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Excites At Vinery

Sistine Demon has struck a purple patch of form winning four races on end, and at the same giving his sire, Excites, a great boost.

Whilst it has all been put together late in the season, for breeding purposes an old proverb says “better late than never,” there is always next season.

Excites, the sire of Sistine Demon, is a lovely style of thoroughbred with stacks of charisma, you seldom look elsewhere when you see the son of Danewin.

He has quite an intriguing pedigree, his fifth dam, Choke, was one of Alec Hunter’s very good mares, she was from the Isa branch of Teppo, who foaled to The Welkin, the three full sisters Isa, Deneb and Trey, were responsible for two Melbourne Cup winners Trivalve and Hall Mark.

Ernest Clarke, of Melton Park, was about to give up on breeding thoroughbreds he ran into more trouble that the early settlers.

An old jumps jockey, Jack Brewer, who was down on his uppers, called into see Clarke, who revealed his tale of woe that he was giving up the business of horse breeding.

Without blinking an eye he asked Clarke for 5000 guineas, (the value of 10 homes in suburbia), to go over to the U K to buy horses for Melton Park

Brewer almost fell off his chair when Clarke handed over the cheque; it included his passage both ways.

With the cheque safely tucked away in his pocket Brewer set out on his mission, months passed by, he finally returned with a stallion and four mares, within four years Clarke became the leading breeder in the state of Victoria.

The stallion was The Welkin, national leading sire three times, Teppo, Light, the dam of Gloaming, Lady Roberts, she left winners of 10 Group 1 races, and Wilga, she proved a success when mated to The Welkin, she produced Kanooka, the dam ofWinooka.

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Excites - At Vinery


Sistine Demon To Shape Up Again

Sistine Demon has taken no harm from his easy win at Flemington in the Western Health Handicap; he will go around again there on Saturday.

His win was convincing enough to influence his trainer, Andrew Noblet, to go back for another serve at headquarters again after the Excites gelding led all the way, and never looked like stopping at any stage of the race.

Excites, the sire of Sistine Demon, won the Group1 A J C Sires Produce Stakes, he was also runner up to Wonderful World in the Caulfield Guineas, he has a sound pedigree being by Danewin who was narrowly beaten in both the V RC and A J C Derbies.

His dam, Staging, was a very good mare, her 10 wins were the races that counted, she just missed out on a Group 1, but you could not hold that against her, she was brave and honest.

At stud she has been the proven producer, six foals to race and five winners, including Duproth, now at stud, Tickets and Succeeding, the dam of the champion juvenile in South Africa, Delargo Deluxe, now standing at Newhaven Park.

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Sistine Demon, by Excites, winning at Flemington 


Buffering - The Iron Horse

Buffering hasn’t always been taken seriously, always been there, a good horse but still something to prove.

That has been erased; he is now the mega star since winning three Group 1s in succession.

He was at his best in the Winterbottom Stakes, leading all the way but not with a great margin, conserving a bit for the run in, and boy did he need it?

Moment Of Change was coming quickly, the tank was running dry for Buffering, but he saw it out as game as they come.

The win completed a great year for Mossman and Vinery.


Spring Has Sprung At Vinery

Leading New South Wales stud Vinery, home to All Too Hard, is enjoying a marvellous season with six of its sires figuring prominently among the winners over the past two weeks.

The success rate has seen extraordinary results, it could not have been better with all the big guns firing.

Reigning champion sire, More Than Ready, with progeny earnings of nearly $113 million to his credit, had to vacate centre stage, at least for the present, in preference to his stud mate Mossman.

The success rate of Mossman over the spring has been overwhelming, with Buffering leading the way with his win in the $1 million Manikato Stakes, followed by the $1 million V R C Sprint Classic, and today he faces up to the half million dollar Winterbottam Stakes in Perth.

Six sires achieving the ultimate over the spring is an outstanding performance in such a highly competitive industry as thoroughbred horse breeding.

Mossman formerly stood in Queensland where he met with little patronage, since going to Vinery, under astute management he has found his niche, his recent spate of winners has been nothing short of sensational.

Among his other winners were Dothraki, Plucky Belle, Absalo, Mossego and Mossmoney.

More Than Read, the flagship of the team has been well represented, Better Than Ready, Get Pronto, Red Hanks, Idle Chat and Galway Warrior, all in the winner’s circle.

Heart Testa, at Rosehill and Testamezzo in Adelaide, have both increased the winning numbers for the evergreen Testa Rossa.

Last start Flemington winner, Longport, gets her chance to increase the success rate of her sire, Casino Prince when she faces the starter in the $1 million Railway Stakes in Perth later today.

Sires Produce Stakes winner, Excites, claims attention with Excites Zelady, Schmacher and Sistine Demon, while Myboycharlie is a late inclusion, with Artistic Lass winning at Canterbury during the week.


Buffering Does It For Mossman

Mossman has proved a great asset for Vinery; he has been the alternative for those that have had their reasons to bypass Danehill line sires.

Breeders are a fickle lot, it all comes down to a matter of opinion, you will never please all of the people all of the time.  

As for Mossman, many would agree he has been a very much underrated sire, never always gaining the recognition he was fully entitled to, living in the shadow of his own sire, Success Express, then Red Ransom and More Than Ready.

To his credit he has done a remarkable job, he needs no other advertisement than the evergreen sprinter Buffering

Two Group 1 wins in succession, it does not get much better than that, with Buffering’s win in the Group 1 Manikako, followed up by the V R C Sprint Classic.

Two Group 1 wins in succession two weeks apart, each worth a $1 million; it certainly increases the progeny earnings of Mossman this season.

Mossman stems from the remarkable sire line of Princequillo, a very much sought after international sire line, his connections run back through Ireland, England, Belgium, France, Argentina and the United States.

Princequillo stood much of his life at Claiborne, when Bull Hancock saw him win the Saratoga Cup as a three year old; he said to his father, A B Hancock Sr, “This is just one horse we’ve got to have.”  

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