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Elusive State by All American at Sha Tin



Dam of Royal Symphony to be covered by All American

In a huge coup for the Group 1 sire, All American, he will cover Naturalist, the dam of the boom colt Royal Symphony.

The breeder of the Caulfield Guineas favourite, Joe Vella of Wingrove Park, has been a client of Chatswood Stud since breeding to Geiger Counter in the 90s.

Meanwhile, Naturalist will be no stranger to Chatswood Stud either, having visited several of the stud’s stallions in the past.

For Joe the choice of All American, for his beloved Naturalist, was a simple one, despite big offers from some leading studs.

Royal Symphony is by Domesday, by Red Ransom, while All American is also by Red Ransom, the resultant foal will be a three quarter relation to Royal Symphony.


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1st foals by the exciting sire Spill The Beans

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 Bay Colt from Kyle’s Way by Menifee(USA)

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Chestnut Colt from Ellamotion by Exceed And Excel

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Bay Filly from Special Miss by Darci Brahma (NZ)

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Bay Colt from Orme River by Fastnet Rock

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Bay Filly from Our Sweet Moss by Mossman

(foal 1 day dam from a terrific race mare )


Chatswood Stud - A success Story

Chatswood Stud, the oldest commercial thoroughbred stud in Victoria, first established at Avenel in 1972 by the late Alan Willis.

It would be remiss if Alan, the founder of Chatswood, wasn’t included in the honour role, he was a kind gentle man, his word was his bond.

He struck a gold mine literally when he purchased Red God, by Star Kingdom, from the late Colin Hayes, of Lindsay Park.

Hayes didn’t hide his disappointment when Red God failed to get precocious progeny as Todman did, hence Alan was able to purchase the stallion.

Red God turned the corner, a change of scenery obviously worked wonders, as he commenced to sire a number of winners, Alan needed another stallion to take the work load off Red God, his choice was Plush, another wise decision, Alan had the midas touch for selecting stallions.

Chatswood have since located to Seymour with a much larger acrerage than at Avenel, the stud has used several sires, some with limited success until Reward For Effort appeared on the scene.

He was the horse to lift the image of Chatswood, with an excellent pedigree, lightly raced, just the 10 starts, Group1, what more do you need? That’s the recipe for success.

Reward For Effort is a Blue Diamond Stakes success, his progeny are early comers and race on, they are versatile.  

Keri Gore is the new face at Chatswood, recruited from New Zealand to the position of stud manager.

Gore brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Chatswood having worked with Sir Patrick Hogan and Cambridge Stud, where he handled the great Zabeel, an outstanding sire of staying horses, and the latest revelation to Cambridge Stud, Travistock.

He didn’t read it all out of books, pedigrees are one thing, practical knowledge is another that can only be learnt with time and experience.  

Over the past two decades, after spending 17 years at Cambridge working in all departments in the thoroughbred breeding industry, and also a stint at Waikato Stud as Yearling Manager.

Working on these two world class operations has increased his knowledge into the best practices in the thoroughbred breeding industry.

Studmaster, Greg Willis, said,” we feel very fortunate to secure a horseman like Keri Gore, since our first meeting we’ve been overwhelmed by his knowledge and work ethic, myself and the rest of the staff are excited to learn from Keri, and I am confident in the direction Chatswood Stud is heading.”

Gore, a New Zealander, brings a wealth of knowledge and experience to Chatswood, a stud that is firmly entrenched at Seymour, among the leading studs in Victoria, bordered by lush river flats on the Goulburn River.

The appointment of Keri Gore is a positive move by Greg Willis, as Gore has always wanted to work on an Australian stud. 

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Keri Gore with Zabeel 


Spill The Beans at Aquis Farm

Spill The Beans is an exciting young sire with a definite future, standing at Aquis Farm in Queensland.

He is coming into his second season; his first crop of foals is being eagerly awaited, as he has been well supported with an interesting book of mares in his first season.

He has certainly not been over raced, which is a huge advantage, unbeaten as a two year old, in all he raced 11 times, for five wins, and has not been worn out with racing, and was only out of the money three times.

Spill The Beans presents excellent opportunities for Queensland, either for breeding, or those that prefer to race, he really meets both options.

Youth is the dominant factor now in the breeding industry; the big major studs are hardly interested in stallions once they turn four year old  

That is the ideal formula, over raced stallions don’t make successful sires, that is an era that has long passed, youth is a very dominant important factor, youth will certainly prevail.

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Spill The Beans in full flight 

The thoroughbred breeding industry has never been in better shape, record yearling prices in every state this year.

Over raced stallions are not working, certainly in this era, that has never been better illustrated when the leading sires, Snitzel had 15 starts, Street Cry 12, Fastnet Rock 19, Not A Single Doubt 10,and I Am Invincible 13, Sebring 6 and High Chaparral 13 starts, and all have exceeded $10 million in progeny earnings for the previous 2016 – 2017 season.

Spill The Beans is by Snitzel, he has had a remarkable season siring winners of $16,220,135, a record and away to a flying start siring three winners at Rosehill Gardens last Saturday; his service fee has been increased from last season’s fee of $100,000 to $160,000, plus GST, this season.

Spill The Beans, an unbeaten two year old and a Group 2 winning three year old, has the pedigree to succeed, by a proven racehorse and a great sire and dam line, he ticks all the boxes, above all he is a highly quality thoroughbred.

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Spill The Beans - The Stallion


Stradbroke winner to stand at Grandview Stud

Under The Louvre, who destroyed the field in winning the 2016 Stradbroke Handicap, is now ready to take up stud duties at Grandview Stud, Ipswich, in Queensland.

He should be a great addition to the state as he possessed a brilliant turn of foot that saw him win Queensland’s richest sprint race, the Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap.

His sire, Excellent Art, by Pivotal by Nureyev, he basically competed in rather elite company, he was certainly up to the scale winning the Group 1 St James’s Stakes at Royal Ascot over the mile, and the Mill Reef Stakes Group 2 Newbury.

Excellent Art only saw a few short seasons at stud in Australia, he has since returned to England.    

His son Under The Louvre is the ideal stallion, he had incredible acceleration, he had gate speed, he positioned himself well, among his many features he was game and honest, seldom turning in a poor run.

His trainer, Robert Smerdon, spoke in glowing terms about him “he mixed it with the best in the Stradbroke, he faced up to nine Group 1 winners, including Black Hard Bart,” said Smerdon.

“He could have been a multiple Group 1 winner, I thought he was a bit stiff in the Oakleigh Plate, he flew home in 33 seconds flat, he only missed out by a lip in the Rupert Clarke and was beaten a neck in the Goodwood by Black Hard Bart.”

“I inherited the horse as a three year old, he was originally picked out as a yearling by Tony Vasil who has a great eye,” said Michael Grieve, stud master at Grandview Stud.

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Under The Louvre winning the Stradbroke Hcp.

Under The Louvre won on debut as a two year old by four lengths, and his Group One as a five year old, that illustrates his longevity.

He is the best preformed son of Excellent Art at stud, his grandsire Pivotal produced over 130 winners and that just from being based in one hemisphere.

Another interesting aspect is that Pivotal matched up with Danehill, he is running at a massive rate of 18 per cent, being free of Danehill blood, he offers breeders an outcross.

Under The Louvre retires to stud having won nine races and 14 placings, with prizemoney of $1.8 million.

Under The Louvre stands along side of the proven sire, Jet Spur by Flying Spur, a Slipper graduate, and the promising sire, Whittington, by Tale of the Cat, at Grandview Stud,Ipswich.    


Invincible Spirit sire line returns to Chatswood

The Invincible sire line is returning to Chatswood Stud, the same stud that introduced the champion sire line to Australia in 2003, producing I Am Invincible, who has topped the magical $10 million in progeny earnings this season.

Invincible Spirit’s precocious son, Ajaya, will be shuttling to Chatswood from Ireland’s renowned Rathbarry Stud for the 2017 stud season.

Ajaya was the distinctive two year old on his generation, featuring an outstanding performance in winning the Gimcrack Stakes, defeating the subsequent Group 1 winner Ribchester, and a close second by a head in the Group 2 Prix Robert Papin, plus a forward showing when fourth in the Group 1 Middle Park Stakes to Shalaa at Newmarket.

As a two year old Ajaya earned a Timeform rating of 116, higher than Cable Bay (112), Zebedee (111), and his own sire, Invincible Spirit (112).

His trainer, William Haggas was full of praise upon his retirement,”Ajaya was a high class two year old blessed with lots of speed and a good temperament, his performance in the Gimcrack was top class, fast ground, he is a thoroughly likeable colt who thrived on racing,” he said.

AJaya has just completed covering an excellent group of mares in Ireland, he retired sound after winning eight races, he is the first foal of his dam Nessina, she was a unraced daughter of Hennessy, a noted speed sire.

Stud master Greg Willis is eager to see Ajaya, believing he will follow in the footsteps of his sire when he raced, he will be located in the same barn where his sire was housed back in 2003.

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Ajaya winning the Gimcrack Stakes

All American eastern State

All American, who spent a couple of seasons at stud in Western Australian. is coming east to be located at Chatswood Stud.

The son of Red Ransom originally stood at Arrowfield Stud, in the season that followed his win in the Group 1 Emirates Stakes win at Fleminton he defeated So You Think and Gold Salute, however, that was not the original Gold Salute, raced by Alan Cooper, who sold St Consant for a pound, before the horse ran second in the Caulfield Cup.

All American won four of his 24 starts, which may not be a true reflection of his racecourse ability, as most of his seven placings were at Group level.

His dam, Milva, by Strawberry Road, produced seven foals, six were winners while her dam, Tersa, was a top filly in France,she won the Prix Morny Group at delightful Deauville by the sea.

All American raced twice at Moonee Valley, he was a genuine sprinter who was able to get a mile at Flemington.

His sire Red Ransom was always prominent on the American sire’s list, siring 108 stakes winners, 119 Stakes placed and $130 million in prize money.

All American will receive opportunities at one of our leading Victorian studs, at the gateway to the rich Goulburn Valley.

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All American - A Group one miler


Not A Single Doubt cracks 10 million

Not A Single Doubt is the fifth thoroughbred sire to join the 10 million dollar league this season.

With still two months of the present season remaining High Chaparral has an outside chance of making a sixth.

Snitzel, with $14,176, 067, has shown the way for a big majority, followed by Street Cry (Imp) on, $13, 333,471, Fastnet Rock $11,472,171, I Am Invincible $10,490,354, and the newcomer, who has joined the major league, Not A Single Doubt, with $10,338,874 to his credit.

Total for the five sires is $59,809,937, with the exception of Street Cry, who was imported, has since passed on; the other four are Australian bred.    

It says a lot for the Australian bred horse when four of the top five sires are now locally bred, they are completely dominating the breeding and the racing industry.

The only Victorian horse in the top 12 sire earners is Written Tycoon; he has clawed his way up from a meagre service fee of $3,000 six years ago, to his current service fee of $80,000.

The above top mentioned five sires have been more sparingly raced than their counter parts, such as Heroic, he had 51 starts winning 21 races, and was premier seven years in succession.Snitzel raced 15 times, Street Cry 12, Fastnet Rock 19, I am Invincible 13, and Not A Single Doubt 10.  

Entires are being retired much earlier than they were in the previous century, the best two year olds of last season Capitalist, Extreme Choice and Flying Artie, will cover mares as four year olds, while Winning Rupert retired early this year as a two year old, is now at stud.

Times have changed, youth is the prevailing factor, it is all about youth, a sire needs his progeny racing before he reaches 10 year old, otherwise he can fall off the shelve so very quickly.     


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