2018

Seabrook Wins Gr1 Champagne Stakes

Monday, 23rd April 2018

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Yarraman Park's Gr3-winning & 4-time Gr1-placed stallion Hinchinbrook (Fastnet Rock-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) celebrated an elite race success when high class 2YO Australian-bred filly Seabrook (Hinchinbrook-Midnight Revels, by Don Eduardo) overcame trouble in running to charge home for an eye-catching last-to-first win in the $500,000 Gr1 Champagne Stakes (1600m) for 2YOs, defeating Bondi & El Dorado Dreaming. An $85,000 yearling at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale where she was consigned by Maluka Thoroughbreds, Seabrook improved her record to 2 wins (including the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes) and 1 placing (including the Gr2 Blue Diamond Prelude for fillies) from 6 starts for $556,300 in earnings. Trainer Mick Price said Seabrook would now head for a break to be prepared for the Gr1 Thousand Guineas in Melbourne in the Spring. "It's fantastic. She's done a good job and she's thrived in Sydney," Price told Sky Racing. "She goes straight to the paddock and will be set for the Thousand Guineas." From the Don Eduardo mare Midnight Revels, Seabrook hails from the family of dual Gr1-winning sprinter Malaguerra, Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Aloha, and the stakes-winning 2YOs Tennessee Morn and Tennessee Midnight. Seabrook's victory also gave Damien Oliver his 110th Group 1 win, more than any active rider in Australia and second only to the late George Moore who retired with 119 top-flight wins.

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Seabrook (image: Steve Hart)

Encryption Wins Gr3 Black Opal Stakes

Monday, 12th March 2018

At Canberra in the Australian Capital Territory, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire & 11-time Gr1-winning World Champion Miler Lonhro (Octagonal-Shadea, by Straight Strike) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Encryption (Lonhro-Guelph, by Exceed And Excel) secured a maiden stakes win and an automatic entry into Saturday week's Golden Slipper when saluting in the $300,000 Gr3 Black Opal Stakes (1200m) for 2YOs, defeating Sizzling Belle & Bondi. A homebred for Darley and Godolphin, Encryption is out of 4-time Gr1-winning filly Guelph and hails from the brilliant Jesmond Lass family of Golden Slipper winner Canny Lad and Darley's Golden Slipper & Blue Diamond Stakes winning stallion Sepoy. Godolphin trainer James Cummings refused to commit Encryption to a Golden Slipper start, saying he believes the blue blooded colt could follow in his talented mum's footsteps. "His mother won a Sires' Produce Stakes [Gr1] and I think he could potentially be that kind of horse," Cummings told Sky Racing. "He's got heaps of speed but he's got a wonderful nature and a pedigree to get seven furlongs so we'll keep all that in mind."

2017

Jonker Wins Wyong Magic Millions 2YO Classic

Friday, 22nd December 2017

At Wyong on the NSW Central Coast, Eureka Stud's dual Gr1-winning stallion Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) added a black-type success when exciting 2YO colt Jonker (Spirit Of Boom-Hearts And Arrows, by Kempinsky) scored a dazzling win in the $200,000 Listed (R) Magic Millions Wyong 2YO Classic (1100m), defeating Skyray & Bondi. Jonker, who firmed into $3.50 favouritism for the $2 Million Magic Millions Classic at the Gold Coast, extended his unbeaten record to 2 wins from 2 starts for $143,260 in earnings. Trainer David Aitkins said the Newcastle colt would not race again until Magic Millions raceday on 13 January. "I've always liked him but after his second trial he went super and he's just got better and better and there is even more improvement to come," Atkins told Sky Racing. "Three weeks now to the Gold Coast will be perfect for him." A $45,000 purchase at this year's Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale, the well-bred Jonker is out the Kempinsky mare Hearts And Arrows, a half-sister to Gr3 VRC The Debonair winner Fair Trade. This makes Jonker a direct descendent of legendary blue hen Eight Carat. Jonker was bred from Wicklow Lodge by Jeff Cullen. It's been a remarkable couple of seasons for Cullen after breeding Gr2 winner and exciting young sire Winning Rupert. Cullen only has a handful of mares at his Queensland property. Jonker's dual Gr1 winning sire Spirit Of Boom (Sequalo-Temple Spirit, by Special Dane) is standing his fourth season at Eureka Stud at a fee of $11,000 (inc. GST).

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New MM 2YO Classic favourite Yonker (pic: Steve Hart)

More Magic On Horizon For Redoute’s Sons

Tuesday, 19th December 2017

Meanwhile, with strong sales ring representation at the 2018 Magic Millions Gold Coast Sale (see above), Snitzel and Not A Single Doubt are assembling a strong team for the $10 million Magic Millions Raceday on 13 January. Among their likely protagonists are 2YO Classic prospects Bondi, Orcein & Nomothaj (by Snitzel) and Legislation, Singular Sensation & Granny Red Shoes (by Not A Single Doubt). Meanwhile, the duo also holds 3YO Guineas entries for Debonairly, Goodfella, Chauffeur & Dinnigan (by Snitzel) and Pretty Fast, From Within & Single Bullet (by Not A Single Doubt).

MM Classic Favourite Progressing Well

Thursday, 7th December 2017

Meanwhile, co-trainer Paul Snowden has confirmed the stable will target the Wyong Magic Millions race on 21 December but was unsure if current Magic Millions Classic favourite Bondi would be among them, reports racingnsw.com.au. Bondi (Snitzel-Bondi Blonde, by Red Ransom) ran a close second to Performer in the Listed Breeders' Plate in September and is currently the $8 TAB fixed odds favourite for the $2 million Magic Millions 2YO Classic at the Gold Coast on 13 January. "There are a couple of options in Queensland so at this stage I don't know where we will head with Bondi," Snowden said. "Our aim is to qualify as many runners as we can so we are chasing the prize money." He added: "Bondi had a nice trial at Wyong on Monday. He had look at the track and that is an advantage. He's nowhere near screwed down yet with the grand final still six weeks away."

Waller Colt Golden Slipper Favourite

Wednesday, 29th November 2017

TAB has installed the Chris Waller-trained Performer as favourite for the 2018 Gr1 Golden Slipper (1200m) to be run at Rosehill Gardens on Saturday 24 March, reports racingnsw.com.au. Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) made the perfect start to his career when charging home to score on debut in the Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate (1000m) at Randwick on 30 September. Performer has opened up as the $8 pre-post favourite for the world's richest juvenile race, ahead of the Peter & Paul Snowden-trained Bondi at $11. Bondi, by incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel, ran a close second to Performer in the Breeders' Plate. The Breeders' Plate has been a very strong historical form guide with Capitalist (2015), Vancouver (2014), Pierro (2011) and Sebring (2008) the most recent to complete the Breeder's Plate-Golden Slipper double. Performer, a $450,000 yearling from the Magic Millions Gold Coast sale, is currently in pre-training ahead of his return to Waller's Rosehill stable in the coming weeks. Click here to view the full TAB Golden Slipper market.

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Impressive debut winner Performer (image: Steve Hart)

Performer Wins Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate

Tuesday, 3rd October 2017

At Royal Randwick in Sydney, Darley's former Champion Australian Sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill-Patrona, by Lomond) added a black-type success when 2YO chestnut colt Performer (Exceed and Excel-Gavroche, by Snippets) made the perfect start to his career when charging home to land the $150,000 Listed Arrowfield Breeders' Plate (1000m) for 2YO colts & geldings, defeating Bondi & Santos. In winning the first Sydney 2YO race of the season, Performer improved his record to 1 win from 1 start for $84,000 in earnings. Purchased by Harras Syndicate & Mulcaster Bloodstock for $450,000 at the 2017 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Newhaven Park, Performer is a half-brother to multiple Group winner and Gr1 Galaxy winner Bel Sprinter (Bel Esprit).

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Performer (image: Steve Hart)

2016

The Miniver Rose Tops Day 1 Of Tattersalls Dec Mare Sale

Wednesday, 30th November 2016

The opening day of the Tattersalls December Mare Sale got off to a buoyant start with a clearance rate of 84 per cent and the sale of well performed mare The Miniver Rose for 550,000 guineas. A total of 205 lots were sold for a gross of 11,521,000 guineas at an average of 56,200 guineas and a median of 40,000 guineas - figures that were on par with the opening session of last year's sale. Offered as part of the Godolphin consignment, Gr2 Park Hill Stakes winner The Miniver Rose (High Chaparral-Bloemfontain, by Cape Cross), in foal to world-class sire Dubawi, was knocked down to Blandford Bloodstock's Richard Brown for 550,000 guineas after he saw off David Redvers. "She is a great moving, quality mare and a very good racemare," said Brown, "but what was massively appealing was her cover to Dubawi. In my opinion, he is one of the top two stallions in the world." Another mare in high demand was Marigold Hotel (Galileo), a half-sister to Gr1 Fillies' Mile & Gr1 Falmouth Stakes winner Simply Perfect, and to the dam of Gr1 St Leger runner-up Bondi Beach who was knocked down to BBA Ireland's Eamonn Reilly for 330,000 guineas.

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The Miniver Rose (image: Tattersalls)

Almandin Out Of Zipping Classic

Wednesday, 9th November 2016

Melbourne Cup winner Almandin has been declared a non-runner for Saturday's $300,000 Gr2 Zipping Classic (2400m) at Sandown, reports AAP. Owner Lloyd Williams has also withdrawn fellow Melbourne Cup runners Bondi Beach and Assign. A decision on whether Gallante will run will be made later in the week.

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Almandin winning the Melbourne Cup (image: Mark Gatt)

Melbourne Cup Field & Barriers

Monday, 31st October 2016

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for Australia's most famous race, the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m), to be run at Flemington tomorrow. The Godolphin team have the top two in the betting with Cox Plate runner-up Hartnell currently favourite at $5 ahead of Oceanographer at $6.50. Both horses have drawn midfield in barriers 12 and 11 respectively. Brilliant Caulfield Cup winner Jameka represents good value at $8 and has drawn favourably in barrier 3, while the only other horse under double-figure odds is the Aidan O'Brien-trained Bondi Beach at $9. The capacity 24-horse field is:

1. BIG ORANGE (Michael Bell-Jamie Spencer) 57kg (7)

2. OUR IVANHOWE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Dwayne Dunn) 57kg (6)

3. CURREN MIROTIC (Osamu Hirata-Tommy Berry) 56.5kg (18)

4. BONDI BEACH (Aidan O'Brien-Ryan Moore) 56kg (5)

5. EXOSPHERIC (Lee & Anthony Freedman-D Oliver) 56kg (13)

6. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 56kg (12)

7. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 56kg (20)

8. WICKLOW BRAVE (William Mullins-Frankie Dettori) 56kg (24)

9. ALMOONQITH (David & B Hayes & T Dabernig-M Walker) 54.5kg (19)

10. GALLANTE (Robert Hickmott-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (2)

11. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Ben Melham) 54.5kg (9)

12. JAMEKA (Ciaron Maher-Nicholas Hall) 54.5kg (3)

13. HEARTBREAK CITY (Tony Martin-Joao Moreira) 54kg (23)

14. SIR JOHN HAWKWOOD (John P Thompson-Blake Spriggs) 54kg (14)

15. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (G Waterhouse & Adrian Bott-Vlad Duric) 53.5kg (21)

16. BEAUTIFUL ROMANCE (Saeed Bin Suroor-Damian Lane) 52.5kg (1)

17. ALMANDIN (Robert Hickmott-Kerrin McEvoy) 52kg (17) 

18. ASSIGN (Robert Hickmott-Katelyn Mallyon) 52kg (22)

19. GREY LION (Matt Cumani-Glen Boss) 52kg (16)

20. OCEANOGRAPHER (Charlie Appleby-Chad Schofield) 52kg (11)

21. SECRET NUMBER (Saeed Bin Suroor-Stephen Baster) 52kg (10)

22. PENTATHLON (John Wheeler-Mark Du Plessis) 51.5kg (4)

23. QEWY (Charlie Appleby-Craig Williams) 51.5kg (15)

24. ROSE OF VIRGINIA (Lee & Shannon Hope-Ben Thompson) 51kg (8)

Click here for all the form for Melbourne Cup day at Flemington.

Order Of St George Wins St Leger Trial

Monday, 22nd August 2016

At The Curragh in Ireland, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a Group success when 4YO entire Order Of St George (Galileo-Another Storm, by Gone West) scored a comfortable 1.5-length win under a hands and heels ride for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Gr3 Irish St Leger Trial Stakes (14 furlongs), over 3YO colt Twilight Payment (Teofilo-Dream on Buddy, by Oasis Dream) & 3YO filly Arya Tara (Dylan Thomas-Anadiyla, by Barathea). Order Of St George - who was one of three horses Nick and Lloyd Williams purchased a share in last September, along with Ballydoyle stable-mates Bondi Beach and Kingfisher - improved his record to 7 wins (including the Gr1 Ascot Gold Cup, Gr1 Irish St Leger, Gr3 Irish St Leger Trial & Listed Saval Beg Stakes) and 3 placings from 12 starts for £495,305 earnings. O'Brien said the outstanding stayer would make his next appearance in the Irish St Leger (14 furlongs) at The Curragh on 11 September before making any decisions about the remainder of his campaign. "I'm delighted with that - it was lovely," O'Brien told Sky Sports. "He was just ready to start back so I was a bit worried but he settled lovely and you'd have to be delighted." He added: "He'll come back here (Irish Leger) first and we'll take it a step at a time with him." Order Of St George is currently the $11 Tab favourite for the Melbourne Cup.

Order Of St George To Be Entered In Melbourne Cup

Monday, 20th June 2016

Exciting Irish stayer Order Of St George will be entered in the Melbourne Cup, reports ANZ Bloodstock News. Trainer Aidan O'Brien confirmed the news following the 4YOs impressive 3-length win in the Gr1 Gold Cup (20 furlongs) at Royal Ascot on Thursday. Order Of St George, who was one of three horses Nick and Lloyd Williams  purchased a share in last September, along with Ballydoyle stable-mates Bondi Beach and Kingfisher, improved his record to 6 wins (including the Gr1 Irish St Leger, Gr3 Irish St Leger Trial & Listed Saval Beg Stakes) and 3 placings from 11 starts for £463,166 earnings. “We were always going to give him a break after this week and look at an autumn campaign,” O’Brien said. “I spoke to his owner Lloyd Williams last night and he is going to be entered in the Melbourne Cup.”

Galileo Adds Ireland Black-Type

Monday, 6th June 2016

At Leopardstown in Ireland, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a black-type success when 4YO entire Order Of St George (Galileo-Another Storm, by Gone West) scored by 4.5-lengths for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Listed Saval Beg Stakes (14 furlongs) for 3YO+, over 4YO mare Fact Or Folklore (Lope de Vega-Iuturna, by Intidab) & 6YO gelding Modem (Motivator -Alashaan, by Darshaan). This was an impressive return by Order Of St George who improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Irish St Leger & Gr3 Irish St Leger Trial) and 3 placings from 10 starts for €236,326 earnings. Order Of St George, who was one of three horses Nick and Lloyd Williams  purchased a share in last September, along with Ballydoyle stable-mates Bondi Beach and Kingfisher, is being aimed at the Gr1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot on 16 June.

Ascot Gold Cup Target For Order Of St George

Wednesday, 11th May 2016

Meanwhile, richly talented stayer Order Of St George is likely to have either a track gallop or a race start before turning his attention to the Gr1 Gold Cup at Royal Ascot, reports Sky Sports. The 4YO son of Galileo scored an outstanding 11-length win in the Irish St Leger (14 furlongs) at the Curragh in early September to stamp himself as arguably the most exciting stayer in Europe. "Order Of St George is on the way back and he will hopefully go to Navan for a racecourse gallop, then we will see after that," O'Brien said. "If that went well, he might go to the Saval Beg and if that went well, he might go to Royal Ascot. He has done very well but is carrying a little bit of weight. As he had a little setback, I don't want to risk injuring him." O'Brien added: "Obviously there is always a stamina concern but he looks like he got a mile and three-quarters very easily on soft ground at the Curragh (when winning the Irish St Leger). You are never sure until you go past that two miles." Order Of St George was one of three horses Nick and Lloyd Williams purchased a share in last September, along with Ballydoyle stable-mates Bondi Beach and Kingfisher.

Galileo Adds Ireland Black-Type

Tuesday, 26th April 2016

At Limerick racecourse in Ireland, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a black-type success when Irish-bred 4YO entire Bondi Beach (Galileo-One Moment in Time, by Danehill) scored by 2.75 lengths for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Listed Martin Molony Stakes (12.5 furlongs), over 5YO UK-bred mare Altesse (Hernando-Alvarita, by Selkirk) & 7YO Irish-bred mare Toe The Line (Shantou-Bluebell Line, by Charnwood Forest). Having his first start since finishing 16th in the Melbourne Cup, Bondi Beach took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Curragh Cup) and 3 placings (including the Gr1 St Leger & Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes) from 7 starts for 248,880 earnings. Winning jockey Seamie Heffernan told Racing UK: "I was impressed and he won snug. He is a bit stronger and a bit more relaxed this year. He could be anything but he is a good stayer." Bondi Beach is part-owned by Lloyd Williams in conjunction with the Coolmore triumvirate of Michael Tabor, Derrick Smith & Mrs John Magnier.

Gear Change To Spark Storm The Stars

Wednesday, 23rd March 2016

Meanwhile, Preferment's highly regarded stable-mate Storm The Stars (Sea the Stars-Love Me Only, by Sadler's Wells) will have a gear change in Saturday's $1.5 million Gr1 The BMW (2400m) after trainer Chris Waller received some valuable advice from the UK, reports racenet. "I'm leaning towards running Storm The Stars then probably concentrate on the spring with him rather than going to Brisbane," Waller said. "I'm going to take the blinkers off him and attempt to go forward with him when he next races." He added: "I've had a chat to Willie Haggas [former trainer] in England and he basically said 'look a horse like Criterion would be too sharp for him in England and that was clearly the case on Saturday." Since arriving in Australia, the beautifully bred entire has failed to reproduce his best form from home that saw him win the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (defeating Bondi Beach) last August, and finish fourth behind Simple Verse in the Gr1 St Leger in September.

2015

Amralah Legal Action

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015

Leviathan owner Lloyd Williams has confirmed he will be pursuing legal action after his horse Amralah's forced withdrawal from the Melbourne Cup, reports Racing.com. Amralah, an impressive last-start winner of the Gr2 Herbert Power Handicap (2400m), received treatment at Ballarat Veterinary Practice in early October with a medication that is prohibited on raceday. Team Williams were informed that the medication would be clear of the horse's system in time for him to run in the Melbourne Cup but, alas, this was not the case, with the 6YO returning a positive reading when tested on Saturday. "Obviously we will [take legal action]," Williams told Melbourne's Radio Sport National. "We're very fortunate. Terry Bailey was very accommodating...making sure we took this horse to the analytical lab and found out it was positive. It would have been a shocking situation if we wouldn't have had the co-operation of Terry and his team, we would have been running the horse..." He added: "If it happened to win or place, it would have come up with a positive swab. The horse is absolutely fine. He was treated with something he shouldn't have been treated with by professional people." Lloyd & Nick Williams will still have three runner's in today's Melbourne Cup, with The United States joining the Aidan O'Brien-trained pair of Bondi Beach & Kingfisher in the race.

Melbourne Cup Field

Tuesday, 3rd November 2015

The 155th running of the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) will be run at the race's traditional timeslot of 3:00pm AEDT at Flemington racecourse today. The field for Australia's most famous race is below. Click here for the race form plus all the form for Melbourne Cup day.

1. SNOW SKY (Sir Michael Stoute-Ryan Moore) 58kg (16)

2. CRITERION (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Michael Walker) 57.5kg (4)

3. FAME GAME (Yoshitada Munakata-Zac Purton) 57kg (12)

4. OUR IVANHOWE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Ben Melham) 56kg (22)

5. BIG ORANGE (Michael Bell-Jamie Spencer) 55.5kg (23)

6. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 55.5kg (17)

7. HOKKO BRAVE (Yasutoshi Matsunaga-Craig Williams) 55.5kg (20)

8. MAX DYNAMITE (William Mullins-Frankie Dettori) 55kg (2)

9. RED CADEAUX (Ed Dunlop-Gerald Mosse) 55kg (8)

10. TRIP TO PARIS (Ed Dunlop-Tommy Berry) 55kg (14)

11. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (6)

12. SKY HUNTER (Saeed Bin Suroor-William Buick) 54kg (7)

13. THE OFFER (Gai Waterhouse-Damien Oliver) 54kg (13)

14. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Jim Cassidy) 53.5kg (15)

15. PREFERMENT (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 53.5kg (11)

16. QUEST FOR MORE (Roger Charlton-Damian Lane) 53.5kg (21)

17. ALMOONQITH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dwayne Dunn) 53kg (10)

18. KINGFISHER (Aidan O'Brien-Colm O'Donoghue) 53kg (9)

19. PRINCE OF PENZANCE (Darren Weir-Michelle Payne) 53kg (1)

20. BONDI BEACH (Aidan O'Brien-Brett Prebble) 52.5kg (18)

21. SERTORIUS (Jamie Edwards-Craig Newitt) 52.5kg (5)

22. THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Joao Moreira) 52.5kg (3)

23. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (Gai Waterhouse-Kerrin McEvoy) 51kg (24)

24. GUST OF WIND (John Sargent-Chad Schofield) 51kg (19)

Final Melbourne Cup Field

Monday, 2nd November 2015

The field has been finalised for the 155th running of the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) scheduled for 3:00pm AEDT at Flemington racecourse tomorrow. The field for Australia's most famous race is below. Click here for the race form plus all the form on Melbourne Cup day.

1. SNOW SKY (Sir Michael Stoute-Ryan Moore) 58kg (16)

2. CRITERION (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Michael Walker) 57.5kg (4)

3. FAME GAME (Yoshitada Munakata-Zac Purton) 57kg (12)

4. OUR IVANHOWE (Lee & Anthony Freedman-Ben Melham) 56kg (22)

5. BIG ORANGE (Michael Bell-Jamie Spencer) 55.5kg (23)

6. HARTNELL (John O'Shea-James McDonald) 55.5kg (17)

7. HOKKO BRAVE (Yasutoshi Matsunaga-Craig Williams) 55.5kg (20)

8. MAX DYNAMITE (William Mullins-Frankie Dettori) 55kg (2)

9. RED CADEAUX (Ed Dunlop-Gerald Mosse) 55kg (8)

10. TRIP TO PARIS (Ed Dunlop-Tommy Berry) 55kg (14)

11. WHO SHOT THEBARMAN (Chris Waller-Blake Shinn) 54.5kg (6)

12. SKY HUNTER (Saeed Bin Suroor-William Buick) 54kg (7)

13. THE OFFER (Gai Waterhouse-Damien Oliver) 54kg (13)

14. GRAND MARSHAL (Chris Waller-Jim Cassidy) 53.5kg (15)

15. PREFERMENT (Chris Waller-Hugh Bowman) 53.5kg (11)

16. QUEST FOR MORE (Roger Charlton-Damian Lane) 53.5kg (21)

17. ALMOONQITH (David Hayes & Tom Dabernig-Dwayne Dunn) 53kg (10)

18. KINGFISHER (Aidan O'Brien-Colm O'Donoghue) 53kg (9)

19. PRINCE OF PENZANCE (Darren Weir-Michelle Payne) 53kg (1)

20. BONDI BEACH (Aidan O'Brien-Brett Prebble) 52.5kg (18)

21. SERTORIUS (Jamie Edwards-Craig Newitt) 52.5kg (5)

22. THE UNITED STATES (Robert Hickmott-Joao Moreira) 52.5kg (3)

23. EXCESS KNOWLEDGE (Gai Waterhouse-Kerrin McEvoy) 51kg (24)

24. GUST OF WIND (John Sargent-Chad Schofield) 51kg (19)

The United States Handed 2.5kg Cup Penalty

Tuesday, 27th October 2015

The Lloyd & Nick Williams owned The United States (Galileo-Beauty is Truth, by Pivotal) has received a 2.5kg penalty for next Tuesday's Melbourne Cup following his narrow but impressive victory in Saturday's Gr3 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m). The penalty lifts the 6YO to 26th in the Melbourne Cup order of entry, meaning he will carry 52.5kg if he makes the 24-horse capacity field. Racing Victoria Chief Handicapper Greg Carpenter justified the penalty saying: "The United States finished too powerfully for Prince of Penzance in the Moonee Valley Gold Cup and in doing so established a new course record for the 2500-metre journey of 2:34:43." Should The United States make the field, he will give Team Williams as many as four runners in the Melbourne Cup, joining Bondi Beach, Kingfisher and Amralah. Lloyd Williams is chasing his fifth Melbourne Cup success, following victories by Just A Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007) and Green Moon (2012).

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The United States (image: Mark Gatt)

Prebble To Ride Bondi Beach

Wednesday, 14th October 2015

Hong Kong-based jockey Brett Prebble has been confirmed as the rider of Irish stayer Bondi Beach (Galileo-One Moment in Time, by Danehill) in next month's $6.2 million Melbourne Cup (3200m) at Flemington. Prebble will ride the English St Leger winner for new part owner's Nick and Lloyd Williams, who last month secured a share in the talented stayer along with Ballydoyle stable-mates Order Of St George and Kingfisher. Prebble and Williams previously combined to win the 2012 Melbourne Cup with English import Green Moon. Bondi Beach, who will carry 52.5kg in the Melbourne Cup, arrived in Melbourne from the UK on Saturday.

Order Of St George To Miss Cup

Thursday, 8th October 2015

Irish St Leger winner Order Of St George will miss the Melbourne Cup with trainer Aidan O'Brien not wanting to risk the richly talented stayer on Australia's potentially hard tracks, reports Racing.com. The 3YO son of Galileo scored an outstanding 11-length win in the Irish St Leger (14 furlongs) at the Curragh in early September to stamp himself as arguably the most exciting stayer in Europe. Order Of St George, who is currently in quarantine in Ireland, was one of the early favourites for the Melbourne Cup after father and son team Nick and Lloyd Williams purchased a share in him last month, along with his Ballydoyle stable-mates Bondi Beach and Kingfisher. While Order Of St George will be an absentee from this year's Melbourne spring carnival, Bondi Beach and Kingfisher are set to fulfil their Australian engagements and will be aboard the next flight of international horses which departs for Melbourne today. "I don't think there's too much of a problem with him," Nick Williams said of Order Of St George. "He was always a 50/50 chance of coming and I think Aidan's just decided not to risk him on a hard track." He added: "He's a young horse with a big future so he can come out next spring instead."

Team Williams Purchase Shares In Cup Prospects

Monday, 21st September 2015

Aidan O'Brien could have three runners in this year's Melbourne Cup following news that Nick and Lloyd Williams have acquired a part share in three highly rated Cup entries, reports Racing.com. The father and son Macedon Lodge team now part own English St Leger winner Bondi Beach, the very exciting Irish St Leger winner Order Of St George, as well as Kingfisher. All three are sons of multiple champion European sire Galileo. The trio, who will be raced in partnership with Coolmore, are set to enter quarantine, although Order Of St George's participation in the Cup is yet to be finalised. "The three of them are possibles for the Melbourne Cup, obviously. They have to go into quarantine with us on Tuesday and they'll possibly go in anyway," O'Brien told Sky Sports. "It's looking very possible that Bondi Beach and Kingfisher will go and we have to make a final decision on Order Of St George." He added: "It's a very prestigious race and obviously a very hard race to win. Not many races stop a nation." O'Brien has not had a runner in the Melbourne Cup since 2008. Watch Order Of St George's outstanding Irish St Leger win below.

Simple Verse Appeal Next Week

Tuesday, 15th September 2015

Connections of Simple Verse, a controversial loser of the St Leger Stakes on Saturday, will have to wait until next week to find out if their appeal is successful after the British Horseracing Authority put back a hearing scheduled for Thursday, reports Sky Sports. Trained by Ralph Beckett for Qatar Racing, Simple Verse was first past the post in Saturday's Gr1 St Leger Stakes at Doncaster but was demoted to second after stewards ruled she had caused sufficient interference to runner-up Bondi Beach in the concluding stages to warrant the latter being awarded the race. "The hearing will now be held on either Tues 22, Weds 23 or Fri 25 September, TBC based on counsel's availability," the BHA tweeted.

Bondi Beach Wins Gr1 St Leger Stakes

Monday, 14th September 2015

At Doncaster in the UK, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) celebrated a Gr1 success when 3YO colt Bondi Beach (Galileo-One Moment in Time, by Danehill) scored by a head for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Gr1 St Leger Stakes (15 furlongs) for 3YOs, over 3YO filly Simple Verse (Duke of Marmalade-Guantanamera, by Sadler's Wells) & fellow 3YO colt and stable-mate Fields Of Athenry (Galileo-Last Love, by Danehill). Bondi Beach, who took his record to 3 wins (including the Gr3 Curragh Cup) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes) from 5 starts, was awarded the race after first past the post Simple Verse was deemed to have caused sufficient interference for the stewards to reverse the placings, reports Racing Post. Simple Verse's trainer Ralph Beckett was furious at the stewards decision and signalled his intention to appeal. "I'm astonished apart from anything else as there is no consistency in the rule," Beckett told Racing Post. "Clearly whatever way you look at it both horses lean on each other and can you really say it's entirely her fault when both horses lean on each other? One thing's for certain and that is that we will appeal this." Bondi Beach's trainer Aidan O'Brien said he felt sorry for Sheikh Fahad, owner of Simple Verse. "It is never a nice way to win a race. I am very sorry for the connections of the other horse," he said. "It was messy down the straight. I didn't really see it properly but it looked like it was messy and Bondi Beach was closing the gap going down to the line."

140 Nominations For Melbourne Cup

Wednesday, 2nd September 2015

Nominations for the Melbourne Cup have closed with 140 horses entered for Australia's most famous race, including 31 internationals, reports Racing.com. Last year's Melbourne Cup trifecta of Protectionist, Red Cadeaux and Who Shot Thebarman are back for another shot, while veteran stayer Precedence is in contention to give the late Bart Cummings an incredible 13th win in the race. Racing Victoria's chief handicapper Greg Carpenter has described this year's international entries as among the best ever. "The Emirates Melbourne Cup is the world's premier staying race and the quality of the local and international entries for this year's race is outstanding," Carpenter said. "The depth amongst the international contingent is exceptional, with the Ascot Gold Cup quinella, Hardwicke Stakes winner, Goodwood Cup trifecta, Lonsdale Cup winner and a pair of Japan's elite stayers amongst 31 international entries." He added: "Following the passing of the 'Cups King' Bart Cummings this week there will naturally be plenty of people hoping that Precedence can secure his place in a fifth Melbourne Cup and it would be most fitting if he could. With crowd favourite Red Cadeaux also set to return for a fifth appearance and last year's brilliant winner Protectionist among the entries, the scene is set for yet another brilliant and memorable renewal of the Emirates Melbourne Cup." Some of the highlights include:

  • Two entrants from dual Melbourne Cup-winning trainer Dermot Weld in Manalapan and Zafayan. Weld trained the first international winner of the Cup when Vintage Crop saluted in 1993;
  • Four entrants from Aidan O'Brien, who has not had a runner since 2008, in Kingfisher, Order Of St George, Bondi Beach and Fields Of Athenry;
  • Two Japanese entries, Fame Game and Hokko Brave, who are the first internationals scheduled to arrive in Melbourne on Saturday, 19 September;
  • This year's winners of top European staying races in Hardwicke Stakes winner Snow Sky, Lonsdale Cup winner Max Dynamite and Goodwood Cup winner Big Orange.

Weights for the Emirates Melbourne Cup will be released on Tuesday, 15 September, with first acceptances taken at 12 noon (AEST) on Tuesday, 6 October. Click here to view nominations.

Storm The Stars Wins Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes

Thursday, 20th August 2015

At York in the UK overnight, 3YO colt Storm The Stars (Sea the Stars-Love Me Only, by Sadler's Wells) registered a well deserved maiden Group victory when scoring by 0.5-length for trainer William Haggas in the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (12 furlongs) for 3YOs, over fellow 3YO colts and Ballydoyle stable-mates Bondi Beach (Galileo-One Moment in Time, by Danehill) & Giovanni Canaletto (Galileo-Love Me True, by Kingmambo). Storm The Stars, who has been placed several times at Gr1 level this season including in the Epsom Derby behind Golden Horn and the Irish Derby behind Jack Hobbs, took his record to 3 wins (including the Listed Cocked Hat Stakes) and 6 placings from 10 starts for £516,945 earnings. Trainer William haggas said that Storm The Stars would have his next start in the Gr1 St Leger Stakes at Doncaster on 12 September. "He's tough and hardy, has done extremely well and bounced back very well so that should put him spot on (for the St Leger), not so much physically as mentally," he told Sky Sports.

Galileo Adds Ireland Gr2

Tuesday, 30th June 2015

At the Curragh in Ireland, former Coolmore shuttler and triple Gr1-winning champion European sire Galileo (Sadler's Wells-Urban Sea, by Miswaki) added a Group quinella when 3YO colt Bondi Beach (Galileo-One Moment in Time, by Danehill) scored by a short head for trainer Aidan O'Brien in the Gr3 Curragh Cup (14 furlongs) for 3YO+, over stable-mate and fellow 3YO colt Order Of St George (Galileo-Another Storm, by Gone West) & 5YO mare Drifting Mist (Muhtathir-Fenella's Link, by Linamix). This was the first stakes victory for the highly promising Bondi Beach who took his record to 2 wins and 1 placing (the Listed King George V Cup) from 3 starts for €56,555 earnings. Trainer Aidan O'Brien said that Bondi Beach was likely to head straight to the St Leger Stakes at Doncaster in September without another run. "They look two proper St Leger horses [Bondi Beach and Order Of St George], and have pulled right away as well. The mile and six furlongs helped Bondi Beach and Seamie gave him a great ride," O'Brien told Sky Sports. "Order Of St George was entitled to get tired. He was ready in the spring and then got a temperature. He could go for something like the Voltigeur at York, while the winner may not need another run (before Doncaster)."

2012

Magic Millions Select Weanlings Day-1: Top Lots

Thursday, 31st May 2012
  • $200,000 Onemorenomore-Ocean Bridge colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $165,000 Street Cry-La Guichet colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $150,000 Casino Prince-Chinese Whispers colt (Australian Bloodstock)
  • $150,000 Onemorenomore-Oomph colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $140,000 Stratum-Madam Prosecutor filly (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $140,000 Commands-Oh So Discreet colt (Ascot Farm)
  • $105,000 Onemorenomore-Spurcent filly (M.Wallace)
  • $100,000 Encosta de Lago-Romantic Ballerina colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $90,000 Denman-Hilliard filly (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $85,000 Stratum-Sister Declan colt (Bridsan Bloodstock)
  • $85,000 Exceed And Excel-Keystone Gulch colt (Musk Creek Farm)
  • $85,000 Exceed And Excel-Pride Of The Class colt (Cape Falls Thoroughbreds)
  • $82,500 Husson-Cassini Contest colt (Randwick Bloodstock)
  • $80,000 Exceed And Excel-Sleepy Hollow colt M.Wallace)
  • $80,000 Stratum-Coat filly (A.Tait)
  • $80,000 Big Brown-Magical Sunday colt (Springbank Farm)
  • $77,500 Manhattan Rain-Bondi Blonde filly (Wise Breeding)
  • $77,500 Northern Meteor-Joyful Moments filly (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $68,000 Northern Meteor-Lily Isabella colt (P.Willetts)
  • $65,000 Northern Meteor-Skibo Castle filly (Cape Falls Thoroughbreds)
  • $61,000 Husson-Automated Response colt (Prime Thoroughbreds)
  • $60,000 Big Brown-Arzetna filly (G.Mudgway)
  • $60,000 Haradasun-Dash On Ruby colt (Glenelg Park)
  • $60,000 Husson-Fiery Dee colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $60,000 Testa Rossa-Involve filly (S.Mills)
  • $60,000 Northern Meteor-Peace Accord colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $57,500 Flying Spur-Anjiz Star colt (Condo's Syndicate)
  • $55,000 Duporth-Amjess colt (P.Willetts)
  • $55,000 Big Brown-Questamatic cot (Phoenix Broodmare Farm)
  • $55,000 Magic Albert-Razzle colt (BPA Blodstock)
  • $52,500 Husson-Three Quarter Pace colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $52,500 Testa Rossa-Goodbye Norma Jean filly (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $52,500 Nicconi-Lady Bushranger colt (Magic Millions as agent)
  • $52,000 Big Brown-Livid colt (K.Jack)
  • $50,000 High Chaparral-Devil Child filly (E.B.A.)
  • $50,000 Casino Prince-Lingerie Girl colt (Australian Bloodstock)
  • $50,000 Choisir-Livonia filly (P.Willetts)
  • $50,000 Choisir-Losin At Love colt (Heritage Bloodstock)
  • $50,000 Statue Of Liberty-Prompt colt (Randwick Bloodstock)
  • $50,000 Choisir-Rareville filly (Magic Millions as agent)

2011

NZB Yearlings Day-1: Top Lots

Tuesday, 1st February 2011
  • NZ$800,000 Danehill Dancer-Ballycairn colt (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$600,000 High Chaparral-Queen Caelia colt (Surf Coast Racing)
  • NZ$550,000 Zabeel-Cat Shmea filly (Connolly Bloodstock)
  • NZ$500,000 Zabeel-Seachange colt (Hudson Conway)
  • NZ$480,000 O'Reilly-Chimeara colt (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$480,000 Pentire-Clarissa colt (J.O'Shea)
  • NZ$470,000 High Chaparral-A Real Princess colt (J.B.Cummings)
  • NZ$460,000 Redoute's Choice-Taimana colt (J.O’Shea)
  • NZ$450,000 Zabeel-Cold Shoulder filly (Strawberry Hills Stud)
  • NZ$440,000 Encosta de Lago-Bennelong Belle colt (HK Jockey Club)
  • NZ$420,000 Zabeel-Affirmed Lane colt (M.Kavanagh)
  • NZ$360,000 High Chaparral-Bak da Princess colt (A.Skiffington)
  • NZ$350,000 High Chaparral-Straight Eight colt (G.Waterhouse)
  • NZ$350,000 Encosta de Lago-Breeze Hill colt (Rosemont Stud)
  • NZ$330,000 O'Reilly-Rationable colt (Hudson Conway)
  • NZ$330,000 Keeper-Byzantium colt (HK Jockey Club)
  • NZ$325,000 Shamardal-The Quarewan colt (M.Wallace)
  • NZ$300,000 O'Reilly-Star Affair colt (T.Archer)
  • NZ$300,000 Choisir-Tehama colt (HK Jockey Club)
  • NZ$300,000 Pentire-Tinsel colt (Waratah Thoroughbreds)
  • NZ$300,000 Fastnet Rock-Tivoli Dancer colt (A.Cummings)
  • NZ$300,000 Fastnet Rock-Undercover colt (HK Jockey Club)
  • NZ$300,000 Charge Forward-Belle Toujours colt (Rosemont Stud)
  • NZ$300,000 High Chaparral-Cadell colt (J.B.Cummings)
  • NZ$290,000 Zabeel-Asterie colt (J.Foote)
  • NZ$280,000 High Chaparral-The Mighty Lions filly (G.Waterhouse)
  • NZ$280,000 Stratum-Catscan colt (Redgum Racing)
  • NZ$260,000 Pins-Steluta colt (Hudson Conway)
  • NZ$260,000 Zabeel-Too Many Diamonds filly (P.Moroney)
  • NZ$260,000 Lonhro-Better Alternative colt (D.Kepitis)
  • NZ$250,000 Zabeel-Arena Pride colt (A.McElrea)
  • NZ$250,000 Fastnet Rock-Crepe de Chine filly (L.Latta)
  • NZ$240,000 Zabeel-Sarajay colt (M.Kavanagh)
  • NZ$240,000 High Chaparral-Sierra Dane colt (Star Thoroughbreds)
  • NZ$240,000 Danehill Dancer-Snapdragon colt (J.Bester)
  • NZ$240,000 No Excuse Needed-Sorgente colt (D.O’Brien)
  • NZ$240,000 Lucky Unicorn-Special Diamond colt (DGR Thoroughbred)
  • NZ$240,000 Fastnet Rock-Storm Signal colt (Connolly Bloodstock)
  • NZ$240,000 Pentire-Stretto colt (Malua Bloodstock)
  • NZ$240,000 Dylan Thomas-Thee Auld Hussie colt (J.Foote)
  • NZ$240,000 Commands-Arlanda colt (H.T.Wan)
  • NZ$230,000 Commands-Annie Daly colt (Wallace Thoroughbreds)
  • NZ$225,000 King's Chapel-Argante filly (Connolly Bloodstock)
  • NZ$220,000 Encosta de Lago-Shikoba colt (Big Red Farm)
  • NZ$220,000 O'Reilly-Cassovia colt (J.Harron)
  • NZ$220,000 High Chaparral-Casual Chick filly (G.Waterhouse)
  • NZ$220,000 Holy Roman Emperor-Crystalline colt (BBA Ireland)
  • NZ$210,000 Tale Of The Cat-Twin Town filly (Trelawney Stud)
  • NZ$200,000 Iffraaj-Secondo Me colt (Moody Racing)
  • NZ$200,000 Fastnet Rock-She's Innocent colt (Waikato Bloodstock)
  • NZ$200,000 High Chaparral-Successfilly colt (Spicer Thoroughbreds)
  • NZ$200,000 Commands-Terrenora colt (NZB as agent)
  • NZ$200,000 Thorn Park-Visique filly (DGR Thoroughbred)
  • NZ$200,000 Red Ransom-Anna Joy colt (J.Foote)
  • NZ$200,000 Shinko King-Bohemian Blues colt (Rogerson Bloodstock)
  • NZ$200,000 High Chaparral-Brilliant Princess colt (Hudson Conway)
  • NZ$200,000 Shamardal-Court Ballet colt (G.Begg)
  • NZ$180,000 Darci Brahma-Saint Cecile colt (J.Warren)
  • NZ$180,000 Starcraft-Seducation filly (Star Thoroughbreds)
  • NZ$180,000 Al Maher-Wily Trick colt (HK Jockey Club)
  • NZ$180,000 Charge Forward-Belle Femme colt (D.O’Brien)
  • NZ$170,000 Any Suggestion-Shadow Ray colt (Bahen Bloodstock)
  • NZ$170,000 O'Reilly-Singasong colt (T.Stuckey)
  • NZ$170,000 Fastnet Rock-Tonic colt (M.Wallace)
  • NZ$170,000 Pins-Zabeels Angel filly (A.Cummings)
  • NZ$170,000 Pentire-Beat The Fade filly (Laurel Oak Bloodstock)
  • NZ$160,000 Snitzel-Teresa colt (J.Warren)
  • NZ$160,000 Spartacus-Villa Wanda colt (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$160,000 Red Ransom-Choices Are filly (R.Roulston)
  • NZ$160,000 Bernardini-Cinnadream colt (Magus Equine)
  • NZ$150,000 Fastnet Rock-Satin Robes filly (C.Ritchie)
  • NZ$150,000 Encosta de Lago-Slip Sliding filly (L.Laxon)
  • NZ$150,000 Zabeel-Stray filly (Connolly Bloodstock)
  • NZ$150,000 Fastnet Rock-Amanusa colt (Moody Racing)
  • NZ$150,000 Pentire-Amritsar Jet colt (J.Warren)
  • NZ$145,000 Pins-Beyond filly (S.Gray)
  • NZ$145,000 Pins-Bondi Beauty filly (R.Roulston)
  • NZ$145,000 Pentire-Cent For Me colt (J.White)
  • NZ$140,000 Pentire-Special Jade colt (Hawkes Racing)
  • NZ$140,000 Fastnet Rock-Thisideup colt (J.B.Cummings)
  • NZ$140,000 Pins-Ugachaka colt (J.Bester)
  • NZ$140,000 Pentire-Abenezra colt (D.Hawthorne)
  • NZ$140,000 Flying Spur-Blushful colt (Connolly Bloodstock)
  • NZ$140,000 Shamardal-Cabal colt (Spicer Thoroughbreds)
  • NZ$140,000 Dylan Thomas-Circles Of Ice filly (Propride)
  • NZ$135,000 More Than Ready-Bahira colt (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$130,000 Snitzel-Steal colt (M.Price)
  • NZ$130,000 Pins-Tattinger colt (P.Yan)
  • NZ$130,000 Bernardini-The Flying Cat colt (M.Kavanagh)
  • NZ$130,000 O'Reilly-Volkrose colt (D.O’Brien)
  • NZ$125,000 O'Reilly-Audencia colt (L.Laxon)
  • NZ$120,000 Perfectly Ready-Reasonably filly (L.Noble)
  • NZ$120,000 Fastnet Rock-Salsa colt (Beamish Bloodstock)
  • NZ$120,000 Falkirk-Thee Old Dragon colt (L.Laxon)
  • NZ$120,000 Exceed And Excel-Vedo Star filly (Rogerson Bloodstock)
  • NZ$120,000 High Chaparral-Wollombi colt (T.Busuttin)
  • NZ$120,000 Snitzel-Copita colt (M.Kavanagh)
  • NZ$115,000 One Cool Cat-Ana Zeel filly (J.B.Cummings)
  • NZ$110,000 Rock Of Gibraltar-Rubimill filly (Bailey Racing)
  • NZ$110,000 Lonhro-Soelle colt (D.Hayes)
  • NZ$110,000 Nadeem-Springburn colt (R.James)
  • NZ$110,000 Pins-Bellataine colt (NZB as agent)
  • NZ$105,000 Street Sense-Surprize Surprize colt (L.Laxon)
  • NZ$100,000 General Nediym-Rathlin Island colt (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$100,000 Tale Of The Cat-Royal Celebrity colt (A.Cummings)
  • NZ$100,000 Pins-Royal Kiss colt (Lucky Racing Syndicate)
  • NZ$100,000 Starcraft-Savannah Rain filly (Malua Bloodstock)
  • NZ$100,000 Thorn Park-Spray filly (Rosemont Stud)
  • NZ$100,000 Pins-Stanica colt (P.Moroney)
  • NZ$100,000 Darci Brahma-Summary colt (M.Freedman)
  • NZ$100,000 Keeper-Sursum Corda colt (NZB as agent)
  • NZ$100,000 Darci Brahma-Tempestra colt (Beamish Bloodstock)
  • NZ$100,000 Pins-Waimarie Lass filly (M.Price)
  • NZ$100,000 Pins-Zarvana colt (Ellerton Zahra Racing)
  • NZ$100,000 Pins-Arletty filly (D.Ellis)
  • NZ$100,000 Iffraaj-Cape Princess filly (J.Chalmers)
  • NZ$100,000 Henny Hughes-Come Up Smiling colt (NZB as agent)

2010

3 Aust-Bred Winners In Hong Kong

Thursday, 4th March 2010

In Hong Kong last night, 3 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Happy Valley (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):

  •  4YO gelding Prosperous (Blackfriars-It's Not True, by Carry A Smile) won over 1000m for trainer Me Tsui. Prosperous was a $52,500 yearling at the 2007 Magic Millions Perth Premier Sale.
  •  6YO gelding Billion (Kbenjar-Bedrock Babe, by Northern Fred) won over 2200m for trainer Francis Lui. Billion was a $30,000 2YO at the 2005 Magic Millions Queensland Horses-In-Training Sale.
  •  4YO gelding Bondi Lad (Bel Esprit-Bondi Lass, by Geiger Counter) won over 1200m for trainer Danny Shum.

4 Aust-Bred Winners In Hong Kong

Thursday, 4th February 2010

In Hong Kong last night, 4 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Happy Valley (click on the horse name to watch a video replay of each race):

  • 3YO gelding Just Chill (General Nediym-Raise A Spark, by Raise A Cup) won over 1200m for trainer Peter Ng. Just Chill was a $185,000 weanling at the 2007 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently a $230,000 yearling at the 2008 NZB Premier Sale.
  • 5YO gelding Implied Volatility (Flying Spur-Jeune Girl, by Jeune) won over 1650m for trainer Alex Wong. Implied Volatility was a $60,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Classic Sale in Sydney.
  • 4YO gelding Bondi Lad (Bel Esprit-Bondi Lass, by Geiger Counter) won over 1200m for trainer Danny Shum.
  • 5YO gelding Nugget Warrior (Jugah-Star On Parade, by Jackson Square) won over 1200m for trainer Caspar Fownes. Nugget Warrior was a $9,000 yearling at the 2006 Inglis Autumn Sale.

2009

Magic Millions Horses-In-Training Catalogue On-Line

Thursday, 3rd September 2009

The 425-lot catalogue for the 2-day Magic Millions National Horses-In-Training Sale (at the Gold Coast on October 28-29) is now on-line. It includes full, half or 3/4 relations to stakes-winners Grand Journey, Young Centaur, Jet Spur, Marrok, Spin 'n Grin, The Secondmortgage, Zariz, Appeal Process, Burning Sands, Captain Test, Coronga, Don't Tell Clang, Electrifying, Here De Angels, Load And Lockett, Northeast Sheila, Recapitalize, Upright, Za Magic, Adamantly, Any Humour, Bondi Iceberg, China Rock, Come Fly With Me, Dashing Granada, Delta Girl, Good Timin Brook, Jeram New Village, Jolanta Star, Kablammo, Kim Uma, Mister Celestial, Mr Smugg, Outdo, Picardi Run, Royal Fire, Sara's Choice, Smashing, Strawberry Malt & Triple Happy. Managing director David Chester noted this year's sale will involve "a new exciting change: for the 1st time vendors have the opportunity to present their lots at an earlier breeze-up session (on September 28). This is a month before the actual sale, which means we are able to provide buyers with the vision from the breeze-ups in plenty of time to absorb all the action."

2 Aust-Bred Winners In Hong Kong

Thursday, 9th April 2009

In Hong Kong last night, 2 Australian-bred gallopers scored at Happy Valley (click on the horse name to watch each race):

  • 3YO gelding Bondi Lad (Bel Esprit-Bondi Lass, by Geiger Counter) won over 1000m for trainer Danny Shum.
  • 4YO gelding Dragon Eye (Danehill Dancer-Twilight Hour, by Star Way) won over 1650m for trainer Paul O'Sullivan. Dragon Eye was a $125,000 weanling at the 2005 Magic Millions Winter Sale & subsequently a NZ$230,000 yearling consigned by Curraghmore Stud at the 2006 NZB Premier Sale at Karaka.

2005

Magic Millions Gold Coast Mares

Wednesday, 6th July 2005

Among the fillies & mares available this Friday (July 8) at the Magic Millions Gold Coast July Sale are:

  • 5YO Sovereign Rush (Sequalo-Lunching Out, by Lunchtime)
  • 5YO Anateus (Strategic-Immense, by Crown Jester)
  • 6YO Bondi Run (Thunder Gulch-Ringside Lady, by Clay Hero)
  • 3YO In Hoi An (Great Dane-Sweetie, by Without Fear)
  • 6YO Lady Blackjack (Coolong Road-Black Shiraz, by Crazy Rhythm)
  • 4YO Market Report (Gold Brose-Wily Trader, by Kala Dancer)
  • 6YO Paris Tycoon (Just Awesome-Paris Glen, by Realisateur)