Consolation for Spendthrift Australia

Tara Madgwick – Monday, 26 December 2016

Spendthrift Australia enjoyed a great result with one of their high profile purchases posting a winning debut at Geelong on Boxing Day in two year-old Fastnet Rock colt Will’s Bid.

Trained by the Hayes / Dabernig partnership, Will’s Bid scored a comfortable three-quarter length win in the 1140 metre maiden.

He jumped from the outside gate in the field of eight for Callan Murray and despite racing greenly and being posted three wide found the line strongly in a most merit worthy debut.

An $800,000 Magic Millions purchase from the Milburn Creek draft, Will’s Bid was the most expensive of four colts bought by Spendthrift at the Gold Coast in 2016.

Earlier in the day, another of those colts, Hualalei finished unplaced as favourite at Randwick.

Bred by Makybe, Will’s Bid is a half-brother to Champion Sprinter and successful sire Starspangledbanner and is the eighth winner from top producer Gold Anthem.

He is also a three-quarter brother-in-blood to Group I winning Fastnet Rock mare Amicus and while the Magic Millions 2YO Classic will come too soon for Will’s Bid, there are sure to be many other nice races on his radar.

Brilliant debut for Snitzel newcomer

Breednet – Wednesday, 14 December 2016

Snitzel newcomer Debonairly threw her hat into the Magic Millions ring with a brilliant debut victory at Warwick Farm on Wednesday.

Trained by the Waterhouse/Bott team, the filly had been quite impressive in her only trial and gave nothing else a chance at her first race start, winning by over four lengths from Te Amo (Not A Single Doubt x Je T’Aime) and Membership (Alll American x Lodore Falls).

Debonairly was offered at the Gold Coast Magic Millions Sale in the draft of Milburn Creek, being knocked down to Gai Waterhouse and Marette Farrell on behalf of the Us based Speedway Stables.

Prior to the race she had been a $26 chance in the early Magic Millions markets but following the win was firmed into the third line of betting at $11.

She is by Snitzel from Singspiel mare Crystal Choir, a half-sister to German champion Catella, who has now left four winners from six to race including the Merson Cooper Stakes (LR) winner Corsaire (by Anabaa).

Crystal Choir has a yearling colt by Zoustar set to be offered by Milburn Creek as Lot 745 at the Magic Millions in January.

New Group Three Winner for Hinchinbrook
Tara Madgwick – Saturday, 30 April 2016

Promising Hinchinbrook filly Flying Jess cast off maiden status with a tenacious win in the Group III SAJC Sires Produce Stakes at Morphettville on Saturday to the great delight of her big team of Prime Thoroughbreds owners.

Trained at Caulfield by John Moloney, Flying Jess had been placed at her last two runs in Victoria and proved hard to catch in the 1400 metre contest.

Flying Jess

She raced up on the pace for Jordan Childs and after finding the front, refused to surrender, hanging on to win by a head over the well backed favourite Smart Manoeuvre.

Flying Jess continued a good run for fillies in the SA Sires’ Produce Stakes when she became the third filly in a row to win the event after Go Indy Go and The Grey Flash is 2014 and 2015 respectively.

It was the first win for Flying Jess, a $60,000 Magic Millions purchase for Joe O’Neill’s Prime Thoroughbreds from the Milburn Creek draft.

Bred and offered for sale by John Muir’s Milburn Creek, Flying Jess is the best of four winners from stakes-placed Magic Albert mare Maritess, a half-sister to stakes-winner Come Fly With Me.

Excelebration (IRE) x Maritess

The current yearling from Maritess, a filly by Excelebration (IRE) was sold by Milburn Creek as a yearling for $6,000 last year at Magic Millions to Sledmere Stud, who will re-offer her at the Inglis Scone Yearling Sale as Lot 136.

Maritess was also on-sold last year at Magic Millions with Boomer Bloodstock securing her for $42,500 in foal to Not a Single Doubt, a purchase that looks a good one with the benefit of hindsight!

She has since produced a filly from that mating and was covered last spring by I am Invincible.

Flying Jess is the fifth stakes-winner for Hinchinbrook, who has had a fee increase for 2016 at Yarraman Park and stands at $38,500.

Delago Deluxe Leading First Season Sire at Classic

Tara Madgwick – Tuesday, 9 February 2016

Newhaven Park’s promising young sire Delago Deluxe made headlines at the recent Magic Millions Yearling Sale when his first progeny made a big splash and their popularity continued at the 2016 Inglis Classic Yearling Sale where the son of Encosta de Lago was the leading first season sire by average.

Lot 414 Belladini x Delago Deluxe
Delago Deluxe had nine yearlings average $60,000, his top seller a filly from Belladini that made $105,000 for John Muir’s Milburn Creek when knocked down to Triple Crown Syndications/ Snowden Racing.

She is the first foal of a half-sister by Bernardini (USA) to stakes-winner Mrs Kipling from the family of Group I stars Fairy King Prawn Easy Rocking and Cosmic Endeavour, who is by another Encosta de Lago sire son in Northern Meteor.

Other good results were a colt from Routine that made $90,000 for Newhaven Park when bought by Cliff Brown Racing and a colt from Hot Show that was also offered by Newhaven and made $80,000 when snapped up by Sheamus Mills Bloodstock.

A dual Group I winner in South Africa, Delago Deluxe is throwing some good looking individuals that have greatly impressed yearling buyers which is good news for his supporters given he stands at a fee of $11,000.

Galileo’s Highland Reel Brilliant in Hong Kong Vase

Mark Smith – Sunday, 13 December 2015

Third behind Winx in the Group 1 WS Cox Plate at Moonee Valley at his most recent start, Coolmore’s world-traveller Highland Reel (IRE) proved too strong for the favourite Flintshire (IRE) in Sunday’s Group 1 Longines Hong Kong Vase (2400m).

In an all European finish, Highland Reel (IRE) (Galileo) was always up on the speed before unleashing a brilliant burst of acceleration under Ryan Moore to defeat last year’s winner Flintshire (IRE) (Dansili) by one and a quarter lengths with the Aga Khan’s Dariyan (FR) (Shamardal) the same distance back in third. (photo Grant Courtney).

The 3yo son of Galileo provided champion trainer by Aidan O’Brien with his first winner in Hong Kong after coming away empty handed 14 times previously.

It was also the first time a 3yo had claimed the Vase.

Photo Breednet

Australian representative Preferment was always well back and it did not help when he was pushed three-wide. The son of Zabeel was one paced in the straight, finishing seven and three-quarter of a length from the winner in seventh place.

In a busy season that has taken in races in Ireland, France, England, America, Australia and now Hong Kong, Highland Reel won the Grade 1 Secretariat Stakes at Arlington on September 12.

His overall record stands at 5 wins, 2 seconds and 1 third from 11 starts.

Being a son of the Group I SAJC Australasian Oaks third Hveger, Highland Reel has been on the Breednet radar since he broke his maiden as a two year-old at Gowran Park in Ireland by 12 lengths.

A daughter of Danehill, Hveger produced two foals in Australia indulging Group I VRC Oaks placegetter Valdemoro before her export to Ireland.

A sister to multiple Group I winner Elvstroem and half-sister to dual Group 1 winner Haradasun, Hveger is out of the wonderful Marscay mare Circles of Gold, herself the winner of the Group 1 AJC Australian Oaks at Randwick.

Highland Reel made 460,000 guineas at the 2013 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale.

First Win for Starspangled Brother

Tara Madgwick – Wednesday, 2 December 2015

A $450,000 Inglis Easter purchase for Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum, Starspangledbanner’s little brother Barood opened his account at Canterbury on Wednesday for the Peter and Paul Snowden stable.

The handsome chestnut son of Choisir was sent out favourite on debut at Warwick Farm last month finishing a good third to highly rated Kandinsky, but took benefit from that outing to improve sharply at his second start.

He settled off the pace for Blake Shinn, but when angled into the clear quickly found another gear to round up the leaders and dash clear, winning the 1200 metre maiden by half a length.

“He has a great turn of foot, but needs racing to bring him forward,” said Peter Snowden.

“It’s the perfect time of year for him to learn and hopefully he can get two or three wins under his belt.”

Bred by Makybe and consigned for sale by Milburn Creek as agent, Barood is a full brother to Champion Sprinter and four-time Group I winner Starspangledbanner and half-brother to the dam of Group I winner Amicus.

He is the seventh winner for stakes-placed Gold Anthem, who has a Fastnet Rock yearling colt going to the Gold Coast to be offered at Magic Millions as Lot 264 by Milburn Creek as agent.

Gold Anthem has been a perfect producer leaving 12 consecutive foals since retiring to stud in 2003.

Her foal born this spring is a colt by Zoustar.

One to Watch – Hawkesbury

Tara Madgwick – Sunday, 29 November 2015

Gelding might be the making of this royally bred Exceed and Excel three year-old who returned from a spell with a blistering win at Hawkesbury on Sunday.

The Gai Waterhouse trained Lucky Fish is a three-quarter brother to Group I ATC Spring Champion Stakes winner Hampton Court, now standing at Spendthrift Farm in Victoria.

While staying was the forte of his famous older brother, sprinting is much more to the liking of Lucky Fish, who bounded away to win over 1100 metres by three and a half lengths as favourite.

Unplaced at his only three previous runs, Lucky Fish may have turned a corner.

A $225,000 Inglis Easter purchase from the Milburn Creek draft for Gai Waterhouse/ James Harron Bloodstock, Lucky Fish is the second winner for stakes-winning import Roses ‘n’ Wine (Can), who comes from the family of Australian Horse of the Year Makybe Diva.

Roses ‘n’ Wine (Can) is proving a profitable producer for Milburn Creek, her current two year-old colt by Snitzel fetching $600,000 at Inglis Easter this year with another Snitzel colt to follow.

She has foaled this spring producing a filly by Fastnet Rock.

Aidan O’Brien’s Cox Plate tilt could have big bearing on Inglis Easter sales

Highland Reel at a trackwork session at Werribee Racecourse. Photo: Getty Images Highland Reel at a trackwork session at Werribee Racecourse. Photo: Getty Images

Aidan O’Brien’s attempt to win back-to-back Cox Plates at Moonee Valley with Highland Reel will have a serious bearing on a potential million dollar-plus star at next year’s Inglis Easter Yearling Sales should the Coolmore-owned star repeat Adelaide’s last to first performance.

Highland Reel is a son of the world champion stallion Galileo – who sired his first Cox Plate winner with Adelaide – from the one-time Australian trained mare Hveger who boasts a “blue hen” pedigree.

John Muir’s Milburn Creek will be offering a yearling filly at the Inglis Sales sired by the champion galloper All Too Hard, the half-brother of Black Caviar, and already has a list of recognised admirers singing her praises.

Muir, who conducts a magnificent boutique stud at Wildes Meadow near Bowral, purchased another of Hveger’s foals Valdemoro at the 2012 Inglis Broodmare Sales for $500,000 when in foal to Choisir and the outlay could very well prove a bargain.

The breeder realised his greatest thrill at last year’s Easter Sales when he sold the brother to Sizzling (Snitzel x Admirelle) which was to be the highest priced yearling at $2.2 million to Sheikh Mohammed Bin Khalifa Al Maktoum.

“My stud manager Scott Holcombe has put the All Too Hard filly in the same category as the Snitzel colt and that is an extremely high rating” Muir said.

“A fortnight ago Inglis director Jonathan Darcy came to Milburn Creek to inspect the Easter yearlings and declared the filly as unquestionably the best youngster he had seen sired by All Too Hard.” the breeder added.

“She has a marvellous presence and her pedigree will assure she is one of the most sought after yearlings come the Inglis Easter Sales next April.” Darcy told Bloodlines.

Muir received a colt from Valdemoro, which she was carrying when he bought the mare, and sold him at the 2013 Easter Yearling Sales for $300,000 to Adelaide trainer David Jolly. He is named Kesan and is yet to race.

The mare missed to Snitzel in 2013 and then produced the All Too Hard filly. Currently Valdemoro is in New Zealand where she has been mated by the country’s champion sire Savabeel.

“Scott and I thought Savabeel would be a perfect match for Valdemoro and the family has shown they are superb middle distance horses. The mare is a half-sister to Highland Reel, both produced by Hveger who is a daughter of AJC Oaks winner Circles of Gold.” Muir explained.

Valdemoro’s race career never reached the heights of Hveger and Circles of Gold but she did win two city races as well as being group 1-placed in the Vinery Stakes and Victorian Oaks.

Her pedigree shows she is closely related to three champions who began their careers in Australia before heading to the northern hemisphere to show the world their incredible talents.

The trio are Elvstroem, a five time group1 winner, Haradasun, a three-time group1 winner and Starspangledbanner who won four at the highest level. This is why she is classified as a member of the “blue hen” club.

Highland Reel earned a tilt at the Cox Plate after his all-the-way success in the Arlington Millions which was his fourth win from nine starts in a career which has seen him race in Great Britain, Ireland, France and Canada.

He was unplaced at his latest outing in the Irish Champion Stakes on soft ground but the winner Golden Horn is arguably in the top two of the world’s best runners in 2015 alongside Triple Crown winner American Pharoah.

Highland Reel was bought as a yearling for 450,000 guineas at the Tattersall’s October Sales and then last year a full brother fetched 750,000 guineas. He races as Idaho for the Coolmore team and had his first start at the Curragh a fortnight ago and creating a huge impression with a runaway win.

Around the same time another full brother went to the Tattersalls Book 1 sale at Newmarket and fetched 450,000 guineas selling to high profile agents Ross and Peter Doyle and once again proving how popular the family is.

The Coolmore team have been enjoying a tremendous run of fortune in group1 races in the UK during the last month and Aidan O’Brien is looking for continued success in the Cox Plate.

Then it’s on to Melbourne Cup day where he will saddle up two contenders – Bondi Beach and Kingfisher – in the Flemington two-miler with the Breeders Cup meeting at Keeneland in America with seven runners in between the Australian Saturdays.

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MVRC Likely To Extend Cox Plate Invitation To Aidan O’Brien-Trained Colt HighlandReelSecretariat2015_2FF298
Highland Reel (Galileo) ran out a dominant winner of the Secretariat Stakes (Gr 1, 10f) at Arlington Park for trainer Aidan O’Brien on Saturday but connections are yet to commit to taking up the colt’s nomination in the Cox Plate (Gr 1, 2040m).

O’Brien took the race 12 months ago with the subsequent Cox Plate winner Adelaide (Galileo) and Highland Reel demonstrated he has every chance to follow in his former stablemate’s footsteps with a hugely impressive performance.

The victory is likely to earn Highland Reel an invitation to the Cox Plate from the Moonee Valley Racing Club, with Racing Victoria’s Leigh Jordan confirming he will meet with the club to discuss the matter today.

“Moonee Valley will be deciding whether to send out an invitation and that could happen as soon as (today),” said Jordan. “He’s already nominated for the Cox Plate and obviously he would be taking the same route as Adelaide last year.

“He was very impressive and he looks the perfect horse for the race. He can travel and quicken, he ticks all the boxes. It would be very exciting if he could come down.”

However, Aidan O’Brien yesterday told ANZ Bloodstock News the Ballydoyle team are yet to decide whether Highland Reel will travel to Moonee Valley in October but he will continue to follow the path taken by Adelaide last year, with the Prix Niel (Gr 2, 2400m), in which the now Coolmore based stud sire finished third last year.

“Highland Reel was very impressive in the Secretariat Stakes,” O’Brien said. “He showed a terrific turn of foot for the sprint home and he was given a superb ride by Seamie Heffernan.

“The plan now is to give him a rest and he will be trained for the Prix Niel, a major Arc trial. We will reassess it after that race but the Cox Plate and the Arc would very much be on the radar.”

Should O’Brien opt for the Cox Plate, trainer John O’Shea, whose Contributer (High Chaparral) is among the leading domestic hopefuls, believes Highland Reel would be very competitive.

“The Arlington Million meeting has always been a very good guide to the top weight for age races in Australia and that was a devastating performance by Highland Reel,” he told ANZ Bloodstock News.

“I know the Coolmore boys were keen to look at coming for the Cox Plate if he ran well and he certainly did that. Without having analysed his form in great depth, he looks to be a very talented horse who will be very hard to beat in a Cox Plate.”

Ridden by Seamie Heffernan, who was having his first ride in the United States, Highland Reel was sent straight to the front in the driving rain in Chicago and was never seriously threatened, setting his own easy fractions, with the opening quarter covered in 24.53.

The Australian Bloodstock-owned Goldstream (Martino Alonso) was settled in third place by Brenton Avdulla and he made his move three wide turning for home but Highland Reel was not for passing.

Heffernan kicked for home upon straightening and stole first run on his rivals, pulling away in impressive fashion to score by five and a half lengths in a time of 2:02.26.

“There was so little pace in the race, if we couldn’t make the lead and then make all, we didn’t deserve to win,” said TJ Comerford, assistant to O’Brien. Heffernan added: “I didn’t see much pace, and he won easy.”

Closing Bell (Tapit) was the closest of Highland Reel’s rivals, finishing second, a head in front of favourite Force The Pass (Speightstown), who appeared to blow his chances when missing the break.

“When they opened the gate, he went straight up in the air,” said jockey Joel Rosario. “He can be like that and be nervous; he made a good run.”

Goldstream, who could now sidestep the Melbourne Spring Carnival to target Group One races in Europe, stayed on to take fourth place and Avdulla said: “He ran good but the tempo wasn’t very quick. I think the tight turns were tough on him and he wasn’t used to going left-handed after running his races right-handed.”

Highland Reel (3 c Galileo – Hveger by Danehill) has now won four of his eight career starts and became the 47th Group or Grade One winner for Coolmore’s champion sire with the victory. The colt came into the race on the back of a determined win in the Gordon Stakes (Gr 3, 1m4f) at Glorious Goodwood on 29 July and also finished second to New Bay (Dubawi) in the Prix du Jockey Club (Gr 1, 2100m) earlier this year.

The colt’s pedigree features strong Australian influences, being out of the South Australian Oaks (Gr 2, 2500m) runner-up and Australasian Oaks (Gr 1, 2000m) third Hveger (Danehill), who is herself a sister to the multiple Group One winner Elvstroem (Danehill) and a half-sister to Haradasun (Fusaichi Pegasus).

He was purchased for 460,000gns at the 2013 Tattersalls October Yearling Sale Book One by John Warren Bloodstock from the draft of Camas Park Stud. His full sister has been catalogued for this year’s sale.

Aussies Buy Smart at ARQANA

Breednet – Media Release – Tuesday, 21 July 2015

The running of the Group 1 Grand Prix De Paris at Longchamp last Tuesday provided two Australian breeders with significant boosts to pedigrees of mares they had purchased at the ARQANA December Breeding Stock Sale.

Belmont Bloodstock purchased half sisters to both the winner ERUPT (Dubawi) and second place getter AMPERE (Galileo) at the ARQANA December Breeding Stock Sale in recent years.

These results are a great reward for two forward thinking breeders who understand the importance to inject new and different bloodlines into not only their own broodmare bands but also the Australian breeding industry. It can be difficult to source mares of this calibre in Australia but they are readily available in Europe often for much less money.

At the 2011 ARQANA Breeding Stock Sale, Belmont Bloodstock were lucky enough to secure KINGMAMBO mare OUR SEA for the now bargain price of 32,000 Euros.

At the time of purchase, OUR SEA was an unraced daughter of Group 3 winning mare MARE NOSTRUM who had already produced the listed winner MARIE DE MEDICI. OUR SEA appealed to the Australian market as her third dam is the superior broodmare GRAND LUXE and it is the pedigree of FLYING SPUR and ENCOSTA DE LAGO.

Since the purchase of OUR SEA her pedigree has absolutely exploded. She is a half sister to ERUPT now an undefeated Group 1 winner and one of Europe’s most exciting prospects. In fact three new stakeswinners have appeared in her first dam since her purchase which is an unbelievable pedigree boost.

Belmont Bloodstock purchased OUR SEA for John Haseler of Queensland’s Glenlogan Park who was in attendance at the Deauville sale and was delighted to secure a daughter of KINGMAMBO so cheaply. He is now understandably over the moon with the updates to OUR SEA’s pedigree which now see her as one the best bred mares in Australia. OUR SEA, now back at Glenlogan Park has been bred to their resident stallions with a 2014 colt by REAL SAGA and is currently in foal to SHOW A HEART.

Closing the Belmont Bloodstock quinella in the Grand Prix De Paris was the exciting GALILEO colt AMPERE.

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In 2013, John & Trish Muir from Milburn Creek Thoroughbreds commissioned Belmont Bloodstock to find a quality European mare to add to their boutique band of broodmares. John Muir was particularly keen to source a daughter of super stallion MONSUN.

He succeeded when Damon Gabbedy purchased AMO AMI AMA, a winning daughter of dual Group 1 winner AMORAMA who at the time of purchase had only produced two minor winners.

Research uncovered that AMORAMA had an exceptional yearling colt by Galileo who was set to be trained by the legendary Andre Fabre. This colt turned out to be AMPERE who from only three career starts has had two wins including the Group 2 Prix Hocquart at Longchamp and he is now Group 1 placed. AMPERE looks likely to secure a Group 1 victory of his own in the near future.
AMO AMI AMA is now back at Milburn Creek in the NSW Southern Highlands and is due to foal to Choisir in early August.

The 2015 edition of the ARQANA Breeding Stock Sale is in early December in the picturesque French seaside village of Deauville. As always it presents an ideal opportunity to add quality European mares to your broodmare band.