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Snitzel Adds South Africa Black-Type
At Kenilworth in South Africa, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion and current leading Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added an overseas black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Traces (Snitzel-Traceability, by Charge Forward) let down with a good turn of foot late to sprint clear for an impressive 2.25 length win in the R 150,000 Listed Summer Juvenile Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Carlita & Royal Italian. Trained by Brett Crawford, this was the first stakes win for Traces who improved his record to 1 win from 2 starts. Carrying the familiar gold and black diamond silks of his co-breeder Arrowfield Stud, Traces is out of the unraced Traceability, a half-sister to Gr1 winners Master Of Design and Suntagonal from the good producer Urge To Merge. This is the renowned family of champion South African mare Tracy's Element and also includes champion mare and 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, Danasinga, Cullen and Towkay.
Filly From Tracy's Element Family Set For Debut
Blue blooded filly Guangdong is set to make her debut in the Pluck@Vinery Plate (1100m) at Canterbury today. Trained by Chris Waller, 3YO Guangdong is by Fastnet Rock out of the beautifully bred Kylikwong (Red Ransom-Tracy's Element, by Last Tycoon), a full-sister to 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy. Kylikwong, who was placed at Gr1 level in the VRC Oaks, VRC Sires' Produce Stakes & Australasian Oaks, is also the dam of stakes-winning stayer Cantonese, Gr2-placed mare Chateau Margaux and Gr3-placed stayer Monteux. This is the renowned family of champion South African mare Tracy's Element, Danasinga, Cullen, Towkay, Suntagonal, Urge To Merge and Master Of Design.
Outstanding mare Typhoon Tracy (image: Steve Hart)
Well Bred Price Debutant Today at Geelong
This afternoon's opening race at Geelong in Victoria is the stepping-off point for a beautifully bred 2YO colt. By Vinery's globe-trotting shuttler More Than Ready, Lu Bu is out of the Flying Spur mare Hanover Fist, making him a half-brother to highly consistent Gr3 winner Red Bomber and a full-brother to stakes-placed Ready To Fight. A $170,000 Inglis Easter Yearling making his debut for the in-form Mick Price yard, Lu Bu's dam is from the immediate family of Typhoon Tracy, Red Element, Kylie Kwong, Tracy's Element, Master of Design (see above item), Suntagonal and Shaft, among others. Last week, Victoria's Bullarook Park announced that Typhoon Tracy's only foal, $2.1 million Inglis Easter graduate Last Typhoon (by Street Cry), will stand his first season in 2017. Race favourite is fellow debutant Takemehomemister.
Master Of Design Relocates to Greta West Stud
Gr1-winning sprinter Master Of Design has a new home in Victoria, at Greta West Stud. He’s a Top 10 second-season stallion in Australia with 21 individual winners of 28 races this season, and his off-shore winners include A Star Of Patch (Hong Kong) & Creative Genius (NZ) who has also been stakes-placed at Ellerslie. Master Of Design is a regally-bred son of Redoute’s Choice from a sister to Champion South African filly Tracy’s Element. “He’s an emerging sire and is getting right among the winners,” Greta West studmaster Laurie McCarthy said. “Now we’re looking ahead for some stakes wins next season.” His first-crop youngsters Kinetic Design & Creativity were stakes-placed at Flemington while his second-crop filly Miss Wahoo earned black-type in the Debutante Stakes at Caulfield. Master Of Design covered nearly 100 mares in his third book at Swettenham Stud and their foals attracted Mat Ellerton & Simon Zhara, Troy Corstens, Matt Cumani, Shane Nicols, David Payne and Yu Long Investments at this year’s Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. Greta West Stud will stand Master Of Design for a $5,500 service fee.
Leading 2nd crop sire Master of Design
Awaken Wins Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas
At Ascot racecourse in Perth, Western Australia, Emirates Park's 5-time Gr1-winning shuttler Dream Ahead (Diktat-Land Of Dreams, by Cadeaux Genereux) added a black-type success when 3YO filly Awaken (Dream Ahead-Mystic Hour, by Redoute's Choice) scored by 1.25 lengths in the $100,000 Listed Ascot 1000 Guineas (1800m) for 3YO fillies, over fellow 3YO fillies Precious Memories (Stratum-Precious Moment, by Charge Forward) & Just Like Fire (Sakhee's Secret-Jarna's Choice, by Torrential). This was the first stakes winner for Awaken who advanced her record to 2 wins and 1 placing from 3 starts for $76,175 earnings. A homebred for prominent WA owners and breeders Bob & Sandra Peters, Awaken is a direct descendant of grand producer Princess Tracy, ancestress of Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, and Gr1 winners Danasinga, Master of Design, and Suntagonal.
Arrowfield Dominates Magic Millions Sale
Arrowfield and its powerhouse stallion roster headed every category, except that of top-priced filly, to extend an already imposing record at the Magic Millions Gold Coast yearling Sale. The stud sold 48 of 53 lots offered, achieving an aggregate of $11.6 million and leading the vendor lists for both Books 1 & 2. At the premier level of the sale, Arrowfield sold 38 lots for $10.9 million to edge out Newgate Farm and secure top spot for the second consecutive year. The top-priced Arrowfield yearling was the Redoute's Choice colt out of Ballet Blue (Stravinsky) which was purchased by leading buyer James Harron Bloodstock for $1.3 million, a sale-topping figure also achieved by Corumbene Stud's full brother to Sebring. The Ballet Blue colt, bred on the same cross as Horse of the Year Lankan Rupee, is the 71st million-dollar yearling for Redoute's Choice who has now posted at least one seven-figure sale every year since 2004. The sale's select group of five $1 million-plus lots also featured Arrowfield's Snitzel x Sabanci colt, a $1.1 million buy for champion trainer Chris Waller and Mulcaster Bloodstock. The sales of the Ballet Blue and Sabanci colts mean that Arrowfield has now sold 36 seven-figure yearlings since 2001, among them Gr1 winners Sunday Joy (Magic Millions, 2001), Master of Design (Inglis Easter, 2007) & Wandjina (Inglis Easter, 2013).
Top Prospect Wins Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO
At Ellerslie in New Zealand, Westbury Stud's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate-winning stallion Swiss Ace (Secret Savings-Rapid Serve, by Carson City) added a black-type success when 3YO gelding Top Prospect (Swiss Ace-Princess Carolina, by More Than Ready) scored by 0.75 length for trainer Richard Collett in the NZ$50,000 Listed Trevor Eagle Memorial 3YO (1500m) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO geldings Barcelo (Alamosa-Light Majesty, by Zabeel) & Creative Genius (Master of Design-Beauriphul Gal, by Bureaucracy). Top Prospect, who was a $65,000 purchase at the 2015 NZB Select Yearling Sale, improved his record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 6 starts for NZ$54,375 earnings.
Wait For No One Wins Listed Debutant Stakes
At Caulfield in Melbourne, former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a black-type success when 2YO colt Wait For No One (Lonhro-Divine Choice, by Rock of Gibraltar) scored by 0.1 length for trainers David & Ben Hayes & Tom Dabernig in the $120,000 Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, over 2YO fillies Spoils (Snitzel-Fortune of War, by General Nediym) & Miss Wahoo (Master of Design-Fish Dive, by Pins). Bred at Lindsay Park by trainer David Hayes and several long-time clients including Peter Devitt, Wait For No One took his record to 1 win from 1 start for $72,500 earnings. Wait For No One is out of Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes placegetter Divine Choice, herself a three-quarter sister to Cornerstone Stud's Gr2 ATC Skyline Stakes winning stallion Valentia. This is also the family of dual Gr1 winning sprinter Super Elegant and his Group-winning siblings Mr Elegant and Elegancy.
First Winner For Master Of Design
Swettenham Stud's Gr1-winning stallion Master Of Design opened his first-crop account when speedy colt Deal Master scored an impressive debut win in the Visit Club Officer Plate (1000m) at Pakenham on Friday. The 3YO races for a Team Corstens syndicate after being sold by Swettenham (as agent) for $90,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier yearling sale. "I give him credit for that win because it was much better than it looked," jockey Danny Moor explained. "I was cursing the way the race panned out. I've been working him off the speed at home but we landed in front on the rails." Moor added: "I got him to relax and he gave a good kick in the straight. I was waiting for the others to come and blouse us out but he was real strong on the line." Deal Master was bred in Victoria by Euan & Jenny White and is the first foal of their Wangaratta winner Pimento (Royal Academy). She's from a half-sister to Chattanooga who won 14 races up to Listed level at Caulfield. The Whites sold Pimento for $5,800 to Sheamus Mills Bloodstock (FBAA) at the Inglis Great Southern Sale in June. She changed hands in foal to Master Of Design off a November cover last year. Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice) started his stud career with Flemington stakes performers Creativity & Kinetic Design and his second crop averaged $75,000 at the Melbourne Premier yearling sale in March. A Group 1 winner of the T J Smith (1200m) at Randwick in a time only bettered by Black Caviar, he has averaged 120 mares a year since retiring to Swettenham at a $15,000 (inc gst) service fee.
Over 400 Weanlings Highlight Great Southern Catalogue
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.
Swettenham Announces 2016 Service Fees
Enhancing what is already one of Australia's most highly-regarded stallion rosters through the recent addition of multiple Gr1 winner Trust In A Gust, Swettenham Stud has announced its 2016 stallion fees along with the introduction of a Live Foal Payment. "This is a very exciting development for the hundreds of broodmare owners who support the farm each year," Swettenham Stud principal Adam Sangster said. "We've always sought to offer the most competitive fees and on-farm services, but the Live Foal Payment takes it to a new level. Whereas most other studs require payment of service fees 45 days after a positive pregnancy test, the Live Foal Payment effectively provides broodmare owners with a 12 month buffer." Sangster added: "Previously, owners were out of pocket for several months if the mare went amiss, but with the Live Foal initiative, it is exactly as the name suggests: you only pay when you get a live foal." Swettenham Stud bloodstock manager Brian Gorman added that fees will remain unchanged from 2015. "We couldn't be happier with the line-up for 2016 and maintaining the fees at last year's prices is significant. Take Qatar's Al Shaqab champion Toronado as an example. He was immensely popular in his first season and has 145 foals on the way." Gorman added: "A son of High Chaparral who won a Gr2 at two and Gr1 events at three and four including the Sussex Stakes when he was a second quicker than Frankel. We all know how well the Frankels were received at Easter. Gorman said Swettenham were also delighted with the progress of their younger stallions. "Swettenham prides itself on offering something for everyone: local and international bloodlines, lightning speed or horses that can run over a trip. And sure, it's tempting to increase prices amid record prize money levels and great yearling sale prices, but we have deliberately kept the fees the same so breeders can maximise their investment. New sire Trust In A Gust will stand at an introductory fee of $12,500 (inc gst) while limited lifetime breeding rights remain at $25,000 (inc gst)." The 2016 Swettenham Stud Fees (GST inclusive) are:
- Americain (USA) - $13,750 LFP
- Equiano (Fr) - $13,750 LFP
- Master Of Design - $15,000 LFP (* Conditions apply)
- Puissance de Lune (Ire) - $11,000 LFP
- Toronado (Ire) - $22,000 LFP
- Trust In A Gust - $12,500 LFP
Selenia Wins Listed Festival Of Racing Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's multiple stakes-winning stallion Not A Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice-Single's Bar, by Rory's Jester) added a black-type success when the promising juvenile filly Selenia (Not A Single Doubt-Lunar Lady, by Hussonet) scored by a half-length for trainer Robbie Griffiths in the $120,000 Listed Festival of Racing Stakes (1000m) over fellow filly and valuable debutante Alter Call (Fastnet Rock-Response, by Charge Forward) & the filly Creativity (Master of Design-Voltara, by More Than Ready). A $30,000 bargain at the 2015 Inglis Sydney Easter Sale from the draft of Middlebrow Valley Lodge, Selenia broke her Maiden in the event to take her record to 1 win from 3 starts for $88,950 earnings. In her only other two outings she had finished 4th in the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude (f) & Gr3 Blue Diamond Preview (f), so the form was on the board for Selenia to break through. Her unraced dam, out of multiple stakes-performed Lunarspur, is a full sister to Gr2 winner Colorado Claire and a half-sister to Gr2 winner Moonovermanhattan.
Swettenham Juveniles Make Presence Felt
Swettenham Stud has jumped the blocks with its 2YOs this season. The Victorian nursery has earned black-type twice in the first two juvenile events of the season in Melbourne. First-season Master of Design filly Kinetic Design was runner-up in the Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) at Flemington on 4 October, while Equiano colt Valliano was placed in the Listed Debutant Stakes (1000m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Swettenham sold Valliano for $60,000 at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale. He's the first foal to race from the Elusive Quality mare Sunday School, a winning sister to Flemington Gr2 performer Viking Turf Belle. Lindsay Park co-trainer Tom Dabernig was keen on his chances despite a $31 starting quote. "He's a forward colt and has done everything right since we broke him in," Hayes said. Valliano was beaten less than length but had excuses behind the winner Missrock. "He ran very well and had no luck," jockey Dwayne Dunn admitted. "He should almost have won." Equiano sired his 7th first-crop winner from Swettenham when Orvassa landed her maiden at Echuca last week. The 3YO filly is trained by Jason Warren for owner Steve Watkins. Orvassa is being set for the $130,000 Inglis 3YO Trophy (1400m) at Sale on 25 October. "She didn't let us down with a tough win at Echuca and I think she's in for a good spring," Warren predicted. "She was a stunning yearling. Steve and I were both very keen...He was determined to have her and went bid-for-bid finally getting her for $160k." He added: "She showed ability last prep but didn't quite put it together on race day. She's gone to a new level this preparation and has come back a much better race filly. A win at Sale will go a long way to paying off her price tag!"
Sweet Sherry Wins Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes
At Flemington in Melbourne, Eliza Park's multiple Gr1-winning sire Bel Esprit (Royal Academy-Bespoken, by Vain) added an early season 2YO black-type success when juvenile filly Sweet Sherry (Bel Esprit-Amoroso, by Revoque) scored a half-length victory for trainer Brent Stanley in the $120,000 Listed Maribyrnong Trial Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, over fellow filly Kinetic Design (Master Of Design-Hidden Energy, by Dehere) & the gelding Moshway (Moshe-Hi Way babe, by Archway). A $260,000 yearling consigned by Swettenham Stud at the 2015 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, Sweet Sherry took her record to 1 win from 1 start for $73,200 earnings.
Al Shaqab Stars Arrive At Swettenham
Qatar's Al Shaqab's star shuttlers, Toronado (High Chaparral) and The Wow Signal (Starspangledbanner) arrived safely at Swettenham Stud on Thursday evening. Both stallions have settled into their new surroundings and are enjoying their first visit to Victoria. Multiple Gr1 winner of Europe's elite mile contests, Toronado was High Chaparral's most precocious and fastest son. "He has arrived in great condition after a busy season at the English National Stud. He has all the credentials needed to make a big impact on the Victorian and Australian Breeding Industry and it is a substantial show of faith in Victoria that Al Shaqab have entrusted Swettenham with this calibre of stallion" Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said. The Wow Signal, the champion French 2YO last year and Gr1 winner of the Prix Morny, has arrived in great condition after the long International flight with handler Benoit Girres from Haras De Bouquetot. The Wow Signal was injured in his last work before the English 2000 Guineas this year, which led to his early retirement. "It is a huge credit to the Al Shaqab European operation that against the odds and with meticulous management, The Wow Signal has been able to come to Australia this season," Sangster said. "Al Shaqab have been very conscious, that to get the stallions off to the start they both deserve, they would be priced to represent excellent value to breeders and get very good books of mares in their initial season." Arriving with the two stallions were fellow shuttlers Equiano, from Newsells Park UK, and Americain from the Irish National Stud. "Equiano has had a surge of interest after a number of smart 3YOs stepped out during the first weeks of the new racing season," Sangster added. "And Americain looks amazing and has further developed into a seriously imposing and powerful stallion. Reports from his initial crop in the USA are excellent with Brad Kelley of Calumet Farm hand picking 20 rising 2YOs to represent the famous farm next year." Swettenham's stallion roster is rounded off by the magnificent son of Redoute's Choice in Master of Design whose crop of 2YOs are ready to hit the track, and Puissance De Lune, the hugely talented son of Shamardal making his debut at stud this season.
Typhoon Tracy Foal Set For Debut
Last Typhoon, the only foal of 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy, will make his debut in a 1300m maiden plate at Sandown tomorrow. Typhoon Tracy, who won 6 Gr1 races including two editions of the CF Orr Stakes, died shortly after giving birth to the son of Street Cry who was passed in for $2.1 million when failing to make his $3 million reserve at the 2014 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale. Prepared by Typhoon Tracy's trainer Peter Moody, Last Typhoon will race in the same red and gold epaulette silks of owner-breeder Hutchins Thoroughbreds. This is the renowned family of champion South African mare Tracy's Element, Danasinga, Cullen, Towkay, Suntagonal, Urge To Merge and Master Of Design.
Wandjina's Breeder In Expansion Mode
Meanwhile, as top-class colt Wandjina (Snitzel-La Bamba, by Last Tycoon) prepares for the Gr1 Diamond Jubilee Stakes at Royal Ascot tomorrow, the Hunter Valley farm that bred him is getting ready to expand its business off the back of a spectacular season. Arrowfield Stud has completed the construction of an additional 40 yearling runs at its Sales Centre to create one of the best yearling preparation units in the southern hemisphere. Further work is being undertaken to improve internal roads and paddock layouts, and enable the Stud to stand up to 16 stallions. Arrowfield currently stands ten stallions, headed by reigning Australian Champion Sire Redoute's Choice and his sons Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt. Paul Messara, who took up the Stud Manager's role a year ago, commented: "We achieved record fertility on the farm last Spring and we've had a wonderful run with the stallions on the track and in the ring this season. Stallion-making is our core business and we plan to keep investing in it." Arrowfield, selling in its own right and on behalf of clients, was the leading yearling vendor in Australasia this season, grossing more than $18 million at the major sessions of the Magic Millions Gold Coast, Inglis Melbourne Premier & Inglis Easter Sales. Yearlings by stallions on the Stud's current roster have returned almost $70 million to their vendors in 2015. Wandjina was purchased from Arrowfield by James Harron for Edmund & Belinda Bateman at the 2013 Inglis Easter Sale for $1 million, making him Snitzel's first seven-figure yearling. "He was an outstanding colt, as good as you'd ever see at a sale," said Messara. The Australian Guineas winner is one of four Arrowfield-bred and sold Gr1 stars this season, alongside Hot Snitzel & Sweet Idea (also by Snitzel), and brilliant South African filly Majmu (Redoute's Choice). Arrowfield's thirty-year record of Gr1-winning graduates now stands at 54 – forty of them bred by the Stud. Wandjina is the ninth foal of the Last Tycoon mare La Bamba and is a sibling to Gr1 Hong Kong Sprint winner Inspiration (Flying Spur) as well as stakes winners Lucky Unicorn and Provence (both by Redoute's Choice). La Bamba is the fourth Arrowfield mare to leave two Gr1 winners, joining Eloquent Edition (dam of Daney Boy & Magic Of Sydney), Lady Giselle (Baryshnikov & Zabeel) and Urge To Merge (Suntagonal & Master Of Design). Now rising 21, La Bamba has a lovely weanling filly by Snitzel that will be retained by Arrowfield. Interestingly, Wandjina traces his lineage to the Irish-bred mare Medmenham (Prince Galahad), dam of the legendary Ajax, one of greatest turf horses in Australian racing history.
Three In A Row For Star Ready2Race Graduates
The Star Ready2Race Sale accomplished a unique feat in Asia on Sunday with graduates of the select breeze up sale winning three consecutive races at the Kranji racecourse in Singapore. Two-year-olds Big Man and Genius book ended the treble, which was split by the victory of 3YO Twodollarmuppet. "From limited numbers through the sale ring graduates of The Star Ready2Race Sale are providing quality results at a tremendous strike rate for trainers and owners across Asia and Australia," points out Peter Twomey, Inglis' Asia Representative. "The Star Ready2Race Sale is proving to be THE best platform to showcase quality two-year-olds in Australia and buyers are being rewarded with great results on the racetrack," added Twomey. The vendors of Sunday's three Singapore winners, Wingara Thoroughbreds, Hilton Thoroughbreds and Muskoka Farm, will again be supporting The Star Ready2Race Sale in 2015 with quality entries by sires such as Snitzel, Redoute's Choice, O'Reilly, Choisir, Mossman, Tuffontein, Helmet, Master Of Design and many more. Vendors who nominate an entry for The Star Ready2Race Sale prior to 1 July 2015 will receive a 50% discount on the entry fee.
Outstanding Quality At Inglis March Sale
The Inglis March Thoroughbred Sale has an impressive record of producing quality racetrack performers. Vendors have once again recognised this and thrown their support behind the sale entering 88 supplementary lots in recent weeks, totalling 264 Lots that will walk through the ring on an action-packed day this Friday, 20 March at Inglis' Oaklands complex. Notable graduates of this sale include Crafty Cruiser, sold as a yearling he continues to produce results including a win in the Listed Roy Higgins Quality Stakes at Flemington earlier this month. 148 racehorses will be offered including nine outstanding lots from the stable of Nick and Lloyd Williams, selling under the Hudson Conway Racing banner. Previous Inglis graduates that have been sold from the Williams' draft include last Monday's Group 2 Adelaide Cup, Tanby, and Marksmanship which has gone on to win or place in seven of his ten starts since his purchase by trainer Ciaron Maher. The current draft is headlined by the impeccably bred Listed winner Wales. By Redoute's Choice out of Valkyrie Diva, the Group 3 winning half-sister to Maykbe Diva, he will be offered as Lot 139. Other notable lots from the Williams' draft include multiple stakes placed gelding Practiced (Lot 140) and International Listed winner Thought Worthy (Lot 143) which ran fourth in the Group 1 Epsom Derby. 27 nicely-bred lots are being sold from the draft of breeding giant Darley, who consigned Group 1 winning Inglis graduate Sonntag in a previous reduction. This Friday's draft is headlined by Group 2 Tulloch Stakes winner Gallatin (Lot 101), and Group 3 winner Champollion (Lot 97). Lot 100 is promising three-year-old Lonhro gelding Exert which has two wins and two placings from his four career starts. Over 70 broodmares and broodmare prospects will be offered including the Mooney Valley winning daughter of Fastnet Rock, Love The Rock (Lot 207), half-sister to the Group 1 performer Stanica. Emirates Park will offer mares in foal to their resident sires Harbour Watch, Mulaazem and Al Maher whilst Woodside Park's draft includes mares in foal to their resident stallions Written Tycoon and Foreplay. Also on offer are mares in foal or with foals at foot by Starspangledbanner, Stryker, Statue Of Liberty and Master Of Design. Selling will begin at 10.30am, this Friday 20 March 2015. Click here to view online catalogue.
MM Adelaide Day-2: Top Sellers
- $220,000 Master of Design-Swiss Vault colt (Kennewell Racing/Ozzie Kheir)
- $185,000 I Am Invincible-Lassie Mactavish colt (Mark Kavanagh)
- $145,000 Lope de Vega-Up'n'doing colt (Peter Morgan/Dean Hawthorne Bloodstock)
- $110,000 Magic Albert-Jewel Vault chestnut colt (Macdonald Gluyas Racing SA)
- $100,000 Artie Schiller-Relativity filly (McDonald Racing VIC)
Master Of Design x Swiss Vault colt (image: Magic Millions)
Inglis Premier Day-4: Top Sellers
- $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)
Inglis Premier Day-3: Top Sellers
- $420,000 Northern Meteor-Ryzhkina filly (Kitchwin Hills)
- $420,000 Exceed and Excel-Truly Wicked filly (Ciaron Maher Racing)
- $340,000 Choisir-Nuclear Force colt (James Harron/Snowden Racing)
- $300,000 Snitzel-Orbiting Belle colt (China Horse Club)
- $300,000 Starcraft-Salutations colt (George Moore Bloodstock)
- $300,000 Master of Design-Subtle Breeze colt (L Freedman/C Cooke Bloodstock)
- $240,000 Smart Missile-Spirit of Grace filly (Aquanita Racing)
- $240,000 Sepoy-Ten Churros colt (Lyndhurst Farm)
- $235,000 I Am Invincible-Pure Black colt (Nordic Racing & Breeding)
- $220,000 Helmet-Take All of Me colt (C Coghlan)
Melbourne Premier Catalogue Online
The catalogue for the 2015 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale is now available online. 782 yearlings have been catalogued for Inglis Premier to be conducted at 'Oaklands' in Melbourne from Sunday, 1 March to Wednesday, 4 March 2015. From this catalogue, buyers will be able to search for the next Inglis Premier Superhero like previous sale graduates Black Caviar, Fawkner, Trust In A Gust, Sacred Kingdom and Snitzerland. "The Inglis Premier Yearling Sale in Melbourne has a proven record for unearthing champions on the racetrack and with the quality of the yearlings catalogued next year, I have no doubt that success will continue," said Peter Heagney, Inglis Melbourne Bloodstock Director. Stallions that have the propensity to beget sprinters, milers, middle-distance gallopers and stayers, will again be showcased at Inglis Premier. Blue Diamond winner Reward For Effort has 29 yearlings in the 2015 Sale. Snitzerland's sire Snitzel has 24 yearlings catalogued, while fellow sprinters Wanted (24 lots), Star Witness (21), Equiano (20), Bel Esprit (19), Choisir (17), Not A Single Doubt (13), Exceed And Excel (11), Northern Meteor (11), Testa Rossa (11), Stratum (10) and Turffontein (10) are all well represented. Stallions proven to be able to produce stakes winning juveniles as well as Oaks and Derby winners include Sebring with 21 yearlings and Fastnet Rock with 19. The Blue Riband Session, introduced to highlight potential Classic performers, will feature yearlings by High Chaparral, Savabeel, New Approach, Reset, Redoute's Choice, Street Cry and O'Reilly, while first season sires include Helmet (32), Smart Missile (25), Foxwedge (19), Master Of Design (19), Canford Cliffs (18), So You Think (18), Toorak Toff (18), and Sepoy (13). Australia's leading consignors have again strongly supported the sale. Swettenham will present the largest draft with 50 yearlings whilst Rosemont have 44, Eliza (41), Blue Gum (30), Phoenix (29), Arrowfield (25), Yallambee (24), Three Bridges (21), Newgate (19), Erinvale (19) and Supreme Thoroughbreds (19). Click here to view the catalogue.
Magic Millions Tasmanian Yearling Sale Catalogue Available Online
Magic Millions' 2015 Tasmanian Yearling Sale catalogue is now online. Comprising 121 lots, the catalogue has brought together the best Tasmanian bred yearlings as well as a select group from the mainland to go under the hammer at Launceston's Inveresk Showgrounds on 12 February. Over recent years the sale has produced some top graduates including stakes winners The Cleaner, Lady Lynette, Triple Asset and Like a Carousel. Among the lots catalogued are half or three quarter relations to stakes winners Black 'n' Tough, Radha Rani, The Cleaner, Triple Asset and Twenty Grand. There are also half or three quarter relations to stakes performers All Rigged Up, Emily's Girl, Kid Kobe, Pompeius, Portland Damask, Prince Obama, Queen, Regal Flame and Zodiac Queen. Stakes winning mares with lots catalogued include Angel's Jewel, Brakim Lass, Galvanized, Genuine Blonde, Private Nip, Rose of Portland, Star Hit and Wavishing, while fellow stakes performers Come on Rory, Mislaid, Pirate Queen, Qui Lady, Silvercitymiss, Why For and With Decorum are also represented. There is a great selection of progeny by 66 individual sires - the most represented including West Quest (16 lots), Master of Design (8), Tough Speed (7), Bushranger (5) and Statue of Liberty (5). Other sires with yearlings in the catalogue include Anacheeva, Bel Esprit, Beneteau, Casino Prince, Desert King, Domesday, Equiano, Exceed and Excel, Helmet, Hussonet, Keep the Faith, Ladoni, Magnus, Moshe, Myboycharlie, Reward for Effort, Sebring, Stryker, Tickets, Toorak Toff, Uncle Mo, Wanted, Wordsmith and Zoffany and dozens more. The Tasmanian Yearling Sale is complimented by two graduate races to be run at Launceston on the eve of the sale, Wednesday, 11 February. The $50,000 Brooklyn Park Magic Millions 2YO Classic and $50,000 TasBreeders Magic Millions 3YO Classic (both over 1200m) are subject to entries closing on 5 February at 12 noon (AEDT). Click here to view the online catalogue.
Typhoon Tracy Relation Set For Debut
Monteux (Medaglia d'Oro-Kylikwong, by Red Ransom), a son of multiple Gr1-placed filly Kylikwong, is set to make his debut in a 3YO+ maiden plate (1400m) at Bendigo today. Trained by Peter Moody, the 3YO colt is owned by Paul Fudge's Waratah Thoroughbreds and was a $370,000 purchase at the 2013 Magic Million Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Gerry Harvey's Baramul Stud. Monteux is the seventh foal from the beautifully bred mare Kylikwong, a full-sister to 2010 Australian Horse of the Year Typhoon Tracy. Kylikwong, who was placed in the Gr1 VRC Oaks, Gr1 VRC Sires' Produce Stakes & Gr1 Australasian Oaks, is also the dam of stakes-winning stayer Cantonese and Gr2-placed mare Chateau Margaux. This is the renowned family of champion South African mare Tracy's Element, Danasinga, Cullen, Towkay, Suntagonal, Urge To Merge and Master Of Design.
Swettenham Stud Open Day
The Swettenham Stud 2014 Open Day and Stallion Parade will be held on Sunday 31 August commencing at 11am. Exciting sires Americain and Equiano will be the star attractions having returned to Swettenham after completing their Northern Hemisphere stud duties. The stallion parade will also feature Gr1-winning sires Master of Design & Host, and leading Victorian sire Kaphero. To RSVP, please contact the office at the farm on 03 5794 2044.
Inglis Great Southern Sale Day-1: Average Up 33%
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).
Swettenham Announces Service Fees
Swettenham Stud has announced the service fees for its impressive line-up of stallions will remain unchanged this year. Dual King's Stand Stakes winner Equiano heads the roster at $16,500 on the back of an outstanding sale at the Inglis Melbourne Premier in March. Apart from topping the first-season table, Equiano's son from Hidden Energy (Dehere) set a record for the highest price ever paid for a yearling by a first season sire in Victoria when selling for $420,000. Equiano has achieved immediate success as a sire, with English-bred 2YOs Moving Melody Lightning Stride both winning impressively on debut. "The Melbourne Premier results have sparked an even higher level of interest in Equiano," Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster said. "He's an exciting stallion for us and for the Victorian industry." Melbourne Cup winner Americain will stand his second southern season for $13,750 after covering 155 mares in his first book at Nagambie before shuttling back to Calumet Farm in Kentucky. "Americain was a superior stayer with a sensational turn of foot," Sangster explained. "He's from the Red Ransom sireline and his damsire Arazi was a Champion 2YO in Europe and North America." A magnificent individual free of Danehill blood, Americain provides an attractive outcross for broodmare owners. Standing alongside Equiano and Americain are Gr1 winners Master Of Design and Host, as well as speedy Gr3-winning sprinter Kaphero, to round out a high-quality roster. Swettenham's GST-inclusive 2014 roster is:
- Equiano - $16,500
- Americain - $13,750
- Master Of Design - $12,500
- Host - $8,800
- Kaphero - $5,500
Inglis Broodmare & Weanling Day-1: $450K Fastnet Rock Colt
A son of Fastnet Rock topped a superb weanling session selling to Belmont Bloodstock for $450,000 on the opening day of the Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale at Newmarket in Sydney. Consigned by Coolmore Stud as Lot 150 the outstanding colt from 2YO stakes winner Delta Girl (General Nediym) is the most expensive weanling sold in Sydney since 2008. "Weanling vendors who threw their support behind this new sale date have been well rewarded with an 84% clearance rate and some great individual results," said Inglis Bloodstock Director Jonathan D'Arcy. On Sunday, 123 Select Session Weanlings were sold an average of $34,963, a figure 50% up on the Sydney weanling sale in June last year. The median and gross turnover was the highest in six years. "Buyers got their first look at weanlings by a strong line-up of first season sires here in Sydney and we are very pleased with how many of them have been received in the marketplace," added D'Arcy. Weanlings from the first crop of dual hemisphere champion racehorse So You Think were in high demand headed by Lot 119, Lustre Lodge's half-brother to Thousand Guineas winner Irish Lights, which sold to Coolmore Australia for $290,000. Other first season sires represented included Uncle Mo (sold up to $120,000), Smart Missile (up to $80,000), Canford Cliffs (up to $65,000), Master Of Design (up to $52,000) and Foxwedge (up to $50,000).
Redoute's Choice & Son Head Aust Sires' List
Arrowfield's champion sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) has catapulted to the top of the Australian Sires Premiership thanks in large part to the recent brilliant performances of his son Lankan Rupee. The 4YO gelding confirmed his status as the world's best sprinter when scoring an outstanding win in the $2.5 million TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Royal Randwick last Saturday on day one of The Championships. He is Redoute's Choice's third winner of the prestigious race, after Melito in 2010 and Master of Design in 2012. It was Lankan Rupee's sixth straight win and his third consecutive victory at Gr1 level following his successes in the Oakleigh Plate at Caulfield and the Newmarket Handicap at Flemington. He has now won nine of his 16 starts and prize-money of $2.8 million for owner-breeder Muzaffar Yaseen's Teeley Assets and trainer Mick Price. Lankan Rupee's spectacular win shot Redoute's Choice to the top of the sires' list with progeny earnings of $8,786,268, just ahead of his emerging sire son Snitzel who commands second position with earnings of $8,279,685. Snitzel, who had occupied top spot on the Sires' Premiership since last October, added more than $300,000 to his season earnings courtesy of 2YO colt Scratch Me Lucky, a brave runner-up to Peggy Jean in the $1 million Gr1 ATC Sires' Produce Stakes. Snitzel has enjoyed a remarkable season thus far siring numerous winners including Cox Plate hero Shamus Award, Gr1 Lightning Stakes winner Snitzerland, and Gr2 Light Fingers Stakes and Magic Millions 3YO Guineas winner Sweet Idea.
Bianconi To Ridgeview Park
Champion Victorian stallion Bianconi will continue his stud career at Ridgeview Park in 2014. In a deal brokered by Julie Nairn of LP Stallions, Bianconi will transfer from Swettenham Stud to Ridgeview Park which is based 35km north-east of Bendigo at Muskerry. "Bianconi has been a wonderful sire for Victoria," Swettenham owner Adam Sangster said. "He gets winners from all sorts of mares over a wide range of distances. And he's good enough to sire Group 1 winners like Nicconi and Above Deck." Bianconi (USA) passed another milestone in November when Lord Wimble notched his 1,000th Australian win at Moonee Valley. A son of breed-shaping stallion Danzig, he has topped 100 individual winners in Australia for the last five years in a row and his winners-to-runners strike-rate is a lofty 62%. "He's going as well as ever," Sangster claimed. "But, through no fault of his own, he's probably taken a back-seat since the arrivals of Equiano, Master Of Design and Americain. Swettenham will continue to support Bianconi. He's as healthy and spirited as ever and his fertility remains above 90%." Studmaster Phil Sloane is building a quality roster at Ridgeview Park and Bianconi will stand for a $5,500 inclusive service fee alongside a line-up that includes Dr Doute's, Golden Snake, Best Choice, Illustrious Blue and Scintillo.
Third Time Lucky For Rain Affair?
Top-class Sydney sprinter Rain Affair (Commands-I Believe, by Octagonal) will line up for his third straight Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) during the 2014 Sydney Autumn Racing Carnival, reports horseracing.com.au. Rain Affair finished a narrow second behind Master Of Design in last year's TJ Smith renewal and finished fourth behind champion Black Caviar in the 2013 edition of the race. The 6YO Commands gelding is yet to win at the elite level, after finishing runner-up in the 2012 and 2013 editions of the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) as well as the 2013 Gr1 BTC Cup (1200m), and trainer Joseph Pride is hoping that Gr1 glory awaits in the autumn. But while Rain Affair will be the headline act of Pride's autumn string, the Warwick Farm horseman says he will have a formidable team come carnival time and believes he has a number of horses capable of competing at the top level. "I am really excited and I think it is going to be a really good carnival for my stable," Pride said. "I have a couple of other younger exciting sprinter/milers with Terravista and That's A Good Idea and I have an exciting three-year-old in Cushy Number; I am hoping that he will shape up to maybe be a Derby horse." He concluded: "I think that it is a good strong team to be heading into an autumn carnival with."
Aceland Stud Dispersal
Prominent Tasmanian owner and breeder Alwyn Shaw, of Aceland Stud, has made a decision to cut back his racing and breeding stock in an unreserved dispersal sale to be conducted at Aceland Stud on Friday 22nd November. Horses to go under the hammer will include nine broodmares with foals at foot by some of the country's most exciting young sires, as well as yearlings and a number of tried and untried racehorses. "Although it is disappointing to see Aceland's dispersing their stud, it gives other industry participants a wonderful opportunity to secure some well-credentialed racing and breeding stock," said auctioneer Chris Taylor. The dispersal will include mares with foals at foot by Eliza Park resident sires Magnus, sire of this year's Lightning Stakes winner Prettyhappyaboutit, and Statue of Liberty, plus exciting young sires Al Maher and Master of Design. The untried stock are by Delzao, Keep the Faith and Arrowfield Stud's Starcraft, sire of Gr1 Blue Diamond winner Star Witness. The sale commences at 1.00pm with inspection from 10.00am. For enquires please contact Chris Taylor via email: firstname.lastname@example.org.
Swettenham Reduces Bianconi Fee
After topping the 100 winner mark for a season for the fifth time this week with 101 winners in Australia in 2012-2013, Swettenham Stud's ever-dependable stalwart Bianconi (Danzig-Fall Aspen, by Pretense) will stand the upcoming breeding season at a reduced fee of $3,300 inc GST. With a winners-to-runnners strike rate at an enviable 62%, Swettenham Stud owner Adam Sangster noted that he wants to reward breeders who have supported Bianconi over the years. "He's going as well as ever and, through no fault of his own, has probably taken a back-seat since the arrivals of Equiano, Master Of Design and Americain ... We've halved his fee and I'm sure that will spur breeders into remembering what an asset Bianconi has been to the industry," Sangster said. "He's been a 'People's Champion' with bread-and butter winners all the way up to a champion like Nicconi." Bianconi has sired 44 stakes performers and they've stretched out for black-type wins from 1000m to 2400m. His millionaire sprinter Nicconi was a G1 winner of the VRC Lightning Stakes and AJC The Galaxy and his first crop were in demand at the major sales earlier this year. "Bianconi has just turned 19," Sangster said on Thursday. "But he looks years younger and has at least five seasons left in him at stud... He's has never been more reliable and, right now, never more affordable."
Australian 'Blue Hen' Euthanased
Arrowfield Stud has reported the passing this week of regally bred broodmare Urge To Merge (Last Tycoon-Princess Tracy, by Ahonoora) due to laminitis. The 19-year-old mare holds the joint record (with Alinghi's dam Oceanfast) of having produced two $2 million plus yearlings while also holding the honour with Diamond Lover of producing a Gr1 winner from this rarefied price bracket. A full-sister to blue hen Tracy's Element (dam of recently deceased Typhoon Tracy who also died recently while foaling), Urge to Merge produced two individual Gr1 winners in Gr1 Champion Stakes (South Africa) victor Suntagonal (by Octagonal) & Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes winning colt Master of Design (by Redoute's Choice). Quite remarkably, the 6 yearlings to sell out of Urge To Merge following Suntagonal grossed $4,795,000 ($799,166 average). A $2.1 million yearling, Master of Design commenced his stud career this season at Victoria's Swettenham Stud.
Sangster Adds Carrot For NSW Breeders
Swettenham Stud's forward thinking principal Adam Sangster has dangled a carrot in front of NSW owners who generally send their mares to Hunter Valley stallions: send a mare south to Gr1 weight-for-age winning sprinter Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon) and Swettenham will cover the cost of transport. It's a tempting deal given both the high fertility of Master Of Design who has 'stopped' 15 of his first 17 mares covered, plus the lure of $18 million from the Super VOBIS & VOBIS Gold incentive schemes. Sangster opined: "He's got a better pedigree and a better race record than all the other young sons of Redoute's Choice standing in the Hunter Valley..." A $2.1 million Inglis Easter purchase, Master Of Design is a Redoute's Choice half-brother to South African Gr1 winner Suntagonal, and hails from the family of leading stallions Danasinga, Towkay and Cullen plus champion mares Tracy's Element and Typhoon Tracy. His 2012 fee is $12,500.
Makybe Diva Daughter Fetches $300,000 At Inglis Sale
On Day-1 of the Inglis Melbourne August Thoroughbred Sale, 4YO mare La Dolce Vita (Fusaichi Pegasus-Makybe Diva, by Desert King) was snapped up for $300,000 by champion Makybe Diva's owner Makybe Racing & Breeding. An unplanned purchase, Makybe's business manager Wayne Noorman commented: "All the fillies and mares from the Diva's family continue to be sent to the top stallions and although there was no plan in place to purchase La Dolce Diva today we are pleased to be able to secure her and thus continue our relationship into another generation of the family." The sale was preceded by a stallion parade of Victorian 1st Season Sires: Anacheeva, Ilovethiscity, Master Of Design, Moshe, One World & Toorak Toff. Key statistics had the aggregate at $976,250 from 93 lots sold of the 130 catalogued (14 were withdrawn). The average price was $10,497 and the median $2,000. Selling continues today, with an earlier start at 10.30am.
$13k Equiano Heads 2012 Swettenham Stud Fees
Swettenham Stud announced its service fees for 7 stallions standing the upcoming 2012 Australian breeding season:
- $13,000 Equiano (Acclamation-Entente Cordiale, by Ela-mana-mou) down 21.2%
- $12,500 Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon) new
- $6,600 Dash For Cash (Secret Savings-Gulistan, by Rubiton) down 34%
- $6,600 Bianconi (Danzig-Fall Aspen, by Pretense) down 34%
- $5,000 Host (Hussonet-Colonna Traiana, by Roy) down 44.4%
- $5,000 Kaphero (Danzero-Kapchat, by Centaine) down 44.4%
- $5,000 Soldier's Tale (Stravinsky-Myrtle, by Batshoof) down 44.4%
Gr1-Winner Master Of Design Joins Swettenham Stud
Swettenham Stud "has won the race to stand" recently-retired Gr1-winning 6YO stallion Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon) reported The Sydney Morning Herald. Master Of Design (originally a $2.1 million yearling consigned by Arrowfield Stud & purchased by John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) recorded 7 wins (including last month's Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes over 1200m at Randwick & 2011's Gr2 Sebring Sprint over 1300m at Rosehill) & 5 placings (including April's Gr3 Sebring Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill & 2011's Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield) from 17 starts for $938,209 earnings.
Gr1-Winner Master Of Design Retired
Australian Bloodstock founder & managing part-owner Luke Murrell announced Gr1-winning 6YO stallion Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon) has been retired following his recent victory in the Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick with a stud deal "imminent". Master Of Design (originally a $2.1 million yearling consigned by Arrowfield Stud & purchased by John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) recorded 7 wins (also including 2011's Gr2 Sebring Sprint over 1300m at Rosehill) & 5 placings (including April's Gr3 Sebring Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill & 2011's Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield) from 17 starts for $938,209 earnings.
Master Of Design "Might Have Run Last Race"
Australian Bloodstock founder & managing part-owner Luke Murrell confirmed 6YO stallion Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon) "might have run his last race after securing the elusive Gr1 win" in Saturday's $1 million Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick, reported racenet.com.au. Master Of Design's victory "has served to heighten interest from stud masters looking to capitalise on the stallion's outstanding pedigree" & Murrell summed up: "We'll have to sit down & work it out. We had a couple of studs wanting to do a deal to stand him, but that number just exploded once he won the T.J.Smith. The other side of that is he is in the best shape of his life as a 6YO stallion, so there is plenty to consider." Master Of Design (originally a $2.1 million yearling consigned by Arrowfield Stud & purchased by John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) currently boasts 7 wins (also including 2011's Gr2 Sebring Sprint over 1300m at Rosehill) & 5 placings (including the Gr3 Sebring Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill on April 7 & 2011's Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield) from 17 starts for $938,209 earnings.
Master Of Design Wins Gr1 T.J.Smith Stakes
Flagship Arrowfield Stud stallion & 2-time former Australian Champion Sire Redoute's Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a Gr1 triumph (& 21st individual Gr1-winner) when 6YO entire Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon) prevailed in a 3-way photo-finish to the $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 Darley T.J.Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick. Master Of Design (ridden by Craig Williams for trainer David Payne) scored by a long-head from 4YO gelding Rain Affair (Commands-I Believe, by Octagonal) with a further long-head to 3YO filly Hallowell Belle (Starcraft-Bella Inez, by Beautiful Crown). Master Of Design (a $2.1 million yearling consigned by Arrowfield & purchased by John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) took his record to 7 wins (also including 2011's Gr2 Sebring Sprint over 1300m at Rosehill) & 5 placings (including last start's Gr3 Sebring Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill on April 7 & 2011's Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes over 1400m at Caulfield) from 17 starts for $938,209 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at Arion Pedigrees.)
Zaratone Wins Sebring Stakes
Wagga Wagga-based Kooringal Stud's dual Gr2-winning stallion Zariz (Mukkadamah-Divine Dash, by Tolomeo) added a group success when front-running 6YO gelding Zaratone (Zariz-Comeback Queen, by King's Theatre) scored a 2.25-lengths victory in the $125,000 Gr3 Sebring Stakes (1100m) at Rosehill. Zaratone (ridden by Kathy O'Hara for trainer Nick Olive) defeated 5YO gelding Winter King (One Cool Cat-Something Special, by Bletchingly) & favoured 6YO entire Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon). Zaratone took his record to now has 15 wins (also including 2011's Listed Starlight Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) & 3 placings (including March's Listed Maurice McCarten Stakes over 1100m at Rosehill) from 39 starts for $342,460 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at Arion Pedigrees.)
Toorak Toff Wins Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes
Glenlogan Park Stud's 4-time Gr1-winning stallion Show A Heart (Brave Warrior-Miss Sandman, by Regal Advice) added a Gr1 triumph when 4YO entire Toorak Toff (Show A Heart-Orong, by Grand Lodge) who returned to the track earlier this year following a throat operation (after being retired last year with a wind problem) scored a 1.5-lengths victory in the $350,000 Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes (1400m) at Caulfield in Melbourne. Toorak Toff (ridden by Craig Williams for trainer Rick Hore-Lacy) defeated 8YO gelding Pinnacles (Fuji Kiseki-Galroof, by Maroof) & 6YO entire Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon). Toorak Toff (a $135,000 yearling consigned by Glenlogan Park at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale) took his record to 6 wins (also including 2010's Gr1 Golden Rose over 1400m at Rosehill, Gr3 Jansz National Stakes over 1200m at Morphettville, Listed Vain Stakes over 1100m at Caulfield & Magic Millions Classic over 1200m at Morphettville) & 1 placing (in 2010's Gr3 Caulfield Guineas Prelude over 1400m at Caulfield) from 14 starts for $1,271,020 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
Master Of Design Wins Sebring Sprint
Flagship Arrowfield Stud stallion & former Australian Champion Sire Redoute’s Choice (Danehill-Shantha's Choice, by Canny Lad) added a 3rd group success (& 77th individual stakes-winner world-wide) when 6YO entire Master Of Design (Redoute's Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon) gained the judge’s decision in a 3-way photo-finish to the $200,000 Gr2 Sebring Sprint (1300m) at Rosehill. Master Of Design (ridden by Christian Reith for trainer David Payne) scored by a half-neck from 4YO gelding Torio’s Quest (Oratorio-Quest For Pleasure, by Quest For Fame) with a further neck to fellow 4YO gelding Fast Clip (Snippetson-Hint Of Glory, by Honour And Glory). Master Of Design (a $2.1 million yearling consigned by Arrowfield & purchased by John Ferguson on behalf of Sheikh Mohammed at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) now has 6 wins & 3 placings from 12 starts for $289,209 earnings. (Click on the link for full race details from Group Race Results at AAP Racing.)
$2.1m Yearling Master Of Design At Sale Today
Blue-blood 4YO entire Master Of Design (Redoute’s Choice-Urge To Merge, by Last Tycoon) makes his 4th start over 1100m at Sale in Victoria today for trainer Lee Freedman. Leg injuries have restricted Master Of Design (a $2.1 million yearling consigned by Arrowfield Stud & purchased by John Ferguson on behalf of Darley at the 2007 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) to just 3 starts to date (including a win over 1000m at Seymour in May). Master Of Design is a full-brother to 5YO sprinter Allied Force (a $2 million purchase by Rob McAnulty at the 2006 Inglis Easter Sale in Sydney) & a half-brother to South African Gr1-winner Suntagonal (Octagonal-Urge To Merge); & his dam Urge To Merge is a half-sister to 4-time South African Gr1-winner Tracy’s Element (dam of dual Australian Gr1-winner Typhoon Tracy).