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Spendthrift Australia's Stallion Parade August 18 & 19
Spendthrift Australia will host multiple stallion parades this year on Friday, 18th August and Saturday, 19th August. The parades will introduce newcomer Swear and include his Group 1-winning barn-mates Hampton Court, Jimmy Creed, and Warrior’s Reward. The stallions will parade on Friday 18th at 3pm with afternoon tea served afterward, and on Saturday 19th at noon with lunch served afterward. “Once again, we are very excited to open our gates and extend an invitation to anyone who can attend our stallion parade.” said Garry Cuddy, general manager at Spendthrift Australia. “We are excited for breeders to see Swear, the first stallion prospect to retire to stud after having successfully carried the Spendthrift Australia colours on the racetrack. We feel Swear represents another terrific opportunity in our ‘Share The Upside’ program, and we believe breeders will like what they see at the stallion parade.” Swear (Redoute’s Choice) was a $725,000 Inglis Easter yearling purchase by Spendthrift Australia and retires to stud as a Gr3 winner and Gr1-placed 3YO. He becomes the newest stallion to participate in Spendthrift’s renowned “Share The Upside” program for a fee of $8,250 Inc. GST. He will also be offered at $5,500 Inc. GST Payable On Live Foal. For those planning on attending the stallion parades, please RSVP to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Third Winner for Spendthrift's Jimmy Creed
Spendthrift's Gr1-winning freshman sire Jimmy Creed (Distorted Humor) has sired his third winner with 2YO filly Spectator posting a most impressive debut victory at Santa Anita on Saturday. Trained by Philip D'Amato, Spectator (Jimmy Creed–Diva's Tribute, by Henny Hughes) drew clear at the top of the stretch to score an emphatic 5.25 length win over Tequila Sunrise in a 5-furlong maiden in time of 58.46 seconds. Jimmy Creed will return to Spendthrift Australia for the Southern Hemisphere season where he will stand alongside freshman sire Swear, Warrior's Reward and Hampton Court.
Swear Joins Share The Upside Program
Meanwhile, following the announcement that Hit It a Bomb will not shuttle as planned to Australia this seaso (see above), Spendthrift Australia has announced Swear, the Group-winning and G1-placed son of Redoute’s Choice, new for 2017, as a participant in the farm’s renowned “Share The Upside” program. The Victoria-based operation will also stand Warrior’s Reward (USA), Jimmy Creed (USA), and Hampton Court for the upcoming season.
Swear has joined the Share The Upside program (pic: Steve Hart)
Rich VOBIS Rewards at Caulfield
The annual Victoria Owners & Breeders Raceday at Caulfield Racecourse on Saturday was hailed as a success with Victorian racing industry participants sharing in over $1.6 million in VOBIS prize money and bonuses. The ultra-consistent Burning Front kicked off the first of the VOBIS races for the day by dominating his rivals in the $250,000 IRT VOBIS Gold Mile (1600m) to become the highest VOBIS prize money earner of all time with $1.08 million. The Darren Weir-trained gelding surpassed former stable-mate Trust In A Gust's VOBIS earning record of $1.03 million and claimed his sixth win from his last seven outings. The inaugural $300,000 Swear At Spendthrift VOBIS Gold Sires (1200m) went to the powerful Lindsay Park team of David and Ben Hayes and Tom Dabernig. Pure Scot's fighting win secured the family training partnership an astonishing 29th 2YO winner this season. Next was Malibu Style who lived up to his name in the $120,000 Listed Thoroughbred Breeders Victoria Bel Esprit Stakes (1100m), cruising to an easy 2.25 length win. The gelding's victory proved one of the biggest upsets of the day with Steven Parnham riding the galloper to victory for his father Neville. Earlier, racing fans were shown a glimpse of the future, with two young Victorian stallions paraded in the mounting yard prior to race one. Both Nostradamus (of Rosemont Stud Farm) and Swear (of Spendthrift Australia) were in attendance at Caulfield, with both set to stand this season for $8,800 and $5,500 respectively.
Spendthrift to Sponsor Inaugural VOBIS Gold Sires Race
Spendthrift Australia, a major and growing international investor in the Victorian breeding industry, will sponsor the inaugural VOBIS Gold Sires race, to be run on April 22nd at Caulfield. The 2YO race, with total prize money and VOBIS bonuses of $310,000, will be named the 'Swear at Spendthrift VOBIS Gold Sires'. It is part of the Victorian Owners and Breeders Day which has total prize money and bonuses of nearly $1.9 million and includes six VOBIS Gold Premier races. The lucrative race is exclusively for VOBIS Gold nominated juveniles that are sired by Victorian based stallions (category A of Super VOBIS). Last week, Spendthrift Australia announced the addition of Swear, a Gr3-winning and Gr1-placed son of Redoute's Choice to their stallion roster. "Swear was a stand-out yearling at the sales for us and lived up to his looks on the racetrack," Spendthrift Australia General Manager Garry Cuddy said. "We invite everyone to come out to our Romsey farm and take a look at him. They won't be disappointed!" He added: "We will also be parading Swear before the races at Caulfield on Saturday in the mounting yard." Nominations for Saturday's six lucrative VOBIS Gold races, for varying ages of horses over a range of distances, close on Tuesday at 12 noon.
Swear (image: Steve Hart)
Spendthrift Australia Adds Swear & Hit It a Bomb for 2017
Spendthrift Australia has announced two new stallions for 2017, as well as service fees for its entire roster. Swear, the stakes-winning son of Redoute’s Choice, and Hit It a Bomb (USA), the Gr1 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf winner by War Front (USA), are new additions to the roster of five at Spendthrift Australia. “This is an exciting time at Spendthrift Australia. We have a lot of big things on the horizon as we continue to grow our brand. We are particularly looking forward to standing our first colonial stallion Swear, who was a stand-out yearling at the sales for us,” said Garry Cuddy, general manager at Spendthrift Australia. “We are also enthused to offer breeders a new young shuttler with serious pedigree and race record. Hit It a Bomb is a son of the world-renowned War Front and from a wonderful running family. He was a Grade 1-winning 2-year-old on turf with a big turn of foot, and we believe breeders are going to really like him.” A $725,000 Inglis Easter yearling, Swear won on debut as a 2YO before winning the Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality at 3, making him the first Spendthrift Australia yearling purchase to become a stakes winner while racing in the farm’s colours. Trained by Michael & Wayne & John Hawkes, Swear (Redoute's Choice-Crossyourheart, by Show a Heart) retires to Spendthrift Australia where he will participate in the farm’s renowned “Share The Upside” program for a fee of $8,250 Inc. GST. He will also be offered at $5,500 (inc. GST) Payable On Live Foal. Trained by Aidan O’Brien, Hit It a Bomb (War Front-Liscanna, by Sadler's Wells) was undefeated from three runs in Ireland and America as a 2YO including a win in the Gr1 2015 Breeders’ Cup Juvenile Turf at Keeneland. For commercial breeders, Hit It a Bomb will stand for a fee of $8,800 Inc. GST as a participant in Spendthrift’s “Breed Secure” program. He will also be offered for $8,800 Inc. GST Payable On Live Foal. The roster is:
- Swear - $8,250 (Share The Upside fee) or $5,500 (Payable on Live Foal)
“Breed Secure” Fee or Payable on Live Foal
Spendthrift Australia Mares Transfer to Kentucky
Spendthrift Australia will transfer five mares to Kentucky next month in a move that underlines its rapid progress since establishing its Australian base at Romsey less than two years ago. Last-start Gr3 placegetter Ameristralia (Fastnet Rock) is one of the mares being relocated and she will be covered by a Spendthrift stallion in the current northern-hemisphere season. Spendthrift owner B Wayne Hughes stands 27 stallions in North America headed by champion sire Malibu Moon who is fast-closing on a century of stakes winners and the up and coming sire Into Mischief. Ameristralia is in quarantine with a valuable cargo of mares heading to Spendthrift's headquarters in Lexington. Joining her are Gr3 Tranquil Stakes winner Lady Of Harrods (Dubawi), Listed Morphettville Guineas winner Forever Discreet (Bernardini), stakes placed Rosehill winner Cana (Fastnet Rock) and Krupt's sister Prairy Kat (Flying Spur). "Besides shuttling stallions, Mr Hughes has sent us over a dozen well-bred USA mares in foal to southern hemisphere time," Australian general-manager Garry Cuddy said this week. "And we will continue to build our own broodmare band here at the Inglis and Magic Millions sales this year." Spendthrift's Victorian roster will continue to evolve with its Australian-bred colts like Swear (Redoute's Choice), Redouble (Redoute's Choice) and Into Orbit (Northern Meteor) being groomed to enhance the line-up. "When we buy any yearling you want it to perform well on the track and we have been quite lucky to date" Cuddy added. "We also have the right staff in place at the farm and are at a point where we are currently advertising for an assistant stud manager to help support our expansion."
Spendthrift's stakes-placed Cana is headed to the US (pic: Steve Hart)
Gr1 Victoria Derby Field & Barriers
The final field (including emergencies) has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $1.5 million Gr1 Victoria Derby (2500m) to be run at Flemington on Saturday. Favourite for the race remains the Tony Pike-trained Sacred Elixir at $3.10, ahead of So Si Bon - who will bid to become the first Gr1 winner for his sire So You Think - at $8.50, and Spendthrift Australia colt Swear at $10. All other runners are at double figure odds, headed by Prized icon and Inference at $13. The field is:
1. SACRED ELIXIR (Tony Pike-Zac Purton) 55.5kg (1)
2. PRIZED ICON (James Cummings-Glyn Schofield) 55.5kg (5)
3. SWEAR (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-T Berry) 55.5kg (10)
4. ROCKETEER (Mick Price-Mark Zahra) 55.5kg (19)
5. MORVADA (Peter Jolly-Steven Arnold) 55.5kg (12)
6. INFERENCE (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-D Dunn) 55.5kg (20)
7. CAPTAIN DUFFY (Phillip Stokes-Craig Newitt) 55.5kg (2)
8. SILVERA (Tony McEvoy-Kerrin McEvoy) 55.5kg (13)
9. WINE BUSH (Chris Waller-Joao Moreira) 55.5kg (17)
10. SO SI BON (Robbie Laing-Hugh Bowman) 55.5kg (11)
11. KENT (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 55.5kg (4)
12. HIGHLAD (Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman-C Williams) 55.5kg (15)
13. BEACH LIFE (Ciaron Maher-Nicholas Hall) 55.5kg (8)
14. TUMULTUOUS (Chris Waller-Ben Melham) 55.5kg (18)
15. HOLLYWOOD MO (Paul Perry-Stephen Baster) 55.5kg (6)
16. ALL OUT OF LOVE (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-B Shinn) 55.5kg (9)
17e. PETER JOHN (John Sargent-Michael Walker) 55.5kg (3)
18e. ANAHEIM (Trent Busuttin & Natalie Young) 55.5kg (14)
193. SHINE TAK STAR (John Sargent) 55.5kg (16)
20e. ZOFFMAN (Aaron Purcell) 55.5kg (7)
Swear To Stay Derby Trip
The connections of lightly raced colt Swear are optimistic about him running out a strong 2500 metres in Saturday's $1.5 million Gr1 Victoria Derby at Flemington, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Trained by Team Hawkes on behalf of B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Australia, Swear (Redoute's Choice-Crossyourheart, by Show a Heart), a $725,000 Easter yearling purchase, is coming off an excellent second behind Yankee Rose in the Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) at Royal Randwick. Garry Cuddy, general manager at Spendthrift Australia, believes the step up in distance will not pose any problems for the talented colt. “He’s shown already that he is a horse who is going to progress and should run the trip, although he still has to go out there and do it,” Cuddy said. “You never know until you try, but whatever happens he won’t go down without a fight. As we saw the other day, once Yankee Rose and Prized Icon went past him, he fought back and in the end he caught Prized Icon for second in the last 50 metres." He added: "We’re confident we’ve got a horse who will run the trip, but we’ve just got to wait and see.” Swear will be ridden by Tommy Berry and has drawn midfield in barrier ten.
Yankee Rose Wins Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, former Arrowfield Stud and now Geisel Park Stud-based Gr1 Emirates Stakes winning stallion All American (Red Ransom-Milva, by Strawberry Road) celebrated an elite success when 3YO filly Yankee Rose (All American-Condesaar, by Xaar) scored a fast-finishing 0.5 length win for trainer David Vandyke in the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) for 3YOs, over 3YO colts Swear (Redoute's Choice-Crossyourheart, by Show a Heart) & Prized Icon (More Than Ready-Tropical Affair, by Danehill). This was an historic victory for Yankee Rose who became the first filly to win the Spring Champion since its inaugural running in 1971. The prodigiously talented filly improved her record to 4 wins (including the Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes) and 2 placings (the Gr1 ATC Golden Slipper & Gr1 ATC Flight Stakes) from 7 starts for $1,922,700 earnings. Yankee Rose is now expected to make her Melbourne debut when she lines up in the Gr1 WS Cox Plate (2040m) at Moonee Valley in two weeks time (22 October). "This filly has never done as well going into a race. I couldn't fault her. If she ran out the 2000 metres today I was confident she would win," Vandyke told Sky Racing. "She was so comfortable out there today and looked so good when she stretched out, I just can't wait to get down to Melbourne in two weeks time." Purchased for just $10,000 by Darby Racing at the 2015 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale from the draft of Widden Stud, Yankee Rose is out of half-sister to New Zealand Derby winner Redoute's Dancer and hails from the prolific Classic-producing family of Yorkshire Oaks winner Condessa, Irish Oaks winner Silken Glider and English Oaks winner Godiva.
Yankee Rose (image: Steve Hart)
Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes Field & Barriers
The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) to be run at Royal Randwick racecourse on Saturday. The Spring Champion Stakes has been won by some top-class 3YOs during its relatively short history - in addition to the race record holder and current Spendthrift Australia stallion Hampton Court, Gay Icarus won the inaugural running of the race in 1971, followed by other turf stars including Dundeel (2012), Savabeel (2004), Universal Prince (2000), Tie The Knot (1997), Nothin' Leica Dane (1995), Danewin (1994), Stylish Century (1989), Beau Zam (1987), and the legendary Kingston Town (1979). Yankee Rose, who is yet to be confirmed as a definite starter, is the current TAB favourite at $2.60.
1. PRIZED ICON (James Cummings-Glyn Schofield) 56.5kg (4)
2. VELADERO (Chris Waller-Rory Hutchings) 56.5kg (3)
3. SWEAR (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-Tommy Berry) 56.5kg (11)
4. HIGH MIST (Chris Waller-Jason Collett) 56.5kg (6)
5. HONEYWINE (John O'Shea-Brenton Avdulla) 56.5kg (2)
6. RETALIATION (John O'Shea-Tim Clark) 56.5kg (9)
7. TUMULTUOUS (Chris Waller-Tye Angland) 56.5kg (5)
8. READY FIRE AIM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes-C Reith) 56.5kg (1)
9. HAND IT IN (Rodney Ollerton-Chris O'Brien) 56.5kg (7)
10. KHARTOUM (Pat Carey-Joshua Parr) 56.5kg (10)
11. YANKEE ROSE (David Vandyke-Dean Yendall) 54.5kg (8)
Spring Champion Stakes Nominations
As the highest rated horse in the race, Yankee Rose heads the nominations for the $500,000 Gr1 Spring Champion Stakes (2000m) to be run at Royal Randwick on Saturday. The Spring Champion Stakes has been won by some top-class 3YOs during its relatively short history - in addition to the race record holder and current Spendthrift Australia stallion Hampton Court, Gay Icarus won the inaugural running of the race in 1971, followed by other turf stars including Dundeel (2012), Savabeel (2004), Universal Prince (2000), Tie The Knot (1997), Nothin' Leica Dane (1995), Danewin (1994), Stylish Century (1989), Beau Zam (1987), and the legendary Kingston Town (1979). The nominations for the 2016 edition of the race are:
1. HAND IT IN (Rodney Ollerton)
2. HIGH MIST (Chris Waller)
3. HONEYWINE (John O'Shea)
4. KHARTOUM (Pat Carey)
5. PRIZED ICON (James Cummings)
6. READY FIRE AIM (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
7. RETALIATION (John O'Shea)
8. SWEAR (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)
9. TUMULTUOUS (Chris Waller)
10. VELADERO (Chris Waller)
11. YANKEE ROSE (David Vandyke)
Swear Wins Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality
At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's multiple Champion Australian Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Group success when 3YO colt Swear (Redoute's Choice-Crossyourheart, by Show a Heart) scored by 0.5 length for trainer John, Wayne & Michael Hawkes in the $125,000 Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality (1400m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colt High Mist (High Chaparral-Miss Mushu, by Encosta de Lago) & 3YO filly Skylight Glow (Northern Meteor-Rock of Kimberlite, by Rock of Gibraltar). Swear, who is being aimed at the Victoria Derby, is likely take a traditional Sydney path via the Gloaming Stakes and Spring Champion Stakes in Sydney before heading south to Melbourne. "He feels like a Derby horse," jockey Tommy Berry said. "He'll definitely stay the trip I think. He's got a beautiful big action and to be honest I was surprised to see him win so well today over the seven furlongs." Co-trainer Michael Hawkes added: "He wasn't that comfortable in the ground but his class prevailed. He's a lovely horse. He is a staying sought of horse and will improve over a bit of ground." Owned by B. Wayne Hughes' Spendthrift Australia, Swear extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $170,600 earnings. From the dual stakes-winning New Zealand mare Crossyourheart, Swear hails from the family of Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint winner All Thrills Too, and Group winners Gotta Have Heart, Soleil Rouge and Black Sun. Swear was purchased by Spendthrift as a stallion prospect for $725,000 at the 2015 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Tyreel Stud.
Swear (image: Steve Hart)
Swear Makes It 136 For Redoute's Choice
A trio of stakes winners in the first 34 days of 2016/17 has given champion sire Redoute's Choice his fastest season start since 2008. Spendthrift Australia's colt Swear joined August stakes winners Great Esteem and Rock Magic with a professional effort on heavy ground to claim Saturday's Gr3 Ming Dynasty Quality over 1400m. Swear is the fourth Ming Dynasty winner by Redoute's Choice, after Mearas (2006), Aussies Love Sport (2013) and Panzer Division (2014). Bred by Dean Fleming, Swear was sold for $725,000 at the 2015 Inglis Easter Sale by Tyreel Stud and he is the first Australian stakes winner for his owner Spendthrift Australia. He is also the 136th lifetime stakes winner for Redoute's Choice who has averaged a remarkable 14 individual stakes winners per season across the 14 years his progeny have graced racetracks in Australia and around the world. After Saturday's racing, the Australian General Sires' table is headed by Snitzel (4 stakes winners & $982,113 prize money) and Redoute's Choice (3 stakes winners, $697,715).
Shared Belief Back To Work
Shared Belief, a leading contender for Eclipse Award honours, returned to the track at Golden Gate Fields on Tuesday for his first workout since losing his unbeaten record in the Breeders' Cup Classic earlier this month, reports bloodhorse.com. The 3YO son of Candy Ride galloped three furlongs on the all-weather track in a handy :36 4/5, a time that ranked third of six at the distance. "He did it nicely," co-owner Jim Rome said in a post on his Jungle Racing's Facebook page. "Great to have him back at the track. Let's see how he comes out of it." The gelding entered the Classic unbeaten in seven career starts and was sent off the 5-2 favorite, but he finished fourth behind Bayern, Toast of New York, and California Chrome after Bayern broke inwardly and bumped Shared Belief a couple of strides out of the gate. After reviewing the race, stewards decided to let the result stand. However, jockey Mike Smith was adamant the interference cost Shared Belief any chance of winning the race. "I swear to you – I honestly believe it cost me the whole race. I really believe that," he said at the time.