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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.


The Closure of an Outstanding Career

Zabeel has passed on at the age of 29, however, the memory he has left will remain for following generations.

Messages of condolences have been received by Sir Patrick and Lady Hogan from many parts of New Zealand and Australia, at the loss of a horse that created a brand of history unequalled in the southern hemisphere.

Zabeel died at the week- end, it was fitting that he would be buried nearby the grave of his sire, Sir Tristram.

He was the trend setter of the modern era, setting records unparalleled in New Zealand and Australia.

Standing at Sir Patrick Hogan’s Cambridge Stud, Zabeel was the “King of the Ring” at Karaka, siring nine $1 million plus yearlings, the most by any sire based in New Zealand.

Earlier this year New Zealand Bloodstock had the privilege of auctioning the last Zabeel yearling sold at public auction.

It was a momentous occasion with Sir Patrick Hogan leading the colt through the ring, in front of a packed house.

There wasn’t even standing room when the colt went through the ring as crowds of people converged on Karaka, exemplifying the impact one stallion has had on the industry.

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Darley’s Open Day

A crowd of 700 attended Darley’s annual stallion parade under brilliant sunshine, and a newly constructed parade ring that is quite impressive.

Much attention was centred on Brazen Beau, who has won five of his 12 starts and placed 4 times, with two wins at Group1 level, the Newmarket Handicap and the Coolmore Stud Stakes.

He was placed second at Royal Ascot in the Diamond Jubilee Stakes behind Undrafted.

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Maybe Reset just stole the show, he didn’t put a foot wrong, he was unbeaten after five starts winning twice at Group1level to 1600 metres.

He has since sired the Group 1 winners Fawkner, Pinker Pinker, Rebel Raider, Set Square; he has sired 532 runners for 317 winners, a percentage of 59%, with over $31 million.
Other sires paraded were Domesday, Helmet, Kuroshio, Skilled and Street Boss.

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Dreamscape Moves To Queensland

Dreamscape, a son Choisir who was formerly located at Widden Stud, will stand this season at Lucas Bloodstock at Boomah.

He will join One Lickety Split whose oldest are yearlings and will appear to be offered in the sales early next year.

Dreamscape won to 1400 metres, with three of his four wins at Stakes level, he had a good turn of foot, and being by Choisir, is a definite plus as it is a proven sire line.

His dam, Faith In Dreams, is a half sister to the ill fated Festival Hall, who was showing lots of potential up to his untimely death.

Foaled in 2005 Dreamscape is a good strong bay of 16.2 hands, from 67 named foals he has had 40 starters for 14 winners, an average of 35 per cent.

For those that have visited the Lucas Bloodstock at Boomah, there is a positive result for breeders who are booking mares to the horse.


Queensland Breeding On The Move

The latest edition to the breeding scene, in Queensland, is by way of the established sire, Bel Esprit, being relocated to the Queensland arm of Eliza Park International.

Bel Esprit, with progeny earnings of $45 million, is the highest stake earner to stand in the state, he was well received at an open parade day a couple of weeks ago, a full book seems assured.

The sunny state is moving forward, the signs are positive, with the right people at the helm, the vibes are strongly evidenced by what will be known as the $10 million race day bonanza, coinciding with the Magic Millions Sales, on the Gold Coast in January.

Whilst racing is marching forward, the breeding industry is running side by side, with the inclusion of an interesting group of freshman sires.

Better Than Ready, by More Than Ready, fits the category of first season sires, he will be located at Lyndhurst Stud, on the fertile Darling Downs, noted horse breeding country.

He won to Listed level four times, and placed twice at Group 1, with a winning strike rate of 50 per cent, and reduced the record set by Northern Meteor for 1200 metres of 1.8.19, under the steadier of 57 kg.

The best description of Better Than Ready, is that he is a high quality horse, he will stand all the scrutiny, a beautiful individual, he ticks all the boxes.

An intelligent head, good width between the eyes, a deep shoulder, strong timber underneath him, with no blemishes, a good back end and well covered, the qualities one looks for in a sire.

Better Than Ready is owned by former highly successful and respected businessman, Richard Foster, and his wife, Joan.

Richard was recently elected to the committee of the Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders Association.

The husband and wife team spend much of their time at Yarramalong Park, a boutique farm at Kalbar, almost a straight line as the crow flies from the Gold Coast.

Originally the farm was for their retired racehorses, however,around 40 broodmares call it home, last year 27 of them found their way down into the Hunter Valley to be mated with popular sires.

Now most of those mares will be covered by Better Than Ready, he will be given every opportunity that a well bred stallion deserves.


Lyndhurst Stud has a proven reputation of standing successful stallions dating well back to the mid 30s, when The Buzzard reigned supreme; he was among the 10 top sires, 13 times nationally, including the championship twice.

The thoroughbred breeding industry is an unforgiving industry, excuses are seldom accepted, there is rarely a second chance, so much depends of that first crop of foals, that is where the future lies, there is no point looking back, it is all about results, that it what counts.

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Breeding Topics

There was quite a bit of soul searching done at Flemington on Saturday, trying to locate Delightful Choice, the sire of Automatic Choice, winner of the Taj Rossi Series Final, he has quite a pedigree that somehow has slipped under the radar.

When Colin Rees went to the Great Southern Sale he could never have dreamt he would turn a $750 purchase into a return of $83,190, in exactly 12 months.

The sire, Delightful Choice, is unraced, by Redoute’s Choice, out of a strong South African family, the dam, Lady’s Delight, was more than handy winning six races in good company, and well related.

Chateau Istana showed up on the radar on Saturday, siring a winner in Idance at Randwick, for the powerful Hawkes stable.

Chateau Istana proved a rather handy sprinter with a lovely pedigree and quite a fleet of foot, winning, at two, the Flying Childers Stakes at Doncaster at Group 2 level, besides two other wins at the same age.

It is doubtful if Hong Kong was his forte, he may have been better suited had he remained in the U K before coming to Australia.

Chateau Istana stood at Oaklands Stud, the property of Neville Stewart on the Darling Downs,  renowned slice of horse country, as good as it gets.

Oaklands are currently standing Sidereus, a lovely horse, a replica of his sire General Nediym and Wicked Style, a stylish chestnut; he was more than a capable racehorse, a top two year old in the U. S.

Glenlogan Park, the leading stud in Queensland, is closing off the current season with satisfactory results.

Show A Heart ticks all the boxes, a brilliant sprinter with a great turn of foot, placed in both the Newmarket Handicap and Oakleigh Plate, and excelled to a mile in the Caulfield Guineas and Toorak Handicap, another winner at Doomben on Saturday in the form of Cum Dividend, winning over 1350 metres.

He is currently showing 41 per cent winners to runners this season, it is a great success story with progeny earnings of $37,926,944, he could still crack the $38 million this season.



Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders

Queensland has long been recognised as an ideal climate, the winters are not so severe and the spring arrives early, a more even temperature which suits man and beast, and generally an important factor for the birth of early foals.

Mares cycle more readily and are more reliable in the warmer climate, conducive to their coats breaking early, the result a more likely chance of an early foal.

Generally horses enjoy the heat, it is no problem to them, except if it becomes extreme, the winters seem to drag on longer in the southern states, mares can be much slower to activate coming out of a cold winter.

Several methods can be adopted to induce mares into season, but there is no substitute to replace nature.

Queensland has four first season sires that we know of, that will add a lot of interest to the new season.

BETTER THAN READY (2009) Bay or Br by More Than Ready – Sally’s World by Agnes World .A winner in Group company of 8 races.

By a champion sire from a winning dam, won as a two year old at Listed level, at three won five of his 11 starts inc. Group 3 Brian Crowley Hcp.
A proven sire line, the speed factor is evident from the family of Rancher.
A magnificent quality horse – a good racehorse – an exciting young sire.
Standing at Lyndhurst Stud Warwick, once the home of The Buzzard and Smokey Eyes.

HVASSTAN (2009) Bay by Fastnet Rock –Snow Hero by True Hero, a winner Group 3 Norman Robinson Hcp, fourth in the Group1 Victoria Derby.

Dam Snow Here won seven races, dam of six foals to race five winners from the family of Coal Pak winner of 20 races inc. Group1 Oakleight Plate ,WATC Lee Steere Stakes total Stake earnings of $322,755 .
Sold for $260,000 as a yearling, won from 1400 to 2000 metres an outstanding stud prospect.
Standing at Clear Mountain Fairview, Greenmount

STRAIGHT (2008) Bay by Lonhro – Unswerving by Commands  

By Lonhro the highest earning stakes sire ever to stand at stud and become champion sire in Australia, his 26 wins inc. 11 at Group 1 level, 10 at Group level, Stake earnings $5,790,510.
Champion three year old –Champion miler –Sire of 52 Stakes winners --Set a new Aust. record of 160 winners in a single season.
Straight the only son of Lonhro standing at stud in Queensland, from Unswerving by Commands with a double cross of a dominant female in Eight Carat
Standing at Burwood Stud Pittsworth.

WHITTINGTON (2010) by Tale Of The Cat – Maha Chakri by Beautiful Crown, he was quite a smart colt winning the Listed Breeder’s Plate and was placed in the Canonbury Stakes also Listed.

He should appeal to breeders, the Breeders Plate is a time honoured race, it has been won by some very good colts that have met with much success when they ultimately went to stud.

There is speed on both sides of his pedigree; he should be capable of attracting some nice mares.


Canford Cliffs Strikes Black Type

The first of the progeny of Canford Cliffs are coming to hand quickly, with his first crop of runners in the northern hemisphere when Painted Cliffs won the Group 2 Railway Stakes at The Curragh in Ireland.

Earlier in the day he had his first Stakes performer when Bournemouth Belle finished third in the Listed Express Stakes at Newmarket

If the progeny of Canford Cliffs can inherit fifty per cent of their sire’s race ability, a lot of people are going to get a lot of enjoyment.

He proved a superior racehorse winning seven of his 11 starts in elite company, including the Coventry Stakes, Sussex Stakes, Queen Anne Stakes and the Irish Two Thousand Guineas at The Curragh.

He was the ideal miler, he could quicken under pressure as was seen in the majority of his wins.


Adelaide at Coolmore

Cox Plate success, Adelaide, will take up stud duties at Coolmore, standing for $22,000 including GST.

His Cox Plate win was sensational; he covered a lot of ground, coming from last circling every horse in the field.

Ryan Moore, who had never ridden at Moonee Valley previously, summed the situation up perfectly; he deliberately plotted a wide course throughout the race making sure he was not going to get involved in a traffic jam.

Adelaide is a lightly raced entire, he has had just the nine starts, winning four times and never out of a place until the Group 1Queen Elizabeth Stakes.

Whether that decision to run could be debated, a bog track didn’t assist him and there was no pre run leading into the race, all that suffered was his winning strike rate.

However, that is all behind Adelaide now, he will be given every opportunity at Coolmore, he will get some nice mares with pedigree that will surely suit him.

He is by the English Derby winner, Galileo, who has stood in both hemispheres with success from a successful female line.

His dam, Elletelle, was a more than handy filly, she won the prestigious Group 2 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot, plus she was placed three times at Group level, she is a half sister to Freedom, she won four races and is the dam of four winners.

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