Group Three winner Shylight (Lot 53).

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AUTUMN DRAFT A MUST INSPECT! Eight well related yearlings by a mixture of proven and young stallions including…

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Ranging from listed winners to G1 horses.

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Lot 34 ch.f Dubai Destination - Induct (by Spartacus): ½ to Gr.3 placed multiple city winner Broken and smart Singapore galloper Happy Everybody (12 wins). Family of Gr.1 winners KEEPER & METAL BENDER. Lot 134 b.c Man Of Illusion - Prospice (by Scrupules): ½ to 3 winners out of winning daughter of Gr.1 SA Oaks winner BRUNISSE. Lot 175 b.f God’s Own - Slickly (by Hurricane Sky): 2nd foal of ½ to exciting s’p 2Y0 Delago’s Lad from family of US champion ALL ALONG. Lot 302 b.f Gonski - Cymbidium (by Noalcoholic): ½ to four winners incl dual city winner Point Of Call. Also two well related colts by first season sire MASTERPIECE (lot 264), a son of ESTAMBUL (lot 410) and a daughter of promising young stallion EXCITES (lot172). Plus UNDOUBTEDLY colt (lot 341) aslo being presented by Bucklee Farm.


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Selling at Melbourne Autumn Yearling Sale. Burnewang North, Clarkes Road, Off Northern Highway, Rochester VIC Contact: Cathy Hains 0409 705 575 or Darren Mackereth 0400 894 506 Email:





The new Dick Francis? Irish-based horseracing journalist, Lissa Oliver, is known locally for her literary contributions to Racetrack magazine, the GavelHouse website and, more recently, Track To Track. In Europe, her features appear in International Thoroughbred, European Trainer, The Irish Field and the daily European Bloodstock News. And, as a serving member of the Kildare Committee of the Irish Thoroughbred Breeders’ Association, she writes many of their educational booklets. In both 2008 and 2009 Lissa was nominated for the UK’s prestigious Clive Graham Horserace Journalist of the Year at the annual Derby Awards in London and, was award a special commendation for having again been nominated in 2010. But Lissa is also a published novelist with a rapidly growing popularity in Europe that is poised to go global with books such as Gala Day, Nero: The Last Caesar and the recently released Chantilly Dawns.



hy horse racing, Lissa? Was your father a trainer/ jockey? Were you raised in the country, a la National Velvet? “I was brought up on a London council estate,” Lissa explains, “so there was no family involvement with horses. My passion was for books … even before I started school. One day I picked up a book called The Brigadier by John Hislop: the story of champion racehorse Brigadier Gerard and I was hooked. “That was the turning point. Hislop not only told Brigadier Gerard’s story, which gave me such an immediate understanding of racing, but he introduced me to the past and the fascination of pedigrees … an instant enrolment in all things racing. My next book was Fred Archer’s biography and I cried my eyes out at the ending. >>







What I loved about Archer was his passion for racing. He killed himself because he could no longer ride. I couldn’t ride, I had no involvement with racing, yet I shared that passion and understood the driving force behind his sacrifice … the sacrifice that all jockeys make. If there’s no such word as Jockeyphile then they should invent it just for me! They are my heroes.”


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“I was 14 and obsessive!” Lissa laughs. “I wrote to the TV pundits and Brough Scott invited me to a racemeeting. He made me feel so welcome and I was introduced to Joe Mercer, Brigadier Gerard’s jockey and my hero at that time. After that, I went racing as often as I could. My parents knew it was a safe environment and it was still free entry as I was underage.”



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“I used to buy The Sporting Life every day with my school lunch money (probably why I’m quite thin!) and I started to notice the name of 34

Kingston Town cropping up in the international results at unheard of regularity! The top European horses tend to run every four to six weeks and at their specialised distance, while here was a horse running every other day, it seemed, winning sprints as easily as Cup races! He was a phenomenon. So I started to subscribe to Turf Monthly. I must have written quite impassioned letters, because Turf Monthly published them! They introduced me to some Australian racing pen pals, including my best mate to this day, Maggie Creighton. Maggie taught me so much about your racing and the heroes of the past.”


o writing letters turned into …?

“I never realised writing could ever be anything but a hobby. I left school and I could no longer afford to go racing. I tried to work in the stud industry, but that was the early 1980s when girls were just not given the opportunities. Following a stud management course I switched tack completely and worked in the theatre for a year, but racing was my first love and I began working for Ladbrokes, the betting office chain. It was the closest I ever thought I’d get to racing. I spent my lunch breaks in the back office, writing a racing novel.”


et, you ended up in Ireland?

“I married in 1986 and we sold up and moved to Kildare in Ireland (not far from the Curragh racecourse).

“I became focused on writing as an author, rather than as a hobby. The move to Ireland couldn’t have been better for us. I even have my own exracehorse out in the garden! Every dream came true, but it wasn’t overnight. If you have a passion for something, always stay focused, always work towards it, and eventually it will happen for you. You have to make it happen.”

. . . Working as a racing journalist is just unbelievable, a dream come true.

into production. That gave me confidence as a writer. Recognition is very important, because writing is such a solitary pursuit. That’s why I involve myself so much in the teaching and encouragement of new and would-be writers.”


K, now that you have a full time gig writing, which do you prefer … magazines or books? “I couldn’t choose between the two. Working as a racing journalist is just unbelievable, a dream come true. I have a press pass to go racing, without which I could never afford to go. I pinch myself every time I set off to interview someone. I get to interview people I hero-worship. I visit studs and racing yards. That’s not work! And every good article leads to new magazines and more work, so I’m truly blessed.



ow did you make it ‘happen’?

“I self-published two novels, one a racing thriller (Gala Day), the other a fictionalised biography of the Roman Emperor Nero. That was nominated for several top awards and was commissioned as a film script, which I wrote, although the film never went

“But writing novels is a wonderful form of escapism, no different to reading novels. I get just as swept up in the characters and plot as a reader would. My novels are all character-driven, so I never really know what’s going to happen next. The plot is my idea, but the characters don’t think like me and usually have their own agenda! My latest novel, Chantilly Dawns, published by Book Republic, was just such a sheer pleasure to write. I loved the main

We swapped a small terrace house for a bungalow on 10 acres! We lived frugally, but had time to pursue the things we enjoyed. For me, that was writing and horses.


character, a disgraced French Flat race jockey, and he gelled so perfectly with the other characters in the story, they all more or less wrote it for me – I just guided them.

“The book has been described as a gripping thriller and has already been nominated for the Golden Dagger Award for crime fiction, but I never saw it as such and still don’t. For me, it was just the story of Marcel, a jockey, forced to make sacrifices and hold on to his life. That encapsulates my passion – for writing, for racing, for those iconic jockeys I love so much!” Chantilly Dawns is available from or as a Kindle e-book from or, to win a free copy, check out our subscription offer on page 63






The NAME GAME One of the toughest roles racehorse owners face – apart from paying feed and training bills – is the naming of their neddy.


FTER ALL, MOST of us don’t want to be associated with sobriquets better suited to a cart horse: I mean do you really want to be standing on the podium at headquarters as the Chairman congratulates you on the fine victory of your mighty galloper, Radish? Trouble is, a lot of the good names are already long gone. And don’t even waste your ink by trying to hitch your wagon to a famous horse. I guarantee you that Phar Lap Mark II won’t be an option … not in this lifetime anyway. You even run into trouble with horses that might not have >>




been able to run out of sight on a dark night. For instance, NO name can be repeated for 17 years – yes, 17 years – after the birth of a horse with the exact same name or for 20 years after the year of birth of the youngest named produce of a horse with the same name.

Tulsami (reverse the spelling), Wooden Swallow (renamed Weekend Flight) and the American racehorse, Hoof Hearted, spring to mind, as does the Dr Geoff Chapman trained Merkin who managed to win the 1983 Silver Slipper before it was revealed she was named after a ‘pubic wig’.

For example, the name, Radish, won’t be available until 2014 due to an unraced 1997 model by Ideal Planet. That said, there have been six Radishs overall according to Bloodhound – three foaled in Great Britain (starting with a 1787 filly by Potoooooooo), a maiden winner from New Zealand [1972] and one from Ireland [2001], who also only won the solitary race.

Merkin was subsequently re-named, Giostra: which is Italian for carousel. And yes, she certainly had the establishment in a spin when they uncovered Dr Chapman’s mischievous act.

Sally Sells Seashells by the Seashore fails the criteria on so many counts, but spare a thought for the Yank racecaller faced with broadcasting a straight long duel at Monmouth between Mywifenosevrything and Thewifedoesntknow. But that’s not the only problems you face with the Registrar: a strict nono is the use of ‘offensive’ names which, bar a few notable exceptions, are closely monitored. 38

Bottom line: nothing suggestive, scandalous, vulgar, obscene, in poor taste, nor names which are designed to harass, humiliate or disparage individuals, religious, political or ethnic groups … and definitely nothing that has the potential to create controversy under current social standards. And you can forget swear words in other languages (yes, we’re talking to you Smarty Pants). What else? Ah yes, you are limited to 18 characters including spaces and apostrophes, which kind of throws out: IvespentmylastdollaronthisbloodyhorsesoIhopeitcanrun, along with pretty much anything named after Welsh townships. Names made up entirely of numbers will get the flick too, i.e. One, Two or Seventy Eight, as will single letters and abbreviations such as FBI (we assume they don’t mean the Freedman Brothers), UFO or XRAY.

SPECIAL FEATURE Similarly, the Registrar reserves the right to refuse names that have a commercial, artistic, or creative significance – basically, no brand names.


Therefore, the Moe Fish and Chip Shop will have to rely on other means of marketing and call their horse something else. You also can’t go for Mounting Yard, Finishing Post, Trifecta, Melbourne Cup, Golden Slipper et al, and the Registrar’s definition – “the potential to cause confusion for racing administration and racegoers” – is clearly a tough one to interpret. As previously established, Sally Sells Seashells by the Seashore fails the criteria on so many counts, but spare a thought for the Yank racecaller faced with broadcasting a straight long duel at Monmouth between Mywifenosevrything and Thewifedoesntknow. Look the race up on YouTube … outstanding! Still, I would have to say my favourite ‘restriction’ relates to persons living or dead and the good Registrar has provided some examples … Marilyn Monroe (dead for 50 years), Chopper Reid (I’m tipping they mean Mark ‘Chopper’ Read), Fatty Arbuckle (a long forgotten comedian who stepped off this mortal coil in 1933) and Harold Holt, who went missing at Portsea in 1967. I must confess to being a bit intrigued as to why the good folk of Malvern can name

the Harold Holt Memorial Swimming Pool after someone who drowned, yet we can’t name a horse after our 17th Prime Minister. Fortunately, the Registrar will give consideration to the ‘use of names of ancient historical figures, eg. TUTANKHAMUN’. Unless of course his mummy complains … Now, let’s look at the rationale behind some of racing’s niftily named neddies. >>




here to start?

Where better than with racing superstar, Black Caviar, whose name is on everyone’s lips … and, we suppose, on quite a few chins. The owners’ inference is not hard to work out: the mare is close enough to black and we’d all like to be wealthy enough to scoff caviar. Part owner Gary Wilkie reveals that fellow owner, Pam Hawkes, came up with the name, while his daughter Shannon devised the fastbecoming-famous ‘salmon and black’ colours. But why Caviar why not Truffle or other delicacy?

and some

According to Gary it relates to Black Caviar’s granddam, Scandinavia who is named after the northern European region and is evidently popular for caviar … although not quite as expensive Almas Caviar which hails from Iran and comes in a 24-karat gold tin for the princely sum of $25,000.


That said, the Scandinavian variety is not so shabby and is known as Caviar de Lysekil, after the Swedish coastal town of Lysekil. According to Google maps, Lysekil is about a five hour drive from Helsinge, via Ängelholmsvägen, Hälsovägen, Drottninggatan, Järnvägsgatan and Malmöleden (and don’t forget to go through Knutpunkten). Why are we going to Helsinge? Well, it’s the Danish township that gave its name to Black Caviar’s dam and thus pays due homage to the Scandinavia theme. Unfortunately, Helsinge (the place) was – some years ago – elected by national television as the ugliest town in Denmark … still, the name has a nicer ring to it than that of Like Billy Oh, which was horse Helsinge’s original catchcall. Peter Ford, bloodstock advisor to Black Caviar’s breeder and Helsinge’s owner Rick Jamieson, recently explained to the Age’s Andrew Garvey that the manager of Jamieson’s Gilgai Farm devised Like Billy Oh, when the then unnamed three year old filly arrived at the stud after being purchased by Ford from the supplementary section of the 2005 Easter Broodmare Sale.

SPECIAL FEATURE Ford, also known as the Eminent Euroan, showed that patience is a virtue by sticking around for the supps and then going to $115,000 to secure the filly. Self effacingly, Ford is happy enough to point out it was Jamieson who decided to send the re-badged Helsinge to Bel Esprit instead of carting her north for ‘richer’ pickings … a fact that Jamieson was quick to remind Ford of when Black Caviar bolted in by five lengths on debut. Jamieson undoubtedly poured some more lemon on Ford’s papercut when Black Caviar’s baby brother, Moshe (also by Bel Esprit), won his first two starts in convincing fashion. Moshe is one of the rare diversions from the Scandinavia leitmotif and owes his name to the father of one of the owners and its loose translation from Hebrew is ‘strong warrior’. Moshe Dayan was also the famous Israeli leader who rose to prominence in the late 60s when heading up his country’s defence during the 6-day war. For those of you who haven’t been to temple lately or slept through your history classes, he was the bald bloke with the eye patch. Anyway, back to Scandinavia and the rest of her brood: her son Magnus was the leading sprinting entire of his generation (AJC The Galaxy-G1 and VRC Age Classic-G2) and now stands

alongside Black Caviar’s sire, Bel Esprit at Eliza Park in Victoria, while another of her sons – the Group Two winning sprinter Wilander – is domiciled at Lindsay Park in South Australia. A third son is the 5-time winning sprinter Ibsen. Firstly, Magnus is Latin for ‘great’ but is also the name used for the first seven kings of Norway and the first four kings of Sweden (and just to confuse the issue, King Magnus IV of Sweden was also King Magnus VII of Norway!).


As for Wilander, the Schillaci Stakes winner owes his name to Swedish tennis player Mats Wilander: No. 1 in 1988 and winner of seven grand slams.

Owned by American minerals industrialist, Charles W Englehard Jr – upon whom the James Bond character Auric Goldfinger was based – Nijinsky was named after the Russian ballet dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky, considered the greatest male ‘hoofer’ of all time. Ibsen? Blame Henrik Ibsen, a Norwegian playwright whose most famous work was Peer Gynt and who had a set of mutton chop sideburns >>



on him that horse winkers.



And Scandinavia herself? A Group Two winner and four times Group One placed, the blue hen mare is out of Song of Norway, in turn a daughter of Danish born mare, Love Song, who was brought to Australia in 1980 by David Hains of Kingston Town fame.

Nijinsky was a racing and breeding phenomenon, much like his sire – the legendary Northern Dancer – but with dynastic achievements in his own right. Black Caviar’s sireline has its share of creativity too. Dual Group One winner and Champion Victorian Sire, Bel Esprit, was a $9,000 yearling but it didn’t stop his owners determining his rather austere designation … which

is French for ‘fine mind’ or, in other words, a cultivated, highly intelligent person. Such intelligence is clearly a winner with the ladies given that Bel Esprit has covered 1386 mares in eight seasons at stud, with a record high of 266 in 2007. His sire, Royal Academy, was clearly no slouch in the breeding shed either with 2243 named foals, of which 155 were stakes winners (at a highly impressive strike rate of 8.4%) and 20 were Group One winners. Black Caviar’s grandsire was named after the Royal Academy of Arts which is one of the most famous institutions in England and was established in 1768 by King George III. Trained by Vincent O’Brien and winner of the 1990 July Cup, Royal Academy also won the Breeders’ Cup Mile with famous hoop Lester Piggott coming out of retirement to ride him at Belmont Park. Speaking of retirement, Royal Academy’s sire (Nijinsky) and dam (Crimson Saint) were no spring chickens by the time the artful Royal Academy was foaled in 1987. Indeed, Nijinsky was 20 and Crimson Saint was 18, which kind of pours cold water on the theory of those pedants who claim that old stallions AND old mares should never a twain meet.



Still, the pair is responsible for amazing racetrack legacies. >>


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SPECIAL FEATURE Crimson Saint is by the Champion US racehorse Crimson Satan and was a multiple stakes winner in her own right.


At stud Crimson Saint would produce seven winners from seven to race including the 3-time Group Two winner Terlingua (the dam of world champion sire Storm Cat), although the acorn fell a fair way from the tree when her colt Laa Etaab (a full brother to Royal Academy) was sold for $7 million at Keeneland in 1985, but failed to make it to the racetrack. Nijinsky was a racing and breeding phenomenon, much like his sire – the legendary Northern Dancer – but with dynastic achievements in his own right.


Owned by American minerals industrialist, Charles W Englehard Jr – upon whom the James Bond character Auric Goldfinger was based – Nijinsky was named after the Russian ballet dancer, Vaslav Nijinsky, considered the greatest male ‘hoofer’ of all time. Sadly, Nijinsky suffered a nervous breakdown and died in a psychiatric hospital in 1950 (and no, we don’t know if it had anything to do with owning slow horses). Meanwhile, his equine namesake died in 1992 at the age of 25 – ironically from laminitis – but not before he had left some 155 stakes winners including a number of champions. And what a racehorse: the first horse in 35 years to win the English Triple Crown (2000 Guineas, Epsom Derby,


Irish Derby) and then the King George VI and Queen Elizabeth II and St Leger. A truly remarkable racehorse. Coincidentally, Nijinsky won his first 11 starts, before finishing his career with seconds in the Prix de l’Arc de Triomphe and Champion Stakes. The 11 straight is a feat that his great granddaughter is seeking to emulate in William Reid Stakes-G1 just as this magazine was going to press. Nijinsky’s other ‘record’ however, is not nearly as flattering given that he is the sire of Seattle Dancer who was knocked down for $13.1 million at Keeneland in 1985 – the most expensive yearling ever sold. Turns out Seattle Dancer wasn’t much of a racehorse though, winning a couple of moderate races before being whisked off to stud. Not the worst stallion you’ve ever seen (34 stakes winners including NZ bred, Aussie Group One winner Dance the Day Away), poor old Seattle Dancer stood in Kentucky, then Ireland, then Japan and, eventually, five years in Germany where he died in 2007. (Seattle Dancer certainly fared better than Snaafi Dancer who was sold for a then record of $10.2 million at Keeneland in 1983, only to never reach the racetrack. Sending him straight off to stud, the horse had fertility problems and in two years only sired four foals. Ouch!). Still, both pale in comparison to The Green Monkey who

SPECIAL FEATURE was sold – as a 2YO in 2006 – for an amazing $16 million. Imagine then the dismay of owners when the horse earned just $10,440 on the racetrack from his three starts – the best of them a third. Perhaps he’ll fare better at stud with his first crop now yearlings. Great name though: The Green Monkey is by Forestry (a Storm Cat stallion) and is named after a golf course in Barbados famous for its, you guessed it … green monkeys. What’s more, the horse was foaled in the Chinese year of the Green/Wooden Monkey. Just goes to show though that whether it’s slow horse, fast horse, good name, bad name, horses can make monkeys of us all!

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OVER RECENT YEARS, there have been numerous reports of a viral-like disease with an initial high temperature, joint pain and lameness, swelling in the lower limbs, loss of appetite and depression which develops into a chronic fatigue-like condition which can last for weeks or months. Affected horses are unable to exercise to their previous level and become ‘flat’ and tire easily when worked. Many of these horses appear to be infected during the summer months and are often located in areas with fresh water lakes and seaside lagoons or during a wet summer rainfall season. Some properties report recurring symptoms in horses each year, with many owners and trainers suspecting a virus being harboured in the soil from year to year.

IT IS NOW KNOWN, following surveys and blood testing for immune antibodies, that these symptoms which resemble the chronic fatigue of Ross River Virus in humans, are due to the same virus, with many horses when they exhibit the above chronic fatigue-like signs, returning a positive antibody titre to the virus.

What is Ross River Virus? Ross River Virus (RRV) is an arthropod (insect) borne virus (arbovirus) which can cause a number of neurological, musculoskeletal, behavioural and respiratory problems in horses. RRV was first identified in Narrandera and Hay in humans in 1928 and today is reported throughout most of Australia, Papua New Guinea and many islands in the South Pacific. It is a non-lethal disease, however infection can be quite debilitating and symptoms long lasting. In humans, 90% of cases report joint pain and arthritis and 50% develop chronic fatigue syndrome. Because of its effects, infection of RRV in racing and performance horses can result


in great economic loss, while in equestrian and pleasure horses, the often long lasting chronic fatigue-like symptoms are equally frustrating to horse owners. As well as affecting horses, infection can occur in humans, dogs, cats, marsupials and rodents, with kangaroos and wallabies being the most common carriers. Kangaroos, wallabies, and humans, as well as possums, flying foxes and birds, can act as natural reservoirs from season to season. It cannot be transmitted directly between them, but instead, RRV is transmitted by female mosquitoes biting the infected host and then inoculating the disease into another human or animal.

How is it spread? RRV is transmitted by several species of mosquitoes. These vector species (insects capable of transmitting a disease) vary with seasonal and environmental conditions in different regions of Australia. The most common RRV vectors in Australia include Culex annulirostris (inland mosquito,breeds in fresh water habitats particularly in irrigated areas), Ades camptorhynchus (southern coastal Saltmarsh mosquito) and Ades vigilac (northern coastal Saltmarsh mosquito). In Australia, RRV outbreaks mostly occur between September and May, peaking during January to March when mosquito populations are the greatest.


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Did You Know That… If you are situated in an area with a high risk of RRV transmission, it is important to take measures to reduce exposure to yourself and children. Mosquitoes are most common in the early evening and overnight during the warm summer months, so ensure that you are covered and apply an insect repellent when outdoors and when sleeping. Flywire screens are also recommended on bedrooms and a mosquito net that covers the bed area at night. HANDY HINT 1 Early Signs of RRV Infection The earliest sign is a rise in body temperature above 39 degrees for 4-5 days whilst the virus multiplies in the blood and body cells. The horse often becomes depressed with a reduced ability to exercise and a loss of appetite. After the first week following infection, fluctuations with intermittently high temperatures and recurrent bouts of fever and lassitude are often observed, which distinguishes RRV from the more common EHV-1 ‘stable’ virus respiratory infection. Many horses develop soft, cold fluid swellings in the lower limbs and occasionally under the stomach and throat. Some develop swollen and painful lymph nodes under the jaw. After the first 7-10 days following initial infection, other signs including joint swelling and tenderness, with stiffness in movement, reluctance to move and sore muscles are usually noted and some horses appear to be ‘tied up’ in the muscles during exercise, rather than after exercise. Blood tests fail to indicate an elevation in muscle cell enzymes normally associated with the ‘tying up’ syndrome.

What climatic conditions favour infection? The prevalence of RRV has been found to be highly associated with climatic conditions, with rainfall being the most important factor. Areas where RRV outbreaks have occurred have most commonly had high rainfall in the months leading up to the outbreak. Temperature and humidity have been found to be more variable, with outbreaks occurring in both tropical and temperate climates where temperatures range from as low as 6.4°C and as high as 40°C. While high rainfall creates optimum environment for mosquito breeding, the wide range of temperatures recorded during RRV outbreaks


can be somewhat misleading. The optimum temperature for mosquitoes to breed is between 25°C -27°C. Although RRV outbreaks have been associated within temperatures and humidity over a broad range, mosquitoes tend to migrate to damp, warm conditions, such as around dams, rivers, tanks and drains where conditions are favourable for breeding. Diagnosis During the active acute phase of RRV, the horse’s primary response to infection is the production of IgM antibodies, which occurs within 7-9 days post infection. IgM antibodies continue to rise until 2-3 weeks before rapidly declining. As IgM

Did You Know That… Infective mosquitoes can harbour the virus and it is possible that at least one species can pass it onto the next generation of mosquitoes through eggs which are resistant to drying under drought conditions. They hatch to ‘wrigglers’ in water after rainfall and the new mosquito can already be infected without taking the virus with a blood meal to breed.

HANDY HINT 2 Blood Antibody Screening The presence and level of IgM antibodies either alone or in combination with IgG in a blood test, can provide an indication of time of infection, while the identification of IgG antibodies alone is frequently used as an indicator of prior infection with RRV. If a horse has been suffering from RRV in its early stages, it is best to take 2 blood samples 2 weeks apart, to assist with the detection of RRV, also to help to precisely identify the time of infection and will often coincide with the start of symptoms, associated with a high population of mosquitoes 2-3 weeks after summer rainfall.

antibodies begin to decline, IgG rises and overrides IgM making it the dominant antibody. Testing for IgM and IgG antibodies in the blood is the only way to diagnose a horse with RRV. The IgG antibody can be identified in the blood samples of affected horses for up to 18 months.

HANDY HINT 3 Manage Turn-out Times to Minimise Mosquitoes It is helpful to restrict turnout times to mid morningmid afternoon and lock your horse up in the late afternoon prior to the sunset period, the early evening and after dark when mosquito activity is high to reduce the chance of being bitten by a RRV carrying mosquito. If it is your own property, you can install fine flyscreen covers around stable areas to reduce the chance of mosquitoes gaining access to your horses when they are stabled during these high risk periods. It is also a good idea to block off all other openings around the stable block, including the edges of sliding doors. It is also helpful to install an electric mosquito ‘zapper’ on the walls of the stable aisle or veranda to help control mosquito numbers. A mosquito trap containing an attractant chemical is also recommended to be installed near to the stables to attract them away from the body heat of horses.

Prevention To assist with the prevention of RRV infection in horses, it is important to adopt stringent mosquito control measures particularly after rain when the conditions are favourable for mosquito breeding. Mosquitoes are more active in the morning and evening so it is important to ensure that your horse is well covered, with properly fitting rugs from head to tail during these times. Some mosquitoes can bite through thin cotton rugs, so that it is best to provide

a thicker cotton sheet with neck rug and hood with ear pieces to help provide more complete protection over common target areas for female mosquitoes. A mesh fly veil with ear covers can be used in the evening as an alternative to a hood. When considering an agistment property or stable/yard housing for your horse, try to keep away from areas known to be populated with mosquitoes and natural hosts, such as kangaroos and wallabies. Heavily populated areas include coastal areas and wetlands with higher humidity where conditions favour mosquito breeding. Properties with stable blocks or yards away from any wetlands or damp and steamy areas are less likely to be a high risk location but mosquitoes can fly to areas neighbouring wetlands.

Viral Transmission / Virology As RRV is an arbovirus which is transmitted between susceptible host species by mosquitoes. The process of transmission RRV occurs in the following way:


Other Therapies due to formation of Heinz body particles in red blood cells which significantly reduces their lifespan in the blood. It has also been suggested that mosquitoes are attracted to horses consuming sweet feeds and molasses in the diet, whilst other observations suggest that adding apple cider vinegar (5075 mL in the evening feed) in place of molasses, may help minimise attraction by mosquitoes. However, none of these measures are totally protective. Citronella, lavender, rosemary and lemongrass are all thought to be natural mosquito repellents. A natural repellent spray believed to keep biting insects away can be made from combining the oils of citronella, lavender, paraffin and eucalyptus with distilled water.

Controlling Mosquitoes The use of tested and approved insect repellents are more protective against mosquitoes for an extended time (Refer to Handy Hint 5). Although kangaroos and wallabies are the natural host animal for RRV, it is a waste of time fencing the perimeter of a property to control access to paddocks as infected mosquitoes can fly from nearby bushy, wetland areas where wallabies colonise. Moving to an area free of kangaroos and wallabies and high populations of mosquitoes may be a last resort if RRV becomes a seasonal problem on a horse property.

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A special rug designed with an under-belly covering to virtually seal and protect the under-body areas from mosquitoes is available in the UK. It is called a Boett Rug®. They can be purchased on the Internet or from distributors in Australia. When combined with stabling overnight and windows and doors fitted with fine mesh fly wire, the risk is greatly reduced.

Treatment & Recovery Unfortunately, as is the case in humans, there is no drugbased medication available which is able to suppress or

Risk of Ross River Virus in Australia - Humans


HANDY HINT 4 Purchase an UnderBelly Protective Rug

HANDY HINT 5 Use a Long Acting Mosquito Repellent Lightly spray your horse in the late afternoon, especially its lower limbs if you are covering the body with a rug, with a long acting, waterproof insect repellent, such as Flygon®. Flygon is based on natural pyrethrins and citronella oil which results in a low irritant, 24-36 hour long lasting repellent action. Many alcohol based repellents only last for 2-3 hours before evaporating and losing their activity, whilst Flygon® maintains its repellent activity for up to 24 hours between applications.

eradicate the virus from the horse’s body. Antibiotics and anti-inflammatory agents, including corticosteroids, can be of benefit to help make the horse more comfortable, but they cannot actually destroy the virus. Treatment with nonsteroidal anti-inflammatory drugs (NSAID’s), such as ‘bute’ and Finadyne® can be given to relieve symptoms of pain and swellings. The horse should be rested and stress should be limited, as this can cause a relapse in severity and symptoms of the disease. Most affected horses make a full recovery within 18 months. Usually, by this time, permanent immunity will develop so that the horse cannot be reinfected with the virus throughout the rest of its life.

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hen I started working as a copyboy on the now defunct Sun newspaper back in 1973 (and subsequently dragooned into the racing department), the horse of the day was the mighty grey, Gunsynd.

After all, I still get goose bumps from the memory of Sunline edging out Shogun Lodge in the 2002 Doncaster and Lee Freedman is probably spot on to assert that we’ll never again witness the likes of Makybe Diva’s Melbourne Cup three peat.

Cox Plate winner, Epsom, Doncaster, Rawson, Toorak, Queen Elizabeth and third (carrying 60.5kgs) behind Piping Lane in the Melbourne Cup, Gunsynd’s popularity was incredible. They even wrote a song about him … the Goondiwindi Grey. Terrible song but they still sold a lot of ‘em.

However, there is an unparalleled aura about Black Caviar which is almost impossible to define.

The years since have seen a lot of ‘people’s champs’ including Manikato, Strawberry Road, Bonecrusher, Vo Rogue, Better Loosen Up, Octagonal and his son Lonhro, Might And Power, Sunline, Makybe Diva and, of course, the immortal Kingston Town. But there’s something about Black Caviar that takes her into a whole new stratosphere. I’m not saying she’s a better mare than Sunline and the memory’s not that bad to trivialize the deeds of Makybe Diva.


Sure, her unbeaten status has a lot to do with it … so does the fact that no-one out there has a clue to just how fast she can go. And maybe, just maybe, we’ll never find out. But more importantly, Black Caviar is the reason you muck out boxes, get up with the foaling alarm, keep a phone account despite backing three losing favourites in a row, and still frock up for the races on a rainy, cold Saturday afternoon. Black Caviar IS racing.





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Three issues back, Track To Track profiled Australia’s leading First Crop Sires, noting that five spots in the top 10 had been booked by Queensland-based sires. Well, as we move to the business end of the season, there’s been a fair shuffle with Victorian stallion Written Tycoon moving to the top of the chart and a much more even ‘spread’ of state representation.


ESIDES THE ELIZA Park based W r i t t e n Tyc o o n (right) there are two others who stand south of the Murray, including Churchill Downs (Blue Gum Farm) and Gonski (Darley VIC), while Queensland’s triumvirate are All Bar One (Oaklands Stud), Red Dazzler (Eureka Stud) and Hotel Grand (Racetree).

Nadeem, second on the ladder courtesy of Triple Asset’s Group win at Flemington, has been joined by his Darley stablemate Ad Valorem to give NSW two pozzies, while Western Australia is well placed with Flying Pegasus (Touchstone) and Saxon (Heytesbury Stud) filling third and sixth respectively.



The proliferation of rich events attached to state bonus schemes has clearly assisted some of the first croppers, but at the time of writing, there appeared to only one them with a real chance of getting a huge bump between now and the Queensland winter carnival. This time last year Stratum wasn’t breaking any world records but grabbed an unassailable lead when

Crystal Lily took out the $3.5 million Golden Slipper and, we might add, hasn’t looked back ever since. It’s looking likely at this stage that the only 2011 Slipper contender by a first crop sire is the promising Written Tycoon colt, Masthead, albeit a fair way down in current markets. Still, courtesy of Mastead, Grahame Begg’s stakes placed Written Consent and


CROPPERS recent Doomben winner Trump, Written Tycoon has a $100k plus buffer and boasts a 5.67 average earnings index, albeit from just six runners. Given that Masthead was knocked down to the Freedman Brothers for $65,000 at last year’s Melbourne Premier (not bad off a then service fee of $8,250), the colt has repaid the faith by pulling in $328,250 from his five starts.

“We’ve always had a huge opinion of Written Tycoon, whom we syndicated once his racing career (STC Todman Slipper-G2 at two) was over,” Iskander Racing’s Suman Hedge points out. “However, he’s even exceeded our lofty aspirations and with books of 118 and 198 in his last two seasons at stud, you’ll be seeing a lot more of Written Tycoon in the years to come.” The most successful in terms of winners to runners thus

far is the Danehill stallion Saxon who has had four of his progeny salute (from 10 to race) including recent Ascot winner Valley Girl, while Hennessy horse All Bar One also has four winners … timely given that 27 of his second crop youngsters will go through the Magic Millions ring at the QTIS 600 Yearling Sale on 17-18 April. It will be certainly to see how the chart looks by the end of July!

2010/11 FIRST SEASON SIRES 2010 Stallion

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Ctry Stud Fee Wnrs SWins G1SW

1 Written Tycoon (AUS), 2002, by Iglesia



2 Nadeem (AUS), 2003, by Redoute's Choice




Top Earner, Season Earnings








368,000 Masthead, $328,250






263,585 Triple T Tripl e Asset, $181,785



3 Flying Pegasus (AUS), 2002, by Fusaichi Pegasus






249,348 Western Fever, $181,748



4 All Bar One (AUS), 2001, by Hennessy






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5 Red Dazzler (AUS), 2002, by Red Ransom






189,750 Dazzling Kind, $97,000



6 Saxon (AUS), 2001, by Danehill






177,670 Valley Girl, $58,460



7 Ad Valorem (USA), 2002, by Danzig






153,550 Uate, $116,650



8 Churchill Downs (AUS), 2003, by Danehill






145,343 Emerald Downs, $103,363



9 Hotel Grand (AUS), 2002, by Grand Lodge






140,463 Metonymy, $112,863



10 Gonski (AUS), 2002, by Danehill






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11 Strada (AUS), 2002, by Danehill






82,970 Collestrada, $52,400



12 Due Sasso (AUS), 2003, by Scenic






72,500 Kemilee, $52,500



13 Outback Prince (AUS), 2001, by Desert Prince






65,800 Outback Phantom, $32,000



14 Excites (AUS), 2003, by Danewin






64,500 Amber's Crown, $41,000



15 Manton (AUS), 2002, by Danehill






61,688 Graskop, $39,963



16 Natural Blitz (AUS), 1999, by Dehere






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17 Chateau Istana (GB), 2002, by Grand Lodge






38,700 Daydreamer, r $22,000 r,



18 Darci Brahma (NZ), 2002, by Danehill






31,050 Rescue Mission (NZ), $14,500



19 Artie Schiller (USA), 2001, by El Prado






28,875 Before Y You Think, $13,125



20 Alert (ARG), 2002, by Southern Halo






28,000 Strike Alert, $27,000



21 California Dane (AUS), 2002, by Danehill




22 Perfectly Ready (AUS), 2002, by More Than Ready NZ





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22,500 Isle Be Ready (NZ), $21,800

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23 Startac (USA), 1998, by Theatrical






21,700 Don't Give a Star, $21,700



24 Holy Roman Emperor (IRE), 2004, by Danehill






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