2018

Randwick Hosts TBNSW Annual Awards

Monday, 17th September 2018

The Australian Turf Club hosted Thoroughbred Breeders NSW (TBNSW) members and sponsors at the Directors’ Lunch during Colgate Optic White George Main Stakes Day on Saturday at Royal Randwick. Against the backdrop of magnificent racing, where Winx secured her 20th Gr1 win, TBNSW Director Hamish Esplin introduced the awards at the annual presentation for achievements during the 2017-2018 racing season. Winners were announced by Bred To Win’s Caroline Searcy and sponsors including IRT, Horsepower, G1 Goldmine, HQ Insurance, the ATC and Ranvet. Award winners were:

  • Ranvet NSW Small Breeder Of The Year: Mary Jane Basson who bred Queensland Derby winner Dark Dream (All American). He was only the sixth foal Basson had bred, being from her Lion Hunter mare Buchanan Girl who cost only $800 and traces back to the famous Leica family.
  • Horsepower NSW Champion First Season Sire: Widden Stud’s Zoustar (Northern Meteor) who was also crowned Australian Freshman Champion Sire for the season with record earnings of over $3.2 million including three group-winning first crop 2YOs
  • ATC Champion NSW Sire of 2YOs: dual Australian champion sire Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice), whose 2YOs earned $3.6 million last season, highlighted by Golden Slipper winner Estijaab, plus Nomothaj, Prairie Fire and Sandbar, who between them won six Group and Listed races.
  • G1 Goldmine NSW Champion Broodmare of The Year: Busking’s (Encosta De Lago) owner and breeder Michael Thomas. Busking is the dam of triple Gr1 winner Happy Clapper and 2018 VRC Sires’ Produce Stakes (Gr2) winner Not A Single Cent. Thomas bought the mare back as a 9YO for $13,000 in foal to Teofilo, with the resultant foal the $6.3 million earner Happy Clapper.
  • HQ Insurance NSW Champion Sire: Arrowfield’s dual Champion Australian Sire Snitzel whose progeny earned a record $29.2 million in the 2017-2018 season with his 26 stakes-winners again equalling Danehill’s record. They were headed by four Gr1 winners, 2YO Estijaab, 3YO Trapeze Artist, 4YO Russian Revolution and 5YO Everest winner Redzel.

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Gr1 winner Dark Dream is from an $800 mare (pic: TBNSW)

Noms Announced for NSW Racing's Night of Champions

Friday, 27th July 2018

The New South Wales Racehorse Owners Association (NSWROA) has announced the nominations for its annual 'Racing's Night Of Champions' awards ceremony to be held in the Royal Randwick Ballroom of the Australian Turf Club in Sydney on 16 August. The nominees are:

  • NSW 2YO of the Year - Estijaab, Oohood, Seabrook
  • NSW 3YO of the Year - Ace High, Alizee, Trapeze Artist
  • NSW Sprinter of the Year - In Her Time, Redzel, Trapeze Artist
  • NSW Miler of the Year - Comin' Through, Happy Clapper, Winx
  • NSW Middle Distance Horse of the Year - Gailo Chop, Happy Clapper, Winx
  • NSW Stayer of the Year - Almandin, Foundry, Sir Charles Road, Who Shot Thebarman
  • NSW Queen of the Autumn - Hiyaam, Prompt Response, Unforgotten
  • NSW Country Champion Horse of the Year - Aylmerton, Care To Think, Eckstein, The Monstar, Victorem
  • NSW Provincial Champion Horse of the Year - Dark Dream, El Dorado Dreaming, In Her Time, Le Romain, Single Gaze.

Other awards to be presented on the night include the BOBS Horse of the Year, the Sydney Strapper of the Year, the NSW Racing Writers' Personality of the Year, the T J Smith Award, the George Moore Award, the Theo Green Award, the Bart Cummings Medal and of course, the NSW Champion Horse of the Year. The awards night will again be televised "live" on Sky Thoroughbred Central on the Foxtel platform, and also internationally by NSWROA's exclusive media partner Sky Racing, with highlights of the night also being shown across all Sky Racing channels.

Trainer Dreaming of Cup

Friday, 29th June 2018

Queensland Derby winner Dark Dream will be aimed at the $5 million Group 1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) in the spring, reports racing.com. Trainer Kerry Parker is unsure at this stage where the 3YO will launch his spring campaign, but says there is one horse he is keen to avoid. "He will go anywhere Winx isn't," said Parker. "I just don't want him getting beaten up by her. He doesn't need that so we might look to go through the back door towards the Caulfield Cup rather than the traditional weight-for-age path." Parker is expecting Dark Dream to take another developmental leap in the spring. "He was a baby when we sent him to Queensland and he certainly matured while up there. That will hold him in good stead come the spring when he goes to Melbourne," he said. "I don't think he'll have a long prep in the spring. He'll commence with residual fitness courtesy of a long prep that ended in the winter." Dark Dream (All American-Buchanan Girl, by Lion Hunter) is rated a $26 chance with TAB for the Caulfield Cup.

Dark Dream Wins Gr1 Queensland Derby

Tuesday, 12th June 2018

At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, former Arrowfield Stud and now Chatswood Stud-based Gr1 Emirates Stakes winning stallion All American (Red Ransom-Milva, by Strawberry Road) celebrated an elite race success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Dark Dream (All American-Buchanan Girl, by Lion Hunter) lived up to his favourite billing with a brave on-pace win in the $600,000 Gr1 Queensland Derby (2200m) for 3YOs, defeating Heavenly Thought & Youngstar. Dark Dream's victory was particularly special for trainer Kerry Parker who was celebrating his first Group 1 success. "I will let this sink in and then we might be able to start talking about the spring," a delighted Parker told Sky Racing. "To finally win a Group One has left me very happy indeed." Dark Dream improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr3 Rough Habit Plate) and 6 placings (including the Gr3 BRC Grand Prix Stakes & Gr3 BRC Gunsynd Classic) from 10 starts for $596,518 in earnings.

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Dark Dream (image: Mark Gatt)

Dream Result For Geisel Park

Tuesday, 12th June 2018

Beautifully bred stallion All American (Red Ransom-Milva, by Strawberry Road) has sired his second Group 1 winner in two years for Eddie Rigg's Geisel Park Stud in WA. Rigg was part of the syndicate that purchased All American in February 2016, a fortnight before his Champion Filly Yankee Rose first emerged in Sydney.  The 12YO stallion returned east last year but Rigg wouldn’t be denied and purchased him outright in May. Dark Dream gave All American another boost when landing the $600,000 Group 1 Queensland Derby (2200m) at Doomben on Saturday. His connections are now looking forward to an iconic Group 1 double in the $5 million Caulfield Cup (2400m) and $7 million Melbourne Cup (3200m). "It’s a great result for Geisel Park and for Western Australia," said Rigg. "It’s uncanny and so exciting. I can’t believe we’ve done it twice in two years!" All American served 113 mares at an $11,000 fee in his first Geisel Park book and Rigg is assured of bigger numbers second-up after pricing him at $7,700. "We have some cracking weanlings on the farm at Myalup and have consistently received favourable comments from satisfied clients. They wanted All American back and now he’s home for good!" All American stands alongside French Group 1 winner Vert De Grece (Ire) at Geisel Park.  A son of former WA shuttler Verglas, Vert De Grece won the Criterium International by five lengths and earned a Timeform 2YO Rating of 116.

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All American (image: Geisel Park)

Dark Dream On Track for Derby

Friday, 1st June 2018

Trainer Kerry Parker says Dark Dream has recovered from a foot injury sustained during last week's Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) at Doomben. The 3YO son of All American was a beaten favourite in the Group 3 feature in which he finished third to the Darren Weir-trained Heavenly Thought. The performance saw Dark Dream displaced as favourite for the Queensland Derby on 9 June, but Parker says the run should be ignored after the gelding injured a sensitive part of his foot when treading on a shoe. "I don't really know how long he ran with the toe clip in his foot, but it pierced a sensitive area and ripped away a fair bit of the wall of his foot," said Parker. "When that happened he was more aggressive in the run, he grabbed the bit and tried to run through it. There were genuine excuses for what happened and given everything that happened, I was happy with his effort." Parker said Dark Dream was now over the injury. "He trotted and cantered up really well the last couple of days and his action looks great," he said. Dark Dream is currently on the third line of betting at $6 with TAB, behind Live And Free at $4 and Lucky For All at $4.50.

Heavenly Thought Wins Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes

Monday, 28th May 2018

At Doomben racecourse in Brisbane, Coolmore Stud stallion and former Australian Champion racehorse So You Think (High Chaparral-Triassic, by Tights) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred colt Heavenly Thought (So You Think-God Love It, by St Jude) stormed into Queensland Derby contention when jumping out of the ground late to score a strong win in the $150,000 Gr3 Grand Prix Stakes (2200m) for 3YOs, defeating Han Xin & Dark Dream. Heavenly Thought, who saw his price for the Queensland Derby firm into $7, was purchased for $120,000 by his trainer Darren Weir and revered bloodstock agent John Foote at the 2016 Magic Millions Gold Coast Yearling Sale from the draft of Fig Tree Thoroughbreds. He improved his record to 3 wins and 2 placings from 11 starts for $142,696 in earnings. From the St Covet mare God Love It, Heavenly Thought is a half-brother to Magic Millions 2YO Classic winner Mimi Lebrock. Trained by the late Bart Cummings, Mimi Lebrock won 5 of her 16 starts for $1,152,095 earnings. Apart from her 2YO Magic Millions success, she also registered victories in the Gr2 Tristarc Stakes, Gr3 Let's Elope Stakes, and Listed Sheraco Stakes, as well as Gr1 placings in the Myer Classic behind Forensics & the Emirates Stakes behind All Silent.

Dark Dream Wins Gr3 Rough Habit Plate

Monday, 14th May 2018

At Doomben racecourse in Queensland, former Arrowfield Stud and now Chatswood Stud-based Gr1 Emirates Stakes winning stallion All American (Red Ransom-Milva, by Strawberry Road) added a Group race success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding Dark Dream (All American-Buchanan Girl, by Lion Hunter) showed he was a genuine Queensland Derby contender when bounding to an emphatic 4 length win in the $125,000 Gr3 Rough Habit Plate (2000m) for 3YOs, defeating Higher Ground & California Turbo. The progressive Dark Dream improved his record to 3 wins and 5 placings (including the Gr3 BRC Gunsynd Classic) from 8 starts for $204,901 in earnings. Dark Dream's victory saw him promoted to the top of betting ($3.50 with TAB) for the Group 1 Gr1 Queensland Derby (2400m) at Doomben on 9 June.

Villermont Wins Gr3 Gunsynd Classic

Monday, 30th April 2018

At Doomben in Brisbane, Vinery Stud's 4-time Gr1 winning stallion & half-brother to champion Black Caviar All Too Hard (Casino Prince-Helsinge, by Desert Sun) added a Group race success when top class 3YO colt Villermont (All Too Hard-Bollinger, by Dehere) scored by 0.1-length for trainer Ciaron Maher in the $125,000 Gr3 Gunsynd Classic (1630m) for 3YOs, defeating the geldings Dark Dream & Omineca. Bred and part-owned by Vinery Stud, blue-blooded Villermont is the last foal of the exceptionally pedigreed Gr1 Coolmore Classic winner Bollinger (Dehere x Bint Marscay) who died in 2016. Purchased by Ciaron Maher Racing for $250,000 at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Vinery Stud, Villermont's normal racing pattern is to race off the speed, but taken to the lead from his wide marble he showed massive grit to cling on when Dark Dream ranged up over the concluding stages. He improved his record to 3 wins (including 2017's Gr2 Sandown Guineas) and a runner-up from 9 starts for $313,060 earnings. Villermont also finished fourth in the Gr1 Australian Guineas at Flemington.

California Turbo Wins Listed South Pacific Classic

Monday, 16th April 2018

On day two of The Championships at Royal Randwick, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a black-type success when 3YO Australian-bred gelding California Turbo (Fastnet Rock-Celebria, by Peintre Celebre) opened his stakes account with a narrow yet impressive win in the $150,000 Listed South Pacific Classic (1400m) for 3YOs, defeating Dark Dream & Renewal. A $330,000 purchase by Asian Bloodstock Services at the 2016 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale from the draft of Segenhoe Stud as agent, California Turbo advanced his record to 3 wins and 1 placing from 4 starts for $131,430 in earnings. From the beautifully bred mare Celebria, California Turbo is a half-brother to Gr1 WATC Railway Stakes winner Gathering and is a direct descendant of celebrated blue hen Best In Show, ancestress of multiple champion Australian sire Redoute's Choice, among many others.