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FROM BURWOOD STUD THREE CHOICES FOR YOUR MARE COLLATE Brown 2001, Catbird - Calfree - A sprinter with class, he was a multiple winner & collected over $300,000 in stakes… - A dual Group 3 winner, he picked up the Cameron Hcp & the Frederick Clissold Stakes… - As a son of Catbird, he hails from the remarkable Danehill line… - His sire has produced 3 Group 1 winners and 20 other stakes winners… - His winning dam is a 1/2 sister to Group 2 winner Burrito, from the family of Clear Choice - Hails from the same Danehill/Canny Lass cross as Redoutes Choice Your opportunity to create with Collate - Fee $5,500

MASKED ASSASSIN Bay/Brown 2004, Danzero - Duk Duk PRECOCIOUS ~ fast and furious, he was never out of the places as a juvenile, winning 3 from 7 CLASSY ~ a multiple group winner, success in the Group 2 QTC Sires’ Produce S helped him top career earnings of over $500,000 - he was also placed at Group 1 level WELL BRED ~ Danzero has the Group 1 Golden Slipper on his CV - the sire making race. His dam Duk Duk’s family has strength in depth, and includes Tails, Refulgent, Royal Mask MASKED ASSASSIN - his ability was no secret. Fee $4,400

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LEON MACDONALD/ANDREW GLUYAS (MORPHETTVILLE) will train the rising 2YO STRATEGIC (67% WTR, 24 SW’s)filly from LOuIS LEGGS (uSA). Terrific stakes winning family behind this SABOIS filly.

BARB JOSEPH/PAUL JONES (CANBERRA) have the rising 2YO BOBS filly by STARCRAFT sire of 8 SWs already inc STAR WITNESS. Dam – KISS THAT CAT (2 wins) by CATBIRD. Second foal.

ROBBIE GRIFFITHS (CRANBOuRNE) will train the rising 2YO SuPER VOBIS filly by first season sire GR 1 winner MAGNUS from GR 1 winner DANGLISSA. Half sister to 2 winners.

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SUPER SAVER 2YO record holder & Kentucky Derby winner



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SUPER SAVER Heading to Eliza Park this season is the 2010 Kentucky Derby winner and record holding 2YO Super Saver. Described by leading US trainer Todd Pletcher as his "fastest 2YO", Super Saver won on debut by 7 lengths, took out the Group Two Jockey Club Stakes and, in his Classic season, captured the 136th Kentucky Derby by defeating 11 Group One winners. A son of the ill-fated Maria's Mon, the first sire since to Alydar to produce two Kentucky Derby winners, Super Saver boasts an outstanding black type family. Super Saver will stand his first season at a fee of $16,500. 8

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Having begun her career winless in New Zealand over shorter then ideal trips of 1300, 1400 and 1600 metres, there were obvious signs of latent talent. She was arguably unlucky to still be without victory when her first Group race test came on New Years Day this year. Ellerslie racetrack was the setting, the Group Two Royal Stakes was the challenge.

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The Kiwi handler was also quick to point out the connection with one of her owners Max Whitby, a partnership that has stood the test of time. Also a part owner of 2004 Cox Plate winner Savabeel, the sire of Scarlett Lady, the connection between thoroughbred father and daughter adds prevalence to the new generation’s career for the Rogersons and Whitby.




June 4th 2011: Group One Queensland Oaks day at Eagle Farm. Would she cope being upped to 2400m? Would the gaps appear in the hustle and bustle of a Group One race? Would she be good enough? The answer to all questions was an emphatic yes. Demonstrating a stylish cruising speed and a turn of foot to come from


last of the 17-horse field, the New Zealander extended comfortably to beat Beccara by 2.5 lengths. It was a display of supremacy and maturity that suggested times ahead would be fruitful for all concerned with Scarlett Lady. The quote from Rogerson after the Doomben Roses of his star galloper being a good horse was expanded after the Oaks to “potentially something very special.” One man is yet to be mentioned: jockey James MacDonald. His achievements deserve their own paragraph. Still a teenager at 19 years of age, he has, at time of writing ridden 193 winners in the 2010-11 season. There are only a handful of jockeys in the world that experience winning that number of races in one season. At his age, it is practically unheard of. What makes him so good? Arguably the most important characteristic of a jockey is the ability to judge pace, a crucial component to either loss or victory. This is true for any style of race riding, be it a hold up or front running galloper. Get the pace wrong and you won’t win – simple as that. The youthful horseman’s effectiveness at adapting to circumstance regarding pace is a sign of genuine skill. Next up on the list is MacDonald’s strength, which belies his years. It is highly likely that weighing room peers would name him as one of the jockeys they fear in terms of a duel in the closing stages. The ability to maximize his equine partner’s effort in a finish is

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In the young Kiwi hoop, Savabeel’s daughter has got TM a hugely capable companion. With one top tier race in Australia already achieved for the pair, surely more beckon. A spring campaign in Melbourne will be mapped out by connections with a potential crack at the Melbourne Cup high on the agenda. With improvement still to come from both horse and jockey this will not be the last we hear of Scarlett Lady.

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An unraced son of the great Danehill from the Northern Dancer line, he is from a truly outstanding family - His dam Prawn Cocktail has produced 7 foals to race, and all have won including Langoustine (Group 2) and Group 3 winning juvenile One World, as well as two other black type winners. she is a half sister to: - brilliant European champion and outstanding sire Royal Academy - Group 2 winning mare Terlingua - the dam of top

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1st dam PRAWN COCKTAIL, by Artichoke. Unraced. Dam of seven named foals, five to race, all winners, inc:LANGOUSTINE (f. by Danehill). 2 wins at 2, A$88,400, VRC Maribyrnong P., Gr.2, SAJC E&E Black Pepper Shiraz 2YO H., 3d VRC Red Roses S., L. ONE WORLD (f. by Danehill). 2 wins at 2, A$145,450, VRC Thoroughbred Breeders’ S., Gr.3, SAJC Fulham Park P., L, 3d MRC Blue Diamond Preview (f), Gr.3. Marigot Bay (f. by Fairy King). 2 wins at 2, Leopardstown Burlington Air Express Nursery H., 3d Curragh Round Tower S., L, 4th Curragh Marble Hill S., L. Dam ofAssafa (Danehill). 2 wins at 1000m, 1200m to 2005-06, MRC Broadbridge H., Waikato RC Espresso Infusion H., 2d MVRC Manfred H., MRC Hydrogen H., 3d VRC Rory’s Jester P., Gr.3, ARC Lindauer Piccolo H., Co-Op Taxis H. Lizard Island (c. by Lure). 2 wins at 1000m, 1200m in Sth. Af. Sire. Overlord (c. by Danehill). 2 wins-1 at 2-at 1200m, 1300m in U.S.A. and Aust.

owner of one of the outstanding sires pedigrees - DANE SUPREME is the solution for your mare 2nd dam CRIMSON SAINT, by Crimson Satan. 7 wins, Hollywood Express H., Gr.3, Hollywood Meteor H., L-twice, Oaklawn Ballerina S., L, 3d Hollywood Railbird S., Gr.3, Del Mar Bing Crosby H., L. Dam of 11 named foals, 8 to race, 7 winners, inc:ROYAL ACADEMY (Nijinsky). Top of The 1990 European 3YO Classification (1400m 1800m). Joint third top colt on The 1990 USA 3YO Free H. 4 wins-1 at 2-from 6f to 1m, £193,130, US$450,000, Breeders’ Cup Mile S., Gr.1, Newmarket July Cup, Gr.1, Curragh Tetrarch S., Gr.3, Late Developers 2YO Maiden S., 2d Irish Two Thousand Guineas, Gr.1, Haydock Sprint Cup, Gr.1. Champion sire. TERLINGUA (Secretariat). 7 wins-4 at 2, US$423,896, Hollywood Juvenile Championship S., Gr.2, Hollywood Lassie S., Gr.2, Del Mar Debutante S., Gr.2, Santa Anita Santa Ynez S., Gr.3, Hollywood Nursery S., L, Santa Anita Las Flores H., L, La Brea S., L, 2d Santa Anita Santa Susana S., Gr.1, Keeneland Alcibiades S., Gr.2, Hollywood Starlet S., L, Santa Anita Sierra Madre H., L, 3d Belmont Frizette S., Gr.1. Dam ofSTORM CAT (Storm Bird). 4 wins-3 at 2, US$570,610, Meadowlands Young America S., Gr.1, 2d Breeders’ Cup Juvenile S., Gr.1, Meadowlands World Appeal S., L. Champion sire. CHAPEL OF DREAMS (Northern Dancer). 7 wins, US$643,912, Hollywood Wilshire H., Gr.2, Del Mar Palomar H., Gr.2, Golden Gate Golden Poppy H., Gr.3, Calder Breeders’ Cup H., L, Laurel First National Bank of Maryland Ladies H., L, 2d Hollywood Gamely H., Gr.1, Del Mar Ramona H., Gr.1, Del Mar Oaks, Gr.2, San Clemente S., L, Laurel All Along S., L, 3d Hollywood Beverly Hills H., Gr.1, Gulfstream Suwannee River H., Gr.3, Pimlico First National Bank of Maryland Ladies S., L. Dam ofSeeking the Dream (Seeking the Gold). 6 wins from 7f to 81/2f, 9,000fr., US$199,559, 3d Ellis Kentuckiana S., L. Bridal Tea. Winner at 6f in U.S.A. Dam ofPOSTPONED (Summer Squall). 4 wins-1 at 2-from 7f to 9f, US$312,332, Belmont Peter Pan S., Gr.2, 4th Saratoga Jim Dandy S., Gr.2, Aqueduct Westchester H., Gr.3. Sire. Wiener Wald. Unplaced. Dam ofON REFLECTION (Rainbow Quest). 4 wins-1 at 2-from 1600m to 2300m, 85,800fr., e99,525, Marseille-Vivaux Grand Prix Gaston Defferre, L, 2d Grand Prix de Compiegne, L, Saint-Cloud Prix Gris Perle, 3d Vichy Prix Berteux, Gr.3, Chantilly Prix de la Montre, Copa de Oro de San Sebastian, 4th Saint-Cloud Prix du Lion d’Angers, L, Toulouse Le Vase d’Argent, L. Argent du Bois. Placed at 2 in France. Dam ofTICKER TAPE (Royal Applause). 8 wins-2 at 2-from 61/2f to 11/4m, £54,230, US$1,364,045, to 2006, Hollywood American Oaks, Gr.1, Keeneland Queen Elizabeth II Challenge Cup S., Gr.1, Arlington Pucker Up S., Gr.3, Santa Anita Tuzla H., L, China Doll S., L, Providencia S., L, Doncaster Carrie Red Nursery H., 2d Del Mar Oaks, Gr.1, Santa Anita San Gorgonio H., Gr.2, Hollywood Wilshire H., Gr.3, Royal Heroine S., Gr.3, Miesque S., Gr.3, Senorita S., Gr.3, Santa Anita Blue Norther S., L, Newmarket 100000 Pound Tattersalls Autumn Auction 2YO S., 3d Hollywood Matriarch S., Gr.1, Del Mar Palomar H., Gr.2, Calder My Charmer H., Gr.3, Newbury Radley S., L, Del Mar Osunitas H., L, 4th Hollywood Honeymoon H., Gr.2, Santa Anita Buena Vista H., Gr.2. Fascinating. Winner at 6f in U.S.A. Dam ofPROSECUTION (Pentire). 11 wins from 1200m to 1700m, A$354,450, to 2006-07, Qld Tatt’s RC Recognition S., L, QTC Outdoor Furniture Specialist H., BTC Siat Environmental Solutions H., James Brockhurst The Good Guys H., QTC Valance H., Sky Channel Beerwah RSL Club H., BTC Vitanza Tyre & Mechnical H., 2d QTC Brisbane H., L, XXXX Gold H., BTC H., MRC Select H., MVRC Pierre Fontaine H., QTC XXXX Gold H., STC Australian Ladies Variety Association H., BTC Coca-Cola H., Robert Corbett The Good Guys H., Scully Transport H., 3d VRC Flemington Racecourse Rose H., MVRC Velisha Fresh Produce H., VATC Robert Hunter H., Alan Currie 2YO H., QTC Turridu H., MRC Vitalic H., 4th AJC Frank Packer P., Gr.3, QTC Sir Edward Williams H., L, Qld Tatt’s RC Members’ Cup, L. PANCHO VILLA (Secretariat). 7 wins, US$596,734, Aqueduct Bay Shore S., Gr.2, Hollywood Silver Screen H., Gr.2, National Sprint Championship H., Gr.3, Saratoga King’s Bishop S., L, 2d Aqueduct Vosburgh H., Gr.1, Belmont Jerome H., Gr.1, Aqueduct Gotham S., Gr.2, Santa Anita Sierra Madre H., Gr.3. Sire.

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McNAIR Sky Channel’s OLIVER BELL tracked down one of racing’s nice guys, Hay List’s trainer John McNair.



In his own words John McNair is “not a very good trainer”: quite a statement from the man who has masterminded the career of Hay List, officially the 7th best racehorse on the planet. His humble attitude is charming, his character frank, honest and captivating. I have never met John, he doesn’t know me from Adam, but having spent an hour and a half on the phone after I cold called the trainer, I found his story and views to be enthralling. He could very easily have given me a few standard racing clichés and got on with his day. What came of the conversation was an impression far from what I expected. Yes, his views are potentially controversial, but John openly admits he “likes being controversial.” Yes, he has a slightly chequered past with three suspensions totaling three years, but he “was guilty and I did my time”, and yes, he has had his fair share of ups and downs, but McNair is a staunch believer of the “everything happens for a reason” mantra. My opinion, for what it’s worth, is of a driven, passionate and successful man. This is the John McNair story.


s is often the case with most racing tales, the sport was in John McNair’s blood. His father was a racing man; his Godfather and father’s best friend, Tiger Moore, was champion jockey in Western Australia for many years. John was destined for racing. Starting off as an apprentice jockey until the weight struggles became too much to bear, it was a natural progression to continue his passion as a trainer. Starting off with three horses that proved money-spinners, including No More Fantasy, it was by no means a Hollywood start, but a start nonetheless. The financial gain from his first batch of thoroughbreds enabled McNair to purchase other success stories. “I had so much luck with purchasing horses early on” McNair says, “Sure, it might have been in part due to something I was doing, but I was exceptionally lucky.” McNair is underplaying his strengths, one of which is the art of breaking horses in, a job that he “doesn’t trust anyone else with”. It’s a challenging task and one of the most important with regards to a racehorse. Very few trainers do this themselves. In his words: “You’ve got to be prepared to work hard because you take out what you put in.” It’s a very humble attitude but clearly there is an innate understanding of horses that cannot be bought or taught. John is aware of this: “Part of training horses is being able to understand them, it’s observation, and if you want to be a good trainer you’ve >>



got to read them. I know a lot about horses.” This is the first semblance of self-recognition from the bloke. The next part of the John McNair story is ongoing: we shall call this chapter, Hay List. The seventh best horse on earth. To put it frankly, had it not been for his trainer’s intuition, Hay List could have died. According to John he had “never seen anything like it, the leg was literally swelling in front of our eyes.” According to the vet there were some “savage bugs in action.” A strong course of antibiotics intended to remove the infection that had gathered on Hay List’s off hind leg led to the son of Statue of Liberty showing the early signs of colic. McNair’s instinct kicked in, he knew something wasn’t right with his stable star. “I said to the vet to run some tests just to make me feel better and by that time he was showing signs of colic. It was a knock on effect of the antibiotics.” The same perception of the racehorse that led to John purchasing successfully early on in his career has thankfully allowed us the opportunity to look forward. It is “almost guaranteed Hay List will race again barring anything going wrong in the future”, McNair said. So what does the future hold? The match up that has gripped the nation – Black Caviar v Hay List looks likely to play out again. Black Caviar has cosily beaten Hay List four times already. Can Hay List achieve what most within the sport think is unachievable? McNair is, as he puts it “a glass half full man”, his optimism is not necessarily misplaced when we look at the scientific argument. Black Caviar’s stride is freakish, she takes one stride to her rivals two, her cruising speed is beautifully rare and her attitude is up there with the best. Compare that with Hay List and all but stride is mirrored.


McNair is looking to alter this: “Don’t be surprised when this horses problems are fixed if the outcome changes. So far she has proven to be better then us. I’ve always been taught there is a solution to a problem; in this case Black Caviar is the problem I’ve just got to find a way to beat her. Once Hay List’s feet are fixed properly, his stride will


improve. The chiropractor came in after the BTC Cup and said he wasn’t getting his full stride in. We only need to find two lengths, it is by no means an impossible task.” Not only is Australia enthralled by Hay List and Black Caviar, the world is unsurprisingly absorbed by the sprint King and Queen. Everyone wants a chance to marvel at them. As an Englishman, I would love for my friends and former colleagues to be allowed the opportunity of witnessing Hay List or Black Caviar’s brilliance, be it at Royal Ascot or Newmarket in the July Cup. Unfortunately for them, it has “practically zero chance of happening”, McNair said. “It would be great, but I’m selfish. I’m interested in the






welfare of my horse and making money, the prestige side means nothing to me. All that matters is getting the best financial outcome for the owners and the horse’s safety. These two horses are causing a resurgence of interest in Australia and if they go away that wouldn’t be the case.” A trip to Asia though, is a far likelier proposition. “I’ve had discussions with the owner and I haven’t had a break for a long time: we have had a bit of stress lately so were going on a holiday to Singapore and Hong Kong where we will have a look at the facilities with one eye on some races there.” The final piece of the John McNair jigsaw is unsurprising to those that know the man personally. Thankful for everything he has received from the sport and the people involved. Firstly, to the Davenport family, who trusted him with Hay List: “I am forever grateful to them for giving me this opportunity, they could have very easily have gone somewhere else but they came to me.”

on his personal gratitude list, but also those involved in improving racing. McNair said, “Ray Murrihy (NSW Chief Steward) is close to retirement, as much as he has been my antagonist at times it will be a sad day for racing when he retires. He has done wonderful things for our industry and is a man who has proved to be very much ahead of his time. It’s like the old saying, you don’t know what you’ve got until it’s gone”. The final question I asked John McNair was a simple one. Any regrets? His answer seems to sum him up “I’ve had my setbacks but I have been too fortunate to have regrets. You can’t change the past, you can only do something about the future.” Photos by Bruno Cannatelli

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’M CAUTIOUS ABOUT penning this piece. We’ve all heard of the infamous soccer commentator’s curse, the one where a goal is scored the second after the words, “and their season-long record of not conceding any goals surely looks safe now.”

Epsom could not have been better timed. It’s fair to say that Royalty has suffered inand-out popularity over the years and is currently ‘in’ on a wave of fervour. By contrast, racing is in sharp decline and The Derby is no longer one of the protected sporting events for national television.

Having decided yesterday to feature Carlton House I awoke this morning to the news that he had sustained a slight filling of a near-fore joint, for which I can’t help but feel marginally responsible. Currently it doesn’t look as though it will detract from his chances on Saturday, but it hardly fills me with enthusiasm for hyping up his chances, knowing that racing has waited for over a hundred years for a Royal win and I could be the very jinx who blows it.

If Carlton House can line up at Epsom he will bring with him millions of viewers who would not otherwise have tuned in. Already he has secured high profile media coverage and got The Derby early mention in newspapers, which is a major feat in the UK. He has generated public interest and that’s priceless. He doesn’t need to win to cement his reputation as racing’s saviour, but a win would be very nice, too.

Yes, the 2011 Epsom Derby has been run and won, but LISSA OLIVER was in a right royal tither on the eve of the race … was she about to put the dreaded mock on the Queen’s horse for that most coveted of all racing prizes? Nevertheless, win or lose, Carlton House does mark an historical point in racing’s long history and his participation at

The timing is uncanny in other ways, too. Near-neighbours Ireland and Britain have never been on the best of terms, but a recent visit to Ireland by The Queen, in mid-May, has done much to build bridges and heal old wounds. Significantly, she chose to involve herself in Ireland’s best-known industry – thoroughbreds. Her State visits included a morning at the Irish National Stud, which showcased the entire racing and breeding industry, while her private visits included Gilltown Stud and Coolmore. Her own breeding interests include close links to all three studs and in fact she bred the second dam of Jeremy, one of the stallions she viewed at the Irish National Stud. >>


SPECIAL FEATURE The renewed connection with the Irish National Stud and the unveiling of a sculpture paying homage to the stud’s founder, Colonel Hall-Walker, could prove very poignant indeed by teatime on Saturday. It was Hall-Walker himself who had been so instrumental in the 1909 victory of Minoru, the only Derby winner to date owned by a reigning monarch.


When the famous Tully Stud was in the ownership of Colonel William HallWalker, later Lord Wavertree, the Colonel was greatly influenced by astrology and hoped that his horses would be, too. He built skylights into the stallion boxes, to enable


the stallions to receive the full benefit of the stars, but his slight eccentricity didn’t stop there. He invited over Tassa Eida to design for him the finest Japanese gardens outside of Japan. The gardens, open to the public, can still be enjoyed today, but provide another link to racing which few may be aware of. Eida undertook the creation of the gardens in 1906 and they were completed in 1910. During that time his young son, Minoru, so endeared himself to the Colonel that the Colonel named his favourite colt after the boy. Appropriately, Minoru means ‘light of my eye’ and the colt, foaled in 1906, certainly lived up to his name. At that time the Royal Studs had been going through a quiet spell, if quiet is a word that can be used in relation to the home of that great mare Perdita II, dam of Derby winners Persimmon and Diamond Jubilee. Both those colts had been bred and owned by the Prince of Wales: Queen Victoria taking no interest in racing following the death of her beloved Albert. Now, as King Edward VII, the former Prince of Wales was keen to continue racing at the highest level and agreed to lease six horses from Colonel Hall-Walker. Minoru was among them. Trainer Richard Marsh immediately picked out Minoru as the best, although the colt failed to shine at two and probably owed his Derby success to the sore feet of the great Bayardo, who might otherwise have changed the history books. Minoru’s success at Epsom highlighted the tremendous affection the



public held for ‘Teddy’, King Edward VII, but sadly the King did not live to see another Derby. Minoru returned to Tully upon retirement, where he stood for only two seasons before being exported to Russia. Caught up in the Revolution, he vanished, although legend has it he was harnessed to a cart with 1913 Derby winner, Aboyeur, and smuggled out of the country to Serbia. He did, however, leave one very important legacy, his union with the good mare Gondolette producing Serenissima, dam of Selene, who figures in almost every modern pedigree through her son Hyperion. In 1916 Colonel Hall-Walker presented his stud to the British nation and it became the National Stud. King George V continued the successes of the Royal Studs, most notably with Scuttle, the first Classic winner bred and owned by a reigning monarch. King George V had known not only Scuttle’s dam, but her grand dam and third dam, too, all bred at Sandringham, and he enjoyed regaling his favourite granddaughter, Princess Elizabeth, with the story of Scuttle’s win in the One Thousand Guineas. Though Princess Elizabeth had been only two when Scuttle won her Classic, the filly definitely helped to set her on her path of racing enthusiast. >>

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SPECIAL FEATURE By the 1930s there was another decline in homebred winners for the Royal Studs and King George VI again looked to leasing horses from the National Stud, at Tully. Lightning can, and did, strike twice and Classic winners Big Game and Sun Chariot were among the 1940 yearlings arriving from Tully. Winning the Two Thousand Guineas for King George VI, Big Game went on to sire Khorassan, sire of Tulloch, while Sun Chariot, who topped the Free Handicap (rated 1Ib higher than Big Game) as a two-year-old, won the Triple Crown of One Thousand Guineas, Oaks and St Leger at three, despite her erratic disposition and mulish displays on the racecourse. At stud, her sons Gigantic (by Big Game) and Landau did well as stallions in New Zealand and Australia respectively.

carrying Sir Gordon Richards off into a ploughed field and getting down on her knees! Darling and Richards later recalled Princess Elizabeth’s keen interest and how her father asked her to identify the horses when they were out on the gallops. She had been bitten by ‘the bug’ and her interest and knowledge has only grown since. Denied Derby success of her own in 1953, when Sir Gordon Richards won on Pinza, at the expense of The Queen’s Aureole, The Queen had only to wait until 1957 for her first Classic success when Carrozza won The Oaks and Pall Mall winning the Two Thousand Guineas the following year. Highclere and Dunfermline have since added to the Classics, but Queen Elizabeth has failed to land a Classic since the latter

RAC I NG I S FU LL OF FAI RYTALE S AN D B ROKE N H EARTS, TH E MANY TWI STS AN D TU R N S MAKI NG IT TH E G LOR IOUS LY U N PR E DICTAB LE S PORT WE LOVE Due to the War, Princess Elizabeth and Princess Margaret were not allowed to appear in public, but with Big Game favourite for The Derby and Sun Chariot favourite for The Oaks of 1942, the King and Queen allowed their daughters the treat of visiting the stables of trainer Fred Darling to watch both horses complete their final piece of work before Epsom. Sun Chariot disgraced herself,


won two Classics in 1977 and hasn’t had a Derby runner since Church Parade finished fifth to Shergar in 1981. Having owned racehorses for 62 years and had nine Derby runners, there is nothing The Queen would love more than to win the Epsom Classic, the only British Classic to so far elude her. It might have been better with a homebred, but Carlton House carries an equally enthralling





OLLOWING is some frequently asked questions relating to the completion of this training. If you have any queries, do not hesitate to contact Racing Victoria’s Customer First Contact Centre on 03 9258 4258:


1. What if I already have the skills and experience, or I have already completed some form of equine studies in the past?

By 31 July 2011, all registered Stable Employees, being Stablehands (including track riders) / *Forepersons / Trainers’ Assistants and Racing Managers must complete skills training as outlined in Racing Victoria’s Stable Employee Policy.

You will still be required to complete the mandatory training. However, the process does allow for a “fast track” option, called Recognition of Prior Learning (RPL). Simply notify the Tafe provider that you believe you have the necessary skills and experience, or have previously completed training. The Tafe provider will then take your previous training or experience into consideration.

* Note; although not currently a category of registration, the category of Foreperson will be introduced for the next racing season.

2. Why should I have to complete the training if I have been in the equine industry for so long?

Therefore, from Monday, 1 August 2011, a stable employee cannot work, or be registered to a licensed trainer, without the completion of this training.

Completing this training provides you with formal recognition for your level of experience gained over the years. It can also provide you with a pathway to further equine studies should you wish to become a licensed trainer or jockey. Furthermore, through mandatory training you can have greater confidence that you and your colleagues have the appropriate skills and knowledge to enhance the safety, welfare and reputation of the industry.

(Including Stablehands, *Forepersons, Trainers’ Assistants & Racing Managers)

An outline of the specific nationally accredited training units required for each category of registration, is as follows: STABLEHANDS (including track riders): 1. Handle Horses; and 2. Follow OHS Procedures & Observe Environmental Work Practices. FOREPERSONS *(this is a new category from 1 August 2011): 1. Handle Horses; and 2. Follow OHS Procedures & Observe Environmental Work Practices. By the commencement of racing season 2012/13 (beginning 1 Aug 2012), Forepersons will also be required to complete a third (3rd) training unit titled – “Comply with the Rules of Racing and Protocols”. More information on the completion of this unit will be released within the 2011/12 racing season. TRAINERS’ ASSISTANTS: 1. Handle Horses; 2. Follow OHS Procedures & Observe Environmental Work Practices; 3. Comply with the Rules of Racing and Protocols; 4. Manage horse health & welfare; and 5. Determine nutritional requirements for racing horses. RACING MANAGERS: 1. Handle Horses; 2. Follow OHS Procedures & Observe Environmental Work Practices; 3. Comply with the Rules of Racing and Protocols; and 4. Promote & maintain business arrangements with racehorse owners.

3. What is the cost of completing the training? For all existing 2010/11 racing season registered Stablehands, and for employees who intend to be registered as Forepersons for the next racing season – if you complete the training prior to 31 July 2011 – your cost is nil as Racing Victoria will pay the full cost of training on your behalf. A full breakdown of your costs of training is as follows: Category: Prior to After 1 Aug 2011: 1 Aug 2011 (training must be completed prior to registration): Stablehands $0 (Nil) $200 $450 Forepersons $0 (Nil) $250 $450 Trainers Assistants $250 - $500 $250 $500 Racing Managers $250 - $500 $250 - $500 * Note; 15 to 19yo’s are automatically eligible for government funding. If you are 20yo & over, you may be eligible for government funding, however it depends on what level of education/qualification you already have. Please discuss this with your Tafe provider.

4. Who do I contact to complete the training? To ensure the training is completed prior to 31st July 2011, you will need to contact one of the Tafe providers listed below.

For further information please contact: East Gippsland Tafe Mr Ron Crawford M: 0419 118 313 E:

NCEE Ms Dona McQueen P: 1300 00 NCEE (6233) E:

NMIT Mr Phil Jones P: 03 9269 1042 E:

University of Ballarat Mr David Cookson P: 1300 859 331 E:

South West Tafe Ms Lisa Coffey M: 0468 971 447 E:


SPECIAL FEATURE story. Some time ago Sheikh Mohammed made an offer for the Queen’s horse Highland Glen, thinking him ideal for racing in Dubai. Due to Highland Glen’s reluctance at entering starting stalls, The Queen would not accept payment and made a gift of the horse. On arrival in Dubai Highland Glen forgot his dislike of stalls and ran with success, prompting Sheikh Mohammed to offer the Queen, in return, of one of his best yearlings. Two years later and that yearling, Carlton House, could be The Derby winner Godolphin have always sought. Sheikh Mohammed, whose greatest ambition is to win The Derby, had previously given subsequent Derby winner New Approach to his wife, Princess Haya of Jordan. Racing is full of fairytales and broken hearts, the many twists and turns making it the gloriously unpredictable sport we love. And while The Queen’s visit to the Irish National Stud, with whom the Royals have enjoyed such past Classic success, might be seen as a lucky omen, it’s to be remembered that it was Colonel Hall-Walker who also introduced the old Aga Khan, our current Aga Khan’s grandfather, to the delights of racing. And the Aga Khan, who hosted The Queen at Gilltown Stud, will be running Vadamar in The Derby. Perhaps he might be hoping for an omen, too!

Postscript: Starting favourite, Carlton House put in a superb performance in the Derby but could only manage third – beaten less than a length – behind the Coolmore owned Pour Moi. Vadamar finished seventh. 28




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IS YOUR HORSE’S WATER SUPPLY Good quality water is essential for the horse in fact it is the most important element of the horse’s diet. Australian horse owners rely on many different sources to water their horses Increasingly, water is often the most common cause of heavy metal toxicity in horses. Horses require a palatable supply of good quality water which needs to be accessible at all times. Water intake changes with exercise, diet, weather fluctuations and lactation. It is crucial to your horse’s continued health that his water supply is not toxic. Horses tend to drink less water when it is over mineralised or contains heavy metals. Most horse owners rarely think to have water tested. If it looks acceptable, has little or no smell and there is obviously nothing present in the water like fungus or algae and the horse drinks it, then it must be OK - right? Wrong! Towards the end of the drought, ground water supplies in most areas were at their lowest levels for decades. The bores and springs that continued to provide water during this period often brought up heavy metals and became high in salinity. The Department of Primary Industries has recommended, “Regular water testing should be completed monthly in drought conditions”. (1)


WHAT ARE HEAVY METALS? Heavy metals are natural components of the earth’s crust and are harmless in low levels. However high concentrations of aluminium, arsenic, barium, cadmium, lead, mercury, nickel, titanium (just to name a few) lead to poisoning and upset the balance of the essential minerals required by the horse. They are called heavy metals because they have a high atomic weight and displace the lighter metals such as selenium, magnesium and zinc etc. This is why they are also called toxic metals as they cannot be metabolised by the body and therefore accumulate in the body. There has been very little research conducted on heavy metal toxicity in horses but from my extensive experience, the results are debilitating and serious. The most common culprit of toxicity in horses is water. “Bore water should be tested for toxic metals” (2) Spring water, spring fed dams and river water also may carry toxic metals and need to be tested.

FAST FORWARD TO THE RECENT FLOODS It is easy to assume that a flood will flush all water systems clean. Unfortunately, that is not the case. The bores, springs and rivers that were affected during drought conditions may now have higher concentrations of heavy metals. “The upper Goulburn river is carrying toxic loads of mercury into Lake Eildon at up to eleven times the safe limit. This mercury gets flushed downstream during floods” (3). This occurrence will be affecting many waterways throughout Australia with not just mercury but other heavy metals in smaller or larger concentrations than the above. WHAT TO LOOK FOR IN A TEST The first suitability for water is the total soluble salts (TSS or TDS Total dissolvable solids) Water high is TSS is water high in salinity. Salinity interprets as mineral salts, sodium, calcium, magnesium, chloride, sulphate and carbonate. Water high in TSS will make it unfit for

SPECIAL FEATURE horses as it will most likely be unpalatable. High sodium in the horse usually presents as an imbalance of electrolytes and the sodium/potassium ratio. This may be observed as scouring or loose stools, irritable behaviour, decreased urinary output, difficult to manage, decreased sweat output, difficult to get fit, staggering, reduction in appetite, kidney disturbances. BACTERIA Blue green algae is obvious to the eye and should be avoided at all costs. It may cause photosensitisation, blood in manure, tremors, weakness or convulsions. Water high in bacteria is usually high in nitrates. Nitrates are from runoff from fertilisers and manures and often build up in ground water supplies. The amount of bacteria is measured in nitrate levels. ELEMENTS INCLUDING HEAVY METALS It is important to realise that these are often expressed as the upper or maximum levels. The maximum concentration of heavy metals for humans is the same for horses. Essential elements such as calcium, copper, phosphorus, potassium etc. have a higher level than the human guideline. The heavy metals, barium, aluminium, tin and titanium are not part of a routine heavy metals screening and will need to be added to the test as they cause insidious problems in the horse if exposure is ongoing. HEAVY METAL SYMPTOMS IN THE HORSE Some of the most common

symptoms cause an imbalance of the essential minerals, colics, hair loss especially on face and neck, tying up, ulcers, impaired kidney and liver function, adrenal and thyroid dysfunction, scouring, pale manure, muscle tremors, convulsions, behavioural problems, lack of performance, lack of stamina, vet fails to find a diagnosis. OVER SUPPLEMENTATION Many horse owners are not aware of the mineral concentrations in their horse’s water supply and they often supplement their horses with additional minerals in the belief they are ‘doing the best’ for their horse. The majority of horses I have tested are indeed over supplemented and this can cause serious health consequences. WHERE TO GET A WATER TEST Department of Primary Industries or Agricultural Department of your government. Safe Laboratories 07 55221919 Swep Laboratories 03 97016007 Environmental Analysis Lab. 02 66203678 These are some of the many laboratories available for testing. Some local water authorities will also do testing. Ensure you get your water sample from where the point at which the horse accesses it. Make sure to ask for a heavy metal profile as it is not part of a standard water test. Costs vary from $80-$250 depending on the test required and the laboratory. Individual elements will cost extra.

HEAVY METAL TESTING The only accurate method to test for heavy metals is hair tissue mineral analysis. “Hair has been accepted as an effective tissue for biological monitoring of toxic heavy metals by the US Environmental Protection Agency and is being used for this purpose throughout the world” (4) Once exposed to heavy or toxic metals, they remain in the blood for approximately 24 hours. They then leave the blood and deposit in the soft tissues where they remain until exposure is discontinued or procedures are taken to remove them from the system. Your horse does not have a choice in the water he drinks, often he will drink less of the toxic water than he requires. If your horse has bore, spring, spring fed dam, well or river water, it is an inexpensive exercise to have water tested - it may save your horse from serious health problems and thus save you money.

Kerry Marsh can be contacted on 0402 772 124

Bibliography (1) Managing farm water supplies in drought. Department of Primary Industries data sheet. (2) Thomas, P - DPI Bendigo Water supply for stock containment areas. (3) The Herald and Weekly Times 02/02/11 (4) Watts, Dr. D.L “Trace Elements and other essential nutrients” Writers Block NY 1995.

Kerry Marsh (B.Ed.,B.Ag.Sc.) Hair Tissue Mineral Analysis Equine Nutritional Balancing



RICHARD HICKEY So You Think you’re a strapper! Sky Channel’s OLIVER BELL gets the lowdown on the bloke behind the scenes that strapped for the horse that is now front and centre in two hemispheres.


F I SAID TO YOU THE name Richard Hickey, only a handful of people would know whom I’m talking about. The racing world has already described – ad infinitum – the dominance of So You Think and I’m certainly not here to tell you how good he is because we already know. The story I wish to tell is that of his ‘strapper’. Hickey’s 2010 was very much a two-sided affair. During the autumn, Hickey would saddle up Bart Cummings’s country runners. In the spring his base would


be Melbourne to look after the main attractions. Having gained previous experience on the big stage with Viewed it wasn’t really a surprise that Richard was entrusted with the son of High Chaparral out of the Kiwi mare Triassic who goes by the name So You Think. It was already apparent from trials and early gallops that this racehorse was something special. Hickey’s favourite memory of the whole experience was when So You Think won his first start over 1400m: “it was unbelievable because we didn’t expect it, he was

only about 80% and it was a decent race but he won well. We knew we had a superstar on our hands.” Richard’s gut feel wasn’t misled. After a smooth transition through the ranks, a crack at the Cox Plate as a 3YO was next on the agenda. According to his strapper, So You Think’s win surprised a few people. “He won his first Cox Plate with a breathing problem, he was still very immature so for him to win as he did was mind blowing. It was unexpected in many ways.” >>



INDUSTRY PROFILE It was clearly a sign that the best was yet to come. A breathing operation that autumn was carried out successfully and eyes turned to the future.

What followed will be remembered forever. Victories in the Underwood Stakes,




Yalumba Stakes, another Cox Plate, rounded off with a Mackinnon win, all Group Ones were followed by a third in the Melbourne Cup. Australia had a middle distance thoroughbred worthy of the world stage. We look at him on the track and make

Monday mornings he would be climbing up the walls, he was just an absolute professional: he wanted to get to the track do his work and get home.” When you work as intimately as strappers do with their equine companions it is no surprise a rapport forms: “I could do things around him that others wouldn’t be able to do. We had a great bond. You wouldn’t go near him once he was fed. He would eat his feed in half an hour. He wouldn’t waste any extra energy. As a stallion he was very manageable, he wouldn’t get horny, he was just an absolute pro.” Race day with So You Think brought about its own set of challenges. Firstly, keeping him settled and ready for action, a fine balance between relaxation and readiness. The walk to the track from Bart Cummings yard was three kilometres, a short period for Richard and So You Think to enjoy their friendship before the lenses zoomed in. “He was very quiet on the way to the races but as soon as the saddle went on he would be a totally different animal, he just knew what to do. The only time I got nervous was before his second Cox Plate win. He was two to one on and everyone was telling me he would win, I didn’t quite know how to handle the fact that he was a certainty.”


our own logical assessments of his brilliance. Hickey saw things first hand: “We had 10 Group One winners at Bart’s and none of them could live with him on the gallops. On 34

By now, So You Think had a public following wherever he went and Hickey remembers fondly moments on the track that only he and his buddy saw: “Before the Mackinnon it was chucking it down, there were hundreds of people outside his box in the rain just

INDUSTRY PROFILE to get a glimpse of him. One lady had travelled miles to see him, she was dressed up in his colours and had waited outside his box since 5am. He had an aura about him.” Now So You Think has a new home. Stabled at Ballydoyle in Ireland under the care of Aidan O’Brien, a case of like father, like son. So You Think’s sire High Chapparal was one of Coolmore’s leading thoroughbreds in the early 2000s and is now (obviously) considered a leading stallion for the massive bloodstock operation. Hickey, surprisingly, found out about the sale to Coolmore at home watching the news. Personally, I would have completely understood had Hickey turned round and conveyed bitterness, anger and hurt that he was not informed under better circumstance: “I’m not angry about it, that’s racing. It wasn’t just me that was affected by it, everyone felt some form of attachment to him” … a relatively philosophical assessment to what was no doubt a heartbreaking realisation. “Before the Melbourne Cup I was walking to the races and I was telling everyone to take his photo, but I thought they may see him again: I would have loved everyone to have given him the send off he deserved.” Many people within the Australian racing industry couldn’t quite understand why So You Think had been sold. Had he stayed in Australia he may very well have become an equal with the legendary Kingston Town by winning three Cox Plates. The man closest to the horse sees things in a positive light: “It’s the best thing that’s happened to the horse. I think it’s

good for Australian racing, for New Zealand breeding. European stayers are better; it’s the perfect opportunity to showcase the Australian industry to Europe and the world. A lot of people have

photo or video to look back on, that’s all I need.” A photo captures a moment in time, but for Hickey it grabs hold of so many wonderful memories. “When blokes 80 years old who have been racing every

been blowing up about him leaving but that has been too clouded by self-interest, missing out on the money or whatever it may be.”

Saturday their whole life come up to me and say he’s the best they have ever seen, it really touches you. I will never forget that feeling.”

So You Think is without question a global horse. Bred in New Zealand by a European sire, trained in Australia and Ireland, part-owned by a Malaysian and ridden last start by an Englishman … there is a sense of achieving world domination about his career.

Richard Hickey is now taking a break from racing to raise a family. Recently becoming a father, the early starts and long hours where put into perspective. A job as a contractor is the new vocation but a return to racing is hopefully around the corner with a goal to become a racing manager one day.

Is there an underlying sense of jealousy that someone else is experiencing life with his buddy? “I watch with pride … it’s nice to know you’ve played a small part in the puzzle. In my eyes it is all about what is best for the horse and I am immensely proud of him. I have the odd

“I love horses and to me it is all about them.” There may very well never be a horse quite like So You Think … certainly in Richard’s eyes there won’t be. As he puts it, he was just a “champion”. Photos by Bruno Cannatelli





Leading industry pedigree analyst ALAN PORTER profiles 2010 Kentucky Derby winner and Eliza Park newcomer Super Saver.


O WORDS CAN better define Super Saver than those used by The BloodHorse magazine, describing him as a horse who “was born to be a star and destined to achieve great things”. A look at Super Saver’s racerecord and pedigree show that description to be fully warranted. Super Saver was a record-breaking graded stakes winner at two, and a dominating classic winner at three. He is by a Champion 2YO and exceptional sire, out of an A.P. Indy mare who comes from one of the most exceptional stallion producing branches of the family of the legendary La Troienne.


At two, Super Saver broke his maiden at Belmont Park by seven lengths, then stamped himself as a potential leading contender for the following year’s classics by taking the Kentucky Jockey Club Stakes-G2 by five lengths in a new stakes record. Subsequently, trainer Todd Pletcher would describe Super Saver as “ fastest two-year-old last year..” This is a comment worth noting as the other juveniles in the Pletcher barn that season included juvenile grade one performer Discreetly Mine, subsequently a grade one winning sprint star. At three, Super Saver’s season was focused on the Kentucky

Derby-G1. Third in the Tampa Bay Derby-G1 on his seasonal debut, Super Saver was just a neck shy of catching Line of David in the $1 million Arkansas Derby-G1, with grade one winners Dublin and Noble’s Promise behind. Primed for the Run For the Roses, Super Saver emerged a decisive winner of the Kentucky Derby, scoring by 2.5 lengths over a field that included Champion Lookin At Lucky, and grade one winners Discreetly Mine, Paddy O’Prado, Ice Box, Noble’s Promise, Stately Victor, Devil May Care, Sydney’s Candy, Line of David, and Homeboykris. Maria’s Mon, the sire of Super Saver, earned honours as Champion 2YO of an exceptional crop with victories in the Sanford Stakes-G3, Futurity Stakes-G1 and Champagne Stakes-G1. Subsequently, Maria’s Mon developed into an outstanding stallion, siring 54 stakes winners, including two Kentucky Derby heroes in Super Saver and Monarchos (himself a sire of a Champion Sprinter); Eclipse Award winning Champion 3YO Filly Wait a While; and other grade one winners Monba, See How She Runs, Monzante, Latent Heat, and Cheiron. A grandson of the exceptional turf performer, Majestic Light, out of a mare by Caro, Maria’s Mon was a highly-successful sire of turf runners, with 13 of his graded winners scoring on that surface. >>


COVER STORY Super Saver is out of Supercharger, a multiple winning daughter of Champion racehorse and sire, A.P. Indy. Supercharger is a sister to grade one winning sprinter Girolamo; to multiple graded stakes winning and grade one placed Daydreaming; and to graded winning and grade one placed Accelerator. Supercharger is also a sister to the outstanding broodmare She’s a Winner, dam of three stakes winners, including Bluegrass Cat, a multiple graded stakes winner at two, and at three, a brilliant grade one winner who also took second in the classic Kentucky Derby and Belmont Stakes-G1. Bluegrass Cat is off to an outstanding start to his stud career, ending 2010 as one of the top three freshman sires in the U.S. Super Saver’s granddam, Get Lucky, is a graded stakes winning sister to Champion 2YO Rhythm (sire of five grade one winners from his Australasian crops). Get Lucky is also a sister to the highly-successful sire Not For Love; three-parts-sister to Champion racehorse and sire, Woodman; and half-sister to Oscillate, dam of Mutakddim (sire of 15 grade one winners), and granddam of grade one winner Frost Giant. Super Saver’s third dam, Dance Number, is a grade one winner, who is by Northern Dancer out of Champion 2YO Filly Numbered Account, and is half-sister to outstanding sire, Private Account. In direct female line, Super Saver traces to the great mare, La Troienne – who appears seven times in his pedigree – and he is from a true sire-


producing branch of this family, with no less than nine grade one sires appearing under the first four dams, and 10 graded stakes sires under this first three dams.

Recommended Crosses Super Saver has only one strain of Northern Dancer, which comes in through his third dam, the grade one winning Dancer Number. The cross of Maria’s Mon and his sons with Northern Dancer line mares has been a very good one, producing more than 20 stakes winners. Super Saver should be very well-suited by mares from Danzig, and particularly those descending through Danehill. There are already six stakes winners on a Maria’s Mon/ Danzig cross, and Maria’s Mon has enjoyed exceptional success when bred to mares carrying Danehill’s broodmare sire, His Majesty, or that horse’s brother, Graustark. In addition, Danehill also brings in another strain of La Troienne through Buckpasser. This suggests mares by such as Redoute’s Choice, Flying Spur, Danehill Dancer, Fastnet Rock, Danzero, Danewin, Commands, and Lion Hunter. Other potential sources of Danzig include Anabaa (who gives linebreeding to the family of Super Saver’s broodmare sire, A.P. Indy), Belong to Me, Honor Grades (giving inbreeding to the outstanding mare, Weekend Surprise), Perugino (sire of Testa Rossa), Langfuhr, Chief’s Crown (sire of Grand Lodge), and Green Desert (via Volksraad or Desert Sun). A sister to Super Saver’s dam produced the top-class Bluegrass Cat to Storm Cat, which would encourage crossing







Super Saver over mares from this branch of Northern Dancer. There are already Maria’s Mon stakes winners out of mares by Storm Cat himself, as well as his sons Hennessy and Tale of the Cat, and could also be brought in through Giant’s Causeway, Catrail and Statue of Liberty (giving inbreeding to A.P. Indy and a three-parts-sister). It would also be worth considering mares descending from Storm Bird (broodmare sire of two Maria’s Mon stakes winners) through Bluebird (sire of Dolphin Street). Maria’s Mon and his sons have demonstrated a very strong affinity for mares descending from Northern Dancer through Vice Regent. Sources of this strain would include Dehere (by Deputy Minister), Archregent, New Regent, and Regal Classic (broodmare sire of a Maria’s Mon graded stakes winner). Maria’s Mon sired two stakes winners out of mares from the Nijinsky II line, including one out of a mare by Caerleon (sire of Alquoz, Bletchley Park, Generous, and Tenby). Super Saver might also be suited by mares by a fast Nijinsky II horse, such as Royal Academy (a close relative to Storm Cat). Nijinsky II grandson, Strawberry Road, might also be worth considering. Maria’s Mon has a graded stakes winners out of a mare by Barathea, from the Sadler’s Wells branch of Northern Dancer. Sadler’s Wells might also be brought in through Galileo (who might work particularly well here), Montjeu, Carnegie, High Chaparral and Singspiel. This also suggests introducing Sadler’s Wells’ brother, Fairy King, through Encosta de Lago. From other branches of the Northern Dancer line, Super Saver might also be interesting with mares descending from Northern Dancer through El Gran Senor and his brother Try My Best (sire of Last Tycoon, who can be brought in through Bigstone, Iglesia, Just Awesome, Marju, and O’Reilly); Be My Guest (sire of Pentire, Prego, and What a Guest) In broad terms, Maria’s Mon and his sons do not have a strong strike-rate with Mr. Prospector line mares. However, Super Saver may work well with Mr. Prospector through Woodman (who gives inbreeding to Super Saver’s female line, and is sire of Hector Protector and Timber Country), Seeking the Gold (sire of Secret Savings, Dubawi and Lujain), and Miswaki (sire of Umatilla). It could also be worth introducing Woodman through More Than Ready (who is out of a mare by that stallion). Maria’s Mon and his sons have a good strike-rate with Roberto line mares, including two stakes winners out of mares by Kris S., who could be brought in through Brocco and Prized, and this also suggests trying daughters of Red Ransom, At Talaq and Touching Wood. Two lines not frequently found in Australia that might work well here are Seattle Slew (giving the pattern of inbreeding to the sire line of the dam of the stallion) and In Reality. Potential sources of Seattle Slew include Air de France, Khozaam, and Nine Carat. It might be possible to introduce In Reality through Southern Appeal, Charnwood Forest, Piccolo, and Honour and Glory. It could also be worth trying mares by Is It True and Bite the Bullet, who both reintroduce the family of A.P. Indy.


INFLAMMATORY AIRWAY DISEASE (IAD) is a common cause of reduced race performance which is often ignored. It is not considered by many trainers as a potential ‘hidden handicap’ because it has few external symptoms. However, it often results in less than expected performance which is invariably blamed on other problems, the track or the race tactics etc. It seems that many trainers are focused on lameness, being a more obvious ailment and the major cause (up to 70%) of down time from training or lost training or racing days. However, lower airway disease with low grade, chronic inflammatory bronchiole and lung airsac reaction, accounts for 19-21% of lost training days and is a major cause of reduced performance in up to 63% of horses which do not perform to their previous best race performance.

The horse is largely dependent on aerobic energy production, with 80% of the energy stored in rapidly contracting muscles, even at pacing or galloping speeds, being metabolised using oxygen (up to 70 litres per minute) taken up in the lungs and transported by the blood to the contracting muscles. Trainers are well aware of the importance of an adequate red cell count and the need for a balanced intake of nutrients, often over-emphasised as a need for iron supplements. However, when the airways themselves are inflamed with bronchiole shutdown, increased mucus production and lung bleeding, all of which have a direct effect by reducing efficient oxygen uptake to fuel 40

metabolism for speed, stamina and optimum performance, irrespective of how ‘good’ the blood count appears to be. A horse inhales over 2000 litres of air per minute at the all-out pace or gallop. This carries dust from the track surface, pollens, pollutants and microorganisms collected in the nasal mucus, deep into the lungs during training and when racing. The lower airways are therefore subjected to a massive insult from a variety of inhaled bacterial and viral microorganisms, as well as moulds, dust, cold air during early morning track work. Other allergenic compounds, including pollutants, such as ammonia and methane released from

bedding in a stabled horse in race training are also inhaled. Studies have shown that up to 40% of long term IAD results from an initial infection with the ‘stable virus’ (Equine Herpes respiratory forms) in a horse when it first comes into work and in contact with a ‘carrier’ animal in the adjacent stable. Even though the runny nose and the coughing clears up, the airway form of the viral symptoms with increased airway mucus, reduced oxygen uptake and associated poor performance then persists. Full recovery is hampered by poor airway hygiene and daily airway insult in poorly ventilated stables, dusty bedding and hay and the practice of working


Did You Know That…

Did You Know That…

Viral respiratory disease results in an average of 6 lost training days, as horses are too sick to exercise and are confined to stables or yards during the lay off, although if not recognised early, the recovery time from lower airway damage can be as long as 6 weeks, even with treatment.

Dry, loose hay is the major source of dust during feeding. Studies have shown that dampening hay prior to feeding can help to reduce the amount of inhaled dust and mould during feeding by up to 30 times.

IAD resulting from viral respiratory infection, can affect between 11%- 65% of young horses in training, with a time scale of between 4-22 weeks. IAD is aggravated in racing horses by conditions that increase airway insult. In most cases, IAD is subclinical in nature and largely goes undiagnosed, with only 38% of horses with IAD exhibiting a cough before or after work, but 85% of coughing horses have low-grade IAD. As horses mature over 5 years of age, the incidence of IAD decreases to less than 10%, changing to a more chronic form of lower airway disease, referred to as Reactive Airway Disease or RAD for short. Up to 20% of horses suffer from asthma-like symptoms with small airway shutdown (bronchoconstriction) under conditions where inhalation of cold air, or allergenic pollens and dust particles contaminate the exercising area or stable.

horses at speed in the cold air of a pre-dawn or sunrise gallop or hobble-up. In many cases, trainers are either unaware of the potential for airway irritation or have a ‘she’ll be right’ attitude, ‘I’ve been doing the same for years’ or are too busy to take steps to reduce the potential for ongoing airway disease. Unfortunately, once the lower airway lining becomes inflamed and the airsacs (some 3 million of them in a horse’s lungs) secrete increased mucus, the low grade infection and inflammation persist. This is aggravated by the slow response of the immune system because the airways have an external opening further up the windpipe, as compared to the internal body cavity, organ or blood

borne infection, and do not trigger a strong blood mediated immune response to infection. This, combined with low level cortisone release in response to hard or strenuous exercise, also acts to continuously suppress the immune response, resulting in a chronic low grade form of IAD. It is ‘refreshed’ by the continuing insult of dust, allergens, pollutants and cold air inhaled during exercise and from the stable airspace. Increased Monocyte Counts in a Blood Test As a vet, I am often asked to give an opinion on a blood count of a horse which has not performed in a particular race, although it appeared healthy and fit >> in the way it had been working in

This was illustrated in one study in the mid 1990’s by Dr Andrew Clarke, at the Guelph Equine Research facility in Canada, where dust particles were reduced from 90,000 particles per litre of the air around dry hay in a hay net above head height, to 3000 particles per litre of inhaled air in the same hay when it was dampened prior to feeding. Always feed hay well below chest height.

the lead up to a race. In many cases, the red cell parameters are in the top range and muscle enzymes are within the normal range in the 36 hours following the disappointing performance allowing for correction of dehydration in the post race period. Often the total white cell count is in the lower range between 5.5-6.5 x 103 cmm, but the lymphocytes are below 30% in the differential count and the monocytes above 5%. These are elevated in the blood as a result of higher numbers being marshalled to the lungs and other tissues challenged by infection, during the healing process or by contaminants. It can also reflect a ‘stress’ white cell count, but in many cases, the low lymphocyte (provide


SPECIAL FEATURE Lower Airway Swabs Before and After Intense Exercise Did You Know That… ■ 30 minutes Before Exercise ■ 15 Minutes After Exercise

Majority inhaled from head and throat contamination during high speed exercise


Bacterial Counts (cfu)

600 500 400 300 200 100 0 Adapted from Raidal, Love and Bailey 1997

Aerobic Bacteria (Increase by Approx 10 fold)

cellular immune defence) and higher monocyte count (provide engulfing action to remove and digest microbes and particulate matter), can indicate low grade inflammatory airway disease, in the absence of a granulating wound which can also increase the monocyte count. This combination is often overlooked as a possible indicator of low grade airway disease. In this case, I suggest that the horse be scoped by a vet to check for increased mucus in the lower windpipe area (more than 2 strands indicate a possible cause for reduced airway function). I also recommend that the trainer seek advice from the stable vet on a suitable lower airway medication, such as mucolytic agents to liquefy mucus to 42

Anaerobic Bacteria (Increase by Approx 40 fold) allow easier expulsion, an antibiotic course over 10 days with a sulphonamide powder or penicillin injections as well as controlled doses of inhaled (nebulised) corticosteroids in true inflammatory cases. It is also paramount to ensure that all the feed and hay is dampened to reduce inhaled dust and fed at floor level to facilitate lower airway drainage as a horses feeds. In the majority of cases, after 2-3 weeks, the horse performs to expectation in subsequent races, provided that it is being given enough usable energy in the lead up to the race. The Dust Which You Cannot See is Dangerous! Studies have shown that large

Horses which are raced with evidence of clinical levels of airway mucus, as confirmed on scoping of the lower windpipe, should be given an antibiotic course for 5-7 days. They should be fed dampened feed and hay in bins at floor level to facilitate airway drainage. Rescoping at weekly intervals, especially if the blood monocyte level is above 6% monocytes, unless suffering from greasy heel and skin reaction, is recommended to monitor improvement. Ideally, reduction in tracheal mucus to a minimum of 12 strands or less is essential to ensure a horse can regain race form and performance.

particle dust greater than 5 microns in diameter settles out and adheres to the wet nasal passages when inhaled. This is the dust that you can see with the naked eye suspended and swirling around in the air in a beam of light and is found in dry sawdust, wood shavings and rice hulls used as stable bedding. However, the small dust and mould particles below 2 microns in diameter, such as in dry straw bedding and hay, which you cannot see, are taken up in the air flow and inhaled deep into the lungs. It is important to ensure that a horse is able to put its head down when eating to drain its nasal passages, otherwise the mucus and dust which has settled in the nasal passages


Did You Know That… Studies indicate up to 33% of racehorses have increased levels of mucus in their lower windpipe area. A recent review by Dr Susan Holcombe and colleagues at Michigan State University, indicated that horses with no or a few strands of mucus were able to perform significantly better, being up to twice as likely to finish well in a race, compared to horses with higher amounts of mucus evaluated on scoping the windpipe. Infectious agents, such as Equine Herpes Virus infection, often with secondary bacterial colonisation of inflamed airways, are a common cause of airway inflammation and mucus build-up. However, in the absence of the ‘triggering’ of airway reaction by respiratory viral infection, inhaled contaminants in dust, endotoxins and antigens in moulds and fungi on hay and bedding, as well as air pollutants, are common causes of reduced airway health and ultimate performance. Because IAD in young horses is primarily triggered by Equine Herpes Viral infection, which often causes persistent tonsil inflammation and monocyte cell accumulation in the back of the throat termed Pharyngeal Lymphoid Hyperplasia (PLH), it often persists as a chronic form of IAD, formerly known as Reactive Airway Disease (RAD), due to air pollutants in stabled horses. The major emphasis should be placed on reducing dust in bedding and feed, air contamination and pollutants, by improving ventilation and isolating horses with symptoms of infectious airway disease.

will be inhaled into the lower airways with the high airflow during fast exercise. Head Position and Airway Drainage Place feed bins at floor level or out in a yard and monitor the horse for signs of a cough or nasal discharge. The virus also colonises the ‘cilia’ cells that line the lower airways to transport mucus out of the lower lungs. These cells lose their ‘escalator’ function for up to 30 days following EHV respiratory infection. Locating feed bins at floor or ground level facilitates natural drainage of the lower airways, especially when the ‘cilia’ escalator function is lost following viral infection.

Recognising a Virus It is important to recognise the symptoms of viral respiratory disease before the virus multiplies and ‘breaks’ from the throat lining cells and is inhaled into the lower airways. The incubation period is from 4-7 days before a horse develops the ‘tell tale’ runny nose or cough when exercising. The earliest signs, include a subtle reduction in work capacity and stamina, mild depression and loss of appetite, as well as an elevated temperature of above 38.5º-39ºC in a stabled horse, when it is taken early in the morning before training. Avoid Working Fast in Early Morning Cold Air To help reduce the risk of

airway shutdown and increased lower airway mucus build-up, it is important to warm horses up for 10 minutes at the walk and trot prior to fast work to help reduce airway shutdown and inflammatory airway reaction under cold conditions, especially when fast working or ‘hobbling up’ in pre-dawn very cold air. It is best to fast work horses after 7.00 am when ground level air temperatures are warmer, especially if a horse has a history of ‘bleeding’ in the lungs. Quarantine Practices to Reduce Airway Disease in Stables In horses in full racing and training, the stress of training suppresses the immune response and active EHV organisms can remain dormant in the pharyngeal (throat) tonsil area and develop into a ‘carrier’ condition that can spread the virus in airborne droplets. Introduction of new horses to a stable increases the risk of viral infection and the onset of IAD. The stress of training and travelling further increases the challenge to the immune system. Young horses in particular are often unable to cope well with the new, unfamiliar environmental load of infective and irritant compounds. It is good practice to isolate all new young horses entering the training stable for 10-14 days to enable them to gain some immunity to aerosol and feed spread stable ‘germs’. Airway Problems or Feed Deficiencies? Do one or more of your horses fail to finish strongly, especially when ‘backed up’ 10-14 days



Stable Air Quality It is well established that dust and pollutant chemicals suspended in the air increases mucus secretion and can adversely affect performance of all racing horses. A study by researchers at Michigan State University concluded that improving the ventilation within the stable environment to limit exposure to inhaled small particulate allergens and monitoring seasonal variations, had a direct effect on airway function. They found that stable construction directly influenced air quality. Stables featuring roll-up sides, vaulted high ceilings, or access to outside yards, and feeding dampened hay below chest height, had significantly lower concentrations of large dust particles, than conventional older-style brick boxes with low ceilings, closed windows and dry hay fed in hay nets. The air in stables located on busy roadways had high concentrations of allergenic, small pollutant particles (smog) which were inhaled deep into the lungs during early morning traffic peaks, compared to more secluded stables. Unfortunately, this is the period when many horses in metropolitan stables are being trained or returned to their boxes with lungs under insult from cold air, combined with the stress from fast work. Particle concentration was higher in spring and summer, as compared to autumn, as would be expected, and also under colder temperatures when the stable doors were closed to help keep horses warm. It is also probable that horses which walk their boxes or those which are encouraged to roll after exercise in a dry, dusty sand roll, when their lungs are most vulnerable to inhalation of dust, or when fed on dry hay in hay nets or racks above chest height increasing the inhalation of microscopic moulds from hay, are more prone to airway disease. Further studies are continuing into the effects of the stable environment on air quality and its contribution to airway disease. Ref: Dr Melissa L. May and associates (2007) AAEP Proc 53 pg 77-79

after a previous win or good performance? Besides lung ‘bleeding’ or airway disease, the most likely cause is poor muscle energy replenishment - either by not feeding enough starch in cereal grains, or working a horse too hard between shortly spaced races. Check your rations, especially if you are feeding a non oat-based feed or one based on protein seeds and added oil - you may have to add an extra 1-1½kg of corn or barley for the last 3-4 days before a follow-up race to boost energy replenishment and ‘topup the tank’ for racing. Diagnosing IAD In most cases, IAD is subclinical in nature, and largely goes undiagnosed, unless coughing 44

is present and scoping the lower windpipe identifies increased mucus. In many horses, an increase in the percentage of monocytes (phagocytic or lung cleaning cells) of above 5% in the white cell count of a blood sample is often associated with IAD in young horse. A Bronchoalveolar Lavage (BAL) or lung wash, can be carried out to confirm an increased percentage of neutrophils (infection fighting cells) and monocytes (airway cleaning and scavenging cells) in the lung wash. A blood monocyte count of above 5% in a horse with no current greasy heel or skin condition, but a history of poor race performance, may also indicate low-grade airway disease.

Stable Bedding and IAD Use only low dust bedding materials - straw must be free from dust and a mouldy smell. Dedusted wood shavings are preferred, and in dry weather, a light spray with water to dampen the surface, especially after ‘mucking out’ and replenishing bedding will help to reduce airborne dust. Thoroughly mix older damp bedding with new, clean bedding before returning the horse to the stable to help reduce dust, as horses will sniff and ‘stir up’ the bedding by walking around on a clean bed.

SPECIAL FEATURE HANDY HINTS Avoiding Lower Airway Disease The management of IAD and RAD, if persistent, largely involves reduction of airway insult by environmental and training management. A contaminated and dusty stable environment and feeding dusty, dry hay in high hay racks to horses in training, appears to be the major cause for ongoing IAD in 2-4 year old horses and RAD in older horses in race training. Dampen grass, oaten or lucerne hay by placing a biscuit in a poly woven chaff bag and spraying it with warm water until the hay is wet, then allow it to drain for 30 minutes before feeding. It also minimises leaf loss and reduces waste. Alternatively, wrap hay in a wet hessian chaff bag overnight to dampen it before feeding but no longer than 812 hours later. Studies have shown that bronchoconstriction associated with inhaled dust and mould irritants, combined with inhalation of cold air in horses given an inadequate warm-up before fast exercise, increases the duration of IAD and the persistent cough. Always ensure that each horse is removed from the box when cleaning out soiled bedding to avoid inhalation of dust and ammonia fumes. Leave the door open to assist ventilation and return the horse at least 30 minutes later after the dust has settled. Regularly remove cobwebs that accumulate in the rafters above loose boxes (and the feed room) as the dust can harbour bacteria and

moulds, which can dislodge in damp weather or a breeze. A regular spray for spiders and other insects will help minimise cobwebs. Feeds can be dampened with a cupful of 50:50 molasses and warm water per 20 litre bucket just prior to feeding - but it can leave a sticky residue that attracts flies and build-up of micro-organisms. A cupful of 50:50 apple cider vinegar and water (dilutes the acid content) per 20 litres of feed is also useful to bind dust, assist palatability and is considered to encourage salivation and thereby reduce the risk of gastric acid ‘burn’. Alternatively, mix in or spray on 100-125mL of a vegetable oil which adds useful ‘cool’ energy and balanced Omega-3 / Omega-6 fatty acids for health and coat condition and will bind dust in the feed. Avoid dusty bedding and working surfaces. Studies to compare bedding materials in stabled horses have found that the relatively large dust particles in ‘virgin’ sawdust and dedusted shavings, which are predominantly trapped in the nasal and upper airways, are less likely to trigger and cause chronic airway disease.

a steam cleaner, remove cobwebs and clean all feed bins, waterers and feed buckets to reduce overall bacterial and fungal contamination, such as Aspergillus spp as found in molasses, in the stable environment. Always feed hay (dampened) in safe floor/ground feeders to encourage lower airway drainage - particularly after daily training or travelling and especially after racing. A double bin, with a lower tyre to raise the bin out of the bedding, is a safe and convenient way to feed dampened hay. Avoid working horses through a dusty haze created from a previous lap of a dry training surface - select a working line with less suspended dust. Harness horses working on a dry, dusty track often come off with a ‘dirty’ white coloured nasal mucus in their nostrils - a sign that excess dust is being trapped on the moist nasal membranes. A ‘snotty’, discoloured discharge after feeding is often due to nasal, throat or windpipe infection. A ‘yellowish’, smelly discharge could be due to a fungal infection in the guttural pouch - consult your vet for advice.

Studies in Ireland by Dr Tom Buckley at the Irish Equine Centre indicated that where respiratory disease is an ongoing problem in a stable, it is important to wash walls and floors with

by Dr John Kohnke BVSc, RDA



PIONEERS Racing historian, KEVIN GATES, points out that the likes of Frank Bullock, Frank Wootton, Bernard ‘Brownie' Carslake, and Wally Sibbritt are little known to modern racegoers, but there was a time when their names shone brightly on the world stage. In their day – from the early 1900s until the outbreak of the Second World War in 1939 - these Australian jockeys were among the top flight of riders in the world.


WO YOUNG AUSTRALIAN jockeys, later to be champions of their profession, had brief sojourns in England around the turn of the century. In 1899 the 21-year-old, Bobby Lewis, accompanied trainer, J.E. Brewer, to England with a team of horses. Due mainly to ill health, Brewer's horses were a failure, and Lewis – suffering from home sickness – was soon back in Australia. The 15-year-old, Jim Pike, had a similar experience. In 1908 he travelled to England with Sydney trainer, William Kelso, to whom he was apprenticed. Pike rode two winners during his five month stint in England, but was delighted when Kelso cut short the experiment and returned home. Bullock moved to Germany in 1909 where he became first jockey for Graditz Stud, the Royal Stable, and won the German jockeys' championship in five of the next six seasons. On the outbreak of the First World War in 1914 he was in England, and thus fortunate to avoid internment in Germany. Before the war, Bullock had ridden a horse named Cyklon for the German Emperor, Kaiser Wilhelm. The Kaiser sent Cyklon to race in England, but with the outbreak of hostilities, the British government took possession of the horse. At the conclusion of the war, Bullock arranged for Cyklon to be sent to Australia where he had a successful racing career, and at stud sired the winner of the 1927 Melbourne Cup, Trivalve. In the immediate post war years Bullock had an outstanding run of victories in Australia and Europe. In Australia he won two Caulfield Cups (1918 and 1919), the VRC Oaks (1918), the Adelaide Cup (1918), the Western Australian Derby




and Perth Cup (1919) and the Futurity Stakes (1919). In England his major wins included the Ascot Gold Cup, the Cesarewitch, three Eclipse Stakes, and in 1925 the 1,000 Guineas-Oaks double. In France in 1920 he won the inaugural Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe on Comrade, and repeated the win in 1922 on Ksar. Bullock's friend, the famous owner and punter, Eric Connolly, said of him: “He had remarkable balance and his judgment of pace was riding perfection … it is doubtful if England will ever see a more accomplished Australian than Frank Bullock.” A near contemporary of Frank Bullock was the child prodigy from Sydney, Frank Wootton. Frank’s father, Richard (Dick) Wootton, was a successful trainer on Sydney's pony and thoroughbred racetracks, and from an early age he used Frank to ride trackwork. Because Frank could not be licensed as a jockey in Sydney until he reached the age of 14, his father moved his family and his team of

horses to South Africa, where no such age limit applied. There, in October 1903, as a precocious nine-year-old, Frank rode his first winner on his father's horse, Centurion, in the Johannesburg Goldfields Cup. As told by Jack Pollard in Australian Horse Racing, Dick Wootton collected his son from school at lunchtime so that he could get him to the racecourse without the knowledge of his wife, who was adamantly opposed to his becoming a jockey. By the time the family returned to Australia in 1906, Frank had 17 wins to his credit. After a brief sojourn in Sydney, the family departed for England. Dick Wootton established his stables at Treadwell House at Epsom, steadily increased his winning strike rate, and by 1913 was able to claim the English trainers' premiership, the first and only Australian to achieve that feat. Frank Wootton was an even more spectacular success on the English turf. He won his first race in England in 1906 at the age of 13, >>





rode 39 winners in 1907, including the prestigious Cesarewitch Stakes, and 129 winners in 1908. In 1909 he became the first Australian to win the English Jockeys' Championship, a title he retained in the three succeeding years. All this was achieved by the time he had reached the age of 20; if anyone deserved the accolade of ‘Wonderboy' (given to him by the English press), it was Frank Wootton. After war service, Wootton returned to the turf in 1920 but he had become too heavy to ride on the flat. Turning to jumping, he showed all his old skill and flair, and in his second season under National Hunt rules he won the jockeys' premiership. After two further successful seasons he retired from riding and returned to live in Sydney, where he died in 1940. The third member of the group was Bernard ‘Brownie’ Carslake whose long and varied career lasted nearly 40 years. Carslake was never officially apprenticed, but was taught to ride by his father, I.T. Carslake, a well-known Caulfield trainer. Brownie’s first major wins came in 1904, at the age of 17, when he was successful in the Adelaide Cup and the VRC Oaks. In 1905 he added the AJC Doncaster Handicap and the VRC Sires Produce Stakes. In 1906 Carslake spent one year riding in England, but then moved to Austria where he rode with great success in Vienna and Budapest. In 1911 a Viennese newspaper praised his riding skills: “He


has an exceptionally fine pair of hands and a still finer head on his shoulders”. Apart from his prowess as a horseman, he became known to the public as the ‘Gentleman Cavalier’ because of his stylish dress, impeccable manners and ability to mix easily with any level of society. On the outbreak of hostilities in 1914 he was in danger of being interned by the Austrian authorities, but made his escape, in the best story book fashion, by disguising himself as a railway fireman and riding on the footplate of a locomotive past Austrian frontier guards into the neutral territory of Rumania. At the end of the war in 1918 Carslake resumed riding in England, and quickly established himself in the top rank of jockeys. His patrons included leading owners such as the Aga Khan, Lord Derby, Jack and Solomon Joel, and J.V. Rank. Among his many winners were seven Classics – three St Legers, two 1,000 Guineas, one 2,000 Guineas and the Oaks. In 1938, at the age of 51, he won his third St Leger, the Ascot Queen Alexandria Stakes and the Goodwood and Doncaster Cups. When the noted English trainer, Frank Butters was asked who was the best jockey he had known, he replied: “Carslake I would be inclined to say … he had the greatest pair of hands in the world; there was nothing he couldn’t do with a horse.” Carslake died in 1946, his premature death hastened by the rigid dieting regime


he was obliged to follow throughout his racing career. His ashes were scattered over the Rowley Mile at Newmarket, his favourite track.




The last of the nomadic band was Walter ‘Wally' Sibbritt who was born in Western Australia in 1895. After his early years in Australia, Wally rode abroad in Mauritius, England, France and India. Sibbritt's first win came in Kalgoorlie at the age of 12, wearing boots made by his mother as his feet were too small for normal riding boots. As a fully credentialed rider he was a prolific winner on Perth tracks, including victory in the 1918 Perth Cup. In 1924 his father-in-law, Frank Bullock, persuaded him to try his luck abroad and he set off for Europe. En route he rode briefly in Mauritius, where he took out that country's premier event, the Maidan Cup, and then in Ceylon and India which he was to visit many times in subsequent years.

During the next 10 years Sibbritt spent most of his time in France, although he made visits to England where he won the 1000 Guineas at Newmarket in 1929. In France he won almost every major race on the calendar, and in 1931 was awarded the Cravache d'Or (Golden Whip) as leading rider with 103 wins. The highlight of his career came in 1935 when he rode Samos to victory in the Prix de l'Arc de Triomphe. Sibbritt also had a very close association with India where he regularly returned each winter to ride for the Maharaja of Kashmir. He was still riding in India well into his 50s, and in December 1952, at the age of 57, he won the Indian 2,000 Guineas in Bombay. The Indian turf pays tribute to him each year by running the W.J. Sibbritt Memorial Plate.

This feature article is reproduced with the kind permission of Kevin Gates and the Australian Racing Museum (






First Season Sires 2011 BENETEAU

Part 1

Bay/Brown 2007, Redoute’s Choice - Slice of Paradise by Encosta de Lago Standing: Arrowfield Stud, NSW 2011 Fee: $11,000 Ph: 02 6545 3999

Beneteau probably didn’t need to lift a hoof to secure a stud career. After all, he’s by Champion Sire, Redoute’s Choice from a mare by another Champion Sire in Encosta de Lago. And not just any mare … Slice of Paradise is a sister to Champion 3YO Filly Alinghi whose 11 victories included four at Group One level. But lift a hoof Beneteau did and raced right into Golden Slipper contention by winning at Randwick on debut then taking

out the MRC Blue Diamond Prelude-G3. Beneteau finished third in the Blue Diamond-G1 and fifth in the Slipper behind Crystal Lily and bears striking similarities to that of stablemate and fellow Redoute’s Choice stallion, Not a Single Doubt who is flying at stud.


Bay 2005, Redoute’s Choice - Delicate Choice by Last Tycoon Standing: Lyndhurst Stud, QLD. 2011 Fee: $7,700 Ph: 07 4661 1588

Yes, another Redoute’s Choice but hardly surprising given the success of his sons at stud. But this isn’t just another Redoute’s Choice … after running a Flemington third in his only start at two, Drumbeats won the VRC Springtime Stakes-LR at three, the Group Two Shannon Stakes at Rosehill at four and the AJC Bill Ritchie-G3 at Randwick as a 5YO. All up, Drumbeats


had seven stakes finishes from only 18 lifetime outings. From a half sister to US G2 winner Delta Form, Drumbeats’ granddam is the magnificent performer Arborea (dual G1 winner and dam of six winners).



Chestnut 2007, Shamardal – Lady Vettori by Vettori Standing: Patinack Farm, NSW. 2011 Fee: $27,500 Ph: 02 6547 4517

You don’t have to be Einstein to work out why Patinack is over the moon about standing this classy chestnut. The best performed son of Shamardal, Lope De Vega emulated his sire by taking out the French 2000 Guineas and French Derby in spectacular fashion. Meanwhile, Shamardal has gotten off to a flying start at stud with 28 stakes winners – including Faint Perfume (VRC Oaks), Captain Sonador (AJC Epsom)

and Casmento (Doncaster Racing Post Trophy) – while Lope De Vega’s dam, Lady Vettori, kicked off her career with five successive victories, including the Prix du Calvados-G3 at two. What’s more Lope De Vega is inbred 3 x 3 to champion 2YO and successful

sire Machiavellian. There’s a lot to like!


Bay 2006, Storm Cat – Six Perfections by Celtic Swing Standing: Touchstone Farm. 2011 Fee: $6,050 Ph: 08 9530 1033

Another one to excel in France, albeit over the shorter courses. Planet Five won twice at three but upped the ante at four with a brilliant victory in the Chantilly Prix du GrosChene-G2 over 1000m and also ran second in the Chantilly Prix Servanne-LR. Owned by the famous Niarchos family, Planet Five boasts an outstanding pedigree being by

world champion sire Storm Cat from the 3-time Group One winning mare Six Perfections, a close relation to the Iron Horse Miesque (10 Group Ones), 3-time G1 winner and sire Kingmambo etc. Brilliant ‘get’ for the western state.

Got a First Season Sire? Phone Track To Track on 1300 859 987 or email



First Season Sires 2011 Part 1 cont. ROTHESAY

Bay 2006, Fastnet Rock – Schiaparelli by Woodman Standing: Glenlogan Park, QLD. 2011 Fee: $12,100 Ph: 07 5544 1106

Fastnet Rock is rapidly becoming the new ‘black’ with a number of sons retiring to stud over the past two seasons – not bad when you consider his oldest are only 4YOs! It’s little wonder Glenlogan Park chased Rothesday … trained by Gerald Ryan, his trips to the racetrack were few, but the flashy bay made the most of it with two of his four victories in the BRC Queensland Guineas-G2 and Labour Day Cup-G3, while he also ran second to the mighty mare More Joyous in

the Theo Marks-G2 at Rosehill. With 15 stakes winners from his first three crops (including Group One winners Wanted, Irish Lights, Lone Rock and Rock Classic), Fastnet Rock is rapidly becoming one of the most sought out stallions in the country and Rothesday’s dam – Schiaparelli – is a winning half sister to Flemington 2YO stakes winner

Astute Angel and another 2YO SW in Causeway Lass … both from the 3-time G1 winning mare Canny Lass.


Bay 2005, Street Cry – Maria di Castiglia by Danehill Standing: Rich Hill Stud, NZ. 2011 Fee: $NZ12,000 Ph: +64 7 888 3833

Excuse the pun, but it’s a bit of a shock to see an Australian-bred Melbourne Cup winner heading to New Zealand! But where better than John Thompson’s Rich Hill Stud: the source of many top performers over the past decade. Shocking rose to national prominence as winner of the 2009 Melbourne Cup but it’s important to note that in his relatively short career, the son of Street Cry (47 stakes winners including Champion


mare Zenyatta, Kentucky Derby winner Street Sense and dual G1 winner Whobegotyou), also won the Australian Cup-G1, Makybe Diva-G2 and Lexus-G3, along with seconds in the Queensland Derby-G1 and VRC Turnbull-G1. Out of the Danehill mare Maria di

Castiglia, Shocking hails from a predominantly European black type family.



Bay 2004, Belong to Me – Fly The Flag by Sir Tristram Standing: Carin Park Stud,VIC. 2011 Fee: $5,500 Ph: 03 5572 5385

Carin Park is a relatively new face in the market but has done well to acquire this Danzig line stallion. Trained by Anthony Cummings he won on debut over 1100m at Randwick then put in highly competitive runs in the Skyline-G3 and Pago Pago-G2 before running Champion 2YO Meurice to a close second in the AJC Champagne S-G1. At three, Solo Flyer would produce placings in the Premiere Stakes and Royal Sovereign – both G2 events – but it was at four that the son

of Belong to Me (63 SWs including All Silent, Bon Hoffa, Proprietor etc.) really hit his straps with wins in the Ajax S-G2 and Newcastle Newmarket-G3, along with a second in the BTC Labour Day Cup-G3. A $180,000 yearling bred by Gerry Harvey, is from a multiple winning daughter of Champion Kiwi mare Horlicks, dam of both Brew and G2

winner Bubble and granddam of dual G1 winner Fiumicino.


Chestnut 2007, Starcraft – Leona Chiara by Lion Hunter Standing: Widden Stud, NSW. 2011 Fee: $33,000 Ph: 02 6549 9999

Unfortunately, Star Witness’ bid to join Choisir, Takeover Target, Miss Andretti and Scenic Blast as winners at Royal Ascot came up shy when the son of Starcraft (himself a multiple Group One winner in Europe after proving his mettle in Australia) finished second in the King’s Stand Stakes-G1. However, Star Witness has lost no caste with a multitude of fans and – at the time of going to press – has a CV which includes victories in the Blue Diamond S-G1, the TalindertLR (also at two), and the Ascot

Vale-G1, but could easily have made it three Group One victories if not for running into Black Caviar in the Patinack Classic-G1 last spring. But performance is hardly the only thing going for this very likely type: aside from his sire being a leading second season sire in Australia (8 stakes winners), Star Witness is out of the multiple stakes winner Leone Chiara,

in turn a sister to Group Two winner Chincilla Rose and another Ascot Vale winner in Ferocity.



First Season Sires 2011 Part 1 cont. STARSPANGLEDBANNER

Chestnut 2006, Choisir – Gold Anthem by Made of Gold Standing: Coolmore Stud, NSW. 2011 Fee: $44,000 Ph: 02 6576 4200

Clearly the 2011 newcomer to stallion duties that requires the least introduction! Originally slated to stand at stud last year, retirement was delayed 12 months so the son of Choisir could campaign in England … it’s been worth the wait. After a career in Australia which included victory at two, wins in the Oakleigh Plate-G1, Caulfield Guineas-G3 and a third in the Newmarket-G1 at three, Starspangledbanner took on the world at four, capturing

the Golden Jubilee S-G1 at Ascot and Newmarket July Cup-G1 before a second to Sole Power in the Nunthorpe S-G1 at York. By the highly successful Danehill Dancer stallion Choisir (himself a champion sprinter who won the Golden Jubilee), Starspangledbanner is out of the stakes placed 2YO Gold Anthem,

a close relation to Circles of Gold and her G1 winning sire sons Elvstroem and Haradasun.


Chestnut 2005, Royal Academy – Crystal Gauntlet by Marscay Standing: Bullarook Park Stud,VIC. 2011 Fee: $4,400 2010 fee: 03 5796 2166

Malcolm Boyd is a farmer, not a mathematician … but the astute breeder has never had a problem putting two and two together and reckons that if a son of Royal Academy (i.e. Bel Esprit) has won the last four Victorian stallion titles and is the sire of the world’s No. 1 sprinter in Black Caviar, then his speedy son of Royal Academy (i.e. Strategic Maneuver) could also produce some firepower from his Bullarook base. Importantly, Strategic Maneuver is bred on the same Royal Academy / Vain cross as Bel Esprit. Unfortunately, Strategic Maneuver only raced


on two occasions, winning comfortably on debut at Randwick as a 2YO and prompting trainer Gai Waterhouse to declare him a “stakes horse in the making”. Unfortunately injury forced him off the scene for nearly three years and despite a promising effort at Canterbury when favourite, the flashy chestnut was retired to the bemusement of Waterhouse who claimed the horse to be the

fastest colt she had trained since Dance Hero and Sebring. Strategic Maneuver is out of a half sister to stakes winner Proud Player and the multiple Group placed Drumming.



Bay 2006, Fastnet Rock – Laetitia by Woodman Standing: Three Bridges,VIC. 2011 Fee: $11,000 Ph: 03 5468 7465

Despite the obvious misspelling, Three Bridges’ foundation stallion did indeed live up to his name and ‘struck’ on a couple of notable occasions: taking out the BTC Classic-G3 and STC Heritage S-LR at Rosehill at three. Yet, it was perhaps in defeat that best displayed Stryker’s gutsy nature: third in the Pago Pago-G2 at two, third in the Golden Rose-G1, third in the Challenge-G2 and third (beaten a length) in the Galaxy-G1 … a never say die attitude which investors are confident he will pass on

to progeny. We certainly don’t need to repeat the bona fides of Stryker’s sire, Fastnet Rock, but he’s got plenty to back him up on the bottom half of his pedigree too: Stryker’s dam is a 3-time winner by Woodman who has now produced four for the races … all of them winners and three of them stakes placed. Laetitia is also a sister to Melbourne stakes winner

Conspectus and both hail from the famous Joie Denise family … eg, Euphoria, Christmas Tree, Light Up The World, Bentley Biscuit and Thorn Park.

WALKING OR DANCING (NZ) Bay, 1999 Gaius (IRE) – Pompeii Pride (NZ) (Pompeii Court USA) Standing: Wattle Brae Stud, QLD. 2011 Fee: $4,400 Ph: 07 46986 4555

The son of Queensland’s favourite son is making a stand at one of the sunshine state’s favourite studs … and the folk at Wattle Brae couldn’t be happier. A highly versatile sprinter/miler who raced from two to five years – winning each season – Walking or Dancing took out the Newcastle Newmarket-G3 (after finishing third the previous season), the Magic Millions Cup, multiple victories in Sydney and was beaten a lip in the Bill Ritchie-G3 at Randwick. Terrific

campaigner. The best performed son of his sire (6 stakes winners including G2 winner Keiki), Walking or Dancing is a half brother to five other winners including Melbourne stakes winner Irongail, plus the dam of stakes winners Kidnapped (SA Derby-G1) and Deledio.





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Michelle Payne ... saddleless


Celebrating Sagwala


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Boys in the 'hood

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