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Our Draft for the Melbourne Premier Sale


Lot 87 Bay Filly by Zoustar –Msongari –Show A Heart 3 wins grand dam Flying Babe champion 2 Y O in N Z, head of the Free Hcp 7 wins 3 at Group Level.


Lot 295 Bay Filly by Foxwedge – Triple Latte (USA) –Medaglia d’Oro dam of one to race dam of I foal to race, from the family of Miss Peggy, champion three year filly in the Argentine.


Lot 558 Brown Filly by Fighting Sun – Lady Lesieg – Encosta de Lago dam raced once, three quarter sister Potions, first foal from a proven winning family.


Lot 619 Chestnut Filly by Star Witness – Rain Shadow –Bianconi a winning dam of 5 races half sister to Rain Gauge.


Lot 706 Brown Colt by Dawn Approach – Blue Collar Jill –Perugino a winner of 6 races first 2 foals yet to race.




Winning Rupert for Newgate

In a deal believed to be in the vicinity of $5 million, three year old colt, Winning Rupert, has been secured by Newgate, to stand at stud in the coming breeding season.

Winning Rupert, by Written Tycoon, won at his only four starts, that was about enough, he will be four when he covers his first crop of mares.

Henry Field is a great operator, he can see the potential in the colt as a sire, and you would need to rise early if you had any chance of beating him.

It’s all about business, young juvenile colts are worth a fortune in Australia, we are in the midst of a bloodstock breeding boom and you need to go with the flow.

Of course there will naturally be groans and moans in some quarters, some of our better entires are being retired too early.

That may be so, but when stud owners and the syndicates they represent make offers in millions, it would be foolish to ignore them.


Dual Arc winner foals

Dual Prix De L’Arc De Triomphe winner, Treve, has produced a colt foal to Darley’s sire Dubawi.

Benoit Jeffroy, stud manager at Haras de Bouqueztot, said, “Treve has produced a good first foal, everything went well, after going over a few days she decided to foal at lunchtime.”

Treve and her foal are doing well, the next chapter to the story starts now, one can only hope that the colt can run as fast as his parents.

Treve is now due to visit Haras de Bouquetot’s new stallion, Shalee, a dual Group winning stallion by Invincible Spirit, in 2017.


Xtravagant - New boy on the block at Newhaven Park

Newhaven Park has announced the acquisition of the New Zealand bred, Xtravagant, to stand at stud next season.

Newhaven Park, at Boorowa, was founded by the late John Kelly, where he stood the French bred sensational sire, Wilkes, champion sire in 1962-63, 1963-64 and 1968- 69.

Wilkes had to compete for the spoils with Star Kingdom and Better Boy, plus a stack of New Zealanders headed by Alcimedes, and Agricola, in reflection it was a golden era.

John Kelly spent a fortune in his attempt to replace Wilkes, who was by the great Court Martial, but to no avail, lightning seldom strikes twice in the same place.

John, the grandson of the founder, has aspirations that Xtravagant will make a sire, he was a cracker jack colt in New Zealand, however, when he raced at Flemington he was below par, his mind was focused in other directions, a second trip later at Caulfield was similar, he had led but had shot his bolt at the top of the straight.

Xtravagant was undoubtedly brilliant as a two year old and early three year old in New Zealand, however, here we did not see the best of him.

He opened his winning account when he spread eagled the field by eight lengths; it was as if a star had been born.

Prepared by Akau co-trainers, Stephen Autridge and Jamie Richards, the colt won the Two Thousand Guineas by a conservative margin of eight and a half lengths.

Xtravagant was the most expensive yearling of his year, purchased by David Ellis for $375,000, he won six of his 12 starts.

His service fee is being set at $15,000, certainly not over the top with his pedigree and the speed that he showed, he was a free running colt with a heap of ability, he is assured of receiving the patronage that he so deserves.

Newhaven has put together an outstanding group of mares, over almost a hundred years the stud has developed some great families in that time.

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Xtravagant to stand at New Haven Park


Helmet beginning to Fire

Helmet is yet to sire a two year old within his own image; however, there were positive signs at Caulfield when Limestone won the Blue Diamond Preview.

That was her second win; she had previously won at Flemington and now has to be regarded as a strong Blue Diamond Stakes contender.

Helmet shuttled to the U K before going to stud here, he has left several winners abroad and now with his progeny beginning to win here.

He won four races as a two year old, including the A J C Sires Produce Stakes, and the Champagne Stakes.

At three he won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude and a fortnight later he added the Group 1 Caulfield Guineas to his repertoire.

A three time Group 1 success, it was prime time to put him to stud, he had done sufficient, he didn’t need another Group win, it would have been neither here nor there.

He is a great type of horse; he got a mile in the vest best of company in the Guineas and looked pretty good in winning.

There was no mistaking Helmet when he raced, a bright chestnut with two hind white socks and a prominent blaze, he was simply a knockout.

He is by Exceed and Excel, an outstanding sprinter and a champion sire, certainly one of Danehill’s most successful sons.

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Helmet still promising


I Am Invincible heads sire’s Table

I Am Invincible surged to the top of the leader board, as leading sire so far this season, when Invincible Gem, and Invincible Dame, each won successive races at Warwick Farm last Wednesday.

To date he sits on 168 starters having won 84 races, seven stakes winners, one Group 1 success, with progeny earnings of $6,580,371.

Within ear shot is last season’s leading sire, Street Cry, he is going to be prominent again, particularly if Winx continues on her barn storming parade from where she left off in the spring, that could easily ruin the party.

Snitzel is holding down third place on the sire’s table, the three top sires between them have grossed $19.5 million.

I Am Invincible has proved an enormous asset to Yarraman Park at Scone, commencing his first season at an affordable fee of $10,000, his success has since seen his fee raised to $50,000.

The recent results of the Magic Millions Yearling Sales clearly illustrate the proven result when 39 lots averaged $318,205, no complaints were heard.

I Am Invincible stands at Yarraman Stud Scone, the property originally developed by the late George Moore, much of the fencing at that time were remnants of the old Rosebery racecourse in Sydney.

I Am Invincible was sparingly raced, having just 13 starts over four seasons, winning five times, his best win was the S A J C McKay Stakes at Group 3 level, and finished second to Takeover Target in the Group 1 Goodwood Handicap in Adelaide .

He is by the Irish import, Invincible Spirit, at one stage in his stud career he stood at Chatswood, Seymour, before returning to Ireland where he sired Zebedee, a sensational sire of winners in the U K, and shuttled to Cornerstone Stud, in South Australia, for the 2016 stud season.

Ironically, I Am Invincible won five races, as did his grandsire Green Desert, whose principle wins were the July Cup Group1 and Flying Childers Stakes.

His dam, Cannarelle, never raced for unknown reasons, she produced nine foals, eight to race, seven were winners, she would be classified as an excellent stud matron.

Cannarelle, by Canny Lad, the Golden Slipper success, has two crosses of the great Star Kingdom, five by six, it is not doing any harm.

Arthur, and his brother Harry, have made a success of Yarraman Park, they are putting together a nice group of mares and the results are really coming through.

I Am Invincible is minus a Group 1, that is not always necessary, he is a magnificent individual with a great deal of quality, plus a proven record, and there is no substitute for that.

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I Am Invincible - The Leading Sire


Scissor Kick to shuttle to France

Arrowfield’s freshman’s sire, Scissor Kick, a son of Redoute’s Choice, will shuttle to France after completing his first season in the Hunter Valley.

International interest in the Group winning colt was sparked by the global success of Danehill’s great sons, Redoute’s Choice and Dansili .

It is quite an interesting pedigree; Scissor Kick’s grand dam is a half sister to Hasili, the dam of Dansili.

Nicolas de Chambure, General Manager of Haras d’Etreham, inspected Scissor Kick during a recent visit to Arrowfield and immediately commenced negotiations to shuttle him to France.

He said, “ Redoute’s Choice was really well received when he spent two years in France and I think French and European breeders were very impressed by the quality of his stock, he is a champion sire, the best sire of sires from the Danehill line.”

“I was therefore very keen to find one of his sons, and Scissor Kick has everything I was looking for, he hails from one of the best families in Europe, he is an outstanding individual and he was a Group1 performer with class and courage,” he added.

“It didn’t take me long to make my mind up about him, I am very pleased to be working with Arrowfield to be offered such an exciting prospect in France next year,” he said.

Redoute’s Choice was resident for two Northern Hemispheres seasons in France, at the Aga Khan’s Haras de Bonneval in 2013 and 2014, Haras d’Etreham consigned the top priced Redoute’s Choice yearling colt in 2015, the son of the winner Vadawina bought for e950,000, by John Ferguson at Arqana August Sale.

The Gianluca Bietolini trained filly, Deep Inside, became the first winner from that crop when she scored over 1400 metres at Compiegne last Saturday.

John Messara, Chairman of Arrowfield Stud, claims, “Redoute’s Choice was the dominate Australian sire of the last decade and he remains at the top of his game with three Group 1 winners this season,” he won’t find any argument there.

Pressing the case for Redoute’s Choice is his Australian bred son Elzaam, with eight first crop winners already this seaso, among them Clem Fandango’s third in the Royal Ascot Queen Mary Stakes, earlier this season.


Rothesay retains his popularity

Rothesay looks assured of another good season if yesterday’s results at Eagle Farm are any indication.

He is really on a roll, and at no better time than when breeders are deciding what stallions they mate their mares to.

Rothesay does tick all the boxes, his pedigree is completely lined with early maturity horses that get up and run.

Breeders can be impatient, particularly those first timers, they want it all to happen at once, and often take a lot of convincing that patience is sometimes a virtue.

He was a good two year old himself winning at that age and trained on thereafter to get a mile at Group level.

You cannot expect a sire to do more than that, he went to the gate nine times, won four in the races that count, and collected prize money on seven occasions.

His male line is as good as it gets, Fastnet Rock is leaving sons that are carrying on the tradition as sires.

His dam, Schiaparelli by Woodman, is a half sister to Astute Angel and Causeway Lass.


Rich Enuff to stand at Glenlogan Park

Rich Enuff has been retired to stand his first season at Glenlogan Park in sunny Queensland, under the care of Steve Morley; he’s one person that knows his way around the bloodstock breeding industry.

The choice of stud is a wise one, you cannot afford to make a mistake with the stallion in his first season, you seldom resurrect stallions, their youth is such an important factor.

Under the present arrangement Rich Enuff will cover mares in alternate seasons at Glenlogan Park and Woodside Park at Tylden, a similar arrangement was successful with Zoustar since he has gone to stud.

Rich Enuff showed a great turn of foot when he opened his winning account at Moonee Valley in the Listed Mckenzie Stakes, and followed on with the Group 2 Danehill Stakes before his third win in the Guineas Prelude, and had now won three races on the trot.

The Guineas was next, he was entitled to start favourite and looked to have the Group 1 well within his keeping, when he led around the final turn only to be caught in the last stages by Shooting To Win, he has since gone to stud also.

Rich Enuff just didn’t quite get the mile of the Guineas, but that is not to his detriment, fortunately he has had time to let down and is going to make into a lovely horse, there is a lot of quality there.

His sire, Written Tycoon, is among the most popular sires in the country, with 242 starters, 120 winners, and progeny earnings of $9,266,945, highest figure for any sire ever to stand in Victoria for a single season.

Rich Enuff is out of Hotnuff by Spartacus, she had just the one win over 1600 metres and has since produced three winning foals, including Rich Enuff.

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No return for Hard Spun

Hard Spun had a field day at Caulfield last Saturday siring a winning treble, yet he is a notable absentee among the sires standing at Darley this season.

In fact he also missed coming out last season as well; giving the impression the son of Danzig may never venture this way again.

Darley is a very well run operation, nothing to chance, once decisions are made they are seldom altered.

The horses they bring out are either first or second season sires; Darley has always provided a variety to suit popular bloodlines.

Hard Spun won at his only three starts as a two year old, in all he raced 13 times and was never out of the money, earning $4,808,958 in prize money.

He remained unbeaten after his juvenile’s season, his narrowest winning margin being three and a quarter lengths.

Hard Spun is two removes from Northern Dancer, a little horse that could have been missed by his size, the smallest horse ever to win a Kentucky Derby, and his son, Danzig ,was not that much taller.

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