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Darley, the biggest breeding operation in Australia, will stand 22 sires between their two properties, Kelvinside in New South Wales, and Northwood Park at Nagambie.

Darley and Eliza Park both offer breeders very attractive terms with payment on a live foal, and ultimately others stud may have to adopt the same policy.

Kelvinside will stand 15 sires this season, among the newcomers is Shooting To Win, he will stand at $38,000, Hollowed Crown $33,000, Dawn Approach $27,000, and Sidestep $11,000.

Hallowed Crown has lots of appeal, he was successful in six of his nine starts, including two wins at Group 1, plus his female line has a lot of strength about it, his dam, Crowned Glory, was Golden Slipper placed, and third dam ,Lady Giselle, cannot be overlooked being the dam of Zabeel.

Medaglia D’Oro joins Exceed And Excel at the top of the list, standing at $110,000, followed by Lonhro at $88,000, and Sepoy at $66,000.

What’s new at Northwood Park? The willow the wisp sprinter, Brazen Beau, potentially the hottest young sire to stand his first season in Victoria this year.

He is entitled to the claim best sprinter in the world from those who had precarious grip on the title, leading into the Newmarket Handicap he simply blew them all away.

Brazen Beau is currently in the U K in preparation for his assault on those that may oppose him at Royal Ascot.

Dream Ahead at Emirates, opened his winning account as a sire when Dream Dreamer won a maiden race over 1000 metres at Windsor.

He was a horse with a neat turn of foot, winning six of his nine starts up to 1400 metres.

The Prix Morny, at beautiful Deauville, and the July Cup, at Newmarke,t both Group 1, saw him defeat the best of the sprinters on both sides of the channel.

Dream Ahead is by Diktat by Warning, is not all that well known down here, he is leaving quite a number of horses that are performing well in the U. K.


Brilliant Speedster for Coolmore

Rubick is a welcome addition to the stallion roster at Coolmore, where he will receive the opportunity at stud that he so richly deserves.

Coolmore will give him that chance, otherwise it is an absolutely wasted exercise, nothing is gained.

His natural speed and precocity are his finest attributes that is what the commercial market is looking for, and will see out.

He was lightly raced, his trainer, Gerald Ryan, was well aware of his pace, that saw win at two, and then the Group 2 Schillaci Stakes as a three year old.

His dam line is beyond question that is where the strength originates from, within the second dam, including Hurricane Sky, Umatilla, Al Maher, Redoute’s Choice and the latest addition, Manhattan Rain.

Rubick was the pick of the yard when he paraded for the Blue Diamond Prelude, which he duly won with the speed of a gazelle.

He is letting down into a lovely horse, the quality is there, so is the pedigree, and the ability cannot be questioned.

Blue Diamond 2YO GG Prelude Rubick B Avdulla GAZ 1477A CustomRubick goes to Coolmore


Double For O’Lonhro

O’LONHRO was making news earlier in the week, for the right reasons, siring a winning double at Park, Pakenham.

The first leg of the double, Big Boy Jackie, will be inserted into the records books as the first horse to lead all the way and win at the course.

While the second leg of the double, Lirabird, did no harm winning either at her first start in a race, the filly is trained by Geni Gillis at Kilmore.

O’Lonhro was never seriously tried until three, so therefore you could hardly expect him to get the precocious two year olds, it seldom works that way.

Furthermore, he was not represented with yearlings at last year’s sales, he had one yearling in the sales this year selling for $25,000, against a service fee of $5,000, surely there could be no grizzles there.

We are all aware of O’Lonhro’s sire, Lonhro, a great racehorse, no argument there, and leading sire, his sons are coming along nicely, Pierro is yet to emerge on the scene.

O’Lonhro was not afforded the opportunities of his sire for obvious reasons; he simply didn’t cover the quality of mares as his own sire did.

Let’s not forget that our sire in question, won, and was placed at weight for age, each time at Group 2 level, he may never have seen a Black Type mare, except on the racecourse.

Before the first stone is cast those breeding horses must realise it is easy to be critical of the sire and allow the mare to escape free of any criticism.

The genetic balance can always be questioned, although it is generally recognised at 62.5 per cent attributed to the mare, which is reasonable including gestation, she is with the foal approximately for 17 months.

olonhrostanding CustomO'Lonhro at Larneuk Stud


2015 Great Southern Sale

21—22—23 June 2015


For weanlings which X Rays have been submitted, these X Rays must have been taken no earlier than 42 days prior to the commencement of the sale and consist of 36 views.

Weanlings which have not had X Rays lodged in the repository on arrival at Oaklands will not be able to be offered in the Platinum Session.

Those that wish to enter in this session should indicate accordingly on the form, or alternatively phone Inglis.

Weanlings by First Season Sires in the Platinum Session only will receive free entry to the sale.


Queensland Breeders

Queenslanders were on a roll at Royal Randwick the first day of the Championships with Miss Cover Girl taking out the P J Bell Stakes, and Candelara winning the time honoured Adrian Knox Stakes.

Both races were at Group 3 level, a definite plus for the Queensland industry that is going from strength to strength.

Miss Cover Girl has an impressive strike rate having won seven races from 11 starts and only out of a place once, she returned to scale with a credit balance now of $368,900.

Her sire, Monashee Mountain, was unbeaten as a two year old in Ireland; he also won in France and the UK.

Like his daughter, Monashee Mountain had a good winning strike rate when he raced with progeny earnings near $30 million, and winners to runners of 60 per cent, he has more than paid for his keep.

Miss Cover Girl is becoming quite a valuable filly, not only race wise, also breeding potential; she is out of Tolart, by the brilliant Show A Heart.

Candelara completed the Queensland bred double when she put paid to the opposition in the Group 3 Adrian Knox, with quite a bit in hand.

In a normal year this the ideal dress rehearsal for the Oaks, but this is far from a normal year, a lot will depend on how the track plays.

She deserves her chance, you only get the one tilt at a classic, she showed a good turn of foot when Hugh Bowman called upon her, and the run could not be faulted.

Candelara is by Real Saga, he was a lightly raced colt who only raced at two; he did enough at that age to suggest he had the qualities to make a sire.

With four crops on the ground he is doing the job expected of him, siring young precocious horses with a double cross of Star Kingdom on the distaff side of his pedigree, this will do him no harm that is where the influence lies.

Real Saga was a high class colt; he is making an impact as a sire at Glenlogan Park Stud.


Breeding Topics

Newhaven Park’s quality draft for the Sydney Eastern Yearling Sales is looking more impressive with pedigrees updates since the catalogue was printed.

Unfortunately the stud has no siblings to English; she was magnificent in the Group 2 Reisling Stakes and beat all but the winner, Vancouver, in the Golden Slipper.

Lot 56, the brown colt by Redoute’s Choice from Miss Marielle, is a full brother to Peeping, winner of the Listed Sebring Stakes, she can add further lustre to the family in the Group 3 P J Bell Stakes at Randwick tomorrow.

Lot 125, the bay Colt by Sepoy from Raise, is a half brother to Molopole, finished third in the Listed Tasmanian Oaks.

Lot 272, the Commands – Already, her filly by Not A Single Doubt (The Grey Flash), finished second in last week’s Group 3 SAJC Breeders Stakes.

Lot 475, a stylish chestnut filly by Manhattan Rain from Sunriseontheonasis (Winter Street ), by Fastnet Rock, recently won by four lengths.


Rockhampton is the destination, after the Championships at Royal Randwick, four days of good racing, Thursday and Saturday, plus the Annual Yearling Sales the following day.

Jeff Leaver, co-ordinated on behalf of the Central Queensland Thoroughbred Breeders an interesting catalogue of 116 lots, 18 lots fewer than last year, with the selling agent being the Magic Millions.

With prize money continuing to increase in Queensland, it creates an incentive to further invest in racing.

Generally Queensland is an ideal climate for breeding the thoroughbred horse, the texture in the soil is beneficial for the growth of strong bone.

Several successful sires are well represented in the sale, together with prominent families that have appeal.

A number of winners have graduated from the sales, in particular River Lad, who won last year’s Group 1 Stradbroke Handicap at Eagle Farm.

Yearlings purchased at the sales will be eligible for the two year old classic in 2016, with stakes at $120,000, and the three year old Classic in 2017 of $30,000.

The turnover from last year’s sales were $787,500, a filly by Seidnazar topped the sale at $40,000.



When Philip Campbell selected Turffontein as a potential sire for his Blue Gum Farm, I had to question his judgement.

Whilst he is an absolutely magnificent horse, quality from head to tail, a dual Group 1 success, and was genuine, always there about the money.

My only doubt was his sire line, I felt that while his sire,Johannesburg, was the best juvenile of his year, a champion in fact, Coolmore gave him every chance before sacking him.

However, Turffontein has shrugged off what could have been a negative into a positive, he is an exciting young sire with a great future as was again seen when Fontein Ruby blew away the field at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

There is no harder working stud owner than Malcolm Boyd, a jack of all trades that has mastered most.

He is the squire of Bullarook Park Stud at Avenel, the property has had a few change of names since it was first developed by John Ingleton and Frank Reys, under the name Glen Appin, where the first Golden Slipper winner stood at a Victorian stud.

Bullarook Park is home to Strategic Maneuver, a lightly raced horse having had just the two starts, showing a great turn of foot to win as a two year old at his only start in Sydney; he broke a pedal bone soon after that.

He has been well supported with mares since going to stud in 2011, with one winner under his belt already and topping the third day yearling sale in Adelaide when a filly from the Canny Lad mare Millisecond, sold for $87,500.

Strategic Maneuver is by Royal Academy out of Gauntlet Crystal by Marscay, the second dam is by Vain and the next dam by Todman.

Bullarook Park is also home to the German import, Lucas Cranach, he was a winner at weight for age here that says a lot for his ability, his strike rate was better than 50 per cent.

Star Kingdom, one may wonder if a thought was spared for him as the horses paraded at Rosehill on Saturday, in the race named in his honour.

I doubt it, he was foaled in April 1946 at Cloghran Stud in County Dublin Ireland, his breeder, Richard Ball, was among the most successful breeders in the world.

Star Kingdom raced as Star King in the United Kingdom; however, a name change was necessary when it was found we already had a Star King in the Australian Stud Book.

He was not tall by any means, 15.1 hh to be exact, he was champion sire five times and figured among the three top sires of the season 10 times.

The first five winners of the Golden Slipper Stakes were sired by Star Kingdom, his son, Todman, sired two Slipper winners, another son, Koaru Star, sired a winner and a daughter, Dark Jewel, was the dam of Baguette.

No sire ever hit the headlines like Star Kingdom at the 1954 AJC Spring Carnival, over the four days his first crop of foals to race, Kingster, won the Breeder’s Plate on the Saturday, while Ultrablue won the Gimcrack Stakes on the Monday, both were Group races.

Fenway has the pedigree to win the ATC Oaks, and confidence has soared after her performance in winning the Vinery Stud Stakes.

She is by High Chaparral, a great sire of brilliant middle distance horses, he does not get much beyond that.

High Chaparral won the Epsom Derby; it could be assessed as a performance of staying power, combined with a good serving of brilliance.

The dam of Fenway, Deedra by Zabeel, is becoming more palatable, this looks the ideal recipe for classic success.


Hvasstan Going To Stud

Hvasstan will go to stud at the conclusion of the winter carnival in Brisbane.

The son of Fastnet Rock will run in selected races over the carnival prior to taking up stud duties at Clear Mountain Fairview stud, at Greenmount on the fertile Darling Downs.

Hvasstan will be prepared for his Brisbane campaign by Tony Gollan, a competent young trainer, he is sure to place the horse to advantage.

He was a $260,000 yearling when purchased by Manny Gelagotis, and trained by his brother Peter, the colt won the Group 3 Norman Robinson Handicap at Caulfield over 2000 metres besides three other races, he was a shade unlucky when running fourth in the Derby.

Being by Fastnet Rock and capable of winning over middle distance, plus his initial service fee of $4,400, there should be some interesting times ahead.

Hvasstan has quite a good dam line being out of Snow Hero; she won seven races and was competitive in Group and Listed Company.

He will join the current sires, Outback Prince, Primus and Tycoon Ruler, at Clear Mountain Fairview who have a nice draft of yearlings entered for the Magic Millions March Yearling Sales on the Gold Coast, on Monday and Tuesday of next week.


Sepoy Steals Show At M M

Sepoy was setting the pace at the opening session of the Magic Millions yearling sales when a filly, by the former crack two year old, was knocked down to Chinese interests for $850,000.

The dam, Celebrity Girl by Starcraft, had a heap of pace winning three races from a limited racing career

She was offered by Mill Park, at Meningie, on the edge of Lake Albert in South Australia, at the opposite side of the lake, is Narrung where Tobin Bronze was bred.

A further five lots were offered by Sepoy, making a total of six lots for a turnover of $2,095,000, with the average being $349,166.

As always Gai Waterhouse was prominent, purchasing a colt by More Than Ready from Chinchilla Rose, bidding ceased at $600,000.

As expected there was a strong Victorian presence, Lee Freedman led the charge outlaying $1.3 million on four lots, with a Redoute’s Choice for half a million.

Peter Moody wasn’t far behind either, buying five lots for $ 1.090 million, securing a Sepoy colt for $520,000.

Mick Price, always a screwed judge, was having a field day, picking up nine lots for three quarters of a million.

Robbie Laing set his heart on two lovely youngsters by the sensational So You Think, a great racehorse who looks sure to continue his success rate into the breeding barn; Robbie was still smiling as he parted with a cool $485,000.

Mark Kavanagh, who is putting together a handy team of horses again at Flemington, he put his hand up for two lots, one in particular is interesting Lot 56, the only yearling in the sale by the champion miler, Canford Cliffs.

Illustrating once again the progeny of our sprinters will always be in demand, they are without question unparalleled in the world of breeding, and racing is all about the quick return that will never change, it maintains the industry.


December Sales Well Attended

The Inglis December Sales at the Oaklands Junction, conducted on Friday, were among the best sales at this time of the year.

Naturally most interest was centred on the three year old colt, Nordic Empire, a promising young horse, a dual Caulfield winner when last in work.

Bids were flying about, like confetti, until bidding ceased at $260,000 to the call of Inglis, the buyer was not disclosed.

It is most likely that the colt will remain in the stable of Mick Price at Caulfield, where he has met with his previous success.

Darley dispensed with 15 lots of mostly unraced horses, realising $377, 450, John McMillan, from Adelaide, went to $90,000 for Important, by Denman from Prestigious, an unraced American bred mare by Rainbow Quest.

Caulfield trainer, Luke Oliver, who is on the crest of a wave at present, went to $54,000 for Faraja, a three year old Maiden winner at Sale, he is by Medaglia D’Oro from Lajoie, she has produced three winners to date and is a sister to Thorn Park.


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