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Group 1 hope for New Approach

Aiguillon dismissed his 11 opponents in the Prix de Joinville over a mile and three. a Maiden contest for unraced three year old colts and geldings, and an exciting prospect as he holds a berth for the Grand Prix de Paris in the middle of July.

His sire New Approach was among the finest horses you would wish to see, he was a marvellous racehorse, he won the Dewhurst, and the Derby was a mere formality.

Sadly his career was restricted due to a fertility problem, it was disappointing as he had so much to offer, he was certainly a champion.

New Approach raced 11 times, he won eight times, he was never unplaced, he displayed the staying qualities of his sire Galileo, and the brilliance of his dam, Park Express, by Ahonoora.

His yearlings were much sought after; his first crop of Northern Hemisphere progeny sold to $830,000, with the average $219,000, whilst his Southern crop sold to $475,000, that average being $123,000.

His son, Dawn Approach, was the champion in the U K, he won the Dewhurst, the St James Palace Stakes, at Royal Ascot, and the Two Thousand Guineas at Newmarket, run over the Rowley Mile.

Father and son had almost an identical record, New Approach raced 11 times for eight wins, and his son, Dawn Approach, raced 12 times for eight wins. 

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Written Tycoon hits the top

Woodside Park Stud have announced service fees for their three stallions, with Written Tycoon heading the roster, to stand at a Victorian record service fee of $88,000 (inc GST).

He is proving the most dominant sire, based in Victoria, since the brilliant sprinter, Century, over 30 years ago.

A rise in service fee was obviously warranted, he is now rising 15 years, he was included in the 10 top sires in season 2015- 16, he is holding down a similar position this season.

Written Tycoon has sired 19 stakes winners, which include the former brilliant Capitalist, winner of the Golden Slipper Stakes.

His service fee suggests he will continue to cover quality mares, which he so richly deserves, his yearlings at the Magic Millions Sales, this season, sold for an aggregate of $2,480,000, an average of $307,500, over 22 times his service fee.

Written Tycoon will be joined by his son, Rich Enuff, who will stand alongside his sire at a fee of $13,750 (Inc GTS).

Rich Enuff had a short but interesting racing career, he won the Group 2 Danehill Stakes down the straight six at Flemington, from there he finished second to Press Statement in the Caulfield Guineas, he looked to have the race at his mercy at the top of the straight, only to be run down in the shadows of the post by the Sydney colt.

The roster is complete with Zoustar, a brilliant racehorse, his first crop of yearlings were well received, if he can get progeny in his own image? he will be a knock out, he stands at $44,000 (inc GST)

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Written Tycoon


Manhattan Rain for Blue Gum Farm

The bells were ringing at Blue Gum Farm, and for a very good reason, after She Will Reign won the prestigious Golden Slipper Stakes.

Just In case you haven’t turned in yet, She Will Reign is by Manhattan Rain, the latest addition to the sire’s list to take residence at one of Victoria’s premier studs, Blue Gum Farm.

Manhattan Rain was well up among the better two year olds of his year; he did run third in the 2009 Golden Slipper Stakes and trained on to win the Group 1 A J C Sires Produce Stakes.

He was then placed in the Caulfield Guineas, and beat all but So You Think in the Group 1 Cox Plate.

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Manhattan Rain

His dam line is beyond question in both hemispheres through Best In Show, foaled a half century ago in 1965, included in the “Matriarchs” Great Mares of the 20th Century.

You could have easily passed her by; she had had 27 starts as a two year old, winning five races, earning $53,880.

Her race record was hardly imposing; however, she caught the eye of Anne Forsythe who bred seven foals from Best In Show.

The first of her 17 named foals by Buckpasser, was Sex Appeal, she never raced but left an amazing legacy, leaving 16 foals, 12 raced, nine were winners, including the brothers El Gran Senor and Try My Best, by Northern Dancer.

Manhattan Rain is a half brother to Redoute’s Choice, the highest progeny earning sire to stand in the southern hemisphere.

It is fitting that Manhattan Rain should be by Encosta de Lago, as he commenced his stud career at Blue Gum Farm all those years ago.

Blue Gum is a well established stud under the control of the Campbell family, with Philip being a proven stud master.

The stud trades on its success over several years, where Noalcohlic , Rubiton and Encosta de Lago were among the leading sires in Victoria .

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She Will Reign winning the Golden Slipper


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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.


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