2018

Latrobe Ready for Australian Debut

Thursday, 8th November 2018

Joseph O'Brien says he is confident he made the right decision to bypass the Melbourne Cup in favour of Saturday's Gr1 Mackinnon Stakes (2000m) with promising young Irish stayer Latrobe, reports racing.com. A winner of the Irish Derby in May, there was talk that the 3YO son of Camelot may travel to Australia for the Melbourne Cup but those plans were abandoned after he finished 7th of 8 behind Roaring Lion in the Gr1 Juddmonte International Stakes at York (2000m) in August. Owners Nick & Lloyd Williams immediately decided that the $2 million Mackinnon Stakes on the final day of the Melbourne Cup carnival was a more suitable target. "He doesn't have nearly the same miles on the clock that Rekindling had coming down last season. He wasn't a guaranteed stayer and he is just a less-mature colt so having spoken with Lloyd and Nick Williams we decided that the Mackinnon Stakes might be a better spot for him," O'Brien said. "The lads that have been here with him have been very happy with him through his preparation here in quarantine so we're looking forward to the race now." Latrobe (Camelot-Question Times, by Shamardal) has been well supported in Mackinnon Stakes betting and is currently a $5 chance with TAB behind $2.25 favourite Blair House.

No Penalty for Ventura

Tuesday, 30th October 2018

Racing Victoria chief handicapper Greg Carpenter has decided not to give Ventura Storm a weight penalty for the Melbourne Cup following his victory in last Saturday's Gr2 Moonee Valley Gold Cup (2500m), reports racing.com. It means Ventura Storm (Zoffany-Sarawati, by Haafhd), who is currently 19th in the order of entry for next Tuesday's Melbourne Cup, will carry 54kg in Australia's most famous race. "The six-year-old gelding ran 21st in last year's Melbourne Cup behind Rekindling with 54kg," Carpenter said. "He carried the same weight when 10th in last week's Caulfield Cup and when 13th in last year's Caulfield Cup." Carpenter added: "The weight conditions of the Moonee Valley Gold Cup favoured Ventura Storm given he did not carry a penalty, being winless for 740 days, and as a result he has not been penalised for the Melbourne Cup." The last horse to win the Gold Cup and Melbourne Cup in the same year was Kingston Rule way back in 1990.

Recent Melbourne Cup Winners Bypass Caulfield

Friday, 19th October 2018

There is oft-stated rhetoric that the Caulfield Cup provides one of the strongest guides to the Melbourne Cup winner, so on the eve of Melbourne Racing Club's major 2400m event, it's worth assessing if that's actually the case by looking at the past 15 years' winners of the VRC flagship in the context of their Caulfield Cup result (assuming they actually competed). Whille the vast majority of recent Melbourne Cup winners never stood their ground for the Caulfield Cup of their year(s) of victory, the below results verify that no Caulfield Cup winner in the past 15 years has won the Melbourne Cup in the same year, with even hat-trick Melbourne Cup heroine Makybe Diva finishing 2nd and 4th at Caulfield in the two years she attempted the effort. With nine of the past Melbourne Cup winners not competing in the Caulfield Cup, there's a stong chance 2018 might make it 10 on the trot.

  • 2017: Rekindling (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2016: Almandin (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2015: Prince of Penzance (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2014: Protectionist (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2013: Fiorente (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2012: Green Moon (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2011: Dunaden (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2010: Americain (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2009: Shocking (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2008: Viewed (placed 10th in Caulfield Cup)
  • 2007: Efficient (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2006: Delta Blues (3rd in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2005: Makybe Diva (non-runner in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2004: Makybe Diva (2nd in the Caulfield Cup)
  • 2003: Makybe Diva (4th in the Caulfield Cup)

Winx Joins Greats With Australian HOTY Award

Monday, 8th October 2018

Champion racemare Winx, widely viewed as the best racehorse in the world, was crowned Australian Horse of the Year for the third time on Thursday night. The distinction elevates her to the same level achieved only twice in history before – by Black Caviar and Sunline, both also mares. Following Winx’s successful attempt to make it 28 straight races in Saturday’s Gr1 Turnbull Stakes (see above) and with a possible fourth Gr1 Cox Plate iin succession still to come, there is every chance the immortal daughter of Street Cry could win an unprecedented fourth HOTY award following the 2018-2019 season. Decided on a points-based system, below is a list of key 2017-2018 Australian award winners (with place-getters in brackets):

  • Racehorse of the Year: Winx (Redzel; Happy Clapper)
  • Champion Middle Distance: Winx (Happy Clapper; Humidor)
  • Champion Two-Year-Old: Estijaab (Written By; Sunlight)
  • Champion Three-Year-Old Filly: Shoals (Alizee; Unforgotten)
  • Champion Three-Year-Old Colt or Gelding: Trapeze Artist (Kementari; Ace High)
  • Champion Sprinter: Redzel (Trapeze Artist; Redkirk Warrior)
  • Champion Stayer: Rekindling (Who Shot Thebarman; Johannes Vermeer)
  • Champion Jumper: Gold Medals (Self Sense; Wells)

Australian HOTY Finalists Announced

Friday, 28th September 2018

The finalists for the Australian Racehorse of the Year Awards have been announced, reports racing.com. The awards ceremony will be held on Thursday night, 4 October at the Forum Melbourne. The finalists for the major categories are:

  • Champion 2YO - Estijaab, Seabrook, Sunlight, Written By, Oohood
  • Champion 3YO Filly - Unforgotten, Shoals, Youngstar, Alizee, She Will Reign
  • Champion 3YO Colt/Gelding - Trapeze Artist, Kementari, Ace High, Merchant Navy, Levendi
  • Champion Sprinter - Trapeze Artist, Vega Magic, Redkirk Warrior, Redzel, Santa Ana Lane
  • Champion Middle-Distance - Winx, Humidor, Gailo Chop, Tosen Stardom, Happy Clapper
  • Champion Stayer - Rekindling, Johannes Vermeer, Almandin, Ace High, Who Shot Thebarman

Grunt Wins Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes

Monday, 17th September 2018

At Flemington racecourse in Melbourne, Waikato Stud's deceased multiple champion sire O'Reilly (Last Tycoon-Courtza, by Pompeii Court) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO New Zealand-bred entire Grunt (O'Reilly-Ruqqaya, by Van Nistelrooy) returned to his brilliant best when scoring a dashing 2 length win in the $750,000 weight-for-age Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes (1600m) for 3YO+, defeating Kings Will Dream & Jon Snow. Grunt, who was bred by Trelawney Stud and sold as part of its 2016 New Zealand Bloodstock Premier Yearling Draft for $220,000, improved his record to 5 wins (including the Gr1 Australian Guineas & Gr3 CS Hayes Stakes) and 1 placing from 8 starts for $1,214,250 in earnings. Being out of a half-sister to 5-time Gr1 winner and Cox Plate hero Ocean Park, Grunt is now one of the most valuable stallion prospects in the country. Trainer Mick Price, who predicted Grunt would improve significantly once he stepped up to a mile, made the surprise announcement that Grunt may bypass the Cox Plate to run in the Melbourne Cup. "It wouldn't worry me if we ended up in the Melbourne Cup with a lighter weight given his liking for Flemington," Price told racing.com. "He's got 54kg in the Melbourne Cup. It didn't hurt Rekindling to be lightly raced so I'll take a line out of that. I would run him in it. He's sound. He settles. This is his track. I know he's a clean-winded horse." Price added: "If that's the case, we would go through the Caulfield Cup."

Grunt

Grunt shows his liking for Flemington (pic: Mark Gatt)

Cup Still Possibility for Latrobe

Thursday, 6th September 2018

Joseph O'Brien is leaving the door ajar on a potential Melbourne Cup tilt with Australian-owned Irish Derby winner Latrobe (Camelot-Question Times, by Shamardal). O'Brien said any decision regarding a trip to Australia will not be made until after the Lloyd Williams-owned Latrobe runs in the Gr1 St Leger at Doncaster on Saturday week (15 September). Williams teamed up with the young O'Brien to win last year's Melbourne Cup with Rekindling. "It's a big ask for a three-year-old colt. It's not a decision we will take lightly," O'Brien told Racing Post. "If everything went to plan in the Leger and we were very happy with him then we could go but it's not set in stone. They're different types of horses. Latrobe is a bigger horse, which is why he's quite lightly-raced while Rekindling's stamina was kind of assured."

York Next For Latrobe

Friday, 20th July 2018

Australian-owned Irish Derby winner Latrobe is set to make his next appearance in either the Gr2 Great Voltigeur Stakes (12 furlongs) or the Gr1 Juddmonte International (10 furlongs) at York next month, reports Sky Sports. Trained by Joseph O'Brien on behalf of leviathan Australian owner Lloyd Williams, Latrobe (Camelot-Question Times, by Shamardal) showed his class when landing the Curragh classic on 30 June. "We haven't made any definite plans, but I think the most likely scenario is he'll go to York for something there," said O'Brien. "Whether he goes for the Voltigeur or the Juddmonte, we'll see nearer the time. He'd have a penalty in the Voltigeur, which wouldn't be ideal, but we won't make a decision on which race he'll run in until we have to make it. He seems in good form." Williams, who teamed up with the younger O'Brien to win last year's Melbourne Cup with Rekindling, has left the door ajar on Latrobe following a similar path, but O'Brien said it was "too far away" to discuss the Melbourne Cup.

Melbourne Cup Breeders Receive Trophies

Monday, 16th July 2018

Victoria Racing Club (VRC) Chairman Amanda Elliott presented the 2016 and 2017 Melbourne Cup Breeder’s trophies to connections of Almandin and Rekindling at Newmarket’s July Cup meeting in the UK on Saturday. The Hon Peter Stanley accepted the iconic miniature three-handled trophy on behalf of the owners of Gestüt Schlenderhan, the German stud farm where Almandin was born on March 27, 2010. "It is the most fantastic race, there is no race with more atmosphere in the entire world and it is really truly the greatest honour," said Stanley. The breeders of last year’s winner Rekindling, Wendy and Andrew Pocock, were also on hand for the special presentation. Having bred thoroughbreds for over 40 years, Andrew Pocock said it was wonderful to be recognised by the VRC. "It's a very special moment. This was our first ever Group 1 winner. When he got clear on the final bend, it was rather an extraordinary experience," he said. Mrs Elliott said it is important to recognise the role played by breeders in the racing industry and the VRC is proud to acknowledge them. "The journey of the Melbourne Cup is a very long one and we decided some years ago that the journey starts with the breeders."

Latrobe Wins Gr1 Irish Derby

Monday, 2nd July 2018

Lloyd Williams and Joseph O'Brien teamed up once again to claim one of the world's best races when Latrobe posted a fighting win in the €1.5 million Group 1 Irish Derby (2400m) at The Curragh on Saturday. Trained by Joseph O'Brien and ridden by his brother Donnacha O'Brien, Latrobe (Camelot-Question Times, by Shamardal) showed his toughness when hitting the front two furlongs from home and holding on for a narrow win over stable-mates Rostropovich & Saxon Warrior, who are both trained by their famous father Aidan. It was the second time that Team Williams and the younger O'Brien have plundered a big race after they won last year's Melbourne Cup with Rekindling. Joseph O'Brien praised the positive riding tactics of his brother which proved to be the difference in the race. "We had intended on taking our time a bit, but Donnacha let him go forward as there wasn't much pace on and that was the winning and losing of the race," O'Brien told Sky Sports. "He had a perfect position all the way, and committed him at the perfect time. The horse is tough and stays well." O'Brien added: "I have to thank everyone in the yard, especially Joey Fallon, who rides him out, and Lloyd and Nick Williams have been so good to me. I'm so grateful and lucky. We always loved him and bought him as a yearling in Newmarket. From day one we loved him and he never really let us down." Latrobe is by Coolmore's triple classic winner Camelot (Montjeu), who incidentally won the 2012 edition of the Irish Derby when ridden by Joseph O'Brien, out of the stakes-placed Shamardal mare Question Times. He improved his record to 2 wins and 3 placings (including the Gr3 Gallinule Stakes) from 5 starts for €881,757 in earnings.

VRC to Celebrate Historic Melbourne Cup Milestone

Thursday, 28th June 2018

In a historic year for the Victoria Racing Club (VRC), the Lexus Melbourne Cup Tour will travel to Ireland and the UK this July to celebrate the internationalisation of Australia's greatest race. This year's 158th edition of the Cup will mark 25 years since Irish-trained stayer Vintage Crop produced a runaway victory in the 1993 Melbourne Cup for owner Sir Michael Smurfit, trainer Dermot Weld and jockey Michael Kinane. While on tour, the trophy will pay a sentimental visit to the Irish National Stud, where Vintage Crop used to reside. VRC Chairman Amanda Elliott said the Club is thrilled to take the $200,000 trophy to the UK and Ireland as excitement builds for another unforgettable Cup week. "It is only fitting that the Lexus Melbourne Cup trophy travels to Ireland to mark the 25th anniversary of the internationalisation of the Cup and acknowledge the enormous contribution of the global racing community to our great race," Mrs Elliott said. The Tour will also stop off at the famed July Festival at Newmarket, where Mrs Elliott will present the 2016 and 2017 Melbourne Cup breeder's trophy to the connections of Almandin and Rekindling.

O'Brien Bullish About Williams Derby Hope

Thursday, 28th June 2018

Lloyd Williams will have a runner in this Saturday's Group 1 Irish Derby (2400m) when Latrobe lines up in The Curragh classic. Trained by Joseph O'Brien, Latrobe (Camelot-Question Times, by Shamardal) has shown plenty of promise in his four starts to date finishing runner-up in the Gr3 Gallinule Stakes and bolting up by 6.5 lengths over the course and distance last month. O'Brien, who teamed up with Williams to win last year's Melbourne Cup with Rekindling, is confident that Latrobe can go close to providing the leviathan Australian owner with another big race success. "We have always liked him and, at the start of the season, we were hoping he would be the flag-bearer for the stable through the summer," O'Brien told Racing Post. "He is in good shape and the ground and everything should be fine for him. He hasn't done a lot wrong so far in his career and the horses he chased home in his first three races are all talented colts. We'd like to think that he is still improving and we are looking forward to the race....hopefully he will continue on his upward curve." Should Latrobe win, it will be Joseph O'Brien's first Irish Derby winner, whereas his father Aidan O'Brien will be seeking his 13th win with 4-7 favourite Saxon Warrior.

Melbourne Cup Purse Breaches $7 Million

Monday, 4th June 2018

The winner of the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup will receive a cheque for a record $4 million under significant changes announced by the Victoria Racing Club (VRC) on Friday. The total prizemoney, including trophies, for the 2018 Lexus Melbourne Cup will increase to $7.3 million, up from $6.25 million in 2017. The winner will receive $4 million (plus $250,000 in trophies), second place $1 million, and third place $500,000. As part of the prizemoney restructure, prizemoney will be paid from 1st down to 12th. From 6th to 12th place, each will now receive $150,000. In announcing these changes, VRC chairman Amanda Elliott said, "The Lexus Melbourne Cup is the race that stops a nation. It is the world's richest staying handicap and is backed by 158 years of history and tradition… A $7.3 million Lexus Melbourne Cup is a long way from the £930 winner-takes-all won by Archer in the first Melbourne Cup in 1861, and is a huge advancement on the first $1 million Cup in 1985."

Rekindling

Rekindling won 2017's Melbourne Cup (pic: Steve Hart)

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 20th March 2018

After thirty three weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel continues to be in a league of his own on top of the sires leader board with all-time Australian record progeny earnings of over $19 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $10.5 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 19 March) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $19,225,963
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,567,999
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,872,528
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $9,334,266
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $8,093,860
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $7,247,146
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $6,297,425
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $6,238,337
  9. Pierro (Lonhro) - $5,540,085
  10. Lonhro (Octagonal) - $5,466,598

Sydney Cup Weights Released

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

A total of 117 nominations have been weighted for the 153rd running of the $2 million Gr1 Sydney Cup (3200m) to be run at Royal Randwick on day two of The Championships on Saturday, 14th April. Among the entries are nine horses that competed in last year's Melbourne Cup, including winner Rekindling and runner-up Johannes Vermeer. Fame Game, one of nine entries from Japan, has been allocated top weight of 58kg on a 50kg limit (49kg for 3YOs). The second-highest weighted horse is 2016 Melbourne Cup winner Almandin with 57kg, while 2017 Melbourne Cup quinella Rekindling (winner) and Johannes Vermeer (2nd) are next with 56.5kg. The highest weighted mares are Single Gaze and Lizzie L'Amour with 53kg. Click here to view full weights for Sydney Cup.

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 27th February 2018

After thirty weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has powered further ahead at the top of the national sires leader board with all-time record Australian progeny earnings of $17.6 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $10 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 26 February) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $17,649,700
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $10,008,280
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $9,094,089
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $8,119,457
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $7,190,190
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,426,268
  7. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $5,818,619
  8. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,700,606
  9. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,554,684
  10. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $4,325,207

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 20th February 2018

After twenty nine weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel retains an unassailable lead at the top of the national sires leader board with all-time record progeny earnings of $16.8 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.86 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 19 February) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,805,790
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,860,747
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,675,029
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,914,863
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,909,516
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,354,596
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,541,101
  8. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $4,714,465
  9. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,346,409
  10. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $4,213,572

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 13th February 2018

After twenty eight weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has not only sailed clear at the top of the national sires leader board but has also broken his own season earnings record ($16,220,135 which was set only last year) with $16.4 million in progeny earnings. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.74 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 12 February) are:

Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,437,751

High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,748,337

I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,373,924

Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,660,228

Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,701,126

Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,236,117

Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,369,918

Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $4,571,986

Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,289,904

Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,961,482

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 6th February 2018

After twenty seven weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel still holds a commanding lead at the top of the national sires leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $16 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.65 million, while Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 5 February) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $16,162,616
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Well) - $9,658,573
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $8,203,835
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,407,958
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,515,117
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,180,513
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $5,161,608
  8. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,208,454
  9. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $4,067,740
  10. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,918,967

Australian Premiership Sires Update

Tuesday, 30th January 2018

After the half-way point (twenty six weeks) of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel still holds a sizable advantage at the top of the national sires leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $15.8 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring, with $9.5 million. Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 29 January) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,805,916
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,555,283
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $7,972,565
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $7,215,744
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,449,302
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,116,721
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,938,673
  8. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,141,804
  9. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,981,876
  10. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,867,332

Australian Premiership Sires Update

Tuesday, 23rd January 2018

After twenty five weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel retains a very healthy lead at the top of the national sires leader board with progeny earnings of $15.4 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. Yarraman Park's high-profile sire I Am Invincible rounds out the top three. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 22 January) are:

  • Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,483,166
  • High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,417,029
  • I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $7,693,260
  • Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $6,884,331
  • Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,238,582
  • Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $6,040,793
  • Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,861,893
  • Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,059,649
  • Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,845,577
  • Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,799,648

Australian Premiership Sires Update

Wednesday, 17th January 2018

After twenty four weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has gone through the $15 million mark after as we head towards the halfway mark of the season, maintaining a strong lead on the national sires' leader board. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. Yarraman Park's I Am Invicible has moved up to third. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 16 January) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $15,264,526
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,337,049
  3. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $7,542,245
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $6,763,621
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $6,122,578
  6. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,885,115
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,734,539
  8. Pierro (Lonhro) - $4,031,189
  9. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,759,898
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,701,103

Australian Premiership Sires Update

Wednesday, 3rd January 2018

After twenty two weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel has clicked through the $14 million mark after just 5 months of the season to maintain his  significant leadat the top of the national sires' leader board. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a major move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. Coolmore's former Champion Sire Fastnet Rock has moved up to third. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 2 January) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $14,084,795
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,162,885
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,915,046
  4. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $5,795,996
  5. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,785,151
  6. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,766,815
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $4,235,361
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,657,013
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,430,731
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $3,331,673

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Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 19th December 2017

After twenty weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is still cruising along at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $13.5 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. He currently boasts earnings of $9 million, while Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry has reclaimed a top three spot with $5.5 million. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 18 December) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $13,554,456
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $9,021,974
  3. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,548,102
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,547,736
  5. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $5,521,392
  6. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,388,103
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,831,877
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,562,438
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,278,061
  10. Written Tycoon (Iglesia) - $2,977,474

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 12th December 2017

After nineteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is still a long way out in front on the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $13.3 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby in the spring. He currently boasts earnings of $8.9 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $5.4 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 11 December) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $13,305,462
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $8,900,545
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,462,076
  4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,436,457
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,316,217
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $5,189,232
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,657,823
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,534,898
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,268,507
  10. Galileo (Sadler's Wells) - $2,971,839

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 5th December 2017

After eighteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel maintains a very healthy, some would say insurmountable, lead at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $13 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.8 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $5.3 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 4 December) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $13,196,187
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $8,838,608
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,357,436
  4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,303,650
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $5,219,434
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $4,988,982
  7. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,514,484
  8. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,508,688
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,243,527
  10. Galileo (Sadler's Wells) - $2,953,839

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 28th November 2017

After seventeen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel is still coasting along quite comfortably at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $12.8 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.7 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock rounds out the top three with $5.2 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 28 November) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,852,177
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,702,478
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,281,201
  4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,188,270
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $5,021,939
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $4,153,247
  7. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,401,068
  8. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,268,324
  9. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,233,359
  10. Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) - $2,953,139

RV to Investigate Williams Comments

Wednesday, 22nd November 2017

Victorian racing authorities will conduct an investigation into the operational structure at Macedon Lodge following comments by owner Lloyd Williams that indicated he is the head trainer, reports AAP. Williams, who celebrated his sixth Melbourne Cup victory with Irish stayer Rekindling two weeks ago, made a statement in an interview with Sky Sports Radio that he was "chairman of the board, chief executive and head trainer". The comments have surprised Racing Victoria chief executive Giles Thompson given that Robert Hickmott, not Williams, is the registered trainer of his horses. "We were surprised by his comments suggesting he is the head trainer. He is not registered as a trainer," Thompson told racing.com. "We had previously had conversations with Lloyd and visited his facilities to understand the relationship of the trainers on site there and his relationship with them and certainly in the past we'd been satisfied that it was more an executive chairman-type relationship rather than a head trainer-type role." However, Thompson added that "based on those comments…I think it is appropriate that we explore that again." Thompson said Racing Victoria's integrity department will look into the matter.

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Rekindling winning the Melbourne Cup (image: Mark Gatt)

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 21st November 2017

After sixteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel still maintains a sizable advantage at the top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $12.5 million. Occupying second position is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant move up the leader board after the wins of Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.5 million, while Coolmore's former Gr1-winning Champion Australian Sire Fastnet Rock has reclaimed his top three spot with $5.1 million in progeny earnings. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 20 November) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute’s Choice) - $12,539,268
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler’s Wells) - $8,534,380
  3. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $5,130,002
  4. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $5,082,850
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute’s Choice) - $4,950,929
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $3,794,463
  7. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,350,788
  8. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,219,669
  9. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $3,000,144
  10. Galileo (Sadler’s Wells) - $2,919,439

Melbourne Cup Siblings to Highlight Goffs Nov Sale

Tuesday, 21st November 2017

A half-sister to Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling is set to be one of the highlight offerings at this week’s Goffs November Breeding Stock Sale (23–24 November).  Consigned as Lot 1164 by Jockey Hall Stud in County Kildare for owner Mrs Tsui, Bitooh (Diktat-Sitara, by Salse) headlines a number of fascinating lots that should all appeal to the Australian market. Also among the 554 fillies and mares set to go under the hammer is Inca Princess (Lot 970), dam of Melbourne Cup runner-up Johannes Vermeer and carrying his full sibling by Galileo. One of four mares due to be sold as part of the Ballymacoll Stud dispersal is Desert Bloom (Lot 927), dam of yet another Melbourne Cup winner in Fiorente, while Macrame (Lot 920) is a half-sister to 2002 Melbourne Cup winner Media Puzzle and currently in foal to Kingman. Others that are sure to spark antipodean interest include Gr1 winning Redoute’s Choice mare Melito (Lot 973) in foal to Galileo, along with Gr2 Eight Carat Classic & Gr2 Sir Tristram Fillies Classic winner Fix (Lot 976), who is also in foal to Galileo. Mark Player, Goffs Australasian agent commented: “Goffs has a lot on offer for a wide-ranging market, but should attract significant interest from the Southern Hemisphere. Off the back of Rekindling winning the Melbourne Cup a couple of weeks ago, you only have to look at the catalogue to see that there are plenty of mares with interesting Australian form.” The November Breeding Stock Sale is held on Thursday 23 and Friday 24 November.

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Melbourne Cup winner Rekindling's half-sister Bitooh (image: Goffs)

Australian Sires Premiership Update

Tuesday, 14th November 2017

After fifteen weeks of the 2017-18 racing season, Arrowfield Stud's incumbent Champion Australian Sire Snitzel maintains a very healthy lead on top of the national sires' leader board with progeny earnings in excess of $12.4 million. However, the big mover of the week is Coolmore's ill-fated High Chaparral, who made a significant leap up the leader board after wins by Rekindling in the Melbourne Cup and Ace High in the Victoria Derby. He currently boasts earnings of $8.3 million. Darley's deceased shuttler & Gr1 Dubai World Cup winner Street Cry rounds out the top three with $4.99 million. According to arion.co.nz, the Top 10 ranked stallions in Australia (as of 13 November) are:

  1. Snitzel (Redoute's Choice) - $12,421,998
  2. High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells) - $8,386,645
  3. Street Cry (Machiavellian) - $4,992,460
  4. Fastnet Rock (Danehill) - $4,951,067
  5. Not a Single Doubt (Redoute's Choice) - $4,704,279
  6. I Am Invincible (Invincible Spirit) - $3,433,648
  7. Lope de Vega (Shamardal) - $3,335,263
  8. Teofilo (Galileo) - $3,191,849
  9. Galileo (Sadler's Wells) - $2,724,939
  10. Sebring (More Than Ready) - $2,673,329

Important Pedigree Updates for NZB Ready To Run Sale

Friday, 10th November 2017

The Melbourne Cup carnival has provided some timely pedigree updates for the upcoming New Zealand Bloodstock Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs (22 & 23 November). The carnival provided an exciting start on Victoria Derby Day when Ready to Run Sale graduate Luvaluva (Mastercraftsman) stormed home from well back to score an outstanding win in the Gr2 Wakeful Stakes. Nearly one year on since she was purchased at the Sale for $55,000, her half-brother at Lot 424 is set to be offered at the Ready to Run Sale of 2YOs. Luvaluva’s Kiwi breeders Christopher Grace and wife Susanna had multiple success on the first day of the carnival with home-bred mare Shillelagh (Savabeel) winning the Gr1 Kennedy Mile. Lot 134 who is out of a sibling to Shillelagh will be offered at the Sale. Lot 49 is from the same family as Gr1 Myer Classic winner Shoals (Fastnet Rock), while Lot 349 is a close relation to the five-time winning filly who has had only seven starts. This is the world famous Best In Show family of champion stallion Redoute’s Choice. The progeny of High Chaparral have dominated the carnival with Rekindling winning the Melbourne Cup, Ace High winning the Victoria Derby, and Karaka graduate Cismontane winning the Gr3 Lexus Stakes. Four 2YOs by High Chaparral are catalogued at the Ready to Run Sale, while three of his Group winning sons will also be represented. Other sires to be represented include So You Think, Dundeel, Redwood, and Zacinto. Emirates Stakes Day will see the last leg of the carnival with four Karaka graduates accepted for the Group 1 feature. Multiple Group 1-winning Ready to Run graduate Gingernuts (Iffraaj) is among the names along with Odeon, Antonio Giuseppe (Shocking) and All Our Roads (Road to Rock). Ready to Run Sale Lot’s 84, 223 and 265 are related to All Our Roads. Click here to view catalogue. 

Rekindling Wins Gr1 Melbourne Cup

Wednesday, 8th November 2017

At Flemington in Melbourne, Coolmore's deceased dual Derby-winning shuttler & 6-time Gr1 victor High Chaparral (Sadler's Wells-Kasora, by Dashaan) celebrated an elite race success when 4YO UK-bred entire Rekindling (High Chaparral-Sitara, by Salse) defied his inexperience when unleashing a strong run down the middle of the famous Flemington straight to win the $6.2 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup (3200m) for 3YO+, narrowly defeating fellow Lloyd Williams-owned galloper Johannes Vermeer & French-bred stayer Max Dynamite. Rekindling, who became the first 3YO (a 3YO by northern hemisphere time) to win the Cup since 1941, improved his record to 4 wins (including the Gr2 Curragh Cup & Gr3 Ballysax Stakes) and 2 placings (including the Gr2 Irish St Leger Trial) from 10 starts for $4,120,149 in earnings. For jockey Corey Brown, it was his second Melbourne Cup win after Shocking in 2009. The 157th running of the Melbourne Cup will be remembered as a special one for both owner Lloyd Williams and young trainer Joseph O'Brien. If Rekindling's win is any guide then O'Brien, the 24YO son of Irish master trainer Aidan, has a very bright career ahead of him indeed as he has achieved what his famous father hitherto has not; that is, win Australia's most famous race. And he has done so at his very first attempt, no less. O’Brien junior also proved that, contrary to popular wisdom, you don’t have to give a foreign horse a lead-up run in Australia prior to the Melbourne Cup. The only other international raider to win the Cup without a lead-up run in Australia was Vintage Crop way back in 1993. As for Williams, he confirmed his status as the most successful owner in Melbourne Cup history with his sixth Cup win. Rekindling joins Just A Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007), Green Moon (2012), and Almandin (2016) as winners for the Macedon Lodge principal. Williams said the victory was all the sweeter for being able to share it with the young O'Brien. "I'm absolutely thrilled," an emotional Williams told racing.com. "To be able to win this race with Aidan's son is very special, I've known the family a long time….it's a dream, it really is."

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Rekindling (image: Steve Hart)

Rekindling Has the Class: Williams

Tuesday, 7th November 2017

Owner Lloyd Williams is confident of a bold showing by Rekindling in today's Melbourne Cup if he can recapture his northern hemisphere form. The Joseph O'Brien-trained Rekindling, who is a 3YO by northern hemisphere time but must race as a 4YO in Australia, is a winner of 3 of his 9 starts and brings excellent form over from Ireland. The son of High Chaparral was a winner of the Gr2 Curragh Cup (2800m) three starts ago, before a second behind top-class stayer Order Of St George in the Gr3 Irish St Leger Trial (2800m) and a close-up fourth to Capri in the Gr1 Irish St Leger (2900m). Rekindling has carried 56kg, 58.5kg and 57.5kg at his last three outings respectively, but will drop to the relative luxury weight of just 51.5kg in the Melbourne Cup. "In Europe this year, three-year-olds have been beating all the older horses," Williams said. "What we do know, is that the horse is very well. He's got a blood picture I'd die for but whether April to November is too long, I'm not so sure." Williams added: "Rekindling's right there if he's got over his eight months of training. He looks well and he's right in the race with 51.5 kilograms. He's got some form around Order Of St George who is a seriously high class stayer. He'd win this race in a canter." Williams, already the most successful owner in Melbourne Cup history, is chasing his sixth Cup victory, following the wins of Just A Dash (1981), What A Nuisance (1985), Efficient (2007), Green Moon (2012) and Almandin (2016).

Melbourne Cup Still Possibility for Rekindling

Tuesday, 26th September 2017

The Lloyd Williams-owned Rekindling remains in contention for a trip to Australia for the Melbourne Cup, reports Sky Sports. An impressive winner of the Gr2 Curragh Cup (2800m) in July, Rekindling (High Chaparral-Sitara, by Salse) was doing his best work at the finish when beaten just 1.5 lengths behind Capri in the Gr1 St Leger at Doncaster on 16 September. The UK-bred 3YO holds entries in both the Caulfield and Melbourne Cups, although trainer Joseph O’Brien said the Long Distance Cup on British Champions Day at Ascot on 21 October was another option. "He's come out of Doncaster well. We're very happy with him,” O’Brien said. "Australia is still under consideration and Ascot is an option as well. I'd say it's 50-50 between the two at the moment. If he's going to Australia I think he needs to go into quarantine on September 28, so we've got to decide before then.” He added: "If he goes to Australia, he's in the Melbourne Cup and the Caulfield Cup the week before. The Melbourne Cup is probably the more likely."

Hartnell Heads Caulfield Cup Weights

Wednesday, 13th September 2017

Hartnell has been allocated top weight for the $3.15 million Gr1 Caulfield Cup (2400m) to be run at Caulfield racecourse on 21 October. The Godolphin star looked to have returned from a break in career best form when scoring a brilliant first-up win in the Gr2 PB Lawrence Stakes (1400m) on 19 August. Entered to run in Saturday's Gr1 Makybe Diva Stakes at Flemington, Hartnell is currently the $6.50 TAB favourite for the Caulfield Cup ahead of top-class New Zealand mare Bonneval at $8. The Murray Baker & Andrew Forsman prepared mare, who marked herself as a high class stayer in the making when claiming the Australian and New Zealand Oaks double last season, has been allocated 52.5kg. Other notable entries and their respective weights are Almandin with 56.5kg, New Zealand Derby winner Gingernuts with 55kg, Australian Derby winner Jon Snow with 54.5kg, Curragh Cup winner Rekindling with 52kg, and dual Oaks winner Egg Tart with 51.5kg. Click here to view the full list of Caulfield Cup weights.

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Hartnell (image: Mark Gatt)

Melbourne Cup Nominations

Wednesday, 30th August 2017

A total of 140 horses have been nominated for the $6 million Gr1 Melbourne Cup, with 33 of those emanating from the Northern Hemisphere, reports racing.com. Among the international entries were Ebor Handicap winner Nakeeta, Grand Prix de Deauville winner Tiberian, Belmont Gold Cup winner Red Cardinal, Prix de Kergolay winner Marmelo, Order Of St George and Curragh Cup winner Rekindling – the latter two both owned by Lloyd Williams. Irish master Willie Mullins has once again entered Wicklow Brave and last year’s Cup runner-up Max Dynamite. Melbourne Cup nominations are up 16 from 124 last year. First declarations are due by midday on 10 October. Click here to view the full list of Melbourne Cup nominations.

Order Of St George & Rekindling in Contention for Cup

Tuesday, 29th August 2017

Both Aidan O’Brien and his son Joseph could have runners in this year’s Melbourne Cup with the Lloyd Williams-owned duo of Order of St George and Rekindling in contention for Australia’s most famous race, reports Sky Sports. Williams, who part owns the Aidan O’Brien-trained Order Of St George with Coolmore, and owns outright Rekindling prepared by Joseph, is keen for the pair to line up on the first Tuesday in November. "I'd say Order Of St George probably has a better chance of coming than Rekindling," Williams’ son Nick said. "Rekindling will probably run at Doncaster in the Leger. He's only a three-year-old and has had quite a long year. I've had a number of chats with Joseph about bringing him and he's actually very, very keen to bring him out here.” Williams added: “It seems Aidan and the lads are a little keener to bring Order Of St George than they were last year, but there's still a bit to play. He'll obviously run in the Irish Leger and we'll see what happens.” If either horse were to contest the Melbourne Cup they would be bidding to give Lloyd Williams his sixth win in the race.

Melbourne Cup for Rekindling?

Tuesday, 4th July 2017

Prominent owner Lloyd Williams will wait before deciding whether to target the Melbourne Cup with promising colt Rekindling, reports horseracing.com.au. Prepared by Aidan O'Brien's son Joseph, Rekindling (High Chaparral-Sitara, by Salse) was impressive when defeating Wicklow Brave in the Gr2 Curragh Cup (2800m) at the famous Irish racecourse on Sunday. Williams indicated post-race that Rekindling was likely to pursue the same race program as star stayer Order Of St George by contesting the Gr1 Irish St Leger (2800m) at The Curragh in mid-September before deciding on a Melbourne Cup start. "We will see after the Leger whether he travels to Melbourne," Williams said. "He is going on the same path as Order Of St George did as a three-year-old." Order Of St George, who is part-owned by Williams, became favourite for last year's Melbourne Cup after winning the Irish St Leger but connections decided against a trip to Australia. If he did line up on the first Tuesday in November, Rekindling would bid to give Williams his sixth Melbourne Cup winner.

2010

Patinack Buys Victoria Derby Winner Monaco Consul

Friday, 10th December 2010

Dual Gr1-winning 4YO stallion Monaco Consul (High Chaparral-Argante, by Star Way) has been purchased by Patinack Farm & will begin stud duty in the 2011 breeding season. Monaco Consul (a NZ$100,000 yearling at the 2008 NZB Select Sale at Karaka) boasts 3 wins (including 2009's Gr1 Victoria Derby over 2500m at Flemington & Gr1 Inglis Spring Champion Stakes over 2000m at Randwick) & 4 placings (including October's Gr1 Caulfield Cup over 2400m, plus both April's Gr1 Queen Elizabeth Stakes over 2000m at Randwick & Gr1 AJC Australian Derby over 2400m at Randwick) from 16 starts for $1,478,355 earnings. Patinack chairman Nathan Tinker commented: "We are delighted to have acquired a horse of this quality to stand alongside our exciting line-up of stallions. I have watched this horse very closely during his career, as he often competed against our very own stable's runners, including 2 of our Gr1 winners. With the progeny of High Chaparral rekindling Australia's interest in strong middle-distance performers, Monaco Consul will find a niche in the growing market of those looking to breed racehorses capable of excelling at a mile & beyond." Monaco Consul's sire High Chaparral has also produced this season's multiple Gr1-winner So You Think & Gr1 Caulfield Cup winner Descarado. And Monaco Consul's dam Argante is a full-sister to Gr1 winner Con Air & half-sister to multiple Gr1-winning sire Military Plume, while the family also plays host to Gr1 winners Niconero, Nicconi, Zip Zip Aray & Sealegs.

2006

1st Winner For US Freshman Personal First

Wednesday, 19th July 2006

Fellow US 9YO freshman sire Personal First (Personal Hope-Rekindling, by Affirmed) recorded his 1st winner when 2YO filly Rekindling Faith won by 5.5-lengths over 4 furlongs at Suffolk Downs, reported thoroughbredtimes.com. Personal First (a half-brother to Gr3 winner Hot Wells) stands at Rosebrook Farm in Florida & has 23 foals in his 1st crop. On the track, Personal First won 8 of 30 starts (including the 2000 Gr3 Amsterdam Stakes) & earned US$469,347.