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2018

Government Visa Announcement Boosts Breeding Sector

Wednesday, 17th January 2018

The Federal Government's announcement regarding enhanced access to 'Horse Breeder' visas was warmly welcomed by Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA). The decision follows a lobbying campaign led by TBA to put the 'Horse Breeder' occupation category on the medium and long term strategic skills list (MTSSL) for the purposes of 457 visas. By putting 'Horse Breeder' on the medium and long-term list, visa holders can work in Australia for up to four years and also have a path to permanent residency – rather than being required to leave the country after just two years under existing arrangements." Access to skilled staff is one of the biggest issues in the Australian Thoroughbred breeding industry and that is why TBA has been closely engaged with the government and Members of Parliament to bring about this key decision," TBA CEO Tom Reilly said. "TBA would like to thank Home Affairs Minister Peter Dutton, Deputy Prime Minister Barnaby Joyce, Agriculture Minister David Littleproud, their advisers and other Members of Parliament who greatly assisted our industry on this issue." Reilly said TBA undertook significant work, including with other industry stakeholders, to see this decision come to fruition.

First SW For Skilled In Gr3 Belle Of The Turf

Tuesday, 2nd January 2018

 Mrgn.Runners
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J: C W Brown
T: Joseph Pride
W: 54 kgs
S: Skilled
D: Walnut
0.2L
J: Rachel King
T: G Waterhouse & A Bott
W: 59 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Voltdanze
3.5L
J: D P Mc Donogh
T: Bjorn Baker
W: 55 kgs
S: Sebring
D: Dream 'n' Believe
3.8L
J: G Schofield
T: J A O'Shea
W: 54 kgs
S: Savabeel
D: Ruud Van Slaats

Riverbank Agistment's beautifully-bred and performed stallion Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) sired his first stakes-winner last Thursday at Gosford, north of Sydney, when 4YO mare Pecans (Skilled-Walnut, by Procol Harum) scored by 0.2-lengths for trainer Joe Pride in the $148,000 Gr3 Belle of the Turf (1600m). Runner-up was 4YO mare Sedanzer (Sebring-Voltdanze, by Danzero) ahead of 5YO mare Positive Problems (Sebring-Dream'n'Believe, by Shamardal). The victory took Pecans' promising record to 4 wins and 5 second placings from just 14 starts for $185,765 earnings. Her Gr1 Champagne Stakes-winning sire Skilled, also runner-up in the Gr1 Sires Produce Stakes in Sydney, is one of three top-class siblings out of multiple group-winner Dextrous. The others include Australian Champion 2YO Colt and Gr1 Golden Slipper runner-up Sidestep (standing at Darley), as well as Gr1-placed Gr2 winner Ambidexter. Skilled stood the 2017 season at a bargain fee of $3,300.

Pecans

Skilled's first SW Pecans (pic: Steve Hart)

2017

Staff Shortage a Serious Handicap for Industry

Monday, 27th November 2017

Thoroughbred industry leader John Messara has issued a warning about the critical shortage of skilled equine staff on farms and in racing stables. The former Chairman of Racing Australia and Racing NSW said: “The NSW industry has made outstanding progress in the past few years. However, further progress and growth will be seriously limited if we cannot attract more young people to industry training and long-term careers working with thoroughbreds at all stages of their life-cycle.” Messara believes the solution will be found only if the industry and the Federal Government work together. “Right now…our current visa protocols stop us from taking on well-trained overseas staff who want to work here from established equine centres such as Ireland, the UK and France,” he said. The Working Holiday Visa limits the time young people can stay in Australia with an employer and the 457 Visa in many instances is not a workable proposition for young people finding their way into the industry. Racing Australia is lobbying appropriate Federal Government agencies on this matter. Mr Messara concluded: “At some stage, without urgent Federal Government action, some employers will reach the point of winding up their businesses and leaving the industry because of this problem. So we’ll lose their investment, expertise and energy, and ultimately that will impact on all the businesses and communities, often in rural areas in the case of horse studs, that depend on thoroughbred horses being bred, sold and raced.”

2016

Over 400 Weanlings Highlight Great Southern Catalogue

Monday, 16th May 2016

The largest selection of weanlings at any Southern Hemisphere sale in 2016 leads the Inglis Great Southern Sale catalogue, to be held on 19, 20, 21 and 22 June at Oaklands in Melbourne. After a flood of entries the sale was extended to a four-day format, including two full days of weanlings on Sunday 19 and Monday 20 June, 290 of which are entered in the Platinum Session with X-Rays available for viewing. "The popularity of the Platinum Session has skyrocketed this year, with vendors recognising the benefit in increasing buyer confidence by X-Raying their premium stock," said Inglis Victorian Manager Simon Vivian. Weanlings on offer are by a first-class collection of 109 stallions. Buyers will have the opportunity to secure progeny from 18 individual first season sires Declaration Of War, Shamus Award, Zoustar, The Factor, Sizzling, Epaulette, Dundeel, Eurozone, Camelot, Albrecht, Unencumbered, War, Fiorente, Polanski, Kuroshio, Fighting Sun, Akeed Mofeed and Niconoise. Proven sires represented in the weanling section include Snitzel, High Chaparral, More Than Ready, Not A Single Doubt, Medaglia d'Oro, Choisir, Manhattan Rain, joining young sires All Too Hard, Pierro, Foxwedge and Sepoy. Following the weanling sections, over 250 broodmares from Victoria's leading farms will be offered, 200 of which are due to foal this season. Sires represented in-utero include Written Tycoon, I Am Invincible, Nicconi, Hinchinbrook, Foxwedge, Sizzling, Helmet, Reward For Effort, Epaulette, Zoffany, Deep Field, Dalakhani, War, Starspangledbanner, Artie Schiller, Wandjina, Moshe, Unencumbered, Turffontein, All American, Toronado, Toorak Toff, Skilled and Master Of Design. Over 120 lots of racing stock will join Group 1 producing sire Purrealist (Lot 662), and Group 2 producer Astronomer Royal (Lot 661), closely followed by stallion shares in Stratum and Duporth. Supplementary entries will close on Friday 10 June. Click here to view the catalogue online.

Darley Announces 2016 Stallion Fees

Monday, 18th April 2016

Early this morning Darley announced its 2016 stallion fees for Australia (Kelvinside, NSW & Northwood Park, VIC) and New Zealand (Mapperley Stud). They include debutants Exosphere (Kelvinside), Night Of Thunder (Northwood Park), and Mapperley Stud duo Contributer & Complacent, and the returning Teofilo (Kelvinside). The fees are:

Kelvinside, NSW

  • EXCEED AND EXCEL (Danehill–Patrona) $110,000 inc GST
  • MEDAGLIA D’ORO (El Prado–Cappucino Bay) $110,000 inc GST
  • LONHRO (Octagonal–Shadea) $88,000 inc GST
  • TEOFILO (Galileo–Speirbhean) $44,000 inc GST
  • SHOOTING TO WIN (Northern Meteor–Listen Here) $38,500 inc GST
  • SEPOY (Elusive Quality–Watchful) $33,000 inc GST
  • EXOSPHERE (Lonhro–Altitude) $27,500 inc GST
  • HALLOWED CROWN (Street Sense–Crowned Glory) $27,500 inc GST
  • DAWN APPROACH (New Approach–Hymn Of The Dawn) $22,000 inc GST
  • EPAULETTE (Commands–Accessories) $22,000 inc GST
  • DENMAN (Lonhro–Peach) $11,000 inc GST
  • POET’S VOICE (Dubawi–Bright Tiara) $11,000 inc GST
  • SIDESTEP (Exceed And Excel–Dextrous) $11,000 inc GST
  • ALBRECHT (Redoute’s Choice–O’Giselle) $8,800 inc GST

Northwood Park, VIC

  • BRAZEN BEAU (I Am Invincible–Sansadee) $44,000 inc GST
  • STREET BOSS (Street Cry–Blushing Ogygian) $27,500 inc GST
  • NIGHT OF THUNDER (Dubawi–Forest Storm) $16,500 inc GST
  • HELMET (Exceed And Excel–Accessories) $16,500 inc GST
  • RESET (Zabeel–Assertive Lass) $16,500 inc GST
  • KUROSHIO (Exceed And Excel–Arctic Drift) $8,800 inc GST
  • SKILLED (Commands–Dextrous) $6,600 inc GST

Mapperley Stud, NZ

  • CONTRIBUTER (High Chaparral–Serisia) NZ$15,000 plus GST
  • COMPLACENT (Authorized–Insouciance) NZ$5,000 plus GST

2015

Specialist Agistment Farms In Demand

Friday, 19th June 2015

With Australia's bloodstock sector currently enjoying a boom period, ancillary industry services are in concomitant demand. These include agistment and spelling properties that specialise as seasonal or permanent homes for broodmares, offering walk-on, walk-off services to stallions at surrounding stud farms, and sometimes beyond. Often referred to collectively as boutique farms, these highly skilled establishments have assumed an important support role during the breeding season. Most of them are also well known as yearling vendors, as well as offering general spelling, sales preparation, weaning services and, sometimes, breaking-in and pre-training. As of this morning, Breeding&Racing's latest industry feature, highlighting the spelling and agistment sector, is now online. Including a general overview, it also puts the spotlight on the below select properties (with their State location in parenthesis) for breeders considering their options in the lead up to the breeding season. To access the feature, either CLICK HERE or on the Industry Features tab in the menu bar at the top of this page. Individual farm profiles can be accessed from within the full feature, by clicking their names at the top left of the Industry Feature page.

  • Allandale Park (NSW)
  • Amarina Farm (NSW)
  • Argyle Thoroughbreds (NSW)
  • Basinghall Farm (Vic)
  • Berkeley Park Stud (NSW)
  • Bombora Downs (Vic)
  • Briarwood Farm (Vic)
  • Corumbene Stud (NSW)
  • Glen Eden Thoroughbred Agisment (Vic)
  • Goulburn Park (Vic)
  • Oakford Thoroughbred Farm (Vic)
  • Phoenix Broodmare Farm (Vic)
  • Timor Creek Stud (NSW)

Magic Millions Perth Winter Catalogues Now Online

Wednesday, 10th June 2015

The catalogues for the upcoming Magic Millions Perth Winter Yearling and Thoroughbred Sales are now online and available for download via the equinline iPad app. The sales will be held on Sunday, June 28 from 11am with the yearling section to be followed by the thoroughbreds at the Belmont Park Sales Complex. The 73 lot Yearling Sale features youngsters by more than 20 individual sires. Those sires include Alfred Nobel, Blackfriars, Myboycharlie, Oratorio, Sebring, Skilled and Trade Fair. Among the yearlings catalogued are (at least) half relations to stakes performers including Big Caroline, Captain Obvious, Coppertito, Good Serpent, Miss Copycat, Need a Lift, Oroya Gold, Prentice, Secret Monarch, Thundershock, Very Auspicious. Stakes winning mares with yearlings set to go under the hammer include Bella Diva, Homesville Lass and Gr3 winner Twilight Spy who has a Sebring colt catalogued. Yearlings offered will be eligible for nomination to the $11.29 million Magic Millions Race Series which features the Perth 2YO Classic, Perth 3YO Trophy and the Goldfield 2YO & 3YO Classic at Kalgoorlie as well as Australia's richest raceday at the Gold Coast from January 2016. The Thoroughbred Sale will follow with a quality line up weanlings, racehorses and broodmares to go under the hammer, with the highlight among the racehorses being Gr2 WA Derby winner Mystic Prince, one of a seven lot draft from Peters Investments. Yarradale Stud has a 31 lot draft with 30 weanlings including members of the first crop of Singapore champion Gingerbread Man. Weanlings in the sale include (at least) half relations to stakes winners including Hesitates, Super Lacuna, Simply Adorable, Gold Aura and La Plunge and youngsters from stakes mares including Lady Go Bello, Shapira, Hello Darl, Maybe Arch, Claise Brook, Factional, Smart Lady, Canny Princess, Mega Me and Point of No Return. The broodmares catalogued include Gr2 winner Only Glory, fellow stakes performer Initial Outcome and Carabine, the dam of Melbourne trained stakes winner Booklet.

Magic Millions Perth

Quality Weanling Dispersal For Leading SA Farm

Thursday, 21st May 2015

One of South Australia's top producing farms is giving prospective buyers a great opportunity at the Magic Millions National Weanling Sale which commences on Sunday. Kambula Stud, on the outskirts of Kadina on the Yorke Peninsula, are dispersing their 2015 weanling crop at the Gold Coast with 16 quality youngsters to go under the hammer. The draft includes youngsters by sires I Am Invincible, Sebring, Skilled, Snippetson, Snitzel, Star Witness, Starspangledbanner, Stratum, Written Tycoon and Your Song. "We are looking forward to the sale with a quality draft," Kambula's David Toole said. "We've decided to disperse our complete weanling sales draft at the Gold Coast and we are excited to be able to present buyers with an attractive line up of youngsters." Kambula has the honour of kicking the sale off with Lot 1 - the first foal of six time winner Hadronica, a lovely chestnut filly by the top performing international sire Starspangledbanner. Another early offering for the farm is the Snitzel filly (Lot 3) from the stakes performed Octagonal mare Hairpin, making her a half sister to the Gr3 winner and $450,000 plus earner Detours. Kambula's Danehill Dancer stakes winner Danedina is represented by a bay filly by the all conquering sire Sebring (Lot 303). Danedina's first runner is a city winner in Melbourne. Another stakes winner with a weanling catalogued is the Blevic mare Bleveeka who has a Star Witness filly (Lot 260) set to go under the hammer. Two other city winning Blevic mares, Blevola Miss and Sunday Shoes, are among five mares with youngsters by red hot Victorian sire Written Tycoon. The Kambula Stud draft is now available for inspection in Barn L.

starspangledbanner filly

Starspangledbanner x Hadronica filly

Darley Announce 2015 Fees

Monday, 27th April 2015

Darley Australia has announced a full list of stud fees for their 21 stallions that will stand in New South Wales and Victoria for the forthcoming breeding season, with multiple Gr1 winners Brazen Beau (currently the world's highest rated 3YO) and Hallowed Crown plus leading juvenile Sidestep joining its stallion roster. The Darley roster is:

  • Exceed And Excel - $110,000
  • Medaglia d'Oro - $110,000
  • Lonhro - $88,000
  • Sepoy - $66,000
  • Brazen Beau - $44,000
  • Hallowed Crown - $33,000
  • Bernardini - $27,500
  • Dawn Approach - $27,500
  • Denman - $27,500
  • Epaulette - $27,500
  • Poet's Voice - $11,000
  • Sidestep - $11,000
  • Albrecht - $8,800
  • Carlton House - $8,800
  • Benfica - $5,500
  • Helmet - $33,000
  • Reset - $16,500
  • Domesday - $13,750
  • Street Boss - $11,000
  • Kuroshio - $8,800
  • Skilled - $6,600

brazen beau

Brazen Beau (image: Steve Hart)

Inglis Premier Day-4: Top Sellers

Thursday, 5th March 2015
  • $100,000 Hinchinbrook-Dashoff filly (Inglis As Agent)
  • $100,000 Stryker-Pintle colt (Inglis As Agent)
  • $90,000 Wanted-Top Billing filly (Sheamus Mills Bloodstock/Hawkes Racing)
  • $85,000 Duporth-Heyington Honey colt (McEvoy Mitchell Racing)
  • $85,000 Master of Design-Lady of Dormello colt (Proven Thoroughbreds)
  • $85,000 Star Witness-Long Long Ago colt (Laurel Oak Bloodstock Pty)
  • $75,000 Bel Esprit-Glacier Bay filly (F Stockdale)
  • $75,000 Skilled-Sadlers Brigg filly (Pritchard-Gordon Racing)

2014

Majmu Faces Biggest Test

Friday, 5th December 2014

In South Africa, big race jockeys Anthony Delpech and Bernard Fayd'Herbe have expressed their excitement ahead of tomorrow's Gr1 Cape Fillies Guineas at Kenilworth where the rising star of South Africa's fillies ranks, Majmu, will clash with top Western Cape filly Cold As Ice, reports goldcircle.co.za. The clash matches any duel the race has seen in its long history and is as eagerly anticipated as the one between the Mike De Kock-trained Igugu and the Justin Snaith-trained Ebony Flyer in 2010. The vanquished Igugu went on to become a champion by winning the Triple Tiara and then completing the Durban July-J&B Met double, all under the skilled hands of Delpech. Delpech was reluctant to compare Majmu to Igugu, but said the former certainly possessed similar potential. "Igugu won so many Gr1s and Majmu is just starting out, so it would not be fair to compare them yet. But she is obviously very good and I'm really excited as it is only now that we are taking on the better horses and we will see how good she is." The Australian-bred grey daughter of Redoute's Choice possesses a devastating finishing sprint, but in her two runs this season has appeared to take a while to get going. "She does unwind, although it depends how the race is run. Last time I dropped her out because of her wide draw, but she is a simple straight forward filly to ride," said Delpech. While Majmu will no doubt go to post as favourite, the Joey Ramsden-trained Cold As Ice (Western Winter) is expected to give a good account of herself after winning her last three starts in effortless fashion. "Cold as Ice is fit and doing really well, we are very happy, and her last gallop went really well," said Fayd'Herbe. "We have obviously heard a lot about Majmu and seen her, so know how good she is, but I am excited about Saturday's race."

Igugu

Igugu is still the yardstick

Inglis Buyers Hoping For Sonntag Repeat Today

Friday, 22nd August 2014

Today's August Thoroughbred Sale in Melbourne provides buyers with a chance to emulate the success of trainer Henry Dwyer who paid $58,000 at last year's sale for subsequent Gr1 Queensland Derby winner Sonntag. The son of Teofilo was offered as a tried horse by Darley who this year have consigned 23 lots to the sale. All-told, the August Sale comprises 101 broodmares, followed by six stallion nominations, one stallion prospect, four yearlings, 10 unbroken stock, 81 race fillies and then 84 race colts and geldings. Breeding stock entered includes mares in foal to Sebring, Smart Missile, Skilled, Turffontein, All American, Squamosa, Wanted, Bel Esprit, Star Witness, Duporth, Danerich, Artie Schiller, Ilovethiscity, Statue Of Liberty, Hard Spun, Domesday, Reward For Effort and Von Costa de Hero. The sale gets underway at 10.30am

Sonntag

Sonntag won the Gr1 Queensland Derby

Inglis Great Southern Sale Day-1: Average Up 33%

Monday, 23rd June 2014

A weanling colt from the first crop of Fastnet Rock's Gr1-winning son Foxwedge from the family of Snippets topped the opening day of the Inglis Melbourne Great Southern Sale on Sunday when selling for $175,000. Attractive colts and fillies from a wide range of proven and exciting young sires were well received by a competitive buying bench throughout the day. A strong clearance rate of 85% saw 149 weanlings sell at an average price of $14,884 – a 33 per cent increase on Day 1 in 2013 and a massive 61 per cent higher than 2012. "We are seeing a very strong market for weanlings. There was good competition from both the domestic and New Zealand buyers in attendance, particularly on the better quality types," said Peter Heagney, Inglis Director. A long term client of Inglis' from Queensland purchased the top priced weanling (Lot 63), a colt by Foxwedge from Ekleel, for $175,000 from the draft of Donnybrook Estates. They also secured the top priced filly for $78,000, a weanling by first season sire Helmet from Lindy Lets Go that was sold by Supreme Thoroughbreds as Lot 127. Other first season sires represented with weanlings at the Great Southern Sale include Moshe (sold up to $54,000), Toorak Toff (to $50,000), Master Of Design (to $35,000) and Skilled (to $26,000).

BreedMate

Thoroughbred Industry CEO Position

Tuesday, 17th June 2014

The important position of Chief Executive Officer of Thoroughbred Breeders Australia (TBA) and its subsidiary Aushorse Marketing has been advertised following the recent resignation of Chauncey Morris. The brief for the successful candidate is as follows: Open to a person experienced and knowledgeable in Thoroughbred industry issues and marketing strategies. The role requires an energetic and resourceful person with a proven track record committed to vigorously pursuing the commercial interests of TBA's 3,700 members and promoting Australian horses in key overseas markets. The successful applicant must be skilled in liaising and negotiating with key stakeholder organisations including racing authorities, sales companies, governments and the media. A capacity to provide leadership to a highly motivated team at TBA and Aushorse is essential. A command of budgetary issues and fiscal management will be a vital consideration for the position. This is a hands-on role requiring a very active CEO who is closely involved in the planning and implementation of TBA and Aushorse Marketing initiatives and policies, attending key events and activities and partnering with like organisations. Promotion and marketing is an essential and key responsibility of the CEO in meeting the aims and objectives of Aushorse Marketing. Applications can be addressed in the strictest confidence to either the President of TBA Mr. Basil Nolan at raheenstud@bigpond.com or the Chairman of Aushorse Marketing Mr. Antony Thompson at antony@widden.com. Applications close Monday, 30 June.

Darley Announce 2014 Service Fees

Tuesday, 29th April 2014

Reigning champion sire Exceed And Excel and Street Cry head the 23 stallions on Darley's Australian roster for 2014 with both standing at a fee of $110,000 this year. Darley stallions sired the winners of 18 Gr1 races in Australia in 2013, complemented by a further 11 Gr1 races around the world reports bloodstock.racingpost.com. Exceed And Excel has enjoyed a stellar year with his 2YO progeny, in particular, proving dominant around the world with Outstrip winning the Breeders' Cup Juvenile Turf and Earthquake winning the Blue Diamond Stakes. Darley's head of sales in Australia Alastair Pulford said: "It's important to keep the younger stallions coming through and our roster will be further strengthened by the inclusions of Dawn Approach, Epaulette, Albrecht and Kuroshio this year." He added, "We have been thrilled with the results of Denman and Medaglia D'Oro's first crops on the track, and the first foals of Sepoy, Helmet, Poet's Voice, Skilled and Benfica will be selling at the forthcoming breeding stock sales." Darley's 2014 roster is:

  • Exceed And Excel - $110,000
  • Street Cry - $110,000
  • Lonhro - $88,000
  • Medaglia D'Oro - $55,000
  • Bernardini - $33,000
  • Denman - $33,000
  • Dawn Approach - $27,500
  • Commands - $55,000
  • Ad Valorem - $6,600
  • Albrecht - $8,800
  • Benfica - $6,600
  • Domesday - $16,500
  • Epaulette - $27,500
  • Helmet - $33,000
  • Kuroshio - $8,800
  • Poet's Voice - $11,000
  • Reset - $16,500
  • Sepoy - $66,000
  • Skilled - $6,600
  • Strategic - $5,500
  • Street Boss- $11,000
  • Time Thief - $5,500
  • Von Costa De Hero - $5,500

*All fees GST inclusive

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2013

Pennsylvania Racing Regulators Facing Insolvency

Friday, 29th November 2013

The two state commissions that regulate horse racing in Pennsylvania are on the brink of insolvency, officials said Wednesday, and two top state senators are calling for the commissions to be dissolved and the regulatory responsibilities shifted to the Pennsylvania Gaming Control Board, reports sfgate.com. The committee's executive director, Michael Rader, said commissions that regulate harness racing and thoroughbred racing are expected to run out of money well before the fiscal year ends in June. Major factors include rising personnel costs and the expansion of Internet and off-track betting that is exempt from the pari-mutuel tax that finances the commissions, Rader said. "Technology has just made it a lot easier for folks to make wagers without having a physical presence at the track," he said. By law, the horse racing industry receives more than $200 million a year from slot machine gambling revenue to fatten purses, assist breeding operations and provide health and pension benefits for horsemen. A bill has been drafted that would shift responsibility for drug testing of horses and other regulatory activities to the gaming board, which licenses and regulates Pennsylvania's gambling casinos. Republican Leader of the Pennsylvania State Senate, Dominic Pileggi said: "Pennsylvania has a large, well-staffed and highly skilled Gaming Control Board which already regulates hundreds of millions of dollars, perhaps billions of dollars, worth of gaming activity in the state. It's entirely appropriate for them to take over the role of regulating…thoroughbred racing in the state as part of their duties."

BREAKING NEWS: Darley Announces 2013 Fees

Monday, 22nd April 2013

Darley Australia has announced its 2013 roster and service fees. The stallions, split between Kelvinside in the Hunter Valley & Northwood Park in Victoria, are (in fee order):

  • Street Cry ($110,000)
  • Exceed And Excel ($88,000)
  • Lonhro ($88,000)
  • Sepoy ($66,000)
  • Commands ($55,000)
  • Medaglia d’Oro ($55,000)
  • New Approach ($55,000)
  • Bernardini ($33,000)
  • Helmet ($33,000)
  • Denman ($27,500)
  • Teofilo ($22,000)
  • Domesday ($16,500)
  • Hard Spun ($16,500)
  • Reset ($16,500)
  • Street Sense ($16,500)
  • Poet’s Voice ($13,750)
  • Ad Valorem ($11,000)
  • Street Boss ($11,000)
  • Time Thief ($7,700)
  • Von Costa De Hero ($7,700)
  • Benfica ($6,600)
  • Skilled ($6,600)
  • Strategic ($5,500)

2012

Gr1-Winner Skilled Retired To Stud At Darley

Tuesday, 10th April 2012

Darley also announced Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed 5YO stallion Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) has been retired from racing & will stand his 1st stud season at Northwood Park in Victoria. Skilled (who ended his 2YO season as equal-highest Timeform-rated colt of that year) recorded 3 wins (including the Gr1 Champagne Stakes over 1600m at Randwick & Listed The Schweppervescence over 1400m at Rosehill) & 7 placings (including the Gr1 Inglis AJC Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick, Gr1 Royal Randwick Guineas over 1600m at Warwick Farm, Gr2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill, Gr2 Royal Sovereign Stakes over 1200m at Randwick, Gr3 BTC Classic over 1350m at Doomben, Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude over 1400m at Caulfield & Listed Hoyts Food-Spices Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield) from 18 starts for $581,850 earnings.

Racing Qld Releases Apprentice Jockey Review

Wednesday, 14th March 2012

Racing Queensland released a "review of apprentice recruitment, training & retention" conducted with participation from the Queensland Jockeys Association, Australian Jockeys Association & Australian Trainers Association. RQ licensing & training manager Peter Smith said the apprentice jockey program in Queensland "is critical to the sustainability of the racing industry" & noted: "Applicants of a suitable size, potential & attitude are increasingly difficult to find. In addition, many trainers appear to be less willing or able to provide the level of on-the-job training & mentoring required to produce a professional jockey." A key objective of the review was to "ensure the program is structured, operated & resourced to provide an ongoing supply of well-trained, skilled jockeys & to ensure their working & training conditions are suited to the vocation of a thoroughbred racing jockey". Almost 30 separate recommendations were made in relation to: recruitment, retention & selection; employment & licensing; riding; education & training; financial management; & welfare, standards, attitude & behaviour. They include: new selection criteria for apprentices & employers; the feasibility of RQ being the group employer; new apprentice agreements & code of conduct; an apprentice only race series; proposal for an industry skills centre; expanding training via partnerships; a financial management training & support scheme; compulsory trust accounts; & professionalism & elite athlete emphases.

2011

Ambidexter Wins Ming Dynasty Handicap

Monday, 5th September 2011

Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a black-type success (& 40th individual stakes-winner world-wide) when favoured colt Ambidexter (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) scored a half-length victory in the $100,000 Listed Ming Dynasty Handicap (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings at Warwick Farm. Ambidexter (ridden by Christian Reith for trainer Peter Snowden) defeated the gelding Sangster (Savabeel-Quinta Special, by Spectrum) & top-weighted fellow colt Darci Be Good (Darci Brahma-You Can't Say That, by Fusaichi Pegasus). Ambidexter (a full-brother to Gr1-winning & dual Gr1-placed 4YO entire Skilled) now has 2 wins & a runner-up from 4 starts for $91,350 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Falino Wins BTC Classic

Monday, 23rd May 2011

Former shuttler & Gr1 Kentucky Derby winner Fusaichi Pegasus (Mr Prospector-Angel Fever, by Danzig) added a group success (& 56th individual stakes-winner world-wide) when gelded son Falino (Fusaichi Pegasus-Danamala, by Danehill) scored by a half-head in the $125,000 Gr3 BTC Classic (1350m) for 3YOs at Doomben. Falino (ridden by Tim Clark for trainer Jeffrey Caught) defeated the colts Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) & favourite Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame). Falino (a $14,000 2YO at the 2010 Inglis Great Southern Sale in Melbourne) now has 4 wins & 2 placings (including 2010's Gr3 Patinack Farm Vo Rogue Plate over 1350m at Doomben) from 8 starts for $202,050 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Ilovethiscity Wins Gr1 Royal Randwick Guineas

Monday, 14th March 2011

Yarraman Park sire Magic Albert (Zeditave-Sally Lou, by Salieri) added a Gr1 triumph when favoured colt Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert-Kensington Rose, by Kenfair) scored by a half-neck in the $500,000 Gr1 Royal Randwick Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs at Warwick Farm in Sydney. Ilovethiscity (ridden by Brenton Avdulla for trainer Grahame Begg) defeated fellow colts Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) & Light Brigade (Redoute's Choice-Winning Belle, by Zabeel). Ilovethiscity (a $40,000 yearling consigned by Fairview Park Stud at the 2009 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney) now has 4 wins (also including last month's Gr2 Hobartville Stakes over 1400m at Rosehill, plus 2010's Gr3 Spring Stakes over 1600m at Broadmeadow) & 3 placings (including 2010's Gr1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill & Inglis Classic over 1200m at Rosehill) from 11 starts for $746,300 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Ilovethiscity Favourite For Gr1 Randwick Guineas

Friday, 11th March 2011

In Sydney, Ilovethiscity is a short-priced favourite for tomorrow's Gr1 Randwick Guineas (1600m) for 3YOs run at Warwick Farm. Skilled & Retrieve are next in the market. The full field & markets can be found at the top of this page under Latest Betting Market.

Ilovethiscity Wins Hobartville Stakes

Monday, 28th February 2011

Yarraman Park sire Magic Albert (Zeditave-Sally Lou, by Salieri) added a group success when favoured colt Ilovethiscity (Magic Albert-Kensington Rose, by Kenfair) scored a 1.25-lengths victory & set a race record in the $200,000 Gr2 Hobartville Stakes (1400m) for 3YOs at Rosehill. Ilovethiscity (ridden by Brenton Avdulla for trainer Grahame Begg) clocked 1min 22.52sec in defeating fellow colts Retrieve (Rahy-Hold To Ransom, by Red Ransom) & Skilled (Commands-Dextrousm, by Quest For Fame). Ilovethiscity (a $40,000 yearling consigned by Fairview Park Stud at the 2009 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney) now has 3 wins (also including 2010's Gr3 Spring Stakes over 1600m at Broadmeadow) & 3 placings (including 2010's Gr1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill & Inglis Classic over 1200m at Rosehill) from 10 starts for $443,000 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Master Harry Wins Royal Sovereign Stakes

Monday, 14th February 2011

Yarraman Park sire Magic Albert (Zeditave-Sally Lou, by Salieri) added a group success when his colt Master Harry (Magic Albert-Sri Lanka, by Sri Pekan) prevailed in a 3-way photo-finish to the $175,000 Gr2 Royal Sovereign Stakes (1200m) for 3YO colts & geldings at Randwick. Master Harry (ridden by Tim Clark for trainer Peter Moody) scored by a short-half-head from fellow colt Audacious Spirit (Bel Esprit-Roskeel, by Zeditave) with a further nose to another colt Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame). Master Harry (a $100,00 yearling at the 2009 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney) now has 2 wins (also including 2010's Listed Streets Ice Cream Stakes over 1000m at Flemington) & a runner-up from 4 starts for $184,300 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

2010

NZ Clubs Change NZTR Constitution

Thursday, 16th December 2010

Meanwhile NZ racing clubs agreed to major amendments to the constitution of NZ Thoroughbred Racing at its annual general meeting in Wellington. The current Board of 10 directors (elected on a regional or sector basis) will be replaced on 1 May 2011 by 6 appointed, independent directors. NZTR chairman Guy Sargent commented: "The key determinants in arriving at these radical changes were to ensure a strong & effective Board for the industry, made up of appropriately skilled independent directors. Future directors will be selected by a 12-person council, called the Members' Council, comprising 'shareholders' (racing clubs) & sector organisations (industry associations for owners, breeders, trainers & jockeys). This will free directors from representation issues & enable them to concentrate on the industry's direction & performance."

Mr Chard Wins Hoyts Food-Spices Stakes

Monday, 18th October 2010

Emirates Park Stud's multiple stakes-winning 2nd-crop stallion Al Samer (Redoute's Choice-My Lady's Key, by Key To The Mint) recorded his 1st stakes-winner when his colt Mr Chard (Al Samer-Najar, by Secret Savings) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the $100,000 Listed Hoyts Food-Spices Stakes (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings at Caulfield. Mr Chard (ridden by Craig Williams for trainer Dean Lawson) defeated top-weighted favoured colt Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) & the gelding Ace Acosta (Starcraft-Hill Of Peace, by Danehill). Mr Chard (a $18,000 yearling consigned by Bowness Stud at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) now has 2 wins & 3 placings (including October's Listed Doncaster Stakes over 1400m at Flemington & May's Listed Gibson Carmichael Stakes over 1600m at Flemington) from 9 starts for $182,592 earnings. His sire Al Samer stands for $7,700 at Emirates Park's Victorian base at Diggers Rest. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Anacheeva Wins Caulfield Guineas Prelude

Monday, 20th September 2010

Deceased former Widden Stud shuttler Anabaa (Danzig-Balbonella, by Gay Mecene) added a black-type success group when his colt Anacheeva (Anabaa-Monroe Magic, by Zabeel) notched his 2nd successive group victory (since returning from a 17-weeks spell) when he prevailed in a 3-way photo-finish to the $175,000 Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude (1400m) for 3YO colts & geldings at Caulfield. Anacheeva (ridden by Luke Nolen for trainer Peter Moody) scored by a long-neck from favoured fellow colt Toorak Toff (Show A Heart-Orong, by Grand Lodge) with a further head to another colt Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame). Anacheeva (a full-brother to Gr1 AJC Australian Derby winner Headturner) was a $110,000 yearling consigned by Widden Stud at the 2009 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney; overall he now has 3 wins (also including last start's Listed McKenzie Stakes over 1200m at Moonee Valley on August 21) from 5 starts for $189,275 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

ANZ Classifications: 2YO Colts & Geldings

Friday, 6th August 2010
  • 112: Decision Time, Star Witness
  • 111: Beneteau, Hinchinbrook
  • 109: Pressday
  • 108: Skilled
  • 107:Brightexpectations, Masquerader, Toorak Toff
  • 106: Anacheeva, General Truce
  • 105: American Crew, Backgammon
  • 104: Nacho Man, Shadows In The Sun
  • 103: Legalistic, Shrapnel
  • 102: Cellarmaster, Ebony Rock, Jimmy Choux, Levi’s Choice, Smokin’ Joey
  • 101: Carved In Stone, Echoes Of Heaven, Playing God, Spirit of Boom, Stirling Grove
  • 100: Adebisi, Charma, Hoofit, Master Harry, Riosand, Secession, Shamillon
  • 99: Benny’s Buttons, Big Josh, Marking Time, Marmaa, Pellizotti, Run For Levi, Zachary
  • 98: Audacious Spirit, Big Chance, Blackball, Cavaliered, Jimmy Choux, Run For Wilson, Spirit Of Boom, Startsmeup
  • 97: Buffering, Dark Valley, Innocent Gamble, Steel Dragon, Upsala
  • 96: Circle Of Power, Epic Dragon, From London, Hierarchy, Ilovethiscity, Kadakulari, Mr Chard, Shrapnel, Thegreatandthegood
  • 95: Bombora, Butt I’m Ready, Corvidae, Howdiddydoit, Icepin, Jantzen, Jypsiere, Lion Tamer, Strike The Tiger

Gr1-Winner Skilled Also Joining Godolphin In Dubai

Thursday, 5th August 2010

Darley Australia managing director Henry Plumptre also confirmed to The Herald-Sun that Gr1-winning juvenile & just-turned 3YO colt Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) "will head for the Gr1 Caulfield Guineas in his last preparation for trainer Peter Snowden before heading to Godolphin's United Arab Emirates base in December". Skilled won April's Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) at Randwick & overall boasts 3 wins (also including the Listed The Schweppervescence over 1400m at Rosehill) & a runner-up (in the Gr1 Inglis AJC Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick) from 6 starts for $388,850 earnings.

Skilled Wins Gr1 Champagne Stakes

Tuesday, 27th April 2010

Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed former Woodlands Stud & now Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a juvenile Gr1 triumph (& 5th individual Gr1-winner) when his colt Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) prevailed in a 3-way photo-finish to the $300,000 Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) for 2YOs at Randwick. Skilled (ridden by Josh Parr for trainer Peter Snowden) scored by a head from Sasa (Encosta De Lago-Zatella, by Zabeel) with a further neck to the winner’s stable-mate Divorces (Domesday-Family Breakup, by Octagonal). Skilled now has 3 wins (also including the Listed The Schweppervescence over 1400m at Rosehill on April 3) & a runner-up (in last start’s Gr1 Inglis AJC Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Randwick on April 10) from 6 starts for $388,850 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Yosei Wins Gr1 Inglis Sires' Produce

Monday, 12th April 2010

Former European Champion 1st Season Sire & Chatswood Stud shuttler Invincible Spirit (Green Desert-Rafha, by Kris) added a juvenile Gr1 triumph when daughter Yosei (Invincible Spirit-Fuji Fairy, by Fuji Kiseki) gained the judge's decision over her male rivals in a 3-way photo-finish to the $300,000 Gr1 Inglis AJC Sires' Produce Stakes (1400m) for 2YOs at Randwick. Yosei (ridden by Michelle Payne for trainer Stuart Webb) scored by a short-halfhead from the colt Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) with a further long-neck to fellow colt Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets). Yosei (passed-in for $14,500 as a weanling at the 2008 Inglis Great Southern Sale) took her record to 2 wins & 2 placings (including March's Gr2 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes over 1400m at Flemington & February's Gr3 Marsh Breeders' Stakes over 1200m at Morphettville) from 5 starts for $246,226 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

Skilled Wins The Schweppervescence

Tuesday, 6th April 2010

Gr3-winning & multiple Gr1-placed former Woodlands Stud & now Darley stallion Commands (Danehill-Cotehele House, by My Swanee) added a juvenile black-type success (& 28th individual stakes-winner) when his colt Skilled (Commands-Dextrous, by Quest For Fame) scored a 1.25-lengths victory in the $125,000 Listed The Schweppervescence (1400m) for 2YOs at Rosehill. Skilled (ridden by Josh Parr for trainer Peter Snowden) defeated the filly Fashion (Encosta de Lago-True Jewels, by Brief Truce) & fellow colt Kudakulari (Savabeel-Oenotria, by O'Reilly). Skilled now has 2 wins from 4 starts for $145,550 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)

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