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Magnus A Bright Light

The spotlight is shining prominently on Magnus with the success he has achieved with just two crops of racing age.

Those that bred to him in his first couple of seasons were the studious breeders, those that acknowledged a precocious pedigree, and early maturity, was also another factor.

Pedigree has a habit of coming out on to, in this case it did with Magnus, he is a highly promising young sire with a lot ahead of him.

Magnus won four races, including the Galaxy Stakes Group 1, and VRC Linlithgow Stakes, and was placed second in major Group 1 sprints three times.

While luck may have escaped Magnus in some of those major sprints, he is right on track now, he has made the transition, he is getting the chances that he so richly deserves, to be acknowledged among the most exciting sires in Victoria.

During the just concluded season he had 79 runners for 36 winners of 57 races. 3 Stakes winners and 4 Stakes placed.

He also set a record of winners to runners in Australia for a second season sire, his total progeny earnings amount to $1,775,490.

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Magnus - Highly promising sire


Widden’s Loss

The tragic loss of Northern Meteor to a bout of colic is a severe blow to Widden Stud, where he stood, but also the bloodstock industry in general.

He was clearly the first season leading two year old sire, with 19 winners from 49 runners.

The is no doubt the best was yet to come, he was on the brink of a brilliant career that saw him booked out for the fast approaching 2013 season.

In a brief racing career he had just the nine starts, winning three times, his win in the Group1 Ascot   Vale Stakes was a classic.

First time at Flemington he mastered the straight six, the only time the opposition were close to him was at the barrier.

Northern Meteor was by Encosta De Lago, from a nice family including Smart Missile, who looks destined for stardom as a potential sire.

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Northern Meteor at Widden



Last Saturday was a red letter day for Yarraman Park Stud, and the Mitchell brothers, Arthur and Harry, when Magic Albert, their resident sire, chalked up 100 winners for the season, per medium of Master Harry saluting at Rosehill.

It’s a great achievement for any sire, and in particular Magic Albert, he was such a genuine racehorse and a favourite with punters.

A rich chestnut he won seven of his 13 starts, with the majority of his wins at Rosehill, he scored at Group 2 in the S T C Peter Pan Stakes.

Magic Albert inherited much of the ability of his sire Zeditave, a brilliant racehorse trained by the late Angus Armanasco.


Mulaazem At Emirates

When Mike Becker, an old mate, invited me up to Emirates Park, at Diggers Rest, to look over their new sire, Mulaazem, I couldn’t resist the invitation.

The time wasn’t wasted, he is a lovely horse with a lot of quality, he had definite race ability, plus being a half brother to Sepoy, he is a welcome addition to the breeding scene in Victoria.

While so many stallions have to depend solely on outside mares, that will not be the case with Mulaazem, Emirates are supporting him with 30 nice mares from their main base at Murrurundi, north of Scone.

He won three of his seven starts, which included the Group 2 Autumn Stakes defeating Super Cool, Fiveandahalfstar and Hvasstan, all likely to be strong contenders in the major races during the spring.

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Mulaazem - Head study

Mulaazem served notice that he was a promising horse when he won the Cove Hotel at Sandown, over 1400 metres by 10 lengths.

He won three of his seven starts when trained by Peter Moody, who described him as a high quality colt.

His sire, Dubai Destination, was not over raced; he defeated Rock Of Gibraltar in the Champion Stakes at Doncaster and was successful in the Group 1 Queen Anne Stakes at Royal Ascot.

Whilst Dubai Destination was not a major success as a sire, he did get a winner at Flemington yesterday, and in his defence, similar to Galileo, he has performed much better as a sire in the northern hemisphere.

Mulaazem does possess a much more impressive female line than his dad; furthermore, it is current through his dam Watchful, by Danehill.

His pedigree is enhanced by a brilliant female family, boasting two Golden Slipper Stakes winners close up, Sepoy and Canny Lad, and a family noted for its Black Type performers.

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Mulaazem at Emirates, Diggers Rest



Purrealist has joined the major league, siring his Group 1 success with the win of Hawkspur in the Channel Seven Queensland Derby.

It is not uncommon for a sprinter to get a stayer, but never the less it is still a dash good effort and certainly worthy of a mention.

Purrealist was a highly promising colt, he won the Caulfield Guineas Prelude Group3, yet his racing career was limited to a mere five starts, he won twice and was placed three times.

He is currently standing at Chatswood Stud, Seymour, where he is likely to receive better opportunities; it is a stud that producers sound horses.

Purrealist is by Tale Of The Cat, a proven sire line, plus he is a half brother to John O’Shea’s outstanding miler, Racing To Win, he won the Doncaster, Epsom, All Aged Stakes and the George Main Stakes.

He stands at a reasonable fee, and breeding to a sire that has had a Group1 success up his sleeve, is an advantage.



Whilst Galileo has been a raging success as a sire in the northern hemisphere, one could hardly say the same when he shuttled here all those years ago.

He was banished with the tag never again, yet in the twilight of his life he is being mentioned with the same reverence as Blandford, and even Phalaris.

What a week it has been for the son of Sadler’s Wells, a Derby double English and French, and the Irish Derby yet to come.

The English Derby was a true family affair, besides siring the winner, Ruler Of The World, and the third placegetter, Galileo Rock, his son, New Approach, split them with the second placegetter, Libertarian.

New Approach sired the Oaks winner, Talent, while Galileo was responsible for Secret Gesture, who finished second, three and a quarter lengths away.  

While the Irish 2000 Guineas was won by Magician, yes another Classic winner for Galileo.

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Galileo - Still going strong


Great Southern Sale

There were no records broken on the first day of the Great Southern Sale with 200 weanlings catalogued for sale, after 37 lots were passed in and 21 lots withdrawn, 142 lots were sold.

It is disappointing for vendors when horses were not even making their service fee that is an unfortunate side of the industry.

Lot 62 was the sales topper, a colt by Exceed And Excel offered by Makybe at Gnarwarre, he changed hands at $110,000, was purchased by Lyndhurst Farm New Zealand.

He was not really a stand out weanling; however, he was by Exceed And Excel, the current leading sire of two year olds this season, having said that he was from a strong international family.

Dual King Stand Stakes winner, Equiano, showcased some nice youngsters, with the top lot selling for $35,000.

Blue Diamond Stakes success, Reward For Effort, had his first crop on display with a nice filly changing hands for $23,000.

There were some impressive young horses representing their sire, Stryker, with his first crop to be seen out.

Eight lots sold for an aggregate of $134,500, his average being $16, 812, with the top price being $28,000, he was a lovely colt from a strong first generation pedigree.

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Stryker - A promising sire


Delago Deluxe For Newhaven

The Kelly’s of Boorowa are back in business with the announcement the South African sprinting sensation, Delago Deluxe, will stand at Newhaven Park this season.

Newhaven Park has been just treading water, as you might say, waiting for the right horse to come along.

This looks to be the right horse, his pedigree cannot be question, plus he was well endowed with ability, which was evident when he won his first race.

Bred by Gerry Harvey, he was a $550,000 yearling out of the 2008 Magic Millions Sale on the Gold Coast, purchased by Charles Laird and Markus Jooste to race in South Africa.

He was undoubtedly a class act, unbeaten as a two year old and returned at three to win the time honoured Group1 Golden Horseshoe against open age.

Delago Deluxe has quite an intriguing pedigree, he is by Encosta de Lago, from Succeeding, by Flying Spur, thus he is inbred to a dominant female in Rolls, by Mr Prospector, she was unraced.

A double cross to a dominant female has a proven record, it has worked well in several instances, the dominant female here in this case is Rolls, she has an enormous influence in this pedigree.

Encosta De Lago is out of Shoal Creek from Rolls, while she is the dam of Flying Spur, therefore Shoal Creek and Flying Spur and half relations.

Delago Deluxe may return Newhaven Park to that golden era when Wilkes, by Court Martial, was the pride of Newhaven; he was an outstanding sire standing in the same era as the great Star Kingdom.

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Delago Deluxe to stand at Newhaven Park


Winner for Astronomer Royal

Table Ronde, a three year old filly by Astronomer Royal, credited her sire with his first Stakes winner at Saint Cloud in France.

This was by far her most impressive win in the Listed Prix Volterra, it was her third win and her first at 1600 metres

Astronomer Royal stands at Eliza Park, his oldest progeny are two year olds.


Winner For Amadeus Wolf

Instrumentalist, one of several imported horses in the Chris Waller stable at Rosehill, showed a great turn of foot to win at Canterbury during the week.

The win was the first on Australian soil for Amadeus Wolf; he went to stud in Ireland during the 2008 northern hemisphere season.

He is now located at Chatswood Stud Seymour, his oldest are yearlings; they will appear on the tracks in the new season.

Amadeus Wolf was a smart two year old himself, he was endowed with plenty of talent in winning the Group1 Middle Park Stakes at Newmarket, the Group 2 Gimcrack Stakes and the Group2 Duke of York Stakes, both run at York.

Needless to say he was brilliant at that age; he won the prestigious races at two, the avenue taken by so many successful sires before him.

Amadeus Wolf has a great character; he is a high quality thoroughbred, as portrayed in the picture below.

He is by Mozart, by Danehill, that dominant highly recognised male line of Danzig that has met with so much success throughout the entire world, particularly within the southern hemisphere.

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Amadeus Wolf, by Mozart


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