2018

Terravista Retired

Monday, 14th May 2018

The connections of grand old sprinter Terravista have decided to retire the 8YO following his disappointing ninth place finish in last Saturday's Listed Ortensia Stakes (1100m) at Scone. Trained by Joe Pride, Terravista retires 11 wins and 7 placings from 32 starts and $2.66 million in prize money. The Australian-bred son of Captain Rio was a two-time winner at the elite level, claiming the 2014 Darley Classic (1200m) at Flemington defeating subsequent world's best sprinters Chautauqua and Lankan Rupee, and last year's Gr1 Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington where he beat Spieth and Star Turn. Underscoring his quality was the fact he was also Gr1-placed on 5 occasions. Terravista is out of the deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose), dam also of Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas, and Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy.

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Terravista (image: Steve Hart)

Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Field Finalised

Thursday, 15th February 2018

Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning (1000m) final acceptances have left a field of ten quality sprinters to face the starter at Flemington. Australia's premier short course galloper Redzel is understandably favourite, with the son of Snitzel and reigning The Everest holder undefeated in his past 6 starts. He is at $1.80 following last start's Gr1 Darley Classic where he defeated Terravista by less than a length. The return to form by Terravista ($9) is notable as he won this race last year. Hey Doc ($8) has not raced since winning the Gr1 Manikato Stakes last October, but has won at Group level down the Flemington straight and will be primed to go. Others expected to feature prominently are former Gr1 Newmarket Handicap winner Redkirk Warrior, Ball of Muscle (whose last start produced a victory over this course and distance in Group company), proven course and distance speedster Supido and gifted Gr1-performed 3YO filly Formality, who carries just 53.5kg under the conditions and is a strong eachway hope at $10. The knock-out chance is outsider Missrock.

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Formaility will carry 53.5kg (pic: Steve Hart)

Long Leaf Wins Listed Blue Diamond Preview for colts & geldings

Monday, 29th January 2018

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock-Frustrating, by Stravinsky) continued his rise through the juvenile ranks with a strong win in the $150,000 Listed Blue Diamond Preview (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Ollivander & Run Naan. A $750,000 purchase by BBA Ireland from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Long Leaf extended his unbeaten record to 3 wins (including the Listed MRC Merson Cooper Stakes) from 3 starts for $190,500 in earnings. Raced by a high profile syndicate that includes Coolmore and Sir Peter Vela, Long Leaf is out of a daughter of grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose). Parfore is the mother of Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas, and Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy. Co-trainer Ben Hayes said Long Leaf was likely to go straight into the Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February without another lead-up run. "Looking at him, he's a big lengthy horse, and I think there's definite room for improvement," Hayes told racing.com. "We actually think he'll be better over 1200m. We'll see how he pulls up, we'll look at him over the next few days, but most likely he'll go straight into the Blue Diamond."

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Lanciato (image: Steve Hart)

2017

Redzel Favourite for Everest

Thursday, 7th December 2017

TAB have opened defending champion Redzel as $8 favourite for the 2018 The Everest (1200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on 13 October, reports racingnsw.com.au. Prize money for next year's Everest, now the richest turf race in the world, will jump from $10 million to $13 million. The Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Redzel has established himself as the pre-eminent sprinter in Australia stringing together six consecutive wins since April, including Gr1 victories in the Darley Classic and Doomben 10,000.

TAB Everest Market

$8 - Redzel

$11 - Chautauqua, Vega Magic

$15 - Menari, Merchant Navy, Winx

$26 - Brave Smash, Clearly Innocent, English, In Her Time, Invincible Star, She Will Reign

$51 - Deploy, Hey Doc, Houtzen, Impending, Nature Strip, Performer, Redkirk Warrior, Terravista, Trapeze Artist, Tulip, Viddora

$101 - Ball of Muscle, Fell Swoop, Formality, Malaguerra, Rock Magic, Sheidel, Spieth

Long Leaf Wins Listed Merson Cooper Stakes

Monday, 20th November 2017

At Sandown in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Long Leaf (Fastnet Rock-Frustrating, by Stravinsky) opened his stakes account with a narrow but determined win in the $120,000 Listed Merson Cooper Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Oohood & Sanglier. A $750,000 purchase by BBA Ireland from the draft of Curraghmore at the 2017 NZB Premier Yearling Sale, Long Leaf extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $100,000 in earnings. Raced by a high profile syndicate that includes Coolmore and Sir Peter Vela, Long Leaf is out of a daughter of grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore (Gold Brose). Parfore is the mother of Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees, stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas, and Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy. Trainer David Hayes said Long Leaf would be aimed at the $1 million Karaka Millions at Ellerslie on 27 January.

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Long Leaf (image: Mark Gatt)

Ball Of Muscle Wins Listed Absolut Stakes

Friday, 10th November 2017

At Flemington in Melbourne, Darley's world-class triple Gr1-winning shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a black-type success when 7YO bay gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) proved a class above his rivals when scoring a sizzling win in the $150,000 Wins Listed Absolut Stakes (1000m) for 3Yo+, defeating Crystal Dreamer & Palazzo Pubblico. Posting his first win since May 2015, Ball Of Muscle improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Magic Millions QTC Cup & Listed Takeover Target Stakes) and 14 placings (including the Gr1 Moir Stakes, Gr2 ATC Shorts, Gr2 Caulfield Sprint & Gr2 GCTC Victory Stakes) from 31 starts for $900,325 in earnings. From the grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore, Ball Of Muscle is a half-brother to Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Singapore Horse Of The Year and Hallmark Stud sire Super Easy, stakes winner Our Lukas, and a full brother to Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees. Trainer Joe Pride said could travel to Perth for the $1 million weight-for-age Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes (1200m) at Ascot on Saturday, 2 December. "There's a chance he could go to West Australia for the Winterbottom. We will discuss that," Pride told racing.com. "If he doesn't go, I'd like to bring him back in the autumn for the Lightning. He is a horse that will win plenty more races, I just have to keep him sound."

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Ball Of Muscle (image: Mark Gatt)

In Her Time Wins Listed Sydney Stakes

Monday, 16th October 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, former stakes-winning Darley stallion Time Thief (Redoute's Choice-Procrastinate, by Jade Hunter) added a black-type success when 5YO bay mare In Her Time (Time Thief-Hell It's Hot, by Zeditave) continued on her winning way when proving too classy for her rivals in the $500,000 Listed Sydney Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, defeating Impending & Ball Of Muscle. In Her Time, who was passed-in for $38,000 by Kanangra at the 2014 Inglis Classic Sale, improved her record to 7 wins (including the Gr2 Premiere Stakes, Gr2 Millie Fox Stakes & Gr2 Breeders Classic) and 3 placing from 16 starts for $1,301,725 in earnings. Trainer Benjamin Smith said In Her Time would now travel south to compete at the spring carnival in Melbourne.

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In Her Time (image: Steve Hart)

Redzel Wins Gr2 Shorts

Monday, 18th September 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 5YO bay gelding Redzel (Snitzel-Millrich, by Rubiton) continued his ascension through the Australian sprinting ranks with a dominant win in the $200,000 Gr2 Shorts (1100m) for 3YO+, defeating Ball Of Muscle & Nieta. Redzel improved his record to 9 wins (including the Gr1 Doomben 10,000, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes, Gr3 Heath Stakes & Listed Fireball Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 ATC Galaxy Handicap, Gr2 ATC Challenge Stakes & Gr3 ATC Kindergarten Stakes) from 19 starts for $1,395,250 in earnings. Redzel, who is out of Gr3 Sweet Embrace Stakes winner & Golden Slipper placegetter Millrich, was a $120,000 purchase by Triple Crown Syndications at the 2014 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Marquee Stud. Co-trainer Peter Snowden said Redzel just continues to improve. "He has come a long way this bloke," Snowden told Sky Racing. "He has learned how to race properly. He never makes a mistake. He races on pace, on wet tracks, dry tracks, carries weight well, he's just the real deal now." Redzel will represent slot holder James Harron Bloodstock in the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) at Royal Randwick on 14 October.

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Redzel (image: Steve Hart)

Prom Queen Wins Listed Champagne Stakes

Monday, 8th May 2017

At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Hallmark Stud's multiple Gr1 winning stallion & Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy (Darci Brahma-Parfore, by Gold Brose) added a black-type success when 2YO filly Prom Queen (Super Easy-Finishing School, by Royal Academy) proved a class above her rivals when bounding clear for a big win in the $50,000 Listed Champagne Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Cousteau & Kiwi Ida. Prom Queen is starting to build an imposing record of 5 wins (including the Listed Welcome Stakes) and 1 placing from 6 starts for NZ$95,750 earnings. Super Easy, a half-brother to Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees, Gr2 winner Ball of Muscle and multiple stakes winner Our Lukas, is out of the grand producer and deceased former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore.

Terravista Wins Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes

Monday, 20th February 2017

At Flemington in Melbourne, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) celebrated an elite success when 7YO chestnut gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.1 length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $750,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Spieth (Thorn Park-Stella Livia, by Titus Livius) & 3YO colt Star Turn (Star Witness-Golden Delicious, by Made of Gold). Terravista's surprise win improved his record to 11 wins (including the Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Show County Handicap, Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 6 placings (including the Gr1 Lightning Stakes,  Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Listed Festival Stakes) from 25 starts for $2,465,005 earnings.  "It was bad luck for the three-year-olds trying to become stallions but my bloke is just so honest and really deserved to win another Group One," trainer Joe Pride told Racing.com. Pride said Terravista was now likely to be aimed at the inaugural running of the $10 million The Everest (1200m) in October. "The temptation is to take him away to Hong Kong or Ascot, he's got invites to both...but with that race [The Everest] coming up, I feel I have to have the horse ready for that race," he said. Out of the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas, and a full-brother to Gr1 performer Ball Of Muscle.

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Terravista (image: Mark Gatt)

Music Magnate Wins Gr2 Expressway Stakes

Monday, 30th January 2017

At Rosehill Gardens in Sydney, Woodside Park's Gr2-winning stallion Written Tycoon (Iglesias-Party Miss, by Kenmare) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Music Magnate (Written Tycoon-Concert Girl, by Danehill Dancer) resumed from a break with a dominant 1.3 length win for trainer Bjorn Baker in the $200,000 Gr2 Expressway Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over fellow 5YO gelding Kuro (Denman-Distinctive Lass, by Orientate) & 6YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose). Having his first start after missing the spring with a fever, Music Magnate showed he was on track for a prosperous autumn carnival when advancing his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Doomben 10,000 & Gr3 Hall Mark Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Listed Luskin Star Stakes & Listed Darby Munro Stakes) from 14 starts for $942,125 earnings. A NZ$45,000 yearling consigned by Westbury Stud at the 2013 NZB National Yearling Sales Series, hails from the family of Gr2 Wellington Guineas winner Marrok, Gr2 AJC St Leger winner Chaleyer, and stakes winner Gypsy Moss, dam of Gr1 Queensland Derby winner Our Planet. Trainer Bjorn Baker was non-committal about Music Magnate's next start, but confirmed his primary autumn target was the $2.5 million Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes (1200m) at Randwick on 1 April. "We can look at Melbourne but more than likely we'll give him a little bit of a let-up with the main focus the TJ Smith," he told Sky Racing.

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Music Magnate (image: Steve Hart)

Kuro Wins Listed Takeover Target Stakes

Monday, 16th January 2017

At Gosford racecourse on the NSW Central Coast, Darley's Gr1 Golden Rose Stakes-winning stallion Denman (Lonhro-Peach, by Vain) added a black-type success when 5YO gelding Kuro (Denman-Distinctive Lass, by Orientate) scored by 1 length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $125,000 Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 7YO Irish-bred gelding His Majesty (Shamardal-Princess Serena, by Unbridled's Song) & 6YO gelding and stable-mate Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose). Kuro improved his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Starlight Stakes, Listed Mick Dittman Plate, Listed Brian Crowley Stakes & Listed Heritage Stakes) and 8 placings (including the Gr1 Coolmore Stud Stakes & Gr1 Galaxy) from 27 starts for $654,525 earnings. Kuro is raced by Champion Thoroughbreds who purchased him for $170,000 at the 2013 NZB Premier Yearling Sale from the draft of Curraghmore Stud.

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Kuro (image: Steve Hart)

2016

First Stakes Winner For Super Easy

Monday, 14th November 2016

At Riccarton Park in New Zealand, Singapore Horse of the Year and Hallmark Stud stallion Super Easy (Darci Brahma-Parfore, by Gold Brose) sire his first stakes winner when 2YO filly Prom Queen (Super Easy-Finishing School, by Royal Academy) scored by 1.75 lengths for trainers Ken, Lisa Rae & Krystal Williams-Tuhoro in the NZ$50,000 Listed Welcome Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, over fellow 2YO gilly Kiwi Ida (Squamosa-Empress Ida, by Blevic) & 2YO colt Sensei (Dream Ahead-Schiaparelli, by Woodman). Prom Queen, who is a half sister to stakes winner Swiss Rose, extended her unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for NZ$40,625 earnings. Super Easy, a half brother to Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees, Gr2 winner Ball of Muscle and multiple stakes winner Our Lukas from former New Zealand Broodmare of the Year Parfore, stands at Hallmark Stud for $7,500 plus GST.

Gr1 Moir Stakes Noms Extended

Tuesday, 27th September 2016

Nominations for the $500,000 Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) to be run at Moonee Valley on Friday night have been extended until 10am today. The nominations thus far are:

1. BALL OF MUSCLE (Joseph Pride)

2. BUFFERING (Robert Heathcote)

3. CHAUTAUQUA (Michael, Wayne & John Hawkes)

4. CHLOE IN PARIS (Ciaron Maher)

5. EXTREME CHOICE (Mick Price)

6. FLAMBERGE (Darren Weir)

7. HEATHERLY (Mathew Ellerton & Simon Zahra)

8. LUCKY HUSSLER (Darren Weir)

9. REDZEL (Peter & Paul Snowden)

10. WILD RAIN (Mark Kavanagh)

Takedown Wins Gr2 The Shorts

Monday, 19th September 2016

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Widden Stud's deceased Gr1 Golden Slipper-winning stallion Stratum (Redoutes Choice-Bourgeois, by Luskin Star) added a Group success when 4YO gelding Takedown (Stratum-Apamea, by Zafonic) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Gary Moore in the $200,000 Gr2 The Shorts (1100m) for 3YO+, over 6YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) & 5YO gelding Kaepernick (Fastnet Rock-Volcada, by Stravinsky). Takedown, who was retained to race by his breeders Widden Stud and Robert Anderson, improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr3 Gold Coast Guineas, Gr3 The Schweppervescence & Gr3 Black Opal Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr2 ATC Arrowfield 3YO Sprint Stakes) from 16 starts for $625,300 earnings.

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Takedown (image: Steve Hart)

Group One Goal For Ball Of Muscle

Tuesday, 5th July 2016

Joseph Pride has an early season Group One target for a well-related sprinter in his Warwick Farm stable, reports NZ Racing Desk. "Ball Of Muscle came back to the stable on Monday and he will go first-up into the Moir Stakes," he said. "We will also look at Perth and the Winterbottom [Gr1] with him." The Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) will be run at Moonee Valley on Friday 30 September. Ball of Muscle is a son of outstanding New Zealand broodmare Parfore, who produced Group One winners Terravista and Tiger Tees plus Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy. Parfore, who passed away earlier in the year, was named the 2014-15 Champion Broodmare of the Year at last season's New Zealand Horse of the Year Awards.

Broodmare Gem Parfore Dies

Thursday, 17th March 2016

Outstanding broodmare Parfore has died at Segenhoe Stud in the Hunter Valley at the age of 18, reports NZ racing Desk. The reigning New Zealand Broodmare of the Year is the dam of Gr1 winners Terravista and Tiger Tees, Gr2 winner Ball of Muscle and the multiple stakes winner Our Lukas. She has also produced two-time Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy, who currently stands at Hallmark Stud. A New Zealand-bred daughter of Gold Brose, Parfore is also a sister to the dam of the Gr3 winner Mosse.

Inglis Broodmare & Weanling Sale Entries Close Today

Thursday, 17th March 2016

A flood of entries in the last fortnight has further established the 2016 Inglis Australian Broodmare and Weanling Sale in the first week of May as the perfect opportunity for vendors. Farms wishing to offer their premium broodmares and weanlings alongside the quality reductions and dispersals confirmed for the Sydney sale must submit their entries before 5pm today (Thursday 17 March). Over 200 weanlings are currently entered along with more than 600 broodmares, headlined by Group 1 winner Faint Perfume and top producer Extremely, the dam of Saturday’s Golden Slipper favourite Extreme Choice. Latest entries include a substantial draft of mares from Newgate Farm, one of the Hunter Valley’s most progressive thoroughbred nurseries. Group 1 performer Pane In The Glass is offered in foal to Newgate's resident first season sire Deep Field, as is stakes-winning mare Hidden Wonder. Another highlight of their 27 quality breeding prospects is stakes-placed Follonica is in foal to Australian Horse Of The Year Dissident. Joining Newgate and other headline drafts from Bell River Thoroughbreds, Bell View Park Stud, Gooree Park Stud and Think Big Stud are the leading vendors from the Inglis Premier Yearling Sale, Blue Gum Farm. In addition, Segenhoe Stud, Yarraman Park Stud, Coolmore Stud, Kitchwin Hills, Torryburn Stud, Swettenham Stud, Davali Thoroughbreds, Newhaven Park and Rothwell Park have entered drafts, as have Middlebrook Valley Lodge whose 13 select broodmares include Ininthree, a daughter of blue hen Parfore, dam of Tiger Tees, Terravista and Ball of Muscle. Ininthree joins siblings to I Am Invincible, Elvstroem and Haradasun, Speak Fondly, Gust Of Wind and Messene to be entered in the broodmare section. Reinforcing the strength of the Broodmare section are the headline sires represented by progeny in the weanling section, including those from the first crop of freshman sires Zoustar, Epaulette, Dundeel, Shamus Award, Eurozone, Declaration Of War, Dawn Approach and Sizzling. Joining them are weanlings by exciting young sires All Too Hard, So You Think, Uncle Mo, Zoffany, Excelebration, and proven sires Fastnet Rock, Sebring, Stratum, I Am Invincible, Hinchinbrook and Choisir.

Chautauqua Included In Lightning Nominations

Tuesday, 16th February 2016

Star sprinter Chautauqua is among 15 nominations for Saturday's Gr1 Black Caviar Lightning Stakes (1000m) at Flemington, reports horseracing.com.au. The two-time Gr1 winner appeared in some doubt to line up in the $750,000 sprint feature after a 1000m jump-out at Flemington on Friday suggested  he may be short of fitness. "He was good. He did everything right," co-trainer Wayne Hawkes said. "Pulled up big and had a big blow, but you would expect that. It depends how he pulls up if he runs in the Lightning next Saturday or not." The Lightning has attracted a high quality field with proven Gr1-winning speedsters Delectation, Japonisme, Exosphere, and Terravista joined by up-and-coming types such as Keen Array, Kinglike and Brockhoff. The Gr1 Lightning nominations are:

1. BALL OF MUSCLE

2. BROCKHOFF

3. CHAUTAUQUA

4. COUNTERATTACK

5. DELECTATION

6. ECLAIR CHOICE

7. EXOSPHERE

8. HEADWATER

9. JAPONISME

10. KEEN ARRAY

11. KINGLIKE

12. SWEET EMILY

13. TERRAVISTA

14. VA PENSIERO

15. VEZALAY

2015

Lumosty & Eclair Choice Win Gr2 Caulfield Sprint

Monday, 19th October 2015

At Caulfield in Melbourne, Coolmore's Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy), as well as Baerami Thoroughbreds stallion California Dane (Danehill-Storminwinter, by Seattle Slew), added a Group success when 4YO mare Lumosty (Fastnet Rock-Luminous Eyes, by Bachelor Duke) & 4YO gelding Eclair Choice (California Dane-Bounce, by Woodman) dead-heated for first place in the $200,000 Gr2 Caulfield Sprint (1000m) for 3YO+, with 5YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) 1.25-lengths back in third. Lumosty, who is owned by Phil Sly and Japan's Katsumi Yoshida and was a $180,000 purchase for Flemington Bloodstock agency at the 2013 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Coolmore Stud, took her record to 5 wins (including the Gr2 Moonee Valley Fillies Classic & Listed Straight Six Handicap) & 4 placings (including the Gr3 Blue Diamond Prelude (f) & Listed Cap D'Antibes Stakes) from 12 starts for $469,700 earnings; while Eclair Choice, who was purchased for just $5,000 by Thomas Li at the 2012 Magic Millions National Weanling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park, took his record to 5 wins (including the Listed Redelva Stakes) and 7 placings (including the Listed Bendigo Guineas) from 15 starts for $298,580 earnings.

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Money For Youngster To Gatecrash Afternoon High Tea

Friday, 16th October 2015

While all eyes will understandably be on tomorrow's Gr1 action at Caulfield in Melbourne, a young rising star of the sprint scene has been backed to upset his elders in the Gr2 Dilmah Caulfield Sprint (1000m). Scratched when an early favourite for last Wednesday's Blue Sapphire Stakes at the same track, 3YO colt Kinglike comes into Saturday's feature ideally looking for a little further distance, however as a fresh horse with 54kg on his back he is expected to serve it up to top weight Ball Of Muscle, and the quality duo Kuro and Lumosty. With Glen Boss again in the saddle Kinglike has shortened from $5 to $4.50. He comes off a last start win in the Gr2 Danehill Stakes, after which Boss tagged the son of Exceed and Excel as a potential star.

Buffering Wins Gr1 Moir Stakes

Tuesday, 6th October 2015

At Moonee Valley last Friday night, Gr1-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed Vinery Studstallion Mossman (Success Express-Lichen Lady, by Twig Moss) celebrated a Gr1 triumph when 8YO gelding Buffering (Mossman-Action Annie, by Anabaa) scored by 0.4-length for trainer Robert Heathcote in the $450,000 Gr1 Moir Stakes (1000m) at wfa for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) & 6YO mare Angelic Light (Holy Roman Emperor-Flashed, by Fuji Kiseki). The result was remarkable for evergreen Buffering on three fronts: it was his first start since injuring himself last December in the Gr1 Longines Hong Kong Sprint at Sha Tin, his first victory since winning this race last year, and also gave him de facto ownership of the Moonee Valley dash: from 4 starts in the race (elevated to Gr1 status in 2013), Buffering has recorded 3 wins and a runner-up. Buffering was a $22,000 purchase by Paul Willetts at the 2009 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale from the draft of Racetree. Including his Moir Stakes domination, his record now stands at 17 wins (also including the Gr1 Winterbottom Stakes, Gr1 VRC Sprint Classic, Gr1 Manikato Stakes, Gr2 BRC Victory Stakes, Gr2 Schillaci Stakes,, Gr2 Roman Consul Stakes & Gr3 Ian McEwen Stakes) & 17 placings (including the Gr1 BTC Cup, Gr1 AJ Moir Stakes, Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap - twice, Gr1 Doomben 10,000 - thrice, Gr1 William Reid, Gr1 Newmarket, Gr1 Lightning T.J. Smith Stakes & Gr1 Patinack Classic) from 47 starts for $5,145,781 earnings.

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Buffering goes back-to-back in the Gr1 Moir S. (image: Mark Gatt)

Terravista Wins Gr2 Premiere Stakes

Tuesday, 6th October 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $300,000 Gr2 Premiere Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 6YO entire Rebel Dane (California Dane-Texarcana, by More Than Ready) & fellow 6YO gelding That's A Good Idea (Flying Spur-Sunday Service, by Sunday Silence). This was a top return by Terravista who took his record to 10 wins (including the Gr1 Darley Classic, Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Show County Handicap, Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 TJ Smith Stakes, Gr1 Newmarket Handicap & Listed Festival Stakes) from 17 starts for $1,665,505 earnings. "He is pretty soft and he has a heap of improvement in him, so it was nice to see him do that today," trainer Joe Pride told Sky Racing. "The acceleration was there today and that is what I wanted to see." Pride said Terravista would now head to Melbourne for the Gr1 Manikato STakes (1200m) at Moonee Valley in three weeks time. Out of the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas (Generous), and a full-brother to Ball Of Muscle who finished runner-up to Buffering in the Gr1 Moir Stakes at Moonee Valley on Friday night.

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Terravista returns in top form (image: Steve Hart)

Rebel Dane Wins Gr2 Shorts

Monday, 21st September 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Baerami Thoroughbreds stallion California Dane (Danehill-Storminwinter, by Seattle Slew) added a Group success when 6YO entire Rebel Dane (California Dane-Texarcana, by More Than Ready) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Gary Portelli in the $200,000 Gr2 Shorts (1100m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) & 6YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer). This was an outstanding training performance by Gary Portelli, who nursed Rebel Dane back to health after the 6YO underwent surgery earlier in the year to correct a paralysed larynx which was inhibiting his breathing. "My legs are like jelly right now. It's been a big effort to get him back and thank god he's come back in fighting order," Portelli told Sky Racing. "He just showed his quality – he doesn't win by very far but he knows how to win." He added: "Now he's had his throat tied back I think we might have a really big spring ahead of us." Rebel Dane took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Sir Rupert Clarke Stakes, Gr2 Royal Sovereign Stakes & Gr3 Show County Handicap) & 4 placings (the Gr1 Moir Stakes & Gr2 Hobartville Stakes) from 23 starts for $1,495,630 earnings.

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Rebel Dane (image: Steve Hart)

Shiraz Wins Gr3 Concorde Stakes

Monday, 7th September 2015

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Wagga Wagga-based Kooringal Stud's dual Gr2-winning stallion Zariz (Mukkadamah-Divine Dash, by Tolomeo) added a Group success when 6YO gelding Shiraz (Zariz-Moville Slipper, by Moville Dancer) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Tony McEvoy in the $125,000 Gr3 Concorde Stakes (1000m) for 3YO+, over 5YO geldings and stable-mates Craftiness (Starcraft-Rosecutter, by Redoute's Choice) & Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, Gold Brose). This was successive stakes victories for Shiraz who took his record to 10 wins (Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap) and 2 placings from 15 starts from $450,260 earnings.

Kuro Joins Freedman Stable

Tuesday, 21st July 2015

Multiple stakes winner and dual Gr1 placegetter Kuro (Denman-Distinctive Lass, by Orientate) has joined the Victorian stable of trainers Lee and Anthony Freedman ahead of the upcoming spring carnival, reports Racing.com. Jason Abrahams, who is the managing director of Champion Thoroughbreds which part-owns the rising 4YO, said the horse had completed two weeks pre-training and had arrived in Melbourne on Friday. Abrahams said the ownership group believed that transferring the horse from Joe Pride's Sydney stable to a Melbourne-based yard would give the son of Denman his best chance of winning a feature sprint. "From our point of view having him based in Melbourne where there are three times the number of options available to you as far as racing goes made a lot of sense," Abrahams said. "There aren't any Group 1s in Sydney for the older sprinters in the spring so being here seemed a bit pointless and in the autumn the Sydney sprints are after the Melbourne sprints anyway." A winner of 6 of his 13 starts, including the Listed Brian Crowley Stakes & Listed Heritage Stakes, Kuro hasn't been seen since finishing a close-up third behind Ball Of Muscle and That's A Good Idea in the Gr2 QTC Cup at Doomben in May. Abrahams said races like the Schillaci Stakes (1100m) and Caulfield Sprint (1100m) in October were possible options for the horse but that next February's Gr1 Oakleigh Plate (1100m) at Caulfield was the ultimate target. "I wouldn't imagine that he'd be ready to race until at least late September," Abrahams said. "My briefing to Lee was set a foundation in the spring and hopefully come back in the autumn and set him for the Oakleigh Plate." He added: "Hopefully that could be his opportunity to win a Group 1 and if you did happen to win a Group 1 early in the autumn then it opens up a lot of options."

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Kuro (image: Steve Hart)

Ball Of Muscle Wins Gr2 Magic Millions QTC Cup

Monday, 1st June 2015

At Doomben in Brisbane, Darley's world-class triple Gr1-winning shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when talented 4YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.3-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $175,000 Gr2 Magic Millions QTC Cup (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding That's A Good Idea (Flying Spur-Sunday Service, by Sunday Silence) & 3YO colt Kuro (Denman-Distinctive Lass, by Orientate). Ball Of Muscle took his record to 8 wins (including the Listed Takeover Target Stakes) and 5 placings (including the Gr2 GCTC Victory Stakes) from 13 starts for $444,725 earnings. The well related Ball Of Muscle is a half brother to Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, stakes winner Our Lukas, and a full brother to Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees.

Srikandi Wins Gr2 Victory Stakes

Monday, 27th April 2015

At the Gold Coast in Queensland, triple Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 4YO mare Srikandi (Dubawi-Raining, by Hurricane Sky) scored by 1-length for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $200,000 Gr2 Victory Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) & 5YO gelding Dances On Stars (Snitzel-Starnet, by Last Tycoon). This was a brilliant return to racing from Srikandi who boosted her impressive strike rate to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Glenlogan Park Stakes & Listed Silk Stocking) and 2 placings (including the Gr1 Stradbroke Handicap) from 9 starts for $544,600 earnings. Srikandi, who is a half-sister to South African Gr3 winning mare Rain Gal (Galileo) and the stakes-placed Arjuna (Giant's Causeway), will now head to the Gr1 BTC Cup (1200m) on 9 May.

NZB Premier Day-2: NZ$800k For Fastnet Rock Filly

Wednesday, 28th January 2015

After a strong start it was an even stronger finish to the final day of the NZB Premier Sale at Karaka, with a run of late highlights topping off a great day's trade that provided increased average and median for sale. It was David Ellis of Te Akau Racing who stole the show as he has done so many times at Karaka, when purchasing a daughter of Fastnet Rock for NZ$800,000. Consigned by Lyndhurst Farm, Lot 429 is out of Gr1 Manawatu Sires' Produce Stakes winning 2YO Il Quello Veloce (Captain Rio), whose dam Nishaani (Gold Brose) is a sister to outstanding producer Parfore, dam of Gr1 winning sprinters Terravista and Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse of the Year Super Easy, and stakes winners Ball Of Muscle and Our Lucas. Ellis came out on top at the end of a competitive bidding duel with Melbourne trainer David Hayes to put a filly at the top of the Premier Sale for the first time in 10 years. At the same time, Ellis secured the top spot as the leading buyer for a record tenth consecutive year. "I topped this Sale about 23 years ago as a vendor with a filly, and today I topped the Sale buying a filly," commented Ellis. "She is a gorgeous filly, the best I've seen at this Sale in 10 years." He added, "She was bought for a syndicate I put together and we plan to aim her at the New Zealand Bloodstock Filly of the Year Series, with the 1000 Guineas in mind."

Ball Of Muscle Wins Listed Takeover Target Stakes

Monday, 12th January 2015

At Gosford on the NSW Central Coast, Darley's world-class triple Gr1-winning shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a black-type success when talented 4YO gelding Ball Of Muscle (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $100,000 Listed Takeover Target Stakes (1200m) for 3YO+, over 5YO gelding That's A Good Idea (Flying Spur-Sunday Service, by Sunday Silence) & 7YO gelding Territory (Lonhro- Dominions, by Canny Lad). This was the first stakes victory for the well related Ball Of Muscle, who is a half brother to Gr1 Darley Classic winner Terravista, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, stakes winner Our Lukas, and a full brother to Gr1 Galaxy winner Tiger Tees. Underscoring the strength of Ball Of Muscle's victory was his winning time of 1:08.96 which set a new track record. "It was a good tough win. Full credit to the opposition but I think my bloke was just too big and too strong," trainer Joe Pride said. Ball Of Muscle took his record to 7 wins and 3 placings from 10 starts for $275,875 earnings.

2014

Terravista Wins Gr1 Darley Classic

Monday, 10th November 2014

At Flemington in Melbourne, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) celebrated a Gr1 success when 5YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $1 million Gr1 Darley Classic (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO gelding Chautauqua (Encosta de Lago-Lovely Jubly, by Lion Hunter) & fellow 5YO gelding Lankan Rupee (Redoute's Choice-Estelle Collection, by Stravinsky). This was a well deserved maiden Gr1 victory for the highly talented Terravista who took his record to 9 wins (including the Gr2 Shorts, Gr3 Show County Handicap, Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 1 placing (the Listed Festival Stakes) from 13 starts for $1,168,505 earnings. Terravista's explosive performance gave some credence to Pride's pre-race comments that he was the best sprinter in the world. "All I have known all along is that this is the best horse I've ever trained, I've been bullish about him and that is the way I play the game," Pride told TVN. "It is just lovely to see him pull it off today, he is a fantastic sprinter and he is ready to take on the world. I like to talk things up, it makes me feel more confident, I know how good this horse is and today I am happy he showed everyone else." He added, "I spend a lot of time with my horses and he stands out, he is a superstar." Out of the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas (Generous), and a full-brother to promising sprinter Ball Of Muscle who resumed with an impressive win at Randwick earlier in the day.

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Terravista - orange silks (image: Steve Hart)

Latest Foal For Parfore

Wednesday, 17th September 2014

Arguably New Zealand's most successful active broodmare, Parfore, gave birth to a filly by Darci Brahma at Wentwood Grange, near Cambridge, in the early hours of Monday morning, reports NZ Racing Desk. Parfore, who is creating a wonderful legacy at stud, is the dam of Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy (this filly's full-brother), Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Gr3 winner Terravista, Listed winner Our Lukas, as well as the promising sprinter Ball Of Muscle. "She is a strong, good sized filly with a couple of white markings and we are very happy with her," stud manager Dean Hawkins said. "Parfore has come through the foaling well and she will be served by Rip Van Winkle this year." The 17YO daughter of Gold Brose is owned by Abu Dhabi-based Australian Mike Ryan, who will retain the filly. "We've been desperate to get a filly out of her, so I'm really pleased," Ryan said. "Coolmore paid $450,000 for the only other filly out of the mare (the Stravinsky filly Frustrating) at the first Patinack Dispersal Sale last year." Ryan purchased Parfore through bloodstock agent Paul Willetts for NZ$30,000 from the 2004 New Zealand Bloodstock National Weanling and Broodmare Sale. She has a perfect record at stud, with her first eight foals all winners while her ninth foal is a 2YO Zabeel colt which is yet to race.

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Parfore and foal (image: Trish Dunnell)

Tiger Tees Wins Gr2 Warwick Stakes

Monday, 25th August 2014

At Royal Randwick, triple Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 7YO gelding Tiger Tees (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 1.3-lengths for trainer Joseph Pride in the $175,000 Gr2 Warwick Stakes (1400m) for 3YO+, over 5YO mare Royal Descent (Redoute's Choice-Mulan Princess, by Kaapstad) & 4YO entire Criterion (Sebring-Mica's Pride, by Bite the Bullet). Tiger Tees took his record to 13 wins (including the Gr1 Galaxy, Gr3 Aurie's Star, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 BRC Sprint Handicap & Listed Falvelon Handicap) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 All Aged Stakes & Gr2 Yellowglen Stakes) from 29 starts for $1,151,250 earnings. Tiger Tees became the second stakes winner on the day for his prolific dam Parfore after the win of his half-brother Terravista in the Gr3 Show County Quality in the previous race. Parfore, who is creating a wonderful legacy at stud, is also the dam of Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas (Generous), and the promising sprinter Ball Of Muscle.

Terravista Wins Gr3 Show County Quality

Monday, 25th August 2014

At Royal Randwick, NZ Westbury Stud shuttler Captain Rio (Pivotal-Beloved Visitor, by Miswaki) added a Group success when 5YO gelding Terravista (Captain Rio-Parfore, by Gold Brose) resumed with an easy 2-length win for trainer Joseph Pride in the $125,000 Gr3 Show County Quality (1200m) for 3YO+, over 4YO Gelding In Cahoots (Bradbury's Luck-Hot Copper, by Rory's Jester) & 4YO entire Bull Point (Fastnet Rock-Rose of Cimmaron, by Bite the Bullet). The was an impressive return for the highly progressive Terravista who took his record to 7 wins (including the Gr3 Liverpool City Cup & Gr3 Southern Cross Stakes) and 1 placing (the Listed Festival Stakes) from 10 starts for $419,305 earnings. "With all due respect to his opposition, he should take care of a field like that but it's nice to see him come back and do it," Pride told TVN. Pride said Terravista would have a break of one month before running in the Gr2 The Shorts (1200m) at Randwick on 20 September. He will then have one more run in Sydney before heading to Melbourne. From the excellent producer Parfore, Terravista is a half- brother to Gr1 winner Tiger Tees, Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas (Generous), and a full-brother to promising sprinter Ball Of Muscle.

Tiger Tees Wins Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap

Monday, 11th August 2014

At Flemington, triple Gr1-winning Darley shuttler Dubawi (Dubai Millennium-Zomaradah, by Deploy) added a Group success when 7YO gelding Tiger Tees (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) scored by 0.2-length for trainer Joseph Pride in the $150,000 Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) for 3YO+, over 7YO entire Mr Chard (Al Samer-Najar, by Secret Savings) & 6YO gelding Zamorar (Scandal Keeper-Chloris, by Scenic). Tiger Tees took his record to 12 wins (including the Gr1 Galaxy, Gr3 Concorde Stakes, Gr3 BRC Sprint Handicap & Listed Falvelon Handicap) and 5 placings (including the Gr1 All Aged Stakes & Gr2 Yellowglen Stakes) from 28 starts for $1,043,050 earnings. From the excellent producer Parfore, Tiger Tees is a half- brother to Gr3 winner Terravista (Captain Rio), Singapore Horse Of The Year Super Easy, Listed winner Our Lukas (Generous), and a full-brother to promising sprinter Ball Of Muscle.

Tiger Tees To Resume In Aurie's Star

Wednesday, 6th August 2014

Gr1-winning sprinter Tiger Tees (Dubawi-Parfore, by Gold Brose) is likely to open his spring account in the Gr3 Aurie's Star Handicap (1200m) at Flemington on Saturday, reports skyracing.com.au. Trainer Joe Pride is favouring the Melbourne sprint over the Gr2 Missile Stakes in Sydney, on the basis that the Randwick track might be too firm for him. "I'll be accepting with him in the Aurie's Star on Wednesday and then having a look from there," Pride said. Tiger Tees will be first-up since finishing down the track in the Gr1 BTC Cup at Doomben in May. The disappointing performance was the 7YOs only blemish in an autumn campaign that yielded 2 wins from 6 starts, including the Gr1 Galaxy at Rosehill, and a third placing in the Gr1 All Aged Stakes (1400m) at Randwick. Tiger Tees, a winner of 11 of his 27 starts for over $950,000 earnings, is a half- brother to Gr3 winner Terravista (Captain Rio) and Listed winner Our Lukas (Generous), and a full-brother to promising sprinter Ball Of Muscle.

2005

Salt Lake City Joins Oaklands

Wednesday, 3rd August 2005

In Queensland, Toowoomba-based Oaklands Stud has boosted its stallion roster for this season by acquiring Salt Lake City (Danzig-Good Example, by Crystal Glitters). Salt Lake City (once trained in Ireland by Aiden O'Brien & then in Australia by John Morish & Clarry Conners) becomes the 5th stallion at Oaklands, joining Iglesia, Aucash, Pure Theatre & Tsuimai. Salt Lake City was purchased by leading Hong Kong bloodstock agent Apollo Ng, who said: "Salt Lake City is a beautiful looking animal, superbly bred & he showed enough potential in Ireland to be a Gr1 winner. If he produces yearlings as good looking as himself he will be a huge hit in Australia." Oaklands principal Neville Stewart added: "Standing hoses with his pedigree is almost unheard of in our part of the world. Not only is he a winning son of Danzig (as was Danehill), but he's also out of a stakes-winning mare who has produced a Gr1 winner & has Star Kingdom blood through Noholme & his son Nodouble. Getting Salt Lake City was a dream opportunity which Oaklands could not refuse. Apart from his pedigree, Salt Lake City is a stunning type with plenty of rein, good bone & he is a ball of muscle. It is a crying shame injury prevented him from showing his best in Australia, but that could be a blessing in disguise because he can impart all of his quality to his offspring." Salt Lake City will stand at a fee of $2,750.