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Magnus is chipping away nicely, a double at Mornington on Friday last, and another double at Werribee on Sunday, he is getting winners at the right time of the year with the Melbourne Yearling Sales approaching.

His name is firmly attached to the radar screen as he is getting winners at a consistent rate, with quite a few suggesting they will get further distance.

Magnus is currently on top of the second seasons list, runners to winners, with 37 runners for 16 winners, followed by Hard Spun 42—15, Casino Prince 63—14, and Host 26—13, however Host, has the better average of 50 per cent.

Bel Esprit, shunned as a yearling due to a hock problem, made the grade as a racehorse, winning eight races, all at Black Type level.

Now proving an outstanding stud asset, siring 41 winners in 30 days during the month of December.


Foxwedge To Shuttle

Foxwedge, the brilliant Group1 winning son of Fastnet Rock, has arrived at Whistbury Manor Stud, in the U K, to stand a season in the northern hemisphere.

He completed his first season at Newgate Farm where he covered 163 mares, with 138 in foal, which equates to 86 per cent in foal.

Foxwedge has already won the support of commercial breeders, they have accepted him as a viable asset for their mares, an investment to sustain and increase the value in their bloodstock portfolio.

Going in on the ground floor in that first season is sound thinking, his yearlings out of well bred mares are sure to claim a lot of attention.

Foxwedge will be limited to a book of 120 mares while at Whitsbury Manor Stud, situated on the Hamshire – Wiltshire borders at Fordingbridge.

The principle of Whitsbury Manor, Ed Harper, is a great nephew of William Hill, the doyen of English bookmakers, he originally bought the estate in 1943, the same year he purchased Kong, by Baytown, at the December Sales for 710 guineas, she produced Nimbus and his three quarter brother, Grey Sovereign.

Hill was a prominent breeder of commercial yearlings, but he didn’t meet with the same success in his choice of sires.    


Kia 0ra takes a stake in All Too Hard

Kia Ora Stud has joined Vinery in the ownership of All Too Hard, taking a significant share in the colt’s racing and future breeding career.

Kia Ora Stud, located directly across the Pages River from Vinery in the Segenhoe Valley, is one of the most historic farms in the Hunter Valley, and the Australian thoroughbred industry in general.

Established in 1912 by the late Percy Miller, Kia Ora has a long and proud history, it has produced numerous top class thoroughbreds, the only stud that could possibly rival it would be Widden, founded well back in the nineteenth century.

The first sire to stand at Kia Ora was Sarchedon, a grey son of The Tetrarch, he was hardly a good investment, whilst winning five races as a two year old in the U K, he didn’t meet with a lot of success as a sire.

Miller didn’t have immediate success, there were some lean years in the beginning, but that soon changed when he secured Magpie.

He was the foundation stone of Kia Ora, he proved a great sire by Dark Ronald, he had a magnificent female line, he simply couldn’t fail and he didn’t.

Midstream and Delville Wood followed, between them they won eight premierships, much of that success could be attributed to the mating of Magpie mares.

At one stage Miller had 200 mares at Kia Ora, during the war years the number was halved, in 1941 he offered 105 yearlings at the Easter Sales, a record number for any one breeder, the horses travelled by rail from Scone to Central Railway Station in Sydney and were walked from there to the sales complex at Randwick.

In recent years, under the ownership of Ananda Krishnan, Kia Ora has been completely redeveloped and reinvigorated with state of the art facilities, re-established pastures and first class management.

In a relatively short time the Kia Ora operation has continued the tradition of producing strong sound horses, such as champion South African mare Igugu, and leading sire, Exceed And Excel.

“We are delighted Kia Ora have joined us in the ownership of All Too Hard,” said Vinery’s Peter Orton.

“Kia Oro is one of the finest properties we have in the Hunter Valley, with a first class group of broodmares and a commitment to racing,” he said.


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