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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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Pride of Dubai for Coolmore

Brilliant two year old colt of last season, Pride of Dubai, winner of the Blue Diamond Stakes, and the ATC Sire’s Produce Stakes, both Group I races, will stand as a sire at Coolmore Stud in the coming season.

Pride of Dubai did enough in those two Group 1s to appeal as a likely potential sire, with the strong support of Coolmore that is assured, and he was not over raced.

His sire, Street Cry, is destined to be the leading sire this current season, nothing is likely to knock him off the perch now, with progeny earnings of $11,892.344, well clear of his nearest rival, Not A Single Doubt, who is about $1.6 million in arrears.

Pride of Dubai was prepared throughout his racing career by Peter and Paul Snowden at Randwick.

Pride of Dubai is out of city winning dam in, Al Anood by Danehill, she has left three winners to date, and a half sister to the prominient sire, Invincible Spirit.

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Woodside Park announces service fee

After Written Tycoon sired his 100th and 101st individual winners for the season, Woodside Park announced his service fee for the 2016 season; this has been raised to $49,500 inc. GST.

He is the leading two year old sire this season, with the deeds of Capitalist winning the Magic Millions on the Gold Coast, and the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill.

Following on from the announcement with the service fee for Written Tycoon, his handsome son, Rich Enuff, will go to stud in the coming season, with an arrangement that will see him cover mares in alternative seasons at Queensland’s leading stud, Glenlogan Park.

“We always followed Rich Enuff as a racehorse, we were actually outbid by Woodside to invest in him as a three year old,”said Glenlogan’s Manager, Steve Morley.

“With Written Tycoon’s single crop of foals, bred in Queensland, capturing two Group one two year old races this season, we simply had to buy into his son who was incredibly fast”.

In 2013 Written Tycoon stood for one season in Queensland, where he left 88 live foals, that crop are now two year olds.

To date so far there have been 11 two year olds runners, four have already won, three are stakes winners, and two have won at Group 1 level, Capitalist and Luna Rossa.

Rich Enuff will stand at Glenlogan Park at an introductory service fee of $13 750.


Slipper a coup for Queensland

Jan Clark had good reason to be riding on cloud nine, after the brilliant win of Capitalist in the Golden Slipper Stakes at Rosehill.

She not only bred the winner from her mare, Kitalpha, but also bred his sire, Written Tycoon, at her Daandine Stud, at Goomburra, on the fertile plains of the Darling Downs, the finest piece of horse country you would wish to see.

A lot is taken for granted in the breeding of the thoroughbred horse, success is often measured in time, it can be a long slow process.

To breed a colt of the calibre of Capitalist you dream about, never expecting it to become reality.

What his expected value is likely to be is just a wild guess, at this stage however, you can be sure it will amount to six to seven times the total sum of his stakes earnings.

Capitalist was sold for $165,000 at the Magic Millions Sales in January 2014; he was a stand out in the sales arena, and has just kept on improving.

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The Slipper winner has joined a long list of top horses coming out of Queensland, Bernborough, was honoured only last week at Flemington.

T B Q A President, Basil Nolan, said, “this was amazing for the entire Queensland Breeding Industry.”

“You don’t do more for Queensland than Capitalist, “he said proudly, “it’s a credit to Jan Clark to be such a successful breeder.”

“There aren’t too many Studs that can boast breeding a Champion Stallion and his Champion son, this is a remarkable story, “he said.

Jan is quite a lady, if there is a reward for breeder of the season, you can shut the gate, she has it all wrapped up.

There will always be plenty of back slapping for the owner, trainer and jockey, sadly the breeder seldom rates a mention.

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Hussonet Passes On

Hussonet passed away earlier this week at Cornerstone Stud in South Australia, at the age of 25.

He was quite a remarkable horse, imported to Arrowfield in 2003 as a rising 13 year old sire; only John Messara could pull a punt off like that, importing a horse of that age.

Hussonet had sired seven Group 1 winners in the United States, and a further three here in Australia.

Hussonet was only average as a racehorse, he won just two races from seven starts, however, in his defence he never finished out of a place.

He was by Mr Prospector, the most dominant source of speed in North and South America, a proven male line beyond question, from a mare that was top of her class, in Sacahuista by Raja Baba.

Hussonet is credited with siring 34 Group winners, he had 807 starters with 652 winners, with an average starters to winners of 80.8 per cent

He has three sons at stud in Australia, Husson, with the perfect score of four wins; he is proving a successful sire for Vinery, Host, is located in South Aust. and Husson Lightning, in W.A.

Hussonet joined Sam Hayes’s Cornerstone Stud, at Angaston, for the 2011 stud season, in his final year he covered around 40 mares.

He was quite an international sire with runners in 25 countries, earning $25,298,447 in prize money

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Written Tycoon’s city treble

Written Tycoon’s feat of siring three winners on a Melbourne metropolitan race course, and a local at that in a single day, came in for some soul searching, but no results as yet.

Of course Written Tycoon is a local horse, he stands at Woodside Park at Tylden, he is the only Victorian based sire, he is firmly holding down 7th position in the top 12 leading sires nationally, 8l winners with progeny earnings of $4.548.818.

Hence he is currently the highest earning sire in Victoria this season, he is not likely to be challenged, if there was to be a threat it would come from Magnus, he is having a good season as well at Eliza Park International.

His sire, Iglesia, was all about speed, he still holds the time record at Flemington for 1200 metres of 1.07.16.

He won two races and was second in the San Domenico Stakes at Randwick, edging out Snitzel for second money.


Reward For Effort kept busy

Blue Diamond Stakes success, Reward For Effort, now at stud, was the busiest sire in Victoria during the 2015 breeding season, covering 209 mares.

He has been represented by eight runners to date this season, with two winners each with two wins apiece.

With two crops to race to date, he has had 55 starters for 22 winners, a strike rate of 40 per cent.

Reward For Effort is well represented with seven runners up until the week- end, when Marie Clare contests the Navy Hcp. over 1200 metres tomorrow in Tasmania.

Saturday will be a busy day with one runner in Brisbane, Airlie Reward, and five runners at Caulfield, Gratwick, Hell of an Effort, She’s Going Off, Dalradian and Gold Symphony.

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Zenon first for his sire

When Zenon won the first race at Moonee Valley it was the only city winner by his sire Super Saver, and may well be the last.

Super Saver was a Kentucky Derby winner, he was located at Eliza Park for just the one season, he was a trifle feminine by Maria’s Mon, he was very quick with 55 stakes winners to his credit, earning $52.5 million in progeny earnings.

H e had a double cross of Raise A Native and three strains of Buckpasser, which denotes speed.


Breeding Topics

Woodside Park has enjoyed a successful breeding season covering 342 mares with two sires.

Written Tycoon has proved very popular covering 185 mares, after knocking back well over 100 mares, he was standing at $18,000 plus GST.

Zoustar has had a better season than most would have anticipated, with 157 mares at a fee of $40,000 plus GST.

Zoustar has had a remarkable season illustrating that speed and precociousness remain the dominant factors in the breeding of the Australian thoroughbred.

Woodside also have a slice in Rich Enuff, by Written Tycoon, who is now being prepared by Peter and Paul Snowden at Randwick, in an attempt to recapture his previous form as a three year old before he goes to stud.

It is now over 18 months since he last won, he returned to racing in the Spring of last year but seemed to have lost the zest for racing.


Thelburg, an easy winner at Sale yesterday, bred and raced by Alan Harvey, former mine host of the Racecourse Hotel at Werribee.

The talented chestnut is the third foal, and the last, of his dam Show’em Bonne, a mare that never raced, only mated three times and still remains in the paddock for obvious reasons.

A tragedy, a mare that was not short of pedigree being by Danehill Dancer, her dam, Gossip Maid, was by Snippets, from Marta Lady by Lord Dudley.

As a foal Show’em Bonne suffered a severe injury, the mother, Gossip Maid, either kicked her in the head or stood on her.

She could never have raced and whilst bred three foals, ultimately she became difficult to transport, that became a matter of concern, she developed a Greta Garbo attitude, (I want to be alone).


Don’t under estimate Gai Waterhouse when she claims there is another Golden Slipper Stakes winner emerging in the form of Scarlet Rain.

She zipped over the Randwick 1000 metres in 58.19, and had enough in the tank to suggest she is nowhere near her top at present.

Being by Manhattan she will give her sire an enormous boost if she won the


Slipper, you would not get near him when the breeding season commemces.


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