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.

Dark Dream

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

Seabrook Peaking for Slipper

Friday, 23rd March 2018

Trainer Mick Price believes Seabrook's preparation has been timed to perfection for tomorrow's $3.5 million Group 1 Golden Slipper (1200m) at Rosehill. Price will also saddle up Prairie Fire in the world's richest 2YO race, but says Seabrook is the one with the best credentials. Seabrook, who at $8.50 is being kept very safe by bookmakers, showed her class when overcoming a wide run to charge home and win the Gr2 Sweet Embrace Stakes (1200m) at Randwick two weeks ago. "She's the one. She's our chance," Price said. "She's gone fantastic, three weeks between runs was good. She had a busy time into the Sweet Embrace, first time in Sydney, drawn poorly, had a tough run, yet was still good enough to win. I think that run has lifted her. She's thrived in Sydney." Seabrook has drawn barrier 12 but will come into 10 if the emergencies fail to gain a start.  "She just wants a trouble-free run," Price continued. "She wants to be a little bit in contention before the corner, and be one of the closers. I would be thinking she's going to finish very strongly, and some chance of winning."


Seabrook (image: Steve Hart)

Final Gr1 Blue Diamond Field & Barriers

Wednesday, 21st February 2018

The final field has been declared and the barrier draw conducted for Victoria's richest juvenile race, the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield this Saturday. A capacity field of 16 starters and four emergencies have accepted for the race. This year shapes as one of the most open Blue Diamond fields in recent memory as TAB's fixed odds market clearly demonstrates. The current favourite for the race is the Coolmore Stud-owned colt Long Leaf at a generous $7, followed by the Tony McEvoy trainee Oohood and Godolphin's Plague Stone on $8, Spirit Of Boom's eye-catching debut winner Kinky Boom and Prairie Fire at $9, and Written By at $10. Long Leaf displaced Kinky Boom as favourite after drawing perfectly in barrier 7, while the latter drifted slightly after drawing wide in gate 14. View the Blue Diamond Stakes field below.

Snitzel on Fire This Season

Tuesday, 20th February 2018

A storming last-to-first finish by Sun Bloodstock's colt Prairie Fire has given Snitzel his second consecutive winner of the Listed Talindert Stakes (1100m) (after Ducimus in 2017) and his 21st Australian stakes winner this season. The win also booked Prairie Fire's spot in the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on Saturday. Bred by Ed & Clark McKeon's Palya Bloodstock, Prairie Fire was purchased for $625,000 from the Rosemont Stud draft at the Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. Prairie Fire is the second foal and first winner out of the unraced mare Consistency (by All Bar One), a half-sister to Monte Rosa, dam of Snitzel stars Snitzerland and Sooboog. Consistency has a yearling colt by Wandjina, a filly foal by So You Thnk and is in foal to Redoute's Choice. Snitzel has notched up 79 lifetime stakes winners, and 31 (39%) of them have earned black-type at two. After breaking his own season earnings record last week, his 2017/18 prize money is now less than $200,000 away from $17 million, a figure never previously seen on the Australian sires' premiership. Snitzel has eight colts on offer at the upcoming Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale, while next month's Inglis Easter catalogue features 64 yearlings by Snitzel, including 8 fillies and two colts in Arrowfield's draft.

Prairie Fire Wins Listed The Asian Executive Stakes

Monday, 19th February 2018

At Flemington in Melbourne, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel (Redoute's Choice-Snippets' Lass, by Snippets) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred colt Prairie Fire (Snitzel-Consistency, by All Bar One) opened his stakes account with a strong-finishing last-to-first win in the $120,000 Listed The Asian Executive Stakes (1100m) for 2YOs, defeating Khulaasa & Invincible Lad. A $625,000 purchase by Sun Stud at the 2017 Inglis Melbourne Premier Yearling Sale, Prairie Fire improved his record to 1 win and 1 placing (including the Gr3 MRC Chairman's Stakes) from 2 starts for $86,700 in earnings. Prairie Fire, who is out of a half-sister to Gr3 Adelaide Guineas winner Nina Haraka, has booked himself a start in the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "He raced like a professional today whereas two weeks ago he raced like he had no idea," trainer Mick Price told racing.com. "I spoke to Sun Stud before today and they definitely want to run him in the Blue Diamond which is why they ran him here...I just need to give him a soft week and let him get over today."

Prairie Fire

Blue Diamond Stakes contendor Prairie Fire (pic: Mark Gatt)

Ennis Hill Wins Gr3 Chairman's Stakes

Monday, 5th February 2018

At Caulfield racecourse in Melbourne, Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock (Danehill-Piccadilly Circus, by Royal Academy) added a Group race success when 2YO Australian-bred filly Ennis Hill (Fastnet Rock-Hips Don't Lie, by Stravinsky) opened her stakes account with a dominant front-running win in the $150,000 Gr3 Chairman's Stakes (1000m) for 2YOs, defeating Encryption & Prairie Fire. Retained to race by her breeder Coolmore Stud, Ennis Hill - who is named after British Heptathlon Olympic gold medallist Jessica Ennis-Hill - is out of Gr2 Reisling Stakes winner Hips Don't Lie and is a full-sister to Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes & Gr1 Golden Slipper placegetter Lake Geneva. She improved her record to 1 win from 2 starts for $95,750 in earnings. Ennis Hill will now be given the chance to go one better than her sister Lake Geneva when she contests the $1.5 million Gr1 Blue Diamond Stakes (1200m) at Caulfield on 24 February. "We will go straight to the Blue Diamond now," co-trainer Ben Hayes told racing.com. "She's super exciting and it's nice to have another live chance in the Diamond." Ennis Hill is the 128th stakes winner for her sire Fastnet Rock.