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A Reason To Celebrate

There were drinks all round at Blue Gum Farm, for a good reason, the first Group success for the resident sire, Turffontein, when Fontein Ruby won the Edward Manifold Stakes.

She led for most of the trip, hanging on grimly to defeat the heavily supported Maastricht, and Crafty, in the Group 2 event.

Her sire, Turffontein, a dual Group 1 success, was a highly consistent racehorse; he never finished further back than fourth in 19 of his 31 starts.

Now in his 10th year he is really a lovely chestnut, there is quite a lot of quality about him, he is very appealing to breeders.

His sire, Johannesburg, was also a good looker, and an exceptional two year old, winning seven Group races in four countries.


Breeding Topics

Al Samer, who formerly stood at Diggers Rest in Victoria, has been relocated to Queensland where he will stand at Clear Mountain Fairview Stud.

The son of Redoute’s Choice is a nice horse; he offered a lot but never quite delivered, for a variety of reasons.

There was hardly a decent bunch of mares where he had stood, he was behind the eight ball from the beginning, basically that is where he remained.

If there is not a strong base of mares to support the sire, plus a sound clientele with good quality mares, it becomes nothing more than a wasted exercise.

He was inbred to a superior dominant mare, the grand dam of Danehill, in Spring Adieu, who is the two removed from his own dam, My Lady’s Key.

Spring Adieu is out of Natalma, hence she is a half sister to Northern Dancer, the most influential sire of our time.

The distaff line could never be questioned, Almahmoud, Arbitrator and Mother Goose, to (Old Jack) Carbine.  


Carlton House Goes To Stud

Carlton House, the highly talented son of Street Cry, will join the Darley stallion roster at Kelvinside, Aberdeen, this season.

Owned and raced by Her Majesty The Queen, Carlton House was a dual hemisphere Group 1 performer.

He is standing at a fee $16,500.

Stud Book and Risa Sold

The Australian Stud Book, known as the breeder’s bible, and Risa, have been sold to the Australian Racing Board based in Sydney.

It is believed the Stud Book was sold for $18 million, there has been no mention of money concerning Risa.


Costs Too High For Breeders

Hobby breeders are beginning to tire of the costs to breed horses, the fun and the enjoyment is no longer there.

Service fees for the stallions are an agreed arrangement between the stallion owner and the owner of the mare, however, the hidden costs, once the mare arrives at the stud; neither party has any control over.

Once the veterinary surgeons become involved with a problem mare, costs can rise at a rapid rate, without the slightest consultation with the rightful owner of the mare.

The mare owner is fully entitled to be made aware of any additional charges that would be considered excessive, instead of being hit with whopping great account that has never been fully explained.

Malcolm Boyd, of Bullarook Park, is the only known stud that lists the various charges on the booking form, including veterinary extras prior to the mare arriving at the stud.

Surely that must be welcomed by mare owners they are often left in the dark with little knowledge of the final account.


Boom Yearling Sales

Sales were up, and vendors were happy, with results of 10 yearling sales held nationally between January and May, overall 5.524 lots were offered, with 3,981 lots sold for an aggregate of $272,992,681.

The overall average was $68,574, with the colts averaging $72,578 and the fillies at $63,444.

As expected the Inglis Easter Sales turnover was $90,201,100, the sale topper was lot 149, the Fastnet Rock colt from Perfect Persausion, he sold for $1.6 million.

Magic Millions turnover was $85,359.000, the colts averaged $119,352 and the fillies $112,811.


Messara Pulls The Pin On Royal Ascot

It didn’t long for John Messara to announce that It’s A Dundeel will not be going to Royal Ascot in July, he is currently on his way to Arrowfield where he will stand at stud.

The service fee is already set at $27,500, a realistic fee to begin with, he will not lack support at that fee.

John Messara is a great breeding promoter, it didn’t take him long to realise there was nothing to be achieved by going to Royal Ascot, the bloom is on the horse and that is what counts.

Now the horse has been retired he will revert back to his original name of Dundeel, a name change was required due to a duplication by another horse registered by that name at the same period, it would have created confusion as both horses were registered in two different countries.

Dundeel, as we now know him, is by High Chaparral who was a genuine international race performer, his 10 wins were at the highest level in both the U.S and the U.K, he was not out of a place in 13 starts.

Besides being by High Chaparral , Dundeel has a pretty sound pedigree, whilst his dam, Stareel, by Zabeel, was unraced her five foals were all winners, she was out of an Oaks winner in Staring, the best filly of her year, plus a good producer.


Zoustar Coming To Victoria

Zoustar, potentially the most exciting stud prospect in decades, is coming to Victoria where he will stand at Woodside Park, at Tylden.

An arrangement has been struck between Widden Stud, in the Hunter Valley, and Woodside Park, that will see the horse stand alternative seasons in each state.

This is the most positive step seen in this state for several years, Woodside Park have shown great initiative in their effort to boost the image of the Victorian bloodstock breeding industry.

“This historic arrangement, with Widden, gives our breeders access to the hottest young sire prospect in Australia,” said Murray Tillett, Woodside’s general manager.

Several of the better three year old colts such as Vain, Testa Rossa and Redoute’s Choice, all raced with success in Victoria, but ultimately were lost to New South Wales based stud farms.

Zoustar will be the hottest stud prospect, a dual Group 1 winner, with success in the Goldenrose, Rosehill, and the Coolmore Stud Stakes on Derby Day.

By Northern Meteor, first season leading sire who died at the beginning of the stud season a few months ago, as the result of a bout of colic.

Zoustar is going to attract quality mares, he is a quality horse himself with Group1 wins to his credit that captures the imagination of all breeders, it is the results that count in the sale ring.

The breeders are the production line of the industry, their income is derived from the sale ring .

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Zoustar - A great stud prospect


Magnus Rolls On

There are no boundaries where Magnus is concerned, or limits to where his progeny are winning; Lucky Symbol at Morphettville, and Peter Moody led in Fight To The Line at Mornington.

Fight To The Line is from the first crop of foals by Magnus, out of Delicate Snip, a daughter of Snippets, she was a more than handy mare winning four city races, she carries a double cross of Lunchtime, a prominent sire at Widden some years ago.


Magnus Fires Up For Eliza Park

Magnus is riding on the crest of a wave with six winners to his credit in as many days, proving the most consistent sire in Victoria at present.

He has had another great stud season as one would expect, he was a serious sprinter and has inherited the speed of his dam, Scandinavia, among the most remarkable mares in the stud book she has created   a dynasty, rare to say the least.

She was a very good filly, winning four races, with two at Group level and has since made a highly successful transition to stud.

The secret maybe as proved so often, lightly raced mares, with proven ability at two and three years of age, have a better strike rate than mares that have been over raced.

Scandinivia is ample proof of that through Magnus, Wilander, Scandiva, Arctic Flight and Helsinge, the dam of Black Caviar and All Too Hard.

Magnus comes off a wonderful female line, plus his sire line answers all the questions being a grandson of Danehill, through one of his better sons in Flying Spur.

With three crops of racing age Magnus is performing to the optimum, his progeny winning races consistently, giving the impression they will race on.

He is covering a book of 110 mares this season, with a good number of winning mares that will give him every chance.

There is an impressive draft of yearlings to represent him at the various sales in 2014.

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Magnus - Already a proven sire




Focus On Chatswood Stud

The focus was on Chatswood Stud at Flemington, on Saturday, with the win of Polanski in the U C I Stakes.

There was much significance attached to the success as it was the only Stakes winner sired in Australia by the world champion miler, Ratki.

He stood for just a couple of seasons at Chatswood Stud, Seymour; he died in 2010 a few days before he was due to return to the Irish National Stud.

Ratki defeated Elvstroem when they met in the Group 1 Lockridge Stakes at Newbury.

His sole representative in the Derby, Polanski, could further enhance the family of his dam, Citrium, if he could win the Classic.

She is a triple city winning mare by Citidancer, of her nine foals six have raced for five winners, with Polanski the best to date.

A two year old filly by Amadeus Wolf appeals as a likely type, plus a filly foal by Purrealist, the sire of the Caulfield Cup favourite, Hawkspur, and hopefully she is now in foal to Reward For Effort.

Should Polanski win the Derby the no sale sign is sure to go up at Chatswood Stud, you don’t generally sell fillies related to a classic winner.

There is a lot of nostalgia concerning the pedigree of her grand dam on her direct maternal line, Taimian was by the American bred Taipan, by the great Bold Ruler, out of Ritmar, by Star Kingdom.

Ritmar was sold to American interests after she won the Lightning Stakes at Flemington as a two year old, with the feather weight of 43 kgs.


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