Mark Smith – Saturday July 13

Punters were on the ball in Saturday’s Everest Carnival Handicap (1100m) for two-year-olds at Rosehill when they made Spendthrift Farm’s $1,550,000 Snitzel colt the 15/8 favourite at his career debut.

Trained by Hawkes Racing, Spend looked to be under some pressure before the turn but when Tommy Berry asked for the supreme effort in the straight. Spend showed an impressive turn of foot but he found a willing foe in the Shamus Award colt True Detective who rallied under Hugh Bowman to be beaten a head.

The Not A Single Doubt colt Belitsa was four and a half lengths back in third. (images Steve Hart)

“He (Spend) didn’t seem to like the (heavy) track at all,” co-trainer Michael Hawkes told AAP.

“It was his first day at the races and he missed a trial because they were washed out.

“He showed the signs of a good horse.

“It’s upwards and onwards with him.”

Tommy Berry said he felt Spend would be better suited at a distance longer than 1100 metres.

“He handled the track fine, but I think the 1100 metres was too sharp for him,” Berry said.

“At the 600 he dropped the bit and was struggling to go with the speed of the race.

“I thought we were in a bit of trouble there because it takes a good horse to go from not travelling at all to pick them up and put them away.

“He got tired late so there’s improvement to come and he’ll be better suited up over further.”

Purchased by Spendthrift Australia for $1,550,000 out of the Milburn Creek draft at the 2018 Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, Spend was the most expensive colt by his champion sire at the sale.

Milburn Creek’s John Muir has retained a share.

Spend is the second foal of the Listed VRC Lexus Hybrid Plate winner Walk With Attitude (Hussonet) whose first foal, Pose (I Am Invincible) died before she got to race.

A daughter of the stakes-winning Danehill mare Hillfa, Walk With Attitude descends from a family chockful of outstanding horses including Invincible Spirit, Pride Of Dubai, Rafha and the top-class stallion Kodiac.

A Written Tycoon colt out of Walk With Attitude was not down to China Horse Club / Newgate Bloodstock for $675,000 at this year’s Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale.

The daughter of Hussonet has a weanling colt by I Am Invincible and was bred back to Snitzel last spring.

I Am Invincible and Snitzel are locked in an intriguing battle for number of two-year-old winners with the former holding a lead of two, 23 to 21 as we enter the last few weeks of the season.


Tara Madgwick – Sunday April 21

Astute trainer Alan Denham produced an impressive winner for Deep Field on Saturday when Mocambo powered to an easy victory at Kembla Grange.

Deep Field

Deep Field

Beaten less than a length at his first outing when fifth at the same venue earlier this month, Mocambo showed the benefit of race experience when settling kindly in the field before surging to the line to win the 1400 metre maiden by a length and a half.

A $100,000 Inglis Classic purchase for Brent Hudson from the Milburn Creek draft, Mocambo is the first winner from Redoute’s Choice mare Lady Bligh, a half-sister to stakes-winner Run for Levi from the family of Group I winner Spark of Life, who was also trained by Alan Denham.

Mocambo is the ninth winner for Newgate Farm’s exciting young sire Deep Field.

Mark Smith – Friday March 22

Friday night’s Listed Sun Stud Valley Pearl Stakes (St Albans Stakes) (1200m) is a story easy told – Yu Long Investments Snitzel filly Cheer Leader jumped straight to the front under Damian Lane and increased her margin at every call to win throttled down by five lengths. 

The Peter and Pail Snowden-trained filly had been working up to a win. She went down narrowly at Bendigo at her first start on February 16 when making her career debut with the future stakes-winner Flit back in third place.

Just over two weeks later, Cheer Leader was second across the line in the Listed Festival of Racing 1000 Stakes at Flemington before being relegated to third by the stewards.

Still, it did not prepare for her explosive performance at Moonee Valley, where she had the field off the bit well before turning for home.

The Nicconi colt Mayan did his best work in the closing stages, coming from last to grab second at a safe five lengths with the Unencumbered filly Free Thrills, earning some valuable black-type at her career debut, a length back in third.

Snowden stable representative Andrew Angelone said winkers have the filly more focussed.

“At her last start, she was green up the straight and shied at the post. We put the winkers on, she had a gallop at the Valley on Monday and was really sharp,” Angelone said.

“She showed today she can lead and kick off the lead and win quite impressively.

“She’s in her second prep, her last prep she only just missed out going to the races, she keeps improving and has a lot of improvement in her.”

A $300,000 purchase by Yu Long Investments out of the Milburn Creek draft at the 2018 Inglis Easter Yearling Sale, Cheer Leader is a half-sister to Group 1 MRC One Thousand Guineas winner Amicus (Fastnet Rock) and the stakes-placed Il Cavallo (Choisir).

She is the eighth named foal and the seventh winner out of the stakes-placed El Moxie (USA) mare Gold Chant who is a half-sister to the champion sprinter, 4-time Group 1 winner and accomplished sire Starspangledbanner.

Owned by Makybe Racing & Breeding, Gold Chant missed to Not A Single Doubt in 2016 before foaling a colt by I Am Invincible on November 15 last year.

Lime Country Thoroughbreds, on behalf of Makybe, will offer a Not A Single Doubt colt out of Gold Chant’s dam Gold Anthem as lot 31 at the upcoming Easter Yearling Sale.

Cheer Leader becomes the 88th stakes-winner for Snitzel who is on a track for his third consecutive champion sire title with a lead of over $5 million.

Blue-Blood Exceed and Excel Colt Wins G3

Tara Madgwick – Saturday August 25

The Group III ATC Ming Dynasty Quality at Rosehill on Saturday produced a thrilling contest with three highly promising three year-olds fighting out the finish.

Blue-blooded Exceed and Excel colt Danawi cast off maiden status with a well-deserved nose win in the 1400 metre feature from determined Zoustar filly Mizzy with promising Dundeel colt Dealmaker stamping himself as a classic contender with a gallant third. (images Steve Hart)

Second at his three previous runs including last Saturday in the Group III ATC Up and Coming Stakes, the Tim Martin trained colt led throughout for James Innes Jr and was tenacious to the line. He survived a protest from the rider of runner-up Mizzy to post his first win taking his overall earnings to $141,900.

“We’re looking at the Golden Rose and Caulfield Guineas for him, those types of races,” said Tim Martin, who also trained his Group I winning sire Exceed and Excel.

“I’m just not sure yet whether he will run again before the Golden Rose (September 22), we’ll just see how he pulls up.”

A $400,000 Inglis Easter purchase for his trainer from the Milburn Creek draft, Danawi runs for a big syndicate including his breeder John Muir, who raced his dam Secret Admirer with much success.

Danawi is the first living foal of Dubawi (IRE) mare Secret Admirer, who won over $1.4 million with highlight wins in the Group I ATC Flight Stakes and Epsom Handicap. Milburn Creek sold a colt from Secret Admirer by I Am Invincible at Inglis Easter this year with Tim Martin again the purchaser at $560,000.

Secret Admirer has a yearling colt by Snitzel and is due to foal to Vancouver.

Danawi is the 148th stakes-winner for evergreen Darley champion sire Exceed and Excel, who stands this spring at a fee of $82,500.

Danawi puts himself in the Group 1 picture

Talented colt Danawi (Exceed And Excel) emerged as a legitimate contender for Group 1 races this spring, after he survived a stewards’ protest to win the Ming Dynasty Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m) at Rosehill yesterday.

The Tim Martin-trained Danawi looked to have a winning break for James Innes jr before the Anthony Cummings-trained $51 outsider Mizzy (Zoustar) came at him late with a nose margin eventually declared, with Dealmaker (Dundeel) finishing a further half a length Talented colt Danawi (Exceed And Excel) emerged as a legitimate contender for Group 1 races this spring, after he survived a stewards’ protest to win the Ming Dynasty Handicap (Gr 3, 1400m) at Rosehill yesterday. The Tim Martin-trained Danawi looked to have a winning break for James Innes jr before the Anthony Cummings-trained $51 outsider Mizzy (Zoustar) came at him late with a nose margin eventually declared, with Dealmaker (Dundeel) finishing a further half a length away in third.

Andrew Adkins, who thought he had won the race on Mizzy, lodged a protest, saying he had been taken out from the 400 metre as Danawi moved out to better ground.

The protest was dismissed to the relief of Martin who trained his sire Exceed And Excel (Danehill) to a brace of Group 1 wins.

This was the first victory for the colt, having frustratingly finished second in all three of his career starts, including on his most recent appearance in the Up and Coming Handicap (Gr 3, 1300m) last Saturday.

Martin said the colt, who cost $400,000 from the draft of Milburn Creek at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale, would now likely return to Rosehill for a crack at the Stan Fox Stakes (Gr 2, 1500m) on September 8, before progressing to Group 1 targets.

“He’s a promising horse and he can go on with it, I hope, from here,” he said. “I was confident until the last couple of strides. “We’ll look at running him in the Stan Fox and then the Golden Rose and the Caulfield Guineas, races like that.”

Innes jr admitted he may have celebrated the win prematurely: “I was confident I got it, but looking at the replay I may have gone off too early,” he said. “The horse is still learning his trade and gee I was happy to see my number pop up.” Cummings said he was uncertain of the next step for Mizzy. “The plan was to win today then go to the Golden Rose and the Flight Stakes,” he said. “That might still be the plan.”

Danawi (3 c Exceed And Excel – Secret Admirer by Dubawi) is the first foal out of dual Group 1 winner Secret Admirer (Dubawi), who is herself out of the unraced Secret Illusion (Secret Savings).

Secret Illusion is a half-sister to Group 1 winner Donegal Mist (Balmerino), Amwaj (Marscay) the dam of Warwick Stakes (Gr 2, 1400m) winner Sir Dex (Dexter) and Amulet (Entrepreneur), who produced Group 3 winner Prevailing (Secret Savings). Further back this is same family as Group 1 winner Mr Illusion (Sovereign Edition) and Listed winner King Kaka (Imperialist). The win also provided Darley shuttler Exceed And Excel with his 148th stakes winner and he will stand at Kelvinside $82,500 (inc GST).

Sizzling Winner Salutes Again

Tara Madgwick – Saturday June 30

Promising Sizzling two year-old The Fire Trap made it two wins from three starts when taking out the $70,000 Butler McDermott Law Classic at the Sunshine Coast on Saturday.

Trained by Matthew Dunn, The Fire Trap won on debut at Ipswich in May and was then a close fourth at the same track on June 16.


He overcame a wide gate to forge clear and win this 1200 metre assignment by half a length and has now won $66,000 for his lucky group of owners.

An $80,000 Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale purchase from the Lyndhurst Farm draft for his trainer and Neil Jenkinson, The Fire Trap is the first winner for Rasteira, a well related Flying Spur mare from the family of Group winning fillies Tulip, Musidora and Sacred Eye.

He is one of six winners for his young Newgate Farm based sire, who also has four stakes horses to his credit, three of them placed in Group races in Sizzling Belle, Secret Blaze and Sizzling Ace.

A Group I winning son of champion sire Snitzel, Sizzling stands at Newgate this spring at a fee of $16,500.

Debut Win for Diva Daughter

Tara Madgwick – Friday May 25

It was just like old times for Luke Currie went he piloted Divanation to an outstanding debut victory at Werribee on Friday.

Divanation as a yearling

The blue-blooded 3yo daughter of Vinery sire All Too Hard and Melbourne Cup legend Makybe Diva loomed up to the leaders at the top of the straight and put them to the sword in a few strides to win pulling up by more than two lengths.

Bearing an uncanny resemblance to her dam with the same white blaze, she was simply a class above her rivals in the Tobin Brothers Plate (1625m).

“I rode Makybe Diva in her first prep when she won the 2002 Werribee Cup,” Currie recalled. “I told the owners before the race it would be nice to win on her here.

“She was impressive winning a trial at Tatura last month although we couldn’t be sure of the quality. But she didn’t put a foot wrong today and got around them pretty easily. I only had to give her a tap to keep her mind on the job and there’s more improvement to come.”

Divanation was a $300,000 buy for clients of Tony McEvoy at the 2016 Inglis Melbourne Premier Sale. The syndicate is managed by Neil Werrett and includes Wayne Mitchell of Pipeliner Bloodstock.

“That went script and it’s a great thrill for the owners. It’s been a slow build-up and they have been very patient,” stable spokesman Michael Shepherdson said. “She got into a rhythm and let down into the bridle to win with her ears pricked.

“I’m sure Tony’s going to have some fun finding the next race for her. She’s got a big future.”

All Too Hard

Divanation is the fourth winner for two time Australian Horse of the Year Makybe Diva , who has a yearling filly by Brazen Beau and is in foal to Written Tycoon.

Divanation sent All Too Hard into equal second spot on the Australian 3yo winners’ premiership with I Am Invincible and Fastnet Rock. The trio are on 52 individual winners behind champion sire Snitzel (69).

All Too Hard holds a healthy lead on the Australian second-season tables by winners with 58 individual winners of 85 races. Vinery stands him for a $33,000 (inc gst) service fee.

More Easter Beauties from Milburn Creek

Tara Madgwick – Thursday March 29

John and Trish Muir’s Milburn Creek is a stud renowned for success with a history for producing Group I winners such as Sizzling and Hampton Court and sale ring favourites including the sale-topper at Inglis Easter in 2015.

Under the care of respected horseman Scott Holcombe, the picturesque Southern Highlands nursery continues to flourish with a stellar draft of 20 to be offered at the Inglis Australian Easter Yearling Sale on behalf of Milburn Creek and their clients.

The draft features four yearlings by champion sire Snitzel and three by I Am Invincible, while other leading sires such as Not a Single Doubt, All Too Hard, Pierro, Savabeel and young gun Zoustar are also represented.

Click here to see the full draft and highlights include:

Lot 4 Colt Shooting to Win x Across the Moon, by Stratum.

A nice strong colt with lots of his sire about him – Half-brother to smart HK winner Intrepid and is third foal of stakes-placed Across the Moon, a three-quarter sister to dual Group I winner and $1.9 million earner Melito. Dam is also a half-sister to the dam of Group III winner Pariah and stakes-winner You’re so Good, both horses placed at Group I level.

Lot 39 Filly Not a Single Doubt x Belladini, by Bernardini (USA)

Quality 2YO type, one of our stand out fillies – Third foal of Belladini, whose first foal Bella Deluxe is now a winner since the catalogue went to print. Dam is a half-sister to stakes-winner Mrs Kipling and to the dam of Group III winner Ana Royale. From the family of Group I winners Fairy King Prawn, Easy Rocking and Cosmic Endeavour.

Lot 154 Filly Snitzel x Gold Chant, by El Moxie (USA)

Nice filly from an outstanding family – Half-sister to Group I MRC Thousand Guineas winner Amicus and stakes-placed Il Cavallo from stakes-placed Gold Chant, a half-sister to world champion sprinter and Group I sire Starspangledbanner.

Lot 205 Filly Deep Field x Life in a Metro, by Fastnet Rock

Strong, good boned fillyfrom a great filly family – Third foal of a winning three-quarter sister to Group I Oaks winners Absolutely and Abbey Marie. This is her third foal, the first two have been sold to South Africa, Hakeem (3YO) a winner and Belton Road (2YO) placed on debut earlier this month.

Lot 279 Colt Brazen Beau x Pantenny, by Canny Lad

Very attractive colt by an exciting young sire – Half-brother to four winners headed by Group III winner Thames Court, who was fourth in the Group I MRC Sir Rupert Clark Stakes. From stakes-winner Pantenny and has a triple cross of speed influence and champion sire Bletchingly.

Lot 309 Filly I Am Invincible x Queenstown, by Stratum

All class, like her dam, a real looker by a great proven sire – First foal of Group II placed stakes-winner Queenstown, who comes from a prolific Black Type family featuring Group I winners Serious Speed and March Hare, as well as Group II winner Majestic Music and current stakes-winners Reldas and Guard of Honour.

Lot 433 Colt Snitzel x Walk With Attitude, by Hussonet (USA)

Strong, forward colt by the champion sire – Second foal of Flemington stakes-winner Walk With Attitude, a daughter of stakes-winner Hillfa from an international Black Type family featuring champion sire Invincible Spirit and dual Aussie 2YO Group I winner Pride of Dubai. Bred on a highly successful nick between Redoute’s Choice (sire of Snitzel) and Hussonet that has produced Group I winners Extreme Choice and Majmu. First foal, a filly by I am Invincible, was retained and died after one preparation with Peter and Paul Snowden.

Lot 436 Colt Dissident x Well Credentialled by O’Reilly

Strong, early type – Fourth foal of a winning half-sister to Group III winner Gotta Have Heart and stakes-winner Crossyourheart, the dam of Group III winner Swear, who was runner-up in the Group I ATC Spring Champion Stakes. From a versatile Black Type family that has also produced Group I HK International Sprint winner All Thrills Too.

See the horses at Barn C Stables 1- 4, 13 – 21, 28- 36

Sizzling Filly Wins Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic

Tara Madgwick – Monday March 12

Just a day after Sizzling Belle ran the race of her life for a brave second in the Group III Black Opal Stakes in Canberra, her sire Sizzling was back in the frame in another juvenile feature with unbeaten filly Zizzis taking out the $200,000 Magic Millions Adelaide 2YO Classic at Morphettville.

Prepared by Patrick Payne for a big team of Prime Thoroughbreds owners, Zizzis scored a bold front running debut win at Bendigo last month giving connections the confidence to send her to Adelaide for this lucrative sales incentive race.

Zizzis as a yearling

In a competitive field of 14 featuring two time stakes-winner Nomothaj as favorite, Zizzis proved much the best, powering clear under Billy Egan to score a dominant victory in the 1200 metre dash.

“She’s a real professional,” said Billy Egan, who also won on the filly at Bendigo.
“She’s a credit to Paddy and his team.”

Zizzis has now banked nearly $150,000 in winning her first two starts.

“We were really happy with her first up win and thought she had come on well since then,” said Payne.

“We love the Sizzling breed, they are very sensible and make good racehorses. They just want to please you.

“We’ll take her home now and see how she pulls up before working out where we go next.”

A $120,000 Magic Millions purchase for Prime Thoroughbreds from the Edinburgh Park draft, Zizzis is the third winner from Senro Kisaki, who was covered again by Sizzling last spring.

Prime Thoroughbreds snapped up the current yearling from Senro Kisaki at the 2018 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale paying $85,000 for her filly by Rubick.

Bred and offered for sale by Edinburgh Park’s Ian Smith, Zizzis is one of four winners for Snitzel’s Group I winning son Sizzling, who has three entries for the Magic Millions Adelaide Yearling Sale and a further seven for the Magic Millions Gold Coast March Yearling Sale next month.

Sepoy Filly Impressive

Tara Madgwick – Wednesday March 7

Promising Sepoy filly Tarabai will not be out of place in Black Type races later in the carnival following her dominant victory at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

A debut winner at Hawkesbury in January, the Hawkes Racing trained filly over-raced last start when narrowly beaten by Sheikha at Warwick Farm last month.

Ridden more quietly this time around, she settled last in the field of five and motored around them after turning for home to win the 1200 metre Benchmark 70 contest running away by three and a half lengths.

A $370,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Laurel Oak Bloodstock from the Milburn Creek draft, Tarabai runs for a big group of owners headed by Laurel Oak.

A half-sister to Group I placed Cornrow, she was foaled and raised at Kitchwin Hills and is the fourth winner for stakes-winning Exceed and Excel mare Baby Corn, who was covered last spring by another Golden Slipper winner in Capitalist.

Sepoy had the equal second highest priced filly at the 2018 Inglis Premier Yearling Sale this week with his filly from Beauty World fetching $400,000.